“Frankly, no newspaper in the world is set up to monitor for cheats and fabricators.” That’s Howell Raines, the Beeg Cheese of the NY Times, explaining why Jayson Blair, affirmative action poster boy and plagiarizing reporter, got away with a Reign of Error, Plagiarism and Bogus Stories before finally being canned. (Hey Rod! You looking [Read More...]

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Gerry Powers Gets a Lot of Conservative Undies in a Bunch …but I don’t see the big deal. From the Midwest Conservative Journal, to View from the Core, to Relapsed Catholic, to Dom Bettinelli’s blog, I’m seeing cries of outrage over this guy. But I’m afraid I don’t get it. Here’s the relevant text: Post [Read More...]

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Civil Unrest at Envoy Rumor has it that there was some sort of coup attempt at Envoy’s blog last night. Pete Vere sent me a note reading: Dear Comrade Shea, How goes the revolution on HMS Blog? Just a quick email to report that I have been successful in leading the Revolution at Envoy Encore! [Read More...]

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“Ministry changes name to Campus Jihad for Christ” One of many great stories in the delightful new online Christian satire site: LarkNews.com. I used to write for the Door (“the world’s pretty much only Christian satire magazine”) and these guys out-Door the Door. Hilarious! [Read more...]

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A reader asks about Near Death Experiences I realize this subject has the potential to drift into “new age mysticism” but my questions are serious and I hope I can convey that. I have read a little on this subject and seen a couple of talk-style TV shows about it. Two things I’ve learned have [Read More...]

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The Juvenilization of Black America Continues For some reason, infantile Blacks like the Dad of the Williams Sisters (the tennis gals) can indulge in paranoid rants about racism as the Explanation of Everything and still be taken seriously by the press and still get a huge hearing from lots of other infantilized blacks who are [Read More...]

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The Tablet writes Cardinal says Pope prevented anti-Christian backlash The Vatican’s Congregation for Eastern Churches head, Syrian Cardinal Ignace Moussa Daoud I, has said the Pope’s statements helped to prevent an anti-Christian reaction in the Muslim world. He said Arab Christians were grateful to the Holy Father for the part he played. “There was a [Read More...]

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A reader asks I was wondering if you were a member or if you have an opinion on the Knights of Columbus. I joined the order as a First Degree member in October and have developed mixed feelings since then. On the one hand, they raise and donate so much money to charity, and log [Read More...]

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With the exception of the Truman Show… I’ve tended to say of Jim Carrey that “Jerry Lewis is a Thinking Person’s Jim Carrey”. Carrey’s tiresome mugging made me sick of him in the first few minutes of some Ace Ventura movie I was unfortunate enough to endure and most of his performances have been More [Read More...]

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A reader asks I was hoping you could clear up a problem for me concerning primeval history in the Bible (Gen 1-11), or perhaps point me toward a good book on the subject. My specific problem concerns the flood in Genesis. While much has been written about the interpretation of Creation in light of science, [Read More...]

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Religious Polemics as Self-Medication There’s a delightful anti-Catholic site called Iconbusters run by people who put the “ig” in Ignorant Bigot. What always fascinates me about such sites is the question, “Who do they think they are convincing/helping/loving?” Take this wonderful specimen of their work, for instance: Mystic Pizza Who but… well… another ignorant chucklehead [Read More...]

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Puritanism… has been defined as the nagging fear that someone, somewhere, is having a good time. Recently, I described America as a land of apostate puritans. (The definition is borrowed from (apologies to Relapsed Catholic) C.S. Lewis, who once described himself as a converted pagan living in a land of apostate puritans.) Dems, as I [Read More...]

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