The Fire of Pain and Pride

Take a moment to read Thomas L. McDonald's insightful and humble piece on how he heard God speak to his heart and soul.There are Christians who seem to believe that God only speaks through words. This is a rather puzzling and limiting idea for a creator who gave us five senses plus an imagination and intellect. God spoke through Mozart and Bach, through Caravaggio and Monet, through Shakespeare and John Donne, through St. Thomas Aquinas and Pope John Paul II. He speaks in many languages: … [Read more...]

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"Imagine" a Love so Real

As John Lennon's birthday recently passed, a few articles have floated my way via email. Chuck Colson's piece wondering if Lennon was an unwitting prophet, while including Beatles titles within his text was a fun read.Mark Shea, who dislikes the song "Imagine" published a lengthy response to an "Imagine" lover was also interesting and fun.My own thoughts on "Imagine" are currently up at Patheos, and while I don't know if they're fun, I hope you'll find them interesting - I look at it from … [Read more...]

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Catholic Blogs & Charity – UPDATED

My Tuesday Column is up; today I pick up on the discussions begun yesterday, at Deacon's Bench, America Magazine, Inside Catholic and elsewhere over Rachel Zoll's AP piece on the "purge" mentality exhibited on some (in my view extreme) Catholic blogs.Having blogged about religion and politics for nearly 6 years, I acknowledge that one can occasionally "write mad" and deliver a bit more zing than one has meant to, although I personally have never gone after other bloggers pronouncing who should … [Read more...]

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Whore is as Whore Does; NOW is over

A week ago, Ed Morrissey looked at NOW's endorsement of California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown--whose campaign assistant had just been caught referring to his (female) rival as "a whore"--and asked "Seriously, what does it take for a Democrat to lose the endorsement of the National Organization from Women?"The answer, of course, is "turn pro-life."Anything short of that, and it really doesn't matter what misogynist, insulting or dehumanizing thing a Democrat does, NOW will … [Read more...]

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Pryor, Bruce, VH-1, & Coarsened Culture

I've said more often than I care to remember that our culture and our media are being controlled by perpetual adolescents who act and think like eternal 14 year olds, but after reading David Mills' essay on the home page today, I'm thinking I have to adjust the age downward. Watching a VH-1 roast, Mills observes:It is hard to exaggerate the crudity of the performance: not so much the crudity of the language and subjects, but its intellectual crudity. Every single remark was the foul-mouthed … [Read more...]

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10:10 Repellent & Revealing UPDATED

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their consciences.” –C.S. LewisRemember that cocktail party game, Who Goes Nazi?Well, after checking out these links a … [Read more...]

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There go 800,000 jobs, for real this time?

1970; Hippies vs HardhatsBack in 2005, when unemployment figures were averaging about 5.1 percent, and the press was continually reporting any and all good economic or employment news with the almighty "but," CNNMoney ran a particularly misleading headline: "There Go 800,000 Jobs Out the Door.The expected downturn in the housing market could end up costing 800,000 construction and finance jobs, putting a big dent in economic growth over the next two years, a report from UCLA said.Now, … [Read more...]

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Arrogant, Self-Absorbed Capitalists

Over at Instapundit: Glenn Reynolds notes the sentiments of Netflix CEO Reed Hastings: "Americans are self-absorbed."Reynolds puckishly concurs, and suggests that Americans stop sitting at home watching their Netflix videos and go out to join a tea party. Get some fresh air.Laura Curtis at the Washington Examiner does a good job of putting Hastings quote into context and them hammering him for it in a must-read piece:In a recent interview, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings responded to a question … [Read more...]

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Wondering about Ameridolotry, Krugman, Absorption…

My plan to work, work, work, today is being interrupted by a family situation that needs attending-to (nothing awful, but important, nonetheless) so here's some interesting stuff I meant to respond to or comment on. Now, you'll have to do it! :-)I've wondered several times over the past five years whether some Americans are allowing their ideologies to become their idols. I've never quite had the answer, but thought it was an important question, nonetheless. Today Mr. Dalrymple asks the … [Read more...]

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The Holy War Over Ground Zero

Perhaps New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg deserves credit, then, for saying straight out, and sticking to his position, that the mosque “is as important a test” of “the separation of church and state as we may see in our lifetime.” Indeed, he added, “We would be untrue to the best part of ourselves—and who we are as New Yorkers and Americans—if we said ‘no’ to a mosque in Lower Manhattan.”And yet, there’s something in that Bloombergian line that puts one’s back up. Something condescending, super … [Read more...]

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