Watching SOTU? Couple things to Keep in Mind

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I haven't yet decided if I can bear to watch these pointless theatricals -- remember the old days, before twitter, when we used to live-blog it -- but whether I do or not, these are a few things to keep in mind as the rhetoric goes on, and on, and on:1) From early days it seemed pretty clear that Obama was more interested in being rather than doing. That might be great for a spiritual aesthetic, but it's a bad fit for a president.I suspect that what Obama wanted was to be the King, not … [Read more...]

This is really all I have to say, today.

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It’s funny…because it’s true.

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“The Stuff Priests are Made Of”: Orthodox Edition – UPDATED Phones IDing Protesters

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A couple of years ago, jumping off of this appreciation by Katrina Fernandez, I chronicled a few Catholic priests who had put themselves in the middle of danger, in astonishing ways, for love of Christ and humanity.Currently, there are terrible stories, violent images and reported deaths coming out of Ukraine, as citizens and journalists have attempted to peacefully demonstrate for their right -- the very basic human right -- to be able to freely question and protest against public policy … [Read more...]

Mike Rowe, Income Equality, Rerum Novarum, “the undeserving rich”, and the Craft of Work

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Bear with me, please, because I'm unpacking a lot of stuff, and I'm not sure where I'm going with it, even as I begin.Let's start with this new channel here at Patheos, that is dedicated to dialogue on the philosophies and realities of faith and work. Not so much "faith in the workplace" -- although that obviously is part of it -- but more, how faith informs our thinking on labor and industry. The channel has been put together by an Evangelical crew, and covers lots of issues (a "sense of … [Read more...]

Mr. Coffee Cafe Latte, You’re my Hero…

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A reader bought this through the Amazon portal (which is the link to my book) and I was so intrigued that I asked for it, for Christmas.What intrigued me? Two things -- cost and froth.A) COST: I'm way too middle class to spend a lot on a coffee maker; it wouldn't make me feel good about myself. Spending a lot for a latte would, in fact, make me feel bad about myself. While this unit sells at higher prices in stores, it goes for under $55 at Amazon, which is really my limit for a latte … [Read more...]

Christie and Bridgegate; He Has the Wrong Pass

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The "Bridge-gate" story currently haunting Chris Christie is not funny. Bridge tie-ups, aside from being inconvenient and schedule-mauling, are dangerous and sometimes life-threatening. It is possible that one elderly woman died because of the traffic snarls that apparently originated with administration staffers. It is absolutely fair and appropriate that the mainstream press inquire and investigate into what NJ Governor Christie know, and when he knew it, re the whole affair.If Christie … [Read more...]

Garlic? Honey, I’m like buttah. Like BUTTAH!

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You know...all fat and salty!Anyhow, back in September I did an interview with Jonathan Merritt at the Religion News Service, talking about idols and the pope and whatnot, and today the piece has dropped:Pope Francis craze may be idolatry, says Catholic writer Elizabeth ScaliaElizabeth Scalia claims to be a shy person, happy to hang in the background. But the popular Catholic Portal editor at Patheos, writing as “The Anchoress”, doesn’t shy away from offering opinions as strong as ga … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas to You and Yours!

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Newhart, Bullies, Shunning, and Cliques: The High-Schoolization of America

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I was really disappointed to read that 85 year-old comedian, Bob Newhart -- a man who managed to have not one, but two highly successful television sitcoms and end both of them on brilliant, darn near iconic notes -- recently cancelled a speaking engagement rather than have to deal with being hassled.He was to speak before a gathering of Legatus members -- a group of Catholic businessfolk who try to conform both their personal and business lives to Catholic teaching.Many of the Legatus … [Read more...]


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