“Fast & Furious” and “H.R. 1540″ Ideology breeds Incuriosity? UPDATED

H.R. 1540, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, has already passed the House, and is currently before the Senate. One section of the bill gives the President the authority to detain indefinitely American citizens, picked up on American soil, because they are allegedly supporting the enemy (H/T)Imagine Jane Fonda coming home after posing on enemy anti-aircraft weapons, with this sort of law in place. Some might like it, but I suspect , even those who dislike Fonda, … [Read more...]

Advent Companion App – UPDATED

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I am liking this Magnificat Advent Companion App a LOT.It gives you prayers for the morning, the mass readings of Advent, Prayers for evening at night (so, mini-versions of Lauds, Vespers and Compline) and a daily meditation, PLUS (!) an Advent penance service, the Christmas Proclamation, prayers, blessings and the Advent Stations of the CrossIf you are looking for a way to incorporate more prayer into your life in the coming year, this is the perfect tool to get you started. It only … [Read more...]

What’s Patheos? Where did it come from?

Patheos Denver Westward News

Not too long ago, I did a radio show and the host struggled with the name of Patheos, "how do you pronounce, it; what does it mean? He asked."It's PATH-eeohs. It's a portmanteau: PATH and THEOS -- think of it as Path-to-God. And the company's origins make for very interesting reading in the Denver Westward News:In 1989, U.S. Marine Leo Brunnick was in the jungle, training a group of Thai Royal Marines. He gestured to the top of a hill and told the Thais to run up there. It was the best … [Read more...]

Internet Addiction, Spam and Comboxes

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My spam filter currently has 900 spams, and counting, and the situation can't be rectified until Monday.Meanwhile, this weekend is work-packed for me and I'm way too busy this weekend to keep fishing through new spam to find legitimate comments, so I am closing comments through Sunday, and perhaps Monday, depending on whether I get everything done.Besides, the comboxes are routinely unpleasant these days and I'm kind of sick of that.There is a whole combox merry-go-round of sneers … [Read more...]

Confederacy of Dunces: The Future in our Midst

I am ashamed to admit I have never read it (as I warned below, I am no intellectual), but I certainly will read it now, as it appears John Kennedy Toole's Pulitzer Prize winning A Confederacy of Dunces may have been prophetic, in a way. Note Max Lindenman's exposition of the book's anti-hero, Ignatius Reilly:[Ignatius] is a figure few readers would care to identify with. Obese, a sloppy eater, and a fashion nightmare—the earring, though exceptional for him, does little harm to the effect of h … [Read more...]

Faraway, So Close

I really like Joseph Susanka's column for today:Try as I might, my "Social Networking" escapades are rarely social and even less regularly network-y; more "dialed in" now than I've been at any other point in my life, I actually find myself less connected than ever. Rather than an easy opportunity to engage with friends and family throughout the country, new media has become for me an information-induced malaise—a passivity that finds me watching status updates and tweets fly by without raising … [Read more...]

Patheos Book Club: Catholicism and New Media

From today until October 15, the Patheos Book Club will be taking in-depth looks at three books, Father Robert Barron's Catholicism: a Journey to the Heart of the Faith, Brandon Vogt's The Church and New Media: Blogging Converts, Online Activists, and Bishops Who Tweet, and Richard J. Foster's Sanctuary of the Soul; a Journey into Meditative PrayerI confess, I know nothing about Sanctuary of the Soul, although it looks very interesting (and I will check it out) but that's only because for … [Read more...]

Kat and the Crescat: New to Patheos

Well, when I announced that Mark Shea was bringing his blog over, I told you to watch for more developments -- at least four more, possibly ten.Well, here is the second: Katrina Fernandez, whom you might know as the Catholic-Cannonball-Award-conferring, art-loving, gut-busting Crescat, has announced that she'll be moving her always-entertaining blog to Patheos, within the next day or two -- she is unpacking as you read this!You can take a gander at where the new design is going (and bookmark … [Read more...]

Benedict's Mustard Seed in Germany

It got almost no coverage in the mainstream media -- and what coverage there was generally was of the "protesters will greet the pope" variety that prefaced his enormously successful visit, last year, to the United Kingdom -- but Pope Benedict XVI was quietly impressive and persuasive in Germany, last week.The world may little have noted it, but the truth is, all of Benedict's papal visits have been those very quiet triumphs. A few years back Spengler, writing in the Asia Times, characterized … [Read more...]

Mark Shea's a-movin' to Patheos!

Well, that cat is out of the bag, so it's time to ring the bell, call ya'll around and make this announcement:Mark-the-prolific; Mark-the-down-shouting; Mark-the-smart; Mark-the-serious; Mark-the-scathingly-funny; Mark-the-take-no-prisoners-passionately-Catholic-Shea is moving his blog here to the Catholic portal at Patheos!:On Monday, God willin' and the crick don't rise, Catholic and Enjoying It will cast off the trappings of Blogger (to which I bid a fond farewell and say thank you) and … [Read more...]