Congrats to Glenn Reynolds and Instapundit!

Congrats to Instapundit creator, Glenn Reynolds for managing ten years of sterling blogging, news aggregating and the cleverest of pithy-punditing. That's a decade of nearly non-stop updating and an assist in the founding of PJM, PJTV and oh, yeah, the writing of a best-selling book, countless op-ed pieces and more.He's arguably the hardest working man in the blogosphere, and my hat is off to him! Here is to ten more!See how it all began, here … [Read more...]

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Tony Rossi Talks to Julie Davis

We love her book, and we love her blogsite, and we love her columns, but Julie Davis has proven herself to be a very engaging, warm and um, "happy" interview subject, as we saw when she chatted with Pat Gohn, so now we love to listen to Julie being interviewed.Here she is talking to Christopher Close-Up's Tony Rossi!Give a listen!Julie also manages to mention one of the best books ever written … [Read more...]

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Sarah Palin, Centerfold

My column at First Things. You know I can't stand it when people get stupidly unfair and abusive:American’s sad ideological balkanization is most obviously exposed for the sickness it is whenever this woman’s name is mentioned. Thanks to cable news and the social media echo-chambers that invite us to pledge allegiance to a stark perspective and then hiss “enemy” at anyone who thinks differently, Americans are being conditioned to absorb The Daily Outrage on cue; we are one nation, quite divided … [Read more...]

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Benedict Launches news.va with a Tweet!

Just yesterday James Martin posted a very good look at the status of the church's altmedia involvement:First, the good news. These days almost every Catholic organization and diocese and most parishes have a firm Web presence. Available to both the devout and the doubtful, these sites are repositories of useful information. One can check out editorials in the diocesan newspaper, follow the pastor’s blog (and read his latest homily), make donations to a favorite Catholic charity, and check on M … [Read more...]

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Dog Day Afternoon – UPDATED

+ + + + Heh++++++++ Meanwhile, offered without comment because I have to pay attention to paying work, and because I'm getting a trifle bored. And the Wagner at the end was just so self-important and heavy-handed that, I'm sorry, I laughed. All I could think was "kill da wabbit, kill da wabbit, kill da wabbit!"I think I am done writing about John Corapi, unless something earthshaking comes up. I'll keep praying for him, but I'm not giving him any more publicity. If you need more things … [Read more...]

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Announcements of Announcements: New Trend?

Deacon Greg got wind of the announcement of a forthcoming big announcement from Father John Corapi, whose fans and followers -- many of whom credit Corapi with having been instrumental in their return to the church -- have been waiting since March to hear something new.Recently, Fr. Corapi held an internal office meeting and informed us that he is “not extinguished!” He expressed his continued desire to help deliver a message of hope to those who seek it and he informed us that by this weekend … [Read more...]

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Catholicism, Apps and New Media

Not to sound like an old lady, but I am quite taken with young Brandon Vogt, whose book, The Church and New Media: Blogging Converts, Online Activists, and Bishops Who Tweet will be released toward the end of summer. Brandon blogs at The Thin Veil, but he's also a crackerjack reporter who quickly filed some excellent-- really comprehensive -- pieces for OSV during the Vatican/Blogger meet-up last month, so it's not surprising that his book is a comprehensive and up-to-the-minute look at the … [Read more...]

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Textbook-Free Campus; Fact-Free History, No Jobs

I have issues with textbook-free campuses, and so, it appears, does Jesse Jackson, Jr.And some of our issues are the same. I too have wondered what happens to all the publishing houses, all the paper producers, the raw-material-providers, all the book binders, all the designers, all the office-workers, all the shipping and trucking jobs that disappear if campuses become "textbook free."I am also concerned about what happens to our understanding of the past -- or even our present -- when … [Read more...]

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We Wish We Were, Anyway!

Instapundit, that is!Over at Summa This, Summa That, which I have nicknamed The Summablog -- and which will soon have its own twitter account -- I use my neat new format to prove Rick Rice's point:Check out the landing page (scroll down!) for Summablog updates -- they go on, all day!Related: Summa This, Summa That Launch! … [Read more...]

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Colbert's Covert Catechesis

Matt Emerson, who has recently served up some excellent, challenging and provocative reads for us in the Catholic portal (and will soon be launching his own column with us) considers Stephen Colbert's sly, "cloak and dagger catechesis" and why it makes him a cheerful ambassador for the church, and perhaps the "best thing going" in American Catholicism.Colbert is a practicing Catholic and so is his character, and sometimes something apostolic appears to break through. Consider the confetti of … [Read more...]

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