Riding the Shuttle Solid Rocket Boosters (Because Catholics Dig Science)

Way back at the end of January and into early February, I was pretending to pilot the Space Shuttle into orbit. Remember those heady days when ya’ll (29,172 of you) signed the little petition that could? Exciting times on the USS Freedom of Concience!

Well, what we have here is the sights and sounds of the launch of the Space Shuttle from the perspective of the reusable solid propellant boosters. [Read more…]

Jon Stewart Muses About What Happens…

when a wannabe “Dark Lord” runs for President.  I dare you not to smile.

*Disclaimer! Please remove all liquids from the vicinity of your electronic devices before viewing the following. Roll clip, [Read more…]

Mr. Obama? Beware the Lee Shore…And the Rock UPDATED

Do you know where political careers go to die? Upon the rock that is the Church. God Himself said that, “upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.” So if anyone needs to blink in this game of chicken the President and his Administration are playing, it is the Administration, and not the Church.

Maybe in another country, see, one without a strong tradition of the rule of law, or one where cults of personality and the “strongman” were honored instead of “government of the people, by the people, for the people,” this would take a very long time to play out. [Read more…]

The Bishops Decide to Fight On…

Call it the “recalibration we can believe in,” breaking news from the Bishop’s Administrative Committee,

Bishops Promise To Continue ‘Vigorous Efforts’ Against HHS Violations Of Religious Freedom In Health Care Reform Mandate [Read more…]

A “Recalibration” of the Fight Against The HHS Mandate? Possibly An Announcement Soon UPDATED

Rocco Palmo of the Whispers in the Loggia blog tweeted that an announcement broadening the front in the fight for religious freedom may be in the cards for as early as later today. [Read more…]

A Letter to the President That Explains His Drop in the Polls, A Film, and A Song

Earlier today I wrote a book-length post built around explaining how “confirmation bias,” or what I call “New Media Cocooning,” facilitates our checking our brains at the door and ignoring facts, which helps us cling to beliefs that cannot hold up under the harsh light of reason. Joanne McPortland does a better job of doing the same thing, using March Madness and basketball instead of the stock market.

She wrote an open letter to the Commander-in-Chief, who just happens to be visiting her town for the opening of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. [Read more…]

You Don’t Trust the Bishops Like You Don’t Trust the Stock Market? Eureka!

And in both ways, you are being foolish, and unreasonable. Permit me to explain with the help of an article I saw this morning regarding the fact that most of us have missed the the stock market rally that turned three years old back on March 9th. I’ve got graphs and charts for your entertainment value as well.

But wait a minute, you argue. What gives you the right to analyze our actions in light of something so repellant as the device Mammon uses to weigh, grow, and destroy wealth? I mean, Frank(!), stocks and the market that deals in them are evil, man! Don’t you see that? [Read more…]

Because the Bishops Aren’t Consensus Leaders, But Consensus Molders UPDATED

The title to this post came to me this morning directly from the mind of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. That his thoughts go a long way towards explaining what our bishops are about nowadays is telling, don’t you think? You see, I understand that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ administrative committee gets together for a two-day meeting tomorrow. [Read more…]

So Matthew Archbold Thought He Didn’t Sign Up For This

He starts his latest post over on the National Catholic Register like a marathoner who has just hit “the wall.”

I’m tired. Are you?

We believers, Catholics, Protestant, Jewish and the rest, we are beleaguered. I don’t know about you, I am tired. [Read more…]

For Your Lenten Friday Night at the Movies II UPDATED

Today, movie fans, we have a first for the YIMCatholic Lenten movie series: a double feature. That’s because the two movies presented here tonight were really meant to be one movie, but it was just way too long. I don’t know if Richard Lester just went wild, or if he couldn’t stand the idea of leaving Alexandre Dumas’ adapted story-line on the cutting room floor. [Read more…]