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...]
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...]
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...]
Remember a few days back when I shared Bishop Lori’s letter to the editors at America Magazine? He had “gone Columbo” on them. Prior to that, Cardinal Dolan had given them a stern talking to as well. Perhaps that got their attention. [Read more...]
I said that the HHS Mandate robs women of their liberty in a lot of words earlier today. But like I said then, as a man, my opinion is discounted by HHS Mandate advocates.
News for the “War on Women” Contingent: the HHS Mandate Makes War on Your Liberty and Your Gender UPDATED
Period. End of story. That is the truth.
The problem, though, is that the truth isn’t favorable to the current Administration. President Obama, and his capable staff, know that this is true, which is why they only seek the opinions of folks like NARAL, Planned Parenthood, and Catholic groups that are not empowered to speak for the Church. This is why the Administrations’ “accommodation” was crafted to fool folks into thinking that this is a “war on women” and a “war on contraception.” [Read more...]