Santo Not So Subito!

Monday, January 17, 2011 1:57 PM Comments (28)

The cries echoes up from the piazza, Santo Subito!  Santo Subito!  Sainthood Now!

I can guarantee one thing,  no one will ever hear that phrase pass my lips.

I like mail, doctor’s appointments, and State of the Union address to expeditious.  But not my saints.

Saints should be like a fine wine made at some remote monastery, made with one part fruit, one part yeast, five parts prayer, and fifty parts time.

Now, if you have ever made wine, you know that there is always a temptation to open a bottle before its time but experience teaches you not to do it.  You must wait.

Look at it another way.  How often does popular acclaim ever lead to permanent acclaim?  If popular acclaim was a...READ MORE

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Ick Factor at Memorial Rally?

Thursday, January 13, 2011 10:07 AM Comments (110)

Anyone remember solemnity anymore?  I’m not sure we do.

Watching last night’s memorial for those gunned down in Arizona I couldn’t help but feel that that the nationally televised “memorial” had little to do with the victims of last week’s tragic shooting. All the news leading up to the event was about whether President Barack Obama could deliver a stirring speech (which he did.) The news itself made the event about Obama, politicizing it before it even began.

And then the actual memorial started with a politically correct blessing from Native American Carlos Gonzalez who received a loud cheer for saying he was Mexican on his mother’s side. Yay Mexico? What’s that about? But I think it...READ MORE

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Jared Did It

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 4:42 AM Comments (86)

When Kennedy was shot, they blamed a conspiracy.

When King was shot, they blamed race.

When Reagan was shot was shot, they blamed guns.

When Oklahoma City was bombed, they blamed ideology.

When the World Trade Center was bombed by planes, some blamed Muslims and some blamed….us.

When a man shot up an Army base, they blamed…us…again.

When a man shoots a Judge, a child, and a US Representative, they blame…everybody.

Everybody but…

Even going back to the Kennedy assassination, when was the last time we blamed the person who did something horrible for doing something horrible?

When was the last time we blamed sin?

You know who I blame for the Tuscon shooting?  I blame Jared.  He chose...READ MORE

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Let's Give Kids the Right to Vote?

Sunday, January 09, 2011 11:56 PM Comments (7)

Should kids be given the right to vote?

Michael Kinsley, writing for The Politico, says the idea might be worth considering if giving children the right to vote would act as an impetus toward limiting entitlement spending. Me? I think it would be the best way to guarantee an amendment guaranteeing unlimited candy, Legos, and horses to all children. But maybe I’m just being cynical.

But Kinsley adds a wrinkle to the thought that intrigued me:

Let children vote. Or rather, extend the franchise to children, but let parents vote on their underage children’s behalf. In effect, parents would get an extra vote for every child. How would this solve the entitlement problem? It wouldn’t, directly....READ MORE

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Constitution: Divinely Inspired?

Thursday, January 06, 2011 2:17 PM Comments (19)

Today, on the second day of the 112th Congress, the Constitution will be read on the floor in its entirety.  In addition, the new Republican leadership in the House will be instituting a new rule requiring that each new piece of legislation cite the provision which grants Congress the authority to enact such a law.

Today, it is not uncommon to witness people on opposite sides of the political spectrum expressing far out views of this founding document.

Many liberals, or political progressives, view the Constitution as anachronistic.  It is over 200 years old and its writers could never have anticipated the needs of people today.  Therefore the Constitution needs to be treated as a “living...READ MORE

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The Apocalypse For Dummies

Tuesday, January 04, 2011 1:57 PM Comments (20)

Just about a year ago, in one my favorite titles of 2010 (“I Like My Crazy With Extra Nuts”)  I wrote about the doomsday cult of Harold Camping.

Camping, a self styled “Bible scholar”, purports to have calculated, through means of a Rube Goldbergesque algorithm, the date of our doom.  May 21, 2011 (and not Sept. 6, 1994 as he originally predicted) in case you are interested.

Camping and his followers are back in the news as the prophesied date approaches.  Here is an example of the thinking…

In August, Exley left her home in Colorado Springs, Colo., to work with Oakland, Calif.-based Family Radio Worldwide, the independent Christian ministry whose leader, Harold Camping, has calculated the...READ MORE

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Making Fun of Dick Clark

Sunday, January 02, 2011 11:59 PM Comments (29)

I received a call on the morning of New Year’s Day from an old friend I hadn’t spoken to in a while, wishing me a Happy New Year. He asked me what I’d done the night before and I told him I was in bed by ten p.m.. He made fun of me and said he knew me when I did anything but sleep on New Year’s Eve.

We laughed. He said he stayed home and watched ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. And then he said something that made the laughter stop. He said in a slurred voice, “I’m Dick Clark and welcome to Time Square. Now back to you Ryan.”

And then he added, “Seriously, they should just retire him or have him talk to a camera that’s not plugged in. He wouldn’t even know the difference. We...READ MORE

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MTV's Abortion Special Forgot One Little Thing

Thursday, December 30, 2010 1:32 PM Comments (25)

If abortion is a completely legitimate and moral decision why not televise it? I know it’s a shocking suggestion but I think dragging abortion out of the media imposed darkness is essential to the pro-life cause. So many of the gains made by the pro-life cause have been due to advances in technology in ultrasound and people seeing the unborn with their own eyes. But last night MTV aired their VERY IMPORTANT SPECIAL on abortion. Now, silly me, I actually had some hope that something good might come out of it. I was wrong.

The show “16 and Pregnant” on MTV actually does a good job of showing the real life ups and downs of being a young Mom. In fact, last year a number of feminists were upset...READ MORE

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Matt Archbold graduated from Saint Joseph's University in 1995. He is a former journalist who left the newspaper business to raise his five children. He writes for the Creative Minority Report.

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Patrick Archbold is co-founder of Creative Minority Report, a Catholic website that puts a refreshing spin on the intersection of religion, culture, and politics. When not writing, Patrick is director of information technology at a large international logistics company. Patrick, his wife Terri, and their five children reside in Long Island, N.Y.