The Cone Of Uncertainty

09/02/2010 Comments (13)

My house lies within the cone of uncertainty.  That sounds bad, doesn’t it?

As of this writing, my house on the east end of Long Island is on the western edge of the possible path of Hurricane Earl as it heads up the east coat.

I have been watching it all week and preparing.  I have already begun removing any potential projectiles (anything not strapped down) from my yard and putting them in the garage.I went to the store days ago to stock up on milk and bread before the rush hit. Since I have five children there is no fear any of it will go to waste.

It has been a while for us Islanders, but we have been through this before.  You get prepared and you see what happens.  There are...READ MORE

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Talk of God Inappropriate in Sacred Space

08/31/2010 Comments (32)

There has been a lot of commentary on Glenn Beck’s “restoring honor” rally in Washington this past weekend.  President Obama ignored it.  Newscasters spun it.  And people argued over the size of it.

But hands down, the silliest thing anyone has said on this topic (and maybe any topic) comes from the politically liberal commentator Bill Press.

As the topic turned to the rally, it was noted that most of the rally focused on a return to God and patriotism.

Speaking on CNN, Press said that speaking about God in a ‘sacred’ space like the Lincoln Memorial is ‘inappropriate.’

Talk of God is inappropriate at a “sacred” place?  A sacred place? 

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Compassionate Cannibalism

08/29/2010 Comments (14)

Various media reported on an online campaign calling on people to “donate any part of their body” to a new cannibal restaurant. They also advertised for an “open-minded surgeon.”

Oooooookay?!

This is assuredly an online p.r. stunt for something or other but it got me thinking, “Why not cannibalism?” Seriously. Many of the same arguments made in the defense of things like abortion, the legalization of drugs, and homosexual marriage could be used to legalize cannibalism.

If the sole arbiter of legality is the consent of adults, why not cannibalism?

Couldn’t you imagine the libertarian argument that if a restaurant is willing to pay for body parts or is simply asking for donated body...READ MORE

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Even Right Wing Militia Thinks Burning Quran Is Bad

08/26/2010 Comments (8)

Truth be told, I do not give much consideration to the sensitivities of others.  While I accept that sometimes you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar, I also think its a good thing when the jars of honey and vinegar are labeled correctly.

I prefer sharp lines and clear distinctions.  That is my nature.  As anyone who knows me or anyone who regularly reads me can tell you, I don’t much mind confrontation either.  And feelings get hurt sometimes, after all that is what they are there for.

All this preamble is intended to convince you of my bona fides when it comes to tactics of a more aggressive nature when trying to make a point.  Why?  Because these people are off their rocker.

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Let's Hope the Pope Doesn't Act All Catholic-y

08/23/2010 Comments (25)

We knew that some English government officials were a wee bit peeved about the Pope coming to England. They’ve shown that with their emails suggesting that the Pope visit an abortion clinic or suggesting a new brand of Pope Benedict condom. We know that many Muslims aren’t happy about the visit because a Muslim publication has called for Muslims to “tell the Pope in no uncertain terms what Muslims think of his evil slanders against the last Prophet of God and his message.” What we didn’t know was that some Catholic officials in England aren’t so crazy about the Pope’s visit either. In fact, some Catholic officials are hoping that the Pope doesn’t act too Catholic-y when he visits England.

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The Morality of Legality and Other Hobgoblins

Inconsistency Is The Hobgoblin Of Little Lives

08/22/2010 Comment

The poet Ralph Waldo Emerson famously said “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.”

May I humbly suggest that as far as the hobgoblins of little statesmen go, inconsistency trumps.

The story of the day that won’t go away is the building of a mosque/Islamic Center just a few blocks away from ground zero.  This story was given additional legs, as if it needed it, by the politically-inept comments of the President in support of its construction some ten days ago.  These comments were followed the next day by supposedly clarifying but conspicuously contradictory comments.  So accustomed are we to such backflips that...READ MORE

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The Secularized Cross

08/19/2010 Comments (6)

I’m agreeing with a group of litigious atheists when I say the cross is a religious symbol. Yesterday, a number of crosses honoring fallen police officers in Utah were deemed illegal by a federal judge, saying they violated the Establishment clause.

While I disagree with the ruling I find myself agreeing with one major aspect of the argument by the atheists who sued to have the crosses removed. The judge overturned a previous decision by a lower judge that allowed the crosses because the crosses could conceivably be seen as generic symbols honoring the lives of the fallen officers.

Deseret News reports:

The white, roadside crosses that currently memorialize the deaths of 14 Utah Highway...READ MORE

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The Archbold Foreboding

08/17/2010 Comments (5)

Boy this sounds bad. Have you heard of the Hindenburg Omen?  I never had until yesterday and I wish I never did.  Oh it sounds bad, real bad.  And it has just been triggered so stock up on beef jerky and Fruit Loops, its going to be a bumpy ride.

In a nutshell, the Hindenburg Omen is a complex set of financial indicators that when they occur are supposed to presage a complete collapse of the market.  As it turns out, all the criteria were satisfied last Thursday and thus the egg timer of doom has been set in motion.  And for all you doubters out there you should know that the Hindenburg Omen was created by a blind mathematician.  A blind mathematician!  You don’t get more serious and...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.