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06/15/2011 Comments (40)

Abigail van Buren got a letter reading:

Dear Abby:

There’s this woman in my life I just can’t stand. I first met her a couple of years ago. A lot of people seemed to like her, but not me. I know she’s evil. For one thing, she’s got a baby that everybody says is hers, but I’m sure it isn’t. I don’t have any evidence to prove that, but my gut tells me I’m right, so I’m going to keep searching until I prove everybody wrong. (Oh, and by the way, me and my friends have had some real laughs at that retard baby of hers but nobody seems to be able to take a joke!) Same goes for when I laugh at her other disgusting children.  What’s the problem?  People are so sensitive!

So here’s my problem: I’ve...READ MORE

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Better the Devil You Know?

06/13/2011 Comments (63)

For several years now, I have gotten panicked emails from the sort of people who live in continual fear that the devil is masterminding a vast conspiracy via D&D, backward masking, and subliminal images in Pepsi commercials. These are the sort of people who believe deeply in “reading between the lines,” searching for the vast web of subtle cues that demons apparently love to leave in their wake so that Deeply Insightful Christians can be tormented like Cassandra, knowing that their prophecies of doom will be true, but powerless to keep The Conspiracy from happening since nobody but them can see Emerging Pattern.

So, for instance, I get email from people warning me that Harry Potter is part...READ MORE

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Four Reasons I Find the Left Repellent

06/10/2011 Comments (77)

Reason 1: Weineraquiddick

Not just Weiner’s lying, bullying, threatening, self-pity on full display here:

After all, it’s to be expected that a disgusting cad will lie right up until the moment the evidence against him is so overwhelming that he “comes clean” because he is insulting his audience’s intelligence. That’s what liars do: They lie.

No, what’s really disgusting about the Left is not Weiner, disgusting as he is. It is sickening shills like Chris Matthews, who has no burning panic-driven need to cover his sociopathic narcissism in order to keep his job or his marriage, yet who coolly and with deliberation, tries to figure out a way to blame Weiner’s wife for his disgusting...READ MORE

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Barbara Nicolosi-Harrington on Euthanasia

06/08/2011 Comments (15)

Here are some pertinent observations about the rising tide of Death for the Weak advocacy in the commanding heights of media. By Providence, the piece happened to run on the day Jack Kevorkian, a leading apostle of death (and an extremely creepy man) stopped thinking globally and started acting very locally.

Euthanasia is going to be pushed because it is in the interest of both state and corporation to do so. The quickest and easiest way for Caesar and Mammon to deal with the huge demographic bulge of aging Baby Boomers who will suck up resources and give less and less back as they get older is to murder them. So the same court prophets in media and the arts who have danced attendance on...READ MORE

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One of These Things Is Not Like the Other

06/06/2011 Comments (12)

What do these things have in common?:

AIDS cure:

Breakthrough in obesity research (and, by extension, depression, becaue they’re linked)

Breakthrough in depression research:

Answer: None of them required the cannibalization of a baby because adult stem cells work just fine.

And yet, despite this, the leader of a new embryonic-stem cell trial for spinal cord injuries has the unmitigated gall to launch the trial with the manipulative claim that “It comes down to “giving a patient hope” ... “or telling people they’re doomed to be paralyzed forever.”

Well, no. It comes down to a scientific/government/abortion complex that salivates over the prospect of turning all those dead babies...READ MORE

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Behold the Godless Right

06/03/2011 Comments (67)

Catholics used to the general identification of political conservatism with respect for their Faith should take a look at this little thread from a site dedicated to debunking Global Warming.

What’s striking is how all the same old mindless anti-catholic tropes found among fundamentalists just keep turning up like a bad penny among the new Paladins of Godless Conservativism under the sway of people like Ayn Rand and others just as they have long turned up among the Godless Left. These are basically conservatives of a libertarian stripe who like the whole “Let the government leave me alone and let me be selfish” message of the Randroids, but who have nothing but contempt for the notion that...READ MORE

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Stroke of a Pen? Not So Much

06/01/2011 Comments (5)

Back during the Long Lent of 2002, journalist Rod Dreher gave voice to a meme which has enduring power in the Catholic Church when he complained that the Pope could simply dismiss any bishop he wished with “the stroke of a pen” but that, mysteriously, he would not do so.

Given the stunning infrequency of the Pen Stroke Papacy’s appearance in history, I was always highly inclined to doubt this anticipation of Papal Omnipotent Fiat but, not being a Vatican Insider as I sit here at my computer here in suburbia, I was not inclined to enter the fray too deeply beyond saying, “I think you over-estimate what the Pope is able or willing to do, even with bishops he’d dearly love to get rid of.”


Filed under ecclesial politics


05/27/2011 Comments (9)

Thanks to the miracle of technology, by the time you read this, odds are pretty good I will be on my way to, waiting at, or sailing away from the Anacortes, Washington ferry dock, heading off to our annual Memorial Day Shea Fambly and Friends Camping Trip in our Hidden Island Redoubt, somewhere in the San Juan Islands in Puget Sound, looking forward to four days of jollification with nothing to do but nap, walk on the beach, toss a Frisbie, ride a bike, and read a book.

Many people don’t know that Washington has islands, but we do indeedy! They are beautiful things that tend to just abruptly bulb out of the Sound rather than gradually glide down to a beach like the one on Gilligan’s...READ MORE

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Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.