My Latest Heretical Act

11/05/2010 Comments (41)

Having been informed a couple of weeks ago that I was a secret liberal longing for the election of the Democratic party, the establishment of abortion and the triumph of Marxist/Commie/Islamic atheist theocratic fascism, you can imagine my surprise when I discovered that I was a conservative reactionary who hates and fears reason and shills for large corporate interests bent on denying the incontrovertible results of science.

It all started when I expressed skepticism about the hype surrounding

Anthropogenic Global Warming

Climate Change

Global Climate Disruption.  Global warming is one of those things fraught with pseudoknowledge: Knowledge that people “know” not because they actually know...READ MORE

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Why I Do Not Lie Awake Worrying about Global Warm…, er, Climate Cha…, er, Climate Disruption…

11/03/2010 Comments (30)

...or whatever it is they are re-packaging it as this week is illustrated by the invaluable Michael Flynn, statistician by day and terrific science fiction writer by night, who notes the following collection of prophetic utterances about climate from the experts over the past century and a half:

Kirk Myers, Seminole County Environmental News Examiner has compiled a fascinating list of quotes, many of which are below:

"The climate of New-York and the contiguous Atlantic seaboard has long been a study of great interest. We have just experienced a remarkable instance of its peculiarity. The Hudson River, by a singular freak of temperature, has thrown off its icy mantle and opened its waters...READ MORE

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Control Freaks

11/01/2010 Comments (16)

The White House has found something else for us to be afraid of: asteroids.  Turns out we need to spend a bunch of money to prepare for this, because our power to control the universe is limitless:

Of course, all we need to do is get Bruce Willis, but nobody listens to me.

I sometimes think that one of these days, our Ruling Classes are going to undertake a long-range program to try to prevent the Second Coming, with task forces and bipartisan analyses which will present computer models of the predicted socio-economic and environmental problems expected to attend the Consummation of All Things and the Advent of the New Heaven and the New Earth.  There will be solemn pledges (“Not on my...READ MORE

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Monsters vs. Monstrance

10/29/2010 Comments (31)

Come Sunday, we all celebrate Halloween again, that strange night of the year when, with one accord, American civilization dredges up all its darkest fears of the supernatural and waffles between scaring itself and laughing at the whole thing—nervously.

It’s an odd thing really.  Halloween urges upon us a particular *kind* of fear.  Nobody associates fear of terrorism, or a rise in prices, or dogs, or bullies, or cancer with Halloween.  It’s ghosts, demons, witches, and all that sort of fear that our culture plays around with. We sense, somehow, that there are deeper terrors and evils in the world than just muggers or other workaday fears like unemployment.  We whistle past the graveyard...READ MORE

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A Conversation about Homeschooling

10/27/2010 Comments (148)

A reader writes:

I see your enthusiasm on Home Schooling, and I see there are plenty of reasons to seriously consider it. However, how far through your children’s education should you home school? I for one would find trouble offering some things High School does offer a child, like: 

-Advanced academics. 
-Competitive sports which develop emotional strength and leadership. 
-Team and cultural activities such as music and theatre. 
-And most importantly, their discovery of God and self outside the shadow of their parents. 

I went to Catholic High School in the 80s and my children, in turn, went and go to Catholic High School (I have one that graduated last year, and a sophomore). I...READ MORE

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In Memoriam

10/25/2010 Comments (9)

I just discovered that an old teacher of mine, Arden Flom, died in July.  God rest his soul.  The article in the Herald (and the tributes in the comboxes beneath it) reflect the profound impact Arden had on the lives of a great many people, and I would like to add my voice to them, for what it’s worth.

Arden Flom saved my life.  That’s not an overstatement.  You know those statistics you read about teen suicide?  I came this close to be being one of those statistics in the winter of 1977.  I was an American suburban garage band pagan.  Unbaptized, without a clue about the gospel, “without hope and with God in the world” as St. Paul puts it.  The previous spring I had graduated from high...READ MORE

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For some people…

10/22/2010 Comments (43)

...tomorrow is the birthday of the entire universe.  That’s because some folks credit 17th Century Anglican Bishop James Ussher’s stab at figuring out the exact date of the creation of the whole universe.  He nailed it down to October 23, 4004 BC.  Some say he pinpoints it at 9:00 AM, but Steven Jay Gould says noon in this article.

I like this piece.  Gould was an atheist and a Darwinist, but he maintained a respectful attitude toward believers that is refreshing in these days of New Atheists who think that shouting “SCIENCE!” like Thomas Dolby lends an authority to their philosophical gruntings.  Gould has the moxie to write an article in defense of Ussher rather than simple pull the...READ MORE

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Obama's Cynicism

10/20/2010 Comments (60)

Andrew Bacevich is somebody I respect a great deal.  A Catholic conservative and a principled opponent of our policy of Permanent War, he served honorably in the Army for decades and sacrificed a son to our disastrous and wrong-headed war in Iraq. He was respectful, yet unstinting in his criticism of the disastrous policies of the Bush Administration that have embroiled us in our imperial adventures (and of the policies pre-dating Bush 43 by decades, which are embraced by both sides of the aisle as conventional wisdom).  His book, Washington Rules, chronicles the way in which our present wrong-headed policies abroad evolved, flourished, and are now rapidly becoming outdated as we try to...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.