The Faith of Fringe

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 1:47 PM Comments (7)

I find myself in a strange situation.  One of my favorite shows on television is a show I gave up on halfway through the first season.  Fringe.

I gave up on the show halfway through the first season because I felt the show was meandering, strange, and sometimes gross.  It is still sometimes those things, but it is so much more too.

I gave up on Fringe, now in its third season, before the overall “meta narrative” became evident.  Fair warning, spoilers ahead.

The storyline goes something like this.  There is a special division of the FBI named the “Fringe” division that investigates strange occurrences somewhat like the X-files.  However, as we learn throughout the show that most of the...READ MORE

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Incendiary Stupidity or Killing Incivility

Thursday, January 20, 2011 4:25 AM Comments (26)

The following has been redacted for your own safety.

The other day I was

killing time at Target. I overheard two guys shooting the breeze about the new civility. You know, the words and phrases we are no longer allowed to say because it might trigger

a crazy person to do something, well crazy.

One guy, a real

straight shooter, then complained that the media had really jumped the gun in declaring victims of the recent shooting dead saying “It must have killed family members to hear such things.” The other agreed and attributed it to the media just gunning for ratings.

Another guy,

all up in arms, walked up and started shooting off at the mouth saying “Its all Sarah Palin’s fault!”  The first...READ MORE

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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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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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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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The Lord of the Flies School

Tuesday, December 28, 2010 2:22 PM Comments (29)

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. But, when I became a man, I decided to put the children in charge.

I hesitate to call an idea stupid (OK, I really don’t), but in the history of stupid ideas, this gets top billing right next to getting involved in a land war in Asia and “Flock of Seagulls” haircuts.

The idea?  Schools entirely run by kids.  Little kids.

What could go wrong?

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

This is clearly an NBC puff piece, but I cannot help but speculate if, perhaps, the producers are making some subliminal commentary.

Take the success story mentioned in the piece.  The...READ MORE

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Lame Duck? No. Zombie Duck

Thursday, December 23, 2010 11:28 AM Comments (2)

The lame duck session of Congress is finally over.

This session of congress has been called “the most ambitious legislative agenda that’s ever been pursued in a lame-duck session since the 20th Amendment.”

Since the what amendment?

The 20th amendment.  That is the amendment to the Constitution that was supposed to kill lame duck congresses forever.  Now we have Zombie Duck Congresses.

Lame duck sessions of Congress have always seemed wrong to Americans.  We just voted the bums out, why should they get to decide anything?  They shouldn’t.

So the Congress passed and the states ratified the 20th amendment.  The headline in the 1933 Washington Post declared “Present Lame Duck Session Will...READ MORE

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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.