Saturday, January 24, 2015

Indiana University Students display modern liberal tolerance

That is, where drugs and sex are free and without consequence, all is tolerant.  Even punishing people for wrong-think.  Of course this is the sort of thing that radical fundamentalist right wing intolerant and judgemental people used to do.  Today, it's kids pushing for unlimited sexual expression by getting rid of this laughable notion that speech and religious rights are something we should care about.  Our modern educational systems and higher education institutions have done well.  They should be proud.  Read an account here.  I wonder if we'll wake up soon enough, or if we'll wait until it's too late.

What's going on in Hollywood?

First we had Argo, a movie that clearly dramatizes events, but does so for the benefit of the US and - get this - the CIA!  Like my boys said, that's like a movie that makes the Gestapo look like heroes.   Then we had Unbroken, by Angelina Jolie.  A movie that portrays the US as heroes and the Japanese - get this - as the bad guys.  Almost brutal.  Almost Nazi like in their cruelty.  A portrayal some vaguely admit, but prefer to keep under the bushel in order to emphasize the helpless peace loving spirit of Japan in August 1945.  And now we have The Sniper.  A film by political and economic conservative Clint Eastwood, that looks at the complexities of a US soldier who is a sniper, and actually shows the insurgents as baddies.

What the hell!  We're supposed to be the bad guys.  We nuke babies.  We slaughter darkies.  We own slaves and butcher Indians Native Americans.  We cause wars.  We interfere.  When people are forced to fly jets into our skyscrapers filled with Eichmanns innocent civilians, we're the ones that made them hate us.

What's with this?

My boys and my wife and I watched Argo together last night.  They were stunned.  Not because they thought it was an historical treatise on the events.  But because it dared to make us out to be the good guys.  Yes, it did it's job in showing we weren't always clean and without blame in events.  But we - and the CIA! - were actually the heroes.  Other countries objected, it wasn't multi-cultural enough, how dare an actor who isn't Mexican portray a person, etc., etc.   But my boys were stunned.  They said they're not used to that.  Throughout their life, we're the bad guys.  The US.  Our Founding Racists Fathers.  Our armies.  Our leaders.  Our racist citizens.  That's supposed to be the emphasis.  And that's what my boys have seen in their culture, their media, their schools and textbooks.

Like I told my boys as we watched Argo, and I described the low spirits of the day, there were actually people then who said the best days of the US were behind us.  That was an actual POV.  One of my sons piped up and said that's not what they say today.  Today, the motto is that the US never had any best days, we were always evil, wrong, and bad.  Our only hope is to make amends and repent and put the evils of the past behind us.  And yet these movies suggest otherwise.

To my wife and I, it was a nice refresher.  To my boys, it was a completely different POV.  Like finding out the world may be flat after all.  How interesting.

Monday, January 19, 2015

On Usury and Catholic thinking

So I posted about the tendency within Catholicism to emphasize obedience to the Church.  Obedience beyond what most traditions tend to emphasize.  That post was here.  But check out the discussion between two guests.  It takes on the issue of Usury, one I admit I don't grasp that well.  I know if it mostly from studies in Medieval History.  Haven't really thought about it otherwise, or at least not in its spiritual ramifications.  Anyway, the subject is beyond me, so read some back and forth between two individual inefficiently more schooled in the subject than I am.  For me, it's like Fay Wray watching Kong fight the T-Rex.  Just hold onto the tree and wonder.  

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

And now all Americans can be ashamed

Wow.  And I mean wow.  Read it.  I stand accused.  I've long felt this was the case, but I don't think I've ever seen it said so plainly.  Thanks to this wonderful piece.  May we learn in time.  And in a way contrary to the nature of post-moderns, may we actually do something about it.

Ohio State: The Little Team that could

Against all odds, the Ohio State Buckeyes have finally silenced the critics.  During the years of the BCS, the SEC dominated.  For whatever reason, year after year the teams of the south, primarily the southeast, swept title after title and won bowl game after bowl game.  Yes, in recent years there seemed to be a gradual shift, but the south was dominant.  But giving in to decades of cries, the college football program was changed and for the first time in college football history, we had an actual playoff system.

Into this new situation came the Buckeyes.  Long reviled by the sports media as an overblown has-been,  The days of Woody Hayes have long gone, and while the Bucks enjoyed some success under Jim Tressel, the later years were marred by overblown scandals built on minor transgressions, and poor performances in key bowl and championship games.

Then coach Tressel was forced to leave, and after a lost year, was replaced by former nemesis Urban Meyer, who himself had left the game due to health reasons.  After one undefeated season that didn't count due to sanctions from previous scandals, we lumbered through Meyer's second season, only to lose the key games of the year and lose them horribly.

Then after a summer of hoping for a solid year to rebuild, our Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback was injured before the season began.  And we were forced to turn to our backup quarterback,  Then against Michigan, he too was injured and out, only to be replaced by a third string quarterback that hadn't played the entire year.  We won, but faced Wisconsin and a Heisman candidate and one of the best runners in the nation.  We won.  We decimated.

Then it was number one Alabama, favorite of ESPN and the sports media, and overwhelming favorite.  The fluke against Wisconsin would fade and the Big Ten would once again fall under the dominate south.  We won.  We stunned.

But now, we were against what many felt should have been the number one team all year.  Oregan.  That was a team most teams feared to play.  They were fast.  They were a blur.  They shocked and awed.  Most assumed the best OSU could hope for was a good showing, and a great place in next years ratings.  And now?  Well, read for yourself.  It was a storybook season in a storied program.  It was teamwork and that magic that is football.  It was a good cap off to a great story.  And now it's time to go to bed.  Tomorrow we celebrate.

Friday, January 9, 2015

My sons are answered by Nicholas Kristof

When the shooting in Paris happened, there was, almost immediately, an attempt in the media to remind us that these terrorists do not represent Islam.  Islam is not to blame.  My boy asked 'why is it when someone in America does something, it's all about what's wrong with America, or when some Christian does something, it just goes to show you The Church.  Or when Mel Gibson went on his rants, there's the Catholics for you.  But when terrorists repeatedly kill thousands in the name of Allah, we are constantly reminded that we can in no way blame Islam or suggest it has anything to do with Islam?'  Kristof explains how here.

Fact is, Western Liberalism is a revolution.  And like all revolutions, it seeks to overthrow the establishment and replace it with its own institutions and philosophies.  Thus, it is in its best interest to constantly beat the drums of how horrible things are in our own back yard.  So Kristof says Christians don't have to apologize for the genocide against Muslims in Yugoslavia.  Yet I remember that being mentioned back in the day, and linked with Christians and Christian atrocities throughout the ages.  Just like, when a single pastor threatened to burn a Koran, it was linked to America's racism and racist past.

Sorry, that's the point.  If you're going to excuse Islam, then excuse Christianity when it comes to gay rights or abortion or even any other subject.  Excuse America and focus on a single issue.  The problem is, liberalism will forget all about 'you can't blame the whole because of a few bad apples' when it's something that can be linked to the very civilization that liberalism seeks to overthrow.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Newsweek embarrasses thinking people

The latest media bigoted assault on Christianity has made quite a stir.  Not because it's the usual 'Christianity is a stupid and evil lie' meme that we get every Easter and Christmas.  But because the propaganda hit piece, by Kurt Eichenwald, is so wonderfully bad.  On so many levels.  I don't have time to unpack the dumb.  It's just the sort of thing post-modern skeptics and secularists seem to love: factually wrong but with lots of hate and anger against improperly understood religions that they hate to begin with.  

The best example (and it was hard to narrow it down), was his treatment of the woman caught in adultery in John 8. Like Bart Erhman knows, every Bible published mentions that the earliest manuscripts don't contain this.  It's no big deal.  Nobody believes the Bible was typed by God on a cloud and dropped into our laps in the King's English.  And that's just informed Protestants.  Catholics and Orthodox by definition wouldn't see it that way.  Apparently that's one of a million things about the subject that Kurt Eichenwald is ignorant of. 

Anyway, Eichenwald says this: "John didn't write it.  Scribes made it up sometime in the Middle Ages.  It does not appear in any of the three other Gospels or in any of the early Greek versions of John." 

Did you read that?  Bwa ha ha ha!  Define early manuscript there Kurt old buddy, old pal.  Especially since the story if found in manuscripts as early as the 5th to 6th century.  For that matter, define Middle Ages.  And what of it not being in the other three?  How many passages in one Gospel aren't in the others?  I mean, this is embarrassing, and anyone except for the usual group of atheists and other anti-Christians who leap up to defend it, should run as far from this as possible. 

But enough of me.  Here is an absolutely devastating rebuttal to the errors, falsehoods, stupidity, bigotry, arrogance, hypocrisy, and unintentional hilarity of this latest contribution to that publication that used to be known as credible.   

Double standards in liberalism

Is like saying wetness in water.  It goes without saying.  Nonetheless, Jonah Goldberg unpacks a few examples to help us understand why anyone who doesn't conform to the Progressive Way is likely to undergo a horrible gauntlet in the public realm.  

Saturday, January 3, 2015

A Catholic problem

In the Christian world, Catholicism is unique in its demands for obedience to the Church beyond all other things.  When we went through RCIA, mention of a relationship with Jesus was barely dwelt upon.  But our confession that we would obey the teachings of the Church was hammered in.  Not that any denomination or tradition doesn't expect some fealty to its particular interpretations and understandings and faith confessions.  But that 'obey the Church' just isn't there.

So we have this little dialogue.  It's over the issue of usury, something that has long been a thorn in the side of the faith, that we often forget about in our post-enlightenment, capitalistic societies.  Forbidding usury plays a big part in Medieval history.  It's come back into the forefront in light of the Church's movement away from capitalism, and starting to warm up to more socialist leaning solutions for economic woes.

Note the final point by Kirt Higdon.  What the Church is saying appears to be change rather than development of teaching.  It also appears to have contradictions.  So be it.  I am called to obey.  However it is worth noting that we shouldn't impugn the heart and soul of the person who has questions.  But here's the point.  If obedience is the core of the faith, then when the Church does something like change its teachings, or say things that appear to contradict themselves or reality, you can either do what Kirk did, and just say it doesn't make sense.  Or you can impugn the character of those who threaten your acceptance of the situation by pointing out the obvious.

The Crusades and the Inquisition.  They are uniquely Catholic for a reason.  Terrible things have been done in the name of any religion or belief system.  But never so clearly defined with such an officially declared seal of approval.  Reread the link for understanding.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Ohio State against the world!

So the t-shirt said.  Will someone please tell me what kind of a world we live in where Ohio State's ragtag bunch of replacements headed by a third string quarterback with only one prior game under his belt actually beats the nations number one football team?  That sounded funnier when my sixteen year old said it.

Boy what a game.  I know, I know.  Next game's the beast, and it's hungry.  After destroying overrated Florida State, Oregon is sharpening it's claws (or bills) and ready.  But then, so was Michigan State.  So was Wisconsin. And of course, so was Alabama.  Why, when Oregon obliterated Florida State earlier, almost all of the talk went to the inevitable Oregon to Alabama match-up.

But somewhere, somehow, the Buckeyes didn't get the message.  Oh sure, it started out that way.  Jones, in only his second start, having never started as quarterback in a non-championship game, looked nervous.  The whole team did.  Nobody imagined OSU would win.  Most of the discussion was over just how flawed the system was to let the Buckeyes in the top four in the first place.

By the end of the first quarter, it was 21 to 6.  Two turnovers.  Two field goals.  The number one team with a host of records and bests in the lineup.  It looked like the Oregon massacre was going to be repeated.

Then something happened.  After clawing and scratching and kicking and biting our way to the goal, we actually scored against the nation's best goal line defense.  Then things turned around.  Suddenly we were scoring.  By half time we were only one point behind.

In the second half, we made two more touchdowns and held Alabama stopped.  Then, for almost the entire second half, we were plugged into our own five yard line, unable to move, unable to even make a first down.  We went until past the halfway mark of the fourth quarter with negative yards unable to even break a first down.

And yet strangely, Alabama was still behind.  If it looked horrible to us, it must have been a nightmare to Alabama fans.  How could they not be beating a team that couldn't even make a first down for most of the second half?  And yet, somehow, when it was over and the last play ended in an interception by Ohio State, it happened.

Yes, the next match will be ugly.  Heisman trophy winner.  Top team.  A beast.  And yet, somehow, the Buckeyes may even make a match of it.  If we don't, it was still one of the best seasons I've ever seen, and one of the best reasons for loving football.  It's all about overcoming adversity.  But who knows?  We'll have to wait and see.  Until then, well done Buckeyes.  You've more than earned your keep.

Oh, and you can't help rubbing it in the face of the SEC, since the first championship system seems to undo the last decade of SEC dominance.  Heh.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Mark Shea at his best

In a couple articles he wrote years ago, even before I began visiting his blog.  This one, from 2005, taking aim at the simplistic faith people have in the latest academic skeptic.   This one , from 2002, unpacking a historic understanding of traditions and Tradition.  It's worth noting that one is in the Imaginative Conservative, the only Conservative publication Mark references in a positive light, despite contributors to that publication advocating the very perspectives Mark calls down the hellfires of damnation on in other cases. Sad.  But the articles themselves remind me of happier times, when Mark Shea could truly unpack the Church's teachings with wit and restraint in such a way that this Protestant minster took notice.  You can see the positive, the affirming, the celebration of differences while desiring to explain them.  You can also see, without it being said, that this was a conservative Catholic making sure his faith wasn't compromised by holding to the wrong traditions. All that makes any apologist more than worth the money.

The Steve Martin article, FWIW, was one of the first I read, and it hooked me.  I still use Mark's example when I explain how much of the latest brilliance is really bunk.  It also had a hilarious picture from a Martin album from back in the day.  I thought the Martin cover gave it a special edge.

From the wit and wisdom of Mark Shea before he didn't change

The liberalization of Catholicism

It's not hard to notice.  Except for some sexual issues that don't directly impact celibate men, the growing number of issues espoused by the Catholic Church don't fall too far from the tree of modern progressive thought.  Whether it's evolution, global warming, immigration, the budget, economics, feminism, and even homosexuality, the unpacking and explanations increasingly sound about like they would have about thirty or forty years ago in such denominations as the Episcopals, Lutherans and United Church of Christ.

Sure, there are differences.  As much as Dr. Phil and the US Bishops may sound similar when dealing with Same Sex Attraction, the Church does draw the line at actual penetration.  Likewise, the Church pretty much says that science is right about evolution, except that God made it happen, which opens up several new issues, such as death and destruction being part of God's plan from the beginning, and that humans might not all be of the same pedigree after all.

Both Pope Benedict the XVI and Pope Francis have been quoted as lifting up women in ways that would make an Oprah roadshow proud - though of course women can't be priests.  And in terms of the US bishops (this being about the American Church, my main point of reference), typically their stances and preferences and the strategies of the Democratic Party aren't too far apart.

After all, even Democrats admit that Obama played fast and loose with not promoting a budget, largely for political reasons, and the Bishops were more or less quite.  Even though millions suffered as the economy dragged with no direction or leadership.  But let Paul Ryan promote a budget suggestion, and it was as if Hell was unleashed in Washington.  Of course the Bishops and the Democrats seem pretty close in the immigration debate, and let's not forget the fact that I'm just not seeing much other than gleeful support for most of Obama's healthcare mandate, except for the HHS mandate battle which was promptly lost by the Bishops.  At least in terms of winning the heart and soul of the country is concerned.  And there's even a growing discussion on just how realistic the whole Hell thing might actually be.

Yes, when it comes to abortion and contraceptives, the Church takes a hard line position that doesn't look to change any time soon.  See issues that impact celibate men above.  But other than that, is there really anything the Church is doing that doesn't seem to line up with the post-Christian secular progressive revolution?

Much is made about the flagrant change over at CAEI, that it has become a playground for America haters, liberals, leftists, socialists, anti-Conservatives, anti-Protestants, and other progressive and Leftist views.  But what of it?  If a person wants to be obedient to the Church, and we observe what the Church looks like in recent years, what choice is there?  Keep sounding like a conservative American, a traditionalist, someone who, apart from sexual issues, does not see the world through the prism of modern, secular and progressive ideals, will you be able to feel obedient?

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Another Catholic view on Torture

Another interesting article.  Those who take the Talk Radio approach to the issue probably do a disservice to the topic.  Again, torture is what the bad guys did in my view.  And so far, I haven't been convinced that waterboarding doesn't fall into the category of torture.  Like I've said, if we had an old war movie where Japanese or Germans were waterboarding an American serviceman, I seriously doubt we would have said, "Whew, thank goodness.  At least they weren't torturing him!'  But it is a complex issue, especially in light of the Islamic terrorists' willingness to throw all rules of war out the window and fight completely outside of any acceptable laws or standards, for a completely new set of objectives, and with an entirely new approach to warfare.  And since it's our generation, that has little connection to anything beyond our own hand picked demographics, it's been easy to criticize while proudly declaring no particular solution to any of the problems.

So I'm open to the debate.  Those who do anything short of 'I'd torture babies for the American way!', or those who invoke 'Evil America anyway!'.  Oh, and that goes for those who feel fine about breaking Jesus' commandments about judging and accusing and Raca and Fool to prove a point.  Read it.  It's worth the time.

I must see Unbroken

Based on this review alone, though watching the previews and knowing a bit of the history, I was already looking forward to it.  A movie that portrays faith and patriotism well, and the Japanese as brutal and sadistic?  Wow.  You don't see that much anymore.  Especially since the focus of America's contributions to WWII - when the emphasis isn't on it being a vast conspiracy set off by the American Military Industrial Machine - is typically the A-Bombs, Dresden, our antisemitism, and the Japanese internment camps.

BTW, on the same note, my son got my wife and me the movie Argo. Ben Affleck turned in a wonderful performance and did quite a job in the director's seat as well.  But more stunning was the fact that the Iranians were actually portrayed pretty savagely, while acknowledging that some of our policies were to blame.  But the really jaw-dropping part?  The CIA actually comes off looking sort of good.  Almost like heroes.  That's like a movie that portrays the Gestapo in a good light.

I always enjoy it when a Hollywood production bucks the liberal/post-modern trend.  I remember when Red Dawn was released in 1984.  It was almost surreal.  Not because of the implausibility of the scenario.  But because it actually made the Communists look like bad guys and more shockingly the US as the good guys.  Like my boys said when they recently discovered old reruns of the 60s farcical comedy series Hogan's Heroes; the difference between Hogan's Heroes and MASH?  Hogan's Heroes never forgot who the bad guys were.

It's a nice reminder, especially for Internet Catholics, who can sometimes feel righteous for proclaiming the eternally irredeemable evil of America as part of sacred confession.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Always remember that the United States is the bad guy

So the recent Sony scandal and North Korea's response has been an excellent diversion from news about Obama.  Even though things have looked up recently, the press has spent so much time covering for Obama when things were going sour, I don't think they know how to give the man credit when things actually go well.

Anyway, we probably all know the story.  I couldn't care less about the movie.  The reaction was everything I've come to expect from our generation of awesome hipsters.  But this little piece, where Russia throws its lot in with North Korea on the issue caught my attention.

For most liberals and leftists and non-conformists and post-moderns, the West and America are the baddies.  We're the bad guys.  Why the whole Cold War, and maybe even WWII, might have been a giant staged conspiracy by the evil US Industrial War Machine against a flawed, but misunderstood civilization known as the USSR.  So naturally, we assume that when the US is beat down a notch, the world couldn't help but be better off for it.

I hope they're right.  Since stories like this remind us that the vastness of Islamic civilization, the rise of India and China as competitors on the world stage, and little things like this regarding Russia and other old Cold War antagonists, suggests that such will be rushing into to fill the gaps as Western Europe and the US sink into second and third rate status.  If they're wrong?  Then in typical post-war post modern fashion, I'm sure most will console themselves by reminding themselves taht it will be future generations that will pay the price.

Thys be a blisful seasoun

A little Chaucer talk for our Christmas dinner this year, courtesy of Chaucer Doth Tweet.  We tried, for the first time, a Medieval meat pie, and let me tell you one thing - because it ain't two things - that was a scrumptious dinner.  We supplemented it with plenty of Victorian era side dishes, but replaced the Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding with the meat pie.  And that was a smashing success.  Here's a pic from the finished product.  It was not light!  But it was very, very good. 

The family that plays together stays together

A philosophy we live by, as demonstrated by the shelves and shelves of games and other forms of entertainment we have.  If we had more money, we'd travel. But in lieu of that, we make the most of what we have.  And for the plentiful days of bad weather that Ohio provides, especially in the Fall and Winter months, we have quite a selection of games to play.  Though video games, and new game apps, occupy the boys, there is still room for family games and family time.  So much so that they still ask for board games as well as tech stuff (and sometimes in some years, instead of tech stuff).

Here are some that we received this year, some by request, others by revelation.  In addition to some old standards, like Battleship and Scattergories, that were requested, and some for the youngest, including an awesome kiddie version of Scrabble so he can join our annual Scrabble game on New Year's Eve, the following should prove some fun hours in the upcoming year:

Based on the battle at the end of The Hobbit, the game (and its partner game War of the Ring) is based more on the books than the PJ movies.  And a good thing, since that helps it stay closer to the source material.  These games were the request of my 16 year old, and while ostensibly for multiple players, they are probably easier to play between two players.  The rules and flavoring and events mirror the books and the feel that one has when reading Middle Earth from Tolkien's perspective.  Not games made for a brief half hour to kill, the War of the Rings has been a joy, and this promises to be just as fun. 

Years ago, my parents bought a game called Labyrinth for our boys.  It was by a game maker named Ravensburger Games.  It was fun and well received, but we didn't play it often since even then, the older boys felt the pull of growing up, leaving our third son holding the bag with Mom and Dad.  But now our youngest has discovered it, and can't get enough playing Labyrinth.  Our boys, being good big brothers, have rotated playing it as well.  So given the quality and experience with that game, we found this product from Ravensburger.  We don't know if he'll like it as much, but if it comes close to Labyrinth it will be money well spent. 

When I was in high school, I had the idea of taking the board game RISK and adapting it to a World War II setting. I  even drew up rules and everything.  I never bothered sending it in, which is good news for everyone else but me.  Only a year or so later, a game called Axis and Allies was released, taking certain basic game concepts not unlike those in RISK, and multiplying them for a full blown WWII contest.  Two other games came out at that time: Fortress America and Shogun (or Samurai in other editions).  The latter two didn't have the same fanbase or numbers to sustain them like WWII had.  Still, I played Shogun once, and it was a blast. Now, with the miracle of, we were able to find an intact version for a reasonable price.  We'll see if it lives up to my memories.  Now if only I could find an intact version of Dark Tower for a reasonable price!

For years, decades perhaps, Avalon Hill was the undisputed master of historically inspired strategy and tactical games.  The old cardboard chits piled high in those days, and AH did an admirable job of combining scholarship with fun game play.  Some games were more complex than others, though striking a right combination between playability and historical accuracy was always key.  This is, as one could guess, based on the American Revolution.  The Historical Notes section of the rules makes clear this is not some modern Multi-Cultural PC version of events, but one that seeks to make actual events and players in the Revolution come alive.  We already have one Revolutionary War game, this one should add nicely to the collection. 

Based on reader recommendation, I couldn't find a rating for this that was under 4 of 5 stars.  It's in a historical genre completely out of my league.  Though I've studied some Asian history, most of my focus has been on Chinese if anything at all.  My knowledge of Japanese history comes in mostly toward the post-Industrial era.  It's certainly a pretty game, but we'll see. We may play Shogun first just to get the flavor of the period, since the two seem to be coming from similar historical settings. This also has a similar 'feel' to the game Mansions of Madness, which can only bode well for the game.  We'll see.  

But so far, enough games, as well as a couple in holding for Twelfth Night, and those our youngest received, that should keep us busy in addition to our store of games we already have.  A merry season indeed! 

Not all atheists are cowardly and ill informed

As demonstrated here. Not that it's a real 'that's wrong, stupid, cowardly and lame' take on this annual ritual, but at least he admits the yearly bed wetting with middle fingers by atheists could be overdone. That's something at least.

The problem is, there's nothing to hit atheists with.  Most live in denial of what their atheism really means - oblivion and an eventual end to the point of humanity having ever existed.  Not to mention that all things non-material are, by definition, illusions and fairy tales made up by life forms desperate to have purpose while we pass on our DNA.  All, of course, until the earth ends and the aforementioned pointlessness of the human race is made clear.

Not to mention try to tell most atheists that atheism is simply a belief, and it's like trying to explain to a 6 month old that the world is really round.  Not all, but most today. So as weak and meh this little piece is, I'll take it.  Like seeing the alluded to Fred Phelps take in a stray dog.  It doesn't mean much, but it's something.

I much prefer the take down on Mark Shea's blog the other day, that uses that part of the debate most modern atheists shrink from: logic, intelligence, reality, facts, data, open mindedness, curiosity, free thinking and self reflection. And all courtesy of one of the great smack downs of faith equals stupid in our modern era.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas

And a blessed Christmas Tide to all.  I'll be more scarce than usual, due to busyness and a desire to spend as much time over the next couple weeks with the family as possible.  May you and yours share a special time and rejoice over the reason that we have this day to celebrate in the first place.

All is not insanity on the Catholic blogosphere

For proof, I give you John C. Wright's excellent musings on the entire Torture debate.  I'm still not convinced that waterboarding doesn't qualify as torture.  I just can't see the Nazis doing it and us shrugging our shoulders and saying 'At least they didn't torture the fellow.'  Still, the greater point is the dangers posed in such a heated debate, and how they apply to both sides.  Those who would gladly torture for the American way?  Shame.  Those who nonetheless distort and even lie for the greater good?  Catholics, need we say?  An excellent piece that should be read before entering into the debate.