Off Topic

We don’t do this too often, but judging from the number of off topic discussions that have erupted in some of the threads recently, I decided that some of our commenters might enjoy a post where they could discuss what interests them.   The usual blog rules regarding charity and not engaging in personal attacks apply.  Otherwise, this forum is yours, so long as the topics, broadly speaking, relate to the Church and/or the US.

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.


  1. Will the *Catholic* Church survive in America in more genuine form? Or, given current events, will it eventually morph into a mutated, Protestantized version yielding to the dominant American and even secular culture?

    In other words, how will the Catholic Church in America look like 50-100 years from now?

  2. “On a more important topic, has the designated hitter rule corrupted the American spirit?”

    As the Gospel According to Matt clearly teaches:

    “Our Salvation doesn’t depend on Baseball!”

  3. I love Empire Total War Joe! I can’t wait for the Napoleon Expansion before Christmas. We’ll call this commentary on American culture!

  4. I hope you have it Tito with the Beyond the Sword Expansion which, in my opinion, is when the game came into its own.

  5. About the “Beyond the Sword” expansion, I find the description of the Apostolic Palace in Wikipedia humerous as well as eerily realistic!

    Expanded Diplomatic Victory

    The new Apostolic Palace wonder allows the player to win an early diplomatic victory, centuries before the United Nations is due to make its appearance. The wonder is tied to the state religion of the player who built it. Depending on the influence of the Palace’s religion on their civilization, players get votes to cast on decrees like holy wars, trade embargoes, or peace enforcement. It is later rebuffed by Communism and made obsolete by Mass Media.

    SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civilization_IV:_Beyond_the_Sword#Expanded_Diplomatic_Victory

  6. I want to see a graphically up to date game set in the 16th-17-th centuries. These are the neglected centuries of historical strategy games.

    One exception was Cossacks: European Wars. But its old.

  7. “I’ve always wanted to drive a beat up, rusted out car with the bumper sticker “I Used To Be An Honor Roll Student”

    That’s me to a T… I was an honor roll student and I actually do drive a beat up, rusty old car (just had to spend $400 today to get the catalytic converter, coil, and a couple of spark plugs replaced… oh well, it’s still cheaper than buying a new one) 🙂

  8. Is this truly an off topic thread then??

    “It was a crazy ditty with a swingin’ tune
    Sing a boop boop aboopa lopa lum bam boom.”

  9. And they keep trying to convince us catnip’s just a harmless herb…

    I thought Nora the Piano-Playing Cat was pretty cool. It’s nice to see she’s inspiring kittens out there to follow in her pawsteps. But somebody needs to bring that kid a couple of phone books.

  10. I wonder if there’s enough interest among the AC readers to participate in a game of Civ4?

    As the Writer of the Gospel According to Matt preached:

    It has to be co-ed so that we can show off more than merely our superior athletic, I mean, strategic skills.

  11. I think Nora the Piano Playing Cat has, what, 6 million You Tube views… my daughter probably accounts for at least 1 million of them 🙂

  12. Nora now has her own Wikipedia entry, which includes the following:

    “The Times of London, in its online edition, characterized her music as being “something halfway between Philip Glass and free jazz.” Public Radio International challenged its listeners to distinguish between Nora’s music and the atonal compositions of composers like Alban Berg, Arnold Schoenberg, and Anton Webern.”

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