Duane Lester, a blogger at the All American blog, posted a story a couple of weeks back detailing the results of an audit of Holt County, Missouri. A small local paper in the county seat in Oregon, Missouri ran a story about the audit a few days later. And not just any story – they ran Lester’s post, word for word and without attribution.
Lester decided to pursue the matter and wrote a letter arguing for his copyright claims, demanding $500 in payment. Then Lester paid a visit to the newspaper’s editor, and caught it all on film.
Mr. Ripley’s demeanor suddenly changed once he realized that he was being filmed, and perhaps that’s the only reason he decided to eventually make the payment to Lester. Of course Ripley would have wound up paying a lot more in court costs had he decided to defend his plagiarism, so it was probably the right financial move.
What astounds me are some of the reactions to the video. There are people more upset that Lester videoed the confrontation than that Ripley blatantly plagiarized Lester. Yeah Ripley “goofed,” they claim, but that Lester is a meanie by intimidating a small-town newspaper editor.
You see this sort of thing on blog comments all the time, particularly on Catholic blogs where certain commenters spend roughly 20 paragraphs droning on about charity in what is a thinly veiled, passive aggressive attempt to say “I am better than you.” Justifying horrible behavior by focusing on the medium by which the behavior is exposed is almost as bad as the behavior itself. As I said, I’m not sure Lester would have received justice had the camera not been rolling, though he perhaps would have received a black eye. Maybe Ripley will now be more reticent about ripping off young bloggers in the future.
Kudos to Lester for standing up for his rights.
The Cross & Eagle Awards (C&EA) will be recognizing another legend and this particular blogger is in the field of apologetics.
This defensor fidei travels the country evangelizing both Catholics and non-Catholics alike, educating in the Catholic faith, and defending the eternal Truths.
In my estimation, he probably created his blog with minimal thought, not knowing what a tremendous tool it could be to evangelize.
Imagine not having to travel to another parish hall or hotel to do another presentation in person. Not that he has stopped doing this, it’s that he can now reach a wider audience.
Unfortunately his blog wasn’t one of the best out there.
This all changed recently.
He changed the layout, improved the graphics by leaps and bounds, and made it much more interactive. Yes, he improved the look of his blog overall.
Who is this mustachioed Catholic?
I am happy to present the 2011 Cross & Eagle Award for the Most Improved Blog in the Catholic Blogosphere to. . .
To qualify even for consideration you need not only be talented in writing and knowledgeable about our Catholic faith, you need to write often. That is the kicker.
Many a Catholic blogger has stopped blogging due to an increase in the family unit, new job, blogging fatigue, carpal tunnel affliction, and even death. And that’s just a short list.
This particular blogger didn’t allow a growing family nor inclement weather stop him. Not even a beard that has gotten out of control has slowed down this convert.
Being a warrior for Christ, he is horizontally integrated in various forms of media battling heresy and anti-Catholicism in it’s many forms as well as educating the faithful and non-Catholic in our rich and long Catholic Tradition.
Even when his template was no longer supported or his antiquated version of blogger, he stayed the course, WordPress be damned!
Don’t know who this character of the Wild, Wild Web is?
Here is only a sample of the many publications he writes for online:
Crisis Magazine, National Catholic Register, Catholic Exchange, Inside Catholic, and a whole lot more.
I am happy to present the 2011 Cross & Eagle Award for the Most Prolific Blogger in the Catholic Blogosphere to. . .
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I will be interviewed on the radio today at 5pm (Eastern) on the In His Sign Network radio station. They are a lay Catholic radio apostolate located in Rosemont, PA. They broadcast daily live from 5 to 6pm (Eastern) WTMR-800 AM and on the Internet at www.inhissign.com.
The interview will be about The American Catholic and the other Catholic websites that I operate as well as my work on the National Catholic Register.
This is my first interview and it is an already humbling experience. Pray for me that I won’t make a fool of myself!
The Miracle of Caring and Sharing – Mark Shea, National Catholic Register
Permanent Deacons Taking Role Away From Priests – Father John Zuhlsdorf
Infiltration Evangelization – Giuseppe Ambrose, The Three Bs
Of All the Rutten Ideas (Tim Rutten of the LA Times) – Phil Lawler, CC/OTC
If JP2 Can Be a Saint, Really, Anybody Can – John Norton, Our Sunday Visitor
Getting Off the Misery-Go-Round of Scrupulosity – Trent Beattie, Cthlc Lane
Vatican Surprises Bloggers with Successful Meeting – Father Tim Finigan
On Infertility and Adoption – This Cross I Embrace
Things are Getting Airbrushed – Rich Leonardi, Ten Reasons
Why Religion Matters – Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service
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ThePulp.it EXTRA is the title of a new series of posts that I will be contributing for The American Catholic . It’s an idea first thought of by fellow blogger John Henry a few years back. I’ll be posting some of the best that the Catholic Blogosphere has to offer every so often to highlight some great posts around Saint Blog’s.
I hope you enjoy it!
Pat McNamara is Catholic Because of History – Frank Weathers, YIMC
Making Sense of the Resurrection Discrepancies? – Msgr. Charles Pope
Women’s Head Coverings at Mass: I Told You So – Jimmy Akin
Easter in a Time of Scandal – Mark P. Shea, InsideCatholic
Fatima in Seven Easy Points – Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales
A Case for Hell – Ross Douthat, The New York Times
Ordinariate Comes to Life in Holy Week – Anna Arco & Simon Caldwell
Easter Sunday: Satanic Desecration at Georgia Church -S. Brinkmann
“He Descended to the Dead,” Easter Surprise – Sandro Magister, Chiesa
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This video is unsurpassed for conveying in such a brief time, with each minute representing one year, the major events and shifting areas controlled by the Union and the Confederacy during the War. It also graphically portrays the human cost of the War as the seconds roll by and the dead and wounded toll grows ever higher. Continue reading
I’m not normally the guy putting up political YouTube videos, but this was just too funny to pass up. Ill. rep Baron Hill talks down to a journalism major about why she’s not allowed to record video during his town hall: because videos invariably end up showing compromising moments on YouTube. And now here he is, hectoring the girl, on YouTube.
Lesson: For politicians, life is like the Internet. If you do something stupid, it will always be there for everyone to see.