I Guess They’ve Heard About Us

Saturday, December 10, AD 2016

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A classic scene from the film Twelve O’clock High:   General Savage, played by Gregory Peck, is briefing his 918th Bomb Group.  He announces to them that Intelligence  has reported that the Germans have been taking fighter units from the East Front and stationing them in Germany.  Savage pauses, smiles, and says to the laughter and cheers of his men, “I guess they’ve heard about the 918th!”.

 

From Mahound’s Paradise:

 


 In the last two days these events have transpired:

1. The Pope and his close allies have started to promote the narrative that opposition to the agenda of Amoris Laetitia is part of a vast right-wing conspiracy. The conspiracy involves American bloggers, English and Italian journalists, dusty Catholic periodicals, the leading Catholic media company, cyberattacks by quasi-anonymous “trolls” and those who spread “fake news.” They’re all part of the “right-wing propaganda machine.”

 

 

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Popular American Catholic Posts

Sunday, May 24, AD 2015

 

The long weekend has given me an opportunity to view blog statistics.  Here are the top 10 viewed posts of all time at The American Catholic:

Google’s Top 25 Catholic Websites                                                             73,094
A Map Of How Americans View Europe                                                    48,007
Our Lady of Akita: Pray for Japan!                                                             31,283
Top 25 Catholic Blogs by Technorati Authority                                       29,217
What is The American Catholic?                                                                28,420
National Atheist Day                                                                                     26,255
The Best Pro-Life Video Ever!                                                                     16,727
Last Eye Witness to the Lincoln Assassination                                        15,813
Booming Traditional Religious Orders!                                                     14,972
Top 15 Misconceptions About Catholics                                                    14,138

Here are the top ten viewed posts for the past year:

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  • The 1937 movie, ‘Nothing Sacred’, has a scene wherein elderly Dr. Donner speaking to a reporter (Fredric March) for the ‘Morning Star’ says to the effect: I knew you were a reporter, I can smell them. Excuse me while I open the windows. The hand of God reaching into the mire couldn’t lift one above degradation! …
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    The Main Stream Media at work on reality.
    May The American Catholic be sustained.

Conversation About Race

Monday, March 23, AD 2015

 

White Starbucks

 

 

Starbucks, that purveyor of overpriced beverages by underpaid workers, decided last week to have a “conversation” on race with its customers, and after an avalanche of ridicule they have ended it.

Howard D. Schultz, the chief executive of Starbucks, said in a letter to employees on Sunday that baristas would no longer be encouraged to write the phrase “Race Together” on customers’ coffee cups, drawing to a close a widely derided component of the company’s plan to promote a discussion on racial issues.

“While there has been criticism of the initiative — and I know this hasn’t been easy for any of you — let me assure you that we didn’t expect universal praise,” Mr. Schultz wrote.

Having baristas write on customers’ cups, Mr. Schultz wrote, “which was always just the catalyst for a much broader and longer-term conversation — will be completed as originally planned today, March 22.”

That end date had not previously been mentioned publicly, including during Mr. Schultz’s discussion of the initiative at the company’s annual shareholders meeting last week, but a company spokeswoman, Laurel Harper, said employees had been told about it.

Asked whether Starbucks was reacting to criticism, Ms. Harper said, “That is not true at all. When we initially began the Race Together initiative, what we wanted to do is spark the conversation, because we believe that is the first step in a complicated issue.”

She added, “Leading change isn’t an easy thing to accomplish.”

The initiative, which began last week, was mocked with such vehemence on social media that the company’s senior vice president for global communications deleted his Twitter account because, as he wrote on Medium, he felt “personally attacked in a cascade of negativity.”

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  • If you want a good cup of coffee at a reasonable price from a chain, go to Dunkin’ Donuts or Einstein Bros. where you can get it without pretentions. Or better yet, go to a locally owned shop, as long as it is not too close to a college or university campus.

  • I need coffee. I don’t need some do-gooder telling me I need to think about other people.

  • The best conversation about race…is no conversation about race.

    Treat everyone the same. Don’t be race obsessed as the liberals (who are the main racists) are.

  • Starbucks trial balloon popped!

    This was a test. They were testing for the real issue….next years election. I hope this failure hits Starbucks hard in the bottom line.

  • Please correct me if I err.
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    10 people are depicted in the leadership team photo for Starbucks.
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    16 people are Caucasian.
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    16 people are men.
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    3 people are woman.
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    3 people are non-Caucasian – one black, one Indian (I think), and one Asian.
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    I hate, loathe, despise, abhor, detest and hold in utter contempt, disdain and revulsion godless liberal progressivism.
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    I have not bought Starbucks in a long time. I shall continue my boycott.

  • Opps, my error. Change 10 people depicted to 19 people depicted. Darn 0 is next to the nine key!

  • “She added ‘leading change isn’t an easy thing to accomplish.'”
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    Laurel Harper, the Starbuck’s company spokesman, was able to pack an
    astonishing amount of complacent preening and self-pity into just that
    one line. Starbucks so richly deserves their ridicule.

  • “Right back at you” for all the thumbs down. Mr. Shultz has been schooled in racism. Those who love their neighbor as themselves do not need it and those who are bone ignorant will not have it.
    Name calling is not an argument nor is it a conversation. It is called bullying. It is basically irrational, that action of a rational human soul denied.

  • P.S. “Right back at you” is what I tell those who call me names, ridicule and/or curse me. It is the only real response to bullying an individual can give. (I used to throw stones at boys, but you did not need to know that)

  • Paul W Primavera: “Opps, my error. Change 10 people depicted to 19 people depicted. Darn 0 is next to the nine key!”
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    And they just keep making these machines that way. I am still trying to find my way out of the ethersphere when I inadvertently send my self there. Say, Paul, If you find me, send me home. Thanks.

  • I’m not a coffee drinker. Neither is the missus, and she’s from Santiago de Cali, Colombia, the nation with the best coffee on earth. Before we had our boys, we made occasional trips to DC to visit friends and would stop at a Colombian grocery store on the DC-Maryland border on Georgia Avenue. I bought coffee and gave it as gifts.

    I haven’t been in DC in almost four years. One of my son’s hockey coaches is originally form Quebec, and Tim Horton’s is HUGE in Canada – and some selected US locations. Their donuts beat other donut shops and I give the coffee as a gift to my boys’ Godmother and tonight my son’s hockey coaches are getting K cups as a gift – in part for putting up with him. They deserve nothing less.

    Starbucks does not exist to me. Starbucks has less importance to me than hair coloring.

  • Penguins Fan.

    “Starbucks has less importance to me than hair coloring.”

    Funny line. Thanks for the smile.

  • Tim Horton’s is HUGE in Canada – and some selected US locations.
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    God only knows why.

  • If you want a good cup of coffee at a reasonable price from a chain, go to Dunkin’ Donuts

    You go to Dunkin’ if you want their eats or if the quality of the coffee (somewhat bland) is agreeable to you. Different flavors than Starbuck’s.

    Or better yet, go to a locally owned shop

    They have excellent Danish and crescent rolls, indifferent lunches, and terrible coffee.

  • This whole incident is very strange, but it has seemed in the last 15 years that much of the executive suite has been taken over by people who’ve absorbed what college diversicrats trade in because there wasn’t anything else occupying that space in their head. An argument for liberal education, I guess, although, it it’s just a class marker, liberal education might not do much good even if it was not delivered by sectaries (as it will be most places).

  • Art Deco, I am no coffee connosseur, but I love the donuts at Tim Hortons.

  • I like Glenn Reynolds’s take on this: “The primary purpose of race-talk in America today is to allow elite whites to silence and shame non-elite whites. Thus, it’s not surprising that the people pushing it are . . . a bunch of elite whites.”

  • “The primary purpose of race-talk in America today is to allow elite whites to silence and shame non-elite whites.”

    That is the real point. A need to feel superior to others.

    I also think that this type stuff is a natural outflow of not having a proper relationship with Jesus Christ. We are to love our neighbors as ourselves–not control them or force them to be what WE think they should be.

    Our society has truly turned into one in which everyone must find fault with everyone else–causing constant factionalism and chaos. The Holy Spirit brings peace and encouragement. Most times encouragement that is most effective is silent prayer for others.

  • “Starbucks, that purveyor of overpriced beverages by underpaid workers”.

    Sadly Starbucks is all over the world and in the leadership team 16 people are Caucasian and 16 people are men. There is much needed to be done to improve race relations all over the world. Sadly one of the biggest race problems is how blacks and ethnic minorities are still highly represented as underpaid workers, in poverty and in the prison system.

  • Starbucks was a woeful failure in Australia. It launched its first Sydney cafe in 2000 before opening a further 84 outlets across Australia’s eastern coast. Just eight years later, it had stacked up $143 million in recorded losses and was forced to close 60 stores. I think 25 are left. But they are run by Withers- who own 7-Eleven- what does that tell you?! The coffee is better at 7-Eleven.

    Forget the awful business culture- Starbucks coffee is horrible. Even in comparison to Instant coffee. It’s not even coffee, but more like a coffee-drink.

    The thought of visiting a Starbucks and ordering horrible coffee, whilst being confronted by staff with bad manners forcing me to talk about race.

    Heck, Id rather order a coffee at a McDonalds.

  • Great reminder–Frederick Douglass’ quote posted above.

    As the local on-site ‘reporter’ in the “CCCP”-(SF) Bay Area, I note that this proposal ignited an explosion here also by our many resident progressives. Even THEY don’t want their overpriced coffee ruined by a race-discussion at 7am. Pursuit of higher awareness can only commence later in the day.

  • Will Starbucks demand a conversation about the slaughter of innocent humans inside their mother’s womb…and why not?

  • Will Starbucks demand a conversation about the slaughter of innocent humans inside their mother’s womb…and why not?

    No, because among the sort of people who land jobs in corporate management (including corporate counsel), an objection to the slaughter of the innocent is considered vulgar. Ditto the faculties which expend other people’s money on diversicrats.

  • It seems all this recent talk about race-relations has more to with politics than justice.

  • If by recent you mean since circa 199-something or other. Give or take a decade more or less.

  • I certainly mean during the time of the current Administration and with all the troubles of the past year. Actual racial prejudice was on the way out as much as thirty or so years ago but has returned as perhaps part of a divide and conquer theme of the political Left. I have a strong sense of a bloodless, gun-less revolution underway. Who funds these riots in Ferguson and elsewhere?

Why I Am Friends With “Moderation” and “Ban”

Wednesday, September 5, AD 2012

Walter Russell Meade at Via Meadia, a blog I frequently read, is ending comments and here is his explanation why:

 

We apologize to the readers who participated in or valued the comments section on the blog, and especially to the well mannered and thoughtful contributors who never tried to hog the microphone, launch flame wars, smuggle hate speech into the comment page, rant about personal pet peeves repeatedly and predictably, let partisan or ideological animus run wild or otherwise abuse what at its best was a forum for reflection and thoughtful debate. To such belongs the Kingdom of Heaven, and your insights were appreciated, your praise cherished and your thoughtful censure was a cause for reflection. You know who you are, and this would be a much poorer world without you.

For the rest, we wish you well, and are confident that you will find many opportunities both in cyberspace and in the meat world for the kind of exchanges and conversations you seek. Thankfully this remains a free country where all of us can pursue happiness along whatever paths look promising; enjoy the pursuit and may we all find our heart’s deepest desire at the end of the road.

I believe that comments add a lot to the blog.  They turn a monologue into hopefully an entertaining give and take;  thoughtful criticism can improve most posts;  the blogger gets immediate feedback on what he or she has written, etc.  I have found for the past few years however, that in order for comments to be useful, it is necessary for a blogger to be quite familiar with the terms “moderation” and “ban”.

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  • I second this post as a co-blogger here at TAC.

  • Thank you Paul! I have often appreciated your expertise on nuclear energy which you have shared in the comboxes. Commenters bringing their different backgrounds and educational attainments into play on the issues discussed on the blog have added quite a bit to the blog over the years.

  • Comments to Mead’s blog were all moderated as a matter of policy. He had interns working for him reviewing the comments and seldom if ever had large quanta of commentary. He had one problem commenter, whose modus operandi was to issue verbose opinions which read like first drafts of DNC press releases. I suspect what he was actually telling his readers was that the grant money for stipends to the interns dried up. The thing is, it is atypical that a blogger’s posts are so engaging as a matter of course that he remains so without opportunity for reply and discussion. You have people who are habitually quite bland (Ross Douthat) or insufferable (Rod Dreher) who are nevertheless capable of provoking a discussion. Without comments, there is no point in reading them. If Mead is tired he can always return to scholarly publication.

  • Mac,

    I likely wouldn’t post that stuff if you weren’t 100% moderating me. The outrageous ones are generally brief, anyhow.

    It’s called, “Blowing off steam.” I’ll stop if you want. But, keep me moderated.

    Blog commenting is akin to showing baby pictures of your children to strangers in a saloon.

  • I wouldn’t change you if I could T.Shaw, which I doubt!

  • Without blog comments I would not have had the opportunity to meet and befriend several commenters, and that alone makes it worthwhile to keep comments open. Otherwise, I wholeheartedly agree with Don. I admit to being overzealous on occasion with the delete or ban button, but overall it’s good that TAC keeps its trolls at bay.

  • Cattle Mutilators! That made me laugh.

    My favorite political pundit has this to say about the Trilateralists. . .

    Charles Krauthammer alluded to the conspiracy theories when he was asked in 2012 who makes up the “Republican establishment”:

    Karl Rove is the president. We meet every month on the full moon. . .[at] the Masonic Temple. We have the ritual: Karl brings the incense, I bring the live lamb and the long knife, and we began. . . with a pledge of allegiance to the Trilateral Commission.

  • The Illuminati? Those twits? They couldn’t conspire their way out of a paper bag… Templar all the way!

    /random geekery

  • The Templars have strengthened recently Foxfier due to their “secret” alliance with the Elvis impersonators from the planet Xenon.

  • It ‘s taken 62 years to get me like this . . .

  • If you are certain that the Illuminati, the Tri-Lateralists, the Cattle Mutilators or (insert name of group) are behind the scenes pulling the strings, we will not keep you from sharing your insight on other sites.

    No explicit mention of the Bilderberg Group. Could it be true? 😉

Fan Mail

Monday, March 26, AD 2012

 

We recently got this missive over the transom at The American Catholic which made my day:

It’s really unfortunate to read a Catholic publication so full of hateful speech and uncharitable thought and partisan bigotry. Jimmy Carter is many things but he is not, nor has he ever been, a bigot. To denounce Carter and Obama in these crude ad hominem assaults  doers nothing to advance rational discourse, does nothing to propagate the faith, does nothing but drive deeper wedges into a society already torn by  ideological  zealots.  The editors of the American Catholic are far more Catholic than they are Christlike and far more Republican than they are American.  Your screeds are  reminiscent of the rants from the South in the tragically blind days before the Civil War.  Step back and think of the damage you are doing to the grace and coherence of  what once was known as Christian doctrine. 

I am sincere in my contention that it made my day.  Praise rarely elicits anything other than a brief moment of pleasure.  Criticism, even off the wall bitter criticism, provides an opportunity for thought and for fisking!

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  • Two demurrals:

    1. Terms like ‘bigot’ and the like are often used improperly. Two questions to ask: is your antagonist immune to contrary arguments and evidence (and in Carter’s case, my guess would be ‘not abnormally so’); and is there so much malicious chaff in an antagonists statement that one cannot have a productive discussion (of which I have a recent example in someone I encountered in a forum like this whose opening salvo was the contention that the Catholic Church had ‘covered up’ ‘pedophilis’ ‘for millenniums [sic]’.

    2. We are riven by programmatic disagreements, but I think you underestimate certain novel aspects of our situation. Robert Bork has said that in his experience there was a sea change in the quality of political discourse around about 1981. I think there was another around about 2001. Consider the public treatment of George W. Bush. I will wager you that a content analysis of his public papers would reveal him to be among the least rhetorically confrontational men in presidential politics in the last 40-odd years. His actually social views might be properly described as ‘Rockefeller Republican ca. 1962’. He belonged to the United Methodist Church. And yet he was occasionally spoken of as if he were a vitriolic Spanish falangist. It was all very strange. The whole Sarah Palin discourse has been downright bizarre. (I am aware that you do have something of a complimentary phenomenon in the use of phrases like ‘the Obama Marxist regime’).

  • We will have to agree to disagree Art on whether Carter is an anti-Catholic bigot. I think the evidence is clear that he is.

    In regard to Bork and a change in the political discourse circa 1981, that simply is not true.
    Consider this gem from Martin Luther King, Jr’s speech at his acceptance of the Nobel peace prize in Oslo:

    “Another indication that progress is being made was found in the recent presidential election in the United States. The American people revealed great maturity by overwhelmingly rejecting a presidential candidate who had become identified with extremism, racism, and retrogression. The voters of our nation rendered a telling blow to the radical right. They defeated those elements in our society which seek to pit white against Negro and lead the nation down a dangerous Fascist path.”

    American politics have usually been tough and fairly vituperative at all times. The election of 1800 was probably the worst. Harry Truman, now regarded by most Americans, including myself, as a great president, routinely referred to Republicans as fascists. The difference now is that due to the internet more people read about it, and participate in it. That is a quantitative change, but not a qualitative one. I do agree in regard to Sarah Palin that the gutter quality of the personal ad hominem attacks against her, and the savaging of her family members, is something fairly new, although by no means completely unprecedented, and completely despicable, in American politics.

  • Hmmmm….”so full of hateful speech” as in “hate speech”. I think I see where your latest critic is heading— No speech for thee but only for me.

  • I didn’t even know you were a Republican Donald!

    I’m an independent, but I lean Catholic first, Conservative second.

    Go Santorum!

  • routinely referred to Republicans as fascists.

    Routinely referred to Arthur Vandenberg and Thomas Dewey as fascists? Can you locate an example? I can imagine him referring to Joseph McCarthy or one of his enablers that way; McCarthy’s stock and trade was cynical rabble rousing, smears, and fantasies.

    I think Robert Bork was referring to the disposition and behavior of ‘official Washington’, especially Congress. As a public official of consequence before and after 1981, he does have an informed opinion on the matter. I do not think the King quote demonstrates what you think it does, for the following reasons:

    a. Goldwater was not responsible for the opinions of people who voted for him, but his campaign did corral much of the uglier aspect of political society in this country. His motives were not their motives. King’s statement needs editing. It is not wholly false.

    b. I would refer you to Jody Powell’s reminiscences of his time as press secretary. He was repeatedly purturbed and baffled by the habit of members of the Congressional Black Caucus of meeting with the President at the White House and then issuing a denunciation on the steps of same. Characterisics of rhetoric and an understanding of manners can be subculturally particular. One needs to remember also that King was a wholly extraparliamentary figure. One might also compare King’s public statements with Al Sharpton’s.

    That aside, I was reading newspapers fairly regularly between 1981 and 2001, and, no, I do not think it was like that. A great deal of vitriol was lobbed at Ronald Reagan (Bork was referring to that), but Reagan was a far more challenging figure than George W. Bush. Michael Kinsley wrote a great many snotty columns attacking papa George Bush, but the adolescent class cut-up’s babble was about as bad as it got. (Dan Quayle got a raw deal, though). As for Mr. Clinton, the worst of it was by a crew of imaginative conspiracy-spinners (Vincent Foster was murdered, etc.) who wrote books distributed by obscure (vanity?) presses.

  • Here is a typical example Art of Truman on the stump:

    “The American way of life which most of us have been taking for granted is threatened today by powerful forces of which most people are not even aware.

    Everybody knows about the contemptible Communist minority. We all detest that Communist minority. Everybody knows, too, about the crackpot forces of the extreme right wing. We have a vociferous representative of that force here in Chicago. We are on our guard against them, however.

    The real danger to our democracy does not come only from these extremes. It comes mainly from the powerful reactionary forces which are silently undermining our democratic institutions.

    I am going to tell you just what these forces are.

    We must not imagine, just because we love freedom, that freedom is safe–that our freedom is safe. Eternal vigilance is still the price of liberty.

    Other people have also loved freedom, but have lost their liberty with tragic suddenness.

    It happened in Italy 25 years ago. It happened in Germany 15 years ago. It happened in Czechoslovakia just a few months ago. And it could happen here.

    I know that it is hard for Americans to admit this danger. American democracy has very deep roots. But, if the antidemocratic forces in this country continue to work unchecked, this Nation could awaken a few years from now to find that the Bill of Rights had become a scrap of paper.

    My friends, that must never happen! Look back over history, and you will find that wherever ruthless men have destroyed liberty and human rights, certain economic and social forces had paved the way for them.

    What are these forces that threaten our way of life? Who are the men behind them? They are the men who want to see inflation continue unchecked. They are the men who are striving to concentrate great economic power in their own hands. They are the men who are setting up and stirring up racial and religious prejudice against some of our fellow Americans.

    I propose to state in simple, unmistakable language, just exactly how each of these three groups of men–working through the Republican Party, if you please–is a serious threat to the future welfare of this great Nation.”

    Go to the link below for the whole speech:

    http://www.trumanlibrary.org/publicpapers/index.php?pid=2007

    Just before the election in 1948 he told an audience of 24,000 in Chicago that a vote for Dewey was a vote for fascism.

    http://books.google.com/books?id=8fp1A2s6aQwC&pg=PA847&lpg=PA847&dq=truman+chicago+a+vote+for+dewey+is+a+vote+for+fascism&source=bl&ots=6daCfn7A9e&sig=rk-y0wgpYPFCPnZve9719XsxcvY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=76pwT4_eMomO2wWg3uDwAQ&sqi=2&ved=0CB4Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=truman%20chicago%20a%20vote%20for%20dewey%20is%20a%20vote%20for%20fascism&f=false

  • “but his campaign did corral much of the uglier aspect of political society in this country.”

    As ugly as this Art?

  • “One needs to remember also that King was a wholly extraparliamentary figure. One might also compare King’s public statements with Al Sharpton’s.”

    In this particular case Art, I do not see a lot to choose from. Anyone who thought that Barry Goldwater represented a fascist threat to the country was either engaging in the worst type of partisan diatribe, or not playing with a full deck.

  • I would not defend Lyndon Johnson’s ad campaigns.

    I think Ross Barnett represented something surpassingly ugly about American political life. I would not compare it to Johnson’s ad campaigns; it was on an entirely different register. Barnett’s constituency was ensconced within Goldwater’s larger constituency, not because Goldwater had any interest in maintaining Southern caste regulations, but because Goldwater’s understanding of federal-state relations was more congruent with executing Barnett’s program than was Johnson’s view. What the implications of that would have been had Goldwater been elected in 1964, I cannot imagine.

What Happened

Tuesday, March 13, AD 2012

For about five hours this morning ThePulp.it, The American Catholic, and Ignitum Today websites went down.  I want to make clear that we were not hacked, we did not get viruses planted, nothing of those natures.  What I can say is that precautions have been taken to prevent such an incident from occurring again.

I want to apologize to all our readers and visitors and affirm our dedication to providing you the content you all have expected from us on these websites.

Enjoy!

Tito Edwards

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Interview On the Radio Today at 5pm Eastern

Wednesday, June 8, AD 2011

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!

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Last Weeks Top-Ten Catholic Posts

Sunday, June 27, AD 2010

Here are this past weeks Top-10 most visited Catholic posts from The American Catholic for June 20-26:

1. Parish Shopping by Michael Denton

2. McChrystal Should Be Fired by Donald R. McClarey

3. Sharia in Dearborn? by Donald R. McClarey

4. G.K. Chesterton on Lincoln by Donald R. McClarey

5. Healthcare Reform & the Magisterium by Chris Burgwald

6. Real Sex vs. the Contraceptive Mentality (Part 2) by Darwin

7. Toy Story 3 by Michael Denton

8. Planned Parenthood, What Happened to the Money? by D.R.M.

9. Under the Roman Sky by Donald R. McClarey

10. I Am Shocked, Shocked! by D.R. McClarey

Honorable Mentioned

Top 25 Catholic Blogs by Technorati Authority by John Henry

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USA Today Reports on Catholic Blogosphere

Tuesday, November 3, AD 2009

Last Friday on October 30 the mainstream media here in America reported inaccurately that the Vatican was warning parents that Halloween is ‘anti-Christian’.  Of course no such thing occurred.  The Vatican did not say that Halloween is ‘anti-Christian’, in fact they didn’t say anything at all.

On that same day, Jack Smith of The Catholic Key Blog debunked the story with yeoman’s work finding the source of the “alleged” Vatican Halloween Warning to a priest of the Spanish Bishop’s Conference by the name of Fr. Joan Maria Canals, CMF, a liturgy expert.  I followed up with a posting on this website early the next day supplementing Jack Smith’s findings with common mistakes made in reporting what is and isn’t official.

I then submitted my article to several news organizations, including the Drudge Report and the USA Today.  Additionally I left comments and sent emails explaining why their reporting was inaccurate.  To their credit, both the Drudge Report and the USA Today, rectified the situation some extent.

Drudge Report Catholic Church Halloween Evil 2

The Drudge Report removed the link to the Daily Mail late Saturday morning.  Then early Monday afternoon on November 2, Doug Stanglin, who wrote the piece that inaccurately attributed the Vatican warning parents of the anti-Christian nature of Halloween, followed up with our side of the story.

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The American Catholics Top-10 Most Visited Articles

Saturday, October 31, AD 2009

Well we are approaching the end of our first anniversary here at The American Catholic website.  Many of us have provided our favorites and most thoughtful articles that caught our attention.  Now its the readers of The American Catholic’s turn.

The following articles are the most visited by our readers on The American Catholic.  They may not necessarily be the most popular, maybe they may be the most provocative that captured our readers attention.

So here are the Top-10 most visited articles these past 12 months:

1. Excessive Health Care Profits by DarwinCatholic on August 3, 2009 A.D.

2. Pro-life Ending for Jay Leno’s Tonight Show by Tim Shipe on May 30, 2009 A.D.

3. Russian Professor Predicts Breakup of US in 2010 by DarwinCatholic on December 29, 2008 A.D.

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  • Feel free to delete this comment after you fix it, but you’ve got the wrong date on #10– listed as two weeks in the future, which WOULD be quite impressive!

  • Thanks Foxfier!

    Glad to know that we have readers that read every little detail!

    🙂

  • Well, that’s not fair; Tim Shipe’s article was written 1800 years ago! Of course it has more hits than any other!

  • Andy,

    Was that BC or AD?

    😉

    Thanks for the catch!

  • Hey Andy- feel free to pile on my little Leno piece- that is probably my least favorite post- not because I have any problems with it- the Leno show topic just isn’t that big of a deal. I had hoped that my recent Church and Health Care idea would have stirred up a lot more discussion leading to more mainstream consideration of a “Catholic third way” for reforming health insurance options- but alas not much movement. Maybe in 1800 more years my Catholic Health Insurance ideas will take off!

  • Tim,

    Don’t give up.

    You probably made more people think about the Catholic third way than the Leno piece.

    I’m sure it was mostly curiosity due to it being Leno’s last show combined with the pro-life theme.

    Keep up the great work!

  • Happy (belated) birthday to this blog. I don’t always comment on the articles, (some days I am just too tired to type) but I have found value in the writings of all the TAC bloggers, even though I don’t always agree with them. The people I am prone to disagree with make me think, which is a good thing.

    A special thanks to Donald for his inspiring series of stories about Catholic military chaplains.

  • Thank you Donna. Faithful readers like you is why we do this.

  • I have to thank you all for sucking up my time. I don’t have that much of it and try as I might – I can’t avoid this site. So I suppose I’m stuck. 🙂

    Tito, I know you want me to post a pic but that is beyond my technical capability. I can barely turn a computer on. All I know how to do is type and hit submit. ANd I am not so sure about the typing.

    Thanks for putting up with me. Keep up the good work.

  • AK,

    Thanks for your many comments.

    Dude, don’t worry about the pic. If you ever figure that out, your computer genes embedded inside you due to your male gender will kick in and then you’ll be in for a world of hurt.

    Hopefully your marriage won’t suffer (no seriously)!

    😉

  • American Knight: I can’t figure out the picture thing either. I once completely wasted a couple of hours trying to put an avatar up on another site and couldn’t do it, so to heck with it.

    The “computer savvy” part of my brain was completely used up when I learned PowerPoint. There’s no room for anything else.

  • My male techie and competative genes kicked in once with a video game shortly after I got married and my poor wife did not react well to the massive amount of her time I wasted playing over and over and over until I won. I was up all hours of the night. The really bad part is we were at someone else’s home.

    I have not played video games since even though she allowed me to keep my thumbs 😉

    Of course this site isn’t helping with the addiction thingy. I guess y’all are doing something right.

    I’ll keep reading and posting for whatever that’s worth but please don’t expect this uneducated immigrant to figure out how to upload an avatar. I am afraid if I tried that my marriage may be in jeopardy.

    Seriously though, when I stumbled accross this site (I can’t even remember what I was looking up but I assume it required a Catholic perspective on something political – which these days is everything, yeah totalitarianism!) I was impressed and only recently discovered that y’all are new to this. Congratulations.

Year In Review Of The American Catholic

Saturday, October 24, AD 2009

We here at the American Catholic are celebrating our one year anniversary by reflecting on our favorite posts of the last 12 months.

Today it is my turn to contribute my favorite postings.

Enjoy!

What Is An American Catholic – Zach

The Scary Thing Is: We Really Mean It – DarwinCatholic

Fr. Emery of the 10th Tennessee Regiment – Donald McClarey

Being Reasonable Doesn’t Always Work – Chris Burgwald

Moloch: A Call for a More Sensitive Reappraisal – David Curp

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American Catholic: One Year Retrospective

Wednesday, October 7, AD 2009

As Donald noted yesterday, it’s been a year since we started here at The American Catholic. I know we’ve all been pleased both at the quality of the writing from the team as a whole, and also from the interest from our readers.

Looking back over the last year, we put together a list of some of the our favorite posts.

A Can of Worms: In Praise of the Latin Mass Joe Hargrave

Apologia Pro Libertarianism Sua Blackadder

Are Pro-Lifers Stuck with the Republican Party? John Henry

Becoming A Father, A Polical Manifesto Tim Shipe

Catholic Chaplains Series Donald McClarey

Catholic Teachings on Economic Life Eric Brown

Catholics Teaching, Homosexuality and American Life Eric Brown

Cocaine, Cardinal Ocampo, and the Drug Wars Tito Edwards

Delayed Adulthood, Preliminary Thoughts Joe Hargrave

Don’t Adulterate the Adultery Ryan Harkins

Fides Quaerens Intellectum Eric Brown

Generations & American Catholicism John Henry

Moral Simpletons Joe Hargrave

Nationalism and the Problems of the Middle East DarwinCatholic

Partisanship and Empty Rhetoric Ryan Harkins

Pro-Life Movement: Democrats Need Not Apply Tim Shipe

Redistribution of Wealth: A Catholic Perspective Joe Hargrave

Send Me Your Poor DarwinCatholic

Should Catholics Own Guns? Ryan Harkins

Socialism, Catholicism and the Common Good John Henry

Staying Rooted in Parish Life DarwinCatholic

The Old School Date Tim Shipe

The Poor You Will Always Have With You Ryan Harkins

The Vatican’s Rifles DarwinCatholic

Uncomfortable Thoughts on the Declaration Blackadder

Were the Apostles Socialists? Blackadder

Women Priests in the Catholic Church Eric Brown

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One Year Already?

Tuesday, October 6, AD 2009

Happy Birthday American Catholic

I find it hard to believe, but The American Catholic is celebrating its one year birthday today.  I’ve enjoyed writing for the blog over the past year immensely, and I hope our readers and commenters have also had some fun.  Contributors  will be linking to some of their favorite posts.  Here are two of mine:

1.  report-to-the-emperor-first-draft-I posted this on Good Friday and I think I will make this a blog tradition of doing so each year.

2.  triumph-of-the-king-This I posted on Palm Sunday.

My friend and colleague Christopher Blosser is having some computer trouble.  Two of his posts that I greatly admire are:

1.  mitsuo-fuchida-from-pearl-harbor-to-calvary.

2.  catholic-campaign-for-human-development-tainted-by-acorn-or-still-rotten-itself.

In regard to Chris this list would be quite lengthy if I included all the posts he has written which I wish I had written!  Writer envy, it is a terrible thing!

I am sure the next year will be as crowded with events as the last one was.  The American Catholic will be here to comment on the passing scene,  as Americans and Catholics, with, I trust, a leavening of humor and at least a dash of common sense.

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