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Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (081817)

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:00:50 +0000

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We’re Back (We Hope)

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:13:02 +0000

The last several days — well, almost a week — have been very rough physically, during which time I’ve necessarily had to devote most of my time to a hobby and the people involved in that hobby who I won’t leave hanging under any circumstances short of debilitating illness. I won’t bore readers with the [...]



Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (081717)

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:00:47 +0000

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Positivity: US Catholics to mark 50 years since Navy chaplain’s heroic death

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:55:21 +0000

From Washington (video at link): Aug 15, 2017 / 12:03 am A Mass and a documentary premiere are among the events marking the 50th anniversary of the death of Servant of God Father Vincent R. Capodanno, the decorated Navy chaplain who was killed seeking to provide the sacraments to ambushed Marines in the Vietnam War. [...]



Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (081617)

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:00:49 +0000

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Positivity: Gwinnett County officer buys kids back-to-school haircuts

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:55:06 +0000

From Gwinnett County, Georgia: POSTED: AUG 08 2017 09:57AM EDT UPDATED: AUG 09 2017 10:46AM EDT A Gwinnett County police officer went above and beyond the call of duty to help out children before they headed back to school. Officer Johnny Pollack with the Gwinnett County Police Department saved money for months and worked part-time [...]



Latest NY Times ‘Red Century’ Entry: Women Under Communism ‘Had Better Sex’

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:06:01 +0000

Since early April, the New York Times has presented a weekly “Red Century” series of op-eds dedicated to “Exploring the history and legacy of Communism, 100 years after the Russian Revolution” in 1917. The competition for the worst “communism wasn’t all that bad” entry was pretty close until Saturday (seen in Sunday’s print edition), when Kristen R. [...]



Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (081517)

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:00:49 +0000

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Positivity: What it’s like to be a missionary in North Korea

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:55:29 +0000

From Washington: Aug 9, 2017 / 06:17 am What can a missionary in North Korea do to preach the Gospel in a Communist dictatorship? Simply care for the sick patients he is there to help, says one priest in that situation. “We are the message of the Gospel, and we try to imitate it,” Fr. [...]



Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (081417)

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:00:30 +0000

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Positivity: LA archdiocese hosts youth conference to inspire sanctity

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:55:59 +0000

From Los Angeles: Aug 9, 2017 / 12:03 am More than 1,600 youth gathered at the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles this weekend for the third annual City of Saints conference, where local teenagers participated in workshops, the sacraments, and fellowship. “City of Saints is a festival of hope,” stated Archbishop Jose [...]



NY Times Editorial Page Editor Testifying in Palin Libel Case Was The Atlantic’s Managing Editor During Giffords Saga

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 13:59:06 +0000

On Thursday, a federal court judge in New York made what Eriq Gardner at the Hollywood Reporter called an “unusual move” in Sarah Palin’s libel lawsuit against the New York Times. It is indeed extraordinarily unusual, and would appear not to bode well for the Times — which likely explains why the paper’s colleagues in [...]



Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (081317)

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 10:00:29 +0000

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Positivity: Why YouTube needs Catholics

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 09:55:49 +0000

From Denver: Aug 10, 2017 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic YouTube junkies of the world, unite – you are needed for the New Evangelization. That was essentially the message of the recent Catholic YouTubers Hangout, the first-of-its-kind online meeting of dozens of Catholics from around the world who met last month about bringing the [...]



Not National News: Philly’s Once Heralded But Now Failing ‘Soda Tax’

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 17:10:09 +0000

The national press could barely hide its glee in June 2016 when Philadelphia passed a “soda tax” of 1.5 cents per ounce levied against non-alcoholic beverages containing “any form of artificial sugar substitute, including stevia, aspartame, sucralose, neotame, acesulfame potassium (Ace-K), saccharin, and advantame.” Now that the predictions of opponents have virtually all come to [...]