This is impossible to watch and not smile.
This is impossible to watch and not smile.
They have published my latest for the Remnant online. I discuss the state of denial that western civilization is in vis-a-vis Islam by way of the cinema classic "Shaun of the Dead."
Not to be missed. Please read and share!!
Posted by Patrick Archbold at 11/28/2015 04:55:00 PM
Mocking the weak is not a desirable trait in someone seeking the most powerful office in the world.
Donald Trump would be in hot water if he were any other candidate but he's apparently immune to such things mainly because so many love the way he confronts the media. His candidacy, while built on his immigration stance, has persevered because many refuse to let the media take him down. It's not just appreciation for Trump, it's anger at the media.
But Trump's latest is, I think, revealing of his character. And it's not pretty. He apparently did not just mock someone with a disability but he may very well have mocked him specifically for his disability.
Please continue reading at the National Catholic Register>>>
Posted by matthew archbold at 11/26/2015 10:56:00 AM
The baby is believed to be just a few hours old.
One Catholic church in Queens built its nativity scene just in time for the holidays –- and just in time for a small miracle. On Monday, a newborn baby was left in the baby Jesus' manger.
A custodian returning from his lunch break didn’t think much at first of the cries coming from the nativity scene, which was just constructed that morning at the Holy Child Jesus Church in the Richmond Hill neighborhood of Queens, N.Y. According to Parish Secretary Paul Cerni, the custodian found the baby boy wrapped in a towel, with the umbilical cord still attached.
“The baby seemed fine,” Cerni told ABC News. “He was a fortunate child. [The mother] made the right choice.”
Father Christopher Heanue reportedly said, "God has a way of working mysteriously because I believe when this woman who came in with this child, saw this creche, this empty home, this home in which we'll welcome Jesus in just a few short weeks, I believe she found in it a home for her child."
Posted by matthew archbold at 11/25/2015 04:22:00 PM
The Jesuit run Fordham University is becoming gender inclusive.
I think it was Chesterton who said "A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it."
Fordham is a dead thing.
Fordham University recently approved the removal of common restroom signage indicating use for either the male or female sex at one building on the Lincoln Center campus, embracing part of a student-led campaign to make the University more “gender inclusive.”
According to The Fordham Observer, the changes to signs in the Leon Lowenstein building were pushed by The Positive, a student activist group. The restroom signage initiative started during the 2015 spring semester when The Positive reportedly entered into dialogue with Fordham’s administration and student government.
The Cardinal Newman Society reports that six Jesuit universities have made the change over to gender inclusive bathrooms.
And one now provides gender inclusive housing.
Posted by matthew archbold at 11/25/2015 11:10:00 AM
The Eagles of Death Metal was the band playing at the Bataclan in Paris. They lost many friends and loved ones in that massacre. But, in a horrifically biased and callous way, the Washington Post just compared the leader of the band to ISIS. Why? Because he said something remotely conservative.
Jesse Hughes is one of the founders of the band and he seems like a pretty offbeat guy. He's got a pretty awful drug habit that he brags about and he's posed nude with his porn star girlfriend but he's a pastor of some sort and worked for the Republican party as a youth. So...he's got a lot going on.
But check out this snippet from the story from WaPo:
At times, Hughes himself seems deeply conflicted about America, about rock-and-roll and even about himself.What? Seriously. What?
“I’m sorry, but I’m going to take full f—– credit right now for f—– the destruction of everything good, okay? Because it’s true,” he told Hyden. “Everything that the Bible thumpers said about Elvis is f—– true. It destroyed everything: Intimacy, the ability for people to be married — society at large is gone. [Pop culture] brought us the Internet, mass pornography, the death porn of Quentin Tarantino. It’s all f—– darkness and evil and has one goal, dude. And it’s not anything good for us. That’s the f—– reality of it, dude.”
Bizarrely, his language sounds similar to that of the gunmen who attacked Hughes and his fans in Paris earlier this month.
Does this jerk reporter realize what ISIS has done/is doing? And he just compared a guy who narrowly escapes the murderous rage of ISIS to the terrorist group? Because he said pop culture isn't good for us?
Who the heck thinks it is? I guarantee most of the journalists roll their eyes ironically at everything pop culture all the while consuming it. But it's ok because they're partaking in it ironically, you know. But someone who goes beyond eye rolls and questions what it's doing for society, well, they're like ISIS.
You know what it is, it's this stupid mentality that all religions are the same. If you believe something, actually believe it, and you have a belief about what's right then you must also have a belief about what's wrong. And that's what they won't tolerate. Nothing can be wrong. Nothing. And if you say others are wrong then you're like ISIS or something.
Posted by matthew archbold at 11/24/2015 10:55:00 PM
The trailer for the film Zoolander 2 is online. In it, there's a model named All of indeterminate gender played by Benedict Cumberbatch. In the trailer All is asked by Stiller and Owen Wilson if he or she is a man or a woman. "Do you have a hot dog or a bun?" Wilson asks.
The transgender community has a petition to boycott the film ad the petition reads
On November 18th, the much-anticipated trailer for the sequel to Ben Stiller’s hit film ‘Zoolander’ was released.Y' see. They're lying to you. They called Zoolander a "much-anticipated" sequel. Who the heck is anticipating this movie?
In the "Zoolander 2" trailer, an androgynous character played by Benedict Cumberbatch is asked by Zoolander and Hansel if he is a ‘male or female model’, and if they ‘have a hot dog or a bun’. Additionally, Cumberbatch’s character is clearly portrayed as an over-the-top, cartoonish mockery of androgyne/trans/non-binary individuals. This is the modern equivalent of using blackface to represent a minority.
HT CNS News
Posted by matthew archbold at 11/24/2015 12:59:00 PM
This ad from the Church of England got turned down by a chain of theaters in the UK. God no longer allowed in England, I guess.
Sadly, the ad is actually pretty nice.
The Digital Cinema Media (DCM) agency, which handles British film advertising for the major movie chains, Odeon, Cineworld and Vue, refused to show the 60-second film because it believed it would risk upsetting or offending audiences. In a statement, DCM said it had a policy of not accepting political or religious advertising content. The statement said that "some advertisements - unintentionally or otherwise - could cause offence to those of differing political persuasions, as well as to those of differing faiths and indeed of no faith," and that "in this regard, DCM treats all political or religious beliefs equally".
On Sunday, Church of England Archbishop Welby offered a statement to the Daily Mail: ‘I find it extraordinary that cinemas rule that it is inappropriate for an advert on prayer to be shown in the week before Christmas when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Billions of people across the world pray this prayer on a daily basis. I think they would be astonished and deeply saddened by this decision, especially in the light of the terrorist attack in Paris where many people have found comfort and solace in prayer. This advert is about as ‘offensive’ as a carol service or church service on Christmas Day.”
Posted by matthew archbold at 11/24/2015 09:05:00 AM
Two members of the Eagles of Death Metal (that actually could be the whole band, I don't know, but I think you need more than two to create that real death metal sound but I literally know nothing about death metal bands other than that oddly enough when they're interviewed they almost always seem more cogent and intelligent than pop stars or rock stars.)
Anyway, the reason I'm sharing this very short video from Vice, which is airing a preview of their interview with the band, is because the reason so many were killed in Paris is just heartbreaking.
One of the band members says the reason so many were killed is that because so many friends wouldn't leave friends behind and so many people were putting themselves in front of other people to protect them.
To hear of acts of love in the face of such evil just destroys me.
Now a bonus tweet from the author Joyce Carol Oates:
All we hear of ISIS is puritanical & punitive; is there nothing celebratory & joyous? Or is query naive?— Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates) November 22, 2015
Posted by matthew archbold at 11/23/2015 10:56:00 AM
Earlier this month, the great Sycamore Trust created a website called NDCatholic.com which would assist Notre Dame students in finding those professors and courses on campus that could be counted on to deliver an "authentic Catholic education."
Great idea, right?
On top of that, they had the great Fr. Wilson D. Miscamble, C.S.C., making his very well informed recommendations to students on the website.
Great idea, right? In fact, so many students thought it was a great idea that the website reportedly crashed on the first day.
Well, it seems to me the university's administration didn't like the idea.
The Sycamore Trust sadly sent out an email yesterday saying that Fr. Miscamble "is no longer associated with the website NDCatholic.com."
"I regret that I can say only that I am required to end my involvement with the NDCatholic site and am not at liberty to say why," Fr. Miscamble told The Sycamore Trust.
Now, to be clear, he doesn't say the administration got to him but it would appear that's what occurred. (I could be wrong but who else would be against such a website?)
The Sycamore Trust reports:
On November 9, 2015, we unveiled the NDCatholic.com website, which is designed to assist students seeking a Catholic education at Notre Dame. They need this sort of help because of the alarming reduction over recent decades in Catholic representation on the faculty. The faculty no longer comes close to meeting the University's own Mission Statement test of Catholic identity: a majority of committed Catholics on the faculty. Perhaps 25% to 30% of the faculty fit this description, as we will show again in a coming bulletin using the most recent data available.The Trust will continue the work of the website and vows to build on their success.
The consequences of this steep decline in Catholic faculty have been described in concrete terms by Professor Emeritus Walter Nicgorski, who retired recently after more than forty years as one of Notre Dame's most highly regarded teachers and scholars:
It is increasingly the case today that a young person going through the critical and formative years of a Catholic education at Notre Dame might not encounter a practicing Catholic informed and engaged by the Catholic intellectual tradition.
So much for free speech on campus, right?
Posted by matthew archbold at 11/22/2015 11:15:00 PM