March 2010

Welcome readers of The Anchoress and Andrew Sullivan. See also: EVIL MONSTER UPDATE: THE INSIDE STORY. The level of vitriol being directed at Pope Benedict by the mainstream media right now is truly extraordinary. It’s primarily drive by desire for cash (scandal sells), followed closely by hatred, along with a hefty dose of ignorance. Reading […]

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Whew!  I was getting really annoyed.

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Here's an interesting little home-made device. Mind you, it's nowhere near as cool as a gasoline-powered alarm clock, but it'll do nicely. An English man made it with a camera he got off eBay, a weather balloon, a GPS tracker, some fiberglass insulation, and–yes–duct tape. ABC News reports: He buys weather balloons from a supplier […]

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 According to the Government Accountability Office,  American consumers, businesses, and federal agencies rely on the Energy Star program to identify products that decrease greenhouse emissions and lower energy costs.  Lower energy costs, okay. Lowering greenhouse emissions, ihh. In addition, the federal government and various states offer tax credits and other incentives to encourage the use […]

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A Word Of Comment

by Jimmy Akin

in Internet

TypePad is having problems with the comments on some blogs, including this one. I've communicated with them about it, and they say they are working on it and should have it fixed soon. My apologies to those who have been trying to comment but who have been unable to do so. I'll let y'all know […]

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A reader writes:  I'd like to hear your thoughts on what (if any) ethical obligations are due to a mortage contract in the current environment. I bought a home, and it's now severely underwater; worth maybe 50 – 60% of the purchase price. The payments are affordable to me for now, but much better homes […]

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There’s a meme going around certain quarters that Republicans are nuts because a massive number of them believe that President Obama may be the antichrist. I first encountered this on the Drudge Report, which linked to the British paper the Daily Mail, which has a story headlined: Almost a quarter of Republicans think Obama ‘may […]

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Not all of them, mind you. But, at least, he’s accused the U.S. bishops and the National Right to Life Committee of hypocrisy. According to The Daily Caller: “The [National] Right to Life and the bishops, in 2007 when George Bush signed the executive order on embryonic stem cell research, they all applauded the executive […]

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Okay, I didn't get a post done Saturday, so let's do a second one today and talk about the Copper Scroll, one part of which is pictured (left). The Copper Scroll is one of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and one of the most unusual. Why? Well, for a start, it's made out of copper. That's […]

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  Generally not. Or at least that’s the answer of Bishop Gianfranco Girotti (pictured) of the Apostolic Penitentiary. According to Catholic News Service: A priest who confesses sexual abuse in the sacrament of penance should be absolved and should generally not be encouraged by the confessor to disclose his acts publicly or to his superiors, […]

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