Stuff My Sisters Will Like

To Jenny, Katie and Laura, From Their Brother, Victor

Verses from the Trump Bible December 14, 2015

Filed under: Funny,Politics,Religion,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was TERRIFIC. And also HUUUUGE. #TrumpBible

And other tweets by Eric Metaxas.

The Iowa Caucus (February 1st, 2016) is seven weeks from today.

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Political Ad December 13, 2015

Filed under: Commercials,Economics,Funny,Politics,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

When you don’t own a TV, you get to avoid political ads. However, I very much enjoyed watching this one from Portlandia:

 

 

Free Speech: Progressivism vs. Liberalism November 29, 2015

Filed under: Neat,Politics,Sad :-(,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

From The Yale Problem Begins in High School:

Me: What kind of intellectual climate do you want here at Centerville? Would you rather have option A: a school where people with views you find offensive keep their mouths shut, or B: a school where everyone feels that they can speak up in class discussions?

Audience: All hands go up for B.

Me: OK, let’s see if you have that. When there is a class discussion about gender issues, do you feel free to speak up and say what you are thinking? Or do you feel that you are walking on eggshells and you must heavily censor yourself? Just the girls in the class, raise your hand if you feel you can speak up? [About 70% said they feel free, vs. about 10% who said eggshells.] Now just the boys? [About 80% said eggshells, nobody said they feel free.]

Me: Now let’s try it for race. When a topic related to race comes up in class, do you feel free to speak up and say what you are thinking, or do you feel that you are walking on eggshells and you must heavily censor yourself? Just the non-white students? [The group was around 30% non-white, mostly South and East Asians, and some African-Americans. A majority said they felt free to speak, although a large minority said eggshells.] Now just the white students? [A large majority said eggshells.]

Me: Now let’s try it for politics. How many of you would say you are on the right politically, or that you are conservative or Republican? [6 hands went up, out of 60 students.] Just you folks, when politically charged topics come up, can you speak freely? [Only one hand went up, but that student clarified that everyone gets mad at him when he speaks up, but he does it anyway. The other 5 said eggshells.] How many of you are on the left, liberal, or democrat? [Most hands go up.] Can you speak freely, or is it eggshells? [Almost all said they can speak freely.]

Me: So let me get this straight. You were unanimous in saying that you want your school to be a place where people feel free to speak up, even if you strongly dislike their views. But you don’t have such a school. In fact, you have exactly the sort of “tolerance” that Herbert Marcuse advocated [i.e., “Liberating tolerance, then, would mean intolerance against movements from the Right and toleration of movements from the Left.”] You have a school in which only people in the preferred groups get to speak, and everyone else is afraid. What are you going to do about this? Let’s talk.

 

Meet Eric Metaxas November 21, 2015

Filed under: Funny,Neat,Politics,Religion,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

This witty Christian is my new favorite radio personality. He has a weekday show that broadcasts out of the Empire State Building with the tag-line: “We’re trying to change the world one person at a time, but we’re willing to make an exception if you bring a friend.” His recent past shows are all available online (commercial free) as podcasts. In my favorite recent show he interviews the author of the #1 book on Amazon, Imagine Heaven,” about near-death experiences.

Here he is charming and witnessing at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast with the best speech since Blessed Mother Teresa:

This is his conversion story:

Here is his interview by Brian Lamb on C-Span about his books and his reflections on religion and politics.

He’s also on Twitter.

 

The Huggable George W. November 20, 2015

Filed under: Neat,Politics,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

This little girl carries a Pres. George W. Bush doll everywhere she goes. The former president heard about it and recently wrote her this letter.

Bush is a thoughtful note-writer.

 

Who Has Talk Radio’s Biggest Audiences? November 8, 2015

Filed under: Neat,Politics,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

Conservatives, mostly. The best can rival the ratings of the most popular TV talk shows (namely, those on Fox News.)

 

China: An Evil Empire November 2, 2015

Filed under: Catholicism,Funny,Politics,Religion,Sad :-(,Stuff,Unconscionable actions — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

Following in the footsteps of Dr. J. Evans Pritchard, Ph.D., I suggest that if a country’s score for iniquity were plotted along the horizontal of a graph, and its importance were plotted on the vertical, then calculating the total area would yield the measure of that country’s merited infamy. If charted, China’s rectangle of infamy would rank among the largest in the world.

Recently, the Chinese government reported that a 94-year-old, Roman Catholic bishop, Cosmas Shi Enxiang, had died in their custody. He had not been seen in public since he was detained on Good Friday of 2001, 14 years ago. Perhaps the government feared him speaking out against their one-child policy, their forced abortions and forced sterilizations, or their persecutions of Christians. This faithful bishop spent around half of his long life in Chinese prisons and labor camps. He died a white martyr for Jesus Christ.

By 2020, China plans to enroll all its people into a vast national database. This information will be distilled to output individual scores (between 350 and 950) to rate each citizen’s political loyalty. Favored behaviors will be rewarded, with penalties given for disfavored actions, opinions, and relationships. I wonder if the huge, red dragon that is China will soon be requiring its people to maintain at least a mid-range score of 666 in order to buy or sell things?