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John McGuinness
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The new NBA
The firing of David Blatt (at least as told by Adrian Wojnarowski ) seems to usher in a new era in how sports teams (or at least the NBA) are managed.

It is unprecedented for a coach who took a non-playoff team to the Finals in Year 1 and is leading the co...
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No Retweet; No Surrender
Every year, it seems there are more guides for young progressives in how to navigate political arguments with their less enlightened relatives.  Here's Vox's edition for this year. The standard response to this type of thing is the reason for the holidays i...
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Red Cups and the Pharisee's Prayer
Shortly after the red cups came out, I posted the following on my Facebook profile: The way I respond to secularization of Christmas is to stand at the doorway of my church before Christmas Mass and wish everyone who walks in a Merry Christmas in my warmest...
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My Case For Mercy
I am generally disposed to favor the position of mercy, and allowing their return to the Eucharist for some  divorced remarried couples. What follows are my reasons for having this disposition. It is not an air-tight theologically rigorous case for this pos...
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Where I'm coming from...
I halve some thoughts on the Douthat vs. the Academics brouhaha that is currently brewing, but since my recent blogging has been rather sparse, I should probably establish some of my current personal context first. I'll start with what weighs on my heart pe...
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If you #StandWithPP, you are standing against Pope Francis.
It has been depressing to see my timelines turn from celebrations of Pope Francis to defenses of an organization that does not deny and refuses to get out of the business of dismembering unborn children. Contrary to what you may have read, the religious lea...
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Use your own Judgement...
Buster Olney bravely decided to have a Hall of Fame argument on Twitter, and I rewarded him by engaging him. The first tweet I saw on it was this one: Today's column: https://t.co/UDpzVQr1Ts Not only do writers owe Jeff Bagwell votes, but they owe him an ap...
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Picking up the thread....
After spending several posts setting the table, I never got around to serving the meal on my response to the conflict between Ross Douthat and the Catholic academics. (If you want timely commentary, read a less busy blogger). On a gut level, I agree with Bi...
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Why Mercy Might Not Be Prudent
Mercy, by its nature, is inconsistent, and will appear to be unfair on the surface. A sin has been committed; it merits a certain punishment; that punishment is being commuted or eliminated. Our sin merits eternal damnation. But Jesus has taken on those sin...
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My priors and biases
To continue my extended throat clearing, I'll share what my general impressions are of some of the principles currently engaged in the conflict. I am a big admirer of Pope Francis. I think his modeling of simplicity and humility has been very helpful, and a...
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Experience and Empathy
A recent study finds that those who have been through a difficult experience are actually less empathetic toward those going through similar experiences than those who have not. The main reason they cite is that once someone has overcome a problem, they und...
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A Pan For Security Theatre
I'm reluctant to relate this story, because I am happy that the Holy Father's visit to the US and Philadelphia went so well. I am proud of both the area I grew up in and my faith that has been on display these past few weeks. I'm happy to see the spirit tha...
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  • Amazon.com
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    Senior Software Engineer, 2012 - 2012
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    Technical Specialist, 2006 - 2011
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Catholic husband, father, and software engineer living in Seattle.

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  • Holy Cross High School (Delran, NJ)
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I Am a Mom. I Am a Myth. I Am a Legend.
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Everyone is getting all the good feelings today from this viral video, in which a middle manager type interviews a bunch of job applicants f

ESPN Tournament Challenge
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Get in on the excitement of this year's NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Compete against other fans as you fill out a bra...

The Challenge of Pluralism
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On religious liberty, campus conformity, and the difficult quest for actual-existing pluralism.

Sexual Aggressors in Bars Aren't Necessarily Drunk, But Their Targets Are
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In college, I knew girls who assigned themselves drunken alter egos based on Snow White’s seven dwarves: Happy, Sleepy, Grumpy, etc. The ide

Go Ahead, Let Your Kids Fail
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If we want a society that dreams new things and then makes them happen, why do we teach the next generation to do the exact opposite?

Public Education’s Weird Ideological Divide
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How did Diane Ravitch's reactionary nostalgia become liberal, again?

Reihan Salam - Yoga Bodies and the Illusion of Integration
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Earlier this week, a writer for xoJane, a website best known for publishing personal essays by American women, published a short piece by a

Against the Rage Machine
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Even when we don’t opine, just clicking around, we’re like cilia on the tracheal lining of some gross beast, and our small work of enthusias

The New York Times Company
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More thoughts on liberalism and the decline of marriage.

Look Who's Gawking: Inside Nick Denton's phony, hypocritical class war a...
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“There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” - Warren Buffett “Hypocrisy is

Over-rated! (Clap, Clap, Clap Clap Clap)
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On the eve of Bedlam, we ask: Is there too much emphasis on championships in college football?

Pope Francis and the Ghost of Sargent Shriver
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How the new pope is implicitly challenging Catholic liberals to prove that their worldview has a future.

Of course you should be a cafeteria Catholic!
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The expression “cafeteria Catholic” is typically used derisively by some to dismiss people who think they can pick and choose among the veri

Richard Cohen Insists That the Tea Party Hates Race-Mixing
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I've tried my level damndest to ignore the latest Richard Cohen column controversy, because life is short and Cohen will stumble into anothe

The Francis Era: Synthesis or Civil War?
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Can Francis-era Catholicism move beyond its post-Vatican II internal conflicts?

Bernie: Praising a most unusual manager : Sports
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Mike Matheny will leave you scratching your head, yelling at the TV or typing out angry words. But whatever he does, it works. No matter how

Disputations
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Disputations. ''For true and false will in no better way be revealed and uncovered than in resistance to a contradiction.'' -- St. Thomas Aq

Feminism and the Razing of the Village - The Federalist
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Feminism promised to empower women. Instead it destroyed their support system.

Why Mothers Should Never, Ever Know Best
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When you’re pregnant or a new mom, people like to bestow all kinds of useless advice on you. Pearls of wisdom like “enjoy every moment” or “

A Modest Proposal to Help Americans Exercise Their Faith
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Surely employers should have to help Americans exercise their faith, right?