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Abortion is the greatest ongoing holocaust of our time. 2 billion innocent children have been killed worldwide. I'm very thankful the US Catholic Bishops have made an initial vote in favour of a strong pro-life stance. The ideal is Biden repents and becomes pro-life himself.
I’m suprised - listening to people like Michael Voris it would seem like the bishops are bought and paid for by the world

Good thing if they refuse to dance to the democrat pipe
The Coffee Pot / Re: If I were a moderator...
« Last post by Miriam_M on Today at 01:44:03 AM »
Acolyte is not a troll and didn't "just come out of the woodwork."  He's been a regular poster here for years.

People who criticize other people (you, me, Acolyte....) are not by that fact "trolls" unless those posters have nothing positive or constructive to say, and merely have an axe to grind or personal animus.  (I agree that some people are merely destructive; they are cyber-stalkers and seem to register on various forums, both Catholic and non-Catholic ones, for the purpose of being as negative as possible.) We've had them here on SD and we still have them. However, that does not define Acolyte's posting history.

He posted some restrained criticism -- in the spirit of explaining the effect of your forum behavior. He was trying to say that your style does not invite discussion but may inhibit it because of its peremptory tone.

Your words often imply that you consider yourself the only faithful or the most faithful Catholic on the forum, and that "therefore" anyone who takes issue with your tone must be less Catholic than you.  Even if that's not your position, it's the way you communicate.  If you did less of that, no one would have reason to doubt that you were still a faithful Catholic.
Arts and Leisure / Re: Your favorite old movies
« Last post by The Curt Jester on Today at 12:56:37 AM »
I particularly like The Gold Rush (1925, Charlie Chaplin).  Charlie is a prospector in Alaska.  He and his partner find themselves starving in a shack in the middle of a blizzard and having to contend with a criminal.

Brother Orchid (1940, Edward G. Robinson) is also one I enjoyed watching.  After an attempt on his life, a gangster boss goes into hiding by pretending to be a monk.

For something more recent, there's Never a Dull Moment (1968, Dick Van Dyke).  An actor is mistaken for a hired killer and taken into the employ of a gangster boss.
The Coffee Pot / Re: If I were a moderator...
« Last post by Insanis on Today at 12:23:14 AM »

Coming out of the woodwork to mock and deride is not Catholic.

If you only contribution to the forum is to criticize me, I'm going to comment on your posts honestly.
The Coffee Pot / Re: If I were a moderator...
« Last post by Acolyte on Today at 12:21:36 AM »

The Coffee Pot / Re: If I were a moderator...
« Last post by Insanis on Today at 12:19:30 AM »
Note my signature: I only accept criticism from people who shown themselves to be something other than a troll. If you protest me because of silly things, but you didn't protest blasphemies or heresies or anti-Catholic posting, you might as well join them and I'll point this out.

What use it is it to log in and make one's activity critical of me, after standing by silently in the face of those things? Assuming you are watching, which you must to make these posts about me, where were you then?

168 Bishops in favour and 55 against. Pray. That's more than 75% of the US Catholic Bishops who wish to rebuke Biden.


"U.S. Catholic bishops overwhelmingly approved the drafting of a “teaching document” that many of them hope will rebuke Catholic politicians, including President Joe Biden, for receiving Communion despite their support for abortion rights.

The decision, vehemently opposed by a minority of bishops, came despite appeals from the Vatican for a more cautious and collegial approach to the divisive issue. And it raises questions of how closely the bishops will be able to cooperate with the Biden administration on issues such as immigration and racial injustice.

The result of the vote — 168 in favor and 55 against — was announced Friday near the end of a three-day meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops that was held virtually. The bishops had cast their votes privately on Thursday after several hours of impassioned debate.

Supporters of the measure said a strong rebuke of Biden is needed because of his recent actions protecting and expanding abortion access, while opponents warned that such action would portray the bishops as a partisan force during a time of bitter political divisions across the country.

As a result of the vote, the USCCB’s doctrine committee will draft a statement on the meaning of Communion in the life of the church that will be submitted for consideration at a future meeting, probably an in-person gathering in November. To be formally adopted, the document would need support of two-thirds of the bishops."
Arts and Leisure / Re: Your favorite old movies
« Last post by Insanis on Today at 12:08:03 AM »
I have both Gaslights!

I am getting the 1931 and 1936 version of The Maltese Falcon (book published in 1929) soon and I recently watched the more famous film from 1941. I have some Film Noir on my list now.

I like some old Republic serials, particularly Commando Cody. Ray Harryhausen's work is something to behold.

But I think the best old movie is King Kong from 1933. It is a masterpiece.

Universal's The Invisible Man from 1933 is great. I have nostalgia from it too because I saw it when I was very young.

This is of course for Talkies. I don't think I have a favourite individual traditional moving picture.

Arts and Leisure / Your favorite old movies
« Last post by Jacob on Today at 12:04:03 AM »
What are some of your favorite old movies, old being movies made before you were born?  Why do you consider them among your favorites?  Who stars in them?

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
This is a movie with an ensemble cast.  The three main actors play servicemen who are coming home to a small midwestern city now that WWII is over.  One of this is a banker who served as an NCO in the infantry, one of them is a former drug store worker who was a bombardier in the air force, and the third was a sailor who lost his hands when his ship went down.  The three of them have to adjust to postwar life and their families have to adjust to them.  Many Oscars were won.

Gaslight (1944)
With Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer.  Ingrid is a younger woman who meets an older man in Italy.  they fall in love, marry, and then settle in her family townhouse in London.  There, things start to happen that lead Ingrid to think that she is starting to lose her mind, much as her own mother did when she was a child.  Boyer and the servants watch.  This is a great period movie.
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