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Well everyone,

As with all good things that come to an end, Socon or Bust is hanging up the boots, so to speak.

But it’s not as dramatic as it sounds so don’t worry!

We are simply merging all of our sites together under one roof over at The Catholic Legate.  All Socon posts will be transferred.

Socon or Bust, The Catholic Legate, The Rosarium, and the Legionnaires are all going to be hosted there.

I’m working on a revamped blog/website too which should be ready in a week or so.

In 5-7 days, if you try to access Socon or Bust, you will be redirected to the Old Catholic Legate site…which will eventually give rise to the new Catholic Legate.

It’s been a blast, folks…looking forward to seeing you over there.

John Pacheco

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Who ever you are…you failed.

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Going to be taking a break for the next month or so.  Squeaker might still be blogging from time to time, but yours truly is taking off to concentrate on other things.  God Bless.

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I have not been to Hippie’s site in about 4 months. I see that she has not posted since I last visited.

Apparently, she’s not doing so great.

Please keep her in your prayers as she battles her Depression.  She’s on the wrong side of the truth on all issues of any consequence, but at least she’s not lukewarm…which is a positive sign in some respects. God can work with that.

She’s in my prayers as part of my Adopt-A-Pro-abort campaign.

In case you’re out there, Hippie, I don’t do Monday 12-1 AM any more. It’s too late.  But now I do Tuesday 10-11 PM and Friday 11-12 PM.  You’re first in my prayers.

When the shrinks and lab-coats fail you, there’s one other place to try.  Don’t forget that.

God works through our weaknesses and sicknesses to bring about a greater good….if we accept them.

Ya’ never know, one day the Unrepentant might become Repentant.

 

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I said….

 Socon or Bust Facebook Page.

 

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Socon or Bust has no pretensions about being a big player in the blogosphere.  Lots of views has never been our gig, although we don’t mind the traffic when we do get it.  Our gig is about being relevant and shaking things down when the cages need to be rattled, as well as moving things forward towards the One True Faith and the Dignity of Human Life.  It’s not about the numbers. It’s about results.  If you’re not getting results as an activist blogger, then you’re wasting  your time.

We average about 500 daily views.  Peanuts by some standards, but considering the return on investment, we punch way above our weight.  Not bragging…just stating a fact.  And there’s more of that to come in the near future.

On the other hand, some multi-million dollar media empires have buzillions of dollars thrown at them from various Church quarters and companies, and they can’t get above 1000 or so subscribers. They have minimum impact because they water-down and bleach the Faith.

I wonder if their sponsors have ever done a value-for-money audit.  In these times of fiscal restraint, frugality, accountability and stewardship, Catholic sponsors should demand results and leave the bull puckey to the Church politicians.

Some times these ventures become about one individual and career advancement instead of about The Faith.

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Hey Busters!

I’ve loaded a Plugin that allows “liking” Socon or Bust’s posts to Facebook. In case you are unfamiliars, when you click the little button “like”, it registers your “like” on a particular post and gives you the easy option to post the entry on your Facebook page with just one click.  So “like us” and spread the anti-hopey-changey Gospel that Socon or Bust is evangelizing for!

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Sorry, folks, but blogging has been light of late.  I’ve been caught up in what has seemed to be a tsunami of household renovations and repairs.  Once it starts, it never stops.  It’s like an onion.  One you start peeling, it never ends.

I would like to say things will pick up next week again, but the rate that this is going, I don’t think I’ll ever get out of this.

I’ll try and keep posting quickie entries in the mean time.

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Sorry everyone, I couldn’t make it to the Flame in time today on Parliament Hill.  Will make it up at the Voris event which you’re all coming to on May 24, right?

We’ll go out for a brewskie afterwards with Michael and celebrate putting the boot to social justice in the Church.

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Deborah Gyapong has suggested that Pro-Life Bloggers meet up after the March starts, but I don’t think I can do that with kids and all.

I’ll be arriving at Parliament Hill around Noon with my family and some family friends.  But I would like to say hello to any fellow bloggers and Socon or Bust readers at the Centennial Flame, say between 12:15-12:30PM.

I think this is a great idea. Let’s make it an annual event!

Maybe we can pay a visit to the CBC’s truck at the March and express our collective blogger “concern” over their coverage of prior years.

 

 

 

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Relations between Catholic bloggers and Church officials have at times been quite strained as the new media has developed in the last couple years. Some prelates, clergy, and chancery officials have expressed strong reservations about the Catholic blogosphere, with some even speaking quite derogatorily.

Church leaders have been angered by the penchant of many bloggers to call them out on their failures to expound and defend controversial Catholic teachings on moral issues like contraception, homosexuality, and abortion.

The difficulties got to the point that last year the Vatican convened a special conference for bloggers to try to build bridges and learn more about this new method for advancing the Gospel.

But now even the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is saying Catholic bloggers have a “critical role” in defending the Church.

In a new statement on religious freedom released today they write:

The Catholic Church in America is blessed with an immense number of writers, producers, artists, publishers, filmmakers, and bloggers employing all the means of communications—both old and new media—to expound and teach the faith. They too have a critical role in this great struggle for religious liberty. We call upon them to use their skills and talents in defense of our first freedom. (Source)

I’m all for co-operation on a case-by-case basis. Religious liberty is a no-brainer.  The question is not Blogger orthodoxy, but rather how serious the Bishops are about fighting Obama.  Is it all just talk or are they going to call Obama’s Bluff and shut down the hospitals?  Bloggers are willing to mix it up with the culture, and co-operate with the leadership of the U.S. Bishops, if they’re not just blowing smoke.  God help them if they yank the carpet from our feet and don’t follow through, though, once they start the train rolling.

Just a little warning to my fellow bloggers:  don’t get too cozy with the Bishops or else you lose your relevance and moral authority. Co-operation is on a “contract”, case-by-case basis.  The Catholic world has shifted because of the Catholic Blogosphere and Catholic New Media and that’s no embelishment, either.   We need to circle the wagons when the necessity arises, but we need to break up the wagons when the Bishops aren’t doing their jobs.

There’s no blogger blank cheque for the bishops.  There’s a very low limit on the credit card that they should be permitted to draw from.

Let’s not forget who put us in this mess, in the first place.

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Moscow, March 26, Interfax – Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia advises Orthodox bloggers to direct their “enhanced energy” to real work.

“It’s enough to follow the discussions in blogs of believers, both laity and clerics. After reading them, you often think: “if to use this energy for good purposes!” the Patriarch said at a session of the Coordination Committee on Promoting Social, Educative, Cultural and other Initiatives under Auspices of the Russian Church.

He asked a question to the participants in these Internet discussions: “You speak very decisively – but what are your real work and your real deeds? What are your practical actions?”

“I don’t underestimate importance and need of deep, serious discussion among Orthodox believers, but I want to remind to its every participant, that the Savior speaks directly to you: “By their fruits you will know them.” By their fruit, not by their chats, jokes, desire to look strong, clever, convincing, biting and so on,” the Primate stressed. (Source)

It’s true…unless you are using the blog to effect meaningful change.

 

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A shout-out to all the bloggers listed on the “Society’s” page….

You are all welcome to come out to hear Michael Voris on May 24 here in Ottawa.

We might go out for a pint afterwards and shoot the S. 

Who knows? Could be the start of a wonderful romance.

 

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Socon or Bust, as some readers might knows, runs on WordPress.  WordPress is probably the most popular blogging platform on the Internet right now because it allows for maximum features and options.  It’s kind of like the VHS over Beta in video tapes, if anybody remembers what that was like.  (Go on, admit it, your Dad bought the Beta video machine.)  Anyhow, WordPress does have some issues from time to time with compatability of the plugins and other issues, but since we moved over to WordPress from Blogger,  I can say that I’ve been very happy and impressed with its functionality and breadth.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Greetings everyone,

As you might have gathered by now, we’re experiencing long load times on our blog.

I’ve been on the WordPress forums and the problem is high CPU usage on my account, which apparently is pretty common in WordPress, and no one seems to know how to fix it.  Some solutions work, but most people have tried them all and nothing seems to work.
 
I have done the following:
 
1) Uploaded and enabled the following plugins which are supposed to decrease the CPU Usage:  WP-reCAPTCHA and WP Super Cache
2) Disabled all unnecessary Plugins
3) Configured WP-Cron to only request updates every 2 hours (instead of every time a page loads)
4) Optimiizing database

If anyone in cyberspace can help me out here, I would greatly appreciate it.  Email me at pacheco377@gmail.com

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Here

Story about it here.

Excerpt:

“These blogs were not narrowly political, angry or philistine,” he said in an email interview. “They were well-written, by people who seemed to be alive in their faith, in their families, in their priestly and religious vocations.”

Narrow. Check.

Political. Check.

Angry. Checkerona.

Philistine.  Checkmate.

This explains why I didn’t make the cut. :)

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As I mentioned earlier during the month, Socon or Bust is folding up the tent.

The scheduled departure date is scheduled for Fri. Dec.23, 2011.

I’d like to offer a few clarifications, thoughts, and details about our imminent departure from the blogosphere. Read the rest of this entry »

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#2.  Not bad.

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I’m so glad the stereotype sticks.

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