The True Cost of TARP

What does the fact that, so it now seems, the TARP program will only end up costing taxpayers $25 billion tell us about the merits of the program? According to Jonathan Chait, this low price-tag makes the program “one of

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Final TAC College Rankings of 2010

And for most of us, we’re done. With Boise St. and LSU losing, we’re down to three title contenders. TCU will need either Oregon or Auburn to lose. In my mind, they need either one to lose big in order

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Wikileaks: US Never Expected Ratzinger Elected as Pope

[Updated Below] Wikileaks information has been disclosed by Rome Reports that the U.S. intelligence services were completely caught off guard and surprised at the election of then Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI. [Found another YouTube video that works]

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Bankruptcy Coming Soon to a State Near You?

Most attention regarding public debt tends to be riveted on the Federal ocean of debt.  However, several states have also gotten themselves into a fiscal morass.  California faces a pension shortfall of half a trillion dollars.  Comparatively speaking, Illinois is in the worst

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More MSM Foolishness on the Condom Kerfuffle

To be honest, I’m a little tired myself of the Great Condom Debate of 2010, and had no intention of blogging about this business.  Then I read this article in the Washington Post, and after almost giving myself a concussion

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Newman: Reflections at the Beginning of Advent

  “Thine eyes shall see the King in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.” Isaiah xxxiii. 17.  YEAR after year, as it passes, brings us the same warnings again and again, and none perhaps

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The Priest and the Marine

Born on January 3, 1936, one of five kids, Robert R. Brett knew from an early age what the wanted to be.    As his sister Rosemary Rouse noted, “He always wanted to be a priest. He was always there for everyone.”

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Katyusha

Something for the weekend.  Katyusha, one of the more beautiful songs from the late and unlamented Soviet Union.  Here is a rendition by the Red Army choir:  

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The L’Osservatore Romano Fallout

Here’s a roundup of articles highlighting the mess the the Vatican’s semi-official newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, has done: Pope & the Great Condom Conundrum – Chris Blosser, The Amrcn Cthlc NCReporter Getting Condom Conundrum Wrong – Fr. Z WDTPRS? The Continuing

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Pope Benedict and the Great Condom Conundrum

As far as the Great Catholic Condom Conumdrum of 2010 goes (prompted by an excerpt of no more than 2 out of a nearly 200 page book-length interview God and the World), the myriad reactions among Catholic circles, seems to

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Obama, the Turkey and Mercy

From the only reliable source of news on the net, the Onion.  It is only a rumor that, after his Presidency, Obama intends to write a book called Profiles in Turkeys.

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Would You Like Some Politics With Your Turkey?

  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, fresh off a disastrous election campaign, believes that Americans might be discussing politics with their Turkey today.  (I can’t think of a subject less likely to come up today at the McClarey Thanksgiving Dinner

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George Washington: First Thanksgiving Proclamation

A contemplation of the compleat attainment (at a period earlier than could have been expected) of the object for which we contended against so formidable a power cannot but inspire us with astonishment and gratitude. The disadvantageous circumstances on our

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Are You Kidding Me John Allen?

John L. Allen Jr., otherwise referred to in most circles as John Allen, is the prolific writer for the dissident Catholic newspaper National Catholic Reporter has come out defending L’Osservatore Romano in the recent Pope Condom Comments controversy. John Allen

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Must Read: Mark Brumley

Mark Brumley is the president of Ignatius Press, which today published a little book by a little German which is generating a little buzz. Yesterday at IP’s official website for the book Mark posted a “summary interview” regarding the condom

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Notable Catholic news stories (I mean, besides condoms)

Providing a moment’s respite from what George Weigel dubs the media obsession with “Salvation by Latex”, here are some other notable (and/or interesting) Catholic stories that caught my attention: Hungary’s last communist leader János Kádár met a priest at his

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Great Turkey Disasters

As we prepare for Thanksgiving tomorrow, and as we recall our blessings and thank God for each and every one, let us also remember the humble turkey and the various disasters that result when that proud bird is not treated

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TAC College Rankings

After a lackluster week in college football (unless you’re Bo Pelini), the Friday after Thanksgiving gives us an excellent slate of college football. Arizona v. Oregon, Auburn v. Alabama, and Boise v. Nevada. The day after, TCU, Stanford, Wisconsin, LSU,

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Waiting for Blood

I’ve been ending day lately with an hour or two of reading Jose Maria Gironella’s, The Cypresses Believe in God, a massive novel set on the eve of the Spanish Civil War. Given the novel’s sheer size, and that it

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Joe Friday on the TSA

Joe Friday is of course correct that the searches made of minor children by TSA employees would be felonies if not conducted under color of law. As indicated by this, adults are not treated any better.  However, the TSA is attempting to

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Apologia Pro Libertarianism Sua

There’s been a bit of discussion about the nature of libertarianism on the blog recently, and as the resident pseudo-libertarian, I thought I would re-state where I come down on the matter (this is based largely on an older post

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When Are Points Not Worth Making?

The media firestorm swirling around Pope Benedict’s discussion of morality and condom use seems like a good illustration of the problem of great trouble and anguish being caused by making completely true and reasonable points. The pope’s comment itself is

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Pharoah Oprah

From the only reliable source of news on the net, the Onion.  Buried with Oprah in Chicago?  Well, at least the Oprah fans will be able to continue to participate in the political process after entombment.

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God the Servant

The feast of Christ the King is one of my favorite in the liturgical year.  It reminds me powerfully, through the confusion of daily life, that God reigns and rules.  However, there are myriad other ways of looking at God,

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Favorite Civil War Book

The point I would make is that the novelist and the historian are seeking the same thing: the truth — not a different truth: the same truth — only they reach it, or try to reach it, by different routes.

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Lego Richmond Is A Hard Road To Travel

Something for the weekend.  This is almost too cute.  A Lego version of the classic Confederate song Richmond is a Hard Road to Travel.  Go here to hear another example of this classic taunt song.

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Thoughts on Health Care as a Right

As MJ posted yesterday, Pope Benedict was in the news this week in regards to health care this week. A couple things struck me as interesting about this article, and the debate that immediately sprang up around it here. 1.

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Castro Hates the Tea Party

An English translation of the first portion of the above video. Fidel Castro: Comrades, our nation is completely bankrupt! We have no choice but to abandon communism! Castro’s Aide #1, Castro’s Associates: [sigh] Fidel Castro: I know, I know, I

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Ghost Boredom

From the only reliable source of news on the net, the Onion.  Well the featured “medium” I suppose was either intended to be a fake (A fake “medium”?  Astounding!) or just a naturally boring guy.  The humor works better if

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