Tips For Pundits.

Right you are Klavan on the Culture!  If I may add to your list of tips for pundits: 4.     Do not pontificate on subjects that you are bone ignorant of. 5.     Remember that taking a middle course on an issue

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Information and Metaphysical Conclusions

I was struck by Kyle’s post on Friday “Abortion, Rational Decision-Making, and Informed Consent“, but it took me a while thinking it over to come to an explanation of exactly what I find wrong about it. Kyle is addressing the

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Feast Day of the Beheading of John the Baptist

August 29 is the feast day of the beheading of John the Baptist, the herald of Christ.  Charlton Heston, in the video clip above, gave a powerful portrayal of the Baptist in The Greatest Story Ever Told, capturing the raw

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The Holy War: Mac versus DOS

With the resignation of Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple Corporation, it seems timely to revisit a classic piece of prose from Umberto Eco.  Many have seen this, some have not. For my own part, I have always been an

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Te Deum, Triumphalism and History

Something for the weekend.  Te Deum (To God) sung by the Benedictine monks of Saint Maurice and Saint Maur.  A song sung by Catholics in moments of triumph and thanksgiving, it was probably written by Saint Nicetas in the late

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Why Personhood Matters

Imagine you lost your mother, after an illness, at the hospital. In as much as any death is easy, hers is… and then it starts. Months later, after much legal fighting, they finally give you her mortal remains– a couple

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Archbishop Chaput and the Media

One of the most irritating aspects of life for faithful American Catholics over the past several decades has been how quiet most of our bishops have been in the face of outrageous attacks on the Church.  Too many of our

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Three Ring Government

Well, I must say that whenever I have had involvement with government on the state or federal level, I have thought that a circus was surely running things! The French author and philosopher Montesquieu, leaning heavily on Aristotle and the

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Laugh For the Day

Hattip to Instapundit.   One chart.  No other commentary is needed.  

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Coriolanus

Though the great houses love us not, we own, to do them right, That the great houses, all save one, have borne them well in fight. Still Caius of Corioli, his triumphs and his wrongs, His vengeance and his mercy,

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The Spanish Civil War: Sadly, Still Relevant

On Sunday I received a request from a Catholic blogger for my suggestions for readings in regard to the Spanish Civil War, a subject which I have always found fascinating.  Here is my response: The go to man on the

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Ron Paul and the Civil War

Congressman Ron Paul (R. Pluto) is running for President again, and I assume his views on the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln haven’t altered since this interview which took place in 2007.  I will leave to other venues debates as to

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Cross & Eagle Award for Most Improved Blog

The Cross & Eagle Awards (C&EA) will be recognizing another legend and this particular blogger is in the field of apologetics. This defensor fidei travels the country evangelizing both Catholics and non-Catholics alike, educating in the Catholic faith, and defending

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The Sally Field’s Argument For Obama

There are times when I read a blog and slap my forehead and think to myself that I really wish I had written that.  I had one such forehead slapping moment when I read this gem at Creative Minority Report

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I’m Not the One Feeling Embarrassed Right Now

John Yoo has written a post on the Corner titled “Qaddafi’s Fall Should Embarrass GOP Isolationists” that is equivalent in style to a drunken Eagles fan at Giants New Meadowlands Stadium doing a celebratory victory dance after an Eli Manning pick six has given the

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Our Catholic Veep in Action

Oh Joe, Joe, Joe, Joe.  God love ya. But as I was talking to some of your leaders, you share a similar concern here in China.  You have no safety net.  Your policy has been one which I fully understand

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Well, He Could Always Blog!

From the only reliable source of news on the net, the Onion.  Being in favor of freedom to express opinions that you hate is easy.  Being in favor of the free expression of babble that you find deeply annoying, aye, there

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Cross & Eagle Award for Most Prolific Blogger

The Cross & Eagle Awards (C&EA) will be honoring a true legend in Catholic Blogosphere history. To qualify even for consideration you need not only be talented in writing and knowledgeable about our Catholic faith, you need to write often. 

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VirtuousPla.net, The Social Network for Young Adult Catholics

I’d like to announce a new Catholic website targeted for Young Adults: VirtuousPla.net will be providing Catholic perspectives on every topic that matters to young adults–life, religion, relationships, and fun. We have gathered 30 of some of the brightest young

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Cross & Eagle Award for Most Catholic Non-Catholic Blog

The continuing Cross & Eagle Awards (C&EA) is breaking new ground by honoring a non-Catholic blog today. No, no, no, I will no longer entertain any submissions for the National Catholic Reporter, The Tablet, U.S. Catholic,  or America Magazine for this

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Obama Ready for Killer Rabbit Moment

Columnist John Kass, the only good reason to ever read the Chicago Tribune, speculates that Obama is ready for his “Killer Rabbit” moment. Anyone who thinks Obama is safe from a rabbit attack has forgotten what happened to President Jimmy

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What Voris Ought to Learn

The Catholic News Agency reported a few days that Michael Voris and his RealCatholicTV operation were facing some issues. First, it appears that the organization has failed to maintain its nonprofit status despite possibly promising such status to potential donors.

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Sarah Palin: Two Predictions

Based upon the above ad, and other signs, I think it is clear that Sarah Palin is going to run for President.  I have two modest predictions to make if she does get in: 1.  She will win the Republican nomination. 2.  She will

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The First Lord’s Song

Something for the weekend.  The First Lord’s Song from Gilbert& Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore, a satirical look at how political hacks filled important positions they were completely unsuited for.  With around 40% of Congresscritters members of the legal profession, and I

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Free Speech For Me But Not For Thee

Hattip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air.  I guess some public schools must not be quite clear on the First Amendment.  Jerry Buell is a 22 year veteran social studies teacher at Mount Dora high school in Florida, and he was teacher of

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Who You Calling Racist, Racist?

By now roughly 20 times more people have seen the clip below than when it originally aired on the Keith Olbermann Show.  Yes, Keith Olbermann has a show again.  It runs on a channel called Current TV.  It’s basically a

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Over There

When I was 12 or so, my father picked up a newly released album of World War One music entitled, after the most famous American song of the war, Over There. It is now long out of print (though still

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Gunga Din

The sixth in my ongoing series examining the poetry of Rudyard Kipling.   The other posts in the series may be read here, here , here , here and here. Kipling is usually regarded, and often dismissed, as the poet laureate of British Imperialism. 

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