Gettysburg Address: Halloween Edition

Hmmm, that is not quite the version I remember.  Speaking of zombies however, I have no doubt that the real Abraham Lincoln would have laughed at the following scene from the Bob Hope movie The Ghost Breakers (1940):

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Lessons to Learn

As we observe the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, it is all too easy in studying battles, strategies, emancipation, political conflicts, etc., to lose sight of the fact that those going through this immense struggle were individuals like us.  The

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Nothing New Under the Sun

Hattip to John Nolte at Big Hollywood. The above clip from the seventies TV show The Rockford Files reminds us that there is nothing new in  regard to the Occupy Wall Street Movement.

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Shenandoah

Something for the weekend.  The haunting American folk song Shenandoah.  The above version is by Tennessee Ernie Ford. Here is a fine violin version by the Irish group Celtic Woman:

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I Am Shocked! Shocked!!!

Hattip to Christopher Johnson at Midwest Conservative Journal.  I know that this will come as a vast surprise, but apparently there are grifters and con artists among the Occupy Wall Street minions: The Occupy Wall Street volunteer kitchen staff launched

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So Why Go There?

Here’s an issue near and dear to my heart as an alum of CUA: The Washington, D.C. Office of Human Rights confirmed that it is investigating allegations that Catholic University violated the human rights of Muslim students by not allowing

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Gutless Wonders, Petty Tyrants and Chancery Dwellers.

For years I have read daily Ten Reasons, a blog run by Rich Leonardi.  Orthodox and well written, Ten Reasons was always illuminating and well worth reading.  Now Rich has shut down his blog.  The reason why he did so

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October 27, 1964: A Time For Choosing

Ronald Reagan launched his political career with this speech 47 years ago on behalf of Republican Presidential Nominee Barry Goldwater.  Goldwater went on to be clobbered in November by Lyndon Johnson, but the reaction to Reagan’s speech by conservatives was

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Help for Expectant Mothers

So often we hear stories about how expectant mothers abort children with diagnosed birth defects.   As awful as abortion is in its own right, it’s terrifying to think that it is being used for eugenic purposes, whether people realize

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Standing for everything will get you nowhere fast…

  G.K Chesterton is reputed once to have opined: “It’s not the man who stands for something who scares me.  It’s the man who stands for everything.” Sadly, it appears the same is true when it comes to peoples’ religious

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Father Z on the Latest Folly From Justice and Peace

  My co-blogger Christopher Blosser has done his usual yeoman work in pulling together reactions from around the Catholic blogosphere to “TOWARDS REFORMING THE INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL AND MONETARY SYSTEMS IN THE CONTEXT OF GLOBAL PUBLIC AUTHORITY” from the pontifical counsel on

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Big Bird Exposed!

Well done Klavan on the Culture!  Back in the halcyon days of my youth we could get in three television stations, one of them fairly fuzzy, and radio consisted of about 10 stations that we could get clearly.  Why in an age

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40 Martyrs of England and Wales and Cardinal Newman

In so many ways we moderns are pygmies who stand on the shoulders of giants.  One group of giants for all English-speaking Catholics is the 40 martyrs of England and Wales who were canonized by Pope Paul VI on October 25,

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The Home Mortgage Deduction

There’s some consternation in conservative (and other) circles about tax reform proposals that would eliminate the home mortgage interest deduction.  The deduction is eliminated in most flat tax proposals, though it is not eliminated in the plan Governor Perry laid

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That’s What the Bully Pulpit Is For

Peter Wehner’s getting all nervous because certain Republican candidates are saying things that he disapproves of: One of the GOP presidential candidates (Ron Paul) believes the United States is responsible for triggering the 9/11 attacks. Another (Rick Santorum) has said he would use

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Drone Killings and the Slippery Slope

There have been worries expressed on both sides of the political spectrum about the use of drone killings against Al Qaeda, and more especially so as it’s come out that the Obama Administration has a secret “kill list” which even

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How to Lose Blog Readership

There are plenty of tips on the internet on how to build a blog audience.  Here are some tips on how to lose a blog audience: 10.  Be nitpicky-If someone deigns to leave a comment on your blog, make certain to correct

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Teach One Day And Get A Pension

  Even for Illinois this is putrid.  Two Illinois teacher Union lobbyists are able to collect teacher pensions because they each served as a substitute teacher for one day.   This of course is taking place in a de facto bankrupt state. Over the

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Shooting the Messenger

    As intensely frustrated as I get at the idiocy frequently shown by government here in the US, for truly high handed over the top governmental lunacy we can rarely compete with the Europeans: This week alone has seen a

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A Second Review of the Grand Army

        Recently I have been reading of the Grand Review of the Armies which occurred in Washington DC on May 23 and May 24, 1865.  This was a victory parade of Grant’s Army of the Potomac and

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Mercury the Winged Messenger

  Something for the weekend.  Gustav Holst’s Mercury, the winged messenger, part of The Planets.  Some things become so popular that we tend to take them for granted.  I am afraid that is what has happened to some degree with The Planets. 

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“You’re Headed For A One Term Presidency”

      The late Steve Jobs was a Democrat, but apparently he minced no words with the President when he met him last year according to a new biography: Jobs, who was known for his prickly, stubborn personality, almost

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ObamaCare and That Silly Constitution

Thus far the 6th Judicial Circuit has ruled that ObamaCare is constitutional and the Eleventh Judicial Ciruit has ruled that ObamaCare is unconstitutional.  The issue is headed to the US Supreme Court, with the ruling probably being handed down next

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Herman Cain’s Muddled Abortion Logic (Updated)

Presidential candidate Herman Cain appeared on the Piers Morgan show last night, and the conversation turned to the topic of abortion.  It’s a fascinating read because at first Cain appears to be giving an absolutist pro-life position – opposition to

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The Candidate of Wall Street

In the spirit of the Occupy Wall Street Movement, inquiring minds want to know which candidate for the presidency in 2012 has thus far amassed the largest amount of donations from the “plutocrats” of Wall Street?  Barack Obama of course!

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Was the Declaration of Independence Legal?

American and British lawyers squared off recently in a discussion over whether the Declaration of Independence was legal. The BBC reports as follows: On Tuesday night, while Republican candidates in Nevada were debating such American issues as nuclear waste disposal

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