Cardinal George on “Chicago Values”

Francis Cardinal George of the Archdiocese of Chicago is alleged to have predicted that for upholding the teachings of Christ he will die in his bed, his successor will die in a prison cell, and his successor will be executed in a

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Milton Friedman on the Loss of Freedom

His one hundredth birthday is a good time to view the above video by Milton Friedman on the loss of freedom.  Dead since 2006, Friedman’s words ring as true in 2012 as they did in 1980 when the video was taped, as

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Walesa Endorses Romney

  Faithful readers of The American Catholic will recall the incident, recounted here, when President Obama chose to snub Lech Walesa, the near legendary former President of Poland, who, as the leader of Solidarity, along with Pope John Paul II and President

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These Hands: Ohio

The Romney campaign is now releasing regional ads attacking President Obama’s remarks regarding businesses.  Obama gave Romney a huge gift by letting his mask drop briefly and revealing his true contempt for the private sector, and the Romney campaign is

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Religious Freedom and the Forces of Tolerance

  I have long thought it axiomatic that in our contemporary society the most smugly intolerant individuals tend to be on the political left.  Ross Douthat has apparently noticed that also, and in his most recent column lays out what

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Father Wilson Miscamble: The Myth of the Supply Problem

Father Wilson Miscamble, not content to stir the pot by defending Truman in regard to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in the above video attacks the myth that there is a shortage of able Catholic scholars to fill academic

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Can You Smell the Panic?

Well this is interesting.  In the video above meet “Jenni” who is alarmed that Mitt Romney might take away her precious right to slay her offspring.  This of course goes along with the War on Women meme pushed by Obama,

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Chariots of Fire

Something for the weekend.  Chariots of Fire.  I have never had much interest in sport, and I doubt if I will be watching much of the Olympics.  However I did greatly enjoy the 1981 film Chariots of Fire, which told

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Fast Friday

That’s “fast” like “quick,” not “fast” like, well, “fasting.”  I do go meatless, but that’s entirely beside the point.  The idea is things to make when the weak week is ending and I’m longing for a stiff drink ready for

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July, Springfield and Lincoln

On Wednesday my family and I made our annual trip to Springfield to see the Lincoln sites and pray at Lincoln’s tomb for the repose of the souls of Lincoln and his family.  A few observations: 1.  Heat:  The phrase

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Negativity About Negativity

We’re roughly 4,231 months into the 2012 presidential campaign, or so it seems. Even if you live in a very secure red or blue state (like me), you’ve probably already been subjected to an endless barrage of television ads if

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Let America Be America Again

Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always

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Of Chicken Sandwiches, Free Speech and Cheap Politicians

The people who run the fast food chain Chick-fil-A are serious Christians.  They close their 1,608 restaurants on Sundays even though they lose a huge amount of revenue doing so.  The President of Chick-fil-A has spoken out against gay marriage.  As a

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Military Chow

A truly hilarious video from 1943, Food For Fighters, detailing the dedication of the Army to quality rations for the troops.  I imagine a room full of GI’s watching this video and laughing their heads off.  Virtually every veteran of World

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The French Are Proof of God’s Sense of Humor

The French don’t care what they do, actually, as long as they pronounce it properly.                          Professor Henry Higgins, My Fair Lady As longtime readers of this blog know, I have a weakness for humorous posts.  However, it is increasingly

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Cardinal Burke: How to stop mandatum abuse…

  The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) has released a new report, “A Mandate for Fidelity,” concerning the mandatum (a bishop’s mandate) that’s required to teach theology in a Catholic institution of higher education.     The mandatum was specified by

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Is The Public Crazy Not To Support Gun Control?

A number of opinion writers have taken the occasion of the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado to express disgust with the fact that the American public shows little inclination towards increased gun control. According to Gallup, the percentage of Americans

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Men Acting Like Men

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13   Remember these men who, sadly, are no longer with us:  Matt McQuinn, Jonathan Blunk, and Alex Teves.    One of the

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Genesis, the Government Revised Version

    The sharp eyed Iowahawk gives us a reading from the Book of Barack: In the beginning Govt created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the economy was formless and void, darkness was over the surface of the

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I Built This

Hattip to commenter Phillip.  A truly devastating reply to Obama’s remarks here.  Put me down for building my law practice.  Did I do it alone?  Certainly not!  My right hand woman, Chris, my secretary for 27 years and counting, deserves

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Debunking Realignment Theory

For well over half a century political scientists have promoted the idea of electoral realignments or critical elections. Popularized by the likes of V.O. Key, the idea is that every 32 or 36 years electoral currents shift radically to favor

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Fireworks Melody

Something for the Weekend.  I always find the Handel composition Music For the Royal Fireworks (1749) to be stirring.  It was written to celebrate the ending of the War of the Austrian Succession and the signing of the peace of

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Lincoln and the Modern GOP

  Jackie Hogan, head of the Sociology department at Bradley University in Peoria, wrote a piece for the Christian Science Monitor in which she argued that Abraham Lincoln would have difficulty in winning the presidential nomination of the modern Republican

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Please Pick A Nobody

I’ve made the following points before, but they are worth repeating: 1. The Vice Presidency is the most useless institution ever devised by man. With rare exceptions, the Vice President has almost no pull within an administration, and is usually

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Pagett, MP

  British military historian John Keegan dearly loves the United States, and has visited the country many times.  However, he thinks we have an appalling climate in the summer, especially the hot, muggy summers of the Midwest which he experienced first

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We Are All Catholics Today

From a townhall meeting in Ohio today.  Go to 6:49 in the above video where Romney speaks about the HHS Mandate as a violation of religious freedom, and he says we are all Catholics today.  If Mitt Romney keeps this up I

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History and Legend

Ransom Stoddard: You’re not going to use the story, Mr. Scott? Maxwell Scott: No, sir. This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend. History tells us that George Washington as a boy did not cut

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