Patty Andrews: Requiescat in Pace

The last of the Andrews Sisters, Patty Andrews, died yesterday at 94.  The daughters of a Greek immigrant and a Norwegian-American mother in Minnesota, the Andrews Sisters were an amazingly successful singing act, selling over 75 million records.  They were also

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Tell Us How You Really Feel Dale!

  My friend Dale Price writes insightful posts at his blog Dyspeptic Mutterings.  I stop by there regularly to steal borrow blog ideas.  Dale is always very good, but when he lets himself go he is magnificent.  Herewith is his

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The Controversies of the Permanent Diaconate

I read.  I read a lot.  I like to think that I have a decent working knowledge of contemporary discussions within the Church.  And yet more often than not, I am humbled when I run across a topic or debate that has been

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The Muse Among the Motors

The eighteenth in my ongoing series examining the poetry of Rudyard Kipling. The other posts in the series may be read here, here , here , here, here , here, here, here, here, here, here, here , here, here, here

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Intellectual Bankruptcy on Display

One can look at the blatant dishonesty displayed by gun control proponents one of two ways. These people are so dishonest and so loose with the facts that they destroy their credibility with each new fabrication. Alternatively, these individuals are

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Letter to Hooker

One hundred and fifty years ago last Saturday, President Abraham Lincoln sent what is doubtless the most unusual letter ever sent by an American president to an American general: Executive Mansion Washington, January 26, 1863 Major General Hooker: General. I

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None Dare Call it Fascism

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey found himself engulfed in controversy for remarks he made about Obamacare: Back in 2009, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal labeling President Obama’s Affordable Care Act a form of “socialism.” Today

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When Seconds Count, the Police Are Only Minutes Away

Bravo to Sheriff Dave Clark of Milwaukee who tells the absolute truth in the video above.   I have been involved in many orders of protection where the judge issuing the order admonishes the person seeking the order that it merely

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Feast Day of the Angelic Doctor

  As a highly Pagan poet said to me: “The Reformation happened because people hadn’t the brains to understand Aquinas.” The Church is more immortally important than the State; but the State has its rights, for all that. This Christian

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January 28, 1813: Pride and Prejudice Published

Two centuries today since the publication of Pride and Prejudice.  I confess that I have generally found Jane Austen to be a snore fest unless her text is enlivened, if that is the proper word when Zombies are involved, as

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Illinois Taught Obama All He Knows About Governing

    Well, the Land of Lincoln, and the home state of the South Side Messiah, has another distinction:     The Land of Lincoln now has the worst credit rating of any state in the nation: llinois’ credit rating

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Morton of Merry Mount

There was Morton of Merry Mount, who so vexed the Plymouth Colony, with his flushed, loose, handsome face and his hate of the godly. Stpehen Vincent Benet, The Devil and Daniel Webster In his short story The Devil and Daniel

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Theme From El Cid

Something for the weekend.  The forgiveness song from El Cid (1961).  I have always loved this retelling of the legend of El Campeador, starring Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren, who purportedly despised each other during the filming.  I think the etchings

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Prayer When It Suits Them

  Pro-abort Senator Diane Feinstein, (D.CA)  at her press conference yesterday at which she displayed the guns she wants to ban, had it begin with a prayer by Episcopalian Canon Gary Hall, who runs the laughingly entitled Episcopalian “National Cathedral” in

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Amazons Attack!

    Back in my misspent youth in the Seventies I served some time in the Green Machine.  (I like to think that I greatly contributed to the defense of the nation by leaving the Army.)  While I was learning the mysteries

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Live Not By Lies

    Live Not by Lies is the last thing Alexander  Solzhenitsyn wrote before his exile to the West in 1974.  Solzhenitsyn was one of the giants of the last century.  Thrown into the Gulag while he was an artillery

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History is Boring!

No, History is not boring, but it certainly is usually taught in a boring fashion.  The main culprits: 1. Badly Written Textbooks–Usually drafted by committees of fairly untalented hacks, they frequently make the reading of technical manuals seem exciting by

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By What Right?

The ongoing health care debate, specifically the mandate by Health and Human Services that Catholic employers provide insurance coverage that includes artificial contraception, has spurned a renewed discussion of basic human rights.  On the one hand, the Catholic Church claims

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Sarah Palin on Roe and Obama

    Forty years ago today the Supreme Court rendered its Roe v. Wade decision. Those who believe in the sanctity of human life and long to see America embrace a culture in which innocent life is honored and protected

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Nothing Says Romance Like Genocide!

Hattip to Matt Archbold at Creative Minority Report.  Nope the above ad is not a parody, but was actually put out by The Center for Reproductive Rights. Doctor Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., mother of six and a strong pro-life advocate,

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Abortion Q & A

On my blog. Thanks to the efforts of Ron Paul and other pro-life libertarians, I’ve found that it is no longer automatically assumed that libertarians are pro-abortion. This is as it should be.  

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Trembling for my Country

Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep forever. Thomas Jefferson, 1785 I have always agreed with this sentiment of President Abraham Lincoln: “Woe unto the world because of offenses;

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Stacy Trasancos

Who Laughed During the Roe v Wade Arguments?

It is a little known fact that there was laughter in the United States Supreme Court 40 years ago during the Roe v. Wade hearings. Thought to be the youngest person ever to win a Supreme Court case, then 26 year

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Why the West is Bankrupt

John Hinderaker over at Powerline has a story from The Sun that helps explain why the West is bankrupt: Ms. Belova could find work if she wanted to, but it isn’t worth her while. She is too well-educated, she thinks,

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Walter Butler

For there was Walter Butler, the loyalist, who spread fire and horror through the Mohawk Valley in the times of the Revolution. Stpehen Vincent Benet, The Devil and Daniel Webster In his short story The Devil and Daniel Webster, Benet

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We Will Outlast Them

“That on you is fallen the shadow, And not upon the Name; That though we scatter and though we fly, And you hang over us like the sky, You are more tired of victory, Than we are tired of shame.

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Now Why Didn’t I Think of This?

Hmm, I have several complicated legal documents to draft today.  Surely I could have someone overseas do it for me? Valentine was hired to investigate when the company, a Verizon client, saw that someone from Shenyang, China, was logging in

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January 21, 1985: Reagan Second Inaugural Address

For some reason on this day I am thinking of a Presidential second inaugural, that of Ronald Reagan!  He summed up the theme of his Presidency well with this observation in his speech that day: Four years ago, I spoke

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You Are the Threat!

  You may never have considered yourself a terrorist, but if you are a conservative a new government study indicates that you might well be: The report’s author is Arie Perliger, who directs the Center’s terrorism studies and teaches social sciences

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Guns and “All Men Are Created Equal”

Few issues demonstrate better that liberal elites and the rest of us might as well live on different planets than the Second Amendment.  Frequently living in gated communities, usually working in institutions that have armed guards, and sending their kids

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There’ll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town

Something for the weekend.  Hands down the favorite song of the troops during the Spanish-American War was the ragtime hit, written in 1896 by Theodore August Metz, There’ll Be a Hot Time in the Old Time Tonight.  This presented something of

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