Tolerance and the American Left

From Reason TV.  It is funny until one ponders that we live in a time where a broad swathe of Americans are able to be simultaneously unremittingly hostile to people who have the temerity to hold views differing from theirs on political

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IRS Scandal: 157 Visits to White House

    Hattip to commenter Art Deco who alerted me to this story.  Doug Shulman, the head of the IRS while the IRS was effectively operating as an arm of the Obama reelection campaign, visited the White House at least 157

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IRS Scandal: the Fifth Amendment, Useful Tools and Sacrificial Lambs

Lois Lerner, director of the IRS Exempts Division while the IRS was treating conservative groups with the same even-handedness displayed by a group of foxes debating the rights of chickens, took the Fifth Amendment, the privilege against self incrimination, before Congress last

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The Brilliant Ages

 We are like dwarfs on the shoulders of giants. Saint Bernard of Clairvaux Professor Anthony Esolen who has commented on this blog, in the brilliant video above for Prager University defends the Middle Ages from the ahistorical lies routinely told about

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Hail Liberty! Hail!

The twenty-fourth 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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Book Review: Pope Francis in His Own Words

The Darwin family is on one of its road trip vacations, so posting has been rather light. However, there’s no better time than vacation to catch up on reading, and thus on book reviews. Like a lot of Catholic bibliophiles,

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Very Few Atheists in Fox Holes

The blog Science 2.0 repeats something that most combat soldiers have always known:  there are few atheists in fox holes: But does war really transform people, or does it simply make the fleetingly religious more so for a short time?

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Senator Durbin, Bloggers and the First Amendment

  One of the worst senators in the nation, Dick Durbin (D.Ill.), wonders whether the First Amendment covers bloggers in the above video.  I can understand why Durbin brings this up.  First, because Durbin is a Democrat hack.  Originally elected

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Lawrence Charles McClarey: A Remembrance

The Lord Giveth and the Lord Taketh Away.   Blessed be the Name of the Lord. Job 1:21 To those who did not know Larry well, it might be assumed that he was dealt a pretty poor set of cards in

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Memorial Day: Why?

  Not long ago I heard a young man ask why people still kept up Memorial Day, and it set me thinking of the answer. Not the answer that you and I should give to each other-not the expression of

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My Humble Thanks

    I can’t thank enough all of you who extended your kind wishes and prayers for the repose of the soul of my son Larry after his passing.  Last week was the hardest week of my life and in

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The Holy Trinity

Today is Trinity Sunday. Msgr. Charles Pope offers a meditation the Feast of the Holy Trinity that explains it about as well as any resource I have ever seen. There is an old Spiritual that says, My God is so high,

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Mark Steyn on the Slaughter in Woolwich

I wish I had something cheerier to start the Memorial Day weekend, but Mark Steyn, as usual, knocks it out of the park with his weekend column. This passivity set the tone for what followed. In London as in Boston,

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Why Live In Tornado Alley?

Response to the devastating EF-5 tornado in Moore, Okla., which left 24 dead and more than 200 injured, has generally been compassionate. Thousands of ordinary Americans — including fellow survivors of natural disasters — are doing what they can to help.

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Like Most of America, Catholics Heading South

Not even a month after moving down to Atlanta to start college I was asked to attend a wedding in eastern Alabama near the Georgia/Alabama border. As I piled into my friend’s sisters’ car, I explained that I was an

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A saint at work in the world…

  Theological debate tends to divide, as each side in the intellectual debate attempts to prevail with its cherished argument being stamped as “Orthodox.” In this regard, the Lutheran theologian Jaroslav Pelikan wrote something to this effect: “The orthodox in

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Government Tyranny? Where Would We Get That Idea

Drew M who blogs at Ace of Spades put together this video compilation. Of course you have to be some kind of paranoid loon to think that the ever-expanding size of  our government poses some kind of threat to the

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Devastating Tornado in Oklahoma

This is truly horrifying. Please pray for all those in Moore, Oklahoma. A mile-wide tornado with 200mph winds churned through Oklahoma City’s suburbs Monday afternoon, causing significant property damage for the second day in a row, as part of a

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An Act of Heroism or A Petty Crime?

Last week Kevin Williamson did something I have often dreamed of doing, although to people talking or texting on cell phones while driving and not in a movie theater. The show was Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, which

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Lawrence Charles McClarey: Requiescat In Pace

    My beloved son, Lawrence Charles McClarey, passed away of a seizure last night.  I found him this morning at 6:15 AM when I attempted to rouse him for the “Daddy Readings” that he and I had done daily since

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Pentecost: Why Was the Holy Spirit Sent?

    Saint Thomas Aquinas, in his sermon on Pentecost, explains why the Holy Spirit was sent to us: I say, first, the Holy Spirit is sent without His needing to be sent. When someone is sent to a place

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May 19, 1863: First Assault at Vicksburg

  After his successes at Jackson, Champion Hill and Big Black River, Grant assumed that Confederate morale might be low enough that Vicksburg could be taken by assault and avoid a time consuming siege.  In that he was mistaken.  The

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IRS Scandal: A Warning

      Hattip to CDR M at Ace of Spades.  Once you have governments using their resources against political adversaries the results can be dire indeed.  From the proprietor of the blog War News Update: I know that this

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IRS Scandal: When You Have Lost Piers Morgan…

  Hattip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air.  Let’s see, it was only back in January that Piers Morgan, Brit and obnoxious CNN talking head, pooh-poohed the idea that America could ever have a tyrannical government.  Go here to read

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Her Southern Soldier Boy

The gentlemen killed and the gentlemen died, But she was the South’s incarnate pride That mended the broken gentlemen And sent them out to the war again, That kept the house with the men away And baked the bricks where

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IRS Scandal: You Are Going to Love Obamacare!

    This is almost getting farcial.  The IRS bureaucrat in charge of the tax exempt division of the IRS during the persecution of conservative groups is now the head of ObamaCare enforcement for the IRS.   The Internal Revenue

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IRS Scandal: Enforcer for Planned Parenthood

We’ll  try to cooperate fully with the IRS, because, as citizens, we feel a strong  patriotic duty not to go to jail. Dave Barry Ronald Reagan used to say that in his neighborhood the IRS was regarded as a terrorist

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Back When We Had a Real President

The speech in the video is a section of Reagan’s Time For Choosing speech in 1964 that led to the beginning of his political career which culminated 16 years later in him being elected president.  Reagan said of the Marines:

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Obama as the Devil’s Advocate

“What manner of men had lived in those days…who had so eagerly surrendered their sovereignty for a lie and a delusion?  Why had they been so anxious to believe that the government could solve problems for them which had been

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IRS Scandal: Billy Graham

    Among non-Catholic Christian leaders, there is none that I respect more than Billy Graham.  My sainted mother, and if there was ever a woman more Catholic than the pope it was she, used to watch his crusades on

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IRS Scandal: The Chicago Way

  One of the interesting things about the IRS scandal is how obvious and ham-fisted the bias against conservative groups was:   In February 2010, the Champaign Tea Party in Illinois received approval of its tax-exempt status from the IRS

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