Pio Nono: First Pope to be Photographed

A liberal pope, that’s the most egregious thing I can imagine! Metternich’s reaction upon hearing of the election of Pius IX   Pio Nono is often regarded in secular histories as a hopeless reactionary.  That is as misguided as the

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Winfield Scott and the Irish Pows

Winfield Scott, the most notable American general between the American Revolution and the Civil War, began his climb to becoming a general at 27 by the heroism he displayed as a Lieutenant Colonel at the battle of Queenston Heights on October

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Dale Price Explains Why I Am Worried

My friend Dale Price at his blog Dyspeptic Mutterings has often supplied me with blogging ideas that I have stolen borrowed.  Unfortunately he hasn’t been blogging much lately.  That was broken with a post on Pope Francis which sums up many

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You Have a Duty To “Ban” Books

This weekend marks the conclusion of Banned Books Week, a festival of moral preening in which students, librarians, teachers and others congratulate themselves for bravely demanding that various books not be removed from library (typically school library) shelves. The event

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Twelve O’Clock High

  Something for the weekend.  The score from the movie Twelve O’clock High (1949).  A film shorn of any Hollywood glamor or heroics, it tells the story of the fictional 918th bomb group as it pioneers daylight precision bombing in

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Coming Soon to a Mall Near You?

The horrific mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya by Somali Islamic terrorists continues to unfold:     Yesterday, soldiers and doctors who were  among the first people into the mall after it was reclaimed on Tuesday, spoke of  the horrifying scenes inside.

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The Alamo, John Wayne and Faith

The tumult and the shouting dies— The Captains and the Kings depart— Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice, An humble and a contrite heart. Rudyard Kipling, from Recessional Interesting that John Wayne, who directed the film The Alamo, would have a religious

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Various & Sundry, 9/26/13

Little Sisters of the Poor v. HHS It could be the title of a Supreme Court Case down the line. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius finalized a contraception mandate that ignores the fact groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor are religious

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Perennial Adolescence

  Strange, I had always taken your highness for a perennial adolescent, who cared only for his pleasures. Bishop Folliot to Henry II in the screenplay for the film Becket The modern world seems intent on destroying both childhood and adulthood:   The idea that

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If the Modern Media Had Covered Christ

            From Jennifer Roback Morse at Aleteia:       The headlines swirled around the Levant as itinerant preacher Jesus of Nazareth reportedly excuses both prostitutes and the men who frequent them. The latest controversy came

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Pastoral Letter on Abraham Lincoln

These communities, by their representatives in old  Independence Hall, said to the whole world of men: “We  hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are  created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with  certain unalienable rights;

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Popular “Science” Shuts Down Comments

      Popular Science is shutting down comments.  Why?  Well I guess because robust debate can be bad for science: A politically motivated, decades-long war on expertise has eroded the popular consensus on a wide variety of scientifically validated

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September 24, 1863: Hooker to Chattanooga

Secretary of War Edwin Stanton was an irascible and cantankerous man who didn’t suffer fools, or anyone else for that matter, gladly.  He was often a pain to be around.  However he more than made up for his lack of people

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Grover Cleveland

I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the general government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no

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Moral Laws vs Moral Fashions

Well-known atheist Richard Dawkins managed to grab himself some less than positive reactions a couple weeks ago when he gave an interview in which he dismissed the “mild pedophilia” which was common in the English school system of his youth

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No communion for Ms. Nancy?

  There’s nothing newsworthy when it comes to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) advocating a woman’s right to abortion.  After all, she earned a 100% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America and last June, when asked by a reporter if

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Ditto

Pat Archbold has a post that I completely agree with in reference to Pope Francis:   During the last 6 months, the Catholic media has witnessed a virtual  straw-man genocide calling out anyone among the ranks who speaks in assertive 

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It Isn’t Stealing When the Government Does It

    All those relying on private pensions to aid them in their inaptly named “Golden Years” take note:     Poland has pulled a destructive stunt worthy of Argentina. It is seizing half of the Polish people’s private retirement

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Visiting the Lincolns: A Review

On Saturday night, September 21, 2013, I was master of ceremonies at a performance of “Visiting the Lincolns” performed by Michael Krebs and Debra Ann Miller in Dwight, Illinois.  The performance was masterful.  Mr. Krebs and Ms. Miller have been

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Disappointment by the Book

Another damned thick book! Always scribble, scribble, scribble! Eh, Mr. Gibbon? Prince William upon being presented by Gibbon with a copy of a volume in Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire     My co-blogger Darwin Catholic has an

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Freedom of Speech in the Age of Obama

“for if Men are to be precluded from offering their Sentiments on a matter, which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences, that can invite the consideration of Mankind, reason is of no use to us; the freedom of

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Johnny Cash and the Civil War

Something for the weekend.  The immortal Johnny Cash singing a medley of We Are Coming Father Abraham, The Battle Hymn of the Republic and Dixie at Ford’s Theater in 1979.

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Where Does Tom Delay Go to Get His Reputation Back?

    How the Democrats hated Tom Delay.  An in your face partisan, the majority leader of the House was one of the key men in Congress for raising funds for Congressional elections for the GOP.  A former bug exterminator, he

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Pharisees, Reactionaries and Mark Shea

I cannot possibly improve on what Pat Archbold wrote at Creative Minority Report:   God, I thank you that I am not like other people”   From the eminently huggable Mark Shea’s “Bed-wetting Reactionary Wusses…” What ties everything in Reactionary

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Various & Sundry

Poking the Pope Fr. Dwight Longenecker provides not only a good analysis of the Papal interview that was republished in America, but offers one of the most clear-headed commentaries about Pope Francis’s approach that I’ve read everywhere. Long story short,

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September 19, 1863: Battle of Chickamauga Begins

An intelligent observer of the American Civil War in early September of 1863 would have reached certain conclusions about the War thus far: 1.  The Union was losing the War in the East.  After many spectacular battles and huge casualties,

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Chipotle’s Food War

Over the top and entertaining which is how I like commercials if I have to endure one.  I like Mexican food but I have never liked Chipotle as the menu is too limited and their massive burritos leave me cold. 

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