Make the Sign of the Cross and Go In!

My avatar when I blog and when I comment on blogs is Major General William Rosecrans.  As my personal motto for the coming year I will adopt one of his sayings:  Make the Sign of the Cross and Go In!

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Keeping Wounded Vets Safe From Christmas Cards

    The madness and silliness that is the Obama administration continues apace.  Father Z gives us the details: From FNC (where there is also video): Boys and girls at Grace Academy in Prosper, Tex., spent most of last Friday making

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Predictions 2014

Well, it is time for me to go intrepidly where angels fear to tread.  My predictions for 2014. 1.   Elections 2014-The Republicans will gain 10-15 seats in the House and the GOP will take the Senate with at least a

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Plan Like a Chipmunk!

From the only reliable source of news on the net, The Onion.  The above video would be funny if it were not also devastatingly true.  I would put on my notepad a New Year’s Resolution to be more organized and

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State of the Union 1863

On December 8, 1863 Lincoln sent his annual message to Congress in which he reviewed the state of the country during the year that was coming to an end.  The message to Congress would have been read by a clerk. 

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Saint Thomas Becket, Sin and Contrition

(I originally posted this on December 29th last year.  I think it is worth a repost on December 29th this year.) Today is the feast day of my confirmation saint, Saint Thomas Becket, the holy, blessed martyr.  His story tells

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Please Cook the Crow Very, Very Well Done

Well the end of the year brings two annual events at TAC.  I make predictions about the coming year and I eat crow over my predictions made the prior year.  Here beginneth the crow eating post: 1.  No new gun control

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Review of the Hobbit Trilogy

(Language advisory for the video;   apparently the first film made the reviewer extra grumpy.) The above video shall serve as a review for the entire Hobbit trilogy.  I saw part II last week and I was certain, perhaps in what felt

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The Gay Thought Police Lose One

  A&E has caved and Phil Robertson will remain on Duck Dynasty:   As a global media content company, A+E Networks’ core values are centered around creativity, inclusion and mutual respect. We believe it is a privilege for our brands

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The Best Pro-Life Video Ever!

The best television commercial ever was done by Coca-Cola (of Argentina I believe). How appropriate that their beverage is called Coca-Cola Life! To view the video click on “Continue reading →”

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The Feast Day of Saint John the Apostle

      [1] In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. [2] The same was in the beginning with God. [3] All things were made by him: and without him

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Clowns Teaching at Catholic Colleges

    Attention is often directed at the number of professors who teach at Catholic colleges and universities who have nothing but scorn for Church teaching.  However, too little attention is paid to the fact that many of the same

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Good King Wenceslaus, Saint Stephen and Martyrdom

But his deeds I think you know better than I could tell you; for, as is read in his Passion, no one doubts that, rising every night from his noble bed, with bare feet and only one chamberlain, he went

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Larry’s First Christmas in Heaven

But, as it is written: That eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man, what things God hath prepared for them that love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9 I am choking back tears

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One Solitary Life

All the armies that have ever marched All the navies that have ever sailed All the parliaments that have ever sat All the kings that ever reigned put together   Have not affected the life of mankind on earth As

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A Proclamation

  The twenty-fifth day of December. In the five thousand one hundred and ninety-ninth year of the creation of the world from the time when God in the beginning created the heavens and the earth; the two thousand nine hundred

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A Christmas Carol For Our Time

  Brilliant article on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol by Jerry Bowyer at Forbes: What was Dickens really doing when he wrote A Christmas Carol? Answer: He was weighing in on one of the central economic debates of his time, the

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Do We Have Free Speech?

I dislike mentioning the First Amendment when controversies like the Phil Robertson versus A&E brewhaha break out. After all, the First Amendment applies only to Congress (and the Supreme Court has ruled [incorrectly, if you ask me] that it applies

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Patton’s Weather Prayer

    “Almighty and most merciful Father, we humbly beseech Thee, of Thy great goodness, to restrain these immoderate rains with which we have had to contend. Grant us fair weather for Battle. Graciously hearken to us as soldiers who

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Messianic Prophecies: Isaiah 35

    Continuing our Advent look at Messianic prophecies for this year, which we began in Advent 2011 and continued last year, the earlier posts of the series may be read here, here, here ,here, here, here, here, here , here ,  here,

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Sixty-Nine Years Ago

Sixty-nine years ago at Christmas the American and German armies were fighting it out in the Battle of the Bulge, the last German offensive of the War. Patton’s Third Army fought its way through to relieve the Americans desperately fighting to

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Robert Bolt

    From Richmond to Chelsea, a penny halfpenny . . . from Chelsea to Richmond, a penny halfpenny. From Richmond to Chelsea, it’s a quiet float downstream, from Chelsea to Richmond, it’s a hard pull upstream. And it’s a penny halfpenny

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: William Graham Sumner

    The type and formula of most schemes of philanthropy or humanitarianism is this: A and B put their heads together to decide what C shall be made to do for D.  The radical vice of all these schemes,

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Why the Left Hates Duck Dynasty

 With the transformation of the means of production into collective property the monogamous family ceases to be the economic unit of society. The private household changes to a social industry. The care and educatlon of children become a public matter.

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Washington At Prayer

There is an old tradition that Washington prayed in the snow at Valley Forge on Christmas Day 1777.  Certainly the wretched condition of the Continental Army in December of 1777, with a hungry winter beginning, would have driven commanders less

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Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Strike Back

  Rorate Caeli has a response by the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate to Father Volpi’s letter:     It is with deep sadness and consternation we learn that in the circular letter of the 8th December, addressed to all the

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PopeWatch: Phil Robertson

  From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber: VATICAN–Just days after Pope Francis removed former La Crosse bishop Cardinal Raymond Burke from his seat on the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops,  Francis today

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God With Us

  Something for the weekend.  As Advent draws to a close Veni, Veni, Emmanuel seems appropriate.  The words are from the ninth century and the music from a fifteenth century French melody. A rendition by Mannheim Steamroller:

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Paul Ryan and the Poor

There’s an interesting Buzzfeed article going around about Paul Ryan’s increasing focus on policies to help the poor, one apparently inspired by experiencing during the last election and fueled by his admiration for Pope Francis. A few parts of the

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Free Speech Isn’t Free

    Hattip to Dale Price at Dyspeptic Mutterings.  I have never watched Duck Dynasty on A&E, and before this week only had the vaguest idea that it is about a family that manufactures duck calls, is rich, rural and devout, with

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