Class and Amnesty

    Usually forgotten in the debates over illegal immigration is the class aspect.  A good example of this is why the House  GOP leadership embraced amnesty yesterday.  For Democrats an embrace of amnesty is obvious:  more Democrat voters down the road

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PopeWatch: Notre Dame

      Pope Francis had some interesting words for the Trustees of the University of Notre Dame: Essential in this regard is the uncompromising witness  of Catholic universities to the Church’s moral teaching, and the defense of  her freedom,

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PopeWatch: The Cover of the Rolling Stone

But the thrill we’ve never known Is the thrill that’ll getcha when you get your picture On the cover of the Rollin’ Stone Dr. Hook, The Cover of the Rollin’ Stone Although it is only a pale shadow of the

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Treasury Salute: Edwin Booth

During World War II the Treasury sponsored radio salutes to great Americans of history.  The above video is their salute to Edwin Booth. Perhaps the finest American Shakespearian actor of his day, Booth was the son of Junius Brutus Booth, most

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Brace Yourselves: The Dark Enlightenment is Upon Us

If you haven’t heard just yet, there is a new political ideology making headway mostly in the online world: neoreaction. A friend of mine, Nicholas Pell, has given the basic rundown of this movement complete with useful introductory links for Taki’s Magazine.

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SPI Infomercial

A true blast from the past.  An SPI, Simulations Publications Inc., infomercial filmed in the seventies to introduce people to wargames. Among my hobbies, besides writing blog posts and annoying people for fun and profit, is the playing of rather

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Humanities Replaced by Banalities

In fine, I have written my work, not as an essay which is to win the applause of the moment, but as a possession for all time. Thucydides     I recall as a boy the first day I made

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Andrew Cuomo, Father Barron and Alexis de Tocqueville

Hattip to cartoonist Michael Ramirez for his brilliant Statue of Bigotry cartoon.  A guest post by commenter John By Any Other Name:     Father Robert Barron, who no one could credibly call a firebrand, had a post at National Review

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Why We Fight: The Battle of China

Hollywood director Frank Capra directed many classic films including Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and It’s a Wonderful Life.  However, he thought his best work was the Why We Fight series of films that he directed for the Army during

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PopeWatch: Chatting with the Prez

Matt Archbold at National Catholic Register, go here to read it, has a post where he imagines ten things that Obama might say to the Pope.  Here is ten things that PopeWatch thinks the Pope might say to Obama: 10.   Joe

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PopeWatch: Incisive Capillaries?

    Well, PopeWatch is pleased that not only PopeWatch sometimes has difficulty understanding what Pope Francis is saying.  Father Z gives us an example: There are times when, try as I might, I have no idea what – or whom

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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.” GK Chesterton A whole lifetime is far too short to survey the intellectual and spiritual riches left to us by Saint

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First State of the Union Address

The first state of the Union address, then called the President’s annual message to Congress, was delivered by President Washington to the First Congress on January 8, 1790.  It is also the shortest.  Would that his predecessors, as in so much

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PopeWatch: Doves and Serpents

Alfred W. Klieforth, US consul general at the Vatican, had a conversation with Pius XII soon after he became Pope in 1939.  He reported the conversation to his superiors, including this statement by the Pope:  ”He said that he opposed

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Gay Thought Police Take Note

    Larryd at Acts of the Apostasy has a first rate response to the attempts by gay activists to coerce businesses into providing services for gay marriages:   As more states allow so-called same-sex marriages, either by vote or

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Sinister Rotary

Service Above Self Motto Of Rotary   I always stop in at Ed Driscoll’s blog each day.  He is always worth reading.  As a member of Rotary since 1985, go here to view the Dwight Rotary Club’s web site, I have

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PopeWatch: Good Morning Father!

  From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber: VATICAN––Shortly after it was revealed that his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, defrocked 400 priests for sexual abuse of minors, Pope Francis decreed the

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Winter War

  Something for the weekend.  Today my family is going down to Champaign-Urbana to participate in  Winter War 41 .  I have been participating in this wargaming and rpg gaming extravaganza since 1975.  The only possible song for this weekend is Finlandia Hymn by

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Doug Kmiec Jumps Shark

    Richard Rich Doug Kmiec, who betrayed the pro-life cause in 2008 by endorsing the most pro-abort President in our nation’s history, is back in the news.  Following his resignation from his Malta ambassadorship, his 30 pieces of silver from Obama

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PopeWatch: Internet a Gift From God?

  Well, doubtless Al Gore will be miffed by this statement from Pope Francis: The internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity.  This is something truly good, a gift from God. In a message for the 48th

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PopeWatch: A Suggested Topic for Conversation

    PopeWatch looks forward to the meeting between Pope Francis and President Obama in March.  If PopeWatch may be so bold, PopeWatch suggests abortion as a topic of conversation.  Yesterday the Pope tweeted: I join the March for Life

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Bobbie The Weather Girl

Any American stationed in Vietnam in 1967-1969 will recall Bobbie the Weather Girl, going away the most popular feature of American Forces Vietnam Network broadcasts.  Bobbie Keith was an army brat, the daughter of an Army intelligence officer in Vietnam.  Twenty years old

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Brit Hume on Abortion

Brit Hume has long had my respect as one of the best journalists who has ever covered Washington.  With this unsparing commentary on abortion, one of the best I have ever heard from anyone, he stands in the ranks of men

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Defending the Indefensible

      My old legal ethics (Yeah, I know, attorneys are taught ethics?) professor, Ron Rotunda, has a fascinating opinion piece in the Chicago Tribune recalling a time in 1994 when he was in a small group that heard the late

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PopeWatch: March for Life

If the Pope were here in the US, PopeWatch assumes he would be participating in the March for Life.  How can PopeWatch be certain of that?  Based upon this incident from last May: Pope Francis surprised about 40,000 Italian and

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Generations

For the Lord is sweet, his mercy endureth for ever, and his truth to generation and generation. Psalm 99:  5   At the heart of the controversy in these cases are those recurring pregnancies that pose no danger whatsoever to

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Stamped With the Divine Image

    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

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Religious Liberty: Necessity or Virtue?

Hello again TAC! It has been nearly a year since I posted here, and it is good to be back. I have a long one for you this time, but I think you will find it interesting and my hope

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