States of Discontent

Longtime readers of TAC are familiar with many of the problems confronting the State of Illinois, mainly due to the diligent postings of fellow Sucker State resident Don McClarey. However, I have to admit I was taken aback by the

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Stephanie Neiman

The power of life and death is permitted to certain civil magistrates because theirs is the responsibility under law to punish the guilty and protect the innocent. Far from being guilty of breaking this commandment [Thou shall not kill], such

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Benghazi Betrayal

    Sharryl Attkisson, who left CBS News because of their unwillingness to report on news harmful to the Obama administration, reports on the attempt by the Obama administration to intentionally lie to the American people about the Benghazi attack:

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Bingo!

I rarely read Hot Air much these days, though it is fortunate that I decided to take a look this afternoon or else I would have missed this insightful post from Ed Morrissey, as he absolutely nails it on two

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Keeping Kids Faithless

  Hilarious.  Apparently Atheist parents have difficulty in having their kids follow their no god views as adults. Do kids raised without religion actively seek it out and convert all that often? As it turns out, yes. The most recent data

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Be of Good Cheer!

    Pat Archbold, who I have infinite respect for, at Creative Minority Report has a very gloomy post surveying the state of the Church under Pope Francis:       Today is not 1970, but I sometimes imagine I feel

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PopeWatch: Tradition

  Sandro Magister at his blog Chiesa notes that Pope Francis is leaving no doubt as to who is in charge: With Francis the papacy has ended up in a pool of shadow. The light is all for him, the

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Of Sarah Palin, Waterboarding and Baptism

Sarah Palin and the torture debate?  Red Meat for bloggers for sure!  Sarah Palin at the NRA convention said about captured terrorists and interrogation: “Oh, but you can’t offend them, can’t make them feel uncomfortable, not even a smidgen. Well,

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Science Fiction and Tolerance

Nothing is so unworthy of a civilised nation as allowing itself to be governed without opposition by an irresponsible clique that has yielded to base instinct. From a White Rose resistance pamphlet (1942)     I am happy that Dale

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Thanks, God, We’ll Take It From Here

Have you ever heard of some fellows who first came over to this country? You know what they found? They found a howling wilderness, with summers too hot and winters freezing, and they also found some unpleasant little characters who

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PopeWatch: Inequality

The Pope has a twitter account and uses it most days.  On April 27 he issued this tweet: Inequality is the root of all social evil.

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PopeWatch: Canonizations

  The canonization sermon by Pope Francis in regard to Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII with commentary by Father Z: At the heart of this Sunday, which concludes the Octave of Easter and which John Paul II

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United Socialist States of America

An exercise in alternate history. The path to the creation of the United Socialist States of America began with the death of President Franklin Roosevelt on  April 12, 1944 and the accession to the Presidency by Vice-President Henry Wallace.  Personally

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Blessed John Paul II: First Pope of the Catholic Resurgence

(Today Pope John Paul II is being canonized, so I am rerunning this assessment of his papacy from 2011.) Sometimes a great historical figure is not as recognized as such during his lifetime.  Other historical figures are recognized as monumentally

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Pope John XXIII: The Traditionalist of Change

    The Conclave of 1958 lasted four days and 11 ballots before the election of Angelo Roncalli,  Patriarch of Venice, was elected as a compromise candidate.  No one was more surprised than the 77 year old Roncalli at his election. 

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The Cross at our Crossroads

  23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 1 Corinthians: 1:23,24  

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April 27, 1864: Jacob Thompson

Jacob Thompson of North Carolina was Secretary of the Interior under James Buchanan.  Resigning his cabinet post to follow the Confederacy, he joined the Confederate Army and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, fighting in several battles in the

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Impotence as Foreign Policy

Since 2008 I have often suspected that the Obama administration is one huge, unfunny, practical joke.  That is certainly the only rational explanation for the reaction of the Obama administration to the ongoing slicing and dicing of Ukraine by Mother

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You Knew This Was Going to Happen Eventually, Didn’t You

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber: VATICAN––The Vatican Press Office Director Father Federico Lombardi issued a statement to the media today concerning Pope Francis’ recent telephone call to a divorced and remarried Argentine woman, in which

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Want Not, Waste Not

The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil. Hannah Arendt       Now if only the Nazis, who were big into ecology by the way,

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Yes, I am Really Getting Tired of It

    Steve Skojec at his blog takes aim at the endless excuses many Catholic commentators come up with to ignore the obvious:   Is anyone else getting really, really tired of this game? Pope Francis consistently says things that

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Anzac Day 1944

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,   Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,   To the innermost heart of their own land they are known  As the stars are known to the Night;  

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PopeWatch: Father Lombardi

  PopeWatch has long admired the standup comedy performed by Vatican press flack Father Federico Lombardi.  In reaction to the cold call mess, go here to read about it, he has outdone himself with this hilarious statement: Several telephone calls have

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International Men’s Day

Fine Klavan, just so long as it doesn’t involve beating on drums and eating half done steaks prepared by other men!  My sainted Mother, and what a formidable lady she was, had an interesting response to feminism:  “Why on Earth would

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Pope Francis and “Father” Bergoglio

  Christopher Johnson, a non-Catholic who has taken up the cudgels so frequently in defense of the Church that I have named him Defender of the Faith, over at his Midwest Conservative Journal  takes a look at the cold call

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PopeWatch: Yoannis Lahzi Gaid

The appointment of Father Yoannis Lahzi Gaid as a personal secretary is an intriguing appointment by the Pope.  Sandro Magister at his blog Chiesa gives us the details: Pope Francis has a new personal secretary. His name is Yoannis Lahzi

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The Pope Is On The Line

    The controversy du jour regarding the Pope with Father Z’s comments:   Sometimes it is hard to tell whether the writer gets it wrong because he doesn’t know better or whether their mistakes are on purpose. Perhaps you

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In God We Trust Adopted as National Motto

Yesterday we had a post which noted the appearance of In God We Trust on US coinage after the passage of the Coinage Act of 1864.  The phrase became the national motto in 1956 pursuant to a Joint Resolution of

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PopeWatch: Priestly Joy

Sandro Magister at his blog Chiesa has a report on remarks by the Pope to priests last Holy Thursday: For me, there are three significant features of our priestly joy. It is a joy which anoints us (not one which

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PopeWatch: Turnaround CEO

The Economist has an article that concisely paints Pope Francis as a turn around CEO of a troubled corporation: When Pope Francis celebrated his first Easter as CEO, just after being appointed, the world’s oldest multinational was in crisis. Pentecostal

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The Inhumanity of Hate Crime Legislation

Frazier Glenn Cross is the former grand dragon of a chapter of the KKK who murdered three people in Kansas City last week. While one would think that murdering three people would be sufficient grounds for, at a minimum, putting

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