Last Survivor of the Enola Gay Crew Dies

  Under the same circumstances — and the key words are ‘the same circumstances’ — yes, I would do it again. We were in a war for five years. We were fighting an enemy that had a reputation for never

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PopeWatch: No End

    Well that didn’t take long:   A Buddhist group accused of recent attacks on Muslims in Sri Lanka says Pope Francis must apologize to Buddhists for atrocities allegedly committed by Christian colonial rulers of the South Asian island

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Quotes Suitable For Framing: Walter M. Miller, Jr.

      “The closer men came to perfecting for themselves a paradise, the more impatient they became with it, and with themselves as well. They made a garden of pleasure, and became progressively more miserable with it as it

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Hey, Who Did Win the Vietnam War Anyway?

    History is full of ironies and none more so than the development of Vietnam in the aftermath of the Vietnam War.  Independent journalist Michael Totten, who specializes in covering wars and desperately poor, ill governed countries, gives us refreshing news about

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The Old World in its Sunset Was Fair to See

    Like many others, I often summon up in my memory the impression of those July days.  The world on the verge of its catastrophe was very brilliant.  Nations and Empires crowned with princes and potentates rose majestically on

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Can She Afford to Pay For Her Own Birth Control Now?

    Sandra Fluke, the Goddess of the entitlement mentality, is running for a state senate seat out in California.   Fluke donated $12,000 to her campaign and $4,826.27 in non-monetary contributions. While $16,826.27 may not sound like a lot,

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PopeWatch: Fracking

Pope Francis has given yet another interview, this time to Viva in Argentina.     The Pope also spoke about environmental issues and how mankind continues to waste the bounty given by God. He also appeared to voice his opposition

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July 30, 1864: Debacle at the Crater

When looking at the battle of the Crater, it is a study in contrasts.  The digging of the tunnel and the explosion of the mine at dawn on July 30, 1864, go here to read about the tunnel construction, was a

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Dark Lamps

A friend came to see me on one of the evenings of the last week — he thinks it was on Monday, August 3rd. We were standing at a window of my room in the Foreign Office. It was getting

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PopeWatch: Apologies-R-Us

Pope Francis yesterday apologized for persecutions suffered by Pentecostals under Fascist Italy.     The pope made his second visit in as many days to the Mafia stronghold near Naples, this time to meet evangelical pastor Giovanni Traettino, whom he

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Digging of The Tunnel at Petersburg

By far the most unusual event during the siege of Petersburg was the attempt by Grant to take Petersburg by a huge mining operation. The idea of the tunnel was devised by Lieutenant Colonel Henry Pleasants, the 33 year old commanding

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Is The Left Anti-Semitic?

The essence of Judaism and the root of the Jewish soul is expediency and self-interest; the God of Israel is Mammon, who expresses himself in the lust for money. Judaism is the embodiment of anti-social attitudes. Karl Marx    

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Hold the Applause

    I hate applause in Church and I never join in applause.  Father Z quotes two popes to explain why this is my rule:   Joseph Card. Ratzinger – now Benedict XVI – wrote in his Spirit of the

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It’s all Israel’s fault, isn’t it?

  Over at the National Catholic Reporter (NCR) the first of a new series of sociopolitical blog posts on issues related to the Middle East begins: More than 500 people have died in Gaza as of Monday morning. The latest tragedy

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The Past: Through A Contemporary Glass Darkly

  When I was down in Springfield last week, go here to read about my family’s annual pilgrimage to the Lincoln sites this year, I purchased several books at The Prairie Archives.  That bookstore is a treasure trove for those interested in

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Calling Flannery O’Connor

“I’m a member and preacher to that church where the blind don’t see and the lame don’t walk and what’s dead stays that way.” Flannery O’Connor, Wise Blood I have always been vastly amused by atheists who seek to ape

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PopeWatch: Ecumenicalism

  Pope Francis has spent quite a bit of effort and energy in an outreach to evangelicals.  To what purpose this is being done is confusing to PopeWatch since the Pope has disclaimed any interest in converting these groups to

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Indoctrination Not Education

    One of the more ironic developments during the past half century has been the transformation of most colleges and universities from places of learning into citadels of indoctrination.  Examples abound.  Here is a recent one: An Ohio State

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July 27, 1864: First Battle of Deep Bottom Begins

Unbeknownst to the Confederates, on July 27, 1864 the Union forces around Petersburg were putting the finishing touches on a huge mine under a fort in the Confederate defenses known as Elliot’s Salient.  To divert Confederate attention from this sector of the

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Lee Harvey Oswald Was a Commie! Live With It!

      There exists a cottage industry among leftists to attempt to blame the assassination of JFK on “right wing hate”.  The latest, and I would say most delusional, example of this historical revisionism run amok is a Salon

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Columbia the Gem of the Ocean

Something for the weekend.  Written in 1843, by Thomas a Becket, yeah, the name is correct, Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean was probably the most popular patriotic ballad of the Nineteenth Century:

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PopeWatch: Middle Earth Ecumenicalism

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:   MORDOR––Sister Florence Deacon announced today that the upcoming annual assembly for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious would be taking place at the smoldering base of Mount

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Beware of government mammon: It always comes with strings attached…

  A Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice report indicates that converting private Catholic schools into charter schools can significantly increase school enrollment, reversing enrollment declines even after several decades. The primary reasons cited for these declines? The rising cost of

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Patton Unleashed

Today seventy years ago Operation Cobra began, the breakout of First United States Army from the Normandy Peninsula.  By the end of July the First Army had shattered the German forces before them and broken out of Normandy.  The stage was

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PopeWatch: Be Happy

  The latest tweet of Pope Francis gives food for thought: When one lives attached to money, pride or power, it is impossible to be truly happy.

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Science Fiction as Politicized Drek

They began by controlling books of cartoons and then detective books and, of course, films, one way or another, one group or another, political bias, religious prejudice, union pressures; there was always a minority afraid of something, and a great majority afraid

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Thomas the Right Wing Tank Engine

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, brings us the latest news from Leftist Crazyland:       Ladies and gentlemen,

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PopeWatch: Not Interested?

    Sandro Magister at his blog Chiesa puts his finger on what PopeWatch views as the single most dispiriting aspect of the papacy of Pope Francis:     Three days later, on June 4, the pope had a long meeting

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Lincoln and Summer

    Yesterday my family and I made our annual pilgrimage down to Springfield to visit the Lincoln Museum and go to the Lincoln Tomb to say prayers for the repose of the souls of Lincoln and his family.  A

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When Congress Makes a Joke, It’s A Law

So when all the yielding and objections is over, the other Senator said, “I object to the remarks of a professional joker being put into the Congressional Record.” Taking a dig at me, see? They didn’t want any outside fellow

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PopeWatch: Diplomacy

An interesting look at the diplomatic style of Pope Francis by Sandro Magister at his blog Chiesa:   Francis has placed back at the head of the secretariat of state a thoroughbred diplomat, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. But with him as

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Emily Hoffman and Her Yankee General

  The Civil War was filled with endless personal tragedies and one of them played out in the aftermath of the death of General James Birdseye McPherson at the Battle of Atlanta.  McPherson was engaged to marry Emily Hoffman of

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Jews Today, Christians Tomorrow

  The heaviest blow that ever struck humanity was the coming of Christianity. Adolph Hitler, Table Talk       Hattip to Instapundit.  One thing I have learned from a close study of history is that when anti-semites attack Jews, often

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