Democrats and the Race Card

  Civil Rights We condemn bigots who inject class, racial and religious prejudice into public and political matters. Bigotry is un-American and a danger to the Republic. We deplore the duplicity and insincerity of the Party in power in racial

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PopeWatch: Jesuits

    Popewatch has always believed that one of the keys to understanding Pope Francis is that he is a Jesuit.  Here is his speech commemorating the 200th anniversary of the restoration of the Jesuits in 1814:     Dear

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The Great Beefsteak Raid

One of the more colorful episodes in the siege of Petersburg, the Great Beefsteak Raid of September 14-17 helped cement Major General Wade Hampton III as a worthy successor to Jeb Stuart in command of the Army of Northern Virginia. 

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Pope Leo and Saint Michael the Archangel

(I originally posted this in 2010.  I think I will begin posting it on each September 29, the feast of the Archangels.) In 1947 Father Domenico Pechenino related what he had witnessed over six decades before. “I do not remember

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Too Dumb to Vote

Note to self: never get on Kevin Williamson’s bad side. Here is Williamson’s rebuttal to a particularly empty-headed column from Lena Dunham. If you would like to be filled with despair for the prospects of democracy, spend a few minutes attempting

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Sandy Hook Blame Game

  Government fails in its elementary duty to protect kids at a government school where it forbade its citizens from possessing weapons for self defense.  Kids are slaughtered.  The government solution:  regulate home schoolers!   Under a new law proposed this

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Government as Tiresome, Expensive Nag

  Have you noticed that as government becomes more of a ponzi scheme where it takes in huge amounts of money and doles out some of it to a large number of recipients in the body politic it has taken

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PopeWatch: Peronism

  An interesting post over at Father Z’s regarding the Pope’s political views:   I saw in interesting interview at Real Clear Religion with Rocco Buttiglione, who played a role in the economic views of St. John Paul II. […] RCR:

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September 28, 1864: Hood Launches His Tennessee Campaign

After the fall of Altlanta, General John Bell Hood, commander of the Army of Tennessee, faced a quandry.  He confronted an army led by Sherman that heavily outnumbered his force.  Confederate manpower reserves were used up, and he could look

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Quotes Suitable For Framing Saint Augustine

  “Usually, even a non-Christian knows something about the earth, the heavens, and the other elements of this world, about the motion and orbit of the stars and even their size and relative positions, about the predictable eclipses of the

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A “Catholic” environmentalism…

  Caring for and ruling the environment are biblical imperatives going back to the Book of Genesis. It’s a no-brainer: There is what might be termed a “Catholic environmentalism.” This sound, theological proposition is not the ideology of those who

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PopeWatch: He’s Back

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:   VATICAN–According to reports today, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is seeking the chair of his pontificate months after his resignation. The news has sent shock

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Autumn

Something for the weekend.  Autumn from the Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi.   Composed in 1725, like all of Vivaldi’s music it scampered into obscurity after his death, only to be surprisingly revived in the rediscovery of Vivaldi in the last

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September 26, 1907: Dominion of Newfoundland

  Ye brave Newfoundlanders who plough the salt sea, With hearts like the eagle so bold and so free, The time is at hand when we’ll have to say If Confederation will carry the day. Men, hurrah for our own

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Who Still Supports Obama?

  The worst President, alright Mr. Buchanan, I see your hand, maybe he is only tied with you, plumbs new depths of approval for him:   Barack Obama’s approval rating slid into dangerous territory this week, with the latest Reuters-Ipsos poll showing

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PopeWatch: EJ Dionne

    PopeWatch has been amused at a number of Catholic bloggers seeking to convince their readers, perhaps even to convince themselves, that the appointment of Blase Cupich to be Archbishop of Chicago does not send a clear signal by

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September 25, 1864: Battle of Sulphur Creek Trestle

  Nathan Bedford Forrest again demonstrated that so long as he was in the vicinity no Union supply line was safe.  On September 23, 1864, near Athens, Alabama, he and 4500 troopers were engaged in destroying a Union controlled  rail

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PopeWatch: Synod Question Mark

  With the Synod on the family coming up in October, Sandro Magister at his blog Chiesa tells us what we know right now:   Francis began with the distribution, one year ago, of an open-ended questionnaire on all the

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Professor Douglas Kries on Cupich

  Well, this is interesting.  Professor Douglas Kries at Gonzaga University in Spokane gives his assessment of Bishop Blase Cupich, the Spokane Bishop tapped to head the Chicago Archdiocese: Bishop White Seminary at Gonzaga, which was nothing short of an

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Knife Control

Charlton Heston never played Jesus in a film, to the best of my knowledge, but he famously was Moses and also played John the Baptist in The Greatest Story Ever Told. I so much wanted to hear him say, “You

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Tiber Creek Community Church

  Church Pop brings us the news:     ROME, Italy — Pope Francis has changed the name of St. Peter’s Basilica to “Tiber Creek Community Church,” Vatican spokesperson Fr. Federico Lombardi announced this morning. “The greatest church of Christendom, built on

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Worse Than a Black Mass?

For those who kneel beside us At altars not Thine own, Who lack the lights that guide us, Lord, let their faith atone! Rudyard Kipling, Hymn Before Action   Father Paul Nicholson engages in some silliness on stilts:   The

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PopeWatch: Why Cupich?

    Father Pio Pace at Rorate Caeli gives us the back story on the appointment of Bishop Cupich to head the Archdiocese of Chicago: It is very necessary to understand the full measure of the nomination of the extreme

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Cupich and Bilberries

  Dale Price at Dyspeptic Mutterings dishes out truth with the bark on: Royal Air Force pilots during the Second World War reported that ingesting bilberries improved their night vision. It’s not often that I offer health advice here, but

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Who Needs Clown Masses?

    Hattip to Pat Archbold at Creative Minority Report. From the comments: The showboatin’ priest is Fr. Tony Ricard, pastor of Our Lady Star of the Sea parish in New Orleans. These kinds of stunts are standard fare for

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Compare and Contrast

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We did not pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we

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Evil as Bad Performance Art

To Nero, Emperor of Rome, Master of the World, Divine Pontiff. I know that my death will be a disappointment to you, since you wished to render me this service yourself. To be born in your reign is a miscalculation;

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What Right Wing Zealot Wrote This?

      Policy makers and the public may wish for the comfort of certainty in their climate science. But I fear that rigidly promulgating the idea that climate science is “settled” (or is a “hoax”) demeans and chills the

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PopeWatch: Urban II

        PopeWatch assumes that one day there may be a grand debate between Pope Francis and Pope Urban II in Heaven.  If PopeWatch should manage to defy the odds and become an attorney who enters Heaven, he hopes

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Pinkos

Father Z and I have similar feelings about what is going on in the Church today:     Some wag out there used his photoshopping skills to Hello-Kitty-ize some heroes of the silver screen. Samples: No… I just don’t have

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PopeWatch: Bernardin II

  One of the chief ways of assessing any pope is to look at his appointments.  Pope Francis has picked Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane to run the Chicago Archdiocese.  PopeWatch believes this marks a return to the policies of

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