The Flag of Sumter

As we close this year, one hundred and fifty years ago defeat loomed for the Confederacy.  It is good to recall at this point in our almost four year examination of the Civil War the courage with which the Confederates

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Edmund Burke

  Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites, — in proportion as their love to justice is above their rapacity, — in proportion as their soundness and

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Predictions 2015

      Once again I boldly go where angels fear to tread and make predictions for the coming year:   1.   The contraceptive mandate will be found to be unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court. 2.   A major component of

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Progress

    Some good news to end the year: A new survey conducted by Operation Rescue of all abortion facilities in the United States has confirmed that the abortion clinic closure trend continued strongly in 2014. Operation Rescue is the

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Wolves in Wolves’ Clothing

      Anti-Catholic bigot, homosexual activist and Episcopalian minister Harry Knox is back in the news.  Long time readers of this blog will recall that President Obama appointed Knox to his Advisory Council on Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships back

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Predictions of Times Past

Well it is that time of the year again for me to review predictions that I made last year and eat a little crow in the process: 1.   Elections 2014-The Republicans will gain 10-15 seats in the House and the

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Grant on the Fort Fisher Fiasco

    Examples of gross military incompetence were not rare in the Civil War.  Perhaps the most outstanding example is the bungling of Major General Benjamin Butler in his handling of the first assault on Fort Fisher, the fort that guarded the

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Cold Winter of Unbelief

The Holy InnocentsToday, dearest brethren, we celebrate the birthday of those children who were slaughtered, as the Gospel tells us, by that exceedingly cruel king, Herod. Let the earth, therefore, rejoice and the Church exult — she, the fruitful mother

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Unbroken: A Review

 “If I can take it, I can make it.” Louis Zamperini   Unbroken is the best picture that I have seen in many a year.  Its themes are faith, patriotism and endurance in the face of seemingly overwhelming adversity.  Everything about the

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Christmas Star

Artist Herbert Morton Stoops had served in World War I in France in the field artillery.  In 1944 he painted the above immortal picture that conveys powerfully the meaning of Christmas to a soldier far from home.

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I Saw the Light

  Something for the weekend.  I Saw the Light by Hank Williams.  Written by him in 1948 at age 25, it coveys the hunger for salvation that was always a part of Williams’ brief and tragic life.  Dead before he

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On Target

Hattip to Father Z.  I defy any American Catholic above the age of reason not to find much to recognize in the above hilarious video!

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George Washington, Howard Roark and George Bailey

[34] But the Pharisees hearing that he had silenced the Sadducees, came together: [35] And one of them, a doctor of the law, asking him, tempting him: [36] Master, which is the greatest commandment in the law? [37] Jesus said

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Hallelujah Chorus Open Thread

    Well, I trust that all of TAC’s contributors, commenters and readers had a Merry Christmas!  I am keeping the law mines shut today and enjoying the day with my bride and kids, who are home from college and

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Messianic Prophecies: Isaiah 40: 1-5

  Concluding our Advent look at Messianic prophecies for this year, a series which we began in Advent 2011 and continued in 2102 and 2013, the earlier posts of the series may be read here, here, here ,here, here, here, here, here ,

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Your Peter’s Pence Contributions at Work

    The above video is courtesy of the Pontifical Council on Culture.  I truly hope this waste of money and time was a product of good old fashioned nepotism rather than anyone being confused enough to think this vanity-vamping-selfie serves

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Who Are the Modern Day Pharisees?

  John Bergsma at The Sacred Page has a brilliant post in which he accurately describes the relationship between Christ and the Pharisees in regard to their teachings:   Finally, let us reflect for a moment on the fact that,

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Christmas 1944: Battle of the Bulge

In 1944, seventy 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

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Grinch Conversion

When I was a boy, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas was my second favorite television Christmas special.  The conversion of the Grinch to the true meaning of Christmas at the end was a wonderful message, and still is.  Boris Karloff was

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No Merry Christmas at the Vatican

    One of the more obvious misinterpretations of the Pope is regarding him as some sort of jolly, smiling pontiff in the model of John XXIII.  The reality, as Father Z tells us, is somewhat different:   Pope Francis

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The NRLB and the lost soul of U.S. Catholic higher education…

  In the case of Pacific Lutheran University and Service Employees International Union, Local 925 (Case 19–RC–102521), the National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) ruled on December 16 that contingent (“adjunct”) faculty members at private colleges and universities can unionize. This

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December 22, 1864: Sherman’s Christmas Gift

        Sherman and his men completed their March to the Sea with the siege of Savannah, Georgia.  The end of the siege was anti-climactic with Lieutenant General W. J. Hardee evacuating his garrison from the city of

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Another Religion

  Father Z reminds us that one of the major problem with contemporary Catholicism is that in practice it frequently bears little relationship to Catholicism as traditionally understood: I was once in a parish with a school. I visited class rooms. I was asked

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Don’t Insult Their Sacrifice

New York City cops turn their backs on Mayor de Blasio, a far left loon, as he came to speak at a press conference after two cops, Wenjian Liu, a newlywed, and Raphael Ramos, a family man with a wife and

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Union Christmas Dinner

Published on December 31, 1864, and drawn by Thomas Nast,  the above picture has Lincoln inviting the starving Confederate states to join the Christmas dinner of the Union States.  The print brings  to mind the phrase that  Lincoln would make

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PopeWatch: Demonic Cats

  From the only accurate source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:     Pope Francis continues to show he’s not your average pope. During a public appearance this afternoon, Francis attempted to comfort a girl

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Keep Up the Bad Work Seth Rogen

So comedic actor Seth Rogen doesn’t hesitate to call Christians the A-word for supporting Hobby Lobby. Knowing that Christians don’t retaliate, maybe at worst start a picket line. But when Seth Rogen makes a film, “The Interview”, satirizing the “Great

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PopeWatch: Realpolitik

One of the biggest misinterpretations of Pope Francis is the assumption that he doesn’t carefully consider his actions, as opposed to his often careless, occasionally confused, language.  Case in point: China-watchers, friends of Tibet, and admirers of Pope Francis were

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To Hate Liberally

      Spengler (David P. Goldman) takes a look at the blind fury that seems to be the distinguishing characteristic of the Forces of Tolerance these days:   They really, really hate us. George Orwell wrote a morning “Two

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247-188

With the victory of pro-life Colonel Martha McSally (USAF Ret.),( she took Gabbie Gifford’s old Congressional district, so a Second Amendment champion now holds the former seat of the poster child for gun control), the Republicans have 247 seats in the

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PopeWatch: Cuba

    The Babalu Blog, the go to site for news on Cuba, predicted the papal involvement in the “normalization” of relations with Cuba announced yesterday by Obama: We’re not clairvoyants or prophets.  We just deal with the facts. Eleven months

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