Dune the Nightmare

  Well, Clan McClarey, as is our custom, will be toasting the new year by watching Dune (1984), a film so spectacularly bad that is entertaining, a true train wreck of the filmmaking art.  Director David Lynch in the above

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Quick, Someone Tell the Pope

“A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system. In recent decades, this warming has been accompanied by a constant rise in the sea level and, it would appear, by an

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Friendly Fire

When Rick Perry dropped out of the presidential race in 2o12 it was an easy decision to back Rick Santorum. Santorum was easily the best of the remaining field of candidates, as his political ideology closely mirrored my own. I

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Bob Hope Show: Christmas 1945

Broadcast on December 18, 1945, the Bob Hope Christmas show for 1945 gives an interesting insight into America as it observed its first peacetime Christmas in five years.  Hope mentions product shortages in his jokes and in a skit the housing

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Saint Thomas Becket: Saint of Courage

We have made men proud of most vices, but not of cowardice. Whenever we have almost succeeded in doing so, God permits a war or an earthquake or some other calamity, and at once courage becomes so obviously lovely and

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Predictions for 2016

    Well, here I stroll once again in where angels fear to tread and make my predictions for 2016:  The GOP national ticket will consist of Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, but I am uncertain as to which of them will

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Christ and History

Walter Russell Mead at The American Interest, who normally writes on purely secular topics, has an interesting Christmas column up:   The Christian claim about the Virgin Birth is meant as a radical announcement that Christianity is different. Christianity is

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: George Will

  Presidential campaigns inflate expectations that power wielded from government’s pinnacle will invigorate the nation. Thus campaigns demonstrate that creationists threaten the creative ferment that produces social improvement. Not religious creationists, who are mistaken but inconsequential. It is secular creationists

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Predictions of Times Past

  Well, it is that time again for me to review my predictions for the year coming to an end and eat a little crow.     1.   The contraceptive mandate will be found to be unconstitutional by the US Supreme

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Star Wars the Premake

  A truly epic attempt by John D’Amico to recreate the first Stars Wars film, A New Hope, shot for shot using clips from pre-1977 films.  Some of the clips are misses but most are so on-target that it is difficult

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Breve Neminem Fugit

When God in his mercy determined to accomplish the work of man’s renewal, which same had so many long ages awaited, he appointed and ordained this work on such wise that its very beginning might shew to the world the

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A Proclamation

  The twenty-fifth day of December. In the five thousand one hundred and ninety-ninth year of the creation of the world from the time when God in the beginning created the heavens and the earth; the two thousand nine hundred

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It’s a Wonderful Life and the FBI

Hard to believe, but there was an FBI report in 1947 that deemed It’s a Wonderful Life as Communist propaganda: To: The Director   D.M. Ladd  COMMUNIST INFILTRATION OF THE MOTION PICTURE INDUSTRY   (RUNNING MEMORANDUM) There is submitted herewith the running

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Good Lives On

      [27] She hath looked well to the paths of her house, and hath not eaten her bread idle. [28] Her children rose up, and called her blessed: her husband, and he praised her. [29] Many daughters have gathered together

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Handel’s Advent Messiah: For Unto Us A Son Is Given

The culmination of the Advent portions of Handel’s Advent Messiah.  Go here to listen to the earlier portions.   Handel heralds the coming of Christ with the immortal words of Isaiah Chapter 9, verse 6: For unto us a child

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Christmas at Bastogne

In 1944 at Christmas the American and German armies were slugging it out in the Battle of the Bulge, the last German offensive of the War. Patton’s Third Army rammed its way through to relieve the Americans desperately fighting to defeat the

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Santa Roosevelt

Death had to take him in his sleep, for if he was awake there’d have been a fight. Thomas R. Marshall, Vice President of the United States, on hearing of the death of Theodore Roosevelt One of his worst enemies

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December 23, 1945: Funeral of General Patton

And I see not in my blindness What the objects were I wrought, But as God rules o’er our bickerings It was through His will I fought. George S. Patton, Jr.       Fate denied General Patton the death

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Bear Growls: The Most Dangerous Man in the World

    Our bruin friend at Saint Corbinian’s Bear minces no words:   The Bear used to understand what the Catholic Church taught, and what he was required to believe, do and avoid as a Catholic. Now he is told

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens: A Review

    My family and I saw the latest Star Wars on Saturday and I greatly enjoyed it.  It was a fine example of slam bam space opera and a rousing tribute to the best in the original trilogy of films. 

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Magisterium Creep

“Yesterday I asked him whether Our Lord had more than one nature. He said: ‘Just as many as you say, Father.’ Then again I asked him: ‘Supposing the Pope looked up and saw a cloud and said ‘It’s going to

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Messianic Prophecies: Zechariah 14: 1-5

  Finishing our Advent look at Messianic prophecies for this year, a series which we began in Advent 2011 and continued in 2102, 2013 and 2014, the earlier posts of the series may be read here, here, here ,here, here, here, here, here ,

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The Creed as Currently Understood

  Elliot Bougis at FideCogitActio has drafted a new Creed for the Age of Francis:   The Nicercene Creed I [want to] believe in one God, the Father [pretty much] almighty, [evolutionary] maker of heaven and earth, of [I guess] all things visible

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Priests and Every Day Heroism

  Just got back from Mass.  Our priest is away and so we had an elderly Monsignor saying Mass.  After our Deacon gave the homily, the Monsignor collapsed.  As the congregation said prayers, medically trained members of the congregation lept to assist

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Brilliant

  Ted Cruz is the most formidable type of conservative:  one who throws out the rule book when it comes to how campaigns should be conducted.  In the world beyond, Reagan, who often used self-deprecating humor and innovative campaign tactics, is

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Washington Refuses to be Beaten

    Each year, as Christmas is approaching, I think of a Christmas long ago in 1776.  The year in which we declared our independence from Great Britain was a year of military disaster for the United States.  Washington and

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PopeWatch: Republican Rite

    From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:   Fox News Channel CEO Roger Ailes has petitioned the Holy See for approval of a new Republican Rite of the Catholic Church,

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Star Wars-Part 375!

  Well at least that is the way I felt about the series half-way through the mid-point of the misbegotten second trilogy.  Leaving aside the fact that it created the most annoying fictional character, runner up Dobby the House Elf, Steppin

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PopeWatch: Operation Storm Heaven

  Pope Francis is not a big fan of either the Rosary  nor Raymond Cardinal Burke, so PopeWatch can imagine what he thinks of Operation Storm Heaven:   The campaign is an initiative of Catholic Action for Faith and Family

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December 18, 1982: Bliss Begins

  My bride and I were married 33 years ago today at Saint Mary’s in Paris, Illinois, the parish church of my youth.  It was an unusual spring like day, the temperature reaching seventy.  Our priest was “Fighting Father O’Hara”

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