Muppet Candidates Open Thread

  Hattip to Amanda Servello for the pic.  The usual open thread rules apply:  be concise, be charitable and, above all, be amusing!

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PopeWatch: Invitation

  From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:   Just days after Catholic internet personality Michael Voris revealed that he had been actively involved in homosexuality before his reversion to the faith,

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Simple Gifts

  Something for the weekend.  Simple Gifts from Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring.

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Faith Is Not Dead In Hollywood

Faith based films have seen a marked increase in Hollywood in the last several years. Critics were quick to dismiss the success of the Passion of the Christ some 12 years ago claiming its success was only caused by controversy,

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PopeWatch: Kasper’s Victory Dance

    Sandro Magister at his blog Chiesa explains how Cardinal Kasper has emerged victorious in his quest to give Communion to Catholics in adulterous marriages:   The German Option of the Argentine Pope ROME, April 28, 2016 – The

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Who Is the Buddy of the GOP Establishment?

    One of the frustrating thing about this campaign for sentient observers is the absurd claim of the crony capitalist Donald Trump to be an outsider running against the establishment.  John Boehner, former Speaker of the House, put paid to

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Danegeld

  The thirtieth in my ongoing series examining the poetry of Rudyard Kipling. The other posts in the series may be read here, here , here , here, here , here, here, here, here, here, here, here , here, here,

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Catholics Who Support Bernie: You Are Idiots

    Either that or you don’t give a damn about fighting abortion: Sanders stated, “I think we should expand funding for Planned Parenthood. And it is no secret, that in states all over this country, in a dozen different

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PopeWatch: Bishop Athanasius Schneider

  Voice of the Family is hosting the English translation of Bishop Athanasius Schneider’s reflections on Amoris Laetitia.  Go here to view the translation  They indicate that the Bishop has given permission for the text to be shared widely, so I

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Ted Cruz Names Carly Fiorina as Veep Running Mate

  Taking a tip from Ronald Reagan’s playbook, Ted Cruz names Carly Fiorina as his running mate.  Back in 1976 Reagan was behind Ford.  Prior to the Republican convention he named Senator Richard Schweiker (R.Pa) as his running mate.  Schweiker

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PopeWatch: Peronist Pope

    Sandro Magister at his blog Chiesa reprints an extract from an  interesting article on the Peronist vision of the Pope: The chosen people by Loris Zanatta Bergoglio is Peronist? Absolutely he is. But not because he took to

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Monmouth College

  My bride and I took yesterday off from the law mines to attend the Honors Awards ceremonies at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois, in which our twenty-one year old “baby girl” was participating.  (Fortunately our daughter inherited both her looks and

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Five State Sweep for Trump

    This surreal election year continues with Trump victorious in the primaries of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware.  After tonight Trump has about 950 delegates pledged to support him on the first ballot.  He needs 1237 to

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Ignorance as Brave New World

    Much of leftist politics today consists of leftists stating that what is manifestly not true must be believed with a religious fervor that would put to shame most Trappist monks.  Dave Griffey at his blog Daffey Thoughts reminds us of the

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PopeWatch: Amoris Laetitia-Overall Thoughts

      There is no way to mince words in regard to Amoris Laetitia:   it is a disaster for the Church.  In the Exhortation, the Pope and his ghost writers engage in a lengthy exercise to find excuses to disregard

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April 26, 1777: Sybil Ludington’s Ride

The eldest of twelve children, Sybil Ludington grew up in a household of ardent patriots, her father being the commander of the local militia in Duchess County New York.  On April 26, 1777 she became, at age 16, a heroine of

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April 25, 1976: Saving the Flag

I am not much of a baseball fan, but I have always remembered Cubs centerfielder Rick Monday saving the flag from two loons who sought to burn it on the field during a game on April 25, 1976 between the Cubs

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A Century of Anzac Days

Today is Anzac Day, in Australia and New Zealand.   It commemorates the landing of the New Zealand and Australian troops at Gallipoli in World War I.  Although the effort to take the Dardanelles was ultimately unsuccessful, the Anzac troops demonstrated

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Saint Pope John on the Cure of Ars

I thought a time would come when people would rout me out of Ars with sticks, when the Bishop would suspend me, and I should end my days in prison. I see, however, that I am not worthy of such

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April 24, 1916: The Easter Rising Begins

Today marks the hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the Easter Rising.  A militarily hopeless venture, it was easily crushed by the British.  Yet, astonishingly, this doomed quixotic episode began the events that within five years would bring to an

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Confession

      As faithful readers of this blog know, I have never been a fan of Michael Voris, but I must say bravo to his response to an alleged smear attempt by villains, (the New York Archdiocese has denied

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PopeWatch: Retirement

    From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber: Pope Francis, the man who helped the Church win hundreds of thousands of converts over a 20-liturgical-year career, announced Sunday that he will

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The Bold Fenian Men

Something for the weekend.  Down by the Glenside (The Bold Fenian Men).   Tomorrow marks the hundredth anniversary of the Easter Rising in Dublin which set in motion the chain of events leading to Irish independence.  Shortly before the Rising this song was

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Insults Courtesy of the Bard

          My personal favorite:  The devil damn thee black, thou cream-faced loon! Go here for the Shakespeare insult generator.

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PopeWatch: Amoris Laetitia-the Lean Version-Part 10

    Part 10 of our stripped down look at Amoris Laetitia with some commentary by PopeWatch: 271.  Moral education must not involve too much of a child.  (A legitimate concern, although PopeWatch has observed that kids, like most people,

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Trump To Conservatives: You’re Fired!

    I had assumed that Trump was going to hold off running to the center until after the Republican convention, assuming he got the nomination.   However, Trump has such contempt for conservatives that the sellout is currently well under

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Happy 90th Birthday to Queen Elizabeth

My sainted mother was a Newfie of pure Irish descent, with fiery red hair and a tempestuous, but lovable, temperament to match.  She had small use for the British monarchy except for the current reigning monarch who she adored.  My

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Happy 90th Old Route 66

Today is the 90th birthday of the Mother Road, Old Route 66, which ran from Chicago to Los Angeles.  Long since made obsolete by the interstates, with many sections abandoned, Old Route 66 still attracts visitors from around the globe,

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