Things that Bring Tears to My Eyes: A Continuing Series

Remembering my son Larry, this choked me up: Michelle Malkin tweeted this story out earlier and I have to say it really is the best thing I’ve read all day. Maybe you’ve seen the photo already but what’s important is the

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State of the Race

    Going into the Labor Day weekend, Clinton is slightly ahead with Trump gaining ground.  The Los Angeles Times daily tracker shows Trump with a lead today of three points.  Go here to view it.  The topline result in

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Elmer Gantry Open Thread

    I have always loved the above scene from the movie Elmer Gantry.  The usual open thread rules apply:  be concise, be charitable and, above all, be amusing.

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: William Shakespeare

    “A coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once. It seems to me most strange that men should fear, seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will

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PopeWatch: Signs and Portents

    The Pope Emeritus on the lightning strike on Saint Peter’s that occurred on the day of his announcement of his resignation:   Guerriero then turned to the subject of the famous picture of lightning striking St. Peter’s basilica

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Resquiescat in Pace: Gene Wilder

    One of the great comedic talents of his day, Gene Wilder passed away yesterday at age 83.    Like so many in Hollywood, Wilder was a political liberal.  Unlike so many in Hollywood, he remembered that his function was

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Clinton E-Mail Depositions: Huma Abedin

  When it comes to the Clintons the normal rules that apply to the rest of us apparently do not apply to them.  For example, in a FOIA act lawsuit brought over the Clinton e-mails by Judicial Watch, a conservative

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Larry the Lobster Assumes Room Temperature

  It would take a heart of stone not to laugh at this:   The 2016 Larry was saved from the stockpot, too. He was destined for dinner when several concerned citizens worked with a group called iRescue Wildlife, Inc.,

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PopeWatch: Pope Emeritus

  Sandro Magister at his blog Chiesa notes criticism of the concept of Pope Emeritus:     In his retreat on the Vatican hill, Joseph Ratzinger just won’t keep quiet. Neither in the written nor in the spoken word. In

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PopeWatch: Bear Growls: Worlds Thinnest Books

  Our bruin friend at Saint Corbinian’s Bear has compiled a list of the worlds thinnest books: Muslim Contributions to Western Civilization Pope Francis’ Guide to Actual Church Teachings Archbishop Blase Cupich’s Qualifications as Telepathic Psychologist Church Growth Since Vatican

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August 29, 1786: Shays’ Rebellion Begins

    In the aftermath of American victory in the Revolutionary War, times were tough in the new nation.  In Massachusetts farmers faced financial ruin as merchants, concerned with the inflation, were demanding repayment of debts in hard currency which

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Feast Day of the Beheading of John the Baptist

August 29 is the feast day of the beheading of John the Baptist, the herald of Christ.  Charlton Heston, in the video clip above, gave a powerful portrayal of the Baptist in The Greatest Story Ever Told, capturing the raw

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The Barque of Peter Sails Through History

There is not, and there never was on this earth, a work of human policy so well deserving of examination as the Roman Catholic Church. The history of that Church joins together the two great ages of human civilisation. No

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Sermon of Father Mapple

John Huston’s film Moby Dick (1956) is a true work of genius.  The only film version worthy of the novel, the screenplay was written by Ray Bradbury who in 10,000 words  got to the essence of the 206,052 word novel.  (Bradbury

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PopeWatch: Shea and Fisher

    Eye of the Tiber’s take on the Shea, Fisher firings by National Catholic Register: Two National Catholic Register staff writers have been fired and are now facing possible public flogging after they allegedly had opinions and were outspoken about them. The National

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Moonlight Sonata

  Something for the weekend.  Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven.  Written in 1801 it has always been among the more popular of Beethoven’s works.

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Company Way or Timeless Magisterium?

    Oh good!  Dale Price at Dyspeptic Mutterings has posted a blog article for me to steal borrow:   One of the staples of Catholic apologetics is that the Catholic magisterium safeguards the truth and ensures a unity and

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PopeWatch: Soros

  If you sometimes wonder why clerics sometimes do things that seem bizarre, always follow the money:   Leftist Billionaire George Soros donated $650,000 to groups lobbying American bishops in favor of “progressive” domestic policies, according to emails made public

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Trust in God and Keep Your Hand Grenades Primed

Then did he raise on high the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, saying, “Bless this, O Lord, that with it thou mayst blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy.” And the people did rejoice and did feast upon

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: George Washington

    If Historiographers should be hardy enough to fill the page of History with the advantages that have been gained with unequal numbers (on the part of America) in the course of this contest, and attempt to relate the

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PopeWatch: Cardinal Newman

    As this Pontificate has proceeded, PopeWatch has found much comfort in the writings of Cardinal Newman.  As the Pope seeks to place the Church behind various leftist crusades, this passage from the letter of Newman to the Duke

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PopeWatch: The Middle Kingdom

  Sandro Magister at his blog Chiesa notes the surrender of the Pope to the gerontocracy clinging to power in Peking:   In China, among the one hundred and nine Catholic bishops there are eight who have been consecrated at

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Weasel Words and Theodore Roosevelt

      The more I study Theodore Roosevelt, the more I appreciate the impact he had on this nation, both in large and small ways.  He brought several phrases, for example, into common usage in this country.  One of

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Hillary For Sale

 The level of corruption on display in the State Department e-mails just revealed through the litigation brought by conservative group Judicial Watch, is too great for even the mainstream media to ignore: WASHINGTON (AP) — More than half the people

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PopeWatch: Petition

    At this point in the current papacy, PopeWatch is not surprised by this:     LifeSiteNews and American Life League (ALL) have jointly launched an online petition asking for the withdrawal of the controversial sex education project released

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Pay for Play at the State Department

    Judicial Watch, the conservative group that has forced, through litigation, the release of e-mails from Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State, has a press release today that builds a damning case that “pay for play” was standard operating

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Theodore Roosevelt and Civilization VI

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in that grey twilight that knows

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PopeWatch: Bear Growls: Theology

    With apologies to Andrew Lloyd Webber.  Our bruin friend at Saint Corbinian’s Bear gives us Theology, the Art of the Possible: PRELATES One has no rules Is not precise One rarely acts The same way twice One spurns

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