Trump’s Letter to Pro-Lifers: My Personal Rubicon

A recent letter of Donald Trump to leaders of the pro-life cause around the nation: 725 Fifth Avenue · New York · New York · 10022 · www.DonaldJTrump.com September 2016 Dear Pro-Life Leader: I am writing to invite you to

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Awful Foreshadowing

  Events in history sometimes seem as if they were written by a novelist, or should I say Novelist.  Such was the sad case of Philip Hamilton.  Eldest son of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Hamilton, Hamilton graduated at the age of

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Short For Gabriel

  A Passage For Trumpet:  Twilight Zone episode originally broadcast on May 20, 1960.  Drunken, suicidal trumpet player Joey Crown, (Jack Klugman), gets a second chance at life, courtesy of an angelic trumpet player, (John Anderson), named Gabe.

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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

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Clinton the Accessory

    I have called Hillary a transparent crook, and so she is, but we should always remember that she has done far more over her career than simply getting rich on graft and influence peddling.  She has also shielded her sexual predator

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PopeWatch: Has Francis Failed?

Matthew Schmitz, literary editor of First Things, has a post at the New York Times asking Has Francis Failed?: When Pope Francis ascended to the chair of St. Peter in March 2013, the world looked on in wonder. Here at

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Quotes Suitable For Framing: Edmund Burke

    Your literary men, and your politicians, and so do the whole clan of the enlightened among us, essentially differ in these points. They have no respect for the wisdom of others; but they pay it off by a

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Martyr Priests of Dachau

  (I posted this last June.  It seemed appropriate to post it again today.)     A very brave man has died: The last surviving Catholic priest imprisoned in the Dachau concentration camp has died at the age of 102,

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PopeWatch: Father Engelmar Unzeitig: Angel of Dachau

    A martyr priest is recognized:   Fr. Engelmar Unzeitig, a young priest with Czech roots serving in Germany and Austria, was arrested by the Nazis on April 21, 1941. His crime? Preaching against the Third Reich from his

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Remote Control

    From 1961, a commercial for the RCA “Wireless Wizard”.  Not the first wireless remote, that title goes to the Zenith Flash-matic in 1955.  Remote controls are an interesting example of fairly rapid transition of technology from experimental into

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PopeWatch: Open Thread

    The usual open thread rules apply:  be concise, be charitable and, above all, be amusing!

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Debate Open Thread

    Fifty-six years to the day from the first Presidential Debate:  Trump v. Nixon Clinton.  Put your thoughts on the debate in the comboxes.   Update: I thought it was a wretched debate with neither Hillary nor Trump doing especially

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PopeWatch: Just War?

      In a statement sure to warm the cockles of the hearts of despots and would be despots everywhere, Peter Cardinal Turkson is signaling that Pope Francis may junk the concept of just war: He said that while

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J. Edgar Hoover in The FBI Story

The 1959 movie, The FBI Story, was a project near and dear to the heart of J. Edgar Hoover, founding director of the FBI, who ran it with an iron fist from 1935 until his death in 1972.  Based upon

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Ross Douthat on the Debates

  Ross Douthat, who has the unenviable task of scattering pearls of conservative wisdom before the New York Times readership, has this prediction on the debate:   A series of debates between a man proudly unprepared for the office of

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Eve of the Debate

  Presidential debates don’t matter much except when they do.  Back in 1976 on October 6, Ford, in his second debate with Carter, denied that Poland was dominated by the Soviet Union.  He was too proud and stupid to simply admit

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Pope Saint Pius X on Pope Saint Gregory the Great

IUCUNDA SANE ENCYCLICAL OF POPE PIUS X ON POPE GREGORY THE GREAT TO OUR VENERABLE BRETHREN, THE PATRIARCHS, PRIMATES, ARCHBISHOPS, BISHOPS, AND OTHER ORDINARIES IN PEACE AND COMMUNION WITH THE APOSTOLIC SEE Venerable Brethren, Health and the Apostolic Benediction. 1.

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Cruz Endorses Trump

  Well, he says he will vote for him.  Here is the text of what Cruz said:   This election is unlike any other in our nation’s history. Like many other voters, I have struggled to determine the right course

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PopeWatch: Catfished

    From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:   Social media users are very much used to dealing with phony accounts, and Catholics in the world of Facebook and Twitter are no exception

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Entry of the Gladiators

    Something for the weekend.  Entry of the Gladiators by Julius Fucik.  Written in 1897, Czech composer Julius Fucik wanted the march to evoke Roman gladiators entering the arena.  Ironically it has become the entrance song for clowns in

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Wandering Eye

    John R. Coppedge, a surgeon from Texas, writing in The Hill, has the best speculation I have seen on what is physically wrong with Hillary Clinton:

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PopeWatch: Journalist Terrorism

  The Pope in a curious address to a group of Italian journalists compared journalism based upon “gossip or rumors” to terrorism. Speaking to a gathering of Italian journalists Thursday, Pope Francis argued that journalism that peddles gossip or rumors

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Fall the Wonderful

  I heartily concur with Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts celebration of our current season:   Anyone who has followed my blog for more than a year or so knows one thing for sure: I love the Fall.  I enjoy

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September 23, 1779: John Paul Jones Begins to Fight

The future naval officers, who live within these walls, will find in the career of the man whose life we this day celebrate, not merely a subject for admiration and respect, but an object lesson to be taken into their

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Godzilla v. Bambi

    Philosopher Doctor Ed Feser takes on Mark Shea on the death penalty in the biggest mismatch since Godzilla tangled with Bambi:   As Pope St. John XXIII once wrote:   The Catholic Church, of course, leaves many questions

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PopeWatch: Causes of War

    Well, the ecumenical farce at Assisi II has ended:   Pope Francis and leaders of other world religions said “No to War!” on Tuesday, vowing to oppose terrorism in God’s name and appealing to politicians to listen to

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Bear Growls: Green Acres World

    I can’t tell you how many hours I wasted as a child watching the sitcom Green Acres.  Even in retrospect the show still strikes me as one of the funniest series broadcast by a national network (CBS).  I

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PopeWatch: Regensburg

    At his blog Chiesa Sandro Magister cites a comment of the Pope Emeritus on the Regensburg Address, now a decade in the past:     One last observation concerning the address on Islam by Benedict XVI in Regensburg,

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Of Black Swans and Worthless Elites

    Faithful readers of this blog know that I am fascinated by Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s 2007 book The Black Swan.  In this book Taleb took a look at the impact of events in history for which our prior experiences give us no

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