Pope Francis Hates Libertarianism

    In a message to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Pope Francis makes clear that what really makes his blood boil is libertarianism:   Finally, I cannot but speak of the serious risks associated with the invasion, at

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Imperial German Plans to Invade the US

  Other than the diplomatic debacle of Germany attempting to tempt Mexico to engage in a hopeless war with the US if America and Germany went to war which led to the Zimmerman Telegram, Imperial Germany had no plans to

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Barney Fife: The Law

  Don Knotts was a comedy genius but he understood that his creation, the bumbling Deputy Barney Fife, needed depth to be an effective character.  Here he faces down two men, each far more physically powerful than himself, simply because

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PopeWatch: Ad Orientem

    From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:   After conducting his first symphony since being named Maestro of the New Mexico Philharmonic, Chinese-born Li Wei Chen has been under heavy scrutiny from

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The Rite of Spring

  Something for the weekend.  Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring (1913).  It seems like merely a pleasant piece of music today, but a riot ensued when it, and the ballet it was composed, The Rite of Spring, were performed

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Hogs of War

  I love the irony:   Three Islamic State fighters were mauled to death by a pack of wild boar, reports U.K.’s  The Times. Another 5 militants were also injured in the attack. The men were said to be taking

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They Don’t Like the Bill of Rights

  Last night I watched The FBI Story (1959) starring Jimmy Stewart as FBI agent Chip Hardesty.  Through the story of his career the history of the FBI was told.  A somewhat sanitized version to be sure but accurate as far

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PopeWatch: Egypt

  The Pope faces a situation on the ground far different from the view of Islam as a religion of peace that he has repeated ad nauseum:   Pope Francis is facing a religious and diplomatic balancing act as he

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Bear Growls: No Love From This Teddy

    Our bruin friend at Saint Corbinian’s Bear does not think much of the Pope’s TED talk:   Everybody loves to hate TED talks. It is an official entry on the “Stuff White People Like” website. Comedian Sam Hyde was

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PopeWatch: Ted Talk

  PopeWatch guesses this was inevitalbe:  The Pope gives a TED Talk.  TED Talks are videos by individuals with ideas that the TED media organization  (Technology, Entertainment, Design) deem worthy of being spread.  Started in 1984 in Silicon Valley, the

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Only in France

    The French are in the process of electing a President.  The vagaries of French politics I usually find fairly bewildering, as one might expect from a nation that since 1789 has had a monarchy, three constitutional monarchies, two

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PopeWatch: Venezuela

  The Pope has gone silent on Venezuela where a low level civil war is underway as desperate people take to the streets against their Castro wannabe government.  Father Raymond de Souza wonders why:     For a brief period,

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First Episode of Playhouse 90

  The things you find on You tube!  The first episode of Playhouse 90, the hour and half long weekly series that aired on CBS from 1956-1960.  This episode, Forbidden Area, was written by Rod Serling and directed by John

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Founder Lessons

  I have a crowded day today.  The centerpiece is six bankruptcy first meetings of creditors that will extend from noon to two-thirty PM.  As is usually the case when I am in a hearing over the lunch hour, I will

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Anzac Day 2017

[19] Wilt thou give strength to the horse, or clothe his neck with neighing? [20] Wilt thou lift him up like the locusts? the glory of his nostrils is terror. [21] He breaketh up the earth with his hoof, he

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PopeWatch: Maradiaga

  Carl Olsen at The Catholic World Report  demonstrates why Cardinal Maradiaga, who is very close to the Pope, is an insult to all sentient Catholics:   The three key remarks are as follows: I think in the first place

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Trumpspeare

  I can’t believe that I forgot that April 23 was Talk like Shakespeare Day.  Fortunately, Father Z did not:   Today, I suddenly realized, is… TALK LIKE SHAKESPEARE DAY! Yes, it is the birthday of the Bard. In the

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PopeWatch: National Suicide

The Pope recently made two observations about the mass Islamic migration to Italy that he has cheered on.  One observation is getting all the attention but the second is much more significant: Speaking in Italian he said: ‘I don’t know

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The Case for Christ: A Review

My bride and I went to see The Case for Christ last Saturday.  I must admit to some trepidation on my part.  I have seen quite a few “Christian” films that had their hearts in the right place but were

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Quasimodo Sunday

(This post by contributor Jake Tawney from 2012 is a perennial favorite and thus I am rerunning it today.) In the new Roman Missal, the name of the Second Sunday of Easter has been recast as “Sunday of Divine Mercy,”

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Chelsea Clinton: A Pro-Abort at Age Six

  I missed this story last year.  The country really dodged a bullet when it kept the mother of this nutcase out of the White House last year:   In a new interview, Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of pro-abortion presidential

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PopeWatch: Hopeful Shack Up

  From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:     Local Catholic Becky Donaldson confirmed this week that she is absolutely confident that her live-in boyfriend of eight years, Kevin Reynolds,  will

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Edmund Burke

    “The temper and character which prevail in our Colonies are, I am afraid, unalterable by any human art. We can not, I fear, falsify the pedigree of this fierce people, and persuade them that they are not sprung

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PopeWatch: The Meeting

      It’s on:     Contrary to earlier reports, President Donald Trump will meet with Pope Francis when he travels to Italy next month for meetings with the G7 leaders, U.S. and Vatican officials said Wednesday. When asked

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Bear Growls: Predictions

    Our bruin friend at Saint Corbinian’s Bear gazes into his ursine crystal ball:   The Vatican may be a rhumba of rattlesnakes, but too few of them are motivated by aberrant ideology to risk a repeat of Sampson’s

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This is Alabama!

  The Soros supported Red Fascist Anarchists ran into a little problem when they showed up in Auburn.  They forgot that Auburn is in the Sovereign State of Alabama.             The police rigorously enforced the

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PopeWatch: O’Reilly

        An interesting tidbit:   Embattled Fox News host Bill O’Reilly briefly met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday, according to a New York Times report. The report says O’Reilly, who was in a VIP

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