The Military Coup Against Donald Trump

    Kurt Schlichter, columnist, attorney and retired Army Colonel, has written the first part of a fictional account of a military coup against President Trump in 2018:   But how would one pull off a coup d’etat in the

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PopeWatch: Humor?

    Father Z has an interesting anecdote about the Pope:   It seems that the site Messa in latino picked up on an anecdote recounted by a French site Benoit etmoi.  Here’s my translation from the French, which seems to be

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Don’s Latest Book Haul

    As part of my annual vacation schedule I take three days off in July whether I need to or not.  Last Friday my bride and I were out and about with my son, who took the Illinois bar

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Dunkirk: A Review

    My son and I saw Dunkirk (2017) yesterday.  I was looking forward to seeing it, but I am afraid I found it disappointing overall.   My review is below the fold, and the usual caveat as to spoilers is

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Grenadier Guards Go Full Sousa

  Something for the weekend.  The British Grenadier Guards give a stirring rendition of Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever.  God bless our cousins!

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PopeWatch: Debt

    From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:   Total catechism student loan debt in the U.S. has officially topped $1.8 hundred dollars. In March, the Francis administration announced a series

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Resquiescat in Pace: Charlie Gard

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his

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PopeWatch: Memory Lane

  Father Z takes a trip down Memory Lane:   Here is something to ponder.  HERE On this day in 2013 I posted: Over at First Things I saw a piece called Five Myths About Pope Francis by William Doino

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PopeWatch: Summorum Pontificum

  Summorum Pontificum bye bye?    Sources inside the Vatican suggest that Pope Francis aims to end Pope Benedict XVI’s universal permission for priests to say the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM), also known as the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.

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The Choice

  The thirty-third in my on-going series on 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, here

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Glenn Reynolds

  Trump, as I keep saying, is a symptom of how rottenly dysfunctional our sorry political class is. Take away Trump and they’re just as awful and destructive. He just brings their awfulness to the fore, where it’s no longer

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PopeWatch: An Authoritative Churchman

  Sandro Magister publishes this from a source he describes as “an authoritative Churchman”:     * EVERYONE IS RESPONDING TO THE “DUBIA” EXCEPT FOR THE POPE. THIS TIME IT WAS SCHÖNBORN’S TURN by *** On July 13, 2017 Cardinal

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The Man Who Helped Convert General Rosecrans

  As faithful readers of this blog know, I have often written about General William Rosecrans, Union general and zealous Catholic convert.  One of the men who helped in the conversion process was Julius Garesché, who would serve under Rosecrans

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PopeWatch: Hostility

  Good news:   On the heels of one controversial Vatican article alleging an “ecumenism of hate” between conservative Evangelicals and Catholics in America, another potential eyebrow-raiser emerged Saturday claiming that the “main obstacle” to implementing Pope Francis’s vision is

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Army Vietnam Studies

  “The internet has changed everything” is a trite saying, but in regard to historical research it is also true.  Travel and expense were often the lot of historians as they chased documents.  Now, so much is available free with

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PopeWatch: Down Argentine Way

        Pope Francis is still popular in Argentina, but not quite as popular as he used to be:   More than four years since his election, although most Argentinians, Catholic and non-Catholic, still celebrate Pope Francis’ style

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The Lion’s Brood

  Theodore Roosevelt had advocated American entry into World War I, and wanted to fight himself.  Being denied that privilege by President Wilson, he took solace in the fact that each of his sons volunteered for the War. His son

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Life in a Time of Tares

Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his

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Our Under Studied Civil War

    It seems shockingly counter-intuitive to suggest that the Civil War is under studied.  Beginning while the War was being waged, and continuing to the present day, there have been an avalanche of books about that conflict.  However, certain

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Anthony Esolen

  The colleges are thus committed to a moral inversion. High and noble virtues, especially those that require moral courage, are mocked: gallantry in wartime, sexual purity, scrupulous honesty and plain dealing, piety, and the willingness to subject your thoughts,

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PopeWatch: Let God Sort ‘Em Out

  From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:   VATICAN––The Vatican this morning is announcing that every pope that has ever lived, including ones still living, is to be canonized by the

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The Green Leaves of Summer

  Something for the weekend, The Green Leaves of Summer sung by the Lennon Sisters.  Written for the 1960 film The Alamo by Paul Francis Webster, with music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  The song exudes nostalgia and reflection, sentiments not usually

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Jews Praying At The Temple Mount

It’s a little complicated, and they’re not SUPPOSED to be allowed to, but…they are. Israeli police were still ordered to stop non-Muslim prayer, but many Jews took advantage of the opportunity to pray; Rabbi Jeremy Gimpel, co-founder of the Land

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PopeWatch: Dictatorship of the Zeitgeist

  There has been a lot written about the message sent by the Pope Emeritus in regard to the funeral of Cardinal Meissner.  Archbishop Georg Gänswein, former personal secretary of the Pope Emeritus, has denied that the statement was in

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July 21, 1861: Battle of Bull Run-Lessons to Learn

  The First Battle of Bull Run, or First Manassas, was the first major battle of the Civil War.  A Confederate victory, it gave lessons to those paying attention: 1.    It amply demonstrated the hazards of sending half-trained troops into

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Mark Shea and Charlie Gard

    Hattip to commenter Nate Winchester.  An example of how far down the dark path Mark Shea has gone: With supreme cynicism, the anti-abortion-but-not-prolife Congress of Trump takes a step to grant Charlie residency for a sketchy experiment that

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Dunkirk

  The film is getting magnificent reviews and I will be seeing it on the last Friday of the month with a full review to follow.  Operation Dynamo, the transport of British and French troops from surrounded Dunkirk, was a

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PopeWatch: Sorondo

“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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Mary Jo Would be Seventy-Six

    Yesterday was the forty-eighth anniversary of the Chappaquiddick incident, where Ted Kennedy left Mary Jo  Kopechne to die a slow death of asphyxiation in his submerged vehicle. Here is Ted Kennedy’s non-mea culpa, notable for how little of the

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PopeWatch: Dan Brown

  Carl Olsen at The Catholic World Report gives his look at the Spadaro and Figueroa diatribe which appeared in La Civilta Cattolica :   My good friend Sandra Miesel, with whom I co-authored The Da Vinci Hoax years ago,

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