Donald R. McClarey

Every Day Heroes

    Natural catastrophes, like wars, bring out the best and worst in Men.  I have been pleased that in Houston thus far there seems to be more of the former than the latter.  Native Houstonian Beldar at Beldar Blog

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Donald R. McClarey

Why Did the Democrat South Become Republican?

    One political party for over a century and a half has routinely used appeals based on race to win elections.  The other party, throughout its history, has stood for civil rights for all Americans and denied that government

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Formal Correction

Cardinal Burke has outlined what a formal correction of Pope Francis might look like:   The cardinal told The Wanderer newspaper Aug. 14 that such a formal act of correction has not been invoked “for several centuries” and until now

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Donald R. McClarey

Quotes Suitable for Framing: Robert E. Lee

I can only say that while I have considered the preservation of the constitutional power of the General Government to be the foundation of our peace and safety at home and abroad, I yet believe that the maintenance of the

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Donald R. McClarey

Logical Fallacies

I have long enjoyed Mike Rowe’s former program Dirty Jobs.  It was a humorous paean to the men and women, and my sainted father and mother were in their ranks, who work at completely non-glamorous jobs that are dirty and not infrequently dangerous,

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Donald R. McClarey

Grant Puts a Stop to Treason Trials

    It is  little remembered now, but in 1865 there was a brief attempt to conduct treason trials against Confederate generals.  On June 7, 1865, U.S. District Judge John C. Underwood in Norfolk, Virginia issued indictments against Lee, Longstreet,

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Like Pigs

PopeWatch confesses that this Pope often is just baffling:   It is not Christian to walk with one’s gaze lowered like pigs, Pope Francis said at his weekly general audience Wednesday.

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Donald R. McClarey

The Entire Civil War

      Any understanding of this nation has to be based, and I mean really based, on an understanding of the Civil War. I believe that firmly. It defined us. The Revolution did what it did. Our involvement in

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Donald R. McClarey

Forgotten Heroes of the Revolution

  Congress on April 3, 1776 formally authorized American privateers to raid British merchant ships.  In this Congress was merely recognizing what was already well under way, the patriot governments of the various colonies having issued letters of marque and

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Amoris Laetitia

Pope Francis continues to let others “clarify” Amoris Laetitia, and Sandro Magister gives us the details:     “The writing is very good and fully explicates the meaning of chapter VIII. . . There are no other interpretations.” With these

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Donald R. McClarey

Storm Prayer

  Jesus Christ a King of Glory has come in Peace. † God became man, † and the Word was made flesh. † Christ was born of a Virgin. † Christ suffered. † Christ was crucified. † Christ died. †

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Donald R. McClarey

Dark Powers

Would extraterrestrial alien civilizations be friendly or malevolent?  Here is a post that argues they would be benign:     The second possibility is a little more intriguing. Imagine a benevolent or benign spacefaring alien species, akin to the Vulcans

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Donald R. McClarey

Who Are They To Judge?

      No doubt quite a few members of the Antifa, being on the far left, are in sympathy with the current thuggish regime running Venezuela.  The latest from that tormented land:   While socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro continues

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Tito Edwards

Our New Look, The Changes Explained

If you haven’t noticed we have made some changes to The American Catholic website, mostly aesthetic. The previous version was messy and clunky.  I take responsibility for that.  I was using Themler, a new CMS Creator tool that I never

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Donald R. McClarey

Technical Difficulties

We have been making some changes with the blog and technical difficulties are an inevitable part of the process.  Please bear with us.

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Donald R. McClarey

One People

Something for the weekend.  The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down by The Band.  When I read Civil War history I do not read it in an us v. them spirit.  Everybody involved is an American:  Confederate, Union, black slave. 

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Donald R. McClarey

Democrat Hypocrisy

Just a little reminder that when Democrats these days act horrified at all things Confederate, their abhorrence is of very recent vintage. (The shade of good Democrat Jefferson Davis nods in vigorous agreement.)

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Halting the Tides

  King Canute Pope Francis called a halt to liturgical change from Vatican II for all time:   Today, Pope Francis said, “there is still work to do in this direction, in particular rediscovering the reasons for the decisions made

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Donald R. McClarey

Black Trump Supporter Attacked by Antifa

        Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and

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Donald R. McClarey

The Face of White Supremacy

Further evidence that we are living in a time of National Hysteria and immense stupidity: The American Civil Liberties Union backpedaled Wednesday on tweeting a photo of a white baby holding a U.S. flag after users called it racist. The

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Donald R. McClarey

Think It Will End With Confederates?

He talked of the early days of America and the men who had made those days. It wasn’t a spread-eagle speech, but he made you see it. He admitted all the wrong that had ever been done. But he showed

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: A Summary

A summary of the Francis pontificate so far, with thanks to Iowahawk: 1. Identify a respected institution.2. kill it. 3. gut it. 4. wear its carcass as a skin suit, while demanding respect.

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Donald R. McClarey

Give ’em Hell 54th!

The negroes fought gallantly, and were headed by as brave a colonel as ever lived.” – Confederate Lieutenant Iredell Jones, who observed the 54th’s fateful advance on Fort Wagner. In a Civil War mood lately because of current events.  The

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Donald R. McClarey

Theodore Roosevelt on Robert E. Lee

THE WHITE HOUSE, WASHINGTON, D.C. January 16, 1907 To the HON. HILARY A. HERBERT, chairman, CHIEF JUSTICE SETH SHEPHERD, GENERAL MARCUS J. WRIGHT, JUDGE CHARLES B. HOWRY, MR. WILLIAM A. GORDON, MR. THOMAS NELSON PAGE, PRESIDENT EDWIN ALDERMAN, MR. JOSEPH

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Criticisms

The Pope’s leftist agenda is drawing fire not only within the Church but from without the Church according to Sandro Magister: In this month of August, Pope Francis has found himself facing opposition on two of the best-known points of

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Donald R. McClarey

Hysteria Days

Outkick brings us the news that we are definitely in the midst of full blown national hysteria: “We collectively made the decision with Robert to switch games as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding, simply because of the coincidence

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Donald R. McClarey

Quotes Suitable for Framing: George Orwell

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute.

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Donald R. McClarey

Paypal and Jihad Watch

  Paypal has an almost complete monopoly when it comes to private electronic fund transfers.  Paypal has now banned Jihad Watch from using its services.  In a country where a baker can be sued for not wishing to bake a

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