The Rise of Rex Mottram Catholicism

If you have not read Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited – well, what’s wrong with you? You should really go read it. Like right now. I’ll be here when you get back. Now that you’ve returned, let’s talk about the character of Rex

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Various & Sundry, 5/11/15

– The Republican field is filled with conservative candidates who have a wide-range of executive and legislative experience, and who generally speak eloquently and articulately on the issues. Then there’s Ben Carson. Carson, in his first speech in the state as

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Various & Sundry, 5/6/15

– There were a lot of good articles written in the aftermath of the Baltimore riots, but David French’s may have been the best of the lot. For decades, the Left has ruled America’s great cities, presiding over often-unaccountable police

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Various & Sundry, 4/27/15

A republic, if you can keep it. – Rogue prosecutor thinks Governor Walker should be prosecutable for criticizing investigation. – Go Fund Me takes down funding page for bakery that refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple.

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Various & Sundry, 4/23/15

I was going to wait to post another Various & Sundry until after the Mets lost another game, but I wouldn’t have to hold out on you until June. – Example Number I lost count of how we are raising

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Various & Sundry, 4/16/15

– Many are rightfully upset with the two parties in this country, but here’s a reminder that countries with multiple party systems are not fairing any better. Instead of one and a half meddlesome, anti-liberty parties they’ve got five of

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Various & Sundry, 4/15/15

– Cancel the primaries, folks, Walker has it all sewn up. I jest, but the horserace stuff really bothers me. I’m as guilty as anyone, and I’m not helping matters with four different links to stories related to the presidential

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Various & Sundry, 4/13/15

Apologies in advance as my schedule will make the V&S a bit spotty over the next few weeks. – Marco Rubio is officially a candidate for the presidency. He seems to have rehabilitated his standing to the point where he

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Various & Sundry, 4/8/15

– The Hugo Awards have presented us with a rather odd cultural moment, and one which – for once – conservatives are winning. To counteract the voting bias, Correia organized a campaign called “Sad Puppies”—because, he explains, “boring message fiction is

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Various & Sundry, 4/7/15

I hope everyone is having a happy and blessed Easter. – Rand Paul has officially entered the 2016 presidential race. There’s a long way to go, and at this point there are a number of candidates I could see myself

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Various & Sundry, 3/30/2015

With Holy Week upon us, this will be the last V&S until after Easter. – Gabriel Malor answers all your questions about the Indiana state RFRA. Considering that Malor often rankles the Ace of Spades commentariat with his writings on

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Various & Sundry, 3/26/15

– Was Jesus a nonviolent pacifist? No. – Kids climbing on a statue by the Vietnam War Memorial? End of civilization as we know it or no big deal? Or maybe something in between. – Who says economics can’t be

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Various & Sundry, 3/25/15

– Today’s manufactured news outrage: Ted Cruz goes on Obamacare. Inconceivable! How could the most prominent anti-Obamacare Senator buy insurance through Obamacare? Errr, because he basically had to. His wife is going on a leave of absence from her position at

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Various & Sundry, 3/24/15

– Ted Cruz has announced his candidacy for the presidency, so cue the first round of GOP infighting, of which more is sure to come. I agree with parts of Sean Saffron’s take, though I think he is generally too

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Various & Sundry, 3/20/15

– Yeah, I can’t believe I’m writing about the Mair affair again, but Leon Wolf makes the same point I did last night. I wonder how long it will take us, as a movement, to learn from the strategic mistakes

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Various & Sundry, 3/19/15

– More fallout from the incredible controversy of Walker firing a staffer. Or that staffer resigning. Or whatever. William Jacobson has a sensible take. Of course what this whole thing shows me is that the right is going to sabotage

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Various & Sundry, 3/18/15

– So I guess today’s controversy is Scott Walker firing (or accepting the “resignation”) of his online outreach director after an outcry was made against her hiring due to some harsh things she said about Iowa. Because you simply cannot

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Various & Sundry, 3/17/15

– A couple of posts that look at the Democratic field for 2016. First Robert Tracinski on the Democrats weak bench. The Democrats have an astonishingly weak bench of potential 2016 presidential challengers. National Journal runs down the list, and

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Various & Sundry, 3/16/15

– Everyone else is linking to this G-File, so I might as well throw my hat in the ring. A very funny look at a really tragic situation. It’s perfectly fine to want a woman to be president of the

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Various & Sundry, 3/12/15

Lots to talk about today. – I haven’t talked much about the tax reform put out by Senators Marco Rubio and Mike Lee. Veronique de Rugy offered this bit of analysis in which she expresses her support for most of

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Various & Sundry, 3/11/15

– Jay just mentioned this in the comments: Crescat denied communion on the tongue. Not only did he consecrate a wheat pita but when I went up to receive on the tongue he forcefully tried to pry open my hands

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Various & Sundry, 3/10/15

I was attending a work-related event, thus the lack of a V&S yesterday and the brevity of this one. – Don linked to the Dr. Long piece referenced, but here is Ed Peters on the issue of the Church and

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Various & Sundry, 3/6/15

– Patrick Archbold has an excellent response to the Gang of Four joint editorial on the death penalty. They are specifically calling on a Court to override the proper legislative authority of the states.  They are willing to grant plenary

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Various and Sundry, 3/5/15

– Jay Anderson has indicated he has written his final blog post, so I will provide him one last link. It seems that the heads of the four families – excuse, me the big four Catholic publications have joined forces

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Various and Sundry, 3/4/15

Is winter over yet? Supposedly we’re getting somewhere between a centimeter and a foot of snow tomorrow. – Today the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in King v. Burwell, the Obamacare subsidy case. It looks like Anthony Kennedy stuck his finger in

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Various and Sundry, 3/3/15

I’m bringing back an old feature, which I will hopefully be able to bring back nightly. Please feel free to use this as an open evening thread for anything you’d like to share, including news and prayer petitions. – I’m

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A Few Quick Hits

A few noteworthy news items: – One of the key opposition leaders in Russia was assassinated randomly killed. A leading Russian opposition politician, former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov, has been shot dead in Moscow, Russian officials say. An unidentified

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Correlation and Causation

Years of reading through and listening to debates on the internet and in other spaces is enough to make me yearn for mandatory courses in basic logic. In particular, it seems most people do not have even a remedial understanding

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Can’t Truss It

We’re approximately a year away from the beginning of the presidential primary season, and the stars are already out in Iowa. I’ll have a bit more say about the presidential field in the coming days, but I’d just like to

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The Left Has No Credibility on Abuse of Power Issues

Those of you who remember the space of time between January 20, 2001 and January 20, 2009 might recall that cries for George W. Bush’s impeachment rang out roughly every five seconds from some corner of the American left (and some libertarian

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So About that Emerging Democrat Majority

In graduate school I read John B. Judis and Ruy Teixeira’s The Emerging Democratic Majority. Here is the Amazon summary of the book: In five well-researched chapters and a new afterword covering the 2002 elections, Judis and Teixeira show how the

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On the Moral Duty to Vaccinate Your Children

There is nothing quite as soul crushing as reading a thread on Facebook or social media regarding vaccinations, especially when well-intentioned but seriously misinformed Catholic parents express their outright refusal to vaccinate their children. This anti-vaccination fervor has been sparked

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“Because Shut Up” He Said

How do you solve a problem like Walter? Walter Cardinal Kasper, that is. Cardinal Kasper, who is leading the charge to allow some civilly divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion, has given an interview with Zenit. The entire

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