Donald R. McClarey

Living Photographs

  The things you find on the internet!  Fascinating background on photographs consisting of thousands of people with way too much time on their hands.

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Donald R. McClarey

Left Meltdown Countdown

    Hmmm:   Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is missing oral arguments on Monday for the first time since she joined the court in 1993, as she recuperates from a recent cancer surgery. A Supreme Court spokesperson told Fox

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Donald R. McClarey

JRR Tolkien Empathizes

  News that I missed courtesy of The Babylon Bee:   MASTERTON, NZ—After successfully directing the smash-hit, multi-film epic retellings of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, Peter Jackson says he has settled on his next project:

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Life and Death in the Blue Paradise

    Latest from the Brave New World of California:   Protests have erupted outside the home of a wealthy Democratic donor in California, after a second man died there in 18 months.  More than 100 people gathered at the

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Donald R. McClarey

January 8, 1919: Theodore Roosevelt Buried

      “Both life and death are part of the same great adventure.” Theodore Roosevelt   Theodore Roosevelt was buried in Youngs Memorial Cemetery,   Oyster Bay a century ago after a simple funeral service at Christ Church, the

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Gudula

ST. AMALBERGE, mother of this saint, was niece to Pepin mayor of the palace. Gudula was educated at Nivelle, under the care of St. Gertrude, her cousin and god-mother; after whose death, in 664, she returned to the house of

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Catholicism?

One of the striking features of this pontificate is how few of the Pope’s statements have anything to do with Catholicism.  Case in point:   Francis praised the United Nations’ Global Compact on Migration, which set objectives for how the

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Donald R. McClarey

A Story You Won’t Be Hearing About

  “This is a criminal illegal alien with prior criminal activity that should have been reported to ICE. We were prohibited, law enforcement was prohibited, because of sanctuary laws, and that led to the encounter with Officer Singh.” Sheriff Adam

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Raymond Penyafort

May you never be numbered among those whose house is peaceful, quiet and free from care; those on whom the Lord’s chastisement does not descend; those who live out their days in prosperity and in the twinkling of an eye

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PopeWatch: Zanchetta

Hattip to Bob Kurland.  George Neumayr at The American Spectator provides another example of how the Pope adopts a see no evil an hear no evil policy when it comes to his cronies:   The accused bishop is Gustavo Óscar

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Donald R. McClarey

Epiphany Journey

  The word Epiphany, a derivative from the Greek language, can be translated in Latin by Manifestation. On this day, therefore, the Redeemer of all nations, being re- vealed to all nations, occasioned this solemn feast. A very few days

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Donald R. McClarey

Listen to Scrooge

  News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee: NEW YORK, NY—In a late-night show interview Wednesday, Senator Bernie Sanders politely asked the nation to please stop mailing him books on basic economics, revealing that he’s been “absolutely flooded”

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Takings and Liberties

  Always remember that property rights are a fundamental civil right, and that a government that will trample on those rights can be expected to be just as cavalier about disregarding other rights.   Long ago, William Blackstone wrote that

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PopeWatch: Now He Tells Us

      News that PopeWatch missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:   VATICAN CITY—In an honest, impromptu homily delivered Monday, Pope Francis admitted he is just making most of his theology up as he goes, ignoring thousands of years

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Donald R. McClarey

Star Trek the Music

Something for the weekend:  Star Trek Mega Suite.  Something easy to star off the year, various Star Trek musical themes.

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Donald R. McClarey

Quotes Suitable for Framing: George Santayana

  Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual.

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PopeWatch: We Sinners

“You have no idea how much nastier I would be if I was not a Catholic. Without supernatural aid I would hardly be a human being.” Evelyn Waugh   The Pope is wishing people outside the Church again:   “How

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No World War I

Farewell the plumed troop, and the big wars, That make ambition virtue! Othello, Act 3, Scene 3     Alternate history has always fascinated me, and Andrew Roberts, a great contemporary historian, I heartily recommend his recent biography of Churchill,

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Donald R. McClarey

Quotes Suitable for Framing: Theodore Roosevelt

  In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is

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PopeWatch: Well, Bye

Two new job openings at the Vatican:   Things started going downhill for Pope Francis this year on a plane returning from a trip to Chile. In a demonstration of remarkable tone deafness to the issue of clerical sex abuse

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Donald R. McClarey

Trump’s Afghanistan History Lesson

  Why Trump drives me crazy sometimes:  he is always certain, even, or especially, when he is bone ignorant.  To respond to the President:    No, the Soviets did not invade Afghanistan in 1979 due to Afghan terrorists roaming into

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Donald R. McClarey

The WeatherVane Never Fails to Disappoint

    Senator Elect Romney (R.Ut.) knows who the real enemy is:   It is well known that Donald Trump was not my choice for the Republican presidential nomination. After he became the nominee, I hoped his campaign would refrain

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Donald R. McClarey

Servants Are So Expensive These Days

  Few debates in this country are more all about economic class than the debate over illegal immigration.  Exhibit A today is a column by Catherine Rampell, second generation Ivy Leaguer, which appeared in the Washington Post:   Finding workers

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