Donald R. McClarey

Columbus and Black Arm Band History

“He was the first to open the doors to the ocean sea, where he entered the remote lands and kingdoms which until then had not known our Savior, Jesus Christ, and his blessed name.” Bartolomé de las Casas The attacks

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Donald R. McClarey

Quotes Suitable for Framing: John Gray

Despite everything, liberals cannot help thinking of history as a story of redemption. That is why they cannot help seeing Putin and Xi Jinping, Orbán and Salvini as reverting to the past. A future that contains hyper-modern tsars, technocratic emperors

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Donald R. McClarey

The Real Story of Pavlov’s House

An excellent video looking at the incident of Pavlov’s House during the battle of Stalingrad.  The video demonstrates how difficult it can be to separate history, myth and propaganda.

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Bulgaria With Missiles

Chinese Premier Chou En Lai when asked his opinion in 1972  of the French  Revolution said that it was too early to tell.  (It is possible that he was talking about the French protests of 1968 in which case the

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Triumph of the Cross

(This is my regular post for Palm Sunday which I repost each year.  Have a happy and blessed Palm Sunday and Holy Week.) 9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Sion, shout for joy, O daughter of Jerusalem: BEHOLD THY KING

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Nostalgia for Utopia

        Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts notes the charming Leftist habit of damning the past:   Exhibit A.  MSNBC host Joy Reid posted this little Twitter gem after Trump’s speech. So?  What’s the big deal Dave?  When

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Donald R. McClarey

A Proclamation

  The twenty-fifth day of December. In the five thousand one hundred and ninety-ninth year of the creation of the world from the time when God in the beginning created the heavens and the earth; the two thousand nine hundred

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Films as Necromancy

O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest heaven of invention, A kingdom for a stage, princes to act And monarchs to behold the swelling scene! Then should the warlike Harry, like himself, Assume the port of

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History and Leftist Inconoclasm

He was a foe without hate; a friend without treachery; a soldier without cruelty; a victor without oppression; and a victim without murmuring. He was a public officer without vices; a private citizen without wrong; a neighbor without reproach; a

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Holy Thursday, Saint Justin Martyr and History

Now, Justin concludes, since Christianity is the historical and personal manifestation of the Logos in his totality, it follows that “whatever things were rightly said among all men are the property of us Christians” (Second Apology of St Justin Martyr,

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Cultures in Isolation

An interesting look at the Ancient Egyptians, the Mayans and the Early Modern Japanese.  Not bad although the history is a bit weak at points, especially in regard to the contention that these civilizations were peaceful.  That would have come

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Christ and History

  I’ll tell you what stands between us and the Greeks.  Two thousand years of human suffering stands between us! Christ on His Cross stands between us! Michelangelo, Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)       Popular historian Tom Holland,

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Elbow Room

Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts takes a look at the old Schoolhouse Rock video Elbow Room:   We watched this with our youngest while back, and my older boys – having come in contact with modern educational standards – dropped

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To Remain Forever a Child

    Hattip to Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts.  Patrick Deneen who teaches political theory at Notre Dame decries the ignorance of his pleasant students in a post entitled Res Idiotica:   My students are know-nothings.  They are exceedingly nice,

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Christ and History

Walter Russell Mead at The American Interest, who normally writes on purely secular topics, has an interesting Christmas column up:   The Christian claim about the Virgin Birth is meant as a radical announcement that Christianity is different. Christianity is

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Chain of Memory

  My wife and I were watching the movie The Way Ahead (1944), shown as Immortal Battalion in a truncated version in the US, last night, the story of the transformation of a grumbling group of British civilians into soldiers, and I was

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The Many Faces of Dalton Trumbo

Hollywood … … and history: Hollywood’s Trumbo appears to be something of a whitewash of Stalinist screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Portrayed as a victim of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), a closer investigation of history reveals that he did his

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Historical Truth and the Crusades

  Hatttip to John Hinderacker at  Powerline for the above video by Dr. Bill Warner in which he states a fact that is obvious from the historical record:  the Crusades were a tardy, and defensive, reaction to an ongoing Islamic

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But Wasn’t the Church Invented in 1965?

    Pat Archbold is on fire over at National Catholic Register: But the common usage of ‘hermeneutic of continuity’ extends its use beyond as just an interpretive lens of the council. Today, it has become a crutch and a

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The Civil War In Historical Memory

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 European wars, beginning

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The Past: Through A Contemporary Glass Darkly

  When I was down in Springfield last week, go here to read about my family’s annual pilgrimage to the Lincoln sites this year, I purchased several books at The Prairie Archives.  That bookstore is a treasure trove for those interested in

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70 Years Ago This Week

The video above was produced 7 years ago.  If D-Day were to occur today under the current administration I suspect that the coverage of most of the media would be in the nature of  “OBAMA STORMS ASHORE IN NORMANDY!” or “THE NAZIS

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April 19, 1775: The Shot Heard Round the World

“By the rude bridge that arched the flood, Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled, Here once the embattled farmers stood, And fired the shot heard round the world.” Ralph Waldo Emerson       “Sheriff Taylor” reminds us in the above

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Christ and History

    You will find that a good many  Christian political writers think that Christianity began going wrong in  departing from the doctrine of its founder at a very early stage. Now this idea  must be used by us to

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A Silly Retraction

      As faithful readers of this blog know, there are few bigger fans of Mr. Lincoln than me, and I completely concur with Sir Winston Churchill that the Gettysburg Address  is “The ultimate expression of the majesty of

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99 Years Ago: The Week The World Caught Fire

Certain historical events are remembered in terms of a single event which, in the course of minutes or hours, ushered in a new era. People who lived through Pearl Harbor could remember exactly where they were when they heard about

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Maybe World War One Generals Weren’t Idiots

I was interested to read this British opinion piece, making the case that British military leadership during the Great War was not the clutch of bumbling fools which has become the stereotype of the war. In 1928, following the sudden

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A Warning From History

We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. CS Lewis, The Abolition of Man     Too late for Bastille Day, but this reflection by Steven Hayward at Powerline on a book written by French historian Marc

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