The Mask Drops

. All we have of freedom, all we use or know— This our fathers bought for us long and long ago. Ancient Right unnoticed as the breath we draw— Leave to live by no man’s leave, underneath the Law. Lance

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Papal Picks

Several people have been asking who I would like to see elected once Pope Benedict steps down.  This is always a delicate question, for numerous reasons.  First, it is quite clear that I do not, nor should I, get a

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America Meets Dale

    As long time readers of this blog know I have long been an admirer of the work of Dale Price at his blog Dyspeptic Mutterings, and I frequently go there to steal borrow blog ideas.  Dale turned his

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Blackbeard

There was Teach, the bloody pirate, with his black beard curling on his breast. Stephen Vincent Benet, The Devil and Daniel Webster In his short story The Devil and Daniel Webster, Benet has Satan conjure up the damned souls of

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