The Collective Ho-Hum on Benghazi

It’s not every day that an American Embassy is attacked and four Americans, including an Ambassador, are murdered. So after the September 11 attacks on the embassy in Benghazi, one would have thought that there would have been widespread outrage.

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Mister, We Could Use a Man Like Calvin Coolidge Again

A wholesome regard for the memory of great men of long ago is the best assurance to a people of a continuation of great men to come, who shall still be able to instruct, to lead, and to inspire. A

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America Hates the Second Amendment

  No, not that America.  America the heterodox Jesuit rag. Repealing the Second Amendment will not create a culture of life in one stroke. Stricter gun laws will not create a world free of violence, in which gun tragedies never

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Dorothy Day: Anarcho-Capitalist, Perhaps

A Facebook friend brought my attention to the tug of war taking place over the legacy of Dorothy Day in recent months between pro and anti-capitalists. The Catholic Worker has criticized both the NY Times and Fr. Robert Sirico of

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John Cardinal McCloskey

With the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI last week, attention is turning to the conclave in March.  I thought this would be a good time to recall the first American eligible to participate in a conclave:  John Cardinal McCloskey, the first

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If Only the Church Were More Episcopalian!

  Annie Selak, Jesuit trained lay ministress, wishes that the Church were more like that La Brea Tar Pits of a church, the Episcopalian Church.  Christopher Johnson, a non-Catholic who has taken up the cudgels so frequently in defense of

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With Apologies to Paul Harvey

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Theme From Lawrence of Arabia

Something for the weekend.  In the middle of winter it is no accident, as the Marxists used to say, that I have chosen for our musical selection the theme song from Lawrence of Arabia (1962).  One of the last great

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The Last of the Light Brigade

C’est magnifique, mais ce n’est pas la guerre!  (It is magnificent but it is not war!) Comment of French Mashal Pierre Bosquet on the charge of the light brigade The nineteenth in my ongoing series examining the poetry of Rudyard Kipling. The other posts

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Terri Schiavo Is Still Unavailable for Comment

  Terry Wallis showed only fleeting hints of consciousness for 19 years after he suffered a brain injury in a road accident. But then, in 2003, at age 39, he began to speak. It started with “Mom,” and then “Pepsi,”

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New Republic as State Organ

      Martin Peretz had the dubious privilege of owning the money losing New Republic for 35 years.  Last year he sold it to Chris Hughes, Facebook Tycoon and Obama insider.  He is none too happy with the mag now.

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Competing Religions

Christopher Johnson, the non-Catholic who has taken up the cudgels so frequently for Mother Church that I have named him Defender of the Faith, points to an editorial of The Washington Post that hopes the next Pope will not be

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Governor Dale

and cruel Governor Dale, who broke men on the wheel 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 12 villains from American

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Ben Carson’s National Prayer Breakfast Speech

Ben Carson’s rousing speech at last week’s National Prayer Breakfast has garnered a lot of widespread attention. Depending on your point of view, this is either a heroic address that is proof that this man needs to be our next

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The New York Times as State Organ

In the old Soviet Union the two dominant newspapers were Izvestia (News) and Pravda (Truth).  People luckless enough to be born in the Soviet Union had a cynical joke about them:  “There is no News in Izvestia and there is

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Lent in a Sinless Age

I have never much enjoyed Lent, of course the purpose of Lent is not enjoyment.  Repentance, mortification, fasting casts for me a gray pallor over this time of year.  Like many things in life I do not like, foul tasting

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Why it is Worth Worrying: On the Brink of a New Pontificate

Along with one billion other Catholics, I have been consumed with reading about and thinking about the news of yesterday.  After getting over the initial shock and having some time to reflect on the weeks ahead, I have noticed a

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We Must Not Forget

I’ve been seeing it all over Facebook and some of the websites I frequent: an abortionist has killed another woman. The abortionist: LeRoy Carhart, a typically careless, deceptive, and incompetent child-killer. The woman: Jennifer Morbelli, who was seeking an abortion

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Lincoln and the Will of God

Justice exalteth a nation: but sin maketh nations miserable. Proverbs 13:14 Today is the 204th birthday of Abraham Lincoln.  One of the many things I find fascinating about Lincoln is his view of the Civil War, a view which is

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Fools to Judge his Papacy

I have always shuddered when a Pope dies because I am filled with dread of what comes next:   Endless reams of bad commentary by people who pretend to know something about the Vatican but who usually succeed only in revealing their

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Pope Benedict XVI, A Pontificate Steeped In Humility

Pope Benedict XVI has taken the ultimate step in humility and has decided to resign, because he felt the duties of the Petrine Ministry were too important to continue in a diminished state. I have no doubt that this will

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On the Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI Says He Will Resign (New York Times) February 11, 2012: After examining his conscience “before God,” he said in a statement that reverberated around the world on the Internet and on social media, “I have come to

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Pope Resigning

There is a report just in that Pope Benedict is resigning on February 28. VATICAN CITY) — Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he will resign Feb. 28, the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision

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Invincible Ignorance

Asteroids traveling close to Earth caused by global warming.   Hmm, Deborah Feyerick, CNN empty talking head in the above video, has a BA in English from Barnard College, class of 1987.  I would wager than none of her professors while she

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The Pope’s Jews

  Christopher Johnson at The Midwest Conservative is at it again.  He is a non-Catholic who has taken up the cudgels so ofen in defense of the Faith that I have designated him Defender of the Faith.  He enters the lists now

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Nah, Vote Fraud Isn’t a Problem!

Ever wonder why Democrats push early voting and absentee ballots so hard?  The above video gives you all the explanation you need! As John Fund notes at National Review Online: Critics of voter ID and other laws cracking down on

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What Wondrous Love Is This?

Only God creates. The rest of us just copy. Michelangelo Something for the weekend.  What Wondrous Love Is This?  As we begin the Lenten system this video that melds together the hymn and Michelangelo’s Pieta strikes me as a good

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Of Abortionists, Dead Women and Media Complicity

    One of the few remaining practitioners in this country of the black art of partial birth abortion, what the late pro-abort Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan referred to as “barely disguised infanticide”, is abortionist LeRoy Carhart.  This week a 29 year old woman died

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The Clothes Have No Emperor

  Yesterday, upon the stair, I met a man who wasn’t there He wasn’t there again today I wish, I wish he’d go away Hughes Mearnes From Leon Panetta’s testimony yesterday on Benghazi: Under questioning from Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)

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Of Aging Porn Stars and Aging Ideologies

        My alma mater, the University of Illinois, brought a 58 year old porn star, Annie Sprinkle, to campus to teach students young enough to be her grandkids about orgasms this week.  Go here to read the story in the

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Lies of Omission

I’m fairly sure that anyone here is sufficiently “plugged in” to current politics enough to have heard about House member Gabby Gifford’s recent plea for further gun restrictions. I’m not sure what your local media is like, but there’s a fair chance

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Compare and Contrast

Stomach churning .  The video above shows General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, today attempting to evade any responsibility for the lack of action that claimed the lives of the two heroic Seals during the Benghazi

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General Barrow on Women in Combat

Hattip to Matt Archbold at Creative Minority Report.  General Robert H. Barrow, 27th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, testifies against women in combat in 1991.  Every word he said then is equally true today, but now our Generals

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