Jefferson Davis and the Suspension of Habeas Corpus

    Continuing on with our examination of the suspension of habeas corpus during the Civil War, the first part of which may be read here, we turn to Jefferson Davis and the suspension of habeas corpus in the Confederacy. 

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Flim Flam Imam?

      Back in 2009 when the proposed construction of the Ground Zero Mosque was a hot topic I designated Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the guiding force behind the project, the Flim Flam Imam because of his speaking of

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Ash-heap of History Speech

Today is my 56th birthday.  I share my birthday with the greatest president of my lifetime:  Ronald Reagan.  I thought he was a great president at the time, but as the years roll by my admiration for President Reagan only

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Jane Austen is a Hot Button Issue?

Last week I wrote a post noting the two hundredth anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  I took the opportunity of mentioning that I found Austen boring and noted fairly vituperative criticisms of her by Twain and Emerson.  The

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New Blog, Ron Paul & Other Things

Hello TAC. I haven’t been posting here as often as I once was since a) I wanted to get a new blog up and running and b) I am also going to be writing for Catholic Stand, and my first

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Confronting the Culture Without Embracing It

I have a post at the new Catholic webzine, Catholic Stand, on the difference between embracing the culture and working to change it. It’s a response to a post from Kurt Schlicter in which he suggests that social conservatives need

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King Philip

King Philip was there, wild and proud as he had been in life, with the great gash in his head that gave him his death wound. Stephen Vincent Benet, The Devil and Daniel Webster In his short story The Devil

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Ron Paul Invokes Christ After Reveling in Soldier’s Death

This is how Ron Paul greeted the news of the murder of Navy Seal, Chris Kyle. Chris Kyle’s death seems to confirm that “he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.” Treating PTSD at a firing range doesn’t

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HHS Revisited: The New “Compromise”

While anxiously awaiting a response from the USCCB to the new “modification” announced by the Obama Administration on Take-Out-The-Trash Friday, I found myself looking back at the initial set of thoughts that I put together almost a year ago to date. 

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CatholicTV Interviews Dave Hartline of The Catholic Tide Continues to Turn

Our very own Dave Hartline talks to CatholicTV on their ClearVoice™ program concerning his new book, The Catholic Tide Continues to Turn. CatholicTV is the oldest Catholic TV network in the United States having been launched on January 1, 1955

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Body of Richard III Identified

History is always a subject without end.  The body of the last Plantagenet king of England, Richard III has been identified:   “The verification came after scientific tests were used to match DNA samples taken from Canadian-born Michael Ibsen, a

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Meanwhile, Back at the States

      It is an odd thing about the United States that the activities of the Federal government tends to dominate news coverage, while the activities of the States get short shrift.  I say this is odd, because State

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Paperman and the Accidents of Love

Hattip to Babalu Blog.   The most charming cartoon, Paperman, that I have seen in many a moon.  It reminds us of the accidents that can lead to love. 

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One Hundredth Anniversary of the 16th Amendment

  Drape the windows and doors in black!  Today is the one hundredth anniversary of the ratification of the 16th Amendment that allowed the implementation of the Federal Income Tax.  Last week I prepared my income tax returns.  I usually

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Battle of Athens

We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution. Abraham Lincoln The veterans of World War II are now old, and mostly

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It’s Groundhog Day!

Put smiles on your faces!   Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring, assuming that a rodent has the charism of prophesying the onset of the end of winter.  Here is to Groundhog Day, without a doubt the loopiest of American celebrations!

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Demographic Decline: The Reason That Dare Not Speak Its Name

    Well what do you know, a recent spate of articles has recognized what many of us have known for decades:  Overpopulation is a myth and an ever-increasing decline in births is a bitter reality.  Typical of these articles

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Slattery’s Mounted Foot

Something for the weekend.  Slattery’s Mounted Foot.  The Irish have always had a talent for humorous self mockery.  One of the masters of this art was Percy French who lived from 1854-1920 and wrote many humorous songs, gently poking fun

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Quid est veritas?

Please allow me to introduce myself  I’m a man of wealth and taste  I’ve been around for a long, long year  Stole many a man’s soul and faith  And I was round when Jesus Christ  Had his moment of doubt

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Is a Concealed Carry Law Necessary?

In 2004, the State of Ohio became the thirty-seventh state to pass some form of concealed carry legislation, under which persons may carry concealed firearms.  Shortly after, William Michael, an attorney from Columbus published an article in the Akron Law Review. 

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ObamaCare: What a Deal!

  According to the IRS, the cheapest ObamaCare health care plan for a family of four in 2016 will be $20,000.00 per year.  Penalties for not having health insurance could cost you over two grand. The examples point to families of four and families

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The Second Amendment and Racism

Actor Danny Glover recently stepped outside of his role as an actor and assumed the roles of historian and constitutional scholar: I don’t know if you know the genesis of the  right to bear arms,’ said Glover, well known for

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