September 17, 1787: Rising Sun

      Whilst the last members were signing it [i.e., the Constitution] Doct FRANKLIN looking towards the Presidents Chair, at the back of which a rising sun happened to be painted, observed to a few members near him, that

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Joe Biden: Equal Opportunity Foot in Mouth

Our beloved national clown and Veep has been working overtime lately to lighten the national mood with his patented verbal pratfalls: Vice President Joe Biden drew fire from a prominent Jewish group on Tuesday after he described unscrupulous bankers who

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How To Write For the National Catholic Reporter

        Christopher Johnson, a non-Catholic, demonstrates yet again why I long ago designated him Defender of the Faith:   A continuing series Thank you for your interest in writing for the National Catholic Reporter.  Although we welcome

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Braveheart/Newhart Open Thread

We haven’t had an open thread in a while.  The usual rules apply:  be charitable, be brief, and, above all, be entertaining.

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PopeWatch: Security

  This seems to be tempting fate:   VATICAN CITY – The Vatican says it’s not taking any extra security measures to protect Pope Francis during his weekend trip to majority Muslim Albania despite reports of Islamic militants returning from

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