Donald R. McClarey

Midwest Voice Translator

This will come in handy on my annual excursions behind the Cheddar Curtain.  Bonus:  

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Impeachment Forever!

  A simple rule that every good man knows by heart. It’s smarter to be lucky than it’s lucky to be smart. Pippin, War is a Science     News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee: U.S.—A new

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Donald R. McClarey

November 21, 1864: Letter to Mrs. Bixby

Executive Mansion, Washington, Nov. 21, 1864. Dear Madam,—I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the

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Saint of the Day Quote: Pope Saint Gelasius I

There are two powers, august Emperor, by which this world is chiefly ruled, namely, the sacred authority of the priests and the royal power. Of these that of the priests is the more weighty, since they have to render an

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PopeWatch: Better and Better Every Day

Yeah that China-Vatican deal keeps getting better: Catholic bishop Guo Xijin is on the run from Chinese police after refusing to bring his church into a Catholic association approved by the ruling Chinese Communist Party. Guo, 61, fled the custody

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Zampolit

  What a sad sack Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman truly is.  In the Red Army, political commissars, Zampoliti, tended to be quietly despised by the real officers attempting to perform real military duties.  Zampoliti were usually on the look out

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Firing Line: The Fight Over Catholic Orthodoxy

  The more things change… Michael Davies, Joseph Champlin, Malachi Martin and William F. Buckley discuss the fight over Catholic Orthodoxy.  All four of the gentlemen have departed this vale of tears but that particular debate will never end until

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Saint of the Day Quote: Blessed Josaphata Michaelina Hordashevska

  Serve your people where the need is greatest.   Blessed Josaphata Michaelina Hordashevska

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Dead Politician Walking

News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee: LAS VEGAS, NV—Joe Biden has come under scrutiny after suggesting that Pong might be a gateway drug to more dangerous video games like Asteroids, Galaga, Temptest, and Battlezone. Biden warned that

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PopeWatch: Song of Roland

The Pope was singing his same old song again:   Interreligious dialogue is an important way to counter fundamentalist groups as well as the unjust accusation that religions sow division, Pope Francis said. Meeting with members of the Argentine Institute

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Thanksgiving

Hattip to Amanda Servello.  We in this country never truly appreciate, most of us, just how much we have to be thankful to God for.  I recall an immigrant from Russia, long since departed this vale of tears.  He served

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The Monsignor and the Communist

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isaiah 1: 18     Bishop

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Bishop Sheen to be Beatified on December 21 in Peoria

    Great news:   PEORIA, Ill. —The Diocese of Peoria announced Monday that Venerable Fulton Sheen will be beatified Dec. 21 at the city’s Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception. Archbishop Sheen had been ordained a priest

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Gettysburg Address: November 19, 1863

Johnny Cash in the above video does a superb job of reading the Gettysburg Address.  Go here to read my analysis of the Gettysburg Address.  Winston Churchill, certainly the greatest orator of the English language in the last century, deemed

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Stalin is Merely A Right-Wing Stooge!

    News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:   MOSCOW—Brutal totalitarian dictator Joseph Stalin has warned Democrats that they may be going “too far left.” “The Dems are kinda scaring me with all this far-left stuff,” Stalin

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Saint of the Day Quote: Blessed Salvatore Lilli

Friar Salvatore Lilli was born in Cappadocia, Province of L’Aquila, Italy, on June 19, 1853. At the early age of 17, he joined the Order of Franciscan Friars Minor and having finished novitiate year, he took his first vows in

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PopeWatch: Pachamama Out

Evo Morales, dictator of Bolivia and commie buddy of the Pope,  was one of the leading instigators of official recognition of the pagan goddess Pachamama.  Since he has been toppled from power the new Bolivian government is making it clear

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Chick-fil-Gay

News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee: U.S.—Chick-fil-A has said it will stop making donations to Christian groups that oppose the LGBTQ movement. The move is said to be a “good trade” as Chick-fil-A has sacrificed its Christian

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Cancel Culture in the Middle Ages

Unbelievably this appeared in a video Op ed in The New York Times.  Is this the beginning of Thermidor for social media lynch mobs?  We shall see.

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Capitulation, or how Chick-fil-A Got Woke and Will Go Broke

Conservatives have no friends in big business: Chick-fil-A said Monday that it has stopped donations to several Christian organizations after receiving backlash from LGBT rights activists over the last several weeks. The U.S. fast food chain said that as it

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Midway: A Review

My bride and I and our son went to see Midway last Saturday.  We all enjoyed it.  I highly recommend it.  Here follows the review with the usual caveats that there are spoilers ahead.

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Bigotry

I hate organized religion. I hate that people use it to justify their crappy, bigoted beliefs. Hannah Harrington     News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:   MENLO PARK, CA—In a move to better filter out unapproved

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Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Anselm

  The angels are separated between those who adhering to justice enjoy all the goods they wish and those who having abandoned justice lack any good they desire.   Saint Anselm

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PopeWatch: Same Old, Same Old

    On November 15, the Pope gave an audience to the 20th World Congress of the International Association of Penal Law.   It was, and almost all his speeches are, a collection of his greatest hits:    Markets bad:

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November 18, 1861: Report from the President

  On November 18, 1861, Jefferson Davis issued a report to the Confederate Congress on the progress of the War.  It is a fascinating document.  It details how he perceived the War at this early stage.  Here is the text of

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Prodigal Retriever

Iranians are in the streets protesting their fanatical rulers. Hong Kong citizens and Venezuelans are still demanding freedom. Chinese Catholics are being persecuted. And the Pope is blathering on about how evil capitalism is, eco-sins and calling traditional Catholics racists.

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Annette Jalsevac

Gimme a break. He neither writes nor speaks as a Pope safeguarding the deposit of faith. He’s just a U.N. mouthpiece who cares not a wit about the salvation of souls, but rather with appeasing wealthy globalists who abhor a

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John Ford’s Midway

  My bride and I and our son saw Midway (2019) yesterday.  Full review to follow later in the week.  It is a great film which makes a priority of historical accuracy, at least as accurate as a film dramatization

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Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus

From his life by St. Gregory of Nyssa, Eusebius, l. 6, c. 23; St. Jerom in Catal. and the saint’s Oration to Origen; also St. Basil, l. de Spir. Soc. c. 29, ep. 62–65. See Tillemont, t. 4; Ceillier, t.

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Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Margaret of Scotland

From her life written by Theodoric, a monk of Durham, her Confessarius, and afterwards by St. Aëlred: also from the Scottish and English historians. See Fordun, Scoti-chron. l. 5, c. 15, vol. 2, p. 413, ed. Hearne. A.D. 1093. ST.

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PopeWatch: Kanye

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:   Kanye West met with Pope Francis on Tuesday, after he was spotted arriving at the Vatican, just days after the rapper was first seen

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It’s Cold

“Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” H.L. Mencken Something for the weekend.  The politically correct version of Baby It’s Cold Outside. (Gag.)   The tune was written in 1944 by songwriter Frank Loesser as a humorous

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Good One Mr. Sammons!

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