Donald R. McClarey

Fireworks Melody

  Something for the Weekend.  I always find the Handel composition Music For the Royal Fireworks (1749) to be stirring.  It was written to celebrate the ending of the War of the Austrian Succession and the signing of the peace

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Further Evidence That the USCCB is Worse Than Useless

From Church Militant:   WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) – Some liberal Catholics and an associate professor of religious and Africana studies have criticized the director of public affairs for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for her conservative-leaning activity on Twitter. The Washington

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: “Chesty” Puller

“I don’t give a good g—–n how many Chinese laundrymen there are between us and Hungnam. There aren’t enough in the world to stop a Marine regiment going where it wants to go! Christ in His mercy will see us

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Saint of the Day Quote: Saint John Jones

The hangman had forgotten to bring a rope with him, so the martyr was kept a whole hour waiting in the cart under the gallows; his time was occupied in answering various questions, and preaching to the people, amid interruptions

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Reparations For the Saxons!

What do I owe the Normans? We lived at Gurnie when the Normans were no better than wolves of the sea… and it was a better Gurnie then before they came to rob us. Screenplay, Black Rose (1950)-Statement of Walter

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PopeWatch: Lost in the Amazon

Whatever fears you have regarding the Amazon Synod, you are probably erring on the side of optimism:   A Benedictine theologian has joined the chorus of voices criticizing the working document of the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Amazon,

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Sheen and Buckley

From a 1971 episode of Firing Line, Bishop Sheen and William F. Buckley.  This is one of over 375 episodes of Firing Line now made available on YouTube by the Hoover Institute at Stanford.

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The Crimson Pirate

  Just for fun.  The Crimson Pirate (1952) is good, way over the top, fun with the immortal line: You are on a pirate ship, in pirate waters in a pirate world.  Burt Lancaster in his prime was a master

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Frum Is an Idiot, as Always

David Frum presented himself as a libertarian ca. 1994, then as the foreign policy militant and scourge of the alt-right ca. 2002, then as the recrudescence of the 1950s modern Republican ca. 2009. I’m not sure what he’s flogging now.

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Emoluments Clause and Trump

The never ending attempt of those who oppose President Trump to get rid of him by hook or crook took a punch in the face when a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit dismissed

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Sad But True Bee

How is it possible that such a system, long since rejected scientifically and now proved erroneous by experience, how is it, We ask, that such a system could spread so rapidly in all parts of the world? The explanation lies

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Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Olga of Kiev

Through thy prayers, Holy Father, may I be preserved from the crafts and assaults of the devil! Saint Olga of Kiev

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PopeWatch: Glop

If you want to know much of what is wrong with the Church, this interview will give you an eyeful:   Belgian Cardinal Jozef De Kesel sat down with New Europe to discuss the role of the Catholic Church in

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Darn Scots! They’ve Ruined Scotland!

    I am so old that I can recall when Scotland was a free country:       A teenage student at Mearns Academy in Aberdeenshire, Scotland was removed from class, suspended, and later expelled after telling his teacher:

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Hilaire Belloc

(Strong language advisory to the above video.) We sit by and watch the Barbarian, we tolerate him; in the long stretches of peace we are not afraid. We are tickled by his irreverence, his comic inversion of our old certitudes

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Reelection Ads That Write Themselves

I can only assume she confused the State of Kentucky with the State of New York

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Walls Are a Socialist Girl’s Best Friend

News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:   U.S.—The nation’s Democratic leaders announced Tuesday they are reversing course on Trump’s proposed border wall, since “it will keep people in once we switch to socialism.”   “We thought the

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A Dirty Job, But Someone Has to Do It

  Mike Rowe, of Dirty Jobs fame, takes on, yet again, the task of speaking common sense in a time of widespread madness:   Off the Wall Why would anyone in their right mind support Nike after this latest round

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Saint of the Day Quote: Saints Rufina and Secunda

THEY were sisters, and the daughters of one Asterius, a man of a senatorian family in Rome. Their father promised them in marriage, the first to Armentarius, and the second to Verinus, who were then both Christians, but afterwards apostatized

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PopeWatch: Paganism

Julia Meloni at One Peter 5 takes a look at the upcoming Amazon Synod and sees a new paganism:   As Ureta points out, the Amazon synod’s working document, citing a Bolivian text, likewise effuses that the jungle “is a

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No Surprise

Our Tech Lords in action again:   During this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained that Facebook is increasingly trying to work with governments to determine what political speech it does and does not allow. Oh sorry,

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De Mortuis Nihil Nisi Bonum

  H. Ross Perot has died, and that is all I can say about him without violating the Latin maxim above.

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Democrat Party as Cult

Left wing movements tend to continually move to the Left until a Thermidor reaction occurs.  The Thermidor reaction may occur for the Democrats if Trump crushes them next year at the polls.  Or not.  McGovern’s debacle in 1972 did little

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Eric Swalwell Ends Presidential Bid

    Let me anticipate the question, Who the heck is Eric Swalwell?  A Democrat Congressman from California, a tad stupider and more obnoxious than the average Congress Critter.  From my post on him last November:   The bozo above

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July 9, 1896: Cross of Gold

  The greatest of acceptance speeches for president was doubtless the Cross of Gold speech delivered on July 9, 1896.  Strictly speaking it was not an acceptance speech, but it might as well have been.  It catapulted dark horse candidate

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Saint of the Day Quote: Martyrs of Gorkum

  Fornicator I always was; heretic I never was. Saint Andreas Wouters     When July 9 rolls around each year I am always reminded of my personal belief that before our end, perhaps especially for those of us sunk deep

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PopeWatch: China

The Pope continues his ongoing betrayal of the Faithful in China.  Bree Dail at Lifesite News gives us the details:   The Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong has spoken out forcefully against the Vatican’s newest “pastoral document” for the Chinese

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Antifa v. Isis

Communism and Fascism remind me of the North Pole and the South Pole. They are at opposite ends of the earth, but if you woke up at either Pole tomorrow morning you could not tell which one it was. Perhaps

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No, Next Question

One of the more important, and overlooked, passages in the Bible:   [13] And one of the multitude said to him: Master, speak to my brother that he divide the inheritance with me. [14] But he said to him: Man,

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Bishop Sheen on Lincoln

  I have been reading quite a bit about Lincoln over the weekend, which is not very unusual for me when I am not laboring in the law mines.   In that regard,  Bishop Sheen retold the life of Abraham Lincoln

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Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Marie Adolphine Dierks

To suffer for the Lord. The response of future martyr Saint Marie Adolphine Dierks when asked why she wished to join the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary.

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PopeWatch: Delusional

An example of how some people view the world through fact altering goggles: In a fascinating exercise in fact-flipping, Times writer Mattia Ferraresi made the assertion Thursday that, unlike his predecessors, Pope Francis has refrained from pronouncing on political issues,

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Smart Woman

  Interesting: First lady Melania Trump warned her husband that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was not being truthful when she accused Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school, according to a new book. “You know that woman

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