Donald R. McClarey

Ezra Pound Couldn’t Have Said it Better

Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts reads Mark Shea so we don’t have to: Of the type that leads to 9/11s, mass killings, atrocities and terror regimes.  Here (apparently in reference to President Trump’s speech following last nights rocket attacks): Enough

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Requiescat In Pace: Jack Sheldon

Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts brings us this sad news: Jack Sheldon?  Who?  Like me, you might now know his name.  But I’m sure you know his work: Yes, that’s Mr. Sheldon, a respectable jazz musician, known more for providing

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D & D and Moral Panics

  Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts takes a look at the history of the role playing system Dungeons and Dragons: So even the New York Times has gotten in on the act, reporting on the latest upsurge in popularity for

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Sad News

Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts, one of my favorite bloggers, has announced that he will be ceasing to blog on the issues of the day as of November 5.  I have never cared for November 5, it being the Catholic

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What Did Christmas Ever Do To Him?

  “The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents… some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of

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The PC Police Come For Indiana Jones

Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts gives us the details:   So one Angelo Delos Trinos wrote over at Screen Rant why Raiders of the Lost Ark has not aged well.  Not because of quality or directing or effects.  In a

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Help

Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts could use a hand:   I have never done this before, though there have been times when help came our way.  For a long time I kept readers up with the string of ill fortune

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The Significance of Donald Trump

      “I appealed to Lincoln for his own sake to remove Grant at once, and, in giving my reasons for it, I simply voiced the admittedly overwhelming protest from the loyal people of the land against Grant’s continuance

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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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Racist Bingo

Doctor Samuel Johnson once observed that patriotism, he meant pretended patriotism, was the last refuge of scoundrels.  The first refuge of many scoundrels these day tend to be cries of racism, almost always pretended racism.  Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts

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Predictable

Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts advises us that Mark Shea is disturbed by Brian Sims:   Apparently many have rightly condemned his cowardly and spineless browbeating of an elderly woman. Sims, for his part, at least makes clear his utter

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Heroic Pro-Abort

  Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts points us to a “heroic” pro-abort bully: Pennsylvania lawmaker Brian Sims demonstrates how to berate an elderly woman while also condemning her for her white skin and failure to conform to liberal absolutes. It’s

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Christianity for Atheists

Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts explains why Liberal Christianity is the perfect religion for Christians who hate Christianity: First, a clarification of terms.  To me, the term ‘Leftist Christianity’, or ‘Christian Leftists’, denotes those who are within the Faith, who

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Unplanned: A Review of a Review

    Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts looks at a review of Unplanned:     By Steven Greydanus.  I’ve written before that I take Deacon Greydanus’s reviews with more than a grain of salt.  When someone rates the epic masterpiece

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Gone With the Wind

Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts notes how Gone With the Wind (1940) has become a whipping boy of the intolerant advocates of tolerance:   Someday I’ll unpack a full list of reasons why I’m always amazed when I take time

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Robert Davi and Mark Shea

Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts has a good compare and contrast post:   Here: Meanwhile, a devout pro-life Catholic apologist reacts: No big thoughts on it.  Sure it’s 100% the GOP’s fault (factually wrong of course, but Mark is about

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Betrayal Chic

Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts looks at the latest in Betrayal Chic in the Catholic Church:   As more information comes out about Nathan Phillips, who of late attempted to crash a Mass with drums a’beating, Notre Dame does its

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The Eternal Convert

Now, listen, Will. Two years ago you were a passionate churchman. Now you’re a passionate Lutheran. We must just pray that when your head’s finished turning, your face is to the front again. Saint Thomas More to future son-in-law William

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Blue Wave?

    Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts ponders the upcoming election:   The Associated Press ponders the change in events in American politics this year.  A year ago, even earlier this year, the narrative of the Left/Media was that the

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They Shall Not Grow Old

I am surprised that I did not dislike the Army more. It was, of course, detestable. But the words “of course” drew the sting. That is where it differed from Wyvern. One did not expect to like it. Nobody said

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The Death of Common Sense

Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts notes that one of the things that ails this nation is a dearth of common sense.  My sainted parents, who had a lot of that commodity, often told me and my brother that fancy words

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What This Is All About

The motivation to destroy Brett Kavanaugh comes down to one issue:  abortion.  With Kavanaugh on the court the odds are high that Roe will either be overturned or vastly scaled back.  To most Leftists abortion is a sacrament and a

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The Catholic Left Never Fails to Disappoint

From Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts:   Yeah.  Really.  The low point of American politics in 2018, and the good deacon jumps on board the sham train.  Naturally, being good Catholic that he is, he takes the absolute worst, most

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The Heroes of the Alamo

Thermopylae had her messenger of defeat-the Alamo had none. Thomas Jefferson Green   One hundred and eighty-two years ago the Alamo fell.  The defenders had achieved victory in death, giving thirteen precious days in which Texan independence was declared and

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The Face of Nike

    Colin Kaepernick has been hired by Nike, the seller of vastly overpriced sneakers to impoverished Black kids, to be its public face.  Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts tells us about it: Nike to conservative Americans Screw you!   Yep.

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Patheos the Pathetic

Dave Griffey, a Patheos survivor, at Daffey Thoughts, describes why Patheos is the platform where rational thought goes to die: I am done with Patheos.  I will no longer go there – and that includes that train wreck of barking

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America the Great and Those Who Hate Her

And he began with the simple things that everybody’s known and felt—the freshness of a fine morning when you’re young, and the taste of food when you’re hungry, and the new day that’s every day when you’re a child. He

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Why Mark Shea?

The core sin of American conservatives–and above all American conservative, “prolife” Christianists–is Pride. They cannot accept the fact that they were simply flat-out wrong. They have told themselves for twenty years that they are the *Real* Christians, the *Real* Americans,

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Politics as Religion

Perhaps the most popular heresy today among many Catholics is the substitution of Leftism for the Faith.  Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts, courtesy Mark Shea, gives us an example of this.  He begins by pondering what the Founding Fathers had

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