Scenes from the Existential Civilizational Struggle

Another Billion Dollars in Arms Sold–to our Dear Friends the Saudis. Cuz we are totally super-serious about our War on Terror. Speaking of which: Super-Serious Compassionate Prolife Conservatives routinely keeping asking me why all those terrorist refugees don’t just go to Saudi Arabia or the UAE? Yes, it is mysterious why Yazidi, Christians, and Shi’a [Read More...]

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An Act of Reparation for My Mean Mean Unfairness

I so often hear the complaint that my criticism of the anti-abortion-but-not-prolife Right unfairly focuses on the crazy inhumanity of the radical fringe and does not acknowledge the good mainstream people in the haunted ruins of what was once conservatism. So let me take a moment to applaud the radical fringe–represented by the good governor [Read More...]

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Yesterday America Paused to Remember Our Great National Trauma

Everybody alive on that fateful night remembers where they were and what they were doing.  If you feel you need to, please share your personal story of suffering and healing in the combox. We’re here for you. [Read more...]

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The Party of Herod vs the Least of These

One of the things I periodically heard as a young Christian was that a great big strong king like Herod would not, surely, be afraid of a bunch of two year olds.  It’s gotta be a legend, I was told.  Nobody’s *that* much of a coward: Ahem: Gov. Chris Christie on Monday said the United States should [Read More...]

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How to Make Sure Christian Missionaries Get Killed

The Pentagon’s Missionary Spies This is as stupid and wicked as the US sending spies pretending to be polio vaccine workers into Pakistan to hunt bin Laden.  Now real polio workers are in danger of death from local who think they are CIA. [Read more...]

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This killed me

Let’s be careful out there tonight, people! [Read more...]

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I had no idea Karen Carpenter was such a good drummer

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A Question about Charisms

A reader writes: Do you have any information on the status of the gifts that were promised to Christians such as snake handling, poison drinking and speaking in tongues. What does the Church say about it? I know we have healing and exorcism but I’m a little confused on the other gifts and the use [Read More...]

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Urgent Prayer Request for Lucy the Cuteness

Update from Dad: “Possibly migraine, Possibly a mild throat infection, possibly both.  But ok.”  Thanks be to God through our Lord Jesus Christ! She came down with sudden headache last night and it’s still here this morning.  Luke reported a mild fever so Jan asked if she could put her chin on her chest without [Read More...]

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Fightball: Dying of Suck

… is the exaggerated and hyperbolic and mildly fictionalized story of Maj and Kallan, two wildly intelligent and hilarious sisters who navigate life from opposite ends of every point of view. Narrated by their mother, Fightball: Dying of Suck is a book about children for readers of all ages. This first installment of Fightball chronicles, [Read More...]

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Seven Myths of the Crusades

…in which actual real historians take apart the “history” presented to a credulous and historically illiterate public by a former member of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Jones’ four-part video was, even at the moment of its creation, based on outdated scholarship. In essence, he presented a rehashing of Steven Runciman’s three-volume history of the crusades that [Read More...]

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Simcha Fisher and I have a good and proper argument

Argument, not quarrel: as in the Latin word for “clarify”. Later, she wrote on Facebook: “Mark and I don’t agree about everything all the time!” My reply: We do too! Something deep within me found it irresistible. [Read more...]

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Prayer Requests

A reader writes: I know sometimes you put prayer requests on your blog for your readers. Please consider asking your readers for prayers for us. We may be adopting our first baby this week after 7 years of marriage and infertility. There is a major court hearing Friday that will decide this. There are some [Read More...]

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Prolife Protip

Pewlady reminds us: Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. [Read more...]

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A reader asks about papal infallibility and the perpetual virginity of Mary

He writes:      Obviously Pope Francis’s trip to America captured much attention but I wonder if Catholics are prepared for the fruit of that visit…..being asked questions about the Catholic Faith. In the last week I found myself in situations that when non Catholics found out I was Catholic started asking questions about the [Read More...]

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Lint Hatcher on How Abortion was Sold to America

Part 1 and Part 2 (in which I learn, to my surprise about Betty Friedan’s genuine regret about adding abortion to the NOW platform and watching the fallout during the Seventies and Eighties. She really was pro-family and didn’t see it coming.) The whole thing was a tissue of lies will be a bleeding wound [Read More...]

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I’m a Just War Kinda Guy

I’m also a Smart War kinda guy. First rule of Smart War: Don’t go all “Hulk Smash” because the Hulk is stupid. Instead, know your enemy and tailor your response accordingly. Because if you just start smashing Muslims for being Muslim, you make more enemies when what you need are allies. ISIS kills more Muslims [Read More...]

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Here’s How to Help Victims and Survivors in Paris

Some resources here. Also, Beirut.  Start by refusing to be stampeded by fear and making the elementary distinction between terrorists and the people fleeing them. [Read more...]

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Death Star Conspiracy Theory

Fight the Force! [Read more...]

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The Catholic Herald Did an Interview…

…with Yr. Obdt. Svt. [Read more...]

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