It is so important to “small government conservatives” to punish and humiliate the poor…

…that they continue to insist on doing it even when it is a total and huge waste of time and money. Facts do not matter to these people. Proven waste and stupidity is unimportant.  What matters is the satisfaction of the itch to inflict pointless cruelty on the weak.  No wonder they love torture so [Read More…]

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What good is the “Christian” part…

…of Christian meditation? Well, if you think meditation is merely the process of emptying the mind, then nothing.  But if, as Christians do, you think meditation is the process of clearing the mind of earthly junk so that you can meditate on God fully revealed in the life, death, passion, and resurrection of the Son [Read More…]

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Excellent! A fight to abolish the death penalty led by conservatives

Colby Coash can point to the moment his evolution in thinking about the death penalty began. It was Sept. 3, 1994, and Coash — now a conservative senator in the Nebraska legislature but then a freshman at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln — decided to go with some friends to the state penitentiary. Willie Otey, convicted [Read More…]

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On Churches and Ecclesial Communities

A reader remarks on the tiny kerfuffle among a few Orthodox bishops who said the Catholic Church is not a real Church the other day: Gives me a chuckle as the tables are turned on us Romans. Didn’t Benedict once describe Protestants as “ecclesial communities”? Partly correct. Except it was not “Benedict” and its was [Read More…]

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Dropping the Atomic Bomb Was Wrong. Period.

Catholic Answers brings the common sense truth–and naturally gets reviled for it by the anti-abortion-but-not-prolife “faithful conservative Catholics” who *claim* that the defense of human life from conception to natural death is their “core non-negotiable value” but who in fact devote their time and energy, not to defending the unborn, but to fighting the Church on [Read More…]

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Every once in a while, a combox comment just slays me

…with the sheer unself-awareneness of the comment.  My all time favorite, of course, will forever remain, “YOU ARE A IDOIT!” But pulling a decent second is this from an an American Spectator attempt to put lipstick on the pig that is Trump University: “There is ZERO fraud. There are dozens of satisfied Trump University graduates.” [Read More…]

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“If claiming a qualified, vetted judge shouldn’t be able to do his job because of his race and ethnicity isn’t racist…”

…then what the hell is?” What Fr. Peter West, Priests for Life, the Susan B. Anthony List, Paul Ryan, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, and an increasing number of number of “prolife” leaders now stand for. It is this filth, not the unborn, they will henceforth be committed to defending. So much [Read More…]

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And now Obama condemns the anti-Trump violence

Details here. When Trump’s followers have, on numerous occasions, gotten violent, Trump has *repeatedly* excused and even egged on the violence When the Left get violent, its leaders have condemned the violence. This is why the braindead and intellectually bankrupt Tu Quoque strategy of the Right is breaking down. The Right cannot forever keep repeating [Read More…]

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Sanders again distinguishes himself as a class act

…denounces anti-Trump violence. [Read more…]

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This killed me

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Just got a call from Students for Life

Told them I’d be delighted to donate to them and specifically asked that it be made known to whoever is running the show there that I am busting my buttons with pride at them refusing to whore themselves out to Donald Trump, unlike so many other “prolife” leaders and organizations.  If you’d like to donate [Read More…]

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We are discussing devotional literature vs. literalism…

…over at the Register today. [Read more…]

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Today on Connecting the Dots

We’ll be discussing the fact that a number of people are saying that images like this… promote violence against women. I don’t buy this. It’s an action/adventure movie in which the entire premise is built around a villain inflicting violence and heroes (of which Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique is the strongest and most competent leader) fighting back. Of *course* [Read More…]

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How to Get Trump Elected

Trump supporters attacked with eggs, bottles, punches after rally. Evil and stupid.  And the surest way in the world to garner support for Trump.  I don’t care how much you oppose him and his dangerous base of racist misogynists and mammon worshippers.  This is not the way to fight what they stand for.  It’s the [Read More…]

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Mike DellaVecchia Needs Our Help

He writes: If you would be so kind as to put a donation of any amount into this GoFundMe page, I will use your money to help a poor family living in Philadelphia, or a homeless person living in the nearby streets and tent cities. The picture you are seeing here shows immigrant families who [Read More…]

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Harriet Tubman: Christian Hero, Great American…

…and the gutsiest badass to ever grace American money. She’s a great addition to the pantheon of secular patriot saints that such things are supposed to commemorate for our admiration, contemplation, and imitation. I would love to see some smart cookie in Hollywood just ransack history and do some really good cinematic accounts of the [Read More…]

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The Knights of Columbus continue to speak out…

…on behalf of persecuted Christians in the Middle East: The plight of Christians in the Middle East continues to be dire. The Christian populations in both Iraq and Syria have fallen to a fraction of their previous numbers. Many have been martyred, others have been displaced or had to flee for their lives. The Knights [Read More…]

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Being prolife means trying to prevent unnecessary death after birth too

I realize this is blasphemy against the two Great Commandments of Movement Consesrvatism (“You shall hate Obama with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength” and “You shall hate those who do not hate Obama as you hate Obama”) but the reality is that he gives a perfectly rational reply to the great lie that [Read More…]

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A small klatch of Greek Orthodox bishops meet and declare that

the Catholic Church is not a real Church.  What does it all mean? Basically nothing.  It’s a small klatch of bishops out at the end of the bell curve sounding off about the Catholic Church.  They are welcome to their opinion.  Even other Orthodox, as is their custom, clear their throats politely, look at their [Read More…]

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Trump’s Amerikkka: Where a Latino surname makes you a Mexican

…even when you are born in Indiana. Today’s red meat for the racists who are the backbone of Trumpkinism.  He’s the prolife hero who is totally all about human dignity and care passionately about stopping abortion. “This is vile stuff. Not only is Trump peddling racist conspiracy garbage about a federal judge (Curiel was born [Read More…]

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The proper office of satire…

…is to mock the failings of the powerful and exalt their victims. As Bp. Barron has noted, one of the functions of a crucifix, particularly coupled with the words “Ave” directed to the Blessed Virgin was to mock not only the power of Rome (“Hail Caesar” was the greeting of imperial Rome that rang daily [Read More…]

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