AlQ says Aug 15 – lay down or we’ll flatten you

August 15 - in the Catholic Church it is the Feastday of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - in the Orthodox Church the Dormition of the Theotokos (the Falling Asleep of the God-bearer).I only mention it because Al Qaeda, taking advantage of all the helpful cues given to them by George Galloway and others, is setting August 15th as a deadline for either acquiescence or obliteration.And the only reason I mention that, is because it has been my observation that Marian Feast Days seem … [Read more...]

Tina Brown: Our Lady of the Air Kiss

I don't know when I have read a snottier, snobbier, more relentlessly superficial, arrogant and bigoted piece of dreck than Tina Brown's latest column in the Washington Post, Reverence Gone Up In Smoke.Sigh...what a disappointment for Tina and her pals - amid all of that glorious color and pomp of a papal funeral and a conclave, the solemn beauty of the chant, the whole mystical and mysterious sense of Other - they'd become attracted, mildly so, but attracted, nevertheless, to the whole … [Read more...]

Delivering a message to my Military readers…

I've been meaning to say something to you folks for a couple of weeks. I get some emails from guys in the military, and I often peek and find them reading the blog, particularly in the wee small hours - I'm always especially humbled to see whoever it is that's reading me out of Baghdad - to think that someone whose courage and sacrifice and commitment I so admire is actually reading little old me. I thank you, and yes, it's humbling.I have something to pass on to you - a message. It is a … [Read more...]

We’ll not see the like of RFK again. To our detriment.

Since I am home tending to a sick teenager today, I've had time to think, catch up with some email and chat a bit with friends. Many of the commentators in my last entry on my brother's illness left lovely thoughts, prayers and poems, and I am very thankful and moved (and quite humbled) by the generosity of these people who don't know us from Adam and yet offer comfort. Bless you. (And belated public thanks to Andrew Sullivan for his unexpected and kind linkage).One poem stood out to me - it … [Read more...]


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