Anchoress2016: A Write-in Campaign to Make America Sane Again

You all know me, so I don't have to introduce myself or bore you with interviews and commercials.My platform: Everybody shut upMy foreign policy: "You crazy nations, shut up and act right, you want to give me a heart attack?"My first action as president: Declare a week of silent retreat, reading and cookoutsMy first policy move: Every government, foreign, domestic and local, will build (or help neighbors build) as many as these as needed, because water.My immigration policy … [Read more...]

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17 y/o Primary Voters in Ohio? Why Not “14 or Fight”?

"Who in America really can resist the clarion call of youth? ... down with experience." Wild in the Streets For most of my life, I have felt like 1968 had never quite disappeared -- that it had not quite played itself out, and we would see it again, showing up in politics and the culture at some point.Recent events, most particularly college campus demonstrations and street violence, has brought around that old feeling again, and it stepped up a bit at the news that Bernie Sanders has … [Read more...]

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Thank you, Norman Lear; Thank you, Justice Ginsberg; Thank you, Professors West and George

I was struck by this brief but heartfelt farewell to Nancy Reagan by legendary television producer Norman Lear, founder of the progressive group, People for the American Way, and a recent voice for the restoration of civics lessons, something retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O' Connor has championed for years.Lear writes that upon receiving the news of Mrs. Reagan's death, he was grieved, because he had lost a friend. A second friend mocked him for the feeling; mocked him for having … [Read more...]

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“Begin the Apocalypse” Once More!

Well, we're done.Super Tuesday, I mean. We're done. And in my facebook threads what I basically am observing is the vomiting of the masses, because no one -- except the hackiest of hacks -- seems happy with what we're facing, in terms of potential presidents.Last night I wondered aloud whether the Obama administration might do the unthinkable and actually permit its Justice Department to indict Hillary Clinton, so Joe Biden could stroll in and make it easy for wide sluice of people. … [Read more...]

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Barron on “Death of God & Loss of Human Dignity”

[This piece was written before today's release of a third, very graphic video - Admin]by Bishop-elect Robert BarronI am sure by now that many of you have seen the appalling hidden-camera videos of two Planned Parenthood physicians bantering cheerfully with interlocutors posing as prospective buyers of the body parts of aborted infants. While they slurp wine in elegant restaurants, the good doctors -- both women -- blandly talk about what price they would expect for providing … [Read more...]

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Wuerl: “Disagreement is not discrimination”

This is from April, but I only saw it last night, and the sentiments bear noting, so...Cardinal Donald Wuerl, joined here by John Garvey, President of the Catholic University of America, makes an important and perfectly true distinction, here: Disagreement is not Discrimination:Recent laws enacted by the D.C. Council would have us believe otherwise. The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act and the Human Rights Amendment Act purport to address “discrimination” by ins … [Read more...]

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Happy 4th: A Nation Pulling Apart and Norman Rockwell

TRUE STORY: This morning I awoke from a dream whereby the Supreme Court had been called into some sort of emergency session, and in order to get to their bench, they had to pass through some lobby I was standing in. One of them -- a rather short, jolly man (capable of using the phrase "argle-bargle", but not Scalia) -- got his robe caught on the buckle of my shoe, and after I released him, he thanked me and said, "a good day for thanks, in general."And I held him by the shoulders and said, … [Read more...]

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8 Things Catholics can “Do” to “Fix” Things

I really appreciated this piece by Father Robert Barron, which looks at past challenges of the church, in light of the Obergefell decision legalizing gay marriage.His piece, along with many other headlines and blogposts I'll link to below, got me thinking, and -- as Father Barron would say -- "here's the thing...":My email is full of people wringing their hands and fretting -- really fretting -- "how do we fix this? What to do, what to do, what to do?"What do people mean, when they … [Read more...]

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Fr. Robert Barron on Gay Marriage: “We’re still standing…”

I know many are feeling rather knocked about by recent events, most particularly by the Supreme Court's unsurprising decision in favor of gay marriage. Here is Father Robert Barron's take:Just last week, I had the privilege of spending four hours in the Sistine Chapel with my Word on Fire team. Toward the end of our filming, the director of the Vatican Museums, who had accompanied us throughout the process, asked whether I wanted to see the “Room of Tears.” This is the little antechamber, jus … [Read more...]

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A Nation of Suckers: Jenner, Kardashians and a Commodity of Gossip

Over the past few days, I have wondered if I was the only person in America completely disinterested in the Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner story, or -- correct that -- if I was the only contrarian refusing to become interested, simply because the voracious Jenner-Kardashian Machine, and their compliant media, so desperately wanted me to be interested, and so insistently needed me to approve, as well.These ghastly modern Pavlovs ring their outsized bell, and the world obediently begins to bark and yip … [Read more...]

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