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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Kyrie Eleison: The “Year of Mercy” Can’t Come Too Soon…

“The mercy of God is not an abstract idea but a concrete reality,” writes Pope Francis.Well thanks be to God for this emphatic good news, and for the nearly here Jubilee of Mercy. That it begins one week into Advent — the sweet and lonely season of anticipation for the coming of the All Merciful — seems especially appropriate and hopeful, given our times, for at the Incarnation Mercy was delivered, in fragile and human form, to a brutal world of tribalism and inequality, where life was held c … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis Has Set a Confrontation in Place; Not the One We Think

So, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat published a piece on October 17, where referred to Pope Francis as the "chief plotter" in an effort to change Catholic doctrine, and thus the Church, itself.The response to Douthat's column played out in various articles and twitter-fights, during which Douthat flung the words "Own your heresy" toward theologian Massimo Faggioli (albeit, in Twittersubtext, meaning without a direct hashtag). That brought about what might be called (IMHO) an … [Read more...]

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Scalia Resigns Patheos to Take Helm at Aleteia-US

I said earlier that I had an announcement to make, and now I have the chance to do it. So, here goes:Effective the close of business yesterday, I have resigned my position as Managing Editor of the Catholic Channel.I have loved working with all of Catholic channel writers, who have become real friends and partners-in-prayer, and this gig has been inspiring and instructive to me, a gift and privilege; I've had the opportunity to indulge my passion for finding really great writers and then … [Read more...]

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Antidote to Pride and Vanity: Cesspool Problems

So, I have an announcement I want to make -- it's an exciting announcement, and I thought I would make it first thing this morning. But instead, first thing this morning, the cesspool made itself known to us in a literal and olfactorily disturbing way.My announcement will be held off for a few hours, while we address this rather urgent need.Perhaps it is because I am so devoted a daughter to Saint Philip Neri, but I'm finding the whole thing -- and the timing of it -- pretty … [Read more...]

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How am I Actually Losing Weight for the First Time in Years?

This book.This stupid book,, which I think I learned about from Instapundit.Who knew?Who knew that all I needed was permission to eat a sandwich for lunch, if I really wanted to? None of this crazy trying to live with 20 net carbs a day, nosireebob. Keep it to 50 grams of carbs or less per day, and the weight is just melting off. A Turkey and Tomato Sandwich for lunch, and I'm good to go.No sense of deprivation. A big sense of wonder, and thankful praise.Who knew? … [Read more...]

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“Masques Off! Masques Off!” Cried America

Honestly, it's beginning to feel like "The Masque of the Red Death", around here.Here is Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit, a man who can recognize a Potemkin village, when he sees one:A DEMOCRATIC OPERATIVE, MASQUERADING AS A COMEDIAN: Jon Stewart’s secret White House visits.UPDATE: Jon Stewart Secretly Met with Obama, Worked ‘In Concert’ with White House. Potemkin Village? We’ve got a whole freakin’ Potemkin Culture.Indeed. This line popped out at me, in the Mediaite report: Accor … [Read more...]

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Of Christ, Monasticism and Radio Astronomy

[I stumbled upon this post in my archives, and upon re-reading it, realized that there is more to say, and that -- if my email is any indicator -- reposting this might be helpful for many. Originally from July 13, 2012 - ES]Alright, after a couple of politically-flavored posts, I'm going to have mercy on everyone and give you a gift for the weekend, and it comes to us in two parts via an excellent site within the Evangelical Portal, Good Letters, where guest contributor and writer/poet … [Read more...]

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