Thoughts As Summer Winds Down on a Saturday

La Grenouillere, Claude Monet, 1869

My children headed back to school twelve days back. But it still feels a bit like summer, though this year it seems as if all the seasons are running three weeks ahead of schedule.

Though the scorching of July made headlines, and has been followed up in the news with leading questions by seemingly all-knowing journalists wondering if this is because of global warming, my electric bill says otherwise. [Read more…]

The EWTN Interview with Mitt Romney

For those of us who missed the broadcast (me included)… [Read more…]

Thoughts from the Prophet Alexandr Solzhenitsyn (A Few Words for Wednesday)

What follows are a few paragraphs from Alexandr Solzhenitsyn’s lecture that, according to the endnotes, was “delivered only to the Swedish Academy and not actually given as a lecture.” It was delivered in 1970, and is an homage to the trinity of truth, goodness, and beauty. The entire essay is simply entitled Nobel Lecture in Literature 1970. 

Solzhenitsyn’s insights are valuable not only because of his stature as an artist, but because of the life that he lived. The following excerpt comes from the sixth of seven sections, and resonates with me especially these days. These thoughts should give us pause as we venture further into the political circus that rages around us nowadays. They are the harsh light of truth, trained upon the realities of our political systems, and how easily they lead us astray. [Read more…]

Paul Ryan Said He’s Pro-Life (Except in Cases of Rape)? Here’s What Happened Next…UPDATED

When I heard the news, I was just having some tea, see, and then BAM! I threw an epic fit. Think zero to 100mph to zero in 11 seconds flat. It looked sort of like this (many thanks to Alan Rickman for playing the part of your intrepid blogger). [Read more…]

Message from Mammon On Student Loan Debt: Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Really. It’s “contained.” Ben Bernanke says so. Cody Willard of Marketwatch gives us reasons to be confident in the latest pronouncement of The Great Ben, [Read more…]

The Tragic Tale of State-Sponsored Eugenics, Made Personal UPDATED

Elaine Riddick and her son

Back on Friday, I shared some information on our nations history with you that wasn’t very pretty.  Though a lot of folks read the post, and shared the post, it should come as no surprise that not many folks “liked” the post. Given the subject matter, that is to be expected, as forced/coerced sterilizations of folks who were labeled as “undesirables” doesn’t exactly warm the cockles of our hearts. [Read more…]

For The Thoughts Of (And a Prayer For) My Favorite “Friendly” Atheist Who Believed in Hell


Let me preface this post with an acknowledgement of the fact that philosopher George Santayana died as an atheist. But as an atheist, Santayana put pen to paper on some Catholic ideas that lack only one thing, really. And that one thing is the simple faith of a child in order to believe them.

As minds of adults go, George had an intellect that was top notch. But as Our Lord said,

Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

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Because You Can Never Learn Too Much About The Faith UPDATED

 

The folks over at John Paul the Great Catholic University have a great idea that will be good for the whole family. It’s a course on  The Pillars of Catholicism, built around the 13 pillars in the graphic above.

I like the number 13. It’s the one that comes after 12. And it looks to be a great way to spend 13 hours or so over the next 13 weeks. Here’s a taste from the trailer that JPGCU posted on YouTube, [Read more…]

The Tragic Tale of State-Sponsored Eugenics in America UPDATED

Rita Thompson Swords was sterilized by a doctor after delivering her second child. She was 21, unwed and poor, a combination that made her unfit for more children, according to the North Carolina Eugenics Board. Photo credit: Julie Rose for NPR.

There I was, making the commute home from work after a long day. The skies were overcast, yet the forecast rain had yet to start falling. I fired up the radio, and cycled through the channels listening to a snippet of a song here, and a song there. Traffic up ahead started slowing down, making tunes like Radar Love overkill as speeds dipped below 30 miles per hour.

So as the traffic congestion caused brake lights to flicker, I flipped the channel to NPR and learned that the state of North Carolina had once had a eugenics board in place, sterilizing “undesirables” from 1929 until 1973. Close to 8,000 procedures were done.

Whoa. [Read more…]

A Directive from Rand Busters™ GHQ

That is all.