What Happens When The Dignity Of Human Beings is Lost

You just thrown their dead bodies away. And then when you are discovered, and your feet are held to the fire, you complain that it would take a “monumental effort” to do our war dead justice. Yes, our dead troops who out of one side of our mouths we act as though they are holy and sacred, while with our actions we shun, ignore, and toss them into a landfill in Virginia.

The Washington Post has the sad, unbelievable, story. [Read more…]

Hilaire Belloc Was A Lame Politician? Huzzah!

Preston Brooks, nephew of Senator Andrew Butler, confronts Senator Charles Sumner in the Senate chamber after debates on the Kansas-Nebraska Act, 1856

Someone left a comment on a previous post that Hilaire Belloc was not only a horrible singer (that’s what I had said) but that,

Nor could he do politics in an honourable way! [Read more…]

Election Mania 2012 Trivia: The Military’s Favorite?

Election mania trivia: which candidate received the most in contributions from members of the military? Ron Paul, that’s who. The photo above is current through the end of Q3, and the linked article here reports through Q2. [Read more…]

Remember St. Paul’s Roman Citizenship? UPDATED

And how by virtue of that, he had certain rights and privileges thereunto pertaining? You know, before he was martyred anyway? This gave him time to write a few letters while in prison and such. Uncle Sam seemingly wants to streamline the process for us nowadays.

You know, skip all that pesky due process stuff, the right to counsel and all the rest of those Constitutionally guaranteed “rights,” and just get straight to the jail time. [Read more…]

Why I Can’t Find My Coffee Mug, Explained

Well, maybe. Walking through doorways robbed my memory, or so says Professor Radvansky in this piece just published in Notre Dame News.

We’ve all experienced it: The frustration of entering a room and forgetting what we were going to do. Or get. Or find. [Read more…]

Because the Reality of Our Fallenness Isn’t Pretty-UPDATED

David Brooks explains it pretty well in his Op-Ed in New York Times from a few days ago,

People are really good at self-deception. We attend to the facts we like and suppress the ones we don’t. We inflate our own virtues and predict we will behave more nobly than we actually do… [Read more…]

These Nuns Didn’t Occupy Wall Street…They Bought It

There are other ways to Occupy Wall Street, you know. As owners in the boardroom. I’ve shared thoughts along these lines by folks like John Bogle, founder of the Vanguard Group of Investment Companies. He argues, and pretty convincingly, that the problem for a long time now is that a heretical form of capitalism, managers capitalism, has risen to prominence. [Read more…]

Another Reason to Call the Cops: It’s Your Only Option UPDATED

That’s right. I’m referring to the post I wrote yesterday about why you need to call the police if you run into a Penn State situation in your parish.

I don’t know how it is in your diocese, but in mine, when signing my children up for Religious Education classes, Youth Group activities, etc., all of the sign up forms have sad little liability waivers built into them now. They say, in a nutshell, “you can’t sue us.” [Read more…]

“Occupy Wall Street” Insider’s Perspective: Mammon Is Very Concerned

Yesterday, along with Stephen Colbert, I had a little fun with the Occupy Wall Street protests. Enjoying Colbert’s humor by no means throws me in with the camp of the “unconcerned” who perhaps think these protests are a complete waste of time. [Read more…]

Che Guevara Occupies Wall Street!

Che what?! Whew! That’s just Stephen Colbert, doing that thing he does so well. I was worried there for a second. [Read more…]