November 4, 2018

The week of October 22, as I wrote here, one of President Trump’s supporters mailed pipe bombs to critics of the president, including CNN. This past Friday, because the president seems pathologically incapable of uniting the country behind any cause or ideal, no matter how noble, Mr. Trump told reporters, to their faces, “You know what, you’re creating violence by your questions.” Lest anyone not get what the president really meant, he followed up with a thinly veiled dog whistle… Read more

October 30, 2018

America: terror nation. After last week, the week of October 22, twenty-one months into the Trump administration, it seems that that is what we have become. The week started with a pipe bomb discovered in the mailbox of billionaire George Soros. As the week progressed, more pipe bombs were found in mail intended for Barack Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, other liberal Democrat politicians, and CNN. Wednesday, two African Americans, Maurice Stallard and Vickie Jones, were shot and killed in… Read more

October 24, 2018

Fear is the relinquishment of logic, the willing relinquishing of reasonable patterns. We yield to it or we fight it, but we cannot meet it halfway. –The Haunting of Hill House I have now watched director Mike Flanagan’s The Haunting of Hill House all the way through twice. I may watch it a third time. The attraction is hard to describe. It’s good horror. It’s a good story. It’s a good horror story. It has that mysterious spark of magic that… Read more

September 22, 2018

I nearly forgot to wish everyone a Happy Hobbit Day. Hobbit Day is September 22, the birthday of both Bilbo and Frodo in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. In the book, Bilbo celebrates his eleventy-first birthday and Frodo his thirty-third, the day hobbits come of age. How to celebrate? First, go barefoot. If you have hair on your toes, all the better. Give presents to others (hobbits give away presents on their birthdays). Also, get together with friends… Read more

September 18, 2018

“When Christ at a symbolic moment was establishing His great society, He chose for its corner-stone neither the brilliant Paul nor the mystic John, but a shuffler, a snob, a coward—in a word, a man.” —G.K. Chesterton, Heretics I was in my office, in my day job, the day Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected the 265th successor to St. Peter. A lot of time passed between when the white smoke first poured from the copper chimney on top of the… Read more

September 10, 2018

Pope Francis and President Donald Trump do not have much in common, but one characteristic they share is that they seem to bring out the worst in some people. And they do it just by being themselves. With Mr. Trump, it’s his ability to get racists to out themselves. They feel comfortable with him, and he with them. With Pope Francis, it’s his ability to get some Catholics to reveal their hostility to him—and by extension their hostility to the… Read more

September 5, 2018

I’d like to say a few words about Wednesday’s anonymous op-ed in the New York Times, written by a Trump administration staffer. Go read it, then come back here. Ready? Ok, here we go. First, this: “Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president. But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis.” Vice President Pence, or whomever wrote this, read… Read more

July 27, 2018

  Game of Thrones, the TV adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, recently finished filming—forever. The eighth and final season is supposed to air “sometime in 2019,” but a date has not been set. Rumors last winter that it would premier on April 14 have been debunked. So, if—strange though that may be—you are a newcomer to all things Westerosi and you want to give the story a try, you have plenty of time before… Read more

July 23, 2018

If President Trump was hoping to divert attention from his policy of kidnapping and caging young immigrant children at our southern border, he got his wish with his trip to Europe a couple of weeks ago, where he insulted Prime Minister Theresa May, the Queen, and our NATO allies. That was just the opening act. As if being an uncouth buffoon on the international stage wasn’t enough, Mr. Trump revealed to the world that he may very well be a… Read more

June 20, 2018

First, Deborah Piroch of Human Life International, sends this follow-up comment to my Wednesday piece: Recently the Washington Post reported that a 10-year-old migrant child with Down syndrome was removed from the custody of her mother, although her Father lives only an hour away from the Texas shelter and is a U.S. resident. Human Life International (HLI) advocates for all children both before and after birth and finds it ironic that many of the same individuals who are fine with… Read more

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