Theodore Roosevelt and The Curse of Meroz

Monday, January 23, AD 2017



Theodore Roosevelt had long been a harsh critic of the neutrality policy of the Wilson administration.  On January 29, 1917 he gave a memorable response to the January 22, 1917 speech to the Senate of President Wilson in which Wilson called for Peace Without Victory:

“President Wilson has announced himself in favor of peace without victory, and now he has declared himself against universal service-that is against all efficient preparedness by the United States.

Peace without victory is the natural ideal of the man too proud to fight.

When fear of the German submarine next moves President Wilson to declare for “peace without victory” between the tortured Belgians and their cruel oppressors and task masters;  when such fear next moves him to utter the shameful untruth that each side is fighting for the same things, and to declare for neutrality between wrong and right;  let him think of the prophetess Deborah who, when Sisera mightily oppressed the children of Israel with his chariots of iron, and when the people of Meroz stood neutral between the oppressed and their oppressors, sang of them:

“Curse ye Meroz, sang the angel of the  Lord, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof, because they came not to the help of the Lord against the wrongdoings of the mighty.”” 


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PopeWatch: Luther

Monday, January 23, AD 2017

Pope Francis is doing his best to present a false image of Martin Luther:


The Pope was speaking to a delegation of pilgrims led by the Lutheran Archbishop Kari Makinen of Turku. Their annual visit takes place during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

In his address, Pope recalled his visit to Sweden last October marking 500 years since the start of the Reformation, saying it was a “significant step” that “gave us courage” for the ecumenical journey ahead.

“This joint commemoration of the Reformation was important on both the human and theological-spiritual levels,” he said.

“After 50 years of official ecumenical dialogue between Catholics and Lutherans, we have succeeded in clearly articulating points of view which today we agree on. For this we are grateful.”

“At the same time we keep alive in our hearts sincere contrition for our faults,” the Pope said. “In this spirit, we recalled in Lund that the intention of Martin Luther 500 years ago was to renew the Church, not divide Her.



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  • “…the intention of Martin Luther 500 years ago, was to renew the church, not divide her.” PF


  • Once again this current Pontiff could not be more wrong. Luther was an evil heretic. However, the German bishops think it is great to praise him, so their Pontiff does it.

    I have read that Lutheranism swept through the Polish nobility in the 16th century but the then orthodox Jesuits brought them back to Holy Mother Church. The rural Poles remained immune to Luther’s heresies.

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January 22, 1917: Peace Without Victory

Sunday, January 22, AD 2017


The United States was two months from entering the Great War when President Wilson addressed the Senate a century ago, calling for Peace Without Victory and laying out the beginnings of what would eventually be his Fourteen Points as the basis of peace:

Gentlemen of the Senate:

On the 18th of December last, I addressed an identical note to the governments of the nations now at war requesting them to state, more definitely than they had yet been stated by either group of belligerents, the terms upon which they would deem it possible to make peace.  I spoke on behalf of humanity and of the rights of all neutral nations like our own, many of whose most vital interests the war puts in constant jeopardy.

The Central Powers united in a reply which state merely that they were ready to meet their antagonists in conference to discuss terms of peace.  The Entente powers have replied much more definitely and have stated, in general terms, indeed, but with sufficient definiteness to imply details, the arrangements, guarantees, and acts of reparation which they deem to be the indispensable conditions of a satisfactory settlement.  We are that much nearer a definite discussion of the peace which shall end the present war.  We are that much nearer the definite discussion of the international concert which must thereafter hold the world at peace.

In every discussion of peace that must end this war, it is taken for granted that the peace must be followed by some definite concert of power which will make it virtually impossible that any such catastrophe should ever overwhelm us again.  Every love of mankind, every sane and thoughtful man must take that for granted.


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  • I had never been happier in my life ! I had voluntarily enlisted eight days after graduating from High School; while some had tried everything they could think of to avoid the Draft. I even knew two guys, from High School, that had fled to Canada. But here I was, on the last leg of the flights that were taking me HOME ! I had been gone for nearly four long years, and was eager to see the faces of my loved ones again. I had disembarked and walked into the Terminal, when some hoodlum, who looked like a Manson follower, ran up and spit on my uniform ! Timothy Reed

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Stamped With the Divine Image

Sunday, January 22, AD 2017

These communities, by their representatives in old  Independence Hall, said to the whole world of men: “We  hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are  created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with  certain unalienable rights; that among these are life,  liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” This was their majestic  interpretation of the economy of the Universe. This was their  lofty, and wise, and noble understanding of the justice of  the Creator to His creatures. [Applause.] Yes, gentlemen, to  all His creatures, to the whole great family of man. In their  enlightened belief, nothing stamped with the Divine image and  likeness was sent into the world to be trodden on, and degraded,  and imbruted by its fellows. They grasped not only the whole  race of man then living, but they reached forward and seized  upon the farthest posterity. They erected a beacon to guide  their children and their children’s children, and the countless  myriads who should inhabit the earth in other ages. Wise  statesmen as they were, they knew the tendency of prosperity  to breed tyrants, and so they established these great  self-evident truths, that when in the distant future some man,  some faction, some interest, should set up the doctrine that  none but rich men, or none but white men, were entitled to life,  liberty and the pursuit of happiness, their posterity might look  up again to the Declaration of Independence and take courage to  renew the battle which their fathers began — so that truth,  and justice, and mercy, and all the humane and Christian virtues  might not be extinguished from the land; so that no man would  hereafter dare to limit and circumscribe the great principles  on which the temple of liberty was being built.

Abraham Lincoln, August 17, 1858


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  • I love president Lincoln. He was powerfully, deeply aware of those great thinkers and founders – and he was so capable of putting his knowledge and understanding into practice.
    I guess he was about forty years before it was started to become important to be “progressive” and to put down the old order of the past.

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Roe V. Wade and the Right to Rule Ourselves

Sunday, January 22, AD 2017


On January 22, 1973 the United States Supreme Court in the case of Roe v. Wade and in the companion case of Doe v. Bolton made up a Constitutional right to abortion out of thin air.  There was nothing in the Constitution forbidding the states from regulating abortion, and the states had so regulated, and often criminalized, abortion since the inception of the Republic.  Roe and Doe were terrible crimes against the unborn, but they were also blows against the most precious civil liberty Americans possess:  the right to rule ourselves.

If Roe were overturned, the abortion regime of abortion on demand would be limited to a handful of states.  Some states would ban abortion outright in almost all cases.  Most would bring abortion under ever growing restrictions that would shrink the number of abortions performed.  One of the prime defenses of abortion currently, that is a Constitutional right, would be no more.  Pro-lifers would be free to focus on the ugly reality of abortion without fear that Federal courts by judicial fiat would upend hard won pro-life legislation at the state level.

How do we get there? Two main paths that I can see. 


7 Responses to Roe V. Wade and the Right to Rule Ourselves

  • Agreed.

    The forces opposed to Life have made their presence known;

    This is invoking treason.
    A public figure talking like this is a threat and should be dealt with accordingly.

    Today all of my prayers are for the Right To Life March. God protect them from the Evil that has shown up. The Evil that is restless because they sense their demise.

    God help us in this battle for Life.

  • Remember what it took to end slavery and think not that sadly human error won’t require the same to end abortion today. I pray I am wrong. But I fear that the left will never surrender abortion till it is utterly defeated. The recent march by feminist lesbian and abortionist murderous perverts on DC prove that.

  • Court-stripping does not need to be tested. The authority to determine jurisdictions in right there. In truth, judicial misfeasance in this matter and in so many others that anything short of putting out contracts is legitimate means in a war on the courts.

  • The woman’s march was a celebration of Roe vs. Wade, the right of women to kill their own children.

    “Our Lady of Fatima, help us in the year 2017, intercede for us please. Our world has gone insane.

  • Keeping in mind that our Society is actually run by Lawyers ( no offense Don R. ) and Lawyers, ancient Greek Lawyers, invented Sophistry. That’s the Cop in me speaking. And yes, I have known some really great people that happened to be Lawyers. But the Sophism yet remains. Timothy Reed

  • In Fact ! Me own Niece, my very God Child, is one o’ THEM ! And I never let her forget it ! TR.

  • Could they be Leprechauns in disguise, all but the Niece ? TR.

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God Bless the USA

Saturday, January 21, AD 2017



It is thought by many, and said by some, that this republic has already seen its best days; that the historian may now write the story of its decline and fall. Two classes of men are just now especially afflicted with such forebodings. The first are those who are croakers by nature. The men who have a taste for funerals, and especially national funerals. They never see the bright side of anything, and probably never will. Like the raven in the lines of Edgar A. Poe, they have learned two words, and those are, ‘never more’. They usually begin by telling us what we never shall see.

Frederick Douglass, December 7, 1869

Something for the weekend.  This rendition of Lee Greenwood’s God Bless the USA seems very appropriate as a new administration begins.  We Americans are a tough and resilient people, something our adversaries frequently forget and something we too also fail to sometimes remember.


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  • Sacramentum dico
    illi Vexillo
    Civitatum Foederatarum Americae
    et illi Reipublicae
    quam significat,
    uni nationi,
    sub Deo,
    libertatem et justitiam praestanti omnibus.
    Deus Civitatibus Foederatis Americae benedicat!

  • Great!
    Another good song is “Ragged Old Flag” by Johnny Cash

  • Yes..Thank you for this.
    A new leadership.
    An American brotherhood.
    Islamic, Irish, Italian, Indonesian…We are American. Protect our flag and our Christian heritage, or please go back to where you came from. If you can’t respect the religion, Christianity, whom this land our founding fathers built upon..the foundation, Christianity..and thus created the greatest Nation on Earth, then with all resolve and commitment we ask you to consider packing your bags to leave this nation.

    This is not Islamophobia.

    This is respecting the Blessings which the only one true God has given and is giving to this great land.

    This land was not built upon an Islam foundation.

    Nor was it built upon Buddhism, Taoism, Atheism. Our founding fathers called upon Almighty God in the Glory of the Trinity.
    The Paris peace treaty 1783 ; The preamble follows, “In the name of the most Holy and undivided Trinity.” and ends with; “In the year of Our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty three.”

    Barack Obama lied when he said we are not a Christian Nation but one of many faiths.

    He would of served God better if he had shut his mouth altogether than tell Americans that we are not a Christian Nation. To state his belief that all religions are equal is blasphemy, and the arrogance of America’s first black president would increase by the day. To the point of not wanting to harm his chances of re-election in ’12, so he goes along with a lame video story to try to shield himself from the Benghazi abortion. 9/11/12. Shame on him.
    St. John 17:20;
    “I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21so that they may all be one as you Father are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us that the world may believe that you sent me. 22 And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one,23 I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to Perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you love me.” Douay-Rheims version.

    If we discard the importance of our Lord Jesus Christ, His suffering death and Resurrection, and allow our neighbors to quiet us down through political correctness tactics, than we will..We will see America become a property of greater Islam.
    Abortion on demand, liberial relativism, abuses against freedom of religion and political correctness.

    My proof.


    We are to be people of evangelization, helping all to be as “one as you Father are in me and I in you,” but how will we help in this conversion process when we are killing our own children, telling our children it’s okay to be gay, it’s okay for you to choose your own sexual identity, it’s okay not to believe in God?

    If America does not reclaim our fundamental Christian heritage and return to worshipping God Almighty, than I’m afraid the salt will be tasteless, the light will fade out, the songs of Mohammed will echo through out the hills and valleys of the Midwest as well as the coastal regions.

    As noted in the link by a commentator; if one percent of the Islamic refugees are radicalized, that would equate to over a million jihadist in Europe.

    My point is rosaries and return to order for America or CCL’s for junior in elementary school.

    We can’t afford liberalism.

    Too much is at stake.

  • If Donald Trump can restore America’s confidence it itself this will a YUGE thing which has been diminished by New World Order theory and Liberalism especially since the start of the new millennium. We must overcome Liberalism, a way of thinking that undermines personal confidence, that undermines belief in God, that convinces folks they must sell their soul to the company store (government), that encourages mayhem and strife, that encourages women to kill their babies, etc. Liberalism is of the devil, for the devil, by the devil and it must be exorcised. Having Donald Trump as President is a good start. Now we need someone to be a good Pope. And we must pray and do penance ourselves.

  • I named this “The Lord’s Lullaby” and pray it every night at bedtime.
    *”On my bed I remember You : I think of You through the watches of the night.”
    How I search to see Your face, when I gaze into night’s clear sky, and wonder at the sight.
    I listen, to hear Your voice, when thunder cracks across Heaven’s heights.
    I smile, in growing wonder, at Your loving gentleness, coupled with Creationist might !
    I say, with a child’s simple honesty, “I love You, Lord”, and contentedly, put out the light.
    * Psalm 63 : 6
    “Again His voice roars-the majestic sound of His thunder.
    He does great things beyond our knowing;
    wonders past our searching out.”
    Job 37 : 4-5 Timothy Reed

  • A beautiful night time prayer, thank you.

  • Phillip-Til Don puts a halt, contest for who can put up the longest reply! When Ron Reagan said America was a shining city on a hill, there were parts of it that did not shine, but it was important to say it so that we had something to remember and something to strive for, something to die for. So . . . with that prologue . . .my entry in the contest:

    Yes, Guy, There Is And Always Will Be An America
    Guy McClung
    Dec. 13, 2016
    Dear Editor,
    I am in my 70th year. Some of my little-minded bitter friends rejoice that America will be no more because it has been fundamentally changed. I, and many of my friends, served in the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War. My Dad, who crossed the English Channel 70 times on a non-tourist visa, my uncles, and father-in-law fought for America in World War II. My grandfather fought for America in World War I. My ancestor grandfather fought for America with General Washington in the Revolutionary War. Is this America no more?

    My wife’s ancestor grandfather – a freed slave – was the first Texan wounded in the Texas War For Independence in 1835; and two of her other great great grandfathers fought in the Civil War. Is what they fought for dead?

    I have heard from some, “If you see it in the eyes of your fellow Americans, hear it in their words, witness it in the reverence they have singing the National Anthem, in their respect for Old Glory, and if they believe it in their hearts, then it’s so.”

    Please tell me the truth, is there an America any more?

    Very truly yours,
    Guy McClung, San Antonio, Texas

    Dear Guy,
    Your little-minded bitter friends are wrong. They have been affected by the statism of a statist age and have been taken in by their own schemes.

    Yes, Guy, there is an America.

    America exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion and true patriotism exist, and America makes possible for you and everyone here an abounding meaning, beauty, and joy. Alas! How dreary would be the world if there were no America! It would be as dreary as if there were no Americans. There would be no faith in one’s fellow man or woman, no united country that is and has been a shining city on a hill, no place where still thousands wish to come and sacrifice everything to do so; because the hope for this America can move men and women to sacrifice all to be happy here.

    If there were no America, there would be no hope for the world. The world would have no enjoyment, no place full-of-wonder as is America. If anyone would succeed in destroying America or fundamentally changing it, the shining American light which fills the world would be extinguished.

    Some have said America is the nation of a foreign religion. Guy, they might as well have said a dog’s tail is a leg, and therefore a dog has five legs. From its founding, America was a Judeo-Christian nation, has been a Judeo-Christian nation throughout its history, will be one after 2016, and will forever be a Judeo-Christian nation. Change America to another nation ? Our Constitution itself says it was signed in “the year of Our Lord,” the Lord who is none other than Jesus Christ. Change America from being a Judeo-Christian nation? This would be like changing love to hate, glory to infamy, or light to darkness.

    Not believe in America! They might as well not believe in goodness, and justice and love. America is the faith, poetry, love, care, courage, beauty, steadfastness, romance, and bravery that pushes aside tyrants and those who would alter or abolish her. America proclaims the glory she has known, the glory she is today, and the glory she will know in years to come. Is America real? Ah, Guy, in all this world there is no country so real, so good, and so abiding.

    No America? Thank God America, the America your forbears fought for, lives and will live forever. A few foolish fools cannot change her. A thousand years from now, Guy, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, America will continue to make glad the hearts of its citizens and be a place of justice, of courage, and of freedom.
    Yes, Guy, There Is & Always Will be An America!
    Merry CHRISTmas! And Happy New Year!
    Copyright © GM 2016

  • @Guy McClung.

    Tremendous piece.
    Perfect shot in the arm.
    In 1862 my relatives fled Czechoslovakia in hopes for a land to celebrate Catholism freely. They found hills, streams and clear waters in Northern Michigan, Good Harbor Bay. They lumbered, built St. Joseph’s Church, then started to till the freshly cleared meadow.

    WWI, WW II, The Korean War, Vietnam, and the Gulf Wars. Our family too is one committed to return to the Lord what He has provided for all of us. Freedom.
    Freedom to lay one’s own life down if needed, in order for others to have what we cherish, freedom.

    God is our Good Shepherd.
    He laid His own life down so we can have the ultimate freedom.
    Thanks be to God.

    Thanks too for your beautiful letter.
    Together we March for Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness for ALL..Born and unborn.

    Freedom, for those who have twisted it, is the ability to do what is good and right!
    Killing children because of inconvenience is slavery pure and simple.

  • Correction.

    I should of said Bohemia v. Czechoslovakia
    In describing my ancestors departure.

  • Timothy Reed.

    I too like your evening prayer.

    It reminded me of Joseph Mary Plunketts,
    I see his blood upon the rose.

    Just in case someone hasn’t heard it before;

    I see his blood upon the rose And the stars the Glory of His eyes. His body gleems amid eternal snows, his tears fall from the skies.

    I see his face in every flower, the thunder and the singing of the birds are but his voice- and carven by his power Rocks are his written words.

    All pathways by his feet are worn, His strong heart stirs the ever beating sea, His crown of thorns is crowned with every thorn, His cross is every tree.

    God is good indeed.

  • Thank you Mary Goodman & Philip. My God Parents were from Czechoslovakia. He came to America first. And then sent for his new bride. His name was Leo Bilka; her name was Matilka. It took two ships to get Matilka to America. Her first ship was the Titanic. Timothy Reed.

  • Timothy Reed.

    Your God Mother, one of the survivors of the Titanic. God bless her.
    If the re-creation of the Titanic drama is even partly accurate, then she must of suffered from PTSD or a form of it.
    Hollywood and embellishments of stories go hand in hand, however that disaster may have been portrayed accurately. (?)

    Did she speak of that event to you?

  • Philip…unfortunately, the Bilka’s lived their whole lives in Paducah, Ky, where I was born. My parents moved us to Phoenix Az when I was very young. Phoenix was where I was diagnosed with the bone disease and spent all of that time in the Crippled Childrens’ hospital. I don’t remember them. thanks for asking. My Mother, however, told me that Leo and Matilka never missed going to Mass on Sunday. I wish that I could have known them. TR.

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PopeWatch: Tramp Stamp

Saturday, January 21, AD 2017



From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:



According to several reports out today, the Vatican will be issuing lower back tattoos to Catholics in honor of German priest and protestant reformer Martin Luther this October.

Although Martin Luther was declared a heretic and excommunicated in 1521, Vatican officials have reportedly sent letters to all Catholics that are “able and willing” to visit Rome for the “official issuing of the ecclesiastical tramp stamp.”

“We believe that Martin Luther, though deemed a heretic by the antiquated Catholic Church, is deserving of recognition for being a witness to the gospel,” said Vatican Tramp Stamp official Eduardo Rosalini. “Also because we want people to like us. No matter whether it’s our fault or not. We do as Christ did in the Scriptures when he apologized to Pontius Pilate, blaming hypocritical members of the Sanhedrin for driving [Pilate] away from a potential conversion to Judaism.”

Rosalini went on to say that, although Catholics will not be eligible for indulgences for getting the tramp stamp due to Luther’s stance on the issue, they will, nevertheless, be compensated with salvation “no matter what sins they commit after the getting the tattoo.”


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  • Whoa, it looks like a “move over Che” moment has arrived.

  • Tattoo’s..?

    Wait for the ecclesiastical piercings!

    The crucifix hammer and sickle is charming. It will make great nose hardware for Lent. Sort of a mortification of the flesh.

  • In remembering that Henry V111 made himself the Head of the Church in England about 1535, and other nefarious happenings during that Century, satan might have uttered, as the Century clicked over,
    ‘One small step for Lucifer…one Giant step for evil’s kind.’ Timothy R.

  • But what about the women and the men who say they are women? Can they not have the tat where Madonna is having her protest tat done?

  • I was one of the Police Officers assigned to play bodyguard to Madonna when she was here filming the movie “A League of their Own”. To say that I was unimpressed with her, would be an understatement. TR.

  • My guess is that Madonna had sold her soul out years ago..1978 – 80.
    Her popularity and misuse of Catholic names, the Sacredness of our identity as a Holy Church as well as wearing rosaries while behaving like a woman possessed..this for fame and fortune.

    She will understand the question; What profit a man if he gains the whole world but looses his soul in the process?

    Micheal Jackson comes to mind.

    Pure implosion.
    I’m surprised Madonna hasn’t self destructed yet.

    God have Mercy.

  • Philip…I am more concerned with all of the young girls that she SCANDALIZED ! Jesus said that for anyone who scandalizes a child, “It would be better for them to have a great millstone hung around their neck and thrown into the Ocean” ! TR.

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Pope Francis to President Trump

Friday, January 20, AD 2017



Hattip to Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts.  A message to our new President from the Pope:


The Honorable Donald Trump, President of the United States of America,

Upon your inauguration as the forty-fifth President of the United States of America, I offer you my cordial good wishes and the assurance of my prayers that Almighty God will grant you wisdom and strength in the exercise of your high office.

At a time when our human family is beset by grave humanitarian crises demanding farsighted and united political responses, I pray that your decisions will be guided by the rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people and your nation’s commitment to the advancement of human dignity and freedom worldwide.

Under your leadership, may America’s stature continue to be measured above all by its concern for the poor, the outcast and those in need who, like Lazarus, stand before our door. With these sentiments, I ask the Lord to grant you and your family, and all the beloved American people, his blessings of peace, concord and every material and spiritual prosperity.

Franciscus PP.


12 Responses to Pope Francis to President Trump

  • Always about the poor for whom he does nothing except to deny them the prosperity that embracing free enterprise would give them.

  • A cringed a little at President Trump’s “America will be wealthy again statement” today. Money’s not everything. Great speech though. And the Pope could definitely use a healthy dose of free enterprise.

  • Finally a statement from Pope Francis that is not find particularly offensive. The thing Pope Francis doesn’t understand is that doing economics his way results in more poor people. Hopefully, Pope Francis can learn a thing or two from Trump. It begins with a good product. Pope Francis product has quality issues.

  • John said that we can have everything; but, without Love, we are Nothing. I WANT to believe that the Pope’s letter came from the Heart. I WANT to believe that. Timothy R.

  • The “outcasts” appear to be those who follow the traditional Catholic faith and its doctrine.

  • Don L….If that is where it is going, I will embrace my role as an “outcast”. Timothy R.

  • Were not the Apostles in hiding, when the Holy Spirit Came To Them !? Timothy R.

  • The Pope had to write something and having been called “disgraceful” by Trump when Francis said a man who would build a wall is not Christian, Francis learned that he’ll get counterpunched if he uses vinegar again. And he will get counterpunched again but Trump does need someone else to warn him about the Lazarus and the rich man parable….someone whose motives are not a mix of the gospel with Leftism. Forbes put Trump at 3.7 billion last September. There is another American billionaire ( ex billionaire now) who has given away
    everything but several million.

  • I wonder what the “exchange rate” is in Hell ? TR.

  • “The love of money is the root of all evil,” said Jesus. Not money itself.

  • Excuse me — the above quote is from 1TM 6:10. I don’t know why I said Jesus. I had a “false memory” of looking that up in the last few months or so and I thought Jesus said something to that effect. I’ll look some more.

  • HE doesn’t want the goofy looking green stuff to replace HIM in our affections. Wasn’t it Vince Lombardi who said, “Money isn’t everything. It’s the ONLY thing” ? TR.

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Abraham Lincoln Sums Up the Obama Years

Friday, January 20, AD 2017

“It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words, “And this too, shall pass away.” How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction!”


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  • Sherman did worse to Georgia, but not much.

  • When Obama took office in ‘O8 I wasn’t happy.

    Planning to go ballistic and run wild in the streets wasn’t a thought, however the “tolerant left,” seem to be enthusiastic to continue to divide…not mend the tare.

    Like Trump or not, it’s better than the Clinton Fungus. May God Almighty guide the outsider in our national interest.

    Goodbye traitor.
    Hello President Trump.

  • As we speak, I think American history had decayed into an apologetical subdiscipline. The time it takes for American specialists in the history trade to take their work seriously as something other than a buttress for race-class-gender discourse will delay the advent of sensible assessments of these years. Where that’s not at issue, you can look back after 40 or 50 years and get an idea of an administration. I don’t think time will make BO look any better to an honest man. We have partisan Democrats in our Facebook circle who say the most bizarre things about him (“scandal-free administration”).

  • By certain measures Obama was highly successful. So, I fear that President Trump may not match zero’s achievements: Democrat election losses – 63 House seats, 10 Senate seats and 14 governorships.

  • To quote another famous Black leader “Free at last, free at last. Thank God almighty, I’m free at last.”

  • Touche c matt. Touche. 🙂

  • The commentaries from the ABC, CNN, NBC inaugural event are comical.
    They just can’t get it.

    They are tripping over themselves.

    It’s great.

    The best part is that they can’t admit that their choice for president, Clinton, is WHY this outsider is in the house.

    I love it!

    Pop the cork.
    It’s the “Left” behind party.

  • “By certain measures Obama was highly successful. So, I fear that President Trump may not match zero’s achievements: Democrat election losses – 63 House seats, 10 Senate seats and 14 governorships.”

    And almost a thousand state legislative seats.

  • “Zero’s achievement…”
    With those losses you mentioned, indeed Obama was successful! Thanks Berry!
    One of the GOP’s best friend.

  • I would certainly say Obama was successful in advancing left wing policies. And I would venture to say the left will still have greater control of government bureaucracies (and that’s who really controls our government, not the elected politicians) when Trump leaves office than they did when Obama took office. And to a hard line left wing ideologue like Obama, that’s success.

  • “This too shall pass away.”
    I don’t like it. In good times it seems to ultimately say that nothing really amounts to anything lasting and could lead to a sense of futility, and in bad times it seems to teach us that there’s no sense in trying to change things for the better– it won’t really matter what you do in the long run.
    Inexorable change is a source of insecurity– especially after studying history just enough. That is why we cling to the Lord in Whom there is no shadow of change. The Rock.
    There has been a lot written speculating about Lincoln’s spiritual life and Donald McClarey probably has a lot of insight into it.
    Perhaps when he made that statement about the passing of human events he knew that kind of thinking was a way out of a knot.
    Faced with the slaughter and mayhem of the War and his personal troubles he was seeking that eternal unchanging Truth and steering toward Love even though committing to war seems counter-intuitive to it. A man doesn’t lead like he did if he doesn’t believe it matters.

  • “And I would venture to say the left will still have greater control of government bureaucracies (and that’s who really controls our government, not the elected politicians) when Trump leaves office than they did when Obama took office.”


  • How? Do you really have to ask that question? The government bureaucracies have been growing for decades as it is. And Trump has really put forth no real plan to change that. In fact, his “infrastructure” plans will actually grow government bureaucracies.

  • “Do you really have to ask that question?”

    You really have no conception yet Greg of what a Black Swan event Trump is do you? Trump is going to govern as he campaigned judging from his inaugural speech and he will go to war with anything or anyone that stands in his way.

    Before you engage in gloom and doom prophecies wait for six months. Trump is sui generis and people who underestimate him have a very bad track record for the past year and a half.

  • Philip…the word “tare” is most appropriate ! Obama has spent 8 years being just like the man in the Parable…the Parable about the man who spent all night sowing “tares” in his neighbor’s field. TR

  • Timothy Reed.

    If a grammatical errors can be found in come boxes on TAC, undoubtedly they will be under my name. Proud? No. I apologize.

    Your take on my mistake however is cleaver and most appropriate.
    Obama has been sabotaging the field.
    Very good.

    For the record…tear. 🐒

  • Philip….I admire you, Lad. There are people who cannot explain their own errors so eloquently. TR.

  • Eloquence?

    It is more acceptance than eloquence.
    I continue to work in a field that does nothing to sharpen the full noodle that is above my shoulders, but my heart has been expanding each year that I stay in the trenches. I love our elders. I wash them with Christ’s heart in the morning. Make them laugh in their long lonely hours in what is not their home. Pray with them and stay with them to their last breath if providence provides.


    Just aware of my many faults.
    TAC has been very patient with me over the course of the last four years.

    I thank them, and you.
    Your career as a patrolman is / was a heart expanding endeavor. Who else could walk in harm’s way to care for the addict, mentality ill or fearfully terrified individual who has lost all sense of reality.

    Doing your job was another chance for the fear ridden to be healed by our Merciful Savior.

    Well done officer.

  • When I was nine years old, I was diagnosed with a rare bone disease that was destroying my body. The best doctors promised my parents that I was going to be bed-ridden, in traction, for years. After which, I was only going to be able to walk with crutches and braces, for life. I was never going to be able to become either a Police Officer, or a Soldier. In my autobiography entitled, “Wings held up by Hope”, I relay those years in the hospital and the struggle to walk again. Those same doctors, who guaranteed me a life of disability, wrote me up in their Journal as a “Miracle Child”. God raised me up for His purposes ! I have two pictures on my dresser. One shows me standing with my brothers and sisters, held up by the crutches and braces. The other picture shows me working with my K9 ( Ex ) outside of my barracks in Germany, wearing the uniform of a Military Policeman. The time lapse between those pictures is exactly Six Years ! The book, “Wings held up by Hope”, by Timothy Reed, is available at all major book outlets. And I am not trying to sell books. I have something to say about the Lord’s love ! TR

  • Beautiful.

    God is so good.
    He is the end of all things, has the last say, searches hearts and sees to completion His works in us.

    Especially the ones that the world has defined.

    In my care at the moment I have a 96 y.o. Family Practitioner. Still very coherent, he speaks of the relationship between his abilities and God’s influence. He had found the balance of Science and the creator of Science. In that relationship he testifies of never loosing any of the deliveries, over 1,000, and attributes the successful deliveries of newborns in the most difficult positions and circumstances to his willingness to pray and believe in the Divine physician.

    Your message is one I wish to read.

    Please direct me to your internet purchase site where I may obtain a copy of “Wings held up by Hope.” Amazon?

    Miraculous outcomes are glorious testimonials to the love God has for all his children.

    Looking forward to your book.

  • Timothy Reed.

    Just ordered your story through Amazon.


  • Thanks Philip. I guess I never was able to completely work thru my experiences as a child. For, when I first sat at the PC and began to write about my hospital experiences, I had to get up often and walk around my den, crying like a little child. And each time I sat down to work on my book, I prayed and asked the Lord to keep me from saying anything that would challenge another’s Faith. My book is dedicated to Him. Timothy R.

  • TR.

    Fear not!

    Giving witness for His glory is priceless.

  • “You really have no conception yet Greg of what a Black Swan event Trump is do you?”

    I do understand the Black Swan event, but Trump himself is as white as every other swan in the pond. He has effectively exploited the cult follower like tendencies of those who have made up his most ardent supporters. Watching these people deny that which has unfolded before their very eyes with everything from Trump melting down like a three year old during the primary debates to his brushing away his bragging about engaging in sexual assault as mere “locker room talk” is disturbing to put it mildly. If Barack Obama had struck a deal like what Trump did with Carrier, DaDonald’s supporters would have rightly condemned it. But they are gushing over Trump doing it. On a somewhat positive note, the Trump phenomena did expose much of the conservative punditocracy as the unprincipled sycophants they really are, especially Sean Sycophannity (er, Hannity).

    “Trump is going to govern as he campaigned..”

    At what point during his campaign are we talking about Donald? For example, although now he talks tough about defunding Planned Parenthood, but just as recent as the later primary debates, he was singing the praises of PP and was, at best, non-committal about defunding them.

    “and he will go to war with anything or anyone that stands in his way.”

    Donald Trump will only go to war with those he knows he can bully. Look at how he reacted during the debates to tough questions. And his treatment of Megyn Kelly. It was Trump who had the vendetta against her more than the other way around. That’s why Trump only went on shows where he got his buttocks massaged by people like Hannity and O’Reilly. Megyn Kelly refused to act like his surrogate anymore than she would Hillary or any of her surrogates. And Trump couldn’t take it. Her exchange with Newt Gingrich showed just how low his surrogates were willing to stoop to protect him.

    “Before you engage in gloom and doom prophecies wait for six months.”

    I’ll do better than six months. I’ll give it four years. Trump’s plan to “improve” our infrastructure will involve spending on a massive scale that would more than offset any savings made by any of these things you link to. And that’s assuming these things will actually take effect. And on that note, you apparently don’t understand who controls the Federal Government on a day-to-day basis. It’s not elected politicians, it’s the entrenched career bureaucrats. And to actually get a hold on the growth of government, you have to do more than elect the right people. You have to get people in these career positions who share a conservative view of government. This is something the left has understood for a century and the right, by and large, refuses to understand. Presidents are there for eight years at the most and individual political appointees are four and out the door at best. But the careerists remain long afterward and further consolidate their power as time goes on. That’s just basic inertia. And that’s what I have seen over the last 24 years as a federal civil servant. If that’s what takes place at the very low level I am at, you know it is even more the case the higher you go up.

    Sui Generis? Yes and no. No, in that his views (such as they are on any given day) are not unique. In many respects, he is a Teddy Roosevelt Bull Moose wannabe. Yes, in that he is the first third party candidate to win the presidency, albeit under the banner of one of the two parties.

    I don’t underestimate him. I just don’t trust him. He masterfully exploited an overcrowded GOP field. To win against such a field, you have to be able to stand out like salt and a pepper shaker. And Trump did exactly that! He was able to portray himself as an outsider when he was and is really nothing of the sort. He was also able to take advantage of people like Ted Cruz’s kissing his ass in the early campaign while Trump was stealing the anti-establishment mantle from him. I think it is safe to say that Cruz, for all his conservative orthodoxy, is a moronic, self-serving demagogue.

    Trump is better than Hillary and Obama, but he is still a gutter rat.

  • ‘I do understand the Black Swan event”
    No, you don’t. Trump should have had absolutely no chance in this race, especially being outspent two to one, with virtually the entire media against him. He broke all the campaign rules and won. Absolutely astonishing.

    “At what point during his campaign are we talking about Donald?”

    He is not making peace with the establishment, he is going to war against it. His inaugural speech was a declaration of war against business as usual as practiced in this country since the 60’s.

    “Donald Trump will only go to war with those he knows he can bully.”

    Simply not true. In the last campaign he beat both parties, the media, the entertainment establishment and academia.

    “I’ll do better than six months. I’ll give it four years.”


    “And on that note, you apparently don’t understand who controls the Federal Government on a day-to-day basis. It’s not elected politicians, it’s the entrenched career bureaucrats.”

    Scott Walker in Wisconsin has provided a blueprint to Trump to cow public employee unions. Trump is already demonstrating with the National Park Service who is in control.

    “Trump is better than Hillary and Obama, but he is still a gutter rat.”

    In many ways I think that is correct. He is not a gutter rat to be underestimated. I made that mistake before and I will not make it again.

  • The power of the press! They have been embarrassed by this black swan. . They are like a wasp nest that Trump and voters just hit with a stick. They are going to get meaner and meaner. Something about Trump’s run and win brought out who/what people are deep inside. The snarks are snarkier while the optimists are more optimistic than ever.

  • The “entrenched career bureaucrats”, in Russia, both during the Soviet era and today, are called the “Nomenclatura”. The simularities between them and our ECB is striking, and terrifying. A good place to start, if one wishes to see what they are capable of, is with studying what happened to Yuri Andropov. TR.

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President Trump’s Inauguration

Friday, January 20, AD 2017



I will be busy in the law mines when the Inauguration ceremony is held.  Let me know in the comboxes what you think.  Analysis from me when I get home tonight.  Paul Zummo will be live blogging the speech at The Cranky Conservative.  Go here to read it.


Update: Here is the text of the speech:

Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, fellow Americans and people of the world – thank you.

We the citizens of America have now joined a great national effort to rebuild our county and restore its promise for all our people. 

Together we will determine the course of America for many, many years to come.

Together we will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.

Every four years we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power.

And we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent, thank you.

Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another – but transferring it from Washington DC and giving it back to you the people.


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  • Heh. His campaign advisor Conway is wearing am outfit that what I guess is supposed to be modeled on a Revolutionary War Patriot uniform but actually she looks like Napoleon without the silly hat. Blech!

  • His campaign advisor Conway

    Campaign manager.

  • Thanks for the correction. By the way, do you know what’s going on with Midwest Conservative Journal? Hasn’t been updated in quite a while.

  • I’ve been perturbed as well. I do not correspond with CJ by mail or email, so I wouldn’t know anything. No one has posted anything or commented there in nearly a month. The moderator is not young (61) and has had a mess of personal problems in the last 4 years. as well as a very thin bench.

  • I thought it was a very thoughtful and uplifting speech. I had to watch it on ABC since I was in a cafe, and I didn’t like the opinions shared by the commentators who tried to constantly detract from what he said.
    I was not too concerned about the fashions, but I do like to see people looking formal.. and I do like it when ladies where hats to important events.

  • Re MCJ, I recently e-mailed “Bill (not IB),” who handles the technical aspects of the blog, asking what had happened. He replied to me today, saying that Chris is fine, and they are trying to get the blog back up again after some hacking issues. The site host is working on the problems but since they host MCJ for free, they have to give priority to their paying customers. He assured me that the blog will be up and running again as soon as they can.

  • As for the inauguration, I watched a replay of all the festivities on CSPAN tonight (no blathering talking heads!) I must say that Trump has grown on me since Election Day and if he does indeed put “America first” in all his decisions — which is exactly what his job calls upon him to do — that alone will put him miles ahead of his predecessor.

  • Great speech. Just what we needed to hear. Basically, it said that Presidential leadership—focused on building the New World Order and impoverishing our country–has been bad for many years. America First was the message. Bravo.

    Check this out from Remnant: Why the Left hates him.

  • I liked Kellyanne Conway’s outfit.
    I liked Donald Trump’s speech. At my blog I reprinted what a friend on FB thought and I agree with him in spite of the fact that I voted for Darrell Castle of the Constitution Party:
    I was angered and disgusted at the riots being done in DC by the college grad useless worthless liberal progressive feminist snowflakes, but I considered it all justice that places used by Starbucks and Bank of America – both Hillary supporters – got trashed. However, sedition like this cannot be tolerated. Yes, people who disagree with Trump have every right – even a duty – to protest, but peacefully. Riots, burning, looting, torching, bombing, assaulting – those are what people do who commit sedition and it must be stopped now. It must be nipped in the bud and the perpetrators must be made an example of. We conservative Christians did NOT do that when twice that godless man of sin and depravity was elected to the highest office in the land.

  • You mentioned sedition Lucius and that prompted me to think of the line between sedition and free speech. Googling thus I came across this article in the NYT : Free Speech Ends Where Sedition Begins.
    It is written about struggles in India, but applies here and talks a little about “reasonable restrictions” to the free speech clause in their constitution. The article details some history of India’s struggle with both Islamism and with Communism and ends on this note: ” freedom of speech is not a license to undermine “

  • In honor of the Clintons and the Clinton Global Initiative, here is a song request for them:

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PopeWatch: Inaugural Address

Friday, January 20, AD 2017


Imagine if Pope Francis had given an honest inaugural address back in 2013:

I would like to thank the conclave for my election.  In my pontificate I will emphasize mercy for all, especially for non-Catholics, although selfabsorbed promethean neopelagian had better start running.  I am mildly proud of how humble I am and extreme humility will be a hallmark of my reign.  In regard to Global Warming I intend to fight it with as much energy as I will fight most signs of traditional Catholicism.

In regard to economic matters I despise markets and look with favor at government regulation and control.

As for international peace, it will never come until every last arms merchants is bankrupt.

I believe it is time for the Church to rethink the blanket ban on Communion for Catholics in adulterous marriage.

Europe would greatly benefit from a huge influx of Muslim immigrants.


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  • It is essential that communist Cuba be rewarded with full recognition by the USA, as long as they promise not to change their present bad behavior.

  • Also, he might have said, and by the way I am abolishing orthodox Catholic doctrine as it’s not merciful, insensitive to folks who do not wish to repent of their sins, and completely at odds with my desire to finish Protestantizing the Catholic Church.

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March 4, 1865: The Greatest Inaugural Address

Friday, January 20, AD 2017


Hands down the most moving  inaugural address in American history is the second inaugural address given by President Lincoln, little over a month before his death.  It is short, to the point and powerful.  It is also the most important theological document written by any American President.  Here is the text:


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  • He was a masterful rhetorician in service of a dubious cause. And like most speeches delivered by “good lawyers,”, it’s best to take his assertions with a great heaping spoonful of skepticism. And check your pockets afterwards.

  • Dubious causes? The United States and Emancipation? I pray that we may have another President in bring victory for such “dubious causes”.

  • “Both read the same Bible” there was a wonderful Irish priest – who I know about because he worked in Nebraska and the Dakotas- named Fr. Jeremiah Trecy who spent time as chaplain for both sides.
    so Yes- there was a lot of theological thinking going on during the tragedy of that War and sp many good people tried to live up to what they could figure out to be right.
    To my way of thinking Abraham Lincoln is in heaven now, so i hope he is praying for us.

  • “Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk,” — Can you spell “reparations” ?

    One of my ancestors enlisted in the Union forces as a teen. He was the son of an immigrant from England. I would guess that since slaves were expensive to obtain and expensive to maintain, most of them were owned by a relatively small proportion of the population. I’ve had it with slavery still being held over our heads. All the slaveholders are long dead, at least in this nation if not in Moslem countries.. We’ve killed each other over it, and in recent decades been roiled by the “civil rights” movement, have enacted social programs, have instituted affirmative action, and have passed laws against “hate crimes.” Get over it and worry about the greater current evil of abortion.

  • “I’ve had it with slavery still being held over our heads.”

    Take your rant elsewhere. If you can’t appreciate the historical context in which this was said, and that it has nothing to do with the contemporary issue of reparations, which I oppose, you are too much of a simpleton to comment on this blog.

  • The speech is beautiful. I hoped the new President would take a similar path in his message.

  • Excuse me. This is no rant. This is a statement of facts. Are you afraid because I am sounding critical of blacks ? I understand that you read the phrase to refer to expenditures concerning the immediate war in question — the Civil War. Yet I see in it prophecy and and understanding that goes far beyond the immediate context in which it was made. My friends have told me I should get my own blog. I don’t know if I will, but it is an interesting suggestion. You are welcome to hold whatever opinion you choose of my intellectual capacity / education or lack thereof. This comment was not a statement directed at you personally but at the segment of society which just can’t seem to let their attitude of black victimization go. If that was unclear, I regret the misunderstanding.

  • “Are you afraid because I am sounding critical of blacks ?”

    I am displeased because you brought an irrelevant discussion into a look at the Second Inaugural. Staying on topic in the comboxes is important to me in regard to TAC and I do not appreciate attempts to hijack a post for people to ride their own hobbyhorses. Also, seriously, Whitey McWhitelash? This is not a blog for people who have racial chips on their shoulders, no matter their hue.

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As If They’d Have Him

Thursday, January 19, AD 2017






Garrison Keillor is still alive? was my initial reaction to this proclamation by former humorist Garrison Keillor that he is searching for another religion due to the number of Christians who voted for Trump:


So I’ve been shopping around for a new religion to see me through the next four years. Too many of my fellow Christians voted for selfishness and for degradation of the beautiful world God created. I guess they figured that by the time the planet was a smoky wasteland, they’d be nice and comfy in heaven, so wotthehell. Anyhow, I’m looking around for other options.


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  • It was half a generation ago that I saw a most apposite article on him with the subtitle “Nasty Man”. I suspect he’s one of those people like Albert Gore or Mark Shea who start out agreeably enough and then just get worse every year. In my family, I’ve never seen the phenomenon among men and only seen it among women and only when alcohol or some very banal character flaw (e.g. indolence) was involved. I find Keillor puzzling, and his creativity puzzling in context.

  • Hey!! I gave $3.00 to help save Tony Orlando’s home….Lol.


    This is beautiful.

    I ask any TAC contributor or supporter to please join me in a toast. Non-alcoholic beverages count of course. Please raise a pint of your favorite libation and say with deepest sincerity….So long Michelle and Himself Obama. So long and good bye.


    OK. I’ll take several Evangelical Christians for one Nancy Pelosi.
    Throw in a Joe Biden and I’ll take a hundred more Evangelicals.
    Good swap I’d say!

  • The ugliness of sore losers.

  • Amendment.

    Make that 1 Evangelical, 1 Wicca Warlock, a box of pencils and one Obama Chia Head for the “in the dark,” Joe Biden.

    Bye bye Uncle Joe.

  • “I’ve been shopping around for new religion”, then you never really had one.
    My favorite literary quote is from GK Chesterton, Why I am Catholic:

  • I know of him, but don’t really know him. Not my cup of tea. Is he Catholic?

  • Fallen away Plymouth Brethren. Lately he has been attending an Episcopal Church.

  • SO Lame!
    I think he was a fairly deep thinker, but he lost the handle some time back.
    If you have listened to him lately his “musing” has really deteriorated and has been sometimes fit for the gutter…in an attempt to be cool and with it I think, which doesn’t suit him really.
    But it does encourage me that Donald says he is trying the Episcopal way. Maybe something in him is yearning a bit for tradition. His presentations of Lake Woebegone- in the old days of Garrison Keillor were great and maybe he will circle back around.
    As a seeker He will prob re-find a home in Jesus – the One Who healed the lame.
    He takes all of us if we keep searching.
    Many of the Brethren, and versions of the same, who are my friends are very very good Christians and in some ways more Catholic than they know.

  • I used to listen to “Prairie Home Companion” back in the early and mid ’80s, when it was actually funny without being mean-spirited, and Keillor’s anecdotes of small-town Midwestern life rang true to me (having grown up in a small Midwestern town I knew many people like the denizens of Lake Wobegon). Some years later, at a garage sale, I picked up a copy of a book titled “We Are Still Married” — a collection of some of his essays and short stories (some, but not all, in the Lake Wobegon vein). In one of the essays, he said he had grown tired of being known as a humorist, and would “like to quit humor and write irritation for a while.” Which is pretty much what he did. Also, some of you may recall that around ’85 or ’86, he married a Danish woman who had been an exchange student at his high school (they reconnected at a class reunion) and moved to Denmark. He “retired” from PHC around the same time, but many NPR stations kept playing reruns of his old shows so some fans may not have noticed he was gone. By the early ’90s he had divorced the Danish lady, moved back to the States, and revived PHC, but by then his “humor” had become significantly more hard-edged and left-leaning and I couldn’t stand to listen to the show after that. I’m sure many of his former fans feel the same way.

  • The Dane was co-incident with putting his common law out on the curb (and canning her from her job). I have a feeling he’s been rolling downhill ever since.

  • “I used to listen to “Prairie Home Companion” back in the early and mid ’80s,”

    So did my bride and I Elaine. Keillor was always a leftie, but either he, or perhaps Margaret Moos his producer and mistress, had brains enough to keep it from influencing the entertainment much. He married the Danish gal in 1985. Either she or Reagan being re-elected, or the firing of Moos, changed him, but ever since then he has been increasingly a bitter leftist, and never shy about letting his audience in on that bleak fact.

  • I would accept some pro-life agnostics!

  • I call it “the Fundamentalist Shuffle”. Some Protestants will quit their Church and seek another because of some petty disagreement with their Pastor, maybe like, he speaks with dangling participles. Catholics usually require that the Priest commits something egregious before throwing in the towel. TR

  • As for “players to be named later” joining the Catholic team: I used to think that Rush Limbaugh might convert, based on his enthusiastic praise for Pope Benedict XVI. In fact, it was during his show that I first heard the news of Pope Benedict’s election. However, I suspect that between his multiple marriages and Pope Francis, whatever enthusiasm Rush had for the Catholic Church has probably cooled considerably.

  • The show had no history without Moos. She was a functionary of Minnesota Public Radio assigned to work on it from the beginning, though she wasn’t the producer initially. She’s still a public radio producer, but a contractor rather than a salaried employee (the Riverwalk jazz show is her baby). After Keillor discarded her, she managed to find a proper husband within a couple of years (to whom she is still married).

  • Let’s see….over there, in aisle 5 is the not so Christian Scientists…aisle 6 ….. TR

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March 4, 1841: Longest Inaugural Address

Thursday, January 19, AD 2017


President William Henry Harrison gave the longest inaugural address in American history.  He spoke for one hour and forty-five minutes in a howling snow storm, without wearing a hat or a coat.   Catching pneumonia, he died one month later.  Here is the text of his address:

Called from a retirement which I had supposed was to continue for the residue of my life to fill the chief executive office of this great and free nation, I appear before you, fellow-citizens, to take the oaths which the Constitution prescribes as a necessary qualification for the performance of its duties; and in obedience to a custom coeval with our Government and what I believe to be your expectations I proceed to present to you a summary of the principles which will govern me in the discharge of the duties which I shall be called upon to perform.

It was the remark of a Roman consul in an early period of that celebrated Republic that a most striking contrast was observable in the conduct of candidates for offices of power and trust before and after obtaining them, they seldom carrying out in the latter case the pledges and promises made in the former. However much the world may have improved in many respects in the lapse of upward of two thousand years since the remark was made by the virtuous and indignant Roman, I fear that a strict examination of the annals of some of the modern elective governments would develop similar instances of violated confidence.

Although the fiat of the people has gone forth proclaiming me the Chief Magistrate of this glorious Union, nothing upon their part remaining to be done, it may be thought that a motive may exist to keep up the delusion under which they may be supposed to have acted in relation to my principles and opinions; and perhaps there may be some in this assembly who have come here either prepared to condemn those I shall now deliver, or, approving them, to doubt the sincerity with which they are now uttered. But the lapse of a few months will confirm or dispel their fears. The outline of principles to govern and measures to be adopted by an Administration not yet begun will soon be exchanged for immutable history, and I shall stand either exonerated by my countrymen or classed with the mass of those who promised that they might deceive and flattered with the intention to betray. However strong may be my present purpose to realize the expectations of a magnanimous and confiding people, I too well understand the dangerous temptations to which I shall be exposed from the magnitude of the power which it has been the pleasure of the people to commit to my hands not to place my chief confidence upon the aid of that Almighty Power which has hitherto protected me and enabled me to bring to favorable issues other important but still greatly inferior trusts heretofore confided to me by my country.


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March 4, 1793: Shortest Inaugural Address

Thursday, January 19, AD 2017



The shortest inaugural address was given on March 4, 1793.  Since it was delivered by George Washington it still managed to be meaningful as well as brief.  I wish every one of his successors had to repeat the final paragraph:

Fellow Citizens:

I AM again called upon by the voice of my country to execute the functions of its Chief Magistrate. When the occasion proper for it shall arrive, I shall endeavor to express the high sense I entertain of this distinguished honor, and of the confidence which has been reposed in me by the people of united America.
Previous to the execution of any official act of the President the Constitution requires an oath of office. This oath I am now about to take, and in your presence: That if it shall be found during my administration of the Government I have in any instance violated willingly or knowingly the injunctions thereof, I may (besides incurring constitutional punishment) be subject to the upbraidings of all who are now witnesses of the present solemn ceremony.


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PopeWatch: Luther Stamp

Thursday, January 19, AD 2017

I feel much freer now that I am certain the pope is the Antichrist.

Martin Luther

PopeWatch pities satirists trying to keep up with this Vatican:

The Vatican office charged with issuing stamps, known as the Philatelic and Numismatic Office, confirmed Tuesday to LifeSiteNews that Luther, who broke away from the Catholic Church in a schism 500 years ago, will be celebrated with a postage stamp in 2017. The office is in charge of the annual commission of stamps, coins, and other commemorative medals.

The Vatican regularly issues such memorabilia for special events, including papal trips and holy years. Honoring Luther and the Protestant Reformation is an unlikely choice, trumping other significant events in the Catholic Church such as the 100-year anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady of Fatima and the 300-year anniversary of our Lady of Aparecida, Brazil.

Major events such as Christmas, Easter, the Holy Year of Mercy, and the World Meeting of Families have also merited a commemorative stamp. In the time before a Papal election, when the seat of Peter is vacant, the Philatelic and Numismatic office issues a “Sede Vacante” stamp.

Usually if individuals are commemorated on stamps they are saints, such as Teresa of Calcutta, John Paul II, and Pope John XXIII, who most recently were honored with stamps.

While the Vatican has in the past collaborated with other national post offices to create stamps that are not of explicitly religious content, such as Charlie Chaplain or the fall of the Berlin wall, the Luther stamp has an undeniable religious connotation linked with much hostility to the Catholic Church.


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