What Really Happened to Harry Reid? Part 2 | Power Line

When a guy shows up at a Las Vegas emergency room on New Year’s Day with severe facial injuries and broken ribs, and gives as an explanation the functional equivalent of “I walked into a doorknob,” it isn’t hard to guess that he ran afoul of mobsters.

via What Really Happened to Harry Reid? Part 2 | Power Line.

And that’s before the prior injury, and that car accident, and didn’t some of his associates also have accidents?

The Schism Nobody Sees Coming |Blogs | NCRegister.com

I can’t translate German, but I am pretty good at translating Progressive.  The closest translation is “You better do it, Rome, or we will.”

Remember, one of the reasons that Pope Francis even called a Synod on this topic was because the German Episcopate was threatening unilateral action on this front.

Smells like schism to me.  So much so, Cardinal Müller of the CDF has slammed the notion saying “It is an absolutely anti-Catholic idea that does not respect the Catholicity of the Church.”

So the  president of an Episcopal Conference is threatening unilateral action against the authority of Rome on matters of both faith and morals, but never mind that.  I wonder what the Trads will do?

via The Schism Nobody Sees Coming |Blogs | NCRegister.com.

ISIS | meat grinder flyer | Defense Department | recruitment

The Department of Defense recently dropped 60,000 copies of a leaflet depicting potential ISIS recruits literally being put through a meat grinder.

Why propaganda? The U.S. military believes that, for all their bravado, ISIS is currently running a precarious defense in the Middle East. They’re teetering in Iraq, and losing ground in Syria, partially due to coalition airstrikes targeting strongholds.

via ISIS | meat grinder flyer | Defense Department | recruitment.

Kind of slow, but better than never.

“Daesh” seems more fitting of a name than “Isis.”

Richard III Denied Catholic Reinterment


Banshee reports on King Richard’s reburial.

Originally posted on Aliens in This World:

Despite early promises that Richard III would be reinterred by Catholics, of course the government decided it had to be done by the state church. It got done, though, and that’s the main thing.

(Nevertheless, the music was very nice, and ironically more medieval and Catholic than we can get at most Catholic Masses. So it’s six of one and half dozen of the other, I guess.)

There was a Catholic requiem Mass earlier on Monday. It was celebrated by Archbishop Vincent Nichols. Nice homily. For the occasion, he wore the Westminster Vestment, a chasuble passed down from the time of Richard III. It is a wonderful example of the famous “opus Anglicanum” embroidery style.

Ironically, some UK folks complained about the pageantry and coffin processional, even though this was exactly the kind of thing you did in the Middle Ages to apologize if somebody famous…

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On McCarthyism, Old and New

Whenever people on the right make an argument about “the new McCarthyism” or the “real McCarthyites” today, they buy into the liberal narrative about the old McCarthyism. I don’t go nearly as far as the recently departed M. Stanton Evans (Rest in Peace, Happy Warrior) in defending McCarthy. I think there was much to criticize about the man and his tactics. But McCarthy was on the right side of a very big and important argument. The premise of The Crucible is that anti-Communism was analogous to phobias about imaginary witches. The analogy doesn’t hold. There may have been no real witches in Salem, but there most definitely were Stalinists in our government and elsewhere in American life who were loyal to a foreign power and eager to undermine our country. Maybe the threat was exaggerated. But you can’t exaggerate a lie. It was a simple, real, and palpable truth — unlike the premise of The Crucible, a mediocre play that remains popular because it turns an inconvenient truth into a lie and casts the truth-tellers as deranged and paranoid liars.

via On McCarthyism, Old and New.

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