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Questions For The Nominee

November 15, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO Within hours of realizing that his party lost control of the U.S. Senate, President Obama nominated Loretta Lynch, the chief federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, N.Y., and an outstanding and apolitical professional, to be the next attorney general. The current attorney general, Eric Holder, resigned last month. Lynch is sure to be confirmed by either the present Democratic-controlled Senate this fall or by the newly constituted Republican-controlled Senate early next year — and she should be. But the process of confirming her should capture the interest of all Americans concerned about the loss of personal freedoms in our present-day Orwellian world in which the Obama administration has killed innocent Americans, spied on trillions of conversations and emails…Continue Reading

Berlin Wall Tumbles After Joshua Trumpet Sounds

November 14, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JOHN M. METZLER UNITED NATIONS — A quarter of a century ago, the Joshua trumpet of freedom sounded and the Berlin Wall came tumbling down. Naturally, this allegory was slightly more complicated as the epic political events that led to the fall of the Wall on November 9, 1989 were long in coming, but nonetheless not at all anticipated. The year 1989 represented an extraordinary epoch for human freedom both in aspiration and in fruition. Starting in the spring with Tiananmen Square in China, mass protests against regime corruption soon morphed into a swell of protest against the ruling Communist Party. But the brutal crackdown in Beijing soon sent the political reverberations across the vast landmass of Russia and…Continue Reading

The New South — Black And Conservative

November 13, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN In 1956, 19 Democratic senators and 82 Democratic House members signed a Southern Manifesto pledging to resist the integration of Southern public schools as ordered by Earl Warren’s Supreme Court. Only two GOP House members, both from Virginia, signed. The American South was as solidly Democratic as it was solidly segregationist. The break in the dam came in a special election in Texas in 1961 to fill the Senate seat of Lyndon Johnson, newly elected vice president. John Tower became the first Republican since Reconstruction to win a Southern Senate seat by popular election. After a raucous rally in South Carolina in 1966, Richard Nixon told this writer the future of the GOP was in the…Continue Reading

Beware Of Calls For “Relevance”

November 12, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK It would be wise to be on guard when we hear modern educators talk about the need to make education “relevant” by including an analysis of “modern problems” in the curriculum. The odds are that their intention is not relevance but finding a way to use their classrooms to advance the agenda of the secular left. It is not extremist to express this concern, even if the educational establishment will argue that what some parents see as left-wing bias is likely to be merely an attempt by teachers to promote a free discussion of topics of current interest from a wide variety of points of view; that their children will hear not only the left’s point…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Abortifacient Brief: The Birth Control Pill”

November 11, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For a CD containing hundreds of patient information pamphlets showing that all of the most common methods of birth control are abortifacient in their actions, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + The majority of women who want to inhibit their fertility now turn to the birth control pill. “The Pill” became widely used in the late 1960s and was hailed as a panacea, and it also helped fuel the “Sexual Revolution.” About 10.7 million American women now use this method of artificial birth control. Convenience-minded women in general either do not know or no longer care that all birth…Continue Reading

The Coming November Wars

November 10, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN As it stands today [October 29], Republicans will add seats in the House and recapture the Senate on November 4. However, the near-certainty is that those elections will be swiftly eclipsed by issues of war, peace, immigration, and race, all of which will be moved front and center this November. Consider. If repeated leaks from investigators to reporters covering the Ferguson story are true, there may be no indictment of officer Darren Wilson, the cop who shot Michael Brown. Should that happen, militant voices are already threatening, “All hell will break loose.” Police in the city and 90-some municipalities in St. Louis County, as well as the state police, are preparing for major violence. After flying…Continue Reading

Transgenderism And All That Jazz

November 9, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES “Jazz Jennings was born a boy, but started to show leanings toward a feminine side at only 15 months old. By age two, Jazz started to verbalize her feelings that ‘she was a girl,’ and by five she was one of the youngest people ever to be diagnosed with gender dysphoria — a persistent unease with the characteristics of one’s gender, accompanied by a strong identification with the opposite gender” (from Katie Couric, World 3.0 Yahoo News. Letting some journalistic hack like Katie Couric encourage, embolden, and enable this kind of behavior in families does a great disservice not only to young people like Jazz Jennings, but also to the weak fathers and mothers who will give…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Learning From St. Therese’s Spiritual Childhood

November 8, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Trusting God With St. Therese, by Connie Rossini (Four Waters Press: 2014); 249 pages; $14.55 print, $4.12 e-book. Visit http://contemplativehomeschool.com. Trusting God With St. Therese comprises 13 chapters and various appendices on the life and teachings of St. Therese of Lisieux, and how these can be applied in our lives so as to deepen our trust in God. It moves from a general focus on why it is important to trust God — including topics such as his universal Fatherhood — to give advice on how to deal with negative emotions, fears, and spiritual darkness. It then looks at the idea of self-acceptance and how we really can live a life of hope and trust in…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . The Abdication And The Proper Use Of Executive Power: A Profile Of State Governors

November 7, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s “Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic” column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly]. He is professor of political science and legal studies and associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also co-founder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. Among his books is The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic [Transaction Publishers, 2012], and most recently an edited volume entitled Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System [Scarecrow Press, 2013]. This column originally appeared in Crisismagazine.com.) + + + I have written in this column about how in these times when our traditional liberties and even such natural…Continue Reading

A Lesson From Isis

November 6, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK The world is being given an important lesson from ISIS’s confrontation with the “world community.” We are learning that there is no such thing as the world community, especially its peacekeeping organization, the United Nations. If there were ever a situation that cried out for the United Nations to act it would be this. Yet eyes would roll if anyone suggested we should look to the UN to deal with ISIS — followed by horselaughs. Everyone knows the UN is irrelevant to this crisis. One might protest that the UN’s hands are tied because permanent members of the Security Council, most likely Russia and China, would use their veto power to block any proposed UN military…Continue Reading