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A Book Review . . . A Thriller About Galileo

June 17, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Bucciantini, Massimo, Michele Camerota, and Franco Giudice. Galileo’s Telescope. Trans. Catherine Bolton. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2016. x + 339 pp. No, this is not another treatise on the “Trial of Galileo,” or l’affaire Galilée as Descartes called it. For those who are vaguely acquainted with the subject, this is a thriller as exciting as any that may have kept you spellbound. There are heroes and villains, and then there is Galileo. When will he learn of the spyglass that caused such a stir when presented to Count Maurice of Nassau at The Hague? Will he ever acquire a specimen? Will he ever learn to build one himself? Will he ever acquire the lenses needed to…Continue Reading

Imperial Overstretch

June 16, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Toward the end of the presidency of George H.W. Bush, America stood alone at the top of the world — the sole superpower. After five weeks of “shock and awe” and 100 hours of combat, Saddam’s army had fled Kuwait back up the road to Basra and Baghdad. Our Cold War adversary was breaking apart into 15 countries. The Berlin Wall had fallen. Germany was reunited. The captive nations of Central and Eastern Europe were breaking free. Bush I had mended fences with Beijing after the 1989 massacre in Tiananmen Square. Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin were friends. The president declared the coming of a “new world order.” And neocons were chattering about a new “unipolar…Continue Reading

Where Is My Place?

June 15, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO When our children were very young we celebrated their birthdays with guests and games. One of our favorite games was “Pin the Tail on the Donkey.” The point of the game is for a child, after he has been blindfolded and spun around three times, to place the tail he is holding in his hand where it belongs on the donkey. The poor little tykes, however, in a state of disorientation, would pin the tail anywhere but where it belonged, much to the glee of all observers. The philosophical point here is that when we are in a state of disorientation we are lost and cannot locate our proper place. We observe, but not with glee, important…Continue Reading

How Bush Empowered Obama To Erode The Constitution

June 14, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate provided this column. All rights reserved.) + + + In 2002, President George W. Bush signed a law he did not intend to fully obey. Thus, a Republican president set in motion a chain of events that allowed a Democratic president to claim, and an activist liberal Supreme Court to affirm, that the president has a unilateral power in foreign policy that the Framers did not envision and that is not consistent with representative government. When he took office in 2001, Bush placed his hand on a Bible and swore to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.” Article 2, section 3 of that Constitution…Continue Reading

Lies The Government Is Telling You

June 13, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO This past week, Republicans and Democrats in Congress joined President Barack Obama in congratulating themselves for taming the National Security Agency’s voracious appetite for spying. By permitting one section of the Patriot Act to expire and by replacing it with the USA Freedom Act, the federal government is taking credit for taming beasts of its own creation. In reality, nothing substantial has changed. Under the Patriot Act, the NSA had access to and possessed digital versions of the content of all telephone conversations, emails, and text messages sent between and among all people in America since 2009. Under the USA Freedom Act, it has the same. The USA Freedom Act changes slightly the mechanisms for acquiring…Continue Reading

Cultural Cleansing Of Christian Males

June 12, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

PATRICK J. BUCHANAN (Editor’s Note: Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority. Creators Syndicate distributes the Buchanan column. All rights reserved.) + + + The culture war against Christianity is picking up speed. Last week came word St. Louis University will remove a heroic-sized statue of Fr. Pierre-Jean De Smet, SJ, from the front of Fusz Hall, where it has stood for 60 years. The statue depicts Fr. De Smet holding aloft a crucifix as he ministers to two American Indians, one of whom is kneeling. Historically, the statue is accurate. Fr. De Smet, “Blackrobe,” as he was known, was a 19th-century missionary…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “The Homosexuals’ American Psychological Association Coup”

June 11, 2015 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 electronic copies of previous articles on homosexual “marriage,” the special rights agenda and the role of homosexuality in the Church crisis, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + Homosexual activists often mention that the medical profession — specifically psychiatrists and psychologists — believe that homosexuality is a “normal human sexual response.” In support of this assertion, they talk about how the American Psychological Association officially removed homosexuality from its list of “mental disorders” in 1973, and that the American Psychiatric Association also classifies homosexuality as normal. What they do not mention, of course, is that these organizations did not…Continue Reading

The Importance Of Philosophy

June 10, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JOHN YOUNG “The corruption of the best is the worst.” That truth is verified by a look at philosophy at its best compared with philosophy as so often presented today. This is of crucial importance because most of the problems afflicting society have their roots in errors made by philosophers. Philosophy as historically understood is the study of fundamental truths insofar as human reason can know them. It deals with the nature of the material world, the nature of man, the existence of God. It defends our capacity to know the truth, it explores the transcendentals of truth, goodness, and beauty, it shows the way of life that rational beings should follow. In the study of logic, it prepares…Continue Reading

A Book Review… A Guidebook On How To Live Your Life

June 9, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES Finding True Happiness — Satisfying Our Restless Hearts by Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ. Ignatius Press: 2015. Paperback; 320 pages. Available at Ignatius.com; $19.95. “For thou hast made us for thyself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in thee” — St. Augustine. Summertime is almost here and one of the best things about the season is finding a good book and either taking it to the beach with you, reading it on a plane as you travel, or enjoying it while relaxing on a hammock in your backyard. This latest offering from Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ, Ph.D., is titled Finding True Happiness — Satisfying Our Restless Hearts, and it is not a tome for the timid.…Continue Reading

Phoenix Mosque Rally . . . What Dangers To Society Lurked Here?

June 8, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Interstate 17, the Black Canyon Freeway, heads north from this metropolitan area toward Mother Nature’s Arizona Disneyland. That includes Sedona, the Grand Canyon, Painted Desert, Petrified Forest, Meteor Crater, and southern Monument Valley. As on any trip, the surroundings change as your vehicle moves up the highway. However, you also could stay in just one place and watch the surroundings change as time speeds past, as in H.G. Wells’ 19th-century science-fiction novel that goes into the far future, The Time Machine. And sometimes substantial change takes only decades to arrive around you, not centuries or millennia. Welcome to social and religious transformation and globalization. Discomfort and raw edges. Consider northwest Phoenix’s Orangewood Avenue setting, bisected…Continue Reading