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Lots Of Smoke Here, Hillary

September 5, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Lots Of Smoke Here, Hillary

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Prediction: If Hillary Clinton wins, within a year of her inauguration, she will be under investigation by a special prosecutor on charges of political corruption, thereby continuing a family tradition. For consider what the Associated Press reported this past week: The surest way for a person with private interests to get a meeting with Secretary of State Clinton, or a phone call returned by her, it seems, was to dump a bundle of cash into the Clinton Foundation. Of 154 outsiders whom Clinton phoned or met with in her first two years at State, 85 had made contributions to the Clinton Foundation, and their contributions, taken together, totaled $156 million. Conclusion: Access to Secretary of State…Continue Reading

Hillary Clinton On Partial-Birth Ban

September 4, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Hillary Clinton On Partial-Birth Ban

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of Creators Syndicate provided this column. All rights reserved.) + + + Hillary Clinton went down to the Senate floor on March 12, 2003, to advocate for the culture of death while claiming to oppose the culture of debt. The legislation up for debate that day aimed to prohibit a specific means of taking innocent life. As described in its first paragraph, it would make illegal that act when “a physician deliberately and intentionally vaginally delivers a living, unborn child’s body until either the entire baby’s head is outside the body of the mother, or any part of the baby’s trunk past the navel is outside the…Continue Reading

Sins Against The “Care Of Creation”?

September 3, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Sins Against The “Care Of Creation”?

VATICAN CITY — There is a sin against the care of creation, which must be confessed especially in this Jubilee of Mercy, according to the Pope. There is also self-examination, repentance, confession, and a resolve to change life, polluting less, consuming less, being less selfish, says Francis in his September 1 message for World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, AsiaNews reported. The Pope goes so far to add two other works of mercy to the list of the seven corporal and seven spiritual works of mercy. The new works of mercy are basically one, “care of the common home,” which gives the title to the September 1 message, Show Mercy to Our Common Home. The message liberally…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “Goals And Strategies Of The Pro-Euthanasia Movement”

September 2, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101… “Goals And Strategies Of The Pro-Euthanasia Movement”

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 2 (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of chapter 23 of The Facts of Life on euthanasia, e-mail him at + + + “We say if you prohibit something, everyone will do it. If you don’t you can keep it at a certain level. Euthanasia is the same thing” — Hans Roell, Dutch Voluntary Euthanasia Society. + + + The first step in the overall pro-euthanasia strategy mostly consists of “preparing the ground” with a media propaganda campaign which continues throughout the four-step process. This program dehumanizes certain helpless groups of people, such as the mentally handicapped and victims of…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Willing To Learn As Well As To Teach

September 1, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… Willing To Learn As Well As To Teach

By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY Schall, James V., SJ, Docilitas: On Teaching and Being Taught. South Bend, Ind.: St. Augustine’s Press, 2016. ix + 194 pp. Generations of students at Georgetown University know James Schall as simply Fr. Schall. A popular undergraduate teacher, he was known for his clarity and wit in the classroom and for his availability and warmth outside of the classroom. Docilitas is a collection of lectures and essays, some given as commencement addresses when Fr. Schall was the recipient of an honorary degree. They bear titles such as “Questions Proper to the University,” “What Makes Liberal Education, ‘Liberal’,” “Seneca on Personal Libraries,” “Aquinas and the Life of the Mind,” and “Why Professors Need Students and Other Philosophical…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . The Craft Of A Good Storyteller

August 31, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review . . . The Craft Of A Good Storyteller

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN Times Square and Other Stories, by William Baer (Able Muse Press: San Jose, CA, 2015), 202 pp. Available at A collection of masterfully crafted, fascinating stories that always pique the reader’s curiosity by presenting ironies, dilemmas, or questions that seem unanswerable or inexplicable, this volume presents a host of tales on a myriad of topics — from art to film to baseball to academic mills to love stories to creative writing degrees to plagiarism and to a miraculous escape from Communist police. In “Outline,” a story about an aspiring author schooled in creative writing courses who lacks the storyteller’s ability to devise an intriguing plot, the writer knows the art which he cannot put into practice,…Continue Reading

The Demolition Of Democracy

August 30, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on The Demolition Of Democracy

By DONALD DeMARCO Michel de Nostradamus, peering into the events of 2016, would shake his head in disbelief. He would witness the incredible spectacle of a war on the state of North Carolina because its democratic legislature saw fit to ban men from using the women’s washroom in the interest of protecting girls from male predators. “This cannot be so,” the great predictor of future events would say, “I must get myself a new ‘black mirror’.” But it is so. Adam Silver, the commissioner of the National Basketball League, has seen fit to punish the state of North Carolina because of its washroom policy. The punishment comes in the form of the 2017 All-Star Game’s venue being shifted from Charlotte,…Continue Reading

France… Summer Of Terror Lingers

August 29, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on France… Summer Of Terror Lingers

By JOHN J. METLZER PARIS — Imagine for a moment arriving at Sunday morning Mass only to see the doors of the church guarded by camouflage-clad soldiers with automatic weapons. Well, this was the stark reality when we arrived at our neighborhood church, a structure dating from the 15th century, but hardly a tourist nexus. Indeed this was a necessary security precaution being taken across France, at synagogues and mosques too, for worshipers in the wake of the Islamic State’s barbarous murder of a Catholic priest celebrating Mass. Security was tight at the Shrine of Lourdes where special police and military units protected the pilgrimages leading up to the August 15 Feast of the Assumption. During a summer when Islamic…Continue Reading

It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

August 28, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “I did it my way,” crooned Sinatra. Donald Trump is echoing Ol’ Blue Eyes with the latest additions to his staff. Should he lose, he prefers to go down to defeat as Donald Trump, and not as some synthetic creation of campaign consultants. “I am who I am,” Trump told a Wisconsin TV station, “It’s me. I don’t want to change….I don’t want to pivot….If you start pivoting, you are not being honest with people.” The remarks recall the San Francisco Cow Palace where an astonished Republican, on hearing the candidate speak out in favor of “extremism in the defense of liberty,” blurted out, “My God, he’s going to run as Barry Goldwater!” And so he…Continue Reading

Government: New 700,000-Word Regulation Is Good For You

August 27, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Government: New 700,000-Word Regulation Is Good For You

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY The nine-second video of two federal bureaucrats the White House posted on its blog the past week was notable for something it omitted. That something was very big — and putting it on display might not have fit with the apparent propaganda purpose of the video. The video itself starred EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, who sat side-by-side at a table. The video starts with McCarthy and Foxx simultaneously scratching their signatures onto separate and apparently singular sheets of paper. Eight seconds into the nine-second clip, when McCarthy has finished signing her name, she looks up and declares: “Done.” Foxx, who signed even faster than McCarthy, spreads his arms in a gesture…Continue Reading