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Dope Fiends of the West
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Dope Fiends of the West

[This article first appeared in the February 2017 issue of Chronicles.]

Are addictions real?  We talk as if they are.  Many women say they are addicted to chocolate.  Actor David Duchovny has been diagnosed with having a sex addiction. 

Manifest(o)
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Manifest(o)

“But other men know not what
they are doing when awake, even as
they forget what they do in sleep.”

—Heraclitus, Fragment

Whenever an act of violence is committed against Muslims by a non-Muslim, as Brenton Tarrant did in March

Democracy and Infanticide
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Democracy and Infanticide

Among democratic peoples, . . . the thread of time is broken at every moment, and the trace of the generations fades.  You easily forget those who preceded you, and you have no idea about those who will follow you. 

No Message Could’ve Been Any Clearer
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No Message Could’ve Been Any Clearer

Michael Jackson is the mirror of the children of liberal America, even though he is dead.  Obsessed with their appearance, they keep hacking away at their features until they are unrecognizable as humans.  Sexualized as pre-adolescents through pop culture, they

Angels of Death, Arrayed in White
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Angels of Death, Arrayed in White

The state of the Union is divided, as we were reminded not only after but during the President’s speech of February 5.  Republicans chanted “USA! USA!” several times in response to lines delivered to elicit the same; Democrats (upon whom

Ignoble Savages, Part 3
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Ignoble Savages, Part 3

Toxic is the combination of equality and evolution, of Rousseau and Darwin.  Blended together and served upon the paps of public schools, television, and social media, they are the essential ingredients of the gall-milk of the postmodern world.  They ensure

Ignoble Savages, Part 2
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Ignoble Savages, Part 2

What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow

Out of this stony rubbish? Son of man,

You cannot say, or guess, for you know only

A heap of broken images . . .


—T.S. Eliot, “The Burial of the

Tucker Carlson’s Firebell
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Tucker Carlson’s Firebell

Tucker Carlson shook the punditariat, liberal and conservative alike, with his incisive analysis, delivered during one of his show monologues, of the breakdown of the American family, a genuine four-alarm crisis that cannot be exaggerated.  In it, he fingered long-standing

Not Prudent at That Juncture
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Not Prudent at That Juncture

Following the death of President George Herbert Walker Bush at age 94, the mainstream press and the television punditariat began treating the occasion as the passing of America’s grandpa.  The narcissistic grandchildren who flew in just in time for the

Ignoble Savages, Part 1
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Ignoble Savages, Part 1

Hardly anyone thought much about the mysterious inhabitants of North Sentinel Island, whom we call the Sentinelese (because we have no idea what else to call them), until the close of November in the Year of Our Lord 2018.  But

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The Mightiest Midterm Win

As the Midterm Apocalypse was sliced and diced on the Day After, pundits noted the “Kavanaugh Effect,” whereby Senate Democrats who joined in the smear-and-delay campaign against then-nominee Brett Kavanaugh lost their bids for reelection in states that had supported

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Christmas in Sodom

How do you celebrate Christmas in Sodom?

I know—it’s not a cheery thought.  And by posing the question, I run the risk of anachronism.  There were over four centuries between the time when Abraham pleaded on behalf of his favorite

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Tears for Fears

“A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches,” said wise King Solomon.  In the fall of 2018, Democrats pressed with all their might to take Brett Kavanaugh’s good name away, in an effort to retake control of

The Catfish Binary, Part 2
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The Catfish Binary, Part 2

Aquaculture—farming water for food as opposed to fishing it—is as old as civilization.  The Romans did it; so did Mrs. Martin Luther.  But catfish farming is an American industry, something of a native-born wonder.  As I mentioned previously, catfish farms

Egon Richard Tausch, R.I.P.
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Egon Richard Tausch, R.I.P.

Chronicles has lost a longtime writer and friend, Egon Richard Tausch, who passed away on July 27.  In Egon was found both brilliance and humility, a rare combination reflecting his Christian faith.

He was also a man of fierce loyalty,

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The Voice of Democracy

“Democracy Dies in Darkness,” declares the Washington Post.  With apologies to Alexis de Tocqueville, I reply: Doesn’t something have to live first before it can die?

There is one great advantage to the ongoing, interminable, and farcical “Russia investigation”

The Death Penalty Is Good
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The Death Penalty Is Good

Pope Francis is wrong to change the Catechism of the Catholic Church to suit his postmodern, antibiblical leanings, making capital punishment utterly “inadmissible” in civil society, like hearsay evidence in court.

Pegging his new teaching on the “inviolability and dignity

Kavanaugh and the Roe Dance
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Kavanaugh and the Roe Dance

Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination by President Trump for the blessed vacancy left by retiring justice Anthony Kennedy, author of the civilization-defying Obergefell opinion, supplied the heat necessary to cause the vaunted American melting pot to boil over and reveal its rancid

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The Catfish Binary, Part 1

Summer is the time for lazy fishing in the hot sun.  That calls for a fish story.  And what follows is no tall tale, although I think the moral of the story is quite significant.  For I am now willing

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Egon Tausch, R.I.P.

egon-tauschChronicles has lost a longtime writer and friend, Egon Richard Tausch, who passed away on July 27. In Egon was found both brilliance and humility, a rare combination reflecting his Christian faith.

He was also a man of fierce loyalty,

Jordan Peterson and the Unknown God
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Jordan Peterson and the Unknown God

“All the Athenians and strangers which were there
spent their time in nothing else, but
either to tell, or to hear some new thing.”

—Acts 17:21

To some, Jordan Peterson is a breath of fresh air.  To others, a guru. 

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Iran and Nuclear Hubris

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The “Iran Nuclear Deal” was killed by President Trump on May 8, which came as no surprise to anyone who had heard a Trump campaign speech in 2016 or to those who were aware that Trump had recently hired John

Speaking of Hell
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Speaking of Hell

Did Pope Francis deny the existence of Hell? If previous episodes in this pontificate are any guide, those who earnestly seek a definitive answer will likely discover that, much like the natural fate of the Tootsie Pop, the world may

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Our Sanctuary Census

Paroxysms of liberal outrage gripped denizens of the Swamp when the Commerce Department announced that it plans to find out the citizenship status of U.S. residents by asking them directly via the 2020 Census and the U.S. Mail.  And as

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America’s Death Wish

Parkland, Florida, came and went, bringing a new St. Valentine’s Day massacre, another unspeakable horror, and another opportunity for hashtags and political maneuvering over guns in America.  It very quickly became obvious that liberal activists had prepared and somewhat

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Hour of Decision

Looking objectively at the legacy of Billy Graham in the wake of his passing is virtually impossible, especially for me personally.  I know several people who answered the altar call at a Graham crusade, “just as I am without one

Will Democrats Learn?
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Will Democrats Learn?

Year after year, a president gives a State of the Union Address, and year after year the minority party’s response is predictably awful.

Admittedly, the quest to find a humanoid capable of speaking sensible and winsome words into a camera

Crashing Under the Fourth Wave
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Crashing Under the Fourth Wave

Professional Democrats, like the proverbial dog who returns to his vomit, cannot quit the idea that their grotesque caricatures of those who hold traditional views of marriage and family, men and women, borders and citizenship, and meaningful employment will appeal

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Mercenary Dick’s and the Assault on Liberty

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Dick’s Sporting Goods is using 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz’s evil act of killing 17 innocents and wounding many others in a child warehouse known commonly as a “public school” in Parkland Florida to boost its flagging sales and brandish its liberal

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Cult of America, Part I

Whether or not America is or ever was a Christian nation is hotly debated.  It is fashionable today on the left to ascribe whatever currently is deemed by it to be unacceptable—“trans phobia,” say—to the legacy of privileged patriarchal white

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Prince of Darkness

As the calendar rolls over to 2018, we need to take stock of where we are as Americans, noting the dangers that lie ahead.  Those dangers involve politics, culture, economics, foreign policy, and religion, as well as our capacity as

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On the Altar of Empire

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The GOP-controlled Congress has received a report from the Pentagon advocating the conscription of women—the daughters, young wives, and young mothers of America, ages 18 to 25—according to the Washington Times.

This is truly unprecedented.  At the tail end

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Hollywood and Bethlehem

Hollywood loves Christmas, or Winterfest, or whatever they’re calling it these days.  This is because many Americans make it the most wonderful time of the year for the studios, offering them gifts of gold.

For example, on December 25, 2015,

No Time for Indulgences
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No Time for Indulgences

Back in the good old days, we could afford to argue among ourselves about justification by faith alone, indulgences, and the intercession of the Virgin Mary.  But now, with abortion, gay marriage, and illegitimacy exalted in popular culture and protected

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Not for Hunting

The Las Vegas shooter who murdered some five-dozen country-music fans and injured over 500 more had barely cashed in his chips when Democrats, celebrities, and the punditocracy—not yet knowing exactly which guns the killer used—began calling for their favorite gun-control

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You May Say You’re a Dreamer

The unconstitutional Obama executive order known as DACA was rescinded by the Trump DOJ on September 5.  Even as the courageous and unassuming A.G. Jeff Sessions made the announcement, thousands of tweets painted him as a hood-donning white-supremacist Russian agent. 

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Very Bad on Both Sides

Charlottesville was a shameful disaster, and the responses from America’s elites were far from encouraging.  Most of them amounted to “Who started it?”  That is the response of a child.  But then again, “Antifa came better-armed and was more violent

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Get Out

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This September marks 16 years since the fateful day we simply call 9/11, when 19 Islamic jihadists caused the deaths of some 3,000 people in New York, D.C., and Pennsylvania.  Less than a month after that horrible day, Operation Enduring

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If We Cared About “Democracy”

Democracy is under attack, we now hear regularly.  While Donald Trump, the GOP, and (if you ask Rachel Maddow) the weather have all been identified of late as “threats” to our democracy, the Great Satan is, of course, Russia, pop.

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Brazen

“In Europe and America
There’s a growing feeling of hysteria.”
—Sting, “Russians” (1985)

Are the Russians guilty of trying to undermine American democracy?  The answer may surprise you.  But first the “news.”

As I write, Business Insider is neatly summarizing

End the Feds
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End the Feds

James Comey’s curious and unorthodox contributions to the media’s rumor-fueled hysteria over the legitimacy of the Trump presidency—and perhaps the fate of the U.S. government and the American people—ought to raise a fundamental question in the minds of conservatives: Why

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The Discarded Image

Mitch Landrieu and his growing coalition of disgruntled minorities and public-school-educated leftists give us an idea of where a divided, majority-ruled America is heading.

In May, the mainstream media sacrificed valuable airtime and column space normally devoted to unsourced White

Blaspheming Liberals
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Blaspheming Liberals

“Free speech!” has been the rallying cry of Republicans and conservatives for months on end.  This really ought to stop.

Milo, Gavin McInnes, Ann Coulter: These conservative and libertarian provocateurs have been met with radical opposition from roving gangs of

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Shameless Venus Goes to Prom

Randy teenage boys and hyphenated man-loathing feminists can agree on one thing: Prom is no place for patriarchal body-shaming.

In this context, by body we must read cleavage, midriffs, thighs, and intergluteal clefts; and by shaming, we are to

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Sacred Music in Holy Week: Let Me Repeat Myself

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There are those of us who cringe and bristle at the modern “praise and worship” music that has invaded churches of every Western denomination in the United States: Guitar Masses, Contemporary Services, happy-clappy praise bands, worship teams, big TV screens.