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Farewell to My Fellow Traveler
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Farewell to My Fellow Traveler

Whatever libertarians and Marxists say, human experience is neither the pursuit of self-interest nor is it class struggle. Man is made for the worship of God and for human friendship. Anyone who knew Aaron Wolf knows this truth.

Aaron and

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Air Force Scandal?

Lackland Air Force Base is embroiled in a scandal.  At the Air Force’s one boot camp, male instructors have been preying on their female recruits.  The events are only a scandal to Americans who have not been observing the licentiousness

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Stand Like a Man

In June, Brigadier General Loretta Reynolds, USMC, became the first woman to take command of the Corps’s legendary recruit depot, Parris Island.  “Lori” is a feminist’s dream.  In March 2010, she became the first Woman Marine to hold command in

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October 7, 1571

 

Today we give special thanks to Our Lady whose intercession led the armada of the Holy League to victory over the Ottoman fleet on October 7, 1571, at the mouth of what the Venetians called the Bay of Lepanto but

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Ruth M. Besemer, R.I.P.

Ruth Miller Besemer of Boulder, Colorado, and I exchanged letters for several months before we met.  She sent the first in 1999, when The Rockford Institute held the annual meeting of the John Randolph Club in Georgetown.  The Saturday-evening

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Abortuary Hero

Wayne Webster’s Rockford abortuary takes the lives of about 35 babies per week.  In that same time frame, however, there are two or three “turnarounds”—mothers who decide at the last moment not to execute their children.  The most likely cause

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Abortionists Thwarted

The murder of children in the womb in Aurora, Illinois, has been stayed, for the moment.  Planned Parenthood, the company that encourages and equips teenagers to fornicate so that it will have a steady stream of babies to kill (over

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Americanism, Then and Now: Our Pet Heresy

Christopher CheckOn January 22, 1899, Pope Leo XIII addressed an encyclical (Testem benevolentiae nostrae) to James Cardinal Gibbons, archbishop of Baltimore, intended “to suppress certain contentions” that had arisen in America “to the detriment of the peace of many souls.” In …

Americanism, Then and Now: Our Pet Heresy
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Americanism, Then and Now: Our Pet Heresy

On January 22, 1899, Pope Leo XIII addressed an encyclical (Testem benevolentiae nostrae) to James Cardinal Gibbons, archbishop of Baltimore, intended “to suppress certain contentions” that had arisen in America “to the detriment of the peace of many

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Conservativs in the Crease

Vice President Dick Cheney’s lesbian daughter, Mary, found a way to impregnate herself so that she and her lover, Heather Poe, whom Mary met while playing ice hockey 15 years ago, can rear a child.  Grandma is thrilled.  “Dick and

Total War
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Total War

Eight years ago, I sat in the home of Nashville artist Jack Kershaw, drinking whiskey from a Jefferson cup and listening to the story of the burning of Columbia, South Carolina (February 17-18, 1865).  Mr. Kershaw pointed to the various

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The Courage to Defy Prudence

On February 22, the South Dakota Senate, by a vote of 23-12, approved legislation banning nearly all abortions in the state.  On February 24, the vote in the South Dakota House of Representatives was 50-18 (H.B. 1215).  Twelve days later,

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Rejecting Marriage

Remember “Elisa’s Law”?  In 1996, New York Gov. George Pataki signed this legislation, which removed, in the words of then Speaker of the New York Assembly Sheldon Silver, “archaic confidentiality laws” pertaining to juvenile-court and medical records.  The law also

An Instinctive Jacobite
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An Instinctive Jacobite

After five visits, I still get turned around in Rome, but, in Edinburgh, I consulted a map only on the first day.  A quick look around from the summit of any one of the city’s hills is worth more than

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Women in Combat

Two women marines and a female Navy petty officer were killed, and eleven were wounded, when their convoy was ambushed on the night of June 23 in Fallujah.  The Pentagon took several days to confirm the casualties, and media coverage

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Measuring Our Culture of Death

One side is celebrating, the other rending their garments, but both sides are wondering if the outcome of the November presidential election might signal a springtime for traditional moral values in America.  Rappers P. Diddy and Eminem doubtless turned more

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Courting the Catholic Vote

The current Presidential race has witnessed an unprecedented drive, especially by the GOP, to court the Catholic vote.  Democrats, who for decades snookered Catholics into believing that theirs was the party of the laborer and the immigrant, are finding their

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A Hero of Texas-Sized Proportions

Christopher Danze is a hero of Texas proportions.  The Austin concrete supplier has shut down construction of a Planned Parenthood abortuary by rallying his colleagues and competitors in the construction industry to boycott the project.  Without concrete—to say nothing of

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The Future of Christendom

The future of Christendom, according to the Population Reference Bureau’s 2001 annual report, is likely to be pretty bleak. The report’s chief conclusion is that population growth in the West has ground to a halt, while the Third World is

G.I. Jane
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G.I. Jane

DESFIREX, the Desert Firing Exercise, is a semi-annual celebration of cordite, steel, white phosphorous, and sand held at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twenty Nine Palms, California. During the weeks before, the howitzers and trucks are

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Self-Loathing in Abundance

Pope Paul VI, whose encyclical Humanae Vitae turned 30 this year, predicted that the proliferation of artificial contraception would bring “conjugal infidelity and the general lowering of morality.”

It’s hard to argue with him: The Pill may not be the

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Always With You

“The poor you always have with you” is a law that the best efforts of all the king’s social workers have failed to revoke. The most ambitious welfare scheme to date may be the Comprehensive Child Development Program (CCDP), a

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Highest Honor—Until Now

The Congressional Medal of Honor (CMH) is our nation’s highest award for valor under fire. The criteria are stiff: a deed of such exceptional bravery that failure to do it would draw no criticism; two eye-witnesses; and, above all, the

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A Face-Off

Archbishop William Levada, the Roman Catholic ordinary of San Francisco, and the city’s leftist mayor, Willie Brown, squared off last February, and though the debate may continue over who drew more blood, it’s clear who was left staggering at the

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Marines on Okinawa

Okinawa’s Governor Masahide Ota has learned what it means to be governor of a Japanese prefecture; precious little. When Mr. Ota stood up for Okinawans who no longer wish to lease their land to the American military, he was asserting

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Well Deserved Criticism

Hillary Clinton probably deserves all of the hostile criticism she has received for her silly new book, It Takes a Village. Her ghostwriter, Barbara Feinman, has the prose style of Barney the dinosaur, and, as reviewer after reviewer has

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The War on Homeschoolers

Homeschooling is one of the many fronts in the state’s war against the citizen. Despite the efforts of organizations such as the Home School Legal Defense Association, the Rutherford Institute, and Eagle Forum, as well as longstanding laws that protect

Our Global Parents
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Our Global Parents

Americans who hoped that the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child would be stuffed in a drawer with its predecessor, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, got a jolt in February

Brief Mentions
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Brief Mentions

Devil Dogs forced to watch their Corps become a corporation—Total Quality Management, affirmative action, sexual harassment awareness training—will draw inspiration from E.B. Sledge’s book, originally published in 1981 and soon to be reissued. More than any tactical manual, With the

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Licensing Parents

Licensing Parents, a new book by University of Wisconsin psychiatrist Jack C. Westman, bewails a recent surge in “incompetent parenting,” a phenomenon which he defines as depriving a child not only of sufficient food, clothing, and shelter, but also

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National Retreat From Marriage

Bill Bennett seems determined to illustrate the old saw that generals are always fighting the last war. As the infantry struggles to arrest the invasion of special privileges for sodomites, now comes the order from the rear to give up

Acting Up
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Acting Up

Faithful Roman Catholics are routinely criticized (this book is no exception) for their unwillingness to condone the use of contraception. Although it is commonly believed that opposition to contraception is unique to Catholic doctrine, it was only recently that Protestants

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Personal Moral Values

Marines are a direct lot, not much given to subtlety. Their simple nature enables them to spot a ruse from the 500-meter line, and, on the issue of sodomites, they have quickly identified as nonsense Mr. Clinton’s doublespeak about “status”

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New and Old Catholicism

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is keeping pace with the rest of the Church in America as it embraces the usual causes and crusades under the banners of “community” and “equality” while all but shedding Catholic inconveniences like Mortal Sin and