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Lafayette, Nous Sommes Ici!

It’s been nearly a week since the deadly attacks by Islamic jihadists of ISIS on Paris, killing at least 129 and injuring hundreds more.  Today we heard more about the thwarting of alleged imminent additional attacks in the City of Lights.  France has a problem.  Europe has a problem.  The U.S. and the rest of Christendom has a problem. A while back I cited the 2014 Frontex report on EU borders, in which alarming trends of illegal immigration were on the upswing.  The report also included a brief commentary on EU nationals traveling to Syrian to be radicalized. According to

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Political Astuteness of a Frenchman

I am currently reading Alexis De Tocqueville’s Democracy in America.  At hefty 700+ pages in length, I am only at page 140, so it may take me another year to get through it at my current pace. De Tocqueville was a youthful 26 when he journeyed to America in 1831 but he was already a political veteran and had fallen out of favor in post-Revolutionary France.  During his study of the American republic over a 9 month period, he searched for clues into how and why the American experiment was so successful, and as importantly, whether this new type of

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Heroes and Heaven

Lately I’ve been thinking about my own tendency toward hero-worship and about its merits and dangers.  I suppose we all crave the notion of the idealized man or woman who can always be counted on to do good even under extreme duress.  This idea of a hero gives us something to aspire to.  But, what does “do good” really mean?  If your hero is a great general, then perhaps good means leading an army to victory and killing more of the enemy than he kills of yours.  If your hero is of the exaggerated comic book variety, good might include

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Those Damned Bombs

It’s far greater thing to share principles than conclusions.  So much of what is believed to be “thinking” today is little more than the embracing of prepackaged conclusions distributed by a group(s) the individual wishes to self-identify with.  The canonical example of this being global climate change.  Few have enough expertise to really comprehend the science behind the topic, and even fewer have spent more then a few minutes to perform anything that would be considered a balanced consideration of the data.  Lest I am misunderstood, the issue is not trusting experts, the issue is emotionally adopting a conclusion based primarily on your political self-identification. The Junto

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Of Special Olympics, Aktion T4, Hope and Caution

A few days ago my son and I watched the opening ceremony for the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.  Admittedly, I’d much rather watch competition than parades, but in this case one cannot help but be inspired by the athletes and their dedicated network of support (families, coaches, sponsors, etc).  I also learned about the initiation of the Special Olympics by Eunice Kennedy Shriver (JFK’s sister and pro-life Democrat).  Uplifting stuff. The very next day I learned for the first time of Aktion T4 during one of the endless history shows reporting on Nazi brutality.  The T4 program

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Aware and Prepared

Mindful of the prior post from Timshel related to the Charleston church shooting and our responsibility to ensure our family’s security, I recently read in the local free newspaper an article about the Wright County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Law Enforcement Academy.  This course is offered to citizens who are interested in finding out more about the workings of local law enforcement and the criminal justice system and the article highlighted the most recent class that just graduated. During my web search to find out more about this topic, I was pleasantly surprised to find many cities and counties offering similar courses;

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The Fruits of Uncontrolled Immigration

The ongoing furor over illegal immigration has reached a higher pitch lately with the murder of Kate Steinle earlier this month by an illegal alien who’d already been deported five times and returned yet again.  There are strong opinions all around.  Junto members are well acquainted with Church teaching about immigration but it bears repeating CCC 2241: “The more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner…  Political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical

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Aiding and Abetting the Enemy

Our POTUS Obama, eager to put another feather in the hat of his stellar legacy, finally gave the Iranian leaders what they wanted and brokered a nuclear agreement.  For the moment, the Iranians are pleased as punch and so is Obama and the other negotiators, but few others, whether Democrat or Republican are gushing over the achievement.  One could only hope that the U.S. Senators and Congressmen would actually do the right thing and reject this agreement in its entirety, but that’s wishful thinking. Iran has been a constant source of instability and an active promoter of terrorism in the

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Hypocritical Oath?

As I was away on business for several days, I need to keep this post short and sweet. On BBC Radio’s Health Check show today, I listened to their host and an analyst discuss the phenomenon of Islamic State terrorists in Syria recruiting doctors to join the cause.  It turns out that many doctors have fled Syria amid the danger and chaos, but nevertheless people under ISIS rule continue to get sick and need medical attention.  And- will wonders never cease?- there are Muslim doctors who are answering the call, taking the oath, and getting sworn into their society of

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No Rest for the Victors

This past Saturday morning I met with my men’s group in the parish.  After reciting the Lauds Liturgy of the Hours we dove into how the Supreme Court’s dictate of the redefinition of marriage will affect the future of the Catholic Church and individuals who adhere to objective and moral truths.  We discussed the reality of an increase in active persecution, in personal relationships as well as professionally.  We discussed how or whether we can adequately prepare our children and grandchildren to be solid in the truth against the extreme peer pressure that they will be exposed to by friends,

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