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Rabid Badgers

“They came with a battering ram.” Cindy Archer, one of the lead architects of Wisconsin’s Act 10 — also called the “Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill,” it limited public-employee benefits and altered collective-bargaining rules for public-employee unions — was jolted awake by yelling, loud pounding at the door, and her dogs’ frantic barking. The entire house — the windows and walls — was shaking. She looked outside to see up to a dozen police officers, yelling to open the door. They were carrying a battering ram. She wasn’t dressed, but she started to run toward the door, her body in full

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Return to Friday Sacrifice

During my times of fasting & abstinence this Lent, I kept seeing & hearing the counter-theme of “Meatless Mondays.” For those who may not be aware, “Meatless Mondays” is an international movement begun in 2003 which promotes its followers to abstain from meat in order to, among other things, improve one’s health and the health of the planet (i.e. end global warming).  Meatless Mondays has its roots in the laudable practice set forward during World War I in a proclamation by President Woodrow Wilson asking for one meal each day to be meatless, as well as, all meals on Tuesdays.

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Fourth Word vs. Pride

This year I’ve spent part of my Lenten journey alongside the Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen. I received a copy of Sheen’s, “The Seven Capital Sins” from a family member. He found it edifying and thought I would to. I certainly did. The book is a compilation of eight Sunday radio address’ delivered from February 26th to April 9th, 1939, where he gave excellent meditations correlating Our Lord’s last words from the cross with the capital sins. I found Sheen’s meditation on the fourth word, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” very insightful. He juxtaposes this with the

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Doomed to Repeat History?

After reading the excerpt from Hilaire Belloc’s book, “The Great Heresies”, recently posted by Didymus, I recalled a quote from Adolph Hitler, “Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians? ”. Next month, April 24, marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Armenian genocide of 1915, the first genocide of the 20th Century. This was the last and most brutal implementation of a decades old systematic slaughter of Christian and indigenous groups inflicted by the Ottoman government & military. After enduring 20 years of butchery, at the outbreak of WW1 (1914), there were still approximately

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(Unhealthy)2

While driving home from work one day last week, I happened to glance over at an abandoned gas station and unexpectedly caught sight of two young girls holding signs promoting their group. At first, I was surprised because they looked too young to be the local HS girl’s cheer/volleyball/basketball squad who normally occupy this space to wash cars as a fund raiser. As I drove closer, I discovered that they were actually a troop of Girl Scouts(GS) who had set up a convenient “drive through” cookie store. Clever, why not, I thought! Over the years I have witnessed the Girl

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Stouthearted Stance

I was planning to write about the escalating tension in San Francisco between the local government & the Catholic Church, most prominently Archbishop Cordleone. Not only did George Weigel beat me to it but so has Artemus. Artemus has shown us the intolerance of the progressives and Weigel has done a wonderful job of laying out all of the details in his First Things article of 3-11-15. I will however, give my own brief summary & conclusion. This conflict has arisen from the new “Statement of the High Schools of the Archdiocese of San Francisco Regarding the Teachings and Practice

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Hannah Get Your Gun

My wife & I recently had an opportunity to talk to a couple of young woman, high school juniors, about their college choices. One young lady was very excited about pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. When questioned about potential selections, high on her list was the University of Minnesota, since it is a recognized leader in this field. To her dismay, her parents are guiding her away from that school, as well as other large public institutions, citing safety concerns. This is not the first time I’ve heard students discussing the rise in assaults on college campuses, particularly sexual

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Euromaidan vs Eurasianism

As the Ukraine marks the one year anniversary of the pro-Europe protests which ousted then president and Kremlin-ally Viktor Yanukovych they will commemorate the ‘Heavenly Hundred’ – the men and women who lost their lives in “Euromaidan.” Named for the Maidan, Kiev’s main square, where more than 50 people were shot and the bulk of the protests took place. The total killed during police clashes is estimated between 110 and 123. As a result Ukraine elected a pro-European government and president, Petro Poroshenko and made constitutional changes. Unfortunately, this did not solve the country’s problems but lead to confrontation with

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Is There Still Honor in Professional Sports?

The answer is, YES! While the nation turned its attention to the NFL cheating scandal dubbed “Inflategate”, it missed out on a remarkable act of sportsmanship that unfolded at the Australian Open, the 1st Major of the 2015 Tennis season. Tim Smyczek, a qualifier from Milwaukee, ranked 112 in the world, faced a Goliath in the 2nd round, Rafael Nadal. Tim played amazing for 4 hours and took the 14-time Men’s Singles Grand Slam Champion to the ultimate deciding 5th set. As Nadal served during the game which he hoped would win the match, a spectator yelled out loudly during

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Personal Museums

As mentioned in last week’s post, “Saint Francis the Impudent”, I too find myself holding my breath whenever I hear that the Holy Father is once again sharing an airplane with reporters. I agree that some of his reckless, off the cuff remarks not only cause confusion amongst the faithful but are certainly beneath the dignity of the office. However, what I find saddening is that these pontifical bombshells eclipse some the Holy Father’s more insightful and poignant remarks. For example, during his recent trip to the Philippines, Pope Francis had the opportunity to give an impromptu speech to students

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