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From a Baptist Reader


KEVIN K. sends a donation and writes:

I much appreciate your thinking and ability and willingness to be public with those thoughts. I am in the Baptist camp so it is sometimes interesting to see how conservative Catholics view their Church and its leadership, as well as those Christians who do not adhere to all Catholic doctrine and practice. In spite of, or because of our differences, I find your blog always interesting and valuable for providing a forum for discussing how this American culture is in a death spiral. Thank you.

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No Such Thing as Mrs.


MRS. Christine Guttadauria writes:

Regarding recent discussions of Canada and Quebec (see here and here), I would like to add that it is illegal in Quebec for a woman to take her husband’s name after marriage. I’ve been told that even going to the extremes of legally changing one’s name will be denied if the “only” reason to do so is to have the same last name as one’s spouse (and children, who automatically have their father’s name, with or without a marriage certificate).

This is the case no matter if one comes here from another province or outside the country. Whether this is to please the feminists or to keep track of the ethnicity of the population, I can’t say.

Pagans, Old and New


SVEN writes:

Here’s an irony for you. When Rome adopted Christianity as the state religion, many rural people stuck to the old gods. Known as pagans, Latin for “villager,” and “heathens,” or heath dwellers, they were the equivilant of modern day rednecks and country bumpkins. To this day, “heathen” and “pagan” are synonymous with non-Christianity and backwardness. Sodomy was one of the customs the newly-Christian city people attributed to pagans, and used the accusation as a reason to despise country folks.

Fast forward to 21st century America, where one of coastal liberals’ favorite reasons to disdain “fly over country” is that we do not wholeheartedly embrace and celebrate sodomy! How times change.

Mental Nourishment vs. Cheap Mozzarella



LINDA N. sends a small, but generous donation and writes:

I was going to buy pizza for Super Bowel Sunday [sic] but decided to do this instead.

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Fred on Women in the Military


MOST WOMEN in the military want nothing to do with combat. They are there for the jobs. (As are many men.) A small number of elite women want combat roles to be expanded both on principle and because their exclusion prevents them from advancing in their careers. The writer Fred Reed writes in a recent article on women in the military:


Super Smart Asian Women



Julie Chen


In your “Devouring Screen” post, you briefly mentioned “super smart Asian women” in media.

The reality is that these super smart Asian women cave in when the going gets tough.

Matt Lauer, of the morning show Good Morning America, had a big media fall out with his co-host Ann Curry. He was just being the regular aggressive male, staking out his territory, and not being “nice.” Curry got fired, supposedly at Lauer’s recommendation. She left in tears!!!! She was nothing like that “tough and super smart Asian” persona she had been building.

There is another daytime show The Talk, whose “leader” is an Asian woman - Julie Chen, and the rumor was that her husband, Les Moonves, who is head of  CBS, kept the show going for subsequent seasons, despite its low ratings. The Talk is a take on The View, under that super smart (earned) Jewish woman Barbara Walters, but it is only a copy. I’m surprised people watch it, but it must be a combination of artificial propping and women who have nothing better to do in the afternoons. (Continued)

Some Brutally Frank Prodding from a Reader


JOHANNA D. sends her second donation in a week and writes:

I’m so glad you have posted your request for support “front and center.” I think you should keep it there until you reach your goal. Many people may be missing your request altogether.

As for those who have seen it and have not responded, surely the affirmation your blog provides is worth the price of a cup of coffee, a movie (not many of those worth the price of admission), a bottle of wine, a magazine subscription, any number of things we think nothing of subscribing to.

It can’t be easy for you to ask either. I believe this is the third time you have had to do so and that thermometer is moving very slowly. You must have 10,000 readers at least. Surely they can afford a few dollars.

I would hate to have to remove the “TH” from my bookmarks list.

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In India, Some Large Families Are Honored


WANDA SHERRATT writes from Ottawa:

 I was so sorry to hear about that Brazilian mother of six, and how she isn’t appreciated even in a Catholic country like Brazil.  To compensate, here’s an amusing story from when my family lived in India in the 90s.  My husband is a diplomat, so we mostly associated with other diplomatic families.  One diplomatic wife told me of taking a trip with her children into Old Delhi one day.  She had three sons, and each of her sons brought along a friend.  And it just happened that they all had rather similar features and hair color, and they also all descended in height rather evenly. So it really looked as if all six boys were hers.


Please Support This Site


RELATIVELY few people are willing to support blogs. Those who do have done something. They have done something small to support the right ideas. That’s what is most needed in this world — not big organizations, not expensive political campaigns. Just ideas. Ideas have consequences.

Thank you to readers who have given in my latest fundraising campaign. I greatly appreciate your support.

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She Bred Like a “Rabbit”


A BRAZILIAN woman, the mother of six children, is quoted at length at Tradition in Action:

Every day, I face the curiosity, the disrespect, the jokes, the whispers and the comments by many people who think that, just because I have six children, they have the right to give their opinion on what is so sacred to me. I have way too many anecdotes. I have been stopped on the street walk and asked if “I did not care about the environment”. I have been laughed at dozens of times when asked if I did not have a TV at home (BTW, no! We do not, Thank God!), if I knew what caused pregnancies, if I did not have a hobby. And all that spoken inconveniently, without modesty, in front of my small children!


Reflections on the March for Life


VINCENT CHIARELLO writes about the annual anti-abortion march in Washington, D.C., which takes place every January 22, the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade:

If you were to read a summary of the March for Life in newspapers – usually relegated to the inside pages, and with a serious undercounting of the numbers involved – rarely will you sense the adrenalin that the March generates amongst those who are there as participants. This is particularly interesting for it does not need an expert observer to notice that a large – very large – segment of the Marchers are young, which says something about the tectonic shift in societal group-think that is taking place virtually unnoticed.

Further overlooked is the annual growth in numbers: according to Marchers I spoke to, some of whom have been returning here for the past dozen years, the size of the rally “continues to grow.”  One delegation which has made an appearance over the last several years is that of my parish: St. Athanasius, in Vienna, Virginia. (Continued)

Another Day, Another Masterpiece



The Curse of Cursing Women


PAUL writes:

Although Huckabee is lame overall as a presidential candidate, he often gets it right such as his criticism of the profanity used by females in his former workplace at Fox News. I never use profanity in the presence of a female using profanity even though my brain screams to hit her when an argument has begun. Men do it to one another to avoid a fistfight, unthinkable with a female. It is a big turnoff for me when a woman curses.


A Case of Military Rape


A FORMER U.S. Army prosecutor who once supervised sexual assault cases and complained that he was pressured to expedite them has himself been convicted of sexual assault. Major Erik Burris has been sentenced to 20 years in prison and dismissed from service. Virtually nothing about the case is available to the public.

Donald Trump? You Gotta Be Kidding!


TK writes:

I never could take Donald Trump seriously. I figured any man with such a ridiculous haircut deserves nothing but scorn. I can’t imagine anyone so silly looking even having enough gall to BE an egomaniac. Trump has something in common with the president, in that anytime either one is on television or the radio I immediately change the channel or turn the sound off. Certain voices just get to me. (Continued)