The Thinking 

Drive-by Toothpaste

March 20, 2015


JEANETTE V. writes:

Look at the photos of the art recently installed in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina. It’s hideous. It looks like toothpaste squeezed from a tube.


Federal Government Stacks the Deck Against Accused Male Students

March 20, 2015

HANS BADER writes about the Office of Civil Rights and its blatant encouragement of civil rights violations at colleges:

Thanks partly to OCR stacking the deck, it can be much cheaper for a college to expel a possibly innocent student than to find him not guilty. Even before OCR’s recent rules changes, colleges had massive incentives to suspend or expel students who might be guilty of sexual assault or harassment. Read More »


The Logical End Point of an Environmentally Pure Life

March 20, 2015

KARL D. writes:

It appears even the dead are not safe from the Eco-Warriors. A disgusting idea has been born called the “Urban death project.” It proposes erecting a giant, tower-type structure that will essentially be used in an industrialized system to turn your dead loved ones into mulch to replenish the earth. The grief-stricken can be given a small box of human mulch!! Read More »


Calling Out Colin Powell

March 19, 2015


Larry Elder — that rarity in post-America: a native Angeleno who still lives in LA, and a man I would call a black realist — calls out former National Security Adviser, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secretary of State Colin Powell for telling George Stefanopoulos on ABC’s This Week he still thinks there is a “dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the Republican Party on race,” a claim Powell first made years ago and appears fond of repeating. Read More »


More Thoughts on Female Beauty

March 19, 2015


Portrait of a Young Woman, Gaetano Gandolfo

GUILAIN writes in response to this previous discussion:

A woman’s looks are definitely a priority for most men when it comes to finding a girlfriend or a wife. But I think a man living on a desert island would have different priorities. If such a man could choose a single woman to share his life, her looks would not matter as much as they do in human societies.

Many men want their wives or girlfriends to look good in order to see other men gazing at them with envy. It gives men a feeling of superiority. That’s why they like exhibiting their “beautiful” women in crowded (and ugly) areas such as the streets of a big city. They’re not that much interested in romantic walks in the beautiful (but quiet) countryside. The same phenomenon exists with sports cars, or expensive clothes. You would think that Ferrari owners would want to drive their cars on empty roads, where they can actually use the engine’s power. But actually they often prefer being blocked in the traffic jams of trendy town centers because there they can show the world how important they are. Read More »


The Masonic Dollar Bill

March 19, 2015



THOUGH the establishment of public, secular education was historically one of the key goals of the secret, anti-Christian movement known as Freemasonry, which claims as its own such important figures as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, it is interesting to note that public school children are taught almost nothing about this powerful cult and its influence on the founding of America. How many students learn about the Great Seal and its symbolism on the dollar bill? I never was taught anything about it. But then that’s the way it is supposed to work. Building the New World Order, or the Novus Ordo Seclorum, as it is called on the dollar bill — an order in which true religion is abolished and all nations are combined in universal brotherhood under Masonic principles, an order in which feast days for heroes of holiness such as St. Joseph are distant memories — requires secrecy. And so almost every day, the Great Seal passes through our hands and we are oblivious to its sinister meaning. Masons like to call anyone who does see this meaning a “conspiracy theorist” — a very effective rebuke as good-natured, sociable Americans do not want to be seen as kooks.


The symbols of the Great Seal, which are featured on the dollar bill, are clearly intended to embody the beliefs of those who founded the United States of America. The current design of the Great Seal was approved by Congress on 20 June 1782, and the seal was introduced to the dollar bill in 1935. The continued official use of Masonic symbols today indicates that these beliefs remain at the heart of the U.S. establishment.

What were the beliefs of the founders of America? Read More »


Beloved St. Joseph

March 19, 2015

St. Joseph with the Infant Jesus, Reni Guido, 1620s

IN the Middle Ages, there were dozens of feast days during the course of the year, days in which almost all refrained from work of any kind, participated in solemn liturgies and celebrated. The atmosphere of the saints’ days was permeated, one imagines, with love and honor for a particular hero of holiness. One of those feast days was the Feast of St. Joseph, which is celebrated today in America with private observance here and there, especially in the South. There is no public acclaim for this holy man who participated in the greatest drama in history. Almost no one takes the day off. It’s just not considered that important. But then to most Americans, the saints don’t exist. The greatest friends a person could have are invisible.

From Dom Gueranger’s The Liturgical Year:

Who can imagine or worthily describe the sentiments which filled the heart of this man, whom the Gospel describes to us in one word, when it calls him the just man (St. Matth. i. 19.)? Read More »


The State of Philosophy at Notre Dame

March 18, 2015


Recently, I wrote about the passing of Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, who presided over the University of Notre Dame for thirty five years (1952-87), and under whose tutelage this once Catholic university morphed into a secular one, although his successors forcefully persist in claiming that nothing has changed, which, given the current state of affairs at the university, assures me that they are in a state of serious denial, which is not a river in Egypt. Read More »


The Jewish Bully Extraordinaire

March 18, 2015


There are hopeful developments in the Mikey Weinstein v. Christians in Uniform story I forwarded last week.  Someone in the U.S. Air Force has found his spine, and Mr. Weinstein has run into resistance.  Something unusual for him in recent years, I’m sure. Read More »


The Non-Catholic Pope, cont.

March 18, 2015

BILL writes:

I have no idea how you can say the current pope is not Catholic, as it logically leads to certain contradictions. By what authority do you declare yourself Catholic and the pope not Catholic? And how does this not make you a Protestant?

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Divorce Leads to Debtors Prison for Fathers

March 18, 2015

FROM a letter to The Wall Street Journal by Em. Prof. Gordon E. Finley of Florida Intl. University, Miami:

In the U.S. today, the only citizens who can be imprisoned for debt are fathers in arrears for child support. The parent-to-prison pathway generally goes something like this: Fall behind in child support, and the state takes away all professional and drivers’ licenses. This makes it impossible for fathers to generate income, and so the arrears increase, the father goes to debtors prison, and with a prison record it becomes exceedingly difficult to impossible to ever get a job in the aboveground economy. The future prospects of the children of imprisoned fathers are uniformly bleak, especially when compounded with the well-established findings that children from single-mother families have the worst developmental outcomes of all family forms. Read More »


Employed Mothers and Family Health

March 18, 2015

d7716e67495146596cc487181ee742b5IN ALL the public bemoaning of the obesity epidemic in childhood and adolescence, the elephant in the room  is almost always ignored. The problem mushroomed with the mass entry of women into the workforce. From a 2014 article by Katherine Bauer analyzing a study that shows a link between maternal employment and poor dietary habits in teens:

Indulging in a bit of wishful thinking, the researchers argue that “efforts such as engaging all family members in meal preparation to alleviate burden on working women could contribute to improvements in family food environments on a population level.”

A less fanciful interpretation of the findings would indicate that Americans should be looking for ways to get back to what they once had—homemaking mothers.  It is hard to imagine a healthy nutritional future for the nation’s teens without many more such mothers.


The Educational Gulag

March 17, 2015

P. G. writes in response to the previous post:

Education has become a form of incarceration, confining innocents to terms from 12-25 years for the so-called knowledge it apportions out in carefully rationed amounts in order to consume one third of the average person’s life span. That an institution can hold your life hostage for what Tom Bertonneau called “justification in advance” is a testimony to the power of propaganda. If it’s considered unethical for parents to chose medical treatment for their children, why is it okay to make children go somewhere they likely don’t want to go – for twelve years.

The average family now starts its income accumulation nearly thirteen years later than it would have historically, creating the conditions where they must use school as a form of warehousing to recover enough income to make up for the lost time.  Read More »


A Leaf in his Backpack

March 17, 2015

sixth-grader in Virginia was suspended for a year after he was falsely accused of having a marijuana leaf in his backpack. According to The Washington Post:

The student, the 11-year-old son of two school teachers, had to enroll in the district’s alternative education program and be homeschooled. He was evaluated by a psychiatrist for substance abuse problems, and charged with marijuana possession in juvenile court. In the months since September, he’s become withdrawn, depressed, and he suffers from panic attacks. He is worried his life is over, according to his mother, and that he will never get into college. Read More »


The Irish-American Tradition of Resisting the Church with High-Flown Blarney

March 17, 2015



CARDINAL James Gibbons (1834-1921), protesting the Holy See ’s condemnation of the works of the socialist Henry George, wrote:

In dealing with so practicable a people as the Americans , in whose genius bizarre and impracticable ideas quickly find their grave, it seems to me that prudence suggests that absurdities and fallacies be allowed to perish by themselves, and not run the risk of giving them an importance, a life and an artificial force by the intervention of the tribunals of the Church. {Cited here.}

Kennedy Addressing

On September 12, 1960, Senator John F. Kennedy, who was running for president at the time, told a gathering of the Greater Houston Ministerial Association:

But let me stress again that these are my views—for contrary to common newspaper usage, I am not the Catholic candidate for President. I am the Democratic Party’s candidate for President who happens also to be a Catholic. I do not speak for my church on public matters—and the church does not speak for me.

New York Celebrates St. Patrick's Day With Annual Parade

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who cannot reasonably be considered a cardinal of the Catholic Church, is grand marshal of the 2015 New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade, which takes place today and which allows an openly homosexual group for the first time. He said:

“The most important question I had to ask myself was this: does the new policy violate Catholic faith or morals? If it does, then the Committee has compromised the integrity of the parade, and I must object and refuse to participate or support it.”

“From my review, it does not. Catholic teaching is clear: “being Gay” is not a sin, nor contrary to God’s revealed morals.”