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The Incredulity of St. Thomas

April 12, 2015



The Incredulity of St. Thomas, Caravaggio

Now Thomas, one of the twelve, who is called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him: We have seen the Lord. But he said to them: Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.

And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them. Jesus cometh, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said: Peace be to you. Then he saith to Thomas: Put in thy finger hither, and see my hands; and bring hither thy hand, and put it into my side; and be not faithless, but believing. Thomas answered, and said to him: My Lord, and my God. Jesus saith to him: Because thou hast seen me, Thomas, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and have believed. Many other signs also did Jesus in the sight of his disciples, which are not written in this book.

But these are written, that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God: and that believing, you may have life in his name.

—– Gospel According to St. John, Chapt. 20, 24-31



On “Comply or Die” Policing

April 10, 2015

JOE A., who frequently sends articles about excessive police force, writes:

I’m not the only one to use “comply or ivorcie!” to name the de facto cop policy of “fire at will.”

To those “conservatives” who defend killer cops because they are “the good guys,” I say: Read More »


Military Press Distorts Facts about Women in Combat

April 10, 2015

PETE F. writes:

The title alone of the Military Times article you recently cited, “Special Ops Troops Doubt Women Can Do the Job,” was enough to make me suspicious that a feminist had written the story, and sure enough, there are signs that is the case. Likewise, it was no surprise to find that the author is a young woman.

According to the brief professional/biographical sketch turned up by an Internet search, Lolita Baldor is a “National Security/Pentagon Reporter” for the Associated Press. Her photo reveals her to be a fairly young woman, probably of no more than thirty-five years of age. Read More »


The World’s Largest Democracy: Color-Coordinated Edition

April 9, 2015



Even the confirmed anti-communists in India have no sense of proportion. Four years ago, a politician decreed that all of Calcutta be painted in blue and white.

Note: ‘Kolkata’ is the relatively new politically-correct name for Calcutta. But ordinary Indians still call it Calcutta, just as they call ‘Mumbai,’ Bombay and ‘Chennai,’ Madras.

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Sexual Liberation and Political Control, cont.

April 9, 2015

ANN Coulter writes about Rolling Stone’s infamous false rape story:

The UVA fake rape is even worse than the Duke lacrosse team fake rape. The accused fraternity hadn’t even courted danger by hiring a stripper. They were going about their lives, minding their own business, when, out of the blue, Rolling Stone, the president of their university, and a fiendish coed decided to accuse them of a monstrous crime. Read More »


A View of “Demographic Winter”

April 9, 2015

A READER writes from Ireland:

 The Roman historian, Pliny the Younger in approximately 100 AD, uses the word ‘burden’ to describe the one-child “families” of the Roman élite. As you know, Augustus the first acknowledged Emperor of Rome, was never tired of urging the Roman élite to have children and to stop spending their time having fun with the girlfriends and boyfriends. Augustus even had his “Bachelor Tax” to encourage young men into procreation.

However his Bachelor Tax failed spectacularly. His Bachelor Tax was made unsuccessful by the following method. Tom would have his buddy’s sister Mary pretend to be his (Tom’s) wife. They would then gather up a group of local children. Tom would present Mary and the children as his “family” to the Roman Bachelor Tax office. Indeed there was a thriving ‘Hire a wife and children for the Bachelor Tax office’ black market to deceive the Roman Bachelor Tax officials.

Time has proven the leaders of Rome correct in their view of the danger of demographic decline.

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Will Muslim Bakeries Be Targeted?

April 9, 2015

HERE’S a humorous look at the fact that no Muslim bakeries or pizzerias have been targeted for refusing to cater “gay weddings.” Why is this unlikely ever to happen? I realize you already know why, but let’s just briefly mention the reasons.

First, Muslims do not take kindly to religious challenges.

Secondly, the Muslim view of homosexuality is inhuman and cruel. It is just so obviously wrong.

It is precisely because the Christian view of homosexuality is not hateful, it is precisely because it is charitable toward those afflicted with homosexual inclinations that it is targeted. The Christian view of homosexuality is based on objective truth and kindness. Thus it is truly threatening to homosexual liberation, which is founded on lies and distortions.

True morality is far more charitable toward the homosexually-inclined than Islam and far more charitable than liberalism, which simply ignores the scientific facts of the harmful medical, psychological and spiritual consequences of homosexual behavior and says, “Deal with it.”

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A Mother and Daughter Till the End

April 8, 2015

I HAVE a friend, I’ll call her Elizabeth, who was one of two children of a woman who was an attentive mother but also very critical of her daughter. Apparently she had great expectations of Elizabeth, who attended two Ivy League schools and then went onto have a reasonably successful career in public relations but did not become a superstar. For some reason, her mother was disappointed and thought she should have succeeded more. I’m not clear as to why, but it was true because I saw them interact. I remember being shocked, having never experienced this kind of disapproval myself. The mother often interrogated Elizabeth about her job prospects. When Elizabeth got married, the mother was disappointed again. She didn’t like the husband.  Elizabeth and her husband sadly divorced after a short time and Elizabeth had no children. Read More »


The Price of So Much “Freedom”

April 8, 2015

“Wretched are those countries to whom the Lord doesn’t speak any more, not even in quiet indignation, for this is a sign that He has cast them off, that they are abandoned and left alone in their blindness and obduracy.”

—Padre Pio in a letter to his spiritual daughter Raffaela Cerase


Military Men Have “Major Misconceptions”

April 8, 2015

FROM Military Times:

Surveys find that men in U.S. special operations forces do not believe women can meet the physical and mental demands of their commando jobs, and they fear the Pentagon will lower standards to integrate women into their elite units, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Associated Press.

Studies that surveyed personnel found “major misconceptions” within special operations about whether women should be brought into the male-only jobs. They also revealed concerns that department leaders would “capitulate to political pressure, allowing erosion of training standards,” according to one document.

Some of those concerns were not limited to men, researchers found, but were found among women in special operations jobs.

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The Model Minority: Peer Review Edition

April 8, 2015


From The Times of India:

A leading British medical journal has retracted 43 published articles after it was found that the authors had fabricated their peer reviews. As many as 41 articles were written by doctors who worked in Chinese hospitals. Read More »


Brave New Fatherhood

April 8, 2015

THE world’s largest sperm bank has just opened across the street from the University of Central Florida in Orlanda, which has 30,000 male students and is the second largest university in the country:

“This is the first international sperm bank in the state of Florida,” Cryos International Vice President Angel Tillis said.

Cryos officials aim to collect sperm and ship it across the nation and to fertility clinics and hospitals in 80 countries around the world. But it can’t do that without young men willing to donate for up to $125 each time and other benefits, including free health exams and treatment for three years.


Basketball Chutzpah

April 8, 2015

MARK JAWS writes:

Evidently the white liberals at USA Today are upset that there are too many white players on the University of Wisconsin basketball team.

Where to begin with this nonsense? Well, how about we see if the major media moguls themselves reflect the diversity they have been imposing on everyone else? Good news. I have already done so. Back in 2009, I did an in-depth ethnic analysis of the 32 major decision makers of the national media at NBC, CBS, ABC, Time, and Newsweek. I found out that all of them were white, and 28 of them were male. Furthermore, and this came as no surprise to my semi-Semitic self, at least 23 of the 32 media moguls were Jewish (or part Jewish). Well, so much for media diversity. Moral of the story? Liberals who live in all white houses should not throw basketballs at white players.


History’s Most Offensive Thinker

April 7, 2015

FROM “The Words and Deeds of Christ” by Joseph Sobran:

What greater proof of his divinity could there be than the fact that [Christ] is still resisted, even hated, after 2,000 years? Nobody hates Julius Caesar anymore; it’s pretty hard even to hate Attila the Hun, who left a lot of hard feelings in his day. But the world still hates Christ and his Church.

The usual form of this hatred is interesting in itself. For every outright persecutor, there are countless people who pretend not to hate Christ, but subtly demote him to the rank of a “great moral teacher,” or say they have nothing against Christianity as long as the “separation of church and state” is observed, or, under the guise of scholarship, affect to winnow out his “authentic” utterances from those falsely ascribed to him – as if the Apostles would have dared to put words in his mouth! And as if such fabricated words would have proved as durable as “authentic” ones! (Try writing a single sentence that anyone could mistake for a saying of Christ for even a century.) Read More »


Pizza and Religious Liberty

April 7, 2015


READERS of this site, accustomed as they are to associating commercial pizza with propaganda of various kinds, were probably not surprised to find pizza at the center of a national conflict last week. During Holy Week, the most sacred and solemn week of the liturgical year, owners of a pizza shop in Indiana were baited into stating that they would not serve pizza at a “gay wedding.” Even at this advanced stage of pizzafication there was probably not a single “gay couple” in America who wanted pizza at their “wedding,” at least from this particular pizza shop. Nevertheless, the owners faced an hysterical mob on the Internet and had to shut down.

Not a single slice had been denied to anyone. That didn’t matter. The owners of the pizza shop had committed a thought crime, and that’s what mattered.

Please do not blame the virtual mob. These people have been brainwashed. They have been indoctrinated all their lives into believing that the freedom to think and do whatever one wants is the highest and most precious principle. All freedom is good, even the freedom to destroy oneself.

They should not be blamed for their ignorance. They are pursuing American secularism to its logical conclusions. They are acting upon what they have been taught in school and by every major organ of public opinion. Read More »