A Third Party becomes a good idea when...

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are the presumptive nominees for President of the United States of America.

At this point, I would join a constitutionalist party.  Yes, I'm aware this new party could not win the election in the short term.  We must think long term.  The Republican party doesn't deserve to survive this election cycle. 

We need to reclaim local elections: the Presidency is not and should not be the only seat of political power in this country.  The President is not our king; the President cannot solve all of our problems; the President should not solve all of our problems.

We can't give up hope for a healthy politics. 


End of An Era

Sad to see you go Peyton!  Brady wouldn't have been as great as he is without you as a competitor. Via ESPN:
Peyton Manning's Super Bowl 50 victory over the Carolina Panthers was indeed his last rodeo.
The five-time NFL MVP is retiring, the Denver Broncos announced Sunday. The team will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. ET Monday for Manning to discuss his stepping away from the game after 18 seasons and two Super Bowl victories.

"When you look at everything Peyton has accomplished as a player and person, it's easy to see how fortunate we've been to have him on our team," Broncos executive vice president of football operations and general manager John Elway said in a statement. "Peyton was everything that we thought he was and even more -- not only for the football team but in the community. I'm very thankful Peyton chose to play for the Denver Broncos, and I congratulate him on his Hall of Fame career."


For Antonin Scalia

Go forth, O Christian soul, from this world, in the name of God the Father Almighty, who created thee; in the name of Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who suffered for thee; in the name of the Holy Spirit, who was poured forth upon thee; in the name of the glorious and ever blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God; in the name of St. Joseph, chaste Spouse of the same Virgin; in the name of the Angels and Archangels; in the name of the Thrones and Dominations; in the name of the Principalities and Powers; in the name of the heavenly Forces, Cherubim and Seraphim; in the name of the Patriarchs and Prophets; in the name of the holy Apostles and Evangelists; in the name of the holy Martyrs and Confessors; in the name of the holy Monks and Hermits; in the name of the holy Virgins and of all the Saints of God: may they place be this day in peace, and thine abode in holy Sion. Through Christ our Lord.


Sad to see this great man pass.


It's a shame

My state is going to propel Donald Trump towards the presidency.


The Candidates

Marco Rubio is my choice.  I do not agree with the media's narrative of last night, of his supposed self-destruction.  Everyone on that stage put their foot in their mouth at some point during those three hours - it happens, no one is perfect. Rubio clearly has some understanding of limited government, of the fundamental injustice of abortion, and speaks intelligently enough on the economy and foreign policy to compete with Hillary.  He can handle hard questions and his answers generally do not make me squirm (a few moments from last night are the exception).

Ted Cruz would be a good candidate, but I do not believe he passes the "likeability" test.  Politics these days is a popularity contest - witness President Barack Obama and his two terms - and conservatives would be wise to remember that the candidate we choose has to win the general election.  Our candidate has to attract voters who generally do not pay attention to politics or concern themselves with political things.  I believe that Rubio has a significant advantage over Cruz in this aspect. 

Carly Fiorina is regrettably not electable, for whatever reason.  The polls don't go her way.  If she were still in contention she would probably have my vote because she is, as far as I can tell, the most competent, commanding and conservative character running for office. This is especially disappointing because as far as I can tell the media made this choice for the American people.  Or maybe she needs a better "outreach" system or whatever.

I am especially disappointed in the way Dr. Ben Carson has performed in the last 8 months of the campaign.  At the outset of primary season I was encouraged by his grasp of the language of republican (lowercase r intentional) politics.  But it has become clear, especially last night, that his ability to command a room and his grasp of the details are lacking.

Trump is an egomaniac, entertaining at times, terrible at others, but ultimately empty.

The rest of 'em are liberals -!  Go Rubio!


"Hell yeah I would" ... "No, look, you gotta step up, man."

It's like Will Ferrell is impersonating the politician Jeb Bush.  Except it's Jeb.


The word millenial

I've had enough



I really dislike this Pete Spilakos article on First Things


Even if Carson "Wins", We Lose

Such a negative approach ... no wonder conservatives lose in every way imaginable with cheerleaders like this dope.



are not all of God's punishments also gifts?



Saw these folks live tonight.  Unreal!

Only if the audience wasn't full of grumpy old Massholes, nearly killed all my joy!


thoughts on the moment

Asked what he thought about Western civilization, Mohandas K. Gandhi supposedly quipped that he thought it would be a good idea. Conservatives, if we’re being honest, might say the same about the rule of law. It would be a good idea, at least an interesting experiment. For the moment, though, there’s only power, the men who have it, and the things they do with it.


Jimmy Kimmel is not funny

at all!

why is famous? why does he host a comedy show?


The Culture "War"

I mean hey, the "culture war" was lost a long time ago, before it even started.

The Benedict option is looking like the only alternative.

Small communities of people.  That's where it starts!

Have a blessed Holy Thursday


Life Begins

I just saw “baby boy Washington” enter life with a cry. He does not yet know how much he will have to cry about. His mother is unmarried and does not want him. He will be turned over to the city for a life of not being wanted. This is true for more than one third of all the hundreds of babies delivered here. I don’t think his prospects are very good for finding love, happiness, joy, purpose…. I am not depressed — only filled with wonder. Wonder at the glory and tragedy of life in this city. In a little while I will drive home and can count on being struck again by the New York skyline — a never failing object of adoration. The city and the potential of the civilization it represents — to this I am religiously committed. And to the ways of the God who brought it into being. “What is man, that you keep him in mind?” Little baby boy Washington — fear not, He has redeemed you. He has called you by the name you do not yet have, you are His! I cannot guarantee you that this is true. It may be a pious illusion. But it is better than what is called the truth by men, but just must be illusion. You are not alone.
-Richard John Neuhaus
 From his time as a chaplain via Alan Jacobs


Everyone wants to live forever

When carbohydrates are removed from your diet, will you live to 120? Do you want to live to 120?




In the Garden

Need a Gospel album from these folks, now.


Regarding my many problems

Multitasking has been found to increase the production of the stress hormone cortisol as well as the fight-or-flight hormone adrenaline, which can overstimulate your brain and cause mental fog or scrambled thinking. Multitasking creates a dopamine-addiction feedback loop, effectively rewarding the brain for losing focus and for constantly searching for external stimulation. To make matters worse, the prefrontal cortex has a novelty bias, meaning that its attention can be easily hijacked by something new – the proverbial shiny objects we use to entice infants, puppies, and kittens. The irony here for those of us who are trying to focus amid competing activities is clear: the very brain region we need to rely on for staying on task is easily distracted. We answer the phone, look up something on the internet, check our email, send an SMS, and each of these things tweaks the novelty- seeking, reward-seeking centres of the brain, causing a burst of endogenous opioids (no wonder it feels so good!), all to the detriment of our staying on task. It is the ultimate empty-caloried brain candy. Instead of reaping the big rewards that come from sustained, focused effort, we instead reap empty rewards from completing a thousand little sugar-coated tasks.

- Courtesy of The Guardian


Tony Esolen on Human Liberty

"Freedom cannot be mere permission.  License is not simply a false version of liberty.  It is the death of liberty.

That is because man's liberty is for his perfection.  If you abuse your arms, tearing at them with hooks and crushing them under sledgehammers, you will not achieve any of the good that arms are for.  If you abuse your free judgment and turn to vice, you will have a will that is to the soul no better than the torn and crushed arms are to the body.  No better, and probably far worse."

- Anthony Esolen, pp.40, "Reclaiming Catholic Social Teaching"


Greatest NFL Game Ever

Was played tonight, Patriots vs. Ravens, Foxborough Mass. 
35-31 Pats.  Never seen a more competitive or entertaining or thrilling sports contest.
 Guess I had to wait a couple days to see Flacco eliminated.