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[3 Sep 2018 | No Comment | ]

In the view of a noted authenticist expert on Catholic bishops I talked with in confidence yesterday, the outline of the U. S. Catholic bishops proposed document “Forming Consciences of Faithful Citizenship” bears “the imprint of the finely manicured and perfumed hand of one who has long been regarded as the most prominent liberal of the U.S. episcopate. ”
When he said that to me, I knew right away who he meant.
He was speaking of one who is not even an active archbishop but is retired—Theodore Cardinal McCarrick the former archbishop …

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[30 Nov 2017 | No Comment | ]

The man I knew for forty years as “Uncle Henry” is gone. There will not be his like in the Congress again soon. Perhaps never. Some thoughts:
I hope that Congressman Rahm Emanuel has retained some portion of the innate grace from his ballet dancing past not to attend Henry’s wake or funeral. But if he goes it will be typical.

Typical because as everyone in Washington knows including the media that will not publish it, Emanuel, once President Bill Clinton’s assassin (felicitously called his political director) looked skyward in innocence as …

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[19 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

(A Flashback from our founder, the last great Tom Roeser)
Just as Charlie Barr was right in his dispute with Billy the Kid (Stratton, the two-term former governor, two term state treasurer and ex-congressman-at-large), he proved to be a Cassandra: one whose analysis, though correct in all particulars, was fated to be pooh-poohed and never listened to. Barr it was who said Dick Ogilvie was embarked on an empire-building crusade, to build not just an administration as governor but to weld a hybrid party from disparate elements of the old ones. …

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[17 May 2011 | One Comment | ]

Mitch Daniels
Q. What’s this? A spouse decides whether one runs for president? Has this ever happened before?
A. No. Of course not. I think it’s a joke and makes a laughingstock out of Daniels who on a number of fronts…budgetary expertise, excellent governor…is a well-qualified candidate. The proper way would be for the couple quietly to make that decision up or down and then either go for it or no. Throwing the ball to Cherie in public to make the decision for …

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[3 May 2011 | 2 Comments | ]

Q. Barbara Walters says she’d hate to be a Republican presidential candidate running against Obama in 2012 now that he had the CIA and Navy Seals kill Osama bin Laden. Also Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC.
A. You’ve identified the nation’s two overage liberal news Harpies there. But it’s all in their dreams. The best research that can be found has determined that when Saddam Hussein was captured in 2003, George W. Bush got a brief 7-point spurt which died as domestic issues took to the fore. …

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[2 May 2011 | 3 Comments | ]

As we digest the news of Usama bin Laden’s death and acknowledge that it is sweet retribution for all Americans…those who lost loved ones on 9/11 and the entire country which has invested billions in defense and anti-terrorism….let’s look ahead to a future where we can not be the combination constabulary and fire department for the world.

There is one important change in U. S. policy that is seldom discussed even in most conservative journalistic organs…and that is the necessity through election …

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[29 Apr 2011 | One Comment | ]

WTTW hosted a panel on Catholicism, Fr. Pfleger, and the beatification of John Paul II last night.

There as per usual we had the usually lopsided structure of two liberal Catholics…knowing and having interviewed both adversaries I would judge Barbara Blaine is more nominal than active… against one.
Both belong to the Catholic Left. Robert McClory is a teacher, journalist and resigned priest who’s written a laudatory book about Pfleger. McClory…a former assistant at St. Sabina’s pre-Pfleger who left the priesthood to marry… has in the course of thirty …

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[28 Apr 2011 | 2 Comments | ]

In a strongly worded statement, Cardinal Francis George has suspended Fr. Michael Pfleger from his roles as a Priest in the Archdiocese of Chicago.  The letter George sent Pfleger was excellent—a masterpiece.
I say: Better late than never. I fully expect the Crying Towel liberals…including the Sun-Times editorial board, Carol Marin and Laura Washington…both nominal Catholics and whose grasp of theology is wafer-thin…will weep copiously: This man has done wonderful things for the community! Nuts. A priest is not supposed to be a community organizer. He …

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[26 Apr 2011 | 2 Comments | ]

Can It Work? Not if Paul Ryan Gets on the Ticket for the Defense.
Some day after we’re all dead, revisionist historians will calculate that this 44th president, Barack Obama, in addition to being the worst president from the standpoint of patriotism pro-U.S. motivation, was the most inept.

They will likely cite as Evidentiary One, his utter failure to craft a budget. The American people would have been informed about this incompetence long before this but the national media, accustomed to its role of running interference for him …

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[22 Apr 2011 | One Comment | ]

If Chicago Tonight were a balanced news program, rather than a Left Wing PR event, it might offer something like this

Q. Can you explain?
A. The format is so incurably left-wing it wreaks of political correctness and apologias. It is a case of the Left having taken over complete control of the program agenda…due to the feminist alliance of Mary Field, Carol Marin and Elizabeth Brackett…the trio telling hopelessly pliable anchor Phil Ponce what he will do.
Q. As for instance?
A. Whenever the issue turns to same-sex marriage …