Roast the Easter Bunny

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Roast the Easter Bunny

Color raw eggs instead of boiled. Awaken the little ones at sunrise for the Easter Egg Hunt. But as you collect them, instead of peeling and eating hard-boiled eggs”€”let’s face it, who really wants to eat them?”€”have a raucous egg-fight, boys against girls, on the lawn in front of your home. You might even want to lead them in an Easter hymn as they hunt and hurl, hunt and hurl, such as “€œJesus Christ is Risen Today,”€ “€œVictimae Paschali Laudes,”€ or the beloved Polish “€œChodzimy po dyngusie i śpiewamy o Jezusie.”€

The Death of God

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The Death of God

This classic prayer of the Church, which pictures Jesus addressing the crowd which called for His death, speaks to every sinner. It is the perfect meditation for this, the most solemn day of the year:

O my people, what have I done to you? How have I offended you? Answer me! I led you out of Egypt, from slavery to freedom, but you have led your Savior to the cross.

Ian Smith, We Hardly Knew Ye

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Ian Smith, We Hardly Knew Ye

In this week’s New Yorker Philip Gourevitch takes a shot at Robert Mugabe, one of the leading psychopathic monsters among the rest of the crooks and murderers who lead the Dark Continent. He writes that the South African honcho, Thabo Mbeki and his gang have dishonored themselves by failing to stand up to an oppressor (Mugabe) who is as contemptuous of his people as Ian Smith was. What utter crap. Ian Smith, a wonderful man…

Holy Thursday: Sangria in the Streets

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Holy Thursday: Sangria in the Streets

Mark this multifaceted feast by making a pilgrimage to seven churches in your city”€”preferably visiting congregations you wouldn”€™t normally see, in neighborhoods you might avoid, to remind yourself of the universality of the Church, and why you moved to the sterile suburbs in the first place. Since the authors dwell in New York City, it’s easy for us to make this trip on foot. Each year, we go from a Russian Catholic liturgy to a cathedral built by the Irish, a parish in Little Italy, a Slovenian and then a Polish church, then to a succession of parishes populated by Catholics from Ecuador, China, Peru, and Puerto Rico, ending up at a Gothic church full of devout Filipinos.

The ERA Zombie Walks the Earth

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The ERA Zombie Walks the Earth

They are back, just when you thought it was safe. I mean the Feminazi crowd. And guess what they have in store for you? Why, they intend to re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment in both Houses of Congress. The original fight should have been over in 1977 but then Congress gave the ladies (please forgive that term in this context) another several years to complete ratification. So you thought the fight was over by 1982? No, not at all. This time the authors of the ERA assure us that they will have no time limit for ratification. And there you have it: ERA forever.

Thoughts on the Antichrist: Part II, The Law and the Prophets

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Thoughts on the Antichrist: Part II, The Law and the Prophets

When the spiritual head of Christendom opposes the war you wish to launch, you take his opposition very seriously. We might not be surprised that a non-Catholic President would feel no compunction in simply disregarding the direct and insistent appeal of Pope John Paul II to refrain from war; but what excuse do his Catholic supporters have? After his electoral loss, Rick Santorum did not search for a job promoting the Catholic “values” upon which he had risen to power and fame; instead, he has taken a position as senior fellow at the neoconservative Ethics and Public Policy Center where he established, and now directs, the “America’s Enemies” program. There have been almost 50 million abortions in the United States since 1973; but for this Catholic “social conservative,” the greatest threats to America just happen to be Iran and Syria

Requiem for a Heavyweight

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Requiem for a Heavyweight

Last week I spent some days in Washington, D.C. for a conference organized by Fran Griffin at the National Press Club. The subject was Sam Francis, and his terrific book, Shots Fired, about America’s culture wars. Alas, Sam Francis passed away two years ago.

War Whore

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War Whore

I might find Ann Coulter minimally bearable if only she had the honesty to point out that the two parties are for the most part indistinguishable. They are both big-government, welfare-state parties, which truckle to designated minorities and which engage equally in such moronic rituals as pulling down Confederate flags to please black race-hustlers and the liberal media. If Ann told us that she hates both parties but considers the Stupid Party slightly less obnoxious than the Evil one, I would find her diatribes less disgusting.

Thoughts on the the Antichrist: Part I, The Inversion of Values

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Thoughts on the the Antichrist: Part I, The Inversion of Values

If our principles consist entirely of a series of “values,” then we can easily convince ourselves that political circumstances”€”elections, cold hard cash”€”justify stressing some and deemphasizing others. We can see this process at work in the current pandering of Newt Gingrich to the Christian right, as he desperately seeks the Republican nomination for president in 2008. After his resignation from the House of Representatives, he took a cushy job at a neoconservative think tank (the American Enterprise Institute and spent much of his time as a cheerleader for expanding the war in Iraq into Iran and Syria, but now he’s stressing a different set of values.

Mama was a Spartan

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Mama was a Spartan

Back in the old country we’ve been making jokes about the Persians since 480 B.C. But we also like them because they made heroes out of us Greeks. We only lost once to them, in Thermopylae in 480 B.C., but they were 400,000 of them and 300 of us.

More Bridges to Nowhere

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More Bridges to Nowhere

The new majority in Congress said it was different from the old majority and that multi-million dollar bridges to nowhere and money for frivolous projects would be a thing of the past. This is what they said and are on record saying on television and in newspapers all across the country barely two months ago yet their self-declared moratorium on earmarks seems to be falling apart already.

Murder Most False

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Murder Most False

Dodi was not sleeping with Diana, hence if she were pregnant at the time of her death, it would have been a far greater story than it was. It would have been the second Immaculate Conception.

The Honest Broker?

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The Honest Broker?

The neocons have their own axe to grind — make the Middle East safe for Greater Israel — but the West does not necessarily follow an Eretz Israel agenda. Or should not, in any case. It is strange that people like Bush and Blair have not caught on all these years. The more we mix up in their business, the more the people of the Middle East will hate us. All the more so if that involvement in their lives requires the use of tanks, American-made cluster bombs and American soldiers. No sooner had we forced the Palestinians to vote then they voted in Hamas. And we stopped all humanitarian aid because they democratically elected people we didn’t approve of. Some democracy, as Winny would have said.

Giuliani’s Closet

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Giuliani’s Closet

I don”€™t care one whit about Rudy Giuliani’s private life, although I have a hard time believing the evangelicals are quite ready for the rutting Rudy. He is, after all, an Italian male, with certain impulses wired into his brain, particularly that part of it that rules the sexual imagination. I say, more power to him in that department “€“ life, as the Italians know, is to be enjoyed, rather than endured. But what we shouldn”€™t have to endure is a Giuliani presidency, which would be a disaster in both the foreign policy and civil liberties departments.

Paint Him Black

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Paint Him Black

Dripping with malice, envy and venom, hacks are having the time of their life as Conrad Black goes to trial in Chicago, a city known for its smiling wallet-lifters and corrupt public officials. Not since Fat Bob Maxwell took a dive into the Med back in 1991 have those holier than thou members of the Fourth Estate enjoyed themselves as much. The trouble is there’s quite a difference. Maxwell stole hundreds of millions….

Don”€™t Look Left

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Don”€™t Look Left

The only hope of resisting the partisans of secular intolerance is to clean up the Christian Right (Catholic and Protestant), to purge it of jingoism, anti-intellectualism, millenarian nihilism, and to break up its shotgun wedding to the hacks who run the conservative movement. The Christian Right must become less “€œRight”€ and much more Christian, reassert its intellectual and moral independence of partisan politics, and insist on applying its principles consistently. Pastors must stop endorsing torture, public Catholics must choose their pope above their president, and all of us must remember that the real war is not between the Democratic and Republican parties, but between the Church and the World. And the battlefield lies within our hearts.

California’s Coup D”€™Etat

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California’s Coup D”€™Etat

The primary system is a good one provided that it is stretched over several months. From the Iowa Caucuses in January to the California Primary in June potential nominees could be vetted by the electorate. It was a time for practice, if you will, for the major national election in November. The Governor and the Legislature in California got all hot and bothered to move their primary to February 5, 2008 because it had been a long time since California had been the major factor in a race for the Presidency. To be precise, it was 1964 and Senator Barry M. Goldwater won a close primary election over New York Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller. That was the last time California determined who the nominee of either party would be.

Britain in the Ashtray: Notes on a Scandal

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Britain in the Ashtray: Notes on a Scandal

There is no reason to suppose that this film’s near-perfect depiction of nihilism exaggerates, in any way, the quotidian horror of Britain under Blair. There is every reason to suppose that, if anything, it understates such horror. The British dispatches from Theodore Dalrymple, Peter Hitchens, and Geoffrey Wheatcroft regularly convey to us a land as unrecognizable from its 1970s self (some of us remember that self from our youth) as today’s Spain is from Franco’s.

What the Loser Wins

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What the Loser Wins

I am not saying that we must all turn to Eastern mysticism, or try walking on water after a heavy lunch, or even be portrayed by Francis Bacon in attitudes expressive of inner torment. But come on, live a little! Let the careless child burn his fingers playing with matches. Let the faithful adoring wife go on worshipping her husband, the idler in a spotted cravat who is secretly taking all her jewellery to the pawnbrokers. Let the clueless dreamer have a go at saving the fallen woman, who is meanwhile using his driving license to rent the getaway car for a bank heist.

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The Southern Poverty Smearbund

The posturing of the Southern Poverty Law Center is symptomatic of the “€œanti-fascist”€ hysteria that has already swept over Western and Central Europe. By now the current anti-fascist fury has resulted in the destruction of civil liberties and in the eradication of academic freedom, trends that far-sighted groups like the Vlaams Belang are trying to escape from, together with the unrestricted Third World immigration that has contributed to European civil unrest.

Election 2008: Midget-Wrestling

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Election 2008: Midget-Wrestling

Barack Obama sounds very exotic but he is an unknown quantity with a 100 percent liberal voting record, whose only claim to instant fame is his skin color. What the hell is going on here? Just because a part-black man has obvious charisma and is soft-spoken and decent, is it enough to make him president? Why not pick an even nicer guy like Colin Powell?

St. Patrick and All Those Potatoes

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St. Patrick and All Those Potatoes

The St. Patrick’s Day parade is split in New York City, as in many others, between the traditional parade sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and an “inclusive” march which was created to include homosexual activist groups. The Hibernians have had to fight like the dickens to keep their parade permit for Manhattan–citing as a last resort the First Amendment, reminding the City and themselves that they are, after all, a Roman Catholic organization. Indeed, the Order was founded in 1836 as a kind of militia to defend Catholic churches from getting burned down by Protestant mobs.

A Separate Peace  (Part II)

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A Separate Peace (Part II)

Why are the Arab citizens of Israel so much less homicidal toward Jews than their non-citizen cousins in the West Bank? So far, at least, Arab Israelis have not proven a dire threat, engendering few suicide bombers. By contrast, the rage of West Bank Palestinians is legendary. Here’s one important reason: the Israelis let Arab citizens keep their homes. The victorious Israelis permitted many Arabs who hunkered down in their houses during the 1947-48 fighting to stay where they were, and keep their farms. In contrast, those who fled were dispossessed. Not surprisingly, the descendents of these families, still living on their old acres, seldom go off and become terrorists.

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Countries where the imagination is profoundly feminine, like France, have sanctity as their ideal—whereas England has its Puritan morality and Germany its scientific efficiency. Paul Johnson has a “Beatific Vision” of life that is far above morality as it is outside science. His intellectual love of God is clear and undeniable, and should have silenced atheists like that Dawkins chappie long ago, but we are, after all, living in a free country. At least for the moment.

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Apartness has proven a widely successful solution to the problem of how people who don”€™t agree on the fundamentals of social organization can get along”€”by living apart, under separate governments in separate countries. Ironically enough, apartness for Israelis and Palestinians”€”in the form of a two-state solution”€”is exactly what President Carter advocates….

The Simple Life

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The Simple Life

Back in the Fifties, Gstaad was a tiny alpine village without supermarkets nor boutiques. There were a few chairlifts and sledge trains—funicular railways—which crept up its gentle slopes. All in all there were about 2,000 beds, a few inns, three or four picturesque restaurants which served good but simple food, and the Palace hotel. The town was pure heaven.


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