Using the Gospel as a cudgel

I was drawn recently to the story of the Thomas Paprocki, the Catholic bishop of Springfield, Ill., who has called on priests in his jurisdiction to deny Holy Communion and even funeral rites to people in same-sex unions. This is not new, of course, though it is unusual that a Christian “leader” would do something […]

Leave Nancy Pelosi alone!

In the latter part of the 19th century, buffalo hunters working to eradicate the herds noticed something. If the hunters shot the lead buffalo in a particular herd, all the other buffaloes would take off on a stampede. Out of that mini-stampede another leader would forge ahead and the herd would follow. If the hunters shot […]

Remembering the Watergate break-in

We all like to think we have a good take on events right after they happen. Some things smell right and some don’t, and until our first take is taken down, that’s how we’ll view it. The first time it happened to me was the day the Watergate break-in was reported. It immediately had the […]

Oh, you mean THAT election hacking

Reporting on Monday by The Intercept appears to lay out how the Russians penetrated U.S. elections despite their consistent denials. The reporting itself became a story, of course, with the naming of government contractor Reality Winner (yes, that’s her real name), who was quickly reeled in, but not quickly enough to keep her from pointing […]

A D-Day thought

I’d just finished writing a piece for this blog about new revelations of alleged Russian hacking of our presidential election, then followed it up with a Facebook post paying tribute to the heroes of D-Day, which resulted in a question from a friend: Who knew that 73 years later, the world would be looking to Germany […]

Is anyone here surprised?

I was going to write something about the necessity that The Current President (TCP) be impeached, but I believe it can wait. If you believe it shocking that TCP gave high-level intelligence to the Russian Foreign Minister, and to Russia’s Ambassador to the United States, then allow me to kindly state that you haven’t been […]