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The Progressive Projection Project Continues

 

It is now factually and legally known that President Trump committed no crime. He did not (and as it turns out no one in his family or campaign did either) illegally conspire with the Russians to defeat Hillary Clinton. Trump cooperated in unprecedented ways with the Special Counsel and asserted no executive privilege to deny access to evidence. Trump, with the guidance of his attorneys, did decline to enter perjury traps set for him by the Special Counsel’s team of partisan attorneys. But the exercise of his First Amendment right to speak his innocence and declaim against the unfairness of what was happening, was no crime. He avoided indictment not because you cannot indict a sitting president, but because he committed no crime.

He was legally and factually innocent.

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The Police Blotter: Someone Might Need a 72-Hour Psych Hold

 

A college philosophy teacher arrested after entering St. Patrick’s Cathedral carrying two cans of gasoline, lighter fluid and butane lighters had also been arrested at a New Jersey cathedral this week and had booked a Thursday flight to Rome, the New York Police Department said.

Marc Lamparello, 37, is facing charges including attempted arson and reckless endangerment after his arrest Wednesday night at the New York City landmark, said John Miller, the New York Police Department’s deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism.

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For Men Only: The Secret Life of Women

 

That’s a photo of the little woman (Now don’t get all hissy. I warned you not to read this, you snowflakes of the female persuasion) with one of her BFFs. Marie the wife is on the left.

Marie is fairly typical of her sex, I suppose. I don’t know for certain because I don’t know many women. What women I know, I don’t quite understand, but I’m willing to tell you the little that I do know.

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Election Meddling

 

The online edition of the Wall Street Journal has the following as its lead headline: ‘Putin Has Won’: Mueller Report Details the Ways Russia Interfered in the 2016 Election. The following is a slightly edited version of a comment I left:

There was no election meddling in 2016. There was meddling in the campaign. If somebody interfered with the counting of ballots, such as got Al Franken and Lyndon Johnson elected to the Senate, that would be election meddling. If somebody tries to influence the campaign, that is not election meddling.

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Quote of the Day: Judicial Perspective

 

“I don’t think I know a single judge who has allowed religion to interfere with their jobs. I think if you start the day on your knees, you approach your job differently from when you start thinking that someone anointed you to impose your will on others.” Justice Clarence Thomas

I once wrote a story featuring a monarchy in the far future. In it, the main character spoke at length about the vital nature of religion in such a society. Without faith, the king answers to no one in life or death. There is no law above him, no judgment.

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The First Generation to Never Know American Prosperity?

 

When AOC uttered this ridiculous sentiment, I asked myself whether millennials were likely to look at the phone on which they were likely reading this tripe and say: Really? This looks pretty prosperous to me.

I thought it unlikely, but I should know better than to paint an entire generation with such broad strokes. Here is a little ray of sunshine by a 26-year-old I saw referenced on Rush Limbaugh:

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Not Enough Sharks in the Ocean for Ann Coulter to Jump

 

Margaret Hoover, host of the new Firing Line, just interviewed Ann Coulter. They discussed Bernie Sanders. Coulter expressed her willingness to support the aging and angry socialist:

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Sharing the Sacred

 

I’m flying out very early tomorrow morning (my husband calls it the middle of the night!) to fly to the @iwe family for Passover. I want to wish all my Jewish friends a very special celebration for this time commemorating freedom, connection, and holiness. I also want to wish my Christian friends a very blessed Easter celebration.

Although our holidays are different, we all share a love of G-d, a spiritual connection and the joy of living in a country that allows us to worship as we choose. May we all appreciate that which we share together, as well as those things we honor that are uniquely part of our traditions. Blessings all!

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Red-Green Coalition vs. Church [Updated]

 

Stories arising from the fire at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, France, seem to avoid too much or impute too little. The usual suspects on the left, and the anti-Trump (because somehow this distorts everything) personalities at Fox News and Fox Business News, demanded that we immediately look away and ask no questions. Mind you, they have shown no such standard in any other stories. The usual suspects on the right were similarly rolling outlooks/swims/quacks like” stories. And … both have avoided and obscured the red-green coalition’s full expression.

We can all agree that Shepard Smith, a Trump-hater who launched his brand with his Hurricane Katrina hysterical on-camera performance, and Neil Cavuto, the leading anti-Trump Chamber of Commerce voice on Fox Business, were outrageous in their silencing of the factual reports about the long string of significant vandalism, desecration, and arson attacks on Roman Catholic churches in France. These attacks have been on top of the now routine assaults on Jewish persons and places in France. Smith and Cavuto cut off guests because they want their audiences to hear nothing of either set of facts, except when spun as indicators of “right-wing” violence that can be smeared onto President Trump.

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The Hero of the Notre Dame Cathedral Fire

 

The chaplain of the Paris Fire Brigade, Father Jean-Marc Fournier, is being lauded as a hero after rushing into the burning cathedral and rescuing Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament and the relic of the Crown of Thorns.

According to this article, Fr. Fournier was ordained an FSSP priest (Priestly Society of St. Peter, a traditionalist order) but was detached from the FSSP temporarily in 2006 into the diocese of the French Armed Forces. He served in Afghanistan where he survived an ambush attack that killed 10 of his brother soldiers. Fr. Fournier was also present at the November 13, 2015, Bataclan concert hall terrorist attack where he rushed in to comfort the wounded and pray for the dead.

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Virtues Laid Stone-by-Stone

 

The media flows with genuine tears over the catastrophic fire at Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral. Historians would be quick to point out that such awful fires have occurred with dismaying regularity across the centuries. The difference here was the possibility of limiting the damage through modern firefighting equipment, plus the fact that technology allowed the entire world to learn about the tragedy within minutes.

Since Monday’s blaze, commentators across the world are the hailing this remarkable 850-year-old cathedral as a “Treasure of our Western Culture” or “A Landmark of our Western Civilization.” All true, of course. All true.

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Why I Left Facebook

 

Four years ago a cartoon contest was held in Garland, Texas. Organizers encouraged contestants to draw political cartoons in response to a terrorist attack by Islamic supremacists on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a Parisian newspaper, in January of 2015, in which a dozen people, including the newspaper’s publishing director Stéphane Charbonnier, were murdered.

This is the winning cartoon, drawn by a fellow named Bosch Fawstin.

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A Grim Reminder: Military Training Death, 17 April 2019 [Updated]

 

A West Virginia National Guard soldier fell to his death in a parachute accident during a military training exercise in Virginia.

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When a Cathedral Burns

 

From 1992 to 2012 I was fortunate enough to live on the heights of the Mont-Ste-Geneviève in Paris, not quite in the shadow of Notre Dame, but close enough for me to feel a sense of personal loss as the cathedral burned last Monday. With one eye on the TV coverage, I also watched the reactions unfold on Twitter.

My Twitter feed consists of French, British and US sources, and it soon became apparent, once it was realized that the cathedral might burn to the ground, how momentous this event was for my French correspondents. The words “heart”, “soul” and “civilization” began to recur in tweets. The French had realized that this fire was destroying not only a tourist destination nor the mother-church of French Catholicism, but something more, something intangible….

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Epic Fail: Comey, Mueller, Strzok, McCabe – Not A Few Good Men

 

A Few Good Men was an epic classic movie. Released in 1992, this dramatic story of a military court-martial legal proceeding was directed by Rob Reiner and starred Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson. In the end, the good guy, Navy Lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) defeats the bad guy, Guantanamo Base Commander Marine Colonel Nathan Jessup (Jack Nicholson). And in the story plot, it was Colonel Jessup who incriminated himself because in the words of Lt. Kaffee, I will “lead him right where he’s dying to go”. Oh, and one more thing, Colonel Jessup was actually guilty of the crime.

So … Columbo … why are you bringing up a 1992 movie in 2019, right?

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Vatican Proposes New Design for Notre Dame Cathedral

 

(April 17, 2019, Rome)

The Holy See has unveiled a more contemporary and relevant design for the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris that was recently gutted by fire. Without waiting for the final analysis on the stability and integrity of the structure, His Holiness, Pope Francis has expressed that this would be the perfect time to simply replace the tired, old gothic cathedral emblematic of a dark and superstitious age of fear and oppression to a much more relevant and welcoming edifice that is reflective of today’s Catholic Church and its ongoing mission of inclusiveness and diversity. The Vatican will work closely with a diverse group of architects, designers, and craftspeople of every race, ethnic and gender preference, the French government, and other wealthy benefactors and celebrities to make sure that funds donated for the restoration of Notre Dame are well spent.

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Martin Luther, Ben Franklin, & College Tuition

 

My grandfather grew up at Auburn. Because his father taught engineering there, he could attend Auburn for $15 per semester. If he joined ROTC, it was $7.50 per semester, which sounded like a good deal, until World War II broke out, and he woke up one morning in the South Pacific. Good colleges now cost around $75,000 per year – 5,000 times more than what my grandfather paid. I know what you’re thinking: Martin Luther would be very critical of the inflation rate of modern college tuition fees. Obviously.

Martin Luther rebelled against the Catholic Church for much the same reason as our founding fathers rebelled against England. Martin Luther viewed himself as a true Catholic, just as our founding fathers viewed themselves as true Englishmen. Luther didn’t think that he required a vicar to act as a conduit between himself and his God (vicar is the root for vicariously). The paying of indulgences particularly offended him – why should he have to pay money to men to be admitted to the kingdom of God?

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