Rudyard Kipling composed a poem in 1897 for the Diamond Jubilee (60th year) of Queen Victoria’s reign. It was a sobering, come-back-down-to-earth call in the midst of widespread rejoicing, and as such was not very popular at the time. Nevertheless, it has become one of his best-known poems, and is sung as a hymn… Continue reading Saturday Snippet: Recessional
I note this report with displeasure. Mexico’s Roman Catholic Church has suspended a controversial priest who has advised parishioners to carry guns to fight off drug cartels. Better known as “Father Pistolas,” Rev. Alfredo Gallegos is a priest in the violence-plagued western state of Michoacan who has himself sometimes carried a weapon. A circular… Continue reading Sounds like a realistic, pragmatic priest – no wonder he’s been suspended
(This article will deal with matters of religious faith, so if you’re not into that, you might want to skip it.) Fellow author and Christian John C. Wright has penned a magnificent essay, one of the best I’ve ever read about our modern world and the society in which we live. It’s Christian in… Continue reading An excellent perspective on the breakdown of our society
My wife (God bless her!) isn’t afraid to challenge me (lovingly, but firmly) when she thinks I need a wake-up call. She did so last night, pointing out that I’m becoming a “grump”, preoccupied with all the negative things going on in the world, but failing to recognize that there’s still a lot of… Continue reading Stop and smell the flowers along the way…
An article by Dr. Michael Rubin suggests that’s likely. Now it seems the Taliban are preparing to make their move and export their revolution. Ahmad Massoud’s National Resistance Front, which maintains a strong intelligence network in Kabul, the Panjshir Valley and across northern Afghanistan, reports that in recent weeks, the Taliban first transferred 16… Continue reading Might Russia be facing Islamic terrorism coming out of Afghanistan?
I’m profoundly conflicted, as a human being and as a Christian, by this news from the medical front. With little attention or debate, transplant surgeons across the country are experimenting with a kind of partial resurrection: They’re allowing terminal patients to die, then restarting their hearts while clamping off blood flow to their brains.… Continue reading This sounds suspiciously close to deliberate medical murder
The sheer, naked, in-your-face evil of the pedophile cult in our society is now so blatant, so commonplace, that many people simply yawn and say, “Well, there’s nothing we can do about it”. That’s a cop-out. We have to do something about it, or see more and more of our children sucked into the… Continue reading What will it take to make us us cleanse our society of this filth?
The death of Queen Elizabeth II of Britain yesterday has opened the floodgates of commentary around the world. I can’t add anything to the plaudits of those who were her subjects, admirers and friends, so I won’t even try. Instead, I’ll try to portray her as my parents and their friends saw her. They’d… Continue reading Her Majesty the Queen
The blogger at HMS Defiant recently mentioned that “India called today and told me to f*** off“. In the comments to that post, MSG Grumpy provided this gem. I used to get quite upset when the Indian call centers took an interest… No more, Now I treasure each and every call. You see as… Continue reading Oh, well played, sir!
A reader wrote to me recently. Edited and streamlined, his question can be phrased: “Why do so many churches and denominations cooperate with governments that are obviously corrupt and self-serving? Why did so many churches order or encourage their members to get the Covid-19 vaccine, and still do? Why did so many churches obey… Continue reading Why are so many churches and denominations working hand-in-glove with the authorities?