The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

‘We Record What Is to All Known’

The Fall of Man (or, Adam and Eve), Hendrick Goltzius, 1616 (detail) “The true origin of marriage, venerable brothers, is well known to all. Though revilers of the Christian faith refuse to acknowledge the never-interrupted doctrine of the Church on this subject, and have long striven to destroy the testimony of all nations and of […]

HOOAH! Army Training Update

At 1440 hours today, telephonic communication was received from Recruit McCain at the military installion where he is being trained as a fearless warrior to destroy America’s enemies. HOOAH! Concern for operational security forbids disclosure of the training location, although (a) any Army veteran could figure it out, (b) historians would be aware that the site is named for a military figure known as […]

How to Make Babies

Do I really need to explain this, people? Apparently so, because Jonathan V. Last has written an entire column at the Wall Street Journal about the fact that people aren’t having babies and — as if that were not enough — has also written a book on the subject, What To Expect When No One’s […]

The Truth and Its Enemies

Last Friday, Pope Benedict gave a Christmas address, in which he raised serious issues about the role of marriage in society: So it became clear that the question of the family is not just about a particular social construct, but about man himself — about what he is and what it takes to be authentically […]

Hereditary Genius

Reagan, 9, and Emerson, 11, with their Dad at the Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington, Va. FROM AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION Among the numerous hassles which convicted terrorist Brett Kimberlin imposed on my family with his “I-know-where-you-live” call to my wife’s employer was the necessity of disposing of our old refrigerator. This meant moving the refrigerator down […]

Non-Standard Families A Sign Of Progress: Blaspheme Not Holy Progress!

by Smitty Heritage (neither a dog nor a whistle, yet likely to be accused of being a dog whistle in 3…2…) points to the intense blowback over the New Family Structures Study: The author of a new study showing some negative outcomes for young adults whose parents had same-sex relationships is under attack because his […]

Guess Who Kills Terrorists?

The United States Army Special Forces, that’s who! My 19-year-old son Bob called me yesterday here in the Undisclosed Location to tell me that he had scored 98 on his Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). The recruiter told my son this high score qualifies him for any career field  in the Army, and Bob told the recruiter that he wants to […]

Misandry, Misogyny and Mrs. Romney

Ann Romney and her patriarchal oppressors, circa 1976 Cassandra at Villanous Company does her Alpha Female bitch-goddess workout on James Taranto, who had the temerity to offer a sympathetic view of young male existence in the post-feminist society: At the same time, there is good reason for males (men as well as boys) to be more […]

Warning: Brain-Bleach Shortage!

Inadvertantly caused by Ed Morrissey: NOW President Terry O’Neill ignores the First Rule of Holes (stop digging!) and provides another cycle for Republicans to defend Ann Romney and stay-at-home moms. Instead of leaving bad enough alone, O’Neill appeared on Ed Schultz’ MSNBC show last night and attempted to rewrite Hilary Rosen’s faceplant . . . […]

Family Outing at Antietam Battlefield

President O’Bama celebrated St. Patrick’s Day at the Dubliner in D.C., but the unseasonably warm spring day took our family to Antietam National Battlefield Park, scene of The Battle of Sharpsburg. Reagan, 9, and Emerson, 11, have a laugh at the expense of Yankee Gen. Ambrose Burnside, who was ordered to cross Antietam Creek and […]

Spring Break

Smitty and his family have gone sight-seeing in D.C. I am being kidnapped by my family for an outing to Antietam National Battlefield Park. Rick Santorum is somewhere in Missouri, campaigning for votes in todays’s Republican caucuses, but we must rely on commenters to link the latest news of that and other Important Breaking News […]

Good to Be Back Home

It was cold here in the hills of western Maryland last night and it would be insanely expensive to keep the house comfortably warm with electric space heaters. Therefore we snuggled up: Me, my wife and our two youngest children slept four in a bed. We woke up to find that the number had been […]

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