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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Happy Saint George's Day to All the Anglosphere!

On this, the Feast Day of Saint George, patron saint of England, we wish all our English friends, visitors and all those throughout the world whose roots are in that "sceptred isle," a proud, blessed and happy Saint George's Day.  

We remember, too, that it is on this day that William Shakespeare, the greatest writer in the English language, was born and died; so what could be more appropriate to the day than these lines from his great history play, King Richard II. Act ii. Sc. 1?

This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall,
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm this England....

Prime Minister David Cameron's Message for St. George's Day

Patrick J. Buchanan: Nationalism, Not NATO, Is Our Great Ally

By Patrick J. Buchanan

With Vladimir Putin having bloodlessly annexed Crimea and hinting that his army might cross the border to protect the Russians of East Ukraine, Washington is abuzz with talk of dispatching U.S. troops to Eastern Europe.

But unless we have lost our minds, we are not going to fight Russia over territory no president ever regarded as vital to us.

Indeed, should Putin annex Eastern and Southern Ukraine all the way to Odessa, he would simply be restoring to Russian rule what had belonged to her from Washington’s inaugural in 1789 to George H. W. Bush’s inaugural in 1989. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Confronting Britain's Vocation Crisis: Shrewsbury Looks to American Dioceses for a Way Forward

By Francis Phillips

I blogged some time ago about a book I was reading: Renewal: How a new generation of faithful priests and bishops is revitalising the Catholic Church by Anne Hendershott and Christopher White. The book’s main theme, addressing the situation in the US, is that faithful bishops leading faithful dioceses attract more young men to the priesthood than dioceses where strong Catholic episcopal leadership appears to be weak and which seem to be run by committees.

In support of this contention, the book quotes the retired Archbishop Elden Curtiss of Omaha, Nebraska, who published an article in 1996, entitled “Crisis in Vocation?”, in which he wrote, “When dioceses and religious communities are unambiguous about the ordained priesthood and vowed religious life; where there is strong support for vocations, and a minimum of dissent about the male celibate priesthood and religious life, loyal to the Magisterium; when the bishop, priests, Religious and lay people are united in a vocation ministry – then there are documented increases in the number of candidates who respond to the call.”

Monday, April 21, 2014

'Heaven is for Real' Director Randall Wallace with Raymond Arroyo

Have you seen "Heaven Is For Real"?  If so, please leave a comment below and share your thoughts and reaction.

RANDALL WALLACE, author, Academy Award nominated screenwriter, and director of the new film, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, the true story of a young boy who experiences Heaven while undergoing surgery. In an exclusive interview, Randall Wallace talks about the new movie, his work in Hollywood, and the role his faith has always played in his life, both personal and professional.

The Recovery is Dead

There’s a damning number regarding our economy that Obama doesn’t want to talk about. It’s a number, but for him, would be lower. And, lower, in this case would be a good thing for the economy. 

“Although estimates vary,” says Joel Kurtzman, a senior fellow at the Milliken Institute, “American companies have between $4 and $5 trillion in liquid assets, a sum greater than the size of the German economy.”

How is it that companies can now have more cash than anytime in history, while unemployment remains so high, inflation in many goods so low, and national income grows so anemically?

Oh, yeah. Democrats at work. Shhhh.

If all that was needed to bring us a juggernaut economy was more money, we’d be in boom times boys.

But alas, while more money is the Democrat recipe for success in everything-- and generally good in the corporate sense-- in this case it’s a telltale sign that something is wrong with policies coming out of Washington.

Because those high cash balance sheets are telling us a few things. 

Read more at Townhall Finance >>

Easter from King's 2014