What “Merry Christmas” Actually Means

“In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar,* when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas,the word of God came to John the … Continue reading What “Merry Christmas” Actually Means

Go ahead and Kiss The Girl, if you dare

I lived in beautiful Princeton, NJ, for almost exactly a quarter of a century. Except for frequently auditing classes and regularly attending lectures and concerts, I was not connected to the University, so I missed most of the politically correct angst going on on campus. PC angst did, however, echo through the town (most of … Continue reading Go ahead and Kiss The Girl, if you dare

Slave versus enslaved person

By John Ruberry I did not contribute my usual Sunday post here because Mrs. Marathon Pundit and I were on a short vacation to Nashville. Among our visits were stops at three mansions, Carnton in Franklin, as well as Belmont, and the Hermitage, which was Andrew Jackson's home. There we were told by tour guides … Continue reading Slave versus enslaved person

President Bush Sr. Once Ordinary Now Extraordinary

As I said a few days ago, one of the side effects of a decade of watching the media closely is to understand the whats and the whys of what the ends/means driven media does.  They have two uses for conservatives and or republicans.  The first is to encourage them to criticize other republicans and … Continue reading President Bush Sr. Once Ordinary Now Extraordinary

It’s No Mystery , It’s Still the Tom Hagen Math (and Business)

Tom Hagen: Right now we have the unions and we have the gambling and those are the best things to have. But narcotics is a thing of the future. If we don’t get a piece of that action we risk everything we have. Not now, but ten years from now. The Godfather 1972 I've been seeing … Continue reading It’s No Mystery , It’s Still the Tom Hagen Math (and Business)

Review: The director’s cut of Heaven’s Gate

By John Ruberry Over the last few years I've been encountering snippets here and there about how that 1981 movie bomb, Heaven's Gate, was in fact, a better film than the reputation that surrounds it. After the success of The Deer Hunter, which gained him a Best Picture and Best Director Oscar, Michael Cimino, the … Continue reading Review: The director’s cut of Heaven’s Gate

Troll-Feeding and You

by baldilocks I was just thinking about trolls; rather fondly, in fact. There are very few on my Facebook page, because I run a tight ship there. I don't want my parents, nieces and nephews rushing in to defend me when some imbecile insults me, so, while my page is set for anyone to read, … Continue reading Troll-Feeding and You

#GrabThemByTheBallot: Libs drop trou . . . again

Lady Godiva rode her horse through town in the buff some 800 years ago, and ever since, exhibitionist women have been taking it off for a cause, even when no one is going to name a brand of chocolates after them. The latest are the #GrabThemByTheBallot women, who I suppose mean to attract Pres. Trump's … Continue reading #GrabThemByTheBallot: Libs drop trou . . . again

God Was Right

Again by baldilocks The tide is turning in the "Believe Her" Wars. John Doe and Jane Roe met at a fraternity party. The two, both referred to with common legal pseudonyms, danced and drank. Then they went upstairs to John's room, where they had sex. Two days later, Jane filed a sexual misconduct charge against John, … Continue reading God Was Right

Yes, money drove the anti-Kavanaugh mob

By John Ruberry Sometimes I watch television programs so you don't have to. Such was the case this morning as I endured ABC's This Week, which was slightly more tolerable than usual because the regular host, George Stephanopolous was off and Jonathan Karl was in charge. Of course the show was dominated by the circus … Continue reading Yes, money drove the anti-Kavanaugh mob

To my liberal friends: Yes, conservatives are decent people

By John Ruberry "As I watch a great number of my fellow Americans and virtually all of the mainstream media descend further and further into irrational and immoral hysteria -- regularly calling the president of the United States and all of his supporters Nazis, white supremacists and the like; harassing Republicans where they eat, shop … Continue reading To my liberal friends: Yes, conservatives are decent people

Voices of CMN 2018 Fr Frank Pavone of Priests for Life

I spoke to Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life at the 2018 Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show in Lancaster PA You can get his book Proclaiming the Message of Life: Weekly Reflections from the Lectionary here You can find Priest's for life site here I saved Fr. Pavone's interview for last because not only … Continue reading Voices of CMN 2018 Fr Frank Pavone of Priests for Life

Review: Dark Tourist

By John Ruberry Twenty minutes into the first episode of a new Netflix series, Dark Tourist, not only did I ascertain what dark tourism is, I realized that I am a dark tourist. After all, I'm someone who has vacationed in Detroit. Twice. I've visited the most dangerous neighborhoods of Chicago. I've been to Gary, … Continue reading Review: Dark Tourist

Chick-Fil-A Conquers the Johnny Appleseed Festival in Leominster MA

Yesterday I spent my day off at the WQPH 89.3 FM Booth at Leominster's annual Johnny Appleseed festival held each year in honor of the most famous person ever born there. I spent the day promoting my book Hail Mary the Perfect Protestant (and Catholic) Prayer (available here) , my radio show Your Prayer Intentions … Continue reading Chick-Fil-A Conquers the Johnny Appleseed Festival in Leominster MA

Sesame Street outs the Left’s Identify Crisis and the Human Cost of a Post Christian Society.

Yesterday I saw the news story about the Sesame Street writer who claimed that he wrote Bert and Ernie as Gay, Sesame Street's response (which I was only half joking as being "no their not, please don't stop buying our stuff" #rephrased Please please parents don't stop buying our stuff https://t.co/zgIZ6fxMw6 — Peter Ingemi (@DaTechGuyblog) … Continue reading Sesame Street outs the Left’s Identify Crisis and the Human Cost of a Post Christian Society.

My Takeaways from the Breitbart Google Video

Saturday morning I spent an hour watching the Google video that Breitbart put out. If you haven't watched it yet it's here There are several things that struck me about this video: The least important observation is that the appearance of the crowd completely confirms the stereotype that people have to tech types which by … Continue reading My Takeaways from the Breitbart Google Video

Taking It to the Street

by baldilocks At the Weekly Standard, Matt Labash interviews Sabo, "America's Preeminent Right-Wing Street Artist." In this most liberal of cities (where even unaffiliated voters outnumber registered Republicans) and out of these modest digs, Sabo runs a one-man torture emporium. His victims include everyone from lefty politicians and Big Tech overlords to smug celebrities who … Continue reading Taking It to the Street

The Modern Courage, Truth and Friend Deficit

Fr. Michael Harvey: I was trying to make it easier for you. Maggie Harvey: I didn’t want it made easier, I wanted you to say ‘No’. Cracker My Brother’s Keeper 1995 Yesterday Stacy McCain wrote something that really struck me: There is a reason why slut-shaming exists. If sluts are not shamed — if promiscuity … Continue reading The Modern Courage, Truth and Friend Deficit

Review: Season two of Ozark

By John Ruberry When season one of Ozark concluded last summer, the Byrdes, a drug money laundering family from the Chicago area, decided to put roots down at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman), is the number-crunching erstwhile financial planner struggling to keep all of the balls he is juggling up … Continue reading Review: Season two of Ozark

1968: When the left killed civility

By John Ruberry There are cries on both sides of the political aisle for a return to civility. When did it go away? It happened fifty years ago in Chicago during the Democratic National Convention. The left killed civility. The documentary Best of Enemies, available on Netflix, centers on ten debates broadcast on ABC during … Continue reading 1968: When the left killed civility