Thoughts on Syria

  By Charlie Johnston (When confronting foreign policy and the questions of war and peace, observers too often monochromatically only over-correct for the last significant blunder. That leads us to lurch erratically, bouncing  from one wall to another, like a drunken man walking down a hotel corridor.  In all crises, we should look at the […]

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Short Takes – Choose Happiness

By Charlie Johnston So much is going on in the world today, I thought I would occasionally write some “Short Takes” that cover several stories in between bigger articles. I got notice today that, among the top 300 conservative websites, we are number 272. I chuckled in surprise, especially seeing some sites I use for […]

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Slouching Towards Jericho

By Charlie Johnston Donald Trump was not my first choice for president. Neither was he my second choice, nor even my third. The only reason I took him seriously at all was because he was the enthusiastic first choice of a man in the Midwest whose judgment I much respect and whom I deeply admire. […]

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Goodness and Light

  At the great Easter Vigil we proclaimed that Christ is the Light of the World! Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) How we need His Light of Life in the […]

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An Announcement amidst Signs of Hope

(ASOH is grateful to share this news while encouraging support for the newest prayer initiative, first announced by Fr. Richard Heilman at his site, Roman Catholic Man. Under the video which accompanies this announcement are two signs of hope. ~Beckita )   MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: THE WORLD UNITES TOGETHER IN SPIRITUAL WARFARE From Fr. Richard Heilman       […]

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Is the Pope Catholic?

By Charlie Johnston I pray an intricate private Rosary. One of the things I do is offer each decade of a mystery for a specific, fixed intention. My literal intention for the third decade of each mystery is, “…to the honor of and seeking the intercession of St. John Paul the Great, whom I claim […]

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(A lot of people have asked me about the omnibus bill and the new layout of the foreign policy team in the Trump administration. I will have something about it up tomorrow. I both approve of the overall work that is being done, even when I get irritated at some cans being kicked down the […]

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False Gods Falling

(With the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, things have taken a new and dangerous turn. Former CIA Director John Brennan was unhinged in his reaction, with former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power warning how dangerous it is to anger Brennan. Up until the firing came, McCabe seemed unworried about anything but losing his […]

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Crimson Tide, Blue Wave

By Charlie Johnston Barring a huge national convulsion between now and then, talk of a blue wave of Democratic victories coming on election day this fall are pure poppycock. Republicans will pick up a net gain of 32 seats (+/- five) in the House of Representatives and seven (+/- two) in the Senate. That is […]

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Edging Away From Gomorrah

  (In working on “The Ballad of the Ordinary Man,” I feel a deep need to make it simple and elegant. Some of the pieces I am doing are, actually, pre-requisites of a sort for that piece. We are tinkering away at discrete issues, but our ills are primarily structural. Our foundation has been badly […]

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