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  • Why you should see the silents, part I - 7/22/2014

    Silent movies are to movies in toto as classical Greek and Roman drama is to all of European drama.

  • Ready, Aim, Fire: Men, Marksmanship, and Public Urinals - 7/22/2014

    American boys and men have always taken great pride in hitting targets. Whether that target was a bulls-eye during an archery class at summer camp or a catcher’s mitt in high school baseball, we applaud those who possess the ability to strike a target.

  • Rome - 7/22/2014

    Finally home, albeit without luggage, which is stuck either in Rome, Milan, or somewhere in between.

  • The Gentile Church IV: The Apostolic Church - 7/21/2014

    Following the Master’s instructions, about 120 of Jesus’ followers gathered in Jerusalem under the leadership of Peter. The first order of business was the selection of a replacement for Judas.

  • The Cockpit #1: July 21—2014 - 7/21/2014

    I am creating a recurring blog feature, "The Cockpit" (the name is deliberately ambiguous), which will permit bloggers, Chronicles editors, regular contributors, and authorized friends to post brief comments either on the passing scene or on the regular blogposts or, indeed, on anything under the sun.

  • Putin's Friends in Ukraine - 7/20/2014

    The most important borders for Americans to worry about are our own. But the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 has certainly shifted media attention from the crisis on our southern border to the borders of Ukraine.

  • The Gentile Church, III: The Galileans - 7/18/2014

    The early Church faced many grave crises and challenges, many of which can be summed up in one question: What kind of Church was it to be?

  • The Brazil of North America - 7/18/2014

    To observe the decades-long paralysis of America's political elite in controlling her borders calls to mind the insight of James Burnham in 1964 -- "Liberalism is the ideology of Western suicide."

  • A False Flag, or Fog of War over Ukraine? - 7/18/2014

    A Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 bound for Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam was shot down in eastern Ukraine Thursday afternoon, killing all 298 passengers and crew.

  • Florence - 7/17/2014

    We arrived to Florence on early Monday afternoon and stayed till about 12 pm today. The city of Dante was an unforgettable experience, the crowds of Chinese tourists notwithstanding.

  • Does Putin Have a Strategy? (III) - 7/16/2014

    According to the latest opinion poll, published on July 16, President Putin’s approval rating among different segments of Russia’s electorate has risen to an unprecedented 66 percent.

  • Dateline Lilliput - 7/16/2014

    Russia’s parliament – called the “Duma” in homage to parliamentary democracy under the Romanovs, an echo as incongruous in its own way as the hearkening of America’s deliberative assembly to the Senate of ancient Rome – is, of course, a misnomer.

  • Bergamo - 7/15/2014

    On Sunday, we went to Bergamo - north Italy's hidden jewel and one of the prettiest places I have ever been to.

  • The Gentile Church Act II: An Excursus - 7/15/2014

    To understand how the Church disentangled itself from Judaism, it is necessary to know a little bit about what the term "Jew" means.

  • A Preventable Crisis - 7/15/2014

    Just as critics of the immigration amnesty bill touted by Obama have noted, any attempt to legalize illegal immigrants will only lead to more illegal immigration.