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Today is the birthday of Eugene Stoner – one of the most underappreciated American firearms designers of the 20th century. Eugene Stoner was born in Gosport, Indiana, in 1922. After attending high school, Stoner enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II; he served overseas in both the South Pacific and northern China. […]

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The Hero of the Notre Dame Cathedral Fire

 

The chaplain of the Paris Fire Brigade, Father Jean-Marc Fournier, is being lauded as a hero after rushing into the burning cathedral and rescuing Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament and the relic of the Crown of Thorns.

According to this article, Fr. Fournier was ordained an FSSP priest (Priestly Society of St. Peter, a traditionalist order) but was detached from the FSSP temporarily in 2006 into the diocese of the French Armed Forces. He served in Afghanistan where he survived an ambush attack that killed 10 of his brother soldiers. Fr. Fournier was also present at the November 13, 2015, Bataclan concert hall terrorist attack where he rushed in to comfort the wounded and pray for the dead.

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I was read a book about behind-the-lines intelligence agents in WWII.  The book, published in 1949, made it clear that the brave folks who did their jobs were not heroes.  They just did what they were supposed to do.  It was the folks who went above and beyond their assigned duties in the face of […]

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The Moles of Mexico City remind me of one of the best aspects of being human: when we see others who demonstrate the most courageous, selfless and dangerous acts, because they know that is what they are called to do. The Moles, called Topos in Mexico, were organized exactly 32 years before Mexico City’s most […]

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Prometheus Americus Watching Trump, a political neophyte, exhorting the forgotten with stolen memories from a golden age, unschooled in the Machiavellian DC art of dissembling, tweeting all night while the failing world sleeps, taking on all comers foreign and domestic with no hesitation, an angry reptile now caged by the God of establishment, tail swirling […]

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Here is the enthusiastic rhyme of another foreigner who thought the poetic fire should temper & test greatness among politicians, I mean Lord Byron. In this case, he got it right–he saw a modern politician who could claim his place among ancient heroes of whom one reads in Plutarch. I hope there will be many […]

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Sean Penn: Hero

 

penn-ostreicherEver since a young Sean Penn starred in Taps and Fast Times at Ridgemont High he has evolved into a world class actor and director. I would consider myself a fan of his work.

His politics, however, not so much; I vehemently disagreed with his wartime attacks on George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, his coziness with Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Iraqi Minister Tariq Aziz (at the height of the Iraq War), his attacks on Britain’s involvement in the Falklands, his pro-Palestinian sentiments, and of course, the dust-up with his ex, Madonna… well okay, that I might understand.

There is also his recent naive sympathies and dangerous adventures into the world of “El Chapo,” the notorious Mexican cartel fugitive, which if you haven’t heard or read about, is altogether unbelievable.

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I would like to offer a bit of encouragement to a certain segment of men. I’m uncertain how this will be received, and afraid that this encouragement may seem small or insignificant. It means something to me and so I offer it here for everyone’s consideration. It is for any man who feels envious (or negative […]

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So, I’m figuring out what I’m voting for in Houston.  I think I’m going to vote for Bill King for mayor.  I’m going to vote against the HERO ordnance.  I think I’m going to vote for Eric Dick for city council, based entirely on his radio ad in opposition to the ban on feeding the […]

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Who is a hero? A hero has wisdom, courage, and perseverance, combined with a unique strength to overcome obstacles. Heroes don’t just speak, they act. They endure difficulty and challenge for the benefit of others, sometimes at their own expense. Sometimes an ordinary person is a hero in disguise, the way Clark Kent is really […]

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