North Carolina


Conservatism’s Inevitable Conversion to Catholicism

If Catholicism, in the end, managed to elude the political hatred it engenders, I have almost no doubt that this same spirit of the age which seems so opposed to it would become supportive and that it would suddenly achieve extensive conquests. —Alexis de Tocqueville Almost two centuries ago, Alexis de Tocqueville predicted that Americans [...]

PolitiFact Gets Facts Wrong on Abortion & Breast Cancer Link

PolitiFact put out a "fact-check" this week that purports to debunk the link between induced abortion and breast cancer. Instead, it provides a guide on how to hoist yourself with logical fallacies—namely, the appeal to authority ("it's true because experts say so") and the argumentum ad populum ("it's true because lots of people say so"). [...]

Whom God Loves, He Ironically Chastises

Despite my best intentions, I've been more absent from posting than I'd hoped. I did spend about a week in the gorgeous mountains of North Carolina, photographing my little sister's wedding. And of course, things are always busy around the house with the kids. But more than anything, I've been looking for work. Yes, that's [...]

George Edward Lynch

Satafi in Mauretania Caesariensi was a town in the western part of modern Algeria, and its chief claim to fame was that it was the birthplace of Marcus Opellius Macrinus who succeeded Caracalla as emperor, albeit for just 14 months. Because the Berbers there eventually were Islamicized, it was ripe as a defunct diocese to [...]

Still Rock and Roll to Me

  Over the next few days, three of our writers will offer lighter reflections on why they prefer a given genre of music -- Rock, Broadway, and Classical.   We begin today with Rock and Roll.     ♦ ♦ ♦   My childhood was marinated in the thunder of Beethoven, the depth of Mozart, [...]

First Family

One of the most durable and endearing images of my father was his figure bent over our den desk, writing weekly letters to his three sisters. Trinidad natives, they moved to the United States as young adults, losing closeness on a small island to gradual separation in a larger land. Distance, however, was only in [...]