Aug 062014
 

As I type, the latest armed conflict in Israel is one month old.

That ostensibly intelligent people suppose that this conflict is morally ambiguous, or even otherwise difficult to understand in any way, infuriates me.

I believe this perceived ambiguity about the unambiguous has developed largely because our esteemed president has fostered it.

  • Israel is a sovereign country, and has been so for more than 60 years.
  • Hamas is internationally recognized as a terrorist organization, and has been so since its inception in 1987.
  • Israel is free, democratic, and peace-loving.
  • Hamas explicitly calls for the annihilation of Israel in its charter.
  • Israel withdrew entirely from Gaza in 2005, even evicting some of its own people by force.
  • Hamas fires rockets and missiles at Israel from Gaza.
  • Israel defends itself, attempting to destroy those who would destroy her.
  • Hamas moves its fighters and weapons to places like schools and hospitals.
  • Israel takes great care to minimize civilian casualties. Human lives are valuable.
  • Hamas takes great care to maximize civilian casualties. Human lives are valuable—propaganda.

No other country in the world would be expected to accept naked terrorist aggression—aggression that results in homeland death and destruction—without defending itself.

This is not like vs. like. This is a country that would dearly love to never fire another shot opposing a group of subhuman monsters hell-bent on its obliteration. If Hamas lays down its arms, there will be peace. If Israel lays down its arms, there will be no Israel.

I’m appalled that the United States is not only not supporting Israel, but actively antagonizing it.

And I’m appalled that more people aren’t appalled at that.

 Posted by at 6:28 pm
Aug 012014
 

amg0I am 43 years old. I have never lived more than 85 miles from Ave Maria Grotto. The first time I ever visited was today. It will not be the last.

Ave Maria Grotto is the life’s work of Brother Joseph Zoettl, a Benedictine monk of St. Bernard Abbey, where the park is located. Situated on about four acres are more than 100 reproductions of historic buildings and shrines from around the world, with Rome and Jerusalem most prominently represented.

I’ve included several photographs (click for larger), none of which remotely capture its majesty. No photographs can. You simply must visit. It’s a mere $7 for admission, and if we’re neighbors, you can be standing in the garden in less than an hour. They’re open 9-5 every day but Christmas. I-65 south, exit 308. Turn left, drive four miles, and turn right.

It is immediately clear that Brother Joseph worshiped through his art, and it’s a profound experience to be immersed in it. I am so thankful for the peace I experienced there. I am so thankful for what felt like God telling me “you’re thrashing about so, Bo, every chance you get. Relax. I got it.”

Get Ave Maria Grotto on your list. It’s one of the best day trips we’ve ever taken.

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 Posted by at 7:49 pm
Jul 212014
 

Citing ongoing crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, as well as the continued fragility of the U.S. economy, President Obama today announced that he and his family would vacation for one week at Camp David next month, rather than more than two weeks at Martha’s Vineyard. “After much reflection, I have concluded that I’m [...]

 Posted by at 7:21 am
Jul 162014
 

You may have read of a kerfuffle involving a parade float that included an outhouse labeled Obama Presidential Library and a scared zombie. Obama’s Justice Department has deemed this worthy of its attention. This is absolutely outrageous. In the first place, Mr. Obama and Mr. Holder have been all but idle in investigating Fast and [...]

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