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How the Church Lost Ireland

May27

By John Feehery

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“Flag of Ireland” by Drawn by User:SKopp. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

More than three centuries after Christ died, St. Patrick came to Ireland and converted the pagans to Christianity.

The Erin Island is the furthest Western outpost of Europe (not counting Iceland and Greenland) and having the Irish convert to Christianity turned out to be a good thing for Western Civilization.

As many authors have written, in the darkest days of the Dark Ages, amid the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, it was the Irish and their Christian Monks who saved the critical links between Greek and Roman history and the Enlightenment. (more…)

Murder in Northwest DC

May22

By John Feehery

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“View from The Cairo – facing northwest” by Carol M. Highsmith –  Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

In Hollywood, it seems like it is always Bulgarian mafia thugs who take a family hostage and demand a ransom.

Of course, in Hollywood, those bad guys are messing with Liam Neeson.   You don’t want to mess with Liam Neeson.

In the real world, it’s not Bulgarian thugs who do the dirty work.

It’s usually knuckleheads who come up with the bright idea that invading some rich person’s home is the ticket to wealth. (more…)

Go Big Or Go Home

May21

By John Feehery

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“US Capitol east side” by Martin Falbisoner – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

(This originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank)

When it comes to trade legislation, policy makers can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

The Senate is expected to finish with the Trans-Pacific Partnership and related bills soon; the House is likely to do so by July 4.

Getting to the finish line will involve a lot of horse-trading and maneuvering–political blood, sweat, and tears. I predict that Congress will give the president a big victory by passing TPP. (more…)

So Long, Dave

May21

By John Feehery

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“Dave Letterman” by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from Washington D.C, United States – 110613-N-TT977-230. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

I was in college when David Letterman first got his late night show.

Back then, I routinely stayed up past my bedtime, drinking beer, shooting pool, playing cards, talking philosophy, maybe doing a little studying, and otherwise being a college student.

Johnny Carson was still the king of the world back then, and Letterman was so goofy, so fresh, so subversive, and so young, that for a college student, he immediately made the Tonight Show passé. (more…)

Graham and a White House Run

May20

By John Feehery

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“Lindsey Graham, Official Portrait 2006″ by US Senate – [1]. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Lindsey Graham is a smart guy.

He was part of the Class of 1994, and not unlike the rambunctious class of 2010, Graham wanted to change how Congress was doing business.

He wasn’t particularly satisfied with the Speakership of Newt Gingrich, and was part of the group that threatened to bring him down.

That coup didn’t go anywhere, but Graham distinguished himself as a thoughtful conservative he wasn’t happy with the status quo. (more…)

 

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