In Memoriam: Dr. Bill Hammer

Our dear friend, former Region 7 Coordinator Dr. Bill Hammer will be laid to rest this Thursday in Ankeny, Iowa near Des Moines. Bill was an energetic leader who worked tirelessly to build CORAC and stand with those who were working together to help each other and their communities. Bill got around: not only was […]

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And Justice for All

By Charlie Johnston I am so mad right now I could just spit. Word came out yesterday that Bishop Donald Hying of Madison, Wisconsin has disciplined Fr. Richard Heilman for being too political. From what I can gather looking at local blogs and such, the catalyst for this was Fr. Heilman calling for people to […]

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All the King’s Men…

By Charlie Johnston With the firehose of dysfunction spouting faster and harder every day, the theme in my travels this trip has been, “Waiting for the other shoe to fall.” People have a sense that we are very near the flash point that can set things off seriously. Small wonder. The tide seems to be […]

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All the King’s Horses…

By Charlie Johnston When I was in my mid-teens I developed a tactic I have used to great political effect throughout my life. Ironically, I suppose, I called it, “playing the prophet,” (though it has nothing to do with any sort of mysticism. Maybe a little inside joke with myself. I do tend to sprinkle […]

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The Rules are Changing

By Charlie Johnston In his influential Revolutionary War pamphlet, “Common Sense,” Thomas Paine argued that it is dangerously stupid to conflate society and government – that they are two very different concepts:  “Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness;” he said, “the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections. […]

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On Deadly Ground

By Charlie Johnston I have come to believe that top Democratic officials are deliberately trying to provoke a violent response from some right-wing group…any right-wing group…with their heavy-handed oppressive tactics, tolerance of (encouragement of?) violence against the right, and attempts at censorship of any but the most wack-a-doodle speech. Attempt to assassinate a Supreme Court […]

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Roses in the Cultural Desert

By Charlie Johnston It is not just because the above picture is a beautiful shot that I published it (though that helped). I first met Tony and his wife, Amanda, Trippi six years ago. They hosted a talk just north of Dallas for me. The night before, I had dinner with the volunteers who had […]

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