Author Archives: Mark Tooley


Spencer Tracy at Plymouth Rock

Tracey-PlymouthAdventureby Mark Tooley   11/26/14
Plymouth Adventure, a 1952 film with Spencer Tracy and Gene Tierney, is not a great movie. But as the story of the Pilgrims’ passage on the Mayflower it appears every season around Thanksgiving. More » • (1006 views)

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Life Imprisonment is a Hidden Death Penalty

Pope Francis Holds His Weekly General Audienceby Mark Tooley   11/3/14
Pope Francis expands on Church opposition to capital punishment.  •  Recently Pope Francis reiterated papal opposition to the death penalty and, going a step further, also renounced life imprisonment, which is the alternative that many death penalty opponents typically cite. More » • (1155 views)

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Amazing Gracelessness

CheSaviorby Mark Tooley
(The following article originally appeared in the American Spectator and is re-printed with permission.) That fraction of the federal government closed during the infamous shutdown is now back, so the angels in heaven can sing again. More » • (953 views)

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The Food Stamp Gospel

FoodStampsThumbby Mark Tooley
(The following article originally appeared in the American Spectator and is re-printed with permission.) According to some church officials, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has launched an attack on the poor by “cutting” $40 billion from food stamps. More » • (1390 views)

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