Ross Mackenzie

The nation's Roman Catholic bishops have issued an 8,000-word statement urging Catholics to exercise "political responsibility" by involving themselves in forthcoming elections. Question: Is signifying for the flock's participation in politics a legitimate, prudent role for men of the cloth - shepherds - admonished to tend the flock's souls?

What a guy. Operatives for Cuba's top "hombre," Comrade Fidel, have been jamming Voice of America Farsi-language programming into Iran. The VOA's board chairman, Kenneth Tomlinson, notes, "Cuba is obviously doing this at the behest of the mullahs in Iran. Iran needed someone in this hemisphere to do its dirty work. Castro is blocking Iranian audiences from gaining access to truthful news information" - which, given the extent to which he limits access to the truth in Cuba, is no surprise.

With Iran maybe coming around on nuclear enrichment - maybe - what about North Korea, now probably the baddest "rogue nation?"

Ross Mackenzie

Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.

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