By John Ruberry

Sometimes I watch television programs so you don’t have to. Such was the case this morning as I endured ABC’s This Week, which was slightly more tolerable than usual because the regular host, George Stephanopolous was off and Jonathan Karl was in charge.

Of course the show was dominated by the circus surrounding the drawn-out confirmation process of Brett Kavanaugh, who was sworn in last night as the newest US Supreme Court Associate Justice.

“I talked to a woman from UltraViolent who was paid,” Vice News’ Washington bureau chief Shawna Thomas told Karl on the program “she helped steer people in the right ways to be able to confront senators.”

Karl interjected, “So there were paid,” but then Thomas jumped back in, “There were people that were paid by organizations like UltraViolet to try to harness that energy in a way that would make the viral moments that we ended up seeing.”

UltraViolet, which I haven’t heard of until this morning, is left-wing female advocacy group.

Well one of those “viral moments” was the screaming attack on Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ)  in a Capitol elevator. This is not, to paraphrase a favored chant by leftist protesters, how democracy is supposed to look like.

Another moment was the regular stream of shrieking interruptions during the Senate Justice Committee hearings for Kavanaugh.

Another viral moment were the mobs that swarmed the Capitol building over the last few days.

“The very rude elevator screamers are paid professionals only looking to make Senators look bad,” President Donald Trump remarked on Twitter on Friday. “Don’t fall for it! Also, look at all of the professionally made identical signs. Paid for by Soros and others. These are not signs made in the basement from love!”

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Now notice that Thomas didn’t say that the protesters were paid, as Trump claims. Perhaps they were, but let’s look back at her comment about the woman from UltraViolet who “helped steer people in the right ways to be able to confront senators.” Hmmm. That makes these protests much less spontaneous. Think astroturf, not grass roots.

Yesterday there was a Cancel Kavanuagh march in Washington that of course achieved nothing other than letting a bunch of leftists to blow off steam, assuming they had any steam left. Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Women’s March National, and CPD Action, an advocacy group connected to the Center for Popular Democracy, were behind that anger fest. The people running these organizations, and their lieutenants, are almost certainly paid.

Shame! Shame! Shame!

MoveOn.org was active in the effort to prevent Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Now that is rich. MoveOn was formed, to well, “move on” from the investigation of Bill Clinton’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. When is the left going to have its defiant #MeToo moment with the Clintons? They’ve certainly had that moment with Kavanaugh in regards to the allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford. Oh wait, I forgot, Kavanaugh is a Republican justice nominated by a Republican president. Silly me.

The anti-Kavanaugh protests are just the latest street theater performance of a play that goes back to the 1960s, as are the arrests. And once again I have to ask, what happens to those shrill screechers–and I’m just citing one series of instances–who were arrested for disrupting the Kavanaugh hearings at the US Capitol. Will they be prosecuted? Or will a sympathetic prosecutor quietly drop the charges against them so they can scream another day? Are we still a nation of laws?

And while the rank-and-file protesters may not have been directly paid, I have some more questions. Who designs and purchases the matching T-shirts many of them wear? Who pays for the travel expenses for the rabble rousers? Who writes the checks for those professionally printed signs and posters?

There is money, to be sure, perhaps big money, behind these confrontations and rallies.

UPDATE 9:15 EDT: I have video of Thomas’ admission:

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John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

By John Ruberry

“As I watch a great number of my fellow Americans and virtually all of the mainstream media descend further and further into irrational and immoral hysteria — regularly calling the president of the United States and all of his supporters Nazis, white supremacists and the like; harassing Republicans where they eat, shop and live; ending family ties and lifelong friendships with people who support the president; declaring their opposition to Trump and the Republican Party the “Resistance,” as if they were American reincarnations of the French who fought real Nazis in World War II; and so on — I ask myself: What is going on? How does one explain them?”
Dennis Prager, Explaining American Leftists: Part I.

John Edwards, the disgraced presidential candidate and the 2004 Democratic nominee, complained that that there were “two Americas.” Essentially a rich American and a poor one.

Now we have a liberal America and a conservative one. Prager, as I often do, prefers to use “leftist” to describe the former, a word that angers many, well, leftists. That is because liberal, in the classical sense, once meant open-minded. Leftists can’t tolerate opposing viewpoints, whether that issue is health care, illegal immigration (oops, I’m sorry, undocumented workers), taxes, or climate change.

Liberals are right, people like myself are always wrong.

As for global warning, (oops again, I mean climate change), environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is disappointed that there are no laws to punish climate change deniers. Ah yes, deniers, as in holocaust deniers. What is more illogical than a denier? And what happens to people, like myself, who could be jailed for being a climate change skeptic? Will I be committed to the psychiatric ward and pumped with drugs, a torture some Soviet dissidents endured, because of some blog posts of mine or because of some Facebook comments I made? If someone can be locked up for a scientific  belief, all options could be on the table.

Oh yeah, Facebook. While sifting through some old photographs at my late mother’s home, I found some class photos, which I posted on Facebook, and I tagged some of those ancient–yes, I mean ancient–classmates on the social networking site. Only I discovered many of them weren’t FB friends anymore, they unfriended me. Every single one of those unfriends is a liberal. Outside of pornbots (I’m more selective in the friend selection process now) and pyramid schemers, I’ve never unfriended anyone on Facebook. I have the maturity and liberalness (in the classical sense, of course) to look past political differences, musical tastes, and sports team loyalties to find other ways of bonding. Others clearly do not, at least in regards to politics.

As for the unfriending by leftists, don’t take it from me. The Washington Post, reporting on a Pew Research study, said “liberals are more likely to block or unfriend someone online because they disagree with something they have posted.”

Looking past my own little and of course twisted right-wing world, I have reams of evidence, not real paper reams, the production of which contributes to the melting of the polar ice caps and of course the end of planet.

Here we go:

Just last week Sen. Ted Cruz and his wife were hounded out of a restaurantt by screaming leftists over the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination while they tried to dine at a Washington restaurant. Three months ago Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen endured similar treatment while she was having dinner, and a few days later White house Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her family were denied service at a Virginia restaurant because she works for President Donald Trump.

Here’s a story about a Washington woman who ran a Craig’s List ad for a roommate. “Alcohol, pets and meat products are not allowed in the house,” she wrote. Okay, so far so good. “Neither are Trump supporters,” she added. There have been similar ads elsewhere.

In California a woman selling her house stipulated that she would not entertain offers from supporters of the president. She later slashed the offering price by $100,000.

On the rare occasions a conservative speaker is invited to a college campus, the result is usually an angry and often violent protest that sometimes leads to a cancellation by panicked administrators.

Free speech, anyone?

Now, assuming they’ve read this far, I have a question for my dwindling roster of liberal friends. Where are the incidents where the reverse happened, that is, conservatives harassing or refusing to provide service to liberals? Which liberal pundits have been forced off a university campus? List these occurrences in the comments section. Go ahead, do it. I can take a punch.

Back to Washington: Here’s a story about Trump and GOP staffers having difficulty finding people to date there. Wow, even Shrek found love and settled down in the Swamp.

To the left conservatives aren’t just wrong, they’re evil That’s a dangerous totalitarian mindset that could lead to violence.

Wait, that already happened. US Rep Steve Scalise (R-LA), the House Majority Whip, and several others were shot at a practice of the Congressional Republican baseball team last year. The shooter was a longtime leftist activist who inquired just beforehand if the team was a Democratic or Republican one.

By no means has Michael Moore ever been a Trump supporter. After being wrong–in my opinion at least–for decades, he issued the grand slam of all political forecasts two years ago when he predicted Trump’s surprise victory. Of Trump supporters he said at the time, “They’re not racist or rednecks, they’re actually pretty decent people.”

And we are decent.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

I spoke to Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life at the 2018 Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show in Lancaster PA

You can get his book Proclaiming the Message of Life: Weekly Reflections from the Lectionary here

You can find Priest’s for life site here

I saved Fr. Pavone’s interview for last because not only because of his work for life which is some of the most important and noble work done by the church and not only because it was one of the longest I conducted on camera and because his interview is was the only interview at the event that directly crosses over between my religious and political blogging and reporting. Without Fr. Pavone’s assurance that Donald Trump would be a pro-life president thousands, maybe even tens or hundreds of thousands of faithful pro-life Catholics like myself might have stayed home in 2016.

I directly credit him with the election of Donald Trump and as a pro-life Catholic for that alone I’m in his debt.

This completes our list of 2018 Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show posts. While it took some time to get them all up each person had a story worth hearing on their own and deserved their own blog post. May all of them prosper in their respective ministries.


The 2018 Catholic Marketing Network Interview Blog post list

Sept 26th Voices of CMN 2018 Fr Frank Pavone of Priests for Life

Sept 25th Voices of CMN 2018 Catholic Blogger Kathleen Billings Contributing Author: Amazing Grace For Mothers

Sept 24th Voices of CMN 2018 Alan Napleton of Viva Guadalupe and Head of the Catholic Marketing Network

Sept 22nd Voices of CMN 2018 Kevin O’Neil Author: LEGO Catechism of the Seven Sacraments

Sept 21st Voices of CMN 2018 Julia Miller of FreshRosary.com

Sept 20th Voices of CMN 2018: Fr Leo Pucelli of Holy Cross Family Ministries

Sept 19th Voices of CMN 2018 Kathy Labosh Author: The Child with Autism Learns about Faith

Sept 18th Voices of CMN 2018 Francine Calabrese Author: The Little Brown Scapular Coloring Book

Sept 17th Voices of CMN 2018 (and the Front Seat of My Car) Susan Joy Bellavance Author of King of the Shattered Glass and Will you Come to Mass?

Sept 16th Voices of CMN 2018 Pete Socks Breadbox Media Catholic Podcasting

Sept 15th Voices of CMN 2018 Mary Radford of Relevant Radio

Sept 14th Voices of CMN 2018 Karnen Saum of Viva Guadalupe and CMN

Sept 13th Voices of CMN 2018 Peter Kleponis Author Restoring Trust a Couples Guide to getting past porn

Sept 11th Voices of CMN 2018 Mary Lou Rosen Author Three Things Divorced Catholics Need to Know

Sept 10th Voices of CMN 2018 Mariana Quan CCC of America on their Animated Series Lukas Storyteller

Sept 9th Voices of CMN 2018 Timothy Tansey: Fruits of the Spirit

Sept 8th Voices of CMN 2018 Janet Morana of Priests for Life Author Shockwaves

Sept 7th Voices of CMN 2018 Geri Guadagno Author: John of the Smiles

Sept 6th Voices of CMN 2018 Donna Heckler Author Living Like a Lady When you Have Cancer

Sept 5th Voices of CMN 2018 Dennis McGeehan Author: The Diaries of Joseph and Mary

Sept 4th Voices of CMN 2018 Carmela Martino Author: Playing by Heart

Sept 3rd Voices of CMN 2018 Barbara Golder Author: Dying for Compassion

Sept 2nd Voices of CMN 2018 Barbara Kudwa Author of Finding God Anew

Sept 1st Voices of CMN 2018 Anne Feaster Co-Author of Spiritual Deceptions

Aug 31st Voices of CMN 2018 AJ Cattapan Author 7 Riddles to Nowhere

Aug 30th Voices of CMN 2018 Virginia Lieto Author Finding Patience

Aug 29th Voices of CMN 2018 Tony Agnesi: Author: A Storytellers Guide to Joyful Service

Aug 28th Voices of CMN 2018 Steven Ryan Author The Madonna Files and Mystic Post blog

Aug 27th Michael Manley Author: The Resurrection Network

Aug 26th Voices of CMN 2018 Maurice Prater Author: Saved by the Alphabet

Aug 25th Voices of CMN 2018 Catholic Author Marge Fenelon

Aug 24th: Voices of CMN 2018 Linda Rose Author: Strength for your Journey

Aug 23rd Voices at CMN 2018 Kevin Rush Author: The Lance and the Veil

Aug 22nd Voices of CMN 2018 Kendra Von Esh Author: Am I Catholic

Aug 21st Voices of CMN 2018 Jennifer Angelle Hugs from Heaven

Aug 20th Voices of CMN 2018 John and Claire Grabowski Authors of One Body

Aug 19th Voices of CMN 2018 Fr. Bill McCarthy Author: God Bless America

Aug 18th Voices of CMN 2018 Fr. Chris Alar Author: After Suicide

Aug 17th Voices of CMN 2018 Dr Hellen Hoffner Author Catholic Traditions and Treasures

Aug 16th Voices of CMN 2018 Chris Faddis Author: It is well Life in the Storm

Aug 15th Voices of CMN 2018 Bud McFarlane and Ginny Mooney on the Messiah mini series

Aug 14th Voices of CMN 2018 Virginia Pillars Author Broken Brain Fortified Faith

Aug 13th Voices of CMN 2018 David Tittle Musicians for Life new CD “It’s a Life”

Aug 12th Voices of CMN 2018 Novena for Our Nation Starting Aug 15th & Rosary Coast to Coast Oct 7th

Aug 11th Voices at the 2018 CMN Moria Noonan Co-Author: Spiritual Deceptions

Aug 10th Voices of CMN 2018 Lesliea Wahl Author: An Unexpected Role

Aug 9th Voices of CMN 2018 Gerard Hasenhuetti Compassionate Capitalism The Intersection of Economic Growth and Social Justice

Aug 8th
Voices at CMN 2018 Ruth Apollonia Author of Annabelle of Anchony

Voices at CMN 2018 Kimberly Cook My Hand in Yours Yours in Mine Catholic Authors

Aug 6th Voices at CMN 2018 August Turak Author: Brother John: A Monk, a Pilgrim and the Purpose of Life

Aug 5th Voices at CMN 2018 Fr. Edward Looney Author A Heart Like Mary’s

Aug 4th: Karina Fabian of the Catholic Writers Guild or A Preview of Blogging Attractions


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By John Ruberry

Twenty minutes into the first episode of a new Netflix series, Dark Tourist, not only did I ascertain what dark tourism is, I realized that I am a dark tourist. After all, I’m someone who has vacationed in Detroit. Twice. I’ve visited the most dangerous neighborhoods of Chicago. I’ve been to Gary, Indiana. Those jaunts are known as urban exploration.

Seeking out similar dangerous and notorious locations outside of cities, such as the radiation hot zone surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan, the personality cult-driven capital of Turkmenistan, and the ghost resort town of Famagusta in Cyprus, where the Turkish army bans visitors–is what rounds out dark tourism.

Dark Tourist stars David Farrier, a nerdy journalist from New Zealand who nonetheless is, for the most part fearless, or perhaps I should say foolish. After all, Farrier, during his visit to the Semipalatinsk Test Site in Kazakhstan, swims in Lake Chagan, also known as “Atomic Lake,” which, as you can guess by its name, is radioactive. And he takes a bite from a fish caught there. Afterwards he at least has the good sense to down a shot of vodka.

Ferrier is a darn good reporter who asks what a cosmonaut calls “a profound question” about space travel at a pre-launch press conference.

There are dark tourism tours right under my nose. Several times a year my day job brings me to Milwaukee. But it never occurred to me to search out sites connected with cannibal serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. When Farrier was in Wisconsin’s largest city he connected with Dahmer devotees. Weird? Yes. What makes this situation very weird is that most of these fanatics are women. What do they see in this gay man who ate his murder victims? Why are bachelorette parties drawn to Dahmer?

The same episode sees Farrier in Dallas where there are Kennedy assassination tours, including one that employs a Jackie Kennedy impersonator.

How do you top these Dahmer and JFK tours? Why with a Charles Manson trip, of course.

Medellin, Colombia has a thriving Pablo Escobar dark tourism industry. As far as I know there are no Jeffrey Dahmer impersonators driving cabs in Milwaukee, but there is an Escobar reenactor cabbie who threatens to kill Farrier’s loved ones. Also in on the drug lord vacation racket is John Jairo Velásquez, whose nickname is “Popeye.” He claims to have murdered 257 people, including his girlfriend, who was recorded speaking with the DEA. Popeye has gone from killer to charismatic YouTube star.

One episode takes place in Africa. Predictably there is a voodoo sojourn in Benin. Then Farrier visits white nationalists in South Africa. They direct him to a group of Afrikaner survivalists.

There are plenty of disturbing and macabre bits, was well as some humorous ones, including Farrier embedding himself with a group of British men impersonating the 101st Airborne Division of the US Army participating in the world’s largest World War II reenactment, a dinosaur robot checks Farrier into a Japanese hotel, and Farrier is followed by his “guide” in Naypyidaw, the capital city of Myanmar.

The other Asian capital Ferrier treks to in Dark Tourist is Ashgabat in Turkmenistan. Both cities are beautiful–Ashgabat has been called the place where “Las Vegas meets North Korea”–but both are largely devoid of people. Turkmenistan is a dictatorship that has had two cult-of-personality leaders since the Soviet Union collapsed. Myanmar’s capital was founded in 2005 when that nation, now a struggling democracy, was a despotic state.

Blogger on a dark tourist trip in Detroit last year

Autocrats love buildings but not people. That’s a dark truth I learned while watching Dark Tourist.

Warning! There are unpleasant images and scenes in Dark Tourist. I dropped my plan to include the official Netflix trailer in this post because even that clip was too disturbing for a mixed audience. Dark Tourist is rated TV-MA.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

The Chick-Fil-A van at the Johnny Appleseed Fair Leominster MA
Yesterday I spent my day off at the WQPH 89.3 FM Booth at Leominster’s annual Johnny Appleseed festival held each year in honor of the most famous person ever born there. I spent the day promoting my book Hail Mary the Perfect Protestant (and Catholic) Prayer (available here) , my radio show Your Prayer Intentions (Heard every Saturday at Noon on WQPH) , giving away blessed items and collecting stories.

I’ll be writing about some of those great stories over the next few days, some which have already been uploaded to Youtube if you can’t wait, but there is on story in particular that jumped out at me.

The festival ran from 9 AM to 6 PM I got there before 8 to set things up. The wind was pretty nasty early in the day so one of our volunteers Chris did a hardware store run for some Duct Tape and stakes to hold the tent and sign in place. When he got back before nine he came back with shocking news…Chick-Fil-A was set up right next to the main drag!

Now if you live south of the Mason-Dixon line the idea that your local Chick-Fil-A might be at a festival is not news. But if you live in a state where there was until a few years ago only a single Chick-Fil-A in the entire state, where both radical gay protesters, and far left pols, of which we have an abundance have used the company as a punching back to prove their liberal bona fides , and where even now the nearest of the five or so statewide locations is a solid 30 minutes away…

…having them set up at a festival in the city next to yours is a pretty big deal.

It was nearly 9 AM so by now our booth was well maned so I headed straight over not only to get the story but because I didn’t have time to eat before I left the house. That’s where I met Sandra and Kevin who were setting up.

Rather than selling individual sandwiches they were selling only meals which consisted of: A standard Chick-Fil-A Sandwich, a 10 ounce can of soda, a bag of chips and a thick cookie for $10. I thought the price-point was high for the festival but I bought one anyway (I’d never had the cookies there before, it was VERY good) and returned to my booth very happy.

As promised I swung by again at 4 pm to see how the day had gone so far, it had gone VERY well

It’s worth noting that the lady who asked about when they would come to Leominster was wearing buttons for various Democrats running for state office

By 5:30 the Kevin was packing up, the last meal had been sold and the last “when are you coming to Leominster?” question had been asked.

Now you might think it’s no big deal for Chick-Fil-A to sell a couple of hundred sandwiches at an annual festival in Leomisnter MA. But to do so when the company has been vilified for a decade in the state, in a city where their state rep is a Bernie Bro (actually a Bernie sis) at a price-point higher than anyone else at the place, that’s really something.

I suspect that before too long I won’t have to go more than 5 minutes out of my way to get a soup some Chick-Fil-A and if nothing else I’m Certain that they will be a fixture at the Johnny Appleseed Festival forevermore.

Yesterday I saw the news story about the Sesame Street writer who claimed that he wrote Bert and Ernie as Gay, Sesame Street’s response (which I was only half joking as being “no their not, please don’t stop buying our stuff”

Frank Oz, the creator of Bert and Ernie and Muppet master extraordinaire tweet in reply

I was going to leave it there, after all the idea that the institutional left using media to push their message is as television itself but I the convergence of a post at PJ media with an interesting tweet, a post by Stacy McCain on campus activism and a personal experience this week all gelled.

This week my primary co-worker in my day job began a leave to recover from the final operation of what is called “Transition”. The day before I made one last attempt to persuade this person that it’s a bad idea, that such a change is not necessary for said person’s self worth and their value as a person is not defined by such things.

In Massachusetts this is a risky thing to do if you want to keep a job but if you actually care about the well being of someone you will tell them uncomfortable truths even if everyone is going along with this nonsense.

It was to no avail but I further informed said person that regardless of the decision it would not change things between us. I’ve not heard of the results of said operation but I suspect by the time you read this post I’ll have some info.

What does this have to do with Sesame Street and PJ media? Well I was a bit surprised to read that Frank Oz’s tweet produced considerable pushback and anger.

The gay brigade is not taking Oz’s announcement on Twitter very well, but he’s right. People are more than straight or gay. They are funny or smart or evil or myopic. They have likes and dislikes that aren’t tied to what they do in bed and it’s getting extremely boring and insulting to continue to see people through narrow definitions of identity politics instead of seeing them for who they are. Gay is not who you are, it’s just what you like in bed and frankly, no one wants to hear about that. Tell us something interesting about yourself instead. What’s more interesting than what gives you an orgasm is what you think makes a good friend. And Ernie and Bert can answer that one better than anyone.

And the exclamation point is this tweet:

Ah but it turns out that indeed it is and Stacy McCain explains why in an unrelated piece on woke campus activism that we have apparently exported to Australia:

What you will discover, if you examine the types of people attracted to the student “activism” scene, is that most of them are abnormal — and deliberately so. These activists disdain normality as boring. They crave the distinction of being seen as different from their peers, whom they contemptuously regard as a herd of mindless conformists. And so they go shopping around for identities and causes, donning them like costumes, in an effort to display their imagined uniqueness.

Or put simply society has spent two generations telling children that they are special and giving participation awards for just showing up. At the same time we’ve also spent two generations throwing away Christianity, which teaches that people all have intrinsic value as being a child of God and loved by him. So when such people who have been told how special they are come to the self-realization that they are, like most people, ordinary in achievement, ordinary in skill they need something to define themselves as special and worthwhile and that something can’t be Christianity.  That’s where sexual identity comes in, furthermore it’s why we’re up to 72 made up genders and counting because we’ve reached a point where just being “gay” is not unique enough anymore.

CS. Lewis explains this in Screwtape 7

Any small coterie, bound together by some interest which other men dislike or ignore, tends to develop inside itself a hothouse mutual admiration, and towards the outer world, a great deal of pride and hatred which is entertained without shame because the “Cause” is its sponsor and it is thought to be impersonal.

This is why Frank Oz’s statement that Bert isn’t gay has been met with such anger. Generations of people have made gay activists so angry.  If it is true that there is more to being a human being that being “Gay” or “Straight” then the question becomes:  “What have I done with myself besides declaring myself “gay” or “transgender” or one of the other 70+ new genders that I am?  What actual meaning does my life have?

If you want to know why the suicide rate among youth is way it, that’s your explanation.

On the other hand it’s been a great plus for the far left that needs bodies for agitation:

There is a certain percentage of college kids who aren’t happy if they don’t have something to protest against, and in the absence of legitimate issues, they’ll invent something like a “campus rape epidemic” then organize rallies against this imaginary crisis. This is why “climate change” is the perfect cause for student activism — it’s the Snuffleupagus of issues, apparent only to the “enlightened.” Being ostentatiously concerned about global warming is a type of virtue signalling, a way to communicate your own moral and intellectual superiority, which is what most “progressive” activism is really about. Considering themselves too smart to believe in anything as ordinary as Christianity, atheistic youth who fancy themselves to be intellectuals become chumps, easily scammed by promoters of three-card Monte hustles like “climate change.”

Instant meaning and instant value, that’s what this idiocy gives but like any drug it doesn’t last.

This is the cost of a post-christian society an army of people desperately searching for meaning.  The Devil couldn’t be happier.

It’s a very sad thing and such people need our prayers.

Saturday morning I spent an hour watching the Google video that Breitbart put out.

If you haven’t watched it yet it’s here

There are several things that struck me about this video:

The least important observation is that the appearance of the crowd completely confirms the stereotype that people have to tech types which by an odd coincidence is also the least surprising thing to me as a person who spent years in tech and worked with tech people worldwide.

There doesn’t seem to be any talk at all about the actual work of google which in theory is to provide an effective search engine that businesses and individuals will pay for which is supposedly their business model. However there seems to be a great deal of talk about how to influence the votes of American so they act the way the people in the room want them to act.

The level of virtue signaling within that community is completely astounding. As I watch the fellow who at the end basically reads a manifesto about his white privilege and the folks who applaud him looks and sounds like something that John Cleese and Graham Chapman might have written for a Monty Python sketch.

In taking questions from employees about moving to Canada and the prospect of a third world war seriously Google management shows that expertise, even great genius level expertise in a particular field does not convey or imply expertise in other fields or even sense or sanity in everyday life.

For a group of people who are supposedly engineers and thus rooted in facts and data, they don’t seem to be big on objective reality when looking at the world.

The knowledge and revelation that Google has been financing and even providing incentives to employees to give donations to groups that are diametrically opposed to me, my beliefs and my faith should be a great incentive to folks like me to avoid its use and not reward companies that provide it with revenue.

The only thing more incredible than the left of virtue signaling is the complete lack of self-awareness around the group, particularly when someone asks about how they can affect information bubbles while not realizing that they are all living in one.

These are all telling things and they add up to two things that Ace of Spade’s morning rant sums up very well:

If the video were different, if it showed Google employees whooping it up and throwing MAGA hats into the air because they were so happy Trump won, you can bet that there would be many chin-stroking think pieces written about how the video calls into question Google’s objectivity. But seeing them openly weeping at Hillary’s loss apparently doesn’t raise that question. What’s really creepy is how full of themselves the Google execs are, like when Google VP Kent Walker answers a question by saying that Google must ensure that the rise of populism doesn’t turn into ‘a world war or something catastrophic’. I had no idea that the guys who run Google believe it’s their job to keep history on the correct path. I thought that their job was to provide a search engine that they claim everybody can use. Except, of course, for the Chinese, whose authorities cooked up a scheme with Google to let them see only what they allow. 

Not only are these people actively actively trying to influence you and the rest of the public toward either the views they desire you to have in order to create their own version of utopia but they consider this their primary mission as a company.

As the post at Aces notes, this mission to create heaven on earth doesn’t apply to totalitarian nations willing to pay the company vast amounts of cash to make sure that their own repressed people do not have access to information that might enable them to ease said oppression.

Put simply Google’s “Do no evil” motto is as Orwellian as the messages on the barn in Animal House and is wholly subjective.

In closing I should point out there is one ironic twist which comes from an exchange at the very end of the video fueled by the very last question asked by a man in a beanie with a propeller on his head:

Is there anything positive you see from this election result? (the audience laughs)

After one of the folks on stage  notes Trump’s desire to improve infrastructure another gives an interesting answer which concludes.

…national government been very gridlocked you have a situation you;re  aware of  perhaps the republicans have a lot of control over what happens and responsibility for that…

He’s very right about that so when you look at the booming stock market,  a surging economy, manufacturing returning, a strong foreign policy, ISIS in retreat and the best job market in history for blacks and Hispanics, every person in that room, particularly those who hold google stock and have seen it’s value rise over 46% since inauguration day ($806.91 to  $1172.53 Friday from $806.91) can thank the Republicans in congress,  Donald Trump in the White House  and every person who voted to put them there (no matter what Obama says)

On behalf of all of them:  You’re welcome.

Hmm that sounds good I wounder if someone would make it into a meme for me it I send it out of Gab? Paging Hogewash

That’s pretty good but all it needs is an ending

“Less regulation?”

“Oh, shut up!”


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Street artist Sabo (WS)

by baldilocks

At the Weekly Standard, Matt Labash interviews Sabo, “America’s Preeminent Right-Wing Street Artist.”

In this most liberal of cities (where even unaffiliated voters outnumber registered Republicans) and out of these modest digs, Sabo runs a one-man torture emporium. His victims include everyone from lefty politicians and Big Tech overlords to smug celebrities who never cease to subject us to the hot blasts of their virtue-signaling.

When inspiration strikes, Sabo might hijack a billboard, as he did last year with one advertising the film The Greatest Showman. It featured the actress Zendaya on a trapeze, and Sabo added a smirking Al Franken behind her with his lechy come-hither hands outstretched. Or he might crank out cheeky T-shirts with the letters “DOU” next to a picture of Che’s face.

The fashionable hypocrisy of the left drives Sabo bonkers, which explains the “F— Tibet” sign in his living room. It’s not that he doesn’t feel for the Dalai Lama’s oppressed people. But he’ll see some L.A. fashionista in a Mao shirt hauling a Free Tibet tote bag, “And I’m like, ‘You realize the reason Tibet needs to be freed is because of the f—ing Communists?’ These are the idiots I have to deal with.” No Third Way-ist, Sabo calls leftism a “mental disorder.” But whatever his stunt, he has been earning national headlines of late. Not too shabby for a lone street artist with a surly streak and a copy of Photoshop.

It’s a great read, but you might want to skip it if you have PC eyeballs. Sabo has had a tough life and is no polished pundit. Thank God for that last part.

And, yes, that most liberal of cities that Labash mentions is my Los Angeles. I haven’t been able to see any of Sabo’s work up close because I’m always a day late and a dollar short when Sabo presents his work on, say, the outside of a bus stop shelter on Hollywood Blvd. The work is quickly removed by the city.

A few months back, Sabo was banned from Twitter due to his witty and in-your-face offerings, so that should tell you how good and how on target he is.

This one — of Ted Cruz — is my favorite. Sabo created it for Cruz’s 2014 senate campaign and the senator received it well.

Here’s a link to Sabo’s website. I’m going to check and see if he gives his LA fans a head’s-up before he strikes again.

(Thanks to Evil Blogger Lady)

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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Fr. Michael Harvey: I was trying to make it easier for you.
Maggie Harvey: I didn’t want it made easier, I wanted you to say ‘No’.

Cracker My Brother’s Keeper 1995

Yesterday Stacy McCain wrote something that really struck me:

There is a reason why slut-shaming exists. If sluts are not shamed — if promiscuity is celebrated and glamorized the way Sex and the City did — more young women will waste their youth the way Julia Baugher wasted hers. Who would want their daughter to end up that way, having ruined her reputation and squandered so many chances at happiness, desperately hoping at age 37 to settle for a “reasonable choice”?

. The reason why this struck me is that I just got back home from a week staying with my friend Vinne Kelly hie brother and his 90 year old Dad in Lithonia GA right in sight of Stone Mountain. I went to school with 40 years ago with his brother George who lives a few minutes away A few hours before we flew out Saturday Night we had lunch at Bradley’s Bar-B-Que (the best BBQ I had during my trip)

While eating I thanked Mr. Kelly for having us in his house. He replied that he had taught his sons to have many acquaintances but few friends.

Now one of the things that age has taught me is that the easiest way to tell the difference between a friend and an acquaintance is either during a time of trouble or when you are about to do something incredibly stupid, foolish or both.

It’s my experience that an acquaintance will regardless of their own actual opinion will go along with what you are doing and if it’s something that society is accepting or encouraging, might even even encourage you on.

For example to suggest to a young woman going to college that he best way to avoid a bad situation might be to avoid excessive drinking at a party or even better avoiding such parties where people drink to excess is something that will cause woman’s studies departments all over the nation to label you as a misogynist who wants to control women.

To suggest to a girl like Miriam Weeks aka Belle Knox that rather being paid to have sex with strangers on film so that people can forever masturbate to the sight of said film to make up for your shortfall in the $70k tuition and expense cost at Duke, “settling” for a college that might cost 40K a year might be a better and more dignified decision can get you tagged as a fundamentalist and pilloried on social media.

To state that getting a disease like AIDS is almost impossible if you follow the biblical rules concerning sex (celibacy before marriage monogamy afterwards) while also eschewing drugs and sharing needles and marrying someone who does the same you are homophobic

To suggest to a co-worker that having an operation to remove their penis and taking hormones for the rest of their life in order to pretend they are a girl is not only dangerous but that the suicide rate of such people is very high might even get you fired in some states.

To suggest that obesity is an unhealthy thing means you are a hateful person who is “fat slaming”

Yet the reality is all these messages an actual friend, someone who really cares about you, might say if you are leaning in any of these directions while an acquaintance would go along to get along.

We live in an era where basic sense that our grandfathers knew and understood is called “hate” that voting the wrong way gets you tagged as a Nazi and eating at the wrong chicken place make you in the eyes of some a bigot. It’s no coincidence that when people quote St. Francis they leave out the key line from his lists of things to be an instrument of the Lord’s peace beause it doesn’t match the “hippie” image that they’ve created of him.

Where there is error, Truth

It’s that lack of the courage to speak plan truths aloud combined with an age where acceptance on social media by people you will never meet is of more value than having actual friends who will see things as they are and tell you so that is the cause of much of the trouble in the world.

I suggest that Ms Baugher like many of the women Stacy McCain writes about have many acquaintances but few real friends who were willing to take the risks of rejection, derision or social opprobrium to warn her away from bad life decisions.

That is a crying same and until that deficit can be tackled she and those like her will need our prayers.

Closing on a brighter note Bradley’s Bar-B-Que was really good and you should give them a shot if you’re in the area

By John Ruberry

When season one of Ozark concluded last summer, the Byrdes, a drug money laundering family from the Chicago area, decided to put roots down at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman), is the number-crunching erstwhile financial planner struggling to keep all of the balls he is juggling up in the air. He’s aided, for the most part, by his wife Wendy (Laura Linney), a former Democratic political operator.

Click here to read my review of the first season of Ozark.

In season two, which takes place in November, off-season in the Ozarks, the Byrdes are again plotting their escape from Missouri, but first they must open a casino on the lake built on land owned by Jacob (Peter Mullan) and Darlene Snell (Lisa Emery), who manufactures heroin for the same Mexican drug cartel Marty is indebted to. Getting a casino up-and-running of course means obtaining a license, so the Byrdes scheme with conservative powerhouse Charles Wilkes (Darren Goldstein) to smooth over the numerous blemishes and scars the power laundering couple have.

The sins of the parents taint the Byrdes’ children, high-schoolers Charlotte (Sofia Hublitz) and Jonah (Skylar Gaertner), who initiate their own criminal enterprise.

The Byrdes are reminiscent of Tom and Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, while not “careless,” as F. Scott Fitzgerald described them, the Byrdes, to paraphrase his words, smash up things and creatures. And I’ll  use Fitzgerald’s exact prose here, the Byrdes “let other people clean up the mess they had made.”

Those messes include arson, child abduction, suicide, waterboarding, and murder.

The sins of the Byrdes visit the Langmores, a small-time criminal family, who in the first season served as stereotypical redneck foil. Yes, they live in trailers. The de facto leader of the family is Ruth (Julia Garner), who is about 20 years old. She has transformed, maybe, from being a thief preying upon the Byrdes to being the utility infielder and perhaps more for the Byrde operations.

Roy Petty (Jason Butler Harner), plays a tormented FBI agent, who, like just about every other Ozark character, has no moral compass. He’s a law unto himself.

Hmm…an FBI agent who is unaccountable. That doesn’t happen in real life, does it?

There are many lessons in Ozark. Not only do drugs destroy lives, so does drug money. Ten years before the Byrdes fled Illinois Marty and his business partners made a deal with the devil when they started laundering money for that cartel. And that’s a job that no one can quit. And dismissal by the cartel does not entail being escorted by human resources out the door with a severance check in your hand.

As the second season of Ozark was released only a week and a half ago there is no word about a third. I expect there will be one with many more messes created by the Byrdes. When the Byrde family is asked by a photographer to smile at the conclusion of the final episode–they can only come up with grim grins.

The future appears to be an unhappy one for them.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.