One of the reasons for the Culture war that has been fought by the left was to change what is acceptable and what is not and what is important and what is not.

Stacy McCain has written about this in terms of both what our culture will accept.

Birth rates in the United States are at an all-time low, and sexually transmitted diseases are at an all-time high. Prostitution and pornography are rampant. Heroin overdoses are a more common cause of death in many states than automobile accidents. Our borders are being overrun by an endless invasion of illegal immigrants. We have seen a surge of race riots from Ferguson, Missouri, to Baltimore to Charlotte. Police are targeted for assassination, and we have been repeatedly attacked by Islamic terrorists. American civilization is collapsing into anarchy, and what are students paying $45,610 a year to learn at Vanderbilt University? The evils of “heteronormativity” and “gender roles,” in classrooms where the textbooks are written by advocates of Queer Theory.

And what it will not:

Annual tuition at Columbia University is $55,056, and for that price, parents of Columbia students are guaranteed that their children will never be exposed to any fact or opinion that feminism’s campus commissars dislike:

On Thursday, students hosting an upcoming talk by scholar Christina Hoff Sommers put up roughly 50 flyers promoting the event on four different campus buildings at Columbia University and Barnard College. Within 24 hours, most had been torn down.

But while these things on campus are outrageous what’s really outrageous is what we are seeing in the electorate.

We’ve seen the results of eight years of Democrat rule on the economy, an economy of fear where people are one paycheck away from disaster.

We’ve seen the results of eight years of Democrat in general and four years of Hillary Clinton rule at state, our enemies in ascendance, ourselves in retreat and our allies forced to consider nuclear options for defense as they cant count on us.

We’ve seen a government target their political enemies and excuse their friends in a way that Nixon only dreamt of.

And now with the revelations from both Wikileaks and James O’Keefe we see proof of the actual actions of both the media to protect the Clintons and Democrats, the actual opinions of Democrats and Clinton insiders concerning voters and finally on the dirty tricks and corruption from voter fraud to fomenting violence.

Yet with all of that information available, even with the media’s attempt to spin it, we see the majority of the American voting public apparently don’t care.

In my youth if a party in general or a person in particular had done with the Democrats in general and Hillary Clinton had done in particular they would have been run out of town on a rail.

But thanks to their successful culture war, aided and abetted by those who kept insisting it didn’t matter we have reached this point.

That is the most damning revelation from wikileaks and O’Keefe, that the majority of the American public doesn’t give a damn anymore and I never thought I’d see the say when that would be true.

It’s an axiom that democracies and republics always die from within, not from without.  I regret to say it appears American votes seem determined to prove it.

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I must confess when saw the title of this piece at ESPN I misread it:

NWHL player Harrison Browne comes out as a transgender man

I presumed that the NWHL had discovered that one of their players was in fact born a man meaning that the women playing against him.

I was interested to see how teammates where dealing with a person of the biologically different sex sharing a locker room, if opponents were publicly saying it was no big deal while off the record complaining that it was unfair.

But most all I was interested in seeing how the league was dealing with a person with greater upper body strength checking and knocking over the weaker women, after all this wasn’t a 50 year old Gabrielle Ludwig competing with women 30 years “her” junior, it a guy in the prime of his life competing with women.

Alas once I read the story I realized why there was no reason to fuss.

Browne has decided to postpone a medical transition until he’s done playing in the NWHL, and he’s not changing his legal name right now for visa reasons. Browne says he is “not closing the door” to transitioning to the men’s side of the sport one day depending on how his body changes.

In other words Harrison Brown is in fact a woman, who “identifies” as a man, and thus none of the problems that I mentioned above apply.

“At the end of the day, Harrison is the same player he was last year,” Rylan said. “We’re here to support him. It’s really not a big deal when you look at it, we’re respecting his name, the pronouns and his request to be his authentic self.”

“Support has been a major thread of our team unity and success,” Beauts GM Ric Seiling said. “And that goes beyond the rink.”

Of course Harrison is the same player as last year, Harrison is a woman. That’s why nobody cares if “he” is in the locker room, or worries about being cross checked by “him” or thinks the Beauts have an unfair advantage with “him” on their roster. Because all the players know that “Harrison” is no more a man that the character of “Teddy” in Arsenic and old lace was the 26th president of the United States.

In other words, it’s just as unreal as if one of “his” teammates declared she was Harry Truman, as long as her self delusion doesn’t affect play, it’s no big deal. Of course the headline “Woman plays on WNHL team” isn’t really going to draw the clicks is it.

Two final thoughts

I really laughed at this paragraph

NWHL commissioner Dani Rylan said the league is now working on a policy that will include transgender athletes, and that the women’s league is accepting of a transgender man on a team roster.

In other words the NWHL commissioner is showing how open minded she is by allowing women to play in the woman’s hockey league. Big deal. When she allows “transgender women” (ie actual men) to play on the teams, share the locker rooms, and check players at full speed, then give me a call.

I presume that like other professional leagues the WNHL has rules concerning steroids and drug enhanced performances. If transgender men are allowed, who are being given testosterone as part of their medical transition, are allowed to play will the WNHL penalize a woman who took a testosterone supplements for the sole purpose of build muscle mass for an advantage and if so, is that fair?

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Not long after Roe v. Wade federalized abortion policy, Members of Congress led by Henry Hyde moved to prevent federal funds from being used for abortions. The Hyde Amendment was finally added to the Medicaid program as a rider to the Health and Human Services budget on September 30, 1976. The rider has been added in every federal budget cycle since then. The Hyde Amendment restricts – but does not altogether prevent – federal taxpayer funding of abortion.

Abortion providers have tried to torpedo the Hyde Amendment since the day it was proposed. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is a determined foe of Hyde. Slate quotes her as saying that it “mak[es] it harder for low-income women to exercise their full rights.” Clinton and candidates in step with her are prepared to coerce all taxpayers into subsidizing abortion.

Donald Trump is reportedly willing to support the Hyde Amendment, according to Marjorie Dannenfelser, chairwoman of Trump’s pro-life coalition. “Not only has Mr. Trump doubled down on his three existing commitments to the pro-life movement, he has gone a step further in pledging to protect the Hyde Amendment and the conscience rights of millions of pro-life taxpayers.”

Absent a presidential veto, it’s the Members of Congress who determine whether the Hyde Amendment goes into the budget. A presidential candidate’s coattails will have something to do with the makeup of Congress, though, so the views of the presidential candidates matter.

As the Hyde Amendment turns 40, and acting independently of any campaign or party, a diverse group of pro-life Americans led by Secular Pro-Life has launched the #HelloHyde campaign. #HelloHyde not only marks the anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, but also celebrates the lives of children born under Medicaid since the amendment was first used. The #HelloHyde campaigners want the Hyde Amendment to be not only protected but broadened.

More power to them. From the campaign’s web site:

Medicaid should cover birth, not death….

The Hyde Amendment’s life-saving impact is hard to overstate. Both supporters and opponents agree that the Hyde Amendment has prevented over a million abortions. The disagreement, sad to say, is over whether that’s a good thing.

#HelloHyde estimates that of the people born through the Medicaid program since the Hyde Amendment was enacted (“Medicaid kids”), 1 in 9 would have died in the absence of Hyde Amendment protection. That estimate comes from a recently released report by the Charlotte Lozier Institute, which found that the Hyde Amendment has saved 2.13 million lives.

The #HelloHyde web site includes photos of  some of the Medicaid kids. I hope opponents of the Hyde Amendment see those photos, which might provoke some thought about which of those kids ought to have been killed at public expense.


As a general rule Robert Stacy McCain should be read at all times but this paragraph is so good and so true that it should be shared with every single person in the United States today who complains about a “microaggression“:

All talk about “equality” between men and women, especially in the context of history, should bring immediately to mind the fact that the vast majority of people who have ever lived were quite poor. Especially if you are judging from the standpoint of someone living in a 21st-century industrialized Western democratic society, you are applying to men and women a measurement of “equality” that is absurd. Go back scarcely 100 years, and my own ancestors in rural Alabama were plowing their farms with mules. They had neither electricity nor indoor plumbing. They drew their water from a well and cooked over a wood-burning stove. Do you think my grandfather and grandmother circa 1916 had time and leisure to worry about whether they were “equal”? They were both working from sunup to sundown, and when I say “working,” I mean hard, physical labor, not sitting in front of a computer in an air-conditioned office building.

My grandparents came here from Sicily. They did not read or write English and I’m not aware if they read or wrote Italian or not. My father worked like a dog when he was young, fought in World War 2 and came home to run a business where he and my mother worked 60 hour weeks at minimum while raising five kids. While things have been tough for me relative to how they once were I have never in my life worked as hard as my parents and grandparents have and the only reason why that is true is BECAUSE:

1. They were willing to work like dogs so I wouldn’t have to

2. The United States as the ultimate expression of western civilization made it possible for
their hard work to be a means to an end rather than the norm for their lifetime.

It is only by my grandparents willingness to come legally to this country and work hard and my parents willingness to emulate this example that my life is as good as it is. Moreover no matter how they worked they they never for a moment neglected to recognize their blessing nor fail thank God for them.

I am profoundly grateful for their example and will close with this warning from Stacy McCain that is only slightly less profound than the paragraph I’ve already quoted:

It may be easy to take for granted the peace and prosperity we enjoy as Americans, but it is not wise to take it for granted.

That is good advice that the young of today should take to heart.

As election day comes closer I find myself thinking of a sermon my pastor gave on the parable of the Good Samaritan.

For those not familiar with it, here is the passage in Luke Chapter 10 Verses 25 to 37

There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test him and said, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?”

He said in reply, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

He replied to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.

But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

Jesus replied, “A man fell victim to robbers as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead. A priest happened to be going down that road, but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. Likewise a Levite came to the place, and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.

But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight. He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn and cared for him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction, ‘Take care of him. If you spend more than what I have given you, I shall repay you on my way back.’

Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?” He answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.

When my pastor talked about this story he noted that there was more than meets the eye.

Priests in the time of Christ were born not made.  A priest might have only a couple of chances to serve in the temple in his lifetime.  So the priest seeing the injured man might have said to himself.  “Boy I’d really like to help out but if I do and become ritually unclean I can’t server in the temple and that’s more important.

Likewise the Levite had religious duties and might have said to himself.  Well my first duty is to God so while I’d really like to help I can’t make myself unclean and unable to serve him.

Put simply they (like the doctor of the law asking “who is my neighbor) found a plausible reason to not do what they knew they should and as our pastor explained, while both of them might have thought they were serving God better by doing what they did Jesus teaches them:  No you’ve got it wrong, to serve God you have to love your neighbor even if it carries risk.

And those days are coming soon to Christianity in the US, in fact they’ve already arrived.

Even before the election of Hillary we are seeing laws being passed that put Christian organizations in a horrible dilemma, either enable and/or justify sin or find yourself unable to act out your calling either due to financial penalties or legal prohibitions.

I’m sure there will be plenty of christians organizations whose lawyers, whose contributors and even some clergy will tell them:

Look think of all the good you are doing, or, listen you can’t risk the liability here if something goes wrong, or you can’t give your foes an opening by opposing them because they want to destroy you and anyways if you get the state upset you might lose  donors and then where will you be?

The problem is that Christ didn’t tell us to go out and be social workers (although we as Christians do many works for the social good) He didn’t preach be friends with the state (although Christian organizations invariably are not only good citizens but teach virtues that make their children good citizens as well)  And he didn’t tell us to worry about wealth (although he did say to use it for good).

What he DID say is go out and preach the good news to all the world, to do so with courage and be ready to be persecuted for doing so as he was.


A Christian who actually believes knows that there are worse things awaiting man than death and that to justify and/or encourage sin, in the hopes of doing good, only leads to death.

CS Lewis Screwtape warned us about this:

 The thing to do is to get a man at first to value social justice as a thing which the Enemy demands, and then work him on to the stage at which he values Christianity because it may produce social justice. For the Enemy will not be used as a convenience. 

If the post Vatican II world taught us anything it’s this:  One we decide we can ditch bits of the faith to keep the turnstiles turning we’ll find out really quickly that there’s no longer any demand to turn them at all.

Or put simply the first virtue is courage without that virtue no other can survive.  I fear we will find out in the near future what Christians have courage and the fear of God and which ones don’t.

Or put simply, don’t be the priest or the Levite in the story.

Sheldon:  Hello Penny. I realize you are currently in the mercy of your primitive biological urges. But, as you have an entire lifetime of poor decisions ahead of you, may I interrupt this one?

The Big Bang Theory:  The Electric Can Opener Fluctuation 2009

As a general rule one tends to give young people some slack. Young inexperienced people make foolish decisions and hopefully said decision don’t destroy their lives.

But I draw the line at celebrating bad decisions that give one a social disease for the rest of one’s life:

A Google search for “Ella Dawson herpes” produces more than 50,000 results. Why would parents pay nearly $50,000 a year for their daughter to attend college when the result of her “education” is that she becomes notorious for having an incurable sexually transmitted virus?

Also one would think the editor of a campus sex magazine gender/feminist/sexuality studies major : ” Planned Parenthood volunteer, a sexuality studies major, and everyone’s go-to friend when they had questions about losing their virginity.”  would know that the only type of “careful” that prevents genital herpes is to not have sex with infected people.

Of course I tend not to give a pass for one who considers aiding and abetting  the deaths of children for profit as a virtue but be that as it may.

The decision to try and comfort people who have made the same bad decision you have and are paying for it, is in fact a good thing (although I think encouraging folks to publicly inform the world of their disease is only good in the sense of warning a potential sexual partner) since self-hatred leads to horrible things.

But all other things aside (including the censorship of those who don’t agree with her) I’m certainly not going to give her a pass on this:

I’ve been a Hillary Clinton supporter for years now, but the importance of her campaign for President didn’t hit home with me until I watched her speech last week in Reno. I know so many writers who are terrified to even mention Breitbart by name online because we so often pay for it. There Hillary was, literally reading Breitbart headlines from the podium as the audience gasped. She was unafraid of the Alt-Right’s vulgar, distorted conspiracy theories, their character assassinations, their sexist photoshopped memes. And despite her fearlessness, she was able to recognize their danger without validating their ideology.

Think for a second what that paragraph means:

 It suggests that liberals are afraid to talk about because they are unwilling to defend their opinions in the public square.

 It suggests that the critiques of Hillary Clinton are a bunch of conspiracy theories

 It suggests that speaking to a friendly crowd attacking one of the few outlets not in the tank for her is courage.

This is ignorance and idiocy on a grand scale and deserves an answer more detailed than the standard Stacy McCain putdown since many young people will read it and unfortunately buy it.

First of all the market place of ideas is where we decide what things are worthwhile and what are not.  If your ideas.  If your opinions which are constantly validated by major media all over the nation can’t stand critique by the readers of a single web site without you collapsing in terror than the problem is with you and your ideas which apparently have never been challenged.

Life is full of challenges, and the sooner one realises the thing to do is to face them the better, even more important one learns the most by defending one’s opinions, by critique.  If you never have those opinions challenged than when decisions based on said opinions fail you can’t cope and an inability to cope leads to an unhappy life.

And seriously you want to talk being silenced or harassed over speaking up talk to my youngest son who is your age about being a conservative on facebook.

Second when it comes to “conspiracies” concerning Hillary Clinton, I’m almost tempted to give her a pass as she was barely born when Bill Clinton was playing with Monica and wasn’t born when Hillary was helping him enable his assaults on Juanita Broaddrick.  Odds are she’s been spoon fed the “conspiracy” stuff since she entered school so I will live her and her readers with these questions:

Are the parents of the Americans left to die at Benghazi pushers of conspiracy theories?

When the FBI part of a conspiracy theory when they said your choice for president, Hillary Clinton was “careless” with classified data?

Is the act of aids to the secretary of state smashing one’s cell phones and ipads with hammers, per the FBI report, consistent with the idea that suggesting she had something to hide is a “conspiracy”

As Mrs. Clinton’s asserted to the FBI that her inability to remember key information was due to her concussion, does that make her part of the “conspiracy” concerning her health?

And that’s not even comparing the video of what she was claiming a year ago to what is now known to be true per the FBI.

Finally the idea that Hillary is showing courage by critiquing her critics in front of a friendly crowd.


You have a woman who has not held a press conference in 2016 because she is afraid of facing questions from a press corps that overwhelmingly favors her election and you think she’s courageous for telling a group of people who love her that a group of people they mutually hate are bad?

Yeah that takes a lot of courage.

You want a brave woman try  Pam Geller.  She is constantly challenged, harassed and even deals with attempts to murder her, yet she doesn’t falter, doesn’t whine or even try to censor her foes.  No she stands up in the marketplace of ideas and fights.  She stands up to people trying to kill her even as the majority of the media blast her for it.

That is a strong woman.  Not a wealthy protected pol who has spent the last 20 years being affirmed by everyone in sight.

Now again Ms. Dawson is only 23 or 24 years old and I thought I knew a lot more than I actually did at her age so perhaps we can chalk it down to the ignorance of youth.

But if you are a young person may I submit and suggest that taking the advice of one displaying said ignorance, particularly one who is not able to handle being challenged on it, is a very bad idea.

Closing thought, feel free to disagree loudly both here and on twitter, I promise not to try to have you silenced for it although I reserve the right to edit any vulgarities you choose to leave on my site.

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Jake:Words are what men live by words they say and mean.

The Comancheros 1961

The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.

George Orwell Animal Farm 1945

This disgusts me:

Russia’s Supreme Court rules that the USSR did not invade Poland in 1939.

This is not only a lie but it’s a brazen lie, told officially for the sake of a fiction.  It’s the worst type of lie now officially endorsed by Russia and it’s courts.  That it invokes the Nuremberg trials in an attempt to cover up a historical crime makes is particularly obscene as its entire purpose is contrary to Nuremberg’s goal, to keep the truth from being written out of history for a political agenda.

Just the thought of it, using the power of the state to punish an individual for speaking the truth aloud.

Well thank goodness you wouldn’t see something like this in the US.  After all if we embrace the culture of the lie we would see people being punished for calling men men and women women, persecuted for giving opinions on issues, pushed out of business or losing their ability to get a job for expressing eternal truths or even banned from public forums for calling out those who would do such things.

And it’s particularly a good thing that we don’t have leaders and potential leaders like that who lie brazenly to and through our authorities and media or deny widely known pubic policies.

I Thank God we’re better than all that, at least while it’s still allowed.

Yet even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment.

Joel 2:12-13

When I was a boy of fourteen my father was so ignorant I could barely stand to have the old man around.  But when I got to be twenty-one I was astonished by how much he learned in  seven years.

Mark Twain

You might remember the Duke University Porn Star Miriam Weeks aka Belle Knox from my posts from a few years ago and Stacy McCain’s site and particularly this final post where she found herself objecting to the high tax rates she was paying on her hard earned income.

Ms Weeks is getting a perspective that those young Obama voters still in college will only get if they somehow find well paying jobs in the president’s economy post graduation.  When you are a person making a good paycheck, local state and federal government taxman comes for their share.

One might question just how thrilled Ms Knox is with her profession but I suspect nobody questions her desire to keep the lions share of what she’s paid for it.

At the time I when it was noted Ms. Weeks had learned this important lesson I speculated as follows:

Consider we have a teen here who is able to resist and / or abandon liberal economic theory in a liberal environment where such ideas are pushed.

Might not such a person capable of learning from experience one side of the conservative coin be able to figure out the other?

She might be rebelling against the church at the moment but the combination of age producing an inevitable declining in her appeal as a barely legal sex object and the almost certain prayers of devout and faithful parents produce epiphany in what she thinks?

That “appeal” is something Stacy McCain directly addressed two years ago when a reader finding Ms. Weeks/Knox a rather plain girl question said appeal:

The thing is, she’s EIGHTEEN — no tattoos, “innocent” looking.
Finding jaded tattoo-covered whores with silicon-implant breasts is not difficult. But the supply of “innocent” looking 18-year-olds willing to do three-ways, etc.? Yeah, that’s the premium product, and the demand is high.
Basically, it’s the closest thing to kiddie porn that the market can supply legally, which is why I’m creeped out by this feminist talk about how “empowering” it is.

At 5-foot-4 and 94 pounds, according to her profile at an “adult modeling” agency, 18-year-old Miriam Weeks looks younger than her age, so underdeveloped she might be mistaken for an eighth-grader, and this is precisely her value in the “teen porn” trade. She’s not one of those brazen fake-boob strumpets; she’s the small-chested barely-legal girl whose appeal is her ability to represent a pervert’s fantasy of sexually insatiable “consenting” youth.

That feminists called it empowering was addressed by Stacy McCain  in another post:

let any Women’s Studies major explain how it is “empowering” for a teenage college girl to do this, this,thisthis and this (all NSFW, of course). That’s feminism?

Well it’s two years later and Belle Knox is no longer a teen, and do you know what else?  She’s apparently no longer doing porn. All but one of those NSFW links are no longer live & the one that is shows her twitter account taken over by someone else.  Furthermore if you search online you will that any releases including Ms. Knox contain only recycled scenes.

Wikipedia also implies that she is no longer at Duke University.

Now the end of her porn career, if it has indeed ended, could be due to several things:

Since she claimed that her only reason for doing porn was to pay for tuition at Duke if the Wikipedia implication is correct then as she is no longer has an incentive to perform in porn and has thus left the field.  Thus the Cause of no longer needing to pay for Duke has the effect of her dropping porn despite how “empowering” it was.

As Robert Stacy McCain pointed out her premium value as a porn star was based on being an 18 year old who looked younger than her age.  Now that she is in her 20’s and is no longer a “fresh face” she a no longer has the value nor can command the premium wage she once did this cause having the effect of her no longer being marketable at the price she wishes to receive.

Or it’s always possible that being two years older and wiser and given her family background decided to take Pope Francis’ statement to heart

and leave the porn world behind.

We don’t actually know which is true or if there is some other reason for her departure but regardless of which it is there is one thing that is true and should be considered by any young lady tempted to go this route in the future.

Five ten and twenty years from now, the films she made and the scenes she shot will still be out there on whatever passes or the internet, in virtual reality, perhaps even converted to 3 dimensional holograms and more.  And unfortunately Ms. Weeks will discover fairly or unfairly  that in terms of people’s’ perception of her as a person the full price of her previous “empowerment” has yet to be paid.

This is a lesson worth learning.

My teenage daughter is obsessed with Hamilton, the musical that has taken Broadway by storm. Not being a fan of rap music, I was not particularly interested in listening to the soundtrack, but seeing my daughter’s reaction to it made me more than a little curious. We recently had occasion to spend quite a bit of commuting time in the car together and, since she had the music on her phone, the show’s soundtrack became the soundtrack of our drives. It’s easy to see why the show has become so popular, and a show that can save Alexander Hamilton’s place on the $10 bill and increase the appreciation people have for our Founding Fathers can’t be a bad thing, no matter how much rap it contains (and fortunately there is plenty of other styles of music that I found quite compelling). I was equally impressed with my daughter’s ability to sing along with the cast (sometimes mixing multiple parts, which was amazing) with her inserted commentary about the political and military background of the events depicted, even pointing out the historical inaccuracies in the script! Clearly she’s been learning more than just the lyrics. But there was one lesson in particular I wanted her to learn from the show, and it is one that Hamilton and his wife, Eliza, learned the hard way. CAUTION: Mild Spoilers ahead.

When my wife and I were engaged, we went through a multi-week Marriage Preparation program with our pastor, whom I’ll call “Father N.” One part of the program called for us each to fill out a questionnaire to determine if we had similar attitudes about different aspecs of marriage, from Faith to finances, family and even fidelity. One question in particular stood out: “Are there any circumstances under which you might choose to get a divorce?”

My bride and I had actually spoken about this in advance and both made it clear that infidelity would be a dealbreaker, so we both answered “yes” to the question. When evaluating our results, Father N pointed to that as the only problem with our answers. He said that in answering “yes” to that question, we were giving ourselves an “out,” which contradicts the Catholic view of marriage. Even though we had only one serious condition in mind, the idea that there could be one thing that would end our marriage could lead us to consider other lesser offenses to somehow rise to that level. In giving ourselves an out, we would have been entering our marriage without understanding what we were really doing. Unfortunately, too many couples in our society today lack that understanding and think that it’s OK to abandon their marriage for far more trivial reasons.

That was not true in Hamilton’s time, and the musical shows us this. Whether through faith or through fear of scandal, even when Hamilton’s infidelity comes to light, he and Eliza stay married, as difficult as that is. In “Burn,” Eliza makes her feelings clear:

You forfeit all rights to my heart
You forfeit the place in our bed
You sleep in your office instead

Recognizing that he is at fault, Hamilton refuses to give up. In “It’s Quiet Uptown,” he rekindles his Faith and does his best to win Eliza’s heart again:

I take the children to church on Sunday
A sign of the cross at the door
And I pray
That never used to happen before

It is his steadfastness, especially in facing the death of their son Philip, that they eventually experience “a grace too powerful to name” and she eventually forgives him:

Alexander by Eliza’s side
She takes his hand

After his untimely death, Eliza rededicates her life to continuing his legacy as best she can:

The Lord, in his kindness
He gives me what you always wanted
He gives me more / Time

She raises money for the Washington Monument, speaks out against slavery and, most telling, establishes the first private orphanage in New York City and helps raise hundreds of children, saying “In their eyes, I see you, Alexander.” Finally, she expresses her belief that she will see him again, in time.

Maybe in addition to learning about our nation’s founding, fans of Hamilton will also learn the true spirit of commitment, love and forgiveness inherent in marriage. Wouldn’t that be something?

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I first encountered political correctness back in September of 1991 when I first attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.  It became immediately apparent to me that this political correct nonsense was a dangerous form of Orwellian censorship.  Newspeak, from George Orwell’s 1984, leapt to mind the first time I encountered the PC thought police in action.  For those of you who haven’t read 1984 recently, here is how George Orwell described Newspeak in the Appendix “The Principles of Newspeak.”

The purpose of Newspeak was not only to provide a medium of expression for the world-view and mental habits proper to the devotees of Ingsoc, but to make all other modes of thought impossible. It was intended that when Newspeak had been adopted once and for all and Oldspeak forgotten, a heretical thought — that is, a thought diverging from the principles of Ingsoc — should be literally unthinkable, at least so far as thought is dependent on words.

Here are excerpts from article “The Origins of Political Correctness” from the Accuracy in Academia.  They will demonstrate the parallels between Newspeak and Political Correctness.

If we look at it analytically, if we look at it historically, we quickly find out exactly what it is. Political Correctness is cultural Marxism. It is Marxism translated from economic into cultural terms. It is an effort that goes back not to the 1960s and the hippies and the peace movement, but back to World War I. If we compare the basic tenets of Political Correctness with classical Marxism the parallels are very obvious.

First of all, both are totalitarian ideologies. The totalitarian nature of Political Correctness is revealed nowhere more clearly than on college campuses.

And finally, both have a method of analysis that automatically gives the answers they want. For the classical Marxist, it’s Marxist economics. For the cultural Marxist, it’s deconstruction. Deconstruction essentially takes any text, removes all meaning from it and re-inserts any meaning desired.

To further emphasize the parallels here are excerpts from the article “Political Correct is Cultural Marxism” which appeared in the American Thinker

PC, just like Marxism, forces people to live a lie by denying reality.  PC takes a political philosophy and says that on the basis of the chosen philosophy, certain things must be true, and reality that contradicts its “truth” must be forbidden

PC, just like Marxism, has a method of analysis that always provides the answer it wants.  For PC, the “answer” is found through deconstruction, which takes any situation, removes all meaning from it, and replaces it with PC’s desired meaning.

Both Newspeak and political correctness are totalitarian in nature.  George Orwell wrote 1984 as a warning against what was happening in the Soviet Union so Newspeak was based on Marxist principles. just like political correctness.  Both seek to control thought by controlling language.

Unlike Newspeak, political correctness is alive and well here in the United States, where it has infected all aspects of our culture.  Colleges and universities were the first to be infected by political correctness, which is now preached in just about every class, and where contrary ideas are not welcome. Hollywood was also infected along with the news media, which has turned both into propaganda arms for progressives.

All across the United States people are afraid speak their minds because they are afraid to be labeled bigots.  In far too many cases, individuals are denied the opportunity to speak their minds because the media is so infected and contrary opinions are not allowed.

Political correctness is dangerous.  All criticism of Islam is deemed islamophobic no matter how valid the criticism is.  Whenever there is a terrorist attack by Islamic extremists all connections to Islam are swept under the rug.  A pathological fear of guns is a central tenet of political correctness with gun control a central theme.   All criticism of illegal immigration is labeled xenophobic.

Political correctness is designed to influence elections.  Conservative policies and ideals are labeled bigoted, extreme, and offensive by the media while liberal ideals are lionized.  All efforts at securing elections through voter ID are labeled racist.

Refusing to be silenced is the only way to counter political correctness.  We must always speak our minds. We must speak out about the evils of political correctness.  On my dorm room door I had a large sign proclaiming “political correct is censorship.”  The sign was vandalized often and I took a lot of heated criticism because that was not a popular position at UMASS but the sign remained.  I am frequently critical of political correctness on Facebook and I post whatever I want no matter how much it offends my liberal friends.  Fortunately for us the internet has provided a multitude of options for people to get non PC news and express non PC views.


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Kazran:   Are you really a babysitter?
11th Doctor: (shows psychic paper) I think you’ll find I’m universally recognised as a mature and responsible adult.
Kazran: It’s just a lot of wavy lines.
11th Doctor (looking at the paper)  Yeah, it’s shorted out. Finally, a lie too big.

Doctor Who A Christmas Carol 2010

My first thought when I saw this 5-3 ruling from the Supreme Court to Temporarily Block and order forcing transgender bathrooms on public school kids and reading that for the first time in my memory a liberal voted with conservatives put the stay on, was “Finally a lie too big for a liberal justice to go along with”.

But when I read these details:

Justice Stephen Breyer wrote separately to say that he concurred in the decision in part because granting the stay would “preserve the status quo” until the court has a chance to consider a petition for cert. “I vote to grant the application as a courtesy,”

and got a days sleep (working overnights you know) it hit me.

This isn’t about keeping the status quo before cert, this is about keeping the status quo concerning the perceived momentum in this election.

Right now the perception is (Regardless of the reality) that Trump is reeling yet in politics it doesn’t take much to change the conversation which is why the MSM didn’t bother to report much on the bus bombing in Paris or touch Mr. Kahn’s deleting, in classic Clinton style, his law firms’ web site.
However the transgender bathroom issue in public schools is an issue that can change that paradigm.

While the left has managed to push the culture to the brink of insanity & even some would say past it, we have not yet reached the point where anything near a majority of Americans believe that a person with a penis is a woman.

If Justice Breyer had voted with the left this would become a debate issue and then Hillary might find herself having to answer the one question that nobody in the MSM wants raised before the election:

At what age should a young girl be compelled, against her will by law to share a bathroom with a person who has fully developed male genitalia?

This question reveals the Transgender nonsense for what it is which is why it is not asked. The left can not let this question be asked and Hillary must not be made to answer.

Even worse the idea that Hillary would appoint justices who would answer that question with the age of five or under must NOT under any circumstance get into the heads of any voters in swing states, particularly not voters of color who might find this a bridge too far.

Justice Breyer wasn’t doing a courtesy to the state of Virginia, it was a courtesy to the Hillary Clinton campaign to keep things quiet till she is safely elected and this can be done to the American people by fiat in the classic liberal way.

Closing thought, if you are #nevertrump and this doesn’t convince you of the stakes we’re playing for here nothing will.

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As the GOP convention ends and speculation on who Hillary Clinton’s VP pick will be reports are coming out that the choices have been narrowed in a short list that includes Tim Kaine of Virginia and Cory Booker of New Jersey.

Lately a lot of the money of the pundits is on Kaine:

Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia has emerged as a leading contender after a methodical search, several Democrats close to the campaign say, receiving spirited backing from President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton.

One might think that give the current Democrat party a “diversity” pick Corey Booker who would be the 1st black VP, one of the Castro Brothers (first hispanic) or even Elizabeth Warren (first all female ticket).

You would be wrong.

While the GOP convention has been the big news this week the stories that dominated the news before this week and are likely to do so once the DNC convention is done are these.

The coup in Turkey
ISIS attacks in France and Germany
The targeting of Police for murder and/or abuse.

Each of these stories are likely to continue to grow.

The Erdogan crackdown has already reached incredible excesses and is likely to go further to creating a full blown islamic brotherhood state in Turkey.

ISIS attacks have continued with the axe attack in Germany (My son actually saw German flags flying at Fitchburg’s old city hall at half staff over them) and there is absolutely no reason to believe there will not one or more successful ISIS attacks in the west before the election not to mention several attempted ones.  (Within 3 hours of the initial writing of this came the attacks in Germany)

While everyone was expecting trouble in Cleveland the targeting of Police is likely to continue from police being denied service to small acts like the glass that “accidentally” ended up in a cops sandwich in a “progressive” coffee house, to actually ambushes of police officers.

All of these things produce worry in the electorate and require a strong leader, an image that Trump projects very easily.  Meanwhile two of the issue directly reflect on Hillary Clinton’s performance as Secretary of State and the third directly reflects on a particular group of Hillary voters to who the words “All lives matter” or “blue lives matter” are considered offensive in the extreme.  While the Clinton and their allies in the radical left will do all they can to keep their more radical elements restrained in that regard although in fairness there is little they can do.

Rightly or wrongly the selection of a 2nd woman will give the impression of weakness.

And rightly and wrongly the pick of a person of color at a time when people of color will be seen as a statement to appease anti-police forces.


Bottom line, the voters that Clinton are most worried about are White working class and the states she are most worried about are ones where those folks will decide.


That’s why no matter what anyone else tell you, the Hillary Clinton VP pick will the whitest white boy who can be found and that’s why the smart money is on Kaine.

I say the smart money is right.

Update:  Nailed it.



There have been a spate of stories lately about restaurants refusing service to police over the last few weeks and getting burned over it. Yesterday we saw another one:

My husband is a Deputy Sheriff in Lee County, Alabama and tonight a Deputy on his shift went into Taco Bell in Phenix City, AL and was told that they don’t serve cops. A lady waiting for her food spoke up to say that she was about to ask for a refund because she didn’t want to eat somewhere with a cop. This really disturbs me that people have started treating law enforcement professionals in this manner when these same law enforcement professionals put their lives on the line every day to protect all people, including this woman with a very bad attitude at Taco Bell. We’re going to research this further but if this is what Taco Bell allows to happen, they have lost my business and I hope others of you will do the same.

Rather than letting this sit however and waiting for a lot of trouble the folks at Taco bell moved, FAST:

A Taco Bell cashier in Alabama lost their job after refusing service to two sheriff’s deputies.

The incident allegedly occurred on July 16 when the two deputies, both in uniform, were told by a counter cashier that they would not serve law enforcement and asked them to leave, WTVM reports.

And Taco Bell local and corporate moved pretty quick

Taco Bell spokesperson Laura Nedbal issued the following statement to News Leader 9, stating:

Taco Bell and Tacala, the franchise owner of the Phenix City Taco Bell, in no way endorse this sentiment. We are deeply appreciative of the men and women who have taken the oath to serve and protect our communities. Our franchisee has launched an investigation into this matter and will take appropriate action. Tacala will be reaching out directly to Deputy Sheriff Mayo and his wife Tammy Bush Mayo.
The second statement from Nedbal confirms the termination, saying:

In the course of the investigation at the Taco Bell in Phenix City, Tacala, the franchise owner of that location, has terminated the employee who refused service to two Lee County Deputies on July 16th. Tacala has contacted the Lee County Sheriff’s Department to apologize directly to the two Deputies and assure them of their ongoing support of law enforcement.

Note to restaurant owners, The International Union of Thieves, Pickpockets and Thugs (IUTPT) notwithstanding that’s the way to do it.

So when they had assembled, Pilate said to them,

“Which one do you want me to release to you, (Jesus) Barabbas, or Jesus called Messiah?”

For he knew that it was out of envy that they had handed him over.  While he was still seated on the bench, his wife sent him a message, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man. I suffered much in a dream today because of him.”  The chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas but to destroy Jesus.

The governor said to them in reply, “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” They answered, “Barabbas!”  Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus called Messiah?” They all said, “Let him be crucified!”

Matthew 27:17-22


If there is one thing that Stacy McCain knows it’s crazy and when looking at the Baton Rouge shooter that’s what he sees.

Besides which, I am a well-known expert in craziness. I’ve been studying kooks for years, and when I say somebody’s crazy? Trust me.

Gavin Eugene Long was deranged, daft, demented, cracked, zany, wacko, bonkers, off his rocker and a few fries short of a Happy Meal:

Now as he points out “crazy” and “racist” are no more mutually exclusive than “sane” and “racist” nor does a his craziness make those who encouraged or affirmed his racist opinions as he put it:

This kind of kook cult conspiracy stuff is always floating around out there. You’ve got white people who are into weird pagan sex cults, feminists who are into astrology, tarot, “goddess spirituality,” et cetera.

Was it entirely coincidental that a crazy kook cultist like Gavin Long was inspired to drive to Louisiana and shoot cops? No, because the “Black Lives Matter” movement appeals to the same kind of Afrocentric racial insanity that led Gavin long to rename himself “Cosmo Setepenra.”

This is the problem with media coverage that deliberately feeds into racial paranoia in the black community,

Now when it comes down to it, everybody has their own issues and if this guy had just remained a crazy black nationalist racist with a chip on his shoulder that would be fine, it would be on him and several police would still be alive today.

Instead radical groups of the left, with a big assist from both the Media and the White House decided to play into that crazy for their own political ends.

That’s why to Twitter, a guy like Robert Stacy McCain who owns more books written by radical feminists on feminism than most Woman’s studies majors and has read more of them than professors of woman’s studies professors can be banned from Twitter for quoting those feminists and others public statements while a guy like Gavin Eugene Long was considered just fine, until he started gunning down cops

The Jewish elders pushed the crowd to call for Barabbas for political reasons, the twitter Safety crowd called for Gavin Eugene Long in the same way because that choice affirmed their prejudices and didn’t dump him until it was inconvenient.


Exit question:  How many other Gavin Eugene Longs are now on twitter cheering the murder of police while Stacy McCain remains banned?  Anyone Bueller?  BUELLER?

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Martin: [To Kaine] You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If you’re honest you’re poor your whole life and in the end you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star.

Helen: Kane will be a dead man in half an hour and nobody’s gonna do anything about it. And when he dies, this town dies too. I can feel it. I am all alone in the world. I have to make a living. So I’m going someplace else. That’s all.

Kibbee: This thing has been handled wrong. Those three killers walking the streets bold as brass…Why didn’t you put them in jail where they ought to be? Then we’d only have Miller to worry about.
Marshall Kaine: I haven’t anything to arrest them for. They haven’t done anything. There’s no law against them sitting on a bench at the depot.

High Noon 1952

One of the great westerns in fact one of the great movies is High Noon staring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly. The basic plot is about a Marshall Will Kaine (Cooper) who has just gotten married and is leaving his position, the new marshall is due in a couple of days as the town but it turns out the old gang of a killer who the Marshall sent away turns up at the train station waiting for the leader who has been pardoned by the governor and vowed revenge on him.

After initially choosing to flee he returns to the town to get a posse up to confront this problem but discovers that the town that was so happy to have his protection an his friends who were so delighted to attend his wedding are unwilling to stand behind him.

A lot has been written about that aspect of the movie but there is one other aspect, an aspect that really applies to the situation in Dallas and elsewhere that’s worth reminding people of.

The new wife of the marshal (Grace Kelly) is a quaker, a pacifist, who gives him an ultimatum, either leave this town or she will leave him. When he refuses she waits at a local hotel to leave on the noon train, the same train the killer (Frank Miller) is coming on. While there she has this exchange with the a hotel clerk.

Amy Kaine: You don’t Like my husband, do you?
Clerk: No.
Amy Kaine: Why?
Clerk: Lots of reasons. This place was always busy when Frank Miller was around. I’m not the only one. A plenty of people think he’s got a comeuppance coming. You asked me, ma’am, so I’m telling you.

He is not alone, when Miller’s brother (Sheb Wooley) leaves the train station to get a bottle of Whisky at a local bar he is warmly greeted:

Bartender: Hey, Ben! How are you? Hey, look who’s here! How are you, Ben?
Ben Miller: Give me a bottle.
Bartender: It’s been a long time, Ben.
Ben Miller: Yeah.
Bartender: Yes, sir. How’s Frank?
Ben Miller: He’s not complaining.
Bartender: It’ll be a hot time in the old town tonight, eh?
Ben Miller: I wouldn’t be surprised.

In both cases the people delighted at the prospect of the return of the Miller gang know who and what they are, they know what will happen if they reestablish themselves in the town as evidenced both by the “hot time” line and  by Kaine words to them when he comes in looking for deputies

All right We all know what Miller’s like. That’s why I’m here. How about it?

but nobody moves, some because they are afraid of what ill happen if they confront mill but others like the Bartender for a different reason.

He and the clerk before him both understand that while the town in general may suffer, while innocent people might get shot, shop owners might be robbed or intimidated and women assaulted or raped, they, the bartender and the clerk, know their personal business and their personal profit will benefit, and besides they didn’t much care for those folks that Miller will terrorize anyways

And that dear friends are were we are right now in America.

Regardless of now suddenly somber and respectful words of our friends on the left have suddenly adopted they understand that their electoral base and the subsequent power they bring is dependent on people who at best don’t like or trust the police or at worst are in favor of  or indifferent to their murder.  They also understand that any suggestion that the lives of police are just as valuable as those who may be killed in the line of duty is a recipe an electoral or financial disaster.


I think that we’ve reached a breaking point, I think that police are rapidly realizing that at least one major American party doesn’t want to choose between backing rule of law and respect for those who enforce it and risking the wrath of a voting niche that they depend on for power or not.

But that’s the choice that has to be made.  Police particularly in those large cities, that coincidentally are overwhelmingly controlled by the party that has encouraged and enabled those who look at police and cry “murders”. and the media that backs them MUST be made to make this choice, to make it clearly and in public.  To answer the contradiction that Glenn Reynolds notes:

Well, it’s the only way Dem politicans can avoid the contradiction of being anti-police but wanting urban centers to prosper. But as Richard Fernandez notes, the contradictions are coming home to roost.

Police actually already understand this and have to some degree, taken steps to protect themselves post Ferguson:


As Jack Dunphy has written, “Murder rates are soaring in Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Baltimore and elsewhere as the police in those cities, acutely aware of the politics of the moment, attune their behavior so as to minimize risk – not the risk to life and limb, which they accept and prepare for as part of the job, but the risk to their livelihood that arises when the tactical decisions they make in the blink of an eye are viewed through a political prism for months or even years.  There is no amount of training that can prepare a cop for that risk; there is only the choice to avoid it… Crime is up and will go higher.  Don’t expect this to change any time soon.”

While this makes sense since the primary duty of a police officer is to get home alive, I submit and suggest that this is not effective because that increased risk is not shared by the pols and the agitators who have enabled this situation.

I don’t know about anyone else, but if I was the police chief of such as city, and the political left that controls my city is not willing to stand with the men and women who protect them I’d pull them off the streets rather than have them risk their necks for people who don’t care if they live or die.

That way not only will the criminal element have the joy of discovering the reality that it is only the police that protect them from the wrath of those they prey on, but the elites can discover the joy of being free from those vile men and women in blue guarding their offices, their business and their home and the freedom of self reliance.

I think it would be a fascinating experiment in cause and effect, but one that we are unlikely to see, because I suspect those men and women in blue that our friends on the left so love to critique, like Marshal Will Kaine, just can’t bring themselves to leave their towns undefended, even at the cost of their lives.

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The House finally came out with their Benghazi report and the reaction to it should surprise nobody that has been paying attention during the Obama years.

Facts notwithstanding the media and the left reflexly defended Hillary Clinton just as they immediately blamed Mitt Romney’s rhetoric (as comically noted here) as soon as the attack took place. The questions from the press to Trey Gowdy are not about the contents of the report but all about “having the goods” or not. Rush Limbaugh put it very well in this headline:

Hillary Clinton Is a Corrupt Security Risk — And Half the Country Doesn’t Care

That half of the country or more doesn’t care about abandonment of these men is self evident but the relevant question, the most important question is this: How is it that half the country doesn’t care?

And this is what the Culture war has been all about.

All that we’ve seen from the left from the Feminism that Stacy McCain has written so eloquently to the rejection of Judeo christianity and finally the no responsibility and no winners mentality that has been nurtured through our school systems and our media has been all about one thing. Taking the most the richest, most powerful, most self assured and most morally centered nation in the history of history. A nation so moral and so steeped in the Christian Ideal that it could sit on top of the an entire world in ruins with the strongest military in the history of history and choose to rebuild it rather than rule it and bringing it down.

And the only way to to do such a thing is to assault the culture as Andrew Breitbart understood:

When I was in my youth in fact even as late as my 20’s at a time when the aptly greatest generation was just starting to die the idea that the American people would allow something like Benghazi to pass was unthinkable.

But the culture war by the left, enabled by those on the right who were unwilling to fight it, has been so successful that saying Christmas vacation is unacceptable to a major university but leaving Americans to die political gain could happen without batting an eyelash.

This is what really hits the nail on the head.

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Yesterday I talked about a wedding I attended Saturday night and the British expats I spoke to next door, there was a 2nd conversation that took place that evening that was worth repeating.

AT our table was a couple that included a woman who had just retired after 38 years of teaching middle school.  I had wanted to be a teacher in my youth until the combination of Prop 2 1/2 passing and the 1st computers arriving at my high school took me in a different direction and I often wondered what might have happened if I had taught history, so I asked her what has been the biggest change from the time she started til the end.

She answered without hesitation that while the students were pretty much the same the parents were vastly different.  When she started if  a kid was doing wrong or goofing off as kids are won’t to do the parents would come down on the kids and back up the teacher, today however parents wanting to be the friends of their children tend to come down on the teachers and back up their kids no matter what.

This was no surprise to me as I’ve heard that story over and over again.

Unfortunately that leads to kids who never know consequences, never know discipline and feel entitled.  That’s why they grow up so afraid of chalk.

That’s pretty bad for a society, but you know what’s even worse, a society that does this:

A woman spanked her children after she says she caught them stealing and her subsequent arrest has touched off a firestorm about spanking, discipline, parental rights and abuse.

The question is — how much is too much?

The single mother of six apparently found out that three of  her kids (boys ages 10-13) broke into a neighbor’s house and stole property. After spanking the kids with a belt, she was taken to jail and her other children removed from her home.

Nothing teaches a child respect for the law and discipline like jailing their parents for spanking them over committing a B & E.

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Cardinal Borusa: As I believe I told you long ago, Doctor, you will never amount to anything in the galaxy while you retain your propensity for vulgar facetiousness.

Doctor Who: The Deadly Assassin 1976

As you, dear reader might have noticed I have an odd and occasionally twisted sense of humor that has its roots in a combination of the Three Stooges, Monty Python, augmented with a bit of the Marx brothers, 60’s TV military humor (F Troop & McHale’s Navy and Hogan’s Heroes) and assorted British Humor (Black Adder, Yes Minister, Red Dwarf) for good measure.  This sense is occasionally wildly inappropriate & even bordering on a violation of the 2nd Commandment requiring confession although I insist that God has a sense of humor evidenced by his creation of man).

What you may not know is that it occasionally takes a large amount of effort to resist deploying that humor either verbally or physical when such things occur to me on the spur of the moment.  One such moment took place at the during the CIS event at the National Press Club.

During a rather excellent presentation I found the call of nature stronger than the pull of Mark’s presentation and had to excuse myself hurriedly to the rest room, arriving there I found the men’s room was being cleaned and at the time I did not know the location of the alternative.

That’s when it hit me.

I was in Washington DC, a bastion of ultra liberalism, furthermore I was in the national press club and organization whose members have adopted liberal identity politics even to the point of the absurdity that if one does not accept the far left’s meme on the Transgender bathroom business you were a bigot, practically an unperson.

What would happen if instead of asking one of the very friendly staff of the press club I simply used the ladies room?

How would the press club react?  How COULD they react?  Surely the fact that I wearing a fedora , dressed in a suit and tie and clearly had not shaved (I forgot to pack razors) had no bearing on my sexual identity?  In fact those members of the press club unfamiliar with Doctor Who in general and the Fourth Doctor in particular might have decided my long multi colored scarf  (known as a  “doctor who” scarf) was a sign of membership or at least affinity in the LGBT community.

After all there are many events at the press club, many highly populated by liberals, what would a liberal woman say seeing me in the ladies room?
Would she dare question me, confront me, or even give me an odd look? Would she dare say a word to the people in charge?  Or would the fear of being accused of a proper lack of diversity drive her to silence?  She might find herself ashamed at even thinking such a thing and instead brag to her friends how accepting it was for her to be “comfortable” with a 270 man in the ladies room with her. Accommodating me was the ultimate in virtue signaling and if she was a proper liberal, particularly a liberal reporter tell the story with pride to everyone she knew.

On the other hand what if she DID report me?

Would the staff dare confront me? What would they say if I refused to give an explanation?  What would they do if they asked me my sexual orientation and I told them it was bluntly that not only was it none of their bus but how DARE they even question me upon it?  How would such a story play in the very papers where the member of that press club excoriate those who insist that there is in fact such a thing as men and women and act accordingly? Would they risk being seen as on the wrong side of an issue that the Democrat party is playing for all it is worth?

The comic potential for this decision was seemingly limitless!

Alas it was not to be, my comedic nature was overcome by my sense of prosperity, particularly as an invited guest and instead I asked someone where the other men’s room was and went there.

But I can’t help but think that it would be an interesting experiment, not only at the press club but at any liberal institution to see what might happen in that situation.

It would be fun to find out wouldn’t it, but it will take someone less invested in proprietary to do so.

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There is one thing I’d like to highlight about the post I linked to yesterday about the Gay Activist who decided to go with Trump post 6-12.

If I outed myself as a Trump supporter, I would be harassed and doxxed and shunned by everyone I know and by the Twitter lynch mobs which up until yesterday I myself led.

I am ashamed. I am angry. And I am sad.

emphasis mine

Think about that for a second.

While I applaud the writer’s newly acquired realization said writer is not only admitting that a week ago if any gay person had publicly gone of the accepted narrative he would have led the twitter lynch mobs trying to destroy said person, but that it took the mass murder of 49 people for this person to realize that this was something wrong.

That’s pretty bad but do you know what’s worse?

The fact that said writer states that admitting this revelation would result in merciless attacks on him means that for the vast majority of Gay Activists this writer knows the mass murder of 49 people is NOT sufficient to make them realize that destroying people for their opinions is wrong.

Ladies and Gentlemen I give you the left as it is.

There is a bit of a fuss about this piece at Esquire arguing that the rioting and violence by the left at Trump rallies is “is a bad idea

Jesus H. Christ on a satellite feed, stop making it so easy for them.

In this piece written before San Jose he describes the violence at a Trump rally in Albuquerque by the left by adverbs “pointless” , “stupid”, “dumb” and “counterproductive” He argues for different rules of engagement:

Stay across the street. Protest silently and, in the name of god, don’t be such easy marks.

But if you read his piece in all of his arguments against attacking police while waving Mexican flags there is one description of the violent acts of the protestors that I found conspicuously missing from his piece.


Maybe it’s just me but I would think rioting and violence on its face is wrong and doing so in response to a political speech one disagrees with is even worse being so counter to the principles of American democracy. But apparently Mr. Piece thinks otherwise.

Then again in fairness it’s perfectly possible that he being more familiar with his allies of the left decided to use a utilitarian argument as I once did with a woman who asked me for advice on pursuing a married man, knowing a moral argument would be completely ineffective.

That’s the best case scenario for Mr. Pierce.

I don’t know what this tell you about the anti-Trump left but I think what it tells me echos the reaction to Karen Powers narrative of the events in San Jose by the folks at Chicago Boyz:

Let’s be really clear about the implications of this report. These rioters were acting as an official arm of the Democratic Party controlled San Jose city government in suppressing the civil rights of Americans. The presidential election in November 2016 is no longer about “Trump” or “Hillary”.

It is about whether we will retain American political freedom.

And the fact that a moral argument, either did not occur to or was considered untenable by an arm of the MSM supporting left to stop such violence proves this to be the case.

Once this election becomes a matter of survival then everything changes.

Exit question, if law enforcement is not willing to restrain violence against conservatives now, what will their feeling be if the country rewards this behavior with a Hillary Victory?

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At Chicks on the Right we have the story of another success story in woman’s sports:

The Alaska Schools Activities Association recently implemented a policy which allows each school to decide if transgender athletes can compete with the gender of their choice. There’s no general rule. The problem is, some schools don’t even require that a transgender student show evidence of transitioning. They simply need to declare he/she is the opposite gender and ideally, their actions, attitude, dress and mannerisms will align.

That’s it. You could literally say, “Hey, I’m a girl” and wear a skirt one day and compete in female sports.

Because of that policy, Haines senior Nattaphon Wangyot was able to compete against the girls.

and the result

Nattaphon Wangyot advanced to the state finals in the 100-meter and 200-meter events. He won fifth place in the 100-meter dash and third place in the 200-meter. In both events, he competed against girls as young as ninth grade.

One of the girls Wangyot beat out for a slot at the state meet, Hutchison runner Emma Daniels, took issue with allowing a male athlete to compete in girls events.

I find myself feeling very little pity here, there was plenty of chance for people to speak out and be heard when this nonsense and other nonsense like it was being pushed but people either kept silent out of fear or supported it in order to signal virtue.

Alas, many are finding out that choosing not to fight the culture wars didn’t mean you would get peace.

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The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.

G. K. Chesterton

Yesterday I saw the following link at Drudge

Outbreak of super STD difficult to contain…

It linked to the following Daily Mirror story titled thus:

Why outbreak of super gonorrhoea is proving difficult to contain

which talks about a particularly nasty drug resistant version of Gonorrhoea

As the gonorrhoea bacterium can resist our most powerful antibiotics when used alone, two drugs, ­azithromycin and ceftriaxone, are used in combination.

However, resistance to azithromycin has developed and is spreading, and experts fear it’s only a matter of time before ceftriaxone fails too.

Now given these facts one might presume that both the Drudge headline and the Mirror one are absolutely correct.

They’re not.

Actually the outbreak of “super STD’s” is very easy to contain and the solution to avoiding said STD’s it just involves a solution different than that advised by the medical community

Dr Gwenda Hughes, the head of the sexually transmitted infections unit at Public Health England, said: “We cannot afford to be complacent. If strains emerge resistant to both azithromycin and ­ceftriaxone, treatment options would be limited as there is currently no new antibiotic available to treat the infection.”

She’s encouraging people to practise safe sex to minimise the risk of STIs.

You see the solution to keeping this disease from spreading is not to have sex with infected people.

That’s all it takes.

In fact there is an organization that has been suggesting such a thing for centuries:

233 The virtue of chastity comes under the cardinal virtue of temperance, which seeks to permeate the passions and appetites of the senses with reason.

2342 Self-mastery is a long and exacting work. One can never consider it acquired once and for all. It presupposes renewed effort at all stages of life.128 The effort required can be more intense in certain periods, such as when the personality is being formed during childhood and adolescence.

and has also pushed solutions that don’t involve abstinence from sex

2360 Sexuality is ordered to the conjugal love of man and woman. In marriage the physical intimacy of the spouses becomes a sign and pledge of spiritual communion. Marriage bonds between baptized persons are sanctified by the sacrament.

2361 “Sexuality, by means of which man and woman give themselves to one another through the acts which are proper and exclusive to spouses, is not something simply biological, but concerns the innermost being of the human person as such. It is realized in a truly human way only if it is an integral part of the love by which a man and woman commit themselves totally to one another until death.”

So if you want to avoid this or any other sexually transmitted disease, if you and your spouse avoid premarital sex and then avoid sex with anyone other than your spouse you will not catch it.

If you want your kids to avoid it teach and encourage them to do the same.

And if we had the culture we did at the time of my birth, that would be the very first message that health professionals would be giving while still pursuing medical solutions for those who don’t follow this advice.

Alas, the need to discourage any remnants of the Christian Culture that once dominated England overrides any possible benefit to the population of arresting the spread of the superbug.

Closing thought, Does it never occur to people that the laws God has given us are not for his benefit but for ours?

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10th Doctor: [to Capt Jack]  I can’t help it. I’m a Time Lord. It’s instinct; it’s in my guts. You’re a fixed point in time and space; you’re a fact.

Doctor Who  Utopia 2007

Father Damien Karras: I think it might be helpful if I gave you some background on the different personalities Regan has manifested. So far, I’d say there seem to be three. She’s convinced…

Father Merrin: There is only one.

The Exorcist 1973

One of the things that people find most amazing about the left is the war on objective truth.

There was a time that “Free Speech” was all about:  “Speaking truth to power” but we’ve reached the point that not only does the left not speak the truth but they run away when confronted by it because objective truth being true is tough to counter, to wit:

University of California-Santa Barbara senior Andrew Cavarno decided to challenge the widespread claim that 1-in-5 college females are victims of sexual assault. With the support of Young Americans for Liberty (YAL), Carvano scheduled an event called, “Is There a Rape Epidemic? Rape Hysteria, Due Process, and Free Speech.” Here is what happened:

This event was intended to be a panel discussion, with propositions from both sides of the argument. Yet, we have found it incredibly difficult to find anyone who is willing to present the affirmative position — that there is indeed a rape epidemic on college campuses, and that the measures taken by the universities to combat these problems are therefore fair / justified. We have contacted every single feminist studies professor at UCSB… but none are willing to present the affirmative position. In the words of the chair of the Feminist Studies Department, Professor Laury Oaks, “It is important to not have debates.”

This kind of thing would normally shock, much like the new decree in Massachusetts that if someone is delusional enough to mutalate themselves for the sake of ducking an objectie reality that they can’t cope with, that businesses MUST accommodate said delusion or face the full penalty of the law, but when one considers the real target of the left it is completely unsurprising because all of this insanity comes from a single root.

The rejection of God.

We often hear the phrase that “God is love” and while that is true there is something more basic to God, something that is revealed in his first encounter with Moses

“But,” said Moses to God, “when I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ if they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what am I to tell them?”

God replied, “I am who am.” Then he added, “This is what you shall tell the Israelites: I AM sent me to you.” 

Exodus 3:13-14

and is confirmed by Christ.

Jesus, knowing everything that was going to happen to him, went out and said to them, “Whom are you looking for?”

They answered him, “Jesus the Nazorean.”  He said to them, “I AM.” Judas his betrayer was also with them.

John 18:4-5

The Name I AM is the expression of an objective truth.  I exist.  In that same way Christ answer to those about to take him to kill him is a statement of fact, not only that he is, but WHO he is.

Before all of the other attributes of God is his eternal existence, a being that has ever been, or as a Doctor Who fan would put it, a fixed point, a fact.

That’s why it is no coincidence that before the rise of a movement that rejects objective fact could grow, Christianity and the culture of Christianity had to go.

Because God is the primary fact, I AM, and once that fact is tossed away suddenly you can have 50 genders on facebook, you can decide killing a child is just like getting your car towed and you can lie with impunity to the american people without cost.

Because one objective truth is gone anything and everything is allowed.

That why the war on truth had to start with a war on God, because only with the withdrawal of objective truth can all else happen.  Stacy McCain again:

logic requires us to point out that, if God exists, His existence is independent of any individual’s belief. Facts are facts, and you are free to believe whatever you want, but your belief does not alter the facts. The truth is still true. Furthermore, nature abhors a vacuum and, in consequence of the modern assault on Christianity, we constantly see proof of a familiar phenomenon: “When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then become capable of believing in anything.”

Alas for the left, and our poor country that has embraced this nonsense reality tends to reassert itself at the most inconvenient time, and when it does, I suspect it will be rather painful.

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I’m sure that Beyonce presumed that the little kerfuffle concerning police would eventually blow over given time.

As Jazz Shaw reports, she presumed wrong:

In the case of one upcoming Beyonce’ concert however, they may be short on cops because the local Pittsburgh police don’t want to be involved with her event. (Liberty Unyielding)

City police officers who believe Beyoncé is anti-police are planning to boycott the singer’s May 31 concert at Heinz Field, and the union said it will file a labor complaint if the city forces them to work the secondary employment.

One should remember that duties like this are usually good paying gigs for police with a minimum of danger so one would normally expect them to jump at it, but their honor trumps the $.

Now major celebs are routinely leftists and the left has become reliably anti-police additionally I’m sure Beyonce can buy all the security she wants but I’m going to make a prediction here.

Sooner or later some nut or crazed fan is going to make it to a celeb at once of these events that police have passed on and when that happens watch how fast these people rush to embrace officers.

Count on it.

We’ve written about the issues of Hollywood pedophilia quite a bit around here

Now Elijah Wood has spoken up and here is the coverage we are seeing


Remember Wood was the star of arguably one of the most popular film franchises of the last 20 years and the press this is getting is practically zero.

I wonder if they can interview him for a sequel to this movie

Given where our national debate is these days I suspect pretty soon he will be called a bigot for even objecting to this stuff?

If Wood was talking about the Catholic Church instead of Hollywood would there be any other story in media?

Over the last week we have seen the Federal Government by decree order that public school allow little boys who think they are (or claim they are) girls access to the toilet facilities of girls.

We have seen the justice department declare war on the state of North Carolina’s for its stubborn refusal to recognize in law any man’s claim to be a woman despite physical and biological evidence to the contrary to the point where the government is using the Civil rights acts designed to stop the murder and lynching of blacks in the Jim Crow south in effect equating a transgender person trauma in not using the bathroom of their choice to the repression of an entire race and an injustice equal to the murder of Emmett Till or the imprisonment of Martin Luther King.

Finally we have seen our media and cultural elites signaling loud and clear that any person who claims that the biological and or physical differences between men and woman are a reality and not just a concept are racists at the level of Bull Connor and Alexander Stephens and doing their best to generate fear in anyone who might dare claim otherwise.

However now that it’s becoming apparent that the law concerning the draft is now going to be applied equal to women and girls, suddenly we see women echoing Ted Cruz who attacked the idea as crazy during the primary campaign, arguing that there are differences between men and woman.

In the event of a draft, sending women off to war does not present an equal opportunity to women by nature of the fact that women are physically different from men. As much as we may work to try to level the playing field between men and women, the physical differences between us as created by nature make us inherently unequal and cannot be universally overcome.

And while quoting objective biological facts might get you called a bigot or a racist, now that war is much more likely (thanks incidentally to a foreign policy not based on facts)  suddenly the idea that woman might have to involuntarily share the risks of combat than have been the province of men have for centuries suddenly our author finds that there is such a thing as an objective fact.

Combat is not an equal opportunity situation for men and women, because the average woman does not have an equal opportunity to survive a combat situation. The Army’s own studies have shown that women have more than double the rate of injury of their male counterparts in combat training. I can only imagine that those numbers would be even more dramatic in actual combat. I can’t fathom sending my daughters off to fight in an already dangerous situation, where they are known to be at a physical disadvantage.

Funny when people were making those very same arguments on physical strength concerning transgender women in sports our feminist/liberal friends were having a fit.  Or as Glenn Reynolds put it:

Wait, when people used that as a reason to keep women out of combat, it was sexist, antediluvian stereotyping. But now that we’re talking about drafting women it’s a big deal?

I think one of the few pleasures of living in the delusion based cultural hell that the left would force upon us will be seeing people like this come to the realization that they will have to live in it too.

Of course the alternative is ordering one’s society based on truth and reality, but not only does such a society require positive self-sacrificing acts rather than “signaling” to prove virtue, such societies do not allow for the easy manipulation of the people thus decreasing the opportunities for graft and corruption.

And we can’t have that can we?


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Edward Rutledge:They are here, yes, but they are not people sir, they are property.
Thomas Jefferson:No, sir they are people who are being treated as property!

1776 (1972)

I have often argued that the abortion debate is just the slavery debate, treating People namely children, as property.

At the federalist, we see how this is played out in situations that to use the Holy Father’s words “irregular” situations: 

A white lesbian couple is suing a sperm bank for a second time because it gave them sperm from a black donor instead of a white one as they requested. Jennifer Cramblett filed the lawsuit last week against Midwest Sperm Bank LLC, which she blames for “an unplanned transracial parent-child relationship” that she says has caused her to move to a “place that is more racially and culturally diverse.”

The complaint says she gave birth to a “beautiful, obviously mixed race, baby” girl in 2012 after she learned several months beforehand that the sperm was from a black donor. Claiming negligence, misconduct, and breach of contract, she is seeking $150,000 plus punitive damages and attorney fees.


Now if you consider this a question of property this is a very straightforward case. The customer purchased an item from a vendor and it was not as promised so they are looking for compensation. It brings to mind the exchange from the movie 1997 movie Amistad:

Mr. Baldwin: Well, the case is much simpler than you think, Mr. Tappan. It’s like anything – land, livestock, heirlooms, what have you.
Mr Tappin: Livestock?
Mr. Baldwin: Yes. Consider – the only way one may sell or purchase slaves is if they are born slaves, as on the plantation. I’m right, aren’t I?
Mr. Tappan: Yes.
Mr. Baldwin: So, are they?
Mr. Tappan: “Are they?”
Mr. Baldwin: Yes. Born slaves, as on a plantation. We’re not certain, but we very much doubt it. Let’s say they are. Then they are possessions, and no more deserving of a criminal trial than a bookcase. On the other hand, let’s say they aren’t slaves, in which case they were illegally acquired. Forget mutiny, forget piracy, forget murder. Those are irrelevant occurrences. Ignore everything but the pre-eminent issue at hand. The wrongful transfer of stolen goods. Either way, we win.

I’m sure there were plenty of cases like this in the days of the slave trade but let’s take this to the logical conclusion with some rational questions:

While with very few exceptions nobody would argue that it would be proper to kill this child because it was not as ordered, if this child had been born with a birth defect or a disease that was inherited from the father/sperm donor would the mother have a valid lawsuit?

If the sperm bank had discovered its error say in the 2nd month of pregnancy would the mother have aborted this child? How about if it discovered its error in the 9th month or the week before delivery?

After all if this child is just property then what’s the difference when you discard it? It’s no more immoral than throwing away a defective table lamp to save the cost of shipping a defective item back.

If for any reason this young girl has issues in her youth, does her mother have a suit against the company?  Does she?

And furthermore consider the psychological effect on the girl as she grows up, what will she think when she discovers that her mother launched a lawsuit because she was dissatisfied over who her daughter is?  How will she as a black women feel about a lawsuit where she is treated as property?  Will she have a valid suit against her mother and/or the company to pay for any trauma due to the company’s error or her mother’s suit?

This is what happens when you treat people as property, then is what happens when you treat human life as a commodity, this is what happens when bringing life into the world is all about affirming one’s own narcissism.

That child, no matter how it was conceived is a gift from God, a living soul and this suit is an insult to her dignity as a person.

She deserves your prayers.

Note if I was a pro-life leader I’d file a brief in the case arguing that this suit treats a person as property and should be thrown out under the amendments abolishing slavery.

A few days ago my eldest niece (who bears a striking resemblance to Maria Bartiromo) picked up my wife for a wedding shower for the soon to be spouse of my 2nd youngest nephew who gets married this month.

The bride to be is a beautiful, intelligent and gainfully employed young woman, the type of young lady I hope my own sons eventually find.  Her husband to be, my nephew is fit, handsome, intelligent and likewise gainfully employed.  They make an excellent match and I’m rather happy for both him and my brother his father.

The event did not garner any press, there will be no articles in the local or national papers and if you search for any gossip concerning it at the sites of Perez Hilton, Variety or Inside Edition you will likely be disappointed, although you just might find a picture of the quilt my wife made for them on her facebook page.

The reason for this is simple, My nephew and his bride to be are not people of great fame nor have they to my knowledge sought to be. In fact it’s very likely that this piece will be the closest thing to attention this blessed union achieves.

They are simply two young people who have worked very hard during their young lives and are now getting ready to begin a hopefully happy family life together and are content to be so.

Contrast that Ms. Cora Segal.

Unlike my nephew, his wife to be or even my niece who so resembles Ms. Bartiromo Ms Segal has not shunned the spotlight.  She has run workshops that have been covered by Vice, The Washington Free Beacon and The Daily Caller which wrote:

Sullivan and Segal also explored the notion that communism and socialism were superior economic systems to capitalism, because capitalism promotes the oppression of fat people and the tyranny of healthy eating.

and furthermore they were able to get sponsorship for this event:

The event was co-sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center, History Department, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Interpretation Theory and the Worth Health Center.

As a fat person who clearly understands that I am overweight due to my own choices and acknowledges the risks involved thereof, I won’t comment on their argument or the groups that choose to sponsor it.  I will only note that scheduling such an event, getting sponsors and opening it to the public by its very nature requests attention.

Now Ms. Segal is in the news again, for her disruptive actions at a University of Massachusetts event featuring nationally and internationally  known writers Christina Hoff Sommers, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Steven Crowder.

Given the nature of the event, the people who attended it, the filming of the event an the ubiquitous of the camera phone one must conclude that the very public actions of Ms. Segal were designed to get attention, to be seen and to be reported on. As Ms. Summers states the event video has gotten over 180K views That she has gotten national attention is not a bug, it’s a feature.

That’s why I’m perplexed when I saw this tweet from Christina Hoff Summers who was one of the objects of Ms. Segal’s wrath that evening.

The reason for my confusion is this:  being noted was the entire purpose of her actions, as Stacy McCain put it

We know who Cora Segal is and we know what Cora Segal believes because Cora Segal has told us these things. Cora Segal is an activist, and when an activist goes to a public event and disrupts it by shouting obscenities — “F–k you! . . . Keep your hate speech off this campus!” — her public activism is newsworthy.

I would submit it’s more than newsworthy for Ms. Segal it’s VITAL for the future she sees for herself!

Consider,  there are literally thousands of young western women whose parents are paying the more than the median income of an American household to be taught how oppressed they are in woman and/or gender” studies programs in the US alone.

However even if such a person manages to get an advanced degree there are in reality a limited number of actual paying jobs for such majors. as Andrea XX discovered  

“I have a honors BA and I’m defending my MA thesis in two weeks. I am also apply for jobs and I can only find stuff in the service industry. I applied for a Hotel Front Desk Clerk job today. My degrees mean NOTHING. I am at the end of my rope.“

How does one change such a situation?  Become noticed!

While I’m sure many on the left might not like the idea of Cora Segal being the face of feminist campus activism or might be repelled by the way the nickname #TrigglyPuff  (a takeoff on this Pokemon character Jigglypuff for those who do not know) Ms. Segal now finds herself in an enviable position compared to other obese marxist feminist lesbians.

 She now has a national profile

 She can now claim “oppression” for the mocking she has received from folks from Iowahawk  to Milo and more.

She is even getting cash offers from the opposition to make her case:

She has gone from being just another , as Steven Crowder put it, elephantine feminist in the room, instead she has achieved that most coveted status in the current western world victimhood!  With careful and  clever manipulation she will be able to parlay these events and her “victimhood” on the college speaking circuit and actually have universities pay her to travel to their locations to make the case not only for her victimhood but to present her beliefs before an admiring audience.

In other words she has actually been put in a position where her outrageous public behavior can give her a living as a professional marxist feminist lesbian.  That is no mean feat.

It’s certainly requires less time, study and effort than the sciences and healthcare path that my Nephew and his wife to be have chosen.

It’s rather amazing actually, if she had pulled her Enfant terrible routine at the wedding shower for my nephew’s betrothed she would have simply been a nut who likely would have been arrested and forgotten.

So cry no tears for Cora “TrigglyPuff” Segal Christina Hoff Summers she has gotten exactly what she wanted from her actions.  That was, in effect her shower and she has received the gift she wanted most of all.

May she be as happy with her chosen path as my Nephew and his bride to be.


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Three years ago Gallup talked about median income both household and per-capita worldwide:

The median annual household income worldwide is $9,733, and the median per-capita household income is $2,920, according to new Gallup metrics. Vast differences between more economically developed countries and those with developing or transitional economies illustrate how dramatically spending power varies worldwide. Median per-capita incomes in the top 10 wealthiest populations are more than 50 times those in the 10 poorest populations, all of which are in sub-Saharan Africa.

It included this chart on median household and per capita incomes of the richest countries

income stats

Now remember these figures represent what individuals and families earn in the course of an entire year.

Now lets consider those numbers compared to US college students.

Stacy McCain loves to quote tuition at elite colleges, on Thursday he talked about

Scripps College is an elite private women’s school in California with an enrollment of fewer than 1,000 students who pay annual tuition of $49,152.

Now in fairness this is an elite college with as Stacy says less than 1000 students, lets consider a public college like UMass Amherst home of a certain oppressed female named Cora that has now gotten international attention.

According to the UMASS site the estimated cost for next year for a student including room and board is, #26,445 for a Massachusetts resident, $36,331 (including illegal aliens) for a New England Resident (RI,CT,VT,NH or ME) and $43,268 for a person who lives outside of New England

Or Missouri University which has gotten some attention lately by students who consider themselves oppressed. If you are a resident of Missouri you are paying $25,514 in tuition and fees while if you are an out-of-state resident your cost to be oppressed is $40,126 and this price doesn’t include a course fee that varies from $30 to $90 PER HOUR.

Now look at this chart again and consider: If you are a student a UMASS or MIZZOU student paying the lowest possible tuition/fees you are rich enough to purchase or have purchased for you something more expensive than the median per capita income of the richest nations in the world.

Meanwhile if you are going to Scripps college you or your parents are buying something for you that cost more than the median household income of all but three nations in the world.

So that leads to an obvious question for these special snowflakes that Stacy McCain asked this week:

Exactly how much “oppression” can any girl suffer at an elite college like Scripps? Isn’t the very fact that she is enrolled at such a ritzy school testimony to her privileged status?

One of the reasons why I absolutely love RS. McCain is he cuts to the chase so well, but I submit and suggest that question is not restricted to students at Scripps, it is also properly asked of students attending MIZZOU or UMASS who are crying oppression.

How can you credibly claim to be oppressed when you can afford a product that costs more than the median household income of iberia, Burundi, Mali, Burkina Faso, Madagascar, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Benin, Toga and Zambia COMBINED?

I think that’s an excellent question, don’t you?


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The latest in a series of post looking at Amoris Laetitia as it’s actually written as opposed to how it’s spun.

Did you know that marriage has obligations in terms of parenthood? This pope does

68. “Blessed Paul VI, in the wake of the Second Vatican Council, further developed the Church’s teaching on marriage and the family. In a particular way, with the Encyclical Humanae Vitae he brought out the intrinsic bond between conjugal love and the generation of life: ‘Married love requires of husband and wife the full awareness of their obligations in the matter of responsible parenthood, which today, rightly enough, is much insisted upon, but which at the same time must be rightly understood… The exercise of responsible parenthood requires that husband and wife, keeping a right order of priorities, recognize their own duties towards God, themselves, their families and human society’ (No. 10). In the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Nuntiandi, Paul VI highlighted the relationship between the family and the Church”.

I can see Amanda Marcotte pulling out her hair now.

And did you know that ministering to those in “imperfect relationships” is about leading them to matrimony?

78. “The light of Christ enlightens every person (cf. Jn 1:9; Gaudium et Spes, 22). Seeing things with the eyes of Christ inspires the Church’s pastoral care for the faithful who are living together, or are only married civilly, or are divorced and remarried. Following this divine pedagogy, the Church turns with love to those who participate in her life in an imperfect manner: she seeks the grace of conversion for them; she encourages them to do good, to take loving care of each other and to serve the community in which they live and work… When a couple in an irregular union attains a noteworthy stability through a public bond – and is characterized by deep affection, responsibility towards the children and the ability to overcome trials – this can be seen as an opportunity, where possible, to lead them to celebrate the sacrament of Matrimony”.

And if not possible to get matrimony to seek conversion, and remember seeking conversion implies something is wrong.

Oddly enough the media that has been so anxious to cheer Amoris Laetitia seems to have skipped this part on abortion. (emphasis mine)

83. Here I feel it urgent to state that, if the family is the sanctuary of life, the place where life is conceived and cared for, it is a horrendous contradiction when it becomes a place where life is rejected and destroyed. So great is the value of a human life, and so inalienable the right to life of an innocent child growing in the mother’s womb, that no alleged right to one’s own body can justify a decision to terminate that life, which is an end in itself and which can never be considered the “property” of another human being. The family protects human life in all its stages, including its last. Consequently, “those who work in healthcare facilities are reminded of the moral duty of conscientious objection. Similarly, the Church not only feels the urgency to assert the right to a natural death, without aggressive treatment and euthanasia”, but likewise “firmly rejects the death penalty”.

This was not just stated, but URGENTLY stated and note the property reference drawing the parallel to slavery.

And here is one paragraph that should be shouted from the rafters. emphasis mine again

84. The Synod Fathers also wished to emphasize that “one of the fundamental challenges facing families today is undoubtedly that of raising children, made all the more difficult and complex by today’s cultural reality and the powerful influence of the media”. “The Church assumes a valuable role in supporting families, starting with Christian initiation, through welcoming communities”. At the same time I feel it important to reiterate that the overall education of children is a “most serious duty” and at the same time a “primary right” of parents. This is not just a task or a burden, but an essential and inalienable right that parents are called to defend and of which no one may claim to deprive them. The State offers educational programmes in a subsidiary way, supporting the parents in their indeclinable role; parents themselves enjoy the right to choose freely the kind of education – accessible and of good quality – which they wish to give their children in accordance with their convictions. Schools do not replace parents, but complement them. This is a basic principle: “all other participants in the process of education are only able to carry out their responsibilities in the name of the parents, with their consent and, to a certain degree, with their authorization”. Still, “a rift has opened up between the family and society, between family and the school; the educational pact today has been broken and thus the educational alliance between society and the family is in crisis”

If I was the school choice movement I would emblazon those excepts of this paragraph at the head of every single document and press release put out.

You would think that this coming from an official document authored by the MSM’s favorite Pope would be news, but nothing the Vatican does that oppose the left’s memes is considered news.

Lately I’ve been feeling rather depressed about America.

Despite a few pools of light the more I look at where we are headed, the more I see how quickly society has caved the more I realize that America is in a serious decline that will only end when we have a demographic and social shift back to basic values and objective truth.

However as this depression about my country took hold a thought hit me from an earlier post that I had completely forgotten:

So the next time someone decides to give you a speech about the evils of “income inequality” as they text from their iPhone that gives them not only worldwide communication but access to almost the entirety of human knowledge of all time ask them the question that has never occurred to them between facebook posts:

“Income inequality compared to when?”

And that’s when it hit me.  I’m depressed because I’m comparing America to the America I knew growing up, to the America I was taught and told about by my parents and grandparents, to the America I read in innumerable history books and compared to those Americas we’re not so much dying as committing suicide as a culture and a society.

But the reality is we live in April 2016 and when I say how horrible America has become the proper question is:  Compared to Where?

Europe is a mess, unable to defend itself, economically troubled, in demographic free fall and completely unable to control its borders.

The Middle east is, well the middle east, an economic and social basket case where civil rights are a pipe dream and where a whole race of people spend their time being held back by thugs bent on slaughter and power.  There is one island of sanity, but the price of that Island is to be in perpetual warfare against millions whose primary goal is their slaughter.

Africa remains a place of great potential in many ways , but in addition to the various islamic rebel movements that continue to cause slaughter , many of the states have traded white minority rule and the discrimination that came with it for black strongman or one party  rule and with it famine and oppression and a lack of personal safety.

In South America Brazil and Venezuela are a mess, poverty remains the rule rather than the exception and socialism continues to run rampant.

In Asia both Russia & China their military power notwithstanding are both demographic and economics bubbles waiting to burst.  Japan meanwhile, while it has kept its culture intact has a population so adverse to reproducing that a lot of its brainpower has devoted its expertise into making robotic companions for people young and old to simulate what normally comes with basic humanity.  India continues to be an amazing mix of poverty and wealth,  innovation and backwardness, safety and danger while always being one crisis away from war.

Australia and New Zealand are by comparison doing much better than the rest protected like America by the surrounding seas but also infected by the same weeds that have infested the American cultural garden.

Bottom line, when I get depressed about America all I have to do is think about the rest of the world.

So the next time you, like me, go on about how America is in the hole culturally, economically, militarily and socially don’t forget to ask yourself the question:

Compared to Where?

It’s a great tribute to those who came before us that even eight years of Barack Obama and his corrupt minions has not been able to stop the United States from remaining as Lincoln put it, The Last best hope on earth.


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John Adams: I must study politics and war so my sons will have the liberty to study mathematics and philosophy and my sons must study navigation, commerce and agriculture so their children will have the right to study painting poetry and music.

John Adams Episode 3 Don’t Thread on me 2008

Over the last few days it seems nothing has been on the MSM other than the death of pop star Prince at the age of 58. In fact when I turned on CNN’s the Lead with Jake Thursday it was all about Prince. When I tweeted about this Jake Replied thus:

Now I will happily concede that with his Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky quip Jake won Twitter with that reply and I’ll also concede that as it was breaking news concerning the unexpected death of a public figure its something that would naturally demand attention.

But my broader point still stands.  On every network every single person talked about Prince, his music, the various songs and that kind of thing and how admirable and important it was but in the end what he did was sing songs and provide entertainment.

Or to put it another way the AP has a photo list up of notable deaths of 2016 you can see it here:

The list is dominated by musicians and actors.  To be sure Antonin Scalia made the cut but where on the list is Ray Tomlinson?

What you’ve never heard of him, let me help:

Raymond Tomlinson, widely credited as the inventor of modern email, died Saturday.

Raytheon Co., his employer, on Sunday confirmed his death.

Email existed in a limited capacity before Tomlinson in that electronic messages could be shared amid multiple people within a limited framework. But until his invention in 1971 of the first network person-to-person email there was no way to send something to a specific person at a specific address.

With the possible exception of Antonin Scalia there is nobody on that list who can even pretend to have made an equal contribution to the world we live in than contribution to than Tomlinson.  Hundreds of millions of people if not billions would not be able to function today without his contributions yet who remembers him?

Or consider Joe Medicine Crow who died earlier this month at the age of 102.

Joseph Medicine Crow, a Native American historian and the last war chief of the Crow Tribe in Montana, died Sunday in a hospice, the Billings Gazette reported. He was 102.

Medicine Crow, or “High Bird” in the Crow language, was known for his works on Native American history, including his own documentation of his tribe’s firsthand accounts of reservation life. The National Park Service also credited Medicine Crow as the last surviving person to have heard oral accounts of the 1876 Battle of Little Bighorn, including stories from his grandmother’s brother, White Man Runs Him, who served as a scout for Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer.

“I always told people, when you meet Joe Medicine Crow, you’re shaking hands with the 19th century,” Herman Viola, curator emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, once said of Medicine Crow.

I suspect a year from now people will talk about the anniversary of Prince’s death and what his life meant, but in January did we talk about the anniversary of the death of Charles Townsend, the inventor of the Laser? Did you even know he died or that he even lived?

What’s the point, simply this.

There was a time when are heroes where people who actually did things of consequence or led great causes, George Washington, Eli Whitney, Clara Barton, Henry Ford, US Grant, George Washington Carver, Cyrus McCormick, Thomas Edison, Frederick Douglas To be sure we celebrated cultural celebrities as well, such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, Joe DiMaggio but we kept it in perspective. Today do we celebrate the great inventors, the great thinkers, the great DOers or do we only celebrate the great celebrities?

A closing thought, I stated this piece, as I do many others with a quote. But I didn’t use the actual quote from John Adams which come from his letter to Abigail Adams dated May 12th 1780 from Paris that I quote from the Adams Family Papers: An Electronic Archive. Massachusetts Historical Society.

To take a Walk in the Gardens of the Palace of the Tuilleries, and describe the Statues there, all in marble, in which the ancient Divinities and Heroes are represented with exquisite Art, would be a very pleasant Amusement, and instructive Entertainment, improving in History, Mythology, Poetry, as well as in Statuary. Another Walk in the Gardens of Versailles, would be usefull and agreable. But to observe these Objects with Taste and describe them so as to be understood, would require more time and thought than I can possibly Spare. It is not indeed the fine Arts, which our Country requires. The Usefull, the mechanic Arts, are those which We have occasion for in a young Country, as yet simple and not far advanced in Luxury, altho perhaps much too far for her Age and Character.

I could fill Volumes with Descriptions of Temples and Palaces, Paintings, Sculptures, Tapestry, Porcelaine, &c. &c. &c. — if I could have time. But I could not do this without neglecting my duty. The Science of Government it is my Duty to study, more than all other Studies Sciences: the Art of Legislation and Administration and Negotiation, ought to take Place, indeed to exclude in a manner all other Arts. I must study Politicks and War that my sons may have liberty to study Painting and Poetry Mathematicks and Philosophy. My sons ought to study Mathematicks and Philosophy, Geography, natural History, Naval Architecture, navigation, Commerce and Agriculture, in order to give their Children a right to study Painting, Poetry, Musick, Architecture, Statuary, Tapestry and Porcelaine.

Adams warning is apt, it’s good that we have reached the point that we as a nation and culture are rich and secure enough to produce “Painting, Poetry, Musick, Architecture, Statuary, Tapestry and Porcelaine” and arts (like filmmaking) that Adams couldn’t have dreamed of and it’s right that we celebrate them. After all it’s no coincidence that I used the HBO quote at the top. It’s fair to say that thanks to the HBO series millions more people know about John Adams contributions that would have known otherwise, just as we know the story of Chief Joe Medicine Crow thanks to Ken Burns documentary and we celebrate Richard Winters and the men who served with him as the heroes because of HBO’s Band of Brothers.

But it’s also true that if we celebrate and make heroic arts and those who produce them to the exclusion of those who study as Adams mentioned Mathematics, Philosophy, Geography, natural History, Naval Architecture, navigation, Commerce, Agriculture Politics, War and a host of new sciences that actually produce the practical matter that allows our country to function we will fall to the point where all of these other diversions are a luxury that we can’t afford and our culture, like Prince, will die before it’s time due to the bad choices we made.


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I went back to my room and thought to myself, “This has happened fr the best. Everyone will see that he’s mad and lock him up…But—would you believe it —-Caligula’s divinity was accepted by everyone without question.

Robert Graves I Claudius 1934

It’s now been 48 hours since the firing of Curt Schilling and all I can think of is the Emperor’s new clothes.

The gist of the story for those who don’t know it is that a pair of con men convince an emperor that they can make cloth that is invisible to those who are incompetent fools and convinced that their inability to see said cloth confirmed their own feelings of inadequacy everyone goes along with it until a young child seeing the Emperor marching in his new clothes says: “But he has nothing on!” and the whole crowd joins the chant.

In the ESPN/Disney version the child is removed from his parents and reeducated and the parents severely punished for daring to contradict the official version of events and held up as an example for those who might be tempted to do the same while at the same time trying to deny that the child ever existed.

Now the logical protest to this would be for men to go to ESPN & and to Disney its parent company put on a wig and enter the ladies rooms and stay there.

Of course one might assume that given their reaction to Mr. Schilling their restrooms might be all unisex, however when somebody asked

After repeated attempts to contact the media giant by the time of this publication, Disney failed to comment to CR on whether or not it would implement gender-neutral bathroom standards at its parks in Southern California and Orlando, Florida. The question was posed in multiple calls made Thursday morning to Disney’s Corporate Communications headquarters, but to no avail. As of the time of this writing, Disney has still not responded to multiple questions about whether it will adopt gender-neutral bathroom policies.

Given their reaction to Mr. Schilling I think the answer to that question at both ESPN and Disney would be obvious but you see while Disney fears being targeted by the organized and well funded LGBT community they fear even more announcing a policy that might persuade parents of children to decide that perhaps the Magic Kingdom isn’t the safest place to take their kids.

Because the real issue isn’t the infinitesimally tiny amount of people who are deluded enough to believe the are a different sex than they actually are, the issue is creating a set of rules that will empower much greater amount of predators who will take advantage of these rules to enable their less than honorable goals.

It’s a combination of fear and narcissism combined that is driving this and the only answer to it is courage and truth.

And that brings us to Pope Francis.

Yesterday I continued my series quoting the Pope’s document Amoris Laetitia that despite being well received & highly spun by the left is packed from beginning to end with orthodox Catholic teaching.

In the aforementioned post I noted this paragraph: (emphasis mine)

56. Yet another challenge is posed by the various forms of an ideology of gender that “denies the difference and reciprocity in nature of a man and a woman and envisages a society without sexual differences, thereby eliminating the anthropological basis of the family. This ideology leads to educational programmes and legislative enactments that promote a personal identity and emotional intimacy radically separated from the biological difference between male and female. Consequently, human identity becomes the choice of the individual, one which can also change over time”. It is a source of concern that some ideologies of this sort, which seek to respond to what are at times understandable aspirations, manage to assert themselves as absolute and unquestionable, even dictating how children should be raised. It needs to be emphasized that “biological sex and the socio-cultural role of sex (gender) can be distinguished but not separated”. On the other hand, “the technological revolution in the field of human procreation has introduced the ability to manipulate the reproductive act, making it independent of the sexual relationship between a man and a woman. In this way, human life and parenthood have become modular and separable realities, subject mainly to the wishes of individuals or couples”. It is one thing to be understanding of human weakness and the complexities of life, and another to accept ideologies that attempt to sunder what are inseparable aspects of reality. Let us not fall into the sin of trying to replace the Creator. We are creatures, and not omnipotent. Creation is prior to us and must be received as a gift. At the same time, we are called to protect our humanity, and this means, in the first place, accepting it and respecting it as it was created.

We must conclude therefore by the standards of Disney & ESPN that Pope Francis by publicly making such statement to the world is a bigot who would not be suitable for employment by them.

I think that I would be very interested in seeing Disney & ESPN’S opinion on the subject wouldn’t you?


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If you want to understand why liberals fear conservatives and why a Curt Schilling must be fired at all cost watch this speech by Bill Whittle at Front Page Mag via Instapundit and Maggie’s farm.

In it he tells the story of his speech at a liberal high school, here is how the story ends

I got an email from them the next day saying the school’s on fire. That’s all they’re talking about. We have a speaker every week. You’re the best speaker we ever had — duh — and they want you to come and do a day, and then he said parenthetically, “We record all of these things, but the Rabbi has deleted your video.” “He did what, now?” “He deleted your video because you made an off-color remark about the school.” “What remark about the school?” “The business about somebody here calling you Hitler.” “Well, he did call me Hitler. Why would I invent that?” He used that as justification to erase the video. He didn’t sequester the video. He didn’t put the video on hold and not drop it and release it until they found out the truth of it. He deleted the video and he deleted the video because I was effective and I had an impact on those kids

That is why the left does its best to silence us, what else can you do when there is no answer to your words? It’s what totalitarians do.

As you might have noticed in the news the US Treasury has decided to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman.

While many have hailed this decision there is one problem, the fact that it will not be implemented until 2020 meaning that for the next four years there will be no women or people of color on any US paper money.

Lucky for the culture warriors of the left this situation is easily remedied.

Simply have the US government publicly declare that Andrew Jackson is a Black Transgender woman.

this solves many problems for the left.

1. It gets both a woman and a person of color on us currency immediately
2. It gives a nod to the transgendered community
3. It reinforces the cultural claims of the left that identity is completely subjective and gives a forceful response to those who say otherwise, like Pope Francis (See Amoris Laetitia paragraph 56)
4. It provides a template for dealing with figures in US history who might be considered unacceptable today.

The best part about the idea, it achieves all the diversity goals (and more) without the expense of actually redesigning the currency.

Now it’s true some might object to this, but that’s not problem, we can just call them bigots and that will be the end of it.




I’ve already written about the insanity of the left’s outrage concerning John Kasich’s suggestion to a college girl that attending drunken college parties might be hazardous to her health and well being.
I’d like to follow up with a single question to the media providing outraged coverage of of it by all the major Democrats with Bylines mainstream media shocked that anyone might advise a young lady to avoid a physical risk that involves alcohol:

“Would you be offended by John Kasich or anyone else advising a young woman not to get into a car being driven by a person who has been drinking at a college party because of the dangers? Would that constitute ‘blaming the victim’? If not why not?”

Think about it.

Apparently, college rape epidemic not withstanding to Democrats When it comes to the War on Women Chalk is much more dangerous that a Drunken Frat guy at a party.

What else can we conclude from this story:

Republican presidential hopeful John Kasich today told a female college student concerned about “sexual violence, harassment and rape” that she should not “go to parties where there’s a lot of alcohol.”

The first-year student asked Kasich at a town hall in Watertown, New York, what he would “do in office as president to help me feel safer and more secure regarding sexual violence, harassment, and rape?”

Kasich, the governor of Ohio, spoke about empowering victims by ensuring access to confidential reporting and rape kits. “You ought to absolutely know that if something happens to you along the lines of sexual harassment or whatever,” he said.

His suggestion to avoid drunken college parties has produced this from Democrats

Democrats pounced on Kasich’s response. “Republican presidential candidates like John Kasich and Donald Trump are insulting women everyday [sic] on the campaign trail by blaming victims of sexual and domestic violence,” a spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee, Christina Freundlich, said in a statement.

Meanwhile Chalk is still banned at DePaul and our friends on the left are down with it.

So to sum up:

For our friends on the left, writing “trump 2016” in chalk on the sidewalk creates such an unsafe environment that it must be stopped at all costs (thus making Milo’s Yiannopoulos Emory chalking a story) , BUT a presidential candidate advising a young women concerned about her safety on campus that avoiding drunken parties is a good idea is an act so outrageous that it’s worth frienzied media coveraged by ABC, the Guardian,Slate, Politico, CNN and a bunch of leftiest bloggers.

After all how can we even think about worrying about drunken parties when there are still people with chalk walking free on any campus?

If you want to know why some of us thought the culture war was worth fighting, this is it.

Closing Thought If Animal House took place in 2016 instead of 1962 right now Otter and company would be checking the facebook profiles of all the leftists outraged over Kasich to find out if any of them have daughters at or near Faber college for their party email blast…

…and Dean Wormer would plotting to confiscate their chalk.


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Yesterday I found my self feeling burned out and decided to repair to a local restaurant to forget about the world, election and the lot for an hour or so.

Wanting to do more than just watch TV at the place I grabbed a book off a shelf right next to the back door. It was the 1921 edition of the History of the United States by Charles and Mary Beard which incidentally was the US History Textbook for Fitchburg High school back in 1934.

I managed to finish about 10% of the 600+ pages in my sitting. As I sat and read while waiting for and eating my supper it hit me how little of the information I was reading is known or understood by the adults of today let alone taught to students. More importantly there were bits that jumped out at me that is very significant in this election cycle.

Lately we’ve been hearing a lot about both the minimum wage and “income inequality” yet most people don’t understand how many of the people who came to America in the early colonial days had little or nothing or sold themselves into bondage simply to get here. The historical norm was a form of servitude either to a Lord or to a piece of land. As the Beards noted:

“It has been estimated that two-thirds of all the immigrants into Pennsylvania between the opening of the eighteenth century and the outbreak of the Revolution were in bondage”

and the need for labor meant that the companies were not above kidnapping:

In 1680 it was officially estimated that “ten thousand persons were spirited away” to america. Many of the victims of the practice were young children for the traffic in them was highly profitable. Orphans and dependents were sometimes disposed of in america by relatives unwilling to support them. In a single year, 1627, about fifteen hundred children were shipped to Virginia.

And mind you all of what I’ve just quoted was NOT including the slave trade from Africa.

And even for those who weren’t in bondage the American Dream as we understand it today came from the unremitting labors of those willing to break their backs to make a go of it and even so had to deal with “quit rents” under Royal Charters that were in effect: “really a feudal payment from freeholders , an a source of income for the Crown as well as for the proprietors” (said proprietors being the Lords granted Crown charters and grants of land).

While rich throughout history have always had comfort and wealth In modern America the degree of comfort, pleasure and autonomy and relative safety that people at or near the bottom of the ladder live so dwarfs the condition of early American settlers (let alone the people of the rest of the world) that such a condition would have been considered an idylistic fantasy for those people for whom unrelenting toil and the threat of death by disease or warfare were the norm.

So the next time someone decides to give you a speech about the evils of “income inequality” as they text from their iPhone that gives them not only worldwide communication but access to almost the entirety of human knowledge of all time ask them the question that has never occurred to them between facebook posts:

“Income inequality compared to when?”


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There are a lot of things you can buy for $37,000. At DePaul University in addition to a years education it buys you protection from the dangers of chalk:

DePaul University will no longer allow students to chalk political messages on the sidewalks of its campus because of the “offensive, hurtful, and divisive” nature of pro-Trump chalking found on campus last week.

The bad news is the continued regression to 16th century values were Royal censors who decided what things could be expressed but the good news is this stuff makes Jim Treacher’s job at the Daily Caller so much easier.

Yet, as loathsome as I find Trump and his lickspittle apologists, I can’t help but laugh at the college students who run for their safe spaces at the mere sight of the man’s name.

It’s why Professor Glenn Reynolds says this concerning Trump:

It’s hilarious, isn’t it. And if he’s the nominee, I’ll vote for him, partly for this very reason.

I question the wisdom of paying a university $35K to protect people from chalk. Perhaps we should be seeing more of those empty dorms Glenn was talking about.

Closing thought, If you wonder why some of us thought the culture wars were worth fighting, now you know.

James Hacker: Humphrey, what’s a Modernist in the Church of England?

Sir Humphrey Appleby: Ah, well, the word “Modernist” is code for non-believer.

James Hacker: You mean an atheist?

Sir Humphrey Appleby: No, Prime Minister. An atheist clergyman couldn’t continue to draw his stipend. So, when they stop believing in God, they call themselves “Modernists”.

James Hacker: How could the Church of England suggest an atheist as Bishop of Bury St Edmunds?

Sir Humphrey Appleby: Well, very easily. The Church of England is primarily a social organization, not a religious one.

Yes Prime Minister The Bishop’s Gambit 1986

Father Damien Karras: I think it might be helpful if I gave you some background on the different personalities Regan has manifested. So far, I’d say there seem to be three. She’s convinced…
Father Merrin: There is only one..

The Exorcist 1973


Stacy McCain has struck again with a long post on the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and while Stacy is highlighting the goals of feminism here there is a point I’d like to make from his piece to wit:

To convey a general idea of what sort of ideas nowadays prevail in ELCA circles, the election of Elizabeth Eaton to the denomination’s top post prompted this enthusiastic outburst from Linda Post Bushkofsky, executive director of Women of the ELCA:

As the presiding bishop election process winnowed down nominees, three of the final four candidates were women. . . . As I’ve written before . . . it’s not just about numbers. To respond to the needs facing the church and society in the 21st century, a collaborative leadership style is needed, and studies show that women more naturally use this form of leadership.

Stacy notwithstanding the disgrace here isn’t the ELCA pushing feminism per-se the disgrace is that nowhere in this statement is the goal for a Christian church to find a candidate that will serve the word of God.

Now none of this is a surprise, we talked about the decision of the largest batch of Lutherans to allow married gay clergy as I wrote at the time:

Hey this was just what he was envisioning when he broke away from us Roman Catholics all those centuries ago starting the reformation and all that.

So now the Lutherans have endorsed specific biblical sin among clergy I say good luck to you guys.

I quoted a lot of Lutheran blogs at the time (2009 so long ago it seems) and one of them Balaam’s Ass put it well:

Unless God intervenes by His grace, these proposals will be passed.  The ELCA will then join the Episcopal Church in its further apostasy.

But who is surprised?  It’s like Jenga: you can remove one or two or even a few blocks, but eventually the weight cannot be sustained.

Six years after that statement this is the Christmas prayer you are hearing in a Lutheran Church:

Ebenezer Lutheran Church in San Francisco where, on Christmas Day 2015, Pastor Stacy Boom posted this “prayer”:

Sophia our Goddess,
As a full moon rising,
You unveil your vision of love
for the universe
and work within us
to bring about your healing purposes.

You are reading this right, this is a prayer being put out by a “Christian” Church founded by Martin Luther because we Catholics were getting the worship of God wrong.  It concludes:

Sophia our Goddess,
As a full moon rising,
You are the One Sacred Thread
and Source for All Times,
Grandmother, Mother, and Child,
Blessed She!

This is definitely not a Christian prayer. Any student of the occult would recognize the reference to “Grandmother, Mother, and Child” as an invocation of the so-called “Triple Goddess” (Maiden, Mother, Crone) of modern neo-pagan Wicca. So far gone is the ELCA in its abandonment of biblical truth that it accepts witchcraft in its “Lutheran” pulpits.

And some Catholics complain about Pope Francis?

You might be shocked by this, I’m not.  Christianity without Christ is the logical conclusion to Martin (I know better than the church) Luther’s rebellion.  It’s the whole vine branches thing that Christ talked about:

I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing  Anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like a branch and wither; people will gather them and throw them into a fire and they will be burned.

John 15:5-6

Now don’t get me wrong the Catholic church had some folks like this but when it did God raised a simple poor Clare nun who fought the culture war in the church

and won.

Stacy talks about feminism corrupting everything it touches and sounds the call to fight.

I submit and suggest that we must fight, but let’s be clear, feminism isn’t the enemy, it’s a tool being used by the same enemy that we’ve been fighting from day one.

One final thought, the invitation that I mentioned back in 2009 still stands:

if you are a Lutheran who actually takes Christianity seriously that old Roman Catholic Church that Martin decided wasn’t good enough before is still there.

We’d be pleased to welcome you in.

We can use good soldiers in the fight to save souls.