Today is the 4th of July there were a lot of parades going on, a lot of cookouts and as I type this there is a new Grille on my back deck purchased today just waiting to be used for the very first time and tonight there will be a ton of fireworks before the day ends and the people who work 3rd shift like me, go back to work to officially close the holiday.

Now there is nothing wrong with cookouts and fireworks and parades and I dearly hope that you enjoyed them, but when it comes down to it I think the best example of what the 4th of July is came from the three things that I do almost every Monday that I have or will do today.

  1. I said my prayers

There is a series of prayers that I do every day A sequence of invocations to mine and other guardian angels, a divine mercy chaplet for my City by ward, A special abbreviated 11 decade Rosary of my own design for particular intentions, A full 20 decade Rosary, A Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the sick and dying (usually before the blessed sacrament) and four scripture readings. On days when I work I start these prayers at midnight, Continue them at 3 AM and then finish them before I get home. On days I don’t work it’s a little less regimented and I do some of them on the fly but with rare exceptions I generally get them in every day.

  1. I went to Mass

Many non Catholics are not aware that while most Catholics only attend the obligatory Sunday mass or saturday vigil Catholics celebrate Mass every single day. This morning I went to the 8 AM mass at St. Bernard’s at St. Camillus parish. We heard the scripture for Monday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time a reading from Hosea, a snippet from Psalm 145 and the Gospel Matthew Chapter 9. The sermon was on the mercy of Christ. Because this is a holy year When mass was finished I went to St. Joseph Parish, went through the Holy Doors and then proceeded to the old South Street Cemetery to say the prayers to earn a Plenary Indulgence for a family buried there in the early 1800 before heading home.

  1. I’m going to Eucharistic Adoration.

The very moment this post is published I will be heading back to St. Bernard’s at St. Camillus to the Divine Mercy Chapel and take my weekly hour of Eucharistic Adoration which I do every Monday from 6 PM to 7 PM. I’ll pray, read scripture, read catholic material and just spend some time with Christ, present in the blessed sacrament.

Now all of those things seem rather ordinary but when you think about it it is the perfect way to celebrate the the of July.

One of the founding principles of this nation is religious liberty. The ability to worship openly and freely (or not) in public, in private and in church is a bedrock of our freedoms. And while many are doing their best to take that freedom away or put it in a box for their own purposes (Someone anyone find me the words freedom from religion in the Constitution) right now that freedom still exists.

And what is the use of a right if you don’t exercise it?

So today, if you are Catholic or Protestant take some time to thank God for all he has done for you, because in doing so you are celebrating the anniversary of our nation in the best way possible, by exercising your God given rights!

Normally on the 4th of July I simply reprint the Declaration of Independence and leave it at that.

But with the state of the country over the last 8 years and the situation coming up this election year I don’t see the point.

I was once of the opinion that no one president was capable of bringing down America and if he still had the culture shaped by the generation that fought World War Two that would be correct.

But we now have a culture shaped by the sixties generation whose primary goal was to tear down rather than build up, we have a society where the leaders of academia, media and culture are either members of that generation and their acolytes and we have a society where their children have been taught that chalk, flags and opinions different from their own are not only causes for panic but reasons for legal action.

After all do you think for one moment that the WW 2 generation would be so afraid of the opinions of Robert Stacy McCain that they would ban him twice in six months from Twitter?

The old line used to be that “It can’t happen here” but over this weekend as I finally get around to polishing up what will be a short book/pamphlet on the Hail Mary, I’ve been rewatching the great documentary The World at War and have come to the conclusion that not only can it happen here but it’s been happening here, slowly and gradually for the last seven years and the cultural powers approve of this.

It takes a lot to rid me of my sometimes mindless optimism but the Obama years and his enablers have done their level best, but the good news in all of this is while they have proved most capable of ripping the soul out of America, they, like the Devil himself can not take my soul without my consent…

…and I do NOT consent and I hope in the spirit of those who rose up against British Tyranny, the same spirit ironically that the English & Welch have rediscovered in themselves via BREXIT, you refuse to consent too.

So on this 4th of July I conclude this post by praying that God bless America while at the same time being at a complete loss as to why he would bother to do so and invite you to pray for our country as well, while you still have the right to do so.

Being a bit of a Star Trek as well as a Doctor Who geek I chuckled when I noticed this clip from Star Trek Insurrection which where Captain Picard decides to use the song “A British Tar” as a weapon against an externally controlled Lt. Cmd Data

As I was watching the clip it occurs to me that a British Sailor exhibiting the traits mentioned in this song which were once considered heroic almost certainly would trigger the average sjw (social justice warrior). In fact given the direction we are going I find it highly unlikely that in the future HMS Pinafore would be allowed to be performed on any Star Fleet vessel.

Of course given the cultural direction we are devolving to the odds of any kind of fearless space exploration is decreasing exponentially.

Can you reconcile the left’s image of California as a green progressive state that cares for the environment and the animals within it with this description of reality from VDH:

If I find a dead dog dumped on the alleyway (as I have three or four times over the last 12 months), with a rope around his neck and his insides exposed from dog fighting, I bury him and pass on calling the animal-control people. In fairness to them, what would they do, run an investigation into rural dog fighting—in a state in which felons are routinely released from prisons and jails, and sanctuary cities offer amnesties? I suppose a Queensland with his face ripped off is small potatoes. (Does multiculturalism trump the ASPCA or PETA?)

Nor do I ever contact the state EPA or the county when monthly I collect baby carriages, car seats, tires, used paint cans, old Christmas trees, mattresses, and dirty diapers dumped on the side of the road—despite occasional junk mail signifying the address of the polluter. About 50 pounds of coils of old worn-out drip hoses are out in front of my house today, a huge pile of plastic junk dumped as if my roadside was a free waste site. (Is the theory that my house qualifies for public service waste removal and thus someone poorer, in our spread-the-wealth society, has a right to dump his trash there?) How can such a green state that refuses to sell plastic bags at the coastal grocery markets prove indifferent to the spoliation of its rural hinterland?

The answer to Mr. Hanson’s question is simple, to not be indifferent to this would be to admit to realities that the liberals in the state find inconvenient.

This is going to end badly for the state but I suspect when it does the media will still not report it.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT —  History will remember us as the generation that was offended by everything.

Where will it end?

A couple of news stories caught my eye this week: the first was that the Sons of Confederate Veterans are filing suit against the City of Natchitoches after being forbidden to march in their annual Christmas parade; the SCV group has marched in the parade for the past twenty-five years, but now we are offended by their flag so they can’t march.  In a statement, the mayor of Natchitoches explained that he is not banning the display of the flag in the city but simply not allowing it on display in the parade.  The Natchitoches Christmas festival and parade is huge in these parts and attracts over 100,000 visitors each year.

The other story that raised my hackles was the perpetual offended-by-Huck-Finn story that in its latest conception has a private school in Philadelphia banning the book from the classroom (although it will still be in their library).  A group of students said the book “made them uncomfortable” and so out it goes.  Perhaps the school should look at how the book is taught rather than condemn the book.  Perhaps there is something about love and tolerance that could be learned there in the hands of the right teacher.  What will these students do when they are “uncomfortable” in the real world, post-graduation?  What will we ban from the classroom next?

Perhaps the most ridiculous group to be offended recently would be those who were offended by the red Starbucks cup.  I would be difficult to imagine a controversy any more ludicrous.

The logic of it all is absurd. Some individuals and some groups are offended by the Confederate flag so we must eliminate it.  Some groups are offended by Christian nativity scenes, so we must eliminate them; this is happening across the country. We are even offended by yoga, for crying out loud. We are offended by how you sit when on a subway.  We are offended by the Washington REDSKINS.

The list is endless.

The fact is that political correctness and elementary-school-everyone-wins-coddling has turned us into a society of crybabies.  Yes, there are things in our society that are offensive sometimes but it’s time to man-up, if you’ll pardon that sexist phrase, and get over it.

The whole “I’m offended” culture offends me.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

For the first time in a month I woke up at 5 AM (day off) and with daily mass in the evening I turned on Morning Joe and saw something amazing.

The discussion was why Donald Trump was perceived as he was and turned instantly to Barack Obama noting that Paris happened after he said ISIS was contained and San Bernardino happened after he said ISIS can’t strike here. The pièce de résistance was when
Jon Meacham called it a malaise among the people like the Carter years and NOBODY AT THE TABLE CONTESTED IT.

Now for people like Glenn Reynolds and myself this is no big deal, I started my (Chester) Arthur (Jimmy) Carter watch during my first week of blogging (day 4 actually Dec 2 2008)

You sometimes get a rookie pitcher with a winning season but usually not. I’m hoping for Chester Arthur but I’m expecting Jimmy Carter.

But for the Morning Anchor show of MSNBC to say this in their first hour and have no liberal at the table contest it is amazing.

What was their explanation? ISIS. People are more afraid of a terror attack then at any time since 9/11. It’s brings to mind an early episode of the original Star Trek series: What are little girls made of?

Kirk: Emotion, Ruk? You disapprove of Miss Chapel’s orders to save my life?
Ruk: To maintain your existence would be illogical.
Kirk: Why? Can’t your memory banks solve a simple equation like that? …

Just as conservative bloggers and writers have been doing our best to counter the programing that the MSM has given the public concerning the Obama administration, Kirk presses the Android Rok to see the danger to him that he has been conditioned to avoid and finally gets a breakthrough…

Kirk: The danger to you is Korby.
Ruk: I was programmed by Korby. I cannot harm him.
Kirk: The old ones programmed you, too, but it became possible to destroy them.
RUK: [Excited] That was the equation! Existence! Survival must cancel out programming.

Realizing that this administration will get them killed has finally overridden the MSM & culture’s programming.

Too bad for America they didn’t figure this out four years ago.

Incidentally I dropped Arthur / Carter watch in the first year when it became clear which one he was going to be.  Walter Russell Mead said in 2001 that Jimmy Carter was the best case scenario for Obama.  He hasn’t even managed that.



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Today’s Saturday Night Sherlock is Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as Holmes & Watson in the 1943 picture Sherlock Holmes Faces Death

I always found this title redundant, when does Sherlock Holmes not face death?

You might notice actor Milburn Stone in this movie who toiled unnoticed in B films until 1955 brought him the role of Doc Adams in Gunsmoke that would over the next two decades make him known to all.

What do we mean when we use the term “Christian Mind?

A sarcastic skeptic might argue that there is no such thing; that the very concept is an oxymoron.

This writer would respond to the skeptic by stating that it takes more faith to embrace “unbelief” than it does to grasp some form of “theistic faith.”

The debate with the skeptics will have to wait for another time…  Smile!

As we return to the original question posed, “What do we mean when we use the term “Christian Mind?

Confusion arises when there is not clarity in the words, symbols, or concepts that are being expressed in order to define points of speech.

The word “Christian” appears only three times in the New Testament.

The New Testament consists of 27 books composed from approximately 45 A.D. to sometime around 95 to 100 A.D.  The last book accepted into the New Testament was the book of The Revelation (Saint John the beloved Apostle is commonly thought to be the author of this fascinating book).

The word Christian was employed twice by Saint Luke in the book of ACTS:

(1.) ACTS 11:25-26The Church at Antioch

25 Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 26 and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for an entire year they met with[a] the church and taught a great many people, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called “Christians.”

Footnotes:  (a.) Acts 11:26 Or were guests of

(2.) ACTS 26:24-29Paul Appeals to Agrippa to Believe

24 While he was making this defense, Festus exclaimed, “You are out of your mind, Paul! Too much learning is driving you insane!” 25 But Paul said, “I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I am speaking the sober truth.26 Indeed the king knows about these things, and to him I speak freely; for I am certain that none of these things has escaped his notice, for this was not done in a corner. 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe.” 28 Agrippa said to Paul, “Are you so quickly persuading me to become a Christian?” 29 Paul replied, “Whether quickly or not, I pray to God that not only you but also all who are listening to me today might become such as I am—except for these chains.”

The final reference in which the word “Christian” is used in the New Testament is found in the first of two letters that were penned by the great Apostle Peter in the fourth chapter of his first letter:

(3.) 1 PETER 4.12-16Suffering as a Christian

12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, a criminal, or even as a mischief maker. 16 Yet if any of you suffers as a Christian, do not consider it a disgrace, but glorify God because you bear this name.

The word Christian means, “Slave of Christ…” 

A “slave” has no rights.

A “slave” lives to serve his or her Master.

A Christian is a slave of Christ and voluntarily submits to The LORDSHIP of CHRIST in every aspect of Life.

Christian believers in the New Testament were known as “disciples” or “followers of The Way.”  The usage of the word Christian developed and evolved over the ensuing centuries.

Again, we explored the etymology and development of the word Christian, but what does it mean to engage in Christian thinking?

Christian thinking begins with the Person and work of JESUS CHRIST.

JESUS is not only the savior of His Children; He is also their LORD!

JESUS spent 3 ½ years teaching his 12 disciples and his 72 to 120 followers in the essentials of what it meant to “commune” and “live” with Him in an “intimate fashion.”

The Apostle Paul exhorted the Church in Rome to be “transformed” by the “renewing of their minds.”  Saint Paul adjured the Roman disciples to present their bodies (Spirit, Soul, and Body) as living sacrifices to The LORD that they serve (ROMANS 12.1-2).

It takes hard, hard work to develop a Christian Mind.

  • A Christian Mind makes decisions based on an “ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE”; it is not caught up in the “Tyranny of the Urgent.”
  • A Christian Mind focuses on the Person of CHRIST.
  • A Christian Mind submits to the Teaching of CHRIST
  • A Christian Mind studies the Words (Sacred Scripture) of CHRIST
  • A Christian Mind sharpens itself by live discussions with disciples who are wholly committed to living as “Slaves” of CHRIST (this is voluntary and daily submission to Christ).

Mr. Harry Blamires (author of The Christian Mind, circa 1963) lamented the fact that too many “Christian disciples” were engaged in an abundance of good activities: personal, civic, corporate, charitable, and political endeavors without a clear understanding of how a Christian should think or approach their various tasks and endeavors.

In Part IV of this series, we will look at how the Christian Mind discerns, evaluates, and judges the various world’s ideologies and concepts that run counter to the teachings of CHRIST.

Knowledge is the accumulation of facts.

Wisdom is the proper application of facts in a “holistic” and “systematic” manner to ALL of Faith, Life, and daily Learning.

GOD’s Wisdom is transmitted to His Children by the blessing of The Holy Spirit in their Hearts, Souls (mind, will,, and emotions), and Bodies.

When I was a small child I saw grown men begging on the streets of Columbus, OH, during the Depression. It was a sad sight, even to a little girl like me. I felt sorry for them and sorry that our country had let them down. No-one should have to beg to stay alive. Not here. Not in this country.

Today, as I exited the Ben Franklin Parkway, there were little boys approaching cars stopped at a traffic light with blue buckets in their hands. They were begging from the motorists. I have seen children begging on the streets of Dublin, but never thought I would see such a thing here.

Where were all the social workers, the interfering busybodies who punish parents who allow their children to walk alone to a public park? None were in attendance. I guess the lives of little black children don’t matter quite as much. It’s okay to let them run around on busy streets, dodging cars and putting themselves in danger. Their lives don’t matter until the Rev Al Sharpton shows up with his followers and makes an issue of it. I guess the Rev has weighed his options and decided there was no profit for him in exploiting these kids.

I certainly don’t dismiss the possibility that these kids are little hustlers, like the squegee men who used to infest New York City. But they are kids. They shouldn’t have the freedom to put themselves in dangerous situations. Grown-ups should be in charge of kids. Grown-ups such as parents, teachers, cops.

But there seems to be a serious shortage of grown-ups in Obama’s America.

Last week I started on a new journalistic series entitled, “The Christian Mind Revisited.

A little more than 50 years ago, a great scholar / theologian by the name of Harry Blamires – a man who was a protege of the great C.S. Lewis – wrote a book by this title.

Mr. Blamires demented and decried the fact that a large number of “Christian disciples” were engaged in numerous personal, civic, corporate, charitable, and political endeavors without a clear idea of how a Christian should think or approach their various activities.

Professor Blamires remarked that Christian believers in Western Europe – and by extension the United States and Canada – were preaching The Gospel of Christ and leading people into a “Saving relationship with JESUS CHRIST” but not helping the new converts to develop their thinking processes into a coherent and distinctly Judeo-Christian outlook.

Historically, Christians of all stripes whether they were Roman Catholic, Greek or Russian Orthodox, or Evangelical Protestant – have started with the view that JESUS CHRIST is LORD over every aspect of their lives.

The LORDSHIP of CHRIST is over every facet of life which includes one’s  (1.) Talents; (2.) Testimony (their Verbal Witness); (3.) Time; and (4.) earthly Treasure (accumulated Wealth).

Roman Catholics traditionally look to the teachings of the Church (the Magesterium is the official teaching and doctrinal wing of the Roman Catholic Church) as expressed and modeled through the preaching, teaching and example of the Holy Father – (The Pope as he writes Papal Encyclicals); worldwide Cardinals; the College of Bishops; and local Parish Priests as authoritative for life and practice.

Contrary to the understanding of many Protestants the Roman Catholic Church has a very high view of Sacred Scripture.  Roman Catholics view the Holy Bible as “the inspired Word of GOD.”

Conversely, Protestants have practiced the principle of “private judgment” known as “Sola Scriptura.”

Sola Scriptura” is a Latin term which literally means by “Scripture Alone.”

Contrary to the understanding of many Roman Catholics, Orthodox & Evangelical Protestants do not interpret the Bible through the principle of “SOLO Scriptura.”

There is a profound difference between SOLO Scriptura (The Bible by itself) and Sola Scriptura.

Sola Scriptura refers to the submission of the disciples to the authority of The Holy Bible and to their acceptance of Scriptural truths as they are accurately expressed in Christian / Church  Creeds, Confessionals, and Catechisms.

The principle of Sola Scriptura rightfully applied means that Evangelical believers accept the Scriptural Witness of the Church Fathers and the 7 Ecumenical Church Councils (starting with the Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D.) which have taught and instructed the Holy Catholic Church from the time of JESUS’ ascension into Heaven until this present date.

Evangelical believers look at the Protestant Reformation (1517 to 1646) as a needed corrective of Church abuse that also led to a Roman Catholic corrective known as the Catholic Counter-Reformation which resulted in “The Council of Trent.

From the late 1600s until the Second Vatican Council, the Roman Catholic Church referred to herself as “The Tridentine Church” (please see an excellent book entitled, “Pilgrim Church: A Popular History of Catholic Christianity” [Bausch, William, Rev; Carol AnnPaperback: 465 pages; Publisher: Twenty-Third Publications; Mystic, CT; Exp Su edition (December 1, 1989)].

This writer believes that the reasons that Christian believers of all stripes do not bring a different “type of thinking or a Christian Mind” to the affairs of our culture is because of few pressing mitigating factors:

MITIGATING FACTOR # 1 – Biblical Illiteracy – Unfortunately only 11 to 15% of All Christian believers read their Bibles as much as 3 times each week.

The Holy Bible gives us this exhortation which is found in Romans 12:1-2 (New Living Translation – NLT):

 And so, dear brothers and sisters,[a] I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.[b]

 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.


  1. 12:1a Greek
  2. 12:1b Or This is your spiritual worship; or This is your reasonable service.

Notice that the Apostle Paul wrote – as he was led by The Holy Spirit – to write that “we are not to copy the behavior and customs of this world”Romans 12:1.

This means that our thinking is to be profoundly different.

Many times our thinking mimics political parties or social media instead of being “biblically transformed.

We are told to “… let GOD transform us into new people by letting The LORD transform the way that we think…” Romans 12.2.

MITIGATING FACTOR # 2 – Misunderstanding The LORDSHIP of CHRIST – Too many Christian have accepted JESUS as Savior, but precious few have accepted His Teachings as Authoritative…

It is important for us to remember that JESUS demanded Absolute Loyalty, Faithfulness, and Obedience from his Children / Disciples!

JESUS made the following remarks towards the end of The Sermon On The Mount:

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 7:21).

“So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say?”  (Luke 6:46) New Living Translation.

JESUS’ life and “worldview” (conceptual outlook) were formed by both His (1.) godly family – Joseph and Mary – who Loved GOD with All of their Hearts, Souls, and Minds (Deuteronomy 6:4-5).

The Blessed Virgin Mary loved and recited Holy Scripture (please see The Magnificent in Luke 1:46-56and (2.) through the teachings of the Synagogue.

JESUS did not pick and choose the teachings that fit His fancy…

JESUS perfectly obeyed All of the Old Testament teaching expressed through The Law & The Prophets.

We as disciples of Christ are told to Obey Him and follow Him in all things.

The word “disciple” literally means a “learner,” “follower,” “student” or “protege” of a Master Teacher.

MITIGATING FACTOR # 3 – Personal Autonomy – Finally, one of the main reasons for the lack of a Christian Mind is that many believers have bought into a false sense of “personal autonomy.”

The word autonomy literally is formed by the prefix “auto” which means “self” and the suffix “nomos” which means “law.”

To exercise personal autonomy outside of obeying GOD’s standards means that you are not subject to any Law or Higher Standard other than yourself.

Western Europe and the United States produces too many Christians who may love JESUS, but who have not “fully submitted” to JESUS’ teachings over every aspect of their lives; they live for themselves (personal autonomy) and they become their own “gods.” 

Radical personal autonomy is a clear violation of the first 2 of the Ten (10) Commandments.

If the Christian Church in the West is to experience Renewal and Reform, then the thought processes of Christians must begin to line up with both the clear teachings of Sacred Scripture and with the truths of Historical Theology as they have been lived out and developed in nearly 2,000 years of Church History.

A little more than 52 years ago a brilliant British theologian by the name of Harry Blamires wrote a classic book entitled, “The Christian Mind: How Should A Christian Think (Servant Books, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1963).

Harry Blamires studied under the great intellectual C.S. Lewis at Oxford University; he has been a prolific writer across the years in the areas of theology, fiction and literary criticism.

Mr. Blamires’ main contention in his book The Christian Mind was that Christian believers or disciples have been saved and they are going to Heaven. However, many of these same Christians have “Unsaved Souls or Unsanctified  Minds.


What does Mr. Blamires mean by this?

How can our “spirits” be Saved, but our minds be “Unsaved?

First and foremost, let me define and clarify some terminology.

When we refer to the word Salvation, we mean that once an individual accepts JESUS CHRIST as their LORD and their SAVIOUR they have been spared from the ultimate penalty of eternal separation from GOD (1 Thessalonians 1.10).

1 Thessalonians 1:8-10

The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.

The believers in Thessalonica (and we too who embrace Christ as our SAVIOUR and LORD have) literally passed from Spiritual death (Hell) and into Eternal Life (we experience a Spiritual Re-BirthJohn 3.16-36 & II Corinthians 5.17-21… eventually we will reside in Heaven).

However, Belief or Salvation in Christ entails many different facets.

Belief in Christ means more than giving a mental or intellectual assent to the truths of Christianity; believing in Christ means that our “Heads” as well as our “Hearts” must be totally “Surrendered to the Person of Jesus Christ.”

We must cultivate the development of a Christian Mind!

The Old Testament Shema (Creed) instructs believers in GOD that there are certain things that should categorize how they live.

First, and foremost, believers in GOD are enjoined to hear and obey His Voice:

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

The LORD GOD instructed the nation of Israel that their “Minds” as well as their “Hearts” totally belonged to Him.

The nation of Israel was forbidden to syncretize their Worship of GOD (LORD ADONAI) with the worship of other gods.

The first of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20 & Deuteronomy 5) states:

Moses summoned all Israel and said:

Hear, Israel, the decrees and laws I declare in your hearing today. Learn them and be sure to follow them. The Lord our God made a covenant with us at Horeb (Mt. Sinai)

It was not with our ancestors that the Lord made this covenant, but with us, with all of us who are alive here today.

The Lord spoke to you face to face out of the fire on the mountain. (At that time I stood between the Lord and you to declare to you the word of the Lord, because you were afraid of the fire and did not go up the mountain.) And he said:

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

“You shall have no other gods before me…

We note here in this passage from both the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy that The LORD GOD is personal; He can be known; and that He stipulates that His children / followers are to commune with Him in a specific way or manner.

Why is this important?

In the United States of America, we pride ourselves on the fact that historically we have viewed ourselves as – “One Nation Under GOD indivisible with Liberty and Justice for All!

From the time our country was a colony of Great Britain until this present day the GOD that the “majority” of our population worshipped is The GOD of the Hebrew Old Testament and the Christian New Testament.

Believers in The GOD of the Holy Bible understood that their faith in LORD ADONAI encompassed more than simply “getting saved from going to Hell and now going to Heaven.”

Belief in The GOD of the Holy Bible meant that every single aspect of a person’s life belonged to GOD.

A careful examination of what Harry Blamires wrote suggests that a Christian’s whole life the five areas of their “mind” or “soul” that is their (1.) Time; (2.) Testimony; (3.) Treasure; (4.) Talents; and (5.) their Thought Life (the 5 Ts) all are to be dedicated to GOD in Holy Worship!

To dedicate anything less than the whole of these 5 areas to GOD meant that a person was violating the First Commandment which stipulates that “We are to have NO OTHER GODS OTHER THAN THE LORD ADONAI!

May I be so blunt to say that most Americans probably could not recite the Ten Commandments in order from memory?

(I say this with sorrow as a man who has been involved in Pastoral ministry for more than 20 years.. since 1992).

When we accept Christ as our LORD and SAVIOUR, we actually are giving credence to a “comprehensive belief system or worldview.”

A Worldview is a way of looking at the Universe and Interpreting and Applying the insights that we glean.

Jews and Christians receive their “worldview” from the insights that GOD has disclosed (a Self-Disclosure of Himself) about Himself.

The first 11 chapters of the book of GENESIS teach us that there are four (4) Historical Events that shape the way that we view reality.

These four areas constitute the main framework of our conceptual outlook or worldview (I am indebted to Breakpoint Worldview for the classification of these categories):

  • CREATION – Genesis 1-2
  • THE FALL – Genesis 3
  • REDEMPTION (GOD provides a way back from our Separation from Himself and from our Slavery into Sin / Spiritual Death) – Genesis 3
  • RESTORATIONGenesis 3.15ff – GOD gives Adam and Eve a Promise that they will triumph over the force of Evil and Darkness

Over the next few weeks I would like to discuss with you how each of the four elements above are crucial to the understanding of “The LORDSHIP” of GOD over our (1.) Time; (2.) Testimony; (3.) Treasure; (4.) Talents; and (5.) our Thought Life (the 5 Ts).

All of these areas are to be dedicated to GOD in Holy Worship!

Thank You!

Richard Sharpe: Now I know you can fire three rounds a minute, but what I want to know is can you stand?

Sharpe’ Rifles 1988

What’s the use of getting elected or re-elected if you don’t stand for something?

President Grover Cleveland

One of the most common themes I’ve seen in the past week has been the declaration by any pundit you can find just how good the gay marriage and Obamacare ruling are for the GOP. These issue once off the table can’t hurt the GOP. Now they don’t have to push subsidies, or appeal to those icky social conservatives and can get on with trying to win an election.

That’s a great argument if the reason why you are involved in the political process or join a political party is to get members of your team in office so they can give goodies to members of party and eventually make big money working as a lobbyist asking for those favors, it’s a wonderful argument if all politics was just baseball hoping that the Red Sox can score more runs than the Yankees.

But for the majority of the people of this nation, politics is not about one team vs another or a job or a way to get personal power or graft. The purpose of politics is to govern our nation to the betterment of our culture and country for the sake of ourselves and the generations to follow.

I don’t want to stop Obamacare because I hope to get an advantage or think I’ll be richly rewarded for doing so, I want t stop Obamacare because I’m convinced that it is now and will continue to lead to stagnation for our country and our people, because it will continue to kill jobs and prosperity, because it’s all about insurance and not about care, because it’s all about pretending to solve a problem rather than actually solving one.

I don’t argue against Gay Marriage in general and the Supreme Court’s ridiculous decision simply for religious reasons (although that would suffice) I do so because by destroying both marriage as an institution and it’s definition we weaken society for generations to come. By redefining words for the sake of one groups narcissism we make words and the laws that are defined by them meaningless, because the long-term effects on this will be persecution not just for Christians but for any group that dares to go against group speak. And if you can do this to marriage you can do it to any other word, phase or institution that one group of well-funded people can choose to target.

In other words it will harm us as a society and as a nation.

I left the Democrat party because back in the early 90’s I perceived that as a believing Catholic I was no longer welcome, if the GOP decides that faithful Christians are no longer worth anything beyond what Ted Cruz calls “crocodile tears” you had better not expect us to be all that excited about voting for you, let alone working for you or giving you money.


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PICARD: You Recognise the old bag of tricks? What about this one? [snaps fingers Ardra vanishes] Come back, Ardra, if you can. No? Fine, allow me [snaps fingers Ardra returns]
ARDRA: Of all the impudence.
PICARD: Impudence? [suddenly replaced by an image of a Klingon deity & speaking in its voice] Impudence is pretending to be Fek’lhr of Klingon.

Star Trek TNG  Devil’s Due  1991


Yesterday I briefly alluded to one of my favorite episodes of Star Trek TNG Devil’s Due where a planet goes into panic over a deal made with the a being called Ardra that is coming due:

The entire plot consists of Picard, convinced the people are being playing trying to prove that her claims are just a fraud to get what she wants.

Longtime readers might recall I brought this episode two years ago during a commentary on what was revealed as a Racism hoax involving the Lunenburg High School football team and it hit me that this whole Bruce Jenner thing is the same old song and dance:

This has been done over and over again and it’s all about generating the requite fear, One of the things I’ve said many times is the first virtue, the virtue that has to come before all other virtues is courage, because if you don’t have courage you don’t have anything else. None of the other virtues will work.

And it’s fear, in my opinion that causes even a writer for a site like Hotair to paint this as a virtue for conservatives:

With the momentum from this announcement and affiliation, Catilyn inadvertently gave the Republican Party something it desperately needs more of – “street cred,” simply put, an understanding sense of humanity. 

If the party overall was to warm up to these “differences” and use them as a broader tool to crush problems (not people) that really matter – like insurmountable national and student debt, ever-increasing national security threats and domestic encroachments on Constitutional liberties – Democrats would stand no chance. 

Yeah because nothing says to Christians who like me who left the Democrat party when they felt that there was no place for believers to go out and vote GOP then to encourage us to say this is just fabulous, as if the culture didn’t go to “accept gay marriage” to “accept gay marriage or ELSE”.

This is and remains part of the war on culture and it’s all about fear.  Fear is the tactic the left used to keep GOP candidates from critiquing candidate Barack Obama, fear is the tactic that was used to critique those who would day suggest Michael Brown was not a “gentle giant”, fear was the tactic used against those who passed religious freedom laws, stood up for the reality of marriage and noted that the cities falling apart have been governed by Democrats for decades.

The message this time is:  “if we don’t accept this we won’t win elections.”  It’s the same fear that is mentioned in the Psalm I quoted a few days ago or as Leslie Howard put it in the old Movie Pimpernel Smith:  “Ah The Story of the Grapes.”

In fairness to Hotair Amanda Muñoz opinion is not shared by Ed Morrissey.

We’re celebrating the end of natural and objective truth, and turning dysfunction into virtue on the basis of celebrity.

or Jazz Shaw:

You can dress how you like and change your name. I’ll back you up. And if you were born a man, you can call yourself a woman if you like. But your right of free speech does not protect you from possibly being offended by the free speech of others, including yours truly. Your decision doesn’t mean that I have to modify my speech and start swapping out pronouns from the language buffet line any more than I have to accept that you’re drinking a “martini” if you put a cocktail onion in your glass instead of an olive.

It brings me to mind Captain Picard’s closing speech during Devil’s Due after Ardra’s con game is revealed.

Picard:  She learned of the myth of Ardra, studied it and expertly played on your fears that your people were ready to virtually surrender to her.

And that’s what the left is hoping we’ll do court: the left has taken advantage of the cultural ignorance of today and so expertly played on people fears of being called “intolerant” or rejected that they  are ready to virtually ready to surrender to them:

Her passenger prompts that Jenner is normal, to which Jenner responds, smiling, “Put it this way: I’m the new normal.”

And Woe betide those who say no:

“I’m the new normal” is exactly but exactly the soundbite the media wants for its “trans is mainstream” narrative push, which technically began a year ago but never enjoyed a spokesperson as prominent as this.

If we are foolish enough to follow Ms.Amanda Muñoz advice not only will we lose as a party (and a culture), but we’ll deserve to.

Closing thought:  This is why a paper printed book has it over Wikipedia or any online encyclopedia anyday:

Watch the Wikipedia page for the 400 meter sprint over the coming days. The page was recently edited to add the following line about the world record time for women:

The current women’s world record is held by Marita Koch, with a time of 47.60 seconds. However Caitlyn Jenner is the fastest woman’s performer of all time, running a time of 47.51 in 1976 while competing under the name Bruce Jenner.

FYI a hat tip to Chrissie’s Transcript site for the text from not only this TNG episode but for saving me the time it would have taken to dig out various quotes over the years.

One more Quick thing about the Stacy McCain piece I linked earlier, this paragraph jumped out at me:

Today, I woke up and turned on Fox News and was disturbed to see “Fox and Friends” playing along with Bruce Jenner’s ridiculous farce, and why? Because yesterday, when Neal Cavuto snarked at the new Vanity Fair “cover girl,”the Left went into attack mode and, we may presume, Rupert Murdoch’s executives issued a memo commanding everyone on the network to join in the “Caitlyn” charade. The Culture of Lies has become so powerful that we must forfeit respectability if we dare speak truth to perverse power.

Stacy’s  description of Fox’s reaction  reminded me of the start of Psalm 73

How good God is to the upright, the Lord, to those who are clean of heart!  I But, as for me, I lost my balance; my feet all but slipped, Because I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

For they suffer no pain; their bodies are healthy and sleek.
They are free of the burdens of life; they are not afflicted like others.
Thus pride adorns them as a necklace; violence clothes them as a robe.

Out of their stupidity comes sin; evil thoughts flood their hearts.
They scoff and spout their malice; from on high they utter threats.
They set their mouths against the heavens, their tongues roam the earth.
So my people turn to them and drink deeply of their words.
They say, “Does God really know?” “Does the Most High have any knowledge?”
Such, then, are the wicked, always carefree, increasing their wealth.

Psalm 73 1-12

The first virtue remains courage, we’re going to need it.  More on that later this week.

You know we hear a lot about the world war 2 generation, the generation of my Father & Mother as the “greatest generation”.  Although this is a designation that they would not accept (they would likely point to their parents) there is one thing about said designation that begs a question, a question so obvious that many in our universities where student pay tens of thousands of dollars annually for the education my parents could only dream of, never seem to ask.  But Stacy McCain asks it

Did your father exploit your mother as a “breeder”? Was your grandfather the agent of your grandmother’s oppression? Was your great-grandmother’s humanity denied because your great-grandfather kept her in an inferior position as a “sex object”? This is what feminist theory teaches, that human history has been nothing but a gigantic patriarchal conspiracy through which men (all men) have oppressed women (all women), and the overthrow of this collective oppression requires a revolution:

Think about it.  We live in an age were our elites consider themselves the epitome of all the proper ways person should think and believe on all subjects on like Gay Marriage our grandparents must all be sexists but bigots too and not just our particular grandfathers

I’m 45 years old and I’ve always been a news junkie. I must have been the only kid in town to watch the impeachment hearings of Nixon in awe. I don’t recall any of our liberal stalwarts during the 70’s or the 80’s and VERY few in the 90’s (and then only in the late 90’s) argue for gay marriage.

Apparently by Mr. Cohen standards all of the people who lived in those days were cowards and bigots. Jimmy Carter must have been a coward and a bigot, Reagan, Clinton, Johnson. FDR and yes even JFK and RFK must have been the worst kind of bigots. JFK junior must have been one, Sam Rayburn, Barbara Jordan, Earl Warren and Martin Luther King bigots all.

How is it that our grandparents could save the world and be such narrow-minded, church going bigots who couldn’t even tell the difference between sex and gender?

Aren’t we lucky to be living in a time full of people so much wiser than any who ever lived.

At least in their own minds anyways.

Glenn linked to a post at the American interest about the price war in oil & the problem for non-Saudi members of the cartel:

The Saudis have the funds to make up for the budget shortfalls cheap oil is foisting upon them, but the rest of OPEC isn’t anywhere near as well prepared. Nigeria, Iran, and Venezuela have all agitated for the cartel to take action, though none have volunteered to be the one to actually make the necessary cuts. 

But there is a key line from that piece that not only explains why the supply & demand plan of the Saudi’s have failed but it also says all you want to know about why America is still destination one for the entire world (emphasis mine:

 Rather, they’ve been hard at work innovating their way to profitability even at $65 per barrel.

Innovating  do tell:

The cost cuts and productivity gains that shale oil producers expect come in three categories…First, there are savings from putting pressure on suppliers of drilling rigs, hydraulic fracturing and other services. Companies have generally been saying they expect reductions of 20 to 30 per cent this year.Second, companies benefit from focusing spending on their most productive assets. “You’re dropping all your worst-performing rigs and worst-performing rig crews and moving the rigs you have to your core areas,” says Randall Collum of Genscape, an energy research firm…Finally, there are productivity gains available from improved techniques.

In other words rather than acting as an Oligarchy that commands & expects to be obeyed would, they make themselves leaner, meaner and smarter to make their rigs profitable even at $65 a barrel.

That is America, that is western civilization it adapts, it innovates, instead of folding.

There is a difference between a culture that simply soaks money from hole in the ground for personal comfort and one made of free men that rewards competition.  That is why America is where the best and brightest go.

That is also why the Obama administration is so dangerous & must be stopped, they would convert us from a culture of doers to a culture of beggars.


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We, the American public, are often told that our “diversity” is our greatest strength.

The Founding Fathers of this great “American Experiment believed in the uniqueness of diversity, but they believed that “diversity” should flow out of the concept of “E Pluribus Unum” (Latin for “Out of many, one”).

Last week, I began a series on different types of “diversity” that have historically blessed our nation.

This week, I would like to briefly focus on some of the key “divergent trends and actions” that helped to shape and form the great “educational” and “spiritual roots” of our country.

Our earliest colleges, schools such as Harvard College (established in 1636 in Cambridge, Massachusetts); The College of William & Mary (established in 1695 in Virginia); and Yale College (established in 1701 in New Haven, Connecticut) were originally founded as “faith-based institutions of higher learning.”

The great American Clergyman John Harvard donated his personal library for the formation of Harvard College so that Harvard would have the primary mission of educating a spiritually fit and literate clergy.

Pastor Harvard was not the founder of Harvard College, but he was its first major philanthropic benefactor.

The early American colonists (our Pilgrim & Founding Fathers) were motivated by a dual phenomenon based on their (1.) Faith in the Judeo-Christian GOD and (2.) their belief in hard work and industry by eking out their living from the farms that they owned, plowed and maintained.

If we look at Harvard, the College of William & Mary, and Brown University we notice that two of the colleges were in New England – Harvard (Massachusetts) and Brown (Rhode Island) – and that The College of William & Mary was chartered as a Royal College by The King of England (located in the Virginia colony).

These three schools demonstrate a Geographical and Theological diversity; they each possessed a unique founding and a different sense of both mission and purpose.

Harvard College was Calvinist in its orientation; the school was heavily influenced by the writings of the great Swiss Reformer & Theologian John Calvin.

Calvin is mostly noted for his work in Systematic Theology; he authored the masterpiece called The Institutes of The Christian Religion, 1536 & 1559.

Brown University – which is located in present day Rhode Island – was opened in the midst of tremendous Theological & Social controversy concerning the role of the “freedom of conscience” and the belief in the “freedom of religious liberty.”

Two of the people who helped to start the colony of Rhode Island were Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson; they both were early proponents of “Religious Liberty” and the belief in the freedom to worship absent from coercive Ecclesiastical Authority.

Williams founded the oldest “Baptist church” in the colonies;  Ms. Anne Hutchinson came from a distinguished line of “religious dissenters” (many prominent Americans trace their lineage back to Ms. Hutchinson).

Time does not permit me in this article to go through the timeline and nuances of Pastor Roger Williams’ life; however, it is sufficient to say that we remember that Williams emigrated from Great Britain to Massachusetts; the Reverend Roger Williams learned the languages of the Native-Americans as he had a desire to preach the Gospel of Christ to the Indians.

Furthermore, the Reverend Williams’ constant criticism of the Church of England (he considered The Anglican Communion to be irredeemably corrupt) eventually forced him to flee from Massachusetts and move to what was to become the “State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.”

Mr. Williams’ help to find and discover the modern city of “Providence” Rhode Island.  He named the city Providence because he felt that his efforts were blessed by The Hand of Almighty GOD.

One might dare say that few people today realize that the word “Providence” is a theological term which denotes “GOD’s divine guidance, favor, and care.

In addition to being a friend of Native-Indians, Roger Williams started some of the first Anti-Slavery organizations in the American Colonies.

Historically, Williams is best known for his ideas concerning the –

  • Separation of Church & State;
  • The Reform of The Church of England; and for his beliefs in
  • The freedom of Religious Expression.

One wonders how a Pastor Roger Williams might feel about the need to pass legislation guaranteeing Religious Liberty in 21st century America (the controversy surrounding the various Religious Freedom & Restoration Act bills in our nation would undoubtedly unnerve him if he were alive today).

We take the concepts and beliefs that Williams & Hutchinson championed for granted because we do not realize how radical those three (3) ideas were during their lifetimes.

One could be banished and excommunicated from a colony for holding on to these radical & heretical views; both Williams and Hutchinson had to flee from Massachusetts and migrate to Rhode Island in search of deeper meaning and fulfillment of purpose.

America of 2015 is blessed with our Freedoms of Religion, Expression and Free Speech because the early American Christian colonists dared to leave England and even dared to leave the colonies that they originally settled in order to stay true to their sense of meaning and purpose.

Early colonists such as John Harvard, Roger Williams, and Anne Hutchinson dared to be different; they dared to believe that one could be and should be free to Worship, Speak, and develop places of Higher Learning without the coercion of The English Crown or abusive Colonial magistrates.

The “diversity” championed by the Christian minister John Harvard; the Pastor Roger Williams – and the “dissenter” Anne Hutchinson directly contributed to the precious Bill of Rights that was created long after they passed from the Colonial scene; today we deem that The Bill of Rights is essential and vital to our ongoing nourishment and survival as a nation.

We can all be thankful that America produces “peaceful & non-violent rebels” who prick the conscience of our nation when needed.

Too many things to annoy in the world, I think my readers need some evening slade:

First one of the finest songs you likely have never heard

This one was an early hit in England:

Most readers will recognize this next one as a hit for Quiet Riot but they likely didn’t know Slade recorded in over a decade before:

This Christmas song has made the charts almost every year since it was released:

and I swear in this next video their lead singer, Noddy Holder looks exactly like Stacy McCain

Run Run Away was their biggest hit in the US.

The band is still touring 50 years later but with a new lead singer & violinist as Noddy Holder & Jim Lea left back in the 90’s Here is a clip from last year

Not many bands last 50 years. They are an icon in England, their huge collection of excellent music deserve more attention here in the states.

Today Fitchburg was in the news because of a fire on river street that took out a bunch of businesses.

There’s no word yet on what caused a four-alarm fire that gutted a strip mall in Fitchburg overnight.
Flames broke out in the complex on River Street around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and quickly spread to the roof. Part of the building collapsed.

However there is a story from last month that is much more significant to my city:

The dream of making it in Fitchburg is over for Sky He, the owner of the Cheng Du Asian Bistro. Last week he shut down his Main Street Chinese restaurant after being open for only 84 days.

“I lost money every day,” said Sky, who opened the restaurant on Nov. 21

Mr. He opened his restaurant on Main Street in Fitchburg. Now there was a time in my youth when there were multiple restaurants, department stores and even a supermarket on main street.

However the culture changed, the state changed and cities became more concerned with “sensitivity” than contesting the drug gangs with predictable results:

The restaurant made the news last month after Sky pursued an armed robber who fled with about $300 on Jan. 19. The robber jumped off an embankment toward the Nashua River and broke his ankle in the fall. The fire department ended up rescuing the robber. Sky said he was able to get back $148 the robber had allegedly hidden under a rock while waiting to be rescued.

Sky said he’s seen other crime problems as well, such as customers caught by his security camera stealing the tip jar at the front desk, and street violence in the surrounding neighborhood.

He said he doesn’t know what he’s going to do next, but he will not open another restaurant in Fitchburg and sees the area as a difficult place to run a business.

If you’re city or state turns to liberalism, this will be your future.

You have been warned.

Amy Pond: You’ve got a time machine. What do you need museums for?
10th Doctor: Wrong. Very wrong. Ooo, one of mine. Also one of mine.
Amy Pond: Oh, I see. It’s how you keep score.

Doctor Who: The Time of the Angels 2010

One of the things I’ve argued many times here is that human beings and human nature really haven’t changed over the centuries. Technology might change culture might change but what drives a human has not.

This came to mind when I read Glenn’s link to Ed Driscoll’s piece which quoted Christopher Caldwell:

For these people, liberalism is not a belief at all. No, it’s something more important: a badge of certain social aspirations. That is why the laments of the small-town leftists get voiced with such intemperance and desperation. As if those who voice them are fighting off the nagging thought: If the Republicans aren’t particularly evil, then maybe I’m not particularly special.

This really crystallizes my longtime argument that liberalism has becomes a religion for those who have abandoned pretending they believe in Christianity but still want to keep up appearances.

The two virtues that Christianity demands are the love of God and the love of your neighbor as yourself.

Since church congregations cross social and class lines the majority of people in attendance would be unaware of a person’s actions toward their neighbor. This would be a problem for a prideful person wanting to flaunt their righteousness and an advantage for a person trying to hide their unrighteousness toward their neighbor.

Thus attending church in the old days when Christianity was the culture of America attendance served the purposes of both the prideful and the unrighteous allowing them to project the “love of God” for their own satisfaction (and for any judgemental busy bodies in attendance who were keeping score).

Of course said attendance didn’t do much for the cause of their salvation:

“When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

Matthew 6:5-6

But since salvation wasn’t the goal for those who didn’t actually believe or only believed in their own righteousness it didn’t matter.

However dropping feigned Christianity came with a catch for our liberal friends. While in some circles , the abandonment of Christianity allow them to pretend a false intellectual superiority of Christians while freeing up an extra hour or two on the weekends, the problem of projecting virtue to society for the prideful and the unrighteousness remained.

And that why so many are so vocal, nay even strident, concerning their liberalism and the evilness of their political opponents, (particularly feminism). Not only does it remove the actual need to perform either the corporal or spiritual works of mercy because it’s their way of making sure their virtue is on display for the world to see.

It’s how they keep score.

Howard: [After Raj whispers into Howard’s ear & both laugh] I know. It’s funny when it’s not happening to us.
Penny: Sheldon, I am very, very sorry.
Sheldon: No. No, I brought this on myself by being such an endearing and important part of your life. [Turning to Howard and Raj] I’m going to need a ride to the mall.
Howard: It’s happening to us.

The Big Bang Theory The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis 2008

I gotta admit that this story got me laughing first thing in the morning:

Mary Cheney wants to know why it isn’t “socially acceptable” for a white person to “put on blackface and act out offensive stereotypes of African-Americans” if drags queens are allowed to imitate female stereotypes?

If a man can dress up as a woman to entertain an audience, then why can’t a white person get on stage in blackface, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney wondered aloud Thursday in a private Facebook post obtained by CNN.

It represents yet another case of social liberals starting to eat each other and must be a shock to those who thought all of this stuff was about “equality” and “freedom” and not about what it really always was Raw Power

Now I’ve never had much use for Drag Queens and cross dressers myself, but if a person wants to do this kind of thing I figure it’s their business, what I’ve objected to, and still do is the idea that society is expected to approve or celebrate this stuff.

It’s the same way with this transgender nonsense, if a person wishes to take hormones and have expensive operations to try to pretend they are something they’re not (Hi Bruce) it may, in my opinion be self-destructive and  idiotic but in the end it’s their business and not mine.

My problem comes thee moment we are changing official documents like birth certificates, or when you try to compel me or mine to go along with this persons delusions by force of law.  Then it becomes my business.

Now this has earned me attacks on twitter and elsewhere and have earned said attackers prayers but because I approach this from the perspective of traditional judeo-christian American culture and morality and objective reality, these attacks like the investigations of Jeb Bush’s high school days, are completely justified by a left that I suspect would, if they could, create a Gitmo just for those who believe such things.

Mary Cheney however makes things complicated, and I mean Vagina Monologues at Mt. Holyoke complicated in two ways:

First while the great wars between what are now called “transgender lesbians” and actual lesbians such as the proprietors of twitter accounts such as actual dykes Cathy Brennan have been a source of content for Stacy McCain and a source of amusement for the rest of us, they have for the most part stayed under the radar. If you ask an average person about the great transgender/lesbian culture wars they will pretty much say Huh?

Mary Cheney changes this, She is a public figure whose own sexuality has been an influence on one of the most powerful and influential conservative republicans in history and has been lionized for her public statements in the past, particularly the attacks on her sister for daring to have a different public opinion that her officially approved media backed opinion.

Her involvement makes this a public debate that the media can’t ignore and it’s going to make a lot of people who don’t want to have a public opinion on this become very uncomfortable.


Secondly and more importantly it sets up a division and a clash between two different groups.

While it’s a fallacy that all cross dressers and drag queens are homosexual the public perception is they are. Thus Ms. Cheney’s attack becomes a public attack on a particular class of gay men, who while happy to lend their support and funding to their attempts to suppress and marginalize believing Christians of all faiths, marriage and American culture, are likely not going to like this kind of thing being directed at them.

Yet as she got the first blow in, and her remarks were in a forum covered by CNN, they are instantly put on the defensive. What do they do?

Stay silent and risk this becoming a pogrom against cross dressers

Apply private pressure in the hopes she walks back or “clarifies” her position before it becomes a public debate.

Or do they fight back publicly against one of the leading figures in the gay marriage fight and risk an all out war that splits the gay left?

Now Mary being in the end the daughter of Dick Cheney might be considered just enough of a republican to be attacked openly without fear but in the end this still has the potential to at the very least make a lot of people who have given grief to a lot of people of my cultural persuasion very miserable and at the worst illustrate what Trotsky and Robespierre both discovered the hard way, totalitarians invariably eat their own.

Me, I’m going to sit back at watch it all happen, it will be more entertaining that tonight’s Superbowl and will last a lot longer.


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The first in a series of posts noting how today’s Democrats are indistinguishable from the villains in the classic TV series The Adventures of Robin Hood.

Our first example comes from the episode The Borrowed Baby, the plot revolves upon the Count of Severne who is convinced Lady Marian is in league with Robin Hood, he plots to prove it with a baby as a trap.

There is a key moment when the Sheriff & Severne decide where to get

Sheriff of Nottingham: Giles is just the man we want, I collected the birth tax on his first child only last month

Count de Severne: Birth Tax? Do you mean your men-at-arms whenever their wives give birth?

Sheriff of Nottingham: Certainly, Taxing them discourages large families, a man with a large family grows cautious, and cautious men make poor soldiers.

Furthermore as you watch the episode consider who the child is to be used as a tool of the state. How her mother and father’s opinions have no bearing and consider how much this sounds like our Democrat friends

So congratulations modern members of the left, you have managed to become what your own leftist writers claimed to despise.

NYC has a problem, how do you pay for all that Police overtime to control protesters lately? The money has to come from somewhere so how do you find a department that can spare the funds?

Lucky for the city such a department has graciously self identified by taking the obsession of this silly woman who apparently has no life:

“Manspreading is when men take up too much room on the subway by spreading their legs in a wide V. Like geese traveling,” explained actress Kelley Rae O’Donnell.

O’Donnell has become an anti-manspreading activist, making stopping the spread a personal mission.

And making it a department policy

Kevin Ortiz with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it’s an issue customers have noticed, “and for lack of a better word can be an annoyance.”

“This is an issue that we’ve heard from our female customers about in particular,” he added.

So for the first time the MTA is asking men to mind the gap by putting up posters reminding riders to be more considerate of others.

We must conclude that the MTA has solved all of its issues with safety, mechanical problems, personal legal issues and space because apparently they have no better use for the taxpayer funds than to make sure men do not sit with their legs too far apart on a subway.

It is very kind of the NY MTA to self identify for the sake of the city government and I trust New Yorks and particularly the GOP in NY take advantage of this self-identification to push for the government to relieve them of those excess funds to take care of more pressing needs from policing, to housing for the poor, to children’s issues.

It goes without saying that the next time liberals ask for more money for NYC in congress this example should be mentioned to deny said funding.


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Tom Hagen: Right now we have the unions and we have the gambling and those are the best things to have. But narcotics is a thing of the future. If we don’t get a piece of that action we risk everything we have. Not now, but ten years from now.

The Godfather 1972

At first glance this story is a source of a lot of chuckles

Sports on MSNBC? News Outlet Will Launch Streaming-Video Hub To Test New Shows, Hosts

What? Are we to believe that MSNBC’s particular blend of blind radical liberalism isn’t enough to carry a cable network?

MSNBC is getting ready to debut a new show about sports. And one focused on books. And another that will examine celebrity and popular culture. In all, the NBCUniversal-owned cable-news network has 14 new programs ready to roll.

As you can guess the comments section is all about conservative Schadenfreude.

Is this code for liberalism has jumped the shark and Americans are tired of being preached at by Race- Baitors and heterophobes who think any weather pattern is caused by global warming.

While we are laughing at this a bit I think it’s important to point out that this is a smart move. They are playing the culture game to get some eyeballs which brings to mind some advice Instapundit gave to us on the right.

The political left has a quasi-monopoly in this slice of media. This is a serious effort; it’s time conservatives start competing.”

MSNBC has become a micro niche, by increasing their appeal outside their niche they have the potential to draw people to the network or influence people by their short promo videos.

We ought to be smart enough to do the same even if it takes time.

The Rap group Salt N Pepa have been around for a long time.  They broke into the rap scene in the 80’s and continue to perform 30 years later.

Their song “Push it” was released in 1986 and hit #1 on the charts in the US , as you can see here, the  lyrics are, shall we say, provocative…

Push it good
Push it real good
Push it good
P-push it real good

Ah, push it
Get up on this

Boy, you really got me going
You got me so I don’t know what I’m doing

Ah, push it

While this song when released and sung by twenty something women in their sexual prime produces a certain image sexual theme, when song by the still attractive but now late 40 something women another image comes to mind.

Now one might when seeing this ad thing of it as simply a clever little ad selling insurance but think of it. Soap opera, novellas and late night drama not withstanding there is a change of focus as you get older, when you’re young it’s all about some things, as you get older it’s all about other things and when we try to pretend that we are still 20 when we’re not, disappointment follows.

Exit question: Do you think that Salt N Pepa for one moment thought that someday this song would be used to sell insurance?

They said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery.  Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women.  So what do you say?”  They said this to test him, so that they could have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger.  But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them,

Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”  Again he bent down and wrote on the ground.  And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders.

So he was left alone with the woman before him  Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

 She replied, “No one, sir.”

Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, (and) from now on do not sin any more.”

John 8:4-11

As I said this morning a lot of folks are beating their breasts in pride that Ray Rice has gotten his just deserts being banished from the job even though most of them knew the reality of what happened as soon as the 1st video was released.

While everyone is in such a rush to congratulate themselves on their own righteousness the desires of Mrs. Rice who had this to say:

“I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend,” she wrote.

She called the attention to their Feb. 15 fight in the Revel Casino Hotel “unwanted.”

“To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret everyday is a horrible thing. To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his a.. off for all his life just to gain ratings is horrific. THIS IS OUR LIFE!” she wrote.

Now there are several ways to look at Mrs. Rice.

The first is to wonder if this was all about a meal ticket.  Most people in general and most women in particular have a dislike of being knocked flat.  One might thing that such an action would cause a person to say, I’ve had enough.  But the prospect of an NFL star with a paycheck in the millions would likely be a good long term plan for a comfortable life and it the cost of said life is a single (or even multiple blows) she might have considered that acceptable given the benefits.

It would explain her actions to protect her husband.  Anything that prevents him from being on a football field is contrary to the meal ticket and must be fought and the league and team wanting to protect a valuable commodity would happily go along.

People don’t like this possibility as it turns her victimhood into a source of irony however if this is the case then the suspension of Ray Rice and the prospect of him never seeing a job better than $10 an hour is an ironic twist, whereby she traded her dignity for a cash reward and now it’s gone for nothing.

The second possibility is she is a sucker in love, attracted to a man who treats her awful and is simply no good for her.  If that is the case one beating or 100 beating wouldn’t make a difference, she would stand by her man.

This would also explain her actions, self destructive people make bad choices and her defense of her man could be the same bad choice that many people in abusive relationships make and since her enabling also served the leagues’ purposes they went along.

This is a stereotype that a lot of people wish to see because if this is the case, all that is done to her husband, even if it costs them everything they have is worth it in the minds of those who are pressing this issue to make the example and save her from herself.  Oh how people wish that to be the case.

There is however one way that might actually make sense that a lot of people don’t’ want to consider.  They are a normal couple that had an extreme moment of crisis.  Most people have various problems but there are times in a relationship where one or both people do things they regret and the people in either take the easy route and split or take the more difficult road deciding to work it through.

There is every possibility that this is the case.  It like the first two would also fit the events.

They decide to stick it out and put this behind them, they ask the league and the cops to go each for the sake of making it work and both decide either for their own purposes or because they actually want to help (or both) to go along, so he takes the non-fatal hit to his career and they do their best to mend fences.

This is the nightmare situation for the public and the self righteous, because if this is the case all their seeming self serving help is only serving to hurt people trying to get through a tough time.


All of these explanations are plausible, to the best of my knowledge all fit the known facts and there might be 4 or five other possible combinations that could be played.  The truth is I suspect there are less than 4 people in the world who actually know which one is true and none of them are reporting on this story.

That being the case,it might be a good idea for everyone to take a deep breath and make sure we do the right thing and not just what serves our own egos, just as soon as we can figure out exactly what it is.

And if we err (and we likely will) on whose side do we err, on our or our causes side or the person we are supposedly protecting?

In my earlier post of the day I mentioned mob of black kids in Memphis who beat several victims in Memphis and noted kids in that mob didn’t figure their participation would have any consequences.

Apparently there was at least one kid in that group that was completely wrong about this:

A grandmother who did not want to be shown on camera said her 15-year-old grandson was with the group on Saturday at Poplar Avenue and Highland Street.

After watching the video on WMC Actions News 5, she did what she hopes other parents will do — called police and turned him in.

Shades of my neighborhood circa 1950, when parents wouldn’t put up with this nonsense for a second. And she doesn’t spare her own son either:

This grandmother says accountability can start with the teen’s father, who is not involved with raising her grandson.

“His daddy is not a male role model, that’s my son and he’s not,” said the grandmother, “I hope he looks at this news thing and sees me saying this since he never wants to listen to me, he needs to be more involved in his child’s life.”

And has a message for the parents of the rest of those kids in that video

“I plead to all parents to just, if they know that their child was down there even if their child didn’t do anything, we need to get a hold of our kids,” said the grandmother.

This woman should be on every TV station and every talk show in the nation. If every person currently in jail had a grandmother or mother like this in their youth I suspect many of them would not be where they are today.

But sadly what does it say that a person like this is an exception worthy of praise within her community?

The late Roger Ebert did a series of reviews on the ‘Great Movies” which are still online, one of the finest reviews he wrote was about the 1915 Movie: Birth of a Nation.

“The Birth of a Nation” is not a bad film because it argues for evil. Like Riefenstahl’s “The Triumph of the Will,” it is a great film that argues for evil. To understand how it does so is to learn a great deal about film, and even something about evil.

On a Technical level nobody disputes that this early film epic was a masterpiece, it was not only for a long time considered the greatest american movie but also introduced to the fledgling movie industry that made movies what they are.

audiences in 1915 were witnessing the invention of intercutting in a chase scene. Nothing like it had ever been seen before: Parallel action building to a suspense climax. Do you think they were thinking about blackface? They were thrilled out of their minds.

Today, what they saw for the first time, we cannot see at all. Griffith assembled and perfected the early discoveries of film language, and his cinematic techniques that have influenced the visual strategies of virtually every film made since; they have become so familiar we are not even aware of them.

On the other hand for all it’s technical and cinematic accomplishments of the film those images had horrible consequences:

“The Birth of a Nation” is worth considering, if only for the inescapable fact that it did more than any other work of art to dramatize and encourage racist attitudes in America…. It is based on Thomas Dixon’s racist play, The Clansman, and the fact that Griffith wanted to adapt it reveals his own prejudices.

And it didn’t just encourage racist attitudes it struck a match that burned for decades

Some of the film’s most objectionable scenes show the Ku Klux Klan riding to the rescue of a white family trapped in a cabin by sexually predatory blacks and their white manipulators. These scenes are credited with the revival of the popularity of the Klan, which was all but extinct when the movie appeared.

DW Griffith was out to make a movie, he wasn’t out to bring back the Klan, encourage violence against the black community nor to cause the death of Schwerner, Goodman, and Chaney nearly 50 years later but just as the slaveholding generation was finally dying out this movie fantasy allowed the revival of prejudices and actions that took decades & blood to bring under control.

Given that the movie industry was in its infancy one might attempt to excuse Griffith’s ignorance as to the consequences of these movie images in 1915.

100 years later in Ferguson MO, that same excuse doesn’t wash.

Stacy McCain not withstanding what’s happening in Ferguson Mo is national news, not because Brown’s shooting is national news, but because of the rioting that  has been going on for days now.

The still images and the video images and live feed of this rioting has been covered by media all over the county and the world. It has been seen on TV’s on iPhones, on TV and laptops.

It has been the subject of Newspapers, facebook posts, tweets and radio. Even people who pay little attention to news have could not miss the dissemination of these images.

If the images of DW Griffith’s movie were damaging to the black community because it reinforced by fantasy existing prejudices and revived the Klan the Ferguson riots are exponentially worse for the community and will have a greater effect on the culture’s perception of Blacks in America for generations.

Why? Several reasons:

1. Unlike Birth of a Nation these images are constantly being replayed everywhere, one doesn’t have to proactively seek these images to find the.

2. Unlike Birth of a Nation you have fresh images daily from fresh riots reinforcing what is being seen each day.

3. Those who saw Birth of a nation saw a depiction of events from a half a century ago an era that most of the viewers did not see and was not familiar. The images and events of Ferguson are of contemporary current events, some seen in real time, that the viewers can identify with. Furthermore unlike

4. Furthermore the plantation & battle scene locations might mean little to a moviegoer of 1915. The locals of The business that have been hit and looted in Ferguson include Papa John’s Domino’s Pizza, Walgreens and some corner convenience stores. These types of stores exist in all over America causing individuals to relate to them.

And most important of all while the scenes depicted in the move are either dramatizations of historical events (Civil War Battles, Lincoln assassination) or pure fiction. People seeing the rioting and response are seeing images of true events with the actual people involved in these events.

The Cable networks can write all they want about justice for Michael Brown as opposed to say Shaquise Butler,  Basketball hall of famers can be given as many column inches in national magazines as they wish and people can describe what is going on as a “teachable moment” but for generations of people their primary memory of this events of Ferguson Mo will not be if the shooting of Michael Brown was or was not justified by the events.  It will be of a mob of black youths looting and burning their own neighborhoods for days leading to the deployment of National Guard troops.

So much for the influence of “black leaders” and the New Black Panthers.

People can pretend otherwise all they want but to a large segment of the American population their perception of every young black man born in the next decade and their children will be defined by a bunch of punk rioters looting their local Domino’s Pizza.

It’s not fair and it was not likely the intent of the people who turned this from a local & state story to a national and international one any more than it was DW Griffith’s intention to revive the KKK in 1915 but their intent not withstanding like the release of Birth of a Nation their actions will have consequences for generations to come, both for the country as a whole and for the black community in particular.

The final Irony is that while Griffith spent a lifetime trying to make up for what he had inadvertently done, those who will rise to prominence or advance their causes thanks to events in Ferguson will likely never even reckon or even perceive its price.

I’d recommend a lot of Rosaries in reparation.

Update:  clarified that Brown’s shooting in itself was not national news.

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Two weeks ago I went to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to see one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta which is the basis for many of the rights we take for granted.

A few days ago I was tweeting out some of the rights guaranteed as listed:


While these rights and the others listed such as the independence of the Church were not always respected (see Henry VIII) during an era where might made right, where the life of a peasant or a serf had little value this was an incredible thing for such right to be recorded and confirmed b the king.

It’s very hard for a person living under a government whose founding evolves from these rights and the common law that came from it to understand just how radical such concept it, but this was the direct descendant of the principles of Christianity as Paul said:

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:28

If the Magna Carta was an incredible statement for the culture of the year 13th century the equality of all before God no matter what your status, race or sex in the 1st century was an attitude that contradicted everything that the prevailing Roman, Jewish culture and beyond taught and knew.

Again like any institution run by humans this principle has not always been followed but that this philosophy of basic equality before God that is the building block for the concept of the basic dignity of humanity is earth shattering and changed the world.

But you can go back even further. Our secular friends often scoff at the Mosaic Law but consider some of the things listed in Exodus:

A sanction against excessive force

“(If a thief is caught in the act of housebreaking and beaten to death, there is no bloodguilt involved. But if after sunrise he is thus beaten, there is bloodguilt.)

Exodus 22:1-2b

A sanction against not just false reporting but in going defining truth by consensus.

“You shall not repeat a false report. Do not join the wicked in putting your hand, as an unjust witness, upon anyone. Neither shall you allege the example of the many as an excuse for doing wrong, nor shall you, when testifying in a lawsuit, side with the many in perverting justice.

Exodus 23:1-2

The concept of equality before the law neither favoring the poor because they are poor.

You shall not favor a poor man in his lawsuit.

Exodus 23:1-2

Nor denying the poor justice because they are poor & weak either

“You shall not deny one of your needy fellow men his rights in his lawsuit.

Exodus 23:6

But judging based on the truth

And in an era when an enemy was something to be killed an pillaged this idea….

“When you come upon your enemy’s ox or ass going astray, see to it that it is returned to him. When you notice the ass of one who hates you lying prostrate under its burden, by no means desert him; help him, rather, to raise it up.

Exodus 23:4-5

was certainly a law direct from God because even today we are inclined to celebrate our enemies misfortune.

In a Bronze age society whose rules were decided by the point of the sword and the spear all of these rights and obligations were a departure frankly from human nature.  The concept that there was a right and a wrong that came from beyond the ability to force it is an astounding development.

Today it’s become fashionable to look at those who came before us as ignorant unenlightened savages who do not rise to our level of wisdom or sophistication.  But where would we be today if  the basic principles from the 10 commandments and Mosaic law, the Christian concept of equality before God and the idea of rights that even the rulers of the land were obliged to obey?

We owe it to these cultural ancestors both respect for all they did in passing down these basic principles to us, but to make sure that the rights we have are upheld for the sake of those who follow.

As a general rule we tend to mourn those who make us laugh more than almost anyone else because everyone loves and needs laughter and how to do pay back someone who does that for you?

Robin Williams personifies that statement.

As you might guess it is wall to wall coverage, the Williams story has trumped absolutely everything else.

At a time when war is going on in Ukraine and we wonder if Russia is going to go into in and turn the new cold war into a new hot war,

At a time when Hamas is launching rockers and Israel is fighting back while anti-Semitism is openly running rampant in Europe to the point where people are invoking Hitler & the ovens without shame,

At a time when a suburb of St. Louis is preparing to explode over a confrontation between a police officer and a young black man,

At a time Ebola is preparing to spread

and At a time when Iraq falls apart while Isis is slaughtering those who do not convert and starving millions on a mountain.

The apparent suicide of a comic, however funny would seem unworthy of such coverage, and I tweeted thus:

And then I saw this at Twitchy:

‘So bizarre’: ISIS supporters tweeting about Robin Williams, Jumanji


Go and read that post but not just the post take a look at some of these twitter accounts like this

os profile

That normally tweet this:

Took the time to tweet this:

And then there is Abdullah whose profile looks like this

ab pro

and normally tweets stuff like this:

Who tweeted this:

which resulted in this:

and this:

and this

and this

and finally this:

After seeing these tweets etc I have come to this conclusion

and it is worth all of the coverage it has been getting.


Closing thought? What would Robin Williams say about all of these tweets about his death by Isis & Jihadis? I don’t know but I suspect it would be hilarious.



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Ok actually it’s a post about Planned Parenthood and teaching sexual perversion but hidden cleverly within that post is a basic argument against morality by vote.

Stacy notes the planned parenthood course and his own alternative course on how to teach kids about sex to help reduce teenage pregnancy which involves other motivations.

This is the kind of basic common-sense curriculum kids really need. Simple messages like, “Stop Wanking to Porn, You Horny Freaks” and “There Were More Than 1.4 Million Cases of Chlamydia Last Year. Don’t Be the Next Case. Keep Your Britches On, Missy.” We must implement the Four Basic Principles of Sex Education:
And more Fear.

He notes that “most sex problems can be solved by basic common sense.” However there is a problem with basic common sense in that it doesn’t satisfy the desires of the people who are looking to gratify their senses.  They don’t want basic common sense, they want what they want.  This problem in fact is not new as St. Paul reminded us in his letter to the Romans:

For I know that good does not dwell in me, that is, in my flesh. The willing is ready at hand, but doing the good is not.  For I do not do the good I want, but I do the evil I do not want.

Romans 7:18-19

So the natural inclination on man is to follow his animal instinct toward sin, which is why you have clear Biblical teaching on this subject and the consistent teaching of the church to back it up.

But what happens if rather than the clear teaching of the church you decide to select doctrine based on the whims of man?  As Andrew Sullivan and others have demonstrated it’s much to redefine what sin is rather than to actually resist it,

Let’s say for example a man is not getting sexual satisfaction from his wife.  Under the doctrine of the church to seek alternatives, such as pornograpy, or an affair is a matter of deliberate mortal sin, sin that separates us from God and requires repentance and sacramental confession to return to a state of grace.

But what if we redefine salvation to say:  Once saved always saved, suddenly it doesn’t matter if we consume all the porn we want, or sleep around or spend money on prostitutes since one can never lose their reward it’s not a problem.  So one can literally bathe themselves in sin and not fear for their reward.

Thus can a person conform themselves to an age and by redefining what is sexually acceptable for kids Planned Parenthood redefines acceptable behavior among those who have the least will, resistance (or desire to resist) bad decision that will last a lifetime.

But while we moan for our kids who make this mistake is this not the mistake of the Protestant reformers who decided to redefine scripture?  From that 95 Thesis nailed to a door with the intention to correct a scandal what has come.  Thousands of denominations that have proven themselves able to redefine not only doctrine but sin.

Do you think I exaggerate?  consider:

100 years ago,  every single protestant denomination considered birth control a sin, now 100 years later all have dropped it .  Who still stands on that point?  The Catholic church?

10 Years ago no  protestant denomination recognized gay marriage, now denomination after denomination is falling, but not the catholic church.

In fact just last week we saw the latest change from the Anglicans 

Priests had apparently felt that the ceremony — which asks parents and godparents whether they will renounce Satan — was too complex and confusing to people who don’t regularly attend church, so it was “quietly voted” out by the General Synod, the denomination’s legislative body, according to Religion News Service.

Rather than rejecting the devil outright, these parties will now simply be asked to “turn away from sin” and to “reject evil,” a development that has sparked some debate.

Too complex?  Renouncing the Devil is too complex at a ceremony of Christian initiation?  I’d be surprised, but as the Anglican church was founded on the basis of Henry VIII deciding  marital fidelity was too complex it not that much of a stretch to decide rejecting the Devil is just too tough for people to handle.

And that ‘s why the Catholic church is not and never will be a democracy, because morality and right and wrong is not a matter for vote, it’s something defined by God.  If you allow man to vote on sin then in no time it is done for man’s own gratification or wealth or standing.  Suddenly eternal truths are subject to what is popular that day.

What Planned Parenthood is doing today is the same thing, they are redefining the game, the goal is to find a way to justify action that will in the long run bring more of those kids to their doors seeking abortion, all of this comes from the redefining of morality and all of that comes from removing the Judeo-Christian values from the American ethos.

The irony of course is that in America a country founded primarily by protestants (with a notable exception Charles Carroll of Carrollton who ironically was the last surviving signer or the Declaration dying in 1832) it is the Catholic Church that remains the most consistent  in standing for basic morality and the eternal truths that our founding fathers fought for.

I’ll give the last words to John Adams

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

and to Christ and the apostles from the Gospel of John

Then many of his disciples who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?”

Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this, he said to them, “Does this shock you?  What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?   It is the spirit that gives life, while the flesh  is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.  But there are some of you who do not believe.” Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him.  And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father.”

As a result of this, many (of) his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him.

Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?”

Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.  We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”

John 6:60 -69

I’ll never make the mistake of being 70 again

Casey Stengel

Birds gotta play, fish gotta swim and women who are over fifty gotta be replaced by younger hotter women if you are covering football.

Pam Oliver is no longer Fox’s top NFL sideline reporter. And after this coming football season, she will no longer be a sideline reporter at all.

Oliver confirmed the news to Sports Illustrated on Sunday night that she will move to the network’s No. 2 team for her 20th NFL broadcasting season. Erin Andrews has been elevated to the No. 1 sideline spot, joining the team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. Oliver’s last season working as a reporter on the NFL will be spent with the No. 2 Fox team of Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch.

Now I’m not a big football guy and I can’t honestly comment on the skill or knowledge of Pam Oliver when it comes to the NFL but I’m going to make the rash assumption that if she’s been doing it for two decades she’s likely rather knowledgeable about it.  And as I have absolutely no interest in college football (Zip Zero Nada) which has been the purview of Erin Andrews I can’t intelligently comment if she does the job better now or might do the job better in the future.

That being said SI insults our intelligence with these paragraph in their story

Removing the well-regarded and well-connected Oliver from the No. 1 team, not to mention initially wanting her out of sideline reporting altogether, seems counter to what a sports network should want in an NFL reporter. Why the decision to make the switch? contacted Shanks on Sunday night in Minneapolis, where he was preparing for Fox’s coverage of the MLB All-Star game on Tuesday at Target Field.

“I think in the last five years we have made a lot of changes with the NFL crews,” Shanks said. “We have made changes to keep our coverage across the board fresh, including the addition of Burkhardt and Lynch -– which has been one of the more exciting pairings we have put together. This is kind of the next move in that evolution.”

“Counter to what they want”?  “Wanting to keep coverage across the board fresh”?  please.  Let’s talk some neutral objective facts.

The primary job of a network is to get eyeballs.  The audience for Football is primarily male and  the unspoken job of women in ads, games or broadcast involving Football or any sport is to provide a proximate occasion of sin by causing men to “look at them with lust “.

Exhibit a:

Therefore while it’s a neutral objective fact that Pam Oliver is a beautiful women and has I suspect has put a great deal of effort to maintain that beauty (succeeding admirably) it  is also a neutral objective fact that Erin Andrews is at least as beautiful if not more so than Ms Oliver and as a woman considerably younger (36 vs 53)  is likely to maintain said beauty over the next several years with a lot less effort and Ms. Oliver knows it:

Oliver shied away from saying anything negative about Andrews, though she told Deitsch: “I live in the real world and I know that television tends to get younger where women are concerned.

“Just turn on your TV. It’s everywhere,” she added. “And I’m not saying these younger girls don’t deserve a chance. I know I’ve had my turn.”

Of course Ms. Oliver could take her story to feminists but as Stacy McCain could tell you they would likely not only critique her choice of employment but consider her and her replacement as accessories after the fact in the case of any woman who has had an unfortunate encounter with a jock.

On the bright side for Oliver as the network is FOX I suspect it might be a popular club to wield over at them by their competitors.

Arthur: But if you all work all day every day when is the time for adventure?

Little John: Life is 9/10 work my boy with a little play when you can get it.

The Adventures of Robin Hood The Youngest Outlaw 1955

We talk a lot about political stuff here but Ed Morrissey imparts some on what’s actually important or more importantly what makes a marriage work on the occasion of his 20th anniversary:

Marriage is tough. It takes work, understanding, forgiveness, and maturity — which Marcia has in abundance, thankfully, to make up for my deficits. Seriously, though, what I have discovered along the way is that it takes a firm and committed heart. Not the romantic notions of heart, but the true sense of the conjunction of the will and the intellect, joined in love and with God at the center. Our marriage has been strongest at those times when we felt weakest and fell back on the strength we had in the Lord. After that happens a few times, the lesson starts to sink in, even through the thickest skull. You know … mine.

that’s the first component of a successful marriage realizing how it involves work and effort and not the nonsense you see on TV.

The Second component touches on the 2nd most important aspect of Marriage I had a moment on New Years Eve that illustrates it perfectly.

Ens Covery (translating Cinque):   I will call to the past, far back to the beginning of time, and beg them to come and help me at the judgment. I will reach back and draw them into me, and they must come, for at this moment, I am the whole reason they have existed at all.

Amistad 1997

The wife and I were in a restaurant in Worcester and there was a young waitress who was doing the prep for what would be a big night before heading to her 2nd job.

The wife and I got to talking with her she was getting ready to graduate and then was going to Head to Hawaii for a few months with some friends and decide if she wanted to stay, by an odd coincidence my wife did the same thing after college.

The girl asked my wife about her time in Hawaii and she talked about how wonderful it was. The girl then asked if she regrets not staying there and settle.

She didn’t hesitate for a moment declaring if she had stayed in Hawaii she wouldn’t have our sons.

And THAT is the sign of the perspective that you want. Once you have children, they remain the priority no matter what the age they are.  Too many people see children as sign of status rather than a labor of love and responsibility that last a lifetime.

There was a time when these cultural truths were understood not only because they were self-evident but because they were the secret to success of both a family and a society.

But as the culture of narcissism & me brought by the baby boom generation and reinforced by the media has taken hold these values have retreated to the religious and cultural conservatives.

It will take decades for the culture to change as the Baby boomers die and their influence dies off but take those two lessons to heart, marriage takes work and your children are the priority, and you will see success.

Happy Anniversary Ed and many more.


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Although you wouldn’t know as I had a pair of posts scheduled I spent most of yesterday offline leaving the house at around 7:30 and getting home after 4.

The reason for spending so many hours away from a computer was a civic duty. I was in Worcester testifying before a grand jury in a criminal matter.

Given my Sicilian ancestry and regular jokes along those lines, you might conjure visions of men in fedoras, people whose names end in vowels and something out of this Ally Bank commercial:

…in fact my testimony had to do with the events described in these two posts.

As a result of the execution of search warrants by police, three handguns, another type of firearm, and a bullet resistant vest were located and seized inside the apartments by the Fitchburg Police Department.

“another type of firearm?” that’s a pretty broad statement. I find the discovery of the vest significant as I presume it isn’t for safety when leaving a party with a metal detector per Chris Rock.

I never testified before a Grand Jury before. It was a much quicker procedure than you might think, You are called, sworn in, answer the questions as asked and then answer any questions that the jury decides to pose then you’re done.

The real time killer is the wait.  Got to the courthouse at 8:30 and I didn’t testify until almost noon and as cell phones and PC’s are not allowed you spend a lot of time doing very little.

They say one can indict a Ham Sandwich (although not apparently a Lunenburg mother) so given my testimony, that of others and the weapons and body armor discovered I would not be surprised if indictments come.

Based on the police report the Maximum sentence if convicted on all charges, & all sentences being consecutive rather than concurrent would be 15 years.  If convicted on all charges given the minimum or & all sentences being concurrent (served at the same time) on these charges is 18 months.

While that sounds cool when you write a story, the reality is unless the defendant has connections to somebody the authorities really want to nail, I suspect the most likely result is a plea bargain resulting in maybe a year in jail and some probation.

With the speed of justice odds are it will take a while before this plays out, months or maybe even years and given the light possible sentence one might wonder:  “Why bother testifying given that…

1.  In the end the defendant will be back in the neighborhood fairly quickly

2.  As the strict gun laws of Massachusetts didn’t prevent him from obtaining weapons illegally a year or two in the House of correction isn’t going to stop him from re-arming.

…why not just do the Sicilian thing and mind my own business?”

Well frankly if the guy just had his guns in his own house, legally or illegally I wouldn’t give a damn, nor would I have lost a lot of sleep over an argument even if it spilled over into the street a bit, on occasion people lose their temper, it happens, that’s not a problem.

But when you are in front of my house producing guns and all that’s between me and mine & a stray bullet is a glass window, then it’s my problem.

Something like that has gotta be nipped in the bud because once you surrender your street,neighborhood or city to this kind of thing, you sentence yourself to live in fear.

When I was born this was a Sicilian Neighborhood with shops, bakeries, restaurants, car dealerships and furniture stores. Fitchburg in general was a pretty quiet spot, even as recent as 30 years ago you could walk the street in the middle of the night and not worry.

The Sicilians are mostly gone from the neighborhood now and because the city was silent when the gangs and drugs moved in we’ve become a hub of the trade. Dealers and the sight of the state police in the immediate area have become a fact of life. I’ve reached a point where the audible sound of a gunshot in my neighborhood doesn’t phase me enough to give the police a ring. This is unlikely to be reversed in my lifetime and there isn’t a lot I can do about Fitchburg in general either.

But I’m damn well not going to keep my mouth shut and be scared to walk down the street in a neighborhood I’ve lived in for 20+ years.


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Finally, if all else fails, you can persuade him, in defiance of conscience, to continue the new acquaintance on the ground that he is, in some unspecified way, doing these people ‘good’ by the mere fact of drinking their cocktails and laughing at their jokes, and that to cease to do so would be ‘priggish’, ‘intolerant’, and (of course) ‘Puritanical’.

C.S. Lewis The Screwtape letters X

Sir Humphrey Appleton: All that the press and the people and their elected leaders want to know is who are the goodies and who are the baddies.

Sir Richard Wharton: The problem is that the interests of Brittain nearly always involve doing deals with people that the public think are the baddies…

Sir Humphrey Appleton:…and not helping the goodies occasionally when it doesn’t help us.

Yes Prime Minister: A Victory for Democracy 1985

I was reading Roger Simon’s account of the debate between Dinish D’Sousa & Bill Ayers in Dartmouth when I saw this description of Mr. Ayers

Back in the thirties, Stephen Vincent Benet wrote a famous story about Dartmouth’s most well known (with the possible exception of Dr. Seuss) graduate, Daniel Webster — The Devil and Daniel Webster.  In that story, the devil is not portrayed as a scary figure in horns and a tail but as a more refined gentleman, ”a soft-spoken, dark-dressed stranger,” who “drove up in a handsome buggy.”   That’s Bill Ayers these days.

It brought me to mind of one of the truths of the culture wars that has not changed, how popular culture shapes the ICK factor.

Back in the 30’s and all the way to the early 60’s in the movies & TV of old, it used to be the black hats vs the white hats.

You knew who the good guys were because they wore the white hats and the black guys had the black hats and perhaps mustaches. They let you know that it was good to marry the girl or honorable to fight and that GOD was a fine thing. That families had to stick together, people had to be self reliant and respect for parental authority mattered.

It short they promoted the judeo-christian culture that served the country so well.

While movies makers will tell you this no longer happens because they’ve “grown” or “matured” the actual fact is the movie and TV industry does exactly the same thing they did before on a regular basis, but promoting a different set of values more subtlety.

The idea is to cloak the cultural norms and mores that they wish to advance and those who practice them in a positive way, at best creating an acceptance of behavior that on its face would normally be unacceptable or at least create enough moral ambiguity among others to keep them from objecting too loudly. Can’t be judgmental you know.

On the opposite end other behaviors and social norms, particularly Christian ones are to be subjected to ridicule and promoters of such beliefs are invariably villains. The goal is to establishing any belief or behavior that resists the cultural changes that Hollywood wants as beyond the pale to the point where even them most trivial actions like say: speaking to a catholic group that promotes Catholic values as something not done by polite society.

That’s why in my mind the story of the attempt to Keep Dana Loesch off the View. and the open letter of Dylan Farrow are one and the same.  In both cases you have strong women ready to publicly advance a position diametrically opposed to the elites who now run Hollywood.

Dana Loesch is well spoken, confident and unafraid.  The act of her making the pro-2nd Amendment case to a group of low information voters who never hear a contrary view is dangerous to the left,   particularly as she is a person they might identify with.

There is the real possibility of her causing some of those women to say to themselves: “If this woman can say this and believe this and appear the view then maybe there’s nothing wrong with believing the same.”

Even worse for the left Dana Loesch might actually inspire the same courage she practices in standing up to these type in another. That for a group like media matters would be too terrible to contemplate, thus the Horns must go on Dana Loesch’s head and must stay there.

On the other side Woody Allen who like Roman Everyone wants to f— young girls! Polanski is a darling of the elites. It’s the reason why so many were willing to go over lines I thought they never would to defend him.

When he married his stepdaughter it was creepy enough but our celebrity culture did not reject him. Instead they, as they do, excuses the most outrages acts as almost comical the act of an eccentric fellow and it combined with our fear of being considered “puritanical” gave the public and the press leave to excuse and continue to celebrate Allen & those like him.

When, however, Dylan Farrow wrote this piece which closes thus:

What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? What if it had been you, Emma Stone? Or you, Scarlett Johansson? You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me?

Woody Allen is a living testament to the way our society fails the survivors of sexual assault and abuse.

So imagine your seven-year-old daughter being led into an attic by Woody Allen. Imagine she spends a lifetime stricken with nausea at the mention of his name. Imagine a world that celebrates her tormenter.

Are you imagining that? Now, what’s your favorite Woody Allen movie?

…that’s a problem.  It’s one thing for Cory Feldman to talk about Pedophiles in Hollywood without naming names, it’s quite another for a young woman to declare that a Hollywood giant and high priest of the cultural left has been fighting his own war on woman since before they coined the term  in the bible of the cultural left (the NYT).   Suddenly good feminists who would have no problem rejecting Allen if he was a Catholic priest or a republican pol are saying things like:

I hope they find resolution and piece.

Because to reject the Hollywood giant is to reject the culture he thrives in.

Even worse if Ms Farrow is allowed to make such statements and be judged credible, then what other silent voices might speak up?  Might this damage the most effective tools the cultural left has to advance their cause?

If the ICK factor is to be moved in the direction our cultural elites which for it to be the horns must not be allowed to find themselves affixed irreverently on the head of Woody Allen least they spread to others of his ilk in the eyes of the public.  They are to be reserved for Dana Loesch, Sarah Palin or even Mike Huckabee

This is why I believe that the culture wars need to be fought and as long as I have a voice in the great debate I intend to fight it.

Update: Allen denies and CT says it’s too late to press charges.

No big deal after all it’s not like he’s a Catholic priest or something

Update 2:  Clarified that the bible of the cultural left is the NYT


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Lorenzo: I’m not afraid of you.

Sonny: You should be.

Lorenzo: I know who you are, Sonny, I know what you’re capable of, and I would never step out of line, you can ask anyone in the neighborhood who knows me. But this time, you’re wrong.

A Bronx Tale 1993

The War Doctor:
Time Lords of Gallifrey, Daleks of Skaro, I serve notice on you all. Too long I have stayed my hand. No more. Today you leave me no choice. Today, this war will end. No more. No more!

Doctor Who, Day of the Doctor 2013

One of the events that really changes the state of the conversation in Northern Ireland was the murder of Robert McCartney.

Well that’s not entirely correct the murder of the Mr. McCartney in Belfast was not unlike many of the other murders that had plagued Ireland during the troubles. Nobody in the pub claimed to have seen anything 71 people possible witness claimed to be in a toilet that measures 4′ x 3′ which is why it was dubbed the TARDIS… it is apparently bigger on the inside.

What changed things was Robert McCarthy’s family’s reaction, namely his sisters.  Mr. McCartney’s five sisters didn’t just accept this. They fought back loudly in the press appealing to a public sick of the type of semi-random terror they lived under .  They refused to be quiet or be intimidated.  Their actions were epoch changing.

The campaign against the IRA became a political liability to them and was a key factor in the cut off of their funding from US supporters:

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and as usual Gerry Adams, leader of the Irish Nationalist Party Sinn Fein, is in Washington. Last night, he hobnobbed with Irish-Americans who for decades have supported Northern Ireland’s nationalist cause. But for the first time in nearly ten years, Adams was not invited to the traditional St. Patrick’s celebration at the White House.

That honor went instead to the five sisters of a 33-year old Belfast man, Robert McCartney, murdered in a bar six weeks ago by men who still haven’t been arrested but are widely believed to be members of Sinn Fein’s military wing, the Irish Republican Army. Paula McCartney says she and her sisters are campaigning for just one thing: To bring the murderers to trial.

It was so bad even Ted Kennedy ran away

Sen. Edward Kennedy: The Democratic Party today, that are part of the democratic West, do not and cannot and should not have private armies and cannot be involved in criminality and violence. And this is, I think, as the sisters have pointed out, the golden opportunity for them to indicate once and for all and finally that they are going to separate themselves from that type of support in terms of the IRA and from violence and criminality.

as late as last year the IRA continued to impede the investigation:

She recalled that the IRA told the family that it knew the identities of four people who were directly involved in the murder, two of whom were IRA members.

The family said that the IRA, who had by then ended its campaign, asked if the sisters wanted it to shoot those responsible.

“We remember the meetings very well and what they can do is pass on the information to the police. The IRA also said the knife was ground down and disposed of.

“The murder weapon is key evidence in any investigation and they won’t say who destroyed it.

“The IRA told us they knew who the killers were and that it was a criminal act. Yet they are protecting them by sitting on all this information and not handing it over. That is shameful,” she said.

The McCartney sisters paid a high price, their family was subject to intimidation and to many whose loyalty was first and foremost to the IRA they had crossed a line.

but even with these roadblocks and the high personal price the sisters paid they more than anyone else are responsible for the decline of the IRA. It is no coincidence that the IRA formally ordered the end of its armed campaign six months after the murder and began the disarmament process.

I submit and suggest that without the sisters none of this happens.

Which brings us on this Martin Luther King Day to the black community in the inner cities.

Murder continues to be the #1 cause of death for black males

Homicide is far and away the leading cause of death for young black men, more than car accidents, suicide and diseases combined, according to an article co-authored by a Florida Atlantic University physician.

In Palm Beach County, homicides kill more than five times as many 18- to 24-year-old black men as car accidents, according to statistics compiled by Dr. Charles H. Hennekens, of FAU’s School of Medicine, and other researchers.

While the political leaders of the left go after the gun manufacturers the reality is this all comes down to gangs and the drug trade.

But since in cities like Chicago the gangs have political pull due to numbers and money and this has been going on for a while:

While not all marchers were gang members, many were. And both their presence and organizational disciple suggested that the city’s black gangs or “street organizations” as they prefer to be known are moving into politics just as white ethnic gangs did generations before them.

In the last few months gangs have been registering new voters, marched in protests about health care and the school system, conducted voter education classes and backed candidates in school counsel elections and courted politicians in a failed campaign to win parole for a gang leader who has been in prison for 20 years for murder.

That’s from a Milwaukee Journal article from 1993 Twenty years later this appeared in Chicago magazine.

Baskin has deep contacts inside the South Side’s complex network of politicians, community organizations, and street gangs. as he recalls, the inquiring candidates wanted to know: “Who do I need to be talking to so I can get the gangs on board?”

Baskin—who was himself a candidate in the 16th Ward aldermanic race, which he would lose—was happy to oblige. In all, he says, he helped broker meetings between roughly 30 politicians (ten sitting aldermen and 20 candidates for City Council) and at least six gang representatives. That claim is backed up by two other community activists, Harold Davis Jr. and Kublai K. M. Toure, who worked with Baskin to arrange the meetings, and a third participant, also a community activist, who requested anonymity. The gang representatives were former chiefs who had walked away from day-to-day thug life, but they were still respected on the streets and wielded enough influence to mobilize active gang members.

The money and political muscle the gangs provide are critical, the result?

Most alarming, both law enforcement and gang sources say, is that some politicians ignore the gangs’ criminal activities. Some go so far as to protect gangs from the police, tipping them off to impending raids or to surveillance activities—in effect, creating safe havens in their political districts. And often they chafe at backing tough measures to stem gang activities, advocating instead for superficial solutions that may garner good press but have little impact.

The paradox is that Chicago’s struggle to combat street gangs is being undermined by its own elected officials. And the alliances between lawmakers and lawbreakers raise a troubling question: Who actually rules the neighborhoods—our public servants or the gangs?

I’m sure this sequence would seem familiar to anyone who followed IRA history.

The irony of course is the families of the slain know the gangs are the driving force behind the killings of their children, the problem is with the gangs the source of political power on both the local & state level (how many gang generated votes have helped keep Illinois blue?) there is no incentive for those enjoying the financial or political rewards to do a thing about it and as the gangs are largely of color, there is no reward for the professional demagogues nationally to do so either.

The only way this is going to change is if the black community produces their own McCartney sisters.  This can end if  mothers grandmothers and the sisters of the slain decide to band together to confront the gangs and declare No More!  They have to demand that they will publicly shame any pol who takes support of the gangs, who helps protect the gangs or gives cover to the members that put their children in the grave.

It will not be easy, it will be dangerous but until the political and financial cost gang support his higher than the benefit, unscrupulous pols will continue to happily accept their money and votes to keep the power they possess.

It’s up to them.


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Pharaoh:  Here is your kingdom with scorpion the cobra and the lizard for subjects

The Ten Commandments 1956

This week Russell Johnson, the last surviving male member of the Gilligan’s Island cast died at 89 years old and a lot of people my age shed a tear.

Now the death of an actor who appeared in a sitcom that ran 3 years in the 60’s and is showing on MeTV Monday – Thursday at 8 PM would normally not be much of a big deal except to remind people of my age of our own mortality,  but in a week where Hollywood is pushing Lena Dunham to the hit  the significance of Russell Johnson’s character can’t be overstated.

Over and over the character of the professor saved the lives of he castaways, coming up with mechanical or medical solutions to impossible problems. He was the original MacGyver

Like James Doohan’s Scotty, Russell Johnson’s Professor Roy Hinkley inspired people to science.  I would wager there are thousands of middle-aged scientists and engineers who spent their formative years watching the pair of them.

And he like Doohan he spent his twenty’s under fire fighting in World War 2.

In short Johnson was a role model a person could watch that show and say I’d like to be like that.

Think of this and compare it to the debate about Lena Dunhan’s Girls.  Let me remind you of what I wrote after watching the Season 2 premiere

I found a bunch of characters that I just plain didn’t like or care bout…which would explain the necessity for all the sex.

But just to be fair as I reached this point in this post I paused and watched the next episode of Girls (Season 2 episode 2) which although it talks about almost nothing but sex contains no actual nudity or sex scenes.

BOY did that confirm my original conclusion.

The Best description of the episode was the line her boyfriend used to describe her essay:

There wasn’t really anything going on

Not even the inclusion of a bunch of puppies could make this episode lovable or any of these people appealing.  Even the puppy scene contained the line: “oh my God they’re fetus sized” I mean who says that? Do twenty something feminists with no life actually go around looking at things saying things are “fetus sized”?  There is a reason why Jezebel is offering $10K for certain photos of Ms. Dunham and that reason isn’t because she is the “Queen of Comedy”

I will stack up Gilligan’s Island and the professor against Girls & Hannah for comedy 7 days a week and twice on Sunday.

100 years from now people’s lives will be made easier by items developed by scientists inspired by Russell Johnson’s from Gilligan’s island character but I will live to see Lena Dunham’s Girls character forgotten.

Of course in fairness to Dunham that’s not likely her fault as almost nobody actually watches it Then again she writes and directs the show, so maybe it is.

In fairness to young Ms. Dunham. She is only 27 years old and Mr. Johnson was 39 when Gilligan’s Island premiered. There is plenty of time for her to do something culturally memorable and even if she doesn’t she has made a comfortable living for herself which is more than most 27 year olds have managed these days.

Closing Thought Vogue’s piece is titled :  “Lena Dunham: The New Queen of Comedy’s First Vogue Cover

Seriously?  I mean can you be “the new queen of comedy” when nobody watches your show but media elites who don’t breed at the replacement rate?


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Ever wonder how many .gov websites are geared toward children?  Lemme tell ya, there are quite a few.  Ben's Guide

Ben’s Guide, brought to you by the Superintendent of Documents in the U.S. Government Printing Office, provides pretty comprehensive listings, by both subject and agency.  If you click over and give a scroll, you’ll get an idea of the wide range.

Some of the sites are not a surprise–like the DEA wanting to make sure our children know drugs are bad, m’kay?

Of course, the EPA has lots of educational material on how you too can sacrifice your quality of life while people like Al Gore burn more fossil fuel than a small town.  Behold the silliness that is Energy Star Kids.  You can save the planet by turning off your electronics, boys and girls!

Hi!  I look cute and harmless while I teach your kids to worry about how much water they use!
Hi! I look cute and harmless while I teach your kids to worry about how much water they use!

Witness the misleading nature of a happy lil water drop:  “As our population grows, more and more people are using up this limited resource.”  Ain’t he cute, the way he ignores the water cycle and implies that water is nonrenewable?

Recycle City is another typical government page for kids.  The only thing that would surprise me would be to learn that children actually use and enjoy the “Dumptown Game.”

Credit is due to whoever wrote the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Energy Kids section on greenhouse gasses.  They had the integrity to use the word may while discussing climate change.

The EPA, on the other hand, goes straight into “settled science” mode in the official Student Guide to Global Climate Change:

“The Earth is getting warmer because people are adding heat-trapping gases to the atmosphere, mainly by burning fossil fuels. . . . Warmer temperatures are causing other changes around the world, such as melting glaciers and stronger storms.”  Emphasis mine.

Two sites are in competition for Worst Advice Ever:  The Great Bully Round-up by the Center for Disease Control, and the Kids’ Place at the Social Security Administration.  I just don’t know which is worse:  telling children that Social Security is their piggy bank, or advising them to inform a bully, “I don’t do this to you.  You should really think about that.”

The CDC needs to leave anti-bully campaigning to the Department of Health and Human Services.

The .gov kid sites are not all bad.  The U.S. Mint’s H.I.P. Pocket Change has loads of online games that look promising.  (The acronym stands for “History In your Pocket.”) has a bunch too.   The Department of Energy’s Science Education page is actually, well, educational.  I wouldn’t mind trying the Federal Trade Commission’s mall shopping game.  And as much as I hate to admit it, letting children share their very own recipes at the USDA’s ChooseMyPlate is a cute idea.  The Mine Safety and Health Administration’s site is in need of a makeover, but I like the canary story.

Neither is this kids’ stuff new.  The federal government has aimed its informational messaging towards children for a long time.  The whole “let’s get our youth fit!” thing started when Eisenhower was presidentSmokey Bear has been around since 1944, and thanks to him we all know that only we can prevent forest fires.

But guys, come on.  Some federal agencies just don’t need a kids’ page.  I mean, the Veteran’s Administration?  And must it include cheesy games?  Let’s see . . . there’s the Disaster Master game at FEMA.  (Being a hero is fun!)  There are games hosted by Twitchy the Tourette Cat Broadband the Cat over at the FCC’s kid zone.  The CIA games, hosted by a Cool Spy Chick, include an aerial analysis challenge.

The trend just keeps on growing.  The U.S. Postal Service is teaming up with SpongeBob to teach children how to send snail mail.  And the latest federal agency to add a webpage just for da littles?  Drum roll please . . .

Wait for it . . .

Wait for it . . .

The Transportation Security Administration!

Stop Screen and Go
Stop Screen and Go

Via Lily Dane at The Daily Sheeple, we learn that now includes “TSA Kids” and a “Fun Page.”  Click on over to The Daily Sheeple and compare the “Stop, Screen, Go” cartoon propaganda at TSA Kids to actual experiences of some unfortunate children screened by TSA.  The excellent TSA News Blog has a long list of additional examples like poor Lucy Forck, lest you think the cases are isolated.

Lucy Forck Detained by the TSA
Lucy Forck

I, for one, can personally vouch for the fact that you have to try to make a frightened toddler walk through the metal detector on his own, if the agent is in the mood to watch your two-year-old try to climb up your legs while screaming himself sweaty and beet-red.  At least until a supervisor comes over and shows you a little mercy.

But I haven’t yet revealed the worst part of all:’s section for kids does not yet feature any video games.

TSA needs to get with the program.  Stat.   I bet we can all pitch some great game ideas.  Like Patdown Party or Baby Stroller-and-Gear Breakdown-Then-Reassemble-While-Putting-Shoes-On Race.

Or . . What’s In Grandma’s Underwear?

I better stop now.  Add your own TSA video game suggestions in the comments!


Olimometer 2.52

It’s Monday, and we have so far moved the ball only $22 dollars toward a full paycheck.

While part of that is a new subscriber which moves us closer to our goals in a permanent way one new subscriber still doesn’t do the trick to permanently secure the mortgage and pay DaMagnificent Seven plus our new villager.

But lets focus on the positive with 13 tip jar hits of $25 we will get our first full paycheck of 2014.

Olimometer 2.52

Once we manage that then we’ll worry about catching up on the ground we’re behind.

That new subscriber means we’re now only 57 1/4 more subscribers @ at $20 a month the bills will be paid every week and the problem will be solved on a more permanent basis. It won’t cover CPAC but it will do all the base bills and that’s what counts

What do you say?

Beanie : $2.00USD – weeklyCap : $10.00USD – monthlyHat : $20.00USD – monthlyFedora : $25.00USD – monthlyGrand Fedora : $100.00USD – monthly

Leslie Winkle: Listen, neither of us are neuroscientists, but we both understand the biochemistry of sex. I mean, dopamine in our brains is released across synapses, causing pleasure. You stick electrodes in a rat’s brain, give him an orgasm button, he’ll push that thing until he starves to death.
Leonard Hoffstadter : Well, who wouldn’t?

The Big Bang Theory, The Hamburger Postulate 2007

Pastor Rick Warren:  I’m naturally inclined to have sex with every beautiful women I see  but that doesn’t mean it is the right thing to do.  And why should I rein in my natural impulses?

The Today Show 2008

Ann Coulter is a person who has a knack for the provocative wit and her latest titled The Anus Monologues on the Duck Dynasty business has plenty.  In terms of wit my favorite line is this:

Unable to comment on the “Duck Dynasty” controversy last week due to my hectic Kwanzaa schedule, I am able to sweep in at the end and comment on the commentary.

Seriously did anyone actually say the word “Kwanzaa” in 2013?  If it wasn’t for the fact that Fitchburg State University has a series of grounded billboard signs on main street celebrating the “Holiday Season” that included on that says “Happy Kwanzaa” I wouldn’t have seen the word at all.

But while Coulter’s piece had many good points there was a very important sentence in the piece,  a sentence that in terms of the article was so unimportant that it was put in parentheses but is really the basis of the nature of Religion and its importance.  On this 12th day of Christmas it is the perfect closing thought to the season:  (emphasis mine)

liberals can’t grasp that God is not our imaginary friend, who says whatever we want Him to say, when we want Him to say it. (I promise you, except for venereal disease and eternal damnation, life would be a lot more fun if we were making it up as we went along.)

That’s one of the basic facts of Christianity, Sin is general…is Fun and Christianity is counter-intuitive.

Who wouldn’t want to eat what and all they want, do what they want, sleeping around with anyone willing, having the stuff you want and have it be better than the next guy all, venting at people who piss you off while having every realize how great you are? All without consequence.

It sounds great until you actually put it into practice.

Think about a teenager, given the chance a kid will:

1.  Thinks they are the center of the universe (Pride)
2.  Wants everything for themselves  (Greed)
3. Is Jealous of what other have (Envy)
4. Doesn’t want to clean their room (Sloth)
5. Throws a temper tantrum easy (Wrath)
6. Will eat candy till they burst (gluttony)

7. Ok lust starts slow but once they hit the right age, jumps near the front

Is this what you want your kid to be. What type of person do we get when we specifically avoid this stuff.

1. What happens if we teach our children to act and achieve at an early age instead of self esteem simply due to existence? They learn a sense of achievement and goals.

2. What happens when we teach them restraint, that they can’t have everything? They learn to be grateful for what they have.

3. What happens if we teach them the difference between what is yours and what is someone else? They learn how to be gracious rather than petty.

4. What happens if we teach the value of hard work vs laziness. They become a person of value both to employers and to themselves and achieve

5. What happens when we teach them them to control their tempers? They are able to socially interact and make friends, who will be able to help them in life.

6. What happens when we encourage restraint at the table, a healthy body and a longer life.

7. And what happens when we teach that Sex is for marriage, that if she’s good enough to sleep with she’s good enough to marry? Not only do you learn to respect women, but your children grow up with a mother & father and a family structure that give them the best shot to make it in life. That life is not all about them.

That’s the baby boomers and liberalism in a nutshell. It’s all about me and we need to abandon the foolishness of religion so we can make heaven on earth and do what we like what they don’t seem to understand is the restraint that comes from religion not only protects us from ourselves but also from the arbitrary standards as fads change with the times.

Obeying God law and accepting Christ’s mercy doesn’t just get us to eternal life, it protects us in this one. It’s not only the right thing to do, it’s the SMART thing to do.

Update:   Fixed a tense issue.


Olimometer 2.52

It’s Sunday a new week and a chnace to make up for last week’s failure and shortfall toward a full paycheck

While we weren’t able to pull it off last week $345 to pay for the mortgage the seven, plus our first local villager is totally possible

Let’s make sure one bad week doesn’t drop us behind in our monthly goals, please hit datipjar below

It’s the 12th day of christmas and we remain 58 1/4 new subscribers at $20 a month to do this

Help us narrow that gap, subscribe for any amount below.

…which says in part:

the point to be made immediately is that Fox News has functioned like a channelizing terrain feature in the informational battlefield. For the defenders of liberal media hegemony, all they had to do was to isolate Fox — identify it as a hostile force in the eyes of other media — and then to target both the network’s messages and its messengers.

In other words, a story that was damaging to Democrats or which undermined key elements of the liberal media narrative could be discredited simply by saying, “Oh, that’s a Fox story.”

Let me point out an example from yesterday:

Yesterday Congress held a hearing where Nagheh Abedini talked about her husband who has been a “hostage” in Iran since last year.

The wife of American pastor Saeed Abedini, a religious prisoner in Iran, said the U.S. government has abandoned her husband during a congressional hearing on Thursday.

Naghmeh Abedini told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that she was dismayed after learning that her husband’s imprisonment was not raised during the recent nuclear negotiations between Iran, the United States, and other world powers.

I spotted the hearings on Fox as I was channel surfing, they were being covered live.  I instantly turned to CNN & MSNBC to see if they were covering them.

They were not.  Stacy Again

Andrew Breitbart understood this tactic, and fought very hard to escape the “Fox Trap,” which is why he delivered one of his biggest scoops on the WeinerGate scandal — the Meagan Broussard story, which confirmed that Weiner was “sexting” with multiple women — directly to ABC News as an exclusive. If conservative messages and messengers can be limited to one media channel, and that channel reaches no more than a minor fraction of the total news audience, liberals win. It’s really that simple,

It doesn’t matter how moving her testimony is, it doesn’t matter how factual her testimony is, if the rest of the media is either ignoring it or giving it a throw away line as far as the American people are concerned it didn’t happen and Media Matters & Soros wins.

That’s why the multiple bi-partisan bills to open parts of the government didn’t matter to Harry Reid, as long as only Fox covered it, there would be no pressure to bring them up for votes.

That is why we have to fight the battle in the culture and that is where we have to win.

Update: PJ Media dissents

MSNBC has lost 45% of its viewership over the past year. Fox is the most trusted network in America on the biggest story of the day, the left’s collective dishonesty regarding Obamacare.

Meanwhile, the network that Media Matters claims to have defeated just swallowed a continent.

Fox News triumphed in the cable news ratings battle in November, grabbing more total day and primetime viewers than its two rival competitors — CNN and MSNBC — combined.

It marks the 143rd consecutive month that Fox News has come out on top, and it ranked second in all of cable for the month of November — behind only ESPN. It featured the top 14 programs in all of cable news.

Media Matters isn’t declaring victory, despite the Huffington Post putting their best spinner on the story. It’s waving a white flag.