A Slightly Depressing Reminder about the Biden Administration Nominations

I know people are getting excited about the possibility of Biden Administration losing on a nominee or two but let me cruelly throw a bit of water on this.

Be aware if these nominees are defeated the Biden administration will put in place nominees with the same opinions, the same objections and the same hatred of us…just without a paper trail.

This doesn’t mean of course we shouldn’t stop these guys but we should do it with eyes wide open.

Oh and an FYI: You’ll note I said “Biden Administration” nominations rather than the “Biden” nomination. That’s because in the DaTechGuyblog.com stylebook anything to do with this presidency should be referred to as being done by the “Biden Administration” rather than Joe Biden because the reality is Joe Biden is no more in charge of this administration than I am.

Mitch Should Send Merrick Garland a Thank You Basket

To say the testimony and priorities of Merrick Garland that were on display during the hearings on Monday were “interesting” is about as a big an understatement as you can get.

When you have a person claiming that attempting to burn down a federal courthouse is not terrorism because the judges were not sitting is session that’s interesting to say the least.

I wonder what that would mean concerning the Kavanaugh protesters pounding on doors?

His testimony has erased of the myth of the “moderate” Garland that was promulgated when he was nominated for the SCOTUS court which is good, to quote a conservative writer, I prefer my wolves in wolves clothing.

But the biggest winner from these hearings has to be Mitch McConnell.

Right now McConnell’s standing among conservatives is about as low as it can be as he has gone full swamp publicly.

However yesterday’s hearing has reminded us that the only reason why this man is not creating law out of the whole cloth is because Mitch McConnell in the face of as much media pressure as he could possibly face, didn’t let him get there. The fundraising mailers write themselves.

Now given what we saw from the court this week one can question how much of a difference it would have made but nobody conservative can question the fact that keeping a justice’s robe off of Merrick Garland’s back was likely the greatest single service that Mitch ever did for his country.

If I was Mitch McConnell I’d send him the nicest fruit basket they have in the shop.

Reminder: There’s No “Suck it Up Whitey” Clause in Hostile Workplace Rules and Laws

One of the basic facts of life are that if you reward an activity you get more of it and if you punish an activity you get less of it.

Attacks on “whiteness” are a great example of it.

these days the rewards of attacking “whiteness” are great, government grants, places of honor in universities, jobs for people with degrees in various “woke” studies and companies and the elites rushing to embrace you and fund you to prove just how virtues they are without showing any sign of actual virtue.

It’s like the sale of Indulgences  on steroids.

There alas is a fly in the ointment that the various lawmakers, universities, corporations and media types have forgotten.

And that are laws and regulations concerning “hostile work environments”.

You see when the left pushed for these laws all those years ago in the name of “equality” they never dreamed of or didn’t anticipate a day where they might actually be the ones wielding power over their enemies. To them that was a fantasy and thus when those rules and laws were in place they never thought to exclude white people of European ancestry from using them.

What happens when they find out?

Imagine if you are a company says one of the largest drink manufacturers in the world or say one of the oldest universities in the nation with billions in endowments and one of your white employees having looked up the rules and laws concerning “hostile work environments” formally informs their manager in writing that the various workshops concerning purging whiteness creates such an environment for them?

What happens if said employee if rejected or laughed off by their superiors goes to a lawyer who notifies said company and / or university in writing of said complaint and also reminds them of additional penalties concerning retaliation against an employee who makes such a claim that might apply.

Now picture that potential suit multiplied by the largest single demographic in the nation and the potential paydays for the lawyers willing to bring those cases forward? The numbers are more staggering than Joe Biden’s 3 AM vote counts the night after the election and the risk adverse businesses and organizations

Suddenly the rewards of pushing these programs would be outweighed by the risks of a deluge of suits filed by Americans sick of being blamed for all the country’s problems while discovering the rewards of claiming victim status under the law.

And once the risks outweigh the rewards watch these people fold like wet blankets.

Andrew Sullivan, Nikki Haley, Joe Biden, Capital Hill and , Whining College Students: Shocked SHOCKED Under the Fedora

Andrew Sullivan is Shocked SHOCKED that having fought hard to allow the left to redefine words that they didn’t stop at “marriage” as he wanted.

But what’s the ruin of a culture and civilization next to being able to justify yourself?


Nikki Haley is shocked SHOCKED that Donald Trump is unwilling to grant an audiance.

Apparently Nikki’s sojourn into the swamp didn’t prepare her for the real world where publicly dissing someone to make the cool kids (who never really liked her anyways) happy can’t be made better by pretending she really didn’t mean it.


People in Illinois are shocked SHOCKED that Joe Biden would fire a US attorney hot on the case of Democrats corruption in the state.

Silly people you think a guy who got power thanks to corruption is going to allow corrupt practices of his party to be exposed? After all what if they have friends who decide to talk.


People are shocked SHOCKED that lawmakers and staff in the capital are seeking therapy over the events of Jan sixth.

Having whipped up a narrative that only the most ignorant can buy is it any wonder that the most ignorant and isolated of the swamp bought it to the extent that they can not function without help.


I’m shocked SHOCKED that all over the country students at colleges high and how are making demands and colleges are folding like pressed blankets.

Remember these students are the generation that were never never denied and those administrators are the generation that refused to say No to them.

I can’t help but think how many less problems there would be in the US today if the entitled college students of today had been spanked the 1st time they whined to their parents

Zilla could Use Some Help ($1600 worth to be precise) Update $500 down $1100 to go

My old friend and former magnificent seven blogger Zilla of the Resistance could use a hand.

She needs $1600 to get her car back and after repeated hospital stays and some family issue is not in a position to do anything about it.

So I’m asking you dear reader if you’re in a position to give her a hand it would be appreciated if you can swing over to her old blog where her tip jar still stands and kick in a few bucks.

I would greatly appreciate it and if you aren’t in a position to give her a few bucks prayers are always very welcome.

Update: Heard from Zilla, $500 down $1100 to go

A personal Story that has nothing to do with Big Tech, Big Media & Election 2020

I have a hatred of thieves that comes from personal experience.

It had been my dram as a kid to own a comic book store and in 1985 long before the days when Chuck Lorie & Jim Parsons would make it cool, I opened that store at age 22 having saved enough between setting up at flea markets as soon as I was old enough to drive and working full time at Raytheon in the Scientific Computer C/enter to do so without debt.

Alas even in those pre-gang and pre-drug days of Fitchburg my store was broken into regularly and stock (mainly baseball cards) whose bubble was just beginning) stolen.

The police were rather indifferent on the subject as it was “only” baseball cards. Neither the fact that I had paid cash for them nor my lack of insurance didn’t seem to provide any motivation on the cases.

After the seventh time I was hit my big brother arranged for a friend to weld an iron gate over the front door that I would secure nightly with a large iron chain put on my front door (we used to call it the home of the caged collectables after that) until a car taking the corner of the street too fast crashed into it and took out my gate and door.

It was a discouraging thing and it put me in a big hole for a long time which caused a lot of tension early in my marriage. When a large established comic book store bought out my competition (which had suddenly opened a month ahead of me just after I bought a large collection which delayed my open opening but that’s another story…) my days were numbered.

This is the origin of my visceral hatred of thieves. To this day the easiest way to activate my temper and one of the things I find hardest as a Christian to forgive is stealing from me, even if it’s just food from the fridge at work.

But I’ll say one thing for the thieves and gate crashers that helped put me in the hole that I was never able to climb out of and the police that never found any of my stock or the people who stole it and even for the people that broke into the indoor flea market where I set up with a stock of Magic Cards years after I closed my business to rob my booth and my booth alone or even the folks who for a while at work found it amusing to steal the lunch of the only white guy in my building not in management before the camera were installed in the new building

None of them after having robbed me or aiding and abetting or covering up for those who did or being completely indifferent to my being robbed when it was their duty to right that wrong insisted that I publicly declare that I was never robbed nor put a disclaimer on my statements that I was.

If you wonder why my tolerance of the left has evaporated over the last few months, wonder no more.

4 Americans Two Campaigns Bainbridge Stewart Limbaugh Palin ( Originally Posted 11/5/10 )

If you want to understand why the left so hates Rush Limbaugh even in death this post from my original blog explains it perfectly:

In June of 1812 the United States of America declared War on Great Briton over a variety of causes not the least of which was the impressment of sailors from American merchant ships into the British Navy (which was at the time involved in a life and death struggle with Napoleon and France). Four months before war was officially declared president decided that the 16 American warships that composed the US navy best use were as shore batteries defending harbors. Being that England had 600 ships this was seemingly a rational and logical decision.

On Election Day 2008, Barack H. Obama won the presidency winning states such as North Carolina and Virginia where Democrats had not taken in years and retaining democratic strongholds such as Massachusetts and New Jersey; while in congress Democrats made solid gains winning a large congressional majority in the house and a super-majority in the Senate.

On every major network Pundits proclaimed it the start of a new democratic Era. Books poured out about the president, T-Shirts were selling briskly, a massive crowd turned up for the inauguration, and off in England Russell T. Davies was writing a script for the final episode of David Tennant’s run as the 10th Doctor Who’s climatic event of the first part was to take place as the world awaited a plan by President Obama to solve the world wide economic crisis. Pundits a plenty reasoned that the era of Reagan was over. Republicans such as Chris Buckley and David Brooks talked about the power of Obama and David Frum began his Frum Forum determined to take the Republican Party away from what they considered the conservative extreme and back to the middle where it could one day triumph.

In February 1812 Two American Captains in Washington on separate errands heard of the decision of the President and naval department; Captain William Bainbridge and Captain Charles Stewart were in before Naval Secretary Hamilton and made their case, they were so persuasive that he arranged a meeting with President James Madison.

Shortly after the election Rush Limbaugh unapologetic defender of conservatism and the single most popular person on Radio declared that it was not the time to stop fighting. The maintained that the election was not a mandate against conservatism, indeed it was only the inclusion of Conservative Republican Sarah Palin that gave the campaign any energy and accounted for the only brief lead in the polls the campaign enjoyed. As Governor Sarah Palin returned to Alaska where Democrats mindful of the energy she brought to the Republican side unleashed a string of frivolous ethics complaints determined to neutralize her once and for all Rush declared publicly on his radio show about President Obama “I hope he fails”. In February he was scheduled to be the keynote and final speaker at CPAC where he would face a crowd of conservative activists at their lowest ebb of their political lives…


In their meeting with the president Captains Stewart and Bainbridge They made the case that insisting that 8 times out of 10 in an equal fight American seamanship, discipline, technical innovations and the quality of our ships would win the day:

“We may be captured and probably shall be…because their numbers are much greater than ours, But the American flag will never be dishonored, seldom, if ever, struck to equal force.”


“You’ll give us victories then, you think?”
 asked President Madison.

“We do, and not upon irrational premises.” answered Stewart. Madison decided to bring the matter the very next day to the full cabinet.

On another February day 197 years later and just a few miles away from where Stewart and Bainbridge made their case Rush Limbaugh was stood at the podium at CPAC to make his case. Fox News knowing Limbaugh’s popularity of with their views and CNN knowing he was a ratings magnet both decided to cover the speech live. Limbaugh’s “First public address to the American People” was scheduled 40 minute speech but went nearly 90 covering conservative ground, explaining why he believed the Liberal Obama agenda would be disastrous to America. The liberal media roundly condemned his speech and the White House was delighted at the opportunity to make Limbaugh the face of the Republican Party confident that the quality and charisma of Barack Obama was more than a match for him.

Two centuries earlier Bainbridge and Stewart both were getting push-back of a similar nature. The very next day a meeting of the cabinet took place and the case was made that it was useless to resist the British Navy. Not only were numbers involved but England’s maritime power had been tested in battle over and over again. Over the previous twenty years the record of British victories was long and distinguished while the number of defeats even in anything resembling an equal fight could be counted on the fingers of one hand…without the thumb. Madison was persuaded again. The previous decision was upheld. The ships were to be laid up.

Three thousand miles away in a territory that in the days of the captains was a Russian Possession on July 3rd 2009 Sarah Palin called a news conference and shocked the world by announcing she was resigning as Governor of Alaska. She maintained that the constant barrage of frivolous complaints was costing the state money and time. Pundits around the country added “quitter” to their less printable pejoratives and pronounced her power and influence at an end. Rush Limbaugh didn’t think so. He believed that this freed her from the constraints of office and allowed her to advance the conservative cause nationwide. Limbaugh’s ratings had increased as his visibility as the president’s chief opponent emerged and thousands of people who had never listened to his show before tuned in to see what he had to say, but the media and pundits dismissed this saying it was good for Limbaugh’s pocketbook but meant nothing in terms of the election or in terms of the power of the Nobel winning president.

Like Limbaugh and Palin, Bainbridge and Stewart were people of action, the very evening of the decision they drew up a letter of protest that was considered so intemperate that they were asked to re-write it before it was presented to the President. They refused making their case directly to the president in terms that he could not dismiss, ignore or misunderstand.


Unlike the letter which burned in the torching of Washington two years later. Sarah Palin’s Facebook page attacking the president’s priority the healthcare bill, is still available online but it was no less blunt decrying the government role in rationing care as “death panel” it produced even more consternation by the MSM that the Captains letter produced from Secretary Hamilton, but she would not yield an inch, message after message would be penned by Palin that would reach millions of readers through her Facebook page and her Book. Rush Limbaugh trumpeted her methods and her embrace of the Tea Party movement. He had her as a guest to promote her book which would sell millions of copies totally bypassing the media that held her and them to such scorn as MSM. ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and MSNBC continued to deride him as an entertainer, her as politically irrelevant and the tea party as racists.

After the Stewart/Bainbridge letter the president for the first time since his election overruled his cabinet the ships would be allowed out for a single cruise, as an experiment to see if the Captain’s pronouncements would hold true.

Meanwhile on September 12, 2009 Hundreds of thousands of tea party activists gathered on the mall protesting the Obama administration, conservative leaders spoke to the largely blue collar crowd to proclaim that they were going to take their county back. The media took note but scoffed, the numbers were astroturf and the Nobel winning president still held vast majorities in both houses. Elections were two months away in Virginia and New Jersey for Governor, a special election in New York’s 23th district saw the republican party embrace a liberal candidate named Dede Scozzafava and in January a special election would be held to replace the late Ted Kennedy who had held the seat since 1962. Let’s see what would happen THEN.

On August 19th 1812 Captain Issac Hull was cruising in the North Atlantic in the Frigate U.S.S. Constitution where he encountered the frigate H.M.S. Guerriere that had been part of a fleet he had escaped from mere weeks before. Hull had sailed out of port without orders and a reprimand releasing him of command was even then on its way to Boston but within two hours he would transform that reprimand into a promotion by transforming the Guerriere into kindling at the cost of only 14 causalities in a battle that would shock the world. Two months later Jacob Jones in Brig U.S.S. Wasp would defeat the H.M.S. Frolic causing a 9-1 ratio in causalities before they would both be captured by a 74 gun British Battleship two hours later. A week later Stephen Decatur in the Frigate U.S.S. United States would defeat and capture the H.M.S. Macedonian that would shortly become the U.S.S. Macedonian

On Election Night the news astounded the nation. In Virginia Republicans had retaken the governorship previously held by the DNC Chairman Tim Kaine by a wide margin, In New York 23 Sarah Palin followed shortly by Rush Limbaugh endorsed the Conservative party Candidate Doug Hoffman over Dede Scocafava who eventually dropped out of the race a week before the election, the victory was Pyrrhic as she, despite tens of thousands of dollars of support by the NRCC, threw her support to the democrat Bob Owens who would edge Hoffman in a squeaker. In New Jersey January Chris Christie would shock the political world by winning the Governorship of the state a shock that would be exceeded on January 19th 2009 when Scott Brown down 15 points according to the Boston Globe would defeat Martha Coakley in a race that would energize the entire Republican Party nationwide.

The results of these battles were explosive, Congress suddenly voted for 6 more frigates of the Constitution Class and four battleships of the line when the country had none before. Fleets were being built to contest the British on Lake Ontario, Lake Erie and Lake Champlain, privateers were fitted out in ports around the nation to raid British Commerce and England found itself forced to divert significant resources from vital areas in Europe to deal with the upstart American fleet.

The results of the election were explosive although Obamacare passed with the help of democrats such as Bart Stupak he and others such as Chris Dodd and Bill Delahunt decided that this was the year to retire. Rush continued to push for conservatism and Sarah Palin campaigned tirelessly for Republican candidates all over the country targeting 20 specific democrats for defeat and raising money to keep help support others. The effect was electric in states such as Massachusetts where uncontested seats were a fact of life suddenly every race was contested from the 10 congressional seats all the way down to auditor. Candidates like John Olver, Richard Neal and Barney Frank who had spent previous elections campaigning and donating to fellow democrats all over the country found themselves spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to defend seats that had never been at issue before. Nervous Democrats opened the spigots funding, 3rd party candidates siphon off voter that might otherwise go to republican challengers. Media decried republican funding sources even as Democrats outspent their GOP counterparts some like Jim McGovern by ratios as high as 30-1.

Likewise the American victories at sea produced outrage among the British Public After a second British Frigate the H.M.S. Java was taken by the U.S.S. Constitution (commanded by Bainbridge himself) England dispatched additional ships to blockade the American coast. British Frigates were forbidden to engage American Frigates except in pairs and fleets were built up on the lakes to keep the American bottled up and contained. One newspaper commented anyone predicting such results previously would be considered a madman or a traitor.

The Expectations game had shifted for 2010 as well. The conventional wisdom went from a 30 seat pickup for the GOP to a 40 and then from 40 to fifty and before Election Day came some pundits were predicting as many as 75 seats for the GOP. Likewise in the senate the conventional wisdom went from small gains to larger gains to even the chance of picking up the full nine seats needed to flip the Senate, pundits who had previously declared Rush Limbaugh a blowhard and Sarah Palin irrelevant and ineffective how stated openly that if the candidates they supported in deep blue states such as California and Delaware failed to win, they would be considered failures no matter how many seats were won.

The disasters were not done for the British Navy on Lake Erie Oliver Hazard Perry took an entire British Fleet for the first time in centuries and later that same year Thomas MacDonough duplicated the feat taking a British Fleet that outgunned him heavily on Lake Champlain on September 11, 1814 stopping a British invasion force dead in its tracks. Meanwhile upwards of 500+ privateers fell to American Shipping on the high seas. Smaller ship actions such as U.S.S. Enterprise vs H.M.S. Boxer, U.S.S Hornet taking H.M.S. Penguin and U.S.S. Wasp defeating H.M.S. Reindeer , the British consoled themselves with the H.M.S Shannon capture of the U.S.S. Chesapeake, and two actions where the U.S.S. Essex was taken by a pair of warships after wiping out the British Whaling industry in the Pacific and the U.S.S. President being captured by a fleet as it tried to run a blockade and smashing the H.M.S. Endymion to near uselessness in the process.

On Election day the results were in and they were a slaughter, not since 1920 had so many seats fallen into republican hands and not since 1932 had either party managed to Capture the 63 seats that republicans did. 18 of the 20 democrats targeted by Sarah Palin were defeated and 6 Senate seats were taken by the Grand old party. In consolation Blue states such as Massachusetts and California remained blue Massachusetts After millions upon millions of dollars were spent and Union Activists given the day off by the state manned every polling place to insure that every possible democrat voted. Close calls were dodged by in districts such as ny-22 and Va-11 but only two seats La-2 and on in Hawaii formally held by republicans fell to the Democratic Party.

The British after final victory over Napoleon had initially proposed draconian peace terms on America suddenly were willing to talk about easier terms and after consulting with Lord Wellington the man who Humble Napoleon at Waterloo bluntly told negotiators that they had no basis for any claims based upon the war record agreed to what amounted to practically a cease fire. This outraged London Papers until news of the Battle of New Orleans and combined with a victory by Captain Stewart commanding U.S.S. Constitution on February 20th 1815 taking both H.M.S. Cyane and H.M.S. Levant in a single battle. England got the hint and never again would the British fight or provoke a war against the United States.

On November 3rd President Obama talked about learning the lessons of the election and spoke of compromise and working with the newly elected Republican house. Thursday November 4th 2010 on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough scoffed at Sarah Palin’s victory proclamation pointing out that candidates she backed failed to win in Delaware (held by democrats since 1973) Nevada (held by democrats since 1987 ) and California (Where a republican had not held the senate seat since the Johnson Administration) Politico derided her saying that less than half of the candidates (regardless of strength) won election, ignoring significant victories by Palin supported candidates in North Carolina, Florida and New Hampshire, all states that had voted for Barack Obama just two years before.

Even before the war was over the leadership of the United States understood who deserved credit for their good fortune at sea. On December 28th 1812 a Gala ball hosted to Honor Captain Issac Hull. The guests ate, drank and danced as the battle flag Hull took from the H.M.S Guerriere hung on the wall. At midnight a young midshipman entered the room bringing the first news of the capture of the H.M.S Macedonian by the U.S.S. United States and laid the captured flag at Dolly Madison’s feet. Secretary Hamilton called for the attention of the room and perhaps remembering his shock at the brusque words written 10 month before made an announcement to the assembled crowd: “Never forget that it is to Captains Bainbridge and Stewart that you really owe these victories”

Not all fell for MSNBC and Politico’s spin. CBS news pointed out Sarah Palin endorsed 43 house candidates of which 30 won while winning 7 of 12 Senate endorsed candidates. Senator Jim Demitt said “she’s done a lot of good for the Republican Party, and for our country.” And Rush Limbaugh, having none of the spin of the majority of the Mainstream media on the 4th said: “If anybody is an obvious winner here, aside, of course, from me, it would be Palin.”

So to conservatives who are basking in the joy of a historic question I say to you : “Never forget that it is to Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin that you really owe these victories.”

This essay owes a debt of Gratitude to Fletcher Pratt and his 1950 Volume Preble’s Boys

Update: For some reason the actual last line of the post was in the wrong place moved it to the end.

Update 2 The Hoffman race was the 23rd NY rather than the 25th corrected.

The seed Rush Sowed will yield a crop 30, 50 or 100 fold

Capt Picard: Starbase Earhart. We came here right after graduation to await our first deep space assignments.
Q: That’s right. It’s two days before your unfortunate encounter with a Nausicaan sword. You have that long to make whatever changes you wish. If you can avoid getting stabbed through the heart this time, which I doubt, I will take you back to what you think of as the present. And you can go on with your life with a real heart.
Capt Picard: Then I won’t die?
Q: Of course you’ll die. It’ll just be at a later time.

Star Trek TNG: Tapestry 1993

Screwtape: I am not in the least interested in knowing how many people in England have been killed by bombs. In what state of mind they died, I can learn from the office at this end. That they were going to die sometime, I knew already. Please keep your mind on your work,

The Screwtape letters #24

As just about everyone knows by now Rush Limbaugh died at the age of 70 yesterday and as you might expect tributes are pouring in from the right as well as celebrations from the left.

He changed this country for the better and I submit and suggest that the only reason why the Biden Administration & the deep state are doing what they are doing now rather than it having been done 20 years ago was his influence. For I remember when the very idea of the GOP EVER holding the house was a pipe dream. Rush made it a reality and the left has never forgiven him for it and the party can never repay him for it.

I also suspect there are some sighs of relief in the GOP because while Rush rarely if ever mobilized his listeners against a particular pol (on the GOP side) every swamp creature who claims conservatism in public while being a member of the uniparty knew that a word from him makes credible any primary challenger. Right now the only person who can give that word these days is Donald Trump. I suspect those men are privately celebrating forgetting that all men die and those now celebrating Rush’s death will be facing their own some day with I suspect a lot fewer people caring or offering prayers for his soul.

Since his death there is an error that is shared by many who are in tribute calling him “irreplaceable” because it forgets the nature of man.

Meanwhile people wondering “who will now lead?” are forgetting something critical about both history and what Rush actually did.

Rush’s primary job as a Radio host was to draw and hold an audience. In this he was more successful than anyone else I know of but the real task he gave to himself was to educate.

Rush Limbaugh educated a generation and a half of Americans about things as they are. about truth vs spin, about reality vs liberal fantasies and most of all about the joys and optimism of the United States of America.

That’s why it is so proper for him to die on Ash Wednesday a day of fasting and prayer and the beginning of the Lenten season which is one of reflection of finding the path that God wants us on. I suspect there will be more than a few of his listeners who have grown up with him who will be reflecting on how he inspired them and how to carry on his word of educating the American people to the wonders of our republic “if we can keep it” as Franklin said.

While our enemies are celebrating our mourning I for one am looking forward I look forward to the Easter that will follow when our mourning is done to see who will pick up the fallen flag and turn back to us conservatives saying “Onward!”

Such sowed the see and I suspect will will yield a bountiful harvest to the dismay of our foes and for the betterment of America.

That is the optimism of Rush that we should carry with us

Ash Wednesday: Even Now

Me? You want me to Join You?

Jesus: Matthew, Matthew son of Alphaeus.

Matthew: Yes?

Jesus: Follow me.

Matthew: Me?

Jesus: [laughs] Yes, you.

Simon (Peter): Whoa whoa whoa whoa. What are you doing?

Matthew: You want me, to join you?

Gaius: Keep moving street preacher.

Simon (Peter): Do you have any idea what this guy has done? Do you even know him?

Jesus: Yes.

The Chosen, Season 1 Episode 7

Today is Ash Wednesday and it’s worth repeating the point I made last year about my favorite old testament passage from the Prophet Joel which is the 1st reading at every Catholic Mass today (and which I want to be the 1st reading at my funeral when the day comes).

Even now, says the LORD,
return to me with your whole heart,
with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;
Rend your hearts, not your garments,
and return to the LORD, your God.
For gracious and merciful is he,
slow to anger, rich in kindness,
and relenting in punishment.
Perhaps he will again relent
and leave behind him a blessing,
Offerings and libations
for the LORD, your God.

Blow the trumpet in Zion!
proclaim a fast,
call an assembly;
Gather the people,
notify the congregation;
Assemble the elders,
gather the children
and the infants at the breast;
Let the bridegroom quit his room
and the bride her chamber.
Between the porch and the altar
let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep,
And say, “Spare, O LORD, your people,
and make not your heritage a reproach,
with the nations ruling over them!
Why should they say among the peoples,
‘Where is their God?’”

Then the LORD was stirred to concern for his land
and took pity on his people.
Joel 2 12-18

This is for my money the most hopeful passage in the entire old testament and the perfect prestaging for the coming of Christ, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, not only because of what it says but because what it doesn’t say. It doesn’t say…

  • Even Now….unless you’ve had an abortion
  • Even now….unless you’ve cheated on your spouse
  • Even now…..unless you are a thief
  • Even now…..unless you are a drug dealier
  • Even now…..unless you are a murder
  • Even now…..unless you are a terrorist
  • Even now…..unless you are an atheist
  • Even now…..unless you promote sodomy
  • Even now…..unless you’ve sold your soul to the devil

and it’s worth noting that there is no political connection

  • Even now…..unless you voted Trump
  • Even now…..unless you voted Biden
  • Even now…..unless you stole an election
  • Even now…..unless you rioted
  • Even now…..unless you’ve been cancelled
  • Even now…..unless you’ve cancelled someone
  • Even now…..unless you’ve pushed transgerderism
  • Even now…..unless you’re transgender
  • Even now…..unless you’re a communist
  • Even now…..unless you’re a fascist
  • Even now…..unless you’re Antifa

Put simply if at whatever place you happen to be in the now you choose to Turn to God with your whole heart you will be shown forgiveness and mercy.

This is actually where we are every single day of our lives, but every Ash Wednesday the church explicitly reminds us of this remarkable fact.

Here’s the video of Matthew discovering it.