Heard on Al Kresta last week: Hillary’s OBGYN was the leading abortionist in Arkansas. He, with no irony, considered himself “pro-life” because he was helping young women have a better life. He is Exhibit A about why we shouldn’t conflate “pro-life” with other causes, like elimination of poverty. Before long, the difference between your side and Planned Parenthood is greyer than a November sky.
Also heard on Al Kresta: Dante was C.S. Lewis’ favorite poet. I have read a lot of C.S. Lewis, and a lot about C.S. Lewis, but I’d never read that . . . or if I had read that, I had completely forgotten it. It caused me to take my Dorothy Sayers translation of The Divine Comedy off the shelf. I was pleased to see that I had gotten through almost all of Hell before abandoning it. But that raised the question: Do I start reading it from the beginning or pick up where I left off?
Michigan keeps chugging along and OSU loses to Pedophile State University . . . a team Michigan beat 49-10 a few weeks ago. Time for the Michigan faithful to get cocky? Nope: the road to the playoffs still runs through Columbus.
And besides, Michigan must still travel to East Lansing this Saturday. I found this article out of Lansing interesting for many reasons, all of which boil down to this: MSU obsessively hates UM. MSU will be ready. Indeed, I suspect part of MSU’s problems this year stems from Dantonio starting to gear his team for this meeting four weeks ago (not playing banged up players so they’ll be healthy, not revealing trick plays, not deploying certain defensive formations).
Eyewitness testimony of the Stop Trump agenda among the establishment: An Ohio TDE reader wrote to me yesterday morning: “At Cleveland IX center. My sister has really wanted to go see him. He has a ton of energy, it was 3rd event of day. Note crowd size and consider: late announcement of rally, local media barely mentioned beforehand, and Ohio GOP isn’t doing much to help.” He then linked to this tweet.
An Establishment in Panic. What do people do, Buchanan asks, when the establishment rigs the system? They rebel, and that’s why the establishment is panicking, now that Trump is pointing out that the establishment is corrupting the voting system in order to prevent an outsider from crashing their cabal.
By suggesting he might not accept the results of a “rigged election” Trump is committing an unpardonable sin. But this new cult, this devotion to a new holy trinity of diversity, democracy and equality, is of recent vintage and has shallow roots.
For none of the three — diversity, equality, democracy — is to be found in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Federalist Papers or the Pledge of Allegiance. In the pledge, we are a republic.
When Ben Franklin, emerging from the Philadelphia convention, was asked by a woman what kind of government they had created, he answered, “A republic, if you can keep it.”
Among many in the silent majority, Clintonian democracy is not an improvement upon the old republic; it is the corruption of it.
Consider: Six months ago, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, the Clinton bundler, announced that by executive action he would convert 200,000 convicted felons into eligible voters by November.
If that is democracy, many will say, to hell with it.
Trump knows that men can be dogs because he has for decades been one. He knows that businessmen will take whatever advantage the law allows them because he has done so. He’s aware that foreign relations rest on strength and self-assertion, not happy talk and children’s scrawls of rainbow-pooping unicorns. He’s the sin-hammered face we see in the mirror each day, when we peer through our own deceptions and make an examination of conscience. And it isn’t pretty. We’d rather look at some shiny, man-made idol.
Hillary Clinton is the flawless mechanical goddess of a newborn pagan religion. She’s the Witch-Queen of Narnia, dispensing endless boxes of delicious Turkish Delight that makes us so very sleepy. In her dream world, if we can believe it, politicians can take tens of millions of dollars from dictatorships like Saudi Arabia that torture rape victims for the “crime” of adultery, but not be tainted by it. They can be trusted to delete tens of thousands of emails from illegal private servers holding national security secrets, because why would the leaders of our democracy lie to us? Isn’t that a cynical, ugly thing to think? It’s in our interest to think happy thoughts instead.
I bounced from my house, to a block party, to my new favorite watering hole last Saturday, starting with gin and tonics, switching to wine, then finishing (unwisely) with a new concoction I’d never even heard of: liquid marijuana. It was great. It looks harder to make than I’d like, but possible. I hope to try my hand at it before the month is over.
Yes, day four of Miscellaneous Ramblings. I’ve been told people like this feature. If you’re not one of them, my apologies. If you don’t like the feature, please email me. And for that matter, if you like it, please email me.
The week got off to a rough start. I came down with a mysterious illness Sunday afternoon. I’m guessing gastritis, but maybe a stomach virus or something. Anyway, I had a terribly-upset stomach and the associated unpleasantness (in particular, that disgusting porcelain dance that rhymes with a venereal disease). I took a big swig of Mylanta to calm my stomach, recoiled at the taste, then realized I had taken Milk of Magnesia. It was a long, long, loooooooong night. I was still dragging as of Tuesday evening.
Why are people with a mental illness so unpleasant? My apologies if I’ve blogged about this previously, but it came up again recently in my small community, where a fairly high-profile individual was plausibly accused of embezzling from his employer and discharged. A few defended him, saying, “He has a gambling addiction. I feel bad for him.” Now, I’m not saying whether I should or shouldn’t feel bad for this particular man, but it got me thinking about this topic again: Why do people get addicted to things that are self-centered and harmful to others? Why can’t the mentally-ill person get an obsession with washing his neighbors’ cars or working in soup kitchens? Or maybe mowing my lawn and lavishing gifts on me? Why does mental illness almost exclusively manifest itself in negative traits?
I honestly don’t know the answer to that question, but it highlights the bigger issue: It gives me reason to doubt the mental health profession’s claim that mental illness is just as morally-objective/neutral an illness as, say, a broken arm. People with a broken arm aren’t per se dicks. If mental illness is simply an objective disorder, there’s no reason it shouldn’t break equally among different traits, some charitable, some self-centered. That, anyway, is how it seems to me.
Sorry for posting last week’s news, but I posted it because I think it explains why Pope Francis passed over Chaput when selecting cardinals. Chaput is the head of a large diocese and an American Indian. Such multi-cultural creds is exactly what Francis-type people want, but they don’t want conservatives. Francis even passed over Archbishop Gomez, the head of by far the biggest diocese in the United States (and I’m not even sure I’d characterize him as a political conservative). Gomez would’ve been the first hispanic U.S. citizen to receive the honor, but no: Francis went with three liberals, including the vile Cupich, which has left me shaking my head.
I finally had to admit to my kids that I dislike Pope Francis. For the past three years, I have given him the benefit of the doubt, listened to my conservative brethren emphasize that we need to look at the big picture of what he’s saying, etc. But appointing Cupich as cardinal? That pretty much put the nail in my Catholic coffin.
“Ah,” so you say, “You’re no longer Catholic?” Nope. I emphasized to my kids that I am merely accepting on faith that the Holy Spirit is guiding the Church through Pope Francis. As a matter of intellect, I don’t get it and am disgusted. But as a matter of faith, I believe the Holy Spirit carries the Church. I told the kids that, as Catholics, we can’t believe that there are, theologically-speaking, any bad Popes. There are bad men who are Popes (Alexander VI, pretty much the entire tenth century’s line-up), but when it comes to affairs of theology, the Holy Spirit guides the Pope so he can’t, logically-speaking, make any big errors in such matters. So even though I don’t understand what’s going on, I have to accept on faith that it’s going to be fine.
The number one rule everyone needs to understand about immigration: Immigration without assimilation is conquest. Or, more accurately, mass migration without assimilation is conquest. If you doubt it, think about it for a long time. Say, three seconds.
Rome wasn’t conquered by arms. It was conquered by immigration. The barbarians were let in. That’s why many historians, and amateur historians like me, don’t think Rome ever really “fell.” It merely morphed and morphed and morphed, until it wasn’t recognizable as the Roman Empire any more. Most people in the “former” Roman Empire more than a hundred years after 476 (the commonly-referenced year of Rome’s collapse) thought they were still living in the Roman Empire and were Roman citizens.
This is hands-down the best analysis I’ve seen of the Trump craze (PG-13 language). Highly, highly recommended. Excerpt: “Blacks riot, Muslims set bombs, gays spread AIDS, Mexican cartels behead children, atheists tear down Christmas trees. Meanwhile, those liberal Lena Dunhams in their $5,000-a-month apartments sip wine and say, ‘But those white Christians are the real problem!’ Terror victims scream in the street next to their own severed limbs, and the response from the elites is to cry about how men should be allowed to use women’s restrooms and how it’s cruel to keep chickens in cages.”
Another excerpt: “Basic, obvious truths that have gone unquestioned for thousands of years now get laughed at and shouted down — the fact that hard work is better than dependence on government, that children do better with both parents in the picture, that peace is better than rioting, that a strict moral code is better than blithe hedonism, that humans tend to value things they’ve earned more than what they get for free, that not getting exploded by a bomb is better than getting exploded by a bomb. Or as they say out in the country, ‘Don’t piss on my leg and tell me it’s raining.’ The foundation upon which America was undeniably built — family, faith, and hard work — had been deemed unfashionable and small-minded. Those snooty elites up in their ivory tower laughed as they kicked away that foundation, and then wrote 10,000-word thinkpieces blaming the builders for the ensuing collapse.”
The article intrigued me enough to Google David Wong. It turns out he’s a guy from a small town, who moved to the big city and, it would appear, became oh-too-sophisticated to believe in that rural stuff, like religion and fundamental moral truths. I saw him referred to online as a “social justice warrior” who ruined Cracked with his liberal moralizing. But the honesty with which he wrote that piece above impressed me, albeit it in an unsettling way. The obvious question to ask Wong is, “If you understand all this, why do you support the liberal agenda and Hillary?” I fear his only answer must be, “Because we are correct and you are incorrect and that means you must be annihilated. I don’t expect you to like it, but that’s the way it has to be.” It’s the mentality of the jihadist.
The self-righteous, Bill Kauffman once noted, are merciless.
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