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Here's an intelligent no-holds-barred perspective not to be missed. It's by a Russian Orthodox priest, and I first found it at Rod Dreher's post, The Whip of God. Excerpt:

The day is not far off when Arabs and Africans will want to live not in refugee camps and migration centers but in the apartments of the current owners. They will want to live like the formers owners lived, and not near them but in their place. Of course, in order to uphold the European standard of living there has to be knowledge and labor. Electricians, doctors, engineers, pilots and so on are needed. Hundreds of professions and succession of order and government are needed. That is why the future of a tattered Europe is dark. The majority of migrants will not care to study and work. The majority wants to take what is not theirs by force, to trample underfoot the miniature, man-made paradise as Attila the Hun trampled and plundered Rome. They have little interest in what will come later. They are only the axe in the hand of the wielder, and an axe is not accustomed to thinking. But that will come later. For now the migrants are the same “whip of God” for Europe as the barbarians were for the Eternal City. Even those immigrants who have gone corrupt in the European manner (for they do get corrupted in Europe) will not become tolerant. They will remain as religiously motivated foreigners, mystically hating the godless whites who are fattened and paralyzed.
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Sorry to bum you out on a Monday morning. Let me end with a lighter scourge: Ohio State fans. Michigan fans are arrogant, but OSU fans are stupid (and disturbingly belligerent in their loyalty). Most recent example: Poll shows fans believe Buckeyes could beat NFL's Browns. "62 percent of those polled said the No. 2 Buckeyes would beat the struggling Cleveland Browns, while only 23 percent picked the professionals in a hypothetical meeting."

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That being said, the Buckeyes are awfully impressive right now. They're ten-point favorites against UM next month and, though I have a lot of confidence in Harbaugh's ability to out-coach Meyer, I'm not taking the points.

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Speaking of Meyer, I guess he's a practicing Roman Catholic. As is Jim Harbaugh. Wikipedia describes Nick Saban and Mark Dantonio as "devout" Roman Catholics. Is there a connection? The only thing I can come up with is, Catholicism in America has long been the religion of immigrants, especially the Irish, who use sports to escape the poverty: "escape" the poverty in every day life by getting engrossed in sports, "escape" the poverty by using sports to make money. Football has been a way of life for many Catholic families and this current crop of successful head coaches is merely the harvest of prior generations. I can't prove it, of course, but that's my knee-jerk theory.

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