Category: Religion

The Senator Asked Barrett if She has Ever Committed a Sexual Assault

Oh, if everyone could just sit back and laugh at the idiocy spawned by our higher educational institutions

Leftists crack me up: Senator Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, asked whether Amy Comey Barrett has ever sexually assaulted someone.

It’s this kind of idiocy that gets 75-year-old women searched at airports.

It’s ironic. We live in an age of identity politics. Everything revolves around one’s tribe, as determined by shared characteristics. But if you draw distinctions between people based on their membership in such a tribe, the Left screams like someone getting tape ripped from their hairy leg.

The mere identification with a tribe establishes that the tribe has a distinct identity, but for others to recognize that identity? It’s considered an outrage.

So in this case, I suppose it’s fair to ask a man, especially one with a penis, whether he has ever sexually assaulted someone. But to ask a woman? Unless she used to work as a female prison guard, it makes no sense. It’s simply a formality born of vague multiculturalism and gender elimination that has leaked out of our colleges and universities into the general consciousness.

It can all be traced back to concrete academic causes. As Richard Weaver noted years ago, ideas have consequences.

If you’re interested in learning more, I recommend Cynical Theories. I haven’t read it yet, but I’ve listened to the authors on podcasts for hours. I’ve also been flipping through it, just waiting for a chance to read it straight through. This was an area of study I embarked on a few years ago, so much of the stuff in the book isn’t new to me, but the authors appear to have done a good job of organizing the history of ideas and presenting them in a clear format.

I haven’t watched

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New Mother Cabrini Statue Next on the Hit List

Plus More HSP, Gardening Corner, and Louis Prima

I’m impressed: New York City erected a statue of Mother Cabrini yesterday in Battery Park. I hope they put it behind a huge fence and appoint an armed guard to protect it. I mean, it’s such a testament to western imperialism: Mother Cabrini, with all her orphan grandstanding and caring for the sick, as if she were doing anything except spreading the poison of Catholicism.

Antifa, you’ve been challenged! This country doesn’t need any more white statues!

Of course, Mother Cabrini was Italian and, about 100 years ago, many Americans considered Italians “people of color.” Thaddeus Russell recounts it in his excellent Renegade History of the United States.

Indeed, it would seem Italians back then were much darker, at least some of them, like Louie Prima, who risked losing gigs at white establishments because owners thought he was black.

And regardless, the Italians, like the Irish, were held in such low esteem, they might as well have been black (interesting parallels about our country’s horrible treatment of “out” groups can be found in Sowell’s most-excellent Ethnic America and Russell’s book). They were so “on the outside” that their cultures mixed and there was a degree of respect (but also the racial tension from being put into close proximity with one another . . . see this movie clip placed in 1964 Brooklyn).

Well, regardless of all that and such a rich and complex history of race relations, I’m not optimistic the Left will much care. Mobs aren’t known for their subtle art of discernment. That Cabrini statue is at risk, as evidenced by the fact that, when NYC started its “She Built NYC” Commission to build more female statues, it initially declined to erect one to Mother Cabrini, Read the rest

The Flopping Men Who Play Soccer

And Miscellaneous Other Matters

I guess I really, really don’t like soccer

Look, I couldn’t care less about soccer. I agree with Colin Cowherd’s observation that, if you live on a dirt road with chickens running around, kicking a ball is probably pretty cool, but this is America. We have money; we have wealth.

Readers of TDE understand that I don’t think such wealth is an unequivocally good thing, but it does do one thing: it gives us a lot of options. We don’t need to resign ourselves to kicking a ball and we definitely don’t need to resign ourselves to watching others kick a ball, so I’ll opt for those games that cost a lot more money: baseball, hockey, and football (basketball doesn’t).

I also detest the outrageous flopping that soccer features. Again, I (proudly) don’t know much about it, but I gotta believe the flopping is a result of nanny officiating, which in turn stems from mandates from league officials who prize safety and health to the exclusion of all else (maybe we oughtta make soccer the official sport of the COVID generation).

So, it’s not like there’s much that would prompt me to hold soccer in much lower regard, but this story did it: Phoenix Rising FC Player Suspended For Homophobic Slur: USL.

That wasn’t surprising, of course. You can’t say “f***ot” or “f’ng f**” or any other (oh so) clever derivation anymore without severe reprisals. The same would happen in the NFL. Heck, with Roger “The Human Virtue Signal” Goodell, such a thing would probably get you a Pete Rose ban.

But I like to think the guys in the NFL are too busy kneeling and wouldn’t stoop to tattling, like these women did: 

Martin was issued a red card at the end of the

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These Micro-Habits Can Improve Your Life. Plus: St. Francis, Rudolf Steiner, and The Relentless Leftist

The wedding hiatus starts now. We’ve married off three kids in 16 months. The second two were planned, unplanned, and replanned under COVID restrictions, which made them particularly brutal.

But the married kids seem happy and the single kids are doing well so I’m happy.

Someone once said you’re only as happy as your least happy kid. I’m not sure that’s true, but it might be . . . and there’s definitely something there.

The Relentless Leftist

Marie marvels about a liberal friend who is incapable of saying anything without exuding politics from every pore of her skin.

When, for instance, the friend recently asked her, by all accounts, conventional and heterosexual teenage niece about her new boyfriend, she enthused, “So what’s he, or she, like?”

I told Marie it could just be the leftist political playbook: politics must inform every corner of life. Or maybe it’s a constant fear not to be woke, lest people think you less intelligent. Or maybe it’s just relentless virtue signaling.


Given that the left has sought the complete transformation of society, and given that such wholesale change is bound to come up against the resistance of ordinary people who don’t care for having their routines and patterns of life overturned, we should not be surprised that the instrument of mass terror has been the weapon of choice. The people must be terrified into submission, and so broken and demoralized that resistance comes to seem impossible.

Lew Rockwell

What’s that? Why do I say it’s a play from the leftist playbook?

Because it is.

Socialism, including its manifestation in certain forms of liberalism, wants to re-make society and the world along atheistic lines. It’s not just political. It’s everything, a real creed or religious worldview. But because socialism is first and foremost a political

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Ash Wednesday

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Someone once asked a monk what they do all day in the monastery. The monk replied, “We fall down and get up, fall down and get up.”

It’s an apt description of every earnest life, especially during Lent, which might be called “the layman’s monastic experience.” For forty days, we’re called upon to strive like monks. And for forty days, we’ll fall down and, hopefully, get up . . . only to fall again.

“In the face of the apparent failure of so many of our attempts, we should remember that God asks not so much for success as for the humility to begin again without allowing ourselves to get discouraged and pessimistic. . . “. Francis Fernandez

Kind of funny: It’s Marie’s birthday today. Whatta bummer kick-off to the season. … Read the rest

Thursday

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Apologetics 101 from Orestes

Although Brownson was a collaborator with the radical Fanny Wright (and her partner, socialist Robert Owen), and had veered strongly toward agnosticism himself, he quickly found their anti-religion stance intellectually-clumsy. The radicals taught that religion/superstition (the two are synonymous for radicals) was coeval and co-existent with the human race, which was pock-marked with imperfections and pain; get rid of religion, they reasoned, and mankind’s sufferings would diminish or disappear altogether. This, Brownson figured out, was awfully wrongheaded. If religion had been with mankind from the beginning, then it must be natural to man or imposed by the supernatural. If it’s natural to man, it’s useless to resist it; if it’s supernatural, it’s folly to resist it. … Read the rest

Thursday

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The Zen of Lisieux

Two passages from John C. h. Wu’s The Golden Age of Zen that I ran across last week:

“Tao is nothing else than the ordinary mind, every ordinary action is an expression of Tao.”

“[O]ne of the central insights of Ch’an [Zen]: Tao is nothing else than the ordinary mind.”

The parallel to St. Therese is so obvious it doesn’t merit comment. I would only refer the TDE reader to yesterday’s post and also provide this tweet, which I saw a few days ago:

I might also add that, if a Catholic is interested in the Zen way of life but doesn’t feel like pulling D.T. Suzuki or Thomas Merton or John Wu off the bookshelf, consider de Caussade, St. Therese, or St. John of the Cross.

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Wendell

Great Quote

So I took that Wendell Berry book off my shelf earlier this week and read a few pages. On the third page, I ran across this great passage: “What I’m arguing against here is not complexity or mystery but dualism. I would like to purge my own mind and language of such terms as ‘spiritual,’ ‘physical,’ metaphysical,’ and ‘transcendental’–all of which imply that the Creation is divided into ‘levels’ that can readily be peeled apart and judged by human beings. I believe that the Creation is one continuous fabric comprehending simultaneously what we mean by ‘spirit’ and what we mean by ‘matter.'” “Health is Membership, The Art of the Commonplace, p. 147.

Quite a coincidence to run across that after putting together today’s primary post (see immediately below). … Read the rest