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The Road To Upsidedownistan
~ ITEM: “We the People” Vs. Insane Utopian Zombies
~ ITEM: New Progressivism and the Younger Generation
~ ITEM: President Obama and his admirers choose to call this “pragmatism,” but what it is is a mild expression of totalitarianism
~ FOR ALMOST VERY generation, the past was more better, golden, less decayed in faith, manner, morals, you name it. Looking back to a golden age is a profoundly human thing, because unless you’re really old and very thoughtful, you didn’t live then, with the goods and evils of that actual time.
Still and all, the last 150 years has been an extraordinary and crazy-changy time in human civilization, when the speed and nature of technological change has transformed human living and being, birth, life, and death, and political experiments on society. The past 200+ years have seen some truly bad ideas exalted over life, society, peace, and ordinary people. This particular road to hell was very nicely paved with some of the best of good intentions, for whatever that’s worth. Sincerity does not equal truth or goodness or sinless perfection and motives. Self-deception is still the strongest drug we know of.
..It Just Hasn’t Been Tried
Despite the oceans of blood in the 20th century, for some people they think we’re still “Progressing” upwards morally, technologically, and politically. That’s a very late 18th century notion, and part of how we got those oceans of blood. It’s also a mockery of a Christian idea, that history has a direction, an upward motion, that “Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done” is words, purpose, but also a participation in the almighty purpose and providence of God– that life has a meaning, a power in us greater than us, and yet it is not only us, or our dreams and ideas.
Separated from God, this idea becomes various forms of socialism/ communism, God becomes abstractions like ‘history’ or ‘progress’ or ‘Hopenchange’– all used to deceive and compel people to get with the radical program, and to see those who oppose the same as enemies, or inhuman expendables. Progressocialcommunism has the form of a religion, but not the power and truth of it, which is why it creates true believers who are capable of doing and believing deeply stupid and horrible things. In the name of such ideas, governments around the world killed hundreds of millions of people within the past century.
Giants In The Land
As G.K. Chesterton said of the early 20th century, it wasn’t just that vice had triumphed over virtue, but that the virtues were unloosed from Christianity, and became shambling giants rambling all over the landscape, wreaking havoc. So compassion for the poor? becomes massive social welfare programs creating dependency, abortion, single-parent families, and social decay. A desire for a peaceful and orderly society? becomes totalitarianism. A hope to prevent the suffering of children? becomes heaps of dead pre-born children.
Doomed To Repeat It
This new century and millennium does not promise of itself much difference from the last century. It is, as always up to courageous truth loving good-seeking love-loving individuals and groups of the same to fight back, speak out, educate, resist, to cast their bolts at the walls of unjust power and find out whether they are stone or sane or paper.
For if we return to the Christian understanding, its the Almighty Himself working in and through all things against evil, sin, and destructive virtue gone wild, not just we ourselves.~
The Civil War In The West
~ ITEM: The Surveillance Speech: A Low Point in Barack Obama’s Presidency
~ ITEM: With British soldiers massacred in the streets by Muslims, thousands of young girls forced into sex slavery by Muslims, and Muslim NO GO zones on the rise, David Cameron announces a crackdown
~ ITEM: New York public school makes learning Arabic mandatory
~ ITEM: Obama will not change course. He doesn’t have to. So long as he maintains faith with the god of appeasement, the US media will protect him
~ ITEM: Prince Charles says ‘brutal’ execution of Drummer Lee Rigby has ‘taken its toll’ on morale of armed forces
~ IT ALL TURNED at Gettysburg– that disastrous assertion of will by General Robert E. Lee that killed so many on both sides, but gutted the heart out of his army. After that, it was escape, entrench, no more grand Napoleonic-style charges against the terrible new cannons and rifles of the Civil War. Before, it was courage, and fearlessly taking on many times their numbers– after that, the South fought on, but with less and less confidence and courage.
Sometime blogger, former Anglican, and general nuisance Gerry Hunter commented on the Surveillance article above thusly (on Book of Faces):
“America always liked to trumpet the virtues of their system of governmental “checks and balances.” The provisions providing for it are still in place, but they are, evidently, not being used. One wonders: Has there been such moral decay that, in a thusly weakened state, the American body politic has been infected with a rampant and chronic condition of cowardice?“
One of those comments which hits the bullseye. What do we– or Obama, or David Cameron, or Justin Trudeau– really believe? What would we or they die for, if anything? Or has the general cowardice and drift and gutlessness– except against safe targets– overcome our fighting spirit?
What does Obama believe in, except how great he & his cronies and schemes are, and how terrible is the civilization that he currently misleads, as misleader of a crippled and bloated and bankrupted America? Or again, in the face of the insidious rot and ongoing slow-burn internal war in ever more parts of the United Kingdom actually CAUSED by a confident and militant Islam, kiltless and gutless son of Scotland David Cameron pledges to sternly battle.. Islamophobia!
Don’t Hurt Us!
Appease. Cringe & cower. Ignore. Compromise. Deny and fudge. Bully the harmless, kneel before the scary– buy them off, change your principles (while pretending not to), fund terrorism & persecution of non-Muslims. Apply, lather, rinse, repeat.
Of course good men have done bad things in the past– but, contra to the Marxist & endless second-guessing of fashionable academia, it is possible to stand for good & true and worthwhile things, even though imperfectly. Endless worry about mistakes or imperfection can paralyze a person, a society, a whole civilization. Cowardice led to World War II in particular, as the so-called “pacifists” refused to see that there were things worth fighting for, including the very freedom they had to protest war– freedoms not granted under the German or Fascist or Japanese systems, and– had they won– silenced for long years, along with the voices and lives of all who would not fit in.
Worth It Or Not?
There simply are things worth standing, fighting, and dying for– if you cannot believe that, or name any such things, then you are part of what is wrong with our world today. Consider William Wallace, who indeed died for Scotland, for freedom, for the love of his people– his motto:
‘Dico tibi verum,
libertas optimum rerum,
nunquam servili sub nexu,
.. which translates to
‘I tell you the truth,
the best of all things is freedom:
never my son,
to live under the bonds of slavery’.
I think Mr. Hunter is on to something– cowardice (and bullying the weak) has become the operative principle of too much of the West. We will regret it, as surely as the British came to regret their constant appeasement of the rising Adolf Hitler.. as did the Austrians, the Czechs, all of Europe, and the world.
However, the power of our modern war-making means that World War III– which some consider to have already begun– will wreak a terrible havoc on the world, and countless people. ITYS. ~
Things Worth Praising
~ ITEM: The Imaginative Conservative
“The conservative is concerned, first of all, with the regeneration of the spirit and character—with the perennial problem of the inner order of the soul, the restoration of the ethical understanding, and the religious sanction upon which any life worth living is founded. This is conservatism at its highest.”
~ Russell Kirk ~
~ THINGS WORTH PRAISING should be praised. Here I go!
The more articles I read, the more I am most deeply impressed with the stable of folks & the ideas @ The Imaginative Conservative blog. Here no rants, no simplistic politicization.. and here no “Republicans/ America/ secularist capitalism/ libertarianism right or wrong”.
I just love it, enjoy every posting, and thank God for the good ideas, classically Christian understanding, and wisdom that pervades the project. It’s not how I think and am, exactly, but much of it is what I’m working towards thinking, and would hope to be… you know– braining gooder and wording more better about stuff, and things.
Check it out, share with friends, and let Binks know what you think. ~
Cake & Eat It, Too
~ ITEM: Them Idioms– Have one’s cake and eat it too
~ ITEM: Harry Reid lets cat out the bag : Obamacare is a Trojan Horse toward single-payer system
~ ITEM: An important part of liberalism, as we know it today, is the continuing support of failed plans & predictions
~ I WAS NEVER a young fan of superstitions, old wive’s tales, or odd sayings like “You Can’t Have Your Cake, and Eat It, Too”. Those old ways of thinking have a lot more sense in then than my brilliant young teen self realized. In this case, you can’t have it both ways.
It’s a human thing, to want stuff with no consequences; or, to want reality to adjust to our delusions and misunderstanding. Sadly, such delusions– when made government policy or the accepted idea of the moment– don’t avoid reality, but cover it up, as people suffer when the tsunami of utterly predictable consequences washes over them.
Utterly Predictable Consequences
F’rinstance– the Very Liberal U.S. Methodists have been cheer-leading for all things communist & Obama.. but are now noticing that their health-care arrangements for clergy are not going to work once the Messiah’s master-plans kick in, and the Zombie-Robot of ObamaCare starts storming about, laying waste to the landscape like some American-made Godzilla. The olden-style affordable health-care depended on pre-Obama arrangements, a healthy economy, a lot of full-time jobs, and other matters that the parasitical socialist denominational bigwigs were pleased to simultaneously take for granted and benefit from and complain about.
It’s what eventually happens to everyone who wars on reality, against God & truth, and who take everything good for granted because, hey, they somehow deserve it.
Here Comes The Pain Train
Cake? Eat it too? Not so much akshully.
A lot of progressive-types who enjoyed capitalism, freedom, the hard work of those who went before and those who worked and supported America instead of working for its collapse are going to learn all about what happens when the system you take for granted is fundamentally bankrupted by the people you thought were on your side. Utopia instead of heaven? Free stuff for everybody, at no cost? All the blessings of faith & peace & hard work, minus those very things? Dear useful Christian idiots– the revolution will start to eat you first.
You cannot keep your cake, and eat it. You cannot sup with Satan, and not get evil-cooties. You cannot serve God and earthly wealth, nor Christ and anti-Christ. Buckle up for the very foreseeable consequences Roller-Coaster of No Fun Whatsoever. ~
~ ITEM: BAD BEARD BOX : ‘Gettysburg’ Look Displaces Kevin Costner’s ‘Bodyguard’ Haircut
~ WHAT A WONDERFUL difference there is between the movies 1993’s Gettysburg, and 2003’s Gods and Generals. I’ve been working through Michael & Jeff Shaaras Civil War trilogy, but am most disappointed in the cleaning up efforts done by Shaara to de-flowerize the language of the times. Shame shame shame.
We can imagine Hamlet muttering “OK, so should I off myself, or what?”, instead of “To be, or not to be: that is the question”. Bowdlerizing (named for a pre-Victorian cleaner-upper of the naughty bits) is always dreadful, not least when it steals the authentic words (and therefore thoughts & ideas) of the original people. How very, very modern: imagining we have the right to mess about with everything, ours being the supreme moment of brilliance and wisdom, and therefore judge of all things ever. Not so much.
Still– glad to see the prequel to Gettysburg, Gods And Generals, got it right– despite being more loosely based on the Shaaras; even more glad to see actor and decent human being Jeff Daniels recapitulating his performance of Lawrence Chamberlain (and Thomas C. Howell as his brother Thomas, and a fair dozen other repeat-actors); and so many very fine performances from actors large and small, and the usual committed host of Civil War re-enactors.
And– praise the Lord– in Gods & Generals we do not have to see Tom Berenger as General Longstreet, with what may be the worst beard in moviedom. ~
So Saith Teh Binksmeister
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~ CLIMATE CHANGE DISPATCH– Cameron’s Coalition Of Liars, Trimmers And Charlatans Are Destroying Britain’s Landscape; German Green Energy Bluster Running Out Of Wind; State Of The Climate – August 2013; Global Warming: The WNBA Of American Politics; Even the most agile of senators won’t be able to dodge these community organizers; Greenland Ice Sheet IS Melting But Much Of The Heating Is Coming From INSIDE The Earth; Global Warming Alarmism Memorably Debunked … (climatechangedispatch)
~ HOW ENVIRONMENTALISTS are killing the planet, destroying the economy and stealing your children’s future … (sppiblog.org)
~ CAMERON’S coalition of liars, trimmers and charlatans are destroying Britain’s landscape … (blogs.telegraph)
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~ IN THE BATTLE for freedom of speech in Canada, Mark Steyn is losing … (nationalreview)
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~ FLY BOYS– The U.S. Air Force said that a well-known drag queen group was invited to perform on base during a “Diversity Day” celebration … (nationalreview)
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~ ST. LAWRENCE, Archdeacon and Martyr– talking back to unjust authority, on higher principle … (catholic.org)
~ BLAZING CATFITS– United Nations “special rapporteurs” are like some sort of Monty Python; The Unsurprising Sexism of Male Progressives; Backwoods Bernie Still Shilling Frantically for that “Genocide” Label; Islam a religion of peace; Toronto Masjid Conducting Prison Da’wah Throughout North America Hates You, Your Society, Your Religion & High Heels; Attorney for Whistleblower: 400 U.S. Missiles Stolen in Benghazi; Cops taking covert looks at Muslims; A parent complained to the Eastern School District in May to have it taken down, threatening to take the issue to the Human Rights Commission if the cross wasn’t removed; Antioch College – The Epitome of the Education Bubble; Muslim Interfaith Outreach Initiative Invites Christians To Flee Their Villages Or Be Murdered; The One Dimensional Al Sharpton; Ancient Astronomical Calendar Discovered in Scotland Predates Stonehenge by 6,000 Years … (blazingcatfur.blog)
~ YES, WE EXPECT the truth. Canadians have a right to expect police to tell the truth — all the time … (thestar.com)
~ DAVID WARREN ESSAYS– “Progress” in itself means nothing — for what are we progressing towards?; As Lukacs observes, women, blacks, homosexuals, abortionists, & pornographers have all been emancipated, but liberalism itself (in that fine old classical sense) is dead … (davidwarrenonline)
~ THAT BRAINY LILLEY JERK– About that East-West pipeline … (lilleyspad)
~ CHRISTIAN POST– For Richard Dawkins, ‘Muslim Bashing’ Is Different Than ‘Christian Bashing'; Gay Marriage in Australia? Prime Minister Promises Legislation If Re-elected; Richard Dawkins Suggests Muslims Haven’t Accomplished Anything Since Dark Ages; Good Samaritan Pays for Stranger’s Baggage Fee at Airport, Note Left Behind Goes Viral; Desmond Tutu’s God Seems to be a ‘Different Type’ of God; Church Pastor’s Niece, 10, Gunned Down Leaving Sunday School Class, Dozens Injured as Attacks Against Egypt’s Christians Continue; Two Secure Email Services Close Due to US Government Spying … (global.christianpost)
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~ SAMWISE & JESUS– ‘Lord of The Rings’ Actor Shares His Faith Journey to Christianity.. below is the trailer for his latest film … (global.christianpost)
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~ BLINDINGLY OBVIOUS UPDATE– A curvaceous pin-up queen earns her bread-n-butter lubriciously flaunting her wares, and an observer assumes she’s not a lifetime member of the Sunday-School-teacher set? Stunning … (clashdaily.com)
~ 65 MILLION American Students Are Subjected to a Police State Environment … (teapartyeconomist.com)
~ THAT NAVIN GUY– Classical Liberalism Via Friesian.Com-’Exchange with Tomaz Castello Branco on John Gray’; More On The Washington Post, Technology and The Role Of The Media; Sunday Photo And A Poem By William Butler Yeats; Rachel Lu At Richocet: ‘Protecting The Caste’; From Joel Kotkin: ‘California’s Blue On Blue Battle’; Al Qaeda On The Run? No, Still There For The Most Part; Forbes: ‘How Did Rich Connecticut Morph Into One Of America’s Worst Performing Economies?’ … (chrisnavin.com)
~ ONE OF THE IDIOCIES passed off for decades among Western historians is bemoaning the Crusades as evil … (americanthinker)
~ ERATOSTHENES– Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?; An important part of liberalism, as we know it today, is the continuing support of failed plans & predictions; Looks like a book with many sensible points to make, so I put it in my Amazon cart; Fascinating research by Andrew Thomas and crew over at American Thinker; Paging Baron Bomburst of Vulgaria… the kids are nowhere to be seen; Telling a fact apart from an opinion, is the very first step; Ponderments on Medieval Pet Names; I hope they blow it for their party and for their agenda, more than for the country; “Are These People Idiots, or Just Criminals?” … (peekinthewell.net)
~ NEW ZEALAND’S immigration authorities think they have gotten to the core of solving the obesity epidemic and rising health costs– deport fat people … (clashdaily.com)
~ ACTON BLOG– A Moral Foundation for Entitlement Reform; PowerLinks 08.12.13; Sour Milk and Apple Cores: Families Left Out Due to Obamacare; The McDouble and the Minimum Wage; Christians Need a Holistic Definition of Poverty; Free Book: ‘Judaism, Law & The Free Market: An Analysis’; PowerLinks 08.09.13; Accepting Applications for an ‘Intellectual Retreat’; Does Legalizing Prostitution Reduce Child Sex Slavery?; A Conflict of Christian Visions: Gen. 1-2 vs. Gen. 3 Christianity … (blog.acton.org)
~ PASTOR’S BABER GEORGE STORY– A Pakistani Pastor & his rescue mission for Muslim converts … (orientforjesus.org)
~ SYRIA: Missing Clergymen Reveal Dangers Facing Christians … (canadafreepress)
~ HER NAME, CAREER, SHOW, and brand ruined, judge just threw out the racial discrimination claim filed against Paula Deen — the very lawsuit that destroyed the famous chef … (clashdaily.com)
~ BLOG FOR PEACE– What a post-U.S. America might look like, and more; Deus, in adjutorium meum intende; The Internet 32 and 20 years ago; Is democracy’s sun setting?; Adiós and good riddance, liberal newspapers; Grahams sell WaPo to Bezos, Catholics and libertarianism, and more … (sergesblog.blog)
~ WAKE-UP CALL: 16 Conspiracy Theories That Turned Out To Be True … (wakeupcallnews.blog)
~ THE IMAGINATIVE CONSERVATIVE– Churchill’s “Thoughts & Adventures”: A Classic of 20th Century Prose; Minerva University vs. Liberal Learning; Breaking Bad: A Contemporary Tragedy; Holy Smokes! A Dragnet Spin-off!; Does the South Belong in the Union?; Since the triumph of rock n’ roll in the 1960s, the lover of classical music has increasingly found himself a loner in most social circles; The Novelist of Narnia; Blandings Castle: The Genius of the Place; A Kind of Dignity and Even Nobility: Winston Churchill’s “Thoughts and Adventures”; Thomas Jefferson and the Faithless; Teaching in an Age of Ideology: Concluding Thoughts; Inner and Outer Freedom, by Eva Brann … (theimaginativeconservative.org)
~ PANDERS ON PARADE– Australian Prime Minister declares war on traditional marriage … (lifesite)
~ DONALD SENSING– Encrypt Your Computer – In Photos: 10 Incredibly Simple Things You Can Do To Protect Your Privacy; Another Obama rube wakes up; Bend Over, Here It Comes Again!; Why State Dept. won’t call Egypt a coup; The religious Left’s chickens come home to roost.. Obamacare is going to mow down the way the denomination provides health insurance for its clergy; What happens when the party’s over?; The Political Class doesn’t do Obamacare; Hiroshima, Nagasaki, the end of the war and aftermath … (senseofevents.blog)
~ WALKING DESERTS– The Barren Wombs of Smart Women– “The paradox is that women who are measurably more intelligent based on IQ tests are dumber in terms of evolutionary survival instincts” … (takimag.com)
~ CANFREEP– The Confused and Misguided Youth; Exposing the media-manufactured racism of the Trayvon Martin story; Meteor Dust and My TV Reception; The American Right to Revolt Against Tyranny: Part B—Colonial Pulpits; Lemmings… At the precipice of WWIII … (canadafreepress)
~ PUBLIC SHAMING was a psychological cornerstone of communist societies. Although framed as “self-criticism” in both the Soviet Union and Red China, it most often manifested more as craven submission to group pressure rather than legitimate introspection … (takimag.com)
~ PAYING THE PRICE– Cardinal on Pope’s advisory board: I ‘fully support’ jailed Canadian pro-lifer Mary Wagner … (lifesite)
~ THANK YOU FOR SHUTTING UP! “Oh, the blessed relief. Today someone turned down the volume of self-righteous feminist sermonising on Twitter and the network enjoyed a brief interlude of (relative) civility” … (blogs.telegraph)
~ MISEDUCATORS– N.Y. School Bans Students From Saying Words “War” “Gun” “Dinosaur”. My kids would go with shirts featuring the same.. dinosaurs shooting at each other in a DinoWar … (mrconservative.com)
~ WHY THE OPTING OUT? “The article is a fascinating study of female psychosis. It is a very valuable one for men to read, because it illustrates with crystalline clarity many of the pathologies currently at work in the half of humanity without a Y chromosome” … (ace.mu.nu)
~ BRITAIN CIRCLING THE DRAIN? The extraordinary experiment that PROVES the welfare state has lost its way: Documentary challenged benefit claimants to live on 1949 handouts. The results will astonish and infuriate you … (dailymail)
~ THE FACE OF mysterious priest at car wreck; Could “Mystery Priest” be a long-dead Benedictine Monk?; Mystery Priest in Rescue Comes Forward. Saith St. Binks: Just because it wasn’t a miracle, angel, or saintly manifestation does not mean (a) that God wasn’t busy there, and (b) the help wasn’t ‘Meant’ to happen … (fellowshipofminds)
~ THE AMISH, JEWS, Muslims and the future of religion … (blogs.telegraph)
~ SIMPLY PUT, “The government has commandeered the Internet. Most of the largest Internet companies provide information to the NSA, betraying their users. Some, as we’ve learned, fight and lose. Others cooperate, either out of patriotism or because they believe it’s easier that way. I have one message to the executives of those companies: fight.” … (theatlantic.com)
~ BULLY-KOPS– Police State: “YOU Open The Door When We Come To YOUR F*cking House!”; and Stop-and-Frisk Practice Violated Rights, Judge Rules … (Various)
~ CANADA’S SUBSTANDARD Tertiary Education System.. “big spending, but poor performance—- driven largely by the mediocre and substandard faculty, staff, and administrators that occupy this field. It’s long past time for an overhaul” … (canadafreepress)
~ ANTHONY ESOLEN– The Anti-Bullying Day was really a Pro-Gay Day, and.. Jay McDowell was himself a bully: “The message may be unfolded thus. If you do not wear this shirt, or if you do not approve of the life it celebrates, you are evil. You’re a bully. You want people like Tyler Clementi to die. The superintendent, but not the court, notes that Glowacki was held up to opprobrium in the classroom” … (thepublicdiscourse.com)
~ GLOBALIST AGENDA 21: Goal of taking the concept of “sustainable development” to a level of ultimate totalitarianism, infiltrating our Cities, Counties, States … (canadafreepress)
~ HUMAN PESTICIDE– Two million babies have been killed by the abortion drug in the United States … (lifenews.com)
~ CREATIVE MINORITY REPORT– Great Vid on Skateboarding Friars; Part-time Catholic College Prof, Part-time Abortion Doula; Pew: There’s More Christians than Ever Before; Judge Orders Parent of Baby Named “Messiah” to Change Name; The Church Needs To Turn Around Starting With The Priest; It is amazing to me that Spain has financial problems. They forgot what?!?; Obama Administration Argues FOR Prayer at Town Meetings?; Shocking Video of Protestors Interrupting Mass and Vandalizing Church; Obama’s ‘Faith Based’ Guy Glad Public Faith Dying … (creativeminorityreport.com)
~ RETHINKING PEER REVIEW: “Imagine being at a dinner party where the conversation turns to the realm of ideas on any topic. Now suppose that each of your comments were very closely scrutinized, so much that before being able to say anything, more senior members of the group would have to know and approve of your comment in advance. Most people would find this to be an onerous constraint in the free exchange of ideas, yet it is the very way in which much of today’s academic discourse is conducted … (ottawacitizen.com)
~ HERE THEY GO AGAIN! CAIR thugs attempt to shut down free speech rights of Florida professor
“At some point we are going to have to recognize the ultimate fragility of super-duper-high-level organizations. How can anything function practically four management layers higher than the Mayor of Chicago, considering that nothing much exceeds the University of Chicago? How long can we stand people’s artificial loyalties when their feet don’t hit their natives lands? Somewhere around a city, is what I think the limit is. We all should be at least that superstitious. We all have to go to ground.”
~ Via ~
~ CRANMER BLOG– How would you like your Lamb of God, sir? Perfectly presented or on the bloody side?; Christians are being slaughtered by Wahhabi Islamists all over the world: who is their Stephen Fry?; WTFWJD? Well, he’d neither swear nor ordain women; Misunderstanding the past: the meaning of ‘sin’; American finger to Christian art … (archbishop-cranmer.blog)
~ A NASTY BOOK, but– “Why Reza Aslan’s Christian Relatives and Friends Aren’t Trying to Kill Him”.. Which religion enforces a death penalty for apostasy? … (pjmedia.com)
~ IT ISN’T ALL BAD NEWS in the world of higher education: Bright spots in the bubble: the case of St. John’s College & Adjunct Campus … (rogerkimball)
~ COPYBOOK GODS– I do love the fussy insistence on calling ministers of the crown “honourable”; You can get ten members of any political party to argue for anything; How exactly is Radio-Canada essential to these communities?; It must be galling to be Thomas Mulcair right now … (CB)
~ CHESTERTON’S Secret People: The English Catholics … (reginamag.com)
~ “SMART-TECH” = SPY-TECH in the UK: Bomb-Proof Wi-Fi Trashcans Now Silently Tracking Your Smartphone Data. Saith Binks– Of course, the verboten question being avoided here is.. why do we need such “security” and bomb-proofedness? Could it be.. The Amish Threat? SHHHH! … (storyleak, theverge)
~ YAY, CANADA!! The Canadian Taxpayers Federation – Convicted fraudster Raymond Lavigne collecting $2M pension … (taxpayer.com)
~ 7 PEOPLE WHO Were Arrested Because Of Something They Wrote On Facebook … (businessinsider)
~ CRISIS MAG– The Liberal Protestant Future of Catholic Dissent; Let Us Not Forget the Wonder of Creation; The Ursuline Sisters and the “Outrage at Charlestown”; The Court Opens Door to Christian Persecution; Tolkien’s Farmer Giles Of Ham.. a hero for our time; Common Core: A Threat to Catholic Education … (crisismagazine)
~ NEW STUNNING VIDEO Of Japan Tsunami Found. Let’s remember the real tragedies here (1) A nuclear reactor on the seafront in an earthquake zone, which is now poisoning the Pacific; and (2) the olden-times folk in Japan knew that you lived in the hills, not on the flat.. because of tsunamis … (redflagnews)
~ LORNA DUECK– Violence… in the name of God. Meet a man caught in the middle of the anti-Islamic film controversy that sparked deadly riots, and the atheist son of one of America’s most controversial pastors … (contextwithlornadueck)
~ TIGRESS MOM PENS SCATHING Blog Post About Hollywood’s Immorality After Son Sees Shocking Sex Scene … (theblaze.com)
~ JAMES DELINGPOLE’S letter to UKIP … (trendingcentral.com)
~ CRAZY PLANET– — Palestinian terrorists launch rocket at Israeli civilian resort; Hyperloop: San Francisco to Los Angeles in 30 Minutes?; Paradoxes and hypocrisy in the attitudes towards First Nations in Canada; Islamic Prison Outreach in Toronto spreads Salafist hate of Christians, Jews and the West; The Unsurprising Sexism of Male Progressives; Attention whore Sarah Thomson writes about her fantasy sexual encounter with Rob Ford; More slimy media slander and innuendo about Rob Ford; Fifty Shades of Grey more abusive than kinky: Report; Norway’s Prime Minister Spends Afternoon Working as Taxi Driver; 76 Countries Where Anti-Gay Laws Are As Bad As Or Worse Than Russia’s; Study examines beliefs about who should pay for dates; Help Thy Neighbor and Go Straight to Prison… (eyecrazy.blog)
~ POPE BLESSES PLANS to make writer of Father Brown stories G.K. Chesterton a saint … (dailymail)
~ NEW, INCOMING– Breitbart Editor-at-Large Shapiro to Launch Anti-Media Matters Counterpunch with David Horowitz … (breitbart.com)
~ AMERICAN DIGEST– Whose Will decreed this landlocked sea; Obamas to Marine Corps: “Fetch!” First dog Bo is airlifted to Obama holiday home; Back In The Day– Old Man Tyson wanted to buy off the Clintons, and so a money laundering scheme was hatched; “Liberal Privilege is an invisible package of unearned assets which liberals can count on cashing in each day, but about which they are ‘meant’ to remain oblivious; Moments of real awe that overwhelm the soul are rare; Egyptian Belly Dancer Sama Elmasry Would Just Like to Say: “??Hey Obama, You Are Stupid, Bad Man:”; How many movies were harmed in the making of this film? 99; American People Petition the Dent for an Exemption from the DentCare; Father forgive the media, they know not what they do; Police in India’s Kashmir publish nuclear war survival tips, say notice doesn’t signal concern … (americandigest.org)
~ EMBASSY SHUTDOWN Ends with a Whimper as Embassies Reopen … (frontpagemag)
~ SO EXACTLY HOW MUCH did it cost U.S. taxpayers to airlift Bo, the First Dog, to Martha’s Vineyard? … (rightwingnews)
~ SEAL TEAM SIX members realized they had a target painted on their backs … (frontpagemag)
~ HIDDEN DICTATE OF THE DAY– The timing of various delays associated with the president’s health care law is suspect … (theblaze.com)
~ HUMA ABEDIN, Alger Hiss, Huma Abedin, Alger Hiss, Huma Abedin– Pay no attention to the extensive Muslim Brotherhood connections of Hillary Clinton’s confidante … (pjmedia.com)
~ ED DRISCOLL– The Completion Backward Principle; 400 SAMs Stolen from Benghazi?; 12 Angry Towers of Babel; “President Obama’s ambulance runs out of gas, sparks criticism”; Is Omni magazine poised to return from the publishing graveyard?; Now is the time when we juxtapose, Small Dead Animals-style; Because…well, because, just you shut up, that’s why!; “First dog Bo is airlifted to Obama holiday home” on Martha’s Vineyard; 12 Years of Instapundit; The Silicon Valley Oligarchy and the Doctrine of Liberal Privilege; When You Stare into the Fiscal Abyss, the Fiscal Abyss Stares Into You — And Your Wallet … (eddriscoll)
~ 11 LIBERAL RULES for Racism in America … (rightwingnews.com)
~ THE INDEBTED STATES of America– States and localities owe far, far more than their citizens know … (city-journal.org)
~ NEXT FED CHAIR Will Lead Us to ‘Economic Ruin,’ Says Peter Schiff … (finance.yahoo.com)
~ CLOSET REPUBLICAN– Air Freshener Withdrawn From Ukraine After Complaints About Brand Colors; Food Stamp Leech In La Jolla, California; Muslims Not Amused With Atheist Dawkin’s Comment On Muslim Nobel Prize Winners; Zimbabwe To Sell Uranian To Iran – Update; France Deports Tunisian Islamist Who Threatened Journalists; Charitable Hospitals To Be Fined For Treating Uninsured Under Obamacare; Muslim Jailbirds To Get Eid Treats In The UK … (republicaninthearts.blog)
~ IS DETRAIT DEAD? Charlie LeDuff says yes … (city-journal.org)
~ THE SURVEILLANCE SPEECH: A Low Point in Barack Obama’s Presidency.. Obama stands before us and spins, as if his position on this stuff hasn’t changed at all. It’s one of the most insulting lines he delivered … (theatlantic.com)
~ DOJ RADICAL SLEAZEBAG “Eric Holder’s corruption goes very deep, and continues to be allowed to flourish due to the protection afforded him by President Jarrett. Some of you will recall, as a slew of Democrats began calling for Holder’s resignation, it was Valerie Jarrett who gave one brief comment on the issue, declaring Eric Holder was staying. All of those calls for resignation soon after went strangely silent; plus, How Eric Holder Helped Steal The 2012 Election … (theulstermanreport.com)
~ MOVE OVER golden calf, children have started praying to Obama … (canadafreepress)
~ THE IRS IS apparently beefing up its agents’ capabilities by training with AR-15 rifles in preparation for raids on people unable or unwilling to pay their extorted federal income tax … (benswann.com)
~ PJMEDIA– Shame is dead. There appears there is no benefit to even pretending to be decent any more; An observer of from Mars, untutored in the ways of Washington, might conclude that the administration was suffering from multiple personality disorder; “Is the Yemen Terror Threat Routine, Or Something Else Entirely?”; The second-ranking CIA official now calls Syria the greatest threat to American national security today; The evidence will clearly show the Fort Hood event was “workplace violence … (pjmedia.com)
~ EGYPTIANS REJECT Barack’s Egyptian Hoax: American Influence Must Never Help Impose Tyranny! … (canadafreep)
~ NUDGE OFF! OBAMA’S NEW “NUDGE CZAR” GETS IN YOUR BIZ– Why czars of suggestion — Eat better! Exercise more! Save don’t spend! — are doomed to inevitable failure … (nypost.com)
~ AL QAEDA LOOT– End of Ramadan: Obama gifts a quarter billion more dollars to Syrian Muslims … (examiner.com)
~ WILL GRIGG EXPOSES how a harmless 57-year-old quilt artist has been terrorized by the government and indefinitely detained in a psych ward. Incidentally, she was an outspoken critic of city leaders; “Punishment Has Been Achieved” … (freedominourtime.blog)
~ THE OBAMA-BACKED “‘Free Syrian Army’ demolished the [Sts. Sergius and Bacchus] church,” lamented one refugee, “They tore up the sanctuary curtains, Bibles and other holy books, and broke all the crosses, chairs and icons of Jesus and the saints. They stole electrical appliances like fans, chandeliers and lights. They took whatever was in the church, and sold it all. There is nothing there now.” … (atlasshrugs2000)
~ BISEXUAL OBAMA Fights for Homosexual Freedom but Not When it Comes to Islam; likewise, Hollywood Protests Russian Anti-Gay Laws but is Silent About Persecution in Muslim Countries … (politicaloutcast.com, pjmedia.com)
~ VLADIMIR PUTIN to visit Cairo in support of General Sisi’s move to outlaw Muslim Brotherhood, while Obama fumes … (barenakedislam)
~ GERARD VANDERLEUN– “Somebody needs to point out, and keep pointing out, that the pro- Amnesty/ Immigration Surge coalition includes Communists, Socialists, Cultural Marxists, sexual perverts, predatory plutocrats and crony capitalists, Reconquistas and other ethnic agenda mongers” … (americandigest.org)
~ ACE OF SPADES– Monday Morning News Dump; DOOM: The Fresh-Maker!; Donald Trump was on ABC’s “This Week” yesterday; Rat Out Your Buddy In The Great White North; Entergy is laying off 800 of its 15,000 employees; The Left’s Emotional Anti-Gun Appeals Explained; Elon Musk Unveils His Latest Taxpayer Boondoggle; Modern Weaponry, Good and Bad; Oregon Denies Chemotherapy To Medicaid Patients With Less Than Two Years To Live; Greatest Healthcare System in the World: Congressman Bob Filner Completes Intensive “Stop Being a Creepy Pervert” Therapy in Record Time; Obama: I Didn’t Just Suspend the Law of the United States on My Own Authority– I Suspended the Law in Consultation With “Businesses” (aka “My Donors”) … (ace.mu.nu)
~ TREACHEROUS U.S. State Dept Offers $10 MILLION REWARD for Kill or Capture of ‘Enemies of Islam’ … (dcclothesline.com)
~ RACIST OBAMA Asks Public Schools to Ignore Poor Behavior By Black Children.. you know, like they did for Trayvon. What`s the worst that could happen … (thegatewaypundit.com)
~ THE RISE OF Free-Market Alternatives to Obamacare … (blog.acton.org)
~ CAPTAIN CAPITALISM: How to Avenge the Death of the United States … (captaincapitalism.blog)
~ IS THE CURRENT POTUS Crying wolf for the most devious of motives? … (lady-patriots.com)
~ 20 QUESTIONS The Media Would Be Asking Barack Obama If He Were A Republican … (rightwingnews)
~ ET TU, CNN? Where Obamacare premiums will soar … (cnn.com)
~ AH, IT’S GOOD TO BE KING: Obama Begins Vacation… “The better question is when has he stopped being on vacation? Obama takes every weekend off to play golf. If you check his schedule, most of the time, he isn’t checking in to “work” until about 11 am, and there are frequently no real work events scheduled” … (weaselzippers.us)
~ WHISTLEBLOWER: Obama Was Indonesian Citizen & Given Financial Aid As Foreign Student … (beforeitsnews.com)
~ THE RISEN CHRIST– Umar Mulinde was a Muslim who hated Israel until Jesus appeared to him in a dream; Muslims experiencing Christ through dreams and visions is a growing phenomenon in the Islamic world. Julie Stahl has the testimonies of several people who say Jesus supernaturally appeared to them, and changed their lives forever … (cbn.com)
~ DREAMS AND VISIONS: Is Jesus Awakening the Muslim World? … (amazon.com)
~ ANDREW BOSTOM– Why Egyptian Putschist General Al-Sisi’s Anti-Secular U.S. Army War College Thesis Matters; Meet Today’s Frontpage Magazine Pseudo-Academic Character Assassin, Jeffrey Herf; Dedicated to My Dear Friend Diana West: Aretha Franklin “Evil Gal Blues”; Taqiyya Theater? General al-Sisi’s August 2013 Wash Post Interview vs. His 2006 US Army War College Thesis … (andrewbostom.org)
~ WEEKLY STANDARD– Misjudging al Qaeda … (weeklystandard)
~ CREEPING SHARIA– The White House’s Visas-for-Terrorists Program; Virginia: Candidates pander for votes at Eid mosque gathering; NYC: Muslim immigrant gets 30 years for plot to bomb Federal Reserve; New Jersey: Library gets funds for Muslim propaganda series; Gitmo braces for unrest (ie, jihad) after Ramadan truce; Thanks to Obama, Muslim Brotherhood Opens First Office in Syria; Minnesota Muslims Still Being Recruited for Jihad; Obama to begin importing 2,000 Syrians, permanently … (creepingsharia)
~ HARDLINE Islamic cleric surrenders after ‘devastating’ acid attack on two British teenagers … (nationalpost)
~ BARE NEKKID ISLAM– WOO HOO! FOX News’ resident Liberal, Bob Beckel, vilifies Muslims again; Buddhists in Sri Lanka are waging their own battle against Islamization; “Wah, Wah, Wah…the little boy called me names, see how persecuted I am”; With British soldiers massacred in the streets by Muslims, thousands of young girls forced into sex slavery by Muslims, and Muslim NO GO zones on the rise, David Cameron announces a crackdown.. on “Islamophobia”; Vladimir Putin to visit Cairo in support of General Sisi’s move to outlaw Muslim Brotherhood, while Obama fumes; 1,000 rapes by Muslims were reported in Stockholm during just the first seven seven months of 2013. 300 of them involved girls under 15; HERE THEY GO AGAIN! CAIR thugs attempt to shut down free speech rights of Florida professor … (barenakedislam.com)
~ ATLAS SHRUGS– Pamela Geller exposes ‘irrefutable denial of reality of jihad threat'; Is ethnicity relevant to the Muslim rapists?; Gloating over a beheading in a public street outside London. And Obama demands that we “respect it!”; Now our streets are not our own.. in New York; The largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina became a place of radical Islam; Obama is in schoolyard whining mode, making fun of Putin and calling him names; Ginning up the jihad rhetoric. Sounds like someone is itching for a war; I’ll ask this only once: What has Israel ever done to us?; An Israeli girl, left, and a wounded Syrian girl, meet at the Western Galilee Hospital in Israel; Imagine, a religious leader attacked two Jewish girls with acid … (atlasshrugs)
~ NOTHING TO SEE HERE, you filthy Islamaphobe! Homegrown Jihad: The Terrorist Camps in the U.S. … (shariaunveiled)
~ CUTTING-EDGE Muslim scientist says world is flat and the sun revolves around the earth.. because Quran says so … (youtube)
~ IED-UK– A NEW radical extremist Muslim vigilante group in the UK that will dish out street ‘justice’ to anyone who offends a Muslim … (barenakedislam.com)