Note: CafePress now has a ‘delay’ policy– these shirts may not be available for a few days– or ever– depending on them. If not, I’ll do the design elsewhere….
Note: CafePress now has a ‘delay’ policy– these shirts may not be available for a few days– or ever– depending on them. If not, I’ll do the design elsewhere….
Scottish Muslim T-shirt via this maker
~ ITEM: Buddhas of Bamiyan
~ ITEM: Islam continues to destroy non-Muslim heritage in the modern era.
~ THERE IS NO hyphen in my ‘self-designation’. Not Christian Canadian, or Scottish-Canadian, or Dutch-Canadian, or Straight Canadian, or Hawaiian-Canadian, or any other identifiers which go with my background, ancestors, primary obediences, or national whatnot. Obviously, not because all such things are utterly unimportant to me, but because first is first: Just Canadian.
No doubt the above shirt was made with the best of intentions, but it’s still the wrong way of thinking. Said individual– whether immigrant, descendant of immigrant, or convert– is putting everything else under A Category: ‘Muslim‘. That’s what Islam is– a whole package of identity, activity, and no secularity allowed except in the interim as you get your Jihad & proselytism and cultural domination on. And get the black bags ready for the women-folk.
St. Thomas Aquinas and other thinkers of his time were the people who helped articulate the idea that the world (a spehere of activity within God’s active working) had its own laws, means of proceeding, and forms– which, as long as they reflected truth, justice, and goodness– had their own place. Hence saeculo= world, or of the world; or, secular. That’s why we have a world of Roman laws, Greek reason, Judaeo-Christian principles, and pagan weekday names. As St. Thomas put it, “Grace perfects, and does not destroy nature.” If it’s good, then redeem it, and carry on with the work of the Gospel.
Alongside the Jihad-driven bloodshed in Iraq, comes the usual archaeological horrors– destruction of ancient statues, documents, buildings, ruins. Why? Because anything non-Muslim or pre-dating Islam is– according to old Muzzles himself– ‘Of The Time Of Ignorance’. It’s got cooties.
That’s why the Pyramids look like they do in 2014– Saladin started things off by stripping the smaller pyraminds, then in AD1356 some other Islamic caliph did not see enduring symbols of a magnificent culture, and monuments reflecting human greatness and aspirations toward eternity: he saw a bunch of pagan stones lying around glorifying a false religion, and took the ancient casing-stones to make forts, a pretty palace, & some mosques in Cairo. Or, the ancient former Buddhas of Bamiyan– Talibanized in 2001. They are no more, after 2500 years.
Scottish Muslim? No. You are Scottish, period, or you are fundamentally something else. Jihad in Scotland has been mostly slow, stealth-Jihadish, with a few bigger events and cultural clashes along the way. In England and much of Western Europe, the rot is far more advanced, as decaying Western societies in the 60s and 70s aborted or prevented ever-larger cadres of their own next generations in the name of sexual liberation, feminism, selfishness, social convenience, and social engineering.
The first waves of Muslim immigrants tended to be the well-educated products of British-style education, who understood they were joining another society. Their children, and later waves of less-well educated immigrants have seen their role as to dominate the West by violence, political action, and open Jihad and contempt of what they rightly perceive as a fearful political correctness amongst the ruling and chattering classes.
Scottish Muslim? No. ~
~ ITEM: NCIS Season 4, episode 11 — ‘Driven’
~ ITEM: Spring-assisted Rescue Knife on eBay
~ TWO RECENT things– one on TV, the other in non-cyberwebspace, reminded me of the mad skills given to me by my Dad, by the Scouts, by reading, and a little preventative thinking.
The first? A careless van-driver in front of me who suddenly stopped in front of me (without signalling or checking his rearview), and proceeded to back up. Brain, in 1 second: “reverse, then honk”– 2 seconds later, I’m backing away from his approaching rear, three seconds later I lay on the horn. He gave me the “How dare you upset me as I try to do multiple-thousands of dollars of damage to your vehicle?” dirty look and related language. I drive off, rolling my eyes.
I blame my family, whose rule (drummed into me with every driving lesson, and proven too many times to name): They Are All Trying To Kill You. Even The Pedestrians. Try it– it focusses the mind wonderfully. I and countless passengers would now be roadkill statistics were I not operating a vehicle (or walking) as if They Were All Out To Get Me.
In the NCIS TV-episode from season 4 ‘Driven’, a woman is trapped in a robotic car by someone’s evil programming, and suffocated by exhaust vented into the cabin of the vehicle. She deads, because the doors, windows, and seatbelt lock on her.
So there I sat watching the episode, and thinking about how to save myself if I were her, or save her if I were on scene. “Gee, glad that’s not me” is not an option.
Carrying a simple rescue knife is basic self-and-other protection. With same, in case of an automobile crash, you can break a car window (use the point on the end, cover your hand with some cloth first, hit near a corner of the window in question, use the cloth-covered hand to crumble the rest of the safety-glass), cut your own or another’s seat-belt, and generally be much more likely to survive that and other straight-forward and common emergencies.
It’s a very very basic set of skills, and you can get a decent little rescue knife on eBay for about $20 (perfect for pocket, purse, jacket pocket, or belt). Why not get one for your vehicle, and one for each family member, friend, or neighbour, husband or wife? Christmas is coming.
There. Binks just saved more lives, if you read & do. The choice is up to you. ~
For Your Own Good. Cough.
~ ITEM: List of Verses Omitted from other Bible Versions (NIV, ASV, NASB et al.)
~ THE MORE THAT the Bible is translated, said C.S. Lewis, the less it is read. There are now so many boutique and niche-versions of the Christian Bible, it’s a veritable forest. We might also say that the more experts have their way with God’s Word, the more it seems to vanish into thin air, by their critical acids, pretending to be ‘objective scholarship’ of Biblical Criticism.
These ideas are partly why so many preachers say such weird and irrelevant stuff from the pulpit– they have the special inside knowledge, you see. The sheep in the pews are there to be patronized, talked down to, and baffled with this kind of BS.
But the nasty thing about a lot of modern Bibles? They simply leave some verses out, or in the footnotes, because experts. And they won’t always tell you what they’ve been up to.
Thing is, saith Binks, such edits depend on a teeteringly tall stack of assumptions about the Bible, and Julius Wellhausen-style ‘onwards and upwards progression’ arguments. I am no expert, and am instinctively suspicious of experts, and expertism in general. Partly because of problems like this:
“Wellhausen’s method is clear and straightforward. Every passage that fits his theory is authentic; all others are forgeries.”
What-now? Yes, you read that correctly.
Wellhausen’s method & theory itself depends on a taken-for granted 19th century theory of improvement & progress, that acorns come before oak trees, and (to make it very simplistic) we now are the smartest & bestest people ever, because we are alive now, and we know so much more than the naive dolts who went before us. Especially the pre-scientific & pre-critical nitwits who lived & lied-up the Bible. It would have been better, really, if they’d all been superior Germanic Biblical professors a lot like Wellhausen.
This is classical ‘Jumping Off Your Own Shadow’ cleverness, where your master-theory assumes what it has to prove, and does not include a proper examination of the hidden assumptions, presumptions, and biases implicit in, say, being a late 19th century German academic. This is a classical form of Ivory Tower Blind-Spot. It reminds me of a retired Episcopal Seminary professor who said, in my hearing, that given the way that saint, evangelist, apostle and eyewitness of Our Lord St. Matthew mis-handled the Old Testament, that he “would have flunked my intro to the New Testament course.”
Then, all the like-minded modern experts gather together, echo each other, and assume anybody not as clever as them & Wellhausen are rather pitiable unserious persons, and to be treated as such, or simply lied to in general.
We simply don’t know why some families of NT documents have omissions, differences, or variations. Nor do Biblical Scholars, especially the darned German ones, who have utterly buggerized & theoretized the faith & Bible as much as they have helped it.
As Pope Benedict XVI has pointed out in his two books on Jesus of Nazareth, even after we have criticized and analysed and crumbled the Bible, we still must unbreak it and re-read and know it as God’s Word. Deconstruction must lead to deeper understanding, or it is merely a con leading to destruction. Unwisdom.
Twenty years have flowed away
down the long river
And never in my life will return
for me from the sea.
Ah, years in which looking far away
I saw ages long past
When still trees bloomed
free in a wide country.
And thus now all begins to wither
With the breath of cold-hearted wizards
To know things they break them*
And their stern lordship they establish
Through fear of death.
* My emphasis.
For instance– even if we agree (‘cuz it’s shorter & simpler = Wellhausen) that the Gospel of Mark is early, might not the early Church very early on (in late apostolic immediate sub-apostolic time) have been guided by the Holy Spirit to edit the Gospel to add, fix, and clarify Mark, in accord with the faith, the creed, and the three other Gospels? So the runty-Gospel doesn’t look strange and incomplete, compared to the other three, the Letters of Paul, and the preaching, creed, and worship in the Churches?
Or, what if the scribes of Peter wrote more in an ‘updated edition’, as remembered from his preaching, with the last chapter?
Or, what if there was an early set of incomplete manuscripts, and a later completed one?
Or, what if the earliest (fuller) texts were destroyed or lost in various persecutions or invasions, and other texts (the incomplete, or uncorrected or partial texts) survived, because they were not in as much use?
That’s a very few “what ifs”, on one possibility, for one Gospel. So easy, a web-elf can do it. Oh, and, of course, everything that fits my theory is authentic; all others are forgeries.
Leaving dozens of verses out of modern Bible translations as modern scholars have done in too many Bible mistranslations is hubristic, arrogant, and assumes too much that we simply cannot know, but must take on faith. And no, I’m not a KJV-worshipper– nor am I an unreflective Westcott & Hort, or Wellhausen fanboy.
Let’s be clear here: as against the witness of a good part of the surviving New Testament documents, experts have made their version of the Bible fit Liberal German theories of simpler=earlier. Anything that does not fit with the theory does not belong.
However, I do believe that the Spirit-guided evangelists of the Spirit-guided Church were indeed receivers of the promised Holy Ghost, who would bring all things into remembrance, whatsoever Jesus had taught the apostles, and to write it in the Spirit-sealed Word of God, all by the power and inspiration of the Risen Logos, the incarnate Word, Jesus Christ.
Somehow, the Church prospered and grew and preached for over 1830 years (give or take) without the bizarre and too often destructive and high-handed ‘expertise’ of unrestricted theories and guesses about the Bible, which has led us to the ideological nightmare of “politically correct” feminist ‘Bibles‘, pro-Gay ‘Bibles‘, and the popular modern ‘with the suspicious bits left out’ versions.
Don’t trust the experts. Binks may be wrong, too. The truth may be larger, more interesting, simpler or more complicated than some German guy said. The experts do not have, or should not have, the final word. ~
~ IT ALL DEPENDS WHAT YOU think is actually going on– and therefore what needs to be said and done– on what you think is real and true.
For instance, if you were born in the 60s, and tend Leftwards, you think it’s all about getting people into the Kumbayah circle, generating positive feelings, and perhaps some weed-smoke, and the world will come together in peace, love, and flowers. The 60s were an optimistic time, and old barriers and conflicts were going to be fixed by the UN, and fine-sounding words, and becoming subtly Communist & worldly. This fulfilled that part of the European revolutionary spirit of the 1840s. Utopia, next stop! Happy happy, joy joy, everything is awesome!
However, what if the real situation is that we are in a burning Minas Tirith, surrounded by countless entrenched orcs, wargs, Nazgul, and other monsters; within the walls are despair, treachery, not enough warriors, and a fading spirit. There are a few hidden away in the burning city singing Kumbayah or the Gondorian equivalent, but they are worse than useless. Even worse? somehow, The Enemy is in control of the people running things. And there’s plenty of blame to go around, not just based on your habits of mind, group-think, or the alleged general consensus.
Sadly, many of the churches of our time worship big government, the spirit of the age, and feelings over facts and faith. That is, the church militant– the church fighting the good fight here below cheered on by the angels, saints, martyrs and faithful ones of the church above– is making Kumbayah, not spiritual war, against the world, the flesh, and the devil. Think cops on permanent donut-break whilst the criminals run wild.
To a real extend, this is the fault of Rome. When the Roman Catholics get a sniffle, the protestants get double pneumonia. Vatican II was a mess. It replaced evangelism with ecumenism; truth with consensus (a.k.a. the pooling of ignorance & contradiction in search of truth); worship with self-regarding spectacle; a world-culture with a divided weak waffling ‘spirit’. A house divided cannot stand.
C’mon Rome– Kumbayah? Ecumenism with Muslim prayers at the Vatican? All happy times, and ever onwards and upwards? Great, big massive lies, with feckin’ bells hanging off them! Please, Pope Bergoglio: show me in the Bible where Jesus ever said that he came to bring peace, flowers, and Kumbayah, and that the march of the church is like a bunch of hippies skipping through a field of flowers. Where he said that we should surrender to other faiths, or to a worldly feel-good agnosticism.
The one thing I know and feel in my bones is that the more we deny the fact of darkness in ourselves, the world, and in spiritual places, the more we’ve wandered into a self-decieving la-la land, while failing to recognize we’re in a minefield. In the fog. At night. Having no clear idea which way to go. And the darkness knows it.
The more we live in denial, the more we excuse ourselves from these time, OUR times, which require wakeful, wise, brave people to fight against and to name the evils around us, within us, and threatening us. ~
I’m a guy from Brooklyn who attends the Traditional Mass at Holy Innocents Church in New York City.
I don’t know if you have heard anything about the impending closure of my parish, Holy Innocents. It is the central church for tradition in the archdiocese of New York, with a daily TLM (Traditional Latin Mass).
Oh, we have the standard Mass in English there as well. We have no debt. The congregation is growing. We just went through a tremendous rehabilitation of our mural, which was painted by Constantino Brumidi, the artist who later painted the U.S. Capitol. See here:
All of this was done by the congregation raising money or, in my own case, using my construction skills sometimes literally on my hands and knees for hours, working and sweating to help rehabilitate the church building.
On The Other Hand
The archdiocese is currently rehabilitating St. Patrick’s Cathedral to the tune of $200 million, and it needs money big-time. To save costs, it recently announced that it was looking to close a number of parish churches in Manhattan.
Fair enough. There are too many churches in Manhattan left over from when the Church was strong in New York. However, we are on the top of the list. Interestingly, one of the Manhattan churches that holds LGBT Masses is not on the list:
Father Justin Wylie, who was attached to the United Nations, preached the following sermon at mass a few weeks ago. I was in the front row, and I was so excited I almost jumped up and shouted (but didn’t, not in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament and during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass–I AM a Traditionalist Catholic).
Here’s a post by Catholic blogger ‘Father Z’ with the transcript. Please take a moment to read it:
The end result? Not so good.
Then What Happened
It seems that the archdiocese of New York has not only yanked Fr. Wylie’s permission to say Mass in New York, it’s written letters to the UN delegation and father Wylie’s diocese, and he’ll be officially kicked out of New York City shortly:
This is not made up. This is not drama. I know Father Wylie personally. I know that Traditionalists often come off as paranoid. But remember the old joke that just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean that they’re not out to get you.
Please, read Father Wylie’s sermon. If there really was anything in there warranting his immediate silencing and expulsion, please point it out to me.
If not — if you see any questionable procedures or outright injustice in this maneuver by the archdiocese — I ask you to publicize it.
Thank you for your time, and interest.
~ DEAR OLD Hitler loved it. Because master-race. Purity. Even though he himself had a physical problem, and was part-Jewish.
Get rid of the retards, cripples, gypsies, Jews, homosexuals, socialists, communists, non-Nazi journalists, and all the other human debris and pests. Had a whole bunch of government programs to clean the gene pool up, including total war.
Eugenics was quite popular with all the cool kids in the early 20th century, along with other horrid notions like enforced sterilization, abortion, breeding programs, euthanasia, and suchlike. They breed horses and flowers, right? And they shoot horses, don’t they?
After The Hitler, eugenics had to re-invent itself.. hence abortion, the pill, euthanasia (compassionate good death, if you want weasel-words) willing or otherwise, and all the other ideas & practice of The Culture Of Death.
In the West, even as our desire to baby is vanishing, our desire to have ourselves murdered is increasing a little, and some governments are kinda into it, and trying to enforce it. No doubt this has utterly nothing to do with the uber-selfishness of many modern people; their lack of fear of God & judgment for suicide; and especially not the the catastrophically expensive wave of old people known as Baby Boomers now starting to need old-person drugs, care, facilities, and hospital-care– even as socialism is collapsing from over-spending on the social safety net. Ironic and tragic hilarity to ensue?
In Canada, Alex Schadenberg amongst others have been fighting cases across Canada to oppose euthanasia. The killing of old, sick, disabled, pain-stricken, depressed, and elderly people by doctors and nurses: sometimes with, more often against their wills, as the experience in Belgium and the Netherlands has shown over the past 25 years and more.
Please support his work as generously as possible, and be forewarned: euthanasia– like many other Liberal notions– is just as clueless, destructive, and full of what they like to call “unintended consequences”. Plus, huge piles of corpses.. some of them people you knew and loved.
Medicalized Murder: Oppose It Now, Before It Gets You. ~
Just go– now– and read the whole thing. I have the deepest appreciation for this article.
“I hereby will vote Vox Day our Supreme Dark Lord, declare Larry Correia to be our International Lord of Hate, decree Sarah Hoyt to be our Beautiful but Evil Space Princess whom we all love and obey, and — let me see, all the good positions are taken — perhaps I can be the Evil Brain in a Jar just like my ancestor, Simon Wright. Perhaps Sarah Hoyt will carry me around in a handbag, as she walks the grounds of her secret base hidden in a cold volcano cone, commanding innocent and cringing minions to be flogged with electric whips, or sent screaming to the Agony Vat.”
Thing of beauty, that. In related news…..
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body…”
~ SAITH TEH BINKS…. Ear-hamstering. Really? Fut. The. Wuck.
However, just because I’d never contemplate it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t mean something greater than “Those Darned Kids” or the fleeing fads and fashions of the world. And also, sin and evil and stupid and lookatme and ‘protest’; and there is a part of us that is still in love with the barbarian within, which is what our ancestors were for hundreds of thousands of years or more.
Still. In a world where kids are expendable, preventable, recyclable, exploitable, abortable, abusable, pornable, ignorable, and where many come from the horrible and life-blighting reality of divorced homes, a disfiguring conformity is really a symptom, and not the core of the heartbreak, alienation, and pagan defiance of such marks and holes.
I think these physical fashions to be ugly, and yet another part of me looks past the outer, and asks “Why? Why now? Why this?” The same with the passive living online, in games, or via The Shiny Things– so that life is almost always at 2nd-hand. There are reasons for such half-living, and why it’s so powerful and attractive just now.
After the many & horrible social catastrophes of the 20th century, kids feel themselves afraid & alone in a cold, uncaring world which is profoundly not for them, not on their side, not reflective of God’s great “Yes” to all, young or old, rich or poor, male or female, who turn to him. Children are the great unwanted, inconvenient, decorative, murderable, expensive wee horrors. The message is loud and clear.
Despite all the riches and power and freedom and comfort and safety, our world is sever more spiritually dead. It’s a desert out there– sometimes burning, sometimes freezing, with little shelter or mercy.
Lord Jesus, have mercy. ~
* Otic = ear-related.
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