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Saith The Preacher

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~ I’M NOT SURE, but I may have rolled my eyes. Or, more likely, just looked down and hid my expression.

It was the local RC priest preaching that year for the area Remembrance Day church service, and for some reason he was going on about how war is bad, the evils of war, and the military-industrial something or other, and the assembled veterans and family and community members were restless, and angry at this harangue. How needless, and stupid, and offensive. I suppose his college and seminary professors would have all approved.

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War! Bad!

And Now, The Rebuttal

The next year, it was my turn to preach. I remembered what had been said the year before. Does anybody really need to tell honest-to-God war veterans that war is horrible, regrettable, wasteful, and messy? No. All I could remember was poring over the photos my Grampa George took of India and Burma, and then– after a certain point– he’d just stop, and get up, crying. The great adventure had that dark side, of deeds done, things seen, friends missing or worse.

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I asked God for the wisdom and strength and sensitivity not to waste such an opportunity, nor to ever throw contempt into the faces and hearts assembled there. So I preached to my Grampa, looking out on a sea of gray hair and wrinkled faces. I spoke about the good and bad of war, of people and places remembered, of God’s love known and seen in the worst of times and present with us still in times of peace and freedom, and I actually said “nobody needs to tell the eyewitnesses that war is hell”. I told the story of my Grampa and his happy memories, and his tears. I also  said that the peace and freedom for which so many suffered and died was still worth fighting for, so that in the Canada of 1995, we might look to save our unborn, 2 000 000 dead in the last 20 years, that Hitler’s dreams of control over others and the weakest might die once and for all. That the sacrifices of those years not be cast away in our time.

The local RC priest looked daggers at me, partly because he knew this was a rebuttal– but directed to speaking the truth in love, and to those gathered men and women. Afterwards, the centotaph ceremony down, a good number of the vets thanked me for my words.

To my surprise, a big old fellow came up to me, and asked about my Grandfather, and the unit he served in during his Burma days (435 “Chinthe” Transport and Rescue Squadron). “Yes, I thought it might be.” He had known my Grampa, and as we talked, he also broke down in tears. He promised to send me something, and a few weeks later, a photocopied 3-4 page article arrived, detailing the unit, the work, and lo and behold, there in the front row of the picture, sleeves rolled up and brown as a nut was my then-young Grandfather, with all the men of his section posing proud and strong.

In 1995, I head the great honour of helping prepare the service, and preaching at, the provincial gathering for the 50th Anniversary of VE Day, in Louisbourg. I did not tell them that war was bad. 1500 gathered vets, family, military officers, chaplains, and all the rest. I did forget the printed copy of my sermon at home, and spent the first 20 minutes of the ceremony surreptitiously writing down my main points on a stray piece of paper. Eep!

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Still, And More

For we are ever more at war, against enemies outside and within, of cowards and surrender-minded folks, of people who really aren’t sure if what we have and who we are is worth believing, defending, let alone dying for. Abortion is down slightly, but most of our murdered pre-born kids are killed for reasons of pleasure, hedonism, and social convenience. 100 000 every year; since I preached that sermon, we’ve slaughtered another 900 000. Hitler’s favourite eugenics– getting rid of the handicapped, elderly, and inferior– is now called family planning. The possible next Prime Minister of Canada is an intellectual and moral lightweight, who panders to militant Islam, and acts the dictator within his own party. You’ll remember his spoiled rich father, Pierre Trudeau, the anti-semite and wartime fascist who thought it a great joke to dress up as a Nazi soldier and drive around in Jewish neighbourhoods of Montreal during the war he avoided serving in.

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In 2014, political correctness and totalitarian progressivism represent an auto-immune disease of Western Societies, weakened inwardly, prey to opportunistic infections like radical Islam, abortionism, feminism, intellectual Leftism, open Communism and anti-semitism, racism and so much more. The battle is not over by a long stretch in each year and age– Hitler may be dead, but Hitlerism, Stalinism, Maoism, and other homegrown forms of dictatorship, death, and societal suicide abide with us. And outside, creeping in the gates, comes the wolfish bloody-handed hordes of Mohammedism, head-cutting and seducing, and presenting an impossibly simplistic universe for the same kind of souls who eagerly joined the SS in Germany. Evil is alive, ever seeking opportunity, blood, souls to mislead, and good things to bring down to ruin.

These our our times, our battles. As the spiritual leader of the war against evil in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth, Gandalf the Grey says:

Other evils there are that may come; for Sauron is himself but a servant or emissary. Yet it is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.’ ― Gandalf, ‘The Lord of the Rings’, Book V, Chapter 9.

Let us remember, and so remembering, act. ~

~ Binks

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More Than Remembrance: Gren, Part II

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~ FOR SEVERAL years, on Remembrance Day, I’ve sent people to my memorial-page for my great-uncle Gren Stanley, shot down in 1943. Feel free to go read it again, to get the background. He fought and died for the freedom we enjoy from that day to this.

Out Of The Blue

As it turns out, there is an amazing second chapter to Grenville’s story, all because of that original posting. This e-mail arrived last Remembrance Day, 2013, from the Wings Museum in England.

Dear Binks,

I am writing regarding the brother of your grandmother, Flight Sergeant Grenville Gordon Stanley RCAF. I am writing on behalf of Kevin Hunt, curator of Wings Museum in England. He and others have located the Halifax bomber remains that your great uncle was on and are erecting a memorial in honour of that flight crew. They are looking for relatives to attend this memorial service in 2014. It looks to me like you should be one who is invited to attend. Can you help me out with more information and likewise I can reciprocate.

Rob Ferguson

ps: I was at a similar memorial service this last May, 2013 for my uncle whom I am named after and was very satisfied with the respect and dignity bestowed upon the flight crew that the memorial and what it represented to both the locals and the relatives who attended.

My post, Googled, led to this museum doing something wonderful & moving.

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As it turned out, on June 21st 2014, Gren’s great-nephew and great-niece (my brother Michael, and 1st cousin Karin), and Gren’s nephew and his wife (John, above, & his wife Maxine) attended the special ceremony for the crew of Halifax DT556 in Kasterlee Belgium, on the actual site where Gren’s bomber crashed. They also visited his grave in the war cemetery nearby.

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The family of Pilot Officer Genville Stanley RCAF pay their emotional personal tributes at his grave at Schonselhof Cemetery in Belgium.

Simply awesome. What a gift for our family, and so many others. A proper museum doing such an important work, for relatives, for those times, for airplanes lost, for many in Europe who are still grateful for their freedoms paid for at such a price. This work continues– please consider a donation.

Marking The Spot

From the dedicated Memorial Stone, via the Wings Museum Webpage, a wealth of information:

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Memorial dedication to the crew of Halifax DT556 – 21st June 2014.

On Saturday 21st June 2014 a memorial was unveiled at Gootress near the town of Kasterlee in Belgium to the crew of a 76 Squadron Halifax bomber which was shot down in the early hours of 2nd March 1943. The memorial was a joint venture between the Wings Museum, the Heemkundige Kring a local history group in Kasterlee and the community of Kasterlee. 11 relatives of 2 of the crew attended the memorial service traveling from England & Canada.

The investigation into the circumstances of the loss of Halifax DT556 & her crew were first investigated in 1998 when the Wings Museum wrote to the local Mayor for information on the incident. Several searches were made over the years by the Wings Musuem with lots of small fragments being recovered, these findings backed up eye witness reports that the Halifax exploded over the small hamlet of Gootress scattering wreckage on the surface of the fields. These pieces also confirmed that this was indeed a Mark II Halifax by identification from part numbers located on the wreckage. The investigation came full circle when finally in 2014 a memorial was unveiled to commemorate the crew.

The Last Flight of DT556…

Handley Page Halifax II Serial Number DT556 MP-U was one of two 76 Squadron Halifaxes lost on the night of the 1st/2nd March 1943. The crew of DT556 took off at 18.27 from RAF Linton-on-Ouse to bomb Berlin. A second pilot by the name of Arthur Thomas Wheatley was on board DT556 to gain combat air experience.

After bombing the target and on the homeward leg of the flight DT556 was shot down by a German night fighter at 00.13 at Grootrees near Kasterlee in Begium. The aircraft exploded in mid air scattering wreckage over a 1km radius. Tragically out of the 8 crew members on board only 3 managed to bale out, 2 being captured by the Germans and 1 managed to evade back to England. 5 of the crew were buried at SCHOONSELHOF Cemetery.

On 1/2nd March 1943 a bomber force of 302 aircraft which was comprised of 156 Lancasters, 86 Halifaxes, and 60 Stirlings were briefed to bomb Berlin. During the raid the Pathfinders experienced difficulty in producing concentrated marking because individual parts of the extensive built-up city area of Berlin could not be distinguished on the H2S screens. Bombing photographs showed that the attack was spread over more than 100 square miles with the main emphasis in the south-west of the city. However, because larger numbers of aircraft were now being used and because those aircraft were now carrying a greater average bomb load, the proportion of the force which did hit Berlin caused more damage than any previous raid to this target. This type of result, with significant damage still being caused by only partially successful attacks was becoming a regular feature of Bomber Command raids. Some bombs hit the Telefunken works at which the H2S set taken from the Stirling shot down near Rotterdam was being reassembled.

The set was completely destroyed in the bombing but a Halifax of 35 Squadron with an almost intact set crashed in Holland on this night and the Germans were able to resume their research into H2S immediately. 17 aircraft, they being 7 Lancasters, 6 Halifaxes, and 4 Stirlings were lost on the raid. Returning from the raid shortly after midnight the aircraft was intercepted by an German night-fighter and shot down at 0013 hours, crashing between Kasterlee and Turnhaut (Antwerpen), Belgium. Five of the crew were killed and are interred in the same cemetery, two were captured, but Flying Officer E. L. Souter-Smith avoided capture and reached Switzerland where he was interned. After the Second World War he moved to Australia, but was sadly killed in a motoring accident in 1973.

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The family of Grenville Stanley stand on the exact spot where the Halifax crashed – visiting the exact crash site was an important & emotional part of their visit.

Saith Teh Binks

We learned a few things about the loss of Halifax DT556: first, that indeed Gren had a fiancee; second, that three of the aircrew bailed out, and survived– “2 being captured by the Germans and 1 managed to evade back to England” according to museum research.

I give thanks this Remembrance Day 2014 for the good people at the Wings Museum in England; the people of Kasterlee, and the local historical association, my relatives for attending (I cannot travel much), and for a young man 71 years ago, who made the supreme sacrifice, that we might be free. Thanks, Great-Uncle Grenville. You are still missed. ~

~ Binks

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Social Misengineering

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~ WORDS MEAN things.. thus, when radicals want to break something, they usually start with the words about that target. People who oppose a dictatorship are ‘dissidents’, or counter-revolutionaries; people with legitimate doubts over same-sex unions are ‘homophobes’. People who dislike terrorists killing people are ‘Islamophobes’. It’s hows you marginalize, re-interpret, skew reality.

In my wallet I carry a ‘partner discount card’. Oddly enough, I am not officially yoked in a business agreement with anybody, say, like Scrooge & Marley. This, again, is re-interpretation through the misuse of words. I am a husband; but, you see, that ‘discriminates’ (i.e., notices the differences) against illegal fake ‘living together’ marriages, gay unions, and boyfriend-girlfriend. Can’t have that, so call everybody the same thing, even if they are very different things.

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Something Else

I’m married, 27 years, committed to one woman till death us do part; with two kids of my own, no step-anythings. That is, the actual thing, however imperfect, as decreed by God, as lived by most of civilized history, as taught in the Bible and by the Saviour himself. Partners? Well, that’s one aspect of things, but just as a sirloin steak is different from a take-out cheeseburger or bologna sandwiches, or junk food.

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Don’t get on me about broken homes– I lived in one for much of my youth. Don’t get on me about ‘living together’– pseudo marriage is just that– playing at husband and wife, all of the benefits, none of the commitments come what may, and a dangerous environment for kids and other small animals.

Wording Good

Words mean things; good things are actually good; similar things may not be so good, or actually evil. That people don’t like feeling bad, or guilty, or ashamed is part of human nature: if you’ve done bad, feeling bad is the right response. Shame is your conscience warning you; guilt can be very real, for sins and crimes and hurting others. The great error of our modern age is that the virtue of compassion has run amuck, to the point of telling half-truths and lies, to make people feel better about themselves.

 If everything is lowered to one level, people may be allowed to excuse themselves much, and yet the thing itself is degraded, as if we substituted gold-spray-painted copper for gold coins. Counterfeit. Not the same. Fake.

I’m not in business with her, I’m married to her as husband and wife. More precious than gold, yea, than much fine gold. ~

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Wee Wallace Of Doom

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Wee Wallace Of Doom, Planning To Annex Something, And Mark It With His Pee

~ FOR WHATEVER good reasons God gave us dogs, I rejoice– daily– that God gave me Wee Wallace.

We’d been down to Missouri for a month visiting Binks-Dad, who at that point had 4 (large) dogs– I was doomed. My twin Binklings fell in love with pooches, and they finagled and asked nicely and begged and got parents onside, and only a couple of weeks after we returned to New Scotland, there he was.

He and his brother lived in a glass booth at the puppy-store for over 4 months. His brother (white-furred) was too caffeinated, and would not stop jumping… but the black-furred puppy at the back of the cage was looking at the world, checking things out. Bingo. His temperament seemed to suit ours.

Wallace knew literally nothing of life save the little world of the pet-store. Grass, sky, walking on a leash, other critters, different kinds of food, sleeping without his brother, where to poop? All new.

We named him Wee Wallace, after Sir William Wallace, the Scottish hero of the Wars Of Independence. You know, cuz miniature poodles are tough like dat. I learned that not only are they low-allergenic, but they can be super-smart, and funny. Poodles are water-dogs, meant for scaring up and catching water fowl.

A Simple Life

His life is small, he has a couple of jobs (door-microwave-phone alert-mummy’s home), he is made happy with a daily walk followed by two mini-milkbones, and an occasional variety in the taste of his dog-food. If, whilst on his walk, he can dance for a couple of people, or sniff butts with some other neighbourhood dogs, all the while leaving or answering p-mails on trees, bushes, shrubs, and dog-likely sniffing spots, his joy is deep and honest. As someone said, dogs thank God simply by wholeheartedly enjoying the good things of this life. It’s true in his case.

Get Up And Walkies

Wee Wallace saved my life. Not bad for a little guy not 10 pounds soaking wet.

Chronic illness can keep you low and hidden and lying about, waiting for the next misery. With the daily doggy-needs for micturation and defecation, I was forced to be up and about. Daily walks ensued. Said walks got longer and more healthsome. I began to regain my slim and girlish figure. Some of the chronic pains faded a little to the background.

That’ll Do, Dog

The She-Binks is diligent in varying his small-dog Nutrience dry food month-by-month. Today, he was looking at me attentively, and so I looked at his dish and water-bowl. Leftovers of the old mix.

“Wally wants kibble?”

Blink (he blinks for yes, stares for no/ don’t understand).

“OK, new kibble! Oh boy!” Dog dances on his hind feet, in expectation.

New kibble ensues on the plate. Dog eagerly eats each piece on at a time, by taking them carefully off the plate, and eating it a foot away on the carpet.

A few moments later: “Wallace! is it good? Is it yummy?”

Wallace blinks, licks chops, and smiles, eyes aglow. Binky’s heart melts into marshmallow puddle.

Dog resumes his careful kibble-eating, one by one by one.

Sometimes, it’s the simple joy of knowing you’ve made another critter happy that warms the heart-cockles.

Good dog. ~

* Slightly edited, because influenza. And for those who are wondering why I’m not on about Obama Ebola Nekkid Actresses Reddit Twitter, it’s because the ordinary life of free people in free lands, enjoyed, is part of what we must fight, and live for. 

Wee Binks

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~ AND THEN it happened.

Grade 1. I had no idea WTF it was all about.

We sit in rows, while Mrs. Arm Wattle talked at us about things of little or no interest.

Wee Binks: “OK, I did that for 10 minutes, now can we go outside? Can I go home now? What is this all about? You want me to do what? I’m lonely, and scared, confused and bored, and none of this makes much sense. What? Back to the corner again?”

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It was in Grade 1 that I learned many things, not all of them intended.

~ That being repeatedly sent to stand in the corner made as much sense as whatever this whole ‘classroom’ thing was about.

~ That organized public education and my younger self did not get along at all.

~ That the horrors and bullying of the schoolyard were even worse.

~ That it was a long walk to the Principal’s Office.

~ That numbers were a language I could not easily grasp (it turns out Wee Binks actually had math dyslexia– Discalculia– but it had not been invented yet.. along with mild dyslexia).

~ That a close approximation of the desolation of hell is an empty Valentine’s day bag with no cards in it (Grade 2).

~ That no matter how badly you wanted to, you could not go home until another grinding day was done. Each day was like a month. Thus, Grade One took about 22 years, Binks-time.

~ By age six, I wished I were dead.

So forgive me if I recall “the First Day Of School” as a not-happy thing. ~

Binks

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Do Some Good

~ ITEM: Red Cross Canada Calgary Relief

~ ITEM: Fight Euthanasia In Canada.. their Donation Page. Director Alex Schadenberg is fighting the good fight

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~ ITEM: The Fellowship of St. James: For Christ, Creed & Culture

~ ITEM: NEW CRITERION– We’re in the final days of our fundraising drive. Read a special appeal from Roger Kimball here and pledge your support to culture and criticism by making a donation.


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“Sons of Gondor, of Rohan. My brothers. I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me! A day may come, when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of Fellowship, but it is not this day! An hour of wolves and shattered shields when the age of men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you, stand, men of the West!”

~ Aragorn son of Arathorn, called Elessar, the Elfstone, Dúnadain, the heir of Isildur Elendil’s son of Gondor.


Some Esplainin’ To Do

~ YOU WILL NOTICE that Binks pre-insults some of the bloggers and links below. This is for the effort-saving convenience of any progressive and/ or radical visitors to the blog, who prefer pre-judged labels, insults, and slogans to the retrograde and antiquated notion of “Actually Shutting Up And Listening To What Someone Has To Say” which may veer dangerously close to “Actually Learning Something New”.

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Ever Homewards

~ ITEMIMAGES OF PILGRIMAGE: PARADISE AND WILDERNESS IN CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY, Robert D. Crouse, 1986

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~ CONFESSIO: FOR A WHILE, I forgot.

I forgot my ever-home: heaven, better than all the best bits of nostalgia and remembrance and hope and longing. That the soul is on pilgrimage through a sometimes dark and dangerous land; sometimes with friends & companions, other times alone, with thoughts and God and the holy angels.

We are all on the same pilgrimage, towards or away from home, or just sitting in the ditch. It is easy to seek our own way; to mistake our wishes or desires for reality; to set up shop or head the wrong way, swimming in excuses and likeminded company. Such is the broad and easy way of illusion, or as the philosopher put it, to be born dreaming and die dreaming without ever having woken up.

I forgot.

In Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, when the character Dante wakes up in the dark wood, it is not that he wasn’t there before, but that he was spiritually, intellectually, and sinfully in denial of the doomed state of his soul, and the dangers all around, and that the right road homewards– through all our days, many or few, to heaven– was “wholly lost and gone”. He forgot.

There were other things I forgot, entangled in illness and isolation– like the hope of resurrection; that the grave is a doorway, not an oblivion; that God will not suffer his holy ones to see corruption; that though in the midst of life we are in death.. yet death hasn’t the last word.

I’m sorry, because the whole Binky Free Canuckistan thing is part of my calling to serve others, through, despite, and given the opportunity of illness. It’s a God thing. I let the blog drop, got into a bucket of “Why Me?”, and let weariness and a desire for a false peace overcome me.

As in every age and place, we are at war– with ourselves, with powers & principalities and horrible ideas and false faith and good intentions turned into hell.

There’s just no sitting this one out. ~


Books Galore & More

~ ITEMThe Lymond Chronicles

~ ITEMH.F.M. Prescott

~ ITEMHenry IV Part 1: Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre; and Part 2

~ I’VE STILL BEEN bookworming it– jonseing on Brit various tomes by historian Alison Weir; laughing out loud and enjoying the rich brain-squeezy goodness of Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond Crawford novels; the Anglo-Catholic wisdom of H. F. M. Prescott in The Man on A Donkey; Ackroyd’s biography of Shakespeare; various other odds and ends along the way.

Via the Beeb & Tube of You, The Binks has been taking in The Hollow Crown (4 royal plays starting with Richard 2.0)– powerful, only slightly butchered, and wonderfully staged with a collection of faces new & old from the UK Shakespeariati crew.

Also saw the Globe DVD version of Henry 4.0 parts 1 & 2; a little over-acted in parts, but a great ensemble crew. Tried to watch & enjoy Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus (co-starring Gerard Butler), but great hunks of the text were missing (as in the pretty but patchwork Ian McKellen Richard III of 1995).

Read, Watch, Talk

It hardly does to talk about the riches of our cultural heritage, the importance of good literature and drama and all the rest, simply by paying lipservice to it. If we can follow the plot of Lost, or keep up with the twists and turns of tabloid romance, or learn the lyrics of countless pop-songs, then we can make room for the Bible, Greek and Roman legends, Medieval culture and music and literature, Shakespeare, and all the rest.

We must remember what we have forgotten, neglected, or had stolen away from us. These arou our words and thoughts, our stories, our joy and wisdom and warnings, our philosophy and theology, our history and art and understanding.

It is the radicals and progressives and Islamo-fanatics who would erase the past, consigning it to the infamous “ashheap of history”, a dead and buried past past. These things make us who we are– not just who we were– and who we can and shall be again. ~


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~ ITEMSandy, a former hurricane, causes widespread flooding and power cuts

~ ITEM: How to Bug-In: What You Need to Know to Survive a Grid-Down Disaster

YouTube: Preparedness

~ SO THEN THE hellstorm of Hurricane Sandy hits and sludges the East Coast.. do the preppers and survival-types look quite so silly, hyper-cautious, and half-baked now?

Binks has written before, following on the thoughts of the Instapundit, about the fragility of our supply-systems, bringing us “Just In Time” most of our food, water, prescriptions– all of it. In our local area, one home-owner was forced to shut down his well and go on the water system, even though that well tapped a spring that has given hyper-fresh water for thousands of years.

Witness post-storm New York City– minus power, water, subway, trucked-in food & supplies– where’s your “Just In Time” shipping theory now? A supermarket with a warehouse– as in past decades– would mean food for several thousands for weeks. Now, what you see on the shelves is what you get. No back-up, no depth.. in one sense, no notion that there’s not always power and trucks and safe roads and staff able to get to work and unload the trucks.

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It’s the modern disease– govtitty. Someone Else Will Look After It. If I choose not to be ready for storms, blackouts, floods, man-made disasters, somehow it’s not your fault or responsibility.

It’s been 50 or 60 years of bloated all-pervasive government, eating away at liberty, social and personal responsibility, charity to others, individual & group motivations to do the right thing, fight for and build the future, and hand on to others the hard-won gifts we have received from our forefathers, in better condition than we got them.

Most of the time, we can get away with this craziness, because the machine keeps working. We don’t see the general chaos ahead, because it’s kinda holding together just now, if we ignore the details and the evidence.

No, being prepared isn’t a free ticket to apocalypse land, bunker-living, or any of the rest of the sub-culture. As with any probem, some folks take things super-far. Learn what they may know, without following them down the End Of The World path.

Quit Stalling

Get ready. Now. Just do it, because you care for yourself, your family & neighbours, for being around to hand on civilization and live ordinary life, and enjoy the many blessings of God, and not needlessly suffer & die for the want of a few days of work and a few hundred dollars.

The links above are just a few useful sites to begin for disaster preparedness. Plan for 2 weeks or more; make sure you have lotsa water & food; basic tools, a good multitool, a good hatchet, a sawback machete, LED lights, several means of making fire, some means of cooking & heating, lots of backup meds, dogfood.. you know what to do. ~


So Obysmally Done

~ ITEMPresident Talks iPod on Radio as Hurricane Hits; FEMA, W.H. send storm victims to internet; Hurricane Sandy floods NYC subways; millions without power

~ ITEM – Admiral James Lyons – We Need Full Disclosure On Benghazi NOW; and McCain: Obama Might Be Conducting ‘Massive Cover-Up’ With Libya Attack

~ ITEMWill Hurricane Sandy deliver an election victory next week for Barack Obama?

~ ITEM – Roger Scruton: A pessimist’s guide to life

~ AS THE CURRENT POTUS melts in public, revealing the non-entity and busy minions behind the curtains, it’s sad to see that– if polls can be believed– that so many voters are still willing to pull the lever for the see-through President, versus the tried & tested Romney.

Obama offered enchanting hot air: feel-good, make-believe, and lots of evil & nasty behind the curtain. No real answers or plans, just Hopenchange and spin, smoke and mirrors. As apostate liberal David Mamet details in his take-no-prisoners book The Secret Knowledge, it is a battle between fact-light feeling and wishes, versus evidence, facts, and the tried & tested wisdom of our civilization.

The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture, by David Mamet

And the naive & happy True Believers are on a veritable crusade, to perfect the world, come hell or high water or necessary deaths. Their opponents are not just people honestly upholding their reasonable positions, they are bad. It’s why The Big O himself demonizes and viciously attacks his opponents– he’s an elected god, therefore his enemies are obviously devils.

Pessimistically Yours

Said conservative cultural philosopher Roger Scruton (another former liberal) in 2010:

“Leftwing people find it very hard to get on with rightwing people, because they believe that they are evil. Whereas I have no problem getting on with leftwing people, because I simply believe that they are mistaken.”

Frankly, I don’t care if Romney is just another politician– voters in the united States are electing a President, not a deity or messiah. Yes, U.S. politics is religion is politics, but let’s hope the past 4 years have awakened enough voters to reality, and away from the politics of perfection, let alone the politicization, division, proto-racewar and Muslim Brotherhood money and scheming behind the sockpuppet Obama.

The polls are still horribly skewed– if the truth behind them is what I suspect it is, Romeny is a shoe-in. But that may not be the end of this fight, in the short or long-term. November 4th may be a D-Day.. but the war was very much up for grabs for months and months after the allied invasion of Normandy.

Just sayin’, is all. ~

The Uses of Pessimism: And the Danger of False Hope, by Roger Scruton.

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Your Patience, Please

~ AS ALL PRE-DEAD Minions are aware from their official Approved Guide To Teh Binky, the Binks is pretty much infallible (Chapter 31, Section III, subsection N, “Who Ya Gonna Believe: Binks, Or Yer Lyin’ Eyes?“).

Thus, even though I’ve been AWOL for a while and pretty much tuned out of the news, FaceBook, e-mail, blogs, and the like, my pretty much infallible status still stands, even if there are what appear to be blind-spots* or misinformed views or infelicities of style in the blog over the next few weeks.

Thank you for your patience in clearing up your misapprehensions. Binks forgives you. ~

*Trayvon who? Tawana Brawley what-now?

Coren & Crowder on Trayvon Martin


Watch & Spread

Gaffney On The Muslim Brotherhood in America


Binky Says– Go And Do

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Odds And Ends

Hello?

Is there anybody out there?

Binky has had stray thoughts over the past little bit, and the following are them.

As you know, I been ailing, and after my attempt to restart back at the end of January, the teeth– in sailing terms– took me all aback: full stop. Since then, I’ve been waiting for the next disaster.. so far, none. Whew!

The thing is, this blog has been on hiatus so long, it’s dead in the water, visitor-wise. The Binky isn’t sure if there’s still interest in this thing getting going again or not.

Lemme know.

Binks-dot-webelf-at-gmail-dot-com


Goodest Friday

~ JUST WATCHING the last 1/3 of the internationally famous Jesus Movie by The Jesus Movie Project– a huge evangelistic gift to the Christian world, and done in a huge number of languages. Unlike the 1977 Jesus of Nazareth, it sticks to the gospel word for word; unlike Mel Gibson’s overdone but in-parts-excellent Passion Of The Christ, it’s not insanely over-violent and overful of Mel’s spiritual and personal agonies projected onto the big screen.

Good Friday is still there in our ever-more secularizing calendar, even if an inconvenient no-shopping day in some locales for buying Easter goodies and groceries. that is, it’s still there as a reminder of eternity in time; of the founding principles of our Western civilization; as the first part of the spiritual drama to be completed by Pascha, the promised bodily resurrection on the Third day.

Pesky Questions

What saves?– this is the question which abides, even if public religious faith wanes. Who or what shall make all things right? How & when? Politicians and promises? Generals and weapons? Bureaucrats? Malls and sales? Redistributionism? Recycling? Utter personal freedom?

We enjoy many good things, invented or set up or passed on by generations before, so that we have been generally healthy, well off, well educated, and had a rich table of a very great feast and market set before us for our enjoyment.

We forget the ‘why’ of these things, and imagine that we somehow deserve them. They were given that we might pass them on, and ensue future generations might live a better life– because God commands us to be fruitful and multiply; to love our neighbour as ourselves; to leave it better than we found it. That’s part of doing God’s will, on earth as it is in heaven.

The spiritual energizes a person or society or civilization– giving direction and power and determination. Without a spiritual renewal, our societies will lose their way, their energy, their growing principle– cut flowers living a fleeting shadow of a life.

The cross of Jesus remains looming over us as a question, a challenge, a reminder, a provocation.. even if we dwell only in the shadow of the cross. If nature abhors a vacuum, so does supernature. That we feed– rather vampirically– on the leftovers of living faith, on the fumes of the built up moral and spiritual and material reserves handed on by past generations, is no credit to us. ~


Put Away Childish Things

~ JUST BEEN watching various versions of the play Richard 3.0 by William Shakespeare (on YouTube). I’d say that though Ian McKellen does a good job in the severely abridged 1995 movie, Olivier (in the less-abridged 1955 version) still rules them all. Plus, they knew how to make a decent-looking movie then.

Impressively, Shakespeare’s Richard of Gloucester is depicted as a genuinely nasty man. Along with author Alison Weir, I’ve no problem supposing Lord Nasty Rick capable of plots, schemes, and ordering the murder of the young princes in the tower. Heck, a 20th century deposed King of England was a big Nazi-fan, after all.

“Why, I, in this weak piping time of peace,
Have no delight to pass away the time,
Unless to spy my shadow in the sun
And descant on mine own deformity:
And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover,
To entertain these fair well-spoken days,
I am determined to prove a villain
And hate the idle pleasures of these days.
Plots have I laid, inductions dangerous,
By drunken prophecies, libels and dreams,
To set my brother Clarence and the king
In deadly hate the one against the other…”

This is morally serious language. Here are no weasel-words, nor slippery “Mistakes were made, negativity occurred, let’s move on” which leaves the perp unguilty, unhealed, and justice undone, nor seen to be done. Our age is often morally frivolous, where the kind of coffee you drink or how you sort your rubbish is carefully noted, but not whether you have your own offspring slain, or worship God versus Satan (or nothing), or buy products made by modern-day slaves.

Richard is cheerfully black-hearted, and depicted thus that we might not only see ourselves clearly in our sins, negligences and ignorances; most importantly, that we can see the consequencs of evil in the heart of one man as it spreads, infects, corrupts not only other people, but the whole realm, and the very future of the nation.

Our own little evils don’t necessarily kill kings or ruin kingdoms, but they do add to the fog of darkness and inhumanity and little cruelties by which we harm our neighbor, and ignore God. A recovery of self-knowledge comes by calling things what they are, and not what they are not.

In the wider world, Communism may speak of justice, but reeks of envy and resentment; capitalism may depict itself as freedom and wealth-creating, yet materialism and spiritual death and destructive greed is there, too. ~


Upstairs, Downton

Part 2

~ A FRIEND put me onto the PBS series Downton Abbey (2 seasons so far). Hmmmm.

I’m not a student of the Edwardian/ late Victorian era, but then again, neither are the writers of this series. Jane Austen movies are rather more my taste, since those novels were written in the times they depict, and however repetitive her plots, they ring true for time and place. So too with many other Beeb & Masterpiece Theatre costume dramas. Or Patrick O’Brian’s sea-novels.

Downton is rather more.. well, what one clever person thinks the Edwardians were like; and while some critics paint it as hyper-nostalgic ‘snob-pron’, it seems to this watcher rather to be as unreflective and hollow as the Edwardians allegedly were before the Titanic* and the Somme. That is, a soap-opera in posh drag. And don’t get me started on the wince-tastic episodes 6 & 7 of Season 2, here we head into ever lamer plotlines.. what’s next, jumping sharks in the reflecting pond maybe? Shades of plot devices like “Last season was all just a dream”?

Sadly, most of the tropes are soap operatic old reliables– if they were on ‘As The Stomach Turns’ and set in 21st century New York, it would be much less interesting. Such fare does make me want to re-view Upstairs Downstairs and more historically researched and less superficial books, TV, and movies on the period.

Better Than Thou

Were the Edwardians– rich or poor– really such hollow twits and know-nothings, mere ciphers on their way to producing such prodigies as our own fine selves?

It is a very wicked habit of We Better Than Thou moderns to be incapable of thinking or sympathizing with past generations except where they agree with & act like us. We, too, shall pass– and our blindness and prejudices and stupidities will not be celebrated forever, no, not even by those who come soon after.

Horrid Utopitards

In the century of blood just past, how often the utopian Best was the bitter enemy of the actual good.. with predictably disasterous results, over and over and over. Such matters pierce the Binky-heart particularly: the world is full of victims of experts and grand theories and wrong-headed ideology and the more general war on reality.

Never mind that Tsarist Russia was reforming as fast as she could when war broke out, and that the fruit of good government policies were coming ripe when the war and German scheming to weaken Russia caused the great fall into blood under the revolting totalitarian radicals. Reality must be kept over-simplified, and wrongly remembered.

Stuff & Nonsense

Downton does not exactly hearken back to the older & better elements of Western Civ, or Edwardian Victorianism. Too much of the 20th century hate and mocking of the pre-Great war era is so cussedly ingrained in us, we cannot imagine older ways of being, or the good that was in it all, alongside the evil and folly. It’s all corsets and oppression and horrible rich people and bowing servants.

And howlingly bad anachronisms.

Pour On The Silly

Thus, the various characters who insist on being “free, free, free” (like the Communist-Irish chauffeur who somehow gets the youngest daughter of the family to fall in love with him) get all the sympathy. Anyone insisting on morality, decency, and sanity are depicted as fuddy-duddy hidebound shitewits, because “everthing is changing”. Or somehing. The constant villains? You knowit– evil Victorians.

Verdict? C- at best. But Lord Julian Fellowes is laughing all the way to the bank. ~

* Fellowes’ 4-part Titanic series was a jumbly botch. C-. Stick with A Night to Remember.


The Barbarian Boche

~ ITEM: The Rape Of Belgium; an official U.S. Report

~ ITEM: German soldiers deliberately murdered more than 6,000 civilians throughout occupied Belgium during the first six weeks of the war

~ ITEM: The Rape of Belgium: The Untold Story of World War I, by Larry Zuckerman; and Rehearsals: The German Army in Belgium, August 1914, by Jeff Lipkes

~ NOW, BINKS ISN’T calling for a revival of World War I anti-German propaganda, but some basic facts about Germany’s early 20th century record of atrocity needs to be re-remembered aright, for pacifists and anti-Westerners have made generations of hay justifying pro-German apologetics, and how it was all lies to get more soldiers for the meat-grinder of the Western Front.

Let’s recall that Germany was a brand new, rising nation, built on Teutonic supremacy, and militarism. Kaiser Wilhelm II may have been Queen Victoria’s Grandson, but he believed all that had gone before was corrupt and ripe to fall, to be swept away in a new Imperial and German age. In that sense, Kaiser Wilhelm had rather more in common with Lenin than his royal cousins throughout Europe.

A High & Lonely Destiny

In that sense, The Kaiser was a thorough-going social and political radical, and that radicalism would justify Germany’s leading the way in breaking all the bounds of international law, limited warfare, or any roadblock on the high historical Destiny of Germany to conquer and rule the inferior. Such niceties and limits applied only to weaklings, bourgeous fools, and non-Teutonicals.

The grandiose Wilhelm + an energetic military + huge popular support as the leader of the new Germany? = only a matter of time until war broke out, as the Kaiser fiddled with international agreeements, and upset the balance of powers, and armed his nation.

Such A Creative People

A few German inventions and/ or firsts in WWI? Lessee: mass bombardment via zeppelins & bombers against civilians & non-military targets; concentration camps for civilians; unlimited looting; repeated massacres of non-combatants; starvation used as a tactic; constant treaty breaking & violations of neutrality; unrestricted u-boat warfare; chemical weapons.. it’s a long ugly list.

Added to this ugliness was the apologetic attitude toward such atrocities by so-called World War I “pacifists”, who are the forerunners of modern leftists, who never met a radical and bloodthirsty dictator or Islamist terrorist they didn’t like– but for whom Western Civilization sucks and is to blame for everything ever.

Propaganda may exaggerate, but the modern habit of downplaying the truth behind images of the evil Hun in WWI serves neither history nor the facts. ~


The Nature Of God & Our Actions

~ ITEM: Crime and Punishment

~ A CRUCIAL PART OF ‘Answering Islam’ is to recall Christian definitions of God– because that is where we get our first principles, as expressed in the 10 Commandments, or the teachings of Jesus. That’s true whether we believe in God or not.

Say a Moe-Loving Koran-breathing terrorist chops off an infidel’s head, hands, feet, or whatnots? He or she believes God commanded it, through Moe, the One messenger of God, as communicated in the Koran. Compare instead the oft-mentioned bloody massacre of Jews & Muslims in the Crusader conquest of Richard “Lionheart” Plantagenet. Go ahead and show me where Jesus, Paul, Chrysostom or Aquinas teaches such things are the direct express revealed will of God, indeed the heart of the Gospel.

Think Like A Kid

Pesky 4-year old thinking is wiser than it seems. “Don’t break that, son.” “Why?” “Because I’m your Father.” “Why?” “Because I said so.” “Why?” Of course at this point arises the usual ‘See? It’s just arbitrary power, weak crushed by strong, blah blah blah’. Nonsense.

Actually, “Because I Said So” is a perfectly good reason, even if most parents don’t go behind their authority to proper sources for it. Thus: parents are legal guardians, responsible and accountable for children. Behind that, lotsa Biblical and civilizational reasons. Behind that, a commandment “Thou shalt honour thy Father and thy Mother”– that itself depends on God’s authority and self-revelation. But wait– there’s more!

“Because I said so”.. ultimately depends on the nature of God, himself, giver of life, and final authority for all legitimate authority– just as his loving, just, and constant Fatherhood is the model for all earthly fathers. There, parents: because, unworthy as you are, God gave you rule, and responsibility: you are accountable to more than yourself, your wife & kids, or even Social Services agencies.

Wrong-Religionists

That’s why Muhammed’s made-up claim that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are all the ‘Abrahaminic faiths’ and revelations of the same God is terribly, terribly wrong. Either the first two are utterly mistaken and wrong about God, or the third is. Muhammed tried to get his authority by saying that his alleged revelation ‘completed’ the Old & New testament. Um– if they are so corrupted, we have to also take Moe’s word that they are still authoritative, and that he has the right to re-interpret them so Really They’re All About Him.

Moe’s version of religion & God amounts to– Trust me, because I said so, and my re-written versions of those other Scriptures which came before me and don’t mention me, and which explicitly forbid false prophets or new gospels prove that my religion is truest and bestest.

The Power Of Logic Compels You

However, if God has forbidden murder (& child-sacrifice), and Muhammed revises that, but claims it’s all the same God, then (a) all religions are arbitrary, or (2) Moe is wrong, or (iii) Jesus & Moses were wrong.

You can’t have it all ways at once, Muslimo-Judaeo-Christiano-Secularism. God is, or isn’t. God reveals himself, or doesn’t. God cannot contradict himself, so one revelation is true, the other not. On these foundations stand our freedoms, human dignity, moral action, and very society & civilization.

Non-Religionists

Secularists are like garbage-pickers living off the built-up moral and spiritual capital of the west, passed on over 4000 years. They pick, but don’t ask where the wreckage and ruins come from, or how & why anybody should be one way versus another.

Dostoyevsky was neither a ninnyhammer nor sour finger-wagger. When he wrote that “If God does not exist, everything is lawful,” he showed how these alternatives work out in The Brothers Karamazov, and in Crime and Punishment for the atheist radical character Raskolnikov.

In a chilling foretaste of the “higher destiny” claims of the Bolsheviks and Soviet Communists, Raskolnikov does what he wants, justifies it to himself, and keeps on killing. If the character is to re-invent morality, or what is lawful for him (or, in the case of a state-sized moral inversion, what is literally “lawful” according to Communist priciples), then everything is lawful, even if his victims or lesser mortals do not embrace his brave new law of the self-made-ultimate.

“If God does not exist, everything is lawful,” or as the old Spanish proverb has it “Take what you want,” says God, “but you will have to pay for it.”

Our choices (individual or corporate) don’t suspend the laws of causality or consequence; don’t actually supersede human nature or right & wrong; don’t erase the existence of God. Despite secular defacer or Muslim ranter, reality is. Part of the calling of Jews, Christians, and liberal Muslims to insist– in the light of God and eternity– that truth abides, revealed in God, written on human nature, and expressed in our lives, work, and built-up moral and material inheritance. ~


Again, More, And ReDo

~ AS MOST OF THE PRE-DEAD Minions will know, The Binks is a promiscuous re-watcher and re-reader of movies & books.

This is, of course, how kids learn language & letters & words, stories, reading, listening, the basic stories of childhood and our foundations. I vividly remember my parents reading The Hobbit to me, marking in red dots the map as Bilbo & Co. travelled from danger into danger.

A few years later, I read & re-read The Hobbit, Asterix, Tintin, later The Lord of the Rings, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Conan, all the rest.

And I still do it– having added many series including Patrick O’Brian, Nigel Tranter, Edith Pargeter, and many others. Likewise with great movies & TV series.

Why? Lotsa folks figure once is enough, then graze new stuff.

Wherein Binks Tries To Justify His Notion

First, because (re)reading worthwhile stuff is a good thing. Secondly, for the same reason most of us like more than one bite of a good meal. Thirdish, because we are different each time, and see new things, and the book (or movie) echoes in us differently each time we digest it, as we grow older & hopefully wiser down the years.

It’s still a strange part of my memories that some movies which I found amazing or intriguing I only saw once or twice because that’s the way TV was back in the day. Unlike other stories, I couldn’t re-watch and learn & enjoy them– although I’ve found some of the stories & books they were based on.

Teh Binks will be trying to dig up some of those flicks (I’ve been re-watching Teh Muppet Show, most of which I vividly recall) to see what was interesting.. I think there’s a Sinbad in there, Jack The Giant Killer, those Reader’s Digest cartoons like The Selfish Giant and The Happy Prince.

Part of recovering and passing civilization and culture on is to learn, recall, and hand on to others the treasures of movie, art, culture, literature, music and whatever else is good, beautiful and true. If the Muslim Brotherhood gets there way, all that will be banned and forbidden and burnt and lost– so enjoy it while you can.

Point– Ho-o-o!

I find it interesting in this regard that some fans of Mark Steyn growl about how he doesn’t continuously and only write about U.S. politics, the Jihad, or the end of civilization and stuff.. you know, those articles on music, broadway, and showtunes. Sorry, but those are the life-giving things, the actual business of culture and soul and civilization.

Miss the point much, O commentators?

If you’ve got any tried-tested-and true must-read or must-see books or films, please add them to the comments below. ~

Binky

Steynicle 448rd

~ OKAY, so it’s been super-slow here.. for some of us, the operation is the small thing, the recovery the long and winding road. Anyhow, I’ve been writing odds and ends of little essays.. no news links, that’s seriously energy-consuming.. so I hope you enjoy.

Binks


On 9-11 & Conspiracies

~ ITEM: Peterlance.com

~ ITEM: Triple Cross: How bin Laden’s Master Spy Penetrated the CIA, the Green Berets, and the FBI– and Why Patrick Fitzgerald Failed to Stop Him

Peter Lance on TRIPLE CROSS his new 9/11 book

~ OF COURSE the Jews did it to make the Muslims look bad, along with BushChenyBurton and the Illuminati. With bells on. Though it’s also a Muslim Brotherhood/ Qaeda victory against the Amiriki infidel, in the 1400 year Jihad.

If investigative reporter & author & Honey Badger Peter Lance is to believed, the modern history of America & Terrorism is all about screw-ups and cover-ups. He’s one of the few in the U.S. persistently interested in WTF, and the old reportorial who what when where and why stuff, which too much modern media can’t be bothered with, whilst bashing Mrs. Palin, or slagging the Teapot Party. CNN/ MSNBC, the New York Times, and the rest (minus the yeoman work of a few hard-working reporters) are infotainers and echo-chambers.

In a set of supremely researched & detailed books, Lance reconstructs what Bin Laden, the CIA/ FBI, Department of Justice and various armed forces did in the face of infiltration and attacks. Compartmentalize, downplay evidence, treat Qaeda like individual mobsters, and cover up whatever made them look bad.

The warnings found & known by some for all that happened on the ’93 and 2001 WTC attacks not to mention the USS Cole, Khobar Towers, and more); the terror-attacks were preventable, and weren’t. Remember: all of this is related to the collapse of the former Soviet Union, and the reality that the FBI/ CIA– and to some extent, the armed forces of the U.S., were still ready to fight a state, not a spider’s web of terror-connections aiming at humiliating and bullying the Great Satan.

If you want to know the whole story, I’m currently reading Triple Cross: How bin Laden’s Master Spy Penetrated the CIA, the Green Berets, and the FBI–and Why Patrick Fitzgerald Failed to Stop Him (whew), which reads like a detective novel, except too many of the higher-ups covered up, ignored, didn’t want to know, or failed to pass on basic information & agent footwork that might have saved thousands of lives and untold suffering at the hands of Allah’s kamikazis.

Conspiracy? Yup, of human nature, pride & hubris, negligence and incompetence, suppressed evidence, bureaucratic self-protection, and how a group of evil men used our weaknesses and generousity against us to attack us. Lay aside The 9-11 Report: that’s the official idiot version of the facts, all chopped up and shaped retroactively to make the U.S. and her watchdogs look good. “A conspiracy to cover up incompetence” as Lance puts it.

Too many cops wreck the pursuit of truth & justice. And a good reporter– reading all the evidence & facts– can still connect the dots. ~

P.S. Get the updated 2009 version of Triple Cross, with new information, preface, and updates.


What’s A Hater To Do?

~ ACCORDING TO THE Speech Coders, those who are even slightly critical of anybody about anything are (1) not only about to burst into open violence, and (2) will thence let loose a giant societal conflagration which only speech-codes and bureaucrats and lawyers can prevent.

What’s a hater to do?

Here in the Binks suburban paradise, it’s a veritable playground of hate-objects and provocation. We got yer fags, yer nigras, yer chinee, yer ay-rabs.. all within a 4-block radius! We conservatives are just time-bombs ready to go off. So many hate-objects, so little time.

It was worse at college: Muslims, a dwarf, a Chinese poet, Libyans, Bermudans & Jamaicans, a veritable united nations of potential hate-objects. Except I was friends with all of the above, if they were friendly. Who were they? Where had they been? What was their life like at home, and what did they think of Canada?

So far, I have yet to rage on any local targets. Why? Because I believe in minding my own business; because civic peace is a gift from God; because true tolerance means accepting views or behaviour or differences with which one disagrees, while reserving the right to oppose, critique and exercise my God-given reason and freedom to speak the truth as I have received and pondered it. The democraphobes at the Human Rights Commissariats may imagine that democracy needs constant supervision, adjustment and interference to even survive– but I’d say it’s their own interference which is the greatest threat to civil society, law & order, and peace between people.

Liberals talk a great game, but they seem to prefer comrades who are ideologically identical, whatever their gender, colour or background. Heaven help the dissenter, the ex-Liberal, the unlucky person who gets off the talking points of the revolution. Who’s the hater? ~


On Interblog Anonymity

~ ITEM: Lord Credo (@lord_credo) is well known to those interested in politics on Twitter

~ ITEM: Lord Credo vanishes from Twitter after exposé

~ ITEM: The Incredible Lord Credo

~ ITEM: Lord Credo ‘outed’ on twitter

~ ITEM: Lord Credo was nominated for a Shorty Award!

~ BINKY HAS BEEN online under that name since 1998 (if not before, on smaller sites). The blog-battles over anonymity are usually about some folks hiding behind a pseudonym, or others using such a cloak to lie about themselves.. that’s not me.

The Twitterverse is currently all a-twitter over a former Binks-buddy who used anonymity to tell tales, lie, and misrepresent himself as a UK government insider. Amazingly, he got to be in the top 10 of UK political tweeters. Go figure. IMHO, the equally pseudonymous but authentic Cranmer blogger seems to me to have more and better info, cred, and insider insight, but some people are over-impressed by an imaginary CV and big-name-dropping.

I hope my former friend gets the spiritual and psychological and marital healing he needs– though like many folks with such troubles, they can be rather clever at avoiding reality, consequences, and real change for the better.

This writer has only once or twice misused this online pulpit– and when called on it, apologized, retracted, and otherwise made amends. As St. Peter warns, we are to live “As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.” [ 1 Peter 2:16 ]

You see, I believe that even if only a few dozen fellow-bloggers know who I “really” am, that my Lord & saviour and Judge knows first and forever who I am. In this sense, lying or lashing out or being unaccountable is rather consequence-laden, because of the nature of God.

Here endeth the sermon. Get well, Mike. ~


Retelling The Tales

Beowulf Trailer – 2007

Beowulf & Grendel Movie Trailer – 2005

~ STORIES MUST be allowed to tell themselves– witness Beowulf, that pagano-Christian epic poem of abiding power & significance. Despite a powerful CG effort in 2007 and Gerard Butler’s 2005 storm-plagued production, for too many moderns, stories are for us to retell our abiding lies and favourite confusions.

In both versions, it’s the eco-post-colonial guilt fest that warps the tale, however technically told or well-acted. We are simultaneously great enough to know all things, including the fact that we Westerners are horrible wreckers, pillagers, and destroyers of nature and cheerful innocent native folks. We suck, and everything ever is our fault.. and there’s no merciful grace of God to make it right.

Back To Beginnings

Thus, for the bard who composed Beowulf, the ogre Grendel simply is– a force of nature, bloody and malicious and single-minded. Think tiger on steroids. Small T-rex on a tear. Can’t have that.

Thus, Beowulf the warrior is pagan courage and Christian virtue against the power and darkness of nature and human nature unredeemed by God. Without form & void and all that.

Yet in these retellings, it’s– inevitably for this narcissistic age– All About Us. ‘Cuz we suck, right?

Thus, in the live-action version, it turns out that the ogre Grendel is the wronged son of a murdered father.. murdered, it turns out, by the Danish King Hrothgar. Years later, Grendel party-crashes Hrothgar’s new golden hall. In the digital Beowulf, the problem is that Grendel has over-sensitive hearing. What’s a monster to do? The insensitive Danish neighbours can’t stop from singing and the like.. you know, the loud-rocking neighbours of a innocent handicapped victim. We suck, right?

Semi-Human Rights Commission?

Since there’s no dark age Danish Disabilities Association or Semi-Human Rights commission to execute bloodless bureaucratic justice, who can blame the outraged victim from taking matters into his own hands?

Plus, in the digital tale, it also turns out that Hrothgar had in the past done the rumpy-bumpy with the Grendel’s mummy.. the witch/dragon/ogress. So really, the noisy swiving hairless monkeys more than had it coming.. indeed, Grendel is actually Hrothgar’s own misbegotten child. A classic tale of Danish deadbeat dads, and how much we all suck. “We men are the monsters, now.”

Your Treasures.. Read!

When all the tales are untold, all the stories bent into fun-house mirrors of our own folly, we literally have no eyes to see, or ears to hear, or wit to understand the world, ourselves, God, society, good and evil, or even just a good old kick-ass epic. When the Iliad & Odyssey are remade into nanny-state nags about recycling, diversity, tolerance; when the Bible becomes a source for progressive talking-points; when all the nursery tales are mutated into sickly-sweet effusions of self-esteem and the monocultural rants of the moment? Then we are become the monsters, eating and regurgitating and turning gold into lead, and wine into water.

The cure? Read a good version of the old stories yourself, with commentaries or videos or wise books by conservative commentators. Take up the Greek poets in one hand, with Anthony Esolen’s The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization in the other. Or Dante’s Divine Comedy as translated by Dorothy L. Sayers.. read alongside C.S. Lewis’ literary essays. Or Beowulf as translated by Irish poet Seamus Heaney.

Too long the over-educated barbarians in ivory towers have greedily held these treasures as their own. If the West would recover the dream, our own memory restored– then our minds and thoughts and stories must be set free from the zombie-like death of political correctness, where all tales are one. ~


Aliens Mean What-Now?

~ THIS MEDIA-NERD is a big Peg-N-Frost fan: Shaun of the Dead, and Hot Fuzz, and whatever else. Sadly, the underwhelming Paul (2011) has few high-notes and some jarring low-notes, despite the able performance of Kristen Wiig as a uber-fundie caricature.

There’s the jarring bit.. Why did they take time to recycle the “Look! Christers Are Morons Just Like Thi-yus!” It’s not only easy, it’s lazy… they could have easily taken refuge in (say) a Western U.S. Orthodox monastery with a thoughtful monk or something. Or drop by my sprawling pad for a nosh & chat, and some complementary Glenlivet.

All Melty and Hurty

After all, The Elf has already made it clear that If God Exists, then given the right conditions, There Are Aliens. Period, QED.

Mind you, we better hope the Muslim Brohoodish Mohammedans don’t get to other inhabited worlds first, or they’ll be blowing up the off-world cultural artifacts of those infidel aliens as soon as you can say “Asplode That There Buddha!” Then the offended aliens– supposing we earthers are all such morons, will surely go all laser-ray on our asses and so the world ends neither bang or whimper, but all melty and hurty.

Still, the fundie-bashing in Paul is done with some humour– and is a good reminder that humour and mockery and making light of terrorist and sharia supremacism is the best response to a fascist faith, not cowering, apologizing, or readying ourselves (and others) for chains.

Spot The Evils

The horrible Norwegian massacre by the “Christian extremist” proves my point– liberal talking heads and propagandist Muslims all jumped on the bandwagon, making clear that “Tu Quoque!” (Oh yeah? You too!) is not dead. That the guy was technically but not livingly Christian? Well, take him and all the thousands of other similar bombings, beheadings, poisoned tea after church committed by bloodthirsty Christers, and there you have it.

A wise, informed, tough, determined Christianity is the root of our civilization. That we are trying to make new ways of being human apart from our spiritual roots is the root of our rot and current confusions. We’ve got to sort ourselves out.

Mohammedans should mind their own house and business when it comes to terrorism, bad government, oppression of the masses, and the fact that properly taken, reactionary Islam is not reason, culture, freedom, or science-friendly.. it’s pre-Medieval in all the bad ways. ~


Gleevil: It’s Pompous & Faggy!

~ ITEM: ‘Glee’: 19 Brilliant Brittany Quotes

~ FOR SOME IN THE TV industry, it’s all about the sermons. Can you say Curt Glee?

Some of it is the 80′s TV-show Fame; some high-school teen drama; some actual humour.. but the poop in the soup is Teh Gay. Clearly, the political message outweigh drama, humour, plot, legality, reality, even basic human nature.

In season one, Teh Gay Teen, Kurt, is a kind of high-drama hand-puppet for Teh Gay. he– unlike anybody else in the show– is literally sinless, and is never criticized in any serious way. He’s kinda vicious, scary, and is given the moral high ground at every turn.

At one point, in order to try and coerce another teen into a relationship, Teh Gay Kid hooks up his widowed father with the other teen’s widowed mother.. then connives at getting the boy’s family to move in, so he can force the other boy to share a bedroom with him. The other teen explodes, and goes on a ‘faggy’ rant– so ensues 5 minutes of brow-beating & sermonizing about Teh Gay. Restraining Order, anyone?

Excuse me? Imagine a boy trying to seduce a teen girl in this bizarre way, and you see the freakish nature of the situation: only then, you blame the GIRL for thinking it’s creepy and inappropriate and upsetting? Not so much. But remember– Teh Gay Teen can do no wrongs.

The music is nice; some of the actors & their characters are enjoyable, bt the world they live in is morally ugly. There are no healthy normal marriages; the two gay dads seem to be the most stable couple; those opposed to Teh Gay or general moral anarchy are depicted as hypocrites, idiots, or secret sympathizers; it’s as predictable as a Punch & Judy screenplay.

What a waste. More importantly, since it’s aimed at teens, the propaganda aspect– which they also get at school– is sad. Pride extremism is a blindly dogmatic totalitarian ideology, which brooks no dissent, and can stand no criticism or contradiction.

The one bright spot is the charmingly stupid cheerleader Brittany, who has all the best lines. “People thought I went on vacation but actually, I spent the summer lost in the sewers.”

More honest story & humour, less preachifying and bullying, please. ~

Binks

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