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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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Steynian 461nd

Ever Homewards

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

The Way, with Martin Sheen

(available on NetFlix)

~ 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. ~


Neener– Binks Told You So #941

~ 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.

Waaaah! Mommy!

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

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~ 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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Geert Wilders & Ezra Levant in Ottawa May 10!


An Huzzah! & Bravo!

“Fenris Badwulf is a man of the people. His prune mush has nourished the less fortunate souls of Mitchieville (soon to be renamed Fenrisville). His devotion to Set, The Snake God, has provided a spiritual example for us all. He provides shelter and canned salmon to our homeless raccoon Canadians. Fenris cares. Most importantly of all: Fenris Badwulf is mighty!”

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Jesus Returns In Glory?

~ ITEM: CBC violates election laws, posts results early

~ THAT AT LEAST WOULD top the last week of news & events.. the playoffs, the William & Kate nuptials, Usama getting promoted to Aitch-Ee-Double-Toothpicks, and then the topsy-turvy Canucki Federal Election, with Smilin’ pro-Taliban RubNTug Jack replacing the “Natural Ruling Party” as official opposition, and riding on a protest vote to smite the Blocheads. Whew!

Next week will seem as grey and meaningless as a post-ecstasy high to a tired clubber. Mind you bloggers and the chattering classes have enough fodder to go on for weeks of observations. Hopefully, the chattering classes will get off their pre-digested party line “journalism” and report actual news in Canada. Just because Herr Harper is now big boss for four years or more doesn’t mean all the media panderers should pander in that direction.

As a Christian socon small-c conservative, you get all sorts of invitations to shut up, take flying leaps, and all sorts of people who “Know How You Think”. Nope. I’m just as opposed to Harperism as Chretienism as Trudeaupianism as Obamunism or Reaganism. Big gov as God is a fail, along with the bribes & diversions (panem et circenses, 21st Century style) handed out to keep everyone sleepy and content.

Finally, and in conclusion, I’d like to remind Elections Canada that along with tens of thousands of other Canadians, Americans, Brits, and Aussies, I may or may not have flagrantly flaunted the current blackout rule via Twitter last evening, and I’d like my cell to have South-facing windows, occasionally tipple Glen Livet and Glen Fiddich, and a T1 internet line is simply a must. Along with 24/7 room service.

Come and get me ya bullies, once you’re done waterboarding Peter Mansbridge and that MacKay-hatin’ wench Wendy Mesley at the haunt of tax-funded crime, the Ceeb. ~

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~ YOU MAY NOTICE there’s not a lot of commentary this time.. it’s been insanely busy in the meatspace for Binky. Basement repair & insurance claim; kids & school; the usual health; and the part-way blog-move to this new secure site.

Commentary takes at least four brain-cells rubbing together; it takes time to think, cogitate, and brew. For those of you who hate my rants & cogitations, you’re in luck this time!

Yes, I’m working with the web-monkeys to fix the formatting and other issues over on the new blog-home FreeMarkSteyn.com~

Binks

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THANKS FOR THE donations to the Kaffir Kanuck Koffee Klub! ….(mooseandsquirrel.ca)

Wrecker On A Rampage

~ ITEM: LifeSiteNews Canada has been hit with a lawsuit – by a Catholic priest of all things!

~ ITEM: Father Raymond J. de Souza: “Gravel is a poseur who has made a very successful career for himself filling a niche that no publicist can resist, namely the Catholic priest who goes about slagging the Church

~ ITEM: Father Raymond Gravel in News in Brief

~ ITEM: Search For “Raymond Gravel

~ EVEN AN EVIL OR CLUELESS PERSON with a match can destroy a massive cathedral: the work of centuries ruined in moments. Any idiot will do: it takes no special talent or quality.

LifeSite.ca is one of Canada’s premier pro-life, pro free-speech, and pro-religious freedom sites on the web. Now an ultra-liberal human toothache named “Fr.” Raymond Gravel has hit them with a SLAPP lawsuit– for their ceaseless and effective reportage of his actual Morgentaler-loving pro-abortion pro-gay words and deeds.. all of which Mr. Gravel terms “libel”. Now Gravel wants to kill the messenger.

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February 10th, 2011

A great big thanks to all who donated to the Kaffir Kanuck Koffee fund, and to those who linked to the cause out there in the blogosphere. The men and woman of B Crew (above) are grateful and hoist a cup-a-joe in a toast to all of you!

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Further Thoughts On David Cameron’s Speech

“There is a very interesting word psychology going on here, implanting in the consciousness an unquestionable state orthodoxy and narrative of enlightenment. It is ‘spin’, but of such an Orwellian subliminal manipulation of the vernacular that any contrary utterance strikes a chord of jarring dissonance, and the speaker or writer is cast into political, social or spiritual oblivion.

Norman Tebbit, Simon Heffer, Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, Peter Hitchens, John Redwood, Melanie Phillips, The Freedom Association. These are inter alia ‘fascists’ of ‘the right’; they exist at the periphery of social acceptability….”

David Cameron’s Munich speech – an end to multiculturalism and an end to Islamic extremism

~ ITEM: CRANMER BLOG WARNS US– Cameron’s concept of religious freedom– “In calling for ‘muscular liberalism’ (as opposed to liberal Conservatism), the Prime Minister has subjugated holiness to his form of social contract, and relegated the peace of Christ to the absence of civil strife”; What are British ‘core values’?; and “Writing propaganda for the EDL

~ MOTHER HILARY, The Mitred Abbess of Orwell’s Picnic Blog took Teh Binks to task today as being not in his right mind in saying nice things about David Cameron’s latest speechifying on MultiCulti. Fair enough– but Binks never claimed to be in his right mind, right? Wiser minds than mine have cautionary second thoughts on the Brit PM’s remarks, and what worse stuff might replace mushy MultiCulti. Read & ponder.

After all, a harsh secularist regime might well exclude militant Islamists — and all other religious ‘opinions’– in a bid for a kind of social peace. After all, secularists in England, the EU, and North America are already trying to silence, penalize & mistreat vocal orthodox Christians in speaking out for what has been 2000+ years of Judaeo-Christian moral and anthropological principles. ~


The Red Cross Sucks

~ ITEM: Red Cross abandons long-time employee Sayed Musa, a new Christian, accused of ‘apostasy’

~ ITEM: Bishops issue urgent appeal to save Afghan Christan

~ ITEM: On May 24, Said Musa was arrested by government authorities in Afghanistan following a television broadcast that showed Christian baptisms and worship, according to The Voice of the Martyrs contacts

~ ITEM: DIANA WEST: The Daily Mail is reporting that the Afghan Christian I wrote about here is scheduled to be executed for leaving Islam — “apostasy” — on February 10

~ ITEM: Afghan Red Cross worker set to be hanged after converting to Christianity

~ ITEM: Groups work to save two Christian converts in Afghanistan

~ ITEM: Binks– Save A Life This Christmas

~ WHEN WE THINK of ‘benevolent’ International Non-governmental Organizations like The Red Cross (helping people in the name of Christ), it’s all happy good, right?

Except for someone who finally gets it, and responds to the example of Christians and the call of God, and decides to turn from Islam– which is a death-penalty thing in most seriously Muslim nations. One man in Afghanistan who lost his leg 15 years ago worked through the Red Cross to help other Afghan amputees… converted, and now?

“Said Musa, 45, has been held for eight months in a Kabul prison were he claims he has been tortured and sexually abused by inmates and guards.

Mr Musa, who lost his left leg in a landmine explosion in the 1990s, has worked for the Red Cross for 15 years and helps to treat fellow amputees.

He was arrested in May last year as he attempted to seek asylum at the German embassy following a crackdown on Christians within Afghanistan.”

Torture, prison-rape, a death-sentence. Now, Jesus promised the hatred of the world and martyrdom to his followers– but Muslim nations are a special category of antiChristianity.

AND THEN HE WAS ABANDONED BY THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS… who wanted to cover the whole thing up, kept letters from him, and apparently haven’t made any efforts to help him. Like this guy:

Reto Stocker, Head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

“In a final meeting with Reto Stocker, head of the Red Cross in Kabul, Mossa’s friends were again told that ICRC is neutral and would not intervene. They were also asked to not make the case public.

In another breach of the Red Cross’ mission, they refused to deliver hundreds of letters addressed to Mossa. Westerners organized the letter-writing campaign to both encourage the Christian and to publicly display the international community’s concern over his plight. “They won’t deliver the letters to Sayed. The Red Cross does not have the right to keep the letters from him. It’s their responsibility to ensure he receives letters written to him via the Red Cross address,” said an aid worker in Kabul who helped organize the campaign.”

For shame. FOR SHAME. The International Red Cross out of Geneva is aiding and abetting Taliban & militant Afghans in the persecution of an employee. To add insult to injury, they’re ignoring a person in need, whom they threw to the wolves, and violating their own mission. That’s evil. And needs to be exposed.

As David Cameron, Angela Merkel and others are now shouting from the rooftops, there can be no accomodation with Sharia, Jihadi, or Islamic supremacism. It’s a death-match, not a multiculti picnic.

Complain about this via webmaster@icrc.org. Other contact info here. Then send copies to your provincial & federal representatives, the media, and friends. ~


All Hail Dear Leader Binks!

GagDad Bob

~ BINKY THE WEBELF AS false god– it’s a joke, but with a reason. The whole “Ever-Growing Legion Of Pre-Dead Minions” thing, the Binky-Bunker, the pool, the mansions, the Super-Secret HQ, the control over your taste, interests, thoughts; that my wish is your command… it’s a joke. Because there’s been rather too much of the real thing in the 20th Century, inspired by the dark creepery of 19th century inhumanist “thinkers”, and the nasty revolutionists before them.

This introduction is by way of praise for one of my favourite bloggers, GagDad Bob of One Cosmos. He writes theologically and metaphysically, and then ties it in intelligently to current events, problems, and personalities. He’s not a big fan of Leftism, which he considers a false religion, but he’s always got good reasons and a fair take on matters.

His series on Hitler & Nazism is must-read. The recent loving disassembly of Obamism and other anti-Christian messianisms is a glory. It’s topical Aristotle, who said that all learning was a kind of remembering– after reading a dosed of Gagdad, you feel like slapping your forehead and saying “Of course! How could I have forgotten?”

The greatest compliment I can pay to GagDad Bob is that he strikes sparks in my mind & soul with his reflections & insights; he makes me want to blog, to think on things, to read & ponder– for the unexamined life is not worth living.

Add to that the wordplay, puns, and lightness of style, and the One Cosmos blog is “FTW: For The Win” as my twin boys put it. ~


A Letter: Dear America

~ ITEM: Gallup: Unemployment Up to 9.8%; Underemployment/Discouraged Worker Rate at 18.9%

~ ITEM: Egypt and the Loss of U.S. Prestige in the Middle East

~ ITEM: Somebody take this President’s hands off the wheel immediately. Please.

~ ITEM: Obama Sold Out UK, Giving Details Of Their Deterrent To Russia, In Order To Induce It To Sign Meaningless START Treaty

~ ITEM: Time was when this columnist was a big fan of the United States

~ OKAY, HERE’S THE THING– I love you, America.. but the current bunch in DC are beyond dangerous. If you don’t get a real leader in there by 2012, your future as a great nation will be nailed to the floor. You role in international relations and the great issues of the day has already begun to go FUBAR, and one is left wondering if Obama & company aren’t so much idiots at large, but working the other side.

Since the economic heart-attack of 2007-8, your economy has been on life-support, but not really recovering. Jobs? Recovery? Stable banking system and dollar? International confidence? Soon, you won’t be able to afford your bills, let alone dealing with world-sized problems, war, or an Islamo-nuke on a major city. When you lose your economic maneuver-room, you’ve lost your freedom, and freedom of action, and soveriegnty. Sometimes circumstances will allow some goofing up and goofing around– these are deeply dangerous days, when consequences seen and unforeseen are real & serious.

Whether The American Fuhrer is evil in his own will, he is certainly evil in his effects, as is the religion of socialist/ progressive salvation he has staked the future of all Americans upon.

World-Scale Disaster

America, he’s your nightmare, but he’s ruining the world, too.. we really really need you to vote him out, clean up your act, get rid of the voting fraud and foriegn money and political interference from those who wish utopian Neomerica to rise from the grave of America, and realize that your destiny is to be a force for good in the world, and that without your influence, power, good will, and courage, we’re all screwed. Obama wants all this to happen: he’s self-nuking America as she was, for the imaginary progressive paradise of Omerica that he wants.

No, don’t retreat from the cruel world; no, don’t take the thanklessness of so many as a true assessment of your quality and capacity for good; and no, the interior criticism of Frankfurter School Marxists is not true, or based on the real world. Obama doesn’t understand his adoptive country, root, trunk, or branch.

They Have His measure

Ditch the Utopian and his zombie minions. You’ve already seen where three years of this false dream really leads, in spades. If you let it go on for another 5 or six years, then America is truly, deeply, and monumentally screwed… and the world with her. The opportunistic infection that is The Muslim Brotherhood– along with all the other would-be world dictators and rabble-rousers– are watching very closely, and have accurately judged Obama to be a fool, a back-stabber & unreliable ally, a joke with no punchline, a Muslim sympathizer, a bully to allies and an appeaser to enemies, and a massive fail in the course of America political life and geo-political engagement.

Please, America– this is your War For The Future. Vote him out of office, set aside politics as usual, and thereby decide whether the 21st century is going to be a time of renewal, or a walk to the graveyard of history, of failed empires gone the way of dust & ruins and memory. If Soros & the Clintons & Pelosi have wrecked the Democratic party, then recreate it as it should be: liberal, but not utopian and neo-totalitarian.

It’s Personal

In the last three centuries, America welcomed families from Holland, Moldova, Scotland, Canada, and elsewhere– my relatives and ancestors. They helped build the United States, and tens of thousands of my distant cousins now live across the nation. My Dad was born there– raised then in Scotland and Canada– and now lives in the Midwest: and there are other immediate relatives in Hawaii, Florida, California, New York, and elsewhere. You’re in my blood, and my blood is in you.

Sincerely, your friend,

The Binks ~


Sir Binks The Polite

~ ITEM: a piece Instapundit linked to: My Newfound Respect For Chivalry

~ MY NAME IS BINKS, and I hold doors for teh wimmins.. kids, old folks, whomever. I like to drive slower than needful in traffic to allow other drivers to get in and out of traffic. I say please and thank you, and don’t refer to people older than me by their first names unless so invited. I open the car-door for Teh She-Binks, and help her with her chair when she sits. I let others take food first. I carry the heavy stuff, and as needed, deal with anything poisonous, sharp, possibly explosive, bacterial or bitey or stingy.

All that feminuts stuff about equalitarianism is ideologically about weakening the bonds between men and women, and families. When you remove the expectation that men should use their strength to protect, defend, and serve women and children, you don’t get everybody helping everybody else, but women being prickly, and men being lazy or uncertain.

Further, the “hooking up is better than marriage-slavery” has not led to any glorious liberation of repressed energy, but to shame, disease, abortion, delayed and broken marriages, suffering and uncertainty for children, a birth-dearth, and– strangely enough– boredom. Turns out that when you break the age-old and safeguarded holy power and reproductive gift of sex between man and wife, you don’t get freedom and joy and liberation.

The civilizing fact is that men will give their all for a wife and kids– and, by extension, the wider family & community– for a little respect and authority in return. Heck– work years and years, lay down lives, it can be quite an offering.

The death of politeness is no new & better age, but a cold, angry, uncaring, splintered society. ~

Binky


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Old Rock Stars

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