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Jesus The Unexpected

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EVER SINCE 2001, we have been surrounded by ‘The War On Terror™’. We hardly even notice it any more.

Going to the airport? You leave extra time for the intrusive searches of ‘security theatre’. Got internet-connected electronics or social media? You just know someone could be watching or listening or recording you. Heck, NSA (or the UK’s GCHQ) spyware might even be built into your game apps, like Angry Birds or Candy Crush. For your own good. Shrug.

What to do? The neo-Con Hawks tell us to bomb & war & nuke; moderates tell us to fight, but have a deadline; leftists tell us to surrender our culture and faith to Islam, to accept waves of ‘refugees’– and all sides tell us to surrender our freedom and rights for “Peace And Security™”.

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I’m not for surrender, and will live, speak, and die– if need be– for the best of my civilization, and for my Christian faith. Not much for the Security State, or permanent “War On Terror’ Industrial War Inc.™, either.

Something else may well be happening in the Muslim world which will seriously aggravate Muslim and Secular Western regimes, since both love, above all else, to exercise power and control.

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Jesus Christ is appearing to Muslims in visions, dreams, and near-death experiences.

Yes, that Jesus. The one in the Creeds & the Bible. People in the Muslim world over the past 20 years and more are meeting Jesus and being changed and converted by vision & dreams of the Risen Lord.

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Along with this, millions more Muslims are being quietly converted to Christianity, at risk of social or family exclusion, in countries where Christianity is illegal, or a secret minority, where there may be few or no churches, or where ISIS and other Western-sponsored terror-groups are actively persecuting Christians (and other faith groups).

Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of the leader of Hamas, has become a Christian, and despite all the death-threats, gone on to preach and talk and write about his total change of life.

Likewise in China, Christian churches are growing to such a point that within 1 few years, over 200 million Chinese may be Christians, despite government torture, persecution, and concentration camps.

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Jesus & Muslims.. this is huge, world-changing news. CNN? BBC? MSNBC? New York Times? Obama? Trudeau? Crickets.

Can’t be having any of that religious stuff interfere with our march to social justice, group-think soft fascism, and secular paradise. Don’t want God interfering with things which we have decided are our business, thank you very much, and please remember the legal separation of Heaven and Earth, God and Man, Believer & State.

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Unlike Moses, Socrates, Buddha, Mohammed, Guru Nanak, or any other great philosopher or religious leader, Christians proclaim that Jesus rose again from the dead, and is alive forevermore. He’s the Lord of the dead, and the living, says the Bible.

If he really is appearing in visions and dreams to Muslim people, and calling them to salvation– and to forsake Islamic War Without End, terrorism, suicide bombing, and cultural and social stagnation– then here’s a real opportunity for whole peoples and lands to be made new.

On The Other Hand

In the West, we’re religiously nuts, really. Heck, our teflon Prime Minister Selfie can even go to hate-mosques and still somehow pretend to be a Catholic AND a secularist in good standing at the same time– and then to tell people to conform to his views, no matter their religious faith. As Rex Murphy pithily puts it– “In Justin Trudeau’s world, Christians need not apply .”

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The risen Christ being a busybody doesn’t fit with the various master-plans of the global and political elites, let alone the U.S. State Department, and the CIA-NSA-FBI Industrial complex– but Jesus has always been troublesome like that. When he speaks, the foundations tremble, the graves are broken open, the dead arise, the blind can see, the possessed are set free, the sick are healed, and people are brought to salvation and new hope, and resurrection.

Renewing The World

This mysterious happening in the Muslim world may also undercut some of the racism behind the anti-refugee & anti-Muslim rhetoric found in social media: they’re not subhuman rag-heads, Mud-slimes, and machine-gunning or nuking them all is not the actual answer.

The conversion of a single individual heart begins the transformation of the world. It’s bigger than an earthquake, a volcanic explosion, a level 5 hurricane.

Muslims are already children of God; and if saved in Christ, they become brothers and sisters in him with Christians around the world, in whom there is no Jew or Gentile, Male or Female, Slave or Free– caught up in unconditional love. There’s the lasting foundation of true & new ‘humanity’, without political correctness, mob-rule, or group-think.

But it involves the living God Himself: and while we may love his gifts of life, and love, and the good things of this world, we’d rather do without the giver.

And the truth is this: we– along with Muslims– need a spiritual and personal renewal, a religious rebirth, a renovation of our tired and stagnant and shallow governments and denominations, and their practical atheism and cold heartedness– through a love of the risen and living Jesus Christ.

So Saith

Teh Binks

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Feminist Lies Unmasked

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The rapey Viking Bjorn Tried To Remember: Rape THEN Kill.

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~ ONCE AND FOR all, let’s crush the cornerstones of modern 3rd Wave Feminism, shall we? Repeating a lie does not make it true, even if I wish it was so, or think it should be true.

1 in 4!! Rape Culture!

As Rebel Media reporter & alleged actual woman Lauren Southern notes, there is no anti-woman rape culture in the Western world. Unless you mean criminals, or certain refugees/ immigrants of a generally Muslim & male persuasion, who can be very rapey for various nasty reasons.

Otherwise, the actual non-feminist textbook statistics– on-campus and off campus– don’t show anything like the “1 in 4” mantra– oops.

“From the Bureau of Justice Statistics, a division within DOJ, – Rather than one in five female college students becoming victims of sexual assault, the actual rate is 6.1 per 1,000 students, or 0.61 percent (instead of 1-in-5, the real number is 0.03-in-5). For non-students, the rate of sexual assault is 7.6 per 1,000 people.”

Feminist Barbie says “Math is hard!” That’s in any given year, statistically. Where did 1 in 4 come from? Don’t know, don’t care, it’s wrong.

Life is complicated. The false rape-claims made by a minority of women just hurt everybody. Hook-up culture is a nasty place for everybody. Drunk-sex is about drinking; regret sex is about mistakes; post-hook up abortion may involve both, but we cannot have both the older special snowflake status for women, alongside “I’m a Slut And Proud, and want no consequences for how I live and conduct myself” and not expect complicated reality to intrude.

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The 70% PayGap!

Once you actually look at men and women in the modern workplace, there is no actual gender pay gap. More men are willing to sacrifice everything to slave away for decades at work– most women are (or have been) saner than that. Older patterns of higher pay for men were a Victorian invention, to prevent everybody out of diapers in a family from having to slave 14 hours a day in the nearest dark satanic mill. “Here’s an idea: one man, one wage enough for a healthy family!” Yay!

Both Binklings currently work at local fast food joints alongside other teen men, and teen wimmins. All are paid exactly the same minimum wage, equally being eaten away by inflation and taxation, with no benefits. Same with the male and female managers. Gender Pay Gap? Not really, in 2016, possibly unless you live in a third world country making things for WalMart and 1st world shoppers. Don’t know– but Western feminists don’t care about them.

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What we do know: many women choose different careers than men, who seek higher paying professions with higher requirements & skills; women tend not to overwork, they want family-time, weekends, flex-time, and maternity-leave; women mostly don’t choose dangerous & labour-intensive work; women are less likely to negotiate for higher pay, promotions, or new jobs– and men are better at the negotiation game.

The alternative? Looks like feminists want women not to be allowed to choose their work; or else, they should get paid exactly the same as men, for work of different or lesser value. I.E. government taking money from men to give to woman because 70%.

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Yet it gets worse than misinterpretation and bad stats. Much worse.

Facts & truth never stopped a good propagandist, right? Witness feminist comedienne Sarah Silverman, who fabricated & then lied loud and long about her alleged feminist pay-gap experience [ Sarah Silverman: Women get paid less and it’s ‘sh***y’, CNN, April 9, 2015 ]. The guy who allegedly underpaid her for the same job as a man brings the facts in this video. Buuuuurn.

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Lying Liars And The Lies They Lie

Don’t let reality trip up a good narrative– it should have been true, right? ‘We All Know’, and lame generalizing tells us, that there IS a feminist pay gap, so just “listen & believe”. Make stuff up for the cause! Ignore those crumbling narratives and tissue-paper cornerstones of our feminist grievance culture! Or as the ever-charming Chanty Binx (no relation) a.k.a “Big Red” might put it (her words, not mine):

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Facts Are Hate!

One might think that the countless fact-checks and actual studies and bringing the fembot talking heads up short by disproving their lies and generalizations and misunderstandings might clear things up– but this is a PR and social radical movement, which garners a lot of money, attention, media-attention, books, Sarkeesian-style Patreon loot, publicity, publishing, academic positions and courses, and victimhood goodies. Facts don’t enter into it.

Oddly enough, the corrective facts I’ve presented above are widely available on the internet, but not in academia, politics, or the media. Perhaps this is why the freedom and fact-checking of the internet is so irritating to would-be fascists and totalitarians selling a false narrative?

Next Time with Teh Binks: But, but, #GamerGate!, and Those Male-Mostly STEM Jobs, plus THE PATRIARCHAL!, and finally, The Violent War On Women! ~

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Digital Knighthood?

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~ FAR BE IT from me to ask if Rebel Media’s dearly beloved curmudgeon Gavin McInnes, Scottish-Canadian writer and reputed inventor of hipsterdom, really understands the video game thing.

OK, not so far be it. I’m asking. Watch his video first.. it’s just over three minutes.

Right, then.

First, Binks is one of those mysterious super-indulgent grown-up gamers without a life whom Mr. McInnes cannot fatheom. I’ve been gaming off and on most of my teen and adult life: board games, D&D years ago, computer & some console gaming since then– yes, including the original ‘Pong’ (Zz). I have a life: games are recreation.

Second, I do get #GamerGate. It is mainstream man-hating feminism trying to control all the things, because most gamer and game-designers are male, and teh mens doing man-things is always bad. Social Justice Warriors hate free people having fun, not minding the politics, and not bending the knee to the domineering ideology of political correctness.

What’s not to hate? ask the bullies. EXCEPT– the Left-wing fascists got stopped, pushed back, and given a bloody nose. #GamerGate is a little good news in the culture wars, and a defeat for totalitarian feminism.

And yet.. quoth the hipster:

“There’s a layer of patheticness here, though, that no-one is talking about: namely, I don’t care if video games are sexist or not sexist or politically correct. Video games are for little kids. Why are adults playing video games?”

There’s the question. Or, to be more precise, why are young men and adult men investing time in addictive fantasy worlds, recreated history, crusades and quests and valiant deeds, and rescuing princesses and fighting dragons, via the medium of video games? Hmm.

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God Speed, oil on canvas,  E. BLAIR LEIGHTON 1900.

The other day I enjoyed an extended online speech by a writer & friend of Teh Binks, Sir Charles Coulombe, on the topic of chivalry. The older relation of the sexes called for pursuit & resistance; heroism, rescue, and triumph; men offering themselves in life-long marriage, and work, and child-rearing; roles were somewhat defined, and people knew something of where they were, how they stood. Men could be the knight & lord of their own home-castles.

Enter feminism– or, rather, the wrecking-ball of Marxism and statism against the family, man-woman unions, fatherhood and motherhood, children as the focus of energy and hope for the future, forms of chivalry and gentlemanliness alongside forms of ladylike behaviour and restraint. Enter also the state– intruding by tax and red tape and busybodiness into the family, the basic building block and foundation of Western life & freedom: some women have, in effect, married the state– husbands are optional.

Comes mass contraception, mass divorce, mass abortion, the ‘sexual revolution’, and the loss of all the rules, except that men are bad and yet must man up, and women are good and should act sexually like the worst sort of men until their biological clocks go ‘ding!’, and then marry & settle down and pop a few babies out. Yay us.

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Except.. where are the men?– even modern women have begun to wonder. They are staying away in droves from marriage, church, university, commitments, babies, and difficult careers. With the divorce laws against us, culture & media & politics captured by feminism, and with the bitter fruit of 50 years of ever more divorce unsettling us and the institution of marriage, many men are opting out. Going underground.

Perpetual teenhood is endemic, but not without decades of good reasons. Peter Pan is the eternal boy: so are we becoming, as a gender in the West, in our Never-Never Lands. After all, if you were a young guy: which would you rather?

(a) Yet another college-enforced talking-to about rape culture and how you should know that rape is very bad, and that you– as a male, are a neanderthal rapist, but should not rape anybody, even though you are an evil rapist because you are male…,

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(b) The awesome new Batman game for PS4 or XBox 1, where you are The Caped Crusader, unpestered by whinging feminists, unpuzzled by high school or college women, where you kick ass, take no names, and fight for the freedom of Gotham from evil-doers?

Viva la revolucion? Underneath, most men and boys are mostly still men and boys, despite now a century of feminism and nagging and finger-wagging and re-education. Most of us still want adventure, to be brave and heroic to someone, to right the wrongs and lead and make a difference, to ask for a sammich without having our heads taken off, to sacrifice our lives for decades paying for and helping to raise children with a decent woman, all that old evil icky stuff.

Chivalry may get you dirty looks at work, in school, maybe at home, certainly in most areas of public life, but NOT in your gamer-life. Ding!

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Games (and adventure movies) are part of the resistance– a man-zone of often forbidden, care-free, incorrect, and traditional thoughts, aspirations, and ideals. The horror!

Gavin is partly right: such geek-nerd-gamer culture may be partly about a kind of immaturity & playing kid’s games, time-wasting and such– but it’s much more than that, as the anti-GamerGate feminists know: trust them in this, at least. Games: engaging fantasy, freedom, princesses and babes & swords and dragons and heroes and villains and deeds of derring-do. They reflect that same streak of movies about the same themes.

Wanting to be a manly man, or a leader, or a father in today’s environment– unless you are rich or powerful– is just not on. Men and boys find themselves lost, puzzled, angry, and disillusioned by the splintered ‘Nowhere’ of modernity, by endless and contradictory calls to ‘Man Up‘ but ‘Don’t Be That Guy‘; to be sensitive new age manginas.. who nobody wants to marry; to be willing to slave and suffer as a husband & father.. only to be dumped and left without a home or children by some divorce court.

So just perhaps, dear Mr. McInnes, there’s a fire behind all this #GamerGate smoke, with the militant feminists smelling and hating the whiff of freedom and man-culture and olden ways and things they would destroy, that no man (or woman) may ever be free, or noble, or aspire for anything grander than the smelly little orthodoxies of political correctness, in the cramped and soul-killing world such social justice warriors want us all to live in.

Should men wake up, act in the real world, lead to confront good and evil in our times, and all the rest? Well, yes. But adventure movies like Lord of The Rings, and adventure gaming allow brow-beaten and puzzled boys and men to still have a sensation of doing the right thing, in an overwhelming real world gone terribly wrong.

Game On! ~

Saith Binks

* A version of this article is also cross-posted at Rebel Media’s The Megaphone.

FaceBook: You Suck.

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~ ITEM: Wiki– Facebook real-name policy controversy

~ ITEM: Shame on Facebook: How Zuckerberg’s Confusing “Real Names” Policy Hurts More Than It Helps

~ ITEM: Help, I’m Trapped in Facebook’s Absurd Pseudonym Purgatory

~ ITEM: Facebook reignites real-name controversy after suspending Native American author’s account

~ ITEM: 10 Reasons To Delete Your Facebook Account

~ ITEM: Facebook Is Evil & It Will Consume Your Soul

~ ITEM: Why Facebook Is Evil, According To Mindblowing New Series Mr. Robot

~ ITEM: 5 Evil Ways Google and Facebook Are Using Their Insane Power

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~ I JUST GOTTA SAY— Big Brother is a bloody big bother.

The pseudonym ‘Binky The WebElf‘ has existed since about 1996, and is the name I’m known by in Anglican, Catholic, Twitter, FaceBook, and blogging circles. It originally came from silly names I liked to use in video games, and was ‘Binky The Pirate’ for a while in the original Sid Meier ‘Pirates!’.

I knew (and was later proven right) that pseudonymity in the vicious church wars would protect my wife & kids from my getting fired or sent to The Anglican Parish Of Outer Sable Island, 3rd sandbank from the right. Or, some Canadian Jihadi might drop by for a little off the top, because of the many and various things I’ve said about Islam.

Huh? Who-Now?

Binky is my web-name. If I went by the boring non-elf name, people would not recognize it, and why should they?

That’s part of the point. The issues I bring up are the thing I’d like you to ponder; the fine bloggers and authors and commentators who apply real wisdom to our current dangers and opportunities. Me? I’m prideful and self-important enough, and don’t need my face or name plastered on everything for whatever alleged worth that might have. Look at the STUFF, not at the elf.

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Enter The ZuckerBorg

Apparently, someone got mad at me recently, and twice over the past month or so reported my name as a “fake name” to FaceBook. DING! Word from FaceBorg: “Please give us your actual name, and cough up a passport, driver’s license, or other real ID to prove it. You know, because celebrities.”

This ‘feature’ has been popping up since 2012-ish, but has gone viral in 2015, because FaceBook– sometime friend and ally of fascists and radicals and terrorists and silencers and big corporate government– is enforcing their arbitary rules. Because, you know, online corporations don’t have enough information about all of us. Coming next: FaceBook digital colonoscopy & DNA+blood samples?

Not Just A Shruggable

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In one sense, no big deal– though demands that members of the public report various forms of personal and private ID to a faceless corporation is very scary. But what about other people, to whom pseudonymous communication via Facebook is a matter of life & death? Someone being stalked or death-threatened? A human rights worker or dissident in a dangerous country? A Christian pastor in a Muslim land? Someone who doesn’t want their identity stolen, with all the joy & fun of unravelling that rat’s nest? You can fill in the blanks.

However, I’m also an ill guy living at home, alone much of the time, and FaceBook– despite all the privacy and other issues– is a major part of my chance to reach out, hear back, counsel, preach, build a wide variety of friendships around the world, communicate on matters I consider important or topical or timely. Minus FaceBook, I will be even more lonely, alone, and prone to the Black Dog, and that really sucks. Thanks, Zuckerberg, you heinous power-mad twerp.

So, until FaceBook follows Google’s eminently sensible example of not minding our personal business even more, I guess The Binks is officially off The FaceBook for now*. Feel free to comment below.

Sad elf. ~

Saith Teh Binks

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* If this is all the result of some malicious FB snitching (pretty sure it is, but the tattle-tales have their identity protected, so mind your ding-danged business), I forgive you, but you really pissed me and my friends off. God knows your name, and he will not forget.

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When Le Hobbits Fought Back

~ ITEM: Wikipedia– War In The Vendée

~ ITEM: Catholic Martyrdom – French revolution – Vendée 1793

~ ITEM: Eyewitness Memoir: Memoirs of the Marchioness de Larochejaquelein: With a Map of the Theatre of War in la Vendée

~ ITEM: Restless Bones: Excavations have been done of the mass graves of the Vendée War

~ ITEM: An address by Alexander Solzhenitsyn , delivered at the dedication of the Memorial de la Vendée in Les Lucs-sur-Boulogne,  France, on September 25, 1993

~ ITEM: The Historical Analogy That Should Have Ukraine’s Revolutionaries Very Worried

~ ITEM: The French Revolution: The Rising of the Vendee

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~ RECALLING HISTORY can protect us now, and in the future. Sometimes you really do have to fight the enemies of humanity and freedom and faith.

Thanks to some recent FB posts, Ann Barnhardt vids, and Victorian boy’s historical novellist G.A. Henty (here’s the entire book online: No Surrender! A Tale of the Rising in La Vendée), plus a little innertube research, I’ve been learning rather a lot about a still hush-hush moment of the French Devolution: the purge of the Vendée, or the Vendée War (said: Vonn-day), 1793-1796.

The Plot Sickens

Execution of King Louis XVI in 1792. Dr. Guillotin opposed the death penalty. After his death in 1814, his children, embarrassed by the association with the device, changed their surname to ”Mercier”.

Execution of King Louis XVI in 1792. Dr. Guillotin opposed the death penalty. After his death in 1814, his children, embarrassed by the association with the device, changed their surname to ”Mercier”.

Like all nearly ominipotent moral busybodies, the early 1790s Paris radicals promised all the good things for free, and then got busy filling all of France with the benefits of denunciation, confiscation, and decapitation. You know, for the good of ‘The People’ (in Paris). They imprisoned clergy, doctors, merchants, aristocrats, and uppity politicians, to cut the head off any possible resistance.

>> Evil revolutionaries will always attack faith & clergy, any likely leaders, and any punish & attack man or woman who fights back or speaks out, i.e. ‘counter-revolutionaries’. Watch for it.

Not everywhere gave in so quickly: Lyons fought back; Toulons actually invited the British navy in; and the hardy peasants of a little patch of farm and hedgerows and forest called the Vendée grabbed their pitchforks and farming implements.

>> It’s important to look at your maps, digest the news, pray about it, and act accordingly.

Henri de La Rochejacquelein at the Battle of Cholet in 1793 by Paul-Émile Boutigny, Musée d'art et d'histoire de Cholet, Cholet, France.

A rebel leader Henri de La Rochejacquelein, at the Battle of Cholet in 1793 by Paul-Émile Boutigny, Musée d’art et d’histoire de Cholet, Cholet, France.

This Should Be Easy Enough

The locals– at first, largely gunless peasants versus troops– actually kicked the bums out. Paris reeled.

The French Revolution tottered on a cliff-edge as peasants fought the French military to a standstill over several years, until overwhelmed over 3 years by total war: burning and destruction of everything in the Vendée, killing of livestock, burning of whole villages and towns, atrocities against men women and children, mass murder & execution… all the usual radical/ revolutionary list of horrors which were and are repeated so many times over the ensuing century and a half.

Present at some of these battles? A young Corsica-born artillery commander, named Bonaparte. He refused to fire on non-combatants, and was so impressed by the courage and decency of the Vendeans that when he took power in 1799, he restored many of the freedoms of the Church.

>> The enemy are not usually as strong and united as they appear. Learn their weaknesses, and yours. Act accordingly.

Sadly, the leaders of the resistance didn’t get the word out to England, or even across all of France (or put out a blog or online fundraiser), or any other appeals for help. At several points during the uprising, regular British troops and money and arms would have broken the back of the regicidal peasant-murdering revolution.

Though victory was in reach, yet the ordinary folk of the Vendée just didn’t have it in them to march on Paris itself. The whole ugly, bloody, petty, murderous new regime was run from Paris, and it might have been overthrown by a truly mass uprising.

>> Widespread communication, acting in time, and with allies, can save a lot of sorrow later.

The Usual Revolting

The pro-Communist French Revolution started with grand promises, and ended in mass graves (one seen above). As usual.

The proto-Communist French Revolution started with grand promises, and ended in Vendée mass graves (one seen above). As usual.

At least 250 000 locals were slaughtered, starved, or executed, for the crime of wanting their Catholic faith, their little patch of earth, and not to be meddled with by cold-hearted monsters like Marat, the demonic Danton, bloody Robespierre, and their ilk. All such ‘revolutionaries’ drink the blood of others, before the revolution consumes them also.

>> Freedom-fighters against true tyrants leave a record of their success & failure. Study it, and endeavor at the least to make fresh mistakes, and not repeat the old ones. 

Learn up about that time, which foreshadowed so much of our time, and the real roots and results of ‘progressivism’. The revolutionists can only succeed by ever more meddling, dominating. and– eventually– killing, and depicting the world in two shades only. The enemies of the revolution are not just different, or disagreers– no, they are the enemies of humanity, of hope and history and the future. Exterminate!

>> People who are well-meaning but driven by evil ideology are often willing to fight, and die for the cause. Are we in the West willing to debate, suffer, fight and die for the good things of God given to us to hand on to others?

It’s Still Not Over, Yet

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How powerful and humiliating to the 1790s regime was this peasant war in the Vendée? This much– France will still not officially acknowledge that anything of note happened in the Vendée then, or now, over 220 years later.

You know, don’t want to raise the ghosts of the past, or poke into any mass-graves. Even though those events have echoed and echoed across further fields of blood and genocide inspired by the destructive French example.

Cruel Jacobins, All

After all, you know who was a huge fan of the example and methods of that horrid revolution? A spotty, adultering library-dwelling mooch on his friends.. named Karl Marx. The Communism he inspired led to at least 150 million dead. So far. And there were others:

“Both Lenin and Hitler praised their Jacobin filiation. From the Jacobin sans-culottes came the Red Guard and the SS. The red and black ideologies of extermination justified their genocides with arguments similar to those used by the Convention to justify the genocide in Vendée. And the Jacobin ideology continues to inspire the subversion of the ideas of liberty, equality and fraternity into a totalitarian individualism that destroys the natural communities, beginning with the family, and that confiscates the fundamental freedom of education of children by their parents.

Less than twenty years after the end of the USSR, the Russian State, even though in some ways a continuation of the Soviet system, honored itself by repenting for the assassination of the Tsar and his family, and by replacing Russia in its historical and religious continuity.

France is in need of a similar symbolic gesture. The State, by repenting for the original crimes of our republic would liberate our national memory, and accomplish a far-reaching act of French Friendship…”

Stick that in your festering & blood-soaked ‘La Marseillaise‘ and smoke it. Nasty lowlife mass-murdering cowards. The modern French Left still deny history, reality, bones and atrocities, in their quest for utopia, human self-purification, and endless lying about their opponents, past and present.

Learn now, learn fast, read the signs of the times. ~

So Saith Teh Binks

Remember Them. Martyrs Of La Vendée, pray for us.

Remember Them. Martyrs Of La Vendée, pray for us.

The New New Rules

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Tur, Son Of Og SMASH puny Jew!

UPDATE: BEN SHAPIRO WILL PRESS CHARGES AGAINST TRANSGENDER ZOEY TUR

~ SOME MOMENTS perfectly crystallize the spirit of the age.

For example, did you see that Dr. Drew CNN roundtable about Jenner where the psycho beefy Jewish kid neck-grabbed the tranny guest, and threatened that the tranny would leave the show in an ambulance? And later, when, the Jewish kid agreed with a commenter on Twitter that the tranny should be curb-stomped?

Nope, nobody did.

And (warning, shocking, offensive) a curb stomp is what, exactly?

Fun With Group-Quacking

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The assault & threat came after several other panel members said that while Bruce Jenner wasn’t a hero, he was bravely speaking out for the countless (?) young people who were suffering and being bullied and dying because of their longing for women’s clothing and surgical mutilation.

Bravest thing evaaaaar?

“Did she deserve the honor, probably not. Is she brave? Of course,” Tur explained. “Being brave is being yourself. And being transgender is about the bravest thing you can do.”

Gotcha. Bravest. My great-uncle Gren might disagree and his family and friends, but he was probably a cisgendered white racist scum, so shut up, Gren.

Feel The Love Is Love Wins!

Then Tur, Son Of Og (his parents called him Robert Tur) got Offended™ (girl-screams!) by the way Ben Shapiro wasn’t joining the group-quack and was “bravely being himself”, sticking to his guns that Bruce Jenner was still a man, and probably mentally ill, when– son of irony itself!– bullying Tur actually grabbed the young commentator by the yoke of the neck with his beefy hand, and threatened to send him home in an ambulance.

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Ambulance? That is: so to physically injure Shapiro via violence that the young married father of a new baby would not be able to leave the set or the CNN building under his own locomotion, but would require a gurney and EMTs and an ambulance, thence to be transported not to his hotel or home, or the airport, but to a local hospital for extensive care and recovery. All via Og, Son Of Tur, getting his inner neanderthal thug bully act on, because Offended™.

If only, Tur thought....

If only, Tur thought, if only….

Apparently Tur, Son Of Og did not have an “Ohcrapocrapocrap what did I just do?” moment at any point while the CNN cameras watched. Dr. Drew was AWOL, or gobsmacked, or quietly delighted at some exciting ratings-boosting TV gold, but did not act like a man or an actual host/ moderator and demand civility, and call out Tur, Son of Og for acting like a freaking psycho, and technically assaulting a fellow guest on the show.

Regrets? Apologies? It is to hysterically laugh– later, on Twitter, Bob Tur agreed with a commenter on Twitter that Ben Shapiro should be curb-stomped (i.e., crippled, possibly unto death).  I devoutly hope that Mr. Tur is properly charged & arrested for assault, threat-making, and civilly sued up the wazoo (if he still has once, post-surgically).

Frantic Brain-Scrabbling

Awkward silence ensured as the politically correct in the group tried to decide what they were supposed to say, and how to circle the wagons around Tur, Son of Og, from his legal & social & commentarial buffoonery.

The grab-n-threat was shocking enough, but I was actually offended and angry when the group-quacking restarted, once people got over their shock, re-assigned blame, and started snarking at the assaulted young man.  You can hear the group-think: ‘OK, Ben’s a Jew which used to be special status, but that’s not as special a Special Status as Caitlin and Zoey, and we can’t appear to agree with Ben against Zoey, so the Jew gets it. Because Offended™… whew!’

Quacked they variously unto the camera: “Well, Ben should have known that he was being very provocative, terribly Offensive™ to Tur, Son Of Og” etc. etc., had-it-coming blah blah blah, because self-definition and tranny and Jenner and all that is the new holy idol for worship and effusive praisings. And bravest thing ever.

So Where Are We, Exactly?

So: the new new rules, as demonstrated by Tur, Son Of Og, and his fellow guests?

(1) Bullying is only bad when (if?) conservatives do it.. (in this case, it’s just fine during the course of a civil and public and televised conversation about gender).

(2) You can violate all the rules of civil discourse and decent society, then threaten to grievously injure your fellow panelists to the point of hospitalization, and later agree that they should be mutilated and possibly killed by extreme cruelty and violence, if they dare point out that the current truth about trans-everything-ism is not actual “Real” reality.

(3) Being Offended™ covereth a multitude of sins, including lying, group-think, moral cowardice, self-deception, brutality, death-threats, and– well, anything done against the Enemy of The Moment.

(4) We are all living in Upsidedownland. Please adjust your brain constantly. Or else. Welcome to now.

And now you know. ~

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Why, That’s Unpossible!

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The HMS Jervis Bay; Weaponized Ocean-Liner With An Attitude

~ ITEM: HMS Jervis Bay, 1922-1940; and Convoy HX 84

~ ITEM: HMS Jervis BayQuartermaster Sam Patience video Interview; the HMS Jervis Bay YouTube Page

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkAJDMRd7k2iNapEb_WGqWQ

~ ITEM: Official Site: hmsjervisbay.com; the KMS Admiral Scheer

~ ITEM: The heroism of Captain Fegen and the crew of the Jervis Bay

~ ITEM: Captain Pettigrew and the men of the S.S. Beaverford

~ ITEM: CBC– The fearless, near-forgotten story of HMS Jervis Bay; and Caithness Archives– HMS “Jervis Bay” Armed Merchant Cruiser

~ ITEM: If the Gods Are Good: The Epic Sacrifice of the HMS Jervis Bay (Book Review)

~ ITEM: The church can and will survive persecution. It will not survive faithlessness. This is both a theological and historical truth

~ ITEM: OnePeterFive– What is Liberty?, by CHRISTOPHER J. MALLOY; and Hilary White, No Third Way: The Fundamentals of Rationality

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~ SO WHAT EXACTLY DOES victory look like? Giant Roman triumph, displaying captives, plunder, and conquering troops? An undignified mocking of the defeated, bared butts, raspberries, and ‘Neener! Neener!’? Dignity, and proper respect for the conquered?

A World War 2 sea captain make me think that in some cases, there’s another way.

Binky’s Departed Loved Ones

My maternal Grandparents are interred in a cemetery overlooking the beautiful Grand Bay in West St. John, New Brunswick. Only a gravestone or two away from them is another stone, recording that the deceased was part of the crew of the HMS Jervis Bay.

That what-now, you say? How very last millennium!

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Grand Bay, New Brunswick, Canuckistan

A British Bulldog

The HMS Jervis Bay was a converted British liner off the England to Australia circuit, loaded up with some surplus turn of the century 6″ naval popguns and machine guns for convoy duty, and called– almost ironically– an ‘Armed Merchant Cruiser’.  She was refitted for military service in the port of Saint John, New Brunswick.

1940 had been a tsunami of defeats and disasters: Belgium, Holland, and France had fallen, followed by the miracle of Dunkirk; Norway & Denmark conquered, and Sweden left ‘free’ if she continued to supply steel and other war materiels to Germany.

All that late Summer, the shattered and almost weaponless British armies rescued from Dunkirk along with civilian militias and the tireless RAF had guarded Britain from a seaborne German invasion– Operation Sealion— which very nearly happened. Britain stood alone. Some counselled surrender to the new order of things: WInston Churchill, the new Prime Minister, wouldn’t hear of it.

Herr Hitler had jumped the German war-plans by 3 years (thank heavens), but still had enough u-boats and commerce-raiding pocket battleships to seriously threaten the survival of Britain. Merchant convoys were the only remaining life-line.

Our Story Begins

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Convoy Assembly, Bedford Basin, Nova Scotia

The chilly but ice-free wartime port of Halifax, late October 1940– 37 merchant ships gather in Bedford Basin, and set sail with their single escort, the HMS Jervis Bay, out into the stormy & U-Boat haunted North Atlantic. Bound for Liverpool, England, Convoy HX-84 sails into history.

The whole convoy had to go the speed of the slowest ship, and to stay together despite wind, fogs, night, storms, and sometimes the questionable seaworthiness or antiquity of the merchant vessels, some of which had served likewise in World War One. The HMS Jervis Bay had to herd these cats for the whole 2700+ mile trans-Atlantic voyage.

One late November afternoon, 8 days later later and south-southwest of Iceland, the deep-laden ships of HX-84 struggled eastwards against cold and heavy seas.

Convoy commander Captain Edward Fegen of the Jervis hears from the lookouts: they’ve spotted something even worse than the u-boats: a foreboding silhouette– incoming fire reveals the German pocket-battleship Admiral Scheer, angling in for a leisurely turkey-shoot on Convoy HX-84.

Doom. A very nasty wolf chasing down a parcel of sheep and one semi-sheep-dog. The Admiral Scheer was a  fast heavy cruiser with 6 powerful 11-inch guns, each able to fire every 17 seconds effectively out to 20 000 yards, or 11 miles. 38 juicy targets just ahead.

White flag? Run away? 

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Captain Fegen of the Jervis Bay had a decision to make, and little time to make them.

Here’s our convoy to protect, and we’re it, lads– All hands to battle stations; Signal ‘Scatter the convoy, maximum speed’!; and then came the surprising orders: Turn to port, and full speed towards that enemy cruiser! Make smoke! All guns, fire as you bear! Let’s see if we can’t draw  her fire.

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Captain of Jervis Bay, Edward Fegen, VC

With her retro-fitted guns roaring more as defiance than as damage-dealing weapons, Captain Fegen steered the Jervis between the enemy and the fleeing convoy. The eager German Captain Theodor Krancke needed to get at the convoy before nightfall. A collision or lucky shot could harm the Admiral Scheer: best sink the Jervis right away.

“Our captain knew just what we were going to get, but it didn’t matter.”, one crew member later recalled. The Armed Merchant Cruiser drew heavy enemy fire as towering fountains of water exploded around the Jervis Bay, whose own shells mostly fell short of the enemy.

The merchant cruiser Jervis Bay fought to the death when a British convoy was ambushed

Victory In Defeat: Just A Little Longer!

Behind the ocean-liner turned Armed Merchant Cruiser, her convoy scattered to starboard at various speeds; every minute of distraction and delay meant lives and ships and supplies saved. The Scheer’s 11-inch shells pounded into the Jervis, which was soon crippled, aflame, unable to steer or communicate– but for almost half-an-hour the outgunned 15-thousand ton ship had preoccupied the guns of the German pocket-battleship, as the daylight faded away, and had even managed to damage her radar & ranging by a lucky hit.

While the surviving crew abandoned the drifting liner for lifeboats, flotsam, and the bitter North Atlantic, the pocket-battleship finally sailed past, and began to destroy 5 of the 37 ships of HX-84 in the twilight. But Captain Krancke’s frustration was far from over.

The S.S. Beaverford

The S.S. Beaverford

A little-known or remembered chapter of this story is the other convoy ship which fought the Germans. Following Fegen’s example, Captain Pettigrew and the men of the S.S. Beaverford, a Canadian freighter, likewise sailed interference against the Admiral Scheer, and bought even more valuable time for the convoy, allowing the other ships to scatter in the darkness. For over four-and-a-half hours, the Beaverford fired her two small guns, until she was sent to the bottom with torpedoes from the Scheer around 10:30pm. All hands were lost.

Sadly enough, there’s no movie, medals, novels, or memorials for the valiant S.S. Beaverford & her lost captain & crew.

The Aftermath

Captain Fegen himself was killed at his station, but received a posthumous Victoria Cross for his actions. Sixty-eight survivors of Jervis Bay‍ ’​s crew of 254 were picked up by the neutral Swedish ship Stureholm (three later died of their wounds). One survivor went on to live his life in St. John New Brunswick, and to be buried near my Grandparents (I believe it may have been “MORROW. Everett. R.C.N.R. Scullion. Saint John, New Brunswick.)”.

The Jervis Bay inspired many books, including Alistair MacLean’s novel H.M.S. Ulysses, and a short story in his book “The Lonely Sea”; the poem “The Ballad of Convoy HX84“, amongst others; and the final action of the Jervis Bay was portrayed in the movie San Demetrio London (1943, entire movie online here); and various standing memorials in Bermuda, Wick, London, and Saint John, New Brunswick.

Any Point, At All, Binks?

What does victory, or defeat, look like?  Not always how we expect.

The seemingly captive and defeated Lord Jesus went down to a dreadful and criminal death. But in truth, it was a universe & heaven-changing sacrifice. The lamb for his flock; the one for the many; the Lord for his people.

It didn’t look like that, on Good Friday, or Holy Saturday, of course. ‘Another rebel rabble-rouser crushed‘, thought Rome; ‘Blasphemer dealt with‘, thought his enemies in the religious establishment. ‘So much for all that‘, thought the fickle crowds. ‘We thought he really was The One, the promised Messiah‘ thought most of the disciples. The came the bright morning after the Sabbath rest.

For surpassing all we could ask or imagine, God had the last word about Good Friday on Easter Morning when the Lord Jesus rose again bodily from death, and then came Pentecost day, and all the days from those days to this. One sacrifice, once, for all mankind forever. Jesus The Lord wins us eternal victory, through– not despite– his own suffering, death, and resurrection.

Victory In Defeat: There’s More Than One Way To Win

Sacrifice, courage, fighting on come death or defeat, not counting the cost– the HMS Jervis Bay and her crew did not surrender, and did what seemed to be impossible: they put themselves in the way, at the right place & time to do the maximum good. As Christians, our prayers and plans and efforts neither arise from, nor go forth into emptiness. “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done”– ultimately, it’s all God’s business, and if we strive to be faithful, to speak up and act and pray and not despair in the face of evil’s apparent victories, He will bless and bring forth– even from our weak and wavering and unworthy faith– wonderfully good things.

Those incoming blessings may be elsewhere, and for others, or for future generations; they may be for us, and such a time as this. That’s His business, not ours.

As for me, I sail in the spirit of the HMS Jervis Bay and the S.S. Beaverford; with the angels and archangels, martyrs, saints, apostles, and all the company of heaven, following Jesus, the author and completer of our faith, under the victory-banner of the blessed and glorious Trinity– even the Father, and the Son, and The Holy Ghost, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen. ~

So Preacheth Teh Binks

Christ Pantocrator (“All-Powerful”) Cathedral of Monreale, Palermo, Sicily

Christ Pantocrator (“All-Powerful”) Cathedral of Monreale, Palermo, Sicily

Eat Up Your Supper, Because…..

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~ ITEM: Madman who starved 60 million to death: Devastating book reveals how Mao’s megalomania turned China into a madhouse

~ ITEM: Epic history of Chinese famine in which 45 million starved to death wins £20,000 book award

~ ITEM: The Book Itself— Mao’s Great Famine: The History of China’s Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-1962, by Frank Dikötter

~ ITEM: Interview: China’s great famine years ‘were an era of cannibalism’

~ ITEM: Another book– Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine, 1958-1962, by Yang Jisheng

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~ DID YOU EVER KNOW? For those of you of a certain age, being told to finish your beets and asparagus and table-scraps because “there were starving kids in China” will ring a bell. I never knew what it meant, or why my mother said it, exactly.

This man-made famine was widely misunderstood at the time; in modern China it is glossed over as “the three years of natural disaster”; and in the Western history books it is all but forgotten, because Leftism & Marxism. Still, it’s a cultural artifact for people who were kids in the 1960s.

My smart-ass response at the time was: “Well OK, can we send this to them, then?”  The previous era of starving Chinese children was the mid-1930s, under Japanese misrule. The slightly later version changed the starving children to Africa (particularly Eastern Africa), in the great to-and-fro of the Cold War.

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The Horror: 1958-1963

Back to my era. Did you ever ask (or were you ever told, or did your parents even know) why in China– a net exporter of food– there were such conditions in the late 50s into the mid-60s? Probably not.

Communism. Mao Tse Tung wanted to hasten agricultural reform, and was greedy for hard currency from the Soviets, and so sold them most of the food China produced. He sold almost all Chinese crops, even if that meant the peasant farmers themselves had nothing left to eat. That, and crazy schemes like shutting down small farms, and making giant collective farms. Which didn’t work.

Mao Starved Them

Communism + lack of reality? = 70 MILLION direct & indirect Chinese deaths.

Mass starvation, eating grass and bark, cannibalism, and upwards of 60-70 million deaths ensued, because Communism can’t science good, and what’s a few millions dead for the progress of the Revolution, blah blah blah.

Truth is, there’s more than enough food in the world to prevent starvation, but as in 1930s Ukraine, Mao’s China or Ethiopia in the We Are The World 1980s, politics (especially progressive politics) are often found at the root of such crises. Entirely avoidable, predictable, and horrible.

Death by starvation– for ideological purposes– has proven quite convenient for human monsters of the 20th century. We’re only ever told half of the story, and well after the fact, by the useful idiots of the Western mass media, who served and still serve all too often as the willing mouthpieces of Lenin, Stalin, Che & Fidel, Mao, and their horrible policies and evil minions.

Read it, and weep: ‘Mao’s Great Famine‘. ~

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History Is For Stupids

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~ ITEM: Birmingham Becomes One of First 6 Test Cities for Obama’s Federal Policing

~ ITEM: The path to tyranny: The Nazi Gestapo and the US police state

~ ITEM: FCC RULES DESIGNED TO STIFLE INTERNET POLITICAL SPEECH; FCC doc here

~ ITEM: Google– Nazi + police forces 

~ IT WAS JUST a little neatening up, jah?

In 1930s Germany, one of the first real power-grabs made by the Nazis was to take over all local and area police forces, and to unite them administratively under the Nazi party (including a new body, the Gestapo). Very quiet, but essential for social control from the top down. Nobody thought how it might possibly be later abused at that point, because Der Adolf was building roads and jobs and making people feel proud about Germany.

And so what if some of the noisier socialists, communists, newspaper editors and other rabbles ended up ‘under protection’ in the brand-new ‘concentration camps’? It was, as the law & Gestapo & Himmler & Goering promised, for their own protection. Yes, some of them may have disappeared or been mistreated, but accidents happen. Und why are you asking so many questions, exactly?

Your papers, please.

Your papers, please.

So what? Local police are accountable to the actual laws, and real local people & communities– it’s probably this reality that has the lawless White House trying– as ever– to circumvent reality & good things. Newfangled “Federal Police” operating locally are under the direct control of the White House & Czars & radical bureaucrats. Hence, this is a return to lawless ‘political enforcement’, as created under every totalitarian police force and tyranny ever.

Are we really already doomed to repeat this? I do not blame reality-TV or our endless distraction with technology, but the people who choose to look away, and shrug, and hope it won’t get too bad.

Dogpile!

As with every other centralizing & totalist-type move made by the Obama Administration & those in the U.S. government and its agencies who seem to admire divide & conquer and obedient and quiet populations under control, such ‘Federal Local Police Forces’ are not only contradictory, but unnecessary. There are already local police, state police, and an ever-multiplying plethora of alphabet-soup Federal police forces in the American political system, post 1900. FBI, CIA, DEA, ATF, NSA, FFS, TSA on and on it goes.

This is political, and direct interference in local rights, state rights, and totally circumvents all the protections under law and custom which preserve American freedom and liberty under law. The law & its enforcers must not only be fair & legal, but be seen to be so. And frankly, this trend continues no matter which evil king or queen is on the White House throne.

But that is the point, isn’t it? America The Prison Camp? America the disarmed? America the utopian slave of the grey powers that be? America, that meekly bends the knee to force?

Prototypical USGestapo, anyone?

This will not end well.

~ Binks

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