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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

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~ 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 aroudn 10:30pm. All hands were lost.

Sadly enough, there’s no movie, medals, novels, or memorials for the valiant 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

Score one For The Bastards

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~ ITEM: Blazing Cat Fur: Sun News will be missed; and Ezra speaks with the National Post; see also Kathy Shaidle on the end of Sun News

~ ITEM: Jay Currie comments; then Gavin MacInnes

~ ITEM: My Life at Sun News: Ezra Levant’s original television producer regrets nothing

~ ITEM: Fight back against politically-correct extremism and support Andrew Lawton

~ ITEM: Demise of Sun News Network narrows field of debate: Toronto Star Editorial; CBC: CRTC rejects Sun News bid for mandatory cable spot

~ ITEM: Another take– “This Isn’t a Defeat; It’s an Opportunity

Byline – The Demise of Sun News. What happened to Sun News? Brian Lilley reacts to the station’s closure on the day it happened.

~ ~ ~

~ REMEMBER: I’m a trifling nothing. A mere amateur. A rank layman, news-wise (no doubt, according to the genii who study at Ryerson Journalism with The Non-Ph.D. “doctor” John Miller .. he certainly had no use for me when we were at a conference together in Halifax).

Somehow, despite no Miller-approved cred, or the blinding wisdom from above dispensed in programs like his and others across Canada, yet somehow I still managed to create & run the Anglican version of the Drudge Report from 1998-2007, on a tiny budget (unlike the competition, Canadian Anglican News Service, Episcopal News Service, and London Anglican News Service = $5-6 million a year, and 20+ staff).

That’s one little elf with no training, and with one guy helping me for a couple of years with the nerdy-stuff, taking on the bigs, and whipping them, news-wise. Even the Anglican wreckers & progressives and leadership used to check me daily, to see what was being said about them, and to get timely news from all points of view, not ‘managed & massaged messages’ from the Anglican equivalents of the old Soviet-era Pravda or Isvestia propaganda services.

What Just Happened

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The bad guys are dancing, and lining up behind velvet ropes to take their turns pissing on the grave of Sun News TV.

Binks Translate-O-Tron: The corrupt, incestuous, blinkered, vain, intolerant media elite and their Trudeaupia-era CRTC corruptocrat conflict-of-interest bullies at the CRTC have spoken: more like Brian Williams and Anna Maria Tremonti, less like Brian Lilley and Ezra Levant. Because being hard-left IS moderate: there are no questions to which we will not be told what to think by the sockpuppets of CBC & CTV, echoing CNN, MSNBC, and other infotainment sewer pipes. And the Canadian leftards in the slavish one-side only commentariat said ‘Amen!’

Wrong-Headed Criticism

Some now argue that SUN-TV was a small-time operation because of the relatively lowish number of viewers. This is erroneous 1980s thinking, because of the power and news-force of social media. ONE news report with proper reporting, actual balance, and facts not to be found in the dino-media can quickly spread around the world on blogs, FaceBook, Twitter, and e-mail. Decision-makers as well as old-type newsies and ordinary folks benefit, act, discuss.

Moreover, SUN-TV itself kept a lively 21st-century-style link with bloggerdom, the Web, and rising stories of actual interest, without the delay, filtering, and– well– stinking lies and misrepresentation of the facts and meaning of the news as we see on CBC, CTV, and related outfits. That’s partly why the CBC-CRTC-CTV coalition had to kill the competition by hook or by crook. Truth spread quickly buggers up the establishment, and causes restless sheeps.

Sadly, we have 1980s media-monopoly idiots making decisions about their competition, and ideological enemies. Also, you need money to run a flagship TV outfit, and low numbers (partly thanks to the CRTC itself, and dirty backroom games by the media powers that be).

Binks, Him Sadly

Canada just lost several tons of public-media grey matter. Can’t be having relevant news going up fast with useful commentary and truth-seeking spoiling the media picnic. News leads to braining which leads to thinking about stuff, and holding people accountable. Can’t have that, so it’s back to the 70s in 21st century Canada.

Oh, and if you ‘conservative’ cable-people didn’t bother to subscribe, you own some of this, too.

So saith Teh

Binks

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Behind The Headline

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You can no have.

~ ITEM: Surrendering to Islam in America

~ ITEM: Washington National Cathedral will host a Muslim prayer service this Friday

~ ITEM: Episcopalians Lend D.C. Cathedral to Islamists, Gratis

~ ITEM: Faith J. H. McDonnell, Anglican– “A Letter to Global South Anglicans“; and National Cathedral Hosts Muslim Friday Prayers

~ ITEM: Robert Spencer in Truth Revolt: Persecuted Christians: Sacrificed On The Altar of “Dialogue”

~ ITEM: Various Crooks, Creeps, and Jihadis

~ ITEM: UPDATE— Rev. Franklin Graham: Muslim Prayer Service at National Cathedral ‘Sad to See’

~ ITEM: UPDATE— No Church For You!! Woman proclaiming Christ ejected from Muslim prayers at National Cathedral

~ ITEM: UPDATEIslam Comes to the National Cathedral

~ ITEM: UPDATE— Thank Allah It’s “Jum’ah Friday” (TAIJF) at The National Cathedral— A Guide For Perplexed Non-Muslims: “Genocidal jihadism is the ugly living legacy of this bigoted Islamic doctrine, not “ecumenism.”

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~ TODAY’S LESSON— The classical Muslim theory of ownership is fairly simple. There are 4 rules:

  1. If it was ever ours, it’s still ours.
  2. If it is ours, it’s totally ours (and should be);
  3. If we mark it as ours, it’s ours.
  4. Everything should be ours, God said so.

It’s a dog-like theory of ‘mine’, but they claim that God agrees, so it’s pretty important to understand what and how they think about such matters: we own all the things. It’s all about the dominance.

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Bringing The Naïve

Hence, the witless sitting ducks of the Anglican/ Episcopal Entity are letting some Imams pray in the National Cathedral (kind of a Generic American Prayer Barn for state funerals and stuff, but also an Episcopal Church) in Washington DC. No big, you say, Jews & other kinds of Christians have prayed there. Yes, but.

Islam is a territorial conquest/ dominance cult. Once it’s been prayed in (see rule #3) , they think it’s theirs. For eternity. Like the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople? Even if somehow the Christian world got it back as a working cathedral, we’d only be borrowing it, according to Islam.

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Islam, AD732.. Note Spain & France, The Byzantines lost 1/2 their Empire.

So, from this day foward, when Muslim Friday Prayers bray forth mocking Christians and the Trinity and Jesus, the National Cathedral is a mosque, and belongs to Islam (see Rule #3). They will claim it officially, if they can, just like they are trying to ‘get back’ the former mosque in Cordoba, from back before the 1400s when most of Spain was theirs– and it still is, according to Muslim law & custom along with most of Spain– (see Rule #1).

Mine, Allah Mine!

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Islam, AD1580, Once Byzantium Fell

Technically, an aggressive Turkey owns all that the Safavid/ Ottoman Empire used to dominate, including Israel, the Balkans, most of the Middle East, parts of Southern France, Russia, Ukraine, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, and Austria; also most of Spain, and including bits of Italy, most of the Mediterranean, all of North Africa (see Rule # 3, and Rule #4)…..

I cannot go back to Scotland, Moldova, England, or Eastern Germany and claim land and rights just because some of my ancestors lived there once. If I were Muslim, that’s exactly what I could do; and every place with a mosque is also a territorial outpost and claim on that land and area in the name of Allah, and the Dar Al-Islam (lands or house of Islam). Think: opportunistic infection; or, The Borg, from Star Trek.

Clue In, Fools

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A Jolly Nice Place For Tea!

Remember: there is no secular law, international law, human rights law, or non-Islamic law for authentic Islam– such laws are evil, or irrelevant. That’s Islam 101, which most Western Christian clergy have not learned. The wiffle-brained folks in DC having the Imams over for tea think it’s a jolly nice thing showing brotherhood, dialogue, caring & sharing, cuddly-wuddly whatnot.

Guess Who’s Coming For Tea

Awwww.. cuddles!.. they came for tea! (and claimed the place forever). Who’s coming over for tea, exactly?

The Islamists expected at the cathedral include representatives from theIslamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). In 2009, both groups were confirmed as co-conspirators in a conspiracy to deliver funds to the Gaza-based Hamas jihad group, which regularly launches attacks to kill Jews in Israel.

How nice. What an insulting smack in the face to Christians, and Anglicans, in parts of the world who are dying and being persecuted by Islam.

They Want What-Now?

That’s only if you stick to the surface, and stupidly or arrogantly assume that all people think alike, and that what Islam has been doing to the world for 1400 years, at the cost of 270 000 000 deaths is all about caring and sharing. Remember: they actually believe that world is theirs, and if we will not surrender & convert, then we will be plundered, either beheaded or enslaved (2014: like the Yazidis & Christian Iraqis and Syrians), or made pay the special punishment tax and various humiliations as 4th class citizens, (2014: like the Egyptian Copts).  Ask yourself: how many church buildings are there in Saudi Arabia? Zero.

Keepsies!

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This is territorial, symbolic and religious claim to the largest religious building in the heart of The Great Satan, America (Israel being “The Little Satan”). Imagine a group of Pentecostals (somehow) allowed to pray in Mecca, and “claiming” the Ka’aba Mosque for Jesus.

Our own ignorance, good intentions, fear, desire to placate, and multicultural arrogance is the greatest part of the problem with invasive aggressive Muslim Brotherhood & Hamas Islam (fronted across America by activist-style groups like CAIR, ISNA, and the other alphabet soup of cover-names and double-faces).

Be Vigilant, Learn Up

Says Andrew Bieszad over at One Peter 5,

“My advice to fellow Catholics is twofold: First, do all in your power to prevent your local church from being used for Muslim prayers, because it is about domination, not dialogue. Second, prepare spiritually, mentally, and yes, even physically to combat an increasingly aggressive Islam. While this may be a “historic event,” seen only for its spiritual significance, it may well be the hallmark of much more.”

They Muslims are at war, stealth & otherwise; they are deadly serious, and they know we are mostly clueless. THIS– this is what happens to people who ignore or mis-learn (or dreamily wish otherwise) than the actual lessons of history. ~

America fighting piratical Islam.. at the Shores Of Tripoli, (1801–1805)

America vs. piratical Islam .. at the Shores Of Tripoli… like in the song.

Mostly Harmless? Not So Much

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~ ITEM: Where the Hell Are the Guns?: A Soldier’s View of the Anxious Years, 1939-44

~ ITEM: The Guns of Normandy: A Soldier’s Eye View, France 1944

~ ITEM: The Guns of Victory: A Soldier’s Eve View, Belgium, Holland, and Germany, 1944-45

~ AUTHOR George Blackburn was one of Canada’s finest soldier-journalists. His trilogy about serving in WW2 Canadian artillery reads like a
movie, and grips you in the gut at every point.

In discussing the horrible Canadian trudge to liberate the Netherlands, Blackburn mentions two items which I still think apply to Canadians today.

First, the report from a captured German soldier, who said of the Canadians that they just kept coming, a relentless marching wall of mud & green, no matter what was thrown at them. Get er done. Embrace the suck.

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Alex Colville’s “Canadian Infantry Near Nijmegen, Holland.” , Via

The other notable was an observation from the Canadian side. When facing British or American troops, the feared and fanatical SS always fought until virtually the last man. However, following the mass-murder of captured Canadian troops by the SS, those German units knew that the Canadians would show no mercy.

Thus, when the toughest, best-equipped, most fanatical uber-soldiers of World War Two knew the Canadians were facing them? They ran away, or surrendered en masse.

Oh, Canada

Or, yesterday, when despite not knowing if there were 2 or 3 or 4 other shooters, and that they themselves might die, Canadian civilians, cops, and military leapt in to do CPR on our fallen soldier, reservist Cpl. Frank Cirillo, and to comfort him as he died.

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Or, our Parliament’s Sergeant at Arms Kevin Vickers, who led the charge inside the Capitol buildings, and shot the Islamic terrorist. Given a very little opportunity, many politicians and staffers might well have died yesterday. Not on his watch, nor that of the RCMP, police, and other emergency responders, who  ran towards the gunfire, not away.

Sergeant at Arms Kevin Vickers

Sergeant at Arms Kevin Vickers

Boast? Nah, Just Do.

That’s who we are, though we don’t talk about it.

That’s what we can do, though we may not be happy about it.

Don’t try to scare us, because most of us will stand up and defy you.

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That’s why– even with his many many flaws– today Prime Minister Harper is speaking for the authentic heart of us, against the panderers, fascism-supporting pacifists, would-be Jihadists, muddled thinkers and multicultural cowards who are part of our country.

As you were, and about your business then– it’s only an international war of Jihad against civilization. We’ve fought bastards like this before. Whether we win, or go down fighting, the bastards will not forget what happened when they tried to sucker-punch the wrong calm-looking mild-mannered Canucki beaver. ~

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