“Meaningless! Meaningless!” Says the teacher.” Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless” What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun? Generations come and generations go but the earth remains forever. The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises….All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing” Ecclesiastes 1:2-5, 8
Depression has ended, in the last few months, in at least three suicides (Avicii, Kate Spade and now Anthony Bourdain), and at least two mass shootings. (Parkland and, debatably, Santa Fe. Although, it is a common thread among mass shooters)
There is a stigma surrounding it. Some insidious blend of the Osteenian call to “just look on the bright side” and a cultural zeitgeist reminding you that “other people have it far worse than you”. These both serve to make it appear that your demons aren’t the monsters you see them as, but little speed bumps that you should be ashamed for not overcoming. Even when we’re not talking about shootings and racism, in America, it seems the evil is always “out there” I’ve quoted this before, but N.T. Wright once observed that our perception of evil was that it was always wild and exuberant outside of ourselves. Inside, we like to think, we have it all under control. So, the idea that someone can’t just buck up and put down their personal demons is obviously because they are weak. If they can’t handle the nothingness in their own hearts, what good are they to the ills the befall the nation in general? Continue reading Mental
As discussed in “2016” and “The Assistance”. The moral argument has no place in the current political climate. Despte that, I’ve realized now what’s really going on with the fallout over Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet. This is not, as Don Lemon would have you believe “about the normalization of racism”. That already happened, it’s just that it’s taken place on both sides. With groups like “The Root”, essays like this basically implying that all white people are dangerous, and a demand that all white people submit to the doctrine of white privilege (even, apparently, the poor and middle class people),
What this is about, is trying to take over a moral high ground they have no right to. An essay by American Greatness’ Julie Kelly takes a review of all the things the #resistance has done and said, and the fanatical scream that has come from them ever since. Of particular note is the hypocrisy so prevalent in Washington that they apparently just now realized exists, as well as their Matrix-installed expertise in all things relevant to defeating Trump: Continue reading #resist and #regress
““Explanations exist; they have existed for all time; there is always a well-known solution to every human problem — neat, plausible, and wrong.” H.L. Mencken
“Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance. The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed of. An apparently trivial indulgence in lust or anger today is the loss of a ridge or railway line or bridgehead from which the enemy may launch an attack otherwise impossible.” C.S. Lewis Continue reading Menckenite
The #resistance is still Trump’s best asset
Here’s a reason to give President Trump the benefit of the doubt. The coverage surrounding him is, and has always been at least 90% negative. Infinitely worse than what the media gave Obama. Now, the coverage studies usually only cover the big three (NBC, CBS and ABC) and it’s at least a safe bet that the positive coverage comes almost exclusively from Fox. However, even with Fox, it’s not always positive. I’d wager it comes largely from #1 fan and fellow tweetstorm addict Sean Hannity. Continue reading The #Assistance
If you follow this interminable Russian saga, you will see that a caricature of Russia has been widely accepted for what appears to be no reason. It seems, to many on the Left, our ancient rival is responsible for virtually everything that goes wrong including the existence of differing opinions. Differing opinions on the internet are usually met with the accusation of having been influenced by “Russian bots” as or people influenced by Trump smokescreen propaganda and “distractions” like North Korea as opposed to just being “people who think differently”. Continue reading Russia: Part One…I’m quite sure
“But today, we honor your differences for they have determined your future, here are the leaders and the teachers and the workers of tomorrow and I think we’re in very good hands….When we leave this room, you will no longer be dependents but full-fledged members of our society.” (The Giver)
When the above lines are spoken, the people who hear it see it as laudable, children advancing to become productive members of society. But we, the audience, who have not grown up in that world, know that what’s being said is untrue. It’s a placating, self-congratulating monologue where those listening to the tradition lap up what is being said as their child is proudly and with great enthusiasm, fed to the cycle of platitudes, failure and lies. I find myself thinking of these and lines like it every graduation speech I’ve ever seen. The ingratiation that comes with these ideas gets worse in proportion to the number of people I know who are being fed this garbage. Continue reading Inversion
Saul Alinsky “Rules for Radicals” Fourth Rule: Make your enemy play by their own book of rules.
“Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” — Matthew 7:3
There is a serious feeling that a lot of the moral outrage over trump and the Stormy Daniels case is filling a gap left behind by a still jilted Clinton camp and because the Russian story hasn’t provided nearly what the outrage has implied. More interestingly, we are seeing the return of the moral argument as a sort of retroactive “You own this liar” motif, as if voting for Hillary was the morally superior option.
Let us very quickly, go over the sins of Mrs. Underwood. There is of course the “Deplorables” comment, symbolizing her disdain for those who disagree with her for any reason (she walked it back, but if you want to play moral absolutes, I’m going with her first answer). There is working with the DNC to rig the primary. Defending her husband from women who accused him of sexual harassment and assult and now saying all victims should be believed. She once stated having a private and public position, which basically indicated she was lying even to her supporters. There also seems to be, within the Clinton camp, a very low view of “taco bowls”, also known as “needy Latinos” also known as Hispanic Americans. Continue reading 2016