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George Will reminds me why I won’t be sending my kids off to college December 7, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, family, foolishness, horror, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society.
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Maybe they’ll live at home and go to college. Maybe they’ll be religious.  But I won’t be sending my kids to live away from home so leftist academics can undo everything I’ve struggled to accomplish in raising my kids, and go into massive debt to pay for the privilege!  Especially not after George Will categorizes some of the most recent idiocies on campuses around the country, which is only a very partial list, and misses several egregious incidents like the screaming bullying of fellow students and administrators at Dartmouth and Yale:

University of Missouri law students, who evidently cut class the day the First Amendment was taught, wrote a social media policy that included this: “Do not comment despairingly [disparagingly?] on others.” [The fruit of edumacation?] A grammatically challenged Ithaca College professor produced this cri de coeur regarding the school’s president: “There have been a litany of episodes and incidents during [his] tenure here which have led to frustration because, when brought to his attention, the view of the protesters is that he has been unresponsive.” Symptomatic of Ithaca’s intellectual flavor is another professor, who says agriculture is “capitalist, racialized patriarchy.” [????]

The University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, an irony-free campus, declared the phrase “politically correct” a microaggression. [Definition of “microagression”: anything a leftist doesn’t like and can not argue against] The master of Yale’s Pierson College said his regrettable title reminds distressed students of slavery. Wesleyan University’s student government threatened to cut the school newspaper’s funding because it published a column critical of campus leftists. Wesleyan created a “safe space,” a.k.a. a house, for LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM students (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Flexual, Asexual, Genderf—, Polyamorous, Bondage/Discipline, Dominance/Submission, Sadism/Masochism). [The point of an acronym is brevity.  This one is utterly out of hand.  How about perverts, instead?]

A Washington State University professor said she would lower the grade of any student who used the term “illegal immigrants” when referring to immigrants here illegally. Another Washington State professor warned in his syllabus that white students who want “to do well” in his “Introduction to Multicultural Literature” should show their “grasp of history and social relations” by “deferring to the experiences of people of color.” Another Washington State teacher, in her syllabus for “Women & Popular Culture,” warned that students risk “failure for the semester” if they use “derogatory/oppressive language” such as “referring to women/men as females or males.” [IOW, you better totally submit to my screaming fits of hysteria or I’ll fail  you. Tell me this is not about power, and nothing else.]
The University of Tennessee’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion, worried that students might be uncomfortable with gender-specific pronouns (“he,” “she,” “him,” “her”), suggests gender-neutral noises (“ze,” “hir,” “xe,” “xem,” “xyr”). The University of California system’s sensitivity auditors stipulated that “hostile” and “derogatory” thoughts include “I believe the most qualified person should get the job” and “America is the land of opportunity.” The University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point’s list of racial microaggressions includes “America is a melting pot” and “There is only one race, the human race.”

……Mount Holyoke College canceled its annual production of “The Vagina Monologues” because it is insufficiently inclusive regarding women without vaginas and men who, as the saying goes, “self-identify” as women. “Gender,” said a student, “is a wide and varied experience, one that cannot simply be reduced to biological or anatomical distinctions,” and the show “is inherently reductionist and exclusive.” [And thus we see how the Revolution eats its own.  For years, The Vagina Monologues was presented on college campuses as virtually required viewing for right-thinking young people little leftist bullies.  But the Revolution has moved on, its usefulness is done, and so it goes down the memory hole]

Writing in the University of California at Berkeley paper, two geographically challenged students objected to a class featuring Plato and Aristotle and other “economically privileged white males from five imperial countries (England, France, Germany, Italy and the United States).” [That one had me rolling]  A branch of the University of California at Irvine’s student government passed a resolution against the display of flags….. the resolution said flags are “weapons for nationalism” and “construct” dangerous “cultural mythologies and narratives” and “paradigms of conformity” and “homogenized standards” and interfere with “designing a culturally inclusive space.” [What I find most amazing about today’s college leftists is their complete lack of self-awareness, or indeed any sense of irony.  This little Nazi is lecturing about “paradigms of conformity” from the most stiflingly conformist places in the entire West, universities.]

Students on Columbia University’s Multicultural Affairs Advisory Board suggested trigger warnings for persons who might be traumatized by reading, say, Ovid’s “Metamorphoses,” wherein some myths portray bad sexual behavior. But a feminist blog warned that the phrase “trigger warning” itself needs a warning attached to it because it might remind people of guns. But, then, the word “warning” might [substitute word for “trigger”] fright.

It’s the 60s all over again. The inmates have taken over the asylum.  Today’s Jacobins are sending the elder Girondists out to pasture as the Revolution once again eats itself, metamorphosizes, and emerges even more radical than before.

I hope the entire bloody, corrupt system implodes on itself, but I’m not as hopeful there’s likely to be a popping of the higher education bubble anytime soon as some.

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Late Flightline Friday: USAF running out of smart bombs? December 7, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, disconcerting, Flightline Friday, foolishness, huh?, non squitur, pr stunts, technology.
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The lede is really hyperbole. What Chief of Staff Welsh is saying is that if funding does not improve USAF could start to run low of precision guided munitions, not that they are presently running out.  Nevertheless, given the really low level of operations over Iraq and Syria over the past 18 months or so that doesn’t speak well for overall reserves – though I have read USAF currently has approximately 150,000 precision-guided munitions (PGMs) of all types in stock.  That may sound like a lot, but if USAF is still capable of carrying out a Gulf War I level of operations, that is only a reserve for about 60-90 days of high intensity combat.  The bigger issue – and I know this is a really hot button topic with many readers – is that the military has been starved of adequate funding in many areas due to sequester and other political gimmicks (and overall hostility towards the military from the Obamanation).  Even though overall spending has remained pretty high, it’s been squandered on worse than useless foreign adventures that have not improved the overall security of this nation to any significant degree, and may have weakened it in a number of ways, even after spending literal trillions of dollars.

Not that I trust much of what these politicians in uniform say these days.  Welsh is one of the four uniformed service chiefs who okay’d opening all combat slots to women – probably under extreme duress, but still – at Obama’s behest last week.  I regard these men as near traitors for so doing.

One last little bit before the article. It came with this photo:

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Mind, that’s from Fox News. As if we needed more evidence of the staggering ignorance of the media when it comes to anything military-related, this photo surely adds to the pile.  First, that’s a Navy, not an Air Force plane. Secondly, it’s an intelligence-gathering type, the EP-3E Aries, not even a strike aircraft.  The Aries itself is derived from an anti-submarine warfare aircraft that is rapidly being phased out of service.  Did not the propellers give it a way a bit?  Why on earth we think the media gets any other subject at all right, when they invariably reveal ignorance in those fields we may know a bit about, I have no idea:

The U.S. military says its 15-month bombing campaign on the Islamic State is depleting its munitions supply and that additional money and other support is “critical” for “the long fight.”

“We’re expending munitions faster than we can replenish them,” Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said Friday. “We need the funding in place to ensure we’re prepared for the long fight. This is a critical need.” [So the takeaway is this: they aren’t buying enough to fully replace consumption.]

The Air Force has reportedly fired more than 20,000 bombs and missiles in Syria in the fight to dismantle the self-proclaimed Islamic State. [I’m skeptical of this, or most of those $100,000-multi-million dollar bombs have been dropped on herds of camels or empty desert.  We haven’t had results anything like what the expenditure of 20,000 munitions (are they counting rounds of 20 mm ammunition in the total?) would indicate.]

Air Force officials say they have enough munitions right now but project a shortage and want more long-term planning and funding to meet future needs. [The larger problem is not necessarily the total number of PGMs, but of certain types.  Some are much more useful than others.  Depends on the need.  I suspect this may be the larger problem, they are running short of certain important types but don’t want to broadcast which types for reasons of operational security.]

“B-1s have dropped bombs in record numbers,” Welsh also said. “We are able to manage inventories to sustain operations against ISIL at this time. We do need funding in place and the ability to forecast for production to be ready for the long fight… We continue to work on a longer term funding strategy which is absolutely required.”…….

…….The Air Force now has an estimated 142,000 “smart bombs,” or guided munitions, and 2,300 Hellfire missiles, used in drone strike to kill terrorists.

Shorter Welsh: give us more money.  Gotcha.  Been saying that for years.  I still believe it in part.  But you’ll misspend it on diversity training and surgical mutilation for mentally ill “transgenders.”

IOW, you’ve finally broken trust to even rah-rah types like me with this women in all combat slots initiative.

Mama mia! Vatican OKs global warming-themed light show to be projected onto the Dome of St. Peters on Dec. 8! December 7, 2015

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Via Vox, simply insane.  On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, St. Peter’s, now known as Frankieworld, will form the backdrop for a bit radical environmentalist agitprop, politicizing the holy for the sake of a secular cause.  How tacky can you get?

The Catholic Church, founded to shed the light of Christ on the world, has quite literally invited the world to shed its light on her. On December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception as well as the opening of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis has invited climate-change partisans and population-control advocates to project a light show onto the façade and cupola of Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome— the most important church in the Catholic world — so as to “inspire change around the climate crisis.” [Nothing like besmirching the 

The show titled “Illuminating Our Common Home” will project onto St. Peter’s “images of our shared natural world” in order to “educate and inspire change around the climate crisis across generations, cultures, languages, religions and class,” states a press release about the event put out by one of the sponsors.

The Vatican’s spokesperson for the event, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, the president of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, called the event “unique…for its genre and for the fact that it is being displayed for the first time on such a significant backdrop.”

“These illuminations will present images inspired of Mercy, of humanity, of the natural world, and of climate changes,” Fisichella said. [This is the same man who says those who criticize Pope Francis may be liable to hellfire via self-excommunication.  Can you see the inversion going on?  Instead of sharing Jesus Christ, the Light of the World, this pontificate agrees to allow the world to impose its false light – really, darkness – upon the Church.  The Year of Mercy posits to dispense with individual sin, and imposes false “collective” sins in place of the old, out of fashion ones.  Their arguments fall on their face, so they must resort to repression and “bread and circuses” for the masses.

[And all on the most notable Marian Feast of the year.  Wow.]

Fisichella said that the light show on the Vatican is meant to link Pope Francis’ environment encyclical Laudato si’ with the United Nations Climate Change Conference (Cop21) currently underway in Paris. The Vatican has shown strong support for the conference.  Having the show conclude the opening Year of Mercy celebrations also links the pope’s message about “mercy” to fighting “climate change.”………[Sheesh, how banal can you get? And yes, the Vatican’s support for the greatest scientific scandal in history is sure to blacken the reputation of the Church for centuries to come.  It’s really the first time in history the Church has deliberately supported – by choosing sides, and strongly, on at least some pseudo-doctrinal level – false science.]

……..There is much dark and forbidding symbolism behind the event and the organizations sponsoring it that is bizarrely connected to pagan occult practices, the worship of nature, and human sacrifice through abortion and population control.

The show is titled “Fiat Lux: Illuminating Our Common Home.” “Fiat Lux” is the first command issued by God at the beginning of creation: “Let there be light.” Instead of the Church presenting Jesus Christ as the light of the world, secular organizations named after pagan gods are literally “obscuring” the Church through their own dazzling light show. St. Paul warns the Corinthians to be on guard about Satan who he says “masquerades as an angel of light.” It’s as if through this phrase the organizers are symbolically taking the place of God and creating the world anew according to their own image and likeness.

The light show takes place on the most important Marian feast day for Catholics, the Immaculate Conception, in which Catholics celebrate Mary being conceived in the womb of her mother Anne without the stain of original sin. Mary has always been viewed by Catholics as an archetype of the Church since she carried Christ within her as the first tabernacle and then bore him into the world. The light show will project onto St. Peter’s, a building representative of Mary, images of earth and animals on her most important feast day. It is amounts to a crude dishonoring of Our Lady.

In allowing this tawdry display (as if I needed any more evidence that leftists reduce EVERYTHING to the political), the Vatican is cooperating with the incredibly pro-abort, pro-contracept, usurous World Bank.

This is the third grave insult directed at Our Lady this year.  Pope Francis signed the motu proprio greatly liberalizing annulment procedures on the Feast of the Assumption.  He announced it on the Feast of the Nativity.  Now this.

I agree with Vox, relatively faithful bishops and cardinals, how much will you stand?!?  How long must this continue before you will publicly challenge the descent of the Church into laughingstock?!?  Do you not know you will be judged for your failure?  The great Apostle Saint Paul could not have been more clear:

Romans 1:28: And as they liked not to have God in their knowledge, God delivered them up to a reprobate sense, to do those things which are not holy…….Who, having known the justice of God, did not understand that they who do such things, are worthy of death; and not only they that do them, but they also that consent to them that do them.

At long last, is there left not even mere faith in the Church, but even a sense of decency?  How many swords must pierce Our Glorious Mother’s heart?

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Some Mercy! Papal Critics Threatened with Excommunication December 7, 2015

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You know liberal “mercy” only runs one way – towards the furtherance of their progressive, modernist agenda.  They have been, and will continue to be, most savage in their treatment of their ideological opponents, perceived and real.  So I am not surprised – in fact I quite suspected – to see from an official Vatican source very close to Pope Francis some kind of riposte regarding the opposition his pontificate has found among some Catholics, mostly those attached to the traditional practice of the Faith (IOW, Catholics).  Progressives never forget or forgive their enemies, and I figured that even the relatively slight opposition – official and otherwise – this pontificate has received has probably left a good number of its insiders boiling mad.

Well, the first little bit of steam escaped from that pressure cooker of ideology and power politics, and Archbishop Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, has implied very strongly that those who criticize this papacy may be, or already are, excommicated latae sententiae:

Archbishop Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for New Evangelization, has stirred controversy by suggesting that some criticisms of Pope Francis might result in automatic excommunication.

Archbishop Fisichella made his remarks while explaining how Pope Francis’s new “Missionaries of Mercy” will operate. The 800 “missionaries” will have the power to absolve from penalties previously reserved to the Holy See.

In reference to Canon 1370, which imposes automatic excommunication for “physical violence” against the Roman Pontiff, Archbishop Fisichella said:

“I would say that we need to understand well ‘physical violence,’ because sometimes words, too, are rocks and stones, and therefore I believe some of these sins, too, are far more widespread than we might think.” [Canon Law is not written to be interpreted so broadly.  Or it has not been heretofore.  This certainly has some sinister overtones. I almost hear the hissing of the serpent in the background.  I think it safe to say, the progressives are quite peeved at the opposition that has been mounted to their agenda.]

Archbishop Fisichella’s comments will be interpreted by many as an attempt to silence faithful Catholics who are deeply concerned by the direction currently being taken by those who hold offices at the highest levels of the Church…….

Follows a long list of only the most recent/severe scandals of the Franciscan pontificate.

In the face of these and other scandals Catholics have not only the right but also the duty to offer respectful, but forceful, criticism. This grave duty is outlined in Canons 211 and 212 of the Code of Canon Law…..

h/t reader BBM

As I said at the top, I’m not surprised by this in the least.  I will not be surprised to find many occasions for bitter irony in the upcoming “year of mercy,” as the heterodox and least likely to convert are showered with favors and praise, while the most faithful are scorned and excoriated.

Even more, this pontiff has made very clear on too many occasions to list the nature of those he views as his opponents, or “bad Catholics.”  They are Catholics who pray the Rosary “excessively,” who stand outside abortion mills, who adhere to outmoded ecclesiastical models (meaning, the pre-conciliar Church), who adhere to a certain liturgical “fashion,” who are “unmerciful,” “close-minded,” “promethean,” “neo-Pelagian,” etc., etc.  You get the point.  In short, YOU.

Progressives in the Church have long been vindictive, judging it quite right to take exceedingly harsh action against those they view as being opposed to the post-conciliar zeitgeist.  This dates back all the way back to the late 60s and early 70s, when those who raised the alarm over the new liturgy and theological chaos were brushed aside as unreconstructed obstructionists who simply would not get on the programme nouvelle.  I’m sure you can think of many numerous instances of how this played out.  These guys, they are nothing if not vindictive.

So…..the next year may be very rough. All manner of gestures for the unchurched and unfaithful, and the cold, hard hand of discipline for the most devout.  It’s the inversion that has taken place in the Church in these past decades reduced to crystalline purity.  I’ve been praying a great deal for faith, for steadfastness, because I have feared a this kind of persecution from within for some time.  This year might be the time of the greatest test, I don’t know.

The New York Daily News Hates You and Everything You Stand For December 7, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, rank stupidity, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, the enemy.
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In the theme of progressive self-loathing propagating as a desire for cultural destruction (see previous post),  a writer at the liberal New York Daily News penned a piece (safe link) in which she equated one of the victims of the San Bernardino attacks with the muslim terrorists, because he is a Messianic Jew who has faith in Jesus Christ and has concerns over muslim terrorism.  Thus, the female writer decries the man as being just as “bigoted” as the muslims who shot over 30 people and killed 14.  You can only imagine how she must feel regarding traditional Catholics.  BTW, the writer’s name is, get this…….Stasi, the name for the former communist East German secret police:

I’m talking about this absurd piece that treats talking about Jesus at work as a literal capital offense. The story focuses on Nicholas Thalasinos, a Messianic Jew who CNN has already sort of blamed for the Muslim San Bernardino killer’s terrorist rampage that left 14 dead and over a dozen more injured.

The New York Daily News has now taken it a step farther. In their world, a person who talks about their faith in Jesus (and defends the NRA) is literally equally culpable for the murder of 14 people as the person who responded to that workplace evangelism by shooting roughly three dozen people. [Is it even certain yet that the San Bernardino attacks were a result of some kind of workplace argument or disagreement? Yes something seems to have occurred at the party, BUT the terrorists had also plainly been planning an attack for weeks or months.  It could be that the incident was just an excuse for what was planned to happen very soon, anyway]

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……….The reality, of course, is that only one religion gets this kind of treatment from people like Linda Stasi and the New York Daily News. Let’s suppose that the roles were reversed. Imagine that Farook was a loud obnoxious Muslim who had Facebook links to leftist political causes, and a Messianic Jew responded to his workplace proselytizing by going home, grabbing his wife, and returning to work and shooting over 30 people with assault rifles……..

Do you think anyone from the New York Daily News or anywhere else in the media would right now be saying, “well gee, Farook was kind of at fault here”? Of course not. Muslims get special consideration in the “popping off and killing a bunch of people” department from people like Stasi. If someone draws an insulting picture of Jesus and a Christian kills him, that would be universally condemned (if, hypothetically, it ever happened, which it doesn’t for some weird reason). If someone draws an equivalent picture of Mohammed and their whole workplace gets shot up, that’s “understandable” and “legitimate.” [Which, in addition to what I show below, demonstrates the very deep-seeded racism held by so many on the left, a racism that “otherizes” and paternalizes muslims and similar groups that they are generally held to be like children, incapable of being responsible for their own actions.]

Reactions like this are a prime example why I feel very strongly that if and when islam begins gaining a dominant hand in Western countries – as it is showing increasing potential to do in Europe – and begins imposing Sharia widely and in general dictating the terms of existence, that the leftists won’t fight for those liberties (license) they argue so passionately about now, they will very quickly knuckle-under (for the most part, there will probably be some exceptions) and become very happy islamists or at least dhimmi.  I say that not only because of the reams of evidence from Europe that attests to this fact, but because, foundationally, leftism is about hatred of Christianity and the whole Christian-inspired culture than anything else.  It always has been, dating back to its first full “flower” in the French Revolution.  Whether it manifests as atheistic communism brutally repressing Christianity in particular, Nazism doing same, or, now, militant islam, so long as Christians get their comeuppance, the leftist is satisfied.  I’d be willing to lay a hefty bet that Stasi would far sooner don a burqa than admit of Jesus Christ.

There are deep psychological reasons that tend to be associated with this kind of self-destructive desire, and while we don’t need to speculate there, we can see how they manifest: inability to reason, even inversion of reason, where ideology so blinds that victims become perpetrators and vice versa, total moral relativism where holding the “wrong” idea is seen as equivalent to murder (and how many college crybullies in recent weeks have claimed that disagreement is tantamount physical assault?), a seeming desire for ideological opponents to be severely punished, even by death (read many left wing sites/blogs?), etc.  In short, it’s the kind of environment that gives rise to bloody acts, even revolution.  And it is becoming increasingly common among the left today.

Probably a good time to keep your powder dry.

95% of Child Rape in Britain perpetrated by muslims December 7, 2015

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From 1997 to 2013, according to a study completed by the very establishment Times of London, muslim males were found to have committed 95% of all child rapes and molestations that resulted in convictions in the UK. This in spite of constituting only 5% of the British population. Other than that, move along, nothing to see here:

Andrew Norfolk won the Orwell Prize for Journalism for his reporting on grooming gangs. He was the only journalist who provided expert testimony to the House of Commons select committee, in their (2012-2013) investigation into the grooming gangs.  This parliamentary investigation (published June 2013) concluded that it  “would certainly seem to be the case” that most of grooming gangs are muslim…….

Follows at link a list of the 100 child rape/molestation convictions and the identity of the perpetrators.  95 were muslim.

Of the 100 Convictions there were:

95 Muslims

5  Non-Muslims

20% were also named “Muhammad.”

The vast majority of the victims of the gangs listed above were white/non-muslim girls.  However, some were asian (there’s no evidence of any of the asian girls being of any religion other than sikhism).

Another salient point: the rate of child sex abuse in England (particularly, as that is where 97% of muslims in Britain reside) has exploded in recent years.  Given that the police continue to maintain a policy of not pursuing arrests and convictions against many perpetrators due to fear of aggrieving muslim sensibilities, much abuse goes on that never makes it into court and, thus, the statistics.

Almost all of this child sex abuse is from muslim men directed at primarily white but also Hindu/Sikh girls.  There have been numerous scandals reported where huge child sex grooming rings have operated with full police and local government knowledge but nothing was done to break them up, out of fear of being labeled anti-muslim or intolerant or whatever.  A total abdication of the most basic of governmental duties, insuring the equal application of the law and basic security for their citizens.

And yet David Cameron and the English political establishment continue the policies instigated by Tony Blair to radically makeover the English population through mass muslim immigration.  This in spite of the fact that muslims are disproportionately featured on the welfare roles and have shown an increasing tendency to form a hostile subculture refusing assimilation.  Why the elites throughout the West are so universally and unshakably committed to continuing to flood their nations with muslims in spite of terror attacks, failure to integrate, swelling of welfare rolls, etc, is truly baffling.  Mere promotion of liberal political correctness/multiculturalism doesn’t seem an adequate explanation, because the damage being done is so severe and so obvious.  It seems more likely that it is a manifestation of a very deep self-loathing and subconscious desire for self-destruction.

At any rate, as the muslim population in your area increases, it’s a very good idea to keep your kids very close.  In raping little girls, Mohammadans are only following the direct example of their perverse “prophet.”