jump to navigation

Soon, the law may well define marital relations as rape…… April 29, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, rank stupidity, religious, scandals, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
comments closed

……..or any other instance of the marital act, which is not accompanied by evidence that determines that one (almost certainly, the male) had “affirmative consent” to each increasing step of intimacy.  That is to say, the militant lesbian feminist effort to have all heterosexual intercourse defined as rape – which they have declared to be the case for decades – is about to achieve fruition, thanks to a friendly administration and a world that has lost its mind:

Adults may soon find their sex lives regulated to the point where nearly every sexual encounter is defined as rape unless neither party reports the activity.

The American Law Institute will vote in May on whether to adopt a model penal code that would make “affirmative consent” the official position of the organization. Affirmative consent — or “yes means yes” — policies have already been adopted by many colleges and universities, and have been passed as law in California and New York.

A source within ALI has confirmed to the Washington Examiner that the model penal code on sexual assault that was discussed at last year’s meeting will be voted on at their annual meeting this coming May…….

……..Should the code be adopted, it will be the official position of ALI that sex assault laws should be updated, and the group’s influence may persuade federal and state legislatures to foist affirmative consent onto the general population.

The policies only apply at this time to college students, and require those students to engage in a question-and-answer session each time they engage in any kind of sexual activity. Those policies are already branding students as rapists due to the fact that the policies have been used to shift the burden of proof onto accused students. This means an accused student has to prove a crime didn’t occur rather than an accuser proving a crime did occur, as is the norm in civilized society. [You call a society that has murdered millions of inconvenient infants civilized?  We haven’t been civilized in a hundred years or more]

Under affirmative consent policies, there is no way to actually prove such consent was obtained. [Unless one has a lawyer-written consent form with check boxes for each act engaged in.  Or videotapes the entire encounter, which ought to lead to a field day for the porn sites, once those tapes inevitably find their way to the internet] Students are required under the policies to ask permission for each level of sexual activity. So a typical sexual encounter would cease to be a passionate act and instead become a contractual, question-and-answer session.  From the moment any physical contact is about to be made, one person must begin asking for permission.

“May I touch you here?” “May I kiss you?” “May I kiss you here?” and the like would all be required questions under such policies……..

…….Besides turning every sexually active person in America into a rapist (and a rape victim) overnight, the affirmative consent policy would be a disaster in divorce court. Accusations of child abuse already fly in bitter divorces, and giving angry spouses a cudgel like this would do major damage (but would be a boon to divorce and trial attorneys, like many of the members of ALI).

Because that’s what this is really about, right? Lining the pockets of lawyers who apparently have no concern for the presumption of innocence, due process or commonsense.

I’ve argued for years that the Left has engaged in a largely silent, but very effective bargain, with an increasing swath of the populace.  The bargain has been, to this point, essentially this: you give us power over every other aspect of your lives, and we’ll create a world where you can engage in your every sexual whim, no matter how perverse or harmful.

But now we see, as with everything else the Left promises, that was all a lie.  Now that they have just about achieved their total control over the economy, academia, the schools, the media, the entertainment industry, the military, and just about everything else, they are yanking back at least some of the sexual license they promised.  At least, that’s one way to read this exchange, which I believe was inevitable, given the competing demands of the leftist coalition.

Oh, they’re still totally in favor of complete license for the most extremely perverse members of their base, but those people don’t make up nearly enough numbers to achieve reliable political/electoral dominance.  The bait and switch, then, is not being pulled on the sodomites or the mentally ill “transgenders,” but on the millions of “straight” people who have leaned hard left in order to garner more liberal divorce laws, freedom to fornicate, contraception, abortion, and all the rest.  And don’t think those inducements have been incidental to the left-wing ascendance.  I believe they have been central to it.

Eventually, they’ll come for the perverts as well, but they are presently too useful to the Left in their drive to destroy marriage and the family to act against them.  So they’ll start by so encumbering marital relations as to make them at least fraught with dangers, if not impossible.  This will put more pressure on failing marriages, lead to more men being imprisoned over dubious divorce claims, and strike ever harder at the father-led family.  Win win, as they say.

Meh, these thoughts aren’t terribly cogent, but I’m out of time.  Finally get to assist at Friday Mass, for the first time in almost a month.  Have a blessed weekend.

Christ or Chaos: Rejecting Christ does not result in cool rationalist enlightenment, it results in barbarism April 29, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, error, General Catholic, history, horror, Liturgical Year, Revolution, secularism, self-serving, sickness, silliness, The End.
comments closed

Sorry I haven’t posted much of late.  It’s been an interesting week.  I’m doubly sorry for not posting much from The Liturgical Year, such a treasure of Catholic thought.  Rectifying both, here is a bit from Gueranger’s writing on Pope St. Gregory VII, the great Hildebrand who rescued the Church from the grip of barbarism and the tyranny of the secularizing state.  Gregory VII, more than anyone else, set the stage for the exaltation of Christendom which occurred in the 12th and 13th centuries.  Now, 800 years later, the West – the creation of Christendom –  has grown old and tired, and seeks to die.  What comes in its place will not be happy, it will be hell, which is exactly what you get when you reject Christianity en masse.  Even though written 150 years ago, the excerpt below paints a grim and prophetic vision of the future, one playing out before our eyes.

From pp. 386-7 of The Liturgical Year Vol. 8:

…….Governments have rebelled against the spiritual power; they have thrown off obedience to the Vicar of Christ; they have refused to acknowledge the control of any authority over earth.  The people, on their part, have revolted against their governments, that is, against a power which has ceased to have any visible and sacred connection with God; and this twofold revolt is now hurrying society on to destruction.

This world belongs to Christ, for He is the King of kings, the Lord of lords (I Tim vi:15), and to Him hath been given all power in heaven and in earth (St. Matt xxviii:18).  It matters not who they may be that rebel against Him – be they kings or be they people, they must inevitably be chastised, just as were the Jewish people who said in their pride: “We will not have this Man to reign over us!” (St. Luke xix:14).  Pray, O Gregory, for this world which thou didst rescue from barbarism, and which is now striving to relapse into degradation.  The men of this generation are ever talking of liberty; it is in the name of this pretended liberty that they have unchristianized society; and the only means now left for maintaining order is outward violence and force.  Thou didst triumph over brute force by making the laws of right acknowledged and loved; thou gavest the world what it had lost – the liberty of the sons of God, the liberty of doing one’s duty – and it lasted for ages.  O come, noble-hearted pontiff! and aid this time of ours!  Beseech our Lord Jesus Christ to forgive the wickedness of them that have driven Him form the world, and scoff at His threat of returning on the day of His triumph and His justice.

Yes, pray to Him to have mercy on the thousands among us who call themselves Christians, and perhaps are so, yet who are led astray by the absurd sophistry of the times, by blind prejudice, by a godless education, by high-sounding and vague words, and who call by the name of progress the system of keeping men as far as possible form the end for which God has created them.  

———–End Quote———–

I don’t think that last paragraph can be stressed too much.  We  live in times awash in absurd sophistry, guided by a false science that assumed – by deliberate, malicious intent, starting 300 years ago – that anything that could not be inspected, weighed, and measured, did not exist*.  Thus, the new scientists, who nowadays conduct themselves like the high priests of a diabolic religion, determined from the outset that God was dubious and distant, at best, and it was no time before they concluded He is non-existent. They discounted all miracles and the incredible testimony of millions of faithful souls going back centuries.  They cut the beating heart out of Europe, in favor of the new religion they envisioned themselves – or their heirs – leading.

This new religion of sciencism was married to a new political force – progressivism or leftism.  In fact, the two have always existed in symbiotic relationship.  As one “advances,” so does the other.  As science began its long descent from noble profession founded on reason, with theology as her queen, it constantly provided new bases upon which to attack the old, existing order of Christendom.  Rationalism, materialism, deism, enlightenment philosophism, evolutionism, modernism……the more radical the claims of science became, the more radical their political allies in the progressive wing became. Their attacks were always always always first and foremost directed against Christianity, that is, the Church.  Yes they have had many other targets but the prize has always been Rome.

As more and more of the old order was overthrown and replaced with a radical, new, and largely godless one (with various paeans given to “freedom of religion” or “freedom of worship” from time to time, to calm the fears of the masses),  it was declared more and more loudly that progress was finally being achieved, that man was finally and irrevocably on the ascent, that the religion that had kept him held down for so long was finally being crushed, or at least put in its place. But the claims of success are solipsisms, and the crushing of religion must become ever more severe in order for the next great “advance” to take place.  Thus, religion must be driven from the schools, to better indoctrinate the children in godlessness, then it must be driven from public square, then the marriage bed, and finally, driven out entirely.

That just about brings us up to the present day.  And now that religion – I should say, Christianity, because false religions are just peachy with the Left – has been all but driven from the public square, now that sciencism is everywhere ascendant, is the world the great paradise of peaceful, cool, kind, rational individuals we’ve always been promised, if God could only be killed?

Hardly.  The entire premise was false, as it was inspired by evil and founded in error.  Reject God, and you don’t get peaceful coexistence, you get a new barbarism.  Or you get overrun by islam.  Christ or Chaos – the world can have one, or the other.  The choice the world has made has been obvious.  Instead of Christ, we get this:

It’s staggering there was actually a time when this commercial would have been anything but wretch inducing.

But I guess I’ve said this about 400 times already.  Boring, much?

 

 

 

Flightline Friday: Just like old times April 29, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Flightline Friday, fun, history, non squitur, silliness, Society, technology.
comments closed

This hasn’t happened much in the past 25 years – USAF operating out of Clark Air Base, Philippines, again:

Back in the “bad old days” of the Cold War, the Philippines were the United States bastion in Southeast Asia, especially after the fall of South Vietnam.  Having been used by US forces for nearly a century, an immense and capable infrastructure had been built up.  The two primary bases were the Air Force’s sprawling Clark Air Base, and the Navy’s equally huge Subic Bay Naval Base and co-located Cubi Point Naval Air Station.  In addition, there were numerous minor fields, and, perhaps more importantly, vast instrument ranges for conducting Red Flag-like exercises called Cope Thunder.

After the fall of Ferdinand Marcos, the end of the Cold War, the development of a strong anti-US sentiment, and, with perfect timing, the explosion of Mount Pinatumbo (which rendered Clark useless for years and badly impacted Subic Bay), the Philippine government decided – with very little US opposition – to terminate the nearly 100 year US presence.

However, China’s increasingly aggressive actions in the South China Sea have caused both the Philippines and the US to re-evaluate the need for defense cooperation.  Now that China is building a large military base in the Spratly Islands – which they have no legal justification in occupying, let alone militarizing – and have been invading Philippine territorial waters with increasing frequency, the Filipinos have had a bit of a change of heart and have decided it might not be so bad to have something of a US presence in their country again.  Of course, it has to be different this time, they say, the bases will continue to be “owned” by the Filipino government with the US simply getting certain use and visitation privileges, but we’ll see how long that lasts.  The Filipinos have been very hard pressed to keep the US-legacy infrastructure they inherited from completely falling apart, and there will need to be substantial investments soon to keep Subic and other places viable locales for military operations.  We’ll see what happens in that regard.

To my mind, however, if the desire is to contain China, the Philippines are not enough.  Other current operating locations – the Aussies are very accommodating, there’s Singapore, and of course the

Range of some - by no means all - Chinese anti-access systems.  Red are deployed, yellow in development.  However, ranges are more favorable than reality.

Range of some – by no means all – Chinese anti-access systems. Red are deployed, yellow in development. However, ranges are more favorable than reality.

island of Guam is almost one giant base – are both too far away, and too few in number, to permit a close-in containment of China.  The other factor is this: China’s strategy viz a viz the US is obvious.  It consists of what is called anti-acceess/area denial, meaning, they will use a variety of means to keep the US at arms length in any conflict.  The primary means are very accurate ballistic missiles and cruise missiles to attack approaching naval forces and threaten all bases in the region.  The best way to counter this kind of threat is dispersion – having a large number of bases from which the US can operate from at various times, without necessarily having forces present there at any given moment.  Right now, even with access to a few bases in the Philippines, there simply aren’t enough realistic operating bases from which to both threaten China and also provide sufficient dispersal (I did not mention a few above – there are bases in Korea, but they are not good for this purpose as they are too close to China, meaning missile flight times are so short they would be extremely difficult to defend.  There are also some bases in Japan/Okinawa, and those are good, but again, not enough of them. There’s three air bases and one principle naval base in those locales.  They’re also not in the right place).

Negotiations have been ongoing with Vietnam about getting access rights to some installations the US built, at great expense, back in the 60s (Cam Ranh Bay, principally, but also Da Nang), but I am skeptical that will happen.  There is another country that would probably be quite happy to have a US presence, even if only periodic, Usaf-thailand-mapand which is perfectly located to threaten much of China’s burgeoning high-tech industries. That country is Thailand.  The US operated many bases there from ~1960 – 1975 and beyond.  While the locals gutted everything they could after we left, the runways are still there and the Thai’s have repaired a bit of infrastructure.  Ubon or Takhli would be interesting options.  If you draw a roughly 800 nautical mile ring around both Ubon and Clark, you can see that the arcs overlap nicely in the South China Sea.  800 nm  happens to be the unrefuelled radius of a moderately loaded F-15E, and the subsonic cruise radius of an F-22.

Beyond that, reconstituting many of the installations across the Pacific that have fallen into disuse and disrepair would also provide means of quick dispersal and defense in depth.  I’m speaking of Wake pacaf-2013-command-brief-18-638Island, Shemya in Alaska, Johnston Island, and especially Midway.  While some of these have fallen into rather severe disrepair – especially the latter two – and would require quite a bit of investment to return to operational status, the first two have been kept in “warm storage” and are still in use today, albeit at a low level.  I’m not saying that these locations make sense as offensive operational locations against China, but they do make eminent sense as both staging areas for any necessary offensive build up, but, even more importantly, dispersal areas in times of crisis, to weather the initial Chinese barrage of ballistic/cruise missiles.  China still does not possess terribly capable means of reconnaissance, so they would have a hard time knowing which hardened aircraft shelters are occupied at which time at which base – especially if the number of frequently used bases were to rise from the current ~10 (almost all in Japan/Okinawa) to say, 30.  Plus, some of those dispersal sites are out of range of the Chinese missile threat.

Interesting to note, late last month, the bases the US would use in the Philippines were made public, and neither Clark nor Subic were on the list.  And yet, see the video above, A-10s at least visiting, if not operating from, Clark.  I have a feeling the list of bases was a bit of subterfuge to complicate Chinese planning, forces will probably rotate among a whole host of bases, in order to lessen their vulnerability to being targeted.  At least for a while.  History shows, however, that wherever the US goes, we like to take home with us, and build up a nice fat infrastructure.  So……..we’ll see.