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Formerly Christian Europe Is Dying April 5, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, cultural marxism, demographics, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, rank stupidity, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society.
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In 24 of 42 European countries, deaths by nominal Christians far exceeded births, with only a handful of mostly formerly Catholic countries having more births than deaths:

Playing a large role in this is the mass abandonment by Europe’s young people of Christianity.  Their birth rates are exceedingly low but most of those proclaiming no religion in Europe are relatively young and die in small numbers:

Of course, the cohort with by far the highest birth rate in Europe is the muslims.  While still a relatively small minority in much of Europe, their numbers are increasing rapidly through a their higher birth rates and the mass immigration supported by European elites desperate to replace their aging and declining native populations.

As I’ve said before, enjoy your new muslim overlords, Europe.  Of course, the US is likely only a few decades behind in this trend of a dying native population being replaced by an unassimilated influx of third world immigrants, and increasing percentage of which have been – prior to Donald Trump – muslim.

We shall see whether Trump can do anything to arrest and even reverse that trend, or not.

SJW Millennials and Severe Personality Disorders March 8, 2017

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What is it Michael Savage has said for years?  That liberalism is a mental disorder?  That might be a bit broad and harsh, but for the hardcore social justice warrior millennials, their brittle, unhinged behavior may have been an inevitable outcome of their upbringing in daycare centers and the rare overinvolvement of guilt-ridden helicopter parents.  So says this author I’ve never heard of, whose conclusions I agree with so of course he must be right (teasing, this actually is important and parallels a recent Paul Joseph Watson video I’ll include at the bottom):

If you were to come across someone who cried in the streets, who saw the world in terms of black and white and made death threats against strangers, who cowered in a special room and made public displays of naked self-harm and blood letting, you might conclude that they were suffering from a personality disorder.

All these symptoms can be found in the High Conflict Personality Disorder category known as Axis II in DSMV, including Anti-Social PD, Histrionic PD, Paranoid PD, Narcissistic PD, and Borderline PD.

Alternatively, you might reason that these are the everyday behaviors of the modern Social Justice Warrior (SJW).

Of course, not every SJW has a personality condition, but sufferers from High Conflict disorders are often drawn to extreme beliefs and behaviors under the illusion that they are acting politically.

A 2016 UK survey found that, since 1990, rates of depression and anxiety among the young have increased by 70%, while the American Counseling Association has reported a “rising tide of personality disorders among millennials.”

Goodness.  What could have caused this generation-wide descent into self-reinforcing mental disorder?

Part 1:

The majority of millennial children (now aged 18-34) had two working parents; this was partly an ideological project of feminism and partly economic necessity. The downside was the damage done by daycare, services for which grew by 250% between the 1970s and ;90s (see Laura Perrins’ work on psychological trauma caused by daycare). According to Bowlby’s Maternal Deprivation Thesis, babies require two years of intimate attention to enable them to form the caregiver-child bond essential for secure ego formation. Any disturbance of this process will “predispose the children to respond in an anti-social way to later stresses.”

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has found:

Children in full-time day care were close to three times more likely to show behavior problems than those cared for by their mothers at home.

The more time in child care of any kind or quality, the more aggressive the child.

The result is young people who, a decade and a half after daycare, scream at the parent/State for not protecting them sufficiently. It is no coincidence that “safe spaces” resemble daycare centers.

Unfortunately, “safe spaces” enforce the distressed person’s fear of the world, trapping them in their original trauma within a psychological frame of permanent and inescapable victimhood.

Part 2:

Faced with histrionic students, university staff end up behaving like “Helicopter Parents”: those largely absent, full-time working parents who overcompensated by flying in to fuss over their child. Attempting to assuage parental guilt, one of the tools they used was “positive parenting” — a philosophy created by social Progressives.

Parents were taught to not scold or punish, and instead to use “positive reinforcement” in an attempt to raise their children with “high self-esteem.” This ideology also became fashionable within an increasingly progressive school system that awarded children prizes for “non-competitive sports” and for merely taking part in school activities……..

……..A false picture of the world and a vastly inflated sense of self-importance did not compensate for the foundational trauma of parental neglect. Instead, as Dr. Jean Twenge has explained, Positive Parenting created young people with a “narcissistic wound” for whom the real world would be perceived as a threat to self-worth. [And a mystery they are wholly unable to navigate, let alone unravel]

Sooo…..insecure, uneducated, brittle narcissists with delusions of grandeur.

Well, that should bode well for the future.

My boss, who is within a year or two of my own supremely awesome Gen X age (no daycare for me, just a latch key kid from age 7, but I did get that all-important two years of cuddling), and I were discussing the prospects of hiring a college intern this summer.  He was really wary of hiring a millennial.  I gave him my experience – some are perfectly normal, awesome go-getter kids with a lot of motivation.  I tend to imagine anyone successfully navigating engineering school cannot be entirely lost in infantile narcissism, but who knows?!  We’ll find out this June.  He says he’ll can ’em in a week if they have any attitude.

Good boss.

Seriously, the cultural and economic ramifications of this ignored-yet-coddled generation are shaping up to be mammoth.  Largely children of baby boomers, they may turn out to be even more destructive than their parents.  Millennials are shaping up to be extremely marriage- and child-adverse.  They prefer apartments, and high-rise apartments at that, to single family homes.  They want to live in hip urban centers, and nearly as many would rather use Uber than own their own car.  The economic portents of those three factors alone are enormously negative.  Whether they ever marry or not, it appears millennials will have even fewer kids (on average, we’re talking in the broadest sweeps) than any preceding generation.  The US appears poised to start down the path of final demographic decline that Europe began 40-50 years ago.

But as I’ve said many times before, it is the kids who are the ultimate, most suffering victims of the great cultural marxist consumption of our culture.  These kids didn’t choose to be raised by people making $7 an hour or indoctrinated into the cult of narcissistic self-esteem.  They are as much victims as anyone, the parents visiting their own sins upon their children.  Sadly, each proceeding generation has grown worse and worse.  I shudder to imagine what the few kids of the millennials will turn out as.   Maybe a large enough percentage will be sane homeschoolers living in rural areas/the exurbs to start to turn things around.

Probably don’t quite have the numbers  yet.

Is this post too much like the fave of leftists from a few years ago, the “studies reveal all conservatives are stupid” kind?  Or is it OK in this case BECAUSE IT’S TRUE!

As I Predicted: Trump Won In Spite of Massive Voter Fraud November 16, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, demographics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, Revolution, secularism, self-serving, Society, unbelievable BS.
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So, a local precinct warden and Republican national delegate told me of his experience at our local precinct – at least 5 men certainly committed voter fraud, voting without present voter ID, which they are allowed to do thanks to the Obama Justice department/leftist judge overturning a Texas law requiring photo ID to vote, while another 8-10 individuals probably voted both in our precinct and out of state.  There were myriad details surrounding these individuals he provided I won’t go into, but, suffice it to say, the legality of their local votes was dubious, at best.  So, perhaps 15 fraudulent votes in a precinct where only 313 were cast for president – nearly 5%.

True the Vote is reporting they have data that shows over three million illegal aliens – non-citizens of the US – voted in the election. I think it safe to say they voted overwhelmingly for Hillary, and thus make up her margin of victory in the popular vote, and then some:

Three million votes in the U.S. presidential election were cast by illegal aliens, according to Greg Phillips of the VoteFraud.org organization.

If true, this would mean that Donald Trump still won the contest despite widespread vote fraud and almost certainly won the popular vote.

“We have verified more than three million votes cast by non-citizens,” tweeted Phillips after reporting that the group had completed an analysis of a database of 180 million voter registrations.

“Number of non-citizen votes exceeds 3 million. Consulting legal team,” he added.

According to current indications, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by around 630,000 votes, although around 7 million ballots remain uncounted.

Virtually all of the votes cast by 3 million illegal immigrants are likely to have been for Hillary Clinton, meaning Trump might have won the popular vote when this number is taken into account.

Vote fraud using ballots cast in the name of dead people and illegal alien voters was a huge concern before the election.

On the morning of the election there were 4 million dead people on U.S. voter rolls.

As I predicted, Trump would have to win by a margin of three to five million in order to win in the “official” count by 1 vote.  That’s how many fraudulent votes I expected him, or any non-demonrat party candidate, to have to win by in reality to be judged the winner officially because of all the fraud, to which the democrats admit.  The democrats generally do most of their electoral fraud at the presidential level because it’s much simpler to execute, which is why they have continued to mostly get pummelled on down-ballot races since they started instituting large-scale voter fraud in every presidential election since the 90s.  But it really got started in earnest in 2004 when they knew they had a compliant media that wouldn’t investigate anything they did, and self-justification in the lie that Bush “stole” the election in 2000.

I really hope this effort to have millions of ballots cast out succeeds, for a variety of reasons. I’m quite certain Trump won the popular vote at least as handily as he did the electoral college.  Leftists will never tire of singing about a “stolen” election unless if it can be proved Trump won the popular vote by a healthy margin. Even then they’ll still pretend it didn’t happen. Most important of all, however, is proving electoral fraud occurred, and then investigating in depth who perpetrated it and striving to have them prosecuted.  This nation is strongly divided, ideologically, probably to the greatest extent since the Civil War.  Throwing severe doubt on the validity of elections into the mix would be a very quick way to bring about a calamity.

If one considers the fact that Clinton won California by a 2:1 margin, that California does not require ID, and the huge number of illegals that reside there, it would be interesting to see what the real result was.  Amazingly, states with no ID requirements tend to be dominated by democrats. Go figure.  Of course, they’ve been doing this for well over a century around the country, wherever the demonrat party gets strongly established.  Used to happen en masse here in Texas, and magic ballots found in south Texas helped Kennedy win in ’60.

It will be interesting to see if this story develops, or if it gets squashed by the powers that be.

German Birth Rate Hits Record High – Can You Guess Why? October 18, 2016

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I’ll take muslim Immigration for $500, Alex.  The native birthrate continues to plummet to less than one child per woman.  A slight acquaintance of mine who lives near Freiburg was regarded as crazy by her peers for having THREE children.  What was she thinking, what with carbon emissions and global warming and starving kids in Africa and Oktoberfest and TV shows and contraception and laziness?  But while German woman have one or zero kids each, enough muslims have been invited to occupy the country, and have enough babies, that the overall “German” birth rate has gone up significantly in recent years.  Which is pretty much the leftist plan all along – if the electorate you have won’t give you what you want, import a new electorate.

The only silver lining is that muslim birth rates are also collapsing, and second-third generation muslims in Western countries tend to have birth rates only slightly higher than the death wish native populations.  Still, cold comfort to a Europe rapidly islamizing:

east one Western European country’s birthrate has shot above replacement level, only it’s not because Germans finally had a newfound appreciation for fertility.

According to Reuters, the wave of Middle Eastern migrants into Deutschland has led the German birthrate to its highest level in 33 years.

From Reuters:

The rate was 1.5 births per woman in 2015, up from 1.47 births a year earlier, and the highest figure since 1982 when it was 1.51. It was also the highest rate recorded since the 1990 reunification of east and west Germany.

Years of economic growth and government support have helped raise the birthrate in Germany. But the figure is still below the 2.0 births per woman that demographers define as the minimum fertility rate needed to ensure a population replaces itself.

Western Europe has some of the world’s lowest birthrates, outdone only by Japan with a staggeringly low birthrate of 1.41. In Germany, twenty-eight percent of the German people are aged 60 years or over, with the second largest middle-aged population.  

In countries like Italy, the low birthrate of 1.41 has become such a problem that government sponsored PSA’s were launched hoping to entice citizens into having more children. Of course, this move severely angered the country’s child-hating feminists, who began decrying the campaign as a return to Mussolini fascism.

Is there anything feminists don’t hate, including themselves?  As a tradition-embracing Catholic blogger, I complain a lot – no, it’s true – but sheesh I cannot imagine how miserable these women must be to constantly carp and bitch and whine and scream about every. little. thing. that. comes. along.  Without babies, a country’s economy and then its culture will implode.  But don’t dare even hint what a woman might do with her private parts, besides sterilizing them and allowing them to be used by any Tom, Dick, Jane, or Harry for 15 minutes of instantly regretted, soul-crushing “fun.”  Because that’s “empowering,” which is why so many young ladies today are cutters, doped to high heaven on powerful psychoactives, or have just plain gone nuts.

Ah, yes, the alternative to the patriarchal society God-instituted by design, knowing human nature incomparably better than we ever could.  So awesome!

How much do these endlessly obtuse feminists think people are going to care about women’s rights when we’re back at a 17th century level existence (if we’re lucky) following a general societal collapse brought on by death-spiral birth rates?  Of course, I give them too much credit, they never think, just emote.

Still screaming at dad for ruining her life because he wouldn’t hand over the car keys.

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Necessary Life Skills for Living in a “Diverse” Culture – Lesson 1 October 6, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, demographics, family, General Catholic, Immigration, manhood, Revolution, sickness, Society, true leadership.
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By “diverse” I especially mean one with a sizable muslim population.  This is the kind of situation Obama, Merkel, Clinton, and others see as being a very small price to pay in order to impose their religiously motivated beliefs in things like multiculturalism and so-called diversity on the rest of us:

That is very solid advice. It’s well past time I started following it.

I also believe strongly in passive defensive measures.  Active defense is the gun or whatever means  you have to actually go out and “touch” the threat away from your person.  Passive means something that provides defense even if the threat reaches your person.  So  many folks spend tons and tons of money on firearms, ammo, training, and much else besides, but overlook the advantages of a very robust passive defense.

I have temporarily settled on a used Air Warrior (mine substantially different from the link, with many more attach points) Level IIIA jacket with additions to add coverage for the shoulders, groin, and thighs as needed though generally I wouldn’t incorporate those absent a very specific threat.  This is all soft armor, and about as good as can be found.  Eventually I hope to move to hard plate Level IV armor.  I friend graciously offered me a plate carrier (which I gladly accepted), but no plates.  Unfortunately soft armor like I have is limited to protecting against most handguns or long range small caliber rifle threats, and is also useless against knives/swords.  But I got a heckuva deal on it at my Catholic neighbor’s Army Navy store.

This is the world the elites are making for us.  Some might think always carrying or having body armor handy is over the top, but I doubt many of the hundreds of people in the situations shown in that “Reality Check” video series would agree.

h/t reader D, who had a similarly pithy description of the video: “helping muslims adapt to Western culture.”  Good one my man.  And we plan on taking you up on your offer for Jan 1.  Sorry I haven’t replied directly yet.

This is a really good video series:

ISIS has buried thousands in mass graves August 30, 2016

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Hmmm…….the most fervent, most convicted Christians practice love, mercy, and great concern for their fellow man.  The most fervent, most convicted muslims almost universally practice murder, domination, and cruelty to an unbelievable extreme.

Anyone see the difference?*

It seems ISIS has buried thousands of bodies in mass graves throughout the territory it has conquered, and even brags about this fact in various media:

Between them, the two scenes of horror on Sinjar mountain contain six burial sites and the bodies of more than 100 people, just a small fraction of the mass graves Islamic State extremists have scattered across Iraq and Syria.

In exclusive interviews, photos and research, The Associated Press has documented and mapped 72 of the mass graves, the most comprehensive survey so far, with many more expected to be uncovered as the Islamic State group’s territory shrinks. In Syria, AP has obtained locations for 17 mass graves, including one with the bodies of hundreds of members of a single tribe all but exterminated when IS extremists took over their region. For at least 16 of the Iraqi graves, most in territory too dangerous to excavate, officials do not even guess the number of dead. In others, the estimates are based on memories of traumatized survivors, Islamic State propaganda and what can be gleaned from a cursory look at the earth.

Still, even the known numbers of victims buried are staggering — from 5,200 to more than 15,000. [With thousands, probably tens of thousands, waiting to be found as ISIS is forced to retreat]

Sinjar mountain is dotted with mass graves, some in territory clawed back from IS after the group’s onslaught against the Yazidi minority in August 2014; others in the deadly no man’s land that has yet to be secured.

They aren’t just killing non-muslims.  They even kill those they feel are not sufficiently pure muslims, like Shiites.  The article at the link speaks of whole ravines and sinkholes filled with bodies.  But Christians definitely earn a special ire from ISIS and other allied groups.

We are told that this is not true islam.  But if it is not, where is the mass outrage? Where are the riots in the streets of Cairo or Karachi, like there are every time some Westerner draws a cartoon of Mohammad or says something critical of islam?  That’s the most damning indictment that ISIS is not somehow counter to the beliefs of many muslims.  While the “silent majority” of muslims may perhaps think ISIS goes too far, they certainly aren’t moved to oppose ISIS in any concrete way.  And far, far too many muslims are quite happy to be governed by sharia, which ISIS claims to be implementing in its fullest, purest form.  Heck, a majority of muslims in Britain AND Canada today claim to desire to live under sharia.  Even more chilling, so do a majority of American muslims.

As we’ve seen around the world, it’s a short walk from sharia to ISIS.  Saudi Arabia may not have mass graves, but they do have plentiful genital mutilation, repression of women, and a hideous intolerance of all non-sunni islamic beliefs.  American servicemen cannot even wear a crucifix in public off base.

All the political and social elites who continue to tell us that islam is the “religious of peace” accomplish is the destruction of their own credibility, as if they had any. That applies doubly for those in the Church who repeat this exhausted, discredited mantra.

For Christians, however, the space between the unstoppable force of leftism and the immovable object of islam continues to shrink, and shrink, and shrink.  And yet, it is Christianity alone – Catholic Christianity – that can provide a sufficient bulwark against islam.  Mamby pamby secular left-leaning hedonism will fold up under the pressure of islam like a cheap green tent in a windstorm.

*- Yes, nominal Christians have certainly committed many atrocities in the past, but rarely if ever on the basis of the Christian Faith itself.  Serbs murdering muslims in Bosnia 20 years ago were motivated primarily by nationalism, not religion.  But ISIS, the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda, etc., all murder based specifically on the practice of their faith, as a representation of their piety and fervor.  AND, more importantly, they can find numerous supports for their behavior in their false holy book (Koran) and their false tradition (haddith).  In fact, since islam has always understood that which comes later in the Koran to supersede that which came earlier, the fact that most of the really bloody-minded verses, or “suras” of the Koran come later in the book means they have greater import, and supersede the more beneficent verses from the early parts.

Non Sequitur: A little Dallas History August 30, 2016

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This post is more for the locals.  In the summer of 1991, my parents and I moved from central Plano, near US75, to what was then far west/northwest Plano.  This was well before Dallas North Tollway had been expanded north of Keller Springs Rd.  It was just a two lane blacktop.

There was our brand-new subdivision, and nothing else for miles.  You could see the brand-new EDS headquarters about 3 miles north, but that was it.  It was prairie and cows.  There was a large ranch just to the east (still there, soon to become a large nature preserve).  A lot of wildflowers. Our house was the fifth to be built in this new subdivision and the 2nd to be occupied. Literally across the street would be some black angus grazing. For a couple of years, it felt like country living.

It’s been almost completely built up around there for years, now.  Which just goes to show how fast the Dallas area continues to grow.

For a little more historical evidence of that, some photos from DFWFreeways.com, showing the old and the new.

Back in the mid-50s, Dallas pretty much stopped at Northwest Highway.  Even much of the land along Northwest Highway was quite country.  Lovers Lane was still used as its name suggests, at least the eastern part was.  The photo below shows the newly completed Central Expressway looking north from Walnut Hill towards Northwest Highway.  There was a Ford Tractor dealership just out of frame to the lower left.  As you can tell, this area was still completely undeveloped.  Within 10 years, however, it would be almost completely built up, making room for hundreds of thousands of new residents:

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US75/Central Expressway looking north at the Northwest Highway interchange.  Nice traffic level!

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Northwest Highway and US75/Central Expressway as it appeared 11 years ago, in 2005 (looking from the opposite direction as the first photo above, but covering the same stretch of road). 50 years makes quite a difference.  That is the world’s first mall, Northpark, at right.  It is still one of the most successful malls in the world:

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Incomplete Central Expressway in tiny, sleepy Plano in 1955.  The town population was about 2000 but was poised for explosive growth.  By 1970 the population was 17,000, and 1980, 72,000.

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Perhaps the most amazing comparo of all, Preston Road at Valley View, which would become LBJ freeway, in 1958.  The more modern scene is shown below:

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Man there was just whole bunch of nothin’ out there in 1959!  Looks like Phillipsburg.

By 1970, however, Dallas had expanded to fill in virtually all of the northern territory up to LBJ freeway.  Richardson was almost built out, and Plano was starting the growth that would make it the fastest growing city in the US in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s.  It, too, in turn has become built out.  And the slow process of decay begins.

Irving had enjoyed that explosive growth in the 50s and 60s.  A little closer to home for me today, a then 2 lane SH183 at Britain Rd in Irving in 1954:

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Lots of interesting stuff on this site.  It’s one reason you haven’t had much from me today.  It’s worth checking out.

Is Europe Finished? August 29, 2016

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Not to raise the ire of European readers – I would probably bristle somewhat at an outsider proclaiming the US finished (though, I must admit, things look decidedly bleak at present) – but as the article below notes, more and more ominous trends affecting Europe’s future continue to surface.  Probably foremost among those are the negative demographics affecting the Continent, where the native population has seemingly decided to gradually die out, to be replaced by those exotic muslim “others” so beloved of the self-anointed elite.

It’s almost as if Europe’s political masters had decided the populace could not be relied upon to support their agenda, and so are voting themselves in a new population:

Deaths that exceed births might sound like science fiction, but they are now Europe’s reality. It just happened. During 2015, 5.1 million babies were born in the EU, while 5.2 million persons died, meaning that the EU for the first time in modern history recorded a negative natural change in its population. The numbers come from Eurostat (the statistical office of the European Union), which since 1961 has been counting Europe’s population. It is official.

There is, however, another surprising number: the European population increased overall from 508.3 million to 510.1 million. Have you guessed why? The immigrant population increased, by about two million in one year, while the native European population was shrinking. It is the substitution of a population. Europe has lost the will to maintain or grow its population. The situation is as demographically as seismic as during the Great Plague of the 14th Century. [I would say it is even more so, because then, Europe was not importing millions of young muslim men of military age (and often, militant disposition) who refuse assimilation and in fact demand the assimilation of Christendom to islam.  It would be fantastic if it were not true]

This shift is what the British demographer David Coleman described in his study, “Immigration and Ethnic Change in Low-Fertility Countries: A Third Demographic Transition.” Europe’s suicidal birth rate, coupled with migrants who multiply faster, will transform European culture. The declining fertility rate of native Europeans coincides, in fact, with the institutionalization of Islam in Europe and the “re-Islamization” of its Muslims.

In 2015, Portugal recorded the second-lowest birth rate in the European Union (8.3 per 1,000 inhabitants) and negative natural growth of -2.2 per 1,000 inhabitants. Which EU country had the lowest birth rate? Italy. Since the “baby boom” of the 1960s, in the country famous for its large families, the birth rate has more halved. In 2015, the number of births fell to 485,000, fewer than in any other year since the modern Italy was formed in 1861. [Revealingly, some of the sharpest demographic declines have come in what have historically been viewed as Catholic countries – Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Ireland.  The different religion imposed 50 years ago is yielding its poison fruits]

Eastern Europe now has “the largest population loss in modern history“, while Germanyovertook Japan by having the world’s lowest birth rate, when averaged over past five years. In Germany and Italy, the decreases were particularly dramatic, down -2.3% and -2.7% respectively…….

…….As Lord Sacks recently said, “falling birth rates could spell the end of the West“…… [Can the West persist without Europe?  An interesting question.  I really don’t know.]

……Liberals and secularists tend to dismiss the importance of demographic and cultural issues. That is why the most important warnings come from some Christian leaders. The first to denounce this dramatic trend was a great Italian missionary, Father Piero Gheddo, who explained that, due to falling birth rates and religious apathy, “Islam would sooner rather than later conquer the majority in Europe”. He was followed by others, such as Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai, who leads the Eastern Catholics aligned with the Vatican. Rai warned that “Islam will conquer Europe by faith and birth rate“. A similar warning just came from yet another cardinal, Raymond Leo Burke[To the degree there have been warnings from the Church, they have not been nearly persistent or loud enough. Furthermore, what warnings there have been have been drowned out by the constantly repeated mantras: “Islam is good.” “Religion of Peace.” “Only bigots oppose immigration.”  Etc.]

In one generation from now, Europe will be unrecognizable…….[2 million x 30 years = 60 million, which, coupled with muslims already there and an accelerated death rate of natives, means a Europe about 20% muslim if not more so]

……..Demographic suicide is not only experienced; it appears to be wanted. The xenophile European bourgeoisie, which today controls politics and the media, seem imbued with a snobbish and masochistic racism. They have turned against the values of their own Judeo-Christian culture and combined it with a hallucinatory, romanticized view of the values of other cultures. The sad paradox is that Europeans are now importing young people in large numbers from the Middle East to compensate for their lifestyle choices. [Great commentary. It does appear to be desperately wanted by the political/economic elites, who appear to desire the destruction of the culture that bred/created them, and yet there is still insufficient political reaction to stop their culture-destroying policies]

An agnostic and sterile continent — deprived of its gods and children because it banished them — will have no strength to fight or to assimilate a civilization of the zealous and the young. The failure to counter the coming transformation seems to come down on the side of Islam. Is what we are seeing the last days of summer? [Many in the West have chosen their favored religion.  A religion of life – Catholicism – or a religion of death – secularism. It’s really as simple as that]

Who has the greater will to fight?  Who is willing to suffer more to attain their ends?  Who has the more single-minded purpose and a clear objective?  Who has the resources to succeed? That will tell you which side will win out in virtually every major conflict.  At present, Europe fails in all areas save the last, and that won’t last for long at present rates.

Then what?

Are you ready to be a dhimmi?

If You Could Get Rid of Francis with the Push of a Button, Would You? August 9, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, demographics, error, Francis, General Catholic, rank stupidity, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church.
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I’m lifting a whole lot from this post at St. Corbinian’s Bear, which, because of time constraints, I rarely get to enjoy anymore.  I’d forgotten how funny he is.

I am excerpting a great deal, because of the evocative nature of the question – would you, if you could, and without harming him in any material way, remove Francis as pope with the push of a button? – and because of how Bear describes Francis.  It is not flattering, but I think it expresses what many frustrated souls feel at this point.

The upshot of Bear’s question is this: might not someone far worse come along?  For me, who tends to be hopeful about the future in some fundamental way in spite of all evidence to the contrary, I absolutely would press the button.  Yes, there is risk of someone far worse, far more capable in their efforts at destruction following after, but there does remain a distinct possibility of someone much better.  That possibility may be slight, but it is not non-existent.  The damage being done by the present occupant is unbelievably severe, so in spite of future risk, any chance of reward is very enticing:

Or perhaps the whole post is a joke meant to ID the “bad Catholics,” I don’t know.  To the ripoff (I know the post I’m quoting is ancient in internet terms – a whole 8 days old! – but too bad, I’m doing it anyway – my emphasis and comments):

The Bear has become an expert on Papal Oral Flatology over the last horrifying three years and eight months. He has noticed, as have many others, that the most noisome eruptions tend to occur when Francis rides in airplanes. It is then that Francis most clearly reveals that he is the West’s traitor-in-chief.

In the latest episode of the Vatican Gong Show, “Terror at 30,000 Feet,” the Pope’s word salad would win praise for sheer daring from Hell’s Kitchen’s Gordon Ramsay, and the envy of America’s dhimmi poster child, Archbishop Blase “Mentally Unstable” Cupich.

The question from a journalist was about 84-year-old french priest Jaques Hamel, who, while saying Mass, had his throat slashed by – oh, never mind, you know with taxonomical certainty by whom.

Pope Francis opened his mouth, and this remarkable statement came out. “Terrorism grows when there is no other option, and to the extent the world economy has at its center the god of money and not the person.”……..[Contrary to reason, as many of the terrorists who have attacked targets in the West, anyway, came not from grinding poverty, but from the professionally educated middle class.]

………the picture of Francis as a not-very-bright, narrow-minded, self-loathing Catholic and panderer with no talent for original thinking merely grew clearer. [Ouch. I’m not sure I agree he’s not very bright.  Not very imaginative, surely, blinded by ideology, certainly, provincial, yes, but not bright?  I think he has substantial native intelligence, it’s just been applied to dumb and self-serving things.  Also, while smart, he’s not the world-beating intellect he thinks he is. Like so many on the Left, he has no idea what he doesn’t know.]

With full knowledge that only the people he really cares about would agree with him, he went on to say that one could not speak of Islamic violence without speaking of Catholic violence. Really?  The Bear must be reading the wrong newspapers. Unless he is speaking of violence to the Faith, and against logic. There are violent people in every religion, you see. It’s like a “mixed fruit salad,” in his words. (Archbishop Cupich would prefer “a mixed nut cup”).
Pope Francis is either a liar or a lunatic with no grasp on reality. In either case, he is not fit to be Pope. But everybody knows that, even his friends. They value his dimness and gullibility. What an insult to Christians and others being killed everywhere with monotonous regularity by adherents of just one religion. The Pope just spit in Fr. Hamel’s dead face, and the face of Christ Himself, Who was present at that Mass……….

………..What if there was a button for Pope Francis? A magical button that would not kill, or hurt him in any way. He just wouldn’t be Pope anymore. He and his non-Western, screwed up Argentinian Marxist-Peronist worldview; his Narcissistic Personality Disorder; Islamophilia; borderline mental retardation and Modernism would just go away. 
Then we could at least play Conclave Roulette and hope there wasn’t another Francis in the chamber.
On second thought, we know Francis’ “extreme danger is mitigated by manifold non-compensatable personal deficiencies.” [That’s Bear’s conclusion, not mine] But if we got a smart Francis, one who was able to broaden the appeal of his awful message beyond the majority of usual suspects, then we might be willing to give anything to have the incompetent Jorge Bergoglio back.
Someday Francis will shuffle off this mortal coil and ascend to Marxist-Islamic Heaven, where righteous Reds get to live on a collective beet farm with 72 virgins with hoes.  His will all look like Eva Peron. Then we’ll find out whether the Church threw up an outlier, or if Francis was the first Pope of the new normal.

How about a little of column A, and a little of column B?

That is to say, the choice may not be binary.  It may not be, either we get someone much more radical, and much more capable, than Franics, or we get a new Benedict.  A few thoughts.

Leftists, while often wily and quite bright, naturally, are not nearly as smart as they think they are, overall.  They tend to be lazy – morally, intellectually, etc.  Yes, that’s somewhat self-serving, and there are certainly exceptions, but as one generation on the Left has replaced another, has it been marked by a rapidly spiraling upward intellectual trend, or are they more or less persisting on the vapors of work done generations ago?  I have long tended to believe, it is the latter.  And that is true even more in the Church than in the world, because the Church is an insular authoritarian state where opposition can be easily crushed by a small cadre holding great power.  This has led to inbreeding, decadence, and intellectual softness.

Put another way: what if they pushed and elected Francis because they recognized in him the very best they have?

I think we’ve had two generations of churchmen now who have very little knowledge of Scripture, or Doctrine, or Canon Law, or Church machinery.  They know their own little bailiwick enough to run it – after a fashion –  but not much outside it.  They spout tired liberal pablum because that’s all they know.  There aren’t many Bea’s, Congar’s, Schillebeeckx’, Rahners and young Ratzingers running around, men exceedingly well formed who rejected orthodoxy to various degrees but always kept the enormous benefit of the rigorous environment in which they were formed.

That’s not to say there isn’t a danger of a “new normal.”  The danger is huge and growing every day Francis stays in office, as the cardinalate is stacked more and more with his appointees.  But there is a chance things may not get much worse than they are now.

On the other side, the same applies.  I love Cardinal Burke in many respects but I question whether his formation is the equal of a middling Cardinal of, say, 1940.  There may not be many Benedicts left in the till, either.

So what am I saying?  A Church that steadily falls into a grinding, monotonous mediocrity.

To me, however, the chances of finding a “better than Francis” decrease with each passing day. So, I’m pounding that button hard.

What we need is a miracle.  A Pius V or X or even Gregory XVI.

Not that I’m holding my breath.

It’s looking like 1968 all over again in the US June 3, 2016

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In 1968, Americans watched in horror as young people, energized and radicalized at least to some degree by 8 years of the most left-wing presidential administrations in US history, exploded out of college campuses and into the streets, sparking riots and bringing society to what seemed to many to be the tipping point of anarchy.

The presidential election in 1968 featured a democrat machine politician against a highly polarizing figure from the Republican party, a man who had in the past said and done many things that made even conservative’s skin crawl.  But under what appeared to be the threat of a near-total collapse of society, Americans rallied to the the rather unlikable Republican candidate and gave him a fairly narrow victory.  Along the way, there was tremendous violence and bloodshed as leftist protesters attacked both democrat and Republican political rallies.  A very long, hot summer of violence ensued, a summer that helped drive the outcome of the presidential election.  Oh, by the way, there was also an interminable war in a far off Asian land that seemed to accomplish nothing but the filling of body bags.

I think the US stood at a precipice in ’68, and, fortunately, turned back, at least to some degree.  While the cultural advance of leftism continued unabated, and even accelerated, after 68, the political advance of leftism was stymied for 30-40 years.  Until today.

This country increasingly appears to stand at a new and more frightening precipice.  There were very few democrat politicians who supported the radical, violent tactics of the ’68 “protesters” – today, the democrat party and its media allies seems to be actively enlisting them to try to terrify people into changing their vote, or not voting at all.  Riots directed at Trump supporters are reported as “violence breaking out.”  The leftist/media complex (one and the same) seem intent on disenfranchising 100+ million Americans who are just about sick to death of being bullied on everything from how big their soda can be to how much endless shame and guilt they absolutely MUST feel because they were born the “wrong” sex (male) or the “wrong” skin color (white).

We also have an increasing breakdown of respect for the concept of “equal under the law.”  Those same tens of millions of Americans being increasingly, and violently, persecuted by the Left, can see how much of a gigantic double standard has emerged in this country.  If you’re left-wing, you can break the law with impunity, enriching yourself and your buddies as you see fit.  You can also use the government as a weapon to terrorize and shut down political opposition.   Remember all those lessons you learned in school about how terrible it was for the Jim Crow apparatus to use government power to disenfranchise blacks and other minorities?  Good times, good times.

So, on the one hand, we have a sizable cohort of thoroughly radicalized, poorly educated, largely unthinking and wholly emotional young people who have been indoctrinated to believe that democrat = virtuous, who feel themselves on the cusp of seizing real power and driving this country on a path of no return to Balkanized socialism (fueled by massive illegal immigration) – and you have an even larger group, a group that has tended in the past to be too meek, mild and occupied with their families and jobs to be very politically active – saying, hell no, we’ve had enough, we’re not taking one more step in that direction.

Readers know I am very cool to Donald Trump.  But the reaction he is engendering on the Left is causing my antipathy towards him to ebb away.  The enemy of my enemy is my friend, and all that.  In addition, the Left is obviously terrified of the guy, I think because of his ability to reduce PC-shibboleths to a laughingstock effortlessly (and maybe the wall).

Which raises a further variable in which 2016 appears more dangerous than ’68 – the presence of tens of millions of unassimilated, aggrieved (for no good reason) illegal immigrants who have been showing themselves increasingly willing to act violently to prevent any change to the broken immigration status-quo in this country.  Thus, you get scenes like this, where a woman peacefully attending a political rally is violently attacked by young Hispanic males, while idiots stand around filming:

Just a few more scenes from yesterday’s insanity in San Jose, where leftists and Mexicans wave the Mexican flag and destroy the American flag (excessive foul language):

The core of all these protests are trained professional cadres employed by leftist organizations to go around staging riots.  They are not honest actors, they are deliberate agents provocateur on the demonrat payroll for things like “community organizing” and “controlling the message.”  They literally are paid to go around from event to event, city to city, to stir up trouble. If you look at the footage and photographs closely, you will start to see the same faces over and over, like that jackass in the video above with the sunglasses.

Here’s another guy being attacked for doing nothing more but participating in the American political process:

Now I don’t agree with some of the language the guy uses in the video above.  But heck, he’s not nearly as incendiary as some on the right are becoming, as a natural reaction to these kinds of attacks.

So where does all this go?  Do demonrats really expect 80-100 million (almost universally) heavily armed Americans to just sit there and take it as they are attacked, beaten, disenfranchised, stolen from, told to shut up, nannied to death, threatened with politically motivated persecution, etc., etc ad nauseum, and watch their country crumble in the dust?  Do they know how fine the edge upon which this country walks now is?  Or are they too stupid and blinded by ideology to notice or care?  Yeah…….I can answer that for myself.

Plus there is the role of the media in turning Trump into a racist monster, very nearly Hitler (again, you can see the mortal terror with which they fear him), which has been helping fuel so many of these protests, as this guy, who attended a Trump rally from a neutral perspective, makes clear:

Scary, scary times.  I don’t know how this is going to play out, but it’s looking very bad.  I suggest investing in ammo.  It is true Thomas Aquinas lays out very narrow grounds upon which Catholics can morally resist a tyrannical government, but there is much more flexibility when you talk about widespread civil unrest.

But, then again, it’s most likely this will just peter out.  This is entirely, 100%, about getting a democrat elected president.  So I think we can strongly assume this stupidity has an end date.