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Christianity is the Root of Reason and “Reality Based” Existence January 18, 2017

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A shockingly contrarian declaration, but a true one, nonetheless. As for living a life based on reason or factual reality, it sure isn’t leftism, and especially not some of its radical fringe, like extreme feminism, that will put you there.  As a for instance, is it shocking at all that the poor, damaged, brittle feminist soul who decided to turn her shame (Genital Herpes) into a badge of honor would also be deeply ingrained in astrology?  Is it any coincidence that many major feminists hold similar if not more bizarre views (such as being devotees of Druid or other pagan religions)?

In fact, acceptance of totally false, demonically-inspired religions/philosophies is a pandemic on the Left.  So much for being reality based. But as Robert Stacy McCain notes below, there is another aspect to all this.  The philosophies extreme leftists tend to adopt tend to encourage abdication of personal responsbility: “Oh, I’m in a terrible mood because ‘Mercury is in retrograde,'” or Venus is transposed, or whatever.  Who really believes the position of the planets and stars at our birth somehow dictates our existence?  Amazingly, I know a fair number of nominal Catholics who are far more devout practitioners of astrology than they are the Faith of Jesus Christ.

“Mercury in retrograde” is a dye-marker of belief in astrology, and you don’t want to be in the proximity of anyone foolish enough to believe such ridiculous nonsense. Belief in astrology is like theosophy or voodoo or Keynesian economics — a hallmark of poor judgment. Bad things happen when you start hanging around losers like that. Avoid them.

Go take a look at the Twitter search results for “Mercury retrograde” and you will notice that it’s almost entirely women. You can explain that however you wish, but doesn’t the unusual prevalence of belief in astrology among women also tell us something about feminism?

Like astrology, feminism is a quasi-religious belief system that tells people that their problems are caused by circumstances beyond their control. It’s not her fault she didn’t get hired for that job, feminism tells the young women — she’s a victim of sexist discrimination. The college girl got drunk at a frat party and did things she regrets? That’s certainly not her fault, feminism tells her — she’s a victim of “rape culture.”

Or maybe Mercury was in retrograde.

Feminism offers a ready-made excuse for anything a woman might be unhappy about, so the feminist movement attracts a lot of unhappy women who need excuses for what’s wrong with their lives………

………..In April 2016, Emily Depasse bragged about teaching sex to 12-year-old boys in Baltimore during the #ShoutYourStatus campaign to “destigmatize” sexually transmitted diseases. DePasse graduated in 2015 from Maryland’s Salisbury University, where she majored in Gender and Sexuality Studies, doing her senior project on “The Secret Sexual Revolution at Salisbury University in the 1960s and 1970s.” Not long after graduating, in July 2015, DePasse was diagnosed with genital herpes. This was an entirely private misery for Ms. Depasse until Ella Dawson and her feminist comrades decided to launch the #ShoutYourStatus campaign, the rationale of which was to end the “stigma” of herpes. And so Ms. Depasse was emboldened to go public with the fact that (a) she was infected with this incurable virus, and (b) she was talking about her diseased genitalia with seventh-graders. [This is the same woman who declares that herpes wasn’t a consequence of poor behavior or wanton sexuality, it was “inevitable,” something that just happened to her irrespective of her dangerous life choices]

What kind of person thinks this is a good idea? A fool or a feminist, but I repeat myself. It appears that the inspiration for #ShoutYourStatus was a campaign in September 2015 to “destigmatize” abortion. The #ShoutYourAbortion campaign was a response to efforts by Republican members of Congress to end taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood. In other words, it was about partisan politics……….

…………Feminism is essentially a religious cult. Members of the cult are unable to step back and examine their value system from a critical perspective and, no matter how irrational their beliefs, or how damaging the consequences of acting on those beliefs, they remain fanatically devoted to the feminist cause. Fanatics only listen to their fellow fanatics, and this echo-chamber effect tends to alienate feminists from normal people. Trying to convince Ella Dawson that making her name a synonym for “herpes slut” is a bad idea would be like trying to convince Mohamed Atta that flying a Boeing 757 into a skyscraper was a bad idea. Belief systems that are fundamentally irrational — like feminism or radical Islam — tend to attract people with a psychological predisposition to fanaticism.

This is why the prevalence of belief in astrology among women is a clue to the nature of the feminist movement. Emily Depasse, the herpes-infected feminist who teaches “human sexuality” to seventh-graders, also has a mystical belief in the influence of “Mercury retrograde.”…….

……..There is such a thing as evil in this world, and when people start dabbling in the occult, they’re opening the doors to that evil. You may think astrology is harmless nonsense, but once people buy into that nonsense — “Mercury in retrograde!” — what will they buy into next? It’s like drug addiction. If you’ve seen a few people completely wreck their lives through substance abuse, you become wary of claims that drugs and alcohol are harmless. Similarly, if you’ve known people whose interest in the occult led them into madness, crime and self-destruction, it’s not so easy to laugh off astrology as harmless. The Bible repeatedly condemns occult practices (e.g., Leviticus 20:27, Deuteronomy 18:10-11, Nahum 3:4, Revelation 9:21). Indeed, a reliance on astrologers is condemned specifically by the prophet Isaiah as among the sins of Babylon.

Secular readers who disdain scriptural authority are apt to disregard the Bible’s condemnation of sorcery and necromancy and astrology, but we cannot ignore the fact that occult beliefs are now flourishing in our culture at the same time that destructive ideologies like feminism are flourishing in our politics. Why is this? Because the same hate-filled atheists who insist that Christianity must be excluded from our culture (thus enabling the proliferation of the occult) also insist that they have an exclusive monopoly on moral virtue and political wisdom.

And isn’t that an interesting transposition – those most given over to personal immorality insisting they are the true arbiters of moral virtue and cultural standards – standards they constantly manipulate to give themselves, and their ideological allies, a pass, while constantly attacking, belittling, and undermining Christianity.  In fact, qua Chesterton, these amoral elites are happy for people to believe anything, so long as that anything is not convicted Christianity.  Christianity is the one true enemy that must be destroyed.

It’s almost as if they were part of a deliberate diabolical plot.  A diabolically narcissistic plot, to be specific.  Continued thanks to Ann Barnhardt for correctly diagnosing the ultimate source of our society’s manifest ills.  Astrology and feminism are just two particular manifestations of diabolical narcissism, but there are many others, including some particularly popular with men, like excessive devotion to sports and addiction to onanism.

Surgical Abortion Rate Falls to Lowest Level in Over 40 Years, But Is This Good News? January 18, 2017

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So the pro-abort Guttmacher Institute has put out its annual compendium of abortion statistics and reported that fewer than 1 million surgical abortions were performed in the US in 2014, for the first time since 1975.  This would normally be a cause for rejoicing (while lamenting the fact that there are still mountains of dead babies every year even still), but there are certain caveats that make this report less than heartening.  First, at least part of the reduction in surgical abortion can be explained away by the continuing implosion of the conception rate, especially among native born American women.  Another factor is the rise of chemical/pharmaceutical abortion, the “morning after pill” and such like, which are not “counted” as abortions in the statistics.  Many deeply involved in the pro-life movement report that these chemical abortions are increasing at an alarming rate, so that the total abortion rate may indeed by higher than it was a few years ago.  Chemical abortion is often preferred as it can be done at home and doesn’t involve much of the trauma and medical risk of surgical abortion.

The final negative factor on the abortion rate is an increase in the use of long term contraception, which is very nearly self-sterilization in the form of IUDs.  Use of long-term contraceptives exploded over the past several  years and is probably also driving the abortion rate down.

At any rate, here’s the report from a non pro-abort source:

Great news, if not surprising news. As contraceptive technology has improved, as the taboo against using it has shrunk, and as new restrictions on abortion have passed in various red states, it’d be odd if the rate weren’t declining.

The pro-choice Guttmacher Institute, which conducted the survey, says there were fewer than a million abortions performed last year for the first time since 1975. Which is also good news, once you get past the whole “a million children aborted every year for 40 years” thing.

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Some really bad news:

By the way, according to two polls taken last year, approval of birth control as either morally justified or not a moral issue is virtually unanimous among Americans. Gallup found 89 percent willing to call contraception “morally acceptable.” When Pew asked a similar question, just four percent overall (and eight percent of Catholics) deemed it morally wrong.

Thanks, bishops and priests of Amchurch!  Mission accomplished.

Know this, and without the slightest doubt – the progressive/modernist faction in the Church intends to do the same with divorce and sodomy as they have done with contraception, turn them into moral non-issues for the vast, vast majority of Catholics.  That includes, naturally, making the Blessed Sacrament available to those who have been civilly remarried with no annulment of their first marriage – as what’s the point of being Catholic if you can’t line up to get your “reward” every week like everyone else?

Think how many priests should have at least strongly suspected that the vast majority of their married couples with two or one or zero kids never once challenged them on the exceedingly strong likelihood that they were receiving the Blessed Sacrament while actively practicing contraception.  That’s a massive failure of moral duty and a very large part of the reason why the Church continues to implode in a self-inflicted crisis.

Even writing this feels like whistling past the graveyard.  Outside a handful of isolated traditional communities and even rarer Novus Ordo parishes with solid priests, no one in the Church cares in the slightest. Everyone continues to believe their happy fantasies that God is just a good guy in the sky that never holds anyone even slightly accountable for the moral evils they commit.  He’s the cosmic Pez dispenser handing out eternal life to all who come calling.  That this is utterly contrary to both Scripture and Tradition is, of course, conveniently forgotten.

Enjoy your newchurch while it lasts, boys.  It won’t be around for very long.  People can get their empty, meaningless, happy-clappy emotional/spiritual kumbayah experience just as well at home as they can in your parish.  It won’t be long before the vast majority of the few remaining active Catholics start to figure that out.

Sooo……..Clinton Global Initiative Was Just a Shakedown/Protection Racket All Along January 18, 2017

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Not that you needed me to tell you that, it was obvious to anyone with eyes to see that the former-billion dollar plus “charity” known as the Clinton Global Initiative was a sick combination of perpetual campaign apparatus and global shakedown machine.  On two fronts, it no longer has a need to exist – there are no more campaigns to staff up and fund, and there are no longer any donors seeking to gain influence with a hopeful future president of the United States.

But I think even more, the rapid shuttering of the Clinton Global Initiative reveals that this was an organization that raked in huge donations from extremely shady characters not only because these characters sought to influence Clinton, but also as a sort of protection racket.  Either cough up a fat $300 million “donation,” or the Clintons might use the power of the US government to destroy that nice uranium mining outfit you’ve got there, or that child slavery/sex trafficking ring.

At any rate, it’s all gone now.  There is no longer any influence to peddle, and it turns out people really didn’t really adore the Clintons to the tune of $5 million speaking engagements after all:

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) filed a WARN — Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification — with New York State’s Department of Labor on Thursday, announcing that, effective April 15, 2017, it would be closing its doors and laying off 22 employees. The CGI’s stated reason: “Discontinuation of the Clinton Global Initiative.”

Following the election, foreign governments that had been regular donors began cutting their contributions to the Clinton Foundation, some severely. For example, news.com.au noted that the Australian government “has not renewed any of its partnerships with the scandal-plagued Clinton Foundation, effectively ending 10 years of taxpayer-funded contributions worth more than $88 million.” The government of Norway, which had been contributing as much as $20 million a year to the foundation, cut its contribution by nearly 90 percent.

As noted by the New York Observer, these cuts indicate that “the organization’s clout was predicated on donor access to the Clintons, rather than its philanthropic work.”

Surely the most corrupt family in the history of American politics.  They’re kind of leaving Chelsea out to dry, though, aren’t they?  I thought the Clinton’s, like the Bushes and Obama’s, were intent on setting up a political dynasty a la the Kennedy’s?

Probably they’ve amassed more than sufficient cash already to fund whatever political ambitions Chelsea may have.

And the elites wonder why the people are in full, open revolt against their scheming corruption and constant self-aggrandizement?

California Legalizes Child Prostitution……. January 5, 2017

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……ostensibly to somehow make kids safe.  Leftism = rejection of God’s Law = any moral travesty is possible.

Beginning on Jan. 1, prostitution by minors will be legal in California. Yes, you read that right.

SB 1322 bars law enforcement from arresting sex workers who are under the age of 18 for soliciting or engaging in prostitution, or loitering with the intent to do so. So teenage girls (and boys) in California will soon be free to have sex in exchange for money without fear of arrest or prosecution.

This terribly destructive legislation was written and passed by the progressive Democrats who control California’s state government with a two-thirds “supermajority.” To their credit, they are sincere in their belief that decriminalizing underage prostitution is good public policy that will help victims of sex trafficking. Unfortunately, the reality is that the legalization of underage prostitution suffers from the fatal defect endemic to progressive-left policymaking: it ignores experience, common sense and most of all human nature — especially its darker side. [It also shows the total amorality of the Left.  You cannot commit evil that good may come of it.  Here, government is deliberately permitting a moral evil in order to obtain a perceived good (and that perception is fatally flawed).  This is morally repugnant, and indicates what government divorced from right religion will quickly descend to]

The unintended but predictable consequence of how the real villains — pimps and other traffickers in human misery — will respond to this new law isn’t difficult to foresee. Pimping and pandering will still be against the law whether it involves running adult women or young girls. But legalizing child prostitution will only incentivize the increased exploitation of underage girls. Immunity from arrest means law enforcement can’t interfere with minors engaging in prostitution — which translates into bigger and better cash flow for the pimps. Simply put, more time on the street and less time in jail means more money for pimps, and more victims for them to exploit. [And more misery for the children lost in this nightmare, many of whom are, yes, here illegally, and thus very difficult to track]

As Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, a national leader on human trafficking issues, told the media, “It just opens up the door for traffickers to use these kids to commit crimes and exploit them even worse.” Another prosecutor insightfully observed that if traffickers wrote legislation to protect themselves, it would read like SB 1322…….

……..The common thread running through this avalanche of liberal-left legislation is the total absence of common sense and a stubborn insistence on ignoring human nature. On a certain level, we shouldn’t be surprised. After all, progressives still believe eliminating poverty is a matter of spending enough money on enough government programs. Despite spending $15 trillion on anti-poverty and welfare programs since 1965, our national poverty rate is actually slightly higher today than it was then.

Indeed.  Whether they are useful idiots or men of deliberately evil intent, Leftism is ultimately about acquiring power for leftists.  If a few million souls have to suffer irreparable injury or even death in the process, well, that’s just the breaks.  Can’t make an omelette, and all that.  Kids, despite their claims to the contrary, are their absolute lowest priority, if not something the Left generally despises.  Why else would the Left hold as its most unassailable point of policy the murder of children and their frustration from ever coming into existence, while also encouraging divorce and other immorality that has the effect of ruining the lives of most of the few children that do manage to be born?  Anytime I read a leftist start talking about doing something “for the children,” I cover my wallet and unholster my gun.

Figuratively speaking. Sort of.

Disney Is Evil December 6, 2016

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As if you needed me to tell you that, but a recent post I found highlights the degree to which formerly family-oriented Disney now leads the cultural charge against the family and all moral decency.  I add some additional anecdotes based on recent experience below the quote, to which I add a few comments:

…..Consider television’s portrayal of children and family relationships. While the twentieth century offered up families like Leave it to Beaver (where kids learned valuable moral lessons from their parents) as well as the Brady Bunch, the Partridges, and the Huxtables (all of which emphasized respect for each other and the compromises necessary to make a family work), today the family is too often a celebration of ridicule and dysfunction.

Today’s TV families have gone from being respectful and supportive to being snarky, hostile, and rude. Perhaps it was the success of the crass Married… with Children that marked the beginning of this trend, but it’s impossible to turn on the television now and see children that are truly role-models—even from supposedly family-friendly companies like Disney. [This trend was not accidental.  It was deliberate, part of the Left’s war on decency but especially Catholic morals going back several centuries. TV was a great prize for them in that respect, bringing incredibly powerful, influential images into people’s homes for hours at a time, images and stories which could be, and have been, used to radically change people’s beliefs and detach them from God-given truth.]

In fact, according to the latest research from the Parent Television Council, Disney-owned ABC and Fox are the two worst offenders for vulgarity with TV shows that regularly feature children using profanity and sexual dialogue. The worst of all shows is the ABC “family” sitcom The Real O’Neals, which “contains more sexual dialog involving teen and child characters than any other primetime program on broadcast TV.” [Conceived by the deplorable (heh) Dan Savage, obviously seeking to normalize perversion in others to make his stand out a bit less while also carrying out his diabolical jihad against the Church he left as a young man.  I have found all Disney-related channels, but especially anything carrying the ABC label, to be the most morally offensive of any broadcast (airborne) network around.  Even their ads for their own programs are absolutely atrocious, featuring same-sex making out/groping involving teens, among other things.  And these appeared on so-called “ABC Family,” seen while stuck in a hotel room one night while traveling. You can’t even watch a college football game without having to send the kids out of the room, for fear of the network ads]

Even cartoons aren’t free of obscenities and sexual situations—and we’re not talking about Adult Swim on Cartoon Network. Yes, innuendo has always been popular in children’s programming (watch the original Batman TV series as an adult and you will see what I mean) but the situations and comments broadcast today aren’t subtle—they’re explicit.

Another example.  We don’t watch much TV, save for the aforementioned college football which is now essentially over (since I don’t have ESPN and that’s where virtually all the bowls are).  But I do have a computer, I have Amazon Prime, and they have a ton of “free” content.  I have availed myself of that just a little until recently, when I got sucked into watching a show from about a decade ago on HBO that was called “The Wire.”

This program demonstrates how pernicious and how concerted the effort to redefine morals has been.  The program is in many ways excellent, though riddled with violence and gratuitous sexuality including full on nude scenes.  The writing, storylines, locations, and acting are all very good.  The character development is extremely strong.  That’s what sucks you in.

But I’ve turned my back on it, as I’m not entirely certain the program wasn’t created simply, and primarily, as a vehicle to advance the sexular pagan agenda, and specifically, that which was leftist holy grail at the time it was created (2002), pseudo-sodo-marriage.  Now, seeing as it involves the drug trade in the Baltimore projects, and all the associated police and civil activity, it seems passing strange to me that two very prime characters in the program, one cop and one hood, would be cast as being “homosexual.”  The street hood character is especially egregious, as they really go over the top trying to normalize his perversion.  Of course they chose an extremely charismatic actor for the role, and gave him a choice role as a “Robin Hood” of the ghetto, stealing from drug dealers and handing out the proceeds to needy families.  Then there is the cop, a female, who happens to be the only non-morally compromised cop on the show.

Furthermore, all the married people commit adultery, they drink to excess, they steal, they do all kinds of nefarious things, but not the two gay characters. In all their actions in and out of their personal relationships, they are routinely set up as the most savvy, the most honest, the most committed, and the most moral of all the program’s characters.

I find it difficult to imagine any of this was an accident.  This was a deliberate bit of socio-political agitprop, part of that massive wave of charismatic homosexual characters that came bursting on the scene as the 90s gave way to the 00s and which was tied in, quite carefully and deliberately, with the overarching “gay agenda.”  Shows like this, with top-notch writing and talent, helped convinced millions of people that sodomy is perfectly natural and normal (interestingly, in the many prison scenes, there has never been a rape committed, even though such rape is epidemic), and that it would of course, as a matter of natural reason, to deny such caring, virtuous people of their “rights” to enjoy “happiness” as they can find it.

Of course, this is a complete inversion of the truth, and entirely extraneous to the program’s storyline. There was absolutely no need in the program’s story arc for these characters to be aficionados of these sins. This was simply an egregious bit of agitprop foisted on unwary souls seeking a little bit of entertainment (and also, surely, serving in that most vital of roles for the leftist, virtue signaling to all the other little leftists out there that the shows creators, writers, directors, producers, etc., are members of the good and holy tribe of leftists). It’s also the number one reason why I unplugged from TV in the first place, and helps remind me why I find my enthusiasm for college football always waning by the latter parts of the season, beat down as I am by the inescapable by-product of exposing myself to this corrupted medium.

Father Wolfe was always right.  Get a shotgun, and blow several holes through your TV screen. It’s just not worth it.

As for Disney, we bought all their old movies years ago, but we almost never watch them anymore.  Some of my older girls went through Disney princess stage when they were younger, as my wife and I hadn’t quite figured things out by that time, but our younger kids (and my wife and I) have largely been spared that.  The kids have very little interest in watching anything Disney anymore, not that my wife and I would be opposed, in principle to their viewing some of their classic animated movies from the 40s and 50s.

A muslim Attacks Again – CNN’s Response? “Wear the Hijab.” November 30, 2016

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For solidarity, ostensibly.

I’ve argued for years, that once the Left finally feels it has crushed Christianity sufficiently, and is left with no effective rhetorical, ideological, or physical defense against islam, leftists will happily don the hijab (or force their women to – aren’t a lot of “liberated” women in for a shock) and take up the mantle of this false religion.  Leftism has always been primarily a force created to oppose Christianity.  That is its primary purpose as an ideology.  Were its reason for existence to go away, leftism would rapidly whither (there would be exceptions, to be sure) while its devotees cast about for an alternative set of religious beliefs.  With a militant islam at the doorstep demanding obeisance, most will submit.

Hastening the day, in response to yet another jihadist attack in the United States (in a safe space, gun-free university, to boot!), a CNN newsreader has decided that this jihadist was somehow justified in feeling put upon in the country which welcomed him and showered him with material largesse totally unknown in his totally dysfunctional, decrepit home-nation, and that American women should don the hijab to show their solidarity with the horrible suffering muslims are enduring, to the extent that 3 million or more have moved here in the last 10 years alone:

Americans should wear hijabs to show solidarity with Muslim women who fear being attacked for wearing the religious head covering, CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota suggested on Monday, just hours before an Islamic radical stabbed students at Ohio State University. [Oh, excuse me. She said this BEFORE the attack?  That makes my point all the more forcefully.  Part of them longs for this kind of domination, as the Leftist ideology has always been riddled with souls working out “daddy issues” well into adulthood, or even into the grave]

“Maybe there will be a movement where people wear the head scarf in solidarity. You know, even if you’re not Muslim,” Camerota said during an early-morning broadcast on CNN’s “New Day.”

“Maybe it’s the way people shave their heads, you know, sometimes in solidarity with somebody who is going through something,” she added.

Camerota was responding to a CNN segment about Muslim women who say they live in fear of being verbally or physically attacked for wearing head scarves. [Once again the Left conflates disagreement with something akin to a physical attack.  I fully endorse women dressing modestly, but I do have a problem when the  men in their lives more or less force them to do so.  And things like the burqa are just grotesque, ludicrous, a commentary far more on the muslim man’s total inability to practice self-control than it is the “wanton” nature of woman]

The segment tied a spate of alleged incidents in which Muslim women have been targeted for wearing hijabs to Donald Trump’s presidential win. [BS]

“The Trump Transition: Fearful Muslim women take steps to be safe,” read the chyron that CNN chose for the segment.

“I hope I can wear it one day again. I hope I can feel safe enough to do so,” Marwa Abdelghani, a Muslim-American woman, told the network.

The piece did not note that some of the alleged hate incidents in the aftermath of Trump’s win have been found to be hoaxes. An 18-year-old University of Louisana-Lafayette student was charged with filing a false report after she claimed that a group of white Trump supporters hurled racial slurs at her and stole her hijab several days after the election.

Ummm, as far as is known, every single one of these claims has either been a hoax, or completely unsubstantiated.  There may be a handful of real instances – there are boneheads everywhere – but this is hardly a mass movement.  Once again, the Left turns the aggressor into the victim and creates bigotry where there is none, or is in actuality not prejudice at all but rational concern based on a mountain of evidence.

Islam and Leftism are two sides of the same coin, forged in hell and flipped by satan.

What Diabolical Narcissism Wrought: Self-Described Sluts Bragging About Having STDs November 29, 2016

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And not just any STD, but one of the worst, most impossible to recover from, and most insidiously contagious: herpes simplex 2.

I don’t think the phrase popularized, if not coined, by Anne Barnhardt, diabolical narcissism, could have a better definition than being so morally lost – heck, amoral – as to be able to convince oneself that not only was one’s catting around not something to be ashamed of, but something to be boldly extolled as a badge of honor, something to be admired and emulated.  That is what the culture, the media, and the sicko feminist fringe have convinced millions of women to believe – that selling themselves cheap to the lowest, most momentary bidder is “empowerment,” that murdering babies that come from this activity is “women’s health,” and that what could easily be conceived of as God’s wrath against wanton behavior is just something that happens to people accidentally, like contracting an allergy or some congenital disease.  The complete divorce of action and consequence, the constant self-justification and self-exaltation, and the absolute lack of any kind of even remote attachment to moral standards has been a deliberate goal of the cultural-political left for two centuries or more, and it has produced what was always desired: people so divorced from any conception of dignity, let alone their unspeakable worth as unique children of God, that they – rather desperately, one might add – proclaim the evil they have wrought to be good, and the only evil to be to shame or judge them for their hedonistic behavior, that hurts not only themselves but who knows how many others.  I would not believe the world in which we live, if I were not confronted with the evidence of its wickedness every day.

And, naturally, this self-described “slut” got a letter of congratulations from Hillary Clinton, during her campaign for the presidency, applauding this young woman for her………for what I have no idea.  Because promiscuity is a vital part of the Left’s war on religion, and thus always and everywhere to be praised?  Because the evil religion of feminism, which has taught women that giving themselves away to any dude who happens along for a night is empowering, and must always be praised?  Because diabolical narcissism demands it?

Anyway, to the article, which is old, but worth your attention (emphasis in original, my comments):

“I’m a slut, and I have herpes. I still am a person who deserves respect,” blogger Ella Dawson tweeted as part of her campaign to remove the “cultural stigma” surrounding sexually transmitted diseases. The Wesleyan grad gained notoriety and celebrity online after writing an article in Women’s Health titled “Why I Love Telling People I Have Herpes.” A follow-up article at Medium defended her position.  [But she doesn’t mean respect in the sense that no one should be treated with undue cruelty or as less than anyone else.  What she means, in the lexicon of the modern left, is to be never questioned, called to account, or Robespierre forbid, shamed for having engaged in extremely risky and self-destructive behavior and now being afflicted with the almost inevitable natural consequence of such behavior.  This becomes obvious as her “logic” unfolds.  She wants to be lionized as a sublime and pure princess, while having all the “benefits” of behaving like a slattern – the constant feminist double standard]

Some — like Hillary Clinton — praised Dawson for being “brave and insightful,” while others condemned her for being “stupid.”……

………Hillary Clinton certainly agrees with House. She even sent Dawson a thank you note praising her for speaking out against the “stigma” and for standing up to her critics. [I continue to thank God that, no matter what Donald Trump may be, Hillary Clinton will never be president.  Thank you, Lord]

Dawson was thrilled to receive the letter, of course, because it elevated, at least in the minds of some, her campaign to make contracting oozing sores on your genitalia “cool.”

In other words, and like other “sex-positive” feminists and liberals who want to legitimize every social deviancy while stigmatizing anyone who disagrees with them, the 24-year-old Dawson is using social media platforms and a hashtag campaign (#ShoutYourStatus) to justify her behavior and to ease her feelings of guilt. [As  you will see, however, Dawson’s end was perfectly predictable, and was, in fact, made virtually inevitable by the flawed ideology she holds.  Who listens to a 24 year old anyway?!?  I at least had the decency to wait till my mid-30s to afflict the world with my opinions]

Instead of simply making the common-sense case for respecting people who are hurting and not stigmatizing them because they made a mistake — you know, the Golden Rule — Dawson goes much further.

She denies the moral context of how an STD is contracted. She refuses to take responsibility for her bad behavior. She perpetuates misinformation about the seriousness of the disease.

And, she plays the victim. Isn’t feminism glorious?

Writes Dawson:

I wasn’t the sort of person STDs happened to. I was a Planned Parenthood volunteer, a sexuality studies major, and everyone’s go-to friend when they had questions about losing their virginity. How could I have caught something when I had always been so careful? [As I said, her ideology almost guaranteed this outcome, indoctrinated in the baby-murdering sex cult of Planned Murderhood for who knows how long. She has been steeped in demonic lies regarding the gift of sexuality, only to be made use of within the confines of sacramental marriage, for years.  She even worked at the whore of Babylon itself, Planned Butcherhood.  That she has had numerous partners, and eventually contracted an STD, is entirely predictable, based on her embrace of the errors preached by Margaret Sanger’s satanic spawn. But she is so lost in this ideology, and, one fears, her sins, she still, even when afflicted with a cursed, incurable disease, refuses to question her assumptions and the ideology she has been very carefully brainwashed to fervently accept and even proselytize for.]

First of all, being a feminist isn’t a full-body condom. Second, there is no such thing as 100-percent certified safe sex when you’re doing it with strangers or just having casual sex with multiple partners………

……….Dawson also, nonsensically, believes that contracting herpes has nothing to do with her behavior.

She writes:

On a logical level. I knew that getting herpes had nothing to do with my actions and didn’t say anything about my character[You keep telling yourself that, sweetheart.]

On a logical level? Really? She repeats this brilliant display of logic in a TED Talk[As if I didn’t have a low enough opinion of “Ted talks”]

An STI, especially herpes, is not a reflection of your character or a consequence of a bad decision. 

Neither is it, as she writes at Medium, “a consequence of personal choices.”

Sorry to break this to you, but an STD is the direct result of a personal choice. And if you’re a slut — as she claims — that is, by definition, a reflection of your character.

Fact: if she had never had casual sex, she would have never contracted genital herpes. [And this is where we see the ultimate evil that is diabolical narcissism revealed.  This woman – and she is far from alone – has turned logic, reason, and even decency on its head in her constant attempts at self-justification.  There is hardly anything that could be MORE a consequence of one’s actions that contracting an STD, unless one happened to be a spouse to a partner who was adulterating and contracted it through them.  Contracting an STD may involve bad luck, it may involve incredible naivete, but it always – in the practical sense – involves promiscuity, that is, deliberate sex outside marriage for pleasure’s sake alone.  I have had some female commenters in the past who tried to argue that there is “good” and “bad” feminism, but that’s bullocks.  THIS WOMAN’S FAILED LINE OF THINKING IS AN EXACT REPRODUCTION OF THE IDEOLOGY AT THE HEART OF FEMINISM!!]

Instead of taking responsibility for her own bad choices, Dawson wants to throw logic — and morality — to the wind and justify her behavior by recasting the entire narrative about STDs into something positive: It’s just something that magically happens to you. You’re a passive victim, and there’s nothing you could have done to stop it. So you’re not guilty of anything. And most of all, you don’t have to feel ashamed.  [Do you think this woman is driven by guilt, perhaps on some fundamental level?  Or is it something else?]

This might come as a shock to Dawson and other moral relativists, but shame isn’t always a bad thing.

The personal shame you feel when you’ve done something wrong is healthy, because it leads you (or should) to conviction that will help you change your behavior. [But when you’ve killed God in the minds of millions, and carefully indoctrinated them to believe that this life is the only one they’ll ever have and so they better get in all the possible pleasure they can, because after this there’s nothing, such reasoning is generally lost on them in their headlong pursuit of pleasure]

……..She goes so far as to sayherpes is “harmless,” and that’s dangerous misinformation.

In an interview with Salon, Dawson said the disease has actually made her sex life better:

Herpes is such a great way to weed out jerks. It’s like the metal detector of douchebags because if somebody is scared of something so harmless, they’re just not worth your time. I have a really high bar for the people I date. [I’m sorry my dear, but you can’t have both a “high bar” and be a self-described slut. Not sure what the idiot college was where you majored in bedding losers, but you need some remedial English and logic] Most people have risen to it amazingly. That’s not to say I’ve only had committed relationships; I’ve had casual sex since getting diagnosed, it’s just always with the conversation of: This is a reality, how do we want to handle this? Do you want to use condoms? What are you most comfortable with? What makes sense for you?  [I am willing to bet a substantial sum she has engaged in casual sex without that conversation.]

Herpes is not harmless.

According to the Mayo Clinic, genital herpes is highly contagious with many health risks, including brain damage, blindness or death in a newborn, bladder problems requiring a catheter, meningitis, rectal inflammation, damage to the nervous system, and an increased risk of “transmitting or contracting other STDs.” [We’ve fallen so far, this even needs to be said?  That says everything.]

And there’s always a risk of contracting it if you have sex with someone who has the disease, even if they’re not experiencing a breakout.

So if you’re a guy who doesn’t want to risk, say, brain damage? Dawson thinks you’re a jerk. A douchebag.

If you want to remain healthy and not get painful pustules on your lower regions? Dawson says you’re a terrible human being.

I’m sure it does make her feel bad when someone doesn’t want to have sex with her because he’s afraid of getting herpes — but that’s not stigma. If Dawson would take responsibility for her own actions and stop playing the victim, she might understand that, and respect that other people’s decisions can’t cater to her feelings.

If anyone is being a douchebag when it comes to STDs, it’s Dawson.

Indeed. A douchebag that is almost guaranteed to be a divorcee, and highly likely a multiple-divorcee, should she ever decide to marry.  The data is incontrovertible on that score. Women who have a high number of lifetime partners are a statistical lock to divorce.  Barring, I suppose, a true conversion, but since she worships at the altar of Moloch/Planned Parenthood, that would require a substantial miracle.

Whether it’s shame or not that serves as motivation, this entire line of thinking is just reeks of the victimhood mentality that has apparently gone from small segments of the population to infecting most of an entire generation.  But the only person this particular “victim” has to blame, is herself, and that’s the one realization diabolical narcissism absolutely prevents.

Of course, she wouldn’t have to make such a hideous public spectacle of herself, and her shame, driving away any man of quality permanently, if she would find that salve her conscience needs through Jesus Christ.  He is the only One that can take away the pain of our past sins – which we all have, some, fortunately, not quite so spectacularly public – not this further descent into endless rationalization and self-justification which this poor creature is demonstrating, showing absolutely no ability to learn from her past mistakes. The shame of it is, in refusing the Grace of Jesus Christ, freely offered, she is damning herself to a lifetime of endless pain and self-induced suffering, no matter how many brave words she uses to try to talk herself off the ledge.

It’s not the sins that damn the diabolical narcissist.  It’s the refusal to countenance that they have sinned, that they must repent, and experience conversion in trying to live a life of virtue in concert with the Truth Christ has revealed to us all.  We see in the above the tragedy of a soul who manifestly refuses to acknowledge she is capable of grievously sinning, and so continues in that hellish form of living.  Her Cure awaits her, patiently, infinitely patiently, but pride prevents her from seeing how easy it is to admit to sin and seek forgiveness.

Poor lost soul.  One of so very many. She needs many prayers.  She, and those she afflicts with her lies and false propaganda.

 

Now On To Really Important Topics: When Should Christmas Lights Come Down? November 28, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Christendom, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Liturgical Year, paganism, sadness, scandals, secularism, Society.
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Our house is one of “those” houses.  The one with the Christmas lights up until February 2nd.  Because that’s when the season ends, people!  We also don’t put them out on Thanksgiving, but generally just a few days before Christmas itself.  It varies, depending on the amount of time we have, because we put up quite a bit, usually, though the kids have thankfully taken over much of the task in recent years.  We certainly don’t put them up the day after Thanksgiving and rip ’em down the day after Christmas, or even New Years.

Apparently this topic was worthy of a news story, and, interestingly, not only do most people believe Christmas lights should come down very quickly, a growing number of municipalities are instituting laws to that effect:

When we see the first twinkle of the lights in early December, it is amazing, even magical. But eighteen days after the holiday? So, when is the right time to take down Christmas decorations?…….

………“Today while I shoveled, somebody honked at me, I waved. He slowed down and said ‘Christmas is over’ and with an expletive,” he said.

It’s not like with political campaign signs. It’s Minnesota law those have to be down 10 days after the election. But in San Diego, California, you can get a $250 fine if your lights are still up after Feb. 2. [Well at least it’s till the 2nd.  But a fine?  C’mon.]

The Urban Dictionary even has a term for these people: Nerkles. It’s a combination of nerd and sparkle.

In Minneapolis, Brad Sutton admitted his giant wreath probably should be unplugged.

“I’ll be honest, we’re past that point. A week past the New Years, that’s enough,” said Sutton, as he sheepishly walked to the second story of his house and pulled the power cord.

Lisa Scherber said the end of January is her drop-dead point for leaving the lights on.

“It starts to look a little pathetic when the snow is melting, so we do turn them off,” she said.

Todd Zimmerman proposed a staggered system of light deadlines: “Christmas Lights stay on until the day after Christmas then they are off period. I actually don’t take down the outside Christmas lights until is is warm enough (like March, April, June, whatever) and the snow is off the roof. Inside Christmas lights and decorations come day New Years Day.”

But as Nancy Aleshire wrote on my blog, “Keeping lights up is a matter of personal preference. There are no laws against it. If people don’t like it they should get a life.”

This is a small thing, in the grand scheme, but indicative of a culture that has completely lost the meaning and spirit of Christmas.  Christmas isn’t a day, a build up to a much longed for greed fest that ends the day hours after the presents start getting unwrapped, it’s a season that STARTS on the 25th, extends through a glorious Octave, and continues on until Candlemas on February 2nd.  We see the continuing commercialization and diminution of all the great holidays, both secular and religious.  I was disgusted to see “Black Friday” commercials advertising stores opening at 6pm, 3pm, even noon on Thanksgiving day.  And we’ll be inundated with “after Christmas sales” and all the rest – starting almost certainly on the holy day itself.  I remember when the whole world was pretty much shut down on Christmas day.  It was a big thing when a few convenience stores started staying open on Christmas in the mid-80s.  Now it’s just another freaking day to shop. The religious nature of the holiday has been almost completely turned upside down, with the commercialization subsuming the sacred character of the season, as it has virtually everything else.  ‘

But it’s happened, because people have wanted it to happen. If stores and businesses received a very cold shoulder, and, more importantly, absolutely no customers, then they wouldn’t be opening on these holy days.  They do it because people want it, they want to exchange their not quite perfect gift for a more perfect one, which will be old and forgotten hours – days at best – after being bought.

I have tried in the past few years to be off work the entire 12 days of Christmas, from the 25th to the 6th.  That probably won’t work this  year because of my new job but I hope to return to the practice next year (inability to transfer vacation from one year to the next can be frustrating).  Something else my wife and I try to do is to only allow the kids to open some presents on Christmas day and keep some for following days, allowing them to open one each day for a while. We usually haven’t enough for the full twelve days, and to be honest our attempts at spreading the joy haven’t always completely worked out.  We’ll try again this year, and as the kids get older, it tends to get a bit easier.

But the lights are staying up until the 2nd, period.  I really miss it when they come down.  It’s very sad and contributes – as it should – to the sense of termination of a festive season and the start (nominally) of Septuagint, which often follows closely on Candlemas when it does not preempt it.

When Politics Is Your Religion, Every Defeat Is a Hell November 18, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, catachesis, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, rank stupidity, Revolution, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society, the enemy, the struggle for the Church.
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Another interesting analysis of the Left, this one coming to the same conclusion I reached some time back: that Leftism is not a political philosophy, but a pseudo-religious movement based on secular materialism and with profound gnostic overtones:

According to progressive faith, the “arc of history” always bends Left. Well, history just spawned Donald Trump, and if European political trends are indicative, this is not an isolated incident. For leftists, this is akin to if Christians woke up to find Jesus’ bones had been discovered.[How, exactly, would that be proved?]It shattered their faith.

The freak-out is especially acute among millennials. These are the “nones” and the “spiritual but not religious” bunch we’ve heard about the past decade. Millennials, we were told, didn’t abandon faith per se—can the human spirit truly live without faith?—they simply redirected it away from “organized religion” toward other things, chief among which was politics. I wonder how that’s working out for them.

As ridiculous and ubiquitous as the pathetically referenced “stages of grief” has become to explain how they feel about losing an election (!), the depth of leftist grief does magnify the essential religiosity they place on politics……..

The author then goes on to explain the gnostic overtones, which is fine, but probably not terribly interesting to most of my readers.

I’d also go much further than the author – basing many of my conclusion from Fr. Dominic Bourmaud’s  research – that leftism isn’t an “accidental” religion, but was designed as such from the start.  Not consciously (at least at the start), but in effect, because the point of rationalism/secularism/liberalism/modernism/leftism was always one and the same: to usurp the power of Christianity in Christendom – which in reality meant the Church – and to replace it with a materialist/rationalist conception of the universe.  As Leftism gained more and more influence over the culture it became more and more open in its violence against the Church and more and more strident in its claims, positing an origins story, providing moral strictures to be observed, and even providing visions of “heaven” and “hell” on earth.

We’ve now just about reached end game in his process with thorough penetration of Leftism into all the churches and sects, and with whole generations being raised who – by and large – have no conception of what Christianity is, what it means, and why it is unique and most powerful in comparison to all the other religions of the world, including their own.

If you go back to Monday and go through my series of posts on Leftism as a sort of arc, the conclusions are, I think, not too difficult to see.  Outside miraculous conversion, the Left is inveterately hostile, desires the total destruction of Christianity, is a deliberately formed means to persecute Christianity, is endlessly corrupting, and is both unreachable and unteachable.  This is a very harsh assessment, but not an unfair, or inaccurate, one.  Dealing with an inveterately hostile competing religion requires a very different approach from interaction with souls not so ill-disposed.  Tread very carefully.

As for retaking the culture from this anti-Christian religion, that’s a work of generations, and even then our collective efforts to date feel more like a desperate and not terribly effective rear-guard than any kind of counter-revolution.  I’ve long felt the sense we need a change of tactics, but that’s really probably a matter of another post.

 

A Liberal Refutes Every Outrageous Claim Being Made Against Trump……. November 18, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, error, foolishness, General Catholic, paganism, rank stupidity, Revolution, secularism, Society, unbelievable BS.
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………and his supporters.

I say again, this writer – who I’ve never heard of before – admits to being a progressive.  But he is one of the few who has enough sense to note that the Left is increasingly losing control over political debates and even the cultural battleground due to their constant, reflexive use of insult and calumny against their opponents.

The novella he wrote – it’s over 8000 words – goes into extensive detail to refute that Trump is racist, that his “sexism,” to the extent it exists, is little different than many other political elites, and much less than his opponent’s spouse, that Bill Clinton ran on exactly the same platform of severe immigration control in 1996, etc.  Basically, every single claim the Left has been making against Trump and his supporters is refuted, and in detail, with extensive supporting information.  It’s a long post, but well worth a read.

He notes something else, more significant.  While there are many, many genuine criticisms of Trump one can make, the Left has become so intolerant of dissent, so intellectually lazy, and so enveloped in the worst aspects of identity politics that they have literally lost the ability to form cogent arguments and are now reduced to doing nothing but shouting epithets at those who disagree.  Far from Trump – and his supporters – being the harbinger of some kind of totalitarian shift in this nation’s governance, it is the Left themselves who are becoming increasingly open to the vicious strong man who will give them what they want more than anything else – the destruction of those they hate most.  Their very simple-mindedness and divorce from evidentiary argument is a virtual invitation to this kind of creature coming to the fore in future.

Even more, the Left is – with complete inevitability – increasingly coming to embrace the very racism they constantly apply to others.  Witness how many open castigations of all white people as being irredeemably evil and worthy only of being crushed, if not death, have emerged in the past week.  On the other hand, with respect to the strong man argument, the Left’s constant use of claims of racism and sexism against people who very plainly are not, have made those terms meaningless in the culture, so that the future possibility that a monster motivated by real racism and real sexism will not face effective opposition, since the terms have been used to such excess that they simply carry no weight.  Of course, the Left always projects their own psychoses onto their opponents, so when they decry the racism, sexism, or whatever-ism of others, they are really only revealing their own.

It’s a good piece, and even if you don’t agree with his conclusions – after all, he wants to “save” the Left in this country and make it more effective in future elections – the data he provides is eminently useful.  I encourage you to check it out.