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Here It Comes? Obama SecEd “Concerned” About Homeschooling September 29, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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Oh, please do share your enlightened, benevolent, and always self-giving knowledge with the rest of us.  Please do show us how you plan to frame “homeschooling” as a “crisis” or “problem” to be addressed by the federal government:

The opening shot in a widely anticipated establishment crackdown on educational freedom may have been fired last week. Speaking at a breakfast with reporters, Obama’s controversial Education Secretary, pro-Common Core activist John King (shown), said he was “concerned” that some home-educated children were not getting the “breadth of instructional experience” they would get at a traditional school. While the senior Obama bureaucrat acknowledged that many homeschool families are doing it well, he also repeated the debunked smear that homeschooled children lack opportunities for socialization. Experts and critics, though, promptly lambasted King for his naive or malicious comments, suggesting that, if anything, he ought to be far more concerned about children in public schools. Some experts even offered to help educate Obama’s education chief on the issue.

Secretary King’s controversial remarks about home education were made during an event hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. While the Monitor‘s website did not report about the home-education comments, several other outlets, including Politico, did so. According to Politico, King said he was “concerned” that homeschooled students are not “getting the range of options that are good for all kids.” [Like exposure to crime, early sexualization, having to around kids from bad homes, leftist indoctrination, and all that sweet, sweet government money that is dependent upon headcount!] He also claimed to worry that “students who are homeschooled are not getting kind of the rapid instructional experience they would get in school,” unless parents are “very intentional about it.” [Rapid instructional experience?  What does that even mean?] He said the “school experience” includes building relationships with “peers, teachers and mentors,” something that he claimed was “difficult to achieve in homeschooling unless parents focus on it.”

Ah, the old, tired, socialization meme.  I guess I’ll just retort, for about the 500th time, that my homeschooled kids interact with both peers, and especially adults, far, far better than most public school kids.  They haven’t been traumatized by bullying, exposed to drugs or pornography, or taught to teach adults as a weird and alien phenomenon.  They’ve been taught to respect adults and to treat other kids with Christian charity.  I can’t say how many times adult strangers have marveled at the behavior of our kids, and they are nothing extraordinary by homeschool standards.

It seems our friends on the left can’t make up their minds.  While decrying the absence of your kids and mine from their schools, some are advocating that the ideal way to deal with climate change is to more or less snuff ourselves out by refusing to reproduce.  Ah, with environmentalists, it all comes back to Malthusian misanthropy.  As Gordon Gekko said in Wall Street, WASPs love animals, but hate people:

Carbon dioxide doesn’t kill climates; people do. And the world would be better off with fewer of them.

That’s a glib summary of a serious and seriously provocative book by Travis Rieder, a moral philosophy professor and bioethicist at Johns Hopkins University………

………After years of policymakers’ yammering about carbon-light or carbon-free this-or-that, Rieder basically zeroes in on the fact nobody wants to acknowledge: The number of people in the world—particularly in affluent countries—is literally a part of the equation.

Think of Rieder’s as the argument waiting in the wings should the 195-nation Paris Agreement, which came within a shade of enactment this week, fail to address the problem. [And yet the world is not warming.  All those “warmest year ever!!11!” claims are based on junk science from ground-based thermometers placed over an asphalt parking lot, or next to an air-conditioner condenser, or adjacent to a large roadway, etc.  See Anthony Watt for verifiable proof of that – almost all the purported warming, which satellite data continues to refute – is due to bad placement of US-based thermometers.  Did you know, for instance, that US-based thermometers make up over 60% of worldwide ground-based temperature sensors?   That’s a severe bias right there]

……….Total emissions is per-capita emissions times population, minus technological advances. We’ve been trying to get you to give up your toys—to change per-capita emissions. So if you’re really going to continue to show reluctance, well, here’s the other option: We’ll start putting pressure on families. If that pressure’s really, really, really undesirable, then, well, maybe people decide to start doing the other thing. [He actually tries to attribute this to a tiny slice of the population – the very rich, with private jets and 10,000 square foot homes.  But to drastically reduce carbon dioxide emissions – a substance we all exhale! – he knows, though he does not say, that average people like you and I would be the ones that would have to suffer an incredible decrease in our standard of living, to such a degree, I’m sure, that living in the Sun Belt would become untenable since not many folks could continue here in the 100 degree heat without AC.  Of course the leftist elite, however, especially the academics, would continue in very comfortable sinecures, well-paid, well-fed, well-housed, and enjoying all the accouterments of 21st century living, the freaking hypocrite]

If we could fix everything through decarbonizing our economy, then it’s likely that the population variable wouldn’t be a real concern.

So here’s your choice: freeze to death in the dark, mostly starved, or don’t have any kids.  He actually speaks of using very heavy moral and even physical/financial pressure to bar people from having “too many” children.  Enjoy that total economic implosion about 30-40 years later.

This is a literally insane religious conviction with very little, and mostly very poor, scientific backing.  This is the anti-fat craze, the anti-eggs/butter/use chemicals instead craze, this is the phrenology, the eugenics of the 21st century.  It seems the Left always has to hang its hat on some unsupported/unsupportable claim from dubious or plainly false science.  It’s their substitute religion for real religion, but with a seeming compulsion to latch onto the more authoritarian and frankly false aspects.  Of course, the compulsion is a feature, not a bug, extremists like this guy cast about from one purported looming disaster to another, all with one goal in mind: power for them and/or bending society to their preferred vision.  Personal liberty and individual choice are anathema to such types, unless it has to do with the groin.

Every single left-wing movement has resulted in a mass catastrophe for humanity, almost always with millions of people dead.  Babies that fail to be born through chemical or surgical abortion/contraception are just as dead as the millions who perished in Stalin’s GULAG or Hitler’s death camps.  There is something utterly diabolical and full of hate for mankind – people not like themselves, specifically – in these kinds of insane extremists.

Only a PhD “ethicist” totally detached from the Truth of Jesus Christ could arrive at so macabre a conclusion. Perhaps instead of killing children, we should look for another course, like doing away with “ethicists” twisted by ideology and possessed of a reprobate sense.

In reality, this man desperately needs prayers.  A soul so lost is a massive tragedy, not only for his evil influence, but in and of itself.

h/t reader TT both links

Targay Getting Pummeled by Boycott? September 29, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, It's all about the $$$, persecution, rank stupidity, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society.
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That’s the implication of the data below from The American Thinker, which shows that Target’s sales have slid much farther than their competition’s, and that their market cap has taken a serious tumble.  I frequently read or hear that boycotts don’t really work, but could this be an exception, or is this sudden collapse at Targay simply coincidental?

In the wake of its five-month-long bathroom policy, Target (TGT) Corporation continues to implode.

Within a month after the misguided policy, the company’s market cap had already declined by $9 billion compared to where it should have been had Target kept its pre-April 19 correlation with its primary competitors, Walmart (WMT) and Costco (COST).

By late May, the market cap hit reached $10.5 billion.  As of the second week of June, the loss was $11 billion.

Second-quarter earnings data are now out, showing that Target’s earnings plummeted nearly 10%, with projected lower sales estimates for the remainder of 2016.  Net sales declined more than 7% from the same period year over year.

Corporate executives are leaving in droves.  Just 10% of the most senior executives in place two years ago remain with the company, including two major losses during the past month.

Had Target’s market cap continued to follow close pace with Walmart, as it had done in the months before the bathroom policy was implemented, it would have increased 1% compared to its value on April 19 of this year.  Instead, Target’s market cap is now down 23.3% over this time frame. [That’s the kind of thing that gets a CEO fired, usually within a few quarters.  I’d say if things don’t improve markedly by year’s end, the CEO who instituted this disastrous transgender policy will be gone.  But will his replacement have the will to withstand the firestorm of criticism that will almost certainly attend its reversal?]

This adds up to a $12.2-billion market cap decline that is likely to be directly attributable to the failed bathroom policy.

The American Family Association’s boycott of Target, which has collected 1.42 million signatures, appears to have driven much – if not nearly all – of this drop.  In response, Target recently announced it would spend $20 million to install single-stall locking bathrooms for those customers who are concerned over its “inclusive” washroom policy.

Whether its the boycott or not, Targay is hurting.  Now they are caught in a quandary of their own making, where no matter what they do they are sure to experience a fiery backlash.  Continue with the policy, continue offending many customers, and sales continue to tank.  Reverse the policy and the extremely powerful pro-perversion lobby and their media allies with absolutely pillory them.  It’s refreshing to see the kind of cheap moral posturing and virtue signaling – which in reality forms a powerful form of persecution against Christians –  far too many businesses are engaged in  can come with a real cost. Target thought they could sow the wind, now they get to reap the whirlwind.

Maybe we should boycott the NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference next.

The Profound Hypocrisy of Business Elites Masquerading Business Decisions as Moral Outrage September 28, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, error, General Catholic, It's all about the $$$, persecution, rank stupidity, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unbelievable BS.
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Some great commentary from Franklin Graham, scion of the well-known evangelical family, on the blatant hypocrisy of the NCAA, ACC, and other business organizations punishing North Carolina for forbidding sick and/or perverse men from using women’s restrooms in public, while doing business with organizations with far more problematic, even immoral ties (via Pertinacious Papist with my comments):

As a lifelong resident of North Carolina and current CEO and president of two organizations employing nearly 1,500 North Carolinians, I am saddened — even outraged — by the vote of the ACC Council of Presidents to move conference championships from our state in protest of legislation requiring people to use public bathrooms that correspond with their birth gender.

While I recognize this legislation — and legislation like it in other states — is complicated by society’s continued blurring of the lines of gender and sexual identity, I also recognize the profound hypocrisy of the ACC, the NCAA and other companies and organizations who are making calculated business decisions disguised as moral outrage. [Great point. Do tell more]

For example, the football championship game your conference voted to move from Charlotte in December is called the “Dr. Pepper ACC Football Championship.” Dr. Pepper and its parent company, Cadbury Schweppes and Carlyle Group, proundly sell their products in countries where homosexuality is illegal. Will ACC drop its title sponsor? And why isn’t the LGBT community demanding you sever ties with such a “bigoted” corporate sponsor?  [Of course they won’t.  Because moving the championship game costs the ACC or NCAA nothing, while it hurts North Carolina a bit.  But severing ties with all corporations that conduct business in lands with violent, repressive governments would have  HUGE cost, so that, of course, goes out the window.  This is the very definition of hypocrisy, and is also how the left-dominated elite works on a daily basis.  Targeted outrage, targeted punishment, all directed towards a political goal, a goal that yields a tangible economic benefit. Support the leftist power structure, get amazing $$$$, oppose it, and get crushed]

Currently, LGBT relationships are illegal in more than 70 countries — including 10 where homosexuality is punishable by death. Dr. Pepper is often bottled under contract by Coca-Cola bottlers — yet Coca-Cola conducts business in virtually every nation on earth, including nearly every country where homosexuality is currently criminalized. Can your conference continue to tolerate that?

The ACC website proudly features Toyota as an “Official Corporate Champion,” yet Toyota maintains factories and distribution centers in several of these discriminatory countries, including Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Egypt. Where is the moral outrage of the presidents of Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, UNC, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest?[Once again, this inconvenient fact reveals the monetary scheming at the heart of this duplicitous “stand” against North Carolina’s bathroom law]

Indeed, the ACC’s member schools compete in 25 sports divided by gender — 12 men’s sports and 13 women’s. Though gender issues may be becoming more complicated in higher education and other parts of society, the athletic conference you serve as commissioner doesn’t seem to have any problem distinguishing between the two genders — male and female. Yet, when a state like the one I live in seeks to make the same distinction with regard to use of public bathrooms in an effort to protect its citizens from those who would use the men’s room today and th women’s room tomorrow, the academic elites who comprise your conference fake a moral outrage that is frankly shameful.

Ironically, the NCAA is more discriminatory towards transgender people than the public policy they apparently wish to see as law in America. For example, opponents to legislation like NC House Bill 2 support permitting people to use the bathroom which corresponds to the sex they identify with on a given day — meaning someone might feel like a man today and a woman tomorrow, switching bathrooms at will.

Yet even the NCAA doesn’t allow such casual gender identity for participation in collegiate athletics. The NCAA Policy on Transgender Student-Athlete Participation states, “Any transgender student-athlete who is not taking hormone treatment related to gender transition may participate in sex-separated sports activities in accordance with his or her assigned birth gender.” [Lying money-grubbing self-serving Christian-persecuting blankety blank…….]

I think I represent the views of millions who would rather preserve gender-specific public bathrooms — a mainstay for generations — than to attend a football game in my state to determine the champion of a conference governed by politically-correct, morally hypocritical academics.

Commissioner, in your statement today you said, “the ACC Council of Presidents made it clear that the core values of this league are of the utmost importance, and the opposition to any form of discrimination is paramount. Today’s decision is one of principle.” Will this same paramount “opposition to any form of discriminatin” have you now sever ties with Toyota and Dr. Pepper?

Again, we know the answer to that.  Cutting ties with Dr. Pepper would not only deny the conference a shoot-pot full of money, it could cause a lot of other corporate sponsors to bail out and really hurt their bottom line. And they can’t have that.  It’s entirely a moral outrage of convenience. No cost to the ACC, Google, NCAA, Facebook, and all the others virtue-signalling saps out there who only care about today and tomorrow’s profit, and care nothing for the destruction of the moral order in this nation or the souls whose lives – and prospects of salvation! – will be ruined in the process.

If these self-serving business interests had a moral bone in their bodies, they would immediately stand in staunch and total opposition to abortion and contraception, but I’ll be King of Mars before that happens.

But, of course, the self-anointed elites don’t believe Heaven, hell, or any of that kind of crap anymore.

crap

A New Cristiada Brewing in Mexico? September 28, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, persecution, priests, secularism, shocking, Society, unadulterated evil.
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I was stunned to read in the article excerpted below, that 31 priests have been murdered in Mexico in the past 10 years.  The killings have most often been associated with the drug cartels, which are also, not coincidentally, tightly associated with the same Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) that instigated the original Cristiada under communist President Plutarco Elias Calles in the 1920s.  Tensions have risen markedly between the PRI and the Church in recent years, as the PRI has legalized abortion in Mexico City and is atttempting to impose pseudo-sodo-marriage on a quite strongly opposed Mexican populace.

Three priests were murdered in Veracruz this past week, and the PRI-run government there engaged in a smear campaign against the priests, strongly implying they had been engaged in something nefarious and earned their demise.  The people would have none of this, as these priests were too well known as good and pious men, relatively speaking, for such an accusation stick.  Of course, in the original Cristiada, the PRI-run government accused priests and religious of all manner of immoral acts and perversions, engaging in the time-honored left-wing practice of psychological projection.  Amazing to see how little has changed in almost 100 years:

Mexico’s Roman Catholic Church on Monday harshly criticized what it called a campaign to smear three priests murdered in less than a week by suggesting the victims had been involved in questionable behavior.

The outrage came in response to a state prosecutor’s allegations that two of the dead clerics had been drinking with their killers beforehand and media reports suggesting the third had last been seen with a young boy. [This kind of guilt-by-insinuation has been a hallmark of the PRI since its inception in the dark days of 1917.  Of course, the PRI was taught much of its tradecraft by the more radical elements of the Lodge in the US]

“In these cases it has become clear that state governments that cannot handle the drug cartels are criminalizing the victims, depicting some as drunks and another as a pedophile, making it look like the crimes were not related to drug cartels but because of some immoral conduct,” said the Rev. Hugo Valdemar Romero, spokesman for the Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico City.

“To physical death they are adding moral assassination, slandering the priests and holding them up to ridicule,” Romero said, “and that has caused deep indignation in the church,” Romero said.

Two of the slain priests were shot to death in Veracruz state last week and their bodies dumped on a roadside. On Sunday officials confirmed that the other priest had been shot to death in Michoacan state after being abducted……..

………Parishioners in the Veracruz city where the two priests were killed have also said they were skeptical of the prosecutor’s account and suspected an attempt to quickly shelve the case.

Romero said of the government, “the least we expect is a public apology.” [Since I first read this article on Saturday, and when I accessed it today, it appears to have changed.  It formerly included a statement from the prosecutor’s office largely retracting the nasty implications first made against the priests.  That text appears to be missing from the article now]

It is unclear whether drug gangs were directly involved in last week’s killings, though most attacks on priests in Mexico in recent years have occurred in areas plagued by cartel violence. [And most areas plagued by cartel violence are led by the PRI, where government officials willingly accept heavy bribes to use the power of the state to help enforce the will of the cartel]

Prosecutors have suggested the robbery of a couple hundred dollars in church collections may have been a motive in the Veracruz killings.

But Cardinal Francisco Robles Ortega [of Guadalajara, one of the best Mexican prelates] of the western state of Jalisco said priests there have been subjected to extortion demands, a common practice among drug cartels in Mexico.

Mexico’s Catholic Media Center says 28 priests have been killed in Mexico since 2006, not counting last week’s slayings. It says Veracruz, Guerrero and Mexico states are the most dangerous for priests; along with Michoacan, they are some of the state with the worst drug-cartel problems.

The original article also spoke of the growing conflict between Church and state over such matters as pseudo-sodo-marriage, but that apparently was also judged inconvenient and so was flushed down the memory hole, too.

This is the danger of electronic media, it is subject to endless revision at the behest of political, economic, and cultural elites, becoming little more than a tool for propaganda, or at least the suppression of embarrassing evidence.

Buy as many books as you can.  But, of course:

Excellent Analysis – How the American Republic Came to This Point of Collapse September 28, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, catachesis, disaster, error, General Catholic, persecution, Revolution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, suicide.
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I found a really good piece by Angelo M. Codevilla examining the background to the election in 2016 and the dire portents for the future of the American Republic.  Codevilla goes to significant lengths to prove the nightmarish, evil influence the self-anointed elites have had on this country, and how their self-serving beliefs portend only widening hatred of Christians, increasing persecution, and growing national malaise followed by ultimate collapse.

Codevilla quite rightly notes that the rise of Donald Trump is much more an expression of exasperation by a broad swath of the populace with the ruling elite who have all but destroyed this nation than it is an indication of a clearly defined set of policies.  Certainly, there are aspects of Trump’s popularity that have to do with policy – his claims to reduce or eliminate muslim immigration, build a wall to contain illegal immigration from south of the border, and his erstwhile support for some kind of return to an actual rule of law in this country – but most of all, he is supported for being perceived as an outsider, even an enemy, to the ruling class that has insulted and persecuted millions of Americans for decades, and which millions see as driving this nation off a cliff.

But Codevilla notes a danger here, on two fronts: one, even Trump, and many of his most fervent supporters, seem enamored of the same kind of rule by decree, punish your enemies philosophy that has been the primary tool of the leftist elite in this country for decades.  Secondly, Trump may well fail to “Make America Great Again,” leaving tens of millions even more aggrieved, more antagonized, more disenchanted with the political process in this country, and potentially open to revolution, or really, what might be a violent counter-revolution against the slow-moving revolution of the Left we have endured these past 50 years or so.

Thus, the prospects that Trump will return the US to some kind of pre-revolutionary Constitutional footing, the America That Was, seem slight, at best.  Having spoken with a number of ardent Trump supporters, however, many seem cognizant of this “long shot” aspect to Trump’s candidacy, but given the choices in 2016, many were willing to role the dice on a perceived outsider, hoping against hope that he might somehow find a formula to roll back the entrenched attitudes of the leftist elite, or even, even more miraculously, somehow displace that elite with a new elite, much more in line with traditional American values and support for the Constitution.

And there are glimmers of hope for this.  Trump has displayed an uncanny ability to both survive virtually unscathed the usual left-wing attacks that leave other politicians gravely wounded (or at least severely cowed), and to squash the fatal conceits and internal contradictions of cultural marxism.  Cultural marxism/political correctness has been the primary vehicle by which the ruling elite – which Codevilla repeatedly notes, includes both demonrats and Republicans, all sharing the same assumptions and hideous errors – has imposed its will on the American people.  It is one of the aspects of Trump’s rise I find most attractive.  But will Trump simply be a “reactionary” version of the same thing we have been enduring for decades, with rule by decree, executive action, secret handshakes, and all the other contra-Constitutional behaviors that have defined the ruling elite, only turned around and directed at those who have held sway for the best part of 56 years?

Codevilla’s work is long, but very much worth reading from beginning to end.  It’s also quite dense, and not easy to excerpt, so I’ll only provide his conclusion below.

His overall takeaway, however, is that whatever Trump is, and whatever good he might do, it is probably too late to preserve this Republic.  The toxic ideas of the marxist-inspired Left in this country have sunk in too deep, done too much damage, and influenced the thinking of far too many LIVs and other useful idiots to be checked by a single politician, even an exceptional one (which is far from certain, to my mind).  This is precisely my view, and has been for some time.  America has fallen beyond the realm of a political savior.  Politics is downstream of culture, the leftist pseudo-religion has definitively won the culture war (in terms of getting a large majority of people to accept their false precepts and diabolical doctrines), and only a religious renewal on a massive scale can possibly turn this country around.

I see little evidence of that, however.  What I fear will happen is just more of the same, but with limitless boundaries, as Codevilla notes, as this country transmogrifies into some kind of socialist pseudo-dictatorship of the oligarchy, with endless repression of Christians and traditional beliefs, generally.

Codevilla’s conclusion:

Trump’s slogan—“make America great again”—is the broadest, most unspecific, common denominator of non-ruling-class Americans’ diverse dissatisfaction with what has happened to the country. He talks about reasserting America’s identity, at least by controlling the borders; governing in America’s own interest rather than in pursuit of objectives of which the American people have not approved; stopping the export of jobs and removing barriers to business; and banishing political correctness’s insults and injuries. But all that together does not amount to making America great again. Nor does Trump begin to explain what it was that had made this country great to millions who have known only an America much diminished.

In fact, the United States of America was great because of a whole bunch of things that now are gone. Yes, the ruling class led the way in personal corruption, cheating on tests, lowering of professional standards, abandoning churches and synagogues for the Playboy Philosophy and lifestyle, disregarding law, basing economic life on gaming the administrative state, basing politics on conflicting identities, and much more. But much of the rest of the country followed. What would it take to make America great again—or indeed to make any of the changes that Trump’s voters demand? Replacing the current ruling class would be only the beginning.

Because it is difficult to imagine a Trump presidency even thinking about something so monumental as replacing an entire ruling elite, [how could such even be accomplished? Shut down all Ivy League and most other colleges, most public schools, where the indoctrination is so firmly entrenched rocing a change seems essentially impossible?] much less leading his constituency to accomplishing it, electing Trump is unlikely to result in a forceful turn away from the country’s current direction. Continuing pretty much on the current trajectory under the same class will further fuel revolutionary sentiments in the land all by itself. Inevitable disappointment with Trump is sure to add to them.

We have stepped over the threshold of a revolution. It is difficult to imagine how we might step back, and futile to speculate where it will end. Our ruling class’s malfeasance, combined with insult, brought it about. Donald Trump did not cause it and is by no means its ultimate manifestation. Regardless of who wins in 2016, this revolution’s sentiments will grow in volume and intensity, and are sure to empower politicians likely to make Americans nostalgic for Donald Trump’s moderation.

Two last things: first, I don’t take this piece as anti-Trump.  I think it realist.  I have become increasingly anyone-but-Hillary in the past 2-3 months, but I am highly skeptical that Trump will really turn things around in this country.  I am skeptical that any man, especially a politician, could do so.  We’re in the hands of God at this point.

Secondly, I am increasingly doubtful there will be some kind of revolutionary or counter-revolutionary reaction against the entrenched elites.  I mean, given the insults, persecutions, and unjust treatments we’ve already swallowed, what will we not swallow?  The elites are absolutely banking that we’re far too spoiled, comfortable, and afraid of losing what we have to do anything radical.  I see little evidence they are not right.

But should they begin to truly impoverish Americans en masse via things like carbon taxes, banning of fossil fuel production/use, implementation of hard-socialist policies a la Venezuela or Bolivia, then………maybe.  Note, however, that even in Venezuela, strident protest and violent reaction against the country-destroying socialist regime has been really quite limited, and the government is not experiencing an existential crisis just yet.

Reason #945 to Never Serve in the US Military……. September 19, 2016

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……..or strongly consider terminating service at the earliest possible/foreseeable date.  The Navy, acting on Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s act of the will permitting “transgender” individuals to serve in the armed forces, is implementing across-the-board training indoctrination for all servicemembers starting next year.  Aside from encouraging deeply disordered individuals from maintaining a fiction in total contradiction to their God-given identity, aside from allowing burly men free access to women’s restrooms and other facilities on ship, it will also, almost certainly, require all Naval personnel to join in with this fantasy by mandating the use of one’s “gender pronoun of choice,” or even ludicrous made up ones like xer, zim, xhe, etc.  This is institution-mandated madness, and, in line with the Gramscian principles at work in all cultural marxism of this type, will help serve as both a massively useful legal precedent for imposing this unprecedented social engineering on unwilling states and even private entities, and as a further wrench in the already broken down machine of Western civilization.

As you can see, it’s win-win to the leftists who are attempting to foist this insanity on all of us:

An all-Navy message sent out Tuesday says that all sailors will be required to undergo transgender behavioral education by July 2017.

Starting Nov. 1, the training will educate sailors about the Navy’s new transgender policy that allows transgenders to serve in the military, Military.com reported.

“This training will emphasize policies and expectations of personal behavior,” the message states. [Meaning, if you call a 6’5″ 250 lb dude covered in thick body hair who happens to wear a wig – or not even that, who happens to feel like a woman, today, even though he gives absolutely no outward indication of being such – “sir,” you’re finished.]

……In the meantime, leadership is putting together a commander’s tool kit that will guide training, said Lt. Jessica Anderson, a spokeswoman for Naval Personnel Command, to Military.com[The fact that a woman is spokesman for this is hardly surprising.  Of all the services, none have been more a special target of cultural marxism than the Navy, whose “Tailhook scandal” gave the powers that be all the excuse they needed to break yet another cultural institution of any outward masculine orientation]

Service members are expected to maintain standards of conduct and treat each other with dignity and respect,” Anderson said. [This is a euphemism of language policing on an unprecedented scale] “Training for sailors will be conducted by command triads via mobile training teams or DVD with a facilitation guide if the unit is in a remote area and unable to receive face-to-face training. There will also be webinars for COs to ask questions prior to delivering training to their commands.” [If you had any idea how much time in today’s military is taken up by training of this type, and similar inanities (like ubiquitous commercials on Armed Forces TV demanding service members constantly wear reflector belts even when on duty in a war zone), you’d be amazed that anything productive ever gets accomplished.]

The training deadline is set to coincide with the date that the Navy will start accepting transgender recruits, July 1, 2017.

The military is creating ground rules for servicemembers who want to change their gender while serving and is requiring that all transgendered people use the bathroom associated with their preferred gender.

Anderson said that leadership will crack down on any mistreatment or harassment of transgender individuals. [Which would include telling someone who is manifestly a man, that they are not, in fact, a woman, no matter how many cancer-causing drugs they take, or how much self-mutilation they perform. Even use of the “wrong” pronoun will be grounds for severe penalties, because you will be made to care, and to sing the leftist tune.]

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter repealed the ban on transgenders serving in the military back in June.

“This is the right thing to do for our people and for the force,” Carter said at a Pentagonpress conference. “We can’t allow barriers unrelated to a person’s qualifications prevent us from recruiting and retaining those who can best accomplish the mission.”

What complete, utter bullshwaggle.  Transgenders don’t even make up 0.03% of the population.  The military has gotten by without them for 240 years, and could continue getting by forever without these super-special snowflakes.  This is all about an exercise of naked power by cultural marxists to advance the ball as far as they possibly can while they still hold power.

Do you have any idea how high the same sex rape rate is in the US military? Did you know that men are almost as likely to be raped in the US military as are women?

And you do, of course, realize, that this whole transgender rights line of attack on morality and decency is, a) something that was on absolutely no one’s radar even 2 years ago, before Obergefell, and b) is a direct result of that decision, which suddenly gave those inclined to sodomy and allied perversion not only “equal” rights but, given all the pre-existing “hate crimes” legislation and other special government protections, superior rights to the most hated creature in the known universe, the always deplorable white male?

The Left worked to set the table for that decision for at least twenty five years solid, and once it came, had an entire panoply of causes to put forth to continue their attack on their real enemy, Christianity.  We’re bogged down in bathroom wars over an aggrieved 50,000 or so very, very loud people, nationwide, so that almost no one gives thought to, say, rolling back Obergefell, Lawrence v. Texas, etc.  That’s how the Left has succeeded for 60 odd years now, they never rest, as soon as one objective is obtained, they push for 5 more.

So, Catholic Navy types (and, I assume, those of all the other branches)…….are you going to go along and call a giant he “Ma’am,” or whatever is demanded of you?  Or will there be an appropriate weasel word provided, something sexless so you don’t have to compromise yourself totally?  Like just addressing people by rank?  But hasn’t going along to get along helped bring us to this very point?  Not that I would have the wherewithal to do any differently if it were my career on the line………..or would I?

I have gone out in a blaze of glory once.  There’s no way I could ever work at Fuji-land again so long as current management remains, not that I’d want to.

h/t reader TT

A bit of anecdotal data on Gomorrist Simulation of Marriage September 14, 2016

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Sometime ago, I read a report on the divorce rate among women simulating marriage in Holland and, I believe, Denmark, where this gross affront to God and nature has been imposed by government for 10 years or more than in the US.  This report made clear that the vast majority of these fake marriages ended in divorce, and that right quick.  If memory serves, the median duration of them after nearly 10 years of data was 30 months.  Unfortunately, I have not been able to find the article again.  More than likely, it was memory-holed as being entirely inconvenient to the successful prosecution of the left’s war on all decency and morality.

So, I must make due with anecdotal data for the time being, and here are a couple of anecdotes that confirm what I read.  Two different lesbian couples, one of them a veritable poster girls for the movement, divorced after a scant year of marriage, with both relationships collapsing in acrimony and general ugliness.

Relationship 1:

A mother-of-two who repeatedly posted naked pictures of her ex-wife on social media to “scorn her for finding a new partner” has been given a restraining order……..

…….Southampton Magistrates’ Court heard the couple, who married in January 2015, split up before the offences in March this year.

The “marriage” lasted for less than a year.  Two children were involved, either the product of one of the women’s previous relationships or perhaps conceived via the time-honored and always edifying turkey baster method.

Relationship 2, the poster girls:

For ten of the past eleven years, my family stood on the front lines of the marriage equality movement. Starting with my marriage to Tracie — with our firstborn attending in my belly—at San Francisco City Hall, during the Winter of Love 2004; through the ups and downs of California’s Proposition 8 campaign; to the celebration of our legal marriage, with our two children as witnesses, in 2008; to this final SCOTUS decision — we have marched, campaigned, donated, and spoken with media, domestic and international, radio, film, and print.

And now marriage equality is the law of the land.

And Tracie and I are starting divorce proceedings. . . .

When Tracie and I first decided to separate a year ago, I felt an acute sense of failure

This couple exceeded the over-under by a good amount, but one has to wonder how much of that had to do more with advocacy and serving as avatars for a corrupting and socially destructive movement, and how much was based on real compatibility and happiness.

From my limited knowledge of human psychology, I don’t think there is any combination more unstable than a female-female relationship.  Male-male have their own hideous foibles, but the men pass over much of the melodrama through emotional distance and an overarching selfishness that permeates both halves of the relationship.  Men are able to compartmentalize, emotionally, far more than women.  My wife briefly worked for a consulting company dominated by young women, and it was a disaster.  The cat-fighting, undermining, passive aggressive attitudes, and general ugliness were all-pervasive.  She shakes her head at the concept of two women trying to live together as fake husband and fake wife.

In this second instance, once again, children are involved, in this case, two boys, conceived through methods that would have made Dr. Frankenstein blush.  Is it all skittles and beer with these boys being raised by two severely disordered women?  No, it is not:

But sometimes the learning curve is steep, like when my son was being bullied by a girl . . . at school. . . . I knew she said mean things to him. I knew she had shoved him a couple times. But it wasn’t until I saw tears in my son’s eyes that I really got it: she was bullying him, he was asking teachers and playground supervisors for help, and no one was stepping up for him.

The likelihood that these two boys will grow up self-loathing, unable to ever feel properly masculine, and most likely very confused in their sexuality is exceedingly high.   In fact, it is almost a given.  These boys weren’t conceived out of a well-ordered, natural extension of the love between as a man and a woman, but, as much as anything, as a political stunt, as a three year old’s endless tantrum at being told no, you may not.  They will continue to bear the scars of decisions they never had a voice in their entire lives, and it will be a miracle if those scars do not overwhelm the better angels of their nature and take them down very dark, very painful paths.

In all the sexular pagan “triumphs” of the past 50 years, it has been the children who have born the cost disproportionately.  But, hey, a small price to pay for a satanic movement to prevail.

“The Church is not split between traditionalists and progressives, but between Catholics and modernists.” September 9, 2016

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So said the well-known liturgist Msgr. Nicola Bux.  To help explicate his definition a little more, consider the two items below.  First, a priest in Sicily – mirroring more than one in Spain, for centuries perhaps the most Catholic country in the world – has blessed a lesbian couple in church, and called for the Church to “bless gay unions:”

What is true in Spain, is also possible in Italy. A priest of the Archdiocese of Palermo, where Pope Francis recently installed a “Bergoglian” as archbishop, “blessed” a lesbian couple. “I hope that the church will one day  bless gay unions,” said the priest.

The Sicilian case is reminiscent of those in Castellón in Spain, where a priest “blessed” a lesbian couple in the Church. The priest then denied the blessing: He had “only” blessed the “love.”  The two lesbians had however sent “wedding invitations.”

The former Jesuit church of Palermo, which is dedicated to St. Francis Xavier, has long been “committed” to  the acceptance of aberrosexuality……..

………..Don Scordato congratulated the lesbian couple explained his decision and blessed it in the church. He called upon the church to “impartially receive and to pray for the couple,” the two lesbians.

The incident not only drew attention all over Italy in the leftist media but was also part of a documentary about and for “gay marriage” in Italy.

The two women, Elisabetta Cina (49) and Serenella Fiasconaro (46) are not practicing Catholics. But both are active in the gay scene and are committed sociopolitically for the recognition of homosexuality. Both have appeared already in T-shirts with provocative inscriptions in public. [So this was not an act about “welcoming” or “acceptance,” this was a  nakedly political act to achieve a political end.  It was, also, a religious act, a demonstration of fealty to the religion of leftist sexular paganism over the Catholic Faith.]

Critics accuse the pair and Don Scordato of putting on a subversive act with the aim of overthrowing the doctrine of the Catholic Church on aberrosexuality.

“The two women one day came to me and asked me to bless their wedding rings. The Church does not allow the sacrament of marriage for homosexual couples. I have invited them to come to Mass to introduce themselves to the community, because the Church has to accept all,” said Don Scordato last Sunday before calling the lesbian couple to meet him at the altar. Then he called on the faithful, “to greet the two and their love with a round of applause.” [Did not our Blessed Lord advise His disciples to shake the dust from their very shoes when places would not receive the Gospel?  Did he not say to let those who persist manifestly in grave sin, after being counseled as to its evil (and this sin of same-sex perversion is so well-known and so against the natural law that no real counsel is necessary), to be as heathens and publicans to the Church, and to have nothing to do with them?  Did He say to endorse their sin and give it Church recognition and glorification?  This is precisely the kind of redefinition of the Church along marxist lines outlined in AA-1025, which may or may not have been an actual biography, but it was certainly prophetic nonetheless]

Moving on, to further illustrate how the Left operates, it is being reported that a group of 45 priests and scholars wrote a private letter – subsequently leaked with signatures attached, probably by allies of Francis – to the Sacred College of Cardinals imploring them to lobby Francis to effectively rescind, by way of clarification, the many problematic (read as novel, to many, even heterodox) portions of Amoris Laetitia.  Those priests and scholars are now reportedly being heavily persecuted with the aim of getting them to repudiate their criticism or at least distance themselves from the letter:

Not long ago, as is well known, a group of 45 scholars, teachers, and pastors, wrote a Letter. (I emphasise that these people came from a wide variety of countries throughout the world: I emphasise this because I do not want what I am about to say to be narrowly construed as a criticism of any members of the English Church.) The Letter was addressed to each member of the Sacred College of Cardinals respectfully asking them to beg the Holy Father graciously to consider the clarification of certain parts of Amoris laetitia which have proved to be dangerously ambiguous……..

……..Intimidation and cruel pressures have, it appears, been applied to persuade some of the signatories to the Letter to rescind their signatures.”

Intimidation and persecution is how the Left has always worked.  From the protestant revolt through the French Revolution to every communist government to the political correctness, “safe spaces” and “bake the damn cake” policies of today, the Left has almost never gained power without repression and intimidation, generally of a very violent kind.  For that matter, they rarely let go their grip on power without a healthy amount of blood being spilled.  Something to consider as we witness the resurgence of the leftist-modernist clique in the Church.

Speaking of, how are the Franciscans of the Immaculate making out these days?  Boy, I bet you’ll never read another critique of aspects of Vatican II from them!

Speaking of, I better whip out the Nehru jacket, platform boots, and polyester jacket, it’s feeling more and more like 1970 again, idn’t it?

Mass. to Force Church to Implement Transgender Bathrooms September 8, 2016

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What was I just saying yesterday?  That the official state religion was coming hard for the damnable heretics of the Christian church?

Yeah baby……here we go:

Under a Massachusetts civil rights agency’s interpretation of new anti-discrimination law, churches can be forced to let biological males who identify as transgender women use the women’s bathroom.

Recently passed legislation amending the state’s anti-discrimination law to include protections for “gender identity” will take effect Oct. 1.

The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, which enforces the state’s anti-discrimination laws, recently published a “Gender identity guidance” that lays out what will be legally required of employers and “agents of places of public accommodation.” [I thought churches had ALWAYS been held to be private locations, not places of “public accommodation?”  But you can see what end the creeping expansion of public accommodation has always been about, gradually forcing Christianity entirely out of the public sphere even in the sense of private gatherings (but held in an open way), and back into the catacombs]

The guidance was published Sept. 1 but has gone unreported by the media until now. The commission confirmed that the version of the guidance online is the “final edition.”

The guidance notes that Massachusetts law defines “public accommodation” as “any place, whether licensed or unlicensed, which is open to and accepts or solicits the patronage of the general public.” (Restaurants and hotels, for example, are generally considered public accommodations.) Violators of the law face up to one year in jail………[A year in jail – for each violation?  For refusing to buy into the deranged fantasies of a tiny few and expose women and girls to greatly increased chances of being sexually assaulted?!?]

……The guidance suggests that Massachusetts may force churches to comply with the new legislation.

“Even a church could be seen as a place of public accommodation if it holds a secular event, such as a spaghetti supper, that is open to the general public,” the guidance notes. [Entirely consistent with the novel, and altogether reductive, view the Obama administration has advocated regarding “freedom of worship” versus “freedom of religion.”  This has a double effect: curtailing fundraising efforts, and greatly diminishing outreach to others, as anything open to the public – evangelization efforts? – can now be used to try to force churches to comply with gravely immoral things, like buying into other’s fantasies regarding their sex]

The guidance does not specify what criteria the government would use to determine whether or not church events are considered “secular.”

The piece goes on to note that people claiming a certain gender identity do not have to provide any proof of holding that identity, only a “sincere belief,” which, I’m certain, the state would be perfectly fine with even if it changes day to day or hour to hour.  Thus, a sexual predator can feel like a woman when he wants to get his child rape on, and then not so much later on.

Anyone who thinks this will end in any other way than disastrously is deluded.  Of course, the media will likely do all it can to bury all instances where their fervent religious beliefs have resulted in heinous crimes and irreparable personal tragedies.

My personal belief, supported by a not-inconsiderable amount of evidence, is that this is all part of a deliberate process to eventually make Christianity all but illegal, at least outside the confines of the home, and perhaps even there.  If you haven’t read We by Yevgeny Zemyatin, I strongly suggest you do.  It wasn’t written as a critique of the ultimate Orwellian communist super-state, but in breathless anticipation of it.  That’s the kind of world the Left eventually wants to create.

But they must know, the more the persecute the Church, the more martyrs that are raised up, the stronger the tree of faith will grow.  Perhaps this will be God’s way of cleansing and converting this wicked, lost culture.

An Excellent Piece Describing How the Ascendant Cult of Leftism Persecutes Christians September 7, 2016

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A long but good piece at The Federalist regarding the sad case of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, CO, one of several Christian-owned businesses being persecuted out of existence by an out of control leviathan state eagerly eagerly waging war on behalf of the official state religion – leftist sexular paganism.  At least, that is, until islam supplants it.  But for now, it’s do as we say, Christofascists, or we’ll attempt to make  your lives hellishly unbearable. At several points, the religious zeal with which Christians are persecuted for the slightest of infractions are highlighted below.

We pick up the coverage after those currently so favored by the state – those given over to lifestyles centered around the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah – have engaged the organs of state in crushing those who have dared to prick their conscience, no matter how unintentionally:

The [Orwellian Colorado Civil Rights] commission was not above retroactive punishment, however. At the time, being found guilty of violating civil rights laws didn’t only mean the end of his Phillips’ life’s work. The punishment for refusing to make a special cake for a gay wedding was $500 and one year in prison per charge (jail time was only later amended out of the law when general public learned about the statue). [And since scores or hundreds of sodomites had been contacting the store demanding similar services, the number of potential charges was exceedingly large.  Note that JAIL TIME was initially part of the punishment for being a heretic from the official state religion!]

The shop was not only ordered to alter its policy and start participating in gay weddings or else face debilitating fines, it was told to provide comprehensive staff training, ensure compliance, then file quarterly obedience reports with the government for two full years. In these reports, Phillips was to describe exactly which remedial measures the shop had taken to conform, and document the reasons any other patrons were denied service.

Colorado’s Thought Police would teach Phillips how to stop himself acting on any ideas that were heretical. [Indeed.  This is not a reasonable response.  This is the kind of ridiculous over-reaction that can only be motivated by an unholy, erroneous zeal]

The commission could only pass quasi-criminal judgments. In the end, these charges had to be authorized by the attorney general, who was charged with executing complaints and filing formal proceedings. In this case, that person was John Suthers, a Republican. He did. [And thus we see how the Republican party, almost always, fails to act in defense of any even vague notion of conservatism or in the interest of its largely Christian base, and instead serves as the vehicle of taking each advancing stage of the slow-motion leftist revolution and codifying it into all manner of law, procedures, business policies, etc, making it virtually irrevocable.  Thus my increasing coolness to the idea that a Republican, any Republican, can save us, be our friend, or even be substantially better than the demonrat alternative, because examples like this are legion.]

“Freedom of religion and religion has been used to justify all kinds of discrimination throughout history, whether it be slavery, whether it be the holocaust, whether it be — I mean, we — we can list hundreds of situations where freedom of religion has been used to justify discrimination. And to me it is one of the most despicable pieces of rhetoric that people can use to — to use their religion to hurt others.” — Diann Rice, Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 7/25/14 [This is fantastic bullshit.  Just sheer leftwing anti-Christian fantasy.  It was a leftist ideology, Nazism, that caused the Holocaust.  Leftism has killed and slaughtered orders of magnitude more people in its 200 year history than Christianity has in 10 times as long, well over 100 million in the 20th century alone.  But that’s a truth too dangerous to allow to exist, and so it must be carefully buried, and a replacement – a scapegoat – sought.  That’s us. As for slavery, it was Church itself that first postulated the idea of each person having inherent worth as a child of God, and a potentially redeemed one, at that, and which struggled against slavery, to varying degrees, for centuries.  Want to watch slavery become legal again…..keep going down this road to neo-pagan barbarism.]

……..Like any self-righteous zealot, Rice functions without concern for the practical implications of her power. In a rational world, her nonsensical haranguing would be dismissed as the ravings of an ignorant freshman who was cracking open Chomsky for the first time. In this world, Rice is appointed by the governor to mete out punishment on once free men.

Rice’s attack is not unique. Christians are regularly compared to Southern segregationists and racists, when in reality the comparison is best reversed. Yes, the power of Jim Crow reflected popular will, but it was sanctioned by the state. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission is similarly empowered by the state to use its arbitrary power to destroy the reputations, businesses, and lives of those who happen to offend their sensibilities. [And they are far from alone. Note, these are appointed, not elected, positions.]

To anyone who believes the State of Colorado is a non-ideological arbiter of justice and laws governing discrimination rather than activists enforcing their own morality on others, consider this.

In 2015, a Christian activist named Bill Jack walked into three separate bakeries, one an erotic-themed shop, and asked for each to design a cake in the shape of a Bible….[with verbiage quoting verses perceived to be hostile to the same-sex lifestyle]

In all instances, the proprietors refused to take the project. And why should any American be forced to create something that clashes against their conscience? So Jack, obviously hoping to prove a point, filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Christians, after all, are also ostensibly a protected class in the state. [HAH!  Shut up and pay your ever-increasing taxes, bible-humpers, and keep your faith to yourself……..for now.  Later, we won’t even let you keep that.]

What to do? Well, the commission decided that bakers who discriminate against Christians were offended by content of the message and not the patron’s Christianity. At the same time, the commission claimed the opposite was true for Phillips, whom they asserted wasn’t offended by the gay wedding cake itself but rather by the sexual orientation of the couple……..

…….In other words, freedom of expression is contingent on a commission of unelected bureaucrats burrowing into the consciousness of those involved and ascertaining what they’re really thinking. A judge is then tasked with decide what expression of faith is acceptable.

Welcome to America, 2016…..

……This isn’t some phony cult concocting a new doctrine. Millions of Christians hold some form of a genuine, centuries’-long religious conviction that prohibits them from celebrating gay marriages. If you still support state coercion against them, then we might as well concede that religious freedom and true freedom of expression aren’t compatible with our new conception of a contemporary society. So the question is: Does the average American really believe society has a right to demand that a person paint or write a novels — or make cakes — that celebrate acts that undermine their beliefs? It might be too late for his business, but Phillips’ case will go a long way in letting us know the answer.

As for me, I already know the answer.  The sexular pagan leftist state emerging all around us is the inevitable result of having a system of government deliberately divorced from God and His Law.  This moment, this tragic end, this coming persecution, were baked into the United States at its founding.  It is a testament to the awesome efficacy of Christian Truth that it took us this long to get here.

If you want a lesson in just how much hatred of Christians, self-justification, incredible lack of reason, and unwillingness to accept contrary evidence, there is in the culture today, go read the comments.  Even when confronted with numerous instance of harsh double standards being applied to Christians, muslims not being held to the same standard regarding performing services for sodomites, etc., numerous commenters plainly refuse to see ANY bias against Christians in the culture.  They are ardently religious souls.

Would that more Catholics had such faith.