Please Pardon My Delinquency

Sorry about my less frequent posts recently. I am having computer access issues. A family member who shall remain nameless spilled water on our home laptop so I am having to scrounge for computer time whenever I can get it. Hopefully the volume of posts will be increasing shortly.

Ethnic solidarity is good!

So says Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs … as long as it’s solidarity among the right people. Here, he posts a video that denounces Senator Marco Rubio for the horrendous crime of enforcing federal immigration laws. The video is entitled, “SEN MARCO RUBIO SIDES WITH HIS PARTY OVER HIS PEOPLE.”

Can you imagine how Prince Charles would sniff and scowl over a video that accused a White politician of working against his own people?

Good Ridance Cathy Reisenwitz

Remember Cathy Reisenwitz? She’s the PC libertarian who caused a storm when she called a lot of past libertarian icons racists. Well, she’s leaving full-time libertarianism. I’m not sure I share Robert Wenzel’s certainty that this is because there is no market for PC libertarianism. Just look at the PC libertarian reaction to Ferguson. But I do think she overplayed and misplayed her hand.

Robert Wenzel at the Economic Policy Journal has the story: “Cathy Reisenwitz Leaving ‘Full-Time’ Liberty Movement

On Tolkien’s Beowulf Translation

As someone noted here not long ago, J.R.R. Tolkien’s translation of Beowulf has finally been released to the public.  The translation is accompanied by philological commentary, some of Tolkien’s poems about Beowulf, and also by Sellic Spell — an alternative, folksy version of the epic composed in Old English (!) by Tolkien himself.  (For those of us who can’t read Old English, there’s a Modern English translation of Sellic Spell.)

The following is from my Catholic World Report review, which is mainly devoted to a theme explored in more depth and detail by Tolkien’s fascinating essay “The Monsters and the Critics”:

Surveying [Beowulf] from beginning to end, Tolkien raises a powerful theological question: “What are we to think of the nobility and heroism of the heathen past?  Was it all just evil, damned?” This question defined a serious controversy in the newly-Christian England of antiquity, and the consensus of Old English scholarship is that the Beowulf poem is, in part, a response to them. As Tolkien observes, the poem implicitly takes a side: “[T]he mere fact that the poet wrote a poem about the pagan past shows in general that he did not belong to the party that consigned the heroes (northern or classical) to perdition.”

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The Sarkeesian Effect?

Oh boy! Seriously, who knew that gaming culture has been so taken over and terrorized by the PC police, apparently now called Social Justice Warriors. What a joke. Those fools aren’t warring against anything except their own cognitive dissonance. (To be clear, these fools refers to the SJW’s, not the people who made the video. Some have apparently misread this.) And since they are always whining that they are being attacked and how they don’t feel safe, I’m sure if they were exposed to actual warrioring, they would quickly crap their pants and assume the fetal position. Their influence has become so noxious, that now a couple of fellows have decided to make a movie about it. Here is their spiel.

Here is the web page the above video is from.

The second guy seems a bit odd, unless he is putting on an act, which may detract from whatever product they end up putting together, but he describes himself as a neoreactionary monarchist, so he can’t be all bad.

But I don’t get this. These Social (sic) Justice (sic) Warriors (sic) have apparently exerted a lot of influence across multiple subcultures. Apparently they are wreaking havoc in the atheist subculture as well. Because, you know, Darwinian theory obviously rules out the possibility of gender roles and racial differences. I don’t know this because I have any use for atheism. I’ve just run across the issue in my travels through the alt right sphere. How can such obviously unserious people gain so much power? I don’t think it’s a coincidence that they seem to have disproportionate influence in communities that are already somewhat marginalized, like gaming and God-hating. For intellectually serious people, the first time one of these thought slave stooges utters the word cis she should be consigned to intellectual irrelevancy.

Ilana Mercer Takes Libertarians to Task on Ferguson

Ilana Mercer is a libertarian who isn’t stupid about it. Here she takes her fellow libertarians to task for uncritically accepting the PC cry of racism. I’m a little disappointed that Paul Craig Roberts dropped the r word. His point, that different races coming to different conclusions re. the shooting being based on their preconceived biases is unobjectionable, but to label those biases racism only when they belong to whites is unfortunate. If preconceived biases are to be condemned, as PCR seems to indicate, it’s equally objectionable for blacks to presume negatively about the motivations of whites.

Hat Tip: Jack Kerwick

Pardon Me a Grammar Nazi Rant

Look, I don’t like the Grammar Nazi any more than the next guy, but that’s the guy who nitpicks other folks’ usages to make himself feel superior. Occasionally, however, grammar intervention is needed to save all that is right and true.

Let’s go back to grade school, shall we? You can add ing to verbs. You can add ing to run and make running. You can add ing to jump and make jumping. You can add ing to rant and make ranting, which is what this article amounts to. You cannot, however, add ing to a noun and magically make it a verb. You cannot, for example, add ing to brain and make it mean thinking, no matter how much you might want to or how clever you might think it would be.

So, to whom is this rant directed? (Catch that? “To whom.” Mrs. White would be so proud.) I listen to a lot of sports talk radio because I can’t listen to the cheerleading for war that characterizes so much of “conservative” talk radio without my blood pressure skyrocketing to dangerously high levels. Listen to me Mr. Sports Talk Radio Guy. This is for you. No you are not efforting your next guest because EFFORTING IS NOT A FREAKIN’ WORD! Effort is a person, place or thing. Therefore, it is a noun. Therefore, no you cannot just add an ing to it to make it a verb. The English language does not work that way. You may be making an effort. You may be attempting to secure your next guest, but no you are not efforting, and the fact that Spell Check lights up when I type that word should tell you this.

I’m all for allowing common usages to become standard over time. For example, I think ain’t is fine when you are deliberately attempting to be informal. But, as the good knee-jerk reactionary that I am, I am opposed to trendy usages and especially dorks who don’t realize that their supposedly trendy usage is actually now passé. What’s next? Are they going to start Rickrolling people?

So KNOCK IT OFF, before I’m forced to march on your studios with pitchfork in hand!

That is all.

Cross posted at Intellectual Conservative.

Ferguson Thoughts

Prediction: Darren Wilson will not be indicted and once again the PC grandstanders who jumped to conclusions before the facts were in are going to look like fools, not that PC grandstanders need any help looking like fools.

I strongly suspected from the start of this mess that the police officer would be vindicated, and I stand by that. And as the facts continue to pour in, it looks more and more like I will be proven correct. Here’s why I thought this.

As anyone who knows my writings will attest, I am not reflexively pro law enforcement. I was very critical of the post Boston Marathon lockdown for example. But whatever one may think about the police, police excess and brutality, etc., there clearly is not an epidemic of white cops willy-nilly shooting black suspects because they are black, and if you think there is then you need to check your ideology because it is overcoming your good sense.

So from the start, facts unknown, the high probability outcome was that the shooting was justified or at least arguably justified. That the shooting was blatantly unjustified was always a low probability, just based on the nature of such low frequency events. I don’t doubt that law enforcement disproportionately attracts a certain personality type. I don’t doubt that many suspects are roughed up more than necessary during or following apprehension. But that is an order of magnitude different level of offense than suggesting a police officer grossly inappropriately discharged his weapon and that race was a primary motivation for this. Seriously, step back and listen to yourselves. If you believe that is normal police behavior then I don’t know what else to say to you.

So at the very least, whatever your bias may be to believe one way or the other, in a highly emotional situation like this you have to wait until all the facts come in to make an informed and reasonable judgment. The early “facts” that come from an emotionally overwrought crowd and a sinister liberal media always eager to inflame sentiments against evil Whitey, are simply not reliable and to not wait for more balanced information to flow in is irresponsible, and allowing your emotions to overcome your rational judgment.

Have we learned nothing from past incidents? Based on the early info and media spin, Zimmerman should be rotting in jail. But guess what. He isn’t, because a jury said there was insufficient proof, just as the local jurisdiction initially claimed before the PC lynch mob got involved. And for the record, I called that one very early as well.

This rant is of course directed at PC liberals, but it is also directed at PC grandstanding and anti-police libertarians as well. That so many libertarians allowed their anti-police bias and eagerness to PC grandstand to overcome their rational good sense is extremely disappointing. I thought libertarians were supposed to be the hyper rational ones. Mr. Spock would not be proud. To not have at least as much skepticism about our blatantly PC mongering press and media as you do about police, is foolish. And if you think empowering the PC narrative, which is what you do when you accept it uncritically, furthers the cause of liberty then you’re not just foolish, you’re delusional.

Agrarianism & Gay “Marriage”

As some readers may be aware, a while back the agrarian activist Wendell Berry announced his support for gay “marriage.”  At Catholic World Report, one disgruntled former Berry fan critiques Berry’s position thus:

[...] Berry’s insistence upon a wall of separation between church and state reveals a profound confusion inherent to liberalism itself. How can any church possibly be relevant to the world we live in without in some sense being “political”? How can the religion which is abandoned every time one enters a voting booth or assumes the lawmaker’s chair or dons the magistrate’s robes be anything other than a hobby?

The Church & State issue aside, there is something bizarre about the cozy coexistence of the “localist” movement with the sodomy lobby.

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My New Game Idea: Cathedral Quest

Video games have never been my thing. Not even when I was a kid. Video games stress me out. What fun is it to sit there all tense pressing buttons as fast as you can? When I have free time I want to relax, like watching TV, reading a book or surfing the net. So the whole game scene is completely off my radar screen. But one benefit of having Facebook friends from all across the dissident right spectrum, is that you get exposed to all sorts of things you might not otherwise experience. I guess gaming is big in certain parts of the alt right sphere, and who knew gaming was plagued by a bunch of shrill feminist PC police?

Check out this video. I apologize for the language and subject matter, but it’s worth it just to wallow in all the drama. It’s like High School all over again.

A game called Depression Quest? Seriously? Who in their right mind would want to play a game called Depression Quest? I have an idea for a game. It’s called Cathedral Quest. In it, a group of intrepid wrongthinkers explore the Cathedral while overcoming obstacles like loss of career, Free Beacon hit pieces,  etc. in search of one honest righthink enforcer who is willing to actually engage in a reasoned and intelligent debate. I toyed with the name Unicorn Quest before settling on Cathedral Quest. One challenge involves having to successfully distinguish a Slate article from an Onion article with at least 50% accuracy. It’s very tough.

Hat Tip: Matt Forney again

Thought Police Go After Gavin McInnis

Yawn. Another story about the crazed thought police. But if these clowns keep thought policing, we’re gonna keep on exposing their small-minded bullying behavior. This time the alleged victims group is transgendered people, and the alleged offender is Gavin McInnis, who appears on Fox News and writes for Taki Mag. I’m sure those affiliations had nothing to do with the oh-so-sensitive censors’ jihad against him.

Hat Tip: Matt Forney’s blog.

Bomber LeMay again…

I have not read, and may not ever get to, Patrick Buchanan’s latest book on Nixon, but I am reading the reviews.  Jared Taylor reviewed the book, and relays points I am interested in:

Mr. Buchanan agrees with the general assessment that Wallace was badly hurt by his choice of running mate, General Curtis LeMay. LeMay had run the B-29 bombing campaign against the Japanese, and when Wallace first introduced him to the press, a reporter asked if LeMay would use nuclear weapons in Vietnam. LeMay left no doubt that he thought it was a good idea, and Wallace had to step in to stop LeMay going any further. For the rest of the campaign, Wallace had to dodge shots aimed at “Bombs Away” LeMay.

It doesn’t answer my vexing question as to just how LeMay got the spot, and wrecking what might have been a real Beyond Left and Right alliance–particularly in intellectual circles–and it must be noted, that Dr. Fleming seems to believe there is some credence behind the Nixon folks trying to assassinate Wallace in ’72–none of that appears to be addressed.

Still, it is a solid nugget to find.

 

Apple Vows to Put Race&Gender Over Merit

Apple’s American employees (data excludes foreign employees) are 80% male and 77% white or Asian. 72% of its leadership is male. Like Google, Apple has vowed to change this. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook recently declared (AP quote):

“Let me say up front: As CEO, I’m not satisfied with the numbers on this page,” Cook wrote. “They’re not new to us, and we’ve been working hard for quite some time to improve them.”

Rev. Jesse Jackson, president and founder of the Rainbow PUSH coalition, called Mr. Cook to congratulate him.

My questions are:

  • Have Asians finally been pushed from the coalition, or will only whites, especially white males, lose their jobs to less qualified replacements?
  • And, how long until Asians begin voting with white conservatives? The divide isn’t so much between Haves and Have Nots, as between Cans and Cannots. The tech industry is famous for its meritocracy and radical Libertarianism, but those days are ending.

Interesting beneficiaries of diversitocracy: Whites who can claim to be [partly] nonwhite [in this case "Hispanic", which includes those descended from Spaniards]. (following quote from same AP article):

As CEO, Cook also promoted Cuban-American Eddy Cue to Apple’s executive team and hired a woman, Angela Ahrendts, to oversee its stores.

Perhaps Apple should outsource tech jobs to where meritocracy is still the norm: Asia and Germany. Not only does the world distrust NSA involvement in American-made technology, but now it will fear American iphones are as poorly made as American cars.

Addendum: AmRen posted an even better report on this same story.

Steven Seagal is Da Man!

Steven Seagal, who has spoken out before in defense of Russia and Putin, played a gig in Crimea recently that was allegedly pro-separatist.

…Seagal played a weekend concert in the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, appearing on a stage adorned with the flag of pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.

See more here…

The Russia/Ukraine situation is complicated. Ethnic Ukrainians have a reason to be sore at and distrustful of Russia, but the problem is that Ukraine, like so many other countries, is too large and attempts to keep unlike elements together in a political alliance that is unnatural. Separation of the more Russian Eastern parts of Ukraine is probably the most natural outcome.

But whatever you may think about the Russia/Ukraine situation, you have to admit that Seagal has some serious nads. Publicly supporting Putin and Russia is not a popular position, and he is taking a risk by doing so.

Tom Piatak Now the Executive Vice President of the Rockford Institute

Congratulations are in order to our friend Tom Piatak. He is now the Executive Vice President of the Rockford Institute. I first became aware of this via his Facebook page.

Here is the official announcement.

The Rockford Institute has taken a bold step forward in its mission to defend traditional conservatism by appointing Thomas Piatak as Executive Vice President. A veteran of the Culture Wars and a tireless advocate of restoring American jobs and economic prosperity, Mr. Piatak is perfectly poised to raise the Institute’s profile among current and new donors, and introduce the Institute’s hard-hitting flagship publication, Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture, to a new generation of readers and writers.

See more here…

We are awaiting reaction from mega Piatak fan Rod Dreher.

Laura Ingraham: ‘Iraq Is Worse Off’ Now Than Under Saddam

Anyone with eyes can see the DC Empire has turned a dysfunctional country into a hellhole:

The conservative radio host made the assertion during a “Fox News Sunday” panel debating the impact of President Barack Obama’s decision to make limited strikes in northern Iraq against ultra-violent jihadists from the Islamic State. (RELATED: ISIS Threatens America: ‘We Will Raise The Flag Of Allah In The White House’)

Ingraham contended that military action in the country — even to prevent genocide and oppression — seems to always backfire.

“We try to do all these things in Iraq, now Iraq is worse off,” she said. “I mean, I hate to say that, but Iraq is worse than before we went into Iraq.”

“Christians are gone, there’s no sense of order at all,” she explained. “Saddam Hussein is gone, that’s a good thing. But what’s left? A more emboldened Islamic State, not contained, apparently, even by U.S. airstrikes.”

But that’s the thing about ideologues, from Puritans to today’s antifa – determined to rid the world of all evil, they make things even worse. The Southern tradition is to deal with life as it is rather than forcing the world to conform to some abstract ideal. As Richard Weaver once noted, “The Southerner accepts the irremediability of a certain amount of evil and tries to fence it around instead of trying to stamp it out and thereby spreading it. His is a classical acknowledgment of tragedy and of the limits of power.”

That reminds me of a classic Twilight Zone episode, “The Howling Man.” Thinking he is helping an innocent man cruelly imprisoned by religious fanatics, an American tourist in Europe unwittingly frees the Devil. There’s a lesson here for do-gooders everywhere:

My Thoughts on the Mark Driscoll Drama

The church affiliation and planting ministry that Mark Driscoll founded, Acts 29, has removed Driscoll’s Mars Hill Church from their network and asked Driscoll to step down. Since I first read about this story, LifeWay Christian Bookstores has announced they are going to stop selling his books. This is all very unfortunate, although some nuance is called for.

As I said below, I do think that some of what Driscoll said and did was indecorous and intemperate, but he has largely admitted as much and apologized. He said in the past that he thought rabble rousing on a forum under a pseudonym was not the right way to go about it, and he apologized. This new brouhaha is largely because those posts which he apologized for and admitted were unwise have surfaced.

But here is the problem. All the above conceded, Driscoll’s fundamental points are correct. The Bible, history and nature do testify to the reality and importance of gender differences and gender roles. And Christian men, and American men in general, have stopped acting like men. And not only is Driscoll correct, but these are issues of utmost importance that desperately need saying if we have any hope of salvaging the Christian Church as we know it.

The feminization of American men, both behaviorally and biologically, has been much commented on in dissident right circles and is largely the impetus, along with the concomitant masculinization of women, behind the growth of the so-called manosphere. (I have a strong hunch that Driscoll is familiar with the manosphere, because he sounds like he is.) But the manosphere is largely amoral and often dismissively refers to those of us who encourage sexual continence as tradcons. Do we really want to cede primary advocacy of gender roles and masculinization to people hostile or indifferent to Christianity? This is why we need Christian voices speaking out on this matter who care about the state of the Church and the country who aren’t just looking for a way to get women in bed.

By booting Driscoll out of the Acts 29 Network, without the appropriate finesse, Acts 29 is empowering the Rachel Held Evans of the world. By not selling his book, without making the action and behavior vs. thought distinction, LifeWay is empowering PC ninnies like  Warren Throckmorton. Do they really want to do that? What are Acts 29 and LifeWay objecting to, actions or beliefs? The fact that they took these actions in response to a PC outcry makes it look like they are accepting the PC narrative unless they make it entirely clear that they aren’t, which they haven’t.

So you know that I’m not just cheerleading for Driscoll, I do think Driscoll is somewhat the victim of his own devices. He is closely associated with the emerging church movement, but in my understanding has distanced himself from it and is, as far as I can tell, doctrinally sound on the essentials.  Unlike Rob Bell, for example, who has clearly flown the coup. But in the doctrinally conservative wing of the emergent church movement’s efforts to make the Church relevant, they largely adopted “contemporary” modes of worship. I don’t think I’m breaking new ground to suggest that contemporary worship is an arguably feminized form of worship that appeals to female sensibilities. You want to man and woman up your Church? Then wear coats and ties and dresses and stop singing praise songs that sound like “Jesus is My Boyfriend.” Grab a hymnal and sing “There is Power in the Blood.”

For those who didn’t quite get my earlier attempt at humor, by feigning outrage at a minor point, I was primarily dismissing or belittling the larger outrage. But there was a little more method to my madness. In every picture I have ever seen of Driscoll, he is wearing a vest (not sweater) and looks like he needs a shave. I’m not dissing vests or facial hair. In fact, from the standpoint of masculinity, I think there is something to be said for facial hair. But the distinction that Driscoll seems to be making is a tame or lame vs. cutting edge or unconventional distinction, with tame associated with femininity and cutting edge associated with manliness. While there may be some truth to this in the milieu and context Driscoll finds himself in, this is a problem with his milieu. In the grand scheme of things, a traditional combination of loafers, khakis and an oxford cloth button down says man’s man much more so than does a vest and whatever Driscoll’s footwear of choice may be. In fact, the best way to be counter-cultural in our crazy modern world is to be radically traditional, affectionately referred to as rad trad. (For the record, once I lose weight … err … I mean my wife quits shrinking my clothes … and invest in a new wardrobe, I’m going rad trad all the way!) If Driscoll paired his vest with a suit and a pocket watch and a pair of wingtips, he would be making a much more masculine and traditional statement than he does now. Actions, not words on a forum, speak loudest.

Now that I’ve  ticked off every possible element, please discuss.