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Saturday, October 3, 2015


Leave it to our teutonic cousins to invent the most ingenious and needed compliment to modern life.  I speak of our brothers at Volkswagen of course.  

How thoughtful of them to invent a software that lies to the authorities on our behalf so that we don't have to.  As the world becomes ever more complicated and the managerial state closes in, keeping track of all the little lies we have to tell  becomes almost impossible.  Since the Government insists on demanding information of us without the courtesy of face to face meeting, I see no reason to be frank with them.  Let my machine lie to my lying government's machine.  It seems fair.  


Monday, September 21, 2015


Obama’s spokesperson fell all over himself today trying to make sense of our policy toward boy abuse by Afghans.  It seems that for the sake of cultural sensitivity, our soldiers and trainers have turned a blind eye to the rape of boys by our savage Muslim allies.  This is actually an old story.  Everyone with even a slight acquaintance with Afghans knows that this goes on.  Men are regularly “Entertained” by dancing boys made up like females. 

We accept this practice as just another rich Islamic cultural tradition among many.  We are called upon to respect it as a whole. 

How does that play out when we accept Afghan refugees?  Who has that delicate conversation with them, and at what point?  John Kerry just said that we would be accepting more refugees from the current flood. Many of these are Afghans traveling with false papers as Syrians. 

Are we are about to welcome a whole new wave of unselfconscious child molesters for the sake of diversity?  It appears so. 


Wednesday, September 9, 2015


My  latest on  

I'm appalled at what my church is doing in the midst of this new surge of populations.  This article lays out some reasons why, my church's own history and a proper understanding of  charity suggest another course of action.
As an American Catholic and a patriot I have reason to be exasperated with my Church. That exasperation may well come to a head this month with the Pope’s visit to the U.S. The USA faces an invasion of illegal aliens. The Holy Father shows understandable concern for the migrants but a deaf ear to the claims of Catholics like me and others who work hard to make a successful life here, and to see that success endure.
My Church openly treats this crisis as an opportunity and amanageable challenge. We can expect the Pope to advocate the cause of the aliens during his visit. The Pope will in all likelihood exhort millions of blue collar Catholics to make way for people from failed, frequently Muslim countries. These newcomers will compete for scarce jobs while benefiting from Affirmative Action. The Pontiff is all too likely to address working American Catholics as if they were wealthy, and needing a lesson in humility and magnanimity.
This will set off all manner of political point-making and further aggravate patriotic Catholics. Leftists and enemies of Christianity will call upon us to heed the message of our pope, even as they work to destroy our faith in the public square.
While nominally affirming the right of sovereign states to control their borders, the Church enthusiastically supports what it calls “migrants” and their right to seek a better life in neighboring countries. Understandably, this comes across as contradictory at best and two-faced at worst. When Catholic clergy distribute the Blessed Sacrament through the fence with Mexico, Cardinal Sean O'Malley it enrages patriotic non-Catholics and embarrasses Catholics. [Cardinal O`Malley celebrates Mass along Mexico border By Brian Skoloff, The Associated Press, April 1, 2014] The majority of both legal and illegal aliens from south of the border are nominally Catholic and the Church’s outreach to them looks a lot like a self-serving betrayal of America. In the Who-Whom analysis, it looks likethe Catholic Church gets more parishioners while Democrat Party get more voters.
Why does the Roman Catholic Church do this? Can we make it stop? Is there a way to approach the Church on its own terms to make our case?
The fundamental problem we have in defending our American way of life and nation from the Church’s stands is that the Church is not concerned with nation-states as such. Perhaps it would be better to say that the Church sees nations, and cultures for that matter, as epiphenomena. The Church is an international organization with a single focus on spirituality and spiritually-derived qualities like charity and justice. Nations, kingdoms and empires come and go in the Church’s experience. The Church’s mission never changes. It’s spreading the word of Jesus Christ all day every day from now until the end of time. She’s been at it for about two thousand years, and we are not going to make her change.
That said, the Church is itself a sovereign state. For many centuries she has been deeply involved in temporal affairs. This is in the context of the peculiar nature of Western Civilization. Unlike Islam and Classical civilization, we have always managed to adhere to the idea that government and the Church are, and should be, two separate entities. (Except within the papal state itself.) Citizens or subjects answer to secular authority on secular matters but they are morally informed by the Church as the organ of God’s teaching on earth.
The Church literally brought about this state of affairs at the end of the Roman Empire. It’s good to remember this as the Western World as we know it is an outgrowth of a previous migration event. The collapse of Roman authority via theGermanic invasions put the Church in the position of mediating, guiding and sometimes adjudicating the transition from Roman to Medieval Europe.
On the whole the Church succeeded. But it’s important to note that the early Church was not an advocate for barbarian incursions. The bishop of Rome was under no illusion as to the damage the barbarian invaders were doing to Roman civil society.
We might ask current Church leaders why they seem to be so blind to the effects of migrants to our society. This is all the more pressing when we think of the fact that many of theGermanic barbarians were, like current migrants, hoping to prosper within the Roman Empire, not to destroy it. But destroy it they did.
Like it or not the Church has been influenced by, and taken sides in national causes. Isn’t Joan of Arc a French national saint? Doesn’t the Church elevate Saints as national saints? Isn’t St. George the national saint of England and St. Andrewthe national saint of Scotland? In our own lifetime Pope John Paul the Great, was the living embodiment of Polish Catholicismand resistance to atheistic Communism. The Catholic Church herself incorporates national Churches like the Ukrainian Ritewithin her umbrella.
One useful distinction here is that in European History in which the Church emerged, there is not only national states, but separate and distinct peoples. Pope Paul the Great was not just from Poland. He was a Pole. There is France and there are the French. Even when there was no independent Ireland, there were the Irish. These people have language, cultural norms and what we now call genetics in common. The Church seems to have understood this for a long time. Even recently bothPope John Paul II and Pope Benedict called on the European Union to acknowledge a common European Christian heritage in its constitution.
This leads us to at least one reason the Roman Catholic Church is so blind to our concern. The Catholic Bishops have bought into the Cultural Marxist “nation of immigrants” malarkey. For instance:
From the viewpoint of the U.S. Bishops, it has been apparent for several years that our immigration system is broken and badly in need of repair. The U.S. Bishops are united in the view thatmigration is beneficial to our national economy, socially and culturally. The strength of our nation comes from its diversity and from the hard work and contributions of immigrants who have come to our shores over the past two hundred years. It is identity and soul.
– The most Reverend Kevin Farrell, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington and member of the Catholic Conference of Bishops Committee on Migration. [Emphases added.]
This is taken from the definitive statement of American Catholic teaching on the subject, called “Welcoming the Stranger Among us: Unity in Diversity” [November 15, 2000]
This statement by the U.S. Catholic Bishops is a compendium of the Bishops’ deep thoughts on immigration, which of course they insist on calling …”Migration.” Most striking to me are the mutually contradictory assertions. For instance:
  1. Persons have the right to find opportunities in their homeland.”
  2. “Persons have the right to migrate to support themselves and their families.”
  3. “Sovereign nations have the right to control their borders.”
Strangers No Longer Together on the Journey of Hope | A Pastoral Letter Concerning Migration from the Catholic Bishops of Mexico and the United States, Issued by USCCB, January 22, 2003
It goes on, but the inherent contradiction between #2 and #3 is evident.
If the Bishops’ understood that “migrants” actually depress the wages of poorer American workers, who are also facing the robotic worker wave, might they might change their view? Perhaps, but the multicultural, anti-Western academics whom the Bishops rely on for economic advice aren’t going to help them understand.
What is to be done?
It’s clear that the Church does respect diverse cultures and national groupings. Otherwise why stress out need to accept such cultures and groupings when they show up, unbidden here? The Church’s problem seems to be with our American traditional culture. It seems to dismiss what we have developed here as a passing stage in an endless procession of immigrant invasions. If it didn’t think this way, it would understand how insulting its pronouncements are.
I have a suspicion. For many Bishops, the fact that America began and substantially still is a product of English and Scottish Protestant culture is problematic. I suspect that contemporary Bishops, with a poor understanding of our history, think that the rapacious Capitalism they see running amok today is the result of Protestant thinking.
We American Catholics must help them to see that a traditional American culture is not either anti-Christian or anti-Catholic. If the bishops want to combat consumerism they need look elsewhere for the culprits. Our job is to make the Bishops understand that, however distasteful they personally may find think our distinctive culture, it has a right to exist and prosper, here where it took hold.
We Catholics who adhere to that culture are not crypto-Protestants. We are members of the Anglosphere, a successful and respectable cultural tradition. To be a member of that culture is not to be anti-Catholic any more than is being Japanese is incompatible with being Catholic. We have a right to maintain our Anglo society—just as everyone from the Rio Grande to Tierra del Fuego has a right to remain Latin.
Apparently, the Church, like all elite institutions, is not immune to the Leftist spirit of the times. It certainly shows in the assumptions displayed in the Bishop’s statements. We can hope that like all generational things, it will pass eventually.
In the meantime, we need to expose the false guides the bishops employ when speaking on economics and other worldly matters.
The second thing we American Catholics must do is to point the Church in the right direction. Again from the Bishops:
“And we remind heads of government around the world that emigration of all kinds—but especially that of those fleeing war and persecution, famine and economic distress—is a sign of the failure of the whole international community to guarantee the security and welfare of all people in their homelands.”
The Bishops again and again call upon this mysterious “international community.” Surely even the Bishops know that this “community” doesn’t exist.
American Catholics must press upon the Church that it is Catholic countries to our south that press these migrations upon us. The Bishops ignore the failed Latin Catholic societies’ responsibility to manage themselves successfully. They need to be reminded of this. Their colleagues in the distant past did us all a service when they taught their barbarian converts to manage their affairs in the manner of the Romans. The U.S. Bishops would do well to spread a bit of Anglo know-how to the south—rather than spreading Latin poverty here in the north.

Monday, September 7, 2015



Christian schools shut in Israel to protest budget cuts

© Ronen Zvulun
The beginning of a new academic year has been put off for nearly 50 Christian schools in Israel. Almost 33,000 pupils, mostly Palestinians, have had to stay at home due to a funding dispute with Jewish authorities.
47 schools, run by the Roman Catholic Church stayed closed on the first official day of the school year, Tuesday, in Israel and East Jerusalem, in protest against the Jewish state's new education funding policy, AFP reported.
While the state covers all of the school costs of secular Jewish and religious ultra-Orthodox Judaic schools, “unofficial but recognized” Christian schools have seen a budget cut to a mere 29 percent “of the overall cost of a primary school." It follows a reduction from 65 percent of the funding, with the rest paid by parents, to 34 percent two years ago.
"All the schools are closed after a call for an open-ended strike," a spokesman for the Office of Christian schools in Israel, Botrus Mansour, told Middle East Online web portal. "We've tried everything and have no option left but to go on strike."
"For a year and a half, we have been holding talks with the Israeli authorities and several figures have intervened, even the Vatican. A week ago, President Reuven Rivlin and Education Minister Naftali Bennett made very positive comments... but we still haven't seen any serious proposal,” Mansour added.
About 50 Christian schools in Israel are attended by some 33,000 pupils, roughly 60 percent Christian and 40 percent Muslim, with approximately 3,000 teachers employed.
Many of the local Christian schools, governed by the Roman Catholic Church, have history going farther back than Israel’s foundation in 1948. Some of them rank among the country’s most academically successful.
"It is a matter of equality," Father Abdelmassih Fahim, director of schools for the Catholic Church's Custody of the Holy Land said. "A Jewish Israeli child has the right to 100 percent [of school costs covered by the state] and our schools don't, while our teaching is among the best in Israel."
He said that the schools still wait for the education ministry to reply to their demands, as they had been calling for a return of the 65 percent funding figure.
Last week, President Reuven Rivlin and Education Minister Naftali Bennett had a meeting with church officials, and the president’s office said that he “welcomed the important work of these schools,” according to The Times of Israel newspaper.
According to a Monday statement by the Office of Christian schools in Israel, the meeting "failed because the proposed increase did not comply with the minimum demands of the schools and we found that their purpose was just to win time and stop all our protests."
About 160,000 Christians currently live in Israel, and their population in East Jerusalem is 14,000, according to official Israeli figures.

Sunday, September 6, 2015


Over at Unz Fred Reed wrote a post called "Why they Hate Us."  He lives in Mexico and while he is an excellent Paleocon write on the American scene, he has a partiality to Mexico and latin culture.  Many do.

Fred believes that we are disliked because we meddle in the affairs of foreign countries.  As far this goes I cannot argue.  I do have a few observations.  Read below. 

Good effort Fred, with a lot of truth.  That said, a few caveats are in order.

Of course you're right that the factuality behind others perceptions of us can be irrelevant.  That is no reason for us to lose sight of those facts however.  For instance.

US China relations were quite good until the Chi-Com takeover in 49'.  It's true that the European  imperial powers took great advantage of China.  The USA did not act with anything like the rapacity of the Europeans (Or the Japanese). The Chinese at that time saw that we, unlike them, sought to sell products while sending medial missionaries. Many Chinese understood this and genuinely liked Americans.  Decades of commie propaganda may have erased much of this.  That is no excuse for us take up the commie talking points as if they were true.  

It's a curious fact that many countries that we clobbered the most have positive attitudes toward us today.  The Vietnamese are notoriously American friendly.  We fought them.  They survived and we became part of their national saga.  We fought to keep part of Korea in the non-Communist world and now a great many Koreans are Christian, trade with us and want to live here.  We ran the Philippines for a long time and they are happy to live under our umbrella.  Many move here.  Our "meddling" has not resulted in universal condemnation.

Latin America is a different matter.  Frankly, I think we are bound to be unpopular there no matter what we do.  We are simply too big for them.  They feel the weight of their own poor performance, both internally and on the international stage.  You are right, we can benefit from not making them feel small.  On the other hand, we have regional interests and like any state, we need to attend to them.  

The Cold War is over.  We don't have to worry that Paraguay will "Go Communist."  It's time we made a few choices, picked some reliable allies and had a rational policy for the region.

The meddling you decrie is mostly an outgrowth of first the Cold War, and now from the Neocon-Liberal Internationalist, takeover of our foreign policy.  I agree with you that this is a disaster.  We need to end it pronto.  It's ironic that the old Wasp business oriented foreign policy of the preceding era was less invasive and more flexible than that of the soulless academic psychopaths we have now.      

Thursday, August 20, 2015


This, via AFP yesterday    As usual, if we want to know what our poor beleaguered "Ally,"  t Israel is doing, we have to rely on the foreign press.  It seems the Israeli's, while building their defensive wall, can't resist the temptation to maximize their leverage   They cut farmers off from their olive groves and wells, monks from their ancient grounds and pretty much any Palestinian from whatever he needs to thrive.  

The fellow being choked below is a priest caught praying in the path of an Israeli bulldozer.  The bulldozer is in the process of destroying Olive Trees.  Even the Muslims have religious strictures against destroying trees in that arid part of the world.  Our anti-Christian "allies" seem to have evolved beyond such things.

Remember this scene when Ted Cruz, or Reverend Huckabee or some other faux Christian ignoramus proclaims his allegiance to the Jewish state.  This is what standing with Israel looks like.   

I further wonder why, if Israel is such a haven for Christians as they claim, the Israeli's didn't build their wall to include the Christians rather than cut them off.  Could it be that they are as anti-Christian as they are anti-Muslim?  Of course they are.  

As the politics and culture of Israel drifts more and more toward the religious extreme, Israeli Christians will find themselves living under a regime determined to make Israel Christen-frei.  And our Congress and the GOP will happily pay for it.

Palestinian Christians scuffle with Israeli police over divisive wall

    © AFP | Israeli border guards arrest a Palestinian protestor who was trying to reach tractors working on the construction of Israel's controversial barrier in the Cremisan Valley, on August 19, 2015

    Palestinian Christians scuffled with Israeli border police near Bethlehem Wednesday after dozens of them, including priests, gathered to protest renewed work on Israel's West Bank separation barrier in a sensitive Christian area.
    An AFP journalist said the protesters, who were joined by a few foreign activists, gathered in the Christian town of Beit Jala to protest building a stretch of the barrier, which started Monday after years of legal battles.
    The three Roman Catholic priests tried to pray among olive trees that bulldozers and mechanical diggers were seeking to uproot but were stopped by police.
    One demonstrator was arrested as he tried to plant an olive sapling in front of the excavators.

    Sunday, August 16, 2015


    Scientists use bioengineered yeast instead of poppies to make opioids