Saturday, September 22, 2018

Social Security And The Singularity

Should you take your Social Security benefits as soon as you're able at age 62 or should you wait until age 70 when they max out? What if your mind is moved into an android body and you live forever? Does that change the equation?

Here are the raw income numbers, normalized to a $1,000 SSI income at age 66.
  • Age 62 payout: $750
  • Age 66 payout: $1000
  • Age 70 payout: $1320
If you take the money and run at age 62, by the time you're 66, you will have fleeced the Millenials for $36,000. If you wait for age 66 to steal from the young, you will start catching up by $250 per month. It will take you until age 78 to have brought in the same gross income as if you'd started at age 62.

If you scoff at the idea of spending the whippersnappers' money and wait for 70 candles on your cake, you will catch up at a rate of $570 per month, but now the delta is $72,000. Your gross proceeds from that will equal what you would have gotten starting at age 62 when you hit the ripe old age of 80 1/2.

Will you care at that point? I don't know about you, but I find it hard to walk when I get up in the morning these days because it takes about five minutes for my achilles tendons to stretch out after tightening up all night in bed. I have to hold small print at arm's length to read it. I can't imagine what new treats lie in store for me as I continue to age.

When the singularity comes and we're all moved into android versions of Natalie Portman's body, the #metoo movement having made male bodies illegal by then, our life expectancies will become infinite and we'll have to go back to work anyway, so what difference does it make? Honestly, I only added it to the title to get a few more hits. Whatever.

Working In Non-Android Form

If you choose to continue to work prior to age 66, Social Security will send people to your house to beat you with sticks until you pay them back all of their money. They take back $1 for every $2 you earn over $17,040*. That means if you do anything more valuable than stacking empty cardboard boxes in a store room for a few hours a day, you will be thrashed to within an inch of your life for having the temerity to contribute to society in a capitalist way. Remember, socialism is the future and you have none. As the head of Social Security once said, "Bite me, you greedy exploiters of the workers! Oh, I'm sorry Mr. Sanders, I didn't mean you. Please, continue to live in your three mansions and yap all day about greed and injustice."

I seem to have digressed.

In short, if you're slothful and don't intend to work past age 62, take the money and run. If you're going to work, you will probably want to wait until 66 to steal money from your children. If you wait until age 70, you'll end up looking like Natalie Portman in a jumpsuit, stacking boxes in a closet and nobody wants that.

What's all the fuss about this chick? She doesn't look even vaguely feminine. Meh.
* - This number was arrived at by taking the age that a certain senator began having an affair with his 17-year-old "secretary" and putting a zero in between them.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Jules Verne Novels

... are really stories of applied science. The plots are only there to provide reasons for Verne to illustrate how this or that activity could be performed with the proper application of the knowledge of his time, the 1870s.

Right now, I'm making my way through Mysterious Island. In it, some Union prisoners of war escape Richmond by balloon and are blown by a hurricane all the way into the southern Pacific where they land on an island. There, with nothing but the clothes on their backs, they set about providing themselves with shelter, pottery, tools and more.

Each thing must be constructed from the previous thing and therein lies the applied science. Jules Verne clearly knew a great deal of chemistry, ca 1875, and I'm fascinated by the ways in which things like sulfuric acid can be distilled with what we would consider primitive appliances.

When I read books like this, I want to try it for myself and see how it would work.  What I lack is the applied knowledge of the time. If you lived in 1875, you certainly were a great deal handier than we are today. At home, I need power tools to do just about any job. Imagine living without power tools at all.

One of the characters, all of whom are ramrod-straight, cardboard cutouts of humans, is Herbert and he's a young, amateur naturalist. His discoveries have an innocent charm to them, as if Tim was writing his insect blog without the aid of anything more than a very old set of encyclopedias. Imagine the excitement of leaving the inadequate, written word behind and blazing trails in the field of biology yourself. Wondrous!

From there, I reread Robert Heinlein's The Rolling Stones, but that's a subject for a different blog post.

A Sphinx Moth? I think not! It would be named Tim's Flutterer, Hyles eisele.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Kavanaugh Thoughts

A couple of thoughts on the Kavanaugh Supreme Court fiasco.

What are we doing?

Honestly, what are we doing now? By all accounts, the guy has lived his life like Sir Galahad. Some far-left extremist says he felt her up in high school 35 years ago at a place she can't name with people she can't name at a time she can't name and we paused for more than 10 minutes to consider her accusations? It should have delayed things only long enough to stop laughing.

Double standards

Meanwhile, Keith Ellison, head of the DNC, has been accused of domestic violence with witnesses, medical reports and more. Crickets from the media while we all run around debating whether Kavanaugh groped a girl in high school. And the MSM cry about Trump constantly saying "Fake news?" Bite me.

The worst part

Imagine you're a young man watching all of this unfold. What is the lesson you learn from it? Avoid women. They offer nothing of value. From women, men want:
  1. Respect
  2. Admiration
  3. A physical relationship
What do we have?
  1. A US senator telling men to shut up because everything is their fault.
  2. Academia telling us that men are horrible, there's a rape culture and men are to blame, masculinity is toxic and on and on.
  3. Porn.
Want to know why marriage rates are declining? Kavanaugh is a primer on how it's happening.

Girls, when you want a husband and look around only to find the guys have checked out, there's always an alternative to spending money at the bridal shops.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Mr. Muckle

I was clicking around YouTube, looking for something else, when the artificial intelligence at Google decided to recommend this video to me.

I haven't laughed so hard in a long time. Enjoy.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

A Simple Trade War Scoreboard

Blue is the Hang Seng (Chinese) index.
Orange is the SP500.
It looks to me like pushing the Chinese for a little more access to their markets isn't such a bad thing.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Scorched Earth

OK, let me get this straight. If the worst possible option is true, Brett Kavanaugh tried to make out with some chick in high school 30 years ago. She never told anyone until now, he has no track record of such things and women who went to high school with him vouch for him being a gentleman.


So now progs are simply taking a flamethrower to the conservative Supreme Court nominees because they're terrified that the normals will be allowed to vote on things like abortion and gay marriage instead of having 5 weirdos in black robes dictate the culture to them.

I swear, if his nomination gets scuttled because of this, I'm taking down our American flag and not putting it back up, ever. I thought Hillary getting away with her email crimes was bad, but this is totally insane.

Sadly, I'm not going to fly my Vatican flag as a replacement since Pope Francis has screwed us all, too.

Wife kitteh won't let me fly a Rebel Flag, so it's going to have to be a Jolly Roger.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

These Headlines Always Make Me Think

... just what did they think was going to happen?

The death toll went up. Well, yes, it's going to do that. Imagine what happens if it goes the other way.

Billy Bob: Hey, Wayne, look at Jessie!

Wayne: Well, I'll be! Doc Johnson said he was stone cold dead and that was over an hour ago! Looks like he's doing fine.

Billy Bob: Hey, he's asking for something. Maybe he's hungry.

Wayne: What's he saying?

Jessie: Braaaaiiiiiinnnnnssssss.

Billy Bob: Y'all want some brains, Jessie?

Jessie: Braaaaiiiiiinnnnnssssss.

Wayne: Sorry, man, we ain't got no brains. Say, Billy Bob, do they still have those hog brains down at Wilson's meat market?

Billy Bob: I dunno. Maybe. Want me to go check?

Jessie: Braaaaiiiiiinnnnnssssss.

Wayne: Yeah, I think you oughta. Jessie looks powerful hungry. Don't worry, Jessie. Billy Bob is heading down to Wilson's to get you some brains. Want some eggs with that?

Jessie: Braaaaiiiiiinnnnnssssss.

Billy Bob: Wayne, throw me your keys. My truck's just about out of gas.

(tosses keys)

Wayne: Get me some beef jerky while you're there, would ya? Wilson's beef jerky is the best.

Billy Bob: No problem. Want a Moon Pie, too?

Jessie: Braaaaiiiiiinnnnnssssss.

Wayne: You bet! Better hurry. Jessie looks really hungry! And get a case of Budweiser, OK?

Billy Bob: Of course!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Festive Food

I made a huge pot of chicken and sausage gumbo last night, using yellow, red and orange bell peppers instead of green. As they cooked in the roux with the onions and celery, I thought they looked rather cheerful.

It's like they're smiling at you!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Holding The Pope's Beer

Me: What a week it's been! After decades of trying to keep the pederasty scandals buried, Pope Francis just accused the laity of being in league with Satan for wanting the complete truth about the homosexual abuse of our seminarians. How much worse can things get?

Pope Francis: Hold my beer!

Me: What?

Pope Francis: Hold my beer!

Me: I just held your beer a few days ago. Wasn't that enough?

Pope Francis: No. This is a different beer. Now hold it.

Me: I'm exhausted from all of this. I can't take much more of your nonsense.

Pope Francis: Who are you to question me? I'm the pope! Now HOLD MY BEER!
The Vatican's reported deal with China, to effectively abdicate the power of the pope to select bishops to the communist state, has therefore been met with feelings of shock and even betrayal among the faithful, especially those in China itself.

It is easy to see, then, why so many of the faithful in China who have risked so much to remain loyal to the Church now feel betrayed. Hong Kong's outspoken Cardinal Joseph Zen claimed that the Vatican is "selling out" Catholics in China. "A church enslaved by the government is no real Catholic Church," Zen asserted at a news conference.

A group of leading Catholic university professors, researchers, human rights activists and lawyers, mostly from Hong Kong, has published an open letter to Catholic bishops around the world imploring them to pressure the Holy See to reconsider the proposal.
Well, that answers the question of the day: How much worse can things get?

It's probably not even a good beer, more likely it's some lousy, lager-y Argentinian rubbish.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Diane Feinstein, Mean High School Girl.

This is insane.
WASHINGTON — The senior Democrat (Diane Feinstein) on the Senate Judiciary Committee referred information involving Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, to federal investigators on Thursday, but the senator declined to make public what the matter involved.

Two officials familiar with the matter say the incident involved possible sexual misconduct between Judge Kavanaugh and a woman when they were both in high school. They spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.
Emphasis mine.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Only Solution For The Catholic Church's Crisis

... is honesty.

That's it. Honesty.

Our bishop here in San Diego, Bishop Robert McElroy is going on a listening tour, visiting 8 different parishes. He will discuss the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report and other odds and ends. He needn't bother. All he has to do is issue a letter to the diocese, telling us what he knows.

The schism in the Church is horizontal, not vertical. At issue is not the old and solved problem of pederast priests, but the ongoing problem of the Gay Mafia running some of our seminaries and having an organization throughout the leadership of the Church. If you don't believe me, dig this.
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Nearly 50 seminarians in Honduras have protested against what they say is a widespread and entrenched pattern of homosexual practice in Tegucigalpa’s major seminary.

In a letter written to the seminary’s formators that was subsequently circulated in June to the country’s Catholic bishops, the seminarians asserted “irrefutable evidence” exists that a homosexual network pervades the institution and is being protected by its rector.

“Heterosexual seminarians are scandalized and really depressed,” one of the seminarians who drafted the letter told the Register.

“Many are thinking about leaving the seminary,” the seminarian said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of a fear of reprisals. “I fear that many will leave.”
The dude running the show, one Cardinal Maradiaga, is a favorite of Pope Francis, despite the widespread knowledge of this abuse.

Again, the schism is horizontal. The laity is fine, we're not abusing seminarians. Our parish priests are fine, they're not plotting and scheming. Above that, things are murky. We know there is corruption in the leadership, but not the exact mechanisms nor the guilty parties. The bishops and cardinals are all holding pieces of that jigsaw puzzle. If they don't share their puzzle pieces with us, they can't be trusted. It's that simple.

We don't need to hear about conclaves or synods or meetings or Masses of Penance. We just need to be told what was going on from the people who know. There's no excuse for not telling us.

So tell us or don't, but if they choose to continue to blow smoke, they've only themselves to blame for the mistrust and chaos that follows.

We've got a lot of the pieces already. If we finish it without your help, our only reasonable conclusion would be that you're guilty.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

My Lies Say I Love You

... or something like that.

Pope Francis came out and directly addressed the Church's current crisis, the one where some seminaries became gay bathhouses at the behest of bishops and cardinals who used them to draft some talent, if you know what I mean.

First, bishops need to get close to the laity.
“The bishop cannot remain distant from the people; he cannot have attitudes that take him away from them… He doesn’t try to find refuge with the powerful or elite. No. The ‘elites’ criticize bishops, while the people has an attitude of love towards the bishop. This is almost a special unction that confirms the bishop in his vocation.”
Hmm. Lots of love between us. That sounds good. What's next?

Hide things from us. Lies of omission.
“In these times, it seems like the 'Great Accuser' has been unchained and is attacking bishops. True, we are all sinners, we bishops. He tries to uncover the sins, so they are visible in order to scandalize the people."
Yep, that's the way to heal things. Conceal your sins from the 'people.'

Look, bonehead, we don't care if you drink too much, play the ponies with some coin skimmed from the Diocesan Appeal or download pr0n in your bedrooms. What bugs us is when you turn the seminaries into San Francisco during Pride Week. Then we need to know what's happening or we'll start to distrust you. And by start to distrust you I mean despise you from the depths of our hearts.

What an idiot. The sooner this guy leaves the papacy, the better.

And who can blame you for playing the ponies?

Monday, September 10, 2018

Mint Flowers

Mint is a hopeless weed. No matter what promises you extract from it, it cannot help but backslide into sin and begin growing again. I'd put it up against kudzu in that regard.

I grow mint for mint juleps, of which I have not imbibed in months. I've had no success planting it in pots, so I put it in our raised beds, the same raised beds that are filled with delicious, nutritious soil and watered regularly.

Thriving, our mint has decided to flower. The flowers are tiny, delicate things, arranged on pods. The result is something rather angelic and beautiful. I left the photo large, so it's worth a click.


Sunday, September 09, 2018

You Know It's Going To Be A Good Day When ...

... the morning starts with some self-discipline and self-denial.

I'm not kidding.

By about 7AM, I can tell if it's going to be a good day. If I've been lazy and self-indulgent first thing in the morning, getting on track is really hard. One thing leads to another and I find myself consuming unhealthy things that evening.

Every day is a new start, however. I don't find that yesterday's asceticism or gluttony carries over into the next day. It's kind of weird. If I get on a long streak of discipline, after a while, it gains strength, but it's easy to stop and once I stop, I'm back at the beginning.

It's getting harder as I get older, too. I find self-discipline more difficult every year. There's an element of "what the heck, why not give in" to whatever it is I crave at the moment. When I was younger, I had defined goals and purposes. Now that the kids are out of the house and I'm close to retirement, finding that drive is pretty tough.

Oh well. Just a thought for today. It's being rattling around in my head and I thought I'd share it.

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Nike's Best And Brightest Hire Colin Kaepernick

Nike is a huge brand. Its marketing and advertising team consists of people from the very best universities with impeccable resumes and decades of experience. Yes, Nike's marketing team is an excellent example of the global elites of 2018.

We're so screwed.

Our betters, our masters, the people with all the right connections, all the right degrees and all the right opinions picked Colin Kaepernick as their spokesperson. Pure genius, guys.

It's an ad campaign to sell shoes and they ended up with over a quarter of their market hating them because of it. They're selling shoes. How hard can it be to come up with an ad campaign for shoes that doesn't make people hate you? Well, it was algebraic topology for these idiots.

I can just hear the report in the board meeting.
VP of Marketing: Gentlemen, our new ad campaign is a success. We only lost 10% of market share.

CEO: Excellent work, Johnson. That's the kind of stellar performance I've come to expect from your team!
Everywhere you look, you see that many of the so-called elites are imbeciles.

Friday, September 07, 2018

Boy, That Trump Fella Sure Is Destroying Civility, Isn't He?

Donald Trump is a swine. Of that we can be sure. If there's a way to be rude, callous, boorish and insensitive, he'll find it faster than a French pig can find truffles.

However, during his tenure in the presidency, which is no doubt soiled beyond repair because of him, I've seen the, err, loyal opposition completely lose their minds. They dress up as sex organs in public, attack people in restaurants, choose the weirdest possible cosplay characters for their SCOTUS nomination protests, pull down statues in fits of rage, get dragged, screaming, out of hearings, call for murder and uprisings and howl down speakers on campus.

Hmm. Come to think of it, I don't think we really needed Trump's help wiping out civility. I'm guessing we were pretty much there already. After all, it's hard to believe that three years ago we were playing out Father Knows Best in our personal lives and then transformed into Abbie Hoffmans overnight upon Trump's election.

Thanks for all your hard work, amigo, but you can take a rest now. We've got it from here.

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Zina Bash Isn't A White Supremacist. It's Worse Than That

All of the perfectly sane, not-crazy-at-all progressives who only see real racism and don't look under their sofa seat cushions for Nazis when they come home, noticed what they thought was Zina Bash flashing the OK sign, which means she is a Nazi white supremacist who probably has a lot of overdue library books.

The fools! It's even worse than that. She's not a white supremacist, she's a rad trad! That's right, she's a radical traditionalist Catholic. They're looking at the hand sign all wrong. It's not WP for White Power, it's P VI for Pius VI.

Yep, Zina wants us to go back to the glory days of the Church, sometime around 1790.

If that's not a reason to #StopKavanaugh, I don't know what is.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Political Humor Is Almost Never Funny

... because it always feels like the comedians are grinding your face into some particular talking point, over and over and over again.

Dig this bit from the right-wing group, We The Internet.

I couldn't finish it any more than I can watch clips of the far-left, late-night comics. You can see all the jokes coming from a mile away and the point of the thing isn't to make me laugh, it's to make me angry. At the end, I'm not supposed to be entertained, I'm supposed to take action. If I wanted to take action, I'd be doing something real, like working on my MGB restoration instead of watching YouTube clips.

Now compare that to Don Rickles at the second Reagan Inaugural. He's not feeding you talking points, he's doing his typical Don Rickles insult schtick and it's pretty funny. It's comedy in a political context, not politics with a smirk and a sneer.

I don't think I'd consider that political comedy at all, at least not in the modern way. Maybe that's because it made me laugh.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Cheezburger Of The Day

I haven't posted one of these in a long, long time. I saw this one and it made me laugh.


Monday, September 03, 2018

No Accountability Means No Professionalism

I'm making beef and pork stock, collard greens with smoked turkey and freezing chicken stock I made a few days ago, so I'm a bit busy today, too busy for a long post. Instead, I'll just post a thought I've been having about the McCarrick / seminary scandal that was blown wide open by Vigano.

If your company's HR director was found to have been having sex with new employees and even raping some of them, how long would it take for them to be fired and then handed over to the cops? Ten minutes? An hour? Long enough to verify a story or two with a phone call? That's Cardinal McCarrick's situation. He ran one or more seminaries and was having sex with and possibly raping some of the seminarians and it went on for years.

Put yourself in the position of the CEO or one of the VPs of a company where this was happening. That's what the bishops and cardinals were, corporate VPs.

The Lavender Mafia mob didn't act like professionals because they weren't. They were unaccountable to everyone save their superiors and their superiors were even more unaccountable. There was no bottom line by which we could measure their performance until decades had gone by and the population decline became obvious.

Unfortunately for the Church, a decent portion of it needs to be run like a normal business. The crisis isn't just about moral decay and degradation, it's about gross incompetence and mismanagement.

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Losing The Plot

The Catholic Church exists to provide spiritual salvation and moral clarity. Political progressives exist to pursue a secular policy agenda. There are lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of progs out there. There's only one Church. For some reason, our pope and a large number of our prelates have decided that the world needs another pack of progs. Meanwhile, the Church is in crisis, desperate for leadership.

Laity calls political activist pope an 'emergency.'

Saturday, September 01, 2018

It's OK If People Leave The Church

The Catholic Church is the greatest institution of Mankind. We are the anchor upon which civilization, at least a civilization worth occupying, is built. We give the world a cohesive, complete worldview from which are derived the importance of charity, mercy, kindness, learning, cooperation and more. I don't know of a single other organization that can derive these from first principles.

The Catholic Church necessarily evolved into a creature of Enlightenment thinking. That is, our theology requires objective reality, logic and reasoning. If we adopt the postmodernist thinking of our age, we cease to be the Catholic Church. Once we stop searching for and espousing the Truth, as in singular truth, we cease to be the Catholic Church and civilization has lost the most important part of its foundation.

Postmodernism is the rejection of the belief in objective reality and the value of logic. Multiculturalism, the assertion that all cultures are equally valid, is postmodernist. It denies the existence of any objective measures of goodness. Claims that all family structures are equally valid are similarly postmodern. Objective measures of goodness are central to the Church. Without them, we are not the Church.

To take one example, when the popular culture claims that women can become men through surgery and drugs, we cannot agree and remain the Catholic Church. If the popular culture becomes obsessed with this to the point where 95% of the population is convinced of it and is willing to leave the Church over it, then that's the way it goes. When we adopt a position that is illogical or not based in objective reality, we undermine our very existence.

Popular beliefs come and go. We used to believe in witches. We used to think that illness was a judgment from God. Some of us still espouse socialism. The Church can't move with the times, it must move with carefully-reasoned thought. If that means almost everyone leaves us for a time, then so be it.

For the sake of Mankind, for the sake of civilization, we have to protect the flame of reason and continue the search for the Truth even if that costs us people, money, buildings and prestige.

It would be better to have to drive 50 miles to hear Mass in an old barn with a small congregation than to adopt popular, postmodernist views.

Friday, August 31, 2018

The Catholic Crisis Isn't What Most People Think It Is

Wife kitteh and I went to an open forum at a local parish this week. It was a 2-hour session led by one of the deacons and attended by 2 priests, one local and one visiting from Africa. There must have been 100 people there, each deeply concerned about ... the wrong problem.

Or should I say, a problem which has been solved already.

The deacon is a leader in the effort to deal with the pederasty problem. I mean pederasty, not pedophilia, because that's what it was. The priest had likewise spent ten years or more dealing with the issue in the diocese. I was the parent of grade-school Catholic students at the time and I can recall the dramatic safety measures that were put in place to stop the pederasty.

It turns out they have been very successful. For all practical purposes, the abuse of minors has stopped. The diocese has a zero tolerance policy and cooperates fully with law enforcement on these matters. In the years since those measures have been put in place, if I recall the figures correctly, there have been fewer than 10 incidents reported, only one of which was proven to have substance.

So we've got that issue, as the chaps in Monty Python might say, relatively under control. That leaves us with the poison in the hierarchy, the Lavender Mafia.

It turns out that when the pederasty crisis first blew containment and the leadership could no longer keep things quiet, the bishops held a nationwide meeting and developed strong rules with stiff penalties to deal with it.

Those penalties did not apply to the bishops or any of the prelates. The rules were deliberately written that way. If the feedback we got from the priests at this meeting was any indication, they're disgusted by it. Further, Bishop McElroy, our idiot leader, came out and attacked the Vigano letter which named names in the Lavender Mafia. Lots of other bishops came out in support of it, but the nincompoop in San Diego decided to rail against Vigano. Maybe because he was named as a member of that cabal.

The priests at the meeting thought his response was stupid. The parishioners at the meeting were very angry. Plans are being drawn up to protest his refusal to support investigating the high-level corruption.

It went a lot farther than that, but the two key takeaways for me were these:
  • Priests aren't abusing children any more. At least not in the US.
  • The Lavender Mafia is still a huge problem and took steps to keep themselves from punishment.
I'll close with an encouraging talk by a young bishop, Bishop Lopes. The dude was a seminarian in a McCarrick seminary and he's pulling no punches. So long as the Lavender Mafia isn't allowed to make changes to the Catechism to excuse their predatory behaviors, we'll come out of this OK.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Doctor Grasshopper

Or, should I say, doctored grasshopper.

I took a picture of this handsome critter as it sat on my fence and posed for me. I brought the image into Photoshop and tried to get a neon effect, but I don't know how to do that yet and I'm too lazy to look it up. Instead, I played with the colors and jacked up the yellows and magentas. I rather like it. I left it large, so it may be worth a click.


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The Catholic Church Can't Print Money

... instead, it relies on a relatively shallow pool of big donors.

Tim had a typically cogent comment on yesterday's post wherein I called for purge of the villains, now that we know who they are.
The problem, though, is how the purge is to be done? The way the church is structured, isn't all the power arranged from the top down? If the corruption is in the pope/cardinals/bishops level, do the lay members and the priests actually have any leverage? Other than stopping the flow of money collected by the parishes to the diocese, or schisming off from the church entirely, that is?
The flow of money is a big step. A diocese is a decent-sized organization with substantial labor and maintenance costs. I promise you, San Diego won't get another dime of my money until McElroy is gone. I'm not a really big donor, but I know some of them and I'm active in diocesan groups where they can be found. You better believe I'll be talking about this.

Then there is the encouragement of the local parish priests and staffs. Chances are really good that they're not part of the mafia. If you've got their backs and encourage them to stand up to the mafia, they might have some interesting behind-the-scenes conversations.

Finally, there is the diocesan staff themselves. The high-end experts such as the accountants and lawyers for the diocese are usually devout Catholics who think they're doing something good for the Church. If they get the idea that they're supporting the continued existence of the Mafia, they might quit and they're pretty hard to replace.

In short, if we find out that our bishop or cardinal is a member of the Lavender Mafia, we need to cut off their supplies and lay siege. There's not that many of them, it's just that they had an incredibly powerful network. Now that it is being exposed, that network is a liability.

Like this, only with fewer crossbows.

Update: Priests can be emboldened by a supportive laity.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Purge Them All

Update: You're also a racist.

Monday, August 27, 2018

The Lavender Mafia Helped Its Own

... but it's about to get smashed, big time.

The Lavender Mafia in the Church formed a ready-made career network for the gay priests who joined in the fun. Dig this article in the Catholic News Agency. Sorry for the long excerpt, but it illustrates the point well which I will make before you read it.

Imagine you're a devout, young Catholic man and you decide to enter the Seminary. You encounter the gay cabal, but in spite of the corruption all around you, you stick it our and get ordained. Now you're a young priest, working in a parish and learning your job. The gays get ordained as well, but when they leave seminary, they have "uncles" all around them with whom they've partied, drank and, in some cases, had sex.

In any career, a strong social network is a huge advantage to getting ahead. The gays had it in spades. It wasn't just an ordinary social network, it was one with the deeper bonds that come from sex. The straight priests were essentially solo artists while the gays had all the connections.

One of the things that jumps out at you from Virgano's letter is how he kept sending warning letters up his chain of command about predators like Cardinal McCarrick, but they never got responses or action. It's clear there was a layer of protectors from the Lavender Mafia keeping the news from doing any damage. I'm sure that wasn't by accident. The cabal took care of its own and probably did so strategically, working out just where to put their men in order to keep a lid on things.

Back in the parishes, the good priests were a majority, but they didn't have the power because they were clean. They hadn't formed the tight bonds that the partiers did. Their devotion to us in the laity and their faithfulness to the Church was what made them weak while the cabal grew stronger and stronger.

Vigano's letter is huge because it allows us all to form a public network. We're the vast majority in the Church and we're now aware of the cabal. We're not going to rest until heads roll. Those protective social networks won't work any more. In fact, it's a huge disadvantage because now we're going to start pulling the threads and exposing them. They're screwed.

And now, on with the excerpt.
CNA recently spoke to six priests of the Archdiocese of Newark, and one priest member of a religious order who was a seminarian in New York in the early 1970s, while McCarrick was a priest of the Archdiocese of New York...

The religious priest who spoke to CNA said when he studied in a seminary in New York, McCarrick, who was then an aide to Cardinal Terence Cooke of New York, would sometimes visit the seminary. The priest said that McCarrick’s reputation was already well established by this time.

“The dean of our theology school was a classmate at CUA with McCarrick, and he knew about the rumors,” the priest told CNA, “he spoke about them with the other faculty and theologians very openly.”

So well-known was McCarrick’s reputation, the priest said, that when McCarrick would accompany Cooke to visit the seminary there was a standing joke that they had to "hide the handsome ones" before he arrived...

The priest told CNA that, in addition to trips to a house on the shore, McCarrick would invite young men to stay the night in the cathedral rectory in central Newark.

“Priests would tell me ‘he’s sleeping with them’ all the time, but I couldn’t believe it – they seemed like perfectly normal guys,” the priest said...

Fr. Desmond Rossi was a seminarian in Newark in the late 1980s. He has publicly alleged that, in 1988, two transitional deacons sexually abused him.

According to Rossi, he told archdiocesan authorities about the assault and went before a review board. He said that his story was “found credible, but nothing happened.” Instead, he claims the archdiocese turned against him for bringing the allegation forward.

“They tried to turn it on me," Rossi said...

In recent years, several priests said, Weiner is known for hosting cocktail parties in his rectory, which other homosexual priests of the archdiocese are known to attend.

Three Newark priests independently gave CNA nearly identical accounts of being invited to these parties when they were newly ordained.

One recalled that he attended a cocktail party, thinking he had been invited to a simple priests’ dinner. “I was led into the room to a chorus of wolf-whistles,” he said. “It was clear right away I was ‘on display.’”

Another priest told CNA that he was also invited to a party hosted by the priest. “They were all carrying big mixed drinks, pink ones, it was like something out of Sex in City.”

He recalled that after asking for a beer, he was told by his host, “you need to try something more girly tonight.”

All recounted overtly sexual conversation at the cocktail parties. “I was fresh meat and they were trying me out,” one priest said.

All three said they left quickly upon realizing what was going on. “Everyone was getting loaded and getting closer on the couches, I wanted out of there,” a priest told CNA.
Imagine being a young seminarian and trying to blow the whistle on that. You're isolated and they're not. Well, that problem has been flipped on its head now. The good guys are backed by the laity and the Lavender Mafia's great strength, it's web of connections, is now its downfall.

We're going to find every one of you.

Check under your beds every night, guys. We're coming.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Sex, Borders, Religion And Power

Well, Ross provided some interesting reading this weekend.

And by "interesting" I mean jaw-dropping. It's a lengthy open letter from someone who has spent more than a decade in positions of power in the Church, both at the Vatican and in Washington, DC.

In case you don't want to read the link, which I highly recommend and think should be mandatory for all Catholics, there is a strong cabal of homosexual prelates within the Church that recruits, promotes and protects its members. The Lavender Mafia is indeed real and it is widespread among the prelates. It's weak among the laity and the normal parish priests, but the hierarchy within the Church is absolutely infested with it.

It goes all the way to the top.

The purpose of the Lavender Mafia is simply to procure young men for the older, powerful, homosexual prelates. That's it. That's its only real purpose in life. The Catholic faith has nothing to do with any of it, nor does celibacy. I was wrong about that.

It reminds me of the open-border Democrats. They don't care about you or me or the country. They don't care about the Mexicans. They don't care about voting rights when they insist that requiring an ID to vote is some kind of civil rights violation. All they want are voters who will elect them to power. They're not trying to do anything worthwhile with the power, they just want power.

In both cases, there are useful ideologues who are True Believers. Father James Martin SJ, a rabid, progressive partisan, is probably a True Believer. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is probably a True Believer. The weasels in the media and the cloistered academics in our elite universities are likely True Believers as well. Their leaders aren't. Their leaders are just hideously corrupt, self-serving scum.

The Church and the Democrat Party are incubators for this particular kind of evil. They are closed communities where personal networks make all the difference. It's hard to get a promotion if the Lavender Mafia doesn't approve. Until 2016, you didn't get the backing of the Party if the Clintons didn't approve.

Mind you, I could have chosen the Republican Party and its fake support for fiscal responsibility, but the open-borders thing really jumped out at me.

Just as the Democrats are using the media to pump the "Kids in Cages" story to bring in illegals to vote, the Lavender Mafia is trying to normalize homosexuality within the faith to bring in more young men to consume.

In both cases, it's sick.

Update: And just like that, an American bishop is calling out the Mafia in public. No surprise, the dude's from Texas.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Why We Need To See Some Anger From The Priests

Preface: This is kind of a weird post for me. I'm not sure I want to see anything come of it. It arose from wife kitteh and I discussing what bothers us about the lack of anger from the pulpit. Take it for what it's worth.

I loves me some Father Mike Schmitz. His homilies on YouTube are always cheerful and fun and upbeat. He got serious this time when he dealt with the latest sex scandal revelations. He chokes back his anger a number of times and he mentions how parishioners have repeatedly asked him if he's angry about it. He doesn't express his anger except in body language. He talks about how the scandal has affected him and how he gets "child molester" comments in public.

I'm really sorry for that, amigo, but you're missing the point from the laity. I think that almost all priests are missing the point.

We're your infantry. We're the ones who are surrounded by opposition 24/7. We don't live in a rectory and we don't work with Catholics. At school, at work, in social settings, we're surrounded by protestants, agnostics and atheists. We're the front lines, not you.

The Church leadership fed us to the machine guns to no purpose. Your troops went over the top and got shot to pieces for nothing. We tithed and volunteered and attended Mass and sent our kids to Catholic schools and defended the Catechism in public and contributed to the Church Building Fund when you asked. After all that, you threw our lives away.

We didn't mind fighting abortion and taking the hits for that. Most of us didn't mind fighting for traditional marriage and taking the hits for that. This was different. This was simply charging across no-man's land to get ripped to shreds for nothing at all.

I know you didn't do it. I get that many of you didn't know. I get that you're horrified, but your sermons are being given to the shell-shocked survivors of the slaughter. We've argued with our coworkers, we've struggled to keep our children in the faith, we kept contributing to the Church Building Fund and this is what we get.

"We're all sinners. This is a reminder that we are all fallen and need God's grace."

"We need to forgive."

"This is an opportunity to show mercy."

From the Pope, we get anodyne, wimpy letters of ... I have no idea what that thing was, actually. Yesterday, from Church leadership, we got this.

So there we are in the pews. We've just faced another week of machine gun fire and shelling, almost all of it inflicted by our own leadership for their gratification. You don't want to show anger and the bishops are adopting yet another far-left political stance.

I can't speak for anyone else, but for me, when you don't show anger, I feel all alone, as if our lives can be spent like water in pursuit of whatever the latest fad might be or maybe in pursuit of nothing at all.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Blue Collar Priests

Dig this blog post by Padre Peregrino, a Catholic priest. I don't know that I agree with all of it, but it's definitely thought-provoking. This bit jumped out at me right off the bat.
Jesus Christ chose twelve fishermen as His first Catholic bishops. Let that reality set in for a minute: Tough, blue-collar workers who never made it to rabbi-school were chosen as Apostles. To be sure, neither were they impious doofuses. They were tough, blue-collar workers who took their faith seriously, even when they had to say things to Our Lord like “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”—Luke 5:8. They thought in black-and-whites like that, not Hegelian greys.
That's not exactly true, they weren't all fishermen, but it's close enough. The point is, He wasn't picking the elites, he was picking masculine, working men. Being a priest is not for sissies and it's not a job for people who want an easy life. I'm not sure that it changes my mind about doing away with the celibacy requirement, but it makes you think. Also, dig these quotes, taken out of order.
  • There have always been gays in the priesthood, but this blog post is a cultural evaluation of what is different about the 20th and 21st centuries. I know a 55 years old priest who claims that 60% of the priests his age are gay and 80% of the bishops are gay.
  • This is not a gay-bashing blog-post. I have good friends who have struggled with same-sex attraction. Most of them were smart enough not to enter seminary or religious life. I say “smart” because it would be stupid to go live with 100 people you’re sexually attracted to for over seven years.
  • Most priests and seminarians under 45 years old in the United States are straight, so things are getting better.
Bingo. For a guy, celibacy is hard enough if you're straight and only hanging out with men. It would be totally impossible if you were hanging out with women, too. For a gay dude, it's too much to ask to lock them in a seminary with lots of other gay men.

Seminaries full of gay dudes.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

They're So Much Smarterer Than The Rest Of Us, You Know

... because they went to Wharton, a great business school, the best business school! Or maybe they went to Harvard or Berkeley or Yale or some combination of them. Yep, they're brilliant and we all need to leave our fates in their hands. I mean, good Lord, you wouldn't want to be responsible for all of the aspects of your own life, would you?

They're so brilliant, they cheat on their wives and then have their lawyers, who are crooked, pay off the bimbos to keep quiet.

They're so stunningly smart that they run email servers in a closet to do foreign policy work at the highest levels.

They're education teaches them that raping seminarians while their organization is literally dying for the lack of seminarians isn't such a big deal.

They take down pictures of Shakespeare from their universities because he's white. They hire crazy bigots to be on their editorial staffs, bigots who hate the largest group of customers in the country. They run up 20+ trillion in debt. They see how illegitimacy is wrecking the culture and they blame it on racism.

Yes, these are the best and the brightest.

Wanna know what makes me grateful? It's that the United States survived long enough as a small-government nation to finally make it to today's worship-the-experts paradise. It had to be nip-and-tuck for the first two centuries with dingbats and morons like us managing our own affairs.

George Washington. I guess it's too much to have expected him to have done any better. I mean, he didn't even go to Columbia!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Can You Spot The Kudzu?

No, you can't. This is San Diego and by mid-August, everything is brown and dried and dead.
It's been a particularly humid summer here in the coastal desert known as San Diego. Sweating in the muggy weather, I find that I wouldn't mind the thick air if it came with the greenery and rivers of the South.


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Aquinas Was A Radical. We Need A Radical Now.

In the wake of the latest round of the Catholic prelates trying to destroy the Church with their own versions of the Little Boy bomb, I've proposed we go full St. Thomas Aquinas and modify our theology in light of our improved understanding of God's biological laws.

Hey guys? How about if the next time you want to play with little boys you go far out into the woods and play with one like this?
To recap:
  • God doesn't make contradictions. When science conflicts with theology, theology must bend.
  • We know a whole lot more about sexual biochemistry now than we did 1,000 years ago.
  • Christ did not come to Earth to bring us a pile of hopeless tasks. Celibacy isn't achievable by the vast majority of males of any species. Jesus never demanded that we do the impossible.
When I've engaged with Catholic Traditionalists, with whom I have great affinity if not membership in their group, they keep going back to the Church Fathers' teachings. What they don't get is that a lot of the Church Fathers were considered crazed radicals by the traddies of their day.

St. Thomas Aquinas was a bonafide heretic to many of his contemporaries. Among his many revolutionary and brilliant ideas, Aquinas claimed that there was a lot of valuable truth to be found in the Greek philosophers, all of whom were pagans.

The traddies replied, "Pagans? What madness is this? There is nothing we can derive from pagans save death and sin. No, we must chant and pray and burn incense, keeping our heads down in our prayer books and hymnals. To claim that because the world was created by God, all paths lead to God is heresy, plain and simple. Begone, you lunatic!"

In a lot of cases, the Church Fathers' greatest achievements were responses to crises of faith. Some of St. Augustine's teachings were corrections of heresies. Those heresies weren't always nutty, some of them were well-intentioned and reasonably logical. It required a devoted, holy genius to work out the response to the crisis of the moment.

Well, we need that now. This is clearly not working and I don't think it ever did. There are stories of priests going off the celibacy reservation from medieval times. Somebody with the theological chops and Church gravitas needs to make a stand for sanity. 

We need an Aquinas or an Augustine and we need him right now.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Annie: A Cure For The Turmoils Of The Day

... and causer of other turmoils.

I've still got enough OCD about this blog to feel the need to post something every day, despite my repeated attempts at self-interventions to stop the madness. I've got a few more deep, well, deep for me, thoughts about the prelates of the Catholic Church doing their best to blow up the best thing that ever happened to Mankind, but I'll leave the next installment of my incoherent ravings to tomorrow.

Today, it's Annie. Annie is a little, fuzzy dog that no doubt has a breed name, but it's unknown to me. She belongs to good friends of ours and she's a dear. We were over at their pad last night and this was the only shot I could get of her that was worth posting. She posed very briefly in all kinds of fetching ways in between demands that I throw her toys for her so that she and her compadre could spend their time fetching.

In any case, I think she's cute and sometimes there's been enough the-sky-is-falling blog posts and it's time for the beautiful and/or the cute.


Sunday, August 19, 2018

I'm Not Confessing Your Sins

... and you shouldn't have to do penance for mine.

A theme among Catholic priests on Twitter is how they're working to atone for the sins of their orders. I want to grab them by the lapels and shake them. I don't want them beating themselves up over sins they didn't commit, I want them taking pigs like Cardinal Wuerrl out into the alley behind the church and beating the tar out of them. We need warriors, not wimps.

Bishop Morlino of the Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin nails it in this letter to the faithful.
Faced with stories of the depravity of sinners within the Church, I have been tempted to despair. And why? The reality of sin – even sin in the Church – is nothing new. We are a Church made of sinners, but we are sinners called to sanctity. So what is new? What is new is the seeming acceptance of sin by some in the Church, and the apparent efforts to cover over sin by them and others. Unless and until we take seriously our call to sanctity, we, as an institution and as individuals, will continue to suffer the “wages of sin.”

For too long we have diminished the reality of sin – we have refused to call a sin a sin – and we have excused sin in the name of a mistaken notion of mercy. In our efforts to be open to the world we have become all too willing to abandon the Way, the Truth, and the Life. In order to avoid causing offense we offer to ourselves and to others niceties and human consolation.
Amen, Bishop.  "(W)e have excused sin in the name of a mistaken notion of mercy" is exactly right.

See also: postmodernism, denying objective morality via.

So get over it, guys. Show some anger. As long as the sermons about this horror are muted, sad and wimpy, you're not going to convince us that there's a chance of stopping it. It's only going to end when the actual villains get expelled, tried, convicted, thrown into prison and we all see it.

There will be plenty of time for our mercy and their atonement while serving out their sentences.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

The Elites Think We're Ignorant Swine

The Lavender Mafia in the Catholic Church smashing things to bits with their inerrant stupidity is just another case of the "elites" showing that they're idiots while looking down on the rest of us. Here are a few very recent examples of this.

Some of your employees are raping other employees and some of your customers as well? A common person would think those employees need to be fired and prosecuted. The elites (bishops) smiled and patted our heads and told us we just didn't understand.

Our Secretary of State did all of her business from her own email server in a closet somewhere? A common person would think she should be fired and prosecuted. The elites (FBI) smiled and patted our heads and told us we just didn't understand.

The NYT hired a raving, anti-white bigot to be on their editorial staff? A common person would think that it was a bad idea to hate the largest demographic group among your potential customers. The elites (NYT) smiled and patted our heads and told us we just didn't understand.

I could go on and on, but the Newcastle United game's second half just started.

This is how the "elites" see us.
Update: Ugh, what a horrible game.

Here's another example. A Yale professor, the very apex of "elite," wrote a zillion-word essay on why people ought to be allowed (with special exceptions!) to pick their own Halloween costumes, as if they needed to instruct us peasants. A normal person would say, "It's Halloween, we wear what we want. Get over it, Poindexter."

Friday, August 17, 2018

Catholic Arguments Against A Celibate Priesthood

What if the gay, rapist priests in the Church were intensely sexually frustrated men being asked to do what is impossible for all but a few? What if we've been trying to square the circle all this time and now it's really coming back to bite us?

I've come to the conclusion that a celibate priesthood has been a mistake from the beginning. It deprives us of a more masculine cadre of priests. It also pushes otherwise holy and devout men away from the priesthood.

Let's look at some Catholic arguments against it.

First, St. Peter, aka Simon Peter, the rock on which Jesus built his church, the first pope, was married. From Luke 4:38 we have this.
After he left the synagogue, he entered the house of Simon. Simon’s mother-in-law was afflicted with a severe fever, and they interceded with him about her. He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up immediately and waited on them.
Second, we have Paul's first letter to the Corinthians, Chapter 7.
A wife does not have authority over her own body, but rather her husband, and similarly a husband does not have authority over his own body, but rather his wife. Do not deprive each other, except perhaps by mutual consent for a time, to be free for prayer, but then return to one another, so that Satan may not tempt you through your lack of self-control.
Then we have the Catechism. From the guidance of Church Father St. Thomas Aquinas, it teaches us that when established science and theology conflict, theology must be re-examined because God does not make contradictions. I think we know a wee bit more about sexual biochemistry now than we did before.

We have St. Augustine's teachings about sex as well. He claimed that unlike other actions of our bodies, sexual desire was something outside of our wills. I can't find a Scratching Post-safe excerpt to quote here, so you'll just have to find it yourself.

Finally, there is 5 Things Women Need To Know About Men, written by Dr. Allen Hunt, published by that most Catholic of all American Catholic groups, Dynamic Catholic. Number 3 on his list is a physical relationship which he says is a need, not a want.

So there are some Catholic arguments against celibacy. Now how about a pro football argument?

The Lavender Mafia of Catholic prelates have managed to lose Ireland, thanks to their own hideous sexcapades. Ireland! How do Catholics manage to lose cultural dominance in Ireland of all places? That's like getting obliterated in a football game by a close rival. After that happens, some serious, fundamental questions need to be asked and answered.

We're not there yet, I guess. Maybe we need to experience a few more thrashings.

Note: The Bears coaching staff that oversaw this slaughter is no longer with the team.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Elites (Bishops) Vs. The Normals (Laity)

So the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report on the Catholic sex scandal was released and it's mind-blowing. To put it broadly, Catholic priests, bishops and cardinals ran a homosexual, pedophile sex ring. Not all priests mind you, in fact, a small minority. However, it looks to me like the entire hierarchy was in on the act, if only the cover-up. The Lavender Mafia ran amok. I have a couple of developing thoughts on this, but for now, I want to look at one, weird angle.

What if this is a manifestation of Charles Murray's Coming Apart hypothesis - it's part of the division between the elites and the normals?

The bishops didn't see us as equals. We were peasants. If our little boys were raped by crazed, gay priests, well, the priests deserved mercy and we deserved ... maybe a payoff. We were never their equals.

Now dig an excerpt from this essay on the press penning a team editorial against President Trump.
Had those elites of both parties paid genuine attention to flyover country’s concerns, frustrations and fears, as silly and stupid as they seem to disconnected Beltway know-it-all’s, they would not be in today’s baffling, powerless position.
Let's translate that into the case of the Catholic bishops' suicide cult.
Had the bishops paid genuine attention to the laity's concerns, frustrations and fears, as silly and stupid as they seem to disconnected Catholic prelates, they would not be in today’s baffling, powerless position.
Oh yeah, these guys cared about us.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Maybe The Villains Got A Spanking

So open-minded and open-bordered Sweden has experienced another round of, err, youths setting fire to cars.
A gang of masked “youths” rampaged through Sweden’s second-largest city Monday night, setting cars ablaze in an attack described as “extremely organised” and like a military operation by the Prime Minister.
Don't worry, though, the authorities are on top of the situation.
Police chose not to arrest the “young people” at the scene and have since contacted their parents, reports state.
Dig this video of one of the Volvo-torching sessions.

Do you see any cops? I don't. All I see are masked individuals running off before they get caught. If this makes you ask some simple questions, don't feel like you're alone. I asked them, too. One in particular.

How did they know who their parents were?

Does it seem to you like the whole progressive, multi-culti thing is falling apart and now they're just flat-out lying to us about what is happening?

Tuesday, August 14, 2018


You've got to be kidding me.

I'm on the East Coast today, hobnobbing and galavanting as is my wont from time to time. Last night, I landed in DC, rented a car and drove off. Gina Patrina*, my GPS system, guided me off to my hotel after a few stops for supplies.

Well, she sort of guided me.

Gina took my on the weirdest, most roundabout way I'd ever seen. I was going through mostly residential side streets. At one point, I went through a particular sequence twice and I still couldn't figure out how to follow her directions. She's usually so direct and reliable!

I finally realized she thought I was bicycling. At that intersection where I couldn't find the route, she was telling me to take a bike path through a park.

Gina! Stop that!

I have no idea why she thought I was on a bike. Sigh. Oh well, Gina, we're all allowed a mistake or three. It's OK, I won't hold a grudge.

Clouds over Virginia. The scene was much more attractive than this. Not sure why the shot came out so grainy.
* - Gina Patrina is our family name for Google maps, particularly in navigation mode.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Well, That Was A Dud

Now that the neo-nazis held a national march and only managed to gather a couple dozen people and a dyspeptic goat for their parade, can we please stop telling each other how America is full of white supremacists?

The goat agrees.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Life Imitates Red Dawn

... specifically, the reeducation camp scene.

My favorite detail is that the camp is a converted drive-in theater where the indoctrination movie is running in the background.

Now dig this.
Male, pale and stale university professors are to be given “reverse mentors” to teach them about unconscious bias, under a new Government funded scheme.

Under the project, white men in senior academic posts will be assigned a junior female colleague from an ethnic minority as a mentor.

Prof John Rowe, who is overseeing the project at Birmingham University, said he hoped the scheme will allow eminent professors to confront their own biases and leave them “feeling quite uncomfortable”.
It's not enough, of course, to indoctrinate the professors, you have to get the family as well. Oh, that's right, the education system is taking care of that.

Enlightenment observation: If this postmodernist rubbish was working, wouldn't we see boys achieving as well as girls? We don't, do we? Hmm. Maybe it was never about achievement, only about power and destroying the enemies of the Movement. Remember, in the postmodernist world, logic is actually an impediment to progress.

Watching the clip above, I thought of something else. How would it feel to be one of the children of those professors, knowing some punk was hired to go into your father's office and humiliate him on a regular basis. If you'd done that to my father, you'd have some problems from both of us.

Avenge me indeed.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Postmodernism Spinning Out Of Control

My own crude, incomplete definition of Postmodernism is that it is the rejection of the reality of objective truth. When progressives talk about "your truth" and "my truth", it is a direct result of the Postmodern movement that has taken over our educational system.

I'd argue that each successive generation raised under postmodernism is more off the rails than the last. The first generation, say the one of the 1960s, was only sort of nutty. Their teachers, not all of whom had been indoctrinated, had been raised in an enlightenment (logic- and objective fact-based) world. They may have rejected that, but they were intellectually coasting along under its momentum.

The second generation, say that of the 1990s, was instructed by the people raised in the 1960s, who were still managed by folks from the earlier, enlightenment era. They were taught crazy things, but still not totally insane. The indoctrination in the academies was more complete, but still not universal.

Today's generation is almost completely under the tutelage of postmodern teachers who are under the control of postmodern managers. The result is bat guano-crazy things like the craze over 178+ genders, the anti-scientific support for transgender people, the on-its-face stupid concept of unconscious bias and a complete lack of gratitude for the preceding generations who gave them everything up to and including the smartphones on which they while away the tedious hours.

When we see the mob come after people because they refuse to support today what was yesterday considered wrong (see: Obama's change in support for gay marriage, the demand that we all call Bruce Jenner a woman instead of crazy), we're seeing what happens when the culture is thoroughly postmodern, from top to bottom.

Without even a shred of objective reality or logic, there is nothing to keep us from changing course capriciously, wildly, even violently. Postmodernism carries with it no momentum from accepted thought, only the childish emotions of the mob.

And so massive corporations rush to deplatform the nutbag Alex Jones without warning this week. It's a postmodernist act - there's no objective measure bring applied that will allow us to predict who's next or even what's next.

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Biology, Morality And Religion

At some pundit's recommendation, I think it was Victor Davis Hanson, I recently listened to a good portion of The Satyricon by Gaius Petronius. Petronius was a member of Nero's inner circle, circa 60 AD. I finally had to stop because the thing is mostly porn and I just couldn't stomach it any more.

The Satyricon is brilliantly written. It is one of the most beautiful and compelling pieces of prose I have ever read. You can easily get lost in the writing and carried along the sewer stream of the story. It is also very instructive regarding the development of morality in the absence of Judeo-Christian religion.

I don't have time to go into the plot, which you can find summarized elsewhere. Instead, I'll just say that the characters go from orgy to feast to orgy to theft to orgy to feast and on and on. There is a ton of homosexual sex as well as a great deal of seducing of children. Only in that last one do the characters reveal a scintilla of reluctance, but even then, not enough to stop themselves. In fact, when I finally couldn't stomach it any more, one character was proudly recounting how he had seduced a young boy right under the noses of his parents.

It's all horrible, but is it wrong? That's the question I wrestled with as I listened. Putting myself in their shoes, where their gods and goddesses are nothing more than good luck charms and their morality is derived from satisfying biological urges, why is any of it wrong?

Therein lies the problem for those who claim that atheism can produce a moral code equal or superior to Christianity. You might be able to do it in the faculty lounge, which I doubt, but you certainly can't do it with the general public. You can't answer the simple question that all moral codes must address: Why shouldn't I satisfy my biological urges?

Judeo-Christian Version

  1. We were made in the image of God
  2. We are all equal
  3. We are called to love others as ourselves
  4. God gave us our bodies to serve each other, not ourselves
  5. We should enjoy sensual pleasures within that context

Atheist Version

  1. ...
  2. ...
  3. ...
  4. ...
  5. Um, there are efficiencies to society if you practice some nebulously-defined restraint, so you probably shouldn't do it, OK?

Modern, Secular Version

  1. You're a bigot if you don't support all 781 genders getting it on any way they want
  2. For those of you who haven't consulted the latest list and still think there are only 765 genders, you're bigots, too. ANTIFA will be at your door shortly to provide instruction.
In the end, no one is going to listen to intellectuals tell them to restrain their desires because there's some kind of evolutionary advantage to it. That's nonsense from beginning to end. The evolutionary advantage comes to those who slake their lusts and desires as much as they possibly can. Hey, the dominant lion isn't an ascetic, you know.

And neither are the characters in The Satyricon. Go figure. And while you do, feel free to Bang A Gong (Get It On).

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Nissans And Unconscious Bias

Pondering unconscious bias a bit more after yesterday's post, I think I've hit on the fatal flaw in it. Let's call it UB for short. Like most social justice phrases, it's awful and deserves nothing more than an abbreviation.

First, you have to realize that UB isn't confined to races or even people. It's your hidden feelings about adjective noun. For example, real UB retraining might focus on your secret feelings about Eskimo lesbians, but the logic is just as applicable to walnut furniture, ground corn or cold days.

I've owned two Nissan (Datsuns at the time) pickups, a Nissan Maxima and a Nissan Altima. My son bought a Nissan Sentra. I recently rented a late-model Nissan Altima. According to UB, I have must have hidden feelings about Nissan vehicles.

How in the world can that even be detected? I don't have hidden feelings about Nissans, I have vocal, obvious, conscious, experience-based feelings about Nissans. The thought that there would be some ultra-secret storehouse of biases lurking in my subconscious affecting my opinion about Nissans is utterly insane.

My opinion of Nissans isn't based on UB at all. UB would be nothing more than noise about 60 dB below the level of my analysis of empirical data.

Further, my opinion of Nissans changes over time. I had thought I was a hopeless Nissan partisan, but I didn't really like that rented Altima I drove recently. It was a big meh. If I was going to buy a new car right now, I don't think I'd go back to Nissan. You could have sent me to a year's worth of UB reeducation camps and they wouldn't have done doodly-toot compared to my experience driving the Altima.

Unconscious bias is quackery.

It's not really quackery, though, is it? It's something much, much worse.