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

Bicycling?

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.

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Unconscious Bias Is Anti-Science

I work for what is considered a science and engineering organization. You couldn't tell it by the fact that some of our groups are undergoing unconscious bias training. I haven't done the research myself, but from what Jordan Peterson asserts, and he is always careful about what he says, the science behind unconscious bias is shoddy to the point of worthlessness. See below.


Shoddy or not, the whole idea is ridiculous. First, if it's unconscious, I don't know I have it. In fact, you can't even prove that I have it. If you could, that would mean you know more about my internal thoughts than I do.

Second, even if it's true, it's so far down the list of decision aids that it's irrelevant if I have it or not.

In the last few years, I've had the, err, opportunity to drive through South Central Los Angeles. South Central is a horror.

This is a pretty common sight.
When you drive through South Central, you drive through it. You don't stop to shop, dine, visit or anything else unless you absolutely have to do it. All the unconscious bias in the world going one way or another isn't going to result in a different decision. You're acting on conscious bias, informed by real-world data.

Which brings me to the final point. If you observe data, develop hypotheses about it and test those against more observed data, what room does that leave for unconscious bias? Where would it arise independent of empirical facts?

Science. You're doing it wrong.

Monday, August 06, 2018

Jesus Is Indeed A Socialist

Steven Colbert was right, Jesus is a socialist. Here's how you can tell. Think of the group that best embodies Christian life. Aren't they run by tyrannical leaders and surrounded by the bodies of the dead, killed by the leader's closest allies? They are, aren't they?

Yep, Jesus is a socialist. Makes sense to me.

Who can forget that classic line from the Sermon on the Cambodian Mount? "Blessed are the peacemakers, particular when they drive people out of the cities to slaughter them in the countryside."

Sunday, August 05, 2018

The Final Verdict On RV Vacations

No. Because no.

We had a good time, but we would never rent an RV again and buying one is out of the question. The worst part was realizing you probably couldn't park the thing where you wanted to go, like downtown Asheville, North Carolina in the arts district. We ended up renting a car and driving that around and left the RV at the campground.

When you added up all of the costs - the rental, the rental car, the campground fees, the huge fuel bill, the camping gear we needed to bring - it turned out that the per-day expense of the RV was higher than the highest we've ever paid for a VRBO house rental and we've stayed in some pretty nice places.

In the end, you're still camping, it's just that you have four walls, a roof and some amount of mobility. Wife kitteh likes camping, but I'm not much of a fan even under the best of circumstances.

Meh.

Meanwhile, for your viewing pleasure, here's eastern Tennessee at 200 MPH. Enjoy.

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Sarah Jeong Is An Inflection Point For America

I'm still processing the fact that the New York Times, the freaking New York Times, hired a crazed racist, not as an occasionally-published pundit, but as a member of their editorial board.

There's no going back from this one. The NYT has now normalized racism for its readers. Not that it wasn't bubbling up already, given the lunacy from our academies with their whiteness studies and toxic masculinity courses. Following along with the NYT, the WaPo published this her-racism-wasn't-so-bad-after-all piece. Here's a snippet.
Without evidence that they had any bearing on Jeong’s extensive body of work, which includes a book she wrote about online harassment, these statements could have perhaps been unceremoniously dismissed as insignificant.
Well, I guess it wasn't racism-racism. Of course, that logic only works if you accept the left's definition of racism that it can only come from whites. But fie upon logic! This isn't about logic and it never was. This is about the overuse of their favorite tool to gain power - the charge of racism. Sarah isn't an outlier to them, she's actually pretty typical, if you look at what's going on at our colleges.

And therein lies my only ray of hope from this horrific incident. My bet is that the NYT, the WaPo and most of the Democrats' base are living so deeply inside of a bubble that they don't really understand America at all. This is the real America:

We saw this at a blue-collar diner in the South this week. A white girl cheerfully waiting on two black gentlemen. It happens in every combination, every day, all over the place. This is the America we know from reality, not the race-obsessed madness of the left.
I'm hoping that normal Americans of all stripes will be repulsed by Sarah and the NYT. Maybe it will rip the veil off the Nazism of the American progressives, revealing their sickness to all.

You can be in favor of Medicare for all and a higher minimum wage without being a racist, you know.

Friday, August 03, 2018

This Has Got To Stop

... or it may already be too late and the NYT may have crossed the Rubicon in force by hiring a crazed racist to their editorial board.





Topping on the cake:

Thursday, August 02, 2018

No Flags

In the last 15 months, I've driven around every state in the old Confederacy, visiting a lot of blue collar eateries, cheap hotels, campgrounds and tap houses. In that time, I've seen less than 15 Confederate flags, total, including bumper stickers.

Meanwhile, the pubs and diners have been more racially integrated at all levels - customers, workers and managers - than anything I've ever seen outside of Dixie. If the South is full of crazed, hateful, white supremacists, they're doing a good job of hiding it.

Or maybe that's a long-dead boogie man preserved by progressives in order to gain power through fear and hate.

Maybe instead of repeating the hateful slander of would-be tyrants on the left, we could just enjoy places like the Nantahala River in North Carolina and the lovely people that live nearby.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

The Nantahala Forest At 500 MPH

Here's a quick edit of a video segment from what we took yesterday using the windshield mount for the GoPro Hero3. It gives you an idea of what it's like driving the RV - it's like looking out of the eye slit of a knight's helmet.

I think the speed is too fast and I want to do some post-processing on the lighting, but we're off to explore Asheville and I don't have time to get too involved. I'll leave that for when we get back to the Catican Compound in San Diego.

In the meantime, enjoy! It's 1280 HD, so it might be worth watching it on YouTube in fullscreen mode.