Too Few to Mention

15 10 2019

University City

Piece in The Atlantic over the weekend was mildly interesting at first, so I only mentioned it on my social feeds.

But the more I think about it, the more I want to deep dive into it.  It’s not that long, though, so the dive won’t be very deep.

And because John Inazu, the author, does law-religion matters at WU Law, it has a St. Louis angle.

Spoiler alert:  I think he’s a bit off base;  Democrats and the left will not long term regret what Beta said at the recent CNN-sponsored LGBTQ-BLT-BBQ-LOL issues shindig.

So, let’s begin.

The issue of gay rights and recognition and acceptance of the LGBTQ community has moved at warp speed—in political terms anyway—this past decade.

And then he spends the rest of this article trying to claim that the Democrats’ continuing to move at warp speed on gay rights issues will somehow hurt them, when their previous warp speed movement did not and still has not.  Trump gets mentioned a bit later, but it should be noted that he’s the most pro-gay Republican President in American history and the second most overall, behind only Barack Obama.

“I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage,” said the candidate Barack Obama in 2008.

He was faking it to make sure he didn’t talk himself out of winning that easily winnable election.  Obama himself has all but openly admitted that.  The “official” change happened in May 2012 after a North Carolina vote on gay marriage that didn’t go the way the LGBTQ-BLT-BBQ-LOL activists groups thought it would;  They basically read Obama the Riot Act, and forced him to be open about what was all along his real position, otherwise the money would be cut off.

At Thursday night’s nationally televised forum on LGBTQ rights, candidate Beto O’Rourke showed how far, and how quickly, the Democratic Party has moved. The former Texas congressman caused quite a stir when he said he would support revoking the tax-exempt status of religious institutions—colleges, churches, and charities—if they opposed same-sex marriage.

I believe the real purpose of that is that Beta was using the figurative corpse of his failed candidacy as a sacrificial lamb to move the Overton Window leftward on that matter.  Or, to be more detailed, he veered much father to the left in order to make not quite as far to the left solutions more palatable.

The candidate’s view isn’t entirely new to Democrats. It echoes, for example, then–Solicitor General Donald Verrilli’s concession during his oral argument in Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015 that the tax-exempt status of Christian colleges and universities who hold traditional views of marriage was “going to be an issue.” And it aligns with the Harvard law professor Mark Tushnet’s policy recommendation to take a “hard line” with religious conservatives because, after all, “trying to be nice to the losers didn’t work well after the Civil War,” and “taking a hard line seemed to work reasonably well in Germany and Japan after 1945.”

Godwin’s Law didn’t last long, here.

Even so, O’Rourke’s comments mark the first time a Democratic presidential candidate has overtly endorsed stripping the tax-exempt status of religious organizations who hold conservative views about marriage and sexuality. This feels very much like the candidate Obama’s “cling to guns and religion” comment at a 2008 San Francisco fundraiser that became first an attack line used by Hillary Clinton and then a well-worn conservative talking point that the would-be president was aloof and out of touch with small-town America. But more troubling than the rhetoric is where it leads. And for that, let me offer three suggestions to people with skill sets I lack: one for pollsters, one for journalists, and one for policy analysts.

Okay, but Obama’s “bitter clingers to guns and religion” comments, (which also included trade protectionism, that’s all but forgotten today), didn’t cost him.  As I recall, he won the Presidency, twice, after his saying that came out publicly.  I say that to remind you that Inazu is trying to make us think that Beta will hurt the Democrats.

First, pollsters should ask voters about O’Rourke’s comments and the issue of tax-exempt status, both now and in the exit polls for the 2020 presidential election. We can be certain this issue will be used in Republican political ads, especially in congressional districts that Obama won in 2012, but that Trump won in 2016. And I suspect this issue and O’Rourke’s framing of it will lead to increased turnout of evangelicals in states that matter to Democrats, such as Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. O’Rourke’s comment may quickly fall out of the national news cycle, but it won’t be forgotten among churches, religious organizations, and religious voters. And if the Democrats lose in 2020, this issue and their handling of it will likely be a contributing factor. That will be true regardless of who the eventual Republican or Democratic candidates are.

So the only real effects are short term, in that they might result in the most pro-gay Republican President ever winning re-election.  That and I should add that Obama 2012 and Trump 2016 areas are areas where gay issues in either direction aren’t politically critical.

Second, journalists should ask O’Rourke and every other Democratic candidate how this policy position would affect conservative black churches, mosques and other Islamic organizations, and orthodox Jewish communities, among others. It is difficult to understand how Democratic candidates can be “for” these communities—advocating tolerance along the way—if they are actively lobbying to put them out of business.

The Coalition of the Fringes argument.  All I can say there is that if this kind of thing mattered to any of those groups or institutions, it would have shown up politically by now.  That it does not indicates to me that it will not ever.  Besides, if it does happen to become a problem for them, they can just have the FBI have one of its assets dress up in a Klan robe and go shoot up a synagogue all while yelling “Islamophobic” slogans, and the subsequent investigation of his apparent social media feeds will reveal that he doubts anthropogenic climate change and gave five bucks to a European Identitarian organization.  The good ole KKKrazy Glue.

In fact, religious individuals and organizations spend billions of their own dollars in the charitable sector and donate hundreds of millions of hours of service in global and domestic regions where the social fabric is the most distressed. They have spent generations building institutions, infrastructure, and networks that enable large-scale responses to natural disasters and other calamities. When hurricanes and tornadoes devastate entire communities, churches and religious organizations mobilize thousands of volunteers and many tons of relief supplies. Ending the tax-exempt status of these organizations would substantially weaken the charitable sector, which would result in more people suffering. Policy analysts should make that case evident so that voters can fully evaluate Democratic claims that the party cares for the least of these.

(snip)

When the next tornado hits the Midwest or the next hurricane hits Puerto Rico, I will gladly welcome the atheists and the National Guard to help in the relief efforts. But I’ll want the religious people there, too, through organizations such as Catholic Charities, the Southern Baptists’ North American Mission Board, the Salvation Army, and World Relief. Our nation’s politicians can choose to make that possibility more or less likely with their rhetoric and policies in the years to come. Threatening the loss of tax exemption to hundreds of thousands of religious organizations, including many that serve the most vulnerable in our society, is not the way to go.

Doesn’t matter, even if their tax exempt status is taken away, they’ll still be there to help.  That’s what keeps this system going, that the people who are constantly bashed and trashed and should be going on strike still clock in and out every day just because they have too much pride and decency to do otherwise.

One other thing is that, if Beta’s proposal ever comes to pass, it won’t be that some dispassionate algorithm will be used to decide which groups should lose their 501-c status.  Human beings, especially politically charged human beings, will do it.  Remember the early part of this decade with the Tea Party Movement?   Lois Lerner?

So where Inazu is missing the point is that it won’t be that a mass 501-c revocation that Beta seems to want will universally affect institutions that don’t toe the pink line.  Like I said, Lois Lerner types will be making the subjective decisions.  And it’s easy to see that they’ll revoke for conservative and Republican oriented institutions, but leave the precious black churches (et al) and the big mainstream institutions like the Catholic Church alone.  That, and by the time such an effort can be undertaken, it will be a moot point, because by that time, conservative Evangelical organizations in the United States will be run by middle aged people who are young Evangelicals today, those young Evangelicals, as the media keep gloating, aren’t any kind of anti-gay at all, and are even bigger racial cucks than their older predecessors.  As far as mainstream groups, they’ll side with Mammon, as they tend to do.





Ramadamadingdong

6 05 2019

Your Blogmeister’s German Desk

For the first time in my life, I am spending Ramadan surrounded by many of the demographic that observes Ramadan.  And this is a time of the year which they are especially peaceful, which means I’m keeping all my senses dialed up to maximum sensitivity.

Needless to say, I have only one mass public outdoor event on my schedule for the next month, and it’s not even in Germany, it’s weekend after next in Milan.  Which will mean stamping Italy on my passport.  Maybe next summer I’ll do a grand tour of Italy, especially Rome northward.  But for now, it’s all business and light sightseeing.

Otherwise, rock out.





Ostern

17 04 2019

Your Blogmeister’s German Desk

I’m going to Wittenberg for Easter weekend, taking the train tomorrow.

As you know, I’ve already been there.  (Though my original post title is no longer true.)  It’s just the way I figure, Easter weekend in the Lutheran Vatican is going to be something special.

I’m mostly going to disconnect for the long weekend, so I hope there is no really big news awaiting me when I plug back in.  No Notre Dame, no Jared Taylor being turned away.  And here’s hoping the seventh century death cult of peace, as well as our own sector’s fringe wackos, take a big super giant chill pill.  Back in the United States, the full nothingburger report with some necessary redactions is going to be dropped some time tomorrow, but I’m anticipating the full report to be just a bigger nothingburger.

 





I Know Nobody Cares Anymore, But…

26 01 2019

Vatican City;  Panama

 





Home, Away From Home

29 09 2018

Cologne

Before I left Cologne for this month long road trip, I saw that I was fortunately going to miss two big events in town:  One, Cologne Cathedral being turned into basically an SPLC billboard, and two, Ergodan’s visit to open the Turkish government funded mosque in town.

Now that the second event has happened, it’s international news, and here’s one of the international media treatments.

I’ve been following that saga closely, and the extra news I can tell you is that Ergodan’s visits to Cologne and Berlin have not gone smoothly.  The NRW President (equivalent to an American state governor) wanted to meet Ergodan, then flip flopped.  Ergodan was permitted to stay in a well known historical palace near Cologne, then the offer was rescinded.  Various politicians in the 3R wanted to show up to the mosque opening ceremony, then they didn’t.  While in Berlin, a bunch of Federal politicians also went back and forth about wanting to be associated publicly with Ergodan.

Then there were the protests at the ceremony.

Unfortunately, our side slash the AfD (though I repeat myself) were only minor players in this soap opera.  In reality, the heat and energy source behind the public protesting and the political flip flopping had entirely to do with internecine politics among Turks in the 3R, in Berlin and Germany in general, analogous to Turkish politics in Turkey, and also Kurdish consternation with Turkish suppression of Kurdish nationalism and irredentism within Turkey.

One big scandal that broke out while Ergodan was here is that it has been discovered that he’s got moles within the Berlin Police, that have been snitching on anti-Ergodan Turks to him, most of those types are Gulen followers, but some are also anti-E for other reasons.  On top of the Kurds being spied upon.  Now, it’s tempting to think that the moles in the Berlin Police are themselves Turkish.  But don’t be surprised if they turn out to be real Germans, and real Germans who are apolitical.  One of the things I found out during the summer voyage, and I hinted around in this space in my final post from here while on the voyage, that post was from Darmstadt, is that:

I have other reality check sort of observations as well, not the least of which are all the nonchalant insouciant devil-may-care borderline rotten borderline sour-pus countenances I get from a disturbingly high percentage of real German people, who, might I add, are of a disturbingly high median age, and those attitudes are adversely affecting Germany’s scientific and engineering prowess, including its automobile engineering, and are also fueling a disturbingly high level of public corruption.

Older people, without children, so without a real reason to care about the future after their death.  They’re going to get while the gettin’s good and they’re in this world to get, and catch as catch can.  The boondoggle of the Berlin-Brandenburg Airport, which I might actually get to write about one of these days, is just one of many examples.  So I think it’s easily possible that somewhat middle aged to late middle aged real German cops are taking bags of Ergodan’s deep state’s money to tell on Gulenists and other anti-E people.

Remember that, in spite of Merkel’s Boner, Turks are still to this day Germany’s largest most ostentatious problematic most long-standing racial-ethnic group.  I’m unclear on the history of that, one version I read is that American military occupiers foisted Turks on what was then West Germany immediately after WWII, another version is that they didn’t start pouring in until West Germany got its first SPD Chancellor, that being Willy Brandt in 1969, for electing-a-new-people reasons.





Francis Syndrome

27 08 2018

Vatican City

Victor Davis Hanson calls it the “Bloomberg Syndrome.” That is, the more a local official talks about national or world issues beyond his jurisdiction, the more likely it is that he is a rank incompetent in dealing with the local issues over which he actually does have direct control and responsibility.

I have come to observe in life that the Bloomberg Syndrome applies in general: The more someone prattlebatts on over issues over which he has no control, the more likely it is that he’s a major league fuck up relating to issues over which he does have control.

Prime example:

Pope Francis.

Who can’t stop talking about refugees and climate change. But is at the top of the direct chain of command of the many sexually abusive Catholic priests.





Take the Hint

31 07 2018

Manchester, England

UKDM:

…”For this man to have committed such an atrocity on UK soil after we rescued him from Libya was an act of utter betrayal”…





Gordian Knot + Rube Goldberg + Mobius Loop

26 07 2018

Denver

Can’t send the Jihadist-wannabe to prison because there’s a risk that prison Jihadists will “radicalize” him (i.e. offer him a proper interpretation of the Koran).

It’s too early in the morning for me to get this dizzy.





The Most Special Fulfilling Day of My Life

17 06 2018

Wittenberg, Germany

I said I wasn’t going to write any posts while on the trip.

But, today has been…well, you read the title.  A real red letter day in my life.  So I’m using some of my precious hostel WiFi time tonight, (it’s after 10:30 PM in Germany and the entire CEDT zone as I write this), to tell you all.

By pure luck, coincidence, or maybe something otherworldly at work, the itinerary got us here to Wittenberg on a Sunday.  Which means you can probably figure out where we went to church this morning, and which other church we spent some time in early this afternoon.  In contrast to last Sunday, when I was in another city on the Elbe River, downstream, that being Hamburg, when and where I thought the better of actually attending any church in that city.  Even though one of Hamburg’s church steeples was for a short time the world’s tallest man-made structure.

Of course we saw what are probably the most famous church doors in all of world history.  And you know?  Upon a very close look, I could swear I saw some half millennium old glue residue.

I became upset when I wasn’t able to return to mental functional coherence in time fully to appreciate the observed 500th anniversary of the 95 Theses, that being October 31, 2017;  As you know, it wouldn’t be for another two weeks until I got well enough for something like that.  But, this makes up for it, and then some, and then some, and then some, and then some, and then some.  It’s still the 500 years (plus some change) year, so I’ll score that as a win for myself.

Surreal…supernatural…soul-shaking…not powerful enough words to describe the impact of this day on me.

Today was the first of three whole days here in what I call the “Luther Region,” including Wittenberg, obviously, but also Dessau-Roblau, Leipzig, Halle, Eisleben, and other nearby towns important to Luther lore.  Near Leipzig, we’ll be making an ironic visit to another important but more recent German historical figure.

And because of that, we’re surely going to visit Worms once we make our way back around to the other side of the country.  Because I’m on a diet.

***

Of course, anything any churches in this town had going on late this afternoon and into the evening was canceled, because Germany’s first World Cup game was this evening, which of course we watched from a beer hall.  We happen to be in a soccer crazy country, whose national team is a favorite to win the World Cup, (in fact, Germany won it four years ago), during the time of the World Cup, which means God Himself has to take a back burner for ninety minutes of clock time.

The atmosphere in the beer hall during the game was, to say the very least, spirited and raucous.  To put it accurately, it got me so charged up that I had half a notion to invade the Sudetenland.  By comparison, a ‘Bama crowd in a Birmingham sports bar on an autumn Saturday night would seem like an overnight at a retirement home.  I hardly like soccer, but I don’t think I’ve never had so much fun doing something I don’t like.

Obviously the only downer to this late afternoon was that Germany lost the game.

I just wish Germans would quit outsourcing their patriotism to soccer.  Though I’m a fine one to talk — I come from a country whose native born white people outsource their patriotism to the football team that represents the nearest land grant university, and to Israel.  Stones, glass houses, n’est pas?

Yet and still, that was just some very nice icing on the cake to this day.

I wonder who the American media were rooting for. Did they want Germany to win, because Angela Merkel hearts immigrants and refugees, in order to spite Trump? Or did they want Mexico to win, because of immigrants, and media members’ undocumented nannies and housekeepers, in order to spite Trump?

I’m also surprised that in the Moscow stadium where this game was played, that there were way many more Mexico fans than I would have thought, maybe even a majority of the house. Moscow, not being that far from Germany, you would have thought 99% of the stadium would have been Germans. Mexico, by contrast, is not that prosperous of a country, on the other side of the world. Perhaps most of the Mexico crowd at the stadium are well to do Mexican-Americans?

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Yesterday, which was our third and final day in Der Hauptstadt, was also very special.  Here, I’m going to have to be way more coy, because of all the flies on the wall.  Let’s just say I met important people, who hooked me up with meeting more important people, and came away with two important recent German language political books autographed by the author.  I will only fill in the blanks for those of you who I know and trust.

And yes, I’ve been paying attention to the political upheaval happening under my nose, literally under my nose, for three days, because it’s all been going down in Berlin.  While it was on the top of Drudge most of the weekend, and a big story in the world media, the German media are treating it as only the second most important story going, not quite as important as…you guessed it.

Angela Merkel is really on the ropes, and could join the ranks of Der Arbeitslose by next week. Mainly because of the instability within her own party-coalition, the CDU-CSU.

The root cause of all this is the very tenuous red-orange-yellow-green-blue-indigo-sienna-peach-mauve-magenta-fuchsia-apricot-navy-grape-pink-teal-pine-black-lemon-brown-burgundy-aquamarine coalition that it took to return Merkel to power. Of course, all that was a function of trying to string together a string bean coalition of everyone-but-AfD. At first, it worked, kinda, even after a false start. But the constant threat to such arrangements is that they are houses of cards, and have all the stability of them. Just don’t anyone in the whole country let out a big hard sneeze. And that’s just what the new Interior Minister, who is Bavarian, and leads the CSU, did.

I’d like to claim credit for what looks to be the end of Merkel’s political career, just because I happen to be in-country and was in-city. But I don’t think I’d even eat my own dog food.

BUT…

Reality check time:

Going forward, unless the “untouchable” AfD either falls off the map, or attains an absolute majority of the vote, those two extremes seem to be unlikely in the relatively near future, or one of the “mainstream” parties works up the courage to call on the AfD, also unlikely, considering this is the country that is seriously mulling throwing out the American ambassdor, Richard Grennell, because he openly supports a neighboring country’s head of government (Sebastian Kurz in Austria) only because Kurz worked up the courage to call on Austria’s AfD-style pop-nat-right parties and factions, and the German political class interprets that as Grennell telegraphing/dog-whistling support for the AfD domestically, (which he denies in public), then German politics are going to be stuck on Groundhog Day for quite some time to come. Government falls apart, new elections, AfD gets a significant percentage, but nowhere near a majority, “mainstream” parties agree to nervous string bean rainbow color coalitions to box out the AfD, the agreement lasts about as long as a snowball in hell, government falls apart, new elections, lather rinse repeat.

Another issue is that if Merkel is ousted this week, then who?  While the CDU-CSU could pick a new leader, he or she would probably not be acceptable to the other parties in the rainbow coalition.  But the only kind of person that they would accept, because that person would be the new head of government, wouldn’t be acceptable to the CDU-CSU.  Which means, new elections, but back on the Mobius Loop.  Groundhog Day.

Long and short is that German politics are stuck with her. They can’t live with her, and they can’t live without her.

***

To give you a halftime report, and thanks to the fact that I have along with me a heavily marked up on its way to being even more marked up road atlas of Germany and surrounding countries (*) I bought off of some obese French ghost who also sold me the tires on my car that I may never get to drive again, I’ll just state here which cities and towns we’ve spent significant time in so far, not counting the ones we’ve just passed through:

Frankfurt -> Bonn -> Cologne -> Dusseldorf -> Moers -> Venlo, Netherlands -> Duisburg -> Essen -> Dortmund -> Munster -> Osnabruck -> Oldenburg -> Bremen -> Hamburg -> Hannover -> Braunschweig -> Wolfsburg -> Helmstedt (i.e. the old BRD-DDR border Charlie Checkpoint) -> Magdeburg -> Brandenburg -> Potsdam -> Berlin -> Frankfurt (Oder) -> Slubice, Poland -> Rzepin, Poland -> Berlin -> Luther Region

You won’t get a full report and travelogue until we get home.  But, make sure you check out my Minds feed, where I’ve been teasing everyone with more frequent updates.

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(*) – Including something called “Benelux.”  I bought it back at home, to make sure I have a version where English is one of the languages, (this particular one is in six languages), and to avoid what I knew would be a much higher price for the same atlas here in Germany, where most everything is significantly more expensive, sometimes way more expensive — But that’s for the travelogue.  Back to the point:  Benelux?  Doesn’t one vacuum one’s carpets and rugs with a Benelux?  Then I looked it up, and it’s a portmanteau of Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg, and in fact, the three countries have a political union of the same name, very similar to the Visegrad Group, one of the countries in that group I’m making my way towards and will be in for several days.  Yet and still, would it have killed the obese French ghost to print “Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg” instead of the portmanteau which almost nobody has heard of?  Also, this atlas contains the Czech Republic, which I’m headed to, but indicates it as “Czechia.”  Which may be grammatically correct, but it’s easy to confuse it with Chechnya, which of course is not a country, even though people of a certain peaceful religion want it to be.





Pope Gaga

21 05 2018

Vatican City

LGBTQ-BLT-BBQ-LOL orgasmic over “Born This Way.”

You know, I’m so old that that I remember a time when LGBTQ-BLT-BBQ-LOL and their allies said that religion was dead and that organized religion’s pronouncements didn’t matter.

I would say that they can’t have it both ways, but LGBTQ-BLT-BBQ-LOL have had no problems having it both ways (and a lot of other ways) for as long as I can remember.

Pope Francis’s favorite song:





Billy Graham

21 02 2018

Montreat, North Carolina

* The man who brought him to Christ was an overt segregationist.  Which is something that Billy Graham himself took great pains to cover up in the latter part of his vital career.

* He and Mike Pence had something in common:  As married men, arranging their affairs such that they are never alone with another woman.  A habit which turns out to be really wise in today’s #MeToo climate.





Ctrl+F “Immig” Yields Zero Results

2 02 2018

Minneapolis

Really?

I guess it’s a mystery wrapped in an enigma.





Face Palm, Big Time

11 01 2018

Milwaukee

Even though it’s in Milwaukee, and Wisconsin has its own Synod of the Lutheran Church, Our Redeemer in Wauwatosa is LCMS.

Blogmeister holds this real big super giant L.

Okay, let me compose myself and try to make it through this silliness.

(1) Trameka Brown-Berry is a rather odd name for a Lutheran, much less LCMS.  Though since both church and school are in Milwaukee County, it’s probably in an area that hasn’t been Germanic for a long time, so the school has no choice but to appeal to blacks.  Also remember that Wisconsin has a relatively long standing school voucher scheme, which may play into this somehow.

(2) Is it really so wrong to teach fourth graders what first year law students have to learn how to do, that is, argue the case of your opponent?

(3) “And for it to be a Christian school, they could say something like, ‘what are three good things we can do to prevent slavery from happening?'” — Of course, if you actually read the Bible, you’ll find no specific explicit prohibition against slavery.





Kojak Goes to Church

10 01 2018

North City

4:

Chief Hayden partners with churches to stop gun, drug violence

Newly-appointed St. Louis City Police Chief John Hayden has reached out to churches to stop crime across the city.

Chief Hayden, church clergy, and Better Family Life will host a meeting discussing action against gun-violence and drug abuse among the JeffVanderLou and Hamilton Heights neighborhoods. The meeting is Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Better Family Life Cultural Center located on Page Blvd at 5415.

Hayden mentioned that community engagement was at the top of his list and the church will play a key role in rebuilding police relationship with the community. The chief also said the outcome of this meeting will help restructure inner-city neighborhoods and re-establish their churches as a point of resource for residents.

Huh?  If you are ever brave enough to go to the dindu box crime rectangle, then you’ll see that in the residential areas, the churches are either the most opulent or the most well kept up structures around.  Which is a hint that black preachers are the big chiefs in Bell Curve City.  So don’t you think if black churches were ever able to do any good, they would have already done it?

To figure out that riddle, all one has to do is go inside one of these many black churches on a Sunday morning.  No ethics lecture, but a whole lot of singing and dancing instead.





My First Informal Propositional Logic Teacher

26 12 2017

Orlando

RIP.

News of his passing is true, even if fallacious.

In his later years, his eponymous son had started to supplant the father in running the operation, and when that happened, I was exit stage right.  Because Junior is one of those obnoxious cucks who peddles the notion that Christ ordained and demanded race mixing and interracial marriage.  Of course, since Junior is no longer with the ministry — I heard about this briefly when it happened, totally forgot about it, but now that Senior has passed on, it’s coming back to me, but Junior got his hands caught in the Ashley Madison jar a few years back.

My second informal propositional logic teacher was way more face-to-face but way less religious.





Correlation With Causation

15 12 2017

Article links on AR’s story haul back on Tuesday, these two are obviously juxtaposed:

Genius juxtaposition on the part of the AR editors, as far as I’m concerned.

Why?

As I wrote in the latter story’s thread:

Cluster, not coincidence.

“What are you thinking, QD?”

Long track Stockholm Syndrome.

In addition to the fact that a certain percentage of women really go in for audacious goons, especially ones like the Religion of Peacers who have quasi-official societal endorsement.

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Subtraction Is Addition

26 11 2017

London

NBC:

Archbishop of Canterbury baffled by Christians who back Trump

England’s top religious authority, the Archbishop of Canterbury, said Sunday that he doesn’t understand why so many Christians in the U.S. support President Donald Trump.

The Most Reverend Justin Welby told ITV’s “Peston on Sunday” program that he “really genuinely” can’t comprehend why fundamentalists have provided such a strong base for Trump.

They were told for decades to drop the social issues, and in 2016, they did.

Simple math:

Religious right minus social issues equals populist-nationalist.





You Can Jihad. We Can Help.

14 11 2017

Manhattan

My unique angle on the Halloween Day outbreak of peacefulness from the Religion of Pieces in Lower Manhattan, in pictures.

Disclaimer: Suggestive of tragic irony, not an accusation of conspiracy. For both tribal and business reasons, Arthur Blank is as open borders as anyone.

These RoPers are Uzbek, and the Tsarnaev Bomb Bros were/are Chechen, so we might have to worry most about the marginally Caucasian Muslims from the Asian continent and the Stans going forward.

A really big problem going forward for ISIS and affiliated Jihadist movements is that the Western media won’t give them their due credit for the terrorism they commit, because the media are so scared of getting white people/goyim/cishets/deplorables into the habit of noticing patterns.  Yabba Dabba Doo from Uzbekistan here has to be really pissed off that he went through all this on behalf of ISIS and Islam in general, yet Jeff Bezos’s and Carlos Slim’s quaint little weblogs did nothing but scream “truck accident” and “suicide by cop” and “Allah u Akbar doesn’t mean what you think it means” for hours and days.  This is the kind of thing that AQ/ISIS started getting frustrated with starting in the summer of last current year, when, after the Pulse Nightclub shoot-em-up in Orlando, the media tried to cover up Omar Nutbar’s Muslimness by constantly harping on the gayness of the victims.  AQ/ISIS operatives wrote in one of their propaganda rags in the Orlando aftermath that it screwed up by picking politically sensitive victims, so they made it a point of order, going forward from that point in time, to try to mow down people who have no diversity Pokemon Points, or are at the rock bottom of the progressivetard stack.  So far, that doesn’t seem to be working, either.  I’d like to think that the media are colluding to do us a favor, in that if they collude to refuse to give AQ/ISIS/Islam the credit for the terrorism they do, then this will frustrate them so much that they’ll give up on terrorism, similar to my “don’t name the nutbars” policy in this medium.  But I’m probably being too clever by half with that theory.





Half a Millennium

14 11 2017

Wittenberg, Germany

Because I’m a Lutheran, LCMS in particular, I’ve been aware that the current year is the 500th anniversary of the 95 Theses, because the Church(es) all year have been making sure we know about it.  Strangely, ELCA has been rather mum about it, mainly because nowadays ELCA is leftist as just about any Christian denomination, and as such, they’re trying to put daylight between themselves and Martin Luther’s none too kind attitude about parentheticals in his late life.  That said, get ready for Martin Luther to be Robert E. Lee-ized.

However, I was not able to get back enough of my cognitive function on the observed day of the anniversary itself, October 31, (missed it by that much), such that I was really able to appreciate the significance of the day.  I should add that October 31, 1517 is observed as 95 Theses Day, but the switch from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar didn’t happen until later that century.  When the switch was ordained, ten days were skipped over, meaning that the day that was supposed to be October 5, 1582 became October 15, 1582.  This means that October 31, 1517 on the Julian is probably November 10, 1517 on the Gregorian, give or take.

Before I leave this be, I want to address the “it never happened” historical revisionist skepticism.  Their theory is that Martin Luther never nailed or even affixed any manifesto like this to the doors of the Wittenberg church where he was based, that he made the whole thing up about 30 years after the fact and after the Protestant Reformation gained serious political steam and became a thing in order to puff up his own legend.  What I think is possible is that he never “nailed” the 95 Theses to the doors with nails, if only because in those days, nails were expensive, and not a one was to be wasted.  But I do think that he actually did affix the Theses to the door, probably with glue, and did it on the night before All Saints’ Day, meaning October 31, 1517 (again, remember, Julian calendar), and where’s why:  Affixing clerical-professorial statements to church house doors was the way that the clerical-professorial class communicated with each other in those days, and they wrote their statements in Latin for that reason, because it was for the eggheads, not the common people.  Luther never really wanted to split away from the Church, he just wanted some massive major league internal reforms.  Which explains the Theses being originally written in Latin, and being affixed to the doors before ASD, because in those days, ASD was a BFD, way bigger than it is even among modern Catholics.  An official professorial statement that dramatic officially posted on the eve of ASD would have gotten paid attention to big time by the really important clerical officials of the day, just because of the importance of ASD.

Other anniversaries during my incapacity were:  The 40th anniversary of the plane crash that took out most of Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the 100th anniversary of the Bolsheviks taking control of Russia. You know how that goes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bolsheviks, Martin Luther, one of these things is not like the others.





SCOTUS Finds For Trinity Lutheran

26 06 2017

Columbia

I wrote about it back in April, and today, SCOTUS saw it my way.

The way the majority opinion was written, this is not a ruling that will have a long shadow.  Which means it won’t nail down a specific paradigm on these kinds of establishmentarian-funding questions that exist in the margins of church-state matters.  It is only a decision on this particular case in this particular time in this particular jurisdiction in these particular circumstances.





Haven’t Seen You in a Minute

19 06 2017

London

The Islamophobic backlash everyone worries about but never seems to materialize has finally showed up.





How to Be Politically Correct

12 06 2017

Orlando

One current year ago today.

The better title should be:

How to Honor the 2016 Orlando Nightclub Shooting Victims While Remaining Politically Correct.

After all, we have a narrative to peddle, and a coalition of the fringes to maintain.





The Lyda Krewson of Britain

5 06 2017

London

Theresa May.

What do I mean by that?

When problematic minority groups get in an especially peaceful mood, they, along with many others, point the fingers at distractions and diversions, so we don’t think about the problematic minority groups.

When it’s black crime in St. Louis, Lyda bawks about the cops not being paid enough and century-old statues.

Meanwhile, when it’s the Religion of Peace in London and Manchester, Theresa May blames the internet.

And she wonders why she and her party are tanking in the polls.  Oh yeah, that’s coming up soon, and that cute little gamble of hers (“April May June”) could very well blow up in her face just like a Religion of Peace bookbag.

Anyway, back to the point, we know May is right, because the internet helped the spread of the Umayyad Caliphate, and later the Ottoman Turks.





Lather Rinse Repeat

3 06 2017

London

Twitter hashtags.

Flowers and teddy bears.

Candle light vigils and lighted buildings.

Fret about backlash.





Download While You Can

1 06 2017

The Googitburo is giving this latest SyeTen contribution a lot of hassle, for reasons which you’re about to see.





Ye (Really) Olde Internets

26 05 2017

Taormina, Italy

Reuters:

The leaders signed a joint statement to “combat the misuse of the Internet by terrorists”, backing efforts to make technology companies do more to crack down on what May called “the hateful ideology” of Islamic State.

“Against the backdrop of Monday’s cowardly attack in Manchester we have discussed what more we can do to defeat global terror,” May told a news conference.

“We agreed the threat from Daesh (Islamic State) is evolving rather than disappearing. As they lose ground in Iraq and Syria, foreign fighters are returning and the group’s hateful ideology is spreading online. Make no mistake, the fight is moving from the battlefield to the internet.”

And I’m not cool with this brewing narrative of “blame the internet.”  Of course, what other option do they have?  Must not be racist, or Islamophobic, because diversity.

Let me put it to you this way:  I use the phrase “Ye Olde Internets” fully with tongue in cheek, and just to be cute.  But, the way these people are going on, and if this is any indication, this “blame the internet” official public meme is going to go balls to the wall until there’s no groove left on the vinyl, they must think the internet actually is that old.  You know, because the internet existed in the seventh and eighth century to help facilitate the growing Caliphate and help it make it halfway up through what is now modern-day France until Charles Martel stopped them and started pushing them back.  Which means the internet also existed in the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries as the Ottoman Turks karked Constantinople and then almost 200 years later made it close to the gates of Vienna until Jan Sobieski did his best Charles Martel impersonation.

Here’s a piece of advice:  Crack a Koran every once in awhile, and actually read the thing.





Backlash

22 05 2017

Manchester, England

Over/under on how many hours it will be until the mainstream media run its first article fretting about an Islamophobic backlash?





Meet in the Middle (Apropos on a Sunday)

23 04 2017

Lexington, Kentucky

Meaning?

There is the official statistic for atheism.

But there’s also a Bradley Effect which statistically conceals the true extent of atheism, so these researchers believe, and they think they have found a way to nuance and triangulate their way to a more accurate statistic.

I think the truth is somewhere in the middle.

I think what these researchers are actually seeing are people who are somewhat religious but also have lingering doubts.

Now I’m about to drop the mic, along with a profound tidbit of wisdom.

There aren’t that many true believers, and there aren’t that many true atheists.  A majority of believers aren’t quite as solid in their faith as they put on, and a majority of atheists have more theistic faith than they care to admit.

Whether we want to admit it or not, we tend to huddle around a moderate and small standard deviation level of faith and spirituality.





Marching to the Beat of My Own Drummer

20 04 2017

Columbia

A case that started in Columbia, Missouri is now an object of interest in the District of Columbia.

I march to the beat of my own drummer when it comes to the jurisprudence of non-establishment.  I don’t think a nativity scene in a court house constitutes the establishment of religion, while I think the fact that religious institutions can be (and usually are) 501(c) non-profits does constitute the establishment of religion.  Meaning if I was on SCOTUS, I’d rule “not unconstitutional” on the former but “unconstitutional” on the latter.  Just from that, you lawyers can probably easily make my razor on these matters:  Social and cultural entanglement is not establishment, while institutional and financial entanglement is establishment.  To put it another way, my establishment cause jurisprudence is such that it’s not a prohibition against religiosity in public society, but does ordain that as institutions, the state and religious institutions should have separate lanes.

Whence this case out of Columbia?

My hot inclination would have been to rule for DNR, just based off my personal jurisprudence.

However, after giving it some thought, I’d rule for Trinity.

It is no more an actual establishment of religion nor begging for undue state suasion over church affairs for DNR to give shredded old tires to Trinity to make its kiddie playground safer than it is for the Columbia Fire Department to respond there to put out a fire in one of its buildings.

Full disclosure:  Trinity Lutheran of Columbia is LCMS, and your blogmeister is LCMS.





Bouncyball and Old Lace

7 04 2017

Jersey City, New Jersey

ESPN:

Hall of Famer Bob Hurley Sr. says St. Anthony High to close

St. Anthony High School, home to one of the most successful programs in high school basketball, will close its doors at the end of the school year.

Spearheaded by Hall of Fame basketball coach Bob Hurley Sr., the Jersey City, New Jersey, school had attempted to raise enough funds over the past several months to stay open another year. It was a plan that had worked previously, as the school has had financial issues in the past.

“After months of consultation with the Schools Office of the Archdiocese of Newark, today the Board of Trustees of Saint Anthony High announced it would not be possible for the School to meet the prescribed requirements of the Archdiocese to remain open,” the school said in a statement Wednesday. “Accordingly, the School will close at the end of the school year.”

In a letter posted on the school’s website, Hurley — now the school’s president, in addition to its boys’ basketball coach — pointed to slowing enrollment as the primary reason behind the closing.

“Even with fundraising that will generate close to $1.5M by the end of June, this amount is still insufficient to maintain operating expenses and cover debt payment to the Archdiocese,” Hurley wrote. “In addition, the projected enrollment for 2017-2018 does not provide the revenues required to operate the school going forward. Population changes in Jersey City and the surrounding area have adversely affected Catholic school enrollment in the past several years. Competition from special programs in public schools as well as newly formed charter schools have also eroded enrollment.”

Perpetual motion machine.  A Catholic school that’s seen better days but still functional and all-white gets the bright idea to use feetzball or bouncyball to rejuvenate the school’s reputation.  They import dindus, and then give the dindus the run of the joint.  This pisses of the white parents, who take their kids out of the school, don’t enroll their other kids there, and tell everyone they know not to touch that school with a ten-foot pole.  School becomes consummately ghetto.  School isn’t getting any tuition revenue.  Local archdiocese closes school.

In this story, you can see that the principal and the bouncyball coach were one and the same.  It’s easy to tell which duty he took more seriously.

And you wonder why tuition-paying white Catholic parents oppose school vouchers.