“If peace cannot be maintained with honor, it is no longer peace.” – Lord John Russell
“The left doesn’t fight evil; it fights those who do.” – Dennis Prager
If there was a headline that seemed to encapsulate the evil that, like a cancer, is eating away at civilization from within, this might be it. Before we have a conversation about this, many of you know that I have been an open and vocal critic about the abominations, desecrations, and promoted heresies in the Catholic Church from the pontiff on down. So, I’m not singling out the Episcopal Church or Episcopalians as a group for the lies, bile, and evil that this pro-abortionist, lesbian Episcopal priest is spewing.More
How often have you said, or heard someone else say, “Well, I had good intentions!” Unfortunately, that is the phrase that the Left repeatedly offers as if their good intentions override terrible outcomes. I propose that in these times, this mistaken belief borders on the evil. For over 100 years we’ve listened to the Left […]
This post contains some spoiler from the finale of Game of Thrones and assumes some knowledge on the part of the reader of Games of Thrones and Lord of the Rings
When talking about fantasy series it is a hard thing to talk about which was more realistic. There are a lot of ways to take the “realism” of a fantasy series, having admitted that let us look at the ways that Games of Thrones (GOT) is often said to be more realistic than Lord of the Rings (LOTR) and see which is actually more realistic.More
I am often astounded at the lack of self-awareness that seems to engulf leftists, but this instance ranks as one of the best examples. Apparently, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) has sponsored the KITTEN Act (Kittens in Traumatic Testing Ends Now) that aims to end the euthanasia of kittens used in USDA research and testing.
“The KITTEN Act will protect these innocent animals from being needlessly euthanized in government testing,” Merkley told reporters, “and make sure that they can be adopted by loving families instead.” Does he even hear himself? They should be treated and adopted? That’s exactly what Americans have requested for living, breathing babies. Democrats said no. Killing a child is a “personal decision,” they said, and Congress shouldn’t get in the way.
By now, most everyone has read about the ‘activist’ in Michigan who burned their house to a shell while five pets (2 German Shepherds and 3 cats) were inside July 2017. Firefighters couldn’t enter because one dog’s body blocked the door. Why did this ‘thing’ do this? Reports are varied, but the gist is it […]
Rousseau and Proust gave me the most pleasure reading in any language. But, Roland Barthes went on so much about Flaubert, I also now appreciate the mot juste.It is different from Laconic, because that expresses a concept. However much a vocabulary may help, even an illiterate Lacedaemonian says what he means in short, few words. […]
Two of my favorite pieces of literature are Mark Helprin’s novel, Winter’s Tale, and C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia. Only recently have I discovered similarities in one of the “big themes” present in both. Both involve some sort of time travel, where characters move between times. Winter’s Tale protagonist, Peter Lake, is an Irish mechanic/burglar […]
I was sitting in the little snack bar in the base station of New Hampshire’s Mount Washington (a short mountain, comparatively speaking, but one which has its own set of challenges for climbers), prior to setting out on an expedition with Mr. She, “when our love was young,” as the saying goes, when a shocking newsflash came over the radio: Hundreds of people had died in an impossibly massive murder-suicide event in Jonestown, Guyana. It was one of those “Where were you when…?” moments. That’s where I was.
People were flabbergasted. Most of us had no idea what any of it was about. And as the bizarre and gory details came out over the next several days, the story just got stranger and sadder. By the time all the facts were known, over 900 people were dead, a US Congressman had been assassinated, and an ominous, and often flippant new phrase, “he drank the Kool-Aid,” had entered the English Language.More
You’re not having a nightmare. You’re living in a nightmare. Reality has been replaced with a dark, surreal, obscene, and in some cases demonic dream from which you can’t shake yourself awake. If you were skeptical that the warnings about decades-long post-modernist ideology should be taken seriously and just something that an overexcited psychology professor from Canada is getting too worked up about, then consider this sick story out of Florida:
Most parents would assume that refusing to look at a naked child of the opposite sex goes without saying for any teacher, but a school district in Florida has opted to punish a male physical education teacher for attempting to avoid that situation.…
Saturday morning, an unspeakable tragedy unfolded at a Jewish Temple in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh. I stared at the TV in stunned silence, as my gut tightened into a painful knot. As I watched law enforcement running among flashing lights and chaos, the details emerged of mass casualties and injured. I turned to Fox News and saw the beautiful neighborhood where I once lived, with Fall trees aglow in bright orange, red and yellow, shadowed by mass casualty trucks and men in fatigues carrying assault weapons. A spokesman for the city said ‘an attack on this community and faith is an attack on all of our communities and faiths’. I knew these were not mere words of comfort, but a deep truth that all who are from Pittsburgh understand. Later in life, Squirrel Hill’s predominantly Jewish population would embrace me on a personal level.
As a child growing up in Brookline, a suburb of Pittsburgh, my classrooms and friends were composed of Italians, Jews, Greeks, Lebanese, Syrians, Irish, Poles, and Ukrainians. I was as familiar with delicious ethnic foods, holidays and traditions as though they were my own, and some were. In my early twenties, I shared several apartments near the Tree of Life Synagogue. I could walk to work on Murray Avenue, back in my retail days. As I shopped at the local markets, I noticed numbers tattooed on people’s arms. At first, I didn’t understand, but I soon realized these were first-generation survivors of the Holocaust, to me the worst period in recent human history. I was invited to a Jewish wedding reception in Squirrel Hill, where praise and thanks, tears and clapping abundantly poured out because this extended family “had survived.” This was not normal, something that I was not familiar with — sheer survival in the midst of extreme evil.More
“Evil is a make-believe concept we’ve invented to deal with the complexities of fellow humans holding values and beliefs and perspectives different than our own — it’s easier to dismiss an opinion as abhorrent than strive to understand it. Badness exists, sure, but even that’s quite rare. By and large, humans are kind. Self-interested sometimes, myopic sometimes, but kind. Generous and wonderful and kind. No greater revelation has come from our journey than this.” – Jay Austin
Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan were killed by ISIS militants in Tajikstan on July 28 or 29. They did nothing bad. They were tourists, and had been cycling throughout the world for about a year. They were also idealists, a pair of progressives who truly believed that evil does not exist.More
The deportation of Jakiw Palij has once more raised the specter of the Nazi holocaust and whether or not those who were guards at the concentration camps should be pursued and prosecuted.
Some people are saying that Palij is 95 years old and has led a quiet life in Jackson Heights, NY and should be left alone. Most people didn’t even know about his association with the camps until it became public after the U.S. revoked his citizenship in 2003. A judge ordered his expulsion in 2005, but the German authorities didn’t want to prosecute him since his crimes took place on foreign soil; the Poles claimed he was Germany’s responsibility. Finally, our current German ambassador, Richard Grenell, persuaded the Germans to accept him, and he has finally been deported. No one has reported whether deporting him to another country was ever considered.More
Lately grayish clouds seem to rest uncomfortably above my head. It’s like living in a premature rainstorm that can’t quite unify into a full, raging tornado. But the threat always seems to be there.
That’s what it’s like for me living in these times. Overall my life is good, and I have friends and blessings aplenty. But the clouds are so persistent that they seem to darken everything.More
I would like the first scene in Black Panther 2 to start in Asmara the capital of Eritrea. The architecture is beautiful as it was built by Italian futurists. In it, Captain America and T’Chala (The Black Panther King of Wakanda for those of you who aren’t geeks) open up an advanced vibranium hospital. (Vibranium […]
“I did not know what had happened to me. I denied the very existence of a soul. But I said: ‘This is evil, absolute evil. Of this evil I am a part.'” — Whittaker Chambers
To paraphrase Jordan Peterson, it amazes me that modern intellectuals don’t believe in evil anymore. The 20th century made evil so bloody obvious. Dennis Prager also has a nice line about evil: “Those who don’t fight the greatest evils will fight lesser evils or make-believe evils.”More
“Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.” – Blaise Pascal
After all, if you are doing something out of religious conviction, that means you are doing it for the ultimate good. God has ordained your action. Or Gaia, or Marx, or someone.More
For the past several months I’ve immersed myself into the Jordan Peterson vortex of videos. I’ve lost count on the number of videos I’ve watched; suffice to say that all of them have been time well spent. The video above, “Is There Meaning to Life?” I think is one of the most profound and moving of Peterson’s talks. I’ve shared a number of videos with friends and family. If you haven’t been inclined to watch Peterson before now, you may want to at least step closer to the vortex with this one and then you’ll understand why he’s generated the following that he has.More
Rav Assi said: At first the evil impulse is as thin as a spider’s gossamer, but in the end it is as thick as a cart-rope. Rava said: At first the evil impulse is called a ‘wayfarer,’ then a ‘guest,’ then finally a ‘master.’ More
Look into the eyes. Notice the grin that laughs in pleasure at its own malevolence and laughs mockingly at you. An image difficult to get out of your mind. Evil is an aspect of human nature that will always be with us. We need to recognize it when we see it. Thirteen children were chained […]