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            Monday, September 01, 2014



 







Vanderbilt University has decided student groups on campus cannot determine their own leadership. Consequently, a muslim can run the Christian group, a global warming skeptic can run the Earth First group, a Republican can run the College Democrats, etc. You get the idea.


The rule came in part because, as you will not be surprised to learn, a Christian fraternity “had expelled several students for violating their behavior policy. One student said he was ousted
You will be made to care. You’ll be made to care about gay marriage. You’ll be made to care about killing kids. You’ll be made to care about the influence of a secular culture on your children as they grow. You’ll be made to care about a host of issues.
because he is gay.” Tish Harrison Warren wrote about this at Christianity Today. Her Christian group allowed anyone to be a member, “but it asks key student leaders—the executive council and small group leaders—to affirm its doctrinal statement, which outlines broad Christian orthodoxy and does not mention sexual conduct specifically. But the university saw belief statements themselves as suspect.”

The first bit of Tish Harrison Warren’s column is really the most relevant part for my purposes here.

I thought I was an acceptable kind of evangelical. I’m not a fundamentalist. My friends and I enjoy art, alcohol, and cultural engagement. We avoid spiritual clichés and buzzwords. We value authenticity, study, racial reconciliation, and social and environmental justice.

A lot of Christians have long thought they could sit on the sidelines. Only the icky evangelicals they don’t much care for and the creepily committed Catholics would have to deal with these issues and the people who hate those deeply committed to their faith. They, on the other hand, could sit on the sidelines, roll their eyes, and tell everyone that they didn’t think it was that big a deal. They were, after all, on birth control or watching whatever trendy HBO series is on or having a cocktail or perfectly willing to bake a cake for a gay wedding.
Nonetheless, the secularists at Vanderbilt kicked her Christian group off campus “for being the wrong kind of Christians.”


My friend Matthew Lee Anderson has some thoughts on it. In part he writes, “if we do not grasp the joy of the martyrs, we do not understand them at all.” I tweeted out Matt’s post yesterday, but was reminded of it again today by my friend Nick. He sent me Rod Dreher’s piece on the whole thing.

Folks, this is precisely why I started the saying “You will be made to care.” It all stemmed from a diarist here at RedState who took the position that gay marriage did not affect him, he did not care about it, and he would never care about. But, of course, you will be made to care. It is a larger issue than just gay marriage and many comfortably naive, living at the margins of faith, Christians, think they have a comfortable path through life in the United States.

Put bluntly: if you do have a comfortable path through life with no fears at all of persecution, you probably are not a Christian. Islam may be about submission, but Christianity is about suffering.1 The suffering may not be major. It may be an accumulation of small sleights over time. It may be the loss of a friend or just the expulsion of your Christian group from your private school. But Christianity is a religion of suffering and persecution.


 You may think you can sit on the sidelines. You may think you can opt-out of the culture war. You may think you can hide behind your trendy naked Leena Dunham t-shirt while you sip trendy drinks talking about trendy shows and writing columns demanding Christians be forced by the state to bake cakes, provide flowers and farms, and offer up photographs of gay weddings. But not only will you one day be called to account to your God for how you advanced his kingdom, but on this Earth you will be made to care. That does not mean you have license to be bitter or angry or hateful. You should love others and help others. Just do not expect anything in return. [Full Article]


This blog is, and has been for 12 years, about whatever I'm into at the moment.  Politics mostly.  I've eschewed discussing religion except to ponder things like, "who do atheist turn to ... " sort of thing.   Now, I have been made to look deeper into the state or our culture, and the reasons why ... why all of it?   I won't evangelize, but it has become impossible for me to ignore.  Metzger summarized nicely with  "I'm not a practicing Christian, but ... as a strong believer in custom and tradition and ritual as the glue that keeps a culture intact .."  With the loss of those guardrails came this, today. Ten million words will not beging to summraize.  But, you know; you feel. War is declared against the Judeo-Christain ethic. Monsters have been embraced.

Last week the ubiquitous "Anonymous" challenged a Tailgunner Dick comment with,   "But if you want to prove Mr. Dawkins is wrong it's necessary to prove that God does exist (which no-one has managed to do to date).

I responded, but quicky deleted; it was the stuff of a range war.  On reflection though, my answer is that I am proven that God exists.  My suggestion to Anonymous would be to read ( to make it easier) Saint Thomas Aquinas's  Shorter Summa (or the even the more concise pony), and we can take it from there. But it's a sterile challenge,  for the same reason it's impossible to discuss, say, the 984 outrages against our rule of law perpetrated by this Liberal/Obama government:  Obamunists have their own media, their own history, their own wise men, and most importantly, their own statist religion and pope. 

By the by, if Anonymous, or anyone else,  would like to know why I know God exists, I will be happy to answer  via e-mail,  for whatever that's worth.  I am of average intellect, and no match for the godless philosophers that  Dawkin's camp will utilize,like, say, Friedrich Nietzsche.

Huh?
JMJ





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"I'm not a practicing Christian, but ... as a strong believer in custom and tradition and ritual as the glue that keeps a culture intact, I completely agree with Mr. Scott.   Anyone who doesn't just doesn't get it." Ron Metzger

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The ultimate arrogance is to believe the is no higher power.
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Only person more dogmatic than a country, Baptist preacher is an atheist. Ones experience with the spiritual side of a person is enough. I tend to be still and let those that dont understand squawk on and enjoy the sound of their own hollowness.
 
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It would all be philosophical, if their fear hadn't led them to the attempt to destroy those that tolerate and prosper.

They'll have hell to pay if the Christians finally just say: "I've had enough" and react to the persecution with violence. They're resourceful, gather as family and will be an opponent that strikes fear in the heart of their enemies.

The world will be a better place if they just leave them alone.
 
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Nice Jess. Had a guy tell me once that when Christ returns He will be looking for a group of angry men. Fact is Christians are getting a bit weary of the bullying but thats what we do.
 
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"Only person more dogmatic than a country, Baptist preacher..."

Hey! I resemble that remark. It's a good thing too or I'd have a hundred notches on my sixteen gun right now.

 
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i My husband and I love the idea of the university, a place of libraries and lawns, a space set aside to grapple with the most vital questions of truth,...

STOPPIT. Champaign brunch is not the new persecution. Today, throngs of Christians are being crucified and beheaded and exiled into barren hills. Yet these pampered retards think they are suffering for their faith?!? Really Rodge? Can you tell us how many bullets the Wedding Cake Crusaders have taken in the back for the love of Christ?

i Only person more dogmatic ...

Have to agree, Tom. Though preachers may be strident on occasion, you just can't get an atheist to shut up about religion.
 
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God has revealed Himself in my life at every juncture my entire lifetime.

Atheists and agnostics, to me, are lost.


 
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"you just can't get an atheist to shut up about religion."

I would qualify that with "movement atheists," then yes Helly. They are nihilistic evangelists.
 
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When SCIENCE tells me the full and complete value of pi . . . .
I will acknowledge the value.

Till then, anything science can state, but not explain opens a door
thru which all the unworthy are reluctant to enter.
 
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            Sunday, August 31, 2014






Et Spiritu Bada Bing


MoSup

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            Satan, The Pope's M-I-L Posted by Rodger the Real King of France | 8/31/2014 01:33:00 PM | PERMALINK Back Link (0) | Send This Post | HOME
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            Friday, August 29, 2014









Walkin' along, pulling one's pud ...


The most common criticism I get about what I write and send out is that it's generally pretty good stuff but there's just too damned much of it and it takes too much time to read.  So, today, as has been of late my wont, I disdained TV news and went to CNN and FoxNews sites to read about the happenings.  Here are some major stories and my reactions to them:
  • Britain PM Cameron says ISIS is fucking nuts and Britain should be scared shitless of 'em -- About time!
  • Two more Americans killed fighting with ISIS -- Good!
  • Russian soldiers infiltrating Ukraine --  Yawn!                                                       
  • Nidal (Ft. Hood shooter) wants to become citizen of ISIS Caliphate --Fine!
  • Nidal still sucking air -- Why?
  • Marine still prisoner in Mayheeko for no good reason --HFC!
  • PotUS has no strategy for handling potential enemies and threats to America -What's new?
  • Soetoro ANNOUNCES to enemies that he has no strategy for dealing with them --Fucking rookie!
  • Brangelina married -- WGAFF!
  • FBI National Domestic Threat Assessment omits Islamist terror threat -YGBSM!
  • Mitch McConnell is a fucking jerk -- Surprise, surprise, surprise!
  • Romney prepares for 3rd run at presidency -GOP takes aim at foot
  • White House staff in damage-control mode after Obama strategy remark -- And this is news . . . how?
  • More volcanoes spewing ash and smoke into atmosphere in New Guinea -- It's Bush's fault
  • Joan Rivers in hospital in critical condition after surgery snafu --My givadam's busted
There.  Those brief enuf for ya?      

Metzger-Metzger            


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there's just too damned much of it and it takes too much time to read.

Nonsense. I can't recall a prolix post ever. Still too many negative references to female anatomy though.

On the topic of brevity, this may amuse you.
 
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Agree with 'em all, 100%. This was a test, right?
 
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Complainers gotta complain. There are plenty of other sites for them.
 
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            Two Arts Posted by Rodger the Real King of France | 8/29/2014 10:53:00 AM | PERMALINK Back Link (5) | Send This Post | HOME
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Each year, the Saturday before Labor Day is International Bacon Day.
One hopes that we will see some decent Bacon Art posted tomorrow.
 
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First, I was going to express how I was impressed with your "life imitates art" composition. Then I was considering the "smart-a*s" response, something like "didn't your mother tell you never to play with your food?"

Then I caught the roll-over quite by accident.

Tell me, is there a soundtrack that accompanies that sweet young thing?
 
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The violinist

Accompaniment to "Ode on a G-String" perhaps.
 
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The Persistence Of Memory/The Persistence of Sara Moulton.
 
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I don't get the violin thing at all. But I do get Dalí. There are fishes in the water and watches in the rocks if you look.

I'll give you a cookie if you can figure out what the flat blue object in the background represents. ((Googling won't help.))
 
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Monday I ran across this letter to the editor in our local rag, The Capitol; which, now that it's been purchased by the Sun Papers, truly deserves that sobriquet.  The author, Mr Clement, hath I think eloquently captured, in form and substance, my own long held view that the citizenry must be allowed to arm themselves equally with such police (and I include the military) that can be used against them by a despotic government.

I don't know Mr. Clement, but I imagine he looks something like this

As a staunch supporter of the right of the people to keep and bear arms, even in this age of WMD, I think I have found a small foothold on the slippery slope of gun control where I might safely and permanently stand.  I offer a proposition.

   Whereas the purpose of the military is defense against foreign enemies, and
   Whereas the purpose of the police is enforcement of domestic law, and
   Whereas a  government is despotic which turns its military against its people, and
   Whereas a despotic government no longer operates with the consent of the governed,
Now, therefore, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall be limited only to the extent that these same limitations apply to all police forces having jurisdiction over the citizen.

Simply draw up a list of that subset of weaponry which the police may use,  and you  have a list of authorized weaponry for the common citizen. Some lament that such a proposal leaves the police "outgunned."  Our founders knew otherwise.

   "… all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, then to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations...".

   A public armed  as herein described poses no threat to the civil society but, rather, is the key check to that unbridled power which inevitably leads to a long train of abuses and usurpations.

William Clement, Arnold, MD
The Capital, August 25, 2014




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The number of people that do not get that is scary.
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Keep in mind that the "rapper" so-called "culture" is in thrall of ISIS and other radical islam goons, that they all dream of dying for jihad, that with Looie Looie Farkin and others, "they" are very well organized, that THEY are also calling against the "militarization of law enforcement"...and you may see a trend there...maybe the next "Black Swan" event to come...
 
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a list of that subset of weaponry which the police may use, and you have a list of authorized weaponry for the common citizen.

A fine idea, but shamelessly taken without attribution from Glenn Reynolds. Who has been preaching this forever, explaining that police are nothing more than common citizens. Except, in terms of intelligence, emotional balance, physical fitness, and moral character, police rank well below the average American.
 
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I have read that MOST of the cannon and other artillery used in the revolutionary war was privately owned, and also most of that used in the War of 1812 and the early Civil War also. Originally used for defense against the French and Indian Wars, and King Philip's War and Tecumseh's War.
 
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the purpose of the military is to defend the US of all enemies, foriegn or domestic as stated in the OATH OF OFFICE.
 
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            Thursday, August 28, 2014



  Honey; Funny

This morning I watched the flurry of birds in the yard, and noticed a particularly heavy population of honey bees flitting about the flowers we planted to attract humming birds.  That reminded my of the scene (maybe the most poignant and heart rendering  scene in movie history (after the Gayle Sayer's eulogy in Brian's Song); the funeral parlor scene where Vada grieves over Thomas J,  who was stung to death by bees.  And that reminded me of a most startling truth.  In my going on 97 years of traipsing about the woods, I have not once seen a beehive in nature.  I mean, it's not that they're tiny little things. WTF? 

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I had a colony of bees move into the hollow of a tree in my back yard once. I got out the ol yellow pages, found a bee keeper, and he came and captured the queen. The rest wondered off.
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The group of bees pictured is a swarm. They are in transit from their old home to a new home which has not yet been identified. A beekeeper would put this swarm in a beehive box. During the swarm time the bees are docile and easily handled without protection. You don't often see colonies of bees because they like hollow spaces such as trees and walls. Lastly, swarms occur when a colony splits thus reproducing. Somewhere in that mess of bees ia one queen.
 
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This picture does not show a swarm - if you look carefully at the upper edge of the bees, you can see the wax hexagons of the comb. While rare here in the USA, this type of "hanging" colony is sometimes built. A swarm would be much more spherical and wrapped around the branch.
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A guy my wife works with just had to have one whole side of his house removed to clean out 50,000 bees from inside the walls...
 
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I grew up in suburban NJ. My father was a man who grew up on a farm and insisted on turning our 3/4 acre plot into one.

The bees would swarm at least once a year (dad kept multiple hives) which would end up on the neighbor's property.

Dad hated the people we lived next to so the thought of a massive ball of bees next to their front porch made him smile.
 
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We had a hive in or front yard for the first time this year.. I talk about it here - with video! . It was a pretty cool experience. Hopefully by the year after next, we'll get honey - if our queen sticks with us..
 
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One year when the kids were small we were out squirrel hunting, and heard a humming like a big transformer. Knew there weren't any in those woods so went to check it out.

There was a feckin' HUGE swarm in an oak tree; standing under it, it was loud enough to interfere with speaking. Amazing sight.
 
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