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Let’s Review 51: God’s ArmorAll Edition

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6

Guns Banned: Women and Minorities Suffer Most

The Eternal Hive The Left has become obsessed with purging dissent from the Internet. Social media now supplements the pheromones used to synchronize behavior of the group. Twitter and FaceBook are becoming neural pathways for the hive, so that far flung members can pick up cues from other members. “Trending in Twitter” is becoming a way for Progressives to know what they are suppose to like and, more important, what they are supposed to hate. Right wingers on social media scramble the signal.

Ambergris -Whale excrement once flavored ice cream.

The poisoning in Britain, probably by the Kremlin, of Sergei Skripal “a former Russian army officer who was convicted of spying for the United Kingdom” illustrates the Western dilemma in dealing with Putin. Because Russia is a nuclear armed state, no British government wants to risk retaliation for provocations because no single life, not even that of a protected ex-British agent is worth hazarding conflict. Renewable Terror |

One Cʘsmos: A Gloriously Translucent Cosmos

Peruvian Cylinder – The cylinder is normally divided into three sections. The bottom third is for the fire, accessible through a door in the side of the cylinder. The middle section often has a grill for placing side dishes, and sometimes a tray for collecting fat dripping from above. The upper section, meanwhile, has a metal cross, circle, or grid, from which hang a series of metal hooks. The meat is hung from these hooks to cook.

Corn Flakes Were Part of an Anti-Masturbation Crusade | Mental Floss

What’s sad is that cars – like computers – ought to cost much less than they do, in real terms and relative to income. Just as you can buy a really good laptop PC for about $500 now, you ought to be able to buy a really good brand-new car for about $8,000 or so. But the reason you can buy the really good $500 laptop is because the government doesn’t mandate that they have every feature that a $2,800 MacBook Pro has. The choice is up to you. Has the Bubble Popped? – The Burning Platform
Dating App Solves Mass Shootings By Banning Guns From Profile Pics

South African triathlete Mhlengi Gwala in hospital after attack attempting to cut off his legs with a saw.

Don Surber: Trump tells it like it is on the trade war “President Trump is having nine of that nonsense.”

 Politically-correct censorship is a trivial issue when people have nothing substantive to communicate In a post-God, post-Christian, anti-Christian world – there is no compelling reason for honesty; since at best ‘truth’ is merely expedient – a means towards the end of greater pleasure and less suffering.

Till Tomorrow – Why farmers were the first time travelers

325 AD was a good year. World’s Oldest Bottle of Wine

Never Yet Melted » Best Line of the Day Andrew Klavan: On the left was The New York Times, a former newspaper, which now reads like a cross between Pravda and a cluster of six-year-old girls who have just seen a mouse.

Painful Lessons That White Men Can Learn From The Black Community What you may not know, if you’re white and middle-class, is that the disappearance of male spaces is a middle-class white phenomenon. If you’re a black male, you wonder what these social commentators are talking about. We’ve got the sacrosanct basketball court, the underground hip-hop scene, the basement chill session, and of course the rigidly hierarchical neighborhood gang. Women are not equal participants in any of these spaces; if not banned, they are relegated to the role of the mule, the sycophant, or the whore.

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  • Casey Klahn March 7, 2018, 10:23 AM

    Holy Hosenscheisser! this was a good post.

  • John Venlet March 7, 2018, 10:35 AM

    Careful, Gerard, or you may start getting emails, like Matt Walsh is, to ‘Tone Down The Jesus Stuff.'”

  • ghostsniper March 7, 2018, 11:58 AM

    “For modern people, evil has no reality because Good has no reality…”
    Hopefully the most ridiculous thing I’ll read today, but I’m not hopeful.

    Ex: When I put my boots on this morning that caused our cat Caramel to start some stuff with Sparkle our nuther cat. Guess what? Caramel does that whether I’m in the house or not. The first thing has nothing to do with the other.

    I do not believe in any gods and I have stared evil right in it’s face several times.
    It’s THAT sort of thing, injecting religion into places it has no place in, that causes people like me to just put that writer in a little box in the corner with all the other demented idiots I have encountered.

    According to that maroon everybody that doesn’t think exactly like he does is evil.
    I twist his gnarly pointing digit back on himself.
    Evil exists in reality and he should stop mimicking those he is chastising.

  • Julie March 7, 2018, 12:26 PM

    Re. cars, I’ve often thought in recent days that if someone started offering the most basic sort of customizable kit car, simple enough for a mechanically-inclined teenager to tinker with and still be streetworthy, they’d make a killing.

    We have a rental today while our main ride is in the shop. A brand new Honda Accord. It’s a nag, featuring way too many distracting bells and whistles. It doesn’t just show your speed, it tells you the limit. Not content to trust the driver’s judgement, it jiggles the wheel if it think’s you’re too close to the lane line. It doesn’t have a regular key, just a fob and a big button appropriate for a baby toy. Forget about popping the clutch to get it started or swapping out a fuse if something stops working. I could go on.

    I want my car to reliably get me and my stuff from point A to point B, keep the air cool, and play a little music. I don’t want to have a conversation with it, I don’t need it hooked up to the internet. I don’t need it to make reports or phone calls. Just go and stop when I tell it to. Why is that too much to ask anymore?

  • Snakepit Kansas March 7, 2018, 3:11 PM

    Re: Bad decisions make the best stories.

    As a teen we used to hang out at an old concrete low water bridge out in the country. Someone dumped about 50-75 old Christmas trees near by. We drug them all down to the bridge, stacked them and dropped a match on it. Damn near exploded.

  • John A. Fleming March 7, 2018, 4:14 PM

    I am a pickup truck man. I think I have already bought my last new full-size truck. The cost of a new one is frightening. When I downsize from my current road beast, I will be getting something just as old or older, but smaller and simpler. I’m so jealous of those who have a good-looking, well maintained 70’s or 60’s pickup. Plain. Simple. Glorious.

  • ghostsniper March 7, 2018, 7:05 PM

    @John Fleming, I hear that. The new stuff is too complicated and that makes them too expensive. My 1991 S10 was the last new vehicle I will ever own and it cost $8888.88 brand new in the fall of 1990. My Blazer is more comfortable and 4×4 but it won’t haul plywood, so I’ll prolly keep “Ol’ Paynt” til I die.

    My neighbor across the road bought a new truck last year and it cost $63k. Dodge, 4 door, 4×4, dualie with the extended bed and a 5th wheel rig installed. Couple weeks ago he lost it on the ice covered hill out front and took out some trees along the road and did $20k in damage to the truck. Gonna take months to get the thing repaired so he bought an old Ranger to get around in.

    Even if I could afford a new ride I wouldn’t buy one.
    Nor would I pay $900 for a new pair of boots.

  • Hale Adams March 7, 2018, 7:54 PM

    On the subject of cars:

    I drive a 2014 Kia Soul. I don’t know how much it cost (it’s a company vehicle), but I believe it was in the ballpark of $15,000. I’m 6’1″, and weigh ….. um, too darn much …. somewhere north of 275, I think …. and the car is actually very comfortable. It’s easy to get into and out of, seems like it does U-turns in its own length, and being a six-speed manual, is a blast to drive, even if it doesn’t have very many squirrels under the hood. (Think “street-legal go-kart”.)

    I can parallel-park the car darn near anywhere, and it’s comfortable to drive for hours on end on the Interstate.

    It makes a great little work vehicle. The company I work for does low-voltage electrical work (CCTV systems, security systems, card-reader systems, etc., etc.), and the car is used as a work truck — the back seat and cargo area is piled high with tools and supplies, and a four-foot aluminum step-ladder lies neatly in the rear-seat footwell.

    I may be quitting soon, and if I do, I’ll ask my boss if he wants to sell the car to me (I’m the only driver, so I know it’s not been abused), even if it does have almost 120,000 miles on it. If he won’t, my next car will definitely be a Kia Soul with a stick.

    (Sorry about the Kia commercial, Gerard. But that little car is *that* good. And for $15 K?? Wow.)

    My two cents’ worth, as usual.

    Hale Adams
    Pikesville, People’s still-mostly-Democratic Republic of Maryland

  • Harry Palms March 7, 2018, 8:26 PM

    I hate corn flakes!

  • ghostsniper March 8, 2018, 4:33 AM

    @Hale, a stick! woo-hoo! It inherently makes you “one with the ride” and therefore a better driver. Unlike a vehicle with an automatic transmission that has a mind of it’s own and can do things without your permission, a manual transmission can only do what you tell it too.

    On that 275. Whoa. Pay attention here. I believe you are in your 50’s and not getting any younger. You need to put some focus into that, while you can. Seriously. It gets harder as you get older, and tomorrow never comes. My recommendation: a few small adjustments. Gradually eliminate sugar and carbs and packaged foods. Not all at once. A little at a time. The sure way is to just not buy the stuff cause buying it but thinking you’ll not consume it as fast never works. If you have it you’ll consume it. I stopped buying soft drinks about 6 years ago. I bought one a bout a year or so ago and couldn’t stand the taste and the carbonation seemed to burn blisters on my tongue. I’ll never buy one again. We haven’t bought packaged foods in a long time, more than a decade, and I’m working to eliminate sugar but coffee without it is deplorable. I’ve tried a few alternative sweeteners but none even remotely compare. Lastly, less sitting and more standing/walking. Try to find reasons to walk. My Shannon, laying next to my desk right now, is an incentive to get off my ass throughout the day. She is young and vibrant and ready to go all the time. Lastly, put in an effort to drink more water, a LOT more. Keep water close by at all times. Lot’s of times people think they are hungry, wanting just a little nibble of something to get through, but it’s usually dehydration that causes that false flag. I have a 20 oz container here on my desk that gets refilled about every 2-3 hours.

    Anyway, that 275 is slowly killing you and I know you don’t want to burden your family with your early demise or handicap. At the very least consider what I have written, it is meant for your benefit.

  • John Venlet March 8, 2018, 5:59 AM

    According to that maroon everybody that doesn’t think exactly like he does is evil.

    Ghostsniper, I’ve read and re-read Charlton’s piece a number of times this morning and I cannot find within it any mention where Charlton states that everyone who doesn’t think as he does is evil. How did you make that jump? Charlton even agrees with you in regards to the reality of evil, it’s just that Charlton believes that the source of the reality of that evil is real, i.e. the Prince of Darkness, rather than just the simple disregard of good by a human being.

    In regards to the snippet you quoted from his post;For modern people, evil has no reality because Good has no reality…; in a philosophical sense, which I think Charlton is speaking from here, I’m guessing what Charlton is referencing is that Christianity is truly the only life philosophy which posits something more than nothing when individuals physically die, rather than simply decaying into meaningless dust which we kick up with our feet.

    I could understand denigrating Charlton if he explicitly stated that all modern atheistic people are naturally evil and are going to hell, but that’s not what he said.

  • leelu March 8, 2018, 6:55 AM

    Re: the Peruvian cylindrical oven…, up here, they’re called ‘bullet smokers’.
    All sizes and styles available on-line or at the local big-box store (just now coming on line).

  • ghostsniper March 8, 2018, 9:15 AM

    @John, I believe evil is an internal effort perpetrated on an individual basis, not an external force coercing everybody. I read Walsh’s piece (Haven’t read him in a couple years) and he turned me off cold with his presumptions. He has the embarrassingly transparent habit of making something up then attributing that made-up something to others. Scroll down and read again his “sneering” remark about atheists. THAT’s the kind of stuff that turns people off. Nobody likes a liar.

  • John Venlet March 8, 2018, 10:14 AM

    Ghostsniper, Walsh does indeed paint with a wide and sweeping brush in that paragraph referencing the sneering atheists, which does indeed turn people off, as you noted. Walsh is correct though, I think, when he suggests that atheism’s default position must be “If God is not true, then He is ridiculous.

    I believe evil is an internal effort perpetrated on an individual basis, not an external force coercing everybody.

    I’m wondering what you think of your above statement, specifically the external force factor, in relation to Vanderleun’s post He Wasn’t In His Right Mind? Do you think there was a coercive external force, albeit for good, working on Vanderleun, or was all that he experienced and related to us in that post simply a temporary insanity, so to speak, brought on by a right now personal crisis?

  • Bunny March 8, 2018, 10:26 AM

    Ghost, the idea that the devil can coerce is not a Christian concept. He can only suggest or tempt. “But the devil cannot force the will, which remains man’s ultimate citadel of freedom of control and of his independence and responsibility.” (Thomas Aquinas, 16:1 1)
    Some atheists do sneer, truthfully. That’s no lie, just sayin’, not accusing. Matt Walsh tends to call it like he sees it.

  • John Venlet March 8, 2018, 11:08 AM

    Ghostsniper, I appreciate that the “sneering” atheist paragraph you noted in Walsh’s piece can turn people off, as you say, but Walsh is correct when he states that the atheism’s default position must be “If God is not true, then He is ridiculous. To treat Him as anything less than ridiculous is to admit that He might be true.”

    I believe evil is an internal effort perpetrated on an individual basis, not an external force coercing everybody.

    Based on your above comment, I’m curious what your thinking is on the possibility of external force coercion, albeit for good, in view of Vanderleun’s post “He Wasn’t In His Right Mind? Do you think Vanderleun’s experience was just an internal experience made seemingly real because of the intensity of that personal crisis right at that moment in time?

  • John Venlet March 8, 2018, 11:55 AM

    @Bunny – Thanks for posting that link. Excellent discourse.

  • ghostsniper March 8, 2018, 2:54 PM

    “Matt Walsh tends to call it like he sees it.”

    As we all do.

  • pbird March 8, 2018, 2:59 PM

    I hate cornflakes too.
    The Honda Element turns in its own footprint and has a standard transmission also, but alas it cost lots more. Probably last longer though.
    The enemy of our souls doesn’t make us do anything. He drops suggestions into our weaknesses and we have a choice to make then.

  • ghostsniper March 9, 2018, 4:32 AM

    “…we have a choice to make then.”


    People scream for choice then whine when they chose wrong.