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True but Forbidden 22: Bernie Bros and the Idea of God

Cold observation says there has been no intention to enforce the law or defend our borders for a long time. And there isn’t now. Nor is there an intention to fix the nation’s infrastructure or the economy or to reform education. All of these things, and more, are run as tax farms put up for periodic auction. No one gives up a lucrative racket voluntarily. Nothing will change. Nothing will get better.

We’ve been reduced to a rabble of renters and supplicants in the process, forced to comply with the bizarre, the perverse and the absurd. So, no. The border will remain open, third world opportunists will continue to pour in, bringing the third world with them.

The Army has demonstrated it won’t defend itself much less the border. The brass says they heroically “de-escalated the situation” by allowing Mexican troops to disarm them on US soil. If they think we’re so enstupidated as to believe this they should also understand such contempt goes both ways. Again, as if more evidence is needed, nothing will get better. Prepare. Woodpile Report

Growing Violence and Institutional Corruption Threaten Mexico’s Future.   Since the country’s birth, the barbarism in Mexican life has been its shape-shifting, dog-eat-dog lawlessness—an enduring contempt for shared norms and an allegiance to personal power that in recent decades has expressed itself in waves of violent crime… The numbers shock. More than 135,000 people have been killed since 2012. More than 1,300 clandestine graves have turned up since 2007. More than 37,000 people are reported missing. More than 600 soldiers have been killed in the drug war. At least 130 politicians and nine journalists were killed preceding the elections in July. And the violence is indeed spreading. Murder rates have risen in 26 of the country’s 32 states. In 2014, 152 municipalities accounting for 43 percent of Mexico’s population reported at least one execution-style murder per month; in 2017, the number grew to 262 municipalities and 57 percent of the population. Villages have become worse than cities: 40 percent of the population lives outside metropolitan areas but suffers 48 percent of homicides.

I Sell Onions on the Internet –   Last season, while I called a gentleman back regarding a phone order, his wife answered. While I introduced myself, she interrupted me mid-sentence and hollered in exaltation to her husband: ” THE VIDALIA MAN! THE VIDALIA MAN! PICK UP THE PHONE! ” At that moment, I realized we were doing something right. Something helpful. Something that was making a positive impact. I sometimes say I prefer projects that focus on purpose over profit. And as we enter our 5th season, this one continues to do just that. And it’s immensely gratifying. I feel so fortunate to be associated with this industry.

I’m Peter Askew, and I sell onions on the internet.

Library Journal is a publication which was once much more respected and authoritative; like Time, Newsweek, Scientific American, Harper’s, Smithsonian and National Geographic once were, before being overtaken in a flood of semi-coherent woke/social-justice/critical-race-theory nonsense. Quoth Ms. Leung  “

 Library collections continue to promote and proliferate whiteness with their very existence and the fact that they are physically taking up space in our libraries. They are paid for using money that was usually ill-gotten

I swear, those two sentences alone encompass ignorance of such pure, stainless density as to drop into the center of the earth and emerge on the other side.     The Great Othering

“In all very numerous assemblies, of whatever character composed, passion never fails to wrest the scepter from reason.  Had every Athenian citizen been a Socrates, every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob.” -James Madison

Bernie’s fans touted him as the sort of ordinary guy who flies coach and gets scrunched in there with the rest of us. Then the money began pouring in and Bernie chartered a Delta 767 and took a jaunt to the Vatican to meet Pope Francis with the mostly empty plane serving a menu of lobster sliders, crab salad, red lentil soup, herb crusted lamb loin, chocolate ganache, fine cheeses and white wine. As the old Soviet anecdote went, Bernie was finally living under communism.  Woodpile Report

Politics which does not inspire nor call to us the better versions of ourselves but instead serves as the Animal House trough over which the malevolent battle wickedly on the streets and in cyberspace. Movies made not from great acting and stories epic and ideal but instead replaced by limitlessness of violence and licentiousness. Families lines redrawn; ideas re-written; food reprocessed and regrown and stored – for the quiet question asked in the darkness of yore “But how will we survive this winter?” has never, nevermore been whispered. The credit companies will pay; the state will assume the risk; the Central Banks will print the money – spend, spend, spend away; for the limitlessness is our inheritance!!   The Limitlessness of our Discontent | Joel D. Hirst’s Blog

Introduction to the Idea of God   The first thing about the Bible is that it’s a comedy, and a comedy has a happy ending. That’s a strange thing because the Greek God stories were almost always tragic. The Bible is a comedy. It has a happy ending. Everyone lives, and there’s a heaven. What you think about that is a completely different issue. I’m just telling you the structure of the story. It’s something like, there was paradise at the beginning of time, and then some cataclysms occurred, and people fell into history. History is limitation, mortality, suffering, and self-consciousness. But there’s a mode of being—or potentially the establishment of a state—that will transcend that, and that’s what time is aiming at. That’s the idea of the story.

 Spotting the wild Fascist    The defining doctrine of Fascism once D’Annunzio was out of the way was this quote by Mussolini: “Everything for the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.” (There are a few variant translations from the original Italian.) Building directly on Leninist political economics, Benito Mussolini wrote a theoretical justification of the totalitarian state which paralleled Joseph Stalin’s less theorized but brutally-executed totalitarianization of the Soviet Union at around the same time.

 California governor wonders why gas prices are so high in state with high gas taxes   So gasoline in California is averaging just over four dollars per gallon these days. That’s considerably higher than the national average of $2.88 (according to the AAA) and even further above the low price of $2.51, you’ll pay in Alabama this week. Do you suppose that the taxes might have something to do with it? After all, California has the second highest state gas tax in the country at 55.5 cents per gallon. (Second only to Pennsylvania.)

“… we are now seeing similar displays of power that were seen in the old Soviet Union. The banning of books, the suppression of speech, the use of internal exile to intimidate dissidents, these are all features of the Soviet system now present in modern America… Woodpile Report



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  • Richard May 1, 2019, 9:08 AM

    “Library collections continue to promote and proliferate whiteness with their very existence and the fact that they are physically taking up space in our libraries. They are paid for using money that was usually ill-gotten”************

    What a moronic statement. Just more dumbing-down of our culture. Got to give the devil his due: the Cultural Marxists have someone working hammer and tongs at all times. Sorta reminds me of the ludicrous claim made not-so-long-ago that Hip Hop music was every bit as nuanced and sophisticated as anything composed by the Classical Greats. Parallel Universe time again.

  • Rick May 1, 2019, 10:37 AM

    I read awhile back that more books are published in Spain every year than the total published in the Muslim world in the last 1,000 years. I wonder how African book publishing is going?

  • Schill McGuffin May 1, 2019, 12:35 PM

    I dunno. Leung’s first sentence is pretty repulsive, but to the extent that libraries nowadays are often at least partly funded by local taxes, I’d consider that pretty “ill gotten”.

  • ghostsniper May 1, 2019, 1:37 PM

    I’ve been to a public library maybe 10 times over the past 20 years and every. single. time. I was disappointed. Last time, a few years ago, I checked out a DVD on Roy Underhill, “The Woodright’s Shop”, and it was so scratched up it wasn’t viewable. Know why? To prevent theft they take the DVD out of the container and keep it in a file cabinet behind the counter. When you check it out they grab the disc with their hand and put it in the case, every time. The disc I had looked like it was used as a skate board on the sidewalk – really bad. Ever notice the gov’t almost always hires the worst people in the world, and then never holds any employees accountable for their behavior? I’ve always wondered why that is. Silly me. Tyrants are not accountable to anyone ever.

  • Noetic Demolitionist May 2, 2019, 6:23 AM

    Looking to Jordan Peterson to help you understand the Bible is just like asking your dog to teach you algebra.

  • CC May 2, 2019, 9:41 AM

    Add Popular Mechanics to that list.

  • AesopFan May 2, 2019, 6:14 PM

    ghost – we are serious fans of The Woodwright’s Shop and I feel your pain. However, as a former librarian, there are reasons why the DVDs are not on the shelves: they don’t stay there, although the case often does. We did put ours in protective sleeves, and the transferring should not have dinged those up any more than taking your own in and out, except multiplied by hundreds of uses. Plus, new items were prioritized over replacements, because that’s how our justification stats were figured.
    And that librarian Gerard quoted should be fired — but won’t be.

  • Casey May 2, 2019, 9:16 PM

    Job is comedy. But the rest of the Bible is actually a set of genres, including sacred history (history concerned with sacred things), poetry, wisdom lit., gospel (a specialty genre), eschaton stuff (end things), etc. I don’t see JP’s averaging of the Bible to comedy, but whatever. He’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer, anyway. Other briefs can be made, such as when God said: “Adam, where are you?” This is like a thesis of the OT. The NT might be summarized as “I love you, now get along.” Yes, very brief, but better than the Bible is a comedy.

    Gov. Newsom wants to study why gas prices are high. That is comedy. Maybe he ought to study why Californians are high. When I drove through Hollywood last year, the gas was $5.00 a gallon. On everyone’s mind was hybrid cars, electric cars, and Uber. I rode in a handsome new Tesla, but probably hurt my hostess’ feelings when I tried to quip that if she ran out of juice, could she carry a little red can to the corner to get some more? It had a tablet on the dash that predicted the range, and where the plug ins were across country, in case one decided that was a thing to do. Shhhhhiiiit-tuh! Imagine going cross country in a Tesla? I look at Google Maps and try to find a store open, and the damn thing’s been closed for half a year. Tesla’s going to tell me how to drive cross-country? Fppppppppt.

  • ghostsniper May 3, 2019, 4:19 AM

    AesopFan: I understand the problem: people steal the discs. Retail stores some how get around this. Public libraries pass the problem to the taxpayers that pay for the discs in the first place. This is a natural progression when things are purchased with stolen money.