Category Archives: Pop Culture

Wedlock, Schmedlock

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One of the things that most troubles me about this age is the ease with which people of my age, or only slightly less, abandon truths and standards that they were brought up with. They don’t hang on to them at all.

I think I must have mentioned this before, but it is to the point and I’ll never forget this incident. The young amoral couple in the next apartment, the woman not yet divorced from her current husband, succeeded in conceiving an out-of-wedlock child. To celebrate, they threw a party on the lawn. The whole neighborhood turned out–all these people old enough to know that you don’t shack up with some jidrool before you even file for a divorce from the other monkey, let alone produce out-of-wedlock children by some guy who already has a kid somewhere California–a kid, but no wife.

This was not a thing to celebrate. People in their fifties and sixties ought to know that. But there they were.

Then another neighbor had an out-of-wedlock pregnancy, and they threw her baby shower at the Baptist church. I thought Baptists knew it was wrong to beget children outside of marriage. Did God change His mind about that, or did the Baptists just forget?

What does it take to swing people around 180 degrees from their moral standards?

Not much, I guess.


Memory Lane: Mandrake the Magician

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[Editor’s Note: I’m kind of steering clear of miserable news this weekend, although it seems to be costing me some readership. Oh, well…]

When I was a boy I looked forward to the color comics in the Sunday paper. Flash Gordon, Little Lulu, Archie, Mark Trail–and Mandrake the Magician. Lee Falk, who went on to create The Phantom, came up with Mandrake in 1934. The comic strip outlived its creator and only stopped running in 2013. I had no idea.

Mandrake the Magician always went around in his magician’s duds, along with his best bud, Lothar. Lothar wore a fez and a leopard skin, finally getting real clothes in 1965–after, I suspect, many a chilly winter. Lothar was an African chief with super-powers of his own. And there was Princess Narda to complete the team. She and Mandrake were engaged to be married, which they finally did in 1997. It was a very long engagement.

My favorite line in this comic strip–Patty and I still use it–was, of course, “Mandrake gestures hypnotically.” The subject, usually a bad guy, was instantaneously hypnotized to see and feel whatever Mandrake planted in his head. We may be thankful that Mandrake never entered politics.

To borrow a motto from World War II paratroopers, “It’s foolish but it’s fun!” I mean, really–always to be wearing a great big cape and high silk hat? Or leopard skin and fez? Don’t magicians ever change their clothes? Or do they just have whole closets full of capes and shiny dinner jackets?

Mandrake, I might add, was a personal friend of the Emperor of the Galaxy. It ensured him always to be able to find a parking space. If magic can’t do that for you, political pull surely will.


Kids Injured, 1 Killed, by Insane New Fad

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You know I say, “Kill the culture, and it will kill you back.” Well, it’s no longer just a figure of speech.

Have you heard of “the Hot Water Challenge”? I only heard of it this morning, on the radio. It consists of pouring boiling water on yourself, or sticking your hand in it, or trying to drink it (http://www.msn.com/en-us/health/healthtrending/kids-are-trying-something-called-the-hot-water-challenge-at-least-1-has-died/ar-AApM9uk?OCID=ansmsnnews11). A little girl who took a dare to drink boiling water has died, and others have been seriously injured. The children involved are young–aged 8, 10, 11, etc.

The children say they were inspired by youtube videos. Believe it. As I write this, there are still quite a few “Hot Water Challenge” videos on youtube. No, I’m not going to link to any. I did watch one: some jidrool, seemingly in his early 20s, poured a bucket of boiling water over himself… with totally predictable results. Another video bore the title, “I just cooked my hand.”

Uh, like, maybe these videos should be taken off the site? Or would that be some kind of social injustice?

Who can explain this? Granted, kids haven’t lived long enough to learn much, and when left to their own devices, can do so extremely stupid things. Especially when other kids dare them to do it. We laugh at poor Flick, in Jean Shepherd’s A Christmas Story, who takes a dare to touch his tongue to a frozen metal post–and his tongue freezes to it, and the fire department has to come to rescue him. But kids will do even dumber things than that.

The lesson taught by public school is that your age-group peers are the most important people in your life, and you’ll do just about anything to impress them, fit in with them, or win their approval. That lesson is powerfully reinforced by our popular culture, and made deadly by a child’s natural ignorance or disregard of consequences.

The only way to counter this is to make the child’s family, and God as Lord over all, more important to him than the other kids. So that if he does try something stupid, at least it won’t be disastrously or even fatally stupid.

But overcoming this aspect of our culture won’t be easy. And you can’t just keep them in a 24/7 supervised bubble all throughout their childhood: because if you do, when they finally grow old enough to break out of it, they will be entirely defenseless.


‘Burning Man’ Pagan Fest Expects to Draw 70,000

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It’s time again for the annual “Burning Man” festival of “radical inclusion,” whatever that is, out in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert; and this year organizers are expecting to draw at least 70,000 paying participants (http://www.sfgate.com/burningman/article/celebrities-and-tech-execs-going-to-burning-man-11742825.php), including celebrities and hi-tech corporate movers and shakers.

The highlight of the festival is the burning of a wooden human effigy. Anybody ever see The Wicker Man? Same thing, except in the movie they burn it with a live person and live animals inside it, as a sacrifice to pagan false gods. Julius Caesar had a major beef with the Gauls over this, and devoted a lot of work to stamping out this evil practice.

Now it’s where celebs and millionaires go to practice radical inclusion. Low-end tickets cost $425 each.

Would you believe The Burning Man got its start in San Francisco? Okay, I hear you saying “Where else?”

This year some of the hippier types are complaining that capitalism is “ruining Burning Man’s original spirit.” Maybe capitalism is one of those things you exclude when you’re doing radical inclusion.

I’d like to know how many liberal churchmen attend this jamboree. You know–the kind in pink or lavender shirts who perform same-sex pseudomarriages.

Anyhow, that’s the state of our culture. Burning Man is no big thing in itself, but all those little things add up into a burden that will one day crush us.

Because when you kill the culture, the culture’s gonna kill you back.

 


Prediction: Libs Will Support Pedophilia

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Given that a bunch of academics has been stumping for “consensual intergenerational sex” for years, this is hardly a prediction: some liberals are already doing this, and have been for a while.

To state it more explicitly, when “transgender” has run its course and liberals are ready to shatter another boundary of sexual morality, their new invented “right” will be a right to pedophilia (or whatever euphemism they employ), and the Democrat Party, NPR, Big News Media, and a couple thousand college professors will support it.

The Democrat Party will support a right to have sex with children.

I wish I were wrong, but I’m pretty sure I’m not.


Transgenderism… for 3-Year-Olds

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Is this getting out of hand or what?

“So, Jason, you’re four years old today! What do you want to be when you grow up?”

“Oh, I want to be a girl! And my mommy and my school promised I could take those ‘stop puberty’ drugs real soon! I don’t know what puberty is, but I know it’s very bad!”

Planned Parenthood–whose goal is stopping human reproduction by any means available–has come out with new guidelines to “teach” pre-schoolers, three and four years old, all about transgenderism and masturbation. ( http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/you-will-be-shocked-when-you-learn-what-planned-parenthood-wants-to-teach-preschoolers-about-sex) They also propose to teach parents “ways of determining whether your child is trans or not”–something that would not occur to any normal parent. But “talking with a counselor or therapist who’s familiar and supportive of LGBTQ identities–” what the Hell is this, anyway?–“is a good idea.” Oh, yeah: best idea since “ye shall be as gods.”

Planned Parenthood carries on this pogrom against sanity in the public schools, which we all pay for, and with $500 million of our own tax moneys, doled out to them every year by a Congress which is curiously inattentive to our wishes.

Have any of you, ever in your lives, seen anything take off like this push for “transgender”? Satan has scored big with this one.

If we don’t put a stop to it, God will.

Thanks (I think) to Linda for the news tip.


HBO Race Baiters: ‘Trust Us’

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The last thing in the world desired by American liberals is racial harmony. It would put most of them out of work. So they do everything they can to keep the pot boiling.

HBO plans to come out with a new mini-series, Confederate, based on the premise that the South won the Civil War and still has slavery in the 21st century. A lot of people think this is simply more race-baiting; but the folks at HBO say, “Trust us, it’ll be real nice” (https://apnews.com/0e7beba6eea1404490720923932fb7e9/NoConfederate-campaign-against-HBO-slave-drama-takes-off). They do not offer us any reason why we should trust them.

Alternative history based on ignorance, for whipping up anger for political purposes–that’s what this is. In the exceedingly unlikely event that the Confederate states could have won their independence, and then kept it for another 150+ years, it’s even more unlikely they would have hung on to slavery. It would have been economic suicide, and would have deprived the new nation, outnumbered by its enemies, of millions of African-Americans who would have made good citizens, with much to contribute to their country. Besides which, even in 1865, there were many prominent Confederate leaders saying the time had come to abolish slavery: Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis, just to name two.

But here the name of the game is to keep the racial grievance industry, dba the Democrat Party, in business. And that’s their only game.

 


Official and Bona Fide Video of Honest-to-Pete Japanese Nephilim

“This is not fake!” an organization called “Conspiratruth” assures us. Well, you coulda fooled me.

That “giants in the earth” verse in the Bible (Genesis 6:4) has inspired an awful lot of twaddle. The Hebrew word doesn’t mean “genuine 15-foot tall giants who require special exemption to the laws of gravity so that their otherwise human skeletons don’t collapse,” but never mind. You don’t have to call them “nephilim.” You can call them “Annunaki.” They’re from Orion. There is not really any such place as Orion, but never mind.

The folks in this footage, otherwise occupied by some kind of military parade, seem to take the giant in their stride.

How many people, educated at great cost to the public and to their families, believe in conspiracy theories? In Annunaki from Orion? In “You can keep your doctor”?

*Sigh*…


Why I Watch Movies and TV

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Some of you are down on movies and television for celebrating immoral and even wicked actions and letting the characters in the story get away with it. Those are not unfounded criticisms.

As a fantasy novelist, I must plead guilty to writing in such a way that the story turns out as I want it to. King Ryons gets to Obann in time to save the city. Lord Orth passes through a phase of madness and idiocy to emerge as a true man of God. These things happen because I wrote them that way. It can’t be helped.

I watch a lot of old TV and movies. One reason is for relaxation. After a day of writing, I need to veg out. I don’t think any of you will accuse me of allowing these films to shape my moral outlook.

But there is another reason.

Writing a novel isn’t as easy as it looks. The only thing easy about it is that it’s very easy to mess it up. And as I write, I have two overriding concerns: character and story. Both have to be right, or the novel will be wrong.

So I watch for the same reason I never go to bed without a book to read until I fall asleep. I want to learn how to create and manage believable characters that my readers will respond to, and how to tell a story coherently, convincingly, and compellingly. I can’t learn that unless I immerse myself in other people’s stories. And because the story-telling art is so difficult, I have to keep learning all the time.

As hard as I try to avoid it, some of the stories I watch turn out to be dreck. From these I learn what not to do! From the others, the ones that are not pigs’ breakfasts, I pick up innumerable hints that I can apply to my own stories. From C.S. Lewis, Agatha Christie, Walter R. Brooks, J.R.R. Tolkien, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Arthur Upfield, and many others, I learn the techniques I need to make my novels stand the test of readership.

And daily Bible reading is indispensable as a guide to what I ought to put into my stories and what I ought to leave out. As a writer, I can do nothing without God’s blessing and guidance.

A steady diet of B.S. fiction, consumed uncritically, unthinkingly, for no other purpose than “because it’s there,” has a really good shot at rotting the consumer’s mind.

If you want to be a musician, you have to listen to other people’s music. The same hold true for story-tellers.


Bashin’ Fashion

I suppose I could be writing about world events, politics, or other Important News, instead of bothering with fashion. But some of these seemingly trivial things turn out, in the long run, to be more important than the big stuff.

Kill the culture, and it’ll kill you back.

One of the latest poison darts blown into our culture comes from Gucci, the fashion giant, with their Fall/Winter 2017 “fashion campaign,” aka “Gucci and Beyond” (https://www.cnet.com/news/gucci-star-trek-inspired-fashion-is-sexy-retro-sci-fi-heaven/). It seems to have been inspired by corny old science fiction movies and TV shows from the Star Trek era.

One of its centerpieces is models posing as women with blue skin and red lip gloss. Is this supposed to be beautiful? It’s only ugly. But then the whole point of humanist culture is to flee from everything that smacks of being human–hence their fanatical support for all things transgender.

True, high fashion has always had a streak of freakiness. Danny Kaye made fun of it, singing “I’m Anatole of Paris…and I hate women!” Mad Magazine had The Attack of the Fashion Model Zombies. There’s a lot about our whole pop culture that’s deep-down freaky–and we are not the better for it.


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