Centrist? This Guy Is a Centrist?

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So, then, lemme see… Your name is Emmanuel Macron and you’re running for president of France: and you say you’re in favor of “globalism and European integration,” pretty much open borders, and you’ve said there’s no such thing as French culture, and “France is not a fixed identity” (http://www.vdare.com/posts/marine-le-pen-shows-the-voters-the-real-macron)

And the big fat stupid nooze media, one and all, are calling you a “centrist”?

I mean, is that what a centrist is–someone who wants to put his own country out of business? Words sure take on funny meanings, when the nooze media use ’em.

Running against him, Marine Le Pen, who believes in France and wants to keep it going, is described by the same nooze media as “far-right”–if you want your country to go on living, and not be erased, you’re far-right–with a “dark” vision, blah-blah-blah.

If M. Macron is a “centrist,” what do you have to say or do to be considered loony Left? Start up a petition asking the German army to invade again?

All of this is obviously aimed at the poor Jean Q. Publique who still believes what he reads in the papers and think it would be a good thing to have a centrist running the show, because centrists are, like, at the center, they don’t hit you with wacky, France-destroying policies.

My paternal grandfather and his sister, Great-Aunt Louise, were born in Paris and came to this country as children. I bear a French name. I am dismayed by what has been done to the homeland of my ancestors.

Think how France has suffered–Revolution; Napoleon; Franco-Prussian War; World War I; World War II–and all of it the product of blustering idiocy on the part of France’s leaders.

They mean to keep it up until there’s no more France.

God save us.


I Love ‘To God Be the Glory’

Fanny Crosby wrote this hymn in 1875, and it remains well-loved to this day: To God Be the Glory. I like to post assorted renditions of it. Here it is sung outdoors by the choir from Fountainview Academy.

Remember, the hymn shop is always open, and if there’s any hymn you’d like posted here, just let us know.


Those Odd-Looking Posts

Some of you have been wondering about odd-looking posts, mostly headline with no text, that have been appearing here lately.

There is nothing wrong with your computer. There’s nothing wrong with your connection to this blog.

I’ve put up those posts. What they are is connections to earlier posts, some of them from years ago, that generated a lot of interest at the time and which I think might still be interesting today. After all, a lot of you weren’t here yet, back when these were published. So I thought you might enjoy them. It’s sort of a “Best Of” feature.

To read the original post, all you have to do is click the link.

I will also take reader requests for earlier posts to be re-run: so if there’s something you’d like to see again, just let me know.

And don’t worry–this doesn’t mean I’m going out of business.


Yes, Someone Actually Said This

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Where I Get Some of My Ideas From

I write about a world that never was, inspired by a world that used to be.

This is footage from Roy Chapman Andrews’ Gobi Desert expeditions in the 1920s, for the American Museum of Natural History. This is Mongolia as it was then, but isn’t anymore.

God has wired into some of us a longing for places we cannot reach, either because they exist no more or because they never did exist. A fantasy writer taps into that. We know the past was real, because we used to live in it: but was it really? Things change. Sometimes they change too much. Places I used to know very well are so gone, so wiped out without a trace, that they might as well have been in Mongolia in 1926: or tucked away in Lintum Forest. Pick one.

Did I dream these places? Were they ever really real? Because I can’t find them anymore.

Oh, but God can. He most certainly can.


More Funny Cats

I hope I’m not boring you, out there, with all these cat videos. Cats never bore me. But say the word, and I’ll post videos of any other kind of pet you have a fancy for. Alligators, crocodiles, plankton–you name it, I’ll post it.

That being said, get a load of the cat who likes being swept up by the broom.


Mr. Nature: The Biggest Dinosaur

Hi, Mr. Nature here–with what may be the biggest dinosaur known so far: Argentinosaurus.

As paleontologists fan out into territories untouched by earlier fossil-hunters, they find cooler and cooler dinosaurs. Argentinosaurus was published in 1993 and is called by Wikipedia “the largest dinosaur known from uncontroversial evidence.” Which means its title is only temporary, pending further study and new discoveries. It is estimated, from incomplete remains, to have been about 100 feet long and weighed about 100 tons. Give or take a few.

Now that’s big!

The video gives you an idea what this creature was like. It is based on speculation, and study of the bones, comparison with similar dinosaurs, etc. Please feel free to ignore the evolution chatter in the narration. I always do.

Bob Bakker–the scientist who, more than any other, gave the world the concept of dinosaurs as lively, warm-blooded, reasonably intelligent animals–once told me that one of the things he enjoys about dinosaurs is thinking about the pleasure God must have had in creating them. Yes, I like to think about that, too.

No one has seen a living dinosaur. We can never be sure that our reconstructions of them and their world are entirely on target. I love them because they fill me with a sense of awe: “What hath God wrought!”

As far as we know, dinosaurs no longer exist on earth. But God has the entire universe at His disposal, in which to do His pleasure. In speaking of these creatures, it’s a good idea to leave absolute certainty behind.

Admire God’s handiwork, and wonder.


Movie Review: ‘Risen’

If you like “Bible movies,” Risen is a good one. And let me tell you the best thing about it.

It’s a single scene, starring an actor in a small part. Richard Atwill plays one of the Roman guards who was on duty at Jesus’ tomb when He rose from the dead, and he tries to tell you what is was like. It would be wrong of me to reveal any of the details. I highly recommend seeing it for yourself.

Risen is the story of a Roman army officer, Clavius–played with stern conviction by Joseph Fiennes–who is ordered by Pilate (Peter Firth) to track down Jesus’ body, arrest the disciples, and prove that the Resurrection was a hoax. And this without drawing a single paycheck from a modern teachers’ union.

There’s a lot of grim and even gruesome detail in this movie; but on the plus side, it’s a loving and realistic rendering of Jesus and His disciples. I would have liked to see more of Pilate’s inner conflict that the Scripture suggests, but you can’t have everything. Fiennes is really good, and so are all the actors playing the apostles. There’s a trace of Catholic bias in it, but that really shouldn’t be a major problem for the viewer.

On the whole, though, the screenplay sticks fairly close to Scripture. No movie can be a substitute for the Bible. But a good one might draw a viewer nearer to it.


‘All the Way My Savior Leads Me’

Another Fanny Crosby hymn–she wrote thousands of them–sung by the Mennonite Hour Singers: All the Way My Savior Leads Me. I wonder how many of her hymns have been sung in how many churches just this morning.

If I posted a hymn written by Fanny Crosby every day, and never missed a day, it would still take me about ten years to post them all.


Was C.S. Lewis Wrong to Allow Magic in Narnia?

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