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Is the Lord Trying to Tell Me Something?

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I am so not ready to go back to writing about the Chinese Communist Wuhan Death Virus, riots, soulless white liberals, and all that other schiff that everybody else is writing about. I am so not up for it, it isn’t funny.

That’s not like me. Usually on Monday I’m ready to wade back into the hurly-burly. So why am I thinking that today I’d like to work on my new book and put up a few blog posts that have nothing to do with Far Left Crazy trying to murder our country? I mean, we have to fight them, and we have to win.

But is God telling me, “I will fight them, boy. You go write your book”?

Yeahbut, yeahbut–Lord, what about my Newswithviews column?

“You don’t even know what you want to write for that. If I told you to sit down and write it today, you’d be stuck. So don’t worry about it.”

Tomorrow, then. I’ll get back into the melee tomorrow. I guess.

 

 


Cato the Elder… on Statues

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Cato the Elder: not the cheeriest guy in Rome, but one of the wisest

Marcus Porcius Cato, Cato the Elder, was the arch-conservative of Rome’s republic and used his considerable powers to preserve it, very likely gaining for it an extra hundred years. His great-grandson, Cato the Younger, gave his life trying to protect it from Caesar.

Cato the Elder had too much opposition ever to become an idol of the masses; and once upon a time, according to Plutarch, someone asked him why such a famous and important man as Cato didn’t have a statue in the Forum.

Cato’s answer: “I would rather people asked why I didn’t have a statue, than why I did.”

If you haven’t read Plutarch’s Lives, and would like a nice, thick book jam-packed with history, philosophy, and character study that’ll probably carry you through an entire year of fascinating reading–well, what are you waiting for?


I Have Bummed Myself Out

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They haven’t yet succeeded in corrupting the stars of heaven.

I should be writing nooze just now, but in scanning items to find some I ought to mention here, I succeeded only in flattening my own morale.

Is America really going to be taken over by the same socialist wackos who’ve turned our cities into manure heaps? Are the worst people in the country really going to get voted into power this November? Can it be that none of the bad guys who plotted to overthrow our president is going spend so much as five minutes in jail?

Are we going to wind up with beheadings in the streets?

We have prayed, and will pray, that God will intervene to spare us this: that He will tread down His enemies so that they can’t rise up again. We have prayed that He will equip us for service to Christ’s Kingdom.

But that is an awfully high mountain up in front of us, cloaked in black clouds.

If we believed the nooze, we’d think we were licked already.

But never, never, never, never give in. Never.


‘Dracula Revisited’ (2015)

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The late, great, Christopher Lee

I haven’t looked at any nooze yet today, I keep putting it off. Somehow I doubt anything got better overnight. Instead, let’s visit Dracula.

Dracula Revisited

The great thing about a monster like Dracula is that even though he scares you, at the end of the book, he’s toast. But the headlines just go on and on, endless horror. Even if you could get rid of Pelosi, someone just as awful would take her place in a nanosecond.

It’s a great relief to escape from a horrific situation, even if it’s only by shutting the book.

If only we could shut the book on Far Left Crazy.

P.S.–Only one comment so far today? One?

Somebody tell me what sort of stuff you’d like to see posted here today.


‘Politics Without God’

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Polybius predicted the demise of Rome’s republic.

Something “Unknowable” said the other day got me thinking about this, and I decided it’d be a good time to share an article I wrote about the subject, for Chalcedon, back in 2006–the mindless “political cycle” that fallen humanity gets sucked into when it turns its back on God.

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/politics-without-god

Very simply, here’s the cycle.

Chaos and violence > “strong man” > king or president > tyrant > rebels oust tyrant > aristocracy > oligarchy > people oust oligarchs > democracy > mob rule and chaos >>> and the whole thing repeats itself again and again.

Polybius, a Greek general who lived in Rome as a hostage, praised Rome’s republic as the best effort yet to haul a nation out of the endless political cycle; but as he analyzed Rome with a clear and penetrating eye, he would up predicting that the republic would fail. His prediction came true.

Our own country is in danger of this, especially right now. Our only hope is to place ourselves under God’s protection and obey His word.


A Creepy Place

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Does your town have an abandoned high school slowly sliding into total ruin? Probably not, unless you live in a Democrat city where the whole shebang is sinking into oblivion. But in most small towns, the high school is the single most expensive item on the budget and will only be abandoned if a) the whole town fails or b) they build a new high school and haven’t yet figured out what to do with the old one. My town’s old high school, having been replaced, has been torn down to make room for more condos.

We were listening to a scary story the other night, which featured an abandoned high school. I have to admit high school kind of creeped me out even when it was open for business. Something about this story made it easy to imagine myself wandering around the halls of an abandoned high school… and maybe the place wasn’t quite as deserted as I’d thought.

I did get to thinking, “This is the kind of place that Ysbott the Snake would really like. He could make it his hideout. Abandon all hope, ye who enter hear.”

Look at that hallway. Such waste! Those lockers could have been salvaged. Ditto a lot of the electrical components. That’s money that people had to work for, all gone up in smoke.

These abandoned high schools, though, are emblematic of the whole public “education” enterprise. It produces morally empty buildings disguised as graduates. Big and imposing on the outside, but on the inside, nothing there.

Unless Ysbott’s in there, planning crimes.


The Folly of Urbanization

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If you cram people into hyper-urbanized environments, you turn them into sitting ducks for any new germ that comes along. Especially if you take their cars away and stuff them into mass transit. That slurping sound is a hungry virus licking its lips.

Early this morning my wife saw a fox trotting up our sidewalk. You’re not supposed to see them. But their hiding places have been systematically uprooted and paved over, as the philosopher-kings labor to turn our lovely small town–not so lovely as it used to be!–into a noisy, crowded, ugly city. Gives ’em more clout within the Democrat Party, you see.

After decades of scheming and finagling for it, they’ve finally got high-rise dwellings in the middle of downtown, having gotten rid of several acres of parking space. They’ve got shills writing in to the local–ahem!–newspaper bragging about what a swell time they’re having in the high rise and how they, superior beings that they are, don’t need cars anymore and ain’t they just as cute as buttons? Their dwellings have been erected within yards of our very busy railroad tracks. How they manage with the noise is something they don’t talk about.

But make way for Agenda 21! Progress, progress!

What it looks like is a plan to first turn the towns into small cities and then connect the dots to transform all of central New Jersey into one big gigantic city. And stack all the people on top of each other, jam them together like sardines, because that’s supposed to make it easier to control them.

Hey, no problem! Mandatory universal vaccines, against every disease known to humankind–that’ll protect us. Mandatory lots of other things, too. Laws are cumbersome; mandates are cool: stroke of the pen, law of the land.

When progressives say “progress,” watch out.


From One Extreme to Another

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What is it that makes us stampede from one extreme to another?

Back in 2019 B.C. (Before Coronavirus), what did people do when they had a cold, or the flu?

Why, they showed up at work, of course–and coughed and sneezed all over the office, didn’t they? Remember? They went grocery shopping and cough and sneezed up and down the aisles and in front of the checkout counter. They went to movies, sporting events, parties, and everything else, still coughing and sneezing. They went to the doctor’s, and sat around coughing and sneezing in the waiting room.

Yeah, that’s why we had a flu season every year.

Now we’ve got the Chinese Communist Wuhan Death Virus From China: and we can’t go anywhere without wearing a face mask, a lot of places are just plain closed till further notice, they won’t let you have a birthday party, and God only knows what else they’ve got in store for us. Suddenly the liberties we always took for granted are viewed as unaffordable luxuries by an army of mayors and Blue State governors. “Rights” are nice and all, but you can’t expect to keep ’em if there’s germs out there.

A lot of us also took our prosperity for granted. Now we can wonder if it’s been lost for good.

All in a matter of weeks.

Why didn’t the government intervene–not that I would’ve wanted them to!–in all those years B.C. when everybody went around spreading flu and cold germs? Why, now, do we have to live in freakin’ quarantine? What’s the difference between then and now?

Blamed if I know!

But I’d jolly well like to know soon.


‘We’re Living in Jurassic Park’ (2015)

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In the original Jurassic Park, the slimy lawyer tries to hide in the john but the T. rex gets him anyway. More than a few people cheered that scene.

But as a metaphor, the movie works even better: more and more dinosaurs are getting lose and raising cain with our own Jurassic Park.

https://leeduigon.com/2015/09/06/were-living-in-jurassic-park/

Yeah, yeah–Settled Science and Real Smart Politics were going to make it all so wonderful. But now the T. rex is out, eating people and wrecking stuff. We prefer to call it a virus. But really, it’s not the only hungry dinosaur on the loose. Our whole globalist project has melted into chaos.

As it was bound to.

As Bayard Rustin once said, “There sure are a lot of stupid smart people.”


What’ll I Do Today? Bash ‘True Conservatives’!

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This bullfrog has nothing to do with the post. It’s just a nice picture of a bullfrog.

Actually, that’s not such a hard question to answer: everything’s closed. I guess I’ll just go outside and have a cigar, and maybe check up on the progress of Quokka University–which is not closed, because it hasn’t opened yet.

I just read an article by some “true conservative” I never heard of, saying that, although President Trump has done a lot of things right, he’s still just a New York liberal at heart, who has no “deep core of true conservatism,” blah-blah. What a lot of schiff.

Who are the “true conservatives”? They’re the ones who are absolutely nowhere to be found whenever liberals are trashing our country and debauching our culture. Live birth abortion? Transgender rights? Same-sex fake marriage? For all these fights and more, “true conservatives” are to be found off on a cruise ship somewhere. Reminds me of a movie called “Ship of Fools.”

What have these self-anointed “true conservatives” ever conserved? I mean, look at us! We now have “Drag Queen Story Hour.” Anybody here from any “true conservatives” over that? The moment there’s a battle to be fought, they’re outta here.

Donald Trump has done more practical conservative action than the whole tribe of “true conservatives” put together with RINOs thrown in.

I don’t mind them going on cruises.

I just mind them coming back.


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