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Friday, April 15. 2016
Is Cremation a Pagan Practice Which Christians Should Avoid?
The New England Puritans just threw the corpse in the ground, put a rock on top, and went and got drunk. The little kids too. Hard cider, mainly.
Health update: Eat more chocolate
This Is How to Confront Campus Crybabies
Empty dorms, empty mansions
Federal judge calls IRS untrustworthy in tea party case
What did Americans know as the Holocaust unfolded? Quite a lot, it turns out.
How the GOP Ended Up with Too Many 2016 Candidates
The Coming Conservative Dark Age - Mediacracy
Clinton vows to create new agency to assist illegal aliens
Assist them with what?
Nice goin', Angela
Venezuela to ration malls, change clocks, to save power
It's never enough for negotiators. Smart negotiators take the long view. Drip, drip, drip.
Bernard-Henri Lévy: Taking Sides in the War Within Islam
The War Games Will Determine the Future of the US Marine Corps
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The Monarchs have internal GPS and navigate by the stars. I am always amazed in the fall when they start flitting by in ones and twos, always headed in a southerly direction. They have it down.
Snowflakes melt. The horror of it all. Some day somebody will slap the shi-ite out of these children and they will join the real world. Until then: ho-hum.
The IRS is untrustworthy? My word! This is an astounding discovery. Who knew? Alert the media!
What could the average American do about the Holocaust during WWII even if they knew? Not much.
Venezuela is a Communist paradise. Could you not expect more? Come and join us Komrade. Bread line forms to the right; vodka line to the left.
All right ladies, don your burkas. Don't leave home without it; your hijab, that is. Festoon yourself in Islamic fashion even if you are not a Muslim. Get in step, get in line. Demean yourself as you are unworthy.
Friday musings from Tangie Town, Tennessee.
"What could the average American do about the Holocaust during WWII even if they knew? Not much."
Actually the average American could and did do quite a lot - just like the average Brit and Canadian.
For one thing, they organized themselves to invade Europe and quite comprehensively defeat the very cause of the Holocaust: Nazi Germany.
Lest we forget.
I've never forgotten "a date which will live in infamy." Neither have I forgotten the Nazis. I have not forgotten that the average Joe defeated both foes--with a little help from the Rooskies and the rest of the Allies.
The average American probably had not a clue about what was going on in Europe or anything at all about the Final Solution. Remember, we are talking about the "average American" of the early 40s.
Am not quite sure that defeating the cause of the Holocaust as the cause of the Holocaust was what happened. Pap never said nothin' 'bout that. And, he was there, in France, with Patton's 3rd Army. Still got his Purple Heart and citation. Ma didn't mention it either. She were a WAC.
Unless, of course, it is true that five Jewish men run the world from New York City.
On another note: don't you think that Bill Clinton looks a bit feeble and frail these days? He looks sickly to me. He needs to use care during this political season lest his shaky ticker give out. Say a little prayer for William Jefferson. His old red nose ain't even red any more.
refugees on the St Louis would probably disagree with you.
still, what could have been done by the Allies about the death camps was practically limited to ending the war as quickly as possible.
Re 'The Coming Conservative Dark Age' - not a bad article, especially on how the 'gatekeepers' aren't as powerful as they used to be. (That's been happening in publishing as well.)
And he as a gatekeeper gets upset because the walls have fallen and he no longer has the influence he worked toward and loved. Rail against the change - but in the end he shows just why the people found a way around the gatekeepers.
There is terrible persecution, torture and ugly attacks on Christians and others because of their religion and ethnicity today all over the world. Why the sudden focus on events that happened 75-80 years ago. I think the MSM and activists are trying condition the U.S. and Europe to accept many millions more from the ME and Africa. I don't think it is motivated by humanitarianism. I think it is a cynical effort by those who believe that a strong U.S. and Europe prevent them from taking world power. This is an effort to destroy us from within and it seems to be working.
I examine my heart and mind in vain for any religious basis to worry about what happens to my body after I die. I can get along with any funeral tradition that honors the dead and respects the grief of the survivors. Either cremation or donating my body to science is fine for me; I'm also happy to go along with whatever other people think is appropriate or helpful.
I object to killing people to get the value of their bodies as food. I don't object in principle to eating the dead bodies as part of a funeral rite, though I'd decline to participate myself. My biggest concern would be the same one I have about using human remains for transplants, research, etc.: we're not very good at resisting the accompanying temptation to hurry along some deaths in order to get to the goodies. Most funeral arrangements scarcely raise that issue.
RE This Is How to Confront Campus Crybabies
the dean put them on double secret probation.
Tulane U Frat Wall
So the Frat builds a sandbag wall around their front yard every year as preparation for their spring formal dance (does this make sense?).
This year, as they were building the wall, members made Trump jokes and decided it would be funny (satire) to paint the Trump campaign slogan "Make America Great Again" on the wall.
After doing so, and learning from passerby that people seeing it found it offensive, they dismantled it themselves and rebuilt it in such a way that the painted parts of the bags were not arranged to say anything.
Then, members of a college sports team, with the encouragement of campus ethnic and race-based associations, trespassed on the fraternity's property in order to destroy their now-benign wall, bursting the sandbags and throwing them onto adjacent properties and into the street.
The administration gave tacit approval to this display of force and intimidation; their statement that the slogan of a major-party candidate for national office" “sparked a visceral reaction in the context of a very heated and divisive political season.” essentially associates display of any Trump campaign support with "fighting words"
It clearly wasn't a "visceral reaction", the reaction was 5-days after the painting of the slogan, after the "offending" message was already removed.
I think the message from campus administrators at this campus and some others around the country couldn't be more clear: visible support for this candidate (even if intended as satire) is grounds for punishment. Violence and disruption of campus activities in opposition to this candidate is just fine. I really hate Trump and his views, but this sort of response I find scary.
Is Cremation a Pagan Practice Which Christians Should Avoid?
The New England Puritans just threw the corpse in the ground, put a rock on top, and went and got drunk...
and yet you still wonder about the high incidence of vampirism in New England.
And don't forget the zombie epidemics and resulting massacres which depopulated large sections of Puritan New England. In recent times the massacres have been covered up by blaming them on Native Americans, but we know that as peaceful and noble peoples the New England tribes were not the aggressors, and in fact were just as subject to vampire and zombie depredations which where introduced by the Europeans.
Fortunately, the early colonists established a citizen militia to protect the living from the undead. In fact, if it weren't for them, we would not have held off the British and their zombie and vampire mercenaries at Lexington and Concord. The descendant of this militia continues to exist, and you can read about them here:
I see you've read up on the French and Indian and Zombie War.
Sadly, my college's founder Ephraim Williams and his Mohawk ally Chief Hendrick were both killed and eaten during a zombie attack near Lake George.
I've noticed when hiking in the mountains of New England that I will often come across cellar-holes and fireplaces from old homesteads that were inexplicably abandoned, and walls of fieldstones that once marked the edges of fields, now running straight through mature forest. I've even seen tilted grave markers with displaced rocks near them, but I never until now made the connection.
All my dogs were cremated and are now resting in a special place on the ranch where we spent many days together hunting upland game. God willing, I will be next to them one day. My wife and daughter have promised to honor my request.
"It has been four weeks and it is still hard for me to believe Sandor Needleman is dead. I was present at the cremation and, at his son’s request, brought the marshmallows, but few of us could think of anything but our pain."
- the opening lines of Woody Allen's short story Remembering Needleman
Wow, Jeff and his screed about Trump. Just wow. I would like to know what about Trump's policies he finds so distasteful? The idea that a country has borders that we need to protect? The idea that we should support our military and its veterans? The idea that we should reduce taxes and make our country more attractive to businesses? The idea that 'free trade' should actually be 'free trade'?
These are all the positions of Trump. I don't see a liberal idea in them at all. He may not like the way the message is delivered (plain spoken language without artifice or a team of speechwriters and handlers). But what is to fear about Trump?
I don't get it.
I guess it's the idea that Trump is somehow a secret liberal who loves Hillary? Why in the heck would this man risk his reputation and his business for months on end just to help Hillary? Why would he risk his life and allow his family to be threatened day in and day out just to help Hillary?
The conspiracy theory is ridiculous if you analyze what has happened to Trump over the last 9-10 months.
Jeff rages against Trumpists
Wow, Jeff and his screed about Trump. Just wow.
I don't get it.
Evidently. Jeff may be way out of your class intellectually, but I'm betting you can still figure out where you went wrong.
LOL. Really? Guess I am just another redneck idiot from the trailer park with no education? Got it. Thanks. I had no idea how dumb I was until you pointed it out.
It's probably not a question of smarts, Miss T, but a question of exceptional rhetorical talent compared to the rest of us. You just misconstrued a screed directed at myopic partisanship with Trump the man. Not the same thing, even as BD's title contrasted with where you went with it. That was the first hint missed.
Goldstein is linked in the MF blogroll. A shame there's so little real equivalence anymore...
When I read this:
"You Trump backers are dishonest shills praying at the altar of a false god. You are fine with populist authoritarianism so long as you believe it is you who will benefit from the king’s beneficence. You are, in short, Obama voters with Rs attached to your names. You are the problem."
I think I got my response right.
Come on. You went off on the guy you assumed detracted from your favorite candidate when Goldstein was actually confronting partisans - people probably somewhat like you - about their methods, methods of which he's probably had his fill. He's seen some things.
You're just trying to conflate Trumpists, as BD put it and as I remind you three times now, with Teh Donald, hoping Goldstein can be reasonably read to have attacked the latter so you can sink some teeth in. What he thinks about Trump is irrelevant and that wasn't at all his point, meaning you have no play here.
You're grasping at everything from sarcasm to rhetorical bravado to make it stick, hoping nobody notices. Is my guess.
so what if he's linked here. they let you post. consider it an affirmative action posting program for people like you and your manpanion jeff.
jeff and his fanboys come across as angry twerps (e.g., Ten).
jeff's biography boasts that he's an unemployed house mom who gives away his writing because it has no value.
Donnie hasn't forgotten his last beatdown, where he unsuccessfully tried to put words in the mouths of stereotypes sideways and keep them from falling out. I suspect Goldstein would reduce you to silence after four exchanges, Donnie. I mean, look what I did, what with my GED and my tool shed and my Ford and all.
Actually, I take that all back. I invite you to pipe up in Goldstein's space, D"BJ"D. Make it about your field, even. Make it a nice talk about the law and rights. Be confident, as I'm sure those of your presumed standing would be. Experience like that counts; vaunted and all. There are the elite and then there are the intellectual proles.
I have popcorn. I'd relish a housefrau academic engaging the honorable counselor on points.
We'd all appreciate a link to your opening salvo on that other site, D"BJ"D.
ah, didn't understand you the first time.
you're affronted that I insulted your boyfriend.
deal with it. better yet, grow up.
I admit to sometimes suspecting a conspiracy when acknowledging simple stupidity could explain the situation more accurately. But regarding the dramatic dissolution of our military strength seems to be intentional. I have this nagging feeling that down the road we will look back on what Obama has done and wonder how we could have been so blind to him. The list of things that this administration and a duplicitous congress has done to harm or diminish our military is very long, but I cannot come up with a single example in the last 7 years of something done to make us stronger. Was this all purely stupidity on the part of our leaders or is there some nefarious intent???
Excellent points in the piece about cremation.
When I was young (12-14) I discovered a tract in our house that dealt with this issue. What was frustrating is that it didn't provide any rationale for why cremation was wrong. Just kept repeating the same points (almost verbatim) that historically, the Church was against cremation.
I stopped supporting PFM (Breakpoint's parent org) after encountering a lot of empty pieces like the one you cite from Metaxas.