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Thursday, March 2. 2023
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One of the most famous episodes of The Twilight Zone concerned a malevolent child with supernatural powers who terrorized the adults around him into indulging his every whim...
Global Warming, The Moral Equivalent Of War
University of Austin: College of the future?
It’s Now or Never for School Choice Everywhere
Dartmouth outdoor club speakers: White supremacy, domination ‘obstruct access to nature’
Female Faculty More Likely to Support Speech Restrictions, Campus Investigations, Deplatforming. “Young faculty members and female faculty members are the least likely to tolerate heterodox speech: One in five faculty members under the age of 35 report some level of acceptance of students using violence to stop a controversial campus speaker”
Naomi Wolf: The return of the ancient gods
Ukraine has vegetables. Why not the UK?
Lori Lightfoot Blames Election Loss on Racism and Sexism
Nice try. She did get elected, didn't she?
Did You Ever Wonder How and Why the Left Is Able to Push Their Narratives Almost Unhindered?
China getting more involved with Europe
What's up with South Africa?
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Wakanda, I mean South Africa is the future for a dozen or more major U.S. cities. Arguably it is already happening in Chicago. I think education is a factor. I mean that educated people at the least know of and understand that society is based on some specific moral norms. But also education at home. My mother made me set the table and instructed me on where the knife, fork and spoon went, where the napkin, water glass and coffee cup went. No big deal. It was just a small part of the overall picture that there was an organized society with rules and traditions and there was an expectation that we children abide by these rules and honor the traditions. Yes as a child I did things that were wrong nut I feared that my parents would find out and that fear was based on the knowledge I garnered over the years I was growing up that things were expected of me. The guilt I felt in breaking the rules literally prevented me from breaking them again. I couldn't explain it at the time but it was real and it worked. Today at 80 I still say "please" when I ask for something in a store or restaurant and I still say thank you when I get it or get service. It is automatic. I don't mean to say that simply doing that makes me a nice person but rather that I do it without think and would feel awkward not doing it means that at the least I was raised properly. Do you think the thugs in Wakanda, I mean South Africa, or Chicago, say please and thank you in stores and restaurants? Do you think their mothers and fathers raised them right? Do you think their mothers and fathers even know what "raising them right" means?
Culture first, education second. To quote another well known blogger: "Africa wins again"
'What's up with South Africa?'
The same thing that was up with Rhodesia.
Discover card to track gun purchases.
I would guess that perhaps 30% of Americans would not have a problem with this. But if the last 14 years or so has taught us anything it is that government will misuse their powers for personal or political reasons. So what will Mastercard track next your alcohol purchases or meat purchases? And if we go to a cashless society, which it certainly appears we will, what will the new social credit score cards track? And worse what will they do if someone, somewhere decides you have had too much soup, no soup for you! Yes soup Nazis! and maybe sugar Nazis or meat Nazis. No gas stoves, restricted gas fill-ups in your cars, no vacation because you had too much soup! I'm just kidding, that would never happen, right? Right?
This is an interesting read and relates to what is going on today with the Ukraine.
re Naomi Wolf: The return of the ancient gods
It's a good read.
Paging Ben David
I would be interested in your opinion of this piece.
re 'What's up with South Africa?'
One wonders if this is eventually our future, if the wokeness, DEI and other leftist dogma continues to triumph over competency and productivity?
child sacrifice - abortion?
We have been worshiping Moloch for decades and we wonder at the result?
Left on Pushing the narrative ..from Wretchardthecat
In totalitarianisms, the credibility of the media is actually unimportant. Their actual function is to suppress information, reduce the bandwidth and semantically impoverish speech. In such a system, you never know the truth but you know with precision the official party line.
And that's where we are at.
Global warming ... a war on Americans and other productive nationalities.
School choice everywhere ... federal government and teacher unions declaring war on Americans.
Dartmouth club "white supremacy"... more race narrative with an outdoor kicker...then trade your Nike's for hiking shoes.
Ukraine has vegetables ... and a lot of our money and a lot of money laundering.
What's up with S Africa ... going back to nature unless China steps up to replace "whites".
Beat me too it Indy. I was just going to paste Wretchard's quote up.
It is certainly the QOTD.
And it is a reflection of the Naomi Wolf piece but in few words.
One of the Commandments is ... Thou shall have no other gods before me.
The Commandment does not deny there are other gods ... only that they shall not come before GOD. As we observe the world it is evident that the malevolent are at work and all around us. With our Christian religion in such disrepair, it is not hard to see the craziness descending deeper into the gutter. The bottom does not seem to have been reached yet.
It Looks as if the Justice Department Probably Has Spies in Catholic Churches
Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) takes AG Merrick Garland to task on targeting Catholics
“The FBI field office in Richmond, VA on January 23rd, issued a memo where they advocated for and I quote ‘New avenues for trip-wire and source development against Traditionalist Catholics,…
. . . But Hawley persisted: “Let me just ask you, as my time expires here, a very direct question. How many informants do you have in Catholic churches across America?”
It was then that Garland gave his most unintentionally revealing answer of the entire hearing:
I don’t know, and I don’t believe we have any informants aimed at Catholic churches. We have a rule against, uh, investigations based on First Amendment, um, activity, and uh, uh, uh, Catholic churches are obviously, uh, First Amendment activity. But I don’t know the specific answer to your question.
The FBI infringes on ALL first amendment rights. Speech, press, assembly, and petition have been denied and even require "permits" in many cases.
And a link at Survival blog or go straight to Lifesite News.
British journalist shows how the CIA played a "direct" role in the creation of Google.
The government/media converging all news sources and converting everything into a narrative should be well understood by now.
Odd that Lightfoot would blame racism and sexism when homophobia, siziesm, Covid, and anti-beetlejuiceism are all right there.
Don't forget transphobism! ... I'm still not sure which knob on the human vending machine they pulled in order to get her/him/other.
The Real Roots of the 2008 Financial Crisis
Just in case you don't have time to read it the answer was Liberal Democrats.
...better known in the DNC as grifting for money and votes... and charging it all to the taxpayer.
South Africa on the verge of 'collapse' as blackouts threaten all-out civil war
That malevolent child in the Twilight Zone...would this be Justin Trudeau, by any chance?
No benefit to masks during the pandemic. Dr John lays it out, with citations.
What's up with South Africa is that the average IQ in sub-Saharan Africa is 68. You cannot build a functioning civil society with raw materials like that. They pushed out all the people who made the country work, a la Zimbabwe, and are now living with the consequences.