Thursday, June 20, 2019

Fast thoughts 6/20/19

* The continued secularization of the West (and, if we're being perfectly honest, of the Church as well) hasn't led to any increased popularity of just about any of the New Atheists. Dennett has fled the scene, Dawkins was sidelined by a combination of a stroke and a vague aura of the patriarchy, and the third-stringers either found other things to talk about or faded into obscurity (though usually with some hilarious sex-creep allegations.) The message the world has sent to the atheism-obsessed is clear: "We may not like Christianity, but the sort of people who are obsessed with atheism are typically a pack of creeps and weirdos, so we don't need your services either." If being an atheist meant having to hang out with Richard Carrier, most people would just go to church.

* My faith in God has solidified over the years, having realized that too many arguments for God were too successful, and arguments for atheism are famously hard to come by. That said, there is one privation in this universe of ours that sometimes causes me to question God's goodness: the fact that no journalist has yet asked Pope Francis, face to face and in the midst of a live press conference, if he's ever engaged in sodomy since becoming Pope. Admittedly, if anything is going to get an actual papal assassin to leap out of the shadows and garrote you on the spot, it's a question like that, but given the sheer volume of gay scandals (yes they are GAY scandals, stop telling me plowing a 16 year old boy is pedophilia and has nothing to do with homosexuality, good God) it's a question that someone has to ask. I know the Pope's official line here was "The problem was clericalism" but I'll believe that the moment June is recognized as Clergy Pride Month.

* By the by, the Pope's insistence that he didn't know anything about McCarrick really brings to the fore an old claim of mine: the only defense of Pope Francis is that he's actually retarded. Keep in mind that Vigano claims he told Francis about McCarrick, Pope Benedict certainly did restrict McCarrick for his homosexual abuse behavior, and even the Pope's response is that he just can't *remember* if Vigano told him anything, but he swears if he did then he totally forgot it when he elevated McCarrick to a prominent position in the Church. So B16 never told Francis about this? And if someone did tell him he *forgot*? And no one reminded him "Hey your holiness, about your promotion of this guy, you realize he's sucked like twenty seminarian's dicks *this year*"?

* I know that saying some of this will stir reactions of horror or disgust from any good, faithful Catholic who considers themselves a loyal son or daughter of the Church, but that's okay because I'm actually getting irritated with them too. Partly because, while plenty of people complain about the rotten clergy, too many Catholics insist that - nevertheless - they (every single one of them) are owed our complete submission and respect, for they are divine authorities, etc, etc. The question I always ask when this line is deployed is simple: 'If the cardinal told you to cover up a pedophile crime, would you? Do you think God would condemn you if you handed them over?' It's a line of inquiry that the sorts of people I'm talking about hate, because what they fear - more than anything else - is a loss of public stature as a Good Person in the eyes of those they care about, yet the question means they're going to get marked as a reprobate by at least SOME of the important people. Good. A bit of that is needed.

* I see the USCCB voted to change the wording about the death penalty, and then literally *applauded themselves*, in what theologians decry as "a display of complete assholery". It's just as well their collective standing as moral leaders was squandered years ago, since none but a handful of them ever display anything of value in their Soundbite Christian. But what took the cake was one particular jagoff - was it Dolan? - talking about how an ancient 'loophole' in Catholic moral teaching had now been closed. Someone should really ask this guy if, then, it isn't possible that the Church's moral teaching hasn't been absolutely *riddled* with loopholes for two thousands years, rendering their entire deposit of moral faith open to doubt. And then when he moves to respond, throwing their drink in his face and saying, "Shut up, it was rhetorical, no one cares what you think."

* For any Protestants reading, don't get cocky, even the Southern Baptists are turning into a freakshow at this point, and I bet the Prots collectively had more of those shitty Rainbow Flags decorating their churches this month than even my feminized clergy have managed. I suppose you could always pledge to flee any Church which does that, which is the standard Protestant response, but I have another suggestion: how about you stand, fight, and run some vipers out of the den? Take back what's yours.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Are you even remotely surprised that Joe Biden has been accused of being a sexual creep?

The same people who insist that Trump is guilty of collusion with Russia because he joked about Russia releasing Hillary Clinton's emails will swear up and down that this is totally normal and acceptable behavior and not at all creepy and sexually harassing, even if the women say that yes it actually is.

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The funniest part is that this comes hot on the heels of him apologizing for not believing Anita Hill's bullshit ages ago and how the whole "white guy" thing about innocent until proven guilty has to go, and we have to start believing women.

Anyway, get ready for an onslaught of pictures of Biden acting around women the way Richard Carrier would if they didn't threaten to mace him the moment he shambled within twenty feet of them. At least until Biden decides that, you know, he never actually wanted to be president, he just wanted to pick a VP who looked cute in a tight sweater.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Holy crap Edwardo D Bablionski (or whatever) is still around and trying to be an internet atheist

Hey all. I'm still around, still praising God and lamenting the sorry state of my Church and culture. But I've been very busy with other things, including yelling at people online in other venues. Such is life.

But I'm always silently watching the places I always used to keep an eye on - the ever-inspiring Ed Feser. Malcolm the Cynic. TOFSpot. Shadow to Light. Started checking out Dalrock and other places too.

Before I go on, let me tell you a funny story.

Back in the days where I used to lock horns with people on Dangerous Ideas (Victor Reppert remains an anomaly: a largely nice liberal man who makes good arguments, and who can go for days without making me want to throw a rock at him), I used to spar with BDK, before he got exposed for being quite a fink. (Search the archives if you give a crap about that kind of petty stuff.) The real point is that at one point, in a backhanded compliment about my being exacting/anal in an argument, he told me I should get into programming.

That stuck in my mind as a compliment, and for a few other reasons, I got into it. Before long, I picked up work doing exactly that, and nowadays I'm up to my throat in tech. Decent money too. VR simulations, mobile apps, full stack... helluva resume at this point. In my other window I'm moving through the tail end of a Data Scientist course so I can start to dip my toes into machine learning and AI programming on top of it all. I love it to death.

Still as interested in politics and religion as I ever was, of course. Moreso in some ways. But the fact is, I wanted to do more. Get more intellectually dangerous. After all, I was drawn to Dangerous Ideas at the start for a reason. Gotta keep the danger growing.

And so, I have been. Hence my scarcity, at least as Crude.

So anyway, I was checking out Ed's latest stuff, and lo' and behold, there's a name I remember in the comments section. Edwardo Bablionski, snarking away! It was like going back to Nineteen Ninety Freakin' Five for a moment, watching this guy manage, in the space of a few paragraphs, to come across as as much of a windbag as he ever did. Quite literally the same, if you're so unfortunate as to stumble on his web presence. It's like GeoCities threw up in there.

It was depressing to see, honestly. Not because of the mere commenting, but because it was the picture of a man, frozen. No development. No growth. The same obsessions, the same routine, even the same lack of skill. Good God. Like the cowboy-hatted mediocrity and company, they don't even get better over time. They're one trick ponies, this particular crop of atheist, and they never were good at the trick to begin with.

New Atheists no more. Now they're the Grey Atheists.

Meanwhile, Ed's got new books, getting into new venues. We've got new developments, from Gab and Dissenter to Comicsgate and more. I trust most of you are developing as you can, if God permits you the peace and comfort to do so. Sharpen your skills, advance your abilities - perform, and fight, and have fun doing it! Teach your kids to do the same.

But don't be like these other guys, the Edwardo Bablionskis and Mediocrities and all that, struggling to see how many times they can fit the words "ad hoc" into a single comment without going over the 2000 character comment limit on Blogger. For all these jagoffs 'fucking love science', they seem to do precious little of it - and I, the guy who's only grown more skeptical of it over the years, will probably get a paper or two peer-reviewed at some point in my fields of choice. For no other reason than I think it'd be funny.

As ever, God's got a sense of humor.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Learning from the left

Remember back when Harry Reid 'went nuclear' in the Democrat-controlled Senate, deciding to end filibusters to bypass the Republicans? Everyone knows how that ultimately played out: Democrats used the power, then lost it, and for a while now a Republican-controlled Senate has been using it to great effect.

Cocaine Mitch McConnell himself has poked his head out of his shell to say - I told you this would happen, guys. And that was probably a sincere warning: conservatives, being cuckservatives, probably would have been so chastened by reluctance by Reid to 'go nuclear' that they'd have had trouble doing so themselves later on. But there was no such reluctance, and since then, McConnell - and the GOP - have pushed things further. 

People don't really talk about 'bipartisanship' anymore (it was always a Uniparty ruse anyway), and chances are they buried the concept with McCain's corpse. Assuming they finally put that guy in the ground.

The point is: the left tends to forget that the tactics they tolerate today are the tactics the right uses tomorrow. And tomorrow's coming faster than it ever did, thanks to the internet.

Think of all the opposition to Trump. The open advocacy of resisting him in every way. Of trying to get him ousted. Of threatening any of his allies with punishment for daring to support him. Lawsuit after lawsuit to prevent - if only via nuisance - a law from being enacted. Outright decisions to declare some cities and even states 'sanctuaries' against federal law. Really, against laws they simply don't like.

If you don't think that's coming home to roost, prepare to be surprised.

Eventually, a leftist is going to win an election, and the right's not just going to complain - they're going to say the leftist's election is illegitimate, and their orders carry no weight. The leftists will pass laws, and the right won't enforce them. Indeed, the right will blatantly refuse. I don't know the law, I don't know the limit. But eventually it's going to happen.

This country will not last.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Random Musings, 9/3/18

Greetings all. Clawing my way out of the void to do an update. I hope everyone is doing well.

* Dangerous Ideas is getting a little depressing nowadays. I see Trump Derangement Syndrome has affected even my favorite liberal, Victor Reppert. Remember when the place was all about philosophical debates on theism and metaphysics? Ah, that was glorious. Sparring over the relative reasonability of being a (non-/pro-)materialist given the state of science and philosophy! Discussion about the merits of God belief in the modern world! Dangerous Ideas was a whetstone where I carved my intellectual blades. Now... well, Trump changed things. He changed everything. I can lament the decay while still remembering the greater days. Perhaps that's what it means to get old and wise.

* I see Pope Francis continues to be quite the piece of shit! Yes, yes, I know - not something a Catholic should be saying, though for all my manifold failings, I can't recognize that statement as one of them. The man coddles pedophiles while condemning the faithful. Bites his tongue on abortion, while railing against plastic! Pope Francis is the Pope for the Catholic who is bored with Catholicism, and yearns for a religion with all the pageantry and ceremony, but geared towards a secular morality. He'd have gotten further with it if his greatest allies didn't like fucking dudes, the younger the better.

* They finally buried McCain, though I think it's only because his corpse started to stink after multiple days of exposure to the sun. Yes, I know, I'm supposed to pretend that the man's a hero because once upon a time he was in the military - but so was Benedict Arnold. Still, as usual, his death provides a great opportunity to filter: any 'conservative' who took the opportunity to praise that man as a hero has revealed themselves to be a bit of a fraud. McCain sucked, ladies and gentlemen. He was a warmonger and an egotist of the worst sort: one who fed his ego by serving the flavor of the month. Give me a self-aggrandizer over a crowd-pleaser any day.

* By the way, his daughter is a talentless hack. Whenever I see Meghan McCain waddle her way in front of a camera, I ask myself: why is no one talking about that "privilege" I hear so much about? In a purely just world, she'd be in a mid-sized firm in charge of negotiating the price of road salt at a salary of 40k/year. But instead she's making a fortune - probably eating most of her salary - purely because daddy was a senator, and enough of an asshole to become a household name. I'd respect her if she developed some talent, but the only talent she's rocking is the ability to pork up like Sally Struthers and no one's called her a fatass on the air yet.

* Circling back to Catholicism: is it possible to create a more unpleasant person than "Cardinal" Blasé Cupich? The man is so toxic I'm pretty sure his use is banned by the Geneva Convention. Put aside the name, which screams "asshole" right from the get go. At first I thought he was actively trolling people, but now I think he's just so self-unaware he has no idea how much of a cocksucker he sounds like whenever he opens his mouth. "They don't like Pope Francis because he's latino"? First off, Francis is Italian, not "latino", even if he hails from South America - like many a latter-day descendant of nazis. Second, does he think anyone will take that seriously? Francis looks - and acts - whiter than a Doctor Who convention.

* I see Ed Feser is getting more and more press. I'll never forget the day I bought The Last Superstition. I remember following Michael Flynn's LiveJournal, trying to make sense of this 'Aristo-Thomism' thing, and then I see him linking this Ed Feser guy, saying he can PROVE God exists. "Woah, that's fucking bold" I thought, and bought his book. Changed my life. At the time I thought Ed was too 'punchy', but now I realize that's just what the world needed. Really, the lasting effect of TLS is that I was charged with the confidence to tell would-be arbiters of reason to go fuck themselves, and because of that, I am in his debt. May God make him and his family happy and prosperous.

* Also, I really enjoy reading Just Thomism to this day. I'm so glad Chastek manages to do regular blog updates without apparent feedback. He's like a more hardcore William Vallicella.

* By the way, do you have any idea how funny it is to go to the darkest, most counter-cultural, dark-humor-laden parts of the internet, to see people defending the nuclear family, belief in God, exercise and personal responsibility? God has a sense of humor.

Anyway, I hope everyone who is reading this is doing well. Even you, Yakov! You may be pissed at me, but really, can you blame me? Talk to me one dead Pope from now. Maybe the world will be more pleasant.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Lawrence Krauss is the latest atheist to be outed as an allegedly weird sexual creep

Courtesy of Gizmodo:
The exhaustively reported BuzzFeed article by reporters Peter Aldhous, Azeen Ghorayshi, and Virginia Hughes details women’s claims of sexual misconduct against Krauss that extend back more than a decade. The alleged incidents range from sexist comments he made to female coworkers at Arizona State University, where Krauss is currently employed, to his nonconsensual groping and harassment of women half his age. These incidents reportedly led to official complaints filed by the women to a long list of universities and organizations Krauss has affiliated himself with over the years.
Really, I just want to know if he and Carrier ever went on a double date.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Trumping the papacy

The problem for Pope Francis, post-Trump, is that the president inadvertently spilled an awful lot of bluntness and honesty into our water supply, and a lot of people have been drinking pretty heavily from it. So when the Pope goes about openly trying to cut connection with traditional church teaching - indirect and roundabout, lest he go too far and provoke the Holy Spirit to throw him off a balcony courtesy of a zealous underling - there's far less of an urge to excuse the whole thing.

"Oh, we just don't understand the Pope."

"It's the media! The media isn't reporting him accurately! They want us to believe he's a heretic!"

"It's not HIM. It's his advisers! Ohhh, that Kasper. That Marx!"

Yeah, I know the feeling, I understand the motions people feel they need to go through. And I know the sigh of relief many - and I mean many - otherwise traditionalist-leaning Catholics will feel when he finally kicks it. "Oh, he's dead? Requiem in terra pax, and FUCK him." is going to echo off quite a few walls when the time comes and the burden of loyalty is lifted from them with regards to this particular blight.

But for many of us, the blessing of this new moment of sincerity in communication ('toxicity' as it's called in the mainstream) makes it hard for us not to say what we damn well think. And I suspect many a Catholic, and a cleric, bemoan this state of affairs. Life was easier when cuckservatism was the name of the game, and a demanding left could be pacified by sacrifices from the timid right.

But when both left and right growl and throw punches, what's a coward to do?