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?

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Just an image post

Found this on Imgur.

What I love is that someone obviously added that text at the top, having absolutely no idea about the context of the original pic/edit.

I love it.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

I'm not interested in defending bad clergy.

I side heavily with the traditionalists in the Catholic Church. On sexuality, on the death penalty, on all the nasty, controversial, modern conflicts of Catholic moral teaching, I'm orthodox. Even on the touchier subjects, like evolution and creation, my sympathy with traditional teachings (and modern views which heavily incorporate traditional teach) is express.

But I don't include nobility-LARPing among that.

I'm talking about the tendency to describe cardinals and bishops as "Princes of the Church", and all that implies. Or the stern lecturing I sometimes get from Catholics who tell me that the Pope is "your sovereign" and my very soul depends on my treating him with the utmost respect, the most scrupulous of personal loyalty. That, while I am perhaps not duty-bound to follow his political views, and I can resist any de facto immoral commands from him, I nevertheless must treat him with great respect and love at all times, never questioning his intentions, and never standing in judgment of him.

My response is simple: yeah, I'm not doing that.

Francis is a terrible Pope. His advisers are terrible people. That recently-dismissed US priest had him dead to rights when he talked about how the main accomplishment of Francis was making all the rotten-hearted turncoat clergy (I'd add, "And Catholic bloggers") in the Church reveal themselves and thus raising the possibility that a future Pope may kick them all out. Which, I surmise, he could probably do just by ordering that health plans and hospitals for the Catholic clergy no longer cover HIV-related illnesses.

Yes, I'm suggesting a lot of them are not just gay, but sexually active heretics besides.

Again, I know the some people - some good people! - would be horrified by this. I'd be condemned as a liberal (or a protestant!) for having this attitude, which is funny since the Pope seems to have a rather celebratory attitude towards both of those things. Pardon, but I disagree. I'd go so far as to say, I think otherwise good people do harm to the Church by promoting it.

And so long as I'm letting that out, I may as well say: my opinion of many Catholic bloggers isn't much better. I value Feser and Mike Flynn and various others. But I think Mark Shea and Simcha are pretty awful, and would do everyone a service if they gave up blogging altogether and found another hobby. (For Simcha, I recommend something other than cooking. For Shea, something other than eating.) The combination of sanctimonious political rage and mediocrity is downright Loftusian, with the success to match.

It doesn't get much better when I read the Anchoress or, the house-trained pet of the New York Times, Douthat.

I bring all this up just to make it clear where I stand on these things. I came to peace long ago with the idea that the truth of the Church is compatible with the existence of an absolutely rotten Pope (and thus, certainly Cardinals.) Well, we've got one.

I always wondered what it would be like to experience that!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Objectivism and charity

On a whim, I decided to check out what the objectivist line on charity is. Partly because I remembered Ayn Rand's view wasn't quite as horrific as I expected (people make it sound like she actively desired poor people be gassed just for being poor, and all charity was quasi-sinful.)

From the site:
Answer:  Objectivism holds that there is nothing wrong with charity, so long as one is pursuing one's own values in providing it. As Ayn Rand said, charity is a marginal issue: it is not especially noble to engage in it, but if pursued prudently and seriously, and not at the cost of other important values, it can be a source of good for one's society and ultimately one's self. Objectivists tend to view their donations to causes as investments in some kind of improvement: a better culture, a better city, etc. But like investments, these require attention to make sure they are paying off.
I'm not an Objectivist of course - I'm too theistic, too classical, too religious. But I think Objectivists tend to get a bad rap. The problem is, they get a bad rap because they seem - practically to a man - hellbent on coming across like dickheads.

Seriously, just look at that quote from the Atlas Society. "Charity is fine so long as you get something out of it." Thanks for the tip, Flintheart Glomgold. You dick.

Ironically, the Atlas Society's depiction of the Objectivist view on charity... isn't even charitable. No matter how cold the view of it may be, it could be presented more sensibly, less caustic, while sacrificing none of the honesty of its presentation. But Objectivism seems to function as a lint trap for a certain kind of person who just rubs people the wrong way by nature. Go figure.