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An Autumn Soup



THIS parsnip and apple soup, which I recently made for my older son and a beautiful young woman he brought for dinner, would be a good first course for Thanksgiving dinner: You can, of course, do whatever you want for Thanksgiving. I don’t mean to be controlling or anything (as mothers so often are). But this is a delicious possibility. Just remember to core the parsnips.

In Italy, Clashes at Refugee Center



RACIST Italian xenophobes in a Roman suburb object to the transformation of their neighborhood by an influx of Egyptians and Bangladeshis, presumably mostly Muslim, with refugee status. More than 140,000 refugees and asylum seekers have come to Italy this year alone. Many of the “refugees” paid smugglers to help them cross the Mediterranean and some were pulled from the waters by the Italian navy, as part of its rescue operation Mare Nostrum. About 3,000 migrants have died in the crossings. For more details, see this article at The Irish Times and the many posts at Refugee Resettlement Watch.

In August, refugees rioted in Northern Italy, claiming they were being fed too much pasta.

From the Irish Times

From The Irish Times

Obama to Grant Amnesty to Five Million by Executive Order


AN Asian reader writes:

I feel a sense of helpless dread after reading that five million illegals are going to be given legal status next week at the stroke of a pen. I am a new citizen who did everything correctly.


We Live in the New Dark Ages


JEANETTE V. writes:

Common sense is uncommon these days. The progressives worship their idol “science” which in reality is no longer science but vile and evil propaganda that is anti-science.

Charlize’s Status Symbol



THE foolish and narcissistic practice of ripping African children from their cultural context to serve as badges of political enlightenment for Hollywood’s elite finds its latest expression in the actress Charlize Theron, pictured here in the obligatory fitness attire with her rent-a-son Jackson, who is two years old and whom she is already having trouble controlling in public. Imagine her living with him ten years from now when he is a hulking teenager and she is on the latest of her glamorous boyfriends, far too old to have children or a family of her own. This is the maternal equivalent of speeding down a mountain highway in a fancy sports car, careening around the bends with eyes closed. We won’t see the photos years from now of the spectacular crash. This is reckless sentimentality that is, at its core, heartless.

How the Women’s Vote Led to Big Government



FROM a fascinating working paper written in 1999 by John R. Lott, Jr. and Larry Kenny of the University of Chicago Law School, who examined in detail the effects of women’s suffrage:

Giving women the right to vote dramatically changed American politics from the very beginning. Despite claims to the contrary, the gender gap is not something that has arisen since the 1970s. Suffrage coincided with immediate dramatic increases in state government expenditures and revenue, and these effects continued growing as more women took advantage of franchise. Similar changes occurred at the federal level as female suffrage led to more liberal voting records for the state’s two Congressinal delegations. (Continued)

Midterm Elections Saw No Serious Demographic Shifts


THE Republicans can only win a presidential race by becoming more and more like the Democrats, while somehow signaling through image-making to their traditional supporters that they are really not like the Democrats. That is the obvious conclusion to be drawn from recent history, including the 2014 midterm elections. The recent GOP triumph was largely due to lower voter turnout among the young. See Selwyn Duke’s analysis at The American Thinker.

Population Control News


SOPHIA writes:

I’ve wanted to send you a news story that I only saw reported at Life Site News and Natural News and certainly not in the mainstream media. Catholic doctors in Kenya reported that six samples of a tetanus vaccine being given to up to 2.3 million women in Kenya were found to be spiked with a chemical that induces abortion for up to three years. The latter source makes it out to be race-based genocide, but I think that’s a stretch; population control is obviously not. These vaccines are being pushed by the UN and the World Health Organization.

D.C. Suburb Strikes Christmas from School Calendar


ACCORDING to The Washington Post:

Christmas and Easter have been stricken from next year’s school calendar in Montgomery County. So have Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah.

Montgomery’s Board of Education voted 7 to 1 Tuesday to eliminate references to all religious holidays on the published calendar for 2015-2016, a decision that followed a request from Muslim community leaders to give equal billing to the Muslim holy day of Eid al-Adha.


Picasso’s Misogyny



Weeping Woman with Handkerchief, Picasso; 1937

IT’S interesting that feminists have so often condemned the art traditions of the West for their supposed exclusion of women artists of genius even though those traditions produced millions of enchantingly beautiful realistic portraits of women, filled with character and depth. Do feminists in academia or the art world express any revulsion for the depiction of women by modern artists even when it dehumanizes them? I am not aware of any.

As E. Michael Jones writes in Degenerate Moderns, perhaps with a touch of overstatement:

“Picasso’s mutilations of the female body bespeak the modern version of human sacrifice; they presage simultaneously in a visual way the concentration camp, the abortion clinic, and the pornographic film, and may well have helped pave the way for all three.”

In his private life, Picasso frequently became infatuated and then disgusted with the objects of his infatuation, such as the photographer Dora Maar, who was the subject of, “Weeping Woman,” above. In addition to his Cubist portraits, he created realistic images of the women discarded, such as the pencil drawing below of Maar, but these are not the pictures for which he is most famous. It’s not surprising that Picasso’s pictures of spliced and hacked female faces were acclaimed and found an enthralled audience given the simultaneous rise of feminine self-loathing.


More People Wake Up to Papal Pretender



AN ITALIAN CATHOLIC has posted a petition online, addressed to the “Cardinals of the Roman Church,” requesting the removal of the phony-baloney Marxist “Pope Francis” from the papacy. The elegantly-worded petition states:

[I]t remains a theological truth of the divine law and ecclesiology, that no one who seeks to harm the Church in anything essential, such as Her fidelity to Christ’s Magisterium, can be in communion with Her … 

Any such act by the Modernist cardinals to depose Francis is extremely unlikely (and the Cardinals do not have the authority to depose a pope.) In the meantime, Jorge Bergoglio is not, by virtue of his defection from the Faith, the pope. He is an impostor, who continues his revolutionary agenda at a breathtaking pace, with his wacky homilies denying the existence of God and extolling evolution and dictatorial decrees against Catholics such as the excommunication of anyone who receives sacraments from the traditionalist Society of Saint Pius X. As a commenter at one blog put it, “all the kooks and idiots are crawling out of the woodwork to jump into the lap of this pope.” Here’s one example.

The Model Minority: Exit Poll Edition



Asians still vote overwhelmingly Democratic in U.S. elections, flawed exit polls aside. See The Washington Post’s analysis of the widely circulated rumor that Asians voted heavily Republican in the recent midterm elections.

Anything for Attention


THE New York City Fire Department may have found a way to achieve sexual equality.

The solution is to pretend men are women.



Flowers in a Glass Vase, John Constable; 1814

Flowers in a Glass Vase, John Constable; 1814

“The Selfishness of Sperm Donation”



A recent essay in The New York Times tells the story of a lesbian couple in Brooklyn who used the sperm of one of their friends in California to conceive their son.

By happenstance, the sperm donor and his wife became pregnant shortly thereafter, and the writer cheerfully claims that it was their Californian friends’ willingness to serve as a donor that brought about good karma in the birth of their own child—or as the title of column states, “It Was in Giving That They Received.”