OBAMA, to his credit, says it’s okay if blacks act in a civilized way.
OBAMA, to his credit, says it’s okay if blacks act in a civilized way.
THE two men charged in connection with the apparent murder of Feng Liu, a University of North Carolina professor in Chapel Hill, both had extensive crime records. One of them was released from probation a few weeks ago. They are charged with hitting Liu with a rock so hard that he was found on the ground, unable to speak and with blood coming from his ears.
THIS image of Melinda Gates in a village in India comes from the Gates Foundation’s 2014 Annual Letter. It shows one of the richest philanthropists the world has ever known in face-to-face contact with the people she intends to help. The scene seems entirely benign. It appears filled with good will until one reflects on the hard, cold fact that Melinda Gates wishes there were fewer children in the Third World, like the child at left. She believes children — and human beings in general — are a hindrance to development. Gates is the world’s foremost promoter of anti-maternalism and Malthusian economics.
According to Human Life international:
At the UN’s 1994 International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, Western elites’ language of population control was officially changed to the language of “equality,” “sustainability” and “reproductive health.” The population control tactics, however, did not change.
From the Rockefeller Foundation to the Gates Foundation, Western billionaires have been pushing population control on foreign nations for many years now. In light of the demographic decline of the West, one must sincerely question how much of this program is not philanthropy so much as cultural warfare, an attempt to prevent the people and government of the West from being further outnumbered. Gates’ partners, Marie Stopes International and International Planned Parenthood Foundation, were leaders in the early eugenics and population control movements.
Gates’s preferred contraceptive is the injectable drug Depo Provera. The long-term health effects are still under study, given that it has not been in use for very long, but there is no known chemical contraceptive that does not have significant negative health effects.
More important are the economic fallacies of this program. Prosperity is created by people and moral order, not by contraception, sexual freedom and the resulting family breakdown. A farmer flourishes by his submission to the natural order: the weather, the life of plants, the changes of the seasons. Human societies flourish by their submission to the natural order of the family. Much of the instability in the West today is the result of demographic decline. In Thailand, a country where the birthrate was once robust, widespread dissemination of contraception has caused demographic collapse and the inability to support an aging population. “Family planning” is inherently destabilizing.
A 2012 letter by the Nigerian woman Obianuju Ekeocha is a sober counterpoint to the Gates Foundation’s publicity material. Ekeocha talks affectionately of the importance of children, but also describes how contraception undermines marriage and family life:
AT New Oxford Review, J. Jacob Tawney discusses the effects of Facebook on friendship. He writes:
The danger in the frequent use of Facebook lies in the devolution of the entire concept of friendship. The problem is not in keeping a list of contacts, but in thinking that one actually is in contact with a “friend.” It is telling that the creators of Facebook chose this word instead of a more appropriate one like contact. The word friend is more appealing to users due to the connotation of the word coupled with the natural need for this type of relationship. But those who are “friends” on Facebook have no obligation to act in a manner befitting authentic friendship.
THE UNITED STATES accepts more political refugees than any country in the world. Welcoming the persecuted is good. However, the definition of persecution has been abused, loosened and degraded (we now take victims of “LGTB” discrimination from Africa), partly through the influence of the “non-profit” refugee resettlement industry. Now, in response to the border crisis, Obama is proposing to further broaden the definition of a refugee.
At The American Thinker, Jonathan Moseley explains why the unaccompanied minors from Central America are not refugees in any legal or customary sense. He writes:
Clearly, none of those coming across our southern border illegally is facing “persecution” on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a social group, or political opinion. “Persecution” to qualify for asylum does not mean poverty or violence, like that breaking out in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago, Illinois or in Detroit, Michigan.
POD OF THE MILKWEED
— Robert Frost
Calling all butterflies from every race
From source unknown but no special place
They ever will return to all their lives,
Because unlike the bees they have no hives
The milkweed brings up to my very door
The theme of wanton waste in peace and war
As it has never been to me before.
And so it seems a flower’s coming out
That should if not be talked then sung about.
The countless wings that from the infinite
Make such a noiseless tumult over it
Do no doubt with their color compensate
For what the drab weed lacks of the ornate.
THE Japanese possess a trait that is alien to most Westerners. Call it cultural self-esteem. Interestingly, they will not be accused of being racist for denying public benefits to foreigners, even though they clearly are flaming bigots.
HERE, from Associated Press, is a look at the “coyotes” who have been bringing mostly minors and women from Central America to the American Southwest and to cities across the United States. The smugglers are part of a multi-billion dollar organized crime industry. The recent upsurge from Central America was partly the result of a drop in business in Mexico, which led the smugglers to look for more opportunities in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
AT Reclaiming Beauty, Kidist Paulos Asrat writes about this portrait of Hazel McCallion, recently retired mayor of Mississauga, Ontario. McCallion, who was first elected in 1978, is the longest serving mayor of the municipality and has left politics in her nineties. According to Miss Asrat, “The entire city center is full of her touches, giving this rather bland Toronto suburb a character of its own.” The Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Garden, below, is among the civic improvements made during her tenure.
However, the Pakistani artist, Shaheed Rassam, portrays McCallion as clearly a sinister figure. Unbelievably, this menacing portrait hangs in the Mississauga Council of Chambers. Miss Asrat contends the painting is a deliberate attempt to demonize the Canadian city’s heritage. Rassam is quoted as saying:
“I was very much inspired by the mayor’s service to the community over the years…She’s so full of energy and I tried to capture that part of her eternal soul in the portrait.”
Apparently, in his view, McCallion’s soul is positively diabolical, which raises the question as to why the council would countenance such civic self-loathing.
IN THE discussion about the latest developments in the Middle East, Shlomo Maistre makes these observations:
The willful forgetting of what “war” means, which James N. rightly notes seems to be a post-1945 phenomenon, is intricately related to the lack of de facto sovereignty of almost every nation on earth, which (and not coincidentally) is also a post-1945 phenomenon. Though there’s room to quibble with any specific list, I’d designate the United States, Russia, China, and Germany as the only de facto sovereign nations on earth at the moment.
Israel cannot eliminate Hamas’s capacity and will to wage war because such action would require the permission of a sovereign nation. Israel receives American economic support and diplomatic protection in exchange for acting in alignment with American interests to an extent. Certainly chief among American interests is that Israel remains its client state and not an actually sovereign one. For now, as Israel has not taken sovereign (or what is called “unilateral”) action by decimating Hamas or bombing Iran without permission, Israel appears to place greater weight on the benefits of American support than the debilitating strings attached to it.
AT Galliawatch, there are posts on the Muslim riots in Paris and Sarcelles.
YOU might wonder, if you have not ceased to wonder, why the President of the United States has just issued an executive order banning discrimination that doesn’t exist.
The best way to understand this outrage is to realize that marriage, family and community have ceased to exist in the traditional sense for many millions of Americans. Given the government’s active complicity in this state of affairs, it is necessary for those in power to say: “This is good. The disorder you see is actually progress.” The best way to do this is to promote more liberation. We are being liberated to death. “Homosexuals” are mere tools in the hands of our liberators. The Sexual Revolution is about political control.
THOMAS F. BERTONNEAU writes:
The National Warplane Museum in Geneseo, New York, annually puts on an air show with both static and flying displays of vintage World War II fighters and bombers in midsummer. An Internet search Friday on July 11th reminded me that the show was that weekend and that I had better act fast if I wanted not to miss it. I made a hurried telephone call to my Oswegonian friend Richard Fader. Was he interested? Fader (as everyone calls him) immediately said yes and agreed to accompany me to the event the next day, Saturday, July 12th. He even offered to drive. He wanted to put his new Toyota through its paces. I responded by offering to buy the tickets.
Geneseo lies about two hours south and west of Oswego by car, not far short of Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Fader and I arrived there around noon and parked the car at the bottom of the ridge below the SUNY campus that Geneseo hosts.
MASCULINITY is virtually extinct in “Catholic” parishes today. But what can you expect? When a man has heard “On Eagle’s Wings”or a nun with a crewcut pounding out “I Am the Bread of Life” often enough, he’s all but had a sex change operation.
However, Bishop Salvatore Matano of the Diocese of Rochester has set a bold example of masculine leadership, one at odds with the feminist zeitgeist, in ending that diocese’s extraordinarily outrageous practice of allowing lay homilists, most of whom were women. This has made some unhappy.
According to The Democrat and Chronicle:
“It really enriched me, and I have to say I’m struggling with it,” said Diane Porcelli of Gates, who did not preach but is active at St. Mary’s Church in downtown Rochester. “It’s challenging my faith and I’m struggling with the exclusion.”
DOUG H. writes:
Yesterday while waxing the truck, my granddaughter, Hayley, came outside and asked if she could help. I got a small rag and put some wax on it for her. We worked on the truck and I tried to explain the concept of waxing the vehicles as she constantly queried. Within a short time, a typical North Florida afternoon thunderstorm rolled in. As it thundered in the distant, Hayley was concerned. She said, “PawPaw, we should go in. Lightening makes people dead.” I assured her we would be okay and would go in if it got worse. She pressed her concern and said, “PawPaw, lightening makes people dead. I don’t want you dead because you are my PawPaw and I love you.” It warmed my heart like nothing else could. I thought about how earlier in the day I had worried as usual over the turn our world seems to have taken, but just as the storm approaches, God sends rays of golden sunshine through the clouds to remind us He is in control and hope remains.