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Moral Panic in Hollywood

November 9, 2017

Though the story has spilled over with Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman and others accused, the intense focus on Harvey Weinstein as Arch Demon in Hollywood continues. The irony, of course, is that Hollywood stars and movie makers are among the leading promoters of sexual license in the world. Sexual exploitation, including crimes against child stars, has always been part of doing business in the industry.

So whence all this righteousness from Hollywood?

In this interviewthe author E. Michael Jones argues that Hollywood has chosen a scapegoat in Weinstein to purge its own shame. In Jewish tradition, the scapegoat is literally a goat upon which sins are projected. The animal is then slaughtered. A pool of guilt and shame lies beneath Hollywood. “What we have here is moral panic, a community trying to deal with guilt by focusing on one guy,” Jones says.

Kate Winslet, to take one of the stars that has been heaping on Weinstein, portrayed a 36-year-old character in The Reader who has sex with a 15-year-old boy. She has also made her own porn sex tapes.

Kate Winslet engages in child porn in The Reader

Some of the women accusing Weinstein had consensual sex with him to advance their careers. The feminist narrative doesn’t fit.

“I think this is the underlying cause of the Weinstein thing. There are all these people who feel shame because of what they had to do to get these movies. This is not new. Hollywood has always been this way,” Jones says. “… Harvey is being singled out for doing what everyone does.”

Shame leads to repentance or shamelessness. In Jewish Hollywood, it leads to the shameless fixation on a scapegoat so that the corrupt industry can go on doing what it does. The financial decline of Hollywood, which now faces more competition from independent studios and producers for the home market such as Netflix, has contributed to Weinstein’s downfall since he no longer has the power to deliver on those favors.

By condemning Weinstein and a few others, Hollywood attempts to prove its own virtue — and earns the right to continue in its shamelessness.

This interview is based on an article by Jones in the November issue of his magazine Culture Wars.  Jones has offered the definitive critique of the Weinstein affair. In my view, there is nothing more to say than what he has said here. Read More »

 

Sex Education

November 7, 2017

LIFESITE NEWS reports:

The number of young adults born in the 1990s who report they are not having sex is more than twice as high as it was for the Baby Boomer generation, a sign they have learned from the fallout of the sexual revolution, experts tell LifeSiteNews.

The study found that 15 percent of Millenials aged 20-24 said they had not had sex since age 18, more than those born in the late 1960s (six percent), 1970s (11 percent) or 1980s (12 percent). That is lower than their fellow Millenials born in the previous decade.

[See important comment from reader below.] Read More »

 

Proportion

November 7, 2017

 

Birdsong, Károly Ferenczy; 1893

ALAN writes:

One day years ago I was working in an antiquarian bookshop when a customer came to the desk with a book she had chosen to purchase.  She was in her twenties and very well-mannered.  During the brief transaction, she told me how gratified she was to have found a book of the kind for which she had been looking.  It was a book about birds.

Many customers purchased a handful of books or a box or boxes of books.  And that was fine.  Some were readers; others were collectors; some were other book dealers; others were book scouts.  There was room for all of them within the realm of an antiquarian bookshop that offered secondhand books and rare books in very-good-to-excellent condition.

But that young woman always remained in my memory.  She was not a regular customer.  But she was so gratified in having found one book.  We did not have a long conversation, but I was impressed by her manner and her sincerity.   I think she was very wise.  It is possible she understood what the Roman statesman Seneca advised two thousand years ago:  That it is the quality, not the quantity, that matters. Read More »

 

Shakespeare’s Women

November 7, 2017

 

Juliet on the Balcony, Thomas Francis Dicksee; 1875

Such, in broad light, is Shakespeare’s testimony to the position and character of women in human life. He represents them as infallibly faithful and wise counsellors,—incorruptibly just and pure examples—strong always to sanctify, even when they cannot save. — John Ruskin

 

FROM John Ruskin’s Sesame and Lilies (1894):

Note broadly in the outset, Shakespeare has no heroes;—he has only heroines. There is not one entirely heroic figure in all his plays, except the slight sketch of Henry the Fifth, exaggerated for the purposes of the stage; and the still slighter Valentine in The Two Gentlemen of Verona. In his laboured and perfect plays you have no hero. Othello would have been one, if his simplicity had not been so great as to leave him the prey of every base practice round him; but he is the only example even approximating to the heroic type. Coriolanus—Caesar—Antony stand in flawed strength, and fall by their vanities;—Hamlet is indolent, and drowsily speculative; Romeo an impatient boy; the Merchant of Venice languidly submissive to adverse fortune; Kent, in King Lear, is entirely noble at heart, but too rough and unpolished to be of true use at the critical time, and he sinks into the office of a servant only. Orlando, no less noble, is yet the despairing toy of chance, followed, comforted, saved by Rosalind. Whereas there is hardly a play that has not a perfect woman in it, steadfast in grave hope, and errorless purpose: Cordelia, Desdemona, Isabella, Hermione, Imogen, Queen Catherine, Perdita, Sylvia, Viola, Rosalind, Helena, and last, and perhaps loveliest, Virgilia, are all faultless; conceived in the highest heroic type of humanity.

Then observe, secondly,

The catastrophe of every play is caused always by the folly or fault of a man; the redemption, if there be any, is by the wisdom and virtue of a woman, and, failing that, there is none. The catastrophe of King Lear is owing to his own want of judgment, his impatient vanity, his misunderstanding of his children; the virtue of his one true daughter would have saved him from all the injuries of the others, unless he had cast her away from him; as it is, she all but saves him. [emphasis added] Read More »

 

Adoro Te Devote

November 6, 2017

 

 

Adoro Te Devote
(Literal Translation)

I devoutly adore you, O hidden Deity,
Truly hidden beneath these appearances.
My whole heart submits to you,
And in contemplating you, It surrenders itself completely.

Sight, touch, taste are all deceived in their judgment of you,
But hearing suffices firmly to believe.
I believe all that the Son of God has spoken;
There is nothing truer than this word of truth.

On the cross only the divinity was hidden,
But here the humanity is also hidden.
Yet believing and confessing both,
I ask for what the repentant thief asked.

I do not see the wounds as Thomas did,
But I confess that you are my God.
Make me believe more and more in you,
Hope in you, and love you. Read More »

 

My Response to Shootings, Truck Attack

November 6, 2017

 

NO ONE was killed in these phony, staged events.

 

The Texas Shootings

November 6, 2017

 

Bat Masterson

LYDIA SHERMAN writes:

Here is a list of videos on the Texas shooting hoax. People would be better off watching decent actors on Gunsmoke and Wagon Train on YouTube than paying any attention to these shootings. At least the TV shows admit they have paid actors. These shootings are as real as the tale of Bat Masterson:

Bat Masterson became more widely known as a gunfighter as a result of a practical joke played on a gullible newspaper reporter in August 1881. Seeking copy in Gunnison, Colorado, the reporter asked Dr. W.S. Cockrell about mankillers. Dr. Cockrell pointed to a young man nearby and said it was Bat and that he had killed 26 men. Cockrell then regaled the reporter with several lurid tales about Bat’s exploits, and the reporter wrote them up for the New York Sun. The story was then widely reprinted in papers all over the country. Cockrell subsequently apologized to Bat, who insisted he was not even in Gunnison at the time. [Source]

I’ve pasted some of the interesting comments from one of the videos on the Texas drama below: Read More »

 

The Fake NYC Truck Attack

November 5, 2017

SEE this report by Vivien Lee.

Unanswered question: Did Home Depot pay for advertising?

 

The “Protestant Reformation,” 500 Years

November 5, 2017

FIVE HUNDRED years ago last week the “Protestant Reformation” began, an event to mourn for its ongoing effects. A revolution by oligarchs against the people, it disbanded many of the great charitable institutions of Europe: hospitals, schools, and alms houses run by those who took vows of poverty. Tenant farmers on monastic lands were displaced and many became the homeless poor. The spoils were distributed as political favors. To cite one small example, the buildings of Netley Abbey in southern England, a monastery renowned for its charity to travelers, were given to Sir William Paulet by Henry VIII in 1536 in reward for his loyal service to the king. He created a fashionable mansion.

Netley Abbey

In A History of the Protestant Reformation in England and Ireland, the Protestant writer William Cobbett (1763-18-35) wrote of the looting:

182. The whole country was, thus, disfigured; it had the appearance of a land recently invaded by the most brutal barbarians: and this appearance, if we look well into it, it has even to this day. Nothing has ever yet come to supply the place of what was then destroyed. This is the view for us to take of the matter, it is not a mere matter of religion; but a matter of rights, liberties, real wealth, happiness and national greatness. If all these have been strengthened, or augmented, by the “REFORMATION,” even. then we must not approve of the horrible means; but, if they have all been weakened, or lessened, by that “Reformation,” what an outrageous abuse of words is it to call the event by that name! And, if I do not prove, that this latter has been the case; if I do not prove, clear as the daylight, that, before the “Reformation,” England was greater, more wealthy, more moral, and more happy, than she has ever been since; if I do not make this appear as clearly as any fact ever was made to appear, I will be content to pass, for the rest of my life, for a vain pretender. Read More »

 

The Wardrobe of a Tree

November 5, 2017

 

Autumn, Fern Isabel Coppedge

TREES are never trendy.

A tree can’t say, “I’m tired of the smoldering golds and russets of fall. I think I’ll wear black instead.” It can’t put on shoulder pads or sweatshirts or ripped jeans. It can’t listen to big-name designers.

Year after year, generation after generation, it wears the same thing. And yet we don’t tire of its fashions. Its style is timeless. It has nothing to hide, no need for modesty, no will to deny its essential nature. The dresses and skirts of trees have a perfection our garments can never match. Beauty isn’t boring. Seas of ugliness cannot destroy the messages of trees. Somewhere the orchards are eternal.

 

Democracy and Perpetual Childhood

November 3, 2017

 

Alexis de Tocqueville

FROM Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville:

I think then that the species of oppression by which democratic nations are menaced is unlike anything which ever before existed in the world: our contemporaries will find no prototype of it in their memories. I am trying myself to choose an expression which will accurately convey the whole of the idea I have formed of it, but in vain; the old words “despotism” and “tyranny” are inappropriate: the thing itself is new; and since I cannot name it, I must attempt to define it.

I seek to trace the novel features under which despotism may appear in the world. Read More »

 

Flowers for Sale

November 3, 2017

 

Louis Marie de Shriver

IT’S ABOUT TIME has been posting interesting paintings of flower sellers of the past. They include this French painting by Louis Marie de Shryver (1862-1942), Selling Flowers Elysee. Selling flowers was a humble, but profitable occupation for women on the streets of Europe. Barbara Wells Sarudy writes:

When some think street flower sellers, they picture Eliza Doolittle, the flower seller in Covent Garden who went from rags to riches, thanks to the attentions of Professor Higgins, in George Bernard Shaw’s (1856-1950) Pygmalion. Her rise out of poverty was hardly typical. Flower sellers were common on the streets of London, Paris, & other European urban centers. We can glean some information about British flower sellers from Victorian London census records which reveal that most were married women & widows ranging from older teens to women in their 50s, single women, mostly enumerated as “daughter” are far fewer & make up a small percentage of the total. We can see the occasional “flower girl” who was put out onto the streets to sell flowers in order to help with the family income. Flower sellers didn’t just sell cut flowers, which had to be sourced at dawn, taken home, made up into bunches & then taken out onto the streets to sell from a basket, wheelbarrow, hand cart, or temporary stall in high traffic areas such as informal markets or lining the streets of busy thoroughfares. They also sold pot plants, “roots,” seeds. There was a hierarchy within the occupation as described by Henry Mayhew (1812-1887) in London Labour & the London Poor. [cont.]

 

Feminism Was Not a Grass Roots Movement

November 3, 2017

 

AARON RUSSOthe late Hollywood producer, discussed his conversations with Rockefeller family insider Nicholas Rockefeller in this 2009 interview with Alex Jones. Russo’s thoughts on the true nature of feminism, which was promoted by the government, foundations and corporations for profit motives and to bring about world government, are of special interest. Many people have awakened to this idea and millions have watched versions of this video. [I should add, I am not a regular viewer of the media personality Alex Jones.]

While there is truth to what Russo says, it obviously is not the whole story.

 

Crisis Actor of the Week

November 2, 2017

 

HURRAY to “John Williams” for a flawless performance.

Love the hairspray.

 

All Souls Day

November 2, 2017

 

Dante and Virgil Entering Purgatory, Luca Signorelli; 1499-1502

“In that abode of sorrow the departed souls hunger after the possession of God, and with so famishing a desire that nothing on earth can be compared with it. They thirst after the fountain of eternal life with that thirst which knows no comparison in this world. They suffer; poor and destitute of all worldly goods. Yea! they are even deprived of all those consolations which at times lessen our desires, and afford us moments of repose. Here upon earth, though we long and sigh ever so much after a thing, still we can sleep; and the pains produced by our heart’s desires in our waking moments leave us, we feel them no longer. We can engage ourselves in other occupations; other cares may distract our minds. We may, at times, enjoy various pleasures, and partake of the good things of this life. Now all these things remove, or, at least, soothe the pain and care of our desires. Not so, however, is the condition of these distressed souls. They have no refreshing slumber; they are incessantly awake; they have no occupation; they can not indulge in other cares, in other distractions. They are wholly and continually absorbed with the burning desire of being liberated from their intense misery.” (Father Francis Xavier Weninger)

See prayers for the faithful departed here and here.

 

What Is a Saint?

November 1, 2017

Bernadette Soubirous

A SAINT, one might say, is a man or woman who was willing in life to suffer intensely for the love of God and who retained his faith, confidence, hope, cheerfulness and spirit of charity through all his sufferings.

Today, the Feast of All Saints, is a good day to honor saintly heroism. To that end, here is a brief list of some of the trials of one saint, St. Bernadette of Lourdes (1844-1879), who in her short lifetime endured the following:

1. Humiliating and sometimes vicious personal attacks at the age of 14 from her parents, teachers, neighbors, the local clergy and police (who threatened her with arrest) when she claimed she had seen visions of a beautiful lady.

2. The burden of celebrity when later many believed her visions were real. This attention lasted for the rest of her life. It was tedious and unwanted by her but she handled it with humility and patience.

3. Persecution from a superior at a convent who falsely believed she was full of herself and seeking attention.

4. The death of her parents.

5. Severe physical suffering before her death at 35 from tuberculosis.

Suffering, for a saint, is a grace.

God sends great hardship to those he loves most.

 

Above the Law

November 1, 2017

WHAT power do the people have against rogue judges like Colleen Kollar-Kotelly?

She’s above the written law — the Constitution gives the president command of the military — and she certainly considers herself to be above the moral law, which means that even if the people overwhelmingly supported her, she is against reality itself. The moral law is like the law of gravity. It doesn’t go away just because you don’t believe in it.

I can safely predict that the prohibition against gravely unbalanced individuals in the military (known as the transgender ban) that Judge Kollar-Kotelly stayed on Monday will never be enforced. Modern democracy, by its very nature, leads to progressive decadence. There will be “transgenders” in the Army. What of the many stunning departures from morality enshrined by our government in the last 50 years has been reversed?

Rejoice that the truth is clearer by the day.

 

All Saints Day

November 1, 2017

 

Rheims Cathedral

THE Feast of All Saints is “the annual commemoration of all those who are honored in the Church as holy men and women whose lives are worthy of imitation and whose intercession we may profitably seek in prayer.” (The Rev. William J. Lallou)

From The Feast of All Saints: Part 1 by Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876:

If on today’s festival we think of the communion of the Saints in heaven, we will undoubtedly exclaim within our soul: “Oh, what a joy, what an ecstasy of delight will there be in heaven on this glorious feast!”

And what is it that incites the hearts of our brethren in heaven to such holy rejoicings? Ah, it is the remembrance of their victory–the victory which, while on earth, they gained over Satan, the world, and their own evil inclinations! They lived for heaven, fought for heaven, and gained heaven. Their joy, then, is a victor’s joy, the greatest and sincerest of all the delights which can be tasted by the heart of man.

To show that in truth, on this day, an unbounded joy reigns in heaven, we need but remind you of the description which the seer St. John, in the island of Patmos, gives us of the city of God. “And I heard them,” he says, “singing the canticle of Moses, the servant of God.” It was the re-echo of that canticle which the children of Israel entoned on the shores of the Red Sea after God had destroyed Pharaoh, with all his warriors.

By saying that the Blessed sang the canticle of Moses, St. John wants to represent to us the indescribable sweetness and grandeur of the canticle of Victory which the Blessed in heaven chant before the throne of the Almighty.

I want to explain today to you the meaning of this Canticle of Moses sung in Heaven.

O Mary, Queen of Saints, lead us to victory in our battle on earth, that we may entone once the joyful songs of Saints and Angels with thee in Heaven! I speak in the most holy name of Jesus, for the greater glory of God! [cont.]

Do Catholics worship saints? A rebuttal here.

Hail to the saints above:

1. I saw a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations standing before his throne.

2. And all the angels stood round about the throne, and they fell down before the throne, and adored God.

3. Thou hast redeemed us, O Lord God, in Thy blood, out of every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation, and hast made of us a kingdom unto our God.

4. Bless the Lord all ye His elect, keep a day of gladness and give thanks unto Him. 

5. A hymn for all his saints, for the children of Israel, for the people that is nigh unto Him; this glory have all his saints. [From First Vespers, All Saints Day]