The Thinking 

A Lindbergh ‘America First’ Speech

November 11, 2015

am_firstIT IS no dishonor to those who bravely fought in World War II to recall the arguments on this Veteran’s Day by those who were against American intervention in the war and who at one point represented the vast majority of Americans. Charles Lindbergh was one of the most vocal opponents of American involvement as part of the America First movement.

Here is the full text of his speech on the subject in Des Moines, Iowa on September 11, 1941. Some excerpts:

National polls showed that when England and France declared war on Germany, in 1939, less than 10 percent of our population favored a similar course for America. But there were various groups of people, here and abroad, whose interests and beliefs necessitated the involvement of the United States in the war. I shall point out some of these groups tonight, and outline their methods of procedure. In doing this, I must speak with the utmost frankness, for in order to counteract their efforts, we must know exactly who they are.

The three most important groups who have been pressing this country toward war are the British, the Jewish and the Roosevelt administration.

Behind these groups, but of lesser importance, are a number of capitalists, Anglophiles, and intellectuals who believe that the future of mankind depends upon the domination of the British empire. Add to these the Communistic groups who were opposed to intervention until a few weeks ago, and I believe I have named the major war agitators in this country.

I am speaking here only of war agitators, not of those sincere but misguided men and women who, confused by misinformation and frightened by propaganda, follow the lead of the war agitators. Read More »


The Economist’s Slick Promotion of Suicide

November 10, 2015


SEBASTIAN C. writes:

I was an acquaintance of the late Lawrence Auster here in New York.  Notwithstanding my many contributions to his extraordinary website, Larry eventually banished me because of our irreconcilable differences over 9/11, an event I lived through first-hand at and around 180 Maiden Lane.  I was one of those people covered in white soot, and became a “truther” by the end of the day after seeing the second airplane from my office window, the strange demolition, learning that WTC 7 had been “pulled” (and reported as destroyed prior to its demolition), that Cheney had assumed command of Norad, and that the Pentagon had been hit by…something…anyway.  Poor Larry told me he “refused to believe his government would…”  I am delighted your website has continued.  But I am writing about something possibly worse than 9/11, which was, after all, a one-time event.

Here is a video by the very influential Economist magazine.  It features a depressed and confused 24-year-old “tomboy” girl in Belgium who had decided to avail herself of her country’s assisted suicide laws.  The 20-minute documentary is an overt promotion of suicide, in this case state-administered death for a girl with no physical ailments.  That’s right: this is not a cancer or Leukemia patient but simply a girl who’s depressed.  The state has concluded she will not improve (she’s 24!), and gave her the green light to die.  On Death Day (5:00 p.m. sharp), just before the state’s doctor could inject her, she suddenly felt better and decided to go on living, sort of.  The report’s thesis is succinctly stated near the end:  the availability of state-administered suicide helps many patients by letting them know there is a way out.  Those opposing state-administered death are cruel and inhuman.  Suicide for depression is a Human Right.  (That she could have jumped off a ledge of her own accord is never mentioned in the video).

One could fill a book on this with Bertonneauesque comments on the Sickness Onto Death of the West, but really, the thing speaks for itself.  Remember that The Economist is an enthusiastic promoter of mass Muslim migration into Europe and “gay rights in Latin America.”  Of course they would be. They know what they’re doing.

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The Toronto Hearings and 9/11

November 10, 2015


ON the tenth anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, experts in structural engineering, physics, chemistry, and history gave evidence before an international panel of judges at Ryerson University in Toronto demonstrating that the official version of 9/11 is false. The panel of judges called for a new investigation into the attacks. This truly outstanding film, “9/11: Decade of Deception,” is a summary of the evidence given over the four days of hearings, which can be read and viewed in its entirety here. Though the film is four years old, it is still fresh and relevant. A reader wrote:

I came across this video yesterday and I think it is probably the finest composition of facts supporting the fraud of the airborne attacks against this country.  It is a panel of scientists from various disciplines.  They are succinct, articulate and dead serious.

I too highly recommend this film. Read More »


The “Pope” Francis Insult Generator

November 10, 2015


Edmund Henry Garrett illustration, “The Fatal Blow” from “The Lay of the Last Minstrel”

ONE of “Pope” Francis’s favorite pastimes is to insult Catholics.

Now the Pope Francis Insult Generator instantly produces some of his favorite slurs for Catholics and others. At a loss for words? Strike the fatal blow by calling your enemies “uniformists, alternativists and advantagists” or  “querulous and disillusioned pessimists!”


Nurtured on Grievance

November 9, 2015

ERIC writes:

There have been a spate of black protests at universities recently. I am struck by the insolence of the protesters and the trivial nature of their grievances.

At Yale, an administrator wrote a memo coaching members of the community to avoid wearing Halloween costumes that might give offense. A female faculty member piped up by email to say that perhaps the university should not be an arbiter of taste (or something to that effect). This brought scorn upon her head, at which point her husband (also on the faculty) stepped in to verbally defend her.

The outcome was this. The arrogance of this woman is breathtaking. What right has she to charge him with discourtesy?

At Missouri, the student body president, a black man who was elected by his fellow students, claimed that he was the target of a drunk yelling racial slurs, and that such has happened to him on campus on other occasions. Additionally, on two occasions a few weeks apart, a swastika was found painted in feces on the wall of a dormitory bathroom in the early morning hours. When a group of protesters tried to confront the University President by blocking his limousine at a parade, he refused to leave his car and kept driving.  Read More »


The Mind-Bending Hell That Is Yale University

November 9, 2015

FROM The New York Times:

Weeks of simmering racial tension at Yale University boiled over in recent days into a debate over whether the administration was sensitive enough to concerns about Halloween costumes seen as culturally offensive, students and adminstrators said.

Peter Salovey, the president of Yale, said he had been left “deeply troubled” by a meeting he held with students of color last week who were “in great distress.” Many said they did not believe the university was attuned to the needs of minority students.

“The experiences they shared went beyond the incidents of the last few days,” he said in a statement. “Their concerns and cries for help made clear that some students find life on our campus profoundly difficult.”


The People’s Tattoo Machine

November 9, 2015


ERIC writes:

File this under ‘Things That Did Not Need To Be Invented’. I think we can foresee the outcome of this. It won’t be pretty.

The Housewife has been largely silent on the pressing issue of tattoos, particularly of women. She would not happen to be a painted lady herself, would she?

Just askin.’ Read More »


Life in a Small Space

November 9, 2015


young man who lived in a 400-square-foot studio apartment in San Francisco with his wife and two young children comes away from the experience with valuable insights. He and his wife decided that they would forego two incomes and live in a studio apartment for a few years. Many of the lessons they learned are reminiscent of previous discussions here about life in small spaces. For example, tight private space induces people to rely more on public spaces, such as parks, cafes and libraries. (It probably can be proven that public space declines in some ways to the extent that private square footage increases.) Also, tight space forces one to think carefully about possessions and do away with excess. Greg Kroleski also perceptively analyzes the options for redesigning storage and living space.

He and his wife found that as a one-income family they had a harder time qualifying for available apartments.

My wife and I were 27 when our first son was born. Significantly younger than the median San Francisco birthing age of 33. We also made a decision to have my wife stay at home with the children.

Neither of those things are strange for a family in the United States during the last century. But both of those are strange for a San Franciscan in 2015. Read More »


Dear Professors

November 7, 2015

ROSS DOUTHAT of The New York Times deserves credit for trying to explain Catholic doctrine to a group of arrogant pseudo-theologians.

What is that real position? That almost anything Catholic can change when the times require it, and “developing” doctrine just means keeping up with capital-H History, no matter how much of the New Testament is left behind.

As I noted earlier, the columnist’s task is to be provocative. So I must tell you, openly and not subtly, that this view sounds like heresy by any reasonable definition of the term.


George Will, Iran and Anti-Semitism

November 7, 2015


“Boobus Americanus 1: I read a most fascinating column by George Will today in which he draws disturbing parallels between the irrational anti-Semitism of Hitler’s Germany and that of modern day Iran.

“Boobus Americanus 2: George Will is a rare case of a thoughtful conservative. He is one of the most intelligent contemporary American thinkers.”

EXCEPT for the first paragraph, which facetiously refers to Hitler as the “Great One,” this is an awesome smack-down of the columnist George Will by the writer Mike King. Read More »


Germany’s Sick Guilt Complex

November 7, 2015


Associated Press

Associated Press

A UNIVERSITY student from Germany writes:

Alex S. wrote in his article at (originally posted here) on the disastrous situation in Germany. But it is much worse. We are totally deprived of any civil rights as mobs of Africans and Middle Eastern Muslims settle in our country.

The police, controlled by the government of the states (like your state police), not the local communities, do not interfere in many crimes anymore. Most of the officers are concentrated near the border, to welcome the “refugees.” The remaining few protect the politicians and the wealth. Sometimes they are not able to provide enough officers at refugee shelters, so its inhabitants live in a law-free area. The refugees stroll around the cities in large groups, sometimes thirty or more young men.

But why do some people, like a German commenter below Alex S.’s post, think that this is all made up and not true?

Because they are told so by the media – mostly owned by the state or connected to it – and the officials, who lie straight in our faces. Some people are able to to look through the veil of lies, but most fail to do so. The only independent sources are foreign media and a few German sources, which are persecuted by the state. Official statistics are not given anymore, but you hear everyday of new rapes. They attack women and children of every age. I heard from a police officer, who could no longer bear silence, that in a local park they took a 12-year-old boy. In the media, there was nothing about it. Read More »


Rape Feminists Will Ignore

November 6, 2015

WHERE are “take back the night” protests and “slut walks” when you need ’em?

Soeren Kern reports at The Gatestone Institute:

A growing number of women and young girls housed in refugee shelters in Germany are being raped, sexually assaulted and even forced into prostitution by male asylum seekers, according to German social work organizations with first-hand knowledge of the situation.

Many of the rapes are occurring in mixed-gender shelters, where, due to a lack of space, German authorities are forcing thousands of male and female migrants to share the same sleeping areas and restroom facilities.

Conditions for women and girls at some shelters are so perilous that females are being described as “wild game” fighting off Muslim male predators. But many victims, fearing reprisals, are keeping silent, social workers say.

At the same time, growing numbers of German women in towns and cities across the country are being raped by asylum seekers from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Many of the crimes are being downplayed by German authorities and the national media, apparently to avoid fueling anti-immigration sentiments.


Mundabor Gets a Spanking

November 6, 2015

THE CATHOLIC English blogger Mundabor promotes the false position that if one doesn’t like what the pope teaches and notices that he is a heretic, one can just ignore him or go around calling him an “idiot.”

Novus Ordo Watch trounces him:

First, let’s respond to Mundabor’s thesis that you don’t have to listen to the “Pope” (for such he believes Francis to be) “if he’s an idiot”. We will do so simply by quoting what the Popes themselves have taught on this issue, because, believe it or not, after 2000 years, there have actually been a few cases of true Popes who were not that bright intellectually or unworthy morally speaking. This, however, did not mean they were not genuine Vicars of Christ, or that their authority was in any way diminished, nor, a fortiori, that their teachings or decisions could be dismissed or were optional for the faithful …

Speaking of idiocy, the Argentine Bomber is at it again. More from Novus Ordo Watch:

When Jorge Bergoglio speaks, it’s always the same Modernist trash we’ve been hearing for decades, albeit in somewhat recycled fashion. We’ve said before that he could work for Hallmark to write shallow greeting cards full of chicken-soup-for-the-soul spirituality. The homily he gave at the Casa Santa Marta today, November 5, 2015, is a perfect example of this.

Vatican Radio just published a summary, with long verbatim quotes, of Francis’ latest homily against “exclusion” and for “inclusion”, in which he goes so far as to state, “God has included us all in salvation, all!” Take a look at what an infantile, immature, quasi-heretical and wholly dangerous rant this was.


Hounded in the Air Force

November 6, 2015

THE coed military is a form of cultural warfare. It’s warfare against masculinity, which ironically constitutes the life force of the military — and against femininity too. The sexual harassment bureaucracy in the Armed Forces is ratcheting up its activities, threatening draconian punishment against men who especially annoy women. Perhaps this is all a way of deflecting the public’s attention from the fact that America has engaged in far too much war, but here is one example: An Air Force sergeant and a veteran photographer of the war in Iraq faces up to 15 years in prison and a dishonorable discharge for allegedly making inappropriate advances toward women in his office. Whether Tech. Sgt. Aaron D. Allmon, who was married at the time, is convicted in felony court or not, the case sends the intended message of intimidation and raises a question that will never be publicly asked: How do women belong in the military environment if they cannot protect themselves against unwanted overtures? World Net Daily reports:

A Washington Times examination shows that, over a 14-month span, the women’s accusations, in total, amount to three kisses and six touches, plus a series of reported inappropriate comments of a sexual nature. If the married Sgt. Allmon did what the women said, he was tastelessly hitting on them.

Sgt. Allmon’s sister, Lisa A. Roper, does not believe the women. The business executive in San Antonio, Texas, is her brother’s fiercest defender. She estimates she will spend $200,000 on his legal defense, which includes a former sheriff’s deputy as investigator, a civilian lawyer and a former Army judge advocate who took the case pro bono. Sgt. Allmon is also represented by an Air Force judge advocate. Read More »


The Total Work Society

November 5, 2015

GAIL L. AGGEN writes:

While the mortality rate is rising among middle-aged whites who are less-educated, the more educated ones are having their own problems, as this New York Times article, Stressed, Tired, Rushed: A Portrait of the Modern Family illustrates.

Beyond the obvious answers that the dissolution of the family as it traditionally functioned is the major factor in the misery, we might consider what has led to this decline and devolution. Absolutely, the family and our traditional way of life have been shredded by elitist ideology hammering away at us with its hedonistic, anti-God, perverse agenda. I am also thinking, however, about the economic factors that have been so crucial to the family’s collapse. Who or what caused these factors is beyond my level of expertise, but I would like to share some of my thoughts, based on my own experience. Read More »


The Ranger School Cover-up

November 5, 2015

THE Army is accused of destroying records related to two of three female graduates of the elite Ranger School. The women are believed to have received preferential treatment. According to Ray Starman at U.S. Defense Watch, 

There is no longer any doubt that a massive cover up is underway in the Department of Defense and the Army. As I have mentioned before, there is a political agenda driving the cover up. The White House wants women in the combat arms and special operations. Therefore, the Army, from Secretary of the Army John McHugh down to Major-General Scott Miller down to the Airborne Ranger Training Brigade command group, are involved in this conspiracy to deceive the American people, regardless of the consequences to our national security.


“Puzzling” Rise in White Suicide

November 4, 2015

THE mortality rate among middle-aged, working class whites has spiked dramatically, reports The New York Times. Two Princeton professors say the change is due to suicidal behavior:

Analyzing health and mortality data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and from other sources, they concluded that rising annual death rates among this group are being driven not by the big killers like heart disease and diabetes but by an epidemic of suicides and afflictions stemming from substance abusealcoholic liver disease and overdoses of heroin and prescription opioids.

The analysis by Dr. [Angus] Deaton and Dr. [Ann] Case may offer the most rigorous evidence to date of both the causes and implications of a development that has been puzzling demographers in recent years: the declining health and fortunes of poorly educated American whites. In middle age, they are dying at such a high rate that they are increasing the death rate for the entire group of middle-aged white Americans, Dr. Deaton and Dr. Case found.

The mortality rate for whites 45 to 54 years old with no more than a high school education increased by 134 deaths per 100,000 people from 1999 to 2014.

“It is difficult to find modern settings with survival losses of this magnitude,” wrote two Dartmouth economists, Ellen Meara and Jonathan S. Skinner, in a commentary to the Deaton-Case analysis to be published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“Wow,” said Samuel Preston, a professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and an expert on mortality trends and the health of populations, who was not involved in the research. “This is a vivid indication that something is awry in these American households.”

No kidding.

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November 4, 2015

George Inness (American Hudson River School - Tonalist Painter, 1825-1894)Morning, Catskill Valley (The Red Oaks) 1894

Morning, Catskill Valley (The Red Oaks), George Inness; 1894