The Thinking 

The Case for Not Voting

September 30, 2016

JOHN writes:

Frederick Bastiat, writing in his little book, The Law, made the profound observation that the perversion of law takes two divergent forms: simple greed, and the pretended love of humanity.  C. S. Lewis made a similar observation, as did Jesus when he singled out for special condemnation both the love of mammon and the moral hypocrisy of the religious leadership of the time.  What is profound is that these two styles of faithlessness––which on the surface seem to be opposed––both spring from the same root.  They are both forms of idolatry whereby the God of heaven is deposed in favor of the gods of self and of this world.

Sadly, Trump’s supporters believe he has the power to ensure America’s continued place as the world’s largest producer and consumer of material goods, as if this were the highest goal a nation and its people could aspire to.  Even so, he probably won’t succeed. Read More »


Singing on a Bus

September 30, 2016



ALAN writes:

In a recent essay, the conservative writer Ehud Would cited a passage in a 2003 essay by Gary North about how it was once common in America for strangers traveling on Greyhound buses to sing during the ride. [“The Way We Were”, Aug. 18, 2016]

In the essay he cites, Gary North wrote:

“There is a scene in “It Happened One Night” (1934), where Clark Gable is riding in a bus. The bus is lighted inside, and everyone is singing.   For years, I thought that scene was filler. My friend and master journalist Otto Scott, age 85, tells me that singing on Greyhound buses was common in those days, though with lights off.  Strangers sang on buses. I cannot identify with such a world.”

Try a little harder, Gary. Singing on the bus is the kind of thing you get when people have heritage, culture, and values in common.  It is not the kind of thing you get in “multi-culture.”

A man who grew up in Cincinnati in the 1930s recalled how passengers on streetcars became friends during Sunday afternoon leisure rides:  “Soon the whole car would join together in a sing-along as we rode on into the fading day.”  [Edmund Withrow,“Trolley Tours Made Our Sundays Great”Reminisce Magazine, March/April 1994, p. 21 ]

In June 1960 my mother and I were part of a tour group in California.  The group travelled by train and then by bus.  Destinations included Los Angeles, Yosemite National Park, and San Francisco.  Read More »


Exercise and Femininity, cont.

September 30, 2016



Madonna Under the Fir Trees, Lucas Cranach, 1510

HERE ARE two additional comments — powerful essays, really — to add to the long and sometimes heated discussion on  “Exercise and Femininity.” The first comment is from Mrs. W. (who goes by her full surname here). She began the original conversation. Stephen Ippolito also responds with further thoughts on the concept of dignity and how the Mother of God is the highest counter-force to feminism. It’s a long comment, but well worth reading in its entirety.

Mrs. Willodson writes:

Thank you for your opinions and for those of your readers. Most helpful to me was your comment:

“I think a woman should not rush too much or push. She should be as much as possible in a state of potential prayer.”

That is what woman is. Tranquility. Peace. Calm. Her husband, and children and everyone around her for that matter depend on her for this. Exercise and clothing (even posture, hand gestures, hair style, facial expressions, etc.) that don’t outwardly complement or cultivate this type of inner peace is unbecoming to a woman. Some of your readers may say that jogging or swimming or whatever brings them this inner peace. Indeed, I have before had the habit of “clearing my head” by running. But this is a farce. They are wrongly depending on a natural activity for inner peace instead of doing a supernatural one: prayer. And they are forgetting that they do not live for themselves. Men and women both need to act in such a way as to not cause scandal to others. Read More »


How to Order Chicken

September 30, 2016


A SCENE from the TV show “Portlandia.”


St. Michael, Pray for Us

September 29, 2016


An Anti-Goyim Roll Call

September 29, 2016

Rabbis wholeheartedly welcome refugees to Texas, but are noticeably silent on the possibility of welcoming refugees to Israel, which is much closer to Syria and Africa — and has taken none. Do you think the idea that American Jews, with many noble exceptions, are collectively waging psychological and political warfare against the non-Jewish American people is an irrational conspiracy theory?

Here is an ongoing list of prominent anti-Goyimites. Many make a career out of vilifying, marginalizing, and demonizing whites and aggressively working for the wholesale transformation of Western society, or what’s left of it. And they call us the haters! The guilt industrial complex includes Jonathan Wittenberg (below), who wants the UK to welcome thousands more new immigrants, making the English a minority in their own land because “God loves the refugee,” and Ian Reifowitz, the Huffington Post journalist who says, “White identity offers bland nothingness or racism.” Imagine gentile intellectuals in Israel (there are few) making comparable arguments against the majority culture. You can’t imagine it because it wouldn’t happen. While white-bashing is de rigeur in American corporate and academic institutions, just watch what happens to any American intellectual who criticizes Jews. His career is over. He is defamed and stabbed relentlessly in the back until he is a bloodied non-person. Only a demented hater would dare to criticize the Holy People.

We’ve fought for them, we’ve died for them, we’ve cried for them. But after all that, they still don’t like us!



Shimon Peres

September 29, 2016

AN ANTIDOTE to the flattering eulogies in the mainstream press.


Lester Holt, the Android

September 29, 2016

COMMENTARY by Jon Rappoport:

Holt adopted the persona of a machine, and he pulled it off.

Which means? This is where the world is heading, if the technocrats have anything to say about it. You “need the best data—and one day soon you’ll get the data from a computer your brain is connected to. All will be well.” Read More »


Splashy Wedding, But No Marriage

September 29, 2016

MRS. T. writes:

Eva Woods does not have the capacity for self sacrifice.

In the article she mentions a beautiful wedding held inside a 15th-century castle in Ireland. They took exotic vacations and owned a beautiful home. However one thing is glaringly obvious: No children. It is a shame because motherhood could have slowly chipped away at her debilitating ego.

Several of her friend’s marriages also failed around the same time. Again, there are no children. I’m starting to see a pattern. Read More »


Why You Should Vote for Trump

September 29, 2016

[This entry has been revised and updated.]

I AM not a fan of Donald Trump, as readers of this site know. I am not a fan of the Trump-worshipping cult of Ann Coulter, David Duke and the Alt-Right. Truthfully, it repels me. I don’t think Trump will bring about some great American renaissance. Aside from his character, his casino/mafia connections, his very immoral personal life, his blistering attacks on other countries and peoples, his fanatical support for the terrorist state of Israel, his militarism, his choice of neocon advisors and his support for the totalitarian LGBT agenda, aside from the reality that our problems are systemicI don’t trust him. I don’t trust that even his nationalism is genuine. He is in bed with an evil oligarchy. Will he make American great again? No, he won’t. It wasn’t great in the first place, and his solutions are band-aids at best. Will he effectively tackle the immigration problem? I am not convinced that he will. As for the economy, the $38 billion we are about to hand over to Israel would pay for a lot of college educations and create a lot of jobs. Where is Donald’s good business sense when you need it? We are a debt-ridden nation. We are enslaved to the Federal Reserve and its state-sponsored usury. He will not change that. A revolution against the American system, its cabal of controllers and its debt-based, predatory capitalism is in order.

What should we do with this election in the meantime? Which of these two shady characters is less likely to lead us to World War III and wreck the remaining semblance of order? It’s a tough question.

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A Literary Monster

September 28, 2016

EVA WOODS, a novelist and writing coach, dumps her husband because he no longer fulfills her romantic expectations and then adds insult to injury by writing about it.

When women are taught from an early age that they are The Wonderful Sex, it’s not surprising that so many become cruel and heartless egotists.


Trump and 9/11

September 28, 2016

SHORTLY after 9/11, Donald Trump, who was knowledgeable about high rise construction and specifically the design of the Twin Towers, said it was unlikely the buildings were brought down by planes:

It just seemed to me that to do that kind of destruction is even more than a big plane, because you’re talking about taking out steel, the heaviest caliber steel that was used on the building. Well, these buildings were rock-solid, and you know it’s just an amazing, amazing thing.

Linh Dinh at The Unz Review looks at his about-face since then.


More Protests, More Blacks Murdered

September 28, 2016

STEVE SAILER looks at the stunning rise in murders of black men that has paralleled the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement.


The Surrender of Woman

September 27, 2016



THE ASCENT OF women to the top reaches of the political world means exactly the opposite of what most people say it means. It is not female empowerment. It is female disempowerment.

In order for a woman to be president, tens of thousands of women have to enter the lower ranks of political life and government. Most of them are relatively low-paid administrators; the top female candidate puts a pleasant spin on the hard reality. Does power for a few make drudgery for the many palatable? Does the thrill of cheering selfishly for your own sex make the years on the treadmill less unpleasant?

In order for a woman to be president, most women, even beyond these workers, have to be politicized.

But the strength of womanhood, as G.K. Chesterton said, is not to be found in her support for laws or rules or political platforms or abstractions. It is to be found in her defense of persons. Her natural kingdom is society itself.

A woman rules best by sympathy, prejudice and wisdom. She must compromise all of these things, so tied to her intuitive strengths and deepest desires, when she rules as politician — and she must turn the political into a socialist projection of her natural instincts. She also apparently has to surrender to ugly pantsuits. Imagine a priest giving up his vestments for a postal uniform. Such is the degradation and lowering of a woman who gives up her distinctive, quasi-ceremonial dress for an orange Nehru jacket and matching rayon pants. She is not just politicized. She is not just masculinized. She is proletarianized. She exudes chilly efficiency, and the dress becomes a relic of bygone aristocracy and leisure. Remember that? Leisure. The woman at the kitchen table, often there to listen, going nowhere, accomplishing nothing, was an aristocrat of time. She made persons feel like persons. How many people were saved by her prayers when she realized her own limitations? They must be numberless.

Chesterton’s “great amateur” is gone. The efficient Good Girl is in her place — and she’s intensely irritable, indeed nearly deranged and cruel with schizophrenic pressures, when she gets home. If she were not surrounded by non-stop propaganda, she would rebel. She has been disempowered. The heart, after all, is powerful. Only an intensely materialistic world would define her life as female advancement.

As Chesterton said, in “What’s Wrong with the World,”

“Most of the feminists would probably agree with me that womanhood is under shameful tyranny in the shops and mills. But I want to destroy the tyranny. They want to destroy womanhood. That is the only difference.”


The Frontline in the War on Food

September 27, 2016


SVEN writes:

One way I entertain myself in line at the grocery store is to look at what other folks have in their carts. It’s really sad what I see most of the time. Here’s a tour of a grocery cart that wouldn’t be unusual at all:

·         Gatorade — It has electrolytes, doncha know? This stuff should, at most, be consumed by athletes in small quantities. If you aren’t sweating a lot, it is nothing but sugar.

·         Soda — No need to explain that. If you drink soda regularly, take a month or two off and try one. You’ll realize how bad they taste.

·         Packaged crackers — Even the crackers that advertise themselves as healthy are filled with sugar.

·         TV Meals — Who knows how these things are even made? They’re filled with sugar too.

·         Lunch meats — You might think these are made of the “other” parts of animals. I wish that was the whole truth, because then they would be somewhat nutritious. They’re made from the other parts plus a gross chemical slurry. Read More »


The Businessman vs. the Socialist

September 27, 2016


I WATCHED the presidential debate last night and was amazed at how the man famous for being a fighter left so much of what Hillary said unchallenged. I thought he would crush the Queen of War. He did not. He was forceful at moments, but at other times he seemed to give it away. Read More »


The Huron Carol

September 26, 2016


THE “Huron Carol,” sung here by Heather Dale in Wendat (Huron), French and English, was written in 1643 by St. Jean de Brébeuf, one of the eight North American Martyrs. Lyrics, and a much different version, can be found here.


A Saint for Losers

September 26, 2016


ON May 8, 1643, Noel Chabanel left his secure and comfortable position as a Jesuit priest and rhetoric teacher in Toulouse, France to travel to the Canadian wilderness to become a missionary among the Hurons.

He never was as successful as he had hoped at his missionary work. Some say he failed to convert a single person among the Indians of North America.

Though he was an intelligent man, accomplished in other languages, he could not master the Huron language, no matter how hard he tried. Being a person of delicate sensibilities, he found the ways of the Hurons, including the food, smells and customs, almost unbearable. It was so difficult for him that he vowed to spend the rest of his life uncomplainingly among these primitive people:

“I pray, then, 0 Lord, that You will deign to accept me as a permanent servant in this mission and that You will render me worthy of so sublime a ministry.”

He was murdered when he was struck with a tomahawk on Dec. 8, 1649 by a Huron apostate and dumped in an icy river. His body was never found. Noel Chabanel, who died at the age of 36, succeeded magnificently at one thing in this wilderness: his desire to give his life for God.

Today is the feast of the eight men known as the North American Martyrs, who together did succeed in converting many of the natives. They include Jean de Brébeuf, Isaac Jogues and Rene Goupil, who was tortured and later killed with a hatchet after he made the sign of the cross over a child. A full book on the life of St. Isaac Jogues, who lived among the Iroquois, can be found here. More on Noel Chabanel, a patron saint for misfits, can be found here and here.

Thomas Droleskey writes at Christ or Chaos:

The sad truth is, of course, that the very barbaric practices that the North American Martyrs sought to eradicate by converting the Indians to the true Faith have become part of “mainstream” law and culture in the supposedly “civilized” United States of America.