Monday, February 19, 2018

This is Christ's body....

I was minding my own business, drinking coffee before church when my friend Will came up and asked me if I could do communion for someone who didn't show. Despite going to church my whole life, I had never served communion before.  At first I was too young and then later I never felt worthy of the honor. But trapped by the need, I consented. This in spite of what I knew would inevitably  happen.

When it came time, I turned to my partner, Andree and said: "you take the wine"...because I'm a spiller - I spill. I had this terrible vision of dumping a melange of wine and grape juice down someone's spring frock. As it was I was going to have problems with the crackers - I mean wafers. Because what I feared came true as soon as the first customer walked up. As I looked them in the eye and spoke the words the tears began to pool. Each time I said them the pool got bigger. I dared not reach up and wipe them away, that would have just resulted in me serving the crackers - dang! I mean wafers - off the floor.

I prayed "Lord please don't let me blubber" and He didn't but by the end my eyes were so full of tears that I couldn't see much of anything. But sometimes tears help us see more clearly, indeed sometimes we can only see the truth through tears. And my truth came through loud and clear. For while I was saying one thing, another was imprinting on my soul:

This is Christs's body, broken for you
This is Christ's body, broken for you,
This is Christ's body, broken for you,
This is Christs's body, broken for....me.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

On Racism

"And it’s also clear that many immigration restrictionists are influenced by simple bigotry — with the president’s recent excrement-related remarks a noteworthy illustration." Ross Douthat, NYT.

This passage from the generally admirable Ross Douthat illustrates just what is wrong with our elites. We elites like to think of ourselves as more sophisticated, better informed and therefore more rational.  Implicitly we assume that those we disagree with, particularly those lower on the educational and socio economic scale, are acting more from base emotions: fear, hate, bigotry. But this attitude runs into problems:
  • There is no evidence that otherwise normal people of normal intelligence are any less rational than high IQ people. Indeed watching what goes on campus these days I could more easily argue the opposite.
  • Generally the purveyors of 'they're bigoted' have no evidence and wouldn't dare make that accusation in front of a group of people they so happily smear in absentia.
  • To argue otherwise in the immigration debate is to run up against two inconvenient facts:
    • Far and away the greatest opponents of immigration are African Americans who by large margins support lowered immigration levels.
    • A majority of latino Americans support Trump's key planks: Regularize the 'Dreamers, Eliminate Chain and Lottery immigration and implement Canada/Australia style skills immigration.
So are majorities of the second and third largest ethnic/racial groups racists? Of course not. When elites think of racists they only think of those of European descent which is.....racist.

So why do blacks and latinos support a restrictionist immigration regime? It's obvious isn't it?
  • These two groups are the lowest income, lowest skilled groups in the nation.
  • While mass unskilled immigration may be good for America, it's terrible for people at the lower end of the income distribution.
Thus these two groups (and the much maligned working class whites) have solid, rational reasons for wanting a radical reduction in unskilled immigration without having to possess any racial animus. Yet elites on the left and even some urban ones on the right (Douthat, Goldberg to name two) immediately assume that those that disagree with their position on immigration can't simply possess a different perspective arising from their different life experiences but must be evil.

This fact is the first and most important reason Trump has run wild. Because once you've called me racist a dozen times, you've forfeited my respect or even my attention.

And of course the elite insist that Trump's describing a country as a 'shithole' in a private meeting must be construed  in the worst possible light. Even while they insist on construing the foibles of their friends (IRS, FBI, Clintons) in the best possible light. But it is easy for outlanders and untermenschen to believe a country, town, hotel, district is a 'shithole' without applying it to the people unfortunate enough to live there. Indeed many of the bottom classes live or have lived in such places and they know the difference.

But again, calling your opponents racists eliminates the need to think or listen or understand where they're coming from.

Indeed the 'racist' trope used in the immigration debate is among the most bigoted and narrow minded attitudes extant in America today. Which is why more of us every day are dismissing the so called 'elites' with contempt: They are far more guilty of the sins they accuse the rest of us of. Yet they are arrogantly oblivious.

And they're finally getting their comeuppance. More, faster, harder.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Damn Cats

In remembrance of Yanti Ardie 's deceased cat Smoky:

Cats, cats, cats
Damn all cats
They make me sneeze
And scratch the door
They bring dead things
Lay them on the floor

But they're warm in bed
And they purr purr purr
With scratchy tongues
And fuzzy fur
So I love damn cats.
I miss mine so.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Sabremetrics for Generals - Seriously Cool

Includes an interactive map of generalship and individual profiles. I'm serious. Very cool. Here.

Cracked is dead.

It flipped to "Social Justice" and stopped being funny. It's the classic "turn hard left and die maneuver". 

https://www.dangerous.com/37818/cracked-lays-off-staff/

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Oklahoma City: Pyongyang on the Prarie?

Michelle Malkin says so. And if half of what she writes is true, it's prosecutorial and judicial abuse on an epic scale.

Monday, December 04, 2017

Deep in their blue bunkers, totally out of their minds.

This is a good precis by the "Never Trump" Right of the Trump/Mueller/Russian Collusion Imbroglio

Summary: the goal is and has always been impeachment. But you should read it yourself.

And I confess to be amazed. Because:

1. If it succeeds it will once again gravely damage the Federal government's reputation among half of the population.
2. It will likely provoke levels of violence unseen at least since the nineteen sixties and perhaps not since the eighteen sixties.
3. And the great majority of the people expert at violence are on the right.

The result of this unwillingness to accept an election result by the permanent Federal Elite must inevitably be a significant degradation in the power, reputation and influence of the Federal government and other elite institutions which are already suffering massively from all sorts of trust based scandals.

Personally I and most of the right welcome a significant reduction in Federal and general Elite power, status and reach.

But I presume the left and the DC elite don't . 

Yet they sit in their deep blue bunkers spinning their power fantasies, totally out of their minds.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Moments

Moments come and then they go.
We think they're true and full of hope.
Then we find they aren't meant to be.
And never were.

Faces come with hopeful gaze.
We place our hopes and dream of days.
But we don't really know them.
And never will.

We tell ourselves that it's fine.
There's always more wine.
But we know the bottle's near empty.
And there are no more.

So we search and hope and pray.
With voices that fade more each day.
And we learn our fate face by face.
Until there are no more.

Free Too

I hear what you're saying
I see what you mean
I know what you're doing
But I want to be free

I stood there when she said it
She came straight up to me
So filled with His spirit
So gentle and free

I hear what you're saying
I see what you mean
I know what you're doing
But I need to be free

I was there when she said it
She came straight up to me
So filled with His love
So beautiful and free

I hear what you're saying
I see what you mean
I know what you're doing
But I must be free

Teaching Millennials how to think...

....requires they unlearn what they've been taught. I'm not sure this guy could get a job at an "elite" university.

http://newbostonpost.com/2017/11/09/undoing-the-dis-education-of-millennials/