July 25, 2021

Sounds Almost Integralist

Irving Kristol article in NYT in 1971: 

Today a "managerial" conception of democracy prevails wherein democracy is seen as a set of rules and procedures, and nothing but a set of rules and procedures, by which majority rule and minority rights are reconciled into a state of equilibrium. Thus, the political system can be fully reduced to its mechanical arrangements. 

I cannot help but feel that there is something ridiculous about being this kind of a democrat, and I must further confess to having a sneaking sympathy for those of our young radicals who also find it ridiculous. The absurdity is the absurdity of idolatry—of taking the symbolic for the real, the means for the end. The purpose of democracy cannot possibly be the endless functioning of its own political machinery. The purpose of any political regime is to achieve some version of the good life and the good society. It is not at all difficult to imagine a perfectly functioning democracy which answers all questions except one namely, why should anyone of intelligence and spirit care a fig for it?

There is, however, an older idea of democracy - fairly common until about the beginning of this century - for which the conception of the quality of public life is absolutely crucial. This idea starts from the proposition that democracy is a form of self-government, and that you are entitled to it only if that "self" is worthy of governing. There is no inherent right to self government if it means that such government is vicious, mean, squalid and debased. Only a dogmatist and a fanatic, an idolater of democratic machinery, could approve of self‐government under such conditions.

Because the desirability of self-government depends on the character of the people who govern, the older idea of democracy... had no problem in principle with pornography and obscenity; it censored them; it was not about to permit people to corrupt themselves.

July 23, 2021

Ask Fr. Rutler

 An old "Ask Fr Rutler" column:  

Q: I’m a big fan of Bouguereau, but sometimes I wonder if that doesn’t owe more to just his exquisite technique. How much nudity in art is too much, Christianly speaking? -Andrew B, Florence, SC

A: As an amateur painter, I confine myself to landscapes and still lifes whose only déshabillé consists of bare branches and peeled fruit. The technique of Bouguereau is breathtaking, as is that of Alma-Tadema. In their generation, borderline eroticism was acceptable so long as the scenes were classical – so, for instance, a naked duchess would not have been acceptable unless she was posed as Cleopatra. Bouguereau’s religious paintings tend to the sentimentality for which the brilliant Norman Rockwell was later criticised.

But as with some famous preachers, one can learn a lot from their method while ignoring their content. Great Victorian art will long outlast our expressionism and nihilism. Queen Victoria was not a Victorian in the caricatured sense. In 1841 she commissioned Emil Wolff’s statue of Prince Albert, half naked in strategically arranged Greek armour. She thought it was “very beautiful” when it arrived in 1844, but “we know not yet where to place it”. Multiple nudes followed, beginning with William Dyce’s fresco for Osborne House, showing naked Neptune rising from the sea with nymphs lacking bathing suits.

Should we read into it that he's not been reinstated to his parish? 

July 22, 2021

Lino Rulli's Idea

Sirius XM talk show host Lino Rulli mentioned that he knew a “professional Catholic” who gives talks and seminars who was going through a very tough patch, struggling with sin, and he didn’t mention it at all in talks at the time but Rulli thought it would be so refreshing if these guys owned up to having problems and struggles instead of just keeping the “plaster saint” image on. 

I thought of that with regard to Msgr. Burrill.  How countercultural if he did an interview with a Catholic media personage and explained how tough it was, how sorry he is, etc... ? After all, the mark of a Christian is not sinlessness but forgiveness so he is theoretically in safe and sympathetic company where that’s concerned. But, of course, only a saint would do that - admit they were struggling - and by definition he’s quite a sinner.  If he even believes in sin. 

He’s probably a bright guy, witness his getting pulled from the crowd of priestly candidates and getting to study in Rome.  (Or maybe not "getting" as it's likely a curse since Rome is a corrupting influence.)  That was in the ‘90s.  Pastor for a decade then back in Rome for a big gig from 2009-2013, probably getting further “romanized”there, before becoming associate general secretary at the USCCB in '16. 

Meanwhile Amy Welborn has an arresting post on how everybody's favorite, Fr. Ronald Knox, denied Communion to a truth-teller.  Ouch. 

July 21, 2021

The Gen Sec of the USCCB

It always shocks and amazes me when someone is more sinful than me, especially one high in the Catholic Church. 

So today I was gobsmacked by the “typical” thing in our church, meaning scandal. The general secretary of the USCCB was outed by the little-Pillar-that-could website, a small team that brought down the Goliath, a powerful gay mafia member in good standing.

I’m always puzzled by the impressive lack of discernment that the bishops seem to have concerning character.  Most obviously shown by Cardinal McCarrick, of course, but some might also think it with respect to Pope Francis.  It’s in the water these days. Honestly I think 9.5 out of 10 Catholic laymen would've been a better choice than the general secretary.  Or McCarrick.  

I'm not saying I would do much better at picking those of good character. After all, I was not astute enough to recognize the value of Trump and how he would show the swamp was worse than himself. 

All in all, I think a better way to pick bishops is to draw straws among priests like the apostles did with St. Matthias.  Same with popes. 

In this particular scandal the fellow had the impressive resume including “apostolic formation” at the pontifical college in Rome. Yikes.

So what is cheery about this? Merely no less than a soul was potentially saved.  This general secretary of the USCCB has seen the discipline of the Father, who chastises us in love. “God, who sends his gifts, also disciplines by means of punishments.” (Navarre commentary).

July 19, 2021

High Summer Sigh

Pine sap shines on the west bark

In wilds planted by bird and wind

Cone flowers draw the kings of Phrygia 

Those equatorial yellows of goldfinch.


I study mosaic barks wizened

but straight as British columns 

What Indian bones lay beneath

Where the cavernous cicadas sleep?

July 18, 2021

AZ Audit versus Maricopa Not Binary Choice

It's a false dichotomy to feel the need to choose between trusting Maricopa County versus the AZ audit. The former is corrupt while the latter could be making faulty conclusions based on limited understanding of the data. 

The root cause of the issue for all election security is that the "professional" audits done were by regulatory capture'd firms who did no canvassing (and even had no administrative rights to machines!) while the "amateur" audit might've failed in some instances to understand what the data was saying.

A solid and honest rebuttal to the 74k votes from Patrick Byrne: 

True to form, the CNN choagies have issued a rebuttal on one slice of Doug Logan‘s claims on Thursday regarding Maricopa: the provenance of 74,000 ballots. They have provided CNN a detailed explanation to account for them. To which I reply:

1) Doug Logan‘s claim about 74,000 ballots came in the context of discussing canvassing so as to explore the truth further;

2) their explanation may or may not hold water (it seems to have some hand-waving in it). It would have been nice if the auditors could have picked their way through it, or had been provided the digital images of the envelopes as they requested and Maricopa refused;

3) which goes to a deeper point: this was a strange kind of “audit“ where the people being audited refused to cooperate or give any explanations of anything (though now they’re happy to explain themselves not to auditors but to CNN reporters);

4) I look forward to explanations for the other 33,000 problematic votes raised by the auditors  (in this contest Biden won by only 10,000 votes). 

How about the 11,000 votes of people who existed in the rolls on December 4 and showed that they had voted on November 3, but on November 6 we’re not in the rolls? 

Or the 4000 people who registered after October 15 (In violation of state law and state Supreme Court decision)?

Or the (20,000?) votes that are putatively duplicate votes of a vote that was marred.... But those underlying 20,000 votes who’s content was “duplicated” do not (in violation of law) seem to exist anywhere? 

Ok. And how about the The even deeper issues pointed to in their testimony: the 11% adjudication rate (or about 230,000 votes being adjudicated, which is approximately 200,000 more than would’ve been normal);  the egregious calibration errors in the printing revealed in the hearing; The bleedthrough on thin paper (which calls into question Maricopa is June 17, 2021 claim that all of these 2.1 million ballots were printed on “vote secure” paper)? 

Given that Maricopa County Election bureaucrats are finding their tongue after refusing to answer simple questions from the auditors, given that they are apparently now open to giving explanations, how about they continue by explaining some of these other issues which account for at least 33,000, and possibly hundreds of thousands more?

We’re all ears Maricopa.

July 17, 2021

Just Call it the Latinx Mass?

So the big news yesterday was that Pope Francis decided to crack down on the Latin Mass, aka Extraordinary Form. A pope’s gonna pope. I'm sure it's been a sore temptation for him for quite some time and he finally gave into it. Francis loves to shock us, unfortunately rarely for the good. Cardinal Sarah tweeted a quote from his book: “Let us pray for a moment beside the large fresco by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel. There he represented the Last Judgment...”

The amazing thing about the "spirit of Vat II" is that it seems to translate in practice as "You can't have nice things". Like nice church architecture or Latin masses or good music or silence.  My guess is that the reason for this is the Church wants greater equality with the world so the answer is to strip beauty so we'll be more on par.  Sort of like stripping the rich of money so there will be greater equality. 

Funny lines from Jeff Miller: 

“The new Motu Proprio name is Traditionis custodes. Which means ‘Throw oil on fire’”.

Ken comments: “Not sure if that's accurate.”

Jeff: “It's a dynamic translation, but accurate...obviously translated in the spirit of Vatican II.” 

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Another wag said “it’s the SSPX expansion plan”. 

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And finally another said: "Thought just occurred to me: Do you think Francis might go easier on us if we call it 'the Latinx' Mass"?

July 14, 2021

Vote Auditing Verboten

Why do the Dems hate auditing votes? 

Possible explanations include: 

1. anything Trump or GOP is for, they are against. 

2. Fear (or knowledge) that if there is fraud it will all be in the Democrat’s favor, so they don’t want to give up the 2-5% fraud cushion in key counties. 

3. anything involving GOP voters is inherently illegitimate since the Left no longer believes in democracy. GOP voters have the same standing to the Left as Russian citizens do. 

4. Fear (or knowledge) that the whole thing is rigged and prison sentences and political disaster could result. 

July 12, 2021

Imagining the Broadway Cast

 “I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.” - Matt 11:25

There is something deeply satisfying and edifying in how God is working with this nation. We’re seeing a “play that rhymes” in how a ragtag bunch exposed the rot that hid beneath the attractive edifice.  An edifice composed of folks like the tall and well-spoken James Comey, the all-American boy scout out of central casting. And all of this led by the unlikeliest of heroes, Donald Trump. 

It’s certainly been educational.  It’s hilarious, in hindsight, that I was concerned about Trump’s ethical lapses, specifically his Trump University and his eminent domain suit that chased an old lady from her property. I was immune to the Flight 93 stuff and under the naive impression that we were in a “business as usual” environment with the usual threats of leftist policies. Trump seemed to stand out from an ethical perspective but that’s only because of my ignorance.  I’d thought we could live off the Judeo-Christian capital for longer but that ignores the reality that we all live on a knife’s edge as far as faith and morals. 

Imagine the cast! A drunk Giuliani past his sell date, a brilliant and enigmatic Patrick Byrne, an erratic and already red-pilled Sidney Powell, the spiritually-minded truth-seeker Eric Metaxas, and the calm and methodical Matthew DePerno and Matt Braynard.  And that leaves out true believer and ex-crack addict Mike Lindell!

Perhaps the cast is colorful because it had to be. Only the colorful, the outcasts, dare question conventional wisdom. All the old verities and virtues are young again when we see the rot and sin.  

There are signs of hope. Corruption, like forest fires, contains the seeds of rebirth. The editorial staff at National Review may be election fraud deniers but it’s said the young there are as red-pilled as the young at the NYT are woke.  It will take a younger generation in part because there are obstacles for establishment Republicans: 

1. They don’t wish to see what is hard to see. They have a vested interest in seeing the marginal tax rate as the most serious problem we have. NR’s Charlie Cooke went so far to say such knowledge of leadership rot would be too painful for him. As a proud American and immigrant from Britain he has too much invested in the rosy view.  

2. The other obstacle is having to accept Trump and his people, the deplorables, which is particularly difficult for an establishment party more Whig than democrat, more John Quincey Adams than Andrew Jackson.  

In some ways the beltway GOP is like the Catholic Church pre-2002. The leaders of the Church were aware of priestly pedophile problem if not the magnitude and under the impression that it was better to sweep it under the rug in an effort to protect against scandal. Business as usual. Until the earthquake. 

I can’t help but be inspired at the rising up of MAGA and how even after Jan 6th they didn’t back down one iota. Everything in our collective gut told us that Jan 6th would spell the doom of the movement. But everyone with hears to hear and eyes to see understood and had already got red-pilled. 

There’s also a deep satisfaction when somebody sees what we see - like Darryl Cooper - because the usual suspects are incurious (i.e. National Review editors). NR seems to have decided to maintain mainstream respectability over truth and I can understand it inasmuch as they were already under fire in ’17 thru ’19 for being perceived as too Trump-friendly and too nationalistic.  Head honcho Rich Lowry has deep roots in establishment Washington with Meet the Press and you could taste how much he wanted to move on from Trump and probably was inwardly glad to see Biden as potus. 

In a better world, National Review would've taken it upon themselves to put out a special issue on election fraud, with each article examining a different type of fraud and the likelihood of it happening. It could be done to do their small part in trying to unite the Right by examining the claims closely and without condescension. 

But truth wins out even if it takes a generation. Witness how scientist Max Planck offered proofs not accepted by the establishment scientists at the time because they did not want to see it; he was later vindicated by the younger generation without the blinders of previous attachments. 

July 11, 2021

Have You Forgotten? 11/3/20

This is the best thing I’ve read, from Darryl Cooper, about the *context* of GOP complaints about voting integrity.  Nails it, well expresses the "shock and awe" aspect. And explains why the 2020 election should never be forgotten.  

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"I think I've had discussions w/enough Boomer-tier Trump supporters who believe the 2020 election was fraudulent to extract a general theory about their perspective. It is also the perspective of most of the people at the Capitol on 1/6, and probably even Trump himself.

Most believe some or all of the theories involving midnight ballots, voting machines, etc, but what you find when you talk to them is that, while they'll defend those positions with info they got from Hannity or Breitbart or whatever, they're not particularly attached to them. 

Here are the facts - actual, confirmed facts - that shape their perspective: 

The FBI/etc spied on the 2016 Trump campaign using evidence manufactured by the Clinton campaign. We now know that all involved knew it was fake from Day 1 (see: Brennan's July 2016 memo, etc). 

These are Tea Party people. The types who give their kids a pocket Constitution for their birthday and have Founding Fathers memes in their bios. The intel community spying on a presidential campaign using fake evidence (including forged documents) is a big deal to them. 

Everyone involved lied about their involvement as long as they could. We only learned the DNC paid for the manufactured evidence because of a court order. Comey denied on TV knowing the DNC paid for it, when we have emails from a year earlier proving that he knew. 

This was true with everyone, from CIA Dir Brennan & Adam Schiff - who were on TV saying they'd seen clear evidence of collusion w/Russia, while admitting under oath behind closed doors that they hadn't - all the way down the line. In the end we learned that it was ALL fake. 

At first, many Trump people were worried there must be some collusion, because every media & intel agency wouldn't make it up out of nothing. When it was clear that they had made it up, people expected a reckoning, and shed many illusions about their government when it didn't happen.

We know as fact: a) The Steele dossier was the sole evidence used to justify spying on the Trump campaign, b) The FBI knew the Steele dossier was a DNC op, c) Steele's source told the FBI the info was unserious, d) they did not inform the court of any of this and kept spying.

Trump supporters know the collusion case front and back. They went from worrying the collusion must be real, to suspecting it might be fake, to realizing it was a scam, then watched as every institution - agencies, the press, Congress, academia - gaslit them for another year. 

Worse, collusion was used to scare people away from working in the administration. They knew their entire lives would be investigated. Many quit because they were being bankrupted by legal fees. The DoJ, press, & gov't destroyed lives and actively subverted an elected administration. 

This is where people whose political identity was largely defined by a naive belief in what they learned in Civics class began to see the outline of a Regime that crossed all institutional boundaries. Because it had stepped out of the shadows to unite against an interloper. 

GOP propaganda still has many of them thinking in terms of partisan binaries, but A LOT of Trump supporters see that the Regime is not partisan. They all know that the same institutions would have taken opposite sides if it was a Tulsi Gabbard vs Jeb Bush election. 

It's hard to describe to people on the left (who are used to thinking of gov't as a conspiracy... Watergate, COINTELPRO, WMD, etc) how shocking and disillusioning this was for people who encourage their sons to enlist in the Army, and hate people who don't stand for the Anthem. 

They could have managed the shock if it only involved the government. But the behavior of the corporate press is really what radicalized them. They hate journalists more than they hate any politician or government official, because they feel most betrayed by them. 

The idea that the press is driven by ratings/sensationalism became untenable. If that were true, they'd be all over the Epstein story. The corporate press is the propaganda arm of the Regime they now see in outline. Nothing anyone says will ever make them unsee that, period. 

This is profoundly disorienting. Many of them don't know for certain whether ballots were faked in November 2020, but they know for absolute certain that the press, the FBI, etc would lie to them if there was. They have every reason to believe that, and it's probably true.

They watched the press behave like animals for four years. Tens of millions of people will always see Kavanaugh as a gang rapist, based on nothing, because of CNN. And CNN seems proud of that. They led a lynch mob against a high school kid. They cheered on a summer of riots.

They always claimed the media had liberal bias, fine, whatever. They still thought the press would admit truth if they were cornered. Now they don't. It's a different thing to watch them invent stories whole cloth in order to destroy regular lives and spark mass violence. 

Time Magazine told us that during the 2020 riots, there were weekly conference calls involving, among others, leaders of the protests, the local officials who refused to stop them, and media people who framed them for political effect. In Ukraine we call that a color revolution. 

Throughout the summer, Democrat governors took advantage of COVID to change voting procedures. It wasn't just the mail-ins (they lowered signature matching standards, etc). After the collusion scam, the fake impeachment, Trump people expected shenanigans by now. 

Regarding "fake impeachment”: we now know that Trump's request for Ukraine to cooperate w/the DOJ regarding Biden's financial activities in Ukraine was in support of an active investigation being pursued by the FBI and Ukraine AG at the time, and so Trump’s was a completely legitimate request. 

Then you get the Hunter laptop scandal. Big Tech ran a full-on censorship campaign against a major newspaper to protect a political candidate. Period. Everyone knows it, all of the Tech companies now admit it was a "mistake" - but, ya know, the election's over, so who cares?

Goes without saying, but: If the NY Times had Don Jr's laptop, full of pics of him smoking crack and engaging in group sex, lots of lurid family drama, emails describing direct corruption and backed up by the CEO of the company they were using, the NYT wouldn't have been banned. 

Think back: Stories about Trump being pissed on by Russian prostitutes and blackmailed by Putin were promoted as fact, and the only evidence was a document paid for by his opposition and disavowed by its source. The NY Post was banned for reporting on true information. 

The reaction of Trump people to all this was not, "no fair!" That's how they felt about Romney's "binders of women" in 2012. This is different. Now they see, correctly, that every institution is captured by people who will use any means to exclude them from the political process. 

And yet they showed up in record numbers to vote. He got 13m more votes than in 2016, 10m more than Clinton got! As election night dragged on, they allowed themselves some hope. But when the four critical swing states (and only those states) went dark at midnight, they knew. 

Over the ensuing weeks, they got shuffled around by grifters and media scam artists selling them conspiracy theories. They latched onto one, then another increasingly absurd theory as they tried to put a concrete name on something very real.

Media & Tech did everything to make things worse. Everything about the election was strange - the changes to procedure, unprecedented mail-in voting, the delays, etc - but rather than admit that and make everything transparent, they banned discussion of it (even in DMs!). 

Everyone knows that, just as Don Jr's laptop would've been the story of the century, if everything about the election dispute was the same, except the parties were reversed, suspicions about the outcome would've been Taken Very Seriously. See 2016 for proof. 

Even the courts' refusal of the case gets nowhere with them, because of how the opposition embraced mass political violence. They'll say, with good reason: What judge will stick his neck out for Trump knowing he'll be destroyed in the media as a violent mob burns down his house? 

It's a fact, according to Time Magazine, that mass riots were planned in cities across the country if Trump won. Sure, they were "protests", but they were planned by the same people as during the summer, and everyone knows what it would have meant. Judges have families, too. 

Forget the ballot conspiracies. It's a fact that governors used COVID to unconstitutionally alter election procedures (the Constitution states that only legislatures can do so) to help Biden to make up for a massive enthusiasm gap by gaming the mail-in ballot system. 

They knew it was unconstitutional, it's right there in plain English. But they knew the cases wouldn't see court until after the election. And what judge will toss millions of ballots because a governor broke the rules? The threat of mass riots wasn't implied, it was direct. 

a) The entrenched bureaucracy & security state subverted Trump from Day 1, b) The press is part of the operation, c) Election rules were changed, d) Big Tech censors opposition, e) Political violence is legitimized & encouraged, f) Trump is banned from social media. 

They were led down some rabbit holes, but they are absolutely right that their gov't is monopolized by a Regime that believes they are beneath representation, and will observe no limits to keep them getting it. Trump fans should be happy he lost; it might've kept him alive."

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Let's paraphrase the old country song after 9/11, "Have You Forgotten" by Darryl Worley: 

I hear people saying we don't need this war

I say there's some things worth fighting for

What about our freedom and this piece of ground

We didn't get to keep 'em by backing down

They say we don't realize the mess we're getting in

Before you start your preaching

Let me ask you this my friend

Have you forgotten how it felt that day?

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Have you forgotten

They took all the talk off social media

Said it's too disturbing for you and me

It'll just breed anger that's what the experts say

If it was up to me I'd show it everyday

Some say MAGA's just out looking for a fight

After 11/3 man I'd have to say that's right

Have you forgotten how it felt that day...

July 10, 2021

The Dudes Who Knew Too Much

I have a soft spot for patriotic people who got blindsided by our corrupt state and end up in ugly situations.  File it under no good deed goes unpunished. A couple folks come immediately to mind who ended up in trouble for being in the right place at the wrong time: 

1) John Paul Issac was just a regular Joe working as a computer repair serviceman when Hunter Biden’s laptop lands in his hands and Biden ignores calls saying it was ready for pickup. He understands there is a sensitive info on it says he told the FBI and that began a world of trouble.  Now he’s deep in legal fees and physical threats.

2) Joe Oltmann is a CEO and evidently a serious Christian who became alarmed about the actions of Antifa during the summer of 2020 when riots were breaking out all over.  He had started a podcast and began doing journalist work, going so far as to get included in an Antifa zoom call.  On the call he heard a fellow refer to another as “that’s Eric from Dominion”.  Allegedly Eric said, “Don’t worry about [Trump] in the election, I’ve made f--ing sure of it.”  At this point Oltmann had no idea what Dominion meant but he used his snooping skills to find an Eric that seemed to fit the bill: Eric Coomer of Dominion Voting Systems with a long history of Trump-hating, cop-hating, and Antifa-backing statements on Twitter and Facebook. This obviously raised alarm bells as Coomer was security chief for Dominion and owner of the adjudication patent such that he provided the “rules” for ballots where the intention isn’t clear (er, I thought the whole point of electronic voting was that you didn’t have to look at hanging chads, but funny you still have cases apparently, often a large number, who get special attention as far as decided who the voter wanted to vote for). Since then Coomer has sued Oltmann for defamation, managed to get the case heard in blue-blue Denver where none of the people involved live, judge-shopped for an activist/Kamala Harris donator judge with all of two weeks experience in her role. Obviously Oltmann's legal fees are going to be large so there's a campaign to help him here.

July 09, 2021

Eric Coomer Lawsuit News

It’s kind of fascinating to see how the justice system works when a case comes up where a desired outcome is pre-determined. Eric Coomer of Dominion Voting sued Joe Oltmann, Sydney Powell, Eric Metaxas among others and a fair trial wasn't on the docket.  Not unexpected but still disappointing.

It was argued it shouldn’t be adjudicated in blue Denver because no one involved in the case lives there, but it's the right venue if you want a certain outcome. 

The judges involved in the case were originally Johnson and Rappaport, the latter a 20-year veteran as judge. And at least one of her decisions was apparently not to the liking of the Coomer team. 

So conveniently a new judge was appointed to the 2nd District by Gov. Pollis in May, a family law judge named Marie A. Moses who donated to Kamala Harris last year as well as a leftwing group Mi Casa involved in voter registration.  

The Coomer lawsuit predates her appointment so how did she wind up the judge of this particular case? Judge Rappaport was invovled but Coomer wanted to violate the “SLAPP” restrictions (i.e. SLAPP being legalese for fishing expeditions) and get discovery up front. 

So Moses takes over, assigned by the chief judge (a Michael Martinez, who received below average grades on the Colorado judicial review website with 30% not recommend he be retained compared to 20% for the average district judge. Gov Pollis, by the way, over the past decade donated an impressive $1.4 million to leftwing causes including maxing out to Biden and to other state elections as well, like Warnock in Georgia.) 

After taking over Moses immediately “volunteered”, saying that they can reconsider the motions for discovery that previously Judges Johnson and Rappaport had ordered. Why reopen the case for the plaintiff to get a second bite at the apple?  She ended up getting discovery, not surprisingly. If you're going to go to the trouble to get the right judge...

So the defendants, starting on June 18th through 2pm on June 21st filed a “Rule 21” in regard to the anti-SLAPP.  On June 21st, 4pm, the Colorado Supreme Court denied all Rule 21s. Oltmann comments:

 “The Court docket was checked and the justices were not hearing cases that day. So the judges weren’t hearing a case -- so who denied the Rule 21? They were not in the court room. They stated that they denied it by hearing a case but they did not.” 

Meanwhile the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court is under investigation for fraud.

July 07, 2021

Three Hours in Bexley

So I headed east to the place of the Jewish people, to the holy land of historic Bexley, just a few miles from downtown Columbus where a sign in a yard still declares itself a member of Dr. Acton’s (who happens to be Jewish) fan club.  

I rode my bike past the comely gingerbread mansions, vaguely Victorian (perhaps without the morals) structures, and others echoing Gone with the Wind plantations. I rode past immaculately tended flower gardens, resolutely English hedges, past turrets and Tudors, by spires and shires. 

The houses were larger than your average bear, of course, and I thought about a generous bigness as an illusion limited by scale: they impress only because they are c-cups in a b-cup world. The large oak trees tower over them. We humans are silly.  

I rode by the Jeffrey mansion, now a public park overlooking a creek that is appealing for kayaking purposes.  I stowed my bike, headed in an open door, and wandered through a couple of the very high-ceiling’d rooms before a woman saw me and declared the mansion currently only open to a special event going on, a children's group.  So I vamoosed and then hit the paths through the rolling park and it reminded me of a summer day decades ago at a rich (richer than us anyway) woman’s house in Hamilton, Ohio who shocked me by having copies of The New Yorker and Better Homes and Gardens on her sunroom tableIt seemed here in that room, overlooking a rolling ground of perennials and annuals, hedges and hedgehogs, that I had found a spot of sophistication unrivaled this side of Battery Park. (This being when I held sophistication as an idol.) I subsequently looked up houses on that street for sale now and they range between 300 and 400k; we lived in a home now Zillow’d at 200k.

I lunched at the locally famous Boston Market delicatessen that serves food unique to the Bexley experience though I feel sure I’d had this food at some point in the past.  Many times even. 

I headed into the august public library, thrilled by the quiet reading room that every learned literary should have if it’s to be taken seriously.  It was a clean, well-lit place with inviting leather chairs. 

Then over to Gramercy Books where even their paper bags are elegant. I surveyed the literary landscape, settling on a book I didn’t know I wanted but felt free to purchase to support brick and mortar bookstores even if they are CRT havens. 

And so endeth my mini-vacation in Bexley, Oh, USA! 

































Two Theories on Religious Decline

How did we get to the point where so many of the young don’t believe in God? 

There are two theories.  (Of course both oversimplify greatly but...). 

One is it all began with the Islamic fundamentalist attack on the World Trade Center.

I’ll never forget talking, after church, to a retired OSU professor in 2003 or 2004. He was a non-believer but there to accompany his wife. He was positive that Bush was going to start a theocracy. I was dumbfounded, blinded by the comment such that I could not even think of a response. 

E. Jones writes in his latest book that the “new atheism appeared out of the blue in the latter half of the first decade of the 21st century” and quotes David Hawkes saying  that the atheism:

 “arose from the widespread perception that the West is under physical and ideological attack by Islamic fundamentalism. Among the progressive liberals who espoused the new atheism there was a brief that, in the West, secularism was under assault by Christian fundamentalism. To many people, a newly aggressive atheism would be the appropriate response to such threatening forces.” 

It’s likely that George W. Bush as president, perceived as a serious fundamentalist Christian, added fuel to their fire, aided by the media. 

Thus by 2007 Jones reports “the new atheism became the stuff of best sellers, celebrity endorsements and suburban reading groups.”  

Others say it all began with English philosopher Anthony Flew’s 2004 conversion to a belief in God after a career built on denying God’s existence. This is said to have induced many of the famous atheists from England to write books on the subject, like Harris, Dawkins and English-phile Christopher Hitchens. 

Flew said that “he now believed in the existence of an Intelligent Creator of the universe, shocking colleagues and fellow atheists....He stated that in keeping his lifelong commitment to go where the evidence leads, he now believed in the existence of a God.” 

Flew stated that "the most impressive arguments for God’s existence are those that are supported by recent scientific discoveries" and that "the argument to Intelligent Design is enormously stronger than it was when I first met it". 

This would naturally prompt a response from atheists, cutting to the core of their belief system. 

Certainly it doesn’t have to be either/or.  No doubt Hitchens took advantage of the Islamic fundamentalists to tout his view of religion and refute Flew at the same time. And of course the media was, even pre-Trump, willing to give a boost to anyone believing Bush would be Hitler in theocratic clothes, and indeed Bush was referred to as Hitler many times by the unhinged. 

Those bestsellers on atheism are now a generation old and have sown the demonic seeds intended.

July 06, 2021

On JD Vance Going MAGA

J.D. Vance made an interesting observation on critical race theory. It’s the “thing” these days because the Democrats knew they needed something to unite the disparate parts of the Left now that Trump’s not around to unite them. They’ve turned to race on the theory the one thing that unites suburban women, blacks, Hispanics and the Woke is racial tension, in not wanting to be seen as a racist or uncle Tom (the ultimate death penalties in our society). 

I can relate to Vance since I was anti-Trump in '16 as well and then came around to see the wisdom of the GOP electorate. I haven't thought about it much, but it seems like when democracy doesn't produce the outcome elites like, they tag it "populism".

I think Vance might’ve gotten radicalized by the radical reaction to his book/movie and in the reaction the Trump administration received.  Or maybe it’s just that working people, from whom he comes, are now firmly in MAGA-land. 

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Since Kennedy there have been eleven presidents, and in my opinion six of bad character. Over 50%. Take that for what it's worth (not much). Here’s my SWAG on percent of voters at the time of election who knew the candidate was of poor character:  Kennedy 10%, Johnson 10%, Nixon 25%, Clinton 90%, Obama 60%, Trump 90%. You can tell that character, after Reagan/Bush, has not been too important to voters. 

Of course the big newsflash over the last four years is that D.C. is a giant spittoon of characters with bad character, so you can throw character out of the voting equation since it’s no longer a distinguishing characteristic. And add to that you elect not just a president but a cabinet and Supreme Court justices as well, so it’s not even about the man or woman anymore.  (The "moderate" Biden is showing that in spades; anybody who thought they were voting for the man instead of the Democrat party and their values needed their heads examined.) 

I think Lincoln was admirable but he ditched parts of the Constitution due to the exigencies of war. He might be considered a man of bad character by the Paul Ryans of the world now had the South won the Civil War due to that.  Regardless, we are in a Cold war now. 

Henry Winkler, “the Fonze”, tweeted: "We are SO divided as a country .. only a cataclysmic event that makes us depend on one another again, can bring us back together.” 

That or a religious revival. People were responding to his tweet saying coronavirus was that event and it didn’t work, but I say the virus only divided us further since it wasn’t lethal enough to bring us together but deadly enough to create need for huge disruptions due to the demands on the health care industry.

July 05, 2021

Is Eric Metaxas Right ... or Everyone Else?

Author and talk show host Eric Metaxas grows ever bolder: “it took a philanderer, billionaire mogul to show evangelicals what courage looks like.”

I find it powerfully confusing that Metaxas and a guy like Michael Brendan Doughtery of National Review conflict on the issue of election fraud. Both strong Christians and both motivated by love of country. 

Obviously I’ve chosen the Metaxas crowd but I can’t be sure that my motives are pure, that I’m not choosing Metaxas partially out of “compassion fatigue” at the Left's lack of compassion.  There is something therapeutic about Trump’s “fighting spirit”, about how it’s possible the Right doesn't have to try to constantly play scared in the public arena, hoping our minders will permit us latitude as is given generously to the Left by the media and corporations.  That we may be so bold as to demand elections be seriously audited. 

And I have to assess my biases on the election fraud deal - not for Trump or against Trump but mainly that I have that soft spot in my heart for “Mr Smith Goes to Washington”, for the little guy who tells the truth against the easy lies of everyone else. David v. Goliath. Or like the film “Rudy” which celebrates the non-scholarship player without the credentials.  

If folks like Matthew DePerno and Eric Metaxas are right then it’s an extremely American story.  After all, it wasn’t the government funded, “certified” guys who managed to create the first airplane but the Wright brothers, holding the humble job of bicycle shop owners. 

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Eric Metaxas also has a romantic streak as well that can be good or ill.  This is from his memoir on when he was on studying the Middle Ages in college: 

“Part of what impressed me about what we studied was how the ideas we were studying mattered to the people at the time, so that people would fight and die for them. As though life had real meaning, and the people then were truly alive.... I began to lament that I seemed to live in a world where every idea was somehow equal to the others, where ideas mattering was either ignored or mocked. But it was true that we were learning that when ideas mattered that much it usually ended in violence...But I missed the sense of meaning that had infused these previous epochs and wondered what happened. Was living without that sense of meaning really living?”

Meanwhile, even the august centrist Wall Street Journal says "nothing to see here" -- based not on their own investigating of course but on a Michigan GOP state senate report that conveniently overlooked chain of custody of ballots or the fact that if one computer in a local area network is connected to the Internet than all are, in practical terms.  Discussed here

Ultimately, I keep going back to these issues:  

1) Should we "move on" based on the tiny 6-week period window involving courts very reluctant to touch election cases as "proof" of no fraud?  With no major media even curious about election fraud, including most right-leaning media? 

2) is it right to suppress conversation about the security of our elections on huge platforms?   

3) Have these issues been addressed sufficiently: vote-counting stoppages on election night, spikes in returns that can't be attributed to mail-ins, lack of ballot custody, connectivities to the Internet, and obstructions to observers? 

4) has the FISA warrant and all the abuses by the FBI and deep state been sufficiently punished that they won’t happen again going forward? 

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I feel like the Left has been at war with the Right for awhile now and the Right is slow to realize it. The Left has already seceded in spirit if not on paper but the patriotic Right still thinks the Left is legit. 

It's kind of a reverse of the situation where the news of the end of the Civil War didn’t reach all folks immediately so there were fights after the official truce.  Or how the West made believe that Hitler wasn't at war with them until he was marching through Poland.  

The good guys almost always have a delayed reaction to news of war. 

July 02, 2021

After Liberalism ?

Fascinating to read snippets on Twitter about reactions now that we understand the liberal project is garbage pretty bad. 

From Timothy Trouter @troutsky:

We can see rather a development of doctrine: the Church *rightly* recognized that the gospel had political implications, and so Christendom was a series of understandable experiments.

Their saving grace was that they still retained an Augustinian eschatological sensibility of the coming kingdom of God which kept them from being ultimate, although this was gradually lost in the middle ages

The eventual decay of Christendom's apocalyptic sensibility helped create the existence of the secular.

 Now, in secular modernity, the Church's challenge is to imagine what it would be like to be a "political" body which challenges the powers that be without modelling that politics on the state and its modes of violence.

To which Fr. Harrison Ayre responded: 

This is what I’ve been starting to lean towards and it was Chapp’s article on Schindler’s new book that really helped bring me to see this in a different light. That and just…how horrible liberalism really is!

Elsewhere Fr. Ayre comments on the Jordan Peterson phenomenon, part of which how many folks find his talks on the psychological aspects of the gospel stories so compelling:  

I find this really fascinating because I found them dry and boring in comparison to the rich patristic and medieval tradition of biblical exegesis. But what it tells me is that we are really sucking at presenting that tradition and getting that tradition out there. Because if we did, and helped Christians embrace a more sacramental vision of scripture that includes the vitalness of its in built typology, we could really do a lot of good. Because I think his lectures attract because they are giving meaning. I think there can be a sort of psychological sense at play there, but that’s pretty surface level to me. Instead, when we see the Word of God alive through the scriptures, we see deep meaning.

So it is a sign that a lot of people are searching for meaning…

An interesting quote in tweet from Timothy Trouter:

"The words of Jesus transmitted by the Scriptures are in some way more real that the 'real' itself." --Venard

June 30, 2021

On the Coming Civil War

“We live in Biblical times” said messianic rabbi Jonathon Cahn on the Eric Metaxas Show. Literally, he says, we’re replaying parts of the book of Kings with biblical figures or "types"  foreshadowing Trump, Pence, and Hillary. No matter the validity of that, there are sure a lot of poets and prophets seeing through the glass dimly but seeing nevertheless that this is unsustainable, the center will not hold.  Only the Spock-like rationalists fail to scent the spiritual and potentially kinetic warfare. 

But I think of how different this Cahn fellow is from a local pastor named John, who avoids political issues like the plague and praises the ordinary, saying how we don’t recognize the preciousness of the ordinary.  

One can see the truth in these very disparate points of view.  They both feel prophetic, to be honest. One sees our time as extraordinary and one of crisis. The other sees our time as one where shiny objects consume us to the detriment of realizing what’s really important. 

Who is right? 

Perhaps both in that crisis itself IS ordinary.  Elites oppress, it’s what they do. This was brought home rather well - and mirrors my own recent evolution - by Spencer Klavan: 

[This man] had no power, no advocate, just pain. Somehow, this astonished me. ‘My God, I thought, this guy is getting crushed and the people doing it don’t care. How can this be?’

But of course it has been, over and over. It’s not as if we weren’t warned. Hear the words of the Prophet Micah, Chapter 3: “You leaders of Jacob, you rulers of Israel...you hate good and love evil; you tear the skin from my people and the flesh from their bones; you eat my people’s flesh, strip off their skin, and break their bones in pieces, chop them up like meat for the pan, like flesh for the pot.” It is a governing theme of Hebrew Scripture, verging on an obsession: the heart of man will glut itself on evil if given half the chance.  

Long before Micah and Isaiah, when the Israelites asked for a king to rule over them, God told them how it would go: “He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots.... He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers.” That is what it would mean to “become like other nations,” to be ruled by men instead of God. That is the kind of king that men make. 

These are ancient truths. People like me, people who read the great old books, are supposed to know them. But I suppose I had not internalized them, not really. I lived so much of my life under the comfortable illusion that power in this country is safely restrained by civic virtue. A lot of us did. We do not realize yet that this is just what people in power do if you let them.  

They will continue to be this way, these kings and princes of our nation. They will do their best to spin the “Delta Variant” canard into more lockdowns. They will dare you to notice the irregularities in the New York City mayoral election. Eventually, they will call you a terrorist for doing so. I am not saying they will win all of these fights. But I am saying this is who they are.  

The corrupt leaders, the heedless bureaucrats, the sneering media apparatchiks: they are your enemies. They are the oldest enemy any people ever had, and they are not going to be changed or made to see reason. They are going to lie, and cheat, and steal, and eat the flesh of the poor. That is what they are philosophically dedicated to doing. They are not interested in anything else. 

And so they must simply be voted out, defied, and exposed. Do not trust them. Do not give them the benefit of the doubt. We are long past that. Now we have to defeat them and everything they stand for, in every state and locality where we can. And, God willing, we have to win.   

In other words, the evil of our elites only seems extraordinary to me because I was under a similar “comfortable illusion.” 

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To me, the reaction to Trump was worse than Trump himself.  2016 was not a Flight 93 election, but the reaction to that result - an attempted coup hatched by the our elites, the death of journalism, and a likely fraudulent election - has reluctantly delivered us Flight 93. 

More shocking than whether there could be electronic machine fraud is that the subject - one literally raised by millions of Americans - was forbidden and closed off by almost all elites. That’s an incredible thing in itself.  As is said often, if there’s no fraud then why is it verboten to talk about potential vulnerabilities of the voting system? To me the reaction to even the suggestion of fraud is in itself a trigger of great civil unrest. 

I’m certainly not the least ways surprised by how malicious and injurious our spy agencies are. Nor am I surprised by a “justice” system run by and for the benefit of lawyers*. 

But I am genuinely surprised by the remarkable diminution of patriotism outside a portion of the Right and how voting systems like Dominion and ES&S have became a protected class more crucial to a democracy than the people themselves.  

Would that there was an alternative to electronic voting. Especially since voting systems tend toward increasing complexity and require exponentially increasing software updates while people  get dumber and/or more negligent.  That's a bad combination. I guess paper ballots are like the Latin Mass…widely used for ages and then suddenly discredited and banned.

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* - “They don’t send the lawyers to jail because we run the country. We are still members of a privileged class in this country. We make the laws, and when we do so we make them advantageous to the lawyers.” - from here.

June 28, 2021

The Absurdism of Naked Men in Women's Spas

Amy Welborn blogs here about a woman explaining to a spa manager the obvious: that a naked man has no place in a woman's spa.  Indeed, until about three minutes ago that would rightfully get the man arrested. The silver lining is perhaps at some point it feels like reality-deniers will hit bottom and recover an interest in reality. We can only hope the woke will recognize reductio ad absurdum rather than credo quia absurdum.  The woke religionists need their version of a religious leader interested in faith and reason.

Really, though, the last few years it's been a constant educational experience for me in how lows are getting lower. 

Look at this from Joe Oltmann from Colorado:  

"I had a conversation with my friend’s daughter… she asked to sit down with me and talk to me about her journey. I have always tried to encourage my friends kids to think for themselves and to act courageously. I was not prepared for this conversation, but I’m looking forward to sitting down with her and talking about it more. One thing she said is my courage has given her courage…. At least this horrible path has given someone enlightenment..

See she came out as bisexual in high school. I never questioned her about her sexuality, because I was taught to accept people where they are not where you want them to be. That and it’s none of my business. But this conversation is about her discovering who she really is and how came to that conclusion. 

She told me that she felt pressure in high school to become bisexual because teachers and students were pushing kids this direction. She felt as if her friends and faculty would not except her if she did not consider herself bisexual. She caved to the peer pressure and that took a heavy toll on her over the last five years. She went so far as to have relationships with women. She felt based on the conversations she was having that if she didn’t date women people would see her as a fake or fraud. I cannot imagine how it must’ve felt to make all your decisions based on the pressure in school and society. School is supposed to be a safe place where do you learn about the fundamental basics that lead to opportunity. It is supposed to be a place of self discovery not forced adaptation.

She told me in our initial conversation, 'I’m not bisexual.' She also told me she is having conversations with other people who have been forced to call themselves gay lesbian transsexual bisexual, all because they were pressured or told that they would be accepted if they did. I am rarely shocked by conversations I have today but this one shook me. 

What have we done to our children when we cannot protect them from basic pressures that affect the rest of their lives? What have we done to our children when we allow teachers to fundamentally alter children’s mindset? What have we done to our children when we did not pay attention to what was happening in our schools? The same teachers are getting our children to adapt to pronouns, question their sexuality, and pressuring them to become a part of their cultish environment. 

I cannot imagine a more heart wrenching thing to have anyone’s child experience. These people are evil and we need to stop pretending they are not activists trying to destroy our society and kill the spirit of our children. 

Share this message…. I don’t have the words to describe the anger I feel and I have not even gotten the chance to hear her out. How many other children have we lost because of these activist teachers and sick ideology they put in our education environments? They are murdering our kids. That is not hyperbole, that is fact and we have not decided they are collectively worth enough to make our  stand for them."

June 22, 2021

Alma Mater Miami, A Love Story

Reading some early history of Miami U. in Ohio and it’s fascinating how history repeats.  For example, student protests led to great tension between the college administrators and the students. Sounds like the 1960s, right?  Except it’s the 1840s.  But the rebellions were over markedly different issues in substance: in the ‘40s the students chafed at the university being like what a seminary is today: morning and evening prayers, two services on Sundays, religious education, etc.. 

In the 1960s, it started with the civil rights movement, then moved to anti-war, then to women’s lib and gay liberation. 

Miami’s presidents also seemed to parallel in some ways with America’s. In both cases the first president was a revered, charismatic figure: George Washington and Robert Hamilton Bishop. Both were authoritarians but with a merciful streak that gave play to mild rebellions. 

Then came the second presidents, both of whom were monarchical but without much mercy or tolerance.  George Junkin would’ve approved of what John Adams did - to make it a crime to criticize the president.  Junkin resigned after only three years and Adams would become the first one-term president. Junkin said a “monarchical system best suits a college administration, with the President serving as King” and Adams leaned more closely to favoring monarchy than the other Founders. The president, E. McMaster, was of the same philosophy as Junkin.

After student protests, rebellions and a greatly reduced student body, the board of trustees capitulated and appointed a “liberal”, William Anderson, who joined a fraternity to show he was one of the boys.  This was like Thomas Jefferson’s becoming president in that Jefferson believed in a more grassroots democracy. 

The big American shockwave came not with Jefferson but with Andrew Jackson, who was far more of a populist and a break from the Founding generation of scholars.  Adams and Jefferson feared the beginning of the end of America with his election in 1828, just 40 years after Washington was inaugurated president. 

And in Miami, the big break came 40 years after Bishop was made president, when the inmates (the kids) began running the asylum, basically choosing William Anderson via their antics and protests. 

Was Jefferson's view of small 'd' democracy right? Or was Adams'? Too soon to tell but given human nature both views are ineffective. 

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I recall strolling center campus in the early '80s, right outside the holy temple of the honors dorm which was named in honor of that first President, a Scot.  (Interestingly, on a podcast I was listening to recently mentioned the Scots as having saved civilization, or at least done everything for us from the Scottish enlightenment to Scots literally teaching some of our Founding Fathers in the early grades, in the mid-1800s.) 

On the northwest side of campus there are the Formal Gardens with a large memorial stone from Scotland placed in 1989 for Bishop. His actual grave is somewhere nearby; he was a fan of Indian mounds and wanted his to be a small mound without a stone. A nice touch of eccentricity and one that made me want to try to find the location, like a geocache.  I looked on Google maps, studied old pictures when his remains were transferred there (62 years ago yesterday), and tried to decipher vegetation clues and disturbed earth. Yes, probably not the best use of time...

From a poster on “Find a Grave” site:

I think there are Blue Bells on the grave in the formal gardens. I found the grave while looking for God.  In my junior year, Bishop Hall, an honors women's residence saved my life. I honor our first president, man of faith and proponent of freedom, including for slaves. Thank you, Dr. Bishop and wife Irene as well, and all those who taught them well in Scotland and in America.

Elsewhere on the 'net:

Upon his death in 1855, Bishop was buried alongside his wife in Cincinnati, but was relocated on June 20, 1959 to an unmarked grave close to the Formal Gardens. If one looks closely past the circle, one can see a slight raise in the ground, like pregnant grass, behind Bishop Circle. It resembles an Indian Mound.

I tried to find online the mound in which he was originally buried, studying the topography and Google street views of the old Farmers College (then Ohio Military Institute, then a high school, then...). 

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June 21, 2021

Jena Griswold's Odd Behavior

The Colorado Sec of State has been a figure of interest ever since she monkeyed around with the Sec of State website, "cleaning" it of anything Dominion related just a couple of weeks after the election. 

Her backstory is she's a wunderkind of American politics, plucked by obscurity and mediocrity by Obama, married to an Egyptian Muslim "obsessed with cybersecurity" but never seen in any family photos on her campaign and twitter feeds.  An international man of mystery. 

I posted about her here

Journalism has died leaving it to the amateurs so I was glad to see this investigative thread from an attorney in D.C.:

We reviewed the Dominion.pdf file that Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold had removed from the Colorado Sec of State website back in November.  She was being called out for removing a Dominion document from the Colorado Secretary of State website (http://sos.state.co.us). She then added it back, but with redactions. 

Sadly for these criminals, we know how to archive. 

The question is simple.  Why is Colorado Secretary of State Jenna Griswold trying to hide the fact that a former Dominion Executive is certifying voting systems for the United States Election Commission?

After a lawmaker from CO visited the AZ audit and called for an audit in CO, Sec of State Griswold adopted emergency election rules prohibiting 3rd parties from accessing voting equipment. 

(More here.) 

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Meanwhile, it'd be nice to hear why this chart behavior in the GA runoff:


 

June 17, 2021

Are You a Christian Nationalist?

One of the more encouraging signs of late is the failure of the GOP establishment to bring things "back to normal" and return to managing decline. Once you give the people a voice and a sense of their own agency, it's hard to put that toothpaste back in the tube.  

There's a new freedom. We don't have to accept the rainbow taken over as pride in sin. We don't have to go along with the official narrative from our cyber insecurity group, our FBI, or with Stacey Abram's power grab.  We don't have to accept the 1-2% (or more) of fraud that accompanies each election. We may have to have a parallel social media environment, but so be it. Samizdat! We can organize without the the tech giants or the media. The true spirit of the American people is that we are slow to rouse but once roused look out. 

For those of us weaned on David Letterman, the detachment and the lack of earnestness was sort of the default condition. Patriotism was somewhat corny or boring - until we lost it. Now it seems a precious thing. I recall going to DooDah parades in the Short North that basically take patriotism and turn it into a joke. I'm no longer laughing. 

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Listened to Pastor Greg Locke on Eric Metaxas podcast. There seems to be such a groundswell of both Catholics and Protestant Christians who've caught the patriotic fever, mirrored by the prophecy around Trump (both Prot and Cath) and David French, perhaps, may find himself fighting against God to borrow from Gamaliel in the book of Acts. 

A few snippets: 

EM: The Founders understood if we the people don’t understand that faith and virtue is what holds self-government together and protects the weak then it all falls apart. People think now you can have goodness without God.

GL: A lady from China said at a church meeting, ‘We want America to see revival, but the Chinese Christians are not praying for revival, we are praying for America to see persecution because that will bring the revival.'

EM: I think this time is a wakeup call to the average American to say, ‘wow, look how bad it can get. We didn’t think it would get this bad....It’s the one thing God uses in history to wake his people up...Most Americans have been sleepwalking, not realizing things could get satanically bad. What happened to China, what happened to Germany in the ‘30s, those are people just like us and we are not immune to that. We are going through a season now where we’re seeing what could happen if God’s people and the good patriots do not stand up and fight. And you talk about this from your pulpit, you don’t have a problem with talking about it. 

GL: If we don’t call out corrupt politics we’re not going to have a platform from which to even preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. We’re giving our rights away [and] we have a pastor problem in America. 

EM: You’re right, the church is so timid today, it’s like evangelicals have bought into an idea - which is profoundly unbiblical - that being a Christian is being nice and never fighting for anything because we don’t want to destroy our witness.  If you’re not fighting against evils what kind of gospel are you preaching?

There’s a passivity in the church. Scripturally God gives his people authority that if you are acting in the name of Jesus and with the power of the Holy Spirit you have authority, but most people think that’s presumptuous but that’s not biblical.  We’re supposed to act. 

GL:  I’m asked, ‘well isn’t this arrogant?’ I say don’t mistake arrogance for passion. I’m passionate about standing for the Bible and in this case the Constitution because we do have a Republic to save. 

EM: Many Christians think we don’t want to fight for America, as if that’s a dirty thing, as if that’s jingoistic chest-building. They think it’s about building up the kingdom of America and clearly that’s not what we’re saying.

GL: CNN recently came to our church and asked, “Are you a Christian nationalist?” I said if you mean by that I love the nation and that I follow Jesus Christ then absolutely, but to them those two terms are irreconcilable. They can’t understand how can you love God and love the nation. My question is how can you not love God and not love the nation, because he’s a God of nations, the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob, the God of Israel. The gospel the redemption is for all nations. 

EM: We are an idea, not a tribe, and we are the nation for other nations. Why did Lincoln say ‘we are the last best hope of earth?’  Because God cares about every nation beyond America and he has blessed this nation to be a light of liberty for them. 

 

June 16, 2021

Get Thee Away From Me NRSV

It always amazes me when a Christian translation committee, in this case the New Revised Standard folks, bend over backward so far to not prejudice the text in favor of Christ that they bend it to be biased against Christ.  (It's the sort of thing we see constantly in science as well and other disciplines.) 

One small example I happened across recently, Psalm 22:16 (NRSVCE): “For dogs are all around me; a company of evildoers encircles me. My hands and feet have shriveled.” 

Not: “they have pierced my hands and my feet” as it is customarily rendered. 

I looked at a commentary and I suppose the translators are leaning on the Hebrew text from the Middle Ages instead of one from before Christ:

From a commentary: 

Psalm 22:12–18 (Psalms 1-41 (James M. Boice)): “A special word should be said about verse 16, which is translated, 'they have pierced my hands and my feet.' The word pierced is the most striking indication of a crucifixion in the entire psalm, but it is well known that the Masoretic (or vowel-pointed) text of the Middle Ages does not actually read 'pierced.' As it stands, the word in the text should be rendered 'as a lion.'

A translator must always be careful how he or she disagrees with the Masoretic text, particularly when there is no explicit textual variant to base an alternative translation on. Yet in this case there seems to be good reason for doing so. For one thing, the Septuagint (Greek) translation of the Old Testament, produced a century or two before the Christian era and therefore an unbiased witness, rendered the word 'pierced.' 

Second, the other major versions also translate the Hebrew this way. Third, the meaning 'as a lion' has little sense in the context and leaves the phrase in question without an explicit verb (it would have to be supplied from the preceding line). This suggests that the Masoretic text with its vowel pointing is just wrong and that alternative vowels should be supplied.”

I think I've red-pilled off the Masoretic after reading this

For me another amazing thing thing is that St. Paul in Corinthians actually quotes directly from the Septuagint.  “Now is an acceptable time” is only in the Greek translation that includes the extra six Catholic books in the Bible. So apparently what’s good enough for St. Paul is not good enough for many Christians who, when Martin Luther came around, rejected the Septuagint. 

June 12, 2021

Motive, Means, Opportunity

 Michael Brendan Daugherty says with conviction: “it was a secure election” if tellingly adding, “...the results were as expected.”  As if the “expected” results should be the criteria on fraud. 

Election fraud is one of those things where any given single data item taken alone may not stand. (Of course, there are claims of murder weapon equivalents which, if the elites would be interested could prove...interesting.) 

The circumstantial evidence is that you have:

... a very unpopular president with nearly all elites but most especially those with business interests in China and our internal spy agencies. You also have an actor in head of security at Dominion who was fervently anti-Trump. (Motive.) 

You have the means, the tools and methods. This was shown by how voting machines are connected to the Internet, by the adjudication system, and by the lack of ballot control and oversight. 

You have the opportunity, an election in which a few counties in a few swing states would determine the outcome. 

There's also the blemished history: the spy agencies actively engaging in the Russia collusion hoax with key FBI promising to take care of Trump, you have language like that echoed by Eric Coomer of Dominion pre-2020, you have voting stopping in the middle of the night in several states which was what was done in other countries in the past during rigs, you have the voting technology that has been used in other countries in nefarious ways. 

June 10, 2021

Peggy Noonan's Comic Column

If you want a parody of how insular and willfully blind an elite columnist can be, look no farther than Peggy Noonan.

Her latest is titled Why We Can't Move On from Jan. 6 which starts the ball rolling with this self-refuting laugher: 

"The only thing that can stop it is true facts independently developed and presented with respect—and receipts. [Yes! Yes! Preach it Peggy!] How did 1/6 happen, who was behind it..."[Uh, but, not the root cause, 11/2!?]

Her amazingly oxymoronic take is people who want election security have "given up on democracy".

No, the folks who have given up on democracy are those incurious about its underpinning, election security. Clear up 11/2 anxieties with “true facts” and you’ll clear up 1/6. 

Her mindset is in tune with the folks at Twitter, YouTube and Facebook: do not look closely under the rock of electronic voting systems but instead focus on killing the funding and speech of the costumed 1/6 crazies. 

What I’d give for a Noonan deep dive into Matt DePerno’s case. Or for Noonan to call Sens Klobuchar, Warren and the makers of HBO docu “Kill Chain” grifters (because what's good for the goose is good for the gander, right?)

Noonan may well be of the Cokie Roberts school of pragmatism, seeing corruption as the price for order. Roberts always amazed me that as a Catholic she could support pro-abort Democrats because, well, corruption (even death for babies) is the price of order and the welfare of the poor.  Perhaps Noonan would prefer to live under a regime of a potentially illegitimate president, like the Tories during the American Revolution.  That's fine, but be transparent about it. 

Or perhaps she's feeling guilty of her Irish forebears who voted for whiskey and thinks it's no different when Dominion rigs an election if they can do it without leaving tracks. 

A big reveal came at the column's beginning when she discussed her hyper concern for how the Euro elites see her, oops, I mean us.  She was celebrating New Years' Eve with a European diplomat and they shrugged in mutual disbelief at Americans acting, well, like Americans, ie. lovers of freedom who were willing to question the authority and competency of "experts" who assured us our election was safe. 

And we can't have American peasants acting up around our betters, can we? 

Joe Oltmann Don't Mess Around

 Business owner Joe Oltmann on his Conservative Daily podcast:

“I went to an LPR event and ran into Wayne Williams, the guy that I have been at odds with. He was Secretary of State of Colorado and now is a county commissioner.  

I [ask], ‘Wayne, where’s your curiosity?  Why are you fighting so hard to say that this is the gold standard when we have data that [says otherwise]?” 

He said, “We did an audit. We did the image audit and it lined up.” 

“Well the images you get from Dominion Voting Systems is ‘garbage in, garbage out’.”  

“What are you talking about?”  

“You can manipulate the images.”  

“No you can’t”.

“Yes you can. Because if you take into account the adjudicated ballots those images are on the intent, so those things are replaced with the ballot of intent.”  

“Well, still, it aligned.”  

“We have to have a paper ballot challenge, inspect and audit every paper ballot in El Paso County. And if you go through that process and have people on both sides of the aisle, people who are curious and interested in whether the election was legitimate....Can we do that?” 

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“Dominion and SmartMatic are saying ‘well I have to protect our IP, [intellectual property]'. Let me explain what an election system is supposed to do. It’s supposed to count. Just count. It is supposed to say, ‘I voted for this person, it goes into this bucket’.  

“Is the IP in the adjudication process?  Or maybe it’s in fractional voting, the ability to manipulate votes within the system?  These are the questions I have for Dominion Voting Systems.  As we get further down the rabbit hole it becomes evident that these parroted remarks and things they do in our society are designed to disrupt and destroy and make us distrust each other while they’re over there counting their ducats.”

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“We are going to take back the WH sooner than you think. What I mean by that is we have grown tired of tyranny. And people say, ‘oh well they have big planes and can bomb us’.  Really? I think people in the military have taken an oath to protect us and the fascists are not going to be able to weed it all out. And that courage will start to sprout up and we will be able to take back our community.” 

June 04, 2021

Pope Francis Loves to Shock Us

I know it's not good to speak ill of the dead or the pope but I'm intrigued by Pope Francis's attachment to Judas.  John Zmirak has a fascinating three-parter on it here

I wonder if there’s a similarity between Martin Luther and Francis. Both exhibit a temper, both ambitious, both merciless towards their enemies while merciful to their friends, both exponents at times of a wild, unchecked mercy. 

Part of it may just be the garden variety temptation to loathe mystery. It’s very hard to understand this world, why things are, and we don’t like to simply accept something as unknown. We don’t like not having the answers so we provide them to ourselves, in this case whether Judas (and, by extension, everyone) is saved. 

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Had interesting debate with someone who no longer gives money to charity.  He said it’s a waste and it’s not sacrificial. Our time is far more sacrificial than our money at this point.  Which is true. I argued that the reason we have the extra money is to give it away and that we live in this dollar bubble in which we think money is widely available when it isn’t many. He said that the poor in this country are poor for cultural reasons.  I said then what about donating overseas? He agreed that is better since they are more deserving, but went back to the fact that it’s too easy for us to give money. I thought later of the line from Jesus: “I desire mercy not sacrifice” but sometimes it’s both - to sacrifice one’s time is an act of mercy.  The sacrifice has to come out mercy rather than stand alone on its own.  The act of alleviating suffering is not an end in itself but the means to the end, that is towards being Christ. 

June 03, 2021

Patrick Byrne on Discerning the Authentic

Interesting to hear Patrick Byrne comment on the question many have, i.e. who's who in the zoo of election security field.  Grift versus non-grift:

Many of my followers ask me about the authenticity or agendas of various individuals and channels  on Telegram.

In these extraordinary times, one must pray for a high level of discernment.

There are many wolves in sheep clothing. I have discovered quite a few in my life over the past several months. Hint: CIA money is thrown around everywhere!

The best answer I can offer is to focus on the message, not the messenger.

Remember, God works through non-believers too!!!

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In these extraordinary times, it is also difficult to discern who is our enemy and who is our ally. 

An enemy government might be an ally to accomplish a common goal. And an “ally” might be an enemy if its government has on objective inconsistent with America’s objective. 

Example: Russian government was our ally in World War 2 to defeat Germany but has always been viewed as our enemy.

Another example: The U.K. government was our ally in WW1 and WW2. But has the U.K. monarchy remained our enemy since we whipped them in the Revolutionary War?

A note of caution. Always try to distinguish the people of a country from its government. 

I believe a huge number of Chinese love America and our freedom. CCP does not. I think the Brits love us like siblings but the Queen/monarchy not so much.

Make sense? 

May 29, 2021

The Truth Is Worth an Army Division

Patrick Byrne posts about his book "The Deep Rig" about election fraud being released as a movie and some of us thought it was rather small potatoes.  He says in response: 

“Those who don’t understand why this movie is important do not really understand the battlespace in which we fight. This is an information war, and truth is worth an army division.”

On some level I get that. Most Americans get their information from TV and movies, not from books.  And now I understand, I guess, that the courts are not going to do their work because they suck at their job, and that the state legislatures aren't going to do their work because they suck at their job. 

My bent is to take the lazy way and expect that "someone is looking into this, somewhere" and assume that the "system will work" and “let the facts speak for themselves”, and "the courts will do their jobs".  But the truth doesn’t speak for itself, we are its hands and feet, especially given the anti-media. Deep down I suspect the Church and the country are in the state they’re in because we don't explain things, write letters, make movies, and make the case for the truth. 

There’s a temptation, a tension, between seeing things in reality - i.e. pretty damn bad spiritually and politically - and trying to do too much, or feeling you have to be a superhero. Perhaps that tension can be met with working on the “mundane” local level.  My wife's evangelical pastor said that too often we don’t treat the ordinary as extraordinary, when it deserves to be. That the ordinary is “precious”. 

And there’s a similar vibe in a Where Peter Is commentary: 

One gets the sense that this is a movie about people who think they’re living in a movie. Sensationalism and grandiose narratives have replaced mundane things like critical thinking or careful discernment. It’s a lot less exciting to accept that we’re sitting out a global pandemic that took our government and health officials a while to figure out and is deadly and serious—but nowhere near what’s portrayed in movies like Outbreak or TV shows like The Walking Dead.

The pandemic—for those of us lucky not to have been directly affected—has been boring. And some Catholics can’t stand the boredom. So they’ve imagined a more exciting explanation and are passing it along, via social media, to Catholics who have sadly forgotten (or never learned) critical thinking skills.

I think there’s something to that although “careful discernment” is not going to result in a change of our elites -- other than spur the recognition that that is what needs to happen.  “Critical thinking” is actually what leads us to the “grandiose narrative” that we are in a crisis in which even our biological sex is controversial, that our leaders routinely lie to us, our intelligence services pick winners and losers at their whim, and that, yes, that lack of trust in our elites has directly led to a crisis of confidence in our voting systems. 

David French famously laments the appearance of evangelical Christianity into Trumpland but I've  grown in my appreciation for my co-patriots and have felt a new bond with my country, a renewed feeling of patriotism that had lain dormant because it was seen as too "ordinary" and "common".  And I have a hopefulness based on the nation's consecration to our patroness Mary. 

Trump was the "honey pot" of the corrupt, a sort of one-man entrapment unit. Who else but a D.C. ingenue like Trump could've unwittingly exposed the deceitfulness and corruption of our FBI, DOJ, and dominant media?  His greatest service is likely his contesting of the '20 election because there's a "darkness on the edge of town" when it comes to Dominion and the rest, and the way to purge corruption is to expose it to the light.