Sleepy Easter round-up and Open Thread

Victorian posy of pansiesI thought my day would be busier, but it’s settled into a relaxing mode that makes enticing just a wee bit of blogging.  So that’s what I’m doing here — a wee bit of blogging.

First on the agenda is a freaky “pigs flying” moment from MSNBC.  NewsBusters caught a panel on the Chris Hayes show, including a writer from the far-Left Nationexpressing some queasiness about the way in which gay rights activists have been targeting individuals.  I’m sure the MSNBC/Nation crew will recover quickly from this brief lapse into sanity, but it sure does make for interesting reading.


Pat Sajak has his own subtle comment about pressure from gay right’s activists.


Sultan Knish on the moral vacuum of Progressive morality.


I cited David Archibald this morning for his chilling look at the potential famine dogging Egypt’s heels.  I’m citing him this afternoon because of his trenchant post about solar activity and the scientific community’s resolute refusal to acknowledge the data lest it clash with their anthropogenic global warming narrative.


I think there are few students of Tudor history who don’t prefer Queen Elizabeth I to Mary I.  Elizabeth was charismatic, beautiful, witty, and one of the first people in history to hold that a person’s religious beliefs should be private.  By contrast, Mary, although personally kind and warm, was lumpy, unattractive, often pitiable, and religiously fanatic.  It was she who brought auto de fe to England in her effort to turn back the Protestant reformation.  She succeeded only in creating martyrs and died knowing that her attempts to reinstate Catholicism had failed.  For her sake, though, I hope that there is a conscience afterlife and that she is enjoying the spectacle of a liberal Church of England denuding itself of parishioners even as the more stringent Catholic church witnesses an increase in its numbers.

My personal history helps me understand why the C of E is failing, despite abasing itself ever more before every Leftist social and political trend.  Although I grew up in a non-religious household, when it came to Passover, my family went all out.  We did the entire Passover in both Hebrew and English, complete with every ritual.  Even as children, we were expected to participate fully.  When I was an adult and far from home, a friend invited me to her family’s Passover.  They were reform.  The ritual was conducted in English, although the language wouldn’t have mattered, because no one was paying attention.  There was no reverence for this ancient celebration of the world’s first slave revolt.  I was bored and dismayed.  My feeling then, as it is now, is “If you’re going to be religious, be religious.  Unless you invest religion with meaning, why bother?”


Occasionally, the New York Times shows why people still respect its writing.  At the very bottom of a movie review, where it sums up the reason the movie is given a specific rating (e.g., PG or R), the Times has this to say about Make Your Move:  “‘Make Your Move’ is rated PG-13 (Parents strongly cautioned). Language, drug and sexual references, brief violence and prurient tap dancing.” “Prurient tap dancing?” Is that Fred Astaire I hear rolling in his grave?

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  • JKB

    An interesting article at The Federalist using Patty Hearst as the launching point to the “brainwashing” underway with the Prog tactics.   
    Cults In Our Midst: Patty Hearst And The Brainwashing Of America
    Our mission, and we really can’t refuse to accept it, is to promote freedom of thought.  To encourage students and adults to consider a diversity of opinion and not shrink themselves by depending on the thoughts of others
    “The young student should come to regard acquaintance with the varying views as necessary to the formation of a reliable opinion on any topic and of sound judgement in general.”
    “The dependence, further, is shown in any attempt to produce thought.  When a student has formed the habit of collecting and valuing the ideas of others, rather than his own, the self becomes dwarfed from neglect and buried under the mass of borrowed thought.  He may then pass examinations, but he cannot think.  Distrust of self has become so deep-rooted that he instinctively looks away from himself to books and friends for ideas; and anything that he produces cannot be good, because it is not a true expression of self.”

    • Ymarsakar

      Check out my blog archive, there’s all kinds of stuff about this topic.
      Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed.
      They and the Left will Never. Ever. Allow you to live your life as usual, uninvolved in social justice, uninformed of what you need to pay, say, and do to justify your social license to breath.

      Y’all got on this boat for different reasons, but y’all come to the same place. So now I’m asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. Sure as I know anything, I know this – they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, ten? They’ll swing back to the belief that they can make people… better. And I do not hold to that. So no more runnin’. I aim to misbehave.

      Captain Mal Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) Serenity
      I would rather die having spoken in my manner, than speak in your manner and live. For neither in war nor yet in law ought any man use every way of escaping death. For often in battle there is no doubt that if a man will throw away his arms, and fall on his knees before his pursuers, he may escape death, if a man is willing to say or do anything. The difficulty, my friends, is not in avoiding death, but in avoiding unrighteousness; for that runs deeper than death.
      People in the past and in the modern intellectual colleges laughed at Socrates. They thought he was beclowning himself in front of the Athenian assembly and for future audiences. The truth was somewhat different than the egg heads wanted it to be.

  • Ellen

    That reminds me of Flanner O’Connor’s remark when she was talking to some intellectuals about the Eucharist.  They looked on it as a symbol, nothing more, to which O’Connor said, “Well if it’s just a symbol, to hell with it”

  • Ymarsakar

    Brainwashing ka? That sounds familiar.

  • Charles Martel

    I’ve watched the slow unraveling of the Episcopal church here in the United States, thanks to the takeover of its highest reaches by radical homosexualists and the naming of an openly heretical woman to the position of presiding bishop. I know that it causes great distress among my Episcopalian friends (Danny Lemieux among them), and that a great schism is brewing. Ironically, as the Church of England and the American Episcopalian church hemorrhage members, Anglicanism’s African congregations, which hew to orthodox Christianity, are enjoying robust growth.

  • jj

    I haven’t been able to give any thought to any of these issues, I’m stuck on ‘prurient tap dancing.’  Which I may hang on to for future use – what a splendid title for something!

  • Bookworm

    jj:  Anyone who writes anything should keep that phrase in his back pocket, just in case it comes in handy some day.  What really made me laugh is that the one thing Derek Hough doesn’t do is tap.  He does ballroom and modern and all sorts of other stuff, but not tap.