Out and About on a Tuesday

I’m only a couple chapters into it, but Jay Cost’s A Republic No More is a definite must-read.

Seems that feminists are on the prowl to find out just whom you follow on Twitter. I suggest Manspreading to keep the women at bay.

Syria is cheating on the WMD deal – but, we already knew that would happen so it doesn’t amount to a new Obama failure.

I was going to link to an article on The Daily Caller where Obama compares America’s wealthy to lottery winners. This is in some respects true, especially as it relates to Obama. But I’m not going to link to it because The Daily Caller’s website is so horribly filled with ads that it always causes my computer to freeze up. And Hot Air ain’t much better. Advice to conservative websites: make your sites user-friendly.

Blogger who was critical of Islam gets hacked to death in Bangladesh. No word yet on whether his family will apologize for his provocation of the killers.

Its no big deal that our MSM routinely refers to Mohammed as “the prophet Mohammed”, right? Well, it would be if they also routinely referred to Jesus as “Our Lord Jesus Christ”. But, they don’t. And they don’t because they aren’t afraid of Christians.

Turns out that McDonald’s has a lower acceptance rate than the Ivy League. Kinda shows how messed up our economy really is:

While the average college student accumulated over $25,000 in debt, the average McDonald’s part-time employee made $40,000 over 4 years. At an Ivy League school, there are generally three possible ways to confront the bill: get a scholarship, have wealthy parents cover the entire bill, or go into massive debt. Some of these Ivy League students might be paying off their debt for decades. Meanwhile, instead of being in the hole, the part-time McDonald’s workers made money overall. Of course, they are all on food stamps, but never mind that.

We’re becoming less Christian. This comes as a shock to no one – what will come as more of a shock to some is just how lousy America will become if this trend continues.

9 thoughts on “Out and About on a Tuesday

  1. Retired Spook May 13, 2015 / 7:09 am

    Seems that feminists are on the prowl to find out just whom you follow on Twitter. I suggest Manspreading to keep the women at bay.

    I don’t engage in social media — my own personal rebellion against pop culture, as it were, but the following tweet certainly expressed my feelings:

    Lil Divil ‏@DivilsAdvocate 19h19 hours ago
    @JessicaValenti so if you don’t immediately see female tweets whilst EAVESDROPPING that proves sexism? How f**ked are you?

    It seems to be all part of the victim mentality that has been pushed for so long by the Left where people actually go out of their way to be offended, even making up imaginary offenders. Man, life is just too short…………

    The declining Christian population was mentioned several times on Fox yesterday. I’m afraid that’s going to be one of those things that sociologists will comment on 50 years from now as one of the leading causes of America ending up as the dystopian society depicted in so many pop culture movies — much like taking prayer out of public schools in 1962 contributed to the decline in civility in education.

    • M. Noonan May 13, 2015 / 1:09 pm

      One guy on Twitter was sure it was an outright lie – and thinking about the set of circumstances which would have to come to pass for it to happen….

  2. Retired Spook May 13, 2015 / 1:54 pm

    Matt Walsh has a great piece today at The Blaze WRT to the sharp decline in Americans who identify as Christians.

    • M. Noonan May 13, 2015 / 10:53 pm

      There is definitely a lot of that in the problem – the Church, as a whole, isn’t exactly militant these days, now is it? This past Saturday I was at the vigil Mass and Father began his homily with, “How many of you know the song ‘God is Watching Us’ by Bette Midler?”. Most people raised their hands or otherwise indicated familiarity with the song. Then Father said, “I hate that song!”. And he’s right to hate it – the line in the song about God watching us from a distance is absurd. God is with us! Right here, right now – deeply interested in everything we do. He pointed out that once upon a time a Cantor asked if he could sing that song as part of the Mass – Father vetoed it firmly! He’s a great, old priest…and its a pity there aren’t more like him.

      All too often, though, priests and pastors are trying to just keep people happy – keep ’em in the pews and keep the collection plate full. There’s no real challenge – no speaking of sin and salvation. Just everyone love and happy and unicorns and ain’t life grand! And that’s when the church isn’t specifically going full on un-Christian. I can’t look into Joel Osteen’s soul and see what is motivating him, but from what I’ve read, he’s stopped even pretending that what he’s preaching is theological valid Christianity. Which makes sense for someone who has a lot of book sales at stake…start challenging people to be Christians and a lot of people will get turned off. No surprise, of course – keep in mind that when Christ said what people had to do, a lot of them fell away. I believe it was Johnny Cash who said that Christianity is no religion for sissies…it is a difficult religion and pretty much ever since St. Peter gave his first sermon, people have been trying to explain it away. Think about it – we’re saying that God became man and died for our sins! This is not easy stuff – not for the faint of heart. People don’t like a god that does things – they like a god who is there only when wanted and who just provides love and salvation, no effort required.

      • Retired Spook May 14, 2015 / 8:11 am

        My wife and I grew up in the same Methodist Church, and we left that church in the early 80’s, largely because of a very personal reason, but also because the church became obsessed with both money and social justice. Also the divorce rate among couples our age (mid-30’s) was astronomical. Over a 5 year period in the late 70’s and early 80’s, 13 couples out of around 3 dozen that we regularly associated with got divorced, several because they were sleeping with each other’s spouses. It was not an atmosphere that promoted spirituality. We looked around for a different church for a year or so, but never found one where the main thrust was to bring members closer to God. To this day I still feel closer to God walking through my woods or taking photographs of wildlife than I do in a church.

        We attended Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor Rally” in D.C. in August, 2010, and it turned out to be one of the most spiritually moving experiences or our lives. It got us thinking about going back to church, but a couple months after that rally there was another rally on the Mall in D.C., and the Methodist Church was among the listed sponsors, right along with CPUSA and a number of Socialist and Socialist Workers groups. The Methodist Church recinded their sponsorship because of pressure from members, but they lost any hope of getting people like us back.

      • M. Noonan May 14, 2015 / 11:43 pm

        It is easier to just get along with the world – but, we were warned very sternly against that! Again and again various people of Christian background have come up with a “sensible” solution to reconcile the world and the Church…which, of course, are irreconcilable this side of the End.

  3. Retired Spook May 13, 2015 / 4:33 pm

    Talk about an upside-down world. Not exactly the sentiment you’d expect at the Wall Street Journal’s website.

    • M. Noonan May 13, 2015 / 11:01 pm

      Sanders, of course, won’t make it to the White House, but he does speak to a yearning in the American heart – a desire that people who work hard and play by the rules get ahead. To be sure, Sanders’ prescriptions to provide such a thing would end disastrously – just as they have every place they are tried. What the socialists don’t get – and which Chesterton and other Distributists pointed out a century ago – is that if the government is in control of the means of production it is, at best, no better than large, corporate entities being in control of the means of production…the workers are still screwed. And, in fact, the people running the entities for the socialist government are usually no different from the people who would have been running the private corporations. Often, of course, putting government bureaucrats in charge of the means of production is fabulously worse than leaving such control in non-government hands…because rather than profit being a motive, the whole function of the organization becomes the financial gain of the bureaucrats running the show. At least the profit motive ensures that goods will be produced and at least some of them will be of good quality.

      But Republicans will be foolish if they do not take to heart the fact that more and more Americans – including some of the hardest working Americans – are viewing the system as unfair. We need a plan to ensure a free market without all this corporate stock-jobbing and log-rolling.

      • Retired Spook May 14, 2015 / 7:55 am

        We need a plan to ensure a free market without all this corporate stock-jobbing and log-rolling.

        We’re headed in the wrong direction. I saw on the news last night that in 2014 Congress passed 200+ new laws and unelected bureaucrats wrote over 34,000 new regulations.

        I don’t believe in completely unregulated free markets, but the regulations should be as unobtrusive as possible, and companies who violate the regulations should be severely punished. I still don’t see how we get to that point without some kind of major reset, either sociologically or economically — or both, but that’s just me.

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