Logophilia’s got a hold on me….
The word of the week is logophile – a lover of words.
The music is good, too…..
Once again the homage time arrived. And passed.
World War I, the “Great War”, carnage on a scale never seen before……. but not for long.
Moina Michael read “In Flanders Fields” written in 1915 by Canadian John McCrae, and made a promise with her own poem, written in 1918, titled
We Shall Keep the Faith
Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet – to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died.
We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.
And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We’ll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.
The faith has not been kept.
We have forgotten.
World War II took the carnage to a new and sinister level.
Long gone is honor, chivalry, innocence.
Evil born was subdued, but not eradicated.
For the Jews, for countless innocents across the globe, atrocity.
A new pledge, never again.
Looking ahead, the clouds of chaos are gathering.
Paris this week has overshadowed the remembrance commemorations.
The president of France is making noises that sound right, but I’m not reassured.
The president of the United States is making noises that aren’t right.
The prime minister of Canada is wet behind his ears. His words are discordant, irrelevant.
European leaders are in stasis – what to do? NATO clause 5? Bow to Sharia, to Islam, to the Caliphate?
It seems never again is wishful thinking: the unthinkable seems to be about to happen again.
A change in tactic is not a surprise.
No country, no movement, no dedicated crazies can compete with the might of Western military machinery, or the resolve of the fighting men and women.
Infiltration is the methodology in practice.
They walk among us.
Not of our culture, or mind set, or our faith.
It is the mockery of the zombie, the walking dead, the mindless hordes.
What is surprising is our inability to see what is plain to see, our inability to do what needs doing.
The great conflicts of the 20th century created the Western culture of our time, the Canada of my birth and breeding.
I say that never again will we sleep walk while the forces of evil conspire to destroy the West.
I believe that we will never forget how it happened last time, the time before, and all those times before then.
But those would just be words, just beliefs, just a meaningless pantomime of Twitters, hashtags, signs, demonstrations.
I remember. I will keep the faith. I pledge never again. But the fact remains –
“We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.” – Winston S. Churchill
Paris – C’est Domage
What a conflagration. What Joe would call a CF (cluster-f**k). Bloody catastrophic! How much more of this absolute bullshit will be endured in the name of “tolerance”, of “diversity”, of “multiculturalism”, and of the most obscene of all, “religious freedom”. Joe and I are with Mark Steyn – we’re worn out with Islam, exasperated with Muslims, and insensitive to the “moderate majority”. Here is the word from Mark Steyn. As Mark states, the barbarians are inside and there are no gates.
A quote that sets the tone for the oped –
“When the Allahu Akbar boys opened fire, Paris was talking about the climate-change conference due to start later this month, when the world’s leaders will fly in to “solve” a “problem” that doesn’t exist rather than to address the one that does. But don’t worry: we already have a hashtag (#PrayForParis) and doubtless there’ll be another candlelight vigil of weepy tilty-headed wankers. Because as long as we all advertise how sad and sorrowful we are, who needs to do anything?
With his usual killer comedy timing, the “leader of the free world” told George Stephanopoulos on “Good Morning, America” this very morning that he’d “contained” ISIS and that they’re not “gaining strength”. A few hours later, a cell whose members claim to have been recruited by ISIS slaughtered over 150 people in the heart of Paris and succeeded in getting two suicide bombers and a third bomb to within a few yards of the French president.”
Read the article. Learn something.
Another source discusses who exactly owns the problem. From the website dethguild, an analysis of “A Proper Dispensation of Justice“.
A compelling quote from the article –
“It occurs to us that thirteenth century barbarians are not the primary culprits in this. Oh sure… they did the killing. But in the final reckoning… they are nothing but wild animals. Lesser, baser creatures, acting on what is tantamount to instinct – a toxic ideology beaten, molested and bred into them for centuries. They’re the instrument used to slaughter. They are war dogs ushered into a flock of goats – deliberately.
The question is… who allowed the creatures into the pen? Do not misunderstand us – rabid dogs are fit only to be killed – and killed to the last howling, snarling, foam dripping pup. But on their own, they are poor, stupid and distant – wallowing in their backwards hell-hole of a culture, where women are stuffed into sacks with their genitals sliced to ribbons – and little boys are near universally the playthings of a “religion” of pedophiles. They’re a penny carnival freakshow on their own, who won’t ever accomplish much beyond garden variety thuggery and warlordism – they need assistance from “the masters” of western civilization” to aspire to greater savagery and destruction. The real villains are the soulless dretches releasing these beasts into the midst of a domesticated flock. ”
Read the article. Learn something.
Finally, a report from Ezra Levant. He flew to Paris and is reporting from the ground. His updates and videos will be available here.
Farce o’ the Week
Joe and I are beyond amused by the incredible narcissistic short-sighted hissy fit of PC pimple squeezing that popped at Yale University this week.
We are referring to the boondoggle of authority bending to the howl of the mob.
Children are often brutally honest.
Such honesty is oft interpreted otherwise, especially in PC speak.
Perhaps the intensity of competition, the cultural and family pressures, the unpreparedness of large numbers of the attendees, are all ingredients that have created this witches brew.
I am sympathetic, and empathetic. Personally, our university days were not pleasant, productive, or successful. I wasn’t ready, prepared, or willing – and inflexible to change. In other words, immature.
No matter how intelligent these post secondary students are, no matter how “worldly”, they are for the most part, children.
Children in a culture that perpetually accelerates the “time to market” of the young.
A culture ever more complex, demanding, competitive, judgmental (despite massive effort), and rigid.
That is the nature of life.
Any “unprotected” group / society / sub-culture that ignores these facts of life is doomed.
What are the sources of malcontent? Why are campuses across the United States on fire (and every “institute of higher learning” a left majority PC positive faculty rules)?
You can read all de doo dah day incredibly articulate mostly meaningless emotionally explosive gibberish about equality, oppression, “white privilege”, the evil of us “Y” chromosome bipeds, especially the “white” type. You can find quotes about “data” and “studies” and “examples” that are far from being accurate or supported being used to build “straw man” argument to support the “cause”.
(As an aside, Joe and I hate “quotation marks”. Our defense for using them here is this: every use in the above prose is a word that has a plethora of meaning in context, but few in definition.)
Joe and I identify the problem as a natural one, unavoidable, impossible to eliminate. We know you couldn’t eliminate it were you to clone every single human being born from this time forward. Indeed, you wouldn’t want to eliminate the result of natural selection if you could.
People are born with differences. Most meaningful of these differences is intelligence. Notice no quotations? Some folks deny there is a meaningful quantitative objective test to determine intelligence.
Joe and I know when we’ve met intelligence. Not to be confused with experience or knowledge, although intelligence informs those two.
There is an article (chosen at random – there is no limit to the choices) Joe and I have selected to show how well meaning meddling results in convolutions clearly unintended, clearly harmful, clearly discriminatory. The article discusses affirmative action selection objectives and the real world outcome. Read here.
A poignant quote or two from the article –
““Let’s talk about Asians,” she says.
Lee’s next slide shows three columns of numbers from a Princeton University study that tried to measure how race and ethnicity affect admissions by using SAT scores as a benchmark. It uses the term “bonus” to describe how many extra SAT points an applicant’s race is worth. She points to the first column.
African Americans received a “bonus” of 230 points, Lee says.
She points to the second column. “Hispanics received a bonus of 185 points.”
The last column draws gasps.
Asian Americans, Lee says, are penalized by 50 points — in other words, they had to do that much better to win admission.
“Do Asians need higher test scores? Is it harder for Asians to get into college? The answer is yes,” Lee says.
“Zenme keyi,” one mother hisses in Chinese. How can this be possible?”
another quote –
“College admission season ignites deep anxieties for Asian American families, who spend more than any other demographic on education. At elite universities across the U.S., Asian Americans form a larger share of the student body than they do of the population as a whole. And increasingly they have turned against affirmative action policies that could alter those ratios, and accuse admissions committees of discriminating against Asian American applicants.”
Time to introduce the r / K theory survival strategy. As a metaphor, Liberals for the most part are “r” and conservatives “K”.
See the “Sunday Sermon” below the fold for a presentation by Stefan Molyneux on the r/K selection theory.
POLITICS, POLITICIANS, WACKJOBBERY, HUMOROUS, STUPID
GUNS, GUNNERS, GUNNERY
There are a number of “unifying theories” which try to understand the world around us.
This series of lectures by Stefan Molyneux discusses the “R vs K” reproductive strategies or r/K selection theory:
The rest of the series is on YouTube. Or, you can wait until I post them in subsequent rants. Very very nice to have choice. O Canada!
WEATHER (OR NOT)
This has been a week of wet, rainy, cool and cold days. The sun is at it’s most cruel – if it shows at all during the day, it is late afternoon just before sunset. Almost as if it were peeking under the cloud cover from the edge to see what is under the cloud and rain. Nobody here boss, just us sleeping dogs. The vigil begins. Only 150 more shopping days until spring…..
Joe (wet) Mekanic
p.s. Ramirez is waterproof – from Investor’s Business Daily –