Charlie's Blog

12.08.2019

Random Thoughts on Various Subjects 120

Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.
LORD BYRON

1. STATUS

I am taking another swing at a links blog. This one might work for me because it actually makes my life easier instead of harder. It builds upon the failure of my Internet Apostolate blog that was too excessive and demanding and wonky. My ambitions with that project were too high. With this new blog, my ambitions are reduced to a minimum. I will no longer confine myself to purely Catholic subject matter but post links to things I find personally interesting whatever the subject may be. It is highly minimal in its design and function.

Leo Babauta has a similar project where he posts his links of interest which has inspired me with his low key minimalist design. With this project, I am going to nix the links of interest and musical selections sections of the RTOVS and post the links directly to the new project. This will begin with the next edition. It takes more effort to craft those links here than to post them directly in real time to a links blog. I'm also not aiming at quantity but quality. I will also resist the temptation to add more static things to the links blog like an archive. It will be nothing but links.

2. THE LOVE AFFAIR WITH CHINESE COMMUNISM

It was a shock when Pope Francis sold out the Catholic faithful to the Chinese authorities. Now, those faithful are suffering tremendously. With that disgraceful act, Pope Francis established firmly that he belongs to the Devil. But why did he do it? That answer is obvious. The left wing of which Pope Francis is a member loves Chinese communism. They see the future in that Chinese flavor of communism.

Once upon a time, the USSR was the future of communism. But two things happened to bring down Soviet communism. The first was the Catholic religion especially in Poland and under the spiritual leadership of John Paul II. The second was economic. The Soviet Union could not sustain itself economically because it had killed capitalism.

The Chinese took notes on the fall of the Soviets and vowed to learn from their errors. The first thing they did was to allow some capitalist innovation which is why your iPhone gets made in China now. The second was to clamp down hard on freedom especially religious freedom. Your devotion to the state must be greater than your devotion to God.

The rest of the left wing around the world is taking notes on what China is doing, and they see in China a communism that works. The reality is that it works by ceasing to be a communist state and has become a fascist state of sorts. The system doesn't really matter so long as the bad guys get to run that system for their selfish benefit.

The EU is taking notes as well because they aspire to duplicate the Chinese tyranny on the European continent. You can expect to see the undermining of religion and a social credit system there. This is all part of the ultimate global agenda.

Pope Francis is with these evildoers. The Devil loves Chinese communism. We, the patriotic and the faithful, need to resist the Chinese and call them out. Trump is doing this now. God bless Donald Trump.

3. DRUDGE IMITATORS

A recent report on Infowars says that Matt Drudge has sold off the Drudge Report. As of this writing, this seems to be on the level of rumor. We will see if it ever becomes fact. But, if true, it would explain the anti-Trump shift of the Drudge website.

Dozens of different conservative sites have sprung up to fill the vacuum that Drudge has left. I just add them to my Inoreader feed reader. I stopped following Drudge completely, but I doubt the imitators will be able to duplicate what Drudge was doing. I think conservative readers would be better served going to Breitbart and the Gateway Pundit. Instapundit is also good.

4. SHEEN

I don't know if Archbishop Sheen is a saint. I do know that the sodomites in the American church will make sure he never gets canonized. Why? Because Sheen was a good guy. In the meantime, they slander the man's name.

Now, if Cardinal Bernardin was in the same position as Sheen, these sodomite prelates would have no qualms about canonizing the man despite the many credible allegations against him. Bernardin was a prince of evil.

This all goes back to what I said before here at the C-Blog. Canonization is political now. I don't care if Sheen is beatified or canonized in my lifetime. This is why letting a century go by before even starting the process makes more sense. In the meantime, there will be no canonization of Sheen under Francis.

5. THE SMOKE OF SATAN

I have been writing and posting pieces at the Smoke of Satan blog. Here are all the posts I've written so far:

The God of the Gaps

The Road to Liturgical Hell

Narcissism and the Novus Ordo

The Evolutionary Faith of Dr. Kenneth Miller

The Unfaithful Prophets

The Desperation of Atheist Trolls

Bring Back Web 1.0

You can find links to all my work on other sites in the Selections section of the C-Blog.

6. THINGS THAT NEED TO BE SAID

The fiasco of the $120K banana says something that has already been said but needs saying again. Modern art is a joke. I will now rant a bit.

There are obviously two kinds of art. The first is the real art that captures and conveys beauty and requires skill. This would be Michelangelo. Then, there is crap art that conveys shocking ugliness and absurdity requiring virtually no skill whatsoever. This would be Jackson Pollock. Between the poles of Michelangelo and Pollock is the rest of the art world. Today, most art tends towards the Pollock side of the continuum.

I don't think all art has to be Renaissance level quality in much the same way that I don't think all music has to be on the level of Beethoven. But when a child's doodles are now superior to what you find hanging in galleries and museums with hefty price tags, you know the art world has gone utterly insane.

Why do they do this? The impulse is to deny the existence of transcendant standards of beauty. Those transcendant standards point to God, and the cultural Marxist nihilists cannot abide this. So, they seek to transgress the things they say don't exist. They want to turn art into a crime. With the theft and consumption of the $120K banana, they have literally succeeded.

7.  Q & A

Q: If you're an atheist, should you lie to your kids and raise them in observance of religious belief and practice?

A: This question comes from this article that talks about the utilitarian benefits of religion on children and families and society. It tells atheist parents who don't believe in God to lie to their kids anyway because it is good for them. Some part of my being just recoils at this.

There are many great utilitarian arguments for believing in God such as improved mental health and morality and whatnot. But I believe in Catholicism ultimately because it is true. If it wasn't true, I wouldn't waste my life on it because it is too much suffering.

This advice echoes Plato's advice about the noble lie. Basically, religion is like believing in Santa Claus. Santa isn't real, but the myth makes your kids act right in hopes of gifts and fear of lumps of coal in their stockings. The problem with lies is that they don't last, and they foster later derision.

Truth matters. Fortunately, God is real, and this can be clearly seen and known. St. Paul tells us this in Romans 1:18-20. You should always seek after the truth. If you do this, you will find God. But if you manufacture lies even for noble reasons, you will ultimately lose your soul and your children.

8. LOCAL


Will Muschamp still has a job at Carolina where getting fired will pay you better than actually coaching. Incentives matter. As for Clemson, they should seriously seek a place in the SEC.

Nikki Haley stirred up Confederate flag controversy again when she said that the flag was not always a symbol of hate before Dylann Roof's murderous rampage. But she should have just let it go. She did the right thing when she was governor. That flag belongs in a museum. Except for some Civil War enthusiasts, that flag is the southern swastika, and you can safely assume the worst about anyone who flies it.

Citizens of SC celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday by killing and maiming each other on the highways. Despite a threatened crackdown, SC troopers were nowhere to be seen in our holiday travels. It is highway anarchy in SC.

Watch: Odd UFO Filmed in South Carolina

Road Rage at Olive Garden

Sneak Peek: First ever drive-through light show at the SC State Fair

Will Muschamp: I look forward to coaching here a long time

9. QUOTABLE QUOTES


Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.
SAINT FRANCIS DE SALES

The experience of the Church and the saints demonstrates a general law: what comes from the Spirit of God brings with it joy, peace, tranquility of spirit, gentleness, simplicity, and light. On the other hand, what comes from the spirit of evil brings sadness, trouble, agitation, worry, confusion, and darkness. These marks of the good and the evil spirit are unmistakable signs in themselves.
FATHER JACQUES PHILIPPE

To use this life well is the pathway through death to everlasting life.
SAINT JOHN ALMOND

Even if you do not confess, God is not ignorant of the deed, since he knew it before it was committed. Why then do you not speak of it? Does the transgression become heavier by the confession? No, it becomes lighter and less troublesome. And this is why he wants you to confess: not that you should be punished, but that you should be forgiven; not that he may learn your sin—how could that be, since he has seen it?—but that you may learn what favor he bestows. He wishes you to learn the greatness of his grace, so that you may praise him perfectly, that you may be slower to sin, that you may be quicker to virtue. And if you do not confess the greatness of the need, you will not understand the enormous magnitude of his grace.
SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

Be patient, because the weaknesses of the body are given to us in this world by God for the salvation of the soul. So they are of great merit when they are borne patiently.
SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI

Let us not imagine that we obscure the glory of the Son by the great praise we lavish on the Mother; for the more she is honored, the greater is the glory of her Son. There can be no doubt that whatever we say in praise of the Mother gives equal praise to the Son.
SAINT BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX

But as great as was St. Paul's devotion to our Lord, much greater was that of the Blessed Virgin: because she was his mother, and because she had him and all his sufferings actually before her eyes, and because she had the long intimacy of thirty years with him, and because she was from her special sanctity so unspeakably near him in spirit. When, then, he was mocked, bruised, scourged, and nailed to the Cross, she felt as keenly as if every indignity and torture inflicted on him was struck at herself. She could have cried out in agony at every pang of his. This is called her compassion, or her suffering with her Son, and it arose from this that she was the 'Vessel of Devotion' unlike any other.
SAINT JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

10. ODDS AND ENDS

--You can't claim your time was wasted if you read it to the end. This only applies to movies and television shows.

--An exercise bike with a TV set is cheaper than a Peloton. It will also get used more.

--Even in retracting an error, you can't trust a Jesuit when he says what he says.

--DOWNSIDE: Your MAGA hat did not go over well with the relatives at Thanksgiving dinner. UPSIDE: Your Christmas shopping list got way shorter.

--I am thinking about buying MAGA hats for all my liberal relatives this year.

--Hillary is not a lesbian. This means she's running for president.

--Bloomberg is now the best chance Democrats have at taking back the White House. I sincerely hope he does not win the nomination.

--Joe Rogan wants to go vegan and knows he should go vegan. He will try weed and shrooms but not a plant based diet. Take the dare, Joe.

--Hong Kong looks like a Trump rally now.

--Because I voted for Trump, I know I will never be canonized. My eco-sins are also quite numerous.

--Hunter Biden should get a reality TV show. It would be a huge hit.

--Francis comparing Trump to Herod looks more like psychological projection.

--Judging by the company he keeps, Pope Francis is a raging sodomite.

--Despite his scandals, I doubt Hunter Biden ever took the Lolita Express with Epstein. Clintons make Bidens look moral.

--If Republicans don't take back the House, they will have lost the 2020 election even if Trump wins.

11. COMBOX WISDOM

To get over the shock art-lovers might need to hug trees then listen to American experimental composer John Cage's 4'33".


Anyone "listening" to 4'33" might like to reflect with gratitude that Cage is now dead ...

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Well ****. I’m gonna buy a bundle of bananas and some duct tape, turn 10 bucks into a million with no work.


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Some people have way too much money and it usually leads to waste, stupidity and perversion.

And society glorifies these degenerates.

The road to the Banana Republic is sealed.

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If a 5 year old can do it, it's not art.


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It's hard to differentiate between satire and reality these days.

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He should just **** it back out and smear it on the wall. I bet it would be worth more.

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Tape the peel back to wall and now it’s worth 240,000.

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Ridiculous art costing ridiculous amounts has got to be a money laundering scheme. 

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Coming soon: A turd duct taped to the wall.

13. LINKS OF INTEREST

Chris Kresser Debunks Game Changers on Joe Rogan

What Happened To Drudge?

Bad News: New Atheism Is Still Over

The enduring allure of retro tech

Why Bringing Back Traditional Altar Rails Totally Makes Sense, According to this Catholic Priest

The Magic of the Altar Rail

Libertarian Christian Fights Vigorously To Legalize Various Sins

Why is Fulton Sheen Beatification Paused? w Christine Niles of Church Militant