A Light in the Darkness: YOU Are Called

14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5, NKJV

One wonders if there is any more Orwellian named entity than the U.S. Dept. of Justice. Yesterday Joe Biden crossed the Rubicon, and sent a small army of heavily armed FBI enforcers to raid the residence of President Trump, allegedly looking for classified papers President Trump had in his possession after leaving office. This action is unprecedented in U.S. history, and is likely to precipitate an end to any pretenses that we still live in a free republic. The course of wisdom, then, is to prepare for what comes next.

It’s frustrating that so many Christians in the U.S. today take for granted the freedoms we possess, and assume that things will never change. For most people the idea that the government would repudiate their most basic liberties, and would actively curtail those liberties, seems unthinkable; something no more likely than invaders from Mars making earthfall in tripod walking war machines with heat rays. It is something impossible to believe could happen, hence they see no reason to prepare for when it does happen.

The government response to the Covid 19 panic of 20 should have opened our eyes, however. As we have seen earlier, state and local governments felt themselves free to trample the freedom of Christians and Jews (but not so much Muslims, for some reason) to assemble and worship. Through all of this our Department of Justice, even under the Trump administration, did little or nothing. Even more egregious was the decision of most church leaders and members to go along with the shut down of worship. I remember as a child how many an old-timer would lead the church in prayer, including thanks to God that we could worship “without fear of harm or molestation.” At the time I supposed that prayer was given in thanks to God for government protection, but now I am forced to wonder if there wasn’t a flip side: If we fear there may be “harm or molestation” we aren’t going to show up.

At this point harm and harassment are nearly, but not entirely, inevitable for the nation as a whole. In heavily liberal enclaves this harassment is already well under way. What should we expect, and how should we prepare?

First of all, we need to realize that the government is not coming to help. We also need to realize that the written law of the land is on our side, but that we live under a lawless executive bureaucracy that has no concern whatsoever for the law. Case in point, the FACE act…

The Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE or the Access Act, Pub. L. No. 103-259, 108 Stat. 694) (May 26, 1994, 18 U.S.C.§ 248) is a United States law that was signed by President Bill Clinton in May 1994, which prohibits the following three things: (1) the use of physical force, threat of physical force, or physical obstruction to intentionally injure, intimidate, interfere with or attempt to injure, intimidate or interfere with any person who is obtaining reproductive health services or providing reproductive health services (this portion of the law typically refers to abortion clinics), (2) the use of physical force, threat of physical force, or physical obstruction to intentionally injure, intimidate, interfere with or attempt to injure, intimidate or interfere with any person who is exercising or trying to exercise their First Amendment right of religious freedom at a place of religious worship, (3) the intentional damage or destruction of a reproductive health care facility or a place of worship.[1][2]

https://infogalactic.com/info/Freedom_of_Access_to_Clinic_Entrances_Act

The FACE act has three parts, which, broadly speaking protect: 1) Abortion clinics and access to those clinics, 2) Places of religious worship and access to those places, 3) A prohibition on attacks on abortion clinics, churches and reproductive health care facilities.

Part 1 is stringently enforced by the federal government, and especially the FBI. If you live in a state where abortion is still legal, and you attempt to block access to a clinic, you can expect to be quickly arrested by federal agents, usually (but now always) from the FBI, and aggressively prosecuted by the DOJ.

Blocking access to a church building, however? Or burning a house of worship used by a church opposed to abortion? Burning a crisis pregnancy center that provides abortion alternatives? Although all these activities are also specifically prohibited by the FACE act, you will search in vain for a single instance of federal prosecution for those who are currently engaged in these crimes.

Likewise, as is already well documented, to protest an ongoing case outside the home of a federal judge is a federal felony. If, however, you are engaged in a small-scale riot outside the home of a Supreme Court Justice who voted to overturn Roe, you can rest assured that Merrick Garland’s DOJ not only will NOT prosecute you, they will provide FBI assistance to you should any private citizen attempt to quell your “protest.” If, on the other hand, you were to show up outside the home of one of the three justices who voted to uphold Roe and begin a similar protest, you can rest assured you would be hauled away in chains in less than fifteen minutes, and most likely join the J6 prisoners languishing indefinitely in federal detention.

What then, should the church do? For that matter, what is the church even capable of doing? To hear most of our contemporary leaders speak on the matter, the answer is nothing and nada. I might suggest that we begin by reading Paul’s admonition to the Corinthians….

13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done with love.

I Corinthians 16, NKJV

What can we do? First of all, keep the assembly, pray together as a church, sing hymns, and partake Holy Communion. We are specifically commanded not to forsake this service. No human being on the face of the planet has legitimate authority to forbid the assembling together of the church for worship. We often speak of our “Constitutional rights,” forgetting that we do not have such rights because the Constitution grants them, but rather because God Himself grants them; the role of the Constitution is simply that it acknowledges what God has already given and pledges to protect it.

We must accept the likelihood that the federal government, and many state governments, will soon move to restrict the freedom of religion even more so than has already occurred. We must accept that the law of the land will be disregarded, as we have already seen happen. We must accept that under the regime now occupying D.C. Christian martyrdom may soon become a reality within this country. What should we do?

  1. Pray. 44 [a]But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, Matthew 5:44
  2. Trust. 13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to [d]bear it. I Corinthians 10
  3. Worship. 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10

These are my thoughts of the moment. More to come, Lord willing.

The Wombat doesn’t fear the IRS… https://theothermccain.com/2022/08/09/watching-the-herd-stampede/

RS McCain on the crisis…. https://theothermccain.com/2022/08/09/the-persecution-of-donald-trump/

Local cops don’t like the FBI either, SO SUPPORT LOCAL COPS WHO ARE STANDING UP FOR WHAT’S RIGHT!…. https://sylg1.wordpress.com/2022/08/09/fk-the-fbi-and-fk-the-doj/

Mike’s quote is right on target today… https://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/2022/08/quote-du-jour_01061958984.html

John C. Wright breaks it down here…. https://www.scifiwright.com/2022/08/trump-raided-by-feds/

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Secular Morals Fail

Wintery Knight discussed on his site the need to confront those pushing the error of same-sex “marriage,” and before I go any further I should say that he and I are of the same mind as to the damaging effects of state-endorsed sodomite unions on children, society and even the sodomites in the “union.” WK discusses this in light of a recent, highly publicized case in which two men “married” to each other adopted children, and have since been arrested on charges of sexually abusing those children and creating pornography of those children. I am generally leery of assuming the state is telling the truth about anything, but if prosecution does prove these men guilty then the only appropriate sentence would involve millstones, rope and the deep blue sea.

Where WK and I diverge, however, is his desire to conclusively demonstrate the error of same sex “marriage” from a purely secular approach; or, as he says in his own words:

You don’t have to be a Christian to disagree with same-sex marriage. You can argue in favor of natural marriage on completely non-religious grounds. That’s what I’d like to see from our “elite” Christian leaders. Statistically, children do better when they are raised by two biological parents.  That’s a non-sectarian argument against same-sex marriage. https://winteryknight.com/2022/08/08/lgbt-activists-charged-with-using-adopted-children-to-make-child-porn/#comments

I will grudgingly accept the first sentence. Most Orthodox Jews and observant Muslims would agree that same-sex “marriage” is a no go, and would appeal to their specific religious literature to do so. What follows next is the assertion that you can make a purely secular argument against same sex marriage. Since WK and I are both professed believers, let’s see what the New Testament might have to say about this issue…

16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:

17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.

18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.

19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

And again he says:

32 If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.

All quotes from I Corinthians 15, KJV.

The apostle was a smarter man than either WK or myself, and, more importantly, wrote through divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Paul emphasized that the Gospel of Christ, and the fact and hope of His resurrection and our own, is all that gives meaning to life. If this life is all there is, then to sacrifice for Christ and His Kingdom is purest foolishness. If we are willing to suffer, it must be for something more than what is present on this terrestrial sphere.

Plainly spoken, the absence of God leads to nihilism eventually, no matter where you start out, and no matter where you end up. As Dostoevsky wrote, “Without God, all things are possible.” Everything good, everything true, everything noble comes from God and God alone. Marriage was created by God, so that we could produce Godly offspring (Hosea) and as a figure of Christ and His church. To attempt to defend marriage without religion is to attempt to defend that sacred institution while mentioning neither its Creator nor its purpose. It is meaningless to attempt.

I do not say that we should not exercise reason, or that it has no value. Aquinas used reason to discern God’s will from the written word God supplied mankind. Aquinas’ reasoning and logic are so unassailable not because he had a greater capacity for reason than Aristotle, Confucius or Buddha; it is because the foundation upon which his reasoning was based is the Word of God.

You may well be able to prove to the sodomite that his sin is destructive to himself, his family and his society; yet fifty years and more have shown us this will accomplish nothing to reign in rampant public immorality. As Paul said, the men “burned in their lusts for one another.” The burning lust of the sodomites will overshadow any and all secular arguments against their behavior. Why? Because, as Paul tells us in Romans 1, they fell into that sin as a result of putting God out of their remembrance, so He gave them over to a debased mind.

In a very real sense then, homosexuality itself is not the disease, but only a symptom. The true disease, according to Paul, was that they did not want to remember God. Unless and until we as a nation remember God the disease will run rampant. No secular argument, regardless of its syllogistic perfection, can overcome sin. Only the blood of Christ can do that; any argument that is not based on Jesus Christ and Him crucified is doomed to failure.

The links must flow: https://theothermccain.com/2022/08/08/fantasy-other-annoyances/

On topic: https://deepstrength.wordpress.com/2022/08/04/sexual-morality-and-civilization/

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In Defense of Privilege, Part 5

Welcome back, my adventurous friends. I’m going to try to go ahead and wrap this series up. We’ll be looking at the final 10 items on the presenter’s privilege list and have a bit of a closing discussion. So, without further ado:

25. If you have ever felt like there was NOT adequate or accurate representation of your racial group, sexual orientation group, gender group, and/or disability group in the media, take one step back.

Note this is about how you feel; you do not have to present any objective evidence that your group is in point of face insufficiently or inaccurately portrayed in media. It’s all about how you feel, so everybody can step back. Except, of course, if everybody can see you’re a heterosexual White man, and you step back, there’s going to be grumbling and snide remarks, and most likely the presenter is going to call you out on it. Notice that sexual orientation comes up again; notice also that same sex attraction is not specified. I wonder if Susie the pedophile is getting a free pass for a reason. What is that + about, anyway?

26. If you confident that your parents would be able to financially help/support you if you were going through a financial hardship, take one step forward.
Once again, an attack on intact, coherent family structure and support. I know I keep saying it, but you have to remember that in this paradigm privilege is evil, hence the saying “check your privilege” as the new “shut up.”

27. If you have ever been bullied or made fun of based on something that you can’t change, take one step back.

You mean like right now, in this conference today? Three steps back for me!

28. If there were more than 50 books in your house growing up, take one step forward.

Okay, great, so in middle/high school you get bullied for being a book worm, now it turns out that was privilege all along. Also, if you have more than 50 books in your house right now you’re giving your kids privilege, which is to the detriment of people without books, so stop it. So now we’ve got literacy privilege; also a bad thing.

29. If you studied the culture or the history of your ancestors in elementary school not including the month of February) take one step forward.

This is so egregiously racist, bigoted and stupid I have a hard time believing it. First, we set aside AN ENTIRE MONTH for BLACK HISTORY ONLY!!!!!, then if you studied about your culture any other time you’re the one who’s privileged, not the kid who got an entire month all about himself. Also goes to show that as a peace-maker Black history is a no-go.

30. If your parents or guardians attended college, take one step forward.

If they ended up saddled with a gagillion dollars in student loan debt, can you take a step back? Seriously, though, college educated Whites are the only people who take this list seriously. So of course this one had to make it to the list.

31. If you ever gone (sic) on a family vacation, take one step forward.

Yes, except for the (sic) that is exactly how it appears on the form. I rather think it speaks for itself.

32. If you can buy new clothes or go out to dinner when you want to, take one step forward.

Hello class warfare. Really, more envy. If you step forward on this one you know you’ll be getting the evil eye from everyone behind you. This is a paradigm created by losers to give value to their own failed lives, and they can only imagine doing that by tearing down those more successful than themselves. Welcome to the struggle session, comrade!

33. If you were ever offered a job because of your association with a friend, family member or organization, take one step forward.

Okay, so all the vets who got offered a job based on their honorable discharge papers are “privileged.” How about we try asking if you were ever offered a job because of your skin color, but now white. If they can leave out February I can do that. How about if we just straight up say, if you have ever gotten a job because of affirmative action, take one step forward. Why can’t we put that on the list? You’ve put our private medical information, our families, our sexual orientation, etc. all on the list, why can’t I put affirmative action on the list? Seems like a pretty big privilege to me.

34. If one of your parents was ever laid off or unemployed not by choice, (sic) take one step back.

Once again, the grammar is as it appears in the original. I remember friends’ dads getting laid off in the 70s. It sucked. The same people making this list are the ones writing the policies that are making sure everyone gets laid off again. If you can’t build everyone up, then tear everyone down, just so long as we’re all equal.

35. If you were ever uncomfortable about a joke or statement you overheard related to your race, ethnicity, gender, appearance, or sexual orientation but felt unsafe to confront the situation, take one step back.

You mean like this entire conference? Seriously, how tone deaf can you be. And notice, please, the alphabet people are listed once again. When did homosexuality become the same as Black? Do Black people really want to be lumped in with the alphabet people?

Okay, so the point of this entire Privilege paradigm is to create conflict, a conflict which, by its nature, cannot be resolved if one accepts the paradigm. It elevates the bases and least moral to a position of noble victimhood, it casts aspersions on the family, the home, Christianity, literacy, a strong work ethic and everything else that creates a stable society.

Also remember, this paradigm was created by the Weather Underground, and was and is intended to be used in Maoist-style “struggle sessions.” What was the ultimate goal? Well, from Wikipedia:

To try to turn their members into hardened revolutionaries and to promote solidarity and cohesion, members of collectives engaged in intensive criticism sessions which attempted to reconcile their prior and current activities to Weathermen doctrine. These “criticism self-criticism” sessions (also called “CSC” or “Weatherfries”) were the most distressing part of life in the collective. Derived from Maoist techniques, it was intended to root out racist, individualist and chauvinist tendencies within group members. At its most intense, members would be berated for up to a dozen or more hours non-stop about their flaws. It was intended to make group members believe that they were, deep down, white supremacists by subjecting them to constant criticism to break them down. The sessions were used to ridicule and bully those who didn’t agree with the party line and force them into acceptance. However, the sessions were also almost entirely successful at purging potential informants from the Weathermen’s ranks, making them crucial to the Weathermen’s survival as an underground organization.[56] The Weathermen were also determined to destroy “bourgeois individualism” amongst members that would potentially interfere with their commitment to both the Weathermen and the goal of revolution. Personal property was either renounced or given to the collective, with income being used to purchase the needs of the group and members enduring Spartan living conditions. Conventional comforts were forbidden and the leadership was exalted, giving them immense power over their subordinates (in some collectives the leadership could even dictate personal decisions such as where one went). Martial arts were practiced and occasional direct actions were engaged in. Critical of monogamy, they launched a “smash monogamy” campaign, in which couples (whose affection was deemed unacceptably possessive, counterrevolutionary or even selfish) were to be split apart; collectives underwent forced rotation of sex partners (including allegations that some male leaders rotated women between collectives in order to sleep with them) and in some cases engaged in sexual orgies.[57][58][59][56] This formation continued during 1969 and 1970 until the group went underground and a more relaxed lifestyle was adopted as the group blended into the counterculture.[60]

This paradigm is being taught in schools at every level, often on a mandatory basis, and is the underlying philosophy behind Critical Race Theory. In addition to schools, it is also being pushed on the military, most Federal and many state government bodies, and the majority of major corporations in the U.S. today. As a system it is completely antithetical to both Biblical morality and the founding principles of the United States. It is a corrosive moral acid intended to undermine the church, the family and the republic. It’s well past time we started treating it as what it really is.

Throwing off Biblical morality has gotten us to this point: https://theothermccain.com/2022/08/07/zulock-william-zachary-gay-couple-child-pornography-adopted/#disqus_thread

Yes, there is metaphysical truth: https://spawnyspace.wordpress.com/2022/08/08/young-men-metaphysical-certitude/

Metaphysical truth of skeletons: https://whoresandale.wordpress.com/2022/08/05/maybe-the-real-skeletons-were-inside-us-all-along/

The metaphysical truth that Google is evil: https://sylg1.wordpress.com/2022/08/07/google-has-canceled-feedburner/

A white guy who understands having an ego as a good thing: https://sigmaframe.wordpress.com/2022/08/05/dying-to-self-is-not-ego-ablation/

Pelosi privilege is a thing: https://gunnerq2.com/a-theory-about-the-pelosi-trip/

Not becoming extinct on schedule privilege: https://www.scifiwright.com/2022/08/paul-ehrlichs-cloud-of-blue-steam/#more-30967

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In Defense of Privilege, Part 4

I am still not sure how I made it through this seminar alive. Please believe me, each and every item I am fisking here was a bullet point of the lecture my colleagues and I had to endure while doing the line dance of privilege.

19. If you have ever been the only person of your race/gender/socio-economic status/sexual orientation in a classroom or workplace setting, take one step back.

Okay, this one is so broad that everyone gets to take a step back. Maybe the presenter felt like throwing a bone to us poor blue eyed devils so we don’t just storm out? Same problem as before, EVERYTHING is something to be upset about. EVERYTHING is a microaggression. EVERYTHING is a grievance. I suppose if you’re running a grievance industry (looking at you HR and legal) then this sort of ginning up existential angst over being the only whatever I am in the room at the moment should keep you in business for a long time.

20. If you took out loans for your education, take one step backward.

So if you paid for your education with the G.I. bill you’re full of dirty privilege, and you’re oppressing me by not being as deeply indebted as I am. Okay, the student loan industry is a giant scam to hoover up the middle class’s income, no doubt, but let’s at least be realistic about people who found other ways to finance higher education are not somehow oppressing us if we took out student loans.

21. If you get time off for your religious holidays, take one step forward.

Now who could this be aimed at? Nice roundabout way of saying “Christian privilege” there isn’t it? So if you’re a Christian, you have privilege, and that’s to the detriment of other religions, not to mention atheists, who are also religious, they just tend to worship big government. Well you know what? I’m going to own this one. Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Light, and no man is going to get to the Father except through Him. I have the great privilege of knowing He died for the sins of the world, which happens to include me. That’s not to anyone’s detriment, however. You only have a detriment if you reject Him and remain in your sin. But that’s totally on you.

22. If you had a job during your high school and college years, take a step back.

How is this a detriment? Being able to get a job and make a few extra bucks spending money, plus learning some skills and work ethic, is a huge bonus, not a detriment. These people actually view doing some honest work as proof of oppression. Says a lot right there.

23. If you feel comfortable walking home alone at night, take one step forward.

Well, yeah, duh. Because I’ve got a Surefire tactical light, my Ruger lcr, a Bubba stick walking cane and a tactical folder. Maybe some pepper spray too if I remembered it. Preparation is the key to comfort. Women should not walk home alone at night. If they insist on it, because “I’m a strong, independent woman and I can take care of myself” then that’s not my privilege getting you in trouble, it’s your own stupidity. Believing in privilege on this one can get you killed.

24. If you have ever traveled outside of the United States, take one step forward.

Okay, you know who should step forward on this one? All those folks who don’t have English as a first language. How many of them do you think are going to step forward and embrace their “privilege.” That’s right, zero, zip, NADA. Because even if the shoe fits, it only fits on a white foot.

Okay, enough for now.

Here’s hoping y’all have don’t get shot in the back privilege: https://theothermccain.com/2022/08/06/hes-not-making-this-up-you-know/

No WNBA privilege in Russia… https://sylg1.wordpress.com/2022/08/06/griner-gets-a-shiner/

No hot fry privileges in NYC… https://sylg1.wordpress.com/2022/08/06/the-toronto-sun-is-an-idiotic-rag/

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In Defense of Privilege, Part 3

Previously, on Okrahead: https://okrahead.wordpress.com/2022/08/04/in-defense-of-privilege-part-1/

The fisking will continue until morale improves!

And now, for tonight’s episode: More examples of “privilege” and why it’s a good thing!

From the trainer’s list, continued:

11: If you can legally marry the person you love, regardless of where you live, take one step forward.

Well, I guess I can stay right where I am. Regardless of whom I love, I’m pretty sure I’m not going to be able to get legally married if I live in North Korea. Or probably Saudi Arabia, but I’m not sure. Well, I’m a Christian, so if I fall in love with a nice Bedouin girl in Saudi Arabia and try to marry her I’m pretty sure they’ll do terrible things to me. But of course, that’s not what we’re really talking about here, is it? No, we’re back to the alphabet people. Only 11 items in, and already 2 are about the alphabet people and who they can hook up with. But quick note again, Psycho Susie is still happy to stay in back as long as no one knows about her 6th grade boyfriend. Not the boyfriend she had in 6th grade, the 6th grader she’s with right now. She DEFINITELY can’t marry him. You just know the alphabet people are going to add that P to the list any day now. Oh, and of course, if you are happily married to a member of the opposite sex of an appropriate age, you are oppressing all these poor alphabeteers and if you deny it that’s violence.

12. If you were born in the USA, take one step forward.

Okay, straight up Bizarro world Calvinism. Stepping forward means you have privilege. Privilege is evil. If you have privilege you are by default oppressing everyone else. And how can you help where you were born? Oh, and if you’re an “undocumented migrant,” you don’t have to feel guilty about breaking the law, it’s all those filthy gringos who should feel guilty for making you hike across the desert to take all their stuff. And what about France? Do the French really feel like I’m automatically better than them because I was born here and they were born there? I mean, if they do I could completely understand it since they eat frogs and snails and whatnot, but still….

13. If your parents have ever gone through a divorce, take one step back.

Alright, kids whose parents divorce really do get the shaft. But do we have to call them up in public and make them do the privilege two-step so everyone knows all about it? But make a note of this…. under this theory, having two married parents in a supportive home is a “privilege”, not a right, for children. Does that seem especially pernicious, or is it just me?

14. If you felt like you had adequate access to healthy food growing up, take one step forward.

We live in a country where the number one current dietary problem is massive obesity. I know that there are a few kids out there in the U.S. today without enough to eat, but one, they’re few and far between and two, for a kid to really be going hungry in this country someone has to be making that happen on purpose. If you have hungry kids there are a plethora of churches, private social organizations, food banks, etc. that will fight to be first in line to give them good food. So again, for children to have two parents in a stable, supportive home with food, shelter and clothing, is a “privilege.” Remember, the people pushing this are big government all the way. They define what your “privilege” is, and can’t help reminding you that neither you nor your children have any right to it, and that you are oppressing others by having it. Which, next step, means someone is probably planning to take it away from you.

15. If you are reasonably sure you would be hired for a job based on your ability and qualifications, take one step forward.

Every straight, white, Christian man present gets to take ten giant leaps backward. Affirmative action anyone? Federal law that dictates quotas as to who must be hired? You know who should really be taking ten giant leaps forward on this one, don’t you? Yeah you do. And you also know that instead they’re going to take a giant step backward and smirk, and snarl at anyone who gives them side eye about it. You know it’ll happen.

16. If you would never think twice about calling the police when trouble occurs, take one step forward.

Okay, obligatory BLM moment here…. Except, you know who calls police the most, more than any other group? Those who self-identify as being of “two or more races”: https://bjs.ojp.gov/content/pub/pdf/rpa11.pdf

And you know who makes the most NON-EMERGENY calls requesting the police come out? Blacks, that’s who, same source as above. Now how many black or bi-racial colleagues are going to publicly step forward on this question and own it?

17. If you can see a doctor whenever you feel the need, take one step forward.

Literally everyone. Claiming you cannot is pure hogwash. Every public ER in the country is required to treat you if you need it. A big part of our “undocumented migrant” problem is people wanting to get over here so the can see a doctor whenever they need to, or whenever their children need to. The Children’s Hospital up the road from me has 24/7/365 emergency care, with clinics for every specialty imaginable, and their still longstanding ethic? No child turned away, ever, regardless of ability to pay. Once again, people lying about how bad they have it to try and make themselves feel better and paint you as an oppressive brute. This cannot end well.

18. If you feel comfortable being emotionally expressive/open, take one step forward.

Does pointing at any of the men who step forward and laughing count as being expressive and open? But seriously, do you think Emotional Amy who is constantly weeping to the whole place any time one of her 43 cats gets sick is going to step forward? Noooooo, that would be admitting privilege. So Amy and here sweater full of cat hair is going to stay back in line with you, and glare at you for not stepping forward, since you’re a man and all men are privileged, so obviously you’re okay with expressing yourself openly. Except really, Amy, I’m not, because if I expressed myself openly to this nut job running this display I’d be unemployed and lucky if that’s all. Believe me Amy, I am NOT openly expressing how I feel about this.

Okay, I guess that’s enough for now. Lots more to go. Seriously, I had to sit through this entire thing to land a contract. 34 items. We’re only just over half way done. And people wonder why I have that twitch.

See you next time, same Bat-time, same Bat-channel.

Help Lisa out if you can

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In Defense of Privilege: Part 2

Part one is here: https://okrahead.wordpress.com/2022/08/04/in-defense-of-privilege-part-1/

Okay, continuing from Part 1, some things we have established about the secular, sociological doctrine of “privilege.” First of all, this is a HIGHLY moralistic dogma; the possession of privilege is itself oppression, and thus evil, and the denial that one possesses privilege is a microaggression, and hence violence, and of course evil. This pseudo-Calvinistic creed holds that every individual is born on a scale of good or evil, with greater points of “intersectionality” on items such as race, sexual orientation, sex, religion and even height and looks making one a member of the chosen (short and ugly are also preferable for moral excellence). This all exists in a zero-sum environment, where anyone who is on the side of the privileged is automatically an oppressor simply by being themselves.

What, then, were the areas of privilege we were to be instructed in at our seminar? We were given sheets of paper with 35 different statements about our privilege; we were to line up and step forward or backward according to each item on the list, an exercise I’m sure you’ve heard of before. Let’s just begin at the beginning:

Item 1: If your parents worked nights and weekends to support your family, take one step back.

Okay, I suppose this seems innocuous enough. If you’re a preacher’s kid I suppose you take a step back, along with the police officer’s kid, the firefighter’s kid, the soldier’s kid, etc. So great, we’ve got an area where we get to step backward, so we won’t feel so bad about ourselves during the rest of this list. Spoiler alert, #1 was there to put us off our guard.

Item 2: If you are able to move through the world without fear of sexual assault, take one step forward.

Well, I it’s true I don’t worry about being personally sexually assaulted, as a general rule. I suppose were I to go to prison that might be different, but then I wouldn’t really be moving through the world. Okay, I take my step forward…. but remember, the fact that I can do this is AUTOMATICALLY a detriment to those who cannot. I’m uncertain how having to fear sexual assault myself could make things better for other people in such danger, but that’s the rule. Bizarro world Calvinism doesn’t have to make sense, it simply has to impute sin. And I just got imputed.

Item 3: If you can show affection for your romantic partner in public without fear of ridicule or violence, take one step forward.

Okay, so this one is out there for the alphabet people. Don’t tell me it’s about “mixed marriage” because nobody cares about that. So all the alphabet people get to hang back now and be smug about their intersectional point while us heterosexuals have to shamefully shuffle forward. Just don’t tell the alphabet people there’s a pedophile back there in line with them, cause she knows if people find out about her and that 6th grader she’s in big trouble. But at least she doesn’t have privilege, so she’s on the side of the saints now.

Item 4: If you have ever been diagnosed as having a physical or mental illness/disability, take one step back.

Hoooooo boy, what a doozie. First of all, do you know anyone who has NEVER been diagnosed with a physical illness? I know that’s not actually what the question is getting at, but that’s how it’s worded, so I guess we ALL get to take a step back now. Second thought; you are asking a group of professional people to publicly line up and, in front of everyone, indicate whether they have EVER had a diagnosis of mental illness. I mean sure, it’s great to know if your co-workers are crazy (I generally assume they are anyway), but is it really professional, or ethical, or even legal to call them out on that Thorazine twitch in front of everyone?

5. If the primary language spoken in your household growing up was not English, take one step back.

What if it was Chinese? Or German? Or French? Or Japanese? Because you just know this is about Spanish. Come on, man… Okay, so speaking English is automatically privilege, which means in our zero-sum paradigm here English is spoken to the detriment of every other language in the entire world. Okay, granted, that garbled nonsense that East Enders are always babbling probably is a detriment to the world, but is it really fair to saddle every English speaker in the entire world with guilt for that nonsense? So if your first language was Mandarin and you are fluent in four other languages you are still UNprivileged. Great.

6. If you came from a supportive family environment take one step forward.

Because we can never get the government to completely replace the family as long as we celebrate families that support their children. Remember, this is a morality test, and every step forward takes you that much closer to plunging headlong into the depths of Hell. Or at least the unemployment line and the food bank when the HR womynz get wind of your ill-gotten privilege. And remember, if your family was supportive of you, that AUTOMATICALLY comes at the expense of little Johnny whose family was not supportive. That’s right, it’s not Johnny’s parents’ fault for not supporting him, it’s your parents’ fault for supporting you. Bizarro world Calvinism doesn’t have to make sense.

7. If you have ever tried to change your speech or mannerisms to gain credibility, take one step back.

Quick question, does this go for white guys trying to emulate Chris Rock or Dave Chapelle? I mean, it does fit the question as worded. Okay, so we all know this is really about “code switching” which means when Black kids talk like gangsters around their friends but then talk like rural Christian white kids in front of prospective employers and college recruiters. Listen, everyone has their own way of speaking. No one cares if you have an African-American accent (whatever that means). Most of the things Black folk say that annoys Whites, Hispanics, Asians, etc. is the same stuff that annoys us when other Whites, Hispanics, Asians, etc. say it. If you don’t know what I mean, watch a few rap videos. I don’t care what color you are or what your accent happens to be, you’re going to stir up trouble for yourself if you go around talking to people that way.

8. If you can go anywhere in the country, and easily find the kind of hair products you need and/or cosmetics that match your skin color, take one step forward.

Okay, really, can you say “first world problems.” Also, “have you ever heard of Amazon?” Look, we’re only a quarter of the way through the list, and it’s already straight up clown world. With clown makeup.

9. If you were embarrassed about your clothes or house while growing up, take one step back.

Seriously, more first world problems? Do you remember what it was like to be a tween? We were embarrassed about EVERYTHING, ALL THE TIME. You had a house and clothes. What are you complaining about? Do you know what having an American house and American clothes means in relation to the rest of the world? I see the problem now, which I should have seen all along: A complete lack of gratitude for all the good stuff in your life and needing something, anything, to make you feel important. And the only way you can thing to feel important is to tear other people down, because in your infantile excuse for a brain you think life is nothing but a zero sum game.

10. If you can make mistakes and not have people attribute your behavior to flaws in your racial/gender group, take one step forward.

Dude, white males are totally off the hook on this one. Seriously, did the woman think about it before she wrote this one? Okay, who is it that gets a free pass on this one? Oh, you know who it is. Don’t say you don’t. I know you know, and you know that I know that you know. No matter how badly you act out or screw up, we know who it is that NO ONE will blame you for it because of your race or gender.

Okay, that’s enough of this for now. There are still 24 more to go, and feel free to let me know what you think about these in the comments. And yes, this is a REAL list from a REAL seminar my employer required me (along with a number of colleagues) to attend.

In which Deep Strength elucidates for us as to how our society degenerated to the point that such lists are generated within our society.
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Kansas Courts Divine Wrath?

A brief interlude before we resume our regularly scheduled programming…. In a strange twist, Kansas has voted, by a relatively overwhelming margin of 59-41%, give or take, to uphold legal abortion within its boundaries.

I have wondered in the past if the judgement we deserve as a nation for the blood of tens of millions of innocent children might not be somewhat mitigated by the fact that the American people had never chosen the culture of death; rather it had been foisted upon us by seven black-robed lunatic priests of Moloch in an act of judicial tyranny. Of course no such excuse or mitigation now exists, and what was once forced by the tyrant is now freely embraced by the people of Kansas.

The vote itself was curious. Republicans hold supermajorities in both houses of the state legislature, both U.S. Senators from Kansas are Republicans, and three of the four members of Kansas’ delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives are Republicans. Oddly enough, however, their governor is a lunatic liberal Democrat. Finally, President Trump trounced Joe Biden in the 2020 election in Kansas. So how does a heavily Republican state that went +14 for Trump two years ago, now go +18 for abortion? Well, apparently it’s not tampering, no one is disputing the accuracy of the election results.

For that matter, voters who self-identify as “conservative” make up the largest voting block in the state, a large majority of voters identify as Christian, and the largest denominations represented are Catholics and Baptists, neither of which is especially fond of abortion, at least historically speaking.

So how did this happen? I honestly do not know. What I do know is that the people of Kansas, who by every right should know better, made a conscious decision to freely embrace and enshrine infanticide in their state. They have sown the wind, and brother the whirlwinds come large and loud on that flatland. Toto’s in for one wild ride.

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Maybe this will help me feel better about Kansas:

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Kansas probably decided to “trust the science.”
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In Defense of Privilege, Part 1

A couple of years ago my employment required that I and several of my colleagues attend a training seminar; upon arrival we were surprised to learn it would be about “privilege.” Privilege is a term much bandied about today, and when confronted its proponents generally have one of two responses. If they are in a “blue” area, especially a blue area of a blue state, they are apt to tell the truth about the meaning of the word as they see it; if in a “red” area they immediately obfuscate, and insist it is only a tool to “facilitate understanding between groups.”

Normally I would not quote from Wikipedia; however I wanted to explain what the transgressive left means by the term “privilege” when they talk about such things as “white, male, Christian, CIS, etc.” privilege. As Wikipedia is prima facia a left wing knowledge repository, it is a good place to find out what they really think. Wikipedia defines “social privilege” as: Social privilege is a theory of special advantage or entitlement, used to one’s own benefit and/or to the detriment of others. The first thing to notice is that privilege is a zero-sum game in the leftist mind; any advantage you receive must necessarily harm someone else. This zero-sum mentality is, of course, part and parcel of leftist politics in general, but I expect nowhere is it more pronounced than in the idea of privilege.

Hence, if as a man I have no particular fear of being sexually assaulted, I have privilege; yet that privilege must needs be a detriment to someone, in this case women as a group. Now, as to why my lack of fear that I personally will be raped should be a detriment to women is a bit convoluted, but to the leftist mind this makes perfect sense.

Another important factor in the left’s theory of privilege is that it is “unearned,” and thus illegitimate; once again from Wikipedia: Heterosexual privilege can be defined as “the rights and unearned advantages bestowed on heterosexuals in society.Now we see that any advantage you possess over others is “unearned” and thus illegitimate, for the mere possession of your privilege dispossesses the un(der)privileged. My, this gets exhausting.

Privilege theory is, therefore, ultra-moralistic. Those who possess privilege are simply by dint of their existence oppressing those who lack it; your mere existence as a heterosexual is a “detriment” to sodomites and other assorted perverts. Hence the “privileged” are an immoral and unclean group, who, through a sort of inverse original sin, disenfranchise the morally superior BIPOC transsexual. Even to deny one’s supposed privilege is violence; once again from Wikipedia: Some academics, such as Peggy McIntosh, highlight a pattern where those who benefit from a type of privilege are unwilling to acknowledge it.] The argument may follow that such a denial constitutes a further injustice against those who do not benefit from the same form of privilege. So if you deny that you have unearned privilege over one of the alphabet people, you have already de facto (and perhaps, in some jurisdictions, de jure) committed and act of aggression.

Areas where one may be ascribed privilege include: Privilege, as understood and described by researchers, is a function of multiple variables of varying importance, such as raceagegendersexual orientationgender identityneurologycitizenshipreligionphysical ability, health, level of education, and others. Race and gender tend to have the highest impacts given that one is born with these characteristics and they are immediately visible. However, religion, sexuality and physical ability are also highly relevant. This is where “intersectionality” comes into play. Rather like bingo, each time you hear something on the list you get to stamp your card. The more stamps you have, the more virtuous you are; conversely the more you conform to traditional Biblical norms, the more of an evil oppressor you become. To be a Transsexual BIPOC undocumented immigrant practitioner of Santeria and confined to a wheelchair would elevate you to sainthood, such as it is, within this paradigm.

Now, as a Christian male of the caucasian persuasion, being quite comfortable with the plumbing I was born with and a healthy attraction to the opposite sex, of sound mind and body, gainfully employed and a natural born U.S. citizen, I am by this standard highly privileged. Now, as it would constitute a perception of aggression to do so, I will not deny my privilege, I will embrace it, I will advertise it, I will flaunt it in their faces.

Now, wait a minute… Who was it that popularized this whole idea of “privilege” to begin with…. Early concepts that would lead to the term White Privilege were developed by the Weather Underground in the 1960s. Well of course, what did you really expect?

In following articles on this subject I am going to examine the areas of privilege laid out by the “trainer” tasked by my employer with enlightening my blinded eyes. There are, in toto, 35 areas of privilege I was advised to beware of AND be aware of; I am thinking of breaking those down to three articles to parse each one out, but we’ll just have to see how that goes.

In the meantime, please enjoy the privilege of enjoying the splendid reading at the following links:

https://theothermccain.com/2022/08/03/is-maxblumenthal-on-the-kremlin-payroll-and-other-ukraine-questions/

Oh, Hilary, why do you vex us so?
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An Open Letter on the Power of Fiction

Some years ago, my wife left, moved in with one of my best friends (insert country song of choice for theme music here) and tried to take my son from me as well. In that last part she failed, and I thank God for that often, although not as often as I should. Following my divorce I also had some career “hiccups” which knocked me around a bit, lost most of the “friends” I had when married, and even had to change church congregations. In other words, my life was quite the mess.

I continued on, however, mostly for the sake of my son. Now it is a fine thing to be sacrificial for one’s children, but that should not be our primary motivation. Rather, my first reason for carrying on needed to be to serve God, and all other considerations must be subsumed into that one.

So I continued on, although my outlook was often bleak and much of the color seemed drained from life. Now, at this point, I should mention that I have always been an avid reader, which is perhaps no surprise from someone who writes, however poorly. As a youth I had greatly enjoyed both science fiction and fantasy, genres I had enjoyed up until my early college years. As I grew older, however, I felt I should put those away as childish things, and move on to more “adult” literature (no, not that kind, if you are thinking anything prurient). While I still read, and often with enjoyment, it was not with the same sense of wonder I had experienced when younger.

Then along came the “Sad Puppies” campaign. IYKYK. My interest was peaked, and I picked up a few novels by John C. Wright. The following is an excerpt from a letter I recently wrote to him on his own blog:

Dear Mr. Wright,
I have wanted to say this for some time, but I have neglected to do so, so please accept my apologies.
Nine years ago I went through the hardest time in my life. I lost my wife, and nearly my son. As I saw my family collapse I was at an absolute nadir emotionally and spiritually. For some time afterward I felt adrift and aimless, even as I tried to salvage as much normality as I could for my son.
Then along came the Sad Puppies, and simply on a lark I picked up one of your books. I had greatly enjoyed fantasy and science fiction in my youth, but as I aged I had put them away as childish things. The first books of yours I read was the “Orphans of Chaos” series, then “The Golden Transcendence” and next, my personal favorite, “The War of the Dreaming”. As I read the adventures of Galen Waylock it was as if a mist lifted from my mind’s eye, if you will. I am reminded of Gandalf’s quote, ” I have forgotten much that I thought I knew, and learned again much that I had forgotten.”
I remembered hope and forgot despair. I have read much more of your writing since, and have never been disappointed. When you are at your best I often cannot tell whether I am reading your work or Gene Wolfe, who, by the way I also came to find indirectly through your writing.

Mr. Wright was, at one time, an atheist. In what has to be the most hilarious conversion story I have ever heard, however, he accepted and obeyed Christ. I should say the hilarious part is not that he suffered a heart attack; it is rather, that his wife, a devout Christian Scientist who had long sought his conversion, summoned a Christian scientist preacher to pray for him. Mr. Wright made a miraculous recovery, after engaging in a conversation with Mary the mother of Christ. He explained to his wife that he was now a believer and intended to convert, to her great joy. He then became a Roman Catholic, much to her…. surprise? Mr. Wright can, of course, tell the story much better and in greater detail, and I encourage you to read his record of it at length, as well as any of his other writings you can get your hands on.

All of which is to say that I remembered hope when I listened for it. Our best tales, our best fiction, is a reflection of the struggle we must all face, but with heroic action. The line between good and evil does indeed run down the middle of each of our hearts; and when I see Roe overturned and states outlawing abortion, I cannot help but think “Aslan is on the move.” When I read of a young mother in Texas who decided to give birth to twins, marry the father, and now work towards building a whole family, I cannot help but remember a humble hobbit wondering how anyone so small could make a difference. When I see a Supreme Court Justice who has endured slanders, threats and trials innumerable, yet stands firm after over thirty years’ battles to protect the innocent and uphold justice, I cannot help but think of one tired old wizard, weary after centuries, rallying the men of Gondor to defend their people.

So read Mr. Wright’s books, and Tolkien, and Lewis, and all those who wrote, and still write, tales of adventure against evil, hope against all odds, faith against darkness, and love triumphant over all. And when you read, remember that this is your story also, for each of us is even now choosing what side we stand with. We do not know how much longer the battle will last, but we know who will win. Stand fast.

Enjoy the read, and by all means bookmark this site: https://www.scifiwright.com/2022/08/lost-comic-strip-buck-rogers-2429-a-d/

Feed the Wombat: https://theothermccain.com/2022/08/02/in-the-mailbox-08-02-22/

And of course, the links must flow:

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Neither Uterus Nor Opinion

Full disclosure, I am not a big fan of democracy myself, but on the other hand I don’t call myself a Democrat, so at least I’m not being hypocritical about it.

So, as recorded in the annals of the estimable R.S. McCain, the unlovely and untalented Mz. Dunham has chosen to afflict the world with her opinions on the matter of abortion. Just below I am going to include a link to Mr. McCain’s article, but be forewarned, only the truly fearless should click it, as the Dunham creature appears in a recent photograph with little clothing. If you are afflicted with either a heart condition or excellent eyesight I cannot be responsible for what damage you might incur…. https://theothermccain.com/2022/08/01/lena-dunham-is-totally-triggered-about-abortion-rights-even-though-she-had-a-hysterectomy-more-than-four-years-ago/#disqus_thread

Now I have recently been advised that if I have no uterus then I should express no opinion on the matter of abortion. Well, if she is telling the truth, we must certainly believe that the Dunham Horror has no uterus. Now as the decree against having an opinion issues from her side, not mine, I am quite comfortable stating that the creature in question should keep silent. Also, she should go on a strict no-carb diet, hit the gym for at least three hours a day and seek out a tattoo removal service post haste. But I digress.

Recently, within the scope of my employment, I found myself addressing a group comprised mainly of young women concerning the matter of pregnancy and the changes to the law brought about by Roe’s reversal. I began by explaining that it was purely a myth that any woman experiencing a medical emergency would be denied care; there is no state anywhere in the Union with a law prohibiting such, although the executive branch has, in an act of pernicious mischief, said otherwise. I went on to explain to my audience that both ectopic and molar pregnancies constitute medical emergencies under every jurisdiction within the U.S., and that any woman experiencing either condition would receive the same treatment that has always been available to them. The young ladies seemed to believe this to be a dubious proposal, and I can hardly fault their cynicism as it has been fueled by no lesser light than the President himself.

Continuing to present the material required for this particular group, I further explained that there is a cessation of menstruation for the duration of gestation. The assembled girls and women gave me nothing but quizzical looks and expressed a lack of understanding for my Seusian explication; hence I was forced to resort to the more vulgar “you don’t get your period while you’re pregnant.” To my dismay, the assemblage erupted in violent protest at this mere statement of biological fact. Various young women present expounded to me that their friend/cousin/sister/mama/grandma told them that they kept on getting their periods just as normal even while pregnant. One young woman present arose, finally, to speak to the group, and in eloquence nearly worthy Diogenes himself, proclaimed, “How you gonna tell me, and YOU AIN’T GOT NO COOCHIE!”

I must admit I was somewhat flummoxed, as it is indeed true that I have no coochie. Apparently my sad, sans-coochie state had left me unworthy to warn of the varied dangers of bleeding during pregnancy, which include not only the aforementioned ectopic and molar pregnancies, but infection, uterine rupture, miscarriage and all other sorts of terrible things. I longed to impart this knowledge to these young women in the hope of helping them avoid all manner of physical harm, and yet, sadly, I have no coochie.

So, friends, beware. One side has found the true seat of wisdom, the fount of knowledge, the heart of civilization, the…. Okay, enough of that. Their brains are in their coochies.

Also, check this out: https://spawnyspace.wordpress.com/2022/08/02/attention-2/

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