Out for Blood

Where is the outrage?   No, relax,  I don’t think we’ll hafta wait long.  I just heard the FBI is going to start taking DNA samples from asylum seekers, so they can see whether they get any matches later on in the criminal databases.  Come to think of it, I guess they don’t need to draw blood, just a cheek swab or a loose hair will do..

Cue the Ninth Circuit.  The US, has no right—no right, I say!!— to attempt any measure,  no matter how benign,  which might assist it in determining rational immigration policy.
This despite the fact that we now know that American citizens have no immunity from every specie 0f covert surveillance.... [Read More]

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Matins

“Awake! For Morning in the bowl of night/ Has flung the Stone which sets the Stars to flight-/And Lo! The Hunter of the East has caught/The Sultan’s turret in a noose of light!” ( Rubayiat)

“There is more room to live now. The once-secret dawn/Comes late by daylight, and the dark unguarded goes.”  (MacLeish, Immortal Autumn) ... [Read More]

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Full Circle?

I looked up the “Benedict Option”  after DocLor mentioned it in comments on a recent thread.   “Intentional communities”: I can’t call to mind any concept that has engendered in me such conflicting emotions.

I’m afraid the first of those is a frisson of holy terror.   Waco, Heaven’s Gate…homeowners’ associations!   No, I don’t mean to be funny (I just can’t help it, hee hee!)   But David Koresh was a religious leader, who thought his ministry would synchronize the 3 Abrahamic creeds . (Qu’eresh is Mohammed’s birthplace; I prefer to think of ol’ Dave  as an Islamic terrorist.)   The Heaven’s Gate people who eventually committed mass suicide had a belief system very similar to Nation of Islam, involving a mothership swooping up the faithful,  who had lain peaceably down to die in their pristine white sneakers. (O god, and that made me remember the nightmarish images of Jonestown.)... [Read More]

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You Made Greatness Your Companion

“These are the clouds about the fallen sun, /The majesty that shuts his burning eye:/The weak  lay hand  on what  the strong has done,/Till that be tumbled that was lifted high/And discord follow  upon unison,/And all things at one common level lie./And therefore, friend, if your great race were run/And these things came, so much the more thereby/Have you made greatness your companion,/Although it be for children that you sigh:/These are the clouds about the fallen sun,/The majesty that shuts his burning eye. “

I don’t know whether Trump is going to make it.  The strongest warrior can be brought like Alexander to an ignominious stinking deathbed by a colony of microbes; or blinded, disfigured, killed by a swarm of angry insects.
I’ve always loved the language of this poem, although I found it kinda incomprehensible.  I identify the “burning eye” with the mystic ocular symbol on the dollar bill.  The line about the children never really came home to me. Until now, watching Trump, so beset within the confines of the Capitol, leaving the swarms of insects behind, rising above them in Marine One to blaze out  over the great open spaces of our heartland. Why is doing it, HOW can he do it, night after night, while back on the Hill, the pestilential microbes , thwarted again and again by the robust health of his defenses, germinate their next insidious mutations?... [Read More]

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We’ll Have What HE’s Having!

Trump has now been speaking for nearly 2.5  hours, to a packed arena in Omar’s back yard.  He is funny, he’s passionate, he’s tireless!  And I can’t think of any topic he hasn’t touched upon.   Now he’s reaffirming the Bill of Rights!
After what this man has been through, his energy and enthusiasm are an inspiration.  Whence this strength?

Inside  and outside, they’re reporting a total of about 45,000 Trump supporters there.
”…winning, winning, winning, winning!”  “The best is yet to come!”
…and here comes the emblematic finish! MAGA!... [Read More]

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Can anybody tell me?

…why a Fox News Poll (!) shows 51% of Americans now want Trump Impeached and removed,

when,  at the same time, Fox has long been #1 on cable tv, when books by Levin, Greg Jarrett, Pirro, McCarthy and their like,  exposing Dem corruption and dishonesty, consistently and for long periods top The NY Times bestseller lists?... [Read More]

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We Thought We Knew What Evil Was….

…..and now, we have to be re-educated.

I’ve gotten into the habit of sending a daily blog to some of my friends and family when we travel, a practice I recommend to all voyagers:  it helps concentrate the mind on what you’re seeing, and fix the memories. (And, well, if people don’t like it, after all,they can just delete it..)   During our trip in April, I concentrated on twentieth century history in Bavaria and Eastern Europe, instead of the much more picturesque and enjoyable ancient history involving trade and battles with which tourists are usually regaled.... [Read More]

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How Many Poles Does it Take To Save Christendom?

Trick  question!  Because they did it at least twice!

Not  that Christendom had done Poland any favors.   The country was Christianized in 966, when King Mieszko was baptized.  (And when a king was baptized, all his subjects got wet too .). But  thAt didn’t stop the Teutonic Knights from insisting the Poles were pagans and marching in to  convert them for Rome by dungeon, fire and sword in the 13th century.  By that time, the Crusades to the Holy Land had fizzled out; the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem fell in 1187, so……what’s a Crusader knight to do with himself?... [Read More]

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The Bitter Glass

“Gaze no more in the bitter glass/That demons in their subtle guile/Lift up before us as they pass,/Or only gaze a little while;/For there a fatal image grows/That the stormy night receives…”.   —Yeats, The Two Trees

I always thought this poem is about the terrors of the mirror, “the glass of outer weariness”, which is so disheartening to the poet’s beloved, to whom this poem is addressed.  Doris Lessing called it “the mirror ghoul”.  In the mirror she sees a broken, blackened tree, whereas if she gazes “in thine own heart” as the poet exhorts her to do, she will see instead the “flourishing hidden tree” with its ‘old ignorant leafy ways”, and her eyes will fill instead with “tender care” .... [Read More]

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Holy Fool

The spectacle of adult, uh, if not world leaders, ,then at least eminences, sitting meekly and applauding the autistic Swedish adolescent as she excoriated them, tickled at the back of my consciousness: what does this remind us of?

Of course the obvious reference is Joan of Arc,  the schizophrenic Maid of Orleans, guided by oral hallucinations, “voices” , which commanded her to rid French soil of the English taint.  But she’s a little too rational, or the edges have been worn and fondled off her radicalism, her transvesticism has been romanticized,  she’s just, idk, like a brave, tomboyish suffragette.... [Read More]

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September 23

“ …And though the after-world will never hear/ The happy name of one so gently true,/ Nor chronicles write large this fatal year,/ Yet we who loved you, though we be but few/Keep you in whatsoe’er is good, and rear/In our weak virtues, monuments to you.”

—Santayana, “To W.P.”... [Read More]

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Evening: A Few Lines

“I have been so great a lover, filled my days/So proudly with the splendour of Love’s praise,/ The pain, the calm, and the astonishment—/ Desire illimitable, and still content!

….Love is a flame: we have beaconed the world’s night,/ A city, and we have built it, these and I-/An emperor: we have taught the world to die.”... [Read More]

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Righters’ Almanac

Is a “right” a “moral or legal entitlement” (emphasis supplied) as one definition I read says? I reckon that’s ok; we know what a legal entitlement is, and I guess to be morally entitled to something, you have to have merited it somehow , or suffered for it, like “having a perfect right to be angry”.

But  the way we usually hear “right” used in our political discourse is to refer to “civil rights”, the purpose of which is to guarantee equal and non-discriminatory participation in the affairs of our republic.  That is true even when they call it, instead, a “human right”.... [Read More]

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