Thank God for William Barr and ‘Catholic paranoia’

The secular Left is apoplectic about his attack
on the ‘soft despotism of government dependency’

It’s a beautiful Indian Summer day in Wisconsin, if that term can be safely used the day after Indigenous Peoples Day. 

Does anyone know whether the Freedom From Religion atheists are picketing the Jesus Lunch kids and their parents at Verona high school again today?

For “Today’s secularists are decidedly not of the live-and-let-live variety,” William McGurn writes in the Wall Street Journal, in something of an understatement. Teenagers saying a prayer over their hot dogs? How … DIVISIVE!

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Socialism: the opiate of the Left

Once upon a time, the political Left preached tolerance. Now they demand conformity. We’ll be watching CNN (sound of fingernails grating on the blackboard) to determine if any of the 12 Democrats at tonight’s (10-15-19) presidential debate utter the word “God” or prayer. Haven’t heard it so far.

The Constitution prohibits establishing an official, favored government religion contra the U.K., where the Queen is the head of the Church of England. But the Freedom From Religion party has largely succeeded in turning that freedom upside down. The day is coming when Capitol guards will demand you deposit your rosary with any firearms you may be carrying.

wpc-4__00736__28993__29220__00372__62760.1500643988“Beto” O’Rourke, for instance, demands religious adherence to the Democrat(ic) party platform. Denounce same sex marriage at risk of a knock on the door from the IRS.

Religion? At a Catholic school?

Attorney General William Barr gave a speech at Notre Dame, that Catholic university in Pete Buttigieg’s village that has the Left writhing in conniption fits.

Of Barr’s speech, McGurn writes that the waning of religion’s influence in American life has left more of her citizens vulnerable to what Tocqueville called the “soft despotism” of government dependency.

“The secular project has itself become a religion, pursued with religious fervor,” Barr said. “It is taking on all the trappings of religion, including inquisitions and excommunication. Those who defy the creed risk a figurative burning at the stake — social, educational and professional ostracism and exclusion waged through lawsuits and savage social media campaigns.”

Mr. Barr blamed secularism for social pathologies such as drug addiction, family breakdown and increasing numbers of angry and alienated young males.

 

Subsidizing irresponsibility

“Whereas religion addresses such challenges by stressing personal responsibility, Mr. Barr argued, the state’s answer is merely to try to alleviate “bad consequences.”

Comment, respond, what do you think“So the reaction to growing illegitimacy is not sexual responsibility, but abortion,” he said. “The reaction to drug addiction is safe injection sites. The solution to the breakdown of the family is for the state to set itself up as an ersatz husband for the single mother and an ersatz father for the children. The call comes for more and more social programs to deal with this wreckage — and while we think we’re solving problems, we are underwriting them.

Barr’s apostasy undermines the entire Bernie/Warren/Pelosi/Satya/Maduro enterprise. (Full text of his speech)

How the heathens do rage!

Bernie fanboy John Nichols’ colleagues at The Nation are livid. Writer Joan Walsh pulls out all the Catholic conspiracy libels. “William Barr Is Neck-Deep in Extremist Catholic Institutions,” The Nation screams. Barr’s “extremist talk body-surf[ed] the fever swamps of Catholic paranoia.” 

Barr is “a paranoid right-wing Catholic ideologue who won’t respect the separation of church and state.” Barr holds “global grudges.” The attorney general didn’t warn, he “intoned darkly.” 

Those “extremist conservative Catholic institutions” include the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty (perhaps best known in recent years as the firm behind the Hobby Lobby case) and (believe it or not!) the Knights of Columbus, a fraternal order of Catholic men. Golly, so was Blaska’s dear departed father! (Newfound respect for the Old Man!)

Blaska’s Bottom Line: Walsh’s most recent book is titled What’s the Matter With White People? Bill Barr provided the answer, if you would but take to heart his speech at Notre Dame.

Pray tell, what do YOU think?

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It takes two (progressives) to reform the tango

Here there be dragons (however tiny)

A recent episode of your favorite blogge recounted the millions of dollars to be made exploiting micro-aggressions — those neutrinos of umbrage taken by the readily offended. (For the Record: the Squire’s pronouns are “Mr., Sir, and His Lordship.”)

here-be-dragonsIn Sunday’s WI State Journal, two letter writers describe themselves as “Witnessing Whiteness facilitators.” There is such a thing, apparently. (We are not in Kansas any more, Dorothy.) The whiteness facilitators recount the horror of Jim Crow but have to scratch for anything in the last 50+ years, settling on a UW-Madison student video that was “Nearly absent of people of color.”

“Nearly absent.” (Pause here to allow to sink in.) (Some assembly required.) Not absent but “nearly absent.” What the proper proportion should be, the whiteness facilitators venture not. Stand by for future facilitation.

Got implicit bias?

In that vein, The New York Times reports: “Argentine feminists remake the tango. A group of activists is trying to make tango less dogmatic about traditional gender roles, and more assertive about rooting out sexual harassment and assault.” This was Page One news on Sunday 10-5-19. The search for new micro-aggressions keeps many a Grievance Studies graduate employed. Today, the tango. Tomorrow, the Hokey Pokey?

Dragons wanted; no experience necessary

Comment, respond, what do you thinkNow here comes what professional journalists call “the nut graf,” the  paragraph that makes the point of the essay (for this blogge does have a point, so to speak): Today’s social justice warriors are suffering from hero envy. They long for the days of Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Atticus Finch, Jefferson Smith — dragon slayers.

What should drop in His Lordship the Squire’s lap but a timely quote from political philosopher Kenneth Minogue. As recounted by Barton Swaim in today’s (10-14-19) Wall Street Journal: 

In his classic study “The Liberal Mind” (1963), Minogue memorably compared modern liberalism in its prime to St. George slaying the dragon. From the 16th century to the 19th, the dragons were enormous: religious intolerance, slavery and the slave trade, wretched prison conditions. But liberalism, unlike St. George, did not know when to retire, and in the 20th century it “grew breathless in [its] pursuit of smaller and smaller dragons — for the big dragons were now harder to come by.”

Disagree about the 20th century. Fascism, communism, and Jim Crow were very large dragons. Furthermore, the Werkes concedes that a democratically elected President qualifies as a big dragon if the cause be just. But his adversaries are armed with little more than micro-aggressions. Enforce the border? How dare he! Abolish all borders! A phone call, with no follow-through? (We’ll concede boorishness.)

Some perspective: the same people (or their liberal-progressive-socialist antecedents) pilloried President Reagan, who fought the tyranny of communism. “Tear Down This Wall.” Now THAT was Big Stuff!

There’s no debate!

And still champion dragon-slayer, we give you The New York Times. Sunday (10-13-19) the newspaper of record cries out to right another hitherto undetected injustice:

“The Supreme Court Needs an L.G.B.T. Justice”

(Wouldn’t it be just like that Devil Trump to frustrate the NY Times by nominating a Federalist Society L.G.B.T. justice!)

In its search for a cure for Donald Trump, the Times asks “Are school debate competitions bad for our political discourse?” Would it surprise to know the answer is “Yes”? Debate “can be a good credential for aspiring leaders, but they favor a closed-minded and partisan style of argument.” Down with Debate Class! Has the whiff of implicit bias about it, anyway.

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Somewhere over the rainbow …

… the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true. DO watch the motion picture Judy, which recounts episodes in the last six months of Judy Garland before her death at age 47. The later Judy, so overwrought, was never our cup of tea. But hers is a helluva human story, and tragic. The Squire believes he has seen the best performance by an actress this year. Joe Morgenstern in the Wall St. Journal:

This wrecked legend, played with heart-stopping brilliance by Renée Zellweger, can’t help singing, even though her voice is shot and her body has almost given out. Its star sets the whole thing on fire every time she launches into a Garland classic in her own voice. … The sweet gamine of her early years has given way to a squint-eyed specter with hunched shoulders, pursed lips, a persimmon smile and an obsession with making enough money to provide a stable home for the youngest two of her children. … Having children, she says, “is like having your heart outside your body.”

So is singing, as she goes about it. … when she finally sings “Over the Rainbow,” what was predictable, indeed inevitable, turns out to be ineffably beautiful.

Blaska’s Bottom LineNow THERE was a dragon slayer even if the demons were her own.

What do YOU think?

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Blaska feels like disrupting a meeting

Who’s to stop him? 

After a brief struggle, Bad Blaska has assumed control of the Policy Werkes from St. David the Meek and Humble. 

Bad BlaskaBad Blaska is itching to disrupt a meeting. Not just any meeting but a preening hootenanny of liberals, progressives and socialists scheduled for next Thursday 10-17-19 at the Goodman community center, 214 Waubesa St., Madison. 

It is hosted by that terribly woke village scold State Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison; Alder Marsha Rummel, Progressive Dane; and “community advocate and activist” Brandi Grayson, Black Lives Matter. Their agenda: stop the Air Force’s new F-35 fighter jets from being deployed at Truax air field.

Ms. Grayson specializes in civil disobedience: shutting down rush hour traffic and disrupting meetings. Rummel and Taylor are her amen corners.  Continue reading

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Are white Madison progressives making racial minorities sick?

Fighting ‘racialized micro-aggressions’ from implicitly biased progressives, one perceived slight at a time

‘Racial Battle Fatigue’

Gaudy wallpaper

Experts have examined the wallpaper at Stately Blaska Manor and determined it is in bad taste — even nausea-inducing — but not racially offensive..

Madison’s terribly “woke” leaders have decided that crime is a public health issue. So, too, apparently, is racism. Given that progressive Madison WI is Identity Politics Central, you’ll find no burning crosses or separate water fountains but plenty of micro-aggressions.

Micro-aggressions are making minority races sick, goes the theory — which was worth a $1 million grant from UW-Madison’s Partnership Fund for a Healthy Future. 

A.O.K.

Not in Madison, you bastard!

“The white majority context in which African-Americans live, work and raise their families is often hostile to them merely because of the color of their skin,” claims the winner of the five-year, $1 million grant: Nehemiah’s Justified Anger Network. The Rev. Alex Gee, proprietor.

“This ‘hostility’ allegedly afflicts liberal wards that twice voted for President Barack Obama, says former SW side neighbor Kevin Wymore. We know this because Kevin won his open records lawsuit against the university to uncover this stuff. Continue reading

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Progressives are in the dark

N. California goes off the grid

Implementing A.O.C.’s Green New Deal

Some catastrophes ARE man– (SORRY!) person-made

The Blaska Easily Revocable Charitable Trust is mailing (special delivery) a 12-pack of AA batteries to Brother Richard in Sonoma, California. (AKA Northern Venezuela.) We do what we can to mitigate world suffering. Because California north of the Golden Gate bridge has gone dark. It’s a blackout without air raid sirens, which presumably would not operate because there is no electricity.

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Elizabeth Warren voter

San Francisco and the Emerald City of Madison WI may as well be twin cities. Both are beautiful places made more wondrous by magical thinking. The two locales enjoy (if that is the word) Progressive Politics written with a capital P. Madison’s new mayor is a farm team version of Elizabeth Warren. (Madison was too liberal for “Havana Paul” Soglin!) San Francisco is Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi, and its former mayor — now governor — Gavin Newsom, having succeeded Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown.  Continue reading

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Trump better play nice with Mitch

The U.S. Senate could have President Hubris
by the short hairs if it wished

Headline: “Turkey Begins Syria Incursion, Targeting Militia Backed by U.S.”

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Mitch McConnell (left)

Is Donald Trump trying to make Election 2020 closer than a barber’s shave? We get it that America is tired of overseas wars but pulling out of Syria precipitously betrays the Kurdish people who may be the most sincere players in that troubled part of the world. Our most loyal ally against ISIS et al. Trump’s overnight move may backfire politically. You can screw the Kurds like Chamberlain and Daladier screwed the Czechs but don’t diss the Republican Senate, which likes to think has a foreign policy portfolio. Continue reading

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