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Monday, January 28, 2019

An Occasion of Sin

There are a lot about, especially in the media. And boy do people rise to the occasions they find. So, to continue where I left off, with the Covington Catholic High School lad, we need to look carefully to see just where people can go wrong. And by 'wrong' I mean Sin. And by 'people' I count m'self in with you and the rabble, far left, alt-right and centre.
But first .. Put the stones down and step away from the fake news purveyors.


The left especially have a pronounced hypocricy, but don't think  that the ordinary folk do not. The lefties were as quick to condemn one high school lad as they were to rush to condemn anyone who tried to question another high school lad. 

Conservatives have a similar, albeit less noticeable propensity to hypocricy too.

And what did the lad do? He 'smirked', apparantly, although to me he seemed to be smiling a tad nervously. For that, the stones started flying. 

THIS is a SMIRK

The tweets, and other social media 'messages' wanted blood and guts, often literally.  They did not stop to think, nor gather facts. 


That is what we expect of journalists, but guess what?  They didn't wait, think nor collect facts either.

But, let us back up a bit for those who have not caught up let alone risen to the occasions. The hopefully sinless .... in this instance.  Christopher DeGroot gave some background before Anthony Esolen brought the message home about OUR sins.

Christopher focused on those that should know better.
Conservative Moral Prostitutes
People need enemies and scapegoats. People need someone or something to hate. For there is meaning and vitality in hating. There is, above all, unity, especially in politics, defined as it is by conflicts and group interests.
OK. Some people. Perhaps most. 
We learned this dark lesson this week.
We saw the usual conservative moral prostitutes rush to condemn a group of innocent young Christian men. Students at Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills, Kentucky, they attended a pro-life rally at the Lincoln Memorial in D.C. last Saturday. Also present was a group of Native Americans, for like everyone these days, they too have grievances to express and rights to affirm. 
At one point a man named Nathan Phillips decided to walk up to Nick Sandmann, a member of the pro-life group, and bang a drum and sing in his face. 
Phillips is 64. Sandmann is 16. But Phillips’ behavior would have been extremely stupid even if he weren’t much older than the teenager. 
What was the meaning of the drumming and singing? What was it supposed to accomplish? 
Did Sandmann, as a young white man wearing a MAGA hat at a pro-life rally, embody such evils as Phillips sees fit to protest?
The answer, of course, is no. 
Yet as Jonathan Swift said, man is not a rational animal, but an animal that is capable of rationality. 
So it happened that many people, upon seeing brief footage of a white teenager smiling at an old Native American man while a group of boys, also wearing MAGA hats, looked on from behind the two men, assumed Sandmann and his schoolmates were looking for trouble. 
In their white privilege, they chose to pick on and ridicule Phillips, who, having dark skin, was oppressed by definition.
More detailed footage soon revealed all this to be nonsense. 
The boys, indeed, had done nothing wrong, and it was Phillips who was the agitator, though the plainly idiotic and dishonest man has put a benevolent-sounding spin on his conduct. (We also know now that Phillips is not, as he had claimed to be, a Vietnam veteran.) 
Sandmann and the other boys have been objects of hatred in both the media and on social media. 
Some have received death threats. And with that reflexive gutlessness that marks Christianity in our time, their school issued an apology. So did the Diocese of Covington.
It has been quite revealing to see how much hatred there is for white people in America, and what little it takes for it to come forth. 
Events, however, are essentially occasions for the assertion and expression of human character. 
Thus, if you know what people value and believe, you can have a pretty good sense of how they will perceive and judge phenomena in general. It is remarkable how predictable people are in this respect.
Christopher drew parallels with the Kavanagh hearings where similar wild lies were told to discredit the man (I abridged for brevity - follow the link) and mentions an example of what a journal wickedly threw at this lad: 
Hence the 'National Review' article “The Covington Students Might as Well Have Just Spit on the Cross,” written by Nicholas Frankovich and published at 2:55 a.m. on Sunday at the magazine’s website. 
The Covington boys, according to Frankovich, “mock a serious, frail-looking older man and gloat in their momentary role as Roman soldiers to his Christ. ‘Bullying’ is a worn-out word and doesn’t convey the full extent of the evil on display here.”
Remember, he is talking about a smiling boy, otherwise silent, with a drum banging in his face by a man who is shown subsequently to be a damnable liar. 
His hysterical enthusiasm increasing, Frankovich continues: 
For some of us, the gospel stories of Jesus’s passion and death are so familiar we no longer hear them. The evangelists are terse in their descriptions of the humiliations heaped on Jesus in the final hours before his crucifixion, the consummate humiliation. Read the accounts again or, if you’d rather not, watch the video. The human capacity for sadism is too great.
Unhappily, Frankovich failed to work in a Hitler reference for his fellow good team members.
National Review silently removed Frankovich’s article on the same day it was published. Then, with shameless hypocrisy, the magazine began publishing articles taking the media to task for its coverage of the Covington boys. 
To his credit, Frankovich has apologized for his atrocious article. But his destructive moralizing is just one instance of a general practice on the right. 
A quick look around on google, twitter, facebook and other social media will show the most disgusting, violent and obscene messages about and directed to this lad.  Mainly, I have to say, from the Left. 

We can point a finger, at Frankovich amongst many others but before we pick up the stones (which to my mind he richly desereves at least a few), let us hear from Anthony.  

Anthony Esolen is a lecturer, translator, and writer. His latest books are Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child and Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture. He directs the Center for the Restoration of Catholic Culture at Thomas More College of the Liberal Arts.
The Greater Sins in the Covington Incident
I dislike speaking about failure and sin, and dearly wish that the leaders of my Church would give me less occasion to do so.
Everyone by now has heard about what happened to boys from Covington Catholic High School.  They were at the Lincoln Memorial, waiting for the bus home to Kentucky.  
They were in Washington, of course, to protest the murder of unborn children.  
In other words, unlike almost everybody else who goes to Washington to protest, they were there not to campaign, not to condemn a political party, and not to demand something for themselves, but to protect human lives that are now vulnerable to destruction.  Some of them were wearing a Make America Great Again cap.
Then they were harassed, in the vilest terms, by members of what appears to be a lunatic group, the “African Israelites.”  They did not respond in kind.  
They began to chant school chants, to drown out the insults.  At that point another protest group came into the picture.  They yelled at the boys too, telling them to go back to Europe.  This one was led by an American Indian (I too am native; I was born in the United States), beating a drum, within inches of the face of a boy he had apparently targeted.  The boy, nonplussed, held his ground and smiled a frozen smile.
Let us enumerate the sins that followed.  
The Diocese of Covington, along with many another organization and person, leapt to condemn the boy in harsh terms.  They did so without knowing what happened.  After all, they were not there.
This is called PREJUDICE, or RASH JUDGMENT.  You have the tree and the noose ready, and you say so publicly, before you know a thing.  
What prompts the sin of PREJUDICE?  A variety of things, in this case.  One was race hatred: many people leapt to judgment because the accused were white 
One was our endemic contempt for boys.  One was political faction: people who do not believe as I believe about X – fill in the blank – are not simply mistaken, short-sighted, ignorant, or simply possessed of a different judgment about what is possible or advisable for the common good.  They are wicked.
That was shortly followed by VINDICTIVENESS.  People called for the boy to be expelled, and they were glad to subject him, his family, and his school to national disgrace.  The glee of vengeance causes people to lose all sense of proportion, and to forget their sins.
Unless I am much mistaken, this is not a land of saints.  To be rude to an old man is bad, even when the old man is behaving in a disgraceful way.  Place the worst construction upon the boy’s action.  Each of us has done plenty of things that are a hundred times more wicked, vile, and destructive than is that sin in question.  If the boy deserved expulsion for that, we should all deserve, for our worst sins, protracted torments followed by slow hanging.  The very call for a wildly disproportionate and ruthless punishment was such a sin.
But, of course, the lad has simply stood silently, smiling. 
A lot of people began to have second thoughts.  Others roamed over the Internet to find something, anything, that would cast the school in a bad light.  Some said that the boy did not himself write his sometimes ungrammatical apologia, explaining what happened.  They had, of course, no evidence for their accusation.
This was the sin of CALUMNY.  By this time, people knew quite well that the boys had not sought out any confrontation, and that they had been already abused by grown men aplenty.
To abuse the weak – children, women, youths – is at least a sin of COWARDICE, and to call them “faggots” and “incest kids” compounded the abuse with the sin of OBSCENITY.  To withhold the truth about the context of the incident, truth that would mitigate any guilt, or exonerate entirely, is to commit the sin of DETRACTION.
The Indian with the drum and his group showed up at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception the next evening, attempting to disrupt the Mass.  This was a sin of SACRILEGE, against the holy place and the worship of innocent people; in the context of what they had already done, it was the sin of CONTUMACY, and of SOWING DISCORD.
The school had to remain closed the following Monday, and the boy and his family have received plenty of threats of violence and death.  I have seen some of these.  Incitement to a felony crime is nothing for police to take lightly.  These are, at the least, sins of MALICE, not of intemperance; sins committed not in the heat of a situation that has come upon you suddenly, but in the cold; deliberate, calculated, intentional.
At the worst, they are sins of VIOLENCE, and of vicarious participation in the evil that is wished, if someone should be so mad or so wicked as to burn or kill.
I am not calling for the prejudicial, the contumacious, the cowardly, the deceitful, the vindictive, the factious, the malicious, and the violent to be strung up.  
The point is that, surrounding these boys and taking their words and actions in the worst way they can reasonably be taken, are crowds of people committing the sins I have named, sins that are many orders of magnitude more miserable.
That people can commit them and not be aware of the trap they have set for their own feet is simply astonishing to me. 
 I do not understand it.  I’m not a saint.  I daresay they are not saints, either.  
But they think they are.
They must think they are, because nobody, knowing that he is steeped in moral sewage from head to toe, would rave and rage at the filth on his neighbor’s shoe.  It would be worse than nonsensical.  It would be like begging for the vengeance of God to come down upon you.
Amongst the vile people denouncing the boy and calling for his punishment was the local Archbishop. A man who should have been aware of the mud and filth. 

His 'deeds' were Sinful.

From those given great position, powers and gifts, much more is expected. From Headmasters too.  

The behaviours of many all around this event were appalling

Whilst we may have to wait for Judgement from my Supplier at some later date, the 'society' we live in has its own means. The Law.

The boy's father has hired 'counsel' to pursue those that lied, threatened, calumnised, etc.
Covington Student Nick Sandmann Hires Prominent Libel Attorney
The family of Nick Sandmann, the teenager in the middle of the now-notorious encounter between a Native American man and several high school students wearing “Make America Great Again” hats, has hired a prominent libel attorney.
The family hired Atlanta-based lawyer L. Lin Wood on Thursday, family attorney Todd McMurtry confirmed.  
Wood has been called a “smooth-talking Southern attorney” that has “carved out a successful career representing the high-profile and falsely accused,” according to The Washington Post in 2011.
Wood represented former Republican presidential nominee Herman Cain after his campaign was derailed by sexual harassment claims, and also represented the family of JonBenet Ramsey, who were suspected in the murder of the child pageant queen.
Wood “is committed to bringing justice to 16-year-old Nick Sandmann and his family.” 
'Tis pity Denny Crane isn't real and available. He would frighten ten shades of greenback out of the hundreds whose arses he would haul into Court. 

It is going to be necessary to send a very hard message to anyone so willing to try to destroy with lies and threats.

Meanwhile, I thanked the gentlemen for their views and pulled pints all around.

Now, lest anyone think (uncharitably) that I take a 'holier than Thou' attitude here, none of the vile people involved traspassed against me, so I am in no position to offer forgiveness.  (Trolls have aimed at me in the past and I forgave them - keeping them outside the hedge lest there be more 'occasions of sin'.)

Those that apologise to young Nick may seek his forgiveness. But their souls -psyches are severely damaged. Perhaps out of ignorance or from 'possession' There are many out there - most of us? - who are subject to the attention of demons.

Pray for them.

I too may have some things to report in Confession. The Archbishop may need time with his Confessor as well.

Pray for me.

How about you?

Drink up.

Pax.














Two-faced January

Few things typify two-faced January (Janus) better the media. Barely are we into the year than that Institution of many parts and many nonebrities has accelerated its 'fake news' output beyond all the predictions of the psychics -  the media's competitors, who just as typically got the near future all wrong. And we in the Tavern sat back to watch the mayhem and sink a few pints along with the floundering reputations of the hoity toities. I had to counsel even m'self to refrain from the attractive sins that  even exposure to lies propel us. 

Sins, eh, said someone. Yes, they lie in wait in the weeds ready to drag us down. Make no excuses: sins are those actions, omissions, the thoughts, the 'feelings' entertained and relished, that distance us from God by damaging our 'psyche' (soul). They call to us like sirens. The media are the modern sirens.

The bars have been crowded with the voices of customers putting their two penn'th in, such that two posts will barely suffice and enable me to untangle the obvious sins, the sinners and the not-so-obvious ones of both. So, this and the one to follow will seek some  exposures and enlightening.

John Nolte kicked off:
Four Massive Media Hoaxes in First Three Weeks of 2019
We are only three weeks into 2019, a mere 22 days, and already the establishment media have hit us with four massive hoaxes, four flaming piles of fake news.
Led primarily by CNN, the Washington Post, BuzzFeed, NBC News, and the New York Times — the same media that have spent two years crybabying about being labeled fake news — have already run these cons on the American people with a full week still left in the first month of this new year.
Worst still, the media continue to stand by these debunked hoaxes, including one that resulted in death threats against children.
Does anyone still want to argue fake news is not the enemy of the people?
After this trip down memory lane, I doubt it:
1. Media Lie About Conservatives Outraged Over Dancing Video
The media opened the year on a stupid note with a wave of fake news that claimed, without any evidence (because there was none), conservatives had become outraged by a video of Socialist It Girl, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), getting her groove on in high school.
You know, because we’re all the dad in Footloose.
“Dance-off: Attempt to shame Ocasio-Cortez with video backfires,” howled Reuters.
Bid to embarrass Ocasio-Cortez backfires,” screamed the far-left CNN on at least five occasions on YouTube alone.
“Conservatives mock Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for college dancing video, everyone else thinks it’s adorable,” reported something called a Newsweek.
And on and on…
Just why even the most buttoned-up conservative would be  'Outraged' by a young woman dancing (if it can be called that) even a young woman so obviously marked by ignorance, beats me. But we are expected to believe that !

Memo to media: If you are going to lie, at least make it credible. At least they got the 'backfire' bit right. The ones who it backfired upon ?- they got that wrong too.
Other than the fact that there was not even one example of a conservative doing anything more than shrugging the video off or agreeing it was a charming video of a high school girl acting like a high school girl, the story was 100 percent fake news, totally fabricated, conjured from whole cloth.
End Result: No retractions, corrections, or apologies.
2. Media Spread Homophobic Conspiracy Theory About Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Somehow, between their hoax about conservative outrage over a dancing Marxist and their malicious hoax about Lindsey Graham being a homosexual Manchurian candidate, the media were able to offer Americans nine whole days without spreading fake news.
But then the dam broke as CNN and MSNBC sought to bully Graham over his recent support for President Trump.
According to CNN and MSNBC, the only reason Graham supports Trump is because Trump has proof that Graham is a closet homosexual.
So, Trump is somehow, what, 'blackmailing' someone over and assumed sexual proclivity that the rest of that society gives kudos to, along with court support if anyone dares to refuse to make a cake for them? Oh, come on ! 

If the Prince of Lies does training exercises for minor demons, he sure starts off with a low bar.
End Result: No retractions, corrections, or apologies.
3. Media Lie About Trump Suborning Perjury
Just a couple days after spreading that conspiracy theory against Graham, the media began to work its way into a Fake News Frenzy after the far-left BuzzFeed published the ludicrous claim President Trump told his then-personal attorney to lie to Congress about a real estate deal.
As Breitbart News pointed out at the time, the story was absurd on its face. To begin with, the lead reporter is a serial fabulist, the story was based on two anonymous sources, and BuzzFeed was forced to admit it had no proof to back up the claim.
Nevertheless, for some 36 hours, an unquestioning media screamed IMPEACHMENT, at least until no less than Special Counsel Robert Mueller fact-checked the BuzzFeed story and declared it fake news.
From the word go, the media knew this story was a lie. 
But they also knew Trump was in a box because there was no way he could prove a negative, that he had not done some something. Never in a million years did they believe Mueller would drop a piano on them.
End Result: 
No retractions, corrections, or apologies
The far-left BuzzFeed is sticking by its fake news, and even though the horse’s mouth declared it fake news, the rest of the media are following suit in defending the story.
4. Media Launch Online Hate Crime Against Covington High School Kids
Desperate to get the BuzzFeed fiasco off the Sunday front page, and based solely on selectively-edited video and their own seething hatred of Trump supporters, the media launched a rage-fueled jihad against — get this — kids, teenagers… And all of it proved to be a lie.
The full video proves an American Indian activist sought and failed to provoke these kids, who were guilty of nothing more than minding their own business.
What’s more, these kids were verbally abused for the better part of an hour by a group of black nationalists hurling racial and homophobic slurs.
Through it all, the MAGA-supporting kids remained cheerful, which kept the situation from escalating.
End Result: These innocent kids, their families, and their school are facing death threats, while Maggie Haberman of the New York Times and the Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty refuse to retract their proven lies and CNN’s Kirsten Powers is STILL falsely accusing them of using the N-word:
If you think the media are despicable and dishonest now, wait till the 2020 presidential election — you haven’t seen anything yet.
There was quite a bit of talk about the Covington Catholic Boys and I will get to that in the next post, as it concerns all of us. And the many sins that you may not have even considered, that weigh that incident down. Unless there is much repenting, many souls will sink into Hell over it, millstones attached to their necks. 

The media liars have much to repent: much retraction to do; many apologies to make. Confession is good for the soul but may cause a career change as they get fired. Not that many will do any of that or suffer any consequence. 

And to round this round off before I had to recharge everyone's glasses, we heard of a fine charge by Mrs Trump's lawyers. Andrew Bolt brought the good news and some fake news 'end result'.
FAKE NEWS SHAME: PAPER APOLOGISES FOR TRASHING MELANIA TRUMP
Now London's Telegraph pays "substantial damages" to Melania Trump and issues a shopping list of corrections to "false statements" in an article last week that trashed her. 
The apology is extraordinary long and extraordinarily swift:
""Following last Saturday’s (Jan 19) Telegraph magazine cover story “The mystery of Melania”, we have been asked to make clear that the article contained a number of false statements which we accept should not have been published. 
Mrs Trump’s father was not a fearsome presence and did not control the family. 
Mrs Trump did not leave her Design and Architecture course at University relating to the completion of an exam, as alleged in the article, but rather because she wanted to pursue a successful career as a professional model. 
Mrs Trump was not struggling in her modelling career before she met Mr Trump, and she did not advance in her career due to the assistance of Mr Trump.
We accept that Mrs Trump was a successful professional model in her own right before she met her husband and obtained her own modelling work without his assistance. Mrs Trump met Mr Trump in 1998, not in 1996 as stated in the article. 
The article also wrongly claimed that Mrs Trump’s mother, father and sister relocated to New York in 2005 to live in buildings owned by Mr Trump. They did not. 
The claim that Mrs Trump cried on election night is also false.
We apologise unreservedly to The First Lady and her family for any embarrassment caused by our publication of these allegations. As a mark of our regret we have agreed to pay Mrs Trump substantial damages as well as her legal costs.""
So which writer got so much wrong, and so maliciously wrong?
The article, written by Nina Burleigh, who works for Newsweek as national politics correspondent, was an excerpt of her upcoming book Golden Handcuffs: The Secret History of Trump's Women.
Burleigh is of the media's establishment Left, actually teaching her brand of "journalism": 
She is an adjunct professor at Columbia University's graduate school of journalism.
A contributing editor at Salon.com and Elle magazine, her work has also appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and Time magazine, among others. 
And she refuses to admit to her many errors, despite the Telegraph pulling her piece and paying damages:
When reached for comment by The Daily Beast, Burleigh noted, "...The book has been out since October, and excerpted widely in various U.S. publications without a peep of objection. I stand by my reporting."
"Reporting" seems a very loose term. Burleigh's problem here seems to be that Britain has tougher libel laws than the US, where the media is much freer to publish falsehoods.
You might think it is easy to spot a lie: spot liars. It isn't. Especially today when we are bombarded by confusing 'information', data, opinion, news and complete fakery designed to confuse even further. 

Our propensity to 'react' before knowing sufficient facts to form an educated opinion leads the unwary into swamps. We become complicit, if not in the fakery itself, then in a myriad other sins that the 'occasion' presents.

The Black Pidgeon had something to say about appalling journalists too. He advises them to 'learn how to code' for when they get fired. That is what journalists advised coal miners in America who had lost their jobs. Fitting reposte. 

That brings us onto the next post. The Covington Scandal.

Before the Chef sets to getting it ready for you, I shall pull pints and pour a round of drinks. It is getting crowded in here.

We will need all the Grace we can get.

Pax.






Saturday, January 26, 2019

Jillette

I am a man with a Beard: nevertheless my neck needs shaving from time to time for which my Sword does extra duty. I shall not let a lady's blade do a job of a man's blade. I advise all chaps to think and act similarly. 

Put an appropriate hat and coat on and I could carry off the look of a ship's Master.  But that was not my calling.

Lady's blade?  Babbette, Lynnette, Jillette, Gillette. Girls' names. Gillette made its fortune after a salesman, seeking 'Salesman of the Year' and having captured his territory market of blokes, persuaded ladies too, to shave their armpits, and so vastly increased his sales.  But he did it by suggesting that 'other' women were 'ashamed' of body hair, (Boo, hiss), so they should be also. He won his title and the company dominated. The company was too smart by half back then: now they are just stupid.

The recent advert will be persuasive too. It has already persuaded men to throw their Gillette razors away and try others. And do you blame them? It grievously insulted men. Gillette has 'form' in the blame and shame business. It turned to a fetid feminist to develop their advert: one with a track record of demeaning and dismissing men. Now she will dispossess the company of a substantial proportion of its customers. 
Well done 'saleswoman of the year'.


Just why any sane person or company would insult its male customers is not hard to figure. Our society has turned against itself and those that provide for it and protect it. 

A decade ago, Gillette held 70 percent of the global market share for razors, and now it holds 54 percent. Those sales didn’t disappear; they went to those newer, savvier companies that don’t have 100 years of history making women feel bad about body hair.  

Now it is suggesting men should feel ashamed about being men. (Hiss, Boo..t)

The Marketing Dept. has simply jumped on the anti-male bandwagon, thoughlessly and stupidly. Self-emasculation seems to be part and parcel of the civilisational suicide we see around us. 

It does well to remind ourselves of the Good that men do and the Good Men all around us. Not perfect men; not all heroic; not all budding Saints. But good blokes in the main.  It is necessary to show it, not grossly over-emphasis the small proportion of bad men as that awful advert tried. It is especially important that the ladies who have heart, soul and Good nature give acknowledgement of Good men too.

As did the Lady of the Tavern yesterday.
Good women, see the good in masculine men.
I am by far no expert in masculinity.  I just know that I know it when I see it.  I see an attack on men all around me and that concerns me greatly.  
But I want to take some time to shine a light on a few of the good masculine men I have come across lately.  
I would like to celebrate men like these.  
I want to highlight that what masculine men offer the world is vital.  It is essential to our very survival, as a nation.
I can’t speak for all women, but I, for one, can see value in authentic masculinity.
The man in this photo came from a country that was not free.  He came to the United States as a small child and became an Army Green Beret.  
He sacrificed, he bled, he fought with his strength for the good of others, and he protects those he loves.  
We need more like him in this country and elsewhere.  I see good in this man.
“Ranger School Class 7-94 (Back when there was still a Desert Phase) 19 yrs old. Graduation day with my little sister @anessaarnold After losing close to 30 lbs... When there is no more fat and your body eats away at muscle.. When you have to wear winter BDUs because all the other ripstop BDUs have torn away... You start to realize that mindset is the strength that will carry you on.
The little boy, who did as boys do: became a Man.

 This understanding later allowed me to finish college (With Academic Honors) while taking on some of the hardest assignments in the military. No matter who you are or what you decide to do... Never stop... Never quit... And never let others decide your fate. #RLTW #ronintactics #life #godandcountry 🇺🇸 #journeyofathousandmiles” (https://www.instagram.com/p/BsdRjWcDZTq/) 
Stephen Labossiere

A man who goes into the wild, looks the part after a short while. Warriors don't use Gillette. 

A Man and his Beard
Men are born to be heroes, they are born to be warriors.  Each in their own way with the gifts God has given them.  And we need men like this.  
Stephen Willeford is no stranger to adversity.  He is a Texas man, a good man, and ran into a church when a madman decided to kill 26 innocent people and injure over 20 more over a year ago in Sutherland Springs, Texas. 
Another Man with a Beard.
He rushed into a church while getting shot at himself to help save and protect the innocent who came to worship that day.  
He is a good man.  
This is what masculinity looks like and it is a good thing.  
We, as a society.  Should cherish good men like this.  
I say this and highlight these men to show that you are needed, you are valued and you are wanted by those of us that still have our sanity.  There are many more.  You know who you are.  And may God bless strong masculine men.  May you continue to be all that God has called and designed you to be.
“The rifle has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own.  Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles.” Jeff Cooper.
I have little doubt that the feminist woman who made the advert does not approve of rifles, churches or bothering to look out of her window to see good men. She is 'fixed' in her lefty feminism. 

Some people just WILL not see beyond what they want to see.

The interview below has a fixed-minded woman who liked the advert and just would not see what men (and decent women) saw in it. The man being interviewed was quite clear and direct however. Let us not dwell on the interviewer chap who appears to stumble over his words - trying to be 'careful'? 

You be careful too.

Don't do as Jillette has done and cut your own throat.

Have a drink instead.

Raise a class to my favourite Lady.

Pax

Friday, January 25, 2019

A Man Would Have To Be Mad.....

....to go to see a therapist these days. Not that many men do, of course. When not polishing my armour, cleaning my sword and engaging in battle, I moonlighted as a Psychologist for upward of quarter of a century and my consulting rooms saw lines of women, some bringing their children, some their husbands, but few men on their own. I was not surprised at the distribution: I know enough about men and about women.  Men try hard to sort things out for themselves. That is far and away their best solution today. 

The Profession has been taken over ( I have long since moved on) by women, mostly still with the cradle marks on their rumps and a feminist chip on their shoulders. The Professional Association are dominated by leftists and weak men, lesbians and those 'attracted' to perversions. They are churned out by the Universities which have long fallen to Marxism and Feminism. Hey, just my observations, OK?

I am quite sure that some people, men as well as women, are in need of the wisdom and perspectives of a sound shrink; the problem is finding a sound one.

Most are captured by fanciful and often dangerous ideologies that are a very long way from a psychological discipline.  The ubiquitous Zozchial Verker is a fast -and easy track to infiltration. And the effects of such are damaging to women, children and men - and to society. 

Recently it has affected even commerial manufacturers and retailers. The Gillette advertisment  the other week (I won't soil the bar with it here) demeaned and calumnised men (and even boys) outrageously, going well beyond the now 'normal' advertisers' trope of making men look foolish and inept. What could possibly go wrong ? 

Perhaps something could start to go right, when we consider the response to it.  Other more resonable and sensitive commercial enterprises have quickly countered.

The American Psychological Association has even gone so far, after giving its stamp of approval to at least half a dozen 'mental illness' / perversions of just a few years ago, as to 'authorise' a complete rejection and repudiation of normal, healthy masculinity. 

The Association has fallen. It is now not fit for purpose. It is a dangerous sinkhole.

Denis Prager dropped by and gave his view. He had some tips for choosing a sound professional.
American Psychological Association Has Made Choosing a Therapist Easy   
The American Psychological Association has, in its words, issued 
its first-ever guidelines for practice with men and boys.” 
These guidelines “draw on more than 40 years of research showing that traditional masculinity is psychologically harmful and that socializing boys to suppress their emotions causes damage.”
Three observations:
1) The last thing American males need today is less masculinity.
If you need proof, ask women who are looking for a husband whether the men they date exhibit too much masculinity, too little masculinity or just the right amount. I have talked to hundreds of women on my radio show (every week I have a “Male/Female Hour”), at speeches and in private who are dating to find a spouse. 
Not one has said men today are too masculine. Virtually all of them have said men today lack masculinity.
And why wouldn’t men lack masculinity? A vast number of boys grow up either with no father or with a father they rarely see. 
Their lives are dominated by women 
— their mother, virtually all their teachers, probably their school principal and probably their therapist.
As if that were not bad enough, many of the single mothers of these American boys are angry at the man who never married them, or at the man who divorced them, or at men in general. In addition, these boys’ women teachers suppress their natural testosterone-driven male behaviors. 
And now their teachers increasingly tell them they may not even be a boy.
Of course, some men are boors — demanding sex on the first date, sending sex-filled messages, etc. But most men know boorishness is not masculinity. Such behaviors emanate not from masculinity but from poor upbringing and/or the sexual revolution, which taught men and women that the sex drives of men and women are the same.
Many women are boors too. One can list, just as easily, a catalogue of nasty female behaviour and attitude. Not that any product advertiser will point it out with a cosh.
But as psychoanalyst Erica Komisar wrote in the Wall Street Journal last week, it is “a recipe for mental illness” to tell boys that “aggression, competitiveness and protectiveness is a sign of sickness.”
2) This is another example of the most important rule of contemporary life: The left ruins everything it touches.
The left has ruined the arts; the universities; high schools; the nuclear family; mainstream Protestantism, Catholicism and Judaism; the Boy Scouts; and journalism. And it is now doing the same to the sciences: Universities are increasingly choosing science faculty based on gender and race rather than on scientific expertise.
Psychology and psychiatry have long been homes to left-wing fools (recall the 1964 example of 1,189 psychiatrists declaring then-presidential candidate Sen. Barry Goldwater “psychologically unfit”). But the APA statement will do even more harm.
The American Psychological Association goes beyond defining “traditional masculinity” as “on the whole, harmful.” It urges therapists to help men “identify how they have been harmed by discrimination against those who are gender nonconforming.” 
That’s right. Your son’s psychotherapist will explain to him how it is entirely normal for a boy his age (beginning in kindergarten) to wear a dress, and that regarding an 8-year-old boy in a dress as not quite healthy is what is not quite healthy. In addition, the APA hopes this therapist will reassure your son that he, too, may well choose to be a girl.
In the words of Komisar, this is “an ideological claim transformed into a clinical treatment recommendation.” That “ideological claim” is, of course, leftism.
It also has to be pointed out that most people have strong objections to injecting hormones into cattle to make them more meaty, but say little about injecting hormones into a child to change its sex. 
3) The APA statement makes choosing a psychotherapist simple.
The hardest part of starting psychotherapy is figuring out how to choose a psychotherapist. If you choose the wrong one, you will not only be wasting a great deal of time and money; you will not be helped, and you might well be harmed.
So, how does one go about choosing a psychotherapist? The APA just made the task much simpler: Just ask any therapist you are considering for yourself or someone else, 
“Do you agree with the American Psychological Association that ‘traditional masculinity is psychologically harmful’?”
If the therapist agrees, thank him or her for the time and leave. 
If the therapist starts giving a prolonged response, leave. 
Any therapist who cannot unequivocally condemn the APA statement is unworthy of your time and your money, let alone your psyche. 
Many will try to weasel out of directly agreeing (or disagreeing) with the statement. They will tell you that sometimes masculinity is a problem. But they are just being careful not to lose you as a potential client. Such a statement is meaningless: There is nothing that cannot be harmful at times. That includes femininity as much as masculinity, and it includes such normally good things as water (a lot of people drown, after all).
Without “traditional masculinity,” civilization is lost. Ask anyone you know who agrees with using the term “the greatest generation” to describe the generation that fought World War II whether the men of that generation would have fought, much less won, without “traditional masculinity.”
Do not trust therapists who will not condemn the APA statement. 
They are either a fool or a coward. 
They may well be very kind and sincere. But that means nothing. 
You or your child will not be helped (just) by kindness and sincerity. 
You or your child will only be helped by wisdom.

Now there is wisdom. 

I gave the man a drink.

Have one too.

Pax 


Australia Day

Every Nation has its own days of celebration but few have as much contention over the date as Oz. Not just the date, in the case of Oz, but what the date represents. The Tavern has no such problem with the date or the meaning and we are preparing for Oz Day on Saturday 26th January, as per usual. It is when years ago, civilisation, in the form of soldiers, sailors and convicts - hardly the most representative or epitome of the most advanced mob in the world at the time - arrived to take possession of very largely sparsely inhabited Royal Estate. The French nearly beat the British to it !

Australia Day is the official national day of Australia. 

Celebrated annually on 26 January, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillip. 
Capt. Arthur Phillip raising the British flag at Sydney Cove, 26 January 1788

In present-day Australia, celebrations reflect the diverse society and landscape of the nation and are marked by community and family events, reflections on Australian history, official community awards and citizenship ceremonies welcoming new members of the Australian community.

The meaning and significance of Australia Day has evolved over time. Unofficially, or historically, the date has also been variously named "Anniversary Day", "Foundation Day" and "ANA Day". The date of 26 January 1788 marked the proclamation of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia (then known as New Holland). 

Although it was not known as Australia Day until over a century later, records of celebrations on 26 January date back to 1808, with the first official celebration of the formation of New South Wales held in 1818. On New Year's Day 1901, the British colonies of Australia formed a federation, marking the birth of modern Australia. A national day of unity and celebration was looked for. 

It was not until 1935 that all Australian states and territories adopted use of the term "Australia Day" to mark the date, and not until 1994 that the date was consistently marked by a public holiday on that day by all states and territories.

In contemporary Australia, the holiday is marked by the presentation of the Australian of the Year Awards on Australia Day Eve, announcement of the Australia Day Honours list and addresses from the Governor-General and the Prime Minister. It is an official public holiday in every state and territory. With community festivals, concerts and citizenship ceremonies, the day is celebrated in large and small communities and cities around the nation. Australia Day has become the biggest annual civic event in Australia.
Cook's Cottage: Vandalized.
However, since at least 1938, the date of Australia Day has also been marked by Indigenous Australians, and those sympathetic to their cause, 
mourning what they see as the invasion of their land
by Europeans and protesting its celebration as a national holiday. 

These groups sometimes refer to 26 January as Invasion Day or Survival Day and advocate that the date should be changed, or that the holiday should be abolished entirely. However, support for changing the date amongst the Australian population is low, with a 2017 poll conducted for The Guardian finding only 26% of the total population supports changing the date. 

Australians have always been an easy-going mob but over the century has become quite divided by the 'Left' who co-opt 'identity' groups to hide behind and ferment discord through. Indiginous folk are one such identity group. One suspects one cannot take the convict out of some people.

On 13 May 1787 a fleet of 11 ships, which came to be known as the First Fleet, was sent by the British Admiralty from England to New Holland.

Under the command of Captain Arthur Phillip, the fleet sought to establish a penal colony at Botany Bay on the coast of New South Wales, which had been explored and claimed by Lieutenant James Cook in 1770. 


The settlement was seen as necessary because of the loss of the Thirteen Colonies in North America. The Fleet arrived between 18 and 20 January 1788, but it was immediately apparent that Botany Bay was unsuitable.

(An aside note: Two, in fact. When Star Trek was in its writing gestation a name for the Captain was sought. He was subsequently named James Kirk, a very slight change from the Greatest Navigator the world had seen: James Cook.

Cook was reknowned for his skills, although his exactness did not come to modern light until the advent of satellites, when photographs of Newfoundland when overlaid on Cook's maps showed an exact fit. And it was exact, down to the smallest headland and bay.)

But I digress.

On 21 January, Phillip and a few officers travelled to Port Jackson, 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) to the north, to see if it would be a better location for a settlement. They stayed there until 23 January; Phillip named the site of their landing Sydney Cove, after the Home Secretary, Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney. They also made contact with the local Aboriginal people.

They returned to Botany Bay on the evening of 23 January, when Phillip gave orders to move the fleet to Sydney Cove the next morning, 24 January. That day, there was a huge gale blowing, making it impossible to leave Botany Bay, so they decided to wait till the next day, 25 January. However, during 24 January, they spotted the ships Astrolabe and Boussole, flying the French flag, at the entrance to Botany Bay; 

they were having as much trouble getting into the bay as the First Fleet was having getting out.

(Another aside: The French nearly beat Britain to the post. They had already missed a chance in Tasmania (known then as Van Diemen's Land) some time before when Vice-Admiral Bruni D'Entrecasteaux's two ships landed and stopped for several months. But being a 'scientific' expidition it had not 'claimed' it for France. The British did a very short time later.  D'Entrecasteaux's name and that of his second ship Captain, Huon de Kermadek, are on well known places near to Hobart.)

On 25 January the gale was still blowing; the fleet tried to leave Botany Bay, but only HMS Supply made it out, carrying....

Arthur Phillip, Philip Gidley King, some marines and about 40 convicts;

they anchored in Sydney Cove in the afternoon. On 26 January, early in the morning, Phillip along with a few dozen marines, officers and oarsmen, rowed ashore and took possession of the land in the name of King George III. The remainder of the ship's company and the convicts watched from on board Supply.
Astrolabe and Boussole

Meanwhile, back at Botany Bay, Captain John Hunter of HMS Sirius made contact with the French ships, and he and the commander, Captain de Clonard, exchanged greetings. Clonard advised Hunter that the fleet commander was Jean-François de Galaup, comte de La PĂ©rouse. Sirius successfully cleared Botany Bay, but the other ships were in great difficulty. 

Charlotte was blown dangerously close to rocks; Friendship and Prince of Wales became entangled, both ships losing booms or sails; Charlotte and the Friendship actually collided; and Lady Penrhyn nearly ran aground. Despite these difficulties, all the remaining ships finally managed to clear Botany Bay and sail to Sydney Cove on 26 January. The last ship anchored there at about 3 pm.

The formal establishment of the Colony of New South Wales did not occur on 26 January as is commonly assumed. It did not occur until 7 February 1788, when the formal proclamation of the colony and of Arthur Phillip's governorship were read out. The vesting of all land in the reigning monarch King George III also dates from 7 February 1788.

So, for all the customers from other, furrin parts that come to imbibe of the Amber Liquid in the Tavern, that is the potted history of our National Holiday.

Were it not for serendipity and weather - not to mention the American Colonies being beastly - we here in the Tavern might have been speaking French. The rest of Oz too. I don't think the 'Indiginous' folk would have been treated as well as they have been. There would be a lot more to complain about, I am pretty sure.

Quite how we will celebrate here on Saturday is somewhat dependent on surviving Friday. Our small island is currently experiencing very hot weather and fires are raging. Friday will see 35-40degC temperatures, fairly strong winds, and 800kms of fire-front from 40 odd bushfires to greet the dawn.

We shall have plenty of water and plenty of ale though.

And a few bottles of French wine to sit alongside the many Tasmanian wine ones.

Drink up. Keep hydrated.

Pax