Sunday, April 26, 2020


     First, something that, if you’re not at least 55 years old, you’ve probably never heard…and if you’re that old or older, you may have hoped you’d never hear again:

     Ah, to be young and aimless and listening to WMCA-AM again!

1. Too Much Truth Dept.

     Has anyone else noticed (hee hee) that you can never, ever cite a truth about women without being vilified for it? Apparently it’s not just an American thing:

     The mayor of Japan's Osaka has come under fire for suggesting men should do grocery shopping during the coronavirus outbreak because women are indecisive and "take a long time."…

     Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui told reporters on Thursday that men should be entrusted with grocery runs because women "take a long time as they browse around and hesitate about this and that," Kyodo news agency reported.

     "Men can snap up things they are told (to buy) and go, so I think it's good that they go shopping, avoiding human contact," the 56-year-old added….

     But online he was roundly condemned, with one Twitter user accusing him of being "disrespectful to women and men." Another dubbed his comment "full of prejudice against women," adding "there are indecisive men and nimble and sharp women."

     You know, there are six-foot-tall women and five-foot-tall men, too – but would anyone dare to put money on the proposition that women are just as tall as men, on average?

     Women, on average, put more time into their shopping than do men. The reasons vary, and there are surely some individual exceptions, but riddle me this: When was the last time you saw a woman standing idle in a hardware store, waiting semi-patiently for her man to decide between two cordless drills?

     Yeah, right.

2. You Are Going To Die.

     A blogger with whom I wasn’t familiar gives it to you straight:

     Listen. You were always going to suffer and die. Everyone in your family was always going to suffer and die. Everyone you know was always going to suffer and die. All your earthly efforts were going to come to nought, your country and culture -- and, least we forget, "the economy" -- were going to degenerate and disappear, and the sun was going to expand into a red giant and consume the earth as though it had never existed. All that was always going to happen, and you knew it all along, or would have if you had been paying attention.

     If you are in despair now but weren't before, you're an idiot. You do realize this game you signed up for is called mortal life, right? Did someone not explain that to you? Were you expecting something different? I don't know anything about your situation, but I know it hasn't fundamentally changed. You were born on death row. Don't you think that should have made you a little tougher than this?

     Refreshing – and badly needed. I may start following this guy.

     You are not safe. Nothing is safe: no human activity, no known environment, not even your home with all the doors locked. And sooner or later, something will get you. It might be a disease. It might be an accident. It might be violence. It might be old age. But it’s as certain as the stars in their courses that you will die. The most you can hope for is that you’ll be ready to do so.

     This lockdown BS has gone far enough. Stop your cowering and sniveling and get back to work.

3. A New Theory.

     The C.S.O. said yesterday that the Tara Reade accusations might provide the Democrats with the lever they need to pitch the embarrassingly muddled Gropin’ Joe Biden off their presidential ticket. David Drake agrees. It’s possible, even plausible, but there’s a prerequisite: their media handmaidens will have to cooperate. If they remain unwilling to report on the accusations and the recently revealed substantiation for them, it will constitute strong evidence that the DNC intends to use Biden as a sacrificial lamb against the essentially indefeasible President Donald Trump.

     This is something to watch closely, as little as I relish the prospect. It’s yet another barometer of the sickness of contemporary left-wing politics that the only significance of an accusation of rape – and be not distracted nor deceived: forcing your fingers into an unwilling woman’s vagina is rape — is whether it’s politically useful.

4. A Multi-Front Offensive.

     I didn’t know this, and I’d be surprised if you already do:

     More than 100 Confucius Institutes have been opened at American universities since the program’s founding in 2004. These academic centers are funded by the Chinese Ministry of Education to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, in exchange for a platform on American campuses to trumpet Communist propaganda under the guise of goodwill academic exchanges….

     While Confucius Institutes hide behind carefully cultivated images of benign organizations, in reality they actively foment anti-Western ideology on impressionable young college students. They inundate their curricula with historical revisionism and falsehoods on the topics of Taiwan, Tibet, Hong Kong, the Tiananmen Square massacre, and China’s human rights record as a whole.

     The Chinese Communists are serious about this. It’s more than vengeance against President Trump’s recent trade-rebalancing initiatives. It’s a series of blows against the West for daring to oppose the Mandate of Heaven. The gods plainly conferred hegemony over the world upon China – and upon the CCP as China’s rulers, of course.

     We should have spanked them in April 2001, after they held the crew and wreckage of an American EP-3E – a plane brought down by the actions of one of their pilots – for ransom. We’ve been paying for not having done so ever since.

5. A New Islamic Infamy.

     The Muslims of Minnesota are getting awfully ballsy:

     The Muslim call to prayer, known as the adhan, will echo from loudspeakers through parts of Minneapolis five times per day for the entirety of Ramadan in what is believed the be the first time the Islamic call has been publicly broadcast in a major U.S. city.

     Local authorities have aggressively shut down Christian gatherings as “violations” – of executive orders that have no binding force on non-government employees! Has anyone heard of a lockdown citation being served upon a mosque? Prayer gatherings at mosques, so far as I am aware, have not been affected at all. And now we have this. Oh, and in case you were wondering:

     The area of Minneapolis blasting the call to prayer lies in the district of controversial Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar.

     Fortunately, there is a counteragent:

     Take your time, aim at the loudspeaker’s center of mass, and “find the space between heartbeats.” Squeeze, don’t jerk.

     What’s that? You don’t have a Barrett M82A1? Well, why not?

     That’s all for today. There’s quite a lot to be done around the old homestead – having two of us continuously “in residence” does accelerate the accumulation of various kinds of mess – and I have two novels to work on. Enjoy your Sunday. Watch a televised Mass if no live Mass is available. If you can’t receive the Body of Christ today, at least you can recite the Spiritual Communion:

My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the most Blessed Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
And I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally,
Come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there,
And unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.

     Stay warm, dry, and happy.


SWVAguy said...

WMCA you say? The "Good Guys." Joe O'brien, Dan Daniel, B. Mitchell Reed, and to wrap things up, Barry Gray. I once won "She's not There" by the Zombies for being the 7th one to call in. Thems were the days Francis.

Francis W. Porretto said...

Indeed they were, SWVA. Indeed they were!

Drake's Place said...

Thank your for the mention and link Francis. And at some point, I'm going to "borrow" your prayer at the end of the post and put use it as a sub-header at my blog.
Take care, same to all your visitors here.