Hagia Podrig Day

  1. PJB sips at the Kool-Aid
  2. Compare and Contrast
  3. False Gospel, Unwarranted Assurance
  4. Goodbye, Bushism
  5. Guilt and Shame
  6. Some charlatan was inevitable
  7. Hagia Podrig


John Podhoretz or Patrick J. Buchanan?

Buchanan continues his “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” slide into strong, if tacit, support for poor Trump, the victim of bad people.


Trump, I’ve often said, is a manifestation of Loki, the god of misrule. Misrule breeds chaos. Chaos breeds violence. A political party that chooses Loki for its leader is a political party with a rank-and-file choosing chaos. And a political party whose populist left is provoking its rival into choosing chaos is morally stained as well.


Friday evening’s Donald Trump rally in Chicago was broken up by a foul-mouthed mob that infiltrated the hall and forced the cancelation of the event to prevent violence and bloodshed.

Brownshirt tactics worked. The mob, triumphant, rejoiced.

And the reaction of Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich?

All three Republican rivals blamed—Donald Trump.


Compare and contrast the accusations against Oliver Roeder with those against J.K. Rowling.

Seems to me the Choctaw is trying to create an ethical taboo in fiction against appropriating symbols of certified victim groups, analogous to the ethical taboo in academia (and puzzle writing?) against plagiarism.

In neither case are we talking about legal violations, and until other authors censure Rowling (and stop appropriating native American symbols themselves), I’d judge that the nouveau taboo is dead on arrival.


Millions or tens of millions, including many of my friends, have accepted a false gospel and profess an assurance of salvation that is unwarranted:

The heart of the Christian gospel is the story of a God who, in an act of supreme self-emptying, humbled Himself to the point of bearing our shame. It is the ultimate “loss of face.” His crucifixion was utterly unfair and unjust. He is the one truly innocent, who willingly endures the death of the most shameful criminal. And it is this very path of self-emptying that He offers to us as the way of salvation. The reality of this invitation reveals the mockery that extrinsic descriptions of salvation have become in contemporary Christianity. That someone professes that they have “accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior,” meaning that His death on the Cross has done something for them, external to their own actions and path of life, is simply not salvation. The shame and self-emptying of the Cross are the content of the commandment, “take up your Cross and follow me.”

(Fr. Stephen Freeman)


In foreign policy, Bushism began with the promise of restraint but ultimately came to mean hawkishness shot through with Wilsonian idealism, a vision of a crusading America whose interests and values were perfectly aligned.

(Ross Douthat, Goodbye, Bushism – on the defeat of the Bushist candidate Rubio)

Bye-ku for Marco Rubio (James Taranto)

No AI breakthrough
A political machine
Failed the Turing test


In a guilt culture you know you are good or bad by what your conscience feels. In a shame culture you know you are good or bad by what your community says about you, by whether it honors or excludes you. In a guilt culture people sometimes feel they do bad things; in a shame culture social exclusion makes people feel they are bad.

(David Brooks, on the arrival (return?) of shame culture)

Mark this well. Steel yourselves. It’s not just social media, but an entire shout-them-or-shame-them-down atmosphere.

It would be a sickness unto death to feel bad because the society that dishes us up abortion on demand (even with hurdles and lack of public funding), same-sex “marriage,” Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Hillary Clinton says we are unworthy.


How could a non-conservative become the nominee of the conservative party when he clearly is not one at all? The uncomfortable fact is that conservative intellectuals and leaders have been working for years to make the term become meaningless, so some charlatan was inevitable.

What is the public face of conservatism today? A bunch of angry men and peevish women on Fox News speaking in the three second soundbites required for admission into celebrity space with slogan answers anyone could predict before they open their mouths. Talk radio at least allows a few minutes for some depth but even many of the magazines are mostly aimed at Twitter level.

It is all meaningless slogans: anti-taxes, anti-government, pro-life, pro-defense—who could disagree—or really care?

(Donald Devine)


Holy Bishop Patrick,
Faithful shepherd of Christ’s royal flock,
You filled Ireland with the radiance of the Gospel:
The mighty strength of the Trinity!
Now that you stand before the Savior,
Pray that He may preserve us in faith and love!


From slavery you escaped to freedom in Christ’s service:
He sent you to deliver Ireland from the devil’s bondage.
You planted the Word of the Gospel in pagan hearts.
In your journeys and hardships you rivaled the Apostle Paul!
Having received the reward for your labors in heaven,
Never cease to pray for the flock you have gathered on earth,
Holy bishop Patrick!

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“In learning as in traveling and, of course, in lovemaking, all the charm lies in not coming too quickly to the point, but in meandering around for a while.” (Eva Brann)

Some succinct standing advice on recurring themes.

About readerjohn

I am a retired lawyer and an Orthodox Christian, living in a collapsing civilization, the modern West. There are things I'll miss when it's gone. There are others I won't. That it is collapsing is partly due to calculated subversion, summarized by the moniker "deathworks." This blog is now dedicated to exposing and warring against those deathwork - without ceasing to spread a little light.
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