Monday 9/12/16

  1. Binders of women, baskets of deplorables
  2. Epitome of disdain
  3. Have I said “narcissistic sociopath” yet today?
  4. What is a “fundamentalist”?


Clinton has one political skill that Trump conspicuously lacks: self-control. It failed her last night with the gay crowd in New York, and she let her real feelings out. A conservative Catholic friend was telling me the other day that after Mitt Romney made his notorious “47 percent” remark at a private fundraiser in 2012, that tipped him (my friend) into not voting for him (he didn’t vote Obama either). Recalling why that was so damaging to Romney’s campaign, Chris Cillizza wrote:

The conventional wisdom is that “47 percent” hurt so much because it played directly into the stereotype of Romney as an out-of-touch rich guy that President Obama and his campaign were playing up. And, that’s true.

But, there’s more there when it comes to why the comments were so incredibly damaging. The truly terrible thing for Romney was that the remarks not only came directly out of Romney’s mouth but were also documented on video.

Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” remark was captured on video too, and plays directly into the stereotype of Hillary Clinton as an arrogant, bossypants liberal elitist. And it confirms another stereotype: that the Left doesn’t simply consider its opponents wrong, but also terrified and hate-filled, and therefore irrational and evil. You can’t reason with people like that, you know; you just have to use the power of the state to roll over them.

Which, I believe, is exactly what President Hillary Clinton and her judges will attempt to do.

(Rod Dreher)

“From binders of women to baskets of deplorables…you’d think these campaigns could afford better help…” (DobermanBoston)


In a year when most Americans want change in Washington, Democrats don’t want to admit that they’ve nominated the epitome of the self-dealing status quo that disdains their fellow Americans.

Consider the reaction over the weekend to Mrs. Clinton’s comments Friday night that “just to be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the ‘basket of deplorables.’ Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic—you name it.”

… [S]he thinks half of Mr. Trump’s voters are loathsome bigots and the other half are losers and dupes who deserve Democratic pity. It’s no accident that Mrs. Clinton said this at a fundraiser headlined byBarbra Streisand, the friendliest of crowds, because this really is what today’s elite progressives believe about America’s great unwashed.

(Wall Street Journal Review & Outlook)


I had never heard of this blogger, “Just your average angry black man, with none of the street cred,” until now:


“Fundamentalist” has become a “term of abuse or disapprobation” that most often resembles the casual semi-curse, “sumbitch.”

“Still, there is a bit more to the meaning. … In addition to its emotive force, it does have some cognitive content, and ordinarily denotes relatively conservative theological views,” noted Plantinga, in an Oxford Press publication. “That makes it more like ‘stupid sumbitch.’ … Its cognitive content is given by the phrase ‘considerably to the right, theologically speaking, of me and my enlightened friends.'”

(Alvin Plantinga via GetReligion)

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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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