Sunday, 9/29/13

  1. An Orthodoxen at WYD
  2. Infallibility (and another useless doctrine)
  3. Putin the cultural conservative
  4. Corruptio optimimi pessima
  5. Admiring “Jesus,” albeit an imaginary one
  6. A Protestant Pope?
  7. First (and last) Miley Cyrus thought
  8. Pope Francis and Right-Wing Catholics

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Why can’t Americans see ourselves as others see us?

The eschaton not yet having arrived, things are not perfect yet in Russia. So maybe we need another Cold War:

“There have been times when they slip back into Cold War thinking,” said President Obama in his tutorial with Jay Leno.

And to show the Russians that such Cold War thinking is antiquated, Obama canceled his September summit with Vladimir Putin.

The reason: Putin’s grant of asylum to Edward Snowden, who showed up at the Moscow airport, his computers full of secrets that our National Security Agency has been thieving from every country on earth, including Russia.

Yet there are many KGB defectors in the United States, and Russia has never used this as an excuse to cancel a summit.

(Patrick J. Buchanan in The American Conservative) “They slip back into Cold War thinking”?!

Buchanan goes on to recount how America the Wonderful has treated Russia over the last 24 years:

In three years, the USSR gave up an empire, a third of its territory, and half its people. And it extended to us a hand of friendship.

How did we respond? We pushed NATO right up to Russia’s borders, bringing in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Rumania, Bulgaria, even former Soviet republics Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

European objections alone prevented us from handing out NATO war guarantees to Ukraine and Georgia.

But wait! There’s more!

With the death of its Marxist-Leninist ideology, Russia is moving back toward its religious and Orthodox roots. Secretly baptized at birth by his mother, Putin has embraced this.

Increasingly, religious Russians look on America, with our Hollywood values and celebrations of homosexuality, as a sick society, a focus of cultural and moral evil in the world.

Much of the Islamic world that once admired America has reached the same conclusion. Yet the Post is demanding that our government stand with “the persecuted rock band” of young women who desecrated with obscene acts the high altar of Moscow’s most sacred cathedral.

Upon what ground do we Americans, 53 million abortions behind us since Roe v. Wade, stand to lecture other nations on morality?

Read it all. Really.

I’m glad to say something insurrectionist so as to justify the National Security State that’s emerging to protect the Empire.

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(H/T Chris Pett on Facebook)

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“The remarks made in this essay do not represent scholarly research. They are intended as topical stimulations for conversation among intelligent and informed people.” (Gerhart Niemeyer)

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