Thursday, April 18, 2019

Where there's smoke

You can always tell something is up when the media blowdries don't want to talk about it. Move along, nothing to see here.

This was the case with Fox News' pretty boy, so popular he is put on at 3 p.m. when all the cool people are watching, who suddenly cut off an interview when the interviewee suggested that we consider Islamist arson.

In contrast, Bruce Bawer treads unflinchingly into un-pc waters. Admit it: You were thinking this, too, right?
Among the consequences of the Islamic invasion of Europe has been the widespread vandalism of churches. Coincidentally, only the day before the Notre Dame fire, Raymond Ibrahim noted at the Gatestone Institute website that in 2018 there had been 1,063 reported acts of damage to Christian churches, statues, etc., in France, and that while it’s an open secret that the overwhelming number of perpetrators are Muslims, the local authorities and news media routinely obscure this fact, while the national and international media almost entirely stay mum on these incidents. 
As Notre Dame went up in smoke, it was only natural to wonder if adherents of the Religion of Peace had decided to go for the big time and commemorate the start of Holy Week by taking down France’s most iconic church. Even after the government declared that the fire had not been caused by terrorists, that same government’s readiness to conceal the jihadist motives of hundreds of church desecrations made it understandable that some. people continued to wonder. 
Even during the fire, Fox News reporter Shepard Smith cut off interviewee Philippe Karsenty – famous for his valiant exposure of the French media’s use of staged videos to “document” claims of IDF atrocities – when he dared to mention France’s current rash of jihadist church attacks and to suggest that the Notre Dame fire just might fall into the same category.
One thing was clear about the fire at Notre Dame. Even if Muslims hadn’t set it, many cheered it. On April 15, as the skies over Paris filled with smoke, the Facebook pages for Al Jazeera and France 24, among others, were awash in gleeful reactions to the conflagration, written in English, French, and Arabic by people with Arabic-sounding names, many of whom used thumbs-up, smiley-face, and laughter emojis. When some counterjihadist sites dared to report on these celebratory responses, sites like Buzzfeed pushed back, denying that any Muslims had applauded the fire when in fact it was evident that thousands and thousands, at the very least, had done so.
Always look for what the media are denying the loudest.

Gumbo TV: Creepy porn lawyer gets his day

The headlines:
Now watch his idolization by the The Left's media:

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Attention Shoppers: Let us pray.

The Babylon Bee, a satirical website, recently published an article entitled, "Mall Shoppers Suddenly Realize They're Actually At Megachurch."

So much for satire. Matt Walsh has just written an article entitled, "Modern Churches Are Hideous. After Notre Dame, Let’s Start Building Beautiful Churches Again."

Look at how it begins:
My wife and I once walked into a mall in Kentucky only to discover that it was not a mall, but was actually a megachurch. The building looked in every way like a mall and there was, at the time, no religious paraphernalia on the exterior that would have disabused us of this notion. Once inside the structure, the only thing that gave away the game was a young woman in a neon green T-shirt handing out programs. We accepted one politely and promptly left as soon as she turned away.
Maybe it was the green T-shirt. Walsh continues:

 I thought about that incident yesterday as I watched the Notre Dame Cathedral burn. Nobody would ever mistake Notre Dame for anything but a building constructed to worship and glorify God. To gaze upon it, even now after the fire, is to have a religious experience. Its beauty brings your mind almost unwittingly to higher things. It focuses your sights upward, both physically and spiritually. It is, in a word, beautiful.
 Not every church can look like that ancient cathedral. Perhaps no church ever will. Even Notre Dame may never again look like Notre Dame. But churches are still being built and lots of money is spent on building them. They could be made beautiful — not Notre Dame Cathedral-level beautiful, but beautiful — yet they are not. It is not that we nowadays try to make beautiful churches and fail. Rather, we try very hard to make unbeautiful, bland, ugly, profane churches and we succeed. Our houses of worship look like shopping malls or prisons or basketball stadiums on purpose. Whereas Notre Dame stands out gloriously amid the Paris skyline, modern churches shrink away from your gaze and blend in with their surrounding environs like the shy kid at the homecoming dance. 
 Even the names of the churches are specifically devised to be as un-churchy as possible — "Crosspoint" or "New Horizons" or some such thing. Is it a church or a rehab center for wealthy drug offenders? I guess we are meant to remain in the dark — and the sermons offered at these places rarely clarify matters. The modern church experience is designed so that you might actually walk into the place, sit through a whole service, and never be quite sure that you attended church at all. It is similar to how modern art museums seem like they are trying to trick you into thinking that you've accidentally wandered into an abandoned warehouse where a homeless lunatic spends his days trying to communicate with space aliens.
 That’s the worst part about the modern trend of intentionally making our churches ugly: It cloaks itself in the guise of self-abdicating humility, when really the situation is exactly the opposite. Michelangelo showed humility when he spent four years on his back painting the story of the Bible onto the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Modern churches show extraordinary self-conceit when they expend their energy building elaborate but hideous sets for the band and pastor to occupy.
There would be no weeping throngs taking to the streets if one of these modernist behemoths burned to the ground, so long as nobody was inside at the time. It would be a matter for the insurance companies to handle, and within a few weeks nobody would remember what the big dumb thing looked like.
I pay attention to architecture. It points where our civilization is going.

The kiss that killed a campaign

Ward Cleaver, call your office.

The mayor of South Bend, Indiana -- does anyone even know where South Bend, Indiana, is or why it's even there? -- is a fruitcake named Pete Buttigieg. 

Apparently, the surname Buttigieg is Semitic; "tiġieġ" meaning "poultry" in Maltese. There you go. Whatever the Maltese think, I suppose Buttplug had a difficult childhood in South Bend, Indian, with that name.

Buttplug is extremely smart: went to Harvard and speaks lots of languages. He's also a flaming homosexual. And a flaming liberal. To get some notice in the press -- he is stuck in South Bend, Indiana, after all -- he decided to pick a fight with Vice President Pence, who is not a flaming homosexual and never said anything nasty about Buttplug, like calling him "Buttplug."

Here's the point: The only reason Buttplug gets any notice is that he's a queer. (Remember that term?) Otherwise, we'd just tell the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, to do mayor of South Bend, Indiana, things and shut up.

Patrick Buchanan has some thoughts on this.
Is moral truth subjective? Does it change with changing times and changing attitudes? Or is there a higher law, a permanent law, God's law, immutable and eternal, to which man's law should conform? 
Are, for example, the Ten Commandments of the Old Testament, Christian teaching and natural law unchangeable and applicable to all men at all times? Or can some of the 10 be consigned to the dumpster of antiquated moral prohibitions? 
This question has been brought straight into the presidential primaries by Pete Buttigieg, breakout star of the spring of 2019. 
"Mayor Pete" is proudly gay and living happily with his husband. 
He says God made him the way he is, and he is living the life God intended for him. 
Raising the same-sex marriage issue himself, the mayor defiantly taunted Mike Pence:
"Yes, Mr. Vice President ... it has moved me closer to God. ... That's the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand: That if you have a problem with who I am, your quarrel is not with me. ...Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator." 
In the lifetime of many Americans, homosexuality and abortion were still scandalous crimes. They are now cherished constitutional rights. 
Yet, Mayor Pete's assertion — that God made him gay, and God intended that he live his life this way, and that this life is moral and good — is another milestone on the road to a new America. 
For what Buttigieg is saying is that either God changes his moral law to conform to the changing behavior of mankind or that, for 2,000 years, Christian preaching and practice toward homosexuals has been bigoted, injurious and morally indefensible. 
I know I'm not supposed to be saying any of this. But to ignore it is to ignore 2,000 years of Christian teaching and cultural norms. Sorry, what a mayor of South Bend, Indiana, thinks doesn't outweigh that.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Miracles & Wonders: Printed hearts, zombie cells, fish slime

It is the worst of times, it is the best of times ...

Israeli researchers have “printed” the world’s first 3-D vascularized, engineered heart. The heart was made using a patient’s own cells and biological material. This is the first time anyone anywhere has successfully engineered and printed an entire heart replete with cells, blood vessels, ventricles and chambers. The next step, they said, is to teach the hearts to behave like human hearts. First, they will transplant them into animals and eventually into humans. The hope is that within “10 years, there will be organ printers in the finest hospitals around the world, and these procedures will be conducted routinely.”

A new wearable device, tested on animals, can capture and remove tumor cells circulating in the bloodstream. With further development, the blood-filtering gadget could be used to diagnose, and perhaps treat, metastatic cancer in humans. Te team says they hope to increase the throughput of the device so that all of the blood in the human body can run through it in two to three hours.

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have developed anti-aging drugs called ‘senolytics’ that can wash away senescent cells – otherwise known as zombie cells as they no longer work to their full potential. These senescent cells are then replaced by newer cells which can help slow down the aging process. Researchers at the clinic have been running experiments on mice and found their life had been extended by 36 percent, which is the equivalent of adding around 30 years to a human life.

A new type of air filter has the potential to work faster, cheaper and better than any other, killing virtually all airborne bacteria and viruses in a fraction of a second. It's a  bullish weapon against the spread of infectious diseases, some of which, like measles, can remain suspended in the air for hours on end. If the technology can be miniaturized, it may one day replace the century-old face mask, allowing us to breathe clean air on the fly.

Fish slime: An untapped source of potential new antibiotics. As current antibiotics dwindle in effectiveness against multidrug-resistant pathogens, researchers are seeking potential replacements in some unlikely places. Now a team has identified bacteria with promising antibiotic activity against known pathogens—even dangerous organisms, such as the microbe that causes MRSA infections—in the protective mucus that coats young fish.

In search of an honest search engine

Google, the $400 billion company that, appropriately, trashed its "Don't Be Evil" slogan last year, likes to control what you read and think.

What's a mother to do?

There are lots of alternative search engines. More here. I'm trying one called Gibiru. Here's a review. I have no idea what the name Gibiru means, so don't ask. Besides The Gumbo Blog representatives are busy helping other customers.

Here's what it says about itself.
When you search the web using Gibiru private search engine, your search data is not saved on servers. Therefore, there is no profile data to sell, package or give away via partnership, or subpoena.
Here's what I really like:
Gibiru is the only “anonymous search engine” available that includes a “Uncensored” optional feature. Simply click on the “Uncensored” results link above the search results and you will see different results. These are results that have been suppressed by the mainstream search engines. Gibiru's system identifies these suppressed and censored sites and actually promotes them to the top.
I use this with the Brave browser, which protects my privacy from all the trackers out there.

Happy searching!

Monday, April 15, 2019

If you want to understand The Donald

He's playing by The Left's rule, specifically the rules laid out by Barack and Hillary's mentor, Saul Alinski, a radical Marxist strategist and community organizer. His leading "weapons" were weapons of mass distraction: misinformation, radical protest and blaming the other guy for whatever you (the liberal politician or activist) are guilty of.

His playbook was Rules for Radicals. The Donald has apparently read it, and is using it in suggesting that he will send illegal aliens to sanctuary cities, as the blogger Neo notes:
What Trump is doing here is what he’s done many times before, following Alinsky’s Rule #4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” Actually, he’s following #5 and #6 as well, to a certain extent: “”Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon” and “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” He might need to worry about #7 at some point, “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag,” but that point has not yet been reached, and Trump is usually rather good at switching things up anyway. 
Trump is an Alinskyite, a term describing his tactics rather than anything about his political orientation. Whether Trump’s a natural at it or whether he’s purposely studied it I don’t know, but I think his use of Alinskyite methods is something that ties the left in knots, because although they are also practitioners of the Alinsky art, they have long considered that they own it and are rather unused to anyone on the right using it against them. It miffs them.
This is why Trump makes The Left so crazy,

Two old news guys look at their life's calling

Lance Morrow, the Henry Grunwald Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, was an essayist at Time for many years. His thoughts on the state of his profession:
The other day, Ted Koppel, a voice from the late-twentieth-century practice of journalism, spoke about what has become of his old business in the age of Trump. “We are not the reservoir of objectivity that I think we were,” Koppel said, in an understatement. The Left always cites Fox News in this regard. He singled out the Washington Post and the New York Times, saying that they have gone overboard in their bias, transforming themselves into anti-Trump advocates. “We are not talking about the Washington Post [or New York Times] of 50 years ago,” Koppel said. “We’re talking about organizations that . . . have decided, as organizations, that Donald J. Trump is bad for the United States.” 
Both papers have in effect declared a state of emergency because of Trump and have granted themselves the editorial equivalent of dictatorial powers. Doing so may be as ill-advised with newspapers as with elected officials. When journalists don’t consider themselves bound to old norms of objectivity, there comes an absence of restraint that is inherently corrupting. The morning story conference takes on the atmosphere of a rally of zealots. The newspaper becomes the Pequod: President Trump is the white whale.
Koppel made clear that he does not disagree with the verdict that Trump is “bad for the United States.” He means only that the Post and Times abandon their journalistic responsibility when they take sides so blatantly. For one thing, they dismiss the possibility that Trump (who is the elected president, after all) and his followers (who, “deplorable” or not, amount to approximately half of the country) are worth either considering as citizens or understanding as human beings. For progressives, it’s impossible to imagine that Trump and his supporters may actually be right in wanting to save the country from some of the perfections threatened by the left. 
The line separating Koppel’s idea of fair journalism and the super-partisan variety practiced now may have been drawn on 9/11, when a certain absolutist and all-is-permitted atmosphere began to coalesce in the American public mind, a sense that old rules could no longer apply. When I started as a reporter years ago—we were known as “reporters,” never by the more pretentious “journalist”—I tried to use an adjective or an adverb now and then, in the wistful hope of making a story, well, colorful. The city editor, with a look of scorn, would ask, “Who do you think you are?” It was not for the reporter to characterize the facts of the story. He was to report them. Facts were sacrosanct—they had a hard-won integrity, an objective existence in the universe. They were to be approached with a certain scruffy reverence. Who was I to attach to them any adverb and adjective that happened to bubble up in my post-adolescent brain? 
Today, opinion and dogmatic speculation are the currency of politics and journalism. Facts have become elusive or even unnecessary, except for, say, the body counts at mass shootings. Otherwise, the world is fluid and angry and ideological. Among other things, the new journalism—more theater than journalism, a slugfest of memes—is a lot easier to practice. Much of it, on either side, is little more than noise.
And the public is now misinformed daily, routinely, deliberately:

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Vespers: O Love That Will Not Let Me Go

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs "O Love That Will Not Let Me Go."

The choir, founded in August 1847, one month after the Mormon pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley, has performed for 10 presidents.

On October 5, 2018, the choir retired the name "The Mormon Tabernacle Choir" and adopted the name "The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square" in order to align with the direction of LDS Church leadership regarding the use of terms "Mormon" and "LDS" in referencing church members. The new name retains the reference to the historic Salt Lake Tabernacle, which has been the choir's home for over 150 years, and its location on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah.

George Matheson (1842 – 1906) a Scottish minister and hymn writer, wrote this hymn. He was blind from his youth.
This hymn has passed into the popular hymnology of the Christian Church. Matheson himself wrote of the composition: "I am quite sure that the whole work was completed in five minutes, and equally sure that it never received at my hands any retouching or correction. I have no natural gift of rhythm. All the other verses I have ever written are manufactured articles; this came like a dayspring from on high."

He wrote it on the evening of his sister’s marriage. Years before, he had been engaged, until his fiancée learned that he was going blind—that there was nothing the doctors could do—and she told him that she could not go through life with a blind man. He went blind while studying for the ministry, and his sister had been the one to care for him through the years, but now she was gone. He was now 40, and his sister’s marriage brought a fresh reminder of his own heartbreak. It was in the midst of this circumstance and intense sadness that the Lord gave Matheson this hymn, which he said was written in five minutes.

Scarf those eggs at breakfast, live forever

If you're one of the 115 million Americans who have diabetes or pre-diabetes, you need to seriously eating breakfast everyday, and the breakfast should be high-protein.

We know this because a crazy Canadian named Jonathan Little, who teaches in the University of British Columbia Okanagan's School of Health and Exercise Sciences, says so. (Aren't all Canadians crazy? Somebody told me that.)

He has just published a study demonstrating that a high-fat, low-carb breakfast (LCBF) can help those with T2D control blood sugar levels throughout the day.

For those of my readers who can't read, the good professor has created a video. Through the miracle of modern technology I'm sharing it here:

We thus have a Canadian showing Americans how to make an omelette. Is this a great continent or what?

His study confirms earlier research showing that a high-protein breakfast lowered blood glucose levels after both breakfast and lunch and that insulin levels were slightly elevated after lunch, indicating that the participants’ bodies were working properly to manage blood sugar.

Breakfast cereals are essentially decorated sugar: A new analysis of 1,556 cereals on the U.S. market shows clearly that many children’s cereals are as sweet as cookies and should not be considered a part of healthy breakfast.

Wonder why there's an epidemic of diabetes?

Scripture: Blessed is the King!

"Entry Into Jerusalem," Pietro Lorenzetti, 1320
From The Lectionary:

Luke 19:28-40

19:28 After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.

19:29 When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples,

19:30 saying, "Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here.

19:31 If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' just say this, 'The Lord needs it.'"

19:32 So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them.

19:33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, "Why are you untying the colt?"

19:34 They said, "The Lord needs it."

19:35 Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it.

19:36 As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road.

19:37 As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen,

19:38 saying, "Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!"

19:39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, order your disciples to stop."

19:40 He answered, "I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out."

Friday, April 12, 2019

The Madness: Does anybody really know what time it is?

"Yes, adderall is passed around D.C. like candy, and many of your favorite journalists also do meth." ~ Mike Cernovich

"The most severe symptom of adderall abuse is psychosis, which is often clinically indistinguishable from schizophrenia." ~ FDA

It's Friday, boys and girls, and you know what that means: It's time for The Madness Roundup!

Don't call me. One Apple patent reveals a specialized sensor that would turn the iPhone into a poisonous gas detector – which could potentially even sniff out pongy farts.

Don't call them. Australian police issued a plea for social media users not call them when Facebook and Instagram went down.

Hey, got a minute? Brittney Cooper is “an associate professor of women’s and gender studies and Africana studies,” which sounds about as intellectually challenging as swatting at tsetse flies. She says that the concept of time is a white thang. She also says that the concept of time has “a political history bound up with the plunder of indigenous lands, the genocide of indigenous people and the stealing of Africans from their homeland.”

Got mulch? The “Declaration of tree rights” was adopted in a meeting room of the French National Assembly in Paris. Delphine Batho, president of the French political environmentalist party Génération écologie: “Our objective is to obtain a law that will recognize trees as sentient beings.”

Hard time with hard time. Parents charged in college cheating scam turn to consultant to understand prison life.

Hate it when that happens. The U.S. House of Representatives passes broad measure rebuking hate.

You're gonna wanna sit down for this. Transport for London ads have appeared lecturing men on how to “sit properly” while using public transport.

Don't go there. Actress Debra Messing apologized for excluding trans women “who don’t have a vagina” on International Women’s Day on Friday, after she posted a photo celebrating the occasion with a collection of vagina-shaped cupcakes.

Maybe it's your time. Daylight Savings Time literally kills people. Heart attacks increase after the spring time shift, possibly because due to lack of sleep.

Casual Friday: Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet

Just two working days til Monday!

"Do you know it was a year ago today?" ~ Jay London

Thursday, April 11, 2019

If you get your news from Google ...

Attorney General Barr says he's going to look into how the investigation of Donald Trump got started.

Here's what a Google search for "barr" produces:

Story image for barr from CNN

Barr obliterates honest broker persona with 'spying' comment

CNN-10 hours ago
With one word -- "spying" -- Barr on Wednesday ingratiated himself with his new boss, gave fresh life to a conservative media narrative and ...
AP Interview: Pelosi: 'I don't trust Barr; I trust Mueller'
Highly Cited-Associated Press-17 hours ago
AG Barr: "I think spying did occur" on Trump campaign - but may have ...
Blog-Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)-Apr 10, 2019

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The legal battle between Democrats and AG Barr over the Mueller ... hour ago
Nadler's comments came on the same day that Attorney General William Barrappeared before the House Appropriations Committee and ...
Pelosi: AG Barr Going "Off The Rails"
RealClearPolitics-2 hours ago
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Barr says spying on Trump campaign 'did occur,' but provides no ...

CNN-Apr 10, 2019
Washington (CNN) Attorney General William Barr suggested to lawmakers Wednesday that Donald Trump's presidential campaign was spied ...
Barr's tactic with the Mueller report: spin and delay
Opinion-The Boston Globe-Apr 8, 2019
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Barr is doing exactly what he came to do: Protect Trump

CNN-17 hours ago
In this weekly column "Cross-exam," Elie Honig, a former federal and state prosecutor and CNN legal analyst, gives his take on the latest legal ...
Story image for barr from Daily Beast

CNN's Jeffrey Toobin: Attorney General Bill Barr 'Talks Like Sean ...

Daily Beast-12 hours ago
Reacting to Attorney General William Barr's shocking claim that he believes “spying did occur” on the Trump campaign during the 2016 ...
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William Barr Accidentally Concedes His Reason for Withholding the ...

Slate Magazine-15 hours ago
William Barr testified before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Wednesday and made headlines for promising to investigate former ...
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Barr modifies the Justice Department's motto

Washington Post-16 hours ago
Attorney General William Barr testifies that “spying did occur” to the Trump campaign but offers no evidence. More from Ann Telnaes:.
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AG Barr on the Mueller Report: 'I'm landing the plane right now'

MSNBC-16 hours ago
Former US attorney Joyce Vance, Politico's Natasha Bertrand, former Congresswoman Donna Edwards, WaPo's Phil Rucker, former Chief of ...
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Cuomo on Barr: Never seen an official like this before

CNN-12 hours ago
CNN's Chris Cuomo says Attorney General William Barr's actions make it appear as though he is serving the interests of President Donald ...
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Pelosi slams Attorney General Barr: He's off the rails

CNN-17 hours ago
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) slammed Attorney General William Barr after he said without offering evidence that "spying" on the Trump ...