Living Through a Dark Fatherless Time

Tucker Carlson is a prominent conservative talking head in America. For the better part of a year, he’s been accumulating occasional pieces on the fate of men in our gynetrophied culture. As usual, this phenomenon is tied implicitly to the unintended effects of globalism.

In this episode, Carlson features Heather MacDonald and her recent book:

Men leaving the scene (#MGTOW) was predicted a generation ago by Lionel Tiger, a cultural anthropologist from Rutgers. Somewhere, in one of his books I read back in the 1980s, he made the observation that when women begin to crowd any given field the men quietly drift away. I recall one of the occupations he cited historically was the way women gradually took over the niche male secretaries once held. But which book that was I’ve since forgotten (though you don’t forget a person named Lionel Tiger, do you?).

Here’s a book of his from the turn of this century:

The Decline of Males: The First Look at an Unexpected New World for Men and Women

A blurb from that page:

“Lionel Tiger, a pioneer of biological anthropology and developer of the concept of male bonding, here delivers a very well-researched and well-written brief for masculinism, which if successful, may gain parity with feminism and eventually transform women’s studies within academia into what they should have always been, namely, gender studies.” (Edward O. Wilson, author of Consilience and Pellegrino University Research Professor, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University)

Here is his Wikipedia page with a partial listing of his books. There is a larger listing at Amazon, here.

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Lest I forget… don’t overlook Heather Mac Donald’s fine new work on our “metastasizing diversity bureaucracy”

That Crater in Europe’s Left Gets Larger

Dr. Turley weighs in on the uprising in France against Macron:

He says even the French Left is out to get Macron. Then again, what else can they do? As Turley points out, the center-left in Europe has imploded.

Here in the U.S., things are similar. The working class is the base of Trump’s support while the wealthy hedge fund fellows like Mitt Romney continue ankle-biting Trump.

At one point, Romney applied for a job with the new administration. Trump failed to follow Lincoln’s dictum about keeping your enemies close. Our president is well-known for his negotiating skills but his ability to strategize for the long-term appears to need some work.

The Non-NeoCon Philosophy

Senator Rand Paul addresses the controversy surrounding Trump’s decision to pull out of Syria —

This is passing strange: an MSM mouthpiece seems to be making the case for keeping our military deployed in futile battles far from home. What happened to the long-held leftist “no-blood-for-oil” arguments and their mockery of the neo-Conservatives’ philosophy regarding the maintenance of American troops across the globe?

New Year’s Eve

This is from 1949 when it appears that singers actually enunciated their lyrics. I listened to a number of versions and this was the best of the lot. Sometimes R&B songs are the most memorable renditions.

So whatch’all doing on the very last day of 2018, Anno Domini? Or, depending on your time zone, what did you do – at least what’s fit for public conversation.

I made Hoppin’ John for tomorrow. It always tastes better the next day. In parts of the Upper South, it was/is still a tradition to eat Hoppin’ John on the first day of the new year in order to have good luck for the rest of it.

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Anyone else have holiday customs to share? The twelve days of Christmas don’t end until Epiphany, so let’s hear it for Yule logs and mistletoe and fruitcake and gold, frankincense and myrrh. [I may be the only person I know who actually likes fruitcake. The Irish whiskey used to saturate the muslin wrapper gives it a certain je ne sais quoi, non?]

It’s NOT The Economy, Stupid*

According to Dr. Turley, widespread unrest in Europe is about cultural security, as pushback against globalism continues:

Vlaams Belang, the long-persecuted Flemish party, deserves credit for its years-long, uphill battle against those in Belgium who have called them the usual names, erected a cordon sanitaire around their members in Parliament, and have generally excoriated their existence.

Gates of Vienna has been a fan of the Flemish for many years, but we never thought they’d win. And now they have scored a major victory with the resignation of Prime Minister Charles Michel.

As Dr Turley points out about the American electorate, Hillary attracted those who thought the economy was primary, while Donald Trump won the culture crowd. [And as you can see from the shenanigans in Washington, the Old Guard is digging in on this.]

That Migration Pact is not going to last, but it won’t go quietly. Just look at what is being said by Europe’s leaders. This is from late November, where nationalism is equated with treason:

Merkel: “Nation states must today be prepared to give up their sovereignty”

No this wasn’t something Adolf Hitler said many years ago, this is what German Chancellor Angela Merkel told attendants at an event by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Berlin on Wednesday.

“In an orderly fashion of course,” Merkel went on to say. She even went so far as to condemn those in her own Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party who think Germany should withdraw from the controversial UN migration pact:

“There were [politicians]who believed that they could decide when these agreements are no longer valid because they are representing The People”.

“[But] the people are individuals who are living in a country, they are not a group who define themselves as the [German] people,” she stressed.

She has previously accused critics of the UN Global Compact for Safe and Orderly Migration of not being patriotic because, “That is not patriotism, because patriotism is when you include others in German interests and accept win-win situations”.

Her words echo recent comments by the beleaguered French President Emmanuel Macron who stated in a Remembrance Day speech that “patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism [because]nationalism is treason,” which successfully reduced his approval rating, yet again.

Macron, who has much of his country in highly visible protests at the moment, told the Bundestag that “the Franco-German couple [has]the obligation not to let the world slip into chaos and to guide it on the road to peace”.

“Europe must be stronger… and win more sovereignty,” he went on to demand, just as Merkel has, that EU member states surrender national sovereignty to Brussels over “foreign affairs, migration, and development” as well as giving “an increasing part of our budgets and even fiscal resources”.

*[That title comes from the 1990s, during Clinton’s first campaign. Here’s the wiki on this phrase.]

Gaudete Sunday 2018

Advent is/was a time of somber reflection.

To break the grey, cold monotony of this part of the Liturgical cycle, we come to the third Sunday of Advent, when the altar hangings briefly turn from penitential purple to a lovely rose color.

I had planned to post an excerpt of Bach’s “Magnificat” but came across this in the mix. A cappella voices are always a treat, and none more so than the King’s Singers, here, singing the ancient “Gaudete”:

Gaudete, gaudete Christos est natus
Ex Maria virginae, gaudete.
Gaudete, gaudete Christos est natus
Ex Maria virginae, gaudete.

Tempus ad est gratiae hoc quod optabamus,
Carmina laetitiae devote redamus.

Gaudete, gaudete Christos est natus
Ex Maria virginae, gaudete.
Gaudete, gaudete Christos est natus
Ex Maria virginae, gaudete.

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From the wiki entry:

Gaudete (English: /ˈɡaʊdeɪteɪ/; Ecclesiastical Latin: [gawˈdetɛ] “rejoice” in Latin) is a sacred Christmas carol, which is thought to have been composed in the 16th century, but could easily have existed as a monophonic hymn in the late medieval period, with polyphonic alto, tenor, and bass parts added during the 15th century, particularly due to its Medieval Latin lyrics. The song was published in Piae Cantiones, a collection of Finnish/Swedish sacred songs published in 1581. No music is given for the verses, but the standard tune comes from older liturgical books.

The Latin text is a typical medieval song of praise, which follows the standard pattern for the time – a uniform series of four-line stanzas, each preceded by a two-line refrain (in the early English carol this was known as the burden). Carols could be on any subject, but typically they were about the Virgin Mary, the Saints or Yuletide themes.

Remember Those “97 Per Cent of Scientists Agree” on Global Warming??

Or is it Global Cooling? Or is it Peak Oil? A coming famine?

Lord Monckton, always entertaining, lays to rest that hoary prevarication about the “consensus” among scientists. He has the source for that lie, which begins at ~minute 21.00 if you’re in a hurry.

The whole thing is entertaining, but the primary reason for this posting is to have a place to hang the source of such balderdash as was promoted in previous comment sections:

Thanks to RonaldB for his link in the comments on my previous posting about climate shenanigans. His link is a somewhat longer video on the subject, but Ivar Giaever, the 1973 Nobel Prizewinner for Physics, is equally entertaining.

Why is it that the deniers are wittier? Not a sin Al Gore will ever commit. But whatever; that Norwegian speaker is worth your time, too. The graphs (e.g., the one which illustrates where thermometers are placed globally. This was a few years ago, but I doubt poor countries have caught up yet) are illuminating.

In a side note, we have some climate here. Last weekend we got fourteen inches of snow. This weekend it is fast disappearing under an onslaught of warmish (52 degrees F) rain. The B and I are going down to watch the river flood over its banks. Hey, in the boondocks, you take your entertainment where you can find it. Things are melting so fast they’re sending up great wraiths of fog on the remaining snowpack.

An Astute Response to “Immigration is a Right”

From September, speaking at the U.N.:

Promoted by the MSM without any commentary. How refreshing.

The (current) leading comment says:

He protects his own country. Migrants from underdeveloped countries cause only problems. They are not apt to live and work in a highly developed country like the US. They should first start to do something in their own countries. Many migrants come from countries with rich natural sources. Just have a look at Venezuela. It has one of the biggest reserves of oil. There is no reason why Venezuelans have to migrate.

Put your own country in order.

Jordan Peterson on Global Warming

Lots of people won’t like his answer:

Obviously, we at Gates of Vienna – Baron the mathematician and statistician, and Dymphna who has looked at clouds from both sides now – are not fans of imposed “consensus”. The kind of consensus that, unless you agree with it, makes you thuggishly deplorable.

Good for you, Dr. Peterson. I almost didn’t watch you on this video because I thought you’d be predictable. I should know better by now, eh?

Tommy’s Report on 9 December Rally

TR sent out an email today with his report on the Brexit rally, plus a clever, brief video:

Without your support there is absolutely no way we could have made a success of our Brexit rally last week; how grateful I am for your belief and commitment to these movements goes far beyond what words can describe. I was overwhelmed by the genuine heartfelt passion shown for both the issue at hand and the country as a whole. We can all hold our heads high in that we achieved what we set out to do, which is send a stark message to our government that we are watching their every move and we will not allow our democratic rights and freedoms to be dismissed!

We can also revel in the fact that the mainstream media and the establishment are scared. They have been out in force to somehow portray people demonstrating one of the biggest betrayals in British democracy as extreme!?!

Yes, it does get boring being constantly labelled; however, the mainstream media continually persist in shooting themselves in the foot. Every mainstream media outlet published that only 1,500 to 2,000 turned up but in the world of social media we continually expose them as blatant LIARS again and again!!

For those of you who want to fully understand how much propaganda and LIES are pushed out by the media and establishment CLICK THE VIDEO BELOW

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The background music was inspired, and the speeded-up motion allows you to see the numbers and mood of the crowds. In his comment section on that video, TR says:

“If you ever wanted an example of how much the media and establishment LIE to you it is this video. Every mainstream media outlet reported that only 1500 to 2000 people turned out in protest at the Brexit betrayal when in fact Tens of Thousands turned out as can be seen in this video! The Main stream media are the enemy of the people and report what they want you to hear rather than the truth.”

A commenter, Bill Borrett, said:

“I don’t know how the march was organised. But I am sure the route was assigned so no cameras could pick up the full scale of it. It was a very long and winding route to Whitehall, going around the back via Victoria. Whereas the counter-demonstration was permitted to march down Regent’s street and then down Haymarket into Trafalgar Square. Why was a preferential route given to a counter-demonstration, when you can only organise a counter-demonstration once a demonstration has been organised?”

Here’s a video explaining the Remainers’ views. Notice they were the ones who got violent.

Twelve Inches and Counting

UPDATE: from the weather forecast at 11:00 p.m.

Heavy snow has ended, however, periods of light snow or
freezing drizzle will continue overnight, mixed with sleet at
times. Additional snow accumulations of an inch or two, along
with a light glaze of ice.

Hope our electricity continues…

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Snow on the driveway, December 9, 2018

No, this isn’t an anatomy lesson.

That foot of snow is the level of our current snowstorm – deceptively gentle, almost no wind at all. But it’s a heavy snow and it may snap our connection to civilization, which means we won’t be able to moderate comments. Those lines coming down the mountain are probably sagging by now.

This is one we won’t be digging out of quickly but will have to wait a few days for the warmer air to bring the depth down to plowable levels (our snow man’s plow is dependable up to about six inches).

Tragedies so far: a missing snow cap and a discarded snow broom. How was I to know that raggedy ol’ thing was what the B needed because it didn’t scratch the car?