Random Thoughts

RandomThoughtsThumb2by Brad Nelson6/17/15
I’ve got so many random thoughts going around in my head, as I’m sure you do, I have to write a few more of them down.

Somebody could make big money doing ethnic make-overs — turning white people into “people of color” so that they can get the benefits of “diversity” and victimhood. You know me…I think that is the psychological reason behind all these tattoos. It’s one way for white people to escape their “white privilege” and other stigmas from being white. Taken to its extreme (as many have), many white people are turning black…sort of an indigo ink black. It’s working, at least from appearances.

It’s entirely true that as an adult you are paid back by your children (or other people’s children) for all your childish sins. I won’t go into details but, geez, kids can be destructive.

As many people are saying, I think this could be a long, hot summer where gangs (should we just now call them “neighborhoods”?) of black hoodlums, flush with racist grievance toward whites, unleash their violence. Expect Matt Lauer to say this is all our fault (and much of it indeed is, but not how he means).

Is there anyone more pathetic than Jeb Bush? I read a piece the other day that says he speaks nothing but Spanish at home, once checked “Spanish” as his ethnicity on some form, and thinks illegal aliens are being “loving” for breaking the law and flooding over the border. We may laugh at Bruce Jenner’s attempt at sex change, but no less ridiculous is another white person, such as Jeb Bush, trying to go native and change his ethnicity. Expect Scott Walker or Rubio to be on the ticket (or, likely, to make up the ticket). But this Bush clown, despite his money bags, isn’t going anywhere.

Would Donald Trump be such a bad president? I won’t vote for Jeb Bush, no matter what. The benefit of Trump is that we all know he’s a con man, a marketeer, and a loud-mouthed opportunist. He doesn’t try to hide it behind vapid and dishonest “hope and change” language. Yes, such an approach is further dumbing-down our expectations. But with the Democrats being the party of evil and the Republicans being the party of corrupt wimps, Donald Trump doesn’t look so bad by comparison. If politics is to be no more than a cult of personality, Trump certainly has that.

Quick: Name for me the focus of Christianity. Do it in one word, two at most. Forgiveness? Redemption? Hope? Love? Charity? All those are good choices. But the Pope, the leader of the Catholic Church, is choosing warmed-over Marxism in its many guises. Makes you want to cry. Oh, perhaps not so much that the Church has another bad Pope. Wouldn’t be the first time. What I find most disconcerting is the number of Catholics who insist that we’ve got it all wrong, that our impression is a false one forwarded and shaped by a liberal press. Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.

What we do here sometimes borders on the unvarnished truth. We’re a humble, normal, middle-American crowd here at StubbornThings. Nothing fancy. We all put our pants on one leg at a time. And I’m personally grateful for the generous contributions this site has received to defray expenses. And I’m not trolling for more. The expenses, at present, aren’t all that high. But, geezuz criminy, the other day I was following a link to a prominent Christian site, FirstThings, and up pops an annoying box (as most sites do now…something you will never, ever see happen here) that says, “Help us raise $500,000 in the next 30 days so we can keep this site going.” Jesus, if you’ll pardon my French. Five-hundred thousand dollars in begging? Oh my. But I guess that’s life in the big city. Truth-telling must be very very expensive. It must require a certain special typeface you have to buy or special Javascript running in the background that is custom-coded. I still haven’t figured this all out yet, but I do know I have to start charging more, or asking for more, if we are to have any respect at all regarding having even a slice of the “unvarnished truth” business. I would say a check from each of you for about $250.00 would do it.


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19 Responses to Random Thoughts

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    I wonder, on a list of bad popes, where Francis the Peronist would compare with Alexander VI (the Borgia pope; his family was the subject of Mario Puzo’s last book, and a good book it was — writing about the Borgias was very similar in its way to writing about the Corleones).

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      I don’t know all that much about Alexander VI. But I was watching this one series on the Borgias where the Pope at the time (played by Jeremy Irons) had a de facto wife, children, and a series of mistresses. And I can’t comment on how closely he held to a legitimate and reasonable reading of the doctrine, but if I were Catholic, I would rather have a philandering Pope who knew his religion than one who might be celibate but seemed to have no clue about his religion. Earthly foibles are understandable. But bolloxing up the message of the Divine is another thing.

  2. neal says:

    Christianity. Raised from the dead. Very confusing. It is not you, it is me.

    Does not really seem to scale up. Unless just the ones in hell.
    I need a nap.

  3. Rosalys says:

    The focus of Christianity is – or should be – Christ; His life, His death, His resurrection, and the salvation He offers through His atoning death.

    Some of this transracial, transgender, transcrap, etc. is psychological confusion. A lot of it is about gaming the system for free stuff and unearned prestige. Why do we allow it to go on? At least on the racial stuff, a lot has to do with “White Guilt.” Anyone of you white folk out there (or transracial blacks who feel white) who is afflicted with this condition, I want you to know that you can receive amnesty. You can receive absolution for all the generationally inherited sins of your fore-bearers by going here

    http://econfaculty.gmu.edu/wew/gift.html

    For your own sins, go to the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

  4. Rosalys says:

    I can’t prove it, but my gut tells me that at least Donald Trump likes his country. He may even love it. At this time I have no qualms about voting for him – if he actually becomes the nominee. But my gut also tells me that he isn’t really serious about becoming president, and he will pull out. That’s kinda what he did last time, isn’t it?

    Speaking of Presidential candidates…It’s getting curiouser and curiouser. Lincoln Chaffee (missing Linc) has declared as a Democrat candidate, and is filling out the necessary paperwork as we speak! I for one am thrilled! This man is truly bizarro; and when the debates are on I’m popping the corn and pouring the beverages as we settle in for a night of once in a lifetime entertainment!

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      I completely believe that Donald Trump loves his country and does not wish to “fundamentally transform it” as B. Hussein Obama and his ilk do. Regarding Trump as a candidate, whatever he says the question ultimately becomes, “Why should I believe he’s any more sincere in his policy prescription than any other Republican?”

      I don’t dismiss Donald Trump merely because he’s a shallow media star. He does have some accomplishments under his belt. But I’ll be waiting to at least hear what he says his policy prescriptions are. And then I will see if there is any consistent theme to theme which would suggest some kind of core belief system.

      Did Donald pull out before? I know that screwball Ross Perot did.

      • Rosalys says:

        I don’t know if Trump technically pulled out of the 2012 race, because I don’t remember if he actually tossed his hat in the ring or if he just tossed the idea around and then just decided not to run. If he’s serious, and he does the required paperwork, shows up for the debates, and kisses a few babies, then I’ll pay close attention and pray that he’s not just another weasel. but at least for now I’m okay with him.

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          To some degree Trump is the perfect candidate. Politics has become little more than entertainment. Why not drop the pretense and elect a showman? So what that he has control over the nuclear button.

          The Donald would be an improvement if only because he doesn’t hate this country, doesn’t hate capitalism, doesn’t hate wealthy people. What a change that would be from the community agitator who is in office now.

  5. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    Quick: Name for me the focus of Christianity.

    The revealed truth that Jesus Christ is the only Son of God, who was made flesh and sacrificed himself on the cross in order to atone for the sins of mankind, thus giving humanity, through belief in him and his resurrection the chance for salvation.

    All the rest of it is secondary. Others have taught helping the poor, being honest, etc.

    It the revealed truth, the personal God and absolute truth that makes Christianity, and the West which is built upon Christianity, different. It is also the reason the West is collapsing. That is another subject which I am letting develop and which I will write about soon, I hope.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      In essence, it comes down to the Apostles’ Creed (or its slightly different version, the Nicene Creed).

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      That sounds like a solid answer, Mr. Kung.

      In order to avoid what I call the moral dead-end of “Jesus magic” (which could be called depending upon beliefs alone, not works, character, or any real-world stuff), I tend to generalize the condition of Christianity. If it is not to be a mere incantation, what does it mean?

      Is it a poverty program? No, for if it were then there would be no reference to a transcendent realm. Poverty might wish to be avoided — it depends (many great Christians have gladly taken it on) — but the point is not to store up treasures of “free stuff.”

      It’s very very surprising to me that so many Christians cannot get their minds out of the materialist mode, always measuring simply by the material stuff one has or does not have, with little mind to what spiritual or moral goods one has or does not have. How deeply this way of thinking has infected us…to the point where the point of Christianity isn’t sin redemption but guilt reduction. “The poor” are used as mere devices for our pleasure, to show how supposedly nice we are. Little or no thought is given to what “the poor” might really need, such as the inculcation of good morals, the providing of a good education, to be held to just laws, and to live their lives within the framework of liberty and honorable institutions.

      Instead we get appeals to “social justice” (which nobody can ever really define, thus you know it’s not about the poor, it’s about what this idea does for the dispenser of “social justice”). But it is damn difficult to deal with “the poor.” Reality requires we take a sober view and not declare them all automatically victims. They are an assortment, and often a hardcore one. These “poor” will be the first to be corrupted and undermined by “free stuff.” Your good intentions might make you feel good, but did you do a damn thing to actually help “the poor”?

      The reality of “the poor” is that you’re often dealing with really bad characters, those with addictions, and/or those who simply prefer to live on the street. One must first filter out who actually wants help and who is a moocher. And, of course, if you view all of “the poor” as victims, you see no moochers. You become just a naive boob where it’s all about you, not in actually effectively helping “the poor.” Your “help” becomes a way to feed the beast of entitlement which is a cancer to the soul.

      Helping “the poor” requires a hell of a lot more than “good intentions.” Most of “the poor” could benefit from having any aid tied directly to the requirement to change their ways, for most of “the poor” in this country of riches are poor for reasons more likely do to spiritual poverty than the rich screwing them out of their money.

      And those who promote “social justice” are played for fools by “the poor.” You’d think these dispensers of “social justice” would have read and understood the power of the commandment, “thou shalt not covet.” And when you spread the idea that the poor are poor because they are victims (of the rich or whomever), you are feeding this beast. We see the same thing happening with blacks in America who have stored up a vicious and deep strain of anti-white racism because they’ve been told over and over again that they are victims and deserve other people’s stuff.

      Catholic charities, of course, have done tremendous work in helping those who need help, and still do. But we are getting very close to this entire “helping the poor” business becoming a way to entrench the poor in their bad ways and bad behavior while we can go home to our nice homes and think “What a good boy am I.” And with the Pope’s odd fixation on the fraud of “climate change,” we see that the head itself is rotten. It matters to get these things clear and get them right.

      One could say the point of Christianity is Truth with a capital “T” and Wisdom with a capital “W.” We are called to move beyond ignorance, beyond our animal natures, and beyond our low and vulgar propensities. Wise as serpents and harmless as doves. But not stupid. Not naive. And if “Good” only ever is about avoiding the guilt of “white privilege,” which I believe is at the bottom of a lot of this “social justice” malarky, then Good has passed you by and you’re reading from someone else’s hymnal.

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        One could say the point of Christianity is Truth with a capital “T” and Wisdom with a capital “W.” We are called to move beyond ignorance, beyond our animal natures, and beyond our low and vulgar propensities.

        There is much in what you say. One must question the amount of reflection many Christians give the whole mystery.

        If a Christian truly thinks about the enormity of God making himself man and sacrificing himself for humanity, then how could a Christian be anything but overwhelmingly thankful, and do anything but strive to be worthy of such a thing? And that does not mean dumping one’s personal responsibility on to “society” or the “government”. Paying taxes is not an act of love. Letting people act in the most degrading ways which damage themselves and others is not an act of love, courage or wisdom.

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          I was thinking, Mr. Kung, about how thoughts about these types of subjects can become way too esoteric and intellectual. So I thought, “What is it that defines the Christian or the good American?” And I came up with:

          + Generous, but wise about the dangers of “free stuff”
          + Not quick to anger, but neither a push-over pacifist
          + Hard-working
          + Honest
          + Has integrity
          + Frugal
          + Wise
          + Long-suffering
          + Patient
          + Diligent
          + Forgiving but not a doormat
          + Thoughtful vs. driven willy nilly by zealousness
          + Kind, but not ingratiating

          You could no doubt think of more. And are any of these traits in the least controversial, at least on the right?

          But I would say most of these are side-stepped by the ideology of the Left in order to make “victimhood” status work out. In order to do so, you have to excuse people from all these virtues and claim they are powerless over their own lives and cannot make prudent choices.

          Absent from the list are ambiguous terms such as “compassion” or even “courageous.” I’m sure Hitler’s SS was courageous, for example. A lot of buzz words are used these days that float conveniently above any commitment to actual virtue. “Social justice” is perhaps the greatest example of that. It requires virtue of no one only the shifting of wealth from one party to another under an inherently Marxian justification that the poor are poor because they’ve been screwed by the rich.

          • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

            Your list is pretty good. And I would mention that my wife, who is Asian, has noted that Americans are particularly unselfish and kind in all sorts of situations, not just with money but with their time and help. She notes they are also very fair minded.

    • Rosalys says:

      “The revealed truth that Jesus Christ is the only Son of God, who was made flesh and sacrificed himself on the cross in order to atone for the sins of mankind, thus giving humanity, through belief in him and his resurrection the chance for salvation.”

      That’s what I meant, but of course, Mr. Zu, you put it much more eloquently!

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        You said it Rosslys, I just wanted to hammer it home. I believe the fact it is “revealed” truth to be very important in the cultural sense as well as religious sense.

  6. Timothy Lane says:

    It used to be light-skinned blacks who sought to pass as whites, for reasons that should be obvious. I don’t know what effort they went to other than relying on their resemblance to whites; no doubt some had to work on their hair. Irving Wallace’s The Man has a modest subplot dealing with this.

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