The Ministry of Grievances

by Brad Nelson5/1/17

We’re embarking on a bold new path. I’m “democratizing” this place a bit (another way of saying I’m tired of all the work I have to do in the background to post small bits and pieces that people submit).

But that’s just part of it. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Ninety-five percent of conservative media (100% of liberal media?) is about expressing offense, grievance, distaste, etc., for the latest outrage. Well, as much as I’ve been trying to make the point that we ought not stew in the juices of grievance (either shit or get off the pot…either do something to combat the left and write about your experiences or go read a good book), we can certainly stew in our own juices as well as anyone.

So open now for your complete Freedom of Thought is the Ministry of Grievance in the forums section. To post a new topic or reply to an existing topic, the only requirement is that you be logged in.

So have at it. I’ll edit out the spam as necessary, perhaps even appointing some moderators to help with that. We’ll see. We’re not exactly Grand Central Station here. But we can have fun with this. Go ahead and put the stick up your butt again and express your mighty offense at this, that, or the other. If you can do it with some humor, all the better. But this is not required.

And if you’re too shy, then tough. This is your sandbox. If you’re just going to sit on your hands and be passive, well, then you have no right to complain when the real Ministry of Truth comes knocking. But I still suggest you actually do something rather than just complain. Still, we Americans have made complaining a national pastime. There’s no reason then that we can’t do it better than most at StubbornThings. And if you see the need for a new sub-forum topic in the Ministry, make a suggestion.

Brad is editor and chief disorganizer of StubbornThings.
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I like books, nature, politics, old movies, Ronald Reagan (you get sort of a three-fer with that one), and the founding ideals of this country. We are the Shining City on the Hill — or ought to be. However, our land has been poisoned by Utopian aspirations and feel-good bromides. Both have replaced wisdom and facts.
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16 Responses to The Ministry of Grievances

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    We shall see. I don’t like to spend my time detailing grievances, though the budget sell-out certainly merits mention. Somebody — Paul Ryan, probably some others as well — did a wretched job. Or maybe he never really cared to do a good one.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Timothy, my tongue is only half planted in my cheek about all this. I certainly recognize that bitching and complain and being offended is the national online sport. I acknowledge that and think we can have some fun with it. We can (and should be) conscious that our bitching and scolding is not the same as actually doing anything.

      That said, every day brings The Theatre of the Absurd. Who doesn’t like a freak show?

      • Timothy Lane says:

        I wonder if the French playwright Ionesco (who wrote The Bald Soprano — which doesn’t have a soprano, bald or otherwise, in it, of course — and The Rhinoceros) ever did a play about the sort of politics we see today in the West.

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          Politics has devolved from the realm of ideas to a game of rhetoric and inflated sense of righteousness. Facts don’t matter. It’s all about framing the question in a way that you’re right and the other side is wrong….through sheer rhetorical devices. It’s infected both sides. We have become like our enemy (although not quite as extreme yet).

          Here’s someone doing a version of The Bald Soprano. This is the whole production in one YouTube video. I have a hard time understanding her without subtitles so I’ll pass on this.

          • Timothy Lane says:

            I read it in my4th Semester French class at Purdue (but in my freshman year, since I tested out of 2 semesters pf French),

            A lot of what’s going on is pure tribalism. There was an NRO article on how liberals are angry at the NRA’s Eddie Eagle program (which teachers children to avoid guns) — mainly because it’s the NRA doing it. Of course, it’s not like liberals are sane.

            • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

              Yes, I think “pure tribalism” explains much of this. There’s also an aspect wherein people are being tortured by an ideology being imposed on them, it makes them unhappy, and they then lash out at others in some kind of act of transference.

            • pst4usa says:

              It is interesting that Dennis Prager talks about Judaism as the destruction of tribalism, (even though they had 12 tribes). God and his laws became far more important than tribe, family, (extended anyway), or blood. Given that we are running away from God at an ever increasing pace, it would seem to fit that we would go right back to what we were over 3500 years ago, very much tribal.

              • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

                Pat makes a great point. And I’m not just saying that because he’s our resident Koch Brother and helps make this site possible while the rest of you can’t seem to find the PayPal button. But no matter.

                I don’t know if man was physically kicked out of the Garden of Eden or if that is a metaphor for the state we find ourselves in…mainly, not God. But we are no longer cozily in that garden with a real sense of who we are via Another. Whether we are responsible for this abandonment or not, I do not know. But man has been admonished. He no longer walks directly in the garden with God, physically or metaphorically.

                That is a big dash to man’s ego, for when his spirit life becomes tenuous or polluted, he tends to double down on self-image rather than with God. And when man abandons his spiritual life altogether, only other men can make him feel important. And men then band together to reinforce their sense of importance. We have a tribe. And although some tribes might be useful in terms of cooperation and pooling labor to hunt rabbits or deer, the tribe-of-the-mind, as we see with the Left, is a tribe of a substitute for a spiritual life with no material purpose but a psychological crutch, a therapeutic blanket. And that blanket is not secure for it is based purely on the opinions of other men which, when they are not corrupt, are often just plain wrong or dangerous.

                We laugh at these “climate change” libtards, for instance, for a true conservative could certainly conceive that man is capable of changing the atmosphere. But he’ll weigh the evidence. He won’t make a religion of it, nor will he subvert science to the needs of his secular religion. He would weight the evidence as best he could with an impartial mind, for his sense of himself does not rely either on fake science or fake news — and certainly not on the opinions of the flakes, nuts, or whatever fashionable notion the vulgar mob has glommed onto out of fear of being in the same place for too long.

                Alas, far too many conservatives have gone tribal as well. And I’ve had enough of it. If you can’t pray and find some silent time, then you are part of the problem, being dashed in The Daily Drama and perhaps liking it because at least the drama makes you feel alive. If you can’t pray for the welfare and reconciliation with the enemy (but not at the price of surrender), then you are a mere tribesman. You might as well have a bone in your nose. Or a tattoo on your butt. I’m sure many of you out there do.

              • Timothy Lane says:

                For what it’s worth, David Rohl has made an interesting case for the area around Tabriz as the Garden of Eden. He also identifies the mountain (not Ararat itself, but I don’t recall which one) he thinks Noah’s ark came to rest on. (Note that the Bible refers to “the mountains of Ararat”, which was a region in what is now southeastern Turkey.

    • Steve Lancaster says:

      Not long ago I was in a post-grad class on existential philosophy. One of the topics for discussion was, “what is human”. Needless to say, opinions varied from profound to bizarre. I regret to say, that the following did not sprout from my lips in full form, but did end up in a final paper.

      A human should be able to:

      Plant and harvest a crop to feed a family, cut and trim a tree to build a home or business. Keep accurate accounts. Build a dam for man’s own purposes and not the purpose of a beaver or fish. Con a ship, dig a ditch, drive a car, walk miles in someone’s else shoes, cook a tasty meal, eat grubs, comfort the sick and dying, pray to G-d(s), die with dignity, fight enemies to a victory, fly a plane, drive a tank, love passionately, comfort a child with a skinned knee, give birth or midwife a birth, clean a house and pack that house for a move across the street or to another country. Understand why “women and children first” is a racial imperative for survival. All this and more is part of the human, AKA Homo Sapiens experience.
      Specialization is for insects.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Aka “Don’t be a Snowflake.” Certainly you evince the historic pioneering spirit of America. Now people riot if they are expected to do any of those things.

        Speaking of racial imperative, my brother stopped by yesterday and told me about a DNA ancestry test he had taken. Apparently with the more data that these agencies collect, the more detailed info they can give you. He’s going to give me the exact data, but the highlight is that the Nelson clan is 67% Western European (which does not include England, Italy, Spain, or Scandinavia). The other huge chunk is Eastern European with then a few bits here and there. He told me about one of his friends who found out that he had 15% African in him…and his humorous friend is playing this up for all its worth.

        So I’d just like you all to know that I’m officially a White Oppressor. I have White Privilege up the ying-yang. But I was really surprised to hear (unless he was dealing with a pseudo-scientific DNA charting business) that they could get so detailed. Last I read is that they could place you in one of nine or so major groups. As I quipped to my brother, I knew there had to be a reason that my other brother liked listening to German marching music.

        I’m not generally a racial purist advocate, although there is some data that suggests some races are not quite as smart as others. Be that as it may, we had Trump and Hillary as our choices last election, so there will be no beating of the chest in regards to white pride at the moment.

        Still, as more “people of color” swamp America, it makes you wonder if there wasn’t something special about the European races. Yes, as Mr. Kung would say, culture is everything. And if you took the cultural practices of, say, the Germans and embedded them into the Kenyans, you’d have the same result (all else being equal such as natural resources and climate), right?

        Well, I’m not so sure. I’m not so sure that there isn’t something somewhat unique and more industrious about the European races. But if there was something exceptional we need only look at the mongrel snowflakes on the street (many of them white) as dumb and dependent as bricks and nowhere near as useful. And we need only look at the Asians who are kicking all our asses in terms of getting good grades.

        There was a protest in Seattle that turned violent last night. I watched a little on the news and one of the news readers mentioned that these were Trump people. I honestly don’t know the circumstances. But I do think The Second Civil War will necessarily have to turn violent and that the Trump nationalists are the only ones who may be willing to mix it up with the kooks, flakes, slackers, and racial hustlers who are taking over the street. I don’t say that with enthusiasm, per se. I just say that it’s becoming more and more apparent that the police won’t do anything. That leaves a vacancy to be filled by whomever.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        This sounds much like something Robert Heinlein had in “The Notebooks of Lazarus Long” (which originally appeared in Time Enough for Love).

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          That book can be found here: The Notebooks of Lazarus Long. Only $2.99 for the Kindle.

        • Steve Lancaster says:

          You know it very well could be. I have read so many books in the last 60 years that differentiating between authors is often impossible. Yet the truthfulness is not disputable.

          • Timothy Lane says:

            Oddly enough, Time Enough for Love is one of only two Heinlein novels I haven’t read (the other being I Will Fear No Evil, though I also gave up on The Number of the Beast when I was nearly done). But one of the magazines printed out that list of admonitions.

  2. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    (Note that the Bible refers to “the mountains of Ararat”, which was a region in what is now southeastern Turkey.

    I like the explanation of a dam bursting at the Bosporus (the Black Sea deluge hypothesis), causing a great flood that would fill and extend the Black Sea. That certainly would have seemed like the world being flooded. And an ark would have been damn useful. And there might very well have been some warning that something like that was going to happen. Unless it happened in a relative trickle over a long period of time.

    Lots of ifs and buts and an intriguing theory. Unless it happened in the Great Flood….God’s grievance against man…drowning every last thing not aboard Noah’s ark.

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