Trivia

Posted June 4, 2016 By John C Wright

In case you need to know an evil acronym of an evil spy organization, here are a few:

  • SP.E.C.T.R.E. = Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion
  • T.H.R.U.S.H. = Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity
  • H.I.V.E. =Hierarchy of International Vengeance and Extermination
  • A.I.M.= Advanced Idea Mechanics
  • C.O.B.R.A. = Criminal Organization of Bloodiness, Revenge and Assassination

Also, in case you were wondering if the Cowardly Lion originally had more lyrics to his song that were cut in the final edit of Wizard of Oz, here they are, along with the more familiar Scarecrow and Tin Woodman verses:

SCARECROW

I could while away the hours, conferrin’ with the flowers
Consultin’ with the rain.
And my head I’d be scratchin’ while
my thoughts were busy hatchin’
If I only had a brain.
I’d unravel every riddle for any individ’le,
In trouble or in pain.

DOROTHY
With the thoughts you’d  be thinkin’
I could be another Lincoln
If you only had a brain.

SCARECROW
Oh, I could tell you why The ocean’s near the shore.
I could think of things I never thunk before.
And then I’d sit, and think some more.
I would not be just a nuffin’ my head all full of stuffin’
My heart all full of pain.
I would dance and be merry, life would be a ding-a-derry,
If I only had a brain.

TIN WOODMAN

When a man’s an empty kettle he should be on his mettle,
And yet I’m torn apart.
Just because I’m presumin’ that I could be kind-a-human,
If I only had heart.
I’d be tender – I’d be gentle and awful sentimental
Regarding Love and Art.
I’d be friends with the sparrows …
and the boys who shoots the arrows
If I only had a heart.
Picture me – a balcony. Above a voice sings low.
Wherefore art thou, Romeo? I hear a beat….
How sweet.
Just to register emotion, jealousy – devotion,
And really feel the part.
I could stay young and chipper
and I’d lock it with a zipper,
If I only had a heart.

COWARDLY LION

Life is sad, believe me, Missy,
When you’re born to be a sissy
Without the vim and verve.
But I could change my habits, never more be scared of rabbits
If I only had the nerve.
I’m afraid there’s no denyin’ I’m just a dandelion,
A fate I don’t deserve.
But I could show my prowess, be a lion not a mowess
If I only had the nerve
Oh I’d be in my stride, a king down to the core
I would roar the way I’ve never roared before
And then I’d rrrwoof! and roar some more
I would show the dinosaurus who’s king around the forres’
A king they better serve
Why with my regal beezer I could be another Caesar
If I only had the nerve

 

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Insanity on Parade

Posted June 3, 2016 By John C Wright

The Massachusetts House passed a bill legally abolishing sex.

https://stream.org/massachusetts-house-passes-bill-legally-abolishing-biological-sex/

The Massachusetts House of Representatives voted 116-36 Wednesday to legally demolish the notion of biological sex in favor of “gender identity.” A similar bill passed the Massachusetts Senate last month. Gov. Charlie Baker has already said he’ll sign the bill.

“The Gender Identity Public Accommodations Bill” (H.4343) provides a three-front advance of transgender “anti-discrimination” laws, reports Conservative Review:

  1. It replaces the word “sex” with “gender identity” in multiple areas of Massachusetts law.
  2. The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination must amend rules and policies to comply with this shift from biological sex to “gender identity.”
  3. It allows people to use the restroom or locker room that matches their gender identity.

Victory brought eye-popping hyperbole from the bill’s co-sponsor, Rep. Byron Rushing. “We are doing the work the founders of our nation intended for us to do,” said Rushing, “This is a great day for us and we should be very proud.”

My comment: Go to confession, get shrived, set your worldly affairs in order, buy firearms, stock the basement with foodstuffs and fuel.

It is that bad. The keel beam of the ship just broke, we are taking water fore and aft, and the crew are busily pumping water aboard as quickly as can be, the pilot steers toward the reef, the engines are roaring full speed ahead.

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Equal to Nothing

Posted June 2, 2016 By John C Wright

A voice in the wilderness is crying out that perhaps no one should allow lunacy into his language.

Stella Morabito offers a rare bit of clarity about the impossibility of clear and honest speech while using unclear and deceptive vocabulary.

http://thefederalist.com/2016/05/31/why-you-should-stop-using-the-word-gender

Let’s stop polluting our language with the word “gender.” Corruption of the English language was Point A on the road to President Obama’s directive to de-privatize and de-sex all school restrooms nationwide. The ploy that got us all into the lazy habit of using the empty term “gender” in place of the accurate word “sex” has its roots in gender ideology, which cultural Marxists pushed for many decades. Since cultural Marxism is nothing but nihilism, it shouldn’t surprise us that “gender” can mean whatever you want or don’t want it to mean. In other words, there’s no there there.

George Orwell’s classic 1946 essay “Politics and the English Language” discusses how easily language can be a tool of political manipulation….

Orwell: “Modern English, especially written English, is full of bad habits which spread by imitation and which can be avoided if one is willing to take the necessary trouble. If one gets rid of these habits one can think more clearly, and to think clearly is a necessary first step towards political regeneration.”

But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. A bad usage can spread by tradition and imitation, even among people who should and do know better.

A lot of us who do know better —— including yours truly —— have fallen into the silly habit of substituting the weaponized word “gender” for the precise word “sex.” Now there’s hell to pay, since it’s infecting all manner of legislation and legal documents—all in the name of “equality,” another term that’s become equal to nothing.

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Tom Simon’s Latest Book

Posted June 2, 2016 By John C Wright

Please patronize my friend and colleague, Tom Simon, who has just released his latest anthology:  THE WORM OF THE AGES AND OTHER TAILS: SIX SHORT FANTASIES.

It is available in ebook form through Amazon. A print edition of THE WORM OF THE AGES should be available in a few days. Link:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GCCT4DS

This little volume contains six of my short stories, including one, ‘The Wrongs of the Matter’, which has never appeared before in any medium.

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Superluminary Episode 03 The Dark Tower

Posted June 1, 2016 By John C Wright

Superluminary, Episode 03, THE DARK TOWER, is posted on Patreon:

Episode 03 The Dark Tower

In this thrilling episode, Aeneas Tell treks across the airless glaciers of Pluto and breaks into the tall, forbidding and forbidden tower looming above the ice, void of living things, but not uninhabited.

Our Story so Far:

Superluminary, Episode 01, ASSASSIN IN EVEREST, is posted on Patreon:

Episode 01 Assassin in Everest

In which Aeneas Tell, the youngest member of the Imperial family of mad scientists who rule the solar system with an iron fist, is decapitated by a high-tech vampire.

Superluminary, Episode 02, THE WORLD OF DEATH is posted on Patreon:

Episode 02 The World of Death

In this exciting episode, Aeneas Tell is flung in his pajamas onto the surface of planet Pluto.

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Exiled to the Twenty First Century

Posted May 31, 2016 By John C Wright

Imagine you came across a group of little men playing ninepins, who hexed you into an enchanted sleep. Upon waking, and finding yourself with a long, gray beard, you explored the strange country around you.

The new nation is called the Twenty First Century. It looks somewhat like the country from which you had been exiled, but that similarity makes the strangeness all the more galling.

That is precisely what happened to me. And I curse the little men, not merely because they took from me so much I loved, but imposed upon me exile into a place whose language is strange, whose manners are barbaric, and whose customs are abhorrent, not just to decency, but to sanity itself.

The Twenty Firsters speak what sounds like English, but there are many nonsense words, or words that mean the opposite of English words. For example, instead of saying ‘sex’ they say gender, which is a part of speech. Instead of dating the calendar from by the year A.D., which means Anno Domini, they date it from C.E., which means nothing. Instead of saying ‘man’ to refer to human beings, and using ‘he’ in the correct grammatical form (unless the antecedent is or must be female, he is used) Twenty Firsters use ‘they’ or ‘he/she’ or ‘ae’ or some other circumlocution.

They are afraid of something called ‘hate speech’, which is nowhere defined or explained. Nothing is defined or explained in this new nation called the Twenty First Century. Under the theory that words expressing dispraise or discontent with any special, protected group will cause spontaneous physical violence to manifest from nowhere against that group, the Twenty-Firsters have made not the violence illegal, but the speech.

A man from my country would realize, of course, that this is the same argument once used by the pro-totalitarian monarchist Thomas Hobbes to justify censorship. A man from my country would be aware of centuries of political philosophy since the time of Hobbes’ writing which had thoroughly exploded and discredited the Hobbesian theory.

But the Twenty-Firsters neither read Hobbes nor any philosophy.

Intellectual effort requires precision and diligence of thought, and they are a spontaneous and unthinking peoples, trained by four years or more of higher education to despise all attempts at thinking as sinister, or vainglorious, or futile, or all of the above.

The strangeness of the strange new country for a long while hides, beneath its harlequin face-paint, a truly hideous visage, akin to the malefic vision of the face of hell. One does not see how bad it is at first glance, because a natural decency and sense of goodwill makes it hard to believe the lunatics mean their lunacy to be taken at face value.

Let us pause to reflect upon a few examples, taken in no particular order.

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Reviewer Praise for IRON CHAMBER OF MEMORY

Posted May 31, 2016 By John C Wright

Mr. Russell Newquist has some kind words to say about my latest work:

Iron Chamber of Memory Book Review

And yes, I do mean masterpiece. This isn’t just one of Mr. Wright’s finest works, although it is definitely that. It also now occupies a spot as one of my favorite fantasy works of all time. Yes, this work is really that good. …

The book is a deeply romantic (something that is lost in modern society), and contains a wonderful mystery that will keep you reading. And although I guessed one of the major twists quite early on, I truly didn’t quite see where the story was heading. It’s also a deeply spiritual story, and it reminded me quite a bit of one or two of the stories in The Book of Feasts and Seasons. Most surprising from Mr. Wright, however, is how deeply sensual the story is.

This is truly a fantastic tale, and I can’t recommend it enough. I give this one five stars out of five… and frankly, I find myself wishing for a sixth to give it.

 

 

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Hear, Hear

Posted May 31, 2016 By John C Wright

Here is another man’s opinion on the desecration of Captain America I’d like to bring to your attention. Mr. Tanaka pens a column titled Why What Happens to Captain America Matters

A few choice quotes:

But the triviality of it is precisely what makes it important, because it is in such things that the real mindset of these people is revealed. Someone might be hesitant to claim that anyone who is concerned about millions of Muslims flooding Europe is literally a Nazi is less hesitant to put their words into the mouth of a fictional character who is a Nazi. Nick Spencer, the man who produced this offal, might not care to claim in public that he believes America is an essentially evil nation, but by turning Captain America into a Nazi, he’s essentially saying that in the oblique language of literature.

You see, fiction and art and “pop culture” in general are the weak spots in the dam of civilization. They are the points where the flood of chaos and barbarism can most easily work its way through and subvert the whole structure. And they are weak precisely because they are trivial: because most people don’t pay attention to them, or think it worth protesting when writers slip in a poisonous idea.

Clearly the desire here is to say to readers “America and Nazism are basically the same thing, and anyone who claims to stand for freedom and justice and right is a self-righteous hypocrite trying to control you. Avoid anything that smacks of self-sacrifice or objective truth or liberty and turn to self-indulgence and the self-centered disinterestedness in your fellow man that goes by the name of ‘tolerance.’”

At least, that’s the message I get from this move.

Possibly I’m wrong and this is just a cheap attempt to grab some publicity by violating a beloved piece of American culture and then preening yourself for doing so. It’s still evil, only now it’s the evil of someone so self-obsessed that he doesn’t even comprehend the idea of conveying a message …

Our culture today is black and growing blacker. It’s a polluted river that flows thick with the raw sewage spewed from diseased minds, and it will remain that way as long as we’re reluctant to point out how vile it is because we think it’s too trivial to mention.

By all means, read the whole thing:
https://serpentsden.wordpress.com/2016/05/30/why-what-happens-to-captain-america-matters/

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What’s in a Name?

Posted May 27, 2016 By John C Wright

The term ‘conservative’ was invented by the ‘progressives’ to describe anyone who was not a progressive. Like goyim, gentile, or heathen, it is just a word that says what you are not.

Now, obviously, no one is in favor of ‘progress’ without some notion of the goal toward which one is progressing. In the case of Progressives, the goal is socialism in slow stages (Wilsonian Socialism, New Deal Socialism, Fabian Socialism, and Communism).

The word was a propaganda term only, because people like things that are new and exciting. And so the Progressives called themselves ‘NEW!’ and called their enemies ‘OLD!’

But age has nothing to do with anything. The so called Progressives have certain ideals (solipsism, untruth, aberration, death, perversion totalitarianism, nihilism)  and these define their goals. They are driving toward tribalism and a police state, and all the ancient horrors left behind in the bronze age, left behind as two-year-old levels of moral insight. The goal is called progress only in the sense of being precisely the opposite.

Like them, we who oppose them, we have certain ideals, and these define our goals. I identify as a conservative, because when I call myself any other name, no one knows what I mean.

We conservatives have seven core beliefs:

1. Reality is real. Reality is not optional.

2. Speech which does not conform to reality is falsehood; thought, madness.

3. Beauty is real, and ennobles the soul; ugliness is foul, and fit for satire only. Beauty is not in the eye of the beholder.

4.Human life from conception until natural death is sacred; animal life is livestock; abortion and euthanasia are satanic.

5. Virginity and monogamy are sacred; polygamy is adultery, and adultery is a crime; sodomy is a crime against nature, or a mental disease, or both.

In order to justify vices in sexual areas, the enemy denounces the concept of virtue and vice. While the sexual arena is the only topic where moral relativism is preached seriously (no adulterer thinks smoking cigarettes is not evil, but instead merely a matter of personal opinion), the more general attack on virtue itself requires the comment about chastity to be expanded to other virtues:

Actions which do not conform to reason are vice, and those that do are virtue. It is only by the practiced habit of virtuous acts that virtue is gained, and reason comes to rule the passions.

The four cardinal virtues are fortitude, prudence, temperance, and justice.

Using reason rather than using fearfulness or rashness to decide when to fight, when to endure, and when to retreat is called fortitude. Using reason rather than passion is called prudence. Using reason rather than appetite is called temperance. Using reason rather than self-interest or expediency is called justice.

Intemperance in sexual matters is unchastity. Merely because the romantic desire is strong does not give it license to overrule the reason.

6. The Rights of Man are sacred, including the rights to life, liberty, property.

  • The right to life means all men are equal in rank at birth: a peasant and an aristocrat have the same right to life: they are equal.
  • The right to liberty means no man is required to support an able-bodied man. Slavery and the welfare state are equally abhorrent.
  • The right to property means the government must back currency with gold, and have no central bank.

From the equality of man, we deduce that no man can be trusted with unbridled power over another: pragmatically, this means creating and upholding laws and customs that promote morality; legally, it means upholding objective law, constitutional and limited government, separation of powers, federalism, and limiting the franchise to landowners, clergy, professionals and tradesmen taking no money from taxpayers. It means an armed citizenry jealous of its rights and suspicious of central government.

The government is a necessary evil meant to promote morality and defend these sacred rights.

Defense against internal corruption means having a strong moral fiber; defense against crime means a strong police force to uphold the common law, it means public trials by jury, and no double jeopardy and no self incrimination; defense against foreign powers means having a strong military freed from political fashion-statements.

7. All sacred things come from God.

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Trump the Nominee

Posted May 27, 2016 By John C Wright

The Associated Press carries the news:

It’s official – Trump reaches the magic number of Republican delegates to clinch nomination. Donald Trump now has 1,238 delegates in the latest Associated Press tally of primary results and the intentions of the other party delegates. Trump was put over the top in the Associated Press delegate count by a small number of the party’s unbound delegates who told the AP they would support him at the convention.

It is possible that the unbound delegates would change their votes beforehand, but, if not, this means the two jokers who heckled me for saying Mr. Trump had the majority, when he only had a plurality, provided one counted votes not yet cast, can shut their pie-eating holes now. Barring a freaking change of fortunes, there will not be a brokered convention.

I am not a Trump fan, but I am a fan of his fans. I trust the common sense of the common man, and the common man is sick of being lied to, and about.

Here is a video that made me chuckle.

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