Sunday 20 September 2020

I was going to write something else this morning, but events, dear Jim, Events. Gisberg died yesterday, and the press is going on about respecting that woman, who ensured that the US constutition hat the respect of toilet paper. Nihil Malum Mortui dicerunt is taking a break reight now, because of our anger. This anger could be lethal: to individuals and to the state. Of which more to dollow. The picture above is of the young Ginsberg.

Didact sums up the current situation well.

A lot of people on the Right are celebrating her death because of what she did and said on the bench during her time as an Associate Justice. This is going to lead to an awful lot of screeching and finger-wagging from the never-to-be-sufficiently-cursed whorenalists of the lying (((media))) about how it is wrong to speak ill of the dead, and so on and so forth. It would be nice if such people were ideologically consistent, of course, but consistency is not a strong point of the Left.

After all, when Justice Scalia, who truly was a legendary scholar and jurist, died back in 2016, the Left exploded into celebration at the time with some genuinely nasty invective directed toward the titan’s jurisprudence, reputation, personal life, and legacy.

There are certainly plenty of people on the Right celebrating right now, for much the same reason. The political culture in the USA has become so poisoned and so nasty that there is no middle ground anymore. It is simply not possible for us on the Right to look at RBG’s legacy and see anything other than a judicial wrecking-ball with no respect for precedent, no respect for the vision of the Founders, and no desire to uphold the Constitution as it was written.

If there is one lesson to be drawn from RBG’s death, it is the fact that putting women in positions of power is ALWAYS hugely risky and almost always goes horribly wrong.

That was one beautiful lady.

And look at what she turned into. It is genuinely sad to see how such a stunning woman could become one of the most destructive forces ever unleashed against the Constitution.

Here’s the thing, though: RBG’s death, in and of itself, is sad but inconsequential. What matters is what will happen now that she’s gone.

The fact that Associate Justice Ginsburg is dead now, with 45 days to go before a hugely consequential election – that’s just over 6.5 weeks – means that things are going to go thermonuclear. The Left has just found its hill to die upon. They will do absolutely EVERYTHING in their considerable power to ensure that it will be impossible for the Right to nominate any SCOTUS pick before Election Day and almost certainly before Inauguration Day.

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I think God has a sense of humour, and a fair amount of our anger is misplaced. Jonah is a warning here. We should rejoice when the wicked repent. We should pray that we repent of our wickedness.

And we should completely ignore the ciritis who see our wickedness and flaws and acuuse us of those, not seeing that these are the consequences of the rancid policies they promote. You have feral kids? Wnsure that Dads are not integrated into families, but can be kicked out. If, in a separation, the father had the responsibility and care for the children, and not the mother, the number of separations and divorces would decrease. And you would marry or cohabit not in haste.

Collect One

Almighty and everlasting God,
Give unto us the increase of faith, hope, and charity;
and, that we may obtain that which thou dost promise,
make us to love that which thou dost command;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

In need to say before we go further that anger is toxic. Jonah was suicidal, because he put his honour on the destruction of Ninevah, and when that which gives us joy goes, we can have that temptation. I think God is saying to us — do we have a justification for our anger. The plant that came to give Johan relief from the sun was a small thing. The salvation of man is a big thing. For goodness sake, don;t go stupid over small things.

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Jonah 3:10-4:11

10 When God saw their deeds, that they turned from their wicked way, then God relented concerning the calamity which He had declared He would bring upon them. And He did not do it.

4 But it greatly displeased Jonah and he became angry. 2 He prayed to the Lord and said, “Please Lord, was not this what I said while I was still in my own country? Therefore in order to forestall this I fled to Tarshish, for I knew that You are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, and one who relents concerning calamity. 3 Therefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for death is better to me than life.” 4 The Lord said, “Do you have good reason to be angry?”

5 Then Jonah went out from the city and sat east of it. There he made a shelter for himself and sat under it in the shade until he could see what would happen in the city. 6 So the Lord God appointed a plant and it grew up over Jonah to be a shade over his head to deliver him from his discomfort. And Jonah was extremely happy about the plant. 7 But God appointed a worm when dawn came the next day and it attacked the plant and it withered. 8 When the sun came up God appointed a scorching east wind, and the sun beat down on Jonah’s head so that he became faint and begged with all his soul to die, saying, “Death is better to me than life.”

9 Then God said to Jonah, “Do you have good reason to be angry about the plant?” And he said, “I have good reason to be angry, even to death.” 10 Then the Lord said, “You had compassion on the plant for which you did not work and which you did not cause to grow, which came up overnight and perished overnight. 11 Should I not have compassion on Nineveh, the great city in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know the difference between their right and left hand, as well as many animals?”

Philippians 1:21-30

21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. 23 But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; 24 yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that your proud confidence in me may abound in Christ Jesus through my coming to you again.

27 Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; 28 in no way alarmed by your opponents—which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God. 29 For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, 30 experiencing the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear to be in me.

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There are too many people making too much of the current situation. In NZ, it is the election and the COVID alert levels and the depression we are in. The official narrative will be about Trump and the supreme court. Yes, the current economic crunch is painful, and ongoing. Yes, we are missing people who should be visiting and we are unable to visit others. Yes, this makes people despair, as those things that they love are not available to them.

Jonah had a firm mind but it was pointing in the wrong way. Do not let them make you fear, or angry. They will try to.

Everybody’s gearing up to DefCon 1 for the Senate fight over filling the Supreme Court seat formerly held by Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Remain calm. All is well.

You need the stoic temperament of Marcus Aurelius in such a crisis.

Keep telling yourself: “I don’t care. It doesn’t matter.”

This is your mantra. Strive to achieve complete indifference.

Don’t watch cable TV news. It will only disturb your tranquility.

Have you got a hobby? Gardening? Bird watching? Concentrate your attention on your hobby. Ignore the daily drumbeat of “news,” which is manufactured by people who profit from needless excitement.

I will confess at times like these old repeats of house renovation and treehouse making shows have a calming affect on me. I need to quit watching the news and practice my viola more and go for more walks.

If we rage, we are out of control, and we are able to be manipulated by the enemy. Trust God. He is not only in control, he has a sense of humour that is seen in the timing of events.

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1 year ago

Yes. Prepare for the worst, and then go to the garden. I might want to be Out of Dodge, but we spent hours yesterday buying new plants and adding them to our hillside. Beauty is good, making more beauty is a good thing to do. Door is not open for me to pack, so … I shall spend time with the sage.