Archive for March, 2006
By far the greatest general on either side in the Revolution, and he was on both, was Benedict Arnold.
When he betrayed America, people said that if he got caught, his left leg should be cut off his body and buried with honors, while the rest of him should be hanged and buried like a dog.
That is because Arnold took two major wounds in his left leg in combat, and only kept the leg because he woldn’t let them cut it off, though he was risking his life.
He won the pivotal Battle of Saratoga himself, while the American commanding General Clinton just sat there and refused to do anything. Clinton was later disgraced for cowardice at the Battle of Camden.
But not before he had gotten Arnold court-martialed for doing the fighting and disobeying orders.
Arnold had the idea that won Boston early in the war. He went into the war wealthy and was ruined during it.
And every time he did something heroic, he was dragged into a court-martial. He spent large sums from his own pocket when it was a key to victory and nobody wanted to pay him back.
He finally decided that such petty, horrible people could not run a country.
It is hard to say whether his personal resentment or his finally reevaluating the whole situation came first. Human motivations are always hard to untangle.
But a basic point here is critical. No matter how PHYSICALLY brqave you are or how brilliant you are,
no matter how many sacrifices you make, one think that can break your devotion to a cause is the unfairness, the pettiness, of it all.
Washington could not quite believe that every morning his troops came up for morning inspection at Valley Forge. They were paid in worthless currency. Many of them couldn’t even show up at inspection because they were freezing to death.
And the men knew the contractors were cheating them. The men knew they were making ALL the sacrifices, And took the unfairest of orders from many incompetents.
And the easiest thing in the world is to say, “I have all the physical courage in the world. I have sacrificed and he hasn’t. But my HONOR is offended, so I quit.”
The motto of the World War II Generation was, “I showed my courage and sacrifice when I was 19. From now on I don’t have to show a scrap of MORAL courage.”
The way the World War II Generation served was by universal national enthusiasm, once he signed up you couldn’t back out, and by brute force, the draft. If we had depended on ose two things to win the Revolution, we would still be colonials.
The group that calls itself The Greatest Generation couldn’t run. If they ha faced a fraction of the pointless suffering the Revolutionists — or the Tories — faced they would have slinked on home.
Thus The Greateest Generation Saved the World. They tell us they are so Great they make those who left their bare-footed blood in the snow in the Revolution look piddling.
And they gave us what we are living with today.
Kelso tells me that my Radio Stormfront broadcasts since February 24 wwill soon ge on my Audio Archives site at whitakeronline.org
You can go to whitakeronline.org and hit Audio Archives or go directly to:
In either case, I will probably have to remind Kelso again before they go up.
Ther is always a real problem not repeating myself but makijng sure that each of my statements is a tight weave with the others.
I am trying to provide a consistent way of thinking. You can’t do that without being somewhat repetitious.
As an interrogator, I found out one basic rule: when someone talks about others, he tells you all about himself. The most obvious example of this is people who talk about the time about Hate as a motivation. Hate is the complete explanation for someone’s attitude, but only if you are the kind of person for whom hate is a motivator.
Many a time I have listened say “It’s not about hte MONEY” half a dozen times in the space of five minutes.
The obvious conclusion is that it is at least partially about the money.
My latest program, “The Product Called Information” is along the same lines.
People seem to think that shirts and potatoes are produced byt he amretk, whereas information is somehow objectively and spontaneously the produce of an objective desire for truth.
Information is a product, like any other product.
If you do not understand that a person who left to talk is really telliung you all about himself, you will not understand that information is product. And if you don’t understand that information is a product, you know nothing about how to get and sift the data you receive.
Some years ago an Australian couple, he white she Chiese, did a study on newborns. They “swaddled” them, that is, they tied them down. The Orienta; babaies consistently strugled a while and then yielded tot he inevtiable, which is exactly the stereotype of an Oriental. The white babies just kept on fighting.
I am sure many a Russian baby died in swaddling, but it was considered a necessity in a land ruled by Orientals.
Now, you say, that is very interesting. But there was no follow-up study.
If you have to ask why, I am not sure I can explain it to you.
All studies conducted on grants always conclude that the races are the same.
To put t his down on the level where an imbecile or a college professor can understand, anything that doesn’t back Political Correctness does not get financed.
For once I am being unfair to professors. Anybody who succeeds in academia knows this going in.
So Political Correctness has a backup. When a study like that Australian one comes up, they ask “Has that study been confirmed?”
That study has not been repeated. No one would be allowed to repeat it. This is not just a matter of financing one more study, which would be impossible. It is also the fact that if your university repeats that study at its own expens you will find the grants closed to you in every OTHER area as well.
“These are not reliable people.” “Why are they repeating this study at their own expense if they nothing to prove, a Special Agenda?”
Ther Secret Agenda is that they are naziswhowanttokillsixmilli0njews.
But nobody has to explain all that. The study came out wrong and it will not be repeated, for reasons everybody in academia knows are obvious.
If you don’t already know this, I wonder what world you are living in.
And if you are living in another world, I can’t really explain anything to you.
Stormfront has asked me to be moderator for the Traditional Christianity (TC) section.
This may seem odd, since I am not a Traditional Christian, but no moderator of the TC, as I understand it, ever has been. If you are a TC, that means you belong to a traditional faith. So either you do not take your Calvinism or Catholicism or Orthodoxy all that seriously, or you will be biased toward one or another.
This is not true if you are sure that you are perfectly objective, but every TC creed agrees that the only perfectly objective man died 2,000 years ago.
My first job as moderator would be to delete all Identity Christians (IC) from the TC group.
This is fair, since IC have their own group on Stormfront.
The one person who has insulted me personally more than anybody else in TC, and there have been a lot of them, has been Ibere. He is IC.
But I LIKE Ibere. He is fully dedicated, reliugiously as well as politically, to the white race.
I can take plenty of personal insults. I can’t take racial traitors.
Ibere has said I am not a Christian, that I am a blasphemer, and some really unkind things besides.
But none of this personal abuse has any real effect on me. What makes me truly ill is a Hannity or a Bob Jones the Umpteeth who uses the Name of Christ to push race-mixing or pull down the Confederate flag.
Ibere and I had a civil discussion recently, and I hate to ruin it by taking on the job of driving CI back where they belong in Stormfront.
Despite all his insults, Ibere is important to me in a different way. What matters to me is what he thinks of my RACE, not what he thinks of ME.
But if I help drive the ICs out of TC, am I a racial traitor?
But the TCs are good pro-whites, too. I was raised with TCs who took on the whole world outside the Bible Belt for their race. The Bob Joneses have sold them out.
The few who have resisted are on Stormfront.
Does the precious remnant of racially loyal TCs not deserve a champion?
My own pro-white views are a simple matter of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” No human being should be born into a world without whites.
But Identity Christians seem to want to read the white race into the history of Ancient Israel. I have no use for the Old Testament version of Christianity.
I do not need the Old Testament to justify my devotion to my race.
I don’t care whether Abraham was an Aryan or not. The survival of my race is not something that I need to justify.
No one can count on my smarts, but the one thing ***I*** can count on is my honesty.
Being the TC moderator would involve some WORK, and I am about worked out. It would make me unpopular, but I have never been that popular nor have I cared to be.
Duty comes first.
So am I the best to do the job?
It has happened many times in my life that, God help me, I was the best available.
What would be the reward?
Do you know what I get out of being TC moderstor?
But squat is what I have gotten out of about everything else I did in the name of Duty.
Robert E. Lee said that “Duty” was the most beautiful word in our language.
With all due respect, Marse Robert, I have always found duty to be pain in the neck or lower.
What I should do is refuse.
Everybody but me, TC or IC, can fall back on Theology.
Theology is wonderful. Every time you want to do something you can find a piece of Scripture to justify you.
But I have never been able to substitute Scripture for my conscience. That’s called blasphemy in the culture I was raised in, though no one uses that word any more.
The Bible is a guide, but it is NEVER an excuse.
At least, that’s what religious dinosaurs like me were raised to believe.
Maybe what we need is one last dinosaur.
All my life what a shrewd person would have done was refuse.
Most of the times I did refuse I felt guilty about it later.
I am old and tired and I need some input.
Half a million people marched in Los Angeles demanding that US borders be opened.
One is not allowed to say that American Hispanics have no loyalty to other US citizens, but only to other Hispanics.
But that’s how they vote.
That’s how they march.
At the World Series the main speaker at the HIspanic celebration said he was speaking not only to Hispanics in the US but to “Our brothers in other lands.”
When Republicans backed a referendum to take benefits away from known illegal aliens national Republicans backed away from it. Liberal Democrats said repeatedly that that meant the end of the Hispanic vote for California Republicans.
No one said, “You mean that Hispanic American citizens would rather have all Americans pay Hispanics because their only real loyalty is to other Hispanics?”
Like so many other home truths, that is a fact everybody takes for grnted and that no one is allowed to THINK, much less SAY.
On one television show, the black character was terribly upset when someone assumed that since she was black, she was a Democrat.
But the Democratic Party bets tens of millions of dollars, very openly, on that assumption every election year.
But if you say it, you’re a bigot.
“The truth,” as the British Court ruled, “Is no defense.”
There is only one way to get things said, and that is to SAY them.
You can do more good repeating what I just said in Newsgroups than you can by bitching and whining and being depressed for the rest of your life.
If one person repeated the truth for every hundred people who bitch and whine about how hopeless everything is, we could make some real progress.
Sign at a Business Establishment Philadelphia, PA:
”WE WOULD RATHER DO BUSINESS WITH 1000 ARAB TERRORISTS THAN WITH A SINGLE
This sign was prominently displayed in the window of a
business in Philadelphia . Most would be outraged at
the thought of such an inflammatory statement.
One would think that anti-hate groups from all across
the country would be marching on this business, and
that the National Guard might have to be called to
keep the angry crowds back.
But, perhaps in these stressful times, one might be
tempted to let the proprietors simply make their
We are a society who holds ”Freedom of Speech” as
perhaps our greatest liberty. And after all, it is
just a sign.
You may ask what business would dare post such a sign?
Goldberg’s Funeral Home
No, I do not attend all conventions. That was one of my jobs as a professors and a political activist. I’m SICK of conventions.
I was a professional speech writer.
Give the old man a break. I an sick of even the BEST speeches.
But I would go to a conference if David and Kelso BOTH wanted me to.
I used to attend the EURO Convention once a year, and that was it. That was because both Dr. Duke and Kelso wanted me to speak there.
If BOTH of them give me orders, I follow them.
Since New Orleans sank, I went to the AR Convention. I did not expect to speak. Jared gave me some grief for not saying something about Sam Francis, but I was busy drinking, something Sam would have understood perfectly.
Now let’s talk about the Red, White and Blue Convention in Britain.
I just went tot he Red Neck Shop in Laurens, SC with BNP leader Sharon.
She was desribing how she had written, laminated, and put up the name of every white person in the UK who had been killed by a non-white. The cops, of course, tore them down.
Sharon risked a minimum two-year sentence.
This is the kind of people I have spent my life around.
Heroes and heroines.
She told the cops that if she had put up the one black killed by whites in Britain, who is a national hero, they would have congratulated her.
Being modern Brits, they sort of agreed but mainly chickened out.
Do you realize how much WORK she put into that? Do you realize the GUTS it took to nail those up in the teeth of the Hate Laws that carry an automatic prison sentence?
Sharon explained to us that if a Briton puts up a British flag in front of his or her home, the police will come and take it down.
Years ago, I watched a BBC program where a convention was flying their Union Jacks. The BBC program said that what was a sign of loyalty for some was a “threat display” for others.
The Union Jack is now, officially, a Threat Display.
Do you realize that?
That would be outlawed now. The minimum sentence is two years hard time.
And “The truth is not a defense.”
The Crown Versus Joseph Pierce, 1987.
So when the Red White and Blue Convention occurs, Ole Bob will be there.
Don Black, David Duke, and a list of others. eveybody goes to prison but me.
As with Sharon, when I hear yet another tale of pure effort and heroism, I can take it for granted.
Because I did it, and I didn’t get jailed for it ( including knocking a cop out cold).
I have — REALLY! — been honored with a lifetime of equality with real heroes.
So when the Red White and Blue Convention makes it Threat Display, I will be there, too. I was talking on the phone several days ago with two Texans who belong to the BNP, neither of whom had ever been in Britain.
Because we are Southerners, Rebels, and no one will fight the Old Country more than we will, and when the Old Country loses its cajones, we will be there to help the Brits regain them.
There will be a Red, White and Blue Convention in Britain.
And I will be there.
Mark summarized my piece here, plus a broadcast I just did for Stormfront, perfectly:
“Those who own the present own the Future. Those who own the present NEVER have any serious relationship to what is really going to happen.”
That is absolutely perfect.
That is absolutely brilliant.
That is a major part of the story of human history.
Mark summarized my piece here, plus a broadcast I just did for Stormfront, perfectly:
“Those who own the present own the Future. Those who own the present NEVER have any serious relationship to what is really going to happen.”
And whenever a commenter does brilliant work (Notice, Budarick, I am jumping on somebody ELSE again) he has to add a weak apology:
“I’m gonna have to have someone smart, like Elizabeth or Peter explain this one. My head huts.”
All of us understand what you did, Mark, you summarized what I said perfectly.
Elizabeth and Peter are both too smart to explain this one.
Your HEAD hurts?
Just wait until you find out what your BUTT feels like after I get done rewarding your apology
My ideas about the future, even in the 1950s, were so dead on that even I was amazed. If you want to know what I predicted, look around you.
Nobody ever took me seriously.
First, let me point out once again the critical difference between a real word and a capitalized word. True mercy is NEVER the same as Mercy. Capitalized Mercy comes from the Inquisition, where one is merciful for the next world by being merciless in this one.
The Truth is NEVER the truth. You censor simple truth specifically because you have the Only Truth.
It is a matter of logic. If the capitalized word meant the same thing as the real word, you wouldn’t capitalize it.
It is not exactly a shock to me that the Love Generation had an intesnity of hatred that rattlerd everybody else.
Al Capp, a “liberal New York Jew” who did the Li’l Abner cartton, said that he had made fun of the John Birch Society, the Klan and other right-wing groups for years, and had received what he thought was Hate Mail.
Then, in the 1960s, he made fun of the Love Gederation. “I never knew what real hate was,” said Capp, “It made the worst hate mail I ever got from the Klan look like an invitation to a tea party.”
Nobody can hate like a person who capitalizes Love.
The truth is simply the facts.
The Truth is ALWAYS a reason for censoring the simple truth.
So the future is simply what will be. It is totally diferent from The Future, which is how things MUST be.
When someone pronounces the Truth the one one thig you know is that it does not accord with the facts. When someone says he represents Mercy, “I am doing this for your own good,” you know to expect no mercy from him.
By the same token, the Future is never determined by what is going to happen.
I am living through my sixth Inevitable Fture, and nobody but me remembers that the other five were.
The Future is always today with more of the same. There is a very practical reason for this. In each age those in power have a huge stake in the way things are going, and anybody who says things won’t go on that way is taking the future away from those who own the present.
Those who own the present own the Future. Those who own the present NEVER have any serious relationship to what is really going to happen.
That’s where I START. Which is why my predictions are so deadly accurate.
Well, I can’t find it, but I just approved a comment by a new commenter who said he was all for us but the white race would only be saved by violence. He didn’t way he wanted it, just that it would come.
He must be young, because young people still believe in an inevitable future. This is the sixth decade since I began hearing predictions of the Inevitable Future, and the Inevitable Future has been different in each one.
I have mentioned before that every 1930s movie had a way of depicting the Past and the Future. The Past was the cave man days, when everybody was half-naked in animal skins and dirt and uncombed hair. The Future was everybody in the a uniform that was tight-fitting and had the same metallic ridges on the shoulders and everybody’s hair was carefully combed.
Or they had on a helmet with that same metallic ridge on it.
And when the hat was taken off, the hair under it was carefully combed.
Uncombed and dirty, the Past, combed and styled, the Future.
When John McCane was asked about interraical dating he replied, “This is the twenty-first century.” In earlier ages, if asked about n established doctrine, one would reply, “It is God’s Word.”
It’s the same thing.
The established religion tells us what is and ever will be. Today the established religion is Progressivism, which means Polticial Correctness.
So someone who wants to move more quickly towards the inevitable future is called a “Progressive.” If you use the term “Progressive” you have to be sure you know where we are going and how to “progress” toward it.
In the 1950s state ownership of hte means of production and distribution was admitted by both the left and right in the political and academic communities as “inevitable.” The price system would give way to a command economy. The right thought it was bad and the left thought it was good, but both agreed it was coming.
So progressivism was for it.
With the collapse of the USSR, old-style Communists were declared to be political rightists and reactionaries. Progressives now deny they ever advocated a command economy.
Progressives are caught in the same trap the Papacy is. The Pope cannot simply declare that one of his predecessors was just plain wrong. Galileo’s ideas are now taught in every Catholic school, but he himself is still under indictment by the Church. For fifteen hundred years after Palgius was declared a heretic for disagreeing with St. Augustine that unbaptized babies were damned, Pelagius is still a heretic, but the Churh is backing furiously away from its pronouncement on this subject and no Catholic will claim what the Church stated officially for a millennium and a half.
So the Galbraiths and Schlessingers who got awards for proclaiming that the price system was useless are still honored and NEVER quoted.
In the established relgiion of Political Correctness, a Progressive can never be just plain wrong, just as the old established religions could not admit that the Pope or the Bible was just plain wrong.
“I think that we capitalize I so that we show possession or significance? This should be pretty elementary….but even I am stumped. ”
In English, the only pronoun capitalized is “I”.
In German, where all nouns are capitalized, “ich” is not, but Sie, formal for “you” is.
We capitalize proper names, so maybe I is considered a proper name.
Language is like sex, you don’t try to deal with it logically.
Budarick indicates he speaks Russian and German.
German I can handle, but the rest of you are too young to remember how Russian was invented.
A thousand years ago some people got together to begin inventing the languages that would someday be Russian and Ukrainian. I kept up with it in the newspapers.
Their final press release said this:
“In the future there will be a group of smartasses called Americans who will need bringing down a peg.”
“We are therefore going to put together a language that every American will look like an idiot trying to learn.”
“It is going to be one solid mass of grammatical exceptions, tricky usages, and just plain dirty tricks on the poor bastard trying to learn it.”
“So we will use the term ‘Russki’ but when they use it as the name of the language it will have to be PA-Russki, which could have no possible explanation except that we invented the whole language out of spite.”
“But that will just be the FIRST nervous breakdown.”
“When the smartass American staggers out of the rest home, we’ll say, ‘Look, maybe you can’t learn the whole language, but you can look smart if you just know how to pronounce our alphabet.’”
“You think Americans won’t fall for that, right out of the rest home?”
“My crystal ball tells me those Americans will fall for ANYTHING.”
“So the poor dumb American will look at our alphabet and say, ‘Well, this is more like it. Over of the letters here are the same as in English.’”
“Which will be true. But every single letter that looks like an English letter wil be pronounced DIFFERENTLY from the way they have been pronouncing it all their lives.”
“When you have to change your brain patterns like that, it would be easier to learn written Chinese.”
“But then again, Chinese wasn’t invented specifically to cause heart failure.”
No, Budarick, I’m too smart to try to learn Russian.
Two nervous breakdowns were enough.
PeterGene writes says his use of “Sorry” was unfortunate.
Actually, PeterGene, I am trying to break EVERYBODY here from being apologetic asbout doing their own thinking. This is routine and I have said this many times to others.
I can’t tell that English is not your native tongue by your writings. The ONLY mistake you make is using “i” instead of “I.” I have no idea whey we capitalize that pronoun and no other.
Budarick also shows that much of what I have to say about Wordism and bureaucracy is well known by wise men:
“My teacher, when I was a young man told us an interesting story.”
“I will paraphrase it here because I think the story describes beautifully what is wrong with religion.”
“He said: ‘One day God and Satan were going for a stroll together looking for converts.
They followed a man they thought was ripe for the picking. Suddenly the man stopped walking and looked down. He saw something and picked it up. They could see a radiant glow of bliss come over his eyes and face. Satan asked God ‘What did that man find which has changed him so?’ God replied: ‘It is a bad day for you old fellow, that man found a piece of truth!’ Satan replied smiling: ‘Oh no old chap, all I have to do is wait and let him organize it!’”
I keep saying that when I get boring or whatever, you need to TELL me.
Everyone on this website is into religion. I am not. Nor is my generation (and thank Gawd!). Why? Because of this blog I have realized that the Aryan mind must be the center of any religion for that religion to flourish for Whites. Christianity no longer centers itself around the Aryan mind —hence it is dying in the West. An Aryan IS the Religion. From Hinduism to the Zoroastrians nothing is more obvious. We are the Religion. Everything else is Wordism. Jewish books are for the Jews —-let it go Aryan—–let it go. The churches are tombstones. Christianity worked best when it centered itself on the Aryan Blue eyed Jesus. Now it is dead outside of the White part of the Bible belt. Christianity no longer centers itself with the Aryan mind —so it resigns itself to the third world—-and good riddance.
All over the West young men and women are being attacked. They are not being attacked for being French or German or British. They are being attacked for being WHITE. I know what they are mentally going through. I have been there. The Aryan will not need any traditional religion after this. Our Race has always been our Religion. It is just going to be more blatant in the future. I say —let it come. Right now the Aryan is searching. Every White man and women alive right now is searching. The solution stares back at him in the mirror. It is such a relief to have this figured out. Forget the old folks Mr Whitaker —-your eternal life is with the youth.
Comment by Tim — 3/20/2006
On my discussion of Mark Twain’s book on Christian Science, PeterGeneBudarick says:
The mention of “Christian Science” made me think of some things and wanted to share them.
I am an atheist of sorts based on my love of science since childhood.
[NOT as a reaction like most atheists]
And also I suppose because the Christian religion failed to completely program me as a child.
There are many reasons for that i know [as I tend to observe and analyse things including myself] but in the end it is pure luck and good genes [and I must say a good mother. Not a wise mother but a GOOD mother!]
But by my own choice, here is an old man who can debate any one on Earth and make a case that God is a great delusion. Especially the Hebraic God of Christendoom, Jewishness [in all its forms] and Islamism [the current wipping boy]. But he has Faith!
But now comes the shocker.
I pray to Jesus Christ as my friend all the time!!!
How is this possible?
I know that the historic Jesus probably was nothing like the image [in both character and appearance] the various Christian denominations and sects have portrayed over the ages.
But somehow I “know” that a GOOD man existed 2000 year ago, and he LIVES ON NOW hrough all those of us who have humility. Not the phony humility of those who put on robes! I wear none of the trappings of religiosity, not even a cross. I certainly never preach about it. I don’t go to Church except when in Russia. And unless you have been to Russia recently you won’t understand why I do this only there.
How can this be?
I can’t even give you a scientific explanation!
I was recently asked by a friend in Queensland over the phone: “But you don’t believe in God?”
I said: “that is true Dennis, and I can proove to my satisfaction – if not yours – that God is a delusion. AND this is as good a proof as the metaphor of the Earth being flat to serve our human need, but despite appearances, it is actually round. But having said that, I understand and i believe in Jesus Christ as you would understand and believe your best friend”.
Now I suppose the Jewish psychiatrists could derive good income from my “case”, except that I don’t give money to useless witch doctors.
But what I said really got Dennis thinking!
the point is that I did NOT say it to make him think!!!
It was just a spontaneous response.
Similarly I don’t think the Universe is trying to teach us anything.
I was sharing with Dennis what I perceived at that moment. Actually he is a far better equipped intellectual than I can ever be!
Sorry for being personal at my end, but it would please me if it brings a smile or two.
Religion is sooooo heavy….
Lets drop it! And it shall fall by the same laws of gravitation [Nucleonic field] that made the plastic planet Earth round.
Best wishes to all.
Now I had to edit the hell out of this, and I was happy to do it. Peter Gene just wrote what he was thinking, to hell with capitalizing “i” and so forth.
That’s what I want from you.
SAY it, dammit!
The part I didn’t like was at the end, the sentences that started with “Sorry:”
“Sorry for being personal at my end, but it would please me if it brings a smile or two.”
“Religion is sooooo heavy….”
“Lets drop it!”
Don’t be SORRY at me for doing what I want you to do: SAY IT!
We don’t need diplomacy, the world is packed with diplomats.
We don’t need English teachers. The market is choked with them.
I am trying to save an endangered species: People who THINK.
Budareck and I are in much the same place.
There is a country song, “You’re Walkin’ on the BITIN’ Side of Me.”
To us Bible Belters, even the 99% atheists like me, when you insult Jesus, yo’re walking onthe biting side of me.
On the other hand, the further you get from Jesus, when you drag inthe baggage, you stimulate my ahtiest side. If you want to drive me away from Christianity, the best way is to quote the Old Testament and all the other baggage that has been dumped on it.
I remember that one of the Praise the Lord-type programs had a guest on who had read the Bible and estimated the exact SIZE of Heaven. That hurt my faith badly at the time.
As CS Lewis said, “Jesus was God or he was a madman.”
Even if he was a mad man he towers above history on his cross in a way no one else can approach.
In The Passover Conspiracy, there is very plausible theory that Jesus FAKED death on the cross.
But in the Gospel itself, it SAYS that there was suspicion that Jesus died too quickly.
And in the Gospel, it SAYS that Jesus said the world was ending NOW. That has given Christians FITS. They cannot say he was just plain WRONG.
But, as with Budarick, what upsets the Perfect Man Christians is exactly what gives me faith.
They could have left out the Roman suspicion that he died too quick.
They could have left out his declaration that the world was ending NOW.
They left out NOTHING. That impresses me more than anything they could have said.
If he tried to fake death on the cross, he got his legs broken for it.
I don’t know about you, but I would never have the courage to fake death on the cross, following the routine torture.
And what exactly was the “Show me the money” reward for faking it?
God or mad man, this is the one person in history that I can actually worship without the slightest embarrassment.
This is an old Bible Belt joke, with my apologies to the many who have already heard it.
Right after Judgement Day, a man was being given a guided tour of Heaven.
He and the guide went by a room where everybody was wildly rejoicing. The guide said,
“That’s the Episcopalians. They’re happy to be here.”
They went by another room where the shouting was going on,
“That’s the Orthodox crowd. They’re happy to be here.”
Then they went by a third room which was totally silent, and the guest asked the tour guide who was there.
The guide replied, “We accidentally put the Baptists and the Catholics in the same room.”
“They’re so stunned to see each other here they can’t speak.”
I was reading a book Mark Twain wrote about Christian Science. At that time, about 1903, Christian Science was the great new movement of the day. Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of CS, was very much alive and in charge. So Twain’s predictions about how huge CS would become seem a bit strange.
But in the midst of the whole book, Twain had one sentence in passing that completely overwhelmed me that had nothing to do with what he was writing about.
Twain pointed out that Henry Lloyd Garrison, of the great abolitionist family, a man who one of the top preachers of his day, received a salary of TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR!
I happen to know that, as in the case of his abolitionist ancestors, Garrison’s salary came largely from “industrialists,” people who worked women and children fourteen hours a day for about thirty cents a day. Unlike a slave, when one of those children fell into the machinery from exhaustion, the “industrialist” had no responsibility for him when he was crippled for life.
This does not justify slavery. But it is noteworthy that the preaching they paid for concentrated on Southern slavery. Jesus said something about a mote in the eye of another.
But just how much WAS a twenty thousand dollar a year salary in 1903?
In pure buying power, it comes to about half a million dollars a year now. And there was no income tax. And I am sure the Reverend got other benefits.
But half a million dollars a year, tax-free, understates it.
As an economist, I think in terms of per capita incomes. In 1903 half a million dollars in buying power was more because the average buying power ofhte average person was a fraction of what it is today.
Let’s say the per capita income in 1903 was five hundred dollars. Garrison was receiving forty per capita incomes. Today that would amount to about 1.2 million or more a year.
Do you have any idea how the average worker for an “industrialist” in America was living at the time?
In response to my historical stuff about Plymouth Rock (et some al, too) Mark writes,
“*** Plymouth Rock was where the Pilgrims landed because they couldn’t get to Virginia. They landed in November of 1620. If we had had better immigration laws, there would have been no Yankees.”
I take offense at that Rober the blabber mouth! One of my ancestors, by the last name of White, came over with those insufferable “yankees” on the Mayflower and had it not been for them I would not be here today. So “pffffff!” on you and your ole Virginia!
Comment by Mark
Mark, PLEASE watch your language! This is a Family Publication*.
Oh, and another thing! You Virginians like to act like you were the sole universe when it came to the Civil War. Well, let me remind you that us Missourians were fighting the war a good decade before anyone in Virginia even thought of wearing pretty little grey uniforms. We were invaded by anti slavery Yankees from the north who migrated to Kansas for the sole purpose of causing harm to us border folk. We were invaded twice in fact, once by New England Kansans and later, after succession and entry into the Confederacy, by Lincoln’s armed goons. And our armies werent even given the rights ordinary military folk were afforded when captured. Our armies were considered traitors and outlaws and hanged if captured. So again, “Pffffff!” on your ole Virginia! Gonsarnitt!
Comment by Mark
I am not one of those stuck-up Virginians — they threw us out of there shortly after they tossed us out of England.
I am of the modest South Carolina type, where Charleston in located at the place where the Ashley and Cooper Rivers come together to form the Atlantic Ocean.
* The Addams Family
I stole LibAnon’s comment whole and made it part of Bob’s Blog. But that is not plaguerism.
I shamelesly steal commenters’ statements from time to time and make them part of Bob’s Blog.
And I think you all know the old rule:
“If you steal ONE person’s writings, it’s called plaguery. If you steal SEVERAL people’s words, it’s called research.”
This is another comment that I simply insert — or steal — for Bob’s Blog:
Scurvy was another Great Leap Forward from the Renaissance.”
LOL! Well, there go your Maoist admirers. The liberals are still here, though.
I think the Renaissance was more like the Cultural Revolution, myself.
I’ve seen interesting analyses that see the Renaissance as the culmination of the increasing
influence of Islam on the West. It began with the cult of chivalry and the troubadour,
imported from Islam by the Crusaders. The technological revolution that emerged from the
Renaissance was the result of the rediscovery of algebra, the source of which is indicated
by the fact that “algebra” is an Arabic word. Finally, the political event that marked the
beginning of the Renaissance was the Ottoman conquest Constantinople in 1453.
I don’t hold with this theory myself, but it is popular with many who don’t like the modern world very much and who would therefore like to prove that it’s all due to Asiatic, anti-Western
influence. The most prominent supporters of this theory today are, of course, the neoconservatives.
You see, I can not only write, I can COMMENT, too!
I would call myself a Renaissance Man, but in this case I will desist.
It is interesting how the Renaissance was popular with the conservative professors of Europe
and nineteenth century America. They used it, in fact, Walter Pater INVENTED it — to show
how the masses were in a thousand years of stagnation and misery throught the Dark Ages– in
which they included the Middle Ages –until the Scholars discovered Civilization again in the
There was no civilization when the Scholars were lost inthe Fall of Rome (a term that always
confused Constantinople). So for exactlya thousand years all was darkness and dirty until
the Scholars of the Renaissance rediscovered the Scholars of Classic Times.
This unmitigated crap was Official Doctrine when I was in shcool in the 1950s. Nobody put
it into the bald and perffectly correct English I stated it in above.
We are, in fact, being destroyed by overcomplicating things that are, stated in English,
What is interesting is that the academic bureaucracy that calls itself The Intellectuals
today have taken on the old Tory view of the Renaissance without any interruption. Once
they, the Scholars, take over, all will be well.
Walter Pater and Mao Tse Tung would have agreed perfectly that it is not the PEOPLE who make
a society. They would agree that it is a set of BOOKS that will make all peoples what they
I will end by repeating LibAnon on this aspect of the Renaissance:
“I don’t hold with this hteory myself, but it is popular with many who don’t like the modern world very much and who would therefore like to prove that it’s all due to Asiatic, anti-Western influence. The most prominent supporters of this theory today are, of course, the neoconservatives.”
On my historical stuff, Antonio writes:
Hey Bob, give my countrymen a break. We did build that famous tower that looks like its about to fall over.
*** Italy did a lot. It is NOT in the Middle East.
*** It’s too bad your folks didn’t dig caves instead of build towers.
*** A leaning tower is interesting, but a leaning cave would have been spectacular!
As for Columbus, I think his life shows that in the grand scheme of things sheer boldness goes farther than mere intellectual brilliance. He died thinking he landed on the east coast of India. But no Columbus- no Plymouth Rock.
*** Plymouth Rock was where the Pilgrims landed because they couldn’t get to Virginia. They landed in November of 1620. If we had had better immigration laws, there would have been no Yankees.
*** By 1619 Jamestown had been settled twelve years. The Virginia Legislature, then the House of Burgesses, sat for the first time in 1619.
*** My own ancestor was the son of a Cambridge professor. He wrote the first book in English from America, which inculded quotations in Latin, Greel and Heberew and is on the web.
*** He converted Pocahontas and baptized her, which came in handy for John Smith.
*** And he DIED in Virginia.
*** All this happened BEFORE the Pilgrims first settled America.
*** I have known Harvard grads who did not know that.
*** But that is no excuse for a Bob’s Blogger to be as ignorant as a professional historian.
Incidentally, Galen was a Greek hired to keep the Emperor and his family healthy.
*** He probably actually wrote in Greek, too. It was the upper class language in Rome.
*** As you know, the Latin Bible is called the Vulgate, related to “vulgar.” It is a translation from the Greek — not the Hebrew — in which Hellenic Jews, before and after they became the Christian Church — wrote.
Comment by Antonio Fini
When I was coming up historians taught us that Columbus showed the world was round.
Actually everybody knew the earth was round. Columbus’s contribution was to get the diameter wrong. He thought that Asia was closer than everybody said it was. They were right. He was wrong.
In our history texts there was a map that showed how the Middle Ages pictured the flat earth. That map was actually a part of the Renaissance, not the Middle Ages. It was a map from Ancient Rome. Ancient Romans never sailed the oceans.
So this silly Roman map was produced to show how the Northern Europeans, the ones who knew where ICELAND was, thought the earth was flat.
Witch-burning is another thing blames on the Middle Ages. Actually the Malleus Mallifactorm was written in 1474, under the influence of the Renaissance.
Medicine also took a giant leap backwards during the Renaissance. The Roman doctor Galen’s nonsense was rediscovered and bleeding took over as a cure for disease.
Vikings didn’t GET scurvy. Scurvy was another Great Leap Forward from the Renaissance.
In decades of reading, I have yet to find one single ADVANCE of any kind that came as a result of the so-called Renaissance. In math, calculus was already very advanced in Northern Europe long before the Renaissance.
I was just talking about the Urban Myth of Goldfinger being dragged out of a plane through a single bullet hole he had put in the wall.
That’s OK for a movie,but in an age where shooting it out on a plane is a serious question, this kind of juvenile thought simply will not do.
You can’t understand anything if you believe the myths.
For example, if you watch a 1930 movie you can tell that someone is living in the Year 2000. He is walking around in a uniform, a tight outfit with pointy things on the shoulders, that everybody would be wearing.
If you look at a history documentary, you can tell who is an Ancient Man. He is filthy and dressed in rags, that is, shapeless animal furs.
That is what we see in backward lands today, so we assume out ancestors must have looked like that. But actual finds of Cro-Magnon statuary show hairdos that are nothing like what we find in primitive lands.
The backward colored peoples who have stayed backward would probably have looked primitive to the Cro-Magnons of Europe thirty thousand years ago.
In the Middle Ages, many castles had showers that are astonishingly like the showers we have today. But historians insist that the ceremonial baths were the only baths they ever took back then, maybe once a year.
Actually, bathing was popular inthe Middle Ages, but the Renaissance, from which I can find not one single advance and lots of backward moves, condemned it.
Hisorians will tell you that our ancestors never bathed, but once when the Danes had invaded Britain, they were surprised by the Saxons on Saturday, their BATH day, and they were routed because they were ALL in their baths!
But like Goldfinger going out that bullet hole, all the documentaries show that no one EVER bathed, much less a group bath required on Saturday.
Actually our ancestors were very rich. There was usually plenty to eat and Celtic and Germanic homes look a great deal more like our present homes than any in the Middle East do. So do their clothes. Germans didn’t wear robes and togas. The pants worn by Celtic tribesmen look a good deal like pants worn today. The Ice Man found in the Alps from five thousand eyars ago was dressed in clothing that would have been alien to a Middle Easterner but look familiar enough today, IF you take into account he was on a trip across the mountains and not at a fancy-dress ball.
There was a very practical reason peasants in the Middle Ages might have smudged faces. Have you ever heard the “expression “smoking them out?”
When people settled in agricultural settlements bugs became a serious problem. That is why they had no chimney. Their dwellings were very thick with smoke because the smoke drove out the insects.
Look at the accepted picture of Cro-Magnons painting on the walls. They are dressed in the uniform that says “Primitive non-Middle Easterners.” That is, their hair is ragged, their furs are ragged, and they are filthy. The cave is completely bare.
Look at Rome today. The Collisseum looked like that not that long ago. It was just bare stone.
I doubt seriously if the Emperor would have sat in a bare stone seat with no painting anywhere. I doubt that the room of Cro-Magnon was bare. I think they may have had a REASON to go deep into the caves,with traps and other blocks to outside entrance.
Historians insist Cro-Magnon went a mile into the earth just to paint and then come back out.
They get PAID for crap like that!
But deep in a well-protected cave there would be no tiny insects and no very large bears. It would have places cool enough to store food.
Can you imagine how impossible it is for me to take professional historians seriously?
kanefromsf ended his comment on my proposal that permit holders he allowed to carry guns on planes with these words:
“The planes better darn well be bullet proof though. ”
The movie Goldfinger ended with Goldfinger firing a bullet through the side of the plane and being sucked out to his death by the wind.
That is what people BELIEVED in the 1960s!
Even back then I thought that ending to be, to put it mildly, a bit odd. I was in aviation negotiations, remember.
If any aircraft were that delicate, it would not be allowed to fly. No one at the negotiations would allow a plane like that within its borders.
Keep your seatbelt on, use the oxygen mask, and it is one hell of a job for anything to get you.
It will be cold if a MAJOR part of the plane’s side is blasted out. That is a real danger. But no pistol, no machine gun, is going to do that.
And you will live until the pilot gets you down to safety.
The end of Goldfinger was the ultimate Urban Myth. But back then it was fairly harmless.
But today, when shooting it out could be real possibility, we really are going to have to grow up.
Every time I take off my belt at airport security, I keep thinking that the terrorists should send the security personnel a letter of thanks. If they didn’t do that, the terrorists would like to.
What all that airport security guarantees is that if a terrorist wants to take over a plane, everyone on board is absolutely helpless against him.
The hundreds of thousands of people who have held concealed weapons permits for over a decade now have a MUCH better record with their guns than ANY police agency does. If you ever saw one permit holder do something stupid with his gun it would be on the front page coast-to-coast.
How many times have you seen or seen it reported the POLICE used their guns recklessly?
Why is this true?
Police work often destroys the nerves. A permit holder is not subject to the constant pressure a policeman is.
Ask any police psychiatrist whether every policeman he knows is fit to be armed twenty-four hours of every day.
They are all REQUIRED to be so armed. Look at THAT before you panic over “Letting citizens carry guns.”
If terrorists are enough of a threat to make strip-searching grandmothers and all the rest necessary, the simple fact is that permit holders are demonstrably FAR less dangerous than that.
And even the possibility of ONE permit holder with a gun would destroy all the plans a terrorist can make.