Thursday, January 10, 2013

Today's links

  • From RR:
  • From Takimag:
    • Charles Coulombe’s tale of two Frances. The anti-religious majority known and imitated around the world, and, this trad Catholic writer says, a fighting trad minority. Probably true based on what little I know about it. Their blue-state/red-state war.
    • Derb: sectionalism then and now. Two big groups of white people who can’t stand the sight of each other. We are eternally re-fighting the Civil War. And there’s the fun fact that founding SWPL-watcher Christian Lander and Steve Sailer point out that the liberals are whiter than we are.
    • Sailer’s also a movie critic. It’s been noted, post-Newtown, that the left loves violence in movies etc. then is shocked, shocked, when people act it out. I’ve seen a little of Tarantino’s work (True Romance and Pulp Fiction) and liked what others did (Dennis Hopper’s and Christopher Walken’s scene is one of the greatest) but Sailer has this interesting take on the arguably overrated moviemaker: The reason Tarantino has had the time to watch so many bad movies is because he doesn’t like the written word. Most people of Tarantino’s intelligence discover that reading is a higher bandwidth way of finding out about the world than watching straight-to-video dreck. But the auteur’s learning disability has left him defensively proud that he’s ill informed about everything other than movies.
  • From LRC: budgeting for a lifestyle contraction.
  • From The Woman and the Dragon: Sexbots. Ew. Sure, it’s easy to laugh at losers who spend mucho money on that but as Sunshine Mary, Catholic pundits, and, as she taught me, C.S. Lewis have pointed out, modern liberalism has been heading this way for a while: an understandable side effect of sex without babies and babies without sex, and the bad effect on society (against provider men and affordable family formation) of the sexual revolution (selfish sin city not just for playas but for naturally hypergamous fallen female nature that loves them, SAT for chicks dig jerks; contraception/abortion, no-fault divorce, and socialism making us all beta chumps paying alimony) she and Roissy point out. He’s said that in our current rotten society, of course men who would have made good husbands in 1960 drop out and into video games and porn.


  1. Tomasz6:28 am

    You've misunderstood the function of Christianity which is forgiveness. A good husband is one who fights his addictions to porn, alcohol and video games. Recreation is an important part of life yet too much of a good thing is too much of a good thing.

    Women have always wanted husbands who don't play cards, don't drink and are always at home. Somehow in the past men's love for hazard wasn't considered an impediment. In the conservative world view, today this shouldn't be an impediment either. Men have their faults as so do women.

    The question is how do use our freedom that is either for goodness and justice or do we abuse and hate? Digressing slightly, abuse is an overused word today because in its original Latin form - abusus means "to destroy, to kill". Abuse in the ethymological sense has nothing to do with small family quarrels.

  2. Re: Executive Order vs. Gun legislation by Congress

    It is time to impeach both Obama and Biden for even suggesting it.

  3. "the arguably overrated moviemaker"

    I have never been able to sit through a Tarantino film from beginning to end. I have nothing against the man personally, but for anyone more interested in the real world than in obscure references to cruddy '70s grindhouse films, his work gets boring pretty fast- except when the screen explodes with violence, of course, and then it's usually just repellent (not the violence per se, but the way its used- things like "Saving Private Ryan" or most of Mel Gibson's oeuvre are very different in tone). "Inglourious Basterds" achieved the difficult feat of making the Nazis, of all people, seem more sympathetic than the vile, repulsive protagonists (It was clearly inspired by "The Dirty Dozen", a more watchable film which also inspires moral revulsion toward the ostensible protagonists). Even worse, a friend blamed the nauseating "Grindhouse" double-feature for some kind of possibly-demonic vision he got before going to bed the night after seeing it in theaters.


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