Observations for International Women’s Day – From Ancient Times to the Present

In Waikiki

“…for women are fond of talking and once they have started with a thing never have too much of it.” — Polybius, The Histories, Volume VI, The Loeb Classical Library (LCL 161), Book XXXI, Page217, year 2000.

“Equality is not, it must not be, uniformity.  The other day I read an ober dictum, something that Tocqueville wrote, more than 170 years ago. “It is easy to see that in thus striving to equal the sexes one degrades them both; and that nothing could ever come of such a gross confusion of Nature’s work but weak men and unchaste women.”” Last Rites, Copyright ©2009 by John Lukacs, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, Page 180.

“The notorious disproportion between the sexuality of man and woman,” Ortega wrote, “which makes the normally spontaneous woman so conservative in ‘love,’ probably coincides with the fact that the human female usually enjoys less imaginative power than the male”―which, let me [Lukacs] add, may explain why male homosexuality is almost everywhere more frequent than is Lesbianism, lust being a product of the imagination, and men being more imaginative than women.” ― Historical Consciousness, Copyright © 1968 by John Lukacs, Harper & Row, Publishers, Page 240.

“No matter how hard I shake my Kaleidoscope, I cannot see what he [Henry Osborn Taylor] saw.  One reason is that my approach is more catholic than his.  I share his conviction that “a realization of the power and import of the Christian Faith is needed for an understanding of the thoughts and feelings moving the men and women of the Middle Ages, and for a just appreciation of their aspirations and ideals,” but I do not see how that can be achieved without a careful study of brutality, ignorance, and delusions in the Middle Ages, not just among the laity, but also at the highest Christian altars.  Christianity survived despite medieval Christians, not because of them.  Fail to grasp that, and you will never understand their millennium.” ― A World Lit Only by Fire, The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance, Copyright © 1992 by William Manchester, Little Brown, Page XVII.

[On women] “Their essence is so steeped in suspicion, vanity, and curiosity, that one should not expect to cure them by any legitimate way.” ― The Complete ESSAYS OF MONTAIGNE, Translated by Donald M. Frame, Stanford University Press, Stanford, California; Copyright 1943 by Donald M. Frame, renewed 1971.  Copyright © 1948, 1957, and 1958 by the Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University, Page 663.

The Law precludes homosexuality in any form: “It begins with the men who belie their sex and are affected with effemination, who debase the currency of nature and violate it by assuming the passions and the outward form of licentious women.”  — Philo, Volume VII, edited by G. P. Gould, The Loeb Classical Library (LCL 320), Page 289, year 1998.

“Why should I speak of the lewdness of Venus prostituted to the lusts of all…who, according to what we find in The Holy History, first―

              Established the art of the courtesan and in Cyprus founded for women the custom of getting profit out of their bodies by making them public; this she ordained so that she should not be the only one among women to appear a hussy and a gaper after men.” ― Remains of Old Latin, Volume I, Ennius and Caecilius, with English translation by E. H. Warmington, Harvard University Press, Loeb Classical Library (294), revised and reprinted 1956, 1961, 1967, 1979, 1988, 2006, Page 431.

“Look behind almost every issue of our day ̶ climate, environment, energy, gun control, defense, foreign affairs, terrorism, education, income inequality, immigration, race (especially), women’s rights, gay rights, political correctness (the mother lode of moral narcissism), microagressions and trigger warnings (moral narcissism as modern day opera bouffe), media bias, cultural and entertainment bias, not to mention the very size and scope of government itself ̶ and you will find the profound influence of moral narcissism, almost always for the worse. It is the prime hidden motor for our society, pointing to our republic’s demise because it makes people blind to reality and democracy moot.”  ̶ I Know Best, How Moral Narcissism is Destroying our Republic, if it Hasn’t Already, Copyright © 2016 by Roger L. Simon, Encounter Books, New York – London, Page 13.

“But whether the [Syrian] women gave these drugs to their husbands or to quite other men I do not know, though I fancy they preferred strangers, for they were free in their ways. Few of them had children, which again was a sign to me that the shadow of death hung over their land.” The Egyptian, by Mika Waltari, Copyright © 1949, by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, Page 139.

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Impeachment, Simply Remarkable!

What is meant by ‘Remarkable; in what context is it best used?

OED[i] defines it first as “The fact or quality of being worthy of notice or comment.” Note its definition is from the year 1654, which has not changed to date.  Now, look at remarkable, again defined first by OED as “Worthy of remark, notice or observation; hence, extraordinary, unusual, singular.”

I, therefore, write: It is remarkable how The Left have labored so long and hard to get rid of the category sin via their orchestrated therapeutic turn away from it, all part and parcel of their ceaseless efforts to remove that most pesky of interference to their acquisition and exercise of political power, God Almighty, which, of course, they vehemently deny.

Rand wrote in 1957, that “….humanity’s darkest evil, the most destructive horror machine among all the devices of men, is non-objective law….”[ii] It is tough, if not impossible, to disagree with her.

A timely example of the practicing of non-objective law is on display in today’s House Impeachment Evidence Hearings, which follows, very carefully, the restrictive processes set by The People’s Court, the Third Reich’s Volksgerichtshof established by Adolph Hitler in 1934.

Barry Berke, the special oversight counsel to the House Impeachment Committee, mimicked well the Reich’s prime overseer, Roland Freisler, which display is beyond troubling. Such evil has long been recognized by the sighted because “…probabilities and plausible arguments involve no knowledge concerning truth, but trial and disputation and wrangling conflict and contentiousness and everything of that sort.”[i] This impeachment is, quite simply, politics gone wild, the very definition of unconstitutionality.

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[i] Oxford English Dictionary

[ii] Atlas Shrugged, Published by Penguin Group―DUTTON, NY; Copyright © Ayn Rand, 1957. Copyright renewed 1985 by Eugene Winick, Paul Gitlin and Leonard Peikoff.  Introduction copyright © 1992 by Leonard Peikoff, Page 737.

 

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The Current Impeachment Process Reminds Inquiring Minds That…

Democrats are devoid of altruism, which is born of arrogance as implanted by the American Academy, a way of living that is self-centered, self-serving, and amoral to the core as in the lower order of animals. No amount of schooling, no amount of training, no socialization can offset such an existential disease of the mind.

There is one possible corrective: education, but that is not the mission of the American Academy, no, not at all, so one must look elsewhere.

The American Academy, overcome by progressivism, an existential evil that is incompatible with morality, has long since bowed to the prince of this world. The corruption of the American Academy can be traced directly to progressives of all stripes, especially those who entered the Academy en masse at the end of the Vietnam Era, though its seeds were sown much earlier by progressives of old.

No matter, progressives or radical leftists are all the same. Peter Collier and David Horowitz were once among the most caustic of players within the ranks of progressives. They were self-styled radical leftists. However, both underwent an epiphany, saving themselves while revealing the innermost workings of the extreme left. Both have written extensively, together and apart, sharing their journeys through the progressive’s radically suicidal way of life.

Click here for more as presented in Chapter 7 of Sex, Lies, and Vast Conspiracies.

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On Global Climate Change Alarmists

Josephus

The following observation remains as true today as it was 2,000 years ago : “…as one civilization succeeded another the men of each epoch believed that the world began with them.” — Josephus, The Life Against Apion, The Loeb Classical Library (LCL 186), Edited by G. P. Gould, Page 167, year 1997.

Because increasing entropy is the state of the universe, saving a planet or solar system, nebula or galaxy, or a local group of galaxies, etc., is not possible, nor is saving the earth. The Three Laws of Thermodynamics preclude any and all uncertainty:

  • The first law, also known as Law of Conservation of Energy, states that energy cannot be created or destroyed in an isolated system.
  • The second law of thermodynamics states that the entropy of any isolated system always increases.
  • The third law of thermodynamics states that the entropy of a system approaches a constant value as the temperature approaches absolute zero.

In his masterful work Ultimate Resource-2, Julian Simon reminds us all, you and me, that it wasn’t so long ago that Climate Alarmists were warning mankind of the terrors of impending Global Cooling, to wit, [C]limatologist J. Murray Mitchell, then of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, noted in 1976 that “The media are having a lot of fun with this situation (Global Cooling) :

“Whenever there is a cold wave, they seek out a proponent of the Ice‑age‑is‑coming School and put his theories on page one…  Whenever there is a heatwave…  they turn to his opposite number, [who predicts] a kind of heat death of the earth.”

The cooling has already killed hundreds of thousands of people in poor nations. It has already made food and fuel more precious, thus increasing the price of everything we buy. If it continues, and no strong measures are taken to deal with it, the cooling will cause world famine, world chaos, and probably world war, and this could all come by the year 2000. (Lowell , The Cooling, 1976)

The facts have emerged, in recent years and months, from research into past ice ages. They imply that the threat of a new ice age must now stand alongside nuclear war as a likely source of wholesale death and misery for mankind. (Nigel Calder, former editor of New Scientist and producer of scientific television documentaries, “In the Grip of a New Ice Age,” International Wildlife, July 1975)

At this point, the world’s climatologists are agreed… Once the freeze starts, it will be too late. (Douglas Colligan, “Brace Yourself for Another Ice Age,” Science Digest, February 1973)

I believe that increasing global air pollution, through its effect on the reflectivity of the earth, is currently dominant and is responsible for the temperature decline of the past decade or two. (Reid Bryson, “Environmental Roulette,” Global Ecology: Readings Toward a Rational Strategy for Man, John P Holdren and Paul R. Ehrlich, eds., 1971).”

 The so-called Climate Debate is about one thing and one thing only: the acquisition and exercise of political power (period).

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The Iranian Mullahs have Been Warned

If the Iranian Mullahs persist, they must be destroyed… utterly. After all, as Winston Spencer Churchill observed over 100 years ago, this is because they are terrorist war criminals whose underlying belief system is incompatible with civilized behaviour, and this by any and all measures, which truth was captured by the assessment penned in 1899:

Winston Spencer Churchill

How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism [Islam] lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property—either as a child, a wife, or a concubine— must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen: all know how to die: but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science—the science against which it had vainly struggled—the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome.”[i]

General Sherman, 1820-1891

Concomitantly true is Sherman’s astute observation during the Civil War, which precluded all mealy mouth legalisms. It remains true now and always and ought to guide us without deflection:

 “In accepting war, it should be “pure and simple” as applied to the belligerents.  I would keep it so, till all traces of the war are effaced; till those who appealed to it are sick and tired of it, and come to the emblem of our nation, and sue for peace.  I would not coax them, or even meet them half-way, but make them so sick of war that generations would pass away before they would again appeal to it.”[ii]

Gneral MacArthur

Finally, and entirely: “In war there is no substitute for victory.”[iii] The Mullahs have been warned.

[i] The River War, Volume II, by Winston Spencer Churchill, Longman Greens and Co., 89 Paternoster Row, London, New York, and Bombay 1899, Page 248.

[ii] Sherman, Memoirs, by William Tecumseh Sherman, The Library of America, ©1990 by Literary Classics of the United States, Inc., New York, NY, Page 365.

[iii] General Douglas MacArthur.

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Where is the Current Impeachment Nutroll Leading? It Is Leading One and All to a Very Dark Place.

The American Civil War began when Confederate forces opened fire on Union forces at Fort Sumter, 12 April 1861. It raged until 9 April 1865, ending after the confederacy was hammered into submission by the Union, which came at Appomattox. The price? 620,000 + American soldiers dead, more than all other wars combined fought by Americans to date. The Democrat’s modus operandi is now, once again, one of trial and disputation, wrangling conflict, and everything of that sort. Their conduct is, as in that sordid past,  leading inevitably to another bloody civil war. It was Democrats then and it is Democrats now. We are closer than we might think to the brink. As stirred by the Democrats, the political currents will encounter their event horizon. Once reached, an irreversible descent into another civil bloodbath will occur; nothing can stop it. Civil war will result, and God only knows what will follow. The battle between the states was not about North and South. It was about Democrat versus Republican. It was about the Democrat desire to preserve the institution of slavery in a receding agrarian world, a primitive society no longer viable by any measure. It was born of unimaginable selfishness, which we see on display now throughout the Democrat Party.  The one and only thing the Democrat Party values is power, and they will do anyting under the sun to acquire and exercise it, including the selling of their souls.

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‘Simply put, FBI investigation motivated by facts, not bias’ – Senator Diane Feinstein

Regarding the Impeachment Falderal: 

DiFi (Senator Feinstein) ought to know by now that “Facts” ― inevitably dependent on their associations and, more important, on their statements ― are not truths.  Their statements or expressions can come close to truths ― which is the best we can expect.  A “fact” is never absolute.  (Our very language reflects this.  “This is true” is not quite the same as: “This is the truth.”) [i]  Yes, “Few fresh paradigms of social or scientific thought take hold by convincing confirmed sceptics [like DiFi].  What usually happens is that new practitioners in a field [like The Donald] adopt the novel approach while the unreconstructed old fogies [like DiFi] die off or retire.” [ii]

 Denying the existence of The Deep State is like denying sunrise and sunset.

Endnotes

[i] Remembered Past; On History, Historians, and Historical Knowledge, by John Lukacs, Chapter I, Page 17, edited by Mark G. Malvasi and Jeffrey O. Nelson, ISI Books, Wilmington, Delaware, © 2005 ISI Books.

[ii] From H. W. Brand’s The Reckless Decade, America in the 1890s, Copyright © 1995 by H. W. Brands, University of Chicago Press edition 2002, Page 25.

 

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