It is always about Class, not Race or Culture

I have been saying this for a while. "It is always about class, not race or culture." People want to argue because they say there are no classes in America. But the class structure peeps through both their actions and their aspirations.

And people notice.

That meant, of course, that those who had entered the ­upper ranks did what the insecure lower tiers of aristocracy always do: devote a lot of attention to distinguishing themselves from the non-elite.

In America, class war is disguised as cultural war, and cultural war is often waged under the guise of fighting racism. Thus, the Deplorables had to be cast as racists, though it wasn’t the working class that redlined neighborhoods or set college ­admissions policies.

And that means that they can’t be humanized, or shown to be victims. The sympathy of the upper classes is doled out in careful measure, toward select targets.


Ira Madison got banned from Twitter

Twitter personality and podcast host Ira Madison III got permanently suspended from twitter for impersonating politician Beto O’Rourke.

Before the election Ira as Beto offered nudes if Texas would flip blue (well)

Twitter did not find it funny and suspended his account, Ira now confirmed on his instastories that it is a permanent ban


what internet places have you been banned from ontd?

The Missing Verses

Stolen from Will Kinney: the list of verses that Presbyterians don't know about because their Bibles don't contain them.

Matthew 17:21- “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.” (All omit)

Matthew 18:11 - “For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.” (All omit)

Matthew 23:14- “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.” (All omit)

Mark 7:16 - “If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.” (All omit)

Mark 9:44 - “Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” (All omit)

Mark 9:46 - “Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” (All omit)

Mark 11:26 - “But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespases.” (All omit)

Mark 15:28 - “And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.” (All omit)

Luke 17:36 - “Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” (All omit)

Luke 23:17 - “For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.” (All omit)

John 5:4 - “For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.” (All omit)

Acts 8:37 - “And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” (All omit)

Acts 15:34 - “Notwithstanding it pleased Silas to abide there still.” (All omit)

Acts 24:6b to 8a - “and would have judged according to our law. But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great violence took him away out of our hands, Commanding his accusers to come unto thee” (All omit)

Acts 28:29 -”And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves.” (All omit)

Romans - 16:24 “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” (All omit)

I John 5:7-8 - omits the words: “in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth” (All omit)

And yet they are sure that they are “scholarly” because Greek and Hebrew words (one per sermon) are used on Sunday.


Pascal Vindicated

Pascal proposed that you would get better outcomes from believing than not. God rewards believers with eternal happiness (Psalms 16:11, “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”), while those who choose otherwise are destined for Hell, for which the end is a lake of fire (Revelations 20:14), and eternal suffering. The contrast is between infinitely good and terribly bad without end.

To which people have answered:

1. It is psychologically impossible to force oneself to believe. Andrew Klaven disproved this years ago with his 60-day experiment: “Every day for sixty days, take an hour to talk to God, out loud, by yourself. By the end, you will know that God is real, or your money back.” No takers on the money-back part.

2. Then, some say that God’s standards aren’t high enough for them. They want to believe for reasons that would make them look good, not because they would be better off, which strikes them as a lower-class reason, and they don’t want to be thought of as lower class. They are, in other words, fooling themselves about how rational and good they are.

3. Some say, “God’s side of this shows an infinite gain. What does that even mean? I can’t understand it.” This is called misstating the argument. They would all choose, and do choose daily to the extent they can, happiness, joy, and pleasure over pain. Saying that it is essential to understand the argument that it is infinite is merely lying about what the choice is and what they understand.

4. Then there is the hypothetical rejection: the people who say that there might be other Gods who would be equally offended at not being believed in. Once again, this is an argument from ignorance. Typically, one made by people who can neither argue the specifics of an existing religion that they prefer nor, in any other circumstances, do they give evidence that they are considering the problem, despite the heavy penalty and amazing reward.

5. Finally, we have those who say Christianity itself is too difficult to understand. This is the group to hand a Jack Chick pamphlet like “This Was Your Life.” A few pages of cartoons and all the specific instructions you need to become a Christian. Easy. But not flattering.

And that is the real problem.


Power and Those Who Seek It

Stephen W. Browne
Steve's Four Rules of Power

Demonstrate your power over others by:

1) Making them constantly afraid of giving offense unintentionally.
2) Making them give up cherished customs, symbols, pastimes.
3) Making them pay lip service to ideas of breathtaking absurdity.
4) Making them do things that disgust and repel them.

People who seek power don’t do so to help you pick the kinds of things you would do without them. They want you to demonstrate that you need them by doing things that demonstrate that they are important in your life. Hence the need for nonsense.


Goal Oriented: The To-Do List

There are a lot of self-help books available to me. I’ve purchased my fair share over the years. Typically, however, I read, I attempt to do, and an emergency comes up and I have to drop everything to handle it.

Self-help books don’t deal with people for whom things go wrong.

This is not surprising to people who have read Jeremiah 10:23:

”Oh LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.”


Clever Solution to Dead-End Problem

“The Oregon State Police (OSP) were cross-deputized by the U.S. Marshals Service recently, which would allow officers to charge rioters under federal law and enforce the law on federal property.”

The District Attorney in Portland has been declining to prosecute crimes under local statutes, because he feels that protesters are more important than the people hurt by rioting. This allows local police a way around: they can federally charge rioters, and respond to attacks on federal property.



Tell Me More

You are running through a pine forest. The trees have space around them, but it is still dark. Behind you, you hear feet padding, softly. You are terrified. You seem to see eyes everywhere as you look ahead.

Tell me more.


Working Class, Despised Class: A Study in Synonymy

I return to an issue which some people have taken issue with me about. That is the issue of class. I continue to believe that a well-dressed white man will be better treated than a poorly dressed white man in any traffic stop.

This article is a good discussion of the intricacies of class. Let me remind you of Orwell on the subject:

It may not greatly matter if the average middle-class person is brought up to believe that the working classes are ignorant, lazy, drunken, boorish, and dishonest; it is when he is brought up to believe that they are dirty that the harm is done… And in my childhood, we were brought up to believe that they were dirty. Very early in life, you acquired the idea that there was something subtly repulsive about a working-class body; you would not get nearer to it than you could help.

Take a moment and reach for understanding.