Father Knows Best: Labour Day Edition

City Hall; Buffalo, New York.

City Hall; Buffalo, New York.

Adventures in Keeping House: Dressing To Impress Or To Offend?

Dark Brightness: Rotherham brings out the rage.; The world will choose your tribe.

The Society of Phineas: God Ordained a Separation of Powers.

Unmasking Feminism: The Leisurely Life of a 1950s Housewife

Wintery Knight: MIT physicist explains the challenge of cosmic fine-tuning for naturalism

The Social Pathologist: Rot Britannia; Rot Britannia: The Conservative Failure.

Oz Conservative: And now Hungary?; Marital happiness and partner count

The Gods of the Copybook Headings: A Skank By Any Other Name; Your Tax Dollars at Work – Frozen Potato Edition

Throne, Altar, Liberty: The Triumph of the Philistine

Elusive Wapiti: From Patriarchy to Matrilinearity

W.F. Price: Feminists’ Deafening Silence on Rotherham

UncleBob’s Treehouse: “Why Are So Many Professional Millennial Women Unable To Find Dateable Men?”;  “Feminism: Because Ugly Women Need to Feel Important Too”

Eugene Girin: A Europe of Mohammeds; A Voice from Internal Exile on the Evil Party, the Stupid Party, and the Futility of Elections

Stephen J. Sniegoski: “The mainstream media, ISIS, and Iraq War déjà vu.”

Russell E. Saltzman: Dogs, Divorce, and Pre-pups

Karen Swallow Prior: Marriage and Mating Rites

Goodbye, America (in a photo): Selfie-Love; Pig Roast; A Single Mom’s Gotta Have Standards; Trending: Brides Getting Drunk To Obliterate Memories Of Special Day

Mike Gonzalez: The Making of “Latinos”

Jayme Metzgar: Spontaneous Charity Is Good; Thoughtful Charity Is Even Better

Andy Nowicki: Be A Wanker, Not A Fucker; Sexualization And Humiliation: The Suzanne Affair

Ann Sterzinger: The Terror of a Would-Be Wanker

Taki: Keep Your Friends Close … Unless They’re in Washington

Darryl Hart: Looking both Ways; Are Evangelical Colleges Parochial?

Matthew Cochran: “I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians”; Gandhi, Vegetarianism & Christian Ethics

Rich Cromwell: Jenny Lewis Is A Terrible Female Songwriter

Stella Morabito: When a Rock Duo Took on Abortion in 1974

John Cuddeback: Last Chance to Plant

Blowhard, Esq.: “The Cosmopolitans” (2014); Architecture Du Jour: The Russian Izba

Eve Tushnet: The Boy Is the Father of Whatever: Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood”

Gracy Olmstead: Making Classical New

The Pittsford Perennialist: MLB, MiLB, LLWS

Shattered Light: Moeraki…; Sunsets.

Tau Zero: Lake Tahkenitch Cloudy Morning

Masculine Style: Historic Style: Plague Doctors


Posted by on September 1, 2014 in Linklove


Why do we still bother to say ‘bless you’ when someone sneezes, anyway?

In light of a little tempest in a teapot which has apparently erupted recently over a Georgia college prof ostensibly banning ‘bless you’ in his class (or maybe not), and also recalling a satirical CBC story last year about the Canadian government banning civil servants from using the phrase (which fooled a lot of people (me too), who thought it was real, since today, such craziness is plausible), I’m once again wondering, as I long have, why we still bother to say ‘bless you’, anyway, whenever someone sneezes. (It amuses me to hear atheists and agnostics completely unthinkingly uttering the phrase, just like everyone else…)

The origins of the practice are murky; there are differing theories on how it arose; according to Wikipedia:

The practice of blessing someone who sneezes, dating as far back as at least 77 AD, however, is far older than most specific explanations can account for.[9] Gregory I became Pope in 590 AD as an outbreak of the bubonic plague was reaching Rome. In hopes of fighting off the disease, he ordered unending prayer and parades of chanters through the streets. At the time, sneezing was thought to be an early symptom of the plague. The blessing (“God bless you!”) became a common effort to halt the disease.[7]

Some have offered an explanation suggesting that people once held the folk belief that a person’s soul could be thrown from their body when they sneezed,[9] that sneezing otherwise opened the body to invasion by the Devil or evil spirits,[10][11] or that sneezing was the body’s effort to force out an invading evil presence.[9] In these cases, “God bless you” or “bless you” is used as a sort of shield against evil. The Irish Folk story “Master and Man” by Thomas Crofton Croker, collected by William Butler Yeats, describes this variation.[12] Moreover, in the past some people may have thought that the heart stops beating during a sneeze, and that the phrase “God bless you” encourages the heart to continue beating.[9][10][11]

So, certainly, there is no consensus on the origin of the practice…

Since we know now that sneezing does not necessarily mean bubonic plague (thankfully!), or heart troubles, and also thanks to now basically fully understanding the causes of sneezing, we know better than to attribute sneezing to demonic fits and such, there really isn’t any reason for continuing the practice, other than ‘cultural inertia’, one might say. We say ‘bless you’ because our ancestors have done so for ages… No other reason.

I don’t see any reason to bother continuing to say it. I suppose nobody can think of anything else to say instead (what would you say, ‘Wow; that was a doozy!’), and nobody wants to just ignore it, thinking it important to acknowledge it, somehow, as if saying nothing would somehow be ignorant or rude… Yet no-one thinks someone rude if they ignore someone coughing or farting…

As a reactionary traditionalist rather than a knee-jerk trad-con, I don’t see the point in preserving tradition merely for tradition’s sake, if a particular tradition seems absurd or unnecessary, or even in some cases counter-productive, e.g. young men being expected to adhere to many or even every single old-fashioned chivalrous tradition, in light of young women today not always being gracious about gestures such as opening doors, pulling out chairs, hanging up coats, etc., even being resentful and reacting negatively against such; or, even if they still welcome and even expect such, or things like men paying for dates, hardly keeping up their part of chivalry by behaving like proper, submissive ladies, and sometimes, if not often, these days abusing the generosity of would-be suitors paying for drinks, meals, etc., exploiting men as suckers, not intending to settle with any, just milking them for free nights out on the town, etc., as some have even boasted of doing in magazine columns and blog posts… (Note: I’m not opposed to chivalry in principle; I would love to see a return to it, on the part of both sexes, but it seems absurd for only one sex to be expected to, in some or all respects, without reciprocal actions, behaviour, and demeanour on the part of the other. Why refer to all women still as ‘ladies’ but not referring to all men as ‘gentlemen’, esp. in labelling public restrooms ‘men’s’ and ‘ladies’ rather than either both ‘ladies’ and ‘gentlemen’, or just ‘women’ and ‘men’ instead…) And then there’s the ‘tradition’ of giving diamond engagement rings, which is actually not an age-old tradition, but a relatively recent custom

But I digress. My point is, not slavishly adhering to any particular tradition just for the sake of tradition, but evaluating each separately on its particular merits – or lack thereof, in today’s world.

As for sneezing, it’s just a natural biological function; why not just ignore it?

No big deal; just a thought…

Then again, if ever, as per the satirical CBC piece, anyone DOES come to object to saying ‘bless you’ on secularist, progressive, politically-correct grounds, as being ‘offensive’ to the non-religious or some such bullshit, I’ll be the first to defend people saying it if they want to, maybe even deliberately, in defiance. ;)


Posted by on August 29, 2014 in on the lighter side


Radfems Versus Trans: A Different Breed of Catfight

Another decent essay, as before, examining this peculiar kind of leftist in-fighting.

Frankly, a pox on both their houses… Still, instructive to watch these scenarios play themselves out; we might learn something about how the left works today from watching them…


Posted by on August 27, 2014 in Brave New World Order


U.S. schools to have non-white majority

An interesting development.

White pupils in state schools in the United States are set to be in the minority for the first time when schools return for the new term.

According to official forecasts, enrolments for the 2014-15 school year will mark the threshold when ethnic minorities become the majority.

This demographic shift has been driven by rising numbers of Hispanic pupils.

Figures are gathered by the US Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.

It records the number of pupils in the state school system across the United States – and it publishes forecasts of enrolments in the years ahead.

The figures show a steady decline in the numbers of white pupils since the mid-1990s and a broadly stable number of black pupils, but a sharply rising number of pupils identified as Hispanic.

The school figures show the number of Hispanic pupils has more than doubled over the past two decades and is projected to continue rising in the next decade.


the Pew Research Center, which analyses public policy and social trends, has highlighted how there is a very different pattern in private schools, with a high proportion of white pupils. About one in 10 pupils attends a private school.

White flight!

But who can blame them?

Why anyone who can afford otherwise would want to keep their kids in public schools today, is beyond me…


Posted by on August 27, 2014 in America, race


Flight diverted, yet no charges laid…

Perhaps you heard about this story:

A US airliner has been diverted after a row broke out over one passenger’s use of a device to prevent the seat in front of him from reclining.

A male and female passenger were involved in a heated dispute on Sunday, after the male passenger attached a Knee Defender to his seat.

The argument forced the United Airlines flight from Newark to Denver to make an unscheduled stop in Chicago.

Police investigated the incident but said it was a customer service issue.

Hmm; a man and a woman are in a heated dispute that evidently was felt by the airline to warrant an emergency landing, and yet no charges end up being laid?

The passengers involved were reported to be sitting in the Economy Plus section of the plane, which already provides an extra four inches (10cm) of leg room.

Extra four inches above Economy? That’s not much!

The fight began when the male passenger, seated in a middle seat of row 12, used the Knee Defender to stop the woman in front of him from reclining while he used his laptop, officials said.

A flight attendant asked him to remove the device – a small piece of plastic costing $21.95 (£13.25) which slots onto the tray table – but he refused.

The woman reacted by standing up, turning around and throwing a cup of water at him.

Of course. The woman assaults the man, acting entitled to all of the space behind her seat…

The flight crew then made the decision to divert the plane to Chicago, where police were waiting to meet it.

Under US law, the passengers, both 48, could have been fined for unruly behaviour.

But police decided the incident was not a threat to aviation security.

No, it wasn’t.

Yet a woman threw a cup of water at a man, and the staff decided to divert the plane.

How much do you want to bet if it had been a woman in the seat behind with the Knee Defender, and a man in front who got upset at her had thrown a cup of water at her, that he wouldn’t have been charged when the plane was ‘forced’ to land?

Yeah, I didn’t think so.

Despite this, the passengers were not allowed to continue onto Denver.

So, granted, he fails to courteously let the passenger in front of himself know that he’s using the device, and doesn’t remove it when asked to do so – not that he has to, as it’s not illegal – but doesn’t otherwise interfere with her, and breaks no laws in using it, but she assaults him, and yet he gets punished by being denied the right to fly on, same as she does?

I hope they got to fly on the same next flight to Denver, with him in front of her leaning his seat back… ;)

*Update: I realize that while not a matter of law, each airline is allowed to set their own rules about the device, but still, no law was broken, and therefore, the guy should have been allowed to continue on his flight, IMO.


‘Atheist invocations’ are oxymoronic

How can you have an ‘atheist invocation‘, when, according to atheist dogma, there is no supreme, creator being, and there are no deities, so therefore, who or what is being invoked in an ‘atheist invocation’?

Following the ruling, Dan Courtney of the Atheist Community of Rochester asked that he be allowed to present an invocation at an upcoming meeting, and was granted his request.

“We, as citizens, the beginning and the end, the alpha and the omega of our destiny are not, as the great philosopher Immanuel Kant warned, mere means to the ends of another, but we are ends in ourselves,” Courtney said during his invocation.

Ah; invocation and therefore worship of humanity; typical secular humanist…

They of course fail to realize that in doing this, they are no longer atheists, but have replaced worship of God with worship of humanity… Fools.

Of course, we know the real reason why they’re doing this: they simply want to push Christian witness entirely out of the public square, being hatetheists…


Late August Cinematic Mini-Linkfest

Picton, Ontario.

Picton, Ontario.

Adventures In Keeping House: Sex Mission; How To Destroy Your Marriage; High Treason, A Review

Wintery Knight: Friday night movie: Saboteur (1942); Friday night movie: Sink the Bismarck! (1960); Friday night movie: Five Fingers (1952)

Rebecca Cusey: Eight Lessons For Filmmakers From ‘Calvary’; Why We Need ‘The Giver’

Emily Schultheis: ‘The Giver’: A New Kind Of Dystopian Young Adult Film

Anthony Sacramone: “The Giver” and the Gift That Keeps on Taking

Fabrizio del Wrongo: Movie Poster Du Jour: “Illumination”; Notes on “Every-Night Dreams”; Movie Poster Du Jour: “1941”; Crusades; “Particle Fever”; Movie Poster Du Jour: “Diary of a Country Priest”

Paleo Retiree: “Reel Injuns”; “Crazy Wisdom”

Blowhard, Esq.: The Camera Loves…; “Finding Vivian Maier” (2014)

Eve Tushnet: The Man Who Ate Liberty Valance

Ray Olson: Why you should see the silents, part II


Posted by on August 23, 2014 in Linklove, movie reviews, Red Pill Reviews


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