Episode 218 – La La Land (1:11:36)

Tonight, the stars align for La La Land. We’re going to chasse our way through this musical rom-com that celebrates old Hollywood with a hint of jazz with our friend Miguel Duque of Amagi Life.

La La Land is a 2016 American romantic musical film written and directed by Damien Chazelle. It stars Ryan Gosling as a jazz pianist and Emma Stone as an aspiring actress, who meet and fall in love while pursuing their dreams in Los Angeles.

I’m not sure which angle we’re going to take on this one, and though I suspect that Robert loathes musicals on principle, I have a feeling that he has a soft spot for this one.

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Where’s the clerical consistency? – part 2

“For all who surround him are ready to smite and overthrow him, not only his enemies and foes, but many of those who pretend to love him.”

  St. John Chrysostom, “On the Priesthood

Merriam-Webster defines a “double standard” as “a set of principles that applies differently and usually more rigorously to one group of people or circumstances than to another.” Well, that precisely describes what is going on in the Orthodox Church in America.

One group of clergy can utter highly political, left-wing shibboleths with nary a peep (which I illustrated in part 1 with the assistance of a discerning Dissident Mama reader), yet when a priest from the other conservative group dares to stand against an injustice, he’s almost immediately canceled.

I agree with David “therealMedWhite” and Luke Kendrat’s recent conversation. They emphatically state that it’s time for laity to unapologetically resist the cultural-Marxist tide sweeping through some American parishes and jurisdictions. In fact, pushing against progressivism’s long march through the institutions is our Christian duty, and it is very much in line with Church history, they say. Now, there’s some Orthodoxy in dialogue for ya!

The two champions for the faith also discuss the suspension of Father Mark Hodges – the fateful event that was the impetus for my last essay – as well as the incendiary blog that helped to bring him down … for now. (At top is the website’s pretext-laden photo montage which ran with their original hit piece on Father Mark.)

What may seem like inside-baseball squabbling among some Orthodox is actually a serious situation because it makes so palatable the contradictory paradigm under which we conservatives and traditionalists (both Christian and otherwise) find ourselves in all quarters of society: there are no rules for leftists but quite draconian and ever-changing rules for everyone else. And if you dare break them, you’ll be scorned a racist insurrectionist, a democracy-crushing conspiracy theorist, a coup-attempting neo-Confederate, or maybe even a seditious Nazi.

That’s why Father Mark made the headlines, everywhere from Fox News, Newsweek, the NY Post and San Francisco Chronicle, to Business Insider, The Hill, the Daily Beast and even even the UK’s Daily Mail. Sure, these Big Media publications may say they’re just disseminating the news that Fr. Hodges was indeed suspended and might face defrocking for attending the Stop the Steal rally in DC.

But the mass coverage also hammers home the “storming of the Capitol” narrative, which is meant to discourage future activism among conservatives, liberty-lovers, and any common-sense people who are fed up with the globohomo regime. It aims to decrease dissent, and increase disavowing and distraction.

The unfolding of Father Mark’s story also undergirds the theme that Christianity is a cult of superstitious and backwards homophobes who just need a good reformin’. I mean, it’s these uneducated and unenlightened haters (just like those mean ol’ white supremacists), who stand in the way of the planet finally attaining utopia. We’d be there already, if it weren’t for the Father Marks of the world.

Plus, many of the articles propagate false information. Shocking, I know. For example, some claim that Metropolitan Tikhon, head of the Orthodox Church in America, had issued a statement condemning the events on January 6. However, that is not what I find in the hierarch’s quite milquetoast pronouncement for peace and unity.

Some sources reported that Father Mark “scrubbed” his Facebook page. But last I checked, this is not the reality. Of course, the insinuation of both of these items is that Hodges is one bad dude.

According to the Christian Post, the priest’s diocese is now denying that Father Mark’s suspension even has anything to do with the protest and is more the “result of various circumstances” that are “part of an internal process.” That’s what we who’ve worked in public relations call “damage control.”

I think it’s safe to say that the abounding double standards are the purported “circumstances.” Father Mark’s outspoken fight for faith, family, and life have simply triggered the pearl-clutchers within the internal process for too long.

Just search “Fr. Mark Hodges” at LifeSiteNews to see the many essays he authored in opposition to the sinister status quo, and you’ll see what I mean. Thus, canning him for the “deadly DC riot” was just a win-win-win: silence his dissidence, appease the LGBT brigade, and buttress the cultural-Marxist mythos.

To me, the even more perilous ramification is that Father Mark’s censure is a blow for the Orthodox Church. Monomakhos puts it well: “I can’t help but wonder how many honest, patriotic American Christians who have been thinking about Orthodoxy are now thinking ‘yeah – no.’” Earnest Christians will be aghast when they realize that it’s not just the Protestants and Catholics who have an evangeleftist problem.

If Orthodoxy goes woke, there is nothing to set it apart from the rest of America’s other withering churches. If it marches in lockstep with the world and the directives of its nihilist puppet masters, what’s the point? Conservatives will flee, seekers will never show up at all, and progressives can only plug the holes in their jurisdiction’s sinking ship for so long. This is both a matter of personal salvation and collective strength for a future Church here in the West. Existential is not too bold a word.

Originally, my final pitch was going to urge readers to contact Archbishop Paul Gassios at [email protected] or 312-202-0420 to insist upon the reinstatement of Father Mark Hodges. But being that Father Paul recently penned a predictable pronouncement against the “sedition and rebellion” that took place at the Capitol protest and has written no such condemnation of BLM-Antifa’s six months of rioting (per a site search of the archbishop’s essays), I wouldn’t hold my breath for a forthcoming reinstatement or even an apology for the rebuked priest.

Whether it’s priests encouraging sin while excoriating and reviling those who resist it, or bishops pushing the vaccine as a “purely medical” and not a spiritual or political issue, wolves abound. So, “we must speak out in defense of the righteous shepherds,” as Father Ioannes Apiarius advised.

It is our job to forthrightly challenge this hypocrisy and support Father Mark, a humble and godly man who prays even for his enemies. After all, it is those good shepherds who will be the ones standing up for us and our children, and against the wiles of the devil in the coming days of increased secular-humanist persecution. These are the selfless acts of true unity and love – the singular standards of our ancient and undying faith.

Source: Dissident Mama – Where’s the clerical consistency? – part 2

Where’s the clerical consistency? – part 1

“If a man is passionate or mean, or conceited or boastful, or anything else of the kind, it [the priesthood] unveils all his shortcomings and speedily lays them bare.”

St. John Chrysostom

Note: The following essay is part-parody of the blog post "Open Letter: OCA priest participates in Trump riot, reported to FBI" and part-call-to-action, since the information recorded here is absolutely true and should be challenged. My critique is meant to not only elucidate the partisan and peremptory suspension of Father Mark Hodges (more about his story in part 2), while also ridiculing the one-sided system from whence it came.

An observant reader has informed us here at Dissident Mama that there is a shocking double-standard in the policing of clergy in the Orthodox Church in America. To keep him/her safe from the very real and present danger of death threats in today’s sociopolitical climate, we are publishing his/her social-media research anonymously.

This fellow Orthodox believer has shared with us for dissemination to our readers around the planet evidence that while conservative priests are held to account for woke wrongs, left-wing priests are allowed to communicate without impunity highly partisan political rhetoric.

Yet, this is in direct opposition to the OCA’s social media guidelines for clergy: “Clergy should refrain from making political statements, joining political groups, or ‘becoming fans’ of particular political candidates or political causes on social network sites.”

And what’s more troubling is that the proof seems to suggest that the biggest benefactor of this glaring inequity is the Right Reverend Christopher Calin, an archimandrite (the highest rank of the priesthood and only one step below bishop) and dean of the Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Protection in New York City.

How is this not a political statement?

Is this not becoming a fan of both a particular political candidate and a particular political cause (note rainbow splatters which certainly don’t mean God’s promise to Noah in this context)?

A political statement but at least it’s urging prayer.

Not sure if he’s a member of this activism group, but it sure is a political statement.

Political and petulant – the telltale sign of a progressive.

Defending the BLM-Antifa riots and perpetuating the “Trump is Hitler” narrative by co-opting holocaust language.

Apparently, Trump is a “coward” for closing down one public square only after BLM-Antifa mobs burned a historic church and vandalized monuments, while Biden puts all of DC on lockdown. But maybe the good father laments DC now truly looking like “a militarized zone.”

Oh well, I guess not. Funny how 7 months and a new president makes all the difference to a political priest. Like San Fran Nan says, “our Executive Branch cowers in fear of protesters who are crying out for justice.” So much so that many of the pissed-off patriots who took part in the Jan. 6 protest are facing literal sedition charges and up to 20 years in prison. Perhaps the archimandrite’s prayers have been answered.

Comparing the DC protest to 9/11 really is duplicitous and unbecoming of any person who claims to be “intellectually curious.”

Anti-whiteness rears its head and empathy is nowhere to be found. All caps is the hallmark of a prideful man who aims to deflect.

Funny that even though Calin’s own essay simply called “Statement” (found on his parish’s About Us page) says, “We oppose any actions or laws limiting liberty, justice, the right of self-determination, freedom of speech, and civil rights throughout the world,” he obviously does not hold firm to those stated beliefs.

Pre-Trump Nazi fetish + a “Forward” meme + castigating the Gadsden Flag and Battle Flag as racist = one woke priest. Ain’t nothin’ more political than that.

More from his parish website statement, “We pray for peaceful coexistence of all nations and peoples in the unity of the Holy Spirit and as the logical extension of our incarnational theology.” Yeah, calling 71 million American voters “white supremacist” probably isn’t a good start. Oh yeah, and did I mention that that’s a political statement?

Just in case you missed it, social-justice warriors: Call anyone you disagree with a Nazi. Got it? Seems to be right in line with his parish’s “About Tolerance” section, which features a quote from Lutheran, philosopher, and social-liberalism advocate Karl Popper: “We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant.”

Wearing a mask outdoors? Check. Virtue-signaling selfie? Check. Uninformed, misinformed, and intellectually incurious? You know it.

Nothing to see here, folks. Just a priest normalizing the violent riots that raged for six months and were the most costly in US history, and even featured the destruction of government buildings. Gasp, you don’t say?! I thought only conservatives “stormed” those sacred places.

I have not nor have I ever agreed to the social contract, which places authority of the godless state over the individual. That’s a progressive paradigm, Father. Have you ever stopped to think that the DC protesters were just rising up and speaking out against the “last vestiges” of the sick and sinister system in which you put so much faith?

If it’s hard to read, it’s because the left can’t meme. If it’s hard to stomach, it’s because anti-whiteness is a devilish ideology.

But, but, but I thought that Calin celebrated “deadly force … arrest and ruin” and violating the civil rights of intolerants?

Yep, “immigrant rights” (i.e. open borders) is purely political. Then again, even the OCA’s Met. Tikhon and other bishops twist their spiritual tongues when it meets their worldly needs.

C’mon. At this point are you shocked in the least that he sides with the schismatics in Ukraine over the Russian Orthodox Church?

Sure, this frame was added after a shooting, but still. At the very least, it’s an ecumenical virtue-signal. At worst, he’s undergirding the archetype.

And speaking of ecumenism …

It’s telling that he shares a post by a controversial lefty bishop who denigrates traditionalist Christian clergy as Muslims.

Aha, now we’re getting at the heart of the matter. So, Calin hates official church teaching on homosexuality as inherently sinful, as does the website that ran the open letter. In fact, its irksome editor sees sodomy as a holy war and, thus, a conservative priest’s suspension as a “small victory for LGBTQ Orthodox Christians.”

More predictable political platitudes. Hey, why don’t we just scrap it all and fight against homophobia with this nifty Orthodox calendar?!

Honoring pederast Harvey Milk.

Repentance is anathema to the rainbow mafia. I mean, why struggle against your sin when you can just celebrate it? So the thinking goes: Homosexuality and all its deviant behaviors is not a sin, but “transphobia” is. The equity and inclusion overfloweth.

Wow, those are some sturdy and scientific facts there, Father. Just as LGBT activists play loose with the self-fulfilling prophecy numbers of trans suicide, the implication here is that church doctrine kills people. If only Orthodox Christians would be nicer.

“While we don’t engage fools in their folly, we must warn the Church about them.”

Fr. Ioannes Apiarius

We at Dissident Mama are “chilled to the bone” that the OCA attracts the sorts of followers, like fellow-traveler Father Joshua Coolman. Below he displays a quote from the “progressive Christian theologian,” who encouraged young girls and women to surrender their purity rings so that they could be melted down and made into a vagina sculpture that was presented to longtime feminist Gloria Steinem. Father Coolman might be well advised to be more circumspect concerning with whom he makes common cause.

Were it not for our concerned reader who has brought these images to our attention, we might not be wise to the insurrectionists in our midst. “I did not do so out of political, social, or spiritual spite,” he/she explained.

Had it not been for his/her brave handiwork, we might be lulled into complacence by outwards appearances. “I did it out of civic responsibility,” he/she added.

Or because we faithful are always seeking unity to strengthen the Church, we might turn a blind eye to the revolutionary spirit brewing in some of our jurisdictions.

Perhaps some cassock-donned wolves, who are purposefully identifiable as Orthodox priests and representatives of the Orthodox Church, are attempting a siege – a kind of cucked coup within the OCA and beyond.

Father Juvenaly also happens to be an OCA archimandrite and the admin for the Facebook group Progressive Orthodox Christianity, where all the juicy left-wing politics is unabashedly on display.

Concerned citizens at Monomahkos and Orthodoxy Today have already in years past pointed out that Calin’s public figure page on Facebook contains nothing of spiritual edification for Orthodox faithful, but rather a steady stream of left-wing conspiracy theories, election denialism, anti-Trumpism, anti-whiteness, and promotion of the rallies where domestic terrorist groups incited insurrections against law-abiding citizens. Yet, these condemnations have fallen on deaf ears.

Unfortunately, the woke priest’s actions cannot be reported to the FBI, since the government agency has not requested information on him/her because all of his/her beliefs fall right inline with the federal regime.

So, we pray that the stark inconsistencies, the abetting of violence and sin, and the hurt will end in our jurisdictions, and in our Church. Like Saint Ambrose opined, “Not only for every idle word must man give an account, but for every idle silence.”

Please contact the Most Reverend Michael Dahulich at [email protected] or (914) 779-6580 to register your concerns. You need not be part of the OCA’s Diocese of New York and New Jersey, or even Orthodox to write or phone him. We are deeply hopeful that His Eminence will recognize the gravity of the situation and swiftly suspend Calin and his collaborators.

Be sure to keep an eye out the forthcoming part 2.

Source: Dissident Mama – Where’s the clerical consistency? – part 1

Episode 217 – Mad Max (1:18:06)

We’ll be heading down under for this week’s episode as we welcome back Shaheen for the Mel Gibson classic, “Mad Max”.

This is one of those franchise igniting films that overperformed and sparked numerous sequels with diminishing results until being given new life in 2015 with Fury Road – which we reviewed a few years ago – and upcoming movies that are a sequel to Fury Road called “Wasteland” and an prequel centered on Furiosa to come out a few years from now.

We know you’ll enjoy this one mates.

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Dissident Mama, episode 27 – Jason Kessler

Jason Kessler is a freelance journalist and activist who has written for VDare and The Daily Caller. He got his break in journalism exposing the racial double-standards surrounding the Twitter posts of Charlottesville Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy, who was pushing to remove a historic Confederate monument after going on anti-white rants for a period of close to 10 years.

But Kessler, a graduate of the University of Virginia, is best known as the organizer for the Unite the Right rally, which took place in August 2017. Perpetually pegged for the postmodern age as the “deadly white supremacist rally,” we’ll find out why Kessler organized the now-infamous event, what life and lawsuits have been like since then, and get his thoughts on the Charlottesville/DC comparison.

We’ll also see if Kessler feels a little vindicated these dystopian days; I know I do. I wasn’t even there, but I’ve defended the rally and called out the mob and its statist backers since day 1. In fact, the first time I was ever called a Nazi was by a fellow Orthodox Christian to whom I was simply explaining that describing the event as “Nazis vs. peaceful protesters” was a gross oversimplification at best, or ammunition for true injustice and punitive anti-whiteness at worst. It’d be silly if it weren’t so sinister.

I’ve been warning that the encroaching anarcho-tyranny, with all its fear tactics and censorship and hypocrisy, will eventually chew us all up and spit us out, only if we’re not unapologetic in resisting the scheme. I’ve tried to convince people that virtue-signaling isn’t virtuous and that parroting the propaganda will only embolden the cultural Marxists to step up their violence and subterfuge. I’ve argued that not standing up for the freedom of conscience of others, especially those society defines as scoundrels, is a dangerous precedent to set, and that this progressive pogrom all hinges upon the Charlottesville narrative.

My good friends at Reckonin’ have done yeoman’s work in trying to get the truth out about the rally and in trying to give Kessler a fair shake. Yet, our efforts always seemed to fall on deaf ears, or maybe it was just weak spines.

But now, more and more people understand that the seething and powerful leftists aren’t just coming after those irredeemable “white supremacists” who everyone was so ready to dox, castigate, and sacrifice to the progressive gods after Charlottesville. Now, the totalitarians are coming after you, your job, your speech, your reputation, and your children, and if you dissent, you too are a Nazi. Maybe, just maybe conservatives, libertarians, normies, cucked Christians, and anyone else who played along with this dangerous game can finally see that their complicity is precisely what helped to undergird and perpetuate the very same lies that are now aiming to ruin their lives.

I think it’s well past time to stop throwing each other under the bus, y’all. It’s time to grow a backbone and fervently combat the fiction that any time majority-white crowds gather it’s akin to a Klan rally or a coup, while the BLM-Antifa syndicate is just out there innocently channeling the spirit of MLK for the greater good. Well, as Saint King once said, “The time is always right to do what is right.” Now is the time. Amen to that.

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“What is life without honor?”

Every January, I recoil as both a Christian and an American at the tedious and noxious deification of Martin Luther King, Jr. As my friend Boyd Cathey explains so thoroughly in his bold synopsis of the Cult of King and the corrupt cottage industries built upon the malevolent mythos, MLK is “that deeply and irredeemably flawed and fraudulent figure imposed upon us and our consciousness.”

And the socially engineered imprint is that Saint King cannot ever be critiqued because he is the “fulfillment” of the Declaration of Independence. See, Lincoln started us on the path out of American apostasy, say the egalitarians, and MLK was our salvation. And although King’s the symbolic watershed for collective repentance, some people (you know who you are, neo-Confederates) still got work to do.

So, in order to really heal our sinful “nation,” insist the progressives, we must purge the idols and identity of our bygone and bigoted days. Gone is Lee-Jackson Day in my native state of Virginia, and Confederate Heroes Day in Texas where my husband was born and raised. Down with their monuments, their names, their symbols, and any vestige of their memories.

“Shall we just carelessly allow children to hear any casual tales which may be devised by casual person, and to receive into their minds ideas for the most part the very opposite of those which we should wish them to have when they are grown up?” asked Plato in The Republic.

“Anything received into the mind at that [young] age is likely to become indelible and unalterable; and therefore it is most important that the tales which the young first hear should be models of virtuous thoughts.”

This is why we’ve homeschooled our children from the beginning – because my husband and I understand the power of education and the dangers of miseducation. But the battle for the hearts and minds of the American youth is raging like never before. First with cultural Marxism and all its perversions and propaganda, and now with the anti-child impositions of covid craziness, the elites want to paint children into a dark corner of total conformity.

But like Stonewall Jackson opined, “The future of our ancestors belongs only to them. It is up to us to make our own future.” So, that’s what we aim to do in rearing our sons: to contradict the zeitgeist by teaching them truth and light, and about real heroes and the content of their character.

“What is life without honor? Degradation is worse than death.”
Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson

My son Zeke recently drew this sketch of Stonewall Jackson, which is based off the last photo taken of the general two weeks before his death. Jackson’s wife wasn’t fond of the image, as she said it made him look “too stern,” but Zeke thought he looked tough.

Like Jackson, we too are patriots for the cause of independence. We are traitors to the empire and its godlessness. We are rebels to rootlessness, materialism, and centralization. As poet Allen Tate wrote, “So face with calm that heritage and earn contempt before the age.” So be it.

Ronald Reagan said that what we needed is “an informed patriotism,” and asked the question: “Are we doing a good enough job teaching our children what America is and what she represents in the long history of the world?” Hell, yeah, I am, and always in defiance of the globohomo narrative which aims to enslave us all.

So today, I shall honor the enigmatic Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, whose 197th birthday is today. I’ve talked about our beloved “Hill Jack” before through an essay written by my eldest son, but this time it’s more about action.

“We cannot indulge a sentimental admiration of the hero if we are to keep our children banal and safe,” notes Anthony Esolen in 10 Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child. “A hero … is like a pack of dynamite, ready to blow any mountain of heaped-up conformity and dullness sky high.”

So, my sons, my mother, and I headed north up I-95 from Richmond. It was one of our many covid-lockdowns-can-shove-it travels that we enjoyed this past summer. Not only did I want to give my kids a sense of normality in the midst of wu-flu hysteria, but I want us to visit as many Southern historical sites as possible before the regime scrubs them all from existence.

First destination on this step back in time? The Stonewall Jackson Death Site in Guinea Station, Virginia.

On May 4, 1863, two days after being shot in Chancellorsville, Stonewall Jackson was brought to this house, an outbulding for the Fairfield Plantation in Guinea Station, a busy Confederate supply base. His wife, Mary Anna, and baby daughter, Julia, arrived on May 7. Mary Anna wrote, “his fearful wounds, his mutilated arm, the scratches upon his face, and above all, the desperate pneumonia … wrung my soul.”

On May 10, he told Mary Anna that he was willing to die if it was God’s will and then whispered, “Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of trees.” The date was Sunday, May 10, and Jackson was only 39 years old. The closest window on the left was the room in which the “Confederate Joshua” passed.

Jackson told Alexander Swift Pendleton, an officer on his staff who was one of the few present with him at Guinea Station, “It is the Lord’s Day. My wish is fulfilled. I have always desired to die on Sunday.” Jackson’s loyal black servant Jim Lewis also stayed at Jackson’s side and was one of a select few given permission to enter Jackson’s sick room at any time. Upon Jackson’s death, Lewis led Jackson’s horse, Superior, in the Confederate general’s funeral processions in both Richmond and Lexington.

From there, we headed 27 miles northwest to Ellwood Manor to see the burial place of Jackson’s “mutilated arm.” The manor dates back to the 1790s and served as headquarters for Union Gens. Gouverneur Warren and Ambrose Burnside during the Battle of the Wilderness, an area spanning around the house, connecting its rolling landscapes, dense forests, marshy tributaries, and few taverns, churches, and sparse residences by poorly traveled paths and backwoods roads.

The manor is the only original building still standing that was a witness to the horrors of invasion and war, and the tens of thousands dead and even more maimed physically, mentally, and spiritually. The fierce fights of the Wilderness took place in May 1864, and even though considered a “tactical draw,” this campaign solidified the beginning of the end for the CSA – such stark contrast to the stunning Confederate victory at Chancellorsville just one year prior and a testament to Jackson’s irreplaceable value as a leader.

“The past is like a secret room in an old house, filled with dust and cobwebs, but also rays of light cast upon ancient armor, and odd tools whose use we have forgotten, and books recalling the words and deeds of men and women who once walked the earth, and whose bones now rest in their graves. It is a chamber that strikes one with the sense of holiness, because we come into the presence of those who once were as we are, and who now are as we will be.”
Tony Esolen

When Jackson was mistakenly shot at Chancellorsville on May 2, 1863, he was taken to a nearby field hospital north of Wilderness Tavern, where his left arm was cut off on the kitchen table of locals William and Rebecca Simms. Jackson’s chaplain, Rev. Beverly Tucker Lacy, then took the general’s limb to bury it in his brother’s family cemetery at Ellwood, as he didn’t think mighty Stonewall’s arm should be cast into the bloody pile of amputated body parts of other Confederates.

From there, we trekked a few miles east of Ellwood to Chancellorsville, which “was not a village but a house” owned by widow Frances Chancellor and her six children.” It was at a “strategic crossroads,” and on May 3, flames finally “consumed the home and drove the family away. It was a six-day battle that raged from May 1-6, 1863, and launched Jackson to worldwide fame.

“Lee won an unlikely victory, but lost Stonewall Jackson,” noted a placard. “The Union army under Gen. Joseph Hooker retreated in a gloomy rain, but would soon be ready to fight again – at Gettysburg.”

A greater sense of loss and deeper grief never followed the death of a mortal man.”
One of Jackson’s men

This boulder placed by locals after the War marks the spot where Jackson was shot by friendly fire from the CSA’s 18th NC Regiment. “I know not how to replace him,” said Gen. Robert E. Lee.

“I rejoice at Stonewall Jackson’s death as a gin to our cause, yet in my soldier’s heart I cannot but see him the best soldier of all this war, and grieve his untimely end.”
U.S. Gen. Gouverneur Warren Lee

In 1888, this formal monument was erected near the Jackson shooting site and “5,000 people attended the dedication.”

“Never take counsel of your fears.”
Stonewall Jackson

That day before Jackson’s fateful nighttime recon, he ordered, “You can go forward then,” leading 30,0000 Confederates of his 2nd Corps on a 12-mile march around the Union army and destroyed Hooker’s right wing in one of the most well-known and successful surprise attacks of the War, which occurred across the field my kids are looking toward.

Receiving the brunt of Jackson’s bayonet was the the 11th Corps, a relatively new group of soldiers in the Army of the Potomac. “It’s 11,000 men included a large percentage of European immigrants, men with names like Peissner and Buschbeck, Schurz and Schimmelfennig.” Many fled, giving the 11th Corps the nickname “The Flying Dutchman.”

When Lincoln found out about the 130,000 Feds and their army of foreigners being beaten so badly (even though they dwarfed the Confederate numbers 2 to 1), he cried out, “My God! What will the country say?” Forever the politician is Dishonest Abe. Honorable he is not.

Chancellorsville was a place “bombarded, bloodied, and looted … farms large and small ruined … refugees by the thousands forced into the countryside” with more than 30,000 combined casualties, “most now in graves unknown.” Yet, it was a “virtuous tragedy that freed 4 million Americans and reunited a nation.” Now, that’s what you call sticking to the narrative. Don’t ya just feel all that liberty and solidarity, folks?

Our last stop of the day was about 50 miles due north: Manassas, or as the Yankees call it, Bull Run. The First Battle of Manassas took place on July 21, 1861. It was the event that catapulted Jackson onto the world stage and gave him his legendary nickname, forever immortalizing him as “Stonewall.”

As one of the most revered generals in history, Jackson led his men from the front, taking them into battle himself. His courage and selflessness inspired his troops to be the fiercest and most loyal warriors of the Late Unpleasantness.

In a letter to his wife after First Manassas, Jackson wrote, “Yesterday, we fought a great battle and gained a great victory, for which all the glory is due to God alone.”

Civilians from nearby Washington, D.C. picnicked on a hill to watch this first major battle of what they assumed would be a quick War, hoping that the Union would handily defeat the Rebs. But instead, the US lost nearly 1,000 more men than did the South, so the Federals retreated and onlookers fled in horror, proving to everyone that the Confederates were a formidable foe not to be underestimated. You invade a man’s homeland, and that’s a serious affront.

Honor and duty, and defending their homes and their rights is what Jackson and his soldiers fought for. Not conquest, not Total War, but simply the desire to be left alone. It’s all we good Southerners want today.

The Second Battle of Manassas raged from August 29-30, 1862. Lee, accompanied by Jackson and a few other of the CSA’s ablest commanders, won an astounding victory. Despite the fact that the Rebs were greatly outnumbered by 20,000 troops, the Union suffered double the casualties, losing more than 14,000 men the South’s 7,000.

“We are in the process of losing history and, therefore, any meaning for our life that is more than a rapidly passing moment,” remarks Clyde Wilson. And he is right, which is why we’re teaching our boys to know the past, to slow down, to take note, to ask questions, to challenge the status quo, to seek truth, to be brave, and to trust God – to “feel as safe in bed as in battle,” as Jackson would say.

Here’s an example of some of the fruits of those virtuous lessons we’re trying to impart to our progeny, all while maneuvering our way around this soul-crushing dystopia the elites have created only for their own benefit.

Unfortunately, a first cousin of mine (who just recently relocated back to Richmond after living for decades up North) doesn’t share our zeal for time and place, and kith and kin. Here’s her triggered retort to my post, followed by my smack-down. Scalawags are just the worst, but they do make for good statist foot soldiers.

“We must endeavor to follow the unselfish, devoted, intrepid course he pursued,” advised Lee to his fellow Confederates after Jackson’s death. So even though our culture may be utterly degraded, that doesn’t mean we have to participate in the degradation and in our collective suicide.

Let’s break free from the gulag of the mind, and forget the frauds with their casual tales and corrupt schemes. Instead, let’s remember, celebrate, and emulate men of true character, and build up our sons to lives of honor. Every, single day and at all costs. This is how we can make our own future.

Source: Dissident Mama – “What is life without honor?”

Episode 216 – Stranger than Fiction (1:33:56)

You’d think a movie where people using barbaric means to threaten violence to take away someone else’s stuff would be something like “The Croods”, but we live in far more “civilized” times where they do it with 4th amendment violations and forms in which you have to incriminate yourself, and if you get it wrong, you have to pay more or even go to jail. It’s Stranger than Fiction, and it also happens to be the movie we are discussing with the great Rachel Kennerly.

This is another movie that breaks some barriers in the story-telling and has some very choice words for one of our least-liked institutions that will be a lot of fun to discuss.

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Episode 215 – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (1:37:12)

Many of us would like a fresh start and completely forget about the events of 2020, as such we feel it appropriate to discuss the Jim Carrey flick, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” as another example, similar to WW84, of being careful what you wish for.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American drama film written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Michel Gondry. It follows an estranged couple who have erased each other from their memories.

We didn’t forget to welcome back Raylene Lightheart to discuss this one.

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Disavowing is the disgrace

Just as Charlottesville is eternally imprinted into the American psyche as “the deadly white-supremacist rally,” this week’s pro-Trump, anti-elite protest in Washington is successfully being tarnished as “mob violence” and “a siege.” The pearl-clutching is pretty epic, even for a postmodern people.

“Trump loyalists stormed the Capitol” and “rioters breached security,” go the contrived commentaries with their carefully framed inflammatory verbs. It was a “disturbing, deadly insurrection” perpetrated by “extremists,” and a even a “coup” attempted by “white supremacists.”

“Imagine how many more folks would’ve died had the protesters been black,” screech the blue checks on Twitter. Well, I can answer that confidently: zero. Armed black men haveinvaded” a capitol before, and no one died.

Of course, let’s not forget that BLM riots raged for six months and not one black person was killed. Yet, four DC protesters are dead at the hands of federal police, including Ashli Babbitt and three others who expired from “medical emergencies,” whatever that means.

But the white Air Force veteran won’t be eternally lauded like Heather Heyer, the nearly sainted fat feminist who had a heart attack in Charlottesville. Nor will Babbitt ever be deified like amateur porn star and armed robber George Floyd.

On bent knee, the Leviathan would’ve rolled out the kente-fringed red carpet for black Americans, and maybe even a rainbow-bunted rug for their marginalized LGBT comrades. All intellectually honest people know it’s true, although they may not admit it publicly.

Which brings me to the related issues of capitulation and cowardice. Sure, the double standard within the media-government complex is renowned among wise consumers of “news.” We get that the weaker and more compliant are journalists, corporate goons, and politicians, the better are their chances to crawl their way just a smidgen above the herds of pathetic but powerful mediocrities.

What is troubling is that fomenting of the agitprop isn’t just coming from these usual suspects, but is being disseminated by some on “the right.” I expect this kind of effete behavior from Rod Dreher. But Pat Buchanan?

The granddaddy populist described the protest as “a disgrace and a debacle,” while Betsy Clarke, a contributor to the paleocon periodical Chronicles, echoed that the actions of the pro-Trump supporters were “disgraceful.” Nope, they were glorious and long overdue.

Buchanan worries that the events will be “forever exploited to discredit not only Trump but the movement he led and the achievements of his presidency.” And Ann Coulter tweeted that “this will be used FOREVER against conservatives.” How can these smart politicos not grasp that the leftist-fabricated narratives endure precisely because those on the right allow them to even take root?

Charlottesville only became forever pegged as “the deadly white-supremacist rally” because nearly every conservative spent his precious time disavowing Unite the Right, which in turn overshadowed the extremely valid reasons the event was organized in the first place: to defend Southern monuments, to advocate for free speech, and to oppose cultural Marxism. Thus, the right inadvertently helped to craft the bludgeon by which it is constantly struck.

Sadly, conservatives and liberty-lovers, save for a few outliers like the fiery Ilana Mercer, are giving the left ample ammo yet again. Can’t they now see (with the benefit of more than three years hindsight) that maybe, just maybe if more good people had defended UTR, “Charlottesville” might not have morphed into the watershed moment for ringing in the epoch of anarcho-tyranny and its ensuing anti-racist hellscape?

Don’t punch right. Learn from the left. They are masters at staying on point and never getting distracted by the details or apologies or nuance or even facts, which are still spotty concerning the DC events.

This is an information war, so never cede an inch of ground to the enemy. Ever. You can even turn what some insist is bad optics into a win, but only if you stay on the offensive and on point: that Americans are finally grasping that the Great American Experiment is imploding and that centralization is inherently corrupt.

I know it’s a bitter pill for some, but turns out that what Southerners have been saying for more than 160 years is spot on. Embrace it.

So when Alex Jones gets sidetracked, saying that QAnon was led astray by Antifa and the “storming of the Capitol” will forever besmirch the liberty movement, I see this as highly counterproductive. Maybe if he didn’t spend all day Friday trying to distance himself from the protesters and interviewing people claiming the events were akin to 9/11, he could co-opt the “storming the Capitol” narrative, turning the progressive misinformation on its head.

Now these are two examples of good optics and how you win the information war.

Even Buchanan says a 9/11 comparison is “malicious hyperbole, establishment propaganda,” just like Chuckie Schumer’s claim that the protest was like Pearl Harbor. I mean, c’mon. We should mercilessly mock this “pseudo-reality,” as James Lindsay calls it, not give it fuel. Stop carrying the water for Babylon, and instead help to douse out the demonic fire that burns hottest in the belly of the beast.

I know we’re tired of being vilified, but we non-leftists must pull our tails from between our legs and boldly celebrate the fact that the very people who are empowered and enriched by mass democracy and forever wars and our oppression were this week cowering under their desks. Good optics? Check.

Celebrate that the politicians who praised the anti-white, anti-Southern, and anti-civilization BLM riots, encouraged the leftist mobs to take it to the suburbs and rural communities, ignored small-business owners who called out the wanton destruction, and maligned any patriot who had the cojones to use guns in self-defense of life and property are now the ones who are scared. Bruce Willis really says it best in Die Hard, “Welcome to the party, pal.” Good optics? Check.

Celebrate that a Battle Flag was “carried triumphantly inside this most anti-Confederate landmark.” Whether or not the picture below is a fake (which is the going rumor), it should warm our rebel hearts that triggered elitists see it as “a symbolic gut-punch.” Gloriously good optics? Oh yeah.

Celebrate that Capitol events were way more in line with “the Founders,” who are incessantly bandied about by Congress, but always in the pursuit of increasing the size and scope of the state and in decreasing your freedom. Don’t parrot that the protest was “sedition,” but rather declare that it was a win for sanity. I’m confident that America’s Revolutionary War heroes would be pleased as punch that the deep-state dwellers in our far-away capital were shaking in their boots.

I mean, for an ideology that’s constantly citing Thomas Jefferson and his “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants” quote, its supposed conservative adherents sure are squeamish about “doing liberty shit,” as one tweet succinctly put it.

In predictable fashion, globalist powers wagged their totalitarian fingers at the American deplorables. From India, the world’s “oldest democracy [is] in crisis.” From France, it was “the day America’s democracy fractured.” From Portugal, “Trump supporters attack the heart of American democracy.” And from Germany, “American democracy will prove to be much stronger than the aggressors and rioters.”

Sen. Josh Hawley gestures support to Capitol protesters on Wednesday. Since then, Simon & Schuster “decided to cancel publication of Senator Hawley’s forthcoming book ‘The Tyranny of Big Tech’” due to “his role in what became a dangerous threat to our democracy and freedom.” We should definitely have this Republican renegade’s back, too.

Bad American history is to be expected from foreigners, but many US “patriots” echoed the same kind of miseducated pronouncements. Sen. Ted Cruz castigated the “despicable terrorists” for threatening our “citadel of democracy.” James Mattis, former defense secretary under Trump, declared that the “violent assault on our Capitol [was] an effort to subjugate American democracy by mob rule.”

At least when Buchanan called the protest a “mob occupation and desecration of the temple of the American Republic,” he got what is supposed to be our form of government correct. But really, what should be decried is the worship of tyrannical centralized power that would shock even “Mr. Nationalize Everything” Alexander Hamilton. If the state is our religion and the US Capitol its “sacred place,” consider me an atheist.

Whether through its egalitarian schemes, regulatory control, taxation, war-on-terror tactics, or covid hysteria, the criminal class in DC and in too many of our state capitols (along with their foot soldiers in the law and medicine, legacy media, big tech, academia, and woke capitalism) has taken away your speech. Your jobs. Your right to self-defense. Your history. Your culture. Your freedom of movement. Your friends and family through the social shaming of people with politically incorrect thought. Your church and your life’s rewarding recreations. In a word, your liberty.

Yet, some conservative pundits are still chirping about “law and order” and muh Constitution. How tone deaf do you have to be?

There is no room for purism. Just study what happened to Shenandoah Valley’s neutral civilians when Union General Philip Sheridan marched in and carried out The Burning. The empire isn’t interested in “unity,” y’all. It wants your soul.

“The Constitution controls, not the mob,” stated Sen. Lindsey Graham. But for people who didn’t already realize that that document was murdered and buried more than 160 years ago, they saw with their own eyes in 2020 that violence is indeed how at least some people get what they want.

And they also witnessed that the electoral process in which they’d put so much faith for so long is a complete mirage. So, they took note of the politicos, talking heads, corporate cronies, and churched leftists assuring the masses nonstop that MLK was correct in describing that “A riot is the language of the unheard.”

In fact, history shows us that “America as a sovereign country was founded in violence, righteous violence,” explained DM guest columnist Jack Kerwick. I say, the DC protesters were indeed exhibiting the “Spirit of ’76” there in the shadow of the “Statue of Freedom,” which crowns the dome of the diseased American “temple.”

And the fact that she stands upon a globe etched with the moribund motto “E pluribus unum” (Out of many, one) that is propped up by fasces, I think that makes resistance even more palatable for patriots. Good history and logic? Check and check.

If you must condemn violence, you must also condemn the Founders. You must condemn the occupying centralized Lincolnian nation-state which was built upon total war against Southern civilians, including the elderly, women, and children, as well as the destruction of the Planes Indians. You must condemn the US empire and its deadly welfare-warfare complex, which is subsidized through theft at the point of a gun.

You must condemn BLM-Antifa. The “peaceful protesters” at Charlottesville.” And the censorship, cancel culture, and “hate speech” laws that create an environment where violence appears to be the only option. But to do so is in fact to condemn the state, which puts us right back at square one. See how that works? I say, knock that golden calf from its undeserving pedestal, or support those who are willing to do so.

A friend pointed out to me that the Capitol protest took place on the Christian feast of Epiphany, which means “to reveal.” Normies aren’t “spitting out their red pills,” as some libertarians claim. The realization that the empire is not their friend or keeper cannot be undone.

Nor are the 74 million pissed-off patriots saddened by this “challenge to a symbol of national power.” Indeed, that was the whole point of the event: to push back against the state and the fraudulent institutions it has used to buttress our dysfunctional, dangerous, and degenerate society, and demean the good people within it.

They’re done being rubes of the new-world religion. So, rather than scolding the newly red-pilled who are ready to gulp down the whole damn bottle, let’s exhibit some strength … sans all the cucked disclaimers.

Solidarity really is the only thing, other than prayer and God’s will, that can help us withstand the postmodern assault that is not going to let us alone. So, let’s stir what Rudyard Kipling described in his poem, “The Beginnings“: an altruistic and peaceable people finally tapping into their angst in order to oppose a sinister enemy and bring forth a new era. Amen and awomen: the jig is up. And it’s about damn time.

The Capitol protests were not a “shameful episode.” They were highly necessary. As opposed to getting fired from his job for taking over Nancy Pelosi’s office, this patriot should be given a medal.

Unless you like the status quo, you should defiantly defend these true justice warriors, as opposed to disavowing them. Be compatriots, not compromisers. Now is the time to harden that skill. We’ll need it in the turbulent days to come.

Don’t denounce, distance, or deny. Don’t make the same weak-kneed, virtue-signaling mistakes made by too many after Charlottesville, forever solidifying the progressive mythos. Think big picture, people; don’t get lost in the weeds.

Instead, unapologetically back the protesters and their redress of grievances. It’s the right move to disempowering the beast and throwing off the continuing domestic war and coming amped-up sieges on community and tradition, faith and family, history and localism. Anything less, that is the disgrace.

Source: Dissident Mama – Disavowing is the disgrace

MAGA patriots: The best of people in the worst of times

Where was the constitutional duty to act forcefully when BLM and Antifa goons romped and rampaged across the country? None was evident.

By Ilana Mercer
January 8, 2021

Why repeat hackneyed phrases about annus horribilis 2020? 

Recall the opening paragraph of A Tale of Two Cities, a classic by Charles Dickens. Interspersed in that epical introduction are countervailing, sweetness-and-light words. Excise these—and you get 2020:

. . . it was the worst of times . . . it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch . . . of incredulity, it was . . . the season of darkness . . . it was the winter of despair. . . . we had nothing before us.

MAGA men and women are just that: The best of people in the worst of times. 

These good people converged on Washington, D.C. Wednesday to protest the certification of the Electoral College vote.

They, who have “nothing before them,” had come to demand that something be done by those who had “brought [them] forth into this wilderness,” yet sit “by the fleshpots [on the Potomac] and [eat] bread to the full.” (My adaptation of Exodus 16:3.)

Cassandra Fairbanks of Gateway Pundit framed her report about the protest that ensued just right: “Patriots Have Stormed the Capitol Building—Masses Breaching Federal Barriers—Cops Losing Control.” 

Yes, patriots. Rage that had been simmering over an election whose results lacked constitutional credibility had finally come to a boil. 

Prior to the eruption, on January 5, patriots had gathered at the Freedom Plaza in D.C. They patiently awaited their president, who was due to deliver a “Stop the Steal” address the following day. In short succession, they recited the “Lord’s Prayer” (from Luke, not the one-chord grunts of Lil Baby, or other rappers, emblematic of the Black Lives Matter repertoire).

These good people, who have been thoroughly marginalized and demonized—their country made diverse to the point of distrust—puncture their prayers with an “amen,” ancient Hebrew for “so be it.” 

Symbolically—oblivious to etymological origins of the word—one of the imbeciles on the Hill (they all make out like bandits on the people’s dime), Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (D-Mo.) boorishly closed his Godless chant with an “amen and awoman.” Cleaver had been assigned to give “the opening prayer on the opening day of the 117th Congress.”

Trump’s America has had it with this confederacy of cretins and knaves, that “minds other people’s business,” and can’t even leave the language alone, much less their president. 

Donald Trump has been maligned and sabotaged for the entirety of his term. As his constituents gaze down at their mobile devices, they observe that the president has been canceled by Deep Tech, my preferred term for the high-tech sector, as it denotes how deeply the head honchos of high tech have penetrated and poisoned the American public and private sectors. about:blank

Trump’s communications are routinely throttled, plastered with warning notices intended to disgrace a president whom “Deplorables” hold in high esteem.  

And this from the president’s Twitter account:

“History will judge Trump as a villain,” vaporized CNN’s John Avlon, the husband and commentary sidekick of NeverTrump Republican Margaret Hoover. Appearing on CNN alone or with Avlon, this progressive Republican has also been disgorging the same “piercing” “insight” for months, if not years: “This ends not well for the GOP.  There will be a backlash for the GOP [for standing by Trump and his base and denying the election result.]” 

A backlash from whom? The intellectual and moral sinkhole to which Margaret Hoover and her buddies belong?

MAGA men and women have themselves been dubbed “deplorables” (courtesy of Hillary Clinton), “lizard brains” (via TV historian Jon Meacham), and, recently, “jerks,” by Donny Deutsch, a lefty business-cum-media man on MSNBC, who hollered that “there are 50 million jerks in this country.”

Correction: We are 74 million strong. 

The thread that runs through fatuous TV debates, among Lincoln Project founder Steve Schmidt and his ilk, is the failure of the Grand Old Party to stand up to Donald Trump. 

Unmentioned are the 74 million people who prop up President Trump. These solipsistic, vain TV degenerates—Bush-era operative Nicolle Wallace, the gaseous Ana Navarro, celebutante Margaret Hoover, and many more—have simply “disappeared” or canceled 74 million Americans.

And, in character, cowardly Republicans have been tripping over one another to join them, since the storming of the Capitol building. (These characters were less inclined to flap their law-and-order chops when the BLM movementarians needed to be stopped from occupying and burning down American cities.) 

Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, suggested that Ashli Babbitt, a patriot shot and killed inside the U.S. Capitol, might have had it coming. 

“The president should order U.S. troops to secure the Capitol immediately,” tweeted Laura Ingraham, an ego in an anchor’s chair.

Had Babbitt been black, the Capitol would have long since been burned down (and looted) by BLM, to empathetic nods from the “enemedia.” 

As to the “OMG, shocking, shocking” huffing and puffing over the pro-Trump protesters, who “descended on the Capitol to protest the certification of results, before clashing with police”: Get a grip! 

Where was the constitutional duty to act forcefully when BLM and Antifa goons romped and rampaged across the country? None was evident. The American power elites—cops, too—simply knelt to and with their racial overlords.

Here’s the difference between pro-Trump patriots and BLM detritus: The latter trashed, looted, and leveled their countrymen’s livelihoods, their businesses. MAGA men and women stormed the seats of corruption.

Want to know more about Ilana Mercer? Be sure to check out my interview with the author and longtime blogger.

Source: Dissident Mama – MAGA patriots: The best of people in the worst of times