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Posts by chajin

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  • Hungarian Leader: ‘It Is a Duty to Help Our Christian Brothers’

    08/15/2017 9:05:12 PM PDT · 6 of 6
    chajin to marshmallow

    Hungarians are not only Budapests, but also Mohammadpests, God be praised.

  • The blackmail message from liberals is crystal clear

    08/15/2017 9:53:15 AM PDT · 50 of 87
    chajin to TomGuy
    The NFL Redskins are still the Redskins, not because the Libs threw in the towel, but because they backed off — for now. But you can bet the farm they will be back and try again.

    True. In today's world, nothing is ever settled until it is settled the way liberals want it settled, and then it is settled.

    "And the choice goes by forever, 'twixt that darkness and that light." - James Russell Lowell

  • It's time to stop coddling the Confederacy (Barf Alert)

    08/14/2017 2:37:05 PM PDT · 18 of 53
    chajin to Responsibility2nd
    But the truth is that racism is just one of the parallels Nazis [sic] Germany and the Confederate South share, and it may not even be the most important one.

    I had two ancestors who fought in the war, both for the North, and one of them came from Arkansas; I am glad that the South lost, so no one can question my cred.

    This is the most disgustingly offensive assertion about the Confederate South that I have ever had the displeasure to read. If this is what passes for reasoned discourse these days, cry 'Havoc!', and let slip the dogs of war, for there is nothing worth saying.

  • NATIONAL V-J DAY (Victory over Japan Day)

    08/14/2017 10:12:12 AM PDT · 14 of 22
    chajin to heterosupremacist; Peter W. Kessler; Homer_J_Simpson
    Peter W. Kessler posted this audio clip two years ago, in response to the VJ Day issue of the NYT that Homer J. Simpson posted: http://www.otr.com/ra/news/vjdaymix.mp3

    It is a compilation of radio clips from the day before VJ Day. One of them is a description of what is happening in Times Square. Here is what I wrote in reply, two years ago:

    **************

    In the description of Times Square in the recording, the reporter makes mention of how the older people in the crowd were silent. Oddly enough, that is how I feel today. Maybe because I know what’s coming; maybe because, in my early 60s, I have lived long enough to know that every jubilation is followed with difficulty.

    On August 15, 1945, we have dodged a great conflagration, and the relief would have been immeasurable. But as I was reading this paper, and then reading today’s paper, I couldn’t get Robert Frost’s words out of my head:

    Nature’s first green is gold,
    Her hardest hue to hold.
    Her early leaf’s a flower;
    But only so an hour.
    Then leaf subsides to leaf.
    So Eden sank to grief,
    So dawn goes down to day.
    Nothing gold can stay.

    But I don’t want to be a spoilsport, so, joining with the old people at Times Square, I’ll watch silently, feeling the immeasurable relief, while the younger half of America jubilates.

  • Flowers in Their Hair (the Summer of Love disaster)

    08/14/2017 8:08:14 AM PDT · 2 of 32
    chajin to pabianice
    If everyone agrees that the “experiment” in the Haight ended in a Hobbesian tar pit of crime and misery, what caused the failure?

    Much shorter answer: sin.

    You cannot recreate Eden, and you cannot make Heaven on Earth. When God installs the New Jerusalem, then and only then will the ideal life be found here.

  • Whence the Convert Problem?

    08/12/2017 4:26:25 PM PDT · 4 of 7
    chajin to ebb tide

    it was Luther who wrote that the Christian life is one of continuous repentance, not a stance with which a Catholic would disagree, I think.

  • HILLARY’S PREACHER PROSPECTS

    08/11/2017 1:34:24 PM PDT · 5 of 34
    chajin to heterosupremacist
    There are good reasons why her fans and foes are befuddled: it is out of character for almost any Democrat these days to evince a serious interest in Christianity.

    But it is not out of character for almost any Democrat these days to evince a serious interest in liberalism disguised as Christianity, as is found in most "mainstream" Protestant denominations, not to say some strains of Catholicism these days.

    It is impossible to embrace the basics of Christian orthodoxy and orthopraxis and be a Democrat, but it is easy to embrace what is being taught and promoted by much of the UMC, PCUSA, ABC, UCC, ELCA, Episcopalian clergy, and by a number of Catholic clergy as well--but that is something that is often discussed in Catholic caucus threads, and as an LCMS Lutheran I read but don't respond there.

  • USS PUEBLO: HUNG OUT TO DRY

    08/11/2017 8:45:01 AM PDT · 7 of 31
    chajin to DIRTYSECRET
    I knew slightly LTCDR. Bishop, the commander of the USS Banner, the sister ship to the Pueblo when the Pueblo was captured by the NORKs. His son was a member of Boy Scout Troop 33 in Yokosuka when I was Senior Patrol Leader.

    The incident was, and still is, a black eye on the USN and the Johnson administration. The Banner was decommissioned the next year, but the Pueblo is still technically in commission, though it is presently a Pyongyang tourist attraction.

  • Ponder This

    08/11/2017 7:34:12 AM PDT · 11 of 14
    chajin to sodpoodle
    Here's the link about the emperor planting rice: https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20170523/p2a/00m/0na/003000c
  • Ponder This

    08/11/2017 7:31:58 AM PDT · 10 of 14
    chajin to sodpoodle
    That’s why I like to face North - and my sun rises on my right:)...I get disoriented very easily.

    Well, Japanese are never disoriented, and that's no occident :-)

    I think it had something to do with the emperor facing south when he plants rice seedlings in the spring, one of those royal duties (cf. here), but I wouldn't bet the house on it.

    If it's any consolation, the former Mrs C had a similar issue with having to think through directions, and she claimed it was because she never crawled as a toddler before walking, which seemed a reasonable explanation at the time.

  • Maxine Waters: We Need ‘Diplomacy’ With North Korea [VIDEO]

    08/11/2017 7:03:31 AM PDT · 19 of 50
    chajin to RummyChick

    I’m surprised that no one has yet mentioned this, but if this were President Obama who for whatever reason had decided to escalate tensions with North Korea, Ms. Waters would be supporting the same tactics she now decries.

  • Ponder This

    08/11/2017 6:44:02 AM PDT · 5 of 14
    chajin to sodpoodle
    In Rome, and other societies of the time, the word for a left handed person signified evil or untrustworthy.

    To the best of my knowledge, there are at least two languages where the word for "left (handed)" doesn't have a negative connotation. One is Greek, ἀριστερά aristera, from which the word "aristocrat" comes. The other is Japanese, 左 hidari, which I once read somewhere is a reference, in the original reading (not the kanji character), to the rising sun on one's left when facing south.

  • What was it that Truman told the Japanese ? oh Yea Darn near the same thing Trump Told NORTH KOREA !

    08/09/2017 8:34:09 PM PDT · 15 of 18
    chajin to ATOMIC_PUNK

    Yet another convergence with the chaj’s 2015 theory that Trump is a Truman Democrat, which by today’s standards makes him a patriotic Republican.

  • Dem Rep Flips After Army Refuses To Rename Confederate Street Names On Base

    08/08/2017 4:38:27 PM PDT · 2 of 26
    chajin to ItsOnlyDaryl

    Nothing is ever settled until it is settled the way liberals want it settled, and then it is settled, until liberals change their mind as to how it should be settled, and then it is unsettled again until it is settled the way liberals want it settled.

  • ABC Cancelling Tim Allen’s Show: Couldn’t Find Room The Schedule For 8 Million Viewers Per Week

    08/08/2017 2:04:57 PM PDT · 10 of 32
    chajin to ForYourChildren

    There are no non-leftist TV networks, though FOX could build its cred with Trumpsters by picking up the show.

    What is surprising is that A&E is owned by A&E Networks which is 50/50 Hearst and Disney, but their schedule is filled with right-leaning shows like Duck Dynasty, First 48, and Live PD, with Live PD becoming its own phenomenon. Maybe it’s a sop to the right; hard to tell.

  • Let's Go To The Dogs

    08/08/2017 11:45:31 AM PDT · 7 of 7
    chajin to Kaslin
    Culture alert :-)

    In the famous Arnolfini painting by Jan van Eyck in the 1440s, one of the many symbols of the fact that the couple either is married or getting married is the dog in the lower center, put there as a symbol of being faithful.

  • Study: Philadelphia Tax Makes Soda More Expensive Than Beer

    08/08/2017 9:40:20 AM PDT · 8 of 37
    chajin to C19fan
    Philadelphia's tax on sugary drinks has made soda more expensive than beer in the city.

    Philly is hopping forward, a head of other cities.

  • Can Pastors Have a Beer?

    08/07/2017 11:04:07 AM PDT · 27 of 96
    chajin to ctdonath2

    I was once told by a Methodist historian that Welch made a deal with the Methodist church, that he would provide grape juice for free for their communion. The good reason was to avoid alcohol even in communion; the real reason was to provide a sample of the product for prospective customers.

    I grew up in a dry town in suburban south Jersey. The adjoining community’s main industry was providing alcoholic beverages to the citizens of the dry town. My Methodist parents both drank, to the consternation of the local pastor. I’ve been a Lutheran for three decades, and I am for all practical purposes a tee-totaler, with perhaps one glass of wine or tokkuri of sake a year.

  • South Carolina: Richland deputy commits suicide in patrol car while on duty

    08/01/2017 1:58:32 PM PDT · 9 of 28
    chajin to upchuck
    Reading between the lines, it might have been PTSD from deployments, but that's nothing more than speculation on my part. It is sad, in part since the RCSO has become the darling of a few million Live PD viewers in recent months, but mostly because a good life has been lost before his time.
  • Dems willing to fund candidates who oppose abortion rights - Dem Campaign Chairman

    08/01/2017 12:33:23 PM PDT · 11 of 37
    chajin to GoldenState_Rose
    Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) said there will be no litmus tests for candidates

    Translation: lie to get elected, then vote on abortion as we want you to.