I have no idea what this is about

But it sure made me laugh:

Don Chenoweth, you should stop spamming the women at the Dallas Morning News, asking them if they’re “one of Rod Dreher’s sluts.” Nobody here appreciates it, you troll.

I’ve taken the entry from yesterday down because no one should have to read through the over 100 entries to follow the discussion about how the use of the term “slut” is regarded by different people, and how I expressed regret over having used it.

It reminds me of how all the Russian call girls around town became collectively known as “Big D’s girls” a few years ago. Big D is still a little taken aback by that. Good times.

To be honest, I find myself kind of tempted to call the DMR and ask to speak to one of Rod Dreher’s sluts, just to see who they transfer me to.

Killing the kids Americans won’t kill

We’re supposedly in Iraq because 3,000 Americans were killed seven years ago. Meanwhile, Americans are being killed every day because George Bush refuses to stop the Mexican invasion:

Authorities have confirmed that the the driver of the van that struck the school bus that killed 4 students on Tuesday is an illegal alien…. The school bus was carrying 28 students. Cottonwood Fire Chief Dale Louluagie confirmed that 3 fatalities of the crash died immediately upon impact and the fourth victim died around 8 p.m. Tuesday night.

STUDENTS KILLED IN CRASH IDENTIFIED

* Hunter Javens, 9, Cottonwood.

* Jesse Javens, 13, Cottonwood

* Emilee Olson, 9, Cottonwood

* Reed Stevens, 12, Marshall

“Morales” was an illegal alien who couldn’t be bothered to pay any more attention to stop signs than immigration laws. If Americans wish to keep their country, they need to deport all the Mexicans, Somalis, Cubans, Saudi Arabians and other foreign nationals who are fast turning the country into the same sort of third world country from which they came. There simply isn’t an alternative.

Are those dead hooves I hear?

Crypticlife dabbles in Japanese history:

Surely, Vox, you’re aware that “kamikaze” means “winds of god”, and that the imperial Japanese regarded the Emperor as a divine figure?

While this argument by translation is superficially serious, the problem is that “kamikaze” was not a term of religious significance, it was a historical metaphor making poetic reference to the fortuitous and presumably divine winds of the mythical hurricanes that were credited with turning back the Mongol invasions of 1274 and 1281. Given the similarities of the technological superiority possessed by both the Mongols and Americans over the Japanese, the metaphor should not be difficult to grasp.

Moreover, the “divinity” with which the Emperor was regarded in Japan was similar to the way in which the 18th century Deists viewed their distant and disinterested God, even the Meiji Restoration of the late nineteenth century only transferred power from the Tokugawa shogunate to the Meiji oligarchs. The Showa emperor was nothing but the same figurehead that every god-emperor had been since the short-lived Kemmu restoration of 1336.

Secrets of the Fourth Reich

EU shenanigans threaten to come to light at a rather inopportune time:

I first heard the rumours on Monday that led me here to details of a secret report that uncovered “extensive, widespread and criminal abuse” by Euro-MPs of staff allowances worth 100 million a year. The first Parliament officials I spoke to knew nothing of the report, so secret it had become. The first MEPs I contacted also knew nothing of the audit (that soon changed, as the excellent Chris Davies stepped up to the plate).

The first line from a Parliament spokesman I got was this: “The report does not name people but contains sensitive information that can easily be linked to individuals. For data protection reasons the report can not be published.”

I also got: “The decision was made by the Secretary General himself (Harald Rømer, a powerful bureaucrat who manages the Parliament’s behind the scenes administration)… They do not want any collateral damage.” Another well placed official explained: “Look we want reform and to do the right thing but we cannot make this report available to the public if we want people to vote in the European elections next year.”

Here’s hoping the socionomics people are correct and that the ongoing economic downturn will demolish this stealthy Enlightenment oligarchy that is attempting to succeed where the National Socialists failed.

It bodes ill for the insane

The “Rightosphere”, which was so squishy-right that it fell in love with Rudy Giuliani and rejected Ron Paul, isn’t exactly enamored with John McCain:

1) Do you intend to vote for John McCain in November?

A) Yes: 40 — 75%
B) No: 13 — 25%

9) How enthusiastic would you be about actually having John McCain as President on a 10 scale? Think of a score of 10 as being extremely enthusiastic and excited and 1 as being about very upset and unenthusiastic.

Average score: 4.7

And I didn’t even vote in this one. I think he’ll be destroyed by the Lizard Queen; in the unlikely chance that the Magic Negro’s scheduled political demise does not take place in the next month, I expect he’ll walk right over McCrazy too. On excitement, however, I’d rate the three thusly:

9 – Obama. His presidency would be MUCH crazier than now imagined.
7 – McCain. Hey, I’m a wargamer. Seeing him try to fight wars on four fronts while simultaneously pursuing Osama bin Laden TO THE VERY GATES OF HELL would be intriguing, if nothing else.
3 – Clinton. She offers nothing more than the boring and predictable march of the blackskirts. For, you know, the children.

Mailvox: the perils of Pakistan

EN doesn’t see peace ahead:

Pay attention to Pakistan. I don’t know anyone in the country these days, but Paki expats living in Fremont, CA have been telling me all along that Bhutto was assassinated because she betrayed the US (who pressured Musharref into allowing her back into the country) by starting to distance herself from Bush and the GWOT. I’m not saying we pulled the trigger, but there’s many ways “not” do it, and still do it. Turning our backs on her and making it known to all involved would be the best way. I do not believe that anyone in the AQ-T had anything to do with it. If they did they would have proclaimed it immediately and gained much favor with their mostly misogynistic base. If we lose the support of the Pakis the war in Afghanistan is lost. We’ve alienated Russia and the rest of the Stans and it won’t take much to make them drop their support of us. Anyone who’s paying attention will tell you that everyone is tired of US bribes. Pride is a large factor in foreign relations and we’ve managed to treat everyone like whores. Time grows short.

The speed with which Bhutto has disappeared from the media also causes me to conclude that al Qaeda was not involved in any way. I’ve always assumed it was a bold move by Musharref.

Mailvox: why we write

An atheist wrote that he couldn’t understand why I would make free copies of The Irrational Atheist available to anyone who wants it. There are three reasons. The first is that I don’t need the money. I can use it, sure, but I don’t actually need it. I am fortunate to have everything I need and much of what I want. The second is that I have seen no evidence that pirated or otherwise available ebooks harm book sales, the evidence I have seen indicates that to the extent they have any effect, it is a positive one. And the third reason is that I wrote the book because I knew that there are many individuals on either side of the religious divide whose thinking has been affected by the fallacious, illogical and downright dishonest arguments put forth by the Four Horsemen of the Bukkakelypse. Not all of those people can afford to buy books, others simply aren’t inclined to do so, but their need for something like TIA to help them see the demonstrable flaws in the various New Atheist absurdities is distinct from their propensity for book-buying. Bane, unsurprisingly, understood my purpose best, as he likened the book to the serial killer’s montage. Do you see? In a related vein, MM writes:

I have recently read, then re-read, The Irrational Atheist and found it to be a wonderful resource for nourishing my faith. I realize that you did not intend for your book to be an apologetic but it has certainly served that purpose…. Because I deal with such divergent worldviews on a regular basis, I make every effort to keep myself informed of current trends; so I felt obligated to read the books by Dawkins, Harris, Hitchens, etc.

Although I found much of the content of each book to be laughable, there were some things in each one (except for Hitchens’ little screed) that left me disturbed and shaken. However, your careful dismantling of each one of the “Horsemen’s” arguments brought me much relief and renewed confidence in my faith.

So I want to take a moment to thank you for bothering to write The Irrational Atheist. You have done a great service for other believers, and those who are on the fence… I intend to encourage everyone I know to read it.

To put things in a language that Christopher Hitchens would understand, the New Atheist books are the thesis. TIA and the other Christian polemics to come are the antithesis. The synthesis will be a combination of a stronger and more intellectually-hardened Christian faith with an enervated atheism, robbed of its militance and inclined towards a more civilized agnosticism. How can I be so sure? Because while Christians have not hesitated to read and respond to the New Atheist attacks on their faith, the New Atheists and their acolytes are running away in fear from the so-called fleas, who are evolving into larger, more confident and more aggressive creatures.

Dawkins and Hitchens can handle a McGrath, a Bunting, a Sharpton or a pathetic Archbishop of Canturbury. (Harris, on the other hand, couldn’t even handle a Sullivan or a Hewitt.) They can barely handle a D’Souza, who isn’t even seriously trying to attack them. They are simply not capable of standing up to a Day, a Wilson, a Craig or many of the offense-oriented Christian intellectual warriors who are just beginning to make their way towards the field of combat. And they know it! TIA is far from the final word, but like the Duke of Aquitane’s victory at Toulouse, it marks the turning point in what I believe will conclude in a successful intellectual Reconquista.

And if I may offer some advice to those attempting chapter-by-chapter reviews… it may help to keep in mind that unlike most writers of non-fiction, I am also a novelist. Not necessarily a particularly good novelist, but a competent one. So, it’s a mistake to assume that TIA is an entirely segmented work like so much non-fiction happens to be, for example, one who reads only the chapter on Sam Harris will be left under the mistaken assumption that I’ve ignored two of his primary arguments, both of which are examined in great detail in three previous chapters, two of which primarily concern the implicit and the explicit aspects of Harris’s war-related argument. So, to build an effective case against this book or any other, I recommend first reading the book through in its entirety, taking the occasional note about whatever happens to leap out at you along the way, then going back and going through it with a fine-toothed comb chapter by chapter.