"The Burned-Over District is a term used by some to describe the region of Western New York in the historical period of 1800-1850. It is also sometimes called the Second Great Awakening with a combination of religious, social and political elements."
Whatabout & Whereabouts
Alt-liteish commentary on local, national, and global news, with musical interludes, from the corner of Main Street and Jefferson Avenue in Greater Smugtown.
A catholic Catholic, a traditionalist paleolibertarian, this blogger sees himself as a member of what fellow Western New Yorker Bill Kauffman called "the peace and love left wing of the paleoconservative movement."
"In pre-imperial America, conservatives objected to war and empire out of jealous regard for personal liberties, a balanced budget, the free enterprise system, and federalism. These concerns came together under the umbrella of the badly misunderstood America First Committee, the largest popular antiwar organization in U.S. history. The AFC was formed in 1940 to keep the United States out of a second European war that many Americans feared would be a repeat of the first. Numbering eight hundred thousand members who ranged from populist to patrician, from Main Street Republican to prairie socialist, America First embodied and acted upon George Washington's Farewell Address counsel to pursue a foreign policy of neutrality." ─ Bill Kauffman in Ain't My America: The Long, Noble History of Antiwar Conservatism and Middle-American Anti-Imperialism
"Libertarian isolationism draws its adherents from both the left and the right. According to the libertarian isolationist interpretation of history, the U.S. changed from a decentralized republic into a militarized, authoritarian empire in the late 19th century, when the Spanish-American War made the U.S. a colonial power and trusts and cartels took over the economy. Every president since McKinley, they believe, has been a tool of a self-aggrandizing crony capitalist oligarchy, which exaggerated the threats of Imperial and Nazi Germany and Japan and the Soviet Union and communist China and now of Islamist terrorism in order to regiment American society and divert resources to the bloated 'military-industrial complex.' If the libertarian isolationists had their way, the U.S. would abandon foreign alliances, dismantle most of its military, and return to a 19th-century pattern of decentralized government and an economy based on small businesses and small farms." ─ Michael Lind in The five worldviews that define American politics
"Brother, you say there is but one way to worship and serve the Great Spirit. If there is but one religion, why do you white people differ so much about it? Why not all agreed, as you can all read the Book?" — Red Jacket
"The less government interferes with private pursuits, the better for general prosperity." — Martin Van Buren
"Let us remember that revolutions do not always establish freedom. Our own free institutions were not the offspring of our revolution. They existed before." — Millard Fillmore
"I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence." — Frederick Douglass
"The laws should be rigidly enforced which prohibit the immigration of a servile class to compete with American labor, with no intention of acquiring citizenship, and bringing with them and retaining habits and customs repugnant to our civilization." — Grover Cleveland
"Most beautiful dumb girls think they are smart and get away with it, because other people, on the whole, aren't much smarter." — Louise Brooks
"There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition." — Rod Serling
"When, I wonder, did we in America ever get into this idea that freedom means having no boundaries and no limits? I think it began on the 6th of August 1945 at 8:15 am when we dropped the bomb on Hiroshima... Somehow or other, from that day on in our American life, we say we want no limits and no boundaries." — Servant of God Fulton J. Sheen
"Today Americans are overcome not by the sense of endless possibility but by the banality of the social order they have erected against it." — Christopher Lasch
"Men have sacrificed and crippled themselves physically and emotionally to feed, house, and protect women and children. None of their pain or achievement is registered in feminist rhetoric, which portrays men as oppressive and callous exploiters." — Camille Paglia
"I am an American patriot. A Jeffersonian decentralist. A fanatical localist. And I am an anarchist... I am the love child of Henry Thoreau and Dorothy Day, conceived amidst the asters and goldenrod of an Upstate New York autumn." — Bill Kauffman
"If you're a human being walking the earth, you're weird, you're strange, you're psychologically challenged." — Philip Seymour Hoffman
Mary Immaculate, Patroness of the United States
"[T]he Virgin still remained and remains the most intensely and the most widely and the most personally felt, of all characters, divine or human or imaginary, that ever existed among men." — Henry Adams, self-described "conservative Christian anarchist," a grandson and great-grandson of presidents, "with Heaven knew how many Puritans and Patriots behind him," who continued: "In no well-regulated community, under a proper system of police, could the Virgin feel at home, and the same thing may be said of most other saints as well as sinners."
St. John Fisher, Patron of the Diocese of Rochester
"St. John Fisher was born in Beverly, Yorkshire, in 1459, and educated at Cambridge, from which he received his Master of Arts degree in 1491. He occupied the vicarage of Northallerton, 1491-1494; then he became proctor of Cambridge University. In 1497, he was appointed confessor to Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII, and became closely associated in her endowments to Cambridge; he created scholarships, introduced Greek and Hebrew into the curriculum, and brought in the world-famous Erasmus as professor of Divinity and Greek. In 1504, he became Bishop of Rochester and Chancellor of Cambridge, in which capacity he also tutored Prince Henry who was to become Henry VIII. St. John was dedicated to the welfare of his diocese and his university. From 1527, this humble servant of God actively opposed the King's divorce proceedings against Catherine, his wife in the sight of God, and steadfastly resisted the encroachment of Henry on the Church. Unlike the other Bishops of the realm, St. John refused to take the oath of succession which acknowledged the issue of Henry and Anne as the legitimate heir to the throne, and he was imprisoned in the tower in April 1534. The next year he was made a Cardinal by Paul III and Henry retaliated by having him beheaded within a month. A half hour before his execution, this dedicated scholar and churchman opened his New Testament for the last time and his eyes fell on the following words from St. John's Gospel: 'Eternal life is this: to know You, the only true God, and Him Whom You have sent, Jesus Christ. I have given You glory on earth by finishing the work You gave me to do. Do You now, Father, give me glory at Your side'. Closing the book, he observed: 'There is enough learning in that to last me the rest of my life.' His feast day is June 22."
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Tuomo & Markus Perform “Over The Rooftops,” “Life Leaving Your Body,” “Land of Real Men,” “Don’t Shut Down Your Radio,” & “Jack Straw”
Scoring cheap diversity “brownie points” (pun intended) by denouncing the president for his nuanced observation that there “some very fine people on both sides” is truly deplorable (pun also intended), although I will allow that there may be “some very fine people” on this list, too — The People in Trump’s Orbit Who Rebuked Him After Charlottesville.
Such cynical virtue signalling is as badthan actually believing that everyone marching to defend the statue of Robert E. Lee was evil. It takes genuine courage these days to acknowledge that there are “some very fine people on both sides” of any issue.
Said Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, “the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either — but right through every human heart — and through all human hearts”
“The Barcelona terror gang planned to use an explosive known as the Mother of Satan to target the city’s historic Sagrada Familia cathedral,” we learn here — Barcelona killers’ monstrous ‘Mother of Satan’ bomb was meant for terrorist ‘spectacular’ at Gaudi’s world famous cathedral.
I had thought that “mother of satan” might be some twisted theology from the Islamic heresy, but it turns out it is just a nickname for acetone peroxide.
- Trump Debuts Afghanistan Strategy: ‘We Are Not Nation-Building Again, We Are Killing Terrorists’
- Trump’s ‘America First’ Base Unhappy with Flip-Flop Afghanistan Speech
- His McMaster’s Voice: Is Trump’s Afghanistan Policy THAT Different from Obama’s?
- Donald Trump Echoes Obama ‘Blank Check’ Rhetoric in Afghanistan Speech
Not one more American penny. Not one more drop of American blood.
Lisa Hannigan Performs “Little Bird,” “Fall,” “Prayer for the Dying,” “O Sleep,” “We, the Drowned,” “Passenger,” “Snow,” & “Anahorish”
Danielle Ryan, Irish freelance writer, journalist and media analyst, writing for RT, calls out “the failure of the counter-protesters to acknowledge… the scourge of American exceptionalism, imperialism and exportation of fascism that has plagued the rest of the world for decades,” rightly saying “that many of the so-called lovers of peace and equality are the biggest supporters of this version of supremacy,” we read here — Here’s another kind of ‘supremacism’ Americans should care about. She continues:
I’m not talking about the proudly violent ‘Antifa’ here. Their own fascist tendencies are on display for anyone to see. I’m talking about the regular counter-protesters. The ones who march peacefully for equality. The ones whose hearts hurt and who shed tears when they think of the injustices of America. The ones who went to the Women’s March. The ones who voted for Hillary Clinton. The ones who regard themselves as inherently good. The bleeding heart liberals who make up a significant portion of the Democratic Party in the US.
Yes, I’m talking about those because they are a bigger problem than a bunch of violent Antifa protesters flinging bottles of urine at police officers. Why? Because this contingent has happily and blindly supported politicians who advocate US imperialism and all the violence and inequality that goes with it.
This kind of supremacy is sanctioned and acceptable. It is roundly approved and authorized by neoliberals and neoconservatives alike. It is, essentially, what makes up their entire foreign policy philosophy as Americans.
American exceptionalism is a sanctioned form of supremacy, one which says it is perfectly alright for ‘good’ Americans to advocate and engage in the violent invasions of foreign nations in all corners of the globe, from Latin America to the Middle East, to East Asia. Americans participate in public debate about whether or not they should overthrow the government in whichever hapless country is next on their own government’s hit list. This rarely strikes them as odd or wrong, or even unusual. This kind of supremacy is so ingrained and commonplace that most Americans barely even acknowledge it as such.