Sunday, September 2, 2012

"Thou Shalt Not Covet"

With the rains of Charlotte washing away the impermanence of Obama's greatness, I think this Sunday morning should have a sermon. Gagdad Bob, from One Cosmos, is by far the best writer on the internet on Matters Of Deep Thought and Divine Insight.

Today's reflection is:

The Satanic Fecundity of Envy

Yes, it's a hoot to watch MSNBC's coverage of the RNC, but it does raise some important questions, because these methodical fact-chuckers are obviously not trying to be ridiculous. 
Specifically, the shocking gulf between the MSM and Realville demonstrates that our political divide has gone way past the point of who is right and who is wrong, or whose explanations and policies are more likely to succeed. 
Rather, one of us is flat crazy, and I don't mean this in any trivial, polemical, or merely insultaining way. No, there is only one reality, and someone's not in it. That being the case, one side is castigating the other for failing to inhabit their "false reality," or what Voegelin calls a "phantasmagoria of deformed existence." 
Theoretically this shouldn't be all that difficult to sort out, but we all know that reason is generally not only the slave of the passions, but that passion is what lends rationalization the kind of triumphant sanctimony we see in, for example, doctrinaire atheists, global warming fanatics, and New York Times columnists -- or the mediarabble-wackademia complex. 
But genuine reason is calm and centered, like truth itself. It has only to stare down a bad idea to make it wither or turn tail. Unless the idea is a sociopath, in which case it will simply stare back like a hungry reptile.

I never comment on Bob's writing. It's just too good to add or subtract anything. Just go there and read the whole thing. 

And, for today, be grateful. Because it will make you great-ful.


  1. Don't want to get all maudlin, so I'll just say I am certainly grateful.

    1. Gratitude brings blessings.

      If the left practiced the attitude of gratitude more, maybe they wouldn't be lefties. I don't think you can feel victimized and grateful at the same time.

    2. The Left's grand mentor and role model, Josef Stalin said, "Gratitude is a disease of dogs."
      I can't say as I agree with Uncle Jo, because as many sons of (rhymes with witches) as there are in the Democrat Party, and given their sexual proclivities, they would be ate up with gratitude if that were the case.

    3. I LOVE that quote from Stalin! Thanks. It perfectly illustrates that contempt that the left has for any emotion other than envy, pride and greed.

      I'm keeping that!

    4. And SLOTH! Don't forget sloth!
      In my years (and, I'm not telling how many that is, but you're just a baby, Buttercup) I have come to the conclusion that there are three main traits of humanity: greed, sloth, and corruption.
      The difference between the Democrats and Republicans, or more speciically, between commielibs and capitalists is this: Democrats tend to cater to all three, but especially greed and sloth, while Republicans tend to cater to greed.
      Democrats want what they see the Republican having (greed), but they don't want to work for it (sloth), want the Republicans to buy it for them (more greed), and don't mind mutual bribery between the rank and file and the Party leadership so the government will steal it from the Republican (corruption).
      The Republicans tend to work for what they want, and resent it when it is stolen from them.

    5. Exactly!! I just made much the same point over at Rachel Lucas' blog. I think socialism is a system that rewards all the Seven Deadly Sins. Wrath, envy, greed, gluttony, sloth, lust and pride.

      Capitalism recognizes those inherent traits in humans and because it diffuses political power by protecting the individual and because it returns to each man the right AND responsibility to his own life, each man is required to wrestle with those desires on his own. To the extent that he masters them (instead of them mastering him), he succeeds. Even greed is properly mastered in capitalism, though it seems based on it. Because all interaction must be voluntary, it means you must curb your greed by seeking to benefit another in trade or service.

  2. Satanic Fecundity would be an awesome band name.

  3. Back in my day, especially. Now bands are named FUN. has a list of the 25 Most Ridiculous Band Names in Rock History. A few of the most ridiculous....


    The story: Explanations range from the name being the title of a song from an earlier band to the band's drummer seeing the word "matchbox" and the number 20 on a guy's shirt in a restaurant. Either way, shut the fuck up, Rob Thomas.

    Why it's ridiculous: If you're going to pick a band name that doesn't mean shit, there's an unspoken rule it should at least sound cool (Soundgarden, etc). Matchbox 20 manages a triple play of mediocrity: It's incomprehensible, it's boring and it's not even very original, given how many other generic bands showed up at the same time as matchbox with "word-number" combos (Blink-182, Sum 41, 13 Engines, Seven Mary Three, etc.).


    The story: Eager for a cool-sounding metal band name, Blackie Lawless, Rik Fox, Randy Piper and Tony Richards decided to take the word "wasp," then for no reason punctuate the shit out of it.

    Why it's ridiculous: When not naming themselves after animals, insects, or something misspelled, metal bands love acronyms. However, unlike KISS (which at least purportedly means "Knights In Satan's Service") or H.I.M. ("His Infernal Majesty"), the best that Lawless has been able to come up over the years is "We Ain't Sure, Pal." (This is probably better than "White Anglo-Saxon Protestants," but only slightly.) Worse, looking at W.A.S.P. song titles like "L.O.V.E. Machine" and "9.5.- N.A.S.T.Y." you start to suspect they might not even know what an acronym is, and just think punctuating stuff looks badass.


    The story: The band found the name in an issue of True Detective Magazine after a club owner balked at their original name, the Sex Maggots.

    Why it's ridiculous: Say it out loud. There's your reason. But not only does the name sound like something an infant would gargle while bursting forth out of the birth canal, it doesn't come anywhere near to complimenting the band's sound (neither does the Sex Maggots, for that matter). Sure it might have seemed like an ironic name back when you guys were young and confident that you'd always rock the fuck out, but now you're on adult contemporary radio, and your name reminds people of the gurgling mess in the back seat that brought their youth to an abrupt end. ROCK!


    The story: A British act decided to come up with a band name even more ironically detached than the Band, just to make Robbie Robertson feel like an asshole.

    Why it's ridiculous: A band name this overtly meta is bound to either leave most people reenacting an annoying version of the Abbott and Costello routine or presuming you have a stutter. It also displays a level of pretentiousness that triggers an innate defense mechanism in most human beings to avoid your smug little dipshit band at all costs. (It's also not terribly smart to choose a name guaranteed to make it impossible for people to Google you.)

    There's more. These had me howling in an empty room. I blame YOU!

  4. Hey, I love Robbie Robertson. At least, when he was under the band name Robbie Robertson...

    Why it's ridiculous: Dude, it's like his name, man.

    I agree with Bob above, but there is this: The problem with looking at libs as ridiculous is that it makes you think they are all sociopaths. Cuz they all just stare right back at you these days...


    1. I literally laughed in a baaaahahahahaa! at that comment. My husband HAD to know what I found so funny, so I had to explain the entire post to him before reading your comment. HAHAHA! That was perfect.

      And maybe they are all sociopaths. I do think that as the left descends into its inevitable morass of emotional turmoil, they are kinda crazy. I mean, honestly, Fluke at the DNC? And Code Pink as walking vaginas? That is effing crazy.

    2. Yeah, they should have stuck with 'walking Virginians'.