The Insanity That Is Modern Sociology

In the ’70s I made the mistake of taking a Sociology class at University. What I’d expected was something more like Cultural Anthropology. What I got was essentially P.C. Evil. In it I discovered a “get whitey” and “men are evil rapists” culture dedicated to self flagellation when not busy requesting that anyone not black, Hispanic, or a woman be summarily shot, after torture. (Well, not quite that bad… but headed that way. Some of the T.A.s thought shooting was a bad idea as it involved guns and simple castration would be enough).

I protested their views, being from a conservative farm town, and I asked uncomfortable questions.

I got a failing grade.

I then pointed out to the professor-ess and then to the appeals non-process that, per the published course syllabus, and despite their being a clear erasure of a better grade on my final exam essay and it being replaced with a D- that even using that clearly punitive grade, my total points said I ought to get a passing grade… Despite all that, I was informed “Well, the professor can assign any grade they want.”

Well, the University system (outside departmental control, unlike the appeals non-process) did allow for a repeat of a class to expunge a crap grade with a do-over for something like up to 12 units. Some time later I took that option. Oddly, I was randomly assigned to the same professor. Lucky for me, it a class of 400 kids, a year later, some guy named “Smith” sitting in the back row doesn’t stand out.

Fully 1/3 of our grade was an “Intellectual Journal” where we “Explored our day to day experiences of Sociology”. I decided to go full on Jump The Shark parody. I got “Good Job!” and “Original Thought!” and a B+ … I wrote my “Intellectual Journal” by sitting at my typewriter on the 3rd floor of the dorm, looking out my window, and spouting utter Bull Shit. But I dressed it up in Their Words and it was slanted, whenever possible, as “get whitey” and “Men bad, Women Good”. When possible, beer was applied – liberally of course.

OK, I got what I wanted and moved on. But it left me with a profound disgust for all things PC and for the absurdity of the notion that the University was a place either of learning or of questioning. It wasn’t and isn’t in the “Sociology” areas. (It was in the hard sciences… thus my career path.) Should you have a child in school who shows some curiosity about Sociology, have them run screaming from the department, and the idea of taking any class in it, as quickly as possible.

Well it turns out that same crap is still on-going; but it isn’t just one professor at my school. No, it looks endemic in the entire field. IMHO, the best thing that could be done for our educational system is to simply close down and expunge all “sociology” departments. They do no good. They do not educate. They have no ground truths to impart. They are only P.C. indoctrination centers with roots in Marxist doctrine.

So, an example:

Over at SDA I ran into this:

http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/index.php/2018/04/02/whats-the-opposite-of-diversity/

U of Toronto: Should we hate them ’cause they’re Jews, or can we hate them ’cause they’re white?

Which in usual terse fashion has a link to a story about a professor who is accusing a student of being an Israeli Agent (and he says that like it’s a bad thing?) and then that “hate them” is a link to an abstract of a paper:

https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/zksp.2018.5.issue-1/zksp-2018-0006/zksp-2018-0006.xml

Now, just to prepare you for the quote that follows, please remember that the words YOU know will look a lot like the words THEY USE, but they mean something else. For example you will now learn the jargon “Critical Whiteness”. Now you might think that could mean something like criticizing the degree of brightness of a paint chip, or even in a human context of wondering at what critical level of blandness of skin one gets chucked into the “White” bucket on forms. But no, you would be wrong. “Critical Whiteness” means “White Privilege” and just who gets it stuck to them by whom for being white. Believe it or not, it’s a whole academic sub-species of it’s own. (I’d call it “academic study” but no real study is involved…)

Critical Whiteness Studies and the “Jewish Problem”
Balázs Berkovits

Published Online: 2018-04-03

30,00 € / $42.00 / £23.00 Get Access to Full Text

Abstract

The “whiteness” of Jews has recently become a popular topic both in public debates and in academic research (Critical Whiteness Studies). Within this discourse, “whiteness” is used as a critical concept denoting those who enjoy white privilege in American and other Western societies. However, attributing “whiteness” to Jews is more than controversial, for it assimilates the most persecuted minority in European history to the dominant majority, while downgrading the significance of antisemitism. This is a necessary move in order to reaffirm and critically address the fundamental nature of the black and white divide; however, it is questionable both methodologically and politically.

Keywords: whiteness; white privilege; “Jewish problem”; critique; racism; antisemitism

Yes folks, for a mere $42 you can get access to the full text of this 16 pages of Fine Sociology… Good for at least a week of “Clean up on isle #2” in the outhouse…

Imagine the wisdom that can come from endless hand wringing over the pain and suffering of tossing Jews into the Whitey group. Suffer the 2nd hand angst of emotional trauma of deciding that “Get Whitey” can, in good conscience, include “Get the Jew Boy!”. Know the inclusion and happiness of participating in “a popular topic both in public debates and in academic research (Critical Whiteness Studies)”

Now I, personally, am going to ask one of those same annoying questions I asked oh so long ago:

Some of my ancestors arriving in America were Irish Indentured Servants and similarly “Poor white trash”. The other side were folks who worked iron by hand at a forge, and some farmed the land by hand personally looking at the south end of a north bound (Amish) horse. We never had plantations. Never had slaves. Never had much of anything. Just why am I supposed to feel “white guilt” or pay “reparations” to modern blacks who in many cases are descendants of those slave holders? (See the story of President Jefferson and Sally as one example).

In New York City during the Irish Diaspora there were signs in the windows “No Irish need apply” (for jobs). Stories were told that Irish were lazy drunken good for nothings, who were of low intelligence, and had tails. Oh, and liked to despoil honest Christian Women so stay away from them. Sound familiar? Basically all the same stuff said about blacks.

Needless to say, that didn’t go over well.

Now, to phrase that in Sociology-speak, what I ought to have said was:

The early Irish arrivals in America were persecuted by the established male dominated white classes. In many ways this ethnic population was characterized as a black population. Yet their white coloration allowed them to infiltrate the dominant privileged culture and “pass”. Over time, they adopted all the regular White Privileges. This is an area that deserves much closer study. At what point did the early Irish cross the threshold to Critical Whiteness and become, as the Jews are become today, oppressively White? We need to understand this transition so we may more fully understand the ongoing barriers in the black – white divide, to know what critical factors allow this transition to Whiteness, and how the people so transformed move from oppressed to oppressor, why they welcome, even pursue White Privilege, and how in the modern world this can be redressed.

Or some such similar bloviating. It’s been a few decades since I ran the “Sociology BS Spouting Subroutine”, my Bafflegab engine is a bit rusty, and I’m out of beer. With a 6 pack and a couple of hours warming up I could do better… but you get the idea.

Now realize that YOU are shipping money on the order of $100,000 / year kind of costs at the professors who spout that kind of trash. They do NOTHING to improve the performance of our society. The children run through their “classes” come out damaged, not improved. Governments and societies who listen to them are degraded and stumble. You get to pay for all that via your taxes.

Why?

Why does it keep happening?

Why on Earth do we spend all that money for things that are destructive of wealth, culture, and social order? Why fund something where the only result is strife, anger and pain?

I can’t see any reason to do so.

Yet there it is.

Want to improve “Western Society”? Close down the Sociology Anger Mills of our schools (and all the related Special Interest Anger Studies groups like “Black Studies” and “Women’s Studies” that are all just subsets of the same “White Men Bad” anger studies genre). Simply chuck it and tell the kids they need to go study Classical Literature if they can’t hack it in the Engineering or Science departments. Things would improve greatly.

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About E.M.Smith

A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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31 Responses to The Insanity That Is Modern Sociology

  1. Another Ian says:

    Around this area IMO

    “Mann and Lewandowsky’s polar bear paper enters bizzaroland: Climate change leads to more…neurosurgery for polar bears?”

    “Indeed, there was the predictable reaction to the paper. Judith Curry referred to it as “absolutely the stupidest paper I have ever seen published.” ”

    More at

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/04/03/mann-and-lewandowskys-polar-bear-paper-enters-bizzaroland-climate-change-leads-to-moreneurosurgery-for-polar-bears/

  2. Ian W says:

    It is all atavism and the requirement to ‘other’ a group. So the source of racial bias is the othering of a group then the attribution to that group by [psychological] projection of the faults of the group doing the othering. So the Sociologists are actually othering white males then projecting their faults onto the white males. This is a standard atavisitic trait of humans, especially those that for whatever reason feel aggrieved or underconfident. Sociology is an atavism and sociologists ‘other’ various groups: jews, whites, blacks, hispanics then depersonalize them and use projection onto those groups to make themselves feel better.
    Indeed sociology should be seen as a psychological problem.

  3. Sera says:

    Shut down all of the “humanities” and go back to basics. So, critical whiteness has nothing to do with increased light fastness?

  4. jim2 says:

    I’m done with all the PC BS also. Anything they get out of me will have to be done the hard way.

  5. A C Osborn says:

    Don’t forget this only applies to the Males of the species, the females are all OK as long as they join “Metoo” etc.

  6. philjourdan says:

    The Thomas Jefferson/Sally Hemmings issue is not quite settled (DNA analysis points to Tom’s brother, not himself). But the point is made. No one is pure anything (other than stupid as demonstrated by your professor).

    That being said, I had the great fortune of attending a Catholic College, where we were required to take the requisite 4 classes in those ethereal subjects, but 2 had to be in religion (to their defense, my “History of Early Christianity” was taught by a Methodist minister). SO I never was subjected to “sociology” (I took 3 religion courses and the 4th was psychology – where I learned my eternal contempt for the subject as well).

    Sadly, my children were not so fortunate, and 2 of them majored in the subject. And yes, they are the cookie cutter sycophants telling us how evil we are for being born without a tan.

    But it is interesting that these narrow minded bigots in higher ed do not look outside their box. Yes, predominantly white nations have a predominantly white culture. Just as predominantly black nations have a predominantly black culture, predominantly asian have asian, and south american have south american (sometimes mistakenly called latino or hispanic) culture. And the contempt for those not of their color is more pronounced than the inclusiveness of the European ones (try to get Mexican Citizenship). These idiots in their tenured halls have so limited their intelligence – on purpose – that they cannot see their own home grown and nurtured stupidity. Nor will they ever. They are the Rachel Dolezals and Sean Kings of white culture. Trying to fix a problem that does not exist (like redefining chromosomes between X and Y).

    We are in the middle of a new dark age. But not one of lack of access to knowledge, but the intentional suppression and corruption of knowledge.

    Until there is a counter-revolution where basic science is once again used for the growth of the knowledge base (or unless), we are headed for or are in the new dark ages.

  7. Larry Ledwick says:

    Definition : Expert
    Someone who learns more and more about less and less until they know a whole lot about nothing.

    (my Dad’s view of experts)

  8. jim2 says:

    PhD = BS Piled higher and Deeper.

  9. E.M.Smith says:

    @A.C. Osborn:

    I was going to add “English Speaking” to the list of attributed on the “the only people NOT in a protected class are Non-Hispanic Christian Straight White Males between 18 and 50.” quote in this comment;

    https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2018/04/03/nitric-oxide-smog-cures-cancer/#comment-92726

    But decided it was not adding much. In reality, though, “language minority” is also a category…

    So yeah, only applies to the MINORITY of the population who are men, and only the white non-Hispanic Christian younger than 50 subset of them. (Though in some contexts other than work / hiring the Hispanic males and the Old Man males can also be targeted… as long as they are not Muslims that is…)

  10. Zeke says:

    It’s been a few decades since I ran the “Sociology BS Spouting Subroutine”, my Bafflegab engine is a bit rusty, and I’m out of beer.

    Not a bit of it — that was a perfect sociology abstract!

    In Marxist doctrine, an essential step to the destruction of the capitalist system is alienation — meaning the alienation experienced by the individual in advanced industrial societies.

    But I think it does not need to even be that specific; there is not reason to limit the discussion to Marxist methods.

    It is simple to see that all of the anti-American, anti-Western philosophies (which are many) have used nearly every brance of study to promote the idea that most people in the free, English-speaking Protestant countries are alienated, estranged, and disaffected by the “prosperity and greed” of their own cultures. This alienation theme was a central to the hippie Counter-culture movement, and was dealt with through drug use, elimination of traditions, disgust with domestic life because of gender roles, a fear of 9-5 jobs, and various other protests against all American history and holidays. Literature in particular somehow became full of alienated individuals so I would not go over to that department.

    Now to illustrate. Sometimes I pick up free books that have been donated, but can’t be sold for one reason or another. Usually these books have been on a shelf for several decades, and someone is clearing them out. I picked up a paperback the other day which had been on the best-seller list in 1970 and 1971:

    Look at that cover. Look at the words on the cover. I will just say it gets worse from there, and is divided into chapters dealing with several types of people, Consciousness 1, Consciousness 2, Consciousness 3 and so on, who are participants in Western culture but estranged in various clinical and psychological ways. The Greening of America could not be accomplished without the Dr. Reichs of the world telling the young people that it was all empty and meaningless and that there had to be a Revolution. It was the plan all along. It had to begin with the alienation of a generation, who would then cast our entire identity, history, language, and law in a dank and dour light, using at first the Universities and popular culture, then subsuming all other areas of culture and science.

    Now people are starting to notice that anti-Western sentiment has no rational limitations in its calls for the destruction of the English-speaking countries. And what is rushing into the vacuum is not what they anticipated.

  11. Zeke says:

    But what I find the most distressing is the complete and total confusion about what “Western” culture actually is, and how it developed. The idea that it somehow falls along racial lines is utterly ridiculous, but some people are clearly falling into that trap. So much of our identity and memory has been erased and replaced by TV and media, that the thought of the task of teaching it to 250,000,000 people is too monumental.

    But there was an event which I hope may end up “turning on the light” for the entire nation. It may provide a way of discussing this whole mess with people who have no frame of reference in understanding our past.

    Does any one remember back in February of this year, when Attorney General Jeff Sessions was addressing the National Sheriff’s Association, and he referenced the “Anglo-American heritage of law” that is the foundation of the office of the sheriffs in this country?

  12. Zeke says:

    Here is the news coverage:

    Sessions invokes ‘Anglo-American heritage’ of sheriff’s office – CNN.com
    https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/12/politics/jeff-sessions-anglo-american…/index.html
    Feb 12, 2018 – Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday brought up sheriffs’ “Anglo-American heritage” during remarks to law enforcement officials in Washington.

    Jeff Sessions: Sheriffs are important part of ‘Anglo-American heritage …
    https://www.usatoday.com/…/jeff-sessions-sheriffs…anglo-american…/333457002/
    Feb 13, 2018 – “The office of sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement,” the attorney general told the National Sheriffs’ Association on Monday.

    Jeff Sessions spoke of the ‘Anglo-American heritage of law …
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/jeff-sessions-spoke-of-the-anglo-american-heritage-…
    Feb 12, 2018 – Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday praised the nation’s sheriffs — then referenced the “Anglo-American heritage” of law enforcement. “I want to thank every sheriff in America. Since our founding, the independently elected sheriff has been the people’s protector, who keeps law enforcement close to …

    Jeff Sessions remarks on ‘Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement’
    https://www.nbcnews.com/…/jeff-sessions-remarks-anglo-american-heritage-law-enfor…
    Feb 12, 2018 – Attorney General Jeff Sessions called sheriffs a “critical part” of the “Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement” during a speech Monday.

    Jeff Sessions Faces Fresh Racism Charge After Praising ‘Anglo …
    http://www.newsweek.com/jeff-sessions-racism-anglo-american-sheriff-803624
    Feb 12, 2018 – Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whose political career has been dogged by allegations of racist comments, faces a fresh backlash after harkening back to the “Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement” during a speech to the National Sheriffs’ Association on Monday. “Since our founding, the …

    Florida sheriff: Jeff Sessions’ Anglo-American comments ‘divisive’
    http://www.tampabay.com/…/Florida-sheriff-Jeff-Sessions-Anglo-American-comments-divis...
    Feb 13, 2018 – Florida sheriffs had mixed reactions Tuesday amid backlash against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his invocation of law enforcement’s “Anglo-American” heritage. “The office of sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement,” Sessions said Monday during a National …

    Sessions’ reference to ‘Anglo-American’ legal heritage concerns some …
    abcnews.go.com/Politics/sessions-draws-fire-anglo-american-heritage…sheriffs/story?…
    Feb 13, 2018 – Attorney General Jeff Sessions sparked controversy Monday after making reference to the “Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement,” a comment interpreted … The term “Anglo-American law” is frequently used in legal circles as a synonym for “common law” and the term, as well as the role of sheriff in …

  13. Ian W says:

    And the end game of this ‘sociology’ ….

    But it’s OK – as it is only whites that are being murdered.

  14. Zeke says:

    It is astonishing that this was turned into a racial remark!

    The ignorance of the public, in the opinion of the Media Inc., must be so complete that they thought they could make a reference to Anglo-American law into a racial comment.

    Anglo-American law was in fact totally unique in the rights it gave to the individual citizens. There was no other European country (let alone the other continents) which developed these rights, until after the enormous success of the English and American models showed the rest of the world how a democratic republic could not only work, but also become the place where the genius and energy of the people were unleashed.

    It began with the Magna Carta in 1215, but was further advanced by Puritans in Parliament who were seeking to protect the English people from the rank abuses of the monarchs. In 1628 these rights were agreed to by the king under great duress and threat of cutting off tax revenue, and later in 1689 Parliament passed the Bill of Rights.

    There was no other country who developed this limitation on its monarchs, the representation through parliament, and this liberty and rights for its people. Even today, Europe does not have habeas corpus! That’s the law that forbids the black vans from coming and picking people up at night, to be imprisoned and tried somewhere, never to be seen again!

    So does any one see what I am seeing? This incident with AG Jeff Sessions may be the eye-opener for an entire country. The rights are simple, and can be written on a single page, and were totally unique to the Anglo-American legal tradition. It demonstrated to the world what liberty and rule of law could accomplish for all people.

  15. E.M.Smith says:

    @Zeke:

    Thanks for that. I’d missed the whole story.

    So stating the FACT that the elected local Sheriff is critical to the prevention of a police state and the FACT that it comes directly out of an Anglo-American root is an offense? So are we now supposed to describe “Tea & Scones” as a black nationalist heritage just to be PC?

    Just attack dog (bitching) tactics, IMHO. Sessions is an honorable man and they are just trying to create mud to throw at him to hound him from office. The fear of Sessions is strong in them…

    IMHO much of the slander of Sessions and similar attacks on others just smells of the EU Centric POV. Don’t know if it is Soros (Hungarian) driven or Germany in general or the EU “Parliament” / apparatchiks or Russian pot stirring or “whatever”. It clearly is “un-American” and “un-British” in tone and character. (Though a few decades in the EU has seriously eroded the British Character with which I was raised…)

    @Ian W:

    In Sociology land it would be seen as fair balancing of the ledger, after all, the ancestors of these whites were the ones who “took” the land from the local blacks and oppressed them (into civilization… and prosperity…). Yet somehow the same process applied by Rome to the Celts of Europe is NOT seen as a horrible thing… And only a little guilt attaches to the British doing the same to the Irish in Ireland…

    The reality is that most, almost all, the responsibility attaches to the Royalty & Emperors and their Aristocratic inner circle and nearly none to the poor whites who were equally oppressed under them. What a few dozen revolutions were fought over to establish democratic republics in The West. Basically “White Privilege” is really a misnomer and misdirection. It was the Royals & Aristocrats who were privileged and the rest of us already took care of that in most places.

  16. D. J. Hawkins says:

    A few years ago I developed a keen interest in my antecedents. Naturally, well after anyone who could shed some generational light on things had passed. In the course of building my family tree on Ancestry, I found out that 15 out of 16 great-great-grandparents immigrated from the Auld Sod, between 1850 and 1885. The sixteenth wound up fighting for the North during the Civil War. I have little patience for rent-seekers who claim I “owe” them reparations for the suffering of their ancestors. Well, I felt that way before I knew where I came from but this was just icing on that cake.

  17. Another Ian says:

    There is that saying about books of advice that all too often they follow the mould of

    “How to do it and not get it” written by “One who did it, got it and can’t get rid of it”

  18. Another Ian says:

    Canada. No doubt we’ll try to follow

    ” Over the years, federal environmental assessments have measured everything from the number of endangered lynx near a proposed New Brunswick mine to the presence of dragonflies and butterflies at a British Columbia hydro site.

    But under new federal legislation tabled in February, the scope of impact assessments is being broadened well beyond fauna, requiring project proponents to take into account “the intersection of sex and gender with other identity factors.”

    Part of the Liberal government’s embrace of gender-based analysis, the new provision has left environmental lawyers puzzled over how the provision will work if the bill becomes law.”

    “It’s not designed to “work”. It’s designed not to work — until all the right palms are greased.”

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/index.php/2018/04/04/oh-shiny-prime-minister/

  19. Jeff says:

    Here is Tom Lehrer’s musical opinion of “Sociology” (as opposed to REAL SCIENCE).
    The tune is that of “Choreography” sung by Danny Kaye in White Christmas; the sentiment
    is about the same :)

    Tom Lehrer “Sociology”

    This is a subset (proper, indeed) of “The Professor’s Song”, both brilliant and funny…

    Lehrer (and apparently many of his colleagues) have little but scorn to show for
    the “soft sciences”, which tend toward astrology as opposed to astronomy…

    There are a number of vids out on YouTube, as well as a DVD that he made
    in response to the popularity of said vids. “Pollution”, “The Vatican Rag”,
    and “Poisoning Pigeons In The Park” are but of few of his masterpieces.

    He taught at UC Santa Cruz for many years – not sure if he’s retired yet…
    (fwiw “Lehrer” means “teacher” in German – kinda fitting).

    P.S. He’s both a Math Professor and a brilliant parodist; sort of a
    precursor to Al Yankovic… wish I could have gone to some of his classes…

  20. Jeff says:

    Here’s the original, with Danny Kaye singing “Choreography” in “White Christmas”
    from 1954!!! Still sounds modern today, 64 years later… Even in musicals they had
    problems with “fake science” :) (Also really funny, look at 0:50 )…..

  21. Jeff says:

    @Another Ian, Pointman had an article the other day with an accompanying pic about Turdeau
    which pretty much hits the point: (Do you ever look at stuff and wonder how it got there? )

  22. E.M.Smith says:

    @Jeff:

    LOL… really… Just so right ;-)

  23. R. de Haan says:

    I look at stuff and wonder where it suddenly went…
    Like the Christian Calender that vanished from the latest Mac/Ios software update.
    Not that I am religious but I some times check this calender to plan long weekends that include Christian holly day’s
    When I did some research why I now only could choose from a Jewish, Islamic or Mexican Calender, I stumbled on this article: https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/04/01/how-our-country-was-stolen/

    Don’t know the guy and from reading some of his other articles I’ve got the impression I was dealing with a sleeper Commie here but his conclusion on the Christian Calender disappearing from Mac/Ios system software is spot on.

    This by the way is what he has to say about the USA and what could be expected in 2018.

  24. R. de Haan says:

    Something else disappeared: The Magnetic polarity of the Northern top of the sun’s hemisphere.

  25. E.M.Smith says:

    @R. de Haan:

    Um, doesn’t a solar “tip” belong in Tips or W.O.O.D. instead of a page about Sociology? I’m not a big stickler on it, but it becomes hard to find things later when they get too mixed up…

  26. R. de Haan says:

    Modern Sociology…. even worst a merciless ideology: Another one from Roberts

  27. Zeke says:

    inre: RDHaan’s link
    “Today Christmas has been reduced to a spending spree.”

    Right, but a spending spree for others, not ourselves. Christmas is also a time when certain carols and songs fill our days, when we show hospitality to friends, family and neighbors; we write little cards to people who are far away just to “keep in touch”, we give to charities, and there are overall, because of the first chapters of Luke, lots of images of heightened angelic activity — reminding us of the world beyond this one. And while my appreciation has grown over the years for the beautiful symbols of life and love reflected in a complete Cresh, I have also come to love Mr. and Mrs. Clause. They, when together, celebrate the beauty of grandparents, of generations past, and how much joy it gives them to see the next generation receive good gifts.

    It is very interesting that before Thanksgiving and Christmas, we celebrate Holloween. This is a night of wicked imagery, hellish creatures; and there is an emphasis on sweets in excess — I think this is a reminder of the temporary pleasures linked to evil. This yearly cycle is wise. One wicked holiday, followed by two of heaven’s holidays. After all, one third of the angels fell in L’s hostile war against everything Divine.

  28. Zeke says:

    Yo-Yo Ma, Alison Krauss – The Wexford Carol

    dur 4:20

  29. llanfar says:

    @R. De Haan

    I still show Easter on my iOS w/ latest 11.3…I held off a couple patches, so maybe they put it back in to stave off blowback?

  30. R. de Haan says:

    @Llanfar, Good to hear. I’ll get at it right away.

  31. R. de Haan says:

    E.M.Smith says:
    6 April 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Point taken E.M, you’re entirely right. Will do my best to remain “on topic”.

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