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Wednesday, May 18, A.D. 2016
Dugin on the Election

Bonald from Throne and Altar recently reviewed The Fourth Political Theory by Alexander Dugin. He notes how Dugin adopts postmodern stances to advance his argument, which seems common among Russians. I wonder whether they are sincere or whether they are pulling the Left’s chain. Anyway, Bonald’s article reminded me of a video that I watched a few months ago. In March, I sent the link to my friend Andrew with the description:

Better than SNL; sublime at times (2:41 - 3:20 has some golden lines if you can’t watch the whole thing).
We live in a weird, weird time. I’m waiting to see President Camacho’s State of the Union on C-SPAN.

Enjoy.

Comic genius—perhaps better than Colbert at his best—but is it intentionally so?

By the way, if you are woefully ignorant of President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho, you really ought to watch Idiocracy. Here is the aforementioned State of the Union (rated R)—five hundred years in America’s dysgenic future:

Interestingly, the YouTube video is followed by one that compares Camacho to the Trumpenführer. We are all sharing a mass psychosis.

Posted by Joseph on Wednesday, May 18, Anno Domini 2016
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Monday, May 16, A.D. 2016
Perfect Commentary on #NeverTrump

My mother sent me a link to the following video, which aptly illustrates the response of Ted Cruz et alia to the Republican primary results this spring:

In the video, a toddler throws a hissy fit because her new little sister has displaced her as the centrum mundi.

I am not a populist. Even as a child, I instinctively favored the optimates over the populares when I read that chapter in Roman history. Nevertheless, I am no fan of the contemporary elite, as noted in “The Undefended City.” These “silk-robed sons of bitches” provide a cracked window through which I am beginning to understand the rage that peasants and proles have often felt toward their social betters. For our unworthy elites seem willing to let everything around them fall to ruin in order to squeeze one more advantage for themselves from the body politic in its death throes. The work of generations is gladly sacrificed for a bit more luxury, power, and status. Despicable. I do not have high hopes for a Trump administration (put not your trust in princes), but I do have reasonable expectations that Donald the Disrupter will complicate the game for some (and he has already). Didn’t the Normans have a saying like, “He destroys well who builds better”? That is not a high bar for someone who engages our current regime.

Posted by Joseph on Monday, May 16, Anno Domini 2016
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Wednesday, April 20, A.D. 2016
The Power of Words

ИСС Арт Медиа, a Russian film studio, has made an edifying little film in English: Сила слова.

As a teenager, I had a summer job near Port Huron. So, the subject of the film and I were both Ohioans who had employment during our youth in Port Huron, Michigan. There, the similarity pretty much ends, I am sad to report. Anyway, a good video about a moment in the life of a great man.

Posted by Joseph on Wednesday, April 20, Anno Domini 2016
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Friday, April 1, A.D. 2016
The Garden Party

Peaceful Valley Farm has produced an election year campaign ad for the Garden Party, “Make America Organic Again”:

Not bad, though I would have added some raucous “Biennial Lives Matter” agitators—follow the movement at #2Years2Slave.

Posted by Joseph on Friday, April 1, Anno Domini 2016
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Friday, March 25, A.D. 2016
Basil: the Lion of Christ

I wish Western Christians a blessed Triduum. For the Orthodox, we still have many weeks until Pascha. For lenten fare today, I offer an episode of the Greek television series Δεν Είσαι Μόνος: “Basil the Great: The Lion of Christ.” The episode recounts a letter by a monk whose adventures introduce him to the Arian controversy and to the imperial politics of late antiquity, wherein he meets the illustrious Orthodox Fathers of the Age. The narration is complemented by beautiful footage of the Eastern Empire. The video has English subtitles for you βαρβάρους out there.

You may watch other episodes of Δεν Είσαι Μόνος on ERT.

Posted by Joseph on Friday, March 25, Anno Domini 2016
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Thursday, March 17, A.D. 2016
How the Celts Saved Britain

In honor of Saint Patrick and of the Irish nation, below is the Beeb’s documentary, How the Celts Saved Britain.

Part I: A New Civilisation

Part II: Dark Ages and the Celts

May we rekindle the zeal of our ancestors—and light the world aflame.

Posted by Joseph on Thursday, March 17, Anno Domini 2016
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Thursday, February 25, A.D. 2016
Differentiated Instruction

School humor continues today with a “Differentiated Instruction” xtra normal video by Teachbad:

The video has some great lines, which are, it pains me to admit, not very exaggerated . . . with echoes of Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligences. So what if we already have clear and sensible terms like gregarious, creative, empathetic, and so on to describe various human personality assets? I certainly agree with the criticism of cookie cutter education; people do have divers gifts and respond differently to various pedagogical methods. Yet, the American educational establishment corrupts this insight by using it to bolster its fanatical commitment to human equality. As such, everyone gets to be intelligent. I suppose that we can also be cerebrally athletic or conceptually social. Egalitarianism should embarrass its adherents.

Posted by Joseph on Thursday, February 25, Anno Domini 2016
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Wednesday, February 24, A.D. 2016
Modern Educayshun

Below is a short film by Neel Kolhatkar, Modern Educayshun:

The resistance will continue to spread. Vive l’art! Vive la raison!

Posted by Joseph on Wednesday, February 24, Anno Domini 2016
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Monday, February 15, A.D. 2016
Wes Anderson Horror Trailer

You may have already seen this Saturday Night Live short some time ago. Even so, it is worth a re-watch (it follows the brief commercial at the 14 second mark):

A precious little gem.

Posted by Joseph on Monday, February 15, Anno Domini 2016
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Tuesday, February 2, A.D. 2016
Jeselnik’s Holocaust Denier Intervention

A pleasant Punxsutawney Phil potlatch to you! Celebrate by watching one of my favorite movies, Groundhog Day!

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, Rent a Jew, I offer a superb example of l’humour noir by Anthony Jeselnik:

Such a gem—which at least half of the world is unfortunately incapable of appreciating. A pity . . .

Posted by Joseph on Tuesday, February 2, Anno Domini 2016
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