The Onion has a delightful story quite fitting for the Anfangstrumpenkrieg: “Lindsey Graham Cowers behind Tree Trunk As Trump’s Hunting Dogs Close in.” It made me smile.
It has been a fun week. I had hoped for better, of course. The New York Times building still stands, and Cameron Diaz remains at large, but we must be patient. Politics is the art of the possible, after all. It’s still early in den Ersten hundert Tagen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yesterday, I shared my comment from the Orthosphere in “Mark’s Epistle to the Romans,” in which I compared Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill. As a follow-up, I wish to commemorate the two religious leaders’ historic meeting earlier this year in Havana’s airport:
Not even prelates can resist that wonderful aroma!
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.
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.
Some needed comic relief:
Every time that I see this, I cannot help but grin widely.
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.
I hope that Orthodox readers are enjoying Maslenitsa. Great Lent begins on Clean Monday, and I wish you a beneficial fast. For this last pre-lenten post, I offer some sacrilicious humor:
The cartoon really isn’t that much of an exaggeration. One would think that Orthodox Lent lasted longer than a mere forty-nine days. Why forty-nine days instead of forty? See “Why Clean Monday?” for a short answer.