Weekend 527.1

“When a sieve is shaken, the husks appear; so do one’s faults when one speaks. As the test of what the potter molds is in the furnace, so in tribulation is the test of the just. The fruit of a tree shows the care it has had; so too does one’s speech disclose the bent of one’s mind. Praise no one before he speaks, for it is then that people are tested.”
Sir 27:4-7

Back to the potters wheel for a second…

On the train back to London and a couple of dandies’ (classically trained musicians) were throatily arguing for escalation and US involvement in the Ukraine. I was shocked by the uniformity of thought and believe it’s driven by the same kind of mass hysteria used to harden the COVID response. My intent here isn’t to weigh in on the ethical/moral justifications for escalation, but rather to comment on the perniciousness of groupthink. It’s a formula being perfected by those in power and it will undoubtedly be unleashed on anyone (or any group) countering official narratives once this latest crisis passes. So please beware of politicians who use the phrase ‘global democracy’ because it does NOT mean your individual rights but accepting inflation as a patriotic duty¹ or a regulated thermostat or whatever sacrifice the ruling class requires you to accept next for the public good.

Related
Attitudes via Instapundit
Lindsey Graham doubles down on call for Vladimir Putin’s assassination via NY Post

¹Standing up for our values is not without cost.

Weekend 526.0 (palaces made of lime and stone)

“People simply refused to believe what was happening…”

Finished The Brothers York by Thomas Penn. Some more quotes, substitutions, archeological curiosities, and final thoughts (and what comes next).

Quotes
“Late that summer, Sir George Brown wrote a brief message to his nephew John Paston the younger. Brown was a Yorkist loyalist; his stepfather was the late king’s recently executed chamber treasurer Sir Thomas Vaughan. One of Edward IV’s close chamber servants, Brown had been knighted on the battlefield of Tewkesbury back in 1471; following the king’s death that April, he had carried the banner of St George at his funeral and was among the household men keeping watch over his body the night before its burial. Now, Brown’s message to Paston read, simply, ‘Loyalté Aymé’. It shall never come out for me.’ Scrawling a variation on Richard III’s new royal motto, Brown dismissed it out of hand. There was no way that Richard’s idea of loyalty would work for Brown: he didn’t trust the new king an inch.”

“The idea of putting the earl at the head of royal networks in the north seemed exceptionally unwise. Like their detested rivals the Nevilles, the Percies had historically proved themselves dangerously independent-minded: a challenge, rather than a support to royal authority.”

“Meanwhile, in an act of political penance and reconciliation, Richard ordered the remains of the Lancastrian king Henry VI to be disinterred from their sequestered location at Chertsey Abbey, and royally reburied in the choir of the near-completed chapel of St George at Windsor, close to the body of the man who had destroyed him and his family, Edward IV. Edward, of course, had designed the chapel specifically as the last resting place of the Yorkist kings. The symbolism of Richard’s gesture was lost on no one: in death, at least, the houses of Lancaster and York were to be unified. Perhaps, Richard hoped, some of the Lancastrian king’s saintliness would rub off on him by association. And, as a flood of pilgrims descended on Windsor to venerate the bones of the saintly Lancastrian king, Richard redoubled his efforts to get hold of this rather more troublesome living descendent, Henry Tudor.”

Substitutions
“There was an increasingly prevailing view that, far from governing for the common weal, Richard [Biden] was ruling for a privileged clique.”

“This pension was paid, not in recognition of a lifetime of service on Forest’s part — rewards for ‘good service’ tended to be recognized explicitly as such — but ‘for diverse causes and considerations us moving’, a formula kings habitually used when referring to confidential business carried out on their behalf. It was impossible to say for sure what ‘diverse causes and considerations’ might have moved Richard. But whatever Forest had done for him, it merited an exceptional royal response.”

Here are some names to substitute- Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Alexander Vindman, Michael Byrd, James Comey, Christine Blasey Ford, and Anthony Fauci.

Archeological Curiosities
“At the festivities, the king [Richard III] presented the mayor with a fine gold cup encrusted with pearls and lapis.”

“Around this time, Richard acquired a book of hours. Designed for personal, everyday use, this prayer book was small, its illuminations – initials, sprays of foliage, the occasional illustration picked out in pink, blue and warm orange, with gold leaf – simple and practical, designed to guide the reader around the text in the course of their devotions.”

Richard III’s Book of Hours (Medievalists.net)
Lambeth Palace Library: The National Library & Archive of the Church of England

Final Thoughts
It was difficult to find any redeeming figures in this historical recount. I would add Miles Forest, John Dighton, and James Tyrell to my list of historical footnotes whose lives, after their heinous crimes, deserve immortalization in poems and literature if only as parables to the emptiness of worldly ambitions. Just like the knights who killed Thomas Becket, these three altered history for probably thirty pieces of silver.

Related
Inward and Outward by Fr. Paul D. Scalia (The Catholic Thing)

“Such superficiality keeps us from knowing our real longings and desires. We limit them to the here-and-now, to the worldly, and even the carnal. The Psalmist shows us the true path: O God, thou art my God, I seek thee, my soul thirsts for thee; my flesh faints for thee, as in a dry and weary land where no water is. (Ps 63:1) When we allow these words to shape our minds (as Saint Benedict counsels), then we break through the surface, into a deeper awareness of the real longing that we typically anesthetize. Then, as legitimate as our temporal needs may be, we realize the deeper need within us.”

Russia / Ukraine Distraction

Don’t get duped by the politicians and the media. Deteriorating economic conditions in the US were not (were not) caused by the situation in Russia / Ukraine. Energy prices, supply-chain issues, and inflation were caused by Biden policies.

Gaslighting: CBS News Wants You to Think Ukraine-Russia Caused Our Economic Problems

The irony of Pelosi using history to defend our involvement in this far-flung conflict is rich. This is the same woman whose party has throatily advocated for the removal of statues and renaming of schools. The democrats have been toppled by their own hypocrisy.

Well, anyway

Those are the words a cognitively impaired Biden uses when he forgets his train of thoughts and fits perfectly where we are right now as a country. IF you ever said (or thought) things couldn’t get worse than get ready for more heaps of cognitive dissonance flung at you by the “expert” class as they gaslight you into disbelieving your own eyes.

**Update: Right on cue, and now that COVID has ended, we’re rolling to the next manufactured crisis. Psaki suggests that “standing up for our values is not without cost” (see point four) and other elites are invoking history (Pelosi and Graham) to justify this next round of manipulation and exploitation.

Russia / Ukraine
(1) Biden and Harris want to lecture us on the inviolability of borders whilst our southern border remains open.
(2) Biden (and other elites) have gotten rich from their ventures in the Ukraine so our intertest in protecting this authoritarian (via blood and treasure) regime is just about protecting their financial interests.
(3) Biden talks about protecting “freedom” and “liberty” via intervention in Eastern Europe whilst failing to condemn the actions of Trudeau’s crackdown on civil liberties via the Emergency Act.
(4) Biden is using our intervention in the Ukraine as a distraction from domestic turmoil, specifically surging energy prices. He wants you to pay $6 or $7 a gallon to promote investment in green technology.
(5) Biden is likely hoping tensions in the Ukraine delay a decision by the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates (which will likely topple this entire house of cards).
(6) Biden is using as a wedge between the two factions of the GOP (see below).

The GOP is also exploiting the situation to make RINOs (establishmentarians) like Pence, Rubio, Cheney, Graham, McConnell and Romney look palatable and less insufferable.

In manifestos and the darkly allusive language of prophecy…

“Across the country, people struggling to make a living — from the propertied gentry to smallholders and labourers — were sick of a ruling class that had become a byword for venality and corruption: frittering away taxpayers’ money; incapable of dealing with the slow collapse in public order; indifferent to even the most modest proposals for reform; ineffective and disunited in every respect — except, apparently, when it came to preserving their own vested interests.”

(1) Fraudsters cash in as Dems shovel out billions and billions in COVID relief (NY Post)

“At times, the centre seemed unable to hold. Politicians urging unity and moderation watched aghast as factions tore at each other, all restraint set aside. This was a landscape littered by murders and executions enacted through fearful self-defence and hungry ambition, and justified with the merest skim of legal process. Speaking the language of populism and clamouring for reform, squabbling elites raised private armies and manipulated widespread public discontent to their own advantage, sparking insurgency and revolt against a battered political establishment. The system of hereditary monarchy itself seemed to teeter on the brink.”

(2) Pelosi Skeptical Of Need To Ban Trading Stock In Congress: It’s About ‘Trusting Our Members’ (HUFFPOST)

Quotes are from The Brothers York by Thomas Penn

Minor Incursion?

Biden telegraphs surrender to Putin on Ukraine.

I love lists so here’s one with all of the year-one Biden accomplishments:

(1) Rampant inflation (BBC)
(2) Broken supply-chains (CIPS)
(3) Surging levels of crime (Fox News)
(4) Open-borders (ABC News)
(5) Labelling parents as domestic terrorists (Fox News)
(6) Energy independence (Boston Herald)
(7) Disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan (Financial Times)
(8) Emboldening China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea (Fox News)
(9) Unstainable debt (driving inflation) (NY Times)
(10) Fentanyl crisis (CNN)
(11) Suppressing free speech via censorship in unholy alliance with big tech (NY Post)
(12) COVID response (Daily Mail)
(13) Stoking racial divisions (NY Post)
(14) Orchestrating the January 6 “insurrection” for political gain (TIMCAST)
(15) Weaponizing federal agencies (Daily Mail)