Sunday, March 29, 2009

Miracles and Magic: Vertical Mojo and Horizontal Hoodoo

A Sunday repost from two years ago....

According to Tomberg, the seven miracles recorded in the Gospel of John "represent the healing of the seven principal infirmities of human nature in both individuals and groups." As such, they are "not just miracles," but "signs of the future spiritual and bodily healing processes within the human organism, which is sick as a consequence of the fall of humanity."

Joan made a truthy point when she commented that she had never gone in for "the whole 'seeking after miracles' obsession." However, like all Coons, she has "seen and experienced them," and while she doesn't "dwell on this topic as central to my faith," she observes that "you only get good results when you center on the Good. Center on the wanted results and you get bupkis."

[Hello] Dilys [wherever you are] expanded upon this, writing that the realm of the miraculous cannot function "without corruption outside of the protection of a Vertically-revealed tradition, and indeed can't be plucked cleanly out of the tradition to carry away for idiosyncratic power. As Joan says, miracles are often only semi-conscious side effects of a fervent consistent illuminated devotion to the Good, the willing citizenship in what Jesus calls the kingdom of God."

Three statements come immediately to mind: 1) The kingdom of God is within [or among] you, 2) Seek ye first the kingdom, and 3) from the Gospel of Thomas, The Father's kingdom is spread all over the world, but people cannot see it.

Another way of saying this is that there is an upper vertical magic and a lower vertical magic. This is indeed a key point, for now that I think about it, my life only became a more or less non-stop magic show when I ceased living for myself and undertook the task of aligning myself with a greater reality. This is not to in any way claim that my life is extraordinary. I am sure that to most people it would look rather boring. The point is, as several people pointed put yesterday, signs and wonders are happening all the time -- i.e., the Father's kingdom is spread all over the world -- but the interventions are so subtle that we may "underlook" them, so to speak. We may also fail to notice them because we only live in one reality, and cannot see that other impoverished reality that "might have been" in the absence of the vertical influence.

Of course, it's almost too corny to point out, but this is the spiritual lesson of It's a Wonderful Life, and why even many secular children of the earth cannot help being touched by it. Here is an example of a man who spends his life selflessly aligning himself with the universal on behalf of the individual, at great personal cost. However, in his case, he is shown what might have been had he spent his life pursuing the narrow agenda of his self-interested ego.

Another way of saying it is that George is granted the boon of a clear vision of all the miracles and magic that had occurred in his life as a result of unselfishly aligning himself with the Sovereign Good. And realizing this is the greatest miracle of all, for with this realization, the magic that had always been operating in his life bursts upon him like a sudden downpour of grace. What a tragic waste of life to miss the magic that is happening all the time, for this magic is precisely what nourishes the soul and feeds the "second birth."

The same lesson is present in Dickens' Christmas Carol, in which Scrooge is first given a vision of the forces that went into exiling him from the greater reality and enclosing him in the narrow world of his bitter and envious ego. Envy and entitlement are literally forms of "reverse magic," in that they will spoil whatever they acquire. Envy may or may not help you get what you think you want, but it will also prevent you from enjoying it once you have it.

This lower vertical magic forms the basis of the leftist agenda, which is why they only become more bitter upon getting what they want. The bitterness of the left has not remitted one iota since prevailing in last November's election, because envy is an addictive way of life for them. Try listening to Randi Rhodes for five seconds. In the words of the immortal Big Joe Turner, "I believe to my soul you a devil in nylon hose." Or possibIy the great Junior Brown: "she's just venom wearin' denim, she's a copperheaded queen." I once heard Alan Watts refer to seagulls as "winged hunger." Dailykos must be "digital envy."

This is why the civil rights movement only became a perpetually angry and bitter crusade once it achieved its main goals and should have closed up shop. Indeed, this is how a moral giant such as Martin Luther King transmogrifies before our eyes into grotesque lower vertical beings such as Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Jeremiah Wright. Likewise, it explains how the feminist movement began cranking out creepy hybrid femen such as Hillary Clinton or Gloria Allred or Maureen Dowd after it was no longer necessary. And it surely explains the moral monsters of CAIR, a group that is completely unnecessary except to advance a truly diabolical lower vertical agenda. But all of these diverse beings have "common cause" in aligning themselves with the false universal of "coerced" or "Faustian magic."

According to Frithof Schuon, a miracle represents "an interference of the marvellous in the sensory realm." In itself, there is "nothing mysterious or problematical about it." In fact, if you consider the metaphysical structure of reality, miracles cannot not occur, since the vertical cannot not be, and the vertical takes ontological precedence over the horizontal (i.e., the vertical could never have come from the horizontal). In hermetic terms, the subtle rules the dense, and the the deeper the effect, the higher the cause. The highest cause being God, aligning ourselves with this cause should, so to speak, lift us out of the closed circle of horizontality and manifest in our own lives in terms of the "subtle ruling the dense."

Now, this is not to say that the dense -- the horizontal -- can be ever be wholly eliminated. We are not angels, which is to say, purely vertical beings. But it does mean that we can do our part to reverse the fall and restore the priority of the vertical over the horizontal. Obviously, if everyone did this -- individuals working on behalf of the universal -- we would have "heaven on earth." On the other hand, "hell on earth" is the leftist agenda of the individual being forced to work on behalf of the (false) universal. What is today, only March 29th? Most of us are still slaving away for the collective, as tax freedom day does not occur until some point in late April, when we have worked off our debt to the collective. But at least we are not Sweden, where the shackles aren't released until August.

Now, as Schuon points out, a miracle is only "supernatural" on the earthly scale, but "natural" on the cosmic scale. Furthermore, "the purpose of the miraculous phenomenon is the same as that of the Revelation which it accompanies or as a result of which, or in the shadow of which, it is produced: to elicit or to confirm faith." There are two central miracles, one "supernaturally natural," the other "naturally supernatural." Existence itself is a supernaturally natural lesson, what with its gratuitous truth and beauty coursing through its every artery as a result of being infused with the manifestly transnatural logos.

This is why the first miracle recorded in Genesis is the archetype of all others, for as our Unknown Friend says, creation ex nihilo, or out of nothing, "is the highest possible expression of magic, namely divine and cosmic magic." This is why the primordial act of creation was not so much a bang as a blossoming seed. As he says, this is "not too difficult to imagine, because each little acorn is such a 'constructive bomb' and the oak is only the visible result of the slow 'explosion' -- or blossoming out -- of this 'bomb.'" What is a butterfly but an exploded caterpillar -- or in our case, a buddhafly catarpultering out of a christalis c-coon?

Schuon points out that "the miraculous is that which is due to a direct, thus vertical intervention of a heavenly Power, and not to a horizontal progression of causality. If one extends the notion of 'nature' to all that exists, miracles too are 'natural,' but in that case words would become meaningless, as it would then be impossible to make the essential distinction between blind or unconscious causes and the supra-conscious Cause, the source of all consciousness and of all power. Scientists confuse the miraculous with the irrational and the arbitrary" (emphasis mine).

A couple of days ago we spoke of the "husk" and "kernel." The husk is there to protect the kernel, but it is possible that we can come to identify with the husk, thus defeating its purpose -- and the purpose of our lives -- by arresting the "blossoming explosion" of our true self. This blossoming -- once you begin to experience it -- is the "personal magic" that mirrors the magic of creation itsoph -- of God's unfolding, creative self-revelation. The kernel, since it is internally related to the whole, seems miraculously able to draw the people and materials it requires in order to fulfill its mission. Or as a rabbinical expression puts it, "God spends most of his time arranging meetings and marriages."

But again, this blossoming cannot be "self-willed" any more than you can will a carrot to grow, for "God gives the increase." All organic growth -- which is to say internally related change directed toward a telos -- is magic. It is the everyday magic of watching an infant change from day to day, or even of writing this blog, if I may say so. For me -- especially for me -- I am always aware that this activity is miraculous when viewed in light of the alternative Bobs I might have become and narrowly averted. "There but for the grace of God," and all that. It's a wonderful life, but only if we stop to consider the alternatives.

[And for those of you who are truly motivated, here is part 2. It's more for my benefit than yours, because I use these weekly raids on the Arkive in order to find out what's down there in that spooky place. I would still like to find the time to put together another book, which I can't do if I don't somehow get a handle on what I've already written.]

Humans may be assessed in terms of action, wisdom, and sentiment; or what they can do, what they can know, and what or whom they love (i.e., moral freedom). "Miracles" -- which is to say "signs and wonders" -- can occur on any one of these planes, although Christianity traditionally places emphasis on the last. As Paul said, there who those value wisdom and those who demand miraculous actions, "but we preach Christ crucified," which is to say the mystery of God's ultimate love for mankind.

Nevertheless, as I have written before, whatever principial truth a religion excludes or minimizes tends to return in a disguised form. Therefore, we should not be surprised that at different points, Christianity is as much a religion of divine wisdom and power as it is of love. But each must always be tempered by the others -- wisdom without love or action is merely intellectualism or solipsism, just as action without love or wisdom results either in a centripetal dispersion or a "hardening" will to power.

As Valentin Tomberg writes, love is the highest freedom, for "it is the sole element in human existence that cannot and may not be demanded. One can demand effort, veracity, honesty, obedience, the fulfillment of duties, but love may never be demanded. Love is and remains for all time a sanctuary of freedom, inaccessible to all compulsion. For this reason, the highest commandment -- 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind... and love your neighbor as yourself' -- is not a command, but a divine-human plea. For love cannot be commanded; it can only be prayed for."

This is also the American secret, for it is the one nation that is founded upon the primacy of spiritual liberty, which is to say, the possibility of genuine vertical (godly) and horizontal (neighborly) love. Just as man was not created for the sabbath but the sabbath for man, American citizens are not here to serve the state, but the state is here to nurture spiritual liberty that we may grow in love, wisdom, and compassionate action -- or goodness, truth, and beauty. At least until Obama got here.

Tomberg points out that the Gospels may be thought of as "holographic" (my word), in the sense that the events described therein are simultaneously signs, signs are teachings, teachings are events, events are parables, etc. Everything in the Gospels is at once "fact, miracle, symbol, and revelation of the truth."

There are only seven miracles described in the Gospel of John, beginning with the transformation of water into wine at the wedding in Cana, and ending with the raising of Lazarus. However, the conclusion of John points out that if every miracle attributable to Christ were to be recorded, "the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.'" Therefore, Tomberg suggests that the seven miracles of John are intended to be "archetypal," or to summarize certain categories of the miraculous -- of how humans, unlike any other beings in existence, may surpass themselves in love, wisdom, and action.

Might there also be an implicit parallel between these seven miracles and the seven primordial acts of God described in Genesis 1-2? Yes, at least according to Tomberg, who feels that there is an inverse relationship between the seven phases of creation in Genesis and the seven miracles of John. Thus, for example, the wedding at Cana somehow mirrors the seventh day of creation.

Tomberg writes that the sabbath is the day on which "created being attains the highest level of inwardness: freedom. The seventh day of creation is the 'day' of the meaning of the world." And since it is only in love that freedom is perfect, ultimately divine-human love "is the foundation, the meaning, and the purpose of the world." Real love is both the alpha and omega of existence.

If the sabbath is also the consecration of the free "union" between God and man, then a sort of "divorce" occurred as a result of the fall. Man was unfaithful to his vows, so to speak. Tomberg writes that the wedding at Cana symbolically speaks to the restoration of this union, for it seems that marriage often "begins with enthusiasm, with the 'wine' of the honeymoon period, and ends with the 'water' of routine habit."

The renewal of love is indeed a miracle, even though we rarely think about it in those terms. To put it another way, only love can renew the world, one's being, and one's wedding vows. At the wedding, Jesus not only transforms water into wine, but the second wine is even better than the first. In other words, not only does love not degenerate, but it is miraculously renewed and increased; as such, this miracle is the "sign" of the healing of marriage -- i.e., "healing in the service of restoring the marriage relationship to correspond to the divine cosmic archetype, which is the seventh day of creation."

Is it important that John 2:1 says that the wedding took place "on the third day?" Why is that seemingly random fact inserted at the outset? And when they run out of wine, it is specifically Jesus' mother who brings this message to her son. Interestingly, Jesus says something very strange, in that he immediately interprets Mary's news about the wine in symbolic terms, asking her, "what does your concern have to do with me? My hour has not yet come."

Thus -- I am hardly a Biblical scholar, so I don't know if I'm pointing out the obvious here -- the wedding on the third day clearly has resonance with the entire mission of Jesus, in which he will restore the marriage between God and man.

And again, strikingly, there are exactly six waterpots, apparently referencing the other six days of creation and the other six miracles.

Skipping ahead a bit, wine once again comes into play when Jesus' "hour has come." In John 19:28, only after he knows that "all things were accomplished," he says "I thirst." He is given some sour -- which is to say, bad -- wine, which is placed to his mouth. After receiving it, he bows his head and says, "it is finished."

What is finished? One of the soldiers pierces his side, and "blood and water come out." At Cana, water is transformed into good wine. Here, as it were, bad and sour wine -- which is to say, the hateful karma of the world -- is transformed into water and blood. In the Bible -- and in antiquity in general -- "blood" always had spiritual connotations, and was regarded as the vehicle of life, while water carries two distinct meanings.

Back to Genesis 1. On the second day of creation, God separates the upper waters -- the waters above the firmament, or heaven -- from the lower waters. In fact, heaven is placed between the upper and lower waters, as a sort of dividing line. As such -- again, curiously -- heaven is not at the "top" of creation, but is a sort of membrane between upper and lower, or superior and inferior, waters.

But clearly, Jesus seems to be able to mediate between the upper and lower waters -- to bring about their harmonious union, in which the lower is transformed into the higher, and the higher descends into and infuses the lower.

Exacly what is the sacrament of marriage? It "is an inseparable bond between a man and a woman, created by human contract and ratified by divine grace. The nature of the covenant requires that the two participants be one man and one woman" and "that they be free to marry." In the Catholic Church, "it is consent that creates marriage. Consent consists in a human act by which the partners mutually give themselves to each other. Consent must be a free act of the will of the consenting parties, free of coercion or grave external error. If freedom is lacking, the consent is invalid." Interestingly, "it is the spouses who are understood to confer marriage on each other. The spouses, as ministers of grace, naturally confer upon each other the sacrament of matrimony."

Now, back to the union of God and man. Let's think about some of the constiuent components of marriage: freedom to consent to an inseparable bond, absent any coercion; mutual surrender; male (God) and female (the soul); the parties freely choose to confer marriage upon each other, not one upon the other; and the parties become vehicles of grace for one another, through which the regenerative upper waters flow into the world, transforming water into good wine and sour wine into the upper waters of eternal life and love.

Well, that's about the best I can muster today. Bit of an incoherent mess, no? Frankly, it's surprising it doesn't happen more often. But perhaps I've left enough fragments for others to meditate upon and miraculously pull together. To turn water into wine, so to speak.

31 Comments:

Blogger julie said...

I am always aware that this activity is miraculous when viewed in light of the alternative [Julie]s I might have become and narrowly averted. "There but for the grace of God," and all that. It's a wonderful life, but only if we stop to consider the alternatives.

Amen to that; when I look back at all the train-wreck paths I narrowly avoided taking, just yikes.

Now on to part 2...

By the way, it's occurred to me lately that some day, at your current rate of output, you could have as extensive a body of work as HvB. How marvelous to be able to watch it unfold :)

3/29/2009 08:49:00 AM  
Blogger julie said...

This is also the American secret, for it is the one nation that is founded upon the primacy of spiritual liberty, which is to say, the possibility of genuine vertical (godly) and horizontal (neighborly) love.

Reminds me of an observation made in Ringo's The Last centurion regarding barn raising. He pointed out (and as far as I konw, he's correct) that barn raisings were/ are an event entirely unique to Americans, wherein folks who were otherwise independent, often not related, often of diverse backgrounds (depending on the location of the community), would agree to give up their own farm work for a day to help their neighbors. It's one of those things that seems like general common sense to us, but apparently it was not so common that it ever happened anywhere else (that I know of - my sources are shaky, I admit). But these days, depending on where you're at, the idea of doing something similar for your neighbors is almost laughable.

3/29/2009 09:03:00 AM  
Blogger julie said...

Bit of an incoherent mess, no?

No. Especially not after reading HvB. I remember this post now, but it resOnates much more the second time through.

3/29/2009 09:11:00 AM  
Blogger Dougman said...

...constiuent components of marriage: freedom to consent to an inseparable bond, absent any coercion; mutual surrender; male (God) and female (the soul); the parties freely choose to confer marriage upon each other,..

And then along comes ezra from Babylon.
"His first step was to enforce separation upon all who had married foreign wives."
http://www.htmlbible.com/kjv30/smith/smith1469.htm
Which goes against what Jesus taught.
A tear in the fabric of what Love truly is. Faithful.
Ezra was wrong,soooooooovery wrong.

wv:winglopp
Yup, off come the gloves!

3/29/2009 09:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

aBob writes, "In the Bible -- and in antiquity in general -- "blood" always had spiritual connotations and was regarded as the vehicle of life ..."

In mid-90's I experienced "Drinking Christ's Blood".

"I will never forget this"....

Never. And will share this until I'm blue in the face.
And, even if my eyes are scratched out, I will still shout "God is a Life-giver!"

*

I was flat on my back...Suddenly, became aware of a gurgling sound in my throat -- (because) I was "drinking blood" via "Two straws", flow-chanelling blood into me.

Theofilia

3/29/2009 10:39:00 AM  
Blogger julie said...

Off topic, but QP has an excellent post up today. The video she references is here.

3/29/2009 12:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bob, this post is completly self-serving, so shoot me if yawant, eh?

Am I mentaly ill and full of crap just because my formal education ended when towards the end of the first year of high school I marched myself into the principles office and anounced I'm taking myself out of school. With a song and dance that next year I would attend trade school, which was never in the cards for me in the first place. (without parents knowledge)

So, in essence I'm an uneducated looser as far as society is concerned. . . I learned English (such as it is) on the run as the saying goes, by my own - self.

Besides,
Spiritual authority is a Gift, given by God-spirit. Should I hide the Light under the basket, because I'm 'fraid someone may get offended?

Not so much, because I made a promise to proclaim his Being. Doesn't mean I like this frikin' burden one iota. As if I new in advance what was a'coming!
And, if I fully disclosed what's it like to live with this in-body-felt 24/7 burden and what I had to sacrifice, some of you might weep for me.

Here goes again: Am in a dead man pose (flat on the back) when suddenly heard "Manjushri" in synch with a vibrating, or more like (very much 'ear-heard') "perculating" beem of energy (about a foot and a half long) come out from my left temple.

What are Manjushri's enlightened qualities?
In The Eye Of Spirit, in chapter 12 Always Already Ken Wilber writes:

"Perhaps you will arise as Manjushri, whose ever-present awareness takes the form of luminous intelligence. Although all beings are equally intrinsic Spirit, some beings do not easily acknowledge this ever-present Suchness, and thus discriminating wisdom will brilliantly arise from the ground of equility consciousness. You will instinctively see what is true and what is false, and thus you will bring clarity to everything you touch. And if the self-contraction does not listen to your gentler voice, your ever-present awareness will manifest in its wrathful form, which is said to be none other than the dreaded Yamantaka, Subduer of the Lord of Death."

Theofilia

3/29/2009 01:56:00 PM  
Blogger Van said...

"But perhaps I've left enough fragments for others to meditate upon and miraculously pull together. To turn water into wine, so to speak."

To say the least, yes, much to meditate upon "there in that spooky place".

And in such spooky places I’m stirring around the fragments and am wondering what becomes of those who half heartedly seek after, yet do not make it to, the Seventh day, that level of reflection and communion with the vertical, where Qualities dwell, and all that IS has form within and is contained, where endless horizontal instances may stretch off into infinities, but are nevertheless never lost or forgotten, comprehended as they are within their eternal frame… but only if that seventh step is attained… accomplished.

In approaching the miracles from the three perspectives (pardon my license here) of the Father (existence), the Son (Identity) and the Holy Ghost (Consciousness of the Father’s Existence only being possible through awareness of the Son - Identity, that which Existence exists as)... if you fall short of that seventh step upwards where Quality is found, you come down short and are left with nothing but quantities uncontained… are locked below in the material realm short of the escape hatch into the vertical…

One short of Seven, you are left with six… from three perspectives… 666 as it were….

As I said, a spooky place.

Oh, you gotta be kidding me... wv:trizer

lol

3/29/2009 03:03:00 PM  
Blogger julie said...

No joke - wv actually said "troll."

Spooky.

3/29/2009 03:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So are you calling me a loser and a troll as well? I'll stay here until Bob tells me otherwise thank you very much!
Now, where was I?

Theofilia

3/29/2009 05:06:00 PM  
Blogger julie said...

Actually, no.

I was simply observing that wv said "troll." As the comment box is at the top of the screen, I had yet to scroll down and read the most recent comments. And that being the case, I also hadn't yet seen Van's comment with his focus on the word "spooky." Which I find way more spooky.

3/29/2009 05:30:00 PM  
Anonymous ximeze said...

Shades of PP anyone anyone? Bueller?

3/29/2009 05:32:00 PM  
Blogger walt said...

Julie --

I know you'll want to know:

wv: spooke

3/29/2009 05:35:00 PM  
Blogger walt said...

Ximeze -

That was my second thought as well.

3/29/2009 05:37:00 PM  
Anonymous ximeze said...

For Raccoons waiting for copies of Liberty and Tyranny, AT blog has an item today with info on the book's Epilogue & "a list of ten items that Mark has suggested as reforms for our current “statist” government."

Linky-dink provide there for MP3 downloads of Mark giving his thought on these ten items.

3/29/2009 05:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once, in-sleep state, a soul witnessing moment:
Several feet from my bed a sudden 'woosh'-wave of static energy filled the room carrying with it blood curdling woman's agonizing cry-scream...
Not a "sad" kind of wail, the kind of only cry only a Mother can cry when her child gets murdered. This was a hair raising "torture" kind of cry...

In those days my body didn't yet act as an 'energy-transfer station', so I cried and prayed for that soul. It was horrid to hear that kind of pain.

White Tara's image tangka was on the wall only a few feet away from my bed. One night was awakened because exactly from that spot I heard female voice say (in normal sp.voice) "help".

Once, my lips and voice box, of their own accord whispered "help" - stratling me of course.

I wanted everything to stop! even took Her image off the wall and threw it out....To no avail.
Then and now still (yesterday was the last time) I hear "I need you".

Over the years I have had invisible beings ministering to me. Touching and stuff .... "We're going to do this for her..." - (the latest, just few weeks ago).

Maybe that's why I got 'enuf guts to start posting. Zoltan, are you reading? You are the one - in matter body - who, in your Durga moment hollered that I had to "make it formal".

*

Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was and spirit shall return to God who gave it. -- Ecclesiastes

*

The more we know the more fully we trust, for we shall feel with utter certainty that we and our dead are alike in the hands of perfect Power and perfect Wisdom directed by perfect Love.
-C. W. Leadbeater

Theofilia

3/29/2009 05:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Theofilia 5:06 PM - how did you know?????? I was many times called a troll - goeth figure eh? ;)

And, Puuuleeeze spell yer name Theofeelia, eh? so folk can see the difference in our grammar.
Besides, I don't get offended. Really I don't.

Theofilia

3/29/2009 05:54:00 PM  
Blogger Van said...

Ximeze said "Shades of PP anyone anyone? Bueller?"

Heh, 'jinx'... beat you by a week or so on that.

;-)

3/29/2009 06:03:00 PM  
Blogger USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

"Envy may or may not help you get what you think you want, but it will also prevent you from enjoying it once you have it."

Right on, Bob!
And this just increases their bitterness.

Speakin' of envy, it is troubling that some on the right, or who have at least some Classic Liberal values, such as Bill O'Reilly and other populists, "Independents" (mostly more self-peoclaimed Independents because they really aren't), etc., as well as some Christians exhibit selective envy.

All the above for example will often speak of "obscene" profits, which is envy, or saying the oil companies are "gouging" us when repeated investigations show they are not, or the recent contracted bonuses at AIG that Congress and the President supported.

I always try to remember what Jesus said whenever envy tries to rear it's ugly head: "What is that to you?"

Envy and bitterness block joy and gratitude. Not to mention it can grow into full blown victimhood and who in their right mind wants that?

Even many Leftists don't like to be around someone who has more envy and bitterness they do, which is why Err America was such a collosal failure, and the 14 plus antiwar/anti-military movies since 9/11 have flopped.

Not to mention the dreary absence of humor in folks riddled with this self-inflicted cancer.
I mean, if one likes despair, hopelessness and vicious rants, then go ahead and listen to Margeret Cho, Bill Maher and a host of undead (and unliving) vampires the Left has to offer.

I'll stick with such luminaries as Bob and Larry the Cable Guy. :^)

3/29/2009 06:31:00 PM  
Blogger USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

PP? As I recall she wasn't very fond of me. Must've been somethin' I said. :^)

3/29/2009 06:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Skully said...

There is no Dana there is only Zool.

Zhul? Zul? Hell I don't know how to spell those stupid names.

3/29/2009 06:38:00 PM  
Anonymous ximeze said...

Vanster, we do have that channeling each other in our history. Fighting the mighty battle to be less bitchy right off the bat let you sneak in ahead me, in print, on this one.

Soooooo, I think it, you print it?
Awesome

3/29/2009 06:40:00 PM  
Blogger USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

This is why the civil rights movement only became a perpetually angry and bitter crusade once it achieved its main goals and should have closed up shop."

Yes, ironic that a man the Left reveres, MLK, they also ignore so completely.

3/29/2009 06:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Skully said...

As he says, this is "not too difficult to imagine, because each little acorn is such a 'constructive bomb' and the oak is only the visible result of the slow 'explosion' -- or blossoming out -- of this 'bomb.'" What is a butterfly but an exploded caterpillar -- or in our case, a buddhafly catarpultering out of a christalis c-coon?"

Like workin' with See For!

3/29/2009 06:50:00 PM  
Blogger julie said...

Walt @ 5:35, really?!

ʘʘ

Cue the Twilight Zone music...

3/29/2009 07:21:00 PM  
Blogger USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

But each must always be tempered by the others -- wisdom without love or action is merely intellectualism or solipsism, just as action without love or wisdom results either in a centripetal dispersion or a "hardening" will to power."

And a hardening of the ardories resulting in high colessforall.

3/29/2009 07:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Van,

I'm still on the market. ;*)

PsychoPrincess

3/29/2009 08:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bob,

Good the first time around. Even better the second time.

Keep up the Good!

3/29/2009 08:25:00 PM  
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New bumper sticker:

Hey guys!
Have you seen the new twenty dollar bill?
It’s awesome!

3/30/2009 06:12:00 AM  
Blogger Ricky Raccoon said...

Here’s another:

I miss BusHitler already

3/30/2009 06:15:00 AM  
Blogger Van said...

Ricky said "Have you seen the new twenty dollar bill?"

umph... so true.

3/30/2009 06:28:00 AM  

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