El Dorado

Two of the best

We had a great day today. Grilled burgers over hot coals and watched a couple of John Wayne movies. Can’t get more American than that.

El Dorado was a treat.  It was essentially Rio Bravo Redux, but what a great formula:  Robert Mitchum = Dean Martin, James Caan = Ricky Nelson, Arthur Hunnicut = Walter Brennan, Ed Asner = Claude Akins, Same basic plot, but seeing Wayne, Mitchum, and Caan in the same scenes makes you forget all of that.  Great stuff.

Book review: I Am Not Afraid by Robert H. Bennett

Dr Robert Bennett

Rev. Dr. Robert H. Bennett

We have reached a stage in the history of American Christianity where missionaries from other parts of the world need to be sent here to remind us of the things we have cast aside.

That’s the takeaway from the scholarly look at the rite of exorcism in I Am Not Afraid: Demon Possession and Spiritual Warfare by Rev. Dr. Robert H. Bennett, a pastor in the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.

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Manifest Evil

Elliot Rodger wanted to blame women for his monstrous act. His last video manifesto reads like something that could have come from a demon:

I take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you. You will finally see that I am, in truth, the superior one, the true alpha male. [laughs] Yes, after I have annihilated every single girl in the sorority house, I’ll take to the streets of Isla Vista and slay every single person I see there. All those popular kids who live such lives of hedonistic pleasure while I’ve had to rot in loneliness all these years. They all look down upon me every time I tried to join them, they’ve all treated me like a mouse.

Well, now I will be a god compared to you, you will all be animals, you are animals and I will slaughter you like animals. I’ll be a god exacting my retribution on all those who deserve it and you do deserve it just for the crime of living a better life than me. [...]

Humanity is a disgusting, wretched, depraved species. If I had it in my power I would stop at nothing to reduce every single one of you to mountains of skulls and rivers of blood and rightfully so. You deserve to be annihilated and I will give that to you. You never showed me any mercy so I will show you none.

The kid sold out to the Enemy and he is now reaping his reward. Sadly, and as harsh as this sounds, the odds are that some of his victims are with him.

To whatever foul spirit held him in thrall: 1 Corinthians 6:3. Your day is coming. And payback will be a bitch.

We used to like HGTV…

Don’t really miss it anymore, especially now that they, like A&E, have decided that appeasing the 5% is a priority:

We were saddened to hear HGTV’s decision. With all of the grotesque things that can be seen and heard on television today you would think there would be room for two twin brothers who are faithful to our families, committed to biblical principles, and dedicated professionals. If our faith costs us a television show then so be it.

Kudos to the Benham brothers.

Tempest in a Snow Globe

I consider myself a fan of science fiction, but obviously I’m not fan enough to have kept up with the sea change in the SF community over the last three decades.  I grew up reading authors like Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Harlan Ellison, Richard Matheson, etc.

In the years since I grew up and got too busy to read for pleasure more than a couple times a year, it appears that the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) have been taken over by a cabal of groupthinking leftists who are more concerned with what authors believe than what they write.

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Politics, culture, and the supernatural with author Derek P. Gilbert.