Megan Fox and I have been working on a few projects under the banner of “Story Time Digital Media”; one of those is a study of the museums and cultural institutions in Chicago to see what sort of subtle bias exists in what’s being put in front of the children here. Our theory is that even well-meaning places (like the Brookfield Zoo) end up with exhibits that push the Left’s agenda because people hired as Directors slip these things in whenever they can. Most people don’t even notice them.
The 1990s and 2000s seemed to have been the zenith for this sort of sneaky propaganda. All of the faded, mostly-ignored exhibits from that era have a lot of bias in them…this was the height of Al Gore’s popularity and the whole “Inconvenient Truth” bandwagon. None of these things have been updated much in recent years and new exhibits built around Chicago don’t seem to contain this garbage (that we’ve seen so far, at least). I’m fascinated by this.
Megan and I are working on putting together our first documentary film on the subject, with a companion book of essays, and these YouTube clips are the first step towards that. What we’re interested in is taking a look at places we remember from childhood as being propaganda-free…and then looking at what happened to them in the 1990s and 2000s when people in our age cohort were no longer paying attention to these places. When I was in my 20s and early 30s, I didn’t go to zoos or museums much. I certainly didn’t go as often as I did when I was a kid.
Now that my friends all have children who are zoo-going age and I take my godchildren to these places, too, I’m floored by how much the marketing and branding has changed. The Brookfield Zoo, in particular, is very focused on teaching little kids that humans are bad and are a blight on the planet. That’s not the sort of zoo experience I had as a child going to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
This “Adventures with Agua” exhibit (that the Illinois EPA installed at the zoo) is the craziest thing I have seen in a long time. It is a religious experience for the Left. In this exhibit, you can:
* self-flagellate for being a “bad person” for wasting water and making the planet sad
* learn the 35 New Commandments for being a “good person” by never washing your face, always wearing dirty clothes, and never taking vacations anywhere far away (unless you are one of the elites on the Left…and then no rules apply to you)
* purchase carbon credit and water indulgences to make up for past sins
* accept the reality that the game is rigged and you can never really become a “good person”, because no matter what you do you will never, ever do enough to save the planet since we are all doomed and the Anthropogenic Apocalypse is nigh
It’s all so crazy.
When I was a kid and my parents would take me to the zoo, I would learn so many cool things about animals that I was beside myself the whole car ride home. I just couldn’t wait to take out my markers and paper and draw pictures of the animals and I would beg for books on the animals and to learn more about them. The zoos got me so fired up that for a number of years I wanted to be a zookeeper or paleontologist when I grew up. The zoos hit a home run with my imagination.
Does this “Adventures with Agua” do that for kids today?
Do children listening to the zoos’ “humans are bad” garbage come home excited to learn about the animals?
I don’t think so. I imagine some kids even walk away from the zoo resenting the animals, since every exhibit seems determined to guilt trip the children into thinking they are responsible for these animals dying. At some point, if you are told over and over again that you are responsible for all the misery and suffering of a certain thing…then you resent that thing, because if that thing no longer existed then you would not have to listen to how bad you are for being responsible for harming that thing.
What an epic fail the Brookfield Zoo is.
Are zoos where you live like this too?
Maybe you know the answer to this, but I’ve never seen it published anywhere.
I’m very interested in nailing down when, exactly, the Left maneuvered into place to set the stage for their (presumed) conquest of America. I’m looking for the Before & After line: a year (or even down to the month if that’s possible) where nothing was ever the same again.
Recently, I’ve started researching the “Rural Purge” at CBS. This was part of the pop culture shift away from programming that highlighted classic American values to the “urban, gritty, cynical” shows that have become the norm today. There’s a “Before & After” moment in 1971 where the CBS executives decided to cancel all the shows like Green Acres, The Andy Griffith Show spin-off MayBerry RFD, Petticoat Junction, Hee Haw, etc. that had a rural flare…and move into shows that were darker and had “bite”.
This was supposedly to appeal to a younger demographic at the time; those “younger” people back in 1971 are today’s Baby Boomers.
So…these changes brought about by the “rural purge” were catered to the Baby Boomers. That fits with the generational dynamics theory that the Boomers are responsible for all of the upheaval and detriment to our country. The children of the Greatest Generation grew up to reject everything they associated with their parents, and that included patriotism, love of country, and classic American values. The Boomers wanted to be the opposite of their parents.
Now, as the Boomers reach the end of their lives I feel like they want to watch the world burn. Are they so narcissistic that they don’t want America to exist after them? Do these people want to see America destroyed so that they will be the Last Generation?
In a comment on another thread, someone suggested Watergate was a big turning point in the Left’s rise to power. That was their first taste at true icon toppling, and they liked the taste of that blood. The media, especially, enjoyed bringing down a president.
It’s complicated because the Left was shut back up into the attic after Carter’s defeat…and the Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush II years kept the Left locked away. They roared back with a demented vengeance in 2008, though…and for the next two years America will be assaulted with every deranged Leftist fantasy imagined (while they still have the chance). The 2016 election will be interesting because the Left will not willingly be locked up in the attic again. I don’t believe the Left will allow Hillary Clinton to be the Democrats’ nominee (as she would do what her husband did in 1992, and lock the Left away again). I also fear Democrats will successfully install Jeb Bush as the Republican nominee…setting the stage for another GOP loss (or hedging the bet that if elected Bush III would really be no different as president than Hillary Clinton would have been, if she’d been allowed to be the Democrats’ nominee).
My working theory is that something happened around 1970 or so that created the mindset of the Left and put them in position to take over the country. Then, other factors locked the Left away for 30-some years. The events of 9/11 caused a psychotic break for the country and then the Left was able to capitalize on the Iraq War as an echo of Vietnam…and that brought the picture back full circle to the 1970s in terms of the Left’s momentum.
If that’s true, then the key to defeating the Left and locking it away again should be found in looking back at the early 1980s and the things that Ronald Reagan did. How did he restore America’s patriotism? How did he defeat the Soviets? How were Americans motivated back then for the cause?
Dealing with the Left is really like reading a book or watching a scary movie about an ancient evil that gets unleashed every now and again from some object (like an occult mirror or a black cauldron or a magical ring) and it falls upon a generation to defeat this horror and lock it away again. We’re that generation. The evil is loose.
Now we just have to figure out how to lock it away again.
One of the mysteries of modern life that I’ve been trying to figure out is the exact year that the Left culturally took over and started to change the American psyche. I believe this change happened in the 1970s and that the coming to power of the Baby Boomers had a large part in it. I’ve never been able to tie down the exact year, though. This is the transition from an America where people were proud to be American and loved this country, loved God, and loved each other to a country that is constantly being torn along racial, gender, economic, and other demographic lines by the Democrat Party (which is committed to holding power by dividing Americans along as many lines as possible and then running the table by turning one group against each other in every congressional district coast to coast).
I feel like a cultural archaeologist trying to find the year of the tipping point. Maybe you have thoughts on this. I believe the shift had already happened by the time I was born in the mid-70s; urban decay had not only started by then but it was even celebrated on shows like Sesame Street, where the gritty, ramshackle version of New York was depicted (not the shining, glimmering New York of movies from the 1950s and into the 1960s). By the time I was born, it was already the norm to show a course, rundown, and expletive-strewn Manhattan, rotten to its core.
Who decided this?
I’ve always wondered that. And for what purpose?
Better question: what good has it done anyone?
Hulu’s lineup of Christmas shows is an interesting case study, as they have offerings through the years. Roughly, anything prior to 1970 shows families celebrating Christmas and showing at least some religious observation of the holiday. You’ll find episodes like The Brady Bunch‘s Christmas story about mom Carol losing her voice and little Cindy asking Santa to bring it back so she can sing at church for Christmas. That happened in 1969. Christmas was depicted as a wonderful holiday, with the kids all trying to hide presents from one another and the family considering it a Christmas miracle that their mom was able to sing at church.
By 1972, though, the cynicism had crept in. The Bob Newhart Show episodes are about people largely hating Christmas or considering it a hassle. Yes, it was a show about a psychiatrist and most of the supporting cast were neurotics with all sorts of problems…but Christmas was a downer to these people, not a time of celebration. The focus had already shifted from the birth of Christ to topping each other in games of who can give the best presents.
1980s Christmas specials aren’t represented on Hulu’s lineup of shows, but I remember most of them being about “saving Christmas”, in the sense that Santa Claus was in some sort of trouble and the Smurfs or Care Bears or Garfield the Cat or whoever had to rescue him. So, “saving Christmas” entailed making sure that the presents were delivered. There was nothing about the Christ child to be found in those cartoons.
I think modern shows airing in 2014 have done a better job with Christmas, though they still focus a lot on the presents and say almost nothing about the birth of Jesus. But shows like Black-ish (which is surprisingly funny) have put the focus back on families spending time together at Christmas (and not making it just about presents).
Was the Vietnam War the cause of the culture change? And we’re still paying for that all these years later?
Did Vietnam so traumatize the Boomer generation that they abandoned God and became the neurotic wrecks seen on The Bob Newhart Show…and then a decade later these people became so materialistic and empty and focused just on presents?
I wonder what’s going to happen when all the Boomers are gone. I enjoy reading the writings on the site Generational Dynamics, though the author (a Boomer) tends to think those of us in Generation-X view Boomers unfairly as “The Worst Generation”. I don’t know if they deserve the title of “The Worst”, but on their watch the country truly has changed…and not for the better.
I don’t see the transition from that special Brady Bunch Christmas episode that celebrated miracles to the Bob Newhart cynicism as progress. I think it’s sad…and I don’t think it was necessary. Increasingly, I feel like the Boomer generation behaves collectively like an abused child who grew up to become a horror for everyone else to deal with. And we in Generation-X have another 10 years or so of dealing with this horror…and then trying to find away to undo the damage.
From the 1970s until today, Democrats have mostly controlled all of our largest cities in this country…and they’ve all mostly rotted to their cores. Democrats are responsible for completely annihilating black families and now Democrats are working hard to import Hispanics and keep them poor and Spanish-speaking, so that they don’t assimilate into wider American culture and prosper. Democrats have for decades been actively working to impoverish America and turn the country away from God and family.
You can see this transformation just by watching a hodgepodge of old Christmas episodes from TV shows through the years. It’s really quite remarkable. I’m putting it on my list of things “To Do” to do a comprehensive study of this, looking year by year at all the shows and movies that featured Christmas and explore how this change was made and investigate the “Who” and “Why” behind it. I’d like to think that the Left can only swing the pendulum so far in the negative direction before it swings back, but Detroit has been run into the ground by Democrats and every year I think it’s hit rock bottom and it will start to bounce back and that’s never happened. So pendulums apparently can get stuck (and once-great cities can permanently earn the nickname “Satan’s Diaper”).
What can be done about any of this going forward?
I had a minor revelation while watching one of the Bob Newhart Show episodes on Hulu this morning as I was starting prep work for Christmas dinner today. There was a scene where all of the neurotics that Bob Newhart treated as patients sat around in a group and talked about bad Christmas memories they had. Some toy they didn’t get as children. Some imagined slight or another from their parents. And Newhart indulged them all, listening to their complaints…before finally asking them if they had any good memories. None of them were interested in talking much about the good times. Dwelling on the slights and negative memories was apparently much more fun for them. To me, this is typical Baby Boomer behavior.
Do you ever do this…focus on negative memories instead of positive ones?
A few years before I met my boyfriend Justin, I went to a dating workshop run by a matchmaker here in Chicago. One of the things she taught us was that no one on Earth wants to hear your negative memories of anything. So why are those the ones that people enjoy sharing the most? Right now I have a bad memory from one Christmas in Cleveland that I could share with you right here. It paints my dad in a bad light and makes him look like a jerk. That’s my perspective of what happened, anyway. I have to admit there is always a weird impulse to lead with a tale like that. Why is that? Were people like this before the 1970s? Do we have the impulse to revisit the bad memories because our culture conditions us that this is what people do?
My boyfriend Justin is a Millennial and he was taught in public school to say something critical about whatever’s put in front of him. Not something complimentary, but always something critical…something he doesn’t like. I’m 10 years older than him and part of a different generation and I was never taught to do that. The nuns in Catholic school taught us to always have three things to say about any topic when having a conversation, which I think is a useful skill. Only one of those things could be negative, according to the nuns, and the negative comment had to be sandwiched in between the positive ones. Justin just spouts criticisms and feels good about himself for doing it…like pointing out the things he doesn’t like about whatever’s in front of him validates him as being smarter or better than the person who created that thing. All of his age-peer Millennials I’ve encountered are like this.
Over the three years we’ve been together now, I have tried to bring him over to my side of thinking and whenever he starts up with a negative memory or a negative story, like at Christmas, I ask him to tell me a favorite memory and a positive story. And he struggles to do it. It’s alien to him.
But if you watch the old Christmas specials before 1970, you’ll see that they’re all positive stories…they are all life-affirming…they are all happy tales full of joy and love and the true meaning of the season. I’d like all of us to get back to that. It starts on the individual level. No one alive today needs to hear a negative story from me about my dad and a disappointing Christmas from 30 years ago. I don’t need to revisit that particular Christmas either today (or any day). Let that memory fade away to nothing. Instead, I choose to focus today on all the wonderful Christmases that I’ve enjoyed through the years: all the great people who’ve been a part of my life and who made my life special by being a part of it during the holidays.
Let’s retrain our brains and eliminate the conditioning to default to negative memories and tales of woe. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
I bet living only in pleasant memories and a positive present will help make new Christmas memories going forward, too…ones that are worthwhile and full of joy and happiness. The Left wants us to be miserable and to wallow always in criticism and sorrow. The best antidote to that is pure and unadulterated JOY.
Her Majesty the Queen’s 2014 Christmas message will be broadcast at 3pm British time today (so the above is last year’s message until the new one can be added later).
UPDATE: Here’s the 2014 message:
Is watching the Queen’s Christmas message part of your holiday tradition?
In Cleveland, it always aired right around the time that Disney’s Christmas parade from Orlando was on…and I remember my grandmother switching over (with me being none too thrilled about that, until the importance of the Christmas message was explained).
Growing up in the 1980s, the forces of all that was good and right in the world were embodied to me in three people: Pope John Paul II, President Ronald Reagan, and Her Majesty the Queen. Three icons, in opposition to the evils of the Soviet Empire and its stranglehold on half of Europe. All these years later, it’s a great comfort that Her Majesty is still here. The 1980s felt so much safer than life today because our leaders seemed able to talk about the evils of the world without being politically correct.
Reagan didn’t feel the need (or heed the advice of consultants) to talk about the Soviets as “the Empire of Peace” the way that every Western leader must tiptoe around Islam. While Queen Elizabeth has never been political, she’s always embodied the best of Britain and has always been a passionate advocate for her people. In 2014, it feels like British people have no more say over the conquest of their island home than we do in America over the colonization of the United States by the Third World. We never voted on this, but those in power decided the West should be colonized by the Third World and every Western country should become “multicultural” (where Third World cultures supplant and usurp the existing cultures of the West).
I don’t expect Queen Elizabeth (or any Western leader) to ever denounce this because I think that ship has sailed. They’re all too afraid of Islam and too afraid of the political Left. It’s like as if someone is breaking into your house and intends to kill you, but you’re afraid of speaking out about it (because I guess you think they’ll kill you faster if you draw attention to what’s happening). Better to just ignore them and let them kill you in your sleep later that night, I suppose.
The Queen’s Christmas Message never touches on any of this and I’m not sure if people in Britain ever speak about what’s happening there any more than Americans talk about the Left’s efforts to permanently alter the culture and demographics or our own country. Will Prince George be forced to take a Muslim wife in the future, like in the book “The Camp of the Saints”? Is that the future for Britain? Are Americans all destined to speak Spanish next?
It’s both cruel and reassuring that I grew up in the 1980s and witnessed the West successfully stand up to communism…so I know that standing up to evil like this can in fact be done. It’s just sick that no Western leader has the guts to stand up to Islam and the Left’s colonial machinations in the same way. Part of me suspects that the remnants of the KGB and politburo are behind all this: if they could not defeat the West militarily or economically, then the long plan is to colonize the West with Islam and the Third World…so that Russia and China will inherit the Earth. But what Earth would really exist to inherit?
I hope you appreciate Queen Elizabeth and the work that she’s done through the years for the British people, particularly during the Cold War and also as a princess who learned how to repair military vehicles and who stood with her father and mother as they refused to abandon London or their people during the worst assaults by Hitler’s Reich (another time when the West was unafraid to stand up to evil). It’s very popular for the jaded, cynical Internet to attack any icon and every comment section on any article about the Queen no doubt contains vile attacks on her (by Millennials or younger who just think it’s cool to icon-topple). The anonymity of the Internet is something the Devil must delight in every day, because it allows vicious and disturbed people to slash and tear away at everything traditional and good in the world. The Left is committed to ripping the world apart and replacing it with — something — and the Internet is hastening this. I don’t think the Left even knows what it wants to usher in as a new world order, because the Left exists solely as the opposition to what we have currently…and the Left’s DNA is just to push the envelope further and further and strike down traditions with no real concept of what comes after all the icons are toppled and everything that maintains civilization is trashed. The West is being colonized by the Third World, with Britain and Europe being conquered by Islam and the United States being colonized by Central America. Christianity is relentlessly attacked by the Left while Islam is promoted as an enemy-of-the-Left’s-enemy-is-a-friend. The fools on the Left don’t realize that once Christianity falls that Islam will turn on the Leftists, as the useful idiots that they are.
Aren’t these Satan’s goals? To smash, to plague, to topple, to destabilize? At 38, I’ve come to realize that the goals of the Labour party in Britain and the Democrat party in the US are largely consistent with the wish list of the Devil himself, who seeks a world ripped to shreds by chaos.
The Age of Mutliculturalism is really the eradication of the West (and the stability and advancement for humanity it has brought) and the colonization of Western countries, where immigrants from the Third World come to new shores and establish colonies that eventually topple the Western nations that exist now. Once the neocolonists gain permanence and power, they demand the host country comply with their whims and change their ways to adapt to their culture. Instead of assimilating to where they move, immigrants today demand their new home become like the horrible place they left. They demand that the West become subject to Islam or under the yoke of socialism and communism (and the institutional corruption endemic to both)…and in time the only natural result will be the transformation of Western countries into the likeness of the Third World.
The Labour Party in Britain promotes this. Democrats want this here. And the Leftists who believe this is the key to winning permanent political power don’t see the coming crash…since these other cultures out there in the world aren’t all equal and their beliefs and habits aren’t on par with those of the West.
This is such a strange time to be alive, watching Western countries colonized by the poorest nations in the world. The West is being conquered without resistance and with no shots being fired. I never believed we’d live in a country where a portion of our own people joyfully cheered on our destruction or gleefully allowed our immigration laws to be ripped up, with no consequences at all for the lawbreakers. Since this is happening in Britain and Europe and Australia and Canada as well, it’s part of some sick suicidal impulse on the part of the West.
Did the Romans go through this too? Does civilization just naturally advance to a certain point where the most advanced nations decide they’re too tired to keep going and so enlightened that they delight in allowing other tribes to move in and usurp them?
This year, Muslims plotted to assassinate Her Majesty and seemed to have been stopped only by luck. What will happen if they succeed in their next attempt? Will that be the sort of event that wakes people up?
I wish people would talk about this Neocolonialism for what it is…and that someday someone would explain why the elite feel it’s a great thing to be importing millions of unskilled, illiterate, poor people from the Third World into the West at breakneck speed. I know what Democrats in the US and Labour in the UK want this: they believe the Third World immigrants are votes in the bank for the Left, because they’ll be loyal to the Left so long as the Left gives them welfare checks. But, what happens when all the money runs out, which it will soon?
What I really can’t understand are the Republicans who want America flooded with colonists from the Third World. Supposedly the Chamber of Commerce pushes for this because it keeps wages low, but I don’t know what jobs illiterate peasants are supposed to take. The Unions drove the factories out of America decades ago and the Obama Regime has made it difficult for new small businesses to open. Here in Chicago, every block has a restaurant, bar, or shop that’s gone out of business (some of them having been staples in the neighborhood for 50 years). Do we really need that many gardeners, dishwashers, housekeepers, and nannies for the Republican elite?
I truly hunger for a national political leader to call out the Left and the GOP Cocktail Party establishment on this. There’s a reason that Central and South America are not prosperous and it’s because of the backwards cultures there. There’s a reason that America has thrived and became the greatest country in the world…and it’s because of the culture that we’ve had here. Eroding that by mass-importing the Third World (and its culture here) is madness.
Will 2015 be the year that someone finally speaks out on this…some leader emerges with the guts to speak the truth?
Wouldn’t that be a remarkable Christmas message, though I know someone like the Queen would never deliver it. Winston Churchill would have. Teddy Roosevelt would have. I wish there was an American presidential candidate on the horizon that would do that.
It’s a personal mission of mine to try to figure out this coming year who’s really behind all of this. It’s convenient (and more than a little accurate) to blame George Soros or the UN…but I still don’t understand who benefits in the end. Say these people succeed and collapse the West. Say that Islam conquers Europe and Great Britain. The United States falls to Central America and American culture is replaced with a socialist or communist regime (more so than what we have now under Obama in 2014). Australia gets overtaken by Malaysians and Indonesians and whoever else the Left is importing there. What then?
If Islam and the culture of the Third World were any good, then wouldn’t those parts of the world be flourishing now?
Doesn’t it seem logical that replacing the West with colonies of Islam and the Third World will just create a planet where no countries flourish and civilization collapses?
The only entity that I can ever think of who could want to see that is the Devil himself. Which makes recent history read like it was written by David Seltzer or Ira Levin.
What challenges we all face going into 2015, in a world where evil’s on the march like never before and good people are too often terrified of speaking openly about that. It’s a world where the West is under siege from all sides and we don’t have a strong leader to rally behind or a media that will report the truth. It’s so easy to feel hopeless and helpless in this.
But, I can’t believe that God wants the West to fall. And I can’t believe that those who love all the West stands for are powerless to stop this. It’s just a much longer and protracted fight than any of us would want…and I think things will get much worse before they get any better.
What a cheerful way to start Christmas morning, I know. I suppose I just really hunger for someone, anyone, to take the microphone and broadcast a rallying cry to the West like Churchill and the King did during the darkest days of WWII…where the politically-correct brigades and the complicit media didn’t prevent national figures from standing up for their own people and denouncing Neocolonialism and Islamization. I yearn for someone to stand up and call out the invasion and occupation of the West for what it is.
Why won’t that happen?
I have to admit that while I think flash mobs are silly (and tired at this point), I thought this was adorable. Though it was filmed in England, it reminded me a lot of the last day of school before Christmas break in Cleveland when I was a kid. We’d have mass that day and then some sort of Christmas assembly, where there would be singing of various degrees from wonderful to meh. I remember being wildly excited the whole time and there always being rainbow candy canes that tasted like cherry and everyone had on either red or green sweaters.
Disney achieved something remarkable with “Frozen” and it appears to have been totally by accident. My boyfriend Justin has a job freelancing with some companies that work peripherally with Disney and people in that industry all attest that the House of Mouse had no idea that “Frozen” would be a hit. I don’t think it’s the Broadway style music, though, that made it so popular (though that did help).
I think it was the setting and the characters and the fact that it was not a forced multi-culti offering. Disney put out a product that was not pushing “diversity” for the sake of “diversity” and people went nuts for it. They had hungered for it. I doubt Disney will learn any lesson from this, though. The MBAs in the C-suites over at Disney have probably invented all sorts of reasons why Frozen was such a hit, but I doubt they will admit the truth: it was a lovely movie about European princesses, sisterhood, and a gorgeous, snowy background. There was no racial tension, no “the historic first this” or “the groundbreaking first that”, or any of that PC-garbage.
Every year I wonder if this is the last year that Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson (the Justice Brothers) will be allowed to race-bait and provoke hatred and division wherever they go. I wonder if this is the year that Americans wake up and say enough is enough with all of this garbage. I’ve been working on a project with Megan Fox for the last year that has really shown me how mousy most Americans have become and how afraid they are of both the media and the Left’s PC-brigades. People are truly in a constant state of fear of these people on the Left. They fear them the way that people in Chicago feared Al Capone’s gang back in the day…only this is a national fear.
I think “Frozen” was so successful because people could escape into that movie and live momentarily in a world without any of this garbage. The Left has been pitting Americans against one another in a long tribalist siege, dividing everyone along lines of skin color or imagined “nationality” (anything to keep people from just seeing each other as “Americans”…so instead everyone has to be African-American or Mexican-American or Whatever-American instead). Sadly, even good people do this, without realizing it. I was at Christmas party today and was having a lovely time…until someone asked, “What’s your nationality?” Of course, “American” is not accepted as an answer. This person wanted to play that tribalist, “nationality expert” game. And you know what? At 38 I am just too old for that.
I’m from Ohio (Cleveland, specifically), so I talked with this person about growing up in Cuyahoga County as if it was a foreign land steeped in magic and wonder. If the intent of the nationality experts is really to learn about a person and where he is “from”, then they should be thrilled to listen to stories about northeast Ohio in the 1980s for an hour. The answer these buffoons want, however, is some tribalist tripe about one great-grandparent or another being from somewhere in the old Holy Roman Empire that no longer exists anymore. But I think this game is just so stupid that I won’t play it. I don’t think anyone should play this anymore either.
That’s my biggest Christmas wish this year: that in 2015 and beyond we can, as Americans, start wising up to what the Left’s up to and that we as a people stop voluntarily dividing ourselves along these tribalist lines. My family’s from Ohio. I’m really proud of that. Though I live in Chicago now, I’ll always have a special place in my heart for the city of lights, city of wonder, that is Cleveland. But I don’t give a damn about where anyone related to me a hundred years ago lived in Europe. I’m an American and I’d love to see an America where the Left didn’t win time and again by disuniting us psychologically, emotionally, and so casually.
This isn’t done to anyone living in England, where they get to be just “British”. It’s not done to anyone living in Australia, as they are just “Australian”. People in Canada are just “Canadian” and people in Mexico are more or less getting ready to pour across our unsealed southern border. The few remaining there get to just be “Mexicans”, though.
But Americans always have to be split into something else, even at a Christmas party. I’m tired of it and want to do something about it in 2015.
I want the nationality experts to just “let it go” and take pride in being an American. Hasn’t the Left had enough decades of this tribalism already? Can’t we turn the page and start something new in 2015?
What think you?
Whatever you are doing for Christmas, I hope it’s at least as fun as being carried headfirst into a room by four hunks dressed as reindeer.
Have fun, be safe, and don’t forget the true reason for the season.
Instead of sending a conqueror sheathed in armor or a tyrant commanding legions, the Lord sent us a carpenter, born in a manger, as his son. Today and every day I hope you are grateful for that and remember that underneath all the holly and tinsel and wrapping paper and, yes, hunks-dressed-as-reindeer that Christmas is the celebration of a promise kept between Heaven and humanity.
You are loved by a loving God and you matter greatly in this world, now more than ever. The Devil is loose like at no other time in all of history and the imps, goblins, trolls, and demons of Hell are more clever and active than our world has ever known. But, that promise to us of that baby in a manger is renewed. The prince of peace. The symbol of hope. The Christ child.
Remember that…and then have a blast celebrating with friends and family and all those you love. Please try to remember any elderly neighbors or people you know who might not have a family to celebrate with this year and ask them over to share in your festivities. Share together in your love of life, laughter, and the Lord.
Since the audit we did of the Field Museum upset the Left so much, Megan Fox and I decided to travel to the Brookfield Zoo in the Chicago suburbs to see what propaganda lurked there. What we’re looking for during these museum audits includes displays at the zoo that:
(1) Teach children that humans are bad and are destroying the planet.
(2) Guilt trips about how “fragile” all the animals are and how everything that people do kills animals (which makes humans bad). Even looking at an animal for too long can kill it. Breathing in an animal’s general direction can kill it. Getting out of bed in the morning kills tons of animals. Etc.
(3) Ego trips about how only the Left knows how to live and how the white elites of the West should dictate how the brown and black people in other countries live (there’s a lot of that in these displays). You wouldn’t believe how much neocolonial nonsense the Left spouts, where these elite preach about what businesses should or should not be allowed to exist in Asian and African countries. That always makes me wonder if the elites have investments in Western companies that produce those products…so the animals are really being used as propaganda chips to keep industries from developing in Asia and Africa that would compete with existing companies that have monopolies today.
What’s with all the propaganda?
Zoos weren’t like this when I was a kid. At least the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, the Toledo Zoo, and the Cincinnati Zoo back in Ohio weren’t like this. But for some reason the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago is just chock full of propaganda here in 2014. Unsuspecting families who go there expecting a fun time with their children where they would learn a few things about cool animals come away disappointed: because instead of providing facts about the animals in the exhibits, the Zoo uses that space to teach kids that the Anthropogenic Apocalypse is coming and that we’re all doomed. DOOOOOOOMED!, they say.
There’s also a lot of weirdness where the Left indoctrinates the children into the cult of carbon credit indulgences and other bizarre cultist things they can do as penance to become “good people”. Exhibits that should be teaching the kids about the amazing things that animals can do instead tell the kids that only if they go home and throw away all food with palm oil in it and yell at their parents to never buy anything with palm oil as an ingredient then — and only then — will they be “good people”. But, even that won’t save the planet…because we’re all DOOOMED.
And it’s probably happening in your local zoo too. Have you noticed it? Why do zoos have to be like this now?
Why can’t zoos just focus on educating kids on the wonders of the natural world?
If the goal of the zoo is to promote conservation, I don’t understand the weird guilt trips and the apocalypse hysteria. Consider this:
* The Brookfield Zoo’s tactic is to beat children over the head with propaganda that tells them that humans are bad, that their parents are bad, and that all animals are fragile and that just about everything that people do kills these animals and soon there will be no animals left and the planet will explode and we’ll all be dead. Is that supposed to encourage the children to grow up to love these animals and want to protect them? I don’t think the people behind this marketing/indoctrination program have ever worked with children. So…the Zoo succeeds in being depressing and becomes a place that kids don’t really want to go, because it’s so doom and gloom and sad there. And the kids leave not learning anything about animals, but instead go home feeling hopeless and possibly even suicidal. How does this benefit the animals or nature?
* The zoos have been engaged in this doom and gloom propaganda for probably 20 years now. Has it made the situation better? Have animals been saved because a whole generation of children was taught to hate themselves and believe that the planet is fragile and will be destroyed at any moment? Has this propaganda made things better?
* Remember back in the 80s and 90s? Zoos were fun places that inspired imagination. Remember going to a zoo on a field trip? That was easily the highlight of the entire school year. It was fun. We learned about the amazing things that the animals could do. When we got back to our desks we couldn’t wait to take out our markers and paper and draw pictures of the new animals we “discovered” and the things we learned about them. There was absolutely zero talk about the apocalypse or about humans being bad. Humans were celebrated as the caretakers of all these wonderful creatures…and people were never depicted as infectious parasites that are destroying the planet.
There is a real sickness in the Left. The Leftists have a suicidal impulse that wants to collapse civilization and eradicate humans. Sadly, they don’t want to start with themselves (which would solve the problem).
At some point, isn’t it time to take a look at what the zoos are doing and ask them why they don’t go back to doing things the way they used to do them…seeing as how this “humans are bad” push hasn’t made anything better in the last 20 years since they started it?
Did you happen to stumble on the viral Internet sensation that was my friend Megan Fox’s audit of the Field Museum last month?
This was an interesting experience, because one trip to the museum asking questions about some of the things posted in the displays ended up causing the Left to have a complete meltdown. Megan and I have been working on a few book projects, with one of them focusing on the propaganda put in front of children in places like the Field Museum here in Chicago.
The museum’s “Evolving Earth” exhibit is dusty and poorly-maintained. A lot of the displays have “facts” in them that are outdated by many years. Some of the displays have contradictions within just a few paragraphs. Others show artistic depictions of animals that are wildly off…but, again, the exhibits have not been updated in a decade or more. Yet, this is what they’re teaching all the school children that are paraded through this exhibit every day en route to the fossils (which is what the kids really want to see).
Going to Catholic school as a kid, I never was exposed to very much Creationism or speculation on the origins of life. The Garden of Eden and Genesis were covered in religion class, but only in passing. Usually, that would happen in a combined religion class/art class (or penmanship exercise)…where we would read stories about the Creation event and then draw pictures of all the animals in the Garden, the Tree of Life, etc. We spent probably a day on this every year in grade school (and no time at all on it in high school). The story of Noah’s Ark had about the same amount of classroom time.
Megan Fox is not Catholic. Like my boyfriend Justin, she’s some kind of protestant (but I never can remember which). Calvinist, Lutheran, something. It’s also part of the legacy of Catholic school that I don’t remember these things, because to me all protestants are just “protestants”. Culturally, we’re very different…and one of those differences is how little I care about how life started on this planet.
I find that I care about this as much as I care about whatever happened to Amelia Earhart or whatever happened to Alexander the Great’s tomb. Would it be nice to know the truth? Sure. Would it make an exciting detective story or Indiana Jones-type movie, centered on solving these great mysteries once and for all? Definitely. But I don’t lose sleep over these things.
Growing up Catholic, there was no time spent by the nuns who taught me in grade school wondering if dinosaurs were on Noah’s Ark. Noah’s Ark was one of the Bible stories used to inspire us to draw really pretty pictures during art class. I don’t recall any of my classmates drawing dinosaurs, but I do remember a girl named Melissa putting two unicorns on the gangplank leading into the Ark and Sister Mary Howard (probably the scariest and meanest of all nuns) didn’t bat an eye at that. This was a nun who would smack kids upside the head for coloring ousted the lines…but she didn’t care if unicorns were included in the Ark scene.
I think that’s just because for Catholics the list of what was on the Ark or wasn’t on the Ark…or what was real or what wasn’t real…didn’t matter as much as it does to protestants (or, I’ve come to discover, to self-proclaimed atheists).
What inspired this new book project with Megan was a trip she took last year to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, where a docent became apoplectic when Megan referred to one of the fossil skulls in the exhibit as a “dragon”. Because to her it looked just like a dragon from a fantasy movie. The docent — no doubt an Obama-voting leftist — just couldn’t stand that a mom with her kids called a fossil skull “a dragon” and practically pushed other museum-goers down in her rush to correct Megan. “That’s not a dragon. It’s a dinosaur. Don’t call it a dragon,” the Docent commanded. Megan reacted the same way I do whenever the word-police are dispatched by the Left: she called it a dragon repeatedly until the Docent shriveled to the floor like Margaret Hamilton meeting a pail of water.
The brittleness of the ideological Left always amuses me.
And I am thankful that these lunatics always so clearly telegraph what upsets them. I know I am onto something when they react hysterically to anything that I do, or friends of mine in the good guy ranks like Megan do. If calling dinosaurs by the word “dragons” upsets the Left, then I think that’s something we all need to start doing. When the Left is emotionally upset and raging about something ridiculous, then it can’t be firing on all cylinders in its attempts to destroy our country.
That video tour Megan and I made of the Field Museum has something like 1.2 million hits on YouTube now. It upset the Left so much that Megan’s been receiving a steady stream of death and rape threats from people who claim they are employees of the Field Museum or the museum’s supporters. All because she asked questions about some of the poorly-made displays in the museum and used the word “dragons” for the reconstructed creatures on display.
Incidentally, when I lived in China I would hear the word “dragon” all the time when someone meant to say “dinosaur”. I taught English in Beijing and corrected the “Engrish” writings of Chinese business people and the dinosaur/dragon thing happened all the time. It’s because Chinese people call all fossils “dragon bones”, as there’s no word exactly like “fossil”. Chinese is an idiomatic language and when they say “dragon bones” they mean any ancient creature whose remains are found in the ground. They capture more of the wonder of such a discovery by saying they are “dragon bones”, as opposed to our dry, clinical word such as “fossil”.
It’s an interesting question to ask if whether the word “dinosaur” — literally meaning “terrible lizard” — is the best term to use for the astounding beasts of our planet’s past. Were they really “terrible lizards”? Terrible, here, means more “awesome”…like how “Ivan the Terrible” is better translated as “Ivan the Awe-inspiring” or “Ivan the Awesome”. There’s nothing “terrible” about dinosaurs. And there’s nothing really lizard-like either. That’s a 1950s way of looking at these creatures, as if they were lumbering, slow-moving, behemoths always being trapped in tar or drowned in lava in bad murals that decorated the cinder block walls of Cleveland’s natural history museum (all seven rooms of it) back when I was a kid.
I like that Megan Fox calls these creatures “dragons”. And not just because it upsets the Left so much. I like that Chinese people call them “dragons” as well, even though they (and Megan) aren’t implying these creatures ever breathed fire. They are truly marvelous creatures to wonder about…to speculate about…and to discuss.
I’m looking forward to sharing with you more of our audits of the museums of Chicago and updating you on some of the other projects that Megan Fox and I have been working on with our Story Time Digital Media production company. I hope you check us out on YouTube, here: www.YouTube.com/IntolerantFox
Also follow along on the Facebook account we have setup for Story Time, too: https://www.facebook.com/MeganFoxWriter
It’s a learning process and quite the adventure to be directing and producing videos like this. As someone who is not the best with technology, I’m amazed that Megan and I were able to upset the Left so much with our first foray into the medium…but clearly the word “dragon” is a magical word that rings some kind of bell with these lunatics.
I was amazed today while visiting a friend that her children (both under 10) had never heard Whitney Houston sing…let alone heard her sing this Christmas song.
I feel that America is at a crossroads between the world most of us grew up in and a new, nastier, darker, and relentlessly-negative concoction that the Left has been pushing. A big part of that is the destruction of religion…and with it the butchering of our national soul. Kids today are being taught to hate America in schools and adults play the “nationality game”, where instead of being proud to be Americans they like to say they are “part German, part Hungarian, part Greek” or whatever. Teddy Roosevelt cautioned against that garbage a hundred years ago…because it’s part of what divides us as a people…and makes it so easy for the Left to split everyone along these various cracks and fault lines. America could never be conquered externally, but it can be killed from within by the “nationality experts” and the generations of children who are growing up insisting that America is nothing special and that we should all be “global citizens” instead.
How does Whitney Houston factor into all of this?
I think she was a canary in the coal mine for all of this. When I was a kid in grade school and Whitney Houston was coming to town, it was THE event to hit Cleveland. I remember the THRILL of finding out that a classmate’s mom had scored a group of tickets and a bunch of us were being invited to go to a Whitney Houston concert. And everyone there that night of the show was filled with such positive energy, singing along…with Whitney herself regal and serene and absolutely gorgeous. People of all ages marveled at her voice and were delighted by her songs. That voice. That regal bearing. That PRESENCE. Even now, these are the hallmarks I attribute to angels.
Is there anything like this in the music world (or in the greater realm of pop culture) today? I don’t think so.
Whitney herself is gone, of course. But in her last years she wasn’t the same Whitney that rolled through Cleveland back in 1985. In her final years, the nastiness of the Internet turned her into a joke. She was savaged and defamed and something inside her just gave up. And the demons got ahold of her.
This same corrosion is happening to our country. Every year, the attacks on Christmas get stronger. Militant atheists, Neopagans, and Satanists chip away at our shared Christmas traditions. The Multi-Culti cult makes new gains, further dividing Americans along various imagined ethnic and ancestral lines, carving us up into new demographic groups. Every time you play “nationality expert” you help them do this, whether you realize it or not.
Is all of this permanent, or is it just an unfortunately dreadful period in history that we’re going through?
I don’t know…but I don’t see much point in giving up hope. If you really believe in this country and the fact that America is something special in the world, then you should seize every opportunity to set the nationality experts and the Multi-Culti crowd straight. If you truly love the Lord (the way that Whitney sure did, back in her prime) then should celebrate Christmas with boundless verve. At a time when the creatures of darkness have more power than ever before and the Internet allows them to scratch and claw at everything good in the world, too many decent and kind people feel bullied into silence. They’re afraid to speak up for what’s right because they don’t want the trolls out there to come after them. They don’t want to be savaged, so they stay silent.
While it’s certainly one strategy to hide like that (and thus always avoid the attention of the Left), is it fair or right to hide your light under a bushel?
I am overcome with a sense of great redemption when I listen to “Do You Hear What I Hear”, by Whitney back in her glory days. That performance echoes through eternity. Twenty-five years later, it’s as joyful and as meaningful as the day she sang it on The Tonight Show. None of what happened to her later matters now. Her soul’s at peace and her joyful singing lives on.
Today, two new Whitney Houston fans discovered this song and are burning up their Kindles playing it over and over again for Christmas. They see in Whitney what I saw in her when I was their age…and that’s what her legacy’s going to be. Not the Bobby Brown years. Not the fall and the struggles. Not her sad and tragic end.
I think this nation is in a state of depression that’s more than economic. The Left has succeeded in dividing us and breaking our spirit, battering and berating our shared identity. But I don’t think that has to be permanent. I don’t believe what’s been done can’t be undone. And I don’t believe evil ever wins in the end.
If you love the Lord and you love America, just remember a comeback and real redemption are as reliable as Christmas rolling around on the calendar every year. The Left will scratch and claw and attempt to destroy Christmas, but they won’t succeed. Just as they will fail in their attempts to destroy America.
It’s not right or fair or fun that we have to be alive today to witness the Left at its zenith of power…but it wasn’t right or fair or fun for my grandparents’ generation to be alive when Hitler’s armies were marching across Europe and the forces of evil were at a previous zenith.
The Left is more insidious now, though. And the greatest threats to America today are domestic, not foreign. The Left has succeeded in turning America’s children against their own country. That’s never happened before. It’s one helluva challenge we face. I believe a large part of the Baby Boomer generation wants to see the country fall into ruin and burn to the ground before the Boomers depart this planet…and the Millennials in the generation below me have been taught by Marxists in the classroom that America must fall for the utopia of globalism to take over.
I don’t know how we can combat any of this…but I do know it’s worth trying.
Remember that pesky scandal where it was revealed the NSA collects metadata on U.S. citizens? Remember how many people (from both sides of the aisle) blew it off as nothing we should worry about; that it was a vital part of our national security efforts?
Now we learn from the former head of the NSA that the United States uses metadata to decide who to kill. Not in the United States (yet), but definitely overseas.
This is disturbing enough. I thought we actually had, you know, SPIES and such operating throughout the world, intercepting communications, reading letters, etc. Now the NSA is revealing that we don’t actually bother to read what’s in the communications… we will actually kill someone just for communicating with other people.
What’s wrong with that? Some people will ask this question. Unfortunately, Republicans will be among them. There’s a lot wrong with this. Right off the top of my head, I can think of a HUGE problem with this. Want to eliminate someone you can’t get to? How about having a bunch of your Al Qaeda buddies to call him a bunch of times. Eventually the United States will classify him as a major terrorist based on his metadata and off him for you!
Another problem: metadata is “data about data”. Which means the United States is killing people not on evidence, but on “evidence about evidence”. I really hope that I don’t have to explain why this is concerning.
Most worrisome about this article, though, is this single statement by former NSA chief Michael Hayden regarding the domestic collection of metadata:
“It’s really important to understand the program in its entirety. Not the potentiality of the program, but how the program is actually conducted.” (emphasis added)
Hayden is asking us to NOT look at the potential of the program. This is a de facto admission that the potentiality of the program is something we would find “distasteful” to put it lightly. Furthermore, within the context of the overall article, I’d like to know exactly what Hayden means when he says “potentiality of the program.” You would think it is unlikely he means the government may start killing civilians on U.S. soil based on metadata, but who knows?
At the very least, we should be concerned about targeted political character assassinations, using metadata to poison someone’s reputation, or blackmail someone. But metadata could eventually become grounds for granting search warrants, which means search and seizure of private property based on evidence of evidence. Or for things like IRS audits. Metadata could easily become a tool in the government’s bag of bully tricks.
The potentiality of the program concerns the hell out of me. I hope it concerns you too.
At least Obama did something (after enormous pressure) and “officially” abandoned the program. Small consolation considering the potential for “unofficial” collection, and that private entities will maintain the metadata and the government will basically have access to that whenever they want.