Look, I Don’t Own a Glock. I have a Ruger and a Sig. Leave Me Alone.
In Ecochondriacs …
“She jumped back to the door of the bedroom, gun raised, just like she had seen in movies, and held her breath. In the dim morning light, she had to stare intently at the gun to make sure the safety was off.”
Glocks don’t have safeties . . . well they do but not the kind which you are referring to. Serves you right for joking that Canadians don’t know what a revolver is in your speech about at the Ezra Institute last year. ;-)
This is not to imply that I’m not enjoying the story. :)
MM, yeah, well, you know . . .
Glocks don’t have safeties!
Brian, I know that. I know that now.
Glocks ain’t got no safety.
Iivo, what makes you think I wouldn’t know something like that?
Pastor Wilson, I just wanted to let you know that Glocks do not have an external safety. If that is the character’s mistake to look for one, then that is just a wonderful juicy subtle detail, since she’s a liberal. But it sounds more like a narrator’s mistake, and HE certainly ought to know better! :) I can’t wait to read the rest. You had me laughing out loud.
Jayson, yeah, that’s right. That’s the ticket. It was the character’s mistake . . .
We gun guys are very . . . PARTICULAR about gun tech. And I’m sure LOTS of us read your blog.
So I suspect you’ve already heard about this a dozen times . . . but just in case:
“She stood up and grabbed her purse with the goods in it, darted back to her bedroom, and pulled a Glock out of the drawer by the head of her bed. … She jumped back to the door of the bedroom, gun raised, just like she had seen in movies, and held her breath. In the dim morning light, she had to stare intently at the gun to make sure the safety was off.”
Namely: Glocks don’t have external safeties!
(It hasn’t gone to print yet, right … ?)
Look, Frank, I’ve had about enough of this.
Technical inaccuracy re Ecochondriacs : “In the dim morning light, she had to stare intently at the gun to make sure the safety was off. ” Note that Glocks do not have an external safety switch, so this doesn’t make sense…
Steve, don’t make me stop the car and come back there . . .
Glocks don’t have manual safeties. C’mon man! Still a good intro . . .
Look, Chris. Everyone in the world knows that Glocks don’ have safeties.
I just read the first posting of Ecochondriacs. I am hooked. However I almost spit out my coffee when Helen looked at her Glock to make sure the safety was off. Knowing you (though reading only), it was probably intentional to mess with me, as I am sure you know that Glocks have internal safeties…
Keep up the good work!
Jesse, yes. That was the thought foremost in my mind. “I am going to mess with Jesse.” And Chris. And Steve. And Frank. And Jayson. And Iivo. And Brian. And MM.
Judgment and the Nations
Thank you as always for your biblically-informed insights and for being faithful to put them out there for all to see. Regarding this statement from your “High Price” NQN post: “But all the nations that forget God go down to the dust of death,” can you point me to any resources you would recommend that look, in depth, at how God has dealt with nations throughout world history? Just how does the Almighty judge nations, what is a nation anyway, and what about individual responsibility as a citizen in a nation-state?
Mark, I would begin by reading God’s Judgments by Steven Keillor (Garrison’s brother). It is quite good.
Esau I Have Hated
Firstly, I confess I did not watch the whole debate so if you answered this question, that is my bad. At about the 1:40:00 to 1:42:00 mark or so, you said you think it’s possible that Esau was/is saved. I was wondering if you could lay out your reasoning for that and also as a follow up explain your understanding the following passages. It seems clear to me that the authors are showing Esau to have been reprobate, predestined to hell, non-elect in opposition to elect Jacob, however you want to say it.
“For you know that even afterwards, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears” (Heb. 12:17, NASB)
“And not only this, but there was Rebekah also, when she had conceived twins by one man, our father Isaac; for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God’s purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls, it was said to her, “THE OLDER WILL SERVE THE YOUNGER.” 13Just as it is written, “JACOB I LOVED, BUT ESAU I HATED.” (Rom. 9:10-13, NASB)
Caleb, thanks. That remark was in passing, so I don’t think the rest of the debate would help, at least on that question. The issue is whether someone who is serving as a type of judgment can himself individually escape that judgment. An obvious example would be Adam. He is the old man, but can the old man become new? Or consider the Israelites who died in the wilderness. They were all a type of judgment, but could any of them be saved? The blessing that Esau could not regain was the messianic blessing. And Malachi is talking about the nation of Edom, not Esau himself necessarily. My thinking is that Jacob and Esau are reconciled at the end of the story, and Esau is quite magnanimous.
Has NQN Been Domesticated?
2020 NQN So far:
Perhaps it’s the nature of all that has preceded NQN this year thus far . . . or maybe the prior years left too many softballs that I had been accustomed to you smashing out of the park . . . we would watch the warped balls begin to unthread as they passed out of the park and nearly fully unravel before they landed, limp dead and in need of disposal.
Maybe it is prudent wisdom on your part, or lack there of on mine. Maybe something is wrong with me and my limbic resilience isn’t what it should be . . . perhaps you realize there’s still many days left in this month . . . or maybe I’m missing something in general . . . like the whole boa
Don’t get me wrong, I thorough enjoy, am edified and encouraged by your blog. That being said, this NQN (the 2020 version) doesn’t seem to have the prophetic punch I had been accustomed to.
In full realization that the problem may be my own.
Gdub, I invite your scrutiny when the month is over. I think the impression might be created because I have had to write on the election more than I would like. And again tomorrow. But there are a number of other issues cued up.
Ah, Yes. The Election
In the Enron scandal forensic accounts used Benford’s law to identify fraudulent books. Harrison Smith has applied the technique to voting records in disputed states. https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1324536420992733185.html
The method is described at:
The corresponding Wikipedia page seems to be evolving.
If Smith’s numbers check out, confidence in the election is seriously misplaced.
Steve, yes. I am going to be referring you all to some data tomorrow that demonstrates cheating on a massive scale. And while Benford’s Law is used, it doesn’t demonstrate cheating. It just tells the auditors where to look.
If you really are as concerned about electoral fraud as you say, you should call for the abolition of the Electoral College, because the EC invites fraud in a way that a national popular vote would not. In 2016, Trump won by 80,000 votes across three critical states, and lost the popular vote by 3 million. If someone wanted to steal an election, which would be easier: stealing 80,000 votes across three states, or stealing 3 million? Every one of the election shenanigans now being alleged is either easier or possible in the first place because of the EC.
Paul, you are right that I am concerned about voter fraud. But it is not the only thing I am concerned about. Wyoming having a voice in national affairs is another thing I am concerned about. We can have the Electoral College, AND elections with integrity, if we prosecute offenders. After this election, if a bunch of people go to jail, that will be a good start.
Because this is being done to Trump, that gives me hope. They’ve been trying to take him down for four years, and every effort has failed, so this, their greatest and most brazen attempt, may fail as well. But the American people have allowed themselves to be cowed by a virus that is not a threat to over 99% of us, and yet most people wear masks. That does not give me hope.
Mike, yes. Signs of hope everywhere. Signs of corruption everywhere.
In regards to “The Authority of a Fraudulent Election”: Thank you Pastor Doug for this explanation of what is going on. It puts great words to some of the thoughts I think I was thinking . . . A follow up question would be what do we actually, practically, do in the face of a fraudulent election if it continues in the way it appears it may? It seems as though writing/calling our leaders is a useless task if they are indeed complicit.
Tyler, I have actually been encouraged by the level of resistance I have seen across the board. Support those guys. And Lord willing, more tomorrow.
What bothers me is not just the public and obvious nature of the fraud, but the fact that so many Biden supporters are willing to laugh it off and pass it off as “nothing to see here.” We’ve been down this road before, but this is might be one of the first times their ballot box stuffing tricks will actually steal a national election, and they are doing it in broad daylight now. If we let this stand, there is nothing they will not try to shove down our throats
PE, correct. If they get away with this, they have a clean shot at getting away with anything.
So, the elections are fraudulent, you say? And you vaguely suggest that it’s the poll workers who are (I guess?) Democrat conspirators. Or that there’s lots of illegal voting? Or, what? What is it? Where’s the evidence? “We must not do anything on the basis of mere allegations of voter fraud. But we already have enough evidence . . .” What is this evidence? But if the votes aren’t being counted fairly, how do you account for Joe Biden leading by such slim margins in the key battleground states? If a teacher tells a mom that her son cheated on a test, and that he cheated off of the answer sheet, it’s a pretty good defense that the kid got a good of the questions wrong. Barely passing is usually not evidence of cheating. Am I missing something?
For the record, I didn’t vote for either candidate, because neither of them represent me. That might mean that I’m an idiot (which is the less polite, but more succinct word for dryer vent lint for brains). And I was prepared to accept either outcome of the election with thankfulness and trust in God’s providence. God is sovereign over our nation, and all the nations are but the dust on the scales. What wounds me more profoundly is to see a hero of classical education (at least one of my heroes) parroting back Trump election conspiracies that undermine democracy, with no evidence (i.e., lies). I’ll also add that you have erected a political test in the church, which I regard as far more damaging than a religious test in government. The most charitable explanation that I have at this time is that President Trump is a corrupting influence, and you are not immune.
Rob, I will start with your last point, which blends with your call for actual evidence. Absent evidence, your inquiry is entirely appropriate. Have I succumbed to Trump’s wiles? But actually, no, not at all. There is a torrent of evidence, much of which I have seen, and which you should be able to see today or tomorrow. If you want to see it. A lot of people don’t.
You can’t just state “We must not do anything on the basis of mere allegations of voter fraud. But we already have enough evidence for the public to draw up an informal indictment in their heads”. I kind of sighed when I saw this post. There has been no evidence put out that actually indicates any voter fraud that I have seen, it seems to be just empty claims from an unreliable president saying “they are finding votes”, and most reasonable observers (including for example Mitch McConnel) rolling their eyes and trying to ignore his antics. I have usually thought of you as a responsible commentator on politics, urging people to be thoughtful and measured, but with this post its hard to not strike your blog from the “responsible commentator” column and add it to the “drank the Kool-Aid” category. For the love of all that is holy, can you actually give some evidence, maybe a citation, or at least give a quick little summary of this evidence, instead of just vague claims like the bots on Twitter and Info-Wars? I cannot for the life of me find any evidence besides random clowns yelling online for election fraud that seem to have a complete lack of knowledge about how counting ballots works in different states. Baselessly claiming election fraud is irresponsible and destabilizing, as actual election fraud would be grounds for quite drastic action. So for goodness sake will you at least state the basis for your claim (and for the love of God please don’t let it be “because Twitter bot A, B, and C told me so, and I saw my cousin say something in Facebook that makes sense, that seems to be everyone else’s “evidence” for voter fraud).
Ki, see above. But for now, suffice it to say that last night realclearpolitics walked Biden back under 270 votes.
Thanks for this perspective, which resonates on the whole. I’m interested, though, in how you get from acknowledging the possibility of election fraud and a political context ripe for it, to the actual presence of election fraud. You say:
“We must not do anything on the basis of mere allegations of voter fraud. But we already have enough evidence for the public to draw up an informal indictment in their heads . . . .”
I will never be a conspiracy theorist, but I can’t help but feel pressured into that mentality by the Left over the past four years, and of the weird way the vote-counting is going. So I’m feeling your overall point. But I’m not comfortable moving that point beyond a feeling, because I don’t have specific evidence — ripe political context (Russia, abortion, etc.) granted.
Could you help point me to some on-the-ground evidence that would make it reasonable for me to say with you, but to my average friend, that we “have enough evidence for the public to draw up an informal indictment”? What is that evidence?
Nate, you are exactly right. Actual accumulated evidence is what is needed. It is being assembled as we speak, and I will pass it on asap. I have seen it, and it is not a niggle here to there. We are talking about fraud at the level of hundreds of thousands of votes. Stay tuned.
Porn and Cuckolds
Re: Pornography for Cuckolds An interesting take on pornography. I’m wondering if you have thought about videogames in a similar context. While videogames are not inherently sinful, they are easily abused. One of those reasons for that abuse is because they offer a sense of accomplishment but without any of the real-world risks. If I fail at a videogame I just restart or play a different game. If I fail at, say, a business venture, I lose money or reputation or more. That abuse of games starts ramping up when we avoid those real-world responsibilities (with all their risks) in favor of the safer virtual challenges. In a sense, if pornography is sex for gamma males, then videogame abuse is “subduing creation” for gamma males.
Gary, yes. I think these sorts of vicarious thrills are all related.
As this is November, I’ll just out and say it: what about guys who watch porn with only girls in it? They’re not being turned on by being cuckolded, as there are no men.
Kristina, yes, that is a fair point. I believe guys who are turned on by women only don’t have the problem I was talking about. They have another problem, one of lust, and so they are sinning. But they are not sinning in a gamma male way.
Can we get the inverse on this too- the respectable “Christian” woman who secretly aspires to be a prostitute . . . posting pictures online of their weight loss in a bikini . . . to “inspire” their friends; wearing leggings; etc — everything short of actually being one. All the advertisements are there though. And so is the desire to be desired, that women lie to themselves about but will do just about anything to keep the feeling going.
AF, yes, exactly. A post on this and related problems is coming soon to a November near you.
Rushdoony was right. As atheists look for a god that they want and Christians desire another messianic incarnation, we’ve all looked to the state to save us. Now more than ever we need solid, Christian voices speaking into issues of government. Correcting this Messianic state by focusing our eyes back on the law-word of God is unheard of among evangelicals today. Please write a bit about this in the No Quarter November articles. If, as Rushdoony commented, Christians don’t start holding, developing, and thinking through an orthodox, kingdom oriented theology of the state, the current political pluralism will only continue to permeate through the Christian church.
Austin, thanks. I touched on this in yesterday’s post. Our culture is hopelessly lost apart from Christ.