About vonMesser

Retired from the US Navy (21 years) and state (20 years). Recently remarried after being widowed for 5 years. 2 daughters, and a step-daughter, all functioning adults). Graduated from college after the Navy with BA in Education, psychology, Economics, History and Political Science. Teach Hunter Safety for Washington (since 1991) and do historical reenactments for Civil War, WW-1and WW-2.

The Bible on Immigration

There has been tons of “we gotta take in the refugees because the Bible tells us so” type blatherings over the past several years.  Even my Pope (Francis) has alluded to this.  Well, maybe the Bible does NOT say that. Far too often people read the Bible (or any other holy book) and cherry pick certain verses or parts of verses to support their position.  Frequently the preceding, or following, verse mitigates, modified, or intensifies the cherry-picked verse, and changes it’s common meaning completely.  Mr Horvat summarizes the works of one of the “Doctors of the {Catholic} Church” far better … Continue reading

America’s Culture War Against Russia

Something to consider – Russia and the Russian peoples want the same thing we do. However, they want it differently. We both want peace, prosperity, happiness, security, a place in the sun, and freedom to go our own way.  We both believe in rights and privileges. However – we do not believe in them the same way.  This article from the AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE discusses in part, the difference between Western and Eastern Christianity.  While the article refers to “Orthodox”, and is specific to the Russian Orthodox, there are other versions of “eastern” Christianity.  And they are closely related.  I am … Continue reading

Trump Tracker

AOL has a website that tracks President Trumps promises. Right now it shows a pretty decent record 06    Promise Kept.     Trump achieved his goal and delivered on the promise he originally made. 09    In Progress     The president has taken steps toward achieving the goal or promised objective, but has not yet completed it. 02    Promise Broken     The president was unable to achieve his original goal in any significant way. 02    Compromise     The president accomplished part of his original goal, but was forced to compromise on certain details in order to achieve part of it. 10    Not Yet Rated     This … Continue reading

Quote of the Day

“Maybe people like us can’t be happy. Maybe we’re too damaged and the only thing we can do is to learn how to hate ourselves a little less.” ― Asper Blurry, Train to the Edge of the Moon This does seem a bit like Liberalism – they hate themselves so much that their hate spills over onto everyone, and thus, by hating others, they can pretend to hate themselves less.

Quote of the Day

“Sometimes you’re trying so hard to get your life together and still it’s not enough, everything is falling apart. What to do, you’re asking. Just keep going through hell for yourself, not for everyone else. Richer with that wisdom, I will build my happiness from nothing. I will rise from the dust. And I will do it on my own. I will live for myself and I won’t look at the others.” ― Asper Blurry, Train to the Edge of the Moon

Quote of the Day

“All these bad experiences that we go through, they don’t just disappear. We carry them our whole life trying to forget, escaping in habits, addictions, hate, toxic relationships. But what we don’t know is that by doing so we let them stay alive. We water them like withered flowers and we hang onto them to justify our mistakes and failures.” ― Asper Blurry, Train to the Edge of the Moon

I’m not gonna title this one (and you will soon see why)

This was forwarded to me by a long-time friend (and Nox reader).  There is really nothing more to be said about this other than “You gotta be $#!++!n’ me” Posted on May 19, 2017 by Steven Hayward in Academic left Academic Absurdity of the Year: The Socially-Constructed Penis Hoax Just about every time I post an Academic Absurdity here, commenters rightly think it has to be a hoax, and refer back to the ur-hoax of all time, the Alan Sokal Social Text article of 20 years ago that said even physics was “socially constructed.” A very sensible reaction, but in … Continue reading

Quote of the Day

When you find someone arguing, and contesting what is true and self-evident, break off the dispute and give way to such a man, since his intellect has been petrified. For just as bad water ruins good wines, so harmful talk corrupts those who are virtuous in life and character. Saint Anthony the Great (251–356AD) Thanks to Abuna Philaret Littlefield Does this suggest we should, maybe, not argue with liberals?

Quote of the Day

“The thing about learning how to fight is that— some of us are not born with that desire. They say some are born fighters; but they don’t usually point out that others just aren’t. Some of us are forced by life to take up arms and fight. Many of us are. The art lies in knowing when to wield those arms and when to put them down. I don’t think it’s a matter of pretending to be ideally unharmed by life and untouched by darkness; because that is hypocrisy. Rather, I think it is a matter of being true to … Continue reading