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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Simmons's Law

I was wondering why the otherwise excellent 1958 Junior Classics, on which I was raised, are so de-Christianized and de-masculinized in comparison with the 1918 edition. Then I looked a little closer at the title pages of the 1958 edition. At the front of each and every volume was this:

The JUNIOR CLASSICS
Edited by MABEL WILLIAMS and MARCIA DALPHIN

"The lesson, as always, is this: women ruin everything."
- The Sports Guy aka Bill Simmons

The 2020 edition is therefore a restoration will make the Junior Classics great again. In addition to restoring the missing 1918 elements, we will be adding one (1) new classic of our own selection per volume. For example, to Volume 10: The Poetry Book, we will add my favorite poem, a darkly elegaic masterpiece by the inimitable Lord Byron.

Lines Inscribed Upon a Cup Formed from a Skull

Start not - nor deem my spirit fled;
In me behold the only skull
From which, unlike a living head,
Whatever flows is never dull.

I lived, I loved, I quaffed, like thee:
I died: let earth my bones resign;
Fill up - thou canst not injure me;
The worm hath fouler lips than thine.

Better to hold the sparkling grape,
Than nurse the earth-worm's slimy brood;
And circle in the goblet's shape
The drink of gods, than reptile's food.

Where once my wit, perchance, hath shone,
In aid of others' let me shine;
And when, alas! our brains are gone,
What nobler substitute than wine?

Quaff while thou canst: another race,
When thou and thine, like me, are sped,
May rescue thee from earth's embrace,
And rhyme and revel with the dead.

Why not? since through life's little day
Our heads such sad effects produce;
Redeemed from worms and wasting clay,
This chance is theirs, to be of use.

It may interest you to know that this will NOT be the only Byron work to appear in Volume 10, which is otherwise heavy on Blake, Wordsworth, Shakespeare, Keats, and Longfellow.

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59 Comments:

Blogger Azure Amaranthine October 27, 2019 8:35 AM  

To devote one's corpse to offspring be more honorable than to science. Plus, you ensure they look like total badasses.

Blogger Sologamer October 27, 2019 8:52 AM  

Not a fan of that poem. I don't see it as darkly elegiac, more of a shitpost from Byron the student reveler who kept a bear in his Oxford rooms and quaffed from skulls for giggles. Not really good for young minds.

Blogger McChuck October 27, 2019 9:09 AM  

Please tell me there will be Kipling.

the coward
I could not look on Death, which being known,
Men led me to him, blindfold and alone.

the wonder
Body and Spirit I surrendered whole
To harsh Instructors—and received a soul . . .
If mortal man could change me through and through
From all I was—what may The God not do?

Blogger Zaklog the Great October 27, 2019 9:12 AM  

Hey, I recorded that poem. We also held a discussion on it. One primary conclusion, if you're not going to live as a committed Christian, there's no point going halfway; you may as well live like Byron.

@3 I agree, Rudyard Kipling is a truly excellent poet.

Blogger Brett baker October 27, 2019 9:18 AM  

Thousands of years from now, Bill Simmons will be know as a great philosopher.

Blogger Shane Bradman October 27, 2019 9:29 AM  

Is Shelley's poem 'Ozymandias' going to be included? It's one of the most intriguing poems.

Blogger Doktor Jeep October 27, 2019 9:36 AM  

Our ancestors were not being sexists when they kept women away from things. They knew what they were doing.
Since we can't restore everything right away, we will just have to be stealthy about it but seek the same end result.
Take technology for example. Nothing has driven women out of tech more than having to work with and around Pajeets. We should find out what kind of elements the standard issue Pajeet introduces into the workplace and emulate them in a manner that does not make one a target.
Since the leftists claim "systematic" evils under every rock, well then let's show them what it really feels like. The Mike Pence Rule is just the beginning. Manipulation game where women do what is wanted and needed by civilization without them actually being aware of it just might save it.

Blogger Shane Bradman October 27, 2019 9:46 AM  

The concept of sexism is nonsensical. Women belong in the kitchen and men belong in the fields. It would be cruel to force women to work in the fields and stupid to put a man in charge of the kitchen. The Bible is right, as it always is, that women have their own roles like in motherhood and creating a livable home, whereas men are supposed to work hard and lead. As a trade-off for shifting all the responsibility to men, women get less say in how the world works. This extends everywhere including creating books and art. All of the legendary authors are men. The most popular women authors are hacks like JK Rowling and that slut who wrote 50 Shades of Grey. Men write the stories and women read them to their children.

Blogger FUBARwest October 27, 2019 9:58 AM  

"We should find out what kind of elements the standard issue Pajeet introduces into the workplace and emulate them in a manner that does not make one a target."

We may have found a use for gammas after all.

Blogger Joe Smith October 27, 2019 10:08 AM  

A poem written so that we would know SJWs can have some use, at least.

Blogger Crew October 27, 2019 10:19 AM  

One hopes it includes "The Tyger"!

Blogger David Ray Milton October 27, 2019 10:29 AM  

@Doktor Jeep

The element of Pajeets you are looking for is the unique aroma of dog-shit mixed with curry and body odor. But any type of septic smell will suffice.

The rapey stare though gets a bit more difficult to emulate without actual Pajeets being present. Perhaps just print large posters of Aziz Ansari’s face wherever you want to keep women out.

Interesting fact while spell-checking his name in google, did you know that Ansari is an American actor?

Blogger maniacprovost October 27, 2019 10:43 AM  

Is Kipling left out because he was too contemporary, or because of the controversy over whether his writing was jingoist doggerel?

Blogger VD October 27, 2019 10:48 AM  

Kipling is not left out. There are many DOZENS of poets in this volume.

Blogger maniacprovost October 27, 2019 10:52 AM  

As a trade-off for shifting all the responsibility to men, women get less say in how the world works

I think this is a modern result of democracy / totalitarian government and globalism.

Previously... The men's society consisted of a fee laws governing things men did: trade, get drunk and fight, etc. Women's society had no fewer rules but they were implemented by consensus and gossip, not a violent hierarchical organization.

Today, the two spheres have been smashed together like heavenly bodies, with cataclysmic results.

Blogger Dave Dave October 27, 2019 10:56 AM  

There are a lot more American actors than just Aziz Ansari. A lot of people down in Texas and California are trying to act like Americans unsuccessfully. The brown skin doesn't lie.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine October 27, 2019 11:01 AM  

"Thousands of years from now, Bill Simmons will be know as a great philosopher."

Poignant observation of the relationship of Adam and Eve, which is somehow forgotten or overlooked by so many people.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine October 27, 2019 11:05 AM  

"Our ancestors were not being sexists when they kept women away from things. They knew what they were doing."

I wonder if it's not just as much the curse placed on Adam. Men have to sweat and labor. Women can't do it right even if they try, so it has to be men.

Blogger Dave October 27, 2019 11:10 AM  

Sologamer wrote:Not a fan of that poem. I don't see it as darkly elegiac, more of a shitpost from Byron the student reveler who kept a bear in his Oxford rooms and quaffed from skulls for giggles. Not really good for young minds.

how dare the Dark Lord?

Blogger Lazarus October 27, 2019 11:10 AM  

Were the 1958 classics just reprints of the 1938 classics?

The 1938 edition lists the same editors.

Blogger Doktor Jeep October 27, 2019 11:19 AM  

Whew lad

Blogger furor kek tonicus ( if you don't want to Racist, you must confess: Islam is right about the Jews ) October 27, 2019 11:26 AM  

VD
Then I looked a little closer at the title pages of the 1958 edition.

20. Lazarus October 27, 2019 11:10 AM
The 1938 edition lists the same editors.



ah the 1930s. when women were still slaves and didn't have the vote and had no rights and men were oppressing them all the time.

hardly any different than 2018, if you listen to them tell it.

what?



18. Azure Amaranthine October 27, 2019 11:05 AM
Women can't do it right even if they try, so it has to be men.




look up the antics the White Feather Society was getting up to during the Great War.

then get back to me on whether you think it's a good idea for women to have ANY societal power at all.

Blogger Dire Badger October 27, 2019 11:53 AM  

I assume Kipling will be heavily represented elsewhere?

Blogger Azure Amaranthine October 27, 2019 11:54 AM  

"then get back to me on whether you think it's a good idea for women to have ANY societal power at all."

What gives you the idea that I hold that belief now? Allow me to disabuse you, I already don't. They should have authority in their homes when the man has not otherwise specified, that is all.

I'm pointing out a less often thought of cause that contributes to the same result. Toil apart from childbirth is our curse, our burden, our duty, so we necessarily receive punishment for trying to push it off.

Blogger Argus Bacchus October 27, 2019 11:56 AM  

"It was the devil's subtlety to assault the weaker vessel with his temptations. Though perfect in her kind, yet we may suppose her inferior to Adam in knowledge, and strength, and presence of mind. Some think Eve received the command, not immediately from God, but at second hand from her husband, and therefore might the more easily be persuaded to discredit it"

"Had she kept close to the side out of which she was lately taken, she would not have been so much exposed."

"Satan tempted Eve, that by her he might tempt Adam; so he tempted Job by his wife, and Christ by Peter. It is his policy to send temptations by unsuspected hands, and theirs that have most interest in us and influence upon us."

Matthew Henry, Commentary on Genesis 3:1-5

Blogger Dire Badger October 27, 2019 11:57 AM  

Shane Bradman wrote:The concept of sexism is nonsensical. Women belong in the kitchen and men belong in the fields. It would be cruel to force women to work in the fields and stupid to put a man in charge of the kitchen.

Bah, like women can cook. Take a look at all the great chefs.

Women are suitable for simple duties involving children and gathering only. Men do everything better.

Blogger pyrrhus October 27, 2019 12:00 PM  

So We'll Go No More a Roving
BY LORD BYRON (GEORGE GORDON)

So, we'll go no more a roving
So late into the night,
Though the heart be still as loving,
And the moon be still as bright.

For the sword outwears its sheath,
And the soul wears out the breast,
And the heart must pause to breathe,
And love itself have rest.

Though the night was made for loving,
And the day returns too soon,
Yet we'll go no more a roving
By the light of the moon.

Blogger pyrrhus October 27, 2019 12:02 PM  

I am so glad VD revived this classic! I ordered a set for my grandchild, and may order more....

Blogger pyrrhus October 27, 2019 12:09 PM  


Mandalay by Rudyard Kipling


BY THE old Moulmein Pagoda, lookin' lazy at the sea,
There's a Burma girl a-settin', and I know she thinks o' me;
For the wind is in the palm-trees, and the temple-bells they say:
"Come you back, you British soldier; come you back to Mandalay! "
Come you back to Mandalay,
Where the old Flotilla lay:
Can't you 'ear their paddles chunkin' from Rangoon to Mandalay ?
On the road to Mandalay,
Where the flyin'-fishes play,
An' the dawn comes up like thunder outer China 'crost the Bay!
'Er petticoat was yaller an' 'er little cap was green,
An' 'er name was Supi-yaw-lat - jes' the same as Theebaw's Queen,
An' I seed her first a-smokin' of a whackin' white cheroot,
An' a-wastin' Christian kisses on an 'eathen idol's foot:
Bloomin' idol made o' mud
Wot they called the Great Gawd Budd
Plucky lot she cared for idols when I kissed 'er where she stud!
On the road to Mandalay...

When the mist was on the rice-fields an' the sun was droppin' slow,
She'd git 'er little banjo an' she'd sing "Kulla-lo-lo!
With 'er arm upon my shoulder an' 'er cheek agin my cheek
We useter watch the steamers an' the hathis pilin' teak.
Elephints a-pilin' teak
In the sludgy, squdgy creek,
Where the silence 'ung that 'eavy you was 'arf afraid to speak!
On the road to Mandalay...

But that's all shove be'ind me - long ago an' fur away
An' there ain't no 'busses runnin' from the Bank to Mandalay;
An' I'm learnin' 'ere in London what the ten-year soldier tells:
"If you've 'eard the East a-callin', you won't never 'eed naught else."
No! you won't 'eed nothin' else
But them spicy garlic smells,
An' the sunshine an' the palm-trees an' the tinkly temple-bells;
On the road to Mandalay...

I am sick o' wastin' leather on these gritty pavin'-stones,
An' the blasted English drizzle wakes the fever in my bones;
Tho' I walks with fifty 'ousemaids outer Chelsea to the Strand,
An' they talks a lot o' lovin', but wot do they understand?
Beefy face an' grubby 'and -
Law! wot do they understand?
I've a neater, sweeter maiden in a cleaner, greener land!
On the road to Mandalay...

Ship me somewheres east of Suez, where the best is like the worst,
Where there aren't no Ten Commandments an' a man can raise a thirst;
For the temple-bells are callin', an' it's there that I would be
By the old Moulmein Pagoda, looking lazy at the sea;
On the road to Mandalay,
Where the old Flotilla lay,
With our sick beneath the awnings when we went to Mandalay!
O the road to Mandalay,
Where the flyin'-fishes play,
An' the dawn comes up like thunder outer China 'crost the Bay !

Blogger VD October 27, 2019 12:12 PM  

Were the 1958 classics just reprints of the 1938 classics?

I don't know, I don't have the 1938 edition.

Blogger Rickaby007 October 27, 2019 12:20 PM  

>We should find out what kind of elements the standard issue Pajeet introduces into the workplace and emulate them in a manner that does not make one a target
I wouldn't recommend being an incessantly annoying and unhygienic barely-delta male.

Blogger pyrrhus October 27, 2019 12:23 PM  

"Women are suitable for simple duties involving children and gathering only. Men do everything better."

And organizing village social life....
That's about it for women's evolutionary niche.

Blogger Zaklog the Great October 27, 2019 12:29 PM  

If there is still room for more poets, I’d suggest picking a few by Robert E. Howard. “The One Black Stain” is excellent.

Blogger Nostromo October 27, 2019 12:32 PM  

Theres a place in my heart for doggerel. I grew up watching Underdog!

Blogger vmax71 October 27, 2019 12:34 PM  

VD....I read Simmons for 10 years and remember him writing that line in an article. Do you have any reasons why he decided to become a Leftist and betray his own country/race/etc. The obvious answer is he fell in with the Hollywood crowd and money/greed ruins everything. I looked hm up and his mom is a New England writer (feminist) and his dad was the head of a school union, so socialism is in his blood. Losing Simmons to the dark side was a real hit. he has the ability with his words to be a force for sanity....

Blogger Nate October 27, 2019 12:55 PM  

Poe. Annabelle Lee.

Blogger Crew October 27, 2019 12:56 PM  

I sincerely hope there will be nothing by Maya Angelou!

Blogger VD October 27, 2019 1:07 PM  

Simmons was always a New England lefty, but he used to be a male New England lefty. Then he got caught up in the web of the Devil Mouse, moved to California, and went completely soft.

I don't think his having had a daughter helped either. He tries to live vicariously through her sports, which is seldom good for a girl.

Blogger Glen Sprigg October 27, 2019 1:27 PM  

Vox, your blog has shed a lot of light for me since I started reading it (I found you through Jeffro Johnson's website, which led me to Castilia House and the Great Puppy Saga). I love, love, LOVE the idea of the Junior Classics being reprinted, and I really, REALLY love that they are going to be true classics and not modern-day idiocy.

My question is simple: Will these be available to purchase after the end of the campaign, or is this a one-time, get-it-now-or-suffer-for-all-eternity-without-them kind of thing? Because as desperately as I want to get these for my children now, I simply cannot do so yet. At best, I might be able to convince my wife to release enough for the digital versions, but I would really like to get the hardcovers for the boys at some point.

Blogger VD October 27, 2019 1:44 PM  

Will these be available to purchase after the end of the campaign, or is this a one-time, get-it-now-or-suffer-for-all-eternity-without-them kind of thing?

The ebooks and hardcovers will be available normally as part of the regular Castalia catalog. The leatherbound editions will be limited, but a few will be available after the campaign.

Blogger Latigo3 October 27, 2019 1:53 PM  

As Mickey once said, "Women weaken legs".

Blogger idprism October 27, 2019 2:04 PM  

That is one poem by Byron I've never read, and it is now my favorite. Thanks much.

Blogger plishman October 27, 2019 2:32 PM  

O wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!
It wad frae mony a blunder free us,
An' foolish notion:
What airs in dress an' gait wad lea'e us,
An' ev'n devotion!

Blogger Arthur Isaac October 27, 2019 2:35 PM  

Kipling: If.

Blogger sammibandit October 27, 2019 2:49 PM  

I wonder if it's not just as much the curse placed on Adam. Men have to sweat and labor. Women can't do it right even if they try, so it has to be men.

No need to wonder. This is it. Have you ever heard of a right-thinking woman getting mad at a man for doing man's work and calling that man a scab? No. But I bet you've heard of a right-thinking woman getting mad at a man for doing her work, like cooking, sewing a button, hemming a pant leg, etc. They'll also get mad at inferior work by girls.

Heck I still remember when one of my younger lady friends mended a pant leg for a guy using white thread on black material. Had to tell the guy to go to a more experienced seamstress it looked so awful. Point being the only work a will identify with into her twilight years is women's work. I still meet 80 year old former head seamstresses to this day.

Blogger Beau October 27, 2019 3:21 PM  

In Yavapai did Uncle Jeff
A stately shooting range decree,
Where senators and belted earls,
And cooks and cops and working girls,
Could study weaponry

Blogger Beau October 27, 2019 3:29 PM  

OT

Walking into church this morning I noticed the bikes homeless guys ride were in need of working brakes. Last time in town I purchased all the tools necessary to straighten rims and repair brakes, but since the stroke I'm not up to speed strength-wise. Then the idea hit me, I'm walking in with Mark (the 13 year friend of my son) who is very mechanically inclined. I asked Mark, "If I get you're dad's permission would you like get trained how to fix brakes at a bike shop in Albuquerque? Then you could help me fix homeless guy's bikes. Would you like to get trained?" Mark's response was something along the line of, "When do we go."

Blogger weka October 27, 2019 4:02 PM  

@Dave. Read "on fairy stories" by Tolkien. Young Minds thrive on horror.

Blogger Fergus October 27, 2019 4:38 PM  

One of the reasons it is important is 1 in 3 Millenial so-called "adults" lives with their parents. What has happened is the long term effects of inflation due to globalism, feminism, and deficit spending, have resulted in destroying the middle class. Literally wages have been halved since 1990. $35,000 in 1990 still allowed some stay at home moms in my rural region. This was crucial in preserving traditional American normswhere the father was the provider and the mother was the primary caregiver.

Fast forward to today. It's essential for both to work outside the home. The average household income is often $40,000 which is essentially worty $20,000 due to inflation since 1990. 50% of Qmericans earn $35,000 which is essentially about $17,500 in purchasing power due to inflation since 1990.

Globalism eroded the industrial base. Industry both absorbed degree holders who were unemployed even outside their academic degree.

Now we have underemployment where millennials work as clerks and baristas in the midsts of a retail appocalypse. The majority of state governments are technically bankrupt and a government and national pension crisis looms.

Should a foolish parent end up housing their 18-30 year old children, as happens 33% of the time, and they had recreational drugs, then the parents could lose all assets.

Blogger Jeff in OR October 27, 2019 4:53 PM  

Simmons Law is good and Otto Weiningers 'Sex and Character's could be read as a commentary on it!

Blogger Fergus October 27, 2019 4:54 PM  

After Presdent Trump's election, median household income jumped rather spectacularly. It was amusing that even leftists rags were having to comment on the significant economic gains and initially were proposing it was Obama's legacy. Now this has been proven to be Trump's economic initiatives.

See:
https://www.census.gov/library/stories/2019/09/us-median-household-income-up-in-2018-from-2017.html

Minority income is up and minority unemployment is way down to historic lows. That's the kind of news that needs to be major talking points for Trump's re-election.

Regardless, the globalists did so much damage due to inflation that a horrible thing happened. America was from 1890 through 1945 largely lived in multgenerational homes. What happened was homesteading was cut off which had caused vast increases in wealth creation from inception to 1890.

After 1945, returning US soldiers got jobs in industry and bought inexpensive tract housing on the periphery of cities. The suburbs were initially modest homes, not expensive ones. This largely fostered growth as the urban centers spilled out into the rural regions and got annexed.

This led to a huge economic boom from 1945-1990. The globalists then killed the golden goose with NAFTA and GATT and started shuttering factories and relocating first to Puerto Rico and then China. This killed the industrial base. That cascaded and ended up ruining the millennials future.

Why do people take drugs? To forget their problems and horrible economic problems loom because globalism ruined their future.

Without Trump, the American citizens might have utterly lost the ability to be middle class.

Blogger Craig Klampe October 27, 2019 5:00 PM  

el·e·gi·ac • adjective relating to or characteristic of an elegy.

Blogger Fergus October 27, 2019 5:02 PM  

Vox, you could easily write a book showing.how American ladies were far better off in 1950 with no feminism versus today. There is overwhelming evidence that feminism destroyed families through divorce and thus doomed single moms and their children.

Feminism is wretched and ruins everything it touches.

A Proverbs 31 wife is not weak but a household leader and a helpmate to her husband. She is submissive to him, but he loves her as Christ loved the church.

If you expose feminism, under it are horrible progressive values for economic gain, then hidden sexual exploitation, then iconoclasm to destroy Christianity, then an embrace by lesbians or worse!

Blogger Skyler the Weird October 27, 2019 5:45 PM  

My edition from 1957 was edited by the same ladies. I had thought that there was quite a bit of Christianity to it as Roland prays for forgiveness and is taken to heaven by St Michael and St. Gabriel. I think I was comparing then to now instead of comparing then to the pre WWI world where GOD was honored throughout Society in the West.

Blogger HouellebecqGurl October 27, 2019 7:09 PM  

Yes. "Chilling and killing, my poor Annabelle Lee..."

I have a boundgreat leather set of Poe fro the 40s.

Also, some folks say Islam is right about women.

Blogger Macs October 27, 2019 10:59 PM  

Dammit Vox, I'm trying to make 2 years on the wagon before I partake again! NOT HELPFUL

Blogger OvergrownHobbit October 28, 2019 4:08 AM  

Charles s MacKay "No Enemies"
Lovelace "To Lucasa"
Holmes "The One Hoss Shay"

Blogger MJ October 28, 2019 11:39 AM  

I want my skull to be used as a gravy boat when I die.

Blogger MrNiceguy October 29, 2019 10:09 AM  

Oh, come on. David the Good literally wrote the book on that.

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