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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Things for which I am thankful

  • My family. I am truly appreciative of them as well as the fact that I am able to spend so much time with them.
  • My blog readers. It is thanks to you that I am able to take so many risks and try so many new things. Both the material support and the substantive criticism are tremendously valuable.
  • The societal wealth and peace of the last 65 years. Yes, it has softened us. Yes, it has had consequences that will prove civilizationally damaging at best, fatal at worst. But that doesn't change the fact that we are the most materially blessed generation in human history. We will only fully appreciate the innocence of that time when even the illusion of it is gone.
  • The grace and mercy of God. The older one grows, the more one sees and the more one becomes unwillingly aware of how totally and completely the world is corrupt and fallen. In time, every illusion, no matter how cherished, fades and the tawdry greed, lust, and depravity that lie beneath is revealed. But God remains eternal and His grace abounds.
  • The foolishness of our enemies. They are many. They are merciless. They are cunning. They are indefatigable. But they are blind to the truth, and that makes them reliably vulnerable.
  • History. Can you imagine what codswallop the media would be able to make us swallow were it not for the written record? No wonder it is always Year Zero for the Left.
  • The Vile Faceless Minions. There is something about having one's own social media army that is strangely... comforting. They are so effective that I've not able to utilize even a tenth of their strength in order to accomplish my objectives. Apparently I need to begin thinking bigger.
  • The Castalia House authors. They are not only a talented group of writers, they are a fine collection of intelligent, high-quality individuals. It is a genuine privilege to be associated with them.
  • The Castalia House volunteers. Without them, we could not have accomplished half of what we have been able to do. They are the turbo boost to our engine.
  • Team Alpenwolf and allies. Other than Markku, you don't know them yet. But they are going to make Castalia's success look like a footnote.
  • The Brainstorm members. It started as a complete accident, but they have somehow transformed into the hard intellectual core of the Dread Ilk. It's tremendously useful to be able to bounce ideas off them. 
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

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78 Comments:

Anonymous A Reader November 26, 2015 6:56 AM  

Amen!

Blogger Peter P. VFM #438 November 26, 2015 7:05 AM  

It has been quite a ride.
As your token pagan, I am glad to be on your side, Sir.

Blogger ScuzzaMan November 26, 2015 7:05 AM  

Wow. That's a wonderful list, beautifully described.

You should write books.

Blogger Phillip George November 26, 2015 7:13 AM  

For a few month at least I've mulled over the "worship in spirit and in truth" prophecy. The time will come when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth.

Whether it's Michael E Mann's hockey stick or Sandy Hook or where did MH370 really get flown - the truth is how we worship. All qurans are a lying blaphemous bile filled vomit bowel is a truth by which the real God is disambiguated, and therefor worshiped - in truth.

God in contradistinction to, and the exclusion of all others. God in truth. Who ever, and whenever someone can give me a leg up to see that much more clearly, that much further over the horizon, I'm grateful for it. There are people here working on and for the truth. These are champions of it/ Him.

Anonymous kfg November 26, 2015 7:29 AM  

"My blog readers. It is thanks to you that I am able to take so many risks and try so many new things."

Couldn't have done it without you. Thanks.

"Team Alpenwolf and allies. Other than Markku, you don't know them yet. But they are going to make Castalia's success look like a footnote."

That would be just spiffy.

Blogger Patrikbc November 26, 2015 7:30 AM  

Amen, especially to 1 & 4. without Gods grace and mercy, and the changes he wrought in me through my wife and children...I would likely be in a very, very bad place.

Anonymous Dave #39 November 26, 2015 7:35 AM  

I am particularly thankful for this blog as it has woken me from a long slumber.

I will add you to my Mass intentions this morning.

Blogger JACIII November 26, 2015 7:39 AM  

Enjoy this Thanksgiving amongst your family, y'all. They grow so quickly.

May the Dread Ilk, Ilk, and VFM feast upon not only the tears and pathetic mewling of our enemies, but on the sight, spectacle. and the inevitable calamity their determined denial of God and all things good yields.

Blogger SciVo November 26, 2015 7:51 AM  

I have little to add, except that I am grateful to you allowing us to comment here, so that we can contest against each other and find something a little closer to the truth than what we had the day before. Thank you.

Anonymous Mr. Rational November 26, 2015 8:03 AM  

No wonder it is always Year Zero for the Left

Funny, I thought it was always Selma in 1965.

I'm thankful for the Internet (and the DARPA which created it), which has created these opportunities for information-sharing and resistance which are now the only things which can preserve Western civilization and the European genome without which it goes extinct.

Blogger Markku November 26, 2015 8:07 AM  

That would be just spiffy.

What many of you don't realize is that Castalia House was pure accident. It wasn't the plan, nor has it been our priority at any time. Marcher Lord Press was sold, so we needed to warehouse Vox's intellectual property somewhere.

Blogger Steveo #238 November 26, 2015 8:20 AM  

Yes & Amen, and thanks for the learn'n, this place does learn'n good.

Anonymous kfg November 26, 2015 8:25 AM  

@Markku:

Sometimes I walk into a room and can't remember what for, but my short term memory hasn't grown that bad yet; for which I am thankful.

Anonymous JRL November 26, 2015 8:41 AM  

Happy Thanksgiving, Vox, Ilk and everyone.

Anonymous A Visitor November 26, 2015 8:47 AM  

Thanks for the blog, Vox! It's always great connecting with people from all over the world from all walks of life that hold similar views to my own. It's truly comforting to know that none of us is alone in this fight as we march towards our eternal home.

Happy Thanksgiving, all!

Blogger Dave November 26, 2015 8:48 AM  

that Castalia House was pure accident

I don't know that I would put it up there with penicillin and dynamite as a world-changing accident; but eventually it may end up there with the microwave and post-it notes.

Anonymous NorthernHamlet November 26, 2015 9:03 AM  

Here, here! Raise those glasses up.

Happy Thanksgiving to all you passersby in for a quick visit.

Here, here! Raise those glasses up.

Happy Thanksgiving to all you Tads, Tiny Tims, and assorted trolls alike.

Here, here! Raise those glasses up.

Happy Thanksgiving to all you Minions never in slumber, always ready to devour.

Here, here! Raise those glasses up.

Happy Thanksgiving to all you Ilk, friendly faces with good cheer.

Here, here! Raise those glasses up.

Happy Thanksgiving to all you Dread Ilk with your many many years of hearty tales and boisterous songs.

Here, here! Raise those glasses up.

Happy Thanksgiving to our unmatched host, to all you and yours, VD.

Cheers!

Blogger Were-Puppy November 26, 2015 9:04 AM  

I'm thankful for having wandered here on a whim from MHI one day. Also for making the virtual acquaintance of the various characters that inhabit this fun blog.

Blogger Were-Puppy November 26, 2015 9:05 AM  

@11 Markku
That would be just spiffy.

What many of you don't realize is that Castalia House was pure accident. It wasn't the plan, nor has it been our priority at any time. Marcher Lord Press was sold, so we needed to warehouse Vox's intellectual property somewhere.
---

Preparation + Opportunity = Success

Blogger Cail Corishev November 26, 2015 9:30 AM  

Well said, Vox. Thanks to you, and to others here, for the inspiration you provide. There's a special mix here of smart and sensible people not just talking about things, but also doing things, that has shifted my thinking in ways I'm grateful for.

Anonymous Godfrey November 26, 2015 9:31 AM  

* Mortality. Without it I'd unable to check out of this lunatic asylum. What I despise most about the SJW is his success in hammering the world flat. He creates a world without peaks or valleys. One without color or beauty. He destroy literature, entertainment and culture. He hammers the world into a dim gray boring unisex pulp.

Anonymous Homesteader November 26, 2015 9:39 AM  

Proclamation issued by Gov. Wilbur Cross on Nov. 12, 1936.

Time out of mind at this turn of the seasons when the hardy oak leaves rustle in the wind and the frost gives a tang to the air and the dusk falls early and the friendly evenings lengthen under the heel of Orion, it has seemed good to our people to join together in praising the Creator and Preserver, who has brought us by a way that we did not know to the end of another year. In observance of this custom, I appoint Thursday, the twenty-sixth of November, as a day of Public Thanksgiving for the blessings that have been our common lot and have placed our beloved State with the favored regions of earth – for all the creature comforts: the yield of the soil that has fed us and the richer yield from labor of every kind that has sustained our lives – and for all those things, as dear as breath to the body, that quicken man’s faith in his manhood, that nourish and strengthen his spirit to do the great work still before him: for the brotherly word and act; for honor held above price; for steadfast courage and zeal in the long, long search after truth; for liberty and for justice freely granted by each to his fellow and so as freely enjoyed; and for the crowning glory and mercy of peace upon our land; – that we may humbly take heart of these blessings as we gather once again with solemn and festive rites to keep our Harvest Home.

Wilbur L. Cross

He said it best.

Thank you all, teachers and friends yet unmet.

Blogger James Dixon November 26, 2015 9:44 AM  

Happy Thanksgiving to all of the Ilk, whereever they may be.

Anonymous NateM November 26, 2015 10:01 AM  

Well it hasn't been a great year for me, but I'm thankful for my health, and thankful that its not over yet

Blogger Aeoli Pera November 26, 2015 10:35 AM  

I'm thankful that I have all the best things in life in abundance: Hot meals, hot showers, shelter, electricity, air conditioning, internet, and the company of friends and family who don't just tolerate me, but seem to genuinely like me :-). I like them too, but they're likeable people.

Most of all, I'm thankful for a savior who's given me a spirit of hope to replace fear and despair, who's forgiven my sins and saved me from the consequences thereof, and who answers prayers.

Happy Thanksgiving Vox and all you Ilk, VFMs, etc. out there.

Blogger Salt November 26, 2015 10:40 AM  

Happy Thanksgiving Ilk.

Blogger Noah B #120 November 26, 2015 10:40 AM  

Happy Thanksgiving fam!

Anonymous Stephanie November 26, 2015 10:50 AM  

Thankful for

-family around the U.S. And world
- falling influence of religion in the U.S.
- Out of the Park Baseball
- GOP guaranteed to lose in '16
- first amendment
- my early retirement
- investment bankers with millions

Anonymous DavidKathome November 26, 2015 10:50 AM  

Happy Thanksgiving, and thanks for the great advice and insights over the years.

Blogger Josh November 26, 2015 10:54 AM  

Happy thanksgiving y'all

Blogger Badmojo November 26, 2015 10:55 AM  

Happy Thankviging ELoE & VFM.

I've been a reader here for probably 10 years and read you on WND before that and I'm thankful for your leadership on the various fronts.

Blogger rumpole5 November 26, 2015 10:58 AM  

Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

2Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

3Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

4Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

5Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.

6The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.

7He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.

8The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

9He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.

10He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

11For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

12As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
Psalm 103

Blogger David Hallquist November 26, 2015 11:11 AM  

Happy Thanksgiving!

Anonymous ws1835 November 26, 2015 11:17 AM  

Happy Thanksgiving to the Ilk, and those around them.

Offer up a prayer for the comfort of friends and family. Give thanks for what we have. And have faith that we will win through.

#392

Anonymous Red Comet November 26, 2015 11:28 AM  

No wonder it is always Year Zero for the Left.

Except for white men who are collectively guilty for every bad thing done by every white man since the days of cavemen. It's always Year Zero (or No True Muslim) for everyone else though.

Blogger Blackburn #0040 November 26, 2015 11:31 AM  

I am thankful that the Train is fine. It's a CometLiner II with a stainless steel chassis and if it had been hit by a car, a boulder, or a large animal it could have been... (looks down, shudders at the thought) dented.

Salvation, Truth, Humor!

Blogger Michael Maier November 26, 2015 11:31 AM  

"The grace and mercy of God. The older one grows, the more one sees and the more one becomes unwillingly aware of how totally and completely the world is corrupt and fallen. In time, every illusion, no matter how cherished, fades and the tawdry greed, lust, and depravity that lie beneath is revealed. But God remains eternal and His grace abounds."

Good words, Vox.

Blessings to all here.

Blogger Blackburn #0040 November 26, 2015 11:34 AM  

I am thankful that the Train is fine. It's a CometLiner II with a stainless steel chassis and if it had been hit by a car, a boulder, or a large animal it could have been... (looks down, shudders at the thought) dented.

Salvation, Truth, Humor!

Blogger Culture War Draftee November 26, 2015 11:40 AM  

Happy thanksgiving to all the ilk, VFM, the Supreme Dark Lord, SB, and of course Maelwyn. Especially to Maelwyn!

Blogger MendoScot November 26, 2015 11:48 AM  

Happy Thanksgiving, North Americans!

Blogger pdwalker November 26, 2015 12:03 PM  

I'm thankful that I live in a world of everyday miracles and I hope it continues. Thanks to those who continue to preserve what is best of Western culture.

Anonymous Koppernicus 0298 November 26, 2015 12:10 PM  

I am thankful for the privilege of being a Vile Faceless Minion. I always wanted to be somebody in my life.

Blogger Darth Toolpodicus (#144) November 26, 2015 12:31 PM  

Well said Vox. I'll raise a glass to you and toast to you and yours.

Anonymous grey enlightenment November 26, 2015 12:39 PM  

well said

Blogger IM2L844 November 26, 2015 12:46 PM  

Happy Thanksgiving. I'm thankful for the many blessings I've been given, but mostly thankful God hasn't given me all the things I deserve.

Anonymous WaterBoy November 26, 2015 12:46 PM  

Happy Thanksgiving, all!

Blogger Rusty Fife November 26, 2015 12:51 PM  

Amen

Anonymous VFM 360 November 26, 2015 12:59 PM  

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I have received some much needed education thanks to this blog. I am also thankful for all of you and for the crazy albeit insightful commentary you all provide. Lots to learn from here.

Blogger mistaben November 26, 2015 1:00 PM  

Happy Thanksgiving! The Dread Ilk are simply some of the finest people around, and I treasure your camaraderie.

Blogger GK Chesterton November 26, 2015 1:30 PM  

Happy Thanks Giving.

Blogger GK Chesterton November 26, 2015 1:30 PM  

Happy Thanks Giving.

Blogger Tar Heel November 26, 2015 1:30 PM  

I'm very thankful for God's great, untold mercies and my clan, too, Dark Lord. For what it may be worth, I'm thankful for your blog, efforts, and thoughts. I'm thankful that I can wish you, the Dread Ilk, and my fellow Vile Faceless Minions the best possible Thanksgiving, and the hope that the next year will give us all even more to be thankful for, regardless if the "soft" times linger or we all find ourselves in darker times.

We can always be grateful, no matter the day. Today just reminds us.

Blogger Bard November 26, 2015 1:34 PM  

A special quick thanks to steve the dark ninja of mockery who always makes me laugh

Blogger Rantor November 26, 2015 1:37 PM  

A happy Thanksgiving to all. A toast to our host, the Dread Ilk and VFM everywhere.

I am thankful for bosses that didn't object as my VFM badge decorated my cube in the five-sided wind tunnel for several weeks, bringing many questions. I have recruited two more in the Department to become regular blog readers... one I hadn't realized until he approached me with questions about the train. Rest assured he now knows the train is fine. I am sure there are more. Word spreads...

I am thankful for opportunities to watch our military leaders up close, and I am thankful for most of them. Some are even honest, decent people trying to do the impossible under an inept and evil political leadership. I spread 4GW and other such truths as best I can, So thanks to Vox, Lind and my old teachers Pournelle and Creveld for that.

I am thankful for co-belligerents, who, though godless, are with us. May the Lord open their eyes to truth, love and peace. Thanks to all Ilk, Dread Ilk, & VFM; giving the glory be to God, Father, Son and Spirit.

Blogger Lana J November 26, 2015 1:43 PM  

Happy Thanksgiving to all the Ilk. I am blessed to know you all.

Thanks to you, Vox, for everything you do that makes knowing and livig the truth so much darn fun.

Blogger ghostfromplanetspook November 26, 2015 3:02 PM  

Happy Thanksgiving Vox and Godbless you

Anonymous Passinthough November 26, 2015 3:07 PM  

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.

Blogger bogo November 26, 2015 3:19 PM  

...and a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family VD. Really do appreciate what you do.

Blogger daddynichol November 26, 2015 3:25 PM  

Blessings and the renewal of our spirits be upon us all.

Blogger Groot November 26, 2015 3:49 PM  

༽ ༽ ༼ ༼
║◕ ◕ ║
║ ___ ║

I am Groot.

Anonymous Jack Amok November 26, 2015 3:53 PM  

Happy Thanksgiving, Ilk. May your families be happy and your meals be hearty.

Blogger The CronoLink November 26, 2015 4:00 PM  

Have a blessed Thanksgiving, Vox, the Dread Ilk and everyone!

Blogger Peter P. VFM #438 November 26, 2015 4:35 PM  

Also, happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

Anonymous Takin' a Look November 26, 2015 4:51 PM  

Amen

Blogger kh123 November 26, 2015 5:10 PM  

Simply thankful for autumn colors and skies. If nothing else, is the best bit of artistry God's brought about in a fallen world.

Blogger kh123 November 26, 2015 5:11 PM  

...Looking forward to the post-turkey walk.

Blogger Beau November 26, 2015 5:11 PM  

As a soldier, I am thankful to be properly relieved Tuesday, December 1st. I am thankful for medical retirement. I am grateful for all the opportunities granted to proclaim the gospel. I am humbled by God's constant mercies to myself, family, friends, and even my enemies. Thank you Lord Jesus.

Blogger Desiderius November 26, 2015 8:18 PM  

If our armed forces still include men of the caliber of Beau, then not all is lost.

I'll be thankful for that. And for this place of fellowship with such men.

For that I thank Theodore Beale.

Blogger Desiderius November 26, 2015 8:26 PM  

"Psalm 103"

Here's one for Markku:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_VjxxONUNE

Blogger HardReturn¶ November 26, 2015 8:31 PM  

Happy Thanksgiving to Vox, Ilk, VFM. Thanks VD for your tenacity to keep this blog so lively over all these years. Reading and sometimes commenting here almost from its start and it's still sharp as ever. Thanks to the regulars and irregulars who make it fun to read here every day.

Blogger Arborist (#0232) November 26, 2015 9:47 PM  

My thanks to all of the great folks here. Reading the excellent author and the contributors to this blog has been a great education and a source of humor and joy. Vox, I did get the job-thanks for the advice. God bless you all.

Blogger LP999 November 26, 2015 10:05 PM  

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Blogger LP999 November 26, 2015 10:09 PM  

Valaam is amazing, its played on our classical station, can't find a psalm 118 version though. That was on dad and my mind this week.

Blogger szook November 26, 2015 10:30 PM  

Happy Thanksgiving to all here. Just winding things down with the family after an exceptional meal. Very blessed this year.

Blogger LP999 November 26, 2015 11:23 PM  

Happy Thanksgiving

Gratitude is healing

Today was a perfect day to reflect upon family, warmth, love, good food.

I'm thankful for the life given to me via the Lord, His Will, His continued safety and ease of modernity.

Anonymous Samuel Nock November 26, 2015 11:36 PM  

Aside from my immediate family members, many of the people I am most grateful to and thankful for, are people I have never met and who don't even know who I am.

The online community of bloggers, writers and like-minded men is something I am extremely grateful for. Many of these guys, Vox foremost among them, provide so much value, information and actionable knowledge that can be used to improve yourself and your life, it is simply amazing. I would not be who I am today without the help of these IRL strangers / online brothers. Many thanks to such people.

Blogger chris November 27, 2015 12:03 AM  

Personally, I'm grateful for family, for peaceful university town I live in and the university that employs me: and for crossway, who put the ESV lectionary online, which allows me to blog it.

Thanks to all of you: many have been quoted.

And we are all Groot. Even in the antipodes.

Blogger Carl Philipp November 27, 2015 9:56 AM  

John C Wright demonstrated to me years ago that Truth and Virtue are worth standing up for.

This year, Vox Popoli has demonstrated to me that severe sincerity is effective at shattering complacency.

I am grateful.

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