A European Reactionary from Queens

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Welcome to John Zmirak's Web log, which compiles most of the articles I've published recently.

Above is an image not of me, but of my family's last sovereign, the good and holy Karl I. "Gott erhalte Karl den Kaiser, unsern guten Kaiser Karl...!"

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Reflections by Category:

Reflections by Category:

Empire Building and Other War Games

Do NOT Respond to this Email
Iranian dissidents and email scams....

Killing Women and Children First
Dresden, Hiroshima, Nagasaki--an examination of conscience.
Where the Right Went Wrong: An Interview with Pat Buchanan Wherein I ask one of my heroes (Pat B) about another of my heroes (Ali G).
Divide and Scamper
An exit strategy from Iraq
Neocons or Vichycons
A talk delivered in D.C. to a group of young conservatives on the sellout of conservative social issues that's threatening the Right.
A Voice from Outside the Bunker
Why the Left/Right spectrum has ceased to mean anything, and what should replace it.
New York to Build 'Dark Tower of Barad-dur' on WTC Site
The U.S. harnesses Nazgul as anti-terror weapons.
A Hawk’s Cry for Peace
Why true friends of Israel should oppose the settlers and Likud.
Why We Fight
The true origins of Western freedom.
Into Temptation
Documentation of war crimes committed in Gulf War I.
Annexing Iraq, By Jingo
The prudential case for staying out of Iraq.

Papist, Please!

Siberian Shamans at Wal-Mart
The war on Christmas continues--with every day low prices!
Let Advent be Advent
Make Christmas meaningful by playing Scrooge till Dec. 24
I Am Michael Schiavo
And so are you. Think back to Palm Sunday. What part of “Crucify him!” didn’t you understand?
Contraception, Bulimia, and Frankenfoods
If it feels good—stop it! Is that all the Catholic Church has to say about sex? A Saint Valentine Catechism.

The Pope at the Garden
At Madison Square Garden in 1979, I remember thinking: 'What a charming man. A pity he has such old-fashioned ideas.’ Little did I know….
Guy Fawkes Day: Go Out with a Bang! Make a little gingerbread House of Parliament--then blow it up.

The Transfiguration: Trinkets on Mt. Tabor
The Transfiguration reminds us that God left the apostles with no excuse for doubt. An excerpt from my upcoming book, "The Bad Catholic's Guide to Good Living."
Celebrating All Hallow's Eve: The Seven Deadly Courses
This Halloween recall the festival's sacred roots by dressing as your favorite soul in purgatory, and serving up these seven deadly courses.
The President and the Pope

My essay comparing the prudence of the late President Reagan to the wisdom of the late Pope John Paul II.
Pentecost: Because Fire is Cool!
My advice for celebrating the birthday of the Church.
The Unbearable Reality of Love
A personal response to on Mel Gibson's movie.

Top 10 Things for Mediocre Catholics to Give Up for Lent
More bad religious advice.
The Christ--The Controversy
Testifying for Christ won?t get you thrown to the lions anymore, but it might get you denounced by Abe Foxman.
God Save Us From Democracy
Why democratic governance would destroy the Catholic Church.
Should Catholic Evangelization Target Jews? A Symposium
If we don't, then we really ARE anti-semites.
America’s Bishops: No Jews Invited
Is there a new "two-track" system of salvation?
And Judas Went and Hanged Himself
Rembert Weakland's gay legacy in the sanctuary.
Garry Wills’ Pedophilia Problem
A professional ex-Catholic willfully misleads, again.
The New York Times Gloats Over Pope’s Illness, Awaits His Death
Bill Keller of the Times dances prematurely on John Paul's grave.
Who Priests Think They Are
What's so special--even uncanny--about the priesthood.
Priestly Sex Abuse Has Many Victims
They include every good priest who'll now have to shun children.
The Enemy Within Us
The corruption of the sexual instinct runs deep.

Pop Culture: A Weapon of Mass Destruction

The Lion in Winter
Why Narnia is winning over Americans
What Happened to Emily
A review, and an interview with the director, of The Exorcism of Emily Rose
Mary and Joseph at the Sex Therapist
The indie-film 'Unscrewed' is a poignant, funny mock-umentary about the futility of post-modern, contraceptive sex.
Kinsey and Me, by John Zmirak

'Kinsey' distorts history, and makes a lousy date movie, too. The whole idea of eros as a 'science of pleasure' is cold and calculating--and not very sexy.

The Prodigal Son: A marvellous new novel, The Book Against God, reviewed by me in The American Conservative.
Dark Young Thoughts
My review of the recent adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Vile Bodies.
The Simple Life
An interview with Eric Brende, a new-fangled anti-technology guru.
Talking Back to the Terminator.
In case you're following the California craziness, here's my commentary about Ahnuld from the National Catholic Register.
Gods And Generals
A truly patriotic film...
The Cruelest War
...which is also a truthful history of the Civil War.
Tolkien, Hitler, and Nordic Heroism
The Lord of the Rings is a tribute to the Teutonic roots of liberty--and a refutation of Nazi ideology.

The Afterbirth of a Nation (Race, Immigration, and the Clash of Civilizations)

The Virgin on the Border
A Christmas meditation on immigration.
The Rules of the Great American Race Game
It's okay to abort black children--as long as you lie about why you're doing it.
Bashing Men on Campus
How campus feminism is turning college life into one big lesbian bridal shower.
Learning to Love the West
Where you can get a real classical humanities education--and where you can't.
Considering college climate, parents must stay involved.
How to help your children gain a real liberal education. (My first piece in USA Today.)
Lies, Damned Lies, and Anti-Semitism
Wherein I respond to Christopher Hitchen's drug-addled assertions that I am an anti-Semite.
Christ, The "Other," & Counterfeit Citizenship
A Catholic Case for Border Control
Good Fences and Free Markets
A famous free-market libertarian on the need for stable borders.
Open Borders and Dead Souls
Why religious-minded immigrants won't save the U.S. from paganism.
America the Abstraction
A Cool-Headed Critique of Cold-War Conservatism (Neoconservatism and other varieties).
Lies, Damned Lies, and Anti-Semitism
Wherein Christopher Hitchens awakens from an opiate haze to call me an anti-Semite, and I respond.
Victims of Islamic "Tolerance"
Worldwide, Islamists target Christians, Jews, and others in their midst.
Pat Buchanan Warns of The Death of the West
Unless we repopulate the West, it will soon look like the Middle East.

A Sniper in the Ivory Tower (Eclectic Shots at Scurrying Targets)

Welcome to Our Brave New World: An Interview with Wesley J. Smith
How the Biotech industry’s push for stem cell research and human cloning threatens the rights of the poor, the sick, and the unborn.
The War for the Family
My review of Allan Carlson's surprising study of the New Deal... which shows how socially conservative it was.
Honor Thy Fathers
A proposed pro-family reform of the Social Security system--hint: the more kids you have, the more you get at retirement, because it will come straight from their paychecks.
To Serve Man: A Cookbook
Why animal rights leads to cannibalism.
Rebuild N.Y.’s Penn Station—On the WTC Site
Why insult the skyline (and mock the dead) with another post-Bauhaus megalith?
Confessions of a Green Conservative
Disregard of the environment is an ugly modern heresy.
Enjoying a Leftist Lunch
Why Japanese food is leftist, and French food of the Right.
Tenderness Leads to the Gas Chamber
How the death penalty affirms the sanctity of life.

Our Future is the Past: Historical Ruminations (Burp!)

Dollfuss: An Austrian Patriot
I wrote the introduction to this marvellous short book on one of Hitler's first enemies, the great Englebert Dollfuss of Austria.
The Home of the Free: Switzerland
The model of democracy (in the positive sense) stands in the Alps.
Erasing the Deutschmark
Remembering the currency that helped save Europe.
All Socialism Is National
The Hitler-Stalin pact was a family affair
Revolting France
Why I'm STILL pissed off over the French Revolution.
Say It Loud—Bourgeois and Proud!
In defense of middle-class prejudices.

Behind the Irish Curtain: Who is this Guy and Where's His Therapist?

Emily Rose's Exorcism--And Mine

Don't let your 13-year-old son watch "The Omen." Just try me on this, okay?
Up from Ritalin
Thank God I wasn't home-schooled. Not that there's anything wrong with it....
Give Your Kids the Gift of Poverty
Invest their college fund in Bingo cards and bourbon.
St. Michael's Institute for the Psychological Sciences
Okay, HERE'S my therapist....

Worthy Web Logs, Sites and Why:

The best online Catholic magazine.
Richard Poe's Blog
Fearless, eclectic, and always scathingly honest reflections from a libertarian patriot.
Steven Sailor
One brave writer's reflections on science, nature, and ideology.
Peter Brimelow's gallant, Quixotic attempt to rally the West.
The only interesting rock band alive. It also claims to be a global, transnational, purely voluntary State.

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