Much has happened in my time away from the blog.
Mr McNallen of Asatru Update has by all accounts returned from his absence in the blogheim.
We've reached the end of one scholastic term and entered the summer.
We have a nominee to the Supreme Court that, while by all accounts not getting the same attention as Obama's first appointee, will undoubtedly prove to be just as change-worthy as everything else. And, speaking of the one some call the Messiah of our time, he has apparently declared that the internet and technology is being used too much for entertainment and not enough for worthy causes, business, and other. That's right, Obama seeks to destroy Rule #34 and prove that the internet is not for for porn.
There are plans to build a mosque near the site of the Twin Towers, a thirteen story one by all accounts. Some claim it to be innocent, others that it is an outright declaration of Islamic Victory and the West kneeling before the very ideology that killed kin and started a war that has lasted almost a decade. While I don't claim to grasp the inner workings of monotheistic Muslims, I will say that there is historical precedent in both Islam and Christianity of placing houses of worship either at on near the sacred sites of conquered peoples, and in our Modern US I doubt you could find a more sacred place that the Twin Towers, especially for New Yorkers. What will come of this I cannot yet say, though there are protests planned and it probably wouldn't hurt to join them if one is able. Especially in the face of such things as the current Administration taking Islamic Extremism off lists involving terrorism and a far more friendlier attitude to Islamic nations over old allies like European nations and Israel, to the point where sources in Palestine are claiming Obama will force the creation of a Palestinian State on Israel.
We've got an oil spill in the Gulf and cries that this is horrible and a frothing at the mouth to punish those responsible, especially BP. To my knowledge, no one is sure what caused the accident, be it a mistake, failure, or intentional. No doubt, however, it will be used to end all off shore drilling.
In Europe, chaos grows ever stronger, with France and Germany fighting over bailing out Greece (who attempted to play the Nazi card on Germany and was shot down). I have to admit I'm sympathetic to the Germans at this point, as they have valid complaints about having to pay for the Greek lifestyle that is so different from their own. Where that will lead is also better left to experts in that area, but I doubt it will be good.
Closer to home, we face the Arizona Immigration law, which has divided people by racial lines as well as political. Some call for harsher border control, others for Amnesty, others for the situation to be ignored. Obama spoke out against it, Palin spoke for it, and hundreds, thousands, of maybe millions are caught in the middle. Students wearing American colors and flags on Cinco de Mayo were booted from school and labeled racists. To my knowledge, the Arizona law adds nothing new except a promise of enforcing pre-existing laws. On the issue itself, I side with Arizona's government. The Law is the Law, and by saying illegal immigrants don't have to obey that law which governs their entry into a nation, one is in effect telling them that no law applies to them. Either all laws apply, or none do, there can be no exceptions if there is to be order. Such is the lesson I have learned, by Tyr.
California is apparently going to have to cut programs. I doubt this will mean any of the social welfare programs that have bankrupted the state. It will most likely cut things like police and other emergency services, as well as cut backs on prison systems, maybe even their National Guard units. It has led other states to cry out for federal bailouts like those being sent to Europe by our current government, which many most likely haven't heard about. Apparently we can bailed out other people, while needed to be bailed out.
Thanks to my studies in the Middle Ages, I have come to see certain patterns. We are living in an age not so different from then. We face the collapsing of old orders that have been almost divine in their glory and power. Humanity touched the stars, spanned the globe, and wrought miracles. Like Rome before us, we have done what some thought impossible. Like Rome before us, we are falling. Pagan Ideals fall before Eastern Monotheism. Honor is cast aside in the name of expediency. The meritocracy is replaced by entitlement. The strong are being removed while the weak gain power. Christianity is reaching the true fulfillment of its promise, just in time for Islam to come in and bring forth the fulfillment of its own promises.
What are we to do in the face of Chaos? I could give some glowing speech about the virtues of Paganism/Heathenism and how it is the solution to our problems. But that isn't really my style, however true I feel it to be. The solution must be found my each of us on our own. I cannot make the European peoples of the West believe in our ancestral ways, if they are to believe them they must come on their own. I will merely stand as an example, til Ragnarok comes.