Monday, April 07, 2008

The Flight of the Red Balloon

The Flight of the Red Balloon | Reverse Shot
The Flight of the Red Balloon - Movie - Review - New York Times
IFC Entertainment - Film Detail > Flight of the Red Balloon
IFC Entertainment - Film Detail > Flight of the Red Balloon

Chae Yeon Baek Ji Young - Folk Song

Fr. Z: 7 April A.D. 30: is today the anniversary of the Lord’s Crucifixion?

Paul Gottfried, A Paleo Epitaph

A Paleo Epitaph

Responses from others over at Taki's Mag:
Daniel Larison - After Paleoconservatism
Richard Spencer - Right From the Beginning

Daniel Larison adds more: The Worse, The Worse

And he refers us to responses by Clark Stooksbury, Gerald Russello and Leon Hadar at the The American Conservative group blog.

Also worth a look--Tom Piatak's discussion of "Free Trade": They Are the Hollow Men

On ties

I don't like them, but this may be useful nonetheless, something I found at Xanga:

Guide for the Modern Day Gentleman Part 3 - Neckties Continued

Guide for the Modern Day Gentleman Part 2 - Neckties

His musings on what it means to be a gentleman these days: The Modern Day Gentleman – Part 1. I think he concedes too much to modernity, but then again maybe he's perfectly fine with modernity.

I remember someone claiming he didn't like them because they were "Protestant." Well, that isn't exactly true, I don't think, since the tie came from the cravat, which was adopted by the French in the 17th century. According to wiki, they had in turn borrowed it from Croatian mercenaries. (Both Catholic peoples.)

Being rather pragmatic when it comes to clothing, I tend to dislike the cravat because it is a hindrance to, let's be plain about this, combat and a liability, just like long hair. While it is true that they were worn by Croatian mercenaries and soldiers since then, I nonetheless am suspicious of them. Ancient Roman and Chinese soldiers may have worn scarves and such, but that would be for warmth (or for use as a towel), not for appearance?

Perhaps I'm making excuses. But I also don't like it's socio-economic class associations. (I don't like the Regency period that much.)

Oh well. I have to admit that the cravats and waistcoats at this site are attractive. I'll wear a tie reluctantly because of custom; maybe with money to provide for an ostentatious wardrobe I'd enjoy ties more.

More on the History of the Cravat/Necktie:
Jane Austen Centre Magazine: Neckcloths, Cravats, Stocks, Solitaires, Jabots & Macaronis
Regency Reproductions - Historical OverviewMen's Fashion of the 18th Century 1
British fashion and clothing in the 18th and 19th century, the .
19th Century Collars and Ties
History of ties, tie history, necktie history
Father's Day : History of Necktie
Victorian cravat / necktie / neck tie, deluxe (Civil War clothing ...
Victorian Neckties and Cravats
A Colonial Gentlemen's Clothing: A Glossary of Terms
Neckties History at ABC Neckties -

what the cravat replaced: bands and ruffs
Recreating 16th and 17th Century Clothing: The Renaissance Tailor
Elizabethan Ruffs

More How-to Guides: | Learn How to Tie a Tie
How To Tie A Tie - Presented by
HOW TO TIE A CRAVAT Neckwear Gentlemen's Wedding Neckwear
How To Tie A Cravat (Beauty & Style: Style For Men)
85 Ways to Tie a Necktie (this is the link that works: The Mathematical Theory of Tie Knots)

Necktie Aficionado - Where To Buy Men's Silk Neckties


Silk Ties - Silk Neckties - Silk Neck Ties - Men's Silk Neckties ...
Necktie,Neckties,Luxury Cufflinks,Uniform Necktie-
Handmade Silk Cravats for cravat lovers - Beau Ties Ltd.

Servais Pinckaers, OP: RIP Servais Pinckaers, OP: RIP

Vox-Nova: Rumor: Servais Pinckaers, O.P. passes
Fr. Servais Pinckaers dies at the age of 82.

Fribourg: Décès du dominicain Servais Pinckaers, ancien doyen de la Faculté de théologie

Un spécialiste de théologie morale né à Liège le 30 octobre 1925

Fribourg, 7 avril 2008 (Apic) Le Père dominicain Servais-Théodore Pinckaers, professeur émérite de théologie morale à la Faculté de théologie de l'Université de Fribourg, dont il fut également doyen, est décédé le 7 avril à l'âge de 82 ans.

Né le 30 octobre 1925 à Liège, en Belgique, "une ville détruite par Charles le Téméraire, en 1468, à cause de son amour de la liberté", aimait-il à dire, Servais Pinckaers est entré à l'âge de 20 ans dans l'ordre des dominicains. Un ordre auquel il allait rester fidèle toute sa vie.

Profès dans l'Ordre des frères prêcheurs en 1946, il est ordonné prêtre en 1951. En 1952-53, il passe son doctorat à Rome. Il est ensuite enseignant à La Sarte, en Belgique, de 1954 à 1966. De 1966 à 1973, le Père Pinckaers est supérieur de la maison des dominicains de Liège avant d'être appelé comme professeur de théologie morale à l'Université de Fribourg. En 1989-1990, il est doyen la Faculté de théologie, et plusieurs fois prieur du couvent de l'Albertinum, à Fribourg.

Il est nommé en juin 1989 consulteur à la Congrégation pour l'Education catholique par le pape Jean Paul II. Auteur de nombreux ouvrages théologiques, il a donné sa dernière leçon à l'Université de Fribourg en juin 1996. En l'an 2000, le professeur de théologie morale était fait docteur "honoris causa" de l'Université du Latran à Rome.

De nombreuses distinctions

La distinction de docteur en "théologie du mariage et de la famille" lui avait été remise en présence du cardinal Camillo Ruini, Grand chancelier de l'Université, et du cardinal Angelo Sodano, secrétaire d'Etat au Vatican. En 1975, 10 ans après le Concile, le Père Pinckaers participait, notamment avec le Père Raphaël Oechslin, et ses confrères Guy Bedouelle et Georges Cottier, à la fondation de "Sources", une nouvelle revue dominicaine bimestrielle éditée à Fribourg. Son objectif était de garder le "juste milieu" dans la mise en pratique des réformes issues du Concile Vatican II.

Il fut également consulteur de la Congrégation pour l'éducation catholique, organe de la Curie romaine, responsable de la formation et des séminaires, et membre de la Commission théologique internationale, un important collège du Saint-Siège qui réunit 30 membres sous la présidence du préfet de la Congrégation pour la doctrine de la foi et traite des questions centrales de la théologie.

Le Père Pinckaers est l'auteur de nombreux ouvrages théologiques qui sont devenus des références en la matière. L'Université de Fribourg l'avait honoré à l'occasion de son 65e anniversaire en 1990, notamment par la parution d'un recueil d'hommages sous le titre "Aux sources du renouveau de la morale chrétienne". La messe d'obsèques du Père Pinckaers aura lieu au couvent de Ste-Ursule à Fribourg jeudi 10 avril à 14h30. (apic/be)

07.04.2008 - Jacques Berset

ND Center for Ethics and Culture profile: Servais Pinckaers, O.P.
Google Books:
The Sources of Christian Ethics - 1995 - 519 pages
Morality: The Catholic View - 2001 - 141 pages
The Pinckaers Reader: Renewing Thomistic Moral ... - 2005 - 422 pages

Fr. Servais Pinckaers, OP 16 June 1999 Fides et Ratio-13 Reflections

The Host 2?

Link for an interview with Bong Joon-Ho, director of the first, posted at Twitch. He is not directing the sequel.

Is a sequel really necessary? Will the characters from the first be brought back? If the sequel loses the element of a family I would probably skip it; horror fans may still enjoy it, but I don't think the first movie really counts as a horror movie, unless one thinks Jurassic Park is horror (or Jaws). Song Kang-ho as Chief Brody...

I had forgotten that I had posted something about the sequel last year, until I was going through the results of a Google search for more news about the sequel.

The latest rumor is that the film will be a prequel, and not a sequel. Seems like the wrong direction to take... how will they be able to fit the events of the prequel into the timeline created by the original?

More on the sequel:
The Host Getting a Sequel! «
SciFi Japan » Sequel Planned for THE HOST
Robo Japan: Korean Monster Sequels Slated For 2009
Early Details on the 'Host' Sequel (Er, prequel?) - Blogging Sundance
The Host Spawns a Sequel in the Shape of a Prequel! - Film School ...

The Host
Korean website

Yasujiro Ozu

Started: 09/10/06

I was going to finish this post after watching some of his movies, but I haven't had a chance to do that yet.

Profile by Nick Wrigley
Midnight Eye feature
Strictly Film School
Chris Fujiwara, The composer's eye
wiki article on Tokyo Story
Ozu and Hou

Strictly Film School on Hou Hsiao-hsien

Some of his movies are available as a part of the Criterion Collection; Tokyo Story; Late Spring,
Early Summer, Good Morning, A Story of Floating Weeds


A review of ARN: The Knight Templer @ AICN


Spoiler Warning! For trailers see this post.

AN: New protests, the army shoots and kills at least eight Tibetans

04/05/2008 TIBET - CHINA
New protests, the army shoots and kills at least eight Tibetans
I started dreaming about Magnum, P.I., which quickly turned to my version of the series finale. I haven't seen that movie finale for a long time. Hrm, I just looked at the wiki entry, and they're turning it into the movie... sounds like a bad idea. Then I woke up because I had set the alarm for 5:30. At least I'm up.

Welsh towns pushing for local currency

From Transition Culture: Towns to drive local economy with own currency

Sunday, April 06, 2008

BACDS Country Dance Week 2008

Country dance and music camp being held July 12-19, 2008--webpage. Bay Area Country Dance Society

Yeah, another thing I'd check out once I got a real job. Still, there are regular dances being held in Palo Alto, $5 for students.

Hmm... CDNY has dances until early June. I don't think I'd get out there in time to catch the last one with Pete Takeshi.

Bare Necessities: English Country Dance Collection

The Doctor needs to pay child support?

Daughter of former Dr Who Peter Davison to star in the show... as the child of the latest timelord

Zenit: Pontiff Urges Grandparents to Return to the Family

Pontiff Urges Grandparents to Return to the Family

Says Their Participation Can Help Crisis of Values

By Mirko Testa

VATICAN CITY, APRIL 6, 2008 ( Benedict XVI urged grandparents to return to being an active presence in the family, adding that they are a valuable resource for facing the growing crisis of family values.

The Pope said this Saturday upon receiving participants from the April 3-5 conference held in the Vatican on the theme “Grandparents: Their Witness and Presence in the Family.” The conference, organized by the Pontifical Council of the Family, sought to highlight the role grandparents in fostering family unity, and as mediators in the relationship between the married couple and between the parents and their children.

During the study sessions the role and the positive contribution of grandparents in various cultures and societies in which families are continually threatened was brought to light.

Above all, the importance of grandparents in faith education and in the conservation and safeguarding of the culture of a country was emphasized.

Speaking on behalf of the participants in the congress, Cardinal Ricardo Vidal, archbishop of Cebu, Philippines, and member of the Pontifical Council for the Family, told Benedict XVI that during the conference “there emerged feelings of gratitude with regard to grandparents, persons rich with affection, delicacy, authority and goodness, who lovingly hand on religious and moral values.”

In speaking to the participants of the conference, the Pope began by first expressing his wishes for the speedy recovery of Cardinal Alfonso López Trujillo, president of the Vatican council, who was not able to attend the plenary meeting and papal audience for health reasons.


The Holy Father then turned to the theme of the conference and spoke about grandparents as “a treasure that we cannot take away from new generations.” In fact, he explained, “it is not possible to plan the future without relating to a past rich with significant experiences and spiritual and moral points of reference.”

Benedict XVI followed this with a plea that grandparents “return […] to being a living presence in the family, in the Church and in society” and that they “continue to be witnesses of unity, values founded on fidelity to a single love that generates faith and joy in living.”

The emergence of “new models of the family” and “widespread relativism” which threaten the nuclear family make this call all the more urgent, he said.

“Unfortunately, the culture of death seems to be advancing,” the Pope observed, pointing out that it threatens even the older generations. “With growing insistence one arrives at proposing euthanasia as a solution for resolving certain difficult situations.”

“Today economic and social evolution has caused profound transformations in the life of families,” the Pontiff added. “The elderly, among whom there are many grandparents, find themselves in a kind of ‘parking lot’: Some feel themselves as a burden on the family and prefer to live alone or in nursing homes, with all the consequences that these choices have.”


Because of this, continued the Pope, “old age, with its problems that are also linked to new familial and social contexts on account of modern developments, must be evaluated with care and always in light of the truth about man, the family and the community.”

“We must join together to defeat together every marginalization," he said, "because not only are grandfathers, grandmothers, and the elderly in general overwhelmed by the individualistic mentality but everyone. If grandparents constitute a precious resource, as is often said and from many quarters, then consistent choices must be made that permit this resource to be properly valued."

“One must always respond vigorously to that which dehumanizes society," Benedict XVI said, calling on parish and diocesan communities “to meet the modern needs of the elderly.”

The Pope concluded with a thought about the 4th World Meeting of Families that will be celebrated Jan. 13-18, 2009, in Mexico City. “All the Christian families of the world look to this nation ‘always faithful’ to the Church, which will open the doors to all the families of the world.”

The American bishops need to address geographical mobility, and its impact on family life.

Zenit: B16--Setting Out for Emmaus

Setting Out for Emmaus

"The Road That Leads There Is the Journey of Every Christian"

VATICAN CITY, APRIL 6, 2008 ( Here is a translation of the greeting Benedict XVI gave today before praying the Regina Caeli with several thousand people gathered in St. Peter's Square.

* * *

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

This Gospel for this Sunday -- the 3rd Sunday of Easter -- is the celebrated account of the disciples of Emmaus (cf. Luke 24:13-35). The story is told of two disciples of Christ who, on the day after the Sabbath, that is, the third day after Jesus’ death, sad and dejected, leave Jerusalem and set out for nearby village called, precisely, Emmaus.

Along the road, the risen Jesus comes and walks beside them but they do not recognize him. Seeing that they were disheartened, he explained, on the basis of the Scriptures, that the Messiah had to suffer and die to enter into his glory. Having entered into the house with them, he sat down at table with them, blessed the bread and broke it, and at that point they recognized him, but he disappeared from their sight, leaving them full of wonder before the broken bread, new sign of his presence. And immediately the two returned to Jerusalem and told the other disciples what happened.

The location of Emmaus has not been identified with any certainty. There are different hypotheses, and this fact is not without its significance because it leaves us to think that in reality Emmaus represents every place: The road that leads there is the journey of every Christian, indeed, of every man. Along our roads the risen Jesus is our companion on the journey, to reignite in our hearts the warmth of faith and hope and the breaking of the bread of eternal life.

In the disciples' conversation with the unknown traveler the expression that the evangelist Luke puts in one of their mouths is striking: “We were hoping…” (24:21). This past tense verb says everything: We believed, we followed, we hoped …, but now it is all over. Even Jesus of Nazareth, who had shown himself to be a powerful prophet in deeds and words, failed, and we are disappointed.

This drama of the disciples of Emmaus is as a mirror of the situation of many Christians of our time. It seems that the hope of faith has failed. Faith itself enters into crisis because of negative experiences that make us feel like we are abandoned by the Lord. But this road to Emmaus on which we travel can become a way of purification and maturation of our believing in God.

Even today we can enter into conversation with Jesus listening to his word. Even today he breaks the bread for us and gives himself as our bread. And in this way the encounter with the risen Christ, which is possible even today, gives us a deeper and more authentic faith, tempered, so to speak, by the fire of the Easter event; a robust faith because it is nourished not by human ideas, but by the word of God and by his presence in the Eucharist.

This stupendous Gospel text already contains the structure of the Mass: in the first part the hearing of the word through the sacred Scriptures; in the second the Eucharistic liturgy and communion with Christ present in the sacrament of his Body and his Blood.

Nourished at this twofold table, the Church is unceasingly built up and renews itself day by day in faith, in hope and in charity. Through the intercession of Mary Most Holy, let us pray that every Christian and every community, reliving the experience of the disciples of Emmaus, rediscover the grace of the transforming encounter with the risen Lord.

[After the Regina Caeli the Pope said the following in Italian:]

The first International Congress on Divine Mercy concluded today with the Eucharistic celebration in St. Peter’s Basilica. I thank the organizers, especially the vicariate of Rome, and to all the participants I extend my cordial greeting, which now becomes an exhortation: Go and be witnesses of God’s mercy, source of hope for every man and for the whole world. May the risen Lord be with you always!

I greet the numerous members of the Focolare movement, working as catechists in parishes, who have come here from many countries throughout the world, and I wish you well in the service that you render to spreading and welcoming the word of God.

[Translation by Joseph G. Trabbic]

[After the Regina Caeli the Holy Father greeted the pilgrims in several languages. In English, he said:]

I am happy to greet all the English-speaking visitors present at today’s Regina Caeli prayer. On this Third Sunday of Easter, Saint Luke relates how the Risen Christ walks with his disciples, makes their hearts burn within them by his words, and reveals himself in the breaking of the bread. Let us pray that our Easter journey will teach us to open our hearts with joy to the living Christ present in his Church. Upon all of you I invoke God’s abundant blessings!


Wham! - Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go


Rod Dreher on the new survivalism

The New Survivalism

The book that sparked the NY Times article and the Crunchy Con's post: Wealth, War and Wisdom.

Chapter 1
Wiley-VCH - Biggs, Barton - Wealth, War and Wisdom
Wealth, War and Wisdom by Barton Biggs, author of Hedgehogging

Neo-Keynesian, Monetarist and Austrian School economics

From the comments section for the Crunchy Con's "Economics 101", Vox Day writes:
The interview with Dr. Frank Shostak, the chief economist for MF Global, focuses on the difference between Neo-Keynesian, Monetarist and Austrian School economics and how those differences are important in understanding what is taking place in the current situation.

Audio file of the interview at Vox Day

An Introduction to Austrian Economics

Thomas C. Taylor

C&T has a new home

@ Wordpress

This post by Mr. Nichols is one that should be read by those voting in the elections this year:
A Formidable Circle

East Asians and catechesis

Is it more likely to find supporters of the natural family manifesto among American Catholics and European Catholics (or Westerners in general) than with Asian Catholics living in industrialized countries? How many of those Asians would hold the restoration of the home economy to be the ideal, supporting distributism, agrarianism or the protection of family businesses?

How many Asian Catholics are open to having large families? I remember the Western Confucian posting a photo of a South Korean (Protestant) family that was held to be atypical and newsworthy, in so far as it had the largest number of children (was it 8 or 9?). In Hong Kong and other East Asian countries (Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, and by extension Singapore) there may be population concerns as well as worries about earning enough money to support a large family, but what of the children of those who come to the United States?

I've never seen East Asian Catholics here in the U.S. having large families, which are common among traditionalists and 'conservative' Novus Ordo Catholics. (There have to be a better names for the two groups...) They tend to be more East Asian than Catholic in their mentality, seeking a high-paying job, middle-class comforts, and a small family. It's not clear to me what sort of means they employ in limiting the size of their families, but 2 children per family seems to be the norm, 3 at the most. I suspect that many are ok with artificial contraception--my guess being that it is not something discussed either in East Asia or in the ethnic parishes here, and that it is a practice that is accepted, if not condoned.

How many East Asian Catholic women have the goal of being a stay-at-home mother? This may be the cultural norm in Japan still, among women who actually end up being married. Is it the case for Korean women as well? It is rarely the ideal for those who immigrate to the United States or the Children nowadays.

Perhaps East Asian Catholics are no different from their non-Catholic peers either in Asia or in the United States, when it comes to expectations about family, career, and so on. Is it any surprise then that so few of their children really embrace the Christian vocation and live in accordance with it? Asian wordliness does seem to be contrary to the Gospel.

Edit: East Asian Catholics do not appear to be much different from their Western counterparts when it comes to family "planning" and job/financial "concerns." Many have remarked on the correlation between industrialization and the shrinking of family size, though I'd like to see the statistics on American and English family size and cultural practices before the Lambeth Conference, and similarly an explanation of how the reduction in family size was achieved in Europe and where and among whom it originated. Did rural European families continue to have large families before the First World War?

Why do (conservative and traditionalist) Catholics who emphasize openness to life and the priority of the family in the married vocation, despite being a minority in number, nonetheless have a presence in America and Europe and yet not in other industrialize parts of the world? (Ignoring for the moment China and its one-child policy.) This is both with respect to an actual physical presence, and the virtual presence in the Catholic media. Yes, much of the Catholic media in the United States is lay-run or involves lay people. Is it merely a lack of education and leadership by bishops elsewhere? A failure of catechesis? A lack of full orthodoxy among foreign missionaries, who have a presence both in missions, parishes, and educational institutions?

A few in the United States and Europe are aware of the problems of industrialization and peak oil. Besides those who support farmers' rights, how many in East Asia are trying to get the word out about the problems of industrialization (and its unsustainability)?

Perhaps the Holy Father could devote some space to these questions in his next encyclical.

At the bottom of all of these questions is the fact that there do not appear to be many East Asian Catholics here in the United States who share the same views and goals as I do. I am fortunate to have become acquainted with both "traditionalist" and "conservative" Catholics who are counter-cultural, tried to restore some sanity into their networks. What is probably needed at ethnic parishes is a renewed focus on evangelizing of their members and more direction from (and self-examination by) the clergy. But I am not optimistic that this will happen in time to prevent the next generation from being lost to the worldliness that surrounds them.

Exsultet by Fr Guy Nicholls

of the Birmingham Oratory, via Catholic Mom of 10:

for more videos, go here...

Stuck in the Middle - Brad Davidge with Natalie MacMaster

his website

Cape Breton Live in Concert on Cape Breton Live Radio:

Hrm, her Live in Cape Breton DVD is not available from Amazon US or

A cd by her and her uncle, Buddy MacMaster.

She'll be in Phoenix in September, and then touring California in October, including Napa and Davis.

Links to Cape Breton musicians and artists.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

St. Patrick's Day at Christendom

From the Chronicler:

Sarge, check the vid at 0:20 or (-2:35).

Sierra Hull, IBMA, 2007

Sierra Hull
Sierra Hull, musical prodigy in Pickett County!
Sierra Hull, 12, rises in bluegrass with help from Alison Krauss ...

Sierra Hull ~ Steel Rails

What will her voice sound like once it matures? It's not exactly a powerful one, but the same could be said of Alison Krauss?

A MV for Sarge

Taylor Swift - Picture to Burn

She and her friend are talking "their age" at the beginning?

Hayley Westenra, Amazing Grace

Bluegrass Medley / Angelina Baker


After using one in Ghost Recon maybe you'd like a real PKM Sarge...

VLTOR Weapon Systems

Then there is the Dillon Aero M134D minigun
Dillon Aero: M134 Gatling Gun, Miniguns, M134 Gun Systems, Naval ...

M-134D Gatling Gun System
YouTube - M134 Gatling Gun vs. M240
YouTube - M134D Gatling Gun on Italian NH90
Dillion Aero M134D Gatling gun - Military Photos

Have you heard anything about the M6A1 or 2?

Land Warfare Resource Corporation
Defense Review - LWRC M6A2 Gas Piston Weapons at NDIA Small Arms ...

General Equipment International page

LWRC Gas piston rifles

LWRC 6.8mm SPC M6A2 Mag Dump

LWRC PSD Future Weapons

6.8mm! Includes a brief appearance by Paul Howe.

LWRC PSD Part 2 Future Weapons

LWRC PSD Future Weapons - AOL Video

Future Weapons: "LWRC Infantry Automatic Rifle (IAR)"

Future Weapons Season 3 Premier Infantry Automatic Rifle

Mary Fahl, Going Home

The actual Gods and Generals opening:

Tsai Chin Charity Concert 2008

I've seen the posters for the concert up, both at Milpitas Square and
There's no website for it, though.

The dates can be found here:
@ Flint Center, Cupertino
Apr 26, 2008, Saturday, 7:30 PM
Apr 27, 2008, Sunday, 4:00 PM

I don't think I'll be going--the cheapest seats were $50, I think.

Discussion of headcoverings

There is some discussion over whether it is proper for women to wear a chapel veil over at Fr. Z's blog, Feminine Genius (Fr. Z's response), and now the Cornell Society for a Good Time. It's been asked whether men should not wear headcovering as well, to show humility before God. On the other hand, there's St. Paul's argument that men should be uncovered (1 Cor 11:2-16).

Nonetheless, I did have the following questions:
1. When are monks permitted to have the cowl over their head and when are the forbidden from doing so?

2. What would St. Paul make of the practice of Jewish men wearing a headcovering? How long has this custom been observed? (Since before the coming of Christ?) Some of the Jewish men are shown with headcoverings (e.g., the Pharisees and Simon of Cyrene) in The Passion of the Christ, but St. John does not have one (especially at the Crucifixion).

If the argumentation behind St. Paul's injunction pertains to the relationship beetween husband and wife, then why should single women need to ear the veil? (So this Messianic Jewish website would argue.) But the words in the passage seem to refer more to the relationship between men and women in general?

Headcovering in Jewish Law
Question 11.1.2: Dress: Why do many Jewish men wear head coverings ...

Having worn a hood while in church to pray I can say that it has helped to block everything else out and more over foster certain interior dispositions towards prayer.

A Protestant's take on the question
So Baltar has now taken refuge with a monotheistic cult, after being rejected by every other ship in the fleet. Will the writers and producers resolve the religious/'metaphysical' questions, and will they give credible answers by the time the final episode is shown? One person even speculated that the Galactica will end up at Earth just in time for Baltar to be a certain Prophet announcing the "One True God." With a beard, does he resemble Christ? Will he keep the beard much longer?

The promo for this season:


Apollo's promo photos include a shot of him as a civilian, and there is a reason for that, so is this what Baltar will look like after the first episode of season 4?

At first I thought the cult would consist of only women, but there are some men in it as well. Those who are familiar with Baltar's proclivities will understand why I thought that.

And then there is that moment later in the episode when Baltar has some measure of humility and conversion while praying for the health of a sick child. And who is the leader of the cult? She seems to be a cynical woman with her own agenda.

edit: ah! So he does shave 35 minutes into the episode...

New episodes can be seen at the Sci-Fi website.

CFP: Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy at Philosophy Conferences ...
From Blackwell... naturally.

RP, Government Failure Is Endemic

Dr. Paul gives the Austrian critique:

The latest regulatory plan from the Treasury Department, with the potential to turn the Federal Reserve into a super-regulator overseeing state-chartered banks and bank holding companies, and acting as a guarantor of market stability, is another in a long line of half-baked government responses to financial difficulty. Recession after recession has not impressed upon government leaders the reality that the Federal Reserve's monetary policy activities are what lead to market instability.

The business cycle, contrary to what Secretary Paulson and others seem to believe, is not endemic to the free market. It is always and everywhere the result of monetary inflation and subsequent malinvestment, which when it is discovered must of necessity be liquidated in order for a true recovery to occur. Delaying the liquidation will only prolong the crisis and ensure that the next crisis will be more severe.

Every government intervention will result in a distortion of the market and a subsequent shock somewhere down the line in the future. It is about time that we recognize the failure of government intervention, get our hands out of the private sector, and for once allow the market to function.

World: Economist Reflects On Financial Crisis
Martin Wolf: FT bio, wiki; Nottingham University

He is also the author of Why Globalization Works; Google Books.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Liam Neeson interview for Taken


The MSM lets the citizenry down, again.

Via Rod Dreher, from Dumb Money by Michael Kinsley:

We don't need a conversation about race. At least not now. What we need is a conversation about money. It becomes clearer by the day that this is not your grandmother's--or even Barack Obama's grandmother's--economic downturn. This time we start with a huge government deficit and record private debt, all run up when times were good and we should have been storing up acorns. This is one that begins with people losing their homes, which is usually the last act of the drama. This is one that is bringing back stagflation--that poisonous combination of economic slowdown and eroding currency we cured at a terrible cost back in 1981. When that red phone rings in the middle of the night, it probably won't be the National Security Adviser saying Osama bin Laden has struck again. It will be the Treasury Secretary reporting that markets have opened in the Far East and the dollar has become worthless.
Paleoconservatives and paleolibertarians, as well as those on the "left" (the folks over at Counterpunch, for example), have known that this should have been an important campaign issue from the very start, beginning last year. Where the heck have you been Michael Kinsley, and the rest of the MSM? Where are the critical minds with a deep knowledge of history, political science, economics, and philosophy, instead of a meager degree in journalism and a passing acquaintance with best-sellers and the like?

We cannot count on the MSM to do the investigative work that we as citizens should be doing, and if we ourselves cannot do it, then there is something wrong with the "Republic." But we knew that already.

The Tudors are back

Actually, it's the show The Tudors, back for season 2. It's popular enough among young people as well, which is unfortunate, given their lack of historical knowledge these days.

official Showtime site
The Tudors Online

Related Links:
The Tudors
Tudor History
History of the Monarchy > The Tudors

Hayley Westenra & Jonathan Ansell Un Giorno Per Noi

Hayley Westenra & Jonathan Ansell Un Giorno Per Noi

This Morning Hayley Westenra & Jonathan Ansell interview

Hayley Westenra - Benedictus
JM has been giving a little salute the past two days, I don't know who taught her to do that, or why she is doing it, but she is being a cute 2nd grader. I wonder where all the kids are from 10 years ago... Alicia, Ingrid, Adrianna, David and Marisol, and the others.

One of the boys forgot to bring his inhaler to school today and he had two asthma attacks--he didn't tell me about the first one, even though he was starting to have it right before P.E. But apparently that didn't last too long. The other one started afterschool, and he couldn't walk, he was bent over, trying to breathe. I was going to carry him to the office, but that didn't seem to help his breathing. Fortunately, his father came with his inhaler. Kids!

Apparently Ms. N- told [some of] her kids that I was doing graduate studies to become a doctor, so three of them walked up to me and said "Dr. ----" and laughed. They thought it was impressive and funny at the same time. Kids!

Mattie Porte's full report on Richard Heinberg

Heinberg: Resilient communities - paths for powering down:
Now that he'd warmed us up with a talk on 'Peak Everything,' Richard Heinberg said he'd come back to try out some new ideas he'd working with over the past few weeks. "It's all a big unknown," he admitted, but had decided we were the kind of audience that could handle the unknown. Where are we? Where are we going?

Adam Carolla with Julianne Hough - Week 3

Not eliminated yet!
DWTS - Adam Carolla with Julianne Hough - Week 3

Adam & Julianne Interview Each Other

The Insider with Adam Carolla & Julianne Hough

Interview with DWTS Helio Castroneves and Julianne Hough

Kylie Minogue-Can't Get You Out Of My Head[Live DWTS-2008]


Kylie Minogue - Dancing with the Stars (All I See)

Kylie Minogue - Dancing With the Stars - ExtraTV Backstage
All I See (The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson)

Zenit: Jesus Remains With Us in Scripture

Jesus Remains With Us in Scripture

Gospel Commentary for 3rd Sunday of Easter

By Father Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap

ROME, APRIL 4, 2008 ( “Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and explained the Scriptures to us?” This line from the Gospel passage about the disciples of Emmaus brings us to reflect on the Scriptures.

There are two ways to approach the Bible. The first is that of considering it an old book, full of religious wisdom, of moral values, and of poetry too. From this point of view it is absolutely the most important book for understanding our Western culture and the Judeo-Christian religion. It is also the most printed and read book in the world.

But there is another, much more demanding way to approach the Bible, and it is that of believing that it contains the living word of God for us, that it is an “inspired” book, that is, written, indeed, by human authors, with all of their limitations, but with God’s direct intervention. A very human book and, at the same time, divine, that speaks to men of all times and reveals to them the meaning of life and death.

Above all it reveals to them God’s love. If all the Bibles in the world, St. Augustine said, on account of some disaster, would be destroyed and there remained only one copy and, of this copy, all of the pages were illegible save for one, and on this page only one line were legible; if this line were that of the first letter of John that reads “God is love,” the whole Bible would be saved because it is summed up in this statement. This explains how it is that so many people approach the Bible without culture, without great education, with simplicity, believing that it is the Holy Spirit that speaks in it and find in it answers to their problems, light, encouragement, in a word, life.

The two ways of approaching the Bible -- the way of erudition and the way of faith -- do not exclude each other, on the contrary, they must be united. It is necessary to study the Bible, the way in which it should be interpreted (or to pay attention to the findings of those study it in this way), so as not to fall into fundamentalism.

Fundamentalism consists in taking a verse from the Bible, just as it sounds, and applying it to today’s situations, without taking into account the difference of culture, of time, and of the different genres of the Bible.

It is believed, for example, that the universe is little more that 4,000 years old since this would seem to be what we can calculate from the information that the Bible provides, while we know that the universe is some billions of years old. The Bible was not written as a textbook of natural science, but for salvation. God, in the Bible, adapted himself to the way of speaking of the men of the time so that they could understand; he did not write only for the men of the age of technology.

On the other hand, to reduce the Bible to an object of study and erudition, remaining neutral to its message, is to kill it. It would be as if a man, receiving a letter from the woman he loves, were to examine it with a dictionary, from the point of view of grammar and syntax, and stops at these things, without grasping the love that is in it.

Reading the Bible without faith is like trying to read a book at night: nothing can be read, or at least one does not read what is essential. Reading Scripture with faith means reading it in reference to Christ, grasping what refers to him on every page, just as he did with the disciples of Emmaus.

Jesus remains with us in two ways: in the Eucharist and in his word. He is present in both: in the Eucharist under the form of food, in the Word under the form of light and truth. The word has a great advantage over the Eucharist. Only those who already believe and are in a state of grace can receive communion; but everyone, believers and nonbelievers, married people and divorced people, can approach the word of God. Indeed, to become a believer, the most normal route is that of listening to God’s word.

[Translation by Joseph G. Trabbic]

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Father Raniero Cantalamessa is the Pontifical Household preacher. The readings for this Sunday are Acts 2:14a, 22-28; 1 Peter 1:17-21; Luke 24:13-35.

AN: Witnesses confirm: Chinese soldiers "dressed as monks" sparked the violence

Witnesses confirm: Chinese soldiers "dressed as monks" sparked the violence
by Nirmala Carvalho
A Tibetan leader defends the choice of non-violence, and claims that Chinese soldiers dressed as monks in order to instigate violence. "We are not terrorists", he says, expressing the view that "Chinese propaganda" is behind attacks meant to justify accusations against the Tibetans. In Lhasa, the army is also harassing the Chinese.

Crop to Cuisine: Why Localism Matters

From Global Public Media--
Crop to Cuisine: Why Localism Matters
Localization of our food supply is one of the most critical ways we will improve the condition of our planet. There are many things we can be doing in the way of environmental sustainability. But none of them play as central a role in everyone's life as food. In this episode, we launch Crop To Cuisine onto the airwaves discussing the reasons that localization of our food supply is so important, including the historical context, environmental impacts, and even economic benefits. Our guests include Amy Trubek, PhD, Dawn Thilmany, PhD, and Jon Ash, Chef and Author.

Ok, in case you're too lazy

Here are two trailers for season 4 of Doctor Who:

For KK--

Sense and Sensibility 2008

BBC website; Masterpiece Theater

I've been able to watch most of S&S 2008 at that other source, and it has been ok, despite the additions made by Andrew Davies. Most consider it to be the best adaptation out of the group, and I suspect this is true, but I am not going to take the time to confirm it by watching the rest. I do think the Edward Ferrars in this one is better than the Hugh Grant one in the Ang Lee version...

the trailer for the DVD...

Hattie Morahan (plays Elinor Dashwood):

Hattie Morahan Fansite for the star of Sense and Sensibility

(Whoa! Didn't realize she was in The Bank Job! What did I say about British actresses, Sarge!)

Charity Wakefield plays Marianne Dashwood.

Charity Wakefield fansite

Plus some Doctor Who news:
The stars line up for Doctor Who
official website

Series 4 premiere: April 5
Trailer for season 4--includes a glimpse of Rose. And Donna isn't annoying, either! (Trailers also available at the official site.)

Thursday, April 03, 2008

JR for Sarge

Yahoo: Joely Richardson

Joely Richardson Picture Galleries
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And of course MG's costuming for the movie:

Support groups are important

See this s guest post at Dawn Eden's blog: 'I don't care anymore about living up to society's expectations' A no-longer-reluctant virgin tells his story

KTH's new CFs

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Lind, On War #257: Die Panzerwaffe

On War #257: Die Panzerwaffe

Can't find a link for the new edition of On Armor yet...

More from W. T. Wheeler on the Defense Budget

Winslow T. Wheeler
When Pigs Sprout Wings: Mangled Rationales for a Fatter Defense Budget

Peter Morici, The Deepening Recession

Peter Morici
The Deepening Recession

Joe Bageant
The Audacity of Depression

Peak phosphorus?

World's phosphorus situation scares some scientists
Hallie Woods, The Coloradoan

AT: Macau's rotten basket of riches

Macau's rotten basket of riches
By Kent Ewing


I think we saw that issue of Tactical Knives (or maybe it was Blade or Knife World?) featuring combat tomahawks at Barnes and Noble in Boston, Sarge?

Conrad Tool and Knife website (seems to be down at the moment?)
SOG Fusion Tactical Tomahawk
Defense Review - The Tactical Operator Newsletter: Reality-Based ...
GG&G Battle Hawk Tomahawk
Condor combat tomahawk/axe - - Intelligent ...

From the Knifecenter Store:

Condor Tool & Knife Combat Tomahawk Axe 13-3/8 Overall w/ Sheath
Part Number: CN4010BC
Manufacturer: Condor

more here

Tomahawk Throwing by Dan Beard
Axe Throwing by Peter McLaren
wiki: Tomahawk

Youtube: mel gibson the patriot tomahawk fight scenes

Combat Knife Throwing
Modern Knives Video Magazine
Combat Knives Magazine [Archive] -

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

The Flight of the Red Balloon trailer

@ Apple

Juliette Binoche...

Juliette Binoche's Photo Gallery
Juliette Binoche, a French dream... + than 2000 photos, news ...
Juliette Binoche - Yahoo! Movies
So the winner of this season's Hell's Kitchen is supposed to become the executive chef at the Gordon Ramsay's new Los Angeles restaurant, the London West Hollywood. Are the contestants that good? Or are the two London restaurants (LA and NYC) overrated?

But according to the following article: Alain Ducasse regains crown as most-starred chef
Ramsay was briefly tied with Ducasse on 12 stars last month when his eponymous restaurant at the London NYC hotel in midtown Manhattan debuted with two stars in Michelin's New York 2008 guide.

So... how rigged is Hell's Kitchen? Or do they really carefully screen the contestants, so that the nannies and stay-at-home dads are more skilled than they might appear on TV?

'Hell's Kitchen': The dark lord of cooking reigns again!

And the 'dark lord of cooking'? I suppose Chef Ramsay had to sign off on that moniker, but I don't think it really fits him. The Drill Sergeant of the Culinary World, perhaps...

Chef Ramsay rules devilishly

Oops, just remembered the name of the show is Hell's Kitchen. So the moniker fits that...

Col. Dan Smith, The Militarization of America

The Toys of War
The Militarization of America


"M taang wah."

Niece #1 claims I taught her this... did I? haha I forgot. She was on the phone telling me about the pope and her dancing class today. Hehe, so can I get her interested in ECD?
Ms. N- was friendly yesterday, smiling and doing some other Asian things after she thought her class cut in front of mine while going to the cafeteria. She even showed her hair. I thought perhaps she was hiding her head or something. (She did get chemo treatment a while back.) Today she was a bit more of what I think is her regular self--quiet in the morning, though after lunch was over she saw me put a mint in my mouth and she said "Still eating!"

This morning I think I got enough sleep--I was in a good mood and actually rather energetic, even though I didn't eat breakfast. I though I would be able to last the day, and was thinking of how after the third week I'd be looking forward to the end of the 30-day assignment. But by the end of the day I was back to thinking that it was a bad idea to accept the assignment.

And, the energy didn't last the afternoon, though I was able to stay on top of things. But I'm feeling a bit tired right now here at home.

As JP might think, I had to be 'mean.' Raising one's voice in the classroom seems inevitable, and often it was due to irritation. It also seems to me that yelling can lead one to become angry. But I think I'll have to stick to this policy (of warning about consequences early in the day and following through if necessary), since it was effective in getting them to quiet down and work and they really need that sort of heavy-handed direction. Unfortunately there is so much to do during the school day, especially checking their work, so sometimes I can't monitor the classroom as closely as I would like.

Some of the students in blonde schoolteacher Ms. R's class apparently were not following directions. I'm a bit surprised she let them go out to recess--I thought they might have to stay in, but sometimes you just let them go so they get their energy outside while you have a breather. One of the boys was crying though--not sure if he wasn't following directions and was reprimanded.

M-rat wanted me to jump rope and she got me during afternoon recess. The first time they tried to swing the rope over my head, it wasn't high enough and got caught on my hat. I had to laugh at that, because I've told them before the jump rope is a bit too short. (It's the appropriate length for primary school students.) They did it again though and it cleared my head the next time. I was able to jump the rope about 4 times, even though I was wearing sandals today. For some reason the girls think it's fun to have the teacher jump rope; they like to stand and watch... it's seems to be an engrossing sight, though it usually doesn't last long since I have yard duty. A couple of her classmates were acting like hangers-on again, but fortunately only briefly... I say, "Fortunately," because while it's harmless, it could cause other people to talk, and maybe that could lead to something nasty.

JM came by the classroom several times today. After school, her sister noticed her desire to be in the class. She told me once about things at home, and it seems that her father doesn't really spend much time with her or ignores her most of the time. So I am conscious that I need to be a good role model/ideal for her, even while I am being attentive to her. Perhaps she is too young for me to have an impact on her, and her decision-making in the future. But I remember when I had her class in December that she was going to marry only a "gentleman." I hope she remembers what she says and knows what one is, when the time comes. Maybe I should read through Meg Meeker's book.

Girls will be girls, no matter what the deconstructionists might believe.

Q&A: Dr. Meg Meeker on 'Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters' - HUMAN ....

Dr. Meg Meeker - Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters (part 1)

Dr. Meg Meeker - Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters (part 2)

parts 3, 4, 5, 6

Dr. Meg Meeker - The Rules Have Changed: pt 1, 2, 3

Dr. Meg Meeker - Teens & Sex, part 1, 2

Dr. Meg Meeker - Right To Sex

About Meg Meeker