Saturday, October 02, 2010

I dropped by the Five Guys in Fremont on the way to KK's house this afternoon -- I can't say the burger is better than that of In and Out. If there is a next time I'll have to ask for no ketchup and mustard--there was so much that the taste reminded me of a McDonald's hamburger. There isn't much seasoning to the hamburger patties -- I think the In and Out patties may taste better. For the money that one pays at Five Guys one might be better off going to Red Robin or Fuddruckers. (It's been a while since I've gone to Fuddruckers.)

Col. Hackworth and the MOH

In the past, attempts to downplay his claim of being America's most decorated soldier (which I will concede may seem to be just shameless self-advertising than a reflection of his military record, until you study his record) -- see this slate article and free republic post.

But we are reminded that his name was submitted for the Medal of Honor 3 times, and given the controversy surrounding the end of his career in the US Army, will he ever be awarded one? What's more important, receiving the award or doing what merits one?

How was primarily responsible for the trumpeting of that title, Col. Hackworth or his publicists? (Consider what he did with his medals upon leaving the army.) It seems to me to be a part of the marketing of Col. Hackworth as a soldier and expert in military affairs, an attempt to establish his credibility with the American public. One may disagree with his various opinions about the Pentagon, American wars, the state of the US Army, domestic security, terrorist threats, and so on, but can he deny that Hackworth was a good soldier leader of men? As far as I'm concerned, those in the MSM who have not served have no standing to judge him on this score. As for his critics who are or have been in the US military -- how much of their criticism was due to his personality and the way he said things, rather than the substance of what he said? (I'm not including those who were critical because he was a threat to their interests.)

A blog post on Col. Hackworth by Clyde McDonnell.

An online petition.

This Time We Win by James S. Robbins

I heard part of an interview with the author last Sunday on 560 AM.

The claim that the US prevailed over the NVA in the Tet offensive is not new to me. Even if the American MSM had gotten the story correct and helped maintain public support for the war, would the outcome have been any different? Apparently the author believes this, and once again the example of Vietnam is being used to bludgeon the public into maintaining their resolve regarding American interventions overseas. If the book is more military history than neocon propaganda defending the GWOT and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, I might read through it.

Amazon

An interview with Col. David Hackworth from 1989; he discusses the interview in which he claimed the war could not be won and which lead to his resignation from the US Army:
About Face: The Odyssey of an American Warrior by Col. David Hackworth



More:
Encounter Books
Lemuria Books blog
Powerline
National Review Radio (mp3)
Blog Talk Radio

Friday, October 01, 2010

Movies, movies

The reviews made me reconsider watching The American; but I think the next movie I watch will be The Social Network, which seems to be doing very well with critics. Still, Dr. Fleming's comments on movies in this thread may lead me to re-think whether the movie is worth my time..



Reviews by Steven Greydanus, Roger Ebert, NPR. Rotten Tomatoes, Yahoo Movies.

AICN: Jesse Eisenberg and Quint talk Mark Zuckerberg and THE SOCIAL NETWORK!
Quint chats with Armie Hammer about David Fincher's THE SOCIAL NETWORK and George Miller's dead JUSTICE LEAGUE film!

Keith Preston on Carl Schmitt, Part 4

Carl Schmitt (part IV)
Paul Gottfried and Richard Spencer: Remembering Joe Sobran (itunes)

Janet Smith responds to Dawn Eden regarding Christopher West

Engaging Dawn Eden's Thesis (via Pertinacious Papist). For Dawn Eden's master's thesis, go here.

A recent post at Mary Victrix: Where I Am at Right Now with Theology of the Body

Kevin Gutzman and Thomas Woods on the Constitution

CSPAN: Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution and American History

Note for my calendar

Stanford Early Music Singers:
November 20, 2010
Joseph Sargent serves as guest conductor for the Early Music Singers.
8:00 P.M. at the Stanford Memorial Chapel

Joseph Sobran, How Tyranny Came to America

How Tyranny Came to America
Peak Generation: Military reports leading the charge in peak oil debate
Another military report is targeting future oil supply concerns.

Another description of the modern American bureaucratic state

Franklin C. Spinney, The Pentagon Game
I have seen, over and over, how a Secretary of Defense gets set up by the bureaucracy just, like the Generals set up Obama. Also, when serving as low ranking officer on the Air Staff, I saw many cases where lower ranking generals using the same tactics to set up senior generals, especially the AF Chief of Staff -- who was always considered the least informed guy in the room. If fact, I was once ordered by a two star general to lie to a three star general [Wheeler note: Spinney did not also say that he refused]. Colonels are always trying to maneuver generals into promoting their agendas. This is the way the real world operates, and the name of the game in this kind of staff work is always the same: remove all reasonable alternatives to your agenda to insure the decision goes your way. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.

The Pentagon is a rat's nest of military-industrial factions, factions inside factions, and ever shifting alliances -- all competing with each other. The information game is easily played at all levels -- which is one reason why this behaviour is so intractable. Mafias inside the AF are hosing each other as well as the AF Chief of Staff, ditto for the Army and the Navy, the different services are hosing the Secretary of Defense as well as each other; the Secretary of Defense is hosing the President. All are working the press and the Congress ... this is going on all the time at all levels, all the time. It is simply the human condition in large government bureaucracies where billions of dollars are at stake, and leaders ignore it at their peril. .

The key to playing this game successfully is to make a leader dependent on formal communications channels and the chain of command, then you can use the bureaucracy to filter what flows up to him/her. This is known as the mushroom treatment -- keeping the boss in the dark and feeding him/her bullshit. Savvy leaders understand this and understand that trying to stop this kind of behaviour is futile. To avoid being trapped, they must take proactive action to let the sun shine in by opening up other pathways for he information to flow in.

The only way a leader, whatever his level in the bureaucratic hierarchy, can do this is to carefully cultivate alternative informal back channel communication loops to trusted people scattered throughout the lower echelons of his organization. By discretely accessing a multiplicity of views, as well than bureaucracy's preferred solution, a leader can determine when he is getting the mushroom treatment, and more importantly, gain the leverage needed to pry open the door to real alternatives. The author Robert Coram, in Boyd: the Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War, has an excellent discussion of how back channels worked in the Air Force and the Office of the Secretary of Defense during the Light Weight Fighter and A-X debates in the late 1960s and early 1970s, as well as in the strategy development for the first Iraq War in 1991.

Back channel access to alternative views also gives a leader leverage over his subordinates. Once his subordinates appreciate that they can not control all the information flowing into their boss's brain, the game opens up and the leader can do some broken field running. Indeed, a subtle leader quickly learns that the best results often occur when he makes it clear he knows when subordinate is setting him up by tailoring the information, but chooses to give the subordinate a second chance (in bureaucratic jargon, this is known as appealing to his patriotism). That subordinate will never forget the experience, particularly if the leader has already established his cojones with a couple of ruthless well-timed career executions for similar behaviour.

Of course, the subordinate leaders in a bureaucratic hierarchy hate back channel information loops, because it undermines their power to manipulate their boss. They will do everything in their power to snuff it out and maneuver their boss back in the dark room where they can resume feeding him bullshit. That is why a leader must exhibit subtle discretion; opacity is essential for this kind of operation to work over the long term.

It is easy for Pfaff to say Obama's hands were tied by the generals, but that is not the whole story. The mushroom treatment will not stop until Obama realizes he set himself up it by placing careerist sharks and professional bureaucratic apparachiks in the key subordinate national security positions without setting up compensating channels of information.

Also from Counterpunch:
California Catholic Daily: “Many were in tears”
Traditional Latin Mass in San Jose comes to an unexpected end


I don't think the problem in San Jose is that no one is petitioning for the classical rite/extraordinary form; I think Summorum Pontificum continues to be ignored and pressure is put on priests who might consider celebrating the EF by the chancery and the bishop. Does anyone have any information that would contradict this? The oratory is definitely too small for all of those who are interested in attending the Masses there.

Sandro Magister on Matteo Ricci, S.J.

A Ratzinger from Four Centuries Ago. In Beijing

The remarkable resemblance between the missionary method of Matteo Ricci in seventeenth-century China and the dialogue between Christianity and cultures proposed today by Benedict XVI

This is Znamenny Chant





Valaam Monastery
Orthodox wiki
Liturgica.com
Novgorod
Church of the Nativity







Chant Cafe: Why We Must Sing to Preserve: A Russian Example



From the comments:

A nice rendition and great setting. The music is actually by Nikolai Kedrov, Sr (1871-1940). This arrangement of the Church Slavonic 'Pater noster' was made famous in the West by Sergei Jaroff's Don Cossack Choir in the 1930s and is a staple of Slavic Orthodox choirs worlwide.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Michael Hudson, America's China Bashing


Mr. Hudson lists 6 junk economics errors. The first three:
1. To pretend that these savings are “saved up” by foreigners (who save in their own currency, after all).
2. To pretend that China is “manipulating its currency” by doing what central banks have done for over a century
3. To pretend that exchange rates are determined mainly by international trade.

Yeah, Free Market...

Scruggs loses lawsuit against Monsanto (via Food CEO)

Joseph Sobran, RIP

Daniel McCarthy, Joseph Sobran, 1946-2010

The Western Confucian posted a prayer request for him recently, but I did not know how serious his illness was; I thought he was still rather young. May he rest in peace.

His website. Here he is discussing one of his favorite topics, William Shakespeare:

KQED: Election 2010: Third-Party Candidates for Governor

Forum with Michael Krasny

Guests:
  • Carlos Alvarez, Peace and Freedom Party candidate for governor
  • Chelene Nightingale, American Independent candidate for governor
  • Dale F. Ogden, Libertarian Party candidate for governor
  • Laura Wells, Green Party candidate for governor

mp3

Related:
Carlos Alvarez
Chelene Nightingale
Dale F. Ogden
Laura Wells

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Too many farmer's markets?
Gene Logsdon, OrganicToBe.org

I never thought I would see this happen: throughout the local foods movement, there are complaints now from the farmers saying that there are too many markets and marketers. That means less money for each farmer, the ancient problem that never goes away.
Patrick Deneen, Is There a Conservative Tradition in America?

More of the same:

We have come to accept that Conservatism in America means fidelity to the founding principles of America, particularly those embodied in our basic documents, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Taking each in turn, it’s most obviously the case that the Declaration is at the very least problematically in any way compatible with conservatism, and even the Constitution contains elements that were worrisome to a more conservative party in American politics at the time of its ratification. The Declaration is our nation’s work of high philosophy, a distillation of Lockean principles deriving from his Second Treatise on Government. Yet, thinkers from Edmund Burke to Russell Kirk have shown the deeply anti-conservative bases of the social contract theory of Lockean (and Hobbesian) origin, one that is premised upon a conception of human beings as naturally “free and independent,” as autonomous individuals who are thought to exist by nature detached from a web of relationships that include family, community, Church, region, and so on. The Lockean logic subjects all human relationships to radical scrutiny, valorizing choice and voluntarism as the sole basis of legitimacy in any human bond. This logic radically destabilizes all existing ties, making individual calculation the primary basis on which to assess the legitimacy and claims of any association. This logic not only places the polity under its legitimizing logic, but all traditional relations, even finally the family itself. The logic used to justify America’s break with England worked like a steady solvent throughout its history, first detaching people’s allegiances from communities, from Churches, then from the individual States, and finally today – among the vanguard, the enlightened elite – from the nation and from the family alike. Today’s conservatives in most cases see this as a step too far, yet they have generally signed on in support of the philosophy that led to this culmination of the Lockean project.

Conservatives today see the Constitution as the more conservative, even stabilizing document, giving form and shape to a limited government of enumerated powers, divided powers and the federated sharing of powers. Today conservatives assign blame to the intervention of 19th-century Progressives – thinkers like John Dewey and Herbert Croly – for the evisceration of the Founder’s 18th-century sober wisdom. They see particularly the influx of foreign contaminants – in the form of progressive German philosophy inspired by the likes of Kant and Hegel – as the source of the corruption of the Constitution. They seek its restoration to its original form, the original understanding of the Framers.

Who will make the case that the founding principles of America were not liberal?

Art of the Dynamic Shotgun Trailer - Magpul Dynamics



Magpul Dynamics DVDs

Sarge's shotgun should be arriving tomorrow.

Some men may not have the funds to purchase a firearm or take classes in self-defense or the time for those classes. But what of those men who simply abdicate their responsibility to know how to defend themselves and those close to them, believing that calling 911 will suffice? I think such men would deserve the opprobrium they'd receive from men who take this responsibility seriously. (I won't even comment on those Catholic pacificists who think that it is noble and holy to lave their families to the mercy of their attackers. Or those who would wish to see the general populace disarmed.)

Can such men be entrusted with the defense of the commonwealth, when they won't even prepare themselves to defend their families? At the moment, I hardly see any reason to collaborate with such men or to be in community with them. Have European and Uhmerican men become so effete?
Catholic Phoenix: For Better or Worse: Mantillas are Making a Quiet Comeback

It may be too early to say, "Phoenix > San Jose." I suppose a mantilla is better than a heavy veil if it is hot? (Then again, how did women in the Holy Land cope?)
‘Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show’ Episode 405: Denise Minger Exposes Some Major Flaws In 'The China Study'

itunes

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Work has kept me busy and tired, so I haven't been blogging as much. Here are links to some recent pieces from Counterpunch...

Pam Martens, Scientists, Secrets and Wall Street's Lost $4 Trillion 
Ralph Nader, A Ten Percent Shift? Craven Republicans and Spineless Democrats 
David Rosen / Bruce Kushnick, Cheap Date: the Comcast / NBC Merger

[ChanMi's star news] Han Hye-jin, in a pure white wedding dress

Joseph Pearce on E. F. Schumacher

A Still, Small Voice
Steve Sailer reviews Waiting for Superman, which I mentioned in this post. (Discussion here.)

The superintendent Dr. Porter was visiting at least one school today. What did he think of the classroom I was in? Does he or anyone else think that putting a school on notice for not meeting certain goals will give the faculty enough incentive to make change happen? I looked in the teacher's box and found a notice from the union and its endorsements -- if I was surprised, it was because I didn't think they'd be so blatant: Brown for governor, Boxer for senator. It also endorsed Tom Torlakson for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Is membership in the union voluntary? What would happen if one chose to opt out of the union?

I'd rather see the system implode then devote my life to it.

Oh, before I forget -- the use of the word "housewife" as a search time is blocked on the district computers. Who is running IT for the district, and does this policy originate with them or from someone higher up?

Then I heard about this on KTVU news -- Santa Clara County supervisors vote to opt out of Secure Communities program. There was footage of George Shirakawa at the meeting -- his father may have been an important local figure, but is he anything but a legacy office-holder? Only two people present at the meeting spoke up to oppose the decision. What time was the meeting? Local politics is infuriating. Are we going to see the lib politicians take any action against Santa Clara County? They'd rather demonize Arizona.

Related links:
Secure Communities
NLM: Pope's Private Visit to the Birmingham Oratory and Newman's Rooms

Monday, September 27, 2010

Would Peter Hitchens endorse the restoration of the Sarum rite?

From Liverpool's Two Cathedrals:

Brooding above all this is the 330-foot tower of Liverpool Cathedral, which unlike its older brother cathedrals is one of the very few built specifically as an Anglican building. The others, of course, were originally Roman Catholic, though I would say they embodied a very different (and more English) form of Roman Catholicism from the rather Italianate one which has been dominant in the English RC church since it was re-established here in the 19th century.

This is most definitely a modern building in that it was constructed using modern techniques, designed by men familiar with modern engineering and architectural precepts. I doubt if its enormous Gothic arches could have been achieved by the builders of the middle ages, though I may be wrong.

But it is also entirely within the tradition of English cathedral building - the unique version of church architecture which grew up here, through Early English, Decorated and Perpendicular styles. Its size is greatly moving, both seen from a distance and close to. It is a work of considerable majesty and power, and if you are touched at all by buildings, it will affect you as soon as you see it, and draw you towards it.

And it does not in any way disappoint. The quality and richness of its sculpture, the purity and subtle colours of the stained glass windows, the astonishing perspectives which suddenly open up before the visitor, are all equal, in my view, to those to be found in much older churches. Giles Gilbert Scott, the architect, was himself a Roman Catholic, and so I think rather thoughtfully conscious of the difference between his tradition and the Anglican - and of the things they have in common. The Lady Chapel, much more ornate than the rest of the cathedral and a particularly tranquil and comforting space, is supposed to be what Scott intended the whole building to be like, and in some ways I wish he had managed to achieve this.

But the more austere character of the main part of the building is just as easy on the heart, and (though I personally think the tea-room should be separated from the main body of the church, and deplore the neon sign above the West Door) the visitor goes away more thoughtful and better than he was when he arrived, which is all you could ask for.

The amazing thing is that somehow this Edwardian project, conceived when the Church of England was still full of authority, dignity and grandeur, managed to survive essentially unchanged well into the second half of the 20th century, despite war, inflation and the receding tide of faith. What a stroke of providence that it did.

Compare and contrast the Church of England's rebuilding of Coventry Cathedral after its destruction in World War Two, which despite great efforts always seems to me to be a failed mixture of more or less Godless modern architecture and religious themes. The surviving spire of the original church next door only serves to emphasise what was lost, and what late 20th-century man lacked the conviction to recreate.

And also look at the other end of Hope Street, at the Roman Catholic Liverpool Cathedral. This too was intended to be a majestic and astonishing building. The (Protestant) architectural genius Edwin Lutyens proposed a mighty basilica, more or less Byzantine but with a giant dome - which would have been a worthy partner to its Anglican brother church further along the same ridge. Look up the original designs to see what was lost. You will have to go to New Delhi to see anything comparable, in Lutyens's superb Indian government quarter, built to survive for centuries to come and still rather embarrassingly speaking of British Imperial Power in the heart of independent India.

But war and lack of funds, together - I suspect - with a feeling that the Lutyens design was just too conservative and overpowering for the new world that began in the 1960s led to a radical change of plan. On top of Lutyens's crypt, Sir Frederick Gibberd was commissioned to build a strange circular funnel, more fitted to guitars and folk masses than to the solemnity of the old church.

It could easily have been the other way round. In this comparison, not sectarian but between the preserved spirit of a departed age and the unwise welcome of the spirit of the new age, we can see in one upward glance from the Mersey how far we have sunk thanks to progress.

These two buildings - one rooted in centuries of worship and reverence, the other conceived by men who thought we could dispense with the past - together make one of the great sights of our time. Can anyone look at it and say that the last hundred years have been all gain, and no loss?
Liverpool Cathedral
Liverpool Cathedral Organ

Re: Edwin Lutyen's design --
The Very Greatest Building that Was Never Built
Andrew Cusack
About the wooden model
BBC article
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral: A Brief History

If only: Byzantine-style cathedral + Sarum rite...

Speaking of the Sarum rite -- Chant Cafe: All about Sarum

Too little, too late?

To do some good, that is...

EW: Oprah to reunite 'The Sound of Music' cast for the first time in 45 years (via Soomp)
TEDxNextGenerationAsheville - Birke Baehr - "What's Wrong With Our Food System"

"Smoke Gets in Your Eyes"

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Paleo Solution

Robb Wolf | The Paleo Solution book and podcast

Another book about the paleo diet, not paleoconservatism or paleolibertarianism. I'm remain skeptical about the anthropological and evolutionary biology claims, but the diet itself seems to be effective, at least with respect to "weight loss" (or the using up of excess body fat).





Blog Talk Radio

Free the Animal
The Hunter-Gatherer
Hunt, Gather, Love
Modern Paleo: The Problem with Our Health and Robb Wolf's Paleo Solution (Book Review)
(The blog is a combination of the paleo diet with an objectivist viewpoint.)
Paleo Diet Cookbook

Two reactions to Bill Clinton's weight loss method

We didn't have to wait long for some reactions... Jimmy Moore and Free the Animal

Crash course in resilience by Sarah van Gelder

Yes! Magazine (archived at EB)

Building Community Resilience

But in communities everywhere, you’ll find people who are working instead to bring people together. They are building their own resilience, and that of their families and communities, so they are better able to withstand the hardships that are already here and those that may be coming. These are not futile attempts to bring back a way of life that is on its way out. Nor is this the bunker mentality of survivalists who look to save themselves regardless of what happens to others. Instead, these are creative, common-sense, low-tech approaches to meeting people’s needs now while planting the seeds of a more sustainable world for everyone.

Food is the most popular example. Across the country, a local food movement has taken off. More and more people are planting backyard gardens, building greenhouses, raising chickens and bees, and starting farmers markets—not just because fresh and local is delicious and cool. These efforts are, in some places, a response to the lack of fresh and healthy food in urban and rural “food deserts.” Food self-reliance is one way people are seeking security and community in an uncertain world.

Those looking for a more direct response to the dual crises of climate change and peak oil are turning to the Transition Town movement. Started by Rob Hopkins, a permaculture activist in the United Kingdom, this movement has spread to hundreds of communities in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, and Sweden, and more than 70 communities in the United States (where hundreds more are, in Transition parlance, “mulling” it over). People are joining who might not have signed up for an environmental or social justice project, but do want to build greater resilience to make it through tough times. Each Transition initiative is autonomous; each is engaged in studying what it means to move to a post-petroleum world; and most are creating spaces for skill-sharing, food production, and various experiments in resilience.

Other efforts do not explicitly link themselves to concerns about peak oil and climate change. But the goals of community resilience and a sustainable future are often in the background as people start up bicycle repair co-ops, neighborhood energy projects, building materials re-use centers, DIY skill-sharing gatherings, swap meets, and eco-villages. Like Transition initiatives, these projects meet immediate needs, raise spirits, and increase people’s chances of thriving during hard times.

Does working locally mean giving up on national policy change?

Community resilience projects can actually help build the political will to move society in more sustainable directions. They remind us that we can make history—starting where we live—and not just be subjected to the decisions of those in power.

As we learn to work together, learn what works, and learn that we have power, we are better able to insist on larger-scale change.

And we need that political clout to divert highway dollars to bicycle paths and efficient mass transit, and to put a halt to sprawl and build smart, walkable communities instead. We may even be able to bring back the American can-do spirit that made that moon shot possible. The new Apollo Alliance aims at making the transition from oil-addicted to clean and sustainable through massive investment in clean energy, green jobs, and energy efficiency.

The author then suggests three starting points towards resiliency for everyone.

See the Fall 2010 issue: A Resilient Community.
Meet The Amish | Nightclubbing | Channel 4 (via FoG, SwS)
Another clip: Amish : World's Squarest Teenagers | Meet the Amish | C4

The full episodes are blocked in the US. (UK's Channel 4!) An article on the series at Ceasefire Magazine. So, are Anabaptists [semi-] Pelagians?

Russell Arben Fox's report on Wendell Berry's appearance at the Land Institute

Hearing Wendell Berry

I wonder how others would respond to Berry’s approach to “knowledge,” and the role which local human knowledge can play, should play, but often doesn’t play, in keeping the land community (which is all of us, in our respective places) healthy. On the one hand, Berry treats knowledge as something best recognized as limited, beyond our grasp, and therefore humbling: we should approach our ecosystem with a sense of our ignorance, and approach cautiously most scientific, technological, or economic enterprises as a result. But on the other hand, it is, in fact, “knowledge” in the most common-sensical use of the term, that he speaks of: we have a need to know–to have real practical knowledge–about the soil, about the black willows, about all that begins with the solar power embedded in that which grows and that which we consume. To treat that knowledge casually, or less than holistically, is a sin against the natural world. The student of F.A. Hayek, or other apostles of the unregulated market (including, to a limited degree, Adam Smith himself), would on the contrary argue that the knowledge which Berry speaks of isn’t real, or isn’t relevant, or isn’t obtainable–not in the way he speaks of it, anyway. We can’t know the actual “value” of the soil, or the black willow, or the mountaintop; we can only know (and this only indirectly, through the repeated operations of selling and buying) the price of these goods, and thus their relative (and mostly after-the-fact) value to other operations (commercial fishing, riverside property development, coal production, “environmental” tourism, etc.). Ignorance, in this sense, isn’t humbling, it is empowering: see how much we can do, even given all we don’t know! There is no, or at least not very much, sustainability implied in such a model; it means something can be used up (and perhaps regretted, or expensively repaired later), because their is always something more–more oil, more energy, more willow trees, more land. Berry spoke of how used up Kentucky’s biodiversity had become, and that while there is reason for hope–another lesson of the soil, which receives the seeds and gives them life, year after year: there is always hope–there is also much, much terrible work to be taken up by those who care.
The Spearhead: Father’s Rights Are Wrong According to Amnesty International



Amnesty International committed to feminism? Not a shocker. Who's to say that it wasn't so from the beginning?

Thomas Hilgers, M.D. on The World Over



He and his wife are the founders of the Pope Paul VI Institute. I heard part of this episode on the radio on Friday -- he talks about the latest developments in the treatment of infertility and the care of reproductive health, all from a Catholic moral perspective. Fertility Care Centers make use of the latest research done for the Pope Paul VI institute in helping couples conceive. One of the most important tools is the Creighton Model, which is used for NFP but is also aids in the diagnosis of fertility problems.

More:
Zenit interview
NaPro Technology
The NaPro Technology Revolution
Archdiocese of Denver
Catholic Tide

(Mariachi Azteca)


I was thinking of going to the Mariachi Festival today, but they're charging for admission now! $15 for general admission. It used to be free, the performance on the last day of the festival. (The festival used to be three days long, in July. It was then moved to September and lengthened to a week or so, coinciding with Mexican Independence Day.)



It's too late to go out to the SF Dragon Boat Festival -- it might be cool next to the bay...

According to the festival profile, Mariachi Azteca performs at Tacos Al Carbon Fridays through Sundays?