Saturday, December 11, 2010

Ashley MacIsaac





official site
Ashley MacIsaac Online

Video of Cardinal Burke's address

Cardinal Raymond Burke - Thomas More College
CNA: Authentic Catholic universities help resist ‘secular dictatorship,’ Cardinal Burke says

(via Fr. Z)

I would think that the complete text of His Eminence's address will be made available at the website for Thomas More College.

Is there a crisis of Catholic higher education? Yes. But has Catholic higher education in the United States come to grips with peak oil and the oncoming postcarbon era? I don't believe so. The principles of Catholic higher education should be made known to Catholic educators, but...

Natio, nationis

How different is natio from gens in meaning?

Patrick J. Buchanan, Naked Men in National Museums

Dr. Fleming:
One cannot have a national gallery if there is no nation, and a nation cannot be, as Cicero says of the commonwealth, any old collection of random individuals. The people of any coherent society share memories and an understanding of virtue. In a non-nation, public art is inevitably propaganda that reflects the ruling class. Here the ruling class is divided between the Multi-Culturalist Marxist Left and the Capitalist Left. Thus, divisions over art are between those who like Norman Rockwell (the Capitalist Leftists) and those who adore Mapplethorpe et al. The one is childish and degrading, the other is tawdry and degrading. Nationalist art, whether of the Hitlerian, Stalinist, or FDRian types, is boring and threatening, while Internationalist Art aims at sucking out our humanity. The fact that the Internationalist art is more immediately toxic should not seduce us into feeling comfortable with the Lincoln Memorial or the covers of the Saturday Evening Post.

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe


On Friday night I went to St. Joe's for its annual our Lady of Guadalupe celebration; the bishop was there to celebrate Mass. The parish has long since become multicultural, reflecting the changing demographics of Cupertino. But did they really need a multilingual rosary before the Mass? How many people were actually praying the rosary? I have heard multilingual rosaries recited at Lourdes, probably done in the name of intelligibility to the pilgrims of different ethnic backgrounds coming to the site. But was it really necessary for this parish? After all, most if not all of those attending speak English. It may be an expression of cultural diversity and unity in the faith, but I think the different languages might get in the way of actual prayer. How many were really praying the rosary? It may be unfortunate that we do not have that gift of the Holy Spirit that enables us to comprehend other languages, but it is necessary when we can all speak English? (Some might argue that unity could be expressed through the use of Latin.)

As I noted two years ago, the celebration of the feast of our Lady of Guadalupe here in the United States tends to be Mexican in nature? There was a nod to other Iberian American countries last night, as some of the students processing in carried flags of countries other than Mexico. This should not be a surprise, since Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness (and Queen) of Mexico, and has touched the lives of the Mexican people. But she was also named the Empress of the Americas, was she not? (And declared patroness of the Americas in 1946 by Pope Pius XII?) Is there a risk of the feast of our Lady of Guadalupe, as it is celebrated in the United States, of becoming a Catholic version of Cinco de Mayo?

Again, I must say that I like mariachi music, but I don't think it is appropriate for the liturgy. It detracts from the sense of sacred (and so do the jokes coming from within the sanctuary). But I do not see a return to the singing of Mexican or Hispanic polyphony. At least we did not have too many made-up elements incorporated into the Mass in the name of inculturation. There was one parishioner carrying a bowl of incense instead of a thurifer, and the school children dressed up as Aztec dancers (they later did a prayer dance in front of the altar). But it could have been worse. (I don't know if there are adults doing Aztec dances at the cathedral, but I think this has been done before elsewhere.)  How often are mariachi Masses celebrated in Mexico? Do people in Mexico dress up as Aztecs and do a dance or something else during the liturgy? 

Can there be a common celebration of the feast for all Catholics living on the American continents without requiring non-Mexicans to adopt Mexican customs? Can the feast be anglicized for Catholics in the United States? The patron of the United States is Mary Immaculate; while the feast of the Immaculate Conception is a holy day of obligation, we do not do much to celebrate it outside the the liturgy. These two feasts are close together on the calendar -- embracing the Feast of the Immaculate Conception as an alternative to the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe... how feasible is that? (Combining the two feast days for one communal celebration seems even more unlikely. However, there is piece written by His Eminence, Raymond L. Burke, when he was archbishop of St. LouisRegarding Our Lady of America. It mentions the compatibility of the two feasts in spirit. From what I have seen, very few non-Hispanic white Catholics celebrate the feast of our Lady of Guadalupe. (It is seen as a Mexican or Hispanic thing, for Hispanic immigrants, with the celebrations and a special liturgy in Spanish.) But they have not done much to promote the feast of the Immaculate Conception either. There are few parish celebrations for our Holy Days -- maybe something for the patron of the parish and other special occasions, but nothing for our major Holy Days. No fellowship, no sharing of food, no festivities.  (It is probably quite different for smaller, more ethnic parishes.)

At least so far the feast has not been used by those to advance a certain cultural agenda within the Church of the United States, but what will happen as certain states and areas become more Hispanic? In our local multiethnic parishes, people tend to stick to their own kind, so we haven't had too much conflict or push for separatism. IMO, non-Hispanic Catholics in the United States often have a tenuous grasp of what it means to be an American;  they tend to ignore the cultural differences in the name of Catholic universalism. Many are relative newcomers, descended from immigrants who settled in the North and are infected by Yankee culture and propositionalism (proposition-nation thinking).  And we are unaware of the different classes, groups, and cultures that actually exist in Ibero-America, along with the ethnic and racial tensions. Even if we come to celebrate our European culture and heritage, would Hispanic immigrants be willing to do the same. What happens if they begin to reject the elites because of social inequity and decide to throw out the culture and heritage of the elites as well? They may not have such an appreciation of European culture and more and more will see the conquest of Ibero-America as that and nothing more.

Is the advocacy of Gregorian chant polyphony in Ibero-America mistaken? It may be true that the Church should work within both "high" and "low" culture, distinguishing those who belong to European culture from those who are mixed or embrace a hybrid/mestizzo identity and those who identify themselves as Amerindian, and not seek to impose one liturgical culture upon all.  However, the willingness of those who are alienated from the whites to adopt traditional Roman liturgical forms should not be underestimated, if it can be disassociated from white Hispanics and identity politics. Latin may be more palatable than Spanish.

Too often Americans learn about European civilization through courses and textbooks. What do they really know of the cultures of Spain, England, and Ibero-America and the colonization of the new world? It is better that they come to know and appreciate a local living culture and their history (their people and lineages). Those who have a stable parish community should have a better chance of making this happen than those who do not--and appreciation of (and living) one's own culture should not be downplayed in the name of Catholic universalism.

With mixing and intermarriage is it possible for one to learn about both family lines? Or will the family line that is part of the majority win out? If it is legitimate for groups around the world to seek to preserve the cultural character of their society, then why should Anglo-Americans be denied this? And in Ibero-America, can a reconciliation between conquered and conqueror be eventually effected? Or will social injustice lead to greater fragmentation? The conquest may be a fait accompli, but people can nurse historical grudges, or adopt them if they become disenchanted with their political economy and do not see improvement taking place. Some dream of a world in which race no longer exists, everyone having mingled with everyone else to create a new, single mixed race. This may be the way to resolve identity,culture, and ethnica loyalty, which are grounded upon the natural ties of kinship and affinity among members of a people, but it seems unlikely to happen.

A continuation of the log...
Mrs. C and her daughter were there for the Mass, and after the Mass we went out to greet the bishop. I didn't have any problems kissing his ring, and I refrained from making any comments afterwards--it is proper to say that he is in need of our prayers, but is there anything else that can be done to bring his mind around to Tradition?

The young attractive Latina who was in attendance at St.  Joe's last year wasn't to be seen this year. (I don't think I saw her friends, who are (long-time?) parishioners, either.) I didn't see any LCs present, either. But KK's godmother Mrs. M was present, and she gives her greetings to everyone. It seemed to me that the amount of food that is donated has been decreasing over the years. I think there were slightly less people attending the Mass and the reception this year -- but the tables were all full. (Did they set up less tables?)

The bishop of San Jose has a twitter account.
What San Jose Diocese Teaches Lay Leaders about the Sacraments
Work of the People: Liturgy Notes of the Diocese of San Jose

Related:
California Catholic Daily: 25,000 Catholics attended
Archbishop Gomez leads procession and Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Guadalupe
Insigne y Nacional Basílica de Guadalupe
Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe
EWTN
Painting by Edward Jarmosiewicz of Wohyn, Poland.

National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Sarah Shahi is back

in USA Network's Fairly Legal. Premieres January 20.









USA's New Hit Duo: Fairly Legal
EWTN Live - Dominican Life - Fr Mitch Pacwa, SJ w Fr Benedict, OP w Fr Nicanor, OP - 11-17-2010

Tavern Music - Colonial Williamsburg

Cunningham's Climb



(via Kitchen Dispatch)
News Observer: Army's sniper competition draws 19 teams

Friday, December 10, 2010

Yo-Yo Ma - Appalachian Waltz




Emily's Reel


Yo-Yo Ma & Edgar Meyer - Duet for Cello & Bass
R.J. Martin Custom Knives : The Q36 (Overkill version)





Blade Magazine - Blade Show
No website for Tactical Knives yet.
Mike Whitney, The Korean War, Round Two
Transition Culture: ‘ResilientCITY’: a trailer and an interview….

Mere Comments: Esolen to Parents: Don't Kill Your Child's Imagination

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Whom to believe?

Jeremy Bloom, Is the Food Safety Bill a Blessing or a Corporatist Curse?
It looks like this post was premature. AllKPop: ‘Invincible Youth’ to continue next year with season two!
Pam Martens, Fears Mount on TSA Body Scanners

I think Brian Sussman had a guest last week who was making some of the same points regarding the ineffectiveness of the new machines for detecting explosives that have been conformed to the body's contours.
Something from Allan Wall on the lastest winner of Miss Universe: Miss Mexico Crowned Miss Universe And Guess What—She’s White!

The barbarians are here, and they are us...

Fr. Z: Stupid hateful destruction of a celebrated Christian pilgrimage site
Who can go the longest without feeding hay?
Gene Logsdon, OrganicToBe.org
Chickens, which would love to graze that grass, are once again taking their rightful place in the backyards of America, and it is only a matter of time before sheep will join them.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

The Michael Journal: discussion of social credit?
These days I seem to be able to handle a huge intake of sugar (for example, in a can of soda) during or after the last meal of the day. If I drink one in the morning or at lunch, it'd probably still knock me out, but it's been a while since I've attempted it. (Especially if it is in tandem with eggs for breakfast/lunch.) The same is true of rice -- I had 3 or 4 bowls of rice for dinner at Asia Garden on Saturday, no carb coma afterwards. (By the way, don't go to Asia Garden, as the quality of the food has gone down.) I don't know what the reason is for me being better able to handle sugar and carbs in the evening. Does it have to do with the insulin level in the body? Going to In and Out in the afternoon and drinking a lot of soda hasn't posed much of a problem yet either. I don't know why that is.
Patrick Cockburn, The Russians Did Better ... So Why Did They Lose?

Caleb Stegall hasn't left FPR.

He gives a brief explanation at the end of Localism and Globalism Again (and a Note)

In this post, Mr. Stegall links to an essay by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Seasonal produce: Think local, eat global. In it, she writes:

"The inwardness can develop into serious paranoia and a new form of tribalism."

In a collapsing society, tribalism will develop regardless of whether there is a movement for relocalization or not. What a movement for relocalization can do is to order tribalism towards the proper goods and make it humane. But it would appear that the author may have a vested interest in a liberal multicultural society, as she has benefited from it and is a true believer. Should we then talk about liberal paranoia of ethnic and cultural pride? There may be a right to assimilate, but there is no right to demand that a people change its mores to conform to your liberalism.

Liberalism's war against tradition and culture is sometimes overt, and sometimes it is subtle, but it is there. The discussion of local produce is just the starting-point for one liberal to defend her beliefs against what she thinks are threats to liberalism. (And perhaps rightly so, though she is wrong to claim that these threats are necessarily vicious or linked to evil.)

Socialization without community?

Mark T. Mitchell, Homeschooling and Socialization (see also Ashley Trim's Waiting for Superman, and a Real Conversation)

Some thoughts, not especially related to Mr. Mitchell's post -- do schools do anything to promote stable relationships, as opposed to superficial relationships based on emotion? Can they do anything, when whether families stay located in an area or not is out of their control? At best schools can help students acquire the social virtues, and learn how to be friends to others. The burden of socialization falls upon everyone in a community, not on the schools, and our problem is that we do not have real communities.

Children need to learn how to get along with others, tolerate their weaknesses, bear with their failings, accept their quirks, and so on. It seems to me that these lessons can be better taught through a close-knit homeschooling network than through [public] schools, where relationships are more "voluntary" or "intentional" in nature. It might be objected that friendship is always voluntary, and you cannot force someone to be friends with another person. While this is the case with intimate friendships, it is not the case with all forms of friendship. It is we moderns who have an impoverished notion of friendship (and of love) -- some friendships are not chosen, and we must do the best we can in living up to our part. Civic friendship is an example -- only those who are cut off from the community for grave reason (or socially isolated as a form of punishment) should be denied civic friendship.

This would seem to indicate that homeschooling networks are more than just groups for rote learning -- they help in the "integral formation" of the individual. Schools, on the other hand,
are praised if they can merely do their purported job well -- helping students master certain intellectual skills. Hence I find claims by defenders of mass education (and the public education system) about socialization rather exaggerated.

How easy it is for us to stop being friends with someone merely because they displease us in some way. Our understanding of friendship is often tied to narcissism or disordered self-love. All social relationships are reduced to a voluntary association between individuals (except for family, but even familial relationships are tenuous these days if not through deliberate malice than through neglect in the pursuit of the Uhmerican Dream).
The peak oil crisis: the future of government by Tom Whipple (EB)

Although few recognize how precarious the situation is, we are trapped in a very complex civilization that is rapidly losing the sources of energy and numerous other raw materials that built and maintained it. In America today we have millions un- and under-employed and that is certain to grow into the tens of millions before the decade is out as our politicians horse-trade tax cuts for billionaires in return for extensions of unemployment benefits. The good news is that this phase of the great transition from the industrial age to that which will follow cannot last much longer for events are moving too fast.

These unemployed and underemployed can replace the energy of fossil fuels, as they grow more expensive -- the question is whether they will be working as freemen or as slaves.

It was fun while it lasted

AllKPop: Brown Eyed Girls’ Narsha does not want ‘Invincible Youth’ to end

I've tried to watch the subbed episodes of Invincible Youth on KBS America as often as I can -- I have enjoyed watching the young women try their hand at farming. (I say young women, but they all act like girls, especially Narsha and Juhyeon, who are the oldest.) I hope the variety show did its part to raise awareness about organic farming among Koreans, especially the young. It probably won't make any converts to farming, but the show is something the singers can be proud of when the postcarbon era inevitably manifests itself. Maybe some of them will return to farming later in life?

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Congressional Panel: Let women serve in combat roles

Army Times: Panel: Let women serve in combat roles

"A five-page analysis prepared for the commission concluded that women do not lack the physical ability to perform combat roles; gender integration will not negatively affect unit cohesion; and women are not more likely than men to develop mental health problems."

Tell a lie enough times...
Tenth Amendment Center: Interposition, Nullification and Popular Resistance

Richard Heinberg: MuseLetter #223



Postcarbon Institute Youtube channel

WQXR: Anonymous 4's The Cherry Tree

Anonymous 4's The Cherry Tree



Anonymous 4
Arkivmusic

Big Meat vs. Michael Pollan

Mother Jones

Jimmy Moore interviews the Twinkie Diet guy

The LLVLC Show (Episode 424): 'Extreme Diet Week' With The 'Twinkie Diet' Guy Dr. Mark Haub

(mp3)

More on the Twinkie diet here and here.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Trends Research

I first heard of Gerald Celente and Trends Research through Brian Sussman's morning show on KSFO. I was very shocked to hear him speak, since he was advocating relocalization and inveighing against US imperial adventures abroad. This is not what you would normally hear from the normal talk show lineup on KSFO -- Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin, Batchelor. These so-called conservatives could learn a thing or two from Mr. Celente. (I have yet to read anything by Mr. Celente about his own "political" beliefs.)

His Youtube channel.

From last year: Gerald Celente Predicts Rise of "Progressive Libertarian" Third Party


From this year: Gerald Celente sees a New Third Part by 2012 called Progressive Libertarian

The timing of his prediction has been off at least once?
A New Third Party Coming, Before 2010
It will be progressive-libertarian, says Gerald Celente
Tomgram: Alfred McCoy, Taking Down America (via EB)

In his latest TomDispatch post, Alfred W. McCoy, author most recently of Policing America’s Empire: The United States, the Philippines, and the Rise of the Surveillance State, does both. Having convened a global working group of 140 historians to consider the fate of the U.S. as an imperial power, he offers us a glimpse of four possible American (near-)futures. They add up to a monumental, even indispensable look at just how fast our indispensability is likely to unravel in the years to come.

Fr. Paul Check, Hope for Homosexuals

Catholic Answers, December 3, 2010: Hope for Homosexuals
Guest Fr. Paul Check (Courage International)

RA - download
mp3

From Monday's Counterpunch

Daniel Defense presents Vickers Tactical Training Videos: Carbine I & II



The video is slick; makes me want to go out to NC again and get some training from Mr. C. and Mr. V. $49.95 for the set -- some competition for Magpul Dynamics and the other companies. But it'd be better to get training from the SF experts.

Vickers Tactical Training Series



Transition Voice interview with James Howard Kunstler

Transition Voice: Interview: James Howard Kunstler

(via EB)

His blog entry for today.
Get Dirty D.C.: Chicken Expedition
Rob Sachs visits a pasture-poultry operation in Warrenton, Virginia. In the process, he gets a very real, very hands-on experience that helps him connect the chickens on the farm.. with the poultry on his plate.

RA and WMA

(via Patrick Deneen)

The MacLellan Trio

Cape Breton musicians honour one of their own
Concert pays tribute to The MacLellan Trio







The MacLellan Trio - Classic Cape Breton Perfomances.

Keepers of the Tradition (Cape Breton fiddling)

Howie MacDonald & Mac Morin


Howie MacDonald A Cape Breton Fiddler

Time to make citizenship requirements more stringent

CNA: US bishops encourage Congress to pass DREAM Act

Archbishop Gomez called attention to a number of qualifications in the bill, which differentiate it from the blanket immigration amnesty some Republicans fear.

He explained that it allows “deserving immigrant youth” to become permanent residents, provided they meet certain age and circumstance requirements, have “demonstrated good moral character, have no criminal record and … have earned their high school diploma.” The further step of citizenship would require two years of college or military service.

Given these requirements, the archbishop said, the act's passage was not only a matter of fairness, but an opportunity for the U.S. to reward hardworking and motivated young people who could otherwise be forced to leave.

Permanent resident status, ok. But easy citizenship after only 2 years? No. Good moral character does not include assimilation, does it? How would the bishops forestall balkanization?

Lady Mary Hay's Scotch Measure

From Jordi Savall's first Celtic Viol album...


Dowd's Reel

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Hollywood and the loss of childhood


Opening up Hulu, I find that episodes of Diff'rent Strokes are now available. Who can watch this show without thinking about the sad adult lives of the child actors? (Unless they're ignorant of their life histories -- not everyone keeps up with "entertainment news.") I think some of my cousins used to watch the show frequently. I watched it only once in a while, and I remember when my sister wanted to watch it and she was criticized because the show had black people. My cousins and I thought Dana Plato was cute; how could her life become such a tragedy? It makes me think that the entertainment industry should be held responsible for ruining the lives of child actors, even if the burden of the responsibility lies upon their parents.



Who needs religion when television is a cheaper opiate? Has anyone examined the impact of too much television on children with respect to socialization and imagination? I think it must be abnormal to feel such nostalgia towards television shows--TV + somewhat lonely childhood.

Decreasing energy levels with age?

It has been said that one's energy level decreases with age, and this makes parenting more difficult. How much of this is really due to aging, and how much of it is due to the SAD (standard American diet)? I suspect that it is more because of the latter than the former, and that parents can keep up with young children into their 40s, if they take care of themselves and eat properly. (But this is not a reason for people to delay having children until 40 if they can help it.)

I can report that I have experienced better energy levels since going primal, and I don't see any reason to switch back to a carb-heavy diet.
The Thinking Housewife: Mealy-Mouthed, Effeminate Christianity


Sacrilege, by Leon Podles

Five Guys

Today after Mass I decided to try Five Guys again and get that task out of the way. I went to the new store in Sunnyvale, and ordered a hamburger, with everything except mayo, ketchup, or mustard, plus green peppers. My second visit did not change the opinion I had after my first visit to a Five Guys (the store in Fremont). I didn't think the patties had much taste -- did they add any seasoning to the patties? I have to say that the best burgers I've had recently are my own, made with the ground beef from Whole Foods, and I haven't had to add any salt to the beef so far. I am not sure if it is the lack of salt or if it is the lack of fat that is making the Five Guy patties taste rather bland. The In and Out patties may not be better, but since they're smaller (thinner), and covered with cheese, it is not easy getting a taste of the beef. I've had my Five Guys fix and won't be returning -- the burgers and fries aren't worth the price. If you're going to shell out that kind of dough, you might as well go to Red Robin or The Counter.

Later this afternoon I went to the local Home Depot to return an item. In front of me in the returns line was an Asian lady (Chinese?) who was returning a lot of stuff. She also had an unfriendly look on her face, and as far as I could see (or hear), wasn't very polite. That's normal in certain parts of China, but those same parts of China fail according to Chinese standards of politeness, or that's what I'd like to claim. Anyway... her behavior naturally led me to think about the immigration question, and the disservice the elites are doing to the United States. I think the American bishops really need to stop talking about immigration reform, unless they can come up with a sustainable way to pay for a proper education for immigrants (covering both English and mores). You might argue that many "natives" fail when it comes to politeness, but the solution to that is not to admit more people who also do not meet those standards, but to find ways to re-educate the population.

For now the American bishops might find support among non-Catholic liberals and such, but if the population becomes more "reactionary" as times become more difficult, I imagine that resentment against the bishops (and Catholics in general) might grow. "Who are Catholics to dictate how the country should be governed, when this isn't a Catholic country?" etc.

I hope the bishops aren't so base as to think that admitting more immigrants, many of whom are Catholic in name only, is good because it benefits Church "membership."
As my mother made mention of this fact yesterday, I am posting a link to a Zenit article about it -- Pontiff Asks All Catholics to Pray for China.

Asia News:
Hebei: seminarians against government official appointed as their seminary vice-rector by Zhen Yuan
Next clash between Beijing and Holy See: Assembly of Chinese Catholics Representatives by Wang Zhicheng
Pope urges Chinese bishops to courageously bear witness to their faith
Chinese Church "wounded" by illicit ordination, united with Pope by Anonimo ("Pace")

Sandro Magister on the condom kerfluffle

25.11.10 "Light of the World." A Papal First
A book so "risky" has no precedent for a successor of Peter. "Everyone is free to contradict me" is his motto. On the controversial question of the condom, Professor Rhonheimer explains why Benedict XVI is right

1.12.10 Friendly Fire on Benedict XVI. And a Condom's to Blame
The pope's openness to the use of condoms is provoking lively reactions from some fervent "Ratzingerians." They include Jesuit Fr. Joseph Fessio, his publisher in America, and authoritative members of the Pontifical Academy for Life. Here are their criticisms

4.12.10 Church and Condoms. The "No" of the Diehards
A note from the bishops of Kenya and three authoritative "Ratzingerians" maintain that the pope is also for a condemnation with no exceptions. And those who say the contrary are betraying his thought

The Institute of Christ the King in Tucson

Looks like good things continue to happen in Tucson: Confirmations & Pontifical Low Mass in Tucson. (Link via Rorate Caeli.) Unfortunately none of my family members there are practicing Catholics.

The blog of the founder of the St. Gianna Latin Mass Community, Fr. Richard J. Rego, who passed away in 2007--may our Lord receive him unto an everlasting reward.
These photos were taken earlier this year, for Jackie Chan's birthday party.


I wish we had a full body shot, and not just of the torso. This is probably something created by his clothing company, and is rather traditional.



The sweater vest has a mandarin collar; I think it is fine. What bothers me is the untucked shirt underneath the vest. His getup looks sloppy. I think the shirt should be tucked, but the problem is that it is supposed to be a traditional Chinese shirt, which was not tucked? The alternative would be to lengthen the vest so that it covers the shirt, but that might ruin the sweater vest. Something resembling your typical fleece vest might be more successful, since that can be of a longer length?

This is a problem of melding articles of clothing from two different traditions into an ensemble, and failling to take into consideration how they are worn in tandem with other pieces of clothing?

I suppose that an aesthetic judgment based on visual appeal alone could be positive. But should an aesthetic judgment be grounded in reason as well?

I know it is common for Uhmerican men and women to wear sweaters and vest over untucked shirts (and often blue jeans), but I don't go agree with their choice in how they wear their apparel.

L. Boccherini: La Musica Notturna delle Strade di Madrid

The Priests, "O Holy Night"

There is a commercial before the video...