Saturday, August 24, 2013

Phillip Blond Is Still Around

"I Fear For Europe's Future"

AoM adopts Krav Maga

Krav Maga Technique of the Month: Overhand Direct One-Handed Strike Defense

Had a brief conversation yesterday afternoon with a FB contact about JKD as well. He had been studying JKD but moved on to something more "street practical" - it sounded like another reality-based fighting system. I have not been paying attention to those lately; is interest in them still growing?

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Why the Overconfidence?

Do they not know that the Republican party will not become libertarian but merely use libertarians as willing dupes for the plutocracy?
Why Libertarianism Will Crush Conservatism

Related:
The REPEALicans and the GOP’s Secret Hope
The 3% Solution
The Monks of Norcia: MONKS’ OUTREACH IS PART OF NEW EVANGELIZATION


Related:
Celebrating International Beer Day, Catholic Monk Style

Pope Francis: There can't be peace without dialogue



""All the wars, and problems that are not resolved, happen because of a lack of dialogue."
With this thought the Pope greeted the two hundred Japanese students of the College Gauken Bunri Seibu in Tokyo, in the courtyard of San Damaso in the Vatican together with 15 teachers."

Asia News: The Japanese Church ready to celebrate Takayama Ukon, "samurai of Christ" (see this post)

Mother Dolores Hart on Elvis Presley

Rubberneckin' Podcast Episode #136
In this week's Rubberneckin' podcast, Elvis Week online host Brad Birkedahl sits down with Mother Dolores Hart backstage during Conversations on Elvis on August 14, 2013. Mother Dolores shares the story of meeting Elvis for the first time and working with him on-set during "Loving You" and "King Creole." Mother Dolores also shares what it means to be a part of the Elvis Week celebration and how she hopes to feel Elvis spirit while visiting Graceland. She even dives into the first on-screen kiss and how her ears even turned red. She talks about how the two stayed in touch over the years and calls his legacy "outstanding." Mother Dolores wraps up this week's podcast by calling Graceland a magical place. We invite fans to support Mother Dolores' mission at Regina Laudis and donate to help the New Horizons project! Visit AbbeyofReginaLaudis.org for more information. (mp3)

And 14 minutes in...

Clint Eastwood Replaces Steven Spielberg

As director of the Chris Kyle/American Sniper movie. Twitch: BREAKING: Eastwood To Replace Spielberg On AMERICAN SNIPER

Not having seen his two Iwo Jima movies all the way through I don't know how Eastwood has been as a director of war movies. Will he bring a harder, grittier edge to the movie than Spielberg would have? Possibly. The battle sequences in War Horse were ok - given the movie's rating they could not be as explicit as Saving Private Ryan. Based on what he's done recently, I don't think Spielberg could avoid sentimentalizing Chris Kyle's story.

Related:
IN THE CROSSHAIRS BY NICHOLAS SCHMIDLE
Chris Kyle, a decorated sniper, tried to help a troubled veteran. The result was tragic.

The Legend of Chris Kyle
The deadliest sniper in U.S. history performed near miracles on the battlefield. Then he had to come home.

10 Questions with Chris Kyle
The Distant Executioner


Some Photos for S4 of Downton Abbey

Here - and at the Masterpiece Theater website.

Downton Abbey Creator Julian Fellowes' Favorite Season 3 Moments

The War Against Boys, Continued

Cerebral Castration of Males

What's an appropriate blogging label for the Uhmerican public school system?

Related:
9-year-old banned from library contest for winning, learns about liberalism

Monday, August 19, 2013

Joel Salatin Reports on Remarks Made by Tom Vilsack

What are farmers good for? Helping produce soldiers.

Polyface Farm's FB - transcribed here at Exopermaculture.

Rod Dreher Asks

Is It Benedict Option Time?

Related:
A new Benedict for a new Dark Ages by Thaddeus J. Kozinski

Dr. Fleming on Machiavelli

A comment on this post:

Machiavelli is a multi-faceted man, and I cannot say that I have studied him with the attention he deserves. I can offer a few conclusions I have formed. First, he is the first philosopher/thinker to have studied power as an essential aspect of what he called the state. In my view, this was not attempted in the classical and Medieval world, because the state in our sense of the word did not really exist except in embryo. Thucydides and Tacitus were as cynical as M in their evaluation of political conduct and motivation, but the apparatus of the state did not exist. M did not invent the state but he is the first to have seriously studied it. His disciples--Pareto, Mosca, Sorel, Burnham, Francis--have provided invaluable analysis.

Second, he was a Florentine patriot and an Italian, who wanted to restore the Florentine Republic or at least preserve Florentine independence and to keep the filthy barbarians--Germans and French--out of Italy. If this had to be done through the agency of a Borgia Pope and his "nephew," so be it, but his preference was always for a free republican government. He was no mere theorist. When The Florentines made their final great effort to restore the republic, with the guidance of Piero Soderini, Machiavelli was responsible for the militia--he alone, it seems, understood how dangerous mercenaries had become.

Third, he is one of the great masters of the Italian language, and his commentaries on Livy constitute the deepest reflections on the nature of liberty.

It is in this context that one has to read his extremely melancholy masterpiece, The Prince. I have a wonderful copy, by the way, published in the early 1990's. It is contains Napoleon's notes--he left his copy behind in his carriage at Jena, with an introduction by a neophyte politico named Silvio Berlusconi
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The Uhmerican Military

Taking its cues from a corrupt leadership: They Wanted Suzy Soldier, Not Him
Zenit: Statement of the Catholic Church in Egypt

Related: Communiqué of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt on ongoing events

Daniel Larison: Suspending Aid to Egypt Should Be An Easy Decision
Tolerating “Unconscionable” Violence in Egypt
Counting on the Crackdown for “Restoration of Stability” in Egypt Is Unrealistic
The U.S. Is Obviously Taking Sides in Egypt
The U.S. Is Obviously Taking Sides in Egypt (II)

Monastery of Saint Mary of la Garde

Rorate Caeli: Grand Opening of the new buildings of the Monastery of La Garde, France

(See also Solemn Profession in Nursia)

Edit. Over at NLM: Q & A with Dom Mark Daniel Kirby on Silverstream Priory

William Lind on John Boyd

AmCon: John Boyd’s Art of War
Why our greatest military theorist only made colonel.

Tonight at DQ's



Last-minute decisions... The Greencards, DQ.

Pinewoods 2013 Advanced English Country Dance

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Coming to SoCal

KCON 2013

Anthony Layne responds to David Deavel

What’s wrong with “What’s Wrong with Distributism”?

Deavel's original posts: here and here.

Related:
Unemployment: What Do Ethics Have to Do with It?

Do We Have the Character to Make this Happen?

Iowa Couple Married 72 Years Dies Holding Hands, an Hour Apart

The Grandmaster: Tony Leung Chiu Wai New York Premiere Interview



Wong Kar-wai
Zhang Ziyi

The Star Wars

George Lucas's original movie pitch will be adapted as a comic book miniseries.

Coming Soon: Watch a Trailer for New Comic Series The Star Wars
Slashfilm
Movieweb

Dark Horse

A Commentary on Pope Francis's Brief Remarks on Women

Which were reported here. ‘Theology of Women in the Church’ Only Beginning to Be Revealed by Pia de Solenni

In which she regurgitates egalitarianism and girl power:
As I progressed in my research, I realized just how visionary Pope John Paul II had been. He wasn’t offering a Catholic version of a fascist salute to motherhood. He was taking the concept of motherhood in a wholly different direction. After all, by the time he was writing, the developed world knew that women could match, and even surpass, men in most things. Instead of answering a question that had long sought an answer by defining women in terms of what men do, he focused on who a woman is, a much more elusive topic.

Some shoddy metaphysics, echoing the claim made by others (such as Fr. Corapi) about women and receptivity - women are more "spiritual" because they are more "receptive" than men, which is wrong. To be "spiritual" implies some sort of act or habit, while receptivity is a potency. One cannot be "more" with respect to a act or habit merely because of some potency, and especially if the potency is the same. Being "spiritual" is something that must be cultivated in both men and women. (As the theological virtues are seated in the intellect or will, there is no difference between men and women in the obediential potency to them as the intellect and will are spiritual faculties.)
The shift to Mary emphasizes the change in emphasis from doing to being. We actually know very little about what Mary did. But we know who she is: the Mother of God. Her ability to become a mother fundamentally enabled her to be open to God in a relationship that only a woman could have. Her response, uniquely feminine, paradoxically, became the model for all humanity.
Both men and women are "receptive" in relation to God, but women are "receptive" also in relation to men, because of the "complementary" roles. Claims about "being" as characteristic of women while "acting" is characteristic of men, again, need to be understood with respect to how men and women relate to one another, and how they develop and mature, psychologically.

Mary's response as a woman is different from a man in its particulars, but at the root of this is the exercise of the theological virtues, which is not uniquely feminine.


If we follow the example of Mary, that means working from within, wherever we happen to be, whether as chancellor of a major archdiocese, a mother home with small children, in business, politics or countless other places. It means recognizing that women bring something to the table by virtue of who they are rather than simply by what they do.
So men do not bring something to the table by virtue of who they are? Many contemporary Western women are upset by the claim that men are suited to be leaders by virtue of who they are. And yet, that is true.
Though it is no longer run by the LCs, the National Catholic Register continues to disappoint.

Stratford Caldecott on Superman

The Man of Steel: Reinventing Jesus? by Stratford Caldecott

The First Rule...

MOSCOW'S REAL-LIFE FIGHT CLUB LOOKS INSANE By Julien Morel

Got to catch the movie some time, as it is a favorite among some figures of the androsphere. Meanwhile, there has been some internet chatter about Systema.

Snowden and Lavabit

Edward Snowden To NY Times: Media 'Abdicated' Role Post-9/11
Maas Transcript

Edward Snowden Leaks Again—And It's a Bombshell

Lavabit founder, under gag order, speaks out about shutdown decision


Vox gives an update on Lavabit: The Rule of Dynamic Law

The Berry Family

Author and activist Wendell Berry, called a modern-day Thoreau, receives prestigious prize by John Platt
The farmer, essayist, poet and critic has been awarded the 2013 Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

His daughter: July 2013: Slow Money Minute

Criterion Does Zatoichi Fans a Favor

Both DVD and Blu-Ray: Twitch: Criterion Announces Massive 27 Disc ZATOICHI Box Set

Dr. Kerry McCarthy's New Book

Q&A: Kerry McCarthy, long-time participant in the William Byrd Festival, shares interesting facts about the Renaissance composer

From the festival FB page:

Oxford University Press

Related:

William Byrd: A Celebration, edited by Richard Turget (pdf)

A Salon Article on the Collapse of America

How America will collapse (by 2025) by Alfred McCoy

If You're Willing by Everett Rae



Her website.