Sunday, November 19, 2017
Saturday, November 18, 2017
The movie is critical of the hypocrisy of the royal court (and of most officials in general). The pro-democracy sentiment expressed briefly by one of the characters in the movie was perhaps anachronistic, even if we might agree with it. (And it is this sentiment which leads to the small emotional pay-off at the end of the movie.)
Some may think that the characterization of the minister of the interior Choi Myung-kil and the minister of rites Kim Sang-heon is inadequate. I thought the conflict (and limited cooperation) between them was sufficient enough to draw a contrast between the two men. (Does the original novel pay more attention to court intrigue and conflicts between the various officials?) Their different understandings of what duty and loyalty require are the engine of the story. (Is the movie, or novel, an adequate representation of the neo-Confucian mindset, though?)
The movie does raise an important moral question: of the prudence for waging a just defensive war against an invader when the defeat seems more likely than not.
Given the historical circumstances of the story, watching the movie can be a bit of slog, and the character arcs of the two officials may not be enough to keep most people's attention.
Still, LBH should do more saeguk -- he's good in these roles.
The National Catholic Committee on Scouting’s executive committee simply announced it accepted the BSA’s girl membership proposal.
George Sparks, the NCCS’ national chairman, told the Register that the organization did not have an objection to BSA’s proposal to admitting girls into traditional pack and troop units, while maintaining single-gender programming, since the vast majority of Catholic youth-ministry programs are already coed.
Sparks said the BSA wants to have a model of “family scouting” that brings both parents and children into its programs as a family. From the Church’s point of view, packs and troops chartered by Catholic parishes are part of a “youth-ministry program” that allows the parish to minister to people who otherwise do not engage in their other youth programs.
Friday, November 17, 2017
The last days of the Imperium Americanum... what a poorly-run sh**show it's been. That's what happens when craven oligarchs are in charge.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
The female is immunized against all dangers: one may call her a thot, roastie, slut, it all runs off her like water off a raincoat. But take off her makeup and you will be astonished at how she recoils, how injured she is, how she suddenly shrinks back: "I've been found out."— Р. Голливуд (@pachkacigaret) November 14, 2017
Waiting for the first panderingly sincere TOBs-er to say #MakeApp is demeaning to women because it reduces their value to their appearance and that all women deserve to be loved. Count the # of fallacies there--here's a hint: there's one non-sequitur and one fallacy of equivocation.
All women should be loved with agape, but not all women inspire eros, nor should all women be wifed up. As for the objectification of women simply by looking: Men objectify everything -- it is a feature of male psychology and is tied to their being visually-oriented and primarily directed towards the external
world and action. In addition, visual markers of health and fertility are important for male-to-female attraction. Feminists, despite their credentials and "education," simply hate the Other because they don't understand him/them. Unfortunately some of their biggest allies and enablers in this respect are social conservatives.
Daily Femail article and video
The mental gymnastics and outrage of feminists over MakeApp is very amusing.
Are the small Catholic colleges really doing a better job when it comes to fighting cultural Marxism and feminism? The book smarts they deliver may be better than that of the large dechristianized Catholic universities, but it is far from being thorough, and the practice of life that their campus arrangements offer is is deficient. Hard to say who as a group will be the last to take the red pill, but conservative Catholics are certainly in that contest.
On par for a TFP member.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Monday, November 13, 2017
US Bishops: Fighting Racism is a Long Term Battle But a Critical One
Cardinal DiNardo: Amid Division We Must Look to the God Who Unites
Youth Ministry Must Reflect Young People's Diversity US Cardinal Says
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Saturday, November 11, 2017
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Thursday, November 09, 2017
There is news that Warner Brothers and Amazon are in negotiations, along with the Tolkien estate, to create a new TV series based on Lord of the Rings. Is this a new adaptation (in which case the rights are not possessed by the estate) or a new story based on Tolkien source material? Why would Christopher Tolkien choose to collaborate? Or is he no longer in control of the estate?
What's to prevent Hollywood from adding even more SJW elements to this new LOTR story? More gay hobbits? More invented female warriors for girl power?
this may have been the plan of the Duffer brothers all along, with El. First they hook you then they feed you propaganda.
That the show received praise from a writer for The American Conservative should have sparked suspicion that all was not right? And even if SJWs, who might prefer their antifa wet dream that is Bushwick, are critical of the series for being too white or some other reason, it does not mean that "conservatives" should embrace the show as their own.
The actress who plays Eleven, Millie Bobby Brown, reminded me of a young Nathalie Portman in The Professional. It turns out that she is also a Jew. And then there's Paul Reiser and Winona Ryder and at least one other actor, Finn Wolfhard. What about the creators, the Duffer Brothers? Are they Jewish? One of them has married a staunch Jew.
More of a resonance with Talmudic Judaism than just the portrayal of outcasts, the nerds of Stranger Things? Will Eleven turn out to be a Super Pharisee? Another orphan girl with super powers who saves the day, like Rey of nuStar Wars? Are the Duffer Brothers engaging in more Pharasaical subversion of American pop culture, once again through 80s nostalgia, following the footsteps of Jar Jar Abrams? ("Hello fellow white people"?) Avoiding the sentimentalism of Steven Spielberg is not enough to make their show good.
A story that has the moral that one should do good, avoid evil, is not sufficient to make it a good American story, if what is "American" is understood as properly having a Christian facet, even if only implicit, like in the fantasy of Tolkien. What is the Divine component of Stranger Things, if there is one? How is the embodiment of evil in the Upside Down to be understood? Even if the series is a good riff of or homage to 80s horror and fantasy, this would not be a point in its defense, as much of that genre wasn't Christian either, even if some element of truth can be found in it.
The evil thing reminds me a bit of the smoke monster of Lost. Is there any connection between the two series? And how is it "evil," other than being destructive of life or causing death? (Is there an equivalence being made between science of sci-fi and magic of fantasy?)
What about the supposed Biblical allusions?
The Duffer Brothers Recap Stranger Things 2 The Lost Sister
"Stranger Things" and the sinister innocence of Reagan's America
NBC 'Think' piece: Netflix's ‘Stranger Things’ is racist
How Stranger Things 2 Explores Trauma
Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Democrat Ted Lieu Walks Out of Moment of Silence for Texas Victims
Monday, November 06, 2017
Sunday, November 05, 2017
Pope Francis highlights importance of education for migrants and refugees
Pope condemns xenophobia, calls migration a ‘sign of the times’ by Inés San Martín
Related: International Federation of Catholic Universities
Yet the hook-up culture persists. Why?
Saturday, November 04, 2017
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017
I've never heard a Chinese person express such a sentiment, not that I can recall, with one possible exception (family). But maybe such a sentiment does exist and is more widespread than I am aware of.
1. The love of education? Not when it is ordered solely to the pursuit of wealth.
2. Language and a 3000-yr old civilization? Do they really embody the highest values of this civilization merely because they speak a language in the Sinitic family of languages? Is that language superior to English with respect to its versatility in philosophy or theology? How about poetry? Or is just the felt superiority through being associated with a superior group?
3. The entrepreneurial spirit? Some Chinese are industrious and successful at making a buck in a foreign country, but is that really something to be proud of, if we take into account what they are neglecting?
4. A superior moral code or etiquette? This is questionable as well.
Monday, October 30, 2017
Sunday, October 29, 2017
The Revolutionary Conservatism of Jefferson & Small Republics by Arthur J. Versluis
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Cardinal Sarah: every nation has a right to distinguish between refugees and economic migrants
Luther and the Reformers went to war against the evangelical counsels as ideals and as the core of a vowed, religious life. Every woman—it was assumed—was meant for marriage, children, and homemaking.
Friday, October 27, 2017
5 Viable Options for the New 5.56 Secret Service Rifle by Fred Mastison
The story behind the 'not-so-secret' Secret Service Rifle and five contenders that have a legitimate shot at landing the contract.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Kevin Gutzman Reviews Liberty & Union: The Civil War Era and American Constitutionalism by Timothy S. Huebner
Maybe beta confessions of love as shown in this AKB48 PV (and held to be ideal by many immature Asian teenagers) can be somewhat successful with those who are more innocent or naive (or emotionally repressed) -- and after all, don't East Asians mature later? Still, being alpha would be even more effective with the innocent girls.
Where are the men to teach these teenaged males how to be men? And if the ones who are successful in the video are the more assertive and "attractive" males " (there is one rejection), we should not be shocked that so many Japanese men are going their own way and being "herbs."
(Makes one wonder if the AKB48 girls are being genuine in their expression of emotions. Are they really touched by such gestures of "pure love"? Or are they themselves actually waiting for the high-status Japanese men to take ownership of them?
Monday, October 23, 2017
Sunday, October 22, 2017
With nothing to rebel against, we've lost our edge.
A r-selected population? Or should one reduce political conflict, as Jonathan Haidt does, to individuals with competing personality traits that are somehow equal in value and goodness, with the corollary that millenials have come to possess a set of certain traits but lack [many] others? I prefer a more classical analysis: what has been generated is a soft, pampered, dulled male population that has been successfully pacified and emasculated. There is nothing to "rebel" against because someone in such a condition is unable to perceive the evils that exist and to take action against those evils. "When liberty is taken away, no one will miss it."
Is this the natural consequence of urbanization or the intended outcome of a deliberate program by the state to preserve its power against all possible threats (including the people)? The cause does make a difference in how we respond to the problem.
The incorporation and application of feminism as state ideology by those holding political and economic power, leading to a soft matriarchy over education and increasingly the government bureaucracies and the judiciary, expedites the emasculation even more.
But generation Z may turn out to be more based than the millenials, especially if we help to make it so.
Imaginative Conservative: Why the Christian Philosopher & Christian College Need Each Other by Thaddeus Kozinski
First to Go: Green Berets Remember Earliest Mission in Afghanistan
Operation Enduring Freedom, The First 49 Days
Green Berets Who Liberated Afghanistan from the Taliban Tell Their Stories in New Documentary
Interview with ODA 595
Legion of Brothers
Saturday, October 21, 2017
One might think that Fr. Julian Carron, the head of Communion and Liberation, is just name-dropping Pope Francis and presenting a "traditional" view of how Christianity is an evangelizing force rooted in a personal encounter with Christ. But he seems to be more of a Francis fan than that.
Does Fr. Carron address a Christian's political identity and duties? Or does he just assume that a multicultural empire will last forever and that a Christian is an rootless cosmopolitan meeting other rootless cosmopolitans?
She is right in principle that the Federal Government should exercise its authority only in those areas designated by the Constitution. But who is going to restrain the Federal Government, especially the judiciary, from interfering with states that want to preserve their culture and traditions?
Social Issues Are Destroying American Politics by Addison Del Mastro
The next president should call a temporary culture war cool-down.
Where is the strong Chinese military of the imperial times? Or was that just an illusion, with mercenaries and barbarians supplying most of the martial strength?
Friday, October 20, 2017
Should Conservatism Seek to Destroy the State? by Alexander Salter
Thursday, October 19, 2017
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He plays a mainland Chinese who is causing trouble in the UK, pursuing vigilante justice. Of course that the villains of the movie must be Irish, instead of Muslim terrorists.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Monday, October 09, 2017
What did the boy give back to the tree? And why was the tree so pathologically altruistic? In fact, the book seems to be the perfect Boomer book. Boomers seem to fall in both categories, though they may be altruistic more with other people's resources (including their children's) than their own. There are definitely Boomers who are just takers.
From 2014: “The Giving Tree” at Fifty: Sadder Than I Remembered
"When asked for a training triage template, the priorities of work from Mosby’s perspective for the every day citizen was medical, combatives, pistol, rifle, then team tactics. All to often it’s the exact opposite, particularly for folks of the prepper bent."
Saturday, October 07, 2017
Charity is not opposed to justice.
Friday, October 06, 2017
to move to Oregon. No forwarding address to which to send a condolence card, no announcement of a management change from the company or
of the death, and not much info from the new managers. Didn't ask if there will be a new manager moving into the residence or not.
Thursday, October 05, 2017
Tuesday, October 03, 2017
Sociologist Mark Regnerus’ new book examines how technology is transforming cultural attitudes towards sex and marriage.
Monday, October 02, 2017
Friday, September 29, 2017
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Sunday, September 24, 2017
Interesting that Andy Lau is picking up the role of Lee Rock again; wonder if his performance at this age is better than his attempt to play an old Lee Rock more than 20 years ago.
Saw some Asian women with fake eyelashes at a certain boba place in stinky town; they reminded me of import models.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
The song may appeal to those "traditional" (i.e. social conservative) Americans who love chivalry and to women and feminists who love chivalry but is it too blue pill? Does a man have an obligation to help a drunk girl get home? Why isn't it the obligation of the university or college (if she is a college student) or of her dorm RA? I suppose they wouldn't want such a responsibility, and even claim that they don't have it. But isn't it their job to prevent rape (or regretful consensual sex)? Maybe he should call her parent/guardian. But what if he/she/xe is not living in close proximity? Perhaps every drunk woman should have a tag with the contact info of a designated friend who will take her home.
Would Chris Janson really raise a daughter who engages in such risky behavior?
I find it funny that another of his recent songs is "Fix a Drink."
Friday, September 22, 2017
The manifesto sounds like it could have been written by the r-selected soft Catholics over at Vox Nova. It is good that Rebecca Bratten Weiss is gone from Steubenville; she should hold no position at a Catholic school or teaching authority.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
A review of How Alexander Hamilton Screwed Up America by Brion McClanahan, Regnery History, 2017. A thinking American must choose between Hamilton and Jefferson, whose contrary visions of the future were contested in the first… »
Monday, September 18, 2017
By James David Altman
Southern leaders had few complaints with the old Constitution under which they had lived. The heart of the conflict, they felt, was that the intent of the written law had been subverted by Northern sectionalists.… »
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Where Liberals and Conservatives are Wrong About the Constitution by Ilan Wurman
On Monday, Constitution Day, an ode to originalism.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
that it won't happen again and that one doesn't need to prep a bag but that would be bad probabilistic thinking and probably unrealistic as well. Still, even if one has a bag, one has to be able to go to it and not be stuck in the basement, unable to cross the street and get to the car in the parking lot. (Though the cops wouldn't be able to stop one from crossing, and the city wouldn't be liable if one were shot by the armed suspect because one took the risk of crossing.) Without access to the go bag, one has to rely on what one has for EDC, but this is lame California...
Monday, September 11, 2017
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Friday, September 08, 2017
We are back to the days of G.I. Joe.
I'll take The Unit over this. I doubt David Mamet would have taken the show in this direction. Who is responsible for the introduction of the female Army intelligence character in the third season?
The CW has its own garbage, too. Valor:
The reboot of Strike Back is going 100% on equal representation, apparently.