Monday, March 19, 2018

The Decline of a Dominican Institution

Providence College Bullies Its Faithful Students by Anthony Esolen

Last week at Providence College, a brave and devout Catholic student I got to know well last year during my own battles with the politically correct has had occasion to [...]

I Thought I Had Seen Everything During This Pontificate

As saccharine as the KoC documentary?

Spiritual Warfare First

But earthly warfare as well.

A Good Father Prepares His Sons for War

Holy Virgin Cathedral

Friday, March 16, 2018

And Roman Catholics Are Still Paying the Price

How the Irish Built Catholic America

Did they adopt a neo-Yankee civic nationalist mentality while resenting the native Anglos? If their attempts to assimilate were not wholly successful because they were rejected as outsiders, did they in turn discriminate against Catholics of other ethnicities, creating the immigrant Church of the 20th ce?

Cardinal Zen

The Year of Truth? (Truth with Chinese characteristics?) by Card. Joseph Zen

The considerations of the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong on claims made by recent articles regarding the agreement between Beijing and the Holy See.

Ensemble Sequentia - Allegri's Miserere

Thursday, March 15, 2018

More Chinese Propaganda

Breitbart: Film Glorifying Emperor Xi Becomes China’s Highest-Grossing Documentary

"But!" Does this article quality as a nice try? Comparative Analysis of Eastern and Western Tyranny

Ivan Moody on His Setting of the Akathist Hymn

Panteao Adds Kyle Lamb

Game Advice

From RS McCain? The Attitude

R.R. Reno Trying to Salvage Liberalism

First Things: Liberal Integralism by R. R. Reno

A Catholic politics never seeks to be a sacred politics, never proposes a full and complete integration of statecraft with soulcraft.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Squad Automatic Rifle Prototype Opportunity Notice

Three from the Abbeville Institute

The Barbarians at the Gates by Gene Kizer, Jr.

Since the 1960s, the interpretation of Southern history and the War Between the States put forth by most of the news media and academia is largely a fraud. It is driven by the racist identity… »

This is why the Founding Generation Crafted the 2nd Amendment by Lewis Liberman

With the current heated debate over gun rights and the 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution (which serves to affirm our natural rights…rights we have whether the State recognizes them or not), I thought… »

Two Against Lincoln by Brion McClanahan

A review of Two Against Lincoln: Reverdy Johnson and Horatio Seymour, Champions of the Loyal Opposition (University Press of Kansas, 2017) by William C. Harris In a speech before the Senate in 1863, James A.… »

Archbishop Kyrill Granted Leave of Absence

ROCOR Western American Diocese

The Revamped Benedict XVI Institute

In San Francisco archdiocese, new website promotes Catholic arts

new website

Interview with Jim Caviezel

CWR: Jim Caviezel on what he learned playing St. Luke—and why he thinks “We don’t love Jesus enough” by Jim Graves



Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Interview with Dr. Edward Sri

CWR: True discipleship is “Jesus Christ’s way of life transforming me”

“Following the right doctrines and practices of the Faith is absolutely essential,” says Dr. Edward Sri, author of a new book on discipleship, “but sometimes we can pat ourselves on the back for our orthodoxy, as if that gives us a pass from the serious pursuit of holiness.”

He talks about imitatio but also participatio:

CWR: You emphasize, in several places, that grace—sanctifying grace, specifically—is “Christ’s divine life in us.” Why is this truth so vital to the process and reality of discipleship? How can it be better grasped and appreciated?

Dr. Edward Sri: One big advantage we have as Christian disciples is that our rabbi, Jesus, dwells within us. He’s is not just an example to imitate from the outside like other rabbis. The One whom we seek to imitate abides in us through sanctifying grace. We really have the life of Christ abiding in us, prompting us, strengthening us, helping us to live more like him. So as Christian disciples, we don’t just walk in Christ’s footsteps. It’s more like He is walking in our shoes, helping us to take the steps of faith we could never do on our own.

An analogy from the Catholic tradition can be helpful here. If one were to take an iron rod and put it in fire, it would continue to be an iron rod, but would start to take on the qualities of fire, becoming hot, glowing red and emitting smoke. Similarly, when our human nature is filled with Christ’s life through sanctifying grace, it begins to take on the qualities of Christ. We become more patient, generous, compassionate and sacrificial like he is. We begin to take on the qualities of Christ as he lives his life through us. The more we are transformed by grace, the more we can say with St. Paul, “It’s no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me.”

Growth in the Christian life is all about learning to rely on and cooperate with God’s grace. As we strive to imitate Jesus, we quickly realize how weak and incapable we really are. We realize the Nike approach to spirituality simply doesn’t work. We can’t do it—not on our own. We need Jesus to help us: to heal our wounds, weaknesses and sins and to help us be more like him—to love with His love. This is the transformation Jesus wants to work in his disciples. He wants to re-produce His life in us.

Still a reliance on concepts from medieval scholasticism and Tridentine Catholicism.

Someone should tell Dr. Sri that the (publicity?) photo used for the interview is a lousy one, from a RP perspective.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

History of the Catholic Church in China

CWR: The Catholic Church in China: Historical context and the current situation

Chinese Catholics—“above” and “underground”—view themselves as part of “one suffering Catholic Church.” Will the Vatican’s present negotiations with China help or hinder those struggling to practice the Faith under a communist government?

Albania... and China

CWR: “The smaller cage is the better cage”: What has China to do with Albania? by Ines Angeli Murzaku

The decades-long persecution of the Catholic Church in Albania by the Communist government provides a significant case for the Holy See to ponder.

Go Commando, Episode 33

Saturday, March 10, 2018

5.11 Camouflage Scheme



Psalm 103

An Anglican rendition:

Too soft for what is required in this age? Whence does this English sound originate? Or does it have something in common with how chant was done on the continental during the "medieval" period?

Versus an Anglicized Valaam chant:

Cardinal Zen with Raymond Arroyo

full episode

Short interview with Anthony Clark.

Friday, March 09, 2018

Catholic Male Feminists

In contrast to John Finnis and others (Alasdair MacIntyre) one would think that the credibility of younger male Catholic academics on the question of egalitarianism/feminism would be destroyed if they ended up as incels but most of them seem to be able to find a woman who is willing to be wifed up by them. Those who are red-pilled would say, "Ah, but what sort of woman?" but cuckservatives, Catholic or not, would cry foul.

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Who wins the title

of America's most prominent Pharisee? This woman?

Labor Stats: Lies During the Obama Administration, Lies Continue Now

Make-Believe America by Paul Craig Roberts

Three from AmConMag

Is Poland In the Grip of a Burkean Battle? by James P. Pinkerton
The conservative Law and Justice party struggles against the scourge of EU utopianism.

Thinking About Dead Libertarians by Bill Kauffman
Old-school intellectuals like Rothbard and Childs defied the stereotypes of their philosophy with their wit and generosity.

Free Trade Shouldn’t Be a Litmus Test for Conservatism by Paul Gottfried
That position has often been linked to the left, while protectionism has just as often been associated with the right.

Not All Princesses Dress in Pink

A teacher mentioned today that she read this book for her class, proving again that parents have no control over the propaganda being pushed in the name of "public education." We live in an age when cultural Marxism has taken over our state institutions. Even in red-about-to-turn-purple Texas, a "transgender boy" (born female) won the state girls' wrestling championship for the second year in a row. Some conservative state Texas is, when (1) it sponsors a wrestling championship for teen-aged females and (2) permits a teenaged-female undergoing hormonal "therapy" to participate in that championship.

It says something when out of all normies it's the Latin traditionalists who have anything close to a sensible policy regarding sex distinction. (I'm not including groups like the Chassidim and Amish who exclude themselves from normal society to one degree or another.)

Who remembers the US women's soccer team for their girl power brashness and lack of sportsmanship when they were eliminated in the last World Cup? That sort of arrogant, loutish behavior needs an appropriate response, and fake chivalry is not it.

"John Mosby" has something relevant for the culture war:
Ultimately, as in so many other ways, we are social creatures by design. 'No man is an island,' as the man said. No matter how well-intentioned you are about making courageous choices, if you surround yourself with cravens, you will make a coward’s choices. You may chalk it up to 'department policy,' or 'well, everyone is doing it,' but at the end of the day, you are making the choice, and those around you are not only facilitating it, they are encouraging it.
In Forging the Hero, I spent a lot of time explaining the concept of innangarð, and that our tribe/clan/community is defined as those who share our values, as evidenced by shared traditions and customs. If you identify as part of a tribe, or 'inner circle of trust,' no matter how lightly, that practices behavior (customs and traditions) that evidence cowardice as a value, then you will succumb to the ease of cowardice.
Don't capitulate to the cultural Marxists, or accept the status quo and the harm it is doing to the next generation in order to be accepted or to avoid trouble. If you act like a cuckservative, you will be recognized as one and deservingly outgrouped by those seeking to build a sane, virtuous community.

Rod Dreher:
Vaclav Benda, Man Of Conscience
An interview with Flagg Taylor, editor of an English translation of the Czech dissident’s essays

‘Peak Trans’ Turned Her Rightward
Transgender bullying drove this former leftie and pagan to conservatism — and to the Church

Educating For Woke Spectatorship
The death of learning and the urgent need for a ‘parallel polis’

‘Lock ‘Em In And Burn It Down!’ Cries SJW
Jordan B. Peterson and Christina Hoff Sommers versus the wolves

Progressivism Against Reason
Note from a middle-aged, religious Asian immigrant getting fed up with the SJW dystopia

How To Make A Progressive Turn Right
His wife is white and liberal — but then he points out what kind of future progressivism has in mind for their boys

Underground Men
Conservative Christian reader, a future professor, embraces idea of resistance

The Backlash Is Building
Two Minute Hates moving people reluctantly toward Trump

Tucker Carlson on the Crisis of Men

Tucker Carlson: ‘Something Ominous Is Happening to Men in America’
Fr. Z

Energy Prospects: Little to Smil About? by Chris Smaje

Anyway, this is all vaguely relevant to my present theme, which is some thoughts on Vaclav Smil’s Energy and Civilization: A History (MIT Press, 2017). It’s hard to keep up with Smil’s output, since he seems to produce about three books every year, but I find him an interesting writer.

Choosing to Get Off Fossil Energy—Our Best Local Choices by Gerald Iversen

Richard Heinberg talks about local options for getting off fossil fuels on this episode of the Simpler Living Podcast.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

End the H1B Program and Immigration from South Asia

“Blacks with Brains”— Indian Leftists Show Downside of Merit-Based Immigration by Hubert Collins

A Review of Original Intentions

Founding Intentions by W. Kirk Wood

A review of Original Intentions: On the Making and Ratification of the United States Constitution by M.E. Bradford (Georgia, 1993). Since the bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, numberless books re-examining the document and the convention… »


The New England Pharisees By Dissident Mama

“Religion, taking every mortal form But that pure and Christian faith makes warm, Where not to vile fanatic passion urged, Or not in vague philosophies submerged, Repulsive with all Pharisaic leaven, And making laws to… »

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Emotional Thinking

CWR: The Darkness Gathers: Why public discussion has become increasingly irrational by James Kalb

A regime of pyramiding illusions that substitutes abuse for argument can’t last forever, and many wonder what will end it.

New Gear for the Swiss Army

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Sandro Magister: The Vatican bows and China gives thanks. Here's how - Asia News

Millenials and the Millenial Movie?

AmConMag: The Millennial Magic of Greta Gerwig and ‘Lady Bird’ By Telly Davidson
Her entry in this year’s hotly contested Oscar race is helping to define and symbolize a generation.

The Loss of Patriarchy and Its Consequences

The state is not patriarchy, it is what destroyed patriarchy to benefit the few.

Male Authority and the Decline of America by Christopher DeGroot

As everybody knows, men and women don’t understand each other, so in a context dominated by the latter, whether it’s an elementary school or Harvard, normal male behavior may be deemed “bad” or “toxic.” For this and other reasons, which, however, I don’t have the space to consider here, boys should not spend their days among women authorities. Although it is unlikely to happen, gender segregation seems to be the best single thing we can do to improve our schools. If, on the other hand, we want to continue to tame man, rendering him a docile and compliant worker bee for people who mean nothing to him and vice versa, then the present situation is certainly desirable.

See also Oz Conservative: The solo mindset

Martin van Creveld on Rebel Yell

Episode 307
FPR: Wendell Berry Interview, Life after Liberalism, and More by Jeffrey Bilbro - "The Agrarian Life with Wendell Berry"

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Yes, STD Is Bad

How does the Federation-Klingon War end? Through girl power; the main Federation character, Commander Michael Burnham (a woman) shows girl-power by disobeying an order in order to uphold principle (in a direct contrast to her mutiny which started the season) and in the process enables a female Klingon to take control of the Klingon Empire and to unite the Klingon Houses. Girl power triumphs everywhere!

These Are the Voyages of the Starship Diversity By Christopher Bullivant
The new 'Star Trek: Discovery' goes where no trans Klingon has gone before.

How to Plan a Crusade

Pegasus Books - Google Books

Crusading 101 by Timothy D. Lusch

How to Plan a Crusade: Religious War in the High Middle Ages, by Oxford professor Christopher Tyerman, demolishes the legend that Western crusaders were mere irrational rabble from Dark Age rubble.

Friday, March 02, 2018

Agent Mr. Chan

I suppose the Hong Kong sense of humor hasn't changed much in the last 20 years.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Bishop Robert Barron on Jordan Peterson's New Book

The Jordan Peterson Phenomenon

The Canadian psychologist’s considerable erudition is on clear display throughout 12 Rules for Life, but so is his very real experience in the trenches as a practicing psychotherapist.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Dana Loesch at CPAC 2018

Something Rotten in the State of... California

And yet the Republicucks are not interested in exploiting the division fomented by identity politics to their advantage. The Republicucks need to fade from the scene.

California Democrats are the New Holocaust

The USCCB Overstepping Its Authority, Again

Fr. Z: ASK FATHER: USCCB urges Catholics to call officials about DACA. If I don’t, do I sin?

Why Didn't Gottfried Consider Apprenticeships and Vocational Training as Alternatives?

There are more options than college or get a job at a fast food restaurant.

Why the ‘Case Against Education’ Won’t Fly By Paul Gottfried
Students may not be interested in their college studies, but they can't survive without them.

Peace by Separation

The New Separatism by William S. Lind
As national governments are plunged into crisis, many are looking elsewhere for their identities.

Joshua Mitchell Should Talk to Archbishop Chaput

AmConMag: Fashioning a Post-Fusionist Christian Politics by Emile A. Doak
As the traditional conservative coalition unravels, the faithful must provide a better way. A recent AEI panel discussed the possibilities.

Christian anthropology is relational; man flourishes in a community properly ordered towards the common good. And like most things worthwhile, community and the common good have limits. The increasingly ridiculous notion of Facebook as a legitimate global community illustrates the former. As for the latter, as Reno argued, the language of the “common good” is ill-suited to global realities. Sure, there are global goods, things like peace, prosperity, family—things that are as true in America as they are in Afghanistan—but these are not the same as the singular, indivisible, communal, and limited common good that is the proper object of all political and social life. The common good emerges from the relationships, traditions, and cultures that provide purpose to a polity. And these elements can only develop when rooted in a specific place over time. It’s no wonder that introducing a massive influx of new people with new relationships, traditions, and cultures has caused such anxiety among those already navigating the most fragile social fabric—the most fraught common good—in American society. While the topic of mass immigration understandably draws sympathy for the immigrant seeking a new and better life, this sympathy must be balanced with a renewed awareness of the effect that mass immigration has on the social fabric of communities tasked with absorbing it.

This is the new Christian political project. Working towards electoral goals with regard to select hot-button issues, while laudable, is increasingly a relic of a past age. Western democracy has reached a tipping point, leaving Christians—the laity especially—to imagine a new political paradigm that protects both subsidiarity and solidarity, one that buttresses against the ill effects of both state and market, globalism and ethnic nationalism. In a world where global managers have severely eroded our sense of place and home, and a “dangerous romanticized [ethnic] nationalism,” to quote Mitchell, is on the rise in response, we need another option. To find one, we on the right will need to engage in the same kind of unorthodox debate that was on display at AEI Wednesday evening.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Not Even the Maiden of Saint-Germain-en-Laye Can Save CPAC

Divorced in 2016? What's the story behind that?

God bless Fr. Rutler.

The Mathematical Innovations of Father Antonio Spadaro by Fr. George W. Rutler

Nearly fifty years go, my parish secretary, who was elderly even then, kept the parish accounts using an abacus. I gave her the latest kind of electric adding machine, which [...]

Archbishop Chaput at It Again

Pushing his erroneous immigrant myth about the United States -- Things To Come: Faith, State, and Society in a New World

The full text of the inaugural Religion and Public Life Lecture delivered today at the Matthew J. Ryan Center at Villanova University.

Any Regional Variation?

There may not be, especially among the more commercial-minded of the Chinese, the ones living on the coast or near the coast?

WHAT’S WRONG with CHINA–A Study of Unchanged National Character by John Derbyshire

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Bye Bye X Products

Convergence at Catholic World Report

The lab or love? Catholic women and STEM careers by Stacy A. Trasancos

This false dichotomy can harm women interested in STEM, and weaken the larger scientific community.

Pyeongchang Style

PyeongChang 2018 unveils podiums, costumes for victory ceremonies -- a lot of cuties among the female Olympics podium escorts. No lawsuits against appearance discrimination in South Korea. The standards are probably similar to what E. Asian airlines enforce.

Crisis: Benedict XVI’s Final Pilgrimage Home by James Day
UR: A Common Culture Makes the Nation by Linh Dinh

More of the Chinese Inferiority Complex

Overcompensating, much?

Monday, February 19, 2018

Isten áldja Magyarországot!

Just Kill off the New Characters

But that probably wouldn't be enough to save the rebooted series from the SJW preaching.

It is interesting that the two men from the second version of Strike Back (Sullivan Stapleton and Philip Winchester in the middle) are taller than the men from the third version. Was this a factor in the casting for the reboot, to make the girl power more credible by having [male] actors closer in height to the actresses? It's all about optics, though in real life operators are more likely to be of average height. But there is no way a woman of comparable height (or shorter woman) could best a physically fit man in hand to hand combat, which is what the rebooted series shows, over and over again.

The Dating Project


Why did we forget how to date? New documentary aims to find out

Does it address consumerism, feminism, and hypergamy? I doubt it. What would Catholics or Lonerganians know about those topics?

Kerry Cronin: Church21
The Heights


London’s ‘Modest’ Fashion Show Celebrates Sharia-Compliant Clothing…
…Weeks After Women Burn Hijabs in Iran

Hydra Blades


TOPS Knives Hammer Hawk



Team MultiCam Video



Sunday, February 18, 2018

Gen 5

The Future of Kalishnikov is Secure

Boyd Cathey on the Mueller Investigation

Mueller: No Collusion Between Trump and Putin, But the Russia Card Is Bigger Than Ever by Boyd D. Cathey
And Who Will Investigate Chinese, Israeli, Saudi, and Mexican "Meddling"?

A Story about First Things

Thermidor: When Fr. Neuhaus Saw Cthulhu

After their purge of a certain paleo from their ranks? I can't remember when that happened.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Armchair AMOGs

There needs to be a gag order for Catholic pseudo-intellectuals.

An alliance between "conservatives" and "anti-porn" feminists? Ultimately, it would be an anti-porn movement in service of whom? Feminism? What alternative would "conservatives" have to counter it, besides some feminized version of Christianity? The author offers no real solutions to the existential crisis that leads to the increase of porn use among males, nor to the existential crisis of women that is rooted in self-hatred, feminism, and rebellion.

Fighting Porn: The Reviving Cause Social Conservatism Needs By Michael Warren Davis
It isn't a last gasp; it's a new beginning, one that's rallying a new breed of young traditionalists.
Sandro Magister: How To Be a "Creative Minority" Today. The Example of the Christians of the First Three Centuries

But does he overstate the difference between the Christians and non-Christians living in the same society? Was secession a possibility for them in the Roman Empire?

Related: Saint Benedict in the 21st Century. But "La Civiltà Cattolica" Condemns Him to the Stake
Crisis: New Law Defends Poland’s Honor During World War II by John Hittinger

Within the last year and half I have traveled four times to Poland. I have by no means covered the broad expanse of this great country, but I have managed

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Pope Pius XI, “Casti Connubi”

Available here.

”For if the man is the head, the woman is the heart, and as he occupies the chief place in ruling, so she may and ought to claim for herself the chief place in love.”

I used to accept this but now I question it — a virtuous man may actually surpass his wife in love of the family, but not in emotion, as he will have right reason and right will coupled together, while the wife can only participate in the right reason through obedience, and her love may be more emotional than rational at first, until it is formed through obedience and her emotions are brought into subjection to her reason and his.

Mr. Beta House Husband

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Dems Will Be At It Again

Calling for stricter gun laws after the latest school shooting in Florida. Do they not know that these things could probably be prevented if there were authentic communities, with mutual accountability and oversight? But they'd rather increase the power of the state. Well, then, let those who want to live in such a state, where people are strangers to one another and cannot be trusted by the state, live there. But leave true communities and their right to bear arms alone.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A Feminist Enabler

But we suspected that all long with Bishop Robert Barron, didn't we? And for conservative Latin Catholics, he is supposed to be one of the "good" bishops.

CWR Dispatch: “America” magazine’s survey of women in the Church by Bishop Robert Barron

An intriguing finding of the survey is that most Catholic women consider the care for the poor and the Eucharist as the two most essential elements of Catholic life.

Rollo on Jordan Peterson

via his blog

Jack Kerouac, Revisited

AmConMag: Debunking the Caricature of Jack Kerouac the Nihilist By Scott Beauchamp
A new book suggests the Catholic-born icon was more spiritual than the "beatnik" label suggests.

Americans at the Olympics

Chloe Kim’s Father Proclaims ‘American Dream’ After Daughter’s Gold Medal Win
US Figure Skater Mira Nagasu Makes History: First Ever Triple Axel by an American

Breitbart is not alt right, Breitbart is civic nationalist.

Support the Night Stalker Association

Monday, February 12, 2018

A Vietnamese Perspective on China

Tet Offensives, Hungry China and Dumbed Down Americans by Linh Dinh

Primary Weapons Systems

Another Marketing Blitz

Exoskeletons Still in Development?

Crye Precision News

"Liberal" Nonsense

The new version of SWAT is of course SJW-friendly, as far as a cop show can be. I won't go off the SJW checklist to show that this is the case; I just want to say something about what the (blackwashed) Hondo says in the first episode with respect to "community policing" -- "treat 'em like family." Is this psychologically possible in a megapolis? Only if one has some sort of pathological altruism or the like. Otherwise, it isn't, but a false front that is akin to the emotional manipulation practiced by cults. Or the state. Liberalism and statism go hand in hand.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Peter Hitchens on the Suffragettes

He doesn't seem to go far enough in his criticism of the axiom for which they acted, egalitarianism.
Sandro Magister: The China Invented by Bishop Sánchez Sorondo. His Diary From Half a Century Ago Has Been Discovered

Getting the Alt Right Wrong

Matthew Rose offers another genealogy of the alt right that is limited to the European nouvelle droite.

I'm pretty sure Dreher knows of Theodore Beale's existence. And he is probably not completely ignorant of paleoconservatism and its influence on the alt right. And yet he offers no modification of Roses's article.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Industrious and Family-Oriented

But that sort of "natural conservatism" is not enough, when the host population is not put on the same level as other ethnic Chinese, and there is no real integration into the host society. The Chinese diaspora is envied and regarded with suspicion by host populations, and for good reason. When the Chinese disapora gains too much control over commercial wealth, things can get deadly, and there is a good reason why one of the 16 Points of the Alt Right addresses this. (It is not applicable only to the Pharisee diaspora.)

The Chinese in Southern Vietnam by Linh Dinh

"I Heart 80s"

iHeartRadio has its stations dedicated to 80s music...

AmConMag: ‘Dare To Be Different’: How Gen X Perfected Alternative Radio By Greg Kaza
A new film charts the outsized influence of Long Island indie station WLIR in the 1980s.

Reason TV: Want to Make an Untraceable Handgun at Home? Cody Wilson Can Help.

I Hope Not

Paul Craig Roberts: Will The Conspiracy Against Trump and American Democracy Go Unpunished?

To Put It Nicely...

Asia News: Msgr. Sanchez Sorondo in Wonderland by Bernardo Cervellera

The President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences exalts China as the best implementer of the Churches’ social doctrine. The bishop seems oblivious to the shantytowns of Beijing and Shanghai, the expulsion of migrants, oppression of religious freedom. Appreciation for the Paris Climate Agreement, but silence on the links between wealth, corruption and pollution. An ideological approach that makes a laughing stock of the Church.

Msgr. Sanchez Sorondo: China, the best implementer of the social doctrine of the Church

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Virginian English

Southern Speech by Roger W. Cole

"The Wonder of Us"


CNA: Vatican official praises China for witness to Catholic social teaching

Flattery for the sake of greasing the wheels for a Vatican-China agreement? What is going on here?

Collectivism is not the same as concern for the common good. Another bishop with a deficient understanding of political theology...

Vatican Insider interview

Stress-Induced Training

Monday, February 05, 2018

Fading Away Into Irrelevance

The Changing Face of the Boy Scouts of America

Cuckservatives everywhere.

A Lot of Racist Stereotyping in This Commercial

Could his eyeglasses be even thicker?

Where's the SJW protest?

Hopefully This Movie Will Be a Solo Shot

M:I Fallout

One of the few movies I'll watch this year?

Jack Ryan

More like a Special Activities Division Ground Branch operator than a intelligence analyst. Tom Clancy would probably approve of the change for his Marty Stu character.

So Ghey, NFL

Apparently some football players will do anything for money.

The SJW T-Mobile Commercial




Mountain Guerilla and Max Velocity Tactical have made similar comments about what comprises advanced skills and the necessity of drilling in small unit tactics. I believe both authors are ex-SF operators, both Ranger-tabbed? If so, that may explain why they are concerned with SUT. Is it the case that certain ex-military instructors (especially from counter-terrorist units) are too concerned with weapons manipulation (shooting, shooting from different positions, and shooting with a mix of physical exercises in between, etc.) and not realistic combat drills for people learning to work in groups?

Will we see a new trend of ex-military who had completed Ranger school or been in a Ranger bat offering classes in SUT as a way to distinguish themselves from other instructors? There is a need for such instruction, especially for civilians seeking to prepare themselves for the duty of serving in [informal] militia groups, which the Founding Fathers understood as being incumbent upon all [male] citizens.

Why wouldn't a man want to read through the Ranger handbook and pick up some more skills in addition to the skills he learned in scouting as a boy, either from a scout troop or from family?

Merino Wool Woobie

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Blue pill?

CNA: We must become 'new men,' Archbishop Chaput says
The archbishop said “Christian equality” understands “the reality of the differences and mutual dependencies of real men and women.”

“As men, we’re hardwired by nature and confirmed by the Word of God to do three main things: to provide, to protect, and to lead – not for our own sake, not for our own empty vanities and appetites, but in service to others.”

Here is the full text of the speech: Memory, Sex, and the Making of "The New Man"

"Just as memory anchors each person’s individual story, history plays the same role for cultures, nations and communities of faith. History is our shared memory."

Yes, it is. So why is the Latin hierarchy pushing for multiculturalism in the U.S.?

We men – all of us, both clergy and lay — bear a special responsibility because the Gospel tasks us as leaders. That doesn’t make us better than anyone else. It takes nothing away from the genius of women or the equality of women and men. But human beings are not identical units. We’re not interchangeable pieces of social machinery. Christian equality is based not in political ideology but in the reality of the differences and mutual dependencies of real men and women. As creatures we’re designed to need each other, not replicate each other. And this, by the way, is a key reason why modern culture is so conflicted about the body.

The egalitarianism can be explained with respect to "human dignity" or the dignity of their ultimate vocation. But is this more "complementarian" than patriarchical?

This is arguably blue pill:
Those are some of the don’ts. The dos are equally obvious. Do love the women in your life with the encouragement, affection, support and reverence they deserve by right. Do be faithful to your wife in mind and body. Do show courtesy and respect to the women you meet, even when they don’t return it. Chivalry is dead only if we men cooperate in killing it – and given the vulgarity of our current national environment and its leaders, we certainly need some kind of new code of dignity between the sexes.

Archbishop Chaput's speech was also posted at Crisis. A commentator notes that what will bring men to church is a reverent liturgy; unfortunately Archbishop Chaput is not a follower of Benedict XVI's plan for liturgical renewal.

The Common Good and the Nation-State

The Imaginative Conservative: Did the Constitution Kill the Common Good? by Thaddeus Kozinski

Did I write anything about this in 2015, when the essay was originally published? Apparently not.

Not many quibbles -- Kozinski writes, "In 1787, America was a full-fledged nation-state, though in latency in extent and scope." Well, not a single nation-state, but a federation of states.

Let us agree that the nation-state, in whatever configuration it happened or happens to be (Federalist or Anti-federalist level of centralization, libertarian-market or welfare state, Republican- or Democrat-controlled, lower or higher taxes, Tea-Party or Occupy Wall St. ethos, George Bush or Barack Obama, is what it is, that is, an alliance, not a common-good institution, suitable for and capable only of providing goods and services to those polis organizations that can (but only with the Alliance’s instrumental help, as the instrumentlist insists) embody and keep common goods. Thus, it is just good philosophy to recognize what is and must be the case, and to act upon it. This, to me, is where Prof. George and the instrumentalists are coming from. Whether he would prefer to live under a state that could indeed keep a common good, such as a medieval French city or an ancient Greek polis, it doesn’t matter; for, the nation-state is here, and here to stay, and we must accept its exigencies and limitations so that we can work with it to uphold the mediating institutions that alone can secure those common goods that we need to flourish and get to heaven.

This is one way to save Roman Catholic Social Teaching on the state and the common good, which is upheld by George, and the reason why he takes the position that he does -- he isn't doing political philosophy, but theology.

In short, for the intrinsicist, the nation-state, absent any polises in which the political good is more than instrumental, will cease being a mere alliance, if it ever were a pure one, and turn into a monstrous anti-polis, pursuing anti-goods to the detriment and eventual eradication of the common good as well as individual goods.

I would argue that real poleis are not absent wholly without design; part of this is deliberate on part of the state. Whatever one may think about the political good proper to a federal union or to a political unit the size of the nation-state, historically those ruling a nation-state have held it to be superior to any other political good. There has been an increasing concentration of political and economic power in the hands of the few.

What if the ability of smaller intrinsic-good-embodying-and-enabling communities to survive and flourish requires the larger society in which they exist to itself be embodied politically in a more-than-instrumental way? What if the sine qua non of the solution to a government out of control and at odds with basic human goods is a radical alternative to the alliance-nation-state of America? What if we desperately need a newly revamped and reconfigured and workable Aristotelian polis, one subordinate to the Divine-polis of the Roman Catholic Church, and one workable in a contemporary context? What if the political order by nature, and ineradicably so, even the American one, is all about intrinsic goods?

We do need a polis; but not at the scale of the state, or the federal union. The desirability and necessity of different sorts of political goods at those magnitudes of scale still needs to be acknowledged.

Review: Hostiles

Despite the SJW lecturing in one scene and the rather heavy-handed treatment of the themes of forgiveness and reconciliation, the movie is worth a viewing by fans of the genre. The message is comparable to that of Dances with Wolves and the cinematography is beautiful.  Criticisms of the plot, with spoilers, follow below.

*spoiler warning*


(via Oz Conservative)

Private William Ball

the long sadness By Roger McGrath

Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Intersectional Feminism Wages War On White Women

Let them turn on the Pharisee feminists too.
CNA: Vatican-China bishops deal is ‘imminent’, sources say

Sandro Magister: Danger of Schism in China. Cardinal Zen: "The Pope Told Me…". With a Postscript

Mayflower Lightweight Chest Rig

Benchmade Fixed Infidel

SSD on the Modular Handgun System

More on Training

Pinks and Greens

On the Hill in November 2017.

"Because I Can"

Self-willfulness, extolled.
Two Asian young women with long black hair (down to the waist, at least), shorts and knee-high boots... more appropriate for the night club than the movie theater? I couldn't tell what ethnicity they were, as I didn't hear them talk. My guess is that young women from East Asian countries that have been "Westernized" longer wouldn't dress like that during the day; only Mainlanders could be so brazen and tacky?
Sandro Magister: Danger of Schism in China. Cardinal Zen: "The Pope Told Me…". With a Postscript

This Weekend?

Friday, February 02, 2018

The Cultural Marxists Will Put Their Spin on This

Hidden Ancient Mayan ‘Megalopolis’ With 60,000 Structures Discovered in Guatemala Using Lasers
by Kastalia Medrano



CWR: Newly launched FORMED Market offers Catholics new streaming options
“Think of it as iTunes, Audible, or Amazon Prime for Catholics,” says FORMED Market managing director Lou Reynolds.

Make use of the post-industrial economy before it fails? Or develop alternative means of evangelization?

Nothing Big?

Not as big of a bomb as some had hoped, but it is still big enough if one understands the ramifications of what was done.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb explains Antifragile

Till the End of the World

Better than The Mountain Between Us?


Miranda Lambert, "Tin Man"

*edit* Don't know why the Austin City Limits youtube channel took the video down. Here's an video of a concert performance:

Thursday, February 01, 2018

A Question

If male actors read the lines for Ocean's 8, would the script still work? Did the scriptwriters write real women, or did they write men for a female cast?

The Year of Awkwafina: The Actor and Rapper on Ocean's 8 and Her Very Big 2018

A Step Down for Jim Caviezel?

Caviezel to play St. Luke in upcoming St. Paul biopic

Keith Urban, Romantic?

Or male feminist and pedestalizer?

at the CMA


Leon Hadar Reviews The Cold War: A World History by Odd Arne Westad

AmConMag: The World the Cold War Built by Leon Hadar

A new book says the conflict began in the late 19th century and subsumed even World War II as our defining event.

Kirkus Reviews

Goodbye Paleos, Hello Alt-Right?

"It’s not at all obvious that for most Americans restricting immigration is any overriding electoral issue. It seems that more voters support the Democrats than do the Republicans by several percentage points. And although admittedly Trump made immigration a major campaign issue, it’s not at all clear that everyone who voted for him prioritized that issue."

And yet: Poll: Americans Support Zero Immigration More Than They Support Current Legal Immigration Levels

An Old Paleocon Sets the Record Straight by Paul Gottfried
Our moment has come and gone, despite Bill Kristol’s attempt to resurrect us as convenient bugaboos.

The baton is being passed on to the next generation, who may not care about "paleoconservatism" as much though they may admit to being "alt-right." Those who care about Western intellectual tradition and culture may find inspiration in the writing and teaching of paleoconservative writers, but this is probably not an important focus for younger members of the alt-right, who are concerned with what can be done now. Action now, versus building for the future, if there is a future.

If Only...

Rod Dreher: Universities: Too Big To Fail?
New Mexico move a market signal that higher education bubble closer to bursting

Piero San Giorgio, Women on the Verge of Societal Breakdown

The New Lifeboat Hour

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Can this be successfully memed? "Women can't fight the invader, so they will f**k him instead."

More Tay Tay Hate

Quincy Jones Disses Taylor Swift: We Need More ‘F*cking Songs, Not Hooks’

What Happened to Peak Oil?

KunstlerCast 299 — What Happened to Peak Oil? — a Chat with Art Berman


Immigrant Churches

Orthodox History: The Myth of Unity by Matthew Namee

Missed This One...


Adult stem cells...

Steven Crowder

Joe Rogan Experience #1070 - Jordan Peterson

Lenten Retreat at HVC

March 25.

Milo on the Religion of Peace

A Sophisticated Chick Flick

With a female scientist who may have a charming alpha spy as a boyfriend... no need for family or kids.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

AsiaNews: Week of Unity in Jerusalem: Christians as satellites around the only sun that is Christ

The week (20-28 January) is currently underway in the Holy Land with Church members gathering at a different venue each day. Each Church members of other Churches to participate. Bridges are built “in truth."
AsiaNews: The Vatican asks legitimate bishops to step aside in favour of illegitimate ones

John Baptist Lin

Last December, Mgr Peter Zhuang Jianjian of Shantou (Guangdong) was forced to go to Beijing where "a foreign prelate" from the Vatican asked him to leave his see to illicit bishop Joseph Huang Bingzhang. He had received the same request last October. Mgr Joseph Guo Xijin, ordinary bishop of Mindong, is expected to become the auxiliary or coadjutor of illicit Bishop Vincent Zhan Silu. Sinicizing the Chinese Church means supporting the principle of independence and follow the leadership of the Communist Party.

AmConMag: The Hypocrisy and Tyranny of ‘Who We Are’ by Paul Gottfried

Media elites decide what “we as a people” should or shouldn’t be. Who asked you?

Happy Birthday, Fr. Schall.

Saturdays with Father Schall: A young Jesuit on the older Jesuit’s 90th birthday by S. Hendrianto, S.J.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Jordan Peterson on the Channel 4 Controversy


They Were Never Ordained to Begin With?

Where Are the Churchmen With Chests? by Fr. George W. Rutler

To have been the proverbial fly on the wall during a conversation, one good time would have been during dinner in the White House on September 2, 1943 when Franklin [...]
After all, it is encouraging Muslim women to adorn themselves like prostitutes. What, Muslim women don't have a moral problem with make up? Then why do they wear a head covering? After all, one of the primary purposes of make up is to drawn the male gaze to women. What hypocrites.

L'Oreal Muslim Model Steps Down after Anti-Israel Twitter Posts Surface

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Joseph Pearce Critiques a Speech by Viktor Orban

Europe and the Faith: Arguing With Viktor Orban by Joseph Pearce

Gods and Generals, Heroes and Patriots

Eternal memory.

Attendance seemed to be rather small. And too bad there were no real state militias accompanying the people. I have no idea who the last man in the video is, the one disavowing the alt right, but he didn't sound Virginian.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Fr. Romanus Cessario, OP Reviews Kidnapped by the Vatican?

Non Possumus by Romanus Cessario, O.P.

MOJ: The Mortara Case, Pio Nono, Statism, Parents, etc.

Dreher has been writing a lot about this incident lately, but at this point I am not interested in examining it, though there are a lot of interesting issues at stake: religious freedom, the rights of Pharisees in Christian societies, the rights/powers of a Christian government, the intersection between the political community and Church...

12 Rules of Life

It may not be perfect but it may be the start of the red pill for many normies. I'll have to get a copy of the book.


Friday, January 19, 2018

A Convenient Opportunity for Sermonizing about Sex

But it ignores the fact that the transgressor of the new feminist norms is a leftist Muslim non-American: Commentary: Aziz Ansari's Hookup Was a Game of Russian Roulette by Leah Libresco Sargeant

President Trump to the March for Life

Saw a poster of the CTA (and probably of the local teachers' union as well) with a bunch of lefty slogans, including "Love is love." I suppose that is their defense of illegal relationships between female teachers and students?

Hagia Sophia

John Chapman

The General

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Just another hoodie?

Hopefully this is not PC like Strike Back...

Learn with Pat Mac



Crye Precision

The Team Room

American Defense Mfg

Clueless about Sex Differences

The content of the message itself, how the "current culture" is toxic in its portrayal of masculinity, is a mix of good and bad. But the fact that a woman is saying this and apologizing, I find patronizing and ineffective for men who have taken any amount of the red pill. This sort of messaging could easily be put to use of the Feminine Imperative, without any changes to the message itself.