Friday, September 20, 2019

CQB: Methods of Entry

Global Educational Alliance

The imperial papacy at it, again. By what authority or Divine Commission? Even if it were a Christian humanism, he would be overstepping his authority. But a humanism that deliberately doesn't mention Christ? The pope is a bishop, not a NGO leader trying to promote some sort of agenda for the political sphere. More Roman Catholic Personalism that is easily exploited by the state through its transformation into liberalism? Protestants might read these and think themselves justified calling the Pope the Whore of Babylon.


Pope Francis invites religious, political leaders to sign ‘Global Pact’ for ‘new humanism’

Pope’s proposal for ‘new humanism’ would ‘wipe out Christianity’

Pope calls for educational alliance to promote care for common home
Pope Francis: a global pact for education
Pope Francis announces ‘global village’ alliance for education, environment

Opening Today in Select Cities

Midnight Diner, adapted from the original Japanese manga and TV series.


Currently playing...

Dianxi Xiaoge 滇西小哥

BSA No More

PJ Media: An Obituary for the Boy Scouts of America by Tyler O'Neil

Cheap CAS?


Task and Purpose


75th Ranger Regiment wins first place in yet another competition

The Pic of the Day: Moon’s out, goons out

Stellan Skarsgard on Dune

Something from May of this year:



‘Glory to Hong Kong': The anthem of a protest movement


How much did this cost?

Handicapped But Abled




Thursday, September 19, 2019

Too Late!

林鄭月娥, Again


林鄭據報 9.26 灣仔搞對話會 市民可網上報名

Hong Kong pro-democracy district councillors slam meeting with Chief Exec. Carrie Lam as ‘political show’

Who Is the Real Hong Kong Police?

Woke NuAmerican

Yawn. Yeah, this doesn't get old.

Li Ziqi Interview


Her channel.

The Legacy of Southern Partisan

Abbeville Institute: The Defense of Southern History by Boyd Cathey

Dreherian Dilemmas and Despair

Murti-Bing Conservatism:

On the other hand, what does Team Ahmari have to offer to replace decadent liberalism? To put a fine point on it: what do they have that could win the support of a majority in America, while not crushing the minority? After all, we might hate each other, but we have to live together somehow.

I believe that Frenchism can only hold the barbarians at bay for so long. The Left is becoming increasingly illiberal, and absent some unforeseen radical change, its worldview will have captured all the institutions, including the courts. The arguments David French makes may no longer persuade jurists. Conservatives who put their faith in the ability of liberal proceduralism to defend our interests will themselves be crushed.

That said … what else is there? What else is realistically available to conservatives now? I honestly don’t know. Hence my dilemma.
 Realistically or morally? And perhaps the divide between the two isn't as great as Dreher thinks.
That’s why I’m on Team Ahmari in principle. What deeply undermines my confidence is the fact that we have lost the culture, and show no signs of getting it back. Again: in a morally sane society, Drag Queen Story Hour would not even occur to anybody. I often feel that many of my fellow conservatives have taken the Pill of Murti-Bing, and are willfully numb and blind to what is overtaking us, and maybe even celebrate it as the glory of individual liberty. 
Maybe Dreher needs to take his mind out of blue America and focus instead on red America, even if he chooses to live in blue America.

A comment in his combox has it right:

This is the source of your dilemma. At some point, you will have to drop the premise that we have to live together. On the evidence, many on the left have already done so (see, e.g., Antifa in Portland). The solution to the dilemma is to accept that people who don't share a common vision of the good life can't actually live together. The remaining question is what the separation looks like. The republic can survive, but it may not survive whole. I don't think this is imminent; but I'm afraid it is, some day, inevitable. To me, the main difference between Ahmari and French may well be that Ahmari accepts this inevitability but French does not.

An Innovation Worth Keeping

And will it remain economically feasible?

Still Putting Money into This

Do the Designers Know What They Are Doing?

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Saturday, September 14, 2019

A Problematic Notion of Sacrifice

Is this Biblical?

“I think people think that if we start having married priests, that would fix all the problems. But in fact, from a spiritual point of view, in terms of the actual communion that we share as the body of Christ, there’s actually less sacrifice being made.

“So do we need more sacrifice being made for the sake of the Church, or do we need less sacrifices being made?” Fr. Fletcher asks.

“To change that–to where we start ordaining priests because we think we don’t have enough–we’re actually instituting less sacrificial offerings being made for the life of the Church.”

Thursday, September 12, 2019

How Do We Derive Rights?

NCReg: A.A.J. DeVille: Did God give man ‘right to bear arms’? By A.A.J. DeVille

Let us grant that "rights" are not immediately given in Tradition. Is it possible that they can be derived by reason, using premises from Tradition or the Natural Law? 

Deville refers to Vatican II and John Paul II, as though the documents can be considered exhaustive or authoritative. They can't -- because we are dealing with moral philosophy or moral theology, and not Tradition.

Category error.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

New Night Vision for the USMC

The Latest Presser with the Cantowitch Carrie Lam

Global News

Glory to Hong Kong


Guess Their Ethnic Background

Do any of them have the blood of indigenous American peoples?

Catholic Herald

The Brave Hong Kong Youth

Actors or Real People?

Stock Photos? PC Casting for ads by a National Government agency?

More... and here

U.S. Marshals...

Now some of the photos may be of actual agents, and no doubt there are minorities working in these agencies of the National Government. But can one believe that the choosing of these agents for recruitment ads and the like is accidental? To show that these agencies are not white-dominated but "diverse"?

Accelerated Collapse

Robert Harris: First the internet dies. Then civilisation crumbles

For all its technological genius, our modern world is fragile. Robert Harris, whose new book imagines life after an apocalypse, considers how we might be thrown back to the middle ages

A Female "Grunt"

What a joke.

Written by an Opus Dei Member?

Did I link to the original Crisis article when it was first published?

Which reminds me of the allegation that Byzantine spirituality has been dominated too much by monastics... something to ponder.

Instead of "slave morality" do we have "wage-slave spirituality"?

(Imaginative Conservative)

Doug Sikkema Interviews Randy Boyagoda

Should a contemporary cosmopolitan novelist's opinion about Catholic culture matter?

First Things: The Breath of God: A Conversation with Randy Boyagoda by Randy Boyagoda

In an age of collapse, how many new books do we need?

(Imaginative Conservative)

Teaching Energy Transition

Teaching Energy Transition By Chris Nelder (Resilience)

More Impracticable Religious Civic nationalism

from the archbishop of Los Angeles:


Saturday, September 07, 2019

L'Acte 43

Another Business/Podcast Converged


Because We Can't Get Enough Poz

At least two female officers in attendance.

No Winners in the Debate

Because they have accepted the starting point of their opponents.

Catholic Herald: Why this debate between Christian conservatives matters for everyone by C C Pecknold


Ahmari is right. Defending Drag Queen Story Hour as “freedom of viewpoint” is a kind of moral indifferentism that doesn’t really redound to Christian witness either. French is right that Christians ought to be in the business of “loving our enemies,” praying for the conversion of our neighbors, and defending their intrinsic dignity as bearers of God’s image. I want David French in the courtroom defending Christians. But I think that Ahmari has the more fundamental truth on his side. Namely, that we cannot afford to settle for procedural freedom, but we must advance a substantive vision of the good. Christians might suffer either way. It has sometimes been our lot in God’s good providence. But if Christians are to suffer, it shouldn’t be for “viewpoint neutrality.” It should not be because we failed to stand for what is right and just for all men, but because we did.

This is to play into the hands of liberalism -- accepting their assumption that all differences in opinion about morality can somehow be dialogued away, and that reason alone will establish which is correct. "All we need to do is convince them that a substantive vision of the good exists!" With the loss of common culture (and morality) and the subsequent breakdown in social cohesion, only a few solutions are possible, and dialogue or affirming the "true conservative position" in stronger terms is not one of them.

Rod Dreher: French-Ahmari: A Report From The Scene

Thursday, September 05, 2019

Tazza: One-Eyed Jack

Opens on 9/20, same weekend as Ad Astra and Last Blood.

The latest Ad Astra ad:

A Distraction from the Protests

People have been critical of what they perceive to be TVB's favorable coverage of the HK Police during the protests. How is the network doing, ratings-wise?

Ron Maxwell

Director Ron Maxwell on "The Takeout"

Remember Hong Kong

Doubly Pozzed

What is being posted, and who is doing the posting.

One More

Deception by Carrie Lam?

From a FB account:

The announcement earlier today by the Chief Executive of HK SAR is basically a spin, aiming to confuse the uninformed public and foreign press / governments.

That announcement merely said that they will make a "motion" for the Legislative Council, which is dominated by the pro-government legislators and "appointees," to consider the "formal withdrawal" in the next session in the Fall. According to the proper legislative procedure, it's totally unnecessary and misleading (even in violation of the established procedure, according to a lawyer). Back in 2003, the then highly controversial "National Security bill" was withdrawn immediately by the then CE, after 500,000 Hongkongers marched to the streets in protest, without such twist and turn...

The other three so-called "actions" are essentially farce, without any use, sincerity, or effectiveness to address the five main demands by the protesters, who in the last three months marched out to the streets in the millions multiple times, as well as physical confrontations with the police force, met with brutal suppression and lawless practices...


Wednesday, September 04, 2019


(via Steve Sailer)

SNAFU: Military Industrial Complex at work?

When is the Union Army going to converge the 75th Ranger Regiment?

They're just waiting to be strengthened with the presence of female officers and grunts.

Negotiating with Commies

Sandro Magister: China and Vietnam. Two Accords Bought At a High Price

Girl-Power Fairy Tale

In a different way from Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. In this one Gretel's name goes first in the title, possibly because she is the older sibling and in charge of her brother. (Unlike in the original fairy tale, which might leave the reader with the impression that the two siblings were relatively close in age, but before the age of puberty.)

The witch looks like a CGI creation, like something from a bad Bob Zemeckis animated film.

Hyping Their New Season

I suppose Boomers will pay for tickets.

Why Did She Change Her Mind?

Stand Down: How Social Justice Warriors Are Sabotaging America’s Military by James Hasson

American Greatness

How Obama-Era Social Engineering Transformed the Military

The Fifth Estate podcast

WMAL Interview with James Hasson

The Daily Caller: Liberals Target the Military - podcast

More cheerleading for girl-power in the military:

What did he do about this issue while he was SecDef?

Was he another cuck?

Veterans: Mattis Spent Career Tending the Status Quo by Hunter Derensis

Royal Mariens Doing Urban Operations Training

Sing Hallelujah!

Taiwan Epoch Times

Tactical Training Videos

There Will Be Another Sequel

Space Battleship Yamato 2205!

Weathering With You

Monday, September 02, 2019

No Agenda Here

Hey foreign governments we respect you and your diplomats so much, we'll entrust their security and protection to women!

2019 Conference on the Anglican Tradition in the Catholic Church

Conference Details Announced



What Has Been Suspected

And was even reported on in People Magazine. See also this.
Also from 2015: Major Lisa Jaster Becomes Third Woman to Graduate Army Ranger School: 'Quitting Was Not an Option'

Excerpts from James Hasson’s Stand Down: How Social Justice Warriors Are Sabotaging America’s Military

Daily Caller: The Inside Story Of How The Army Reduced Standards To Get Women Through Ranger Training

Part 2

James Kalb on Nationalism

CWR: Catholics, Nationalism, and American Identity by James Kalb

The claim that the United States is a “proposition nation” makes it once again simply an ideological project.


CNA/CWR: How a Kansas humanities program shaped a generation of Catholic leaders by Perry West


Mark Geist Interview

Western Stars

Bruce Springsteen...

But I might watch this instead.

The preview for Country Music expires 9/30.

Sunday, September 01, 2019

Pointe du Hoc and Beyond

But the movie seems cheaper than a war movie made in the 60s...


An Escape

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Li Ziqi

What Did the LDS Do to Get This Movie Made?

A Victim Caught in the Middle

Something she didn't bargain for when she didn't decline becoming the chief executive?

Don't tell me she thinks that by staying in office she can somehow prevent things from turning worse...

Banned Protest

Photos from The Irishman


L'Acte 42

Train Like You Fight

Big Family: The Story of Bluegrass Music

Expires 9/26

The Name "Soldier" Has Been Devalued

Friday, August 30, 2019

Because We Don't Have Enough Girl Power Yet

I'd rather see the Brad Pitt movie Ad Astra.

What's closer to reality?
NASA astronaut accused of crime committed in space
Lesbian Astronaut Anne McClain Accused of First Space Crime

And back in 2007: Court Papers: Arrested Astronaut Had Bondage Photos

And then there's this feminist period piece.

This Trailer Was Supposed to Be an Improvement Over the First

Still reeks of a girl power fantasy:

And are the rumors of John Connor's death true?

Taking a Metaphor from the Greeks

What sets one ecclesial tradition apart from another, other than the jurisdiction (or ecclesial membership) of the one upholding that tradition? What is to be considered outside that tradition and what are the rules for determining this?

SDG Reviews One Child Nation

Making an Example?



"Dialogues des Carmélites"


A pretty movie for the pretty people on Netflix.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

A Drill

The Stand News

Video Statement by the Female Victim Who Was Injured in the Eye by Police

Mirror on YT

A New Movement?

Or just cultural civic nationalism?

Chronicles: Resurrecting the Old Right by Paul Gottfried

"I’ve never stopped believing that the Old Right tradition, or paleoconservatism by any other name, is the only appropriate doctrine for the right, to whatever extent the right is still concerned with social morality, a sane non-interventionist foreign policy, and the taming of the egalitarian madness that is now subverting most Western societies."

Again, no recognition that ethnic diversity may pose a problem to social cohesiveness.

Latin Blinders

Incomplete and reductionistic in so far as she ignores the diversity of ethnic groups and which became more numerically significant after the 60s. It is symbolic of the uselessness of much of Catholic academia in understanding today's problems and their causes.

The Catholic Thing: From “Home-Alone America” to “Primal Screams”: in 15 Years or Less by Mary Eberstadt

Hrm, a PC Villain?

Was that added touch really necessary for the story? That is rather disappointing.

How Yellowstone Set Up A Very Different Season 3 With Emotional Season 2 Finale
Yellowstone Season Two Ended With a Tarantino-Style Nazi Bloodbath

AA in Catholic Academia

That is, affirmative action.

Notre Dame philosopher appointed to Vatican academy on St. Thomas Aquinas by Amanda Skofstad

Service Rifles and SAWs

Tu Lam

Pushing the Agenda

Go visit China and India next, Greta!

Hot Pot Heiress?

Probably not the Asian woman below:

Cucks in Charge of the Union Army

The one on the left is a woman?

Female drill sergeants...

First enlisted female to graduate from Ranger School reflects on experience

Colbie Smulders upping her mannishness after beign an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Did she need to take extra shots of T for this job?

1. Girl power? Check.
2. Interracial relationship (or FWB at least)? Check.

What other items on the SJW/Cultural Marxist list of what is acceptable entertainment?

A powered-down version of Marvel's Jessica Jones, without the emotional issues too?

The latest shot by Disney/ABC in the culture war. "Let's just cast a woman for the part of the tough, lone wolf private eye of the 70s and 80s."

"Routine Rotation"

Josh Barnett

JRE #235: Parts 1 and 2

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

AJ Lee & Blue Summit, and Friends - "I'll Break Out Again Tonight" by Sully Tuttle

Wouldn't Risk My Life on It

Chinese Nationalists at Work

Is the CCP Telling the Truth?


My Friend's Favorite Chain


Ph website

Phil Campion

SOFREP Radio Ep 476: Phil Campion on SAS selection, EDC options in the UK, and firearm training in Europe

National Museum of the Union Army

I like how the first two "construction workers," or whatever they may be, holding the doors open are women. Not so subtle messaging there.

USASOC receives Congressional Medal

Duolingo Latin

CWR: Language learning app takes Latin from ‘dead’ to said (CNA)
Hebdomada Papae
Paideia Institute

CUHK Students

#MeToo #ProtestToo