Saturday, May 24, 2008

Chefs in a stew over "pretentious" cuisine
Could Taste Make a Culinary Comeback? - TIME

Santi Santamaria
Can Fabes - Centre d'Oci Gastronòmic

$175 Burger

$175 burger: you want gold with that?

By Daniel Trotta Tue May 20, 2:26 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Its creators admit it is the ultimate in decadence: a $175 hamburger.

The Wall Street Burger Shoppe just raised its price from $150 to assure its designation as the costliest burger in the city as determined by Pocket Change, an online newsletter about the most expensive things in New York.

"Wall Street has good days and bad days. We wanted to have the everyday burger (for $4) ... and then something special if you really have a good day on Wall Street," said co-owner Heather Tierney.

The burger, created by chef and co-owner Kevin O'Connell, seeks to justify its price with a Kobe beef patty, lots of black truffles, seared foie gras, aged Gruyere cheese, wild mushrooms and flecks of gold leaf on a brioche bun.

The eatery sells 20 or 25 per month in the fine dining room upstairs versus hundreds of $4 burgers each day at the diner counter downstairs, Tierney said.

Pocket Change previously designated the double truffle burger at Daniel Boulud's DB Bistro Moderne as the most expensive at $120, and the Burger Shoppe set out to top that.

Boulud's creation -- available only during black truffle season from December to March -- rose to $150 this past season, so the Burger Shoppe raised its price on Monday to $175.

"Our burger is not about the price," said Georgette Farkas, a Boulud spokeswoman. "If you are making something concerned only about the price, you are off in the wrong direction."

Without truffles, Boulud's burger costs $32. It has a ground sirloin patty stuffed with red wine braised short ribs.

O'Connell said the Burger Shoppe was "finding the ultimate expression of each one of the ingredients."

"The concept was like a mushroom-bacon-Swiss cheese burger, which is my favorite sort of burger," he said.

The burger comes with golden truffle mayonnaise, Belgian-style fries and a mixed greens and tomato salad. O'Connell pairs the dish with many fine wines, a lager or a toasted brown beer, or ginger ale.

(Editing by John O'Callaghan)

I heard about the biggest hamburger--now the most expensive one? Unbelievable.

A $175 Hamburger, is prepared at The Wall Street Burger Shoppe in New York May 13, 2008. The Wall Street Burger Shoppe just raised its price from $150 to assure its designation as the most expensive burger in the city as determined by Pocket Change, an online newsletter about the most expensive things in New York.
(Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

A $175 hamburger is served with fries at The Wall Street Burger Shoppe in New York May 20, 2008. The Wall Street Burger Shoppe just raised its price from $150 to assure its designation as the most expensive burger in the city as determined by Pocket Change, an online newsletter about the most expensive things in New York.
(Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

Wall Street Burger Shoppe

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For KK, "Frodo"

Flight of the Conchords Ep 11 "Frodo"
It's almost the end of May. Tomorrow I will have to try and see if there are any copies of the May issue of Harpers left at Borders. Why? Wendell Berry, "Faustian Economics."

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Kirkpatrick Sale, An Overview of Decentralism

Keynote Remarks by Kirkpatrick Sale

Another Katrina Kaif gallery


Future Weapons: The Barrett M468 Assault Rifle

YouTube - Barrett M468

Barrett Rifles
page for the Rec7/M468
Mass in honor of Memorial Day, celebrated by the Most Reverend Timothy Broglio, Archdiocese for the Military Services USA.
Mon 05/26/08 12:00 PM ET & 9 AM PT


4 hrs.
From the Cathedral of the Risen Christ - Lincoln, Nebraska
Fri 5/30/08 11:00 AM ET & 8 AM PT
Sat 5/31/08 12:00 PM ET & Fri 9 PM PT

More from First Principles

The Conservative Movement in Discontinuity
Paul Gottfried (from MA 48:2, Spring 2006) - 05/23/08
The Fall 2005 issue of Modern Age included George W. Carey’s “The Future of Conservatism” that attracted my attention for several reasons. It was forcefully written and testified to Professor Carey’s accumulated knowledge of constitutional history. And though I do not agree with his hope for the Democratic Party to retake of the Congress in order to check a neoconservative Republican President, Carey is right about the “cover” for Republican-endorsed Jacobinism.

The Patriotism of a Conservative
Bruce Frohnen (from MA 48:2, Spring 2006) - 05/22/08
Perhaps the most famous quotation from the great Tory lexicographer Samuel Johnson is his offhand remark that “patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” Yet, almost as often as this quotation is repeated, it is pointed out that Johnson did not mean by it to impugn the character of the “true” patriot. What, then, is a “true” as opposed to a “false” patriot? Such questions seem of particular importance given the contemporary atmosphere of fear and hostility arising from the war in Iraq and of perhaps greatest concern to conservatives, those most often associated with this war, and with the administration waging it. . . .

Richard Weaver and Piety Towards Nature
John R. E. Bliese (from MA 49:2, Spring 2007) - 05/21/08
The general conception now among politicians and the public seems to be that conservatives are supposed to be anti-environmentalists. But nothing could be further from the truth. As the eminent “founding father” of the contemporary conservative movement, Richard Weaver, argued: the capstone virtue we need to restore is piety, and especially piety toward nature. . . .

Aidan O'Neill - Robert George debate

Via Mirror of Justice:

Judging Catholics, Catholics Judging

Next week, Aidan O'Neill--who is a Catholic and a (British) lawyer--will engage in a disputatio at Princeton University with Robby George, as part a conference on law and religion sponsored by Princeton's Program in Law and Public Affairs.

Aidan is interested is receiving comments on his paper: Judging Catholics: Natural Law, The Catholic Church, and the Supreme Court. Comments may take the form of posts here at MOJ or as e-mails to Aidan: aoneill@Princeton.EDU

You can download Aidan's fine, provocative paper here: Judging Catholics.

Ken Deffeyes On Radio 4BC
Big Gav, The Oil Drum: Australia/New Zealand
Long time peak oil analyst Ken Deffeyes (former Shell Oil geologist and current professor Emeritus at Princeton University) was interviewed on Brisbane radio station 4BC today - click here to listen.
Kenneth Deffeyes, former Shell Oil geologist and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University, claims crude oil is too valuable to be burned as a fuel.
ASPO Australia's Ian Dunlop will be interviewed on the "Open House" radio program on Sunday at 8pm - see here for a local station.

via EB

(link to the actual interview appears to be down at the moment)

Some people are content to be burning petroleum in order to transport themselves to and fro, while others acknowledge their dependence. Petroleum is one of the greatest stores of energy that man has discovered--should it not be put to better use? Especially to help the poor and to further social justice? But for some so-called "conservatives" the squandering of natural wealth is of no concern to them, because the "freedom" to use nature however they see fit trumps all other considerations.
The Old Cause by Joseph R. Stromberg

May 29, 2000
John Taylor of Caroline (1753-1824), Federalism, and Empire

Progressive historian Charles A. Beard called John Taylor of Caroline "the most systematic thinker" of the Jeffersonian Republican party. Taylor was an American exponent of republican theory as developed by English opposition movements in the 17th and 18th centuries. A successful lawyer and planter – and, yes, of course, a slaveholder, let's get that out of the way at the outset – he served in the American Revolution as a major in the Continental Army. He was a member of the Virginia legislature 179-1781, 1783-1785, and 1796-1800, and by appointment of the Governor served in the United States Senate, 1793-1794 and 1822-1824, on the death of the incumbents.

Taylor preferred managing his properties and promoting agricultural improvement, to politics, as his brief forays into political life suggest. On the other hand, he could not overlook anti-republican folly and wrote a number of important works to set out his views on the proper relation of people and government. Among these was An Inquiry into the Principles and Policy of the Government of the United States (1814), an answer – twenty years in the writing – to John Adams' Defense of the Constitutions of the United States.

Taylor had been an "anti-federalist" (a term of art) during the debate over ratification of the Constitution. After the new government came into being, Taylor and other former anti-federalists argued for interpretations of the new document in line with their principles. This was hardly arbitrary and it can be argued that the "intentions" of the ratifiers outweigh those of Mr. James Madison. Ten amendments incorporating the anti-federalists' chief concerns – especially as to the scope and powers of the new government in relation to the states – had been quickly adopted, giving enemies of centralization and mercantilism an entirely plausible platform (the fantasies of Garry Wills notwithstanding.).


Naturally, the triumphant federalists kept their side of this constitutional bargain or compromise in much the same way that England honored the details of the treaty uniting the kingdoms of England and Scotland in 1707, which is to say that violations began immediately. Faced with federalist mercantilism and specific outrages like the Alien and Sedition Acts, Taylor weighed the secession of Virginia to secure the reserved rights of the state and its people. The revolution of 1800 – the election of Jefferson and the eclipse of the Federalist Party nationally – averted the crisis. Taylor was soon to learn that his own associates – in power – were quite capable of taking up where their opponents had left off.

In the writings which came out of his confrontation with national state-building, Taylor drew alike on the heritage of republican theory and the newer ideas of laissez faire liberalism. In the end, his synthesis bore a great resemblance to that of the French "industrialist" (radical liberal) school from the 1820s onward. Government, improperly framed, he believed, gave some men the opportunity to live parasitically by political means.

As Taylor put it: "No nation was ever oppressed, ruined or enslaved by the prodigality of individuals; all nations have suffered some of these evils from the prodigality of governments." Instead, the people were ruined by the "regular advances, which artificial interests or factions are forever making in straight or zigzag lines, against the citadel of our rights and liberties." The result, in America, was a "paper aristocracy" resting on tariffs and national debt, which threatened to be more costly and oppressive than even the feudal system had been. Established churches, after all, had been content to make a prior claim on a mere ten percent of the people's production. Taylor estimated that the paper aristocracy was extracting as much as forty percent of its victims' earnings.

Getting to the heart of what we now variously call neo-mercantilism, corporatism, or interest-group liberalism, he wrote: "As the members of the government, and members of legal frauds, both extract power and income from the majority, they are apt to coalesce; and each party to favour the designs of its ally, in their operations upon the common enemy. Hence governments love to create exclusive rights, and exclusive rights cling to governments. The ligament of parent and child, binds them together, and the power of creating these abuses, must make them props for its support, or instruments for its subversion." [my emphasis]

This, in a word, is the political basis of "class conflict" – politics as plunder – and here Taylor agrees with the French liberals and anticipates the similar arguments of John C. Calhoun.


As matters stood, considerable power of patronage and corruption had accrued to the American presidency. In time of war these powers were greatly increased: "War is the keenest carving knife for cutting nations up into delicious morsels for parties and their leaders." Given such views, it is not surprising that Taylor opposed the War of 1812 – the creation of his own political party.

The solution seemed clear enough: "Remove the legal base from under the stock jobbers, the banks, the paper money party, the tariff-supported manufacturers, and so on; destroy the system of patronage by which the executive has corrupted the legislature; bring down the usurped authority of the Supreme Court." This was a tall order, and one never fully put into practice even by Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren, who carried out some of the details.

Like F. A. Hayek in his last works, Taylor thought that a proper political/legal framework could remove most of the incentive for the policies he opposed. Thus he sought to distribute power: "Our policy divides power, and unites the nation in one interest…." Power was to be divided between branches of government and between the federal and state governments, leaving no one "sphere" able to claim a final sovereignty over all. Hence Taylor's insistence on "strict construction" of constitutions and the notion of delegated, limited powers. And hence his disagreement with James Madison's proposition that endless territorial expansion across the continent would prevent the evils of faction. Expansion, periodic elections, and all the rest were not as decisive as the proper division and distribution of power.


Now, there may be those who will say that Taylor overlooked a great abuse – chattel slavery – in which he himself participated. Perhaps so. Like many of his contemporaries, he wished to be rid of slavery in some remote future, if emancipation could be undertaken without destroying his own society. But I leave this matter to one side, as there are tens of thousands of scholars working overtime on such matters, a good many of whom find therein the justification of a permanent federal campaign against actually existing American life. Let us leave them to their fun.

Taylor's views survive their limitations. Chattel slavery, after all, was only one institution, one abuse, and it could be and indeed was abolished, although one might wonder whether a state-strengthening war with some 620,000 deaths was the best or only way to accomplish that end. I do not wish to argue the last point here. Rather, my point is that all the other abuses – the ones John Taylor so ably took on – are still with us, and in aggravated forms which could only astound both Taylor and his 19th-century antagonists. It was therefore with good reason that William Appleman Williams wrote that John Taylor "made the best case against empire as a way of life."

Taylor clearly understood the connection between state power at home and abroad. A republican empire was contradictio in adjecto.

Robert E. Shalhope, John Taylor of Caroline (Columbia, S.C., 1980), William Appleman Williams, Empire As A Way of Life (New York, 1980), pp. 49-50, John Taylor, Arator (Indianapolis, 1977 [1818]), and An Inquiry into the Principles and Policy of the Government of the United States (New York, 1969[1814]), and Joseph R. Stromberg, "Country Ideology, Republicanism, and Libertarianism: The Thought of John Taylor of Caroline," Journal of Libertarian Studies, VI, 1 (Winter 1982), pp. 35-48.

John Taylor: New Views of the Constitution

The word Congress requires attention. It was adopted by the provinces, and the declaration of independence was framed "by the representatives of the United States in Congress assembled." The representative character, was common to the Congress of the provinces, of the states under the confederation of 1777, and of the states under the constitution of 1787; but neither this character, nor the intrinsick meaning of the word, were supposed to convey any powers until very lately. If the phrase "Congress of the United States," or the representative character of one branch of that body, had conveyed implied powers, it would have been useless to grant specified legislative powers to this "Congress of the United States" by the first article of the constitution. The numerous sovereign powers not granted by this article, must either pass by implication, or not pass at all. If they did not pass by this mode of conveyance, they remained with the states. The implication or inference is obviated by selecting the word "Congress" in preference to the words parliament or assembly, to the comprehensiveness of which the states had been accustomed. It was the precise word used to express a congregation of deputies from independent states or governments. In that sense it was adopted by the provinces, used in the confederation of 1777, and repeated in the constitution. No word could have been selected with equal felicity, to convey the idea contemplated by a federal system. It avoided the implications which the usual words parliament or assembly might have furnished, and demonstrated that a body of men invested with powers equivalent to those exercised by such denominations, was not intended to be established. And it intimated the independence of the several states as being similar to the independence of the several provinces of each other, as well as to that of distinct kingdoms. The assemblage of men which framed the constitution, was called "A convention of deputies from the states of New-Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New-York, New-Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North-Carolina, South-Carolina, and Georgia." By what authority did the states appoint these deputies, if not in virtue of their respective sovereignties, existing in common with a "Congress of the United States?" If a Congress did not destroy the sovereignties of the states at that time, is it reasonable to suppose that the present "Congress of the United States" was constituted to destroy them? The deputies of the states in the convention, though representatives, could not have enacted a constitution, because it would have violated the limited powers which they received from state sovereignties; and in like manner, the deputies of the states now composing a Congress, though representatives, cannot exceed their powers. It is upon this principle, that Congress cannot alter the terms of the union.

The word "federal," also adopted into our political phraseology, is a national construction of the terms used in forming our system of government, comprising a definite expression of pub-lick opinion, that state sovereignties really exist. It implies a league between sovereign nations, has been so used by all classes of people from the commencement of our political existence down to this day, and is inapplicable to a nation consolidated under one sovereignty.

The meaning of the word "state" accords with that of the words associated with it. Used in reference to individuals, it comprises a great variety of circumstances, but in reference to the publick, it means a political community. Johnson thus expounds it, and adds, that it implies a republick, or a government not monarchical. What other word was more proper to describe the communities recognised by the declaration of independence, the union of 1777, and the union of 1787? Can the same word have been intended to convey an idea in the last, inconsistent with the idea it conveys in the two first instruments? Neither monarchy nor aristocracy would have fitted the case, and the word republick itself would have been exposed to uncertainties, with which the word state is not chargeable; because it has been applied to governments discordant with those which were established by our revolution. As no word more explicitly comprises the idea of a sovereign independent community; as it is used in conjunction with a declared sovereignty and independence; as it is retained by the union of 1787, and in all the operations of our governments; and as sovereign powers only could be reserved by states; there seems to be no sound argument by which it can be deprived of its intrinsick meaning, contrary to these positive constructions.

Reinventing Collapse by Dmitry Orlov released
Elizabeth (EJ) Hurst, New Society Publishers

EB post

Kirstin Kreuk as Chun Li

source: IGN

??? She doesn't look the part.

I don't think the new Street Fighter movie will be much better than the Jean-Claude Van Damme one...

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Terminator Back in Action
UPDATED: First production art revealed.

The View with Julianne Hough

Winchester Cathedral Choir - Dominus illuminatio(David Hill)
From Tea at Trianon: New Film about Mary Queen of Scots

I haven't been able to find any production photos yet. I hope the final product is better than The Other Boleyn Girl. I don't have any confidence in her or Natalie Portman's acting skills after having seen the trailers, but many put the blame on the director...

Scarlett Johansson is reportedly engaged to Ryan Reynolds. And her attempt at a singing career seems to be floundering (because she can't sing). The Philosopher will be disappointed.

YouTube - Scarlett Johansson singing "Brass in Pocket"

Mary, Queen of Scots: Biography, Portraits, Primary Sources
Mary Queen of Scots, The Official Site of the Marie Stuart Society ...

Mary, Queen of Scots biography

Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart - Google Books Result
Houghton Mifflin; Amazon

This cd by Capella Nova should be interesting, at the very least: Sacred Music for Mary, Queen of Scots

The New Scot should be interested in the group:

Cappella Nova is Scotland's leading professional vocal ensemble specialising in early (medieval and renaissance) and contemporary music. The group was formed by Alan and Rebecca Tavener in 1982, and has just celebrated its twenty-first anniversary.

"Cappella Nova has raised choral singing to vertiginous heights in Scotland” Classical Music Magazine

We have made twelve CDs of Scottish (mostly!) vocal music from medieval times to the present day (see our discography for full details) and we are particularly well-known for our recordings of early Scottish composers such as Robert Carver, Robert Johnson, David Peebles and the ever-present and prolific 'Anonymous'. We are very proud of our role in helping to restore Scotland's rich and unique musical heritage to its rightful emminence. In 1998 (the 900th anniversary of Hildegard von Bingen) we formed an offshoot group, Canty, featuring four female voices and medieval harps and specialising in medieval music from Celtic sources.

It is surprising that a lot of the hrm... troublemakers? I wouldn't say that exactly. But one of them continues to say that they miss me. As I guessed, Mrs. C. has been firm with their class. The girl was actually trying to do an imitation of Mrs. C. I probably should have said something to her about that, but I just told her to be good instead. She has been doing her work at least. The new girl, who transferred into the class on the first day of my long-term assignment, has been hanging on me whenever she sees me. It is a bit... troubling, in so far as I wouldn't want the adults at the school to get any funny ideas. I do not think she has a father figure in her life (though I haven't asked her about that), and one of her uncles is in jail. The third graders were fine today, though some got a bit chatty since their regular teacher was gone. Two of the students were having problems leaving each other alone. But I didn't do much about that, though some of the students suggested taking their recess away. It's a Friday before a long weekend, and I just didn't want to use a heavy hand today. One of the third graders in Miss R's class is not getting along with one of the girls in Mr. M's class-they've been calling each other names and such. I was a bit surprised, but Miss R said that she wasn't surprised. I didn't think that the girl K had been difficult in that way. It was nice to see G at least--she has a nice smile.

OMD, So In Love

I heard this song playing at Barnes and Noble this afternoon; I've been looking for it for a while, so I wrote down some of the lyrics and did a search for the song's title later. I suspected it was OMD. Where would be without Google and Youtube? hahaha.

Dinner with SC and Sapientia was at Frankie, Johnnie, and Luigi, too on Prospect. Sapientia had a passport card through HP--but one entree, get one free, that sort of thing. Pretty handy. I ordered the chicken and sausage cacciatore; it was decent though the cucumbers tasted odd to me for some reason. The portion size wasn't bad, though I wish there was more meat. heh. I suppose I'd have to make my own. Chicken cacciatore shouldn't be that hard, right? (Rachel Ray's quick CC.)

I am hooked on the Lost Fleet series.

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Mark Brumley, Let My People Go: the Catholic Church and Slavery

John Lukacs reviews Pat Buchanan's latest book

Necessary Evil

Churchill, Hitler, and the Unneces-sary War: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World, Patrick J. Buchanan, Crown, 501 pages

by John Lukacs

Just a quibble with the last point Dr. Lukacs makes:

But there is a fatal contradiction in Buchanan’s theses: Hitler’s regime—including, one may think, its expansion—was evil, but warring against him was unnecessary and wrong. Either thesis may be argued, but not both.
But it isn't contradictory. Buchanan is not arguing both x and not-x.

Edit: Some reactions to the review--
Tom Piatak, John Lukacs, Neocon?
Daniel Larison, On Lukacs And Buchanan
Marcus Epstein, The American Conservative, John Lukacs, and The Unnecessary Review

From Fr. Z: Benedict XVI’s Prayer to O.L. of Shenshan, for the Chinese People - also a Fr. Z request


Zenit: Fr. Cantalamessa's Gospel Commentary for Corpus Christi

The Two Bodies of Christ

Gospel Commentary for Corpus Christi

By Father Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap

ROME, MAY 23, 2008 ( In the second reading St. Paul presents the Eucharist as a mystery of communion: “Brothers and sisters: The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?”

Communion means exchange, sharing. Now, this is the fundamental rule of sharing: that which is mine is yours and what is yours is mine. Let’s try to apply this rule to Eucharistic communion. In doing so we will see its greatness.

What do I have that is truly “mine”? Misery, sin: This alone belongs to me exclusively. What does Jesus have that is “his” if not holiness, the perfection of all the virtues? So, communion consists in the fact that I give Jesus my sin and my poverty, and he gives me holiness. In this the “admirabile commercium,” or “wonderful exchange,” as the liturgy defines it, is realized.

We know about different kinds of communion. One very intimate type of communion is that between us and the food we eat -- it becomes flesh of our flesh and bone of my bone. I have heard mothers say to their children as they hugged and kissed them: “I love you so much I could gobble you up!”

It is true that food is not a living and intelligent person with whom we can share thoughts and affection, but let’s suppose for a moment that food is itself living and intelligent: Would we not have perfect communion in that case? But this is precisely what happens in the communion of the Eucharist. Jesus says in the Gospel: “I am the living bread come down from heaven. [...] My flesh is true food. [...] Whoever eats my flesh will have eternal life.” Here food is not a simple thing, but a living person. This is the most intimate of communions, even if the most mysterious.

Look at what happens in the natural world in regard to nourishment. The stronger vital principle assimilates the weaker one. The vegetable assimilates the mineral; the animal assimilates the vegetable. Even in the relationship between Christ and man this law is at work. It is Christ who assimilates us to himself; we are transformed into him, he is not transformed into us. A famous atheist materialist said: “Man is what he eats.” Without knowing it, he gave a perfect definition of the Eucharist. Thanks to the Eucharist, man truly becomes what he eats: the body of Christ!

Let us read the rest of the text from St. Paul: “Because there is one bread, we, though many, are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.” It is clear that in this second case the word “body” no longer refers to the body of Christ born of Mary but refers to “all of us,” it refers to that greater body of Christ that is the Church. This means that Eucharistic communion is always communion among us. Eating the one bread we become one body.

What follows from this? We cannot be in communion with Christ if we are divided among ourselves, if we hate each other, if we are not ready to be reconciled. If you have offended your brother, St. Augustine said, if you have committed an injustice against him, and go and receive communion as if nothing had happened, perhaps full of fervor before Christ, then you are like a person who sees a friend coming toward him whom he has not seen for some time. He runs to meet him, he throws his arms around his neck and goes to kiss him. But in doing this he does not see that he is kicking him with spikes.

Our brothers, especially the poor ones and the derelicts, are members of Christ, they are his feet that are still on earth. In offering us the host the priest says, “The Body of Christ.” We answer, “Amen!”

We now know to whom we are saying “Amen,” “Yes.” It is not only to Jesus, the Son of God, but to our neighbor.

On the feast of Corpus Christi I cannot hide a certain sadness. There are certain forms of mental illness that prevent people from being able to recognize persons who are close to them. They continue to call out for hours: “Where is my son? Where is my wife? Why don’t they come?” And maybe the son and wife are there holding their hand and saying: “I’m here. Don’t you see me? I’m with you!”

This also happens with God. Our contemporaries look for God in the cosmos or in the atom; they debate over whether there is a God who created the world. They continue to ask: “Where is God?” They do not realize that he is with us and in fact that he became food and drink to be united to us even more intimately.

Sadly, John the Baptist had to repeat: “There is one among you whom you do not know.” The feast of Corpus Christi was born precisely to help Christians be aware of this presence of Christ among us, to keep alive what John Paul II called “Eucharistic wonder.”

[Translation by Joseph G. Trabbic]

* * *

Father Raniero Cantalamessa is the Pontifical Household preacher. The readings for this Sunday are Deuteronomy 8:2-3,14b-16a; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; John 6:51-58.

Zenit: Pontiff Pays Homage to Late Cardinal Gantin

Pontiff Pays Homage to Late Cardinal Gantin

Notes He Was 1st African With High Curial Positions

VATICAN CITY, MAY 23, 2008 ( Cardinal Bernardin Gantin was a marvellous blend of African culture and evangelical values, says Benedict XVI.
The Pope praised the cardinal -- who died May 13 at age 86 -- in a memorial Mass celebrated today in St. Peter's Basilica. The Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, and by other members of the college.

The late cardinal was a retired dean of the College, as well as a past emeritus of the Congregation for Bishops.

The Holy Father said, "The truth, of which the word of God powerfully reminds us, is that nothing and no one, not even death, can resist the omnipotence of his faithful and merciful love. This is our faith, founded on Christ's resurrection; this is the constant assurance which the Lord repeats, today as always."

"It is in this perspective of faith and hope in the Resurrection that we recall the venerable Cardinal Bernardin Gantin," the Pontiff said.

The cardinal, he continued, "to the end dedicated himself with affable willingness to the service of God and his fellows, maintaining faith in the motto he chose at the moment of his episcopal ordination: 'In tuo sancto servitio.'"

Marvellous blend

Benedict XVI said the character of the cardinal was "a marvellous blend of the characteristics of the African soul with those of the Christian spirit, of African culture and identify with evangelical values. He was the first African prelate to occupy roles of great responsibility in the Roman Curia."

The Holy Father went on to speak of the experiences he had shared with Cardinal Gantin, "which enabled me to gain ever greater appreciation of his prudent wisdom, as well as his solid faith and sincere adherence to Christ and to his vicar on earth, the Pope. Fifty-seven years of priesthood, 51 years of episcopate and 31 as cardinal: This is the summary of a life spent for the Church."

The Bishop of Rome enumerated the various stages of the cardinal's life: his priestly ordination in 1951; his consecration as bishop in 1957 at the age of just 34; the period he spent as archbishop of Cotonou, capital of his native country of Benin, when he was the first metropolitan of Africa.

In 1971, called by Pope Paul VI, he came to Rome as adjunct secretary to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. A few years later he became secretary of that congregation and, in 1976, also became president of the Pontifical Council Justice and Peace. Paul VI made him a cardinal in 1977, and in 1984 Pope John Paul II appointed him as prefect of the Congregation for Bishops and president of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.

Life's essentials

"This friend and brother of ours to whom we today pay homage," said Benedict XVI, "was permeated with love for Christ [...] which made him affable and ready to listen and talk to everyone." Christ's love "encouraged him to look, as he used to say, always to the essentials of the life that last, without losing himself in the side issues which quickly pass," the Pope continued. "[It] made him see his role in the various offices of the Curia as a service devoid of human ambitions.

"In Cardinal Gantin's pastoral ministry there emerges a constant love for the Eucharist, source of individual sanctity and of solid ecclesial communion, which has its visible foundation in Peter's Successor.

"And it was in this very basilica, celebrating his last Mass before leaving Rome, that he highlighted the unity the Eucharist creates in the Church. In his homily he quoted the famous phrase of the African bishop St. Cyprian of Carthage: [...] 'From here, the one faith shines out through the world; from here, arises the unity of the priesthood.'"

"This," the Pope concluded, "could be the message we draw from Cardinal Gantin, as his spiritual testament."
I haven't heard from JP for more than a week... please keep her in your prayers.
Kolleen Park @ Musical Talk Show(1/2)

Kolleen Park @ Musical Talk Show(2/2)

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Texas seizure of polygamist-sect kids thrown out

I haven't been keeping up with what's been happening in Texas, so it will be interesting to see what others make of the latest news.

GMA with DWTS - Julianne Hough


A website obese Americans don't need

Pimp That Snack

Learned about it on episode 7 of season 2 of The F Word.

AT: Bollywood demi-gods go blogging

Bollywood demi-gods go blogging
By Raja M
Olympics of the Faith: China Disqualifies the Virgin of Sheshan

Pilgrimages banned to the most important Chinese Marian shrine – on the day of prayer established by the pope. A book by the sinologist Bernardo Cervellera lays bare the contradictions of the regime, on the eve of the Olympic Games in Beijing

by Sandro Magister

A fascinating exchange at NLM

on Cistercian and Dominican chant, in the comments section for That Chant CD.

In response to an inquirer, Fr. Augustine Thompson writes:
I would assume that this music is Cistercian Chant, not that of the Benedictine/Roman books as reconstructed in the early 1900s (Fontgombault) or later 1900s (some Solesmes recordings). This reconstruction was necessary because of the rewriting of all the Roman chant in the 1500s.

Like the Dominicans and Carthusians, the Cistercians have preserved their medieval music basicly intact up to the present. Each of these Orders has its own system of interpretation -- since none of our books have the "Solesmes marks" to indicate the rhythm.

For an example of how this works, go to "Dominican Liturgy" and read the explanation of the Dominican notation and method: http://dominican-liturgy.blogspo...05/ welcome.html
This will give you an idea of how our chant is read and executed.

All three traditions have inherited variants of the music you hear in Roman/Benedictine recordings. For example, the Dominican melody of the Veni Creator has two extra notes not in the Roman. Some of the propers and office responsories have much larger differences.

Jeffrey Morse adds:
I haven't heard the CD yet but I am looking forward to it. In Cistercian Chant, one usually first notices the absence of the quilisma as well as the elimination of some of the repetitious melismas in the Graduals and Alleluias. The first generation of Cistercians wanting to regain a "pure" chant tradition, sent some monks to Metz where it was thought the Chant was less corrupt. Bringing back this Chant, they then rewrote what they found to fit more precisely modal theories. Some melodies of the Chant were changed quite dramatically, the "Christus Factus Est for example, which in the Roman books technically goes outside the mode on the word "crucis" (gloriously so!), was rewritten to stay within its mode by these Cistercians. Many repetitions in Chant were done away with in the spirit of monastic simplicity.

I am happy that these monks are preserving the particular Chant tradition of their monastic family, I only wish more orders with similar traditions would do the same, it so enriches the Church and its musical heritage.

To which Fr. Thompson writes:
Fascinating. We Dominicans don't have the quilisma either; and a number of our chants were rewritten to "correct" the modality. It is my understanding that the principles used were similar to those used by the Cistercians--and that Cistercian chant served as models in some cases.

I would very much like to promote the use of our chant, but sadly, there is often considerable pressure from music directors and instructors to impose Roman music sung the "Solesmes" way. It even happens in our houses of study.

Jeffrey Morse:
Fr Augustine, how well I admire all the work you are doing for Dominican Chant, I have been much impressed by your posts. Yes, I knew that Cistercian and Dominican Chant have much in common, especially in regards the quilisma and the re-ordering of melodies to fit modal theories, but didn't want my post to be too long! It is so vitally important for the Dominicans to keep their Chant as it is a precious family legacy and is a true link to your holy founder and the first generations of Dominicans. Knowing this, I couldn't imagine Dominicans wanting to do anything else!

In particular, the rhythmic traditions must be kept and taught. Horizontal episemas and and especially the ictus are of course not found in the Dominican and Cistercian Chant tradition (to name just two Chant families), and there is a reason-they weren't needed.

Fr. Thompson notes that " a very important dissertation (never published) was done on the theory and practice of the Reform of the Dominican Chant":

It is: Robert B. Haller, Early Dominican Mass Chants: a Witness to 13th-century Chant Style (Ph.D, Catholic Univ. of America 1986).

It has a good amount on the SOCist reforms as well. YOu should be able to get a copy through Univ of Mich. dissertation microfilms. (you can order in film or printed)
UMI :: Dissertation Express

St. Rita to be shown on EWTN

Hrm, didn't know it was her feast day until I started doing some research for this post. St. Rita, pray for us!

ST. RITA 2 hrs each
This new moving drama on the life of Rita of Cascia, the saint of the impossible and advocate of desperate cases, reveals the great faith of a woman who endured many hardships and difficulties on her journey to God.
Part 1: Thu 5/22/08 10:00 PM ET & 7 PM PT
Part 2: Fri 5/23/08 10:00 PM ET & 7 PM PT

The DVD is available through Ignatius Press.

St. Rita - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online
Roman Catholic Blog: Saint Rita of Cascia: Saint of the Impossible
Patron Saints Index: Saint Rita of Cascia
Saint Rita of Cascia
St. Rita of Cascia - Augustinian Saints, Blesseds and More
Saint Rita of Cascia
St. Rita of Cascia's Life Story

Santuario S.Rita da Cascia - Sanctuary of Saint Rita of Cascia - Italy
National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia

Devotion - Prayers - Prayer to Saint Rita
Prayer to Saint Rita, Helper of the Hopeless: for Help, Blessing ...

Dr. Esolen visit St. Gregory's Academy

Peace on a Mountaintop

Saint Gregory's Academy for Boys

An article from 1994--
Paul Likoudis

The purpose of the school has not changed since then.

Other Posts on SGA:
Video of St. Gregory's Academy
Full Recruiting Video for St. Gregory's Academy

Dr. John Senior was the teacher of many involved with the founding of the school, and is an inspiration behind the program.

More on Dr. Senior:

Dr. Senior Biography
Magister Johannes: A Tribute to Dr. John Senior
Our Schoolmaster Remembered: Dr. John Senior
Pearson Integrated Humanities Program
The Good Books Literature Program
Integrated Humanities Program: A Definition

Other links here: Talks by Faculty and Students of the Pearson Integrated Humanities ...

His books The Death of Christian Culture and The Restoration of Christian Culture are available through IHS Press.

The Integrated Humanities Program also produced some monastic vocations to Fontgombault, and some of those monks returned to the U.S. to found Our Lady of the Annunciation of Clear Creek. (Photos)

How the West will be won: with monasteries In this remarkable ...
Our Lady of Clear Creek
Solesmes Monks Coming to Tulsa

AR: Cultural Conservers

Cultural Conservers
Among the most challenging dimensions of the crisis of industrial civilization is the task of preserving its immense cultural heritage into a future where today's technologies of communication and information storage will likely no longer be available. The emergence of cultural conservers -- individuals who make the preservation of some part of our cultural heritage a personal mission -- offers one option for dealing with this challenge.
published May 21, 2008.


Rob Hopkins on Permaculture and the Kinsale College (interview)
Graham Strouts, Zone5

Dmitry Orlov details the Collapse Party Platform
"Beyond Civilized and Primitive"

via EB

Peak oil primers
Gail Tverberg: Peak oil overview
Nate Hagens: Peak oil - whom to believe?
Sharon Astyk: Peak energy overview
Energy Bulletin: Peak oil primer

A couple of items from NLM

A NLM interview with Fr. Rutler

NLM: You have recently started to celebrate the ancient Roman liturgy on occasion at your own parish, the Church of Our Saviour in New York City. Have you found anything in the texts and/or ceremonies of that Missal that has particularly struck you on a liturgical or spiritual level?

Fr. Rutler:
Actually, I was spiritually formed as a "High Anglican" more familiar with the rituals of the usus antiquior than many of my Catholic contemporaries and, upon becoming a Catholic, the adjustment to popularized forms of the Novus Ordo, albeit not envisioned by the Fathers of Vatican II, was painful. Most of the Masses in my parish are Novus Ordo but they are celebrated in such a way that visitors often think they are "the old Mass." But what impresses me deeply about the usus antiquior is that it really is hard work, and properly so. It is a cult of God and not of personality. I find this even more so in the liturgies of the Eastern rites which combine the sublime and earthly in a blatantly Catholic sacramental economy. While we rightly venerate the Latin ethos, the "hermeneutic of continuity" must be a continuation of a spirit that goes back beyond the Baroque or even mediaeval to the organic life of the Church before the trauma of 1054. While not compromising the integrity of respective rites, we have much to learn from the Eastern sensibility. As the Western and Eastern churches have been called "two lungs" of Christendom, so also are they "two lobes" of the Church's brain, and they are incomplete in isolation. The positive response of many Eastern church leaders to the "reform of the reform" bodes well.

And, Jeffrey Tucker gives a quick review of the new chant cd. (Which has a website.)

Austria's singing monks hail miracle debut album - Yahoo! News
Gregorian chant a chart-topper? - Music - Entertainment -
The Columbus Dispatch : Gregorian chant lures Catholics en masse
RNS Feature: "Gregorian chant makes a 21st century comeback"
AFP: YouTube and an e-mail take Gregorian Chant into 21st Century

On the original contest by Universal Music:
Attention Gregorian Chanters: Your Music Just May Be Back In Style

Delta Goodrem interviews

Delta Goodrem Japan Interview

Delta Goodrem - Interview + In This Life (Music Japan)

Delta Goodrem Interview on Rove Live

Delta Goodrem - 2GB Interview

Delta Goodrem Interview with Molly


Exclusive Delta Goodrem Interview

Delta Goodrem Interview on Weekend Sunrise


Delta Goodrem - Good Morning TVNZ Interview 11/03/08

Julianne & Derek Hough Access Hollywood 5.20.08

Christopher Roach, An Imaginary Edmund Burke
Osareism guest Nakama Yukie(1/3)
Osareism guest Nakama Yukie(2/3)
Osareism guest Nakama Yukie(3/3)
Yoko Nagayama - Jongara Onna Bushi with Shamisen (a performance that I had not seen before)
蒼い月 長山洋子 Nagayama Yoko
長山洋子【じょんから女節】( ロングバージョン) Nagayama Yoko
Nagayama Yoko - Sorani Hoshiga Aruyoni 空に星があるように (wow...)
Japanese Enka song "Yoko... no Shinjuku Oiwake"
長山洋子 in 第58屆紅白
長山洋子 & 日本三味線
長山洋子 捨てられて

80s flashback: Nagayama Yoko -monariza

Hayley Westenra & Jonathan Ansell - Un Giorno per Noi

More Xuefei Yang

Xuefei Yang plays Butterfly Lovers (from her new album)

XueFue Yang - 40 Degrees North - The New Album

Xue Fei Yang - Schindler's List

yang xuefei interview

Welcome to Xuefei Yang
xuefei yang
Allegro Guitar Society | Xuefei Yang

A Brief Introduction of Yang Xuefei
XueFei Yang Defines Classical Guitar!!!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

ViVe Sol--hey KK want to try this place?

Looking for a restaurant when one is a rather limited budget, without resorting to one of the chains, is difficult. A pain in the neck. And unfortunately I don't have a real kitchen or dining room so I can't do any cooking instead and entertain people that way. Who wants to pay $8 or more for a gourmet hamburger?

Finding a decent Chinese restaurant in the South Bay is no easy task. Finding a decent Italian restaurant that fits my budget isn't any easier. I'm thinking of suggesting Cheesecake Factory, despite the wait time (and the possible need for a reservation). It is no surprise that the ratings at Yelp for the one at Valley Fair have averaged out close to the middle. Are their restaurant practices much better than Chili's?

Dr. Meg Meeker has a new book out

Boys Should Be Boys: 7 Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons; more information available at her homepage. (Amazon)

From her blog:
Challenging Our Boys

I wrote Boys Should Be Boys for several reasons. First, I believe that our boys are being ignored and pushed aside, even attacked. Here's why I say that. The past 20 years have been about helping girls everywhere and anywhere, shine. Get them to finish highschool, go on to college, forge careers and excel at sports and academics. While this has helped many girls, boys have been marginalized, told to be quiet and to stay out of the way. A lower percentage of boys now graduate highschool and college than girls. Many grow up to apologize for having a Y chromosome.

Second, boys are under assault by media and advertising industries. Video games are infused with hyperviolent and hypersexual messages which train our sons (and we have plenty of good studies to prove this) to be more aggressive and violent as they mature. Girls aren't standing in line to buy the new AutoTheft game, it's our young boys, who are consistently the target consumers for new video games.

Third, I believe that boys are incredible. All boys- 2 year olds and 17 year old boys. They are filled with enthusiasm, curiosity and loads of energy. They have questions and look for answers, identify problems and try to define clear solutions. They are pragmatic, sensitive, energetic and highly misunderstood.

It's high time we give them our attention and encouragement. Our boys need us- and they particularly need you men- masculine role models who can teach them that they don't need to compete with women. They need us to pay attention to their hearts. They need us to help them navigate a culture which really doesn't like them very much.

So let's get to it. Let's pay attention to our boys and dig into their lives. Let's embrace their masculinity and grow it, not stifle it. It's time to let boys, really be the boys they were born to be.

via Dr. Helen

Religion is Vital Element in Boys' Lives

From Mom Talk Radio:

10 Secrets Every Father Should Know
This week Maria speaks with Dr. Meg Meeker, author of "Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know." Next, Erik Fisher, Ph.D,, author of "The Art of Empowered Parenting: The Manual You Wish Your Kids Came With." Then, Diane Pollock, publicist for Bliss By Mom, bringing bliss to families naturally.
A little Interview with Shia Labeouf and Michelle Monaghan on their upcoming movie Eagle Eye.

Twitch: TOKYO SONATA Review

Cannes Review: Tokyo Sonata - Cinematical
GreenCine Daily: Cannes. Tokyo Sonata.
Tokyo Sonata Review - Read Variety's Analysis Of The Movie Tokyo ...
'Squawk Box' Guest Warns of $12-15-a-Gallon Gas
Robert Hirsch, an energy advisor, says CNBC morning show prediction was a citation of the 'Dean of Oil Analysts.'

By Jeff Poor
Business & Media Institute
5/21/2008 3:38:13 PM

Via Drudge

The Gathering Storm | | Peak Oil News Clearinghouse
Maxwell Bio
The Energy Blog: Oil Shortages Start in 2010; Peak Oil Hits 2012-2015
Charlie Maxwell: Oil Scarcity to Cause Political Breakdown ...
The Oil Price Rise--Timing Benchmarks Delineate Our Likely Advance to the Oil Peak Written by Charles T. Maxwell (the interview)
Our phony economy
Skewed expectations, for both oil and the economy as a whole, will eventually lead us down the garden path to ruin. ... All bogus numbers, whether they come from the EIA or the Bureau of Labor Statistics, are part and parcel of attempts to manage our behavior to keep the growth party going.

Adam & Julianne Encore Paso Doble Finals

Q&A: Gordon Ramsay dishes on ‘Hell’s Kitchen’

An article from last year: Has Gordon gone off the boil?

The F Word: James Corden Joins Gordon Ramsay
Chef Gordon Ramsay Puts Up A Fight For Local Produce