Saturday, April 04, 2009

Listen to this: TSA Goons Hassle Ron Paul Supporter

I agree with the LRC blogger that this is crossing the line...
Crunchy Con: William K. Black: The government is lying to us.

"Lord Karth" comments:
April 4, 2009 4:09 PM
I watched the entire webcast of that interview. May I offer a perspective ?

There's more at work here than simple greed or incompetence on the part of some business/financial and political types. THOSE have been with us since forever. I could tell you stories about all sorts of bubbles bursting, from the South Sea Bubble to the Tulip Craze to Teapot Dome.

What's going on here is an entire social system that is failing, in important respects.

Since about 1900, we have had in place a system in which most Americans (and most Humans, for that matter) are surrounded by---"marinated in" would be more accurate !---thousands upon thousands of media messages a day. These messages, by and large, are messages of "Buy/Spend/Consume". Since 1950 or so, "Buy/Spend/Consume" has had "go into debt" added to it. More modern media messages have added things like "product placement" to them, to the point where we expect our fictional TV characters to drink Coke, drive Hummers and eat at McDonalds. This further reinforces the "Buy/Spend/Consume/Indebt" meme as socially dominant.

Meanwhile, the formal (school/college) educational system has had virtually all elements of financial-literacy education removed from it. I recall my grandfather (a former public-school teacher) telling me that almost everyone who went to school when he was a youth took "Commerce & Banking" or "Commercial Transactions" or some similar class, and in those classes, they were taught about things like compound interest, mortgage calculations and the like. (Of course, back then money was "hard" and relatively scarce, so a knowledge of how it worked was more or less an essential.) Nowadays, it is considered daring and on the cutting edge to inform college students of the dangers of credit-card debt !

Meanwhile, the financial and manufacturing magnates, along with their counterparts in the central- and provincial-government apparati, have used this process to their advantage, at the expense not just of the citizenry, but of the very concept of citizenship. By expanding the large corporation as a force, they create a society composed of employee/consumers. Employee/consumers have a different mindset, and approach the world in a different way, from freemen/producers. A simple example: the employee/consumer thinks "What can I get ? What are the benefits ?" The freeman/producer thinks "What do I need to do---what do I have to offer in order to get paid ?"

Politically, the employee/consumer is a "beneficiary", a receiver of goods/money provided by someone else, namely the all-benevolent State. The freeman/producer is a taxpayer; it is his/her production that is siphoned off from in order to generate the benefits.

Philosophically as well, the employee/consumer/beneficiary is vastly different from the freeman/producer/taxpayer. The first category of person thinks of the world first in terms of "rights". The second category of person thinks of the world first in terms of "responsibilities".

In practical economic and political terms, the current elite--the alliance of State and megacorporate congeries---has managed to maintain the power and tenure-in-office of its members through a program of trading lavishly-dispensed economic and legal "privileges", including large quantities of consumer goods for votes and money.

This society-wide "transaction" has been financed by increasingly onerous exactions from the actually-productive class, through taxes and mass-indebtedness, to the point where said productive class is increasingly unable even to afford to be able to reproduce itself. (It is no accident, IMO, that the former Western nations' current financial problems have coincided with their inability to reproduce themselves and their related immigration/assimilation problems.)

OF COURSE the government and financial elites have been lying ! It's what they do ! It's how they stay where they are !

What this produces---I'm sorely tempted to go so far as to say that the outcome is just about inevitable---is an environment where Humans are more "consumer" than "citizen", more sheep than shepherd, and more child than adult. This kind of environment simply cannot be sustained over the long term. (See the population-reference above.)

I predict that now and over the course of the next 20-30 years, the "bubble" that is our entire society will continue to burst, as the reassertion of financial and social realities over the artificially generated illusions of the elites reveal the actions of those elites as the frauds that they are. As political/social decision-makers, they have two choices: either downsize and decentralize (politically and economically) towards a society based on localism, production and personal responsibility, or try to maintain their position through keeping up the current set of income-transfers, personal "freedom" and a goaded-consumption, increasingly illusionary economy---until the wheels come off.

They'll go for "Door Number Two", of course. After all, it's what they do best. Hang on to your hats, gang. We're in for one whizzer of a wild ride.
Catholic Answers Live: Jason Evert, Freedom from Pornography (mp3, rm)

Living As A Man of God: An Interview with Jason Evert
Love Undefiled: More great youtube videos: Jason Evert

Jason Evert - Modesty and Romance

Catholic Answers Live: Exorcism Then and Now, with Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer (mp3, rm). Fr. Euteneuer also appeared on the most recent episode of The World Over, but the audio file for it is not available yet.

A Catholic Life: Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer: Concerning the Devil
Exorcist: Devil Influences Abortion Industry
An Evening with an Exorcist Home

Ascension Press: Interview with an Exorcist
Interview with exorcist Jose Antonio Fortea
Interview With The Exorcist

Shawn Tribe offers some screen caps from the Wyoming Carmelites' promotional DVD.

Mystic Monk Coffee
Mystic Monk Coffee Sale
Mystic Monk Coffee
Portiuncula: the Little Portion: Mystic Monk Coffee
Jean-Pierre de Caussade, Abandonment to Divine Providence

Jean-Pierre De Caussade LibraryThing
Jeff Culbreath brings us sad news: St. Stephen Academy Will Close. (Official announcement at the academy's page.)

Wasn't there another school besides Trinity in Napa?
AICN: AICN Anime: Shigurui - Ninja Scroll Meets Fight Club in One Superlatively Stomach Turning Anime, also Evangelion 2.0 and More
Friday Night Lights Gets Two-Season Pickup -- I suppose I don't mind that much, despite the problems with the series...
John Rao, A View From Rocco's: George Weigel and "The Happening"

(His reflections on the election and inauguration.)

Sara Watkins

Sara Watkins, of Nickel Creek, has a new solo album coming out.

Sara Watkins Orange Peel 10-11-08 Long Hot Summer Days

All This Time - Sara Watkins

Lord Franklin w Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek) and Josh Goforth

Her Myspace.
Sara Watkins Nonesuch Records
PopMatters Music Interview Understanding and Ability
Sound Authors Radio Show Releases Interview of Award Winning Sara Watkins (transcript)
Oh Boy Records Blog: Sara Watkins Interview w/ the Charlotte Observer

Twofer: Nickel Creek Concert and Sarah Watkins Interview
Hayley Westenra - Mikaduki (Crescent moon)

Does she have another album out? The info for the video says, "HAYLEY sings Japanes Songs2."
John Robb's testimony to Congress.
Hayley Westenra - Hana (HD)

Not the English cover, but the actual Japanese!

Hayley Westenra - Lullaby of Nemunoki ( ねむの木の子守歌 ) starts at 1m 18s - Japanese TV

蕾 つぼみ( Thubomi-Bud )-Hayley Westenra

Hayley Westenra - Lullaby of Nemunoki (ねむの木の子守歌)

An apt name for the video

Pretty Girl with a fiddle

Fiddler Erica Brown
The Bluegrass Connection
From February: A Catholic Exchange on the Long Dropping of the Other Shoe: Foundational Shift for the Legionaries of Christ — Part One and A Catholic Exchange on the Long Dropping of the Other Shoe: Foundational Shift for the Legionaries of Christ — Part Two
Insight Scoop: Legalized polygamy is coming to a Canada near you
Daniel Larison, Where Are We Going? (FPR).

I had read Blond's Rise of the Red Tories before, but not this op-ed piece, Let's Get Local.

Edit. E. D. Kain responds.
While my back seems to be getting much better, something happened to my right foot recently--a sprain? Something fell on it? It started during the middle of the night a couple of weeks ago, and has gotten worse. I don't know what the cause is. Bah... another trial/punishment...
Sandro Magister, Pius XII. A Book and an Essay Shed Light on the Black Legend
The image of Pacelli as "Hitler's pope" is contested by a growing number of scholars. There were many responsible for creating this image, including Catholics. But Soviet propaganda was decisive. A Jesuit historian reveals the strategy
Zenit: Pontiff Requests Formation for Chinese Catholics

The series finale of er.

It was shown last week--the show had been declining in ratings for a long time, and they brought back John Carter this season. I haven't watched the episode in which he needs to undergo an operation for a kidney transplant. While the medical procedures of the show were exciting and some of the drama intense, I found the politics of the show to be repulsive (usually pro-abortion, pro-homosexuality, etc.).

Watching the last episode of er, I was struck by the thought that John Stamos was trying to do a George Clooney/Doug Ross. Sure, the characters may have had different backgrounds and story arcs, but they seemed similar--bad boy/rebels with a strong appeal to women. And the two actors were pretty boys trying to gain credibility as actors. I can't stand John Stamos.

Here is the retrospective.

Sherry Stringfield is still cute, though.

Speaking at a NOW conference. Sigh.
NLM: Compendium of the 1955 Holy Week Revisions of Pius XII: Part 4.2 - Good Friday, The Adoration of the Cross and the Rite of the Presanctified

Part 3 - The Mass of Holy Thursday and the Mandatum
Part 4.1 - The Mass of Presanctified on Good Friday, Mass of the Catechumens and the Solemn Prayers

Friday, April 03, 2009

Patrick Deneen, The Future of the Liberal Arts

For centuries the humanistic disciplines were at the heart of the university: while the sciences were an integral part of the original liberal arts education, they were understood to be the main avenue toward understanding the natural and created order of which humankind was a crowning part. Humanity was the highest created creature, the created creature most worthy of study, because we were created in God’s image and, as a creature with Godlike features, we were the creature that had the unique capacity for liberty. This liberty, we understood, was subject to misuse and excess; the oldest stories in our tradition, including the story of humankind’s fall from Eden, told the tale of the human propensity to use freedom badly. To understand ourselves was the effort to understand how to use our liberty well, especially how to govern those appetites, submission to which would actually represent the loss of our liberty and reflect our enslavement to desire. At the heart of the liberal arts was an education in what it meant to be human: how to negotiate that hard and difficult task of determining what was permitted and what was forbidden, what constituted the highest and best use of our freedom and what actions were – to use varying terms - hubristic, sinful, unethical, immoral – wrong. We consulted the great works of our tradition, the vast epics, the great tragedies and comedies, the reflections of philosophers and theologians, the revealed Word of God, those countless books that sought to teach us what it was to be human, above all, how to use our liberty well. To be free – liberal – was itself an art, something that was learned not by nature or instinct, but by refinement and education. At the center of the heart of the soul of the liberal arts were the humanities, the education of how to be a human being.
Whose conception of a liberal education does this represent? Not Aristotle, and not the medievals. The education the medievals pursued was for the sake of Divine Truth; truth about man was subordinate to it, and the knowledge was more speculative than practical. (And I'm not sure if the medievals even spoke of a liberal education, as opposed to the liberal arts, which were first identified with philosophy, and then later seen as a preparation for the study of philosophy and theology.) What Professor Deneen writes sounds more like the conception of a liberal education one would find at ISI. Is it how the Renaissance humanists defined 'liberal education'?
Attitude or Gratitude? by Theodore Dalrymple (via The Skeptical Doctor)

I suppose that what I would like is an abundance that everyone appreciated and did not take for granted. This would require that everyone was aware that things could be different from how they actually are, an awareness that it is increasingly difficult to achieve. I myself can hardly remember what it was like to live without personal computers and the internet, though I have lived the majority of my life without them. I now take them sufficiently for granted that if, for any reason, I am out of range of the internet, I regard this as something of an outrage.
TrekMovie: Official Star Trek Site Adds ‘Dossiers’ & Bridge Panoramas + Movie Gets PG-13 Rating
Myron Magnet, Alexander Hamilton, Modern America’s Founding Father
How New York’s opportunity society became America’s
Eugene D. Genovese, Miss Betsey: A Memoir of Marriage (in which he remembers his wife, Elizabeth Fox-Genovese).
Jeff Taylor, Fighting Bob vs. Silent Cal: The Conservative Tradition from La Follette to Taft and Beyond
Fr. Z: More fun with your Bugatti! -- Design your own Veyron.


Bugatti Veyron vs BMW M3
Twitch: Trailer Finally Arrives For Miki Satoshi’s INSTANT NUMA! and Doctor Who Visits THE PLANET OF THE DEAD.
Rod Dreher: Gay marriage forced on Iowa

Impudent judges...

See also this post: Fr. Fitzgerald vs. Rattlesnakes & Devils.

Southland -- NBC's new replacement series, another drama centered on the LAPD. You can watch the pilot over at Hulu. (It's probably at NBC too.) Will it be more successful than Boomtown? I am betting the answer is no. A lot of the procedure and banter seems unrealistic, even though it's put on-screen in order to be more realistic and credible. I was going to say that it's been a while since there was a cop show featuring SFPD, but then I remembered Nash Bridges. Are there any other American megapolises that could serve as a setting for a TV series, besides LA and NYC?

(I believe that's C. Thomas Howell with a bit role in the premiere.)

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Hunter Baker, Thoughts on the State of Higher Education
Coming up on April 8 on Choral Evengsong:
Office of Tenebrae
From Westminster Cathedral.
From Dr. Mahrt:

The St. Ann Choir invite you to the sacred solemnities of Holy Week sung in Gregorian chant and polyphonic music of the Renaissance

This year we will be able to celebrate the principal services of Holy Week at our home church, St. Thomas Aquinas. We are grateful to our pastor Fr. George Aranha for his generous permission, and Frs. Francisco Nahoe, O.F.M. Conv., and Anselm Ramelow, O.P., who will celebrate the liturgies with us. Special liturgies for Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday morning will comprise the week at St. Thomas Aquinas. The Mass continues in the new rite (ordinary form), but following the initiative of Pope Benedict, more of it is now being sung in Latin.

Services of the Divine Office-Tenebrae for Holy Thursday (Wednesday evening) and Vespers on the Sundays-will continue at St. Ann Chapel. We will sing the Tenebrae with the Lamentations of Jeremiah of Tomás Luis de Victoria.

We invite you to participate in the entire week, following the Lord's Passion, Death, and Resurrection liturgically, from darkness (Tenebræ of Holy Thursday) to light (the Easter Vigil). It is particularly in the Easter Vigil, "the mother of all holy vigils," that the fulfillment of the mystery of our redemption becomes most evident; on this night, by recalling the liberation of the Hebrews from slavery and by keeping watch in the night on which Christ rose as a victor from the depths, we are united to the paschal mystery, dying, being buried, and rising again with Him.

The Mass of Easter Sunday will be celebrated with our most festive music.
o St. Thomas Aquinas Church is on Waverley at Homer in Palo Alto.
o St. Ann Chapel is on Melville at Tasso in Palo Alto.
o Information: 650-493-7933, or our web site

PALM SUNDAY St. Thomas Aquinas Church
Sunday, April 5; 12:00 noon
Procession with Palms and Sung Mass,
including the chanting of the St. Mark Passion
and motets by Morales, Tallis, and Victoria

PALM SUNDAY St. Ann Chapel
Sunday afternoon, April 5, 6:15 p.m.
Latin Vespers of Palm Sunday, sung in Gregorian Chant
Music by Dufay and Victoria

TENEBRAE St. Ann Chapel
Wednesday evening, April 8, 8:00 p.m.
Matins and Lauds of Holy Thursday in Latin
(anticipated the evening before)
Lamentations of Jeremiah by Victoria

HOLY THURSDAY St. Thomas Aquinas Church
Thursday evening, April 9, 5:30 p.m.
Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper,
Washing of Feet, and Procession of Blessed Sacrament
Music of Byrd, Morales, and Victoria

GOOD FRIDAY St. Thomas Aquinas Church
Friday afternoon, April 10, 5:30 p.m.
Solemn afternoon liturgy: Chanting of the St. John Passion,
Solemn intercessions, Adoration of the Cross, and Communion
Music of Victoria

EASTER VIGIL St. Thomas Aquinas Church
Saturday night, April 11, 11:00 p.m.
The Solemn Proclamation of Easter,
the Prophecies, Midnight Mass of the Resurrection
Music of Palestrina, Morales, and Marenzio

EASTER SUNDAY St. Thomas Aquinas Church
Sunday,April 12, 12:00 noon
Festive Sung Mass of Easter
Orlando di Lasso, Missa Osculetur me for double choir

Sunday afternoon, April 12, 6:15 p.m.
Latin Vespers of Easter Sunday, sung in Gregorian Chant

Sung Mass in Gregorian chant with Renaissance polyphony
at St. Thomas Aquinas, 12 noon
Vespers in Gregorian chant with occasional polyphony
at St. Ann Chapel, 6:15 p.m.
AICN: I AM LEGEND's Writer & Director Consider THE WORLD WITHOUT US...
Zenit: Benedict XVI Remembers John Paul II
"He Engendered Many Sons and Daughters in the Faith"

But where can one get the light and wisdom to carry out this mission, which involves every one in the Church and in society? It is certainly not enough to take recourse to human resources; it is necessary to trust in the first place in divine help. "The Lord is faithful forever": This is how we prayed a while ago in the Responsorial Psalm, certain that God never abandons those who remain faithful to him. This reminds us of the theme of the 24th World Youth Day, which will be held at the diocesan level next Sunday. The theme is taken from St. Paul's first Letter to Timothy: "We have our hope set on the living God" (4:10). The Apostle speaks in the name of the Christian community, in the name of all those who have believed in Christ and are different from "others who have no hope" (1 Thessalonians 4:13), precisely because they hope, nourish confidence in the future, a confidence not based on ideas or human foresight, but on God, the "living God."

Dear young people, we cannot live without hope. Experience shows that every thing, and our own life, runs the risk, can collapse for any reason internal or external to us, at any moment. It is normal: Everything that is human, hence hope, has no foundation in itself, but needs a "rock" on which to anchor itself. This is why Paul wrote that Christians are called to base human hope on the "living God." He alone is sure and trustworthy. What is more, only God, who has revealed the fullness of his love in Jesus, can be our firm hope. In him, our hope, we have in fact been saved (cf. Romans 8:24).

However, pay attention: In times such as these, given the cultural and social context in which we live, the risk can be stronger of reducing Christian hope to an ideology, to a group slogan, to an exterior coating. There is nothing more contrary to Jesus' message! He does not want his disciples to "recite" a part of his teaching, perhaps that of hope. He wants them to "be" hope, and they can be so only if they remain united to him! He wants each one of you, dear young friends, to be a small source of hope for your neighbor, and to be, all together, an oasis of hope for the society in which you are inserted. Now, this is possible with one condition: That you live of him and in him, through prayer and the sacraments, as I have written you in this year's message. If Christ's words remain in us, we will be able to carry high the flame of that love that he has enkindled in the earth; we can carry high the flame of faith and hope, with which we advance toward him, while we await his glorious return at the end of time. It is the flame that Pope John Paul II has left us as inheritance. He has given it to me, as his Successor; and this afternoon I hand it over once again, in a special way, to you, young people of Rome, so that you continue to be morning watchmen, vigilant and joyful in this dawn of the third millennium. Respond generously to Christ's call! In particular, during the Priestly Year that will begin next June 19, make yourselves readily available if Jesus calls you to follow him on the path of priesthood and of consecrated life.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

After yesterday's unpleasantness, I was glad to have my confidence in Southern manners and friendliness restored today. There is an AAA office across the street from the hotel in Paducah, and the gentleman who assisted me was what I expected from the typical Southern gentleman.
He also talked rather slowly, which reminded me of other Southerners like Wendell Berry. When I remarked that I was able to get the state map from the office in California, but not the local maps, "for obvious reasons," he replied, "Oh yes. That's putting it rather kindly." He added, "But you'd be surprised by how many Californians move here." Having a farm in Kentucky wouldn't be bad--so much of the land sitting next to the highways reminds me of similar stretches of highway in Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts. The same could be said of the towns in rural areas--who could really survive without a car? (Besides the local Amish.) How much longer before what goodness remains of the old South disappears?

Alas, I didn't get a chance to see downtown or uptown Paducah (or the Ohio River) this trip...
Thomas Fleming, Beatitudes, not Platitudes
Twitch: Official Trailer Arrives For NEON GENESIS EVANGELION 2.0: YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE!

and... Gordon Liu joins Leung Kar Yan in [血缘] ‘Blood Relations’!
From April 6, 2009 issue of the American Conservative: National Disservice, by James Bovard. "President Obama’s feel-good draft." (via Daniel Larison)

"It is a sad day when people line up to have their virtue certified by the most exploitative, dishonest class in the nation."
Moonstruck Morality Versus the Cosmos
by Fr. Hugh Barbour

What would have happened if the original schemata had been retained by the Council Fathers?

A synonym for "pluralistic"

would be cultureless? Pluralism seems to be a logical consequence of liberalism. But liberalism in itself does not seem to be a sufficient cause of pluralism--there has to be an influx of members of other ethnic groups, a loss of cultural confidence, and other factors. If without the immigration of the 19th and 20th centuries, the United State could legitimately said to be pluralistic, this would be due to the fact that genuine regional cultures existed, while at the same time a conception of a single-nation was replacing the original federation, as a result of the massive effort at consolidation during the 19th century, especially during the latter half.
Chuck & Julianne 8w3

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

I met my friend's soon-to-be ex-husband and soon-to-be step-father-in-law this afternoon. I was more affable than I expected, despite having reservations about talking to either--it made me question whether I would be able to tell someone my negative evaluation of their character. At least I learned some interesting facts about KY from his step-father. Unfortunately, I didn't see any Amish while we were travelling through their part of KY.
The food and farming transition: toward a post carbon food system
Richard Heinberg and Michael Bomford, Ph.D., Post Carbon Institute
How can we continue feeding humanity in a future of declining resources and environmental crisis? This 41-page report explores the growing vulnerabilities of the global food system, and the steps needed to transition to a post-carbon food system.
The many faces of relocalization
Christopher J. Ryan, AICP , the localizer blog (via EB)
William Lind, Another Lost War
American Papist: *Breaking: Pope Sends Apostolic Visitors to the Legionaries of Christ* (includes a link to the long-awaited press release)

Tip: Fr. Euteneuer talks about exorcism on EWTN this Friday
News from Mariawald: All Masses in the Extraordinary Form
Zenit: Cardinal Bertone's Letter to Legion of Christ
"Continue Seeking the Good of the Church and Society"

Monday, March 30, 2009

Michael Hudson, Financing the Empire
Does US Face G20 Mutiny?
Zenit:Cardinal Martino's Address at Congress on Women
"There Will Be No New Feminism Without God"

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Apparently in Taiwanese, hei is yes. (Don't ask me to represent the tone.) I thought it might be similar to the Cantonese hai, which is used for 'to be' and 'yes.' But 'to be' in Taiwanese is i or yi.

Wow. From wiki: Cantonese profanity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Reminds me of Tiana and Vincent.

Little Dorrit

More photos; a composite cast photo.

Matthew Macfadyen is starring in Andrew Davies' adaptation of Little Dorrit, now being shown on Masterpiece Theater.

Don't let me end up like Sienna Miller: Little Dorrit star Claire Foy on the price of fame

Click here for one more (source); plus this (source).

BBC NEWS UK Behind the scenes on Little Dorrit
Costume Drama Reviews post

Little Dorrit Preview - BBC One

another photo
Going to the South for a few days--unfortunately I can't explore Nashville (but since Julianne Hough is in LA it doesn't matter so much), or see Wendell Berry... I will get a chance to see what Kentucky is like. Be back on Wednesday or Thursday.
Public health and the episteme of growth
Dan Bednarz, Health after Oil
Academic public health is ensconced in an institutional matrix of growth. It owes much of its existence to the socioeconomic expansion petroleum facilitated during the 20th century. ... The best option I see for academic public health is to reorganize itself around the question: “If growth and economic development as they have been understood are no longer possible, then what kind of public health system is sustainable?”