Saturday, May 28, 2011

HitFix: Ridley and Tony Scott explore horrors of Gettysburg in docudrama

Br. B ordained to the priesthood today.

Deo gratias.

ADOREMUS Orlando di Lasso - Jubilate Deo

Interview with Senator James Webb

Politico (via American Catholic)

William Byrd, My Lady Nevells Grownde

Actor Jeff Conaway passes away

I heard this sad piece of news on the radio. I was too young to appreciate the humor of Taxi, but I did like his character on Babylon 5. (I doubt I'd ever watch Grease in its entirety.)

'Taxi,' 'Grease' star Jeff Conaway dies at 60
AICN: Rest In Peace Jeff Conaway

Superior Tatical
The Western Confucian: The Korean on Confucianism and Korea

Friday, May 27, 2011

Items of Interest, 27 May 2011

Reflexive Patriotism, Last Refuge of a Scoundrel Nation by Kirkpatrick Sale

Mark Zuckerberg's new challenge: Eating only what he kills (and yes, we do mean literally...)
Opus Dei: 35 New Priests Ordained (Zenit)
Damien Lim: from Paganism to the Priesthood
Luis De Sosa, Peak oil and the Fall of the Soviet Union: Lessons on the 20th Anniversary of the Collapse

Dmitry Orlov, Making the Best Use of Your Energy Elves and The Twilight of the Antipodes and the Cultural Flip
Took a (rather long) trip up to Tahoe National Forest yesterday with Sarge's friend Bridge. We did some shooting for a while... really think I would rather get a carbine first, instead of a handgun, if I had the $. Too bad I live in California.

I wouldn't mind having a ranch in Lodi or in the Sacramento area. Beats living in the Bay Area.

Taking aim
A U.S. Army soldier with Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, aims his M4 carbine over a wall while securing an open field in Char Shaka, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on April 27, 2011. DoD photo by Spc. Jacob Warren, U.S. Army.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A recent piece on the Wyoming Carmelites

Sarge is in town; he'll be here for a week. It's going to be a busy 7 days. Tomorrow and Friday we are visiting some of his army buddies. Ordination on Saturday, niece's baptism plus a first Mass on Sunday.

After I picked him up at the shrine this afternoon, we dropped by Costco for a quick bite. Then we headed off to SF -- first stop was at the bookstore at Holy Virgin Cathedral. (Sarge saw Mystic Monk Coffee for sale there.) Then Japantown, for a rest stop and a quick visit to Kinokuniya. We then proceeded to the primary target, the TAD store in Hayes Valley. I may be too stocky to look good in some clothes... A quick walk around Civic Center before dinner at Cafe Salina in Millbrae. Beef Chow Fun -- the thin rice noodles (like in pad thai), not enough salt/taste. The salt and spicy pork was good.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Leadership lessons from General Hal Moore


What does the general think of today's army? He has an opinion about the repeal of the so-called 'DADT.'

If we expect national institutions to reflect the country in which they are found, then it should be no surprise that the U.S. army is beset by credentialism, the bureaucratic mindset and career bureaucrats, profiteers, and ideological fads. The high-ranking officers bow to the elites, in the name of the military being under civilian control. Social engineering? Arguably it's been around for a while, ever since we began the transition from being a federation of republics to a unitary nation-state? Then there is the replacement of state militias with a standing army drawing volunteers from all over. The Union Army ceased being a republican institution long ago, despite the myth of the citizen-soldier of World War 2.

What is a boutique retreat center?

What the LCs are doing in Cupertino.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Affability is a virtue, but today I really felt like a grinning moron in the morning, because the exterior didn't reflect or signal anything interior. I can't say that I was really happy just to see some people, even some of the students. The dissonance did make me wonder if it is not affability but a defense mechanism, a shield to disguise awkwardness. What about the stiff upper lip of not broadcasting one's pain or sadness? Stoic reserve does come in handy, and one does not unburden one's self on strangers.

Ashley MacIsaac at Marty's Soup-a-licious 2008

Fiddle Medley, Ashley MacIsaac and Friends

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Third Age: Gay Marriage Now Supported by Majority of Americans

This is not unexpected, but it does remind us that those who are committed to normalizing SSM and homosexuality among the youth are prevailing.

"Shto Si Goro," arranged by Philip Kouter

Starry Mountain Singers

Dominican Sisters coming to Marin

I had seen the open positions for Marin Catholic at Catholic Jobs. It is great news that the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist will be teaching theology there.

“Floor-length 800-year-old-style habits”
‘Traditional’ order of women religious to teach at Marin Catholic High School