Saturday, June 25, 2011

Dola Re Dola from Devdas

Shown this morning on Showbiz India.


Slightly better quality.

Maar Dala

What would be an appropriate epithet for the Democratic Party?

Which features the following characteristics:
pandering to minorities
support of multiculturalism, feminism, and license
defense of the welfare state (and unjust forms of redistribution?)
and in general, support of the unitary nation-state

Nanny Party doesn't capture the advocacy of what are bad morals.

Deconstructionists? Not philosophical deconstructionists, but the party that is directly attacking the morals of this society and tearing down its institutions.
I think the Old Plutocrat Party showed its true colors in New York yesterday with the vote on the same-sex marriage bill.

Forget the politicians -- are young people increasingly in support of SSM in part because of affection deprivation when they were children, due to the absence of one or both parents because of work? Then there's the impact of divorce on children's emotional health. Might these contribute significantly to an exaggerated sentimental view of love and romantic relationships?

I still think women are more prone to enforcing the new PC morality in order to seem "nice." (Which does involve an erroneous conception of justice based upon rights.)

NYT: The Road to Gay Marriage in New York

Friday, June 24, 2011

Some sense in the House

AP: House rejects measure to continue US role in Libya

Patrick Cockburn, Amnesty Questions Claim That Gaddafi Ordered Rape as Weapon of War

Gareth Porter, The Open Door in Afghanistan
Anthony Esolen, Sexual Revolution: Built Upon Sand (via Mere Comments)

The state of savings among single American women

How many American women are saving money in the expectation that they will be contributing 1/2 to a future home and everything else when they are married (or even before, if they've found someone willing to commit to them apart from the formality of a ceremony)? Those trips to foreign countries and exotic locales can be rather expensive, and many run up their credit card bills on shopping. What number are rather carefree in their spending habits, believing that when the time comes they will be able to find a man who will bear the responsibility of paying for the house and other marital assets?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The current MetroPCS ad campaign featuring two Indian(-American)s is rather incomprehensible to me -- they first appeared last year? Did this MetroPCS ad make the tech world cringe? and Is MetroPCS’s New Commercial Racist? Many Say “Ranjit and Chad” Are Indian Tech-Help Stereotypes Are Ranjit and Chad endearing or offensive? The company claims that it is meant to be humorous. Is the company trying to save face by continuing the ad campaign? Does the company actually make use of call centers in India for tech support? I think the reaction of Americans to offshored tech support maybe increasingly negative, no? Too soon to tell if the ad campaign has backfired on the company?

Flipping through the channels tonight, it seemed to me that there is an increasing number of Indians on television --  Kunal Nayyar on Big Bang Theory, Adhir Kalyan on Rules of Engagement. There was also a disproportionate number of Indian contestants this season of  MasterChef? How do the number of Indians on TV shows compare to the number of East Asians? A (deliberate) new trend or just a temporary aberration? I can't help but reminded of the demographic changes in this part of California. There has been some discussion at Steve Sailer's blog of Indian(-American)s as a voting bloc. Are Indians more insular than East Asians? Do they assimilate less?

*Bollywood dance is its own separate category on So You Think You Can Dance. I suppose E. Asian dances are more sedate in comparison to what is featured on the show -- and there are few practitioners (even if one includes the Chinese dance troupes)?

Alison Krauss & Union Station on Conan

Tom Engelhardt, Defining an American State of War (Counterpunch)

JHK on the Future of Cities

Back to the Future
A road map for tomorrow's cities
by James Howard Kunstler
Pertinacious Papist: The Political Problem of Religious Pluralism. PP republishes a review, originally published in Latin Mass Magazine, by Christopher Oleson of Thaddeus Kozinski's The Political Problem of Religious Pluralism. (archive for the review)

A review at NDPR
Zenit: On Learning to Pray With the Psalms
Addressing Him "With the Words That He Himself Gives Us"

Pope Benedict XVI kisses a baby during the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican June 22, 2011. (Reuters/Daylife)

Pope Benedict XVI (C) gives a blessing during an outdoor meeting with youths in Pennabilli June 19, 2011. (Reuters/Daylife)
Gillian Welch - White Rabbit - Telluride Bluegrass Festival 06/18/05

Gillian Welch

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Medieval Warfare

An interesting periodical, the New Scot would probably enjoy this.

Saint John Fisher Film Trailer

Mary's Dowry Productions

The low production value is very distracting -- was this written as a conventional movie or as a play. With a play, one could simply film the play and not have to worry too much about the sets. But if the filmmakers were aiming at realism, it does not seem that they have achieved it, and some of the acting is off (the noble in yellow in particular).

Two previous posts for the feast day of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher.

Gene Watson and Rhonda Vincent - Gone For Good

First MV from their new album...

Gene Watson

Items of Interest, 22 June 2011

What A waste! The scoop on poop and ecological wastewater management
Jill Cloutier, Sustainable World Radio

Praise be baling wire and binder twine

Franklin C. Spinney, The Myth of Precision-Guided Coercion

William Oddie, Chesterton’s prophetic voice, now increasingly being heard once more, is still relevant to the new age (via Ordinariate Portal)

Adrian Ayres Fisher reviews The Wealth of Nature: Economics as if Survival Mattered. (EB)
Ordinariate Portal has posted links to videos from Solemn Evensong and Benediction at Oxford:  Magnificat, Beati quorum vita, O Salutaris Hostia.

Baby-faced Beauty

I watched part of the second episode of Babyfaced Beauty (동안미녀) last night, curious to see if it was any good. I was about to leave after about 10 minutes since I didn't find the comedy in this rom-com to be appealing, but I stayed to finish the rest of the episode. Generally, the audience sympathizes with someone struggling to succeed. Jang Nara as the mid-30s single spinster is still trying to make it in her dream career, as a fashion designer. In some ways her acting reminds me of Lee Bo-hee in Smile, Donghae. It seems like she's got the attitude and way of speaking of an older Korean woman. I don't know if that is deliberate or if Jang Nara has matured away from her cute persona in this direction.

Still, the drama has its problems. It's not very realistic in its consolation of older single women. It is said that Korean single women in their 30s are invisible. How many of this is due to circumstances beyond their control, and how much of this is the result of their own life choices? Hypergamy is alive and well, and the culture of arranged marriages may be fading away. Many of these women do not want to marry the single Korean farmers out in the countryside.

Jang Nara's character berates a group 20-something men for criticizing their unmarried female classmates for still being single, and pointing out that men become more attractive in their 30s while women become less so. Her potential love interest, played by Daniel Choi, is 6 years her junior and is initially unaware of how old she really is. Is this drama going to be a feminist dream, with the women satisfying her career ambitions and getting a younger man? Being a fashion designer may be frowned upon by American feminists, but it is a glamour job for trend-following female Korean consumers.

The fact is, age does matter for women because fertility does decline and the primary purpose of marriage is... procreation. (There is also the question of malleability -- whether a women can conform herself to a man or not.) There is a strong connection between youth and fertility, and youthfulness is a strong attractor for men.

The drama is just more evidence of the encroachment of feminism into Korean pop culture.

Some teasers:

Later I watched the episode of Kim Seung Woo Win Win (김 승우의 승승장구) featuring Girls Generation. Korean males, especially the fans of actresses and girl groups, whether they be in high school, college, or the army, seem to be rather beta in their behavior and devotion. It may be a sign of innocence, but it is also a lack of maturity which is disadvantageous in dealing with women but also in society at large. A culture of arranged marriages would help them find a wife, but if it is replaced by modern dating and Korean women are left to their own impulses, paying no heed to the more practical considerations of marriage and traditional mores, they will start to lose out.

Stephen Baskerville

Stephen Baskerville, Taken into Custody: The War Against Fatherhood, Marriage, and the Family (via The Spearhead)

His blog hasn't been updated for almost 2 years.
Faculty page
The Independent Institute
Intellectual Conservative

Rob Hopkins on Localization

What else? Why localisation is a key part of the answer. An article from today’s Guardian online… (essay in The Guardian)

Steve Sailer fisks Amanda Marcotte regarding age egalitarianism in relationships

Both in real-life and in movies - Shooting fish in a barrel.

Kristin Canty on Underground Wellness Radio

She is the director of Farmageddon. Underground Wellness: Farmageddon with Kristin Canty (mp3)
周華健 - 我是真的付出我的愛
Looks like 19th Group was recruiting in CA in November of last year...

More videos.
讓我歡喜讓我憂- 周華健

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Strange Definitions of War and Peace by Rep. Ron Paul

10 In Congress Sue To Stop Illegal Libya war

Richard Egarr and Academy of Ancient Music

From 2010

Richard Egarr and Academy of Ancient Music from Intermusica on Vimeo.

A critical mention of Michele Bachmann

Full of Grace, Seasoned with Salt

A reminder that the old plutocrat party is not traditionalist or conservative.

Co-operatives and Economic Freedom

Co-operation and the wealth of nations by Molly Scott Cato (EB)

I think the author's "economic democracy" is identical or similar to Belloc's "economic freedom."

Related Links:
British Columbia Co-Operative Association (FB)
John Restakis
John Restakis - Becoming Visible 2011 - A Social Market
Defining the Social Economy - The BC Context (pdf)
The Lessons of Emilia Romagnia (pdf)
NCBA Conference 2011
New Society Publishers
Can Co-operatives Humanize Our Economy? (via the Center for the Study of Co-operatives)

St. Aloysius Gonzaga, June 21

A Model for Young Men by Scott Richert

(Fr. William McNichols)

More Links:
Fr. Hardon Archives
Life of St. Aloysius Gonzaga
Ignatian Spirituality
Companions on the Journey

Gonzaga U.

Peak Oil 101

A Snarky Guide to Peak Oil (via Transition Voice)

The Ohio Republic: Truth about the War between the States

The Ohio Republic: Truth about the War between the States

Authors@Google: Gary Taubes

Peter Hitchens:
Juries (as described at length in my ‘Abolition of Liberty’, in the chapter ‘Twelve Angry Persons’) used to be selected on the basis of a property qualification, which was in effect an age and education barrier. When this was got rid of, nothing was done to replace it because the government were afraid to do so. Anything they suggested was bound to offend someone. At the time, the minimum voting age was 21, which is bad enough. It is now 18, and may well soon be 16, which will mean 16-year-old jurors.

Army Strong

At lunch on Saturday I saw the final few seconds of an US Army commercial which I hadn't seen before. I haven't been able to find it on youtube or the Go Army website. TheUSArmyMediaCenter channel doesn't have anything more recent than 2009. When are they going to change the recruiting slogan? The first features the soldier's creed:



The Army Strong Theme

Monday, June 20, 2011

Where are the Democrats with integrity?

Too few of those holding office (and the general electorate) have it. It's wrong if George W. does it, but right if it's Obama: Jack Hunter, Identity and Philosophy. At least there are those self-proclaimed leftists who are vocal in their criticisms of President Obama. From today's edition of Counterpunch:

Ralph Nader, Desperately Seeking Legitimacy: Libya, Obama and the War Powers Act
Karen Greenberg, Obama Doubles Down on the War on Terror

Something from last week -- Why Hawai'i is Not a Illegitimate State by Thomas Naylor (via CHT)

And a piece on  Fukushima: Nuclear Nightmare Worsens by Joe Giombrone. Despite the truth slowly coming out through MSM outlets like CNN, we still get this sort of garbage, which was posted by the City Journal FB page: The End of Green Ideology by Guy Sorman. Who do these people think they are?

SOLT's Superior Speaks

I feel a bit bad about posting all these updates, since it might be better to just let it go, but here is the latest from the National Catholic Register:

SOLT's Superior Speaks
Father Gerard Sheehan issues a statement regarding the case of Father John Corapi.



Catholic (and Christian) Dating Advice

Boundless gets a lot of hits from more traditional members of the "Game" community for being ignorant of contemporary women and circumstances. I used to post a lot of links to Boundless because I thought courtship was a better model than dating, and so on. But I haven't done so for some time; the website doesn't interest me as much as it used to, and I have come to have doubts about whether it gives sufficient counsel for American Christians.

While scrollling through FB updates, I saw this: Calling after the first date. "He's just not that into you" is probably spot on, but the rest of it? The author assumes that the woman has nothing else to change about herself, but is that a good assumption to make for an advice columnist? There's too much unwarranted cheerleading in his advice. At the very least he could refer to other posts discussion what women need to do to prepare themselves for marriage.

This might be even worse: Confirmed Bachelor: Why Good Men Stay Single. Are there Catholic men out there who are deliberately postponing marriage? If so, how many of them are actually "fervent" or "pious"? I would think that those who are fervent or pious but not yet married may be having difficulty finding a good Catholic woman. As for those who are postponing, both Catholic and non-Catholic, I am now a bit more reluctant to label them as immature, though it is the case that many of them are living licentious lives. Others may have good reason not to get involved with Marriage 2.0.The author also embraces the false modern ideal (as does Dr. Laura) that men should marry women who are the same age or close.

It's been a while since I've paid attention to Catholics who talk about dating and marriage (and chastity) like Jason Evert. Many of them use the language and concepts of Theology of The Body. How much of Catholic dating advice, though, has to be emptied of feminism and reconsidered as a result? Family Life Center seems to acknowledge patriarchy; what about St. Joseph's Covenant Keepers?
On the way to church yesterday I saw the local Father's Day celebration over at Memorial Park in Cupertino, which was sponsored by World Journal, a Chinese newspaper. From what I saw, most of the vendors, booths, and attendees were Chinese as well. I had to ask myself, "What holiday do the Indians dominate in Cupertino?" How many Indians and whites went to Memorial park yesterday for the festivities? (One is more likely to see interracial couples between whites and Chinese than whites and Indians?)

So what is the first step towards removing psychological barriers between neighbors here in suburbia?
Making wooden kitchen spoons and similar utensils
Gene Logsdon, The Contrary Farmer, Mulligan Books

There are only two little secrets to making spoons, ladles, and forks out of wood. The first is that you don’t carve the spoon from a block of wood; rather, you find a branch with a spoon in it.

Sacrament of Confirmation in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite at Holy Cross Cathedral

How is Summorum Pontificum being observed in the Archdiocese of Boston? Where is the EF being celebrated regularly now, besides Mary Immaculate? Una Voce Boston has a list. (I think it is occasionally celebrated St. Mary's Chapel at BC during the school year.) I don't see a daily (low) Mass listed yet. How does the situation in Boston compare to that of New York?

(See also the Rorate Caeli post)

Una Voce at Boston College
Una Voce Boston
Schola Amicorum

Tracey Rowland, The Anglican Patrimony

Ordinariate Portal

Jimmy Akin tries to put the pieces together

New Information on the Fr. Corapi Situation

(His previous post, from Saturday.)

That was fast?

The hardcover edition of John Médaille's Toward a Truly Free Market is out of print. (It was just published in August of last year.) There is a softcover edition on its way...

Papal Economics

Who's missing out?

Expanding the UW reach
By Merton "Bill" Woolard and Mark E. Cooper
AFP: Serbia's icon-painting nuns combine religion and art By Suzana Markovic

The nun painters of Gradac are much in demand and have decorated walls at several orthodox churches (AFP/File, Dalibor Danilovic)

In Gradac everybody is free to express 'their God-given talents,' nuns claim (AFP/File, Dalibor Danilovic)

Two on Distributism

The Distributist Review: The Political Economy of Distributism by John Médaille
and The Vocational Group by Thomas Storck

We need more Democrats like him

Some pleasant surprises from James Howard Kunstler in his post today, Man Down. He starts off by talking about Tom Ball:

Last week, in an incident that didn't get much attention in the national news, a man named Tom Ball set himself on fire in front of the county courthouse in Keene, NH. He left a fifteen-page suicide note explaining his actions. He was angry at the state child protection bureaucracy and the courts after a ten-year battle over a child abuse charge that became, for him, a Kafkaesque struggle with cruel authority. The long suicide note he left was a thoughtful and disturbing indictment of the legal procedures now common across America that have had many unanticipated consequences - from breaking up families to homelessness - but it was also a grim comment on the condition of American manhood.

Then he offers his thoughts on the latest push for recognizing same-sex marriage in New York:

Which brings me to the troublesome subject of gay marriage, which is lately up for debate in the legislature of New York State where I live, making it the public's business. I have an unpopular view of it for men of my demographic (Democrat, Boomer). I'm not in favor of it. I don't think it is a good idea. I don't have empirical proof, but I suspect that unsettling such an age-old and fundamental social arrangement will produce strange unanticipated consequences that we are not prepared for. I don't believe gay marriage is a genuine social justice issue. I think it is a bid for a kind of broad social approbation which does not require ritual enactment in law, and would be socially mischievous to pursue. Civil unions would cover the necessary legal issues. Otherwise, it is a case of unwarranted relativism, a Boomer weakness. Not all conditions or states of being in this world are the same. Some things are on the margins because they are marginal.
What fascinates me in the debate is the narcissism of Boomers, males especially, who advocate so earnestly in favor of gay marriage. Is it really about the law and social relations, or is it about making yourself feel good? Is it just more posturing for moral brownie points, for approval? Is your job and social position or maybe even sense of yourself at stake if you have a differing view?

Alas, it's too late for the Democratic Party to return to its past as the populist party defending the American middle class. The leadership is bought and paid for and won't do anything to disturb the status quo, with regards to the plutocracy. Rather, it will continue to pander to the minority interests and push for the transformation of American morals. What do they deserve? It's too bad Dante isn't living in our time.

Welmer, On the Tom Ball Incident
New Hampshire man lights himself on fire to protest America’s decline

SSPX building a new seminary in Virginia

FAQ (via Rorate Caeli)

Will certain individuals we know from Christendom and their family be associated with the seminary in some way? I didn't know the SSPX had such a big presence in Virginia.

NCR update on Fr. Corapi

Father Corapi’s Bombshell (via JC)


My mother and some of her friends, including Mrs. W who passed away earlier this year, are fans. They will be saddened to hear the news.

"Father Sheehan said that SOLT would issue a statement shortly."

Edit. An announcment from EWTN:
EWTN was deeply saddened by the news that Father John Corapi has announced his decision to resign from active priestly ministry and religious life. Unfortunately, his decision makes it impossible for the Network to return his programming to the airwaves. We urge our EWTN Family to continue to pray for him, for all priests and for the unity of the Church.

海角天涯 - 周華健

Sunday, June 19, 2011

It is unfortunate that Japanese programming on Ch. 26 on Sunday no longer has subtitles - I'd like to know what is going on in Jin, and there isn't much information on the internet.

Leon J . Podles, Men and Religion

Another one thanks to MB.

Thomas James Ball

Holden man sets himself ablaze in front of New Hampshire Courthouse

Will we reach the tipping point soon?

Blog coverage:
The Indifference to Male Pain
Tom Ball, New Hampshire Man Who Burned Himself to Death: “The Ex-Wife Lawyer Wants Me Jailed for Back Child Support”
Unhappy Father's Day
Gamma War
MB posts a link to this on his FB: Forty years of feminism now bearing fruit by Johannes Jacobse, which has a link to Forty Years of Feminism Now Bearing Fruit By Pamela Geller (from 2010)
Nullify Now! Bay Area. Soon with Your Help!

Peter Moskos on Flogging

Flogging Debate
Peter Moskos: Flogging versus prison

An interview with Peter Moskos

I first blogged about his book here.

2 More by 童麗

甜蜜蜜 by 童丽

童麗 - 老情歌

Bill Frisell ~ The End Of The World

'Sessions At West 54th' June 17, 1997 with Robin Holcomb-vocals, Jerry Douglas-Dobro, Viktor Krauss-Bass, Ron Miles-Trumpet, Curtis Fowlkes-Trombone, Eyvind Kang-Violin