Saturday, February 18, 2012


The Pittsford Perennialist posts the documentary, AK-47 - The King of Guns, along with a link to an article about the new Kalashnikov, the AK-12. The AK-47 has become popular recently here in the US with various instructors like Gabe Suarez, Travis Haley, and Larry Vickers making videos or offering classes in its use.

What would the manosphere make of this?

EWTN Bookmark 02-12-2012 - Men, Women and the Mystery of Love by Dr. Edward Sri
Xanga appears to be down. I've gotten that error message for the past 2 days.

On the occasion of Lent I should really give up soda, since it does me no good. And I should recommit to sprinting at least 3 times a week. I tried to do it today but was loathe to do so; I can't blame my shoes as the cause. Laziness or the aversion to the discomfort. It would be better to lose a few more pounds before subjecting the body to that kind of stress, though.

The best thing to give up for Lent is sin.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Items of Interest, 17 February 2012

Finished this response; will try to finish a couple of more on community and contemporary communitarianism before I take a break.

Thomas Fleming, American Idols and A Christian Defense of the Unspeakable Dawkins

Lessons in Empire

Marriage of Rights and Duties

Daniel Larison informs us that Andrew Bacevich is the editing a new book - The Short American Century: A Post-Mortem and American Exceptionalism

Oakeshott and Conservatism

Patrick Buchanan, Blacklisted But Not Beaten

I know there are some who are enthusiastic about Elizabeth Warren as a candidate in MA, but this (and her purported support for the feminist legal system) should give them some pause: Elizabeth Warren’s Rhetorical Extremism.

Mary Jo Anderson, Journalist for EWTN – and Professor Kevin Gutzman, Author of James Madison and the Making America – Join for Throwdown Thursday

Woods on Schiff with Rockwell and Gutzman

Faith and Marriage Under Attack

Patrick Deneen, Our Libertarian Future and Religious Liberty?

Religious Freedom and the Triumph of the Therapeutic by Thaddeus Kozinski
Paul Gottfried, Immaculate Secularism
Rod Dreher, Liberalism's Assault on Catholicism and Has the Catholics Moment Passed?

Fast and Furious:
James Antle, Mission Implausible

'Obama Girl' Turns on President, Slams Him in New Video

The Fight of the Century by Richard Heinberg (EB)
Free online showing of The Economics of Happiness, followed by a live Q&A with Helena Norberg-Hodge (co-director and producer of The Economics of Happiness), Steven Gorelick (co-director of The Economics of Happiness), Manish Jain (founder of The People's Institute for Rethinking Education and Development) and Charles Eisenstein (author of Sacred Economics).
URL to be announced.

The challenge of re-localisation by Graham Barnes (EB)
Book Review: Urban Homesteading by Oliver Lazenby (EB)
Big government and big corporations befriend the local food movement by Olga Bonfiglio
MDA: The Art of Crafting with Your Hands
Taproot Magazine

Why Farms Want Cold Winters

Energy and Peak Oil:
World oil supply debate between ex-Shell chief and ASPO-USA professor
by Karen Rybold-Chin (EB)

Will Occupy Wall Street start drilling for peak oil?

How reliable are U.S. Department of Energy oil production forecasts? by Roger Blanchard (EB)
World energy consumption - beyond 500 exajoules by Rembrandt Koppelaar (EB)
Peak Oil and the Importance of EROI (review of Fleeing Vesuvius, Part 2)
The Grey, a peak oil flick quick take

Open Seeds: Biopiracy and the Patenting of Life by grtv

Robert J. Araujo, SJ: What is freedom?
Introducing Chant into the Domestic Church
Culture, Liturgy, Beauty and Anthropology by David Clayton

Diet and Health:
Ask the Low-Carb Experts 6: ‘All Things Lipids (Cholesterol 101)’ | Chris Masterjohn (mp3)

Karen De Coster, Functional Medicine vs the Conventional Approach
How 1-minute intervals can improve our health

James Taranto Takes on Hypergamy

Let It Not Happen Again by Clarence Moriwaki
Reflections on the 70th anniversary of Japanese American incarcerations.
If only immigration had been restricted... would there have been a  question of loyalty about a subset of the population? Why do we let Muslims immigrate to this country?

Which reminds me, I dreamt about SO a couple of days ago. I think she lives in Hawaii now. I saw some recent pics on her brother's FB. She has two or three kids, I can't remember. When I saw those photos I recalled how she defended "the right to an abortion" in high school. The details of the dream are lost to me now - I think it was related to HS drama/relationship problems.

Was Beowulf an Empty Nester?
Interview with Author Nancy Bilyeau (via Supremacy and Survival)

Alison Krauss & Union Station Commemorate The Simpsons 500th Episode with a Song
Brumel’s Missa “Et ecce terrae motus” (mp3)
Stile Antico on BBC3 (4 days left to listen)
Natalie MacMaster has a new album, Cape Breton Girl.

Tim Kennedy - in a Gerber video for a giveaway contest

Cecile Corbel - Arrietty's song

Good decision by Liturgical Press

It is publishing Chalice of God: A Systematic Theology in Outline by Aidan Nichols, OP.
The ISI Experience: Community, The Limits of Individualism (registration required to access links)

"Intermediate associations" are important, but they are not perfect communities; what of the polis? Is that being ignored here? Or is the problem of scale as it relates to the American states simply being ignored?

Happy Happy Joy Joy

(via ClubOrlov)

But it stars Leelee Sobieski!

She plays an ex-Marine MP. Yeah, right. NYC22 - another police drama (set in NYC) filled with female characters/rookies. Getting a bit tired of seeing NYPD on the small screen. It premieres April 15.

But I'll probably watch it for Leelee. A fansite and some pictures.

Go apply to be a contestant for the new CBS dating reality show 3.
East of Byzantium teaser Vardan Mamikonyan

Thursday, February 16, 2012

John Michael Greer begins an exposition of empire

The Nature of Empire

An interesting aside about David Korten:
We can start with the verbal habit of using empire—or, more exactly, the capitalized abstraction Empire—as what S.I. Hayakawa used to call a snarl word: a content-free verbal noise that’s used to express feelings of hatred and loathing. The language of politics these days consists largely of snarl words. When people on the leftward end of the political spectrum say "fascist" or "Empire," for example, these words mean exactly what "socialist" or "liberal" mean to people on the right—that is, they express the emotional state of the speaker rather than anything relevant about the object under discussion. Behind this common habit is the most disturbing trend in contemporary political life, the replacement of ordinary disagreement with seething rage against a demonized Other on whom all the world’s problems can conveniently be blamed.

In too many cases this sort of thinking is taken to frightening extremes. Consider David Korten’s The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community, which manages to be both one of the most popular works in the anti-Empire canon and one of the most profoundly antidemocratic tracts in recent memory. Korten’s argument is based on the theory that certain people—quite explicitly, those who share his background and opinions—belong to a higher "developmental stage" than anyone else, and the world’s problems can only be solved if power is taken away from those who have it now and given to the gifted few. If you want thoughtful analysis of the ideas and motivations of the supposedly less evolved people who hold power nowadays, don’t look for it in Korten’s book; what you’ll find instead is an unusually crude version of the standard left-wing caricature of right-wing thinking.

Empire, in Korten’s book, amounts to the whole of the existing order of society, portrayed in the shrill language of apocalyptic rhetoric—unless the gifted few who have "spiritual consciousness" get the power they ought to have, one gathers, all life on Earth is doomed. It’s interesting to note, though, that exactly how the utopian state of Earth Community will deal with the flurry of planetary crises luridly depicted in the first part of The Great Turning is nowhere detailed. The reader who is able to step back and cast a cold eye on the book’s argument may thus be forgiven for thinking that Earth Community is simply Empire with the ruling class Korten prefers, just as the "emerging values consensus" that guides Earth Community can be hard to distinguish from the ideologies that guide Empire, and so on down the list of inevitable parallels.

"Empire" as an emotivist word...

Assuming this is an accurate representation of Korten's politics, then Korten is wrong to think that having correct opinion by itself qualifies someone to rule. One must have the proper moral character. The appropriate practical and speculative sciences can aid the ruler, but having good character is first.

The stupidity continues

51-year-old mom holds her own during Basic Combat Training

Went to a school near the Cupertino-San Jose-Santa Clara border today. There were a lot of white faces in that classroom. I would be surprised if the percentage is higher in any Cupertino school.

Had a craving for Togo's. I missed the taste but the wheat is probably messing my insides up.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Ron Paul, Stop V.A.W.A. & Title IV d


(via a comment at The Spearhead)

Just remembered Blue Valentine -- mandatory watching for women for Valentine's Day? If they'd learn anything from it...

What is Paleo?

See also Paleo Soul.

Items of Interest, 15 February 2012

Redeeming America's Political Culture

Tom Piatak, A Warring Visionary
A review of The Crusader: The Life and Tumultuous Times of Pat Buchanan
by Timothy Stanley

GARETH PORTER, Obama’s Zig Zag Maneuvers with Israel and Iran
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS, Obama, the Human Rights Hypocrite and The Divine Right of Money
NOAM CHOMSKY, Empire and Its Discontents and American Decline in Perspective (Original TomDispatch)
THOMAS H. NAYLOR, The EU Plays the China Card

Rod Dreher links to this interview with Craig Bartholomew: Where am I? The Middle-Class Crisis of Place. Those commenting at Mr. Dreher's blog don't get real Christian spirituality: the diversity of vocations and the order of charity.

Building Houses As If They Mattered

Coffee and tea anyone? - Mt. Shastians bring Transition and Tea Party together

BALLE Blog: 10 Reasons for Financial Optimism (If You Invest Locally) - 5 Ways to Make Your Dollars Make Sense (EB)

Rob Hopkins: ‘Breathing new life into the concept of resilience’: the notes from my ‘Four Thought’ talk (mp3)

Breaking through the myths: New book seeks to redefine urban farming
Twighlight Greenaway, Grist
(More links on urban agriculture)

Orion Magazine: What Love Looks Like
A conversation with Tim DeChristopher by Terry Tempest Williams

A country for old men by Gene Lodsdon (EB) (Humanure!)

Paul Kingsnorth & Friends Discuss “Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist” (EB)

Tom Murphy, Fossil fuels: I’m not dead yet (EB)

All About Women, What Big Sister Doesn’t Want You To Know

Mass of Installation of the First Ordinary of the Ordinariate in the USA
The Tyranny of Misunderstood Freedom (Jim Kalb: Turnabout)
The Truth About Same-Sex Attraction
Mischievous Monks and Naughty Nuns? Scholar re-examines the illicit sexual accusations against monasteries in England during the dissolution
Top Five Dating Tips for Men
The End of the Affair by William Fahey
Moral Theology 101

Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa
'After the End of Music History' Conference at Princeton

Border Battleground

8 Elevators You Need to See to Believe
Linsanity Heads Eats, Linfects China, Taiwan
Step Up to the Plate, From Baseball Bats to Chopsticks

Alte on Flannery O'Connor's novels

A flawed character

What is the manosphere?

One response:

It is her (and feminists) buzz-word used to lump groups with nothing in common together so they can be discredited based on their most extreme membership. “Manosphere” lumps in game hucksters, Conspiracy Nuts, Diet Enthusiasts, “Human Biodiversity” writers, White Nationals and others with Fathers Rights advocates and judicial reformers so they can be discredited.

Fidelbogen (google Counter-Feminist) wrote about this earlier last week and he may be correct that terms like MRM, MRA, and Manosphere should be abandoned by Fathers Rights and Judicial Reformers as they are tainted and poisoned terminology.

I think he is referring to this: Feminism Invented the "MRA Movement". (See also A Video Worth Watching.)

The original post is Dalrock's response to Elizabeth Duffy's column, about which I blogged here.

Interview with the Cranberries

Rolling Stone Performance

"Make good choices."

Begun on 2/5/12 at 8:28 P.M.

This is part of a new behavioral modification program implemented in the last few years at at least one school in a particular district. Actually I think I have heard this said in another district, too.

Making good choices might is same as making smart choices - it requires the virtue of prudence. One needs to learn how to choose in accordance with ends, and to set goals for one's self. But is it possible to develop prudence when the child hasn't attained the age of reason yet?

Internalizing standards may require, beyond outward conformity, the understanding the reasons for them. But it is not apparent to me that for children below a certain age that this is a better method than "traditional" discipline and its emphasis on obedience. ("Stop talking" versus "You need to learn in order to do well, go to college, accomplish x, y, z.") In fact, it may be worse, in so far as the reasons offered are the goods/goals of mass education and the associated goods/goals of the modern industrial political economy. At one district the expectation that the students will go to college is strengthened. For example, teachers are encouraged to display their degrees in their classroom.

This approach at behavior modification does not imply the lack of discipline or punishments, usually referred to as "consequences" for poor behavior. The same set of non-corporal punishments are available to reinforce making the "right" choices and that line of moral thinking. (Keep in mind that academic success is gauged by performance in the modern classroom - there are few alternatives, especially for boys. How are many children not being set up for failure and destruction of true self-esteem?)

Do the "creators" of this method appeal to some sort of psychological or scientific basis for such an approach to behavior modification? Has it been incorporated into child psychology/child education classes for the M. Ed? We are aware of how the insights incorporated into tradition and "common sense" wisdom regarding children has been discarded in favor of scientific pretense.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Meddlesome outsiders?

But in this case, they may be too friendly with the Patriotic Association (and by extension the Communists) while making things more difficult for the Church in China and the faithful Chinese bishops.

Sandro Magister, China. Cardinal Zen Against Saint Egidio
And also against a magazine of Communion and Liberation. "The road to hell is paved with good intentions," he writes. And he explains why the parallel diplomacy of the two movements brings more harm than help to Chinese Catholics

What is the true good of the Church in China by Card. Joseph Zen Ze-kiun

Robb Wolf talks about the paleo diet

and a variety of topics, including Ron Paul...

(via Karen De Coster)

Le Barroux

Something in 30 Days: “We are not greater than our Fathers” by Giovanni Ricciardi
At Le Barroux, near Avignon, the Benedictine community founded by Dom Gérard Calvet has flourished for forty years in strict observance of the Rule and in love of the ancient liturgical tradition of the Church

Someone linked to this at FPR:
The Transfiguration of Place: An Orthodox Christian Vision of Localism - Part 1 (mp3)

The next part is not available yet.

Items of Interest, 14 February 2012 Interviews Tora Bora Delta Force Commander and Author Dalton Fury

The 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World

Daniel Larison, Is China a “Far Greater Threat Than the Soviet Union”?

Paul Gottfried, Viktor Obran and the National Question in Hungary

Obamacare's Achilles Heel: Primary Care Physicians

Washington state governor signs gay marriage bill into law

Young Couple Finds Freedom in Simple Living

Permaculture Education, California Style

Stephen Hren, My Decade of Being Peak Oil Aware

Diet and Health:
The LLVLC Show (Episode 546): Sarah Fragoso Makes Paleo Cool For Kids (mp3)

CIRCE: The Classical Curriculum

Two Shadows & A Spotlight by Harmonia Early Music
A tribute to singer Montserrat Figueras who passed away in November 2011. Plus, we'll look at a couple of overshadowed composers that history has forgotten.

What does Adele’s big night mean for bluegrass? by Daniel Mullins

Punch Brothers on Leno, and in Vanity Fair
Another Punch Brothers video
The Punch Brothers will be at The Fillmore on March 8.

Sat. February 18, in SF: Americana Angels w/Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack, Evie Ladin , Blushin' Roulettes - St. Cyprian's Church

Evie Ladin - MS

Whit Stillman’s First Movie in 14 Years Looks Pleasantly Familiar

We need a traditional/conservative alternative.

"Lefty" websites for eco-awareness, sustainability, and relocalization like Yes! Magazine are useful but the editors don't see how articles like this work against community, rather than build it. This was published in Dec. 2010, but it was featured on FB today, ostensibly on the occasion of Valentine's Day.

Sex Without Jealousy, Love Without Ownership
Exploring open relationships can change our assumptions about intimacy and empowerment.
by Jen Angel

Witness the intellectual confusion that results from the deliberate severing of the procreative function from sex, and ignorance of the justification for such emotions as jealousy. Jealousy is not necessarily tied to a wrong notion of ownership, but it can be interpreted in that way.

Edward Feser, The Metaphysics of Romantic Love
Shannon Hayes: Finding Love, Is it Different for Radical Homemakers?
Conplementarian Loners: What is Happiness?
Athol Kay has a new book.

Eric Herm on GMOs

His website.

Fourth Generation Farmer, Author Discusses Genetically Modified Crops - Video.

Related: Tilling the Soil, Parts 1 and 2

More on Act of Valor

Operation Hollywood: SEALs in the Spotlight

Another TV Spot.
Keith Urban's song; Sugarland.

Giveaway; another.

Now that I think about it, couldn't they have chosen a better title? (Unless it is referring to one important act, central to the story.) The movie opens on the 24th.

American Catholicism’s Pact With the Devil by Paul A. Rahe

Catholics have been linking to this essay on FB and their blogs. He writes as a conservative [liberal] but I think the following criticism is valid. And then there is the question of constitutionality.

At the prospect that institutions associated with the Catholic Church would be required to offer to their employees health insurance covering contraception and abortifacients, the bishops, priests, and nuns scream bloody murder. But they raise no objection at all to the fact that Catholic employers and corporations, large and small, owned wholly or partially by Roman Catholics will be required to do the same. The freedom of the church as an institution to distance itself from that which its doctrines decry as morally wrong is considered sacrosanct. The liberty of its members – not to mention the liberty belonging to the adherents of other Christian sects, to Jews, Muslims, and non-believers – to do the same they are perfectly willing to sacrifice.

He finds one root of the American Church's current problem in the actions of the Church in the 1930s:

This is what the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church forgot. In the 1930s, the majority of the bishops, priests, and nuns sold their souls to the devil, and they did so with the best of intentions. In their concern for the suffering of those out of work and destitute, they wholeheartedly embraced the New Deal. They gloried in the fact that Franklin Delano Roosevelt made Frances Perkins – a devout Anglo-Catholic laywoman who belonged to the Episcopalian Church but retreated on occasion to a Catholic convent – Secretary of Labor and the first member of her sex to be awarded a cabinet post. And they welcomed Social Security – which was her handiwork. They did not stop to ponder whether public provision in this regard would subvert the moral principle that children are responsible for the well-being of their parents. They did not stop to consider whether this measure would reduce the incentives for procreation and nourish the temptation to think of sexual intercourse as an indoor sport. They did not stop to think.

But was the New Deal wholly bad? There may be some paleos who think so. Allan Carlson offers a different view:
The New Deal
The Social Conservative Case for the New Deal (alt)
The Family in America

Did the bishops have a choice between supporting the modern welfare state and not doing so, when there apparently was and is no viable alternative to securing the good of those who lack economic freedom?* Could the Church have fought for decentralization and greater economic power? How could it do so without first recognizing the importance of communal life and how it is to be fostered? It is for this oversight that the American Church should be primarily criticized.

Still, the American Church had a hand in the unwarranted expansion of the National Government and the implementation of unconstitutional programs?

*Could the Church have worked to protect the small farmer and producer?

Also from Mr. Carlson: Love is Not Enough.
Fractured Generations

Agrarians, Rejoice!

Heather MacDonald, California’s Demographic Revolution

City Journal (discussion at Rod Dreher, not really worth reading though)

And once again, my thoughts turn toward leaving the state. Why settle here if there is no future? Even though I get along with most Hispanic children (the ones who behave) I wouldn't want to live in an Alta California that has been reconquered. It wouldn't be my people or culture. Not that I have a people and a culture, now. Just because most of them are nominal Catholics does not mean that I would be welcome among them, or encouraged to marry one of their daughters.

I'd still like to visit Spain, though.

The Stairwell Sisters, Youngstown

From their performance on Saturday from Freight and Salvage.

Another song:

skateborg has some more videos from the performance.

Hugh Hewitt interviews Students at Thomas Aquinas College

Hugh Hewitt interviews Dr. Michael McLean President of Thomas Aquinas College
Hugh Hewitt interviews Brian Kelly Dean of Thomas Aquinas College

TAC link

The new cast for season 2 of 1 Night, 2 Days

Will Kang Ho Dong ever return to the show (or to show business in general)? Two other members from the first season left, including the popular Lee Seung Gi.

I'm somewhat surprised that Cha Tae Hyun is joining the cast; he hasn't been making many movies lately, that is true. I haven't been watching the show lately, though I should keep an eye for any special episodes.

Soompi: 1N2D Season 2 Memebers Finally Revealed
Cha Tae Hyun to join ’1 Night 2 Days’

Capilla Flamenca's new CD

Warren Hellman Public Celebration 2/19/12 or Wekfest? Perhaps neither, if I don't have Sunday free. The former will be streamed online, though.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Ron Paul on Piers Morgan Tonight

Helena Norberg-Hodge @ Schumacher College

TEDxEQCHCH - Helena Norberg-Hodge - The Economics of Happiness

More Items of Interest, 13 February 2012

Diet and Health:
LLVLC 287: Actress Courtney Thorne-Smith Says Low-Carb Is How Hollywood Eats (mp3)
Friday Fact or Fiction: A Low Carb Diet is The Only Way to Get Really Lean

MDA: Is Honey a Safer Sweetener and
Dear Mark: Flexibility vs. Mobility, Orange Skin, and Radioactive Matcha and Dear Mark: College Meal Plan and
The “Asian Paradox”: How Can Asians Eat So Much Rice and Not Gain Weight?
Powerlifter Goes Primal, Lifts Very Heavy Things for the Win

Ask the Low-Carb Experts 5: ‘Ketosis: Devil or Angel?’ (with Mark Sisson) (mp3)

New mental health manual is “dangerous” say experts

Barefoot Running and Minimalist Shoes:
VFF: Your Story

The Importance of Roughhousing With Your Kids

Jane Austen and ECD:
Listen: Jane Austen dances attract large crowd to Alumni Hall

"On Classical Studies" by Eric Voegelin

Russian scientists reach lake under Antarctica
Dr. Wendell Bell receives 2011 Laurel Award: all-time best futurist
Chipotle Is Apple by Matthew Yglesias
The burrito chain is revolutionizing food: Why doesn’t it get more respect?

Items of Interest, 13 February 2012

Thomas Fleming, The Conservatives' War on Marriage
Obama’s Game by Srdja Trifkovic

Steve Sailer reviews Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010, by Charles Murray - The Bell Curve’s Toll. (Plus, Ross Douthat gets the Charles Murray book's biggest oversight)
Coming Apart, and Back Together? by Ryan T. Anderson

What Madison Meant - a review of Kevin Gutzman's book on James Madison, which is official released today.

Blog: The Incendiary Insight

Russell Kirk: What is the Object of Human Life

David Walker, Our make-believe federal budget

Trollin’ all the Sheep: The Grammys are Decadent and Depraved by Jordan Bloom
I read elsewhere that they did not televise Alison Krauss and Union Station being awarded their Grammy. I don't think the group performed, either. Their competition was supposedly pretty good.

Afghanistan, Unreformed, Unreformable
Fabius Maximus: Rolling Stone releases Colonel Davis’ blockbuster report about Afghanistan – and our senior generals!

Robert George, An Unacceptable Accomodation
Notre Dame Professor: White House Announcement Today Is ‘Inadequate’
HHS “compromise” is Unacceptable, says former Vatican ambassador, Catholic University of America president, and others
Why the “Hawaii Compromise” is No Compromise At All
Bp. Slattery (D.Tulsa) on Pres. Obama’s “Plan B”
Glendon, George react to Obama’s “morally obtuse”, “insult to the intelligence”, and “cheap accounting trick”

Foreclosure Settlement: Just Another Link In a Long Chain of Corruption by PAM MARTENS
The NDAA and the Militarization of America by CARL MIRRA
Decoding the Pentagon’s Budget Numbers by WINSLOW T. WHEELER

Richard Heinberg Schools Vancouver on the New Economic Reality
Peak oil educator Richard Heinberg challenges “binary thinking”
It's the end of the world as we know it, author says

Max Keiser Interviews Dmitry Orlov

Derrick Jensen: A New Declaration

The New Geography of Trade: Globalization’s Decline May Stimulate Local Recovery by Fred Curtis and David Ehrenfeld (EB)
Bay Area investment group connects socially responsible lenders, local farmers
Building the local food infrastructure by Olga Bonfiglio
A different way to spend – CSA style by Tim Lawrence (EB)
New Study: Locally Owned Businesses Contribute to the Health of their Communities

Tom Murphy, The Alternate Energy Matrix (EB)

Texas Water District Acts to Slow Depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer

Feminism and Misandry:
Swedish Feminists: Men Must Sit With Their Legs Crossed
All Men are Official Suspects
As Mancession Fades, Women “Suffer”

Circe Institute: The Primary Purpose of a Woman
Traditional Christianity: Gender’s Separate Spheres

William Oddie, If a woman is a priest, she can also be a bishop: if she’s not, she can’t. Either way, there is now only one way out for Catholic Anglicans: it’s over the Tiber
The Real Anglican Patrimony
Manifestations of Lived Continuity: A.D 1000 to A.D. 2012

Stay away from Mexico. (Or most of it.)

Embracing the simple life

Selling the Chateau by Matthew Cantirino

Philadelphia’s recently-appointed Archbishop Charles Chaput made news last week by announcing plans to sell off his official residence, an unexpected inheritance that came with his position. According to press reports, the manor house of over 13,000 square feet sits on eight acres of land and features a six-car garage.

The decision seems laudable, though maybe the house could have been converted into a retreat center? Or something else?

More on Act of Valor

Fox News: 'Act of Valor' Enters Private World of Navy SEALs

Some Ivan Illich links for today

An interview from 1999: THE SHADOW OUR FUTURE THROWS
ivan illich: deschooling, conviviality and the possibilities for informal education and lifelong learning

Linking to Deschooling once again.
The Brussels Journal: The Rise of the Orthos
Most thinking conservatives believe that the modern West has gone off the deep end, and most of them also identify a particular historical event as the start, or at least the first major symptom, of this development. For many modern cultural conservatives, that event was the moral revolution of the 1960s; for some on the American right, it was the Civil Rights movement, the New Deal, or the end of the Civil War; and for certain counterrevolutionaries, it was the French Revolution.

But for a loose affiliation of conservative bloggers and authors who have recently taken to calling themselves “orthos”, the sources of our modern malaise lie farther back in time, and are more deeply embedded in our presuppositions and prejudices. Their critique of the modern Left is far more philosophically substantive and, for better or worse, far more radical than most of its competitors. Their main target is not postmodern relativism, redistributive left-liberalism, Frankfurt School cultural radicalism, or Marxian socialism; for although they deplore these things, they also regard them as mere symptoms of a deeper problem.

I pause here to note that it is difficult to summarize the orthos' beliefs succinctly. This is partly because of their often high level of philosophical abstraction, and partly because the orthosphere (the orthos' term for the network of blogs and websites they administer and write for) is a loose coalition of people who do not necessarily agree about everything. Still, I think the founding idea of the orthosphere can be fairly oversimplified into this sentence: “The problem with the modern world is modernity itself”. For the orthos, the philosophical core of modernity is the rejection of the Aristotelian-Catholic idea that there are objective essences and purposes in the world. Many of the orthos trace this idea back to the nominalism of late-Medieval scholastics like William of Ockham, although they would also argue that it did not culminate until the 18th century and the Enlightenment. In philosophy, this modern nominalism gave rise to the idea that the world consists of nothing but meaningless, purposeless matter, and thence to modern atheism, materialism, relativism, and finally the complete nihilism which today is increasingly engulfing America and Europe. In ethics and politics, it produced a worship of autonomy – the idea that every individual can and should define its own purpose and destiny, unfettered by tradition, authority, or higher truth – which became the founding idea of every modern political ideology, from the classical liberalism of Locke to the redistributive leftism of the modern state. (The American philosopher Edward Feser, while having given no indication that he considers himself part of the orthosphere, provides an excellent overview and critique of this modern anti-essentialism in his book The Last Superstition.)

This is a radical idea, and it entails a radical conservatism. The orthos reject the Enlightenment project entirely, and espouse many ideas that are unfashionable even on the Right, including theocracy, censorship, and absolute monarchy. Their ideology centers around the defense of particular loyalties and moral communities, of traditional authority, traditional morality, the monarchy, the patriarchal family, the ethnos, and the Church. Many of them draw inspiration from the throne-and-altar conservatism of counterrevolutionaries like Joseph de Maistre, Louis de Bonald, and Juan Donoso Cortés, and seek to rescue the Middle Ages from the historical scrapheap. Needless to say, orthodox Christianity is central to the their thinking (hence the name) – in fact, I have yet to come across an ortho who is not a traditionalist Catholic or a conservative Protestant.
Certainly there are [traditionalist] Catholics who think along these lines. I still don't buy the genealogy, though I grant that many, especially academics, think like liberals today. I thought liberalism as an ideology gained prominence only once the work started by the consolidators, political (first monarchs, then the constitutions that replaced them) and economic, did their work.


It was announced yesterday that she passed way in January. May she rest in peace. She was one of the first Chinese singers to whom I was introduced (through TV) when I was a child.

Harvard Gazette: Harvard Gregorian Chant

link to the video

Something on the reaction to Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin and the Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations by Timothy Dalrymple

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Someone posted this link over at Dalrock:

Complementarity, Not Competition By Elizabeth Duffy
For feminism to have gained a foothold, men had to collude with it, and it has been in their interest to do so; this leaves the message of the manosphere ringing hollow.

She criticizes negging, and attributes to it this purpose:

The negative compliment is a means of undermining the messages to young women of so many scout leaders, pop divas, presidents' wives, and teachers: that women can do anything, be anything, and get anything they want. Such messages, the manosphere asserts, turn women into entitled princesses who put manhood at risk. In other words, feminism is to blame for the demise of the modern man.

Such egalitarianism does poison the minds of women and strengthens narcissism, while leading to unrealistic expectations about who is a suitable mate for them. That's not a problem? Most in the "manosphere" do not see the problem of men as a failure to "man up" - rather they think it is the natural reaction of men when they are no longer needed or when they receive mostly negative reactions from women. Feminism has increased the hostiliy of women to [beta] men, and adversely affected the relationship between men and women. Does she disagree?

After disavowing feminism, she makes this generalization about the manosphere:

Neither can I get behind the manosphere. For feminism to have gained a foothold, men had to collude with it, and without doubt, it's been in the interest of men to do so. So the message of the manosphere rings disingenuous. They would like for women to remain sexually available but to kindly shut up.

Who had to collude with feminism? Those who had the power to shape society, not the average man. And many in the manosphere are average men. Or betas. They are just looking for a good woman. Yes, there are a few alphas in the manosphere who benefit from women's increased promiscuity. But the manosphere is not comprised only of them. There are fathers and husbands burned by divorce and others.

Should betas blame themselves for not being alpha? It is interesting that instead of addressing the criticms by the manosphere of modern Uhmerican women (all she had to do was quote a couple of the more prominent blogs, even if she didn't do so by name), she says men should look at their own failings instead of being angry at the other sex. But should the average American beta be angry about how he is treated? He may be angry that he has been deceived at what attracts women - the lies promulgated by the MSM and so on. And some may become bitter. But are these emotions valid? And if they are, what is she doing to address their cause, namely the poor behavior of women? Nothing that I can see in this column.

Isn't her column just another variation of the "manning up" message of social conservatives, a Catholic one this time? One may not be able to spell out everything in a single blog post, but showing awareness of the depth of the question, rather than offering a seemingly simplistic solution, would help gain more credibility for the author.
Lsat night while I was having a late dinner at Crepevine after the performance, 3 BPD officers came in. What sort of relationship does the department have with the locals? (Is it better or worse than the relationship of the UC police with the students?) One of the officers was wearing a ball cap, with the department logo on it. Are these becoming more popular and acceptable with departments? You sometimes see service caps in the Bay Area; ties are less common. The officers (one of whom was a woman) were also carrying 3 extra magazines. I may have seen that before with officers at an airpot. But usually I see officers with 2 extra magazines. Does the extra pouch interfere with physical activity?

I dated single mothers for awhile in my more beta days.

I eventually came to the conclusion that they fall into two categories.

The first category is girls who got knocked up by a badboy. That’s really her fault: it means she’s attracted to badboys. Therefore, she’s not a match for me.

The second category is girls who just ejected the poor guy because he was too beta. That’s her fault too: it means she doesn’t care enough to keep the father in the child’s life and honor her commitment to him.

After I figured that out I stopped dating single mothers completely. Not only are they themselves not worth marrying, but there’s the second problem that now you’re bringing up some other guy’s kid.

Unfortunately, it appears that I’ve “married” them anyway through the high taxation I pay to support the free government cheese they get. My God, I despise feminism.

The link between breast cancer and the use of oral contraceptives

A post at The Thinking Housewife: More on Health, Culture and Artificial Birth Control.

Secret societies

In China, they were originally organized as means of resistance against the Manchu invaders. They gradually transformed into criminal enterprises (mixed with some promotion of local social welfare?). Some triads trace their origins to these secret societies. Now triad movies may have different reasons for their appeal -- showing unfettered alphas strutting their stuff might be one of them. But I would not categorize the "heroic bloodshed" movies (such as the ones done by John Woo) as belonging to triad movies, as the themes are usually different. "Heroic bloodshed" movies look instead at male friendship and questions of loyalty and so on. Might some be envious of the male camaraderie that is a feature of secret societies, implying a recognition that this is mostly lacking in the megapoleis of China, like Hong Kong?

Even if they were not committed to the active overthrow of the regime of power, as a locus of competing power, secret socieites and the like would be threat by undermining the regime's claim to legitimacy. Have secret societies been growing in China? Or has everyone in the megapoleis been too busy chasing after money and toys and things? What about gang membership? How many triad members are patriots?

Let us pray for the underground Church in China.

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Was off the grid for 9 hours; customer support initially thought it was an issue on my end, but it turns out that it was a problem on the ISP's end. Everything seems fine now. Went to F&S tonight to hear the Stairwell Sisters and True Blue. Found out Whitney Houston had passed when I came back. How sad. May she rest in peace.

The cover of "Youngstown" by the Stairwell Sisters.