Saturday, March 17, 2012

Complementarian Loners links to this video:

Squatty Potty Toilet Stool Helps Prevent Colon Cancer from Judy Edwards on Vimeo.

For Uhmericans, a more acceptable alternative to the squat toilet.

The second podcast of Chronicles Unbound is up

Over at NTA.

Thomas Fleming, To Hell with Dante
The third grade classes went on a field trip to SCU yesterday. They did see the mission while they were there. One student said the trip was rather boring since they were walking around for 6 hours. None of the students whom I asked could tell me the purpose of the trip, other than that the principal wanted them to visit a college. I infer then that this was intended as a way of motivating the students to be "college-bound" and study accordingly. She's operating with bad assumptions, but who will correct her or the district? She's no different from Obama in believing everyone, especially less affluent or "privileged" minority children, should get a college education. Clueless people in charge.

Applying for a teaching position is rather distasteful if I have to use concealment. Being straightforward about reforming mass education probably will not get me anywhere though.

Happy St. Patrick's Day

From Panagia:

I considered going drinking somewhere since I haven't been able to find a venue for live Irish music for tonight yet. It's funny that this year I'm somewhat excited by the day and its secular Uhmerican associations, but its' just the hunger for normalcy and complacency. (I'm missing out on the debauchery in San Francisco! Sad.)

St. Patrick, pray for us!

Bluegrass: An Irish Perspective by Niall Toner
‘Dowland In Dublin’: Celtic Flavor In An English Player

Meanwhile, I'm missing out on this: Food Justice and Sustainable Agriculture at Veggielution.

Edit. Some music -
St. Patrick's Day at Fibbar Magees
St. Patrick's Day Celebration at Murphy's Law

Scotty McCreery - Please Remember Me

Friday, March 16, 2012

In the latest issue of The Valley Catholic...

coverage of the dedication of the newest parish of the Diocese of San Jose, which took place last month:
Diocese of San Jose creates new parish; dedicates Our Lady of Refuge Church
‘As we move into this church today… it is here that the Lord will be found…’
St. Joseph of Cupertino School reaches out to parishioners in Santee area

Our Lady of Refuge is patroness of Upper and Lower California, so the choosing of her as a patron saint of the church is a clear acknowledgement of the Spanish past of California and of the Mexican immigrants living in the area. Nonetheless, given the number of immigrants living in the area, both Hispanic and Vietnamese, it also seems to be an endorsement of a certain ideological claim about immigration as well.

Photos of the Dedication
First Mass at Our Lady of Refuge packs in 1000 tri-cultural pilgrims
Our Lady of Refuge

October Baby

A "Catholic" movie. What will the artistic quality be like?


Google+ and Musicians@Google Present: Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina

I Do by Marie Digby (with Jericho Rosales)

Short preview

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Items of Interest, 15 March 2012

John Michael Greer, America: Modes of Expansion
What would paleos make of his series on American culture and history?

Republicans Pushing Mandates on State Courts

PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS, The Myth of the Rational Market
BARBARA EHRENREICH, Rediscovering Poverty

The Rise of the Machines by Stratford Caldecott

PJB: Rush Limbaugh and the New Blacklist

The death of manners by Kristin Marino

The Higher Education Monopoly is Crumbling As We Speak by Kevin Carey

Does College Destroy Your Faith? By Zachary Gappa
Is the Chronicle of Higher Ed a dependable source? It is noted that RC institutions may have a detrimental impact on students, as was noted many years ago by Arbishop Fulton Sheen and repeated by many Catholics since then. But what of public and non-religious private schools? Are the culture and the environment of these schools toxic to someone who is a beginner and still trying to resist temptation?

Relocalization and Resiliency:
RALPH NADER, The Parasites of Big Finance
The U.S. does not need to be shackled by the global corporatists to what may happen in Greece or Spain or Portugal. We should be less dependent on financial economies abroad and more self-reliant and independent of the global economy’s dangerously contagious risks.

That is why the more community-based economic activity there is in our country – credit unions; renewable, efficient energy; community health clinics; community food markets, etc. – the more insulated we will be from global seismic ravages. Those same community economies would have helped shield the Greek people from the wily clutches of Goldman Sachs and other aggressive casino creditors.

INVEST IN YOURSELF: Building Personal Economic Resilience & Community Strength

Towards economic resilience: Local Dollars, Local sense, an interview with Michael Shuman by Monica Hadley & Caroline Kilbourn (EB) [mp3]

How Cows (Grass-Fed Only) Could Save the Planet

Preventing the Fall of Rome by Gar Alperovitz

10 Alternatives to the Sliced Tomato in Your Winter Sandwich

Peak Oil and Energy:
Tom Whipple, The peak oil crisis: surging gasoline
Reflections on Energy Descent Action Plans: a response to Vera Bradova by Rob Hopkins

Feminism and Misandry:
The Daughters of Feminism Expose the Lie
The Thinking Housewife and Phyllis Schlafly on VAWA.

Looking Again at the Monastère Saint-Benoît, Fréjus-Toulon
Pugin’s Church Becomes Official Shrine of St Augustine

The Party's Over: Mary Eberstadt on men, women, and what the sexual revolution has wrought (via Insight Scoop)
Is she putting too much blame on the sexual revolution, that is to say the technology behind it, rather than the pre-existing culture/ideology (feminism) that made use of that technology?

Celebrating Fr. Buckley's Golden Jubilee: 50 Years in the Priesthood

Teaching Children the Value of Pre-Web Pages

Christendom to Graduate Largest Class in History; Honoring Rev. Kenneth Baker and Mother Agnes Donovan

Diet and Health:
Mysterious Honey Kills All Bacteria Scientists Throw At It

Bad 'Luck' for HBO Series
HBO ends 'Luck' after equine deaths
‘Luck’ Director Michael Mann Cites TMZ As One Reason Why Show Ended
Michael Mann needs to make some more movies.

The Perfect Runner

The Perfect Runner, Official Trailer

The Perfect Runner, Official Trailer from Niobe Thompson on Vimeo.

The Perfect Runner: Film Looks At Humans' Superior Ability To Run (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
More repairs needed for the car. I got the tires rotated today, and the mechanic discovered a tear in the front right axle, so that needs to be replaced. That's going to cost $200 or so. What a pain in the ---. Wish I could do without it. Our pathetic car-dependent society: "an unsustainable arrangement."

While I was at Vallco, I dropped by Tatami for lunch since I had a craving for sushi. Apparently the crab meat in the CA rolls have been replaced with imitation crab. Some local Korean Catholics were there again; this time for a wake? Everyone was dressed in black. I saw two of the Korean nuns.

ABC catching up with NBC

AICN: Hercules Says If You Miss ABC’s New Ashley Judd CIA-Mom Thriller MISSING, You’re Not Missing Much!!

What a waste of Sean Bean. Ashley Judd may do a decent Hilary Clinton when the time comes.


Carolina Chocolate Drops

Pretty Little Girl by The Chieftains and Carolina Chocolate Drops STUDIO

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Natalie MacMaster

Larry Vickers interview

Larry Vickers interview by MTE Tactical about setting up an AR15 M4 carbine

DEA "The FAST Team" in Afghanistan

Items of Interest, 14 March 2012

Energy Bulletin becoming Resilience. I had seen notice of a new website coming on Facebook, but I did not know that Resilience would be replacing Energy Bulletin. It will incorporate the content of Energy Bulletin and add more pertaining to relocalization.

April 3: INVEST IN YOURSELF: Building Personal Economic Resilience & Community Strength

Supporting the Swingle

Austin Bramwell, Top of the Class

The 100 Greatest Hong Kong Films

Boycott the Boycotters: the Culture War

Scars keep the record of our lives by Gene Logsdon

Contamination fears linger for Japanese children, workers one year after Fukushima meltdown by Amy Goodman

Lew Rockwell Show (podcast)

"Southrons" complicit in the demise of the South: Tina Dupuy, How The South Can Rise Again: Immigrants

Bay Area garden experts' grow-to guide

Peak Oil and Energy:
Why High Gas Prices Are Here to Stay (Tom Dispatch)
Understanding the new price of oil

Home Heating for the Hardy by Tom Murphy

Diet and Health:
MDA: Can We Feed the World on the Primal Blueprint Diet? – Part 3
Denise Minger, Will Eating Red Meat Kill You?
Low-Carbohydrate, High-Protein Diets May Reduce Both Tumor Growth Rates and Cancer Risk

Play Revolution
Elevating Child Care - Janet Lansbury's Online Parenting Resource (FB)

Read This Before You Get Married

ARTE Lounge - Im Gespräch mit Andreas Scholl

KTSF: Our Song Contest

The Cranberries on Good Morning

Taylor Swift ft. The Civil Wars - Safe & Sound (The Hunger Games)

Rhythm of the Dance

A Daniel Defense video:

A day at the International Seminary of the Institute of Christ the King

A Day In The Life Of A Seminarian

St. Philllip Neri Seminary in Gricigliano

Another vid.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A trip to Folsom later this year?

To see and hear Natalie MacMaster - October 25. Just two schedule appearances in California. I missed out in 2010...

Items, 13 March 2012

Daniel Larison, Thomas More and Utopia

A review of one of Forrest McDonald's books, The American Presidency: The Living Embodiment of the Nation by Phillip G. Henderson

A Burke for Our Times by Mark A. Signorelli

Prince Charles: Philosopher Prince by Rod Dreher

Patrick Deneen's lecture in the National Cathedral.

"The Black Swan" author Nassim Taleb Cheers Ron Paul's Economic Platform on CNBC

Rob Hopkins, Here are three ingredients. Now form an initiative

Barefoot Running:
Principles of Natural Running with Dr. Mark Cucuzzella

Byzantine Studies at Notre Dame Expands Research Resources


Will William Wallace scream for freedom from televisions worldwide?

Shawn Ryan and Gregg Hurwitz Bring U.S. Marshal Drama To TNT

Hollywood, where are all the Asian Guys?
Daniel Dae Kim is doing all right. If sufficient numbers of white female viewers found Asian men attractive, wouldn't we see more of them on TV and in movies?

Carolina Chocolate Drops: Hooked On Old-Time Sounds

No slut shaming!

Slut: The Other Four Letter S-Word by Geoff Nunberg

Whether you're somebody who rejects the very idea of that stigma or somebody who takes it very seriously, it's disturbing to hear it evoked so wantonly. And however we think of the word now, we can't help recalling the casual cruelty of the middle-school lunchroom where we first learned how vicious it could sound, even though we had only the vaguest idea of what it was about.

Used wantonly? Primitive push-back against the loss of standards? It remains an effective word used by women to attack the reputation of other women, because they know the unpleasant truth, despite the attempt of feminism to rewrite human nature.

Chronicles Unbound

The new weekly podcast from Chronicles, which is actually the Friday episode of the Paul Youngblood Show on WNTA - the first podcast, from March 2 - the first and second hours, which include an introduction to the Rockford Institute and an announcement of an official partnership between the Rockford Institute, Chronicles Magazine, and WNTA.

Dr. Fleming's latest: Afghan Justice:

Here in the enlightened West, we know that the purpose of a criminal justice system is two-fold: to rehabilitate the criminal and protect the public. It was not always so. The ancients believed that a criminal act--murder, assault, robbery, rape--put the universe out of joint. The purpose of punishment was to put it right again. Killers are killed, robbers robbed, beaters beaten.
It was not always so simple as "an eye for an eye," and Roman and Christian law made allowances for motives, circumstances, and appropriateness of punishment, but they never forgot the primary purpose of punishment was retribution or, to use a simpler word, vengeance.
Leftist Christians will howl in protest, citing, "Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord," little understanding that the same Lord, according to St. Paul, delegates the power to punish evil to the rulers of the world. Not in vain, Paul declared in an authoritative chapter of Romans, does the ruler hold the sword, nor is it a terror to the good but only to the wicked. It follows that a ruler who casts away the sword on a humanitarian whim is no longer a legitimate ruler. The Church always begged for mercy in specific cases, but never disputed the right and duty of kings and parliaments to execute criminals.
Even Imanuel Kant, who got most things wrong, saw through the lies of all the liberal theories of punishment:
"Judicial punishment can never be used solely as a means to promote some other good for the criminal himself or for society, but instead must in all cases be imposed on a person solely on the ground that he has committed a crime....woe to him who rummages around in the winding paths of a theory of happiness looking for some advantage to be gained by releasing the criminal from punishment or by reducing the amount of it....Even if civil society were to dissolve itself by common agreement of all its members...the last murderer remaining in prison must be executed, so that everyone will duly receive what his actions are worth and so that the bloodguilt thereof will not be fixed on the people because they failed to insist on carrying out the punishment; for if they fail to do so, they may be regarded as accomplices in this public violation of legal justice.”
A brief dust-up between Dalrock (and some of his readers) and several contributors to Traditional Christianity. I have a mixed reaction to that and those involved. Is the use of the internet justified by its potential to reach a broader audience? Can it be used to achieve "critical mass" on fathers' and men's issues and effect changes in laws? Or would the time be better spent on strengthening kin groups and local communities?

Deti's warnings about women to avoid and slut tells.

Australian SAS at work in Africa too...

Secret SAS teams hunt for terrorists

Monday, March 12, 2012

Items of Interest, 12 March 2012

Egalitarian Elites and the Academic Dilemma by Darryl Hart

Ryan Grant, Navigating the Republican Milieu, Part I

The Chapelstone Foundation

Robert George, Why Study the West? (National Association of Scholars - Academic Questions)

Rebellion: Country music and the culture wars

Dr. Thaddeus Kozinski, We’re All Traditionalists Now

Russell Kirk, The Conservative Purpose of a Liberal Education
Conservatism and the Western Tradition
Obedience to What is Noble

VDare: Deport Keish Kim! Impeach John Morton! (And Obama!)

Patrick Buchanan on Japan: Land of the Setting Sun

The European Union's Racist and Unintentionally Revealing TV Ad

PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS, The Land of the Mega-Rich
URI AVNERY, Attacking Iran
TOM ENGELHARDT, The Zero Percent Doctrine

Shannon Hayes, A Farmers' Daughter
Rodale: The Girl Next Door Is the Future of Food
How can organic farming feed the world?
Why Monsanto Thought Weeds Would Never Defeat Roundup

Peak Oil:
Kurt Cobb, The narrowing window for a transition to a sustainable industrial society (EB)

Diet and Health:
Still a Fast-Food Nation: Eric Schlosser Reflects on 10 Years Later
10 Simple Ways to Improve Your Sleep
Karen De Coster, Burzynski: The Movie (the movie)
Dominicans - Complicated Compline

Why Jerusalem? Why then? A study of the religious significance of Jerusalem to the West in 1095
The Templar Trials: Did the System Work?

Japanese Imperial Army Victory March Nanking 1937 日本軍の勝利は1937年南京行進

The Cranberries in Studio

For Sarge -

Chiara Luce Badano Movie Trailer

Sunday, March 11, 2012

I learned of the St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Catholic Center a few weeks ago when I drove past it. Sunday liturgy is at 8:15 at the Carmelite monastery. I may attend it in a couple of weeks.

Awake has been decent so far; it reminds me of Journeyman in some ways, or other NBC dramas. Just the look and the colors. Is the choice of brightness supposed to convey something about the state of the main character? Given the appeal of Jason Isaacs's character to men (and women?), NBC has chosen well.
'March of the Gypsy Fiddler' (III) Ahn Trio, Composed by Mark O'Connor for Pro Musica Orch
Scythian - Gypsy Fiddle & New York Girls - 3-26-2010 - Springfest

Another performance.
Episode 6 Preview - Hot Shots on NBC Sports Network
JJ posted this on FB: 150th Anniversary of Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign
“A Wind from the Mountains”: Stonewall in the Shenandoah
The 150th Anniversary of Stonewall Jackson’s 1862 Valley Campaign
Events, Tours, and Reenactments – March-June 2012