Saturday, March 31, 2012

Pride or manliness?

See this discussion at VFR of outdoor activities and achivements.

Are the motivations of our explorers and outdoorsmen noble or narcissistic? We don't need to answer that question in order to claim that women trying to ape men in such physical activities is a bad idea.

Douthat on Nisbet

The Quest for Community in the Age of Obama: Nisbet’s Prescience by Ross Douthat

What was Nisbet’s insight? Simply put, that what seems like the great tension of modernity—the concurrent rise of individualism and collectivism, and the struggle between the two for mastery—is really no tension at all. It seemed contradictory that the heroic age of nineteenth-century laissez faire, in which free men, free minds, and free markets were supposedly liberated from the chains imposed by throne and altar, had given way so easily to the tyrannies of Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin, and Mao. But it was only a contradiction, Nisbet argued, if you ignored the human impulse toward community that made totalitarianism seem desirable—the yearning for a feeling of participation, for a sense of belonging, for a cause larger than one’s own individual purposes and a group to call one’s own.

In pre-modern society, this yearning was fulfilled by a multiplicity of human-scale associations: guilds and churches and universities, manors and villages and monasteries, and of course the primal community of family. In this landscape, Nisbet writes, “the reality of the separate, autonomous individual was as indistinct as that of centralized political power.”

But from the Protestant Reformation onward, individualism and centralization would advance together, while intermediate powers and communities either fell away or were dissolved. As social institutions, these associations would be attacked as inhumane, irrational, patriarchal, and tyrannical; as sources of political and economic power, they would be dismissed as outdated, fissiparous, and inefficient. In place of a web of overlapping communities and competing authorities, the liberal West set out to build a society of self-sufficient, liberated individuals, overseen by an unitary, rational, and technocratic government.

Consolidation and aggrandizement, leading to oversized polities... still, should we put the blame on "liberalism" or on tyrannical governments?
After Liberalism: Notes toward Reconstruction by James Kalb

Where Do We Go from Here?
Basic changes are unpredictable, and to say they will come is not to say what they will be. One possible outcome of present tendencies would be a collapse into radical particularism resulting in a Levantine-type society, one composed of inward-turning ethno-religious communities governed by weak, corrupt, and oppressive governments with no organic connection to the societies they rule. Under such circumstances, ineffective intellectual leadership and the need for an overall ordering principle would likely lead to common understandings that are crude but easily comprehensible. The obvious solution would be a simple and forceful religion, or an ideology functioning as a religion, that reflects the tendency toward strong particular loyalties and away from open-ended rational thought. The consequences of such an outcome can be seen in the Middle East.

We can do better than that. Ways of life are not predetermined by history or material conditions. Choices are possible, and the key to the revival of the social order is revival of the intellectual order by intellectuals and of ways of living by all of us.

It is hard for a political order based on abstractions such as freedom and equality to stay moderate and avoid anarchy or tyranny. To avoid both extremes, public life must be rational and open ended, but also ordered and coherent. To that end, principles that go beyond the limits of liberalism are necessary. What is needed are publicly valid explanations of man and the world—what things are, how they work, what they are for, and what is worth pursuing—that are more concrete and substantive than liberalism can offer but general enough to allow fruitful and open discussion.

The obvious and least disruptive way a better public order could emerge is for the West to revert to type. Liberalism depends on a heritage from the past to function at all—it depends on social capital it does not, itself, generate—and as mounting problems make that dependency more obvious, the advantages of the Western heritage are likely to become obvious as well. Other civilizations have followed cyclical patterns. Why shouldn’t the West do the same? At a philosophical level, the result might be a renewed acceptance among educated and responsible people of something like traditional natural law, a rational outlook that accepts essence and teleology and so enables us to discuss what things are and what they are for. Such a move would provide a substantive and historically grounded alternative to liberalism.

Wishful thinking? I don't see this happening because the problem is not intellectual but moral/spiritual, and so only "power politics" will play itself out (which does not exclude the possibility of a persecuted local Church ultimately being victorious).
While recent episodes have had some annoying PC elements, Awake has been mostly enjoyable so far, especially in its positive portrayal of masculinity and fatherhood.

There isn't much to distinguish Jason Isaacs' acting in Awake from Jackson Brodie in Case Histories.

'Awake' a new Fall TV series on NBC - cast photo shoot - promo youtube video

Deadliest Warrior: U.S. Army Rangers vs. North Korean Special Operations Forces


Items of Interest, 31 March 2012

Srdja Trifkovic, Sarkozy the Demagogue

Patrick Buchanan, It's All About Race Now

GARETH PORTER, Israel Shields Public from Risks of War with Iran

Classical Greek Philosophy and American Democratic Thought

Solzhenitsyn, Russell Kirk, and the Moral Imagination by Edward E. Ericson, Jr.
How Reading Josef Pieper Can Help You Stay Sane by Robert M. Woods
The Meaning of Liberty During the American Revolution
by Bradley J. Birzer

Jack Donovan:
There are a lot of ways I could define that group. In an ideological sense, I want to live around people who have the same ideas about how the world should be, because that means we are all working in some harmony and chugging along in the same general direction, rather than working against one another. People “like myself” would also be people who share a similar frame of reference, so that we can speak in a cultural shorthand, understand each other, and trust each other to some degree. I grew up in a white American middle class family with solid working class roots. I am not from millionaires or French aristocrats, and I don’t know ‘bout no ghetto. My pap worked on the railroad and my dad plays horseshoes. I’ve never worked on a train and I suck at horseshoes, but I have a connection with folks like that. Those are my people.
Believing in the same order as a foundation for [civic] friendship. Not just agreeinment upon common goods, but upon the means to those goods.

Feminism leads to an attempt at matriarchy:  "Women do not want men in isolated groups together without female supervision, because women know that brother-bonded men set their own values and stop looking to women for guidance or approval."
Andy Nowicki, In Defense of Squares: A Response to Jack Donovan

David Rosen, We Are All Luddites
Tired of waiting for the barbarians by Erik Curren (EB)
The Collapse of Complex Societies (review) by Akshay Ahuja (EB)

An Atheist Argues for Europe's Christianity

The Beauty of Dirty Hands

Q & A with Gov. Madeleine Kunin on “the new feminist agenda”
A true believer who can get by being a true believer because of her material advantages.

Roger Ebert's review of October Baby. (The Deep Blue Sea)

Ron Stewart and Earl Scruggs

Wendy MacIsaac:

The Arrogant Aggression of Scruffy Jeans

Excessive mobility ingrained in the American psyche?

In the combox for this article, "House rejects Bowles-Simpson, Obama budgets," someone offers this:

Solving a problem or effectively and efficiently delivering a service is NOT the measure of success for a government agency. For a government agency, there is only one measurement of success - perpetual expansion of power through budget, people, and regulation. The U.S. Constitution is structured to limit the authority of the Federal level of our nation's government, generally defining its purpose to protect our national borders and to facilitate a common currency and equitable system of commerce among the States. The means by which the Federal level executes its authority is through a process of restriction. Therefore, as it expands its capabilities, it is simply encroaching on the freedoms and liberties of individuals and our free market economy with more restrictions.

The U.S. Constitution was designed to restrict the growth of all levels of government by restricting the sources of funding that each level was allowed to tax. The Federal level had the greatest restrictions and the Local level had the least. This arrangement was to keep the government's authority focused at the Local level, which at the Founding, could tax anything at the peril of its citizens simply moving outside of its taxing authority or facing a direct and personal confrontation from the citizens. (A city councilman is my neighbor. If he votes to raise my taxes, he can't hide from my displeasure.) The Federal legislature (U.S. Congress) was initially very restricted in its abilities to "solve problems" of a domestic nature due to its restricted access to funding. The wheels came off the cart when the citizens agreed to amend the U.S. Constitution to allow a Federal level income tax along with the change to allow U.S. Senators to be elected directly by popular vote. At that point, instead of the Federal level of our government acting as the Great Co-ordinator among the States, it became the Boss.

The most important underlying control of the government system established by our U.S. Constitution was the freedom to relocate. Because the greatest amount of authority was concentrated at the Local level, if a local official became a tyrant, he could only tyrannize those who willing to stay under his tyranny. Likewise, although not as powerful, if the State level of government became too burdensome to a citizen, the citizen could simply migrate out of the State's jurisdiction. The Federal level's authority was originally so restricted so as not to motivate anyone to give up their citizenship. In summary, our system to prevent tyranny (which was the reason for the American Revolution) was based on the threat of our ability as a free people to move away from the tyrant. Freedom of movement was our greatest asset to discipline the local and state levels of our government. The depopulaton of cities like Detroit is an excellent example of how this discipline is to work. California is also experiencing this discipline. When all else fails, we are supposed to be able to vote with our feet.

When the U.S. Constituion was amended to allow for a Federal income tax and was amended to change the selection process of our U.S. Senators from State level selection to citizen popular vote, the Federal level of our government became an uncaged wild beast and has been tyrannically devouring our liberties ever since then.

An accurate account of how citizenship was understood in the political culture when the States became federated both under the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution? Why not armed resistance to local and state governments if they became tyrannical? Was tyranny at that level or an armed response fathomable to early Americans?

Was citizenship too easily given and "transferrable"? And was this the rationale for it? (Can it really be attributed to the Constitution?)

Chris Martenson coming to the Commonwealth Club

April 24.

A transcript of the presentation he gave in 2010. (mp3)

The Solesmes Method...

Chant Cafe: Three Recordings of Christus Factus

Chant: Music for the Few? Or the Many?
A slightly light-hearted look at the history and usage of Gregorian chant

Friday, March 30, 2012

How deplorable is the current state of affairs?

Sacred music in Rome and the recover of tradition -- Sandro Magister gives his perspective: Not Sacred Music, but Sounds of Attack.

Jeffrey Tucker's reaction. Fr. Z's post.

After Domenico Bartolucci who is the best exponent of the Roman tradition?

I have heard a noticeable improvement in the singing at St. Peter's recently, at least in the televised liturgies. So is Magister's critique motivated by politics and loyalty to Bartolucci?

It would be nice if I could one day say, "I miss teaching." Adults: smiles and a pleasant demeanor do matter to children. One of the girls today, who was in my classroom for only 30 minutes or so, said bye with a big smile on her face when she walked by me while I was on yard duty this afternoon. Her mom looked at me for a bit and then smiled. When her car passed, she was excitedly waving out the window. Absent father figure? Or just happy to have a [somewhat] pleasant adult around? I couldn't remember her name until after she was gone.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Wisdom from R. M. Peters


Ultimately it is about living creaturely in a created order, living "naturally" with the idiosyncrasies of other critters. The antithesis of living creaturely is to attempt to live according to the abstract principles of liberalism, such as "all men and races are equal," gender is meaningless, every language can convey all things equally, etc.

Getting along with chickens was learning to live creaturely for me as a little boy growing up in Louisiana. It was dangerous to enter the chicken yard if you did not know your chickens: their moods, their gestures and their group dynamic. One had to live creaturely with cows, particularly if there were a bull around. It was not prudent to enter his domain if cows were "in heat." One had to learn to sense that; they do not wear signs.

Learning to live creaturely is how we get along in families. My mother's great grandmother was a Choctaw. Choctaw women were known for "enjoying" skinning captives alive, burning them, disemboweling them, etc. From time to time, when I came home from college, my father would warn as I came in the door "Your mama's in a Choctaw mood." That meant that my "button pushing," often but not always unintended, could bring disharmony to the household. I would be held accountable for the disharmony although it was my mother's Choctaw mood.

Learning to live, really live, and work among blacks takes the same creaturely awareness. The same is, however, true in the "redneck" community in which I am embedded and which is, in part, embedded in me. If one walks into a bar, just like walking into the chicken yard, one must "read" the clientele, particularly those one thinks to know. A misreading can lead to a fight, a broken body or a trip to the morgue.

Although I live in the country, we have an informal neighborhood watch. Most of us are armed to the teeth: conceal and carry, open carry, etc. Louisiana is defend your castle and defend your ground. None of us desire to kill or to be killed; but we are committed to defending not only our own home and hearth but also those of our neighbors.

Part of living creaturely is to develop an etiquette which allows one to hold the world at bay but to be prepared to extend charity. The stranger who might venture onto one's front porch (Very few real ones left!) is a potential threat to the household; but he is also as our Lord has taught us potentially in need of our charity and hospitality. It is the mark of a civilized society to have developed the necessary rituals, i.e. lesson learned, internalized and lived out by having lived creaturely, to simultaneously hold the world at bay, i.e. keep the stranger from crossing the threshold of the household, while weighing the need to extending charity and hospitality and consequentially taking the risk to invite the stranger over the threshold. Southern ladies of my mother's generation had mastered this important ritual and the associate skills. Liberalism has destroyed them and even made them taboo.

Items of Interest, 29 March 2012

Two on the subject of empire:
John Michael Greer, America: The Two Empires (EB)
Damien Perrotin, Disunited kingdoms (EB) - he discusses Scottish independence.

Jim Antle, Constitutional Contempt
Time-shifted live-blogging of this morning's Obamacare oral argument in the U.S. Supreme Court.

A Burke for Our Times by Mark A. Signorelli

Bill Kauffman, Peckinpah Country

Philosophy As Therapy

FNC: Hemmer interviews Obama surrogate: hijinx and anti-Catholicism result

Karen De Coster, Why I Am Not a Libertarian

Vox Day: Working Mothers Harm Children
Day Care and the Middle Class

District Holds Second Amendment Applies Outside the Home, Strikes Down Ban on Gun Transportation During

A review of The Holistic Orchard.

Christendom College: Va. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to Speak at Christendom College

The Myth of Peak Oil by GEORGE WUERTHNER
The author misjudges how feasible, economically and otherwise, it is to produce oil from alternate sources.

Feminism and Courtship:
TPM: Constant, Unending Attention

Find a Ukrainian woman! haha.

Younger Women Turning to Domesticity

How To Survive College a Virgin

Diet and Health:
The LLVLC Show (Episode 562): PaleoFX Founders Keith And Michelle Norris Reflect On Their Inaugural Event (mp3)
Robb Wolf, MovNat! On the podcast!
Why Barefoot is Best

Mark Sisson: 6 Books I Am Reading Right Now (plus the Official Release Date of The Primal Connection)
Some of the books sound rather goofy, but what can you expect when it involves recreating the past and the "primitive" psyche?

The full version of "Hold On"

Someone who participated in Operation Market Garden: Tributes as brave war hero dies at age of 92

PBS - Gillian Anderson on Great Expectations

Something for the Cambridge Society of Early Music

The next concert:

Singers from Exsultemus
Shannon Canavin, soprano; Martin Near, counter-tenor; Jason McStoots, tenor; Owen McIntosh, tenor;
Sumner Thompson, baritone; Paul Guttry, bass
Music from the Eton Choirbook
A Late Fifteenth-Century Treasury

April 12-16

The Catholic “Ghetto” as a Last Resort by Wolfgang Grassl


Having been outsiders and suffered discrimination in a largely Protestant nation since its foundation, Catholics in the United States have bought gradual acceptance into the American mainstream for the price of assimilation.

Some, like Clyde Wilson, have claimed that the South was a more tolerant place for Catholics. Was this true after the war and Reconstruction?

Instead of assimilating and becoming good Yankees, migth the Church not have been better off strengthening the bonds of community? Granted, this might be difficult since the Catholics themselves were of different national origins, and ethnic parishes were common. A little guidance for Catholic immigrants on where to settle might have helped? (e.g. German Catholic agrarian settlements, for example) What could have been done for those who sought work in cities caught up in industrialization? Was there enough surplus wealth to create alternative economic structures to preserve some measure of economic freedom for members of the Church?

The past is past, and nothing can be done about what has happened since then. Given the choices that Catholic immigrants made, the outcome, however unintended, seems like a necessary consequence. So what can be done know? Can Catholics pool their resources together and start living with one another? Or is there such little economic freedom for many that they cannot change their way of life?

Mission City Coffee Roasting Co. is closing

Mission City Coffee Roasting Co. is closing, according to this e-mail from Fiddling Cricket. Will an attempt be made to relocate/reschedule the performances after the final 3 at Mission City? (In particular, the Rita Hosking and Cousin Jack concert.)

MS for Rita Hosking

What will replace Mission City? Starbucks?

More on Earl Scruggs

NPR: Earl Scruggs, Bluegrass Legend, Dies
Earl Scruggs, Country Music Hall of Famer and bluegrass innovator, dies at age 88

Lester Flatt And Earl Scruggs Newsreel

How It's Made Stetson Hats
I found this through Twitter: EXCLUSIVE LEAK: Phillip Blond donor dissects ResPublica’s unpublishable and inadequate work

Does this give the truth about ResPublica? What about the American organization?

Some writing (theorizing) may be necessary for the elucidation of general principles (relocalization as it pertains to politics/economics), but this is not sufficient for the building up of community. One might look for such guidance from the universities, but we know that they have, for the most part, failed in this regard.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

"I'm a good person."

It's not that hard when your standards are low and purpotedly of your own choosing, as a self-made liberal.

While you are enjoying travelling, eating, new experiences, and literature that is poor in quality, what have you done to grow your character and exercise virtue in your relationships with others?

"History is boring."
What is the use of studying/reading history, when you have no connnection to the people whose acts are recorded? You migth find sufficient motivation to read the material for the sake of getting a good grade and material success, but does it hold any meaning for you?

The Confucians saw history as having moral value, being a form of didactic literature. But they didn't study the history of another people but of their own, desiring to emulate their own, the sages and great men of the past.

Earl Scruggs, 1924-2012

Bluegrass Today: Earl Scruggs passes - MSN

May he rest in peace.

His website.

Madison Violet coming to town

Hotel Utah Saloon, on April 10 at 9 P.M.

official (MS and FB)

A couple of more videos after the jump...

Items of Interest, 28 March 2012

Club Orlov: A Modest Health Care Proposal
Michael Shedlock, "Healthwreck": Obamacare May Go Down Entirely; Medicaid Funding in Question; Justice Scalia Joked Reading Entire Bill Would be "Cruel and Unusual Punishment"; Wrecking Operation or Salvage Job?
Amicus Curiae of Senator Rand Paul

Conservatism or Liberty? by Nikolai G. Wenzel
A Guiding Principle Revealed by David Schaengold

The War on Guns by Frank Borzellieri

Jack Donovan, The Trouble with Squares
Interview with Andy Nowicki (alas, hosted at a WN website)

10 Places to Meet Women Other Than a Bar or Nightclub
Location does matter, but they have to be very specific in order for one to find a woman of compatible cultural background and character. Is AoM too beta?

Relocalization and Sustainability:
Dave Pollard, How many circles does it take to make a community? (EB)

Translating Transition: from small town to mega-city by Joanne Poyourow (EB)
But if nothing can make an alternative arrangement sustainable, wouldn't it be better to leave?

Together: The Rituals Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation (book review) by David Bollier (EB)

New Urbanism Now

Watching Hens Eat by Gene Logsdon (EB)

The Phantoms I’ve Killed by Tom Murphy (EB)

The solar envelope: how to heat and cool cities without fossil fuels
by Kris De Decker (EB)

Improperia: Popule Meus for Good Friday

A more "Eastern" version:
Reminds me of what the SSJ did with the use of organum. That group was such a disappointment, to put it mildly. The Archaeological Evidence For Jesus (PHOTOS) The Real Persecution Today If We Mock the Sacred We Will Have No Future Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia Islam: Hijab – the Islamic dress code: its historical development, evidence from sacred sources and views of selected Muslim scholars Diet and Health: Robb Wolf, The Paleo Diet Budget Shopping Guide Paleo Women are Phat I’m Calling for a New Paradigm Music: Alan Lomax's Massive Archive Goes Online (here) Two Requiems by Wendy Gillespie TV: Gillian Anderson on ‘X-Files,’ ‘Downton Abbey,’ ‘Great Expectations’ MODERN-DAY BATTLE AXE (includes a photo of United Cutlery M48 Hawk (top) and Smith & Wesson SW671 Tomahawk) ZT Knives at SHOT Show 2012 (source) Soompi's 14th Birthday Celebration!

Two by William Lind on Cultural Marxism

Who stole our culture?
What is Cultural Marxism?
Stand Your Ground to Stop the Violence
by Sarah van Gelder
What can be done to stop needless violence like the killing of Trayvon Martin?

I was thinking of writing a brief response, but after looking at it a second time, I decided it wasn't worth the time. But the speculation and advocacy that is rooted in a fundamental failure to have the facts at hand is representative of the liberal response thus far. It just makes them (and those who carry their views, like Yes! Magazine) lose credibility and trust of "open-minded" readers.

One is free to have an opinion, but you're not automatically entitled to have it heard by others.

Punch Brothers - "Kid A" and "Wayside" live at SXSW 2012 for WFUV

Make Ready with James Gilliland: Long Gun Basics

thread at Military Photos

Noveske Shooting Team

The inclusion of the perfunctory stabbing with a knife is rather dumb?

Cia Cherryholmes and Stetson Adkisson, "Hold On"

Molly Cherryholmes in the Studio 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Items of Interest, 27 March 2012

Thomas Fleming, Lynching George Zimmerman
Clark Stooksbury, Idiot Wind, Blowing Every Time You Move Your Mouth . . .

Peter Hitchens, Psychiatrists Snatching Our Children

Paul Craig Roberts, How the New American Empire Works

The Religion of Money by Stratford Caldecott

Conservatism Revisited: The Revolt Against Ideology

Rediscovering Christopher Dawson | An Interview with Dr. Bradley J. Birzer

Blessed Karl von Habsburg by Denis Kitzinger

Vox Populi: Housing Can't Bounce Back

The Iraq We Leave Behind
Top 10 Lessons of the Iraq War

Obamacare versus the U.S. Constitution By Alan Caruba
Randy E. Barnett: Vindication for Challenger of Health Care Law

Peter Daniel Haworth: Newman, MacIntyre, Aristotle, and Tradition in ANAMNESIS

From December of last year: 14 United States Governors : Prepare State Militia Defenses, To Be Ready Against Obama’s Rogue Federal Forces!

Get Ready for the Crackdowns by Kelley B. Vlahos

Club Orlov: Trained for Success, Bred to be Eaten

Bill Gross: "The Game As We All Have Known It Appears To Be Over"

Sandra Postel, Reflections on a Thirsty Planet for World Water Day

Gene Logsdon's newest - Now Available: A Sanctuary of Trees!

"Being Southern…"

Rethink & Relocalize by Alex Smith (EB) (alt)

Strengthening Local Economies: Michael Shuman on Investing in Small Businesses (mp3)

Shannon Hayes, Bees, butterflies and beneficials

Ackerman and McPherson dialog: Practical paths to a post-carbon lifestyle

A DIY Civilization by Colleen Shaddox
Can we create the machines of modern life sustainably, cheaply, and close to home?

The Wealth of Networks (pdf)

Local Food

On being in time for Transition by Sharon Te Apiti Stevens (EB)

Perennial Crops, Sustainable Agriculture: A 21st Century Green Revolution

Chant tradi- Vierge des Francs
The Greatest of All Things

Letter from a victim-survivor

Ratzinger in Mexico
Those millions of Mexicans who could care less for the Catholic Church – and there are more than would likely admit it – might also have asked Ratzinger to comment on the slew of sex-abuse complaints made against members of the country’s clergy. In fact, the papal visit coincided with the launch of a book by a group of priests who in 1998 brought charges against Legion of Christ founder Marciel Maciel for having abused them when they were seminarians. “La voluntad de no saber” (“The Will not to Know”) includes powerful evidence that the Vatican knew of the notorious Maciel’s altar-ego – drug addict, paedophile – decades before it acted. Maciel was “disciplined” by Joseph Ratzinger in 2005 and died three years later.

Not all of Mexico’s clergymen are pederast, pro-militarization fanatics, however. Since the earliest days of the Spanish conquest, the Mexican church has been littered with rightly-celebrated dissident voices; from Bartolome de Las Casas, who stood up for indigenous rights in the 16th century, to Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia, a liberation theologian who risked his life by sympathizing with the Zapatista rebels in the 1990s.

Feminism:The Volokh Conspiracy: "Slut" and Postmodern Me

Jack Donovan’s The Way of Men by Jef Costello
Review at Amerika.

Diet and Health:
James Howard Kunstler, Matrix of Rackets

Is Your Baby a Good Baby? by Heather M. Carson (via Thinking Housewife) - see The Baby Book by Dr. Sears

The LLVLC Show (Episode 560): Dr. Peter Attia Has Declared ‘War On Insulin’ (mp3)

Chris Masterjohn, Good Fats, Bad Fats: Separating Fact from Fiction

MDA: Dear Mark: Food for Skiing, Menstrual Carb Cravings, a Stubborn Teen, and More

Exercise Your Eyes

Learning MovNat is Making Me a Better Strength Coach: Guest Post by Jeff Turner

The Roman elite and the power of the past: continuity and change in Ostrogothic Italy

Hoard of Roman Coins Found in England

Men in Poufy Trousers

Special forces are special, not magical

Politically incorrect film reviews – Coriolanus

'Mad Men' Creator On What's Next For Don Draper

Still Alive at 60: Flanner O'Connor's Wise Blood

A symposium at Fordham University.

Alasdair Fraser + Natalie Haas - The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh - Sat 19 November 2011

I heard part of this during the drive home Sunday night.

Very creepy. Sensationalistic material, but if the details are accurate, it's very chilling, and makes me want to be careful of going to national parks, or to certain areas within them.

Los Gatos author explores 'Missing 411' from national parks


Another interview with the author of the book:

Monday, March 26, 2012

The new definition of the common good

Repeated here, and which finds support in various documents of the Church after Vatican 2: Why I am Not a Libertarian by Nathan Schlueter

The common good of the political association consists in the ensemble of conditions in which persons and associations can more easily flourish. These are nicely summarized in the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States: “to . . . establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”
It seems to be implicitly tied to the modern conception of the (nation-)state, in which associations are not identical to the state. (An implicit recognition that the nation-state is too large?)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Liturgical touring

Because of a rather busy music schedule today, I attended the Ukrainian liturgy at the Carmelite monastery this morning. Initially only 6 people were there, but by the end there was about 30 or 40 in attendance. Does the pastoral need really require this apostolate, though? The music was similar to that used in the Ruthenian rite, though I think the music for the Creed might have been rather different. I was struck by the singing and preaching of the priest. (Baritone?) I think he preached at the end of the liturgy, and even that sounded musical, reminding me of his singing of the Gospel reading. It was very expressive and loud, in contrast to the homilies of Roman rite priests in the area. Everything was sung (except the epistle, and only that reading was in Englis), even though the priest was the only cleric, and the liturgy was about an hour and a half.