Saturday, June 09, 2012

Been somewhat busy today; trying to clean after I found a most unwelcome visitor in my room. It was on one of the boxes and I was too slow in flushing it down the toilet so it disappeared again. Been trying to look for it in the house.

I had some thoughts about the British monarchy and the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation, along with the politickin' of the Vatican, but I may not have a chance to publish them. In the meantime...

Peter Hitchens, Pop goes the Monarchy: The Queen listened to Paul McCartney - and I heard the end of the Royal Family
Brendan O’Neill, The revolutionary potential of the Queen’s English

A reader at iSteve comments on Are the English better at English?:

California schools are making a big push for reading and writing. I know my children's elementary school requires 20 minutes of reading a night, starting in kindergarten. Children have a Reading Counts (Scholastic Books program where children take a computer test on books they've read) point goal they have to meet each grade period and point totals are posted for the class. It becomes a competition within the class. My children had to start writing structured paragraphs in first grade. They do a lot more writing than I ever did as a child.
I have noticed this in the classroom as well. 5th and 6th graders are learning to write essays, a skill I didn't learn until 7th or 8th grade. Another example of accelerating the curriculum in order to make up (prevent) failure at the upper grades? I learned that my so-called "college writing" skills I picked up in HS were not really adequate for the college-level, as the course in rhetoric plus two years at Christendom showed me.

When students do not know how to write sentences well or good grammar, should they be learning how to compose essays? Along with grammar, essay composition requires some knowledge of argumentation and rhetoric. Backing up opinion is just the start to learning how to reason well. Do 5th and 6th graders have enough experience to write details or observations for a persuasive essay? The imposition of the order of learning must be age-appropriate or what is being imparted will be wasted. But contemporary mass education, being pressured to produce results and remedy poor performances by high school students, has no time for this.

Friday, June 08, 2012

TAC: Dr. Thomas Kaiser, First Tutor to Teach All 23 Courses in College Curriculum (article includes an interview)

Items of Interest, 8 June 2012

Ron Paul and the Sex Selection Abortion Ban

The New Liberal Apocalypse by Jordan Bloom

Landrieu: The King of The Mystically Imbecilic Krewe of Tacchzuss

The Detached Vision By MICHAEL OAKESHOTT

The Confederate Colonel: Michael Hill, Egalitarian Democracy, the Universal Wolf
The Amendment that Destroyed America

What’s Behind the HHS Mandate? by Gerard V. Bradley

Former president of APA says organization controlled by ‘gay rights’ movement

17-year-old tells world leaders to step up, give her a future by Greg Hanscom

Christopher Dawson on Liberalism, Part III by Brad Birzer, TIC Co-editor

Anthony Esolen, Liberality, The Fifth Lively Virtue

Flannery O'Connor: The Story of a Southern Soul

Kirk Center: Summer 2012 Reading

Memo From Middle America | DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES’ Eva Longoria And The Failure Of Mexican Assimilation

Daniel McCarthy, From the Nation State to the New Church

Gamesmanship for a New Dark Age

Statism Means Culture War By ROBERT P. MURPHY
From gay marriage to education, state intervention pits citizen against citizen.

The American Empire:
Daniel McCarthy, Preparing for a Post-Imperial Future
Inside America’s Controversial Commando Conference
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Drones
Blowback and the Consequences of Obama's Foreign Policies
The Army’s Flawed Resilience-Training Study by STEPHEN SOLDZ and ROY EIDELSON

Robin Hood, King Arthur, Muhammad by Howard Kainz

Agrarianism and Relocalization:
Cultivating Freedom By LEWIS MCCRARY (a feature on Joel Salatin)

A report on the truth of food deserts (pdf)

Small-Scale Slaughterhouses Aim To Put The 'Local' Back In Local Meat

A Review of the Localization Reader

Orion Magazine: Wendell Berry, Tim DeChristopher, and Teri Blanton discuss principled activism, April 15, 2011 (mp3)

Writing as a combat discipline

The Human Costs of Fracking

An 80-Year License to Kill? by KARL GROSSMAN (nuclear power)

The Teen Porn Epidemic and What to Do About It
Why Isn’t Pornography Beautiful? by Mattias Caro

Fr. Z, My idea of concelebration
A little too traditionalist? I think Bouyer (and the Christian East) certainly would disagree with the multiplicity of private Masses, rather than a communal Mass, though not all priests present would be obliged to concelebrate. They could fill other clerical roles.

They show us what to be living for by Archbishop Jose Gomez
The reality is hard to believe
(on the Cristeros)

Why it's okay to be against heresy and for imposing one's will on others by Father Robert Barron

Liturgical Developments for the Anglican Ordinariate

The True Self and the Story of Me

Metropolitan Kallistos of Diocleia on the Economic Crisis

Jack Donovan, Paycheck Fairness, “Legibility,” and a Recipe for Failure

The Problem With Patriarchy

Diet and Health:
Barefoot Running: Paleo-Fact Or Paleo-Fad?
The Real Deal on Adrenal Fatigue – Guest post on
Free the Animal: Paleos & Primals: YOU are the Key, not Disney or Michelle Obama
Tip 364: Train Like Your Ancestors: Tips to Achieve Optimal Health and Body Composition

Government not punishing individuals who choose to imbibe soda or compelling dietary decisions, just banning the product because it is unhealthy or dangerous. OK or not?

Final Exam – Navigating the SMP
Theology of Game

‘De novo modo’: The birth of fashion in the Middle Ages


What Duvet Said – The Tank (Crazy About You Cha Cha)


Tim Kennedy | I Want To Quit Fighting And Go Back To War
Tim Kennedy performs "Part of Me" by Katy Perry
From the FB of Nassim Nicholas Taleb:
The elephant in the room is that if academic social "science" never existed (political "science", economics, sociology, psychology) the world would be at the worst no different, and possibly a much better place.
Was there a demand for the development of the "soft sciences" by the managerial state for its use in controlling the populace?

Natalie MacMaster tour stop in October!

And this time she'll be closer, in San Francisco at Yoshi's, rather than Davis - October 24. I've marked my calendar.

An ad for her Portland appearance in Dec. 2012:

Rhonda Vincent

More videos:

Marvel's The Avengers

Yahoo! Movies
Apple trailer

Like Iron Man, it is an entertaining comic book movie for fanboys (and girls) and non-fans but it is also rather juvenile. What else can you get from a comic book movie, even if Joss Whedon is attached? (And if he were writing the script he would not make it more mature, just 'adult' according to PC standards.) But juvenile stories are appealing to Uhmerican "adults" (not just teens) for whatever reason. (The Death of the Grown-Up? Some men may not have manned-up. Some may have been discouraged from doing so because much is stacked against them. But does that explain the mass appeal of the movie? A bad public education system, lack of cultivation of the moral imagination? Nostalgia towards the comic books of one's youth? The commentors of the alt right/WN third way knows the problem, but do they have any solutions?)

The movie hints at one deep friendship between two members of the team, Hawkeye and Black Widow, who already share some history prior to the Avengers being called to defend the Earth. There is also mutual respect between Stark and Banner because of their scientific genius, and Captain America does his best to get along with Banner. But it doesn't really develop the bonds between the team members, except to show how they unite after the death of someone they all know brings Captain American and Iron Man together and the rest of the team follow to combat Loki and the alien menace. Maybe the death would be enough, but it was handled without sufficient pathos.

Watching Captain America I was reminded of the movie and the lost America of the 40s. That vivid idealized image of America may be somewhat false but it was probably still a better reality than what we have today. I'd rather watch a western or Band of Brothers.

The Avengers…From a Theological Perspective by Fr. Michael J. Denk

Some videos for the commemoration of D-Day.

[Of course they have to find a woman to share her thoughts.]

Normandy Invasion
D-Day Landings on "Omaha" Beach, 6 June 1944

I find that an alarming number of students (primary level) have "liked" Adam Sandler's That's My Boy (Apple). It's supposed to be rated-R! Would Hollywood ever make a movie about a buffoonish mom not acting her age, dancing around men as a cougar and so on? I doubt it. (Bridesmaids may have been popular among women, but I wouldn't watch it because the characters are probably too authentic and show Uhmerican 'femininity' at its worse. I believe that movie was sympathetic to its characters and was supposed to be a positive portrayal of their friendship.

CH asks if there are any great movies which are memorable several days after you watch it. The Avengers doesn't really qualify, but I can't think of any recent movie that does. Then again this may be an impossible standard, unless the movie has static or quiet scenes with memorable dialogue, but do movies work against memory? If we remember the scenes, is there something wrong with us? Or is the failure to remember just a sign of our acquired attention deficit disorder?
Have the divisions in the paleosphere become sharper? Or is it just the commentors at Free the Animal? I don't think one sees these sort of attacks at other paleo/primal websites. The Culture of Obesity. RN contrasts the Mediterranean culture (not 'diet') with Uhmerican culture as a way of explaining the rise of obesity. I don't think anyone in the paleosphere denies that one may be able to adjust to a high-carb diet as long as they are active enough (some would explain how this is possible by saying the activity affects insulin levels which affect how much of the carbs is converted to fat)?

Habits and the choices from which they develop do matter. But how much of our choices are made difficult by changes to our physiology and sense appetite because of diet? (And what impact does the adoption of a sedentary lifestyle have upon physiology?) There may need to be a balance between blaming the victim (or the culture) and the diet which circumvents making healthy choices or makes them difficult.

Edit. See this comment by a paleo MD in Italy.
Bday dinner with SML tonight last night; it was good to see her again though I felt the silence was awkward at times, at least for me. We talked mostly about schools, kids, and family life. I suppose that is rather normal. (But not much that was deep.) We did catch up, but when we parted I started feeling bad - about my own situation? Or her perception of me.

Her girls are so big now; they're about the same age as the MD's daughters and cute. The last time I saw them... I don't think I've even seen her #2. The last time I saw #1 she was barely crawling around.

Finally someone is asking but is it too late?

Rob Vischer: Catholic law schools and the student debt crisis

Who will take the lead in addressing Catholic higher education as a whole?

Raj Patel to appear for the Commonwealth Club

In both SF (6/12) and Mt. View (6/14) next week.

From 2010. (CC is charging for access to the videos now.)

About Homo Economicus:

His website.

His feminism:

Club Orlov: Fragility and Collapse: Slowly at first, then all at once
The Archdruid Report: Collapse Now and Avoid the Rush
Paul Craig Roberts, The Economy Comes Unglued
The Automatic Earth: Welcome to the No-Growth Paradigm

From 2007:
Making Other Arrangements
A wake-up call to a citizenry in the shadow of oil scarcity
by James Howard Kunstler
photographs by David Maisel

Thursday, June 07, 2012

"Nationalist" conservatism

Early Religious Freedom in America by Justin Dyer

A discussion of religious freedom by focusing exclusively on the "Founders" and with a nationalist interpretation of the Constitution? One then is blind to the reality of the established churches in the states and the like. Intellectual inertia or blindness, perhaps, but it keeps the author of this piece, and the website, from making any real advances in presenting an alternative to statism.
Looks like it will be Elizabeth Emken against Diane Feinstein in November - the SJ Mercury. Women should not hold political office and Emken is not as good as Rick Williams (who describes himself as being aligned with the positions of Ron Paul) with respect to curbing the National Government; still, this may be one of those instances where one has to vote in order to get someone out of office. I have not read anything by Emken repudiating feminism; like Sarah Palin she'd probably nuance her brand of feminism in order to appeal to Republicans.

Feast-day of St Josemaria, June 26, 2012.
Masses to be celebrated around the world.

I don't see anything listed for San Francisco; the Mass last year was at St. Mary's Cathedral. Maybe something will be listed later, or... I found a listing for Masses in the U.S. It's Oakland this year, with the bishop celebrating the Mass. I was going to say that I might not be in town, but I should be back by then, especially since Pete Takeshi will be in town. But I may not go to Oakland for the Mass. Even if it would be rather convenient to go to True Burger beforehand... hmm... then again I probably wouldn't meet any OD people afterwards.

Nvm. I just checked the time again - 7:30 P.M. I should be having dinner with Pete Takeshi at that time.

Early music this weekend

From the San Francisco Renaissance Voices FB page:

Don't miss us this Saturday at 2 PM when we return to the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition of Early Music with our "Concert from the Court of Kangxi" featuring Charles d'Ambleville's "Mass of the Bejing Jesuits" performed alternatim with traditional Chinese music and instruments; pre-concert lecture at 1:30 pm - more info and tix at: - hope to see all of our FB Friends there!

More info:
June 9 - 2:00 pm
Berkeley Festival & Exhibition of Early Music
St. John's Presbyterian Church
2727 College Avenue

Also in town for performances on Saturday and Sunday: Jordi Savall Cal Performances

Jordi Savall recibe el premio Léonie Sonning, el considerado Nobel de la música

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Older Jeff Rubin talks



Patrick Deneen now writing for the First Things website

E.J. Dionne and the Contradiction of Progressive Catholicism

Will he be able to dialogue with his colleagues on localism and other issues prominent at Front Porch Republic?
“29/31″: A Time-Travel Video About The Wall

The post refers to this video and is rather good, featuring some links to articles by Dalrock.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Jeff Rubin on Peak Oil

Energy Bulletin - Toronto Public Libary.

The following parts after the jump...
Why is Proctor and Gamble using the Olympic dreams of a Chinese family for its advertisement? (Rather than an American family?)
Is that commercial meant to be shown internationally?

A reminder

The Stanford Early Music Singers will be performing tomorrow evening.

Feast of St. Boniface, June 5

"A true man"

Crisis: St. Boniface, Apostle Among Pagans by Brennan Pursell


Some icons.

Veneration by some Orthodox -

SS. PIUS XII P.M. in Basilica Sanctae Mariae supra Minervam
Somewhat old news - Awake has been cancelled. Another rather pro-male show (like Life, also on NBC) gone from the air.

Monday, June 04, 2012

Californian Politics - SNAFU

The house received an advertisement for Paul Fong, an incumbent running for the Sate Assembly, District 28. It is in both Chinese and English, paid for by a PAC supposedly not associated with Fong or his campaign. (the Asian American Small Businesss PAC FPPC ID#1276929) I don't think it is a fake, intended to discredit him. Rather, the group sincerely believes that he has done a good thing for pushing Assembly Concurrent Resolution, No. 42 (pdf), in which California "officially" apologizes for past discrimination of Chinese[-Americans].

California apologizes to Chinese Americans for past discrimination

It's clearly an example of grievance politics. The Chinese were not enslaved, like the Africans who were brought to America. The contributions made by Chinese immigrants and Chinese Americans to the State of California are recognized. They were willing tools for the expansion of the American-state; this is not something of which we should be proud. They came seeking to make a better living; it should somewhat be expected then that as foreign labor that they would be paid less (why else would they be hired) and discriminated against (they weren't valued for their own sake, but only to increase the wealth of those employing them).

At best it can be said that we should be proud of the contributions of Chinese[-Americans] to the advances made in science and technology. But what of the moral and political aspects of civilization? What have Chinese-Americans done for culture?

In the sample ballot/voter's information booklet I learn that he was one of the legislators responsible for the law that was passed requiring that the teaching of California history include LGBT individuals. Pandering to LGBT Californians and liberals? Then again, he is a Democrat.


More proof that if Chinese assimilate, most eventually assimilate to the liberal Uhmerican mindset?

(There is a rumor that he is Catholic, but the source of this information is questionable.)

The "top two candidates open primary act," Proposition 14, was passed in 2010. A sad display of stupidity on the part of those who voted for it. All 'partisan' offices are now 'voter-nominated' offices. While this may seem to benefit independent candidates, it doesn't, since it is likely that they will be excluded from the November ballot. It reinforces the monopoly (not even a duopoly given the preference of the major population areas for the Dems).

This state deserves what it gets.

The Nationalist Conception and the Proposition Nation

Posted at the website of one of the Republican candidates for the Senate:

American's Creed

by William Tyler Page

I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed, a democracy in a republic, a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.

I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.

–Written 1917, accepted by the United States House of Representatives on April 3, 1918.

Fairfax County NSDAR

Women's Love of High Heels

On some dating profiles the women will state that they are looking for men of a certain height, because they like to wear high heels, and therefore the man they want has to be taller than them, when they're wearing heels. How seriously do they take this requirement? Is it just one more item on their checklist for disqualifying men at the outset? (Looking for a reason to reject.) That is to say, it is a requirement that could be ignored if the right sort of man approached them. Or is it that serious? How many women end up single because they refuse to compromise on this item, or beceause they refuse to give up wearing high heels? Wouldn't it be better for them to broaden their dating pool by giving up their heels? Some may claim that heels enhance their figure or their calves, but are heels actually meant to please themselves (despite the pain they get after wearing them for a long period) and impress other women, rather than men?

One danger of tribalism

Exemplified by Hatfields and McCoys, which seems to have done relatively well on cable. It is the pursuit of "private justice" or vengeance when recourse to a [neutral?] community authority to adjudicate disputes is available.

What explains the persistence of the feud over such a long time? Why couldn't it be stopped earlier? Proponents of the nation-state may point to feuding, private revenge, and tribalism as reasons why the clan had to be supplanted or suppressed by the nation-state. But the modern state is not necessary for there to be a more sophisticated legal system to come into being. After all, in the past tribal forms of justice were replaced by more "civilized" forms without the immediate rise of the modern nation-state, whether it be in the ancient or the medieval world.

Did the two families have too much freedom to carry on the feud because there wasn't a sufficient number of other families in the area? (Was this due to the settlement patterns in that part of N. America?) And was the feuding and/or the settlement pattern a Celtic carry-over from the homeland?)

Y! Big Story: The real story behind the Hatfields and the McCoys
Why Hatfields & McCoys broke ratings records: 4 theories

Will Allen to speak in SF

This Wednesday, at Book Passage (SF Ferry Building) at 6 P.M. - CUESA

The Good Food Revolution - a review; Redland Rambles and Handpicked Nation.

Growing Power
Will Allen's 'Good Food Revolution'
Eating Badly: 7 Consequences of Fast Food
Street Farmer

Once a Teacher

Bluegrass Today - featuring Nora Jane Struthers's kickstarter vid:

She raised enough funds for producing her album; I hope it will be finished soon!

More from Nora Jane Struthers:

Alaska Live TV: Bearfoot

Redback One Promo


Company website

Basic Carbine Course
Redback One 2 Day Tactical Carbine
Jason Falla shooting the 10-8 standards.
Jason Falla Redback One Intermediate Pistol Course

SMGLee Tactical Carbine Class

Ferdinand Bardamu says goodbye

His websites will be gone relatively soon.

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Who says girls can't compete athletically with boys?

Joel Stager, professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at IU Bloomington, said he is not suggesting that boys and girls compete against each other, but he said his findings indicate they could.

"It's the whole perception that girls can't compete fairly with boys," he said. "Well, at certain ages, they can."

1) Should children under the age of 11 be competing in athletic events? Or should they merely undergo some form of physical training?

2) Even if they can compete, is competition as necessary for developing the character of females as it is for males? Or does competition actually hinder the develope of femininity, rather than enhance it?

3) "Girl power" advocates will claim that we wish to shelter boys from competing with girls because they can't handle it, and that we think the male ego is so fragile that it must be protected. But even if this characterization is accurate, why is this the case psychologically? It is because the male identity itself is rooted in acting and strength more than in nurturing. Feminists are seeking to emasculate males in any way possible.
On Community by Laurel Good

Between us, my husband and I have taught close to a thousand students over the past five years: only a handful of them had grandparents in town. For some reason, people have as much trouble putting down roots here as maple trees do.

I suspect it’s because this isn’t our native earth, because our parents and friends and childhood memories are all settled a thousand miles away. And because no one can truly thrive without the knowledge that they matter in their community.

That’s not to say that no one can matter in Colorado. Out east on the plains you’ll find agricultural towns and small ranching communities that have made their mark on the land, and where people have made their mark on each other. And even in the Springs, there certainly are rare families who settled here several generations ago, and more that might begin to call it home. But my family isn’t one of them.

So we’re leaving now, before Sam spends his whole childhood indoors or on pavement, or before he comes to believe that his grandparents live in a little box called “Skype” on the computer. We’re going back home to the Midwest--Michigan, specifically--to be closer to our families, closer to familiar ground, closer to the grass.
Richard Dawson has passed away -- he was only 79. I thought he'd be older than that. I will remember him from Family Feud and Hogan's Heroes. RIP.

Edit. Ken Tucker on Mr. Dawson.