Saturday, June 16, 2012

More feminist junk

One reviewer seems to applaud Brave for being a better feminist movie than any previous Disney movie. (My interpretation of his words.) Monty Cristo Says That Fortune Favors BRAVE!

There may be some commentary on the movie in the androsphere once it is released. How many Catholics will end up endorsing the movie as "harmless" or having a "positive" message for women? They didn't have any problems with Harry Potter even though the books and the movies are clearly feminist in outlook. What sort of Catholic culture do they have if they are unable to see it? One that is seeped with feminism.
The Fulford File | Romney May Have Lost The Election By Rolling Over For Obama's Illegal Amnesty
Obama's Amnesty
VFR: U.S. Bishops support Obama’s amnesty fiat

The Grascals in the Studio: Kristin Scott Benson plays banjo on Pretty Melody

Not Butch Walker's song of the same name? No video with the full version of the song is on YT yet.

The Grascals (MS)

No appearances in California the rest of the year.
Will Hoyt gives some recommendations for further reading consequent to his "The Flaw in Jefferson's Idea of Ward Republics":

In addition to not-yet-discredited, still enormously helpful mid-20th century works like Henri Pirenne’s Economic and Social History of Medieval Europe and Marc Bloch’s Feudal Society, Vols. I & II, there is a relatively recent book by Witold Kula called Measures and Men, which is a history of the shift from medieval to modern ways of measuring. As for studies that discuss the significance of the 1785 Land Act in these wider sorts of contexts, I would recommend Andro Linklater’s very fine Measuring America (Penguin, 2003). Linklater’s subtitle reads as follows: “How the United States Was Shaped by the Greatest Land Sale in History”.

The Steep Canyon Rangers in Grass Valley

Alas, the video is upside down?

The Western as the ultimate American mythos

It is claimed that the ratings for Longmire have been pretty good - what were the demographicsfor the audience like? Does cable continue to attract male viewers who have been alienated from the commercial networks? (Or is it mostly older male viewers who are tuning in?) Hatfields and McCoys also did well. I suspect that shows that are throwbacks to westerns, like Longmire, do well with males. There's Justified. (Will AMC's Hell on Wheels get another season? It can be rather boring and preachy, even if its main character is actually a sympathetic Confederate.) CBS has Vegas coming out in the Fall; even though it takes place in the 60s I wouldn't be surprised if they squeezed some feminist even if it's historically inaccurate [*anacrhonistic* - my vocab is really slipping] (from the link - "Carrie-Anne Moss has the plum role of an "ambitious assistant district attorney").

Other shows that are probably doing well with males include Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead. But the Western is not done yet, though it may soon become one more victim of multiculturalism and the demographic changes coming to Uhmerica. What need do they have for the American ideal of the stoic [white] male who goes around enforcing the law and getting things done?

I should write an analysis of the Western and how it reflects certain American values, as the title of this post might suggest, but others probably have done it better than I ever could and it is getting rather late...

Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained is more in the spirit of an exploitation spaghetti western than a traditional Western. Pete Takeshi is be a QT fan, along with his wife, but I'd probably avoid the movie since I have become less and less tolerant of QT with time. Does he offer any positive cultural vision for Uhmerica? Or is he just a cultural parasite, riffing off the past (and his geek film favorites) without addition to any long-lasting tradition? I don't see him doing anything with his art except to serve liberal values and morality. As things stand with regards to energy, movies are rather ephemeral works of art. [Trailer]

More pictures

Is SDG going to have a positive review of Brave?

Some Doctor Who-related news:
Bill Nighy Reveals He Turned Down The Role Of Doctor Who
Christopher Eccleston has clear conscience over Doctor Who departure
The Shadow Line, BBC Two, review
Christopher Eccleston in 'The Fuse': First Look - picture
Christopher Eccleston interview: "This is why I became an actor"

Friday, June 15, 2012

Why Old Time? (Documentary trailer-Spring 09)

the website

Scandalous or not?

This afternoon I went to Mass at OLP for the Feast of the Sacred Heart.
There was a couple who had a child out of wedlock, participating in a ceremony/rite for couples in marriage prep at the parish. It included something (consecration?) for the Sacred Heart, possibly followed by a blessing. I don't know - I didn't stick around to see what was going on. The couples in marriage prep were mostly Latinos/Latinas. There was one attracitve Latina brunette, but unfortunately, "she's taken." Where did the Vietnamese go? (I saw one Vietnamese couple.) There is still a sizeable number of Filipinos at the parish. The other Filipino parishes in the diocese (many of which are in Santa Clara) are not so orthodox or so traditional in liturgical practice.

Fr. Jose talked about ingratitude during his homily; he talked about how we felt when people don't show their gratitude or reciprocate. So of course I could relate. Too bad the homily started to get too long, as my mind drifted.

Anyway, back to the couple. Was their presence for a rite for engaged couples scandalous? After all it was obvious that the woman had a child (probably by the man who was present) and yet not married. Yes, sins can be forgiven, but even if they are forgiven, is their presence nonetheless a true source of scandal? Could it be miscontrued as a permissive attitude towards sexual sin on the part of the Church? Could such a couple be justly excluded from group marriage prep, and instead be pastored privately? How would such a situation be handled in the early Church? Is there a danger that the Church seems too lax in its handling of sin? Should we not hold people to a higher standard when grace is available? What about taking the notion of the near occasio of sin seriously? If the couple were careful not to leave themselves alone for an extended period of time would she have gotten pregnant?

If we really want to be perfect in caritas we must avoid the near occasions of sin, rather than make excuses by saying that we are weak or trying to circumvent the law, seeing how much we can get away with before we sin. We do not have the attitude that we must preserve a woman's virginity at all costs, as if it were the highest good (as some anti-Christian critics might allege). What we want is for the faithful to be held accountable to God through being accountable to others - their parents (or her parents). Some might say that we are not treating people like "adults" because we insist on their being supervised by elders while they are engaged in courtship. But we are taking into consideration fallen human nature and concupiscence. And there is nothing wrong with wanting to prevent an unmarried woman from becoming pregnant - if she does not marry (and there may be reasons why she should not marry the father of the child) the consequences are serious for the child as well as for the mother and father. (And the likelihood of her being married is lowered as well.)

There is also a question of fostering respect for the law. If a couple can show the consequences of their sin in public, without some sort of acknowledgement of guilt, is not respect for divine law also damaged? "We can get away with anything because God will forgive us."

What, then, is the Church doing to restore boundaries to courtship and the relations between men and women? It is not enough to give rules about dating - we have to restore a culture which involves the family and greater accountability. (And there is also the pastoral problem of feminist attitudes.)

God's mercy is abundant, as the Sacred Heart reminds us, but the same devotion also reminds us that our sins against God are serious. How do we strike a balance between good pastoring and avoid causing scandal to others? I would think that a repentent sinner would not be offended by being required to do public penance or to abstain from certain rites beceause charity should motivate them to be conscious of avoiding giving scandal.

Now the couple in question are not guilty, "strictly speaking," of scandal. But is their presence scandalous on the part of the Church not exercising sufficient discretion in its pastoring?

Are sentence adverbs a good development in English?


Oz Conservative: Feminist wants to teach girls how to choose the right husband

Dalrock: What HUSies want.

Advice from - bskillet81, dogsquat, an observer
deti: 1, 2, 3
Anonymous Reader
P Ray

I didn't want to go into a full explanation of the situation, and so the advise may be based on premises that don't match the situation, but it's good enough. Onenitis, "I can't quit you," is just stupid. I had been postponing committing to a course of action, but it's about time. People need to deal with the consequences of their actions and beliefs, even if they deny their own part in bringing their misery about. True believers will remain hardened in their belief when they place their idolatry above God.

"May you learn that karma is a bigger b*tch than you are."

When men say that women killed the nice guy in them I believe it.

Even if we think that alpha players are immoral, that does not mean that they cannot at the same time be acting as a scourge.

I will do what I can for the next generation related by blood. The rest of Uhmerican "society" (again, more like an aggregate than a society) can fend for themselves when full-blown collapse hits.

Rooshv: Why Feminism in America Will Die

We Are the Enemy
How Feminism Destroyed the Forest Service
Why I'm Not a Feminist (still too egalitarian - if duties or roles are different, then treatment under law should be unequal)

From ‘Happily Ever After’ to the Fall by Tom Bethell

The Bride Who Was Groomed for a Career
A good start but when will Catholic women confront hypergamy and shrewish behavior, especially with the emasculation of husbands? (Yeah, it's the men's fault because they weren't alpha enough, right?)

Items of Interest, 15 June 2012

The Flaw in Jefferson’s Idea of Ward Republics by Will Hoyt

The Baleful Comet of Boston: Samuel Adams and the Puritan Republic by M. E. Bradford

The Moral Imagination & Imaginative Conservatism by Eva Brann

William J. Watkins, Storming the Castle Doctrine

Imperial Dusk by Joseph Fallon

Bradley Birzer, Conservatism is Not an Ideology

Permanent Things: T.S. Eliot's Conservatism

Samuel Gregg, A Necessary Symbiosis
America’s Spiritual Capital
by Nicholas Capaldi and Theodore Roosevelt Malloch
St Augustine’s Press (South Bend, Indiana), 2012.
Paper, 176 pages, $17.

Modern but Not Liberal
A confident Christian faith can absorb and sustain the achievements of modernity
David S. Yeago
Too accepting of liberalism as one of the primary causes of modernity? (Rather than an ideology used by some to justify the consequences of political and economic centralization.)

Rod Dreher, Corruption and Family Structure

The Indian Law That Lets Citizens Shoot Cops

Ralph Nader, Romney's Inante Campaign
Paul Gottfried, An Echo, Not a Choice

A Trump doing something positive? Ivanka Trump Makes Her Mark (modesty in fashion)

The Perfections of Jane Austen by Eva Brann

Economics and Sustainability:
Elinor Ostrom passed away earlier this week. Slate. Indiana University.

Thomas Storck, Too Few Capitalists or Too Much Capitalism

The Myth of the Free Market American Health Care System

Book review: "Energy and the Wealth of Nations"
by Richard Vodra, JD, CFP

'The End of Growth'… and then what? (review of Heinberg and Rubin) (EB)
Crawford Kilian, The Tyee

END OF GROWTH UPDATE: Neither a borrower nor a lender be by Richard Heinberg (EB)

Bill Rees: Why We're in Denial (EB)
by Justin Ritchie & Seth Moser-Katz

Making a Local Coat: From Raw Materials to Finished Product

Eating our way to a better world? : A plea to local, fair-trade, organic food enthusiasts by Andrea Brower

Chris Martenson's website has some changes.

Is Your Home Fit? Here’s How to Find Out

John Michael Greer, Collapse Now and Avoid the Rush and The Parting of the Ways

Earth Blood : John Michael Greer (interview) - mp3

Club Orlov: Fragility and Collapse: Slowly at first, then all at once and Our Brave Experiment

10 Ways to Love Where You Live
We should do what we can to be neighborly and sociable, but these steps will not eradicate profound differences in culture and identity.

Gene Logsdon, Can garden farming be too successful? (EB)

Soil Survivor: An Interview with Will Allen

Peak Oil and Energy:
Oil and the future: a review of Peeking at Peak Oil (EB)
Kersti Kollberg, Uppsala Nya Tidning (Aleklett's Energy Mix)

Modifying Hubbert’s model of peak oil to account for a rise in production due to higher prices (EB)
James Hamilton, Econbrowser

[ Charles Hall // Energy Returns ]

[ Charles Hall // Energy Returns ] from Extraenvironmentalist on Vimeo.

Energy Return on (Energy) Invested (EROI), Oil Prices, and Energy Transitions

Peak Oil = Slavery?

U of All People

Why I Wore A Strapless Wedding Dress
(Reminds me of JC and her wedding at the CC chapel.)

Political Withdrawal Reconsidered

James Kalb, In the Middle of the Journey
Catholics need to oppose the movement toward a society that prizes above all else security, efficiency, and the ever-more-demanding liberal version of human rights.

A review in the SFCV of Jordi Savall's concerts last weekend.

Materialism is Killing Country Music by Charlie Spiering

I will be visiting Texas next week for a few days, some will be spent in Houston and a couple in San Antonio. Been trying to find some music or dance events. The Quebe Sisters won't be around and there are no contra dance events at that time. Honky-tonk bar?
Twelve Churches Not to Miss When You Visit California | Jim Graves | Catholic World Report (via Insight Scoop)

Latin-rite churches...

I've visited the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi and the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph. The sanctuary and altar of the cathedral should be replaced.

The Feast of the Sacred Heart


On the dating of the feast, July 15: About Catholicism

This icon of the Sacred Heart (done by a Latin) may not conform to Byzantine canons, but I like it nonetheless.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Too much of a good thing?

The Father's Day Festival in Grass Valley started today and will go on until Sunday. It was preceded or is accompanied, I believe, by workshops. It features a lot of bluegrass music and some old time music acts as well.

Without cheap energy would it be possible to have a festival lasting for so many days drawing people from all over California? And is that too much good music for one setting? A surfeit of audio pleasure may seem like a blessing, but does an excess of leisure becomes sloth? Or another instance of consumption rather than enjoyment - we can't space out our enjoyment of live music within a communal setting and a normal temporal cycle and so we have to take in as much as we can at these special events. We listen with other fans, individuals and their families, rather than with our neighbors and extended kin. (Though those who live in and near Grass Valley who are in attendance may be blessed by the company of those near to them.)

Still, if I had money and a family, I might go there for a short vacation. Beats Disneyland.

California Bluegrass Association
See also the Northern California Bluegrass Society.
You Are Not Special Commencement Speech from Wellesley High School

SJ Mercury

Renewable Ignorance by Herman Daly (EB)

Daly gets Aquinas wrong: "Which error are we most likely to commit today? I believe we overemphasize Descartes and pay too little attention to Aquinas. I take Aquinas’s “higher things” to mean purposes, knowledge about right purposes." Aquinas, following Aristotle, is saying that the knowledge of divine things is intrinsically more valuable than knowledge of lower things. Still, his main point is correct - we should be asking whether our practices (to use MacIntyre's terms) are properly ordered to human goods, and we should be reflecting more upon what those goods are. (Hence the importance of seeking guidance from those who are wise, rather than relying upon bad reasoning masquerading as science or philosophy.)
A guest post by Stefani Ruper at Free the Animal: No One’s Power but Our Own: Paleo Sexist Woes, and an Invitation to Rise Up and Roar

Who is pressuring women to have extremely chiseled muscles and very little body fat? Not that average man. Keoni Galt does a good job of showing how it is not the fault of patriarchy that women have this distorted ideal of beauty. (Do men in the paleo world push this ideal? Certainly they do advocate that women shoudl be fit and strong and use weights. But having low body fat?)

As for the assumption that men and women have the same physiological needs and markers for health that underlies some [most?] medical research: this is a legitimate criticism, and sex differences in health should be studied more thoroughly.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Went to Ike's Lair (Cupertino) today with ah Fai and KK. Didn't think the sandwich was really worth the price; KK said she would actually prefer Togo's. She's a simple kind of girl. The sandwiches are hot; that might separate Ike's from Erik's Or Pebbles. (I've never been to Pebbles, and the last time I was at an Erik's was maybe 3 years ago.) I tried gluten-free bread today. It was interesting, reminded me of Eastern holy bread in some respects. Ike's seems to be a popular place for the techies working in the area. Saw some Apple employees there today. (*insert snark about tech geeks*)

Ike's offers halal chicken and roast beef & steak. No pig meat. Preference of the founder/owner?

I saw a few attractive Asian women today as well - some were in their 20s, another probably in her 30s. Where are they on the weekends? Doubt I would marry an Asian engineer, even if they are more "feminine" than the average Uhmerican. I doubt the great "leveller" is going to happen before I get old, though. Things may be better by the time my nephews grow up, if they are looking for a more traditional-minded woman to marry.

Dalrock: Never marrieds piling up
Never marrieds piling up part 2; what should I do?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Valse des Poêles



I should read the book on this point, but maybe the DVD would be more helpful. I don't get much out of books explaining physical movements. Personal instruction would probably be best, still.

The weekly tip:

Cultivate a new Glidewalking habit! Next time you go on a walk or stroll, try rolling your shoulders back and clasping your hands behind you. Your shoulders will easily remain open while you feel the squeeze of your gluteal muscles on the backs of your hands with each step. You might just feel a little taller and appear more elegant as well!

J-Lo's Butt Secret - Walking The Straight And Narrow
Want a Better Butt? Try “Glidewalking”

I think I've posted this before: Gliding to Better Posture


More Trash TV on Fox - Thursday Nights

"Reality Dating"? More like a way for some aspiring actresses and other Uhmerican women to put themselves and "girl power" on display.

Take Me Out is the worse of the two, as you see the women disqualifying and eliminating men based on trivial reasons.

YT has some auditions and comments by some of the female participants.

The Choice

Where are the right communitarians?

The Age of Consequences by Guy McPherson

Communities grow organically; but what of natural affections and identities?

Governance: Closed and Proprietary, or Open and Bottom-Up? by David Bollier (Bollier comments on "The Commons and World governance. Towards a global social contract" by Blin and Marin)

If the nation-state is waning (this is questionable) does this mean that a global authority needs to step in? Or does it point the direction toward further devolution of authority?

Preface to Sharing for Survival (a new book from Feasta) by Brian Davey (EB)

Other than Lind and Weyrich's Next Conservatism series, I can't think of any writers "on the right" who are articulating a constructive vision of what is to be done. Appealing to states' rights and the Constitution is not enough, if one does not indicate how community and power are to be built up and protected at the "local level." (Or more accurately, at a more human scale.)
Russell Arben Fox, What Was High School For Anyway?

Trying to work out how to pay for or scale up (or down) public education is a never-ending argument, but by and large, as I put it once, “I like the idea of the state being a (partial) agent of education; insofar as the state is the reflection of the collective interest we all have in promoting and sharing certain civic goods with one another, especially the poor and marginalized, then it is an agency worth supporting.”

What civic goods might be these be? The community has an interest in the moral formation of its members, but this moral formation need not be achieved primarily through modern mass education. Should the government be promoting vocational training? Or should it get out of the way as much as possible and let citizens train the next generation? (And of course should it not stop privileging the economic elites and their vision of commercial society?)

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Wisdom and Science of Traditional Diets

The same narcissism that drives people to become mass entertainers also feeds their drive to be on the cutting edge of social liberation and activism? 'Feel good' moralism.

Another abuse of celebrity

Carrie Underwood Speaks Out in Support of Gay Marriage

While Carrie's conservative image as a country Christian gal from Oklahoma may make the singer seem to some an unusual candidate to show such unwavering support for same-sex nuptials, the singer insists that her approval of gay marriage stems from her faith. Although she was raised in a Baptist church, Carrie and her hubby Mike Fisher now worship in a non-denominational congregation.

Garbage Warrior [Full Length Documentary]
Odd, a dream about MBH...

Anyway, via NLM: Fr Aidan Nichols OP on the Future of the Church in England

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Somewhat busy day, surprisingly. Need to see if the computer problem is overheating. Went to the teachers' appreciation dinner, met someone who was in the confirmation class plus some of the other younger teachers, all of whom (except one) had been in my mother's class (and some other people in the community). May see them again some time. So feeling somewhat upbeat after that. We'll see how long this lasts.