Saturday, June 23, 2012

Ignatius Press announces forthcoming release of the film, "Restless Heart"

Another dubbed foreign movie. Accurate with respect to the details and costumes? I have doubts about Augustine's mitre.

Why shouldn't Americans read the Declaration of Independence?

WWWTW: July 4th: Reading the Delcaration

"On the 4th we celebrate our independence, and the birthday of our polity, the United States of America."

Polity? Or a group of polities, united at first only in their separation from Great Britain? After all, the Articles of Confederation were not approved by the Continental Congress until 1777 and ratified in 1781. It is precisely confusion like this about the states, their sovereignty, and the nature of the two federal governments that makes me wonder how useful reading the Declaration of Independence would be for most Uhmericans.

A bit early for Independence Day grumbling... but I may go see the fireworks this year!

M. E. Bradford, Reading the Declaration: Reconsidering the Kendall Thesis (pdf)
Is the American Experience Conservative?

More on Bradford:
Southern Cross by David Gordon
Forrest McDonald’s Remarks about Mel Bradford
Philadelphia Society 47th National Meeting
Dallas, Texas, April 2, 2011
James McClellan, Defending the High Ground: The Legacy of M.E. Bradford (pdf)

The Late, Great Mel Bradford on the Constitution
The Legion’s Scandal of Stalled Reform by Rev. Thomas V. Berg (via Life After RC)

Two from Ethika Politika

The Catholic Worker Movement and Catholic Anarchism by Brian Douglass
Thomas More: The Man for Our Season

Fortnight for Freedom

Went to Atonement today; experienced the Anglican Use again. At the end of the Mass there were some prayers for religious liberty; one of the prayers seemed inspired by the Pledge of Allegiance. Were these prayers composed as a part of the Fortnight for Freedom Campaign. Does the campaign go beyond necessary political rhetoric into an actual endorsement of the errors of modern democracy and liberalism?

Fortnight for Freedom: Why Now? by José H. Gomez
Launching the Fortnight for Freedom by Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Subversive enough to be non-feminist?

Steven D. Greydanus's review of Brave. Movie Spoiler. The main character learns some lessons, but does she embrace a more traditional role and attitude at the end of the movie? It isn't merely that she starts off as an exemplar of the "kids smart, adults dumb" attitude (that SDG points out is a popular theme in children's movies), but she represents girl power.

Chet Richards, Is 4GW magnifique?

"Summary: FM writer Chet Richards (Colonel, USAF, retired) describes what our military refuses to see, that 4GW has become the dominate form of warfare in our age. That others are mastering it, while we spend vast sums preparing for wars that will not occur again during our lives. And, like all war, 4GW is Hell. See the links at the end for more information."

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Complementarian Loners: Death by Pedagogy: A Teacher’s Polemic Against Institutional Learning

The post provides the embedded video for the following lecture by John Taylor Gatto:
In Praise of Leisure by Robert Skidelsky and Edward Skidelsky (via FT)

The irony, however, is that now that we have at last achieved abundance, the habits bred into us by capitalism have left us incapable of enjoying it properly. The Devil, it seems, has claimed his reward. Can we evade this fate? Perhaps, but only if we can retrieve from centuries of neglect and distortion the idea of a good life, a life sufficient unto itself. Here we must draw on the rich storehouse of premodern wisdom, Occidental and Oriental.

Opposition to the growth juggernaut has gathered pace in recent years. Growth, say critics, is not only failing to make us happier; it is also environmentally disastrous. Both claims may well be true, but they fail to capture our deeper objection to endless growth, which is that it is senseless. To found our case against growth on the fact that it is damaging to happiness or the environment is to invite our opponents to show that it is not, in fact, damaging in those ways—an invitation they have been quick to take up. The whole argument then disappears down an academic cul-de-sac. The point to keep in mind is that we know, prior to anything scientists or statisticians can tell us, that the unending pursuit of wealth is madness.

Bred into "us"? Seems like the authors are speaking for the few. Most were probably unwilling drones who were forced by circumstances and need to become wage slaves. Those who are the more enthusiastic participants tend to have upper middle class aspirations or higher. Without the destruction of community in the first place there would be no meritocracy of the sort lamented by the writers at FPR.

Alas, the authors remain believers in some sort of growth (which presumes cheap energy and a plentiful supply of natural resources which can be wasted):

In discussing our ideas with friends and acquaintances, we find that several objections have cropped up regularly. The first concerns timing. "Now, of all moments," we are told, "is not the time to be talking about an end to growth. Wouldn't Keynes himself, were he alive, urge us to resume growth as rapidly as possible in order to bring down unemployment and pay off government debt?" We do not dispute this. But we need to distinguish between short-term policies for recovery after the worst depression since the 1930s, and long-term policies for realizing the good life.
It is rather humid in Houston! Arrived later than I expected, and it was raining when I stepped out of the baggage claim area. The downpour got worse! Had lunch at Guadalajara - ate too many chips! I will need some time to recover when I get back. Went to a Merrell outlet store after lunch; it didn't have a wide selection of shoes. I'll have to go to the store in SF and see if the wide shoes are available there. Took a nap after we came back and later Sarge and I took a walk near his apartment.

Houston seems to be a good example of Uhmerican sprawl.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Flying out tonight to visit Sarge and the Lone Star Republic; be back next week.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Saw a lot of Father's Day greetings on FB yesterday. A lot of them were from aspiring celebs or women in a certain industry and many included greetings for single moms.
Did they do the same for single fathers on Mother's Day? I don't think so.

GL Piggy: Baggage Claim and Single Mothers Day
Rational Male: Daddy Issues
Vox on Brave

Coming to Don Quioxte's

Windy Hill plus Blackberry Bushes String Band

Tue. July 3 at 7:30pm $10 adv./$13 door seated <21 w/parent Windy Hill: It's immediately evident at a Windy Hill show that the band is excited about bluegrass music and have big fun picking and singing. They're becoming increasingly well-known and are winning awards for their entertaining performances. Windy Hill began years ago as an idea in a wood shop class, where two 17-year-old friends sat around their workstation sanding their projects and talking about live music. They discovered a mutual love for the traditional sounds of Bill Monroe, Carter Stanley, and Jimmy Martin. The Blackberry Bushes Stringband were a big hit at the Strawberry Music Festival, selling a boatload of CDs. They hail from the rain-drenched forests of Olympia, Washington. They take a bluegrass instrumentation, draw from the deep roots of American folk music and add influences from Bluegrass, Appalachian old-time, and Indie Rock, to jazz, pop and Alt. Country. "Their blend of traditional Bluegrass and Folk elements with more contemporary sounds has an appeal not seen since Nickel Creek or The Be Good Tanyas." Joseph Kyle; The Big Takeover.

Windy Hill

Blackberry Bushes String Band

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Off to SLO today for niece #2's bday party.