Saturday, October 13, 2012


"I'm an intelligent, educated woman and I'd never for a jerk or an asshole."

A Review of Catholic Philosopher Chick Makes Her Début
Friday, October 12, 2012
Ryan McDermott
Readers caught up in the suspense that develops around the proper interpretation of Thomas’s infamous remark that “the female is a misbegotten male” will learn a great deal about Aristotelian biology and the personalist interpretation of Thomas, even as they experience why medieval scholastic disputes could draw large, raucous crowds. I’m cheering for the fun to continue when Cate gets her first tenure-track job at the University of Our Lady of the Rust Belt.

Chesterton Press

We'll have to see what sort of comments are added to this review, but why not throw in the word "creepy" to describe the Catholic super-nerds who geek out over philosophy and theology and want to throw their weight around when a woman appears? I suspect the authors and this commenter may be oblivious to the manifestation of hypergamy among female academics. Seven "chauvinistic" men? They may be chauvinistic in the book, but I bet their characters are also betas, not alphas - that's the unforgivable sin, not the fact that they're chauvinistic. Oh, don't tell me - they're just intimidated of an intelligent woman who can hold her own; all they need is a dose of humility and Catholic personalism/feminism to realize their errors.

Massive fail for Chesterton Press?

A remade done right...

Wow, and for a Pachinko game, too. Scenes from the original series redone, Macross. (Appparently that opening I found through AICN a week ago was only one scene.)

Dr. Fleming's Advice to American Christians

Thomas Fleming, Christian Politics in PostChristian America

He begins:
American Christians like to think of their country as peculiarly religious. Some, invoking the old Puritan metaphor of the city on the hill, insist that the United States is no mere nation-state, but an exception in the history of nations. Our nation is a beacon shining the light of moral virtue and political liberty on a world darkened by atheism and immorality.

Many of these latter-day Puritans are good people and fine Christians, but they do display a disquieting tendency to turn Christian faith into a religious and political ideology that is not so much Christianity as Christianism. Christianists are not content merely to lead Christian lives, go to church, and practice charity. They must be forever making the world a better place. In the process, they are not always careful to distinguish the morality and theology of historic Christianity from the typically American cult of free enterprise and democratic capitalism. For them, Ronald Reagan and Paul Ryan, while they may not rank with Jesus and the Apostles, are at least on par with popes, patriarchs, and the pastors of megachurches.

How did "Should Christians Vote" turn out?

Back to the Stone Age: Addendum

Michael Pollan on Proposition 37

Why California’s Proposition 37 Should Matter to Anyone Who Cares About Food

Michael Pollan
Yes on Proposition 37
Citizens for Truth

The ad with celebrity endorsements... not so convincing, for me at least.

Yes on 37 - California Right To Know

California's Central Valley: Land of a Billion Vegetables

Jeffrey Smith and Tom Malterre, MS, CN Discuss GMOs and Gluten

Jeffrey Smith and Tom Malterre, MS, CN Discuss GMOs and Gluten from Whole Life Nutrition on Vimeo.

Farmer Revolution

The Video Monsanto Does NOT Want You to See! Brought to you by Nutiva and Elevate
How GMO foods alter organ function and pose a very real health threat to humans
Controlling Our Food | A Documentary On Genetically Modified Foods GMO's
Bad Seed - Danger of Genetically Modified Food

TEDxACADEMY - Alex Ikonomidis - Grow our way out of the crisis

Interview with Vandana Shiva


I wouldn't mind seeing a functional A-10 in person, before it becomes a relic of the age of cheap energy.

Friday, October 12, 2012

A Rejoinder to Straussians and Traditionalist Catholics

Both groups have accepted the Yankee nationalist myth, with the traditionalists criticizing the American founding accordingly.

Traditionalists see the United States as a "product of the Enlightenment" under the belief that rights can only be understood within the framework of liberalism, not as curbs on human legislative authority for a different reason. In this case, the Bill of Rights is a curb on the authority of the Federal Government. They do not acknowledge that the United States are more than the federal system.

Virtue, Wisdom, Experience, Not Abstract Rights, Form the Basis of the American Republic by Gregory S. Ahern

Catholics criticize the current political economy as a liberal one, probably rightly so, but it is not wholly liberal in its origin. (I will posit for now that it was inspired both by liberalism and some form of republicanism, even if that republicanism may have been deficient.) What do they offer as a solution, whether they be traditionalists or those associated with the left? CST! If everyone would just follow CST things would be better. But they've missed a big step - there can be no reorganization of community because what association that exists in most Uhmerican places are not communities. Communities must be formed from scratch, and this requires time and circumspection on the part of those involved, as they test one another. One should make laws to prevent injustice from happening, but CST is probably not a solution, not until other things are in place. The powers that be, the oligarchy, will ensure that the status quo is maintained. We can only do what we can to work outside of their system.

On voting:
Andew Haines, A Vote Worth Casting: What Makes Voting Valuable? (via CFPML)

He continues his examination of voting in line of MacIntyre's somewhat famous admonition to abstain.
The Moral Duty to (Not) Vote. Voting is an exercise of distributive justice that is dependent upon knowing the character of the candidates and their qualifications to hold office. The exercise of good practical reason should take into account whether one wells a candidate well enough to judge them to be suitable or not. Being a voter should be as serious as being a member of the Mafia: for whom can you vouch? While the personal consequences of making a bad endorsement may not be as great, a bad officer-holder can contribute to the ruin of a political community. I think Haines is on the right track, but he does not bring up the question of the proper scale or size of a community as Aristotle does (and Aristotelians worth the name do).

Haines questions, against Pahman, whether there can be a duty to consider the consequences?
"Not, of course, because considering probabilities is somehow unrelated to performing valuable actions—I argue that informed judgments are the only sort worth anything to begin with. Rather, it’s because introducing “duty” language into a thoroughly intellectual activity just doesn’t make sense."

Here I think Haines is probably wrong - if there are precepts concerning the virtue of prudence, then there are duties pertaining to prudence, and the citizen is obligated to act (and reason) prudently with respect to the affairs of the community.

Even Celebs Miss the 80s?

Simon, Simon, Adam Scott and Jon Hamm in 'The Greatest Event in Television History'

Simon & Simon didn't catch my interest as a kid.

Cantirino on the Blond/Cameron Split

Blond v. Cameron; Or: How Do You Turn Localism Into a Governing Agenda? by Matthew Cantirino
But I also wonder what, if anything, this says about the ability of this kind of deep traditionalism to impact politics at the national level (and vice versa). “Red Toryism” and the “Big Society,” broke new (or, more accurately, long-untilled) ground when they first emerged. They offered a genuinely interesting way of articulating conservative principles that looked set to finally push the conversation past the now-several decades old tropes of regulation v. the invisible hand and individualism v. collectivism. More than that, the reclamation of communal language and localist emphases allowed a party not often identified with compassion the public mind to speak authentically and convincingly about its concern for the poor without sounding like it had simply flip-flopped or paid for an image-improvement campaign. While some dismissed the rise of the Red Tories as little more than convenient rhetorical facade to cover for planned austerity, or as wholly insincere, in truth they represented an authentic attempt to rethink what had become regnant political orthodoxy along the lines of older (and still ostensibly functioning) principles–a kind of radical traditionalism, if such a term can make sense.

New Urbanism: A Means to Sustainability?

Session Podcast: New Urbanism: Why Reshaping Cities is Green

"This session with John Norquist, Mike Krusee and Katherine Gregor offers a crash course in New Urbanism, a powerful antidote to the numerous problems created by suburban sprawl and our car-dependent culture. Participants will learn the environmental benefits of creating vibrant, compact, transit-friendly communities from expert practitioners."

Guerra Manuscript

The Guerra Manuscript by Janelle Davis - mp3

Interview with Peter Hitchens at the London Evening Standard

The interview. He comments on it at his blog.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A French Movie

So it is suitable for all audiences or is it unrated for a reason? The Well-Digger's Daughter.

UK trailer:

French trailer:

Does a good [secular?] love story with a happy ending (just a guess) excuse the fornication that takes place during it (probably not shown, as the movie seems rather "innocent" for a French movie)?

Roger Ebert's review

Dr. Shinya Yamanaka

Great news about the Nobel Prize
Vindication for Opponents of Embryo-Destructive Research
Stem Cell Scientists Gurdon and Yamanaka Win Nobel Prize in Medicine

Gladstone Institutes

Do we care what Mayor Ed Lee and the City of San Francisco think? Everyone wants to claim a winner as one of their own.

Steve Sailer, Japanese win another Nobel

More videos after the jump:

What Future for the Big Cities?

Cities and Suburbs in the Energy Descent: Thinking in Scenarios by Karl North (EB)

Nous Sommes la Génération Identitaire

Thomas Fleming, Anti-Anti-White Video Goes Viral - Nous Sommes la Génération Identitaire

Also posted at Rebellion - transcript at GoV.

Did they get permission from whomever owns the rights to Hans Zimmer's soundtrack for Inception?

I can imagine PC enforcers making noises about this being "militant" and "threatening" because it is merely making a statement that goes against the liberal status quo, and asserts something in contradiction to it.

Peter Hitchens, Riding my Bicycle in a 'Smug, Racist Way', and first thoughts on

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Suburbia, the Soul Killer

Hyperbole, but still...

Why Suburbia Really Is Affecting Your Spiritual Life (single) - via Mere Comments.
Interview by Joseph Gorra, Christianity Today

Baker Academic

Music at What Cost?

Ensemble Galilei, including Hanneke Cassel, is performing in San Francisco this Friday at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco: Seeing America.
With Narration by Bill Pullman and Lily Knight
Photographs from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

A riveting theatrical presentation featuring actors Bill Pullman (Independence Day) and Lily Knight with Ensemble Galilei, First Person: Seeing America captures the rich complexity and majesty of the American experience, combining iconic photographs from The Metropolitan Museum of Art with the words of our country’s greatest scribes, from Langston Hughes to Studs Terkel. The actors narrate while images of our nation’s defining moments – from the Civil War to the Great Depression and beyond – are projected on stage. Groundbreaking chamber group Ensemble Galilei accompanies with transcendent music in a remarkable and powerfully moving experience.

But the program seems likely to be one consonant with the liberal nationalist history. Would I enjoy sitting through that (and paying for it), just to have a chance to meet HC in person? I am thinking no.

Also performing on Friday, at the Freight and Salvage - Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas.

Monday, October 08, 2012

Paul Gottfried on Conservatism

The Impermanence of Labels - also published at AmCon as Defining Conservatism Down

And, part 1D2 of Dr. Fleming's Back to the Stone Age is now online.

Robert Koons on Uhmerican Higher Ed

Dark Satanic Mills of Mis-Education: Some Proposals for Reform by Robert C. Koons

Talk of a higher education “bubble” is well justified. The reasonably priced state university degree of even modest quality is no longer available. The reason for the upward cost spiral is easy to find: an arms race for prestige, which is inherently a zero-sum game, driving up the salaries of both administrators and well-published research professors. The rising costs have almost no relation to the quality of instruction.

As a result of the moral degeneration of the university, the Baconian promise of economic prosperity through research and education is increasingly an empty one. Fewer and fewer American students have the self-discipline required even for degrees like engineering, natural science, or accounting, which offer short-term economic benefit. Most so-called research is next to worthless, since its value is defined in self-referential terms: good research in each field is whatever good researchers in that field do (as defined by leading journals and conferences), regardless of any benefit or lack of benefit to the wider community. This self-referential circle means that research in even the hard sciences becomes increasingly political and unrelated to reality.

For individual students, the economic return on an American college degree is in free fall. Fewer than 30 percent of graduates secure a job that “requires” a college degree (in any sense). Median salary of college graduates last year: $27,000 a year. Average debt burden: $21,000. As a result, we have begun to see the emergence of the Uncollege movement (www., with a growing number of young people joining the ranks of the higher education refuseniks, following in the footsteps of entrepreneurs like Bill Gates, Michael Dell, and Michael Zuckerburg.

Check out also his recommendations. Catholic colleges and universities should get on the bandwagon for reform, if they can overcome their institutional inertia (based in part on the assumption of perpetual growth) and the acceptance of the nationalist myth.

Mark Sisson on Rock Center

Preview of the program that aired last week.

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Psy on Jimmy Kimmel

Installation Mass of Archbishop Cordileone

Last Thursday.

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone Mass of Installation Video
San Francisco's new archbishop seeks to rebuild God's house

Archbishop is 'collaborator' in helping lead the faithful to holiness

Archbishop Cordileone: 'Francis, rebuild my house'
In homily, Archbishop Cordileone calls for 'rebuilding from within'
More from Catholic SF.

NC Reporter: Cordileone's installation in San Francisco includes demonstrations

The Lady of Shalott

Loreena McKennitt: The Lady of Shalott

A live performance.

Sunday, October 07, 2012