Saturday, February 23, 2013

Went to a day of recollection at the Byz. parish - it was quite good, and the parish priest even talked about the Jesus prayer. I think he had to cancel the last talk though since we went over time with the discussion of the Jesus prayer and we had to start Vespers.

One of Sarge's Heroes

The Wichita Eagle: Father Emil Kapaun to be awarded Medal of Honor

Obama is personally unworthy to give this honor to such a man and priest.

Bishop Emeritus of Rome

Rome Reports: Top ranking cardinal reveals future title for Benedict XVI

In What Does Female Sexual Attraction Consist?

The Five Vectors of Female Attraction to Men – Guest Post by Donalgraeme

With all of the good comments, we'll have to see if there is a part 2.

See also Beta Bible Studies and Alpha Attitude.

Beatbox version of Feel with Hikakin and Marie Digby

Introduction to the Works of Dr Weston A. Price by Sally Fallon Morell

Introduction to the Works of Dr Weston A. Price - Sally Fallon Morell from Wise Traditions London on Vimeo.

Friday, February 22, 2013

James Howard Kunstler Looks at the Ag Scene

with Seth Jacobs and caterer Susie Quillio - KunstlerCast #218: Surveying the Local Ag Scene (mp3)

Local Harvest

다비치 (Davichi) - 모르시나요 (아이리스 Ⅱ OST) MV .

Davichi (다비치) has grown on me, and the two women have more vocal talent than the idol groups. But the drama (아이리스 Ⅱ), like the original, will probably have plenty of melodrama while missing the mark when it comes to realism in its action sequences and depiction of spycraft. (It seems that it will also be another attack on traditional mores regarding sexual activity.)


Gerald Celente Predicts...

Currency Wars Will Lead to a World War

Another Attempt to Organize

Introducing the American Traditionalist Society

Will there be any parallels with Eric Heubeck's proposal? It is likely, since the proposal is being hosted at The Orthosphere.

Also @ The Orthosphere: Jeffersonian’s Proposal for the Peaceful Separation of Liberal and Conservative Americans
Commenting on Jeffersonian’s Proposal

Zenit: Some FAQ's on the Pope's Resignation


Vatican Press Office Director Confirms Details of Pontiff's Final Week
Pope's Last Farewell to Be Broadcast Live

More from Crisis on Benedict XVI

Benedict’s Intellectual Mentors and Students by Tracey Rowland
The Strange World of Garry Wills by Tom Piatak
Will the Next Pope Oppose the “Dictatorship of Relativism” as Fiercely as Benedict? by Dr. William Oddie

Paige Anderson and the Fearless Kin - Greed & Lust

Another California bluegrass group -

Robert R. Reilly on Islam

The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist Crisis

Islamism: 'Spiritual pathology based on deformed theology'

10 Questions with ‘The Closing of the Muslim Mind’ author Robert R. Reilly
Robert Reilly, author of The Closing of the Muslim Mind: Exclusive Jihad Watch interview

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Divine Liturgy with Patriarch John Yaziji

Greek Orthodox Patriarch of the Levant and Antioch

MTV Lebanon

Restoring the Social Dimenstion to Eating

A Professional Cook Puts Restaurants on the Back Burner by Samin Nosrat

Guilty of Low Expectations?

Why Cardinal O’Malley should be pope by Xavier L. Suarez

What has the archbishop of Boston done to correct wayward theologians (Jesuits and their associates) at Boston College? I do not think he has cleaned house since I left Boston. How many heterodox priests remain in good standing with the diocese? Maybe I'm missing the "prudential reasoning."

May God preserve us from spineless bishops.

Perhaps the author of the op-ed piece has different priorities: "He was unofficially but universally recognized as Hispanic, and it didn’t hurt that he had obtained a doctorate in Spanish and Portuguese literature at Catholic University. Those of us who were educated there were often flabbergasted when he outperformed us in Spanish fluency."

The Orwellian World of Catholic Higher Education (via Insight Scoop)

Dido, "White Flag"

On the Jimmy Kimmel Show.

"No Freedom"

Full album sampler

Sh*t Paleo People Say .

More Reflections on Benedict XVI

NLM: Dom Alcuin Reid: "Farewell to a Gentle Liturgical Reformer" (I can't find the original at The Catholic Herald)

Fr. Fessio's Pope Benedict
CWR exclusive: Fr. Fessio on Pope Benedict’s resignation

The Pope and the Philistines by Tracey Rowland

Related: How, during the lifetime of a pope, can his successor gain the authority he needs? We are in a time of uncertainty: but we are also in God’s hands by William Oddie


CHT: International Olympic Committee’s Outrageous Decision to Drop Wrestling and Why Wrestling Was Lost

As a sport with martial origins, it should have been kept, but the IOC/Olympics is probably as PC and multiculturalist as it gets, these days. That girls have been allowed to participate in their own league and also against teenage boys in certain areas should not lead us to cast the sport into disrepute. The sport isn't the problem, but the culture.

Steve Sailer: Wrestling banned from the Olympics? Get rid of golf instead
Alpha Game Plan: Mailvox: chess and its consequences
Scott Locklin: Wrestling Gets Tapped Out of the Olympics

Gender Equalists Move to Cut Wrestling from Olympic Games

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Some Photos From Last Weekend's Symposium on Prayer

featuring Metropolitan Kallistos Ware. ROCOR.
I was hoping someone took photos of the Divine Liturgy at Holy Virgin Cathedral last Friday , but if this did happen, nothing's been posted yet.

"About Last Night"

Just now returning to this post about the showing of American Meat at Stanford several weeks ago...

While I was walking from the parking lot to the quad, I overhead two women talking - one [an older white woman] was talking about how great she felt because Stanford was committed to outreach to women faculty. The other women [an older black women who might have had a foreign accent, probably indicating that she was an immigrant] was in verbal agreement. I put them out of hearing range as fast as I could. Why would they be concerned about the injustices of the American higher education system? They had found their steady paycheck.

At the showing there were a lot of older women - defeminized, paying very little attention to appearance, dressing in what passes for unisex clothing (but is clearly male clothing adapted for women) and rather messy hair, as my mother would say. As those Romanians and other Eastern Europeans might say, "they talk and dress like men." Some of the younger women in the audience, such as the event organizers, were dressed in a more feminine manner - skirts and such. Were they just living it up as young women, not yet hardened in feminism? (After all, it was a rather cold evening.)

It seemed to primarily be a SWPL event with respect to the non-students in attendance (though the students might qualify under that label as well), though there were some farmers in attendance as well (some associated with Left Coast Grassfed). There were a lot of the people in audience; quite a few were ostensibly homosexual (one lesbian couple), some Asians.

The leader of the protesters was the first to stand, holding up a photo. "This is Lisa. This is my baby girl. Everyday I come home she welcomes me, etc." At first I thought he was speaking of a child who suffered from some dietary problem. But then he revealed that he was talking about his pet dog. 5 other protesters gradually stood up with pictures of their pets, and there was some heckling by other audience members. Several ex-vegetarians/vegans also stood up to respond. Others tried to remind them that they were undermining their cause by appearing to be fanatics and destroying what was promising to be a civil discussion about meat production in this country.

Much to my embarrassment, the leader was Chinese, though I do not know if he was born here or not. Regardless, he seems to have adopted Uhmerican leftist culture well. He used as an argument the claim of a double-standard by Chinese selling dogs for food, that what we do with cows and the like is no different. (He also claimed his dog was a vegan.) Another Asian (Chinese) angrily left the auditorium, stating that this was the first time he had attended such an event and he had been hoping to learn something from it, but he was disappointing by how uncivilized people were behaving.

The moderator revealed during the protest that she had been a vegetarian (or vegan? for over 20 years. She definitely had the aging leftist vibe to her visual impact. The other female panelist looked more like an aging hippie; she got upset when she was interrupted by the ringleader while answering a question from the audience. All she could do was raise her voice and call him out on his rude behavior. Vasile Stanescu looks and sounds like your typical smug, efffete European liberal/SWPL who thinks he is morally and intellectually superior to the hicks. He was asked by teh moderator to say something to the protestors, but he just threw his hands up. Maybe he thought they were acting in accordance with their conscience and had a "right" to do what they were doing. One wonders what the moderator thought of what seemed to be spinelessness.
(The filmmaker, Graham Meriweather, was a last-minute substitution on the panel, as the previously invited guest was ill and could not attend.) I wish I had heard more about his experiences making the film and his learning process.

The panel had thought to leave the auditorium and to answer questions in the hallway, but the audience asked them to stay in the auditorium and ignore the protesters. It took about 10 to 15 minutes (or more) for the organizers to decide to call campus security as the protesters, especially the ringleader, continued to interrupt the discussion. About 1/4 of the representatives/officers were white, and all of them were women. The moderator had threatened to call security, but she did not do so herself. Maybe she was waiting for the organizers to do it. The protesters eventually left while Graham Meriweather, the director of the movie, was answering another question from the audience. I don't think the police officers arrived in time to arrest anyone. That's too bad. I was hoping they would come in - then I could see what sort of use of force policies are in effect at Stanford. If there was a confrontation between them and the protesters, the reaction of the panelists and the audience members would have been interesting as well, and maybe a youtube video or two would have resulted.

Neither the moderator nor the organizers had the qualities/testicles necessary to issue an ultimatum right away - leave or campus security will be called - and to follow through if the protesters did not comply. While I wish that the discussion had been allowed to proceed, as I probably would have learned something about sustainable agriculture and more about the panelists, I still had a good laugh at their expense. A mocking, negative sense of humor yes, but I am a sinner.

The fruits of feminism - a feminist utopia would be one marked by the overall lack of decisive action when it is needed. Even if some butch women had been present, things may have gotten more confrontational and heated (with the butch women using violence) but it would still have been laughable. (I note one of the officers on the scene was a short, rather overweight, woman.) Still, the feminists who think the world would be a better, more peaceful place without men and their violence are wrong (see the episode of the Outer Limits, "Lithia," for an illustration of this belief) - feral women can resort to violence just as quickly as feral men can. (But a feral woman will be no match for a feral man.) Or they would otherwise seek to destroy their enemies by other means, social and emotional pressure - what might be called "bullying." Taunting their enemies to commit suicide.

Anyway, I had contemplated asking the panelists about their complicity in a higher-ed system that does not respond effectively to the needs of the future, instead pushing out office workers (even if they are advocates, organizers, and lawyers) to order other people around from a desk. Do people really need a bachelor's degree from Stanford in order to farm? But our academics do not wish to give up their positions of privilege and moderate wealth even if they are benefiting from a disordered, exploitative, and unjust system that no longer serves any useful economic purpose while promising such an advantage to its students. They can rationalize their involve by claiming to be working for the good of society.

But I decided there wouldn't be much point to confront those who are entrenched in their "advant-garde" thinking while rooted firmly in the system they claim to oppose.

Students for a Sustainable Stanford
Center on Food Security and the Environment
Food & Farming @ Stanford
Appetite for Change

Fred Kirschenmann was featured in the movie.
The 4 major threats to industrialized agriculture -- Fred Kirschenmann speaks

Part 2

Generation Anthropocene has an interview with Graham Meriweather: American Meat (mp3).

Food Democracy Now

Farmer Veteran Coalition (FB)

The Farmer Veteran Project

The Farmer Veteran Project | Trailer from Vittles on Vimeo.

Catholic Masculinity

The eighth annual Napa Valley Catholic Men's Conference will be taken place on April 20. It is sponsored in part by Ignatius Press, which is unfortunately promoting the movie Courageous in the flier for the conference. (The movie of course is listed in recent IP catalogs as well.)

Does this indicate the direction of the thinking behind the conference? Since I've never been to one, I do not know, but someone should say something to IP about it. Dalrock's critique of the movie should be cause for rethinking whether such a movie should be promoted and sold. Then again, the infiltration of "conservative" Catholicism by feminism is rather complete. Will someone clue in Bishop Vasa, who will be present at the conference, on the problems of Catholic feminism?

In previous years, I believe Jesse Romero has spoken at the conference. This year the speakers include Patrick Coffin and Charlie Aeschliiman, "a former Navy SEAL and trick basketball handling champion." Being in the military is no guarantee that one understands, much less is able to advocate, patriarchy. Relating properly to other man and the community and the Church - one must also relate properly to one's wife and other women. What well-known Catholic laymen/apologist can give such a robust defense of patriarchy? Dalrock has a post on something germane to this point: What we need is more chivalry!

Here is an example of the cultural wisdom that has been lost with the latest revolution in culture and mores: Advice on love and physical attraction, 1920s-style.

Oz Conservative: Left-wing woman criticises feminism
Vox: Societal Devolution

CBS is broadcasting another NYPD cop drama - Golden Boy. I think it was Vox who wrote something recently about LEOs and the popularity of cop shows in light of the alleged corruption of LAPD. CBS alone has Blue Bloods and the cancelled NYC 22, both located in NYC. Why is NYC such a popular setting for cop shows? Third Watch (which also had FD paramedics), Brooklyn South, there are many others as well.

I may watch the first episode, but since it's on CBS it will be PC. I am surprised that no major female characters have been put on display in the promos so far, but the series wlll probably have a feminsit bent.

Do we look up to law enforcement officers too much? It may be understandable for boys to do so, but what of adult men? Some may live vicariously through cop shows, but how many of us have a rather suspicious attitude, or worse, towards police officers? While the sheep of the megapolis have no understanding of what it is to defend themselves and their loved ones, those who believe that being a warrior is part of the obligation of a citizen can appreciate the work that is done by police officers while not giving them some sort of special social or moral status.

A trailer for a movie from Magpul:

Breslau Rallye

BBC Choral Evensong: King's College, London (expires in 7 days)

NLM: The Great Fast


Ultimate Soldier Challenge

History Channel - premiered this week.

They are the best-trained and most skilled military operatives in the world. Smart, versatile and agile, they look danger in the eye even in the most perilous situations. But which warriors have the quickest draw, the sharpest aim and the stamina to blow out the competition?

Welcome to Ultimate Soldier Challenge, HISTORY's first-ever military competition series, which will decide who are the best special forces in the world. Each episode pits three elite squads of military operators in head-to-head competitions as they match skills, wits and guts until only one team is left standing.

Each week we put our three teams through five grueling challenges, from urban hostage rescue to long distance sniper challenges to hand-to-hand knife fighting, all designed to simulate real world combat environments.

Based on their particular skills, training and culture, each team takes on the challenges in its own unique way to answer the question: Who are the toughest and most deadly special operatives in the world?

Please note: The soldiers featured in Ultimate Soldier Challenge use simulated ammunition and electric knives.

First episode.

Orientale Lumen XVI

Someone alerted me to the fact that the audio files for Orientale Lumen XVI are available. The theme of the conference was "Theology of the Laity."

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A Discussion of Génération Identitaire

By some of the contributors to Alt Right - Generations - mp3

An Intro to Young Cape Breton Musicians


One of the featured artists is Chrissy Crowley, who will have a new CD out soon.

Rights Talk

Some links to things originally published last week: Paul Gottfried, What's Wrong with Human Rights

And a coincidental post by the Oz Conservative: The Pope on Rights

The Oz Conservative points out:
It's a pity the Pope didn't draw this out more. What, for instance, would be some examples of rights that a person considered integrally would have? Wouldn't a person, considered in their communitarian dimension, have a right to preserve the communal identity from which he derives a significant aspect of his identity and his commitment to a larger society?

The American Catholic Church doesn't think so, holding instead that there is a right to immigrate:
Persons have the right to immigrate and thus government must accommodate this right to the greatest extent possible, especially financially blessed nations.

Bishops may talk about what we are required to do for the stranger or the foreigner, as teachers and from the perspective of moral theology or the moral law. Even the Greeks talked about the obligations in xenia or hospitality, and such a similar understanding may be common to other ancientcultures as well. But they may go too far in advocating that immigrants be automatically put on the path to citizenship, without due consideration of whether they have assimilated or not. As I've stated before, our bishops are lacking with respect to the science of politics, and too many of them theorize without any concrete experience of living among immigrants. (They may minister to them, but they do not live among them.) They do not give sufficient attention to what is needed to fully integrate them, nor do they talk about the serious obligations of immigrants to communities that accept them. What about what illegal immigrants owe to their communities in justice? The duty not to cheat or to lie or to defraud?

So, the first-world bishops of Europe remain committed to the program: European bishops on the importance of fostering a sense of belonging.

Opening This Weekend

At AMC Cupertino, The Berlin File (베를린):


Alas, American reviews (and reviews elsewhere) have not been favorable so far.

CJ Entertainment

Christopher A. Ferrara on the Abdication of Pope Benedict XVI

Something Wicked This Way Comes (via The Thinking Housewife)

"Why, then, did Benedict XVI abdicate, and so suddenly? The proffered explanation of declining health and strength, which has afflicted any number of Popes who remained in office until God called them, would suggest a Pope who has simply failed in the virtue of perseverance and done something contemptible. (Dante for this reason places Pope Celestine in Hell.)"

A pious belief that is not really the true standard of service and perseverence? If one he without good reason (because one is "tired" of the work) then this may be a charact assessment of his character. But if decliningi health prevents one from carrying out ones duties well, or even adequately? That is entirely different. The good of the Church is at stake.
Tellingly, what appear to be Pope Benedict’s final three acts of canonization—generally acknowledged by theologians to be an infallible act of the Magisterium because it establishes a cult for the universal Church—involved only classic candidates for sainthood.
This has not be defined by the Magisterium? As for establishing a cult for the universal church - is this explicitly stated in the decree? I would have to check. Is it possible though that the pope could be confused as to whether he was making a proclamation for the Church universal as the supreme pontiff, rather than as the patriarch of Rome (or of the West)?

Mr. Ferrera offers a hypothesis:
This is quite unlike the non-infallible beatification of John Paul II, establishing only a local cult in the dioceses of Rome and Krakow (although this crucial distinction was promptly ignored). Concerning this beatification, Vatican spokesmen offered the astonishing rationale that “Pope John Paul II is being beatified not because of his impact on history or on the Catholic Church, but because of the way he lived the Christian virtues of faith, hope and love... John Paul II is being beatified for holiness, not his papacy….” A Pope whose beatification had nothing to do with his pontificate, and yet is called “the Great,” is another of the innumerable oddities that litter the post-conciliar landscape of the Church.
Now, Pope Benedict’s abdication is to take effect a mere seventeen days from today, on February 28, 2013 at precisely 8 p.m. This means that Benedict will avoid the dubious canonization of John Paul II and the simply absurd beatification of Paul VI. The steamroller driving toward those vexatious events, sweeping aside all reasonable objections, has suddenly been stopped dead in its tracks.  Did the Pope abdicate, at least in part, to slow down John Paul II’s saint-making machine, which was threatening to canonize the Council of which Benedict himself (in his more candid moments) has been so critical?  We may be permitted to think so.

But one might ask, was not Benedict XVI one of the biggest supporters for raising John Paul II to the altars? It would seem so from his public statements. Benedict XVI was the originator and the most public proponent of the "hermeneutic of continuity"? Could he himself have been thinking that this was merely a temporary face-saving measure, rather than a true salvaging of the council from abusive post-conciliar interpretations?  Mr. Ferrera has a response:
It stands to reason that if Benedict were at all committed to the idea of “Saint John Paul II the Great” and “Blessed Paul VI,” he would have remained in office at least long enough to perform the necessary papal acts. Yet he has left office, in a purely discretionary manner, just as those acts were slated to occur—during the ironically designated “Year of Faith” that is taking place in the midst of the “silent apostasy” that is our inheritance from the previous two pontificates.

Actually, two:
Or perhaps, even if this was not the Pope’s conscious intent, the Holy Ghost has intervened by prompting him to abdicate rather than inflicting further damage to the Church by acceding to the Council’s canonization via improvident acts of the Magisterium.

But, of course, Mr. Ferrara writes as a rather ultramontane traditionalist:
But we can be certain that the wolves the Pope has in view are preeminently the ones nearest to him, encircling him within the very confines of a Vatican bureaucracy that has crushed the monarchical papacy under the massive machinery of an ecclesiastical democracy installed during the post-conciliar revolution, with its “collegiality” and its “reform” of the Roman Curia.
He would probably not approve of any efforts to decentralize or reform the governing structure of the Church, as they would threaten the nature of the papacy itself.

The Church is in reform, but perhaps not in the direction that the ultramontanists or the traditionalists expect -  Benedict XVI may have realized from the very beginning of his pontificate that he was not the man for the task, given his advanced age and the current conditions of the Roman-rate churches. But is the slow process of placing good bishops the only possible avenue for reform? (Especially if the quality of the bishops and their orthodoxy is rather questionable, despite the appearance of doctrinal orthodoxy and fidelity?)


A traditionalist look at the Council, with remarks against collegiality - but can there not be false and true definitions of collegiality, epending on one's ecclesiology? Unless one subscribes to a strictly monarchical view of the pope and the Church. Indeed, to identify the Church as the People of God is hardly to ascribe some notion of popular sovereignty to the governance of the Church. It is an understanding of the Church rooted in scripture and salvific history. I find the piece to have mistaken ascriptions and a rather uncharitable reading of what the pope said. Did Sacrosanctum Concilium sanction what happened with the production and promulgation of the Missal of Paul VI? I do not think so. Was this what Paul VI thought the Council Fathers intended? I am not sure.
Will the Real Second Vatican Council Please Stand up! by Brian M. McCall

Is American Catholicism at a Crossroads? (What is American Catholicism?) by R. Cort Kirkwood

Metropolitan Kallistos on Prayer

Not sure if it is similar in content to his first lecture this past weekend - this is from 2009.

Pravmir: The Struggle of Prayer – a Short Practical Guide by Fr. Vasile Tudora

Monday, February 18, 2013

St. Elias Church Video on the Iconostasis

John Michael Greer on the KunstlerCast

KunstlerCast #217: The God of Progress is Dead - mp3

The Real Reason the Economy Is Broken (and Will Stay That Way) by Chris Martenson

"The Vatican"

Even Kyle Chandler has to work. Still... I am disappointed that "all-American" Kyle Chandler is involved with this crap. Even if Hollywood has won, the animosity against the Church continues.

The First-Ever Pilot Directed By Ridley Scott Will Star Kyle Chandler!!

"Showtime’s “The Vatican,” the first TV pilot ever directed by Sir Ridley Scott. The proposed series will follow Cardinal Thomas Duffy, the progressive archbishop of New York who finds himself in Rome dealing with Papal politics."

Instead of a "progressive" priest (remember ABC's Nothing Sacred?) we get a "progressive" cardinal.


Esther Gokhale Interview

Sunday, February 17, 2013

One of my better weekends, in quite some time, though it too is still a manifestation of fragmentation. What a contrast between the 7:30 P.M. Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral and the Divine Liturgy at old Holy Virgin Cathedral on Fulton St. The symposium featuring Metropolitan Kallistos was very good, especially as it focused on the basics pertaining to prayer.

A Feminist at Mirror of Justice?

Yes - "Why Gender Equality Stalled" - when women's liberation was tolerated, even promoted, because it was of benefit to the oligarchy, why should anyone be surprised that it has not brought any real progress to women or families, when that would cost the oligarchy too much?

Vox comments on the NYT article recommended by the Catholic feminist.