Saturday, June 08, 2013

The Example of the Traditional Elites

Good or bad example for the commoners?

Swedish Princess Madeleine weds New York banker

She has a FB page. There is also a fan site with photos.

More videos:

Lewis, You Lost Me.

I never finished "Generation of Vipers" the first time it was available online. I am watching it at the moment, and Inspector Lewis just called internet trolling, insults, and expressions of hate (~"You should die.") a hate crime. Reflecting the new UK? Would Inspector Morse ever make such an exaggerated claim? Those who would defend Lewis (and the script writers) will say that this reflects the viewpoint of a gentleman, even though he is of a more modest background, but I think it's just PC-speak, again.

Wishing that someone is dead and expressing this to them may be vicious. But to say that such an act should be punishable by law?

Jeremy Scahill, Dirty Wars

Dirty Wars - website

AICN: Jeremy Scahill Talks DIRTY WARS, The Drone Program And Perpetual War With Mr. Beaks
Yahoo News - Q&A

trailer for the documentary:


More Videos:
Since I was in town, I tried John's Char Burger last night, before the concert. Having read the yelp reviews, I didn't bother to try the fries - just the double super burger and a strawberry shake. The burger tasted better than Bob's Giant Burgers - less of a charred taste, the quality of the meat was probably about the same. The taste actually reminded me of In n Out; there was a bit of a sour taste to the meat, but that's not atypical for burgers, apparently. It can't compare to the steak I had the night before.

How Sexist.

Welmer, On “Natural Roles”

Rise in Female Doctors Has “Unintended Consequences” for Britain’s NHS

See also Vox's letter to a young woman and the response by someone else.

An Interview with the Spiritual Father of the Solzhenitsyn family

“There’s Plenty of Freedom, But Little Truth”: Solzhenitsyn Remembered by Archpriest Nikolai Chernyshev

The full text of Solzhenitsyn's "Harvard Address": A World Split Apart

Christopher Dawson, Historian of Christendom

Christopher Dawson's Christendom by Bradley Birzer (also posted at CWR)

Friday, June 07, 2013

QSB tonight in Livermore. I couldn't make it to their appearance in Monterey last year; I'm glad I could catch this one. They did sing this song tonight, and it was one of my favorites -

As an aside: Men do rank women in terms of attractiveness, and when the sisters are alike in appearance, it is even easier for them to make comparisons.

Paul Craig Roberts on Finance and Liberty

(via PCR)

Thursday, June 06, 2013


Veterans gather on French shore to mark D-day anniversary
D-Day anniversary: Photos from Omaha Beach, World War II
D-Day Anniversary 2013 Marked With Ceremonies, Fireworks In Normandy

National D-Day Memorial
U.S. Army

D-Day vet: “We made a difference”
Remembering D-Day: As WWII veteran ranks thin, those who remain recall invasion

Major Dick Winters, who was featured in HBO's Band of Brothers. He passed away in 2011.

Major Dick Winters Memorial Service in Hershey, PA

Uhmerica Today:
They Say They Want a Revolution by Scott Locklin
Boys against girls.

A New Book by John Senior

The Remnant: The Remnant Press is Proud to Announce Publication of Our Newest Title
The Remnants: The Final Essays of John Senior
Foreword by Andrew Senior

Zenit: Pope Francis to Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy: "Careerism is a Leprosy"

The full address.

Kirkpatrick Sale Reviews Most Likely to Secede: What the Vermont Independence Movement Can Teach Us About Reclaiming Community and Creating a Human-Scale Vision for the 21st Century

TAC (via Mark Mitchell)

Chelsea Green

The combox is filled with comments by nationalists who have an undying devotion to the unitary nation-state. To be expected at TAC - maybe those who are more sympathetic to the viewpoints presented by TAC don't bother to participate in the combox. Are they doing enough in their own lives, though?

Doing What It Takes - Get Out Alive Promo

Bluegrass Today: Della Mae guest on On Point by Richard Thompson (podcast link, which should provide this episode after tomorrow)

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Great Gatsby Theme Photoshoot for Miss USA by Fadil Berisha

If you don't want to click through the pageant website, you can see some smaller photos here. A glamour shoot for a beauty pageant, they're supposed to look good, right?

Items of Interest, 5 June 2013

5 reasons why the US will never again see economic growth by Lindsey Curren

The World Economy Is a Ticking Time Bomb (and The Fuse is Burning) by Richard Eskow

Dmitry Orlov will begin a new series of posts discussing the features of "Communities that Abide" - in his preamble he talks about his recent encounters with American feminism.

A perhaps unexpected perspective on immigration:
Open Borders and the Tragedy of Open Access Commons by Herman Daly

Freedom and the Family: The Family Crisis and the Future of Western Civilization by Stephen Baskerville

Michael Avramovich has begun a series of posts on Common Core:
Common Core Educational Standards: Federal Government Power Grab?
Part 2: Common Core Literature Standards
Part 3: Common Core Math Standards

TED: Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley

Donald Kagan:
Ave atque vale by Donald Kagan
Upon his retirement from Yale, Donald Kagan considers the future of liberal education in this farewell speech.
(Open Yale Courses | Introduction to Ancient Greek History - intro)

His farewell lecture:
Yale's Donald Kagan, a lightning rod to the nation, retires

Parts 3 and 4, 5

Interview: Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Why Choose a Catholic College?
By Most Rev. William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore

James Kalb
Unlearning the Errors of Our Secular Age
The Idea of Catholic Society

Free the Animal: Unplugging the Internets (see also Addiction by Design)

Liberty, Technology, and the Advent of Social Networking by Gladden J. Pappin

How Two Plant Geeks Grew a Permaculture Oasis in an Ordinary Backyard

Place, its Importance, and its Limits by Bruce Frohnen

Pieces related Rod Dreher's book about his sister: A Small-town Saint for a Placeless Age
The Limits of Place by Mark T. Mitchell
Place Isn't Just Geographical by Jeffrey Bilbro

AoM's list of best westerns.

The New Miss Korea

official website

Miss Korea 2013 Crowned

I saw someone comment on FB with the hope that she's not "fantastic plastic."

Chosun Ilbo
Korea Times
Gulf News
Global Times

Making a Case for Cosmetic Surgery (via

I guess K-Town is no longer in production?

It's a nice anecdote...

But I thought the Orthodox didn't like liturgies without congregations?

The Priest Who Did Not Want To Serve The Divine Liturgy

We are amused.

Westminster Archbishop backs bid to bring Ordinariate to every parish

And yet, it is so difficult to be as generous with the EF of the Roman rite? Perhaps there are less people who have a particular devotion to the EF than during the days of Cardinal Heenan, but given the continued presence of the SSPX in the UK, why can't the hierarchy reach out to traditionalists as well?

Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter in the U.S.

Pope Francis on the Culture of Waste

Today's General Audience - Asia News: Pope: counter the culture of waste, man not money must "cultivate and care” for Creation
Vatican Radio
Zenit text.

Rome Reports:


I was doing a search last night for Ukrainian divine liturgiese to get a feel of what their sacred music is like - sounds like 19th ce choral music, similar to what you might find in Russian liturgies? I came across this taken at St. Joseph Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church in Chicago, Illinois. Is that a woman posing as a deacon? Later in the video you see some Plus altar girls? Or are they femine-looking boys with long hair? If they are female, then it just shows that no church in America is immune to the pressures of egalitarianism. (Except maybe the Orthodox, for now.) Disappointing.

More on the Ukrainian Catholic Church and Inculturation:

Cardinal Koch Visits Ukraine to Deepen Catholic-Orthodox Dialaogue
Vatican Radio

Interview with Ron Maxwell

American Lifestyle - pdf

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

EWTN: Mass of Ordination & Installation of Michael Barber - 5th Bishop of Oakland

I already posted a link to the Vimeo videos here.

Unintended Consequences of the Liturgical Reform

The Low Mass has become the preferred form (i.e. no music) for many, not just the elderly. Given what has passed for "sacred" music in Uhmerica for the past half-century, this should not be surprising. The "low mass" seems more "reverent" because modern music is not there to distract. One is able to enter into the prayer, despite the purported weaknesses of the Missal of Paul VI or the perhaps less than ideal translation.
United States Society for Ecological Economics: Congratulations to Annie Leonard for 2013 Herman Daly Award

Some videos with Annie Leonard:


Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line featured on NPR's The Record

Five Musicians Who Make Borrowing Sound Original by ANN POWERS
The Imaginative Conservative: The Start of Something Big: Jamestown by Bruce P. Frohnen

Review of The Jamestown Project by Karen Ordahl Kupperman.

Another Kevin Gutzman Book Review

by David Robertson. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. 324pp. Hardcover. $29.95. ISBN: 9780199796298.

Reviewed by Kevin R. C. Gutzman, Department of History, Western Connecticut State University. Email: gutzmank [at]

Some Primal/Paleo Stuff for Today

Get primal: Work out like a cave man (or woman) by Diane Mapes

Mark Sisson has a new cookbook out. (The special offer expired yesterday.)

More videos:

FSSP American Ordinations

Priestly Ordinations for 2013: Bishop Conley Ordains Five in Lincoln

Archived video of the ordinations is not available yet.

I'd like to attend an ordination in the Byzantine rite...
Zenit: Pope Francis Meets With Cardinal Velasio De Paolis
Papal Delegate for the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi Informed Pontiff on New Constitutions

I believe Zenit is still owned and operated by the LCs.

Jordi Savall Interviews

And Christopher Hogwood is interviewed in the latest AAM podcast. (itunes) - the opera (expires in 1 day)
CHT: What is the League of the South? by Dr Michael Hill – LS President

Amy Alkon Interviews Dr. Helen Smith

(via Dr. Helen) Dr. Helen Smith on how American society has become anti-male - mp3

Friendship Between Men and Women

Brett McKay's answer (he runs Art of Manliness)

Funny that a man, instead of a woman, is writing this for a webzine for women.

Men will have more in common with other men than with women. Men and women are different; "complementary" refers to the function within the marriage or household, not so much to the community at large. Emotional "intimacy" (if such a two-way relationship is possible) should only happen between a husband and a wife, and not between men and women in general. It is the well-being of the family brought about by the diversity of function that promotes the union of husband and wife, not necessarily having the same interests or hobbies and so on. The "companionate" ideal is an illusion fostered through cheap energy and entertainment - it goes beyond the romantic ideal nursed by some of the "traditional" elites and the realism of other members of that class.

A Possible Objection

I forgot to include a response to this point raised in sancruensis's essay:

Michael W. Hannon recently made an attempt at this in an article which was the immediate occasion of the debate on the political good as honest or useful with which I began this post. Hannon defends the idea of the political good as an honest good against an argument by Robert George. Hannon too appeals to De Koninck’s general account of the common good, but when it comes to giving a particular account of what the intrinsic common good of political community is, Hannons account is not very satisfactory. Appealing to Aristotle’s politics, Hannon suggests that the good of political community is the activity of political rule itself, in which all the citizens ought to participate. But I claim that participation in political rule cannot possibly be the primary common good of political community, though it might be an element of that good.

An indication that Hannon’s view can’t be quite right is given by James Chastek, who points out that the sort of participation that Hannon is thinking of is only possible in a very small community. If the political common good is a prime example of a common good, it would be strange indeed if it could be destroyed merely by increasing the numbers of those in the community. De Koninck recalled that the very essence of a common good is its capacity to to be comunicated without diminution, as Augustine famously wrote: “the possession of goodness is by no means diminished by being shared with a partner either permanent or temporarily assumed; on the contrary, the possession of goodness is increased in proportion to the concord and charity of each of those who share it.” (City of God, XV,5)

Life in community is not reducible to ruling, though ruling is one action or component of communal life (and not necessarily exercised by all). But it seems that if the political common good is the life of the community qua community, then wouldn't I agree that in a group of people which exceeds a certain size that this is good is diminished or even destroyed?

I don't have De Koninck's text to examine at the moment, but this is my response - the character of the [political] common good as an end or final cause is not diminished by the fact that many people share this end. In so far as it is intended and willed, it is a good that is desire and willed. Nonetheless, there is a question as to whether a group that exceeds a certain size can actually attain this end in any sort of meaningful way: whether the matter is no longer proportionate to the form, so to speak.

Monday, June 03, 2013

Vatican Insider: The Bishop of Fréjus-Toulon, Dominique Rey and the “liturgical renewal”
Towards the Sacra Liturgia 2013, a major international conference on liturgy that will take place in Rome June 25-28

To Be an Imaginative Conservative

What It Means to be an Imaginative Conservative by John Creech

Stanford Early Music Singers - Wednesday, June 5

Stanford Memorial Church, at 8 P.M.

The 37th Annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival

This coming weekend, June 8 to 9. More info.

Jewel Was in Saratoga Yesterday

Part of her Greatest Hits Tour. Was it a sold-out performance?

Jack Donovan, On Getting Older or Not

The Common Good, In the Concrete

Some brief comments on What If Aristotle was Right? by Thaddeus Kozinski - I don't think I would trace the source of the disagreement to the Declaration of Independence, even if Robert George were to cite it as support for his views. If George wrote that this understanding of the Declaration of Independence was foundational to his education in politics/political theory, that would be more convincing.
Let us agree that the nation-state, in whatever configuration it happened or happens to be (Federalist or Anti-federalist level of centralization, libertarian-market or welfare state, Republican or Democrat controlled, lower or higher taxes, Tea-Party or Occupy Wall St. ethos, Bush or Obama, Obamney), is what it is, that is, an alliance, not a common-good institution, suitable for and capable only of providing goods and services to those polis organizations that can (but only with the Alliances’s instrumental help, as George insists) embody and keep common goods. Thus, it is just good philosophy to recognize what is and must be the case, and to act upon it. This, to me, is where George is coming from.
The original [con-]federation of States was indeed an alliance and intended as such. Thus the good of the alliance was an instrumental good, subordinate to the good of each individual state. If a state no longer wished to live in alliance with the other states, it could separate, that is secede. Given the scale of the federation, it does not make sense to say that living with the peoples of other states is equal to living with one's fellow citizens in one's state. (And yes, that does raise the question of whether certain states were too large in themselves.) The unitary nation-state that arose from the War to Prevent Southern Independence may pretend to be fostering the common good as it is understood within classical or Thomistic political theory, but it cannot bring this about because of the disparity in scale. And so the power of the National Government must be checked lest it become unjust.

For the record, I agree with Hannon (and Kozinski) more than with George. Some of the disagreements I have with Kozinski in this essay are:

(1) Regarding the historical narrative of the founding. I reject the nationalist narrative (of the Yankee) in favor of the truly federalist narrative (as put forth by the paleos and Southron conservatives).
(2) Statements like this which absolutize and do not seem to have a historical foundation: "that the Federal Government always was opposed to the existence and autonomy of genuine, non-alliance, common-good seeking-and-embodying polises within its boundaries.
(3) The usefulness of Christopher Ferrara's polemic, Liberty, the God that Failed (which should get a response from a paleo). (You can find a summary of the book in this review by Matt C. Abbott. A review by John F. McManus.)
(4) Then there is the conception of the Catholic Church as a super-polis... but an essay dealing with the good of the political community and how it is related to the [intrinsic] good of the local Church (and the [intrinsic] good of the universal Church) needs to be done elsewhere.

Prof. Kozinski recommended the following: What is the Primary Intrinsic Common Good of Political or Imperial Community? The author, "sancrucensis," of this post writes:

"So I would say that the primary common good of political life is the reflection in the community of the order of the universe. A reflection that consists in each part realizing its proper function, in the various parts being ordered to each other in a hierarchy of subordination, and in the whole being ordered to the glory of the Creator."

I think I'd probably disagree with this formulation - while the political common good is open to the divine life (and "subordinate" to the common good of the universe, God Himself), it is also an intrinsic good in itself - the people living together ("as a community"). While the author refers to James Chastek's recent post, he does not address the question of scale, perhaps because of his support for some version of integralism and an acceptance of a traditionalist Catholic history of Europe.

One can probably see the same trends concerning the loss of local community and culture in Europe, with the pattern of centralization of power and the growth of the state, beginning in the 1500s?! The loss had been gradual, but accelerated with the centralization of economic power and its dependence upon cheap energy. I think the trend has been even worse in the United States with the loss of sustainable agrarian economies and the cultural norm of re-settling somewhere else in search of greater individual or familial prosperity. While the early settlers of the states may have had a common Anglo cultural core, this in itself is not the same as a group identity or solidarity. (It would be equal to a cultural idetity.) Such a group identity can only develop when people [men] stay in place, commit themselves to the group and work together for the benefit of the group. Such localized group identities (and local patriotism) probably still existed to a great degree in the states before Lincoln's war.

The Political Problem of Religious Pluralism
Thaddeus Kozinski Makes an Argument for a Catholic Confessional State

"Well-Being of Society" Subject of Upcoming Conference
UK Ambassador to Holy See Speaks on Challenges of Promoting "Happiness"

Marshall vs. Jefferson Then and Now: How the Intellectual and Political Struggle Over the Constitution Resonates Today by Phillip G. Henderson

Was There A Founding? by John Willson

The "Libertarian" Impulse

Why is it found more in men than in women (who are more likely to become statists)? Because males jealously guard their initiative and assertiveness in their own lives, families, and in their communities. There is such a thing as a proper independence or autonomy, which the current doctrine of subsidiarity recognizes. Many who identify as "libertarian" nonetheless acknowledge the importance of living in community and such. (Though some make the mistake of emphasizing communities as being 'voluntary' or valid only if they are 'voluntary'.)

Popular libertarianism is more a statment about the limits of the National Government than a absolute condemnation of all governments. (Might the same be true of popular anarchism?) How man of those who are disenchanted with government have actually had an experience with a properly functioning republican government?

Men instinctually seek to befriend and collaborate with men whom they respect and trust, to be loyal to them and to endure with them. But there is a vast difference between this sort of close-knit brotherhood of kith and kin, for which he may give up his life, and the "community" of the modern nation-state.

Leviathan, Our Greatest Enemy: Libertarianism and Conservatism by Brad Birzer

The Southern Critics: An Anthology - review by Julie Robison Baldwin

How Liberal is Uhmerica?

Your-Daimonia is Not Eudaimonia: A Response to Robert Miller by J. L. Liedl (who takes up the position of Patrick Deneen)

More on the Question of Liturgical Language


"Mass for Europe" to Be Held in Strasbourg
Celebration Honors Sts. Cyril and Methodius, Patrons of Europe

From February:
Saints Cyril and Methodius: A Bridge between the Eastern and Western Church
International Congress in Rome Dedicated to the Co-Patrons of Europe

More on the BSA

The Thinking Housewife on one Catholic priest's response to the change in policy: Seattle Priest Rejects Scouting. The Thinking Houswife also reports that the the episcopal liaison of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to the National Catholic Committee on Scouting has no problems with the new policy: Bishop responds to Boy Scouts’ decision on admission of homosexual members. This echoes the thoughts of Ed Peters. (More from Ed Peters.)

I think that the bishop and Ed Peters are ignoring the fact that adolescents who publicly identify as homosexual have [probably] already gone beyond recognizing the experience of same-sex attraction to embracing a political or social identity, as Dr. Fleming and the commentators at TTH point out.

From someone who acknowledges the distinction between inclination and behavior and nonetheless is more circumspect about the policy: The Boy Scouts: Caught in the Culture Wars

Fr. Lappe's Response to New Boy Scouts
Catholic Scouts of St. George: How to Start a Charter Troop
Atlantic: What Gays can teach Straights about Marriage
Damian Thompson: Five reasons why Hugh Laurie would be the perfect Doctor Who

How widespread is the fan discontent with Moffat as showrunner? I haven't been a fan of the nuWho, though I have watched the show, but even though Matt Smith has been suitable in the role, my desire to keep up with the show has lessened with time, so much so that I haven't watched the current season and I wouldn't miss it if I didn't. Fan fiction or non-canonical stories could be as satisfying as official, franchise-endorsed products, but "purists" will accept only the latter as being real. I wouldn't be surprised if BBC pushed for some PC casting. Such an action might alienate some but there are enough who are addicted to electronic entertainment or accepting of the PC ideology that it probably wouldn't endanger the franchise.

Sunday, June 02, 2013

"You F-ed With the Wrong Man"

GLPiggy has a story on a university football coach who was fired after a wrongful child pornography allegation - See something, say something, ruin something.

He concludes:
This is why false accusations are so harmful. Going in a slightly different direction, there are groups of people – Scotch-Irish come to mind – who were once said to be very protective of their honor. Any accusation of a lie or a deception was grounds for a duel or a fight of some kind because even an insinuation was thought to be enough to impact how others viewed the person. We can’t completely rid our minds of sneaking thoughts that even lies carry some truth. There’s the thought that “truth will out”. While that’s 98% correct, it’s that 2% that’s the problem.

When men become awakened to the importance of honor and to violations or aspersions against theirs...

A "Hypothetical" Question That May Become More Relevant With Time

If Catholic bishops significantly differed from Orthodox bishops on political and social issues (i.e. patriarchy), would one be justified in becoming Orthodox, while maintaining inner communion with the bishop of Rome?

The "Scientific" 7-Minute Workout

NY Times

Another version of high-intensitive interval training, which is quite in vogue. (Mark Sisson) It's the claim that it is "scientific" that may bother some. (And the reduced exercise time may also seem insufficient.)

Fitness Blender
NYT article from 2007

The benefits of swimming for relieving back pain.

Enemy of the People?

Another recruiting tool... for what applicants? New reality-style TV series lets potential recruits live Army life

Will it be like network TV reality shows, with a gay contestant, a feminist contestant, the minority contestants, and so on?

The episodes will be on's YT channel.

“Iconography: The Language of Images for Study and Prayer”

Newman Nights At Stanford - June 4 (more info)

Some Videos from the 2013 Economics of Happiness Conference

Nicole Foss

Michael Shuman

You can find more videos of the conference speakers here.

Kurt Cobb, 'Mad Men', energy and the culture of want (Resilience)