Saturday, December 14, 2013

First World Affectations

Hipsters of the World

Got a view of some TAD customers last weekend; the "urban tactical" look can be so pretentious, especially when modelled by overweight people and seniors. Lots of Asians and whites at the store - a young Indian couple, even. The fashion trend hasn't even really taken hold yet in San Francisco--how long will the company stay in business? (They seem to be able to sell out of their special knives and hatchets quickly, though.)

Brittany Haas, Paul Kowert, and Jordan Tice - Grandpa's Cheesebarn

Friday, December 13, 2013

Going to try to see the New Scot. Back after the weekend.

Two of Dubious Quality

David Letterman - Josh Groban Christmas Songs Top Ten

His talent is wasted on that show.

Trying too hard?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Finally, a Bishop with...

Fortitude to give some defense to patriarchy. Though another term could be substituted for fortitude, either in English or in Spanish, and it wouldn't be so disrespectful.

"Granada's Archbishop Francisco Javier Martinez, who chose to publish the book has defended its content and insists that the furore surrounding it is "ridiculous and hypocritical" in a society that allows abortion, which he argues is a much clearer example of violence against women."

Book on 'submissive wives' becomes hit in Spain
Book that advises new wives "to be submissive" proves surprise success in Spain but angers feminists

Meanwhile Msgr. Cormac Burke (of Opus Dei) is the latest to attempt to reappropriate the term "feminist" (via PBlosser).

Junk E-mail from an Aspiring Federal Politician

The same old...

Friend --
My name is Ro Khanna. I’m a proud Democrat and I'm running to represent you in Congress.
I was born in Philadelphia, PA. Like so many people in the Bay Area, I am the American born son of immigrants who came to this country to give their children a better life. I attended public school, took out student loans, and after receiving my law degree, I moved to Fremont to be a part of the innovative and forward-looking spirit of Silicon Valley. After serving as a trade and manufacturing official in the U.S. Department of Commerce, I wrote a book on the future of American manufacturing. Currently, I teach economics at Stanford.
I’m proud to call the 17th district my home – and I’m excited to be running for Congress with so much local support.
Our country is facing many critical issues that need our attention: growing the economy, creating good-paying jobs, and improving access to a high quality education.
That is why I am spending every day out in the community knocking on doors, holding meet and greets, and working with people like you to build forward-looking proposals on training a skilled manufacturing workforce, championing small businesses, and advancing women in the workplace.
Unfortunately, Congress is completely paralyzed with ideological entrenchment and finger pointing. The result is a complete lack of vision to keep American competitive in the 21st century.
If you believe that we can’t keep sending the same people back to Congress and expect a different result, please click here to join my campaign.
Thank you,
Ro Khanna
P.S. When I launched this campaign at De Anza Community College back in April, I pledged never to take a dollar from PACs or Washington lobbyists. This campaign is about you, not the well-connected special interests.
I've remarked on the stares that I've received from Indians and Chinese, elderly and not so elderly, in the town or in the neighborhood. If one doesn't want to be threatening or be attacked, one usually avoids looking at the other, no? Such a unfriendly stare (not neutral or blank - there does seem to be some tension in the face; there is definitely no smile) can be perceived as hostile? Is it natural to get angry at such a glare, an instinct to ready oneself for a defensive (or aggressive) stance?

When one receives it within one's own territory (neighborhood) from a stranger, it does seem like a sleight, rather disrespectful. The virtue of sociability is lacking and would serve to defuse the situation.

Doctor Who - Take On Me

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

TV = Plato's Cave

Not just "reality TV" but especially "dramas" - lies (for example, sexual egalitarianism) are on display all the time, in the name of political correctness. It becomes another form of indoctrination.

Even escapist fare (action series like Burned Notice) involve artistic license with respect to their portrayal of the real world. (How much deviation from reality can a story feature before it is no longer realistic?)

Comedies might seem to be the exception but even they have reality as a standard in some respect - can there be comedy if the standard is not true?
AntiWar: A Book the Military Won’t Want You To Read by Kelley B. Vlahos
Ann Jones on They Were Soldiers

The Last Part in Gregory DiPippo's Series

Sacrosanctum Concilium and the New Lectionary

Katie Melua - Better Than A Dream

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Next Sunday at F&S

Dirk Powell and Cedric Watson - info

For the women? Or men?

California, the Apex of Culture

From FB:

December 8, 2013
by Fr. George W. Rutler

A young businessman told me that on a recent trip to California he was struck by how insipid the art of conversation had become among those he met there, and that the stock reply to almost every observation or critical comment on any subject was: “It’s all good.” Although New Yorkers might breezily pass this off as typical of the insipidity of what they call “La-La Land,” this insouciance has infected all parts of our society, and anyone walking among pre-Christmas shoppers here on 34th Street can marvel at the epidemic of vacuousness all around. To say of everything, “It’s all good,” is to imply that nothing is bad, and that, in turn, means that nothing is either really good or really bad.

Solemn Pontifical Mass/Conferral-First Clerical Tonsure/Ordination-Subdiaconate-F.S.S.P.


Obama's gestures during Mandela memorial scrutinized

As many Uhmericans won't see any problems with taking a selfie at a memorial service, this won't be enough to shame those who voted for the man for their poor decision. But if scandals and Obamacare can't shame them, either, then what will?

"At another point, President Obama posed for a "selfie" from his seat at the memorial with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt."

The other participants were the "man" they call prime minister in the UK and the female prime minister from Denmark (who may have been the instigator - what a shock). Good job, Boomers, you've raised your children well.

Two From Gregory DiPippo

Is the Medieval Liturgy a Source for the Modern Lectionary?
A Note on the Mozarabic "Alleluja" - In Answer to a Reader

Vox on the Jane Austen MMORPG

Games for girls

Of little interest will be the resources historically required for such a lifestyle...

Academy of Ancient Music - 40th Anniversary

BBC Early Music Show - 5 days left to listen.

Monday, December 09, 2013

Repeatedly giving someone the cold - torture, but would it kill them eventually?

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Somehow I picked up another cold - I don't think 12 hours of sleep was enough to beat it.