Saturday, December 20, 2014

Who Can Blame Him?

The danger of a "reality" show focusing on a play-marriage. Concupiscence in the name of romance...

Chronicle of a Blood Merchant 허삼관 매혈기

"Chronicle of a Blood Merchant" Ha Jeong-woo calls Ha Ji-won a 'salmon'
[Video] Added new official trailer and stills for the Korean movie 'Chronicle of a Blood Merchant'

The New Cal Cap from Brand 47

With a generic look, the capital C for Cal. Much like the capital S for Stanfurd? (The Brand 47 cap for Stanfurd, for comparison.) And an ugly C, at that! The original Cal logo, with "Cal" written in cursive, was more distinctive.

Compare with the old Brand 47 model here.

The End of the Colbert Report

Salon: “I’m getting angry at liberals”: Watch the hilarious end to “The Colbert Report”

I didn't really watch much of the show; one of the disadvantages (or benefits) of not having cable.

Unlucky? Or a Fraud?

Japan scientist quits as cell research discredited

If the latter it took her too long to resign, in an honor-bound culture such as Japan's. But maybe women aren't held to the same standard of honor as the men?

She's ok -- is she married?

Trailer for Tsui Hark's Latest

It will be distributed in the US, but all that CGI ruined it for me...

John Taylor of Caroline

It was his birthday yesterday.

The Political Wisdom of John Taylor of Caroline by W. Kirk Wood

John Taylor and Construction by James Rutledge Roesch

Friday, December 19, 2014

Second Trailer for American Sniper

The Society of Saint Dominic

website (via NLM)

Chicken Little?

Another Article on The Hobbit Party

Tolkien Truth: Giant Lessons from Little Hobbits (via Insight Scoop)

Bring the Hate-Fest

For that hack JJ Abrams...


Because We Can't Get Enough Girl-Power in Period Pieces


Prelate Javier Echevarría's Successor?

The Eponymous Flower: Important Strategic Course in Selecting the Head of Opus Dei

Msgr. Fernando Ocáriz

An Orthodox Twist on a German Custom

John Kerry Goes to the Vatican


More for Catholic Action

Kim So Eun in Hanbok

Gerald Celente Makes Predictions for 2015

Gerald Celente: Ein weltweiter Wake Up Call

Thursday, December 18, 2014

From That Girl to New Girl

That Girl (set in that Yankee culture capital, New York City?) is currently playing on MeTV. What does Marlo Thomas think of all the changes that her ideology of feminism has wrought on American society? That Girl may be cleaner, if not more innocent than New Girl and more realistic its portrayal of what women are like (timid in some ways) but how poisonous was it at that time? (How many readers does she have at HuffPo? And is anyone pointing fingers at her for leading her astray?)

Don't Be a Statistic

James LaFond: Getting Hammered in the Hood

Salve Regina


The Bishops and the Catholic “man-crisis”
The Extraordinary Synod held in October failed to adequately mention, address, and encourage two groups of Catholics.
December 15, 2014 12:00 EST
Matthew James Christoff

Sainsbury's Christmas - The story behind our Christmas ad

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Everyone's Making a Christmas Album

Nathaniel Macon

Nathaniel Macon and the Origin of States’ Rights Conservatism by Boyd Cathey

A New Url for Living Latin Language

Latinitatis Corpus, Reginaldo Procuratore

Jonathan Coppage Reviews Why Place Matters

The Localist Manifesto

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Show for Conservatives to Watch?

About to turn 3, 'Lilyhammer' might just be the future of TV

Rhiannon Giddens, "Black is the Color"

Selling out to Apple?

World Over - 2014-12-11 – 'Exodus: Gods & Kings' Christian Bale and Ridley Scot with Raymond Arroyo

Knight of Cups Trailer

A different sort of Terrence Malick story?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Not Quite Getting it

M. Shea: Masculine and Feminine, Evangelical and Catholic

One of the big examples that contrasts different attitudes towards prayer is the current worship "style" of the Roman rite in Uhmerica -- how do the emotions relate to the spirit in prayer? See Ronald Know's Enthusiasm or Archimandrite Gabriel Bunge:

Fr. P.: The next question would be about those examples that are often taken by the Orthodox as indicators of false orientation of Catholic mysticism. If for the East the crystal purity of the soul is the main condition for inner work in order that the Divine Light would act in it, then the examples of such ascetics as Teresa of Ávila show something very opposite: the aim of podvig is to attain to ecstasy where a person experiences God. Could you please comment on this?

Fr. G.: There are two types of mysticism in the Catholic Church: restrained (inner work) and ecstatic. Both schools are rooted in the monastic tradition. The first school that originated in Sts. Macarius, Anthony, and Evagrius is the inner mysticism, “inner work.” But St. Macarius’ Homilies contain the other school too, more affective mysticism. Therefore he is traditionally considered to belong to the softened or semi- Messalianism, that is a kind of ecstatic monasticism. I think, that here we could see just two different spiritual temperaments that confront one another. That’s why it’s difficult to find a common language. The follower of the inner work could say to his opponent, “You are too sensual,” and the latter could reply, “You are too reasonable. You don’t have any inner experience.” And both these opinions would be wrong.

However, I have to admit that in the Middle Ages there were purely women’s mystical movements on the West that seem strange to me and are beyond my comprehension. I belong to a different school. I don’t have anything that could help me to understand or feel deeply that affective, ecstatic mysticism. The main rule of any spiritual life for me is restriction and lack of exaltation because exaltation itself is a ground for demonic prelest. This experience we can find today in charismatics. To avoid mistakes that Evagrius calls imitation of spiritual and mystic states, we have to be very careful, wise, and to possess simplicity and purity. Today it is called a self-suggested condition, that is, an imaginative mystic (spiritual) condition.

St. Theophan the Recluse, who is very popular in the West, by the way, understood the matter of western mystics very subtly. Once he exclaimed: “Oh, these Western people, they cannot distinguish between psychic and spiritual!” And really, when I talk to people who come for confession, I see how often they mix these things. One has to teach and help people to see the difference between their feelings and true spirituality from God. People quite often feel something deep inside and think “Here it is, here is that true spirituality.”

USAF Flash Mob at the Smithsonian

Playing Christian music for Christmas. Shocking, given the direction the military, and the USAF especially, has taken. Maybe there are still some hold-outs among the generals but they will probably be all purged eventually. (via The Thinking Housewife)

Some of the more traditional-looking uniforms don't look bad. The USAF, in search of an identity...

Plenty of Good Articles at Abbeville Institute

The Revival of (Southern) Conservatism by Carl Jones

See also Forgotten Founder George Mason by Brion McClanahan and The Transformation of American Citizenship via the Crucible of War by Marshall DeRosa

David Bollier's Review of Degrowth: A Vocabulary for a New Era

David Bollier Blog

Not Suprisingly, From One of the Authors of The Hobbit Party

Did the Church Change Its Doctrine on Usury? Jay W. Richards

Does money serve the whole community? Or just those who have lots of it?

The Church and the Usurers is probably better...

Feminism in Service of Capitalism

Of course Ellen DeGeneres has no principles in this regard, selling out to Covergirl.

Girls Can by Covergirl

But Cash Back/Airline Miles is Tempting

10 Reasons I Don’t Have a Credit Card by Ralph Nader

Austen at Sea

Why Patrick O’Brian is Jane Austen at sea
What better way to mark the O’Brian’s centenary than by jumping on board with Captain Jack?

Patrick O'Brian - The Surgeon's Mate, read by Benedict Cumberbatch

BBC Radio 4 has other special programming for the 100th anniversary of POB's birth.
Radio Adaptation: Master and Commander
BBC Radio 4 Bookclub Episode: Master and Commander

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Kyrie Eleison.

And Does it Affect the Mission to Evangelize?