Saturday, December 27, 2014

For the Love of Money is a Root of All Kinds of Evil

"You came into the world with nothing, you will leave the world with nothing."

Some amount of external good sis necessary for the happy life, but we do not need more than what is sufficient.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Sad News for the Show's Fans

Thursday, December 25, 2014 Interview with Jason Hall

Screenwriter Jason Hall Talks Chris Kyle & ‘American Sniper’

A Gift from Fr. Rutler

Holidays are Holy Days

Another Year Without a Visit by Rhonda Vincent and the Rage to CA?

2015 schedule so far

Patriarch John X's Christmas Message


How Big is Your Christmas?

Pope Francis's Christmas Greetings to Korean Catholics

AA America

I haven't been following this... Mass. doctor Vivek Murthy OK’d as surgeon general - Views on guns, advocacy led to Senate delay

Surgeon General of the United States: Who Is Vivek Murthy?

A Failure of Pastoral Leadership and Catechesis

Catholic Marriage Culture

Be a Witness to the Joy of the Birth of Our Savior

Christmas Message of Archbishop Demetrios

Καλά Χριστούγεννα

Christ is born! Glorify Him!
Xpιστοσ γεννται! Δοξασατε!

Great Feast of the Nativity According to the Flesh of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ - Celebration First Day (One of the Twelve Great Feasts, class 1)

Καλά Χριστούγεννα (Merry Christmas in Greek)

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

O Holy Night

Not my favorite version--


Probably Not Dmitry Orlov – Are Americans Prepared For A Soviet Style Collapse – Interview

Meditations for Nativity

Parts 2 and 3.

More Celebs on the Papal Visit to the Philippines

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A Professional Police Force Should Not Supplant the Republican Character of a Polity

A VD reader reminds us of Sir Robert Peel's principles of policing:

Peelian Principle 1 - “The basic mission for which the police exist is to prevent crime and disorder.”

Peelian Principle 2 - “The ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon public approval of police actions.”

Peelian Principle 3 - “Police must secure the willing co-operation of the public in voluntary observance of the law to be able to secure and maintain the respect of the public.”

Peelian Principle 4 - “The degree of co-operation of the public that can be secured diminishes proportionately to the necessity of the use of physical force.”

Peelian Principle 5 - “Police seek and preserve public favour not by catering to the public opinion but by constantly demonstrating absolute impartial service to the law.”

Peelian Principle 6 - “Police use physical force to the extent necessary to secure observance of the law or to restore order only when the exercise of persuasion, advice and warning is found to be insufficient.”

Peelian Principle 7 - “Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.”

Peelian Principle 8 - “Police should always direct their action strictly towards their functions and never appear to usurp the powers of the judiciary.”

Peelian Principle 9 - “The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with it.”

How very far we've come -- far from such ancient ideals, and also far from having a population that they could reasonably apply to.

The "occupying army" mentality in modern police officers disdains non-cops as "civilians". That has its benefits; for example the more the force sees itself as an in-group in opposition to the "civilian" out-group, the more racial tensions within a multi-racial police force can be de-emphasized (as is normal with military forces). But it means the whole Peel program is right out the window.

Also, Robert Peel was interested in a force that could work with Englishmen -- a riotous population, but 100% white, Christian, and English. You could assume that displays of absolute impartiality would impress people and win their favor. That is not the case any more. The trend is all to the bad.

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"Pray for the Conversion of Russia"... and of the West

Papal Address to the Roman Curia


Rorate Caeli: Congratulations to Pope Francis on his exercise in self-criticism - It was Benedict XVI who had a huge relationship problem with the Roman Curia

Fr. Reginald Foster on Christmas

Christmas Carols

Practical Feminism

A EO priest writes on FB regarding the restoration of deaconesses:

If the issue is the empowerment of women, believe me women are already empowered in the Eastern Orthodox Church. They serve on Parish Councils, as delegates to Archdiocesan Conventions and on the Board of Trustees of the Archdiocese. In my parish we have a woman Parish Council chair and woman treasurer. In a parish a priest who fights with the women does not survive.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Masking the Signs of Aging

Makeup doing its job (besides enhancing certain features and mimicking certain natural signs of fertility)

How much of its effect is the concealment of aging?

Carrie Underwood - American Idol days

One of the 7 Deadly Sins

Greed explained: J. Paul Getty, Aristotle and the Maximum Power Principle (Resilience)

Black, Season 2

Valaam Icon in Space

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Gangnam 1970