Thursday, December 31, 2015

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Mighty Eight Pitch Video

via HBO Watch

Will production finish during the new year?

Monday, December 28, 2015

For a Resilient Future, Put Community First by Pamela Boyce Simms

Her view of Transition Towns and Intentional Communities:
In addition to their shared commitment to equality, both movements seek to cultivate wholeness. Wholeness—systems working purposefully in sync—is the definition of physical, mental, and community health and wellbeing. Wholeness is true resilience. An integrated personality manifests in strong self-esteem. Citizens working together improve communities. Cohesive workplace teams boost the bottom line. Conversely, separation and fragmentation are biological harbingers of disease, and sociological indicators of institutional disintegration. Horrendous income inequity, frayed nerve endings, office infighting, and the lonely, emotional isolation of lives lived in ubiquitous ticky tacky houses and strip malls, reflect illness.

Whereas the pursuit of wholeness through cooperation is embedded yet latent in the DNA of the Transition movement, hundreds of intentional communities already demonstrate just that. Irrespective of how diverse a group of people in an intentional community may be, they necessarily share an allegiance to the baseline value of sustained cooperation. Transition initiatives do not have that luxury.

Is there a thick account of moral wellbeing present here? Or is this just warmed-over liberalism in updated parlance? I would guess the later based on the subsequent paragraph. Virtuous friendship is not based solely on the need to cooperate for survival.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

And I thought the season finale was bad...

The Christmas special this year is even worse: The Doctor, the cuckolded buffoon. Or the beta who settled unknowingly for sloppy seconds, with River Song who was willing to sleep with men for material gain.

Steven Moffat, I blame you.


Webb Considering Running as an Independent?

Does he have any appeal to what is now the base of the Democratic party? He could promote his own version of economic populism, but would he be "cool" enough to appeal to the SJWs who run and fill the party? Is he more likely to take votes away from Trump than Hilary Rodham? And if he knows this, is this just a possible play to secure the White House for Hilary?

Would Trump consider picking Webb for VP?

Our next commander in chief must define a strategic vision for the country and accept accountability for past actions....

Posted by Jim Webb on Saturday, December 26, 2015

Hillary Clinton’s failed vision in Libya & the Arab Spring are foreign policy leadership at its worst.

Posted by Jim Webb on Sunday, December 27, 2015

A Comparison of Wing Chun Versions

Would it help one to piece together the evolution through the different lineages and the original/basic form? Would it support claims made about a distinction between traditional Wing Chun and modified Wing Chun in the Yip Man line?

Complete Wing Chun: The Definitive Guide to Wing Chun's History and Traditions (Complete Martial Arts)

Wing Chun Illustrated
Everything Wing Chun

Saturday, December 26, 2015

The Grandmaster, US Version

Finally saw The Grandmaster, or one of the versions (the US) - seemed like half of the movie was about Zhang Zi Yi's character, one-half of a (fictional) doomed romance; Yip Man's wife hardly had a role in it at all. (She did speak; was it dubbed by a Chinese speaker? I don't think Song Hye Gyo can speak Cantonese so well.) I suppose Wong Kar-Wai decided to focus on one of his favorite themes, impossible romantic love, and didn't use anything else that would have made the movie more of a historically accurate biopic.

There is an extra scene after the initial credits -- a montage of fight scenes and the like not scene in the movie. Extra footage that was not included in this cut? Makes me wonder how much of the extra footage shot for the movie is usable for an extended version; however, Wong Kar-Wai may never get around to making one, even if he is interested.

The way some of the scenes were shot in slow-motion or almost at a standstill had the effect of making the images seem artificial, almost as if they were done with CGI (maybe some were?). The fight scene at the train station reminded me of a commercial -- could they have been shot better? I think so.

The fight scenes are decent; like Donnie Yen's Ip Man movies, they are an artistic representation Wing Chun but probably not realistic depictions of how it would be used. Though I wish there were some footage of the fights that Bruce Lee or William Cheung or any of Yip Man's other students participated in back in the day to use as a basis of comparison. I think I would watch the movie again because it is something to look at, despite some of the filming techniques used. But I wish it were more historically accurate and focused more on Yip Man.

Variety article on WKW and the movie

a review of the movie by a Wing Chun practitioner

California Business Casual

Steve Sailer: Neckties Down, Socks Up: How Silicon Valley Is Like an All Girls Catholic High School
Ties falling into disuse and folded collars disappearing from dress shirts? Why not?

Business casual v. [Business] informal v. semi-formal v. formal

Friday, December 25, 2015

Looking for a Cover of "Last Christmas"

The singing is done by a male and the sound is reminiscent of 90s Jpop and 80s alternative... here it is:

Jimmy Eat World

Some other versions...

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Byzantine triumphalism? Or is it warranted because of the language of the Psalms and the Old Testament?

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Jack Donovan's Buzzfeed Interview

The complete transcript.

Dominican Rite Solemn Mass for Christmas Day in Kensington

NLM: Dominican Rite Solemn Mass for Christmas Day, SF Bay Area

Jang Young Sil Poster

Song Il Gook worked hard to live up to this respected scholar's name~

Posted by Soompi on Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Robert Spencer on Jihad

Short continuation.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

SJWs Gonna SJW

He makes the mistake of using Harry Potter as a serious comparison.

Matt Brown discusses the "Mary Sue" controversy surrounding the Rey character in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, and...

Posted by TwitchFilm on Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Just Because It's Serious

doesn't mean it's better than Machete as a message movie.

In Jonas Cuaron's thriller DESIERTO, Gael Garcia Bernal has to run for his life when a crazed vigilante with a gun starts hunting a group of unarmed immigrants. We have a trailer:

Posted by TwitchFilm on Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Personal is the Beginning of the Political

Not: the personal is political of feminism, which presupposes a modern, if not liberal, nation-state. Individuals and families interacting with one another and building (or avoiding) relationships is the start of political life. Our mistake is to believe that we have a political life (or community) when we do not at all.

INTJ = Sigma?

How changeable are personalities according to Jung or to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator theory? Are personalities innate or do they change over time? Is it possible for someone to change from being beta or delta to sigma, rather than alpha?

Tuesday, December 22, 2015


Pepe Escobar on the Russian MIlitary Arsenal

Accurate? You Want War? Russia is Ready for War

A Leftist Critiques the Star Wars Product

Skip to the bottom, where he raises objections similar to those given by others in dissecting the story's plausibility.

13 Hours in Benghazi Documentary Trailer


A Christmas Classic...

Monday, December 21, 2015

Rachel Lu on female altar servers. (via Fr. Z)

By what authority does the CDW have to supercede tradition? If it has forgotten the rationale behind reserving certain liturgical ministry to males only, then maybe it should have refrained from making a decision and said it was "under review." But a centralized bureaucracy knows no bounds.

Another Article on the Byz Rite at Notre Dame

Divine Liturgy Comes to Notre Dame
Prominent Catholic University Offers Byzantine Worship on Campus

This does not balance out all of the bad stuff being done by Latins there.

No Grasp of Sound Moral Theology

In political questions, just watered down Catholici social teaching and a reliance upon a liberal (or aggregate) conception of the common good. The statism of some of those offering their opinions is also revealing. Of course the NCReg relies upon standard "journalism" writing, giving both "sides" of the issue, but Catholic newspapers should either avoid doing popular articles on disputed questions in moral theology or do it correctly with an informed presentation. Apparently a Catholic newspaper cannot replace sound catechesis.

Does Catholic Faith Dictate a Position on Gun Control? by Brian Fraga

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Mother Teresa Movie

Too sappy? Or just right?

Pope Francis on Thursday authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate a decree regarding a miracle...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Friday, December 18, 2015

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta is to be made a Saint. Pope Francis on Thursday authorized the Congregation for the Causes of...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Friday, December 18, 2015

Saturday, December 19, 2015

The New Chaplain for the Swiss Guard

The Swiss Guards have a new chaplain!

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Sunday, December 13, 2015

Poster Child for a Dying Uhmerican Church

The Chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ ad hoc Committee on Religious Liberty, Archbishop William E. Lori...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Thursday, December 17, 2015

And another...

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), gave a...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Following in the footsteps of their patriarch:

Pope Francis on Thursday addressed members of the Italian “Azione Cattolica” movement thanking them for their commitment to welcome migrants.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Thursday, December 17, 2015

Coptic Style?

Seeing these photos of the Jubilee "icon" of the prodigal son here, that is what I am thinking...

Pope Francis on Friday visited a new homeless shelter in Rome’s Termini – John Paul II train station, where he opened a...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Saturday, December 19, 2015

Pope Francis opens the Holy Door of the Caritas Diocesan Hostel in Via Marsala, at Rome's Termini Station, and celebrates Holy Mass there, in occasion of the Jubilee of Mercy. Watch LIVE now!

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Friday, December 18, 2015

Photos from the NAC

From the Pontifical North American College

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Saturday, December 19, 2015

The First Order is So Racist!

After all, it makes its black stormtroopers wear white armor!

Twin Peaks Teaser

The new season of TWIN PEAKS gets a teaser trailer, and we guess this piece of news gets hard to top for today.

Posted by TwitchFilm on Friday, December 18, 2015

A Cult

To My fellow Cultists by Fr. Jerry J. Pokorsky

"Every priest is asked questions about behavior during worship, both what should be done to show proper respect in the...

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Saturday, December 19, 2015

Friday, December 18, 2015

Interview with the Wenzhou Pastor

second (via Rod Dreher)

Google Getting in on Some Star Wars Action

Is this advertising paid for by Disney? Or the geeks (SJWs all of them, no doubt) just geeking out?


Thursday, December 17, 2015

How Many Will Wish Lucas Was in Charge?

Disney has its moneymaker. The Daring Genesis of J.J. Abrams’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens (via The Atlantic) -- Lucas wanted to make the equivalent of Hunger Games, rather than Star Wars (A New Hope)?

Another opportunity for schadenfreude.

If Rey seems incredible because she is skilled at everything despite being abandoned on a planet (to herself?), maybe it's because she's a Mary Sue character for the script writer?

Effeminate Synod

One of the few Latin Catholic intellectuals willing to go the distance... Anthony Esolen:

The synod’s final recommendation to Pope Francis is mainly bland and inoffensive. It is also an exercise in unreality. That’s what happens when your mode of thought and expression is neither philosophical and theological, nor earthy and poetic: It does not aspire to reveal the essences of things, and it does not confront the sweat and mire of the created world. The bishops write in sociological patois, abstract and banal at once. Reality escapes them.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

As if this is a good thing...

From that SJW website Twitch Film, a review of the new SJWars movie:

To twist words famously sung by Mick Jagger, sometimes you don't get what you need, you get what you want. The Force Awakens, from its opening crawl through the final notes, feels like a film that's trying to give people what they want. It feels at times like a greatest hits package, name-checking elements from the past, bringing elements out of retirement and dusting them off afresh. What makes the process effective is that the filmmakers know full well that this is what they're doing, even calling attention to it throughout (note the line about C-3P0's red arm for one of the most overt moments).

Kitano "Classic"?

UK distributor Third Window Films is about to release three classic Kitano Takeshi movies on Blu-ray, using new 2K...

Posted by TwitchFilm on Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Fr. Rutler on Scientific Opinion

Making Dogma Out of Unsettled Science by by Fr. George W. Rutler

Also from Crisis:
An Intimate Portrait of the Founder of Opus Dei by Richard Bastien
The Vast Majority Myth by William Kilpatrick
The Contemporary Denial of Reality by Anthony Esolen

The Unseriousness of Catholic Education...

When Sports Displace Catholic Education by Douglas Kries

The Priests (검은 사제들)

Saw the movie yesterday with πατήρ; πατήρ actually enjoyed it as a movie, not for its theological points. If you played a drinking game where you had to take a shot for something in the movie that is portrayed as Catholic but isn't really, you probably wouldn't get past the first 30 minutes. (Before the movie's depiction of the rite of exorcism, which would definitely put you over the edge of sobriety.) The movie is interesting for what visual symbols are used to depict authentic Catholicism (icons, censers, cassocks, rosaries, statues of Mary, the use of Latin). Maybe the best part of me was the use of the sequence for Mass for the Day of Pascha, chanted by the assistant deacon (played by Kang Dong-wan) and used for the end credits, which I rarely heard during my Latin trad days, as I usually attended the vigil Mass and slept the next morning. (πατήρ had to identify it for me.)

Also interesting was the depiction of Korean shaman religion in the movie. Accurate? While the Korean Franciscan priest/exorcist (played by Kim Yoon-seok) was "ecumenical" in praising the shaman's effectiveness in expelling demons, the shaman does fail to do so for the high school girl at the center of the movie. (More "traditional" exorcists like Fr. Amorth would probably see shaman religion as being spiritually problematic in its communication with the spirits and use of spells/chants -- contributing to the problem rather than solving it. "By what authority do you cast out demons?")

Will the use of Modernist architecture to symbolize the future and progress

be included in the social commentary of the movie? High Rise, based on the novel.

movie viral marketing campaign website

So brave.

Saw a non-white (Pakistani? Bangladeshi?) wearing a "F--- ISIS" T-shirt at Costco today. Some may commend him for his action, but wearing such a shirt to a store where children may be present? Vulgar and insensitive. I suppose the likelihood of him being punished for apostasy is low, and it is unlikely that he is protesting too much...

Monday, December 14, 2015

How many are "groupies" of the Dear Leader?

Are they North Korea's version of Girl's Generation?

Posted by Soompi on Thursday, December 10, 2015

Probably not too much plastic beauty?

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Our Lady of Guadalupe and American Catholics

The Challenge of Our Lady of Guadalupe by Bishop Robert Barron
"I am the ever Virgin Mary, Mother of the True God." In so saying, the Lady of Tepeyac was actively de-throning and de-legitimizing any false claimant to that title.

Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness of all the Americas, but who identifies with her the most strongly? The children of the Aztecs and the nations that suffered under them and of the Spanish who settled in Mexico, the new Mexican nation? Do the other Ibero-American nations have as strong a devotion? (Or are they more likely to acquire it if they immigrate to the United States?)

The United States has its own patron, the Immaculate Conception. (I say this instead of: The United States have their own patron. Although the U.S. bishops made their choice in 1847, still I think it is likely that their mindset was more nationalist than federalist.) Do the "indigenous" peoples of the land that is now of the United States identify with Juan Diego and the appearance of the Virgin Mary to him?

What is the relationship of the United States to the rest of the Western Hemisphere? Given the link of the cult of Our Lady of Guadalupe to Mexican nationalism, is it wise for a Latin bishop in the United States to encourage non-Mexican Roman Catholics to cultivate a devotion to her? Is such a move fairly regarded as a move towards Hispanicization (or Mexicanization) of American Catholic culture? Is it possible for the possession of a common religion to eliminate differences in ethnic identity and culture? I don't believe so.

Fr. Jacek Międlar

CWR: The priest who is the new face of Polish nationalism
Last month, Fr. Jacek Międlar gave a controversial speech before a cheering crowd of thousands during Poland’s Independence Day rally.

The Tuttles with AJ Lee at the Freight in January

So honored to be returning to the Freight & Salvage on Saturday, Jan. 2!

Posted by The Tuttles with A.J. Lee on Thursday, December 3, 2015

Friday, December 11, 2015

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

A Positive Revew But a SJW One

It's Choi Min-sik with a gun, versus a scores-of-Japanese-soldiers-slaying mountain god in Park Hong-joon's historical...

Posted by TwitchFilm on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Abbeville Institute Podcast Episode 3


Two from Kirkpatrick Sale

“To the Size of States There Is a Limit”: Measurements for the Success of a State
What was the Confederacy after all?

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Interesting Art...

On November 27, during the 20th Asia-Pacific Congress in Taiwan, officials of the Pontifical Council for the Family...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Sunday, December 6, 2015

During his recent visit to Taiwan, the President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, met with 120 students of the Faculty of Theology in Taipei.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Sunday, December 6, 2015

The President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Archibishop Vincenzo Paglia took part of the 20th Asia-Pacific...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Saturday, December 5, 2015

Play Diplomacy...

Pope Francis on Monday accepted the letters of credence from the new Ambassador to the Holy See from Peru, Maria Elvira velasquez Rivas-Plata.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Monday, December 7, 2015

A Thaw...

South Korea's Catholic Church announced on Monday it had reached agreement with North Korea to send priests there on "a regular basis."

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Monday, December 7, 2015

The Extraordinary Jubilee Begins at St. Peter's

Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Tuesday morning to open the Jubilee of Mercy.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica.#JubileeofMercy #PopeFrancisShare!!

Posted by Jubilee of Mercy on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Pope Francis opened the Holy Door at St. Peter's Basilica on Tuesday, inaugurating the Holy Year of Mercy.See our...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Tuesday morning to open the Jubilee of Mercy.See our story at the link:

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

On Tuesday, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pope Francis solemnly inaugurated the...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Pope Francis presides at Mass on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception with the Opening of the Holy Door for the inauguration of the Holy Year of Mercy. Watch LIVE now!

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Photos of Benedict XVI

Pope Francis greets Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI as he enters St. Peter's Basilica.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Pope Francis greeted Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Basilica when he opened the Holy Door, beginning the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Ip Man 3 Trailer

We have a new trailer for IP MAN 3, and well... there's a lot of punching going on in it!

Posted by TwitchFilm on Friday, December 4, 2015

If the Trailer is Bad, What About the Movie?

No news about this sequel is indicative of bad news apparently...

A sequel to CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON? With Michelle Yeoh, Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, and directed by Yuen Woo-ping? Sounds awesome, right? Ehm... here is the trailer. See (and hear) for yourself.

Posted by TwitchFilm on Monday, December 7, 2015

The Jubilee of Mercy

Beings today. Official website and FB page

Bull: Misericordiae Vultus
Full text: Pope Francis’s Year of Mercy letter

Dives in Misericordia (Lt)
On the fiftieth anniversary of the closing of Vatican II

Pope Francis mentions the contrast between (divine) justice or righteousness and (divine) mercy, and an opposition between law and mercy (or love) that may not be necessary, if one has a different definition of righteousness, by which it is a synonym for God's love, then this opposition between justice and mercy disappears... Is Pope Francis trying to formulate some some sort of Latin version of oikonomia? Is this his pastoral program? Does he think that ecclesiastical law constricts, not simply that he should not "judge" people harshly but make available to them God's mercy by relaxing ecclesiastical discipline as much as possible? (A reappearance of the debates probalism and casuistry?)

But charity is the highest law of the Church, binding not only on bishops but on all of the Christian people. Charity cannot respond to obstinance in sin improperly -- this is not a matter of "justice" as if it were merely a human law, but of giving the appropriate response in accordance with a divine standard.

The prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Cardinal Robert Sarah, said to...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Monday, December 7, 2015

There's just one day to go until Pope Francis opens the Holy Door at St Peter’s Basilica which officially opens the...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Monday, December 7, 2015

Monday, December 07, 2015

New Jane Got a Gun Trailer

Subdued girl-power Western?

Too Feeble a Response?

"The Church of Christ is a divine-human institution which the Holy Spirit keeps alive and inspires throughout the ages....

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Friday, December 4, 2015

Rod Dreher, from Crunchy Con

to cuckservative? He's wrong on the Constitution, religious freedom, immigration, and on conservatism: Trump Trashes Religious Freedom - His proposal to ban all Muslims entering US is appalling. Even though he criticizes SJWs, so far as I've read his writing, he's always tried to pass himself off as a "moderate."

A man with apparently a weak (or no) grounding in the science in politics and the Natural Law shouldn't be writing about politics.

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Saturday, December 05, 2015


Metanoia? As used here and in the texts of the liturgy?

OCAMPR Conference 2015: Barriers in the Heart #myOCN

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Friday, December 4, 2015

But the USG Won't Do This

At least no now. What about the next administration? If they fail to act and more acts of terror, will there be a backlash against those in government who were negligent? Defeating Domestic Jihad: A Program of Action by Srjda Trifkovic

Another CD

The Christmas album, “Byzantine Ark- Nativity of God Incarnate,” is a compilation of hymns from the Orthodox Church.

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Saturday, December 5, 2015
Chop! That trauma will have an impact on future cooking.

Day of recollection seemed to go well at least.

Friday, December 04, 2015

I Said It Would be a Mixed Bag

The Vatican study sSeminar on women and work -- looks like another attempt to formulate Catholic feminism, using the John Paul II as cover. Erika Bachiochi cites the press release, which gives the topics for discussion, which includes the following introduction:

Today it is necessary to recognise the important role women play both in public life, for building structures that are richer in humanity, and in family life, for the wellbeing of the family itself and the education of children. Starting from this premise, the Seminar’s goal will be to discuss causes and consequences of today’s dichotomy between family demands and the organization of work. Furthermore, the meeting will seek to analyse and consider paths to leave behind the “either-or” dilemma in which too many women find themselves today, and to propose innovative solutions towards a “one and the other” answer that combines the demands of work and the demands of family life. Proposals will be considered in favour of a greater appreciation of women's work, so that discriminations that women workers still face – like penalization of motherhood and disparity of salaries – might be overcome. Also, there will be analysis of how to bring to light the irreplaceable service that only feminine genius can offer to humanity, for the growth of each person and the building of society.

The list of topics is at the end of the press release.

Before cheap energy and the industrial revolution, women's work was primarily a support role for their husbands and family, whether on the farm or artisan production or the performing of a trade. What was once common, a disparity of salaries to give the advantage of men supporting families, is now seen as unjust (though this is not explicitly stated so in the press release). As for the role women play in public life, it is a very truncated vision of public life, what passes for "public" life in the modern nation-state, mostly bureaucratic work and participation in institutions acceptable to the modern nation-state.

On this issue I expect the Latin churches to continue to make ineffectual noise until reality makes it all irrelevant.

An international seminar on Women and Work takes place in Rome on December 4th and 5th organised by the Pontifical...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Friday, December 4, 2015

Of Course He Gave His Support

Pope Francis has gave his support to a two-day International Workshop on “Women and Work” taking place in Rome beginning Friday.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Friday, December 4, 2015

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Perfumed Princes Everywhere

Instead of doing the honorable thing and resigning...

Extraordinary Jubilee Events

The countdown continues to the Jubilee of Mercy which officially opens on the 8th of December.In the second of a four...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Thursday, December 3, 2015

The SJWs in the National Government Continue Their Quest

Pentagon chief to military: Open all combat jobs to women

Not a peep of opposition from the USCCB or the Military Archdiocese, I bet. They deserve no vocations.

A lot of people need a reality check.

Sant' Egidio Needs to Go Away, Too

Watch as the Colosseum is lit up to celebrate the abolition of the death penalty in Nebraska.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Monday, November 30, 2015

America Magazine: Irrelevant to America

Repeal the Second Amendment
February 25, 2013 Issue
The Editors

(via MOJ)

How many donors does it take to keep this Jesuit waste of paper and electricity afloat?

The Pilgrim Centre Opens

The Pilgrim Centre for the Jubilee of Mercy opened on Tuesday.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Tuesday, December 1, 2015

At Least They Probably Won't Be Imprisoned

Five South Korean Catholic bishops left for Pyongyang on December 1, to discuss repairs to North Korea’s Changchung Cathedral and expanding interactions between South and North Korean Catholics.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Is This a Neutral Act?

Here is the Flickr feed from Caritas Internationalis with photos from their campaign to raise awareness about the...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Thursday, December 3, 2015

Civil war in Ukraine has left some 3 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Caritas Internationalis is...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Thursday, December 3, 2015

Clean Up Your House First

'Let Us Permanently Be in State of Mission,' Say PopeSpeaking to Plenary Assembly of Congregation for Evangelization of Peoples, Urges to Announce Joy of Gospel to All

Posted by Zenit News Agency on Thursday, December 3, 2015

More Luther on the Way

Hey, look who's back!And with a trailer no less...

Posted by TwitchFilm on Thursday, November 26, 2015

I Don't Care for the PTSD Interpretation

of Macbeth's behavior, but I will watch the movie.

A film version of MACBETH, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, directed by Justin Kurzel? Oh yes, bring it...

Posted by TwitchFilm on Thursday, December 3, 2015

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Give Me...

The Problem With Liberty: A Warning to Conservatives by Patrick J. Deneen

Francesca Aran Murphy Responds to the Core Curriculum Review Committee Report

Weak Goals at Notre Dame

Early Music Singers Tonight

Early Music Singers: Spanish Motets and Songs
December 2, 2015 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Memorial Church

William Mahrt directs the Early Music Singers’ program of a cappella works from Encina, Morales, Guerrero, Victoria, and others.

Coca Cola: Why Corporations are Our Enemies

There is a Coke commercisl featuring a mom giving her young son some cokes so he can use them as an icebreaker to talk to a young girl at a dance. It played before a movie last month; I can't find it online, so I don't know how old it is. Where's the father to tell his son to man up or gie him some age-appropriate advice? nowhere to be seen. Instead, the boy is taught to offer the girl a drink. How beta is that?
And moms can feel like they can take dad's by purchasing a product for their sons to use, rather than giving him the proper guidance. What a joke.

And then there's its #MakeItHappy campaign...

Looking at the channel and its advertising in different languages, Coca Cola Global is spreading "sweet American goodness" around the world and the modern distorted notion of Christmas, focused exclusively on family. (And of course none of the Spanish commercials feature non-whites.)

What we need for the holiday movie season...

Two movies pushing the LGBQTXYZ agenda... Carol and Danish Girl. The distributors may claim that it is only a matter of timing but there is probably something more insidious to it. Of course there are no criticisms of the age disparity between the two female characters.

MS: Carol and Danish Girl

Of course the SJWs love Carol.
Carol: the women behind Patricia Highsmith's lesbian novel
Forbidden Love: The passions behind Patricia Highsmith’s “The Price of Salt.” By Margaret Talbot
Happily ever after, at last: Patricia Highsmith on the inspiration for Carol
Cate Blanchett reveals 'many' past relationships with women

Lee Young Ae on Saimdang, Herstory

Lee Young Ae is simply amazing 󾬐

Posted by Soompi on Monday, November 30, 2015

Nam Bora in Hanbok


Posted by Soompi on Sunday, November 29, 2015

Good Luck

For those of you at a certain age, you know when all your friend's FB posts are about their babies? Yeah, that's what Bada is feeling.

Posted by Soompi on Saturday, November 28, 2015

Korean Catholic celebs generally are poor poster children for Catholicism; they love being in the entertainment industry too much.

Psy Won't Be Able to Top Himself

Aww... but a collab between Michael Bublé and PSY would be epic 󾮗

Posted by Soompi on Tuesday, December 1, 2015

PSY owning. Do you think "Daddy" can top "Gangnam Style"?

Posted by Soompi on Tuesday, December 1, 2015
The 6th graders have been reading Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. Though they are getting older, they still had a visceral reaction of disgust to Deza Malone kissing Bud. Without the physiological and consequent psychological consequences of puberty, would human beings be motivated to have sex? Or would they still find intimate physical contact with members of the opposite sex repellent?

(How much of children's showing of affection to their parents through kissing merely imitation of adult behavior or following their request? And how much of their later revulsion related to natural modesty?)

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

A Photo of the Icon Would Be Better

Pope Francis on Monday visited Rome’s Basilica of St Mary Major to pray at the ancient icon of Our Lady known as Salus Populi Romani and offer thanks for the happy outcome of his first pastoral visit to Africa.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Restore the Sarum Rite

Every year on the first of December, the students of the Venerable English college in Rome go into the chapel and sing...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Russia May Support It, But the UN Probably Won't Approve It

The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago asks Political Leadership to recognize genocide, and initiate the United...

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Monday, November 30, 2015
I was thinking about the movie Suffragettes, and how those women needed a vigorous reaction, one that was not forthcoming as they did not live in a true republic but in an oligarchy. How much more unlikely is there to be any sort of wide-scale pushback now, when the government and men in the cities are even bigger white knights. However, what will happen with the next generation or two of men, and the possible advent of a new barbarism? How will the men of the future resort to a physical challenge from women, especially if other responses are not available to them yet, like shaming and ostracisation?

BBC Archive

Not Posting This for Thanksgiving

but for the report Rod Dreher gives about his mission church: Thanksgiving 2015: Gratitude for Fathers

How Catholic is that part of Louisiana? Is there anyone there who is non-Catholic but would be interested in (Slavic) Byzantine Christianity? How much inculturation has been done at the mission church? The challenges of thriving and growing face most if not all Byzantine churches in the United States, both Orthodox and Catholic alike.

Energy Transition Show: Transition from Oil

Podcast - download (Resilience)

Just words...

What about the actions of the administration and of the university president? Draft report of Notre Dame's Core Curriculum Review Committee (via MOJ)

Who will evangelize the Catholic children...

6th grader in response to my question: "I know what sin is! I went to Catholic school!"

Abbeville Institute Podcast Episode 2


Monday, November 30, 2015

Not My History

Pilgrim Myths and Legends By Carey Roberts

More of the Catholic spin on Christmas:
The Catholic Origins of Thanksgiving
Michael Voris

Gavin McInnes being Gavin McInnes

Chris Stapleton

Stapleton By Brion McClanahan

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Fr. Schall Reviews Fr. Spitzer's Latest Book

Fr. Spitzer's Brillian Examination of the Whole of Reality

I Expect a Mixed Bag

 Pontifical Council of the Laity - Press release: Study Seminar Women and Work

MOJ: Women and Work at the Vatican
MOJer Lisa Schiltz and I will be at a conference in Rome this weekend, sponsored by the Pontifical Council of the Laity-Women's division. Lisa will be among the 15 speakers from around the world (and I among the 80 participants). Lisa is on a panel discussing how to reconcile work and family commitments. Helen Alvare and Endow Founder, Terry Polakovic, are also speaking from the US. Other papers include discussion of neurological and psychological research on the differences between the sexes, women in leadership, care ethics, and educating girls. My favorite title is: "Women Work and They Have Always Done So," offered by the married Italian economists Stefano and Vera Zamagni.

Is anyone going to lament the loss of the domestic economy, or criticize the encroachment of women on male spaces?

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Pope Tawadros II to Visit Jerusalem

Pravmir: Head of Egyptian Copts to visit Jerusalem for first time in 35 years


I haven't looked at the list yet but Lee Young Ae better be on it!

Who is the fairest hanbok beauty of them all?

Posted by Soompi on Thursday, November 26, 2015

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Guilty Pleasure

It may not be spiritually proper to listen to Christmas music before the feast of the Nativity, but when else is someone going to hear the Carpenters on commercial radio?

Friday, November 27, 2015

Last Turkey Prepped for This Year

Long day -- would be good to have some help prepping materials for evangelization but we short on volunteers. Some members of the young adult group are having a Star Wars marathon; a modified version of the machete order. The CGI of the prequels remains terrible; with time episode 4 will not hold up as a classic. And Empire remains the best of the lot, even if you shouldn't think about the timeline too much.

May the fanboys get what they deserve when they watch the movie.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The First American Thanksgiving

As one sympathetic to the South the most, I would recognize the thanksgiving celebrated at Berkeley Plantation in Virginia as the first, though the observance of the harvest festival should depend on when the harvest actually takes place, rather than separated by Federal diktat from local culture and farms.

Some Catholics would look at French or Spanish (NYT 1) celebrations of thanksgiving as being historically the first "American" thanksgiving, but it seems to me that this is Latin Catholics trying to impose the history with which they identify on others, a form of neo-Yankee behavior or (Roman) Catholic triumphalism at its worst. For example, Taylor Marshall (via Tea at Trianon) or Pro Ecclesia or Joe Carter. There may even be some non-Catholic, multiculturalist neo-Yankees, subscribing to the notion of the proposition nation, who may accept this sort of thinking, identifying "America" with the territory rather than the people living in that territory. I do not know Mr. Marshall's own family history but this seems to me to be symptomatic of an immigrant Church that never really assimilated to the natives. There is no attempt to take the Gospel to a people with which they identify, and adapt to that people, rather than assuming some sort of distinct (even superior) identity from that of the Anglo-Celtic (Protestant) natives.

Giving Thanks for Thanksgiving by Joseph Pearce
Thanksgiving by Brian Miller
The Joys of Solitude: Thanksgiving! by Ralph Nader