Saturday, May 16, 2015


on display the stupidity of over-educated womyn who believe they know everything... 400000 comments

Mistaking equivocation for different definitions of the same thing. An error in basic logic...

A Good Love Story?

Or 19th ce romance geared for women and blue-pill men? Seems like the heroine is engaging in a bit of 'alpha f- beta bux' in her life choices, even though it is not so bad as she does have some attraction to her "true" love. There is definitely some hypergamy in play, though she does not marry the wealthy second choice -- there is no chemistry, and wealth does not make up for the lack of game. All things being equal, she would pick the alpha with wealth over the one without, but if it's a choice between the alpha with no wealth and the beta with wealth, she chooses the former.

Love and Marriage in “The Madding Crowd” by Gracy Olmstead

Even if it is a step above today's trashy romance novels (and worthy of being in a Brit Lit course), it is still their progenitor, appealing to emotion and erroneous views of love, and it is not clear to me that good sense actually prevails at the end of the story. (And then there is the feminism in the story; funny how the portrayal of such cognitive dissonance is acceptable to the masses of women. The NPR review is a howler.)

Still, the movie does look gorgeous and the work done for the costumes seems high quality. (Historically accurate?) If men would dress like the first choice, Gabriel. goes behind the scenes of FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD with costume designer Janet Patterson to take a look at the gorgeous clothes that bring an authentic Victorian look to the production!

Posted by Far From The Madding Crowd on Saturday, May 16, 2015

Fox Searchlight
Salt Lake Tribune
The Guardian
Telegraph film stills
Coming Soon gallery

Elder Abandonment

Such a touching story...Lonely Grandfather Pedals Over 30km to See His Family

Posted by Soompi on Friday, May 15, 2015

Not a Return to the 80s

Vox Day: Skip Mad Max

Is the movie's seeming endorsement of girl-power feminism a big reason why the movie is at 98% on RT?

Not sure I want to pay $ for the movie if the critics are right...

Related: Independent article on the reaction to the overt feminism of the movie

Friday, May 15, 2015

Thursday, May 14, 2015

AICN Interview with Tom Hiddleston for Guillermo Del Toro's Crimson Peak



Do a Show in Dixieland

LA? The only challenge there is the freeway system. It is a popular destination for Korean tourists and immigrants.

Can't wait to see this episode!

Posted by Soompi on Thursday, May 14, 2015

The World Beyond Your Head

The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction by Matthew Crawford
His website.
National Review review
Articles at The New Atlantis

Gary Olmstead, Against Kant and Consumerism
Rod Dreher, Is This Man Dr. Evil

Rod Dreher, Breathing with Benedict

Who Doesn't Love Electronic Dance Music

EDEN Trailer: A Sprawling, Musical Look Back At The 90s

Dr. Fleming is Retiring as Editor of Chronicles

Obiter Dictum

But he has started a new online project.

A Fictional Movie About the Armenian Genocide

Does it help or hurt the cause?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Multiplication of First World Problems

Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women Reflect on Feminism, Complementarity, and the Church

Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women Reflect on Feminism, Complementarity, and the Church
Understanding the Marian Dimension: Women in Society and the Church
Catholic Women Speak Out - an interview with the editor Mary Rice Hasson
Catholic Feminists Speaking for Themselves by Elizabeth Schiltz

2014 Symposium on Women in the Church

Also held last year: Women in Combat Symposium

Disney and Marvel Catering to the SJWs

Marvel Courting Ava DuVernay to Direct Diverse Superhero Movie (Exclusive)

They probably think they need some good publicity after the Joss Whedon debacle.

Who's Criticizing?

Progressives and feminist women's groups? Victim blaming or telling people not to be stupid?

The South Korean government's official teaching aid material for sexual education classes is raising eyebrows.Read...

Posted by Soompi on Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Ben Townsend, Brian Vollmer

For our latest Sitch Sessions, Ben Townsend and Brian Vollmer tackle two old-time jams.

Posted by The Bluegrass Situation on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Two Westerns on the Same Friday!?!

Echoes of War will be released this Friday... RT

I thought Slow West (RT) was going to be released later this year, but it's out this Friday as well.

The Mary Sue Interview: Slow West’s Writer/Director John MacLean On Making A Movie With Fassbender and Feminism
ComingSoon Interview with John MacLean
Variety review

But There is No Common Good

The problematic premise upon which this piece is based: Some Catholic Preliminaries to the Presidential Campaign by Fr. C. John McCloskey.

There is no common good because we do not live in a political community but in a unitary nation-state which replaced the federation of states that existed before Abraham Lincoln, a nation-state in which physical mobility, industrial capitalism, the growth of megapoleis, the creation of neo-Yankee "proposition nation" identity, and other causes have wrecked many local communities in which a true common good was instantiated.

If Opus Dei (of which Fr. McCloskey is a prominent American spokesman) cannot get its politics right, its take on lay spirituality will remain lacking. (And the advice of priests on American politics will be erroneous.)

Video Summary of Ordination of 32 Priests (Future Priests Talk About Their Priesthood)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

George Scialabba Reviews

The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power by Steve Fraser and The Demise of Virtue in Virtual America and The Moral Origins of the Great Recession by David Bosworth - Damage: In our new Gilded Age, the worst are not only full of passionate conviction. They are also damnably clever. (via FPR)

The Deliberate Agrarian: Noam Chomsky on Wage Slavery and Scott Nearing on Wage Slavery

The New Evangelization and the Benedict Option

The New Evangelization Begins with Us by James Kalb

From Rod Dreher: Benedictines, Not Fundamentalists
Don't Blame the Reformation
Christianity in Collapse

Robert Stacy McCain on All the Women Failing Phase One of Ranger School

War Against Human Nature: 100% Failure article
Club Orlov: America's Achilles Heel
One small detail about the parade is nevertheless stunning: Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, a Tuvan Buddhist and one of the most respected Russian leaders, who presided over the Emergencies Ministry prior to becoming the Defense Minister, did something none of his predecessors ever did: at the beginning of the ceremony, he made the sign of the cross, in the Russian Orthodox manner. This simple gesture transformed the parade from a display of military pomp to a sacred ritual.

Something Truly Amazing Happened at the V-Day Parade


Monday, May 11, 2015

Too Much Enthusiasm?

Saint John Paul the Great

Author and Chastity Speaker Jason Evert discusses how to know #SaintJohnPaultheGreat even better through looking at...

Posted by EWTN on Friday, May 8, 2015

Ignatius Press
Lighthouse Catholic Media

Teen Angst in Singapore

FAERYVILLE: Watch The Full Trailer For The Dystopian Teen Movie

With the girl power scenes in the movie I can't help but think this is an Asian nerd revenge fantasy. Existential crisis of meaning or first world problem?

NBC's Fall Lineup

HEROES To Take ON BIG BANG & GREY’S!! Neil Patrick Harris Variety Show To Tuesdays!! UNDATEABLE To Fridays!! NBC’s Fall Schedule, Video & Photos!!

I doubt the network will be able to save itself with this. One of the backup series was probably chosen for PC reasons (and probably also to capitalize on the popularity of American Sniper), but it may draw some interest nonetheless:

Based on the best-selling memoir “The Reaper” by Nicholas Irving, this event miniseries recounts the 100-day Afghanistan deployment of Sgt. Nicholas Irving, nicknamed ‘The Reaper.’ The first African-American sniper, Irving tallied 33 official kills during this single deployment, a record that still stands today. “The Reaper” is a boots-on-the-ground thrilling and raw account of modern warfare and how it changes, shapes, and sometimes destroys the people who fight in it. Tom Donnelly and Josh Oppenheimer (“Sahara,” “A Sound of Thunder,” 2011’s “Conan The Barbarian”) serve as writers and executive producers.

Swearing In of the New Swiss Guards

Here are some photos from the Swiss Guard ceremony where new Guards took their oaths, held ever May 6th.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Thursday, May 7, 2015

The sacrifice of one hundred and forty seven Swiss Guards who laid down their lives in defense of Pope Clement VII and...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Swearing in Ceremony of the new recruits of the Pontifical Swiss Guards. Watch LIVE now!

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Wednesday, May 6, 2015

On Wednesday 32 new Swiss Guards swore an oath of allegiance to Pope Francis, who told them their role is one of...

Posted by EWTN on Thursday, May 7, 2015


Pope Francis net with the members of the Swiss Guard and their families on Monday.See our story at the link:

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Monday, May 4, 2015


EWTN Special on the Monks of Norcia

We are pleased to present this beautiful video about The #Monks of Norcia and their upcoming CD "BENEDICTA: Marian Chant...

Posted by EWTN on Friday, May 8, 2015

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Catholic-Lutheran dialogue was under the spotlight in the Vatican on Monday as Pope Francis met with the head of the...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Monday, May 4, 2015

Vatican Radio spoke to the Lutheran Archbishop of Uppsala, Antje Jackelén, who is the first female head of the Church of Sweden, after her meeting with Pope Francis on Monday.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Pope Francis on Monday met with the first female head of the Church of Sweden and Archbishop of Uppsala Antje Jackelé...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Monday, May 4, 2015

Two Years Already

Pope Francis sent a Message to Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria on Sunday, to mark two years since the Coptic Patriarch's visit to the Holy See.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Sunday, May 10, 2015

750th Anniversary of Dante Alighieri's Birth

And Rod Dreher has a book on Dante...

Pope Commemorates the 750th Anniversary of Dante Alighieri's BirthHighlights Union Between Famed Italian Poet and the See of St. Peter

Posted by Zenit News Agency on Monday, May 4, 2015

Pope Francis has sent a message to the President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi on...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Monday, May 4, 2015

750 years ago Dante Alighieri was born, and today the long shadow of his art, wisdom and insight still shapes and...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Using Fr. Serra for a Political Agenda

Archbishop Gomez: Junípero Serra's Canonization Is Message for ImmigrantsIn this interview with ZENIT, Los Angeles...

Posted by Zenit News Agency on Thursday, May 7, 2015


Cardinal Wuerl Speaks on Serra's Significant Role in Life of AmericaAhead of Blessed's Canonization Taking Place in His Diocese in September, Washington DC's Cardinal Speaks on Setting Record Straight

Posted by Zenit News Agency on Monday, May 4, 2015

Pope Asks Junipero Serra to Lead Him As He Embarks on Trips to North, South AmericaBefore 'Apostle of California's'...

Posted by Zenit News Agency on Monday, May 4, 2015

Scenes from the historic visit of Pope Francis to the NAC, on the occassion of the Day of Reflection on Blessed Junipero Serra.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A Painting of the Theotokos

Syrian artist Essa Neima. He shows the pain war has caused his country.

Posted by Eparchy of Phoenix on Thursday, May 7, 2015

Sunday, May 10, 2015

A Future Training Regimen

Rucking or tabbing for a few hours...

Via Jack Donovan: Hike to Survive- An interview with Justin Vititoe by Ash Hess

An Overcorrection is Probably in the Future

Latins do refer to "Mother" Church and this was probably written for Mother's Day, but the allergic reaction to the feminization of the Church and Latin Christianity will not be tempered by pieces such as this:

Six Ways the Catholic Church Is Like an Italian Mamma by Carrie Gress, Ph.D.
Like mamma’s lap, Holy Mother Church is where truth, solace, guidance, peace and love are found, come what may
(via Insight Scoop)

*Insert comments here about the author's academic credentials and how Catholic higher ed contributes to the problem of male displacement rather than ameliorates it.*

OCN 20th Anniversary

With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos, the Orthodox Christian Network visited the Metropolis of San...

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Thursday, April 30, 2015

Apparently Vivian Chow Has Made a Permanent Comeback

寵物 - 鄭秀文

I wouldn't consider her the best Cantopop singer, but when her songs are classics compared to modern Cantopop, Cantopop is in a sad shape...

Happy Mother's Day, Mum!

世上只有媽媽好:蕭芳芳 Josephine Xiao (最原裝版本)

Yang Hee Eun, "Mother to Daughter"

Ahhh~~~~ the perfect Mother's Day music video! #HappyMothersDay!Watch here:

Posted by Soompi on Sunday, May 10, 2015