Saturday, July 04, 2015

Missing Half the Picture

The Unlikely Traditionalism of Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger

She may be right about how to attract a man (but an alpha?), but how about keeping him? What about the duties and long-lasting behavior modifications a woman must make, if she is to avoid divorce?

Another Independence Day

Cupertino has cancelled the annual 4th of July fireworks show because of the drought. While the South and East Asian may miss their yearly entertainment, the significance of Independence Day is probably lost on most, if not all, of them, who at best subscribe to some form of the proposition nation and may not even care about that, so long as they personally benefit from the current system.

I've been seeing a lot of Muslim veils at the local Costco in Sunnyvale. When will the Supreme Court rule on polygamy for Muslims?

"Let it burn." There is a temptation to sit back and enjoy the decline. How do men respond rightly and with dignity to hostile forces seeking to subjugate them and to convert them to an ideology that hates Christianity? MGTOW is one solution, even if wrong-headed when taken as an absolute rejection of certain goods, but it does allow a man to live his life on his own terms rather than submitting to someone who does not have rightful authority over him. RooshV has recently begun formulating a more positive account of men, which he calls "neo-masculinity."

Resignation may be the only option, but this is not the same as capitulation.

Still, while we breathe what can we do to resist those forces and to promote the good life? For what purpose should men organize? What is worth saving? Traditional conservatives know the answers to these questions, though some Americans may have forgotten the role scale plays in setting limits. When do we withhold pearls (such as friendship but not charity) from "swine"? How do we treat those who are not only hostile to our values but seek to harm us financially or worse? Vox Day has taken one course of action -- there may be a lucky few who live in a community which has some measure of economic autarky and do not have to worry about boycotts and being fired and such. But what of those who are stuck in the megacities?

To be continued...

Independence from What? by Mike Maharrey
Uncelebrating the Fourth by Harry Browne
Thomas Jefferson's Legacy by Dave Benner

Meritocracy Separated from Community

Academic mercenaries with no ties or accountability.

30 More Years of Rootless Professors by Zachary Michael Jack

A Lot of Funk

Some have complained that it is over the top but I find the beat for the opening song for True Detective season 2 to be addicting.

"The Empty Seat"

Someone linked to this commercial, which was released last year, on FB.

Props for Guinness because it meant well, even though America's wars of the last century is a more controverted issue, especially with the questionable relationship to Independence Day? (As opposed to Memorial or Veterans Day.) Then I remember the decision it made to withdraw sponsorship of the St. Patrick's Day Parade in NYC because SJW. (Its ad for the holy day.) No thanks to the manipulation of emotions for the sake of profit.

IrishCentral: Inspiring new Guinness ad pays tribute to our heroes this 4th of July

BCM Gunfighter 1911

Wilson Combat


KKB (with Annie Staninec of course)

A few more at Fiddle Supporter. See also videos at HAFKY.

And here is Annie Staninec performing with the Good Ol' Persons...

Friday, July 03, 2015

Steve Skojec on the Benedict Option

More on the Benedict Option: Not Perfect, But Better Than Acquiescence by Steve Skojec

What people need to do, before trying to elaborate on the Benedict option (or MacIntyre's formulation of it), is to study politics and the lay vocation -- too much is being missed because people do not know the order of charity or what is required for community, so it is not surprising that people continue to raise objections to the Benedict option based on ambiguities, misunderstandings, or their own erroneous assumptions about the duties of Christians to a non-Christian community (or social arrangement).

A Fourth Strike

Against Thomas Berg, endorsing an article by Eric Liu on Common Core crap and E.D. Hirsch, What Every American Should Know

Hirsch is just attempting to revise the nationalist myth of the United States and impose his vision of neo-Yankee culture on everyone.

As for Berg, deracinated Catholics should stop trying to define what "America" is. I say fourth because his advocacy of gay-marriage rights counts as 3.

Marvel - Disney - Lucasfilm

I think the original comic adaptations of the (first) Star Wars trilogy were done through Marvel. (And looks like they are getting updated.) Nonetheless, the new entertainment monster that is Disney grates. Moffs And Regional Governors!! A Glimpse Of What Happened Between RETURN OF THE JEDI And THE FORCE AWAKENS!!

What Will Be Done to Holy Trinity Church

This was the former home of the EF Mass in Boston; I guess the archdiocese really needed the money. JHK's Eyesore of the Month. When Cardinal Seán approved of the sale, did he know this is what would happen to the buildings?

Holy Trinity Church in Boston Being Turned into Boutique Condos
Eye-popping design unveiled for condos in former South End church

Interview with the New Archbishop of Chicago

Here is a picture of Archbishop Blase J. Cupich of Chicago, Ill, USA, being interviewed by Fr. Hrvoje Juko of Vatican...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Archbishop Cupich to Vatican Radio: Civil marriage not a sacrament.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Ground for True Patriotism

AmConMag: Patriotism Begins With Localism By Ian Marcus Corbin
The thinness of American identity has to stretch from Toby Keith to a bro on Beacon Hill.

On the right track but he may be limited by his life experience as a Bostonian. And there are obvious problems with his essay: we are not a "nation of immigrants," not when the founding stock was primarily Anglo-Celtic. And the loss of a tribal sense was enforced through war and liberalism; it was not a voluntary surrendering by the Anglo-Celtic peoples in regions with a substantial identity and culture.
The paucity of any gut-level, tribal sense of us in America is no accident. We don’t just happen to be a wildly variegated nation of immigrants with little to tie us together—that’s sort of the whole point. American culture is, by design, thin but hospitable: our particular quadrant of earth is meant to be loose-plowed and expansive, a soft place for immigrants to land and flourish, provided they want growth badly enough, and the weather more or less cooperates.

And so we keep the cultural entry costs low. The most important step to Americanization is assenting to a short list of philosophical propositions about the goodness of liberty, equality, capitalism, democracy—the sorts of propositions that Jefferson dashingly declared self-evident in the summer of 1776, now considered self-evident by basically the entire Western world and lots of places beyond. If you’re willing to do this much, and to learn a bit of English, you are hereby invited to open up your corner shop, to send your children to good schools, and basically settle into the great American chase along with the rest of us. But there’s even more: you are free, as you pursue this, to remain whatever you are: you can practice your accustomed religion, speak your native language as much as you like, celebrate your childhood holidays, etc., all while being fully American.

Compared with a more traditional nation-state—like France, for instance—America looks like a strange sociological experiment. Since at least 1789, French identity has been, like American identity, a matter of certain shared Enlightenment principles: Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité, approximately. But it is also, crucially, a matter of shared bloodlines, language, history, literature, and cuisine, things that originated long before the time of Rousseau and Voltaire. Can you be fully French having no taste whatsoever for Madame Bovary, Camembert, or Bordeaux? You cannot, at least not nearly to the degree that you can be American having never read Moby Dick (I’ve never finished it myself) or fancying what, hamburgers? Budweiser?

You could say that the French cultural topsoil is harder: becoming French is a life’s labor and costs a great deal. In order to accomplish it, you can’t be Nigerian or Albanian anymore. Visible signs of foreign religiosity—burkas, turbans, etc.—are legally restricted in the public sphere. You can bring along whatever skin tone and eye shape your mother gave you, but, s’il vous plait, leave the rest on the shore of your former fatherland, or at the very least, keep it indoors.

One downside to this cultural rigorism is that France takes forever to integrate her immigrants—or all too often fails to integrate them at all, in which case they frequently come to rest in suburban ethnic enclaves where their native tongue, cuisine, and customs sustain them. The French find this sort of segregation frustrating and disappointing, of course, but even more troublingly, these unintegrated remnants have in recent memory often turned into hotbeds of tribal hostility, directed toward the nation that has physically accepted them but has failed to fully embrace them in all their un-Frenchness.

America has no comparable problem with integration, because becoming American is comparatively easy. But there is also an upside to the French model: once you’ve penetrated a hard, rocky topsoil like France’s, your roots find dense earth to hold them. You and your descendants can make heart-deep use of the first person plural—as in nous sommes français. You will know, so the promise runs, exactly who your people are.

Next to the French model, our way of integration, our whole culture in fact, looks weirdly loose and insubstantial. And indeed, the French view our hyphenated identities—speaking about Japanese-Americans and Mexican-Americans—as simultaneously wishy-washy multiculturalism and barely-concealed racism. Why, the French ask, do you need to list one’s country of origin? Haven’t you been able to make them, or allowed them to be, real unadulterated Americans? From across the Atlantic, we look like a nation that fundamentally doesn’t know who we are, and so allows petty things like melanin to keep us from sharing in a robust national fraternité. The point about racism is misconceived, I think, but the point about looseness obviously has some substance.

... Good Will?

Is this sort of public collaboration and support really that important to Rome? Because Science! And Natural Law!

A Catholic climate scientist and a secular Jewish feminist formed an “unlikely alliance” in the Vatican press office on...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Swiss Guards

K. V. Turley Reviews The Smile of a Ragpicker

The Surprising Riches of the Ragpicker
Fr. Paul Glynn's "The Smile of a Ragpicker: The Life of Satoko Kitahara" is an excellent biography of a figure deserving to be better known in the West

(via Insight Scoop)

Waiting for The Rage to Return to the Bay Area

Allan Carlson Videos

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Boys Do Mature at Different Rates and Ways

A rather sensible take on boys and how different they can be from one another. Gender Reassignment of Children: Does It Really Help? by Peter Frost

Excommunication of SCOTUS Justices?

Edward Peters, Obergefell and canonical criminal law (via Fr. Z)

This professor too: Thomas Berg, Comments on Obergefell, the Marriage Holding, and Religious Liberty
Does Mirror of Justice not commit itself to orthodoxy and hold the members of the blog accountable accordingly? Or do they believe in an erroneous form of "academic freedom"?

This woman, too:
How can those who support gay rights remain in the Church? by Margery Eagan

And no doubt some columnists and Jesuits at America and other heterodox periodicals.

Hand USF Over to Them

Here are some pictures from the Solemnity of Corpus Christi in which we had Mass with our nuns on their titular feast.

Posted by Western Dominican Novitiate on Thursday, June 11, 2015

Here is the video from the recent ordination of Fr Gabriel Mosher, O.P. to the priesthood and Rev. Br. Tuan Ngo, OP,...

Posted by Western Dominican Novitiate on Thursday, June 11, 2015

Another Pitiful Asian-American Politician

Our own Corey Cook weighs in on the tech industry's influence in San Francisco politics. “It’s clear that the industry...

Posted by Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good at USF on Monday, June 29, 2015

A Jesuit Institution Proud of Itself

for the wrong reason... How about another suppression of the order? What action can Archbishop Cordileone take? Time for an ultimatum to the members of the California province in the archdiocese. Shape up, or face the consequences.

Jesuit university celebrates gay marriage ruling on social media

Proudly repping at #SFPride —via Mammakarma #bestcityever #scotus #lovewins

Posted by University of San Francisco on Sunday, June 28, 2015

Proudly part of the city that defines the word "pride" // The U.S. Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage nationwide in...

Posted by University of San Francisco on Friday, June 26, 2015

Read a blog piece by Andrea Wise, our Assistant Director of Community-Engaged Learning and Co-Chair of the USF LGBTQ...

Posted by Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good at USF on Wednesday, July 1, 2015


St. John is the only known saint who spent a significant portion of his life present here with us on the West Coast. He...

Posted by Orthodoxy and the World on Thursday, July 2, 2015

I suppose the Latins may have Fr. Junipero Serra.

The sight was unforgettable. St. John stood there with lifted hands, holding a huge golden Cross high above his mitered...

Posted by Orthodoxy and the World on Thursday, July 2, 2015

"Among the thousands of refugees living in the Tubabao camp was a holy man. From Shanghai to Tubabao to their permanent...

Posted by Holy Virgin Cathedral of SF on Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Расписание всенародного празднования памяти святителя Иоанна, Шанхайского и Сан-Францисского чудотворца 2015С благосло...

Posted by Holy Virgin Cathedral of SF on Monday, June 8, 2015

Before the Pannikhida for Archbishop John of San Francisco
Met. Philaret (Voznesensky)

Opening of the Relics, and Glorification of St. John Maximovitch
Archpriest Peter Perekrestov

A Symbol of a Dead Cupertino

Despite the various attempts to revitalize it; this time re-zoning it to a mixed-use and adding more public spaces for people to congregate. Vallco Vision

(Because the mainlanders and the Indians have no other way to show they dominate the city...)

Bruce Frohnen's Rejection of the Benedict Option

“There Is No Benedict Option” By Bruce Frohnen

And this gives us reason to take actions that many might consider to constitute a tactical retreat—e.g., those who have children in public schools should take them out and those with students in parochial schools must be prepared to fight, hard, for their education. But voting, writing, speaking, and marching must continue and increase. The press continues to ignore hundreds of thousands who march for the unborn every year. The answer must be for more of us to march and to stand in solidarity with those whom the new system seeks to ruin financially and spiritually. We may well “lose” in the short run by the standards of this world.

What separates Frohen from Dreher? I think both would (or should) agree that a re-appropriation of the order of charity is necessary for Christians, and the Benedict Option should be understood as a further development of Christians taking the order of charity seriously. Is "political action," as Frohnen describes it here, a precept of Christianity? I do not think so, especially as it assumes that the current political system is legitimate or effective. Does the Benedict Option exclude the possibility of undertaking civic action? No -- we can collaborate with non-Christians of good will who seek to uphold traditional mores and identity in order to strengthen whatever community we have with them. Our response must begin with that, and it is very possible that it may end there or not even get  very far. But if a political response requires the building and exertion of power, then Christians need to understand how to build up power, and participating in a system that seeks to diffuse that power is counter-effective.

"Patrick Henry" looks at other options: The Benedict Option (via The Orthosphere)

What Does Community Mean?
On intentional communities:
Community is tangible; community is cohesive; community brings people together in ways that allow them to do things they couldn’t have done in isolation.

Within this context, this is how I would define an IC:

An IC has a shared purpose and set of values; the people who live in it are economically entwined to some degree; there is a definition for membership in the community and a process for becoming a member.

What of natural communities, which should share some of the same characteristics? Would liberals let traditional ones live in peace? I think not.

Webb Declares Candidacy

Dear friends:After many months of thought, deliberation and discussion, I have decided to seek the office of the...

Posted by Jim Webb on Thursday, July 2, 2015


Posted by Jim Webb on Thursday, July 2, 2015

Army Times

campaign website
personal website

Perfumed Princes in Charge

How to Destroy the Morale of the Army Special Forces by Bing West

Why was the Army Times covering this story? Report: Golsteyn allegedly admitted to killing Afghan

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Second Teaser for Scholar Who Walks the Night

The romance and mystery is heating up for Lee Jun Ki and Lee Yoo Bi's upcoming Scholar Who Walks the Night 밤을 걷는 선비!Check out the posters and teasers in the article:

Posted by Soompi on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Symbol of the Company that Destroyed Cupertino

Apple. Progress is inevitable, my foot.

Scholar Who Walks the Night Character Stills

Check out all of the Scholar Who Walks the Night 밤을 걷는 선비 character stills in the article below!Lee Jun Ki, Lee Yoo Bi, Kim So-eun, Changmin, and Lee Soo Hyuk / 이수혁!

Posted by Soompi on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Teaser for Snowden

The Pope’s Off-the-Cuff Remarks in Turin

on weapons manufacturers... Fr. Rutler.

Laudato Si': Signalling towards Degrowth?

by Oscar Krüger (Resilience)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A New Building for the (P)NAC

One of the issues of Roman Echoes... see the photo of the John Paul II chapel on page 11.

Francis Visits Benedict

Pope Francis on Tuesday morning visited Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at his residence, the former Convent Mater Ecclesiae,...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Pope Francis on Tuesday morning visited Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at his residence, the former Convent Mater Ecclesiae,...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Pope Francis on Tuesday morning visited Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at his residence, the former Convent Mater Ecclesiae,...

Posted by English on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Dmitry Petrov

Paintings about Orthodox life! Awesome!

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Defending Marriage

Defending Marriage, a Speech delivered (and revised) by Thomas Fleming, June 13 2013

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Feast of Ss. Peter and Paul

Pope Francis with Metropolitan John Zizioulas, the head of the Orthodox Church delegation for the Feast of Sts. Peter...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Monday, June 29, 2015

Here is a batch of pictures from the Mass to mark the feast of Sts Peter and Paul in St Peter's Basilica on Monday...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Monday, June 29, 2015

Get Out of Marriage License Administration

Defending Marriage by Scott Richert

Sunday, June 28, 2015

He Should Stick to Ecclesial Matters

His critique of Laudato Si' goes too far as he fails to address his own assumptions about energy and technology and corporations: Environmentalism That Harms the Poor by Dr. William Oddie