Saturday, April 06, 2019

Steve Bannon on the World Over

full episode

Catholic Herald Interview with Cardinal Sarah

here, via Rod Dreher. Did Dreher see his endorsement of European ethnonationalism in his other interview?

Cardinal Sarah Sounds The Alarm

Free California

Paying for a Brand Name?

Is Magpul, like TAD or a few other companies, fast becoming a vanity brand?


To Be Released Soon

Sellier & Bellot: Making a Round


OrthoChristian: Ethnic Korean bishop appointed for Russian Church’s Korean Diocese

The New Greens

Army recruiters will be the only ones rocking the new 'pink and greens' uniform for a while
New retro-style Army Greens to hit the streets this year in phased rollout
This company is cranking out 500 Army Greens uniforms for a D-Day anniversary event

Army Marksmanship Test
Afghan army picked the camo pattern most likely to get its troops shot and we paid for it

L'Acte 21

What Is the Readership for This Article?

Can a reader tell a woman wrote this?

AmConMag: Gun Control and ‘Toxic Masculinity’: Two Battles in the Same War By Teresa Mull
A firearms enthusiast flies to Vegas expecting the worst, only to find kinship with the men she's supposed to hate.

A Loss of Decorum

Steve Sailer asks: Has Society Become More or Less Huggy?

Fake hugging seems to abound among Millenials -- I say fake because it is exchanged between people who are nothing more than superficial acquaintances, and between women and beta orbiters or nice guys. In the case of the latter maybe it's more of a tease than anything else. Do Millenial men exchange hugs with one another? I haven't witnessed it. Given the questionable origin of the handshake, some traditionalists may eschew it, but I think it is well suited as a sign of familiarity and fraternity among men who are friends -- but less appropriate between strangers, even though this is not its current meaning.

Friday, April 05, 2019

The Cultural Marxists Never Stop

Can Girl Power Get Any More Obnoxious Than This?

Terminator: Dark Fate

Trying to Bring Anglicans Over

but false history is not the way to do it, even if it can be interpreted as an attempt at inculturation through reappropriation.

Virtue Online: ROCOR Rewrites History to Convert Anglicans (via Byz TX)

P Storm

There Will Be a Reaction

Breitbart: House Democrats Pass Gun Ban for Former Boyfriends, Dating Partners

Imagine what oppressive measures Democratic Party will implement if they control both the legislative and executive branches.

Will Anything Actually Happen?

Has Trump delivered on military reform?

Breitbart: Exclusive: Sen. Thom Tillis to Investigate Allegations of Retaliation Against Green Berets by Kristina Wong
Sen. Thom Tillis said his office will investigate allegations that a two-star Army general has wrongly retaliated against Green Berets under his command.

The Value of the DOI for Interpreting the Constitution

Big fat 0.

Thursday, April 04, 2019

What future for Catholic higher education?

CWR: The high-priced spread, revisited by George Weigel
Catholic parents serious about real education and real formation have options other than Georgetown, Yale, Stanford, and other schools assumed to be essential ticket-punches on the path to success in 21st-century America.

One of those options, the University of Dallas, just made an outstanding choice for its new president, selecting Dr. Thomas Hibbs, a first-class thinker who is also a committed Catholic, an able administrator, and a leader. Tom Hibbs joins a gallery of other Catholic college and university presidents — among others, John Garvey at the Catholic University of America, Michael McLean at Thomas Aquinas College, Stephen Minnis at Benedictine College, Timothy O’Donnell at Christendom College, Msgr. James Shea at the University of Mary, and James Towey at Ave Maria University — who are leading a renaissance in Catholic higher education. Their schools, and others, seek to prepare students for any post-undergraduate endeavor by giving them a firm grounding in the liberal arts, Catholic faith, the experience of Catholic community and public service. And they succeed.

The days of American higher education are numbered, and while some Catholic may provide an orthodox environment and the rudiments of a liberal education, they are unprepared to deal with the reality of collapse, statism and feminism. Catholic parents would do better to reconsider what they need to raise their children well and prepare them for the future (something beyond the Benedict Option) and choose accordingly, rather than assume the American way of life will continue forever.

Paleoconservatism 101:

Found this on FB:

Wednesday, April 03, 2019


It seems to be as depressing as any of the tv series or movies focusing on serial killers.

But it's better than the studio deciding to make him a WN terrorist?

The First Congress

Abbeville Institute: The First Congress By Brion McClanahan

A review of The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government (Simon and Schuster, 2016) by Fergus Bordewich Amateur historians usually write excellent histories. Left unshackled… »

The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government

Where Will the March End?

Abbeville Institute: The Leftist Long March, “Silent Sam,” and the REAL Question By Boyd Cathey

Most every Thursday I gather with a group of friends for lunch at some restaurant in Raleigh. Among the group are three PhDs in history, and one who holds two masters degrees in history. All… »

General Lee

Abbeville Institute: Lee, Virginia, and the Union by Fred H. Cox

The Hall of Fame recently dedicated at New York Uni­versity was conceived from the Ruhmes Halle in Bavaria. This structure on University Heights, on the Harlem river, in the borough of the Bronx, New York… »

How Can Catholics Respond to the State?

CWR: Lenten Thoughts on Politics by Jim Kalb
As Catholics our commitment should be to truth, so our concern should be esse quam videri—to be rather than to seem.

And what of her ministers?

What if they fail in their function? Are there real consequences to that?

Loreto: Pope signs Apostolic Exhortation to young people By John Waters
Pope Francis signs his post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation to young people, entitled “Christ lives”, during his pastoral visit to Loreto on Monday.

Pope says church should admit history of abuse of women, male domination
The pope is grappling with criticism over the Church’s response to a decades-long clerical sexual abuse crisis that has gravely damaged its standing around the globe.

The chief Latin white knight speaks:

For example, a Church that is overly fearful and tied to its structures can be invariably critical of efforts to defend the rights of women, and constantly point out the risks and the potential errors of those demands. Instead, a living Church can react by being attentive to the legitimate claims of those women who seek greater justice and equality. A living Church can look back on history and acknowledge a fair share of male authoritarianism, domination, various forms of enslavement, abuse and sexist violence. With this outlook, she can support the call to respect women’s rights, and offer convinced support for greater reciprocity between males and females, while not agreeing with everything some feminist groups propose. Along these lines, the Synod sought to renew the Church’s commitment “against all discrimination and violence on sexual grounds”.[17] That is the response of a Church that stays young and lets herself be challenged and spurred on by the sensitivities of young people.

And what of the sins committed by women against men?

And because it is lacking in detail with regards to the mean, it is useless -- how much is TOO MUCH concession to the feminists?

Christus Vivit in English.

Christus Vivit, Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment, Welcomed by U.S. Bishops’ President and Committee Chairmen



NCReg: Pope Francis’ New Document ‘a Magna Carta of Youth Ministry and Vocations’ by Edward Pentin
Christus Vivit reflects the Holy Father’s takeaways from the October youth synod.

Whose Errand?

What exactly is this solidarity or fraternity? Is it the same as friendship in Christ, or charity? How does the pope know that God desires this? Has he revealed it through Christ?

CNA: Pope Francis: God desires solidarity among Catholics and Muslims

“Why does God allow so many religions?” Pope Francis asked at his general audience following the trip.“Scholastic theologians referred to the ‘permissive will’ of God. He willed to permit this reality: that there are many religions,” he said.

So we must look for the full text for the audience to see what he meant by this.

Finally... a full text.

Let us assume that it is an accurate translation of the Italian:

Why are there so many religions, and why ever are there so many religions? With the Muslims we are descendants of the same Father, Abraham: why does God permit so many religions? God willed to permit this: the theologians of Scholasticism referred to God’s permissive voluntas. He willed to permit this reality: there are so many religions; some are born of the culture, but always looking to Heaven, looking at God. However, what God wills is fraternity among us in a special way — here is the reason for this trip — with our brothers, children of Abraham like us, the Muslims. We must not be scared by the difference: God has permitted this. We must be scared if we don’t act with fraternity, to walk together in life.

He is confused about what "permissive will" means, since it [generally] does not mean that God allows it as a good thing -- rather, it is a bad thing which God nonetheless allows. Pope Francis seems to be saying that God permits the plurality of religions, which all look at God (false) -- and that we should take solace in the fact that God has permitted this and have some sort of fraternity with Muslims.

From September 2018

Scruton on Christianity and Islam

James Delingpole interviews Sir Roger Scruton on Corbyn, Islam and more

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Glock G45

A Perspective on Communion with the Bishop of Rome

Being Byzantine (Catholic) by Chase Padusniak

But if it is an interepiscopal squabble over the nature of primacy, were the Orthodox justified in protesting Roman claims about the authority of the bishop of pope if they went beyond Tradition, even to the point of breaking communion? While the Melkites have protested against certain ultramontanist interpretations of Vatican I, has anything changed in Roman teaching in the subsequent century and a half, despite the presence of the "Uniates"?

1054: History, Myth, and the Making of a Schism by Nathan Smolin

If there's no Batman in the movie, fanboys will still see it.

"Own Goal!"

I Like How She Is Wearing a Cross for the Press Conference

Playing for sympathy? Did she repent of her past?

Will This Placate Feminists?

I doubt it.

Interview with Rollo

Steve Bannon

China is a threat to industrial democracy in the West

"America Fights Back: Our Economic War with China"

Section 31

Loyal Guests?

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs: The Jewish People as the Classic Diaspora: A Political Analysis by Daniel J. Elazar

Monday, April 01, 2019

A Laughable Write-up

Could have been done by a Vox Nova acolyte.

The Roots of American Catholic Polarization by Robert G. Christian III

Until recent years, this is what polarization looked like in the U.S. and how it divided American Catholics and distorted the faith. With the rise of Donald Trump, however, populist nationalism—another ideology deeply at odds with Church teaching—has become increasingly important among both elites and the public.

One consequence has been the rise of what many are calling alt-Catholicism. Alt-Catholics in the U.S. set up their own alt-magisterium, one that permits them to reject Church teaching on a range of subjects. The term is fitting because many of these ideological positions align with positions held by the alt-right: antisemitism, anti-Muslim bigotry, hostility to refugees and other migrants, hostility to racial justice, sexism, support for far-right strongmen, democratic backsliding, isolationism, support for the death penalty, and sectarianism. Some seek to discredit Church teaching on economic and environmental justice, as well. To be clear, it is common for alt-Catholics to reject some alt-right positions, while embracing others, and to even openly condemn the alt-right so they will not be associated with white supremacists.

The U.S. has become the epicenter of anti-Pope Francis right-wing dissent. Some of this comes from mainstream Republicans who are opposed to Francis’ social justice agenda. Some of it mirrors the anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim populism that is surging around the West. Some of it comes not from polarization, but partisanship, and a greater commitment to Donald Trump than to the pope. Finally, some opposition comes from opponents of Vatican II, who reject much of the last 125 years of Church teaching, including its affirmation of universal human rights and commitment to genuine participation in government, instead favoring integralism, monarchism, anti-democratic paleoconservatism, or another traditionalist ideology.

These alt-Catholic individuals who claim to be orthodox and more Catholic than the pope, despite publicly dissenting from clear Church teaching, have used social media (including troll armies filled with anonymous accounts) and the Catholic press to magnify their favorite narratives and conspiracy theories, despite the small number of U.S. Catholics (and miniscule number of global Catholics) who embrace this approach. Even the mainstream Catholic media, prone to an “all sides matter” mentality and blinded by the distorted reality of the Catholic social media bubble, has confused social media popularity with real world support and magnified their influence.

So as the Church faces the problem of overcoming the big divide in American Catholicism between conservatives and liberals, it must now also contend with a small group of militant, pope-hating far right dissenters that distort and damage the U.S. Church on a daily basis.

No discussion of identity politics. No one is named as an "alt-Catholic" authority. So to whom is the author referring?

Naive Latin statism justified by an appeal to the common good is still bad. And the author is is the future of Catholic academia? No thanks.

Byzantine Marriage Prep

New Priest for Parma

What's going on?

Why Shorts Instead of Pants?

Can shorts protect someone adequately during a fight?


Better than a Swiss army knife?

Franco's Legacy

State Sovereignty

The Imaginative Conservative: The Articles of Confederation and State Sovereignty by Nathan Coleman

Indoctrinated Subjects of the State

Begging for the Hijab

KPop Has Been Infected Too

He has some examples in his comments to his post.

Fabius Maximus: Top pop stars prepare women for loneliness

Japan in the American Century by Kenneth B. Pyle

Harvard University Press

Review by Edward Luttwak (via Prufrock)
Tokyo Review
Asian Century Institute


1.21 JW

Resilience: One Point Twenty-One Jigawatts (Episode 3 of Crazy Town)
By Asher Miller, Rob Dietz, Jason Bradford,

What would we do without energy? The short answer is, “Nothing, absolutely nothing.” And sadly, most people know next to nothing about energy and its fundamental role in society and life itself.