Saturday, May 11, 2019

John Wick 3

Where are the studies

On electronic device use by children and consequent addiction/learning disabilities?

Bossiness in Women is Genetic

On the maternal grandmother's side, the female descendants all exhibit it -- I can't think of any exceptions.

Is it a trait that is more frequent in Cantonese women than other related groups?

Upon What Is His Opinion Based?

Infallibility doesn't cover this either, right?

the speech

Pope Rejects 'Excessive Demand for Sovereignty', Pushes Idea of Global Authority

More SJW posturing:

This actually is reasonable, but to whom is he preaching?

Similarly, who among those disseminating Fake News will listen?

What are you implying?

That this is an issue that Buddhists need to work on?

Is He Really Eastern-Rite? Uniate?

Does Cardinal Ouellet Have Any Credibility Left?

CWR: What’s (not) in Pope Francis’s new accountability measures by Christopher R. Altieri

We spent most of Thursday learning what is in the new law, Vos estis lux mundi, after Pope Francis presented it to the public ahead of June 1st, the date on which is slated to [...]

l'Acte 26

Victory Day

In another time...

this might be a legitimate Western. But released now it just seems like it's one more punch by cultural Marxists.

"Bó na Leathadhairce" by the Choral Scholars of University College, Dublin

Friday, May 10, 2019

Billy Joel, "Just the Way You Are"

Blue-pilled, but nostalgia is not discerning...

Venice in the East


Vol. 7

Wordpress Begins Its Purge

U.S. Air Force Pararescue

And One More Thought

Following this post and this one.

First among equals - if we recognize that the bishop of Rome has some responsibility for the Church Universal, then shouldn't that be the main focus of the pope in that regard, rather than globe-trotting and lecturing secular authorities? Much of that of course is tied to the current conception of his role as patriarch of Rome (or the "West") and that conception needs to be re-evaluated also in light of the historical trend of increased centralization in the second millenium, and whether that is too much to expect from one bishop at the "patriarchal" level. (And even the role of the patriarchs in general should be looked at, as it pertains to "national" Churches and autocephaly.)

Have certain of our recent popes felt compelled to make up for a perceived deficiency of the local "institutional" Church (i.e. the public or human face of the Church, the bishop and the clergy but increasingly also lay representatives who work in the bureaucracy)? That was the rationale given for John Paul II's global mission, which lead to the inflating the cult of personality surrounding the bishop of Rome.

At any rate, the trip to Bulgaria, while he was there to give support to the tiny population of Catholics there, was supposed to be an ecumenical visit. But he also did spend some time meeting with the secular authorities and giving witness to his personal beliefs on certain political issues (refugees, for one). Could that time have better spent?

And there is also the Latin conceit that the is still publicly held, namely that the Church of Christ subsists in the Roman Catholic Church, and the other Apostolic Churches are in imperfect communion with that Church. As if communion with the bishop of Rome, and not with Christ, is the touchstone of ecclesial communion. So if by definition the Church of Christ is already in full communion with the bishop of Rome, what more does he have to do as the first of the bishops to ensure harmony and charity? Not that much. And perhaps we see this thinking in how Latins treated members of the Apostolic Churches not in communion with Rome in the latter half of the second millenium, until only recently.

I would argue that the pope's responsibility (or burden) to facilitate the restoration of full communion between the Apostolic Churches is greater than his responsibility to lecture non-Christians about what they should or should not be doing with respect to the political good. If the man holding the office is not up to this task, then he should resign. After all, if he doesn't have the intellectual capability to recognize what is of Apostolic Tradition and what is only a human tradition, even one that may be long-standing and dominant within his patriarchate, then how can he even function as a bishop with respect to his local Church?

Thursday, May 09, 2019


CWR: Notre Dame de la France by Chilton Williamson, Jr.
Is it conceivable that the first country to loose ideological revolution on the world could be the same that launches the most intelligent and thoroughgoing intellectual counter-revolution in 230 years?

The Fake Baby?

Tales From A Sniper Hide - Story Time with Shawn Ryan


Will They?

CWR: Will Pope Francis’ reforms, aimed primary at bishops, really work? by Christopher R. Altieri

Time will tell, but it will take a good while for the new system called for by the motu proprio, Vos estis lux mundi, to get up to speed and there are serious questions about the lack of a mandate for lay involvement.

Midnight's Edge on the Disney Plans for Star Wars


Will it be better than the novel or the movie?

"Just the Two of Us"

Wednesday, May 08, 2019


Nicola Benedetti

The Gospel of Niceness

Leah Libresco Sargeant should read 1 Timothy 2:12, because she doesn't know what she is talking about here.

Fear and the Benedict Option by Leah Libresco Sargeant

Feeling excluded or alone can lead Christians to adopt as fellow travelers provocateurs who may scandalize the secular world, but not because they preach the faith that is “foolishness to the gentiles.” Such grifting agitators are not seeking space to speak the truth, but to revel in division. They may lead people moved by real political concerns to view their opponents as permanent enemies, not our divided brothers whom we are called to pray for and convert into allies. They may lead people who already feel isolated to seek consolation by grounding their identity in race, not Christ. Conveniently, they forget that the most vicious and violent suppression of Christians falls on non-white Christians in China, Southeast Asia, and outside the West. A Benedict Option strengthening persecuted Christians shouldn’t be primarily white or Western.

The emotion in question is not fear.

More on Upcoming Curial Reform

Yes, if we just reform the bureaucracy in accordance with SJW standards, things in the patriarchate of Rome will greatly improve!

CWR Dispatch: Analysis: Power, and its appearance, in Vatican curial reform by Ed Condon

His Rationale for Defending Nationalism

It's a Good Thing Latin Bishops

are so remote from their flocks, the members of the local Church.

How many men would be repulsed by their bishop if they were to find out through regular face-to-face communication that he was effeminate, catty, and lacking in masculine demeanor and virtue?

The institutional crisis of the patriarchate of Rome is an ecclesiological crisis and a crisis of leadership.

The Reality

Brotherhood and Fellowship

Nice-sounding words... but the movie Tolkien will probably not live up to the man's legacy or his reality.

NRO Review

Joseph Challenge Pilgrimage

CNA: Why these men walked 24 miles to the ‘Rome of the Midwest’

A bit papalist but the spiritual exercise itself seems commendable.



A False Prophet.

Kyrie eleison.

Blaspheming St. Rachel Held Evans by Rod Dreher

The New Yorker

The Atlantic

Will the bishops listen?

CWR: The father-son bond as ‘civilization’s keystone’ May 8, 2019 Piers Shepherd

Dr. Patrick Fagan, in an address at the recent Family Life International UK., contends that since the key target of the sexual revolution was manhood, the way to overcome the effects of that revolution is to create and nurture a culture that forms strong men.

Helping sons become "virtuous, productive members of all three societies" is not enough -- sons must learn how to become warriors and leaders within society and the family.

What does a girl power princess need a champion for?

What kind of incoherence is this? Clown world. She should learn from Mary Rey Sue.

Keep Throwing That Money Into the Fireplace!

ABBA, "Lay All Your Love On Me"

Selling to Clown World

Venice in the East


Struggling To Find That ‘Greatest Generation’ Sequel by James P. Pinkerton
The Army brings back its ‘pinks and greens’ uniform, but it will take more than nostalgia to revive this era.

Nick Olszyk Reviews Hesburgh

CWR Dispatch: Premature Canonization by Nick Olszyk
The documentary Hesburgh is educational and instructive; it is also a one-sided work of sophisticated hagiography.

If America Magazine Likes It...

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Jean Vanier Has Passed

Washington Times

CWR Dispatch: Francis expresses gratitude for Jean Vanier’s “great witness”
The Pope said of the beloved humanitarian, “He was a man who knew how to read the Christian existence…from the mystery of those who are despised and rejected in the world.”

Alienated America by Tim Carney

An accurate portrayal of Middle or Red America?

Law and Liberty: Understanding Trump Country by Rachel Lu

John Robb with Jack Murphy

Kseniya Simonova

The Attack on Boyhood


Monday, May 06, 2019

Probably More Right on This One Than Wrong

AmConMag: Don't Fall for Bannon's China Fear-mongering by Daniel Larison


Your biological clock doesn't give a #@$! about your career

Gear Advice from JSM

May 6 Campfire Chat

A New Bond for a New Age?

One More Thought

on this post...

If Pope Francis is not qualified to study the issue and lead the discussion on the reconciliation of the Catholic Church with the Orthodox Churches (both Chalcedonian and non-Chalcedonian) then that is sufficient reason by itself for him to resign.

Institutional inertia is no excuse.

9mm vs .45 ACP?

A Good Light?

Using the "Ecumenism of Blood" for Ecumenism...

NCReg: Pope Francis: Catholics and Orthodox Are United by 'Ecumenism of Blood' by Hannah Brockhaus/CNA
Pope Francis met Patriarch Neophyte and the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church on a May 5-7 visit to Sofia and Rakovski, Bulgaria, and to Skopje, North Macedonia.

Actually, Catholics and Orthodox are united in Christ through the Holy Mysteries -- if Francis had the theological acumen he'd realize that one of the obstacles to full communion is the pope's continued adherence in word and partly in deed to a claim to ordinary and immediate jurisdiction over the Church Universal.

At least they allowed him to pray in their cathedral. That was hospitable.

The editorial director is a Latin engaging in spin. Perhaps there are official Latin neologisms that have been created as the equivalents to "spin" and "fake news."

More on Gear from MVT


What BS is this? How many other people share this identity, being the offspring of an Asian mother and a Pharisee father? "I'm anti-white on both sides."


RS McCain on 21Con

Kseniya Simonova's Pascha Sand Show

RMG: Patriarchs Live

As I had guessed, the recorded livestream video has been taken down -- it will probably be edited into two separate episodes and then reuploaded.

100 Years of Flight Attendant Uniforms

Original Fw-190A-5 - BMW-801

Sunday, May 05, 2019

Short Answer: No

Are Women, Like New Zealand’s Ardern—or Gays, Like U.S. Dems’ Buttigieg—REALLY Suited to Politics? by Lance Welton (VDare)


An Exercise in Futility? Or for the Sake of Publicity?

Making a Round

More Shorts

I still have doubts about their overall usefulness.

The Fighting Load Continuum Continued

Thump Thump

Vickers Elite Glock 45

Bruce Dickinson on the Focke-Wulf FW 190

Kirkpatrick Sale

100 Years of Japanese Fashion