Saturday, September 12, 2020

Sig Sauer Trying to Get Some Female Buyers

Still, go train.

Trying to Get Female Buyers

This Is Civic Nationalism

in service of statism. It's not really patriotism.

Friday, September 11, 2020

SGM Thomas P. Payne Awarded the MOH

USA Today
FOX News
Bloomberg QT
PBS NewsHour


2012 Best Ranger Competition

Tim Kennedy on JRE


Civnat Libs

Sacks talks about cultural revolution, but he blames the wrong causes (social media, which is more a symptom). The loss of a common culture is due in part to multiculturalism, which in turn has been exacerbated by immigration. The scale of mass population centers tends to degrade personality and culture, even if a veneer of social etiquette and naive trust can be sustained in a homogeneous population that already had that cultural capital (e.g. Japan, some European cities). George is wrong about the role of universities with respect to character formation. Paideia needs to start much earlier. And most of American higher ed (including Princeton) cannot be trusted with any share of this task, in so far as it won't repudiate liberalism or feminism. Aristotle recognizes there are differences between male and female excellence as men and women are different, and the education appropriate to each sex is different. Academics are some of the worst male feminists, possibly because they are naive or have low SSH status. One final point: George identifies as the ultimate foundation for character formation the (Judeo-Christian) view of man being made in the image and likeness of God. He also recognizes the Roman Catholic Church has "shot itself in the foot." But he doesn't recognize the extent of the ecclesial problem (e.g. institutional acceptance of feminism). Nor can there be a "Judeo-Christian" evangelization of peoples. And, again, Christianity by itself is not a solution to a multiethnic state in danger of disintegrating.

A Liberal Lectures

but what experience does he have ruling? Rather than imagining what he would do if he were to rule?

A Bit Pharasaical?

The former is easier to accomplish than the latter, and what power do consumers have over Big Pharma? How much application of pressure is enough to assuage their consciences?

Emile Doak Reviews They're Not Listening


[N]ational populism needs to be tempered by the best of the classical, conservative, and Christian tradition. The national populist revolution represents a necessary and overdue corrective to the decades of globalist neoliberalism that have plagued Western politics. It moves the political paradigm back towards the realm of limits, solidarity, community, and place. But without the tempering forces of virtue, it may over-swing into the more troubling territory of naked tribalism. In other words, the national populists need the social conservatives. 

Girdusky and Hill, two political consultants, conclude They’re Not Listening on a strikingly apolitical note, echoing shades of Rod Dreher’s “apolitical politics” in The Benedict Option: “If national populists really believe that nations are families rather than the neoliberal premise that they’re marketplaces, then they’re going to have to start acting like it,” they write, “They’re going to have to create physical communities centered around local institutions, faith-based organizations and small businesses.” There’s an irony here: Physical communities are necessarily rooted in a specific, local place, and organizations and businesses develop inherent hierarchies—or, one might say, aristocracies. So perhaps herein lies the synthesis: a national populism, lived out with a healthy respect for the local and the aristocratic. 

Get the scale right and aristocracies won't be wrongly centered on "organizations and business" but on the political community itself. Organizations and businesses in thesmselves have no relation to  political rule. (Different ends.) Aristocracies are discovered within the political community themselves and sanctioned by them.

Today's National Memorial

will probably be the last addition to the religious calendar of civic nationalism before this empire goes the way of other empires.

Any Lessons Learned in Rome?

The Comeback Trail

Tommy Lee Jones is still around and working...

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Calving Season: Life and Death On a Montana Cattle Ranch

The Differences Between the Roman and Ukrainian Catholic Churches

"Common Good"

press release

My comments:
Lots of Latins making much out of yesterday's Wednesday audience text because the political principle of the common good is used by Pope Francis. When the number of misunderstandings concerning the common good cannot even be resolved by the thick Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church (i.e. the patriarchate of Rome), a short presentation by Pope Francis in relation to COVID-19 will be insufficient and may even be dangerous in so far as it is open to misinterpretation and distortion. While the exposition of the common good by Pope Francis (or his ghostwriter) is generally correct with respect to its primary use, it is erroneous in so far as it applies "common good" to different scales of political ordering in an univocal rather than equivocal manner. Such a naive understanding of the "common good" leads to statism even if it is out of "good motives," because the intention and that which is ordered to the end intended are both disordered. As you may be able to tell, to actually unpack those claims would require more than the amount of time allotted for a Wednesday audience. But scale is an issue of which those specializing in Roman Catholic social teaching (i.e. moral theology with respect to political life) are generally ignorant. The tentative nature of RC social teaching should be admitted, but the more this pope makes use of it, the less possible this will become, given the Latin tendency to over-inflate the authority of the bishop of Rome. I suspect the next encyclical will highlight the problems of Latin ecclesiology once again, despite scholastic musings about what makes for ex cathedra teaching (e.g. having the proper formula) and conditions for infallibility.

Why Use a Prayer Rope?

Bissera Pentcheva Interview

How the Baptists Came to Dominate the South

John Barry, We Have All the Time in the World, for strings, Chamber Orchestra of NY - S. Di Vittorio

Dune Cast Q&A


Blessed Charles of Austria

TAN Books

May CBS Lose a Lot of Money on This Garbage

Benchmade Mini Loco

the Mini Loco family

Right into the MIC?

Dementia Is a Metabolic Disease

Interview with Richard Teague


Heinberg on Building Resilient Communities

Transition Network Webinars

Explaining the Benedict Option

Another hustle?


RD: Tell us the basics of this online course you’re offering.

CT: The online course/seminar, entitled “Benedict’s Rule and Modern Society: A Guide for Living the Benedict Option,” essentially presents a deep dive into the Rule of St. Benedict, looking at how we as Christians in modern society might apply Benedict’s own wisdom to the needs of our time, especially in the light of the present crises we are facing. The course is structured around three central themes:

1. Bringing God’s Divine Order into our relationship with creation (Benedictine Economics)
2. Bringing Divine Order into our relationships with one another (Benedictine Organizational Principles and Governance), and
3. Bringing Divine Order into our relationship with God (Benedictine Spirituality).

Participants will learn about the practical principles that can be derived from Benedict’s Rule (which is, as you mentioned in The Benedict Option, essentially a political constitution for Christian community life) and what we can learn from them to guide our own BenOp communities and initiatives. Emphasis will be given to practical application, and include open discussion time throughout the three-hour course to address specific questions and challenges that participants have encountered or are facing in their own experience of (or aspirations for) BenOp living.

The basic idea is this: If we want to follow the way of St. Benedict as an Option for surviving as Christians, what are some of the key things we need to learn from Benedict himself about how to successfully put this into practice? Thanks be to God, we don’t have to reinvent the wheel here – Benedict himself can guide us with the wisdom of his “constitution” that has been around for over 1,400 years, and outlasted countless dark ages, crises, and civilizational collapses.

Does the Rule of St. Benedict really have that much to say about the formation and preservation of political communities?

Cameron Thompson

Another Joseph Bottum Interview

Jewher Ilham Interview


Mrs. Peel Has Passed.

Kyrie eleison.

Paul Gottfried on the Tom Woods Show

Ep 1726

An appearance on a previous episode to discuss The Vanishing Tradition: 1678

Michael Pollan Talk

Regenerative Agriculture Course

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Overall, A Disappointing Trailer

There are some good bits here and there, but too many reminders of the woke agenda behind this adaptation, and the emo song used in the trailer undermines Paul Atreides. It's one thing to cast a younger male actor who is younger but has the potential to physically grow with the part; this is as big and mature as Timothée Chalamet will get. But, then again, afaik they are not planning to make any sequel movies using the other books in the series.

Just Because It's in Roman Canon Law Doesn't Make it Correct

The Representative of "American" National Conservatism

The New Social Gospel

When Will the McCarrick Report Be Released?

World Localization

There Is an Agenda

Kiss the Ground

Jason Fung on Fasting

Jack Murphy Interviews Michael Anton

Female Neocon Encamps in Jennifer Rubin Territory

Others Call the Blob the "Anglo-Zionist Empire"

Rod Dreher Interviews Christopher Rufo


The Zuck at Work

Find Your Tribe and Build Up Your Tribe

Local Food

Otto Scharmer and Matt Stinchcomb in Conversation

"Gun-Free Zone"

Who Has Control in Hollywood?

The ignorance of this tweet is rather humorous:

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Zero Negativity

Harper Collins UK


This is why SOFREP no longer gets follows from me.

Community and Labor Unions?

Satanic Influence in Marxism?

It Needs to Be Asked

Did the bishop have a father figure when he was growing up?

Holding on to Renaissance Ideals

The Renaissance elevation of the humanities as being able in themselves to effect moral change needs to be replaced by something more realistic.


A Hymn of Kassia

Discovery of an Eucharistic Chalice

Monday, September 07, 2020

Go Train

Traditional Craftsmanship

Imaginative Conservative

Will the Vatican Accept Responsibility?

Liberty Is Being Targeted in the Anglosphere

The Last Days of the American Empire...

Matt Stewart Interviews Bradley Birzer

Angelico Press

Whom Does the UN Serve?

More Egalitarian BS

They even had to have 50/50 representation in the collage.

Matthew 18:17

Is this how that sentence is normally understood? Exile? (Or excommunication?)

Is such a consequence completely unwarranted?

The English translation of the pope's Angelus address gives a better translation of the passage in question, Matthew 18:17. Pope Francis may give a better explanation: 

And Jesus says: “and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector” (ibid.). This expression, seemingly so scornful, in reality invites us to put the brother in God's hands: only the Father will be able to show a greater love than that of all brothers and sisters put together.

But the alternative explanation offered by Francis is unwarranted by the text, unless one is reading into it -- if one is no longer to consider the unrepetant sinner a brother or sister in Christ, but an outsider, does that mean we are to scorn him or her? No. Does that mean we stop living them with agape? No. But a sinner's offense may be so serious that it does require that we no longer include him in the community -- exile or excommunication. Excommunication or exile is not incompatible with agape. Regardless of whether someone is included in the Church or not, how can the Body of Christ have a greater agape love than that of God Himself? 

Let us remember that Christ did not force Himself upon those who rejected Him, tax collector, Gentile, Pharisee, Saducee, Samaritan, etc. He did invite people to repentence but He also made it clear that repentence for sins was necessary for forgiveness.

Bradford Wilcox on the Suzanne Venker Show

Episode 61. I expect very little discussion of feminism's effects on women's expectations of sex, love, romance, and a very blue-pilled view of reality from Wilcox.

Sunday, September 06, 2020

En Français

Elizabeth Stice Reviews Breaking Bread with the Dead by Alan Jacobs

Penguin/Random House What little I've seen by Jacobs makes me question whether his Christian humanism isn't just a form of liberal humanism.

Religious Art

the artist's website
Her religious art is generally quite good, but it wouldn't be considered iconography.

Even Liberals Can Produce Useful Content?

Kleptopia by Tom Burgis

Harper Collins

Please Don't Save Me 나를 구하지 마세요


Putting Their Faith on Display?

CWR Dispatch: New organization working to promote Eucharistic Processions nationwide by Joseph M. Hanneman

Men of Christ, a Milwaukee-based apostolate, has founded “Unite Our Nation” following the success of the August 15th Eucharistic Procession and patriotic Rosary rally in Madison, WI.

Unite our Nation

For the sake of argument... let us assume that this, like the March for Life or prayer processions, is not reducible to a mere political act. What is the spiritual significance? Can one have the pure intention of just praying in public like this? Or are there spiritual risks when one is parading in such a manner in front of non-believers? A vestige of Latin triumphalism? It would seem that this is without precedent in the early Church. Is this act ordered towards evangelization? Of course God can work upon the human heart through any event, but is the public display of Roman Catholic piety in a non-Catholic society effective as a means of evangelization? What does such a procession accomplish that prayer within a temple or at home could not? 

Would some say that the duelling of gods can be found in the Old Testament and in some missionary saints (St. Boniface) and see such prayer processions being similar to that? But have we accepted a righteousness comparable to the prophets or those missionary saints?

This Is a Liberal Statement, Not a Christian One

The Witch at Work

"What Would Stoner Do?"

Meritocracy and Liberalism (Michael Sandel)

The Tyranny of Merit: What's Become of the Common Good?

David Graeber Passes



Daniel Defense page

Cardinal Zen

Wilhelm Röpke's Liberalism

A Good Crop?

The majority appear to be non-American? Could explain why they don't share the soy look that so many American priests and male religious have.

Three on Sacred Cow

FN 503

The Swordsman 검객