Monday, February 28, 2011


From Joshua
  • His LRC pick: Lincoln evil. How 19th-century British liberals saw him.
  • Picture: education in 2000 as imagined by 1900 France. Interesting as many of these things (how the mid-century good old days imagined today for example) were conceptually close to the truth even if the details were laughably wrong.
Frisco craptacular
Unintended consequences
Andrew Sullivan on the future of blogging
I agree with Scott Rosenberg: FB for chitchat; this for essays or in my case lists of bulleted links and still a place to display photos
‘You’re hired’? Trump might run for president
From Taki

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Reminder: the US capital should not be Tel Aviv
Plot holes: seven movies that ignored world-changing discoveries
From Cracked
Photos



My new old radio and phone. One of them works.
Sunday
From NLM
From Ad Orientem
From Damian Thompson
From Huw
Ordinariate news
  • Bishop Moyer’s story. The ordinariates matter because the American version can give the church the great tradition of Christian English prose wedded to the ethos of the Tridentine Mass (knocking out the problems of Latin such as its scaring people off) and the British version, like the American, at least a shot of orthodoxy vs the local libs.
From T1:9

Friday, February 25, 2011

From LRC
  • It has always seemed racist (I’m using this term in the broadest sense to include focusing on gender, sexual orientation, etc. and not just race) to me when someone informs us that a person belonging to some sociological/biological group has just acquired a position in an institution (or accomplished some feat, for that matter) that was never held by a person in that group before. By drawing attention to this feat, even though it is drawing attention in a positive way, we are inadvertently being asked to judge that person by more than just “the content of his character.” And if the people in that special group are proud of this feat, it shows that they are still thinking in terms of sociological/biological group rather than as individuals. When Barack Obama was elected President, the only thing I saw was just another individual Bankster puppet. (Would Bankster puppets be considered a group? Hmmm.) Like when a lefty, ostensibly for the noble cause of defending minorities’ individual liberty, hounds a company or college demanding to know how many of each race work there.
  • Mr. Huckabee is an ordained minister of the variety who is more interested in feeding Molech than in serving the Prince of Peace.
  • Foreign aid is just bribery: “Now, I don’t like foreign aid any more than the next conservative: Most foreign aid probably is economically wasteful and counterproductive. But the point of foreign aid is not economics; it is geopolitics: It is intended to shape a recipient country’s behavior and, quite literally, buy American influence. And it does just that.”
From RR

Local history and culture: Italians
They weren’t just in South Philly and other parts of the city. On the mostly upper-crust Main Line, which wasn’t and isn’t all rich, there’s been a national parish since 1908.
Recovering a Catholic subculture
One of the worst mistakes American Catholicism ever made was the scrapping in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s of the subculture that had served it well up to that time. That was the era of the great flight from what Catholic intellectuals snobbishly called the “Catholic ghetto.”
Critics like Arturo might point out you can’t manufacture it overnight, and I see the point he’d make about Shaw’s Novus neoconnish moralising, as if the church in America were supposed to be a branch of the Protestant right and modern Republican Party, the subculture it seems Shaw wants to create (I’d rather watch Puerto Rican reggaetón videos), but yes. Who else has thought it ironic that the libs who rabbited on about ‘community’ destroyed real community? Because that community was Catholic and they’re not.
Six organisations’ origins
It doesn’t mention Sanger on race (Sailer’s theories are true but denying free will and individual liberty, as eugenicists do, is wrong so I’m not on board his main cause against immigration) and who knew Pew’s founder was so good?
The trust started with millionaire conservative Joseph N. Pew Jr., who was to the Republican Party as white is to rice.

And he hated FDR something fierce, because Roosevelt was all about bigger government and Pew was all about educating the public about the evils of bureaucracy, to the point where he said the following about the New Deal:
... a gigantic scheme to raze U.S. businesses to a dead level and debase the citizenry into a mass of ballot-casting serfs.
In other words, a conspiracy. He thought the New Deal was a governmentwide conspiracy to destroy capitalism and turn the American masses into a servant class. And the government itself was “the wickedest racket the world has ever seen.”
Back when Republican meant Bob Taft and the younger Barry Goldwater.

From Cracked.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

From LRC
How the infallible church changes
There’s no repeal of defined doctrine, even by the Pope, and non-essentials change very slowly, naturally and cautiously

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

They’re doing it without us
Rendering a decade of U.S. policy irrelevant, the people of the Middle East are transforming the region themselves.
By Andrew Bacevich.
If Fred Reed were president
The military: My first step will be to discard strategic imbecility as national policy, thus unemploying a great many strategic imbeciles. Henceforth the armed forces will concern themselves with defending the United States — not Korea, Japan, Afghani-freaking-stan for god’s sake, nor Europe nor the back side of the moon nor the nether reaches of the Crab Nebula. Just America. You know, that place between Canada and Mexico.
From RR.
The presidency and mythology
From what Joshua’s written, Grover Cleveland seems to belong on a list of great ones. From LRC.
Obama’s war on Wisconsin

Monday, February 21, 2011

Cracked goes to the movies
Interesting answer to the nastydox on grace in the RC Church
A Fr Ambrose writes:
The Russian Church has accepted the authenticity of Roman Catholic sacraments per se (not by economia) since at least the early 17th century (Council of Moscow 1667). In other words Roman Catholics receive the true Body and Blood of Christ from the hands of their priests and the Pope of Rome is a true bishop. Moscow accepts the 15th-century Council of the Four Patriarchs (1484) on this matter and Russians canon law forbids the baptism of Catholics. This has not been annulled and it applies today. I can, if you like, post substantiating writings on this point by Archpriest Alexander Lebedeff of the Church Abroad. As the Church Abroad enters into ever deeper communion and unity with Moscow it may need to rethink the positions it has adopted on some issues such as this over the last few decades.
Like what I believe: sacramentally they’re the same church with only one real difference, the scope of the Pope, an inch wide but miles deep.

From here.

Me on the matter being argued.
LRC guesses next Mideast moves
Lew Rockwell:
The vast number of US military bases all over the world are intended to insure US military, political, and economic domination. That’s why there is a huge naval base, for the US 5th Fleet, in the monster-kingdom of Bahrain. Will the Navy intervene on the side of the dictator if he is threatened? There is much covert CIA support for our king-dictators in Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and the UAE. Last week Admiral Mullins toured all these client states to reassure them, said a Pentagon press release. Does that mean direct US intervention?
Michael Rozeff:
Lew, yes, the U.S. will intervene, and it is likely that Great Britain, France, and, with lower likelihood, NATO will intervene. Their goal will be to install new governments that do not threaten their perceived interests, as they are attempting in Iraq and Afghanistan. From their perspective, this is mainly about control of oil and oil revenues and about preventing Iran from gaining regional hegemony and oil control. Somewhere along the way, I expect American naval and other forces to put in an appearance, and the story will be that they are there to ensure stability, protect interests, and ensure oil supplies.

The risk of war with Iran is rising, although presently not visible. Bahrain is shaping up something like Serbia before WWI. Iran has claimed Bahrain for a very long time. Most of its population is poorer and Shiite, and ruled by wealthier Sunnis. Iran’s sending of ships through Suez is a bid to get the new Egyptian regime, temporary or not, to make a concession to Iran. Britain’s Prime Minister Cameron already has visited Egypt, a form of intervention, and didn’t talk or acknowledge the Muslim Brotherhood. For now, the intervention will be carrots, aid, food aid, loans, and the leverage of recognition and support. It will be all about getting pro-western governments installed and getting business back to usual, with a couple of bones thrown to the protesting masses. Israel is a wild card and can upset the applecart unless handled very firmly. The uprisings are so pervasive and so spirited and so strong and have already succeeded so far that they can be expected to continue eliminating the old governments and opening up new political situations in many lands. This all becomes an enormously complicated challenge for Obama and the U.S. government to manage and handle, much like the Hungarian uprising was for the Soviets.
Church


Good fedoras worn right and Emily Blunt
Might be a winner

Sunday, February 20, 2011


Verizon s*cks
The old American phone-company monopoly under a new name. Switched to a pre-paid phone two months ago to save money and raised hell twice at the store where I tried to do it, after the company charged me again this month. What strikes me is everything about their approach is designed to wear you down (so of course they hand out fewer refunds), from making you wait, including the foot-dragging, to the condescending veneer of politeness to even the Muzak. The second time, after about two hours of their games and my yelling in a couple of faces (one belonging to someone who could have flattened me), I managed to get a call-centre person to cough up the promise of a refund with a delivery date and tracking number. Now if the fake-nice staff really wanted to help, they would have placed the call immediately, the first time. (One of their weapons to wear you down: getting you stuck in the maze of their call menus.) Some things today are better: once this pre-paid is up I’ll switch to T-Mobile and good riddance. (Phones used to be a natural monopoly because of the wires they used to need. Hooray for the market.)

And:
In December 2010 Verizon continued moderating its network by removing access to some IRC servers related to Wikileaks “Operation Payback”.
As much as I’m against the war I tend to agree with Johnson here
Because it’s really about this
Michael LaRue on the latest local priest scandal
His point seems to be we need more priests who act like men, answering anti-clerical challenges from Arturo (he’s written a nasty expression in Spanish for a certain kind of clerical culture I won’t repeat here) to Roissy (who goes along with mainstream North American ex-Protestant culture’s view that priests are ‘beta’ losers and/or gay), or reasons many men don’t like church
Are we really respectful and following of the Lord’s will as expressed in the order of creation and redemption? I fear that we are not. We have fallen into a carefully devised trap of the enemy’s making, because we trusted not in the Lord, and in his providence, accepting the gifts he gave us, using them for his glory, but rather have been motivated by fear of them. Fear is indeed the chief weapon of our enemy; we are in bondage to it. Had we accepted the gifts, had we been grateful for them, and allowed ourselves to be led by the Lord in his will for each of us as to how to use them, well none of this would have happened. But because we were afraid, we have rejected and despised his gifts, especially the gifts he has given us as males, and the result has been literally hellish.

In the case of our civilization, the shadow of Jansenism is long, and the lying ideology we call by that name but which long predates Jansen has been a demon in the churches for too long a time. It has left us unable to face ourselves as God created us, left us prey to the unresolved conflicts we wrought upon ourselves, and led some to abuse the weakest, especially the boys upon whom as men the churches will need to depend for our future.
Even if like me you’re more like the egghead/Fr Mulcahy stereotype and less like Fr Joe coaching CYO basketball, true.
Photos




Norwegian elkhound/Bernese mixes. Beautiful.


Sheltie/Eskimo mixes.


‘Take the shot now, Donna, before they chew my fingers off.’

Puppy teeth are sharp.




Goldendoodle.


Westie.


Mount Holly, NJ.


The Sportsmen’s Barber Shop.


Mugshot Diner.

I appreciate the retro effort and the food’s good and, like at the real thing, affordable.
Bishop Williamson on neocon hubris
Prophets of doom do not make themselves popular, but if they are ministers of God, they must tell the truth. Now some people say that such ministers should not concern themselves with politics or economics. But supposing politics have become a substitute religion, necessarily a false religion, as they put man in the place of God? And supposing economics (or finance) are about to make many people go hungry? Are ministers of God not allowed to ask, with Aristotle, how people are going to lead a virtuous life if they will be lacking in the basic necessities of life? Is the virtuous life not the business of such ministers?

Therefore I make no apology for quoting a remarkable paragraph from a reporter of the prestigious
Wall Street Journal who relates how in the summer of 2006 he was rebuked by a senior adviser of then-President Bush for having written an article critical of a former communications director in the White House. He says that at the time he did not fully comprehend what the adviser was saying to him, but afterwards he saw it as getting to the very heart of the Bush presidency. Here are the adviser’s own words, as quoted by the reporter:
People like the reporter, the adviser said to him, are “in what we call the reality-based community, meaning people who believe like you that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” The reporter should forget about yesterday’s principles of respecting reality. “That’s not the way the world works anymore. We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality – judiciously, as you will – then we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors... and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”
(See www.321 gold, Feb. 2, “We are Victims of a Financial Coup d’Etat”, by Catherine Fitts.)

This is not me moralizing about how the modern world runs on fantasy. This is a Washington insider of insiders, positively boasting of how the modern world is run on fantasy. Do not his words correspond exactly to the fabrications, for instance, of 9/11 and Saddam Hussein’s “weapons of mass destruction”, “created” to justify policies otherwise impossible to justify? The arrogance of such a scorn for reality, and for people respecting reality, is breath-taking.

The classical Greeks were pagans with no knowledge of the revealed God, but they had a clear grasp of that reality which is the moral framework of his universe, governed, as they saw it, by the gods. Any man, even hero, who defied that framework, like the Bush adviser, was guilty of “hubris”, or of rearing up above his proper human station, and he would be crushed accordingly by the gods. Catholics, if you think that grace does away with nature, you had best re-learn from the pagans of olden times those lessons of nature which are more than ever needed today. Study Xerxes in Aeschylus’
Persæ, Creon in Sophocles’ Antigone, Pentheus in Euripides’ Bacchæ. Pray the Holy Rosary for sure, but also read the famous classics, plant potatoes and pay down debt, say I!

Kyrie eleison.

Saturday, February 19, 2011



At Hillary Clinton speech, veteran bloodied, bruised and arrested for standing silently
Blind-sided by security officers who pounced upon him, Ray McGovern remarked, as he was hauled out the door, “So this is America?” Mr. McGovern is covered with bruises, lacerations and contusions inflicted in the assault.
More.

From LRC.
A backhanded look at the ordinariates
And the differences between British and American Anglo-Catholicism, from essentially an Episcopalian (who’s British): would-be RC/doesn’t necessarily like the old ways vs non-papal and loving the old ways. But the British ones often like the old ways better than the local liberal RCs do, because they’re orthodox and the liberals not, so Pope Benedict’s ordinariate still makes sense. National Parishes With Clout™. An American ordinariate probably will be the AU parishes, mostly down in Texas, plus some of the ACA (one of the small Continuing churches) and a few nice surprises from the Episcopalians like Mount Calvary, Baltimore... small and hard to find in most places like the traditional Latin Mass relatively still is; the English-Welsh one will be a bit bigger because British ACs often were would-be RCs, but smaller than hoped because most of the many gays will stay. (The stayers are the real ACs because an AC thinks Anglicanism’s Catholic.) Liturgy: Ratz is Pope so high (ha) hopes. He’s old but so are the libs; his fans are young. The AU will be reformed upward soon with the rest of the Novus Ordo and maybe Benedict’s Rome will let the ordinariates move up from it to something like Antiochian Western Rite Orthodoxy (which is the Knott – TLM in BCP/KJV English and sometimes in Latin – and American missals – US 1928 BCP meets BCP/KJV-English TLM). British: Novus with style, a kind of Benedict’s reform of the reform, something you could always find in Britain; the Brompton Oratory for example, R² when R² wasn’t cool.
Why people are gaga for Gaga
The woman who’s picked up Madonna’s mantle (as an ‘SNL’ skit made fun of). An O tempora article from FPR. I don’t overthink her – nice voice (better than Ke$ha whom I also like; the pretty Katy Perry sounds abrasive; Christina Aguilera is probably the best of the bunch – nice Super Bowl save; even the pros sometimes forget their lines, OK?), catchy songs (‘Bad Romance’ is one of the best recent dance songs but ‘Alejandro’, her version of the much better song ‘Like a Prayer’ and likewise trying to shock, is insipid music – it sounds like Ace of Base!); I don’t hate her – but this makes good points. Another way of looking at this is it’s a revival of barbarism, natural forces knocked off course by original sin and rebounding where grace is missing; the same forces Roissy writes about. The answer is not to deny those forces (Christians aren’t all repressed perverted hypocrites like the mainstream ex-Protestant media crows); egalitarianism of course is nonsense. Roissy’s point is women’s drives and fantasies point that out all the time (as mirrored in classic plays and films): they like to be strong but want their men stronger than them.

Back to listening to the gold mine of swing through early r&b to early rock.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Conservatives vs freedom
Lew Rockwell:
For some 60 years, there has been a deep fissure in what is called the American Right. There are those who believe in liberty. And there are those who believe in the American imperial state. They are not the same. Indeed, they are in opposition. The events in Egypt underscore the serious difference...
The House has approved a Republican proposal to block federal aid for Planned Parenthood
The Democratic-run Senate has stronger abortion-rights views than does the House, making it unlikely the House proposal will survive.
The left encourages irresponsible behaviour, which leaves you more dependent on the state; power for them or another version of ‘my God, how the money rolls in’. (Slavery marketed as women’s empowerment. Clever.) So here the so-cons are the real empowerers and not the woman-haters the left wants to you think.
From Cracked
Ancient Britons were cannibals. So now we can admit the truth: that other ‘gentle native peoples’ ate each other.
From Damian Thompson
Church
From RR
  • Government should not give money to private businesses, period. Businesses should compete in the marketplace, not Washington. There is a lot of money to be made by selling people things they want. Companies that do a good job of that deserve every cent they earn.
  • Over the last two years, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has injected over half a trillion dollars into the US economy in hopes of spurring recovery and creating jobs. The results have been deeply disappointing.
  • Rebutting Per Bylund’s anti-minarchist post or my minarchism doesn’t put me in the Independence Hall Tea Party as a shill for the mainstream Republicans in office.
  • Dennis Kucinich’s Prayer for America.
  • The English Defence League and the lefty reaction. Rather like the British version of Morris Dees and superiority to the Wrong Kind of Whites. Right, Islam’s wrong. What’s the Catholic answer that keeps individual liberty? Not immigration laws that keep out the nice Pakistanis a friend who visited Pakistan knew. Unlike Jeff Culbreath and WWWW, not a disinviting of Islam that targets every member of the religion. Rather, enforce the no-harm principle for all. If Islam in its pure form can’t live by that, then it disinvites itself. If in its pure form it can, then there’s no problem with them policing themselves with sharia, not the state. One honour-killing and out you go, Akhmed, but golden-rule-following Hassan can stay without a forced conversion. Fair?
  • Gandhi in East Boston. The obscure American thinker behind the Egyptian revolution.
  • Thomas Woods: The alleged “lessons of history” that the traditional version of American history would have us absorb are not particularly subtle: Government is the mighty engine of progress to which we owe the great strides in “social justice” and living standards we have made.
  • It’s time to practice Jeffersonian libertarianism at home and abroad.
  • There’s a curious line in the summary of President Barack Obama’s proposed fiscal 2012 Department of Education budget. “Now more than ever,” it reads, “we cannot waste taxpayer dollars on programs that do not work.” It’s curious because no federal education programs appear to work, yet the Obama administration is proposing to increase Education Department spending from $64 billion to $77 billion. It’s a bankrupting contradiction, but don’t get angry at Obama: We only have ourselves to blame.

Mid-century Godwardness
Mass: the Confiteor during the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar

From here.
A Middle East without America?
From @TAC

Thursday, February 17, 2011

From RR
  • ‘Why minarchists are the enemy. Oh, great. More libertarian than thou. Sorry, Charlie. I’m not a Protestant; objective truth is backed by authority so I’m a minarchist right-libertarian leaning towards the trads and the Burkeans. A reason I keep the word conservative in the blog’s title. But I read anarchists.
  • Libertarians aren’t politicians. The trouble with social conservatives is that they are not content with being social conservatives; they want everyone to be social conservatives. American culture belongs to them, they think. They are statists who want to dictate American culture by means of religious and political force. That is a major problem with the Republican Party in America and the main reason why they don’t win more elections. People are afraid of right-wing extremes, and they should be. Libertarians are conservative too, but content to be libertarian, and to let social conservatives be social conservatives. We don’t care about your culture. We believe that free individuals choose their own culture. We don’t want to force personal values on others. We know that the founding fathers of the United States of America were libertarian. There’s objective truth but one has the right to be wrong as long as you follow the golden rule in the form of the no-harm principle. So I opt out of the culture wars but call bullsh*t on left- and right-wing foolishness.
  • The changing conservative movement. If social conservatives and neoconservatives hold on to their fears and resentments and refuse to make it the Constitution the foundation of the conservative ideology, there may very well be a decisive and permanent split with the Constitutionalists. This, in turn, may lead to a creation of a new third party, much better-funded and more popular than current third parties.
  • Where multiculturalism is OK. For political purposes it is the idea that members of different cultures can co-exists within a given legal order. But what order might that be? (There is an untenable philosophical idea of multiculturalism which holds that every culture is equally sound, equally well suited to human community life, which is clearly bunk.)
  • How to win an election. In a political democracy as opposed to a market democracy, choosing between two candidates is analogous going to Walmart and being presented with two shopping carts already filled with items. Everyone will leave the store with the same cart of goods. Each cart contains products that a person may want and products that one wouldn’t choose to have, but the voter is not able to take anything out of either cart.

From LRC
  • Draconian school rules. Obviously meant to stop gangs, random ghetto shootings/stabbings and Columbine-style killings but ridiculous. Like the person not allowed on a plane because of a model of a soldier holding a tiny fake gun. One can hope it’ll start a libertarian backlash. But it probably won’t. Frog in a pot and 9/11 Changed Everything™.
  • For the record, most of the Tea Party quit their principles of liberty on February 14, 2011 – 20 days into the new Congress – when Tea Party leaders abruptly abandoned their opposition to the Patriot Act and voted to extend intrusive domestic surveillance, wire tapping and warrantless searches of American citizens.
  • Ron Paul on deception at the Fed.
  • Video: When FOX News announced Ron Paul’s CPAC victory, it played a recording of Romney-robot booing from 2010 rather than the RP kids cheering to the rooftops in 2011.
Opus Dei and the Spain it came from
Me on FB:

Even though I’m a libertarian – so I’m beyond the pale to many trads/palæos – I don’t dislike Franco. A legit option according to Catholic teaching and for many years in Spain it worked. As for Escrivá and Opus Dei, I’m suspicious of ‘new ecclesial movements’ as the stories of the Legionaries of Christ/Regnum Christi (Marcial Maciel was one of the biggest con men ever) and Miles Jesu prove. Opus Dei’s mission statement about holiness in your state of life didn’t need a new ecclesial movement – that’s what parishes, families, neighbourhoods, Catholic cultures etc. are for. (There are orthodox versions of Arturo’s folk Catholicism and then there are militants, politicised culture-warriors; very different.) I met Opus Dei in the ’80s and wasn’t impressed. (Then again every Legionary of Christ I met was charming.) I wanted some Tridentine alternative to the Vatican II mess, like the FSSP and Tridentine parishes now, and found more JPII Novus Ordo. (The only Opus Dei place I found like that was Grandpont House, Oxford.) Even the rumoured fun of a powerful secret society couldn’t overcome that. About 15 years later I met an ex-supernumerary (top lay official, celibate), still a practising Catholic, who said ‘I hate Opus Dei’. It seems to hook up with the rich to perpetuate itself for its own sake.

Monday, February 14, 2011





Mid-century Philly area
PGW at 5230 Chestnut Street and Wynnewood Lanes (‘family-owned and operated since 1962’)
It’s always about Israel
From antiwar.com
Can Ron Paul crush the Federal Reserve?
From Ad Orientem
Tea Party hype vs real libertarian opportunity
Thousands worried about how the government’s mounting debt stands to change the American landscape and lifestyle are being duped by the media and political opportunists to support establishment Republicans and the status quo.
An attractive woman unqualified to hold office doesn’t speak for me.
There have been points in American history when political parties have made 180-degree turns. Certain principles or planks are abandoned by both major parties, leaving an opportunity, if the support for the principle or plank is great enough, for either to take it on and take control. 150 years ago the Democratic Party championed reserved rights of states. 100 years later, it was a Republican issue, which Democrats opposed. Along with following the Tenth Amendment, neither party in the last fifty years has proposed reining in the American military.

There is the opportunity for the Republican Party, by following Ron Paul, and leaving Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rudolph Giuliani and other neocons behind, to capture a new moderate center, opposed to war and worried about the government’s ever-growing measures to control and corral its subjects. By offering credible solutions to the debt crisis, the Republican Party could become a dynasty rivaling and undoing the damage of the Democratic dynasty of the 1930s and 40s.

If this should happen there will be little mention of the Tea Party.
From LRC.
Traditional Roman Rite liturgical-calendar links
Biggest military budget ever
Because of ‘threats’
Nothing can penetrate the walls of the Pentagon, certainly not the news that the budget deficit is growing and Congress is looking for ways to save money. That is the lesson... as it was revealed that the Pentagon is poised to unveil a new $553-billion budget.

$553 billion, not including the inevitable “emergency funding” bill that will come later in the year, is already the largest budget in the entire history of the US military and, by extension, the entire history of the planet.
I’m not anti-military but this must stop.

From antiwar.com.
Jesus loves you, or you’ve got to have heart
Regular readers know my lines:
  • It’s a universally, instinctively understood sign of God’s love found in private devotion among most Christians. (I’ve met a kindly old mainline Presbyterian minister, now retired, who had a statue of it in his office.)
    The devotion to the Sacred Heart, which in its symbolical meaning and as representing the love and tenderness of the Saviour towards His children, had found its way into the hymns and prayers of almost every private form of devotion, and commends itself to the more enthusiastic of every communion, as the most touching of all those exercises of piety which cluster around the suffering life of Jesus ... The Heart of Christ, whether to Puritan devotee, to the member of the High Church in England, or to those who had outwardly separated themselves from the communion of both, was the temple of a common worship – the home of common love.
    – From The Devotion of the Sacred Heart, the Religious Tract Society, London, probably printed around 1876, pp. 8-9
  • Given the association with love from the effects described and the reality that the heart is a vital organ, of course it’s bound up with the Incarnation and by extension Holy Communion (where God and his creation directly meet, the touchstone of orthodoxy and flashpoint of all heresy, in three parts, who Jesus is, the Eucharist and sex; heretics and apostates say ‘I will not serve’ to at least one of those).
  • ‘You worship a heart!’ is at heart (heh) a Protestant slur just like ‘You worship Mary/paintings/a piece of bread!’ etc.
  • But the nastydox have a point: thou shalt not mix rites in church (which is what Rome really teaches) so I don’t like naïve, corny defacements of Byzantine Rite iconography either. (The late pre-V2 Jesuit russophile Fr Fyodor Wilcock of Fordham’s old Russian Center wouldn’t have it.) Rite controls what you do in church and of course the Orthodox bishops can’t rule on an apparition that happened outside their church, in 1600s France for example (like an RC bishop won’t on Zeitun among the Copts in Egypt). But private devotion is free.
  • If it’s not in your rite or you just don’t like it, fine; don’t do it!
Finally, is the RC Diocese of Fairbanks making a play for the Orthodox by using a sort of iconography on the Web or is it a well-meant tribute to Alaska’s native Russian Orthodoxy? My guess is the latter. Icons are hip but misunderstood among some Novus Ordo folk.

Some fitting modern pop music:

Western Rite ROCOR: anything but RC and AC tradition in living memory
Romophobia
To be clear: the Saint Petroc usage (the Saint Colman Prayer Book) includes three forms of liturgy: a Sarum use (not the full cathedral Sarum rite but a Sarum use for missions), an English liturgy (primarily Sarum with a handful of items from the Non-Juror liturgy, Gothic, York... or following the wording of the 1549 BCP in a few instances), and the Gregorian rite (which is the Christminster/Mount Royal liturgy). The offices are Sarum based upon the Clewer translation. There is also a recension of the Lorrha-Stowe Missal which is to be included in the supplementary book (though I do not know if/when it will be approved to serve)...
I like the Antiochian way better: Tridentine Mass (often in Knott Missal English but it can be in Latin) and American Missal (US 1928 BCP meets the Tridentine Mass), only don’t give them Byzantine Rite-sounding names (Divine Liturgies of St Gregory – that’s like the proper name for Byzantine Presanctified – and of St Tikhon). (I often call it Mass whatever the rite but that’s not made up; still, thou shalt not mix rites in church.)

I understand the Mount Royal Benedictine Roman (Gregorian) Rite is, like the Dominican, a form of the traditional Roman Rite, like the Tridentine, but definitely not the Tridentine.

Cynical quote of the day
I like the day as much as anyone but it’s still a good line

Sunday, February 13, 2011


Other YF sighting on Flickr

Actually somebody in character while filming a historical drama about Northern Ireland in WWII. Note the resemblance to the Spectator cartoon.

Most weeks I only see one or two other fedora-wearers, usually on a Sunday, usually a black man and usually older, from mid-century. (Black men and women have kept the dress-hat industry going.) In South Philly it’s extinct.

I follow modified trad rules: hat on outdoors, off indoors except in public buildings like train stations, lunch counters and bars. I normally don’t tip it as a greeting – too showy? – but do when passing a Catholic church (RC, Orthodox, Oriental – there’s an Armenian church near work – or Assyrian), less showy than crossing myself, which I’d do if bareheaded.


Thanks.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Ordinariate update: 84 interested groups so far


Simply Red, ‘Something Got Me Started’
Fair-to-middling song; fine video featuring Havana’s ’50s cars. From Donna.

From LRC
  • The case against trying to boycott Chinese goods which is practically impossible anyway.
  • A hero in a cage. Bradley Manning. My line that regular readers know: like with principled deserters, servicepeople who refuse to deploy again, part of the heroism is taking the punishment (which doesn’t excuse torture). I’m not anti-military; it has to keep its order and when you join, you sign part of your life away (eight years per enlistment), voluntarily (I’m anti-conscription) giving up some of your rights (and arguably basic training is a kind of brainwashing) to defend others’. USMC = you signed the motherf*cking contract.
  • Christopher Manion: At CPAC, Ron Paul dares go where no other “conservative” dares to go. Why? Spooked by Huckabee’s 2008 win in Iowa, all the one-dimensional GOP “presidentials” are afraid to upset the bigoted Pastor Hagee because his “Christians for Israel,” who desire Armageddon now so they can rule with Christ on earth for a thousand years, will be influential in many of the early primaries next year. (Yes, new heresies pop up all the time, and Hagee’s is a typical mix of ancient gnosticism and the ideological apocalyptic first “discovered” by Joachim of Fiore). Yes, they’re all avoiding Egypt, perhaps with a quick slogan (Support Israel! Oppose Iran!), but the “Christian Right” has never been deep on foreign policy (for which we could forgive them if they would only stop advocating worldwide war). It takes a stalwart heart (Right on, Ron!!!) to oppose them with fact, constitutional principle, and moral truths. As a result, most of them are so shallow on the facts that they just bow to the accepted mantras and hope to escape a Q&A. Question for my many Christian friends in the pro-life, pro-family movement: have you ever noticed that abortion is legal in Israel, but illegal in most of the member countries of the Islamic conference? Hey, Mitt! Hey, Huck! Hey, Sarah! If the Right to Life is your prime mandate, shouldn’t you be supporting those pro-life Islamic countries? Watch them change the subject.



Church
  • Eye candy from NLM. Click the photos to enlarge them. Holy Apostles Seminary in Connecticut, the Pontifical Mass of Cardinal Brandmüller in the Santuario di Campocavallo di Osimo, Ancona, and Russian Orthodoxy: the Patriarch and bishops in Assumption Cathedral in the Kremlin (today they’re celebrating Byzantine theology’s three founding fathers, SS. Basil, Gregory Nazianzen and John Chrysostom). With these two small revivals, Pope Benedict’s Western Catholic one and the Orthodox one in Eastern Europe after the fall of Communism, there’s much good going on.
  • Fr L: One of the weaknesses of our day is spoiled, sappy, soft, sweet, sentimentalist Catholicism. I’m all for Jesus the friend of sinners, and gentle Jesus meek and mild, I’m all for love and forgiveness and not being judgmental, but I’m also for Rooster Cogburn Catholicism. Sometimes we also need backbone and some true grit. Remembering that Jesus kicked the moneychangers out of the temple and he’s the stern Pantokrator of icons and not like the piety Fr L criticises. Part of being the Lord.


  • That said, viva Italia. Bocelli sings. I like the hymn at the beginning. From Fr Finigan.
  • Pronouncing Church Latin. Hearing it spoken the traditional English way (venite as venighty for example) would be interesting but the ‘new classical’ way is ugly.
  • It’s Not About Latin™. Fr Z: much of the older, traditional form of the Latin Church’s rite of baptism can be done in English. Ronnie Knox did it in Latin because the devil understands it and the baby doesn’t understand English yet.
  • That ‘Confession’ iPhone app (I don’t have an iPhone): well, duh and silly media hype. It’s nothing new! It’s an examination of conscience like the traditional ones based on the Ten Commandments, printed in the back of your Key of Heaven or St Joseph’s Missal, to prepare for Confession. (So, even though it’s not print, just like them it has an imprimatur: wonderful!) Of course the media are being silly and sensationalistic making it out to be ‘a sacrament by iPhone’ to tease you into reading the story. From T1:9.
  • English diocese: ordinariate expectations put downsizing on hold.
  • Hooray! The deaconing of Edwin Barnes.
  • You win some; you lose some. ‘No, thanks, Holy Father’: David Virtue talks to Bishop Ackerman. Much of this is about differences between English and American Anglo-Catholicism (Novus Ordo and would-be RC vs loving old forms and being non-papal). From Dr Tighe.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Five ways music messes with your brain
From Cracked
Working from home
When I’m not out videoing people or in the office editing and uploading the videos and photos, or (still, for now) making pages to print, I write and upload stories, proofread others’ stories and proofread the company’s website here along with making this blog.




Home: in a circa-1900 house, the 1940s-early 1960s meet the 2010s


Some things about the 2010s are nice and indeed Jetsony
antiwar.com’s week in review

From RR
  • Spontaneous order. Thought of some of this recently when rewatching the ‘Star Trek’ episode ‘A Piece of the Action’, meant as a parody of aspects of America while pushing Roddenberry’s very ’60s (including the good early ’60s) notion that the government’s good and here to help. Thanks to another Earth spaceship’s interference 100 years prior, the planet in this fable (he was upfront about not doing realistic science fiction) is a caricature of Al Capone’s Chicago run by rival mobs with everybody carrying guns and ‘hits’ as common as traffic. So of course Captain Kirk thinks it’s his job to ‘civilise’ them by fighting and beating them so they become an Earth colony essentially. (It’s a sovereign planet: its law and order are none of your Yankee business.) Besides of course liking the semi-re-creation of ’20s America (Tripp: ‘it had hats, John; that’s why’) – using the old Paramount movie lots, sets, costumes and props to make a show cheaply, something ‘Star Trek’ often did – what struck me was how well the planet with ‘What government?!’ (as one of the bosses said) worked: it had its act together enough to make the buildings, streets, clothes, cars, guns, radios etc., even deliver the mail. ‘Spontaneous order. Now scram!’ I also got a whiff of WASP condescension to ethnics (the planet’s a little like Guidopolis on ‘The Simpsons’)... BTW the names sounded Hungarian to me. Being realistic I’d guess a society that violent, as opposed to something feeding off a larger, less violent society like the real mob, wouldn’t work; it would have self-destructed long before reaching the ’20s technologically and long before Kirk showed up. Thus the libertarian point that societies with little government and few laws, like in this fable, often aren’t violent. Spontaneous order. And... if by chance it did work, trade with other societies would have persuaded it there are more efficient ways than violence. An unintended lesson of Roddenberry’s tale: with their better ‘heaters’ Kirk’s ‘feds’ are the most violent gang of all.
  • LRC: Facebook Nation. “The successful use of social media and the Internet to obtain political objectives and build organizational and fund-raising capability actually began with the Ron Paul for President Campaign in 2008. More recently it was utilized to some benefit by Iranian dissidents and later in Tunisia. The battle is ongoing in Egypt but I suggest that this new people-power movement in politics using electronic media will spread far from the Middle East. I see it threatening oligarchies and corrupt political elites from Africa, to Asia, China, Russia, Europe, South America and even to the United States. RR editor’s note: Ever heard of Howard Dean?
  • Diversity, ends and rules.
  • The uprising in Egypt has discredited every Western media stereotype about the Arabs. The courage, determination, eloquence and grace of those in Liberation Square contrast with ‘our’ specious fear-mongering with its al-Qaeda and Iran bogeys and iron-clad assumptions, bereft of irony, of the ‘moral leadership of the West’.
  • In search of monsters to support. On July 4, 1821, U.S. Secretary of State John Quincy Adams delivered a speech to the U.S. House of Representatives in which he observed that America was founded on principles of liberty and limited government that precluded our nation from going abroad ‘in search of monsters to destroy’. The idea was that although people in different parts of the world might be suffering under the yoke of brutal and monstrous dictators, it would not be the role of the U.S. government to send its troops abroad to save them.
  • The perils of intervention.
  • The constitutional liberty we lost.
  • Reagan’s overrated foreign policy.
  • My changing biz: the free markets not the feds might save it.
Ukrainian Greek Catholic changing of the guard
Which only really affects the fine folk in Galicia and Ruthenia who resisted the Communist ban on their church for 40 years. A correction: there is only one Orthodox branch in the Ukraine, the Russian Orthodox Church. The two nationalist schisms are still in the family but not branches of the official church: technically not Orthodox.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Arturo on J23, P6, JP2 and anti-clericalism
“What we need now,” one hears more and more among the Pope’s in-house critics, “is a genuine Italian pope, like John XXIII.” A real Italian, they argue, would know how to handle the present crisis of Catholicism, because of the Italian ability to make adjustments when a battle appears to be lost.
Natural traditionalism vs Paul VI’s French-influenced egghead approach that backfired and what Arturo describes as JP2’s Napoleonic approach, not trad at all but mistaken for it. I don’t know enough to know what Arturo has against the Maritains: they were part of that French approach and undermined the church before V2? Of course Archbishop Lefebvre was very French but arguably his approach to the problem was very different from the Italian one J23 might have taken had he lived long enough.
From @TAC