Friday, August 31, 2012

The changing movie-theatre biz

Gavin McInnes at Takimag. I haven’t set foot in one in two or three years. Soon everywhere ‘film’ really won’t be film anymore. Superior technology means viewers have never had it so good but like the derelict 1920s mini-palace on my town’s main street, the ’50s drive-in is endangered after years of decline.
The church: truth in labeling
Many Catholics in “good standing” are flat-out heretics. I call them “liberals” and “progressives” because it just seems a lot nicer than calling them “heretics”, and I try to be a nice guy. I call orthodox Catholics “conservatives” and “traditionalists” because “orthodox” sounds too much like a boast. Would the well-intentioned folks who eschew labels prefer we return to calling heretics heretics? Somehow I don’t think that’s what they’re after.
Jeff Culbreath

Refine that by mentioning Bad Catholics. The church is big and by nature not a micromanaging cult. There are lots of ignorant and otherwise Bad Catholics not in a position to hurt anyone. The church leaves them alone. It calls heretics those in a position of power and trust and who know better. Otherwise the difference is Bad Catholics like the devout know the church by nature is unchangeable in its essentials so they don’t waste their time trying to change it. No so heretics. Excommunicate Hans Küng, Kathleen Sebelius and those dopey old nuns (so few now nobody’d notice they were gone) to make examples of them, not your strange aunt.

Also I don’t call them progressives because their error’s not progress.
Gay marriage as caste marker
Or why it’s wagging the dog in some places, even snagging the president (lately) and veep: a minority of the 3% who have this problem and want to ‘marry’. It’s not about them or liberty but power, the elite distinguishing themselves from the great unwashed in flyover country. The (would-be) rulers defining the ruled. From Steve Sailer.

Local: the ongoing decline and fall of Camden
Our Detroit. A city that once made everything from canned soup to radios and TVs to battleships to pens, with a little art-deco high-rise city hall whose clock still lights up at night. It’s broke so it has to get rid of its police (I think it already let go half of them) and settle for part of the county police doing the job.

I appreciate the men on the line, in their patrol cars at the borders of our inner ’burbs late at night, literally guarding our towns.

That said, they can’t really stop crime, just try to catch someone after he hurts you. With a gun, you can.

From Ad Orientem.
A woman from the left on Mormonism
My headline tells you her bias. An ex-Mormon who inadvertently makes a case for Catholicism and against mainline Protestantism. The presidential religion shouldn’t matter thanks to the First Amendment. So no attacks on Romney’s person from me. There’s much to like about him personally, the reasons the left hates him (or pretends to: if they’re as smart as they think they are, they know nothing will change under him, which is why I won’t vote for him). Mormonism is really so radical – not Christian – that, reacting to persecution (which violated the First Amendment), they compromised on polygamy and rebranded themselves as super-respectable back when the mainstream American society they came from was sane. Thus a squeaky-clean ’50s image for the left to make fun of: normality.

That said:
Mormons are basing it on doctrine that can be renewed all the time, whatever the current prophet – the president of the Church – says. Yes, he receives prophecies from God, I don’t know, maybe on a daily basis. LDS General Conference comes twice a year, and whatever he says is the new doctrine.
Just like Christian denominations of other ethnic WASPs. Doctrine is fungible by decree or, today, convention vote.

Non-Catholics often think that’s how the church works. But even the Pope can’t change doctrine.

I’ve known only one Mormon and he was an ex-one when I knew him. He said growing up in it was just like a Protestant Sunday School until his teens when they started teaching the strange stuff.

Especially in situations like this campaign, they like to pass themselves off as a Christian denomination, easy because they come from our culture. But Islam is actually closer to us than they are: Muslims believe in one God for example.
I’ve never met a Mormon man who has any real respect for women. First of all, if you’re a Mormon man, then you believe you’re going to have multiple wives in the afterlife. So, even though he’s not acting on the will of God at this point in time here, on earth, to have many wives, a Mormon will tell you that this will be a commandment again definitely in the afterlife. To Mormons, life on earth is just a twinkling of an instant in the rest of your life. If you’re a good Mormon, you can go on to become a god and have your own planet and worshippers. So, there’s no basis to really and truly love and respect your wife because there’s going to be another, or many more, in the afterlife.
Sounds like the part of fallen human nature Roissy maps out and lefties like this lady most likely deny; in other words, minus the religion and the natural procreation, not much different from how many people in their prime now date. Feminism and government handouts -> women think they don’t individually need beta provider men = they’re happy to share an alpha. (Roissy: why, feminist claptrap notwithstanding, smart SWPL girls are more likely to go for players. Also, many women are getting money from the beta providers and everybody else, through taxes etc. – the handouts – which is of course unsustainable in the long run.) Just like the fundamentalist Mormon sects: social Darwinism, or the top dogs help themselves to the girls, including taking weaker men’s wives as punishment, and kick out the excess boys.

Romney’s an alpha; women will vote for him. They vote for the handsome candidate who’d make a good husband. (The God-given natural order.) Another reason he’ll be president.

P.S. Mark Shea has him pegged on abortion: ‘I’ll kill anybody who gets in the way of my acquiring power.’ Conning the so-cons is Republican 101. Still, I don’t hate my brethren who are saying ‘better a jerk who doesn’t care about us than one who hates us’ (Obama’s open war on the church). But I’m not supporting him.

From RR.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Picks a presidential candidate who suits you. Unsurprisingly it told me:
I side with Ron Paul on most issues in the 2012 Presidential Election.

Ron Paul on foreign policy, economic, social, domestic policy, healthcare, environmental, and science issues: 97%

Gary Johnson on foreign policy, domestic policy, economic, healthcare, environmental, immigration, and science issues: 93%

Virgil Goode on social, foreign policy, economic and domestic policy issues: 82%...
Goode is the Constitution Party candidate.
The Bic pen company thinks women are stupid
From Mark Shea
Suburban apocalyptic
From Rod Dreher
The Akin panic
Anyone reading his statement knows what Akin meant. He was saying that in an actual rape–from what doctors have told him–the likelihood of pregnancy is rare. But if a pregnancy did occur, the punishment should be imposed on the rapist not the unborn child.

What does this hysteria ... reveal?

A deep-seated fear, a gnawing anxiety among Republicans that the positions they have held and hold on social and moral issues, and even on economics and foreign policy, no longer command the support of a majority of their countrymen.
From TAC.
Life after newspapers: the wild world of online freelancing
Lots of outsourcing to the Third World (you’re competing against low bidders) but worth the gamble. Answer the right ad and there’s big money. I hit a jackpot on oDesk a couple of weeks ago, which is why I stopped blogging for days at a time (if the spirit moves you, you can support this blog through PayPal by clicking the Donate button at the top of this page).

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The donkey in the well
One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement he quieted down.

A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.

As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!

Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.
Nixon’s New Majority is now history
Thought so. We’re screwed. Then again it didn’t save the country in ’68 or ’72. Romney will be president. Doesn’t mean anything. Pat Buchanan at Takimag.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sting, ‘Big Lie, Small World’

RIP Neil Armstrong
It wasn’t until many years later that the magnitude of what this country pulled off then finally hit me. The United States had successfully put two men on the moon and had successfully brought them safely back home.

Using the technology of
Christopher Johnson
Tom Wolfe’s conclusion at the end of The Right Stuff seems accurate:, the Space Race was, among much else, a single combat (e.g., David v. Goliath) version of the Cold War. Rather than blow up the world, each side picked their best and bravest to attempt the most awe-inspiring feat in human history to show the rest of the world whose system deserved to win.

We won the Space Race, and 20 years later we had won the Cold War.
Steve Sailer

Ours is still a living tradition

I guessed right: with Fr James’ departure to Cleveland, Fr Brannan is back on our roster of celebrants. A living treasure of the church, continuity: a priest from before the council who started celebrating our Mass again during the dark ages of the indult.

He knows how to project his voice in a big church with a humming air conditioner, something a conscientious pre-conciliar priest would know to do.

When Fr James was exclusively our celebrant, Fr Brannan took care of St Michael’s Ordinariate Parish until Fr Ousley was Fr Ousley again.

Mass: Respice, Domine, in testamentum tuum. No commemoration of St Zephyrinus on Sunday in the 1962 Missal.
Women gossip to compete for men
From Roissy

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Vintage is a way of life

Our restored movie marquee. The theatre’s long disused.

Riverside and Landisville, NJ.

My ride will look like this but with stock wheels.

Rise and shine.

New old furniture.

Sunday pewsitting.

The missal has Cardinal Spellman’s imprimatur.

Out and about.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Russia’s wretched defilers
Those silly girls and their celebrity liberal defenders. If the wrong side of the culture wars wasn’t egging them on I wouldn’t mind them simply being fined. As it stands, again I don’t mind Russia putting them in jail for two years. Спаси, Господи, люди твоя, и благослови достояние твое. From Takimag.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

China looks at pictures of the old-fashioned Modern America that went to the Moon and says: “We want some of that.”
But is India becoming more like postmodern America or is postmodern America becoming more like India? Maybe India is already at where postmodernism leads? That the future for the postmodernist U.S. is Indian-style inequality and ineffectuality?
Steve Sailer on that and the SWPL imagination as a great leap backward.
Hooray for the market: private lay foundation is taking over Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s high schools
What the church had in mind for the lay apostolate, not some libs giving Communion
A case for writing in Ron Paul
It probably won’t work but a fine choice. If Gary Johnson really has a shot I would vote Libertarian.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Thanks again, Fr James and Brother Gerard

From last Sunday, Fr James’ last as our pastor. Catholicism is about loving God and giving him his due, and doing good for man, but mostly about hats. (Brother Gerard is wearing a curé hat. Click the picture for a better view.) Seriously, St Rocco’s is lucky to have these men now.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

From Modestinus. The rape remark seriously would violate the no-harm principle. I think by Anglo-Catholic he means Catholics who are culturally Anglo, in Anglo countries such as this one, not a kind of Episcopalian. CST, the European churchman’s choice: sanctified welfare state for peace and against abortion.
Burning yachts and burning money
I briefly met Tina Brown. The lesson in this article seems unless you’re pretty enough or otherwise have someone to bankroll you, the news biz, especially print, is a loser’s game; even if you are/do, it won’t pay off in the long run. From Takimag.

Gary Johnson
The only choice Nov. 6
Unless Gary Johnson breaks through the blackout and there’s enough of a Middle America left to wake up and support him. (Ron Paul’s done; I’m not making the perfect the enemy of the good; Johnson’s better than the two mainstream ‘choices’.)
The critical problem we face today is the same one all mankind has faced: the State, those monopolists who claim the right to break the laws that they make and enforce. How to restrain them is the critical problem of all sound political thinking. Making matters worse, this gang now has a monopoly on the money and the ability to print it, and they are abusing that power at our expense.

How does voting change the situation? Neither of the candidates for president wants to do anything about the problem. On the contrary, they want to make it worse. This is for a reason. The State owns the “democratic process” as surely as it owns the Departments of Labor and Defense and uses it in ways that benefit the State and no one else.

On the other hand, we do have the freedom not to vote. No one has yet drafted us into the voting booth. I suggest that we exercise this right not to participate. It is one of the few rights we have left. Nonparticipation sends a message that we no longer believe in the racket they have cooked up for us, and we want no part of it.

You might say that this is ineffective. But what effect does voting have? It gives them what they need most: a mandate. Nonparticipation helps deny that to them. It makes them, just on the margin, a bit more fearful that they are ruling us without our consent. This is all to the good. The government should fear the people. Not voting is a good beginning toward instilling that fear.

This year especially there is no lesser of two evils. There is socialism or fascism. The true American spirit should guide every voter to have no part of either.
Lew Rockwell

My second stay-home.
From RR
Six average Joes who became superheroes in the clutch
From Cracked

Monday, August 13, 2012

The bishops, Paul Ryan and the budget
From Mark in Spokane. Meh. An establishment conservative picked his own kind. Doesn’t change my non-vote (which would turn into a Gary Johnson vote in the unlikely event enough people wise up so he surges). I don’t care that he’s Catholic nor do I think he’s an election-changer. I know we Ron Paul supporters don’t matter. In numbers enough to make a difference, the sound Catholics are already voting for Romney, just like white evangelicals, thanks in part to Obama’s HHS war on the church and to gay marriage. Better a jerk who doesn’t care about you than one who hates you. Romney’s just rallying folks the GOP knows are already theirs. The remaining white ethnics big on their worker-union-Dem heritage and intellectuals big on Catholic Social Teaching™ (democratic socialists and third-wayers: sanctified welfare state but one that’s for peace and against abortion) will still (hold their noses and) vote for the Big Zero because of humanitarian good intentions (outweighing the evil, they’ll theologize). (Hispanics are apolitical; they don’t vote, but when they do it’s D. Blacks: 12% of the population; many don’t vote; 95% of those votes are for Obama, a given.) The notion of a Randian Ryan is only fun to p*ss off the left including the Catholic left, such as it is. Nothing has changed.
Pie chart: Eastern Catholics
Perspective: all Eastern Catholics are about 2% of all Catholics. Number 1 is the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (almost four and a half million people), which is sort of like the Russian Orthodox Church hit by a Polish Novus Ordo bus, with just over a quarter, with the Novusized Indian Syro-Malabars second and the Novusized Lebanese Maronites third, each with about another fourth, neither of which is Greek Rite. Most are failed attempts to convert an Eastern church; the exceptions being the Maronites (all converted) and Chaldeans (most converted, leaving the Nestorians).
Married priests don’t bring in more vocations
Unlike with other trads, celibacy, just a rule, is not a hill I’ll die for; I think knowledgeable ones who know about the Eastern churches’ longstanding rule (most priests are married; a married man may become a priest but a priest can’t marry) agree. Anyway, I had this conversation with a PNCC deacon (born Catholic) on an article he posted.
From here it seems to be a trend among the Nats: priests from Poland who switched to get married. Nice picture: of course I love Polish and Polish-American cultural conservatism keeping churches good-looking.

Deacon: I would say from his and others’ amazing story it is something quite different. This is not an easy choice, to dedicate yourself to truth and being above board. It requires great sacrifice. The scandal of many priests who lead bifurcated lives in Poland and elsewhere is terrible and dishonest. These men chose to follow God’s call to the non-exclusionary vocations of marriage and the priesthood. Doing so in an honest way is to their credit and the Church’s. As I have said before, demanding the grace of celibacy from the Holy Spirit is a non-starter. He certainly grants that grace to some – and may they be blessed for being honest to their vocation as well.

The Slavic-American Orthodox aren’t getting native vocations anymore: the Carpatho-Russians are getting their next bishop from the priests in their Greek parent church. How are the native vocations among the Nats at Savonarola?

Deacon: Like most Churches, slow, but several prospects right now. Our Prime Bishop, Bishops, and clergy are working diligently to build vocations. The work on the PNCC in Norway, Italy, Sweden, and Germany is very promising and hopeful as well. In my parish we dedicate prayers during our monthly solemn exposition and benediction for the gift of many vocations. Other parishes do similar things. No doubt it is a struggle, but the Lord sends workers into His field.
The Nats are a Polish-American immigrant schism of about 100 years’ standing, parallelling the other Slavic-American experience of Greek Catholics switching to the Orthodox, not about theology (the stuff against the Pope’s obviously an ex post facto rationalization) but ill treatment by the local Roman Rite clergy (who caused a schism for no good reason). In both cases good grassroots traditionalism thanks to Slavic cultural conservatism, but small and getting smaller (slowly dying out) and, just like most other whites, far fewer kids so no more native vocations. A big difference with the Nats is their founder, a priest kicked out of seminary in Poland and given a second chance here, was a unitarian universalist. Polish conservatism has masked that/held it in check. What’s left of them is mostly third etc.-generation members with the odd new parish of ex-Catholics left behind in a parish closing, again often now served by a few Polish-born priests who fell in love so they found a out with this. The Mass is a Novus Ordo clone.

Norway and Sweden here refer to a few relatively conservative folk, rare in those secularized lands, originally high-church Lutherans (the Scandinavian Lutheran churches are mainline liberal), who approached the local Catholics, assimilated/liberalized/Modernist (certainly true in Norway), and were rebuffed so they started their own church and brought it into the Nats. My guess is Germany and Italy refer to a few priestly marriage conversions for those more Catholic than the Old Catholics, who are now liberal.
Deconstructing Dr Paul
From TAC

Sunday, August 12, 2012

From RR

Women’s sports

  • Sailer: Female soccer embodies many of the most deeply held values of white American upper-middle-class families: gender equality; parental (especially paternal) investment in their children; organized practice instead of play; ambitions for college scholarships; tacit race and class segregation via spending; and chauffeuring … lots and lots of chauffeuring.
  • Roissy: People don’t follow them because they aren’t as good.
There is a biological basis for ‘old-fashioned’ morality
From the Anti-Gnostic
‘Oh, hun! Cars!
New Hope, Pa.

This ’41 Cadillac looks almost exactly like my 1:18 model ’47 because of course Detroit stopped making cars during the war so ’46s and ’47s were about the same as ’41s. Things began to slightly change in ’48.

L.A. Confidential

Five stars from me. Noir set in ’53 that takes ‘Crime Story’ up a notch (Bud White = Mike Torello) and of course gets things right, down to the ‘Dragnet’ clone. Our former police chief John Timoney sounds like Dudley Smith, an Irishman who’s lived here a long time. A good double feature with True Confessions (same genre, city and period with Robert DeNiro as a traditional priest).


Friday, August 10, 2012

Combox miscellany
  • ‘Happy Days.’ I agree with most: the show was good its first year, a recognizable American Graffiti cash-in in practice (though it actually pre-dated the movie), set realistically about 18 years in the past, then Garry Marshall’s laziness or incompetence, Fonziemania, ‘filmed before a studio audience’ (destroying the realistic ’50s look of the Cunninghams’ house) and, my guess, the stars getting full of themselves so they no longer bothered to look like they lived in the ’50s ruined it. Rule of thumb: if Bill Haley is playing over the opening credits, like the movie, it’s watchable; otherwise forget it unless you want to see a train wreck.
  • ELCA still owns ‘Davey and Goliath’. That sweet stop-motion animated puppet show from the golden era when the high mainline was different, at least on the surface. (Of course I like the semi-Catholic, non-mainline conservative Lutheran denominations; the LCMS for example.) If they make a computer one pushing gay marriage, ‘I’m outta here’.
  • An idea I’ve picked up over the years is that much of the modern left (PC, SWPLs) is a ripoff of Christianity, its ethics knocked off their foundation in theology, in Christ himself: ‘a Christian heresy’. Some say there’d be no modern left if not for Christianity; I think I agree. Paganism on the other hand reflects the God-given natural order, reality, but in its fallen state, in all its cruelty. Whether his tone is a put-on or not, Roissy’s deep conservatism is like that. Sure, what he’s saying here is un-Christian if taken too far but his point, fine with Christianity, is modernity/Modernism distorts the Christian ethics of humility and peace, emasculating them and thus trying to emasculate us, to society’s detriment (and by the way making women sadder in the long run). Pacifism’s semi-fashionable but wrong (and even the left doesn’t really believe in it: they love wars to force their ‘religion’ on the world) and Jesus chasing the moneychangers out of the temple was no wimp. You might remember how the radical chic turned on a dime from lisping about love and peace to cheering for the Vietnamese Communists and Black Panthers; they didn’t want peace; they wanted the other side to win. (At least that was a fashionable pose: they wanted to keep partying at school or slumming on Daddy’s dime.)
  • More than you wanted to know: 450 years of Anglican liturgics in less than a minute. Under King Edward VI right after Henry VIII died, the altars finally were taken down and they had a table put longways in the chancel between the choir stalls, perpendicular to the way the altar was, so yes, church in the round in the old chancel when they had Communion. In the 1600s under the slightly catholicizing Charles I the tables were put where the old altars were, and altar rails put in, but the minister celebrated standing on one side of it facing sideways. In the 1700s the pulpit was front and center with the table below it. The Anglo-Catholic movement in the late 1800s had some ministers celebrating facing the altar like traditional Catholic priests, which was controversial among Anglicans at the time. Then in the late 1900s, ironically, in an ecumenical mood, copying the Catholic Church, they started doing freestanding/facing the people. You could always do the Tridentine Mass facing the people; few did. You may do the Novus Ordo ‘facing east’; a few more are now. Yes, what the Modernists did 40 years ago with ‘facing the people’ parallels the ‘Reformation’. What’s funny is the Catholic libs usually don’t follow their theology and become Episcopalians not only because of ethnic and class loyalty but because, although the Episcopal Church is our opponent in the theology and culture wars, it’s often our ally in the worship war. To the libs, they worship too much like we do!
  • The Old Catholics real and fake are like Episcopalians but with pretend parishes and more likely to be ex-Catholics. If they really were the continuation of the true Catholic Church it would be obvious, with parishes, schools and charities all over the world, not a European rump sect or American wannabe priests.
  • Nobody wants Timeline. If Facebook keeps this up, in two years it’ll be MySpace.
  • ‘Alice.’ The movie was better with Diane Ladd as a sexy Flo trading ribald banter with Mel. The show was dumb with musical numbers for Linda Lavin to audition for her next Broadway show.
  • Naughty Kermit. Funny. I knew Kermit didn’t want Miss Piggy; wrong species and all. But he’s the richest frog in the world so almost any available lady frog is his for the asking. So what’s wrong? Maybe he needs to learn frog game.
From Hilary
She’s Canadian, the good kind that likes things like the Red Ensign. The English looks of a Jane Austen character but the fighting spirit of a hockey player, eh? (Don’t mess with this chick. Like a lady George Rutler she could probably kick your ass in verbal volleyball.)
  • From Joffre the Giant: homosexuality among Christians: not a gift, but a deep wound. Reminds me of the best of Huw and the best of pre-Gordon Reid St Clement’s, most of which is (back) in the church where it belongs: ‘I’m Catholic (Huw’s Orthodox). I’m gay. But don’t call me a gay Catholic.’
  • Feminism is bad for people. And I think there’s a big something missing in the whole discussion. Women are not going to believe this until men tell them. It’s part of our nature. We need to be guided and protected by men, and as long as men don’t tell women that feminism is bad, and doing bad things to them, they will keep hurting themselves, and men and children and the whole world with it. Women are not constitutionally disposed to believe other women. Men need to say it. Use your authority, given by God, and tell us the truth.
  • True story from France: men in plate armor rob Renaissance Fair. I’ve been to Pa.’s twice and like it; a Gothic ceramic detail bought there is over a door at home. Contrary to movies and TV, England is not pre-modern but the best of that fair reminds me a little of the best of it like it’s meant to. A lot of what the fairs celebrate is really medieval and Catholic, not Renaissance.
  • Sara, a pretty 20-year-old Finn who loves ’50s vintage and retro.
The left has a go at Romney

Funny and true. But he’ll still be president. The depression and the Dinkins effect (you can only guilt most white voters once, and Middle America’s fed up: good; let’s see something real for a change from that, but we probably won’t) will see to that. All he’s got to do is shut up, keep evading and stay in cruise control.

This cartoon is feel-good stuff for the choir of dumb whites who’ll vote for Obama regardless.

Romney won’t get my help but again better a jerk who doesn’t care about you than one who hates everything you stand for (HHS versus the church) so a tip of the hat to the red-state, so-con brethren (I would have gone to Chick-fil-A to defend reality with you but it was too far away).

From Daniel Nichols.

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Isolationism: as American as apple pie
From Joshua
From Mark Shea
  • Is Penn State’s disgraced ex-prez working for the feds? Doesn’t that make you feel safe? More from the play ‘blame the famous dead guy, then pretend it never happened’.
  • Catholic but mentally ill. A man bears his cross. The thing about mental illness is that it is illness. Like all illness, it does not constitute a judgment from God or a declaration of moral turpitude. To be mentally ill is to struggle with a cross, not to invite advice and catcalls and improving advice from tongue cluckers and Job’s Comforters. St. Benedict Joseph Labré was mentally ill and would have been indistinguishable from many of the people in our homeless population today. He was also a saint. You get to be a saint, not by being a Shiny Happy Person, but by offering whatever you’ve got – including a malfunctioning brain if that’s your lot – to God.
‘I voted Demopublicratican because...’
From RR
Forbes’ Rich Karlgaard
  • ’Roids. From Steve Sailer on one of his fave subjects, HBD and sports, related to the Olympics.
  • Lance made suffering cool. Lance is like a secular Jesus. His suffering and ultimate triumph gives hope. This hope is why most weekend cyclists, along with most cancer patients and survivors throughout the world, DO NOT WANT TO HEAR about the possibility of Lance and steroids, Lance and human growth hormones, Lance and EPO, Lance and blood transfusions. We do not want to hear that Lance Armstrong cheated to win. Millions of us have too much invested in Lance Armstrong to learn otherwise. LRC once rhetorically asked why not come clean (ha) and have drug-enhanced sports. Because the customers still buy the myth of pure sports.
  • How tech is changing health care and especially college. As Jim C. has mentioned here, Khan Academy. More. I don’t believe the Luddites’ and the granolas’ scare posts on how the ’Net is turning people more autistic. I like Steve Jobs’ saying that these computers are a (exercise) bicycle for the mind. I think it’s made me smarter anyway.
  • How Visa is a Silicon Valley company.
  • Why the Facebook IPO flopped. Yes but I think Cracked spoke for most of us about LinkedIn. When it was hacked, we didn’t give it a second thought. ‘I think my boss two jobs ago linked to me.’
  • Free enterprise builds peace. The good sense of ‘money talks, bullsh*t walks’. Procter & Gamble. This global titan first reached $1 million in annual sales in ... 1859. Think about that milestone: It was two years before the Civil War, two decades before electri­city found its first practical use in Thomas Edison’s lightbulbs, a lifetime before the Wright brothers demonstrated powered flight at Kitty Hawk and a century before television soap operas, of which P&G was a prime sponsor. ... The company was started in the 1830s by William Procter, an English candlemaker, and James Gamble, an Irish soapmaker. Rather than squabble over the tense political topics of the day, such as Irish home rule, they put aside their differences, married sisters and built a company. Love and enterprise bridge all gaps. Nikola Tesla’s lightbulbs but anyway.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

DeSales University keeps the faith
I visited there once when it was still Allentown College and it had a good feeling about it. What sports are to Notre Dame or engineering to MIT, theatre is to this school. Not the kind of place that would pick on homosexuals.
What is a racist?
From Takimag. Racism’s being deterministic about race so you deny somebody his liberty. Liberty can be walking down somebody’s street undisturbed or being allowed to apply for a school or a job. Not HBD including race realism (on average, you best not be in some places especially alone and after dark). Unequal outcomes aren’t. Nor is profiling (good police work).
The P*ssy Riot trial in Russia
Господи, спаси Россию! I’m a libertarian but don’t mind if Russia throws the book at those girls. Guess I’m really a conservative. Then again they violated the churchgoers’ rights.
‘The Obama scandal is at Columbia’
The headline seemed birtherish but it’s from a bona-fide libertarian and Libertarian who was his classmate. Right, Romney’s manager should have him challenge Obama this way. ‘Want to see my tax returns? Fine, unseal your college records.’ I’ve read and think it possible the Big Zero was CIA-groomed all along; his parents, according to Sailer, being the sort the Cold War CIA loved, non-Communist lefties.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Monday, August 06, 2012

Five ways you don’t realize movies are controlling your brain
From Cracked
The ideology of powerlessness
A Christian heresy. From Roissy.
Tantrum politics backfire
From Takimag
From LRC

‘Three Chords and the Desire for Truth: Rock ’n’ Roll as a Search for the Infinite’
From Tea at Trianon
Fr Z on the nun non-story
Non-story because there aren’t that many nuns anymore; they’re old and dying off. They’re self-refuting that way. I’m fine with excommunicating the lot of them. The council caused this but Fr Z’s right of course that at face value it’s not heresy. The nuns picked up its connotation and ran with it (off a cliff practically as well as theologically), following mainline Protestantism out of Christianity. (Soft apostasy: still talk about Jesus but make him only optional.) When the kids are taught this theology they logically cut out the middleman and dump religion. From Ad Orientem.
From RR

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Looks like a conversion: Edward Norman
It’s about authority: church infallibility versus doing whatever the king or a vote wants.

I’ve been to the Minster.

Reminds me: on Facebook an acquaintance posted new pictures of St Clement’s with Episcopal women priests vested there. It’s really over. Doesn’t bother me much. For a few it was a stepping stone to the church; back to it in some cases. Most of the core people who made it what it was are now in. So its work is done. No hard feelings. The Episcopalians have the right to govern themselves and to have me leave them alone!
Justin Raimondo on Gore Vidal
From LRC
Ireland, religion and the Troubles
It’s not what you think. From Gareth Russell via Tea at Trianon.

Some things that recently came up under my Anglosphere post:
As I’ve learned and blogged before, the Irish were an integral part of the British Empire, like their Scottish cousins serving in the army exporting and enforcing it around the world (the British Army still has its Irish Guards), proudly building that empire; before 1916 many Irish in spite of everything were loyal British subjects (like I said, still, many Irish don’t hate the Brits; many settle in Britain; many served in the British forces in WWII and some still do; I once met one who had been in the RAF in the ’50s, after complete Irish independence); the early Irish nationalist leaders often were Protestants (Wolfe Tone, Yeats); the church has long held the Irish cause at arm’s length (you’ll never hear that on American St Patrick’s Day; that said, early Irish leader Eamon de Valera was a sincere Catholic who explicitly identified the country with the church; the Irish constitution reflects that); and the IRA were really Communists, not Catholics except by birth.

Bill Tighe taught me here one of history’s ironies: the ethnic English living around Dublin (in the Pale – of English rule? – whence we get the expression ‘beyond the pale’) were the first to put up a fight in Ireland against Protestantism when the king imposed it. So much for hating the Brits. They, not the Irish themselves, started the centuries-long identification of ‘Irish’ with ‘Catholic’. I dare you to say that in a crowded bar on American St Patrick’s Day. I understand religion in Ireland is cyclical. Around 1800 sure, most Irish were Catholic but indifferent, then emancipation jump-started the church, building a great institution from scratch, so you had the pious Irish of popular culture, the last generation of whom are barely still around on both sides of the Atlantic. Now religion’s waning again. Today’s virulent secularism’s a threat but still. Wait; just ride it out?

The actual Independence leaders 1916-1922 were a confused hodgepodge of different ideological stripes, which is exactly why the Irish Civil War claimed arguably more lives than the actual War of Independence itself (lesson to revolutionaries – don’t start a revolt until everyone on your side is in agreement on what you want, what you are willing to settle for, and what you plan to do if you win). There were sincere Catholics like De Valera, hardboiled church-avoiding socialists like James Connolly, moderately anti-clerical practicing Catholics like Michael Collins, and even a few certified religious zealots like Joseph Mary Plunkett and Patrick Pearse. Later, in the ’60s, when the IRA became a fully Marxist organization long on pompous rhetoric and short on action, the Provos split off into a similar hodgepodge outfit, with anti-clerical socialist leadership and a mix of practicing and nonpracticing Catholics at the rank-and-file level. The Church was probably right to keep the whole business at arm’s length from the beginning, but the hierarchy burned a lot of credibility by sanctioning or at least refusing to criticize WWI.

Pre-1916, most Irish Catholics were in favor of restoring Home Rule under the crown through constitutional and peaceful means, not full separation from Britain by violence. As it did elsewhere, WWI radicalized Irish politics and made violence more attractive. Even so, most of the IRB outside of Dublin didn’t want to launch the Easter Rising in 1916, thinking it premature and likely to fail. The ’16 rebels were at first widely hated by most people (especially in bullet-ridden Dublin). Public opinion only changed later with the execution of the rebel leaders (judged to be excessively harsh, for various reasons), and the eventual extension of conscription to Ireland.

Getting most Irish-Americans to follow this complex and nuanced story, though, is about as difficult as getting Americans to realize that the Tories during the Revolution were more than just traitorous boot-lickers. Neither of these things is a great tragedy, I suppose – people need heroes, and unless we restrict ourselves to choosing only canonized saints as heroes, few of them can stand being put on their pedestals without a little polishing first.
NLM survey: vote for the English Missal
In this case, not the fine corrected translation of the Novus Ordo but an old, unofficial, Anglo-Catholic book, a translation of the Tridentine Mass
Harold B. Estes
A late retired master chief boatswain’s mate and WWII vet who at 95 famously wrote a letter, new to me, criticizing Obama.

There are two ways of looking at this, the facts (face value) and the underlying culture war (the war on old Christian white men).

Of course an old-school value is respecting your elders but I can dispute most of his examples; that is, the hateful left like a stopped clock is sometimes right. For example, in a big way regarding what caused 9/11. Another WWII vet, Tony Bennett, who just celebrated a birthday, saw the truth and said so. We didn’t live up to our ideals, we were arrogant (and still are), and we paid for it, which I understood that morning as soon as I realized a Cessna didn’t crash into the World Trade Center accidentally. In other words Jeremiah Wright, quoting somebody, was dead right about the chickens coming home to roost.

That said, the big picture here is, as some observers have written, the right’s loyalties are personal and local; the left goes for abstractions and thinks family ties and patriotism are corny (loving humanity and hating real people). Put simply, unlike the multiculti snobs, Chief Estes loved his people and country like a normal person.

He got things wrong but his heart was in the right place. I would have rather had a beer with this master chief than with the commander-in-chief.
Cracked at the movies

Who you gonna call?

LRC watches this movie:
Even if George Bailey won, society eventually went to hell, or the Sixties did what Potter couldn’t, turning community into every man for himself:

Sure, as a libertarian I keep an eye on threats to individual liberty. Unlike some other libertarians, I don’t hate the police. The opposite. Living near slums like this I’m thankful as I drive home late at night, seeing their cars stationed, at town borders for example, as they guard as best they can.

Second Amendment argument: nice cops will tell you that even though it helps that they keep watch as I just described, they can’t prevent crimes or stop them mid-act. Only you and your gun can. Police can only try to catch the perp after he’s hurt you.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Penn State again
Takimag’s Paul Gottfried

My and the Anti-Gnostic’s points again: a college football program is not by nature set up to supervise a children’s charity, for example to stop homosexuals from abusing it; it plays football! Thanks to the worship of football and the money it makes, Paterno was God in State College; with all that power, he could have stopped Sandusky with one phone call. The truth is, so taking down the statue and name, heavily fining the school and cutting back the program are right. Rewriting history is not (again, truth is; another man, who doesn’t deserve it, is claimed to be the winningest coach). This revisionism may be sinister, a way to keep the problem at the bottom of this intact: the lucrative cult of football. Blame Paterno and throw him down the memory hole, and in three years after the sanctions are lifted, pretend none of it happened; business as usual. I think that’s Penn State’s playbook.

Gottfried points out a culture-wars reason why, even though I don’t even follow football, I believed the best about Paterno and at first defended him, and what’s fuelling the backlash:
This hatred against Paterno has a political side which we in Pennsylvania have recognized for years. The left profoundly hated Paterno.
The left of course gets a free pass (Chappaquiddick).
It is more profitable to attack a dead, old-fashioned ethnic Catholic who went too far in shielding a family friend.

Pappy Boyington on ‘To Tell the Truth’

The real one sounds it: like he ate nails for breakfast.