Friday, November 30, 2007
Save Darfur's Oil
Henry Hyde, Requiescat in Pace
Thursday, November 29, 2007
- On environment, governments don't have a good reputation for doing a good job protecting the environment. If you look at the extreme of socialism or communism, they were very poor environmentalists. Private property owners have a much better record of taking care of the environment. If you look at the common ownership of the lands in the West, they're much more poorly treated than those that are privately owned. In a free-market system, nobody is permitted to pollute their neighbor's private property -- water, air, or land. It is very strict.
Remember the Liberty City Seven?
Kill your cellphone...
Morbidly Obese America
A while back, I was accused of anti-Americanism by a parishioner of St. Blog's Parish. I countered that I loved my mother, America, but that she was morbidly obese and I simply wanted her to go on a radical diet and lose weight lest she die! Now, finally there is a man ─ a medical doctor no less! ─ who can give my mother the treatment she needs: Dr. Ron Paul.
Our Culture's Serial Monogamy Can Be Fatal to Children
Korea Has Lost Her Way
If anti-modernist screeds are your thing, you might find my latest offering for The Seoul Times right up your alley ─ O Korea, Turn Back to the Tao. The article begins with a meditation on the above-pictured "Taegukki (太極旗), the national flag of the Republic of Korea, [which] is perhaps the world's most beautiful... [and] certainly the world's most philosophical."
I submitted the article last week. Had I written it this week, I'd have included a bit of wisdom gleaned from a conversation with a Ph.D. candidate, a mechanical engineer who has not lost touch with the Tao; he explained that the Korean educational system ─ with its exclusive focus on testing and ranking ─ results in a society obsessed with salary figures and stock returns.
You Look Like a Million Bucks, Mr. President
Were America to print a $1,000,000 bill, she could do no better than to grace it with the image of fellow Buffalonian Grover Cleveland; the last Jeffersonian to sit in the White House, he "opposed imperialism, taxes, corruption, patronage, subsidies and inflationary policies, while adhering to the principles of classical liberalism" ─ Man tries to deposit fake $1M bill.
"I Dread Our Own Power and Our Own Ambition"
- Among precautions against ambition, it may not be amiss to take one against our own. I must fairly say I dread our own power and our own ambition. I dread our being too much dreaded.... Sooner or later, this state of things must produce a combination against us which may end in our ruin.
"Buy Gold, Young Man, Buy Gold"
Yong-in City Has Some Architecturally-Sound Parishes
"Meet the Only Two Candidates Worse Than Bush and Cheney"
- Both Hillary and Rudy are creatures of ambition, not of principle. Both are one up on Karl Marx. Marx said truth serves class interests. For Hillary and Rudy, truth is what serves their individual interests. They both wear black hats, and the horse they ride is called power.
Yet in November polls, Republicans prefer Giuliani by a margin of five or six to one over Ron Paul, the only principled Republican candidate and a person who without any doubt believes in the Constitution and would protect it.
Democrats prefer Hillary by a margin of twenty to one over Dennis Kucinich, the only member of Congress sufficiently concerned and courageous to introduce impeachment against the notorious war criminal Dick Cheney. By margins as much as forty-four to one, Democrats prefer Hillary to Senator Christopher Dodd, who promises to give America back its Constitution in the first hour of his administration. Former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel does not even register in the polls.
Obviously, the American people haven't a clue...
Filosofía de la historia en Christopher Dawson
- Even though he says in "Progress and Religion" that the new synthesis of modern man is superior in relation to the physical world compared to the synthesis of the 13th century, in its totality it is inferior. Human beings not only lost their central place in the universe as the link between the superior reality of the spirit and the inferior reality of matter, but "they were left in danger of being expelled from the intelligible order." This is due to the fact that the universe is conceived as a closed mechanical order, governed by mathematical laws, in which there is no room for the spiritual and moral values that were previously considered as the absolute reality.
However, Dawson's critique of modern culture does not imply -- thanks to human freedom -- an irreversible or a predetermined process. As with everything human, its persistence or defeat depends on human will. Nor does this necessarily imply a regress in the field of scientific and technological advances. On the contrary, considering them as positive results of the civilization in which they came to light, the Christian one, they are elements, among many, to be reintegrated into a search for a spiritual unity of culture.
Congratulations, Im Kwon-taek
The Father of Medicine Was Right About Abortion
- The doctors remind the Association that the 2,500-year-old Hippocratic Oath exists to resist the moral fashions of the times, which have often been a threat to the dignity of human life. They wish to avoid "the subjection of this Code to a changing 'ethic', molded to the taste of the interests, conveniences, ideologies or convictions of those who happen to have power or influence at the time."
Dorothy Day as Trojan Horse
The Church and Palestine
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Servant of God Dorothy Day, Pray for Us
Intermediate Technology and Free Markets
Entangling Alliance in the Works
Is the Pope the Last Hope for Peace?
The rest of the article is fascinating. We learn of "a Nov. 16, 1561, letter in Latin from Pope Pius V to Shah Tahmasp I" and that "only the Dominican Republic has more diplomats accredited to the Holy See." Down the memory hole for many is the fact that "the current Pope was firmly behind John Paul II's opposition to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq." Also mentioned is that "Catholicism and Shi'a Islam have a surprisingly similar structure and approach to their different faiths."
[link via Lew Rockwell.com Blog]
Peak Oil Gets Even Crunchier
The Science of Life
- Despite what many refer to as the "debate" over when a human being begins to exist, the facts have been known for more than a hundred and thirty years. In 1875, the German zoologist Oskar Hertwig showed definitively that penetration of a spermatozoon into an ovum was the beginning of independent life and that the terms "conception" and "fertilization" are therefore interchangeable terms.
"Democratism, the Gospel of George W. Bush"
Yong-in City's Songjeon Catholic Parish
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Charity Toward the North
The De-Catholicization of Buffalo
So Much for Max Weber
Hope for Korea
The Paleoconservative and the Progressive
- Pat Buchanan is too patriotic to come right out and say it, but the message of his new book, Day of Reckoning, is that America as we have known her is finished. Moreover, Naomi Wolf agrees with him. These two writers of different political persuasions arrive at America's demise from different directions.
Buchanan explains how hubris, ideology, and greed have torn America apart. A neoconservative cabal with an alien agenda captured the Bush administration and committed American blood, energy, and money to aggression against Muslim countries in the Middle East, while permitting America's domestic borders to be overrun by immigrants and exporting the jobs that had made the US an opportunity society. War and offshoring have taken a savage economic toll while open borders and diversity have created social and political division.
In her new book, End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot, Wolf explains America's demise in terms of the erosion of freedoms. She writes that the ten classic steps that are used to close open societies are currently being taken in the US. Martial law is only a declaration away.
How North America Could Have Been
Monday, November 26, 2007
From Bodhisattva to Catholic Saint
Not until after finishing the article a few hours ago did I realize that I have adopted the "reader responsible" discourse style of the East, i.e., I do not present my thesis and give examples supporting it as in the "writer responsible" discourse style of the West. In other words, I expect my reader to be intelligent enough to figure out what I'm saying without having to beat him over the head. That said, I expect both theological liberals and theological conservatives to be unhappy with what I say.
Back to discourse styles, I find it strange that I should have unconsciously adopted an Asian discourse style even though I read nothing in any non-European language and continuously teach students to adopt the Western style. Perhaps more than a decade in the Far East has taken its toll. Or perhaps it is an Asian cognitive pattern that led me to come to this continent in the first place.
What do Pat Buchanan and Naomi Wolf Have in Common?
Conservatives Against Atomic Mass Murder
Stable and Unstable Verbs
- The Harvard researchers specifically studied the roots of English, tracing verb conjugations in the language from the time of Beowulf 1,200 years ago through Shakespeare in the 16th century to its current form. Over the years, several past tense forms of verbs have died out in English and now only one persists as a rule: adding "-ed" to the end of verbs. (Verbs that end in "-ed" in their past tense form "regular verbs" in modern English.)
Researchers scoured grammatical texts dating back to the days of Old English, cataloguing all the irregular verbs they came across. Among them: the still irregular "sing" / "sang," "go" / "went" as well as the since-regularized "smite" which once was "smote" in Old English but since has become "smited," and "slink," which is now "slinked" but 1,200 years ago was "slunk." They located 177 verbs that were irregular in Old English and 145 that were still irregular in Middle English; today, only 98 of the 177 verbs have not been "regularized.'"
After calculating the frequency of use of each of the 177 irregular Old English verbs, researchers determined that the words that evolved most quickly into regular conjugational forms were used significantly less than those that went unchanged over time. In fact, their statistical analysis determined that given two verbs, if one was used 100 times less frequently than the other, it would evolve 10 times faster than the verb employed more often. They predict the next verb to fall into line will be wed, the past tense of which will regularize from wed to wedded.
Agrarianism vs. Environmentalism
- We never talk, though, about “the environment” or “global warming” or “greenhouse gases” or “carbon emissions.” More often than not, the people who chatter on endlessly about such things would have to answer “How’s your garden doing this year?” with “I don’t have a garden.” Too busy worrying about “the environment” while spending most of their day engaged in activities that increase carbon emissions and greenhouse gases, they do not have any time left to spend with, and in, nature. They have never consciously reduced nature to the abstraction of “the environment”; the very structure of their lives has done it for them.
A Call to End the Petrodollar
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Yours Truly Coming to the Defense of Mike Huckabee (With the Help of William Jennings Bryan, William Saleten, and Steve Sailor)
I titled my comment So He's Against Social Darwinism:
- Just like the Progressive William Jennings Bryan, who argued in the Scopes Monkey Trial that evolution meant elevating "supposedly superior intellects," "eliminating the weak," "paralyzing the hope of reform," jeopardizing "the doctrine of brotherhood," and undermining "the sympathetic activities of a civilized society."
As you know, I support Dr. Ron Paul, but I feel no enmity toward The Other Man From Hope, although I disagree with him on many issues.
Family vs. Peak Oil
The Church Cracks Down on Naju
- We reaffirm that the gatherings and rituals held arbitrarily by Julia Yoon and her associates at St. Mary's Garden and the so-called 'shrine' have nothing to do with the Catholic faith.
Allegations and propaganda about the so-called 'miracles' or 'revelations' have nothing to do with the Catholic Church. We make it clear that visits to, and rituals at, those places by priests, monks or believers from any diocese violate Catholic canon law. The church bans all priests, monks and believers from visiting those places and officiating or participating in any kinds of rituals there.
Are Things Improving in Iraq?
I feel as I did after the war began; I was opposed to it from the beginning, but in the first weeks welcomed what seemed to be good news (Dios eſcrive derecho con lineas torcidas ─ God writes straight with crooked lines). But having seen my optimism crushed in '04, I remain pessimistic. We should leave.
These links today from the venerable Antiwar.com give fuel to my pessimism ─ Bin Laden talks of victory, not defeat and Sleight of Hand Surge.
As many as ten million were murdered in this attempt to wipe out private property and immanentize the eschaton. I suspect this atrocity does not provoke the outrage it should because it was a sacrificial offering to the false god Égalité, to whom most moderns pay homage.
The Grey Lady on John Gray
- In the early 1980s, Gray, who teaches European thought at the London School of Economics, was the most capable defender of Friedrich von Hayek as a social philosopher rather than just a propagandist for free-market policy. But he later became decidedly critical of any notion that the future belonged to liberal democracy. In 1989, as the Soviet Union was reforming itself out of existence, he wrote that this would not inaugurate “a new era of post-historical harmony” but rather “a return to the classical terrain of history, a terrain of great-power rivalries, secret diplomacies, and irredentist claims and wars.” Over the following decade, he advanced a critique of globalization that sounded, at times, profoundly anticapitalist, if by no means Marxian.
- The irreducible plurality of human “needs and illusions,” Gray argues, means it is utopian to imagine that any single kind of political or social order could ever be good for everyone. “If there is such a thing as spontaneous social evolution,” he writes in “Black Mass,” “it produces institutions of many kinds.”
Alas, conservatives have completely lost track of this crucial point, at least by Gray’s lights, which is why “traditional conservatism ceased to exist” at some point over the last few decades. What has emerged instead is a faith that the marketplace and the values of liberal society are universal in principle, if not yet in geographical distribution. Resistance is futile. And if people in benighted lands resist anyway, the use of military power can force the pace of progress.
The likely (indeed almost inevitable) consequence of doing so would be a cruel parody of the norms being exported. “Illiberal democracy,” Gray writes, “rests on the belief that the common good is self-evident. Everyone who is not deluded or corrupt will support the same policies so there will be no need to protect personal freedom or the rights of minorities. It is enough that the popular will, which is identical with the common good, can be fully expressed.” Thus the heirs of Rousseau will join hands with those of bin Laden, to dance around a bonfire consuming the intractable variousness of human notions of “the good.”
Be sure to read the rest of the review; you won't be disappointed. The book ─ Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia.
Pederasty Returns to Afghanistan
Friday, November 23, 2007
God Is Kind, Not Nice
- Oddly, the guardians of niceness invoke Jesus against those who speak in His name. One wonders where they get this Jesus, whether they draw their image of him from Jefferson’s reduction of the Gospels instead of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Theirs is not the Jesus who called the scribes and Pharisees hypocrites, who cleansed the temple with a whip, who told the woman taken in adultery to sin no more, who charged the rich, young ruler to sell all he had, give to the poor, and “follow me,” or who said, “if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out.” Their Jesus came not to bring a sword, but peace.
Labels: The Catholic Faith
Contemporary Korean Traditional Music
So-Called Persistent So-Called Vegetative So-Called State
A Schumacherian Appreciation of Ron Paul
- The usual neoconservative and neoliberal suspects have been informing us lately that Dr. Ron Paul is a "crank." "Well, you have to remember that a crank is small, safe, cheap, comprehensible, nonviolent, and efficient, a perfect tool for intermediate technology," said E.F. Schumacher responding to the same charge, as reported by Kirkpatrick Sale in his preface to the 1989 edition of Small Is Beautiful. The Good Doctor, too, is "small, safe, cheap, comprehensible, nonviolent, and efficient." Paul is Beautiful.
How Would Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu Conduct Foreign Policy?
Passing the Gauntlet
Thursday, November 22, 2007
If Israel Can Live With Iranian Nukes, Why Can't We?
Subsidiarity Against AIDS
Shame on Seoul
Catholicism and Science
Dr. Thomas Fleming Is Back from France
- I find my own country an alien place inhabited by people who think Letterman is funny and Charles Krauthammer profound. Some of them even used to think George W. Bush is heroic for talking tough on terrorism. I no longer fear estrangement, as I used to, from the world around me. When the city of man is in collapse, our hearts are more inclined to the city of God.
Ron Paul and Catholic Social Teaching
- Ron Paul (R): 99 points
Alan Keyes (R): 70 (not on the ballot in all states)
Mike Huckabee (R): 69
Duncan Hunter (R): 50
Tom Tancredo (R): 48
John McCain (R): 36
Chris Dodd (D): 25
Dennis Kucinich (D): 22
Mitt Romney (R): 10
Joe Biden (D): 5
Fred Thompson (R): 4
Hillary Clinton (D): (-11)
John Edwards (D): (-13)
Bill Richardson (D): (-15)
Barack Obama (D): (-15)
Rudy Giuliani (R): (-28)
The Conservative Fascination with Homosexuality
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
The End of Dollar Hegemony
Hatred and Hate Crimes Legislation
Stephen Hand on Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
Libertas et Caritas
A Brief History of Catholic Nagasaki
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
The Reform of the Reform Is Underway
War on Iran Is Anything but Conservative
North Korea's Unholy Trinity
A Glimmer of Hope for Iraq's Christians
Christian Charity Toward Both Victims of Abortion
This is a case of the chickens coming home to roost:
- Brian Clowes, writing for Human Life International, declares "if a government promotes 'family planning' for decades, if it drills into the people's heads the idea that children are messy, noisy, expensive, and bad for the environment, once it has promoted and funded millions and millions of abortions, there is really no way back."
He cites as most problematic young Japanese women's aversion to marriage. Seventy percent of young single women say they have no intention of getting married.
"The only solution to the plague of depopulation is to rekindle the love of God and children in the people's hearts. The Japanese must undo three decades of anti-natalist propaganda with an intensive program of teaching the people the value of family, the beauty and joy that children provide, and the satisfaction of fidelity to a husband or a wife until death," Clowes writes.
Blessed War Resister
- Franz would have been 100 years old had he lived to see his giant-sized photo raised behind the main altar of the Cathedral in Linz, Austria the 26th of October, 2007, to the applause of some 5,000 people, including several Cardinals and dozens of Bishops. Most of these are the successors to those Austrian prelates who "were not given the grace"– as Franz often observed -- to refuse to cooperate with the Nazi Regime.
Peter Hitchens in North Korea
Norman Mailer, Self-Described Left-Medievalist
- Three months before the Americans committed their greatest foreign policy blunder ever, I had gone up to Cape Cod to interview my friend of fifty years, Norman Mailer. Towards the end of his life Norman called himself a Left- Conservative, and went as far as to agree that losing one’s culture through immigration was not a good thing. But he remained adamant about the evils of American corporations. He blamed them for making America an uglier place to live in since World War II, a country full of “50 - story high-rise architecture as inspired in form as a Kleenex box, shopping malls encircled by low level condominiums, superhighways that homogenise our landscapes, and plastic, ubiquitous plastic, there to numb an infant’s tactile senses.” He told me he was opposed to the notion of an American Empire because of the all-pervasive aesthetic emptiness of the most powerful Americans corporations. “There are no cathedrals left for the poor - only sixteen-story urban renewal housing projects that sit on the soul like jail. Sometimes I am tempted to think that I am not so much a left-conservative as a left-medievalist.”
The End of Embryonic Stem Cell Research
- Professor Ian Wilmut, of Edinburgh University, believes a rival method developed in Japan holds the key to curing serious medical conditions.
The new method creates stem cells from fragments of skin and could remove the need to use human embryos.
Dr. Ron Paul and the Common Good
Monday, November 19, 2007
The Rehabilitation of the Sage
The Basic Unit of Society
South Korean National Assembly Fails to Enshrine Homosexuality
Professor Gill is referring to the Anti-Discrimination Act, which the South Korean National Assembly passed, but only with the removal of references to what moderns call "gender minorities." An earlier petition from the Assembly of Scientists Against Embryonic Cloning stated that if the originally worded law had passed, "homosexuals will try to seduce everyone, including adolescents; victims will be forced to become homosexuals; and sexual harassment by homosexuals will increase."
The above quotes probably lose a bit of nuance in translation, but Professor Gill and the Assembly of Scientists Against Embryonic Cloning are right. Whenever Equality is enforced, this is the result: All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. Let us remember the stark choice Erik Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn (1909–1999) described: Liberty or Equality.
[link via The Marmot's Hole]
Austrian Bishops Turned Away from the Wailing Wall
Ron Paul's Got Seoul
Wisdom from the Sage of Kentucky
You Can't Go Home Again
- I mentioned in an earlier post my frustration with the changes that have occurred over the last two years in my home and my disappointment with the pace at which ordinary, otherwise good people have accepted - lock, stock and barrel - the lifestyle of the empire. By that I mean of course the live for now consumerism that so defines "American" culture. The sort of thing that allows a person to be happy selling their soul for a mortgage in a subdivision, commuting a hour or more to a job that keeps them away from the important things in life, i.e. home and family. I am talking about the sort of attitude that sees nothing wrong with blind loyalty to an institution that no longer follows its own rules or serves the people that it was created to serve. Yes I am talking about a people forsaking wholesale the legacy their ancestors bequeathed them in in turn accepting the lifestyle and values of their conquerors.
- The British Empire may annex what it likes, it will never annex England. It has not even discovered the island, let alone conquered it.
Steve Sailer on Bob Marley
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Woman Who Prays Always
I'll repost my year-old report on my disappointing visit to her national shrine ─ An American(ist) Shrine:
- Today is the memorial of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne. Less than a year ago, I chanced upon The Shrine of St. Philippine Duchesne on a drive through Missouri. Devotional feelings surged when I approached this imposing, if austere, 19th Century church:
Alas, it was next to impossible to maintain any religious sentiments after opening the door and walking into the "renovated" shrine, complete with AmChurch felt banners and modernistic stained-glass windows:
All I could muster were a few perfunctory prayers. Is that the purpose of modernistic church architecture, to deaden our religious feelings? I know I'm not the only one to smell brimstone. It is helpful to remember that today's saint's patronage includes "opposition of Church authorities" and also to remember the opposition, often from church authorities, to those of us resisting the desacralization of Sancta Mater Ecclesia as exemplified by the interior of that shrine. Let us invoke her intercession:
Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne
Pray For Us
My Appreciation of the Church in Korea
Politricks As Usual
Friday, November 16, 2007
La folia y la viola da gamba
- Tous Les Matins du Monde - Improvisation sur les Folies
- Diego Ortiz Recercada Ottava (Folia)
Give Peace a Chance
Eumseong County's Samseong Catholic Parish
Lions For Lambs Panned
Ron Paul's Non-Interventionism
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Will the Generals Prevent the Next Preventative War?
- The Democratic Congress, cowed by the Israel lobby and terrified of appearing weak on defense before the presidential elections, will do nothing to halt an attack. The media, especially the electronic press, is working overtime to whip up fear of a nuclear Iran and tar Tehran with abetting attacks against American troops in Iraq. The American public is complacent, unsure of what to believe, knocked off balance by fear and passive. We will be saved or doomed by our generals.
[link via A conservative blog for peace]
Jews Spitting on Christians in Jerusalem
- The statement followed a brawl between an orthodox Jewish yeshiva (religious school) student and an Armenian archbishop.
They clashed in Jerusalem's Old City after the student spat at a cross being carried by the clergyman during a procession near the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Archbishop Nourhan Manougian slapped the student and in the ensuing scuffle, his 17th century ceremonial medallion was broken.
[link via New Oxford Review]
Speaking Truth to Power About Korean Reunification
- For six decades, the myth of unification as Korea's supreme goal has been enshrined in the official mythology of both nations. The lip service to this myth is still paid by virtually all political forces in both Koreas, but the actual policy of both Pyongyang and Seoul nowadays is clearly based on a very different set of assumptions and hopes: both sides try to avoid situations which might lead to unification.
(1) "Perhaps nowhere in the world one can find two neighboring countries whose income levels would be so vastly different - and in this case the two countries happen to speak the same language."
(2) "South Korean politicians are doing everything possible to support the dictatorship in Pyongyang, assuming that 'stability' in the North is necessary for South Korean economic prosperity."
(3) "North Korean leaders have made a rational decision: to keep stability and their own privileges, in recent years they have used foreign aid to roll back the changes which happened in the mid-1990s."
(4) "Despite the government's resistance to reform, the North Korean system is gradually crumbling from below, and this slow-motion disintegration might turn into an uncontrollable collapse in any moment."
(5) "Alas, any open media discussion of this subject remains taboo in the South."
(6) "It is not incidental that North Korean officials and guides in Pyongyang ask one foreign visitor after another about the fate of former East German bureaucrats."
Prof. Lankov advocates a "provisional confederation" to which "only a post-Kim government can be realistically expected to agree." It will be necessary "to control cross-border movement." Also necessary will be "unconditional amnesties to all Koreans," "large admission quotas for North Korean youngsters at major South Korean universities" and other "affirmative actions."
Concludes the venerable professor, "The current policy of Seoul administrations merely helps to postpone the problems created by Korea's division, and the disastrous choices made by the North half of the country."
[link via The Marmot's Hole]
Mearsheimer and Walt’s Exposé Reviewed
North Korea's Anti-Distributivism
Healing the Great Schism of 1054
"Israeli State Eroticism"
"Ron Paul for John Paul"
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
My Thoughts on Confucianism and Catholicism
The Founding Fathers Endorse Ron Paul
Kwon Young-ghil for President!
For why Americans should hope that both Mr. Kwon and Dr. Ron Paul can work together to get the USFK off this peninsula after more than six decades, you need go no further than this article by yours truly─America's Entangling East Asian Alliances. As a permanent resident, I'm able to vote locally, not nationally in Korea (the exact opposite is true for America), and I plan to vote a straight DLP ticket.
Our Lady of Naju on Television
Shortly after I was received into the Catholic Church here in Korea, our parish priest read a letter from the bishops advising the faithful to take no interest in the events in Naju. That, of course, is the correct course of action for the bishops to take, until the claims can be substantiated, which to my knowledge they have not yet been. Still, I hold out hope that Korea might have been the location of a Marian apparition. In fact, I've been thinking about visiting Naju.
The Li of Summorum Pontificum
Kill, Kill, Kill, Kill, Kill the Poor
- I don't think you are going to go very far in reforming the country until we have a better educated, healthier, wealthier population.... Start immediately to eliminate the barely educated, unhealthy and poor segment of our country [through abortion].... There, I've said it. It's what we all know is true, but we only whisper it, because as liberals who believe in individual rights, we view any program which might treat the disadvantaged differently as discriminatory, mean-spirited and...well...so Republican.
Jubilee Year and Sesquicentennial
Media Compliance With the Culture of Death
Blessed Ceferino Namuncurá
One of the highlights of my student days in Chile was a pow-wow of sorts of The Mapuche Nation to which I was somehow invited. It was oddly very similar to the pow-wows of The Seneca Nation Of Indians near where I grew up.
The Beatification of a War Resister
Corporatism = Socialism
Asan City's Gongseri Catholic Parish
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
My New Article on Ron Paul's Marketing Secret
Priests vs. The Republic of Samsung
- The Catholic Priests' Association for Justice (CPAJ) disclosed the names of the three in a press conference in Seoul Monday, urging the prosecution to investigate the conglomerate's alleged bribery, slush fund creation, and other irregularities.
The priests also disclosed an alleged Samsung internal document, which recorded the wealth accumulation history of the group chairman's only son Jae-yong, including his purchase of stocks of S1, Samsung Engineering and Cheil Communications.
The CPAJ claimed Samsung systematically helped Jae-yong take control of the group through illegal stock and convertible bond (CB) deals. It said the document was made in 2000.
The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Carmel in Tianjiajing
Korean Race Suicide Slows in the Year of the Golden Pig
Monday, November 12, 2007
Classical Liberals Get a Patron
- He was a dyed-in-the-wool liberal during a period – the mid-19th century – when liberalism, for the Church, was synonymous with the devil. In his book "Filosofia della politica [Philosophy of Politics]," Rosmini expresses his admiration for "Democracy in America," the masterpiece of his contemporary Alexis de Tocqueville, a founding father of faith-friendly liberalism.
Rosmini anticipated by more than a century the statements on religious freedom affirmed by Vatican Council II. He was a critic of Catholicism as a "religion of the state." He was a tireless defender of the freedom of citizens and of "intermediate bodies" against the abuses of an omnipotent state.
It is not surprising, therefore, that those spreading Rosmini's thought in the Catholic camp today are above all the proponents of a form of liberalism open to religion, which in Europe has its leading figures in the "Vienna school" of Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich von Hayek.
Joy Osmanski's Newest Fan
I don't watch television and have never seen her work, and I've only heard of her a few minutes ago, but I'm now a fan. Her face has that quirky, unique beauty I've always found attractive. She could never make it here; she's not "white" enough and her face just isn't plastic enough, i.e., no double eyelids. But Koreans will laud her success abroad, just as they did with that of Sandra Oh.
And her family name is interesting; might it have something to do with The Ottomans?
¡Viva el Rey!
"Towards Peace in Korea"
Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith Patabendige on the Rebellion Within
- The Church cannot be the arena of confusion, philosophical or moral relativism, sophistry and casuistic dilution of the revealed truth which is the foundation of its Credo, the Word of God as revealed in the Sacred Scriptures and the Tradition of the Church and interpreted by the official magisterium of the Church and open dissent or public debate even in the name of the freedom of theological research.
My mind goes back to the story of the construction or shall we say the attempted construction of the Tower of Babel. Its constructors felt confident that they could scale the heavens with their own resources and strength without God. Hasn’t that same spirit re-appeared perhaps in a more sophisticated form in the world and the Church today?
Labels: The Catholic Faith
Brother Nimo on State Control
The Decline of Buddhism in America
- One estimate puts the average age of Buddhist converts (about a third of the American Buddhist population) at upwards of 50. This means that the religion is almost certain to see its numbers reduced over the next generation as boomer Buddhists begin to die off without having passed their faith along to their children...
The basic problem is that non-Asian converts tend not to regard what they practice as a religion. From the beginning, Buddhism has been seen in its American incarnation not as an alternative religion, but as an alternative to religion.
Wisdom from the Late Norman Mailer
- The idea that a very rich man should not make 4,000 times as much in a year as a poor man. On the other hand, I am not a liberal. The notion that man is a rational creature who arrives at reasonable solutions to knotty problems is much in doubt as far as I’m concerned. Liberalism depends all too much on having an optimistic view of human nature. But the history of the 20th century has not exactly fortified that notion. Moreover, liberalism also depends too much upon reason rather than any appreciation of mystery. If you start to talk about God with the average good liberal, he looks at you as if you are more than a little off. In that sense, since I happen to be—I hate to use the word religious, there are so many heavy dull connotations, so many pious self-seeking aspects—but I do believe there is a Creator who is active in human affairs and is endangered. I also believe there is a Devil who is equally active in our existence (and is all too often successful). So, I can hardly be a liberal. God is bad enough for them, but talk about the devil, and the liberal’s mind is blown. He is consorting with a fellow who is irrational if not insane. That is the end of real conversation.
On the other hand, conservatism has its own deep ditches, its unclimbable walls, its immutable old ideas sealed in concrete. But lately, there are two profoundly different kinds of conservatives emerging, as different in their way as the communists and the socialists were before and after 1917, yes, two types of conservatives in America now. What I call “value conservatives” because they believe in what most people think of as the standard conservative values—family, home, faith, hard work, duty, allegiance—dependable human virtues. And then there are what I call “flag conservatives,” of whom obviously the present administration would be the perfect example.
I don’t think flag conservatives give a real damn about conservative values. They use the words. They certainly use the flag. They love words like “evil.” One of Bush’s worst faults in rhetoric (to dip into that cornucopia) is to use the word “evil” as if it were a button he can touch to increase his power. When people are sick and have an IV tube put in them to feed a narcotic painkiller on demand, a few keep pressing that button. Bush uses evil as his hot button for the American public. Any man who can employ that word 15 times in five minutes is not a conservative. Not a value conservative. A flag conservative is another matter. They rely on manipulation. What they want is power. They believe in America. That they do. They believe this country is the only hope of the world and they feel that this country is becoming more and more powerful on the one hand, but on the other, is rapidly growing more dissolute. And so the only solution for it is empire, World Empire. Behind the whole thing in Iraq is the desire to have a huge military presence in the near-East as a stepping stone for eventually taking over the world. Once we become a twenty-first century version of the old Roman Empire, then moral reform will come into the picture. The military is obviously more puritanical than the entertainment media. Soldiers can, of course, be wilder than anyone, but the overhead command is a major pressure on soldiers, and it is not permissive.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Tomorrow Is Martinmas and Armistice Day
Quixotic Dr. Paul
Out of Africa
Ron Paul on the Monetary System and Abortion
Blessed Bartolomé Blanco Márquez
- My sentence before the court of mankind will be my soundest defense before God's court; in their effort to revile me, they have ennobled me; in trying to sentence me, they have absolved me, and by attempting to lose me, they have saved me. Do you see what I mean? Why, of course! Because in killing me, they grant me true life and in condemning me for always upholding the highest ideals of religion, country and family, they swing open before me the doors of heaven.
Welcome to South Korea
- In the year Lee arrived, Ha Ri-su, a Korean transgender entertainer, was the talk of the town. But Lee couldn’t converse about the subject. He did not understand the word “transgender” and felt humiliated for his ignorance.
Der Speigel on America's Decline
Friday, November 9, 2007
"Wars Are the Death of Republics"
Parents These Days
Anti-Distributivism in North Korea
|Your Inner European is Dutch!|
Open minded and tolerant.
You're up for just about anything.
[link via Crunchy Con]
Ron Paul in the "Live Free or Die" State
The De-Christianization of Iraq
"The dollar’s status as a cheaply-produced US export is a vital part of our economy," notes author Jessica Hupp. "Losing this status could rock the financial lives of both Americans and the worldwide economy."
Fox's Faux Conservatism
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Catholicism, Capitalism, Consumerism
The Real Anti-Americans
Don't Count the Japanese Out Just Yet
Who Are These Neocons?
- The first generation of neoconservatives were a group of close-knit New York intellectuals, mostly Jewish, with roots in the political left of the 1930s and 1940s. Initially they were described as "right-wing liberals" and "new conservatives" before "neoconservatism" became the settled appellation in the 1970s. The name is an indication of their origins on the political left, as many had begun as Social Democrats or even Trotskyists...
Dollar and Empire
It looks like some insiders are standing to make a killing─Did Cheney Bet Against The Dollar?
Confucian Capitalism Here in Pohang
The History of Thanksgiving
Bioethics in the News
And Dr. Leon Kass says 632 A.F. is just around the corner─“Train to Huxley's Dehumanized Brave New World has Already Left the Station”.
Ron Paul, a Uniter Not a Divider
- What I find energizing is how Paul has managed to talk many on the "left" into appreciating the benefits of smaller government and limiting executive power. What they now share with the paleocons and the crunchy cons and the conservatives of doubt is a resistance to and skepticism of the imperial impulse to control countries we do not understand and to indefinitely occupy whole regions of the world to defend ourselves against an enemy that knows no geographical boundaries.
Labels: America the Beautiful, Governance, Leftism, Neoconnerie, Paleoconservatism, Paleolibertarianism, Paleoprogressivism, Politics, Republic Not Empire, Retroprogressivism, Ron Paul for President, Ugly America, War and Rumors of War
Pat Robertson Sells His Soul
Confucian Catholic Vocations in Asia
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Peking and Bombay Are Fine Names, as Are Moscow, Prague, Rome...
[link via The New Beginning]
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
The Ron Paul International Brigades
Ron Paul and Korea
German Malt Liquor Is Still Malt Liquor
Enola Gay Pilot Paul W. Tibbets, Jr., Was Wrong
- Take, for example, Adm. William Leahy, White House chief of staff and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the war. Leahy wrote in his 1950 memoirs that "the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender." Moreover, Leahy continued, "[I]n being the first to use it, we had adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages. I was not taught to make war in that fashion, and wars cannot be won by destroying women and children."
President Eisenhower, the Allied commander in Europe during World War II, recalled in 1963, as he did on several other occasions, that he had opposed using the atomic bomb on Japan during a July 1945 meeting with Secretary of War Henry Stimson: "I told him I was against it on two counts. First, the Japanese were ready to surrender and it wasn't necessary to hit them with that awful thing. Second, I hated to see our country be the first to use such a weapon."
Adm. William "Bull" Halsey, the tough and outspoken commander of the U.S. Third Fleet, which participated in the American offensive against the Japanese home islands in the final months of the war, publicly stated in 1946 that "the first atomic bomb was an unnecessary experiment." The Japanese, he noted, had "put out a lot of peace feelers through Russia long before" the bomb was used.