Monday, November 30, 2009
Mr. Obama's Surge
Health Tip o' the Day
Blessed are the Peacemakers
- Vatican Aide: War Is Not Inevitable
- John Paul II Seen as Testimony of Peace
- Pontiff: Peace Is About More Than Avoiding War
Judge Napolitano on Military Tribunals
He reminds us that "the rules of war apply only to those involved in a lawfully declared war, and not to something that the government merely calls a war" anbd concludes, "If the president could declare war on any person or entity or group simply by calling his pursuit of them a 'war,' there would be no limit to the government's ability to use the tools of war to achieve its ends."
South Korea's Nascent Pro-Life Movement
- For nearly two decades, obstetrician Shim Sang-duk aborted as many babies as he delivered -- on average, one a day, month after month.
"Over time, I became emotionless," the physician said. "I came to see the results of my work as just a chunk of blood. During the operation, I felt the same as though I was treating scars or curing diseases."
Shim, 42, eventually came to despise himself, despite the money he earned from the procedures. So, two months ago, he founded an activist group of physicians who refuse to perform abortions and advocate prosecution for doctors who continue to do so.
Unlike in America, where doctors have been threatened and even killed for performing abortions, Shim says he's received death threats for deciding to stop performing them.
Tridentine and Gregorian Happenings in Seoul
The Dear Leaders
Where Are You, Sam Adams?
Capital Punishment in North Korea
American Nukes in Japan
The Original Western Confucian's Impact
"Dozens of academics and educators from China, Taiwan, Singapore, Korea, Vietnam and Western countries gathered for three days, November 25 to 27 for this conference, entitled 'Revisiting the pedagogical models in the Jesuit tradition,'" the article informs us. It notes that "He Jianming, a professor at Renmin University in Beijing, sent a study that was read during the symposium" in which "he analyzes the Jesuit education in China up to before 1950." Said "study concludes that the goals of education offered by the Jesuits could also be used for education in China today," making note of "humanistic values, the study of languages, scientific studies and their impact on culture," as well as "the friendly relations between professors and students."
Mary and Manliness
Saint Andrew's Memorial and Novena
"He was crucified by the Romans in Greece on an X-shaped cross, which is now his distinctive symbol as well as the symbol of Scotland, of which he is the patron." The article informs us that "[s]ome of St. Andrew's remains were brought to Scotland in the fourth century though parts of his skeleton lie in the crypt of the cathedral in Amalfi, Italy, where they are removed twice a year and produce a clear, water like substance... called 'manna' is said to have miraculous attributes."
Last year, I wrote, "My Protestant parents gave me the middle name of Andrew when I was born, and I took that name upon being received into the Catholic Church, with my wife, on this day six years ago — My Name Day. Now seven. Click on that link for "various flags incorporating St. Andrew's Cross."
Pentimento informs us that she "will be praying the Saint Andrew novena this Advent season," which "involves saying the following prayer fifteen times a day, from Saint Andrew's feast day (which is tomorrow, November 30) until December 24" — Advent Novena:
- Hail, and blessed be the hour and moment at which the Son of God was born of a most pure Virgin in a stable at midnight in Bethlehem in the piercing cold. At that hour, vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, to hear my prayers and grant my desires (mention your intentions here). Through Jesus Christ and His Most Blessed Mother.
The Manger, First Paten for the Eucharist
Hard Truths About Messrs. Bushes' Wars
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Libera Sing Vaughan William's Sempiterna (Conditor Alme Siderum)
An Anti-Christian, Anti-Thoreauvian, and Anti-American Editorial
However, an important point is made in citing the Manhattan Declaration that "a Methodist institution was stripped of its tax-exempt status when it declined, as a matter of religious conscience, to permit a facility it owned and operated to be used for ceremonies blessing homosexual unions." Catholic Worker foundress Servant of God Dorothy Day had the wisest approach in simply refusing tax-exempt status altogether — Anarcho-Catholicism in a Nutshell:
- We believe also that the government has no right to legislate as to who can or who are to perform the Works of Mercy. Only accredited agencies have the status of tax-exempt institutions. After their application has been filed, and after investigation and long delays, clarifications, intercession, and urgings by lawyers - often an expensive and long-drawn-out procedure - this tax-exempt status is granted.
As personalists, as an unincorporated group, we will not apply for this "privilege." We have explained to our donors many times that they risk being taxed on the gifts they send us, and a few (I can only think of two right now) have turned away from us. God raises up for us many a Habakkuk to bring his pottage to us when we are in the lion's den, or about to be, like Daniel of old.
R.O.K.-U.S.A. F.T.A., D.O.A. & R.I.P.
- Despite plundering their colonies at gunpoint (for example, the Spanish Empire looted the gold from Latin America) and creating sheltered markets for their goods overseas (for example, British mercantilism), even the formal empires of old were not cost-effective, according to classical economists. The informal U.S. Empire that defends other countries abroad using alliances, military bases, the permanent stationing of U.S. troops on foreign soil, and profligate military interventions is even more cost-ineffective. U.S. forces cannot plunder, and rich allies, such as South Korea, excessively restrict their markets to U.S. goods and services.
The Fruits of South Korean Neo-Colonialism
These earlier posts on this blog provide the background — South Korea's Madagascar Land Grab / Imperial Korea? [Guest Column by Taru Taylor] / Malagasy Revolt / Korea's African Neocolonial Adventure Comes to an End.
War and Divorce
Bailouts for Bankers, Not for Old Folks
Perry Como Sings It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas, 1958
Secular songs like the one above are the bane of many Christians, and surprisingly even many Catholics, this time of year. I like them, though. They are an innocent reminder during Advent that Christmas is on the way, as are the lights, holly, and snowmen.
Below are some links to posts by Catholic bloggers on the season, with some select quotes and some of my thoughts as well:
- Like the Young Fogey, "I love Christmas including in its current form, while realizing "that this, right now, isn’t Christmas" — I love Christmas. How uncool. "So to those who grandstand about commercialism, neener," he writes. "It’s when mainstream society forgets its anti-Catholicism for a while; even hard-shell Protestants put up statues of Jesus and Mary." Ditto.
- A few days ago, Terry Nelson offered some ways to make the "the prep time to be as much fun as the season itself - which lasts from December 25 all the way to Candlemass - February 2" — Christmas is only a month away! I like that approach; remember the real season, but enjoy the lead-up time as well.
- "It may be 'beginning to look a lot like Christmas' where you live, especially if it's a commercial centre, but that's not the same as the liturgical slide into the Christmas season that is Advent," reminds Enbrethiliel— Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Advent. To those who grandstand about "put[ting] up the Christmas decorations on Christmas eve," as one blogger from "liturgically aware Catholic home" whom she quotes does, I say, "Good for you, but the Pope puts his up on the 17th or thereabouts."
- Henry Karlson reminds us that yesterday was "the day of great sacrifice, the day of great salvation," when "a great multitude of people will go out and celebrate their materialistic salvation, going forth to the altar of consumer sacrifice and giving generous donations to the gods of big business" — Welcome to Black Friday. I agree, but more for the sound economic reasons Gary North outlines — The Season For Thrift.
- Ryan W. McMaken brings to our attention "what is perhaps the first volley of the tiresome and overblown 'War on Christmas' war of words" and reminds of "the Christmas-themed culture war that the conservatives will subject us to yet again this year" — First Signs of the Yule Tide: “War on Christmas” Hysteria. "This is nonsense only Christians could come up with," says Michael J. Iafrate — ‘Tis the time to liberate, indeed! I agree, "tiresome," "overblown," and just plain "nonsense." I can hardly think of a worse way to spend the season than by getting puffed up and angry.
- Finally, Peter Kim brings us some good news of local interest (but not for me in the provinces) — Gregorian Chant Missa Cantata in Seoul - 2nd Sunday of Advent.
- Bill Moyers just produced a stunning TV show that reminds us that it was the same evolution into incoherence that led the president into the cul de sac in 1964 and 1965. He did this by going inside President Lyndon Johnson's head to examine how LBJ,s agonizing deliberations induced him to escalate in Vietnam, even though LBJ and some of his closest confidants, like Senator Richard Russell of Georgia, admitted to each other that the strategy was not likely to work. But it becomes clear that they were sucked into a cul de sac of acting against their better judgement by a fear that domestic political adversaries, particularly conservative Republican warmongers, like Senator Barry Goldwater, would accuse LBJ of cutting and running.
A Christmas Gift From the Pope
The Mandate of Heaven and Reform in China
- Our Western system of checks and balances has a built-in suspicion of government. The Chinese, on the other hand, presumably accept the legitimate authority of the state as one would an ancestral father or family.
I think, however, that modern China will adapt this Western "antagonistic" model to reform its own system. The Chinese state will have to face more antagonisms as the whole country opens up to the world and people see that the authority of the state can be illegitimate too.
America's Financial Crisis Writ Small
Lula Is Right
Patrick Buchanan on "Our New Battling Bishops"
Dubai For Sale?
Friday, November 27, 2009
The Beatles Perform Nowhere Man at the Budokan Hall, Tokyo, 1966
The above song, written about a former occupant of the Oval Office, comes to mind with this sad news about the current one, who, we should remember, was the "peace candidate" — Obama to unveil plan to add troops in Afghanistan.
Bill Kauffman made the same call a year-and-a-half ago (along with his other two main rivals at the time) — The Candidates from Nowhere. An excerpt:
- Barack Obama, lauded as the "world candidate," was born in Hawaii, a state that is only in the union because of its military significance. Raised also in Indonesia and at various times resident in Los Angeles, New York City, and finally Chicago, Obama is a "cosmopolitan," which by some lights means a sophisticate but which a character in Henry James's Portrait of Lady defined as "a little of everything and not much of any. I must say I think patriotism is like charity-it begins at home."
"Isolationist!" shriek the Thought Police if confronted by a James-like opinion. And in fact Senator Obama has said that "We cannot afford to be a country of isolationists right now." Then again, cosmopolitans think we can never afford to leave other countries alone and mind our own business. Because their business is our business. Or as Obama says, American security is "inextricably linked to the security of all people."
Obama's limitless internationalism is encapsulated in his statement that "When poor villagers in Indonesia have no choice but to send chickens to market infected with avian flu, it cannot be seen as a distant concern." This is, quite possibly, the most expansive definition ever essayed of the American national interest. It is a license for endless interventions in the affairs of other nations. It is a recipe for blundering into numberless wars-which will be fought, disproportionately, by those God & Guns small-town Americans evidently despised or pitied by Mr. Obama. It is redolent of the biblical assurance that not even a sparrow can fall to the earth unnoticed by God. The congruence of the roles of the deity and U.S. foreign policy in Obama's mind is not reassuring to those of us who desire peace and a modest role for the U.S. military.
Labels: Albion, America the Beautiful, Central Asia, Foreign Policy, Militarism, Nippon, Paleoconservatism, Peace, Places, Politricks, Popular Music, Republic Not Empire, The Beatles, War and Rumors of War
Seduction by False Marriage Promise Decriminalized in Korea
The Court's curious reasoning: "(The clause) is against gender equality, and under the purpose of protecting women, it denies their right to make their own sexual decisions." That is to say, "the clause is now seen as a by-product of a male-centered patriarchal society and as unfair since it only punishes men and views women as subjects to be protected."
It appears the fairer sex agitated for the law's scrapping: "Women activists have recently raised their voices against the clause, arguing it is outdated and biased. The Ministry of Gender Equality has also maintained that the clause is unconstitutional as it restricts the victims only to women, which could be seen as belittling women."
Dirge for the Burj
Mark Thornton looks at the possibility that "skyscrapers cause business cycles" — Skyscrapers and Business Cycles. "Andrew Lawrence created the 'skyscraper index' which purported to show that the building of the tallest skyscrapers is coincidental with business cycles, in that he found that the building of world's tallest building is a good proxy for dating the onset of major economic downturns."
Kyŏng Namchŏl Performs Hŭimori at the People's Orchestra 100th Anniversary Memorial Kayagŭm Concert in P'yŏngyang
Two From the Marmot on America, Her President, and Her Army
Steve Sailer on America and Goat Pasturage in the Hindu Kush
A Bishop Takes on the President
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Thanksgiving Day Reads
Osama Closer to Total Victory
- As the Obama White House is so deep in the red that even George W. Bush appears in hindsight to have been a model of frugality, it should be assumed that Obama’s "war of necessity" will not be fully funded by Congress. That means either borrowing from the Asians or just printing the money while watching the dollar slide down the toilet. It has to be assumed that the US Treasury will do a bit of both.
Korea's Abortion Culture
"There are few people who realize abortion is illegal," said Kwak Seung-jun, leader of the Presidential Council for Future and Vision. The current situation:
- Official data from the Ministry of Health indicates that doctors perform 350,000 abortions per year, while they deliver on average just 450,000 babies, meaning 43.7 percent of pregnancies end in abortion.
However, the actual number of abortions may be at least five times the official estimate. According to the Korea Times, Rep. Chang Yoon-seok of the ruling Grand National Party said that a National Assembly inspection in October found that the number of illegal abortions in Korea exceeds 1.5 million a year or roughly 4,000 babies aborted per day.
If the National Assembly's estimate is correct, the nation of 48 million commits approximately the same number of abortions as the United States, which has 300 million residents. Presuming the numbers of births recorded by the Health Ministry remains the same, that would mean approximately three out of four pregnancies in South Korea end in abortion.
In most cases, the law provides that abortion can only be performed in limited circumstances during the first 24 weeks of pregnancy: incest, rape, critical threats to the life of the mother and highly fatal genetic illnesses.
But South Korea's government has routinely left the law unenforced as only 4 percent of all abortions meet the legal criteria. Between September 2005 and September 2009, only 17 indictments for illegal abortion appeared in South Korea's criminal justice system.
Technically, there are penalties: women who seek elective abortions face a sentence of one year in jail or a fine of 2 million won ($1736 US). Abortionists can be sentenced to two years in prison. However all abortion providers operate in the open without any fear of punishment.
Catholic Teaching on Ordinary and Extraordinary Means
The Ordinary/Extraordinary Means distinction has it that "artificial nutrition and hydration" are ordinary means, and can neither be rejected nor denied, while artificial ventilation and other such measures are extraordinary means, and their withdrawal must be judged on a case by case basis.
Stay-at-Home Mothers, Not State Institutionalization!
The East Is Red, Again?
Cho Okchu of the P'yŏngyang Conservatory on the Korean Zither
America Could Be Worse
Let the "author whose defense of the downtrodden and veneration of the individual over the oppressive forces of society earned him fame and respect around the globe" rest in peace, without being coöpted by the State, I say.
By Americanism, we refer to that "group of related heresies which were defined as the endorsement of freedom of the press, liberalism, individualism, and complete separation of church and state... by and taught by many members of the Catholic hierarchy in the United States of America in the 1890s." Keep that in mind reading this excerpt from Mr. Magister's article:
- The issuing of the "Manhattan Declaration" has received extensive coverage in the media in the United States, without anyone protesting against this political "interference" by the Churches.
But that's just the way it is in the United States. There has always been a rigorous separation between religion and the state there. There are no concordats, and they're not even conceivable. But this is exactly why the Churches are seen as having the freedom to speak and act in the public sphere.
In Europe, the landscape is very different. Here "secularism" is understood and applied in conflict, either latent or explicit, with the Churches.
This may be another reason for the silence that in Europe, in Italy, in Rome, greeted the "Manhattan Declaration." It is held to be a typically American phenomenon, foreign to the European way of thinking.
A similar difference in approach concerns the denial of Eucharistic communion for pro-abortion Catholic politicians. In the United States, this controversy is extremely heated, while on the other side of the Atlantic it isn't. This difference in sensibilities also divides the hierarchy of the Catholic Church: in Europe and in Rome the question is practically ignored, left to the individual conscience.
But it most be noted out that something is changing on this point, even on the Old Continent. And not only because there is a pope like Benedict XVI, who has stated that he prefers the American model of relations between Church and state.
The last sentence hints at a topic which I've taken up before — Benedict in America. If I might quote myself, I began, "Perhaps not since Alexis de Tocqueville (1805–1859) visited our shores have we received as a guest from Europe so illustrious a proponent of Classical Liberalism as when Pope Benedict XVI arrives on April 15th."
And lest we be tempted to national pride, let us remember our forbears; the first article of the Magna Carta guarantees "that the English Church shall be free, and shall have its rights undiminished, and its liberties unimpaired." In other words, get the State out of our Church!
Scratch a Liberal... Find a Censor
I really have little idea who this new fellow is to whom Mr. Rutten is referring, ignoring as I do anyone from whom I never heard a peep during the previous régime, but I have posted video of the old fellow, who brings up some points as valid as they were seventy-three years ago — Father Coughlin Takes on the Fed and F.D.R.:
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Darwin and Sex
"Apparently Darwin did not wonder about it," she suggests. "Either it has not occurred to his followers that they have no explanation for the beginning of sexual differentiation into male and female, or they are deliberately ignoring it."
She continues, "If we accept evolutionary theory we are required to imagine that each animal that today reproduces sexually, in the distant past was going about its business of reproducing asexually, dividing and budding away, when all of a sudden it accidentally produced an egg and at the same time, in the same locale, another animal of the same species just happened to make a sperm cell."
The Beauty of the Korean Zither
Three Pieces of Sailerian Wisdom
Three on the Scam of the Millennium
Our Lord's Death Certificate?
- In the year 16 of the reign of the Emperor Tiberius Jesus the Nazarene, taken down in the early evening after having been condemned to death by a Roman judge because he was found guilty by a Hebrew authority, is hereby sent for burial with the obligation of being consigned to his family only after one full year.
Of course, the Shroud of Turin is not an article of faith, as the article reminds us: "The Catholic Church has never either endorsed the Turin Shroud or rejected it as inauthentic."
[link via front-porch anarchist]
Are the Chinese Thwarting Global Warming?
Koreans Protestant Missionaries Abroad
The Two Most Dangerous Women in America
Reports on Vatican "Condemnation" of Vampire Movie
Twilight of the U.S.A.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Il Giardino Armonico, Rameau's Pièces de clavecin en concert N° 3
Famime and Abundance in Ethiopia
Paradoxical, until one considers Amartya Sen's observation "that famine occurs not only from a lack of food, but from inequalities built into mechanisms for distributing food."
Natural Law Victories in the Great State of Maine
Some might see a contradiction here, but there is none; legislating gay "marriage" is every bit as tyrannical as denying a naturally growing herb to patients who could use it. In fact, it is more so.
Taoist, Tory... and Trappist
Blessed Miguel Pro Before the Firing Squad
Liberty vs. Leviathan posts the above image among others in remembrance of the "Jesuit priest and Christian martyr, executed November 23, 1927, on the orders of Mexican President Plutarco Elías Calles" for his "refusal to submit to the laws outlawing the practice of his Catholic faith" — ¡Viva Cristo Rey!
Mark Shea on the G.O.P. and Abortion
"I think no small part of the reason they keep guys like Ron Paul marginalized as lunatics is because the GOP would have no idea what to do with a candidate who really meant to end abortion by taking actual concrete steps to do so," continues Mr. Shea. "The GOP has made it abundantly clear that they have no intention of doing anything by talk and exploit the hopes of pro-life suckers who believe they care about them and their concerns."
An Agrarian, Anti-war, Anti-state Chinese Film?
Gautaman Bhaskaran reviews Mai tian (2009), which "tells the story of women left behind after their husbands are sent to war" — IFFI to Open on a Note of Visual Lyricism. A synposis:
- An interesting mix of visual lyricism, comedy and elements of Greek tragedy and popular Western, “Wheat” is set in the summer of 260 B.C., marked by wars among States that finally resulted in the unification of China under the Qin dynasty in 221 B.C.
The story takes place on the bloody aftermath of the Battle of Changping in which Qin’s forces killed almost half a million Zhao troops. He Ping stays clear of historical details and zooms in on two deserting soldiers who plan to return to their village to help women harvest the wheat crop. Narrowly escaping being beheaded by Qin’s army, the two soldiers find themselves among the women of Zhao.
Vive la France!
"What sets Anglos dancing with rage is more often France’s wartime record," says Mr. Stove, offering American "Fred Reed’s verdict on French military failure" as defense:
- I note ... that the French have Germany on their borders, a condition associated with military failure for everybody enjoying the same circumstances. Americans cannot always distinguish between military prowess and the Atlantic Ocean. In fact, a great many Americans cannot find the Atlantic Ocean.
Desconstructing Le Corbusier
Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the Musical
"Fela scares the hell out of me, [he was] a sacred monster, a megalomaniac who was all razor blades and coffee," says the man behind the musical, who "just didn't think that a white middle-class audience would be interested in a story of an African pot-smoking firebrand who made music with songs that were loud, long and aggressive." Here, a "loud, long and aggressive" performance of his:
An Inside Look at "Persistent Vegetative State"
"Anyone who bears the stamp of 'unconscious' just one time hardly ever gets rid of it again," said his doctor, "plans to use the case to highlight what he considers may be similar examples around the world." From the article:
- Supporters of euthanasia and assisted suicide argue that people who have lain in persistent vegetative states for years should be given the opportunity to have crucial medical support withdrawn because of the 'indignity' of their condition.
But there have been several cases in which people judged to be in vegetative states or deep comas have recovered.
Twenty years ago, Carrie Coons, an 86-year-old from New York, regained consciousness after a year, took small amounts of food by mouth and engaged in conversation.
Only days before her recovery, a judge had granted her family's request for the removal of the feeding tube which had been keeping her alive.
A Reeducation Camp for Catholics
Monday, November 23, 2009
Old Roman Chant
The American Powder Keg
AlterNet, on which the above was published, is a leftist site, but, as Glenn Greenwald noted the other day, "Populist anger over elite-favoring economic policies has long been brewing on both the Right and Left (and in between)" and that "many of the most consequential political conflicts are shaped far more by an 'insider v. outsider' dichotomy than by a 'GOP v. Democrat' or 'Left v. Right' split" — Ron Paul's Victory. And it was "political atheist" Gerald Celente who first described what we may now be witnessing — The 2nd American Revolution.
[link via Vox Nova]
Two Masses in Korean History
Defending Christian Liberty
- Because we honor justice and the common good, we will not comply with any edict that purports to compel our institutions to participate in abortions, embryo-destructive research, assisted suicide and euthanasia, or any other anti-life act; nor will we bend to any rule purporting to force us to bless immoral sexual partnerships, treat them as marriages or the equivalent, or refrain from proclaiming the truth, as we know it, about morality and immorality and marriage and the family. We will fully and ungrudgingly render to Caesar what is Caesar’s. But under no circumstances will we render to Caesar what is God’s.
The Dark Side of the Baroque
"Castration was an officially illegal operation often carried out at the behest of poor families to preserve a promising soprano voice from the hormones that would change it and thereby prevent an operatic career," Mr. Yearsley informs us. "A fall from the horse or an attack by a goose were the usual stories told, and these were accepted, if at all, with a wink."
Mentioned is the new recording of "fifteen classic castrato arias, eleven of which have never been recorded before," by a real soprano whose "technical command is beyond impressive, it is downright unbelievable," a taste of which can be seen in the video — Cecilia Bartoli - Sacrificium, Concert in Caserta.
No "Gosepl of Prosperity" in Rome
Patron of the Arts
- It is accepted almost as an axiom that slaves in modern Europe were all non-European. But in the early modern era there were just as many European slaves - victims of Mediterranean pirates - in the hands of Muslims as there were blacks, if not more.
In fact, there were several million European slaves. It is not surprising then that the image of European slaves was firmly imbedded in the European image of the Muslim Orient. It became a popular subject of artwork. One such piece, presented in this book, represents the Ottoman Turks on horseback and a European couple, a man and woman, being dragged by a rope as powerless slaves.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Hanwoori Choir Perform Gounod's Messe Solennelle de Santa Cecilia
False Hope at the Large Hadron Collider
Earlier posts explain why the project is doomed to fail— God vs. God Particle, Nature Abhors a Higgs Boson Particle, Time on that Time-Traveling Bird.
The report informs us that "the words include the name '(J)esu(s) Nazarene' — or Jesus of Nazareth — in Greek" which "proves the text could not be of medieval origin because no Christian at the time, even a forger, would have mentioned Jesus without referring to his divinity," as "[f]ailing to do so would risk being branded a heretic."
Ron Paul's Victory
- Our leading media outlets are capable of understanding political debates only by stuffing them into melodramatic, trite and often distracting "right v. left" storylines. While some debates fit comfortably into that framework, many do not. Anger over the Wall Street bailouts, the control by the banking industry of Congress, and the impenetrable secrecy with which the Fed conducts itself resonates across the political spectrum, as the truly bipartisan and trans-ideological vote yesterday reflects. Populist anger over elite-favoring economic policies has long been brewing on both the Right and Left (and in between), but neither political party can capitalize on it because they're both dependent upon and subservient to the same elite interests which benefit from those policies.
For that reason, many of the most consequential political conflicts are shaped far more by an "insider v. outsider" dichotomy than by a "GOP v. Democrat" or "Left v. Right" split. The pillaging of America's economic security by financial elites, with the eager assistance of the government officials who they own and who serve them, is the prime example of such a conflict. The political system as a whole -- both parties' leadership -- is owned and controlled by a handful of key industry interests, and anger over the fact is found across the political spectrum. Yesterday's vote is a very rare example where the true nature of political power was expressed and the petty distractions and artificial fault lines overcome.
We Are All Global Warming Skeptics Now
"The Earth's average temperatures have stopped climbing since the beginning of the millennium, and it even looks as though global warming could come to a standstill this year," reads the report. "Ironically, climate change appears to have stalled in the run-up to the upcoming world summit in the Danish capital, where thousands of politicians, bureaucrats, scientists, business leaders and environmental activists plan to negotiate a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions."
[link via Catholic and Enjoying It!]
UPDATE: It appears the charade has been exposed once and for all — Hackers target leading climate research unit / Climategate: the final nail in the coffin of 'Anthropogenic Global Warming'? / Warmist conspiracy exposed?
[links via Open Thread #126 The Marmot's Hole]
Behold! An America Firster!
I'll be among the first to endorse — Lou Dobbs Might Run for Senate, White House and Senator Lou Dobbs, or maybe President Lou Dobbs.
"Too Many Malthusians"
John Lukacs and Philip Rieff
Ban on Africa
"An Ecumenical Thief"
"It is a sad reality that the criminal element will take advantage of an opportunity — even if they are in God's house," said a policeman. "I feel it's so incredibly sad that someone's so desperate," said a victim.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Agnès Mellon Sings Claudio Monteverdi's Pianto della Madonna
Headlines Today, the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children
Gay Neocon Confirms Link Between Homexuality and AIDS
Let us remember that this is the same James Kirchick who burst on the scene with a hit piece that effectively ended Congressman Ron Paul's primary bid — Intellectually dishonest James Kirchick. Let us leave aside questions about the statistics he cites as proof of the program's effectiveness and questions about its constitutionality. (Dr. Paul would argue that such programs are unconstitutional, but far less offensive than the trillions given in arms and money to prop up third world tyrannies.) Let us also leave aside the deeper questions we have about the subject — The African heterosexual AIDS myth and African "AIDS" myth is falling apart.
Let us accept everything this "[i]ntellectually dishonest" Mr. Kirchick says as true and then ponder what he is advocating; he wants to cut off untold numbers of people from treatment and prevention because their government is not living up to his ideal of liberal democracy. What a monster!
Obama in Korea: "Conservatives" Cheer, "Liberals" Jeer
Two From Thomas DiLorenzo
Peter Schiff Gets Some Company
Mississippi John Hurt on Music, Gene Logsdon On Farming
That shown, read Mr. Logsdon's ideas that "agrarian societies are found to be more casual and guilt-free about sex than is presumed today" and that "that prudery, the notion that human sexuality is somehow shameful, did not originate in rural society but in the context of urban life where more crowded conditions dictated more rules."
Women in the Wild West
- In 1985, I presented a paper on violence in the Old West at a historical conference. I described how women, other than prostitutes, rarely suffered from violence, were treated with respect, and often displayed extraordinary courage. For this I was attacked by two women professors in the audience. I provided them with a wealth of statistics and dozens of anecdotes. That only made it worse. It was about then that I realized I was confronting the religion of political correctness and that one of the articles of faith was victimhood. These particular women were not delighted to hear of the derring-do and heroism of their frontier sisters. But history is full of such stories.
Albert Jay Nock Predicts Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter, Al Franken, et al.
- Thomas Jefferson laid great stress on literacy as an indispensable asset to good citizenship and sound patriotism. He was all for having everybody become literate, and those who have examined his own library (it is preserved intact in the Library of Congress) may easily see why. Mutatis mutandis, if everybody read the kind of thing he did, and as he did, he would have been right. But in his laudable wish to make the benefits of literacy accessible to all, Mr. Jefferson did not see that he had the operation of two natural laws dead against him. He seems to have jumped to the conclusion that, because certain qualified persons got a definite benefit out of literacy, anybody could get the same benefit on the same terms; and here he collided with the law of diminishing returns. He seems also to have imagined that a general indiscriminate literacy would be compatible with keeping up something like the proportion that he saw existing between good literature and bad; and here the great and good old man ran hard aground on Gresham’s law.
Gays and Ex-Gays
Terry Nelson has two excellent posts on this topic and related themes. The first exposes "all sorts of lies regarding the history of same sex relationships in the early Church" — Homosexualist lies and deception. In particular, he mentions "two soldier saints, Sergius and Bacchus," who "were humiliated by being dressed as women and paraded through the streets to their torture and death." In the second, Mr. Nelson says, "If you don't like Courage or the Catholic Church, don't join - but at least try to keep the Commandments and permit others to do likewise" — Unedited notes...
Expel the Illegals... From Korea!
The graphic above comes from an article on "a group calling itself Anti-English Spectrum has stirred up expats living in Korea, leading many to label the group as perpetrators of hate speech and racist activities" — Blurring line between hate, free speech. I'm one expat not "stirred up" and nor would I "label the group as perpetrators of hate speech and racist activities." I guess white people want to jump on the victim bandwagan, and coming to Korea gives them a pathetic excuse to do so.
The article makes it clear that the group is calling merely for the "deportation of 'illegal and problem teachers'" such as "fake degree holders, drug users and HIV/AIDS-infected individuals" or "those violating the Korean moral code." I sincerely hope that Anti-English Spectrum succeeds in cleaning up Korea's English Language Education Industry.
Strange Bedfellows in Uganda
"The Christian church...must be permitted to extend the love and compassion of Christ to all," said the letter, suggesting "this legislation would make this mission a difficult if not impossible task to carry out."
I might oppose such legislation in my home country, but I don't think it is the place of foreigners to tell Ugandans how to run their country. Let Uganda be Uganda. One is reminded of "[t]he Christian resistance to Western Cultural Imperialism" that Terry Nelson wrote about the other day — Out of Africa.