Thursday, June 30, 2011
How the U.S. Imposed Sterilization and Abortion on its Korean "Ally"
- In South Korea, Western money enabled the creation of a fleet of mobile clinics — reconditioned U.S. Army ambulances donated by USAID and staffed by poorly trained workers and volunteers. Fieldworkers employed by the health ministry’s Bureau of Public Health were paid based on how many people they brought in for sterilizations and intrauterine device insertions, and some allege Korea’s mobile clinics later became the site of abortions as well. By the 1970s, recalls gynecologist Cho Young-youl, who was a medical student at the time, “there were agents going around the countryside to small towns and bringing women into the [mobile] clinics. That counted toward their pay. They brought the women regardless of whether they were pregnant.” Non-pregnant women were sterilized. A pregnant woman met a worse fate, Cho says: “The agent would have her abort and then undergo tubal ligation.” As Korea’s abortion rate skyrocketed, Sung-bong Hong and Christopher Tietze detailed its rise in the Population Council journal Studies in Family Planning. By 1977, they determined, doctors in Seoul were performing 2.75 abortions for every birth — the highest documented abortion rate in human history. Were it not for this history, Korean sociologist Heeran Chun recently told me, “I don’t think sex-selective abortion would have become so popular.”
John Adams, Catholics, Baptists, Anabaptists, Libertarians, and Localists on the Idea of a "Christian Nation"
Getting Our Marital House in Order
Prof. Zmirak reminds us that "in the 1990s some Evangelical activists proposed laws (one passed in Louisiana and two other states) allowing couples the option of contracting 'covenant marriage,'" which "amount[ed] in essence to marriage as it had been defined before the onslaught of lax divorce laws." He continues, "It is time for us to revive this idea and encode still stricter provisions that mirror Canon Law, eschewing divorce and remarriage, in a standard prenuptial covenant that must be signed by Roman Catholics if they wish to be married in the Church."
Of course, none of this will help protest the freedom of conscience of religious believers and institutions, so, for example, Catholic adoption agencies will have to give up their work and religious universities will have to open up their married dormitories to couples whose marriages they do not recognize. Still, the approach acknowledges that this question is not one that can be resolved by electoral politics and also recognizes that same-sex "marriage" is not the problem, but a symptom of the greater problem.
Writing on the Wall
This has "caus[ed] the authorities to launch a crackdown to uncover the culprit" and now "[n]obody can come or go from Pyongyang." Mr. Park also notes, "Despite the authorities’ efforts to block the spread of the news, people as far away as Pyongsung and even North Hamkyung Province know about it."
Is the Whole Language Approach Behind Dyslexia?
- They become sight readers with a holistic reflex rather than phonetic readers with a phonetic reflex. A holistic reader looks at each word as a little picture, a configuration, much like a Chinese ideograph, and tries to think of the word it represents. A phonetic reader associates letters with sounds and can sound out the syllabic units that blend into an articulated word.
What this means is that parents should teach their children to read phonetically before giving them the Dr. Seuss books to read. They should avoid having their children memorize words by their configurations alone, because once that mode of viewing words becomes an automatic reflex, it will create a block against phonics.
The Miracle of the Market
Henry George put it this way, "Both the jayhawk and the man eat chickens; but the more jayhawks, the fewer chickens, while the more men, the more chickens," quoted here by Jim Davies — Malthus' Mistakes.
Labels: The Dismal Science
Technopope and Technophobe
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
J.S. Bach's "Coffee Cantata," Performed by Kristen Hahn, Steven Moore, Alex Guerrero and the American Classical Orchestra, Directed by Thomas Crawford
Cantatas, Sacred and Secular
Peace In Our Time?
- Extending rapprochement involves several elements like the following. One, the West withdraws its forces from Islamic countries, especially Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya. Two, the West stops pressuring Islamic countries and attempting to manipulate them into choosing one form of government or another or one particular set of leaders or another. The goal is that the Islamic peoples gain a greater degree of independence in shaping their own political forms. Three, Islamic countries with oil agree to sell it to all comers and not use it as a political weapon. This is to assuage Western fears so that Western countries are more willing to step back. Four, Russia agrees not to step into a power vacuum in Islamic countries. Five, in return, Russia needs to be given access to European and Islamic markets. Six, the parties concerned resolve the Palestinian-Israeli problem. This is largely a U.S. problem. The U.S. has to go against a number of Israel’s positions in order to make any headway on this, and it has to do so very strongly and sternly.
A Return to Normalcy?
Chosŏn Dynasty Computer
Before the Vernacular Mass
- Let’s thank Al Gore for clarifying the nature of a crucial struggle in the world today. There are those who value the environment separate from its value to humans and thus in conflict with the life of humans. And there are those who value their own lives, families, friends, and everything they gain from this world. If you choose the latter, don’t miss opportunities to call to task those who advocate the former, to point out the implications for their anti-human philosophy, and to reject that philosophy wherever it rears its ugly head.
Miscarriage of Justice
Heinrirch Schütz's Deutsches Magnificat Performed by Lavinia Dames, Jolanta Sosnowska, Katja Katanova, Konda Födényi, and Ricardo Luna
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Heinrich Schütz's Deutsches Magnificat Sung by Knabenkantorei Luzern
On Tuesdays, the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary invites us to contemplate the Annunciation of Blessed Virgin, and I invite you to contemplate the first great light of High Church Lutheranism.
Militant Secularist Anti-Semitism
Spengler, with whom I seldom agree, rightly says, "Given that kosher slaughter is mandated in order to prevent animal suffering, the entire proceeding is grotesque." Whenever I read about the horrors of factory farming, the first thought that comes to mind is, "I should really start buying kosher (or halal) meats," not, of course, for religious reasons, but for the sake of animal welfare.
Renegade History of the United States
The book "defends the bad people of our history—prostitutes, juvenile delinquents, drunks, etc.—by showing how their refusal to conform to the expectations of mainstream citizens has enhanced the sphere of personal liberty over the years," the reviewer writes. "Social conservatives who look to the origins of the United States as a moral and political Eden will be shocked by the happily libertine portrait of colonial America that Russell paints."
Move (or roll) over, Howard Zinn, 1922-2010 (and rest in peace). This puts the "rum" into Rum, Romanism, & Rebellion, I say, which is to be the tagline to my next blogging endeavor — The Bourbon Democrat — should I return to America, which as of today has turned out to be within my reach, Deo gratias.
To this, one barbarian suggests, "Marriage itself originated not as a legal right, but as a religious sacrament, recognized by just about every brand of religion out there." This savage goes on to argue that "the vast majority of opposition from the average American who does oppose gay marriage, comes from the concern that it will eventually permit government intrusion into the religious sacrament of marriage, rather than the civil contract aspects of marriage, by way of discrimination law suits against churches who refuse to perform gay marriage ceremonies." Such neanderthal bile!
I had no idea that human civilization was so young, nor that it had nothing to do with metallurgy, monumental public architecture, division of labor, writing systems, etc. I has no idea that the dark ages had lasted so long, and that so much of humanity remains in the grip of darkest throws of barbarism and savagery. According to Mr. Tristam, civilization only extends to Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, six states in our country and Mexico City. France, most of Europe and the United States, almost all of Africa and Latin America, and all of the Caribbean, the Islamic World and Asia are, then barbaric if not downright savage.
The Great Game
歸源 (Kuiwon) reports that David Lai, a professor at the Army War College (in the US), is suggesting that the game whose object is "balancing the need to expand with the need to build protected clusters" "holds the key to understanding how the Chinese really think" — WSJ – US Strategists Learning From Go.
My kindergartner son has been learning the game, called Baduk, for a few weeks now, on his own volition, and loves it. We had him enrolled in a Taekwondo, with the hope that he could some day defend himself and his big sister against potential enemies, but he hated. It was too much like dancing, he complained. Then, one day, out of the blue with no prompting from us, he suggested he wanted to learn the 2000-year-old game this post describes. We laughed, and found him a school.
Two From Kuiwon on Redeeming Sino-Korean
Non-Statist, Personalist Interventionism vs. the Lord's Resistance Army
Marking the USFK's Seventh Decade
Gregorian Novus Ordo, Versus Populum Mass in Korea
Monday, June 27, 2011
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina's Tu Es Petrus, Sung by the Augsburger Domsingknaben, Directed by Reinhardt Kammler
The Empire State's Bishops Speak
- The passage by the Legislature of a bill to alter radically and forever humanity’s historic understanding of marriage leaves us deeply disappointed and troubled.
We strongly uphold the Catholic Church’s clear teaching that we always treat our homosexual brothers and sisters with respect, dignity and love. But we just as strongly affirm that marriage is the joining of one man and one woman in a lifelong, loving union that is open to children, ordered for the good of those children and the spouses themselves. This definition cannot change, though we realize that our beliefs about the nature of marriage will continue to be ridiculed, and that some will even now attempt to enact government sanctions against churches and religious organizations that preach these timeless truths.
We worry that both marriage and the family will be undermined by this tragic presumption of government in passing this legislation that attempts to redefine these cornerstones of civilization.
Our society must regain what it appears to have lost – a true understanding of the meaning and the place of marriage, as revealed by God, grounded in nature, and respected by America’s foundational principles.
The Angelic Doctor's Last Words
"Secondly, an evident example shows that attainment of the kingdom is possible," St. Thomas Aquinas began to write in his "own concise version of the Summa Theologica," known as the Aquinas’s Shorter Summa, but he died before he could finish the thought.
The "evident example show[ing] that attainment of the kingdom is possible" seems then to have been his own birth into eternal life. Having finished that highly recommendable book, I now turn to the Dumb Ox's thoughts on worldly matters, with The Political Ideas of St. Thomas Aquinas (Hafner Library of Classics).
Two From Justin Raimondo
Rason, North Korea
- They actually were missionaries, based just across the border in China. They can't preach in North Korea, of course, but they've come as "investors" to build and run an orphanage, a bread factory, and a soy-milk factory. These "businesses" don't make money; they're just there to help people. To this day, one of most popular themes in North Korean propaganda involves evil Christian missionaries who inject Korean children with deadly germs, before the revolution. They even put the story in comic books for kids. Officially, they're inhuman monsters. Unofficially, the government invites them in because they're the only people willing to extend a lifeline.
Brave New Belgium
Hill Number One (1951)
James Dean's first on-screan appearance, in Family Theatre's Hill Number One: A Story of Faith and Inspiration, produced by Fr. Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., the subject of this story — Rome to consider possible miracle of ‘Rosary Priest’. Mr. Dean stars as Saint John the Apostle, in a tale about what may have occurred between Good Friday and Easter, set in the context of the Korean War.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Wolfgang Seifen's Missa Solemnis, Tu Es Petrus, Humboldts Studentische Philharmonie & Humboldts Philharmonischer Chor, Constantin Alex
"Jack White and Stephen Colbert Try to Out-Catholic Each Other"
I didn't know know Mr. White from Adam until on a flight I chanced upon It Might Get Loud (2008), the "documentary on the electric guitar from the point of view of three significant rock musicians: the Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White." [Did the '80s really produce no better guitarist? The Edge sits back, obviously outclassed, while Page obviously admires the young White, who combines the intensity of punk with the virtuosity of metal.]
The documentary informed us that Mr. White grew up in Detroit, the youngest of ten children. I thought, "Rust belt? Natalism? Gotta be Catholic." Turns out that hunch was right. Wikipedia's page on Jack White tells us, "His father and mother worked for the Archdiocese of Detroit, as the maintenance man and the Cardinal's secretary, respectively."
It also quotes him as saying, "I'd got accepted to a seminary in Wisconsin, and I was gonna become a priest, but at the last second I thought, 'I’ll just go to public school... I had just gotten a new amplifier in my bedroom, and I didn’t think I was allowed to take it with me.'"
Chŏng Yagyong and Saint Thomas More
Father Maryknoller in Korea finds similarities between the exiled Catholic Confucian scholar and the martyred English Catholic saint — Some Things are More Important than Life Itself. An article I penned on the former — Tasan, Nineteenth Century Korea's Paleo-Confucian Classical Liberal.
The Death of Sunny Sheu
"The details are thin but they sure don’t smell right" — Sunny Sheu: Murdered for Investigating NY Foreclosure Judge Joseph Golia? The activist "told by policeman who specifically referred to information he had provided about Golia, and that if he didn’t drop it, he’d wind up dead. Sheu disregarded their warning and did wind up dead."
Anupama Bhagwat Performs Raga Tilak Kamod
One of the musicians mentioned in this article — Indian music finds its niche in Washington area with intimate house concerts. Said one attendee, "Our music is really not a hall kind of music. The artist, when he or she performs, has to be in regular touch with the audience. There’s a constant give-and-take. They’re able to tailor their performance accordingly."
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Orlando Gibbons' Te Deum, Sung by The King's Consort, Directed by Robert King
William Byrd's Ave Verum Corpus, Sung by The Tallis Scholars, Directed by Peter Phillips
More on Beer and Civilization
The article informs us that "McGovern, in fact, believes that booze helped make us human," saying, "Fermented beverages are at the center of religions all around the world. [Alcohol] makes us who we are in a lot of ways."
The Destruction of Manila
Learning Classical Chinese Through Sino-Korean
Sŏnsaengnim writes, "The advantage in learning Classical Chinese through Korean as opposed to Mandarin is that since the Korean language is somewhat removed from Classical Chinese there is little need to distinguish 'modern' versus 'classical' meanings of characters."
Chungjungmori, Kutgŏri and Chajinmori from Chi Yŏnghŭi's Haegŭmsanjo, Performed by Cho Hyeryŏng and Kim Yongha
Fukushima, Mon Amour
- We have 20 nuclear cores exposed, the fuel pools have several cores each, that is 20 times the potential to be released than Chernobyl ... The data I'm seeing shows that we are finding hot spots further away than we had from Chernobyl, and the amount of radiation in many of them was the amount that caused areas to be declared no-man's-land for Chernobyl. We are seeing square kilometers being found 60 to 70 kilometers away from the reactor. You can't clean all this up. [....]
Somehow, robotically, they will have to go in there and manage to put it in a container and store it for infinity, and that technology doesn't exist. Nobody knows how to pick up the molten core from the floor, there is no solution available now for picking that up from the floor.
Mr. Kotsev's suggestion that "American authorities, as indeed most authorities in the world, appear to be in denial," brings us to PR Watch's Anne Landman's article noting that "[w]hile the U.S. media has been occupied with Anthony Weiner, the Republican presidential candidates and Bristol Palin's memoir, coverage of Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster has practially fallen off the map" — What Happened to Media Coverage of Fukushima?
Ms. Landman's suggestion that "[n]ews outlets in other countries have been paying attention to Fukushima," in turn brings us to a Union of Catholic Asian News report from Korea that "[a] Church foundation is urging the government and society to follow Germany’s lead in phasing out nuclear power" — Rights group urges end to nuclear power.
Blessed Are the Peacemakers
Another Stem-Cell Breathrough
Friday, June 24, 2011
G. B. Pergolesi's Stabat Mater Dolorosa, Performed by Sabina Puertolas, Vivica Genaux, & Les Talens Lyriques, Directed by Christophe Rousset
Demitte Nobis Debita Nostra
Noting that His Grace added that "no one is perfect and without sin on Earth," Mr. Babad reminds us, "Certainly not the United States, Japan, Ireland, Portugal, etc." Of course, incurring a debt is, if anything, venial, but running an economy based on debt is mortal, literally as we now know.
The Common Foe
Noted also is the fact that "the same anti-circumcision individuals often support a pro-choice position on abortion, arbitrarily defending a born child’s supposed 'right' not be circumcised, while supporting the 'right' of an individual parent to legally kill their unborn children as late as 36 weeks of pregnancy (approximately nine months of gestation)." So, you can "terminate" your baby boy eight days before he's born (or later), but eight days after he's born you cannot initiate him into your religious community.
Didn't Yasunari Kawabata Write About This?
Pororo's North Korean Connection and the Absurdity of U.S. Sanctions
News that "a new set of sanctions against the North that bans not only imports of finished goods produced there but also products made using its technology" might be applied to a "popular South Korean animated series" that was "made by North Korea-based subcontractor Samcholli General Corp. between 2002 and 2005" — Animated Penguin Could Fall Victim to U.S. Sanctions.
Now, if South Korea, whom we are supposed to be protecting and who bears the brunt of North Korean hostility, sees in "Pororo the Little Penguin" no existential threat, why does our government, half-way around the world, see the need to get involved? The only reason there is any anti-Americanism in North Korea is that they resent our meddling in Korean affairs. Why can't we just let the Koreans sort things out?
"Arirang" Sung by Bian Yinghua (a.k.a. Byŏn Yŏnghwa)
A Mandarin rendition of the Korean folk song by a singer from China's Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture to accompany this South Korean article claiming that "China has outraged patriotic Koreans by registering the folk song 'Arirang,' widely considered Korea's unofficial national anthem, as part of its own cultural heritage" — China Lays Claim to 'Arirang'.
I, for one, take Beijing at its word when it says that "it merely registered the song as part of the culture of ethnic Koreans in China." China, of course, has never been a nation-state but rather a multi-national entity, something akin to the Holy Roman Empire, had it survived to modern times.
Beer and Prosperity
Noting that "beer may have been a force for growth for a long time" and "that beer consumption is higher in Protestant countries," Mr. Kenny dares to ask, "What if the early success of Protestant-dominated economies wasn't about Weber's famed work ethic at all, but about the impact of breweries? Of course, it may be just as outlandish to argue that progress is driven by hops and barley as by the fear of eternal damnation -- but at least it's more fun to discuss over a pint."
Taking it back even further, LiveScience's Charles Q. Choi last year reported on research suggesting "that Stone Age farmers were domesticating cereals not so much to fill their stomachs but to lighten their heads" — Beer Lubricated the Rise of Civilization, Study Suggests. The idea has been around for "more than 50 years, and now one archaeologist says the evidence is getting stronger." A decade ago, National Geographic's Kurt Stoppkotte discussed the "perfectly respectable academic theory that civilization began with beer" — Beer Brewing Paralleled the Rise of Civilization.
Let us end with the final word on the subject, from Benjamin Franklin: "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."
Hooking-Up as a Human Right
Fifteen Million Missing Black Americans
Linh Dinh on Obama's Afghanistan Speech
Why Are We Still in Korea?
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Ludwig van Beethoven's String Quartet № 3 Performed by Ensemble Ditto and Béla Bartók's String Quartet № 1 Performed by the Parker Quartet
"Some of the best-looking classical musicians are in town to perform at the third Ditto Festival to be held at various venues around Seoul, starting today," reports the Korea Times' Kwaak Je-yup — Ditto evolves with new talent and repertoire.
Noting that "[t]he festival marks its third year of a nauseating mix of in-your-face commercialism and classical music," Mr. Kwaak notes that the first of the above ensembles is "[p]opularly known for playing to a sold-out audience full of Korean female fans in their 20s with little knowledge of classical music."
Hillary Lectures China
As far as I can tell, this "new colonialism" involves having businesses, not troops on the ground, so it does seem to be something new. As to the second preposterous claim, Prof. Rozeff rightly counters, "China should have all its banks carry their assets at fictitious values as in the U.S."
Does she not realize that Washington's moral authority has been entirely squandered? If hers is the alternative, I, for one, welcome our new Chinese overlords, and Africans would be wise to do so as well.
Are You a Psychopath?
And you or I may well be among them. But there's an easy way to find out:
- If you aren’t sure whether you are a psychopath, Ronson can help. He lists all the items on the standard diagnostic checklist, developed by the psychologist Robert Hare. You can score yourself on traits like “glibness/superficial charm,” “lack of remorse or guilt,” “promiscuous sexual behavior” and 17 other traits. As one psychologist tells Ronson, if you are bothered at the thought of scoring high, then don’t worry. You’re not a psychopath.
- For Baron-Cohen, psychopaths are just one population lacking in empathy. There are also narcissists, who care only about themselves, and borderlines — individuals cursed with impulsivity, an inability to control their anger and an extreme fear of abandonment. Baron-Cohen calls these three groups “Zero-Negative” because there is “nothing positive to recommend them” and they are “unequivocally bad for the sufferer and those around them.” He provides a thoughtful discussion of the usual sad tangle of bad genes and bad environments that lead to the creation of these Zero-Negative individuals.
People with autism and Asperger’s syndrome, Baron-Cohen argues, are also empathy-deficient, though he calls them “Zero-Positive.” They differ from psychopaths and the like because they possess a special gift for systemizing; they can “set aside the temporal dimension in order to see — in stark relief — the eternal repeating patterns in nature.” This capacity, he says, can lead to special abilities in domains like music, science and art. More controversially, he suggests, this systemizing impulse provides an alternative route for the development of a moral code — a strong desire to follow the rules and ensure they are applied fairly. Such individuals can thereby be moral without empathy, “through brute logic alone.”
Two From Thomas H. Naylor
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Sŏmjip Agi (Island House Baby) Performed by Cho Hyeryŏng, Chu Hyŏnmi, and the KBS Pop Orchestra
Mr. Solzhenitsyn suggests parenthetically, "The People's Commissars did not, of course, read the message, but the members of their administrative staff must have had a good laugh: Now they've really got something to reproach us with — posthumous intent! We sh-t on your ancestors! We are only interested in descendants."
Of course, the same conflict has played out and continues to be played out the world over between traditionalists and progressivists. What the latter fail to understand is that the former are interested in both ancestors and descendants. In fact, it is impossible to separate the two.
Would President Paul Put the Poor Out on the Streets?
That last point is one that knee-jerk anti-libertarians often miss, but that Dr. Paul has reiterated over the years. He understands that one of the most sinister aspects of the welfare state is that it is designed to foster dependency, and it would be immoral to the leave these unfortunates to their own devices after generations on the reservation, so to speak.
War Is Peace
The "Come Home America" Conference
The Inglory That Was Rome
Church Takes on Big Government and Big Business
God Spelled Backwards Is Dog
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Antonio Vivaldi's L'estate, Peformed by Mari Silje Samuelsen and the Trondheim Soloists, Directed by Øyvind Gimse
A composition by a Catholic priest with which to celebrate the day Common Dreams' James Carroll remembers — A Solstice Approaches, Unnoticed. "Once, humans were intimate with the cycles of nature, and never more than on the summer solstice," the author notes, rightly lamenting the facts that "contemporary people take little notice of the sun reaching its far point on the horizon" and that "we are apt to miss this phenomenon of Earth’s axial tilt, as we miss so much of what the natural world does in our surrounds."
In the West, we can place the blame for this disconnection with nature on the abandonment by her children of Holy Mother Church, and, to be fair, her misguided but generous response to this unfiliality by abandoning much of the Catholic Calendar, or at least failing to place proper emphasis on it.
Another "Little Ice Age" Coming?
Noting "that scientists are now fairly sure that around 2020, sunspot activity is going to lessen significantly," she observes, "science organizations that are responsible for grants and government contracts to scientists don’t know exactly how to spin these latest findings (much less their ramifications) in view of the politically correct necessity of maintaining man-made global-warming dogma to justify various legislative schemes of wealth redistribution now on the table — carbon footprints, cap-and-trade, etc. — all of which have become essential to the liberal establishment that holds the purse strings of research and development (R&D)."
Simone Weil and Marshall McLuhan
"Like early medieval mystics, Saint Teresa of Avila or Saint John of the Cross, she prayed that her individuality be obliterated by the necessities of toil, that her intelligence might be extinguished through punishing physical fatigue," says the Lapham's Quaterly's Peter Foges of the amazing woman who "drew close to the Catholic Church in her later years, but resisted the final baptismal step" — The Mystique Of The Manual.
"How Catholicism made Marshall McLuhan one of the twentieth century’s freest and finest thinkers," explained by The Walrus's Jeet Heer, who notes that "although he joined the Church as a refuge, his faith gave him a framework for becoming more hopeful and engaged with modernity" — Divine Inspiration.
Family in Asia Under Attack
- Catherine Bernard, founder-president-director of SERFAC, observes that the traditional family of the 1960s has evolved into what she has termed the ‘networked family’ of today.
According to a SERFAC report: “The networked family destroys the identities of Asian people in terms of respect for seniority, eating behavior, traditions and religious values.”
The Most Serene Republic of San Marino
Imagine a world where countries the size of San Marino were the norm, not the excpection!
"Neoconservative Foreign Policy is Dead"
"No Catholics go to Heaven," read anther sign. I have found it helpful to respond to such "Christians" in language they can understand: "Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus."
Monday, June 20, 2011
Yi Chunho's Kŭ Chŏnyŏk Muryŏpputŏ Saebyŏgi Ogikkachi ("From the End of the Evening Until Dawn") Performed by Cho Hyeryŏng
The Neocons Are Losing It
The author, "a research fellow in American History at Royal Holloway College... working on a biography of Pat Buchanan," reminds us,
- It is often forgotten that neoconservativism is the recent innovation within the Republican ranks – not Ron Paul. On the contrary, Paul’s anti-statism harks back to a pre-Cold War GOP that was isolationist and laissez-faire in its outlook. Paul’s people can argue, with some validity, that his candidacy is an effort to return to root principles.
- The blame for that rests with the man himself. What elevates Dr Paul above the other candidates deflates him in the polls. At the podium he speaks without notes on whatever subject seems to come into his head. To see him in person is to experience the apocalyptic magic of wild prophecy. His rambling discourse on the moral and economic bankruptcy of America smacks of something missing in modern politics – the truth told honestly and intelligently by a mad old white guy with nothing to lose. He is so real, he’s unreal.
"A Line Has Been Crossed"
Chinese Husbands and African Wives
The Useless Tree's Sam Crane links to a chinaSMACK post with "[l]ots of photos of Chinese men marrying African women" and the suggestion that "[l]arge-scale marrying of African women can effectively solve China’s male-female sex-ratio imbalance problem" — Chinese Men with Black Women & African Wives.
Claudio Monteverdi's Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, Lorna Anderson, Maarten Koningsberger, Guy de Mey, and the Asko Ensemble
Ike Was Right
"The cold war strategist, George Kennan, wrote prophetically: 'Were the Soviet Union to sink tomorrow under the waters of the ocean, the American military-industrial complex would have to remain, substantially unchanged, until some other adversary could be invented.'"
War Is Peace
Bishop Giovanni I. Martinelli and Congressman Dennis Kucinich
- A bipartisan group of 10 lawmakers is suing President Barack Obama over his decision to join the war without consulting Congress. House Speaker John Boehner warned the president on June 14 that he would be in violation of the War Powers Act if he continued to involve the U.S. in Libyan “hostilities” past June 19 without consulting Congress.
The president insists he does not need Congress' approval due to the non-traditional nature of the Libyan war. A White House report released to lawmakers on June 15 noted that “U.S. operations do not involve sustained fighting or active exchanges of fire with hostile forces, nor do they involve U.S. ground troops.”
One of the 10 plaintiffs challenging Obama's legal authority, Representative Dennis Kucinich (D – Ohio) says he will push to defund U.S. operations in Libya.
“This administration brought our nation to war without congressional approval or the support of the American people,” Kucinich said in a June 17 statement.
Russell Kirk and Kirkpatrick Sale
Asia's Generation XY
"Hvistendahl claims western governments actively promoted abortion and sex selection in the developing world, encouraging the liberalization of abortion laws and subsidizing sales of ultrasounds as a form of population control," we learn. Ms. Hvistendahl herself writes, "It took millions of dollars in funding from US organizations for sex determination and abortion to catch on in the developing world." However, "Richard Dawkins," of all people, "takes on Hvistendahl's thesis, arguing that Western science and governments are not culpable for making sex selection possible and prevalent -- and the fault remains in cultural practices."
As far as I'm concerned, it goes without saying that this was part of the post-West's war on what's left of the East.
"Safe, Effective and Ethical"
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Zoltán Kodály's Budavári Te Deum, Performed by Debreceny Kodály Korus & Szimfonikus Zenekar, Conducted by Tamás Vásáry
Putting Fukushima Into Context
Solzhenitsyn on Churchill and Roosevelt
- In their own countries Roosevelt and Churchill are honored as embodiments of statesmanlike wisdom. To us, in our Russian prison conversations, their consistent shortsightedness and stupidity stood out as astonishingly obvious. How could they, in their decline from 1941 to 1945, fail to secure any guarantees whatever of the independence of Eastern Europe? How could they give away broad regions of Saxony and Thuringia in exchange for the preposterous toy of a four-zone Berlin, their own future Achilles' heel? And what was the military or political sense in their surrendering to destruction at Stalin's hands hundreds of thousands of armed Soviet citizens determined not to surrender? They say it was the price they paid for Stalin's agreeing to enter the war against Japan. With the atom bomb already in their hands, they paid Stalin for not refusing to occupy Manchuria, for strengthening Mao Tse-tung in China, and for giving Kim Il Sung control of half Korea! What bankruptcy of political thought! And when subsequently, the Russians pushed out Mikolajczyk, when Benes and Masaryk came to their ends, when Berlin was blockaded, and Budapest flamed and fell silent, and Korea went up in smoke, and Britain’s Conservatives fled Suez, could one really beleive that those among them with the most accurate memories did not at least recall that episode of the Cossacks?
The Yi Sŭngbok Memorial
The highlight of my trip was an ad hoc pilgrimage to the secular shrine of the eight-year-old South Korean boy murdered in 1968 along with his mother and two younger siblings by North Korean infiltrators. Legend has it that they broke into his house while he was studying (on his birthday, no less), and interrogated him about his pencil, which they thought was of such good quality it had to have come from America. When they asked him whether he liked North Korea or South Korea, he responded, "I hate Communists!" ("나는 공상당이 싫어요!").
The communist brutes then tore apart they boy's mouth with a knife, and proceeded to slaughter his family. An elder brother played dead and escaped to a neighbor's house. The authorities were alerted and tracked down the invaders and killed them like the dogs they were. His father, who had been away from home the fateful evening, helping his mother, and the elder brother are alive to this day.
GI Korea has much more on this one of 100,000,000 million victims of Communism — “I Hate Communists!”; Remembering Lee Seung-bok. The shrine, and especially the movie there, scared the dickens out of my kids, but I am of the belief that they should have fear of evil.
Kangwŏn Arirang, Performed by Kim Yŏng-Im, the Chung-ang Traditional Orchestra and the Inchŏn Opera Chorus
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Kangwŏn Arirang, Performed by Ha Chun-Hwa and the Korean National Classical Orchestra
Korea's Red Neon Crosses
Perhaps the most striking feature of the Korean cityscape for the visitor, pictured above in this article reporting that "citizens [are] complain[ing] about the bright light from church crosses — Blinded by the light: Seoul’s neon pollution.
When a friend visited and I explained to him that Protestant churches had red neon crosses but Catholics churches did not, he said, "Of course not; Catholics have taste." What I find strange is that you can find two Protestant churches of the same denomination, usually Presbyterian, right across the street from each other, something I have seen in big cities with fast food franchises.
Mark Shea, Catholic Perennialist
- To see in Catholicism one religion among others, one system among others, even if it be added that it is the only true religion, the only system that works, is to mistake its very nature, or at least to stop at the threshold. Catholicism is religion itself.
Police and Theives
The Korean Script, Sino-Korean Characters, Korean Drink, Whale Meat
The former takes on those who "believe that the Korean alphabet, known as Hangul, is superior, and often disparage the usage of Chinese characters in writing." The latter explains that the festival, in my wife's hometown, caters to "술고래 (sulgorae) which is literally 'alcohol-whale' and means 'alcoholic' or someone who 'drinks like a fish.'"
Zoltán Kodály's Psalmus Hungaricus, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra Choir, David Shallon
Count Richard Nikolaus Eijiro von Coudenhove-Kalergi
Wikipedia lists as fellow-travelers such Catholic luminaries as Engelbert Dollfuss, Otto von Habsburg, and even our own Whittaker Chambers! Calling him "practically a Pan-European organization himself," Mr. Chambers elaborates on his family,
- The Coudenhoves were a wealthy Flemish family that fled to Austria during the French Revolution. The Kalergis were a wealthy Cretan family. The line has been further crossed with Poles, Norwegians, Balts, French and Germans, but since the families were selective as well as cosmopolite, the hybridization has been consistently successful.
We learn also that his father "took them to Mass every Sunday," but "[o]n every Good Friday, as the liturgy came to the exhortation 'oremus et pro perfidis Judaeis' ('Let us also pray for the faithless Jews'), the old count allegedly rose and walked out of the church in a protest against this supposed expression of antisemitism." About the Jews, the young count wrote,
- Instead of destroying European Jewry, Europe, against its own will, refined and educated this people into a future leader-nation through this artificial selection process. No wonder that this people, that escaped Ghetto-Prison, developed into a spiritual nobility of Europe. Therefore a gracious Providence provided Europe with a new race of nobility by the Grace of Spirit. This happened at the moment when Europe’s feudal aristocracy became dilapidated, and thanks to Jewish emancipation.
Let us end with a quote from this great man: "We are experiencing the most dangerous revolution in the world history: the revolution of the State against the man. We are experiencing the worst idolatry of all the time: the deification of the state."
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Townhall.com's Brent Bozell doesn't like her — Liberalism Lite with Ann Curry. "How light is Curry?" Mr. Bozell asks. "Last October, while narrating a story on how Russia implausibly unveiled a new set of inflatable weapons designed to fool spy satellites, Curry added her own touch: 'Wish all weapons were like that.'"
Quelle horreur! She also noted that "there are some American Indians who feel that Thanksgiving should be a day of mourning, not a day of celebration because of what happened to their people." Not only is she guilty of that thought-crime, she also promoted a "people-powered blender bike" and "showed her hippie-friendly stripes by promoting a concert with activist Trudie Styler, the wife of the rock star Sting." Worst of all, "Curry does not bow and scrape before Republican officials."
Maybe for me it's just that Ann Curry, like my kids, is of the Hapa tribe, a.k.a. the Race of the Future. Or maybe it's just that she's got such a nice pair of gams, as displayed in the photo above. Whatever it is, there are far more dangerous threats to what's left of our Republic.
Tolstoy on Materialists
- Only in our self-confident day of the popularization of knowledge- thanks to that most powerful engine of ignorance, the diffusion of printed matter- has the question of the freedom of will been put on a level on which the question itself cannot exist. In our time the majority of so-called advanced people- that is, the crowd of ignoramuses- have taken the work of the naturalists who deal with one side of the question for a solution of the whole problem.
They say and write and print that the soul and freedom do not exist, for the life of man is expressed by muscular movements and muscular movements are conditioned by the activity of the nerves; the soul and free will do not exist because at an unknown period of time we sprang from the apes. They say this, not at all suspecting that thousands of years ago that same law of necessity which with such ardor they are now trying to prove by physiology and comparative zoology was not merely acknowledged by all the religions and all the thinkers, but has never been denied. They do not see that the role of the natural sciences in this matter is merely to serve as an instrument for the illumination of one side of it. For the fact that, from the point of view of observation, reason and the will are merely secretions of the brain, and that man following the general law may have developed from lower animals at some unknown period of time, only explains from a fresh side the truth admitted thousands of years ago by all the religious and philosophic theories- that from the point of view of reason man is subject to the law of necessity; but it does not advance by a hair's breadth the solution of the question, which has another, opposite, side, based on the consciousness of freedom.
If men descended from the apes at an unknown period of time, that is as comprehensible as that they were made from a handful of earth at a certain period of time (in the first case the unknown quantity is the time, in the second case it is the origin); and the question of how man's consciousness of freedom is to be reconciled with the law of necessity to which he is subject cannot be solved by comparative physiology and zoology, for in a frog, a rabbit, or an ape, we can observe only the muscular nervous activity, but in man we observe consciousness as well as the muscular and nervous activity.
The naturalists and their followers, thinking they can solve this question, are like plasterers set to plaster one side of the walls of a church who, availing themselves of the absence of the chief superintendent of the work, should in an access of zeal plaster over the windows, icons, woodwork, and still unbuttressed walls, and should be delighted that from their point of view as plasterers, everything is now so smooth and regular.