Saturday, September 19, 2009


Entering the Gate (1894) - Aloysius O'Kelly

Just for Fun

Just to show you that I can post on Gnostic, whatever you can dream up you make happen for the masses stuff, too.

(Now, here’s reality, and you know it!)

Some cheese with your whine?

Does a great deal of power and falling poll numbers make you overly sensitive? Chris Wallace perceives something like that.


Thumos Leads to Thuous

The thing is, there is no reason why such attempts at social engineering won't happen. Think of the "workers' paradise" (enforced; barbed wire to keep workers in, not to protect from outsiders); think North Korea today (citizens still believe they won the 1950s); think Papa Doc - François Duvalier - and the prison-camp of Haiti.

As the current health care debate in particular and economic debacle in general show, cultural shifts can and often do take place without any formal legislative or judicial leadership. When the culture's centripetal force becomes sufficiently weak, the nearest or most fascinating influence often accrues enough prestige to start large societal shifts.

What René Girard's mimetic theory shows, however, is the direction the gradient of the cultural swirl is taking us. It is the exact same place that Saint Paul astutely discerns as the ending place of sin; namely, sacrifice (Gr. thuous). For a longer explication of these anthropological realities see Paganism I, II, III.

False Friends and Mimetic Rivalry

Piggy-backing Gil Bailie’s observations, Wolf-Dieter Vogel sees a peculariar alliance of false friends in their hatred of the USA uniting leftist and Islamist leaders. Anti-Semitic propaganda and conspiracy theories are part of the way they see the world.

In the sacrificial vortex, strange alliances and bedfellows are made in their mutual mimetic rivalry of - in this case the USA and the Jew - on a global scale.

Homer in the [200]9th

Every so often, one must take a journey back ... from Vasari's Michelangelo to Dante, toe Ovid, to Virgil. Clear back to where it all begins with Homer. [ht: Art&LettersDaily]

RELATED: Thomas F. Bertonneau begins a series entitled “The Catastrophe” - Part 1: What the End of Bronze-Age Civilization Means for Modern Times

Friday, September 18, 2009

Sacrificial Hijinx

When Pelosi cries crocodile-tears over political violence, and the First Lady serves up tea, crumpets, and health care, one knows we are in deeep doo-doo.

Internal Mediator Alert

Patrick Archbold throws his hammer at the huge, projected image on the screen in I Wun’s Sound of Silence.

Our True Liege Lord

Come, join our merry band. We pledge fealty to our one true Liege Lord, and his good Lady. If there be any other worth doing so for, good luck with thee for that. Cheers and blessings

Love is ...

Joy feels nearly like a pain. It catches you right around the diaphram.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Raging, or Smoldering

Amil Imani at Global Politician writes, The Scimitar is Fire. Its template (or O/S, choose your metaphor) is that of the sacred, uninformed by the Holy Spirit as yet. And it is a disturbingly enduring heresy.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Knox - Against Gnostic Montanism

THE WHOLE CONTROVERSY about the true Church is not whether it is the Roman Catholic Church or the Greek Church or the Anglican Church or some other definite religious body. The real controversy is this: Is the true Church of Christ a visible or an invisible institution? Ninety per cent of the people who reject the Catholic Church reject it, not because they really believe in some other visible Church, but because they do not believe in a visible Church at all.
- Monsignor Ronald Knox

Puer, Puer, Pitiful Me

A question: Do you happen to think this is entirely appropriate psychological discernment (the fellow is a practicing psychotherapist) or scapegoating? Or, would you put your money on something in between? Why? Explain.

Not to put a kink in your ruminations, but here's why an increasing number of Americans do not believe that he believes what he says.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Duncan, PRB, and Sayles

See the seal? Duncan's splendid painting reminds me of John Sayles masterpiece, Secret of Roan Inish (1994)

Burglars and M. Madrid

12 Reasons to believe Patrick Madrid believes in the doctrine of Original Sin.

Ahlquist & GKC - Last Words

GKC handing on the Tradition

Last words from Dale Ahlquist's distillation of G. K. Chesterton:
ONLY THE CHURCH can cure the ills that now face this civilization. Those who have abandoned the Church have in effect cut themselves off from something much greater than they realize. They cannot cure the ills. As Chesterton said:

The severed hand does not heal the whole body.

But not only does the world stubbornly refuse the Church's help, some people even make themselves enemies of the Church and try to prevent it from having any influence in society. they try to discredit the Church by making all kinds of sensational charges against it. Chesterton shows how contradictory this is.

When people impute special vices to the Christian Church, they seem to entirely forgetg that the world (which is the only other thing there is) has these vices much more. The Church has been cruel; but the world has been much more cruel. The Church has plotted; but the world has plotted much more. The Church has been superstitious: but it has never been so superstitious as the world is when left to itself.

Chesterton said that the earnest freethinkers, who are so worried about the persecutions of the past, are quite blind to what would happen in the world if their own ideas prevailed. In one of his most chilling prophecies he said:

Before the Liberal idea is dead or triumphant, we shall see wars and persecutions the like of which the world has never seen.

Perhaps better than any other twentieth-century writer, Chesterton showed that the faith is the only thing that really makes sense. And though he wrote millions of words, he summed up his defense of the faith in only a few words:

The only argument against losing faith is that you also lose hope - and generally charity.

Our Lady of Sorrows

Character Disordered

Hadley Arkes at The Catholic Thing minces no words: before the joint session of Congress, Barrack Obama told what can only be understood as a manifest lie.

Some say he is disingenuous. I perceive him to be an ideologue and a snob.

I suggest T. S. Eliot's prescription: prayer, observance, discipline, thought and action - and in that order.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Ahlquist & GKC - Snobs

More of Dale Ahlquist's exquisite distilling of G. K. Chesterton:
IT IS THE SNOBS who insist on being foolish, with bizarre theories and unthinkable behavior. They attack common sense. Chesterton said that all of life's great questions should be asked in words of one syllable - and answered in words of one syllable. The snobs of the world avoid words of one syllable because they avoid common sense, plain words, clear thinking. They prefer long words, which are a substitute for thinking.

And the one-syllable words that they most avoid are these: sin and faith. They do not want to face these simple, gigantic truths: that we have taken a good world (at Creation) and spoiled it. That we have to repent and return to the faith. Instead they attack the faith or ignore the faith or try to carry on without the faith.

In one of his typical paradoxes, Chesterton said sometimes a thing can be too big to be seen. Waht the world can no longer see is that it was the Catholic Church that laid the foundation for Western civilization. The world has tried to push the Church aside, but, in the meantime, the world is still living off its Catholic capital.
- G. K. Chesterton - The Apostle of Common Sense

By What Authority

A vital essay from Catholic Education Resource Center:

In Catholic Answers' seminars, we emphasize that you should always demand that a missionary who comes to your door first establish his authority for what he is going to tell you, and only then proceed to discuss the particular issues he has in mind.

By authority, we don't mean his personal or academic credentials. We mean his authority to claim that he can rightly interpret the Bible. The missionary (unless he is a Mormon, of course, in which case his authority is the Book of Mormon) will always claim to fall back on the authority of Scripture. "Scripture says this," or "Scripture proves that," he will tell you.

So before you turn to the verses he brings up, and thus to the topic he brings up, demand that he demonstrate a few things.

First, ask him to prove from the Bible that the Bible is the only rule of faith (if he's an Evangelical or Fundamentalist Protestant, he holds to the Reformation theory of sola scriptura -- the Bible alone).

Second, have him tell you how he knows which books belong in the Bible in the first place.

And third, require that he prove to you both that he has the authority to interpret the Bible for you (remember that his doctrines will almost always be drawn from interpretations of the sacred text rather than the words themselves) and that his interpretations will always be accurate. More>>

Drain the Swamp

Sept. 12 March on DC 'Tea Party' is being spun as 'radical Republican' astroturfing. Listen carefully to Reason.TV's interviews.

Tire Puncture - Chinese Nail I Wun

This has the feel of his first sensation of global realpolitik. Phisssssss......


Imagine a stark, coastal plain dotted with a few sturdy, modest, thatched cottages. Smoke rises from them and is born away by a ceaseless, whipping wind. Sliced fish hangs drying. Two aging women - sisters - carry food they have prepared from cottage to cottage; the single, dutiful daughters of a Protestant prophet - a little feared by his flock in his day. You sense a dryness, an aridity, and barrenness. "This won't last long," springs to your mind.

Now, imagine a different people living nearly on the doorsteps of the aging, decrepit population of this coastal village. They speak a wholly different language, live by a different set of norms and mores; their children range from teenagers to children too young to walk in plenty. They walk among the cottages of the original occupants, but do not mingle or interact, except to enter the general store or tiny post office.

Think Babette's Feast only with a growing settlement of adherents to the ways of the Scimitar.

Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen) would have a chef come to the rugged outpost village; one who would bring the savor of a rhapsody of meal time delights, a scene of reconciliation, and restoration of truth, goodness, and beauty.

What shall bring this about in the dying and barren scene that we call Europe and the West?

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Our Lady of the Holy Cross Abbey - Berryville, Virginia

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Not Dead Yet

Leave it to the Brits to turn in the best report on a DC Tea Party.

And don't forget what apparently the 'Tea Party' folk remember: the president is ignoring what the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office is telling him.

The American Spirit isn't dead yet. [ht: Bird Dog @ Maggie's]

Yeah, Right

Here's one you may have heard making the rounds. We all love a good joke. When do two positives make a negative?