Monthly Archives: January 2018

The Politics of Self-Delusion

Back during the last election a commenter here who identified as a Progressive Christian defended Hillary Clinton by pointing out her good qualities. I responded that whatever good she had done was marred by her bad qualities which I considered disqualifying, saying I would not eat ice cream if mixed with dog shit. He responded: […]

Liturgy and Capitalism

In my last post I mentioned that contemporary Catholic liturgy is somewhat disfigured by secular paradigms, today I’ll explain some more: we live in a capitalist culture which unconsciously shapes how we worship. Two examples: applause and announcements. About 15 years ago I attended Mass in a wealthy suburb of New Haven. The priest liked […]

Ritual and Community

t I have no issues with the current Mass as written. Certainly there are endearing things about the Old Mass, my favorite is the little invocation of the guardian angel of the local church, and people argue about this or that theological emphasis, but I think the New is superior in its general outlines, though […]

Fitness Friday

Welcome to Fitness Friday, where I use myself as a guinea pig to test all sorts of fitness gimmicks. My goal is to have the body of a Greek god but of course if I achieved that I would not have anything to blog about. I do lots of counting and measuring and try to […]

Davos and Trade

From Kevin Williamson: Once largely an Anglo-American project, free trade today is a European project, a Canadian project, an Asian project, and a pan-Pacific and trans-Atlantic project, too. It is, properly understood, a global humanitarian project. For the moment, the leaders of that project are people such as Trudeau, Merkel, and Shinzo Abe. And Michelle […]

Fitness Friday Returns!

Last year on another blog I did a weekly “Fitness Friday” post to motivate myself to stick to a diet. It worked out pretty well, I lost 40lbs between March and October. Not only that, it was a neat experiment. I had charts and graphs and everything. Well, during the holidays and the move to […]

Trump and the Culture War

Interesting idea from Ace of Spades: The right attempts political persuasion. The left, on the other hand, attempts social persuasion — basically seizing the commanding heights of culture-making institutions and then deciding that espousing some political claims (being pro-gay-marriage) increase social status and that espousing other political claims (being against gay marriage) decrease social status […]