Wonder Woman Was A Dud

I kept hearing good things about the new Wonder Woman movie.  I don’t know from whom, but it was the buzz.  So I finally found the time to go see it last night, and it wasn’t all that great.

First of all, there’s a mixing of Greek mythology with the story that is completely different from the actual Greek mythology.  And there is the little detail that in the end, supposedly killing the god Ares will put an end to war.  Unfortunately for the screen writers, the movie closes at the end of WWI, and we all know that it did not put an end to war.

Secondly, there is a lot of the sophomoric and trendy male bashing and blurring of true masculinity and femininity that we see in popular culture these days.  They try to cover this up with a love story later in the movie, but many of the scenes in the beginning were contained un-artistic injections of a political agenda into the narrative. For example, there is a scene in a sailboat where Steve Trevor is trying to describe marriage and appropriate behavior where he says that marriage is about “going before a judge.” He doesn’t use the phrase “going into a church” as would be said in the early 20th Century. And ultimately, on the boat his attempt at virtuous behavior is turned into ridicule by the writers.

The accents were horrible and inconsistent. Was Steve Trevor supposed to be a Brit? And the Amazon women on Paradise Island – what in the world was that? Was that a desperate attempt to match Gal Gadot’s voice? Were they supposed to be Eastern Europeans? I don’t know, but the actresses did a rotten job of being believable.

I guess all of the glowing reviews of this film came from the grrrl power movement.  To me it was mediocre.

 

Sing the Divine Office

Here’s a new online course with Pontifex University for teachers, parish leaders, community leaders, households or just personal use. For just $90 you can take the course and earn continuing education units in the process. No prior experience necessary. If you sing in the shower, then you can do this! Most of the materials for […]

via Learn to Sing the Divine Office in English: Traditional Gregorian Melodies — Beauty of Catholicism

Sing the Psalms

Now with online tutorial teaching you sing them, from Pontifex University Every psalm tone can be applied to any psalms – so if you know even one melody, you can sing the whole psalter I am so pleased to offer you a full version of the Coverdale psalter pointed for singing – all 150 psalms […]

via All 150 Psalms Pointed for Singing, Download for Free — Beauty of Catholicism

How to Fix the Election Process

  1. First you would start with all of the candidates who want to run.  And there is a deadline for them to submit their names so no one can start running at a later date.
  2. Next, there are rounds of voting by which voters vote for the candidates whom the DO NOT WANT to be elected.
  3. The 50% who get the most amount of votes are out.
  4. This continues until there are only 2 candidates left and then there is one last vote.

The reason this might work better is because the people who spend the least amount of money on advertising and who are the least known have the best chance.

The annoying people with all of the lobbyist money and egos will be out of the race sooner.

I’d be interested in your thoughts below.

Bach’s Mass for All Christians – The Imaginative Conservative

Bach’s “Mass in B Minor” is the summation of his life’s work and one of the supreme masterpieces of Western classical music. Yet mystery surrounds the work. What was its purpose, how did it come to be written, and how was it intended to be performed?… (essay by Michael De Sapio)

Source: Bach’s Mass for All Christians – The Imaginative Conservative

Save the Carrollton Courthouse

In my neighborhood there is an old historic building called the Carrollton Courthouse.  It’s across the street from Camellia Grill (if you know where that is).

On March 23, the New Orleans school board will auction it to the highest bidder, and who knows what that will mean for the future of this landmark.

There is an organization that would like to put a school for carpentry and architecture for young people.  I think that’s a great idea.

There is a petition to postpone the auction until more thought can be put into this municipal nonsense.

More information and sign the petition at: https://www.carrolltoncourthouse.com/

Common Sense No More

I hear people, mostly on radio programs, say things like “We just need more common sense” or “I hope our politicians make common sense decisions.”

The problem with this is that there is no more common sense. Once upon a time when most people shared Judeo-Christian beliefs and some sort of adherence to the Natural Law, there was such a thing. But no more. There are various senses, but in this free-for-all, make-up-your-own-reality world there not a sense that is common or universal anymore.

Someone who believes that people excel when working within the limitations of human nature, following the Natural Law, is not going to have the same definition of “common sense” as someone who sees unrestrained pleasure seeking and willfulness as an appropriate modus operandi.

So stop using the phrase, because it no longer has meaning.

Nothing Has Changed

Let me start off by saying that I did not vote for either a Republican or a Democrat in this previous election.  I see myself as a bystander who opposes the two-party system, and I have some observations to make about how the people I know have changed in the past month.

Whereas Fox News used to employ fear mongering as a way to boost its ratings, I see that NPR, the network stations, CNN, MSNBC and the other left-leaning media outlets are now doing the same thing.  The news stories of the latter group are all finding negative angles about the presidency that they clearly forgot to mention this time last year.

For example, NPR mentioned how the president’s trips to Florida were costing the tax payers extra because of added security needed.  I can’t imagine they ever brought this up about Obama taking trips.  Fox News, on the other hand, is now glossing over the bad parts as CNN and MSNBC used to do.

This negativity is having an effect on a lot of people, especially people who spent their vote on a losing party.

Most of the people whom I know who didn’t like Obama are religious people.  They saw Obama’s policies as offensive to their right to practice religion; take for example the case of the Little Sisters of the Poor.  After 8 years of not hearing the mainstream news media cover issues in a balanced way, the people on the right learned to ignore the news or seek the other side of the story somewhere else.  Unfortunately, the dumbed-down Fox News was the only place some of them knew where to turn.  In addition to learning to ignore the news, being religious people, they also knew how to place their hope and trust into something higher than U.S. politics.  There was a certain calm that I don’t see in the other side now.

I know a lot of people who loved Obama who have no clue that the mainstream media is biased in their favor.  They laugh at that. Many of them have been placated or put to sleep over the past 8 years and have no idea how we got this new megalomaniac as our president.  In addition, most of the people I know on the left are not religious people. Many, not all, lack that understanding that there are powers higher (much higher) than any earthly government.  So the combination of being rudely awoken and a lack of the virtue of hope has had a painful impact on their lives.

This is not a time to be reactive.  It is a time to be reflective.  Go to church, pray, meditate…whatever you do.  If you don’t know how, then ask someone you know who appears to be happy how he or she does it.  The only demons we can fight are the ones within ourselves, and they are delighted that so many people have lost their sense of joy.

 

Review: A Canticle for Leibowitz

A Canticle for Leibowitz
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book. I wish I had known about it sooner. It is a post-nuclear war futuristic story about a series of monks whose job is to preserve the knowledge of the past. It’s rare to find books where more than a few of the protagonists have right reason and strong faith and where the author is aptly skilled in the human side of storytelling. I found it to have the wartime type of humor you might find in Catch 22 or the TV show, MASH.

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