Sunday, June 14, 2015

Bob Weir & The National Perform "Help on the Way," "Love Thine Enemy," "Looks Like Rain," "El Paso," "Friend of the Devil," "Cassidy," "Daughters of the SoHo Riots," "My Brother Esau," "Me and My Uncle," "Fake Empire," "Most of the Time," "Brown Eyed Women," "The Other One," "Standing on the Moon," "China Cat Sunflower," "I Know You Rider," "Ripple," "Uncle John's Band," & "Brokedown Palace"


Wow. Deadhead though I briefly once might have been after they transformed my hometown (Grateful Dead Live at Rich Stadium on 1986-07-04), I never gave much thought to this gentleman whom I now revere as a Bodhisattva after watching The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir (2014).


Cool that not only The National but also Sonic Youth pay homage to this great guitarist, about whom Sammy Hagar, of all people, says, "If you don't have an ego, you can be the best Number Two on the planet."

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Mushroom House Down the Road


This is at least the third time the Antoni Gaudíesque home has changed hands since I moved here in 2011 — Iconic Mushroom House in Perinton has a buyer.

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Camille Paglia on Hillary Clinton

    Hillary is a mess. And we're going to award the presidency to a woman who's enabled the depredations and exploitation of women by that cornpone husband of hers? The way feminists have spoken makes us blind to Hillary's record of trashing [women]. They were going to try to destroy Monica Lewinsky. It's a scandal! Anyone who believes in sexual harassment guidelines should have seen that the disparity of power between [Bill] Clinton and Monica Lewinsky was one of the most grotesque ever in the history of sex crime. He's a sex criminal! We're going to put that guy back in the White House? Hillary's ridden on his coattails. This is not a woman who has made her own career. The woman failed the bar exam in Washington! The only reason she went to Arkansas and got a job in the Rose Law Firm was because her husband was a politician.
Just one of many insights in this interview — Everything's Awesome and Camille Paglia Is Unhappy!.

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Two Score and Five Years Ago Yesterday

The story told by this "absorbing documentary [that] looks at the stormy career of Pittsburgh Pirates ace Dock Ellis, who threw a no-hitter June 12, 1970, while high on LSD" — No No: A Dockumentary.

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The World's Greatest Novel

Janet Malcolm on the "novel’s special status as a kind of criticism-proof text because of the reader’s feeling that what he is reading is being effortlessly reported rather than laboriously made up" — Dreams and Anna Karenina.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Aoife O'Donovan Performs "Red and White and Blue and Gold" and "Beekeeper"


Off to this lass's neck of the woods, the Hub of the Universe, for the rest of the week.

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Flannery O'Connor on Tenderness

    If other ages felt less, they saw more, even though they saw with the blind, prophetical, unsentimental eye of acceptance, which is to say, of faith. In the absence of this faith now, we govern by tenderness. It is a tenderness which, long cut off from the person of Christ, is wrapped in theory. When tenderness is detached from the source of tenderness, its logical outcome is terror. It ends in forced-labor camps and in the fumes of the gas chamber
The above would have served as a good epigraph to Theodore Dalrymple's latest — On Sentimentality and Compassion.

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Uhtceare

I find myself suffering from the first word on this list almost every morning — 10 Old English Words You Need to Be Using. It helps that there's a word for my affliction, no matter how archaic and rare: "Uhtceare is not a well-known word even by Old English standards, which were pretty damn low. In fact, there is only one recorded instance of it actually being used."

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Memorial Day Read

    Memorial Day is, by federal law, a day of prayer for permanent peace. But is it possible to honestly pray for peace while our country is far and away number one in the world in waging war, military presence, military spending and the sale of weapons around the world?
So begins Bill Quigley's must-read — Praying for Peace While Waging Permanent War?

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Hurray for the Riff Raff Perform "Look Out Mama"


Neocons and other statists and militarists decry the happy fact that Memorial Day for today's Americans is all about hanging out in backyards and having a good time. Perhaps Americans realize in their hearts that no American soldier or sailor has died defending (or promoting) any American's freedom in the past 150 years. So, enjoy the day guilt-free, and enjoy what freedoms you have left.

If I could invite anyone to my backyard this weekend, it might be Hurray for the Riff Raff. I suppose that if only Alynda Lee Segarra, barefoot and all, could make it I wouldn't be all that crushed.

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Fede Graña y los Prolijos Perform "Nosotros los locs," "Hoy," "Tonto glam," "A don Jesù," and "El gigante"


"Uruguay belongs high up any list of locations for musical discovery," says Felix Contreras, of this band that "even manage to reflect good old Americana — of the variety situated to our south and their north" — Fede Graña Y Los Prolijos: NPR Music Field Recordings.

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Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem" Performed by Anna Netrebko, Ian Bostridge, Thomas Hampson, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Salzburger Festspiele und Theater Kinderchor, Directed by Antonio Pappano

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Father of Reagonomics Quotes Fighting Quaker on Memorial Day

    Most American soldiers died fighting foes who posed no threat to the United States. Our soldiers died for secret agendas of which they knew nothing. Capitalists hid their self-interests behind the flag, and our boys died for the One Percent’s bottom line.
So writes Paul Craig Roberts, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in Ronald Reagan régimeMemorial Day Is A Hoax. He continues:
    Neoliberal Globalization is now looting its own constituent parts and the planet itself. Americans, Greeks, Irish, British, Italians, Ukrainians, Iraqis, Libyans, Argentinians, the Spanish and Portuguese are being looted of their savings, pensions, social services, and job opportunities, and the planet is being turned into a wasteland by capitalists sucking the last penny out of the environment. As Claudia von Werlhof writes, predatory capitalism is consuming the globe. We need a memorial day to commemorate the victims of neoliberal globalization. All of us are its victims, and in the end the capitalists also.
He begings his article with a lengthy quote from Smedley Butler's famous War Is a Racket book and speech:
    War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.

    I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else. If a nation comes over here to fight, then we’ll fight. The trouble with America is that when the dollar only earns 6 percent over here, then it gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag.

    I wouldn’t go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.

    There isn’t a trick in the racketeering bag that the military gang is blind to. It has its “finger men” to point out enemies, its “muscle men” to destroy enemies, its “brain men” to plan war preparations, and a “Big Boss” Super-Nationalistic-Capitalism.

    It may seem odd for me, a military man to adopt such a comparison. Truthfulness compels me to. I spent thirty-three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country’s most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle- man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.

    I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service.

    I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912 (where have I heard that name before?). I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.

    During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. Looking back on it, I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.
Ron Paul's quoted the same speech in the Senate, and surprisingly was not arrested — Rand Paul's Smedley Butler Dog Whistle to the Antiwar Libertarians.

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Greteast Generation War Crimes

"The historian Antony Beevor tells Keith Lowe why his next book will confront one of the last taboos of the Second World War" — Antony Beevor: 'There are things that are too horrific to put in a book’. The title refers to the historian in other works having "stopped short of including graphic accounts of German suicide attempts, including the suicides of young children." In others he has "described the rape of German women on a vast scale – a subject that repeatedly drove him to tears."

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Microaggression in Henrietta, NY

"Jack Moore used a racist phrase to describe African Americans and many are calling for his resignation" — Henrietta supervisor asked to step down. The racist term was "city cousins."

In Swahili, the language of East Africa and Kwanzaa (but not of the ancestors Black Americans, Barack Hussein Obama notwithstanding), the expression "Hujambo, ndugu" ("Hello cousin") is friendly and not microaggressive, at least according to Mwalimu Erastus Namulala, under whom I studied the language.

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Law by Consent, Not by Compulsion

In the Middle Ages — Liberty and Personal Law.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Amy LaVere Performs "Damn Love Song," "Red Banks"," & "Washing Machine"

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Great News for Cats...

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You Can Judge a Book By Its Cover

At least I can, 80% of the time — Quiz: can you identify these classic books by their covers? "Well done! Almost almost perfect. Congratulations! You beat the average score of 5 for this quiz." Not too hard if you use the tried and true process of elimination.

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Amudam Café

This local "vegetarian restaurant with a hint of Indian cuisine" is now on my must-eat-at list— Cafe cooks up vegetarian cuisine with an Indian twist. Says the latter of the "husband-and-wife team Anita Kumaran and Kumaran Mahenthiran" who run the place:
    You can go anywhere and get meat. It's hard to find places that are purely vegetarian. This is purely vegetarian. We're shedding a new light on food. A lot of people don't know what vegetarian is, and a lot of people are (initially) disgusted by it. But once they try it, they say, "Oh, this is not so bad."

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Vijay Iyer Trio Performs "Diptych," "Time, Place, Action - Excerpt 1 (Libra)," "Questions Of Agency," "Hood," & "Time, Place, Action - Excerpt 2 (For Amiri Baraka)"

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Yankee Taoist Sage


A conservative blog for peace reminds us that Yogi Berra turns 90, saying, "Not quite koans or malapropisms, his famous sayings are full of feeling; we understand them even though they don't literally make sense." Ponder these Yogi Berra quotes and decide for yourself.

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Harriet Tubman or Andrew Jackson?

Underground Railroad or Trail of Tears? Libertarianism or Statism?

Any decent human being would choose the formers over the latters, of course. But to desecrate the image of the great libertarian (or to "co-opt" it, to use use leftist phraseology), whose home is down the road in Auburn, New York, by placing it on USG bloodmoney? Even worse.


A commenter on one of my old blog's once wrote that an uncle refused on principle to use $20 bills so as not to endorse the man whose Jacksonian democracy marked the first major denigration of the American Republic.

Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. in "The Changing Face of the Greenback" rightly writes:
    The politicians on the paper money are despicable, but they are not PC, so watch for new designs. It all reminds me of what the late Burt Blumert said: that we were far freer when there were symbols, like the American Indian or Lady Liberty, on the money. Then came the decline to dead politicians. If they ever put live politicians on the coins or notes, he added, it’s time to get out.
Rightly it seems I had always loved the Indian Head cent, Buffalo nickel, Mercury dime, and Standing Liberty quarter as a kid. I still so.

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The Murder of Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom" Sung by Corul Filarmonicii "George Enescu" Directed by Iosif Ion Prunner


Simon Morrison argues that "scholarship concerned with the Russian composer’s sexuality traps him in a perpetual adolescence – and drags him into modern debates about Russia and the West" — In bed with Tchaikovsky. The article begins
    Once more, Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s sexuality has come up for debate, and once more, the discussion has nothing to do with the composer’s time or place but everything to do with ours. Tchaikovsky has no say in the matter, so we feel free to interpret his music, even when fixed to words or grounded in dancers’ feet, however we like. Doing so keeps the music relevant. Apparently relevance means dragging Tchaikovsky into the political and cultural conflict between Russia, as the born-again defender of traditional conservative values, and the decadent, declining, same-sex-marriage-sanctioning West.
Cut out the sarcasm and the professor is right about "Russia, as the born-again defender of traditional conservative values, and the decadent, declining, same-sex-marriage-sanctioning West."

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Neomasculinity

A conservative blog for peace links to what is "almost a manosphere (red-pill, not necessarily PUA) catechism" — What Is Neomasculinity? Author Roosh V's preamble:
    Neomasculinity combines traditional beliefs, masculinity, and animal biology into one ideological system. It aims to aid men living in Westernized nations that lack qualities such as classical virtue, masculinity in males, femininity in females, and objectivity, especially concerning beauty ideals and human behavior. It also serves as an antidote for males who are being programmed to accept Western degeneracy, mindless consumerism, and immoral state authority. The purpose of this article is to list and describe the principal doctrines of neomasculinity.

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