Sunday, August 24, 2014

Della Mae Perform "Pine Tree," "Hounds" & "Carter Country"

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MLB, MiLB, LLWS

Yesterday, with my dad and my son I drove the thee hours to Williamsport, Pennsylvania for the Little League World Series. O, the purity!

We started the season driving an even longer distance to see the Toronto Blue Jays forgettably host the New York Yankees. In between, we saw many a good Rochester Red Wings game. We finished the season watching Seoul defeat Tokyo and are looking forward today to watching the former play Chicago in fifteen minutes.

The LLWS is like going to the school dance with the girl next door. MiLB is like spending some quality time with the missus after a hard day for the both of you. MLB is like whacking off alone to hardcore porn on the Internet.

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True Patriotism

"It is in the interest of every American to understand why war is so dangerous to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," reminds Mike Marion — Anti-war Is Pro-American.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros Perform "Night Train Rolling By"


Walt Wilkins and The Mystiqueros play tomorrow night at the Abilene Bar and Lounge.

Guitalele in hand, last night yours truly hopped a freight train, just for practice, near the trestle pictured above.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Cloud Cult Performs "Breakfast With My Shadow," "Ghost Inside Our House," "You're The Only Thing In Your Way," & "Pretty Voice"

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Deep Dark Woods Perform "A Voice Is Calling," "Absolutely Sweet Marie," "Jubilee" & "Red, Red Rose"

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We Are All Isolationists

Justin Raimondo explains "[h]ow an epithet becomes a compliment" — The New Meaning of ‘Isolationism’. "The recent rash of attacks on 'isolationism' by leading Republican warmongers is doing nothing but making us isolationists more popular than ever – and is turning what is supposed to be a marginalizing epithet into a compliment and a political asset."

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As American as Quaker Oats and the America First Committee

Bill Kauffman remembers "Robert Douglas 'Bob' Stuart Jr., who died in May at the age of 98, [who] helmed two of the 20th-century Midwest’s flagship cultural enterprises" — Still America First. An exceprt:
    In September 1940, Bob Stuart and several Yale Law School classmates—including future President Gerald Ford and future Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart—founded the America First Committee, the largest antiwar organization in American history. Their law professor Fred Rodell later wrote in The Progressive—before Vietnam—that America First was “the only important U.S. political movement ever sparked and kindled by youngsters.” (Gerald Ford quit when he feared his involvement might jeopardize his position as assistant football coach at Yale. A profile in courage!)

    Speaking of which, there were Kennedy footprints all over America First. Old lech Joe Kennedy kicked in a few bucks, and John F. Kennedy sent the AFC a check for $100, with a note reading “what you all are doing is vital.” Mr. Stuart’s long-time friend Sargent Shriver, Kennedy in-law and the last pro-life Democrat to run on the national ticket, was present at the creation.

    Mr. Stuart said that the disastrous entry of the U.S. into the slaughterhouse of World War I was his motivation in founding the AFC. He saw the new European war as a continuation of the previous one, and he wanted no part of it for his country.

    The America First story has been told well by historians Justus Doenecke and Wayne Cole. Its personalities ranged from Main Street Republicans to prairie populists, from pacifist novelists to Midwestern manufacturers. Behind its banner stood figures as various as Socialist Norman Thomas, American Legion commander Hanford MacNider, and Sears Roebuck chairman Robert E. Wood. And, of course, Charles Lindbergh.

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Neocon Iraq Policy Success


The mark of the Nazarene, above, "100 people lined up, all holding the Arabic letter nun, or 'N,' which the Islamic State painted on the homes of Christians in Mosul," a graphic visual to accompany "hard left" CounterPuncher Patrick Cockburn's stark reminder of "the greatest mass flight of Christians in the Middle East since the Armenian massacres and the expulsion of Christians from Turkey during and after the First World War" — Time Runs Out for Christian Iraq.
    The last Christians in northern Iraq are fleeing from places where their communities have lived for almost 2,000 years, as a deadline passed for them to either convert to Islam, pay a special tax or be killed.... Isis, which now rules an area larger than Great Britain, has already eliminated many of the ancient Christian communities of eastern Syria, where those who had not escaped were given a similar choice between conversion, payment of a special tax or death....

    Mosul is one of the most ancient centres of Christianity and on the east bank of the Tigris river that flows through the city is a mosque housing the tomb of the Biblical figure of Jonah. This is now in danger of being destroyed by Isis, whose puritan and iconoclastic version of Islam is opposed to the worship of tombs, shrines, statues and pictures....

    The Christians are mostly Assyrians, known as the Church of the East, or Chaldeans, an Eastern rite of the Catholic Church.... The church of Mary in Mosul, 225 miles from Baghdad, was closed by Islamic militants.... Christians were ordered by Isis to attend a meeting with them on 16 July, but they refused to go and a decree was issued the following day offering the three options of conversion, payment of jizia or special tax by non-Muslims or expulsion on pain of death.

    Two Christian nuns and three orphans were kidnapped for 15 days when they stopped at a petrol station. Christian churches in Mosul have been progressively occupied and despoiled.... Chaldean Archbishop Nona told HRW that four cars had come to his archdiocese compound:

    “Each car carried three gunmen, most of them with masks. They broke open the doors and took some small statues from inside the property and broke them outside. They took control of the premises and placed their black banners on the roof and entrance. They told neighbours, ‘this is our property, don’t touch it’.”

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Nikki Lane Performs "Good Man," "You Can't Talk To Me Like That," "Seein' Double" & "Right Time"


Outlaw country, with its "fundamental opposition between law-and-order authoritarianism and the image of 'outlaw' authenticity," ain't dead.

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Free Mary Ann Grady Flores!


"You can bet money that Earl A. Evans, the Air Force colonel who has restraining orders against a number of protesting grandmothers, is not actually scared," rightly says the local columnist about the injustice committed against another local woman — Bryant: Year in jail unfair for protesting grandmother. "People who care about the First Amendment ought to be horrified."

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Free Thelma Louise Edwards!


"Instead of as a community being punitive to people who are trying, we should be helping them," says the local woman raising funds to help out another local woman, who, we learn "told deputies at the time of her arrest that she left her son in the car because she had no child-care option and didn't want to lose her hostess job" — More than $1K raised to bail out TGIF mom. Click on the image to donate.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Meschiya Lake and The Little Big Horns Perform "Catch em Young," "The Fragrance of Your Charm," "'Lectric Chair Blues," & "It's The Rhythm In Me"


The lovely voice behind one of my favorite musical posts on this blog — The Magnolia Beacon Perform "Waiting," "Walking," "In Your Eyes," & "Margarita".

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The Americanist Heresy on Steroids

Norman Solomon exposes "the kind of monotheism the world can do without" — Does Uncle Sam Have a God Complex? On a related and perhaps deeper note, Daniel McCarthy reminds us that "Democracy isn't the end of history, it's a product of power" — Why Liberalism Means Empire.

The 'Americanism' heresy, in the two-millennia history of Catholicism, refers to that "set of condemned ideas concerns ranking natural virtues above supernatural ones, along with a division of virtues into 'passive' and 'active' that gives preference to the latter as more suited to modern times."

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Good News For Those of Us Who Live in the Finger Lakes Region

The answer to this question is, of course, negative — Does Wine Make You Fat? I have to take issue, however, with the assertion that "a bottle of wine is not a single serving."

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Holly Williams Performs "Drinkin,'" "Railroads," & "Waiting On June"

Holly Williams is the granddaughter of Hank Williams and the half-sister of Hank Williams III.

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"The True History of Atheism"

    Once upon a time, people lived in ignorant superstition, offering sacrifices to monsters in the sky. Then some clever folks used special weapons called “science” and “reason” to show that the monsters had never really existed in the first place. Some of these clever folks were killed for daring to say this, but they persevered, and now only really stupid people believe in the monsters.
The "Fairy tale" with which "Nick Spencer begins his spirited history of atheism," whose, "point, of course, is that this received wisdom is naive nonsense—it gets the history of science and the nature of religious belief wrong, setting up an opposition between reason and faith that the church fathers would have found rather puzzling," we learn in Michael Robbins's Slate review — Know Nothing.

"Few historians take this myth seriously," reminds Robbins, "but it retains its hold on the vulgar atheist imagination. To believe it requires the misconception that religion exists primarily to provide explanations of natural phenomena."

Of local interest, news from the town the provoked a "U.S. Supreme Court ruling in May that allowed prayer before public meetings" — Atheist gives 'historic' invocation in Greece.

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