Sunday, June 18, 2017

Old Crow Medicine Show Perform Bob Dylan's "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35," "Just Like a Woman," & "Obviously 5 Believers"






Three tracks from their phenomenal "50 Years of Blonde on Blonde" album, my Father's Day present on 180 gram vinyl, covering the Nobel Laureate recognized for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." The album's story is told here — How Old Crow Medicine Show Reimagined Bob Dylan's 'Blonde on Blonde'.

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Islam in Upstate New York

  • A fellow named Ramadan Abdullah amassed fifteen unregistered firearms and 10,000 rounds of ammunition, before he got busted, but authorities assure us there are "no indications that there was a plan in place for him to commit any acts of violence" — Shoplifting bust leads to huge weapons cache, police say. "Police are also exploring Abdullah's travel patterns; he is a United States citizen and investigators believe he has previously traveled overseas."

  • Islamberg, New York, a place I had no idea existed, is the setting for our next story— Man gets nearly 20 years in Muslim attack plot. Town founder Mubarak Ali Gilani "has been alleged by the U.S. Government [to be ] associated with the terrorist organization Jamaat ul-Fuqra," "an organization of mostly African-American Muslims based in Pakistan and the United States," "[s]ome of [whose] 3000 members have planned various acts of violence."

  • Utica, NY, “The Town that Loves Refugees”, is the subject of loretta the prole's revisit — My Hometown Is Gone. "The agency that resettles refugees for the federal government in the city of Utica, NY," is run by a woman who "does not live in Utica, whose population, she told the New York Times, is perhaps 25% refugee," but rather she lives "in Holland Patent, a picturesque rural enclave, listed on the National Registry of Historic Places for its beautiful stone church- and which happens to be almost 99% white."

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    Saturday, June 17, 2017

    Julie Byrne Performs "Sleepwalker" and "Natural Blue"

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    Wine Snobs, i.e. Liberals, Are Hiveminded Conformist Fools

    As evidenced by the reminder that a line from "the movie 'Sideways' [made] merlot consumption sank like a rock but appreciation for pinot noir burst into fashion," which we read here — Why syrah just don't get no respect. The same blind, unquestioning following of this or that trend can be seen in their politics. So much for these self-styled sophisticates.

    Serious beer-drinkers have given my skepticism, but never snobbery, over my endorsement of Genesee Light as a good beer. Merlot and syrah (a.k.a. shiraz) are two of my favorites, along with cab sav and malbec. I never liked pinot noir after my limousine liberal aunt said it was the only wine she drank.

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    Friday, June 16, 2017

    Fake Hate


    Upstate — Ex-University Albany students found guilty of falsely reporting hate crime, cleared of other charges. "On the 911 calls, Agudio can be heard saying 'I beat up a boy' and 'I had three bitches down' before an operator picked up the call."

    However, the presiding judge may be sexist, eurocentric, and specieist: "Acting Albany County Judge Roger McDonough lectured the women at the sentencing about telling lies, reciting one of Aesop's Fables, 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf.'"

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    Le Butcherettes Perform "Shame You're All I've Got"

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    ¡Tan Lejos de Dios y Tan Cerca de los Estados Unidos!”

    That Mexican lament comes to mind and is turned on its head reading Justin Raimondo's latest, noting "The cartels control our southern neighbor" — Forget the Russian ‘Threat’: Mexico Is Our Real Problem. His conclsuion:
      Some problems don’t have solutions, and this may be one of them. The accumulated stupidity and venality of the Mexican and US authorities over past decades has created such a toxic brew of social decomposition and political dysfunction that we can only await the coming explosion with a mixture of fear and hope – hope that our leaders will force their gaze away from the far horizons of the Middle East and focus on the rising crisis right here on our own southern border.

      So you think Russia is a threat? You’re worried that the borders of Afghanistan are insecure? All this pales before the real threat that is growing south of the Rio Grande, a gathering storm that will inevitably spill over the border and impact life right here in the United States.

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    Why We Like Movie Critics

    "Critics’ lists tend to favor strong visual directors, while Oscars tend to go to social message movies constructed more by producers than by directors," begins Steve Sailer, concluding thus that "critics’ favorites tend to be implicitly rightwing because the auteur theory favors strong men as directors" — Douthat: "The Best Movies of the 21st Century".

    Here the Old Gray Lady's list — The 25 Best Films of the 21st Century So Far. From across the pond, here's Auntie Beeb's — The 21st Century's 100 greatest films.

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    Charles Darwin, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and Marshall McLuhan

    Peter Feuerherd on "one portion of McLuhanism that remained hidden to the general public" — The Mystical Side of Marshall McLuhan:
      McLuhan privately expressed his debt to the Jesuit mystic, scientist and theologian Teilhard de Chardin for inspiring many of his theories. McLuhan saw his theories as harkening an age in which all people would become part of the body of Christ, a unity created by technological advances. Teilhard, who died in 1955, was known for his teachings which looked towards Darwinian evolution not as an enemy of religious faith but as evidence of God’s design for the evolution of humanity.

      McLuhan kept this influence out of his public writings and speeches. Wolfe says he probably did so in response to Teilhard’s regular battles with Catholic authorities, who frequently saw his views as contrary to the faith and tried to suppress them. Teaching at a Catholic college, McLuhan might have been reticent for fear for his own position.

      McLuhan also saw that citing a mystical Jesuit would be a dead end with secular audiences, who would be suspicious of a religious viewpoint permeating the realm of communications theory.

      In any case, McLuhan enjoyed guru-like status, invoked regularly and pondered by the world’s intelligentsia. His theories were applied by the innovators of the emerging internet of the 1990s, who saw in McLuhan a vision of how their own medium was transforming the world. Years after his death, McLuhan’s photo adorned the masthead of Wired, the print Gospel of the internet, a tribute to how a formerly obscure literary professor transformed the way the world views communication. The impact of his thought, notes Wolfe, cannot be overestimated, akin to that of Freud or Einstein.

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    Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    Lisa Hannigan, John Smith and Glen Hansard Perform Robbie Robertson's "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"


    The sweet Irishwoman and two Irishmen perform one of our noblest and most tragic American songs, written by a Canadian Mohawk/Jew. Will this performance have them prosecuted for a hate crime?

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    "Virgil, Quick, Come See, There Goes Robert E Lee"

    "Rewriting American History" is the phrase Walter E. Williams uses to describe the recent treatment given to perhaps the greatest American hero described by Fred Reed here — General Lee Speaks: Had It Figured Out. On the sesquicentennial of the end of the War of Northern Aggression, I posted this interlude indicative of a far more civil time:

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    First Shots of the Second American War (the War of Liberal Aggression)?

    Escalating from sucker-punches, the left takes up arms — Anti-Trumper Shoots Republican Congressmen. With more than 50 rounds fired and no fatalities, this should be an easy win.

    Homeboy and "the first member of the House of Representatives to endorse President Donald Trump during the campaign" wisely prepares to defend himself — Collins says he will start carrying a gun, after baseball practice shooting. This reminds us that not only was this an attack on our president's party, it was an attack on baseball.

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    Sunday, June 11, 2017

    Jacqueline Fortes Performs "Seis One Na Taraffal;" Americo Brito Performs "Sintado Na Pracinha a Coladeira;" Adison dos Reis Trio Perform "Kolá San Jon;" Melissa Fortes, Sonia Andrade, Laise Sanches, & Milena Braga Tevares Perform "Force d'Mulher;" Dina Media & Paulo Bouwman Perform "Fidjo Magoado;" and Jacqueline Fortes, Americo Brito, Adison Dos Reis, Dina Medina, Hassan Ait Moumad, Carlos Sousa, Sima Nos e So Nos, Paulo Bouwman, & Marco Santos "Sodade"












    The music of Cape Verde, which captured my attention several years ago (and that of Dutch broadcaster vpro vrije geluiden just last month), has a similar windswept Atlantic melancholy (Sodade/Saudade, em português) that I find so attractive in the music of the Faroe Islands, far further north, which captured my attention last week.

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    As Heroic As It Is Pathetic

    This news from my maternal grandmother's hometown — New Black Power Mayor Of Jackson (MS State Capitol, Nearly 90% Black) Promises To “Figure Out How To Get A Movie Theater”. Said His Honor Chokwe Antar Lumumba, "If Green Bay can figure out how to get a professional football team, then I feel we can figure out how to get a movie theater."

    Perhaps VDARE could take a less condescending view, as the separatist goals of White nationalism are in line with those of the proposed Republic of New Afrika.

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    Guðrið Hansdóttir Performs "Í Mjørka"


    "In Fog," my favorite song of hers; "They say the fog will make the pastures grow."

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    Friday, June 9, 2017

    Guðrið Hansdóttir Performs "Meditations on Salt," "You Have Diamonds," "Aldan," "Cloth Mother," "A Faroese Fisherman Speaks of Drowning," "Stjørnur," "Í Mjørka" & "Morgun Í Mars"


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    Hallur Joensen & Kristina Bærendsen Perform "Um Tú Hevur Tað Sum Eg" & "Her í Bygdini"




    Country music in the Faroese language? Makes perfect sense. And I had thought Country Québecois from just next door was pushing it linguistically and geographically.

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    Thursday, June 8, 2017

    Guðrið Hansdóttir Performs "Morgun í Mars" & " Í Mjørka"




    More beauty from the Faroe Islands. The second song, with a title translated as "The Fog" and sung in English, is about as perfect as a song can get.

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    Trump References Clinton's Ditch


    In his speech on infrastructure — What Donald Trump said about the Erie Canal.
      "The new canal exceeded even the governor's bold vision," Trump said. "It dramatically reduced the time and cost required to transport goods from the heartland. As a result, new settlers rushed into the Midwest, including to right smack here."

      The Erie Canal, which connected the Hudson River to the Great Lakes and opened the New York City harbor to the Midwest, is currently celebrating the bicentennial of its groundbreaking.

      As he closed his speech, Trump used DeWitt Clinton's push as an aspirational goal for future infrastructure investment.

      "Just as the daring dreams of our ancestors opened new paths across our land, today we will build the dreams that open new paths to a better tomorrow," he said. "We too will see jobs and wealth flood into the heartland and see new products and new produce made and grown right here in the USA."

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    Mahomet as anti-Christ

      Jesus’ responses to the three temptations of Satan were the exact opposite of Mahomet’s behavior. Whereas Jesus refused to use his divine powers for his personal advantage or for power, Mahomet often used his (false) claim of direct divine authorship of the Koran for purely personal ends (such as his various murders and marriages), and, of course, to make his religious teaching into an earthly, conquering, political force. In other words, Mahomet yielded to the temptations that Jesus rejected. Therefore, Muir concludes (and he calls this a suggestion rather than a dogma), if Mahomet was indeed inspired by a supernatural being, it was not God but someone else.
    Thus wrote Lawrence Auster, "discuss[ing] discussed William Muir’s 1878 The Life of Mahomet," excerpted here — Islam As Anti-Christianity.

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    Fuck You, We Are All Millwall


    That cry, referencing London's working class Millwall Football Club, could well be the cry of a new reconquista'Lion Of London' Took On Terrorists And Shouted 'F**k You, I'm Millwall' At Them.
      47-year-old Roy Larner battled the three machete-wielding jihadis with bare fists and shouted: "Fuck you, I'm Millwall!"

      Roy was enjoying a pint in a pub when the attackers ran in with machetes, chanting, "Islam, Islam!" and "This is for Allah!"
    [Please ignore what the attackers shouted; these acts had nothing to do with Islam, which Christians ranging from President Bush to Pope Francis never tire telling is the Religion of Peace.]

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    Eivør Pálsdóttir Performs "Tròdlabùndin"


    I was lead to the lovely lass above after my start-up page this morning took me to Mykines, in the Faroe Islands, and the image and description below:

      Wave-battered cliffs, torrential rain, and a haunting beauty–the remote Faroe Islands have an allure all their own. These 18 rugged islands lie halfway between Iceland and Norway. The resilient locals are mostly ethnic Faroese, descendants of Norse and Gaelic peoples. We’re looking at Mykines here, the westernmost of the Faroes, where the 2004 head count put the human population at 11. And while people aren’t flocking to the island, birds find it a great place to roost. Cliffs made of soft volcanic layers interspersed with basalt provide ideal nesting grounds for thousands of seabirds, including puffins and gannets.

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