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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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Trampled By Turtles Perform "Keys To Paradise," "Victory," "Walt Whitman," "Widower's Heart," "Sorry," "Midnight on the Interstate," & "Alone"

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A Divine Message?

One cannot help but ask that question as Germany defeated Argentina today — Pope Francis v. Pope Benedict: Who Will God Favor In World Cup Final? I love both of these popes; why do so many Catholics see the need to pick sides?

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Morten Johannes Lauridsen's O Magnum Mysterium, Sung by Novo Cantare, Directed by Frans van de Loo


A modern American setting of the ancient Christmas Matins hymn sung by Dutch folk, the posting of which is inspired by today's visit to Farm Sanctuary, detailed in the post immediately prior to this one, and also by today's winning of the bronze by the ancestral homeland in the FIFA World Cup.
    O magnum mysterium,
    et admirabile sacramentum,
    ut animalia viderent
    Dominum natum
    jacentem in præsepio!
    Beata Virgo, cujus viscera
    meruerunt portare
    Dominum Christum.
    Alleluia.
    O great mystery,
    and wonderful sacrament,
    that animals should see
    the new-born Lord,
    lying in their manger!
    Blessed is the Virgin whose womb
    was worthy to bear
    Christ the Lord.
    Alleluia.

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Rethinking Meat


Vegetarianism, a lifestyle I practiced from age 15 to 25 until being corrupted by foreigners, is back on my mind after today's familial visit to the wonderfully inspiring Farm Sanctuary in nearby Watkins Glen, New York, which shelters "downed" and other mistreated farm animals. At the very least, I will no longer be willing to turn a blind eye to Factory Farming, whose horrors I have long known about but shamefully ignored.

I do not think eating meat is ethically wrong, but it is clear that they way we harvest it in the modern world, like so much we do in the modern world, is dead wrong. Several options for a more ethical diet are available. Veganism, I have to admit, has pretty compelling arguments. Ovo-lacto vegetarianism is a popular choice, but there are cruelty issues with egg and dairy farming. I myself hate eggs, but as a family we've hopefully mitigated some concerns by going organic for the kiddos. Still, "organic" is just a label. Pescetarianism is the clear and obvious answer for an adherent of a religion founded by fishermen. Semi-vegetarianism might be a more nuanced option; I could eat only hunted meat, or meat that is certifiably free-range and ethically slaughtered. Roadkill cuisine might be the way to go. Just kidding. Sorta.

Food for thought, inspired by a visit to Farm Sanctuary, a truly wonderful place staffed by beautiful people. From the old blog, some thoughts of mine and others, including George W. Bush and Sarah Palin's speechwriter, on the subject of animal welfare — Against Factory Farming, Pigs Are Pigs, Not Production Units, "Perhaps the Cruelest Industry".

Let us close with these words from St. Francis of Assisi:
    If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who deal likewise with their fellow men. Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission - to be of service to them wherever they require it.
Amen.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Yonder Mountain String Band Perform "Rag Doll," "The Rain Still Falls," "Don't Worry, Happy Birthday," & "Troubled Mind"

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