Saturday, May 28, 2016

Carrie Rodriguez Performs "I Dreamed I Was Lola Beltrán," "Llano Estacado'" & "Noche De Ronda"


From the same milieu as the latest song I've taught myself to play, Mr. Bob Dylan's "Romamce in Durango."

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His Excellency Barack Hussein Obama's Hiroshima Address


Antiwar.com's Luct Steigerwald sums it up in three adjectives — Obama’s Hiroshima Speech Was Lovely, Frustrating, and Infuriating. Pretty much in that order.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Taylor Swift Perform "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," "Treacherous" & "22."


Songs from a record I bought for my daughter.

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"Athena Reborn"


Chateau Heartiste informs us of a pop singer's deification — ‘Alt-right’ white supremacists have chosen Taylor Swift as their ‘Aryan goddess’ icon, through no fault of her own.

About the website in question, one should read a line like "The Southern Poverty Law Center dubbed it a 'neo-Nazi website' and one of the two most popular 'hate sites' online," since the SPLC has for decades been [in]famous for justifying its own existence by suggesting that's it's always 1933 in Amerika. To suggest the singer is "a pure Aryan goddess, like something out of classical Greek poetry," is harmless fanboy talk; calling a black pop singer an "African goddess" would hardly bat an eye. Far more interesting, since it hints at conspiracy, is the idea that "Swift is covertly ‘red-pilled,’ concealing her secret conservative values from the progressive music industry while issuing subtle nods to a reactionary fanbase."

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Why Trump?

Dennis Regan, writing to the Rochester City Newspaper, explains — Feedback 5/25:
    Trump is a symbol

    What is stunning to me is that so many in the media don't recognize that Trump is nothing more than a symbol that we're fed up with politics as usual. Even Trump with all his flaws is preferable to the same old garbage we keep receiving from career politicians.

    I see this election as a turning point for America, and hope that gradually we'll move away from our present two-party system filled with self-serving hypocrites. Maybe this will ignite a revolution that will restore the glory to this once-great nation.

    Instead of being "general managers of the universe," why don't we focus our efforts, money, and manpower here at home? It's time for men and women of all ages to stop putting up with today's political nonsense and improve America as a nation, not an empire.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Vijay Iyer Trio Perform "Taking Flight," "Wrens" & "Combat Breathing"




From neighboring Fairport, New York to the Bimhuis.

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T.S.A. "Deployment" and "Surge"

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A Hard Left Nod to the Trumpening

CounterPunch's Prof. John V. Walsh, MD, on the one candidate who "has said anything meaningful and critical of US foreign policy" — Only Donald Trump Raises Five “Fundamental and Urgent” Foreign Policy Questions: Stephen F. Cohen Bemoans MSM’s Dismissal of Trump’s Queries.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Bob Mould Performs "Hoover Dam," "See A Little Light," "The Descent," "I Don't Know You Anymore," "You Say You," "Voices In My Head," "Hold On," "If I Can't Change," "Your Mind" & "Makes No Sense At All"


Funny KEXP should post this Bob Mould concert today; this past week, after learning something one day I decided to play Hüsker Dü's "Something I Learned Today" form their classic Zen Arcade, and then a pal from my punk rock days and before came by to visit.

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Andy Shauf Performs "The Magician," "To You" & "You're Out Wasting"

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Men, Stopping Cutting Your Hair...

... at "unisex" salons, as Brett McKay rightly advocates — Why Every Man Should Go to a Barbershop.

I've been going to barbershops since boyhood, and the Roma Barber Shop, run by a black former-real estate guy who took over from his Italian friend and tenant when the latter died decades ago, with my son since we moved here five years ago.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Quebe Sisters Perform "Cold, Cold Heart"

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The Seven Sisters


My favorite constellation is in the news — Pleiades setting through Sappho’s eyes. "Sappho," the article reports, "a reknowned poet from the Greek isle of Lesbos, wrote a poem over 2,500 years ago describing the Pleiades star cluster, also known as the Seven Sisters. Scientists have now use astronomical software to determine the time of year of her viewing that cluster, which is a popular object for viewing even today." Here's the poem:
    The moon has set,
    and the Pleiades;
    it is midnight,
    the time is going by,
    and I sleep alone.

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Three Sisters at Home


"The sisters turned domestic constraints into grist for brilliant books" — The Brontës’ Secret. An excerpt:
    The sisters’ social and economic disadvantages didn’t hold them back. Charlotte and Emily explored—and exploited—the prison-house of gender [sic] with unprecedented clear-sightedness. It so happens that the sisters had a good deal of “practical experience,” and they didn’t like it one bit. Pushed out into the world, they came home as fast as they could, and in their retreat from society found the autonomy to cultivate their altogether original voices.

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Teri Gender Bender Performs "I'm Getting Sick Of You"


Teri Gender Bender, despite her stage surname, is a cis-gender woman, pura mujer, at least as far as my untrained eyes can tell from the following slapsticky NSFW video, in which she appears butt-naked from start to finish — Adanowsky & Teri Gender Bender (Le Butcherettes) - Don't Try To Fool Me.

She's also cis-Mexican, and, judging from her complexion, very much on display in the aforementioned video, in which she appears, I repeat, butt-naked from start to finish, very cis-White, i.e. cis-European, or what Steve Sailer would call a "Conquistador-American," or I would call cis-Conquistador-American.

Below, plugged-in, made-up, backed by her band, and not butt-naked from start to finish but wearing the same dress and the same stockings from the above posted video (not the one in which she appears, again, butt-naked from start to finish), with her signature bloody apron, she performs the same number:

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Caitlyn Jenner Has Inspired Me to Come Out of the Closet

Over at the LRC Blog*, Thomas DiLorenzo informs us of what will become of "Caitlyn Jenner if she 'de-transitions,' as is rumored" — The Most Hated Woman in America? Following up on this unexpected turn of events in what must be the most important story in the history of our Republic, I read somewhere that Jenner kept her male genitalia, a phrase if one were to think it strange would be a hate crime.

To verify this male genitalia business, I went to Wikipedia's "Caitlyn Jenner" page, where a lot of insights can be gained. Yes, Jenner has "neither undergone sex reassignment surgery nor ruled it out." Thus, Jenner is what we used to call a transvestite, which, the "[o]fficial definition from the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language" tells us is "[a] person who dresses and acts in a style or manner traditionally associated with the opposite sex," which, like all those Y-chromosomes, would imply that Jenner is male. "Most transvestites," we learn, "are NOT homosexuals, however," and this is also true of Jenner, who "has never been sexually attracted to men, but has instead always been sexually attracted to women," something I can relate to.

What I cannot relate to is using the pronoun "she" with a guy who decides to dress in women's clothes one day, which is Wikipedia did with its "Chelsea Manning" page the day after Bradley said he was a girl, which is all it takes. Read the section on Jenner's Olympic career for the hilarious lengths it goes to avoid the use of any pronoun, which is perhaps is where we are going linguistically. "She won the men's decathlon" would still sound weird to our bigoted ears.

Like Jenner, Manning, too, has only "discussed having surgery." Call me old-fashioned, but using the pronoun "she" with a human being who not only has a Y-chromosome in every cell but also the full male genital package seems premature. Maybe I just never understood the whole chick with a dick thing, but I would even feel weird using "she" with a guy who has undergone so-called "sex reassignment surgery," which is a far more balls-to-the-walls (pun intended) option than just putting on a dress. Get back to me when they can change every Y-chromosome to an X-chromosome.

What has me coming out of the closet is this statement of Jenner's: "I have gotten more flak for being a conservative Republican, than I have for being trans." I am not a conservative, and I became a Republican only so I could vote for Ron Paul (and happily neglected to leave the party, allowing me to vote for Donald Trump), but try having an opinion anywhere on the political right at an American university, where I work, and see what happens. Four years ago, the intelligent libruls who surrounded me were convinced that a man who had been elected governor of the most liberal state in America of elected president would turn the country into The Handmaid's Tale.

So, if Jenner, speaking of Trump, "thinks he would be good for women's issues" and can thus be a spokesperson for women, the statement about getting "more flak for being a conservative Republican... than... for being trans" surely speaks to the victimhood of those of us on the right, and the right for us to have our own safe spaces. Come Monday, I will come out of the closet as a Trumpster.

*Lew Rockwell's Bill Sardi asked, "I want to know who is pushing the transgender agenda in America," noting, "The news media was re-introducing Bruce Jenner to America months before he announced he would undergo a sex-change" — The America I Woke Up to This Morning.

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Richard Yongjae O'Neill & Jiyong Perform Sŏmjip Agi


"Island Home Baby," a lullaby heard in my house these days, about a baby falling sleep to the sound of ocean waves as its mother gathers oysters, only to rush back frightened by the cries of seagulls:
    엄마가 섬그늘에 굴 따려 가면
    아기가 혼자 남아 집을 보다가
    바다가 불러주는 자랑 노래에
    팔베고 스르르르 잠이 듭니다
    아기는 잠을 곤히 자고 있지만
    갈매기 울음소리 맘이 설레어
    다 못찬 굴바구니 머리에 이고
    엄마는 모랫길을 달려옵니다

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Friday, May 13, 2016

My Bubba Perform "Big Bad Good" and "Charm"




I've been following this lovely Icelandic/Swedish duo for some time, and recently bought their new album (on vinyl, of course) of the same title as the first song. There are moments of great beauty on it. Here's a nice radio piece on the two and the new album — On 'Big Bad Good,' My Bubba Finds A Way To Be Quiet In A Loud World. And here are my previous musical positings, in reverse chronological order:

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The Young Fogey's Religion (and Mine)

    I'm not überfromm pious; what little religion I have is all Catholic before Vatican II, sometimes translated into Anglican English. I don't live up to the teachings of the church but I never attack them, something cultural Catholics understand. My goal's modest: confess and commune before I check into purgatory.
One of the first bloggers I discovered back in '03 — Dating: Notes on my first post-red pill relationship. The Young Fogey's comments above comes as a footnote to this observation: "Just as important as the blue pills some men need (no shame in that, just biology; I happen not to need them*)." Me neither, thanks to daily exercise, natural eating, and what I call Tantric NFP, which happily failed about nine months ago.

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The Buffalo Creek Treaty of 1842


It promised freedom from "from all taxes, and assessments for roads, highways, or any other purpose until such lands shall be sold" for this areas first inhabitants — How Senecas became exempt from taxes on their lands.

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An Antichrist and a Saint

"When George Bush, that wonderful Christian, decided to invade Iraq, Saint John Paul II warned him that it would cause 'chaos,'" and that prophecy is what has come to pass, reports Lew Rockwell's Christopher Manion — Ninety Percent of Iraqi Christians Are Killed Or Have Fled.

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