Monday, November 23, 2015

The Dave Rawlings Machine Perform "Short Haired Woman Blues," "The Last Pharaoh," "The Weekend" & "Sweet Tooth"

I had no idea that Crooked Still's Brittany Haas and Old Crow Medicine Show's Willie Watson, who turns out to be from down the road in Watkins Glen, New York, had joined the Dave Rawlings Machine. Welcome to the Machine! Is not "Short Haired Woman Blues" a great name for a song?

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

La Cappella Reial de Catalunya and Hespèrion XXI, Directed by Jordi Savall, Perform "O Virgo Splendens," "Stella Splendens," "Laudemus Virginem," "Los Set Gotxs," "Splendens Ceptigera," "Polorum Regina," "Me gusta!," "Cuncti Simus," "Concanentes," "Mariam Matrem Virginem," "Imperayritz de la Ciutat Joyosa," "Ad Mortem Festinamus," "O Virgo Splendens," "Tanto son da Groriosa," "Mui gran Dereit e das bestias," "Mui grandes noit e dia," "Por razon tenuo d'obedecer," "A Madre de Jhesu-Cristo," & "O que diz que servir ome"

Is anyone in Europe now considered the wisdom of the Catholic Monarchs (Reyes Católicos) and their Alhambra Decree?

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Mary and the Conversion of Mohammedans

Over at The Inn at the End of the World we read a quote from this diocese's once-bishop — Archbishop Sheen's Prophecy on Islam and the Modern World:
    It is our firm belief that the fears some entertain concerning the Moslems are not to be realized, but that Moslemism, instead, will eventually be converted to Christianity – and in a way that even some of our missionaries never suspect. It is our belief that this will happen not through the direct teachings of Christianity, but through a summoning of the Moslems to a veneration of the Mother of God.
The Servant of God said this in 1952, long before Europe's so-called government(s) decided to elect a new people through the process Renaud Camus called "The Great Replacement," so it of course seems all the more hopeless now. And it's impossible to imagine bearded Salafists cultivating "a veneration of the Mother of God." But their womenfolk? They are the Achilles' heel of the Islamic world. If the conversion of Islam is to happen, it will happen through Muslim women and their folk religion.

The Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima director Fr. Ladis J. Cizik wrote, "The combination of an Islamic name [Fatimah] and Islamic devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary is a great attraction to Moslems" ─ Our Lady And Islam: Heaven's Peace Plan.

Indeed, Fāṭimah bint Muḥammad "the youngest daughter of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.... is the object of great veneration, love, and respect by all Muslims [and] is a vital character in the religion of Islam and is considered a role model for all Muslim women." What is the reason that she "is loved and venerated by all Muslims?" Because "she lived closest to her father (prophet Muhammad) and supported him in his difficulties, is the supporter and loving caretaker of her husband and children, and is the only member of Muhammad's family that gave him descendants."

This devotion to the daughter of their prophet, may God's mercy be upon his soul, seems a post-shadowing of the Catholic devotion to Mary, Mother of God. And, indeed, the mother of 'Īsā is mentioned more than any other woman in their "holy" book — What does the Qur'an say about Mary, the mother of Jesus? If she "is loved and venerated by all Muslims" will she not be all the more so by Muslim women, born trapped in a misogynistic sex cult, in which male adultery and female sexual slavery are sanctioned? Mary's Perpetual Virginity is the Catholic doctrine that best counters the carnality of Islam, and Muslims already believe in it!

The True Faith spread by women in the first century, unlike its enemy which spread by the sword in the sixth. Could what Hilaire Belloc called "The Great and Enduring Heresy of Mohammed" be defeated by women in the twenty-first?

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LIInd Anniversary of America's Coup d'État

The LRC Blog's Chris Burris rightly argues, "What happened on that tragic, fateful day fifty two years ago led to perhaps the single most important series of events affecting the subsequent history of our nation" — The Deep State and the November 22, 1963 Coup d’état.

Below, a re-posting of my 2010 review of a "remarkable story [that] confirmed the way I view the world, but changed the way I view President Kennedy."
    Supplying the Motive Behind the Murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy

    Until reading James W. Douglass' JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters, I had never given the assassination of the thirty-fifth president much thought. He was, I thought, just as much of an empty suit as our current president and just as much a philanderer as the previous member of his party to occupy the Oval Office. Why would anyone besides a lone nut have wanted him dead?

    Mr. Douglass, a theologian, proves beyond reasonable doubt that Mr. Kennedy had a conversion experience after the Cuban Missile Crisis and became a heretic to what the author calls "Cold War theology." John F. Kennedy's co-conspirator was none other than Nikita Khrushchev, with whom he maintained a secret correspondance. Both leaders faced fierce opposition within their own governments; one was assassinated and the other ousted the following year.

    Mr. Douglass, whose last chapter has 937 footnotes, delves into the conspiracy behind the presidential murder in great detail. It becomes clear that it was an inside job. (Either that, or Lee Harvey Oswald was at the head of a vast conspiracy involving hundreds of people, many of whom would sacrifice their own lives, organized to makes us believe he was the "pasty" he claimed to be.)

    One of the most interesting features of the book is its structure: rather than a straight chronological narrative, the main events are revisited again and again, each time offering deeper insights. For example, while we learn early in the book about the above-mentioned secret correspondance, we do not learn of the bold proposal that would have effectively ended the Cold War (and put a lot of powerful people out of work) until the very last pages.

    "A remarkable story that changed the way I view the world," said Flags of Our Fathers author James Bradley of the book. For me, this remarkable story confirmed the way I view the world, but changed the way I view President Kennedy, and I am thankful for that.

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Fighting Petty Tyranny Locally

A report on Rochester citizen David Ahl and his group ADAPT, the Association for Defendants Against Petty Tyranny — They know how to fight City Hall.

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Aurora Performs "Runaway," "Murder Song (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)" & "Running With The Wolves"

"The first time I saw Aurora sing, it appeared so new to her that each note, and each hand gesture accompanying each note, seemed like a discovery and an adventure for the singer," writes the blurbist. "She was 18 when I first saw her in New York City, and now the Norwegian singer is 19; take a look at this Tiny Desk Concert, and her sense of innocence and discovery still rings as true as ever."

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Lessons from the Yakima Nation

"The Yakama people worry about their ability to maintain their identity and culture as outsiders settle on their land," we learn in the latest episode of the ominously-named Latino USA, which takes us to "a Native American reservation in Eastern Washington that is home to about 11,000 Yakama people and almost three times as many Latinos" — #1547 – Reservations.

The number cited is closer to nine times as many Latinos, and the story starts with what is supposed to be a heart-warming story of a woman from Mexico being impregnated every year for sixteen years by her Mexican itinerant farming husband finally being brought to Yakima land.

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Hats Off to Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, D-Fairport

For her vote to prevent future slaughter by counting herself "among 47 Democrats who joined Republicans on Thursday to pass a bill requiring far stricter screening for Syrian and Iraqi refugees than the hurdles already required" — Slaughter bucks Obama in refugee vote. The proper place for these refugees is in camps in Turkey, until their countries return to their normal levels of dysfunction and tyranny.

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Darlingside Perform "The God of Loss," "The Woods," "Whippoorwill," "Open Door" and "Blow the House Down"

Just heard these Boston boys perform on "Mountain Stage" on WRUR-FM.

I have to wonder, and hope, could this whole Americana revolution thing, along with the resurgence of craft beer and other related movements, part of a greater reactionary phenomenon that will save America from the fate depicted in Michel Houellebecq's Submission?

On my post-Submission trip to Weggies this morning, observing my countrymen, I noticed several young hipster families. If we're going to have beards, better theirs than the Taliban's, right? And the band that is the subject of this post, they're an example of assimilation, right? At the indie shows I sometimes go to, one can find representatives of various ethnicities, roughly at their numbers they represent in the general population, fitting in and enjoying themselves and the culture rather than airing grievances.

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Michel Houellebecq's Submission

Michel Houellebecq's Soumission, a dystopian vision of the Islamic takeover of France in 2022, was published on the day of the Charlie Hebdo shooting, and graced that's day's cover, pictured above. I bought the English translation yesterday, the morning after the November 2015 Paris attacks, and finished it this morning.

Submission: A Novel was an engaging read, far more humorous than I expected, and as insightful as I had hoped. The comparisons to Nineteen Eighty-Four and Brave New World are not hyperbolic. The novel is indeed insightful, but not a bit inciteful, as the PC Police would have it, and liberal individualism is the novel's true target. This is a novel not of resistance, even doomed but noble resistance. It is a novel of defeat and resignation, as the title suggests.

"Submission" is of course, the meaning of the word Islam. One character compares the submission of man to God to the submission of woman to man in the Story of O. The promise of having multiple wives selected for you, along with job security, is the main impetus for several characters' conversion to the carnal sex cult that is Islam. Polygamy is by one character justified as the mechanism by which natural selection is carried out, with lesser males being unable to reproduce and the wealthy able to reproduce in super-abundance.

Staying with the "woman question" (the question that prevented me from converting to Islam fifteen years ago, leaving my soul forever in the debt of the fairer sex), it is interesting to compare Houellebecq's dystopia with Margaret Atwood's in The Handmaid's Tale. Atwood's had to make up female-subjugating practices extrapolated from Old testament verses, which no sect calling itself Christian have ever employed. In contrast, Houellebecq need only look at contemporary Islamic societies for his dystopian vision of female submission. No need to make stuff up as Atwood did.

There was a lot to ponder in this novel, with references to influences from Distributism to René Guénon. My plan is to go back and read in reverse chronological order. Roissy has more on "the patron prophet and Saint Shiv of Chateau Heartiste," "who grasps the essential corrosive nature of modern Western society, and who is unafraid to tell it like it is" — Choice Quotes From Michel Houellebecq.

Houellebecq is famously a pessimist, but as an American optimist, with recent events back on the mother continent, I feel the need to shout back across the Atlantic, "Vive la résistance!"

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Hector Berlioz's Grande Messe des Morts (or Requiem), performed by the Chœur de Radio France, the Maîtrise de Notre-Dame, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Orchestra Simón Bolívar, Directed by Gustavo Dudamel

À propos given the atrocities of last night, another pinnacle of civilization achieved by France, an illustration in counterpoint of the shockingly abysmal lack of any notable civilizational achievement of her enemy, not only in music, but the arts, literature, sciences, or any other realm of human endeavor. Nothing of value in fourteen centuries! Only war, murder, rape, slavery, and ignorance!

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Michel Houellebecq's Soumission

The atrocities of last night prompted me to rush out a buy a copy of Michel Houellebecq's Submission: A Novel, to put some more money in the author's pockets and some more consciousness in my identity.

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Paris, the Day After

  • VDARE posts a must-see video and offers two analyses — After Paris, The “With Open Gates” Video Is Back On YouTube; They’re Already Talking About “Backlash” In Paris, While The Muslim Frontlash Is Still Going On; Media Keeps Calling Muslim Gunmen In Paris Attack “Frenchmen”–But Attackers Included Syrian “Refugees”.

  • Chateau Heartiste, "a hardened contextual cynic, had to do a double-take" upon learning that U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter declared "'the United States stands with the people of France and its vibrant, multicultural democracy'" [emphasis mine] — Paris.

  • "Your invasion will cause chaos in the entire region, far beyond Iraq," prophesied Saint Pope John Paul II to Dubya, reminds the The LRC Blog's Christopher Manion — Cause and Effect, Paris Chapter.
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    Friday, November 13, 2015

    Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Messe Et Motets Pour La Vierge Performed by Le Concert des Nations, Directed by Jordi Savall

    France, this is but a single example of your glorious patrimony. What is theirs?

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    Sainte Geneviève, Patronne de Paris, Prie Pour Nous

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    Thursday, November 12, 2015

    Ukryte Zalety Systemu Perform "Czas Wypłaty," "Ukryte Zalety Systemu," "Memorystyk," "Ruiny Budów," "Obcy," "Inwokacja do Nienawiści," & "Samotność Ankietera"

    Sounds like Nomeansno; looks like my bud from Buffalo, New York, Poland's North American colony.

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    "The Old Broken-Armed Man from Prosper-Anew" by Po Chü-i

      A frail and ancient man from Prosper-Anew, eighty-eight years
      old, hair and eyebrows white as fresh snow: he makes his way

      toward the inn's front gate, leaning on a great-great-grandson,
      his left arm over the boy's shoulder, his right broken at his side.

      If you ask this old man how many years his arm's been broken,
      if you ask how it happened, an arm broken like that, he'll say:

      When I was born at our village in the district of Prosper-Anew,
      it was an age of sage rule, never a hint of wartime campaigns,

      so I grew up listening to the flutes and songs of the Pear Garden,
      knowing nothing at all about spears and flags, bows and arrows.

      Suddenly, in the Heaven-Jewel reign, they began building armies,
      and for every three men in every household, one was taken away,

      taken and hurried away. And can you guess where they all went?
      To Cloud-South, a march five months and ten thousand miles long,

      a march everyone kept talking about: how you face the Black River
      and malarial mists that rise and drift when pepper blossoms fall,

      how great armies struggle to cross the river's seething floodwaters,
      and before they make it across, two or three in ten are drowned.

      North of home, south of home, wailing filled villages everywhere,
      sons torn from fathers and mothers, husbands torn from wives,

      for people knew what it meant to make war on southern tribes:
      ten million soldiers are sent away, and not one comes back alive.

      It was all so long ago. I was hardly even twenty-four back then,
      but my name was listed on those rolls at the Department of War,

      so in the depths of night, careful to keep my plan well-hidden,
      I stole away, found a big rock, and hacked my arm till it broke.

      Too lame to draw a bow or lift banners and flags into the wind,
      I escaped: they didn't send me off to their war in Cloud-South.

      It was far from painless, the bone shattered and muscles torn,
      but I'd found a way to go back and settle quietly in my village.

      Now sixty years have come and gone since I broke this arm:
      I gave up a limb, it's true, but I'm still alive, still in one piece,

      though even now, on cold dark nights full of wind and rain,
      I'm sleepless all night long with pain and still awake at dawn.

      Sleepless with pain but free of regrets,
      for I'm the only man in my district who lived to enjoy old age.

      If I hadn't done it, I'd have ended where the Black River begins,
      a dead body, my spirit adrift and my bones abandoned there,

      just one of ten thousand ghosts drifting above southern graves,
      gazing toward their home, all grief-torn and bleating, bleating.

      When such elders speak
      how can we ignore them?

      Haven't you heard
      about Sung K'ai-fu, prime minister during the Open-Origin reign,
      how he nurtured peace by refusing to reward frontier victories?

      Haven't you heard
      about Yang Kuo-chung, prime minister during the Heaven-Jewel,
      how he launched frontier campaigns to flatter that emperor,

      how the people were wild with anger before he won anything?
      Just ask that old man from Prosper-Anew with a broken arm.
      Just ask him, ask the old broken-armed man from Prosper-Anew.
    [One of three New Yüeh-fu, by Po Chü-i, this one about "an elderly man and the price he chose to pay to live for peace instead of war," linked via the Blog, re-posted and slightly edited for format from The Western Confucian, October 29, 2008.]

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