Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Johann Sebastian Bach's Brandenburg Concertos Performed by the Münchener Bach-Orchester, Directed by Karl Richter


Germany's choice is the culture that created this or an anti-culture that created, well, nothing.

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Which Alternative für Deutschland?


"German Left Satirizes Anti-Invasionists [a]s people who believe in traditional families" is how Lew Rockwell's Political Theatre summarizes the image on the left, above, from this article — Sparks Fly In German Press As Treatment Of Muslims Hits "Gunpoint". On the left from "Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine, which just came out with a cover story to 'reveal' how uncharacteristically conservative the AfD is, titled 'How the AfD wants to live', with a picture showing a retro family with dog and 3 kids," and on the right, the right's satirical response.

Of course, there is nothing wrong and everything right about the image on the left, to any right-thinking person. I was going to say the same of the picture on the right, that there is nothing wrong for such an image in the countries of the Dar al-Islam, that it is just not the right image for Germany, which is what different countries are for, but then I remembered the woman and girl, if that is indeed what there is under those grotesque sacks. There is something grossly wrong with that image.

Never in Germany, not even in the misnamed Dark Ages, nor anywhere else within the Hajnal line, where the Western European marriage pattern prevails, have our womenfolk suffered anything close to the dehumanization they suffer in current times in every Islamic country. For the sake of our women, their safety, and the rights they have enjoyed from time immemorial as co-creators of our civilization, we must keep our borders closed to these barbaric invaders.

A story from the same source above indicates that the German authorities are not interested in upholding women's most basic right, the right to safety, and are thus illegitimate — German Coverup Scandal: Ministry Urged Erasing "Rape" From "Monstrous" Cologne Migrant Attack Report.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

First Aid Kit Perform "EmmyLou," "Universal Soldier" & "Waltz For Richard"

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The "Finding Tammy Jo" Podcast

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Florist Performs "Vacation," "Cool And Refreshing" & "1914"


"In Florist, Emily Sprague and her Catskills friends sing quiet, delicate songs filled with vivid memories," writes the blurbist. What place will such twee kiddies have in the America dominated by the new people the government is electing for us?

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Hiltery's Brownshirts Strike Again

Only in America would the threat of fascism come dressed in pantsuits — Hundreds of Protesters Descend Upon Trump Rally in California, Damaging Police Cars and Blocking Roads.

At least the mainstream media is no longer using misleading headlines like "Violence Erupts at Trump Rally" to describe this extremely worrisome trend of political violence, in which mobs threaten the rights of free speech and free assembly.

Steve Sailer updates on the origins of these thugs — Mexican Flag-waving Mob Harassing Motorists Outside Trump Rally in Costa Mesa, CA. Why do liberals expect people from illiberal cultures to suddenly uphold our classically liberal values like freedom of speech and assembly? Or do they?

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Our First America Firster President?

In a long time, hopes Pat Buchanan of the candidate who said, "Our goal is peace and prosperity, not war; unlike other candidates, war and aggression will not be my first instinct" — At Last, America First!

"Military intervention for reasons of ideology or nation building is not an Eisenhower or Nixon or Reagan tradition," writes the man whose primary run I supported in '92. "It is not a Republican tradition. It is a Bush II-neocon deformity, an aberration that proved disastrous for the United States and the Middle East."

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Lord Krishna and Arjuna Ride Into Battle


That scene from the Bhagavad Gita came to mind with The Art of Manliness's latest — 10 Overlooked Truths About Taking Action. I'll confess, the Gītā has never done much for me. Wu-wei has always been more my cup of tea. Thus, I approached this article with some skepticism, until I read its first subheading: "1. Action is Cheaper Than Planning."

What I find most frustrating about working in America after spending most of my career in Asia is the insistence on planning, process, and procedure, all accomplished in meetings, which usually require both pre-meetings and post-meetings, all of which require preparation and planning. How counter-productive! "The Triumph of the Managerial Revolution" was the title of a post of mine seven years ago before I returned to these shores that seems appropriate. Is it any wonder we need a Trumpening to make America great again?

My style of work has been informed, and probably to a great extent formed, by the South Korean attitude towards work exemplified by their expression "ppali ppali, taech'ung taech'ung" (빨리 빨리, 대충 대충), which I translate as "fast fast, half-assed half-assed." I like to say that "I shoot from the hip." Perhaps about ten per cent of my quick decisions turn out to wrong and need to be fixed, but overall, I get a lot more done.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Brummy Brothers Perform "Time On My Hands"


Here in town tonight at the Abilene Bar & Lounge, the "Jersey Fresh Bluegrass" of The Brummy Brothers.

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"Make America Great Again!"


Tom Engelhardt calls the next president of the United States "a sign of American Decline (just not in the way you think)" — The Real Meaning of Donald Trump. To his left-leaning audience, he writes:
    “Make America Great Again!” With that exclamation point ensuring that you won’t miss the hyperbolic, Trumpian nature of its promise to return the country to its former glory days. In it lies the essence of his campaign, of what he’s promising his followers and Americans generally — and yet, strangely enough, of all his lines, it’s the one most taken for granted, the one that’s been given the least thought and analysis. And that’s a shame, because it represents something new in our American age. The problem, I suspect, is that what first catches the eye is the phrase “Make America Great” and then, of course, the exclamation point, while the single most important word in the slogan, historically speaking, is barely noted: “again.”

    With that “again,” Donald Trump crossed a line in American politics that, until his escalator moment, represented a kind of psychological taboo for politicians of any stripe, of either party, including presidents and potential candidates for that position. He is the first American leader or potential leader of recent times not to feel the need or obligation to insist that the United States, the “sole” superpower of Planet Earth, is an “exceptional” nation, an “indispensable” country, or even in an unqualified sense a “great” one. His claim is the opposite. That, at present, America is anything but exceptional, indispensable, or great, though he alone could make it “great again.” In that claim lies a curiosity that, in a court of law, might be considered an admission of guilt. Yes, it says, if one man is allowed to enter the White House in January 2017, this could be a different country, but — and in this lies the originality of the slogan — it is not great now, and in that admission-that-hasn’t-been-seen-as-an-admission lies something new on the American landscape.

    Donald Trump, in other words, is the first person to run openly and without apology on a platform of American decline. Think about that for a moment. “Make America Great Again!” is indeed an admission in the form of a boast. As he tells his audiences repeatedly, America, the formerly great, is today a punching bag for China, Mexico… well, you know the pitch. You don’t have to agree with him on the specifics. What’s interesting is the overall vision of a country lacking in its former greatness.

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Albion's Seed Synopsized

Steve Sailer links to a must-read "lively synopsis" of a tome that is "perhaps the most influential in recent American historiography" — Scott Alexander Synopsizes "Albion's Seed".

Of the "history professor’s nine-hundred-page treatise on patterns of early immigration to the Eastern United States," the synopsist begins:
    It’s not light reading and not the sort of thing I would normally pick up. I read it anyway on the advice of people who kept telling me it explains everything about America. And it sort of does.
Tolle, lege.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Honeycutters Perform "Me Oh My" & "All You Ever"




"This here is sawdust floor and longneck honky-tonk," says Frank De Blase of tonight's local performance — AMERICANA | The Honeycutters:
    North Carolina's The Honeycutters swings gentle to and fro, with a knockout punch of steel guitar, and a rhythm section that adheres gloriously to the 2/4. This is the country music you've been missing. The genre's purity gets redefined by songbird Amanda Anne Platt. It's all around beautiful and timeless.

    The Honeycutters will perform Wednesday, April 27, at Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. 8 p.m. $12-$15. abilenebarandlounge.com; thehoneycutters.com.
But, but... North Carolina? Should we not be boycotting them for their state's refusal to be on the right politically correct side of an issue that no one even thought until about a few weeks ago, but is now the most important issue in America today if not in the history of the world?

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Lux Fiat

"Human life begins in bright flash of light as a sperm meets an egg, scientists have shown for the first time, after capturing the astonishing ‘fireworks’ on film" — Bright flash of light marks incredible moment life begins when sperm meets egg. [Thanks, Lew Rockwell, for the link.]

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I Carry

And you should, too — Every Man Should Carry a Pocket Knife. Check out the handy list of "a few instances when a pocket knife can come in handy or just make the simple things in life more enjoyable." The main features I use on my multi-purpose are its bottle-opener and corkscrew.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Kælan Mikla Perform "Kælan Mikla," "Mánadans," "Lítil Dýr," "Ekkert Nema Ég" & "Ætli Það Sé Óhollt Að Láta Sig Dreyma"


Live from the Toppstöðin Power Station, something else to accompany Pat Buchanan's latest, The West Dies With Its Gods, in which we learn that "[s]ince 1975, only two European nations, Muslim Albania and Iceland, have maintained a birthrate sufficient to keep their peoples alive." With lasses as comely as these, who can blame the latter? A friend recently traveled there, and reported all Icelanders to be ridiculously good-looking.

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Le Nuove Musiche Perform Claudio Monteverdi's Lamento della Ninfa and Bel Pastor

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Frugalitarianism 101

The Art of Manliness's Brett & Kate McKay remind us, "Frugality cultivates the manly qualities of independence, self-reliance, self-sufficiency, simplicity, and minimalism" — Win the War on Debt: 80 Ways to Be Frugal and Save Money.

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Time to End an Entangling Alliance with an Odious Foreign Potentate

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Monday, April 25, 2016

José González Performs "Stay In The Shade," "Lovestain," "With The Ink Of A Ghost," "Every Age," "Abram," "Cycling Trivialities," "Stories We Build, Stories We Tell," "Killing For Love," "Line Of Fire," "Open Book," "Crosses" & "What Will"


"The Argentine Swede" is also one of my faves, and I did not know there was a Swedish Argentine back in the 1800's. Why is the Scandinavian folk music scene so prolific? And is there use of English an act of cultural appropriation, or is white people borrowing from white people okay?

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Get the Government Out of Our Bathrooms!

Lew Rockwell's Scott Lazarowitz on the "war on privacy, dignity, and common decency[, n]ot to mention private property and freedom" — LGBT Activists' War on Privacy, Dignity, and Common Decency.

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