Sunday, August 28, 2016

My bubba Performs "Big Bad Good," "Charm," "Carolina / Going Home," & "Ghost Sweat"

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Israel Nash Performs "Rexanimarum," "Mansions," "LA Lately," "Lavendula," "Parlour Song," "Rain Plans," & "Isn't It A Pity"

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Where Have All the Leftists Gone?

Paul Craig Roberts, the "Father of Reaganomics," wonders, waxing nostalgic for a time "when there was far less war, far less monopoly capitalist theft, a less rich and powerful elite, less police violence against civilians, less militarization, less privatization and deregulation, fewer attacks on the social safety net, less propaganda from the media, and yet, despite the milder state of affairs, the leftwing was present raising hell about it all" — What Became of the Left?

To answer the question posed in this post's title, let's hope they've gone to Donald, everyone, and follow this right-thinking leftist's lead — Why Sanders Supporters Should Vote for Trump.

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Obligatory Olympic Post

I din't watch a single event, and have even less reason to pay attention now that the 2016 Little League Baseball World Series, my all-time favorite sporting event, has begun.

About he former event, Theodore Dalrymple is right to say, "Once again the only country of any size that, as far as I can see, emerges from the Olympic Games with any credit is India" — Olympia’s True Victors. The good doctor explains:
    Accounting for something like a sixth of the world’s population, it had not—the last time I looked at the table—won a single medal in any event. This proves that, at least in this regard, it has its priorities right. It has steadfastly refused to measure itself by the number of medals it wins at the Olympics and does nothing whatever to encourage its citizens to devote their lives to trying to jump a quarter of a centimeter longer or higher than anyone else in human history.

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

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

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Vote for Peace

"A good reason to vote for Trump," writes Fred Reed, "a very good reason whatever his other intentions, is that he does not want a war with Russia" — Hillary, Trump, and War with Russia. Mr. Reed continues:
    Hillary and her elite ventriloquists threaten just that. Note the anti-Russian hysteria coming from her and her remoras.

    Such a war would be yet another example of the utter control of America by rich insiders. No normal American has anything at all to gain by such a war. And no normal American has the slightest influence over whether such a war takes place, except by voting for Trump. The military has become entirely the plaything of unaccountable elites.

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What to Expect from a President Hillary

    All I can say is that women, when they are in power, are much harsher than men. Much more cruel. Much more bloodthirsty. I’m quoting facts, not opinions. You’re heartless when you’re rulers. Think of Caterina de’Medici, Catherine of Russia, Elizabeth I of England. Not to mention your Lucrezia Borgia, with her poisons and intrigues. You’re schemers, you’re evil. Every one of you.

Thus spake His Majesty the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Light of the Aryans, to Orianna Fallaci, in 1973, excerpted from an interview quoted here — The Great Men On Women’s Lib.

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Asylum

Just yesterday after reading normally unbearably cuckish Rod Dreher's "Cease That Desistance!" quoting an unfortunate mother rightly suggesting that "transgender is the new anorexia — a life-threatening trend/fad which is endangering vulnerable kids," I thought that some day in the not too distant future, many of us may follow in the footsteps of this family — ‘It’s NOT safe in Germany anymore’ German family flee to Russia to claim asylum.

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Jayhawks Perform "Quiet Corners & Empty Spaces," "Lovers Of The Sun," "Leaving The Monsters Behind," & "Comeback Kids"


"... the essential Jayhawks sound — jangly, country-tinged rock with exquisitely crafted hooks and close harmonies — remains solid..."

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"Sal"


That's what I've named my 29" Genesis Onex cruiser, since I'll ride her mostly along the Erie Canal Trail on my commute, and like the song, about "15 miles" a day on my 24-mile round-trip commute, which also takes me on the Lehigh Valley Trail. My Schwinn 26 inch Cruiser Bike, which I bought five years ago to keep up with the two big kids as they learned to bike, was not up to the challenge of the commute, and the rear coaster brake hub fell apart. The RIT Bikeshare's Fuji Barnebey 3 Cruiser Bikes filled the gap for a while, but when that service went offline for a few weeks, I went online to craigslist, and found Sal.

She's a good ride. For a tall guy like me, the extra three inches of wheel height really make a difference. I felt like a could faster and maintain more momentum. The moderate hills on my route were also noticeably easier to climb. I told Sal's previous owner that people were surprised I made a daily 24-mile round-trip commute on a one-speed cruiser, and he, a young fellow of the African-American persuasion and thus perhaps knowledgeable of such things, replied that cruisers were already popular on the West Coast. Again, I appear to be a few years ahead of the trend.

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Louis Bérubé Performs "C'était toi," "Un dernier baiser," "La transcanadienne" & "Devenue farouche"

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Rachel Barton Pine Performs J.S. Bach's "Tempo di Borea" (from Partita No. 1), "Largo" (from Sonata No. 3), & "Fuga" (from Sonata No. 1)

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Truman's "Crime Against God and Man" Documented

"Every act of war directed to the indiscriminate destruction of whole cities or vast areas with their inhabitants is a crime against God and man, which merits firm and unequivocal condemnation," reads the Catechism of the Catholic Church's Paragraph 2314, which comes to mind with this news today — Nuclear disaster as seen by the Russians: Rare footage filmed by Soviet researchers shows the utter devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki shortly after US atomic bombs flattened the cities in 1945.

Of course, this atrocity came at a more civilized time when people, even Americans after four years of war, still might have recoiled against an "act of war directed to the indiscriminate destruction of whole cities or vast areas with their inhabitants," so war criminal and 33° Freemason Harry S. Truman famously lied, "The world will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a military base. That was because we wished in this first attack to avoid, insofar as possible, the killing of civilians."

Here's a handy compendium of my own making showing that right-minded contemporaries still had their moral compasses intact — Old Rightist Voices Against Atomic Mass Murder.

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Small Countries Are Beautiful

A reader email to the normally unbearably cuckish Rod Dreher's latest post — Benedict Option Countries:
    You often write about how Europe (or at any rate, Western Europe) is a generation further down the degeneracy route.

    However, there are exceptions[: t]he European microstates (Andorra, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco and San Marino – I leave the Vatican out).

    In all these countries abortion is only allowed to save the life of the mother (Monaco is an exception and in 2009 legalised it for the “hard cases”: rape, incest, serious foetal defect). None of them have same sex marriage (though some have domestic partnerships open to all). Malta only allowed divorce in 2011 (the referendum was 53% in favour the change – picture that: only 53% of the population wanted divorce to be allowed). None of them have euthanasia.

    These countries have done rather well at resisting “social progress”. In all of these countries the Catholic Church has a great influence and the mass attendance rates are high. Monaco and Liechtenstein have catholicism as their State religion and the monarchs there do retain some power. When they had a referendum on abortion the Prince of Liechtenstein said he would veto any relaxation of the ban on abortion. He also said that if the European Court of Human Rights held that they had to allow same sex adoption, he would just ignore the ruling.

    I was wondering if they could be seen as a model for what a BenOp could look like (or indeed if the BenOp could consist of just moving there).

    I was wondering if the size of those countries might also be a factor in explaining the difficulty of progressivism there. In a very small country where everyone knows everyone else, people can have a genuine experience of communities. This might make liberal individualism less appealing.
Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching Chapter 80, here translated by Lin Yutang, comes to mind:
    (Let there be) a small country with a small population,
    Where the supply of goods are tenfold or hundredfold,
    more than they can use.
    Let the people value their lives and not migrate far.
    Though there be boats and carriages,
    None be there to ride them.
    Though there be armor and weapons,
    No occasion to display them.
    Let the people again tie ropes for reckoning,
    Let them enjoy their food,
    Beautify their clothing,
    Be satisfied with their homes,
    Delight in their customs.
    The neighboring settlements overlook one another
    So that they can hear the barking of dogs and crowing
    of cocks of their neighbors,
    And the people till the end of their days shall never
    have been outside their country.

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Jayhawks Perform "The Devil Is In Her Eyes," "Lovers Of The Sun," "Comeback Kids," & "Stumbling Through The Dark"

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Peace, Love, and Donald J. Trump

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