Friday, January 31, 2014

The Prickers Perform "One Trick Pony" and "Oblivion"




The Monatage Music Hall is where the missus and I are heading to see the Naples, New York act we saw open for the Carolina Chocolate Drops about 18 months ago.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Valerie June Performs "Twined & Twisted," "Somebody To Love," "Raindance," "You Can't Be Told," & "You Live and Let Go"

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"Go Home, Buy a Six Pack of Beer, and Watch a Good Football Game"

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Pete Seeger & Friends Perform "This Land is Your Land"


Rest in peace — Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger dies at 94. The "new verse" he adds the end could almost, almost, be directed at our governor's latest call to kick conservatives out of our state.

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Here's to the Free State of Genesee!

News that Governor Cuomo doesn't want conservatives in New York was deftly responded by fellow Burned-Over District citizen Andrew Malcolm in today's edition of our local paper — Letter: No place for conservatives.
    I agree with Gov. Andrew Cuomo; there is no place in New York state for conservative thinkers. We should have our own state.

    Upstate New York is ruled by a metropolis on the Hudson River with little regard for the wishes of those who live in the interior. We need our own state.

    If the governor wishes for conservatives to leave New York, he should initiate division of the state into two states by continuing the line between Pennsylvania and New York, and the line between Massachusetts and Connecticut to the Hudson River.

    I recommend that the new state be named Mohawk or Genesee for those rivers which honor Native American communities.
As a name for our new state I vote for the latter, for not only does it "honor Native American communities" it also honors a great beer!

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Liberalism, the Church's Rebellious Teenage Child

"Medieval Catholic theology, philosophy and law are not the most obvious places to look for the roots of western liberalism," begins David Abulafia's review of a book that argues that is precisely the place to find them — ‘Inventing the Individual’, by Larry Siedentop. The reviewer reports that the author suggests that it is "the idea of 'moral equality' among individual human beings.... marks out the Christian west from the rest of the world, and that provided the seed bed from which sprouted a liberal ideology that has proclaimed itself to be staunchly secular, forgetting its Catholic origins."

The heretical nature of the ideology was delineated by Hilaire Belloc in last chapter of his tome The Great Heresies, titled "The Modern Phase." And Flannery O'Connor exposed where this ideology leads:
    In the absence of this faith now, we govern by tenderness. It is a tenderness which, long since cut off from the person of Christ, is wrapped in theory. When tenderness is detached from the source of tenderness, its logical outcome is terror. It ends in forced-labor camps and in the fumes of the gas chambers.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Old Crow Medicine Show Perform "Wagon Wheel"


Let's not forget the gentlemen who put the song together, even if they were just "trying to finish a job Bob Dylan had started" — Old Crow Medicine Show: Something Borrowed.

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Darius Rucker Performs "Wagon Wheel"


Congratulations to last nights's "best country solo performance" winner — Darius Rucker wins Grammy for 'Wagon Wheel'. I had been practicing that very song with my Yamaha Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele before hearing the news last night.

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Claudio Monteverdi's Vespro della Beate Vergine Performed by L'académie Baroque Européenne d'Ambronay, Directed by Gabriel Garrido


A great performance of this greatest of works. As the first commenter says, "Young people and good voices." Good looks, too.

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Hotel Rwanda (2004)


Through the magic of Netflix.com, last night I watched Hotel Rwanda (2004), which I had been thinking about seeing for some time. Reelviews Movie Reviews' James Berardinelli called "an important film." That phrase almost convinced me to avoid the film, but I did watch it, with my soft spot for films about the Dark Continent, having recently enjoyed White Material (2009) and the film adaptation of the novel Disgrace.

This was the weakest of the three films. It aimed to be a propaganda piece for Humanitarian Intervention. This is a SWPL movie, which hopes to set straight those like Mr. Berardinelli, who began his review
    If you're like me, you probably paid little attention to the attempted genocide that occurred during the civil war in Rwanda in the mid-1990s (more than one million people died). I remember reading about it in the papers and occasionally seeing clips on the news, but it didn't leave much of an impression. (Or, as one character in the film puts it: "If people see this footage, they'll go, 'Oh my God! That's horrible!' then go on eating their dinner.")
Shame, shame! But what's so wrong with that attitude? The movie wants us to feel white guilt for not having marched our boys and girls off in some neo-colonial misadventure to kill Hutus for having killed Tutsis in revenge for having killed Hutus.

Aside from the propagandizing, this was the true story of a man, and heroic one at that. Hospitality management studies never looked so good (in the sense of virtuous) as it does in the person of Paul Rusesabagina. Politicians, soldiers, and rebels are all shown to be the villains they usually are, but the hero of this movie is a paragon of the bourgeoisie and all it rightly stands for! This is the film's true triumph and message.

"There will be no rescue, no intervention for us," said the protagonist. "We can only save ourselves." Indeed. Africa does not need the White Man to save her, she needs more Paul Rusesabaginas.

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Joshua Black Intimated by Federal Goons for Exercising Free Speech


Thumbs down to my local newspaper's "Thumbs up, thumbs down" section today for thumbing down the subject of this week's Two Minutes Hate, the protagonist of these stories — Florida State House Candidate Joshua Black Says Obama Should Be Hanged For War Crimes and Secret Service Visits Black GOP Candidate Joshua Black Who Called for Obama’s Execution.

Stupid me, I expected a newspaper might instead defend free speech and condemn the sending of the Secret Service to intimidate a citizen for exercising that right. Mr. Black:
    To everyone who was offended that I said that the POTUS should be hanged for treason, this is the man who droned Al-Awaki on “suspicion of terrorism"--not proof--and later killed his 15-year-old son for nothing more than being his son.

    This is also the man who sought to have Bradley Manning and Eric Snowden executed for treason when they didn't kill anyone, nor does the US government pretend to believe that they cost any spies their lives.

    This would be exactly what the President has done to others, and, as Jesus said, “the measure ye mete, it shall be meted to you again." I make no apologies for saying that the President is not above the People. If ordinary Americans should be executed for treason, so should he.

    So, don't stop at impeachment. Remove him. Try him before a jury (the very right that he arbitrarily denied to al-Awaki and his 15-year-old son), and, upon his sure convictions, execute him. Thus has he done, thus it should be done to him.
Amen. How is this even controversial? Noam Chomsky rightly said, "If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged."

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Molly Tuttle Performs "You Didn't Call My Name"

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Chesterbellocian Wisdom on Polticians

"It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged," said G. K. Chesterton, a quote that comes to mind with Lew Rockwell's posting of this Hillaire Belloc poem:
    Here richly, with ridiculous display,
    The Politician’s corpse was laid away.
    While all of his acquaintances sneered and slanged,
    I wept: for I had longed to see him hanged.
I'll have to remember to pull this one out next time one of our four living current or former war-criminals-in-chief dies. Lord knows none of them them will swing in this world.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Driftwood Perform "Outer Space"


Playing this weekend down the road at Sticky Lips Pit BBQ on the same night I was planning to attend the Winter Village Bluegrass Festival in Ithaca, New York. I'm not sure if I want to drive two hours each way on New York State Route 96 in the dead of winter in the dead of night with all the deer one sees on the roads around here.

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Inside a Review of Inside Llewyn Davis

Local reviewer George Grella seems to want to set himself apart from reviewers giving "the sort of critical praise usually reserved for the great monuments of the cinema -- films along the line of 'Grand Illusion' and 'Citizen Kane'" — Film Review: "Inside Llewyn Davis". (Here's my nondescriptly titled 2005 review of the former film mentioned — This Afternoon's DVD Pick.)

Mr. Grella begings by praising the directors' "fondness for locating their work in a particular time and place" and "kind of determined quirkiness, a consistent attraction toward the slightly offbeat and askew," but then describes "one of the most annoying elements of the Coens' work: a tendency to mock their own subjects, to parody the forms they imitate, to make fun of their characters." A fair criticism — I did not like Raising Arizona (1987) for this very reason — but one that I think is not applicable to this film.

I did not get the sense that the film's "protagonist, Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac), behaves like one of the hapless targets of the Coens' sometimes nasty mockery. "There is plenty of well-deserved mockery, but it is directed at the minor characters, who ridiculousness serves in counterpoint to demonstrate that the seriousness and unrecognized worth of the protagonist, whom I described in my mini-review of Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) as literally being just "a few moments ahead of his time in last moments of the pre-Bob Dylan era."

I think the real issue Mr. Grella had with the film is revealed in his last sentence, in which he states that "after all the alternately whiny, nasal, falsetto lyrics about love and loss and such matters and the repetitive music, I don't think I really want to hear another folk song for a long, long time." I heard nothing "whiny, nasal, falsetto" in Oscar Isaac frankly impressive vocals, nor was there anything "repetitive" in the varied songs he sang, which spanned the Anglo-American folk tradition. Mr. Grella just seems to have a tin ear for such music.

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How Many Have You Seen?

I've seen at least half — Top 100 Pro-Catholic Movies. I'd nominate two kids' sports moves I recently reviewed here, The Perfect Game (2009) and A Barefoot Dream (2010).

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A True Hero


"The word hero is bandied about so often that sometimes we forget what it truly means... this little boy puts it back where it belongs, a demonstration of someone going so far and beyond the ordinary," says the first of 3,869 commenters on this story from down the road that has gone national — 8-year-old boy saves 6 in blaze before dying while trying to save another.

Noting that "the term Hero is over used on people who are just doing their job and or doing what the average person would do in the same circumstance," another commentear says, "If Tyler had done this in the military he would be decorated. Tyler is nothing short of a Hero's Hero and I am in awe of him and salute him for what he did."

Rest in peace, Tyler. And, dare I say, pray for us.

Upon further investigation, it appears that the story has gone international; here are some reports from across the Pond — 'My little hero' Eight-year-old Tyler Doohan dies after rescuing six relatives from fire, Tyler Doohan, 8, who saved six people from a house fire died after trying to save the seventh, Hero boy, 8, killed in trailer fire after saving SIX of his sleeping relatives and trying to go back and save his trapped amputee uncle.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Balsam Range Perform "Any Old Road (Will Take You There)"

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Tyler Doohan, Little Hero

A tragedy in the next town over — Three people killed in Penfield fire. The youngest victim "gave his own life to try and save his family" — Two adults, eight-year-old boy killed in Fondiller Avenue house fire.

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Claire Lynch Band Performs "Once The Teardrops Start To Fall"


I heard this song this morning on Rootabaga Boogie and learned that this act will be headlining the upcoming Winter Village Bluegrass Festival in Ithaca, New York. This week we will be highlighting some of the festival's other acts.

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Dieterich Buxtehude's Missa Brevis Sung by Collegium Vocale Seoul


I first heard the name Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707), and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1524-1594) for that matter, in a most unlikely source: John Steinbeck's non-fiction classic, The Log from the Sea of Cortez, in which bohemian marine biologist Ed Ricketts, the model for the character "Doc" in Cannery Row, cites both composers, along with Johann Sebastian Bach, as exemplars of his philosophy of "Breaking Through."

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Dieterich Buxtehude's Sonata in A minor for violin, viola da gamba and basso continuo, Performed by Ensemble Fantasticus

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Brittany Haas, Paul Kowert, & Jordan Tice Perform "Grandpa's Cheesebarn"

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The True Horror of Calvin's Geneva

    John Calvin, who had broken with Catholicism, began to preach in the 1530s. He had great success at Geneva, and set up there a "theocratic" state — that is, one governed by the godly (the Calvinists). Geneva was not a place for the easy-going. Heresy was punished by death; and though that was not surprising in those days, it was distinctly more ferocious to impose the death penalty (as Calvin did) for going off with someone else's wife or husband.
This we read, emphasis added, in A Short History of the World by John Roberts. Much better the proto-libertarian St. Thomas Aquinas.

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President Barack Hussein Obama's "Historic" N.S.A. Speeh


Jason Ditz exposes it for the fraud that it was — Obama Unveils Vague NSA ‘Reforms,’ Denies Wrongdoing. Mr. Obama was it least historically honest in the beginning about the 33rd Degree Freemason who initiated all this, whom Gore Vidal clearly exposed: "Harry Truman replaced the old republic with a national-security state whose sole purpose is to wage perpetual wars, hot, cold, and tepid. Exact date of replacement? February 27, 1947."

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Whiskey Shivers Perform "My Sweet Baby's Arms," "Angeline The Baker," "Shady Grove," "Swarm," & "Middlesborough"











Local "fiddler and bagpiper Bobby Fitzgerald — with his Austin Texas-based band, Whiskey Shivers — will appear on the NBC drama "Revolution" airing at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15" — A 'Revolution'-ary evening for Yates County man and his band.

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He Saw It Coming in the 1830s

    There are people in Europe who, confounding together the different characteristics of the sexes, would make man and woman into beings not only equal but alike. They would give to both the same functions, impose on both the same duties, and grant to both the same rights; they would mix them in all things–their occupations, their pleasures, their business. It may readily be conceived that by thus attempting to make one sex equal to the other, both are degraded, and from so preposterous a medley of the works of nature nothing could ever result but weak men and disorderly women.
Chateau Heartiste rightly calls the author of the above quote a "keen observer of reality" — Alexis de Tocqueville’s Prescient Gaze.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Sarah Jarosz Performs ""Over The Edge," "Build Me Up From Bones," & "Fuel The Fire"


"Bluegrass' most beloved pros often play well into their 80s and 90s, so it would surprise no one if our children's children's children turn up at a Sarah Jarosz concert 70 years from now," begins the blurb — Sarah Jarosz: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert.

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Mikhail Kalashnikov, Requiescat in Pace

    My soul ache is unbearable and has one irresolvable question: if my rifle took lives, does it mean that I, Mikhail Kalashnikov, aged 93, a peasant woman’s son, an Orthodox Christian in faith, is guilty of those people’s deaths, even if they were enemies?
So he asked in a "published letter to the head of the Russian Church" reported on here — 'Am I guilty?' AK-47 maker's near-death torment. We learn that
    Kalashnikov himself, even though he was baptized as a child, spent most of his life as an atheist living in an officially atheist country. It was only at the age of 91 that he felt the call of faith and answered it.
We also learn, that like the Catholic Church, "that the Orthodox Church does not condemn making weapons for the defense of one’s motherland, or using them against aggressors."

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Dmitri Shostakovich's "Leningrad Symphony" Performed by the Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra, Directed by Pablo González


The Spectator's Stephen Walsh reviews a book about what was my first favorite symphony, — Shostakovich, Leningrad, and the greatest story ever played. I don't have much use for symphonic music these days, but I do have to say that the way the Catalan language renders the composer's name, Dmitri Xostakóvitx, is pretty cool.

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“Never such innocence, never before or since.”


Taki Theodoracopulos quotes "the poet" about his "latest crush Amber Tamblyn" in his article claiming, rightly, that "joy is not only a way of life, there is also a trick to it" — Joy Is a State of Mind.

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Rethinking the Western... and Western History

To a recent post titled "The Western" long-time commenter Pints in NYC posts a truly must-read Ryan McMaken paper noting that "the robust militarism, anti-capitalism, and outright atheism that permeates so many classic Westerns" was opposed to the "bourgeois values like hard work, devotion to family, and Christianity [that was the] real foundation of 19th century American society on and off the frontier" — The Trouble With Westerns. My response:
    There is much, much more than just the Western in this article. It is really a radical rethinking of history, in which both the modern left and right are seen to be way off.

    The 19th C. bourgeois values that are the bedrock of classical liberalism are what we should all be fighting for. I like they way he tied women in as co-creators of this civilization. There will always be tensions, of course, which is why the Western still has its place.

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Giant Robotic Jellyfish in the Skies

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A Favorite Aphorism

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"Please Mr. Kennedy" Performed by Justin Timberlake, Oscar Isaac & Adam Driver

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Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)


Took the misses to Pittsford Cinema 9 to see Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) on its opening night here earlier this evening and thoroughly enjoyed this story of a folksinger a few moments ahead of his time in last moments of the pre-Bob Dylan era. One of the darker Coen brothers films, but with plenty of guffaws and some great music. Noteworthy was the structural perfection as the film came to an end. Especially entertaining was the love/hate interest played by Carey Mulligan and the cast of misfits one expects from the Coen brothers.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Shovels & Rope Perform "Birmingham," "O' Be Joyful," "Boxcar," "Keeper," "All Those Words," "Kitchen Hallway," & "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding"


On the great Divided & United: The Songs of the Civil War album, I first heard Shovels & Rope, a husband and wife duo. At the risk of being shallow, I find myself saying to myself something I often say to myself when out on the town: "The guy could do better, couldn't he?"

I'm no judge of men's looks, and we all know men's looks don't really matter, but when I see couples, I often observe them to see which one is "at a loss and could do better." (Korean has a great verb for this situation, 아깝다, akkapda, which English cannot adequately express.) Here in America, it is usually the guy.

In Korea, it was common to see totally hot babes with average- or below-average-looking guys, who looked smart and probably made good money. Here in America, you see plenty of average-or-better-looking guys with homely, overweight women, like the singing couple in today's video. You do sometimes see a short, balding silverback with a smoking hot babe, but they're usually Armenian or of some other similarly weird ethnicity.

Usually, though, the guys are really average-but-rather-meek-looking, like the guy in today's video. Not every guy can be born with height and a high IQ, I guess. I sorta, kinda feel sorry for these guys, but not really; they've made their own beds so let them sleep in them. They at least make me feel all the more satisfied with the bed I've made and choose to sleep in. Good night.

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A Return to Heroism?

Interesting National[ist] Public Radio story I heard on the commute to work today — How Would You React In A Shooting? Have A Plan, Experts Say. A few weeks ago, I attended a workplace professional development workshop on this very issue.

One thing I learned is that sop is for law enforcement officers not to enter alone into a situation with an active shooter but, instead, to wait for backup. After all, it is all vewy, vewy scawy and one of our uniformed heroes might get hurt!

Call me old-fashioned, but I thought that was their job. I thought they became heroes when they put their lives at risk for those whom they serve (not to mention pay their salaries), not simply by putting on a uniform. No, I do not want cops to get killed, but it is in their job description to risk their lives for the rest of us. I do my job (and pay your salary); you do yours.

Reminding us that at "the mass shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado[, m]ost of the victims there died while police were waiting outside the school for back-up," we learn that "standard response protocol for law enforcement patrol officers was to contain the situation and call specialized units to handle it" [emphasis added].

Now, instead, recognized is "the need to train our first responders to get in the door very quickly and solve this problem so innocent people don't die." Amen. Says one of the peace officers and authors interviewed:
    Now, we don't advocate telling cops to light their hair on fire and just go running in the building. We teach specific tactics to do this. But we are that thin blue line and we stress that to law enforcement. If you can go in by yourself and make a difference, you need to do that.
Another thing, one which the workplace training I received corroborates, is that the true "first responders" are the citizens at the scene, and that "a surprising number of these incidents actually ended with the shooter being subdued by bystanders before police ever arrived on the scene."

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Ksenia Sobchak Stripped Naked


By America's heroes (and in this case heroine) proudly wearing the T.S.A. uniform — Glamorous Russian TV presenter strip searched at U.S. airport after 'explosives' wrongly traced on her fingers. Surely, this was just a coincidence. It had nothing to do with her looks (that would be sexist) nor her "links to Vladimir Putin" (that would be racist, or something like that).

"I had a jojoba oil massage - and there was glycerin, mixed with something else. This got their equipment activated. They said they get two or three cases like mine each day." Two or three hotties to strip naked a day would not be a bad perk for a minimum wage job.

"I was warned several times by a big black woman that she will be touching sensitive areas only in gloves and with the reverse side of the hand." That makes it okay, I'm pretty sure, under the Geneva Conventions. And the above photo was just the best of Ms. Sobchak I could find. Seriously!

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A "Deracinated" Englishman Who Came Home

    He went to Eton but he was not of the ruling class. He served as a colonial policeman in Burma but he was alienated from the Raj. He became an intellectual who disliked intellectuals, and a socialist who distrusted almost all forms of socialism. He belonged nowhere. Except, eventually, to England – not Brit­ain, says Colls, which was too abstract an identity, but England.
So writes David Aaronovitch of an author who "discovered the values of a practical, gentle, empirical people who didn't kill each other because they disagreed over politics" — The reluctant patriot: how George Orwell reconciled himself with England.

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The Honorable Walter Jones (R - NC) to the Young Americans for Liberty

    Lyndon Johnson’s probably rotting in hell right now because of the Vietnam War, and he probably needs to move over for Dick Cheney.
Thus spake the Tarheel legislator profiled here by The American Conservative's William Antle III — Walter Jones’s War.

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The Western

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires Perform "Mutineer" and "Traveling Alone"

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Another Time-Honored Institution in Decline

Hope Yen reports some rather hopeless news — The ‘shotgun’ wedding is on its way out. More than just an institution "aimed at avoiding family embarrassment," the shotgun marriage was the consummation of a man keeping his word, often unspoken, to a woman, prior to engaging with her in the mystery of sex, albeit before marriage.

"A case of wife or death" the shotgun wedding usually is not and probably seldom was, as evocative and endearing as the idea that "the father of the pregnant girl would force the baby's daddy to marry his daughter at gunpoint" may be. Rather, the idea that the shotgun wedding is "a marriage that is arranged very quickly and suddenly because the woman is pregnant" is more to the point.

Both sets of my "Greatest Generation" grandparents began their long, successful marriages in this manner, before my grandfathers were sent off to fight and possibly die in FDR's wars. I'm sure they were not the only ones. Saint-like virtue is required of a man to lay down is life without ever having gotten laid.

Hope Yen's hopeless article reports that "the share of unmarried couples who opted to have 'shotgun cohabitations' — moving in together after a pregnancy — surpassed 'shotgun marriages' for the first time over the last decade." The statistics are more dramatic, with "18.1 percent of all single women who became pregnant [having] opted to move in with their boyfriends before the child was born... compared to 5.3 percent who chose a post-conception marriage" and the fact that "[a]s recently as the early 1990s, 25 percent of such couples got married."

Ms. Yen ends her article pointing to the "growing trend of fragile families in which cohabitating parents may be more likely to break up," noting that "that only about half of mothers who were cohabiting when their child was born were still in relationships with the biological father five years later."

Of course, the ball was set in motion at least a half-century ago, as noted earlier on these pages, "By making the birth of the child the physical choice of the mother, the sexual revolution has made marriage and child support a social choice of the father" — Humanæ Vitæ Was Right.

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Happy Birthday, Zora Neale Hurston


Google reminds us that it is the great Zora Neale Hurston's CXXIIIth birthday today.

It does not remind us that she was a "fervent Republican who would be at home today on Fox News and whose racial pride led her to some unorthodox conclusions," as I did with this post — John H. McWhorter on Zora Neale Hurston.

It does not remind us that she "had written articles against voting rights for Negroes, integration of schools, and the efforts of the Fair Employment Practices Commission to secure jobs for blacks in white firms," as I did with this post — Zora Neale Hurston's Politics.

It does not remind us that she "believed segregation was a good thing, ultimately, in allowing the development of a strong, well-defined black culture that was a good and wonderful thing, which she experienced during her formative years, and which she ceaselessly advocated," as I did with this post — Zora Neale Hurston, Segregationist.

It does not remind us that she was "by far the leading black figure on the libertarian old right, and in 1952 she actively promoted the presidential candidacy of Robert Taft," and once asked, "How much satisfaction can I get from a court order for somebody to associate with me who does not wish me near them?" as I did with this post — America's Great Black Paleoconservative Woman of Letters.

Her great novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, is one of the best I've read, one of the only good things that feminist girlfriend of mine as a freshman in college gave me. I should read it again.

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Taki's Magazine Tackles Race

"So then why do we keep trying to compel a togetherheid that no one seems to want?" asks Fred Reed, suggesting instead that "the races manage their own affairs as they see fit" — The Pursuit of Racial Amity.

Robert Weissberg offers practical suggestions for avoiding the "underclass black teenagers (of both sexes) waging a violent war on whites" — Escaping America’s Youf.

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A Barefoot Dream (2010)


The missus, the kiddoes, and I took advantage of Benito Cuomo's Statism of Emergency today to watch, through the magic of Netflix.com, A Barefoot Dream (2010), based on the true story about the "45-year-old South Korean man, whose business had failed and marriage had ended up in a divorce," who found himself "coaching the East Timorese children`s football squad," which "cruised to victory in the 2004 Rivelino Cup international youth football tournament held in Hiroshima, Japan, to the surprise of many people around the world, who had barely heard of the country" — Football Coach Kim Shin-hwan Hailed as ‘East Timor’s Guus Hiddink’.

Following the exact same formula as the earlier-reviewed The Perfect Game (2009), a "delightfully standard underdog sports movie about the 1957 Little League World Series," this movie pulled every string perfectly. Holy Mother Church is even shown in a very positive light.

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Benito Cuomo's Statism of Emergency

Our governor's reaction to it being a tad chilly and breezy today — NY declares state of emergency due to 'Polar vortex' winter storm. I got a day off of work, the missus and kiddoes a day off of school, and the state's economy lost how many billions I do not know. Thus spake H. L. Mencken, who nailed it a century ago:
    Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Tomás Luis de Victoria's O Magnum Mysterium Sung by the Choir of Kings College, Cambridge


Sung tonight by the Eastman School of Music choir at Saint Michaels of Rochester for the Feast of the Epiphany, reminding us that the Christmas season is not yet over.
    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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The Clash Hits Back


The Clash Hits Back was my latest purchase on vinyl, from Record Archive. In various transcontinental moves, I had lost all of my analog and digital records of this, "the only band that matters." Finally, that situation has been remedied. There is not a song I do not know on this triple-album, and all are original studio recordings. What's unique is that this "best of album is sequenced to copy the set played by the band at the Brixton Fair Deal (now the Academy) on 10 July 1982." Cool idea. And it works.

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Choir of Kings College, Cambridge, Sings "We Three Kings Of Orient Are" Arranged by Martin Neary


The Feast of the Epiphany is observed today.
    We three kings of Orient are
    Bearing gifts we traverse afar
    Field and fountain, moor and mountain
    Following yonder star

    O Star of wonder, star of night
    Star with royal beauty bright
    Westward leading, still proceeding
    Guide us to thy Perfect Light

    Born a King on Bethlehem's plain
    Gold I bring to crown Him again
    King forever, ceasing never
    Over us all to rein

    O Star of wonder, star of night
    Star with royal beauty bright
    Westward leading, still proceeding
    Guide us to Thy perfect light

    Frankincense to offer have I
    Incense owns a Deity nigh
    Pray'r and praising, all men raising
    Worship Him, God most high
    O Star of wonder, star of night
    Star with royal beauty bright
    Westward leading, still proceeding
    Guide us to Thy perfect light

    Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume
    Breathes of life of gathering gloom
    Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying
    Sealed in the stone-cold tomb

    O Star of wonder, star of night
    Star with royal beauty bright
    Westward leading, still proceeding
    Guide us to Thy perfect light

    Glorious now behold Him arise,
    King and God and sacrifice,
    Heaven sings, "Hallelujah!"
    Hallejujah!" Earth replies.

    O Star of wonder, star of night
    Star with royal beauty bright
    Westward leading, still proceeding
    Guide us to Thy perfect light

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The Mediæval Bæbes' "We Three Kings Of Orient Are" Music Video


I had assumed, wrongly, that the Mediæval Bæbes were some corporate-created act designed to rake in on the popera market, but it seems they grew organically from the wonderfully named Miranda Sex Garden.

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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Neil Young Performs "Old Man"

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Bill Monroe Performs "Footprints in the Snow"

    Now some folks like the summertime when the they can walk about
    Strolling through the meadow green it's pleasant there, no doubt
    But give me the wintertime when the snow is on the ground
    For I found her when the snow was on the ground

    I traced her little footprints in the snow
    I found her little footprints in the snow, oh Lord
    I bless that happy day when Nellie lost her way
    For I found her when the snow was on the ground

    I dropped into see her there was a big round moon
    Her mother said she just stepped out but would be returning soon
    I found her little footprints and I traced them through the snow
    And I found her when the snow was on the ground

    I traced her little footprints in the snow
    I found her little footprints in the snow, oh Lord
    I bless that happy day when Nellie lost her way
    For I found her when the snow was on the ground

    Now she's up in Heaven, she's with the angel band
    I know I'm going to meet her in that promised land
    But every time the snow falls it brings back memories
    For I found her when the snow was on the ground

    I traced her little footprints in the snow
    I found her little footprints in the snow, oh Lord
    I bless that happy day when Nellie lost her way
    For I found her when the snow was on the ground

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Antarctic Journal (2005)


With the sub-zero temperatures outside, it seems a good night to watch Antarctic Journal (2005) through the magic of Netflix.com That site's synopsis:
    A South Korean expedition is trekking across the Antarctic when they discover a journal left by a British team that went missing 80 years earlier. As they press onward, they begin to notice strange similarities between the ill-fated British journey and their own. In the unforgiving environment where small mistakes can doom an entire party, the team steadily descends deeper into fatal delusions.
This story I heard on the wireless today about a first-hand account by one of the "members of Robert Falcon Scott's fatal expedition to the South Pole in 1910" — Tough Commute This Morning? Your 'Journey' Could Have Been Worse. From the same source, photographs some six years later — Lost Images Come To Life A Century After Antarctic Expedition.

From this second story comes this quote from the captain of the earlier expedition, possibly the best display of the British stiff upper lip and resolve that I have yet come across:
    We took risks, we knew we took them; things have come out against us, and therefore we have no cause for complaint, but bow to the will of Providence, determined still to do our best to the last.

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"Ice-bound Ship Was On Global Warming Mission"

Chateau Heartiste reports the above "small 'oversight' by the journalistic zero integrity clown show" — The Leftoid Media Lie Machine. CH calls rightly this "ironic considering that global warming is the one liberal pet cause that is buttressed by at least some respectable science."

[True, but even more ironic is the proposed headline. Irony is humorous. The librul, especially the algorean species, cannot stomach humor. As H. L. Mencken said of their Puritan forbears, they are possessed wby a "haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy."]

I had not paid much attention to this story, so, hearing the ship was Russian and haveing been influenced perhaps by having just watched Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2010), wrongly assumed the ship was in the Arctic, not the Antarctic. What makes the story even more remarkable is that it is it is midsummer down there.

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Winter Storm Hercules?

It's a name that sells newspapers, increases ratings, and gets people to clamor for government to save them, but it has not been that bad, at least snow-wise, to those of us who remember the Blizzard of 1977, during which His Honor James D. Griffin advised us to "go home, buy a six pack of beer, and watch a good football game," earning him the moniker "Jimmy Six Pack." In fact, I don't think this storm would have even made the news back then. We were made of tougher stuff.

That said, it is cold. Snow, we're used to, but its usually doesn't linger around the 0°F mark used by the great Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit to represent about the coldest it normally gets in Central Europe (100°F being the hottest extreme), a human scale if there ever was one. Turns out this story from August was right and the algoreans wrong — Farmer's Almanac Predicts 'Bitterly Cold' Winter.

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Habemus Episcopum!










"Bishop Salvatore R. Matano is installed as the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Rochester, N.Y. during a Jan. 3, 2014 Mass at Rochester's Sacred Heart Cathedral" — Bishop Matano Installation Mass.

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The Triple Package

Tiger Mom Chua's new book on ethnicity, reported on by Steve Sailer, is subtitled, "How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America." What is that package?
    • Americans are taught that everyone is equal, that no group is superior to another. But remarkably, all of America’s most successful groups believe (even if they don’t say so aloud) that they’re exceptional, chosen, superior in some way.
    • Americans are taught that self-esteem—feeling good about yourself—is the key to a successful life. But in all of America’s most successful groups, people tend to feel insecure, inadequate, that they have to prove themselves.
    • America today spreads a message of immediate gratification, living for the moment. But all of America’s most successful groups cultivate heightened discipline and impulse control.

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Sarah Jarosz Performs "Over the Edge" and "Build Me Up From Bones"

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

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

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"If I Get Too Drunk Tonight, Jesus Gonna Drive Me Home"

The title of the first song the missus and I heard in the new year, after Auld Lang Syne of course, performed by local bluegrass sensations String Theory at Johnny's Pub.

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