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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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Julia Holter Performs "Sea Calls Me Home," "In the Green Wild" & "Betsy on the Roof"


Writes blurbist Lars Gotrich about one of my new faves:
    Julia Holter's music exists in tiny universes, colliding in torch songs and bits of cosmic cabaret that are as reverent as they are perverse. The most minute details and the plainest words suddenly form a grandiose spectacle. Last year's Have You In My Wilderness saw Holter playing with subtle songs that unraveled more with each experience; in the NPR Music offices, those songs were given quiet and bombastic arrangements that felt close and distant at once, with a throwback to the bouncy "In The Green Wild" from 2013's Loud City Song.

    Holter is joined by Devin Hoff (bass), Corey Fogel (drums, vocals) and Dina Maccabee (viola, vocals), and herself plays upright piano, which is a rare treat live. On tour, her keyboard allows synthetic textures to accentuate her clear voice, but when she hits the chorus in "Sea Calls Me Home" here, Holter floors the sustain pedal and pounds atonal chords with wild abandon as she sings, "I can't swim / It's lucidity / So clear!" The solo highlight "Betsy On The Roof" also benefits from the upright, but is quickly joined by light viola and bass as the song builds to a dramatic climax that has no choice but to fall apart in broken chords and desperate pleas.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

House of Pain Perform "Jump Around"


A celebratory campaign song for the man who got my vote — Donald Trump wins New York primary.


I've never felt happier after a ballot cast.

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

The Clash Perform "London Calling," "Safe European Home," "(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais," "Brand New Cadillac," "Charlie Don't Surf," "Clampdown," "This is Radio Clash," "Armagideon Time," "Jimmy Jazz," "Tommy Gun," "Fujiyama Mama," "Police On My Back" & "White Riot"


'Tother day, I stopped in Record Archive to check on a special order, and left with The Clash's 5 Album Studio Set. I had had all this music on vinyl back in the day, but lost it all in my various migrations. It's good to have it back. This is one band, more than any other I can think of, whose music truly stands the test of time.

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Why Not Syrian Catholic Families?

"Popes and Mohammedan Invasions, Then and Now" was the title of a post last month that is even more appropriate today with this story — Pope Francis takes refugees back to Rome following provocative and emotional Lesbos visit.

"Although, all three families were Muslim, [the pope] said, they had not been selected based on faith but based on their eligibility." Why not select them based on their faith, and bring members of the long-suffering Syriac Catholic Church to Rome? Speaking of faith, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud styles himself the "Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques"
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We Are All Lesbians!


Nous sommes tous lesbiennes! Wir sind alle lesben!Life on Lesbos: residents tell us what it's really like. But seriously, it is interesting that Europe's demographic demise should center on an island that gives her name to a practice that is a demographic dead-end.

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Why Tiny, Faraway Iceland?

Why not rich, nearby Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, or Dubai? — More Syrian refugees arrive in Iceland. Why are the refugees' wealthy, neighboring, coreligionists doing nothing, and why is no one asking?

The White slave trade of the Arabs, we should remember, extended all the way to Iceland. It was not easy for the ancestors of Icelanders to settle that remote island, why invite your historic enemies to live and breed among you?

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XXIst Century Steatopygia

Steatopygia is back, and in a big way, as this celebratory article suggests — 2,000 squats per day gave curvy twins four-foot butts. You might think that we'd have left this behind in the Stone Age, and that it remained only among Stone Age populations like the Khoisan and Andamanese, but no, it's alive and well and making a comeback with the negroization of our popular culture!

I refuse to post any imagery associated with the term "steatopygia" so as not to revolt my readership, but I will post an image of the term "callipygian" below:


If you would , as I would, use a term with a Greek prefix meaning "beautiful" to describe the above dryad's derrière, and if all this Hottentottery disgusts you, as it does me, well, that makes you an ugly bigot — Racism in the dictionary: Steatopygia vs Callipygian.

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Seratones Perform "Don't Need It," "Get Gone," & "Chandelier"


"The Shreveport, La., band is a joy to see and hear," writes the blurbist. Great name, too. Their music reminds me of one of my all-time favorite musical numbers ever posted here, Amythyst Kiah and This Mountain Perform "Myth", which prompted me to write:Of course, now, "everybody hand in hand" has been made a whole lot harder by the Union "electing a new people" by adding a third race with a different language and an alien culture to the South. I do not remember reading about an iglesia pentecostal in Flannery O'Connor's "Christ-haunted South."

Back to the music, these folks making beautiful music together sure does go against the mass media narrative, from A Time to Kill (1996) to the Duke lacrosse case and the "A Rape on Campus" hoaxes, an effort designed to program us to believe that when Southron white boys and a Southron black girl get together, the most likely result would be the former gang raping the latter. [The truth about interracial rape, however, is "that white on black sexual assault is an extreme rarity" (statistically zero), whereas "blacks commit sexual assault against almost as many whites as blacks" (in the tens of thousands under both circumstances).]

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"79 Per Cent of Nation Opposes War"


Anatoly Karlin posts the above "map from the May 16, 1941 edition of the St. Petersburg Times showing the results of a Gallup poll on support for declaring war against Germany" — War Sentiment by US States in 1941. Florida probably topped the list for being Southron (Scots-Irish) in its north and New York Jewish in its south. Yes, a lot of ethnic Germans settled in the most isolationist Midwest, but that area and its people are about minding their own business.

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Bowmanstraße


Raymond J. Bowman, "The Last Man to Die" in WWII's European theater, the tragic subject of Robert Capa's photo above, a local boy, gets a street named after him in Leipzig — Rochester WWII soldier honored in Germany and Das Capa-Haus und der "letzte Tote des Krieges" in Leipzig

Biographie:
    Raymond Bowman besuchte vier Jahre die Highschool, war nicht verheiratet und hatte keine Kinder. Er wurde am 21. Juni 1943 mit der Dienstnummer 32846512 zum Militär eingezogen.[1][2] Der Soldat diente in der Kompanie D des I. Bataillons des 23. Infanterieregiments. Sie waren mit schweren Maschinengewehren (MG) ausgerüstet. Sein Regiment gehörte zur 2. US-Infanterie-Division („Indianheads“), die im Juni 1944 an der Landung in der Normandie beteiligt war. Sie befreiten weite Teile Frankreichs und Belgiens. Am 18. April 1945 rückten sie schließlich von Westen her nach Leipzig ein. An diesem Tag verlor Raymond Bowman sein Leben. Er befand sich mit seiner Einheit auf einem Balkon in der heutigen Jahnallee 61, wo er als Mitglied eines MG-Trupps die Erstürmung der Zeppelinbrücke deckte. Ein Scharfschütze der Deutschen, der auf Höhe der Zeppelinbrücke lag, hatte Bowman zwischen die Augen getroffen. Er war sofort tot. Raymond J. Bowman wurde 21 Jahre alt.

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Yuja Wang Performs Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Opus 30, Accompanied by Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, and Directed by Xian Zhang

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The "piano phenom" is in town, performed last night and will again tomorrow — Pianist Yuja Wang reaches a milestone in Rochester.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, Performed by the Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir, The Royal Choir med Københavns Drengekor, DR KoncertKoret, DR SymfoniOrkestret, Laura Claycomb, Nicholas Phan, Hugh Russell, Directed by Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos


The work is to be performed locally by local artists — Genesee Chorale to perform 'Carmina Burana'.

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Old Right Isolationism or New Left Interventionism?

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"History in Five: The Real Ty Cobb" From Simon & Schuster Books


Karen de Coster includes this video in a post about the "absolutely incredible, revisionist story by investigative journalist Charles Leerhsen in Imprimus, a publication of Hillsdale College, on the real Ty Cobb and how his life and career was entirely distorted and misrepresented by mythologists, sensationalists, and the monster Ken Burns, the painfully mainstream TV 'historian'" — Undoing the Lies About Ty Cobb.

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Paul Curvin & Friends Perform "Take Me Out To The Ball Game"


[Trigger warning: The above video contains images of the Confederate battle flag.]

My son and I are off to the Rochester Red Wings home opener!

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Princess Red Wing


I sure hope the librul SJW crowd had their smelling salts at hand finding this story in this morning's Sunday paper on opening day about our minor league baseball team's former mascot, "a little girl dressed in buckskin and a pig-tailed wig" — Whatever Happened To ... Princess Red Wing?

The double whammy of cultural appropriation on top of sexism and perhaps child abuse must have been too much for many of them to handle, poor things. I'm am sure those who recover will write missives to the editor beginning with their favorite stock phrases like "I was deeply offended/outraged/horrified..." Our city will likely not have seen such umbrage taking since this horror story — The ‘Racist’ Art on a 110-Year-Old Carousel Stirs Up Controversy in a NY Town.

"Princess Red Wing, the mascot in the 1950s and 1960s, was a kinder, gentler, more innocent version," of an earlier mascot, but I see the girl pictured above with Stan Musial as the picture of "a kinder, gentler, more innocent" America. Here's her story:
    A contest was held annually for young girls to determine that year’s Princess Red Wing. The winners got season tickets and represented the team during on-field and community activities. The Princess Red Wing “logo” became part of the team’s marketing scheme on programs and more.

    Michele Shemps, of Rochester, won the 1964 contest and played Princess Red Wing that season. Shemps, who was 10-year-old Michele O’Hara at the time, said she had lots of fun and hobnobbed with celebrities.

    “It was quite a big deal,” Shemps said. “I got to meet (actor) Peter Lawford when he came to town. On Opening Day, I ran out onto the field and blew kisses to the audience. I got to be in several town parades…I got to participate in Stan Musial Day, and he signed an autograph for me.”

    Red Wings Chairman Gary Larder said Princess Red Wing and the other earlier mascots “didn’t have the responsibilities that (Spikes and Mittsy) do now.” He said a local woman still has the Princess Red Wing outfit, and said a hairpiece worn by Princess Red Wing recently sold on eBay.
It turns out there was also a Princess Red Wing, who was "a Narragansett and Wampanoag elder, historian, folklorist and museum curator."

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Ólafur Arnalds Performs "Þú ert Jörðin," "Tomorrow's Song," "Poland," "Gleypa Okkur," "Near Light" & "Ljósið"


The composer behind the haunting soundtrack to Broadchurch, a series the missus and I enjoyed immensely and highly recommend, with its themes of family and community, betrayal and trust.

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The Libertarian Argument Against Open Borders

"They violate private property," reads the Lewrockwell.com blurb linking to this article retitled "Open Borders Are Anti-Libertarian" on the site — Borders, Culture, and Decentralization.

I'll be honest, I expected a inconsistent argument, albeit one leading to the immigration restrictionist conclusion with which I agree. I expected to read an argument in which "private property" would be confused with "collective property." Libertarians arguing for collectivism? It was an inconsistency I could live with, as a non-ideologue in a fallen world. Instead, I was convinced that the argument was consistent and hinged upon "the distinction of nation vs. state." Tolle, lege.

[Upon deeper reflection, much, so much, hinges upon "the distinction of nation vs. state." The open borders libertarian crowd, along with other species of modern liberals, fails because it rejects the reality of the former, a rejection which leads to the deification of the latter.]

Justin Raimondo, echoing John Derbyshire, both ironically echoing the monster Joseph Stalin's "Socialism in One Country" policy, made the case two years ago — Libertarianism In One Country.

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The Trumpening Cometh

Tomorrow, here — New details released on Trump rally in Rochester Sunday. Will Hitlery send her Brownshirts to deny him the right of free speech and his supporters the right to free assembly?

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Childbirth Performs "Women's Rights," "More Fertile Than You," "Will You Be My Mom?," "Tech Bro," "Let's Be Bad," "Siri, Open Tinder" & "Cowling At The Moon"


We're pregnant! The little lady has one in the oven, our third, making us natalists finally, after an eleven-year hiatus from birthing babies. Tantric NFP is not foolproof, so the missus is barefoot and pregnant again as she was meant to be, gearing up to give me another child with my surname to carry on my genes. Thus, the name of this band interested me, but they kinda suck; KEXP commenters say it best: "This has to be April fools" & "This might be the worst band KEXP has ever hosted." They're not that bad, but they're not good looking. And making fun of those who carry on the human race is just not remotely funny. Sorry, everyone.

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America Firster Donald J. Trump for President of the United States


With this post this blogger doth hereby endorse Donald J. Trump for President of the United States of America, due to yesterday's clarity of the candidate's message on the only issue worthy of serious consideration — Trump’s Embrace Of ‘America First’ Is No Mere Flight of Fancy.

I first pussyfooted around endorsing the man back in November — Trump 2016? And then did so again in the primaries — Donald J. Trump for Republican Nominee! I sang his praises earlier this year — Donald J. Trump, the Candidate from Somewhere and The Antimiltarist Candidate. And I endorsed his naked, handcuffed wife just last week — Melania Trump for First Lady!

Consider this post a full-on, balls-to-the-walls endorsement.

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Trump World

Cracked.com might not get it, but these "overseas political leaders who make Donald Trump seem like just another thing America ripped off from the rest of the world and made our own" make The Donald look good — A Look At Our Future: 5 Nations Who Elected Their Trump.

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U.S. Out Of N.A.T.O.!

Justin Raimondo on the "tripwire that could lead to World War III" — NATO: Worse Than ‘Obsolete’.

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