Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Billy Bragg & Joe Henry Perform "John Henry," "In The Pines," "Gentle On My Mind" & "Rock Island Line"


This is about as close as it gets these days to the "oldfashioned I.W.W. anarchism" that Jack Kerouac celebrated in The Dharma Bums in the character of Japhy Ryder (based on Gary Snyder, no blood relation that I know of).

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Which of Facebook's Fifty-Eight Genders Would This Deer Use?


"A Central New York hunter recently shot a 13-point buck, the deer of a life-time," writes local writer David Figura. "Make that a doe. No, actually make that a buck" — Was weird-looking deer shot by Upstate NY hunter a hermaphrodite? From the article:
    Is it a hermaphrodite?

    Paul Curtis, extension wildlife specialist in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University, says he would have liked to examined the innards of the deer, but in his opinion it probably is not. He said he's looked at hundreds of deer in his research and has seen all sorts of odd things, but never a true hermaphrodite.

    He conceded, though, after examining a picture of Macera's deer that it's definitely an oddity.

    "It had a penis. It wasn't a female," he said. Most likely, he added, it's a deer that had a testicular (genetic) abnormality or an injury.

    "It could have injured itself jumping a fence and had bad luck. Its testes could have been hammered (by something like that)," he said.

    Curtis explained that bucks shed their antlers each year. He said an initial surge of testosterone from the animal's pituitary gland starts the antler regrowth process off each year, usually in the late spring, early summer. Those antlers end up being covered with velvet, which is tissue that covers the bone and cartilage that develop into antlers.

    He said a second surge of testicular testosterone comes in the late summer, early fall - resulting in the deer losing its velvet and the hardening of the antlers. The fact that the velvet remained on Macera's deer is indicative of some sort of testicular malfunction.

    He said Cornell did some research with injecting nearly a half dozen bucks with an experimental birth control hormone (anti-Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone) that resulted in all five developing 'spindly, malformed' antlers. The antlers never hardened and all retained their velvet, he said.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Robyn Hitchcock and Emma Swift Perform "Life Is A Change," "Love Is A Drag," "Glass Hotel," "Just Like A Woman," & "Ole! Tarantula"

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Win-Win in France?


"Marine Le Pen and niece Marion Marechal Le Pen--France is either voting for them, or another immigration skeptic," whom Pat Buchanan describes as "a socially conservative Catholic who supports family values, wants to confront Islamist extremism, control immigration, restore France’s historic identity and end sanctions on Russia" — Populist-Nationalist Tide Rolls On In Europe And The West.

Describing François Fillon as "a Rick Santorum-like Catholic conservative," Steve Sailer says this puts "the National Front to the left of the Republicans on traditional class economic issues and not all that far to the right on cultural / identity issues" — Is the National Front Still the "Far Right" in France?

Moi? Je suis avec elles. Especially Marion!

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His Excellency Rodrigo Duterte, Strongman and Statesman


Two headlines — Philippines President Duterte's advance security team bombed in volatile region & Only federalism will bring lasting peace, says Duterte. From the former article:
    The truck carrying the president's advance security detail was hit by an improvised explosive device,” Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said, as cited by Reuters. “There was no firefight.”

    “The convoy was ambushed using an IED while traversing from Iligan City to Marawi City,” Armed Forces spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla said.

    The injured men were immediately airlifted to safety. Members of the president's official media team were also in the convoy, but were unharmed.

    Lorenzana said that he advised Duterte to cancel his visit to Marawi, scheduled for Wednesday, as the situation is “still not under control.”

    The president chose to ignore the advice.

    “The advice was to postpone. I said no, I will go there. And if possible, take the same route,” Duterte said, as cited by Reuters. “Maybe we can have a little gunfight here, gunfight there.”

    Philstar newspaper cited Padilla as saying the attack might have been staged by Maute, an Islamist group which pledged allegiance to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).
From the latter:
    In his speech, the President maintained that only a federal system of government would be the answer to end the secessionist wars in southern Philippines.

    “Let me remind you again. Per my observation, we cannot have a peaceful country…if you do not agree to a federal setup,” he said.

    “For me, I don’t want to force the people. For me, it’s good if you don’t want it. I am just a Filipino. For as long as you do not bother me, fine. But the problem is in Mindanao and the Moro people will go for it at all costs,” he added.

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Veterans Stand for Standing Rock


Veterans, I have learned from the pow-wows I attend in the summer, are revered among Indians — Literally Too Many Veterans Have Signed Up To Join DAPL Protests.

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Catholic Charities and the Islamic State

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Johann Sebastian Bach's Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, Performed by Christine Schäfer, Ian Bostridge, Christopher Maltman, Arnold Schoenberg Choir, and Concentus Musicus Wien, Directed by Nikolaus Harnoncourt

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Donald Trump Celebrates Fidel Castro's Death With Cuban-Americans


The president-elect, seen above dancing with Cuban-Americans, speaketh — Trump Slams "Brutal Dictator" Castro's "Legacy Of Firing Squads, Theft, Suffering And Poverty". His full statement:
    Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades. Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights.

    While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, it is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long, and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve.

    Though the tragedies, deaths and pain caused by Fidel Castro cannot be erased, our administration will do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty. I join the many Cuban Americans who supported me so greatly in the presidential campaign, including the Brigade 2506 Veterans Association that endorsed me, with the hope of one day soon seeing a free Cuba.
Contrast that with the statement of the current occupant of the White House and those of these fellow travelers — World Leaders Respond To Fidel Castro's Death.

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Upstate Poutine


Where to find the Québécois delicacy consisting of french fries, cheese curds, and gravy south of the border — Poutine: 10 places in Upstate for beloved Canadian staple.


Topping the list is Rochester's own Le Petit Poutine, pictured above:
    For a little something different let's start our poutine journey with this funny looking, green food truck with the giant fork painted on the side. Le Petit Poutine lovers chase this little truck all over the Rochester area to sample delicious plates of several types of poutine including traditional, vegetarian, pulled pork and (a real winner) the breakfast poutine, which consists of French fries, eggs over easy, bacon, beef gravy and a dash of thyme!
Four more places in town to find the dish — Poutine in Rochester: 5 places that treat Canadian dish as culinary royalty.

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Friday, November 25, 2016

The Attacca Quartet Perform John Adams' "Toot Nipple" & "Alligator Escalator," Joseph Haydn's "String Quartet in D, Op. 76, No. 5 — I. Allegretto," and Michael Ippolito's "Smoke Rings"


Blurbist Tom Huizenga writes:
    Classical music observers say we're living in a golden age of string quartets. It's hard to disagree when you hear the vibrant young players in New York's Attacca Quartet.

    They revere the old school, having recently completed a performance cycle of all 68 string quartets by Joseph Haydn, the man who invented the genre. They also hunger for the new, exploring the music of three living composers each year in a project called Recently Added.

    One contemporary composer the group continues to champion is John Adams. The head-banging pulsations of "Toot Nipple" (titled after a character in an Annie Proulx story) contrast with the slippery and funky episodes in "Alligator Escalator." Adams has said he imagined such a creature waddling up and down the floors of Macy's department store. The two movements belong to John's Book of Alleged Dances from 1994.

    Next to Adams, Haydn sounds positively genteel, but you needn't look far to find the composer's own feisty side. Sunny skies suddenly turn threatening at the turn of a phrase — a trend in Haydn's time known as Sturm und Drang, or "Storm and Stress" — when moods can swing wildly with impunity.

    Measured by the cello's tick-tock pizzicato, the mood of Michael Ippolito's Smoke Rings is languid, even a little trippy. Inspired by a 14th-century French song about a smoking society, the composer employs long, slow strokes and light bow pressure for a hazy texture. The music heats up dramatically midway through, only to drift back into the smoke.

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The Largest Office Building in the World...


... when it was completed in 1896 — A Closer Look: Ellicott Square. My dad used to work here, and what was missing from this visual tour was the floor mosaics I remember from my visits as a kid:

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Wiliam Byrd's Deo Gratias Sung by Adoremus

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Al Qaeda's Plan for the Mohammedanization of America

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As Ambassador or Immigrant

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Hudson Fjord Whale Sighting




"A humpback whale that has cavorted in the Hudson River for nearly a week, with sightings reported from the Statue of Liberty to well north of the George Washington Bridge, may be after a meal" — Humpback whale makes rare appearance in New York's Hudson River.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Claudio Monteverdi's "Madrigals, Book VIII," Performed by les Arts Florissants, Direced by Paul Agnew




Something to accompany this local story from the neighboring town more famous for its Hill Cumorah Pageant, which tells the story of the Book of Mormon where it was allegedly found, than for "dress in Renaissance apparel, with dresses and braided crowns for the ladies and pants with stockings for the lords" — Palmyra-Macedon Select Choir to host annual Madrigal Dinner.

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The Ancient Church Forests of Ethiopia


Monolithic churches like the Church of Saint George, Lalibela, I had known about, but not the "the ancient church forests of Ethiopia" until reading the lede of this report — New dominant ant species discovered in Ethiopia shows potential for global invasion. As much as that headline sounds like the movie Them! (1954). I stopped after reading three of my favorite words "ancient," "church," and "forest," followed by one of the world's more interesting countries, and had to learn more.

The image at the top of this post comes from an Africa Geographic Magazine article titled "Ethiopia's Church Forests" in which we learn that "bright-green patches of trees surround 3,500 Orthodox Tewahido Churches – a consequence of the Church’s belief in maintaining a woodland home for all God’s creatures around the place of worship."


"The forests are said to be necklaces around the church, and the tree canopy is believed to prevent prayers from being lost to the sky."


"Ranging in size from five acres to more than 1,000, some of Ethiopia’s church forests are more than 1,500 years old."

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Signs of Infinite Mercy Show Up Cayuga-Seneca Trail


A more truthful headline for this "fake news" story — Signs of hate show up Cayuga-Seneca Trail.


The difference between the Buddhist swastika symbol and the Nazi swastika symbol, the former pictured above, should be well known to any educated person, yet from the article we learn that "Heather... May, who chairs Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Theatre Department, said she has no doubt the Nazi signs are in response to President-elect Donald Trump," and "said the appearance of the symbols and Trump’s election are no coincidence, pointing to some members of Trump’s 'advisory circle' as evidence," "includ[ing] Breitbart News Network executive Steve Bannon," whose outfit, she fails to explain, is about as pro-Israel as it gets.

Two hypotheses: either the graffiti comes from a supporter of the nearby Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies (unlikely), or it comes from some isolated teenager so disconnected to any ideology that he does not even know the proper way to draw a Nazi symbol (likely). Or, it would be another hoax (very likely). Yet, our state's high taxes have to pay for something, and "Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed state police to create a new Hate Crimes Unit to investigate and offer assistance to other police agencies looking into potential hate crimes," and "[a]s far as May is concerned, the Nazi graffiti qualifies."

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

John Paul White Performs "Black Leaf," "Hate The Way You Love Me" & "What's So"


Sans the lovely Joy Williams.

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Skip James Performs "Crow Jane"


Yesterday we heard from the Danish National Symphony Orchestra; today we hear from a 1967 broadcast on Danish TV's American Folk Blues Festival.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Edvard Grieg's "Piano Concerto in A Minor" Performed by Alice Sara Ott and the Danmarks Radio Symfoniorkestret, Dirceted by Thomas Dausgaard


Axis Hapa (German/Japanese) Alice Sara Ott is absolutely adorbs, is she not? In this Alice Sara Ott interview, she speaks to her adorable barefootedness: "I once played a recital on a historical instrument that the old Liszt played; but when I arrived in my high heels and realised I couldn’t fit my feet under the keyboard, I had to play barefoot; I had a long dress so I thought people wouldn’t notice. It was very comfortable and I just continued."


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Jeg Er Med Henne


I'm with her, her country's Minister of Migration and Integration (and baberaham lincoln), Sylvi Listhaug, who "was born and raised on a farm in Ørskog, Møre og Romsdal, to which she has odelsrett," and whose "ideology is a mix of a US Midwest Republican and late 19th century Norwegian politician Søren Jaabæk" — ‘We eat pork and drink alcohol’: Norwegian minister roasted after giving Muslims integration advice.

Saith she, "I think those who come to Norway need to adapt to our society. Here we eat pork, drink alcohol and show our face. You must abide by the values, laws and regulations that are in Norway when you come here.... It is not society’s task to adapt to immigrants, and it is important that we signal clear requirements to them."

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His Holiness's Message to the West on Morality, Multikulti, and Trump


The Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus' speaketh — ‘Western laws now clash with moral nature of man’ – Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill (RT EXCLUSIVE).
    Europe is a continent whose culture and even political culture is rooted in the tenets of Christianity. We are told that Europe was also influenced by Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, and that’s true, but, in terms of scale, this influence can in no way compare to the importance that Christian moral values, and the laws based on them, held for many centuries. So if Europe is now cutting itself off from its roots, it raises the question of whether this is motivated by political correctness or something else.
More on this:
    What’s happening in the Western countries is that, for the first time in human history, legislation is at odds with the moral nature of human beings. What’s good and evil? Sin and righteousness? These could be defined in both religious terms and non-religious terms. If you take a good character from English, American, or Russian fiction, you will see that all of them possess the same qualities. Why? We have different cultures and different political systems, but for all of us good is good, and evil is evil, and everyone understands who the good guys are, and who the bad guys are. So how do we distinguish? With our heart, with our moral nature. This moral nature, created by God, served as a foundation for the legislation which is designed. Laws defined moral values in legal terms, telling us what’s good and what’s bad. We know that stealing is bad and helping people is good, and laws define what stealing is and what the suitable punishment for it is.

    Now, for the first time in human history, the law allows something that doesn’t correspond to our moral nature. The law contradicts it. It’s not the same thing, of course, but we could compare this to an extent to the apartheid in Africa or Nazi laws – when the law went against inherent moral values, people rebelled. They knew it wasn’t right; it was artificial; it was part of some ideology and not in sync with their moral nature. So the Church can never approve of this. We say that the Church can never redefine good and evil, sin and righteousness, but we don’t condemn people who have different sexual preferences. It’s on their conscience and it’s their business, but they shouldn’t be discriminated against or punished, as used to be common practice in some states. However, under no circumstances should this be accepted as a social norm no different from the social norm that stems from our moral nature, meaning marriage between a man and wife who create a family and have children. That’s why we believe this new trend poses a significant threat for the existence of the human race. The Church has to address this and say it’s a bad thing, but we’ve seen that authorities in some countries have been trying to silence clergymen. One Protestant pastor went to jail for calling same-sex marriage a sin in his sermon. Again, this is very reminiscent of what was happening under Soviet totalitarianism. In the countries that declare their commitment to freedom of speech, you can get punished for expressing your opinion. That’s a dangerous trend, and I hope it will peter out and the natural order of things will prevail. I don’t even want to think about what might happen to us otherwise. Our prayers and our work are so that humanity lives on and follows the principles dictated by our moral nature.
On Multikulti:
    Multiculturalism has no future, because it implies different cultures mixing, different cultures and religions poured together and shaken vigorously to create a kind of cocktail. That would be impossible because of deep-rooted traditions. If multiculturalism implies weakening people’s connection to their religion and traditions, it automatically makes them victims of discrimination and forces them to be defensive; so this very approach contains a dangerous source of division, and I mean the fundamental division of the brother-against-brother kind.

    There are other ways. Russia is a multiethnic country, but the idea of multiculturalism has never been promoted, not even back in the USSR. It was declared that we would have a new national identity as Soviet people, but everyone knew that Turkmens would stay Turkmens, Tajiks would stay Tajiks, Uzbeks would stay Uzbeks, Russians would stay Russians, and Jews would stay Jews.

    This approach, which allows people to express their ethnic and religious identity freely, has especially flourished recently, in modern Russia. We’re not talking about any mixture or cocktail – we say that every person should stay who they are. But we all live in the same country, so all of us must observe the law and be nice to each other. And policies regarding this have to be aimed, not at erasing the lines between cultures and religions and making one cocktail out of it, but at ensuring support, rights and liberties are given to all – to each their own – so that a person of any faith can feel at home in their country, not among strangers. Implementing this model in the West could have paved the way for peaceful co-existence, but I fear that it might be too late now. It should have been done before Europe had to deal with this huge influx of migrants who represent different cultural and religious views, and who are opposed to the culture of the countries they’ve ended up in. A great deal of people have this internal resistance to Western values, and one of the reasons is this radical – I would even say aggressive – secularization. A religious person feels deeply uncomfortable living in an aggressively-secular society, same as we in the USSR felt uncomfortable living in an aggressively-atheistic society. When the aggression disappears, people start feeling affinity towards the society and country they’re living in.
And on The Trumpening:
    Based on what Mr. Trump said in the course of the election campaign, we can see that he does have the intention to establish a dialogue with Russia, including first and foremost when it comes to combating terrorism. That’s good; it opens up new opportunities for cooperation, which is what I hope we’re going to have in Russia-US relations in order to tackle this. I can’t really say anything about Mr. Trump beyond that. I don’t know him personally, and I don’t know much about his life, so I can only judge based on his statements, which were in stark contrast to other politicians’ stances. There was no hope in what others were saying, while Mr. Trump’s words give us hope. It’s very important for leaders of key global powers to instill hope for a better future with their policies.

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Two Pre-Raphaelite Paintings with Snow

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Snow Day!


"Most families are waking up to a day off of school!" — First big snow of the year. And there's more to come! Sledding at Mendon Ponds Park is where you'll find us.

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

J. S. Bach's "Mass in F Major" Performed by Zsuzsi Tóth,Elsbeth Gerritsen, Matthew Brooke, Lauren Armishaw, Lucie Chartin, Barnabás Hegyi, Bart Uvyn, Immo Schröder, Kevin Skelton, Sebastian Myrus, Drew Santini, Sayuri Yamagata, Anneke van Haaften, Annelies van der Vegt, Pieter Affourtit, Hanneke Wierenga, Lidewij van der Voort, Staas Swierstra, Jan Willem Vis, Lucia Swarts, Richte van der Meer, Robert Franenberg, Martin Stadler, Peter Frankenberg, Benny Aghassi, Erwin Wieringa, Gijs Laceulle, Bart Naessens, Siebe Henstra, Directed by Hans-Christoph Rademann

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Je Suis Avec Elle


News that the "far-right leader could be on course for victory in wake of shock Brexit and US presidential votes" — Marine Le Pen takes huge lead over Nicolas Sarkozy in French first round presidential election poll. This would be both a déjà vu and a trifecta.

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Ron Paul's Real Fake News List


"This list contains the culprits who told us that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and lied us into multiple bogus wars" as well as "the news sources that told us ‘if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor,’" and who "told us that Hillary Clinton had a 98% of winning the election" — Ron Paul reveals hit list of alleged ‘fake news’ journalists.

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Pence at Hamilton

Gary North says, "Anyone who would pay $850 — $1,700 with his wife — to see a musical about the monster Hamilton, starring a black guy rapping, deserves what he gets" — Pence Got What He Deserved.

Thomas DiLorenzo elaborates — The Leftist Love Affair with Hamilton (Or, Why Mike Pence Got What He Deserved):
    This is hugely ironic, since Hamilton was the founding father of corrupt crony capitalism funded by a crooked central bank, exclusively for the benefit of the one-percenters of his day. He stood for everything that the Trump campaign stood against. Hamilton was the consummate statist and imperialist and political water boy for the big business interests of New York, Philadelphia, and Boston (the Federalists) who wanted to essentially establish the rotten, corrupt, imperialist, British mercantilist system in America. The very sytem the American Revolution had just deposed, in other words. Hamilton was a traitor to the principles of the Revolution who spent the last fifteen years of his life attempting to transform the American government into a government for crony capitalists, by crony capitalists, of crony capitalists, all centrally planned by clever Machiavellian political manipulators like himself.
Steve Sailer argues "that Hamilton’s program was rather Trumpish: protectionism, immigration restriction, infrastructure, and the Electoral College" — Alexander Hamilton, Immigration Skeptic — and links to "more on this hilariously revealing cultural phenomenon" with this piece of his — Alexander Hamilton: Honorary Nonwhite.

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The White Stuff

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Son House Performs "Death Letter Blues," "John the Revelator," "Preachin' the Blues" & "I Wanna Live so God Can Use Me"

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Genesee Brewery Keg Tree

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Trump Country, New York

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Adam Torres Performs "High Lonesome," "Outlands," & "I Came To Sing The Song"

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President-Elect Trump's Éminence Grise


The Counselor to the President speaketh — Steve Bannon Vows ‘Economic Nationalist Movement’ from White House — ‘As Exciting as the 1930s, Greater than the Reagan Revolution’. That's exactly how I've been thinking of The Trumpening. The full quote:
    Like [Andrew] Jackson’s populism, we’re going to build an entirely new political movement. It’s everything related to jobs. The conservatives are going to go crazy. I’m the guy pushing a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan. With negative interest rates throughout the world, it’s the greatest opportunity to rebuild everything. Ship yards, iron works, get them all jacked up. We’re just going to throw it up against the wall and see if it sticks. It will be as exciting as the 1930s, greater than the Reagan revolution — conservatives, plus populists, in an economic nationalist movement.

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Warren G. Harding and Donald J. Trump


I never thought I'd be linking to an article by William Kristol, but these are indeed strange and wondrous times — The Trump Administration. The neocon writes:
    The brief Harding administration—and for that matter the eight years constituting his administration and that of his vice president and successor, Calvin Coolidge—may not have been times of surpassing national greatness. But there were real achievements, especially in the economic sphere; those years were not disastrous; they were not dark times.
When Mr. Kristol says the '20s "may not have been times of surpassing national greatness" he means that they were times of peace; in neoconspeak "national greatness" equals war.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Okkervil River Performs "Okkervil River R.I.P.," "The Industry," "Judey On A Street" & "Unless It Kicks"

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The Father of Reaganomics on the Anti-Trump Rioters

Paul Craig Roberts calls them "thugs for hire [who] are paid by the Oligarchy to delegitimize Trump’s presidency in the way that Washington and the German Marshall Fund paid students in Kiev to protest the democratically elected Ukrainian government in order to prepare the way for a coup" — The Anti-Trump Protesters Are Tools of the Oligarchy. Some key analyses:
    Remember how upset progressives were when Trump said he might not accept the election result if there was evidence that the vote was rigged? Now progressives are doing what they damned Trump for saying he might do under certain conditions.

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    I hope no one thinks that simultaneous protests in 25 cities were a spontaneous event. How did 25 independent protests manage to come up with the same slogans and the same signs on the same night following the election?

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    Trump is a threat to the Oligarchy, because he intends to stop the giveaway of American jobs to foreigners. The jobs giveaway, sanctified by the neoliberal junk economists as “free trade,” is one of the main reasons for the 21st century worsening of the US income distribution. Money that was formerly paid in middle class wages and salaries to American manufacturing employees and college graduates has been re-routed to the pockets of the One Percent.

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    Trump is a threat to the Oligarchy, because he intends peaceful relations with Russia. In order to replace the profitable Soviet Threat, the Oligarchy and their neoconservative agents worked overtime to recreate the “Russian Threat” by demonizing Russia.

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    Hillary is the tool, enriched by the Oligarchy, whose job as President was to protect and to increase the trillion dollar budget of the military/security complex. With Hillary in the White House, the looting of the American taxpayers in behalf of the wealth of the One Percent could go forward unimpeded. But if Trump resolves “the Russian threat,” the Oligarchy takes an income hit.

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    The protests are happening for one reason only. The Oligarchy intends to delegitimize the Trump Presidency. Once President Trump is delegitimized, it will be easier for the Oligarchy to assassinate him.

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    Trump is being protested in order to make him vulnerable in the event he proves to be the threat to the Oligarchy that he is thought to be.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Easy Leaves Perform "Fresno," "Comin' In Easy." "The Wheels" & "Eleven Hours"

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The Leonids


EarthSky's Deborah Byrd with "all the details you need for 2016’s Leonid meteor shower, peaking on the morning of November 17 in the light of a bright moon" — Leonid meteor shower peaks this week. Catch them if you can, from tonight after midnight till dawn.

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Glenn Beck's New Schtick: Warning of the Dangers of the Alt-Right

I first heard it two weeks ago before the Dawning of the New Era, "all amid reports that his media empire is faltering" — Glenn Beck: A Changed Man? Said the moron:
    Well, you're seeing now that there is a racist group. It’s called the alt-right. And everybody needs to band together and corral those people and make sure we can identify them and not group them into one large group and say, everybody who is a conservative is a racist. No.
And here is speaking to the Clinton News Network — Glenn Beck Expounds to Anderson Cooper the Shadowy, Sinister Steve Bannon-Steve Sailer Nexus. Like Mr. Sailer, "As for Glenn Beck, I can’t say I’ve ever watched or listened to one of his shows all the way through." If you have ever tried, it becomes all too clear right away that he is not that smart and does not have a coherent worldview.

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

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


I was prepared to post this if need be this past Wednesday as a requiem for our Republic, and thank God I did not have to. While I was not surprised by the result, neither did I expect it. Neither the Clinton Crime Family or the Liberalism they espoused are worthy of requiem prayers, so, this being the Month of the Souls in Purgatory, it is for them.

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Orestes Brownson, Territorial Democracy, and the Trumpening


What might XIXth Century American political philosopher and Catholic convert Orestes Augustus Brownson have to say about this past week's events and the map below?


In "Orestes Brownson and Territorial Democracy," Gerald J. Russello explains one of this thinker's central ideas:
    In The American Republic, Brownson sought to explain American government in light of the Civil War. Out of that great conflict a new nation had arisen; what was its relation to the old? Some had argued that each of the states had independent existences that could survive the dissolution of the Union. Others believed the nation was, or should become, a unitary state, centralized in Washington. To Brownson, both sides were wrong. The states were neither pre-existing nations that had “contracted” with one another, nor were they mere provinces of a general government. The former, for Brownson, contradicted principles of sovereignty; the latter equated the federal system with the centralized democracy of Jacobin France.

    Rather, the states are sovereign in their own spheres, but that sovereignty exists only because they are part of a nation. Brownson calls this understanding of the American system “territorial democracy”: “not territorial because the majority of the people are agriculturists or landholders, but because all political rights, powers, or franchises are territorial.” Power, in other words, is not portable — as it was, for example, in pre-modern nomadic peoples or in medieval Europe, where the “state” was wherever the royal court happened to be.

    Rather, sovereignty in the modern state exists only within the physical area of a particular society. The sovereignty of New York, for example, exists only because it is part of the geographical entity known as the United States. As Brownson puts it, “The American States are all sovereign States united, but, disunited, are not States at all.” Brownson’s territorial democracy is consistent with American federalism, and in fact has greater explanatory power than either the nationalist or secessionist versions. The Founders knew that government should be as close to the people as possible, so it could be more accountable. The national and state governments each derived legitimacy from the people, and each had a legitimate claim to govern within its own sphere.
I admit to having had some difficulty wrapping my head around this idea of "territorial democracy" while reading Orestes Brownson's The American Republic or the chapter dedicated to the man's philosophy in Russell Kirk's The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot. Mr. Russello is explains this idea well in contrast to "the centralized democracy of Jacobin France" which we reject and that "the states are sovereign in their own spheres, but that sovereignty exists only because they are part of a nation." In Brownson's own words, "[A]ll political rights, powers, or franchises are territorial." The Land itself, in a sense, has rights, powers, and franchises, or rather, these arise from the Land, not the People, as shown in the map above and in our Electoral College, which gives Place place over People.

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

G.F. Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus" Performed by the King's College Choir and the Academy of Ancient Music, Dircted by Stephen Cleobury

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Local Congressman to Help in Régime Change


News that "U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, a Republican who represents the Buffalo area [and] was the first member of Congress to endorse Trump," has been given his chance to help make America great again — Donald Trump appoints Upstate NY congressman to transition team and Collins named to Trump's transition executive committee. More on the committee and its eclectic list of luminaries:
    Trump’s transition team announced that Collins would become part of the 16-member committee in the same press release where the president-elect named vice president-elect Mike Pence to chair the transition, replacing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Christie will become a vice chairman, along with Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.

    Other people on the transition's executive committee include Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, Trump Campaign CEO Stephen K. Bannon, businessman Peter Thiel and Trump’s three adult children.

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White Stag


Seneca white deer, of local interest, are in the news today — Martin stands firm on not allowing hunting of white deer at former depot. "Earl Martin, the future owner of 7,000 acres at the former depot, issued a statement this week reiterating his commitment to a 'quality wildlife management program, including the conservation of the rare white deer.'"

Myth and legend aplenty surround this creature, from the Celts to Hunor and Magor to Saint Eustace.


On these shores, too, we have our myths and legends, as described in this post of mine, reposted below — Do Virginia Dare's Descendants Survive in the Finger Lakes?
    This story had me revisiting some recent fanciful speculations regarding the old colonial legend about Virginia Dare, the first white child born in what are today these united States in the Roanoke Colony, being turned into a white doe by an Indian shaman. [See Virginia Dare, The White Doe.] Miss Dare was born in 1587. If she had indeed been turned into a white doe, this would have likely occurred when she was an adolescent or young adult, say, in the first decade of the XVIIth Century.

    Could her cervine descendants, or her spirit as the Indian version of the legend has it, have passed from sanctuary among the Croatan, who perished as a people to disease, to the Tuscarora people, and traveled north with them after the Tuscarora War to settle in Iroquois Country and later become the sixth nation of their confederacy?

    This would be yet another connection between the Great State of North Carolina and Upstate New York, the two outposts of Anti-Federalism in the late XVIIIth Century. I made two trips south to the state two years ago, two months apart; here are my reports — Back From Dixie and Back in W.N.Y. From W.N.C.. On the former trip, one of the highlights occurred at the Elizabethan Gardens, where I paid homage to the incredibly lovely Virginia Dare Statue.
On a topical note, the great Steve Sailer on all politics being local— 5/6/16: "Hillary's Plan to Lose the Deer Hunter States". He also writes on our deer hunter counties — Trump Carried Whites in the State of New York.

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Black Linguist (and Confucian Scholar) on the Term "Racism"

Self-described "anti-Trumpian" John McWhorter notes that there is "no difference between the way those accused of being witches were treated in 17th-century Salem, Mass., and the way many innocent people are being accused of 'racism' today" — The Idea That America ‘Doesn’t Talk About’ Racism Is Absurd.

"The idea that America 'doesn’t talk about' racism is absurd, and is actually a euphemism from people who feel that too few Americans talk about racism in what they would consider the right way."

Confucius’ Rectification of Names comes to mind:
    If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence there must be no arbitrariness in what is said. This matters above everything.

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The CCXXIIth Anniversary of the Treaty of Canandaigua

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Friday, November 11, 2016

James Yorkston & the Big Eyes Family Players Perform "Martinmas Time"


The traditional tune Martinmas Time sung by Scottish folk singer James Yorkston. A description of the song Martinmas Time:
    Troop of soldiers forces farmer's daughter to promise she will come to their quarters that night; she has her hair cut off and dresses in men's clothes. She goes to the soldiers' quarters, asking for lodgings for another troop of soldiers, but the quartermaster sends her away, saying there is no more room. She persists; he gives her money, for "tonight there comes a wench." She leaves her garters and ribbons tied to the gates to prove she'd been there, then blows a whistle, saying "you're not for a girl at all," and goes home in triumph.
"And she's galloped home a maiden," ends the song, the heroine's quick wits saving her from being gang-raped by our men in uniform, an à propos reminder of the true nature of militarism on a day on which we are now asked to support, nay, worship the troops as demigods.

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Martinmas and Armistice Day


In honor of both Saint Martin of Tours and Armistice Day, this blogger's annual posting of Simone Martini's 1321 fresco, "Saint Martin Renouncing the Sword."

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Our Peace President

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Heinrich Schütz's Alleluja! Lobe den Herren, Perfomed by De Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Directed by Jos van Veldhoven

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Gracias, Cubanos

Another dumb liberal suggests that being some specie of -ist or -phobe is the only plausible explanation for support of the president-elect — FNC’s Juan Williams Attacks Pro-Trump Cuban-American Voters — ‘Not Comfortable With a Woman as a Leader’. Since turnabout is fair play, Juan Williams is racist to suggest that Cuban-Americans are sexist.

After my last visit to Florida — Back From Miami Beach — I wrote, "It was interesting to hear the Castilian language I majored in spoken not by Nuyorican lower classes but by solidly middle- and upper-class Cubans." They were also solidly white.

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Why Canada and Not Libya or Syria?

I do not see their candidate's most notable foreign policy achievements selected as destinations by any of these would-be émigrésThese Are The Celebrities Who Vowed To Leave America If Trump Wins.

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Hillary Clinton's Defeat and the Death of Kim Il-sung

Too bad, so sad, Ivy League crybabies — Cornell students hold ‘Cry In’ over Trump victory.

A Russian woman I know, now a deplorable American citizen, noting these crybaby millennials across the nation, reacted (and I paraphrase): "Yet North Koreans were mocked for crying in public over the death of their leader."

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Johannes Ockeghem's Deo Gratias Sung by The Hilliard Ensemble


Thanks be to God!

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"Hard Left" on Hitlery's Humiliation


Four from today's edition of CounterPunch:

  • Diane Johnstone celebrates the defeat of "the candidate of the military industrial complex and international finance capital" — The Rejection of Wall Street’s Globalization Project: Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead!

  • "The establishment lost because the establishment deserved its fate," says Joshua Frank — Don’t Mourn Hillary’s Loss.

  • Jack Rasmus celebrates the "‘rebellion of the working class’ against the political elite of both Democrat and Republican parties" — Brexit 2.0: On Trump’s Surprise Win.

  • "If Trump is serious, he will set forth a coherent critique of US national security and the constitutional disaster that is the National Security Act," hopes James Luchte — Trump vs. the National Security Establishment: Will There be a Revolution in US Foreign Policy?
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    Triumph and Mournng at the White House

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    Schadenfreude














    A collection of images from the losing side of the dawn's early Trumpening from these two stories — Joy & tears: Trump, Clinton supporters react to election results and The backlash begins: Disgruntled anti-Trump protesters refuse to accept election result as they gather in New York and cities across the country. The sad girls look kind of cute, but the crying, stunned, or smug faces of the guys just look pathetic.

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