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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Recommended Reading

To this inanity we have come! See How Serena Williams’s baby shower helped those who want to make America great again: The shower's nostalgia for the 1950s encourages the restoration of the politics and hierarchies of the era, written by Karen Dundak and appearing in the August 15, 2017 edition of the Washington Post. Comments posted thereto have thus far ridiculed this "analysis."

For those of you without a subscription to the Washington Post, the entire ludicrous essay is below the fold.  My brief commentary is also below the fold.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

This morning MSNBC reported that...

......President Trump stated on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, that some of the torch bearers in Charlottesville were good people. The MSNBC report included the word torches in quotation marks.

I went to YouTube and listened to the entire speech:


Did President Trump state what MSNBC reported as mentioned in the first paragraph of this blog post?

He did say (emphases mine):

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Jason Kessler: Agent Provocateur?

[The second blog post today! Please scroll down, and, if you can, address the question posted there]

From the Southern Poverty Law Center (emphasis mine):
...Rumors abound on white nationalist forums that Kessler’s ideological pedigree before 2016 was less than pure and seem to point to involvement in the Occupy movement and past support for President Obama.

At one recent speech in favor of Charlottesville’s status as a sanctuary city, Kessler live-streamed himself as an attendee questioned him and apologized for an undisclosed spat during Kessler’s apparent involvement with Occupy. Kessler appeared visibly perturbed by the woman’s presence and reminders of their past association.

Kessler himself has placed his “red-pilling” around December of 2013 when a PR executive was publicly excoriated [NYT] for a tasteless Twitter joke about AIDS in Africa.

Regarding the incident, Kessler stated '… so it was just a little race joke, nothing that big of a deal, she didn’t have that many followers, she probably didn’t think anybody was gonna see it,'

Regardless of Kessler’s past politics, the rightward shift in his views was first put on display in November, 2016 when his tirade against Wes Bellamy began....
The SPLC page also states:
...Arrest records indicate that Kessler was convicted in 2005 for shoplifting, obstructing justice and for a string of failures to appear and register, in addition to numerous traffic violations and citations....
On a different web page (August 14, 2017), Zero Hedge offers the following screenshot (Click directly on the image to enlarge it):


At the same post, Zero Hedge also offers the following:
Nothing smells right about any of this. In fact, Lee Stranahan has connected the “Unite the Right” rally to an identical Neo-Nazi movement in Ukraine supported by John McCain and Hillary Clinton.

POLITICAL THEATER!

And...

Help me out here. I have a question.

2003 photo

Why aren't we hearing the mainstream media thumping U.S. District Court Judge Glen E. Conrad, the judge who cleared the way for Unite the Right so that the group had the right to protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, August 12, 2017?

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Thought For Today — And Beyond

My reaction to the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia...

Independent of President Trump's statements about these events, I am concerned that too many in our nation have descended into the Cult of Victimology.

Self-pity, whatever the topic or cause — be it a legitimate or an illegitimate cause — is unhealthy for the body of our republic.

Furthermore, in my view, such victimology-identities predate the arrival of Donald Trump upon the political landscape.

We are watching the devolution of America.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Musical Interlude

(If you must have politics, please scroll down)

Asturias, composed by Isaac Manuel Francisco Albéniz y Pascual (1860-1909):


The above piece was originally written for piano, but the transcription for guitar is particularly beautiful and captures the spirit of Asturias, Spain, and has become one of the most important works of the classical guitar repertoire.

For whatever reason, I find this piece particularly-evocative listening on a summer's evening.

Bonus music/video below the fold:

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Flashback To 1999: Donald Trump And North Korea

(with a hat tip to Infidel Bloggers Alliance)

Transcript below the fold.

Monday, August 7, 2017

A Warning For Our Ever-Connected Times

Thus opined my good friend Silverfiddle of the now-archived blog Western Hero, in response to this blog post at FreeThinke:

[W]e're pestered on all sides by mass consumers who wouldn't have a thought in their heads were it not for the Infotainment Media Complex.

We are being poisoned.


Let us remember that many of these "mass consumers," who do not have a single original thought in their heads, will vote in future elections. Therefore, we should not expect the onslaught of the "Infotainment Media Complex" to discontinue.

I'm hitting the Off Button more and more frequently.

Moreover, I find that Watership Down, the novel I'm reading right now, is much more interesting than anything on a screen. Another excellent novel by Richard Adams (May 9, 1920-December 24, 2016 ): Traveller.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Musical Interlude

(For politics, please scroll down)

The Rondo Capriccioso For Piano, Opus 14 by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), a German composer of the early Romantic Period (performed by Cuban-born, virtuoso pianist Jorge Bolet):


[about the Rondo Capriccioso, at Musical Musings]

Felix Mendelssohn may be best known for his connection to the music of the Christmas carol Hark! The Herald Angels Sing:
In 1840—a hundred years after the publication of [Charles Wesley's] Hymns and Sacred Poems—Mendelssohn composed a cantata to commemorate Johann Gutenberg's invention of the printing press, and it is music from this cantata, adapted by the English musician William H. Cummings to fit the lyrics of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”, that propels the carol known today.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Recommended Reading

See Why Trump Is Right about Immigration: An immigration plan that serves the national interest, an essay by Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, and published in the National Interest on August 2, 2017 (hat tip to Infidel Bloggers Alliance).

A little something that I haven't heard mentioned anywhere else and quite interesting:

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Ford Cobra Kit Car

(For politics, please scroll down)

Posted by Warren

This is a replica (kit car) of the original Shelby Ford Cobra, a show car. It belongs to a friend of mine and I did the body work and painted it for him.





That means that you get the unfinished body, with some parts for the exterior, sent to you and you provide everything else including all the labor involved in the process. It took the owner twelve years to complete only working on it as time allowed.





I finished the rough body, removed and repaired the imperfections and fitted the doors, bonnet and boot lid. I also prepped and painted the car.

More pictures and commentary below the fold.


Monday, July 31, 2017

Paul Harvey's 1964 Prophecy

Worth the less-than-three minutes needed to watch this video (homily published in 1964 and broadcast on ABC Radio on April 3, 1965):


The YouTube blurb for the above:
Published on Mar 22, 2012

Dear American Citizen: Most would agree the reach of the Federal Government is simply too big, and has lacked true accountability by the press - Yet now the mainstream media (seemingly) is beginning to show signs of investigative journalism. And they should! Admittedly, the IRS has been targeting "Pro-America, Patriot, less Government, more God" non-profit groups. Using Paul Harvey's words and images from our current culture, this video has a message that clearly speaks into the souls of American citizens.

America is not lazy. America is not apathetic. America is not complacent. Yes, some American's are lazy, complacent and apathetic. Some choose laziness and complacency over hard work and creativity. Some stumble through this life completely dependent upon the government, faith based organizations, and the kindness of neighbors...and as American's we support them, not because we have to - but because we want to. We want to help our fellow countryman. But their comes a point where a line must be drawn. There comes a time when we say, "We will go this far, but no further." We cannot carry you forever. You must "want it" yourself. You must begin to walk...and run - on your own. And in time, you will see, that you must begin to help others as well.

And the hard workers? Yes, we dream. We work. We keep the country rolling. We give financially to our churches. We help our neighbors. We pay our taxes. Not out of any sense of shame or compulsion but because we WANT to...

Between the two Paul Harvey Videos I have made they have been viewed over 2,000,000 times. Not bad for a video I put together for our student ministry...but future America needs your help today in spreading the message of this video.

Please share, post, embed, re-post, email and get this message into the hands of Americans. This is not about an election. This is about fighting for the Heart of America...Freedom. You would be surprised who may watch this video and begin to reject complacency and dependency upon the government...together we can slowly rise to rebuild America.
Paul Harvey lived from September 4, 1918-February 28, 2009. He received the Medal of Freedom in 2005.

Go to Paul Harvey ~ The Rest of the Story to listen to more of Paul Harvey's homilies.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Break From Politics

(If you must have politics, please scroll down)

I'll never again complain about the price of bananas!


Since his stroke of September 15, 2009, Mr. AOW is required by the doctor to eat at least one banana a day. Here's why:

Friday, July 28, 2017

Video: Ball of Confusion

Kid recently stated at Z's blog (emphasis mine):
Yes, a lot of people would love to be poor in America. Many have poured across the border now for decades, and if we didn’t have oceans separating us from the rest....

Still Democrats do maintain the lower standard of living areas in America.

From 1971. You’d think it was today.
Then Kid quoted the lyrics from the Temptations' tune "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)."

Here is the "Ball of Confusion," with lyrics (apologies to FreeThinke, who will, no doubt, wish to silence the sound track):


Truly...
There is no new thing under the sun. — Ecclesiastes 1:9b (KJV)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Recommended Reading

In at least this specific case, there appears to be a connection between illegal immigration (human trafficking) and drug cartels. One also wonders if some of these immigrants are drug mules or other gang operatives. See People close to notorious Zetas cartel helped immigrants found in truck in Walmart parking lot cross the Rio Grande, according to survivor.

Excerpt:
Survivors of Texas migrant truck have told of how they came to be locked inside

One said smugglers connected to Zetas cartel charged $700 to take them across the Rio Grande, before they were locked inside the tractor-trailer

Group of up to 200 people sat in there from Saturday morning until 9pm when they set out for San Antonio where they were later discovered, source said

Driver James Bradley Jr has been charged with transporting migrants illegally
About Los Zetas:
The Zetas gang, also known as Los Zetas, was originally part of the Gulf cartel, one of Mexico's largest and deadliest criminal organizations which was established in the mid 1980s.

Zetas was formed in 1997 by a group of Special Forces defectors which served the larger cartel and acted as enforcers for them. They were hired, predominantly, as bodyguards and assassins and there were 31 of them in total to begin with.

Their name translates to 'The Zs' and is derived from the code names given to their leaders - all of which start with the letter Z.

Because of its members advanced military training, they brought a new level of sophistication to the underworld and created fresh challenges for US law enforcement agencies trying to crack down on the Mexico's drug gangs.

In 2002, they struck out on their own.

Unlike other gangs which navigated large parts of the underworld through making deals with violence a collateral side effect, the Zetas MO is torture and terror.

They are responsible for the 2010 massacre of 72 illegal migrants whose bodies were found dumped in a mass grave in San Fernando.

Images of the victims, who were from other Central and South American countries, shocked the world and illustrated the brutality of the Mexican cartel world.

They were savagely killed after refusing to work for Los Zetas or give them money to be released.

Frank G. Fuentes
Related Washington Post sob story: He was brought to Virginia as a toddler, deported at 19. He died in an overheated tractor-trailer trying to return.

Note that this young man had both a criminal record and a deportation record — never mind that he was a fine-looking young man and educated in the United States, at the expense of the Fairfax County taxpayers.

Certainly some illegal immigrants are good people. But the fact remains that some are not, and this ugly reality applies to some protected by DACA, established by the Obama administration in 2012.

Close our porous southern border!

Find and vet the illegal aliens in our midst!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

About 21st Century Sweatshops

As I was catching up on emails, I found this article in my inbox: Smug College Kid Shut Down After Professor Hits Him With a Truth Cruise Missile. A portion of the video below was embedded in the article. Please watch and, if you can recover from noting the cocky attitude of the students (Exeter University), offer your thoughts about what Yaron Brook said: