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RING-A-DING-DING! -In honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Francis Albert Sinatra [born 12-DEC-1915], Friend In The Ether Pundette has set up a website, SINATRA CENTENARY, where she'll be celebrating for all of 2015.

Bob And The New Math

02 March 2015 @ 21:00

With no apologies to the New Math…

Bob + sore throat + head cold = no posting today.

Apologies.

Sinatra 100th: Best Performances – Honorable Mentions 01

01 March 2015 @ 00:59

Sinatra-HM001bxHEY!…How’s Your Bird?

Here at TCOTS, we’re celebrating Frank Sinatra’s 100th Birthday by counting down what I think are his 100 best performances on Vinyl and CD, but, as promised, we’re also celebrating those tracks [‘Honorable Mentions’] that just didn’t make the List.

As with the 100 Best, Francis Albert will be your pilot and Bobby Bell your navigator.

So sit back easy in your easy chair, pour yourself your favorite libation, and let’s go for an aural ride to the stars…

HM01 — Hidden Persuasion

Music & Lyrics: Wainwright Churchill III
Recorded: 31 August 1960
Released as a Single; included in the compilation album The Complete Capitol Singles Collection

Frank was known for finger-snapping along with a tune when the mood swung him. This one may be the ultimate Sinatra Snapping track.  I can understand why — it’s so damn infectious.

HM02 — East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon)

Music & Lyrics: Brooks Bowman
Recorded: 03 May 1961
From the album I Remember Tommy

A celebration of Love, East Of The Sun captures the joy of being in love, and no one could communicate that better than Francis Albert Sinatra. Sy Oliver’s arrangement is him at his best, this master Arranger doing what made him one of the greatest at his Art.

HM03 — It Started All Over Again

Music & Lyrics: Carl Fischer, Bill Carey
Recorded: 03 May 1961
From the album I Remember Tommy

And, when you hear this for the first time, you get the urge to hear it all over again…and again.

HM04 — Don’t Cry Joe

Music & Lyrics: Al Piantados, Joe Marsala
Recorded: 23 May 1961
From the album Swing Along with Me (Sinatra Swings)

I just finally discovered the joys of this one while listening to Swing Along With Me all the way through for the first time in years.  Man…it’s a thriller.

See you next time when we’ll take another short helicopter-hop to Bobsville.

Don’t forget to also keep checking out
Pundette’s Sinatra 100 countdown
& Mark Steyn’s Sinatra Songs Of The Century.
It’s a swingin’ world.

If you’re having trouble tracking down any of the performances on this List, contact me at Robert[dot]Belvedere[at]gmail[dot]com and I might be able to help you.

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Sinatra 100th: The Best Performances – 82-80

28 February 2015 @ 00:00

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Here at TCOTS, we’re celebrating Frank Sinatra’s 100th Birthday by counting down what I think are his 100 best performances on Vinyl and CD. All of the songs on the List have been released on either one or both mediums. Interspersed with the countdown will be Honorable Mentions that didn’t make the List and a countdown of what I think are his best albums.

Francis Albert will be your pilot and Bobby Bell your navigator.

So sit back easy in your easy chair, fasten your seatbelts, and let’s take off in the blue…

82 — Just In Time

Music & Lyrics: Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jule Styne
Recorded: 09 December 1958
From the album Come Dance With Me

Those of us who didn’t find true love until middle age can relate to this one.  ‘Nowhere to go’ became ‘I found my way’…just in time.  Billy May’s arrangement sparkles like the Fourth Of July.

81 — Just One Of Those Things

Music & Lyrics: Cole Porter
Recorded: 07 April 1954
From the album Swing Easy

The first song off of Sinatra’s second album for Capital, this tune sets the concept/mood for the rest of the record.  The love affair is over and it’s time to pine away.  But that doesn’t mean it’s wrist-slicing time — you can be down, but still swing it eaaasy in your easy chair.  When first released on it’s own, Swing Easy contained only eight songs because it appeared on the original type of LP: the ten inch 33¹/³, but lack of space didn’t prevent Francis Albert from expertly creating a coherent and whole living atmosphere.  A great deal of his success here is due to his decision to make this lively tune the kick-off song.  Goodbye, goodbye, so long, and amen, indeed, baby.

80 — It’s Nice To Go Trav’ling

Music & Lyrics: Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen
Recorded: 08 October 1957
From the album Come Fly With Me

Cahn and Van Heusen wrote this specially to be the last song on the Come Fly With Me album and it’s a nice touch after the whirlwind time we’ve just had going around the world, partying and romancing. Frank perfectly captures that feeling many of us get as we head home from vacation: ‘It’s very nice to go trav’ling but it’s oh, so nice to come home’.  I believe he also contributed the last set of lyrics which are spoken:

No more Customs…
Burn the passport…
No more packin’…
And unpackin’…
Light the home fires…
Get my slippers…
Make a pizza….

I dedicate this one to Mark Steyn, who is always, it seems, on the road somewhere creating mischief and upsetting the ‘Beautiful People’…

See you next Friday as we head-off again to Bobsville.

Don’t forget to also keep checking out
Pundette’s Sinatra 100 countdown
& Mark Steyn’s Sinatra Songs Of The Century.
It’s a swingin’ world.

If you’re having trouble tracking down any of the performances on this List, contact me at Robert[dot]Belvedere[at]gmail[dot]com and I might be able to help you.

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A Play For Our Times

27 February 2015 @ 08:48

It seems that the Actual Leader Of The Free World has another sibling, besides his late hero brother Yoni, who is cut from the same courageous cloth…

From the New York Post, Yaron Steinbuch reporting, we learn [worth quoting in full]:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s brother is making his off-Broadway debut.

Dr. Iddo Netanyahu’s 2007 play, “A Happy End” — about a Jewish couple deciding whether to leave Germany in 1932 — will hit New York City for the first time Friday.

Netanyahu, 63, a physician, historian and playwright, believes human nature is flawed, as people tend to ignore warning signs.

“It is the human condition . . . People have a need for optimism,” Netanyahu told The Post. “People can see and not see. They can’t always comprehend reality and make decisions based on reality.”

He said his wife’s mother and her Zionist family left for Switzerland as Hitler took power. But many did not and were among the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust.

“Happy End” is not just a World War II or Holocaust story, Iddo Netanyahu said.

“It is about how we perceive events around us, how we truly judge them, and what role self-delusion might play in our most important decisions,” he said.

Previews for “A Happy End” will begin Friday. The play will open March 11 at the June Havoc Theatre, at 312 W. 36th St.

A play, indeed, fitting for these Dark Times when self-delusion reigns supreme across The Fruited Plain.

On The Consequences Of Willful Blindness – Part I

27 February 2015 @ 08:31

Here is where the refusal to acknowledge the Evil Intent at the very heart of Islam leads…

From the New York Post, Chris Perez reporting, we learn [wroth quoting in full, but please click the link to see a video report]:

New video has been released showing ISIS thugs smashing ancient artifacts in Iraq — some dating back more than 2,000 years — with sledgehammers as they attempt to destroy the “idols and gods” worshiped by people “instead of Allah.”

Posted on social media accounts affiliated with the Islamic State, the footage shows several large statues inside a museum in the northern city of Mosul being toppled and shattered to pieces.

A group of bearded men can be seen bashing the cherished antiquities with sledgehammers before they move on to a nearby archaeological site.

“Oh Muslims, these artifacts that are behind me were idols and gods worshiped by people who lived centuries ago instead of Allah,” a bearded man tells the camera as he stands in front of the pulverized remains of a winged-bull Assyrian protective deity dating back to the 7th century BC.

“The so-called Assyrians and Akkadians and others looked to gods for war, agriculture and rain to whom they offered sacrifices,” he adds, describing groups that had lived in Mesopotamia — what is now Iraq, eastern Syria and southern Turkey — for more than 5,000 years.

“Our Prophet ordered us to remove all these statues as his followers did when they conquered nations,” the man concludes.

Some of the ISIS savages can even be seen using jackhammers and power tools to brazenly chip away at the cherished antiquities.

The five-minute video depicted the logo of the Islamic State and was posted on a Twitter account used by the terror group.

The Mosul Museum housed extensive art collections which covered the entire range of civilization in the region, including sculptures from royal cities in northern Iraq such as Nimrud, Nineveh, and Hatra, according to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Met — which also displays ancient and Islamic relics from the Middle East — strongly condemned the ISIS video on Thursday, calling it an “act of catastrophic destruction to one of the most important museums in the Middle East.”

“This mindless attack on great art, on history, and on human understanding constitutes a tragic assault not only on the Mosul Museum, but on our universal commitment to use art to unite people and promote human understanding,” a statement read. “Such wanton brutality must stop, before all vestiges of the ancient world are obliterated.”

Mosul’s surrounding province of Nineveh was recently overrun by ISIS savages after Iraqi security forces crumbled during a blitz last June. The region is home to nearly 1,800 of Iraq’s 12,000 registered archaeological sites.

Islamic State militants currently control four ancient cities across Iraq — Ninevah, Kalhu, Dur Sharrukin and Ashur — which were at different times the capital of the mighty Assyrian Empire.

The demolition of artifacts comes as ISIS continues to target a number of shrines, including Muslim holy sites, as they eradicate what they believe is heresy. They have also reportedly sold a number of ancient artifacts on the black market in order to finance their campaign.

Appease Barbarity and you get Barbarity.

Welcome to the New World Order.

Welcome To The Jungle.

The Lost Republic Diaries – Part VI

27 February 2015 @ 08:19

Another entry in a Diary that chronicles the End Days of The American Republic. Another example of why The Republic is terminal and why we must work to save what we can however we can…

Senator Dick ‘Head’ Durbin speaking on the Senate Floor Thursday [tip of the fedora to Truth Revolt via Mark Levin][emphasis mine]:

Before any of us can serve in the United States Senate, we stand in the well of the Senate chamber and publicly take an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. I know we all take that seriously, as we should. This is not just another government document. It is really the inspiration of this government and it still governs our actions to this day.

Yet, if we view this document with honesty, we know that it was fatally flawed from the start. It got the issue of slavery wrong, in addition to some other issues. It got the issue of race wrong. And since the days when the document was drafted and signed, we have struggled as a nation to right that wrong. It has taken a long, long time.

Frankly, right now, I’d like to see this Senator up against the Senate Wall with my fists attempting to correct his fatal flaws.

People like Dick Durbin hold Power And Control in this country and face no serious opposition from anyone, especially from the fatally-collegial Republicans [aka: ‘The Badly Hair-Sprayed Morons’].

It is the mission of the Dicks of this world to see that we True Americans are, not simply silenced, but disgraced and delegitimized in the eyes of the majority of people residing in this country — and they are succeeding.

The motives of conservatives are always questioned because they are always doubted, always suspect, always believed to arise from Evil motivations, so successful has the Left In America been in demonizing what was once, in a saner world, considered and known to be Normal Thinking.

In 2015 in America, up is down, Good is seen as Evil, the world is turned upside down.

We are the criminals. We are always Guilty.

As the old saying goes: ‘The Freest Man in the world is the Man who has nothing to lose’, therefore…

We have the freedom now to act to preserve The Founding; we are at Liberty to to operate in what has become the Enemy’s territory. We can gather together and Restore the Precious Gift of The Founding Fathers in territory we achieve control of. We are the Outlaws and we should act accordingly.

We will see some very cruel times, but we have a Duty to our Posterity to preserve the Gift wherever and however we can. We have a duty to those that came before us and sacrificed for us to pay any price and bear any burden to see that Freedom and Ordered Liberty survive in some form. If we do not at least try, we shall be damned before all of Mankind as those cowards who did not attempt to preserve the last, best hope for man on God’s Earth.

We must Join Or Die.

‘It Can’t Happen Here!’

25 February 2015 @ 20:03

You hear a lot of people in America say that when stories about the decline of Western Society in Europe are mentioned.

Believing that America is so unique is wrong and ultimately contributes to our own Society’s decline.

Yes, America the idea, it’s Constitution, it’s attitude are exceptional, but we must never forget that it is populated by Human Beings and we are like all Human Beings across the breath and depth of the Earth: we are fallen creatures.  So, despite our unique attitude, our unique approach to Life, we are still
susceptible to the Human failings, which means we can end-up making the same mistakes as the Europeans.

It is true that our exceptionality will shield us longer from the rot that has metastasized to every corner of Europe, but, eventually, the shield will shatter into a thousand pieces under the strain, especially because we have not performed routine maintenance on it, so busy are we being Willfully Blind and losing ourselves in our decadent frivolities and Soul-deadening luxuries.

The United States Of America was exceptional, but it’s people were always just Human.

While our country remains untainted with the principles and manners which are now producing desolation in so many parts of the world; while she continues sincere, and incapable of insidious and impious policy, we shall have the strongest reason to rejoice in the local destination assigned us by Providence.

But should the people of America once become capable of that deep simulation towards one another, and towards foreign nations, which assumes the language of justice and moderation, while it is practising iniquity and extravagance, and displays in the most captivating manner the charming pictures of candour, frankness, and sincerity, while it is rioting in rapine and insolence, this country will be the most miserable habitation in the world. Because we have no government, armed with power, capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and religion.

Avarice, ambition, revenge and licentiousness would break the strongest cords of our Constitution, as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

—John Adams, Letter to the Officers of the First Brigade
of the Third Division of the Militia of Massachusetts,
11 October 1798

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The Lost Republic Diaries – Part V

25 February 2015 @ 19:41

Rally-Round-The-Flag-180Another entry in a Diary that chronicles the End Days of The American Republic.  Another example of why The Republic is terminal and why we must work to save what we can however we can…

Stacy McCain provides this quote by one of The West’s most upstanding modern citizens [Stacy has the video]:

I am a non-binary so that means I don’t identify as male or female and I am pansexual which means I am attracted to all genders. I grew up in the current sex-ed curriculum in a Catholic school environment that was very limited in terms of talking about any relations that were outside of marital cisgender heterosexual intercourse.

Such disturbed people have been legitimized by those who are in charge of the governments of The West.  While this deranged woman is Canadian, there are plenty of people in America [notice I don’t say ‘Americans’] who think like this, as Stacy McCain has chronicled exhaustively over the past several years at his great site: The Other McCain.

Mentally ill people like this are praised and elevated to Normalcy in this country, while those of us who are the exact opposite, who do not deny Reality and who are Moral, are declared Perverse and Evil in our thinking.

We are branded as Extremists and kooks.  We have been declared by those in Power And Control to be outside the pale.  They want the ignorant and the disturbed to harass and attack us.

We are the New Freaks, in their eyes, which means…

We have the freedom now to act to preserve The Founding; we are at Liberty to to operate in what has become the Enemy’s territory.  We can gather together and Restore the Precious Gift of The Founding Fathers in territory we achieve control of.  We are the Outlaws and we should act accordingly.

We will see some very cruel times, but we have a Duty to our Posterity to preserve the Gift wherever and however we can.  We have a duty to those that came before us and sacrificed for us to pay any price and bear any burden to see that Freedom and Ordered Liberty survive in some form.  If we do not at least try, we shall be damned before all of Mankind as those cowards who did not attempt to preserve the last, best hope for man on God’s Earth.

We must Join Or Die.

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The Lost Republic Diaries – Part IV

24 February 2015 @ 20:45

Rally-Round-The-Flag-180Another entry in a Diary that chronicles the End Days of The American Republic.  Another example of why The Republic is terminal and why we must work to save what we can however we can…

From Investor’s Business Daily, Paul Sperry reporting, we learn [worth quoting in full]:

France, Belgium and now even liberal Denmark regret letting in so many immigrants from Muslim countries. Their swelling Islamic communities have become breeding grounds for terrorists. So why is the U.S. opening the floodgates to foreign Muslims?

The threat Muslim immigrants pose to homeland security was not addressed during the White House’s three-day summit on terrorism.

Instead, Vice President Joe Biden assured Muslim groups gathered during one session that the “wave” of Muslim immigration is “not going to stop.”

Wave? More like a tsunami.

Between 2010 and 2013, the Obama administration imported almost 300,000 new immigrants from Muslim nations — more immigrants than the U.S. let in from Central America and Mexico combined over that period.

This is a sea change in immigration flows, and it threatens national security.

Many of the recent Muslim immigrants are from terrorist hot spots like Iraq, where the Islamic State operates. From 2010-2013, Obama ushered in 41,094 Iraqi nationals from there.

Now the State Department says it will quadruple the number of refugees brought here from Syria, where IS is headquartered.

The U.S. will admit as many as 2,000 Syrian nationals by the end of fiscal year 2015, up from 525 since fiscal 2011.

Yes, the number of displaced people inside war-torn Syria and Iraq, an estimated 3 million refugees, rivals the most in Mideast history. But rolling out the welcome mat for them in the middle of a mushrooming war on Muslim terrorism is dangerously shortsighted.

Top U.S. counterterror officials say terrorists could easily slip into the country from Iraq and Syria, in spite of promised screening procedures for such refugees.

“It’s clearly a population of concern,” National Counterterrorism Center Director Nicholas Rasmussen testified this week.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul called the new policy “a federally sanctioned welcome party to potential terrorists.”

That’s no stretch. If just a fraction of the 300,000 new Muslim immigrants already here follow in the footsteps of the Franco-Algerian brothers who recently terrorized Paris, we could be facing chronic terror in our cities.

The main homeland threat from groups like IS comes through our immigration system. If they also use our loose policies as a vehicle for jihad and Islamization, we will face the same crisis as Eurabia.

The British press is reporting that IS has threatened to release a huge wave of migrants from Libya across the Mediterranean disguised as refugees to cause chaos in Europe.

Who’s to say they aren’t setting a similar immigration bomb for America?

Authorities can’t even get a handle on homegrown IS jihadists who are already in America. Why would we risk adding so many potential jihadists from abroad to the already overloaded terrorist threat matrix?

The FBI director says he’s got open cases against IS suspects in every state but Alaska. More than 100 American Muslims have hooked up with the vicious terror group in Syria or Iraq, and at least a dozen fighters already have returned to America and may be forming sleeper cells to attack the homeland.

These suspects are hard for agents, who already are overstretched, to monitor. They’ve discarded their Islamic beards and garb and have blended into society. Analysts suspect some may have even infiltrated the military and government.

While America ushers in Islamic immigrants, Europe is pulling up the welcome mat. In recent months, both France and Britain have proposed imposing curbs on immigration out of fear of importing more terrorists. The bills will likely pass in the wake of the Paris massacre.

Thanks to mass immigration from North Africa, France’s Muslim population has swelled to 6.5 million, or 10% of its population. More than 1,000 French Muslims have joined IS. A recent poll found that 27% of French Muslims ages 18-24 support the Islamic State.

Growing pockets of radicalism are spreading in towns throughout France. There are “no-go” zones for non-Muslims and even local authorities, not just in Paris but all over the country.

Authorities say that they’ve lost control of the situation. Muslim attacks on police and synagogues are now regular events.

Similar problems are cropping up in Germany. After an influx of Syrian and other Muslim immigrants, a recent poll found that 40% of Germans say they don’t feel at home in their own country thanks to “Islamization.”

America will no doubt suffer the same nightmares if its Muslim population is allowed to reach a critical mass.

At current immigration rates, and barring a much-needed moratorium, our Muslim population will more than double over the next 15 years, hitting about 6.2 million in 2030, according to a recent Pew Research Center study — “in large part because of immigration and higher-than-average fertility among Muslims.”

Fifteen years from now, Pew found, America will “have a larger number of Muslims than any European country” except for France and Russia.

If you think this huge influx of foreign Muslims will assimilate and adopt Western values, you haven’t been to Alexandria, Va., or Dearborn, Mich., or Minneapolis recently.

They resemble little Cairos, with their Arabic store signage, halal butchers, hookah bars and even blaring calls to prayer from mosque minarets. Such cultural diversity might be quaint if not for the fact these heavily Muslim immigrant enclaves are also breeding grounds for terrorism. More people from Dearborn are on the federal terrorist watch list than from any other American city except New York.

Recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Brussels and Copenhagen by Muslims operating with support from those cities’ swelling Muslim immigrant communities are an ugly reminder that Muslim immigration doesn’t bring the kind of diversity once cherished in the West. It leads to violence and Islamization.

All this raises serious national security concerns. But the White House is too busy defending Islam and portraying the Muslim community as victims of “discrimination” to consider them.

Any nation whose government allows this to happen is a nation that wants to die.

This, however, is an assisted suicide: helping the process along are the Left, the GOP, Libertarians, and the Chamber Of Commerce — Traitors all, who join ‘Barack Hussein Obama’ in not loving America [yeah, I said it].

We are abandoned.

We are on our own.

We have the freedom now to act to preserve The Founding; we are at Liberty to to operate in what has become the Enemy’s territory.  We can gather together and Restore the Precious Gift of The Founding Fathers in territory we achieve control of.  We are the Outlaws and we should act accordingly.

We will see some very cruel times, but we have a Duty to our Posterity to preserve the Gift wherever and however we can.  We have a duty to those that came before us and sacrificed for us to pay any price and bear any burden to see that Freedom and Ordered Liberty survive in some form.  If we do not at least try, we shall be damned before all of Mankind as those cowards who did not attempt to preserve the last, best hope for man on God’s Earth.

We must Join Or Die.

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The Lost Republic Diaries – Part III

24 February 2015 @ 20:22

Rally-Round-The-Flag-180Another entry in a Diary that chronicles the End Days of The American Republic.  Another example of why The Republic is terminal and why we must work to save what we can however we can…

From the Belmont Club and Richard Fernaandez:

The administration’s plan to create a “free and open Internet” means, as usual, the opposite of what it says.  As Gordon Crovitz explains in the Wall Street Journal, it is really a monumental, bare-faced power grab.

The permissionless Internet, which allows anyone to introduce a website, app or device without government review, ends this week. On Thursday the three Democrats among the five commissioners on the Federal Communications Commission will vote to regulate the Internet under rules written for monopoly utilities.

No one, including the bullied FCC chairman, Tom Wheeler, thought the agency would go this far. The big politicization came when President Obama in November demanded that the supposedly independent FCC apply the agency’s most extreme regulation to the Internet. A recent page-one Wall Street Journal story headlined “Net Neutrality: How White House Thwarted FCC Chief” documented “an unusual, secretive effort inside the White House . . . acting as a parallel version of the FCC itself.”…

The more than 300 pages of new regulations are secret, but Mr. Wheeler says they will subject the Internet to the key provisions of Title II of the Communications Act of 1934, under which the FCC oversaw Ma Bell.

The specifics of the grab don’t matter as much as the direction in which things must inevitably move. Regulation is an absorbing state  like the Hotel California.  You can try to check out any time you like, but once inside you can never really leave.  Three hundred pages of regulation will become 301 … 302 … A new administration might slow down the rate of growth, but it can never reverse it.

The very success of the Internet doomed its independence.  Like any rich, glittering center of wealth that springs up in the desert sands, it would inevitably be coveted by nearby chieftains.  And if there’s anything this administration — and to a lesser extent any administration — hankers after it is power.  So a-raiding they will go.  So here is prince Barack, at the tech city gates, demanding the keys….

Perhaps it’s time for all of us to purchase Ham Radios.  Or familiarize ourselves with the Darknet.  Given the large area we are spread across, it is imperative that we keep lines of communication open.

Things along the lines of Committees Of Correspondence and Samizdats are vital things to create if we are to have a chance of preserving the idea of America.

These new regulations [ie: ‘laws’ for all intents and purposes] are designed to control and isolate us.  They seek to further enslave us.  Our backs are against the wall and the Enemy is loading it’s weapons of Mass Liberty Destruction.

Perhaps it is time to start Going Underground.

We have the freedom now to act to preserve The Founding; we are at Liberty to to operate in what has become the Enemy’s territory.  We can gather together and Restore the Precious Gift of The Founding Fathers in territory we achieve control of.  We are the Outlaws and we should act accordingly.

We will see some very cruel times, but we have a Duty to our Posterity to preserve the Gift wherever and however we can.  We have a duty to those that came before us and sacrificed for us to pay any price and bear any burden to see that Freedom and Ordered Liberty survive in some form.  If we do not at least try, we shall be damned before all of Mankind as those cowards who did not attempt to preserve the last, best hope for man on God’s Earth.

We must Join Or Die.

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On Mass Willful Blindness

23 February 2015 @ 14:34

Before I went to bed last night, I was flipping around channels on television when I came to a Fox News program on the 2016 Presidential Race.

This one concerned itself with the Democratic field and I caught a few minutes of an interview with former Senator Jim Webb. I listened to him for several minutes – this supposed ‘Old School Democrat’ / ‘Jacksonian’ – and then clicked over to look at the latest weather radar.

I came back to the program a few minutes later and host Bret Baier was having a discussion with A.B. Stoddard, Stephen Hayes, and Charles Krauthammer.

As I sat there listening both times, I quickly found myself hearing their words and realizing that they all were participants in an effort – deep-down likely desperate in nature – to keep the structure of a grand fantasy propped-up. An all-consuming effort to preserve a charming and comforting dream-scape.

I’m not speaking of the 2016 Democratic Presidential Race, but of the whole rose-colored charade that overlays the Reality of what America truly is in 2015.

I felt as though I was watching people engaged in a child’s Pretend Game. Then, I knew, I was.

This is the thought that has been building inside of me for quite some time, but, until last Evening, had remained indescribable, an upsetting and disquieting set of feelings that I could not put my finger on and could not avoid.

Now, these feelings that had so troubled my Soul coalesced: the vast, vast majority of people in America spend every moment of every day kidding themselves that things will pretty much go along here as they always have. Sure, there will be ups and downs – and some of the downs may be pretty awful like, say World War II – but it will all work out in the end. The United States Of America, all fifty states of it, will endure.

Except for a very few, the people of America are engaging in an act of Mass Willful Blindness.

These are the times when we expect people to arise who refuse to wear the Blinders Of Avoidance and band together to preserve what can be preserved that is Good, despite the self-inflicted ignorance of most. Sadly, the majority of people who normally would rise to the occasion are they themselves engaging in acts of Willful Blindness – not as completely, but they always seem hesitant to take that one, last step into full awareness of the actual situation.

We few who are not so self-blinded are on our own because I cannot foresee those others just mentioned opening up their eyes in time.

The national government is so diseased with the cancer of Leftism that it cannot be saved. Time to retreat from it and regroup and take over some portion of this country.

We, the Sighted, The Remnant, must gather together and work to preserve what we can of that Sacred Gift given to use by The Founding Fathers and The Creator.

We must Join Or Die.

We must Join or the Idea Of America will die an ignominious death clasped in the chains of Evil.

OUTLAW.

Sinatra 100th: The Best Performances – 85-83

20 February 2015 @ 20:19

Sinatra100th-Logo-009-250gxRing-A-Ding-Ding, everybody!

Here at TCOTS, we’re celebrating Frank Sinatra’s 100th Birthday by counting down what I think are his 100 best performances on Vinyl and CD. All of the songs on the List have been released on either one or both mediums. Interspersed with the countdown will be Honorable Mentions that didn’t make the List and a countdown of what I think are his best albums.

Francis Albert will be your pilot and Bobby Bell your navigator.

So sit back easy in your easy chair, fasten your seatbelts, and let’s take off in the blue…

85 — Ol’ MacDonald

Music & Lyrics: Traditional with new lyrics by Lew Spence, Marilyn and Alan Bergman
Recorded: 01 September 1960
Released as a Single; included in the compilation albums All The Way and The Complete Capitol Singles Collection

My kind of nursery rhyme!  This is the way to do it, all there is to it.  Frank and the band are having a ball — and so will you…

84 — That’s Life

Music & Lyrics: Dean Kay, Kelly Gordon
Recorded: 18 October 1966
From the album That’s Life

Frank knows. Frank knows about Life. Been there, he’s done that — he’s done it all — and he gonna take you by the hand and tell you all about it.  Braggadocio in spades, but Frank can back it all up with witnesses…

83 — Oh! Look At Me Now

Music & Lyrics: Joe Bushkin, John De Vries
Recorded: 28 November 1956
From the album A Swingin’ Affair

Frank recorded this tune twice in his career and this is the lesser version. Don’t get me wrong: it’s got to be damn good to have made the Top 100 out of 1,400-plus possible Sinatra recordings, but it doesn’t work as well as the other, which will be swingin’ lightly-on down this here lane a little later on. FYI: This is the version of the song I chose to do the dance with my Mother at my Wedding, so that tells you exactly how good I think this recording is. My first exposure to Francis Albert I owe to my parents, especially, my Mater, who is an old bobby-soxer.

See you next Friday as we head-off again to Bobsville.

Don’t forget to also keep checking out
Pundette’s Sinatra 100 countdown
& Mark Steyn’s Sinatra Songs Of The Century.
It’s a swingin’ world.

If you’re having trouble tracking down any of the performances on this List, contact me at Robert[dot]Belvedere[at]gmail[dot]com and I might be able to help you.

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The Lost Republic Diaries – Part II

20 February 2015 @ 08:47

Another entry in a Diary that chronicles the End Days of The American Republic. Another example of why The Republic is terminal and why we must work to save what we can however we can…

Oh-yea, Oh-yea, Oh-yea: Comes now before us one who is called and considered by too many to be ‘Enlightened!’…

From Real Clear Politics [tip of the fedora to Mark Levin], we hear the ‘discerning and well-informed’ voice of what passes for Insight and Wisdom these days:

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY JEH JOHNSON: We in the administration and the government should give voice to the plight of Muslims living in this country and the discrimination that they face. And so I personally have committed to speak out about the situation that very often people in the Muslim community in this country face. The fact that there are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world and the Islamic faith is one about peace and brotherhood.

It’s utter fools like this that will get many of us murdered, as it has already gotten multitudes in other countries murdered.

To hear Mark Levin’s dead solid perfect take please click here.

We have the freedom now to act to preserve The Founding; we are at Liberty to to operate in what has become the Enemy’s territory. We can gather together and Restore the Precious Gift of The Founding Fathers in territory we achieve control of. We are the Outlaws and we should act accordingly.

We will see some very cruel times, but we have a Duty to our Posterity to preserve the Gift wherever and however we can. We have a duty to those that came before us and sacrificed for us to pay any price and bear any burden to see that Freedom and Ordered Liberty survive in some form. If we do not at least try, we shall be damned before all of Mankind as those cowards who did not attempt to preserve the last, best hope for man on God’s Earth.*

We must Join Or Die.

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The Lost Republic Diaries – Part I

20 February 2015 @ 08:27

Another entry in a Diary that chronicles the End Days of The American Republic. Another example of why The Republic is terminal and why we must work to save what we can however we can…

From the Daily Bruin [UCLA], By Rachel Frenklak reporting, we learn [tip of the fedora to Darleen Click]:

Last week, I attended acouncil meeting to support my roommate, sorority sister and best friend, Rachel Beyda, as she went through the last step of being confirmed by the council as an appointed justice to the Judicial Board of the Undergraduate Students Association Council. I greatly admire Rachel’s academic success and the passion and determination she has demonstrated toward her goal of becoming a lawyer. I have seen her accrue immense leadership skills and experience in the legal field, both at UCLA, as the current law clerk for the Judicial Board and beyond. Therefore, as I ascended the stairs to Kerckhoff 417, I incorrectly assumed the confirmation of Rachel’s appointment would be quick and simple.

Rachel had been unanimously approved by the Appointments Review Committee consisting of three council members before she flawlessly introduced herself to the council. However, the first question directed at her by General Representative 3 Fabienne Roth was an attack on Rachel’s ability to be a justice based on her involvement in the Jewish community. At President Avinoam Baral’s insistence, the question was phrased slightly more considerately by Transfer Student Representative Negeen Sadeghi-Movahed, but this first question set the tone. Rachel finished the interview, making two important points: first, anyone qualified for the position would be a critical thinker who is knowledgeable about campus issues and therefore, has his or her own opinions and second, she has no significant political affiliations. Furthermore, she demonstrated an understanding of what actually having a conflict of interest means and acknowledged thata justice should remove herself from the decision-making process under those circumstances. Rachel was asked to leave the room for council discussion. What followed was a disgusting 40 minutes of what can only be described as unequivocal anti-Semitism during which some of our council members resorted to some of the oldest accusations against Jews, including divided loyalties and dishonesty.

All council members swiftly agreed Rachel was amply qualified for the position, but half of the council had strong reservations stemming from Rachel’s Jewish identity. “My issue is, I’m going to be upfront about it, I think she’s pretty great. She’s smart, she like knows her stuff, she’s like probably going to be a really great lawyer. But I’m like not going to pretend this isn’t about conflict of interest. … It’s not her fault … but she’s part of a community that’s very invested in USAC. … Even if she’s the right person for the job,” claimed Roth. Sadeghi-Movahed added, “For some reason, I’m not 100 percent comfortable. I don’t know why. I’ll go through her application again. I’ve been going through it constantly, but I definitely can see that she’s qualified for sure.” Throughout this discussion, Rachel anxiously paced outside, where, she later informed me, she could hear “conflict of interest” being yelled and concluded that it could only be about her being Jewish. Undoubtedly, the Israeli-Palestinan conflict is one of the most contentious issues on our campus. However, Israel was not mentioned during the discussion of Rachel’s appointment, only her affiliation with Jewish organizations, making the extensive deliberation a definitive act of discrimination.

We have the freedom now to act to preserve The Founding; we are at Liberty to to operate in what has become the Enemy’s territory. We can gather together and Restore the Precious Gift of The Founding Fathers in territory we achieve control of. We are the Outlaws and we should act accordingly.

We will see some very cruel times, but we have a Duty to our Posterity to preserve the Gift wherever and however we can. We have a duty to those that came before us and sacrificed for us to pay any price and bear any burden to see that Freedom and Ordered Liberty survive in some form. If we do not at least try, we shall be damned before all of Mankind as those cowards who did not attempt to preserve the last, best hope for man on God’s Earth.*

We must Join Or Die.

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*These two paragraphs are a slight rephrasing
of something I wrote the other day in this post.

‘It Was Great While It Lasted,’ @Dicentra33 – On An End Time

18 February 2015 @ 14:25

This is the end, my only friend
The end…of our elaborate plans
The end…of everything that stands
The end…

No safety or surprise
The end…

—Jim Morrison

Let us remember, that "if we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our liberty, we encourage it, and involve others in our doom." It is a very serious consideration, which should deeply impress our minds, that millions yet unborn may be the miserable sharers in the event.

—Samuel Adams, writing as ‘CANDIDUS’ in the Boston Gazette, 14 October 1771

Last week, over the course of three comments left at Protein Wisdom, Dicentra pretty much summed-up the American situation in 2015:

the edifice is rotted away, the Republic lost (sorry, Mr. Franklin), and there’s no way for us to stop the FCC and ISIS and Obama and Putin from doing what they’re hell-bent on doing. If you’re not feeling helpless and frustrated and ready to scream lately, you’re not paying attention.

But we’re at that point where the corruption and rot and momentum thereof must surely run its course, for there’s no force on earth can stop it now, and it’s doubtful God will step in to save us from our own stupidity — especially since we’ve known was stupidity for ages.

We also can’t resist societal entropy forever; eventually, the garment is too threadbare to be patched. As individuals, we can shelter in place until the wave crests and the tsunami drags the weakest into the deep, but as the 50-state Republic we grew up in, our time is over.

I’m dead sorry to witness the end during my lifetime. Progressivism could have been reversed (theoretically) maybe 70 years ago, maybe not.

It was great while it lasted.

La république est mort; vive la république

And

…The pot’s been a-simmerin’ since the Wilson administration. Were it not for us being softened up by the insidious incrementalism of the proggs, Obama would never have been elected: word of his commie tendencies would have stymied that toot sweet.

In this next selection, Di responds to a comment by Squid [which I've bolded]…

The Gods of the Copybook Headings are on MY side. And they never, ever lose.

What odds do they give for going from Mad Max to a New American Experiment? From the French Revolution to American Renewal without going through the Terror and Napoleon (and French surrender to the Nazis and French democratic socialism and all it’s current deterioration)?

Where’s the record of a successful society collapsing from inner corruption (as the gods predict) and then being restored to any degree of health? How’s Rome doing? Greece? Persia? Babylon? Assyria? Egypt? Britain? Belgium? Spain?

The American Experiment was an outlier from day one. That might give us a chance or it might mean our fate is will be uniquely bad.

We’re throwing ourselves into the Pit of Despair because we’re faced with a horde of idiots? Nonsense!

It’s called letting the dead bury their dead. It’s called withdrawing from a battle you’ve already lost and gearing up for the next phase. It’s called not wasting your time or inner resources patching the pinholes in the hull of the Titanic.

Acknowledging that our current course WILL lead to wreckage, as it surely must, is not the Pit of Despair: sometimes giving up on something is the most liberating, positive thing you can do.

Fish or cut bait?

Me, I’ma cut bait. Try to stop engaging with the Outrage of the Day, stop putting hopes in the next election, stop thinking we can turn the canoe around when the front half is already over the falls. Save my strength for battles that can be won or at least moved forward.

Then I remind myself that most of the remaining statists and their idiot followers don’t know how to change a tire or mend a sock, much less how to field-strip a rifle or field-dress a deer.

And they’ll just stand there and starve to death while you’re drying deer jerky in your back yard. Won’t come after ya. Won’t steal your stuff as they accuse you of hoarding. Won’t swamp any and all life rafts you might have prepared for you and yours.

Unless there’s no means of transport from Blue states to Red, they’ll continue to screw with us, as they always do.

What’s that you say? You’re armed? Good. I’m sure you’ll take comfort in having to shoot your neighbors because they used to make fun of preppers. Bright future, that.

We might get to a better place eventually, but we will also pass through the fire first, and that fire will not discriminate between Red and Blue. We will lose some of ours; we will not come out of this smelling like a daisy.

Worst, we’ll get to see what we’re really made of, whether our blog-comment bluster is worth more than just perishable pixels.

Rebuilding the Republic (if it’s even possible) likely takes several generations, meaning that you and I will not see liberty again. I’m not looking forward to it.

Finally

My grandma gave me a bumper-sticker once that said, “Since I gave up all hope I feel much better.”

Trouble with giving up altogether is that the earth continues to rotate on its axis as before, the sun comes up, and then what do you do? Curl up in a ball and turn blue? Sometimes. Off yourself? Too permanent and scary.

Trudge on?

Yup, pretty much.

The Republic is in ruins, a rubble that is littered with the torn pieces of The Constitution and the ashes of The Declaration Of Independence, the Precious Gift of The Founding Fathers mangled into a pulp beyond recognition, and the blood of all of those who gave their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to preserve the Republic overlays it all.

But there is a reason not to Despair [which is a Mortal Sin]: that old cliche is true: The freest man in the world is the man who has nothing to lose. And we — the Real Americans, The Remnant — have nothing to lose at this point. As Chesty Puller said: ‘We’re surrounded; that simplifies the situation’. The fifty-state Republic is, indeed, dead.

So, we have the freedom now to act to preserve The Founding; we are at Liberty to to operate in what has become the Enemy’s territory. We can gather together and Restore the Gift in territory we achieve control of. We are the Outlaws and we should act accordingly.

As Dicentra says: ‘We will lose some of ours; we will not come out of this smelling like a daisy’. We will see some very cruel times, but we have a Duty to our Posterity to preserve the Gift wherever and however we can. We have a duty to those that came before us and sacrificed for us. If we do not at least try, we shall be damned before all of Mankind as those cowards who did not attempt to preserve the last, best hope for man on God’s Earth.

If therefore a people will not be free; if they have not virtue enough to maintain their liberty against a presumptuous invader, they deserve no pity, and are to be treated with contempt and ignominy. Had not Caesar seen that Rome was ready to stoop, he would not have dared to make himself the master of that once brave people. He was indeed, as a great writer observes, a smooth and subtle tyrant, who led them gently into slavery; "and on his brow, ‘ore daring vice deluding virtue smil’d". By pretending to be the peoples greatest friend, he gain’d the ascendency over them: By beguiling arts, hypocrisy and flattery, which are even more fatal than the sword, he obtain’d that supreme power which his ambitious soul had long thirsted for: The people were finally prevail’d upon to consent to their own ruin.

—Samuel Adams, writing as ‘CANDIDUS’ in the Boston Gazette, 14 October 1771

Live By The Fascism; Die By The Fascism

18 February 2015 @ 08:17

Over at Protein Wisdom, Darleen Click reprints an interesting excerpt from a report in Forbes from a year ago by Larry Bell.

A highlight [emphasis mine]:

Did EPA require a motivational incentive to tighten its restrictions? Sure, about as much as Br’er Rabbit needed to persuade Br’er Fox to throw him into the briar patch. This is but another example of EPA and other government agencies working with activist environmental groups to sue and settle on claims that afford leverage to enact new regulations which they lack statutory authority to otherwise accomplish.

“Sue and settle “ practices, sometimes referred to as “friendly lawsuits”, are cozy deals through which far-left radical environmental groups file lawsuits against federal agencies wherein court-ordered “consent decrees” are issued based upon a prearranged settlement agreement they collaboratively craft together in advance behind closed doors. Then, rather than allowing the entire process to play out, the agency being sued settles the lawsuit by agreeing to move forward with the requested action both they and the litigants want.

And who pays for this litigation? All-too-often we taxpayers are put on the hook for legal fees of both colluding parties….

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has concluded that Sue and Settle rulemaking is responsible for many of EPA’s “most controversial, economically significant regulations that have plagued the business community for the past few years”. Included are regulations on power plants, refineries, mining operations, cement plants, chemical manufacturers, and a host of other industries. Such consent decree-based rulemaking enables EPA to argue to Congress: “The court made us do it.”

Boo, F’in Hoo, Chamber Of Commerce.

You liked the Corporatism when it benefited your smooth arses, well, here’s the Goddamn downside – deal with it, suckers.

Corruption and Moral Treason have consequences.

Ooo Ooo, That Smell…

17 February 2015 @ 20:55

…Can’t you smell that smell…

7 …Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
8 and shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and encompassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

Revelation, 20:7-9

From ‘Let It Snow!’ To ‘Make It Go!’

17 February 2015 @ 20:38

An awful lot of people up here in ol’ New England are now complaining about the over eight feet of snow we’ve had dumped on us in some parts over the last three-plus weeks.

I say: ‘Get over it.  You’re living in bloody New England — snow’s part of the deal, Clyde.  Move on with your “tragic” life’.

It’s a hard thing to get through, these bad Winters, but, man, what did you expect when you decided to live here?

The only things you should be complaining about are, say, missing a hockey game one of your kids or relative’s kids are playing in or not being able to blog because you’re exhausted and paining after shoveling.

Suck it up, New Englanders.  This is the gig we chose.

Speaking of the latter complaint: every night, over the past several days, as I have sat at this keyboard, my mind just hasn’t been able to click into a gear that meets my standard for writing decent posts.  Apologies tendered.

I was hoping to get back to my agitating today, but we had to put our oldest cat down and Abigail and I were close for seventeen years.  She was eccentric to say the least [including having two different colored eyes and being, quite obviously, ‘not all there’], but fit in well at our house [which I like to call The Island Of Misfit Cats].

I’ll try again tomorrow and, hopefully, succeed.

Thank God I’m well taken care of, because, you see…

Thank the Good Lord for Mrs. B….and, of course, Francis Albert.

 

Sinatra 100th: The Best Performances – 88-86

13 February 2015 @ 20:33

Sinatra100th-Logo-009-250gxRing-A-Ding-Ding, everybody!

Here at TCOTS, we’re celebrating Frank Sinatra’s 100th Birthday by counting down what I think are his 100 best performances on Vinyl and CD. All of the songs on the List have been released on either one or both mediums. Interspersed with the countdown will be Honorable Mentions that didn’t make the List and a countdown of what I think are his best albums.

Francis Albert will be your pilot and Bobby Bell your navigator.

So sit back easy in your easy chair, fasten your seatbelts, and let’s take off in the blue…

88 — THE ONE I LOVE BELONGS TO SOMEBODY ELSE

Music & Lyrics: Gus Kahn, Isham Jones
Recorded: 3 May 1961
From the album I Remember Tommy

While Francis would have done, I’m sure, a jaunty version of this Gus Kahn / Isham Jones classic on his own [he did do a slice-your-wrists version on the No One Cares sessions (it was only released as a CD Bonus Track)], I’m not sure if it would not have made this List. But add the incredibly talented Sy Oliver to the mix, singing and arranging, and the result is some swingin’ magic — Sy’s contribution is THAT important. Mark Steyn has the full story on Mr. Oliver’s involvement in the recording of this track and Frank’s history with the song.

It’s such a goofy track, and, if ever it comes on the radio when I’m tootling around, I crank it up and it never fails to give me a lift.

—Mark Steyn

Same here.

87 — MY WAY

Music & Lyrics: Claude Francois, Jacques Revaux, Gilles Thibault, Paul Anka
Recorded: 30 December 1968
From the album My Way

In his marvellous book, Sinatra! The Song Is You — A Singer’s Art, Will Friedwald says it best:

…When he sings of the dejection and failure which led to his transforming tragedy into triumph, we not only feel it along with him but we give vent to our own inner longings to redirect rejection into redemption. Sinatra is a mythological figure who faces impossible odd and is very nearly beaten, yet undergoes a heroic transmutation and is born anew.  Here he is, living proof that a nobody from nowhere can not only become a crucial figure in American culture but do it twice [Bob: Take that, Scott Fitzgerald].

…how can you not stand up and cheer at the sight of a man who can, at will, grow to be ten stories tall?

Despite the braggadocio, this performance always seems to strike a resonant chord in the soul of every man who has taken the blows and yet still has done it his way.

86 — ZING! WENT THE STRINGS OF MY HEART

Music & Lyrics: James Hanley
Recorded: 21 December 1960
Unreleased track from the Ring-A-Ding-Ding sessions; finally released as a bonus track on a 1990’s remastering of the album and on Frank Sinatra: The Reprise Years.

Until recently, this was the only version of the song available [it’s Take 01] and you can see why this recording didn’t make the final cut for inclusion on the album: there’s an unfinished quality to this performance, which is why it does not end-up appearing higher on this List.  The verse is sung too quickly, in my opinion, and just doesn’t feel right.  Apparently, Frank thought so too because on Take 04 [which you’ll hear later in this countdown and was only released in the past few years] he does slow it down, making the kick into high gear more effective.  However, this is still, despite it all, one of The Chairman’s best performances and so it appears here.  And, unlike the version of Ring-A-Ding-Ding that was the standard master until a few years ago, there’s none of the annoying reverb/echo that mars the other songs from this album’s sessions because Zing! was never mastered.

BONUS PERFORMANCE:
THE ONE I LOVE BELONGS TO SOMEBODY ELSE
Frank & Dean

Taped for The Frank Sinatra Show in the late 1950’s.

See you next Friday as we head-off again to Bobsville.

Don’t forget to also keep checking out
Pundette’s Sinatra 100 countdown
& Mark Steyn’s.
It’s a swingin’ world.

If you’re having trouble tracking down any of the performances on this List, contact me at Robert[dot]Belvedere[at]gmail[dot]com and I might be able to help you.

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The Sexualization Of The Innocents Continues

13 February 2015 @ 08:04

Am I the only one that is disturbed by this?…

From USA Today, Lori Grisham reporting, we learn [tip of the fedora to Drudge]:

Actress Jamie Brewer, best known for her roles on American Horror Story, appeared Thursday on a catwalk during New York Fashion Week.

Brewer was the first model in the show with Down syndrome.

Brewer wore clothing by designer Carrie Hammer as part of Hammer’s "Role Models Not Runway Models" show, a project that invites inspiring women to showcase Hammer’s work.

Brewer played a witch on American Horror Story so Hammer put her in black with an A-line cut. "Jamie has this beautiful figure with a small waist. A-lines really compliment that," Hammer said about the design.

A catwalk is a sensual event, a semi-erotic show, where new fashions are presented in a sexualized setting, all the more to make them appealing to buyers for clothing stores, the public, and potential-customer-celebrities.

Miss Brewer’s ‘beautiful figure’ aside: she suffers from mental retardation and such people have to be managed by guardians because there are many decisions they do not have the capacity to make.

This decision to feature this, by all accounts, gentle, lovely, and feisty soul, in a fashion show has swarming about it the strong odor of Exploitation by an industry that is run, primarily, by shrews and women-hating Homosexuals.

This decision also reeks mightily of the effort by the Left to Sexualize the most innocent members of Western Society, such as teenagers, children, and the elderly [Ex: Simone de Beauvoir]

As for children, they too are erotic beings, closer to androgyny than the adults who oppress them. Children are fully capable of participating in community, and have every right to live out their own erotic impulses. In androgynous community, those impulses would retain a high degree of nonspecificity and would no doubt show the rest of us the way into sexual self-realization. The distinctions between “children” and “adults,” and the social institutions which enforce those distinctions, would disappear as androgynous community develops.

-Andrea Dworkin

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