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RING-A-DING-DING! & DOOBY-DOOBY-DOO! -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. And Mark Steyn is doing his own list: Sinatra Song of the Century.
You Want It / Baby, You Got It
Bob Is Kinda Fed-Up
From AP MyWay, Juliet Linderman reporting, we learn:
Antoinette Perrine has barricaded her front door since her brother was killed three weeks ago on a basketball court near her home in the Harlem Park neighborhood of West Baltimore. She already has iron bars outside her windows and added metal slabs on the inside to deflect the gunfire.
“I’m afraid to go outside,” said Perrine, 47. “It’s so bad, people are afraid to let their kids outside. People wake up with shots through their windows. Police used to sit on every corner, on the top of the block. These days? They’re nowhere.”
Perrine’s brother is one of 36 people killed in Baltimore so far this month, already the highest homicide count for May since 1999. But while homicides are spiking, arrests have plunged more than 50 percent compared to last year.
The drop in arrests followed the death of Freddie Gray from injuries he suffered in police custody. Gray’s death sparked protests against the police and some rioting, and led to the indictment of six officers.
Now West Baltimore residents worry they’ve been abandoned by the officers they once accused of harassing them. In recent weeks, some neighborhoods have become like the Wild West without a lawman around, residents said.
“Before it was over-policing. Now there’s no police,” said Donnail “Dreads” Lee, 34, who lives in the Gilmor Homes, the public housing complex where Gray, 25, was arrested.
“I haven’t seen the police since the riots,” Lee said. “People feel as though they can do things and get away with it. I see people walking with guns almost every single day, because they know the police aren’t pulling them up like they used to.”
Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said last week his officers “are not holding back” from policing tough neighborhoods, but they are encountering dangerous hostility in the Western District.
“Our officers tell me that when officers pull up, they have 30 to 50 people surrounding them at any time,” Batts said.
At a City Council meeting Wednesday, Batts said officers have expressed concern they could be arrested for making mistakes.
<rant>Yeah?…no shit, Commissioner Batt-Guano.
Hey, people of Baltimore: You brought this on yourselves by demanding that your Police Department be castrated. Well…the operation was a rousing success [it certainly ‘roused’ the gangs, eh?] and now you’re complaining that the PD is not doing their job? Ain’t that a bitch, huh?
“There was a shooting down the street, and the man was standing in the middle of the street with a gun, just shooting,” Lee added. “Usually, you can’t walk up and down the street drinking or smoking weed. Now, people are everywhere smoking weed, and police just ride by, look at you, and keep going. There used to be police on every corner. I don’t think they’ll be back this summer.”
Really?!? I wonder why, you moron.
When there was a strong police presence [which was necessary because so many Baltimore Residents were sowing Chaos and acting like semi-savages] you all complained that it was RAAAAACIST! and that the BPD was harassing you. The police have now respected your wishes and stopped the ‘harassment’ and you sit there and complain.
Hell, you, Mr. Lee, and your compatriots are ungrateful. You got what you wanted. That what you got really, really sucks is your problem.
Veronica Edmonds, a 26-year-old mother of seven in the Gilmor Homes, said she wishes the police would return and focus on violent crime rather than minor drug offenses.
“If they focused more on criminals and left the petty stuff alone, the community would have more respect for police officers,” she said.
Ever heard of a successful little program called ‘Broken Windows’, lady? You should read up on it [if you can read] because it works, dingbat. Oh!…and you might want to change the name of where you live to ‘Diemor Homes’ until you decide to get serious.
At a news conference Wednesday, [
Apparatchik, er, Mayor Stephanie] Rawlings-Blake said there were “a lot of reasons why we’re having a surge in violence.”
“Other cities that have experienced police officers accused or indicted of crimes, there’s a lot of distrust and a community breakdown,” Rawlings-Blake said. “The result is routinely increased violence.”
Rawlings-Blake said her office is “examining” the relationship between the homicide spike and the dwindling arrest rate.
“It’s clear that the relationship between the commissioner and the rank-and-file is strained,” she said. “He’s working very hard to repair that relationship.
Riiiight…trouble is: he can’t get his nose out of your butt long enough to accomplish anything.
That Baltimore will go the way of Detroit — or worse — because real reform will not be implemented is a bet well-worth making.
That the people of Baltimore [those left] will not do what is necessary is a given in this benighted and deranged funhouse we live in.
So expect the worst. No point in wasting any energy hoping for the best because this is a situation where the situation there will have to degenerate into even greater Barbarity before the Flame Of Hope has any chance of being reignited.
And Baltimore will not be the last city to so degenerate. The Left is determined to bring the example of Detroit, and now Baltimore, to as many cities as possible.
Our only hope is to Join Or Die in some part of what used to be The United States Of America and regroup around a renewed commitment to Local Governance under The Rule Of Law, Ordered Liberty, and a Restoration of true Republican Virtue.
This requires the purging of all Ideological Thinking from our own Souls and a refusal to legitimize the thinking of the Ideologues.
As with the national government, the vast majority of the Urban areas in America are Terminal, beyond helping, gripped by the black fevers of Leftism and other Ideologies [such as Libertarianism].
We, The Remnant, those who are committed to the American Moral Cause, must band together physically and Spiritually.
It is imperative to reappraise the scale of the usual human values; its present incorrectness is astounding. …Only by the voluntary nurturing in ourselves of freely accepted and serene self-restraint can mankind rise above the world stream of materialism.
Today it would be retrogressive to hold on to the ossified formulas of the Enlightenment. Such social dogmatism leaves us helpless before the trials of our times.
Even if we are spared destruction by war, life will have to change in order not to perish on its own. We cannot avoid reassessing the fundamental definitions of human life and society. Is it true that man is above everything? Is there no Superior Spirit above him? Is it right that man’s life and society’s activities should be ruled by material expansion above all? Is it permissible to promote such expansion to the detriment of our integral spiritual life?
If the world has not approached its end, it has reached a major watershed in history, equal in importance to the turn from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. It will demand from us a spiritual blaze; we shall have to rise to a new height of vision, to a new level of life, where our physical nature will not be cursed, as in the Middle Ages, but even more importantly, our spiritual being will not be trampled upon, as in the Modern Era.
The ascension is similar to climbing onto the next anthropological stage. No one on earth has any other way left but — upward.
—Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, A World Split Apart
Refugium inveniemus in provinciis.
[lit: Find refuge in the provinces.]
Last night and this evening, I’m off doing research again.
I do my best investigating when I’m inspired and one of the books I’m currently reading, Solzhenitsyn: The Ascent From Ideology, has provided it in spades [I denounce myself as raaaaacist].
I am, however, Tweeting while searching.
I leave you with a bit of his Wisdom:
Whatever feelings predominate in the members of a given society at a given moment in time, they will serve to color the whole of that society and determine its moral character. And if there is nothing good there to pervade that society, it will destroy itself, or be brutalized by the triumph of evil instincts.
—Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, from the book From Under The Rubble, Chapter V: Repentance And Self-Limitation In The Life Of Nations.
From Breitbart, Kipp Jones reporting, we learn:
Oscar-winning actor and director Robert Redford reminded graduates at Maine’s Colby College the world is a “grim” place Sunday, before asking them to be fearless.
“You’re stepping into a world that’s, well, pretty rough. It’s pretty chaotic, pretty divisive,” he said to 483 new graduates. “You’ve got climate change, you’ve got debt, you’ve got wars, you’ve got political paralysis. It’s kind of a grim story. But the story, I think, can be retold, and I really believe that you’re the ones to do it.”
He then warned students must “collaborate” with the planet, before explaining the dangers of “narrow-minded” political thinking.
If today’s World is a grim place, it is because people like Redford have made it so with their Utopian schemes.
He and his comrades on the Left have, indeed, ‘retold’ the story: with their lies they have distorted the Truth into something twisted that looks like the Life as seen in a Funhouse Mirror.
They have poisoned the minds of several generations with an endless series of Big Lies.
They have piled up over a hundred trillion dollars in debt that can never be repaid.
They have sown Discord all across the Fruited Plain.
So if the graduates of today face a grim world – and they do – they can thank the Left who wanted it this way [and those on the Right who let it happen].
Who knew back in the 60’s that among the many radical schemes the New Left was adopting was Charlie Manson’s idea of Helter Skelter…
27 Shootings And Eight Deaths In Baltimore Over Memorial Day Weekend… http://t.co/DL4LLOvKri
— Tabitha Bliss (@BlissTabitha) May 26, 2015
In his dank and putrid jail cell, Charlie is laughing his demented arse off.
With the fall of Ramadi in Iraq to ISIS, there has been much chatter to the effect that those members of the U.S. Military who died in that Godforsaken country ‘died in vain’.
No U.S. Soldier, Sailor, or Marine who has ever given his or her Life can have their demise described that way.
They died fighting for a very Noble Cause: protecting The United States Of America and it’s peoples from harm and in order to preserve Freedom, Ordered Liberty, and Civilization against the Dark Forces of Barbarism, which always seek to enslave and murder the Good in this World.
If any War or Conflict has ended-up being lost, the fault lies with our Civilian Leaders and/or Military Commanders — our Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines remain Untainted by the Failures of those who commanded them.
On this Memorial Day, when we remember and honor those who have put on The Uniform and given their Lives for this Country, we must never dishonor them by shedding tears because we think that any of them ‘died for nothing’.
None Have Ever Died In Vain.
or: ‘Erotic’ Writings For Leftists
WARNING: The following excerpts may make you ill. It not is not recommended that women and nervous persons read on…
The batch of emails released by the State Department revealed a bizarre confrontation between Hillary Clinton and a journalist who asked her: ‘Can I ride your lap to the White House?’ [BOB: Ah-oh…Warning: this could end-up being Chick Pron!]
Exchanges between the then-Secretary of State’s include the transcript of her interview with the Wall Street Journal’s senior writer Monica Langley in October 2012, which one of her advisers described as ‘unacceptable in any culture’. [BOB: Fruit from the forbidden tree, eh?]
The email from State Department Communications Director Caroline Alder, released as part of a Freedom of Information Act request, sets the scene with Clinton asking Langley to take a seat. [BOB: Were the lights low? Were the Indigo Girls playing softly in the background?]
She then motioned to a chair ‘situated an appropriate distance from her preferred spot on the couch’, but Langley grabbed it and dragged it within inches of the Secretary. [BOB: ‘Dear Communist Penthouse: You’re not going to believe this, comrade, but…’.]
Langley, ‘leaning in even further’ begins the interview. [BOB: Hot, menopausal breath alert!]
She asks: ‘Oh Hillary…what do you eat? drink? dream about when you sleep?’ [BOB: Definitely Chick-Pron.]
Then midway through Langley decides to grab Clinton’s knee, causing the politician to laugh awkwardly. [BOB: When he read this, Chis Matthews got a tingle up one of his legs again and I’m sure it wasn’t one of his first two, IYKWIMAITYD, nudge, nudge — say no more.]
The journalist looks at her support staff and says: ‘They think I’m so funny. HILL, can I ride on your lap to the White House? [BOB: It’s only fair; after all, Bill will be once again riding in The White House.]
At the end of the email, sent to Deputy Secretary of State Tom Nides and State Department adviser Philippe Reines, Adler says: ‘…this went for about 51 minutes And I agree with Philippe- whatever she [Langley] does, it works. It was a really great interview.’ [BOB: Obviously, both Monica II and Hillary give good interview.]
Reines started off the exchange, saying: ‘Tom, she moved that yellow chair as close as it went. Knee to knee. Amazed she didn’t try knee in between knee. [BOB: You wish, beta cabana boy.]
‘And if that wasn’t enough, she leaned forward. More like a pivot, as far as her torso could fold forward to minimize the space between their heads. [BOB: Writhing cellulite — oh my!]
‘Was like the dental hygienist rolling around the floor to get the best access to your mouth [BOB: !] depending on what tooth she was trying to get access to I’ve never seen a Westerner invade her space like that And even the non Westerners I’ve seen do it based on cultural differences have been only briefly to greet, This went on like that for 51 minutes – unacceptable in any culture. I don’t even think you see that behavior among any type of mammal. [BOB: The two were like slugs passionately rolling around in a pile of hot offal.]
‘The touching the leg and repeatedly calling her ‘Hillary’ was just gravy. [BOB: The promise of more fun to come, eh?]
‘But it was wonderful. One of the best interviews I’ve ever witnessed. Wish it were on live tv.’ [BOB: On Adult Pay-Per-View, perhaps?]
‘Scuse me while I go take nice, long acid bath and have all my memories wiped clean.
HEY!…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 [Dean will be serving — what else? — cocktails].
So sit back easy in your easy chair, pour yourself your favorite libation, and let’s go for an aural ride to the stars…
Time to grab you favorite, better half and take a swing on the dance floor…
HM13 — Cheek To Cheek
Music & Lyrics: Irving Berlin
Recorded: 22 December 1958
From the album Come Dance With Me
This one just missed the Top 100 List. A very lively version of Mr. Berlin’s wonderful dance tune, this performance is pretty damn definitive, although Fred Astaire’s is quite close, as well, as Pundette reminds us.
HM14 — A Foggy Day
Music & Lyrics: George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin
Recorded: 19 December 1960
From the album Ring-A-Ding-Ding
Franks second go at this song, this one is much just as exuberant, but more danceable.
Like myself [as you’ll see in a coming Best Performance posting], Mark Steyn prefers the earlier version, but it’s a kick as a dance number and, as he puts it: ‘It starts out with Emil Richards’ pealing bells and then just cooks all the way to the end.’ and it’s a fine stew.
HM15 — For Once In My Life
Music & Lyrics: Ronald Norman Miller, Orlando Murden
Recorded: 24 February 1969
From the album My Way
One of those last 60’s songs that bombastic singers and semi-singers feasted on, Frank easily rubs out their memory with a powerful, yet restrained-just-enough take on this tune.
NOTE: I was unable to find the studio version up on YouTube, but, thankfully, this version, from his 1969 TV Special, Sinatra, is very, very close to it…
HM16 — Crazy Love
Music & Lyrics: Sammy Cahn, Phil Tuminello
Recorded: 14 March 1957
Released as a Single; included in the compilation albums This Is Sinatra, Volume Two, This Is Frank Sinatra 1953-1957 [UK MFP], The Complete Capitol Singles
Crazy, indeed, but a lilting, lovely kind of Crazy…
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,
Ms Evi’s Sinatra Celebration,
& 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.
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…
46 — TIE
Music & Lyrics: Erroll Garner, Johnny Burke
Recorded: 21 November 1961
From the album Sinatra And Strings
Terry Teachout once commented:
…Frank Sinatra was first and foremost a musician, a protean interpreter who took the best popular songs of his time and etched his versions of their words in our memories, making them inseparable from the sound of his burnt-umber voice.
This song has been a favorite of Piano Men in their smoky lounges for decades and many a Jazz Great has jammed on the wonderful melody, but Frank’s performance is, in my opinion, the best version because it captures the mood of the lyrics and melody like no one else has.
This song is one of the best in The Great American Songbook and here it is sung by the greatest salesman for that revered tome.
I Don’t Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You
Music & Lyrics: Bing Crosby, Ned Washington, Victor Young
Recorded: 24 March 1959
From the album No One Cares
From the album that no one on Suicide Watch is allowed to listen to, No One Cares, the singing of this song could easily, in the wrong hands, veer into pathetic pleading. Francis Albert was many things, but he never was pathetic and he turns in a marvelously sad performance that is moving and so damn sad.
45 — Pennies From Heaven
Music & Lyrics: Johnny Burke, Arthur Johnston
Recorded: 03 October 1962
From the album Sinatra-Basie
Pundette remarked about this version [emphasis mine]:
…I was forced to choose between this Basie version and the earlier Nelson Riddle arrangement from the wonderful Songs for Swingin’ Lovers. The latter is a kinder, gentler version, but swingin’ for sure, just not in that muscular Basie band style.
This is Sinatra and Basie swinging a song that works best when it’s a mothery affair.
44 — (How Little It Matters) How Little We Know
Music & Lyrics: Carolyn Leigh, Phil Springer
Recorded: 30 April 1963
From the album Sinatra’s Sinatra, A Man And His Music
Unlike the original more lilting version, which was cut as a single during The Capital Years, this version from the 1960’s remains my favorite, I think, because of the more mature reading — I don’t why I love it like I do; I don’t know why…I just do.
See you next Friday as we head-off again to Bobsville.
Don’t forget to also keep checking out
Pundette’s Sinatra 100 countdown,
Ms Evi’s Sinatra Celebration,
& 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.
There has been no greater chronicler of Evil and the mindsets of it’s Servants in all of recorded History than Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. His ruminations on Evil and Ideology show them to be symbiotic, two entities extensively dependent on each other.
Evil is not some distant and separate force that swirls above Mankind. It is a force that permeates every nook and cranny, every aspect, of Life. It is as much a part of Life as is breathing and Love.
As Mr. Solzhenitsyn wrote:
If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?
During the life of any heart this line keeps changing place; sometimes it is squeezed one way by exuberant evil and sometimes it shifts to allow enough space for good to flourish. One and the same human being is, at various ages, under various circumstances, a totally different human being. At times he is close to being a devil, at times to sainthood. But his name doesn’t change, and to that name we ascribe the whole lot, good and evil.
Socrates taught us: Know thyself! [The Gulag Archipelago, Volume I]
And Evil flourishes within an individual Soul when a Man decides to reject the advice of Socrates and chooses, instead, to live in Ignorance of the Reality of who he is and what he is.
But Evil needs some kind of fuel to power it, just as it needs people to carry-out it’s desires [ie: evil-doers].
Let us return to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn again:
….Do such people [Evildoers] really exist?
We would prefer to say that such people cannot exist, that there aren’t any. It is permissible to portray evildoers in a story for children, so as to keep the picture simple. But when the great world literature of the past — Shakespeare, Schiller, Dickens — inflates and inflates images of evildoers of the blackest shades, it seems somewhat farcical and clumsy to our contemporary perception. The trouble lies in the way these classic evildoers are pictured. They recognize themselves as evildoers, and they know their souls are black. And they reason: “I cannot live unless I do evil. So I’ll set my father against my brother! I’ll drink the victim’s sufferings until I’m drunk with them!” Iago very precisely identifies his purposes and his motives as being black and born of hate.
But no; that’s not the way it is! To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he’s doing is good, or else that it’s a well-considered act in conformity with natural law. Fortunately, it is in the nature of the human being to seek a justification for his actions.
Macbeth’s self-justifications were feeble — and his conscience devoured him. Yes, even Iago was a little lamb too. The imagination and the spiritual strength of Shakespeare’s evildoers stopped short at a dozen corpses. Because they had no ideology.
Ideology — that is what gives evildoing its long-sought justification and gives the evildoer the necessary steadfastness and determination. That is the social theory which helps to make his acts seem good instead of bad in his own and others’ eyes, so that he won’t hear reproaches and curses but will receive praise and honors. That was how the agents of the Inquisition fortified their wills: by invoking Christianity; the conquerors of foreign lands, by extolling the grandeur of their Motherland; the colonizers, by civilization; the Nazis, by race; and the Jacobins (early and late), by equality, brotherhood, and the happiness of future generations.
Thanks to ideology, the twentieth century was fated to experience evildoing on a scale calculated in the millions. This cannot be denied, nor passed over, nor suppressed. How, then, do we dare insist that evildoers do not exist? And who was it that destroyed these millions? Without evildoers there would have been no [Gulag] Archipelago. [The Gulag Archipelago, Volume I]
Without Evildoers and the Ideologies that drive them, well over 200 million Human Beings would not have perished in the conflagrations that have roared through Mankind since the French Revolution.
That America was able to avoid the worst of the flames was due to it’s uniqueness and Fortune, which always favors the bold and those seeking the Good.
But, slowly at first and now with increasing speed, that Uniqueness is being smothered in the ever-tightening grip of Leftist Ideology.
And it is not just Leftists such as Woodrow Wilson, FDR, and Barack Hussein Obama and his Jarrett Junto that are turning the handles of the Soul-crushing vise, but also the Leftism that runs through each of our all-too-Human Hearts.
Each one of us, to one degree or another, has allowed our Hearts and Minds to be captivated by the seduction of Ideology.
It is all Well and Good and Proper that we resist the Totalitarians in our midst with every ounce of strength we can muster, but, unless we resist the Temptation to Ideology with our own Souls, any external victories we achieve will be short-lived if we do not achieve victory over the Worse Devils of Our Nature.
If the world has not approached its end, it has reached a major watershed in history, equal in importance to the turn from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. It will demand from us a spiritual blaze; we shall have to rise to a new height of vision, to a new level of life, where our physical nature will not be cursed, as in the Middle Ages, but even more importantly, our spiritual being will not be trampled upon, as in the Modern Era.The ascension is similar to climbing onto the next anthropological stage.
No one on earth has any other way left but — upward.
—Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, A World Split Apart
Via Darleen Click, we learn that the Boy Scouts Of America has banned water gun fighting, among other ‘unkind’ activities [you know, the kind boys always engage in and enjoy].
Darleen also provides an excerpt from the Girls Scouts Of America blog, that shows just how thoroughly the Feminists have taken over what once was a sane organization for girls.
It seems to me that (1) the people in charge of the Boy Scouts are afraid and (2) the people in charge of the Girl Scouts are not.
The latter are fully committed and prepared to lead the girls of America into the Brave New World [ie: Hellhole] the Left is creating and the former will end-up achieving ‘Nirvana’, as well, through their Useful Idiocy.
So…as PW commentator Dave J asks:
For what are they now taught to “scout”, offenses, oppression and inequality?
They are to scout for Enemies Of The Party, don’t ya know.
He saw himself standing there in the dim lamplight, with the smell of bugs and cheap scent in his nostrils, and in his heart a feeling of defeat and resentment which even at that moment was mixed up with the thought of Katharine’s white body, frozen for ever by the hypnotic power of the Party.
Why did it always have to be like this? Why could he not have a woman of his own instead of these filthy scuffles at intervals of years? But a real love affair was an almost unthinkable event.
The women of the Party were all alike. Chastity was as deep ingrained in them as Party loyalty. By careful early conditioning, by games and cold water, by the rubbish that was dinned into them at school and in the Spies and the Youth League, by lectures, parades, songs, slogans, and martial music, the natural feeling had been driven out of them.
Julia was twenty-six years old. She lived in a hostel with thirty other girls (‘Always in the stink of women! How I hate women!’ she said parenthetically), and she worked, as he had guessed, on the novel-writing machines in the Fiction Department.
She enjoyed her work, which consisted chiefly in running and servicing a powerful but tricky electric motor. She was ‘not clever’, but was fond of using her hands and felt at home with machinery. She could describe the whole process of composing a novel, from the general directive issued by the Planning Committee down to the final touching-up by the Rewrite Squad.
But she was not interested in the finished product. She ‘didn’t much care for reading,’ she said. Books were just a commodity that had to be produced, like jam or bootlaces.
She had no memories of anything before the early ‘sixties and the only person she had ever known who talked frequently of the days before the Revolution was a grandfather who had disappeared when she was eight.
At school she had been captain of the hockey team and had won the gymnastics trophy two years running. She had been a troop-leader in the Spies and a branch secretary in the Youth League before joining the Junior Anti-Sex League. She had always borne an excellent character.
She had even (an infallible mark of good reputation) been picked out to work in Pornosec, the sub-section of the Fiction Department which turned out cheap pornography for distribution among the proles.
—Nineteen Eighty-Four [re-paragraphing mine]
I mean, after all, he seems to be very good at producing and performing a Kabuki Dance…
From The Weekly Standard, Michale Warren reporting, we learn [emphasis mine]:
On Wednesday afternoon Kentucky senator Rand Paul, a Republican presidential candidate, began what he’s calling a filibuster of the Senate’s renewal of the PATRIOT Act….
Paul is in opposition to Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, another Kentucky Republican who is supporting Paul’s bid for president. McConnell supports the renewal of the PATRIOT Act and its provisions on surveillance of terrorist suspects.
I’m not saying that the filibuster itself was a Kabuki performance – the PATRIOT Act needs to be debated, as Senator Cruz pointed out during the show [see here starting at '11:28 P.M.'].
No, the drama part of his performance involved Paul convincing people this was a defiant and brave stand against the Big Government-types [ie: #StandWithRand].
His performance was ‘an event that is designed to create the appearance of conflict or of an uncertain outcome, when in fact the actors have worked together to determine the outcome beforehand’.
Do you think the Junior Senator from Kentucky would have attempted a filibuster, and that it would have gone-off so smoothly, if he hadn’t obtained the ‘OK’ from his buddy, the Senior Senator from Kentucky? Would he have defied one of his main supporters, the old fart who is supporting his bid to be President?
I was born at night, Rand, but not last night.
Rand Paul chose to lie down with an old, decrepit, pathetic, rancid dog and now he is lousy and crawling with fleas.
Derided Like Churchill,
Right Like Churchill
David French at National Review excoriates the Republican presidential candidates who have fallen, “cowardly” for the Left’s “What would you have done knowing what we know now” “gotcha” questioning. Not least because they are allowing the leftist media to set the agenda rather than hitting back with Liz Cheney’s formula: “When is the media going to ask BHO and HRC the following: Knowing what we know now, would you still have abandoned Iraq?”
French then gives his own answer:
So, knowing now what we didn’t know then, the answer is a smarter intervention, not the same intervention — an intervention that combines the tactics and lessons of the Surge with the staying power we’ve demonstrated in other volatile hot spots, like Korea.
This is basically the same answer that Secretary of State John Kerry gave, after admitting the disaster in Ramadi when he said, in Korea, that the US is committed for as long as it takes (65 years and counting) to protect the people of Korea from aggression.
It is the position that then presidential candidate John McCain took in 2008 when he said under his presidency the USA would stay in Iraq for as long as it took to bring stability. That was of course the right and honorable thing to do after America had destabilized the region.
That Barack Obama was elected, with the aid, apparent and hidden, of the liberal media and Hollywood, at whose feet and to their eternal shame all the subsequent deaths, destruction dislocation and dishonoring of the American war deaths lies as an ‘anti-war” candidate has made an unstable situation a one of utter chaos and defeat.
John Hinderaker at “Powerline” sets the basic premise on the Middle East situation which follows on from the Obama administrations actions in abandoning the poor and wretched to their fate:
The “sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq” that Barack Obama and Joe Biden hailed as one of Obama’s “great achievements” in 2014 has regressed into chaos as a result of Obama’s premature withdrawal of American troops. But it isn’t just Iraq.
Syria is the closest thing to Hell on Earth. Iran is working away on nuclear weapons and delivery systems. Yemen has fallen to Iran’s proxies. Saudi Arabia is looking for nuclear weapons to counter Iran’s. ISIS occupies an area the size of Great Britain. Libya, its dictator having been gratuitously overthrown by feckless Western governments that had no plan for what would follow, is a failed state and terrorist playground.
It seems as though things couldn’t possibly get worse, but they almost certainly will. We are seeing the fruit of a set of policies that were based on the false premise that problems in the Middle East are mostly the fault of the United States. Not only were such policies misbegotten, they have been executed incompetently. The resulting collapse is occurring with sickening speed.
The “progressive” Left has among the “Kossites” at ‘Daily Kos’, one of the Obama enablers, thrown in the towel on Obama, who is now seen as a “tool of Wall Street from day one and a war hawk at their bidding.”
They will, of course fall in behind Hillary Clinton who they worked feverishly to defeat in 2008 because she was “a tool of Wall Street and a war hawk” after flirting with Bernie Sanders for forms sake. The plan to simply abandon the entire Middle East, whilst going into raptures if and when President Obama gets his nuclear deal with Iran.
Where this leaves Israel in their calculations is a major problem as so many “progressives” are Jewish and conflicted with their leftism and a vague understanding that if Israel falls things may not turnout well, again, for the Jews.
Is there any way to square this circle? As history has taught it is often the most derided, neglected and out of favor voice that is proven right, and turned to when the situation is almost lost-Churchill between the wars being the most notable example. If anyone fits that description today it is Sarah Palin.
Still derided for advising that Alaska’s proximity to Russia gave her and Alaskans a deeper sense of the possible threat as Russia air force planes make repeated incursion into American airspace now.
Lampooned for saying that if Obama were elected Russia would invade the Ukraine as nervous eyes are cast on the Baltic states after Russia’s easy annexation of Ukrainian territory perhaps it is time to listen, seriously and without the leftist media filter, to what this voice in the wilderness had to say about the Middle East now.
In her June 2013 address to the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Conference, Palin declared her opposition to American involvement in the ongoing Syrian civil war : “Militarily, where is our Commander-in-Chief? We’re talking now more new interventions. I say, until we know what we’re doing, until we have a Commander-in-Chief who knows what he’s doing, well, Chief, in these radical Islamic countries who aren’t even respecting basic human rights, where both sides are slaughtering each other as they scream over an arbitrary red line, ‘Allah Akbar,’ I say, until we have someone who knows what they’re doing, I say, let Allah sort it out!”…
And on Israel:
In a meeting on September 2, 2008, with leaders of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) , a pro-Israel lobby , Palin stated that she would “work to expand and deepen the strategic partnership between U.S. and Israel .” Following the meeting, an AIPAC spokesman stated that Palin had “expressed her deep, personal, and lifelong commitment to the safety and well-being of Israel.” Palin also stated, in reference to a possible nuclear threat from Iran , that: “Let there be no doubt: I will always keep the threat of military action on the table to defend our security and our ally Israel.”
“At this point, the Obama administration’s eagerness to strike a deal with a regime that has armed militants who killed American troops and has sworn to destroy Israel is one of the most dangerous developments of my lifetime,” Palin wrote. “America has to wake up. We swore ‘never again’ would we allow anyone to try to wipe out the Jewish people or commit mass genocide like we saw during World War II, and yet we’re allowing a regime that promises genocide to acquire nukes.”
Palin also stated, in reference to a possible nuclear threat from Iran , that: “Let there be no doubt: I will always keep the threat of military action on the table to defend our security and our ally Israel.”
In an interview with ABC News anchor Charles Gibson , Palin stated that she would not “second-guess” Israeli military action against Iran .
Thus the cornerstone of a “Palin Doctrine” on the Middle East appears clear:
2. The Security of Israel is paramount, the American commitment to it is unbreakable.
3. Iran must not have nuclear weapon capability. All means to preventing their being acquired, especially by stealth, by any means or by any party are on the table.
4. America must remove any threat to its economy, especially being beholden to any Middle East power or powers, by total energy independence.
It is beyond imagining that if the McCain/Palin ticket were elected in 2008 that the current map of the Middle East which shows ISIS holding vast swathes of territory would exist.
It is beyond imagining that if the Obama pull out from Iraq had not happened that the utter chaos death and destruction and tragic surrender of territory that American lives paid for would be happening.
It is beyond imagining that such an administration would be negotiating with Iran over allowing their nuclear capacity to be developed.
Tens of thousand would not be dead, hundreds of thousands would not be homeless, swarms of desperate “boat people” along with who knows how many hidden radicals, would not be entering Europe. Deride for not knowing what the unknowable “Bush Doctrine” was it is the very forces which defeated the 2008 Republican ticket which history will deride for ignoring the very real “Palin Doctrine.”
In the meantime Israel has to count down the days till the end of the Obama administration and hope and pray that a conservative government committed to Palin’s ideals takes office before it is too late. America too must also watch, wait and pray that the barbarian is not already at the gate. The answers and the deliverer awaits the call — will America avoid the trap of the Clinton enabling liberal media and see their Churchill before it is too late?.
It’s unfortunate and potentially frightening knowing that everywhere you look today jihad is on the march – even on American soil. Warnings for potential terrorist attacks on our homeland are now stepped up, and with the arrest of dozens of Americans on terrorism related charges, the message is clear that no place seems safe from jihad.
But it’s never too late to do the right thing. That means getting serious about defeating ISIS at the source while remaining ever vigilant at home. As always, our foreign policy must be rooted in the motto Peace Through Strength….
Mr. Sheppard is the proprietor of the blogs Point Of View and Palin4President 2016. He also writes occasionally for American Thinker and is a man of refined taste. Follow him on Twitter: @MJosephSheppard.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie…
…Yet there is a disaster which is already very much with us. I am referring to the calamity of an autonomous, irreligious humanistic consciousness.
It has made man the measure of all things on earth — imperfect man, who is never free of pride, self-interest, envy, vanity, and dozens of other defects. We are now paying for the mistakes which were not properly appraised at the beginning of the journey. On the way from the Renaissance to our days we have enriched our experience, but we have lost the concept of a Supreme Complete Entity which used to restrain our passions and our irresponsibility.
We have placed too much hope in politics and social reforms, only to find out that we were being deprived of our most precious possession: our spiritual life. It is trampled by the party mob in the East, by the commercial one in the West. This is the essence of the crisis: the split in the world is less terrifying than the similarity of the disease afflicting its main sections. [A World Split Apart]
Too often, we on the Right unquestioningly accept the thinking of the Enlightenment as the be-all and end-all of Wisdom. Though we may not want to admit it, we have made the crafters of it into Demi-gods, people who we say and declare possessed some kind of Knowledge that was unique in History and the most Enlightened in insight, profundity, and sagacity.
Too many of us are ever-ready to tout our allegiance at the Court of these Demi-gods. We have let our Pride in this reflected Glory blind us to the hard-won Wisdom that had accumulated before the Enlightenment. So many of us, if we are honest enough to admit it, believe that the World started anew in the 17th Century.
While the Scottish Enlightenment [and the Renaissance, too] were great steps forward in the real progress of Mankind, there was a downside, as Mr. Solzhenitsyn described so well in 1979, one that has led to The Present Crisis, which threatens to consume Western Civilization in the Flames of Barbarity.
The disease is Leftism and it has produced an overweening Vanity and Presumption, one that is deadly to the Soul of Man — especially the Man who seeks to Preserve and Restore the Good, for he makes his task much harder by his refusal to fight the disease that is tearing and gnawing at his Soul, seeking to devour it.
And he reduces himself to being the kin of Totalitarians who, like him, let their arrogant presumptions rule them. And that is Moral Treason — a Mortal Sin.
Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
…or Under The Bus?
From the New York Post, Richard Johnson reporting, we learn [emphasis mine]:
Chelsea Clinton is so unpleasant to colleagues, she’s causing high turnover at the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, sources say. Several top staffers have left the foundation since Chelsea came on board as vice chairman in 2011.
“A lot of people left because she was there. A lot of people left because she didn’t want them there,” an insider told me. “She is very difficult.”
Onetime CEO Bruce Lindsey was pushed upstairs to the position of chairman of the board two years ago, so that Chelsea could bring in her McKinsey colleague Eric Braverman.
“He [Braverman] was her boy, but he tried to hire his own communications professional and actually tried to run the place. He didn’t understand that that wasn’t what he was supposed to be doing,” said my source. “He was pushed out.”
Matt McKenna was Chelsea’s spokesman, and then he wasn’t. Now he works for Uber. Ginny Ehrlich, the founding CEO of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, now works for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Chelsea has embraced all the trappings of a corporate CEO, with a personal staff almost as big as her father’s. “He has six. She has five,” said my source.
None of this would surprise her former co-workers at McKinsey and NBC News. At both the management consulting firm and the network, co-workers allegedly were told they couldn’t approach Chelsea.
A source at NBC, where Chelsea was paid $600,000 a year, said, “If someone wanted to talk to Chelsea about something, they had to go through a producer.”
For Bill Clinton loyalists who grew the foundation from nothing, the high turnover and the ethical questions over its funding are demoralizing. “It’s sad to see what’s happening. The operational planning has gone downhill,” said a source.
Instead of being something Hillary can point to with pride, the foundation has become a bloated slush fund that some critics say deserves an official investigation. And Chelsea’s fingerprints are all over it.
QUESTION: Did the Rodham-Clinton Crime Family slip this item to Mr. Johnson?
Needless to say, I wouldn’t put anything past them.
Richard Fernandez, writing over at the Belmont Club:
…Many years ago I wrote a post called the Three Conjectures in which I argued that the whole point of the War on Terror was to nip it in the bud, because once things got bad, once things got out of hand, the liberal Western populations would be begging their leaders to commit any atrocity — any atrocity at all — to keep them safe and fed. We think of ourselves as civilized. Yet mortal danger and need have a way of wearing away the veneer of civilization leaving only the raw human animal underneath. The Guardian may well appeal to “humanity”, but it should always remember that it was “humanity” — the base humanity which we don’t like to think about — which caused these tragedies in the first place.
The first rule of civilization is to preserve it. Once enough of it is conceded to barbarism, when a sufficient quantity of it has been worn away then things tip over entirely into savagery. It goes right over the cliff. The lesson of the Second World War was that anyone, pushed hard enough, could be an animal. We’re not there yet. But we’re on the way.
One of the biggest of The Big Lies the Left has successfully sold to the peoples of The West is that Man is, in fact, not Fallen, that the mass of Mankind can achieve Perfection, that Heaven On Earth, as it were [since they’re Atheists], can be brought about if just everybody would wake-up and drink the Kool-Aid of the Masterminds, of the Enlightened possessors of the Gnosis [‘Secret Knowledge’].
The acceptance of this deranged way of thinking, or looking at the World, leads inevitably to a profound and utter disappointment when Reality finally intrudes and the Believers find themselves threatened with Destruction, Misery, and Death.
At that point, these despondent Believers react with intense and uncontrolled emotions, demanding an animal-like immediate response.
At that point, Humanity and Civilized behavior are tossed aside and Savagery is promoted and condoned.
One need look no further than the two World Wars of the 20th Century for examples of this, where Total War was given lease to defeat our Enemies.
World War II was especially Tragic [in the Classical sense] because it was The West that allowed it to be a world-wide war. With the governments of The West firmly in Leftist hands, the Totalitarians were permitted to build-up their armed forces and slaughter innocents within their own boundaries and become emboldened enough to launch their nefarious plans of Domination, while The West did worse than nothing: they appeased.
In their Arrogance, their Conceit, their Hubris, leaders such as FDR and Chamberlain believed that their ‘superior intelligence’ would allow themselves to manage Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, and the Imperial Japanese through Appeasement and their Enlightened Supervision.
Nemesis, as always, had other plans and the World was plunged into Holocaust.
And, in their Panic and Desperation and Impatience, the West resorted to a Barbarity that, at times, nearly matched the Totalitarians.
The same situation is happening again. The song remains the same and it is horribly out-of-tune with Reality. The needed lessons were not learned and this time, given that our Enemies are much more savage then even the Nazis and the Japs [or our Communist ‘allies’] were, we will find ourselves in a Conflagration where the Enemy will not hesitate to use nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons.
Nemesis takes no prisoners, shows no Mercy, grants No Quarter.
Seest thou how God with his lightning smites always the bigger animals, and will not suffer them to wax insolent, while those of a lesser bulk chafe him not? How likewise his bolts fall ever on the highest houses and the tallest trees? So plainly does He love to bring down everything that exalts itself. Thus ofttimes a mighty host is discomfited by a few men, when God in his jealousy sends fear or storm from heaven, and they perish in a way unworthy of them. For God allows no one to have high thoughts but Himself.
UPDATE at 2011…
In the Comments section, Friend In The Ether GeoffB linked this 2008 post by himself that I highly recommend reading [additional text added by him in 2009 to be found enclosed in brackets]:
December 24, 2008
The Perfectibility of Mankind and the Left
One of the basic differences between the Progressive Left and Conservatives/Classical Liberals is on whether or not humans can be, or be made, perfect in this world. The perfectibility of mankind.
To Conservatives humans can never be perfect in this world. For the religious conservatives man achieves perfection only when joined with God. In this world perfection is to strive for, but will never be achieved. Failure happens to all and is forgivable. One should acknowledge ones failures. Vow to not have it happen again. Apologize to those injured. Seek forgiveness. Show remorse. Make amends. Be punished if society deems it necessary. In politicians, as in others, perfection is not sought. The perfect not being possible then Conservatives seek the best available in an imperfect world of choices.
On the Progressive Left, the Socialist Left, humans are perfectible. The imperfections seen are explained as due to, the circumstances that people are in, how they were brought up, how they were educated, how they were treated and seen by society. To the Left people would be perfect if the world around them could be adjusted to not destroy their innate perfection. This is the Utopia sought. The world must be perfected so all humans will be perfect.
Politics is the means used so as to bring this perfect world into existence for all humans. Force being necessary to change all the world to the perfect state so all will live in perfection. This brings up an interesting thing.
To change the world so that humans will be perfected someone must know/discover the method that will perfect humans. That person will have to be perfect. They will have either lived a life where the circumstances of their life allowed their innate perfection to exist unchanged and thus their whole life is the method to perfection. Libraries of books are devoted to minute examination of the immaculate life of the “Dear Leader” in these cases. Or they discovered the way to adjust their imperfect life to be a perfection of life. This leads to books written about the way to perfection. Either way they are the perfection of humans. Being perfect they will naturally rise to the leadership of those seeking to perfect humans, the Left.
All charismatic leaders on the Left are assumed to be that perfection of humans, incarnated. They cannot do wrong. They are infallible. And must always be perceived as that, always, every time, everywhere. If shown to be fallible, then their leadership must be rejected. Failure, in a leader, is not an option on the Progressive Left. Any failures brought up by their political enemies must be vehemently, even violently rejected as lies. [The failure surely lies further down the leadership chain with some minion who will be chastised and summarily dismissed. ed] Any acceptance of a fallibility is sure cause for that leader to be tossed aside in the search for “The One” who will lead mankind to perfection.
This also leads to the belief that asserting or proving the fallibility of leaders on the Conservative side will cause those leaders to be rejected by Conservatives. When this doesn’t happen, because Conservatives don’t consider their leaders to be other than fallible humans, the Left finds it inexplicable. We must be in line with every move, every position, every word spoken by Bush, McCain, [Limbaugh, Glen Beck, ed] or any other person seen as a leader on the Right. When we aren’t, and find it amusing that they think we should, they are flummoxed. Much as we are about their rejection of any imperfection in whoever is the perceived leader on the Left. Obama at this time, Bill Clinton in the 90’s. So much time and energy of the Left is spent rewriting all of reality to conform with the belief in a leaders perfection. It is the main occupation of many academics, journalists, and most trolls.
One of the Great Ones passed a few days ago.
-Others have pretty much said it better then I could, like Stacy McCain, a musician like your humble Dispatcher:
B.B. King was born the son of sharecroppers in Mississippi and bought his first guitar for $15 when he was 12 years old. Imagine how he must have felt in December 2006 when he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bush. Real achievement, earned through hard work and persistence, is the only kind of success any honest man should ever desire. I don’t care who you are or how much “talent” you’ve got, you damned sure ain’t better than the King of the Blues.
Stacy has come-up with what is, perhaps, the best of the succinct descriptions of Reily King: ‘a national treasure’, for he was American, through and through.
-Over at PJ Media, Ed Driscoll pays tribute and has a video up of BB doing his biggest hit, The Thrill Is Gone, live.
-Darleen Click has a late-in-his-career performance of the same tune here.
-Paco has him doing Sweet Little Angel [I’ve got a sweet little angel / I love the way she spread her wings…].
-Ms Evi has a wonderful set of photos and part of a killer performance BB did at Sing-Sing Prison here.
-Man…this cat could sing and play. Here are three of my favorites:
Nobody loves me but my Mother / And she could be jivin’ too…
Sweet Sixteen [move over Chuck Berry]…
This is my favorite recording and was an inspiration to me when I first picked up my guitar and began writing music…
Requiescat in pace, Maestro.
As someone said: Lucille is now a Widow.
Mark Steyn has come-up with the best succinct description of John Ellis ‘Jeb’ Bush:
Jeb Bush is running as this season’s calm, reassuring, won’t frighten-the-horses candidate who’ll suck up all the money that might otherwise go to wild’n’crazy frothing loons like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Rick Perry, Ben Carson, or whoever. Why, he’s such a normal, reasonable chap he’s even hot for action on “climate change”. [BOB: Now turn your /sarc meter up to 11] Can’t get more normal than that, can you?
And yet he has some of the weirdest ideas of any candidate. It was often said of his brother that, to compensate for his preppy Waspy Connecticut Kennebunk blueblood background, he became exaggeratedly Texan, to the derangement of the left. Jeb seems to have taken it to a whole other level, and become exaggeratedly multicultural and, indeed, on his wilder shores, post-American. Aside from that business of self-identifying as “Hispanic” on his government paperwork, there seems to be a broader psychological impulse at play….
Some years ago, I remember a rather wise man [can’t remember who] who said [I’m paraphrasing]: Considering what it takes to get nominated for President and to get elected these days, it’s no surprise that you have to be a little ‘Off‘ to run in the first place.
I’ve contemplated that thought for over a decade now and I think it certainly applies to the average kind of person who enters the race these days. My only caveat to endorsing that statement as being true for all candidates is that it seems to me you do have exceptions to the rule, such as Ted Cruz, who seems to fairly Normal [in the real and Good sense of the word]. However, time will tell [come back in, say, four months and ask me].
Certainly, Hillary Rodham and her Husband, Bob Dole, John McCain, ‘Barack Hussein Obama’ and others who make-up the Modern Establishment are, truly, ‘Off‘ — some are ‘Special‘, in the old pre-PC sense of the word].