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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.
The gift of repentance, which perhaps more than anything else distinguishes man from the animal world, is particularly difficult for modern man to recover. We have, every last one of us, grown ashamed of this feeling; and its effect on social life anywhere on earth is less and less easy to discern. The habit of repentance is lost to our whole callous and chaotic age.
We start from what seems to us beyond doubt: that true repentance and self-limitation will shortly reappear in the personal and the social sphere, that a hollow place in modern man is ready to receive them. Obviously then the time has come to consider this as a path for whole nations to follow.
Add to this the white-hot tension between nations and races and we can say without suspicion of over-statement that without repentance it is in any case doubtful if we can survive.
Repentance is the first bit of firm ground underfoot, the only one from which we can go forward not to fresh hatreds but to concord. Repentance is the only starting point for spiritual growth.
We cannot convert the kingdom of universal falsehood into a kingdom of universal truth by even the cleverest and most skillfully contrived economic and social reforms; those are the wrong building blocks. … Only through the repentance of a multitude of people can the air and the soil be cleansed so that a new, healthy national life can grow up.
Unless we recover the gift of repentance, our country will perish and will drag down the whole world with it.
-Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, From Under The Rubble
We learn from reporter Shaun Walker, via The Guardian, that Russia – the government and many of it’s people – are engaged in willfully blinding themselves to the Truth about The Gulag Archipelago:
Ivan Panikarov has spent the past two decades living with the Gulag: his small two-room apartment in the town of Yagodnoye is filled with artefacts from the camps. Rusting tools, handcuffs and photographs of prisoners cover the walls of his living room, while stacks of boxes in the hallway contain transcripts of interrogations taken down in meticulous purple handwriting.
Yagodnoye feels like the end of the earth, and in many ways it is. In the heart of the Kolyma region, one of the coldest inhabited places on the planet, it is an eight-hour drive from the regional centre of Magadan, which itself is a seven-hour flight from Moscow.
There was almost nothing here before the 1930s, when geological surveys showed extraordinary deposits of gold and other metals in the area, and Joseph Stalin ordered it conquered, mainly using the labour of prisoners, sent there in their thousands [BOB: Hundreds of thousands, actually]. Kolyma was the harshest island of the Soviet Union’s Gulag archipelago, and the region became a byword for the horrors of the Gulag camp system. Even by conservative estimates, more than 100,000 people died while working, and 11,000 were shot in Kolyma alone. [BOB: That estimate is very conservative.]
In today’s Russia it is not fashionable to delve too deeply into Gulag history, and 60-year-old Panikarov’s collection is one of just two museums devoted entirely to the Gulag in the whole country. Indeed, even Panikarov himself has a somewhat surprising view of the Gulag system.
“We should not have one-sided evaluations. People fell in love in the camps, people got pregnant; it wasn’t all bad,” he says, attributing negative information about the camps to a western campaign against Russia. “It was fashionable to say bad things about the USSR. Now it is again fashionable to insult Russia. We have sanctions against us. The west looks for negative things.”
Panikarov’s views on the Gulag are part of a larger trend. With the Soviet victory in the second world war elevated to a national rallying point under Vladimir Putin’s presidency, the forced labour camps, through which millions of Soviet citizens passed, are seen by many as an unfortunate but necessary by-product. In many museums and in much public discourse, the Gulag is not ignored completely, but is “contextualised” in a way that plays down the horror and pairs it with the war, suggesting the two come as a package.
“It was a cruel system, but if you think about it, how else would you get this gold out of the land?” he asks, surveying the ruins of Elgen, a labour camp for women, where the barracks and barbed wire are still visible, but which bears no monument or plaque detailing its past. “If we hadn’t mined all the gold during the war years, maybe we would not have defeated the Nazis.”
As well as petty criminals, hundreds of thousands of people were sent to the Gulag for political offences, often minor or imagined. After the war, there were mass deportations from the newly conquered territory in the Baltics and western Ukraine.
Actually, Mr. Walker, many more than ‘hundreds of thousands’ were sent to the deadly islands of The Gulag. As Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn reported in his magisterial work, The Gulag Archipelago:
…it was necessary to clothe and to shoe all that horde of ten to fifteen million prisoners.(4)
(4) According to the estimates of the encyclopedia Rossiya-SSSR. there were up to fifteen million prisoners at a time. This figure agrees with the estimate made by prisoners inside the U.S.S.R., as we ourselves have added it up…. [Volume II, Part III, Chapter 7: The Ways Of Life And Customs Of The Natives]
The source of the ten to fifteen million figure is a Soviet encyclopedia, so we should have no doubts that the actual figure was higher.
The middle-aged in Russia believe the lies as well, and are assuring that they are being passed on to the younger generations:
…In Magadan, Larisa, a 40-year-old history teacher who did not want to give her surname, says she believes the Gulag was a necessary side-effect of a difficult period of Soviet history. “Was there a military threat from Germany? There was. Were there spies in the country? There were. There was no time to decide who was guilty and who wasn’t. We should remember the innocent victims but I think it was all necessary.”
Larisa says she teaches her students one lesson about the Gulag, in which she typically divides the blackboard into two parts. On one side she puts the “military and industrial achievements” of the Stalin period, and on the other, the “unfortunate side-effects”, and lets the students decide for themselves whether the repression was justified.
Ah…Comrade Larisa, you might be interested to know that The Gulag was created at the birth of the Bolshevik Revolution by none other than that great man, V.I. Lenin, himself:
In August, 1918, several days before the attempt on his life by Fanya Kaplan, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin wrote in a telegram to Yevgeniya Bosh and to the Penza Provincial Executive’ Committee (they were unable to cope with a peasant revolt): “Lock up all the doubtful ones [not “guilty,” mind you, but doubtful – A. S.] in a concentration camp outside the city.” (And in addition “carry out merciless mass terror” -this was before the decree.)
Only on September 5, 1918, ten days after this telegram, was the Decree on the Red Terror published, which was signed by Petrovsky, Kursky, and Bonch-Bruyevich. In addition to the instructions on mass executions, it stated in particular: “Secure the Soviet Republic against its class enemies by isolating them in concentration camps.”
So that is where this term – concentration camps-was discovered and immediately seized upon and confirmed – one of the principal terms of the twentieth century, and it was to have a big international future! And this is when it was born-in August and September, 1918. The word itself had already been used during World War I, but in relation to POW’s and undesirable foreigners. But here in 1918 it was for the first time applied to the citizens of one’s own country. The switch in meaning is easily comprehended: concentration camps for POW’s were not prisons but a necessary precautionary concentration of the POW’s. And so, too, for doubtful compatriots extrajudicial precautionary concentration was now proposed. For an energetic mind which could visualize barbed wire surrounding prisoners who had not been tried, the necessary term was right at hand – concentration camps. [The Gulag Archipelago, Volume II, Part III, Chapter 1: The Fingers Of Aurora]
The Denial of the Truth of what happened, combined with the Ignorance of the young, by the majority of Russians explains why Vladimir Putin was allowed to achieve Power And Control and why he has been able to maintain it, so far. Russia has never Repented it’s Leftist past.
But the Willful Blindness towards The Gulag is not confined to Mother Russia: the majority of people in The West are guilty, as well.
There, of course and as you might expect, has been a concerted effort on the part of the Left in The West (1) to ignore any discussion of the fact that The Gulag System was the logical result of Leftist Thinking in action, (2) to, when forced to discuss the matter, downplay the horrors that were committed in each and every one of the Camps, and (3) to go out of their way to not teach students about The Gulag. Add to this the large number of people in The West who just don’t want to be distracted from enjoying their luxuries and what you have is a situation where History stands-by ready to see that it repeats itself – this time on a much more widespread scale.
If this Ignorance is allowed to continue to triumph, then there will be new islands of The Archipelago that arise – this time in The West.
Over the coming days, I will be posting excerpts from Mr. Solzhenitsyn’s work in the hope of showing just how close we are to our own 05 September 1918.
From 1940 until the Fall of 1942, Sinatra was a member of Mr. Dorsey’s Orchestra and it was during this time that the polish on his craftsmanship began to shine. He studied TD’s breath control and phrasing on his trombone, in the process fashioning what was soon called The Voice.
Frank also got to work with some of the finest musicians and arrangers, such as Bunny Berigan, Buddy Rich, Sy Oliver, Ziggy Elman, and the man who would be by his side throughout his solo career at Columbia: arranger Axel Stordahl.
Frank may have been the star vocalist of the Band, but he was joined by Connie Haines and Jo Stafford and The Pied Pipers, who had talent up the kazoo.
You can’t celebrate the life of the greatest singer and performer of our age, Francis Albert Sinatra, without a look at the sweet music he made with the Sentimental Gentleman Of Swing Tommy Dorsey.
The Top Ten Album countdown will return next week, but, for now, let’s journey back to the early years of the 1940’s and follow the Trade Winds, East Of The Sun and West Of The Moon, down the Street Of Dreams…
-No need to come back at all…
-Now in a cottage built of lilacs and laughter
I know the meaning of the words ‘Ever after’…
-Then I’ll reach for your hand…
Just as though…just as though you were here…
-I’ll never laugh again…
-We’ll wait for you, even ’til eternity…
-…You can bet your life I do…
-Papa, you know…
-Over and over again…
See you next Weekend as we resume the Top Ten Album countdown by taking a short helicopter-hop 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 ring-a-ding world.
If you’re having trouble tracking down any of the recordings on this List, contact me at Robert[dot]Belvedere[at]gmail[dot]com and I might be able to help you.
‘Oh, there’s a method to their madness, all right. Which is all the more reason to stop them in their tracks–while we still can….’
Source: Islamic Blitzkrieg » Cold Fury
Thanks to Mike for the link.
‘Just when you think feminism cannot possibly become more absurd, they always manage to push beyond the limits of imagination….’
In his latest post over st SteynOnline, Mark Steyn was kind enough to quote your Humble Dispatcher:
Re the accelerating Islamization of Europe, Bob Belvedere over at the Camp of the Saints has an interesting aside:
People like the Koch Brothers should really be forming paramilitary units for the purposes of rescuing what European Treasures they can, such as the aforementioned Throne [of Charlemagne], the Mona Lisa, Michelangelo’s David and Pieta, Magna Carta, etc.
Put Magna Carta to one side for the moment, since the document is a mere souvenir of the idea, and it’s the idea that matters, which is why some of us are still writing books on the subject (personally autographed copies exclusively available from the SteynOnline bookstore [BOB: I bought a copy and it is a fine read]).
But the notion of commando teams rescuing what’s left of western art from the Eurabian night struck me a year or so back as I was watching a rather undernourished George Clooney flick, The Monuments Men, about art experts rescuing great paintings marooned behind enemy lines during World War Two. In the first chapter of his very prescient book The West’s Last Chance, written before the Mohammed cartoon eruptions, the late Tony Blankley contemplates a European future in which firebreathing imams incite art wars on whatever’s to hand — Michelangelo’s “Little David” gets blown up in Florence, Albrecht Dürer’s Adam and Eve are attacked with acid, a car bomb explodes outside the Rodin museum… More and more of the surviving works are carted off to “secure” storage facilities, never to be seen in public again.
Meanwhile, back in the real world:
Islamic State militants have killed three captives in Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra by tying them to columns and blowing them up, activists say.
The identities of those reportedly killed on Sunday have yet to be given.
But they are thought to be the first to have been killed in that way since the jihadist group seized the ruins in May.
IS has destroyed two 2,000-year-old temples, an arch and funerary towers at Palmyra, one of the most important cultural centres of the ancient world.
The group believes that such structures are idolatrous. The UN cultural agency, Unesco, has condemned the destruction as a war crime.
Given the number of actual flesh-and-blood people being slaughtered by ISIS, some folks say they can’t see the point of complaining about the destruction of architectural and artistic treasures. But there is method to the Islamic State’s madness. As part of its cultural totalitarianism, Islam has a long track record, wherever it sets foot, of obliterating the pre-Islamic past. Why? To ensure there’s nothing to go back to. There can be no return to greatness, because there is no longer any record of that greatness — only a void that Mohammed filled. In the past, there is desert. In the present, there is only Islam. And so, in the future, for want of any alternative, there can only be Islam.
Wherever Islam achieves Power And Control it takes one of three actions regarding those things the conquered people hold sacred / dear:
1) It destroys them for the exact reasons Mark cites;
2) It ransoms them to raise money to support and expand their Jihad; and
3) It converts some of the buildings into Mosques.
The Mohammedins will destroy those buildings, documents, and works of art that are of no use to them or whose destruction, they believe, will add significantly to the Demoralization of the Conquered and their Allies.
The conversion of a building held sacred by a beaten people into a Mosque creates very powerful symbol of the Might of Islam and, therefore, is designed to Demoralize and send a warning to those who are considering recapturing their taken lands and, also, to Demoralize and put Fear into the Hearts and Minds of those Allies that will, it is hoped, cause them to seek to appease the Muslims.
Of course, no deal ever struck with the Mohammedins is worth the paper it is printed on because Allah allows his Children to lie to Infidels in order to obtain time to gather strength for the next phase of Jihad [Taqiyya, anyone?].
When a work of art or sacred document is deemed to be of no significant use to the Jihadists, it is often ransomed, so that the Infidels indirectly end-up funding the Jihad against them. After all: to the Muslim, since the destruction of the Infidels will be completed at some point, they’ll eventually be able to destroy those items anyway.
This is who the Muslims are; this is what they do.
Too many in The West still refuse to see and accept this Truth, to face the Reality that Islam is at War with us and thinks this way.
And — make no mistake — the Mohammedins see this conflict as a War Of Extermination.
Saint Sebastian was martyred during the reign of the Roman Emperor Diocletian:
“Sebastian had prudently concealed his faith, but in 286 was detected. Diocletian reproached him for his supposed betrayal, and he commanded him to be led to a field and there to be bound to a stake so that certain archers from Mauritania would shoot arrows at him. “And the archers shot at him till he was as full of arrows as an urchin“
The purest metaphors are contained in abundance in this brief description of the martyred Saint and Governor Palin with the addition of Governor Palin undergoing her trials without the protective benefit of having “prudently concealed her faith.” In fact both his real and her metaphorical martyrdom’s are, in his case totally, and in her case largely, the result of a deeply abiding Christianity.
Whilst Sebastian’s arrows were real (and not terminal as it happens) so too have been Palin’s in the Shakespearean “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” sense, and whilst his were physically painful Palin’s must have been mentally torturing to a level that only a near saint could bear.
That the foregoing might be considered by some as hyperbole is ludicrous to the nth degree. If anyone, who is not a monster, holds to that mindset let them consider this partial outline of what Palin has had to endure these last seven years. The benighted saint, in the Andrea Mantegna depiction, has at least 17 arrows piercing him, Palin’s “arrows” those made of specific and attacks on her and those representing forces in American society total at least seven, a martyrs quiver full too.
What great service Palin has done through all this is to expose to the scorching light of day the sick madness that underlies so much of the “progressive” movement. That this happened because, in the main, she dared to take on their idol Barack Obama in 2008 has a special piquancy now that the same progressive forces declare Obama to be a “centrist sell-out.”
Here are just some examples:
1. “Her ‘son’ Trig is not hers. It is her Daughter Bristol’s and Sarah pretended to have it”
This insanity was created at the execrable Kos Mouitsas’s “Daily Kos” (“Mission accomplished Sarah Palin” over Gifford’s) website and has run and run. The far fringes of “progressivism” at such sites as “Immoral Minority” have made it a staple with such variants as “The Palin’s have a number of ‘Trigs’ with different “ruffled ears” to identify them, which they wave around like a flag to get money.” They got these “Trigs” by taking in pregnant drifter teenagers and murdering them-subsequently burying the unwanted “Trig’s” under their airport hanger’s concrete slab.
2. Palin brought to light the utter hatred of conservatives from leftist elements of the homosexual movement. This descended into the pit of Hell with Andrew Sullivan picking up the “Trig Truther” madness as declaring it was “a legitimate question” as to whether Trig was Sarah’s and whether the Wasilla hospital staff had been “paid off.” Readers at Gay sites like “Joe My God” and “Towleroad” still go into spasms of foaming rage whenever a Palin-hate article is run even today.
3. The “progressive feminist” movement en mass left Palin hanging in the wind when she was under the most vicious, misogynistic attacks ever seen on a woman in public life. These same alleged humans go berserk at the slightest perceived attack on Hillary Clinton.
4. The leftist media gave away any pretensions of even-handedness when dealing with Palin who was the subject of the Ezra Klein “JournOlist” conspiracy. Even though Obama is safe they still deal with Palin in the most arrogant elitist manner with Politico’s Roger Simon leading the charge.
5. In the Blogosphere such luminaries as Taylor Marsh and Doug Mataconis seem to lose touch with reality and humanity when they address Palin. Permanent hate sites like “Sarah Palin Has a Serpents Heart” and various clearly troubled people like Malia Litman still slither across the social media whilst pure venomous hate sites like Wonkette use Palin for click bait and grifting whilst letting their alleged human readers call her every filthy name they can come up with.
6. Palin, through her mere existence exposed the irrationality, narcissism and ignorance of Hollywood and TV. Actors, to whom society gives some level of credence spout any sort of stupidity and or crudity about her which gets massive coverage.
7. Seven years later, at a time when Palin holds no office, is not politically active, the left, in the guise of former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, does a long hit piece on her in the Washington Post blaming the supposed state of the GOP on her. This is of course a back handed compliment to her as the left ascribes to her some sort of almost mystical power to change the course of history.
What it does signal in reality is the frustration of Daley and the administration at their near powerlessness in a Republican dominated Congress and country. That some of that is indeed Palin’s doing with her endorsements is, again, a compliment to her.
This small slim woman, holding no office, having no great wealth coming from a state as far away from the elitist Beltway centers of power as can be imagined.Yet she has been subject to a seven year long reign of error, hate, madness, insanity unseen before in American history and at a level so out of all proportion to the person who it is directed at. That it, the hate, and not the subject, has been exposed as a major problem in American life is a among her lasting legacies.
That Palin has born all these slings and arrows, these calumnies, on her narrow shoulders proves that if she is not a Saint, she has the patience, perseverance and faith of one. America is in her debt and history will look back at the campaigns against her with wonder and with the clear knowledge that some sort of collective madness affected a part of the American community.
It is a consummation devoutly to be wished that at some point sanity will return to the left and they can look inwards and start to cure the madness that has perverted their collective souls.
Around 700 of the 4,000 refugees who have been housed in Lower Saxony over the past week have gone missing and authorities mostly have no idea who or where they are.
The astonishing number was revealed in a survey of local authorities in the north-west German state by the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung (NOZ).
Lower Saxony has been instructed by the federal government to supply 4,000 beds for refugees arriving in Germany. But it seems that many are reluctant to stay in the rural province.
Local authorities believe the missing refugees travel on to stay with relatives in Germany or abroad.
But, because many of the refugees have not even been registered by local authorities yet, nothing is known about who they are or where they could have gone.
To keep from weeping, one has to laugh a very bitter laugh.
From the same report, we find the natives are, to put it mildly, getting rather restless:
Patrick Dahlemann of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) had his car attacked with butyric acid. The foul smelling chemical was poured onto his vehicle.
On his Facebook page Dahlemann said that he would not be intimidated in his efforts to foster a “a real culture of hospitality” in the poor north-eastern state.
Party colleague Susann Wippermann also suffered threats when an unknown person wrote “traitor to the nation” on her car windscreen.
Last week the Federal Office of Investigation (BKA) warned that politicians who support refugees face increased danger of attack from far right groups. [BOB: Still in denial, press kiddies, eh? Still believe in the comfortable and soothing fantasy that the Nazi’s were ‘Right Wing’? Idiots, your refusal to confront The Truth will get you all beheaded.]
Earlier in October Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker was stabbed while campaigning for election by an assailant with self-declared anti-refugee motives.
So…the Muslim Invaders are in the wind and a rising number of native Europeans are turning to violence against their own officials who have welcome the Jihadists in.
This, of course, will not end well.
As of now, the future belongs to the would-be Eurabians. They have the Passion.
Two more questions arise…
How soon before the Throne of Charlemagne is blown-up?
Is there a modern Charles Martel or Alfred The Great out there?…or, as a last resort, Vlad The Impaler?
SIDENOTE: People like the Koch Brothers should really be forming paramilitary units for the purposes of rescuing what European Treasures they can, such as the aforementioned Throne, the Mona Lisa, Michelangelo’s David and Pieta, Magna Carta, etc..
But the petty bourgeois, deaf and blind, continues to play the buffoon without knowing it. Still miraculously comfortable in his lush fields, he cries out while glancing toward his nearest neighbor ‘Make the rich pay!’ Does he know, does he finally know that it is he who is the rich guy, and that the cry for justice, that cry of all revolutions, projected by millions of voices, is rising soon against him, and only against him. That’s the whole theme of Camp of the Saints.
UPDATE at 1417…
And in related, prophetic news:
The Rescue Plan will be needed.
UPDATE at 2009…
And in more related news:
Weapon sales are soaring in Austria as citizens of the small Alpine nation become paranoid over the numbers of refugees crowding into their country.
In a country of 8.5 million people, there are now an estimated 900,000 firearms in homes.
And gun dealers report that it is women driving the sales rush. This year alone, police say 70,000 guns have been sold.
‘Virtually all shotguns are currently sold out, because you need no permit for them’, said Thomas Ortner, spokesman for an arms dealer in Upper Austria.
For every other type of weapon, a licence is required.
Licence courses, in which applicants must demonstrate knowledge of firearms, used to take place every five weeks but they are now held weekly because of spiking demand.
In cities like Salzburg, a line of people outside the necessary government office to get the paperwork to buy a gun is now an everyday sight.
Let us hope that the people of Austria are ready to use them.
When Leftists gain Power And Control of any government — be they Fascists, Communists, or Statists [often known as ‘Liberals’ or ‘Social Democrats’] — they soon set-out to make alliances with large corporations.
As Joel Kotkin explains [NOTE: I do not agree with some of his conclusions][tip of the fedora to Instapundit]:
From the inception of the Soviet Union, transformation was built, quite consciously, on eliminating those forces that could impede radical change. In many ways, the true enemy was not the large foreign capitalists (some of whom were welcomed from abroad to aid modernization) but the small firm, the independent property owner.
“Small scale commercial production is, every moment of every day, giving birth spontaneously to capitalism and the bourgeoisie … Wherever there is business and freedom of trade, capitalism appears,” noted the state’s founder Vladimir Lenin. He understood that while larger firms could be manipulated to serve the state, “capitalism begins in the village marketplace.”
Later on, this drive to eliminate grassroots capitalists — notably the “rich peasants” or kulaks — took on a particularly deadly form. In 1929 Stalin decided on the “liquidation of the kulaks as a class.” Millions of small rural entrepreneurs were imprisoned, murdered, or starved to death, until by the end of the ’30s independent business in the Soviet Union was largely eliminated, giving the state free rein.
By the time Stalin began his final systematic elimination of the Kulaks, the owners and top management of the Big Corporations had already been murdered. However, he still sought alliances with foreign Big Businesses. That effort really never ceased and many of the latter were more than willing to work with the Tyrants in the Kremlin. The same thing happened in Red China after Detente was established. And with every Communist regime that has ever been, This is what Communists do; this is who they are. This is what the vast majority of Big Businessmen are.
As for the Fascists: one of the attributes of such a regime that separates it from the Communist ones is that Private Property is still allowed. It is so heavily regulated that the Fascists control it’s use utterly, but prefer to let the ‘Owners’ have the responsibility for maintaining it. The only ones who make-out in such a situation are the Owners of Large Corporations, who, because of their willingness to cooperate fully with the Despots, end-up enjoying perks and privileges [and often a seat at the Tables Of Power] that the Small Businessmen are denied.
It is in the interest of the Fascists to let the Big Businessmen have these things, because they relieve their Politician-Minions from having to worry about producing goods and service needed by the regime. The Rulers are often smart enough to realize that the Big Businessmen are also more skilled at producing needed items and services and, since the Owners of Large Corporations are happy to cooperate, why not let them go about ‘their business’.
There is another name for this type of system: Corporatism.
The Statists feel the same way as the Fascists — the only difference being that they impose slightly less restrictions on the Big Businessmen. However, they do regulate the Small Businessmen ‘to death’ — figuratively, of course.
The Statists seek to break the Spirit of the Small Entrepreneurs, with the goal being to make them voluntarily cave-in to their demands, to assign their fates to The State.
The Fascists would like the Small Businessmen to do the same, but are more than willing to imprison them or, if necessary, murder them.
The Communists/Socialists just go ahead and murder them — although they may work them to death [among other forms of Torture] in Gulags first.
What we are witnessing in America now is the transition from Statism to Fascism.
The Obama Regime [aka: The Jarrett Junto] is seeking, through repressive laws and regulations, through the flouting of Law And Oder, to crush the Small Businessmen, while letting their Corporate partners [who are seen by them behind closed doors as toadies] have pretty much free reign to do as they please, as long as the Big Businessmen keep in line. And these Big Businessmen are too stupid, too blinded by their Avarice, to realize [or, in some cases, care] that they are being used [‘Hey!, there’s enough of the stolen pie to go around!’], that the Left sees them as Useful Idiots.
As Mr. Kotkin remarks:
In Russia, the forces of the state managed to destroy the kulaks, cementing a legacy of economic stagnation, particularly in the countryside, that remains today. America’s war on the kulaks may be less bloody-minded, but if it is not somehow halted, both our economy and the country’s intrinsic entrepreneurial spirit will fade. We may end up looking all too much like contemporary Russia, an oligarch-dominated kleptocracy that holds out increasingly little promise to its own people, and provides no real role model to the rest of the world.
Today’s Russia is a Fascist Regime and, (1) thanks to the efforts Left In America, (2) the slithering Wormtongue-like GOP Establishment’s selling of their Souls to the Leftist Devil, and (3) the failures of America’s Sovereignty — we, The People — to carry-out our Responsibilities as Men and Women under Freedom and Ordered Liberty, America is catching-up with the Russians [although: if The Jarrett Junto has it’s way, eventually we will become Oceania brought into existence].
Is it avarice? Is it obstinacy, perverseness, pride, or from what root of bitterness does such an unaccountable defection from the laws of honor, honesty, and even humanity spring? Is it the Authority Of An Unnatural Parent —the advice of some false friend, or their own want of common understanding, and the first principles of virtue, by which these unhappy young persons have been induced, or left to resolve upon perpetrating that, at the very thought of which they should have shuddered!
By this resolution they have already disgraced themselves; if they have the Hardiness to put the resolution into practice, who will ever hereafter confide in them? Can they promise themselves the regards of the respectable body of merchants whom they have affronted? or can they even wish for the esteem of their country which they have basely deserted, or worse, which they have attempted to wound in the very heart.
—Samuel Adams, writing as ‘DETERMINATUS’, 08 January 1770 [re-paragraphing mine]
Since way back in January, we here at TCOTS have been celebrating Frank Sinatra’s 100th Birthday and, man, it’s been a swingin’ affair so far. We started by ticking off the 100 Best Performances of The Chairman Of The Board on CD and digital download, and now we’re ready for another supersonic flight where the air is so rarified: counting down the Top Ten Best Albums of Mr. Sinatra, because, above everything else, ol’ Francis Albert was about da albums for a good part of his career [we’ll be featuring one album per week and this will take us right-up to the big day: 12 December].
While he may not have invented the Concept Album [and that is a matter of some dispute], Frank certainly defined and brought the genre to near-Perfection, turning out a series of them that still move the Heart and thrill the Soul.
While time will not permit me to post audio for all the tracks, I’ll try to provide a nice sampler of the tunes I enjoy the most.
So…put your seat belts on and get ready for a real mothery time [and indulge in a little ‘Hey-Hey’, if you feel the urge].
Captain Frank will be your pilot and Bobby Bell your navigator.
Let’s get this bird soaring…
06 — Ring-A-Ding-Ding
[favorite Performances in black]:
- “Ring-a-Ding Ding!” (Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn) – 2:44
- “Let’s Fall in Love” (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) – 2:11
- “Be Careful, It’s My Heart” (Irving Berlin) – 2:04
- “A Foggy Day (In London Town)” (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 2:17
- “A Fine Romance” (Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields) – 2:11
- “In the Still of the Night” (Cole Porter) – 3:25
- “The Coffee Song (They’ve Got an Awful Lot of Coffee in Brazil)” (Bob Hilliard, Dick Miles) – 2:51
- “When I Take My Sugar to Tea” (Irving Kahal, Sammy Fain, Pierre Norman) – 2:05
- “Let’s Face the Music and Dance” (Berlin) – 2:58
- “You’d Be So Easy to Love” (Porter) – 2:24
- “You and the Night and the Music” (Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz) – 2:36
- “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” (Berlin) – 2:52
Bonus tracks on the 2011 Concord Mastering:
13. “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart” [Take #4] (James F. Hanley) – 3:00
14. “Have You Met Miss Jones?” [Previously Unreleased Outtake] (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 10:18
Get ready for one mothery time, boys and girls.
Ring-A-Ding-Ding is the living end, a hap-hap-happy affair that swings and sways your troubles away — a pure pleasure.
In fact, if the title used hadn’t been available, they could have called it: ‘Get Happy’ or ‘Life Is Swell’.
As reviewer Tony Sachs wrote:
…Ring-A-Ding Ding! is a really, really good record. Sinatra was at cruising altitude at this point in his career, and he had a lot invested, both emotionally and financially, in making this album a winner. Arranger Johnny Mandel, working with Sinatra for the only time in their long careers, turns in some bold, witty and swinging charts, and The Voice sings the hell out of ’em. There’s not a dud in the bunch….
For many years, I had a hard time getting to like this record because all the masterings I heard were pretty awful — too much reverb, a combination of muddy and harsh / brittle sonics, etc. Fortunately for those of us who admire and respect Francis Albert Sinatra, the powers that be let Larry Walsh master it pretty damn correctly in 2011 [often Mr. Walsh has been under too much control by the mucky-mucks so he’s only been able to do the best he can under unfavorable circumstances] and now we have a mastering that, while not perfect, does Sinatra, the Musicians, arranger Johnny Mandel, and the Composers justice.
The Concord release is really the only one to get if you, like me, only buy CD’s or Digital Downloads [people I respect tell me there is a Mono version (or versions) out there that are the bees knees, but there has been no Mono release on CD or via Digital Download (see the next paragraph for an example of what the Mono version could sound like)]. The performances no longer sound like Frank and company are performing down at the other end of the VFW Hall.
Let us turn to Mr. Sachs again:
Serious Sinatraphiles need to buy Ring-A-Ding Ding! again, no matter how many times they’ve bought it before. Why? A 50-year-old screwup that’s dogged every release of the album, from first-pressing vinyl to umpteenth CD reissue, has finally been fixed. When Sinatra left Capitol Records to strike out on his own with Reprise, he left a team of people who knew how to make a record sound great, from the engineers in the recording studio to the folks who pressed the vinyl. Compare Ring-A-Ding Ding!, recorded in December 1960, to Sinatra’s Swingin’ Session, recorded for Capitol a few months earlier, and there’s no comparison. Swingin’ Session sounds crisp, punchy, vibrant. Ring sounds blurred, echoey, muddy.
As it turns out, the original tapes sound gorgeous — bootleg buyers found this out several years ago, when unedited session material made the rounds. So we can deduce that, back in 1960, someone involved in mixing down the original three-track tapes did something wrong. Weirdly enough, the problem wasn’t addressed at the time. And weirder still, it was never addressed for the next nine presidential administrations. But for the first time ever, you can hear Ring-A-Ding Ding! as it should have been heard all along, in a clean, dry mix that sounds a million times better than every previous version. Now, it’s like Frankie’s crooning while standing right next to you instead of a football field away….
This version is a gas. And it contains two bonus tracks that, each in their own way, make this package top-notch.
Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart is a performance that, until the early 1990’s, was unavailable, though possibly lost. A version of Take #1 was found and included on the 4-CD The Reprise Collection, but it lacked some Zing!. The Concord Mastering offers-up Take #4 and it is superb — so good that you wonder why the Hell Frank shelved it. When I put together a mix of this album, I substitute this version for In The Still Of The Night, which is the one performance on this album I do not like [although, most fans of the record think it one of The Chairman’s best recordings]. This performance is in Mono and sounds great.
Have You Met Miss Jones is a tune Sinatra and Company attempted several times to get down, but which he ultimately rejected pursuing because, as he put it when listening to the intro: ‘This sounds like a different album’. Yeah, it doesn’t fit in with high-energy of the other tunes, but it would have made a nice album closer, especially after I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm. But The Chairman made a command decision and no final take exists. What we have left are the rehearsals and they’ve been edited into a marvelous ten minute track that gives us an insightful glimpse into Sinatra at work in the studio…and a taste of what might have been [the different arrangement Frank record a short while later for his Swing Along With Me album can be found here].
I’ve gone on long enough: let’s get us some Happy — tonight is for Happy…
-Life is swell…
-But I adore you…
-I still recall the thrill, I guess that I always will…
-Why, they put coffee in the coffee in Brazil…
-Every Sunday afternoon, we forget about our cares…
-There may be trouble ahead…
-What do I care how much it may storm…
See you next Weekend as we head-off again to Bobsville…and tell us your favorite albums in the Comments, Clyde.
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 ring-a-ding world.
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Dr. Mark Steyn diagnoses here the many health problems that plague The Body Bush.
Mark focuses on Bush Consultant Mike Murphy, but he clearly means to indict all of those parasitic consultants that hover, like locusts, around GOP Establishment Candidates at all levels.
This is not to say that I feel any sympathy for the candidates who get suckered and used by the Mike Murphys and Karl Roves of this world. No, no.
The consultants are in it for the money and Power, but so are the members of the GOP Establishment.
Both groups have made their peace with things as they are. Both have embraced The Culture Of Corruption, but, more importantly, both have made their deals with the Devil known as Statism — they all want to be invited to the Power And Control Dinner. Trouble is, the GOP Establishment are such Losers that they get relegated to the Children’s Table [and seem quite happy there].
The GOP Consultants play the GOP Candidates for suckers, who, in turn, play the people sympathetic to Republicans for suckers. But both the GOP Candidates and Consultants get played for suckers by The Left In America.
It’s both funny and quite pathetic.
If the Leftists are a Menace to America and everything she stands for [and they most certainly are], the members of the GOP Establishment are the sniveling little shits who service those Enemies.
And that’s why, as Mark comments:
Then Donald Trump turns up. He has an issue, but it’s the one the consultant class advise you to go nowhere near with a ten-foot pole, so he snaffles it up all to himself. He spends nothing on ads, because he’s sucking up all the free airtime in the 15 minutes between the stupid irritating soft-focus commercials. His biggest expense is hats and T-shirts. He has no endorsements from former senators and former congressmen and former this and former that, because they’re losers and nobody remembers who they are. Not being a career politician, he feels no need to pretend to be an average working stiff, because he’s not.
And the consultants’ response to all this is to complain that Trump’s not doing it right.
Then Ben Carson comes along. In the first debate, he says nothing except one cute non-political soundbite two minutes before the end, and his poll numbers go up way higher than all the senators and governors who are alleged to have performed well. In the second debate, he doesn’t even bother with the cute soundbite: He stands there on CNN for three hours saying nothing, and he rockets up the rankings into second place. Then, like Trump, he starts saying things that are supposed to destroy his candidacy – about Islam, guns, the Holocaust, whatever. Instead, they propel him into the lead in Iowa. At which point he puts his campaign on hold and goes off on a book tour.
And somewhere offstage Mike Murphy is scoffing: “What a loser! He doesn’t know how to play this game.”
Finally: What is it with Jeb’s bad posture. He looks like a shlump — a real shlimeel. We know he’s a putz and a shvants, but, oy!, he stands hunched-over and comes across as a real shmendrik, a first-class schmo. He should spend some of his donor funds on a back brace. Anyway…I’m off to the shvitz [and, Christ, I’m not even Jewish].
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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.
During his latest appearance on the Hugh Hewitt show, Mark Steyn unleashed a ferocious barrage on Hillary Clinton that one wishes other prominent conservatives had the testicular fortitude to repeat relentlessly until her and her corrupt crime family were vanquished from American Life.
The first volley came in response to Representative Jim Jordan’s to Ma-damn Secretary at yesterday’s hearing on Benghazi:
JORDAN: In that email you sent to your family, here’s what you said at 11:00 that night, approximately one hour after you told the American people it was a video, you say to your family two officers were killed today in Benghazi by an al Qaeda-like group. So you tell the American people one thing, you tell your family an entirely different story. Also, on the night of the attack, you had a call with the president of Libya. Here’s what you said to him. Ansar al-Sharia is claiming responsibility. It’s interesting. Mr. Khattala, one of the guys arrested and charged, actually belonged to that group. And finally, and most significantly, the next day, within 24 hours, you had a conversation with the Egyptian prime minister. You told him this. We know the attack in Libya had nothing to do with the film. It was a planned attack, not a protest. Let me read that one more time…
HEWITT: Mark Steyn, that is damning.
STEYN: Yes, it is damning, and as I said, it’s particularly damning when you know that two days later, she looked the parents of Tyrone Woods, who died on a thankless bit of barbarous sod in an imploded state that she made, who died, gave his life to save other people on the roof of that building, in the early hours of Benghazi, she looked his parents in the eyes and said we’re going to have that video maker arrested.
Do you know what the issue for me in this election is? You know, you can have philosophical discussions about left and right, and conservatism and liberalism. And as I’ve said to you before, the Swedes come by their liberalism more or less honestly, so do the Norwegians. It’s the corruption here. This woman is corrupt, and she, and at a critical moment on a critical date in American history, she opened her mouth and vomited forth a sewer of lies that everybody else is supposed to just try and swim their way through to find out the reality of what went on. And if you’re a foreign government leader, you know the truth. If you’re the American people, you get lied to.
Hillary’s corruption infuses every aspect of her body and Soul. She and her Rapist Husband and their simpering toadies [one of which may be a, at worst, Jihadist spy and, at best, an Islamic sympathizer] have nothing but contempt for Morality, Reason, and The Truth. There’s an all-pervading Blackness in their Hearts and a Wanton Savagery in their Minds.
And she lives in a deranged funhouse, as Mark explains:
…I think it is this interesting, inverted world that Hillary Clinton lives in. There is a real place called Benghazi. It’s a real town that is a hellhole. In part, it’s a hellhole because of decisions she made. And as a consequence, real people die. Their lives are over. Their children will never know their parents. There are real world consequences. But to her, what matters is the political framing that she can construct around this, you know, this is just a Republican effort to get to her.
And you know, Henry Wotten’s famous line was that an ambassador is a man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country. And diplomacy, Hillary Clinton State Department-style, has entirely inverted that so that what matters in the immediate hours, even as Benghazi is unfolding, is deciding on the lies you’re going to tell not foreigner, as Sir Henry Wotten said, the lies you are going to tell your own people. And it’s actually a remarkable glimpse of the way Hillary looks at it, and actually of the way she would conduct foreign affairs were she to become president.
More outgoing fire:
…Chris Stevens was her guy. He agreed with her on the Arab Spring, and the new Libya, and all the other nonsense. He wasn’t my guy. He and I wouldn’t have agreed on 3% of anything going on in the world today. But when it came to it, she was willing not only to let him die, but dishonor him in death. She’s responsible. You know, when you decide, Libya was Hillary’s war. And she had a responsibility to secure American facilities there, and at the very least, not to dishonor those who sacrificed their lives there.
In Hillaria’s depraved way of thinking, Honor is something reserved for Suckers.
So…why did even the pro-Bernie members of the Media join the circle of wagons around the Hildebeast? Mark is dead solid perfect:
STEYN: …But what you see in the poll numbers is just this terrible attrition that people don’t trust her, people don’t believe she’s honest. And I think at a certain level, Democrats are quite up front about that. They just don’t care about it. And they’re not interested in whether she’s honorable or not. I remember being told years ago at the start of the impeachment trial, I arrived in Washington, a largely foreign city to me, and I had a cup of tea with a big Democrat insider, and I pointed out to him why was it of the lefties, why was it only foreigners like Christopher Hitchens who were disgusted by the President? And he said to me, well, Bill Clinton is our guy, and we’re sticking with him. And I couldn’t understand that. And of course, they were right. He was their guy, and they stuck with him, and he won. And similarly, they think they can do that with her. But I don’t think so. I don’t think it’s going to work this time, because even if you removed every single damaging scandal from around Hillary’s neck, and she’s quite competent in her answers today. She was quite effective. In her best moments, she was confident and informed and effective. But when you see her on the stump in Iowa and New Hampshire and everywhere else, people don’t connect with her, and it’s not going to be enough this time. HEWITT: And there’s nothing she can do about this, is there? I mean, I don’t know of anyone who is going to change their opinion on Hillary Clinton between now and next year.
STEYN: Well, I think there will be. I think there will be people who just, I think to a certain extent, particularly on the Democrat side, you know, Obama was a romance for them. They fell in love with the idea of Obama. And regardless of what the reality was, the idea was sufficiently fresh that they were starry-eyed, and he sort of wafted across the finish line.
HEWITT: But not with her.
STEYN: And I don’t think, it’s hard to have a romance at the idea of Hillary. When you look at these sort of, you just watch the hearings with the sound turned down, the condescending pictures…the expressions, the boredom, the sneering looks, you can’t have, you can’t fall in love with Hillary this late in the game.
Well…you can fall in love with such a creature if you’re a slug, like Sid Blumenthal – he would have made a top-notch Nazi or Commissar.
Do please take the time to read the rest of Mark’s barrage [or listen to — there’s a link at that link]
The fact that this woman stands a good chance of being the next President is a very sad commentary on the wretched state of American Culture as a whole. It is also an indication that we are in the process of suffering the same fate as The Roman Republic.
If ‘Barack Hussein Obama’ is Caesar, Hillaria is Tiberius [at least, let us poor sheeple enjoy a little Augustus first!] — thoroughly corrupt, with a perverted Soul filled with a black bile that oozes hatred for everything that is Honest, Decent, and True.
While ‘Obama’ and his Jarrett Junto are a menace [like, say, Lenin was], La Cosa Clinton would be even more dangerous because she is an Ideologue with a unrepentant Criminal Mind [positively Stalinist].
The territory La Cosa Clinton controls is the sewer and their desire is to have it overflow and flood The Fruited Plain.
Hillary must be stopped — for good, this time — and this must all end.
My dear brethren, do not ever forget, when you hear the progress of lights praised, that the loveliest trick of the Devil is to persuade you that he does not exist!
Busiest time of year at work + problems processing data = Bob working long hours = tired.
That’s a formula for not blogging, which explains where I’ve been.
Long two weeks [I should have been through with this annual work assignment a week ago].
Now that the problems seem to be solved, I hope to resume blogging tomorrow.
As for Hillary testi-lying before the Congress, well…several pictures are worth more than thousand of words…
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) October 22, 2015
@smitty_one_each Sadly, the [false] perception / narrative will probably win-out.
— Bob Belvedere (@BobBelvedere) October 23, 2015