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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.

Well…Why The Heck Not?

22 June 2015 @ 10:56

I mean: if you’re going to go, go all the way, baby.

From The People’s Cube, Comrade Sterpin reporting, we learn:

President Obama announced in a Rose Garden press conference today that in light of the recent Amtrak accident he is calling on the Congress for bipartisan action on Physical Law Reform, and if they don’t act, he will.

Mr. Obama stated that if the Congress refuses to act on this reform of the laws of physics, he will sign an executive order repealing them outright and implement reform on his own. “Reforming these so-called ‘Laws of Nature’ is the right thing to do, and it will help working families and keep them safe.”

ObamaYouthLeague-Poster-560Said Mr. Obama: “The deadly Amtrak accident is just the latest example of how the GOP’s refusal to act has put many in danger with deadly consequences”.

“This reform will have immediate benefits from instantly efficient electric cars that no longer need to obey the ‘laws of thermodynamics and energy density’ to the being able to drive around a curve at high speed without needing so-called ‘Centripetal force’ to keep you on the tracks.”

Obama continued “So if the Congress refuses to act, I will issue an executive order repealing these so-called ‘laws of physics’, We cannot continue living in the past having to follow ‘Laws’ handed down from Sir Issac Newton over 300 hundred years ago, this is not who we are”.

“It’s time to put equality before equations, people instead of physics and fairness over formulas,” the president said.

Obama dismissed the simplistic Newton’s laws of motion as a holdovers from a bygone era of racism where the ‘majority’ felt they could impose their vision of the physical world on everyone else with their so-called ‘classical mechanics’.

You know, in the past I would have asked the folks over at The People’s Cube to take down an article like this, making the argument: ‘Don’t give the bastards any ideas’, but we’re so screwed now as it is, what difference at this point does it make?

Bob Recommends: Frank #Sinatra: Call Me by @MsEBL

21 June 2015 @ 21:25

EBL: Frank Sinatra: Call Me.

Bob Recommends: #Sinatra Centenary: #52: Frank And Billy Tear It Up by @Pundette

21 June 2015 @ 21:22

Sinatra Centenary: #52: Frank and Billy tear it up.

Bob Recommends: Soliloquy – #Sinatra Song of the Century #41 by @MarkSteynOnline

21 June 2015 @ 21:20

Soliloquy: Sinatra Song of the Century #41 :: SteynOnline.

Karl Rove Fully Unmasked?

21 June 2015 @ 21:04

The pudgy little pontificating ninny, Karl Christian Rove, may have exposed what’s under his schmuck mask on Fox News Sunday:

Now maybe there’s some magic law that will keep us from having more of these [incidents like the Charleston shootings]. I mean basically the only way to guarantee that we will dramatically reduce acts of violence involving guns is to basically remove guns from society, and until somebody gets enough “oomph” to repeal the Second Amendment, that’s not going to happen.

Ladd Ehlinger [and many others] think we shall the real side of Rove with this comment:


Sooper Mexican thinks this is much ado about nothing:

He said the only way to GUARANTEE there’s no more gun violence is to take all guns away. And he says that’s not gonna happen. After that he talks about other ways this tragedy could have been prevented.

So everyone calm the hell down and quit jumping to stupid conclusions. There’s enough to rage about without having to make stuff up.

The key word in Rove’s statement is ‘oomph’.  I can’t recall it ever being used it a way that implies one does not admire the oomph — the testicular fortitude, as it were — being referred to.

Karl-Rove-IAmADickheadWeasel-365So, I’m with those who see this as a revealing moment.

If the tubby pillock had used a phrase like ‘arrogant low cunning’ instead, I might not be on the side I am.  Roget’s Thesaurus lists these words as being interchangeable with and/or similar to ‘oomph':

animation, bounce, brio, dash, élan, esprit, life, liveliness, pertness, sparkle, spirit, verve, vigor, vim, vivaciousness, vivacity, zip.

Rove is guilty as charged by Ladd and the others.

It is not unusual for a member of the Establishment, for those who believe they deserve to be in Power And Control over the rest of us, to find such things as the Second Amendment ‘bothersome’, ‘pesky’, and ‘inconvenient’ because it often stands as blockade preventing the ‘Enlightened Ones’ of The Establishment from doing ‘their job’.

No matter which interpretation of his remarks you agree with, I think we on the Sane Right can all agree with the sentiment expressed by Ladd in another Tweet:

Of course, Leo Amery’s remark to Neville Chamberlain applies, as well:

You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!

Go Away, Loyalist.


Sinatra 100th: The Best Performances – 37-35

19 June 2015 @ 19:52

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

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

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

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

37 —TIE

A Foggy Day

Music & Lyrics: George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin
Recorded: 5 November 1953
From the album Songs For Young Lovers

Frank recorded this number twice and this one is clearly the better of the two versions for it has a jauntiness about it that fits-in perfectly with the ‘wistful loneliness’ the Gershwin Brothers incorporated in the song.

It’s also the better recording because it includes the verse, which is a perfect fit, unlike many you find.

Check out Mark Steyn’s insightful take on both versions here and check out the later recording here.

Everybody Loves Somebody

Music & Lyrics: Irving Taylor, Ken Lane
Recorded: 25 November 1957
Included in the compilation albums This Is Sinatra Volume II, This Is Sinatra 1953-1957 [UK], and The Capitol Years.

Not as wonderfully marvelous as Dino’s two versions [the hit version / the original arrangement that appeared on Dream With Dean (I like this one better)], but damn fine, nevertheless. If Dean hadn’t made his recordings, Frank’s version would still have insured that this song became a classic Romance Ballad.

Grab your favorite gal, sit close together on the couch, put your feet up, and listen.

36 — I’ll Be Seeing You

Music & Lyrics: Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal
Recorded: 1 May 1961
From the album I Remember Tommy

Francis recorded several versions of this Great American Songbook tune [see Mark Steyn’s top-notch take on this wonderful tune here], but whereas the others are more serious, I find this celebratory one much more satisfying.  I like sad, but not dispirited.  Life goes on, pal.

35 —TIE


Music & Lyrics: Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen
Recorded: 19 December 1960
From the album Ring-A-Ding-Ding

Another great swinger from Cahn and Van Heuse, written especially for Frank [I’m mean, who else could do it justice?].

Feeling down?  Pile-on this platter and Dr. Bob assures you’ll be cured.

Love IS the loveliest thing.


Music & Lyrics: Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh
Recorded: 20 May 1957
Released as a Single; included in the compilation albums All The Way, Sinatra 80th: All The Best, The Capitol Collectors Series, and The Capitol Years.

Francis Albert do-doing that voodoo that he do soooo well…

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.


‘You Don’t Think The Party Would Arrest An Innocent Man, Do You?’

19 June 2015 @ 10:56

By now you have probably have heard the story of Professor Sir Tim Hunt and the travails he went through along with his wife, Professor Mary Collins.

If you haven’t, Darleen Click has the gory details here: Scientist Tim Hunt Subjected To Room 101.

In the Guardian article she quotes from, two paragraphs stuck out for me:

“I stood up and went mad,” he admits. “I was very nervous and a bit confused but, yes, I made those remarks – which were inexcusable – but I made them in a totally jocular, ironic way. There was some polite applause and that was it, I thought. I thought everything was OK. No one accused me of being a sexist pig.”

Collins clutches her head as Hunt talks. “It was an unbelievably stupid thing to say,” she says. “You can see why it could be taken as offensive if you didn’t know Tim. But really it was just part of his upbringing. He went to a single-sex school in the 1960s. Nevertheless he is not sexist. I am a feminist, and I would not have put up with him if he were sexist.”

Reading what those pathetic Dupes said and how they reacted reminds me of something I read [re-paragraphing mine]…

‘What are you in for?’ said Winston.

‘Thoughtcrime!’ said Parsons, almost blubbering. The tone of his voice implied at once a complete admission of his guilt and a sort of incredulous horror that such a word could be applied to himself.

He paused opposite Winston and began eagerly appealing to him: ‘You don’t think they’ll shoot me, do you, old chap? They don’t shoot you if you haven’t actually done anything — only thoughts, which you can’t help? I know they give you a fair hearing. Oh, I trust them for that! They’ll know my record, won’t they? You know what kind of chap I was. Not a bad chap in my way. Not brainy, of course, but keen. I tried to do my best for the Party, didn’t I? I’ll get off with five years, don’t you think? Or even ten years? A chap like me could make himself pretty useful in a labour-camp. They wouldn’t shoot me for going off the rails just once?’

‘Are you guilty?’ said Winston.

‘Of course I’m guilty!’ cried Parsons with a servile glance at the telescreen. ‘You don’t think the Party would arrest an innocent man, do you?’ His frog-like face grew calmer, and even took on a slightly sanctimonious expression. ‘Thoughtcrime is a dreadful thing, old man,’ he said sententiously. ‘It’s insidious. It can get hold of you without your even knowing it. Do you know how it got hold of me? In my sleep! Yes, that’s a fact. There I was, working away, trying to do my bit — never knew I had any bad stuff in my mind at all. And then I started talking in my sleep. Do you know what they heard me saying?’

He sank his voice, like someone who is obliged for medical reasons to utter an obscenity.
‘“Down with Big Brother!” Yes, I said that! Said it over and over again, it seems.

Between you and me, old man, I’m glad they got me before it went any further. Do you know what I’m going to say to them when I go up before the tribunal? “Thank you,” I’m going to say, “thank you for saving me before it was too late.”’

Maybe, if Hunt and Collins are lucky, they’ll come for the Dupes last.

Goddamn sad.

We’ll ask the man, where do you stand on the question of the revolution?

Are you for it or against it?

If he’s against it, we’ll stand him up against a wall.


All Is Proceeding According To YOUR Plan…

18 June 2015 @ 21:08


…so, why are you all complaining?

Leftists: can’t satisfy the bastards.

Tip of the fedora to Instapundit.

The American Anti-Sex League: The Early Years

18 June 2015 @ 10:20

The Modern King of Gonzo, Stacy McCain, has up, over at his joint, a post that should be required reading for any person under the age of thirty.

In it, he quotes from a Feminist [ie: one of the many, dullard Leftist Apparatchiks who spend every waking minute of the day seeking to wreck horrid havoc in the Culture]. Her name is Lane Moore and she, in the end, wants males and females to have less sex [not 'less sex in the end'  IYKWIMAITYD — which seems to be the 'in thing' these days]. In fact, one could make a good case that, ultimately, she’d like sex to be abolished — at least that appears to be the undertone of those who hold her kind of opinions and engage in such crabbed and abnormal thinking.

Please do read the whole thing [as usual with Stace, it's an insightful and fun ride].

A few highlights:

Lane Moore isn’t really helping: Therein lies the problem exactly. She knows she didn’t consent, she knows she didn’t say yes, she knows she only had sex with him because she thought he wouldn’t stop anyway, but she didn’t want it. That’s still rape. But because so many people still consider “no means no” the standard, there are many sexual assault victims who didn’t say no, but didn’t say yes, and they’re left feeling like they have only themselves to blame for not fighting back harder.

There has been some initial success with California’s “yes means yes” law enacted in 2014. A March Cosmopolitan article interviewed UCLA students about how it was going: “Freshman year we were like, ‘I guess it was my fault. I never really said no, so you can’t get mad at him,’” Morgan, a senior, said. “Now we’re a lot more aware that unless we’re saying we want to do this, then it’s not OK for it to happen.”

Exactly what is going on here?…


…Must every hook-up now be negotiated like a spending bill in the House Ways and Means Committee?…

Where is all of this Leftist-induced Chaos in male/female relationships leading?

It is all part of a bigger plan.

Methinks, George Orwell is the Prophet to consult here [re-paragraphing and emphasis mine]:

Sexual intercourse was to be looked on as a slightly disgusting minor operation, like having an enema. This again was never put into plain words, but in an indirect way it was rubbed into every Party member from childhood onwards. There were even organizations such as the Junior Anti-Sex League, which advocated complete celibacy for both sexes.

All children were to be begotten by artificial insemination (artsem, it was called in Newspeak) and brought up in public institutions. This, Winston was aware, was not meant altogether seriously, but somehow it fitted in with the general ideology of the Party.

The Party was trying to kill the sex instinct, or, if it could not be killed, then to distort it and dirty it. He did not know why this was so, but it seemed natural that it should be so. And as far as the women were concerned, the Party’s efforts were largely successful.


…He paused, and for a moment assumed again his air of a schoolmaster questioning a promising pupil: ‘How does one man assert his power over another, Winston?’

Winston thought. ‘By making him suffer,’ he said.

‘Exactly. By making him suffer. Obedience is not enough. Unless he is suffering, how can you be sure that he is obeying your will and not his own? Power is in inflicting pain and humiliation. Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.

Do you begin to see, then, what kind of world we are creating? It is the exact opposite of the stupid hedonistic Utopias that the old reformers imagined. A world of fear and treachery is torment, a world of trampling and being trampled upon, a world which will grow not less but more merciless as it refines itself.

Progress in our world will be progress towards more pain. The old civilizations claimed that they were founded on love or justice. Ours is founded upon hatred. In our world there will be no emotions except fear, rage, triumph, and self-abasement. Everything else we shall destroy — everything.

Already we are breaking down the habits of thought which have survived from before the Revolution. We have cut the links between child and parent, and between man and man, and between man and woman. No one dares trust a wife or a child or a friend any longer. But in the future there will be no wives and no friends. Children will be taken from their mothers at birth, as one takes eggs from a hen.

The sex instinct will be eradicated. Procreation will be an annual formality like the renewal of a ration card.

We shall abolish the orgasm. Our neurologists are at work upon it now.

There will be no loyalty, except loyalty towards the Party. There will be no love, except the love of Big Brother. There will be no laughter, except the laugh of triumph over a defeated enemy. There will be no art, no literature, no science. When we are omnipotent we shall have no more need of science.

There will be no distinction between beauty and ugliness. There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But always — do not forget this, Winston — always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — for ever.’

Lane Moore: Pioneer of the American Anti-Sex League.

If you think I am being irrational and melodramatic, I ask you then to think of those practices that were considered unacceptable by our Society thirty or forty years ago and are now considered perfectly Normal, and to compare the health of our Society in those two time periods.

You turn a deaf ear to what is happening, what these Nihilists are relentlessly preaching, at the peril of your Freedom, your Liberty, and, most importantly, your own Soul.

Lest We Forget: 17 June 1775 – Bunker’s Hill

17 June 2015 @ 22:25


The Day; perhaps the decisive Day is come on which the fate of America depends.

Abigail Adams, Letter to John Adams

On that day, Patriot Outlaws met the British in battle on the hills of Charlestown, Massachusetts.

The Red Coats won the Battle, but their losses were so horrific [especially among the Officers] they never dared venture out of Boston again.

A disorganized army of Colonists under shaky and sometimes non-existent command, fought bravely and held off the damned British as long as they could.

Their Spirit must never be forgotten.

From a letter written by Peter Brown, Colonial Soldier, on 18 June 1775, to his mother in Rhode Island [paragraphing mine]:

…The enemy landed, fronted before us, and form’d themselves, in an oblong square in order to surround, which they did in part — after they were well form’d they advanced towards us in order to swallow us up, but they found a Choaky mouthful of us, ‘tho we could do nothing with our small arms as yet for distance, and had but two Cannon, and no Gunner, and they from Boston, and from the shipping firing and throwing Bombs, keeping us down, till they almost surrounded us.

— But God in Mercy to us fought our battle, and tho’ we were but few in number, and suffer’d to be defeated by our enemy, yet we were presrev[ed] in a most wonderful manner, far beyond our expectation and to our admiration for out of our Regiment there were but 37 kill’d 4 or 5 taken captive, about forty seven Wounded

& Oh may I never forget Gods distinguishing Mercy to me, in sparing my Life, when they fell on my right hand, and on my left, and close by me, they were to the eye of reason no more expos’d than myself. — When the Arrows of death flew thick around me, I was preserv’d while others were suffer’d to fall a prey to our Cruel enemies. O may That God whose Mercy was so far extended in my preservation, grant me his grace to devote my future Life to his divine service

Nor do I conclude that the danger is yet over, unless God in his Mercy either remove our enemy, or heal the breach — but if we should be call’d again to action I hope to have courage and strength to act my part valiently in defence of our Liberties & Country trusting in him who hath hitherto kept me, and hath cover’d my head in the day of battle, and altho’ we have lost four out of our Company & several taken captive by the enemy of America, I was not suffer’d to be touch’d.


From a letter written by Samuel Adams to his wife Elizabeth on 28 June 1775 from Philadelphia:


Yesterday I receivd Letters from some of our Friends at the Camp informing me of the Engagement between the American Troops and the Rebel Army, in Charlestown. I cannot but be greatly rejoycd at the tryed Valor of our Countrymen, who by all Accounts behavd with an Intrepidity becoming those who fought for their Liberties against the mercenary Soldiers of a Tyrant. It is painful to me to reflect upon the Terror I must suppose you were under on hearing the Noise of War so near you. Favor me, my dear, with an Account of your Apprehensions at that time, under your own hand. I pray God to cover the heads of our Countrymen in every day of Battle, and ever to protect you from Injury in these distracted Times. The Death of our truly amiable and worthy Friend Dr Warren is greatly afflicting. The Language of Friendship is, how shall we resign him! But it is our Duty to submit to the Dispensations of Heaven, “Whose Ways are ever gracious, ever just.” He fell in the glorious Struggle for the publick Liberty.

The Dr. Warren referred to is Dr. Joseph Warren, who was in charge of the Massachusetts Rebels in the absence of Samuel Adams.

He had been commissioned a Major General in the Massachusetts Militia, but insisted on serving as a Private during The Battle Of Bunker Hill.  From Wikipedia:

Warren was appointed a Major General by the Provincial Congress on June 14, 1775. He arrived where the militia was forming and asked where the heaviest fighting would be; General Israel Putnam pointed to Breeds Hill. He volunteered as a private against the wishes of General Putnam and Colonel William Prescott, who requested that he serve as their commander. Since Putnam and Prescott were more experienced with war he declined command. He was among those inspiring the men to hold rank against superior numbers. Warren was known to have repeatedly declared of the British: “These fellows say we won’t fight! By Heaven, I hope I shall die up to my knees in blood!” He fought in the redoubt until out of ammunition, and remained until the British made their third and final assault on the hill to give time for the militia to escape. He was killed instantly by a musket ball in the head by a British officer (possibly Lieutenant Lord Rawdon) who recognized him. This account is supported by a 2011 forensic analysis. His body was stripped of clothing and he was bayoneted until unrecognizable, and then shoved into a shallow ditch.

British Captain Walter Laurie, who had been defeated at Old North Bridge, later said he “stuffed the scoundrel with another rebel into one hole, and there he and his seditious principles may remain.” His body was exhumed ten months after his death by his brothers and Paul Revere, who identified the remains by the artificial tooth he had placed in the jaw….

The Enemy Within we face today is even more barbaric.


Remember Bunker Hill!

Bob Recommends: Scientist Tim Hunt Subjected To Room 101 by @DarleenClick

16 June 2015 @ 21:41

Scientist Tim Hunt subjected to Room 101 [Darleen Click] | protein wisdom.

Well, Slap My Mammy!: Individualism’s Logical End

16 June 2015 @ 11:17

Dudley-Dickerson-A005cxPerhaps it’s best to start with a quote from one of my favorite character actors, Dudley Dickerson, who appeared as the ‘put-upon Negro guy’ in a number of Three Stooges shorts:

This house has sho’ gone crazy!

When Mark Steyn’s good, he’s real good:

…Rachel Dolezal has resigned as President of the local NAACP, the black civil rights group, because she is, in fact, white. Spokane County is less than two per cent black, and would seem to have no very pressing need for a local NAACP chapter. But, if you build it, they will come, even if a remarkable number come with the faint whiff of burnt cork and singing “De Camptown Races”. “NAACP” stands for National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and Ms Dolezal is a very literally colored person: she tans her skin and applies contouring make-up in order to “pass” for black. Sure, the Twitpic she posted of a random African-American as her dad shows attention to detail and her propensity for reporting fake hate crimes was a nice touch (she’s of German descent, so she drew a swastika), but if you’re serious about “transitioning” eventually you need the full “negroplasty”, as “South Park” called it all those years ago. Incidentally, is this a great country or what? Once upon a time you had to be a real black to call in a fake hate crime, but now fake blacks can do it, too. At long last, the transracials — the chemically colored people — are demanding their right to sit at the back of the bus, with all the cool identity groups. #ColoredLivesMatter!

There’s a lot of it about: Jeb Bush checked the Hispanic box on his voter registration form. And in The [Un]documented Mark Steyn (personally autographed copies of which, etc, etc) I quote this remarkable line from The Fordham Law Review:

Harvard Law School hired its first woman of color, Elizabeth Warren, in 1995.

Senator Warren walks like a white, quacks like a white, looks whiter than white. As I like to say, she’s the whitest white since Frosty the Snowman fell in a vat of White-Out. And yet The Fordham Law Review hailed her as Harvard Law School’s “first woman of color”, and good for them. Why do we impose outmoded stereotypes and demand that black women be black? Why can’t a woman of color retain her pallor? After all, as The New York Post informed us, “Caitlyn Jenner Still Has Her Penis“.

Is that the first American newspaper headline to use the phrase “her penis”? If so, it won’t be the last. Caitlyn Jenner still has her penis, Elizabeth Warren still has her pallor, Jeb Bush still has his pad at Kennebunkport, Rashaqua’nishia Brunnhilde von Dolezal still has her swastika. But all of them have recognized that it’s last orders at the White Privilege saloon….

But that’s the left’s genius. If the personal is political, why can’t it still be political even when it’s not personal? In contemporary America, race and sexuality are no longer confined to personal identity but to professional status markers — so why not be professionally black, professionally gay, professionally Cherokee?

We have raised two generations in the west who want to be …something else. …It’s about the wish of First World advanced societies to enjoy the cleansing moral frisson of an idealized pre-industrial Third World aesthetic….

[As I said at least a decade ago: there will likely come a time where converting to Islam will become chic, the in-thing to do to be Cool.]

It’s about Self-Hatred, the result of being propagandized since the cradle that everything — absolutely every-blessed-thing — about Western Civilization is Evil. Add to that, as Mark says, that, as far as these brainwashed fools are concerned, ‘it’s last orders at the White Privilege saloon’ and you have the perfect conditions for Self-Hatred to arise.

It’s also easier to give in to the societal trends than to resist the onslaught of Barbarity. That would take too much time and effort and, besides, it’s Party Time! Anyway, who wants to fight the Powers That Be — you could end-up losing all the stuff you have. Much better to go along in order to get along and not make any waves.

The worst kind of crimes are labeled ‘Notorious Crimes’ and that’s what we’ve committed against the last several generations. What we have done is also a Mortal Sin, one that has put our Souls in jeopardy.

It is much easier to do Evil than it is to do Good — in part, because we convince ourselves that everything will work out in the end and the full weight of the Evil will not land on us.

Ask the Gulag Prisoner or the Christians knelling on Middle Eastern beaches how that theory holds up.

Magna Carta Libertatum At 800

15 June 2015 @ 20:34

Today should have witnessed grand celebrations across the Anglosphere, but there were few [‘a happy few’], if any.

A small number of people who gave a good Goddamn about Freedom and Ordered Liberty did celebrate by trying to get out the word of the importance of this day in the History of Mankind, but there’s was a near-impossible task because the vast majority of peoples in the English-speaking sections of The West are too busy indulging in their luxuries with a Bacchanalian ferocity and wallowing in their rank Narcissism.

As Mark Steyn, one of the ‘happy few’, writes:

The most important anniversary this year falls on Monday June 15th, marking the day, eight centuries ago, when a king found himself in a muddy field on the River Thames near Windsor Castle with the great foundational document of modern liberty under his nose and awaiting his seal….

That muddy field was named Runnymede and the foundational document was Magna Carta Libertatum [trans: ‘The Great Charter of Liberties’].  The King was a Tyrant named John [no number, because he was such a Despot that no King since would dare take the name upon his ascension to the Throne].  As Mark explains:

…It was in some respects a happy accident. In 1215, a bunch of chippy barons were getting fed up with King John. In those days, in such circumstances, the malcontents would usually replace the sovereign with a pliable prince who’d be more attentive to their grievances. But, having no such prince to hand, the barons were forced to be more inventive, and so they wound up replacing the King with an idea, and the most important idea of all — that even the King is subject to the law.

That last phrase is the key, the root of Magna Carta’s importance: Those who are in charge of our government must subject themselves to The Rule Of Law or else they are not Legitimate, they are not ‘fit to rule’.

From this agreement, signed between a Tyrant King and the Barons of England, all of the advances in the spreading and evolution of Freedom and Ordered Liberty to the English-Speaking Peoples emanated.

For the first time, in writing and before God, The Rule Of Law was affirmed as the basic principle guiding all attempts of Law- and Constitution-making.  The Rule Of Whim was rejected, arbitrary rule was denounced.  Kings and any who dared govern were put on notice that all were subject to The Law.

Mark again:

…everything flows therefrom — from England’s Glorious Revolution to the US Constitution and beyond. It’s part of the reason why the English-speaking world, in contrast to Continental Europe, has managed to sustain its freedoms across the generations — at least until now.

More from him:

Security of the person, property rights, religious freedom, due process… The core animating principles of modern free societies began in that muddy field in Runnymede eight centuries ago. That’s why it’s the most important anniversary of the year: when the pampered, solipsistic beneficiaries of an 800-year inheritance start to lose the habits of liberty, only darkness lies ahead. Better to re-learn the old lessons while we still can.

July Fourth would be just another Summer day without Runnymede.

Of course, what Independence Day is actually becoming in America is just another excuse to revel in mindless celebration, another day off from work, another day ‘to party’.

Time is running out.

A darkness is slowly encompassing us, cutting off the air of Freedom and the sustenance of Liberty.

As Mark’s friend, John Robson, remarks:

All the rights we cherish, from due process of law to elected representatives, trace back to it. It has been assailed time and again and always defended. It’s why we have rights to day. But that story needs to be told again and again or it will be lost and with it our freedom.

The story is hardly ever being told any longer and we are the more Ignorant because of that fact — and doomed eventually to living the bare existence of Enslavement.

Ms. Evi remembered the Anniversary.

-So did Instapundit and Brendan O’Neill.

NOTE: I would not have relied so much on Mark’s commentary for the meat of this post, but I am still feeling under-the-weather.  Do take the time to click here and read his full post.


@MJosephSheppard → Hillary: A Legitimate Claim To Be First Female President?

11 June 2015 @ 21:29


Of course, technically, if Hillary Clinton is elected  in November 2016 she would of course be the first person of the female gender to hold the office of president of the United States of America. What is in question is the legitimacy of that precedent in respect of the path to having obtained the office.

There have been a number of women who have entered into the highest offices in their country via a parliamentary coup. Jenny Shipley in New Zealand and Julia Gillard in Australia are two examples where, in a parliamentary system they became Prime Minister.

In both cases their holding the office was most certainly a historic event, but the manner of achieving it, via bringing down the elected leader, via a general election, of their party, took away from the honor a degree of moral and precedent making prestige. In the case of New Zealand, Helen Clark later became Prime Minister via the ballot box and it can be fairly said that her achievement carried with it a greater sense of history than Shipley’s.

In America there was the example of Lurleen Wallace being elected Governor of Alabama after her husband George Wallace had served his allotted term and was ineligible to run for re-election.

It was obvious that Lurleen Wallace was a substitute for her husband, and the legitimacy of her place in political history is tempered by that fact. When then senator and former vice-president Hubert Humphrey died the remainder of his term was assigned to his widow Muriel Humphrey and again, as deserving as the tribute to Hubert was via that mechanism, she couldn’t be genuinely considered to have gained the office naturally.

If Hillary Clinton is elected president there can be no gainsaying the fact that no matter what the substance of her accomplishment, and her career accomplishments, the simple fact is that if she were not married to Bill Clinton it is doubtful that anybody would have heard of her. It is even fairer to say that the odds against Hillary Rodham being elected president, or to any major office, would be doubtful in the extreme.

To make this even more stark as a contrast if,  for example, Sarah Palin runs for the presidency and wins, then there would be no doubt whatsoever that that historic achievement would carry with it a different prestige than if Clinton ran and won.

Palin’s achievement would have come entirely from her own endeavors. There would be, unlike Hillary, no multi-million dollar foundation behind her, no former president, and the elected offices she held previously would all have been won entirely on her own efforts and not as a carpetbagger with the support of a massive machine behind her.

The contrast between a Palin (or any woman with a similar bootstraps background) and Hillary Clinton

Being the first woman to be elected president is so striking that it would be a shame for the women’s movement if such an historic achievement was de-legitimized, to any extent, by Hillary gaining the office via the male assisted route.

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.

Into The Soft Abyss

11 June 2015 @ 09:28

In Volume II of The Gulag Archipelago, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn describes one element of what daily life was like in the Soviet Union that caught my attention in my recent re-readings of some of his works.

In a chapter entitled Our Muzzled Freedom, he writes of the Constant Fear under which the people of the USSR lived:

…Just as there is no minute when people are not dying or being born, so there was one minute when people were not being arrested. Sometimes this came close to a person, sometimes it was further off; sometimes a person deceived himself into thinking that nothing threatened him, and sometimes he himself became an executioner, and thus the threat to him diminished. But any adult inhabitant of this country, from a collective farmer up to a member of the Politburo, always knew that it would take only one careless word or gesture and he would fly off irrevocably into the abyss.

Just as in the Archipelago beneath every trusty lay the chasm (and death) of general work, so beneath every inhabitant lay the chasm (and death) of the Archipelago. In appearance the country was much bigger than its Archipelago, but all of it and all its inhabitants hung phantomlike above the latter’s gaping maw.

Fear was not always the fear of arrest. There were intermediate threats: purges, inspections, the completion of security questionnaires — routine or extraordinary ones — dismissal from work, deprivation of residence permit, expulsion or exile. The security questionnaires were so detailed and so inquisitive that more than half the inhabitants of the country had a bad conscience and were constantly and permanently tormented by the approach of the period when they had to be filled out. Once people had invented a false life story for these questionnaires, they had to try not to get tangled up in it. But danger might strike suddenly….

The aggregate fear led to a correct consciousness of one’s own insignificance and of the lack of any kind of rights….

Do we not live in a milder, a softer, form of this fear in what used to be The United States Of America?

A whole lifetime of building a successful career in any field or a solid reputation can be destroyed by one wrong move and/or utterance that brings down the wrath of those in Power And Control.

The couple who want to build a house on a piece of property they saved for decades to afford and have begun to do so are ordered by some government agency to tear down what they have built because it violates some ridiculous Regulation. And, if they don’t do so immediately, they are fined tens of thousands of dollars per day. The couple has to spend all of their savings and take out ruinous loans if they decide to fight this injustice, this violation of their Property Rights.

The successful Entrepreneur who has risked his own monies and those of his Investors building a successful company dares contribute to a cause deemed not acceptable to The Arbitrators Of Correctness and he is physically and verbally harassed and forced to sacrifice his career to save his company or is ousted by it’s Board or by enough of his Cowardly Investors.

The average person who expresses an opinion that is unpopular with the aforementioned Arbitrators is targeted for a vicious campaign of abuse, his employers contacted and threatened if they do not take action, and his very Social Standing undermined, to the point where he must either grovel and abjectly apologize or face economic and social shunning.

The death cells of the Lubyanka have not come to America literally, but a seedling version has begun sprouting across The Fruited Plain.

In the Soviet Union, people were murdered directly or worked to death or declared UnPersons.

In America, a softer, non-fatal version of this Extermination of Humanity is now taking place, where innocent people are being forced to either humiliate themselves and join The Hive Mind or are facing a lingering Social Death in the Soft Abyss.

How long before those in Power And Control get frustrated with dealing with those who are UNMUTUAL and begin using harsher measures against them? And I don’t mean measures as cruel and final as used by the Communists in every, single regime they have ever commanded.

How long before those of us who resist these Tyrants and Destroyers of Humanity are each brought into our own Room 101?

O’Brien smiled slightly. ‘You are a flaw in the pattern, Winston. You are a stain that must be wiped out. Did I not tell you just now that we are different from the persecutors of the past? We are not content with negative obedience, nor even with the most abject submission. When finally you surrender to us, it must be of your own free will.

‘We do not destroy the heretic because he resists us: so long as he resists us we never destroy him. We convert him, we capture his inner mind, we reshape him. We burn all evil and all illusion out of him; we bring him over to our side, not in appearance, but genuinely, heart and soul. We make him one of ourselves before we kill him.

‘It is intolerable to us that an erroneous thought should exist anywhere in the world, however secret and powerless it may be. Even in the instant of death we cannot permit any deviation.

‘In the old days the heretic walked to the stake still a heretic, proclaiming his heresy, exulting in it. Even the victim of the Russian purges could carry rebellion locked up in his skull as he walked down the passage waiting for the bullet. But we make the brain perfect before we blow it out.

‘The command of the old despotisms was “Thou shalt not”. The command of the totalitarians was “Thou shalt”. Our command is “Thou art”. No one whom we bring to this place ever stands out against us. Everyone is washed clean. Even those three miserable traitors in whose innocence you once believed — Jones, Aaronson, and Rutherford — in the end we broke them down. I took part in their interrogation myself. I saw them gradually worn down, whimpering, grovelling, weeping — and in the end it was not with pain or fear, only with penitence. By the time we had finished with them they were only the shells of men.

‘There was nothing left in them except sorrow for what they had done, and love of Big Brother. It was touching to see how they loved him. They begged to be shot quickly, so that they could die while their minds were still clean.’

—George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four [re-paragraphing mine]

We are engaged in a Life And Death Fight for Humanity’s very survival.

Non serviam.
Aut mori aut liberos vivere.

[I will not be a slave.
I will either live free or die.]


Is anybody there?…
Does anybody care?…
Does anybody see what I see?

—John Adams, 1776

‘Has Bob Been Sucked Into The Black Hole Of Insipid, Pointless Leftism?’

10 June 2015 @ 14:25

Naw…the bastards still haven’t been able to catch-up with me because my ship has Super-Duper-Wop Drive [I am of Eye-talian descent, you see, and an old Star Trek fan].

Circumstances well-within my original control have overwhelmed me since last Friday.

I threw-out my back last Monday, but, foolishly, went and retrieved it, and it hurt a lot, so my Doc prescribed Flexeril on Friday, which worked really well, but the side-effects decided to have some fun with me.

Then, also on Friday, my last Wisdom Tooth decided to start crumbling, so on Monday I had it pulled. That went well, but the numbing juice they use stays in my system and punishes me, like some diabolical Leftist potion. Combine that with the heavy Motrin and Vicodin dosages needed to ride the pain storm, and, wah-lah!, I have been out of it [and not in a fun way, IYKWIMAITYD].

But, I have come through, and I have returned – although I suspect I won’t be up to speed for a couple of days [if my horrendous attempt to type this is any indication (thank the Good Lord for Spell-Check), said normal, ramming speed will not be achieved for several days yet].

Anything happen whilst I was in Na-Na Land?……nah…didn’t think so.

Sinatra 100th: The Best Performances – 40-38

06 June 2015 @ 20:05

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

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

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

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

40 — It Had To Be You

Music & Lyrics: Gus Kahn, Isham Jones
Recorded: 18 July 1979
From the album Trilogy (The Past)

The voice is burnt and sometimes it breaks roughly, but that ends up creating an added poignancy to this lovely performance.

Mark Steyn’s take on it and a history of it’s conception can be found here.

Just more proof that Frank still had ‘It’ in his later years [when he wanted to, that is].

39 — We’ll Meet Again

Music & Lyrics: Charles Hugh, Ross Parker Clarke
Recorded: 14 June 1962
From the album Sinatra Sings Great Songs From Great Britain

One of those songs that meant so much to the American, Canadian, Australian, and, especially, the British Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines of World War II, this tune is marvelous balance of emotions

I’m glad Frank waited to record this song until he was nearing fifty because his performance offers an interpretation that is different than Vera Lynn’s iconic WWII version, one that was needed if We’ll Meet Again was not going to be regarded as a tune that fits but in one age.  Francis Albert brings on the wistful, the reflective, and the Romantically Nostalgic feelings of older lovers parting, much as Kris Kristofferson’s For The Good Times does.  That Frank’s voice is tired and run-down after having completed am extensive world tour in 1962 adds greatly to the lovely mood created.

38 — Autumn Leaves

Music & Lyrics: Johnny Mercer, Joseph Kosma, Jacques Prevert
Recorded: 10 April 1957
From the album Where Are You?

Love.  Love lost.  You look out the window and give a sad sigh, a single tear welling in your eye.  You take a sip of whiskey, look out some more as the sun sets…and you heave a sad sigh. And it’s not as bad as it could be because…Frank understands.

Pundette has a live version here.

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.


The Grand Delusion: The Road To Annihilation

05 June 2015 @ 14:32

As Mark Levin pointed-out on his show of 04 June, the latest hacking incident against our national government is an Act Of War [he discusses this in the first hour of that show here].

From the Mark Levin Show Daily Recap for 04 June:

On Thursday’s Mark Levin Show: China is committing cyber warfare against the United States by hacking our federal database and stealing the information of 4 million federal employees. Our enemies abroad are tapping into our financial systems and government agencies, stealing technology and personal information, and the Obama administration has demonstrated they aren’t up to the task to stop it. This latest Chinese hack is just another example of the incompetence of the federal government and President Obama. Red China is becoming the most powerful military force on the face of the Earth because of the cowardice and ideology of the Commander in Chief and the Democrat party.

And, also, the aiding and abetting of the Leftist Cause by the Quislings of the GOP.

The Administration [aka: The Jarrett Junto] is helped greatly by the fact that, I believe, most Americans have still not wrapped their heads around the idea that real, destructive War in the Modern Age can be waged in Cyber-Space.

The Leftists are determined to evade the Truth that Islam is at War with us, Russia is at War with us, Red China is at War with us. And, since, the national government [the Executive and the Congress] refuses to acknowledge Reality, we are losing these Wars.

Now, I suspect that this evasion is the result of two Sur-Realities at play that the Left [again: aided and abetted by the Quislings] believes in, two contradictory views of things that are held by each one of them within the same body [aka: Cognitive Dissonance]: (1) America deserves to be put in it’s ‘proper place’ [just another nation among others that are as good and legitimate as it is (ie: Moral Equivalence)] and (2) a refusal to see that all of their foreign policies, all of their initiatives and efforts, have failed epically.

There’s much about the philosophy of Ayn Rand that is plain-out wrong and misguided [the fact that it is Ideological is the main problem], but every now and again — when, I think, she thought like a true Russian [ie: like a Solzhenitsyn or a Dostoevsky] — she would, not simply, get it right, but get it dead solid perfectly right.

An example is Ayn Rand on Evasion:

…[Man’s] basic vice, the source of all his evils, is that nameless act which all of you practice, but struggle never to admit: the act of blanking out, the willful suspension of one’s consciousness, the refusal to think —not blindness, but the refusal to see; not ignorance, but the refusal to know. It is the act of unfocusing your mind and inducing an inner fog to escape the responsibility of judgment —on the unstated premise that a thing will not exist if only you refuse to identify it, that A will not be A so long as you do not pronounce the verdict “It is.” Non-thinking is an act of annihilation, a wish to negate existence, an attempt to wipe out reality. But existence exists; reality is not to be wiped out, it will merely wipe out the wiper. By refusing to say “It is,” you are refusing to say “I am.” By suspending your judgment, you are negating your person. When a man declares: “Who am I to know?” he is declaring: “Who am I to live?”

This is the kind of thinking usually, we think, is reserved for juveniles, but, since the Triumph Of Ideology in our Culture, has become the dominant way of interpreting events in the World.

To avoid [often crippling] punishments of varying kinds, the Leftist Masterminds demand that those of us who are not totally willfully blind engage in legitimizing The Big Lies — the all-encompassing delusions, the refusal to confront Life as it is — put forward by them. As Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote: ‘The permanent lie becomes the only safe form of existence’. The Lie eventually becomes ‘the continuing basis of life’, the standard practice, because, if you fail to play along with The Grand Delusion, you will be denounced, labeled ‘extreme’, and suffer varying penalties, such as economic ones and being marginalized. And the majority of Society will endorse your punishment because they fear the Truth as much as the Masterminds do. [Both quotes by Mr. Solzhenitsyn come from The Gulag Archipelago, Volume II, Part IV, Chapter 3: Our Muzzled Freedom.]

Another product of The Grand Delusion is the utter corruption of language — an act that is necessary to give The Big Lies legitimacy. As Friend In The Ether Steve Skubinna writes:

Orwell was probably not the first to note that totalitarian movements always try to seize control of the language, redefine words, and insist upon patently nonsensical beliefs. Solzhenitsen also wrote of it, and maintained it was because if you can be made to accept small falsehoods, larger ones become easier. There is no such thing as a small erosion of integrity — you either have it or you do not. But it is easier to surrender it on a trivial point and pretend that you still have it regarding things that mater. But that’s false.

I expect that is part of it…it is also to cloak their true intentions. Statists know better than to try selling “We’re going to dispossess and enslave everyone and then start mass murder!” Instead it’s “Free ice cream for everyone!”

America — and the whole of The West — is perishing in a wild orgy of Self-Deception, and our Enemies know this and are using it against us in their quests for Power And Control.

War is here, both the foreign and domestic kind.

…we are willing to abandon all our principles, our souls, and all the efforts of our predecessors and all opportunities for our descendants — but just don’t disturb our fragile existence. We lack staunchness, pride and enthusiasm. We don’t even fear universal nuclear death, and we don’t fear a third world war. We have already taken refuge in the crevices. We just fear acts of civil courage.

—Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Live Not By Lies

‘Barack Narcissus Obama’ – Shmekl-In-Chief

04 June 2015 @ 20:18


The Putzident Of The United States

Obama-Clown-001axBarry really outdid himself with this one:

You know, I think I am the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat in this office.

As Mark Steyn remarks:

Some of his best friends are Jews, and, as he is own best friend, he is own best Jew.

On second thought: if Mr. Soetoro is speaking of physical matters, then, perhaps, what he said is not both laugh-out-loud-funny and pathetic — Muslims are physically closer to the Jews of Israel than anyone else, IYKWIMAITYD.


The Lost Republic Diaries – Part XXI: Every Headline Tells A Story

04 June 2015 @ 14:17

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

Headlines found on The Drudge Report at 1107 this Morning as chapter titles in The Diary…



Republicans open to extending Obamacare subsidies if Supreme Court strikes…

Obama to release 10 more Guantanamo Prisoners…

Mosby moves to block release of Freddie Gray autopsy…

Outrage After Teacher Assigns Students Extra Credit For ‘Finding Sex Toys, Condoms In Parents’ Private Drawers…


NSA expands warrantless surveillance of Americans’ Internet traffic…

3,700 illegal criminal immigrants released on to streets…

‘Worst of worst’…

Illegal gets law license…

Time to put the saddles on our horses and get ready to ride, Outlaws, don’t you think?

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

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

We must Join Or Die.



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