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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.

#Sinatra100 Countdown: The Curious Case Of ‘Bim Bam Baby’

07 December 2015 @ 21:44

The location: Hollywood C-A.

The place: Columbia Recording Studios

The date: 03 June 1952

The significance: Frank’s last full recording session for Columbia.

The songs recorded:

Luna Rossa (Blushing Moon)
The Birth Of The Blues
Tennessee Newsboy
Bim Bam Baby

This song set tells you exactly why Sinatra’s days at Columbia were numbered.  What we see here are novelty numbers.  Frank’s Producer, Mitch Miller [boo, hiss], was under pressure to get a hot record for the once best-selling Crooner and he had been feeding him such dreck [Mama Will Bark?] to record for quite sometime in what turned out to be a rather pathetic and wasted effort.

Many think Miller and Columbia were giving Frank such material in a cowardly attempt to get him to walk-out on his contract.  I don’t know, but I suspect that it was a bit of that, a bit of Miller becoming the schlock-meister he would become known as in the years to follow, and a bit of the gods sending a message to Francis Albert to get his act together and ascend to the next level [which he did eventually — thank The Good Lord].

What is interesting is that Frank, despite his anger at Miller and Columbia, and the downward spiral his career and personal life were both in, still managed to produce one classic, The Birth Of The Blues, and one performance that showed he could have conquered an alien genre of music — Rhythm And Blues — if he had felt like it.  Just think, if he had pursued this kind of music, he could have eventually starred in B-movies with Alan Freed!  I’m glad he didn’t, of course, but, with BBB, Mr. S. showed all those youngins, like Elvis, that he could have conquered their territory, if he had wanted to — and they should be very grateful he didn’t.

Bim Bam Baby has the same kind of vibe that you find in the best of Louis Jordon’s repertoire and, a few years later, in Bobby Darin’s Rock And Roll recordings.

Forget the pseudo-Jive lyrics [‘the rim-ram room’!?!*], this is hep platter in the tradition of Caldonia and Choo Choo Ch’boogie, with a touch of Guy Mitchell thrown in [although, Francis puts Albert George Cernik (Mitchell’s real name) to shame here].

As Tony Sclafani remarked:

There is a certain swagger and attitude in that number that transcends the genre.


Look: it’s not a time for serious here, it’s time to jump and jive…

Well friends, we’re gettin’ closer to the Big Day and I look forward each sunrise to see what Pundette, Ms. Evi, and Mark Steyn are doing to prepare for The Main Event [hint: it’s always a gas].

Come on back on the morrow and we’ll still be here setting-up for the Party.


Yeah…Mrs. B. picked-up on that one [I had missed
it…or, perhaps, didn’t want to hear it] and shook her
head. Just another case, I suppose, of some
square cat trying to write a ‘cool’ song — where have
you gone, Sammy Mysels? [actually, he did co-write
one of my favorite Sinatra-Dorsey recordings,
We Three (My Echo, My Shadow, and Me).


Lest We Forget: ‘The Unprovoked And Dastardly Attack’

07 December 2015 @ 00:01


Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation, and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its Government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese Government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday the Japanese Government also launched an attack against Malaya.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam.

Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.

Last night the Japanese attacked Wake Island.

And this morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.

But always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces — with the unbounding determination of our people — we will gain the inevitable triumph — so help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7th, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire.

The only member of the Congress to vote against
the Declaration Of War against the Empire of Japan was

Republican Representative Jeannette Rankin, a Progressive.

[Originally published on 07 December 2011]

Sinatra 100th: Ten Best Albums – No. 01

06 December 2015 @ 19:57

Hello, Fun-Seekers…

Sinatra-SwinginSession-001cXSince 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 about to land after another supersonic flight where the air is so rarefied: counting down the Top Ten Best Albums of Mr. Sinatra.

Above everything else, ol’ Francis Albert was about da albums for a good part of his career.

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.  In fact, he was one of the first performers to put out an album in the mid-1940’s, The Voice Of Frank Sinatra, and it even had a concept, a common theme.

So far, we’ve made our way from #10 down to #02.

While time did not permit me to post audio for all the tracks on each album, I tried to provide a nice sampler of the tunes I enjoy the most and that gave you a good taste of the mood to be found therein, heretofor, and whatfor.

So…put your seat belts on one more time and get ready for a real mothery time [and indulge in a little ‘Hey-Hey’, if you feel the urge] as we come to a real smooth landing with the Best Of The Best of The Chairman Of The Board.

As evah: Captain Frank will be your pilot and I, Bobby Bell, your navigator.

Let’s get this bird motivating…

01 — Songs For Swingin’ Lovers

SFSL-Cover-R-2018290dxRecorded: 17 October 1955 / 09, 10, 11, as January 1956
Arranger: Nelson Riddle
Label: Capitol
Best Mastering* on CD/Digital Download: 2014 Mobile Fidelity SACD.
Mastering Engineer: Rob LoVerde.

Track Listing
[favorite Performances in black]:

  1. “You Make Me Feel So Young” (Josef Myrow, Mack Gordon) – 2:57
  2. “It Happened in Monterey” (Mabel Wayne, Billy Rose) – 2:36
  3. “You’re Getting to be a Habit with Me” (Harry Warren, Al Dubin) – 2:19
  4. “You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me” (Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal, Pierre Norman) – 2:48
  5. “Too Marvelous for Words” (Richard A. Whiting, Johnny Mercer) – 2:29
  6. “Old Devil Moon” (Burton Lane, E.Y. Harburg) – 3:56
  7. “Pennies from Heaven” (Arthur Johnston, Johnny Burke) – 2:44
  8. “Love is Here to Stay” (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 2:42
  9. “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” (Cole Porter) – 3:43
  10. “I Thought About You” (Jimmy Van Heusen, Mercer) – 2:30
  11. “We’ll Be Together Again” (Carl T. Fischer, Frankie Laine) – 4:26
  12. “Makin’ Whoopee” (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn) – 3:06
  13. “Swingin’ Down the Lane” (Isham Jones, Kahn) – 2:54
  14. “Anything Goes” (Cole Porter) – 2:43
  15. “How About You?” (Burton Lane, Ralph Freed) – 2:45

Recording Anything Goes.

Well…this one, at least, was no surprise.

Unlike, say, movie critics who always want to be one of ‘the Cool Kids’ and list Citizen Kane as the greatest film evah!™ made, Songs For Swingin’ Lovers is without a doubt the greatest album ever recorded.  The artistry never is less than high-quality, the skill something close to perfection on the part of Francis, Nelson Riddle, the Musicians, and the Engineers.  It’s also one Helluva ride, a real gas.

The stars aligned for this one in a big way and then they fell on the Capitol Records Studios at 5515 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, C-A.

From the happy-happy opening bars of You Make Me Feel So Young to the last, smooth ba-dum of the drums on How About You, this album is nothing but pure jubilation, brothers and sisters.**

The temptation is to engage in a little bloviation time when describing a wonderful Work Of Art, so…let me stop my jaw-jawin’ right here and take you by the hand for a quick trip to The Promised Land…

I wanna go and bounce the moon
Just like a toy balloon…

Stars and steel guitars and luscious lips, as red as wine…

Every kiss, every hug seems to act just like a drug…

You’re just too marvelous, too marvelous for words
Like “glorious”, “glamorous” and that old standby “amorous”…

It’s very clear, our love is here to stay,
Not for a year, but ‘ever and a day…

I would sacrifice anything come what might
For the sake of havin’ you near
In spite of the warning voice that comes in the night
And repeats — how it yells in my ear:
Don’t you know little fool, you never can win?
Why not use your mentality — step up, wake up to reality
But each time I do just the thought of you
Makes me stop just before I begin
‘Cause I’ve got you under my skin.
Yes, I’ve got you under my skin….


-It’s on six more days until the BIG DAY and I’m going to attempt to post some new celebration every day until then when we’ll tear it up on that Biggest of B-Daze.

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 masterings on this List, contact me at Robert[dot]Belvedere[at]gmail[dot]com and I might be able to help you.


*The links I’m providing for the best CD/Digital
masterings are not meant to be an endorsement of
the site linked to. I receive no enumeration or any
kind of considerations from them. They are linked
for informational purposes only.

**Mrs. B and I discovered yesterday that, if you
want a great companion album to SFSL, follow-up
you’re listening to it with Dean Martin’s best:
This Time I’m Swingin’ [this mastering is, IMHO,
the cat’s meow].

More On Fear In The Western World: ‘The Centre Cannot Hold’

04 December 2015 @ 14:57

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

—WB Yeats, The Second Coming

Continuing with the theme of my recent post ‘I Can Feel The Fear In The Western World’

Mark Steyn on last night’s Hugh Hewitt Show [re-paragraphing mine]:

HEWITT: When the backdrop to all the terrorism stories of the last 24 hours says shooting rampage, that is the terrorists winning. We’re afraid to call, we are hesitant to call Islamist terror in America Islamist terror. I don’t understand it, Mark Steyn, but it’s everywhere.

STEYN: Yeah, and in fact, it’s got worse. Political correctness was a big part of why 3,000 people died 14 years ago. At least two of the check-in counters, the one in Portland, Maine, where Mohammed Atta and Co. boarded the plane to get to Boston, and then also the one, the United flight I think out of Washington, the check-in clerks at the airlines had concerns, and then said oh, no, no, no, I mustn’t think that, what am I doing, it’s racist, these are perfectly respectable businessmen.

So we have a contradiction here, because we have a Department of Homeland Security slogan. If you see something, say something. And yet if you see something, your instincts tell you that for political correctness reasons, you are not to say anything.

The stories that have been coming out about the neighbors being suspicious of all the stuff that was going on in the weeks beforehand, but thinking of them as impure thoughts, racist thoughts, Islamophobic thought, this makes it impossible.

No matter how big the security state gets, if you have a politically correct, dishonest, politico media culture, you will never be able to have a security state big enough that will keep you safe from these things. And I think they’re training us, actually, to accept these kind of incidents as a routine feature of life. That’s what’s actually horrible about it. They’re basically saying give it up, accept these violent attacks, because they’re going to happen. And the price of countering them, which is addressing this subject honestly, is too high to bear.

The Left In America wants us to live in Fear [we’re more malleable that way].

More from Mark:

STEYN: Well, that’s one of the most amazing things I’ve seen ever, which suggests that even the federal investigative agencies are so cowed by political correctness and cultural sensitivity, as you say, the first thing that happens when you have a suspect is you want to get to his friends and his family, and start talking to them before other people get to them, and they all have a chance to agree their stories. And yet we see something where 14 people are dead, and there’s the usual bazillion federal, state and local agencies all investigating the thing, and yet one of the people they ought to be talking to is standing up on television at a press conference giving the CAIR-approved version of events. That speaks, that says an awful lot about what’s, the culture of the FBI that they allowed that to happen.

HEWITT: It does. It speaks to investigating with two arms tied behind your back.

STEYN: Exactly.

HEWITT: And that’s not what happened after 9/11. And in my Department of Justice days in the Cold War, when investigations went on into espionage, you didn’t tell people that they could go on television. You told them they couldn’t. You didn’t arrest people for no probable cause, but you told them not to talk to other people for the very reason you just articulated. You don’t want a narrative out there that people can adopt and defend.

STEYN: No, and this is what’s extraordinary to me. I said today, you know, all these stories are different, and they’re all the same. The situation you were saying, what did his workmates make of this guy, what did they say to him, we’ve been here before with the same result, 14 people dead. Captain Hassan is, as he then was, was the only mass murderer to give a Power Point presentation to Army psychologists about what he was planning to do. And they were, all got a bit sheepish and a bit embarrassed. This is the Army. This is the Army, and they decided it would be too political sensitive to get rid of the guy, so they promoted him to major and sent him off to Fort Hood where he killed 14 people. Every story is different, and every story is exactly the same.


While I understand why fellow Patriots like Mark Levin praise the FBI, the sad fact is: they can no longer be trusted to conduct investigations on Terrorism because Political Correctness has intimidated them.

There was no longer any doubt as of yesterday that this was a terrorist act in San Bernadino, yet the FBI has still not called this what it is.

Of course, the FBI now serves a Caesar and his minions, who are in the midst of an Origiastic Rapture Of Denial.

From The London Daily Mail, Francesca Chambers reporting, we learn [and we tend to only learn what’s going on from foreign, especially English, news organizations][emphasis mine]:

Attorney General Loretta Lynch told a group of Muslims in Washington last night that her ‘greatest fear’ since the Paris terror attack is retaliatory violence against members of the religion.

Lynch said as a prosecutor, she worries that the anti-Muslim rhetoric ‘will be accompanied by acts of violence,’ and said, ‘We cannot give in to the fear that these backlashes are really based on.’

President Barack Obama said yesterday that the government had not determined the motives behind the shooters.

‘It is possible that this was terrorist-related, but we don’t know. It’s also possible that this was workplace-related,’ he said in a statement from the Oval Office.

Surrounded by Lynch and FBI Director James Comey, whose department is running point on the investigation, as well as the vice president and other members of his national security team, the president said, ‘Our expectation is, is that this may take some time before we’re able to sort it all through.’ [BOB: As Mark put it: ‘So we’ve got, the President, from the President, the most powerful man on Earth, supposedly, the leader of the free world, has told his 300 million subjects that you’re guilty of bad think if you start thinking this has anything to do with where the guy worshipped.’]

Speaking broadly on Thursday about religious tensions in America, Lynch told attendees of Muslim Advocate’s 10th anniversary dinner that she had observed an ‘incredibly disturbing rise of anti-Muslim rhetoric’ in the wake of the ISIS assault on Paris and the talk ‘edges towards violence.’

In the weeks that have followed the onslaught American mosques have been vandalized, and in at least one case fired upon, and Muslim believers have been repeatedly threatened with acts of violence.

‘When we talk about the First amendment we [must] make it clear that actions predicated on violent talk are not American. They are not who we are, they are not what we do, and they will be prosecuted,’ Lynch said, according to Buzzfeed.

She derided congressional attempts to keep refugees from ISIS-ravaged Syria and a House-passed bill that would require federal agencies to swear the migrants are not radicals.

‘You know, this is not the way,’ she said, per Politico’s report. ‘I will look at anything and consider anything that will keep the American people safe but … you take aggressive action you don’t take impetuous action.’

Lynch said the country ‘cannot be ruled by fear.’

‘When we are ruled by fear, we actually are not making ourselves safe,’ she said. ‘My message to the Muslim community is we stand with you in this.’

This is Insanity…and, actually, following Lynch’s way, which we have been, has made us more and more unsafe – and is partially, in Reality, motivated by Fear.

The Left rules by and lives by Fear.

[Because the Left believes that obtaining and maintaining Power can only come via rank deception and/or violence, it logically believes that the Power And Control it has stolen is always under threat, because the Left believes that everyone else thinks like they do, everyone else has rejected Morality and Truth, made a deal with the Devil.  In the case of Islam, the Left is right to fear them because the Mohammedin’s Ideology is more fanatically embraced than theirs.  Muslims are more than willing to die to further their form of Totalitarianism.  Most of the Secular Left are not.]

More from Mark [re-paragraphing mine]:

HEWITT: …I don’t know if you saw Adam Schiff. He is a California Congressman. Earlier today, I wish I had this on tape, he said, and I’m paraphrasing, but very close to Wolf Blitzer[:] Wolf, we need magazine limits, we need universal backgrounds, because even if they wouldn’t have stopped yesterday, they would help in some other place at some other time, because of course, neither of those things would have stopped yesterday. STEYN: No, this is, this isn’t, I mean, for a start, it’s happening, in the gun-free zones of Paris and Brussels, only two groups of people have guns – the government and the terrorists. And that would be the same thing here.

There’s no southern border. So any Islamic group that wants to bring in weaponry can bring it across the southern border of the United States. That’s not what’s going on here. That is like Londoners during the Blitz when the Luftwaffe is strafing London night after night after night, saying oh, we need to have airplane control, we must pass a law against it.

What is happening here is there is an ideology, a global ideology. When Obama talks about having contained ISIS, what he basically means is he’s contained it to the planet. It’s not yet got an operating base on Mars. But basically, it’s everywhere around the planet now, and it has enormous, it’s simply the most effective iteration of the moment of an Islamic supremacism with huge appeal to second and third generation Muslims, young Muslims who have grown up in the West, and loathe the societies they live in and of which they’re citizens.

And nobody’s saying that means 100% or even 50% or 30%. But a significant percentage of them, like this guy, he’s got a great job. He’s been working for the county for five years. It’s an undemanding job with great benefits. His wife is a pharmacist. These are great, stable, middle, well-remunerated middle class jobs, and they’ve been doing them for years, and they could have lifelong careers, and it’s more important to them to kill people in the name of an ideology.

And when your Congressman says stuff like that, he’s basically saying you guys, he’s basically telling his constituents you guys are just going to be shot and bombed and stabbed and have your head cut off every so often, and that’s just the price you have to pay, because it’s better that than that we should talk about this honestly.

That way is not The American Way…and that is why it must be resisted with everything we’ve got at our disposal.

This is a Life and Death Situation and we must decide which side we are on.

Go-To-Meeting.Bob: ‘Implicit Bias’

04 December 2015 @ 11:19

Recently, I attended a twice-yearly meeting of all of the Senior Managers and Executives who work in the section of the branch of state government that I work for.

I thought you might enjoy this abridged transcript of the affair, so you could see you tax dollars at work…

Team building…metrics…engagement with the public…we’ve formed a committee…facilitate communication…engagement with our fellow workers…networking…we’ve formed a committee…problem solving…metrics…engagement…budget investment modules…we’ve formed a committee…we need to drill-down…salary compression…if we drill-down…we’ve formed a committee…driving change…metrics…make functioning for the 21st Century…we’ve formed a committee…race and implicit bias…implicit bias…we’ve formed a committee…we’ve formed a committee…implicit bias…IMPLICIT BIAS…we’ve formed a committee…we must drill-down…implicit bias….

That last one is the latest fashion — expect to hear more about it in the coming weeks and months ahead.

You see, when we take any action, we are heavily influenced by an Implicit Bias born of, as far as I can suss out so far, White Privilege!!! — gawd, we’re sooo Diabolical.

That nasty and mean and icky Bias colors everything we do and causes us to oppress all minorities all of the time — 24/7/365 [366 for leap years!].

Our meaniness is reflexive — we just can’t help ourselves.  It’s hard-coded into us [or, as our Caesar would say, it’s in our DNA].

So…we have to be aware of the fact that we have inside of our Souls a raging and rabid Implicit Bias and then we have to control it, police it…suppress and oppress it.  We have to spend every second our lives doing this, otherwise the Outrages will continue and Heaven On Earth will never be achieved.

Frankly, I think the Left won’t be truly, madly, deeply happy until we’re all dead.

@MJosephSheppard → Libertarians See Sarah Palin As Circe Leading Them To Neocon Doom

03 December 2015 @ 20:28


I have long been puzzled as to why “Outside The Beltway’s Doug Mataconis seems to have joined the ranks of the sufferers of Palin Derangement Syndrome (PDS in extremis). On the surface his education, profession and general writing would seem to indicate a balanced person (allowing for a political emphasis which of course bloggers all are wont to).

Yet where Governor Palin is concerned he seems to go off the deep end, not only in a long series of attack articles about her, but also descending into utter condescension towards her (“when she is speaking you will find me out back at the bar”). It’s seven years for goodness sake, and Palin is not a candidate for office and seems unlikely to be one for the foreseeable future if at all.

Why then this seemingly odd fixation? A clue, perhaps, may have arisen from an article attacking Palin as some sort of Circe luring Libertarians to their doom upon the rocky shores of neoconservativism. Mataconis being not only a libertarian but a Libertarian having “proudly voted for Gary Johnson” as part of the genuinely 1% of such voters.

In an article by one Mark Alvarez at WEBCommentary the writer goes to great pains to warn his readers that the superficial siren song (or in a rather odd simile a “Trojan Horse”) of Palin towards the likes of Rand Paul, or any libertarian candidate in the GOP, will lure such hypnotized people to the fatal attractions of a Jeb Bush.

Sarah Palin: A neocon Trojan horse

Sarah Palin is a neocon Trojan horse. Anybody who cares about the Constitution and liberty should ignore about 80% of what she says….

Sarah Palin offers us the quintessential example of the bait-and-switch in a recent article. See: This article confirms my long held belief that Sarah Palin is a neocon Trojan horse.

I’ve said for some time that her role is to smuggle neoconservatism past the electorate by amalgamating it with germs of truth. She will do things like throw accolades in the direction of Rand Paul and Ron Paul in order to build rapport with liberty activists. Not that she offers us any insightful commentary on behalf of liberty. Giving accolades to the Pauls helps her establish pro liberty credentials, which she then uses to lead people straight into the arms of neoconservatives.

Notice how in this article she gives accolades to the Pauls as well as Jeb Bush and George W. Bush. Liberty voters are supposed to believe there’s some kind of equivalency between Rand Paul, Ron Paul, and Jeb Bush.

Well here’s my warning to the liberty voters: Like Obama, Sarah Palin is a menace to the Constitution. She is not a friend of liberty. There might be an inconsequential race where she endorses a good candidate. By inconsequential, I mean a race with a certain outcome, where her endorsement won’t change anything and she could even build rapport with liberty activists. Or it could be a race where if a liberty candidate does win, their solitary vote will be inconsequential.

But on consequential races, Sarah Palin backs neocons. She even endorsed a neoconservative, who worked for Bush, in a Republican primary race to try to unseat Congressman Walter Jones. Congressman Walter Jones has one of the most pro liberty and pro Constitution voting records on the Hill. He is like the closest thing to Ron Paul’s clone in Washington. Is it an accident that Sarah Palin backed a neocon primary opponent to Walter Jones?

Mark Alvarez
Expose 9/11

If this sort of thinking is widespread in libertarian circles, and has reached the likes of Mataconis, it would go a long way to explain the seeming inexplicable attacks on her-if it does.

The fact that the writer appears to a 9/11 conspirator might also go a long way to explaining the caution the wider voting public has to both Ron and Rand Paul’s candidacy and the Libertarian Party’s lack of any traction.



​Credit where due; Doug Mataconis “Outside The Beltway” on Colorado Planned Parenthood shooting in relation to Gifford’s criminally insane attacker Loughner and the hate attack on Palin.



This was not received with total acclamation by Palin supporters as this comment indicates:

My cynical guess is that his previous attacks on Sarah Palin were basically due to the threat that she posed as a potential candidate, since she would most likely have stopped a Rand Paul candidacy dead in it’s tracks…where it finds itself right now BTW.

Unfortunately, she would have been blamed for Rand’s failure to win, just as she’d be blamed for anybody else’s loss. For whatever reason she’s a convenient lightning rod and allows dishonest people to deflect the blame for lackluster candidacies on her presence instead of the candidate themselves.

The really sad thing? Think about how inclusive and gracious she is. She works to unite.

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.

‘I Can Feel The Fear In The Western World’

03 December 2015 @ 14:32

The party goes on behind elevator doors
While the elevator plummets from the 69th floor
All the cars lost in the scrapyards of paradise
The newspaper photographs have all come alive…

Jihad, aka: Islamic Terrorism, that obligation of every Muslim when called, is the modern version of The Love That Dare Not Speak It’s Name’* — a word that many Americans, most especially in the Media and Politics, refuse to utter when acts of it are blatantly carried-out.

So it is, once again, with the murders in San Bernadino yesterday.

As Mark Steyn wrote:

On Wednesday, 14 Americans were shot dead and another 17 injured at a Christmas party in San Bernadino. The temptation to retreat instantly to one’s tropes is very powerful….

So powerful, in fact, that it was hardly resisted, except by those of us who refuse to ignore the immediate and potent danger Islam poses [and we were immediately, and continue to be, denounced harshly for this unwillingness to deny Reality, that A is A].

That the Left rapidly and rabidly denies that Islam is at War with us is no surprise. They revel in their Dhimmitude and Ignorance and, often, their Fear, as they do in every other area of Life.

The troubling part is that law-abiding citizens have allowed themselves to be embraced by the Fear.

From CBS Los Angeles, we get the words of someone who observed the activities going on at the residence of Syed Farook and his Wife:

A man who has been working in the area said he noticed a half-dozen Middle Eastern men in the area in recent weeks, but decided not to report anything since he did not wish to racially profile those people.

“We sat around lunch thinking, ‘What were they doing around the neighborhood?’” he said. “We’d see them leave where they’re raiding the apartment.”

So much for ‘See Something, Say Something’, eh?

Actually, the Left has always surround that advice with an unspoken second sentence: ‘But don’t you dare say something about any protected groups or we’ll ruin you’.

So, as a result, this American and his lunch companions failed to do their Duty as Guardians of American Freedom and Liberty.

Shame on them.

As for the Mohammedins, so far yesterday’s Terrorist Act in San Berdoo has been all gain and no pain.

Over at The Other McCain, commentator Woman XX remarks [re-paragraphing and punctuation additions mine]:

…They are mocking us. They take our issues and fears and snap them back at us. So while we parse the question of ‘who kills people guns or not’, they are saying it does not matter. Guns here, knives in Kiryat Gat.

They are saying they are here, there, and everywhere and we are over and done.

The illusion of peace or power or that guns kill people is what we are mired in and they are celebrating cheering and passing trays of candy in celebration in every pit stop from Turkish border to whatever is left of Syria [and] free beer in Gaza City.

And the press here thinks the guy went postal because his was dissed at the company party. He was just waiting till he had a chance to do it. And my bet is they have other trained people here waiting to the same thing. And they all know it and they are watching us have are dumb American argument about guns.

This could be the start of a gun version of the Israel knife terrorism and take the guns out of the equation there are still knives or explosives or acid. Call me crazy but that’s what I think.

I have a relative a close one who was a commando in the IDF he called us and asked if we had a gun.

“Me a gun are you nuts? I hate guns” —John Lennon’s Imagine playing in my head.

He told me to buy 2, or move to Israel because it maybe safer. I wonder if he is right….

Yup. And, by the way: I don’t think you’re crazy at all — far from it.

A nation that cowers in Fear of it’s Enemies is a nation with a Death Wish.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali [and Evi] is dead solid perfect:


America, we hardly knew ye.

Dead in the streets — whose that girl?
Ireland screams, Africa burns
Suburbia stumbles
The tides are turned
I can feel the fear in the Western world
I can feel the fear in the Western world
I can feel the fear in the Western world
I can feel the fear in the Western…The Western world…

*Which used to be Homosexuality, which is now, as
many wags have described it: ‘The Love That Will
Not Shut-Up’.

Caesar In Paris: ‘Only In Amerika’

01 December 2015 @ 21:48

America’s Caesar is catching a lot of grief and ridicule for saying the following in Paris:

Obama-nosepicker-227I say this every time we’ve got one of these mass shootings. This just doesn’t happen in other countries. We are rightly determined to prevent terrorist attacks wherever they occur, whether in the United States, or with friends and allies like France. And we devote enormous resources and properly so, to rooting out networks, and debilitating organizations like ISIL, and maintaining the intelligence and improving the information sharing that can identify those who would try to kill innocent people. And yet, in the United States, we have the power to do more to prevent what is just a regular process of gun homicides, that is unequaled by multiples of five, six, ten, and I think the American people understand that. So, my hope is is that once again, this spurs a conversation and action, and I will continue to present those things that I can did administratively, but at the end of the day, Congress, states, local governments are going to have to act in order to make sure that we’re preventing people who are deranged or have violent tendencies from getting weapons that can magnify the damage that they do.

Methinks we conservatives may be wrong on this one because the fictional character known as ‘Barack Hussein Obama’ is correct if by ‘mass shootings’ he means shootings that happen in Massachusetts.

I mean…it’s possible that’s what he really meant, right?

Tip of the fedora to Darleen Click, who remarked:

The Narcissist-in-Chief engages in mendacity with impunity because he just doesn’t give a flying fig what Americans think. We are beneath his contempt and he is going to say “fuck you, peasants” at every opportunity.

One Quibble: I prefer the term ‘Kulak‘ to ‘Peasant’, because Caesar’s most rabid contempt is reserved for we in the Middle Class — you know: the productive Americans.  Emperor Mom Jeans loves him the Dependent Class at least a little ’cause they loves him.


01 December 2015 @ 14:42

No…I meant to spell it that way.

There was a time when to be a Republican meant that you defended the constitutional republic we were gifted by The Founding Fathers.

Now, as Elizabeth Price Foley puts it so well and so succinctly:

Sadly, the GOPe has repeatedly proven that it thinks it’s more important to win the White House in 2016 – at all cost[s] – than to defend constitutional principles. Its elevation of “Republican” over “republic” makes it complicit in the country’s precipitous decline. Yet the GOPe still scratches its head, wondering why its own political base prefers outsider candidates such as Trump, Carson, Cruz and Fiorina.

The Base of the Party [aka: conservatives and Classical Liberals] has remained true to the original meaning of ‘Republican’, while the GOP Establishment has been actively engaging in seeking it’s share of Power And Control.

The GOPe believes the future belongs to Statism, so it has made a deal with the Leftist Devil in order to obtain a seat at The Table Of Power, which should be truthfully labeled: The Table Of Tyranny.

Governmental Power should always be diffused in and among The Sovereign People and never concentrated in one structure, let alone one room, or at one table in that room.

America is experiencing a great upheaval, certainly one as tumultuous and as dangerous [if not more so] as that which afflicted us in the 1760’s and 1770’s. The cast for this Grand Tragedy includes the Left in the role of the Parliament-like Tyrant Rulers, conservatives and Classical Liberals as the Patriots, and the GOP Establishment as the Loyalists.

Perhaps it is time we started treating the GOP Establishment as the Patriots of old treated the Loyalists — perhaps it is well-beyond time we did.


The Left And The Mentally Ill: A Band Of Lunatic Brothers

30 November 2015 @ 21:02

For many of us, the murders committed by Robert Lewis Dear in Colorado is just another scene in an ongoing marathon drama of acts of Madness occurring in America nearly every, single day.

From the Insanity [laced with a serial Inanity] coming out of the mouths of college students to the dangerous and deadly policies and actions [and inactions] of those in charge of the central government to the Hysterical shriekings of unhinged Feminists to… — well, you get the picture — one would not be wrong to label this epoch The Deranged Age.

Literally, Lunatics are roaming freely throughout the whole of this country, as Stacy McCain points out in another installment of his series, Crazy People Are Dangerous:

…Our society has been persuaded by liberals that the demented and deranged should never be criticized because criticism might hurt their feelings. Wackos and lunatics are very sensitive people, we are required to believe, and deserve our sympathy. We should never be afraid of these psychotic misfits, according to liberals who are eager to convince us that maladjusted loners are perfectly harmless.

Liberals tell us it is heartless and “mean-spirited” to suggest that public safety would be best served if mentally ill people with histories of dangerous behavior were locked up in psychiatric wards. Americans are told that it’s OK to let delusional and antisocial freaks roam around free in our society, because what could possibly go wrong?

When one of these dangerous kooks who roam among us finally commits an act of crazy violence, however, liberals quickly rush to tell us that his insane actions have some kind of political significance and that the proper response to this atrocity is — wait for it — more liberalism. Another crazy killer, therefore, vote Democrat!

Liberalism would be laughable, if it were not so deadly.

The Deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill, which had been a goal of the Left since the late 1960’s, one that was fully realized by the late 1970’s, has brought about nothing buy misery, violence, and death for both the sane and those people the Left supposedly sought to help.

For decades, many blamed the Left’s rabid advocacy for Deinstitutionalization on their naivete, their hemophilic bleeding-hearts.  Concerning this matter, we saw in their fanatical actions nothing more than Compassion carried to extremes, that the worst the Left could be accused of was, as they themselves sometimes put it, caring too much.

However, I think it is now clear — or should be so after nearly a decade of the Left operating more openly than perhaps they ever have, showing us their naked faces, as it were — that the release of the Insane into the general population and the declaring of them as ‘untouchable’ [via Political Correctness] was just the result of a number of symptoms of Leftist Thinking converging at the right moment.

Leftist-Mastermind-001cx-First of all: the Left believes that the bringing to realization of Utopia can only come about if the existing Society is destroyed, reduced to rubble.  Certainly since the days of Marx [and probably since De Sade] the Left has realized that it’s plan for Heaven On Earth cannot be realized as long as Western Values, such as Judeo-Christian Morality, Right Reason, and The Rule Of Law, continue to exist.  When a Leftist puts a bumper sticker on his car that reads ‘CO-EXIST’, he doesn’t mean it.  What he actually seeks is an Anti-West.

Since our Civilization requires Ordered Liberty to continue to exist, the Left believes it must bring about conditions where Law And Order are consumed in the deadly maw of an overwhelming Chaos.

Releasing the Mentally Ill into our Society and forcing us at the point of a gun to not be able to take effective measures to prevent them from causing harm, the Left is ensuring that our Society will begin to totter and will eventually fall into Mayhem and Disorder.  The Left seeks nothing less than to turn us into savages.

-Second of all, the Left is, in fact, quite stunningly naive, believing that, since Reality is subjective, that it is a non-permanent thing, there actually is no such thing as Insanity.  They believe that each individual designs his or her own Reality [no one ever said their ideas make any sense because how can you believe that such Individualism exists when you are an advocate for Collectivism in all things].  Call this way of thinking Leftist Hemorrhagic Fever.

-Finally, Leftist Thinking, by it’s very Nature, is the thinking of the Insane.

The Oxford English Dictionary Online defines ‘Insane‘ this way:

1. In a state of mind that prevents normal perception, behavior, or social interaction; seriously mentally ill.

1.1 (Of an action or quality) characterized or caused by madness.

1.2 In a state of extreme annoyance or distraction.

1.3 (Of an action or policy) extremely foolish; irrational or illogical.

Examine any Leftist Thought, any aspect of it’s system of ideas [ie: Ideology], and you will see most, if not all, of the definition’s descriptions are met.

The Left has no problems letting the ‘mentally ill’ walk about and act freely because they ultimately feel a kinship with them.

They are Comrades, a Band Of Lunatic Brothers, who view the world only through a funhouse mirror located in a Circus Of Maniacal Misfits.


Sinatra 100th: Ten Best Albums – No. 02

29 November 2015 @ 21:18

Hello, Fun-Seekers…

Sinatra-SwinginSession-001cXSince 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 rarefied: 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…

02 — No One Cares

No-One-Cares-FAS-100509xRecorded: 24, 25, 26 March / 14 May 1959
Arranger: Gordon Jenkins
Label: Capital
Best Mastering* on CD/Digital Download: 2013 Mobile Fidelity SACD.  A new mastering of this in Mono is long overdue.
Mastering Engineer: Rob LoVerde.

Track Listing
[favorite Performances in black]:


  1. “When No One Cares” (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 2:42
  2. “A Cottage for Sale” (Larry Conley, Willard Robison) – 3:16
  3. “Stormy Weather” (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) – 3:20
  4. “Where Do You Go?” (Arnold Sundgaard], Alec Wilder) – 2:34
  5. “I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You” (Bing Crosby, Ned Washington, Victor Young) – 3:16
  6. “Here’s That Rainy Day” (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 3:34
  7. “I Can’t Get Started” (Vernon Duke, Ira Gershwin) – 4:01
  8. “Why Try to Change Me Now?” (Cy Coleman, Joseph Allan McCarthy) – 3:41
  9. “Just Friends” (John Klenner, Sam M. Lewis) – 3:40
  10. “I’ll Never Smile Again” (Ruth Lowe) – 3:46
  11. “None But the Lonely Heart” (Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, Bill Westbrook) – 3:41


As my Friend In The Ether Steve M. describes this album…

It’s so dark and brooding it actually changes the weather outside when I play it. From blue skies and sunshine it changes to cold, windy, overcast and wet as soon as I put this LP on!

Indeed.  No One Cares is, perhaps, the bleakest record ever made…and it’s also one of the most wonderful, penetrating, and beautiful works on the devastation of Love lost forever.  Consider it a funeral mass.

Frank pours everything he has into this set [listen to the way he sings ‘You know I’ll love you’ on I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You — that’s perfect Heartbreak you’re hearing].

Originally, there were supposed to be twelve tracks, but the limitations of the technology used to cut albums in Stereo forced Sinatra to leave the performance of The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else off the release [two good masterings of this song can be found on the 3-CD The Capital Years and as a bonus track on the 1991 Larry Walsh engineered CD].  Put this tune in place of the Stormy Weather misfire [the only track that doesn’t work here] and I think you’ll be very satisfied.

The key’s in the mailbox, the same as before
But no one is waiting for me anymore…

Funny how love becomes a cold rainy day…

You know I’ll love you till the moon’s upside down
Don’t you remember I was always your clown?
Why try to change me now?…

We loved, we laughed, we cried
Then suddenly love died…

-The hands I held belong to somebody else…

See you next Weekend as we head-off again to Bobsville and pick ourselves the Number One Sinatra Album…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.

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


*The links I’m providing for the best CD/Digital
masterings are not meant to be an endorsement of
the site linked to. I receive no enumeration or any
kind of considerations from them. They are linked
for informational purposes only.

Thanksgiving 2015 A.D.

25 November 2015 @ 12:01


Mrs. B. and I are traveling to New Hampshire for a few days to blow the stink off and relax a bit, so, unless Armageddon happens [and don’t be surprised if it doesn’t, the way things are going], I will not be publishing any posts.

— A Happy Thanksgiving To All —

Bob The Answer Man On ‘Cultural Appropriation’

24 November 2015 @ 14:31

QUESTION: Why has ‘gay marriage’ [aka: SSM] been pushed on American Culture so heavily these past few years?

The push for ‘gay marriage’ is just one more offensive operation [so far, one that has been very successful] in the Left’s War To Death with Western Civilization.

One might call this attack in the War ‘Operation Cultural Appropriation’, because is that not what they are seeking to do?

There is, of course, a difference between your Culture appropriating ‘the good customs’ of another Culture for the purposes of building the strength of your Culture and appropriating a custom, such as Marriage, for the sole reason of destroying it.

The Left seeks the latter and either Homosexuals agree with their aims or are too stupid to understand they are being used.

Over at Protein Wisdom, The Monster wrote the following about Marriage:

The reason we even have marriage is to protect the children produced by good old-fashioned P-in-V sex. No other “sex act” can produce children…so the things that happen between two men or two women do not give the state the excuse to say it’s protecting the interests of the potential children that may be produced by a marriage.

Lesbians can get some help from a turkey baster or grit their teeth and put up with a direct insemination, but the latter is a violation of the terms of marriage. That illustrates the fundamental reason why a same-sex couple can’t “appropriate” marriage: The nature of a union between a man and one or more women (especially when all of them are presumably fertile) is different from any arrangement comprising only one gender.

This illustrates another problem leftists have. They are unable to distinguish between man-made facts like “The minimum age to buy cigarettes is ___” and “Men and women are inherently different from one another”, which leads them to try to legislate reality.


Note that in the preceding I explicitly allow for polygamy, because many societies have recognized that as a form of marriage, while none recognized “SSM” until about yesterday in historical terms.

The reason why monogamy and polygamy can both be called “marriage” is that in both cases, the man has certain responsibilities toward his wife/wives, who in turn have responsibilities toward him, and all are responsible for the children they produce. There just isn’t a way to stretch that definition far enough to include “SSM” without stretching it to the breaking point.

The idea behind SSM is, of course, to stretch it ‘to the breaking point’ and beyond.

The Utopias dreamed-up by Ideologues [of all types] cannot come into being until those institutions and customs which hold Western Civilization together are reduced to small bits of unrecognizable rubble. This is so because all Utopias are constructed of materials that have no relation to Reality, to Life As It Is, that reject the Eternal Truth that A is always A.

Bob Belvedere: Pet Lover

23 November 2015 @ 07:56

I have a lot of pets. Only four of them are cats. The rest are peeves – and, boy, I’ve got a boatload of them.

Over at Protein Wisdom, Friend In The Ether Sdferr posted the following comment a few days ago:

Shakespeare throw in stocks for penning Sonnets. Shut up Will! Just shut up!

He followed it up with a correction:


Actually, if SD’s intention was to ‘get with’ the modern way of speaking, the original spelling was correct – as with, say, ‘I seen him run’.

Drives me, with apologies to Ms EBL, batshit crazy.

Shoot me now.

…And don’t get me started on diff’rent or did’ent.

Sinatra 100th: Ten Best Albums – No. 03

21 November 2015 @ 18:44

Hello, Fun-Seekers…

Sinatra-SwinginSession-001cXSince 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…

03 — Come Dance With Me

Come_Dance_With_Me-00cxRecorded: 09, 22, 23 December 1958
Arranger: Billy May
Label: Capital
Best Mastering* on CD/Digital Download: 2015 Hi-Res Digital, Stereo version [although, when you play it, you should kick down the top-end a bit].  A new mastering of this in Mono is long overdue.
Mastering Engineer: Unknown.

Track Listing
[favorite Performances in black]:


  1. “Come Dance with Me” (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 2:31
  2. “Something’s Gotta Give” (Johnny Mercer) – 2:38
  3. “Just in Time” (Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green) – 2:24
  4. “Dancing in the Dark” (Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz) – 2:26
  5. “Too Close for Comfort” (Jerry Bock, Larry Holofcener, George Weiss) – 2:34
  6. “I Could Have Danced All Night” (Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe) – 2:40
  7. “Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night of the Week)” (Cahn, Styne) – 1:54
  8. “Day In, Day Out” (Rube Bloom, Mercer) – 3:25
  9. “Cheek to Cheek” (Irving Berlin) – 3:06
  10. “Baubles, Bangles & Beads” (Robert Wright, George Forrest) – 2:46
  11. “The Song Is You” (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II) – 2:43
  12. “The Last Dance” (Cahn, Van Heusen) – 2:11


Hey there, cutes!  Put on your dancin’ boots…and come dance with me!

Frank commands and we listen.  And we’re in for a mothery time — a real gas, as another week goes past.  But, in this case, Saturday Night ain’t gonna be the loneliest night of the week if you spin this platter at your pad.

Please click to see full-size

Please click to see full-size. Photo by Matt Lutthans.

If someone asks you for a good example of ‘Swingin’ Frank’, point them right here to this superb set of dance tunes.

Frank and Billy May and the band are having a ball and that comes through every tune.  Come Dance With Me is straight-ahead, kick butt Swing.

The only sub-par tune on this album is the last one — The Last Dance is not one of Cahn and Van Heusen’s best moments, in fact, it is one of their worst compositions.  What was needed here was a lilting slow dance.  Instead what we get is a somewhat discordant dirge.  Substitute, say, Dream [from the Nice ‘N’ Easy album] and the set will be brought to a fitting end.

But that’s a small complaint.  Just play this disc and get your dancin’ fix and you’ll be swingin’ on a star.

So there, cutes…put on your Basie boots and come dance with me!

For what is dancin’ but makin’ love set to music playin’?…

Somewhere, somehow, someone’s gotta be kissed…

I’ll never know what made it so, so exciting…

Until I hear you at the door
‘Til you’re in my arms once more…

Can’t you see it’s love, can there be any doubt…

I hear music when I look at you…

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.

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


*The links I’m providing for the best CD/Digital
masterings are not meant to be an endorsement of
the site linked to. I receive no enumeration or any
kind of considerations from them. They are linked
for informational purposes only.

@MJosephSheppard → GOP Doesn’t Need Vote Majority/Electoral College Or Supreme Court To Win In #2016

21 November 2015 @ 16:05



It is a completely realistic proposition that the 2016 presidential election could be won by the GOP without a popular vote a majority or 270+ Electoral College votes or, as in the 2000 Bush/Gore election, the assistance of the Supreme Court.

This map via “Newsalert” of the possible state by state results clearly shows a more than strong possibility of such an outcome:


The vital states, Florida/Virginia/Ohio were won by President Obama in 2012 with majorities that could easily be overturned, or held, in the case of Ohio. That would make Iowa,Colorado and Nevada, all swing states, the final key to win, lose or tie.

In the map above there is a tie. To reach this situation, one vote short of the 270 to win Electoral College majority, is quite clearly a possible outcome. Further it is not dependent on either candidate having a majority of the popular vote. A number of presidential elections have been won or lost without a majority, Bush in 2000 obviously being a recent case.

In this scenario with neither candidate (whomever they are) having the 270 electoral college votes needed for outright victory, under the constitution Trump, the presumptive GOP standard bearer, and Clinton would, presuming no other candidate had any electoral college votes, have their chances determined by the House of Representatives

Every state would would caucus, have one vote based on the result of each states party representation. Thus, for example New York’s one vote would go to Hillary (That state having more Democratic Congressmen than Republican) and Wyoming’s one vote would go to Trump.

Given it would be unlikely that the GOP would lose control of the House in the 2016 elections and that, on the most recent analysis, the GOP would have a majority of the 50 states votes based on caucus outcomes when balloting.

The current situation regarding the caucus composition is as per this map:


The Democratic party would cast 14 votes for Hillary. The Republicans could caucus 33 state votes for Trump and 3 states votes are undetermined at present, this could of course change either way in 2016 but it seems unlikely that whatever their final structure it would affect the outcome given the huge majority of state caucuses the GOP controls. The situation of Washington D.C. is unclear but even if it were allowed a “caucus” vote it would not change the outcome.

Thus, without a popular vote majority nor an Electoral College one and without the aid of the Supreme Court Donald Trump could be sworn in as president in January 2016 thanks to the Constitution.

The full constitutional scenario is set out below…

The constitution is very clear on the matter. Article 12 states, inter- alia:

The person having the greatest Number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President. But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the states, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice.

Thus, if the no candidate with an electoral college majority scenario plays out, and presuming there are no other candidates who have won electoral votes, the House would meet to choose the next president by January 20th 2016, with the states having one vote each, whilst the Senate would meet to choose the Vice-President.

Based on the current composition, and presumably similar composition post November 2015, of the House and if voting went strictly on party lines, with no vote switching or abstentions in states with a close proportion of Republicans and Democrats, the Republican candidate would be chosen on the first ballot.

According to information supplied by the Clerk of the House of Representatives, the current composition of the house by party is:

States with a Republican party majority of Representatives    33

States with a Democratic party majority of Representatives    14

States with an equal number of  Representatives                3

What can happen to cause a crisis, or give victory to the Democrats? If there are changes in swing states delegations due to a move back to the Dem’s from the GOP’s perhaps, high watermark result in November 2014, a Hillary landslide with long coattails.In that scenario a constitutional crisis could come into play if the Republicans lost their majority in 8 caucuses giving a 25/25 tie.

The “stolen election” of 1876 brought the country to the brink of civil war. The election of 2016 gives the possibility of a situation where, as in 1824, when no candidate had an electoral majority, the candidate with a significant minority of popular votes might be chosen by the House under heated circumstances.

For all these reasons, especially if the economy is at the current level of unemployment-or worse, the election of 2016 is fraught with a terrible danger for the country.These dangers could be averted, or ameliorated if, well before the actual election, the constitutional  possibilities are well canvassed with the public so they are aware of what might need to be done.

Otherwise, if by the first Monday following the second Wednesday in March 2016, as the constitution requires, there is no President, the Senate’s choice of Vice-President will take over-to who knows what effect.

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.

‘Obama’: ‘Talk To The Hand…And The Pen And the Phone’

20 November 2015 @ 18:41

It is rather obvious that ‘Barack Hussein Obama’* has proceeded to the next stage [aka: ‘reached a new and tyrannical low’] in his Presidency.

Look at these recent statements…


Obama-contempt-325“I cannot think of a more potent recruitment tool for ISIL than some of the rhetoric coming out of here in the course of this debate,” thundered Obama at a news conference.

“ISIL seeks to exploit the idea that there is a war between Islam and the West,” Obama continued. “And when you start seeing individuals in positions of responsibility suggesting that Christians are more worthy of protection than Muslims are, in a war-torn land, that feeds into the ISIL narrative. It’s counterproductive and it needs to stop.”

The very same alleged “leader” went on to make a cheap “joke” about how his opponents are supposedly scared of Syrian moppets: “These are the same folks often times that say they’re so tough that just talking to Putin or staring down ISIL or using some additional rhetoric will solve the problem – and they’re scared of widows and three-year-old orphans.”


Leftist-Mastermind-001cxPresident Obama discussed America’s faults Friday with young Asian leaders, saying the U.S. suffers from “pitfalls” such as income inequality, a political system controlled by the wealthy and political parties divided along racial lines.

“I really hope that all of you are fighting against the kinds of attitudes where you organize political parties or you organize interest groups just around ethnic or racial or tribal lines,” Mr. Obama said. “Because when you start doing that, it’s very easy for people to start thinking that whoever is not part of my group is somehow less than me. And once that mindset comes in, that’s how violence happens. That’s how discrimination happens. And societies that are divided ethnically and racially are almost never successful over the long term.”

It’s clear that, when this bastard speaks, he’s not even talking to we, the American People, anymore, but, rather, to his supporters, his base, and those non-Americans who sympathize with his Totalitarian mindset.

We no longer concern him.  He and the rest of The Jarrett Junto no longer believe they are obligated to put on the false-face of caring about us.  To these Nihilists, we no longer matter to them.

‘Obama’ has, well and truly, left the building, known as America.

How else to explain his recent actions, most especially since the Muslim attacks on Paris last Friday.

If the Left In America no longer feels obligated towards True Americans, then, likewise, we have no obligation to listen to them or follow any of diktats.

We are on our own, guided only by our Judeo-Christian Morality, Traditions, and The Constitution.

The central government has lost it’s Legitimacy.

We must act accordingly or we shall know only Enslavement, Misery, and, eventually, Death.


*’Barack Hussein Obama’ is a fictional character
created by David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett,
Bill Ayers, Barry Soetoro, etc…

Bob Recommends: STOP LYING, PROGRESSIVES, AND CALL IT WHAT IT IS: Islamic Terrorism by @DirectorBlue

17 November 2015 @ 20:55

Source: Doug Ross @ Journal: STOP LYING, PROGRESSIVES, AND CALL IT WHAT IT IS: Islamic Terrorism 

Bob Recommends: Larwyn’s Linx: After Paris Massacre, Obama Blasts Republicans, Says US Must Accept More Muslim Refugees by @DirectorBlue

17 November 2015 @ 20:53

Source: Doug Ross @ Journal: Larwyn’s Linx: After Paris Massacre, Obama Blasts Republicans, Says US Must Accept More Muslim Refugees

On Paris And The Lie As Our Form Of Existence

16 November 2015 @ 19:57

And the lie has, in fact, led us so far away from a normal society that you cannot even orient yourself any longer; in its dense, gray fog not even one pillar can be seen.

—Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago, Volume II,
Book IV, Chapter 3: Our Muzzled Freedom

Thoughts and observations and warnings from myself and other people who refuse to live by lies…

-The Will To Live?

France’s Socialist President has said that ‘We are going to wage a war that will be pitiless’.

First of all, let us not forget that Islam has been at war with us since it’s inception, that it’s unalterable guidebook, The Koran, demands that Mohammedins either Enslave or Murder we Infidels.  The modern phase of this long war began in the late 1960’s and picked-up steam with the declaration by the new regime in Iran in the late 1970’s that they were at War with The West, with a special focus on America.

Second of all, as Mark Steyn has written:

To repeat what I said a few days ago, I’m Islamed out. I’m tired of Islam 24/7, at Colorado colleges, Marseilles synagogues, Sydney coffee shops, day after day after day. The west cannot win this thing with a schizophrenic strategy of targeting things and people but not targeting the ideology, of intervening ineffectually overseas and not intervening at all when it comes to the remorseless Islamization and self-segregation of large segments of their own countries.

So I say again: What’s the happy ending here? Because if M Hollande isn’t prepared to end mass Muslim immigration to France and Europe, then his “pitiless war” isn’t serious. And, if they’re still willing to tolerate Mutti Merkel’s mad plan to reverse Germany’s demographic death spiral through fast-track Islamization, then Europeans aren’t serious. In the end, the decadence of Merkel, Hollande, Cameron and the rest of the fin de civilisation western leadership will cost you your world and everything you love.

So screw the candlelight vigil.

Iowahawk is a bit more blunt about it, but dead solid perfect:

Oh…I would gladly lead the lighting of candles if we could force the Leaders of the Western Nations to sit their soft and perfumed backsides on the candles.  Maybe then — and, yes, I know it is a long-shot because they are so determined to Live By Lies — those feckless bastards would wake-up and smell the Dhimmitude.  [By the way: those who, throughout History, have chosen to Live By Lies, do not usually end-up living very long.]

And also: Hollande is pitiful when he threatens to be ‘pitiless’.

Pam Geller from a dead-on accurate analysis of the situation in The West:

What no one is talking about is taking on these savages. That is what is so morally depraved about our response. The idea that we’re not allowed to take the appropriate measures to defeat the Islamic State is obscene. The idea that the United States of America cannot defeat the Islamic State or al-Qaeda is absurd, and the whole world knows it. But we choose not to use our strength. We choose to be victims. It’s shameful.

And clearly, since everybody knows that we are not physically weak, where is the basic dignity that any nation should have, to stand up for its own values? If nothing else, when we find ourselves involved in a war, we should fight it and finish it. You either win or you will be defeated.

Mark Steyn on the same issue:

…What’s required from the civilized world is not primarily military. War is merely a tool of national strategy. So, if you don’t have a national strategy, the most powerful military in the world will avail you naught. The Islamic State and its allies are committed to the destruction of our civilization — and they’re very clear about that, and quite good at it: In their own backyard, they’ve erased in nothing flat the oldest Christian communities on earth. So you need someone willing to defend and advance our civilization and our “values”, as the President puts it. Yet…not only will Obama not defend those values, he in fact undermines them.

More from Pam:

The West is hanging on by a thread and doesn’t even know it. We are living off the fumes of the accomplishments of our forefathers and those who fought and died in the cause of freedom and individual rights. But the thread is wearing thin. Time is just about running out.

After the murderous jihad attacks in Paris comes the predictable Western response: not resolute self-defense, but weepy candlelight vigils, protestations of unity, and hashtags. After the jihad attacks in Garland, Texas, Chattanooga, the University of California Merced, and scores of arrests of American Muslims working for ISIS (the FBI has 900 ISIS-related investigations currently ongoing), our top priority should be to crush the enemy.

Instead, we get pathos and pitiful memes. NBC reported: “Paris residents were using the hashtag #PorteOuverte — French for ‘open door’—on Twitter to offer safe haven to strangers stranded after a string of deadly attacks Friday night.” Everyone is congratulating himself over this hashtag. “Twitter users in other countries,” NBC added, “also began using the hashtag to share their delight that social media was being used for a good cause”—colossal stupidity.

“Share their delight?” This delight is misplaced. I would expect nothing less than that Parisians should offer safe haven: just because savages are at war with us doesn’t mean that we should be less human.

This hashtag is just the latest in an endless stream of manifestations of the sophomoric, embarrassing, preening self-indulgence that is endemic in our sick culture. It is reminiscent of “Boston Strong”: Really? How? After the Boston Marathon jihad bombings, the media and Boston elites refused to call the attack jihad. The Boston city government refused repeatedly to run our American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) counter-jihad ads, but run vicious Jew-hatred ads regularly. We are en route to the Supreme Court compelling Boston to run our ads. What’s strong about Boston? What stand did Boston take against jihad?

Equally revolting is the Eiffel Tower peace symbol that is circulating around. Do the leftists think the ISIS jihadis will see this and lay down their arms? If the Christians and Yazidis in Syria make the peace sign, will all be well? If the kidnapped schoolgirls—now sex slaves—make the peace sign, will they be freed? Such idiocy is an affront to every freedom-loving human being.

The endless patting ourselves on the back that citizens of Western countries engage in after a mass slaughter by jihadists is disgusting. People are crowing about hashtags and blood donations as if this is somehow new. Of course we care. We always care. That is our value system, that is a Western value. The United States of America is the most charitable nation on earth. That is who we are—although when Obama speaks about universal values, G-d only knows which ones he is talking about: those of the West or those of Sharia.

Mark on the rabid fecklessness of The West:

Just in case our enemies needed another reason to despise us, today the inactivist group Somnolent Tilty-Headed Wankers for Peace launched an exciting new graphic: the same old clapped-out hippie peace symbol but incorporating the Eiffel Tower (right)! Isn’t that a cool, stylish way of showing how saddy-saddy-sadcakes you are about all those corpses in the streets of Paris? It’s already gone viral! And that’s all that matters, isn’t it?

Our enemies use social media to distribute snuff videos as a means of recruitment. We use it to confirm to them how passive and enervated we are: What was it the last time blood ran in the streets of Paris? Oh, yeah, a pencil – for all those dead cartoonists. But, given that blood in the streets of Paris looks like becoming a regular event, it helps to have something of general application. What about, ooh, a tricolor with a blue tear at the end? No, better yet: a peace symbol with a croissant in the middle. No, wait…

What’s that? All you are saying is give peace a chance? But what, in fact, are the chances of peace for Paris and France? What are the odds?

Oh, sorry. All they were saying is give peace a chance. And, having said it, they’ve gone back to sleep until the next atrocity requires another stupid hashtag or useless avatar.

Europe lacks the Commitment to defend itself.  It has, perhaps, run out of that special fuel that propels a civilization to stay alive and thrive.

I believe that America still, by and large, has the Will to survive, but it is lead by Ideologues who despise it and The West’s very existence. These self-hating Westerners were able to achieve Power And Control:

(1) because of fraud and corruption,

(2) because they were able to efficiently reap the benefits of the brainwashing of multiple generations of Americans in the Leftist Way Of Thinking,

(3) because they were able to couch their true Totalitarian intentions in a set of Big Lies that promised they would never take away the people’s luxuries and that the American People would be able to enjoy Freedom and Liberty without Responsibility, and

(4) because those of us who stand beside America refused to guide her through the night with the light from above.

The last cause can be overcome by making, as Churchill said at another dark hour, ‘a supreme recovery of moral health and martial vigour, [so that] we arise again and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time’.

-Stacy McCain has been doing his usual top-notch reporting on the events of the past several days.  His latest report may be found here [at the end of it are links to his previous reports].

-America in 2015 as The Soviet Union in 1974?

On 12 February 1974, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn sent a letter to Intellectuals in Moscow — the same day he was arrested and then sent into exile:

Things have almost reached rock bottom. A universal spiritual death has already touched us all, and physical death will soon flare up and consume us both and our children — but as before we still smile in a cowardly way and mumble without tongues tied. But what can we do to stop it? We haven’t the strength?

We have been so hopelessly dehumanized that for today’s modest ration of food 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.

We fear only to lag behind the herd and to take a step alone….

We have been indoctrinated in political courses, and in just the same way was fostered the idea to live comfortably, and all will be well for the rest of our lives….

When violence intrudes into peaceful life, its face glows with self-confidence, as if it were carrying a banner and shouting: “I am violence. Run away, make way for me — I will crush you.” But violence quickly grows old. And it has lost confidence in itself, and in order to maintain a respectable face it summons falsehood as its ally — since violence lays its ponderous paw not every day and not on every shoulder. It demands from us only obedience to lies and daily participation in lies — all loyalty lies in that.

And the simplest and most accessible key to our self-neglected liberation lies right here: Personal non-participation in lies. Though lies conceal everything, though lies embrace everything, but not with any help from me.

This opens a breach in the imaginary encirclement caused by our inaction. It is the easiest thing to do for us, but the most devastating for the lies. Because when people renounce lies it simply cuts short their existence. Like an infection, they can exist only in a living organism.

And he who is not sufficiently courageous even to defend his soul — don’t let him be proud of his “progressive” views, don’t let him boast that he is an academician or a people’s artist, a merited figure, or a general — let him say to himself: I am in the herd, and a coward. It’s all the same to me as long as I’m fed and warm.

And if we get cold feet, even taking this step, then we are worthless and hopeless, and the scorn of Pushkin should be directed to us:

Why should cattle have the gifts of freedom?
Their heritage from generation to generation is the belled yoke and the lash.

[From the letter: Live Not By Lies]

We have, first of all, to decide whether we, ourselves, will live in the Light Of Truth.

And, if we answer ‘Yes’, then we must demand our Leaders do the same.  If they refuse to, we must separate them from their Offices — our survival is at stake.

Otherwise, we shall be encompassed by the Servants Of Evil and The West will be utterly destroyed.  America will cease to be the Light Of The World.

Oh…and by the way…



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