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Monday, February 19, 2018

Recommended Reading (With Addendum)

Perhaps you have heard about this Facebook post by Kelly Guthrie Raley, a Teacher of the Year at a Florida middle school.  For those of you who do not have access to Facebook, below is the entire rant, dated 8:25 A.M., February 15, 2018, the day after the Parkland massacre (emphases mine):

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Musical Interlude

(For politics, please scroll down)

Close your eyes, clear your mind, and listen to Selection 6 of Tchaikovsky's Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (1878):

We who mystically represent the Cherubim,
and who sing to the Life-Giving Trinity the thrice-holy hymn,
let us now lay aside all earthly cares
that we may receive the King of all,
escorted invisibly by the angelic orders.

Monday, February 12, 2018

For Black History Month

From Booker T. Washington's My Larger Education, Being Chapters from My Experience (1911):

I am afraid that there is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don’t want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.

More from Booker T. Washington at Wikiquote.

Also see Booker T. Washington's essay The Awakening of the Negro, published in The Atlantic in September 1896.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Musical Interlude

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Enjoy these rousing fanfares and marches from centuries ago: Symphonies And Fanfares For The King's Supper - performed by the Collegium Musicum De Paris, Roland Douatte, conductor. J. J.  Some of the tunes no doubt will be familiar to you:

Index for the above pieces:

J.J. Mouret 1632-1738): Fanfares For Violins, Oboe, Bassoons, Trumpets And Percussion

F Couperin (1668-1733): La Steinkerque

J.B. Lully (1632-1687): March Of The King's Musketeers And March Of The Grey Musketeers; Fanfares For The King's Tournament Of 1686

M.R. De Lalande (1657-1726): Symphonies For The King's Supper

A. Philidor (c. 1652-1730): March For Four Timbales

J.B. Lully (1632-1687): March Of The Turenne Regiment

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Lexicon

Somewhat, a break from politics. I use the word somewhat because many politically-oriented words have been co-opted over the past several decades. Before expounding upon the changes in politically-oriented words, please watch the video below, which offers some interesting observations about words which have changed meanings over the centuries:

Now please provide your observations as to how politically-oriented terminology has been co-opted by the opposition and thus reduced "the conversations" to blather.

My input...

Monday, February 5, 2018

Immigration Policy: Here's An Idea (Note The Addendum)

Time for the United States to apply reciprocity!

Related: Third DACA recipient in a week arrested on human smuggling charges.


Mexican immigrant without license accused in DUI death of Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson: Authorities try to deport Alex Cabrera Gonsales

Correction to the above: Man accused of killing Colts' Edwin Jackson, Uber driver is undocumented immigrant, has been deported twice (with thanks to commenter Fuelonda Feier below). Excerpt:
Police have confirmed that the driver who is held in the death of Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe was an undocumented immigrant who used a fake name and has been deported twice in the past.

Indiana State Police detectives have determined the driver was 37-year-old Manuel Orrego-Savala, a citizen of Guatemala. He gave police the alias Alex Cabrera Gonsales after the early Sunday crash that killed Jackson and Monroe.

"Orrego-Savala is in the United States illegally and has previously been deported on two occasions, in 2007 and again in 2009," Sgt. John Perrine said in a statement. "State police investigators are working with U.S. Federal Immigration Officials and they have placed a hold on Orrego-Savala."
This is the truck that the illegal alien was driving:

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Musical Interlude

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One example of the "fascination with all things Araby"* during the Romantic Period, Alexander Borodin's haunting tone poem In the Steppes of Central Asia:

* from Raphael Patai's The Arab Mind

Friday, February 2, 2018

"The Memo"? Updated

Could this be true? If so, the federal bureaucracy has become rogue agencies and, possible, traitors in that they broke their oaths to uphold the Constitution of the United States (hat tip to Infidel Bloggers Alliance for the short video below):

The minute that any member of any branch of our gubmint doesn't want WE THE PEOPLE to have access to something, WE THE PEOPLE should demand to have access to that something. After all, all of our elected gubmint officials are supposed to be the elected public servants of WE THE PEOPLE.


The memo's text is HERE. So far, that site hasn't crashed. HERE is the Scribd link, which stays up or goes down according to how busy the traffic is.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Immigration Straight Talk.

[posted by Silverfiddle]

Conversation here in the Untied State of America suffers from a lack of candor. Not in Norway.
The country’s outspoken immigration minister, Sylvi Listhaug, on the best way to help genuine refugees...
‘We have a big challenge now to integrate those with permission to stay in Norway to make sure they respect Norwegian values,’ she says. ‘Freedom to speak, to write, to believe or not to believe in a god, how to raise your children.’
‘Much of the Middle East and Africa is fragile. People have difficult lives but can see via mobile phones that life in the West and in Europe is quite different. So I understand why they would like our life, our kind of standards. But it’s not sustainable to integrate so many.’
‘For me it’s a moral issue as well. You can’t just help the ones you see. You have to think about the millions you don’t see and that have a very difficult life in the world.’
'...for the price of helping 3,000 young people here, we could help 100,000 children in other parts of the world.’
Refugee Crisis Human Trafficking
But when people travel through 20 countries to come to a safe haven, I think people can see that this is not right. You could have a safe haven in your neighbouring country, so why go so far?’
‘Why should we have a system that works for the people who have money [to pay for the journey] while the rest of the refugees and people in need don’t have the money to go?’
Much of the world is broken. What is the best way to help people?

Monday, January 29, 2018

Timeless Twain — And An Important Question

Wisdom for our times — maybe for all time!

Click directly on the graphics below to enlarge them.

John Adams put a similar sentiment this way:

But this question keeps occurring to me...

What happens to a nation when so many of her citizens lose faith in their representatives' ability to govern?

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Musical Interlude

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One of Arvo Pärt's most famous pieces:

[about the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt (1935-present)]

[about Tabula Rasa - "Ludus," which offers this information about the piece's reception and application:
In an article in The New Yorker in December 2002, music critic Alex Ross discussed the use of Tabula Rasa in palliative care for AIDS and cancer patients facing the end of their disease. Caretakers working with the AIDS patients would often be asked to play the "angel music," which was the dying patients’ name for the second movement of Tabula Rasa, "Silentium"]

Tabula Rasa - "Silentium":

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Is This True? Was It Merely Braggadocio?

"An insurance policy," over 50,000 missing text messages, and a "secret society" — all within the FBI?

Please note the following two Tweets:

Related...If This is True, Our Republic is at an End: Either the FBI engaged in partisan behavior or partisans are trying to undermine basic institutions of law and order by Erick Erickson. Excerpt (emphasis mine)
...[T]he reality is this: if FBI agents collaborated to fabricate or exaggerate allegations about Donald Trump and/or tried to bring down his Presidency through partisan motivations, it is game over on the republic. If the civil institutions we have put in place to ensure law and order apart from politics are infiltrated by politics, there really is no turning back. We are already at a "they started it" mentality in our politics and this will just escalate the breakdown. We have already seen this in the IRS twice in the past fifty years, first with Nixon then with Obama, and the second time was largely given a pass by press.

There are now real and troubling allegations stemming from text messages that include agents meeting to discuss an "insurance policy" and agents meeting in a secret society. There are possible missing or willfully deleted text messages.

To be sure, and this is very important, there is also a lot of partisan exaggeration by people trying to protect the President. There is a lot of conflation. But there are serious allegations and there is enough evidence now that we need an investigation. I do not believe we need a special counsel as it would only serve to undermine the existing special counsel and would be seen as such. The Department of Justice should investigate and fully and publicly release its findings.'...
Read the rest HERE.

What say you about "the insurance policy," over 50,000 missing text messages, and a "secret society" — all within the FBI — and apparently related to the 2016 Election?

Monday, January 22, 2018

Recommended Reading

See The History of Fake News in the United States from The Daily Signal.

...[I]ntentionally misleading news has been around since before the invention of the printing press. In fact, our Founding Fathers grappled with this very issue when they created our system of government. They saw that while it was tempting to censor fake stories, ultimately, the truth was more likely to be abused by an all-powerful government arbiter than the filter of unimpeded popular debate. Attempts to weed out factually incorrect news reports can quickly morph into fact-checking and manipulating differences in opinion....
Read the rest HERE.

Does the Digital Age (or anything else) upend the precedents cited in the linked essay?