Monday, December 22, 2014

To my surprise

The Cisco Kid seems to have been a creation of O. Henry.

The Caballero's Way.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Furtwangler's Beethoven

Perhaps the secret is only that his is a slower tempo.

More time to savor.

Listening to "Pastoral."

Listening to Sibelius

The Finns were the most admirable of all the nations in WW2.

They refused to surrender to the both the Germans and the Russians, when they could have cut some sort of deal with either.

"Live free or die" could honestly have been their motto without hyperbole.

In contrast to the French, whose national choice of defeat De Gaulle, and only De Gaulle, was able to persuade the world to pretend had not occurred.

It'll be fine if your luck holds

Retirement. Or marriage. Or parenthood. Or anything else in life.

AM pop music is the worst of the worst.

It is as bad in its different way as the most wretched daytime TV.

But AM pop Christmas music is the worst of the worst of the worst.

Sporadic eruptions of gratuitous racism

His stories are full of them.

Lynching is not funny.

"Uncle Tom" apparently was white slang at this time for an elderly black manservant.

41 Stories,  O. Henry.

A facet of the liberal propaganda I wrote about

The new power of identity-group radicalism within contemporary liberalism makes for totally unscrupulous, lying propaganda of accusation.

Ann Coulter, Rolling Stone, UVA

This week, Gillibrand dismissed the UVA outrage, saying, “Clearly, we don’t know the facts of what did or did not happen in this case.”

Actually, we know quite well what happened in this case. 

A disturbed young woman invented a fake boyfriend and a fake gang-rape to get attention, and an incompetent journalist acted as her transcriber. 

It was a total hoax — just like the Duke lacrosse case, the Jamie Leigh Jones case, the Tawana Brawley case, and every other claim of white men committing gang-rape.

Gillibrand and McCaskill: Perhaps the accusations against Dreyfus were overblown, but that doesn’t mean there’s not an epidemic of Jews selling secrets to the Germans!

We are truly in the middle of a rape epidemic: an epidemic of women falsely claiming to have been raped.

It’s said that “women never lie about rape!” 

But the evidence shows that women lie about rape all the time -– for attention, for revenge and for an alibi. 

All serious studies of the matter suggest that at least 40 percent of rape claims are false.

The U.S. Air Force, for example, examined more than a thousand rape allegations on military bases over the course of four years and concluded that 46 percent were false. 

In 27 percent of the cases, the accuser recanted. 

A large study of rape allegations over nine years in a small Midwestern city, by Eugene J. Kanin of Purdue University, found that 41 percent of the rape claims were false.

To put it in terms Kirsten Gillibrand would understand, two in five women claiming to have been raped are lying.

Wow.

Now there's an inconvenient truth.

So why are we always being hectored: Only 2 percent of rape allegations are false!

That oft-cited number comes from Susan Brownmiller’s 1975 book, “Against Our Will” — which sourced the claim to a mimeograph of a speech by a state court judge, who made a passing remark about a New York police precinct with an all-female rape squad. 

Nothing more is known about whether this was an actual study, and if so, what was examined, how the information was collected or the actual results. 

Nor can any trace of the speech, the precinct or the data be found.

Just yesterday a liberal jackass charged Americans don't call white men "terrorists."

Saudis, Iraqis, Iranians, Palestinians, Syrians, Cubans, Americans, and on and on and on.

And this.

Boston Bomber

In the past and perhaps still, from time to time, Irishmen, Italians, Romanians, Germans, French, and Americans.

And a host of others.

Progressivism and Big Government. No one ever explained it better

The centraconservaeservaentralthatlies progressivism.


Why capitalism must be permanently regulated, corporations must be kept small and tame, and personal income and wealth must be constantly adjusted by taxation of both to finance public guarantees of the necessities of a decent life for all.

All of this to be done by a government big enough and strong enough to do the job.

All as true today as at the beginning of the 20th Century.

Why the self-advertised mission of the American conservative movement is to roll back and eliminate every trace of progressivism from American government and American life.

To make government small enough to "drown it in a bathtub."

C&L

What conservatives call "economic liberty" progressives call "enslavement of the people by the great corporations."