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IS THE PRESS THE 'ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE'?
Posted:Aug 12, 2018 10:18 am
Last Updated:Aug 15, 2018 9:04 am
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We are taught that a free press is an essential guarantor of our liberties. Donald Trump, in one his most notorious formulations has described the media as "the enemy of the people," which to the Left is heretical and even monstrous. The members of the press are in a constant state of indignation, and 70 news organizations -- from the AP to small-town newspapers, are pledged to rebuking Trump in some sort of concerted communication. I don't know about you, but that certainly reassures me that the press is utterly impartial.

But what if Trump is right? What if the media are in actuality a fifth column dedicated to the overthrow of this president? What if they are acting in concert to represent a single political faction while they promote themselves as the neutral umpires? There is every reason to believe this is the case.

The same thing happened in the Nixon administration. Nixon won re-election in 1972 in a huge landslide, but the outcome was unacceptable to a Nixon-hating press. So eventually he was hanged by an insignificant surveillance break-in which he had no knowledge of.

Today the media is seeking some similar magic bullet, chasing down a new rabbit hole every other day. Pretense to objectivity is long gone. The sky is always falling. The President is de-humanized and derided by nicknames such as the "Mango Mussolini." The free press is free only to those who are card-carrying anti-Trumpers.

Conclusion: our historic media have forfeited their birthright. They are essentially a false flag operation, posing as intrepid newsies speaking truth to power. In actuality, they have become advocates for a single political ideology, and beyond that, a single lifestyle. They are indeed enemies of the people.
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NO, JIMINY, I DON'T USE THE PHRASE 'WHITE AMERICA'
Posted:Jul 31, 2018 7:47 pm
Last Updated:Aug 6, 2018 8:36 am
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In your recent blog on the subject, you declare:

We don't say " Yellow China", or " Brown India", or "Arian Germany" for US that would be redundant.. But we do say...... White America."

I would argue to that no such entity exists … there no discrete (separate and distinct) group called "White America" because America is a motley group of ethnicities. Who would find this term useful? Maybe these people:

1) white supremacists, such as neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan

2) black activists, such as Black Lives Matter and the various Antifa groups.

3) the white rapper, Eminem, who wrote a with this title which seems to be anti-"white America."

4) You, JC, according to your blog.

You could make reference to "white Americans," which would indicate a demographic group, but in a neutral way. Ditto for "black Americans" and any other ethnic group.

But "White America"? Simply divisive, and even implicitly racist.
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JUST WHY WOULD TRUMP TRUST OUR INTELLIGENCE SERVICES ANYWAY?
Posted:Jul 20, 2018 8:02 pm
Last Updated:Jul 28, 2018 6:10 pm
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Let's review who was in charge of the nation's intelligence service in the 2016 election campaign. James Clapper, a man plausibly accused of perjury to Congress, was the Director of National Intelligence. Head of the CIA was John Brennan, who is off the charts on the Trump-hating scale. He has denounced Trump in the most extreme terms, including calling him treasonous.
(Which betrays his ignorance of the Constitution, which defines treason very specifically.) James Comey was director of the FBI. That speaks for itself … Comey is now despised by right and left alike, and the sanctimonious drama queen has aligned himself now with the Democrats.

And who directed this menagerie? Barack Obama, of course, assisted by his éminence grise, Valerie Jarrett. It is hard to believe he did not have direct hand in the entire matter. Why did he not do something about the meddling when it was actually happening? He assumed that Hillary would win and it was insignificant.

Why in hell would Trump have confidence in this crew of enemies? Trump is not wrong to see the meddling probe as designed to de-legitimize his election. Of course it is.

Secondly, all the great powers routinely seek to influence the outcome of the elections of rival powers. Russia has been screwing with us since the end of WW2, and we with them. The most notorious recent American effort to affect a foreign election was Obama's attempt to oust Bibi Netanyahu in Israel. And now these hypocrites lift their skirts and recoil in horror because Russia ineffectively tried to influence our election.

Canada at this very moment is trying to influence our midterm election this year. How, you say? The tariffs they have imposed in response to Trump's tariffs, are targeted to hurt Trump states. Cheese from Wisconsin. Bourbon from Tennessee. Surgical hits.

None of this excuses Trump from his lame press conference in Helsinki, where he gave the impression that Putin had eaten his lunch. I didn't like it either.

But I understand why.
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MUSIC HATH CHARMS TO SOOTHE THE SAVAGE BREAST
Posted:Jul 15, 2018 8:41 pm
Last Updated:Aug 16, 2018 11:1 am
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William Congreve wrote that sentiment in the 18th century, and it is one of the most frequently misquoted lines in literature. (Many seem to think it is "beast" rather than breast.) It remains valid either way, and I experience it quite often when driving.

Out cars are of course closely related to our personality, though this applies to men more than women. But I limit myself to our radio pre-sets for this blog. Maisie's and mine scarcely overlap at all. I basically listen to news and classical music, occasionally college football. Since we subscribe to Sirius XM in both our cars, so there are lots of choices.

My go-to news station is Fox News, as you may have guessed, but I also listen to public NPR's local affiliate and occasionally the BBC for international events. I need not
tell you that the news is stress-inducing these days, and I find myself clenching my teeth and cursing as I cruise. But with my bipolar pre-sets, I soothe my inner savage by listen to the Met Opera and Symphony Hall.

My favorite channel for soothing the soul is the Met channel. They broadcast several complete operas each day, sometimes live from the Met stage in NYC, mostly from their huge archive of historic performances. Just today I listen4d to a big chunk of Beethoven Fidelio from 1941, conducted by Bruno Walter, and sung by Kirsten Flagstad and Alexander Kipnis, the great Ukrainean basso. They don't make them like Kipnis any more. Much later, with Maisie driving, we listened to act 2 of Tosca from 1978, with Placido Domingo in his prime and my favorite Canadian artist Louis Quilico. Fantastic.

Those of you who follow the opera world are familiar with the big #MeToo scandal at the Met which has rocked the company. Uber-powerful longtime music director James Levine was canned when a series of young men came forward with accusations of molestation when they were . This had to have been the worse-kept secret in the classical music world -- even I out in the sticks knew a fellow pianist whom Levine attejpted to seduce. Levine is now a non-person, along with Kevin Spacey and Al Franken.

He also has been booted from the Met radio channel, which has been a boon for me. Levine used to be heard almost every other opera broadcast. Since he has ceased to exist, I get to hear more of my favorite historic performances and less Levine. Suits me fine.

One hazard about the Met Channel is my temptation to speed during a climactic passage. One time a few years ago when I was driving a cop-bait red BMW coupe, I was stopped for driving 80 in a 55 zone. The cop was very pleasant and asked me why I was driving 80. I told him I was listening to the radio, and he replied, in that case he would also cite me for distracted driving. Backfire!

Of course it wasn't my fault. It was Wagner's fault for composing the chotral 'Wachet auf" from Die Meistersinger! LOL
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MUSIC HATH CHARMS TO SOOTHE THE SAVAGE BREAST
Posted:Jul 15, 2018 8:32 pm
Last Updated:Jul 17, 2018 11:41 am
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William Congreve wrote that sentiment in the 18th century, and it is one of the most frequently misquoted lines in literature. (Many seem to think it is "beast" rather than breast.) It remains valid either way, and I experience it quite often when driving.

Our cars are of course closely related to our personality, though this applies to men more than women. But I limit myself to our radio pre-sets for this blog. Maisie's and mine scarcely overlap at all. I basically listen to news and classical music, occasionally college football. Since we subscribe to Sirius XM in both our cars, there are lots of choices.

My go-to news station is Fox News, as you may have guessed, but I also listen to NPR's local affiliate and occasionally the BBC for international events. I need not tell you that the news is stress-inducing these days, and I find myself clenching my teeth and cursing as I cruise. But with my bipolar pre-sets, I soothe my inner savage by listen to the Met Opera and Symphony Hall.

My favorite channel for soothing the soul is the Met channel. They broadcast several complete operas each day, sometimes live from the Met stage in NYC, mostly from their huge archive of historic performances. Just today I listened to a big chunk of Beethoven Fidelio from 1941, conducted by Bruno Walter, and sung by Kirsten Flagstad and Alexander Kipnis, the great Ukrainean basso. They don't make them like Kipnis any more. Much later, with Maisie driving, we listened to act 2 of Tosca from 1978, with Placido Domingo in his prime and my favorite Canadian artist Louis Quilico. Fantastic.

Those of you who follow the opera world are familiar with the big #MeToo scandal at the Met which has rocked the company. Uber-powerful longtime music director James Levine was canned when a series of young men came forward with accusations of molestation when they were . This had to have been the worse-kept secret in the classical music world -- even I out in the sticks knew a fellow pianist whom Levine attempted to seduce. Levine is now a non-person, along with Kevin Spacey and Al Franken.

He also has been booted from the Met radio channel, which has been a boon for me. Levine used to be heard almost every other opera broadcast. Since he has ceased to exist, I get to hear more of my favorite historic performances and less Levine. Suits me fine.

One hazard about the Met Channel is my temptation to speed during a climactic passage. One time a few years ago when I was driving a cop-bait red BMW coupe, I was stopped for driving 80 in a 55 zone. The cop was very pleasant and asked me why I was driving 80. I told him I was listening to the radio, and he replied, in that case he would also cite me for distracted driving. Backfire!

Of course it wasn't my fault. It was Wagner's fault for composing the chorale 'Wachet auf" from Die Meistersinger! LOL


BELOW: Former Maestro and current Non-Person James Levine
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Message to LEAF: clean up your VULGAR MIND
Posted:Jul 14, 2018 10:52 am
Last Updated:Jul 15, 2018 6:41 pm
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You offend my readers constantly with your immature and genitally obsessed comments and headlines. (Unlike you, I actually have some readers.) Frankly you disgust us, and wish you would find another home. Yes, you have a few defenders -- Lulu, Roxy, JC, and Tex come to mind. The rest of us think the air is cleaner here when you don't post your slanders.
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THUGS ON THE FAR LEFT
Posted:Jul 10, 2018 6:54 am
Last Updated:Jul 15, 2018 7:42 pm
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"Thug" is an interesting word. I did some etymological browsing this morning and confirmed what I vaguely knew: "thug" comes from a Hindi word meaning cheat or swindler, and "Thuggee" was the name of an extreme religious cult which worshipped the goddess of death and showed its devotion by stealing from and murdering travelers.

An article in 1852 in the New York Times almost reads like a contemporary account:

The Thugs of India were “a terrible sect of religionists, whose worship is the most hideous in the whole record of false ideologies.” …... “the rowdies of New York” were not much different. “We have never seen the comparison made, but it is so obvious that it must have suggested itself to some reader or writer,” …... “At Hoboken, lately, a party of ladies and gentlemen were attacked by some New York thugs.... Perhaps, next November, as our readers go to the polling booths, they will recollect what we have said about Thuggism, and for the sake of the City’s good name, will resolve to abate it.”

Clearly, the New York Times of 1852 was trying to Make America Great Again! Moviegoers will recall the depictions of Irish and nativist gangs in The Gangs of New York, set in the middle of the 19th century at Five Points in New York, where Irish gangs with names like the "Dead Rabbits" were opposed by a nativist (English) gang under the bloody leadership of Bill "the Butcher" Cutting. (BTW, a virtuoso performance by Daniel Day-Lewis as the Butcher.)

The term "thug" enjoyed a revival of popularity among artists in the 1990's, namely Tupac Shakur, who poetically characterized thugs as:

"Thug muthaf*ckas don’t die, we get high, we multiply, muthaf*cka!”)

Ok, back to the present, right up to last night . Last night President Trump announced the appointment of a distinguished constitutionalist to the Supreme Court of the United States, Brett Kavanaugh, presently an appellate justice. He is not a radical reactionary at all, and in previous decisions he has shown great respect for stare decisis, or respect for settled law. He is unlikely to attempt to overturn Roe v. Wade, which is the big concern for baby-killers like Leaf. No matter -- a pre-planned protest by street thugs occurred immediately in front of the SCOTUS building in DC. Organized gangs of leftist democrats had pre-printed placards with the spot for the name left blank so they could crudely scrawl the name of the appointee as soon as it was announced. The crowd was ugly and menacing to the point where Fox news host Shannon Bream was forced to withdraw from the steps of the Court back to the safety of the studio.

Let's put that in context. It all fits in with the public "shaming" of Trump appointees like press secretary Sarah Sanders, Kirstjen Nielson, Kellyanne Conway, Stephen Miller, and others. Shockingly, they have been exhorted to do this by a sitting member of Congress: the soup-cooler ogress and grotesque Maxine Waters has recommended harassing them at gas station, restaurants etc. This is quite simply an act of thuggery. It is simply not the America we knew and grew to love. Rentier tells me from his bank vault in Canada that the late 60's were more tumultuous. I say no -- because the attacks on our Constitution and democracy are now coming from elements of our government.

So to sum up, I will indulge in an enlarged font:

> The extreme left is now the CENTER of the Democratic Party.

In a way I am thankful for this, as it will enable Trump's re-election.

> The Trump Resistance movement is our own version of Hitler's Brown Shirts.


What's next, a Kristallnacht in which Republican-owned businesses and restaurants have their windows shattered by marauding, hate-filled, leftist THUGS?

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OBAMA NOSTALGIA -- never did I think I would say that phrase
Posted:Jul 2, 2018 7:20 pm
Last Updated:Jul 5, 2018 8:18 pm
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I thought Barack Obama's presidency was a disaster for the United States, both in terms of the economy and our foreign policy. And I suspected that he was enjoying bringing America down a notch or two to fulfill the anti-colonialist "dreams" of his father.

The USA is now thriving again, our economy is growing at Reaganesque speed, and we have made ISIS near extinction and Iran brought low. We continue to learn new things about Obama's dealings with Iran and the DOJ/FBI.

But I come to praise Caesar and not to bury him. Since Obama's term the Democratic Party has absolutely imploded. This country has never seen the incivility and street fascism which the left has descended to. The late 60's didn't come close. Obama was once a US Senator from IL. He didn't get a lot done apart from promoting himself, but it's worth remembering what he did not do. He did not run around with his hair on fire and his ass catching, shouting "Impeach 43." He did not call Jenna Bush a "feckless c*nt" or "vaginal mesh." This is what we are reduced to now.

Obama himself said recently to fellow Democrats:

“All these people are out here kvetching and wringing their hands and stressed and anxious and, you know, constantly watching cable TV and howling at the moon, ‘What are we going to do?’ Their hair is falling out,” said Obama, arguing for a reasoned response.

The startling expulsion of the press secretary from a restaurant last weekend is the most chilling display of the new brownshirt mentality of the left.

I never thought I would see something like that happen.
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REVEALED: ROBERT DE NIRO BATTLING END-STAGE TDS
Posted:Jun 11, 2018 11:28 am
Last Updated:Jul 7, 2018 3:00 pm
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Robert de Niro's press agent released a grim statement today which read in part:

"I am saddened to announce that Bobby's TDS malignancy has returned and metastasized. After several weeks of remission, Mr. de Niro suffered a seizure last night at the Tony Awards which revealed the full depth of his illness. Please keep Bobby in your thoughts and prayers."

TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) often imitates Tourette's Syndrome or glossolalia in its final stages, when the sufferer begins to utter unmotivated obscenities. Last night, de Niro, 74, was scheduled to introduce his friend Bruce Springsteen, but the first words out of his mouth were: "I'm gonna say one thing. F*ck Trump. It’s no longer "down with Trump". It’s "f*ck Trump". Some of de Niro's fellow sufferers (the syndrome is endemic in Hollywood and show business) arose from their seats and applauded enthusiastically.

Medical experts say that TDS, while debilitating, is rarely fatal, so de Niro's fans are hoping for a miracle.
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"RFK MUST DIE!"
Posted:Jun 5, 2018 8:38 pm
Last Updated:Jun 8, 2018 2:51 pm
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My title comes from the "diary" -- more like chaotic scribblings -- of Sirhan Sirhan, the man convicted of shooting Sen. Robert Kennedy in the pantry of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. The event happened exactly 50 years ago, shortly after midnight, immediately after RFK has finished a victory speech to supporters after winning the California presidential primary.

Just as with JFK, those of us of a certain age remember where we were when the news reached us. In 1963, I was a 9th-grader walking into the band room. In 1968, I had just finished my freshman year at William & Mary and was not aware of the shooting for about 12 hours. The term had just ended, and I had gone with friends to Virginia Beach for a little end-of-school revelry. I found out that RFK had been shot about noon the next day when passing a newspaper box in Virginia Beach. My world had changed, but the world itself in 1968 seemed to be turned inside out. MLK has been assassinated just a few weeks before. LBJ has decided not to run in 1968, after being threatened by Sen. Eugene McCarthy in early primaries. Later in the summer, the tumultuous Democratic convention was held in Chicago with violent demonstrations outside and a counter-riot of sorts by cops wielding riot gear, nightsticks, and tear gas.

The RFK shooting was not as traumatic as JFK's, but it hit home with me in a profound way. JFK's grisly public execution was like a bad dream and most of us were persuaded by the government that it was simply a "lone nut." (How naïve we were!) In 1968, my reaction was more one of disgust, and a deep suspicion that something was seriously dysfunctional with our government itself.

When I later became acquainted with the conspiracy theories surrounding JFK's death, I also looked into RFK's murder. It was presented to the public in 1968 as a closed case from the jump. Many witnesses had seen Sirhan, wild-eyed, unload his 8-shooter revolver into the crowd in the narrow pantry, and RFK and a number of others, were struck by bullets. Sirhan was immediately tackled by Roosevelt Grier and others, but they were unable to stop Sirhan from firing.

Sirhan later stated that he did not remember writing the diary or shooting the Senator. He nonetheless was persuaded to plead guilty by his court-appointed lawyer, and has rotted in prison to this day, having been denied parole 15 times.

I have been convinced that this was a gross miscarriage of justice. Sirhan could not have killed RFK. Yes, he was firing wildly and wounding several. But his bullets did not strike Kennedy. Once again there was a cover-up in plain view by the LAPD, and elements of the federal government. Coroner Thomas Noguchi reported that the bullets which lodged in RFK's head and neck were shot from point-blank range (one inch) from behind (!) on sharply ascending angle. Sirhan was always a few feet away to RFK's front. Furthermore, acoustic analysis of the shooting indicated that 10-12 shots were fired and Sirhan's handgun was an eight-shooter.

Who then shot him? The answer is clear: a hired security guard, Thane Eugene Cesar (assassins must have 3 names) was guiding RFK by the right elbow as he steered him through the pantry. Cesar, recently hired by the Ace Security service, testified that he had un-holstered his gun and had crouched down prepared to return fire. RFK actually pulled off his fake necktie as he fell. The LAPD was completely uncurious about this second loaded gun in the pantry.

So who was behind it? It seems clear that Sirhan was incapable of planning anything, and may have been in a hypnotic state. It has been widely suggested that Sirhan, a Palestinian immigrant, had been targeted by the CIA to be subjected to an MKUltra mind-control process. The MKUltra project used drugs (especially LSD), hypnosis, and liquor to allow them to create "Manchurian candidates."

Who had it in for RFK in the top echelons of government? Our old friend President Caligula: LBJ. He and Bobby Kennedy had despised each other for 20 years. Furthermore, RFK had publicly stated that he believed that "only the powers of the presidency" would permit him to unlock the truth about his brother's assassination. LBJ did not want his bloody hands exposed during his lifetime. J Edgar Hoover, likewise, hated RFK and knew he would be sacked if he won the presidency.

Think I'm nuts? Several of you would think I was nuts if I suggested opening a window on a sultry day. Perhaps I could add that RFK Jr. has reached the same conclusion about Sirhan's role and has recommended his parole. Paul Schrade, a union executive in Kennedy's retinue in the pantry was also shot in the head, probably by Sirhan. Very much alive and kicking, he too is convinced by the evidence that Sirhan is not the murderer of RFK and has appeared before the parole board in Sirhan's behalf.

Thane Cesar still lives.


BELOW: Iconic photo of RFK right after the shooting. Note Thane Cesar's clip-on tie on the floor.
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