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Memorial Day Weekend 2017
Saturday, May 27, 2017
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(For politics, please scroll down)With all our busy-ness, let us not forget the meaning of Memorial Day. Instead, with solemnity and humility, let us remember and honor the more than 1.8 million servicemen and servicewomen who have died in the service of our nation since 1775.

The Same Old, Same Old
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
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With a hat tip to Bocopro (Click on the image to enlarge it):There is no genuine or lasting outrage — even when children are slaughtered in the name of Allah.Neither is there a change in policy on the part of the West's feckless leaders.I am so sick of the West's dhimmitudinal cycle.Related reading at the blog site Bunkerville: Every Nine days, a terrorist attack is attempted in Europe in 2017.

The Manchester Slaughter
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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At least 22 dead and 59 injured in suicide attack at Manchester Arena, on May 22, 2017, at an Ariana Grande concert attended by thousands of tween and teen girls.One of the dead is Saffie Rose Roussos, an eight-year-old girl:From the Express UK: The number of potential terrorists being watched in the UK at the time of the Manchester bombing has swelled to nearly 3,500 - but...security services are using powers to monitor them LESS than they did a year ago...Read the rest HERE.In Z's blog post today, she asks these questions:IS THERE A WAY OUT FOR EUROPE? ARE WE EVER GOING TO LEARN FROM THEM? YOU HAVE ALL HEARD WHAT HAPPENED IN MANCHESTER, ENGLAND BY NOW. WE’RE GOING TO HAVE THIS … EXPERTS ARE SAYING IT’S BECAUSE WE’RE GETTING SO TOUGH OVER THERE THAT THE EXPERT BOMBERS WILL BE COMING TO THE WEST.THINK THIS WILL EVER END? (hat tip to Z for the second graphic in this blog post)

President Trump's Riyadh Speech
Monday, May 22, 2017
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Click directly on the image to enlarge it:The comment below appeared to the opinion piece "This Wasn't a Speech About Islam" by Mustafa Akyol and Wajahat Ali (New York Times, May 21, 2017):TDurk Rochester NYI am not a supporter of Donald Trump. I find the man to be repugnant and his proposed domestic policies to be injurious to the interests of the American people.That said, his speech focused on the responsibility of the Muslim people to stamp out Islamic terrorism. He correctly laid the issue at the feet of the states, the clergies and the money who have, either through benign neglect or quiet support, allowed barbarians to use religious fervor as an excuse to commit barbarous acts upon innocents. He correctly stated that the problem is not the problem of the US or of Europe to solve, although the west may need to eradicate the terrorist structures, root and branch.In this instance, Donald Trump is right.In the opinion piece, Mustafa Akyol, a contributing opinion writer, is a visiting fellow at the Freedom Project at Wellesley College and the author of The Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became a Prophet of the Muslims, whined:A “speech on Islam” could have included some references to the faith, an acknowledgment that Islam is a great religion with values in common with Judeo-Christianity, and with a history of pluralism and tolerance. A “speech on Muslims” could have also been richer, with perhaps examples of how Muslims have contributed to the world, including to American society. This was a more modest, narrow and pragmatic speech, mostly appealing to Muslim leaders — in fact, only Sunni ones — for more cooperation against terrorism. But given Mr. Trump’s earlier views on Islam, it could have been worse!Mr. Akyol is correct: President Trump's Riyadh speech wasn't nearly as sycophantic as the 2009 Cairo Speech spewed by Apologist-In-Chief Barack Hussein Obama.My take:The Riyadh Speech was as daring a speech that an American President could give on Arabian soil to an assembly of Arab nations. As Kid mentioned at Infidel Bloggers Alliance, there was much nuanced threat. Yes, indeed! Note this portion about condemned souls: Religious leaders must make this absolutely clear: Barbarism will deliver you no glory – piety to evil will bring you no dignity. If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty, your life will be brief, and YOUR SOUL WILL BE CONDEMNED.A deliberate salvo directed at the Wahhabist imams, many of them from Saudi. President Trump also called out Hamas. I also note that President Trump at one point said, "Islamic extremism." Apparently, the original script said "Islamist extremism." An accident on Trump's part?Additional reading...Tale of the Tape: How Trump's First Middle East Speech Compares to Obama's: Half as many self-references, zero Koran quotes, more focus on Islamic extremism.

Musical Interlude
Saturday, May 20, 2017
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(For politics, please scroll down)My music appreciation teacher in elementary school introduced us to Classical Period music by having us listen to Haydn's Surprise Symphony; we also learned about the basics of symphonic form. Haydn (1732-1809, contemporaneous with George Washington), was a prolific composer, in part because he held the position of Kapellmeister for the Esterházy Family, who, in Haydn's words: "forced [him] to become original." The Esterházy estate ([s]ometimes called the "Hungarian Versailles") was distant from populated areas and isolated him from other composers and trends in music. When I studied Music Appreciation in college, I discovered more of Haydn's glorious music, including the piece below.About the above piece, from Musical Musings:I. Allegro - The concerto begins with the presentation of motives by the orchestra. Haydn doesn't always have markedly different themes in his sonata movements, and this section is dominated by a martial theme that is punctuated by timpani and trumpets. When the solo trumpet enters it repeats the opening motive, and Haydn exploits the expanded compass of Weidinger's keyed trumpet with notes that would not be possible on a natural trumpet. The soloist expands upon the opening motives and enters into a dialogue with the orchestra in the development section, but the soloist remains in the spotlight. The recapitulation repeats the opening motive by the soloist until Haydn gives a fermata rest for the orchestra while the soloist plays a cadenza. The orchestra returns and brings the movement to a close.II. Andante - Again Haydn exploits the keyed trumpet by giving it a gentle melody to play with the orchestra in this short movement.III. Allegro - Haydn writes an energetic rondo as the final movement. The soloist plays rapid repeated notes, trills, and other dazzling figurations throughout the rondo. The entire compass of the trumpet from the bottom to the top is used to good effect throughout. Read about (Franz) Joseph Haydn's life HERE.For those interested in stories of the weird and gruesome, see Haydn's Head.

Thursday, May 18, 2017
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All the chattering and nattering about impeaching President Trump! Some — Left, Right, and Center — are openly longing for his impeachment.To a great extent, some news networks (MSNBC and CNN, for example) are speaking as if impeachment and removal from office are a foregone conclusion.Related reading...(1) Impeach Trump Now (web site)(2) Pat Buchanan: It Isn’t Watergate Yet, But How Long Can This Sustain?Three questions:1. What, specifically, are President Trump's impeachable offenses?2. What might be the consequences, short term and long term, of such an impeachment?3. What might be the consequences, short term and long term, if Robert Mueller, appointed as special counsel for the United States Department of Justice to oversee the investigation into the Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections, finds no cause for impeachment?

That Time Of Year
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
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(For politics, please scroll down)As the end of the 2016-2017 school term looms, I am making the mad dash to complete the necessary paperwork: exams to score, grades to average, and report cards to issue. Not the best of times! At the end of every school term, I feel as if I've not accomplished much. And so it goes for teachers for whom teaching is a calling and a passion — not merely a career. Yet, we start over again the next school term.

Posted by WarrenLately, I have been troubled by events in Washington DC and across the country. From the inability of Congress to perform its Constitutional duties to a rogue Judiciary that finds "rights" that don't exist in the Constitution and denies enumerated rights clearly stated in bold. In these troubling age, we see our Liberty eroded away at the hands of a duplicitous Congress, an unanswerable Judiciary; many who are no more than politically driven ideologues, plus a host of nameless faceless bureaucrats whose regulations carry the force of law. In the evening, as I work, I listen to Mark Levin, Conservative, lawyer, Constitutional scholar, author and radio talk show host. He offers a solution to these problems which are Constitutional in nature Article V, U.S. Constitution* * * * * * * * * * Article VThe Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress; provided that no amendment which may be made prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article; and that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate. (Bolding added by Warren) This is not a Constitutional Convention but a legitimate provision of the Constitution enabling the States to add amendments to the Constitution. Mark has thoroughly researched this subject and the rational for consideration in his book "The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic" . The book is available in several different formats. The eleven amendments he proposes are: Impose Congressional term limits Repeal the Seventeenth Amendment, returning the election of Senators to state legislatures Impose term limits for Supreme Court Justices and restrict judicial review Require a balanced budget and limit federal spending and taxation Define a deadline to file taxes (one day before the next federal election) Subject federal departments and bureaucratic regulations to periodic reauthorization and review Create a more specific definition of the Commerce Clause Limit eminent domain powers Allow states to more easily amend the Constitution by bypassing Congress Create a process where two-thirds of the states can nullify federal laws Require photo ID to vote and limit early voting What you probably haven't heard. this is an ongoing process. So far eleven States Legislatures have voted and approved a Convention of States. Expect to hear a lot more about it, in a derogatory manner, from the media as they try to quash this movement and from politicians who will, lose a lot of their clout as they try to scare the ill informed. Thirty Seven states are needed to approve this measure. Posted by Warren

For Mother's Day 2017
Saturday, May 13, 2017
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(For politics, please scroll down)Remembering Mom (January 3, 2016-November 8, 1987):Mom, I miss you every day. Not a day goes by that I don't long for your wise advice and much-needed encouragement!

Recommended Reading
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
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See Europe's Childless Leaders Sleepwalking Us to Disaster by Giulio Meotti at Gatestone Institute. The bullet points in the teaser: As Europe's leaders have no children, they seem have no reason to worry about the future of their continent. "Europe today has little desire to reproduce itself, fight for itself or even take its own side in an argument". — Douglas Murray, The Times. "'Finding ourselves' becomes more important than building a world." — Joshua Mitchell.Read the entire essay HERE. Note that the essay briefly discusses Emmanuel Macron, who was elected President of France on May 7, 2017.Does the author have valid point as to why the West's leaders seem to have to will to ensure the survival of Western Civilization? Are there other factors that contribute to the West's apparent suicide wish?[other essays by Giulio Meotti, the author of the essay linked in this blog post]

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Please watch this video of less than one minute in length, and consider the concepts presented:The now-ubiquitous phrase undocumented citizens as used so often by various media and other Leftists, is nonsensical! The very word citizens implies that these individuals have entered into the United States Compact (Constitution) when they have not.Related reading: The Civic Cost Of Illegal Immigration by Victor Davis Hansen. Excerpt:...[L]ost in this conundrum are the pernicious effects of illegal immigration on the idea of citizenship in a consensual society. In the Western constitutional tradition, citizenship was based upon shared assumptions that were often codified in foundational constitutional documents.[...]When borders are fluid and unenforced, it inevitably follows that assimilation and integration also become lax, as society loses a sense of who, or even where, their residents are. And the idea that the Bill of Rights should apply to those beyond U.S. borders may be a noble sentiment, but the practical effect of such utopianism is to open a Pandora's box of impossible enforcement, affronts to foreign governments, endless litigation, and a diversion of resources away from protecting the rights of citizens at home.Residency is also confused with citizenship, but they are no more the same than are guests at a dinner party and the party's hosts, who own the home.A country reverts to tribalism unless immigrants enter it legally-often based on the host's determination of how easily and rapidly they can become citizens, and the degree to which they can benefit their adopted country-and embrace its customs, language, and habits.Read the rest HERE. Worth your time.

Musical Interlude
Saturday, May 6, 2017
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(For politics, please scroll down)Some years ago, Mr. AOW and I went to a National Symphony Orchestra concert presenting the piece below. Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock) narrated the concert, which had accompanying photos taken by NASA projected on the big screens inside the Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. Enjoy Gustav Holst's The Planets (1914-1916) and the accompanying images:Movements of the suite:MARS, Bringer of War: 00:00VENUS, Bringer of Peace: 7:20MERCURY, Winged Messenger: 14:50JUPITER, Bringer of Jollity: 18:41SATURNE, Bringer of Old Age: 26:18URANUS, The Magician: 35:29NEPTUNE, The Mystic: 41:00[about The Planets]

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