Category: History & Culture

not art, music, performing arts or literature

The ‘real situation’ in America

It is starting to look more and more bizarre in the White House.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/25/never-trump-movement-leader-former-jeb-bush-staffer-helen-aguirre-ferre-infiltrates-white-house/

Another comment in general terms on the Establishment:

Perhaps this will explain why Aquirre was put into the Whitehouse. It is a quote from syndicated columnist Edith Kermit Roosevelt, granddaughter of Teddy Roosevelt:

“The word “Establishment” is a general term for the power elite in international finance, business, the professions and government, largely from the northeast, who wield most of the power regardless of who is in the White House. Most people are unaware of the existence of this “legitimate Mafia.”

Yet the power of the Establishment makes itself felt from the professor who seeks a foundation grant, to the candidate for a cabinet post or State Department job. It affects the nation’s policies in almost every area.

Roosevelt added that this group’s goal is “a One World Socialist state governed by ‘experts’ like themselves.”

https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/foreign-policy/item/1213-council-on-foreign-relations

YTA, the student organization which was handling Coulter’s speech at Berkeley has withdrawn, citing the police agreement that they will not step in regarding student matters.  Therefore Antifa can do as they wish, provided there are no deaths.… More here ...

The ‘real situation’ in France

This is an interview with a young Frenchman, Francois Brun, living in the west of Paris, both of us using English.

I opened by asking about the poll which has put Macron on 64% and Le Pen on 36%.

François Brun: Huge propaganda for Macron. The French are idiots. But Marine can win second round.

Me: Really?

FB: In fact many people don’t want him as president because he is Hollande’s son. Marine’s campaign is better now. The media are corrupt, I have never seen this in my life. It is EXTREME propaganda as much as Hillary/Trump. But people are rejecting massively the establishment.

Me: But can she win?

FB: Yes she can. I am talking seriously. Her result was not good because many FN supporters voted for Fillon (they wanted to avoid Macron). And also 75% of people who voted Fillon will vote Marine.

Me: What is Marion like?… More here ...

Films perhaps not to avoid

The Z Man looks back at Casablanca, an interesting take.  Yours would also be appreciated.

I was watching this episode of the Mark Steyn Show on Sunday and they made mention of Casablanca. It occurred to me that it had been so long since I watched these old movies, I no longer remember much about them. My generation was probably the last to grow up seeing these old films on television.

He now mentions two key issues:

1. The acting is the part that does not work as well today, as the old films were acted like stage plays, which required the audience to use their imaginations. Modern technology lets the audience drop into a coma while watching a film.

And:… More here ...

The true nature of the left

Every so often, an incident comes up which beats any amount of blogposts, tweets, argument and counter-argument. There it is, in a nutshell.

This is one of those.

Please note – I’m well aware of our debate over the obsolescence of the left-right continuum and how it became statist-libertarian and now globalist-patriot but it still does not quite explain the mindset in quite the same way as left-right, which is why those terms persist. Let’s start.

The Left’s Ultimate Plan Revealed Thanks to a hoax pulled on the Huffington Post

For a distillation of the contemporary left’s worldview, one needn’t look any further than a blog post that was recently published at the Huffington Post: “Could it Be Time to Deny White Men the Franchise?” 

At least one could have turned to this post—until HuffPo took it down.  But we’ll get to that shortly.

The author, a person going by the name of “Shelley Garland,” a self-declared South African and graduate student in philosophy, argued that it is morally necessary to temporarily deny the franchise to white men.  Moreover, at least some of their resources should be repossessed and “redistributed” to others.More here ...

Bill O’Reilly

Careful in the workplace

I’m dead centre on this one or rather, can see both sides:

Bill O’Reilly remains defiant in the face of mounting criticism and salacious accusations of sexual harassment after being fired from Fox News. He told listeners that they would be left “shaken” after the truth came out. O’Reilly made the comments from his new podcast released Monday.

There was the Ivanka post yesterday where the issue of ‘the appropriate’ came up.  You know why I think there was nothing with Ivanka that way?  She always sat ‘sidesaddle’, she didn’t straddle him but even if she had, the right of society to attack that without clear evidence of something untoward is sick in itself.

O’Reilly’s issue was nubile females in the workplace and any hetero man, including me, is hugely susceptible to a too-close nubile but in my case, I had to develop defences due to my work, when the slightest whiff of anything would see me ejected.… More here ...

Richard Tauber

“He was a fine pianist until arthritis took its toll. He was one of those rare performers who could play the piano, sing and conduct an orchestra at the same time. He was a conductor and composer (“Old Chelsea”). He died in London 8 January, 1948, buried at Brompton Cemetery. A great talent.” [George Byrne]… More here ...