Friday, July 29, 2016

Yup, Still Summer

Many of you may be familiar with the Buster Poindexter version of this song.  It is considered Soca Music which is an offshoot of Calypso.  This version by Arrow is the original:





Bebel Gilberto: Summer Samba




A Bossa classic performed by two classics Elis Regina and Tom Jobim: Águas de Março




Lest you get confused about the waters of March remember that Brazil is in the southern hemisphere and Summer runs from December to March thus the song is about the rains at the end of summer.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Really?




The entire concept of racial guilt is of itself racist.  

I am white, and for the record my people were oppressed by white Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Normans starting in 1177 until about 1546 when things took a dramatic turn for the worse.

According to the Transatlantic Slave Database cited in an article in The Root 388,000 slaves were shipped directly to America and another 60-70,000 were subsequently shipped here from the Caribbean in follow-on transactions over the entire course of slavery in the Americas.  Between 1649 and 1653, a span of a mere four years Cromwell killed more of my people than were sold as slaves in the US.

In the years preceding the US Civil War in the 1840's and 1850's between a million and a million and a half were starved by their British overlords. Many of those that didn't starve, fled and a large number of those fled to the US.  

In 1860 census there were 385,000 slave owners out of a population of 31,183,582 or 1.23%, roughly 3,000 of those slave owners were black holding between them some 20,000 slaves. In total those 385,000 people owned around 4 million slaves, none of them were my ancestors.

What did my ancestors do after fleeing famine and coming to the US? They joined the Union Army and fought to free the slaves, not one of them owned slaves. Roughly 150,000 fought in the Union Army and roughly 50,000 died. So before you come to me with your hand out invoking the guilt of my ancestors, get your facts straight and ask yourself what do you owe me for the fact that my ancestors liberated your ancestors.

From a historical perspective your ancestors were in all likelihood taken as slaves by some other black persons ancestors and sold to the British.  Regardless of color or race none of our ancestors are guilt free if you look hard enough or far enough back.  Slavery continued in Africa long after it was outlawed in the white nations of the west.  

We think this trade must go on. That is the verdict of our oracle and the priests. They say that your country, however great, can never stop a trade ordained by God himself. The King of Bonny in present day Nigeria @1807

The slave trade is the ruling principle of my people. It is the source and the glory of their wealth…the mother lulls the child to sleep with notes of triumph over an enemy reduced to slavery… King Gezo of the African Kingdom of Dahomey. @1840's

Here are your reparations


Photo: Andrew Bossi
 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Father Jacques Hamel






"A good priest who did his job to the end"

"Good and Humble"

"This man was a good man"

"Very discreet"

"He did not like to put himself forward"

"He was old but always available to everyone"

"He was quiet, didn't like attention"

"He was a simple, faithful priest,
  quietly serving God and his people"

"He was someone who was treasured by the community"

"This man was a good man"

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Screwed like a Housecat?


I have to admit, I never heard the title of this post until I read it last night, and I have no idea what it means excepting a literal interpretation (although I could understand it better if it was an alley cat given their yowling).  Lest I be accused of plagiarism like Melania Trump I must immediately attribute it to a Silverfiddle comment yesterday.

So, now that the cat is out of the bag I'll stop pussyfooting around and get down to it.

Should Bernie Sanders stage an Independent run? Or is he and the country best served by what SF described in that same comment as "kissing Hillary's ass"? (Now that is something that is guaranteed to ensure that I am suffering from nightmares and PESD well into 2017, that is Post-Election Stress Disorder, not to mention the overwhelming desire to pluck out my eyeballs with a spork).

Personally after the Tammanyesque shagging he received from the DNC I couldn't blame him one bit if he did.

So not only what do you think he should do, but what would you do if you were in his shoes? 

Here's a little theme music for the convention.



Monday, July 25, 2016

Signs go up in Philly for DNC


From crowds chanting "Hell No DNC, We Won't Vote for Hillary" to the resignation of Debbie Whatshername Schultz the cesspool that is today's Democratic Party is overflowing in the City of Brotherly Love.

Bernie, good little foot soldier that he is, is pretending that the top down corruption didn't steal the nomination from him and is pressing full speed ahead supporting the Tammany Hall approved ticket as DNC cleaners are hard at work outside the convention hall.






 Inside, Everything is ready for the Convention





 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Ted Cruz


Well, the convention is over and Donald Trump is the Republican nominee. The question is this:

Did Ted Cruz commit political suicide on national TV at the Republican National Convention?

Was Trump the better man for having invited him and given the opportunity to speak?

Was Cruz petty and shallow in his refusal to endorse?  Should he have just stayed home if he wasn't going to endorse?

What do you think of Ted Cruz now?

Friday, July 22, 2016

It's still Summer

Fredrick Delius: A Song of Summer


Alexander Glazunov: Summer


Felix Mendelssohn: 
Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream 



Thursday, July 21, 2016

What if you gave a protest

and nobody came





Protesters at the RNC are down in the dumps over the lack of protesters.  


“Look, I’ll say this: It’s not a good thing people aren’t here in a bigger force when an openly fascistic candidate is being nominated,” Revolutionary Communists

"not sure why relatively few people showed up to protest" Code Pink

“With all events there have been fewer protesters than were anticipated -- even ours was lower than we anticipated,” Organize Ohio

US News 

In a fitting example of Karma, one protester lit himself on fire trying to burn the American Flag.

CBSNY