December 31, 2006
I’ve decided, unlike years past, to not make a Top 10 Albums of 2006 list. My reasoning falls somewhere along the line that I haven’t been able to process albums bought in November the same way in which I’ve already processed albums bought in January, and therefore can’t make an objective comparison. Is this a cop out? Perhaps. I also don’t have any interest in these lists at the moment.
But keeping with the same self-indulgent spirit, I present to you a sampling of my favorite musical moments and trends of 2006.
Apparently, being 50 is now considered sexy.
Congratulations, Dorian! (by guest blogger Julia)
Great going on The Daily News article. If you tell the editors what you told that New York Magazine reporter — “Hmm, my nightmare journalism job? I guess working for The New York Times.” — maybe The News will give you a weekly feature!!
And Something to be Thankful to Carter for this New Year (by guest blogger Julia)
Jews owe Jimmy Carter a debt of gratitude. He has made it that much more difficult to hide one’s anti-Semitism behind a fixation with Israel. He has exposed this pastime for the ploy that it is, whether one uses the ploy wittingly or unwittingly. “Criticism” of Israel is no longer the effective shroud for what amounts to double standards for the lone Jewish state — especially when it comes from people whose other pastime is defending Cuba.
As former Carter aide Ken Stein recently said, Carter’s new book is “replete with factual errors, copied materials not cited, superficialities, glaring omissions, and simply invented segments.” If Israel is the scourge that it is, why the need to make anything up?
Just to review, this best-selling criticism of Israel comes from a man who:
has hailed the UAE as an “almost completely open and free society”…where the government handpicks a select group of citizens to vote and strictly controls the editorial content of the newspapers and where Islamic Shari’a courts judge “sodomy” punishable by death…Now that Arafat’s Fatah has been replaced with Hamas, Carter has again proven himself a reliable ally…. Scarcely had the terrorist group ascended to power last January than Carter launched a media blitz urging the United States to circumvent its own laws against financing terrorism in order to fund Hamas.
No other prominent American has so often pursued appeasement and kinder treatment of the agents of evil: the communist Soviet bloc, the crack-pot communist regime in North Korea, the murderous communist regime in Cuba, Islamic radicals in Iran, Palestinian suicide sponsors, Islamic terrorist groups in the Middle East and Hugo Chavez’s Marxist regime in Venezuela to name a few…[Venezuelans writing to me] were desperate to secure freedom and democracy for their nation, having lived under Marxist dictator Hugo Chavez’s iron fist of fear…Chavez had come to power in an illegitimate election, sanctioned by Jimmy Carter.
Add this love of tyranny to Carter’s early vow as president to emasculate the CIA and other American intelligence organs (as Martin Andersen wrote in Revolution: The Reagan Legacy), and it’s safe to apply George W. Bush’s quote to Jimmy Carter:
He hates us for our freedom.
He hates our way of life.
He fears our open society.
Don’t Meet Me in St. Louis (by guest blogger Julia)
Fifty disabled Bosnians and Croatians
became U.S. citizens at the federal courthouse in a special ceremony Friday after a court fight let them bypass the normal citizenship tests.
They had struggled for years to become U.S. citizens. Most do not speak English, the language of citizenship tests, said Ann Lever, an attorney with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri Inc., which filed a lawsuit to speed up the process.
The new citizens are part of a community of some 40,000 Bosnians and Croatians who settled in St. Louis after fleeing the [self-inflicted, so-called] genocide in their home countries that raged during the 1990s.
Friday’s proceedings were conducted in English, then translated to the Bosnians, who cheered and applauded at almost every step in the process.
U.S. Judge Stephen Limbaugh oversaw the proceedings and was the first to greet the new citizens as “my fellow Americans,” which won a round of applause.
Now a drumroll, please, for the climax:
“[Stephen] Limbaugh encouraged the group to maintain their cultural traditions and share them with their new neighbors in the Midwest.”
As if they weren’t going to do that! Our Muslim “fellow Americans” have given us a whole new window into the word “sharing.” But in case they don’t share emphatically enough as it is, here’s a little help from an archbishop, to keep the charade going:
Archbishop Raymond Burke of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis said during a speech before the ceremony that America has long accepted immigrants from all nationalities and religions.
“I know that some of you are of a Christian background and some are of an Islamic background,” Burke said. “We do share in common that teaching…that the stranger is to be welcomed as a member of the family.”
Aren’t these one-way relationships a bitch!
(Oh, to explain the Catholic presence at these proceedings: The Croatians are Catholics, and the Vatican was quick to recognize the Independent State of Croatia when it broke away from Yugoslavia, back to its Hitler-defined borders. I am not one of those anti-Catholic Jews by any stretch of the imagination, but when the Vatican abets evil, I will point it out. Just as I will give it kudos for being pro-life.)
In case I don’t check in again before the clock strikes midnight (unlikely but possible), I just wanted to wish you all a very happy new year. Be happy and be safe. And may 2007 bring us all peace.
Our own Dorian Davis has a piece published in today’s NY Daily News. That boy is going to be a star.
UPDATE: I wrote this before I saw his below post. And anyway, he is too humble and doesn’t mentioned he wrote the article.
The Name Game (by guest blogger Dorian Davis)
Let me know where you stand.
Someone’s in Trouble (by guest blogger Julia)
The Roman Catholic bishop of Cordoba in southern Spain has rejected an appeal from Muslims for the right to pray in the city’s cathedral, a former mosque [in the 13th Century]. Juan Jose Asenjo rejected the request made by Spain’s Islamic Board in a letter to the Pope.
It had asked that the cathedral become an ecumenical temple where believers from all faiths could worship.
Shared use of places of worship could make sense in airports or an Olympic village, said the bishop, but not in a consecrated Catholic cathedral.
Hasn’t this bishop caught on yet that you don’t say no to Islam? With choices like “We can kill you now,” or “We can kill you later,” and everyone else on the planet opting for the latter, what beam is this guy on?
This isn’t European of him at all. Because of this bishop, it’ll turn out that Spain caved in to the Madrid attack and voted in the Leftists for nothing.
December 30, 2006
Sob, Cry, Boo Hoo, Sniffles (by guest blogger Dorian Davis)
Well now you can!
December 29, 2006
I hate internet that costs $.40 a minute. And I miss you guys.
So it looks like Saddam’s appointment with the devil happens tonight. Although I’m personally opposed to the death penalty (including, admittedly, this case), you gotta admit that a hangman’s noose is a luxury when compared to being fed feet first into metal industrial shredders or being forced to drink gasoline prior to facing a barrage of gunshots.
You Mean God/Science Really Does Want Me to Make Babies and Clean the House?! (by guest blogger Julia)
Even “Sex & the City” in its final season dealt with the medical finding that not going through a pregnancy cycle increases a woman’s risk of getting cancer. As the Kim Catrall character, Samantha, put it, “When did having a baby become your ticket out of cancer?”
As well, women who interrupt a pregnancy cycle unnaturally (i.e. abort) have an increased chance of getting cancer. Not only that, but the more babies you make, the less cancer you’re supposed to have. Furthermore, breast-feeding protects you against cancer and diabetes. And of course taking birth-control pills increases one’s cancer risk.
Alright already! I’ve gotten used to the idea that God really may prefer me barefoot and pregnant — and that he won’t be happy unless I’m also breast-feeding. But this latest finding is just too much:
The research on more than 200,000 women from nine European countries found doing household chores was far more cancer protective than playing sport. Dusting, mopping and vacuuming was also better than having a physical job.
Out of all of the activities, only housework significantly reduced the risk of both pre- and post-menopausal women getting the disease. Housework cut breast cancer risk by 30% among the pre-menopausal women and 20% among the post-menopausal women.
In my house there are no children, and a cleaning lady comes once a month. The writing is on the wall, and I can’t even be bothered to wipe it off.
This morning, my grandfather asked me if I heard the latest news about America, Canada and Mexico sharing a common currency. I hadn’t, and thought the possibility ludicrous. My grandfather is a very smart but gullible man. He spends months learning some stock trading approach that is clearly a scam and has even sucked in a few of his good friends and new girlfriend into it. And now he joins conspiracy theorists who harp about this!
I must excerpt this excellent point Medved makes:
he problem with the demagogues and exploiters is that they make it more difficult – vastly more difficult – for decent people to face the real problems involving our border with Mexico (which clearly, undeniably needs better security and more protection) and to correct the altogether unacceptable outrage of more than 12 million illegals who live and work in the United States in open contravention of our immigration laws.
Yes, we need immigration reform, but if substantial elements of the right become fixated on secret plans for “North American Union,” then they will make themselves irrelevant to the national debate framing and shaping that reform. Paranoia is paralyzing, and leads to powerlessness and marginalization…
The “lunatics” Medved describes can also apply to the John Birch Society. The Society has this paranoia page that basically states that “our nation’s life and independence are on the line.”.
I remember meeting a John Birch Society member at a conservative speakers affair a while ago who mailed me lots of their propaganda. I’ve never been that conservative. My mother told me they were known for being a tad anti-Semitic and I’ve found that indeed they are a fan of espousing these theories.
So anyway, I will leave it to you dear reader to decide for yourself? Should one be worried about the NAU? Does the NAU exist?