25 or 6 to 4

Usually, I let Audre handle our nostalgia for our America posts but I’m going to put my size eleven Hiliners in here. Back in 2013, I talked about the music growing up around Chicago in the ’60s. The relevance will become clear later. But as Audre said, “We had the best music”. She’s right and it came from Chicago. I said this then.

And after those games there was often a sock hop, and while sometimes there was a DJ, there was always a live band, and some of those DJ’s you’re going to meet here today. Why? Because Chicago was a huge music center in the 60s. You see in those day we all listened to AM radio, FM barely existed, and even 8 tracks were uncommon (and expensive). By the way did you know that for a few years you could buy a record player that mounted under your car dash-they actually worked pretty well, too.

But those AM radio stations, in Chicago there were two who did what we would call top 40 now, although then it was more just plain current rock, both 50,000 clear channel stations. Anybody that was around can tell you about WLS and WCFL even all these years later. They were part of our life, back and forth we went, second button on the car radio was usually LS and third CFL. Like all the early American call letters, they meant something, WLS stood (originally) for the World’s Largest Store (Sears Roebuck and Co.) and WCFL for the Chicago Federation of Labor.

The clear channel thing meant that in North America there was no other station on that frequency, 890 and 1000 Kilocycle/second (hertz) respectively. Especially at night, you could hear them from Pittsburgh to Denver, and down to the Gulf of Mexico, depending on some variables. And those bands I mentioned, I’ll be you’ve heard of some of them, here, let’s let them talk for themselves

It was glorious, about the only outsider that penetrated for me was Petula Clark, well what can I say a cute redhead. But the only one who survived was the revolution that Sgt Pepper inaugurated was Chicago, and they had to move to California to do so. One of their big hits was this.

It’s still great, isn’t it? This is the sound that came from a Chicago garage band, albeit one at DePaul University. But you know, it’s still current. Watch this.

How about that 50 years later and still relevant to our young people. Chicago always rocked, and they still do.

And just because I can, my other favorite from the period, which is also applicable to much. Crank it, the louder the better it is.

See you at Bifrost

Hat tp to RS McCain.

 

Critical Race Theory

We really shouldn’t go around criticizing and demanding that things should not be taught to our kids or forced on us without understanding what they are. That’s pretty much common sense. So what is Critical Race Theory that has led the President to uncompromisingly condemn it? The best explanation I have seen comes from Sargon, and it’s easily worth 20 minutes of your time.

 

I think he is spot on correct. The whole thing is not so much anti-white as it is anti English and American. Why? Because for the last 500 years the English and the Americans have led the world in freedom, in prosperity, in almost any measure that indicates a better life than any other, at any time in history.

The only place where I mildly disagree with him, and its a matter of degree, nothing more, is that all these characteristics are more emphasized in Americans than they are in the English.

There are several causes of this, one is that when our first founders came over they were the generation of English who most adored freedom, to the point that it wouldn’t be long before they fought a war against the King, and executed him. Many of those first and second generation proto-Americans returned to England to take their place in the Parliamentary ranks. The situation of the frontier from then until at least 1900 also shaped us to understand that these characteristics were the way, and the only way, we were going to survive, let alone thrive.

And his example towards the end is very illustrative. Do you know anybody who would want to associate let alone consider her (I guess) a friend? Sorry, I’m not even close to being egalitarian enough to have any interest in being equal to that individual in anything at all. I choose not to run around demeaning myself or any other person, as long as they are doing their best. The only equality I care to share with this person is equality under the law.

Another place where Sargon is correct is when he reminds us not to let the enemy define the terms we use.

Sunday Funnies; The Nomination and More

And so, now we know

Keep this in mind, it is not Ginsburg’s seat nor is it a liberal seat. It belongs to the American people, and we long ago gave the President the power to nominate and the Senate to advise and consent on whom we allow to sit in it. They are doing what we said.

 

The Redhead of the week will never be as beautiful as this one. Right, Jess? Although I can think of one candidate.

Heh! My kind of Governor

But be careful fishing!

And of course

Random Observations

Came across a video regarding a television series that has been on television for a surprisingly long time. I will, from time to time, check in on a program, depending on the title and how badly I need a laugh. The video can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5FUMUWuylc. My halo is nice and shiny – I do this so you don’t have to. (Big cheesy grin)

With the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we are (not) looking forward to a justice nomination and confirmation hearing in the very near future. Recalling the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing, the new candidate for the Supreme Court had better wear a hazmat suit, kevlar vest, and a helmet.

I’ve been watching the ‘peaceful protests’, formally known as President Trump’s campaign rallies. After I notice all the important things – the message, how he’s looking and holding up, how the people respond to him – I notice that the seasons are changing. That’s at least ONE thing that hasn’t been affected by the 2020 ‘curse’. Jackets are coming out, as well as hoodies (in colors other than black and with the hoods down [go figure!), and shorts are disappearing. Everywhere except in Florida. Well, season-wise, anyway. Nice crisp 88 degrees Fahrenheit with plenty of sunshine to go around. No ‘crispy grass’ this summer; been blessed with all the rain the West Coast needed. Seasons and cycles. There’s something reassuring about them. Dependable; expected; surmountable. Ahhh – the good old days.

 

 

Poker 101

So Danang Dick Blumenthal, America’s leading proponent of stolen valor, thinks he’s in a position to make threats, saying, “Nothing is off the table. If Republicans recklessly & reprehensively force a SCOTUS vote before the election — nothing is off the table,” in a Tweet. In itself a cowardly way to make a mealy-mouthed threat. I think that should be taken as a challenge, myself.

Cause you see, when he tells me that the Demonrats have everything on the table, that tells me that it’s the last hand, and when we win, they’ve gone bust, been taken to the cleaners, any of the similar phrases you prefer. And it’s true, although they’ll flip the card table and try to destroy the parlor, just as four flushers always do. Evidently, while he was enjoying those deferments, he never learned to play poker with men.

We probably shouldn’t blame them too much though, after all, they’re playing with scared money they can’t afford to lose. Something both my dad and Brett Maverick taught me not to do. See they actually thought that after all the good stuff that has happened to almost all Americans during President Trump’s term, that the Wuhan Flu would force the country to its knees, and give them a victory. Whoops again, The Atlanta Fed is projecting third-quarter growth at an annualized 31 % (4% is considered good).

But who is not sharing in it? Why those poor souls who haven’t escaped from the blue cities and states, who are still locked down. Especially California which is simply suicidal. New York, Portland, and Seattle are looking at losing their federal funds. It’s going to get nothing but worse

All the threats aren’t really directed at the President though. Mostly because even the Dems have probably figured out that he ain’t gonna cut and run. They’re directed at the Senate, which has some pretty week spines. I’m not much of a fan of Mitch McConnell, but he has set his career on getting conservative judges confirmed, and he’s done a heckuva job of it. He’s not going to throw it away now.

I happened to reread the Book of Esther recently. You remember the story, Esther was a queen in Xerxes harem when Haman convinced Xerxes to let him kill the Jews. The law said she could only go to the king when summoned. To go without that summons usually meant death. Her uncle Mordecai convinced her that this is what she was born for, to save her people. She did and did save her people. And we gained a new expression, As high as the gallows of Haman. This is why we elected the Republican majority to the Senate.

That’s what the Dems see in the distance. When Trump wins, and he will if fraud can be kept at reasonable levels, then comes the rest, the attempted coup, the Durham indictments, even the prosecution of the mayor of Seattle, not to mention rolling up using even sedition charges BLM/Antifa, right up the chain to their financiers, who also finance the Democratic Party. With a conservative Supreme Court.

See, the President is all in too. Opposing the Dems, threats of violence are the law, federal law enforcement, Barr’s DOJ, not to even mention the Federalized National Guard. And he’s not playing with scared money, because he knows a winning hand when he sees one.

It’s a bad year to be a Democrat, 2020 is. 2021 may well be worse.

Better late than …

I have come late to politics. Before my retirement, I pretty much accepted whatever the local network stated. I’d catch a live address if I wasn’t working, read some articles on lunch breaks. I’m not apologizing; I am what I am – a late bloomer.

I’m reminded of the Bible story about the vineyard owner who hired workers at the beginning of the day and then a few more at the near end of the day. When the workday was over, the men who worked the entire day were paid according to the agreement; so were the later ones paid the same amount. Without the religious meaning, this tells us that it may not matter how soon or how late you get there, the important thing is that you arrive.

I read Solzhenitsyn in high school. When I – and the rest of the world – discovered Jordan Peterson, I read several of the books he recommended, including The Whisperers. Horrifying reading but necessary and should be mandatory. I read Nick Adams’s “Retaking America” and “You Will be Made to Care” by Erickson and Blankshaen. I read Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option, which was almost as impactful as the other books. I found smart people in Ben Shapiro, an Englishman with a long, deep memory for politics and history, and an American of encyclopedic knowledge. I developed a deep and meaningful relationship with a bishop and have been able to reconcile my political thoughts with what I hope is the will of God. I’ve done some studying since the old local news.

When I make a choice, I feel that not only have I made an informed decision but also a right decision. I know why I voted a certain way and why I will vote a certain way. I’ve found how to research judges whose names come up on local ballots. I gather as much information as possible on Schoolboard elections and their candidates – the importance of this is equal to a presidential election; those ‘little’ elections have the weight of what your children will learn and how America will fail or succeed in the future.

It doesn’t matter if you’re 80 and voting for the first time; it doesn’t matter if you’re 18 and voting for the first time. Or, for that matter, any age in between. Today I would tell the working person, while you’re driving your car, making supper for the family, folding laundry, or mowing the lawn – cell phones go everywhere; you can get podcasts, videos, audiobooks all right there on the same instrument you use to take pictures and make phone calls. Use it for something enriching, informing, varied, and paradigm-shifting. The truth is out there; it’s not going to come running up to you and slap you in the face. You have to seek it out. You have to ‘work’ for it. But just like your mom and dad always told you; anything worth having is worth working for. Religion and politics are right at the top of that list.

 

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