Let Freedom Ring, In Hong Kong

The Hong Kongeers are singing.

And this

And even this

This is western music in the Anglo-American tradition. How exactly does it differ from this

So  is this even if it is a  different genre

These people are in the mainstream of   Anglo-American freedom, it is our duty to support them however we can.

Yes, I recognize like Hungary in 1956 and  Chescksolockia in 1968, we may be limited in our ability to support them, it is incumbent on us to do what we can.

For we are the keepers of the flame of liberty, and if the city on the hill means anything it the encouragement of people around so the globe to aspire to liberty, It has been our mission since  1776.    It is time for us to recognize it again.

We ae  Americans, we know about long odds,    and the price the may demand.

And now in HongKong, we see the same admiration of freedom.

 

 

 

Two (Videos) if by Sea

So, an hour with Candace Owens and Douglas Murray from the Candace Owens Show in London. Interesting, Intelligent, and enjoyable. What’s not to like?

Hat tip to Kathy Gyngell at The Conservative Woman.

And Boris Johnson at the Conservative Conference. Always interesting and often fun.

Memorial Day Weekend

I’m going to be out most of the day, supervising a job, so entertain yourselves, and I’ll catch up later.

Well, we’ve made it to the traditional start of an American summer, Memorial Day. We’ll be talking about various aspects of that throughout the weekend. But for today, let’s just relax.

If I were asked to provide a synonym for America it would be movement. We’re a restless, impatient people with itchy feet. That’s why our ancestors became Americans, why the initials GTT were once famous in Tennessee, why we went westering until the Pacific got in the way. And still today, a wise man said, “To the British 200 miles is a long distance where to the American 200 years is a long time”. If we have a motto other the E Pluribus Unum, it has to be “real quick”. de Tocqueville noted it in us all those years ago, and it’s still a major part of us.

A lot of that depends on cheap energy, back in the day, we walked from St Joe to Oregon and California. Our Clipper ships were amongst the finest (and fastest) in the world. And gave the world such songs of loneliness as Shenandoah.

But that movement had a price, and you can hear it in that song. Those folks westering, and the ones they left behind, knew that if they were lucky, they would receive a few letters from their friends and family in the rest of their life. And thus the American quest for faster movement, and freedom of movement.

First, the steam train, with its promise of going almost anywhere, and it’s successor the airplane. But the real mark of America is the privately owned motorcar, epitomizing two important strains in our wanderlust. The ability to go where we want, when we want.

And faster, always faster. That’s why the Greatest Spectacle in Sports is American and will be this weekend, in Indianapolis, as always. By the way, did you know that the first winner, Ray Harroun, invented the rear view mirror? Like old Satchel Paige said, “Don’t look over your shoulder, someone might be gaining on you!” Like all of us expatriate Hoosiers, you can sing along with Jim Nabors and the Purdue All-American Marching Band.

And don’t forget to culturally appropriate a few bratwursts and beers, either! 🙂

What’s that got to do with a proper view of Memorial Day? As far back as the Civil War itself, foreign observers were marveling at the speed and fluidity of American Armies, they still do, especially combined with the awesome firepower we have always sought.

But a lot of it has to do with cheap (or affordable) energy, Our malaise in large part dates to that day back in 1973 that  OPEC shut off the oil spigot. We’ve never been quite ourselves since. Well, that malaise seems to be in remission.

Get happy. Summer beckons. Not only bike and hike but also drive, bus, train, and fly to a better environment–your self-selected environment.

The automobile is environmentalism-on-wheels. The open road is freedom to escape the concrete for the great beyond. Mountains, rivers, hills, forests, even beautiful green golf courses–it is all a drive away. (And if it makes you happy CAP, those ‘huge profits’ of “Big Oil’ are a few years absent.)

Everyone else: forget the spin and go for a spin!

Each year, MasterResource celebrates the beginning of the peak-driving season knowing that our free-market philosophy is about energy abundance and affordability and reliability. And there is little to apologize for. When is the last time you got a bad tank of gasoline, anyway?

Oil, gas, and coal have been and continue to be technologically transformed into super-clean energy resources. Carbon-based energies are growing more abundant, not less. And energy/climate alarmism is losing steam on all fronts (except the shouting).

The real energy sustainability problem is statism, not free consumer choice. As Matt Ridley concluded: “There is little doubt that the damage being done by climate-change policies currently exceeds the damage being done by climate change.” As Alex Epstein is telling each one of us to tell our neighbors: I Love Fossil Fuels.

From: Celebrate the Open Road

But, for now: Sad to realize we’ve lost both Jim Nabors and Dinah Shore in the last year. Price of getting old, I reckon, but one that I regret.

Go on, get out there, our soldiers didn’t risk and sometimes lose their lives in all those wars so you could sit around and mope about all that’s wrong with the world. Go, and have fun, the world’s problems will still be here for you, and you’ll be better for it.

Levin, and Logan

Last night Lara Logan was on Mark Levin’s show on Fox. It was a rather extraordinary interview. If you wish to understand the American press these days, here is your primer. I think it even more applicable to our British cousins and their media, judging by what I hear. I was hoping the whole thing would be up this morning if it is I can’t find it. but here is a chunk.

I find it pretty compelling stuff because I recognize how biased the media is. One point, and it’s important, that Logan makes over and over, is that we all have biases. She’s right, we do, and we have opinions. I have no problem with that if you’re either left or right, as long as you are honest about it. OK, granted if you’re obviously left wing, I’m fairly likely to not bother reading or watching you, but that is my choice.

Logan has followed a much harder road. Like Sean Hannity, I have no clue what her politics are. She says she more or less moderate, and insists she is owned by no one. Fair enough. Too often moderate means wishy-washy, agreeing with everyone and standing for nothing. It doesn’t with her. She spent years with her ass in the grass in the middle east, in Afghanistan.  She was gang-raped nearly to death in Egypt during the so-called Arab Spring. By the way, CBS called (and still calls) it a sexual assault. That’s bullshit, It was simply an attempt to silence her, if not kill her, using gang-rape as a tool of intimidation. It is hugely to her credit that it did not work.

She simply put what she believes away and reports the news. That’s much harder, I’m not sure I could, but then I’ve been told I’m opinionated. 🙂

After Ted Koppel made his remarks, she also talked with Hannity, that too is pretty interesting.

Good stuff, and good on her.

Monday Videos, Freemen Rising

A plaintively true video, for so many of us.

Ain’t that the truth, but here’s the kicker. I don’t do a lot of country music, never have, this one was suggested to me by an English friend, who loves it, another one commented that it took her breath away. Don’t ever think we aren’t the city on the hill, the example to the world, in everything thing we do.

But so are the British themselves, the original freemen, who won’t give up their country. This is now the number one selling single on Amazon. co. uk. I doubt Bezos is thrilled, but I am. It’s still got a lot of F-bombs though, 17.5 million to be exact. And a bit of Nigel in Brussels at the end.

This may be the funniest song since Short People, and it accurately reflects how my friends feel about it.

This is quite good, and to the point.

This is a couple of weeks old, but Isabel Oakeshott and WTO Brexit cheered on the BBC. What’s not to like?

Jordan Peterson and Camille Paglia, put your thinking caps on. It’s very good, though.

Yay! It’s Monday, again. 🙂

Green New Dream and Brexit: the Musical

Well, I think we’ll do a few more videos today.

The Clear Energy Alliance has a series of videos up explaining just how incredibly stupid Occasional Cortex’s (or AOC, if you insist) Green New Deal is.

I’ll post a couple of the series, but more at the link.

and

They are completely right, of course. This whole plan is substandard for college freshmen over a football weekend. But that is fairly standard for Congress.

Or Parliament for that matter, Brexit the Musical is available. It’s not quite up to the standard of Hamilton, but if the F bomb in a posh British accent doesn’t overly bother you, it’s pretty good. But perhaps a bit NSFW

Hat tip to PowerLine for both.

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