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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Immigration Straight Talk.

[posted by Silverfiddle]

Conversation here in the Untied State of America suffers from a lack of candor. Not in Norway.
The country’s outspoken immigration minister, Sylvi Listhaug, on the best way to help genuine refugees...
‘We have a big challenge now to integrate those with permission to stay in Norway to make sure they respect Norwegian values,’ she says. ‘Freedom to speak, to write, to believe or not to believe in a god, how to raise your children.’
‘Much of the Middle East and Africa is fragile. People have difficult lives but can see via mobile phones that life in the West and in Europe is quite different. So I understand why they would like our life, our kind of standards. But it’s not sustainable to integrate so many.’
‘For me it’s a moral issue as well. You can’t just help the ones you see. You have to think about the millions you don’t see and that have a very difficult life in the world.’
'...for the price of helping 3,000 young people here, we could help 100,000 children in other parts of the world.’
Refugee Crisis Human Trafficking
But when people travel through 20 countries to come to a safe haven, I think people can see that this is not right. You could have a safe haven in your neighbouring country, so why go so far?’
‘Why should we have a system that works for the people who have money [to pay for the journey] while the rest of the refugees and people in need don’t have the money to go?’
Much of the world is broken. What is the best way to help people?

Monday, January 29, 2018

Timeless Twain — And An Important Question

Wisdom for our times — maybe for all time!

Click directly on the graphics below to enlarge them.

John Adams put a similar sentiment this way:

But this question keeps occurring to me...

What happens to a nation when so many of her citizens lose faith in their representatives' ability to govern?

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Musical Interlude

[For politics, please scroll down]

One of Arvo Pärt's most famous pieces:

[about the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt (1935-present)]

[about Tabula Rasa - "Ludus," which offers this information about the piece's reception and application:
In an article in The New Yorker in December 2002, music critic Alex Ross discussed the use of Tabula Rasa in palliative care for AIDS and cancer patients facing the end of their disease. Caretakers working with the AIDS patients would often be asked to play the "angel music," which was the dying patients’ name for the second movement of Tabula Rasa, "Silentium"]

Tabula Rasa - "Silentium":

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Is This True? Was It Merely Braggadocio?

"An insurance policy," over 50,000 missing text messages, and a "secret society" — all within the FBI?

Please note the following two Tweets:

Related...If This is True, Our Republic is at an End: Either the FBI engaged in partisan behavior or partisans are trying to undermine basic institutions of law and order by Erick Erickson. Excerpt (emphasis mine)
...[T]he reality is this: if FBI agents collaborated to fabricate or exaggerate allegations about Donald Trump and/or tried to bring down his Presidency through partisan motivations, it is game over on the republic. If the civil institutions we have put in place to ensure law and order apart from politics are infiltrated by politics, there really is no turning back. We are already at a "they started it" mentality in our politics and this will just escalate the breakdown. We have already seen this in the IRS twice in the past fifty years, first with Nixon then with Obama, and the second time was largely given a pass by press.

There are now real and troubling allegations stemming from text messages that include agents meeting to discuss an "insurance policy" and agents meeting in a secret society. There are possible missing or willfully deleted text messages.

To be sure, and this is very important, there is also a lot of partisan exaggeration by people trying to protect the President. There is a lot of conflation. But there are serious allegations and there is enough evidence now that we need an investigation. I do not believe we need a special counsel as it would only serve to undermine the existing special counsel and would be seen as such. The Department of Justice should investigate and fully and publicly release its findings.'...
Read the rest HERE.

What say you about "the insurance policy," over 50,000 missing text messages, and a "secret society" — all within the FBI — and apparently related to the 2016 Election?

Monday, January 22, 2018

Recommended Reading

See The History of Fake News in the United States from The Daily Signal.

...[I]ntentionally misleading news has been around since before the invention of the printing press. In fact, our Founding Fathers grappled with this very issue when they created our system of government. They saw that while it was tempting to censor fake stories, ultimately, the truth was more likely to be abused by an all-powerful government arbiter than the filter of unimpeded popular debate. Attempts to weed out factually incorrect news reports can quickly morph into fact-checking and manipulating differences in opinion....
Read the rest HERE.

Does the Digital Age (or anything else) upend the precedents cited in the linked essay?

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Musical Interlude

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Some musical beauty for this weekend. Close your eyes, and listen:

About this performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams's Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis:
The BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Davis at Gloucester Cathedral, where in 1910, it was played and conducted for the first time by composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Some more information about this piece is HERE.

The Authorized King James Version of Psalm 2:1-2, to which Tallis's original tune is connected:
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord, and against his anointed.
Read the entirety of Psalm 2 HERE.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Boys Will be Boys... And Girls will be Girls!

** Silverfiddle Post **

After Hollywood's Girl Power orgy of lectures and flamboyant virtue signaling at the Golem Globs, some sanity from France:

"Rape is a crime, but trying to seduce someone, even persistently or cack-handedly, is not -- nor is men being gentlemanly a macho attack," said the letter published in the daily Le Monde.
"Men have been punished summarily, forced out of their jobs when all they did was touch someone's knee or try to steal a kiss"
Source: French star Deneuve defends men's 'right' to chat up women
Please go read the short article. You can also read the even shorter Letter, English Translation.
I find the candor refreshing. What the hell is wrong with our society, and why can't we speak frankly as the French women did in their letter? 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

“Everyone has the Right to Be Here”

From the El Lay Times...
"Federal immigration agents targeted nearly 100 7-Eleven stores across the nation for audits and inspections Wednesday, including several locations in Los Angeles, as the Trump administration ramps up workplace raids to punish employers hiring people who are in the country illegally."
Here’s the money quote, provided by “Imelda Vargas, who works for the dry cleaner across the street,” and “said it wasn’t right for immigration agents to target the store’s workers.”

“Everyone has the right to be here, to work,” she said in Spanish.

Why would this woman believe and espouse such an absurd statement that has no basis in law or fact?

Monday, January 15, 2018

TPS: Taxpayers Pendejos Siempre

These two stories piss me off.

President Orders 200,000 Salvadorans to Leave US

Trump Administration Sends Haiti Earthquake Victims Home

We are a Generous Nation

We shelter the poor and unfortunate and give billions to help people around the world. We offer “temporary protection,” and instead of being thanked, we are assaulted with howls of indignation and condemnation when someone in the Trump Administration announces the program is ending and the people need to go  home.

* 60,000 Haitians reside here temporarily because of an earthquake in 2010.

* 200,000 Salvadorans have resided here temporarily since 2001!

programs with durations of eight years and 18 years! I didn't spend 18 years in my parents' home I grew up in.

Only dysfunctional DC could produce such pathos-drenched cluster-kludge kabuki over a "crisis" provoked by a "temporary" program ending. Most "refugees" and protected status individual snuck in here illegally and skipped over multiple nations to get here. Mexico's not good enough? Sly operatives in the Government-sponsored Human Trafficking Complex knew they could put on the puppy dog eyes via the Infotainment Media Complex to play on our sympathies when it came time for these poor unfortunates to go.

This is a grotesque, operatic abuse of the generosity of taxpaying Americans. 

If we can’t send people back home after 18 years of a temporary program, when can we? Why not be honest and say, “Never!”

When will the Isle of Perpetual Misery known as Haiti ever be recovered enough to send these people home? By definition, “Never.”

The 200,000 Salvadorans here have produced 192,000 American citizens...

...the first wave of whom are becoming eligible to vote. Who’s up for deporting the parents of these US citizens?

Progressive pick-pockets are inviting guests to expensive banquets at our expense, branding them with Democrat party logos, and lapping up the votes. 

This. Must. End.
No more bringing people into this nation to create little anchor citizens. When disaster strikes in a foreign land, we roll in, create camps with food, clean water, sanitary facilities and even schools for the displaced children. We feed and house them safely and humanely and even help rebuild devastated communities.

No more US-sponsored Hunger Games where we reward the survivors who treck across multiple nations to break our borders and live an un-earned existence as a de facto self-made US citizen.

It is also time for some harsh fact-facing

Mexico and Central America are lands of many blessings, but they are ravaged by official corruption and criminal gangs. The United States must be a partner in helping our neighbors to the south, but we must also stop being the safety valve. At some point, people in those lands need to get their shit together, demand more from their governments and clean up their act.

We have to end this cynical game played by progressives and globalists. Immigration, yes! But on our terms, not dictated by heartstring-plucking exploiters, political criminals and cynical manipulators.

Think I’m being cruel? 
Read this story and weep. US Government bungling has created in the leafy neighborhoods of this nation the heartbreaking scenario of Central American immigrant families menaced by the very gangs they thought they had escaped.

Welcome to America.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Musical Interlude

[For politics, please scroll down]

For your listening pleasure this weekend, enjoy 25 Preludes, Opus 31 by Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813-1888), performed by the award-winning Finnish pianist Olli Mustonen:

Book I
1. Lentement (Slowly), C major
2. Assez lentement (quite slowly), F minor 1:55
3. Dans le genre ancien (In the ancient genre), D-flat major 3:50
4. Prière du soir (Evening prayer) , F-sharp minor 5:59
5. Psaume 150me (Psalm 150), D major 7:23
6. Ancienne mélodie de la synagogue (Ancient melody of the synagogue), G minor 9:42
7. Librement mais sans secousses (Freely but without bumps), E-flat major 13:41
8. Le chanson de la folle au bord de la mer (The song of the insane woman by the sea), A-flat minor 15:17
9. Placiditas (Gently), E major 18:11

Book II
10. Dans le style fugué (In the fugue style), A minor 20:00
11. Un petit rien (A little nothing), F major 21:12
12. Le temps qui n'est plus (Times that are no more), B-flat minor 22:22
13. J'étais endormie, mais mon cœur veillait (I was asleep, but my heart was awake), G-flat major 23:43
14. Rapidement (Quickly), B minor 26:15
15. Dans le genre gothique (In the gothic genre), G major 28:19
16 Assez lentement (Very slowly), C minor 30:12
17. Rêve d'amour (Dream of love), A-flat major 31:20

Book III
18. Sans trop de mouvement (Without too much movement), C-sharp minor 33:03
19. Prière du matin (Morning prayer), A major 35:52
20. Modérement vite et bien caracterise (Moderately fast and with spirit), D minor 36:28
21. Doucement (Gently), B-flat major 37:50
22. Anniversaire (Anniversary), E-flat minor 39:15
23. Assez vite (Quite fast), B major 41:41
24. Étude de velocite (Velocity study), E minor 43:05
25. Prière (Prayer) , C major 45:02

[more information about the composer and these preludes HERE at Musical Musings and HERE at Wikipedia]

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

White Culture

[WARNING! Exploring this blog post will take time. Please do not comment until you have thoroughly explored all of this blog post]

From Infidel Bloggers Alliance....

Diablo Valley College professor calls Trump a "white supremacist" and says "only white people" should stand for Anthem

[See details at DVC Professor Calls For Violent Overthrow Of “White Supremacist” America]


Question: Does either of the above approaches serve a good purpose?

Monday, January 8, 2018

Happy Days are Here Again!

** A Silverfiddle Post **

President Trump has unleashed the animal spirits of our economy. African American unemployment is at a record-low 6.8%.

Innovation + Productivity = Economic Miracle

Warren Buffett’s Time Essay gives us the most accurate and concise explanation of the economic miracle known as the United States of America. It is a message of hope that the greatest economic powerhouse the world has ever known will continue its unprecedented championship run.
“Two words explain this miracle: innovation and productivity. Conversely, were today’s Americans doing the same things in the same ways as they did in 1776, we would be leading the same sort of lives as our forebears.
“To all this good news there is, of course, an important offset: in our 241 years, the progress that I’ve described has disrupted and displaced almost all of our country’s labor force. If that level of upheaval had been foreseen–which it clearly wasn’t–strong worker opposition would surely have formed and possibly doomed innovation. How, Americans would have asked, could all these unemployed farmers find work?
“We know today that the staggering productivity gains in farming were a blessing. They freed nearly 80% of the nation’s workforce to redeploy their efforts into new industries that have changed our way of life.”
One of the many beauties of our nation is how our economy does organically “redeploy” workers to “new industries;” indeed that is one sign of a healthy, robust economy. Easy to do in boom times, but bad times leave cast-off workers mired in unemployment and despair. We are entering boom times, and we can’t allow all the hoopla to drown out the forgotten people.

Buffett closes his short essay with an optimistic challenge:
“The market system, however, has also left many people hopelessly behind, particularly as it has become ever more specialized. These devastating side effects can be ameliorated: a rich family takes care of all its children, not just those with talents valued by the marketplace.
“In the years of growth that certainly lie ahead, I have no doubt that America can both deliver riches to many and a decent life to all. We must not settle for less.”
I agree. How do we do this?

How do we "ameliorate" the "devastating side effects" and help those left behind catch up?

How do we build an America that will “deliver riches to many and a decent life to all?”

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Musical Interlude

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One of my Facebook finds. Enjoy!

The above was posted by one of my former homeschool students.  Today he is an accomplished pipe-organ musician and composer — with a doctorate in Musical Composition. He observed as follows:
love the reference to the Waldstein Sonata in the Beethoven section.
For those unfamiliar with the Waldstein Sonata, that work is below the fold.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Bannon Does Damage?

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard about Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, already a bestseller before its release date of January 9, 2018.

See Trump Bannon row: 11 explosive claims from new book (BBC). The eleven explosive claims:
1. Bannon thought Don Jr meeting 'treasonous'

2. Trump 'befuddled' by his victory

3. Trump 'angry' at inauguration

4. Trump loved 'pursuing' friends' wives

5. Trump found White House 'scary'

6. Ivanka hopes to be president

7. Ivanka mocks dad's 'comb-over'

8. White House unsure of priorities

9. Trump's admiration for Murdoch

10. Murdoch calls Trump 'idiot'

11. Flynn knew Russia ties 'a problem'
Read the details about each of the above points HERE in the full article.

Late yesterday: Trump attorney sends Bannon cease and desist letter over 'disparaging' comments (ABC News).

Additional reading: criticism of author Michael Wolff, including In its review of Wolff's book Burn Rate, Brill's Content criticized Wolff for "apparent factual errors" and said that 13 people, including subjects he mentioned, complained that Wolff had "invented or changed quotes" (Wikipedia)

and Michael Wolff’s Trump book: The latest in a career of controversy (Washington Post).

Welcome to the world of tabloid politics!

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

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Trump's First Year In Office

The graphic below comes from the WaPo article How the Trump era is changing the federal bureaucracy (Click directly on the graphic to enlarge it):

Read the entire article HERE.

President Trump may not be an ideological conservative, but sometimes he takes a pragmatically-conservative position in governance.