Saturday, February 06, 2016

Vince Guaraldi Died Forty Years Ago Today

Vince Guaraldi and Friend
Vince Guaraldi died on February 6, 1976, forty years ago today.

I have written a lot about Vince.  See my pilgrimage to his last gig site and his grave site at this post.  Vince Guaraldi was a talented jazz pianist and head of the Vince Guaraldi Trio (sometimes a quartet).  His most famous tune was probably "Cast Your Fate to the Wind," a cross-over jazz hit in 1962.  It was jazz, but became a popular hit, and played much on radio stations.  For me, the song had a soft, haunting quality to it, a soothing acoustic balm for a harried soul.

Guaraldi became most famous, however, when Charles Schultz of "Peanuts" fame asked him to provide background music for Peanuts televised cartoons.  Vince wrote a bunch of new songs just for "Peanuts" productions:  Charlie Brown Theme, Linus and Lucy, Snoopy and Woodstock, Joe Cool, Little Birdie, and others.  These tunes are smooth jazz.

Guaraldi's Christmas album, recorded in 1965, is still popular and you hear a lot of these songs during the Christmas season.  That's the time of year when more people find their way to this blog, looking for information about the man.

On the day he died, Vince's trio was playing at Butterfield's nightclub in Menlo Park, California, not far from Stanford University.  The band had just finished their first set, and Vince's last song was the Beatle hit, "Eleanor Rigby."  He then retired to his room at the Red Cottage Inn, just next door, to rest between sets.  While walking across the room towards the bathroom, he dropped dead.  The cause was a burst aortic aneurysm, not a heart attack, as so often been erroneously reported.

So every February 6, I think of Vince.  He died young, at age 47.  He had so much more to give, and that is the tragedy of his death, and that of all talented people whose lives are cut short.  His music lives on, however, and Vince is still an inspiration and role model to those of us who strive for musical achievement.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Dead Musicians and the Meaning of Life: Remembering the Jefferson Airplane

Paul Kantner and Signe Anderson
Back in the late 1960s, my father ran a music store in the Union Square shopping center in the Cambrian Park area of San Jose, California.  He sold many kinds of guitars, but chief among them was Rickenbacker.  By some fortunate twist of fate, the world's most popular band, the Beatles, had appeared on the scene, and John Lennon played a Rickenbacker.  Soon, George Harrison had one too, a red, butterfly shaped 12 string guitar that sounded a lot like a harpsichord.   Soon musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area wanted Rickenbackers, and they came to my dad to buy them.  Pop sold Ricks to Tom Fogerty and Stu Cook of the Creedence Clearwater Revival and 2 or 3 to the Chocolate Watchband, who appeared in the Sidney Poitier film, "the Slender Edge."

12 String Rickenbacker
Just Like One Pop Sold to
Jorma Kaukonen
Pop also sold a 12 string Rickenbacker to Jorma Kaukonen, lead guitar player of the Jefferson Airplane, a famous San Francisco band.  Jorma lived in San Francisco, and for a time he wrote songs with some female singer up there named Janis Joplin.  Neither of them were famous yet, this being 1966 -- 50 years ago.  However, their stars were rising.

Jorma was a very nice guy.  He taught guitar at another music store in San Jose, and would often come by after work to hang around and talk about guitars and music, and of course, to try out different guitars my dad had hanging as stock on the walls.

One day Jorma came by the store for something -- I don't remember what, perhaps it was to pick up his Rick 12 string.  However, most of the Jefferson Airplane came with him, in a kind of bus -- perhaps in transit from some performance.  I think the bus was some kind of Volkswagen, but not the usual hippie bus you might think of.  It was long and slender, with several seats on either side, each with its own window.  There were no peace symbols or hearts of other sixties graffiti on it, it was clean and well maintained.

So anyway, into our store walked Jorma Kaukonen, Paul Kantner, Marty Balin and one other, I think it was bass player Jack Casady.  I can't remember.  Paul Kantner was the rhythm guitar player, and he used a six string Rickenbacker.  As they stood waiting for Jorma to finish his business with my father, I chatted with Paul Kantner.  We talked about how one could hook up a Rickenbacker to two different amplifiers simultaneously, and play stereo-style (Ricks have two input jacks for such a purpose).  That was high tech 1966.  You could do it, but I never could figure why anyone would want to.  Paul was a nice guy, easy-going and pleasant to talk to.  I remember he was dressed all in white -- white jeans and a white shirt (but not a dress shirt).

Soon after this meeting, my younger brother and I went to see the Airplane play at a club called "the Losers South," in San Jose -- where the Hawaiian Gardens is now.  Playing with them that night was Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company.  I brought along a Rickenbacker bass guitar for Jack Casady to try out, but he was too wedded to his Fender Precision bass to make the switch.  I think he slept with that Fender.  (As an aside, we heard Janis Joplin sing that night, up close and personal.  I told my younger brother that I thought she was terrible, and would never amount to a thing.  Her famous song "Bobby McGee" had not yet been recorded.)  Today I have both a Fender bass and a Rickenbacker bass, both great bass guitars.

The Airplane's singer was Signe Anderson, who just had a daughter, and I saw her holding her newborn between sets, looking lovingly into the baby's face.  Signe quit the Airplane in October of that year.  She decided she would rather be a mom than a rock singer.  She was replaced with Grace Slick, and the rest is rock history.  Several decades later, the Jefferson Airplane was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Paul and Signe stayed in touch through the years, but no more.

A week ago, on Janiuary 28, 2016, both of them, Paul and Signe, died of natural causes, on the very same day! They were both 74 years old. I had seen them in person when they were only 24. Time passes. It is sad when one's personal heroes and role models die, and we are reminded of our mortality. No matter how glorious the springtime of youth, or how long the future seems to stretch before us, we ultimately come to the same place -- a grave.

The Seattle Times has the story and some great background at this link.

You can listen to the Airplane's most famous song, "White Rabbit," at this link.

The founder of Earth, Wind and Fire, another famous sixties group, also died this week.  He was Maurice White, also 74 years old.  So what's up with the age of 74??  I'm not liking this trend.

I'm not 74 yet, being a few years younger than these worthy musicians.  I'm not good enough to die yet, either, as I am still learning to be a bass player.  So to the Dark Angel I say, hold off a few years.  I have not yet finished my journey in this realm.  Then I can die.  If Paul, Signe, Maurice and Vince Guaraldi can die, so can I.  In the meantime, however, I'd better get my bass out and practice.

Speaking of dead musicians, tomorrow, February 6, 2016, is the 40th anniversary of the death of Vince Guaraldi, jazz pianist.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

BREAKING NEWS: FBI in Shoot-Out With Oregon Militia; One Dead (#militias)

BREAKING NEWS:
Oregon militia spokesman is shot dead as traffic stop escalates into shoot-out with the FBI that ends with leader Ammon Bundy arrested and his brother Ryan wounded.

Read more here.

Civil War, Anyone?

LaVoy Finicum, RIP
Update:  There are unofficial reports that the Militia spokesman, one LaVoy Finicum, was shot dead by the FBI, even though he was unarmed and had his hands up.  It is claimed that the only bullets fired were by the FBI.  It will probably be days before all the facts are known, but this incident appears to be similar to FBI murder at Ruby Ridge in 1992, when the FBI shot and killed both the son and the wife of Randy Weaver, in Northern Idaho.

LaVoy Finicum was a rancher from Arizona.  He leaves behind a wife, eleven children and nineteen grandchildren.

The Southern Poverty Law Center Exposed -- Video (#SPLC)

The despicable Southern Poverty Law Center is now targeting Confederate monuments, flags and symbols.  They are a far-left, money-making scheme that seeks to marginalize all Conservative groups and personalities.  They have no credibility.


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Screw National Review: I'm Voting for Donald Trump -- (#Trump)

Donald Trump
National Review's latest online magazine is devoted to trashing Trump.  The NRO Establishment Republicans really don't want anyone outside the Country Club Crowd to become president of the United States.  What would people think if a Republican was elected who actually got things done?  Who actually rolled back the left wing juggernaut?  Trump just doesn't get it!

The whole idea, Donald my man, is to pay lip service to conservative policies but do nothing to implement them.  Our political philosophy is never to leave the mahogany-walled panels of our think-tank libraries.  Conservatism is theory only.  So we must continue to elect do-nothings like Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, John McCain, Mitt Romney and Lindsay Graham.

Well after seven years of Obama and go-along RINO Republicans, a lot of people are fed up.  Conservatives have elected Republicans to the House and Senate, and those Republicans do little or nothing to stop Obamacare, illegal immigration, deficit spending, radical appointees, and Obama's power over-reach via executive privilege..  A more feckless mob of collaborationists has rarely been seen.  Even so, they are aghast that we, their voting base, would finally hold them accountable for their abject failure.

So Republican Party, you're fired.  National Review?  You've been on a P.C. downward slide for some time -- firing Ann Coulter and John Derbyshire for writing unpopular truths and things that needed to be said, about Islamic evil and black violence, respectively.  Like many others, I stopped reading National Review Online some time ago.  I prefer my political news and opinion straight, not watered down, not filtered through a P.C. lens to avoid offending people who desperately need to be offended -- with the truth.

So I'm voting for Trump.  Yes, Trump is a gamble -- he may not be able to do what he has promised (building a wall to stop illegal Mexican immigration and halting Muslim immigration), but at least he has proposed to try.  Anyone you vote for is a gamble -- we have seen how D.C. can change a candidate, how that candidate can do things we disagree with, once they have been elected.  However, I am willing to take that gamble.  I don't see that I have much to lose.

Donald Trump is the hard slap across the face that the Republican Party desperately needs.  If our political party no longer represents our views, then it's time to replace it with something else.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Academy Awards and Black People (#Whine #Oscars)

It seems no black actors or actresses or directors were nominated for academy awards this year.  Boo hoo hoo.  Now black actors and actresses, along with some really repugnant white people (like Michael Moore), are going to boycott the Oscars, and encourage others to do so as well.

You see, when one is equal in society and citizenship, he only gets equal opportunity, not unearned equal outcomes.  Maybe the black actors, actresses and directors just couldn't cut it this year.  After all, there are fewer black Oscar candidates than for whites and Hispanics.  However, that's math.  Liberals don't understand math.

The black Hollywood crowd wants racial quotas, AGAIN.  They want to keep their sacred victimhood alive.  Equality, the exposure to the chance of failure as well as success, is not what they want.  They want Black Privilege.  They want guaranteed outcomes. Personally, the black drama got old for me some time ago.  But just to be fair, the "acting" now going on, the staged outrage, the shrieks of horror and despair, the indelible indignation -- maybe that does deserve a special Oscar for these bad actors.  Give them a participation trophy, made out of gold-colored plastic.

It's time, way past time, to take off the training wheels, let the quota-babies sink or swim on their own.  Just the like the rest of us.  Welcome to the real world, Black Peeps.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Was the Great Sphinx an African Man? #Photoshop #Sphinx

Will the Real Sphinx Please Stand Up?
Was the Great Sphinx an African (as in Negro) man?  This has been a controversy for some time.  It is difficult to tell because the Great Sphinx had his nose shattered many hundreds of years ago.  Without a nose, it is hard to tell if the original Sphinx had negroid features.  The Photoshop above shows the Sphinx with a negroid nose, compared to one with a more Semitic nose.  Personally, I believe that the Great Sphinx was smoking a cigar and that anti-tobacco fanatics removed it over the centuries.  However, it just goes to show you that a lot of theories, some of them weird, persist about the identity, race, gender and age of the Sphinx -- not to mention his affinity for tobacco.

Seriously, though, a lot of black people believe that the ancient Egyptians were Negroes.  After all, both of these ethnic groups are African -- the blacks from South Africa, the Egyptians from North Africa.  Same continent, and both are dark skinned.

As for his being negroid, some conspiracy theorists claim the nose was removed so people wouldn't know that the Sphinx was a Negro.  I saw a video on YouTube with Louis Farrakhan claiming that was the reason Napoleon shot the nose off the Sphinx -- to hide its Negroid Bonafides.  (The legend of Napoleon's nose-ectomy has been proved false -- earlier drawings of the Sphinx show the Sphinx without its nose decades before Napoleon ever saw it.)

An Ankh
As for modern depictions, remember that Michael Jackson video of him in an Egyptian temple, dancing and singing as only he could?   It was called "Remember the Time." That was definitely a presentation of black folks as ancient Egyptians -- both the video's Pharaoh (played by Eddie Murphy), and his Queen were black, as were all members of the royal court.  I once saw a young black woman wearing an Ankh around her neck -- you know, that cross-like symbol of ancient Egypt?  It was her way of connecting with the great civilization of the pharaohs.

I felt sorry for the young lady, because we all have a need to feel that we are part of something larger than ourselves.  Understandably, black people like to believe that they are descendants of a once-great civilization -- hence their focus on the ancient Egyptians.  Maybe they were, but I doubt it.  Some digital artists have superimposed the known face of the Pharaoh Kahfre onto the shattered face of the Sphinx, and it seems to fit perfectly.  Kahfre had a big nose, and the side view of the Sphinx with Kahfre's nose does not look negroid in the least.  Without a nose, it does look negroid, as negroid noses are often flat, and lay closer to the face.

The prevailing opinion seems to be that ancient Egyptians were much like modern Egyptians:  Arabic.

What do you think?

View Michael Jackson's video, "Remember the Time," here.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Great Sphinx Photoshop: Latest Refinement (#Sphinx, #Photoshop)

I have regularly been refining, rethinking and retouching my 2013 Photoshop of the Great Sphinx of Egypt. When new information came to light, I would incorporate that into my Photoshop. My latest improvement was to make the nose larger and closer to that of Khafra, the Pharaoh who probably built it, 4500 years ago. This was per the suggestion of a reader. (More specifically, she said the nose was too slim and European before, and so I used Khafra's nose to fix it.) Here's the latest result.



Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Strange Things Are Happening: Merkel the Urkel of Europe. Ended Western Civilization. "Did I Do That?"

"Strange things are happening" -- that's an old meme from the days of Red Buttons, singer and comedic actor, from the black and white television days of the 1950s.

Indeed, the things that are happening today are so strange that I can only conclude that the downfall of western civilization is near.  Either that or I have fallen into a large hole and descended into Wonderland.  The Mad Hatter has Obama's face, but Angela Merkel is his guest of honor.

Take the colossal ass, German Chancellor Angela Merkel.  She is allowing into Germany a million or more savage, barbaric Muslims, who hate their hosts, and who are now engaging in massive rape of German girls and women, all the while depleting the free social services paid for by the German people.  There's no telling when Muslim mass murder will begin in Germany, but it won't be long.  Count on it.  I think it is safe to say that, even while the scimitar is slicing through her neck, Merkel will be appealing to the public for "tolerance" and "diversity."

Angela Merkel is insane.  Note to Germans:  depose this beotch at your earliest opportunity.  Take back your country, by any means necessary.  Then eject the savage barbarians en masse.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

The Left-Right Political Dispute Began 240 Years Ago

I am reading a book titled Abraham Lincoln:  The Southern View, by Lochlainn Seabrook.  The author describes the antagonistic political factions in America, from the end of the American Revolution until today.  What he says makes modern political struggles understandable.

The two political factions are simply these:  the centralizers vs decentralizers, the Federalists vs the Anti-Federalists, strong central government vs weak central government.

The centralizers want a federal government that dictates to the states.  The decentralizers want a federal government that takes its orders from the states.  Early centralizers include Alexander Hamilton and his followers, and decentralizers were Thomas Jefferson and followers.

The Hamiltonians wanted a central bank of the United States, and bigger federal government financed by trade tariffs and excise taxes.  The Jeffersonians opposed a strong federal government, opposed a central bank and supported low taxes and tariffs.

The Hamiltonians became the National Republicans, then the Whigs, and then the Republican Party.  Note:  the early Republican Party was a party of big government and big taxes.

The Jeffersonians became the Democratic Party.  However, what modern people fail to realize is that these early Democrats were Jeffersonian Democrats, who supported small government, low taxes and an agricultural society.

In modern times, the Republican Party moved right and supported Jeffersonian ideas, and the Democratic Party moved left, supporting Hamiltonian ideas.  The two parties did indeed switch sides, though modern gun-boat, Lincoln-loving Republicans vainly deny it.

In present times, the Democratic Party has moved even further left, and are now more socialist or fascist in their leanings.  The Republican Party has also moved left, all but abandoning its base of Jeffersonian conservatives, and now seeks to attract new constituents by adopting leftist ideas.

Has Jefferson lost the argument after 240 years?  Not as far as real conservatives are concerned.  However, we Jeffersonians are largely out of office.  How to retake the political initiative is the question.

Let's Hear It For the Militias!

Kirk Lyons, Southern Legal Resource Center
I have been advocating for the organization of militias for some time.  The reason is simple:  Obama and other leftists have been exceeding their constitutional authority at an increasing pace.  We are in danger of serious degradation of our rights under the First and Second Amendments.  Recently, Democrats in Congress have been making noise about suppressing opinions that are critical of Muslims and their murderous ideology, all while bringing in thousands more of them.  Obama is attacking gun rights through executive orders.  Further, many of us halfway expect the police to show up at our doors at any moment, demanding that we hand over our guns.

This past week a group of militia members took over a federal facility in Oregon, to protest illegal federal "ownership" of state lands, and to protest the re-internment of two farmers who were sent to prison for starting a burn-off on their own land that inadvertently spread to federal lands (so-called). After serving their sentences, a federal judge decided that they had not served enough time, and ordered them returned to prison.

The Kansas City Star has an article on the latest militia-federales standoff, calling the militia members "anti-government extremists," and quoting the laughable, discredited Southern Poverty Law Center to the effect that it's all connected to white supremacists.

The Star's article mentions a FaceBook friend of mine, Kirk Lyons, lawyer, Confederate activist and head of the Southern Legal Resource Center (of which I am a member).  I was chatting with Kirk just last week, about his collection of 19th century photographs -- tintypes, ambrotypes, daguerrotypes, etc.  Liberals hate Lyons with extreme ferocity, as he sues people and institutions that discriminate against people flying the Confederate flag.  However, some years back, Kirk Lyons defused a similar militia-federal standoff by negotiating the surrender of the militia members, the Montana Freemen.  There is talk that he may be used again to negotiate with the Oregon militia members.

Maybe it's just me, but the militia members don't seem like "extremists" to me.  The federal government does, however.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year Y'all

I'm ready for the New Year, 2016.

New Year's Eve is a time to take stock.  What did I accomplish in 2015?
  • Well, I had cataract surgery on both eyes and my eyesight is now the best it has ever been in my lifetime,  I can now drive at night without killing myself.  And, it's nice to see the world in high definition.
  • My bass playing improved substantially, and playing jazz has become comprehensible, and not the mystery it was only one year ago.  I plan to continue my mastery of bass.  That will be my biggest goal for the new year.  
  • I increased my knowledge of taxation (and my disgust with our tax system grew right along with it) and my knowledge of Lacerte tax software, the most popular program for tax accountants, which makes me more marketable for seasonal tax work.
  • I read some good books on the War for Southern Independence, and armed myself with great facts for refuting Yankees and other purveyors of the Northern Myth.  I have two more books on the way, and will no doubt spend New Year's Day reading one of them.
And that's about it.

We are having friends over this evening to eat goodies and drink bubbly stuff and have conversations and watch the ball drop on television, welcoming in the new year.  It should be mildly fun.

Here's hoping you have a great New Year's Eve and a happy 2016.

Barack Obama's Last Year In Office -- My Thoughts

Tomorrow begins Barack Obama's last year in office.  Thank God.  He surely qualifies as one of the most damaging and destructive presidents in U.S. history.  Some folks say that 2016 will be "the end of an error," and that Obama's presidency was "One Big Ass Mistake America, O.B.A.M.A."  Yes, they are right.

It is scary and surprising that American freedom is so fragile and precarious, so easily swept away by cultural fads like electing the "first African-American President," without giving much weight, if any, to his philosophical underpinnings, his lack of experience and wisdom, his radical ideology.  As a president, Barack Obama has been a disaster, doubling the national debt, weakening the military, damaging the economy with his foolish health care plan (which doubled the cost of health care while reducing the coverage for most Americans), his opposition to domestic energy production, his naive moral and other support for Islam, his flooding the country with third world immigrants, thus increasing crime and welfare dependency but increasing the voting base for the Democratic Party, which was his main objective all along.

In 2016, Obama will do his best to further his leftist goals, including more wealth redistribution schemes, using taxes from productive citizens to buy the votes of the non-productive, import more low-skilled immigrants from Mexico and the Middle East, regardless of the economic cost for the former and the terrorism danger from the latter.  The Republican Party has become a joke, and will not seriously oppose Obama's policies.

One more year.  Let us survive it with as little damage as possible, until January 2017, when we will finally be rid of this incompetent, radical ideologue, and perhaps finally able to begin repairing the damage and destruction that his presidency has wrought.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Pamela Geller Named "Woman of the Year" by World Net Daily (#PamelaGeller)

Pamela Geller is the WND "Woman of the Year."  Donald Trump was named "Man of the Year."  I like both choices.

That's Pamela below, sunning in Florida with a poka-dot bikini.  She's definitely all woman.


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Another One Bites the Dust: Paris Terror Mastermind Killed (#ISIS #Islam #Terror)

Another Muslim low-life has been removed from the Earth.  Charaffe al Mouadan, who was tied to the recent Paris terrorist attack, has been killed by a military airstrike.

Sweet dreams, scumbag.



Ain't Sharia Law Wonderful? (#Islam #Sharia)

Sharia is the brutal, backwards and barbaric law that governs Muslim nations.  Muslims are dedicated to spreading Sharia everywhere in the world.

Islam is the vile religion that is responsible.

Here are some examples of Sharia from Indonesia.  Note the woman being caned in public for getting too close to a man to whom she is not married.

Recently, the Party of Treason, the Democrats, have taken steps to criminalize criticism of this violent, anti-human ideology.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

WE ARE ALL MUSLIM (#Photoshop)

























Photo:  In 2004, over 300 school children were murdered by Muslims in Beslan, Russia, for no particular reason -- except that the children were not Muslims.  In December 2015, Michael Moore, leftwing pro-Muslim spokesman, carried a sign in New York claiming that "We are all Muslim."

No, we are not.  Thank God.

I extracted Moore's image from a news photo, holding his sign, and put it into this 2004 photo of the Beslan dead.


The Future Must Belong to Those Who Insult the Prophet of Islam

A bit bored on this day after Christmas.  So I am changing the messages on the London Muslim hate signs of 2010.

This one used to say "Massacre Those Who Insult Islam."  I like my message better.


Saturday, December 26, 2015

Michael Moore Pledges Undying Love for Muslims

This past week the human blob known as Michael Moore, professional America-hating apologist for Islamic barbarism, donned a sign and picketed Trump Tower in New York.

Moore's sign reads "WE ARE ALL MUSLIM."  Whaaaaat?  You mean we all commit mass murder of infidels?  Support Sharia law as a replacement for the Constitution?  Set off bombs at the Boston Marathon?  Shoot 30 or so soldiers at Fort Hood?  Fly planes into skyscrapers?  Behead non-believers?  Kill our daughters for acting too western?  Clitoraly mutilate young girls?  Beat our wives?  Drink camel pee?

It is no surprise that a far-out leftist like Michael Moore would openly demonstrate in favor of evil.  The more odious an ideology is, the more leftists love it.  

Lots of folks have been photoshopping the image of Moore holding his sign in front of Trump Tower.  Some have changed the message on the sign, others have cut Moore and his sign out of the photo and pasted it into a scene of Muslims committing atrocities.  My contribution is at the top, left.  Another interpretation is below that, Photoshopper unknown.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015: Christmas Tree and Falling Snow (Moving Gif)


Merry Christmas to my readers, my fellow bloggers, my friends and family who sometimes wander this way.

Note:  I created this moving gif with Photoshop back in 2013.  If you just logged on, you may need to wait a few seconds for the snow to fall smoothly and continuously.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Fierce Fall Fells Fellow Blogger

Yesterday I tripped in my own driveway and seriously sprained my right arm.  I also bloodied my right knee.  The knee is no big deal, but the arm has been partially disabled for the next couple of days.  At first, I couldn't use the arm for anything, as it hurt too much.  After seeing the doctor, wifey and I had lunch in a Japanese restaurant.  Eating with the left arm only (I'm right handed) was a challenge, a messy one at that.

Now, more than a day later, the arm is mending well.  See?  I'm typing with it.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

U.S. Airforce Band Plays Christmas Jazz! The Performance is Remarkable.

Three things I love: Jazz, Christmas and the US Military. This video combines all three for a really special performance of Christmas cheer. Enjoy!

 

Monday, December 07, 2015

Trump Gets It Right on Muslim Immigration: Stop It Completely

Donald Trump stated his planned policy on Muslim immigrants today.  He said:

"Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life."

He further explanined:
"there is great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population."

His planned policy is the only one that makes sense.  I have been advocating this policy since 9/11/2001.  The late Lawrence Auster advocated this policy.  Inviting in millions of believers in a murder/suicide death cult is an asinine, insane idea.  Yet some of the political "leaders" on both sides of the aisle are savaging Trump for wanting to do the obvious.

Republicans who oppose Trump's stand include Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Lindsay Graham, Ted Cruz, and Carly Fiorina.  Needless to say, Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are dead set against it.

That settles it for me.  I am voting for Donald Trump.

Read more about it here.

Pearl Harbor Day, 2015

Seventy-four years have passed since the Japanese Navy attacked our ships and planes in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  December 7th, 1941.  Never forget.



Saturday, December 05, 2015

A MUSLIM CHRISTMAS TREE....Celebrating Multiculturalism and Diversity...Mutual Understanding....and Coming Together


MUSLIM PIGS IN HELL (#Photoshop)

When Tashfeen Malik and her hubby Syed Farook arrived in Hell following their mass murder of innocents in San Bernardino, they were greeted by the Prophet himself, Muhammed, or as we are used to calling him, SATAN.

Muhammed's first words to them were "Well Done!"  However, he was referring to what they would soon become roasting in the fires of Hell.

As we leave this scene, we hear Tashfeen ask Syed, "Do you smell pork cooking?"

Syed couldn't answer.  He was too busy screaming.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Mass-Murdering Muslims Kill 14+ in San Bernardino, California #jihad

A small group of Muslims have murdered 14+ people in San Bernardino, in Southern California.  Are you shocked?  Neither am I.   Mass murder is what Muslims do. Not all Muslims, just the ones who are serious about their religion.  If they die for Allah, they go straight to Muslim heaven, bypassing the Day of Judgment altogether.

We are at war with Islam -- their choice, not ours.  For our own defense, open carry and concealed carry should be the right of every American citizen.

It seems that the murderers are native-born Muslims.  The same is true of some of the Muslims in the recent Paris attack.  Also, the Muslim murderers who attacked London a few years back were also born in the U.K.  The common thread is the violent, vile ideology known as Islam.

This is why the notion of "vetting" Muslim immigrants is so brazenly stupid.  Some Muslims are peaceful, but they have children, and some of those children grow up to be devout followers of the bloody prophet Muhammad -- and therefore, terrorists.  Anyone who follows Islam is therefore a threat -- either an immediate threat, or a delayed threat through their offspring.

The only practical solution is to outlaw Islam and stop all Islamic immigration into the West.

I am too disgusted with our so-called leaders to say more at this time.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Are You Afraid of Being Called a RAAAAACIST? There is No Safety in Silence.

Is This You?
Every time I post about black dysfunction or anti-white racism, the only sound I hear from readers is crickets.  Doesn't anyone have an opinion?  Or are you all just deathly afraid of being called a RAAAACIST?  If so, this is a fear you need to overcome.

There are some compromised conservatives, now known as cuckservatives, who look for the good-boy, pat-on-the-head acceptance from liberal society, by mouthing polite fictions and supporting leftist memes (see an example, here).  They no doubt believe that the charge of "racism" directed at any and all conservatives is a bonafide misunderstanding, one that can be cleared up with a little explanation.  It can't, because it is the charge itself that is irrational -- as well as politically expedient for the lying left.

Others simply react to the racism charge like Dracula reacting to a crucifix.  They scream and turn to dust.  For them, there is no defense for the charge.  They must submit or die, figuratively.

"Racism" is the 21st century's equivalent of the 17th and 18th centuries accusation of being a witch.  In the latter case, no proof was necessary for the charge.  If the powers that be decided you were a witch, and responsible for crop failures, pestilences and bad weather, your goose was cooked.

The 21st century's "racism" accusations are very similar in purpose and effect:  to discredit and ostracize someone, even ruin them.  "Racism" is a magic word that can be used to taint anything, even inanimate objects like flags (Confederate), songs ("Take Me Back to Ole Virginny"), school menus (peanut butter sandwiches), and common expressions ("There is only one race, the human race").  Almost daily we can expect for something new to be labeled, absurdly, as "racist."  However, when everything and anything can be "racist," the term has lost all rational meaning. (See some examples here.)

Racism used to mean the irrational hatred of all members of a particular race, without exception, regardless of any person's individual qualities.  Under that older definition, the most virulent racism today comes from the black community and its white liberal supporters.  This anti-white racism is hateful and destructive, and must be confronted.  Don't be a cuckservative.  Grow some gonads.  Speak out!

Friday, November 27, 2015

UCSB White Student Union to Stage "White Solidarity" Walk-Out

Now we're getting somewhere.  The White Student Union of the University of Santa Barbara have pledged to stage a "white solidarity" walkout.  They stated:
“Join us as we walk out of our classes at 12:30 PM to show solidarity for our brothers and sisters of European descent,” the Walk Out event description reads. “We will march out (preferably chanting something inspiring on the way out) and meet outside of the UCSB MultiCultural Center where we will respectfully voice our complaints. We ask that only self-identified white students and @llies join us.
The Daily Wire has the story here.  However, the Daily Wire states that the White Student Union movement is "satirical" and that white students "are demonstrating, using parody in the form of a white student club, how divisive the black separatist movement really is."

The movement isn't satirical.  As noted in my previous post, anti-white bigotry has become extreme on the college campus, and is slanderous and marginalizing to white students.

White Student Unions Are Proliferating; Left Goes Nuts

I have never been tempted to join any "white" organizations, because I never imagined my epidermis to be of primary importance.  I don't care what color you are, as long as you are pro-liberty, pro-capitalism, and a generally nice person.  However, in the light of the following, I am seriously reevaluating the importance of my race:  the hateful "Black Lives (Only) Matter" movement, the ongoing demonization of American history and our Founding Fathers, and the extreme anti-white race hatred in Academia.  The latter has also inspired white college students to begin an organized resistance to this bigotry.

It appears that the nonsense at University of Missouri, Yale and other leftwing indoctrination centers, have finally inspired some pushback.  White Student Unions are forming in many universities -- around 30 so far.  Even the University of British Columbia in Canada has one.

The hostile work environment on college campuses is nurtured and fed by both black and white, radical professors who hate white people.  Some examples follow:
  • Ali Michael, white professor at University of Pennsylvania said that she chose never to reproduce because her children "would simply inherit white privilege."
  • Cherly E. Matias, University of Colorado education white professor, has written that "Whiteness is a disease."  
  • Saida Grundy, black professor at Boston University said“White masculinity isn’t a problem for America’s colleges, white masculinity is THE problem for America’s colleges."  She also said "Every MLK week I commit myself to not spending a dime in white-owned businesses. And every year I find it nearly impossible.” In another tweet she called white males a “problem population.”
  • Lawrence Brown, black professor at Morgan University wrote "America, you’re killing us, Your law enforcement officers, your criminal justice systems, your jail cells are all weapons of mass destruction. … White America has built an edifice of violence in the psychology and culture of white police officers and correctional officers that continues to dehumanize indigenous and black lives.”
  • Adam Kotsko, white professor at Shimer College in Chicago, stated that if you are white, and even if your ancestors never owned slaves, you are still complicit for it. When asked what white people should do because of it, Kotsko said whites "should commit mass suicide."
  • Zandria Robinson, black Sociology professor at the University of Memphis, tweeted "Whiteness is most certainly and inevitably terror."  She later claimed that white "microaggressions" were responsible for her menstrual problems.
  • Noel Ignatiev, white professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, said in a speech:“If you are a white male, you don’t deserve to live. You are a cancer, you’re a disease, white males have never contributed anything positive to the world! They only murder, exploit and oppress non-whites! At least a white woman can have sex with a black man and make a brown baby but what can a white male do? He’s good for nothing. Slavery, genocides against aboriginal peoples and massive land confiscation, the inquisition, the holocaust, white males are all to blame! You maintain your white male privilege only by oppressing, discriminating against and enslaving others.”  Ignatiev has called himself a "Race Traitor -- Because "treason to whiteness is loyalty to humanity."  
The above are but a handful of available examples of the anti-white racism on the college campus.  This is a daily feature of most college campuses in America.  For students of European extraction, the college campus is a hostile work environment -- and people sue for such things.

Clearly, Academia has never been so hostile and slanderous towards white students, and it is time to call a halt.  Other ethnic groups have formed organizations to contest and sue, when necessary, the bigotry of officials, public and otherwise.  

White Student Unions have appeared on FaceBook, representing white students at the University of Cincinnati, the University of Illinois, the University of Mississippi, and others.  OF COURSE, none of these student unions have been officially recognized or accepted by the anti-white, hard-core leftists who run these universities.  

Leftist college administrators and liberal students have reacted negatively, even hysterically, to the formation of these student unions. Only "People of Color" can have student unions to represent them based on their race.  Whites are supposed to accept the scathing insults and slander directed at them daily, by "students of color" and by white and black Marxist college professors.

Whites who attempt to organize for their own protection are not allowed.  Yet. We on the right should do all we can to get such student unions officially recognized, and to help fund their efforts to eradicate anti-white bigotry through lawsuits and protests.

Once organized, will white students have the gonads to counter-demonstrate against hate groups like "Black Lives Matter," or demand resignations of anti-white racist professors?  Let us hope so.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving Fellow Turkeys

I have my scammer-damaged computer almost back to full operational strength.  All major programs have been reinstalled, following a clean reinstall of Windows 10.  Most of my critical files were backed up, if not all of them.  The only files I lost were music and video files, all of which can be retrieved from the Internet, though it will take some work.  I will just pass on retrieving those, or retrieve them on an as-needed basis.

Which reminds me, my music fake books were backed up on a different external hard drive.  I'd better retrieve them right away.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Indian "Tech Support" Scam Catches My Wife

There is a telephone/internet scam originating from India that will steal your money, your identity and your files.  It is popular right now, and someone may call you claiming to be from Microsoft Tech Support, and that they have found viruses on your computer that need to be fixed immediately.  However, it is a SCAM, and the caller is not from Microsoft at all.  One of these scammers called my wife last Sunday, and she fell for it, giving the scammer online access to our computers, and even providing the scammer with the password to her bank debit card. 

My wife had been on the phone with our Internet Service Provider, discussing issues with our wireless modem.  So I was not alarmed when she came to me and said that a tech support person was on the phone, and that "corruptions" were found on our computers, and this was causing the modem problems.  The tech support guy called himself Steve, but "Steve" had a strong Indian accent.  Okay, probably calling from a call center, nothing alarming about that.  However, Steve was not from our Internet Service Provider as I had assumed.

Steve wanted to look at my computer too, so I handed it to my wife and went on smoking my cigar and drinking my morning coffee.  Steve showed us alleged corruptions on our computers using Eventvwr (Event Viewer), a utility built into Windows.  Steve, who announced that he is from Microsoft, said that Microsoft would fix the problems and protect against future ones for two years for $149.

Mrs. Chomper then gave Steve online access to our computers using a downloaded program called TeamViewer, a program that allows someone to remotely control your computer.  While TeamViewer displayed a graph on our screens, "Steve" was busily making changes to our computers behind the scenes, and installing locked passwords that would later deny us access to our own machines.  

I was sitting in the living room, but could hear my wife arguing with Steve about the necessity of providing him with a credit card.  My antennae shot up when Steve insisted on a debit card rather than a regular credit card, and stated that it was necessary for us to set up a Western Union account for transferring money.  I began yelling at my wife, "Hang up, hang up, it's a scam!"  She ignored me, perhaps too focused on her conversation with Steve, or more likely, she thinks she knows everything and needs no direction.  However, in her defense, the scammer knew her name, and provided details of her Microsoft accounts that convinced her he was on the level.  Somehow, the scammer had access to private information even before he called.

At this point, I turned on my iPad and googled "Indian guys calling from Microsoft" or some such, and immediately learned that this is the Microsoft Tech Support scam (though Microsoft has nothing to do with it).  I could find no way to shut off TeamViewer using regular means, so I pushed the power buttons down and held them, forcing our machines to power off.  This stopped any file transfers, but when I turned our laptops back on, we were unable to boot up Windows or access any programs or files.  A window came up instead, asking for a password to allow us to boot up.  It wasn't our regular passwords, and we were locked out.

Dell is sending us new Windows 10 CDs to reinstall Windows, and they should arrive tomorrow.  I suspect that we will lose both programs and files.  Meanwhile, we signed up for Lifelock, my wife cancelled her bank debit card, called Western Union and had them terminate our unwanted account with them (the scammer had already initiated a transfer of $500 from us to him, but fortunately it was cancelled in time).  Now we are busy changing all of our passwords.  For our online banking, I changed the log-in name as well as the password.  We notified the bank to be on alert for suspicious activity.

I am writing this from a nine year old Dell Inspiron, my wife's older computer that hasn't been booted up for more than a year.  It took some doing to get it operating smoothly, using a reg cleaner and updating Windows 7, reinstalling web browsers and such, and of course, running virus scans to be sure it is safe.  That took all day yesterday.

According to TechEye.Net, Microsoft seems to think that the scam "was being used by dodgy people within the Microsoft Partner Network." Microsoft terminated its relationship with certain partners who "are clearly misrepresenting their relationship with us and using our company name in order to facilitate their telephone scam operations."  Microsoft has also sued one Indian company for engaging in these scams.  Read more about it here.

The scammer's insider knowledge of my wife's Microsoft ID's and accounts is what fooled my wife.  However, Microsoft doesn't call people out of the blue.  If you get such a phone call, HANG UP.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Wishful Thinking vs Hard Reality RE: Islamic Violence

Sultan Knish nails it.  He writes:
The fulfillment of Islam depends on the subjugation of non-Muslims so that violence against non-Muslims become the essence of religion. When Hamas states that, “Killing Jews is worship that draws us close to Allah” or the ISIS rapists tell Yazidi girls that rape "draws them closer to Allah", they really do mean it. They are not perverting a great religion, as our politicians claim, they are living it. Everything they do is based on the Koran, the body of Islamic law and the greater history of Islam.
I would add to the last sentence "and the example of Muhammad."

Read the article here:  Why Islam is a Religion of War 

In the wake of the Paris atrocity of November 13, we see lots of errant opinions on  the causes and cures of Islamic violence.  At the base of this self-delusion is the belief that Muslims have a legitimate beef, and that some kind of accommodation with them is possible.

The only accommodation possible is to become Muslims ourselves, end Christianity and Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and every other religion, in favor of Islam.  We would also have to be complicit in the second holocaust of the Jews, allowing Israel to be overrun by the Muslim hordes.

Once we become Muslims, no more music concerts, pet dogs, pork or alcohol.  No more rights for women, who will become disposable property.  No more Christmases or Hanukkahs. Sharia law will be instituted, allowing adulterers to be stoned to death.  Along with adulterers, gays, fornicators, and apostates will be put to death in one grisly fashion or the other.  Thieves will have their hands cut off in the public square.

Obviously, converting to Islam is not an option any sane westerner would accept.

I believe that containment of Islam, like we once contained Communism, is the most acceptable, near-term answer.  That and a show of moral clarity by our cowardly and accommodating western leaders.  That would include making it clear to Islamic states throughout the world:
  • That we will never accept or allow Sharia law within western nations.
  • That we will never accept Islam as a legitimate religion, due to its religious doctrines requiring  unending war against all mankind, and its ongoing crimes against humanity.
  • That we will never accept Muhammad as a prophet of God, due to his immorality and history of robbery, torture, aggression and mass murder.
  • That we will punish severely any 9/11 style attacks by Islamic forces anywhere in the civilized world.
  • That any nuclear attacks by any Islamic nation on Israel or any western nation will illicit a nuclear response on Mecca and Medina, and the eradication of Islam throughout the world.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Latest Muslim Atrocity: Paris, France 11/13/2015 #ParisAttack

There was another Muslim attack on Paris last Friday, November 13, 2015.  A team of Muslim jihadists attacked several sites -- a sports stadium, a concert hall, several restaurants and a bar, machine gunning people therein at random.  The death toll now stands at 132 with 350 wounded.

Islam is at war with Western Civilization, and has been for centuries.  We crazy right-wing nuts have been warning about this for some time:  allowing Muslim immigrants into western countries is insanity, and will lead to loss of life and loss of freedoms.  Some truths, oft repeated, always ignored by the liberal/left intelligentsia:
  • Muslims kill people, lots of people, all the time; their presence in western countries is a dangerous threat to the safety and security of the host populations.
  • Muslims refuse to live in peace alongside non-Muslims, and are perpetually at war with all mankind.
  • Muslims will not assimilate into non-Muslim civilizations, but will exist as a separate, permanent, hostile minority, ready to kill and undermine their host countries when the opportunity arises.
  • Massive Muslim immigration is national suicide, and those western leaders who support it (like Angela Merkel, David Cameron and Barack Obama) are fools or traitors or both.
This is nothing new.  John Quincy Adams was the 6th president of the United States, from 1825 to 1829.  He wrote this about Islam:
He [Muhammad] poisoned the sources of human felicity at the fountain, by degrading the condition of the female sex, and the allowance of polygamy; and he declared undistinguishing and exterminating war, as a part of his religion, against all the rest of mankind. THE ESSENCE OF HIS DOCTRINE WAS VIOLENCE AND LUST: TO EXALT THE BRUTAL OVER THE SPIRITUAL PART OF HUMAN NATURE (Adam's capital letters)….Between these two religions, thus contrasted in their characters, a war of twelve hundred years has already raged. The war is yet flagrant…While the merciless and dissolute dogmas of the false prophet shall furnish motives to human action, there can never be peace upon earth, and good will towards men.”
As long as there is Islam, innocent people will be murdered for no other reason that they are not Muslims.  The most immediate steps we should take:
  • Cease all Muslim immigration into the West
  • Deport those non-citizen Muslims as soon as possible
  • Encourage those here as citizens to leave, with financial assistance to do so
  • Be energy independent.  Do not deal with Islamic countries unless absolutely necessary.
  • Separate THEM from US. 
Update:  Add one more.  Get western troops out of the Middle East and stop taking sides in their unending wars against each other.  However, continue supporting Israel and its right to exist.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Cats Swing Band, Full Recital, November 13, 2015

We had a recital for our jazz/swing band last night.  You can listen to the entire recital at the link below.

My bass playing, IMHO, has improved greatly since I joined this band.  I have turned a corner.  I am not where I want to be just yet, but I am happy with my progress.

If you want to be a successful bass player:
  • Learn music theory
  • Learn bass techniques
  • Learn SONGS.  The more songs you learn, the easier it is to learn new ones.  
Here's the link:

http://yourlisten.com/Stogiebass/catsrecital11132015


Monday, November 09, 2015

University of Missouri Goes Far Left Radical Nuts

There are two terrible disabilities suffered by American college students today.  One is pimples.  The other is crazy-ass, over-the-top radical B.S.  The first condition results in red spots all over one's face. The second is obvious by paroxysms of unfounded outrage over made-up problems, e.g. pervasive racism, white privilege, patriarchal oppression, rape culture.  Solutions: Clearasil for the first condition, destruction of a University President's career for the second.

At the University of Missouri, black students were outraged when some kid in a passing pickup truck shouted "nigger" at one of the black students.  A second episode followed in a separate incident.  The black students found this to be proof of widespread racism on the Mizzou campus.  Their solution:  mandatory racial sensitivity training for all campus staff, teachers and students.  The hiring of more black teachers.  Most of all, an apology from the University president, i.e.:
We demand that the University of Missouri System President, Tim Wolfe, writes a handwritten apology to the Concerned Student 1-­9-­5-0 demonstrators and holds a press conference in the Mizzou Student Center reading the letter. In the letter and at the press conference, Tim Wolfe must acknowledge his white male privilege, recognize that systems of oppression exist, and provide a verbal commitment to fulfilling Concerned Student 1-9-5-­0 demands. We want Tim Wolfe to admit to his gross negligence, allowing his driver to hit one of the demonstrators, consenting to the physical violence of bystanders, and lastly refusing to intervene when Columbia Police Department used excessive force with demonstrators. (Emphasis added.)  See additional demands here.
Apparently, black students blocked the president's car in a parade to demand unending special privileges for America's rudest and most problematic minority, and police removed them from blocking the car, which held up the parade for 15 minutes.

Since that time, the black students, along with their white sheeple supporters, have organized to demand Wolfe's resignation for his failure to agree to their absurd demands.  One student went on a hunger strike, promising to starve to death until Wolfe was removed as president.  The Mizzou football team stated that they will refuse to play football until Wolfe resigned.  The wimp.

Wolfe threw in the towel and resigned as University president this morning.

The problem of immature brats acting out is not solved by acceding to their temper tantrums; it is cured by making them pay for their radical and unreasonable acts.  A good spanking is probably unfeasible, but there are other ways to deal with these immature twits:

1.  Informing the black student union that no apology will be forthcoming.  The students blocking the president's car in a parade were breaking the law and using physical intimidation in an inappropriate setting and manner, and deserved to be removed by the police.

2.  Stating quite clearly that there is no "white privilege," and that claims to the contrary are merely the excuse of non-performing minorities as a mask for their own failures.

3.  Stating that the only "systems of oppression" in place on college campuses is that of Political Correctness, i.e. the intolerance for, and suppression of ideas that conflict with those of the far left.

4.  For student football players refusing to play, barring then from any further participation in sports. If they are enrolled as beneficiaries of a sports scholarship, their immediate expulsion will result, followed by a lawsuit for damages.

5.  Announcing the hiring of more conservative professors, to counter the Marxist crapola now molding the minds of the students.

There is more, but that will do for starters.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Ben Carson Gets Reamed by Politico, Politico Gets Reamed by Rush Limbaugh

Everyone knows the major media (and a lot of the minor media) are mere house organs for the Democratic Party.  They report whatever helps their candidates, omit anything that doesn't, and make stuff up about Republicans when they can't find any real dirt.

Politico, a left wing website attempted to smear Ben Carson yesterday, with a very biased and errant article.  In case you haven't, read about it at Rush's site here.

It's good that conservatives are finally fighting back at media bias, which has become quite extreme in the past eight years.  The left is absolutely determined to foist a form of fascism on us, and we on the right are equally determined that they shall not.  What happens when an irresistible force meets an unmovable object?  Whatever it is, it won't be pretty.

Stogie Stuff: California Rain and Pumpkin Plants

Last week we had the first good rain in three years, here in Northern California.  Now the weather has turned quite cold.  I put an additional blanket on my bed last night.

My pumpkin plant experiment was a failure.  The plants are still alive, and still producing yellow flowers every day, but I suspect the cold will kill them soon.  The big plant produced three small pumpkins, all of which died soon after flowering.  Not sure why.  I'll try a bigger planting in May.