socking it to Russia

Rotten Peaches indicate another great victory for the EU and US. Sanctions on Russia for their mythical invasion of Ukraine are proving to hurt everyone but. The story I link to here is drawn out of a huge hat full of unintended consequences.

Greece has had some problems in the last few years with promises impossible to keep, such as pensions built on inflation, then disappointment, then anger. So just to twist the knife, how about making it impossible to sell products that you’ve grown on land you saved all your life to pay for, that you gave up family picnics to pick, and missed meals to care for?  

Evidence is growing that if we could just find useful work for the top officials in our country, instead of letting them do what they do, everyone would be happy. (Unless harassing people is some sort of nutrient)

A quick look at history would reveal secession’s only drawback might be over population.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/13/greece-farmers-russian-sanctions-rotten-fruit

Robin Williams

I remember Mick Jagger saying, “we don’t do any new music, we just rework the old stuff.” There is nothing wrong with that if the goal to entertain is met.

Mork was a new thing when I was young, but still a redo of old material. A stranger in a strange land who thought reality was what he saw on TV (unfortunately all too true).

British blues musicians were a perfect example of how something could be redone and it exposed it to the world in a whole new way. The Brits had personal responsibility robbed from them long ago. So theirs is a dismal existence with little prospect of escape. Good fodder for heartfelt blues music. We can thank them for bringing American music to white American children that should have come to them directly.

Robin Williams seemed uninhibited. That was the beauty of his work. The torment he suffered in mental illness, no doubt(fire), contributed to the work he did so boistergolically. So many great talents have these demons and we think we are as blue as can be anticipating the world without them. But the joy and soaring emotions Mr. Williams gave us over the years far outweigh the feeling of loss, if we tally them.

Much of what Williams did can be traced to past performances by other people. But like Bill Gates and Eugene Sukup, marketing is how it became part of our lives. My dad said, if it weren’t for salesmen, a product might as well not exist.

I hope you can take the time to enjoy Dino and Jerry in their introductory performance. Not that the rest of the cast doesn’t measure-up in their own right. There is a lot in this movie that would suggest Robin Williams studied it. But I think silliness is natural-born.

Let’s all be silly… in memory of those who enrich our lives like Robin Williams did.   

Church

This is Sunday. So I write about church. I’m no theologian, but I’ve done a bit of Bible study and heard a few Sunday school teachers. The stuff i hear self described Christians saying these days makes me sick. If what they advocate to combat the threat of radical Islam is doing the same things as radical Islam, I can’t see how they can call themselves Christians.

Mr. Bean seems to set a better example.

Grim tale

Here is an email forward from a respected friend concerned for the future. And, of course, my response follows.

ISLAM A GERMAN VIEW – A MUST READ

  A  German’s View on Islam – worth reading. This is one of the best
explanations of the Muslim terrorist situation I have ever read. His
references to past history are accurate and clear. Not long, easy to
understand, and well worth the read. The author of this email is Dr. Emanuel
Tanya, a well-known and well-respected psychiatrist.    A man, whose family
was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a number of large
industries and  estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis,
the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism.

    ‘Very few people were true Nazis,’ he said, ‘but many enjoyed the return
of German pride, and many  more were too busy to care. I was one of those
who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat
back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we
had lost control, and the end of the world had come.’

 

    ‘My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the
Allies destroyed my factories.’

    ‘We are told again and again by ‘experts’ and ‘talking heads’ that Islam
is a religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to
live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is
entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff meant to make us feel better,
and meant to somehow diminish the specter of fanatics rampaging across the
globe in the name of Islam.’

    ‘The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It
is the fanatics who march. It is  the fanatics who wage any one of 50
shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter
Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over
the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb,
behead, murder, or honor-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after
mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of
rape victims and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to
kill and to become suicide bombers.’

    ‘The hard, quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the ‘silent
majority,’ is cowed and  extraneous. Communist Russia was comprised of
Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were
responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority
were irrelevant. China ‘s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese
Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.’

    ‘The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a
warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across
South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of
12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet. And
who can forget Rwanda , which collapsed into butchery? Could it not be said
that the majority of Rwandans were ‘peace loving’?

    ‘History lessons are often  incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our
powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points:
peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence.
Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up, because
like my friend from Germany , they will awaken one day and find that the
fanatics own them, and the end of their world will  have begun.’

    ‘Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs,
Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many
others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was
too late.’

    ‘Now Islamic prayers have been  introduced in Toronto and other public
schools in Ontario , and, yes, in  Ottawa ,  too, while the Lord’s Prayer
was removed (due to being so offensive?). The  Islamic way may be peaceful
for the time being in our country until the  fanatics move in.’

    ‘In Australia , and indeed in many countries around the world, many of
the most commonly consumed food items have the halal emblem on them. Just
look at the back of some of the most popular chocolate bars, and at other
food items in your local supermarket. Food on aircraft have the halal emblem
just to appease the privileged minority who are now rapidly expanding within
the nation’s shores.’

    ‘In the U.K, the Muslim communities refuse to integrate and there are
now dozens of “no-go” zones within major cities across the country that the
police force dare not  intrude upon. Sharia law prevails there, because the
Muslim community in those areas refuse to acknowledge British law.’

    ‘As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only
group that counts – the fanatics who threaten our way of life.’

    Lastly, anyone who doubts that the issue is serious and just deletes
this email without  sending it on, is contributing to the passiveness that
allows the problems to expand.

   Extend yourself a bit and send  this on. Let us hope that thousands
world-wide read this, think about it,  and send it on before it’s too late,
and we are silenced because we were  silent!!!

 

I don’t doubt what this guy says is true. I’m anxiously awaiting his plan for what we do about it.
 
It is probably too late and I fear for our kids because this country will descend into  a society where it is everyone for himself. Sharia law is unconstitutional. But we abandoned that long ago. If they can justify social security, undeclared wars and ethanol mandates, why stop there. Sharia law is justified too because there is no longer a boundary between public and private property. Conservatives and liberals agree, the common good is more important than individual rights. We are doomed. 
 
My dad flew in a B-29 fire bombing civilians in Tokyo. More were incinerated there than in the atom bomb attacks. Do you think they were not terrorized? Terrorism should be redefined from Muslim extremist to one who inflicts terror. 

Cassette tape

Dawn and I had this Osborne Brothers cassette tape before we got married 35 years ago. They also do the Bill Monroe hit, Footprints in the Snow:

We had a little discussion at our house about Curt Cobain and Nirvana’s version of this song. I think it might have a different title. I couldn’t understand the words. I guess I’m pretty weird. I surf on the radio from All Iowa Country (KWMT) to Rock 108 (KFMW). And pretty much skip WHO and the talk shows there. I don’t have to hear the same thing a million times to know what they are saying… which is kill, kill, kill. Kill for the Lord. My word, but I love American music. It is so counter to what these Americans stand for.

I never thought I’d praise democracy. But a large percentage of Americans feel we have no national interest in other countries’ conflicts, according to an article by the founder of the Pew Research Center in Tuesday’s War Street Journal. These Americans apparently feel they have families to support, jobs to do and other things that are none of our business, that are more important than the constant screwing up of the world that has become a very bad habit of the, way too influential, respected elite.

One of those important things would be listening to the Osborne Brothers again.