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Moved from Brooklyn to Liverpool, NY, but did not change screen name.
LIKES: Chess; The brilliant novels of Ayn Rand; Classical Music: Bruckner, Brahms, Chopin, Borodin, Bortkiewicz, Howard Hanson, Rimsky-Kosakov, Miaskovsky, etc.,Playing the piano; Swimming; Traveling; Scenic drives; Composing music; Writing humorous verse; Feeding pigeons, squirrels, ducks; NY's Finger Lakes; Vancouver, Canada; Casinos; Caribbean beaches; Bermuda; Costa Rica, Rio de Janeiro; London (don't miss strolling through Hampstead Heath and its quaint adjoining village); British accents; The German language; Vegetarian food; Cats; Parakeets; City street maps; The window seat on an airplane; Unexpected acts of kindness; Tuna fish sandwiches; Polaner (Apricot) All Fruit; Steam rooms; Playful towel flicking in the gym locker room (very "versatile" here); Astronomy (it irks me to think that Pluto was relegated to a celestial (Kuiper Belt) "pimple", considering it is now known to have five moons orbiting it); The film score music of Miklos Rozsa, Bernard Herrmann, Max Steiner, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Hans J. Salter, Victor Young; NYC Subways, The Wizard of Oz, Movies from the '30s and '40s; Mark Twain; Lewis Carroll; Mario Lopez; Sal Mineo; Dracula; The Wolfman; Christopher Lee; (met him in person); Peter Cushing; Boris Karloff; Lon Chaney, Jr; Bela Lugosi; Rita Hayworth; Errol Flynn; Sean Hannity; Tucker Carlson; Jeanine Pirro; Mike Levin; Steve Hilton; Dan Bongino; Ben Shapiro, Candace Owens, etc.
DISLIKES: Noise; Door slammers; Chewing gum snappers; Rap; Hip-Hop; Heavy metal rock; Jock itch; Litterbugs; Most alien forms of insect life; Disloyalty; Ebonics; Double negatives; Marauding street punks with "waistlines" somewhere near their asses; Religious dogma; Public nose pickers; Bad breath; Perspiration odor; Smelly dogs; Stinking feet; Al Sharpton; Rachel Maddow; Xmas shoppers; Welfare abuse; Illegal immigration; Starbucks coffee; Times Square on New Year's Eve.
THE ENDLESS VIOLENCE AND MASS SHOOTINGS
Fed up, and at their wit's end, folks keep asking: When is it all going to end?
Sad to say it is likely not going to end -- at least not any time soon
Brilliant writer Ayn Rand once stated so perceptively that a society's culture is an accurate barometer of the direction in which it is heading....or should we say [in our particular case], "the direction in which it is deteriorating". Ours has become a death and despair kind of "culture".
Listen to today's popular music and attendant lyrics; look at the nonstop diet of violent, sadistic films we are feeding our youngsters; notice the ubiquitous, brain-numbing computer games that deal in the triumph of scoring points for the most number of graphic "enemies" the player guns down; look at the number of increasing suicides among our depressed, wayward teens; observe how swarms of illegals are streaming across our open borders -- unvetted -- smuggling drugs to feed the growing addictions of young Americans; cringe with incredulous horror how we're teaching KINDERGARTNERS about the interchangeability of gender identification; and finally, contemplate the mounting number of broken homes and divorces all across the United States. We never saw anything so horrendous as this in the past. Slowly, but oh so surely, we are witnessing the downfall and dissolution of the greatest nation on earth.
YES! -- military weapons that kill quickly...efficiently, in massive numbers, should not be sold EVER to the general public...YES! -- everyone who purchases a gun should be required to undergo a strict background check.
But having said that, do NOT EVER make the mistake in assuming it is the gun that is responsible for these tragic murders. Confiscating our protective firearms and abrogating the 2nd Amendment -- and leaving men open to the tyranny of lawless predators and/or to the very government sworn to protect its citizens -- is most assuredly NOT the way to proceed. The criminals will ALWAYS find a way to circumvent the law and procure all the devastating weaponry they need to wreak havoc upon us.
Change the culture -- and, in doing so, you'll change the collective spiritual outlook of its people for the better.
JoelBklyn in reply to rchead:
In retrospect, RC, it WAS kind of "low" to post that...I just couldn't help myself...do you think I should delete it? At the same time I've gotten so many compliments from (believe it or not) gay guys like myself.
HEY, ALL YOU "SINNERS"!
Line up, America!—free dispensations for all those souls in dire need of such.
Not only are student loans on the table for forgiveness—Pope Biden will soon be forgiving both "venal" and "mortal" sins in exchange for the simple promise to vote Democratic in 2024.
JoelBklyn: I feel it incumbent upon me to thank AOL most appreciatively for reminding us avid readers in one of its June 23rd headlines that despite Joe Biden's current disastrous rating in the polls, it is still not QUITE as "disastrous" as Donald Trump's when HE was President.
Of course, Mr. Trump's rating was not at all reflective of the man's competence...or patriotism...or resolve to make a promise and actually keep it -- instead, such rating was more than likely skewed to reflect far more objectively (albeit unwittingly) the blatant stupidity of an addled group of Americans, whose shameless penchant for mediocrity and failure far outweighed any possible respect for the highest level of competency and love for country ever exhibited by an American president.
tuffjeff: So true! The Huffington post that supplies their news is openly leftist cesspool and is also considered 'tabloid journalism' by other so-called legit newspapers. There is no honor even among themselves. Their hatred towards President Trump started in 2017 and has never ceased. Unhinged is the best way to describe them in one word.
GOOD NEWS FROM BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
‘Woke’ Spanish Put to Sleep in Buenos Aires
From the Congressional Post
Argentina’s capital has had enough of radical leftists trying to neuter the Spanish language. Buenas Aires banned the use of gender neutral fake Spanish in the city’s schools, striking a blow to those who want to restructure the primary language of over half a billion people.
Mayor Horacio Rodriguez Laretta announced that butchering the Romance language is no longer acceptable. Children, he declared, must be taught to respect its grammatical rules to learn to “master the language as it is.”
Latin was not a Romance language, but it evolved and gave birth to Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Romanian. Like all the subgroup’s languages, Spanish is gendered with every noun either masculine or feminine, and it is critical to match each with proper verbs. [NOTE: I wonder if the author meant "proper adjectives", instead.]
In 2022 every knee must bow to the lords of gender fluidity and inclusivity, and that includes the most basic cultural bindings of language. We’ve all heard “amigos” and “amigas.” Now there’s “amigues,” a word that doesn’t exist but was invented by woke revolutionaries to denounce gender.
The mayor’s resolution states that the historical “o” and “a” that designate gender will not be replaced by “e,” “x,” or even “@.” Proponents of “inclusive” Spanish lashed out at the decision.
Vico Ortiz, non-binary star of HBO’s “Our Flag Means Death,” criticized the decision as discriminatory and “silencing” his existence. This move, Ortiz claimed, allows others to “feel they can lawfully ignore who I am.” He declared that he and his community “will never be forgotten.”
He chided the government for not challenging the language’s “stagnant structure.”
The U.S. is far from immune to this silliness. Radical Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasted her own Democratic colleagues recently for not using “Latinx.” The leftist diva told party members to drop the “drama” and accept that “gender is fluid, language is fluid.”
Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY) had a far different reaction when the New York Yankees tweeted recently about gun violence. The Bronx baseball team used “Latinx,” a term Torres says is almost never used in his home district — The Bronx — which is 66% Hispanic.
Don’t look now, but the radicals are coming for the language as well. Kudos to the mayor of Buenos Aires for putting his foot down in opposition to radicals indoctrinating children. Most adults don’t subscribe to such foolishness, so the left turned to targeting kids.
A bit long...but OH, SO WORTH READING!
"Inside Every Progressive Is a Totalitarian SCREAMING to Get Out"
From FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE
Thursday, June 9, 2002 - by Lloyd Bilingsley
Active Shooters in France Kill 648 Men, Women and Children
What happens when the people with all the power have all the guns.
On June 10, 1944, four days after D-Day, troops of the 4th SS Panzer Regiment surrounded the French village of Oradour-sur-Glane, in central France. The troops surrounded the village, ordered the people to assemble in the village square, and shot those who tried to flee.
The National Socialist forces put women and children on one side, men on the other. The men were confined in six locations, faced down by heavy machine guns. The SS troops set off an explosion then gunned down the men, aiming for the legs before finishing them off at point blank range and setting the dead and dying on fire.
The SS troops locked the women and children in the village church, filled with black smoke from an exploding gas cannister. The Germans threw in grenades, shot indiscriminately, and set the victims on fire. The rest of the village was then looted and set ablaze.
The attackers killed 245 women and 207 children, including six below the age of six months. The 196 men killed included seven Jewish refugees from other parts of France. Out of the 648 people murdered in the village, only 50 could be identified. One woman survived by jumping from a window of the church, breaking her leg and taking a bullet from a Nazi soldier. She lost her husband, son, two daughters, and a grandson only seven months old.
The massacre of Oradour-sur-Glane, the worst atrocity in Nazi-occupied France, was a reprisal for attacks by the French Maquis or Résistance. This mass murder, and the oppression of a nation, were enabled by the systematic disarming of the French people. Stephen P. Halbrook wrote about it in Gun Control in Nazi-Occupied France: Tyranny and Resistance, the first scholarly work on the subject.
Pierre Laval, prime minister in 1935, decreed the registration of firearms for the first time in modern French history. The registration was “aimed at firearms owners at large and did not focus on those responsible for fomenting political violence.” The main effect “was to enhance the power of government over the citizens.” Little did anyone anticipate that “just five years later, France would be conquered by Nazi Germany.”
When the Nazi forces invaded France in May of 1940, the Stalin-Hitler Pact was in force. The powerful French Communist party opposed the war against Hitler and “encouraged friendship with Germans when they occupied Paris.”
In June of 1940, Pierre Laval was deputy prime minister in the government collaborating fully with the Nazis. The previous month the government issued a decree demanding the surrender of all firearms and radio transmitters, on penalty of death. The French were also subject to the death penalty for failing to denounce someone who possessed guns.
As Halbrook shows, few French supported the resistance before the roundups of Jews in July 1942 and the obligatory service declaration in February 1943. After that, support increased and the allies parachuted arms to the Maquis, who still lacked firepower. They trained teens to shoot, and French civilians battled Nazis in Paris with any rifles and pistols they could find.
One French fighter shot a pistol through his pocket and took out two German sentries. Jewish partisans ambushed a German train shouting “Wir sind Juden! Wir sind Juden!” As Maurice Bernsohn explained, “We pounced on them, I tearing a revolver from the belt of a German major,” and he kept the gun “to this day.”
Halbrook also tells the story of Hélène, a young Jewish woman who helped others escape the firing squads. “She was arrested in March 1944 and deported to Auschwitz and Belsen-Belsen,” Halbrook writes, “where she would die just days before the camp was liberated in 1945.” Many others perished in the struggle to liberate Paris.
Pierre Laval’s crusade for a “gun-free France” wound up aiding the murderous National Socialist tyranny that slaughtered the 648 at Oradour-sur-Glane, hardly the only site of Nazi massacres.
Halbrook is also the author of Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and “Enemies of the State.” Before the Nazis took power, the author notes, the liberal Weimar Republic sought to register, regulate and prohibit firearms. A 1926 order demanded surrender of all firearms and a 1926 Bavarian law barred Gypsies from owning guns.
When the National Socialist German Workers Party took power in 1933, they grabbed the registration records of the Weimar Republic. Nazi official Wilhelm Elfes ruled that weapons belonged only in the hands of the organs of the Reich and the states. In the National Socialist view, nobody needed a firearm for self-defense when the police protected society and sport shooting and hunting were not a “need,” as determined by the government.
Halbrook shows how the National Socialists denied access to firearms to anyone not an adherent of National Socialism. The purge included the Stahlhelm, a veterans group critical of the Nazi regime, and all “unreliable” types, with German Jews a primary target.
In 1896, Albert Flatow won first place in gymnastic events at the Olympic games in Athens. In 1932, Flatow registered three handguns as required by a decree of the Weimar Republic. On October 4, 1938, the Nazis arrested the Olympic champion for possession of the firearms he dutifully registered in 1932. His arrest report stated that “arms in the hands of Jews are a danger to public safety.”
Flatow was turned over to the Gestapo and died of starvation in Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in December 1942. For Halbrook, the lesson is obvious.
“A disarmed populace that is taught that it has no rights other than what the government decrees as positive law is obviously more susceptible to totalitarian rule and is less able to resist oppression.” On the other hand, “an armed populace with a political culture of allowed constitutional and natural rights that they are motivated to fight for is less likely to fall under the sway of a tyranny.” Jump ahead to 2022 and the lessons should be obvious.
Five years ago, few envisioned that the White House would be occupied by the addled puppet of the hate-America left. In the style of the composite character David Garrow described in Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama, Biden ignores Islamic terrorism and targets his domestic opposition. Anyone less than worshipful of the Biden Junta is proclaimed a “domestic terrorist” or “violent extremist,” code for Trump voters and anyone who dares question the 2020 election.
Conservative Christians, Jews, and patriotic Americans are disfavored groups and relentlessly demonized. It disturbs the Biden Junta that these Americans have Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms.
The Biden Junta exploits mass shootings by criminals to call for a ban on “assault weapons,” a reference to the AR-15. Fully automatic weapons are already banned, but as Halbrook explains, the semiautomatic AR-15 enjoys “common use” protections under the Second Amendment. Such firearms are “typically possessed by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes” and “chosen by American society,” not the government.
Joe Biden is now spouting nonsense about 9mm bullets, which hints at a ban on handguns. If embattled Americans thought that the Democrats’ endgame is to disarm the people it would be hard to blame them. A disarmed public would be more vulnerable to the sway of a tyranny and attacks such as Oradour-sur-Glane.
That mass atrocity was followed by a National Socialist propaganda campaign claiming that the villagers initiated the battle, that the men of the village died during the fight, and the women and children died from an explosion in a Résistance ammunition dump. To adapt the Cecil Eby title, the victims were caught between the bullet and the lie.
This is what can happen when the people with all the power have all the guns. Moving forward, the struggle is all about memory against forgetting. “Vive la France libre! Vive l’Amérique libre!”
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From the Conservative Free Press (June 9, 2022)
WILL THE LORD SUMMON THE RUSSIAN WARLORD? A PRAYER
By Larry Horist
If the intelligence reports are true, Russian President (and Moscow Madman) Vladimir Putin’s days are numbered.
Reports claim that he has advanced-stage cancer, with a life expectancy of no more than three years. But that would mean that he will become essentially incapacitated long before that terminal date. Putin is only 69 years old. So, we can view it as a blessing to have him succumb at a relatively young age.
He is also said to have failing eyesight. He now reads from sheets of paper with very large print – maybe two or three sentences per page.
Reports also say that Putin is using doubles to both cover up his manifest physical issues as well as protection from assassination. He is also said to be using old video footage. That brings up another health risk.
Putin is known to be paranoid, but that does not mean there are not folks out to get him. One report claims there was a high-level assassination attempt in March, although the details are sketchy. As Putin’s health declines, his grip to power weakens – and increases the potential for being removed violently. It is a fate that many despots endure. It is a bit like the aging and weakened lion king leader that is finally run off by younger males.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says there is no truth to the claims and Putin is seriously ill. He describes Putin’s health as “excellent.” Of course, this is the same guy who said Russia was not invading Ukraine even as the troops were crossing the border.
As a measure of caution, we should note that judging the health of secretive despots is not easy. It was not long ago that there were reports that North Korea’s Kim Jog-un was gravely ill. That does not seem to be the case.
But the reports on Putin are becoming more frequent and more dire. If true, it will not be long before Putin’s condition can no longer be hidden from view.
Perhaps the best outlook for Ukraine and the free world is that Putin is as sick as the rumors suggest and that it be a very aggressive and fatal disease that will remove him from the Kremlin asap – whether by incapacity or death.
It is hard to imagine that he would be replaced by a person as insane and vicious as himself. At least we should hope not.
Perhaps we should all pray for Putin – pray that the Lord summons him to eternal justice in the very near future. And for those not inclined to religious pray, you can still hope that brutal bastard croaks sooner than later.
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