Nothing More Than Feelings

29 09 2014

London

FAIL and FAIL again:

Extremists will have to get posts on Facebook and Twitter approved in advance by the police under sweeping rules planned by the Conservatives.

They will also be barred from speaking at public events if they represent a threat to “the functioning of democracy”, under the new Extremist Disruption Orders.

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, will lay out plans to allow judges to ban people from broadcasting or protesting in certain places, as well as associating with specific people.

The plans — to be brought in if the Conservatives win the election in May — are part of a wide-ranging set of rules to strengthen the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy.

(snip)

The Home Secretary will also introduce “banning orders” for extremist groups, which would make it a criminal offence to be a member of or raise funds for a group that spreads or promotes hatred. The maximum sentence could be up to 10 years in prison.

The new orders will be part of the Government’s “Prevent” strategy, which tackles the ideology behind the terrorist threat. So-called hate preachers, who currently stay just within terrorism legislation, will be one of the targets of banning orders and Extremism Disruption Orders (EDOs).

(snip)

EDOs would apply if a judge is convinced that an individual is carrying out their activities for “the purpose of overthrowing democracy”.

Emphasis added, for a very important reason.

Britain’s “anti-terrorism” efforts are the same kind of slap-happy failure as ours are, for much the same reason.

Why?

It’s like I wrote yesterday in this space:  We’re responding to tribal threats with an ideological response.  Instead of shipping the non-white Muslims out of Britain, the “best” they can do is concoct a bunch of Rube Goldberg legal devices (which will anarcho-tyrannically be enforced mainly on right-wing whites, mark me) based on the pretense that non-white Muslims are only bad because they’re “extreme” or “hateful” or oppose duhmocrazy.  (Meanwhile, I can find a hateful extremist that opposes duhmocrazy on the other side of the mirror.)  An earlier version of this article said that these generic extremists (don’t say “Muslim”) are causing “community tensions.”  Which means they’re hurting people’s feelings.

So here’s the fight song to Britain’s anti-Muslim terrorism efforts:





Too Easy

4 07 2014

Houston

Dedicated to Sheila Jackson-Lee.

The harmonies?  Nice and tight.  But it takes real talent to do that mouth popping thing.





A Song Dedicated to Jason Kidd’s Long Tenure as Brooklyn Nets Head Coach

30 06 2014

Brooklyn, New York





Loving You

15 06 2014

Your Blogmeister’s Desk

Music break.

When I hear this song, I sing along with slightly different lyrics at one point in the chorus:

readwrite

And yes, I have one of these T-shirts.

 





Music Break

2 06 2014

The lyrics.

This is a pretty new song (2008) by a bluegrass group that’s been around for awhile.  The lead singer, one Del McCoury, has a singing voice that’s reminiscent of Will Rogers’s speaking voice, and of course the song itself has a 1930s Depression era feel.

 





Fly Me to the Moon

28 03 2014

Your Blogmeister’s Desk

Music break.

Yeah, Frank Sinatra’s version is the most popular.

But I’ve always thought there was something relaxing about Matt Monro’s slower version.





Music Break

22 03 2014

The most famous version of this song:

Is actually a rock version of his same song in a more slow-jazz arrangement and tempo of seven years prior:

In 1993, Art Garfunkel (as in How to Sustain a Musical Career by Art Garfunkel, sold in the same bookstores as The Book of Virtues by Bill Clinton) covered it:

The station that is now KZQZ 1430 in the Romanik stable was not so long ago WRTH 1430 in the Bonneville stable, and it too had an oldies format, but it was an ABC/Disney national satellite imparted nostalgia-oldies format rather than KZQZ’s current doo woop bee bop shama lama ding dong bubble gum kind of oldies.  KZQZ happens to be the music station my mother listens most often to, mostly in her car, and it was her favorite also back in the WRTH days.  Anyway, while it was piping in the Stardust network from The Mouse, sometimes immediately after the top-hour station ID, it would play Art Garfunkel’s cover of this song.  The only time they would play it is at the top of the hour (not all hours, though), and never any other time.  When I drove her around in my car on occasion to and from this or that for this or that reason, she’d insist on WRTH on the car stereo, and occasionally at the top of the hour, out comes Art Garfunkel.  That’s the only reason I know of his cover of this song.

And I rather like it.

I think his only real hit after the breakup with Paul Simon was 1975’s “99 Miles From L.A.,” though I’ve heard better cover versions of that one.








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