Monday, October 15, 2007

Slow News Time

Right now there isn't a whole lot going on in the world. Iraq isn't in the news, which means things are going well. If you listened to the news you'd think the Iraq war is only transpiring when US soldiers and Iraqi civilians get killed.

The only other thing I know about is Rush Limbaugh is auctioning off Harry Reid's letter that was written to Clear Channels CEO. I'm not sure why Reid is concerned about Limbaugh. He should be more concerned about his own approval rating.

Yes, I am getting much of my information from Limbaugh at the moment. I am currently engaged in other things and haven't really been a political junkie lately. Most of my news is coming from my short stints in the car. I haven't been aggressively looking for news cause frankly, it's not a priority.

Let's see if we can get Joe involved. We've essentially abandoned this site but it's time for us to put on the ole thinking caps again.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Hi World

Wow, 6 months since any postings. Full time school and work took me away from here. This site was officially abandoned until this writing.

I don't have anything to comment on right now. I'm in a good mood since I just returned from Madison -- visiting a relative. Beautiful, beautiful city.

When I feel compelled I'll write. Hopefully that's soon.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

BBC bias

The BBC is now a anti-American, well anti-red-state, den of thieves. This is one small example. How the British have allowed this once proud institution to become so patently anti-western, in the classical sense, is beyond me. I suppose it mirrors the general decline of Britain itself. I still have hope for the English, but it grows dimmer every day. I fear the US will be left in a world where only Australia (and, lately Canada, but I'm not very secure in that) can be trusted.

Sunday, February 25, 2007


My girlfriend and I went to the symphony last night, and I forgot how much I love it. However, the music performed provoked in me tangibly aural (think about that one for awhile) proof of the inferiority of modern artistic movements compared to their classical predecessors. The first piece was by J.C. Bach (not his more illustrious father), the second by the 20th century "neo-classical" composer Martin and, after the intermission, the third was by Mozart.

The first piece was beautiful, heart-rending and stirred profound emotions within my soul. The second was disjointed, atonal and ultimately provoking nothing and the third was simply Mozart, virtuosic and with beautiful pleasing musical passages that stay within the mind long after the performance is finished. I think what turns me off about so much 20th century art is the abdication of any sort of relationship between the art and the experience of the listener. 20th century art is to be studied, not experienced, thereby rendering it nearly mute. Martin would start to develop a nice melody, but then complete destroy it in pointless dissonance and never even hint at returning to the movement. I know dissonance has its place, but as a tension-building counterpoint that must eventually be answered by the piece. This piece resolved itself into dissonance and so instead of tension, one doesn't understand what the composer was actually trying to say. In the end, the whole piece felt like a series of non-connected musical episodes, so good, some not which ultimately added up to nothing.

Art should touch the soul in order to provoke the mind. Modern music and modern art forgot that. They decided it was enough to simply provide something that resembles art in its loosest form, and explain to the viewer/listener why the mind should be provoked. Often, without anything meaningful to say, modern art simply became about illustrating some facet of art or about the tools at their disposal (is nothing more non-thought provoking than the modern painters who delved into the idea that painting is 2-dimensional? The purpose of painting is to move beyond that limitation, not explore it. It's a rather lame starting point for an artistic movement). It ceased to care if the viewer were provoked into thinking and feeling and experiencing some insight into the human condition. Into this meaningless void stepped those artists whose only attempt at meaning is poorly thought out, puerile 1930's soviet influence agit-prop whose wisdom about mankind is as thin as the canvas they used.

The art world would be better served if the rhetoric (most notably Walter Benjamin, Le Corbusier and Antonio Gramsci) of the 20th century were lost forever to the attic of history and simply some of the art works remain as items of beauty (Rothko and Pollack spring to mind. Their stuff is wondrous to behold, but provoke very little besides an appreciation of aesthetic experience. Theirs is not the foundation of an art which inspires). Much made in the 20th century was beautiful in spite of the rhetoric and Martin should have followed his instincts instead of producing something that followed the proscriptions laid out in that dreadful century. My symphony going experience would have been that much more enjoyable.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

The surge

I've been thinking a lot about the surge, as everybody has been calling it. I don't think the extra troops are what can make the difference, but rather the manner in which we use them. I'll be quite frank. I've been mightily disappointed in the way Bush has fought this war because he has allowed political concerns to blunt the military's means of fighting. If the new protocol allow us to seriously take the fight to the terrorists, then I'm all for it. If it's just putting a dress on a pig, then I don't see the need to waste the men and the money.
What do I mean by taking the fight to the terrorists? It means this: killing al-Sadr, disbanding his militia (by force if necessary) and killing anybody who tries to take his place. Disrupt and destroy the channels from Iran funding the insurgency i.e. start killing ALL Iranian agents working in Iraq. No trials, no catch and release, kill on capture. Shut down the embassies and all roads leading into Iran if you have to. IED's don't manufacture themselves. They come from Iran. Foment an insurgency in Iran. We've played defense too long against Iran. It's time for them to realize that screwing with the US comes with a price. Finally, kill ALL al-Qaeda we can find in Iraq. Very few of them are Iraqis, most of them are from Saudi Arabia and Egypt and the natives are only supportive because they fear them. It's time to make the insurgency fear the US again. Extra troops help, but a new focus is more important. Respect is earned in the Middle East not through being nice, but through intimidation. This isn't the Netherlands and the sooner we appreciate this fact, the better off we'll be. I truly believe the majority of Iraqis want to simply live in peace without fear of their government or from foreign fighters. We need to give them that chance, but only through destroying those factions that create this fear do we stand a chance.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Peggy Noonan

If one ever wants to feel good about this world, well, at least slightly hopeful about the world, read Peggy Noonan. This is a great example. She touches upon something which I have long pondered, namely the value of traditions and ceremonies. This of course prompted my thinking. Can we survive as a society when we intentionally denigrate and destroy the very foundations of our society? Evelyn Waugh, a much more brilliant and talented man than I, laid the crimes of the 20th century in the lap Europe's intentional shunning of it's legacy of Christianity and Democracy. It's hard to argue when one understands the true beliefs of the Nazis and the Communists.
Now, however, the intelligensia's perpetual assault of our legacy (and if you don't think they are, you are a fool. Attend a college history, English or sociology course and report back to me), has resulted in a sort of cringing cultural apathy which has left us blase about our existence and certainly unwilling to defend it. The USA is still very strong about its own worth, but Europe has seemed to commit cultural suicide. The only strength they seem to have left is to attack the US, and my personal belief is because we are still strong about our Western heritage and we epitomize capitalism and run amok Democracy which the elites cannot stomach. The fact that we are slowly strangling our economy with socialistic nonsense and our Democracy is being subverted by crass politicians at the malarial city on the Potomac, means nothing for it is what we symbolize that Europe despises.
A nation without a past is not a nation, it is a collection of people who suffer the other citizens to live, but will do nothing to help them or sustain the system by which we all can prosper. I remember a phrase from my graduate school spoken by some arrogant, Post-modern French idiot: "a nation sure of its culture has no need of clinging to relics of its past." The writer meant both buildings and philosophy. My own pietas forces me to state "a nation which does not respect the relics of its past, has no culture, only styles."

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

I hate

I just had a huge post about internal frictions is the USA. It took me a goddamned hour to write, and when I went to spell-check, it just disappeared. SUCKS. Thanks guys for your slow service, constantly crashing site and general crappiness. I guess you get what you pay for. In this case, blogger is worth the zero dollars I spent on it.