Monthly Archives: November 2015

John Lennon’s Imagine Comes to Paris

Imagine there’s no countries

It isn’t hard to do

Nothing to kill or die for,

And no religion, too

Imagine all the people living life in peace…

Editor’s Note: The Eagle’s of Death Metal and their Kiss the Devil meet John Lennon’s Imagine in Paris. Reminds me of a famous quote from Andrew Fletcher who said, “I knew a very wise man who believed that if a man were permitted to make all the ballads, he need not care who should make the laws of a nation. And we find that most of the ancient legislators thought they could not well reform the manners of any city without the help of a lyric and sometimes of a dramatic poet.” Your editor believes that the Beatles’ works promoting drugs along with other rock musicians are the “music” behind Colorado’s dip into the drug culture. Who could resist the avalanche of the following and not vote to trip on LSD, smoke pot, and shoot heroin: “Get Off My Cloud,” “Straight shooter,” “Acapulco Gold,” “A Day in the Life,” “A Little Help From My Friends,” “Along Came Mary,” “Bend Me, Shape Me,” “Blue Cheer,” “Buy For Me The Rain,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” “Jumping Jack Flash,” “Magical Mystery Tour,” “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Yellow Submarine,” “You’ve God Me High,” etc. etc.

For those interested in further materials on this subject of the influence of music on culture consult: a) U. N. Bulletin on Narcotics, Oct.-Dec. 1969, b) David Noebel’s The Legacy of John Lennon, c) David Noebel’s The Marxist Minstrels, d) Bob Spitz, The Beatles: The Biography, e) David Cloud’s “The Beatles” (www.wayoflife.org, January 29, 2015).

The Pianist in Paris, and the Delusions of the Western Left

William Sullivan,  American Thinker, November 19, 2015

A lone pianist touched the emotional core of Western sensibilities when he played John Lennon’s “Imagine” outside the Bataclan theatre in Paris, where concert-goers were murdered by Islamist gunmen last weekend.  The pianist was reportedly watching a France v Germany soccer game when the attacks began.  He said that he “just knew he had to do something.”  It was his “duty” to pay tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks.  So he drove 400 miles through the night from Konstanz, Germany to Paris.

Pictures were snapped of him on his bicycle heading to the Bataclan, piano in tow, determinedly heading to the scene of the tragedy.  While playing, onlookers took videos and photographed him, ostensibly due to the heavy contrast of something so beautiful and hopeful amidst a scene that is so horrific.  People across the West wept, they cheered, and generally embraced the gravitas of that moment, exemplified in the powerful message of that legendary Beatle…. Continue reading

Who’s Afraid of ISIS?

382712_img650x420_img650x420_crop-2“If the purpose of terrorism is to terrify, the Islamic State had an extraordinary week.” Patrick J. Buchanan

“On Aug. 22, 1914, some 27,000 French soldiers died resisting the German invasion. Yet France survived to dictate terms to Berlin.

“But that France was another country than today’s.” Ibid

Will Europe Man Up?

Patrick J. Buchanan,  buchanan.org, November 24, 2015

If the purpose of terrorism is to terrify, the Islamic State had an extraordinary week. Brussels, capital of the EU and command post of mighty NATO, is still in panic and lockdown.

“In Brussels, fear of attack lingers” was Monday’s headline over The Washington Post’s top story, which read:

“Not since Boston came to a near-standstill after the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 has the life of a major Western city been brought to a halt this way by the fear of terrorism.”

Below that is this headline: “After Paris, a campaign changed by fear.” Continue reading

Climate Shenanigans

NEWSCOM“Rep. Lamar Smith asked NOAA [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] to produce the data used in their study so Congress could look at them…NOAA is declining to respond to the House’s subpoena and produce the documentation the House science committee is requesting.” The Weekly Standard, November 9, 2015, p. 5

 

Climate Shenanigans

The Weekly Standard, November 9, 2015, p. 4, 5, VOL. 21, NO. 09 

In a recent interview with Politico, Al Gore made a pretty remarkable claim about climate change: “All the predictions of the scientists have come true in spades, except it’s now abundantly obvious that they erred on the conservative side.” Whatever side you come down on in the climate change debate, this statement is patently absurd. In fact, more than a few climate change activists have noted that a generation of alarmism hasn’t helped their cause. And it’s downright galling to hear such tripe coming from Gore, who claimed that the polar ice cap would be gone in as little as five years—a prediction he made in 2007, 2008, and 2009. Continue reading