Star Wars turned 40 this week. Recently, I found this masterpiece: the entire “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” reimagined as Star Wars music. Not just one song — no, the entire album. Embedded below is the first track. You owe it to yourself to check the others out… particularly “Luke is in the Desert and Whining.” Makes much more sense than Lucy and her diamonds. Enjoy!
This excerpt is not enough. Take a moment to read the entire thing.
After the terror, the platitudes. And the hashtags. And the candlelit vigils. And they always have the same message: ‘Be unified. Feel love. Don’t give in to hate.’ The banalities roll off the national tongue. Vapidity abounds…
In response to the deaths of more than 20 people at an Ariana Grande gig, in response to the massacre of children enjoying pop music, people effectively say: ‘All you need is love.’ The disparity between these horrors and our response to them, between what happened and what we say, is vast. This has to change…
We need unity, they say. Unity’s their buzzword. But this is substanceless, too. Unity around what? Unity against what? What are our values? Who is the enemy of those values? Don’t ask. Don’t think.
Where’s the rage? If the massacre of children and their parents on a fun night out doesn’t make you feel rage, nothing will. The terrorist has defeated you. You are dead already. (emphasis added)
Since our leaders are determined to keep us hypnotized by humming “kumbaya” and singing “give peace a chance,” let me jog the reader’s memory:
Nice, France, July 14, 2016. At least 84 killed and 202 others injured after a truck driven by a Tunisian-born Frenchman named Mohamed Bouhlel plowed through a Bastille Day celebration.
Orlando, Florida, June 12, 2016. 49 shot and killed and 53 injured by gunman Omar Mateen at a gay nightclub before he was killed by police after a three-hour standoff.
Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016. ISIS set off bombs and gunfire at a Brussels’s city airport and a subway station, killing 30 people and injuring at least 230 people.
San Bernardino, California, December 14, 2015. Two radical Islamists, Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, shot and murdered 14 people and injured 22 others at an office holiday party.
Paris, France, November 13, 2015. ISIS launched a massive, coordinated terror attack in the city of Paris that resulted in at least 129 dead and 352 people injured.
Chattanooga, Tennessee, July 16, 2015. Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez shot and killed four Marines and a sailor at a military base in Chattanooga.
Copenhagen, Denmark, February 23, 2015. A gunman who swore loyalty to the leader of ISIS opened fire at a free speech forum and at people outside a synagogue, killing two.
Paris, France, January 7, 2015. Two Islamic terrorists murdered 12 people at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical French magazine that had published cartoons mocking Mohammed.
Nine events, 327 deaths. And that’s just 2015 and 2016! Analysis of this year’s activity indicates a terror attack has been attempted or successful in Europe about every nine days. Even all this leaves out significant past events like 9/11, the Boston Marathon bombing or U.S. Army Major Nidal Hasan’s murder of 14 fellow soldiers at Ft. Hood, Texas, in 2009 (just to name a few).
As the author of the linked piece above stated, if you aren’t enraged by now, you are already dead. Scripture tells us that for everything there is a season: “a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.”
Western Civilization had better figure out what time it is and act accordingly.
Next April will mark the 50th anniversary of a controversial speech in England. But while there was much pearl-clutching and vapors at the time it was delivered, yesterday’s events in Manchester prove that it was indeed prophetic and, if anything, understated. Enoch Powell may have known his words would not be received well, but they are worth reviewing today:
…the discussion of future grave but, with effort now, avoidable evils is the most unpopular and at the same time the most necessary occupation for the politician. Those who knowingly shirk it deserve, and not infrequently receive, the curses of those who come after…
In 15 or 20 years, on present trends, there will be in this country three and a half million Commonwealth immigrants and their descendants. That is not my figure. That is the official figure given to parliament by the spokesman of the Registrar General’s Office.
There is no comparable official figure for the year 2000, but it must be in the region of five to seven million, approximately one-tenth of the whole population, and approaching that of Greater London. Of course, it will not be evenly distributed from Margate to Aberystwyth and from Penzance to Aberdeen. Whole areas, towns and parts of towns across England will be occupied by sections of the immigrant and immigrant-descended population…
But while, to the immigrant, entry to this country was admission to privileges and opportunities eagerly sought, the impact upon the existing population was very different. For reasons which they could not comprehend, and in pursuance of a decision by default, on which they were never consulted, they found themselves made strangers in their own country.
They found their wives unable to obtain hospital beds in childbirth, their children unable to obtain school places, their homes and neighbourhoods changed beyond recognition, their plans and prospects for the future defeated; at work they found that employers hesitated to apply to the immigrant worker the standards of discipline and competence required of the native-born worker; they began to hear, as time went by, more and more voices which told them that they were now the unwanted…
As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding; like the Roman, I seem to see “the River Tiber foaming with much blood.”
And all of this was said well before the term “jihad” once again became a household word in the West. Those who encouraged the idea of utopian multiculturalism will have much blood on their hands before this is over. It’s said that those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it (see: Roman Empire, barbarian immigrations). For those of us who do study history, we are condemned to see the folly of those who fail to learn their lessons. Those lessons, more often than not, are paid for in blood and ought to be valued far more than they are. But in our human arrogance, each generation says “this time it’ll be different.”
No, it won’t.
It amazes me that many of the loudest voices for ‘women’s rights’ are also thrilled to be welcoming in tens of thousands of
refugees invaders for whom cutting up a little girl’s privates is a common practice:
Opposition from some members of Minnesota’s immigrant and refugee communities is slowing the momentum of a bill that would impose stiff penalties for parents involved in cases of female genital mutilation.
Since the bill’s near-unanimous passage in the Minnesota House this week, some longtime critics of the ritual have met with senators, lobbied the governor’s office and handed out fliers — all to raise alarm about the legislation…
Now, the author of the Senate version is voicing second thoughts about approving the legislation yet this session, though Senate GOP leadership have not committed to a course of action. “We all agree this practice is absolutely horrible, and something needs to be done,” said the author, Sen. Karin Housley. “How can we empower communities to address this practice from within rather than having Big Brother come down and say, ‘This is wrong?’ ”
Short answer: you can’t. Which is why different communities with different values need to live in different areas. Female genital mutilation is a common practice in the Muslim world (especially in Somalia, where many of the new ‘migrants’ to Minnesota are coming from), and no amount of “empowering” of the community is likely to change that. Since values are so difficult to change, you’re left with changing external behavior — and thus the need for Big Brother. Don’t think for a moment our nation’s elites aren’t aware of that. How better to grow government than as the arbiter of incompatible cultures?
The fact there is newsworthy opposition to this bill (which normally would be a shoe-in under the “it’s for the children” and “grrrrl power” rules of politics) shows how much alien influence already exists in our land. Does anyone think it gets better from here?
We open our doors to anyone who wants in, but refuse to insist that “when in America, one follows traditional American values.” (Of course, the retort to that is “who defines traditional American values,” to which I simply say “those who know their history better than their Alinsky.”)
Close. The. Borders. Now.
Deport. The. Invaders. NOW.
And imprison or deport their domestic enablers.
Leonardo da Vinci edition. There’s an interesting back story to this instrument.
It’s good that there’s so much discussion of “fake news,” but the problem is that the discussion isn’t focusing on the problem: a lack of discernment and desire to find truth. Partisans of every stripe grasp onto every little rumor, leaping to conclusions as recklessly as one would leap over the Grand Canyon. Meanwhile, there isn’t a single major news outlet that hasn’t sold its political soul to one faction or another. We’ve developed two hermetically sealed echo chambers in this country and neither has the pursuit of truth as its top priority. We’re told (incorrectly) the First Amendment has exceptions to defend people from being “uncomfortable” or “triggered.” This is merely suppression of opposing ideas. I’m concerned this is the first step in our cultural cold war becoming a hot one. People are no longer “of a different opinion;” rather, they’re evil opponents. Hostility is projected, received and internalized. With all the careless talk about impeachment, or obstruction of Trump’s initiatives (which still have a sizable backing in the nation’s heartland), the ability of our political processes to address the issues is coming apart.
What happens after that step is likely going to be very ugly. What are you doing to prepare?
I’ve noted more than once here that the rule of law is dead in America. We have, instead, a nation that applies rules based on the status of the accused (for instance: a special prosecutor has been appointed to look into Trump’s dealings with Russia. Where’s the one for Her Hillariness?)
The problem, it seems, is not limited to America:
An Oxford University student who stabbed her boyfriend with a bread knife may not go to jail because it could damage her prospects of a medical career, a court has heard…
Judge Ian Pringle QC, sitting at Oxford crown court, said he would take an “exceptional” course and defer sentence for four months, hinting that Woodward will not be jailed because of her talent. “It seems to me that if this was a one-off, a complete one-off, to prevent this extraordinary able young lady from not following her long-held desire to enter the profession she wishes to would be a sentence which would be too severe,” he said.
Lots of people make “one-off” mistakes with life-changing ramifications. If Western Civilization is now accepting that one may engage in violence with impunity because one might be talented, then we’re a short hop away from barbarism. Every evil regime you can think of had talented people in vital positions, or they wouldn’t have functioned. Does the persuasive genius of Herr Goebbels “mitigate” the fact he helped put Germany under Hitler’s spell? Does Charles Manson’s unusual charisma mitigate the fact he and his followers went on a killing spree? Are we now saying that medical, computer and engineering skills are so in demand that talent in these areas amounts to a “get out of jail” card?
And they say white males have privilege…