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Weapons of Mass Destruction…reprise

Back in 2002 or 2003, I’d just started seminary.  I had an uneasy feeling about attacking Iraq, but I kept my mouth shut because I had no place to put the feeling politically.  I figured it must just be leftism leftover from all that time trying to be a poet. But now I really regret […] . . . → Read More: Weapons of Mass Destruction…reprise . . . → Read More: Weapons of Mass Destruction…reprise

Cascade Effects: 13 Days in September

Laughing Wolf has a post up on cascade effects, you need to read it, and I’ll say here that I agree with him completely BLACKFIVE: Cascade Effects No, I’m not talking physics, but something that can make basic physics seem easy. It is something we see every day in the corporate, academic, and military worlds […] . . . → Read More: Cascade Effects: 13 Days in September . . . → Read More: Cascade Effects: 13 Days in September

Mark Steyn Correctly Worries about Obama’s Looming Syrian Adventure

I’ve already shared some analysis of Mark Steyn’s libertarian-leaning views on foreign policy, so it’s very timely to see what he just wrote about Syria. Here’s some of his new article in National Review. His humor is sharp, but he makes a very important point. The administration’s ingenious plan is to lose this war in […] . . . → Read More: Mark Steyn Correctly Worries about Obama’s Looming Syrian Adventure . . . → Read More: Mark Steyn Correctly Worries about Obama’s Looming Syrian Adventure

#RO13 Day One

Day one of Right Online was very interesting. When I got here there was a lot of confusion  on where my room was. At first I went to the Portifino Bay Hotel and they did not have me in their system, and they also checked the Royal Pacifica Hotel and they also did not have me in their system. After talking to registration at Right Online they said I may be at the Double Tree Hotel. So I went there, and they also did not have me registered there. Umm, I was going to be sleeping on the docks or… . . . → Read More: #RO13 Day One . . . → Read More: #RO13 Day One

Why the British aren’t coming

In the last century the British have been first up to deal with the threat of evil: we were trying to stop the Kaiser a full three years before the Great Republic got involved, and we (along with the French) were the only ones ever to declare war on Nazi Germany without being attacked by […] . . . → Read More: Why the British aren’t coming . . . → Read More: Why the British aren’t coming

Nine GOP Men Challenging Incumbents in 2014

GOP ladies first, but there are also GOP men challenging incumbents in 2014. These men are not political opportunists looking for an open seat to run for. They are newcomers to politics who realize things are not going to change if the same people who put us in this mess […] . . . → Read More: Nine GOP Men Challenging Incumbents in 2014 . . . → Read More: Nine GOP Men Challenging Incumbents in 2014

In Classical Music, This Joke is No Joke

In large classical compositions, like symphonies, concerti, chamber music pieces, etc., the compositions are divided into sections that are called movements.  A classical symphony will usually have 4 movements, a classical concerto will have 3 movements, and chamber music pieces have various number of movements-usually three or more.

These movements will be described usually by the tempo of the movement.  You might see for example Symphony #1 in D major, movement #1, allegro. Of course, that means the composers 1st movement of his 1st symphony will be played fast.

Sometimes movements are also given a more descriptive term for the movement, besides the tempo. For example you have movements described as romances [self explanatory], or dances [like minuets, gavottes],  or trios [which means that the first and 3rd section of the movement will be exactly the same, divided by a different second section of the movement]. Some movements are described as scherzos.

Scherzo literally means joke.  Scherzos usually have a light, fast-moving, and playful character.  Some scherzos actually bring a smile to your face, like the third movement of Beethoven’s Violin Sonata known as the Spring Sonata, which we feature here. 

Two of my favorite scherzos come from the great Ludwig Van Beethoven. The third movement of his Sonata for Violin and Piano, called the Spring Sonata [this is one of the shortest scherzos you will hear]; and the second movement from his famous Symphony #9 [this is one of the longer scherzos you will hear]. 

 In Beethoven’s Spring Sonata, the scherzo is the short third movement. You can see the playful nature of the pianist and violinist and the “joke” of how the instruments don’t seem to be playing together [on purpose].  When watching this movement there is no doubt why this movement is scored scherzo.

Then the scherzo from what many call the greatest symphony ever written, Beethoven’s majestic Symphony #9, commonly known as the Ode To Joy, for it’s glorious, hopeful final movement #4.  The Scherzo is the second movement of this masterpiece.  This dramatic scherzo, while having what could be described as a surprise ending, is definitely no joke.

As always, friends, please turn up the volume and enjoy these two scherzos, which are not a joke.

Beethoven: Violin Sonata #5 in F Major [“Spring”], movement 3 Scherzo, allegro molto:




Beethoven: Symphony #9 in D minor, movement 2, Scherzo, Molto vivace – Presto:

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Vice President Biden Threatens To Impeach The President

Back in 2011, I wrote this brief post, entitled, “The UN Commits The American Military To Libya,” in which I noted some serious Constitutional problems with The President, unilaterally, without the consent of Congress, and without an imminent threat of … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Vice President Biden Threatens To Impeach The President . . . → Read More: Vice President Biden Threatens To Impeach The President

(Not) John Cleese on Threats to Europe

[A quick note here. Am I the only one who remember why we classed chemical weapons as ‘weapons of mass destruction’? It was because during the cold war we had lots of tactical nuclear weapons but no gas shells. the Russians had lots of gas shells. so we decided that a gas shell, a bio […] . . . → Read More: (Not) John Cleese on Threats to Europe . . . → Read More: (Not) John Cleese on Threats to Europe

Court Ruling:Obama Can Keep Log Of WH Visitors From The Public

You only thought the White House belonged to the American people!The Federal DC Circuit Court ruled today that President Obama and his staff need not make public the White House visitor logs as public information.Judicial Watch a government watchdog n… . . . → Read More: Court Ruling:Obama Can Keep Log Of WH Visitors From The Public . . . → Read More: Court Ruling:Obama Can Keep Log Of WH Visitors From The Public

Michael E. Newton on CSPAN 3 this Sunday talking about “Hamilton and Washington’s Wartime Relationship”

Alexander Hamilton scholar Michael Newton and Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society Founder Rand Scholet talked about George Washington and Alexander Hamilton’s wartime relationship. Hamilton joined the Continental Army in 1776 and was appointed Washington’s aide the following year. He would later … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Michael E. Newton on CSPAN 3 this Sunday talking about “Hamilton and Washington’s Wartime Relationship” . . . → Read More: Michael E. Newton on CSPAN 3 this Sunday talking about “Hamilton and Washington’s Wartime Relationship”

The Dumbest ( And Luckiest) Soldiers In The IDF!

You know, just a hot night in August and all of a sudden you feel like dancing..A small squad of IDF soldiers were on patrol in the Jabara neighborhood of Hebron, passed by a Palestinian Arab club and heard “Gangnam Style” by Psy coming from the build… . . . → Read More: The Dumbest ( And Luckiest) Soldiers In The IDF! . . . → Read More: The Dumbest ( And Luckiest) Soldiers In The IDF!

Sin Raging Within–A Good Thing for Christians

Luther, Lectures on Galatians (1535), trans. Philip Watson. http://lutherdansk.dk/1%20Galatian%201535%20-%20old/index.htm On Chapter 5: 19 (“Now the works of the flesh are evident…” These things sufficiently declare who be the true saints indeed, and which is to be called a holy life: not the life of those which lurk in caves and dens, which make their bodies […] . . . → Read More: Sin Raging Within–A Good Thing for Christians . . . → Read More: Sin Raging Within–A Good Thing for Christians

A Funny Look at How Obamacare Screws Young People

During the big-spending Bush years, economic and fiscal people inside the Administration often would sympathize with my complaints about bad policy, but say that there was nothing they could do since all the big decisions were being made by the political types in the White House. In other words, Karl Rove and his crew were […] . . . → Read More: A Funny Look at How Obamacare Screws Young People . . . → Read More: A Funny Look at How Obamacare Screws Young People

Conservative Comedy 8/30/13

It’s Conservative Comedy Friday at the Strident Conservative. As I do every Friday, I bring you some of the best Conservative political satire on the internet, sure to provide a good laugh to begin your weekend. The Conservative Comic at Hope n’ Change is taking some time to deal with some family health issues. I would like to ask my readers to keep him in your prayers. In the meantime, I have found some great work in his archives. Fort Hood terrorist Nidal Hassan was sentenced to death by injection for his terrorist attack at Fort Hood. Yeah, I know that Obama called it workplace violence—because he will not tolerate any criticism of Muslims—but I think when he yelled “Allahu Akbar” prior to pulling the trigger, it rose to something a little bit more than just a disgruntled employee. I think you’ll enjoy the archives I found covering the trial. The pervert mayor of San Diego has resigned. Now we can find out some of the stuff the mainstream media has omitted in their coverage. Al Jazeera America—who would have thought you’d ever hear those words used together?—launched this week. Could that be bad news for MSNBC? Find out the funny answers to these and other […] . . . → Read More: Conservative Comedy 8/30/13 . . . → Read More: Conservative Comedy 8/30/13

This is the Feast of Victory for our God. Martyrdom of John the Baptist [altar guild].

A reminder that Christianity and its victory is not about worldly popularity. We need to do the right thing regardless of our popularity. This has often been our victory The Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist [Altar Guild Opening Divine Service] St. Peter Lutheran Church [chapel] Revelation 6:9-11, Romans 6:1-5, St. Mark 6:14-29 August 29, 2013 […] . . . → Read More: This is the Feast of Victory for our God. Martyrdom of John the Baptist [altar guild]. . . . → Read More: This is the Feast of Victory for our God. Martyrdom of John the Baptist [altar guild].

It’s okay! It’s alright! He has a Peace Prize

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The Reactionaries Speak Radio Program 8-30-2013

This Week on The Reactionaries Speak Radio Program: Levin’s “The Liberty Amendments” We break it down. Because that’s what we do. Join The Panel: @luchadora41 @noway90 @gulfdogs @thestamma @reactionariez Tin Foil Hat 3rd hour? Shiny side down, listeners! . . . → Read More: The Reactionaries Speak Radio Program 8-30-2013 . . . → Read More: The Reactionaries Speak Radio Program 8-30-2013

Karma: The Syrian Edition

Well, representative government strikes again. The United States, no, of course not, the United Kingdom You see, “call me Dave” Cameron’s government forced him to take the Syrian intervention to Parliament. This in the country where Barack Obama has or is doing the following: Siding with Argentina over the Falkland Islands This has remained the […] . . . → Read More: Karma: The Syrian Edition . . . → Read More: Karma: The Syrian Edition

The Council Has Spoken!! This Week’s Watcher’s Council Results

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Dam few an’ they all daid.

Once again, the Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and we have the results  for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

“Look before you leap” – Aesop

“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” – Proverbs 16:18

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This week’s winner, Joshuapundit’s  Syria-Ossity is my look at the current war drums on Syria,  why I think the rationale being used to drag us in is highly questionable,  why it’s  a stunningly bad idea, and why it’s certainly not a a place to risk American blood and treasure merely to provide our current president with a ‘wag the dog’ opportunity.Here’s a slice:

 The war drums are beating again on Syria. British Prime Minister David Cameron is mouthing off about being ready to commit the downsized, miniscule Royal Navy and what’s left of the RAF to an effort to punish Syria’s Basher Assad, France’s Socialist President Hollande is making aggressive noises and our own John Kerry says that as far as he’s concerned, he’s one hundred per cent cross-my-heart-and-hope-to-die certain that the recent poison gas attacks at Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus that killed a couple of hundred people are the work of Syrian dictator Basher Assad and ‘a moral obscenity’ that of course demands a military response – even though there’s no actual proof who launched the attack.

It was not so long ago that Kerry, who used to be on the Senate Foreign Relations committee was one of Assad’s chief backers and shills. He was always saying how we needed to ‘engage’ with Assad, give him aid, and show him how friendly we were by pressuring Israel to give him back the Golan Heights, the better to kill Jews with.

During the entire time when Senator Kerry was pimping for Basher Assad, Assad was a sponsor of genocidal terrorists like Hezbollah and Hamas. He gave the orders for the assassinations of numerous Lebanese politicians including Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, not to mention a lot of journalists, business people and others who simply got in the way in Lebanon, Syria and occasionally in Europe. Assad’s regime deliberately impeded UN investigative tribunals convened to investigate some of these crimes. Not only that,but after the 2006 Lebanon War, Syria, along with its ally Iran cheerfully violated UN Resolution 1701 to rearm Hezbollah and then turned Lebanon into a colony.


None of these particular ‘moral obscenities’ mattered one whit to Kerry back then. And they certainly never bothered France or the Brits.
That fact ought to raise certain suspicions in your mind when it comes to the current push to ‘punish’ Syria.

 Actually, the more I find out about this gas attack, the more something smells.

On Aug. 21, the Syrian opposition announced that there had been a massive chemical attack in Ghouta which allegedly inflicted about 1,300 fatalities including hundreds of children. As in previous chemical attacks blamed on the Assad administration, the attackers claimed the attacks used Sarin nerve gas, and they flooded YouTube with videos, especially ones featuring children.But there was no conclusive evidence about the attack or the perpetrators.

Then, there were those conflicting claims at first from the insurgents about how the gas attack had been delivered. First, the gas was supposedly delivered via missiles. When EU politicians and our own local critters like John McCain started yapping about enforcing a no fly zone, all of a sudden the rebels started claiming the gas come via an aerial bombardment – except there was no evidence of shrapnel wounds that normally come with both artillery or airborne attacks of this kind. It’s also worth remembering that when news of the attacks first went public, the UN delegation and foreign diplomats were denied access to the attack site for a few days by the Syrian opposition because it ‘wasn’t safe’ for them.

We also don’t know who fired shots at the UN delegation when they were finally allowed to enter the attack site by the Assad regime. It could very well have been Assad’s men…but it could also just as easily been the insurgents.

And according to one of my Lil’ Birdies, there’s something else interesting about this attack. Ghouta was the site of a failed attack by the jihadist Syrian Free Army, who along with the other insurgents have steadily been losing ground to Assad’s forces. This was a failed attempt to secure the area south of Damascus for the presumptive no fly zone the Obama Administration has been trying to arrange.

That attack resulted in a number of former opposition leaders publicly switching sides to Assad and even going public on Syrian TV about it. While I haven’t seen the TV clips, it makes sense that after a failed attack, some of the local players would go public in switching sides to the Assad regime as it becomes seen as the strong horse.

If that’s the case, it makes no sense that Assad would gas people who just came out backing him, especially with UN inspectors already in the country.On the other hand, if the rebels had captured some of Assad’s gas weapons and decided to punish defectors in a way that would also give them a propaganda coup….and apparently the rebels do have Sarin gas themselves:

More at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Mark Steyn with  Obamacare’s Hierarchy of Privilege submitted by The Noisy Room. It’s Steyn’s masterful dissection of what ObamaCare has become and what it promises for the future Do read it. OK,without further ado,  here are this week’s full results:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

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