THE TRUTH ABOUT TRUTH:

All truth passes through three stages.
First, it is ridiculed.
Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.



Tuesday, April 29, 2014

‘THE BONES OF PATRIOTS PAST’ (Or, ‘THE SOCIALISTS WHO CRIED CONSERVATIVE’)


Back on Wednesday, July 29, 2009, I posted a blog bit titled #1 RULE OF POLITICS. It was filled with truth, but it was also very lengthy. It opened with a parable I had written which I have decided to publish as a stand-alone blog bit, minus all the other lengthy truth that followed it in its original form.

I realize that the parable seems annoyingly repetitive, but that’s actually part of the point it is making. If you hang in there long enough, you will discover that like ALL Merry-Go-Rounds, it too will eventually stop.

Here you go, my parable about ‘Political Reality, U.S.A.
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THE BONES OF PATRIOTS PAST
(Or, ‘The Socialists Who Cried Conservative’)

Once upon a time, there was a number of conservative Americans. When the conservative people saw how Socialists (read: “Marxists”) calling themselves “Democrats” or “Liberals” had stolen their liberties guaranteed to them by the Bill of Rights and, like dogs, had pissed all over the U.S. Constitution, they knew something had to be done.

Then a group of politicians calling themselves “Republicans” said, “We have seen the destruction done by the Democrats. Like you, we are political conservatives, and if you vote us into authority, we will reverse the damage done by the Democrats. We will reduce the size of government, we'll cut federal spending, and we'll return your individual rights to you and honor your individual state’s right to govern itself.” And the Republican media pundits said, “Yes! Protect the Constitution by voting Republican, and things will improve!”

So, the conservative people voted Republicans into power. And the Republicans stole the liberties guaranteed to The People by the Bill of Rights and, like dogs, they pissed all over the U.S. Constitution.

So, in the next election, the majority of people voted the Republicans out and the Democrats back in. And the Democrats stole the liberties guaranteed to The People by the Bill of Rights and, like dogs, they pissed all over the U.S. Constitution. The conservative Americans knew something had to be done.

Then the group of politicians calling themselves “Republicans” said, “We agree with you conservative Americans. If you vote us into authority, we will undo what the Democrats have done. We'll reduce the size of government, cut federal spending, return your individual rights to you and honor your individual state’s right to govern itself.” And the Republican media pundits said, “Yes! Protect the Constitution by voting Republican, and things will improve!”

So, the conservatives voted the Republicans back in again. And the Republicans stole the liberties guaranteed to The People by the Bill of Rights and, like dogs, they pissed all over the U.S. Constitution.

So, a majority of The People became disgusted and brought the Democrats back into power, and the Democrats stole the liberties guaranteed to The People by the Bill of Rights and, like dogs, they pissed all over the U.S. Constitution. The conservative Americans were angry and they said, “Doggone it! Something MUST be done about this terrible situation. Our country is being destroyed!”

And the group of politicians calling themselves “Republicans” said, “We agree with you conservative Americans. If you vote us into authority, we will undo what the Democrats have done. We'll reduce the size of government, cut federal spending, return your individual rights to you and honor your individual state’s right to govern itself.” And the Republican media pundits said, “Yes! Protect the Constitution by voting Republican, and things will improve!”

And the conservative Americans dug up the graves of George Mason and Thomas Jefferson and they beat the Republican politicians and the Republican media pundits to death with the bones of patriots past.

The moral of this story is: Beware of Socialists in Republican clothing.

[Feel free to share this with anyone you think might be able to understand and appreciate it.]

~ Stephen T. McCarthy

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

‘TOO FAST TO LIVE, TOO YOUNG TO DIE’ (Or, ‘BAD DOG ON A RACETRACK’)

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[6-B, Email reply comin’ real soon. 
But "now here's something we hope you'll really like":]
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Well, this definitely isn’t political. It might be Spiritual. But, for now anyway, let’s just go with commercial. Yeah, a “product review” – that’s the ticket!

Some years ago, I purchased the 2-CD set ‘THE VERY BEST OF THE EAGLES’ for my brother, Napoleon, an Eagles fan.
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In the accompanying booklet it says this:

JAMES DEAN

Glenn Frey: ...as ‘Desperado’ became a concept album with an Old West theme, “James Dean” got shelved. When it came time to do ‘On The Border’, we got “James Dean” right off the shelf and said, “Let’s finish this.” I always thought the best line in “James Dean” was “I know my life would look alright if I could see it on the silver screen.” You just don’t get to do that.

Don Henley: I sat there and listened to the guys talk about James Dean. They had evidently studied him and knew much more about him than I did. I had seen most of Dean’s movies, but I somehow missed the whole icon thing. The mythology never quite reached my part of East Texas, but I pitched in and ended up with a writing credit...

We’ll be getting back to The Eagles pretty soon in a (pretty soon) future ‘BATTLE OF THE BANDS’ blog bit. But for now, let’s just see what Cool Personified looks like:

James Dean At Race Track
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Have you ever seen anyone look so cool (even in eyeglasses)?!

Oh yeah, life goes on
Long after the thrill of livin' is gone
Oh yeah, life goes on
Long after the thrill of livin' is gone
They walk on...

Jackie sits back, collects his thoughts for the moment
Scratches his head and does his best James Dean
"Well, then, there, Diane, we oughta run off to the city."
Diane says, "Baby, you ain't missin' nothing."
~ John “Cougar” Mellencamp
‘Jack & Diane’

The line "...does his best James Dean, `Well, then, there...'" was actually taken from a James Dean movie. I was watching REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE and James Dean says to Sal Mineo on some mansion stairs, "Well, then, there...." EXACTLY as John Mellencamp says them in this song.
- Susan
Toronto, Canada

Let’s hear it for the woman in Canada!

"Well, then, there, now..."
~ James Dean

For those who didn’t realize it... I was ALWAYS “doing my best James Dean”:
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It’s too small to see clearly in the photo above, but I have a square, black and white pin on my black leather jacket. It’s a publicity photo of James Dean and Julie Harris from the movie ‘East Of Eden’. My acting buddy Martin Brumer, who was killed by a car thief in 1989, made that pin for me. He cut the photograph out of a magazine and glued it onto piece of square cardboard and attached a pin to the back of it. I wore that handmade gift on my jacket for years.
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Although I eventually donated the jacket to Goodwill, I still have the pin:
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~ Stephen T. McCarthy

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

HOSANNA! BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD

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[FAE, remember the image above, you'll need it later... when I get back to the SES, which will be soon. How odd! What a coincidence(?) that one year ago today I discovered this image on a Blogspot blog and left a grateful comment for it. Original photo HERE. ~STMcC]
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Then Jesus took the twelve and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things written by the prophets concerning the Son of man will be fulfilled. For He will be delivered to the Gentiles, and they will mock Him and spit in His face. And they will scourge Him and curse Him and kill Him; and on the third day... He will rise again!”
~ Luke 18:31-33
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HAPPY  EASTER  SUNDAY  TO  YOU  ALL
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“Jesus, show me who You really are. I pray for the true You. I want the real You. I ask You for You. Spirit of God, free me in every way to know Jesus as He really is. Open my eyes to see Him. Deliver me from everything false about Jesus and bring me what is true.”
~ John Eldredge
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‘BENEDICITE’ – The Malibooz (from ‘Living Water’)


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Aqua vitae, benedicite

All you waters above the heavens, O bless the Lord
The sun and moon and stars of heaven, O bless the Lord
Every shower and dew and all you winds, bless the Lord
You dolphins, and water creatures, O bless the Lord

Everything grown from earth and you springs, bless the Lord
Mountains and hills and seas and rivers, bless the Lord

Aqua vitae, benedicite

~ Stephen T. McCarthy

"As a dog returns to his own vomit,
so a fool repeats his folly."
~ Proverbs 26:11

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

‘BATTLE OF THE BANDS #18’ (Or, ‘JOHN AND JONES VERSUS JOHN, KRALL, AND COSTELLO’)

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So the Lord said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I.. will spare the whole place on their account.” ... Then Abraham said, “Oh may..the Lord not be angry, and I shall speak only this once; suppose ten are..found there?” And God said, “I will not destroy it on account of the ten.”..
~ Genesis 18..
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[If you enjoy my BATTLE OF THE BANDS (BOTB) installments, please be sure to vote before the cutoff dates (the 7th and 21st of each month), and maybe encourage a friend or two to vote as well. Because I also like the ‘BOTB’ installments, but the submitted votes have dropped off considerably and my last installment only received 9 of them (after adding in my own). I’ve made up my mind that THE  VERY  NEXT  TIME a ‘BOTB’ installment fails to get double digit votes (after adding in my own), that will be my FINAL ‘BOTB’ post. So, if you like them, please be sure to vote on them... and bring a friend.]

Republican Vs. Democrat, Male Vs. Female, War Vs. Peace, Light Vs. Dark, Good Vs. Evil, Man Vs. Machine, Love Vs. Hate, Dog Vs. Cat, Sun Vs. Moon, Brain Vs. Brawn, Oscar Vs. Grammy, Angel Vs. Demon, Laurel Vs. Hardy, Beer Vs. Wine, TV Vs. Radio, Pitcher Vs. Batter, Paper Vs. Plastic, Reality Vs. Fantasy, Yeshua Vs. Beelzebub, Conservative Vs. Liberal, You Vs. Me, House Vs. Senate, Offense Vs. Defense, Kramer Vs. Kramer, Spy Vs. Spy, Fischer Vs. Spassky, W.C. Fields Vs. Sobriety, Harold Gimpy, Jr. Vs. Sheldon J. Pismire, Rock Vs. Paper Vs. Scissors, Islam Vs. Everything, Singer Vs. Singer, Band Vs. Band...
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THE  BATTLE  OF  THE  BANDS! (‘BOTB’)
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Shoop-Shooby –
Shooby-duh-Dooby-Doop-Dooby-Dooby-Doo-Wah –
Buh-Doo-Wah!
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EUGENE  MARTONE  VS.  JACK  BUTLER
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The song ‘MAKIN’ WHOOPEE’, written in 1928, has become a Jazz standard. Wackypedia sez: The title is a euphemism for sexual intimacy and the song itself has been called a "dire warning", largely to men ... "Makin' Whoopee" begins with the celebration of a wedding, honeymoon and marital bliss, but moves on to babies and responsibilities, and ultimately on to affairs and possible divorce, ending with a judge's... ruling.

My Ma was a huge Frank Sinatra fan, and probably the very last album I played for her before she moved up to Heaven from the hospice facility she’d spent a few days in was Sinatra’s ‘Songs For Swingin’ Lovers’.
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CONSIDERED  BY  MANY  TO  BE  SINATRA'S  GREATEST  ALBUM
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I am not really an enthusiastic Sinatra fan (although his Nelson Riddle backing was always superb), but I do think ‘Songs For Swingin’ Lovers’ is an especially good album which includes a fine version of ‘Makin’ Whoopee’.

However, for this ‘BOTB’ installment, I wanted to stick with duets. I found only two that I thought were worthy of inclusion. The first one is a duet with Doctor John and Rickie Lee Jones (1989), and the second is actually a ménage à trois featuring Elton John, Diana Krall, and her husband Elvis Costello, and it comes from an episode of the show ‘SPECTACLE: Elvis Costello With...’ from 2009.

Alright, let’s get this party started...

Dr.  John  &  Rickie  Lee  Jones – ‘Makin'  Whoopee’


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GODZILLA  VS.  KING  KONG
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Elton  John,  Diana  Krall,  &  Elvis  Costello - ‘Makin’  Whoopee’


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RIDDLER  VS.  BATMAN
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Alright now, “you know the gig”... I welcome EVERYONE to vote for their favorite of these songs in the comment section below. And feel free to tell us WHY you chose one song over the other. (NOTE: Comment Moderation is activated. All submitted comments that do not transgress "Ye Olde Comment Policy" will be posted as soon as possible. Thanks for taking the time to comment.)
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After voting here, I suggest - actually I insist - you pop over to FAE’s ‘Far Away Series’, Arlee Bird’s ‘Tossing It Out’, Robin’s ‘Your Daily Dose’, LC’s ‘DiscConnected’, and Chris' 'The Creative Outlet Of StratPlayer' blogs to see which songs they have chosen and vote there also. (If their ‘BOTB’ blog bits aren’t posted yet, pour yourself two shots of ‘Grand Marnier’ over ice – do it twice – and then return to their blogs to vice your voice ...vote your vice ...voice your vote.)
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Voice Your Vote @ ‘FAR AWAY SERIES’ by clicking HERE.
Voice Your Vote @ ‘TOSSING IT OUT’ by clicking HERE.
Voice Your Vote @ ‘YOUR DAILY DOSE’ by clicking HERE.
Voice Your Vote @ ‘DISCCONNECTED’ by clicking HERE.
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As I've done in the past, I will continue to return to my 'BOTB' blog bits on the 7th and 21st of each month to post my own votes and announce the winners in the comment sections.
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Links To Previous 'BOTB' Installments:
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~ Stephen T. McCarthy
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Monday, April 14, 2014

‘PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN 2.0’

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For only the second time in my life, I’m genuinely proud to be an AMERICAN! 
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(NaturalNews) Breaking news: The BLM, now in a full retreat against the Citizens of the United States of America, has announced a stand down and has begun releasing the Bundy family's cattle from the BLM's "bovine concentration camps." 
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This has just been confirmed by the Bundy family on their Facebook page. Also, here's a breaking video showing the cattle being released. 
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A tense standoff had taken place for several hours, where armed citizens of the United States of America -- many on horseback -- drew a literal line in the sand and refused to back down until BLM released the cattle.
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The photo below -- one of the most iconic photos of recent American history -- shows armed American citizens in a standoff with BLM thugs (in the white SUVs) who engaged in the felony theft of the Bundy family cattle and committed numerous felony assaults on American citizens.
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As you can see in the photo, a brigade of armed Americans -- many waving American flags -- blockaded the road at a strategic roadway point. BLM, a tyrannical police state gang conducting illegal, illegitimate operations, earlier ordered the FAA to ban all civilian flights over the region in an effort to enforce a media blackout (possibly in preparation for an armed assault on the protesters). 
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Government thugs had inflamed the situation by ordering attack dogs to attack innocent bystanders and saying, on the record, that they "hoped the protesters were ready to die." 
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Outraged by the lawless aggression of an out-of-control government, American citizens banded together to stand up to tyranny, even at the risk of being killed in the process. (etc.)...
http://www.naturalnews.com/044695_BLM_surrender_cattle_released_government_tyranny.html 
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AMERICAN  REVOLUTION  2.0  HAS  BEGUN: 
BATTLE  OF  BUNKERVILLE  WON  BY  THE  PEOPLE
WITHOUT  FIRING  A  SINGLE  SHOT
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(NaturalNews) "We were among 500 militiamen at the gates [of the BLM cattle compound]. The militia went muzzle to muzzle with BLM. Fingers on triggers, safeties off. We told them we're not backing down and we are prepared to lay our lives on the lines for these principles." -- actual quote relayed to Natural News from an American Citizen who took part in the raid on the BLM cattle compounds to free Bundy's cattle. The BLM later surrendered and evacuated the area, fearing for their lives. 
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The second American Revolution has begun. You are watching history unfold in real time now, and of course the lamestream media has intentionally decided U.S. history isn't worth covering because, frankly stated, the media is largely run by anti-American interests who absolutely do not want any victory by the People to be broadcast anywhere. 
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While the U.S. government claims to be supportive of freedom in Kiev or Iraq, it is absolutely terrified of freedom within U.S. borders. 
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Among big media, only Fox News has dared cover this story with anything resembling responsible reporting, as you can see in this video. The video text says "Govt backs down due to safety concerns." In reality, BLM backed down because they were grossly out-gunned and didn't want to die. (etc.)... 
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For my FULL opinion, read this:
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‘MILITIA 1 – FEDS 0’ (Or, ‘OH-BUMMER! ANOTHER BLACK EYE FOR THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’) 
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

‘MILITIA 1 – FEDS 0’ (Or, ‘OH-BUMMER! ANOTHER BLACK EYE FOR THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’)

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BUNDY RANCH PROTESTERS TASERED BY
FEDERAL AGENTS AND ATTACKED BY DOGS



In my entire 54 years, I’ve never felt as proud of some of my fellow Americans as I did yesterday.
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When hundreds of heavily armed militia members from Nevada and neighboring states showed up on Cliven Bundy’s ranch to support him against the federal thugs who were stealing his cattle and basically trampling on the U.S. Constitution with their black boots, the phuckin’ feds backed down and called off the thievery.

Of course, I already knew they would tuck tail and run as soon as the militia arrived, and I predicted as much to a couple friends and a co-worker.

“Incidentally, this thing that’s happening at Bundy’s ranch in Nevada is the IDEAL illustration of why our Founding Fathers made sure we had that Second Amendment right. The gun right wasn’t for hunting animals, it was for hunting Federal tyrants, as the mad dog Feds are finding out, if the rumor of … armed militia men arriving is true.”

My co-worker was really skeptical when I told him I was sure the feds would be the first to blink and retreat. How did I know the feds would back down? Easy...

1: Uncle Sam has worked too hard and too long to construct his New World Order global tyranny to lose control of the Americonned Sheeple NOW by causing a second American Revolution for Independence over a piece of Nevada desert.

2: The steroid-laden, meathead “law enforcement” goons act tough ONLY as long as they perceive themselves to have the advantage. But the minute they find themselves outgunned or heavily outnumbered, they turn back into the pusses that they secretly really are. I saw it perfectly illustrated during the ‘Rodney King Riots’ in Los Angeles. The LAPD always acted so damned tough, but as soon as the rioting erupted, those pusses in blue flew! You didn’t see a cop on any street for days! “To Protect And Serve”... BULLSHIT!

They’re all the same, whether police officers, FBI agents, IRS enforcers, or Bureau of Land Management (BLM) thugs – as soon as the odds turn against them, they run like scared rabbits!

I love what happened yesterday at Clive Bundy’s ranch in Nevada, and I only wish I could have been amongst the armed protesters.

However... the BLM goon who threw the woman to the ground, and the other one who tasered that relative of Clive Bundy, I still want to see their heads on poles!

Also... the freakin’ federal government paid men to round-up and steal about 400 of Bundy’s cattle. The cattle were eventually returned when the chickenshits backed down. But, do you know WHO paid those cattle rustlers to rustle Bundy’s cattle? WE DID, with our tax dollars! I want to see that exact amount of money deducted from Barack Oliar’s paycheck and returned to US!

Back on Sunday, January 13, 2013, I posted a ‘Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends’ blog bit titled GUN RIGHTS VS. GUN CONTROL (Or, PROTECT YOUR TEETH TO SAVE YOUR TONGUE). In that post, I wrote the following:

The principal purpose for our Founding Fathers insisting upon our Second Amendment (gun ownership) right was so that We The People could defend our country and our way of life against a foreign invader and against a tyrannical, militarized American government that might someday develop and attempt to steal our liberties.

[I didn’t also say, “and attempt to steal our cattle”, but I guess I should have.]

Well, what we saw this past week was a PERFECT OBJECT LESSON of exactly THAT! But thanks to our Second Amendment right, the militia (ordinary Americans with guns) showed up with some powerful weaponry, and our tyrannical Uncle Sam tucked tail and ran immediately!

NOW do you stupid-assed Liberals finally “get it”?!
Probably not... because you are, indeed, stupid-assed. (How does one reach a person who is brain-dead, a person who FEELS but doesn’t really THINK?)

Below is a link to a WorldNetDaily article that you really should read. I’ve included just the first and last few paragraphs of the article, but you really ought to read the entire piece:

This Land Was Your Land
Desert Showdown Blows Lid Off Long-Standing Plans With The Chinese
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NEW YORK – When Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy refused to take his cattle off land the federal government demanded for the habitat of an endangered desert tortoise, it focused the nation’s attention on an arena Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., may have preferred to be kept quiet.

An investigative report published last week by Infowars.com drew a connection between Senate Majority Leader Reid’s involvement with Chinese energy giant ENN, Chinese efforts to build massive solar facilities in the Nevada desert and the showdown between Bundy and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, or BLM. It wasn’t the first report to notice curious dealings involving the Chinese and America’s top Democrats.

On Jan. 20, 2013, WND warned Chinese government-backed economists were proposing a plan to allow Chinese corporations to set up “development zones” in the United States as part of a plan proposed by the Chinese government to convert into equity the more than $1 trillion in U.S. Treasury debt owned by the Chinese government.

The next day, Jan. 21, 2013, WND documented the Obama administration had begun to allow China to acquire major ownership interests in oil and natural gas resources across the USA. [...]

The audience erupted in applause as the man concluded his speech.

“And when Clive decides to go back in there after his cows, and they’ve got orders to shoot anyone who goes in there, I’m gonna be with him.”

Someone in the crowd piped up, “Carrying a gun I hope.”

“No, no,” he said, “because them son of a bitches will fire the next shot heard around the world … and we will fire the rest!”

And below are some more links to ‘NaturalNews’ articles that are worth reading as well:

Dear NaturalNews readers,
We have extraordinary news for you today:
The feds (BLM) have surrendered to We the People over the Bundy Ranch standoff in Nevada. Just hours ago, the feds announced a full retreat as a band of citizens stood against them in protest of federally-engineered cattle theft and an armed siege of an innocent rancher:

Hours earlier, the U.S. government ordered the FAA to erect a "No Fly Zone" over the Bundy Ranch, almost as if they were staging a war in Iraq! See the astonishing photo of the bovine concentration camps the BLM had erected:

The situation had been rapidly escalating into America's "Tiananmen Square" incident, where bloodshed seemed imminent:

The lamestream media, meanwhile, pretended nothing was happening! On orders from Washington, every major media outlet willfully ignored this historic event and all but refused to cover it:

~ Stephen T. McCarthy

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

'MUSIC AS A WEAPON FOR NON-VIOLENT CHANGE' (Or, 'LAND OF MY FATHERS, LAND THAT I LOVE')

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THE  BLUE,  BLACK,  AND  WHITE  FLAG  OF  'ESTONIA'


All y’all know FarAwayEyes (FAE) of the blog Far Away Series, right? She’s the person who invented the ‘Battle Of The Bands’ (‘BOTB’) concept on July 10, 2013, with her blog bit titled ‘House Guests & Battle Of The Bands’ right HERE.
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Well, FAE is really big on music in general, and on January 16th, half a year before introducing us all to the ‘Battle Of The Bands’ Blogfest idea, she published a blog bit in which she included a link to the trailer of a documentary movie I’d never heard of titled ‘THE SINGING REVOLUTION’.

The movie depicts how the small country of Estonia (only one million citizens in 1939) managed to survive brutal occupation by the Soviet Union, followed by brutal occupation by the Nazis, and followed by long-term brutal occupation a second time by the Soviet Union. I was curious enough to click the link to the film’s trailer provided by FarAwayEyes:
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‘THE SINGING REVOLUTION’ trailer


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I can tell you that this trailer in no way at all indicates the greatness of this film. A week after seeing the trailer via FAE’s blog, I rented the movie from NetFlix. Very shortly afterwards, I purchased a copy of the movie, and last night I watched it for the third time. It is an astounding, heartrending but exceedingly powerful and inspiring film that puts the human heart and the will to survive as a nation on full exhibit like few things I’ve ever seen before.

I am a fan of well-made documentaries in general, but ‘THE SINGING REVOLUTION’ is probably my favorite that I’ve ever seen and is quite possibly one of the 25 best films of ANY genre that I have ever had a chance to view.

Other than the good, happy dog seen romping about in the first few minutes of the movie, the first 22 minutes of this documentary is brutally depressing, but the stage is being set by explaining Estonia’s history of troubles with invading brutes like the Nazis and Communists. But don’t give up too soon! (The Estonian people didn’t!) Hang in there through the awful mistreatment, torture, and murdering of the Estonians until you hit the 22 minute and 12 second mark when the narrator says triumphantly: SINGING!

That’s when the hope and resolve and non-violent protesting begins through the country’s rich musical heritage that binds all the Estonian people together. You are then in for a real treat - one exhilarating ride of human nature, HOPE and DETERMINATION! This is the point where ‘THE SINGING REVOLUTION’ starts becoming the best documentary I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen plenty of them!)
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Film Critic Robert W. Butler said of the film, "If ‘The Singing Revolution’ were a fictional film it would be dismissed as a pie-in-the-sky fantasy. But it's all true."

Estonia’s ‘Hirve Park demonstration’ was somewhat similar to America’s “Boston Tea Party”; the people were gathering to protest and bind themselves together by a common cause.

“Creator, protect Estonia
~ An Estonian song lyric

“Singing would be the fuel for change.”

In 1969, a real, musical revolution began with the collective singing of “this one forbidden song”: ‘LAND OF MY FATHERS, LAND THAT I LOVE’.

“One day, no matter what, we will win!”
~ Heinz Valk

I watched the film last night with my brother Napoleon. At one point the movie was depicting events in Estonia that were occurring in 1988. I turned to Nappy and said, “Damn, that’s around the time we were watching Kirk Gibson hit that famous World Series-winning home run at Dodger Stadium. And we didn’t know anything about these events in Estonia!”

Nappy replied, “Because it was the same media then that we have now. Most of the negative things about Communism, it doesn’t like to tell us about.”

In the end, I thought this was a movie that ought to shame the Americonned Sheeple, who are largely dumbed-down and docile. And brother Nappy seemed to agree, because as the final credits rolled, he said to me, “I wish I had been born Estonian, rather than American”, and I couldn’t have agreed with him more. (Too bad though that “this world” is ultimately going the way that “it is written”, and there is no place a person can go to avoid it... except to God and to the Son He sent to save us.)

If there’s any sort of weakness in this film at all, unfortunately, it’s that the makers of ‘THE SINGING REVOLUTION’ seem to buy into the idea of a newer, more democratic Russia, and accepted at face value the staged coup in the U.S.S.R. and the “arrest” of Mikhail Gorbachev. Sadly, I’m convinced that was all Communist deception, and I don’t believe this story is really quite over yet. (See the Introduction titled ‘Did Communism Really Die?’ in John Stormer’s classic political work ‘None Dare Call It Treason...25 Years Later’.)

Nonetheless, I consider ‘THE SINGING REVOLUTION’ to be one of the most inspiring, most uplifting movies I’ve ever seen. It’s enough to make a grown man cry, and wish he were Estonian so he could claim the patriotic pride that belongs to those people.

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If you’ve never seen this superb documentary, I urge you to make a point of doing so. Would FarAwayEyes lead you astray? I took her movie recommendation to heart and am very grateful for it. ‘THE SINGING REVOLUTION’ is a film that I know I will watch yet again, sometime in the not too distant future. (Thanks, FAE!)

~ Stephen T. McCarthy

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