Idle Thoughts on Sincerity in Songs

Why should I blame her that she filled my days
With misery, or that she would of late
Have taught to ignorant men most violent ways,
Or hurled the little streets upon the great,
Had they but courage equal to desire?
What could have made her peaceful with a mind
That nobleness made simple as a fire,
With beauty like a tightened bow, a kind
That is not natural in an age like this,
Being high and solitary and most stern?
Why, what could she have done, being what she is?
Was there another Troy for her to burn?
— William Butler Yeats, “No Second Troy”

Mylène Farmer performs “Ainsi soit je.” She keeps us waiting until 2:00, only to break down sobbing. Art is not about expressing the artist’s emotion (nobody cares about that), but about evoking an emotion in the audience — and they cry with her. Suburban_elk once wrote:

[Art] it is about creating a tone of mind, a frame that includes both emotion and reason, and then that thing above those that is both and more.

A beautiful woman is art. Marie Laforêt performs “Viens, viens.” The darkness within draws a girl to men who leave. It makes her miserable when things are tranquil so she complicates her life until it hurts and only then she is satisfied, because only then she feels like she has a soul. What do Katie Piper, Vanessa Münstermann, and Gessica Notaro have in common?

The first task of civilization is to forbid children to play in the street. You know what is most tragic about ‘sharks? It’s the loss of feral genes. If there is one thing I shout as I hold you by the shirt collar, it’s this — we need our left half!! The capacity for great madness is the creative fount of a great race. We need our cunts, deviants, drunks, criminals, freaks and self-immolators. But as long as we’re in this straitjacket, the pigs are vacuuming up our wild eggs.

There’s a kid who had a big hallucination
Making love to girls in magazines.

In Pink Floyd’s great underrated song Final Cut, closet fash Roger Waters asks the kinds of questions that shouldn’t be asked and bellows against the swelling wave of strings:

Thought I oughta bare my naked feelings,
Thought I oughta tear the curtain down.
I held the blade in trembling hands
Prepared to make it but just then the phone rang
I never had the nerve to make the final cut.

I like Elk’s thoughts on what art does. But how does it become? I think there are three elements. One: the artist’s sub-rational openness to the transcendent; you can also call that authenticity, or sincerity. Two: artist the man as a medium; his purity or corruption, his originality in filtering the intangible on it way to material expression. Three: his technical skill to deliver the artifact faithfully to intent.

Here is another de profundis performance:

Oh, I love you
God, I love you
I’d kill a dragon for you

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76 thoughts on “Idle Thoughts on Sincerity in Songs

  1. WB Yeats did it for me in prose more than in his poems. I hear Sylvia Plath took up residence in his old quarters. Recommended: his essay-treatise on magic.

    “A beautiful woman is art.”

    But is art a beautiful woman? I’d say it’s her latent desires, only half-enacted by the neutron stars’ immortal deliberations.

  2. We really do need our creative madness, our freaks, an our innovators. These people are what separate the white race from the northeast Asians. John Derbyshire had a column about “Soothing the Barbarians” a few years back. The gist of it was that China learned over the centuries to make enforce conformity at home, and build great walls to keep the barbarians out.

  3. Random Yeatsiana.

    The woman in the quoted poem is one Maud Gonne, the long time heart-throb of Yeats. He never married her, and was heartbroken when she married an army major. Later, though, Yeats did finally bang her, and pronounced it disappointing. He may have had the world’s most productive case of Oneitis.

    Maud Gonne was a radical Irish nationalist (though not herself Irish). It’s amazing when you think how bitterly and bloodily the Irish fought for their freedom from the Brits, yet they have lain down like cowardly dogs in the face of the immivasion.

    For some reason, I long assumed Yeats was Catholic, being Irish and all. But he wasn’t. He was an Irish Protestant.

    Interesting looking woman was Maud.

  4. — He may have had the world’s most productive case of Oneitis

    It’s between him and Dante. I didn’t know Yeats finally slept with Gonne. The army major was the inspiration behind one of Yeats’s memorable phrases, “drunken, vain-glorious lout.” Though to his credit, he does give the major credit for coming around in “Easter, 1916.”

  5. As to rolling over for immivasion, funny how that pattern works all over Europe. Irish, Welsh, Corsican, various Eastern Europeans, have their historic beef with old neighbors but a blind spot for the invaders. It’s as though they don’t know how to deal with the strangeness of half-humans. A response will be synchronized, I think — all of Europe will readjust as one. Germans might make the first move.

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  7. “Saturday night in the middle of the winter…..I hate the fucking weekends!”

    Winters and weekends are tough in our neck of the U.S.of A. For some, like myself, NFL playoffs are welcome distraction; for others, it’s quite tough, particularly those with sauce and harder vice issues. This is the one time of year in which i’m hesitant about touting Midwest-living virtue. I’ve had a rough winter myself…

  8. You’re describing my paradise. We were supposed to have some anemic sleet, but it just rained all day. I’m still a kid about snow. Beside a reasonable measure of sauce, an “idle thoughts” post on music (and the free associations it’s meant to trigger) hopefully offers relief from cabin fever up north.

  9. “…hopefully offers relief from cabin fever up north.”

    I’m sure it does….and has: I’ve never took hard note, but I bet I read and submit blog commentary at a rate of 3-to-1 in terms of during winter and during summer. Probably for all the obvious reasons too.

  10. This is what is great about the alt-right. We can find wisdom wherever it is. It is surprising how many of the left’s cultural touchstones were not really leftists. Kerouac voted for Goldwater. Truly gifted writers in particular almost inevitably turn reactionary, because as much as they idolise it the left hates imagination and talent.

    PA, your three thoughts on artistry strike me as accurate. I can bang out prose but for poetry I have to be in a particular mood, generally associated with imagining the past and an intensity in whatevet vista I am in front of. Hard to describe, but sub-rational opennes to the transcendent comes pretty close.

    Was it you who said you thought The Clash were a white nationalist band? Would love to read that post. N

  11. Was it you who said you thought The Clash were a white nationalist band? Would love to read that post.

    The Clash spent some time recording in a neighborhood in Kingston and saw some of their liberal values get challenged. They wrote about it. I think “Guns of Brixton” may refer to some of their experience.

  12. — It is surprising how many of the left’s cultural touchstones were not really leftists (Nozdryov)

    A commenter elsewhere pointed out Roger Waters’ “fash” quaity and I agreed, working that insight into this post. Artists/musicians tend to be compliant with their patrons, in this case the entertainment (((industry))). So one can see how Waters’ sneering madman, irrepressibly elitist sensibility got bent in an antifa direction during the band’s heyday.

    There was a recent account of a junior-level television writer’s experience with an executive reprimanding him for writing the sitcom’s children as too respectful of their parents and the father-character as insufficiently buffoonish.

    Somewhat related: Carlos Danger over at Chateau Heartiste made a thought-provoking observation on one reason why girls get into ‘sharking:

    “It starts with developing a taste for cacophonous music early which then exposes one to the other aspects of the lifestyle. I got into astr*ology and tar*ot because Jimmie Page and David Bowie said it was cool to do so. The aficionados of Alternative music would be impressed with my collection of CDs. Be careful what you play and show around your kids. Their default is classical and harmonious folk music.”

  13. I can bang out prose but for poetry I have to be in a particular mood (Nozdryov)

    Both are difficult for me, unless I get the rushing thoughts where the writing runs ahead of me. Sometimes I have to force myself to write until that relaxed mind frame comes on. Once it does, it’s like riding a wave. The critical mind has to be dormant during that phase; it shouldn’t come into play until it’s time for technical editing.

    I wrote about fifty poems at 19 and 20 years old, nothing since. Most are, as expected, juvenile (not meaning that as a disparagement). Some are pretty good upon re-reading. I didn’t consciously try to project any type of a personal image or political allegiance, so there wasn’t much of that kind of affectation or false note.

    I later typed them up on the typewriter and still have them all locked away in a folder. You get a sense of time when you see that those papers are now yellow. Efforts at poetry, I think, are filtered harder through “2” in the original post’s three-part artistic process — the man-as-the-medium — than prose so they tend to be more personal. Not necessarily in the confessional or sentimental sense, but in leaving more of one’s fingerprint on the result. I don’t have access to those poems at the moment but I’ll see if anything can be posted here.

  14. As an introvert I love winter – nothing better than curling up by the fire with a blanket and a book, or puttering around quietly with some craft-like project.

    I don’t understand the “cabin fever”, though. It’s -20 here and I just got back from glorious snowshoeing in the woods. Matter of fact, I’ve said many times that I feel more ‘alive’, in a strange spiritual sense, during the fall+winter than at any other time. I do enjoy a bit of summer, but get tired of it as it makes me feel like a lazy ape.

  15. I feel my best in winter also. Granted our winters here are pretty mild. It is my favorite season. I never thought about it being because I am introvert, but I think that may be part of the appeal.

  16. The winters in the northern US and Canada are crazy cold. They are on a whole other level than mid Atlantic region winters.

  17. I just read an article written by Charles Krauthammer about Trump’s honeymoon period over. He is critical of Trumps excessive tweeting. He mentioned three separate tweets: Meryl Streep response, criticism of Schwarzenegger’s Apprentice ratings, and his tweet about vaccinations. I agree with Krauthammer on two of of three. I think his criticism of Schwarzenegger seemed petty. His tweet about vaccines came of of left field, and is probably something he should stay out of. I think his response to Streep was okay. If he truly did not ridicule that man for being disabled, he needs to make that clear. I think Trump lacks discipline. Like PA said, he does not drink, so that is good. Even so, he can be impulsive. Camlost has pointed out he takes offense too quickly. I agree. You are the president, people are going to criticize you, chill out. I also think ignoring much of Hollywood is good policy. It’s entertainment, not real life.

  18. I learned that as a Trump supporters. Liberals are upset and are going to lash out. Let them. Getting angry or upset about their criticism just makes me look like a sore winner and a bully.

  19. Snowshoeing is top kek.

    ****************

    Speaking of kek, how about the dox drama over at TRS?

    Those guys — Enoch and the Death Panel, and Fash the Nation — were putting out some great radio shows: the top podcasts on the AR. And they all got doxxed, and the antifa are chalking this up as a major victory.

    If you are not up on the details, that is for the best in a sense, because getting bogged down on the details and the drama is exactly the derailment that the opposition hopes for.

    However a comment at MPC was a good point, from their thread on it,

    http://mpcdot.com/forums/topic/8736-trs-our-sister-site/page__st__1300

    Consider the following three things:
    1) the Twitter purges, consistent and harsh
    2) these TRS doxxes of major AR radio personalities
    3) over at Daily Stormer, they have lost their adds sponsors and revenue

    All these things have happened recently — weight is being brought to bear, on the AR.

  20. He is critical of Trumps excessive tweeting. He mentioned three separate tweets: Meryl Streep response, criticism of Schwarzenegger’s Apprentice ratings, and his tweet about vaccinations.

    1) Streep’s performance at the Golden Globes does not reflect well on her. Like Kelly Conway said, Streep is stuck in 2014. Which is a good put-down of a Hollywood person, because their “current-ness” is a big part of their thing.

    And it is another example of the supposed stars really missing the boat. Streep doesn’t even know how lame she is, and how lame her performance was — and she is a performer! — but the irony of that is obviously lost on her, but she did damage to her rep, i have to think. Gibson and double-V certainly lost any respect they might have once had.

    2) Have not heard of this Arnold controversy. A little surprised — i woulda thought that two Big Dicks would want to get along. So who started it?

    3) Vaccinations. Interesting. The scuttlebutt on this is that this is an issue for Trump personally because his son Barron is speculated to be on the Spectrum, and further it is speculated that Trump might associate that condition with him having been vaccinated.

  21. I wanted to say more about the lameness factor of Streep’s performance at the Golden Globes, but i can’t even.

    Streep is so lame! what an awful woman, so full of herself, the picture of her and Hillary is too much. To think that those two are respected people, shows everything that is wrong with this world.

    And about Trump tweeting — people have a strong opinion about it, but the reality is that his Twitter platform is a Big Deal in circumventing the Faggot Press, and the importance of that to his whole campaign and subsequent presidency cannot be overstated.

  22. Lost some good $, nikcrit ! Was hoping for Cowboys/Patriots SB. The American Spectacle. I dabbled this year b/c The Boys were solid. It’s over. The NFL is the Jeb Bush of sports.

    Soccer’s my sporting entertainment now. Clean slate!

  23. Schwarzenegger did not support Trump. I’m not sure why.
    Streep’s performance was typical for a liberal. It was whiny, overly sentimental, and playing the victim (no matter how good the person has it). I also didn’t understand the point of it.

  24. Snowshoeing is top kek

    I don’t know what this means. If it means “good winter exercise and thoroughly enjoyable”, then I agree.

  25. Most people aren’t natural fighters and they feel an impulse to take their winnings and settle for peace once some advantage is secured. That’s not in Trump’s nature though — he is making it clear that his campaign is a total political and cultural war. Not letting a Pedowood personality get away with flapping her gums is part of his juggernaut, in part likely because he understands that magnanimity toward sworn enemies has not been a winning approach for conservatives, ever. That’s my read on things. He brings the war to his enemies on multiple fronts — and so far it’s been highly effective.

  26. — I feel more ‘alive’, in a strange spiritual sense, during the fall+winter than at any other time. I do enjoy a bit of summer, but get tired of it as it makes me feel like a lazy ape. (SJ, Esquire)

    Same here. In all, I have to have the four seasons. A mild winter (like this one is shaping up so far) is disappointing. Still holding hope for a major blizzard. One of my great winter memories is having just moved to Boston in the late 1990s and going to Boston U library for a couple of hours on a clear December day, and coming out to see snow pounding and everything covered in white.

  27. If it wasn’t obvious, I took that photo of Inauguration ceremony scaffolding going up in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Something I hadn’t mentioned is the evident atmosphere of pride among the contractors. They were all burly American workers, I didn’t see any foreign laborers among them.

  28. Are you there in DC or wherever, on the ground PA?

    How is the security? I hear crazy stuff about District 1 – like cameras everywhere, undercover cops, hidden mics. I also hear that the police are using drones for surveillance now.

  29. Im there… haven’t seen many major changes since post-9/11. The one I’ve noticed is that local PD’s are transitioning their patrol cars from sedans to SUVs, and existing police vehicles have been fitted with ramming grills. I don’t know if this is a regional or a national trend.

  30. “Congrats on yah boyz Nikcrit! So glad to see cowboys go down.”

    “amirite?”

    You are correct—– thank God!!

    No, the ideal pairing now is a ‘Nemesis Bowl,’ with Rodgers squaring off against Alex Smith, who usurped Rodgers as a top draft pick and NFL priority until Rodgers proved them and all subsequent doubters horribly wrong.

    Think of all the fortunes lost; if you would’ve bet a mere two months ago that GB would make its way to the NFC championship, you’d make back your bet exponentially.

  31. “I dabbled this year b/c The Boys were solid. It’s over. The NFL is the Jeb Bush of sports.”

    Lol. I see: your team lost, so now the sport itself is squalid. Nah, your problem was equating that noisy spectacle that Jerry Jones tackily dreamed up with the idea to MAGA. THAT was your fundamental conceit, young laddie…. 🙂

  32. No, the ideal pairing now is a ‘Nemesis Bowl,’ with Rodgers squaring off against Alex Smith, who usurped Rodgers as a top draft pick and NFL priority until Rodgers proved them and all subsequent doubters horribly wrong.

    “Usurped”? C’mon now, what does that even mean? Even when Rodgers got to Green Bay the management there had no idea how good they could be. Tom Brady was a 6th round pick himself.

    Rodgers started off on the bench, where Brett Favre treated him like dirt because he knew that Rodgers would finally force the team to move to a new starting QB. And at the time Packers fans were crying sentimentally in favor of Favre, saying that the team was doing Favre wrong by not giving him a new deal and deciding to start anew with Rodgers as QB.

    Either way, I hate Aaron Rodgers, lol. Apparently, Olivia Munn is causing him to have a rift with his family.

  33. @Cam: yeah, i thought it weird that the nytimes would run the following story; basically a long gossip piece; i guess it was reported earlier in piecemeal ways, but to have the nation’s biggest paper write a feature story on your personal family feud on the day you’re playing a nfl playoff game? I thought that was both out-of-character and a low-blow; i mean, is that really news that’s ‘fit to print? fwiw, i learned enough from my old biz that elaborate and outrageous family feuds surrounding a family members’ rapid and humongous wealth is not AT ALL uncommon. Plenty of cases exist in which the larger public doesn’t know about it.

  34. I know, the poor guy has seen himself become a big topic on TMZ since he started dating that actress. Tom Brady is married to an international supermodel but somehow seems to keep his private life quiet.

  35. I —- having this paid national holiday off —– took the time to read through that whole nytimes story on Aaron Rodgers and his family discord. I’m now even more amazed that the paper ran such a story —— it’s basically a more literate and less-salacious gossip story that you could just as often find in tabloids. And from there it commits the cardinal journalistic sin of implying a false promise that it never delivers! The story acknowledged family feud and divide, chronicles the standoff with quotes from ‘both sides’ —— but it never says or even implicitly hints what the actual incident was, merely saying first hand that ‘fame changes things’ and ‘fame makes things complicated,’ and other such super-deep revelations.

    Say what you will about nytimes and its political bent and influence. But it is out-of-character for them to publish such a half-ass ‘celebrity journalism’-type story; I would speculate aloud that the situation going on in Rodgers family right now is happening in 90%+ of families which contain a celebrity of Rodger’s stature.

  36. “The Packers quarterback’s celebrity is a source of unmitigated joy everywhere in Chico, Calif., except in what used to be his innermost circle.”

    What is the reason that he doesn’t get along with his family, is it a big secret?

    He really has the All American looks though, even by the standards of NFL quarterbacks.

    Football loses a lot of appeal, as a spectator sport, in that their faces are covered up.

  37. I don’t know what this means. If it means “good winter exercise and thoroughly enjoyable”, then I agree.

    Yes that is the meaning of that phrase in its context, there.

    I was calling attention to the larger overarching meme theme of Kek as a joke slash reference to the younger half of the AR bell curve and the big juicy gossip story that is going on over there at the Daily Stormer …

    Which story, to the credit of the middle-aged crowd here, is passing un-commented upon, except for by me, who finds it interesting as a meta-political commentary on the processes of the AR itself.

  38. It seemed to move its intended audience, so I guess it worked.

    I would agree that Streep’s intended audience were the Sky People in the crowd at the Golden Globes, and not the less important secondary people who suffer to follow it on tv and in the tabloids.

    But what of the people on the internet, including me and you?

    My point, well made or not, was that she succeeded in alienating a lot of intelligent people, including all of Trump’s voters, who are not the idiots that she would seem to think.

    And the material that she chose with which to slander Trump was clumsy (and ham-handed). An incident that is way out of date and done over a 100 times already, and on the theme of disabled people with that other story being on everyone’s mind? I am biased of course, but she couldn’t have a done a better job of being out of touch.

    And that they relish being above the crowd? there comes a point when the crowd turns on them, and are we not at that point? she can’t make a living selling tickets to the audience of the Golden Globes. An actor has to maintain popular appeal.

    Maybe i am wrong, and there are enough liberal cat ladies around to keep in her in donuts and dildos.

  39. “Football loses a lot of appeal, as a spectator sport, in that their faces are covered up.”

    That is very true; I once tagged along with a mentor of mine who was a magazine writer; he was profiling the nfl’s new marketing director, a female, so the story had a ‘this-is-a-first’ element. She had prior been at mtv and other youth-entertainment companies and the first thing she said is that football is harder to ‘celebritize’ because, unlike the NBA (which was booming at the time this piece was being written) and baseball, it was more difficult to ‘putting a face’ on your product, etc.; plus, i guess studies were conducted and found that video games, which were then-emerging and a dominant market force right out of the gate, were really eating into the market of kids into the NFL, moreso than it interrupted the early teenage appeal of MLB or the NBA. (nowadays, of course, the existential peril to future NFL market is that kids actually sign up aznd play the sport at a much smaller level because of the fear of injuries).

  40. I —- having this paid national holiday off —– took the time to read through that whole nytimes story on Aaron Rodgers and his family discord. I’m now even more amazed that the paper ran such a story —— it’s basically a more literate and less-salacious gossip story that you could just as often find in tabloids. And from there it commits the cardinal journalistic sin of implying a false promise that it never delivers!

    Yeah, the convergence of entertainment and news is causing formerly “standup” newspapers to alter their content to cover hot topics that catch viewers wanting to read about that day’s “controversy”. I’m kinda shocked at how low-grade that article is, as well.

    “The Packers quarterback’s celebrity is a source of unmitigated joy everywhere in Chico, Calif., except in what used to be his innermost circle.”

    What is the reason that he doesn’t get along with his family, is it a big secret?

    Lots of speculation out there on the topic, but I’ve never, ever seen Rodgers’ girlfriend (Munn) at a game. Not even in the fancy skybox seats in NY or Chicago.

    Have you, Nik?

    That’s very odd to me, and maybe implies some distance from the rest of his life and/or family. (his brother was a star college QB too and his father was a player, too)

    Even world-glam superstar Giselle Bundchen can be seen attending games. Here a few years ago she was in a hotel lobby when some NY Giants fans heckled her and she fired back at them saying that her husband did his job and the rest of the team sucked (Wes Welker had dropped a key pass late). I thought she deserved credit for that, some people didn’t like it:

  41. (nowadays, of course, the existential peril to future NFL market is that kids actually sign up aznd play the sport at a much smaller level because of the fear of injuries).

    The SWPL-ish media likes to speculate that football participation will drop due to the prospect of head injuries, but there’s no evidence of that yet.

  42. I think Koby Bryant had a falling out with his family when he got married. He never had his ex-wife sign a pre-nup and there was speculation his family was unhappy about that.

  43. Meryl Streep made it clear she identifies with a small, elite group of people who she feels are being unfairly vilified. I don’t hate her, she just seems entitled. I think after years and years of adulation a person character changes, and not for the better. This probably is true of Aaron Rodgers.

  44. I don’t know if Gisele deserved credit for that, but she was basically right. I wouldn’t hold it against her too much.

  45. “there’s no evidence of that yet.”

    There is; many reports of high-schools of even decent student-body size unable to field a team; in my district, once big-enough schools have to consolidate with other teams to forge a football program. I’ve read a lot of prep-sport trade journals where it’s discussed at length.

    Overall, the reason for the reduction in prep-football participation is multi-sourced: competition with vid games; competition with other, more-emergent sports here, like soccer; and other competing distractions that personal-tech has wrought in the 21st-century.

    re. PA’s riff re. smaller helmets; I haven’t heard that one yet as a possible reducer of football injuries; but fear of injuries is most certainly a tangible and evident reason for the currently reduced rates of participation… basically, the participating specimens, the athletes are becoming too lethal and predatory in their skill sets —– elite athletes creates a demand for elite orthopedic medicine, and there too is recent new heights in terms of technology and capability.

    I haven’t heard of smaller helmets, but apparently some of the new knee, leg and torso padding, while uniformly reducing movability and thus athleticism, also exponentially reduces risk of injury to key,often-vulnerable joints and other prone body parts and areas.

  46. All the professional sports now seek global markets which is a destruction of their various target markets. With the destruction of the various target markets is the complete change in the product. The “NFL” is now mere cuck fagporn and the degenerating cause ALL THROUGHOUT the game of American football is inevitably revealed.

    Self-annihilators going to self-annihilate with helmets or no helmets… Families or no families… Celebrity or no celebrity…

    Streep is de facto dyke… She has a dyke mentality and not a single alt-cuck writer will write it so. It’s not even clear that the alt-cucks even know what a dyke is? They only see “women” everywhere. And couldn’t spot a single nigger in rap video. Does any big nigger get worked up over those de facto “white” dykes like Streep and Hillary? Why not?

    A mass collusion of anti-wS.

  47. The theory behind the proposals for less head/face protection, along with reduced shoulder padding is that the players would be less inclined to collide with others at full speed.

  48. Thank you, Thor, for relieving myself and the others of all our theoretical folly.

    And I thought I was just kicking back during a three-day weekend and enjoying a ball game. Damn! Who I was fooling?

  49. Does any big nigger get worked up over those de facto “white” dykes like Streep and Hillary? Why not?

    Obviously, because they are not white, and they do not see in Streep familiar characters that they recognize in their own families and acquaintance.

    Streep tricking out reminds white men about feminist culture and how close to home it is, or can be.

  50. WOW – the “Global Initiative” part of the Clinton Foundation is shutting down due to drastically reduced donations from foreign governments:

    http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/crime/item/25146-clintons-shutter-global-initiative-as-donations-dry-up

    Following the election, foreign governments that had been regular donors began cutting their contributions to the Clinton Foundation, some severely. For example, news.com.au noted that the Australian government “has not renewed any of its partnerships with the scandal-plagued Clinton Foundation, effectively ending 10 years of taxpayer-funded contributions worth more than $88 million.” The government of Norway, which had been contributing as much as $20 million a year to the foundation, cut its contribution by nearly 90 percent.

    As noted by the New York Observer, these cuts indicate that “the organization’s clout was predicated on donor access to the Clintons, rather than its philanthropic work.”

  51. “Even world-glam superstar Giselle Bundchen can be seen attending games”

    O.T.,

    Y’know, it’s irrelevant but i’m always curious about how certain attractive women become iconic and rise to occupy some mythological status several levels beyond ‘pleasant looking’ or ‘attractive’.
    I just don’t see how Bundchen occupies that rarified domain; I just don’t. She has these crude, blunted and broad features that give her a more southeastern-euro common look, almost mannish in her coarse broadness; in poses or circumstances when the film or camera provide her with more aquiline shape to her face, it’s sorta over-kill, a la Melania’s frozen facial symmetry; at the end of that link you submitted on her, i watched one of the other ones involving her in which she’s being interviewed by a ABC news personality; the segment centers on Bundchen, her beauty and new book, etc,, and what’s it like to ‘have it all’ or whatever, and i think the dang newscaster later in the segment is more charismatic than Bundchen.

    ——————————————————————————————————————-

    RE. Hillary’s fund.

    Well, not that you don’t know this, but i’m sure a big part of the reason for the drop-off in donations is because she’s obviously not going to have as much clout now that she’s not going to be POTUS; so, why grease the skids so lavishly? right?

  52. I just don’t see how Bundchen occupies that rarified domain; I just don’t.

    She is flawless. Will give you tall kids, too.

    But if 5-11 and 115-pound supermodels are too narrow in appearance and features for your more voluptious taste then just ask yourself who is picking them. And therein you will find your answer. Plus, clothing can’t be shown off as well on curvy women, it hangs differently.

    she’s obviously not going to have as much clout now that she’s not going to be POTUS; so, why grease the skids so lavishly? right?

    Yes, of course. But her supporters all claimed that she wasn’t pay-for-play and that the Clinton Foundation was really about curing all those diseases around the world. This suggests otherwise.

    It’s kinda how Hillary’s opponents always claimed that her party/campaign wanted population replacement and preferred foreigners to actual Americans, then later we find the wiki-hacked Podesta emails where they openly talked about “favorable demographics.” Or we can point to the other hacked email that laments the fact the Orlando shooter was a Muslim, with the party wishing the killer had been a white guy.

  53. There are far more cute short women than cute tall women. The most alpha men seem to go for the cute tall women. It’s probably because they want tall sons.
    Someone on Steve Sailer’s site wrote that Tom Brady got Gisele, while Steve McNair ended up with a crazy Dave & Buster’s waitress who killed him in his sleep. Personally, I’d probably find the waitress more fun, but Gisele is a better mother for you children.

  54. Tom Brady is probably not much fun either. I find him attractive, but I’ve found less attractive men generally are more fun.

  55. Melania is apparently very close to Barron. That makes her seem more human in my eyes, and not just a self absorbed model.

  56. “Alt-cucks…”

    Still LOLing.

    Lara, men see much more than lanky spawn when eyeing taller girls. They simply see a beautiful specimen along with their immediate possibilities w/ them.

  57. “She is flawless.”

    She has a large nose; face squinches together too much whenever she smiles or does any other spontaneous facial expression —– which seem rare for her; her speaking voice is cold and dispassionate.

    She will likely produce tall progeny, if the male half provides as much. No shrimpy sons!

  58. Tom and Giselle are likely to have humorless children with pointy elbows,

    The Brady’s? good athletes, but the last ones you want to be stuck next to in the lunch line

  59. That joke doesn’t quite cut it, but i was trying to harken back to that 30 Rock classic on the Blacks,

    The Blacks, yes — good athletes and excellent musicians. Not very good swimmers though!

    The joke being that the blacks in question were the Blacks (their family name) and they were those things. And then Tina Fey’s character was dating them, and she didn’t like the guy but didn’t want to break up because it would be racist.

    That humor was current about ten years ago. Now it’s not funny in the same way, because the situation is to the point where laughter is no longer a remedy! During the last ten years, we couldn’t even make jokes about it.

    It is almost as if that 30 Rock, with those two cool cats Fey and Baldwin — made the last good race joke, and that was a little too close to the bone. And ever since then it’s only anger now.

  60. The AR is not so much politics as content.

    Yeah i said it and i get credit for that line.

    That is what is missing from our culture, and yes, our “lived experience” — relevant content.

    Politics is not what we have in common, but it is what we can agree on.

    The shitstorm over at The Right Stuff — it is a big deal that those radio shows are, at the moment at least, and seemingly for awhile — down and out.

    That was a huge victory for the other side. And i am disappointed that the good guys have not responded more assertively, by “owning” (to use the cliche) their product and their actions and their lives.

    It was a textbook case of needing to not back down. And what did they do, but back down.

  61. To Enoch and the rest of them — i offer my full support and condolences. Hang in there.

    I started listening to those shows only recently, but was won over. Some of the best content in the AR.

    But it is all textbook metapolitics, and whatever version of AR and WN was on display in that show and at that site, and with everyone affiliated, has suffered a blow but mostly a self-inflicted blow of not responding assertively.

    HOWEVER — that response can be set right, at any time including now or tomorrow.

    I am in no position to offer advice anonymously. The MPC thread i linked to above is thorough in its criticism.

    Pleasureman has contended that the AR is by its nature defective, and that this debacle of the doxxing of TRS is evidence of that.

  62. I really have no idea what Tom Brady is like. I’m probably just telling myself he isn’t fun because he is so far out of my league. He seems to get along well with his teammates and he is friends with Donald Trump. He and Gisele are a good couple, very evenly matched.
    I’m not surprised an anonymous Alt Right anti Semite is possibly Jewish and married to a Jewish woman. Jews are probably of great interest to him, and his interest led down that path.

  63. — It is almost as if that 30 Rock, with those two cool cats Fey and Baldwin — made the last good race joke, and that was a little too close to the bone. And ever since then it’s only anger now. (Elk)

    Yes, that’s sums things up.

  64. Cam,

    “he who fucks nuns will later join the church” (Death or Glory)

    “For all of the men who have stood with no fear, in the service of the king.” (The Card Cheat)

    Wrongthink is literally everywhere.

  65. Liberal writer attacks Washington Post as an anti-Trump outlet that blatantly practices “fake news”:

    https://www.sott.net/article/339782-The-WaPo-does-it-again-so-lets-call-Fake-News-by-its-real-name-Weaponized-Journalism

    On Friday, WaPo published an article claiming President-elect Donald Trump fired Washington, D.C., National Guard Major General Errol R. Schwartz — just in time for the inauguration — and that he would be forced to leave his post as soon as the president takes the oath of office.

    But that isn’t true.

    “My troops will be on the street,” Schwartz told the Post. “I’ll see them off, but I won’t be able to welcome them back to the armory.” He added he would “never plan to leave a mission in the middle of a battle.”

    WaPo’s erroneous reporting included a statement from D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, who lamented, “It doesn’t make sense to can the general in the middle of an active deployment.”

    “I’m a soldier,” the Post quoted Schwartz. “I’m a presidential appointee, therefore the president has the power to remove me.”

    But WaPo left out a number of critical points — and horrendously slanted the rest — about this “firing” of the head of the D.C. National Guard.

    That D.C. position — unlike the equivalent for states — is appointed by the president, not by the Pentagon, as the Post suggested, nor by any branch of the military. Also, the article glaringly omitted any statement from the Trump transition team, an inexcusable offense, considering it later emerged Schwartz had been offered to keep his position through the end of Inauguration Day — it was Schwartz who turned down the offer, preferring instead to vacate the role at 12 noon, when Trump will be sworn in.

    Of course, the blatant misinformation presented by the Post seemed so juicy, countless corporate outlets parroted the claim. Thus this Fake News rippled around the planet earning the scorn of millions who believed Trump must have lost all sensibility for firing a man who had diligently performed his duties since his appointment to the post by former President George W. Bush — during a potentially dangerous event.

    This also spawned a number of rumors — with raucous protests planned for Inauguration Day, and the week before, why would the incoming president fire the man in charge of security? Isn’t this a preposterous decision on Trump’s part? What is Trump thinking?

    Like previous viral stories — at this point, one would be hard-pressed to deem them ‘news articles’ — the Washington Post published faulty information and subsequently began backtracking.

  66. “the last good race joke, and that was a little too close to the bone. And ever since then it’s only anger now.”

    That was off the cuff, i was ‘riffing’ as Trickin would say — but thinking on it, it really is the case, that about ten (or was it 20) years ago, we still had the capacity to get some humor out of the precarious domestic national situation that We as a People were finding ourselves in.

    Chris Rock is perhaps the best known example of that last era of halfway authentic and somewhat sincere American humor about race relations.

    And since then, Obama and race jokes got pushed off the table of acceptability — because Michelle’s was too big of a target.

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