Sunday, June 19, 2016

Father & Son Both Sick

Last week I came down with a kidney infection.  The pain was debilitating, and I spent several days in bed or on the couch.  I am on antibiotics and the infection is on the wane.  I will take the antibiotics for another ten days per the doctor's advice, to make sure the nasty bug is really dead.

My eldest son in Washington State also came down with a serious infection, and is currently in the intensive care unit of a hospital.  He is having his second surgery tomorrow (Monday) and will remain in the ICU for a few more days.  The nurse on station told us that he is responding to the medication and is in stable condition.  That's good.  I feared that we were going to lose him.

We are planning to fly to Spokane to visit him on Saturday this week.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Islam Has Got to Go

By now everyone has heard about the Muslim man who shot and killed over 50 people in a gay nightclub last night in Orlando, Florida.  Islam is a religion of mass murder -- anyone who has read the Koran is aware of that.  As long as there are great numbers of Muslims among us, these incidents of mass murder will continue.  I have harped on that theme over and over again for the past ten years.  Nothing has changed, not even the left's denial of Islam's barbaric nature.  Many on the Alt Right also deny Islam's true nature, blaming Muslim violence on "blow back" or the false flags of some great conspiracy.

Islam has got to go.  But until we can devise a plan for ridding the planet of this malevolent ideology, we must first separate ourselves from Muslims.  All Islamic immigration into the west must stop.  Now, without exception.  All foreign aid and military assistance to Muslim countries must cease. Recent Muslim immigrants must be collected and sent back to their nations of origin.

Here are some useful facts.

The enemy of my enemy is not my friend.  Some see in Muslim jihadists potential allies against the "Great Satan," the United States.  No matter what your beef against the USA, whether it be Mexicans who want California back, Southerners who want their country back, communists who want to end capitalism, paranoid conspiracy-theorists who want their theories validated -- Islam is not their friend.  Islam is only the friend of Islam.  This was well established by Muhammad, war lord and bandit, who invented the religion back in the 7th Century.

Muhammad was a megalomaniac, like other tyrants in history (Gengis Khan, Caligula, Tamerlane, Attila the Hun, Alexander the Great) he wanted to rule the world, or much of it.  He thirsted for power and riches, and had no empathy for his fellow man.  Muhammad was just another tyrant in the long sweep of history.  However, without royalty or station or any other claim to leadership, he had to invent his own.  Thus he became a "prophet of God," a man so revered and respected by God that the Deity granted him control of all the earth.  His mission:  to forcefully unite the world under the new religion of Islam, and kill or enslave any who refused to go along.

Of course, during the holy wars to accomplish this, a lot of "booty," i.e. treasure was collected in the process, one-fifth of which went to Muhammad, the rest divided among his henchmen.  Other prizes of war included human beings to be sold into slavery, and young women to rape.  And land, of course, like the date farms of the Jews he conquered.  This was an appealing profession for every Arabic cutthroat and bandit of the era -- to murder, rob, and rape for God, all with His blessing!  No need to even feel slightly guilty.  This was God's work.

But Muhammad wasn't satisfied.  He always wanted more, more, more.  So he ordered continuing warfare against all mankind, to make them obeisant to Allah, the god he invented.  Of course, a side benefit was that as Allah's prophet, Muhammad would get to rule the world and avail himself of all of its riches.  Some cynics suspect that this was Muhammad's main goal all along, Allah or no Allah.

Muhammad was a smart cookie.  He had to give his armies great incentive to prevail in battle, to be unconquerable and irresistible.  To do this, he had to remove their fear of death.  So the pretext for martyrdom was invented.  Any Muslim soldier who died in Muhammad's wars of conquest would go directly to Heaven, bypassing the Day of Judgment.  In fact, this was the only sure way to get to Heaven.  A non-combatant Muslim's chance of Heaven was only one in one thousand.  A Muslim who died in battle was sure of his Heavenly abode.  Further, he could bring with him 60 or 70 family members and friends who died peacefully -- so his mom, sisters, wives, uncles, cousins -- whoever -- could get to Heaven on his dime.  Muhammad's strategy was ingenious -- not only did it take away the fear of death among his followers, it actually made death desirable.  This created ruthless and relentless soldiers who were very difficult to defeat.

This strategy worked well for Muhammad, and Islam forcefully expanded rapidly throughout Arabia.  Unfortunately, 1,384 years after his death, the great killing machine that Muhammad set in motion goes on.  Young Muslim men are ready, willing and able to continue the War on All Mankind, dying in jihad (holy war) to ensure that they and their loved ones go to Heaven.  A Heaven, it seems, that is presided over by the most vicious version of God ever created.

Stogie's Background:  After the 911 attack on New York, I began reading books on Islam to understand its beliefs, methods and motivations.  I have read around 18 books on the history and practices of Islam, including the Koran and the classic "Life of Mahomet" by Sir William Muir.  

Monday, June 06, 2016

Voting for The Donald and His Great Big Mouth

My wife dropped off our absentee ballots to the Registrar of Voters today.  We voted for Trump, but for the first time, I held my nose while doing it.  Trump's latest missteps include insulting the judge in a case against him (a really stupid move), and calling a reporter "a sleaze."  I hate to say it, but Hillary may be right in noting that Trump does not have the temperament to be president -- but then, neither does she.  A former White House guard is just releasing a book "Crisis of Character," in which he describes Shrillary as angry, sometimes violent, and over the top nuts.

Will someone close to Trump tell him to STFU?  When he makes himself look like an ass, he makes us, his supporters look none too bright as well.  All of Trump's intemperate comments will come back to haunt him in Democrat attack ads between now and November.  Get a clue, Donald.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Follow Up on My Wife's Heart Operation

Last week my wife underwent a surgical procedure to correct her repeated bouts of tachycardia, i.e. rapid heart beat.  She first began having this condition in 1988.  The procedure was done at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Gatos, California.  It was an outpatient procedure, and she was awake without anesthesia during the operation.  The doctors cauterized a second heart node that was causing the problem.

Since the operation, her heartbeat and blood pressure have been normal and she feels great!  She has been happy and cheerful, and I haven't see her like that for some years.

In another 15 minutes, it will be June 5, 2016 -- our 40th wedding anniversary.  This has been a great gift from medical science, and we will be looking for fun and entertainment to celebrate our life together.

Lesson of San Jose: Time to Deport the Illegals

In my former hometown of San Jose yesterday, illegal aliens (aka "wetbacks") and their leftist supporters attacked Trump fans.  Trump voters were punched, or had rocks or eggs thrown at them.  I wasn't there, and it's probably great that I wasn't.  If ever we needed free carry of firearms, now is the time.  The illegals have gotten way out of hand, as happens in a "sanctuary city" where U.S. immigration laws are deliberately unenforced.  The illegal scum have an enormous sense of entitlement, and why not?  Jerry Brown and his democratic fascist followers have made it easy for illegals to vote in this state.  They can sign up when they get their California drivers license.

Liberal politicians are a kind of acid that is slowly dissolving our country.  Yes, I am voting for Trump.  The condition of the country is increasingly desperate, and the Presidency is not a job for wimps.

San Jose Trump Supporter?


Sunday, May 29, 2016

Memorial Day 2016: Did Our Soldiers Die for Freedom?

Memorial Day, 2016.  I am rather apathetic about Memorial Day this year.  The Zeitgeist has determined that Confederate soldiers, sailors and marines are to be written out of American history and inclusion.  Monuments and memorials to these veterans are being desecrated and eradicated in a fanatical frenzy all over the country.  Placement of Confederate flags on Confederate graves is forbidden in national cemeteries.  Perhaps at some point, Confederate tombstones will be bulldozed, lest Black Thugs Matter be offended by men 150 years dead.

American soldiers have not always fought for freedom, though we like to attach that flowery phrase to their mortal sacrifices.  The American fighting man did indeed fight for freedom in the Revolutionary War and World War II, as well as Korea and Vietnam.  In those wars they opposed an enemy dedicated to the destruction of self-determination and self-governance.

Of course, in Korea and Vietnam, our troops fought for the freedom of someone else, not Americans.  Perhaps our involvement can be rationalized by the belief that, if Communist aggression were allowed to proceed unchecked, then our own freedom would be jeopardized in the near future.  Was the death toll worth it?  The answer is subjective.  I am happy that Korea was spared from the collectivist tyranny, and I regret that the Democrat Party sold our Vietnamese allies down the river.

Other wars in our history are not as clear cut.  Did we fight for freedom in the Civil War?  Yes and no.  The South fought for the right to govern itself; the North fought to prevent it.

Did we fight for freedom in the Spanish-American war?  If so, it isn't obvious to me.  Likewise in the Mexican war of the 1840s. Texas fought to secede from Mexico and govern itself, so as far as Texas is concerned, they were indeed fighting for freedom, i.e. Texas independence.  Mostly, however, that war was merely a land grab.  Mexico had lands that we wanted, and we took them by force.

Did we fight for freedom in World War I?  No.  We probably should never have gotten involved.  It is said that we were fighting "to make the world safe for democracy."  What balderdash.  If anything, we fought to defend our allies in Britain and France against the Germans -- kinfolk supporting kinfolk in a time of crisis, even though there was no clear-cut case of good vs evil.  World War I was a confused and chaotic mess without any clear goals for either side.  To this day I cannot tell you what the two sides were fighting for.  It remains a mystery.

Did we fight for freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan?  The answer seems clear:  no.  I think we fought there to destroy the threat of attacks by Islamists against other Islamists and against ourselves.  The theory was that by turning Iraq and Afghanistan into modern democracies, they would lose their aggressive tendencies, much as Germany and Japan did after their defeat in World War II.  This was prefaced on the mistaken belief that all peoples, everywhere, secretly yearn for democracy and individual freedom.  They do not so yearn in Muslim countries, or at least, the majority do not.  They want to be ruled by fanatical clerics and Sharia law.  Attempting to turn these barbarian cultures into modern, pluralistic democracies was a fool's errand from the start.  Most of the American lives lost there were wasted.

Not all American soldiers and sailors and marines died "for freedom."  Although we should keep our military strong and ready, it should not be used to enter ambiguous wars where there is no clear threat to our own freedoms.  The lives of our sons and daughters are too precious to waste.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Cemetery Musings: Preparing for My Final Expenses

Oak Hill Cemetery, San Jose California
Since my wife had heart surgery on Wednesday, she became concerned with the what-ifs of our earthly existence, and figured it was time to arrange for our burials.  We already had our cemetery plots picked out and, along with our coffins, paid for, just a few yards from the graves of my parents.  However, there is more to final expenses than that.  You need a tombstone and have to pick out the type and color of granite from a wall chart, as well as a "vault," which is a metal box that encloses the casket.  The vault prevents your grave from caving in and prevents water intrusion.  There are several types of vaults to choose from, including stainless steel, copper, bronze and others.  We chose the stainless steel.  We settled on a slate-blue gray for the flat tombstone, which will be one stone for the both of us.

The cost of all this is $9,000 for the two of us, paid over five years:  $1,000 down and $150 a month to pay off the balance.  If one dies before payment is complete, the balance due for that person is forgiven.  If we both die, the entire balance is forgiven.

So when we die, our corpses will be sealed and preserved for centuries to come.  Why?  For what purpose?  I would prefer the old-fashioned way of burial, in a pine box where the remains are allowed to completely decompose back to their basic elements, perhaps adding some nutrients to the soil.  The other alternative is cremation.  As I watched the blur over the crematory's smoke stacks, i.e. the heated air carrying water vapor from burning bodies, I decided that was not for me.

Walking through the administrative offices of San Jose's Oak Hill Cemetery gave me the creeps.  Death is all around you.  Somewhere, down the halls in the back rooms, corpses are being washed, embalmed, coiffed and dressed in their Sunday best, then laid out in richly upholstered coffins for display.  A large HD screen in back of the reception desk displays the names of the deceased, the funeral services to be held, the burial dates, the chapels to be used.  A large percentage of the names were Vietnamese.

Everywhere you go, in the sales offices, the viewing rooms, the main vestibule, and even the bathrooms --  there is the cloying smell of flowers. It is a perfume that seems spread through the facility through the air conditioning system.  No doubt this has the same purpose that funeral flowers have had for millenia -- to hide the smell of death.  In older times, the smell was that of decay, but today the smell is that of formaldehyde, i.e. embalming fluid.  The smell took away any appetite I might have had.  I didn't even want to drink the bottled water they gave us.  It was "dead people's water."  Or so I imagined.

I first noticed the weird smell of a funeral when I was around seven years of age, and saw my first deceased person in a coffin -- my maternal grandfather.  I was very aware of the odor of embalming fluid, a smell that I will forever associate with funerals and death.  Which is convenient, since that's about all it is used for.

It's pretty hard to have any cheerful thoughts when visiting cemetery offices, to prepare for one's own final expenses.  You have to finally admit that you are mortal, that you are going to die.  You can ignore it and not think about it, and delay the morbid feelings that acknowledgement brings.  Let your surviving relatives worry about what to do with your body and how to pay for it.  Or, you can do as I and my Mrs did this week, make the arrangements well in advance, sparing your relatives the burden.

In spite of my morbid thoughts about this experience, I am grateful that cemetery companies exist, that morticians and coffin makers and florists and grave diggers exist.  Sending someone off on their final journey is not a pleasant task, but someone has to do it.  Now that it is settled, I plan to wait around for the Grim Reaper to show up, then punch him in the mouth and run.

A Day in the Hospital

On Wednesday morning my wife checked into Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Gatos for a surgical procedure on her heart.  She has long suffered from irregular heartbeat and tachycardia, and this procedure was to see what was going on and what, if anything, could be done about it.

She checked into the Short Stay Cath Lab in the basement, and was awake during the procedure, viewing her own heart on a television screen as the doctor talked to her about what he was seeing.  It seems she had a second heart node that was likely the cause of the rapid heart beat.  They cauterized it, and hopefully that will end the problem.

Before we arrived at the hospital, we went to Oak Hill Cemetery in San Jose to finish preparations for our final expenses, just in case.  More about that in the next post.

Monday, May 23, 2016

The Billboard Music Awards 2016: Pathetic

I watched the Billboard Music Awards last night on television.  I could hardly believe my eyes or ears, that anyone would put such talentless and artless crap on television and call it music.

Britney Spears did a kind of slow walk-through of a dance(?) routine, singing or chanting or making barely audible sounds in any case.  Her routine was very simple and meaningless, like something a child would learn in grade school for an entertain-the-parents play.  Also, the words were stupid, the music awful.  Any teenage garage band could have done better.  The people in the audience clapped listlessly at the end of each number, like "Whatever."  No one seemed impressed.

Justin Bieber was also terrible.  Stupid songs, no tune, no beat, meaningless words, and Bieber's voice was completely blah.  The searing mediocrity of the performances was not hidden by the overuse of lighting effects and pyrotechnics.  One lady sang suspended from a large, burning clock.  Nice, but actual music and talent cannot be replaced with gimmicks.

There was one other singer, a young male who started playing an acoustic guitar, then moved to a room where a simulated downpour could be seen through the windows, where he then switched to piano.  His voice wasn't too bad, but again the song was to barf for.  My wife noted that the song "had no hook," and she was right.

The state of American music is at such a low point, there is opportunity for a new star to arise from the ashes.  Someone who can sing and play and provide a beat that makes one want to move his feet.  If they hurry, they won't have hardly any competition at all.  Somewhere out there is the next Elvis, the next Beatles, the next Michael Jackson.  Let's hope he, she or they show up soon.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The New Genderless Society

I have often poo-pooed R.S. McCain's seeming fixation on the sick subculture of feminism (think ugly lesbians who hate men).  However, I am beginning to see the value of his walk on the weird side.  It seems the fat, ugly lesbians (also known as FULs) want to eradicate gender from our society altogether.  Is this where the current madness came from, the move to make all public bathrooms genderless or "trans-gender"?

It seems the Democratic Party (as well as liberal Republicans) are too willing to follow the lead of the Kook Element on college campuses.  Whatever new extremist fad is invented, it will be immediately picked up by the mainstream political establishment who see it as revealed truth.  New victims must be found. lest we run out of ways to signal our virtue and demonstrate our enlightenment.  If no new victims can be found, they must be invented.  Hence, a boy who likes to dress up like girls and use the latter's bathroom is the new victim.

Next will be the "furries," a new group of people who like to dress up as animals.  A guy in my previous rock band now dresses up like a wolf, and hangs around with various other species cross-dressers.  Someday soon Target will pass a policy allowing those dressed as giant chickens to use the stall next to yours, and if the clucking bothers you, too bad.

In the end, the long-term goal of the radical left is to eliminate all class, race, and gender divisions.  There are to be no differences between humans, at all.  Socialists have long advocated that everyone in society earn the same pay, from the CEO down to the mailroom clerk, and that will become a burning issue sooner or later. "Inequality of income" must be removed.  Perhaps we will adopt a kind of uniform so that everyone will dress in the same fashion and color as everyone else.  Only one deodorant will be manufactured, so that everyone smells the same as well.

How else can we achieve universal equality?  Well, no more bands and orchestras can be allowed, because of the divisions -- rhythm, brass and woodwinds.  And what if someone plays better than another?  The latter's feelings will be terribly hurt.  Therefore, bands and orchestras will have only one instrument that anyone can play, perhaps a kazoo.

Yes, America will become a Freak Show.  Or should I say, MORE of a freak show.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Decline of the West: Who Cares?

Western Civilization is on a downhill slide.  Massive Islamic and other Third World immigration is changing the European demographic to one more amenable to the new fascism the left has in mind.  Our free market system is to be replaced with collectivism, and our society to be strictly regimented into what we can say, think or do.

The latest leftwing obscenity is a frontal attack on the idea of gender.  Are we men and women, or something else?

We are being erased and replaced, but we don't care.  Screw it.

I actually do care, but feel resigned to it.  The left is insane and wants to commit cultural and demographic suicide.  Moreover, they want to take us all with them.  Resistance is futile.  Or so they would like you to believe.

Google's Goofy Graphic

This is the goofy graphic that Google is using today.  It shows a homely yet smug Asian woman speaking into a microphone, probably to urge on the sign-bearing demonstrators behind her.  Their signs spell out "EQUALITY," as if they didn't have it already.  This graphic conjures for me the ugly image of college campuses, where strident minorities rail against the white oppressor, while making absurd demands.  The "equality" they seeks is equality of access to your pocketbook or wallet.  They want free stuff, and they feel so morally superior in demanding it.

Of course, equality of responsibility and productivity is not what they seek.  The world owes them a living for just being here and taking up space.

UPDATE:  I found this info on FakeBook's "Crony Capitalism" site, referring to this graphic:
Today Google celebrates Yuri Kochiyama the woman who once said this -
“I consider Osama bin Laden as one of the people that I admire. To me, he is in the category of Malcolm X, Che Guevara, Patrice Lumumba, Fidel Castro, all leaders that I admire.”
My instincts were right.  Take one homely, smug Third Worlder with a microphone and you have a commie agitator.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Anti-Trump Republicans' New Strategy!

There is currently a lot of whining, cry-baby insults and memes from the GOP Anti-Trump crowd.  Dave at Moonbattery has been throwing some impressive temper-tantrums.

My major reasons for supporting Trump are clear:  (1) He wants to stop illegal immigration, (2) He wants to stop Muslim immigrations, (3) He hates political correctness and wants to destroy it, (4) He wants to rebuild the military that has been so badly weakened by Obama, (5) He wants to fix bad trade deals with foreign countries that transfer American jobs overseas.

However, the anti-Trump Republicans have a new strategy:  shoot themselves in the foot, and then reload and shoot the other foot.  Brilliant move, crybabies.  Grow up and get with the program.

The Secret Desire of Every Feminist! (Photoshop)

LONG LIVE THE PATRIARCHY

Just busting a few Feminist Fuses!

Why?  Because they piss me off.  I despise their invented code words and language, their assumption that their freakishness is normal, that their skewed viewpoints on gender and sexuality are deserving of respect.

Now that this Photoshop is on the web, may it spread far and wide, and utterly annoy warped lesbian, man-hating feminist freakazoids everywhere.

Make yourselves useful, Femi-Nazis.  Learn to make decent sandwiches.


Saturday, May 07, 2016

Anger Over Trump's Success - and Other Stories of the Day

Donald Trump's Victory
It now appears likely, if not certain, that Donald Trump will gather enough delegate votes to win the GOP presidential nomination on the first ballot.  It is surprising to me the extent of anger from some conservatives, who have described Trump as "evil," or a boor or buffoon.  They almost seem to support Hillary to avoid having to vote for Trump.  Ben Shapiro is one of the most obnoxious, describing Trump supporters as "Trump Chumps" on FaceBook.

Well, too bad.  I have had to hold my nose during the last two elections and vote for John McCain and then Mitt Romney, because the Democrat alternative seemed so much worse.  I won't have to hold my nose when I vote for Trump here in California on June 7.  However, Trump's a gamble, just as McCain and Romney were gambles.  Maybe he'll be a great president in spite of GOP pessimism.  Maybe not, but I am willing to take a chance at this point.

I no longer care that much if a candidate claims to be a "conservative."  Conservative Republicans helped Democrats trash my Confederate heritage a few months back, and that's when my loyalty to the GOP was greatly weakened.  Do I want to "burn it down," referring the the Republican Party?  Hell, hand me the matches.

Brett Kimberlin's Successive Defeats in Court
I have been following the Brett Kimberlin saga over at Hogewash.com, for some time now.  It seems Kimberlin has been losing almost every motion and case, even without trial, as judges keep approving summary judgment motions by Kimberlin's lawfare victims, or othewise dismissing the case.  Aaron Walker sued Kimberlin and his wife for malicious prosecution recently, and Kimberlin failed to answer the complaint and this resulted in a default judgment in Walker's favor.  Kimberlin told the judge he was "Okay with the default," but he gave Kimberlin another eight days to answer the complaint before the judgment is filed.  If Kimberlin answers the complaint, the case may proceed to trial.  If not, the only hearing heard next is to fix the level of damages owed to Walker.  Kimberlin had earlier filed a motion for summary judgment, but it was denied.   This meant that discovery could begin and the case could be scheduled for trial.

It should be interesting to see how it all plays out.  Kimberlin has had seemingly unlimited energy in filing lawsuits and filing appeals when he loses by summary judgement or has cases dismissed (due to res judicata, statute of limitations, and other legal issues).  This is the first time I and others have witnessed what appears to be battle fatigue on Kimberlin's part.  He is just throwing in the towel.  Or maybe not.  We'll know by next week.

William Hoge has also filed a lawsuit against Kimberlin and some of his associates, for malicious prosecution and defamation.  After three years of fighting Kimberlin's many lawsuits, both Walker and Hoge have decided that payback time has arrived.  And you know what they say about payback.  Yes, it has a lot in common with Hillary.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

GIANT CONSPIRACIES! The Titanic was Deliberately Sunk for the Insurance Money!

Another great conspiracy has arisen among the tinfoil hat brigade:  the Titanic was switched with its sister ship, the Olympic, and the latter deliberately sunk to obtain the insurance money.

YouTube has several videos by various people who believe this theory and are spreading it far and wide.

However, the Titanic and the Olympic, though similar in appearance, were not identical.  Any attempt to switch the two would have been noticed by the crew, the passengers and the workers who built both ships.  Also, how did they get the iceberg in the right place at the right time?  Why would the president of the White Star Line (Bruce Ismay) and the ship's designer (Thomas Andrews) sail on a ship that was to be deliberately sunk?  The story is beyond incredible.

However, decide for yourself by viewing the facts and the rebuttals at this site.  NOTE:  a list of irrefutable facts will never convince the conspiracy theorists.  Similar, comprehensive rebuttals are online refuting the Kennedy Assassination Conspiracists, as well as the 911 "Inside Job" kooks.  However, I do love to skewer their lame arguments.

Bathroom Bigots (Cartoon)


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Tax Season Done! Leftist Idiots Boycott North Carolina.

I completed my last tax return of the season today.  Efiled it, and collected my fee.

Now what do I do?  Well, practice my bass a lot more.  That's priority number one.  Then try to get my local chapter of Sons of Confederate Veterans back to an active status.

It seems North Carolina and Mississippi passed laws prohibiting male perverts from using public restrooms reserved for women.  The latest victim group of the Left is perverts who like to dress up like women.  These mental freaks want the right to use the restroom and public showers that conform to their "gender identity" rather than their genitalia.  Democrats, always dedicated to perversion and insanity of all stripes and types, support the perverts with a religious fervor.  So Bruce Springsteen, the greatly overrated rocker has cancelled his scheduled shows in North Carolina.  The dipstick known as Ringo Starr has done the same thing.

The Democrats and liberals and leftists everywhere are increasingly sick, destructive and just plain nuts.  Who will their next hero-victim be?  Perhaps it could be exhibitionists, seedy old men with black raincoats who expose themselves to children on school grounds.  Of course, those men in the raincoats have an easier time of it today, they can enter any public restroom for women and girls and give the ladies a free show they won't soon forget.

And, if you don't like it, Bruce and Ringo may boycott your state.  So you get an extra benefit in passing laws that keep freakazoids out of girls' restrooms.  Do it.

Related Links:  Read this open letter to Bruce Springsteen about his stance on perverts in bathrooms.

Also -  University of Toronto stops Transgender bathrooms after male peeping incidents.  Duh!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

One More Week

One more week of the tax season.  This one has gone by fast.  I have enjoyed it somewhat, but I want to get back on practicing bass with my jazz/swing band.

It has been raining a lot in California, and as far as I'm concerned, the drought is over.  Reservoirs are refilling nicely.  My persimmon tree is in full foliage, full of big green leaves and looking enthusiastic (for a tree).  I have never seen it so robust.

This year's presidential campaign is very troublesome.  The Democrats have gone even further to the left.  What is most surprising is the intense hatred of the GOP Establishment towards Donald Trump.  Will they screw him out of the nomination?  If so, will he start a Third Party?  I hope so, I would love to be something other than a Republican.

I am disgusted with Mark Levin (again), who has announced that he is of a "Never Trump" mindset.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Wingnuts and Moonbats: A Concise Definition of Terms

Yesterday a Sean Hannity post on FaceBook asked if Muslims should be temporarily banned from immigrating into the United States.  I replied, no, they should be permanently banned, because Islam is violent and incompatible with western values and democracy.

This drew a reprimand from a member of my band, a liberal of course.  He said Hannity was a wingnut who is just trying to divide people.  I replied that I too am a wingnut and that I like Hannity.  Then I explained to him that Muslims are famous for mass murder.  I suppose he somehow missed the latest Muslim atrocity that happened in Brussels, Belgium this very week.

In any case, I got to thinking:  what exactly is a Wingnut?  What is its opposite, a Moonbat?  Here is the concise definition that I came up with:

Wingnuts are people who hold unpopular beliefs that are unfortunately true.

Moonbats are people who hold popular beliefs that are unfortunately not true.


Saturday, March 05, 2016

Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio and Other Republican Twinkies (#VoteTrump)

Rubio's Deep Intellectual Arguments Against Trump
This week Mitt Romney gave a speech denouncing and insulting Donald Trump as a "phony and a fraud."  Like the over-age adolescent Marco Rubio, Romney's remarks were a collection of gratuitous insults bereft of any factual or rational content.  The GOP hates Donald Trump, this is clear and obvious.  But why?  What terrible policies does Trump support that make otherwise rational people descend into grade school playground put-downs?  Even the usually rational David Blount of Moonbattery has compared Trump to "Colonel Klink," the Nazi officer of Hogan's Heroes fame.

Romney is a failed GOP establishment candidate without the courage or the principles to go against the politically correct currents of our disintegrating culture.  He is one who will not denounce Democrat policies as destructive or unwise. but will instead vow to follow the same policies, but only to do them even better.  He is a snob in a fine suit who imagines his cowardice and squishy-soft politics to be enlightenment.  No wonder he lost to Obama.

Rubio disgraced himself completely by insinuating that Trump has a small penis, and ridiculing Trump's "small hands."  With Rubio, my impression is that of a spoiled child having a temper tantrum when he doesn't get what he wants. Marco Rubio is the living expression of a little brat sticking his tongue out and shouting "Nyaa nyaa nyaa!"  I will never vote for such a pathetic little man, the former "Gang of Eight" Democrat suck-up who is all in for open borders and amnesty for illegal aliens.

My conclusion to all of this is clear:  if the GOP establishment hates Trump, and the Democrat establishment hates Trump, then Trump is my guy.  I will vote for Trump, and will no longer second-guess my decision.

Today is Confederate Flag Day

Today is Confederate flag day, so that explains my posting the flag of my country.

Enjoy.

And my lovely fellow Confederate agrees!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Donald Trump's Best Argument

This fact tilts my allegiance towards Trump more than anything else.

Found graphic on Twitter.

This is not to say that I agree with Trump on everything.  I abhor his comments that George Bush "lied" about the Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, and that "911 occurred on Bush's watch," both highly dishonest statements often posed by the left.

I also am displeased with his savaging other candidates like Ted Cruz.


Friday, February 19, 2016

BERNIE SANDERS: NEXT PRESIDENT OR FIRST COMMISSAR?

Kooky left web-based magazine Salon is saying that Hillary can't win, but certain polls show that Bernie Sanders would beat the stuffings out of any Republican in a general election.  I find the claim about Sanders to be utterly unbelievable.  Is the great mass of the American populace really that ignorant?

Bernie Sanders is advocating a 90% top tax rate and massive spending to give free stuff to millennials and others who want a free ride.  This, of course, would greatly increase the pace of our descent into bankruptcy and economic ruin.  It would leave to posterity massive debt to pay off, without enjoying any of the benefits consumed by an earlier generation.

By way of analogy, imagine you had a credit card with a high debt limit.  It is guaranteed by your grandchildren -- if you don't repay it, your grandchildren will have to repay it instead.  So you decide to live it up, live in the high rent district, eat caviar and drink champagne, take lavish vacations, buy expensive sports cars, smoke the best cigars, and run around with wicked women.  Great fun, and all of it charged to the credit card!  So when it comes time to die, you hand the now over-the-limit credit card to your grandkids, and tell them to get to work because they are going to have to pay off your past fun.

Now your grandkids have to live in cheap housing, eat cheap and unhealthy food, work overtime, forego vacations, and drive old clunky cars -- all so they can pay for your past expenditures.

You have stolen posterity's wealth.  You have robbed the future.  Who cares?  You're dead.

That, basically, is what Bernie Sanders advocates, and what the spoiled, indoctrinated millennials want.  As long as they aren't here to suffer the consequences, they are more than ready to steal from posterity.

OF COURSE, my analogy is too simplistic.  It only deals with Bernie's robbing of future generations.  In reality, he proposes to rob the present generation as well, through vastly higher taxes.  He would first drain his grandkids bank accounts in the present, before saddling them with debt to pay in the future.  Clever guy.  The grandfather from Hell.

The Impressive Accomplishments of Barack Obama

Found on FaceBook.  What a fabulous president!  But he is an amateur compared to Bernie Sanders, who will finish off the mortally wounded USA.

First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner. • First President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in. • First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United States. • First President to violate the War Powers Act. • First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. • First President to require all Americans to purchase a product from a third party. • First President to spend a trillion dollars on “shovel-ready” jobs when there was no such thing as “shovel-ready” jobs. • First President to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to his union supporters. • First President to by-pass Congress and implement the Dream Act through executive fiat. • First President to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S., including those with criminal convictions. • First President to demand a company hand-over $20 billion to one of his political appointees. • First President to tell a CEO of a major corporation (Chrysler) to resign. • First President to terminate America’s ability to put a man in space. • First President to cancel the National Day of Prayer and to say that America is no longer a Christian nation. • First President to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being present. • First President to arbitrarily declare an existing law unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it. • First President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly spoke out on the reasons for their rate increases. • First President to tell a major manufacturing company in which state it is allowed to locate a factory. • First President to file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN). • First President to withdraw an existing coal permit that had been properly issued years ago. • First President to actively try to bankrupt an American industry (coal). • First President to fire an inspector general of AmeriCorps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case. • First President to appoint 45 czars to replace elected officials in his office. • First President to surround himself with radical left wing anarchists. • First President to golf more than 150 separate times in his five years in office. • First President to hide his birth, medical, educational and travel records. • First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing NOTHING to earn it. • First President to go on multiple “global apology tours” and concurrent “insult our friends” tours. • First President to go on over 17 lavish vacations, in addition to date nights and Wednesday evening White House parties for his friends paid for by the taxpayers. • First President to have personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his wife. • First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000 a year at taxpayer expense. • First President to fly in a personal trainer from Chicago at least once a week at taxpayer expense. • First President to repeat the Holy Quran and tell us the early morning call of the Azan (Islamic call to worship) is the most beautiful sound on earth • First President to side with a foreign nation over one of the American 50 states (Mexico vs Arizona). • First President to tell the military men and women that they should pay for their own private insurance because they “volunteered to go to war and knew the consequences.” • Then he was the First President to tell the members of the military that THEY were UNPATRIOTIC for balking at the last suggestion. (Glad he didn’t get away with THIS one.) How is this hope and change working out for you?

Saturday, February 13, 2016

SUPREME COURT JUSTICE ANTONIN SCALIA DIES. Obama to Nominate A Radical To Replace Him?

Justice Scalia, the best (and most conservative) justice on the Supreme Court, died today.  Scalia was true to the Constitution and understood the intended role of the Supreme Court. The flaky liberals on the Court do not -- they render decisions based on their leftist ideology rather than the Constitution.  They "legislate from the bench," a reliable force for the left in overturning Constitutional laws the Democrats dislike, and installing unconstitutional laws in the form of legal decisions that replace a vote of the people.  The leftists on the Court have turned the Court into the exact opposite of what it was intended to be.  Instead of preserving the Constitution, the Court now undermines it at every turn.

Scalia was one of the last, and best, bulwarks against the Constitution-shredding kooks on the Court.  Now that he has died, Obama has stated his plan to nominate a replacement.  You can be sure that replacement will be another radical.  

A radical replacement can be stopped, however, if the Senate Republicans refuse to seat such a nominee, deferring the replacement until Obama is out of office.  Whether they will, however, remains to be seen.  

Friday, February 12, 2016

Tax Season Has Begun -- the Good and the Bad

This tax season I am working for another CPA firm, doing taxes.  I have to arise at 5 AM to leave the house by 6 AM so I can be at the office by 8 AM.  Not fun, but not so bad either.  When I'm not working I get drowsy by 2 PM and take a nap, wasting much of the day.  When working, I don't get drowsy.  Give your brain something to do and it doesn't shut down so often.

My new music session with the Big Band jazz and swing group has started as well.  We are studying these songs:

  1. Duet (Count Basie)
  2. Fly Me to the Moon
  3. Bein' Green
  4. Blue Skies
  5. Almost Like Being in Love
  6. Bye Bye Blackbird
  7. All the Things You Are
  8. They Can't Take That Away From Me
  9. Four (Miles Davis)

I love all of these songs, even though I had never heard of Duet or Four before.  They are jazzy and peppy.

Here's "Four" by Miles Davis.


Sunday, February 07, 2016

Sizzling Synergy Defeats the North Carolina Panthers

Peyton Manning, Quarterback
Denver Broncos
The Super Bowl game just finished, with Denver Broncos winning over the North Carolina Panthers by a score of 24 - 10.   I didn't have a lot of loyalty to either team, but I figured the Panthers would win.   They had the best record in the NFL regular season.  However, I did kind of lean towards Denver, so that Peyton Manning could retire with a second Super Bowl ring.  He is the oldest quarterback in the NFL, and can't keep this up much longer.

On the other hand, I wouldn't have minded a North Carolina win.  They are a new team, a young team, and they are good!  I felt that they deserved to win.  Alas, what I felt didn't matter to the Denver defense, who are the major factor in who won Super Bowl 50.  This defense was possibly the best to ever play the game.  They were incredible.

How does one team's defense get to be preternaturally good?  Or one rock band, like the Beatles were, or a company like Apple, or any other human effort requiring cooperative effort towards common goals?

I have heard that the invisible factor is synergy.  It is a situation where the whole is greater than the sum of the individual parts.  I think that's what the Denver defense is -- a synergistic entity, where each member brings out the best in the others.  They inspire each other to greater achievement with a kind of mental chemistry, a belief in themselves and each other.  It is this chemistry that makes them better than other football teams  all other factors being equal (experience, health, size and speed, etc).  Of course, great coaching and intensive training are part of it, but these are factors that create the chemistry, not the chemistry itself.

Although the Panthers have a very strong offense, they had never before met a defense like that of the Denver Broncos.  It must be humbling, stunning and disillusioning to think you are God's gift one day, and learn the next day that you aren't as great as you thought you were.  However, such a disillusionment can be a spur to greater achievement.  Two years ago, the Seattle Seahawks utterly humiliated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 48, by a score of 43 - 8.  The Broncos couldn't have looked more foolish and feckless if they had taken the field individually dressed like Bozo the Clown.  But here we are two years later, and it's a different story.

Congratulations to the Denver Broncos!

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Vince Guaraldi Died Forty Years Ago Today

Vince Guaraldi and Friend
Vince Guaraldi died on February 6, 1976, forty years ago today.

I have written a lot about Vince.  See my pilgrimage to his last gig site and his grave site at this post.  Vince Guaraldi was a talented jazz pianist and head of the Vince Guaraldi Trio (sometimes a quartet).  His most famous tune was probably "Cast Your Fate to the Wind," a cross-over jazz hit in 1962.  It was jazz, but became a popular hit, and played much on radio stations.  For me, the song had a soft, haunting quality to it, a soothing acoustic balm for a harried soul.

Guaraldi became most famous, however, when Charles Schultz of "Peanuts" fame asked him to provide background music for Peanuts televised cartoons.  Vince wrote a bunch of new songs just for "Peanuts" productions:  Charlie Brown Theme, Linus and Lucy, Snoopy and Woodstock, Joe Cool, Little Birdie, and others.  These tunes are smooth jazz.

Guaraldi's Christmas album, recorded in 1965, is still popular and you hear a lot of these songs during the Christmas season.  That's the time of year when more people find their way to this blog, looking for information about the man.

On the day he died, Vince's trio was playing at Butterfield's nightclub in Menlo Park, California, not far from Stanford University.  The band had just finished their first set, and Vince's last song was the Beatle hit, "Eleanor Rigby."  He then retired to his room at the Red Cottage Inn, just next door, to rest between sets.  While walking across the room towards the bathroom, he dropped dead.  The cause was a burst aortic aneurysm, not a heart attack, as so often been erroneously reported.

So every February 6, I think of Vince.  He died young, at age 47.  He had so much more to give, and that is the tragedy of his death, and that of all talented people whose lives are cut short.  His music lives on, however, and Vince is still an inspiration and role model to those of us who strive for musical achievement.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Dead Musicians and the Meaning of Life: Remembering the Jefferson Airplane

Paul Kantner and Signe Anderson
Back in the late 1960s, my father ran a music store in the Union Square shopping center in the Cambrian Park area of San Jose, California.  He sold many kinds of guitars, but chief among them was Rickenbacker.  By some fortunate twist of fate, the world's most popular band, the Beatles, had appeared on the scene, and John Lennon played a Rickenbacker.  Soon, George Harrison had one too, a red, butterfly shaped 12 string guitar that sounded a lot like a harpsichord.   Soon musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area wanted Rickenbackers, and they came to my dad to buy them.  Pop sold Ricks to Tom Fogerty and Stu Cook of the Creedence Clearwater Revival and 2 or 3 to the Chocolate Watchband, who appeared in the Sidney Poitier film, "the Slender Edge."

12 String Rickenbacker
Just Like One Pop Sold to
Jorma Kaukonen
Pop also sold a 12 string Rickenbacker to Jorma Kaukonen, lead guitar player of the Jefferson Airplane, a famous San Francisco band.  Jorma lived in San Francisco, and for a time he wrote songs with some female singer up there named Janis Joplin.  Neither of them were famous yet, this being 1966 -- 50 years ago.  However, their stars were rising.

Jorma was a very nice guy.  He taught guitar at another music store in San Jose, and would often come by after work to hang around and talk about guitars and music, and of course, to try out different guitars my dad had hanging as stock on the walls.

One day Jorma came by the store for something -- I don't remember what, perhaps it was to pick up his Rick 12 string.  However, most of the Jefferson Airplane came with him, in a kind of bus -- perhaps in transit from some performance.  I think the bus was some kind of Volkswagen, but not the usual hippie bus you might think of.  It was long and slender, with several seats on either side, each with its own window.  There were no peace symbols or hearts of other sixties graffiti on it, it was clean and well maintained.

So anyway, into our store walked Jorma Kaukonen, Paul Kantner, Marty Balin and one other, I think it was bass player Jack Casady.  I can't remember.  Paul Kantner was the rhythm guitar player, and he used a six string Rickenbacker.  As they stood waiting for Jorma to finish his business with my father, I chatted with Paul Kantner.  We talked about how one could hook up a Rickenbacker to two different amplifiers simultaneously, and play stereo-style (Ricks have two input jacks for such a purpose).  That was high tech 1966.  You could do it, but I never could figure why anyone would want to.  Paul was a nice guy, easy-going and pleasant to talk to.  I remember he was dressed all in white -- white jeans and a white shirt (but not a dress shirt).

Soon after this meeting, my younger brother and I went to see the Airplane play at a club called "the Losers South," in San Jose -- where the Hawaiian Gardens is now.  Playing with them that night was Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company.  I brought along a Rickenbacker bass guitar for Jack Casady to try out, but he was too wedded to his Fender Precision bass to make the switch.  I think he slept with that Fender.  (As an aside, we heard Janis Joplin sing that night, up close and personal.  I told my younger brother that I thought she was terrible, and would never amount to a thing.  Her famous song "Bobby McGee" had not yet been recorded.)  Today I have both a Fender bass and a Rickenbacker bass, both great bass guitars.

The Airplane's singer was Signe Anderson, who just had a daughter, and I saw her holding her newborn between sets, looking lovingly into the baby's face.  Signe quit the Airplane in October of that year.  She decided she would rather be a mom than a rock singer.  She was replaced with Grace Slick, and the rest is rock history.  Several decades later, the Jefferson Airplane was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Paul and Signe stayed in touch through the years, but no more.

A week ago, on Janiuary 28, 2016, both of them, Paul and Signe, died of natural causes, on the very same day! They were both 74 years old. I had seen them in person when they were only 24. Time passes. It is sad when one's personal heroes and role models die, and we are reminded of our mortality. No matter how glorious the springtime of youth, or how long the future seems to stretch before us, we ultimately come to the same place -- a grave.

The Seattle Times has the story and some great background at this link.

You can listen to the Airplane's most famous song, "White Rabbit," at this link.

The founder of Earth, Wind and Fire, another famous sixties group, also died this week.  He was Maurice White, also 74 years old.  So what's up with the age of 74??  I'm not liking this trend.

I'm not 74 yet, being a few years younger than these worthy musicians.  I'm not good enough to die yet, either, as I am still learning to be a bass player.  So to the Dark Angel I say, hold off a few years.  I have not yet finished my journey in this realm.  Then I can die.  If Paul, Signe, Maurice and Vince Guaraldi can die, so can I.  In the meantime, however, I'd better get my bass out and practice.

Speaking of dead musicians, tomorrow, February 6, 2016, is the 40th anniversary of the death of Vince Guaraldi, jazz pianist.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

BREAKING NEWS: FBI in Shoot-Out With Oregon Militia; One Dead (#militias)

BREAKING NEWS:
Oregon militia spokesman is shot dead as traffic stop escalates into shoot-out with the FBI that ends with leader Ammon Bundy arrested and his brother Ryan wounded.

Read more here.

Civil War, Anyone?

LaVoy Finicum, RIP
Update:  There are unofficial reports that the Militia spokesman, one LaVoy Finicum, was shot dead by the FBI, even though he was unarmed and had his hands up.  It is claimed that the only bullets fired were by the FBI.  It will probably be days before all the facts are known, but this incident appears to be similar to FBI murder at Ruby Ridge in 1992, when the FBI shot and killed both the son and the wife of Randy Weaver, in Northern Idaho.

LaVoy Finicum was a rancher from Arizona.  He leaves behind a wife, eleven children and nineteen grandchildren.

The Southern Poverty Law Center Exposed -- Video (#SPLC)

The despicable Southern Poverty Law Center is now targeting Confederate monuments, flags and symbols.  They are a far-left, money-making scheme that seeks to marginalize all Conservative groups and personalities.  They have no credibility.


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Screw National Review: I'm Voting for Donald Trump -- (#Trump)

Donald Trump
National Review's latest online magazine is devoted to trashing Trump.  The NRO Establishment Republicans really don't want anyone outside the Country Club Crowd to become president of the United States.  What would people think if a Republican was elected who actually got things done?  Who actually rolled back the left wing juggernaut?  Trump just doesn't get it!

The whole idea, Donald my man, is to pay lip service to conservative policies but do nothing to implement them.  Our political philosophy is never to leave the mahogany-walled panels of our think-tank libraries.  Conservatism is theory only.  So we must continue to elect do-nothings like Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, John McCain, Mitt Romney and Lindsay Graham.

Well after seven years of Obama and go-along RINO Republicans, a lot of people are fed up.  Conservatives have elected Republicans to the House and Senate, and those Republicans do little or nothing to stop Obamacare, illegal immigration, deficit spending, radical appointees, and Obama's power over-reach via executive privilege..  A more feckless mob of collaborationists has rarely been seen.  Even so, they are aghast that we, their voting base, would finally hold them accountable for their abject failure.

So Republican Party, you're fired.  National Review?  You've been on a P.C. downward slide for some time -- firing Ann Coulter and John Derbyshire for writing unpopular truths and things that needed to be said, about Islamic evil and black violence, respectively.  Like many others, I stopped reading National Review Online some time ago.  I prefer my political news and opinion straight, not watered down, not filtered through a P.C. lens to avoid offending people who desperately need to be offended -- with the truth.

So I'm voting for Trump.  Yes, Trump is a gamble -- he may not be able to do what he has promised (building a wall to stop illegal Mexican immigration and halting Muslim immigration), but at least he has proposed to try.  Anyone you vote for is a gamble -- we have seen how D.C. can change a candidate, how that candidate can do things we disagree with, once they have been elected.  However, I am willing to take that gamble.  I don't see that I have much to lose.

Donald Trump is the hard slap across the face that the Republican Party desperately needs.  If our political party no longer represents our views, then it's time to replace it with something else.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Academy Awards and Black People (#Whine #Oscars)

It seems no black actors or actresses or directors were nominated for academy awards this year.  Boo hoo hoo.  Now black actors and actresses, along with some really repugnant white people (like Michael Moore), are going to boycott the Oscars, and encourage others to do so as well.

You see, when one is equal in society and citizenship, he only gets equal opportunity, not unearned equal outcomes.  Maybe the black actors, actresses and directors just couldn't cut it this year.  After all, there are fewer black Oscar candidates than for whites and Hispanics.  However, that's math.  Liberals don't understand math.

The black Hollywood crowd wants racial quotas, AGAIN.  They want to keep their sacred victimhood alive.  Equality, the exposure to the chance of failure as well as success, is not what they want.  They want Black Privilege.  They want guaranteed outcomes. Personally, the black drama got old for me some time ago.  But just to be fair, the "acting" now going on, the staged outrage, the shrieks of horror and despair, the indelible indignation -- maybe that does deserve a special Oscar for these bad actors.  Give them a participation trophy, made out of gold-colored plastic.

It's time, way past time, to take off the training wheels, let the quota-babies sink or swim on their own.  Just the like the rest of us.  Welcome to the real world, Black Peeps.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Was the Great Sphinx an African Man? #Photoshop #Sphinx

Will the Real Sphinx Please Stand Up?
Was the Great Sphinx an African (as in Negro) man?  This has been a controversy for some time.  It is difficult to tell because the Great Sphinx had his nose shattered many hundreds of years ago.  Without a nose, it is hard to tell if the original Sphinx had negroid features.  The Photoshop above shows the Sphinx with a negroid nose, compared to one with a more Semitic nose.  Personally, I believe that the Great Sphinx was smoking a cigar and that anti-tobacco fanatics removed it over the centuries.  However, it just goes to show you that a lot of theories, some of them weird, persist about the identity, race, gender and age of the Sphinx -- not to mention his affinity for tobacco.

Seriously, though, a lot of black people believe that the ancient Egyptians were Negroes.  After all, both of these ethnic groups are African -- the blacks from South Africa, the Egyptians from North Africa.  Same continent, and both are dark skinned.

As for his being negroid, some conspiracy theorists claim the nose was removed so people wouldn't know that the Sphinx was a Negro.  I saw a video on YouTube with Louis Farrakhan claiming that was the reason Napoleon shot the nose off the Sphinx -- to hide its Negroid Bonafides.  (The legend of Napoleon's nose-ectomy has been proved false -- earlier drawings of the Sphinx show the Sphinx without its nose decades before Napoleon ever saw it.)

An Ankh
As for modern depictions, remember that Michael Jackson video of him in an Egyptian temple, dancing and singing as only he could?   It was called "Remember the Time." That was definitely a presentation of black folks as ancient Egyptians -- both the video's Pharaoh (played by Eddie Murphy), and his Queen were black, as were all members of the royal court.  I once saw a young black woman wearing an Ankh around her neck -- you know, that cross-like symbol of ancient Egypt?  It was her way of connecting with the great civilization of the pharaohs.

I felt sorry for the young lady, because we all have a need to feel that we are part of something larger than ourselves.  Understandably, black people like to believe that they are descendants of a once-great civilization -- hence their focus on the ancient Egyptians.  Maybe they were, but I doubt it.  Some digital artists have superimposed the known face of the Pharaoh Kahfre onto the shattered face of the Sphinx, and it seems to fit perfectly.  Kahfre had a big nose, and the side view of the Sphinx with Kahfre's nose does not look negroid in the least.  Without a nose, it does look negroid, as negroid noses are often flat, and lay closer to the face.

The prevailing opinion seems to be that ancient Egyptians were much like modern Egyptians:  Arabic.

What do you think?

View Michael Jackson's video, "Remember the Time," here.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Great Sphinx Photoshop: Latest Refinement (#Sphinx, #Photoshop)

I have regularly been refining, rethinking and retouching my 2013 Photoshop of the Great Sphinx of Egypt. When new information came to light, I would incorporate that into my Photoshop. My latest improvement was to make the nose larger and closer to that of Khafra, the Pharaoh who probably built it, 4500 years ago. This was per the suggestion of a reader. (More specifically, she said the nose was too slim and European before, and so I used Khafra's nose to fix it.) Here's the latest result.