#CLAHomeworkAssignment 6/30/15: Progressive Mass Hysteria

The brilliant Victor Davis Hanson never disappoints:

What started out just days ago as a reasonable move by the state of South Carolina, in the aftermath of the Charleston mass shootings, to remove the Confederate battle flag from public display on state property, within hours had descended into something like the mob’s frenzy over Mytilene. We have now gone well beyond removing state sanction from a flag that represented an apartheid society. Indeed, Americans of the new electronic mob are witch-hunting the past with a vengeance, as private, profit-driven companies seek to trump one another’s piety by banning the merchandising of Confederate insignia….

These outbursts of public frenzy at supposed enemies may reflect grassroots furor, but they are also orchestrated by progressive grandees who are inconsistent in their targeting of history’s villains — offering context and exemption for liberal fascist and racist thought, speech, and iconography, while connecting their present-day political rivals to the supposed sins of the country’s collective past. Manipulating the past, in other words, becomes a useful tool by which one can change the present….

Manipulating the past, in other words, becomes a useful tool by which one can change the present. In another analysis, Thucydides reminds us, in regard to the stasis at Corcyra, that in frenzied efforts to reconstruct both the past and present to fit ideological agendas, “Words had to change their ordinary meaning and to take that which was now given them.”

Be sure to read the whole thing.

CLA Radio 07/03/15: The Rat Pack


The next ConservativeLA Radio show (on Duane FM in the Hughniverse, Friday night, 07/03/15, 7:00 Pacific/10:00 Eastern) will showcase the Rat Pack.

Hope you can stop by and listen, and join us in chat!  Chat participants will be expected to employ the appropriate lingo, Jack.

Here’s the Spotify playlist. (Three pieces of additional audio not included.)

(I’m also on Twitter.)

Set list:

Oceans 11 (1960): Trailer
The Antonio Morelli Orchestra: Fanfare And Introduction
Dean Martin: Drink To Me Only
Frank Sinatra: Call Me Irresponsible
Sammy Davis Jr.: The Lady Is A Tramp
Frank Sinatra: Stranger In The Night
Sammy Davis Jr.: I Ain’t Got Nobody
Dean Martin: Buona Sera
Shirley Maclaine: She’s A Star
Joey Bishop: You Win Again
Vince Guaraldi: What Kind Of Fool Am I?
Sammy Davis Jr.: What Kind Of Fool Am I?
Frank Sinatra: I Get A Kick Out Of You
Nancy Sinata: MacArthur Park
Manchurian Candidate (1965): Opening Scene
The Rat Pack: We Open In Venice
Dean Marin: You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You
Ava Gardner: Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man
Frank Sinatra: In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
Sammy Davis Jr.: My Shining Hour
Nat King Cole: Unforgettable
Dean Martin: Send Me The Pillow You Dream On
Bing Crosby with Lauren Bacall: Don’t Know Why
Sammy Davis Jr.: Impressions
Jerry Lewis: Let Me Be A People
Frank Sinatra: I’ve Got The World On A String
Dean Martin: Sway
Sammy Davis Jr.: I Gotta Be Me
Dean Martin: I’m Gonna Paper My Walls
Cesar Romero: Jealous Caballero
Frank Sinatra: Witchcraft
Sammy Davis Jr.: A Stranger Called The Blues
Judy Garland: I’m Nobody’s Baby
Frank Sinatra: I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Sammy Davis Jr.: Something’s Gotta Give
Dean Martin: Everybody Loves Somebody
Frank Sinatra: Come Fly With Me
Sammy Davis Jr.: That Old Black Magic
Dean Martin: Corrine, Corrina
Marilyn Monroe: I’m Thru With Love
Jimmy Van Heusen: Here’s That Rainy Day
The Rat Pack: The Oldest Established
The Rat Pack: Ring-A-Ding Ding

#CLAHomeworkAssignment 6/28/15: Kevin Williamson re SCOTUS

Boy howdy, an epic short read from Kevin Williamson at NRO:

In the matter of the so-called Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court ruled that the law must not say what it in fact does say because it would be better if it were not to say what it says and were to say something else instead. In the matter of same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court rules that the law must say what it does not say because it would be better if it were to say what it does not say instead of what it says. Which is to say, the Supreme Court has firmly established that it does not matter what the law says or does not say — what matters is what they want….

We can debate all day about how many Angels in America can have their first dance on the head of Anthony Kennedy’s pen, but we know that the Court’s liberals are going to vote one way, that some of its conservatives will probably vote another, and that John Roberts and Anthony Kennedy will, if the goblins in their heads are sufficiently insistent, ratify whatever Starbucks-customer consensus exists for 80 miles on either side of Interstate 95.

Ouch. Read the whole thing. You must.

CLA Radio 06/26/15: Southern Rock


The next ConservativeLA Radio show (on Duane FM in the Hughniverse, Friday night, 06/26/15, 7:00 Pacific/10:00 Eastern) will play some Southern Rock, with the subtext being that racebaiting Northerners ought to quit lecturing the South. (The nearly-immediate hyperbolic politicization of the mass murder in Charleston was despicable.)

Big shout-out to Tribble DJ Peachy J, who helpfully suggested about half of the set list. Thanks, Pete!

Hope you can stop by and listen, and join us in chat!

Here’s the Spotify playlist.

(I’m also on Twitter.)

Set list:

Drive-By Truckers: Two Daughters And A Beautiful Wife
Tedeschi Trucks Band: The Storm
Drive-By Truckers: Tornadoes
The Allman Brothers Band: Les Brers In A Minor
Lynyrd Skynyrd: Gimme Back My Bullets
The Allman Brothers Band: Stateboro Blues
38 Special: If I’d Been The One
The Georgia Satellites: Battleship Chains
Amazing Rhythm Aces: Third Rate Romance
The Raconteurs: Top Yourself
The Black Keys: Hold Me In Your Arms
Molly Hatchet: Flirtin’ With Disaster
Little Feat: Truck Stop Girl
The Marshall Tucker Band: Fire On The Mountain
Blackberry Smoke: Holding All The Roses
Hammerdown: Sun Gods In Exile
Jimmie Van Zant: Southern Rock
Black Oak Arkansas: When Electricity Came To Arkansas
Drive-By Truckers: Decoration Day
Molly Hatchet: Gator Country
Mississippi Mudsharks: Down The Line
Drive-By Truckers: Birmingham
The Raconteurs: Carolina Drama
Patterson Hood: Leaving Time
Patterson Hood: Better Off Without
Drive-By Truckers: The Southern Thing
Seasick Steve: Keep On Keepin’ On
Drive-By Truckers: Never Gonna Change

International Talk Like the Rat Pack Day

You heard it here first.*

Now we just need a propitious date. Suggestions, Jack?


(*i.e., Copyright By Publication)

Here’s a good start: http://www.angelfire.com/jazz/thecoparoom/ratpacklexicon.html


CLA Radio 06/19/15: World Sauntering Day


The next ConservativeLA Radio show (on Duane FM in the Hughniverse, Friday night, 06/19/15, 7:00 Pacific/10:00 Eastern) will pay homage to everybody’s favorite holiday, World Sauntering Day.

Hope you can stop by and listen, and join us in chat!

Here’s the tentative Spotify playlist. (Items marked with an asterisk are not included on the Spotify playlist.)

(I’m also on Twitter.)

Set list (tentative):

Ian Whitcomb: Sauntering by the Sea
The Diamonds: The Stroll
Mink DeVille: Spanish Stroll
Josh Turner: Alligator Stroll
Henry Mancini: Strollin’ Blues
* Apollo 17 Astronauts: I Was Strolling on the Moon One Day
T-Bone Walker: Strollin’ With Bones
Chubby Checker: The Stroll
The Mar-Keys: Pop-Eye Stroll
The Shades: Strolling After Dark
IIIrd Tyme Out: I Want To Stroll Over Heaven
Champion Jack Dupree: Strollin’
The Dells: Soul Strollin’
The Skatalites: Strolling In
Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys: Strollin’ With Mary Jane
Willie King: Strolling with Willie
* It’s A Wonderful Life: Gloria Grahame saunters by
Psychograss: Stroll of the Mudbug
Lose Straitjackets: Switchblade Stroll
Roscoe Robinson: Gospel Stroll
ANMA, Max Pierini & Andrea Murada
The Revels: Midnight Stroll
Rockin Johnny Ausin: Rockabilly Stroll
King Curtis: Strolling Home
* Chuck Willis: Betty and Dupree (Seventeen, WOI-TV Ames IA 1958)
Hesperus, Tina Chancey: Madison’s Whim, The Merry Stroller
The Yardbirds: Stroll On
Eddie Cochran: Strollin’ Guitar
The Champs: Strollin’
Nutty: Tired of Strollin’
Clarence Gatemouth Brown: Strollin’ With Bones
* Bing Crosby: While Strolling Through The Park
At Squire’s Place: Where Am I Walking, Where Am I Strolling
Marcel Bontempi: Lovesick Stroll
Rufus Thomas: Strolling Beale No. 1
The Meteors: Jupiter Stroll
The Hollywood Flames: Strollin’ On The Beach
Asleep At The Wheel: Pedernales Stroll
Krewe of Renegades: Strollin’ Rampart
Long John Hunter: Midnight Stroll
At Squire’s Place: The Horses Are Strolling By The River
Superconductor: Gimp Stroll
* Midnight Cowboy: I’m Walkin’ Here
Jermaine: Rock & Stroll
Fred Adison, Roger Toussaint
Egidio Juke Ingala: Strollin’ With Shirly
Big Pimp Jones: The Pimp Stroll
The Willie Mitchell Combo, The Four Kings: Stroll
* Charles Kullman – I’m Only A Strolling Vagabond

Fun with graphics (Hendrix)




#CLAHomeworkAssignment 6/12/15: The OPM hack and why it matters

Today’s #CLAHomeworkAssignment will contain several sources, rather than just one; the importance of the subject calls for more detail than usual.

The hacking by China of in-depth personal information about U.S. Federal employees is an easy story to miss. Each week brings another round of cybersecurity stories, so the Chinese breach of Office of Personnel Management computers might seem like just another story from just another news cycle.

It’s not just another story.

First, an epic Twitter rant from @TheRickWilson:

There’ll be some DC whining, a Congressional hearing, an unread report and nothing. The Chinese have the greatest intel coup in history….

Frankly, despair is a rational emotion in this circumstance. This breach is so big, so shitty, so consequential.

Be sure to read the whole thing.

Likewise @EsotericCD–be sure to read his Twitter comments yesterday and today:

I know it smacks of narcissism to insist rest of Twitter share my priorities, but I can’t understand why ppl’s hair not on fire re OPM hack….

Good morning. Most impt story of day/week/month/year remains OPM hack. Yet now we’re consumed w/some dope who masqueraded as a black person.


A great overview from John Schindler AKA @20committee:

The other day I explained in detail how the mega-hack of the Office of Personnel Management’s internal servers looks like a genuine disaster for the U.S. Government, a setback that will have long-lasting and painful counterintelligence consequences….

Armed with lists of Chinese citizens worldwide who are in “close and continuing contact” (to cite security clearance lingo) with American officials, Beijing can now seek to exploit those ties for espionage purposes.

Again, read the whole thing.

Jim Geraghty weighs in:

How did we reach the point where an event like this is something an administration can simply wait out until public interest moves on?

Good question.

Last but certainly not least, Ed Morrissey:

Some on Twitter now call this a “Pearl Harbor” in cyberspace, but that may actually undersell the damage that we now know the US took in the hack on the Office of Personnel Management. On one hand, no one’s been killed; the US lost 2,403 lives and another 1,178 wounded in that battle. Within months or even weeks, the US had repaired much of the damage and went on offense in the eastern Pacific. In this attack, the damage to more than 2 million federal employees is permanent and irreparable….

Meanwhile, the news cycle moves on, and this story has made barely a ripple.

#CLAHomeworkAssignment 6/11/15: ‘Too Much Information, Much of It Lies: Welcome to the Web’

Another great piece by one of the best conservative/libertarian writers out there, Charles C.W. Cooke at National Review: “Too Much ‘Information,’ Much of It Lies: Welcome to the Web”:

“Orwell,” Postman reflected, “feared those who would deprive us of information.” Huxley, by contrast, “feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism.” The likely consequences of these prognostications were, necessarily, divergent. “Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us,” Postman submitted. But “Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance.”….

But, as Huxley anticipated, man is flawed, his appetite for distraction is infinite, and his interest in discernment is limited by his lust for feeling. “An unexciting truth,” Huxley noted in Brave New World Revisited, “may be eclipsed by a thrilling falsehood,” especially in such circumstances as that truth’s being disseminated across a medium that is “concerned in the main neither with the true nor the false, but with the unreal, the more or less totally irrelevant.”

Read the rest here.

I’d like to thank all the little people…

…who made my inclusion on this list possible.

Fistbump for stout reading comprehension skills,


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