It's Raining Orchids and Rainbows,
The Independent Republicans for Idaho PAC (so-called) is not remotely independent or Republican. Their mailing address is the same one used by the Idaho Education Association. In other words, they are leftists. They are against conservative values. And--apparently--they are willing to stoop to masquerading as conservatives, to make real conservatives believe in their leftist candidate for governor of Idaho, Brad Little.
I'm writing about this because a reminder is needed: None of this is news...or new. I'm only commenting on what I see as a new variation on the theme. I'm used to hearing that conservative candidates have been blocked from candidate forums, so their voices are not heard. I'm used to hearing the name Mitch McConnel connected with money spent to help a Democrat beat a conservative candidate in the general election.
I am probably naive, cause I've never heard of leftists creating a fake conservative organization, for the purpose of directly fooling conservative voters into voting for a leftist candidate. As they say, "Now I guess I've heard everything."
Guest Post by Randy Miller
Far Too Much is Going Wrong with America and the World.
We Have to Face Some Facts:
The last 40 to 60 years, we have deteriorated from governing based on law of the constitution to political parties governing based on ideology. Ideologies grow more extreme as the struggle for power intensifies. This power struggle results in ignoring basic principles such as freedoms and liberties, which are basic precepts of the American dream; to restricting those freedoms and liberties to protect those ambitious politicians continued rise and hold in power.
We have to face some facts. We have nearly $22 trillion in debt and the US dollar is no longer the global currency (Petro Dollar) thus eliminates the continued tool for funding our debt. There is a financial crisis that was delayed only to be worse because our banks were not broken up into smaller entities; so now they are leveraged $100’s of trillions in Derivatives you will be on the hook for.
Every penny you put in the bank is no longer yours.
it is an asset of the bank and that will be used, based on law,
to repay their debts.
I BELIEVE THAT THE ELECTION OF TRUMP WAS OUR FIRST VICTORY IN
The globalists were so close to taking America down, when Trump won the presidency in 2016, that none of them saw our first victory coming. We have every chance to make sure that all the battles of this Second American Revolution take place on electoral battlefields, not physical ones. Are we heading into a second Lexington and Concord, right now? A win, against all odds? I think victory is possible. But I believe the globalists are planning a killing blow, for November . Regardless, I see November as a potentially decisive electoral battle that could go either way. According to my count, this will be the second battle of the Second American Revolution, Trump's victory being the first.
"Apres Moi Le Deluge..."
Bob Corker says he "supports" Marsha Blackburn
BUT HE DOESN'T OPPOSE HER DEMOCRAT OPPONENT
Hmm... Now I think I fully understand
the Full Meaning of the Word "RINO."
Doesn't he look august, standing before those Grecian columns? Ahh... Life in Washington, DC. Must be hard to leave it. I wonder why he IS leaving it. But that is not as important as HOW he's leaving it.
We've known for a long time that Bob Corker is not on
Donald Trump's side.
But this latest news about Corker adds another level of perversity. Not only did he not help Trump achieve the agenda that WE, the PEOPLE voted for. Now, he's decided, apparently, that not helping Trump was insufficient.He must now avoid helping Marsha Blackburn--the Republican running for his vacated seat. Lucky for us that Marsha doesn't need his help. She's beloved in Tennessee. Which is not to say we all shouldn't help her, anyway. She will be a solid Trump vote in the Senate. THE SENATE!
This Man May Well Bring Jazz Back from its Downward Spiral
I haven't been following the jazz world closely. Too occupied with Republican politics. But I've heard that jazz has been losing out to other forms of music, among younger people. Not a good omen for something as precious as this all-American artform. Unbeknownst to me, while I was busy working to free America from Barack Obama and the globalists, a man names Juan Chamorro established a music school teaching jazz, in Barcelona, Spain.
On Youtube, recently, I finally stumbled upon an arresting music video of a 16-year-old Spanish girl, Abril Sauri, singing a great old blues song, Old Folks--in English. She was accompanied by a sophisticated ensemble, including the great American saxophonist, Dick Oatts. I've never much liked the Blues, and didn't know this famous tune, which was written in 1938. But I loved it--melody and lyrics--and also the way Abril sings it.
Though 1938 might seem like "modern" times, compared to the Civil War era, this song is about an old guy who, in his youth, had fought in the Civil War. I had never wondered in which decade people from the Civil War might have neared the end of their lives. The answer is the 1930s. Gives you an interesting perspective on the decade we identify only with the Great Depression, doesn't it?
I've sent the link to this video to a number of friends, several of whom have commented that Abril's singing reminds them of Billy Holiday. Her timing is a great part of that, I think. And, like Billy Holiday, she blurred a lot of her words-- but for a very different reason: At 16, Abril must still have been learning how to pronounce the words like we do. Watching the video for the first time, I was struck by how well Abril held her own with musicians who far outweighed her in experience. It was arresting to see such a youngster singing with older musicians.
And therein lies the essence of what Joan Chamorro is contributing to music, in general, and jazz, in particular. He's created a new way of teaching children--even as young as 6--to play a variety of instruments and to sing in performances. They learn the way people learned before there were schools--by doing, and from the example, as well as the tutelage, of people much more experienced.
The result is tremendous engagement and excitement on the part of the students at Sant Andreu. And there is nothing amateurish about their performances. The young women in their older teens have almost perfect prounuciation. They sing with a zest I must confess I'm not used to witnessing. Their sound is strikingly close to Americans singing our music. Chamorro incorporates lots of songs from the swing and big band eras. His arrangements are engaging and upbeat. The performers clearly love what they're doing. So rare is this, anymore, that one marvels to watch it. I can't get enough, nor do I need to worry. There is no shortage of Sant Andreu videos on Youtube. Chamorro is laying down a voluminous video library--a record of the accomplishments of his school and its students.
American jazz saxophonist Jesse Davis--one of many American jazz musicians who have visited Sant Andreu and participated in their program--expressed my own sentiments about the value of what Joan Chamorro has accomplished, in just seven years. In a documentary about Sant Andreu, he told Chamorro:
"I've never seen that kind of dedication from such small children. Maybe you think I'm crazy, but the jazz community worldwide is gonna thank you, one day. What you've done is a great service to this music. And I mean that from the bottom of my heart." -- Jesse Davis
For more videos of the Sant Andreu Jazz Band, type that very phrase into the search box on Youtube. Some specific links I've included are below:
The Irresistible Magnetism of the Sant Andreu Jazz Band
--Article in Barcelona Metropolis
Moody's Mood for Love by Sant Andreu Jazz Band
People pack a square in Barcelona for an open-air concert by the Sant Andreu Jazz Band
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