Just as sure as your dog will sniff another dog’s back-end upon their initial greeting of each other; government incompetents, Hollywood nutjobs, media hyenas and political charlatans of every stripe will lie. Whether it’s an off-the-cuff lie, a lie to cover lies previously told, or a lie just because they enjoy deceit, one can be assured that the truth couldn’t be sniffed out by the most gifted of bloodhounds from these jackals.
With Ms. Hilary Clinton’s new book, “What Happened”, just reading through the various clips from her tome of nuttiness are a smorgasbord of revelations of the inner workings of a short-circuited brain. Check out this gem:
“Attempted to define reality is a core feature of authoritarianism. This is what the Soviets did when they erased political dissidents from historical photos. This is what happens in George Orwell’s classic novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” when a torturer holds up four fingers and delivers electric shocks until his prisoner see five fingers as ordered. The goal is to make you question logic and reason and to sow mistrust toward exactly the people we need to rely on: our leaders, the press, experts who seek to guide public policy based on evidence, ourselves.”
Um, no…we’re pretty sure the message from Orwell’s classic, 1984, is NOT one of love, trust and obedience to the press, experts, leaders and other assorted odd-balls. Quite the contrary. But then, one would suspect she hasn’t read the book, and thought throwing in her 2-bit quip about Orwell’s masterpiece, in her mind, translated just as well as her fantasies that it was Bernie, the Right-wing, the KKK, Wikileaks, the FBI, wolves who howl at the full moon, and of course, the Russians who are to blame for her defeat in last years presidential election. Ho-hum!
But not to be outdone in tomfoolery, we have the Justice Department telling Russia Today (RT) that they must register as a foreign agent. Evidently, the Justice Department only wants the “truth” as they see fit, presented.
“The war the US establishment wages with our journalists is dedicated to all the starry-eyed idealists who still believe in freedom of speech. Those who invented it, have buried it,” Margarita Simonyan, RT’s editor-in-chief, said about the registration.
Continuing with the theme of the big brother you’ve come to somewhat loathe and detest because of your big brother’s constant bullying, but this “big brother” just happens to be our government, we are treated with the following insanity: Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to take away your privacy – permanently. Ah, isn’t that nice!
For those paying attention, it is not surprising to see Jeff Sessions attempt to cement mass surveillance into U.S. law. Sessions was a vocal proponent of surveillance well before he joined the Trump administration. In a recent report, the Center for Democracy & Technology focused on the former senator’s voting record and comments on the government’s use of surveillance. According to the CDT, “as a Senator, Sessions opposed the USA Freedom Act and was an ardent supporter of the NSA’s bulk collection program under Section 215 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, despite consistent evidence that the program never discovered or disrupted a terrorist plot.”
And who said that life in the modern era here in the good ole USA isn’t goooood! How could it be anything other than a pleasant romp through the fields of sunflowers and sunshine given these control freaks who want to alter truth and turn the present day into one big guano sandwich.
To do our part to resist modern day lunacy, our chosen selection this evening is Beethoven’s 2nd Symphony. So, as you may not have been aware of the present day scoundrels and their continued shenanigans, we bet you did know that Herr Beethoven wrote symphonies other than his 5th and 9th, and each one was a masterpiece in its own way.
Beethoven’s Second Symphony was mostly written during Beethoven’s stay at Heiligenstadt in 1802, at a time when his deafness was becoming more pronounced and he began to realize that it might be incurable. The work was premiered in the Theater an der Wien in Vienna on 5 April 1803, and was conducted by the composer. During that same concert, the Third Piano Concerto and the oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives were also debuted. It is one of the last works of Beethoven’s so-called “early period”. – via wikipedia.com
We start with the lively 3rd and 4th movements. The full symphony can be enjoyed here.
Beethoven – Symphony No. 2 in D major – West–Eastern Divan Orchestra – Daniel Barenboim, conductor
Photo credits (dog): www.unsplash.com/@sauriel
Photo credit (ms clinton) www.donkeyhotey.com
Photo credit (sunflowers): By Bruce Fritz, U.S. Department of Agriculture [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons