This is a spectacular performance of a (very) original song by the singer Stevie Nicks. I heard this song when it was out. It was a hit but I didn’t appreciate like I do now.
These were the days (or a strange period) where musicians write and express their own through music and lyrics. It’s direct.
Musically and structurally, this is a very interesting song. But let’s just say it’s operatic.The musical line carries us through the dream, the poem and the expression of this woman.
Watch Stevie express herself. These are her words.
The cinematography is excellent, it focuses a bit too much on Stevie, but how can you not?
The band and back-up singers are great and the harmonies by Stevie and the back-up singer at the end was a musical bombshell. This was clearly live, and if you watch it to the end you see why she gave such a great performance.
The music behind her words are coming from men. They are also spectacular.
Libretto appears in the first comment. Please refer as you listen to the song
Romney’s best feature as a politician was his near squeaky-clean record. He is the quintessential nice guy type, and has the polished demeanor of President from central casting. He has a good resume. He comes from a good family, and let’s not forget his Dad was a famous politician.
For many Republicans in 2012, that was enough. He seemed electable. They could be reasonably assured no scandals would emerge in late October.
But more importantly Mitt was also a guy they could feel comfortable identifying with. There has always been a strong element of voting for a man who emulates one’s personal values, who you can feel proud of as your personal President who represents you. Identity politics on a very personal level, if you will.
There’s a Hollywood fantasy whereby our President is our National Dad who is our leader, who practices what he preaches, and makes a few political compromises and concessions (for the good of the country, of course) and is an overall good affable man with class, and he never cheated on Mom or anything like that. And American flags fly on pristine porches in small-town Iowa to the sound of muted French Horns ever after.
In those days, most conservative voters just wanted a Republican and not a Democrat like Obama. It was excruciating for many of us, because we each wanted various policies enacted in different priorities, but we all wanted to prevent the other side from taking control of the Executive Branch, so we settled on this guy. Romney seemed like he knew the basics of conservatism, even if he hadn’t had much luck enacting actual conservative policies.
But he lost anyway.
Many Republicans were thinking that other Americans would see the virtue and begin to understand the conservative cause. They would see we are nice guys -not racists or anything like that, and we were non-threatening and stable. Many elite Republicans remained naive and oblivious to the real nature of what we called the mainstream media, or maybe they were simply petrified of them and pretended ignorance.
Meanwhile, many ordinary middle-class conservatives were increasingly aware that the central obstacle to winning elections for conservatives was the media, and until that obstacle was removed or mitigated, we would never be able to get anything more than the most tepid milquetoast candidate past them. But even worse, our Mr. Niceguy would more likely just lose to the pandering leftist and make a really classy concession speech.
Now Romney is back on the scene, this time as a junior Senator, and his first impulse is to run to the Washington Post and CNN to virtue-signal.
Did he mislead Utah voters about his intentions regarding Trump? Looks that way to me. But he never cheated on his wife which of course is the most important thing in the world for every politician – especially Republicans.
Did he take money from who we now know he considers loathsome Donald Trump? Yes. What other low-life scum has Romney taken money from whilst glad-handing us?
How many positions has Romney taken over the course of his political career? Do we have any idea what his priorities actually are? I defy anyone to describe Mitt’s convictions in one coherent paragraph.
Honestly, I would never trust this man to represent my interests no matter what he says or promises. Clearly he’s disloyal, is willing to take money from people he loathes, is weak and easily influenced, and exhibits all the hallmarks of an archetypical loser.
Now he’s in the Senate, the perfect place for those who have time, money and and crave attention. The Senate is a kind of ego-amplifier for elites.
Romney’s return highlights the weakness and fecklessness of the old Republican Party. It shows up their fantasy world, where nice guys finish first, and emanate a kind of contagious virtue throughout the land simply by being churchgoing family men and pledging sexual fidelity to their spouses.
It reminds me of how little they care about actual results and how much they desperately cling to the idea of a getting or having a virtuous Daddy President who makes them feel good personally – their own personal morality avatar to display to the world as an example of how everything should be.
I made this video back in more innocent times, but I happened upon it again and I’m surprised it holds up. Dated, yes, but this was my thinking at the time.
The music is from a local Philly band who became quite famous in the eighties -excellent songwriters (Time After Time, What if God was One of Us, and many more). Johnny B is one of their early songs that wasn’t quite a hit. I’ve seen them many times and they are good guys (one is a good friend).
The song is about seeing your friend be seduced by a woman with evil intent, and I hope it’s plain in the video that the woman is the media.
Now Johnny B is shilling for the Pot industry, which itself isn’t bad in my book (although couldn’t they find someone better? what were they smoking? haha) but shows us how absolutely screwed up our politics are, how phony our Republican establishment is and was.
Hope you enjoy it. I worked hard on that mainly because I never did video editing before.
I’m listening to an audio book of The Gulag Archipelago. Lots of arrests so far. Chilling. It can definitely happen here. All the structure is in place, and with the state’s ability to see and know everything it would be worse. More effective. More, um, surgical.
Like maybe right now?
Anyway, I believe Alexander S would not be especially concerned with a government shut down.
I hereby advise the PR director for the White House press office to solicit stories of people adversely affected by this government shutdown. After a few hundred responses I would take the best cases and publish them -respectfully – on the website.
Then juxtapose that with stories of people affected by our current system of immigration.
The hardships by government workers, even some of the stronger cases, will begin to look quite lame.
“We are asking the Democrats to approve 5billion of your money – not their money – your taxes, for this problem. 5 billion is a lot of money, but compared to the depth, and reach, and cost of this problem, actually only a small percent of our budget.”
Also while you guys at the White House are listening, y’all are doing a great job!
Miller is my favorite in the Trump administration. Here, he manhandles Certainly Not News shill Wolf Blitzer. The increasingly pathetic line of questioning reveals the mono-dimensional agenda, now divorced from any principal other than desperately attacking Trump from any direction.
There’s a prevailing belief that if there’s no border wall by November of 2020 that Trump will have more difficulty in re-election.
I have never thought this would be much of a factor, but now that Schumer has publicly declared the Democrats intend to thwart any and all efforts to fund/build a wall, I believe it will actually help Trump in 2020.
Schumer and Pelosi blundered on this one. Trump needs only to try his best and hold fast in negotiations. It’s obvious that Democrats simply want to deprive Trump of a political victory. Trump can keep hammering on the continuing negatives of having no wall, and more damaging to Democrats, the idea they don’t care about borders, sovereignty, crime, drugs, disease and jobs.
As a purely practical political matter, there’s no special reason a wall hurts Democrats. There are plenty of illegals already here, and visa violations account for the majority of illegals anyway. And whoever believes they care about 5 billion dollars, the deficit or spending taxpayer money wisely is invited to my Patreon page promoting my experiments on the healing powers of Guinness stout.
What am I missing?
If there’s no wall by then, I can’t envision Trump getting the blame, and it will actually further incentivize Trump’s base to vote for him and for a pro-borders congress.
Eight Years in four quarters. The first quarter is about to end. The score : Orange Warriors 21, Nancy Boys 3.
Two Supreme Court Justices confirmed equals one touchdown, tax cuts another, and the economic boom resulting from tax cuts, deregulation and pro-business actions by the administration another.
Now the Orange Warriors will have to play some defense. Trump is great at playing defense. Just watch.
Mixing sports analogies, he’s going to play rope-a-dope. This strategy is letting your opponent throw more punches that have minimal effect until he tires out, then move in.
He will be nicer and more accommodating to Nancy Pelosi. He will try to make deals and if they don’t play he will expose them. Either way he will win.
Having Aunt Nancy Marbles-Mouth as the voice of the Democrats will be a gift.
The PR divisions of multinational media empires (Comcast, Disney,Viacom, Fox, etc), labeled colloquially as “news”, will cover every investigation like Nancy Drew meets the Hardy Boys for the consumption of political adolescents – otherwise known as Democrats and NeverTrumpers.
The Democrats will further reveal themselves as petty. They will celebrate every first down with lewd dances, high fiving and chest thumping. The homer announcers will tell us the momentum has shifted. But we aren’t listening. The sound is off and we just watch.
The Nancy Boys will advance the ball. They will probably score a touchdown and a field goal or two.
But the Orange Warriors will still be ahead at the start of the second half in 2020, when we are set to receive and go on offense again.
Remember, the game is 60 minutes (8 years) and we are playing against a good team that plays dirty. But they have bad coaching, they have disarray in their locker room and they are focused on statistics rather than scoring.
And the cheerleaders shout “Make America Great Again!”
I used to buy the Weekly Standard quite frequently- back in the Nineties. I don’t know if it was because there was nothing much else besides NR, or because I hadn’t matured politically. Back then, it seemed there was only one answer to Democrats, who I saw as barely closeted socialists and leftists, and that was Republicans.
But then I got my wish. G W Bush was elected and we had 8 years of, um, mostly wars, marble- mouthed assertions and shrugs. The son worshiped his father-President and the Presidency itself above all else. Dignity must be maintained at any cost, while the left advanced apace. Bush ( and McCain) gave us Obama. We started to see how chummy the Bushes were with the Clintons. It was strange to me, especially coming from the clan that held the Presidency in such worshipful esteem. I guess it was just the magic of David Copafeel that made it happen.
Somehow, the Republicans never really did anything. They never even made much of an effort, and continually hid from the political fray. The ones who dared to have a contrarian thought were mocked, ridiculed, shamed, smeared and shunned. The Weekly Standard and their friends were directly responsible for this.
The Weekly Standard gave us McCain and Romney, two incompetent patsies as our weak standard bearers. They would have delivered Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush as the Republican’s next sacrifice, but history – in the form of actual conservative voters -passed them by.
They were living in Bill Kristol’s bathtub organizing for the next naval battle using rubber-duckies and empty shampoo bottles, while their skin wrinkled and their own genitalia shrank into neutered oblivion.
They certainly were clean. Very clean, polite and dignified. No dirt under the fingernails.
If the Weekly Standard writers and subscribers were an army, they would have the cleanest uniforms, perfectly pressed and starched. Their preparation for war would consist entirely of parades, bouncing dimes off bunkbeds and ceremonies of medal presentations and speeches. When war breaks out they would be valiant and decent, and they would have the absolute best surrender ceremony. It would be sad, but dignified. They would expect us to be proud.
McCain is dead. The elder Bush is dead. The political career of Jeb Bush is dead. The Weekly Standard is dead. The entire raison d’etre of neoconservatives is dead.
Whatever is left of the stragglers will not find a safe-haven. The left will chew Kristol and his neo-con friends up, using them as fodder to bash Trump. They are useful while being raped by CNN. Once Trump is gone, they will be hated all the more by people like me and now useless to the left.
Below is an interesting article lamenting the “lost voice” on the right that’s full of exactly the kind of left wing hatred, lies and vitriol that transparently contradicts itself. But they will take it because there’s a compliment in there somewhere and they agree on what’s really important – that Trump is bad.
I don’t know if I came up with that appellation – it seems obvious enough – but clearly his political status has been diminished spectacularly in just a few days. He always struck me as a strange man. He acts positively weird around Trump, he married his high-school teacher(!) and he’s French.
At some point, even the globalist French ( and international) media can’t prop him up without further damaging their reputation(s).
They only have the ears and eyes of those who already believe them, and this pool diminishes at each new iteration of “news” reportage. There’s no way for these media outlets to maintain their narratives and also regain credibility with those who have seen behind their curtain, so they continue to lose traction. They are rapidly becoming little more than a psychological defense mechanism for the elites. It’s to their pages and programs the invested class, the cake-eaters, turn to for rationalizations, reassurance and guidance.
Certainly the media are supported and maintained by important people, thus providing them with outsized influence, but in the end they are gaslighting themselves/each other in a downward spiral of insanity. The reaction of the outside world comes as a shock, and they retreat into even more outlandish interpretations. This then reveals their insanity to the masses, furthering the cycle.
These elites are so self-insulated they no longer feel the need to make sense when lecturing us. They just assert. “Nationalism is the opposite of patriotism”, for example. The policies inflicted on the hardest-working people, transferring wealth (and rights!) to non-working new arrivals for the elites to take pride in their magnanimity as though there’s no cost, is more proof of their divorce from basic realities.
We’ve seen this here up close with the Trump phenomenon.
These people have proven to me one thing for sure. Even if they recover their sanity, they do NOT believe in democracy.
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These people would not be working for their employer if they weren’t impeccably honest. These guys can spot a thief in record time.
But hard work, interacting with people who are out to have a good time.
I’ve experienced both extremes of millennials ir whatever the early 20’s and there’s a good amount of hope.
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Here’s why you want to hire me:
1 – I’m good with people. People love to talk to me, and I love to talk to people. I make people laugh, smile, and feel good, all while making sure my job is done safely.
2 – I’m reliable. I’ve worked in the kitchens before, and while the job isn’t for me, my work ethic is based around kitchen-level demands.
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This is another world where people are expected to produce- just like everywhere else ( except government) and appreciate a job well done.
And this post came from someone who wants to load camels and have fun with people!
Helsinki Press Conference
Reporter: What exactly did you say to President Putin about Russia hacking our election?
Pres. Trump: I told Vladimir, respectfully, that if he didn’t stop, we would do the same. A lotta people don’t know it but we’ve got some real hackers…and we’ll spend more than, what was it?..a hundred thousand dollars?!
in Facebook ads, no less.
We’ll buy a vodka company and then we’ll muscle Stolchinaya out of the market, and once we get market leverage, we’ll give it out free for votes. We can do a lotta things, believe me.
I’m going to recommend to our patriotic CIA to send their PR division CNN to large cities in Moscow,Vladivostok and other cities CNN will help us learn to pronounce properly.
JIM Acosta: Are you saying you will determine or mandate coverage and placement of CNN reporters? Are you trying to send me to Moscow?
Pres.Trump: I want them to send you, JIM. And reporters like you.
You’ve proven your valor going against me directly, daring to constantly challenge. I admire that attribute and I believe other Leaders of the world should hear more skeptical questions, challenging questions, accusatory questions, that you Jim, are unafraid to ask. We’re considering Turkey, but that would be Erdogan, or Mexico.
Reporter: How will the American people be sure these aren’t just idle threats?
Pres. Trump: I don’t want to taunt Vladimir Putin boasting about American ability to fix elections, ballot stuffing … but that’s just infantry. Our air force will paint a picture… oh will they paint a picture, of some things really baad that’s happening… and how great they are – which is normal but we all do it – these people are special. We’re going to call them Special Media Forces. It will be the sixth branch after Space Force. These trained professionals are lethal, and in a way you don’t even want to think about.
But Vladimir has assured me that he does not want CNN bases in Russia and they will never be in Russian airports….I understand, but I can only do so much.. it’s either stop interfering or start getting interfered with by professionals.