JYT: 3/4/15

Slow news day for the Left and their narrative-setting. Here is the current ‘above the fold’ section of NYT.com:


Do ya think they have Holder’s vendetta sufficiently covered?

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Government Issue

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away… I listened to classic hardcore punk… in real time. Government Issue was/is an underrated D.C. band. Here are my two favorite songs by them:

“Jaded Eyes” (1987)

“Time Will Rearrange” (1988)

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Noel Gallagher: Conservative?

Noel Gallagher, it seems, might just be conservative:

Gallagher also spoke about his working class roots and the reasons he sends his children to private school. “My kids go to private school because I don’t want them coming home talking like Ali G,” he said. The working class are the new middle class – and there is a non-working class, the people on benefits, below.

“When I was growing up, working class people had pride, were smart, dressed well and had joy and passion for culture. I look at all those people on Benefits Street and think there is nothing to them, The government has de-educated people.”

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Daniel von Bargen, who played George’s boss “Kruger” on Seinfeld, has passed.

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NY Hardcore

In The New Yorker, Kalefa Sannah has a piece on the classic NY hardcore scene titled “United Blood“:

Like many punk-influenced bands, Agnostic Front and Cro-Mags had an instinctive revulsion toward mainstream politics. But they didn’t have a replacement; what they had was a bundle of repudiations and provocations and half-formed grievances. In depicting New York as a battleground, they encouraged a tribal solidarity that sometimes bled into racial solidarity. New York hardcore was a largely white movement based in a largely non-white neighborhood, which means that hardcore pride could be difficult to disentangle from white pride. (Bad Brains was an exception, and a complicated one: John Joseph says that he fell out with the band members because they wouldn’t stop playing Louis Farrakhan speeches in their tour van.) Some musicians suggested that there was, or should be, a difference between “white pride” and “white power.” And in the Maximum Rocknroll interview the members of Agnostic Front argued that working-class whites should be no more “ashamed” of their identity than “blacks and Hispanics”—two minorities, they added, that “occupy most of our prison spaces.”

A comprehensive book on implicit (and explicit) whiteness in music needs to be written.

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The Rolling Stones – Moonlight Mile (1971)

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Fresh Latkes

The NYT has a piece titled “Cry Heard Around Washington: ‘I Need a Netanyahu Ticket’“:

Admission to the prime minister’s speech to Congress on Tuesday was “hotter than fresh latkes,” Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York said.


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The Organizer is “Very Interested” in Raising Taxes Through Executive Action

No comment needed:

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed Monday that President Obama is “very interested” in the idea of raising taxes through unitlateral executive action.

“The president certainly has not indicated any reticence in using his executive authority to try and advance an agenda that benefits middle class Americans,” Earnest said in response to a question about Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) calling on Obama to raise more than $100 billion in taxes through IRS executive action.

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Hungary’s Premier Rejects Immigration & Multiculturalism

From the AP:

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban denounced multiculturalism and liberalism Friday and vowed to fight a rising wave of migration that he said is threatening to turn his country into a “refugee camp.”

In his annual state of the nation speech, Orban called a multicultural society “a delusion” and defended his conservative government’s attempts to abandon “liberal social policies” that he accused of rejecting Christian culture.

“(A Hungarian) does not want to see throngs of people pouring into his country from other cultures who are incapable of adapting and are a threat to public safety, to his job and to his livelihood,” Orban said.

He was referring to the torrent of migrants who have entered European Union-member Hungary this year, many of them fleeing poverty in Kosovo and seeking to reach Germany and other western nations.

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Spock’s Vulcan Greeting

Leonard Nimoy explains the Jewish origins of Spock’s Vulcan hand gesture greeting.


In the Jewish Journal, Tom Tugend writes on “Nimoy Unalienated“. Some excerpts:

His early psychological bent became irreversible – as did his decision to become an actor — when as a I7- year old he landed his first real stage role as the teenage son Ralphie in Clifford Odets’s Awake and Sing.

The play dramatized the struggles of a Jewish family, the Bergers, in the depth of the 1930s Depression.

“That was an amazing event,” Nimoy exclaims. “That characters could talk about Jewish concerns on an American stage made me feel validated as a person and as a Jew…

One thing Nimoy appreciated about Hollywood was the pervasive Jewish influence in the film industry, which dampened any blatant expressions of anti-Semitism…

Though not a particularly religious man, Nimoy feels that “everything I do is informed by my Judaism. A lot of what I’ve put into Spock came to me through my Jewish orientation.”

Meanwhile, in Tablet, Moshe Rosenberg discusses “Five Reasons Spock Was the Quintessential Jew“. The bullet points discussed in the piece are:

  • He was an outsider looking in.
  • He struggled to balance intellect and emotion.
  • He exemplified the sacrifice of personal fulfillment for duty.
  • His role spanned generations.
  • His awkwardness became his source of humor.
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