“Why did the Roman Empire fall?”
(This question was posed by Dr. Smith in my Western Civilization class in the Fall of 1970.)
“Moral decadence and pleasures of the flesh!”
To which a lecture hall of 300 or so randy college students cheered.
There is nothing new under the Sun. – The Book of Ecclesiastes
We have been watching the decline and fall of (Great) Britain for some time. Political correctness, coupled with inclusion of foreign cultures (and not promoting assimilation) are the proximate causes.
Destroying the economy, devaluing the established culture, and passing more and more ridiculous legislation with which to strangle the people are the order of the day.
Just like here in the States.
And now, this (in part)…
British Moral Decay Provides A Haven For Foreign Degenerates (link)
(…) Great Britain’s Judeo-Christian heritage and moral values have been gradually eroded away after years of invasive ‘progressivism’ to the point where every degenerate from Pakistan to Perth feels comfortable enough to push their sexual agenda and indulge in once taboo sexual practices without shame.
‘Progressivism’ spreads like weeds in a flower bed; if they aren’t regularly dug up by the roots and destroyed they will flourish and eventually take over, choking off any flowers that try to bloom.
Great Britain is now an old flower bed where only weeds flourish, where every native flower is strangled from seed and allowed to wither and die.(…)
You should visit the link above and read Daniel Thomas’ entire report. Bring with you an airsick bag.
And, I suspect, as it is with most things Anglotrash, this concept will be exported to the Colonies. Because, after all, we are so backwards here.
h/t Theo Spark
(I always imagine similar post titles being announced by Merrill Heatter or John Cameron Swayzee. Youngsters, ask your parents or grandparents.)
Many of you know I try to begin my daily routine with Email, blogging and reading the Ref Desk Almanac page. Sometimes, a confluence of births, death and historic events seem to have happened on the same day.
Birthdates which occurred on April 20:
0121 Marcus Aurelius 16th Roman emperor (161-80), philosopher
1808 Louis-Napoleon [Napoleon III] emperor of France (1852-71)
1889 Adolf Hitler Braunau Austria, dictator of Nazi Germany (1936-45)
1896 Senor Wences ventriloquist (Close the Door)
1940 George Takei Los Angeles CA, actor (Sulu-Star Trek, Green Berets)
Deaths which occurred on April 20:
1769 Pontiac Indian chief to Ottawa, murdered
1912 Bram Stoker Irish theater manager/writer (Dracula), dies
1992 Benny [Alfred Hawthorn] Hill comedian (Benny Hill Show), dies of a heart attack at 67
1993 Cantinflas [Mario Moreno] Mexican actor (Pepe), dies at 81
On this day…
1775 British begin siege of Boston
1799 Napoleon issues a decree calling for establishing Jerusalem for Jews
1841 1st detective story (Poe’s “Murders in the Rue Morgue”) published
1853 Harriet Tubman starts Underground Railroad
1871 3rd Enforcement Act (President can suspend writ of habeas corpus)
1965 People’s Republic China offers North Vietnam military aid
1993 Uranus passes Neptune (this occurs once every 171 years)
1999 Deadliest school shooting in US history at Columbine High School, Littleton CO, 13 killed, 23 wounded
1943 In Poland, Germans Nazi troops massacred the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto.
Long time passing…
The Gunner’s Blog recently mused on the very principles which The United States was alleged to have been founded.
And how they largely no longer exist:
(PS – this is my 2000th post! Thank you for stopping by – Guffaw)
Stan Freberg, whose freewheeling comic career in advertising garnered him worldwide acclaim and whose satirical entertainments abounded on TV, the radio and on records, has died. He was 88.
Freberg died of natural causes at a Santa Monica hospital, his son and daughter, Donavan and Donna Freberg, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
“He was and will always be my hero, and I will carry his brilliant legacy forward as best I am able,” his son wrote on Facebook.
The godfather of humorous and irreverent commercials, Freberg lampooned cultural institutions and described himself as a “guerilla satirist.” TheNew York Times dubbed him the “Che Guevara of advertising,” and years later, “Weird Al” Yankovic called him a major influence on his career.
“Very sad to say that one of my absolute all-time heroes has just passed away,” Yankovic wrote on Twitter. “RIP Stan Freberg. A legend, an inspiration, and a friend.”
Freberg also was known for his musical parodies. “Wun’erful Wun’erful,” his 1957 spoof of “champagne music” — on which he collaborated with orchestra leader Billy May — lampooned The Lawrence Welk Show.
He also parodied Johnnie Ray’s hit “Cry,” which Freberg rendered as “Try.” (Ray was quite angry until he realized Freberg was fueling sales of his record.)
The Los Angeles native had hit records of his own, including St. George and the Dragonet, a 1953 send-up of the series Dragnet. His recordings were so popular that he landed his own radio program in 1954, That’s Rich. Three years later, he presented The Stan Freberg Show on CBS Radio, where he regularly mocked commercials by advertising bogus products.
You should really go and read the whole thing!
Stan was a true Hollywood success story. He actually walked off the bus, and into an ad agency and began writing copy. He wrote terrific ads, like many for Volkswagen during the Bug era.
And was hysterically funny without being lewd.
I hope you and Mel Blanc, June Foray, Bob Clampett and Daws Butler and the others are having a raucous time doing voices for The Supreme Being!
Life doesn’t always go as we plan or desire. We certainly cannot control others in their personal plans or desires.
Especially, in matters of the heart.
Sometimes, we must let them go…
When love is good, it’s very, very good.
And when it goes away, it sucks.
The Dutchman sayeth…
Just when you think the government-monopoly-of-violence advocates of CSGV can’t get any any loopier.
CSGV condemns ‘insurrectionist imagery’ of civilian standing up to Chinese tanks
Well, I say, God bless the “insurrectionists.”
You know, it is perhaps not so very strange how CSGV is managing to ignore the armed civil disobedience movement. You would think that it would fit right into their meme. It must take mighty self-discipline to ignore us on the fund-raising level because they are abjectly frightened to give us publicity on the strategic level — for the “I Will Not Comply” movements in the various states are achieving their worst nightmare, nullification of all their collectivist appetites for other people’s liberty, property and lives.
Think there isn’t an equivalency between
socialism communism and gun government control?
– The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
(formerly known as Handgun Control, Inc., and other monikers.)
President Obama promised us the the most transparent administration, ever.
Yeah, not so much.
I’ve been reading some news accounts proclaiming (at the time) that Obama would be so much better than President Bush at responding to Freedom of Information Act requests…
Then, I saw this:
White House office to delete its FOIA regulations
WASHINGTON — The White House is removing a federal regulation that subjects its Office of Administration to the Freedom of Information Act, making official a policy under Presidents Bush and Obama to reject requests for records to that office.
That pretty much states all you need, although it might behoove you to go to the link.
So Bush AND Obama – peas in a pod?
At least as far as openness is concerned.
Not that we believed Bush to be terrific, and Obama to be less than terrific…
What has happened to The Republic?
h/t Theo Spark, USA Today
I remember as a child, the whole fam damly (as it was sometimes described) being shuffled into the station wagon, and off to the movies! Usually, a drive in theater. They were ubiquitous, and readily available in the Arizona weather. Much of the time, they were an extension of the TV-as-babysitter, translation: put the boy in from of a moving picture and he’ll go out like a light!
Then later in my youth, being dropped off at a Saturday afternoon matinee, with a friend or two, and funds for goodies – what a way to get them out of the house and from under foot. The only rule was call when the movie let out (translation: make certain you had a dime left from that fiver!)
Being a self-described child of TV, when gadget-addict friend Bob P. (one of the many Bobs) announced he had a videotape player/recorder, I knew something was beginning to change. This Magnavox machine took VHS tapes, but no standard had yet to be decided upon, and tapes made upon it wouldn’t play on later standardized VHS machines! It also had vacuum tubes as part of it’s construction, weighed a ton, and cost about $1000 (in 1975 dollars)!
Thus began the slow decline as technology continued to develop, and people began renting Beta and VHS tapes, (remember Laserdiscs?) then DIVX, then DVD, and now can see many movies/TV shows via the Internet and BlueRay.
And the audience figured out that while the kids used to hang out in the back of the Vista Cruiser in their jammies, and the adults dressed up to go to the theater, it was just more convenient for all to stay in the living room in their jammies. (Or boxer shorts, in the case of my Dad.)
And you didn’t have to trudge across a gravel-laden parking lot in the dark to a grimy snack bar restroom, either.
And while the drive ins have mostly faded away, now the indoor theaters are as well. Few want to pay $15+ each for a seat, plus another $20 for drinks and snacks, when they can watch Netflix or Amazon at home in their skivvies.
Another childhood dream of a secret agent meeting place in an nearly empty theater is going away.
And teenaged fantasies of making out (or more) in Dad’s station wagon now have to be redirected.
Declining Theater Attendance @ a 20 Year Low
(FTC – Magnavox, Amazon and Netflix have given me nothing!)
The Associated Students of University of California, Irvine (ASUCI) voted Tuesday to remove all flags, including American flags, from an inclusive space on campus because of their offensive nature.
The bill, R50-70, was authored by Social Ecology Representative Matthew Guevara, and accuses all flags, especially, the American flag, of being “symbols of patriotism or weapons for nationalism.”
“[F]lags construct paradigms of conformity and sets [sic] homogenized standards for others to obtain which in this country typically are idolized as freedom, equality, and democracY.”
“[F]lags construct paradigms of conformity and sets [sic] homogenized standards for others to obtain which in this country typically are idolized as freedom, equality, and democracy,” the bill reads.
The legislation argues that flags may be interpreted differently; the American flag, for example, can represent “American exceptionalism and superiority,” as well as oppression.
I’m certain use of English language as a standard, as well a mention of the Judeo-Christian foundations of this Constitutional Republic are also banned. And mention of the Constitution and the Republic, as well!
I’ll keep saying it – POLITICAL CORRECTNESS WILL BE THE PROXIMATE DOWNFALL OF THIS NATION!
(If I were mobile, and had the means, I’d be hanging around the campus with as many American Flags as possible. Equating The American Standard with those of other nations or ideologies on this nation’s soil and institutions, is ludicrous!)
h/t Brock Townsend
This Just In
The Star-Spangled Banner will once again wave at the University of California, Irvine, after student government leaders nixed a bid to ban the American flag from a campus lobby.
Members of the executive cabinet of the Associated Students of UC Irvine met Saturday in an emergency session to reverse the flag ban.
The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts rules that a stun gun is a “dangerous and unusual” weapon, and thus not protected by the Second Amendment, so banning them is fine.
Given that police are issued tasers, I’d say that qualifies as “in common use” (Say Uncle)
Funny. I seem to remember a bunch of guys named Adams, Hancock and Revere who were all BOSTONIANS!
I wonder what THEY would say regarding how their State has devolved into The Land of Petty Power and Control?
RE: The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts…