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Video: John Wayne on Liberty, Freedom, and the Role of Government

Remember when Hollywood film was populated by characters that sounded like this?

via Video John Wayne on Liberty, Freedom, and the Role of Government – The Federalist Papers.


MUST WATCH: Glenn Beck Keynote at 2013 NRA Convention – YouTube

Please watch Glenn Beck’s Keynote from the 2013 NRA Convention.

Then ask what you can do to save our Republic.



via MUST WATCH: Glenn Beck Keynote at 2013 NRA Convention – YouTube.

Via NBC ~ Exclusive: Turkish PM Erdogan: Syria has crossed red line, used chemical weapons – World News

Red Line? What Red Line? I don’t see any Red Line.

We are an international joke.

From the Article:

Turkey’s prime minister is charging that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against its people and has called on the U.S. to take stronger action, he told NBC News’ Ann Curry in an exclusive interview Thursday.


“It is clear the regime has used chemical weapons and missiles,” Turkish premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.


Erdogan gave no specifics about when and where the weapons were allegedly used, but he said he believes President Obama’s “red line” for the U.S. in deciding whether to take action has been crossed.

Exclusive: Turkish PM Erdogan: Syria has crossed red line, used chemical weapons – World News.

via Exclusive: Turkish PM Erdogan: Syria has crossed red line, used chemical weapons – World News.

Do We Still Perceive Beauty? Turn Off the Trash, Turn Up the Bach. #TCOT

“A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace, and stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried up to meet his schedule.

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping, and continued to walk.

A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried, but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally, the mother pushed hard, and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money, but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the most talented musicians in the world. He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and priorities of people.

The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?”


I got this story from the Knowledge of Tomorrow Facebook page, which my sister shared.

Sonata for single violin #1 in G minor BWV 100...

Sonata for single violin #1 in G minor BWV 1001, Johann Sebastian Bach, front page of the autograph (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It brings up an interesting point which conservatives especially should be aware of. We need to be about more than just conserving the Constitution. We need to preserve and conserve the Western Tradition. We need to preserve Bach, and a culture that values the beauty of truly beautiful music over the destabilizing and misogynistic pablum that often purports to call itself music today.  The themes in a classical piece are deep and take time to develop, like thoughts in the mind. When I get in the car tomorrow I will take the time to find a classical station to program into my selections. Perhaps I can convince you to as well. Your children may even like it. It was they who were most often pulled to the beauty of the unity of Bell and Bach as their parents pulled them down into the hustle of the DC Metro.

Find the True, the Beautiful and the Good and Conserve it, whenever possible that it may not fade from the Earth.

Must Watch: Choose Your Own Crime Stats (VIDEO)


H/T to Stacy on the Right for alerting me to this great video which dissects the crime stats which are being used to lie to us about the society in which we live. Remember, there are lies, damn lies and statistics, and politicians will always use statistics to drive their own agendas. Be sure you know the truth.

DAILY MUST READ: The Imaginative Conservative #TCOT #WAR

Today I want to draw your attention to a new website I have been reading recently, and is beginning to have a profound impact upon me. It is… The Imaginative Conservative.

A picture of Russel Kirk

A picture of Russel Kirk (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s purpose is to further the ideas of Russell Kirk who is known for his incredible book, The Conservative Mind, among many others. Kirk had a huge influence on conservative thought in America in the 20th Century, and the site is dedicated to his legacy. It has amazing “reprints” of essays by Kirk, and wonderful discussions of his ideas on how to influence culture.

Reading this site allows me to think more deeply about the fight in which we are engaged, how best to fight it, and what I can do as a “scholar” to engage in that effort to defend the True, the Good, and the Beautiful.

So go there now, visit, and scroll through the essays and read one that you find interesting, or click on a link you like and learn more. Then do it again tomorrow.

You can also find them on Facebook. Go there and LIKE the page. If you are like me, it will become the favorite thing in your news feed, (even better than Grumpy Cat).

Cultural Hegemony ~ Bill Whittle: “Where Do We Go Now?” (VIDEO) #TCOT #GGISTL #TGDN


Bill Whittle gives a forward looking discussion shortly after the election on where we need to go next. His view, and mine, is that we need to engage as a cultural movement so the political victories will take care of themselves. We must engage on the cultural battleground or we will continue to lose the political fights as well. Make no mistake though, the war is a cultural one, in which the political fights are mere skirmishes. Get your game face on. #War