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Dramatic Collapse of US Freedom Ranking Under Obamarx

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2012-09-20 05:11

Folk here know I set little store by the indices for economic freedom touted by various think tanks, some of which have ludicrously awarded PLAB*-NZ gold medals in the past, but I've no doubt there are sound empirical reasons for the drop in America's place from 10th in 2011 (measuring data up to 2009) to 18th this year (up to 2010) in the Cato/Fraser rankings:

http://www.cato.org/pubs/efw/

The reasons can no doubt be distilled into one term: "Obamarx," subsuming the avalanche of regulations, the mountains of debt, the war on coal and oil, the cronyism, the de facto nationalizations (including medicine), the rampaging Nanny Statism perpetrated by The Filth as part of his agenda to "fundamentally transform" America. PLAB-NZ is ranked third.

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Obama shrugs, but the debt keeps mounting — by Marcus on Mon, 2012-09-24 07:55
The US was ranked 2nd in the — by Scott Wilson on Fri, 2012-09-21 08:33
Decline — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Fri, 2012-09-21 00:56

KASS Music Gem: Beethoven's 9th

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2012-09-18 04:55

I note there was a complaint that last week's gem, the Tchaikovsky 5th, was too short, at 52 mins. I'm trying to make amends this week with the Beethoven 9th, at 1 hr 15 mins. Eye

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Never... — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2012-09-19 07:48
Thanks for this — by Doug Bandler on Tue, 2012-09-18 05:40

Dumbocracy

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2012-09-18 00:24

Recently, Sean Hannity interviewed mega-slimeball Alan Colmes about the Islamaelstrom currently engulfing the Middle East, North Africa and parts of Asia. Sean was trumpeting his own prescience in predicting the course Egypt would take under the Muslim Brotherhood. Colmes triumphantly rejoindered: "You wanted democracy! And the Muslim Brotherhood was democratically elected!" Hannity had no response except a lame, "I don't know why I like you." (I don't know why he does either.) This exchange pointed up yet again the mortal damage one does to liberty by equating it with democracy. Mindful of this, I am here reprising my Stratos TV "peritorial" on the subject:

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Yes — by Doug Bandler on Fri, 2012-09-21 17:08
Then what he have here... — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2012-09-19 08:54
Linz, Romney bucks the trend... — by Marcus on Tue, 2012-09-18 05:50

The Appeasement of Filth Trumps the First Amendment ... on 9/11

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2012-09-11 23:09

Statement by the American Embassy in Egypt, in response to Egyptian Islamosavages' protests against a movie by a US-based Egyptian Christian depicting Mohammed as a fraud:

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Great Comment — by Doug Bandler on Sun, 2012-09-30 01:11
Yes — by atlascott on Sat, 2012-09-29 14:15
Doug — by gregster on Sat, 2012-09-29 11:57

KASS Music Gem: Bernstein Conducts Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2012-09-10 08:22

Rapture. Value-swoon rating: 100/10:

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Another... — by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2012-09-10 09:15

Of Song and Sin

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2012-09-04 02:38

Of Song and Sin

After the six Lexus Song Quest finalists had sung their lieder selections last Thursday evening, I pointed to Amitai Pati's name in my companion's programme and said, "He will win because he's singing that"—"that" being Ah! Leve-toi Soleil from Gounod's Romeo and Juliet. The singers were of more or less equal talent, in other words, so performing an aria that swept everything before it would be the secret to carrying the night.

Pati won. Truth to tell, he was in obvious discomfort at times, but it didn't matter—the aria swept everything before it.

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Yup — by Sam Pierson on Wed, 2012-09-05 05:48
I said hello to Peni Pati — by gregster on Tue, 2012-09-04 06:46
Linz... — by Marcus on Tue, 2012-09-04 06:16

KASS Music Gem: 'The' Halley?

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2012-09-03 01:34

A YouTube poster claims to have been told by a friend of Ayn Rand that the following theme from Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov was the inspiration for Rand's Fifth Concerto by Richard Halley in Atlas Shrugged.

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Call me old-fashioned... — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2012-09-05 09:30
Kindler — by Jmaurone on Mon, 2012-09-03 14:28
Patience though.. — by gregster on Mon, 2012-09-03 10:14

One for the Filth File

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2012-09-02 04:41

Regulars here will know that I use the term "filth" as a generic term for fashionable excrement, such as political correctness, Islamogoblinism, headbanging, pomowankery, the Greens, etc., and that I reserve the term "The Filth" for Obamarx in particular (I accept the criticism that my language is intemperate—it's outlandishly unfair to filth to liken it to Obamarx).

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"Totally Biased" Instigation — by Jmaurone on Tue, 2012-09-04 23:56
Argue amongst yourselves — by Shane Pleasance on Tue, 2012-09-04 23:24
Ross, I'm with you... — by Craig Ceely on Tue, 2012-09-04 17:11

RIP Graham Crawshaw

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2012-08-28 01:56

Veteran campaigner against the state's dumbing down of education, Graham Crawshaw, has died suddenly at the age of 80.

Graham was my guest on Perigo! #4:

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Not "anti-teacher..." — by Craig Ceely on Tue, 2012-08-28 08:50
In all likelihood ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2012-08-28 08:20
Your guests... — by Marcus on Tue, 2012-08-28 07:29

KASS Music Gem: A Stellar 'Cav'!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2012-08-26 06:32

This complete Cavalleria Rusticana showed up in my YouTube recently. It's a simulated live performance, with the singers lip-synching, but don't be put off—this is glorious.

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Very nice, great sound — by gregster on Sun, 2012-08-26 12:13

RIP, Valiant Neil!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2012-08-25 22:25

"The next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink."

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech...


Rush Tumbles to 'Airhead America'

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2012-08-24 02:55

As the regulars here know, I have long harboured the fear that, thanks to Gramsci's Long March through the Culture, airheads now preponderate in America, with the election of The Filth in 2008 being my Exhibit A. If I'm right, of course, The Filth will be re-elected regardless of the fact that he's wrought evil and disaster (or, probably, because of that fact). This appalling possibility has now apparently dawned on Rush Limbaugh, who said today that while the country might survive four more years of Obamarx, it can't survive a preponderance of people moronic enough to re-elect him. "Obama is going after the moron vote," he said, clearly worried that the moron vote is now big enough to see The Filth returned:

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Lies damn lies and statistics. — by Robert on Fri, 2012-08-24 22:07
Obama is not brain-dead enough... — by Marcus on Fri, 2012-08-24 16:19
Gramsci reference... — by Marcus on Fri, 2012-08-24 14:00

KASS Music Gem (I Hope!)—Another Tribute to The Great Mario

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2012-08-20 06:17

From:

Decca Music Group / CD ]
Release Date: Friday, 24 August, 2012

Pre-order your copy NOW!

Blessed with a golden-age voice that routinely inspires comparisons with legendary singers, Joseph Calleja follows 2011's success of 'The Maltese Tenor' with a tribute to one of the most popular tenors of all time: the unique star of the Hollywood musical -- Mario Lanza.

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Review in DomPost — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2012-11-06 06:07
Calleja interview — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2012-09-06 06:23
Mario in today's paper — by gregster on Mon, 2012-08-27 02:36

Why NZ and Australia, as Well as the US, Need the 1776 Solution

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2012-08-15 09:01

"Australia's highest court has upheld a new government law on mandatory packaging for cigarettes that removes brand colours and logos from packaging.

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deleted — by Damien Grant on Thu, 2012-08-16 11:05
Ross — by Richard Goode on Thu, 2012-08-16 09:31
Well given your history on SOLO Damien... — by Marcus on Thu, 2012-08-16 08:11

The Unbearable Emptiness of the Heads of The Filth's Supporters

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2012-08-15 08:50

How Obamarx was elected:

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the cultural Marxists have won — by Doug Bandler on Thu, 2012-08-16 04:38
This is way old man... — by Marcus on Wed, 2012-08-15 22:29

Hollywood Icon Rob Lowe Speaks Up for Ayn??!!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2012-08-14 02:05

http://www.mediaite.com/online...

» 169 comments Following presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney‘s announcement that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) would be his running-mate, many on the left dug up the congressman’s noted admiration of Objectivist philosopher Ayn Rand as a point of concern, given her espousal of a philosophy that sneered at altruism and championed the individual above collective society.

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Is it just me... — by Marcus on Tue, 2012-08-14 12:08
Good on Rob Lowe. He — by Sam Pierson on Tue, 2012-08-14 11:43
Sure... — by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2012-08-14 07:34

It's Ryan! (Was: Ann Coulter Shows how to Deal with The Filth)

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2012-08-10 02:43

Now here's someone with fire in the belly!

Everyone knows by now of The Filth's campaign ad featuring a snivelling socialist accusing Romney of murdering his (the sniveller's) wife. Here, Ann Coulter breathes fire not just about Obamarx but the Romney campaign's piss-weak response to the ad.

http://video.foxnews.com/v/177...

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Michael — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2012-08-16 11:08
Linz — by Michael Moeller on Thu, 2012-08-16 09:46
Thanks for the Directive, Ross — by Michael Moeller on Thu, 2012-08-16 09:26

RIP America—and It Serves You Right! Pt 3: Blogger Banned from Offering Dietary Advice

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2012-08-09 07:17

"Is it wrong for a blogger to dispense advice about nutrition? According to the North Carolina state government, it is if you're not a licensed nutritionist or counselor.

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Any threat against dependency upon the Food "Supply Chain" — by Sandi on Sun, 2012-08-12 21:09
A sad day for liberty... — by Marcus on Thu, 2012-08-09 08:03

Rand's Essay on Marilyn Published on Fox

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2012-08-06 00:31

"The evil of a cultural atmosphere is made by all those who share it. Anyone who has ever felt resentment against the good for being the good and has given voice to it, is the murderer of Marilyn Monroe."

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion...

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Does hating the good for being good... — by Marcus on Mon, 2012-08-06 07:57
That is... — by Olivia on Mon, 2012-08-06 07:06
I am so pleased... — by Olivia on Mon, 2012-08-06 07:03

KASS Music Gem—Some *Real* Music, Unlike Wagner, for Simon O'Neill

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2012-08-05 09:54

In my review of the malevolent anti-Romantic Wagner, the Kant of music, I said it was a shame such stellar vocalists as Simon O'Neill weren't, in this context, given any actual music to sing. Here's some music, Gounod, set to Shakespeare, in which I'm sure Simon would excel. In the meantime, let's revel in Roberto Alagna:

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Yeehaw! — by Don E. Klein on Tue, 2012-08-14 00:10
Benevolent Universe — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2012-08-09 08:10
What centuries? — by Don E. Klein on Tue, 2012-08-07 14:09

Uniformly Obamarx

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2012-08-05 07:34

It can be an existential, but most assuredly not philosophical, coincidence, that the American Olympic uniform this year, made in Communist China, sports a grayness that would make the totalitarians who ran the former Soviet Union green. What the US athletes are mandated to wear, in fact, makes them look even more drab than Air New Zealand flight attendants, whose uniforms are similarly gray, bland and frumpy.

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UK Olympic sports are funded... — by Marcus on Wed, 2012-08-08 09:50
Am I right in saying... — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2012-08-08 09:46

More Islamogoblinite Filth

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2012-08-02 06:25

"A woman convicted of adultery has been sentenced to death by stoning and is being held with her 6-month-old baby in jail, activists said Wednesday, in the second such sentence in the past few months in the country. President Omar Hassan al-Bashir said last month that Sudan would adopt a '100 percent' Islamic constitution, prompting concerns that the country would apply Islamic law more strictly after the secession a year ago of South Sudan, which is mostly non-Muslim."

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"Or even blogger..?" — by Craig Ceely on Tue, 2012-08-21 23:02
Breaking news — by Richard Goode on Tue, 2012-08-21 09:57
exactly — by Damien Grant on Tue, 2012-08-21 09:47

Vehement Anti-Objectivist Gore Vidal Dies

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2012-08-01 09:04

Author Gore Vidal, for better or worse a towering literary figure of our times, has died.

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Not brain dead... — by Marcus on Fri, 2012-08-03 12:29
Very true Ross — by gregster on Fri, 2012-08-03 11:36
That's right, Mark — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2012-08-03 08:52

RIP America—and It Serves You Right! Pt 2: Man Sentenced to Jail for Collecting Rainwater in Oregon

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2012-07-31 12:13

Man sentenced to jail for collecting rainwater in Oregon

http://rt.com/usa/news/rain-wa...

"An Oregon man is expected to spend a month in jail after being convicted on nine misdemeanor charges related to his illegal use of … water. Gary Harrington was sentenced after being found guilty of illegally collecting water on his own rural property.

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Joe — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2012-08-05 08:02
Damien — by Richard Goode on Sat, 2012-08-04 14:39
Persistance — by Jmaurone on Sat, 2012-08-04 14:33

Tunes Will Out!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2012-07-28 06:40

Tunes Will Out

"I've been to the theatre a few times and heard Wagner's Walküre, from which I carried away memories of two or three glorious minutes and a whole ocean of boredom and utter emptiness."
—Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, 1877

"In Vienna I heard Wagner's Die Walküre and was able to confirm my first impression from Bayreuth. If music really is fated to have in Wagner its principal and greatest exponent, then that is enough to cause one to despair. Can this really be the last word in music?! Will future generations really enjoy this pretentious, cumbersome, and unsightly nonsense, as we now take delight in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, which in its time was also regarded as nonsense? If yes, then that's terrible."
—Ditto

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Jealous? — by Shane Pleasance on Mon, 2013-01-28 04:07
Wellington — by Rory Sweeney on Wed, 2013-01-23 04:06
Malevolent Universe — by Richard Goode on Tue, 2012-08-21 05:07

KASS Chris!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2012-07-27 22:15

In the Age of Bland, this kind of straight talk is astonishing:

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If you are asking me, sir..... — by Craig Ceely on Sun, 2012-07-29 08:15
Well ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2012-07-29 08:10
Not good enough, Linz.... — by Craig Ceely on Sun, 2012-07-29 07:59

Gay Marriage Is for Suckers

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2012-07-26 08:06

Gay Marriage Is for Suckers

Well, I guess we all knew that and embraced it, but what I mean is, the fact that a Labour MP's Private Member's Bill that would allow for the bestowing of the status of "marriage" on gay partnerships has been drawn from the ballot and may well be passed by Parliament (heck, Barack Obama would support it) is a double-edged sword.

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Sam Austin — by Richard Goode on Fri, 2012-08-03 22:11
Personally ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2012-08-03 21:45
Word games — by Richard Goode on Fri, 2012-08-03 14:58

KASS Music Gem: Local Boy about to Make Good

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2012-07-26 01:05

This exceptionally promising young tenor is Jonathan Abernethy, whom I met at the Wagner the other night. He's the son of my heart surgeon.


First They Came for the Smokers ...

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2012-07-19 22:52

First They Came for the Smokers ...

Philip Morris Tobacco has started a website where visitors can seek information about, and comment on, the National Socialist regime's ongoing lunge toward tobacco prohibition. In the tradition of Adolf Hitler and Comrade Clark—she of recent honourable mention here—the NatSocs are intent on:

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"closer to your conscience" — by Robert on Thu, 2012-07-26 16:43
That wasn't really my point... — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2012-07-26 09:08
"made more sense" — by Robert on Wed, 2012-07-25 15:44

Career Mordi Try It On

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2012-07-19 01:51

Career Mordi Try It On

According to the NZ Herald, "The Maori Council has asked the Waitangi Tribunal for a ruling that the relationship of Maori to the water was one of full-blown ownership, saying although Pakeha did not understand the concept of taniwha as guardian spirits of waterways, there was strong evidence of Maori belief that they 'owned' the water.

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Goode god... — by Marcus on Fri, 2012-07-20 12:12
Marcus — by Richard Goode on Fri, 2012-07-20 10:10
Gregster... — by Marcus on Thu, 2012-07-19 21:49

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