Woke Beethoven: Hastening Civilization’s Demise

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Ludwig van Beethoven
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Ludwig van Beethoven is remembered in the public imagination as one of the greatest composers of all time, a wild-haired, brooding, deaf genius.  He is generally thought to be a classical composer, as in “classical” music, though when most use the term, they actually refer to “art” music.  Beethoven’s career spanned the Classical and Romantic eras.  He benefited from the invention and fast development of the piano, writing for instruments with five octaves, and eventually seven (contemporary pianos have 88 keys, a bit more than seven octaves), and was first known as a piano virtuoso (he studied under Haydn).

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Officers Ambushed: Any Other–UPDATED

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Two Deputies ambushed and nearly killed in California. There was no protest, no faux reason for outrage, no excuse for violence; the deputies were sitting in their marked vehicle.  Why does this happen?  Why is it happening more frequently in recent years?

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Scientific American Breasts, 2020

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Gentle readers, I’m sooooo tired of all the political gloom and doom.  Why only yesterday, Gropin’ Joe Biden told us if Trump is reelected, the suburbs will be “blown away in superstorms”!  As we all know, D/S/Cs are all about science, so Joe must be right.  After all, AOC said we have 12, or maybe 10, years left, and that was one or two years ago…anyway, we don’t have much time, so we had better make the best of it.  I’ll get back to the usual “we’re doomed, I tell you, doooooomed!” stuff Thursday, but for today, I thought I’d prove normal Americans are into science too, and slightly revise an article I first posted back in July of 2018 when weightier subjects—like breasts!—were on our minds…actually, when aren’t they on our minds?

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Amina And Sarah Said: Forever Teenagers

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This is a terribly sad story, and one that struck close to home for my students, and me, in 2008 and thereafter.  I mentioned it in this 2015 article.  In those days, I taught Reading Lolita In Tehran to my AP students.  It’s a book about a female college teacher struggling with the oppression of the Iranian Islamic regime.  When Amina and Sarah Said were murdered by their father in Dallas because they were becoming too westernized, my students began to see, in a very real way, how ideology can lead to the ultimate evil.  I always thought Yaser Said likely fled to Egypt, and perhaps that’s so, but 12 years later, he was caught in Justin, a North Texas town, home of Justin boots, as Robert Spencer, head of Jihad Watch, explained at PJ Media:

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Disavowing the NRA: For Their Safety

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As I wrote in NRA: Blood In The Water, back in August, the NRA is blamed for all evil in the universe only slightly less often than Donald Trump. In that article, I wrote of New York Attorney General Letitia James, who ran for office on the platform of using her office to do away with the “illegitimate” Donald Trump.  She is very much a “resistance” prosecutor.  An excerpt from that article:

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July 10, 2020: A Tenth Tragic Anniversary

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July 10, 202 marks the ten-year anniversary of the murder of Erik Scott by panicky, undertrained Las Vegas police officers at the Summerlin Costco.  I never met Erik Scott, but over many years of investigating his murder, writing and publishing the definitive book on the case, I came to know him well, which only exacerbates my sense of loss—and outrage.

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School Attacks 2020, #3: Saving Lives?

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Benjamin Franklin

“Those who would give up essential liberty in exchange for a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

Benjamin Franklin

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