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for February 22, 2021

A PASTORAL FRAME OF MIND

Well the clouds are back. Rain is coming this afternoon, but it won't last all night. Tomorrow promises sunshine and a warming trend. We should see 60 degrees Wednesday!

Boy, I slept well last night! Before I get to sleep time I just wanted to talk about my having finished Andy Ngo's book Unmasked: Inside Antifa's Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy and I should say at the outset, this book was an eye-openers. I find it funny how the LEFT and all their compliant associates like big tech and social media have shut down Ngo as being a far-right-wing zealot telling falsehoods to upset the "white folks." Ngo, being a second generation Vietnamese citizen, doesn't quite fit the bill of being a White supremacist himself, but with his temporary ban on Facebook and Twitter these day, we would think they see him as a "slave" to white supremacists.

He experienced Antifa. He was accosted by Antifa, looted by Antifa, maimed by Antifa, suffered head and body injuries courtesy of Antifa and nearly died thanks to Antifa. So that makes him a stooge to the right?

Trained as an investigative reporter and photographer and born, raised and living in Portland, he did his job. Reported on the "peaceful protests" in the city that burned down buildings, looted stores, beat onlookers and suspected "right-wingers and Trump supporters. We saw first hand what this group of "peaceful" marchers were doing, saying and promoting. He met with and interviewed those who infiltrated the group; he, himself, marched along side of the group in some of their protests, heard first hand what they wanted and why they were marching. Ngo heard their chants, read their literature and attended, in cognito, some of their meetings and knows FIRST HAND and with all the data needed to expose Antifa's plans and their objectives. Yet, the media, social media, the LEFT and compliant politicians (he proves they were all Democratic politicians), brand him as a liar.

This is what those on the right and in the center have to look forward to as this and other like-minded radicals like Black Lives Matter are allowed to wreak havoc, pillage and destroy towns and cities throughout the country.

Yes, I highly recommend this book. In case you are wondering, I am moving on to another book with similar content. Starting today I will be reading Noah Rothman's Unjust: Social Justice and the Unmasking of America. It's been out for a couple of years, but I have never gotten around to ordering it. Last week, while looking over my Audible files and searching for a couple of new books to have read to me through this medium, I discovered that because of my long-term membership this and several other audio books were included in my subscription so I was able to download it for free. I don't have the book so I will let the voicer read it to me during the course of the week.

Last night, around 9:00, with Janice having gone to bed, Reggie, the two cars and myself sat on the couch in the den (the three animals laid there) and I turned on some classical music and just relaxed. I was first listening to various classical music public radio stations I have bookmarked in my TuneIn app on my phone. I have VPR Classical, WCRB in Boston, WQXI in New York, WBJC in Baltimore, WETA in Washington D.C., WCLV in Cleveland, WFMT in Chicago, KING-FM in Seattle and KDFC in San Francisco along with several others in my favorites folder. Many of them use syndicated programming in the evenings and overnights as well as on the weekends to save on so called labor costs of hiring announcers. It's cheaper to go either with Minnesota Public Radio's "Classical 24" or WFMT's "Beethoven Network" than it is to hire local talent. The few that are not using syndicated programming on Sunday night are the ones I was interested in tuning into, but lo and behold, half of those were playing Renaissance and other early music such as Motets, Gregorian Chants, Elizabethan songs and other early religious themed choruses and songs. I wanted to listen to music from 19th Romanticism. Not because I am a Romantic - that has nothing to do with it. I just wanted some Mendelssohn, Schumann or one of the later Romantics like Dvorak, Sibelius or whatever composer that didn't make me feel like dancing, partying or put me into some sort of stupor like Debussy or Ravel with their Impressionism.

It didn't take long for me to cue up some pieces in my Spotify catalogue and I settled first on Ralph Vaughan Williams and his Oboe Concerto. Now that is a nice quiet piece with a little frivolity such as the beginning of the last movement. Then I decided, for whatever reason to listen to a piece called The Dark Pastoral for Cello and Orchestra. It was a discarded piece originally intended to be a part of a cello concerto, but Vaughan Williams never pursued it, leaving behind only sketches of whatever movement this work was going to be a part of. I like the piece, but if you are not careful, it could put you in a "dark place." I immediately moved on from that to a suite by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Perry entitled "An English Suite. It is comprised of seven short movements and sets a somewhat idyllic stage for the listener.

That is me in a nutshell when it comes to listening to classical music. I first and foremost prefer idyllic, pastoral, bucolic or music that evokes a countryside, quiet water, mountains and the autumn. Sometimes I want to hear "winter style" music so I will settle on one of the Scandinavian composers like Sibelius, Grieg, Nielsen, Svendsen, Holvorsen or even Dag Wiren. It was one of those evenings and although I didn't play anything Scandinavia, I did listen to some pretty "contemplative" pieces.

Going back to that Dark Pastoral, if it had another name one wouldn't know it as a "Dark" piece. But it was in the Adagio tempo meaning it is a "slow walking" tempo - a pace that is good for thinking when outside and free of barriers and interruptions. Adagios and music written in d-minor, or even g-minor as pieces I need to be careful of. They can really get me into a despondent spirit. Not wanting to be despondent, I just wanted quiet rustic sounds going through the room for a few minutes.

I was restless so I turned off the music, turned on an episode of season eight of "House", laughed a little, then went to bed. I got up around 8:30 with those grey skies urging me to stay in bed, but I fought the lazy spirit, got up, looked over some of the news from a couple of my truthful news sources, got really angry (the Democrats are really killing me and the country on a minute-by-minute basis) so I went to Waffle House, ordered up a coffee and a bacon, egg and cheese biscuit, relaxed for a few minutes, then paid the bill. It was a dollar and a half higher than I paid for the same order six months ago. Immediately, I blamed the Democrats. Hey! Biden closed down the XL Pipeline, the price of gas shot up by .60 cents a gallon in thirty days, trucking in food costs more because of the gas prices, so the price of food goes up. Democrats! The Norwegian word for Democrat, I think, is "Excrement."

Time for me to start listening to Unjust. Since it is about Social Justice Warriors I am sure I will be given more data and fortification in believing that the Democrats are behind and totally support this movement to destroy America too. But don't worry,...I will probably turn on Vaughan Williams Symphony # 3 later in the day. That symphony is entitled The Pastoral Symphony!

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