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Phil Ochs – Love Me, I’m a Liberal

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From 1966. I never heard this song before today.

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February 10, 2018 at EST pm

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Village People – YMCA

Too bad the video has an aspect ratio problem.

I didn’t realize how gay this was when I was a kid and this song was playing all the time. In one of the three street scenes, they are dancing in front of a gay bar called Ramrod (at 394 West Street) which no longer exists. Ramrod is what gays call a penis because it’s rammed into another man’s anus.

Each of the six band members is wearing a costume representing a parody of working-class masculinity. In declining order of how much I like the costume:

Indian chief
Cowboy
Construction worker
Leather-clad biker
Motorcycle cop
Soldier

Today, the Indian chief costume would be considered racist against American Indians because of “cultural appropriation.”

I ranked the leather guy only fourth because he’s supposed to be a biker, but he looks more like just some gay guy dressed in leather than a biker.

The soldier costumer is pretty weak, it doesn’t have any of that gay flamboyance that the other costumes have.

The music video also has cool street scenes of late 1970s New York City; those same locations look very different today. We see the elevated West Side Highway which was since torn down. We see some industrial decaying waterfront structures, which used to be on the west side, but have since been torn down. And the shot where they are in front of the YMCA is on the south side of 23rd Street, looking west, just east of 7th Avenue. Actually, nearly all of the buildings in the scene are still there today, but they look different. Pretty much no businesses that existed in the 1978 are still there today. Even the Burger King is no longer there. There are hardly any Burger Kings left in Manhattan.

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January 1, 2018 at EST pm

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Christmastime for the Jews

An SNL skit that pays homage to the claymation used for those classic old-school Christmas specials I used to watch as a kid.

This skit depicts the complete opposite of what Jews historically did on Christmas, which was to stay inside and keep as low a profile as possible in order not to attract the attention of Christians who might be tempted into an impromptu pogram to punish the Jews for killing Jesus.

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Why didn’t I post any Hannukah videos? Because there aren’t any that are the least bit interesting or fun. Deep down, Jews know that Hannukah is a hollow and meaningless holiday (except for the true meaning of the story of the Maccabees, violent Jewish nationalism, which liberal Jews would never celebrate), a distant second fiddle to Christmas.

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December 24, 2017 at EST pm

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Sarah Silverman – Give The Jew Girl Toys

A profane take on the Jews on Christmas genre. I think the song reveals Sarah Silverman’s repressed anger that, as a kid, she never received any Christmas presents from Santa, and she was jealous of all the gentile kids.

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At Vox, a nebbish Jew learns to love Christmas after marrying a shiksa.

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December 24, 2017 at EST am

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A lonely Jew on Christmas

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December 23, 2017 at EST am

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All I Want for Christmas Is … JEWS!

My favorite anti-Semitic music video. Featuring blonde shiksa goddesses, kryptonite for the Jewish man.

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December 22, 2017 at EST am

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One more vinyl record sold

I bought, for my Jewish mother, the Bing Crosby Christmas album. The limited edition (but still not sold out) vinyl LP was reissued three years ago.

I don’t know how she’ll take it. She loves Bing Crosby’s Christmas songs. And she’s too technologically incompetent to even listen to a CD, so vinyl is the way to go. But she also feels that it’s a sacrilege to Judaism to have anything that says “Christmas” in the house. For her, being Jewish doesn’t mean that you believe in the Torah and the Talmud but you don’t believe in the Gospels. Being Jewish means that you don’t celebrate Christmas.

With the most notable exception of Silent Night, most of Bing’s Christmas songs are about celebrating the holiday of Christmas rather than about celebrating the birth Christ. His most famous song ever, White Christmas, was composed and written by Irving Berlin, a Jewish immigrant from Russia. (What’s the chance of any of our recent Muslim immigrants writing a famous Christmas song?)

My favorite song on the album, Silver Bells, was written and composed by two Jewish guys, Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. Christmas would be a much less musical holiday without the Jews.

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So as usual, anti-Semites are blaming Jews for something, in this case secularizing Christmas music. Sorry, Jewish composers and lyricists are just writing the songs that GENTILES want to hear.

The most famous religious Christmas song of the 20th century, Do You Hear What I Hear, was co-written by a Jewish woman, Gloria Shayne Baker.

And the other most famous religious Christmas song of the 20th century, Little Drummer Boy, was popularized by Harry Moses Simeone who was Jewish.

Because Jews, on average, have 15 points higher IQ than white gentiles (according to a book I once read by H.J.Eysenck), they are a lot better are songwriting. It’s not a conspiracy folks. It’s talent.

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Commenter Yakov writes: “Jews aren’t allowed to write or sing Christmas songs and should’ve never written any. That is a very disgusting transgression on the part of the Jews. Very, very disgusting. Bach wrote beautiful church music, but any Christian music written by Jews is an abomination.”

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November 22, 2017 at EST am

Vinyl revival update

https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2017/10/04/vinyl-records-sales-2017/

9+ million new vinyl album sales may sound like a lot, but it’s actually a pretty tiny number. Many of the buyers have probably made multiple vinyl album purchases, so probably less than 1% of the people in the U.S. and U.K. have bought a vinyl record this year.

The biggest seller this year is a Beatles album, so the primary driver for vinyl is nostalgia for how things were. Maybe people think that you can recapture some of the magic if you listen to the Beatles the same way people listened to them 50 years ago.

That vinyl is 14% of all physical albums sales shows just how far sales of physical albums have fallen. Now that I think about it, I don’t think I’ve bought a CD since 2008 when I bought the last Al Stewart studio album. I really can’t remember anything else I’ve physically bought. But maybe, back when there were still CD stores and there was still a Borders with a big collection of CDs, I might have impulsively purchased something I don’t remember buying. It’s kind of sad that there are no stores like that anymore.

I intend to visit my parents this weekend, and will take advantage of that to play a vinyl record from my meager collection of old eighties albums that are still at their house. I will definitely play Three Sides Live by Genesis, the best album they ever made, and one for which I have not been able to obtain the digital version for free and don’t wish to buy the CD (yes, it’s not available for sale as mp3 files).

About two years ago, I set up a stereo system for them by utilizing an old turntable they had, buying a pre-amp, and a set of Logitech powered speakers. And then I had to buy a storage thing from Ikea to house all of the old vinyl albums. Those things take up a lot of space, and they are also very heavy. Not practical at all. A single 3TB portable hard drive can hold 5 tons of music. (Assuming 300MB of music weighs a pound in vinyl format.)

It’s the only way my technologically challenged parents will listen to music. Initially I bought the speakers and tried to convince them to plug an iPad or a laptop computer into them, but that totally baffled them.

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November 21, 2017 at EST pm

Tom Petty – Free Fallin’ (1989)

I was never the biggest fan, but the girls in this video have great 80s hair! So sad that so many people dying today. RIP

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On the other hand, rumors of Tom Petty’s death may have been false. Oops.

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Tuesday morning, now he’s officially dead.

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October 2, 2017 at EST pm

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Riverdale

I thoroughly enjoyed the first season, and there’s a second season starting in October, I can hardly wait. This is a nearly spoiler-free review. I can’t help but drop a few hints about things that happen in episodes later in the season, however nothing major has been given away.

Riverdale is like a cross between Pretty Little Liars and Twin Peaks.

The series is based loosely on Archie comics, however it’s not based on the comics from the 1950s, or the really bad Saturday morning cartoon from the late 1960s (do they still have Saturday morning cartoons?), but rather it’s based on a re-imagined modern comic book series.

In practicality, all this means is that the main characters have iconic names like Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead. It was also great when the town’s all-girl band, Josie and the Pussycats (reimagined as being three black girls) performed a hip-hop influenced version of Sugar Sugar.

And above we have Archie and Veronica performing that great hit from 1980, “Kids in America,” and if you watch the video you will catch a glimpse of Molly Ringwald! The actress famous for playing a teenager in 1980s movies is now playing the mother of a teenager. Plus I already mentioned that Luke Perry plays Archie’s father. These homages to the past are so incredibly cool, but sadly they go right over the heads of today’s teenagers who are watching the show.

They never tell you where Riverdale is, but I assume it’s in upstate New York. Maple syrup is the town’s number one industry, and it’s mentioned that it’s close to Montreal, and there’s always snow on the ground during the winter, so all signs point to upstate New York.

But now, let’s get to the bad news. In order to enjoy this show, you’re going to have to deal with some extreme political correctness indoctrination.

One of the characters in the show is an openly gay kid, and you have to put up with a lot of gay making out and kissing. I know, gross! The interesting thing is how no one is ever allowed to say anything negative to him about him being gay. You’d think that in a show where you have football jocks being assholes, someone would at least call the kid a “fag,” but that never happens. The kid’s father, the town’s sheriff, and an incredibly bad sheriff at that, is fully supportive of his son’s gayness.

And while the gay kid is a presence in every episode, his purpose is just to be the gay kid, and unlike every other major character, he has no character development, and barely much of an arc, he’s just a gay accessory because someone decided the show needed to have a gay kid for some reason.

Although the town is almost entirely white (which is normal for a small town in upstate New York), mysteriously the mayor, the high school principal, and the high school football coach are all black. So three of the town’s five most important people are black. The two whites at the top of the town hierarchy are the sheriff who ineptly runs a one-man police department, and Cliff Blossom who is the richest man in the town and also a creep who’s up to no good.

Josie, of Josie and the Pussycats, dresses down Archie for having white privilege, and only after Archie admits his white privilege to Josie is he allowed to have an audience with her. But considering that Josie’s mother is the mayor, and her father is a famous musician, it’s hard to see how she is less privileged than Archie whose non-college-graduate father runs a small-time construction company on the verge of bankruptcy. Josie, and her fellow pussycat Valerie, both act like stuck-up bitches most of the time. (The third Pussycat, Melody, doesn’t get much screen time at all so I am unable to judge her. But I miss the ditzy blonde Melody from the old Saturday morning cartoon.)

The only Asian in town is a tall buffed up football player who is Archie’s main rival on the football team. Well, there have been enough portrayals of Asian men as sexless nerds, I guess the Asians are entitled to finally have one of their guys playing the town hunk.

The criminal element in town is an all-white gang called “The Serpents.” They wear biker jackets, but are never actually seen riding motorcycles.

Veronica is played by a Latina actress. She’s a coconut. Brown on the outside, but 100% white on the inside. Veronica is the hot sexy sophisticated girl from the city, while Betty is the small-town girl next door. Who is prettier? Ginger or Mary Ann?

I have my usual complaints about how the kids are supposed to be sophomores in high school, but everyone looks old enough to at least be in college, if not old enough to be a college graduate. And why can’t they hire a real lawyer to consult on the show so that characters playing lawyers don’t make statements about the law which are completely incorrect? And hasn’t anyone heard of the felony murder rule?

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September 18, 2017 at EST pm

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