Radio Free Colorado (In Exile)

Radio Free Colorado in exile is making the public areas of the house safe for guests (NO hope on the whole house. In two months, maybe.) And setting up sleeping arrangements.

Just posting a few songs to keep you amused, until I write a post.

IMHO all apply to our current situation. I’m PARTICULARLY amused by the ones that were written by idiots on the other side.

UPDATE: On Second thought the DJ here at Radio Free Colorado In Exile is tired and therefore will do a post tomorrow.
She might go play with midjourney bot. Or perhaps write a bit.

133 thoughts on “Radio Free Colorado (In Exile)

  1. here’s one to add

    and one that pertains specifically to last nights joke of a speech that even the lapdog media didn’t broadcast by and large so I hear.

    1. While we’re at it, how about an appropriate tune from Mel Brooks?

      (Supposed to be from the movie. I’m bandwidth-limited, so I usually don’t watch videos.)

    1. Dee has turned into the Congresscritters and Morality Police he so eloquently rebuffed back when he appeared. No wonder he was so convincing as the Father in Transitus:

      He is that a$$hole.

    1. God Bless the USA https://youtu.be/0Japc8M8RQw

      ………………
      Did not know Lee Greenwood had released a new version with US Military members. Thanks for the link.

      Something I always (quietly, very, very, quietly) sing along with (no one wants to hear my singing voice, or rather lack of, it is cringe worthy, trust me).

    1. “Trumph und heez untermenschen are un treht tu zees great neihteeon! Zhey zhall pay fur zeuh krymes uhgenzt zee zohl uf ohr Prohgrehziff Vahterland! Vee vill purge zee UltraMAGA vilth vrom our zhorez! Und our Demokrahzee vill lahst fur ein zhouhzand yeahrz!”

  2. I’m more tickled by the ones that are by guys on our side. 😀

    (Vasc is definitely one of us, and Sabaton has waaaay too much fun to not be on our side, I’ll see if I can find the video that’s them geeking out at US military guys geeking out at them.)

      1. I’m about 95% certain that I’m in this video. There’s no way I’ll ever be able to spot me, but the scene with the little girl rocking out on her father’s shoulders is almost certainly at the Palladium in Worcester, MA. If so, I was probably about 15-20 yards behind her somewhere, and that show was utterly badass.

        Even if I think they should’ve written the song as “United States Marines” instead of “USA Marines”. 🙂

    1. I can speak to their geeking out. Had a meet and greet with them after a tiny (like under 100 people tiny) club show here. This was right after the big shakeup in the lineup and I was chatting with Robban Bëck after the show. When I mentioned that I was in the Army, he completely geeked and had to tell me breathlessly about having gotten to see Fort Campbell, be wise that was the home of the 101st. I didn’t get another word in while he talked my ear off about the US Army stuff he’d seen on the tour.

        1. It really was. It was before they started to hit a little bigger Stateside, which is why we were in such a tiny place. Mostly military crowd. They even let everyone in to watch the dress rehearsal. Seem to genuinely be nice guys.

      1. I am seriously bummed that I can’t go to hear them and Epica (two groups I really like.) I had tickets for OKC last year, and they had to cancel. I got a ticket for Dallas, and work can’t let me off two Fridays in a row, and other folks had already put in requests for that day. [grumbles about ‘so what if the wedding was scheduled two years ago? It’s SABATON!!’]

  3. Do you take requests? I recommend Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” Jefferson Airplane’s “Law Man,” Steppenwolf’s “Monster/Suicide/America,” and the Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again”—and on the lighter side, the Beatles’ “Taxman” and the Who’s “Now I’m a Farmer.”

    And I’d go for “The Star-Spangled Banner” if anyone had done a version with the suppressed third verse:

    And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
    That the havoc of war, and the battle’s confusion
    A home and a country should leave us no more?
    Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.

      1. I love that verse. I should make a poster of it and put it in the yard.

        Make sure you put “In this house we believe,,*. at the top of your poster. That way everyone knows you are truly sincere and not just virtue signaling.

      1. Back around 1970, when I was at UC San Diego, I faced occasional harassment and threats from black radical students. So I wrote about the experience. The Triton Times published it as an opinion piece and titled it “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” I don’t think they would do that these days . . .

        In the 1970s, Who’s Next, the album that ended with “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” enjoyed wide popularity with the libertarians I knew.

        Meet the new boss, same as the old boss, as George Orwell told us.

        1. Or, as I wrote:

          They kill a lot of people, overthrow their corrupt leaders and replace them with another batch of corrupt leaders. Viva la revolution! Yesterday’s oppressed become tomorrow’s oppressors.

    1. IIRC,. the Corps of Cadets at West Point are required to learn the 4th verse:

      O! thus be it ever when free men shall stand
      Between their loved homes and the foe’s desolation;
      Bless’d with victory and peace, may our Heaven-rescued land
      Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation
      Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just —
      And this be our motto — “In God is our trust!”

          1. In this case the original is clearly the best version.

            Also, a lot of the plots of “Miami Vice” were silly and don’t hold up very well, but man was that show iconic.

            1. The show got worse as it went on, to the point where most of Season 5 isn’t worth watching. But holy CARP was the Series Finale amazingly good!

            2. I like the originals better, too, but I did enjoy the last hour of listening to The Protomen covers of 80’s classics.

    1. Ah, I know that. But I don’t know which cover is decent. And I wanted to have “the times they are achanging” in there.
      I’ve been known to rip the headphones off when he comes on. But I needed that song in.

    2. Seeing Bob Dylan live was a singular experience. One doesn’t get the sense of watching a performance by a professional, but rather that SOMETHING is moving through him to us, as if he were a vehicle, like the “horse” experience of Caribbean religion (but benign and not at all scary). I’ve seen a LOT of concerts and didn’t get that impression from anyone else.

  4. The weird thing is, I really don’t know how I feel after all of this.

    On the one hand for the pieces I’ve seen of it, it was an incredibly hateful speech. On the other hand, it was also a complete mustache twirling grade clownshow. He isn’t even Mussolini grade.

    He had Marines back dropping him, but they weren’t even standing at attention. They were doing this belt-buckle grip. They were synchronized, but as near as I can tell, it’s not an approved Marine stance. They were just sort of there because he said so. It feels almost like that routine with the private (sans rifle) who was guarding a nuke. (“So what do you do if I start rolling this away?” “Well, I go to that phone over there and call my commanding officer.”)

    I feel like I was expecting Godzilla, and what we got was Corn Pop.

          1. I suspect this is correct. I bet the two Marines assigned to be props for Biden’s Hitleresque rant were ticked that they had to be there.

            Speaking of which. notice how the people who keep calling Trump (and every other Republican presidential candidate) “literally Hitler” and “the next Hitler”, love to use Nazi style imagery and engage in Nazi style derogation of those they dislike:

            https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/robert-spencer/2022/09/02/okay-biden-is-literally-hitler-now-n1626520

            1. They want us to be literally Nazis because, among other reasons, it would make it easy to convert us to their side. They’d only have to explain themselves to us properly and we’d fall right into line.

              The relative ease with which a young communist could be converted into a Nazi or vice versa was well known, best of all to the propagandists of the two parties. The communists and Nazis clashed more frequently with each other than with other parties simply because they competed for the same type of mind and reserved for each other the hatred of the heretic. Their practice showed how closely they are related. To both, the real enemy, the man with whom they had nothing in common, was the liberal of the old type. While to the Nazi the communist and to the communist the Nazi, and to both the socialist, are potential recruits made of the right timber, they both know that there can be no compromise between them and those who really believe in individual freedom.
              - FA Hayek, The Road to Serfdom

              And they’re incredibly frustrated that they somehow can’t get the right message out to have us fall into line and joint them.

              1. I’ve read a Nazi account of street fighting literally ended with one Communist tearing up his party card and his new party’s member slapping him on the back and rejoicing in his new party membership

          2. My brother was stationed on a nuclear submarine during the first Gulf War. CinC Bill Clinton paid them a visit in dock once. He said that the sailors tasked to greet him we’re saluting very smartly only with their fingertips- touching their necks instead of correctly to the forehead. Ole Bill didn’t seem to notice. But my brother did. He was fairly shocked. Apparently, he explained,that is a sign of deep disrespect that he had never, ever, seen. He was expecting some sort of dressing down by the brass after the CinC left. After 3 days, he realized that no punishment was going to be forthcoming. He is scandalized unto this day.
            Until then he had no idea how deep the loathing of Clinton was among even the brass at that time. He thought he was the only one.

            Word must have gotten to Obama because he purged the military big time. Now we have the likes of Milley.

              1. Hildebeeste takes “factfinding” trips to find out where facts are so she can bury them as deeply as possible. Or order others to do so for her.

        1. Normally I would have thought they’d be at parade rest.

          But then normally they would not have been in the background for a fully partisan political speech such as this .

          1. Well, I could see troops at something like the Gettysburg Address being at a funeral rest stance. If this was nominaly an event commemorating the losses, I could see that being the preferred stance.

            But I don’t know enough about the original stated plan to tell.

          2. Somebody pointed out that it’s not allowed for servicemen to participate in political events such as this. OTOH, it’s clown world for a while.

            1. The junta told them the same thing they told the networks in order to get it covered. “It’s not political, it’s a presidential address”. And sorry, I can easily see those marines putting a pistol to some “magat’s” head and executing him with the rot we are seeing. Compare to Mileys whining after the church photo.

          3. In at least one picture, it looked like they were at parade rest, or at least had their hands further apart/partly behind their backs. (Which isn’t proper, unless it’s changed since then, but with the white gloves and all maybe there’s some special posing stuff.)

            I did find a picture of Marines in the same pose, but couldn’t find a title for the stance.
            https://www.barracks.marines.mil/Photos/igphoto/2001642497/

            Sep 30, 2016
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            Arlington, Va. – Marine Corps Body Bearers from Bravo Company, Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., await the arrival of the casket during a full honors funeral at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Sept. 23, 2016. Bravo Company is home to the Marine Corps Body Bearers, those Marines who carry the caskets for all Marine Corps funerals within the National Capitol Region and other set locations. (Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Andrianna Daly/Released)

    1. I noticed that belt-buckle grip, but being a thoroughgoing civilian I didn’t pick up on any implications. Now I go “hmmm.” If it’s not an approved stance, then it can’t be happening by accident… can it?

      I’ve also hear the suggestion that the overall performance is a dog-whistle intended for the dogs of the Deep State, and not being dogs ourselves, most of us didn’t catch that part – we only saw the mustache-twirling.

      1. Well, Jennifer Rubin, the Loyal Opposition, did tweet-and-delete that Biden “met the moment” and “mass arrests should follow.” Or…maybe didn’t, as it’s likely a fake.

        Tells you a lot about the moment we’re in when something as horrifying as this is not only first-glance believable but also holds up as the true opinion that those in her circles not saying out loud. Not yet, at least.

    2. Pedo Pete is a lot like Vidkun Quisling. He’s an unimpressive, weird little coward who wants to be a supervillain but who is, in reality, propped up by more powerful forces.

    3. I think I associate real life things with things from fiction a bit too often, but that’s because reality keeps imitating fictional works I’m reading/watching/playing.

      (Aside: Do those “Patriot Front” goons remind any of you of some comic book supervillain’s minions? One reason why I think they’re plants/fakes/3-letter glowies.)

  5. And then there’s the most unlikely resistance song of all: Edelweiss.

    The version I pulled up here is not as beautiful as the rousing mass-singing at the Choral Festival during The Sound of Music, but it’s got it’s own charm. It’s from a goofy WB-television-netowrk show from a “few” years back, called Legends of Tomorrow (LoT). LoT was a spinoff from Arrow, which was “Green Arrow” with many changes from comics.

    The premise of LoT is that these characters end up time-traveling for reasons, and in this clip they have landed in Nazi-occupied Paris. One of the time-travelers ends up on stage, and sings Edelweiss as a lovely hidden middle-finger to the Nazis. And then, at the end, they get into a fight because one of the time-travelers cannot bring himself to Heil Hitler.
    I find it pleasing all out of proportion to the quality of the presentation.

  6. All I need to leave is is how Amazon totally ignored the material they bought and made Tolkien’s Celtic Mythology into something about obese black women and turning Galadriel from the most powerful [elf] woman in Middle Earth into a cardboard cutout dependent on armor and sword.

    That shows how utterly they detest the West, and especially women.

  7. Put your faith in God, like the 189 mentioned above… But remember, we’re not supposed to sit on our collective tailfeathers, even if we don’t have great kung fu..

    “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel,” commanded the Master.

  8. Metallica’s “Don’t Tread on Me”

    And “Battle Hymn of the Republic” as needed.

    And of course, Rush “Force Ten”

  9. Interesting that you led off with Buffalo Springfield’s iconic song. For years now whenever something…funny (as in funny-strange, not funny-ha-ha) happens–you know, like six swing states stop counting ballots with one candidate ahead, and the next morning he’s suddenly behind?–I refer to that as “a Buffalo Springfield moment.”

    And my own modest contribution: a classic hymn that is now all but forgotten, whose lyrics were originally penned by James Russell Lowell as a protest against the Mexican–American War:

    There may be better versions available, this appears to be the best of the lot.

    1. Yep. I was told that the Presbyterian (USA) hymnal jettisoned it in the early 1990s because it was “theologically incorrect.” Personally, I think the tune gave them the creeps. The Methodists kept the tune for a little longer, but I don’t think it’s in the latest-latest edition of the hymnal.

      1. My musical knowledge only tells me that I have heard this tune previously. Why would the tune give the Presbyterians the creeps?

        1. It is an odd, minor-key tune (“Ebenezer”) that has dissonant harmonies in most hymn settings, and can be rather eerie. The Methodists and a few others kept the tune but changed the words. The Presbyterians (USA) got rid of the tune as well, thus my slightly tongue-in-cheek comment at the time.

          1. “Thy Strong Word Did Cleave the Darkness” is the one that was in the Catholic “Worship” hymnal, so I’m pretty sure I learned it from there.

            It’s a Welsh hymn tune, which is basically all you need to know. 🙂

          2. I am a Christian who has been a Presbyterian longer than he has been a Christian. I have a larger religious library than many clergy. Just went to the music section. Opened our “Presbyterian Hymnal” published in 1946. Still in good shape for 75. The Hymn is on Pg 373. I can still sing this. Just did. Woke my wife, who wondered what I was doing. I don’t normally burst into song at midnight.

            I have the tune memorized. There are about 100 hymns I can sing without musical accompaniment. My fave is “How Firm a Foundation”, also good for times like these. So there still are Presbyterians who know the old songs.

            The PCUSA is slowly dying. Presbyteries “own” the properties, so it has been hard for faithful churches to leave, unless they can afford the ransom.

            1. The largest local Presbyterian congregation voted several years ago to depart, and presented the PCUSA administrators with a polite note and several lawyers. The congregation and their facilities were “allowed” to go, and are now a very actively growing group that is building a new youth and family center.

      2. Similarly, it was excised from the 1982 revision of the Episcopalian Hymnal. Of course I still have a copy of the old 1940 version that I grew up with 😉

    2. This would be a bit ironic auf Deutsch, but Martin Luther had something to say. This should be in English.

      (I have no idea of the quality of the video–not sure where it came from…)

  10. Pat Benatar [i]Invincible[/i]. This is the song I requested the local rock station play on 9/12 ’01, but they were too buys with dirges and “give peace a chance”.

  11. Well… I thought of an old infantry command: FIX Bayonets! Then I ran across this song:

    It too may be fitting for the times.

    As an aside – this is the time to very quietly slide the sword from the scabbard, click the bayonet home, ready the ax, ready the pikes and take a deep breath. It is time to wait but in a prepared fashion.

  12. Not sure anyone here will enjoy this particular sound (XTC always had a selective appeal, but I was well included), but this song now makes me think of our hostess, and others who seem to pick up on cues and signs most miss, and how they can suffer for it:

  13. While I understand the sentiment behind changing the lyrics in the last verse of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, the original makes more sense.

    1. HEAR!!! HEAR!!! Mrs. Howe wrote this final verse:

      In the beauty of the lilies
      Christ was born across the sea,
      With a glory in His bosom
      That transfigures you and me;
      As He died to make men holy,
      Let us die to make men free;
      While God is marching on.

      The change in wording of die to live takes a statement of the Church Militant and waters it down to namby pamby sentimentality suitable for maiden aunts and republicans like Senator Romney (and even the maiden aunts might find it weak).

      On top of that that particular arrangement hammers and repeats the harmony on the words “Let us die” . By changing the word from Die (Ah with an ee dipthong at the end) to Live (Ih with a final closed consonant V) the chord on that word is not as distinct as the Ih vowel is hard to sing high in your range ( and trust me the Baritone, 2nd and 1st tenor parts are near their limits even for a choir as capable as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir) and closing it to the V to make the final consonant of Live shuts the sound off totally and ruins the flow of the line. That change is both a rhetorical and artistic travesty

      I don’t know who did that arrangement but I’ve sung it at least 3 times in my chorister days. When you finish that piece if you are not emotionally exhausted and vibrating with energy you have no soul. There is something about performing it (and a handful of other pieces) that skates into a state akin to the reveries of a devout person at prayer. Not all are pieces that act so clearly religious (e.g. Randall Thompsons setting of “Choose Something Like a Star”) but the combination of physical effort, mental concentration and emotional involvement (perhaps combined with the oxygen deprivation/ rapid breathing needed to perform the task) create some manner of altered state.

      1. I can’t sing worth a darn. I’d scare everyone away.

        But I realize that the change was made because the idea of dying for a worthy cause is no longer the ideal.

        Romans 5:7

        1. And I will add John 5:13 (NET translation) “No one has greater love than this—that one lays down his life for his friends. “

      2. raises paw Second soprano who can be a first, just not with much color in her tone. Wilhouski was brilliant in his arranging, but he must have had a group like the Robert Shaw Chorale or MTC in mind. It sounds easy, and is a great arrangement, but wow, you need a choir or double quartet with power to really make it work well.

  14. Wildly off topic, but how does YouTube afford all this streaming? Bandwidth doesn’t cost what it used to, but it’s still not free – and neither are petabytes of storage.

    1. YouTube is owned by Google. For them it is investment in their quest to establish totalitarian rule by oligarchs.

  15. I don’t know that this has been set to music….

    As I pass through my incarnations in every age and race,
    I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place.
    Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.

    We were living in trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn
    That Water would certainly wet us, as Fire would certainly burn:
    But we found them lacking in Uplift, Vision and Breadth of Mind,
    So we left them to teach the Gorillas while we followed the March of Mankind.

    We moved as the Spirit listed. They never altered their pace,
    Being neither cloud nor wind-borne like the Gods of the Market Place,
    But they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come
    That a tribe had been wiped off its icefield, or the lights had gone out in Rome.

    With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch,
    They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch;
    They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had Wings;
    So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things.

    When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
    They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
    But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “Stick to the Devil you know.”

    On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life
    (Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)
    Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “The Wages of Sin is Death.”

    In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
    By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
    But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “If you don’t work you die.”

    Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
    And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
    That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

    As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
    There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
    That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
    And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

    And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
    When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
    As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
    The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

  16. You know, I’m an a-religious sort. (Not necessarily atheist, but not believing any of the religions). I don’t believe in a literal devil. (2022 is trying to convince me otherwise.)

    The trajectory of the Biden regime is almost cartoonishly how a deal with the devil for power would go. Suuure, you get to “win” and take over the country. But no one believes it, and so you end up consecrating your reign with the blood of an innocent patriot on the capitol lobby floor. Everything you do blows up spectacularly. No one will follow you willingly, so more and more force is needed to get them to comply, and the things you try to force only spread misery and harm as the world begins spiraling into a dark age.

    Eventually you find yourself giving speeches like this. If there were ever any ideals or principles which you once held, or constructive purposes for which you wanted this (not likely in this case.), they’ve been deferred, then bent, then abandoned, time and time again until you can’t honestly claim any of them, and are doing this solely for power.

    Oh, and at the end of it all, you likely won’t even remember who you are or what you are doing, or why the vast majority of the nation hates you and would celebrate your downfall.

    1. Not exactly atheist but not believing any of the religions … Word you are looking for is Agnostic. Belief there is something bigger than you, but do not know what. I don’t believe in the devil per say but I do believe in good and evil. While rarely can anyone be perfectly good, someone can be pure evil. But to achieve the latter, it is something that is chosen with eyes wide open, and worked towards. Biden may or may not be his own puppet master, but those who either are or enable him, are pure evil.

      1. “Not exactly atheist but not believing any of the religions … Word you are looking for is Agnostic.”

        There’s a bit of nuance there, I think. Atheists come in two flavors. One, the most familiar to most people, is anti-Christian, but not Satanist. They might read the bible, might well be very intelligent otherwise, but spend their time explicitly going after Christians and Christianity as if they have a specific grudge.

        The other simply does not believe in any god or gods. They don’t hate Christians and don’t get upset if you pray for them. Why would it matter, if the being they’re praying to does not exist? It’s just someone being nice in the way they know how. These are the rarer ones.

        Agnostics either believe but do not invest that belief in religion or doctrine, or they think there is something out there but don’t have a definitive answer for it. Deists are not the same, but reasonably close, from what I’ve read and learned.

        As to the influence of the infernal, I don’t think the evil one needs much more than to work with what’s already there. I believe pure evil to be quite rare. Certainly it exists, but few are those without any redeeming qualities.

        I believe this because redemption is always possible whilst one lives. Even the blackest hearts can experience a change, though it must be said that the road back to the light may well be a titanic challenge. That possibility was bought an paid for, but the balance in life must be earned back through toilsome humility and acceptance of consequence for it to be true.

        Of late I’ve recognized worrying signs. One of the things one does in the lead up to violent conflict is to dehumanize the enemy as much as possible, to make killing them easier. Civilized people have to be trained to this, to make sure that they do not break badly upon committing the act with intent and purpose.

        We have to find a way to live with each other. Even if conflict does come, there is no possible way to eliminate the entirety of those who now oppose us politically. There are even those poor saps that actually do care on the other side, they’ve just been seduced into pouring that caring into the causes that cause harm instead.

        My answer to this is, as always, individual freedom. I know, I know, it’s antithetical to every political instinct that both parties trend towards, but it works. What consenting adults do in their own private lives that harms none but the consenting is no business of mine. Currently, they’d very much like to make it so, I get that.

        But individual freedom to the fullest extent practical solves a great many ills. You can let your freak flag fly much as you like, so long as it is not enforced upon the unwilling. That necessarily implies keeping governmental power constrained so that towns and cities do not go about implementing utopian protocols upon their constituent peoples, but I view that as a rather happy coincidence here.

        It simplifies so many things. Of course, institutional bureaucracies hate it for that, because simplifying things is about as anti-bureaucrat as is possible for a thing to be. More individual freedom means necessarily less intrusive bureaucracy.

        And that, my friends, is about as wild a tangent as I’m able to wring from such a simple comment.

        1. The distinction I was taught between atheists and agnostics went something like this:

          Atheists believe–as an article of faith and doctrine–that there is no God.
          Agnostics simply don’t believe in God, without affirming that He does not exist. Also, they come in two versions:

          A. “Weak” agnostics are open to the possibility of God’s existence being proven or disproven.

          B. “Strong” agnostics do not believe that God’s existence can be proven or disproven.

          Note that I am paraphrasing this from memory so please don’t jump down my throat if you think I’ve gotten it wrong.

          1. IMO you missed a group.

            There are people who claim to be Atheists but are actually Anti-Theists.

            They seem to “hate G*d” for not existing and by their words (and sometimes deeds) they hate Religious People and Religious Organizations.

            Generally speaking, these Anti-Theists focus on Christianity rather than Judaism or Islam.

            Interestingly, some of them will “defend” Islam against any criticism.

            1. Fulton Sheen had a story about an atheist street-preacher equivalent that was in the park every Sunday, and told her that he didn’t believe it. That she really didn’t believe.
              He– Blessed Sheen– didn’t believe in fairies, but you didn’t see him dedicating as much time preaching about it as he did to doing Sunday Mass!

              I can’t find the video, but for an idea of his delivery, there’s this, he opens with several jokes.

        2. There’s also the “insufficient data” agnostics. (they tend to not last very long, though, unless they’re actively avoiding information)

          They’re frequently notable for looking at the consequences of religious beliefs in specific, rather than trying to group “religion” into one big bowl, and the really good ones will even find out how specific doctrines work together, often through a psychology lens.

        3. In the absence of evidence, an affirmative belief that gods do not and can not exist is no more rational than an affirmative belief that they do.

          No evidence is no evidence. Nothing can be proven from no evidence.
          ———————————
          At my house, the ‘things that go bump in the night’ are cats.

  17. Can’t log in from day job, WordPress gets huffy for some reason, won’t even let me just use email address, because “that address is already in use”. Um, yeah, by me.

    Anyway, figured I’d add some somewhat obscure songs to the playlist.

  18. Look alive, sunshine…
    “109 in the sky, but the pigs won’t quit. You’re here with me, Dr. Death Defying!
    “I’ll be your surgeon, your proctor, your helicopter, pumpin’ out the slaughtermatic sounds to keep you alive!
    “A system failure for the masses, antimatter for the masterplan, louder than God’s revolver and twice as shiny!
    “This one’s for all you rock-and-rollers, all you crash queens and motor babies.
    Listen up! The future is bulletproof. The aftermath is secondary. It’s time to do it now and do it loud!
    “Killjoys, make some noise!”

    Cue explosions.

  19. Having mentioned it I add “Chose Something Like A Star”, Randall Thompson as performed by the BYU concert choir

  20. I have a soft spot for the Sabaton’s Swiss Guard song. I’m not Roman Catholic, but I recognize great valor, and no one can take a thing from them. Tell Swiss Guard Again indeed!

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