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The Terrorist-Sympathizing Opera

gungy Wrote: Oct 24, 2014 2:30 PM
A UC musicologist and professor, Richard Taruskin, at BERKELEY of all places wrote about this piece in 2001. Anybody who could read this and be in favor of staging this piece is a monster. He put it best. http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/09/arts/music-music-s-dangers-and-the-case-for-control.html Excerpts: AND on top of everything else, the Taliban hate music, too. In an interview in October with Nicholas Wroe, a columnist for the British newspaper The Guardian, John Baily, an ethnomusicologist on the faculty of Goldsmiths College, London, gave the details. After taking power in 1996, the Islamic fundamentalists who ruled most of Afghanistan undertook search-and-destroy missions in which musical instruments and cassette players were seized and burned in public pyres. Wooden poles were festooned with great ribbons of confiscated audio and video tape as a reminder of the ban, imposed in keeping with a maxim attributed to the prophet Muhammad warning ''those who listen to music and songs in this world'' that ''on the Day of Judgment molten lead will be poured into their ears.'' Musicians caught in the act were beaten with their instruments and imprisoned for as many as 40 days. The interdiction on professional music-making closed off yet another avenue to women's participation in public life. The only sounds on the Taliban-dominated radio that Western ears would recognize as musical were those of ritual chanting (something quite distinct from ''music,'' both conceptually and linguistically, in Islamic thought as in many of the world's cultures)... The same kind of pronouncements and policy directives emanated from the Soviets, nominally the Nazis' enemies. Awful memories of the 1948 show trials convened by Andrei Zhdanov, Stalin's de facto cultural commissar, at which the leading Soviet composers (among them Prokofiev and Shostakovich) were humiliated for their ''formalist'' misdeeds, feed the current mania for vindicating the same composers, absurdly, as dissidents. The similarity of Nazi and Soviet views on the arts is only one reason political classifications nowadays tend to group the old far right and far left together, in opposition to the ''liberal democracy'' that appeared, until Sept. 11, to have beaten all of its opponents into submission. MUSIC; Music's Dangers And The Case For Control By RICHARD TARUSKIN Published: December 9, 2001
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Dear Mitt and Jeb: No, Thanks

gungy Wrote: Oct 24, 2014 2:16 PM
Romney a second time? Really? Jeb Bush, who considers illegal immigration an act of love? If that isn't the sign of a moribund political party in a death spiral I don't know what is. And the other party is engaging in vote fraud like it's the national sport. One example below. Don't expect the GOP to win the Senate. http://www.newsmax.com/Murdock/Colorado-Voter-ballots-Gardner/2014/10/23/id/602672/
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Dear Mitt and Jeb: No, Thanks

gungy Wrote: Oct 24, 2014 2:13 PM
But they don't have to work! Yay!
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Dear Mitt and Jeb: No, Thanks

gungy Wrote: Oct 24, 2014 2:12 PM
So for mark the ideal candidate is one who embraces and respects and shields the one religion that tortures and slaughters gays, Christians, dissenters of any kind, subjugates women (remember the war on women?--they really wage one), the Muslims and radical Islam; regards the USA as a more dangerous threat to the world than ISIS and al quaeda, and would take away all and any forms of self-defense.
It was Judicial Watch's persistence in court that got the judge to so order. Not Congress.
It was Judicial Watch's persistence in court that got the judge to so order. Not Congress.
Just fascinates me that here and in the IRS scandal, and elsewhere, Judicial Watch can come up with records the Republicans in the House are just not able to discover and obtain. Darn it! And they try so hard, too. Wink, nudge. Put on a show for the folks, talk big on TV. Then let the whole thing wither on the vine. And we wonder why the GOP is dying, barely able to muster enough votes to gain control of the Senate (if they're lucky) in spite of the most corrupt and anti-American administration in our history.
Likewise the MSM covering up for the criminals.
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Chilling Free Speech

gungy Wrote: Oct 23, 2014 3:33 PM
When a Houston leftwing gaydstapo fascist government can legally subpoena the sermons and private emails and all communications of ministers who dared to oppose their policies--the same government that blatantly and illegally threw out 30,000 referendum ballots opposing their plan to implement non-gendered restrooms, just so it wouldn't get on the ballot; and when there is NO COURT in Houston to declare this subpoena outrageously unConstitutional but lets it go ahead, we are finished. And this in Texas, once a red state, now run by the blue fascists.
four out of ten Coloradans actually are happy with Obola?? Really?! WTH?
Good point! I hadn't thought of that. Can't individual airlines do what British Airways did, and ban West African passport holders from using them as (pardon the pun) carriers?
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