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CHILL OUT FROM THE HEAT WITH SOME HOT MUSIC, PEOPLE–IT”S SATURDAY NIGHT

This will come as no revelation to longtime cultists here at the Cult of the Jitterbugger, but the musical taste of the Leader of the Cult of Jitterbuggingforjesus.com is nothing if not eclectic, but mostly runs to sixties rock with some fifties, seventies and eighties and nineties and well . . . anything pretty much from the Louie Armstrong era forward, and mostly includes fifties and sixties rock, blues (and especially dying blues that keeps it real, older country music that ain’t rock music with a precious little real country in it, trippy music and enough already . . .

Just keep on rockin in the free world . . . .

Starting with the unspectacular but masterful road legends The Daddy Mack Blues Band: Daddy Mack Orr on lead and vocals, with the Bonner boys: James on guitar, Harold on bass, William on drums.

This is close to the kind of real blues I grew up with in a river-bottom cotton town . . .

Just give ’em some shade to set up under or a tiny stage in a smoky and dangerous bar and leave a dollar in the kitty and everthing go be awright.

You might not know Daddy Mack but you know this Musical Genius . . .

This one needs no intro . . .

The late great Levon Helm . . . We’re all still grieving, Levon . . . Rest your rockin’ hillbilly soul.

He’s still out there doing gigs; standing and delivering . . .

Some oldies and acts from the fifties are just too exhilarating to ever sound anything but fresh.

And speaking of keeping’ it real, whatever you think of him, his morals, his lifestyle . . . .

He’s not an international star from Texas . . . .

He IS Texas.

So don’t mess with us who love him down here, which is most anybody born and reared here.

And I’m sorry you’re not from Texas. . . . .

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I think it was Shakespeare as well–or was it Al Gore?--who said, “It’s so hot out there you could fry an egg on a Climate Change Denier’s dashboard.”

Or something like that.

AND IF YOU CAN MATCH EVERY QUOTE CORRECTLY WITH EVERY “PIECE OF WORK” OF SHAKESPEARE’S–WITHOUT LOOKING IT UP– I WILL SEND YOU A CASHIER’S CHECK FOR ONE MILLION–YES, I’M TALKING A COOL, ONE MILLION DOLLARS AND WOULD THIS HOLY MAN LIE TO YOU?

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HE MIGHT BEG TO DIFFER WITH THE THEOLOGY OF THE SMUG AND PIOUS CHURCH LADY

No matter what the self-assured and hilarious Church Lady might say or think . . .

We all have the evil and the good within us, and that’s a biblical truth that should humble us and give us pause in the kind of justice we feel that people as revolting as, say, the Jerry Sanduskys of the world deserve. (Let the rapists in prison have at him while guards turn their heads–some people, and purported Christians included, have no prob with that kind of rough justice or “poetic” justice, which is anti-Christian justice of the sort to which the entire New Testament is opposed.)

Read on . . . and tell me what you think if the spirit moves you.

“Is there anyone among you who, your child asks for bread, will give him a snake? Or if the child asks for a fish will give him a snake?

“If you, then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give to those who ask?

—- Jesus, Sermon on the Mount
Matthew 7: 9-10

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“It was granted me to carry away from my prison years on my bent back, which nearly broke beneath its load, this essential experience: how a human being becomes evil and how good. In the intoxication of my youthful successes I had felt myself to be infallible, and I was therefore cruel. In the surfeit of power I was a murderer, and an oppressor. In my most evil moments I was convinced that I was doing good, and I was well supplied with systematic arguments. And it was only when I lay there on rotting prison straw that I sensed within myself the first strivings of good. Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either—but right through every human heart—and then all human hearts… And even within hearts overwhelmed by evil, one small bridgehead of good is retained. And even in the best of all hearts, there remains . . . an unuprooted small corner of evil.”

Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the late and great Russian dissident writer and moralist, who suffered the most horrendous torture and conditions imaginable in exile in Siberia for writing that the Evil Empire that was the Soviet Union didn’t like,
in his great book The Gulag Archipelago

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CHESTERTON: A GIANT MAN WITH A LARGE AND EXPANSIVE FAITH, SPIRIT AND INTELLECT

Capitalism: that commercial system in which supply immediately answers to demand, and in which everybody seems to be thoroughly dissatisfied and unable to get anything he wants.”

G.K. Chesterton, he who was the great Catholic writer and thinker and, as it turns out, true and enduring prophet, who gave us that famous and incisive quote, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.”

He had a whole lot more to say about faith, religions, Capitalism and Socialism (he was no fan of either, advocating for the “third way” of Christian distributism), atheism, science, nature, culture and arts, good writing vs. the other kind, cigars, strong drink, virtue and vice, hypocrites, politics and government, princes and paupers, saints and sinners, and . . . he had something to say about pretty much everything.

He did have some huge flaws, like a really bad barber, but nobody’s perfect.

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“Love means loving the unlovable – or it is no virtue at all.”
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“These are the days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed except his own.”
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“It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong.”
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“Big Business and State Socialism are very much alike, especially Big Business.”
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“All men thirst to confess their crimes more than tired beasts thirst for water; but they naturally object to confessing them while other people, who have also committed the same crimes, sit by and laugh at them.”
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“I say that a man must be certain of his morality for the simple reason that he has to suffer for it.”
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“The voice of the special rebels and prophets, recommending discontent, should, as I have said, sound now and then suddenly, like a trumpet. But the voices of the saints and sages, recommending contentment, should sound unceasingly, like the sea.”
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“Modern broad-mindedness benefits the rich; and benefits nobody else.”
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“There are those who hate Christianity and call their hatred an all-embracing love for all religions.”
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“The world will very soon be divided, unless I am mistaken, into those who still go on explaining our success, and those somewhat more intelligent who are trying to explain our failure.”
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“Business, especially big business, is now organized like an army. It is, as some would say, a sort of mild militarism without bloodshed; as I say, a militarism without the military virtues.”
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“Properly speaking, of course, there is no such thing as a return to nature, because there is no such thing as a departure from it. The phrase reminds one of the slightly intoxicated gentleman who gets up in his own dining room and declares firmly that he must be getting home.”
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“The position we have now reached is this: starting from the State, we try to remedy the failures of all the families, all the nurseries, all the schools, all the workshops, all the secondary institutions that once had some authority of their own. Everything is ultimately brought into the Law Courts. We are trying to stop the leak at the other end.”
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“We lose our bearings entirely by speaking of the ‘lower classes’ when we mean humanity minus ourselves.”
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“Women are the only realists; their whole object in life is to pit their realism against the extravagant, excessive, and occasionally drunken idealism of men.”

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“There are two ways of being bloodless – by the avoidance of blood without,
and by the absence of blood within.”
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“Though the academic authorities are actually proud of conducting everything by means of Examinations, they seldom indulge in what religious people used to descibe as Self-Examination. The consequence is that the modern State has educated its citizens in a series of ephemeral fads.”
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“You can’t have the family farm without the family.”
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“In the struggle for existence, it is only on those who hang on for ten minutes after all is hopeless, that hope begins to dawn.”
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“The real argument against aristocracy is that it always means the rule of the ignorant. For the most dangerous of all forms of ignorance is ignorance of work.”
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“Great truths can only be forgotten and can never be falsified.”
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One of the most pernicious misunderstandings in the West about Iranians is that they are dour religious fanatics.

“About half of Iranians are under the age of 25, and Iran has done a solid job of raising their education levels. I was struck on my 1,700-mile road trip across Iran by how many of them share American values, seeking fun rather than fanaticism. They seem less interested in the mosques than in amusement parks (which are ubiquitous in Iran)”.

— from a column in the New York Times
by His Greatness Nic Kristof

Click here for the whole Kristof enchilada, the second of his dispatches from his 1,700 mile trek across Iran.

The whole hospitality thing he refers to fits with what travel writer Rick Steves reported a few years ago.

We can only pray that the same neo-con warmongers who misled us into the $1 trillion catastrophe in Iraq, who are pounding the same drums of war that they sounded then, don’t get there way over the way of diplomacy and patience.

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NOW THAT’S WHAT BEING A FULLY ENGAGED LISTENER LOOKS LIKE

What if you listened to others
so deeply that they felt loved,
accepted, and safe
in your presence,
no matter what
they had to say?

~ Steve Shapiro

(hat tip: Peggy at ECUMENICUS.org, Facebook edition)

“What if” indeed.

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Sir Paul McCartney is 70 today and more classy, more stylish, more graceful, more fashionable, more the gentleman becoming of royalty–which he is, literally in Britain and figuratively in Rock and Roll.

He also gives those of us in our, uh, advancing years, the hope that we’ll look even a fraction as good and be a smidgen as vibrant and full of life as he is at 70.

But then, that’s the power of music–history shows that music keeps people vibrant and living long, enriched lives.

Thanks for the music and the memories and the love and graciousness that you embody and inspire so many with, Sir Paul.

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