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Good Music Friday

Posted in Good Music Friday by Huckleberry on May 22, 2015

A weekend is a weekend is a weekend, or so the prophets did foretell.
Seems a weak matter for divine prophecy, but who am I to quibble. It’ll be quitting time soon enough, in every way that matters.
A quick look around the news dial shows some of us got to that conclusion a little earlier than the rest of us, but that’s fine. Plenty of room next to the howling abyss.
Pull up a chair.
It’s Memorial Day weekend, a time for beers, cookouts, and sometimes earnest but mostly pro forma requiems for fallen soldiers in our long and storied history of KINETIC MILITARY ACTIONS from the Halls of Montezuma to the so on and so forth. I’m certain those fallen soldiers, to a man, rest content knowing they paid the full measure of their devotion in blood to “protect our freedoms” from tyranny, like having a government pass sweeping trade pacts under the cloak of secrecy, using every bureaucratic and prosecutorial arm of government at harass political and ideological enemies at every level, to conspire with criminals to perpetrate manifold frauds upon the public, to debase the money in their pockets and abscond with their wealth, to conspire with enemies to subvert actual strategic and tactical interests, to foster and ignite absurd racial and socio-economic conflict, to foster and coddle and mal-educate a generation of countrymen so delicate and fragile as to present several existential liabilities, and to offend the moral and ethical sensibilities of decent folk at every turn, just to get in their faces.
I’m so glad their sacrifice prevented all that.
So no, on this Memorial Day I will not be thankful for my nominal freedoms, but I will pay reverence and gratitude for the fallen soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice because the sacrifice is the virtue here, not the result.
It’s not their fault the dice came up snake-eyes.
Not much going here this weekend. The weather is still unseasonably cool and unseasonably wet, yet despite that we’re in FULL PANIC MODE over a drought that is mostly about revenue generation and gubernatorial dick-swinging. We’ll have a few beers and burgers and bratwursts on Sunday, some yard work on Monday, and I’ll probably sleep straight through tomorrow if there is in fact a kind and just God in charge of things.
Get ‘em in and make it a bitchin’ weekend.

Gun Chalk

Just about 74 years ago, one of the most indelible naval battles in history took place, the Battle of the Denmark Strait, a battle that kicked off perhaps the greatest quest for martial revenge since Achilles dragged Hector along the Trojan beachheads.
Here’s a re-creation:


Song Selection

And your musical accompaniment:
Sink The Bismarck
Sink The Bismarck S/P
Johnny Horton
Columbia Records | 1960


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  1. El Borak said, on May 22, 2015 at 12:55

    It was pretty cool when the History Channel used to have, you know, history.

  2. cfdxprt said, on May 24, 2015 at 13:28

    See that’s why I’m one of the 6 people who hang around here – I couldn’t find a better way to put together a string of words to explain how I feel about where we are, at least in this context. I think it’s been more than 10 years since I’ve been in LA proper other than switching planes, but if I’m ever there I’ll bring you some KC bbq and buy you a beer, or 3. For now, just take an internet high-five, you deserve it.

    • Huckleberry said, on May 26, 2015 at 08:51

      Appreciated.
      Yeah if any of y’all make it out here, the first round’s on me, the next on you. Always happy to tip back a few in good company.

  3. Giraffe said, on May 26, 2015 at 10:43

    Those are awesome machines. I am amazed at what they built with early 1900’s technology. I watched a show on the South Dakota. Apparently, she saw a lot more action than I realized.

    • Huckleberry said, on May 26, 2015 at 11:32

      I’m amazed too. People were really on top of their game back then.
      The things those ships could do was far greater than the sum of their parts, and few things we’ve made since or create now will be as incredible.
      I’ve always loved ships of that era. Probably in part because both of my grandfathers spent WWII on ships; one as an AA gunner on the Brooklyn then the Iowa, and the other as a deck officer on the Enterprise.
      In fact, the horrible movie Battleship I found bearable just to see the Missouri kick ass at the end.
      That’s how much of a problem I have.


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