A word of explanation for those of you out there who actually noticed I dropped off the radar screen for the better part of last week - I started a new gig; no longer doing ronin I am now officially a salaried samurai. Mrs. Stormbringer - a.k.a. TigerLily - is very happy about this; as for me the cut in pay is not significant and the loss of freedom from the lucrative contract world is more than offset by a regular paycheck and a level of responsibility in very interesting global organization. Perhaps the nicest feature of the new job is that THEY contacted ME not the other way around - I was sought after not only because of the skills and experience on my resume but because "my reputation precedes me".
Back in '09 I started writing under the name Sean Linnane because of the security nature of the work I was involved in at that time; the client would not be amused to learn that one of the paid talent is a wannabe Hemingway. In the subsequent crossover to the corporate world this has not changed. The organization I am a part of is dynamic, they are global - headquartered in Europe - and there will be plenty of fun, travel and adventure; in addition to my military credentials one of the requirements for the position is fluency in a particular language - I speak that language and three others, besides.
It just figures the first week I cut back on regular daily posting is a week that features several intriguing developments out there . . . okay brace yourselves Team here's the STORMBRINGER's take on:
THE HANK WILLIAMS CONTROVERSY
Just in case you just emerged from a coma or you live under a rock - or for my overseas audience - here's the Legend of Country Music and Monday Night Football uttering the Words That Must Not Be Spoken:
The scandal of course is that - horror! - Hank Williams Jr. compared Obama - most Merciful one, Allah be Praised - to Hitler. Well, in a former life I was an intell analysit and if you ask me; listening to this clip here NOBODY is being compared to Hitler - least of all Obama. If you actually listen to the point Hank is making, it's a comparison of political opposites: "Boehner playing golf with Obama is like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu," - if anyone is being compared to Hitler here it's Boehner; so does this mean he's comparing Obama to the President of Israel?
The whole thing is such a tempest in a teapot - and of course Hank made it worse by running his mouth the second he's got one foot in it, he goes on and says Obama is the enemy. Well OK I guess that narrows it down - Obama IS Hitler - again this is so stupid what a hiccup but of course ESPN and the NFL are so politically correct they yank Hank off the air.
Oh well sorry about that Hank - I'm a big fan of yours but even you probably admit that after twenty years that Monday Night tune was wearing a lethal groove in the record. You're still loved over here at STORMBRINGER but truth be told it's your daddy what it's really all about:
RAGE AGAINST WALL STREET
A few hundred - certainly less than a thousand - maggot-infested hippies lay siege to Wall Street and inevitably the media tries to compare them to the T.E.A. Party. This is such a stretch - for one thing the T.E.A. Party is dialed-in and focused on what they are about: "Taxed Enough Already" - the Occupy Wall Street crowd is nothing new, nothing original: they're the usual Anti-DisEstablishmentarianism Crew - professional, paid protesters taking part in what is obviously a staged event . . .
I've been in street demonstrations estimated at fifty- to seventy-five thousand. These anti-Capitalism events we're witnessing are not even close. And I remember the Sixties and the Seventies when crowds 100,000-plus strong marched in every city in America all at once - and even still they couldn't swing an election.
Hokay Media - "Lissen UP!" THIS is the T.E.A. Party:
Since there's not an original thought in the Left-Leaning Mainstream Media, I guess it's up to me to do some insightful analysis:
. . . 99%-ers (below)
We all know what the T.E.A. Party accomplished in the 2010 mid-term elections: a landslide of historic proportions; the greatest overturn of political power in this country since the Civil War . . . now I ask you: does this anti-Wall Street movement look like they could swing an election?
. . . y-e-a-h . . . R-I-G-H-T . . .
SARAH PALIN UPDATE
Again, unless you've been living under a rock, everybody knows by now that our girl formally dismissed any notion of entering the Presidential race. This is a shame, and it's due to the most extraordinary character assassination campaign in living history - the media eclipsed themselves even by standards of what they did to Richard Nixon. But all is not lost - Sarah remains a great Statesman, and her talents have been put to good use, apparently, as Mitt Romney's speechwriter:
". . . I am here today to tell you that I am guided by one overwhelming conviction and passion: This century must be an American Century. In an American Century, America has the strongest economy and the strongest military in the world. In an American Century, America leads the free world and the free world leads the entire world.
God did not create this country to be a nation of followers. America is not destined to be one of several equally balanced global powers. America must lead the world, or someone else will. Without American leadership, without clarity of American purpose and resolve, the world becomes a far more dangerous place, and liberty and prosperity would surely be among the first casualties.
Let me make this very clear. As President of the United States, I will devote myself to an American Century. And I will never, ever apologize for America."
Like they say Down Under in my native land: "Good On Ya" Mitt, for finally pulling your head out of your ass.
And with that I'll leave you with some more from way back when . . . back before Country was cool . . . back when music was REAL:
Today's Bird HERE