A WSJ article on Larry Ellison’s big plans for Lanai.
I think the WSJ is trying to send Ellison a message:
Kurt Matsumoto, the son of plantation workers who spent a decade managing Mr. Murdock’s resorts, is now chief operating officer of Lanai Resorts, overseeing all of Mr. Ellison’s operations on the island. Born and raised on the island, Mr. Matsumoto, 56, is also Mr. Ellison’s point person in his relations with locals.
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Reynold Gima, a social worker for adult mental health who started the watchdog organization Lanaians for Sensible Growth to challenge some of Mr. Murdock’s efforts, said he finds Mr. Ellison’s management style “refreshing.” It also helps that he knows and trusts Mr. Matsumoto, as many on the island seem to; the two men were in Little League and Boy Scouts together.
If Gilbert & Sullivan were still around, this would make a great comic opera.
Pathological altruism is at the root of the liberal left’s crisis of authority, which we discussed in our May 20 column. The left derives its sense of moral authority from the supposition that its intentions are altruistic and its opponents’ are selfish. That sense of moral superiority makes it easy to justify immoral behavior, like slandering critics of President Obama as racist–or using the power of the Internal Revenue Service to suppress them. It seems entirely plausible that the Internal Revenue Service officials who targeted and harassed conservative groups thought they were doing their patriotic duty. If so, what a perfect example of pathological altruism.
I don’t have strong feelings about abortion. It’s a tragedy. Life is full of tragedies. But this NY Times article pisses me off.
The first results examined the children at age 9. David reported that the children born of unwanted pregnancies had significant disadvantages. They were breast-fed for shorter periods; were slightly but consistently overweight; had more instances of acute illness and lower grades in Czech. They seemed less capable in socially demanding situations; they were less popular among peers and teachers and even, if sons, with their own mothers. David concluded that “the child of a woman denied abortion appears to be born into a potentially handicapping situation.” After David published his first round of data, Czechoslovakia made first-trimester abortion available on demand.
“Lebensunwertes Leben”. Is this what we’ve come to in 2013? This is progress?
The opening bars of Prokofiev’s first violin concerto always remind me of the start of the Sibelius concerto. Both begin sotto voce, with the violin wandering through a lyrical melody over a string tremolo. Both have a searching quality, but whereas the Sibelius broods with lingering regret, the Prokofiev offers a sense of hope.
That sense of hope came through in Lisa Batiashvili’s stirring and visceral performance with the New York Philharmonic on Saturday night. “Ease,” for which performers are so roundly praised, is not a word I would use in describing her playing. I don’t mean to say that she struggled with the piece’s technical challenges, because she most certainly did not; what I mean is that she doesn’t toss off a concerto with minimal effort as though it were a mere trick. I heard her play the Brahms concerto with the Dresden Staatskapelle earlier this year, and my reaction then was the same: She is keenly attuned to the music’s emotional urgency, avoiding the nonchalance into which performers of all kinds are too often content to sink.
That is something that I’ve sensed at times, Mozart and Mendelsohn come to mind, where the performer has performed the piece so many times with such technical ease that the life is sucked out of the music but hadn’t figured out what the problem is. It may also have something to do with hearing the music too many times, should stop listening to the radio where they cater to the casual listener and play the well known pieces over and over and are too unadventurous. An exception to this is WNED Buffalo 94.5 fm which I can receive here in the Great White North, there are no doubt others.
The rest of the program was Luigi Dallapiccola’s Il prigioniero, premiered in 1949. The one-act (twelve-tone) opera
Love this comment:
Might I ask a question of the music critic? Did the performance of The one-act twelve-tone opera contain any wrong notes? Musicians here in England tell me that whenever they are forced to play such rubbish they deliberately play wrong notes knowing that no one will ever notice.
William F. Buckley remarked that he found it impossible to define conservatism in one sentence, but whenever someone insisted that he offer a one-sentence definition he would “punish” them with Richard Weaver’s: “Conservatism is the paradigm of essences towards which the phenomenology of the world is in continuing approximation.” (“With a straight face,” Buckley added.)
I feel I should know about Richard Weaver. Certainly looks worth checking out.
In the coming weeks and months, I will try to see as many patriot leaders in Europe as possible. And I always ask them for their views on Israel. Because Israel is the litmus proof.
The Jewish people did exactly the opposite of what the Europeans did after the Second World War. They drew the right conclusion. They realized that without a nation-state of their own there could be no safety for their people.
Without a nation-state, without self-governance, without self-determination there can be no security for a people nor preservation of its identity. This was the insight that led the Zionists to strive for the re-establishment of the state of Israel. Theodore Herzl said that there had to be a Jewish state in order to ensure – I quote – “a new blossoming of the Jewish spirit.” – end of quote.
Indeed, a soul needs a body. The spirit of a people cannot flourish outside the body of the nation-state. The nation-state is the political body in which we live. We must preserve and cherish it. So that we can pass on to our children our national identity, our democracy, our liberty.
My friends, what we need today is Zionism for the nations of Europe. The Europeans need to follow the example of the Jewish people and re-establish their nation-state.
And that, my dear friends, is why every patriot, apart from being a democrat, by definition also has to be a true friend of Israel. A patriot cannot be anti-Semitic.
My friends, the great Zionist leader Ze’ev Jabotinsky said about the Jewish people: “We do not have to apologize for anything. We are a people as all other peoples; we do not have any intentions to be better than the rest. We do not have to account to anybody. We are what we are, we are good for ourselves, we will not change, nor do we want to.”
Via Israpundit. where you can read the whole of Gert Wilder’s speech.
The tide is turning even in Europe, I’m thinking that the Islamists and their best friends in the West, the progressive left will one day wonder what hit them. Too bad it takes so long until we have a mega disaster on our hands before enough people wake up.