Midday Stream of Consciousness

I was flipping channels today, looking for some white noise to help cover the traffic during an afternoon nap, and came across a Louis Farrakhan speech on local public access television, which is actually quite common here in St. Paul (separation of church and state in liberal states is understood only to apply to Christianity). Surrounding Farrakhan, as always, were several well dressed, stern looking bodyguards. My thoughts immediately jumped back to this:

I would pay a considerable sum to see the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence drop in on a Nation of Islam mosque. I'm sure some kind of online, streaming pay-per-view could be worked out. It's not like Farrakhan's views on homosexuality as sin differ much from the Catholic Church's. Anyone can go after the low hanging fruit, doing something "subversive" if the target is nice and safe like a mass in San Francisco. It takes a bit more courage to go hit on a member of the Westboro Baptist Church, not that Charles Firth did anything truly brazen like interrupting one of their services:

Another offering on a different public access station airing at the same time was a vegan documentary that laid the blame for most kinds of cancer and osteoporosis on the consumption of meat and pasteurized milk. When the left advocates more funding for state sponsored "independent" media, they're doing a good job marketing this stuff, as if the actual practice contains a real diversity of political views.

And now to play us out... to play us out? What does that mean? I don't know that means, to play us out? To end the show? We'll do it live! Fuck it! I'll write it, and we'll do it live!

That is it for us today, and we'll leave you with the honorable Louis Farrahkan playing Violin Concerto, Op.64, by the Jewish composer Felix Mendelssohn:

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Would have pegged him for a violist

I had no idea the man was a violinist. I now find my opinion of Farrakhan completely changed.

Mendelssohn's grandfather was the noted Jewish philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, famous in the intellectual circles of Judaism for his division of truth into three categories. While he's had considerable influence, as I recall he didn't manage to convince a single one of his children, who all converted to Christianity (rebellion is the way of the world). Felix was thus ethnically Jewish, but spiritually Christian (more importantly, dude wasn't even circumsized). Farrakhan might have made a bigger statement by playing something by Bloch.

Cognitive Dissonance and Art.

Cognitive Dissonance and Art.

How ironic that Farrakhan is such a good classical violinist that he is reduced to playing Jewish classical music instead of wikki wikki.
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Dave

Symbolic

It's a symbolic act, I believe, purposely meant as reconciliation with Jewry given his past Anti-Semitic remarks. See the article here.

Some of it is surprisingly moving:

"Elvis Presley shared the soul of black music's best performers," Mr. Farrakhan said. "He was a reflection of our life experience. Why shouldn't we do the same? Black artists should feel the freedom to reflect the God in Mendelssohn's music just as whites are touched by the God in us."