Rise of Evil

Rise of Evil

Sabaton regularly gets accused of being right-wing because of things like putting out an album about Karl of Sweden, or singing the Swedish Anthem in concert, or writing a song that explains, with sympathy to the german people, why an evil, charismatic, and ultimately incompetent man was able to seize power.I'll note one thing regarding the "Socialism" being real socialism. Especially as it's clear they're trying to stay neutral, and there are many who a decade ago praised hte "successful" socialism of Venuzuela who now insist it wasn't "real" socialism.Yes, Hitler was an opportunist who would wear any…

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Nautical History

Nautical History

First, for those who missed my post, Sabaton decided that, since they couldn't figure out a place to slide it in between Heroes, The Last Stand, and the upcoming Great War, that they'd just go ahead and do a single about the Bismark.OK, for those somewhat familiar with the story of the hunt for the Bismark, there's actually an argument for putting it under "The Last Stand". Either way, like how they executed the video.While on the subject, another song about the same ship:I grew up with that song, courtesy of my dad.…

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Notre Dame

Notre Dame

In addition to Gene Wolfe's death, another tragedy yesterday was the destruction of the cathedral of Notre Dame. While it's not been a priority to "bucket list" travel items, much less have a "bucket list," it's a place that I will no longer get a chance to properly see. It's loss is a blow to beauty and the symbols of our civilization.How did it happen? We don't know. That said, the official story, that it was an accident due to construction, stinks to high heaven.Look, I fully understand the desire of truly good and peaceful men who know…

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Sabaton

Sabaton

For those of you who've hung around a while, my love of Sabaton is not news. There are metal bands with more intricate musicianship, but the overall blend of history and music sense is outstanding. They've also started a youtube history channel with Indy Neidell, who has two other youtube channels dedicated to history in general and WW2. I'll post links to the first seven videos released up until now below, but another question has been knocking around the back of my head. What do they believe? I'll grant up front that I cannot and will not read minds, but…

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Red Scare

Red Scare

On the recommendation of Cataline Sergius over at his new blog, I tried out "Death of Stalin".Glad I did.Not hysterically fun, it is an exceedingly black and dark company that transforms into straight-up dark near the end, and yet has a number of moments worth a chuckle as the actors and script manage to both play it utterly straight, yet slightly ridiculous.I'm also somewhat shocked - despite the black humor it is an utterly unfettered look at exactly how evil and kill-happy the communists were. If anything, the presentation as humor files a few edges off -…

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