Incredible Italian teen-agers singing Sole Mio

If you’d rather miss the Italian language introduction by the overblown blonde in the trashy dress, start at about the 27 second mark. If my description makes you want not to miss her, that’s your problem.=)

These boys are 15 and 14 years old, and their voices are just incredible. I’ve listened three times.

Translation of Sole Mio:

What a wonderful thing a sunny day
The serene air after a thunderstorm
The fresh air, and a party is already going on…
What a wonderful thing a sunny day.

But another sun,
that’s brighter still
It’s my own sun
that’s in your face!
The sun, my own sun
It’s in your face!
It’s in your face!

When night comes and the sun has gone down,
I start feeling blue;
I’d stay below your window
When night comes and the sun has gone down.

But another sun,
that’s brighter still
It’s my own sun
that’s in your face!
The sun, my own sun
It’s in your face!
It’s in your face!

Originally written in 1898, Elvis Presley sung “It’s Now or Never” to the tune.

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Holocaust Museum Shooter

Not only was he not a Christian conservative, he was something we won’t be hearing much about from the Left and their media – he was a Christian-Hating Socialist

More here. He also hated former President Bush, believing he was responsible for 9/11- yeah, he was a 9/11 truther. He considered Christianity a vile religion, a hoax perpetrated by Jews to undermine the virile, wonderful pagan society of Rome from within.

His views mostly tracked left, oddly enough. Is the left or any fringe thereof ‘responsible’ for him? Of course not. Sometimes a crazed killer is just a crazed killer.

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To Those With Only Darkness in Their Hearts, Joy is a Foreign Language.

It struck The Equuschick this morning just how common a truth and theme this is in story and song.

There are those in the world whose eyes are so dark and so dim that anything that speaks of light is incomprehensible to them.

There are those who are so accustomed to grief and despair as the only appropriate responses to death and loss that the faith (and yes, even the gratitude) they may see expressed by others in times of fiery storms and fear can only cause confusion and a sense of somehow being in the dark about some grand and secret joke. But it never was a secret and it never was a joke. Those who have eyes, let them see.

The Equuschick came upstairs as someone was listening to Micheal Card’s Hosanna, a song that speaks of praise and laughter from the hearts of children while the world looks on and cannot understand.

Hear the song of all Creation
Hear the stars and moon and sun say
Listen to the ocean waves,
And hear what the thunder says,
Hosanna to the King of kings!

Hear the echo of the noise,
As Jesus sets out to destroy,
And cast out all the merchants
From the Holy Place

See the anger in His eyes,
But then look close and realize,
There is still a light upon His face!

Can’t you keep these children quiet?
This is no place for a riot.

If you try to quell these girls and boys,
The very rocks will shout for joy!
Hosanna to the King of kings!

As the courtyard settles down,
The children gather all around
To thank the one who gave them back
Their place to pray.

But soon their hearts are overcome,
They start to shout for joy and run
To sing and leap and laugh and say,

Can’t you keep these children quiet?
This is no place for a riot.

If you try to quell these girls and boys,
The very rocks will shout for joy!
Hosanna to the King!
Hosanna to the King!
Hosanna to the King of kings!

There is so much more than joy expressed in the heart of this song, there is triumph as well. A sense of security and faith that rests only in invisible powers incomprehensible to those who have torn out the eyes of faith.

As she was trying to place this exultant mood and think of other stories where The Story had been told, she suddenly thought (of all things) of Peter Pan and Captain Hook.

She recalled the scene in the most recent movie, where Hook had thought he’d won. Peter Pan he thought was dead, the children captured and his triumph secure.

But alas for Captain Hook, he was no match for the faith of the children. As the ice melted and the veiled sun returned he could only watch in horror and confusion as, at the very moment of his victory, the children broke into cheers and laughter. Bound to the mast and on the very brink of walking the plank, these children were laughing. And they won.

Truly it is well known that malice and bitterness will never conquer faith and joy.

The theme in Peter Pan is certainly smaller in scope, less epic and eternal, and one could even say child-like. Faith at its best is child-like.

In Peter Pan admittedly we see only a pretty story and an imagination, and as mature adults called be as subtle as serpents we should always be cautious to place our faith in hard doctrinal absolutes rather than insubstantial (but perhaps more comfortable) imaginations.

But our faith, once placed, is the faith of children.

We laugh, we rejoice, we dance, even in the midst of storms. We know what the world has chosen not to know. We know we have won.

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. 12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you.

2nd. Cor. 4:8-12

And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
John 1:5

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Power Just Goes To Their Heads

Two stories:
1. From Byron York (and there’s a lot more about this one further below in this post):

Bottom line: The AmeriCorps IG accuses prominent Obama supporter of misusing AmeriCorps grant money. Prominent Obama supporter has to pay back more than $400,000 of that grant money. Obama fires AmeriCorps IG.


Top aides to Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) called a last-minute, pre-emptive strike on Wednesday with a group of prominent Democratic lobbyists, warning them to advise their clients not to attend a meeting with Senate Republicans set for Thursday.

Russell Sullivan, the top staffer on Finance, and Jon Selib, Baucus’ chief of staff, met with a bloc of more than 20 contract lobbyists, including several former Baucus aides.

“They said, ‘Republicans are having this meeting and you need to let all of your clients know if they have someone there, that will be viewed as a hostile act,’” said a Democratic lobbyist who attended the meeting.

“Going to the Republican meeting will say, ‘I’m interested in working with Republicans to stop health care reform,’” the lobbyist added.

Republican leaders have been meeting with health care stakeholders for months, with those sessions occurring “more frequently than once a month,” according to a senior Senate GOP aide.

And by ‘their’ I mean human beings who morph into politicians. They probably begin with an appetite for it in the first place, but still. It’s not a dem vs repub issue, either. It just happens that the Dems are in power so they can throw their weight around more. Switch parties, and at the most, all that happens is you change the speed with which we march to Gomorrah happens, not the direction.

Via Ace of Spades

And here’s more on story #1: The President called the Inspector General of Americorps last night and told him he had an hour to resign or be fired. I wondered when I read this if perhaps the IG serve at the whim of the president, as some positions do. But apparently not:

Inspectors General are part of every federal department. They are given the responsibility of independently investigating allegations of waste, fraud, and corruption in the government, without fear of interference by political appointees or the White House. Last year Congress passed the Inspectors General Reform Act, which added new protections for IGs, including a measure requiring the president to give Congress 30 days prior notice before dismissing an IG. The president must also give Congress an explanation of why the action is needed. Then-Sen. Barack Obama was one of the co-sponsors of the Act.

Now, there is the hurried attempt to dismiss Walpin, without the required notice or cause.

More at Ace of Spades

Having been reminded that he’s not allowed to fire IGs on a whim, he has to give Congress one month’s notice, Obama put Walpin on suspension with pay for 30 days, telling Congress he’s ‘lost confidence’ in Walpin. But the law requires that he tell Congress why he’s dismissing an IG. Does it have anything to do with Walpin’s investigation of some Obama donors who seem to have been misusing AmericaCorps funds?

I suggest you read all the links before dismissing this one. It looks pretty nasty. Travelgate all over again, with the ‘refining’ touch of Chicago politics.

More at HotAir as well.

According to this news story

Kevin Hiestand, chairman of the board of St. HOPE Academy, said in a statement it was “about time” Walpin was removed. “Mr. Walpin’s allegations were meritless and clearly motivated by matters beyond an honest assessment of our program.”


The U.S. attorney’s office reached a settlement in the matter. Brown cited press accounts that said Johnson and the nonprofit would repay half of nearly $850,000 in grants it received.

Common Sense by Thomas Paine: a ‘representative government ceases to be representative if the ELECTED (that’s our politicians)

“form to themselves an interest separate from the ELECTORS [that’s us], prudence will point out the propriety of having elections often; because as the ELECTED might by that means return and mix again with the general body of the ELECTORS in a few months, their fidelity to the public will be secured by the prudent reflection of not making a rod for themselves. And as this frequent interchange will establish a common interest with every part of the community, they will mutually and naturally support each other…”

We have a political class that is completely separate and apart from the common people. Our ELECTED have long since formed an interest to themselves separate from the ELECTORS, namely, getting reelected and solidifying their own power and perks. Even the nice ones.

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Sigh. Barney Frank

I think he and King George III have a lot in common.

H/T Tom Elia

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