Rush’s Neil Peart: I can tour no more

NEIL PEART RecentThere were rumors, but now those rumors have turned out to be true.

Neil Peart, one of — if not the — finest rock drummers ever, has decided he can no longer tour with Rush.

From Consequenceofsound.net:

Alex Lifeson confirms Rush’s retirement from touring

by Alex Young

Rush billed last year’s R40 Tour as their last full-scale outing, a notion which was emphasized when drummer Neil Peart all but announced his retirement in an interview with Drumhead Magazine last December.

“… Lately Olivia has been introducing me to new friends at school as ‘My dad– He’s a retired drummer.’ True to say–funny to hear,” Peart said at the time. “And it does not pain me to realize that, like all athletes, there comes a time to… take yourself out of the game. I would rather set it aside then face the predicament described in our song ‘Losing It’ (‘Sadder still to watch it die, than never to have known it’).”

Now, in a new interview with Rolling Stone, Peart’s Rush bandmate Alex Lifeson has confirmed the band’s retirement from the road. While he and Geddy Lee would like to continue touring, Lifeson said Peart is no longer physically capable of participating in such extended outings.

Watch this video, and watch Neil Peart closely.  He is 63 years old.  Rush has been performing with Peart (as its second drummer) for 42 years.  Hold that thought.

Continuing, from the article:

“He didn’t even want to do the [R40 Tour], to be honest with you,” Lifeson explained. “It’s been increasingly difficult for him, but he committed to the tour and we got through it. As far as he was concerned, that was the end of touring.”

“His shoulders were hurting, his arms were hurting, his elbows, his feet, everything,” Lifeson added of Peart. “He didn’t want to play anything less than 100 percent. He was finding it increasingly difficult to hit that mark on this last tour. So, all those things combined, I get it. I’m disappointed and I think Geddy [Lee] is very disappointed and we’d love to continue this tour a little bit longer, but we’re off now.”

Hearing about the retirement of Peart and possibly of Rush simply, admittedly, emphasizes my own predicament.  I’m retired.  I’m never going to be a cop again.  I can watch deputies in cars on the street driving to their calls and I can’t help but wonder where they’re going and what they’re doing.

In other words, it’s another door closing.  A reminder of how old I am   My own heroes are going away, retiring, and even dying.  I admit it.

But it’s not just Neil Peart; let’s also include this from Wikipedia about the band Rush:

On April 29, 2015, Alex Lifeson stated in an interview that R40 might be the final large-scale Rush tour due to his psoriatic arthritis and Peart’s chronic tendinitis.[78] However, he did not rule out future projects with the band, including smaller tours and limited performances, and even stated that he would like to work on soundtracks with Geddy Lee.[79] On December 7, 2015, Peart stated in an interview that he was retiring. Lee clarified the following day that Peart had only retired from touring and was not ruling out continuing work with Rush in other capacities.[80][81] Lifeson confirmed in 2016 that the R40 tour was the band’s last large-scale tour.[82]

The end of an era.  But in truth, Neil Peart’s retirement is well deserved.

What most don’t know is that Peart has suffered major personal tragedies.  He lost his first child, a 19-year-old daughter, Selena, to a vehicle accident in 1997.  Then, in 1998, Neil Peart’s common-law wife of 22 years, Jacqueline, passed away of cancer.  Peart attributes her death to the result of a “broken heart” and called it “a slow suicide by apathy. She just didn’t care.”[22]

For those who have suffered their own personal calamities, I would recommend Neil Peart’s book “Ghost Rider: Travels On The Healing Road,” written as a result of those two terrible losses.  Beautiful, revealing, insightful, cathartic.

Let us not forget: being a drummer is like working out for three hours straight, involving every limb you possess, sometimes twice a day with some inconvenient and unsatisfactory rest in between.  Oh yes.  For four decades.

Now add in the focus, determination, craft, style and personal drive for perfection of Neil Peart.

I am sad.  But on the other hand, Neil Peart deserves both his rest and his accolades.

His body is crying: I have little left.

He must obey.

BZ

 

Obama LIES about Iran hostages RANSOM

Shocked, anyone?  (BZ looks around for shocked faces, sees none.)

Barack Hussein Obama LIES AGAIN.

This time it is about the literal pallet of cash flown to Iran.

For background, please see my story here about the original ransom payout.

That is what State Department spokeman John Kirby said Thursday.

As the NYPost.com writes:

State Dept.: $400M to Iran was contingent on US prisoners’ release

by Daniel Halper

The State Department admitted Thursday that the US would not hand over $400 million in cash to Iran until it released four American hostages — two weeks after President Obama insisted the payment was not a “ransom.”

State Department spokesman John Kirby was asked at Thursday’s press briefing: “In basic English, you’re saying you wouldn’t give them $400 million in cash until the prisoners were released, correct?”

“That’s correct,” Kirby replied.

Here, Barack Hussein Obama insists that no ransom was paid.

In an Aug. 4 press conference, President Obama said the opposite.

“We do not pay ransom. We didn’t here, and we won’t in the future,” the president told reporters, speaking of the Jan. 17 payment and hostage release.

Mr Obama, as you may recall, got on his high horse and cast wave after wave of righteous indignation onto those who dared question His Royal Highness about the incident.  How dare he be second-guessed?

Here is John Kirby also stating that no ransom was paid.  It was all a random coinky-dink.

We may conclude two clear things:

  1. John Kirby is a LIAR.  Therefore most everything presented officially by the State Department is likely a lie as well, and
  2. Barack Hussein Obama is a LIAR.  But we knew that already because of the following video — but only as one instance.  There are scores more.

One of the released hostages specifically said:

“I just remember the night at the airport sitting for hours and hours there, and I asked police, ‘Why are you not letting us go?’ ” Abedini said. “He said, ‘We are waiting for another plane so if that plane doesn’t come, we never let [you] go.’ ”

I wrote in my original post about Obama’s payment of $400 million dollars to Iran:

Also, that is completely exclusive of the fact that, unless one wants to embolden hostage-takers, villains, dictators and criminals, a country or an entity or an individual should never pay a ransom because — obviously, due to the nature of criminals — the hostage-taking will not stop.  It merely proves that the act of hostage-taking is productive.

Further, that cash will be used in furtherance of one thing: terrorist acts against Muslims and against the West.  Violence, death, chaos and carnage.

Now that the LIE is out and it is obvious and it is naked and blatant, let’s see how the Obama Media LapdogAmerican Media Maggots address the situation — other than, perhaps, doing their level best to sweep the situation under the media rug.

BZ

 

Denmark fail: what socialism gets you

Denmark LIESBecause, as Margaret Thatcher once said: “The trouble with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”

It looks as if Denmark is hitting that threshold.

From Bloomberg.com:

Aging Danes Hope Robots Will Save Their Welfare State

by Peter Levring

Denmark needs creative solutions to its labor shortages

Denmark has a problem: it may soon be unable to afford offering such a good deal to its people.

Free health care for all, a $757 monthly stipend for college students and robust safety nets for the less fortunate all cost money – Denmark devotes slightly more than 30 percent of its gross domestic product to social spending, one of the highest levels in the rich world.

According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, such a “generous welfare system requires robust public finances.” And while Denmark’s “seem sustainable” for now, the assumptions that underpin that view carry a high level of uncertainty, the OECD warned in a recent survey.

What?  The gravy train is about to derail?  I thought Denmark was the welfare and socialist Utopia favored by the rest of the planet.

True, an unemployment rate below 4 percent is one of Europe’s lowest, and industry frequently complains about shortages in skilled labor. But population projections show that Denmark’s 600 billion-krone ($91 billion) welfare system is facing a future of more customers and fewer people around to pick up the bill. 

The alternative to cutting costs, of course, is to increase revenue. But Denmark’s not doing too well there either, with faltering productivity leading to an economy that’s now expanding at a slower pace than the euro area’s.

Denmark Shrinking ProductivityBut wait!  Weren’t we told that Denmark is a worker’s paradise?  They out-produce the rest of Europe?  Everyone has a smile pasted on their face?  Check the graphic at the top of this post as opposed to the graphic above.  Apparently, not so much.  The graph above says this: you are heading towards a cash crash, in terms of being able to pay for all of your free shit.  That is to say, the ultimate tipping point of more parasites than hosts.

Let me finally state this: Denmark has it easy.  It is a small country (133rd in size), with a small population (5.7 million, including the Faroe Islands and Greenland) that has, conversely, one of the world’s highest income tax rates.  The world’s.  And even then, with having a much smaller geographic area and population to pacify — than, say, the United States — it is already running out of cash and labor.

If the Perfect Ideal Utopia that all Leftists, Progressives and Demorats immediately point to when prompting and promoting welfare and socialism theories is running out of gas — with a fraction the size and population of the US — what makes anyone think it will work here?

Historical Alzeimers, as I call it.  That’s what.

Because, as I’ve always said, everyone thinks they can “do” Socialism better than the last guy.

Ahem.  Hillary.

BZ

 

Soros: funding violence against law enforcement

Black Lives Matter Wide BannerIt’s no surprise or secret that 86-year-old Hungarian billionaire George Soros is a Leftist par excellence, who just “happened” to make over $1 billion dollars in one day when he short-sold the British pound in UK’s Black Wednesday crisis of 1992.

But, naturally, because Soros funds Leftist causes the staggering profiteering of Soros simply falls off the radar of the American Media Maggots, et al.  His corporatism is magically acceptable and worthy of ignorance;

Soros has already spent $13 million dollars this election cycle to bring Hillary Clinton to the White House and Demorats back to power in the US Congress.

That as background, from Breitbart.com:

Hacked Soros Memo: $650,000 to Black Lives Matter

by Aaron Klein

George Soros’s Open Society Institute viewed the 2015 Baltimore unrest following the death of Freddie Gray as opening a “unique opportunity” to create “accountability” for the Baltimore police while aiding activists in reforming the city, according to hacked documents reviewed by Breitbart Jerusalem.

The documents further confirm that the Open Society last year approved $650,000 to “invest in technical assistance and support for the groups at the core of the burgeoning #BlackLivesMatter movement.”

The information was contained in a detailed 69-page Open Society report on the agenda of an Open Society U.S. Programs board meeting held in New York October 1 to October 2, 2015.

The report directly states the Open Society views the Baltimore unrest last year as a crisis that can be utilized to carry out the organization’s agenda.

Cue Rahm Emanual, disgraced Mayor of Chicago: “you never let a serious crisis go to waste.”

The so-called “money shot” for Leftists:

Recognizing the need for strategic assistance, the U.S. Programs Board approved $650,000 in Opportunities Fund support to invest in technical assistance and support for the groups at the core of the burgeoning #BlackLivesMatter movement.

Our support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement follows other investments that have taken very different paths, including the Dreamers and Occupy Wall Street. USP grantee United We Dream (UWD) for example, a youth-led organization formed in 2009 by undocumented students and other advocates, changed the narrative about undocumented people and continues to be a major player in the immigration reform field.

Ah.  Good to know that the doddering George Soros is still sufficiently cogent to fund and embrace Saul Alinsky, Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven.

There are, literally, billionaires working against you, good citizens of the United States of America.

And millions of Leftist dollars are funding those who wish to assassinate law enforcement personnel who are black, Caucasoid, Asian, Hispanic, it doesn’t matter.  If you wear a law enforcement uniform you are now a funded target.

Good times.

BZ