Night Music: The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl

December 24, 2015

The greatest song ever recorded about Christmas Eve.

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The Klan’s 150th

December 24, 2015

Today is the 150th birthday of the original Ku Klux Klan. It was founded by six former soldiers of the Confederate Army in Pulaski, Tennessee.  The group had some success (in their terms), using violence and assassinations, against the carpetbagger regimes of the Reconstruction Era.  However, the group had largely disappeared by the 1870s.

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The second rising of the Klan was inspired by D.W. Griffiths’ 1915 movie, “Birth of a Nation” which glorified the work of the original Klan.

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This second Klan was anti-Catholic, anti-Jewish, anti-immigration, and, of course, anti-black.  It quickly developed a membership in the millions (including a branch in Saskatchewan) but had faded away by the early 1940s.

The current Klan, was revived in the 1950s as a direct response to the Civil Rights movement. The FBI estimates a current membership of about 5,000 very sick individuals.  The Klan is now essential a neo-Nazi organization and they should reasonably be called terrorists.