Never Believe Your Own Hype

So, I guess you all have heard about Neil Young and his challenge to Spotify:  either they take down Joe Rogan or he’ll take down Spotify.  

Long story short, Spotify told him to not let the door hit him on the way out.  

You see, Young still sees himself as young, when he had some clout.  Turns out he doesn’t.  As has been said on more than one occasion in the recent past,  Rogan is the Big Kahuna of podcasters.  Millions of people listen to him every day.  His contract with Spotify alone is worth $100,000,000.  Between Rogan and Young, there simply is no competition.

The width and breadth of Rogan’s audience allow him to treat the high and mighty like chattel.  I love watching self-important celebrities truckle before him and take his verbal beatings (which he delivers in a sweet, sing-songy type voice). 

Rogan is a national treasure.  If it weren’t for him, the airwaves would be full of Establishment toadies like Alyssa Milano and the “ladies” of The View, spewing for their sanitized talking points, pretending to be edgy but in reality being nothing but shills for the leftoid Establishment.  Even Howard Stern, who used to pride himself on really being edgy, has become virtually indistinguishable from Mr. Carter on Downton Abbey

I love what Rogan did to Sanjay Gupta several months ago.  For a while there, CNN backed down from their lies but then Don Limon, that deceitful catamite, decided to double, then triple-down on CNN’s insanity.  They even put out a video of Rogan in which they made his skin green; he looked like Herman Munster.  This is so far beyond propaganda that it might as well be an open secret.  Anyway, word on the street is that he’s going to sue them.  He should.  Maybe he, Nick Sandmann and Kyle Rittenhouse can start another network built on the shards and ashes of that laughingstock of a network.  Anyway, it’s good to see someone call out the high-and-mighty and put them in their place.

This story is kind of delicious for me on many different levels.  For one, I never really liked Neil Young.  [Editor Note:  I did.]  He seemed too angry.  Maybe it was heartfelt or maybe it was a pose.  Regardless, it was off-putting.  It’s OK to be an angry young man when there’s an unpopular war going on but once you’ve made your point –and your millions–it’s time to hang it up.   Get a variety show or write a book or something.  

Second (and this is more important), it reinforces my belief that the Establishment is finally losing control of the Narrative.  The fact that he thought he actually mattered makes me wonder about the rest of the Establishment.  I took the Red pill a long time ago but every now and then I need an excuse to not take the Black pill.  No matter how badly they screw things up it seems that they’re never called to account for their failures.  Things like this give me hope.

Third, it reinforces my commitment to the phronema of the Orthodox Church.  When you go to Church every Sunday and recite the Communion Prayers (the one that has you say out loud:  “…and of sinners, of whom I am chief”), that kind of puts it all in perspective.  You may not actually believe it at first but give it time, and you’ll see that you really are the worst of the lot.  At the very least, it’ll give you pause and maybe prevent you from getting too big for your britches.

And finally, his anger on one occasion inspired him to write a song called “Southern Man,” which was an indictment on the South during the Civil Rights era.  Unfortunately for him (but fortunately for the rest of the world), because Southerners tend to be a cussed and ornery lot, Lynyrd Skynyrd decided to put “Mr Young” in his place:  

“One, two, three…turn it UP!

 And so, Neil, you ain’t all bad.  If it weren’t for you, we wouldn’t have “Sweet Home Alabama,” quite possibly, one of the greatest rock-and-roll ballads of all time.


  1. George Michalopulos says

    Well, I don’t mean to pile on, but once you get on the Crazy Train that is our present Cancel Culture, you won’t be able to get off:

    (Not suitable for work or around children.)

  2. What do you expect from someone searching for a heart of gold and growing old?

  3. That was hilarious. I wasn’t aware Neil Young had any fans. What a freak. Plus, he’s Canadian.

    And finally, his anger on one occasion inspired him to write a song called “Southern Man,” which was an indictment on the South during the Civil Rights era.

    It was also a reference to the song “Alabama”.

    I’m from a new land
    I come to you
    And see all this ruin
    What are you doing Alabama?
    You got the rest of the union
    To help you along
    What’s going wrong?

    No, sir. A Southern man don’t need him around at all, or the “rest of the union.” He can stay in communist Canada if he hates freedom so much.

  4. I love hippies. I loathe yippies. Neil Young is a yippie. The difference is the politics.

    Hippies tend to reject politics. “Turn on, tune in, drop out.” Yippies are leftist tools.

    Young, however, is a relatively innocuous yippie. Van Zandt and company wore Young t-shirts even after the slights and their response to it. They just didn’t take him that seriously, probably recognizing a burnt-out reactionary when they saw one.

    Honestly, he simply isn’t capable of the intellectual effort needed even for the relatively low brow vocation of yippieness. He had “Ohio”, which is a great tune but whose lyrics are targeted misinformation about the sad result of baiting national guard troops by incendiaries. None of his lyrics are clever, just cheap knee jerk. Same for some of his later stuff contra Bush, Sr. and W. He didn’t even hold clear rights to his own music so his Spotify attack was an empty threat which may cost him and others residuals. He took down his statement from his website after they called his bluff and the co-owners of his music will probably quietly pursue repairing the damage.

    Young penned two songs, “Southern Man” and “Alabama Song” pointedly and cheaply critical of the South using facile tropes. Skynyrd took as inspiration an old blues classic, “Sweet Home Chicago” by Robert Johnson (irony) which was simply about heartfelt longing and love for his hometown, Chicago, much like “Dixie’s Land” was about longing of blacks in New York for their former home down South (Look away, look away, Dixie land . . . I wish I was in Dixie . . .). All three songs are really about uncomplicated love of home, except that in “Sweet Home Alabama” there is the reaction to Young’s criticisms.

    But the reaction was actually very light. There is internal conflict in the lines about loving the governor (Wallace, which Ed King later said they did, as champion of the “common man”) but doing “what we could do” and a recognition of hypocrisy in “Watergate does not bother me, does your conscience bother you?”

    The song is actually edgy, contrary to the whitewash that some have tried to accomplish. It probably is at least ambiguous regarding the question of integration and it does reject the fire hosing of the entire Southern white population with the guilt for the worst aspects of slavery. Emotions were a lot more complicated in the South in the early seventies (of which I have some recollection) than they are today as the result of the incessant programming of progressive ideology. Informed, reflexive defense of the Just Cause was ubiquitous back then in a culture fresh out of the segregation battles.

    But in the end, the only bite to the song is that ” . . . a Southern man don’t need him around, anyhow”, which really just means, “. . . we are what we are, if you don’t like us, take the train.”

    Indeed. Some things never change.

  5. I’m actually a fan of Neil Young (more specifically his work with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby Stills Nash n Young), but we need to understand one thing about entertainers. When it comes to politics most of them are stuck in group think. The main place where they open their minds and do their own thing is through their art. That’s where they use most of their mental bandwidth and it makes sense, that’s what they’re paid to do.

    Outside of that, esp. when it comes to the political arena they frequently take the tone of their colleagues and even competitors (I better get on top of this issue before he/she/it/they does). They mentally outsource their political and even spiritual life just as they outsource running their business to managers, lawyers, accountants, financial advisors. Also, when someone has a lagging career, politics working in concert with the center-left media can give you a boost over your competition. It keeps you relevant and out there, and for entertainers there is nothing more important than being out there.

    I’ve come to learn that I can appreciate someone’s art and have very different politics with them. That’s fine, because artists and entertainers are not supposed to know everything. I come to them for entertainment like I come to my accountant: for their specialty only. Their political views may or may not interest me.

    Unfortunately when we’re younger we tend to idolize artists and entertainers, and that is exactly why these artist/entertainers do what they do: they use their platform to sway the movable middle (the post-Beatles John Lennon was a master of this).

    Anyway, I’m very sorry Neil Young, like his leftist colleagues in CSNY, decided to go political – it doesn’t serve him well.

    • Nobody seems to have liked Wagner much,
      but that does not always go for his music…

      • George Michalopulos says

        Interestingly enough, I was going to write a semi-apology. Young had his qualities and was known for his intelligence.

        And then I found out this: (not suitable for work or small children).

        In other words, pretty much like everybody else in the pop-culture Establishment (Joni Mitchell, Paul McCartney,* etc.), he’s a freakin’ sell-out.

        I guess liberalism was just a pose after all.

        “Don’t trust anybody over 70!”

        *Boy do I miss John Lennon right about now.

        • Neil Young: The Long March from Spotify to Amazon!

          In the same vein, Tom Lehrer said:
          ‘When Kissinger won the Nobel peace prize, satire died’.

  6. As you can see nowadays, the truth is a lie and a lie is a truth.White is black and black is white. Hot is cold and cold is hot, I can go on and on.. Not a speck of “old school” left.

  7. the osetian says

    I love to tell people that John Lennon was a supporter of Ronald Reagan. Drives liberals mad…………….

  8. George Michalopulos says
  9. Hi George,

    Oklahoma connection fun fact — Skynyrd guitarist Steve Gaines is from Miami, OK. So is his backup singer sister, Cassie.

    • George Michalopulos says

      Thanks! When in Miami, I make it a point to stop and eat at Waylan’s “home of the cuckoo.” Excellent hamburgers.

      • They’re trying to inject Miami with more business and retail since a surprising number of people from around the world come to the US to travel the entirety of Route 66 — which happens to pass through Miami since it’s the town’s Main Street. They now have a “walk of fame” of sorts and have Steve and Cassie on it. Across from the Coleman Theatre, they’ve started to refurbish Charles Banks Wilson’s studio that he used for a number of years — he’s probably Oklahoma’s greatest artist with works hanging in more than a few museums.

        • George Michalopulos says

          Yes, I was in Miami a couple of months ago, after being absent for 6+ years and saw the upgrades they’re doing.

  10. George Michalopulos says
  11. Does Trump believe his own hype?:

    “I came up with a vaccine, with three vaccines. Came up with three of them in less than nine months. It was supposed to take five to 12 years. I’m the father of the vaccine because I was the one that pushed it. I pushed the FDA like they had never been pushed before and that’s why we have it. I hope everyone remembers. So everybody, go get your shot.”

    “The vaccine is one of the greatest achievements of mankind.”

    “The vaccine worked… If you took the vaccine, you are protected… People aren’t dying from the vaccine.”

    Then he blames Biden for more people dying from COVID, as if Biden didn’t vaccinate enough people.

    13:30 in this TV interview:

    Maybe a moment of candor is when he said “They’re crazy”, talking about demands for vaccinating people who already got COVID and got natural immunity to it.

    • Molon Labe says

      It’s clear that the interviewer is a vaccine opponent and was trying fruitlessly to steer Trump towards agreeing with her. She got so hopeful when she said “isn’t it suspicious that more people took the vaccine under Biden yet more people got sick, so then the vaccine doesn’t work”, but then Trump dashed all her hopes by doubling down on the fact that vaccines don’t guarantee defense from infection but rather ensure milder symptoms and more positive outcomes (less mortality).

  12. Looks like Justin Trudeau got himself FAKEcinated

    Nurse Claims Canadian PM Justin Trudeau’s COVID-19
    Vaccination Was Faked, Points Out Red Flags

    ‘ A registered nurse who is trained in giving intramuscular injections created a video explaining why she believes that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie did not actually receive COVID-19 vaccines. In fact, she said she “could spot this from a mile away” just by looking at the footage that was broadcast on live television.

    On April 23, Trudeau and his wife were recorded getting their first doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at a Rexall pharmacy. In the video, Trudeau can be seen rolling up his sleeve and reaching over to his wife and asking her to hold his hand before a pharmacist injected the dose into his left arm at the site of his tattoo.

    In the nurse’s video, she shared several reasons why she believes that the shots were “obviously fake.” Her main criticism was the fact that the worker who gave the couple their shots used just one hand.

    “Nobody does that. You don’t give IM injections that way,” she pointed out, using the abbreviation IM for “intramuscular.”

    The traditional method for administering intramuscular injections like the COVID-19 vaccines is using one hand to locate the deltoid muscle while the other hand injects the vaccine into the muscle in a procedure known as landmarking. Canadian government guidelines state that the skin on the arm “should be stretched flat (between thumb and forefinger) at the time of administration.”

    For the Trudeaus, she said: “The injector sat back on her chair and threw that needle in like it was a dart, one-handed, didn’t even touch them with the other hand, didn’t touch the needle with the other hand, it was highly unusual.”

    You can see the odd method in the video, which is posted on Brighteon.
    Video – 03:51

    Other experts who reviewed the footage have admitted that healthcare workers are trained to use both hands when they deliver injections, but some were quick to maintain that using just one hand does not necessarily mean that the vaccine’s delivery was faked.

    Speaking to PolitiFact, a spokesperson for the American Pharmacists Association said: “The video with the Trudeaus is not a demonstration of the technique we use to train pharmacy personnel for immunizations, but it also does not necessarily disprove that the Trudeaus were vaccinated.”

    I would have thought that, when vaccinating a Prime Minister and his wife
    while on camera, the vaccinator would take great care to do it correctly.
    Of course, that would be assuming that the vaccination was real…

  13. Covid Scotland: NHS Grampian sorry over
    out-of-date vaccines at Stonehaven centre

    ‘ More than 40 patients in the north east of Scotland have been given out-of-date Covid jabs, according to reports.

    NHS Grampian admitted that a total of 42 people who attended Stonehaven Vaccination Centre on February 1 had been given a vaccine which was 48 hours past the expiry date, the BBC has reported.

    All patients affected are aged 12 and older.

    The health board added that despite being past the expiry date, it believed that “the doses administered are safe and will still protect”, however those affected are being offered another jab if they want one.

    It added that its “investigations to date suggest this was an isolated incident and no other centres are affected”.

    An NHS spokeswoman told the BBC: “We believe the doses administered are safe and will still protect.

    “However, there is a very small possibility of reduced effectiveness, therefore we are offering re-vaccination if those affected want this.

    “We are contacting them directly to apologise and to offer them this, according to their personal circumstances.” ‘

    “We believe the doses administered are safe and will still protect. …”
    How comforting. However, should you wish to compound the damage,
    come in and we will give you an extra shot, plus the usual boosters etc…

    I expect graphene oxide has no use by date.

  14. One Side Now
    By Joni Mitchell and Trevor in Trimley (based on Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now)

    Rows and floes of angel hair
    And vaccine castles in the air
    And faces covered everywhere
    I like COVID this way

    But misinformers block the sun
    They rain and snow on everyone
    So many things I would have done
    But they got in my way

    I’ve looked at this from one side now
    From my perspective to which all must bow
    It’s just illusions they believe
    They really don’t know this disease

    But now old friends are acting strange
    They shake their heads, they say I’ve changed
    I turned away, there’s nothing gained
    From listening anyway

    I’ve looked at life from one side now
    Learned nothing new, and still somehow
    It’s my right to censor you
    I really don’t know love at all