The titles of royalty are bandied about in America as if they lived in the United States. It is as if the forefathers did not devise an antidote to tyranny and oppression with the Declaration of Independence. There has been a King of Swing in Benny Goodman; a King of Rock in Elvis Presley; a King of Pop in Michael Jackson; A Queen of Pop in Madonna; A Princess of Rhythm and Blues in Aaliyah; and of course the alleged Queen of Soul in Aretha Louise Franklin, just to list a few. This last honorific is close but not quite what Miss Franklin should be remembered for concerning lifetime. She was the CEO of soul music. Much like Frank Sinatra was Chairman of the Board (this was actually do to his status on the board of Reprise records, however), Franklin could command a stage with her larger than life presence and deep, controlled vocal power. No honorific title related to royalty suffices when it comes to the female boss of soul music.
Every agency from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been tasked with safeguarding the lives and property of Americans. Other internationals like the MI6 in the United Kingdom have been working like really smart pest control agents to knock out the hornets’ nests around the world. Individuals who sign up to fall in to the ranks must pass rigorous mental and physical tests, with emphasis placed on the former. Countless novels, plays, films, and songs have incorporated the functions of government bodies such as these. To understand properly just what an operative may function as, the author of works of fiction must rely on volumes of knowledge supplied by actual agents to get the scenes just right. It is helpful to get into the minds of the characters and depict just what a CIA agent would do once given top secret information about nuclear weapons being developed in Iran, or an National Security Agency (NSA) agent who halts another NSA employee who is planning to spy on the private messages of millions of Americans.
In a question proposed by an audience member during a taping of the Donahue (1967-1996) show to Ayn Rand regarding the existence of the Illuminati and whether that played a factor in Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged (1957), Miss Rand simply rejected anything like those “conspiracies.” As of late, the talk has resurfaced about secret societies running the Earth like Adam Smith’s invisible hand twirling the globe. But it was another Adam that fostered this whole debacle over what these behind doors groups do to the planet. Mr. Adam Weishaupt originated the name and the thrust behind the entire alleged organization. This includes, allegedly, the wealthy families of the Rothschilds, Rockefellers, Bilderbergs, and other names that have sprung up over the last few centuries. These names represent the “masters of the universe” who shape history and the intellectuality of a given age. People put faith in Illuminati because it resonates with the non-thinker. It gives automatic, canned, digestible tidbits of half philosophy half faith.
The mea culpa within the hip-hop arena has been a mainstay. With all the lights and glamour that comes with the life in the studio, on the road, and among the rich and famous, things may not always be what they seem. You might look onto an Internet video and see a group of rappers jumping up down in unison, enjoying their new found glory and fame. The next thing that happens is there is a falling out and a severance of ties within the group. Now, there is a period of diss records leveled against each other. Finally, if nothing ends in violence as has happened in the rap world, the warring factions settle their differences and reunite either in the studio or in some other fiscal venture.
When shots rang out during a video game conference, the jovial, buoyant atmosphere turned to dread. Yet another shooting had rocked a sector of the United States. The Jacksonville, Florida NFL Madden Championship Series gaming tournament became the scene of carnage. Police sirens blared and officers patrolled the premises as medical professionals carted off the wounded and the dead. What stands as stark is the fact that more and more quotes from people at the scene reverberate about more gun control, mental health for the future perpetrators (the tourney killer took his own life), and the push for politicians to do all of this work.
Most men are gray in terms of their convictions. They hold onto good and life-affirming ideals while also clutching toxins at the same time. Many men have exhibited this dichotomy much like the late Senator John McCain. As he espoused “Duty, Honor, and Country” during his lifetime, the words encapsulate the man’s entire outlook on politics and life as a whole. Two out of the three ideals show a sense of what is the worst in an individual, duty and country.