I have avoided the news all day today, and so until I just logged on to my PC and opened up Drudge Report, I had no idea that Barack Hussein Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
I am absolutely amazed at the ridiculousness of this concept. What in the Sam Hell did "Mmm, Mmm, Mmm," Barack Hussein Obama do to deserve this award?
Through strength and diplomacy Ronald Reagan led the world to witness the end of Communist oppression, and essentially the freedom of millions of Europeans and others worldwide. George W. Bush led the world in liberating millions of people in Iraq. Barack Hussein Obama failed to bring the Olympics to Chicago, is allowing more death to Afgans and American troops, supports a dictatorial regime in Honduras, will not meet with the Dali Lama, and he is seen by the world as a man of peace? The Nobel Peace Prize has become a complete and total joke as of late; AlGore and Jimmah Cattah come to mind as reasons why the committee should be absolutely ashamed of themselves.
I've got blood shooting out of my eyes...
Of course, the good news for the moonbats on the left is that now we can no longer compare Obama to Hitler, because Hitler was only nominated for the prize.
Therefore, on a day when I feel I must indeed be living in a room full of mirrors, I bring you an amazing piece of footage.
This recording is from February 24th, 1969 at Royal Albert Hall in London. Jimi Hendrix, in the eyes of many was the greatest guitar player who ever will live, performed a magnificent piece of art on this particular night.
During an easygoing introduction, during which some small set changes were made including the addition and introduction of a bongo player, Jimi and The Experience begin the tune in a very mellow way. Over the first couple of stanzas they built the energy and the tempo. Never given much critical praise for his singing, on this particular tune Jimi was very in time with the band and very soulful.
Finally the band takes the song to the next level, and the legendary axeman puts on a classic show. Working the fretboard with amazing finesse and speed, he plays with feedback in true Jimi Hendrix fashion, and creates unique and intriguing audio sensations.
As the band mellows, a flute begins to play. One of the magnificent parts of live music from this era was their willingness, if not absolute intentional desire to include traditional instruments in their rock and roll performances. In this instance, it is fun to witness the showman Hendrix, who clearly was the center of attention at every concert he ever participated in, make every effort to create an environment that put full attention on the flute player. At one time he even approaches the man and says something to him.
As the song closes with a majestic crescendo, take note of the final notes Jimi played. A veteran of the Vietnam era, Hendrix was always a patriot in an era in which (much like today) seemingly unpatriotic gestures and overtures were par for the course with celebrities and socialites.
Rest in peace, Jimi... we miss you.