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Today I must ask the reader’s pardon. I do not usually write about the intimate details of my life. They would embarrass me and bore everyone else. But in this case I am obligated, as will shortly be apparent.

We have all heard of Twelve-Step Programs. Alcoholics Anonymous was the first and remains the best known. There are others, notably Narcotics Anonymous but also groups to help people control anger and even narcissism.

In all of these, one of the steps is to publicly acknowledge one’s culpability. This is psychologically necessary. Otherwise the tendency is overpowering to tell oneself that one wasn’t really all that guilty. (“I’m not an alcoholic. Sure, I get a snootful once in a while, but so does everybody….”) This is behind the requirement that at, for example, a meeting of Narconon one must begin by saying, “My name is Bob, and I am an addict.”

You probably have not heard of a group in Mexico, where I live, called “Infieles Anonimos,” which translates as “Unfaithfuls Anonymous.” Like other twelve-step programs, it requires a public confession. Bear with me. Please.

In the mid-Eighties my wife at the time was a harpsichord performance grad out of Bloomington, which if you know music schools will mean something to you. She of course knew many musicians who were often invited to our house. It was through her that I met a lovely young torch singer, whose name I will omit as there is no reason to embarrass her. We became involved. Although my wife and I did not have an open marriage, not formally certainly, I am pretty sure she knew. At any rate, she did not threaten divorce. Musicians tend to take a Bohemian approach to manners and morals, the classical ones more quietly than rock performers. I saw my new love sometimes at our house, sometimes at restaurants or gatherings of musicians around Washington.

Of course it couldn’t last.

Promo shot.
Promo shot.

Eventually she moved to the opposite coast to pursue a career in high-end restaurants and similar venues. She had her own eight-piece jazz band for years. I found reasons to fly to the coast frequently. Since I was a journalist, my wife saw nothing suspicious in this.

Enough. But I will always remember the first time I saw her. My wife was with several other people and someone called me into the room, and…there she was. She was beautiful. I don’t know whether there is really such a thing as love at first sight, but .…well, maybe there is. At first I thought she must be severely anorexic, as she weighed seven and a half pounds. To my certain knowledge many medical personnel were aware of this, yet they showed no concern, which which might seem extraordinary. In the long run it didn’t matter. With intensive dietary therapy, with which my wife helped, she put on weight.

Our relationship continued, seemingly settling in for the long haul. My wife, perhaps resigned, actually seemed to approve. Again, musicians are tolerant of such things. The focus of my attentions flourished. At age twelve, in addition to getting her scuba certification, she came home and announced that she wanted to be a jazz singer. I thought sure, kid. And maybe an astronaut. Her parents did not know that she was sneaking off to a low dive called Whitey’s (we later found that her father was known for attendance in low dives) to sing on open-mike nights. By all accounts she was terrible. She was also persistent.

Anyway, at seventeen and just out of high school she set off for California to be a jazz singer. This of course was insane, delusional, and revealed a lack of mature understanding of the possibilities of life. She had, all said, no sense of her own limitations.

It seems that her limitations had no sense of Emily Anne either (which, now that I think of it, is her name) as four years later she gigging all over San Francisco.

It is a curious contradiction of American life that a useless general gets paid a fortune for killing goatherds in places no one has ever heard of or wants to, but much of the country’s best musical talents tends bar in San Fran or drives taxis. (“Uber uber alles.”) This would embarrass a country that was capable of being embarrassed.

On my forays to the Left Coast we went with her boyfriend to sushi bars, some the kind with the sushi moving past on a moving thing like an automotive assembly plant and you have to grab it, and then we walked down a street loud with music. We’d go in, maybe grab a drink, and the bands would holler, “Hey, Emily, wanna sit in?” and it was all kind of family. I decided it really was better than a war in Afghanistan.

You might think that half a dozen bands playing in bars on Saturday in San Francisco must not be very good or you would have heard of them. In this you would be sorely deluded. There is much more talent in America than there is a national market for it. The big labels make more money having a few bands in a genre and hyping them so that everyone has heard of them than by having fifty equally good or better bands all competing with each other. The music industry in New York is not about talent, or music. It is about money.

(As this is a highly principled column, I would never post sordid commercial pitches, as by noting that some of her–their–other cuts can be found here. Actually they probably can’t. You can check and see.)

ORDER IT NOW

Emily didn’t have a driver’s license then and so waitressed and tended bar, which exposes you to a better crowd of people than most jobs. Add gigging three nights a week when she had the Emily Anne Band and she was a busy kid. By this time she had switched from jazz to…well, whatever the above is.

I guess that’s about all. I have met my obligation to Infieles Anonimos which was my point in this uplifting litany. Emily Anne did well, doing the stations of the musical cross such as American Idol and America’s Got Talent, which she regarded as combining the artistic brilliance of Facebook and the appeal of a moist skin disease. Having determined that gigging in the Bay Area was fun for a while but that jumping to national wasn’t going to happen, she said to hell with it and moved on to other things.

There you have my mea culpa. I won’t inflict this on you again. Unless I join Curmudgeonns Anonymous.

(Republished from Fred on Everything by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Patriot says:

    Thanks for sharing some great music.

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  2. Gracebear says:

    Pointless.

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    Yep.
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  3. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    That is some good writing there, Fred, and your daughter is fortunate to have a father who appreciates her talents.

    I sometimes regret not having children. That being said, it was never easy for me to get women with nice personalities and who were at least minimally attractive interested in me as husband material (I was never rich or handsome and, although athletic, I had better things to do with my time than “be an athlete”). And then there is the unpleasant fact that, while I never knew my grandparents, so I cannot have a truly informed opinion about them, I rarely heard anyone say a good word about them. My guess is that I am one of those unfortunate people with not one, not two, not three, but with four unlikeable grandparents. I could be wrong but in a combined 100 years or so of knowing my parents I have almost never heard then say a good word about their parents.

    Well, I am intelligent and have a lot of charisma. So, as much as I am gladdened when I hear people talk with pride and love about their children, I have to face the fact that, if I had children, they might take after my grandparents — and be intelligent, with lots of charisma (like their dad) — and be meaner than dirt in lots of ways that make people who are meaner than dirt happy, to the detriment of the rest of us – cor ad cor loquitur — so I feel guilty about feeling bad about not having children.

    It is important to be a good person and to raise children well. God wants us to be fruitful and multiply. I wish I was not a rare exception.

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    Why are alt right guys always childless single men?

    Could it be that you are not charming as you say but are socially awkward and unappealing?
    , @YetAnotherAnon
    " in a combined 100 years or so of knowing my parents I have almost never heard then say a good word about their parents"

    That's very sad. I don't think my parents ever said a good word about their parents either (people kept their emotions to themselves more), but their actions towards them spoke louder than words.

    You don't have to be rich to have children, generally the poor seem to have more - not that I'm saying that's a good thing.

    (Fred is right btw that there's some great talent out there which doesn't necessarily 'make it big').

    @anon - I don't think when you've raised a child from a baby they have to look like you before you can love them. My daughter doesn't look much like me, what with being a girl.

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  4. Whoever says: • Website

    Love the music — talent runs in the family! But I wish you’d written more. (•‿•)

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  5. “The music industry in New York is not about talent, or music. It is about money.”

    Imagine that!

    I was a pro musician all my life. Eventually, I mostly relied on my tech skills for a living.

    The world doesn’t owe me a living because I’m a great musician. Nor is it up to somebody else to make my desire to be a performing musician financially viable.

    I’m trying to figure out, Fred, why you think it’s an injustice that the music business is about making money. That’s sort of the main purpose of any business, isn’t it?

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    I’m trying to figure out, Fred, why you think it’s an injustice that the music business is about making money. That’s sort of the main purpose of any business, isn’t it?
     
    I commented once that Fred has been stuck inside a "Country Joe and the Fish" song for the past 50 years. That was in regard to the way he writes about the Viet Nam war, and war in general. He does seem to have had his worldview frozen in the hippy-dippy Sixties, railing against capitalism and warmongers and all that.
    I've known other baby boomers like him who took that guff seriously and as a result never became very successful in life. Often, they have become bitter. Always, they are resentful of those who came to a more mature understanding of the way things are.
    I suspect Fred is more of a realist than he lets on, but he writes what he writes because he learned that, at least back in the day, that is what sells. The whole "jaded Marine who's seen the face of war and is sickened by it" stage persona he pushes probably developed because he learned that it brought him chicks and writing gigs. I even fell for it.
    However that may be, I still enjoy reading him from time to time. It's nice that he is proud of his daughter -- unlike another columnist at Unz who belittles his son's accomplishments, insisting he's done the equivalent. That's pathetic. Really pathetic.
    , @Truth

    I’m trying to figure out, Fred, why you think it’s an injustice that the music business is about making money. That’s sort of the main purpose of any business, isn’t it?
     
    Not to ex-Vietnam longhaired Pinko-Commies.
    , @byrresheim
    The main purpose of a business is serving clients – customers and suppliers.

    If a business serves its clients well, it makes money. Lots of it.
    If on the other hand the service is not good, insufficient money will be earned.
    If there are not enough clients – custumers and suppliers – there was no business case in the first place.

    What you mean is a rip-off.

    The main purpose of a rip-off is making money.

    , @Tony B.
    What Fred means is that today music is not promoted because it is good music by good musicians. It is promoted because of connections and/or willingness to be some kind of prostitute to the "business."
    There are literally thousands of better musicians, better song writers, etc. than those who are promoted in the media. And who are not CIA Monarch perversions such as Miley Cyrus.
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  6. Brabantian says: • Website

    My thought is that this ‘public confession’ does not come off as well as the author intended … It is a kind of modernistic, excessive exhibition of the sort of matter better kept private … plus there is an oily aspect of sub-conscious boasting, under the pretence of doing a quite un-needed public mea culpa … older gents fondy recalling their conquests, is quite common after all

    By way of reverting to the core issues the author usually addresses, here some photos of what could be the colourful mascot of all US southern border immigration discussion … the ‘world’s largest Trojan Horse piñata’, made in El Paso, Texas … jokingly referred to as Mexico’s ultimate strategy for defeating any future Trumpian border wall

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    • Replies: @Ace
    Fred should be shot at dawn. If not sooner.
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  7. A little too clever a way to tell us you have a great kid, Fred.

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    • Replies: @Sunbeam
    "A little too clever a way to tell us you have a great kid, Fred."

    It was so clever I still don't know exactly what he said.

    Did he have a child with his wife? Or did he have a child with some lounge singer in DC, who later moved to SF, and Fred flew out on occasion to hook up and see his kid, leaving wifey at home (probably drowning in gin, apathy, and quiet desperation)?

    Probably my lack of reading ability, but this prose is pretty baroque, and it doesn't grab me enough to parse out what is actually being stated.
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  8. Da Wei says:

    “Mea Culpa”, Fred? No es problema, homeboy. This is uplifting, swell stuff. Thanks.
    And thanks to your daughter for bringing back Hoagy Carmichael, too.

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  9. Sunbeam says:
    @The Alarmist
    A little too clever a way to tell us you have a great kid, Fred.

    “A little too clever a way to tell us you have a great kid, Fred.”

    It was so clever I still don’t know exactly what he said.

    Did he have a child with his wife? Or did he have a child with some lounge singer in DC, who later moved to SF, and Fred flew out on occasion to hook up and see his kid, leaving wifey at home (probably drowning in gin, apathy, and quiet desperation)?

    Probably my lack of reading ability, but this prose is pretty baroque, and it doesn’t grab me enough to parse out what is actually being stated.

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    At the risk of being Captain Obvious, the "other woman" in his life is his daughter.
    , @Sam Shama

    Did he have a child with his wife? Or did he have a child with some lounge singer in DC, who later moved to SF, and Fred flew out on occasion to hook up and see his kid, leaving wifey at home (probably drowning in gin, apathy, and quiet desperation)?
     
    The latter. Note the "Notes of a poor sinner". Fred's prose is brilliant.
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  10. Renoman says:

    Congratulations Fred, you raised a real prize. Well done.

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  11. @Sunbeam
    "A little too clever a way to tell us you have a great kid, Fred."

    It was so clever I still don't know exactly what he said.

    Did he have a child with his wife? Or did he have a child with some lounge singer in DC, who later moved to SF, and Fred flew out on occasion to hook up and see his kid, leaving wifey at home (probably drowning in gin, apathy, and quiet desperation)?

    Probably my lack of reading ability, but this prose is pretty baroque, and it doesn't grab me enough to parse out what is actually being stated.

    At the risk of being Captain Obvious, the “other woman” in his life is his daughter.

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    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    Thanks, Captain, I got a bit re-confused near the middle, when he wrote "Her parents ...", but that does again make sense.

    Pretty good column, but as usual Fred is the know-it-all braggart - I can't blame any parent for bragging on the kids though, as is the case this time.

    The music sounds good.

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  12. @The Alarmist
    At the risk of being Captain Obvious, the "other woman" in his life is his daughter.

    Thanks, Captain, I got a bit re-confused near the middle, when he wrote “Her parents …”, but that does again make sense.

    Pretty good column, but as usual Fred is the know-it-all braggart – I can’t blame any parent for bragging on the kids though, as is the case this time.

    The music sounds good.

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  13. Rum says:

    When my girl-child “ripened into her womanhood”, I felt simple joy when it became obvious that she had won the genetic lottery. In a totally non-creepy way, I felt I had a precise and objective understanding re just how valuable that could be for her. And I was so not wrong.
    So yeah, it is a good feeling.

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  14. Whoever says: • Website
    @Shouting Thomas
    "The music industry in New York is not about talent, or music. It is about money."

    Imagine that!

    I was a pro musician all my life. Eventually, I mostly relied on my tech skills for a living.

    The world doesn't owe me a living because I'm a great musician. Nor is it up to somebody else to make my desire to be a performing musician financially viable.

    I'm trying to figure out, Fred, why you think it's an injustice that the music business is about making money. That's sort of the main purpose of any business, isn't it?

    I’m trying to figure out, Fred, why you think it’s an injustice that the music business is about making money. That’s sort of the main purpose of any business, isn’t it?

    I commented once that Fred has been stuck inside a “Country Joe and the Fish” song for the past 50 years. That was in regard to the way he writes about the Viet Nam war, and war in general. He does seem to have had his worldview frozen in the hippy-dippy Sixties, railing against capitalism and warmongers and all that.
    I’ve known other baby boomers like him who took that guff seriously and as a result never became very successful in life. Often, they have become bitter. Always, they are resentful of those who came to a more mature understanding of the way things are.
    I suspect Fred is more of a realist than he lets on, but he writes what he writes because he learned that, at least back in the day, that is what sells. The whole “jaded Marine who’s seen the face of war and is sickened by it” stage persona he pushes probably developed because he learned that it brought him chicks and writing gigs. I even fell for it.
    However that may be, I still enjoy reading him from time to time. It’s nice that he is proud of his daughter — unlike another columnist at Unz who belittles his son’s accomplishments, insisting he’s done the equivalent. That’s pathetic. Really pathetic.

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    Who? I wouldn't have cared much, but now it's bugging me (though I don't read about 1/2 of the people on here, especially the Commies).
    , @bluedog
    Maybe others should write more about the horrors of wars,maybe take a few trips to the VA hospitals and visit with those that have no legs,no arms no sight,but then again its a real money maker and of course that's what its all about..
    , @Truth

    I commented once that Fred has been stuck inside a “Country Joe and the Fish” song for the past 50 years.
     
    LMAO!
    , @Alden
    I really enjoy his stories about life in the marines.
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  15. Beb says:

    God bless you both.

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  16. Oldeguy says:

    OK, yeah, a plug for his kid-but very cleverly and lovingly handled.
    And what’s the point of being in a position of influence if you don’t take care of your own ?

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  17. MEH 0910 says:

    Your daughter has Escheresque fish and bird tattoos on her arms.

    That group video is from November 3, 2015.

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  18. @Whoever

    I’m trying to figure out, Fred, why you think it’s an injustice that the music business is about making money. That’s sort of the main purpose of any business, isn’t it?
     
    I commented once that Fred has been stuck inside a "Country Joe and the Fish" song for the past 50 years. That was in regard to the way he writes about the Viet Nam war, and war in general. He does seem to have had his worldview frozen in the hippy-dippy Sixties, railing against capitalism and warmongers and all that.
    I've known other baby boomers like him who took that guff seriously and as a result never became very successful in life. Often, they have become bitter. Always, they are resentful of those who came to a more mature understanding of the way things are.
    I suspect Fred is more of a realist than he lets on, but he writes what he writes because he learned that, at least back in the day, that is what sells. The whole "jaded Marine who's seen the face of war and is sickened by it" stage persona he pushes probably developed because he learned that it brought him chicks and writing gigs. I even fell for it.
    However that may be, I still enjoy reading him from time to time. It's nice that he is proud of his daughter -- unlike another columnist at Unz who belittles his son's accomplishments, insisting he's done the equivalent. That's pathetic. Really pathetic.

    Who? I wouldn’t have cared much, but now it’s bugging me (though I don’t read about 1/2 of the people on here, especially the Commies).

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    I wonder too. Hopefully not Derbyshire, because he never said anything as bad as that, just here and there a little of the typical Bolshie English bragging about how tough they had it back in the day, apparently unlike every body else.
    But when he goes on like that I just assume he is riffing on John Cleese or some other English comedian like that who often "speaks as if they are mocking someone who speaks that way" and I pass it over.
    , @animalogic
    Wow, I just found a red under my bed. Its only an old Liverpool jersey, but, hey, that's pretty close.
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  19. anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Achmed E. Newman
    Who? I wouldn't have cared much, but now it's bugging me (though I don't read about 1/2 of the people on here, especially the Commies).

    I wonder too. Hopefully not Derbyshire, because he never said anything as bad as that, just here and there a little of the typical Bolshie English bragging about how tough they had it back in the day, apparently unlike every body else.
    But when he goes on like that I just assume he is riffing on John Cleese or some other English comedian like that who often “speaks as if they are mocking someone who speaks that way” and I pass it over.

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    No way John could be proud of his son who couldn't look like him due to genetic mudbloodness.
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  20. gp says:

    “There is much more talent in America than there is a national market for it.” Bingo. Econ 101.

    God bless those people who can make a good living doing what they love, or at least what they are best at. They are few.

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  21. bluedog says:
    @Whoever

    I’m trying to figure out, Fred, why you think it’s an injustice that the music business is about making money. That’s sort of the main purpose of any business, isn’t it?
     
    I commented once that Fred has been stuck inside a "Country Joe and the Fish" song for the past 50 years. That was in regard to the way he writes about the Viet Nam war, and war in general. He does seem to have had his worldview frozen in the hippy-dippy Sixties, railing against capitalism and warmongers and all that.
    I've known other baby boomers like him who took that guff seriously and as a result never became very successful in life. Often, they have become bitter. Always, they are resentful of those who came to a more mature understanding of the way things are.
    I suspect Fred is more of a realist than he lets on, but he writes what he writes because he learned that, at least back in the day, that is what sells. The whole "jaded Marine who's seen the face of war and is sickened by it" stage persona he pushes probably developed because he learned that it brought him chicks and writing gigs. I even fell for it.
    However that may be, I still enjoy reading him from time to time. It's nice that he is proud of his daughter -- unlike another columnist at Unz who belittles his son's accomplishments, insisting he's done the equivalent. That's pathetic. Really pathetic.

    Maybe others should write more about the horrors of wars,maybe take a few trips to the VA hospitals and visit with those that have no legs,no arms no sight,but then again its a real money maker and of course that’s what its all about..

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  22. Ace says:
    @Brabantian
    My thought is that this 'public confession' does not come off as well as the author intended ... It is a kind of modernistic, excessive exhibition of the sort of matter better kept private ... plus there is an oily aspect of sub-conscious boasting, under the pretence of doing a quite un-needed public mea culpa ... older gents fondy recalling their conquests, is quite common after all

    By way of reverting to the core issues the author usually addresses, here some photos of what could be the colourful mascot of all US southern border immigration discussion ... the 'world's largest Trojan Horse piñata', made in El Paso, Texas ... jokingly referred to as Mexico's ultimate strategy for defeating any future Trumpian border wall
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0eeec66eaac3aa72860c9486b5f1006332ce11ea1e7f2a5f8f4c2ff9d99f4865.jpg
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/71ccb6229b32eb8297cd7dfe7945260023120fd0da092aad79112b03f2f8b471.jpg

    Fred should be shot at dawn. If not sooner.

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  23. dave337 says:

    uhh, Okay.

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  24. Truth says:
    @Shouting Thomas
    "The music industry in New York is not about talent, or music. It is about money."

    Imagine that!

    I was a pro musician all my life. Eventually, I mostly relied on my tech skills for a living.

    The world doesn't owe me a living because I'm a great musician. Nor is it up to somebody else to make my desire to be a performing musician financially viable.

    I'm trying to figure out, Fred, why you think it's an injustice that the music business is about making money. That's sort of the main purpose of any business, isn't it?

    I’m trying to figure out, Fred, why you think it’s an injustice that the music business is about making money. That’s sort of the main purpose of any business, isn’t it?

    Not to ex-Vietnam longhaired Pinko-Commies.

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  25. Truth says:
    @Whoever

    I’m trying to figure out, Fred, why you think it’s an injustice that the music business is about making money. That’s sort of the main purpose of any business, isn’t it?
     
    I commented once that Fred has been stuck inside a "Country Joe and the Fish" song for the past 50 years. That was in regard to the way he writes about the Viet Nam war, and war in general. He does seem to have had his worldview frozen in the hippy-dippy Sixties, railing against capitalism and warmongers and all that.
    I've known other baby boomers like him who took that guff seriously and as a result never became very successful in life. Often, they have become bitter. Always, they are resentful of those who came to a more mature understanding of the way things are.
    I suspect Fred is more of a realist than he lets on, but he writes what he writes because he learned that, at least back in the day, that is what sells. The whole "jaded Marine who's seen the face of war and is sickened by it" stage persona he pushes probably developed because he learned that it brought him chicks and writing gigs. I even fell for it.
    However that may be, I still enjoy reading him from time to time. It's nice that he is proud of his daughter -- unlike another columnist at Unz who belittles his son's accomplishments, insisting he's done the equivalent. That's pathetic. Really pathetic.

    I commented once that Fred has been stuck inside a “Country Joe and the Fish” song for the past 50 years.

    LMAO!

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  26. Fred doesn’t need to be writing music reviews given his current tastes.

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    Hey, thanks, Mr. Lassiter. I'd never heard from that band, but that song was catchy upon listen-1! It's got that sound that makes me think the Parrotheads would appreciate it too.

    I hope Mr. Fred Reed's experience in Mexico will remain better than Jimmy Buffets' Tampico Trauma

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o9A8YYkxjw

    "If you come back, we just may not be your friend.", said Mr. Federale.
    , @CK
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XboE3_7KZ3Y
    good stuff
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  27. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Women are nuts. Take Julianne Moore. She couldn’t keep her clothes on all these movies. An exhibitionist, she had to show her pooter in SHORTCUTS and bare her boobs and ass in whole bunch of other movies. You wanted to say, “keep your clothes on, lady.”

    Later, she’s finally in a movie where she dresses and acts properly. But then, she goes off and kisses a Negro, on the lips too. Imagine that. She finally acts the role of a respectable lady only to smooch some colored guy.

    A truly messed up world.

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    Oh, and I'm guessing you turned your head when "she" was naked?
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  28. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Why the tattoos?

    Ugly mugly tattoos.

    What kind of tard does graffiti on her own body?

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  29. @Jim Bob Lassiter
    Fred doesn't need to be writing music reviews given his current tastes.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWOlqVBrQrw

    Hey, thanks, Mr. Lassiter. I’d never heard from that band, but that song was catchy upon listen-1! It’s got that sound that makes me think the Parrotheads would appreciate it too.

    I hope Mr. Fred Reed’s experience in Mexico will remain better than Jimmy Buffets’ Tampico Trauma

    “If you come back, we just may not be your friend.”, said Mr. Federale.

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    ...or Marty Robbins'...

    ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UVVS5-9HvA

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  30. Truth says:
    @Anon
    Women are nuts. Take Julianne Moore. She couldn't keep her clothes on all these movies. An exhibitionist, she had to show her pooter in SHORTCUTS and bare her boobs and ass in whole bunch of other movies. You wanted to say, "keep your clothes on, lady."

    Later, she's finally in a movie where she dresses and acts properly. But then, she goes off and kisses a Negro, on the lips too. Imagine that. She finally acts the role of a respectable lady only to smooch some colored guy.

    A truly messed up world.

    Oh, and I’m guessing you turned your head when “she” was naked?

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    It's no good when a woman is flashing that stuff all the time. It gets annoying.

    The game is 'hard to get'. If it's easy to get, esp in roles where nudity isn't even necessary, it's boring.

    It's like Greta Scacchi had to bare her boobs in movie after movie and for reason at all. That stuff is just grating.

    Imagine if Katharine Hepburn in old Hollywood movies decided to just bare her ass here, show her tits there, and flash her pooter everywhere. We'd say ENOUGH.
    , @Tiny Duck
    OF course he didn't

    The problem with alt right guys is that they are fascinated by wome but hate them becase tey cannot touch them
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  31. Fred,

    You’re right about all these 12-step groups.

    There’s even one for people who talk too much.

    Onanonanon.

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  32. @Achmed E. Newman
    Hey, thanks, Mr. Lassiter. I'd never heard from that band, but that song was catchy upon listen-1! It's got that sound that makes me think the Parrotheads would appreciate it too.

    I hope Mr. Fred Reed's experience in Mexico will remain better than Jimmy Buffets' Tampico Trauma

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o9A8YYkxjw

    "If you come back, we just may not be your friend.", said Mr. Federale.

    …or Marty Robbins’…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UVVS5-9HvA

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    Thanks, that was an original, but still,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmdWIy-RmJE

    OK, yes, 2 drummers IS possibly overkill on this one.
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  33. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Truth
    Oh, and I'm guessing you turned your head when "she" was naked?

    It’s no good when a woman is flashing that stuff all the time. It gets annoying.

    The game is ‘hard to get’. If it’s easy to get, esp in roles where nudity isn’t even necessary, it’s boring.

    It’s like Greta Scacchi had to bare her boobs in movie after movie and for reason at all. That stuff is just grating.

    Imagine if Katharine Hepburn in old Hollywood movies decided to just bare her ass here, show her tits there, and flash her pooter everywhere. We’d say ENOUGH.

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    "Imagine if Katharine Hepburn in old Hollywood movies decided to just bare her ass here, show her tits there, and flash her pooter everywhere. We’d say ENOUGH."
     
    She was quite a looker in her younger days, but I wouldn't have wanted her flashing us in On Golden Pond.

    Saw her once in Old Saybrook in her later years ... suitably dressed.
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  34. @Pat Kittle
    ...or Marty Robbins'...

    ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UVVS5-9HvA

    Thanks, that was an original, but still,

    OK, yes, 2 drummers IS possibly overkill on this one.

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  35. TIny Duck says:
    @anonymous
    That is some good writing there, Fred, and your daughter is fortunate to have a father who appreciates her talents.

    I sometimes regret not having children. That being said, it was never easy for me to get women with nice personalities and who were at least minimally attractive interested in me as husband material (I was never rich or handsome and, although athletic, I had better things to do with my time than "be an athlete"). And then there is the unpleasant fact that, while I never knew my grandparents, so I cannot have a truly informed opinion about them, I rarely heard anyone say a good word about them. My guess is that I am one of those unfortunate people with not one, not two, not three, but with four unlikeable grandparents. I could be wrong but in a combined 100 years or so of knowing my parents I have almost never heard then say a good word about their parents.

    Well, I am intelligent and have a lot of charisma. So, as much as I am gladdened when I hear people talk with pride and love about their children, I have to face the fact that, if I had children, they might take after my grandparents --- and be intelligent, with lots of charisma (like their dad) --- and be meaner than dirt in lots of ways that make people who are meaner than dirt happy, to the detriment of the rest of us - cor ad cor loquitur --- so I feel guilty about feeling bad about not having children.

    It is important to be a good person and to raise children well. God wants us to be fruitful and multiply. I wish I was not a rare exception.

    Why are alt right guys always childless single men?

    Could it be that you are not charming as you say but are socially awkward and unappealing?

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    "...socially awkward and unappealing"??

    Surely you realize (((Hollywood))), (((the media))), & (((advertising))) relentlessly mock White men as "socially awkward and unappealing."

    (((Their agenda))) maliciously imprints White children (especially boys) in their formative years with the original sin of being White.

    And this (((insidious denigration of White self-respect))) is what you call "White privilege."

    "White privilege" is Jew privilege. In case you didn't know.

    , @Anonymous
    Not true.

    They actually do have families and stick around to raise them. Unlike most Knee grows.

    Hoosier Daddy?

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  36. Tiny Duck says:
    @Truth
    Oh, and I'm guessing you turned your head when "she" was naked?

    OF course he didn’t

    The problem with alt right guys is that they are fascinated by wome but hate them becase tey cannot touch them

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  38. Fred’s daughter sounds a lot like Katharine Whalen from the Squirrel Nut Zippers. That’s a very good thing.

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  39. @TIny Duck
    Why are alt right guys always childless single men?

    Could it be that you are not charming as you say but are socially awkward and unappealing?

    “…socially awkward and unappealing”??

    Surely you realize (((Hollywood))), (((the media))), & (((advertising))) relentlessly mock White men as “socially awkward and unappealing.”

    (((Their agenda))) maliciously imprints White children (especially boys) in their formative years with the original sin of being White.

    And this (((insidious denigration of White self-respect))) is what you call “White privilege.”

    “White privilege” is Jew privilege. In case you didn’t know.

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  40. Now, Fred, if you joined Curmudgeons Anonymous, what would you write about? The entire corpus of your work would be off limits thence forward.

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  41. Liza says:
    @Gracebear
    Pointless.

    Yep.

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    Thank you, Liza.
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  42. Biff says:

    What ever you like

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  43. Music is dead as friend chicken. ALL the clubs in OC and LA are pay to play and nobody sticks around for the next band. We would always show up for the band before us and stay for the band after and encouraged our 5 fans to do the same. But no matter, the crowd for one band left and new one (of 5-10) showed up as the sets changed over.

    now all anyone wants to do is Karaoke.

    I’ve totally given up playing live, there’s no longer any point.

    and that ends my rant.

    p.s. NAMM was dead as fried chicken this year as well.

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  44. anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @anonymous
    I wonder too. Hopefully not Derbyshire, because he never said anything as bad as that, just here and there a little of the typical Bolshie English bragging about how tough they had it back in the day, apparently unlike every body else.
    But when he goes on like that I just assume he is riffing on John Cleese or some other English comedian like that who often "speaks as if they are mocking someone who speaks that way" and I pass it over.

    No way John could be proud of his son who couldn’t look like him due to genetic mudbloodness.

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  45. Gracebear says:
    @Liza
    Yep.

    Thank you, Liza.

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  46. @Shouting Thomas
    "The music industry in New York is not about talent, or music. It is about money."

    Imagine that!

    I was a pro musician all my life. Eventually, I mostly relied on my tech skills for a living.

    The world doesn't owe me a living because I'm a great musician. Nor is it up to somebody else to make my desire to be a performing musician financially viable.

    I'm trying to figure out, Fred, why you think it's an injustice that the music business is about making money. That's sort of the main purpose of any business, isn't it?

    The main purpose of a business is serving clients – customers and suppliers.

    If a business serves its clients well, it makes money. Lots of it.
    If on the other hand the service is not good, insufficient money will be earned.
    If there are not enough clients – custumers and suppliers – there was no business case in the first place.

    What you mean is a rip-off.

    The main purpose of a rip-off is making money.

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  47. @Achmed E. Newman
    Who? I wouldn't have cared much, but now it's bugging me (though I don't read about 1/2 of the people on here, especially the Commies).

    Wow, I just found a red under my bed. Its only an old Liverpool jersey, but, hey, that’s pretty close.

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    Check the back of it, A.L. If it says something like "LENIN 05", "MAO 51", or "GODFREE 01 (waterboy)", then, yes, it's too close for comfort. Stick it in the washer on hot/hot with 2 cups of bleach. Wash, rinse, and repeat, as those guys on the internet are always saying.

    As always, the tip is appreciated, and I will tell tail-gunner Joe. It is that time of the century when Commies start crawling out of the woodwork, that's all. However, since old stinky soccer jerseys don't try to take my hard-earned money to redistribute to whomever they please, I am not that worried about this one. Kudos!
    , @Twodees Partain
    Liverpool? An Urchin?

    OK I'm triggered.

    ARSENAL!!!!
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  48. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    That voice…

    Must be an alt-right thing… just like the banjo.

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    to some I guess it's just fun to insult a group of people and in today's day and age one can insult white people to no end and not be called a racist for doing so. That's why it's done daily in print, on TV and in movies.

    100's of years ago all kinds of groups were the goto insult fodder and that usually has resulted in genocide.....hope you don't have any white sons.
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  49. Alden says:
    @Whoever

    I’m trying to figure out, Fred, why you think it’s an injustice that the music business is about making money. That’s sort of the main purpose of any business, isn’t it?
     
    I commented once that Fred has been stuck inside a "Country Joe and the Fish" song for the past 50 years. That was in regard to the way he writes about the Viet Nam war, and war in general. He does seem to have had his worldview frozen in the hippy-dippy Sixties, railing against capitalism and warmongers and all that.
    I've known other baby boomers like him who took that guff seriously and as a result never became very successful in life. Often, they have become bitter. Always, they are resentful of those who came to a more mature understanding of the way things are.
    I suspect Fred is more of a realist than he lets on, but he writes what he writes because he learned that, at least back in the day, that is what sells. The whole "jaded Marine who's seen the face of war and is sickened by it" stage persona he pushes probably developed because he learned that it brought him chicks and writing gigs. I even fell for it.
    However that may be, I still enjoy reading him from time to time. It's nice that he is proud of his daughter -- unlike another columnist at Unz who belittles his son's accomplishments, insisting he's done the equivalent. That's pathetic. Really pathetic.

    I really enjoy his stories about life in the marines.

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    I have, too. But....
    It's not easy for me to express exactly what it is I find distasteful about some of the things Fred writes -- or why I keep reading him if I don't like what he writes. I don't read most of the writers at Unz. I may have looked at them once or twice and then never bothered again. Fred is one of the handful I do read. So there's something there. At some level, he connects with me. If he came into a bar and sat down next to me, I would buy him a beer. If another of the columnists here sat down next to me, I would pick up my beer and move to the other end of the bar.
    Let me try to explain. Example: In Dulce et Decorum Est: And May You Get the Chance, Fred wrote:
    "I was a soldier once. I received certain medals. They were trivial medals. The meritorious variety are awarded for jumping into a trench of scared conscripted adolescents and bludgeoning them to death with a rifle butt. I lacked the character."
    That is absolutely contemptible. It is outrageous. I don't have the words to express what I feel reading those words. I had some further feelings when I took a look at his OMPF.
    Maybe it's because I know a lot of men and, yes, even a woman or two, women like Jennifer Moreno, who have won "meritorious" medals, some even relatives. Read about the last moments of Jennifer Moreno and others with her who were awarded medals for valor and see if you agree she -- or they -- fits Fred Reed's description.
    And here's the Navy Cross commendation for one of my relatives from World War II. Does it fit Reed's description? Would he say what he wrote to the face of this young man's wife? His mother?
    The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant George William Schuncke, United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Combat Plane in Composite Squadron SIXTY-FIVE (VC-65), attached to the U.S.S. ST. LO (CVE-63), in action against enemy Japanese forces on Saipan in the Marianas Islands on 2 July 1944. Lieutenant Schuncke valiantly launched an attack against two Japanese armored cars firing on a U.S. Navy seaplane. Despite the terrific and concentrated anti-aircraft fire he flew in low to attack, holding persistently to the heavily armored targets until his plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed behind enemy lines. His courageous initiative and determined aggressiveness were directly instrumental in saving the seaplane from probable destruction and reflect the highest credit on himself and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

    General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 338 (May 1945)
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  50. TheJester says:

    Having determined that gigging in the Bay Area was fun for a while but that jumping to national wasn’t going to happen, she said to hell with it and moved on to other things.

    Okay, Fred, we get the point about your daughter’s alluring beauty and musical talent. Admirable I’m sure. But what about her character and maturity as a woman? When she went on to other things (above), did she settle down, marry and have children … or, did the other things continue to try to showcase her as the on-stage center of attention?

    Even beautiful and alluring women should grow up/need to grow up, settle down, and participate in that rich and lengthy slice of life that starts with becoming an adult.

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  51. @anonymous
    That is some good writing there, Fred, and your daughter is fortunate to have a father who appreciates her talents.

    I sometimes regret not having children. That being said, it was never easy for me to get women with nice personalities and who were at least minimally attractive interested in me as husband material (I was never rich or handsome and, although athletic, I had better things to do with my time than "be an athlete"). And then there is the unpleasant fact that, while I never knew my grandparents, so I cannot have a truly informed opinion about them, I rarely heard anyone say a good word about them. My guess is that I am one of those unfortunate people with not one, not two, not three, but with four unlikeable grandparents. I could be wrong but in a combined 100 years or so of knowing my parents I have almost never heard then say a good word about their parents.

    Well, I am intelligent and have a lot of charisma. So, as much as I am gladdened when I hear people talk with pride and love about their children, I have to face the fact that, if I had children, they might take after my grandparents --- and be intelligent, with lots of charisma (like their dad) --- and be meaner than dirt in lots of ways that make people who are meaner than dirt happy, to the detriment of the rest of us - cor ad cor loquitur --- so I feel guilty about feeling bad about not having children.

    It is important to be a good person and to raise children well. God wants us to be fruitful and multiply. I wish I was not a rare exception.

    ” in a combined 100 years or so of knowing my parents I have almost never heard then say a good word about their parents”

    That’s very sad. I don’t think my parents ever said a good word about their parents either (people kept their emotions to themselves more), but their actions towards them spoke louder than words.

    You don’t have to be rich to have children, generally the poor seem to have more – not that I’m saying that’s a good thing.

    (Fred is right btw that there’s some great talent out there which doesn’t necessarily ‘make it big’).

    @anon – I don’t think when you’ve raised a child from a baby they have to look like you before you can love them. My daughter doesn’t look much like me, what with being a girl.

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  52. utu says:

    Corny pretentious coquetry by tone deaf redneck.

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  53. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Funniest shit I ever heard.

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    LMFAO!

    Hey that was some Lincoln-Douglass material there. The alt-right at its finest.
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  54. Perhaps I’m dense, but I don’t get what Fred wrote. He: a) has/had a wife (Bohemian style etc.), b) then, he fell in love (or something) with a jazz singer.

    So far so good.

    And then he writes about …whom? Is this his daughter? By his legal, “Bohemian” wife? If yes- what his infidelities with jazz singer have to do with his- I suppose- daughter’s career?

    Not being judgmental, I simply don’t know how many women he’s writing about & what’s he point, after all.

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    Bardon, no, there is no incest involved - Fred was being clever in transitioning from "other woman" (he never wrote "lover" or anything) to the fact that this was his baby girl, and later his jazz singing "baby" girl. I think it works pretty well - the way he wrote it.

    I hope that helps. I don't mind any personal stuff from Fred or other columnists that write well like this. However, all the proud Mexicanity he displays is biased as all hell. He writes like he just about hates America completely (yeah, I can agree on lots of that too, the Police State we have now being one example). Yet, I really don't see the flow of people being southbound at this point; it's far, far from it. Note Fred's real daughter, the jazz singer doesn't sing in Mexico. Why the hell not? She could be close to her Daddy.

    I've said it before and I'll say it again, that ex-pat life-style can be really nice ... until the US Dollar that you're living on goes down the toilet.
    , @Jim Bob Lassiter
    Look at the man before trying to untangle his incoherencies.

    Image result for Fred Reed

    https://fredoneverything.org/p26/
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  55. Joe Hide says:

    I didn’t read the article. Fred was the author and he’s heaped enough twisted depreciative descriptions on my group of citizens in past articles that I had promised myself to never give him the benefit of a doubt again.

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  56. CK says:
    @Jim Bob Lassiter
    Fred doesn't need to be writing music reviews given his current tastes.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWOlqVBrQrw

    good stuff

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  57. @animalogic
    Wow, I just found a red under my bed. Its only an old Liverpool jersey, but, hey, that's pretty close.

    Check the back of it, A.L. If it says something like “LENIN 05″, “MAO 51″, or “GODFREE 01 (waterboy)”, then, yes, it’s too close for comfort. Stick it in the washer on hot/hot with 2 cups of bleach. Wash, rinse, and repeat, as those guys on the internet are always saying.

    As always, the tip is appreciated, and I will tell tail-gunner Joe. It is that time of the century when Commies start crawling out of the woodwork, that’s all. However, since old stinky soccer jerseys don’t try to take my hard-earned money to redistribute to whomever they please, I am not that worried about this one. Kudos!

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  58. @Bardon Kaldian
    Perhaps I'm dense, but I don't get what Fred wrote. He: a) has/had a wife (Bohemian style etc.), b) then, he fell in love (or something) with a jazz singer.

    So far so good.

    And then he writes about ...whom? Is this his daughter? By his legal, "Bohemian" wife? If yes- what his infidelities with jazz singer have to do with his- I suppose- daughter's career?

    Not being judgmental, I simply don't know how many women he's writing about & what's he point, after all.

    Bardon, no, there is no incest involved – Fred was being clever in transitioning from “other woman” (he never wrote “lover” or anything) to the fact that this was his baby girl, and later his jazz singing “baby” girl. I think it works pretty well – the way he wrote it.

    I hope that helps. I don’t mind any personal stuff from Fred or other columnists that write well like this. However, all the proud Mexicanity he displays is biased as all hell. He writes like he just about hates America completely (yeah, I can agree on lots of that too, the Police State we have now being one example). Yet, I really don’t see the flow of people being southbound at this point; it’s far, far from it. Note Fred’s real daughter, the jazz singer doesn’t sing in Mexico. Why the hell not? She could be close to her Daddy.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, that ex-pat life-style can be really nice … until the US Dollar that you’re living on goes down the toilet.

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    So how many women he is writing about in this piece? Two or three?
    , @Anonymous
    Bardon, he is talking about two women. His wife and his daughter.
    He garbled it a bit.
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  59. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    it’s too bad, if the protagonist of this little short story was of the African decent, you could made it a perfect tale of moral degeneracy and underachieving.

    but instead its some strange and confusing bit of self loathing

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    it’s too bad, if the protagonist of this little short story was of the African decent, you could made it a perfect tale of moral degeneracy and underachieving.

    but instead its some strange and confusing bit of self loathing
     
    ROFLMAO. No wonder you're anonymous. While I have noticed that "Anonymous" almost always means "Stupid", you confirmed it.

    "Descent", Stupid.
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  60. Well, your first paragraph was entertaining if not a little obscure. A laundry metaphor or something ? I actually think Lenin played for Manchester United.
    As for u and your ” hard earned money” ( i LOVE that expression) I wouldn’t worry too much about commies, your own oligarchic dreck know exactly how to SQUEEZE….
    Incidentally, its nice to know you have friend called tail gunner Joe. I’m very happy for you.

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  61. @Bardon Kaldian
    Perhaps I'm dense, but I don't get what Fred wrote. He: a) has/had a wife (Bohemian style etc.), b) then, he fell in love (or something) with a jazz singer.

    So far so good.

    And then he writes about ...whom? Is this his daughter? By his legal, "Bohemian" wife? If yes- what his infidelities with jazz singer have to do with his- I suppose- daughter's career?

    Not being judgmental, I simply don't know how many women he's writing about & what's he point, after all.

    Look at the man before trying to untangle his incoherencies.

    Image result for Fred Reed

    https://fredoneverything.org/p26/

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  62. @Anonymous
    it's too bad, if the protagonist of this little short story was of the African decent, you could made it a perfect tale of moral degeneracy and underachieving.

    but instead its some strange and confusing bit of self loathing

    it’s too bad, if the protagonist of this little short story was of the African decent, you could made it a perfect tale of moral degeneracy and underachieving.

    but instead its some strange and confusing bit of self loathing

    ROFLMAO. No wonder you’re anonymous. While I have noticed that “Anonymous” almost always means “Stupid”, you confirmed it.

    “Descent”, Stupid.

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  63. @Achmed E. Newman
    Bardon, no, there is no incest involved - Fred was being clever in transitioning from "other woman" (he never wrote "lover" or anything) to the fact that this was his baby girl, and later his jazz singing "baby" girl. I think it works pretty well - the way he wrote it.

    I hope that helps. I don't mind any personal stuff from Fred or other columnists that write well like this. However, all the proud Mexicanity he displays is biased as all hell. He writes like he just about hates America completely (yeah, I can agree on lots of that too, the Police State we have now being one example). Yet, I really don't see the flow of people being southbound at this point; it's far, far from it. Note Fred's real daughter, the jazz singer doesn't sing in Mexico. Why the hell not? She could be close to her Daddy.

    I've said it before and I'll say it again, that ex-pat life-style can be really nice ... until the US Dollar that you're living on goes down the toilet.

    So how many women he is writing about in this piece? Two or three?

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    He's writing about just 2, his ex- (American) wife and his daughter. Now, squid pro quo, Bardon, could you please tell me WTF Fight Club was about? I've seen it twice - no clue here.
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  64. Che Guava says:

    I agree with others, very poor article from Fred. Strange framing, too, to cast his daughter as his lover, and lose his Mexican wife somewhere in the prose.

    To all of those commenting on the music biz it’s rottten since last century, managers, band leaders, preventing the creators of the sound to receive anything.

    Will be stating clearly, my sounds were popular (30.000 discs in a very short time, mnre after) , would be many more now.

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    thank you, che...
    how 'clever' is it to use double entendres and misdirection to imply your daughter is a long lost lover which you cheated on your wife over ? ? ?
    weird, guess it is a Mexican thing...
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    NEVER seen a person - no matter how homely, or how beautiful- that I thought 'hmmm, they would look better with a tattoo'... never... conversely, NEVER seen a tattoo -no matter how 'cool' or even 'beautiful'- where I thought 'wow! I GOTS to get me one of those ! ! ! I will -like- be way cooler and handsomer for it ! ! !'... never thought that... never...
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  65. @animalogic
    Wow, I just found a red under my bed. Its only an old Liverpool jersey, but, hey, that's pretty close.

    Liverpool? An Urchin?

    OK I’m triggered.

    ARSENAL!!!!

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  66. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Only useful passage is here:

    It is a curious contradiction of American life that a useless general gets paid a fortune for killing goatherds in places no one has ever heard of or wants to, but much of the country’s best musical talents tends bar in San Fran or drives taxis. (“Uber uber alles.”) This would embarrass a country that was capable of being embarrassed.

    She weighed 7.5 pounds – good editing, jeezus.

    Art is dead in America, as is any semblance of dignity, culture, philosophy…in fact humanity.

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    She weighed 7.5 pounds – good editing, jeezus.
     
    Yeah, just how large do you figure babies, get, Anonymous? OK, ok, he does need an editor, come to think about it. C'mon guys, whatdya' need a refresher course? It's all SI units nowadays!
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  67. @Bardon Kaldian
    So how many women he is writing about in this piece? Two or three?

    He’s writing about just 2, his ex- (American) wife and his daughter. Now, squid pro quo, Bardon, could you please tell me WTF Fight Club was about? I’ve seen it twice – no clue here.

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    "Bardon, could you please tell me WTF Fight Club was about? I’ve seen it twice – no clue here."
     
    He can't ... Rule #1 of Fight Club is you don't talk about Fight Club.
    , @Truth
    A chance to display very expensive FTM's with their shirts off.
    , @Bardon Kaldian

    Bardon, could you please tell me WTF Fight Club was about? I’ve seen it twice – no clue here.
     
    Hahhah..no, this is one of those masterpieces you have to figure it out for yourself. "The Room" comes to mind..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w59fZNDTMAg
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  68. @Anonymous
    Only useful passage is here:

    It is a curious contradiction of American life that a useless general gets paid a fortune for killing goatherds in places no one has ever heard of or wants to, but much of the country’s best musical talents tends bar in San Fran or drives taxis. (“Uber uber alles.”) This would embarrass a country that was capable of being embarrassed.

    She weighed 7.5 pounds - good editing, jeezus.

    Art is dead in America, as is any semblance of dignity, culture, philosophy...in fact humanity.

    She weighed 7.5 pounds – good editing, jeezus.

    Yeah, just how large do you figure babies, get, Anonymous? OK, ok, he does need an editor, come to think about it. C’mon guys, whatdya’ need a refresher course? It’s all SI units nowadays!

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  69. Truth says:
    @Anon
    Funniest shit I ever heard.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96Gus2aiIYw

    LMFAO!

    Hey that was some Lincoln-Douglass material there. The alt-right at its finest.

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  70. @Anon
    It's no good when a woman is flashing that stuff all the time. It gets annoying.

    The game is 'hard to get'. If it's easy to get, esp in roles where nudity isn't even necessary, it's boring.

    It's like Greta Scacchi had to bare her boobs in movie after movie and for reason at all. That stuff is just grating.

    Imagine if Katharine Hepburn in old Hollywood movies decided to just bare her ass here, show her tits there, and flash her pooter everywhere. We'd say ENOUGH.

    “Imagine if Katharine Hepburn in old Hollywood movies decided to just bare her ass here, show her tits there, and flash her pooter everywhere. We’d say ENOUGH.”

    She was quite a looker in her younger days, but I wouldn’t have wanted her flashing us in On Golden Pond.

    Saw her once in Old Saybrook in her later years … suitably dressed.

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  71. @Achmed E. Newman
    He's writing about just 2, his ex- (American) wife and his daughter. Now, squid pro quo, Bardon, could you please tell me WTF Fight Club was about? I've seen it twice - no clue here.

    “Bardon, could you please tell me WTF Fight Club was about? I’ve seen it twice – no clue here.”

    He can’t … Rule #1 of Fight Club is you don’t talk about Fight Club.

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    You didn't read the link, Mr. Alarmist.

    FIRST RULE OF FIGHT CLUB: YOU DON'T TALK ABOUT HOW BAD THE MOVIE SUCKS!

    OK, that still applies, doesn't it?

    You're right, carry on.

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  72. Whoever says: • Website
    @Alden
    I really enjoy his stories about life in the marines.

    I have, too. But….
    It’s not easy for me to express exactly what it is I find distasteful about some of the things Fred writes — or why I keep reading him if I don’t like what he writes. I don’t read most of the writers at Unz. I may have looked at them once or twice and then never bothered again. Fred is one of the handful I do read. So there’s something there. At some level, he connects with me. If he came into a bar and sat down next to me, I would buy him a beer. If another of the columnists here sat down next to me, I would pick up my beer and move to the other end of the bar.
    Let me try to explain. Example: In Dulce et Decorum Est: And May You Get the Chance, Fred wrote:
    “I was a soldier once. I received certain medals. They were trivial medals. The meritorious variety are awarded for jumping into a trench of scared conscripted adolescents and bludgeoning them to death with a rifle butt. I lacked the character.
    That is absolutely contemptible. It is outrageous. I don’t have the words to express what I feel reading those words. I had some further feelings when I took a look at his OMPF.
    Maybe it’s because I know a lot of men and, yes, even a woman or two, women like Jennifer Moreno, who have won “meritorious” medals, some even relatives. Read about the last moments of Jennifer Moreno and others with her who were awarded medals for valor and see if you agree she — or they — fits Fred Reed’s description.
    And here’s the Navy Cross commendation for one of my relatives from World War II. Does it fit Reed’s description? Would he say what he wrote to the face of this young man’s wife? His mother?
    The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant George William Schuncke, United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Combat Plane in Composite Squadron SIXTY-FIVE (VC-65), attached to the U.S.S. ST. LO (CVE-63), in action against enemy Japanese forces on Saipan in the Marianas Islands on 2 July 1944. Lieutenant Schuncke valiantly launched an attack against two Japanese armored cars firing on a U.S. Navy seaplane. Despite the terrific and concentrated anti-aircraft fire he flew in low to attack, holding persistently to the heavily armored targets until his plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed behind enemy lines. His courageous initiative and determined aggressiveness were directly instrumental in saving the seaplane from probable destruction and reflect the highest credit on himself and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

    General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 338 (May 1945)

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    "That is absolutely contemptible. It is outrageous. I don’t have the words to express what I feel reading those words."
     
    You have to have been afforded the luxury of being one who has walked away from one of those encounters to appreciate the import of what he is saying. You have taken the life of someone probably a lot more like you than you would like to think, for reasons that don't seem as black and white as they did before you watched them bleed out from the bullet or knife you put into them. Some people get off on that, others are shocked that they had it in them.

    The citations are mostly written for the loved ones of those lost. For those who lived to hear the citation read out for themselves, the fact that you saved your comrades in arms is some consolation for the loss of some of your humanity.

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  73. Truth says:
    @Achmed E. Newman
    He's writing about just 2, his ex- (American) wife and his daughter. Now, squid pro quo, Bardon, could you please tell me WTF Fight Club was about? I've seen it twice - no clue here.

    A chance to display very expensive FTM’s with their shirts off.

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  74. fred, you should not share details of your life online. there are alot, alot of assholes. online is a mask, with a mask on, everyone can be an asshole.

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  75. @Achmed E. Newman
    He's writing about just 2, his ex- (American) wife and his daughter. Now, squid pro quo, Bardon, could you please tell me WTF Fight Club was about? I've seen it twice - no clue here.

    Bardon, could you please tell me WTF Fight Club was about? I’ve seen it twice – no clue here.

    Hahhah..no, this is one of those masterpieces you have to figure it out for yourself. “The Room” comes to mind..

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  76. @The Alarmist

    "Bardon, could you please tell me WTF Fight Club was about? I’ve seen it twice – no clue here."
     
    He can't ... Rule #1 of Fight Club is you don't talk about Fight Club.

    You didn’t read the link, Mr. Alarmist.

    FIRST RULE OF FIGHT CLUB: YOU DON’T TALK ABOUT HOW BAD THE MOVIE SUCKS!

    OK, that still applies, doesn’t it?

    You’re right, carry on.

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    How can a movie with Meat Loaf suck? To wit RHPS, though he at least sang in that one.
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  77. Sam Shama says:
    @Sunbeam
    "A little too clever a way to tell us you have a great kid, Fred."

    It was so clever I still don't know exactly what he said.

    Did he have a child with his wife? Or did he have a child with some lounge singer in DC, who later moved to SF, and Fred flew out on occasion to hook up and see his kid, leaving wifey at home (probably drowning in gin, apathy, and quiet desperation)?

    Probably my lack of reading ability, but this prose is pretty baroque, and it doesn't grab me enough to parse out what is actually being stated.

    Did he have a child with his wife? Or did he have a child with some lounge singer in DC, who later moved to SF, and Fred flew out on occasion to hook up and see his kid, leaving wifey at home (probably drowning in gin, apathy, and quiet desperation)?

    The latter. Note the “Notes of a poor sinner”. Fred’s prose is brilliant.

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    No, no, no, that's not it. I read it one more time now just to make sure. All the writing about a 12-step program was a joke (most 12-step programs are a joke), and just to segue into how this "other woman" was a 7.5 lb. birth-weight baby girl. The timeline goes back and forth, that's the tricky part.

    Man, maybe Mr. Reed would be best off just going on about his Mexicanity and the American fools who don't like so many wetbacks. It's usually comment city, at least.

    Still, this was good writing in my opinion, and I know Mr. Reed has written on unz before. He'd be understandably too mad at me to write, but why don't one of you all ask him the plot here. This is getting ridiculous.
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  78. @Achmed E. Newman
    You didn't read the link, Mr. Alarmist.

    FIRST RULE OF FIGHT CLUB: YOU DON'T TALK ABOUT HOW BAD THE MOVIE SUCKS!

    OK, that still applies, doesn't it?

    You're right, carry on.

    How can a movie with Meat Loaf suck? To wit RHPS, though he at least sang in that one.

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    RHPS is amazing for the music, and the throwing stuff around in the theater was may 2nd favorite part. The genderbender stuff was pretty weird for it's time - I guess it'd be a "family" pic now, huh?

    Where was Meat Loaf in The Fight Club? Are you saying he is in there? Was he that man-boob guy who had cancer? I never got to see the credits after turning it off out of just total damn confusion, haha!

    Oh, man, we just broke Rule 1, too, Alarmist, both of us. I guess I won't be showing up to the board meeting in March - last time I got my ass kicked! (for bringing up our tax liabilities again).

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  79. @Whoever
    I have, too. But....
    It's not easy for me to express exactly what it is I find distasteful about some of the things Fred writes -- or why I keep reading him if I don't like what he writes. I don't read most of the writers at Unz. I may have looked at them once or twice and then never bothered again. Fred is one of the handful I do read. So there's something there. At some level, he connects with me. If he came into a bar and sat down next to me, I would buy him a beer. If another of the columnists here sat down next to me, I would pick up my beer and move to the other end of the bar.
    Let me try to explain. Example: In Dulce et Decorum Est: And May You Get the Chance, Fred wrote:
    "I was a soldier once. I received certain medals. They were trivial medals. The meritorious variety are awarded for jumping into a trench of scared conscripted adolescents and bludgeoning them to death with a rifle butt. I lacked the character."
    That is absolutely contemptible. It is outrageous. I don't have the words to express what I feel reading those words. I had some further feelings when I took a look at his OMPF.
    Maybe it's because I know a lot of men and, yes, even a woman or two, women like Jennifer Moreno, who have won "meritorious" medals, some even relatives. Read about the last moments of Jennifer Moreno and others with her who were awarded medals for valor and see if you agree she -- or they -- fits Fred Reed's description.
    And here's the Navy Cross commendation for one of my relatives from World War II. Does it fit Reed's description? Would he say what he wrote to the face of this young man's wife? His mother?
    The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant George William Schuncke, United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Combat Plane in Composite Squadron SIXTY-FIVE (VC-65), attached to the U.S.S. ST. LO (CVE-63), in action against enemy Japanese forces on Saipan in the Marianas Islands on 2 July 1944. Lieutenant Schuncke valiantly launched an attack against two Japanese armored cars firing on a U.S. Navy seaplane. Despite the terrific and concentrated anti-aircraft fire he flew in low to attack, holding persistently to the heavily armored targets until his plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed behind enemy lines. His courageous initiative and determined aggressiveness were directly instrumental in saving the seaplane from probable destruction and reflect the highest credit on himself and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

    General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 338 (May 1945)

    “That is absolutely contemptible. It is outrageous. I don’t have the words to express what I feel reading those words.”

    You have to have been afforded the luxury of being one who has walked away from one of those encounters to appreciate the import of what he is saying. You have taken the life of someone probably a lot more like you than you would like to think, for reasons that don’t seem as black and white as they did before you watched them bleed out from the bullet or knife you put into them. Some people get off on that, others are shocked that they had it in them.

    The citations are mostly written for the loved ones of those lost. For those who lived to hear the citation read out for themselves, the fact that you saved your comrades in arms is some consolation for the loss of some of your humanity.

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  80. @Sam Shama

    Did he have a child with his wife? Or did he have a child with some lounge singer in DC, who later moved to SF, and Fred flew out on occasion to hook up and see his kid, leaving wifey at home (probably drowning in gin, apathy, and quiet desperation)?
     
    The latter. Note the "Notes of a poor sinner". Fred's prose is brilliant.

    No, no, no, that’s not it. I read it one more time now just to make sure. All the writing about a 12-step program was a joke (most 12-step programs are a joke), and just to segue into how this “other woman” was a 7.5 lb. birth-weight baby girl. The timeline goes back and forth, that’s the tricky part.

    Man, maybe Mr. Reed would be best off just going on about his Mexicanity and the American fools who don’t like so many wetbacks. It’s usually comment city, at least.

    Still, this was good writing in my opinion, and I know Mr. Reed has written on unz before. He’d be understandably too mad at me to write, but why don’t one of you all ask him the plot here. This is getting ridiculous.

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    ask him the plot here.
     
    he's shamelessly shilling for his daughter's career

    a perfectly honorable stratagem, and he's done it before

    the ruse about the tryst was just a harmless journalistic ploy
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  81. @The Alarmist
    How can a movie with Meat Loaf suck? To wit RHPS, though he at least sang in that one.

    RHPS is amazing for the music, and the throwing stuff around in the theater was may 2nd favorite part. The genderbender stuff was pretty weird for it’s time – I guess it’d be a “family” pic now, huh?

    Where was Meat Loaf in The Fight Club? Are you saying he is in there? Was he that man-boob guy who had cancer? I never got to see the credits after turning it off out of just total damn confusion, haha!

    Oh, man, we just broke Rule 1, too, Alarmist, both of us. I guess I won’t be showing up to the board meeting in March – last time I got my ass kicked! (for bringing up our tax liabilities again).

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    Yepper, he was Mr. Manboobs. At this point you have to dial-up your testosterone and ensure you are giving more punishment than you are taking.

    Meh, I always seem to have too many deferred tax assets.

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  82. @Achmed E. Newman
    RHPS is amazing for the music, and the throwing stuff around in the theater was may 2nd favorite part. The genderbender stuff was pretty weird for it's time - I guess it'd be a "family" pic now, huh?

    Where was Meat Loaf in The Fight Club? Are you saying he is in there? Was he that man-boob guy who had cancer? I never got to see the credits after turning it off out of just total damn confusion, haha!

    Oh, man, we just broke Rule 1, too, Alarmist, both of us. I guess I won't be showing up to the board meeting in March - last time I got my ass kicked! (for bringing up our tax liabilities again).

    Yepper, he was Mr. Manboobs. At this point you have to dial-up your testosterone and ensure you are giving more punishment than you are taking.

    Meh, I always seem to have too many deferred tax assets.

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  83. @anonymous
    That voice...

    Must be an alt-right thing... just like the banjo.

    to some I guess it’s just fun to insult a group of people and in today’s day and age one can insult white people to no end and not be called a racist for doing so. That’s why it’s done daily in print, on TV and in movies.

    100′s of years ago all kinds of groups were the goto insult fodder and that usually has resulted in genocide…..hope you don’t have any white sons.

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  84. Rurik says:
    @Achmed E. Newman
    No, no, no, that's not it. I read it one more time now just to make sure. All the writing about a 12-step program was a joke (most 12-step programs are a joke), and just to segue into how this "other woman" was a 7.5 lb. birth-weight baby girl. The timeline goes back and forth, that's the tricky part.

    Man, maybe Mr. Reed would be best off just going on about his Mexicanity and the American fools who don't like so many wetbacks. It's usually comment city, at least.

    Still, this was good writing in my opinion, and I know Mr. Reed has written on unz before. He'd be understandably too mad at me to write, but why don't one of you all ask him the plot here. This is getting ridiculous.

    ask him the plot here.

    he’s shamelessly shilling for his daughter’s career

    a perfectly honorable stratagem, and he’s done it before

    the ruse about the tryst was just a harmless journalistic ploy

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  85. Terrific essay. Glad Emily Anne has found joy and some success in a job that she likes. As I approach the final couple of holes on the golf course that is my life, I become more certain that regardless of what else I’ve done, leaving two happy, healthy daughters behind will more than cancel out all of the transient, petty, and miniscule. I have a wife I like, and a job I like, and will leave some DNA that will make a contribution to the world. Sounds like Reed is in the same spot.

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  86. @Che Guava
    I agree with others, very poor article from Fred. Strange framing, too, to cast his daughter as his lover, and lose his Mexican wife somewhere in the prose.

    To all of those commenting on the music biz it's rottten since last century, managers, band leaders, preventing the creators of the sound to receive anything.

    Will be stating clearly, my sounds were popular (30.000 discs in a very short time, mnre after) , would be many more now.

    thank you, che…
    how ‘clever’ is it to use double entendres and misdirection to imply your daughter is a long lost lover which you cheated on your wife over ? ? ?
    weird, guess it is a Mexican thing…
    .
    regarding comment of poster about tattoos :
    NEVER seen a person – no matter how homely, or how beautiful- that I thought ‘hmmm, they would look better with a tattoo’… never… conversely, NEVER seen a tattoo -no matter how ‘cool’ or even ‘beautiful’- where I thought ‘wow! I GOTS to get me one of those ! ! ! I will -like- be way cooler and handsomer for it ! ! !’… never thought that… never…

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    Thank you, too, I cannot stand middle-class tatoos. Fred''s daughter's ones are particularly ugly. My father's, navy, so OK, he is having a nice trad. collection, anchors, heart with his and my mothers name under, completely different to the crap middle- and upper-class tats of now.
    , @Che Guava
    I see I was replying, can't remember which thread or post, but IMHO, Reed is casting his daughter into roughly the same role as Trump was his, making an idiot of himself when exclaming that he would tupp her if she were not his dauighter. Reed is esewmtially running the same line..
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  87. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Mattis looks like he couldn’t do one chin up. An old weak man. All of the US generals look like doddering old men. The same generals who let 911 happen, still run the show. The grossly incompetent General Kelly runs the White House and the grossly incompetent Mattis runs the military.

    “It is a curious contradiction of American life that a useless general gets paid a fortune for killing goatherds in places no one has ever heard of or wants to, but much of the country’s best musical talents tends bar in San Fran or drives taxis. (“Uber uber alles.”) This would embarrass a country that was capable of being embarrassed.”

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  88. Gracebear says:

    I’m surprised at the number of readers commenting here who claim that Fred’s writing in this piece is good. The essence of good prose is clarity. If a prose writer doesn’t want to write clearly he can choose another genre–song or poetry or some other art form. Those of us who have valued Fred’s other writing over the years know how astute, insightful, direct, and brave he can be–making points that others would be too politically correct and fearful to post openly. I don’t know why he chose to offer this deliberately confusing essay. But his supporters do him no favors to claim that this piece is well written or worth the time necessary to try to disentangle its logic or chronology.

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  89. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @TIny Duck
    Why are alt right guys always childless single men?

    Could it be that you are not charming as you say but are socially awkward and unappealing?

    Not true.

    They actually do have families and stick around to raise them. Unlike most Knee grows.

    Hoosier Daddy?

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  90. Here is Can’t say Goodbye to Yesterday, sung by the late Carla White, as featured in the video game Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. If you aren’t familiar with Metal Gear, you need to be. If you haven’t played this particular game, you need to play it. This is one of those rare instances where life meets art. Trust me.

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    I like sone video games, neuer finding Metal Gear of interest.
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  91. Che Guava says:
    @art guerrilla
    thank you, che...
    how 'clever' is it to use double entendres and misdirection to imply your daughter is a long lost lover which you cheated on your wife over ? ? ?
    weird, guess it is a Mexican thing...
    .
    regarding comment of poster about tattoos :
    NEVER seen a person - no matter how homely, or how beautiful- that I thought 'hmmm, they would look better with a tattoo'... never... conversely, NEVER seen a tattoo -no matter how 'cool' or even 'beautiful'- where I thought 'wow! I GOTS to get me one of those ! ! ! I will -like- be way cooler and handsomer for it ! ! !'... never thought that... never...

    Thank you, too, I cannot stand middle-class tatoos. Fred”s daughter’s ones are particularly ugly. My father’s, navy, so OK, he is having a nice trad. collection, anchors, heart with his and my mothers name under, completely different to the crap middle- and upper-class tats of now.

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  92. Che Guava says:
    @art guerrilla
    thank you, che...
    how 'clever' is it to use double entendres and misdirection to imply your daughter is a long lost lover which you cheated on your wife over ? ? ?
    weird, guess it is a Mexican thing...
    .
    regarding comment of poster about tattoos :
    NEVER seen a person - no matter how homely, or how beautiful- that I thought 'hmmm, they would look better with a tattoo'... never... conversely, NEVER seen a tattoo -no matter how 'cool' or even 'beautiful'- where I thought 'wow! I GOTS to get me one of those ! ! ! I will -like- be way cooler and handsomer for it ! ! !'... never thought that... never...

    I see I was replying, can’t remember which thread or post, but IMHO, Reed is casting his daughter into roughly the same role as Trump was his, making an idiot of himself when exclaming that he would tupp her if she were not his dauighter. Reed is esewmtially running the same line..

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  93. Che Guava says:
    @Intelligent Dasein
    Here is Can't say Goodbye to Yesterday, sung by the late Carla White, as featured in the video game Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. If you aren't familiar with Metal Gear, you need to be. If you haven't played this particular game, you need to play it. This is one of those rare instances where life meets art. Trust me.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m4tYUfYCj4

    I like sone video games, neuer finding Metal Gear of interest.

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  94. Tony B. says:
    @Shouting Thomas
    "The music industry in New York is not about talent, or music. It is about money."

    Imagine that!

    I was a pro musician all my life. Eventually, I mostly relied on my tech skills for a living.

    The world doesn't owe me a living because I'm a great musician. Nor is it up to somebody else to make my desire to be a performing musician financially viable.

    I'm trying to figure out, Fred, why you think it's an injustice that the music business is about making money. That's sort of the main purpose of any business, isn't it?

    What Fred means is that today music is not promoted because it is good music by good musicians. It is promoted because of connections and/or willingness to be some kind of prostitute to the “business.”
    There are literally thousands of better musicians, better song writers, etc. than those who are promoted in the media. And who are not CIA Monarch perversions such as Miley Cyrus.

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    I have noticed none of Miley Cyrus output, except a few still photos.

    Hell, her old man's efforts are enough to make one ignore it.

    However, you are making a puzzling statement, according to you she is a 'CIA Monarch perversion'.

    I am sure I would not be the only one to appreciate you explaining what a 'CIA Monarch perversion' is. Definition please.
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  95. Hope Emily is extraordinarily successful.

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  96. MEH 0910 says:

    Sister Daughter Chinatown

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  97. Che Guava says:
    @Tony B.
    What Fred means is that today music is not promoted because it is good music by good musicians. It is promoted because of connections and/or willingness to be some kind of prostitute to the "business."
    There are literally thousands of better musicians, better song writers, etc. than those who are promoted in the media. And who are not CIA Monarch perversions such as Miley Cyrus.

    I have noticed none of Miley Cyrus output, except a few still photos.

    Hell, her old man’s efforts are enough to make one ignore it.

    However, you are making a puzzling statement, according to you she is a ‘CIA Monarch perversion’.

    I am sure I would not be the only one to appreciate you explaining what a ‘CIA Monarch perversion’ is. Definition please.

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    Take the blue pill, Old Sport; take the blue pill...
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  98. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Achmed E. Newman
    Bardon, no, there is no incest involved - Fred was being clever in transitioning from "other woman" (he never wrote "lover" or anything) to the fact that this was his baby girl, and later his jazz singing "baby" girl. I think it works pretty well - the way he wrote it.

    I hope that helps. I don't mind any personal stuff from Fred or other columnists that write well like this. However, all the proud Mexicanity he displays is biased as all hell. He writes like he just about hates America completely (yeah, I can agree on lots of that too, the Police State we have now being one example). Yet, I really don't see the flow of people being southbound at this point; it's far, far from it. Note Fred's real daughter, the jazz singer doesn't sing in Mexico. Why the hell not? She could be close to her Daddy.

    I've said it before and I'll say it again, that ex-pat life-style can be really nice ... until the US Dollar that you're living on goes down the toilet.

    Bardon, he is talking about two women. His wife and his daughter.
    He garbled it a bit.

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  99. Truth says:
    @Che Guava
    I have noticed none of Miley Cyrus output, except a few still photos.

    Hell, her old man's efforts are enough to make one ignore it.

    However, you are making a puzzling statement, according to you she is a 'CIA Monarch perversion'.

    I am sure I would not be the only one to appreciate you explaining what a 'CIA Monarch perversion' is. Definition please.

    Take the blue pill, Old Sport; take the blue pill…

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    Since you are always clearly a moron, go and try an intelligence (IQ) test. Bet you will not be rating well.
    , @Che Guava
    I have already, long ago, had the will to see truth, unlike you.

    This pill colour thing, it is nonsense, if you are needhng iin those terms. I had taken the red pill long (well, a few years) before seeing that mnvie.

    I recall a troll on a site abt. ten yrs. ago, same u-name, similar pattern. Same mediocre IQ trolling as you.

    Admittedly, not quite the same style, many US negros like to use stupid u-names like 'Truth'
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  100. Che Guava says:

    What stupidity, to answering to a question to someoene who is having no time. Probably a stupid person in the first place. Not that that is not covering you, too.

    Instant replies, not essential.

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  101. Che Guava says:
    @Truth
    Take the blue pill, Old Sport; take the blue pill...

    Since you are always clearly a moron, go and try an intelligence (IQ) test. Bet you will not be rating well.

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    Sr. la verdad es que he hecho un examen de IQ, despues de 20 anos. No dercire el grado que gane, pero yo ponere como se; Quando trate a salir la sala, el hombre quien me de el exame trato a bloquear me passa!
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  102. Truth says:
    @Che Guava
    Since you are always clearly a moron, go and try an intelligence (IQ) test. Bet you will not be rating well.

    Sr. la verdad es que he hecho un examen de IQ, despues de 20 anos. No dercire el grado que gane, pero yo ponere como se; Quando trate a salir la sala, el hombre quien me de el exame trato a bloquear me passa!

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    Thx. I can read abt. 80% of it.

    Sorry for illogical talk, but 'Truth' is a cliched u-name, you are probably not the same person as the pest I was banning on another site 10 years ago, but may well be, except the Spanish, you are also very self-righteous and vain to choose am eternal quality for your u-name, particularly since your main trade is in propagandist fiction.

    I.e. lies.
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  103. Che Guava says:
    @Truth
    Take the blue pill, Old Sport; take the blue pill...

    I have already, long ago, had the will to see truth, unlike you.

    This pill colour thing, it is nonsense, if you are needhng iin those terms. I had taken the red pill long (well, a few years) before seeing that mnvie.

    I recall a troll on a site abt. ten yrs. ago, same u-name, similar pattern. Same mediocre IQ trolling as you.

    Admittedly, not quite the same style, many US negros like to use stupid u-names like ‘Truth’

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  104. MEH 0910 says:
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    Dude that is astonishing and incredibly disturbing at the same time!

    What kind of white man drops his Asian wife for a white woman?!?!?
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  105. Truth says:
    @MEH 0910

    Dude that is astonishing and incredibly disturbing at the same time!

    What kind of white man drops his Asian wife for a white woman?!?!?

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    What kind of white man drops his Asian wife for a white woman?!?!?
     
    It's only half crazy, as obviously his daughter is half Asian.
    , @MEH 0910
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  106. MEH 0910 says:
    @Truth
    Dude that is astonishing and incredibly disturbing at the same time!

    What kind of white man drops his Asian wife for a white woman?!?!?

    What kind of white man drops his Asian wife for a white woman?!?!?

    It’s only half crazy, as obviously his daughter is half Asian.

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  107. Che Guava says:
    @Truth
    Sr. la verdad es que he hecho un examen de IQ, despues de 20 anos. No dercire el grado que gane, pero yo ponere como se; Quando trate a salir la sala, el hombre quien me de el exame trato a bloquear me passa!

    Thx. I can read abt. 80% of it.

    Sorry for illogical talk, but ‘Truth’ is a cliched u-name, you are probably not the same person as the pest I was banning on another site 10 years ago, but may well be, except the Spanish, you are also very self-righteous and vain to choose am eternal quality for your u-name, particularly since your main trade is in propagandist fiction.

    I.e. lies.

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    Yeah, I think I'm the same pest. Ive been here about 10 years.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-Cs37VkAiw
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  108. Truth says:
    @Che Guava
    Thx. I can read abt. 80% of it.

    Sorry for illogical talk, but 'Truth' is a cliched u-name, you are probably not the same person as the pest I was banning on another site 10 years ago, but may well be, except the Spanish, you are also very self-righteous and vain to choose am eternal quality for your u-name, particularly since your main trade is in propagandist fiction.

    I.e. lies.

    Yeah, I think I’m the same pest. Ive been here about 10 years.

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  109. Gracebear says:

    I didn’t bother to look at the video Fred posted at the beginning, of his daughter singing with her group, but now I did see it and learn that she’s expecting a baby and can use some money from people reading her dad’s column. What do the rest of you think about Fred’s appeal for money for her and baby?

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    The video is from November 2015. The baby is now a toddler.

    https://ink361.com/app/users/ig-2198598711/ohmissemilyanne/photos

    https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/vp/19fdbeb9560cb97c34e104feb8d51011/5B18275A/t51.2885-15/s640x640/sh0.08/e35/22499772_181180265783178_2160779234660843520_n.jpg
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  110. MEH 0910 says:

    Emily Anne Reed ~ American Idol 2011 Auditions San Francisco

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  111. MEH 0910 says:
    @Gracebear
    I didn't bother to look at the video Fred posted at the beginning, of his daughter singing with her group, but now I did see it and learn that she's expecting a baby and can use some money from people reading her dad's column. What do the rest of you think about Fred's appeal for money for her and baby?

    The video is from November 2015. The baby is now a toddler.

    https://ink361.com/app/users/ig-2198598711/ohmissemilyanne/photos

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    Thank you.
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  112. Gracebear says:
    @MEH 0910
    The video is from November 2015. The baby is now a toddler.

    https://ink361.com/app/users/ig-2198598711/ohmissemilyanne/photos

    https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/vp/19fdbeb9560cb97c34e104feb8d51011/5B18275A/t51.2885-15/s640x640/sh0.08/e35/22499772_181180265783178_2160779234660843520_n.jpg

    Thank you.

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  113. MEH 0910 says:

    Nick Lowe – “Music For Money”

    Nick Lowe – “I Love My Label”

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  114. Rurik says:

    http://wjla.com/news/crime/police-man-tells-undocumented-immigrant-to-stop-urinating-at-bus-stop-gets-stabbed-in-ne

    the thing is, these events are so rare that on those occasions that they do happen, the joys of diversity and multiculturalism so far outweigh one guy’s bodily fluids pouring out of razor blade cuts, that they’re hardly worth mentioning.

    at least the progressive judge only charged a 5k bond, because when you think about it, that racist who told a first-class citizen to stop pissing in public really deserved what he got. In fact, I’m not sure why the hero was even arrested, when clearly the only crime here is was a racist who doesn’t like cultural diversity and insists everybody comport to his narrow cultural patriarchy and not piss in public.

    They arrested the wrong guy.

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  115. chris says:

    excellent article; excellent daughter !

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  116. macilrae says:

    Pretty confusing, Fred: you fell in love with this beautiful performer in the mid eighties (I get that and understand; although I didn’t really need to know) – and then, the disconnect, where you saw “her” when she was seven and a half pounds and was, so far as I can understand, actually the daughter of your love – not “her”.

    Still, you’re a very enjoyable writer as your massive responses here prove.

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  117. MEH 0910 says:
    @Truth
    Dude that is astonishing and incredibly disturbing at the same time!

    What kind of white man drops his Asian wife for a white woman?!?!?
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