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Oh god, not this again.

Oh god, not this again.

Oh, it’s Banned Books Week…I think.  Or was that last week?  Well, it’s in September, and as of this writing, it’s September, so I’m just going to link to last year’s post on the matter.

So, get ready to show your kids how wonderful books like Fifty Shades of Gray are.  Or, perhaps, you might like a classic of the genre – like Shirley Conran’s Lace?  Raunchy fun for the whole family!  That’s what Banned Books Week is really about.  You could try handing your kid a book by Michelle Malkin, or Mark Levin, or Ann Coulter.  I am sure their books have been banned at libraries for being “mean” or something.

But no.  Pick the raunchiest book you can find in Amazon’s Erotica section and hand that to your kids, cuz muh freedom.

This Book Banning Hogwash

A Peek Into Media Bias

A Peek Into Media Bias

NPR has released a hit piece on Alt-Hero, Vox Day’s comic book series.  A bit of brief history:  ever since the success of the Marvel-based superhero movies (collectively known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe), comic books have had a bit of a renaissance.  Unfortunately, just as comic books have received this surge of attention, they’ve all been severely converged by social justice warriors.  This has been a problem for a few years now, and disgruntled comic book fans on both sides of the aisle (but mostly on the right) have been clamoring for comics that have not been infested with leftist propaganda.

So, like any intelligent businessman, Vox Day saw an opportunity.  After all, he wrote not one, but two books on dealing with SJWs, and I am sure nothing would please him more than beating them at their own game:  hence, Alt-Hero.  For a crowd-funded indie comic series, it’s doing pretty well.  Of course, it’s no DC or Marvel, but few really are.

Now the leftists are screeching and howling with rage over the fact that right-wingers, including alt-right people, are not only walking away from their bullshit, but are actively competing with them.  And that simply cannot do, so they called in their goons from the Ministry of Propaganda – in this case, the snooty public access talk radio division – to fight back.  And they do, in the most predictable fashion.

You can listen to the segment here, but I just recommend skimming the transcript, of which you’ll find at the bottom of the page.  It’s cancerous cringe, it really is.  I am not going to fisk the entire transcript, but I am going to comment on a few bits I found interesting.

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Never Forget

Never Forget

2001 was a life-changing year for me. I graduated from high school that year, and a few months later my baby brother was born. He’s a teenager now, and is hardly a baby, but he’s still my baby brother. Anyway, about three and a half weeks later, the 9/11 terrorist attacks happened.

I was living in California when it happened. I was a recent graduate and had no idea as to what I wanted to do with my life. I was living with my grandfather, and at the time we were trying to get me to lose weight so I could join the Air Force (sadly, I did not join, and it is my biggest regret in life). Our plan that week was to go get a scale so I could weigh myself.

So, that morning I lay in bed. I usually play the radio while I sleep, as I can’t sleep in total silence. It creeps me out, and I still listen to the radio even now. Back then, I liked listening to smooth jazz, but I was having trouble getting a decent signal on the stations I usually listened to, so I settled on some Hispanic music station instead. I figured that if the vocals were in Spanish, I wouldn’t be distracted by it and stay up all night.

That morning, as I lay in bed, I listened to what was on the radio. At first, I thought that there was some sort of radio promo for the show The West Wing or some other political show, because instead of Spanish music, I was hearing what sounded like a Presidential speech.

Then I listened more closely. That wasn’t an actor – that was the real president, President Bush. He was talking about an attack! I jumped out of bed and headed straight for the living room. My grandfather was sitting on the couch, watching the news footage grimly. I sat down and watched it with him for a while. Then I went back to my room to record what was on TV for posterity.

Every — and I mean every TV station was airing someone else’s news coverage of the event. It was chilling as I had never seen anything like that before. I struggled to find a VHS tape but I found one I was willing to sacrifice, put it in and began recording. I watched for a while and then had to stop so I could shower and get ready to go to the store.

Now, back then, we lived in Suisun City, of which is not far from Travis AFB, where I was born. After getting dressed and having an argument about my weight loss with my grandfather, we left to go get that scale. We tried to get on base via Airbase Parkway, but at some point, long before we even got to the gate, we and everyone else were turned away. Since my grandfather is an Air Force veteran, he likes shopping on base, as you don’t have to pay sales tax when you shop there. Prices used to be cheaper too, but I’ve noticed that they aren’t anymore. Anyway, Travis and every other base in the US was shut down for the day, due to the attacks.

We ended up going to the Target in Fairfield. I can’t really remember anything else about that day. But I do remember where I was when I first heard of the attacks. My family remembers too. My mom was home with my baby brother. My father listened to radio coverage while he did his mail delivery route. My sisters were in school, and a lot of their classmates were terrified, even though they were in Oregon.

Before then, I had basically no knowledge of Islam. Now, of course, I and everyone else in the US knows. I voted for Bush the previous year, and I was quite impressed with how he handled everything.

For one very brief moment, we Americans were united. Then the Democrats remembered that Bush had won the election in 2000, and decided to basically blame Bush for the attacks. Oh, and in the years since, Muslims are now the biggest victims of the 9/11 attacks, not the American people.

One quick thing I have to add — I used to visit a lot of anti-Britney Spears sites back then, and the owners of those sites basically laughed at the attacks. It made me so angry, and I stopped visiting them.

Nowadays, you can’t mention Islam in connection with the 9/11 attacks or else you’re a vicious racist, an Islamophobe and an asshole. Mention the fact that the 9/11 terrorists were doing it in the name of Allah, and you’re victimizing Muslims. No fucking joke.

I’ll never forget that day, even though I was on the other side of the country. I didn’t know anyone that died that day, but it has affected me all the same. I notice things, like the ridiculous security measures at airports. Before, non-passengers could go past security and hang out at the gates with you. Now, that can’t happen. At least, as far as I can tell.

Islam is absolutely the problem. No, not all Muslims are terrorists. I am sure that some innocent Muslims died that day, along with all those Americans. But I am not going to spare anybody’s feelings by lying about what happened and why it happened. And, by the way, nothing, NOTHING justifies 9/11, so don’t even bother bringing up any shit the US might have done in the Middle East. Nothing justifies it.

But Islam is the problem. There are too many either actively involved in terrorism or providing safe harbor for terrorists that don’t kill themselves. We don’t know who’s safe. That’s pretty fucking scary.

I get pretty salty and angry whenever someone mocks the attacks. This stupid website, Regretsy, had a contest where you had to submit a Blingee graphic essentially mocking the way people chose to commemorate the attacks. I am happy to report that Regretsy shut down a while ago. Good riddance. I usually have a stupid, fucked up sense of humor, but even I have limits, and 9/11 is one of them. Besides, only a leftist would come up with such a disgusting contest. No wonder they all believe Bush and his Halliburton cronies did 9/11.

Anyway, that’s all I have to say about it. No doubt there will be leftist scum defending Muslims on this day, while simultaneously attacking Americans.

Karma’s a bitch, isn’t it

Karma’s a bitch, isn’t it

Okay, so I should have done more research on Mastodon. It’s a fascinating network, of which is called a Fediverse, and is made up of multiple servers called instances. The content posted on the instances within the Fediverse are all brought together, making it a decentralized version of Twitter.

It is also a very, very far-left dominated network. So far-left that Wil Wheaton, douchebag extraordinaire, was hounded there for being anti-trans and anti-LGBT (even though he is neither) and was eventually suspended there.

This was after he left Twitter for being full of hate and because Twitter still hasn’t banned Alex Jones.

He claims he has never endured such raging vitriol before in his life.

Well, Willy…WELCOME TO OUR WORLD, DOUCHENOZZLE!

That’s life on a regular basis for a conservative. You know, those horrible people that voted for President Shitler, as you call him. That’s us, every fucking day. He can dish it, but he clearly can’t take it.

People over at Mastodon shouldn’t have spread that lie, and they shouldn’t have harassed him like that, but I don’t really feel all that bad for him. Oh well. He won’t stop being a raging asshole to conservatives. He’ll continue to sail along through life, insulated from the misery we endure not by his skin color, but by his political affiliation. Yes, he is privileged because he’s a leftist. He’s privileged because he is a feminist. And for the first time in his life, he’s run into people much more pure than he is. WOW.

If being amused by this makes me a bad person, so be it. My well of sympathy is nearly dry. I am absolutely sick of people lying about conservatives, Republicans, libertarians and alt-righters.

You can read more about this issue here.

Who’s got power again?

Who’s got power again?

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2nd EDIT:  I noticed some broken images and I corrected my spelling of Netania’s name.  Oh, and something I missed – she isn’t a Trump supporter, but doesn’t have the same irrational hatred for him that liberals, including Sebastian Stan himself, have for the Bad Orange Man.

Remember kids, Orange Man Bad!

EDIT:  Turns out that the Instagram post I embedded did not have his comment.  I have updated the post to show the one that does, but there’s 600+ comments as of this edit, and I still don’t have time to find it.

So I have had a huge crush on the actor Sebastian Stan. I was looking him up on Tumblr when I discovered something that I found a little interesting.

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Now the comment by itself wouldn’t be so bad, but it was what the Tumblrina said that kind of worried me. I thought to myself, “Oh god, he’s not another one of those psycho nutjob leftist like his buddy and Captain America co-star Chris Evans, is he?”

Well, not quite. But this whole thing kind of stank, given the language of the Tumblrina and all.  Check it out below:

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So, his personal assistant, Netania Cortell is, according to his (crazy SJW) fans, a racist and an Islamophobe, based on what she posted to her personal Facebook page.

I found the screenshots of her apparent evilness and while yes, she seemed pretty conservative and is – or was – not apologetic about it, she was not racist or even “Islamphobic” and I’ll get into that in a minute.

But, as you can see, his crazy assed fans brought it to his attention and basically smeared him as a racist too, simply because he didn’t fire her fast enough or didn’t speak out quickly enough. He’s probably still doing press for the digital release of Avengers: Infinity War, depending on when this happened, so of course, he can’t get to it right away.

But here’s one post another Tumblrina made, basically smearing him as a racist simply because A) he associated with a wretched Trump supporter, and B) he’s white, and therefore cannot be trusted.

I am going to paste the entire post, and bold the insane parts (well, all of it is insane, but this is especially insane):

“I have been trying to stan the guy since I joined the Marvel fandom and for a long time, I thought he was, at the very least, a relatively unproblematic guy. I loved Bucky Barnes, I loved the Cap movies, and fuck, I thought Sebastian Stan was super hot. I should have known better to put a white man on any kind of pedestal. I was disappointed originally, but now I’m just angry. Because he knows what’s up now. There is absolutely no way he doesn’t know. And based on the overall silence and attempts to “distract” his fanbase, he doesn’t seem keen on addressing the issue. For all the people telling me that he’s not the one that’s racist, I don’t care. If he’s friends with and choosing to employ someone who is openly Islamophobic, then he is too by association. You have to be in an insane place of privilege to not care about the values of people who work for you when those values are at the expense of entire communities of people. It’s insulting to his fans to keep her around, knowing that his fanbase largely consists of poc with various religious backgrounds, namely Muslim people. For those of you telling me “he can’t just fire her right now/he needs her/he’s busy working”, I’m not really buying it. I’ll give it to you that maybe there are some contractual things that I’m not aware about that may stop him from firing her right away, idk. But don’t tell me she’s invaluable because, quite frankly, she’s not. Also working is not an excuse. Addressing things like this is part of his job. Stop coddling him; he’s a grown man with responsibilities to his fanbase, the people that allow him to continue to work. That being said, I’m still maybe naively giving him the benefit of the doubt and waiting for him to do something. If he ignores it, if he continues to employ her, I no longer feel comfortable running a Sebastian Stan blog.”

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The bit about him being white and not putting white people on a pedestal…that’s just insane.  First of all, why put any of these people on a pedestal?  They’re just human, like the rest of us. How can he even want people like that as his fans? His skin color has nothing to do with anything. He’s not even American for fuck’s sake! He was born in Romania and came to the US when he was twelve! No, he nor his ancestors had anything to do with slavery you morons!

I obviously don’t know him, but I think it’s kind of sad he fired someone he knew and worked with so closely for so long. Thing is, if he wanted to keep his career, he had no choice. Once the mob found her Facebook posts and started posting them around, it was either fire her and denounce her or be blacklisted in Hollywood. Those cunts would have made sure of that.

So, who’s got power again? It certainly isn’t any Trump supporter. Not when you can lose your job over speaking your fucking mind.

I believe this is the post that contained his comment and a buttload of salty fangirl tears. As of this writing, there’s over six hundred comments. I’m not going through all of them. Life is too short, but here it is if you want to take a crack at it.  I believe his response is in there somewhere.

Now, let’s examine the evidence.  I got these screenshots from here (archive).

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Funny, you bitches hated him in 2008

Funny, you bitches hated him in 2008

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These people make me so fucking sick. SO FUCKING SICK.

So Maaaaaaaaaaverick finally kicked the bucket this past week.  My eyes are still quite dry, so that’s all I have to say about that.

And, of course, the bullshit tributes are all over the news.  These assholes weren’t so nice and all, “what a great American!  What a hero!” back in 2008 when he was stupid enough to run against the Almighty Light Bringer and First Black President.

So, predictably, Breitbart and Info Wars just had to report on all the celebricunts that are completely offended over President Trump offering his condolences in the wake of Maaaaaaverick’s passing.  You know, it’s something the President does for every politician.  This is no different.  We know Trump wasn’t much of a fan of McCain but so what?  He’s still classy enough to offer his condolences.  Lefties just can’t stand that, obviously.  Trump would be raked over the coals if he hadn’t said anything at all.

I installed Embedly, so hopefully this will work.

Celebs Trash Trump in Response to John McCain’s Death: ‘F*ck You’

Many stars apparently couldn’t help but use McCain’s passing to whip up more anti-Trump hatred. “John McCain: American patriot, war hero. Donald Trump: Draft-dodging weasel,” wrote author Stephen King. “Take his name out of your mouth you piece of shit. You maligned his military service while you did everything to avoid serving.

Hey, Stephen King…Bill Clinton was a draft-dodger too, you fuckwit!  Funny how you had absolutely no problem with that!

So the article only lists tweets by three celebricunts.  The only one with any real name recognition is Stephen King.  The other two – Kathy Griffin and that fugly asshole Ron Perlman are just random z-listers.  This hardly classifies as “many stars” but the right-wing media loves to report on these loser shitheads and their idiotic takes on politics.  I know, I know – we have to know our enemy and blah blah blah, but I’m sick of it, because it’s just more people that have to go on my boycott list.

Someone should do a search on their Twitter feeds and see what they said about Maaaaaaaaaverick back in 2008 when he dared to challenge Jamie Foxx’s Lord and Savior.  These people are full of shit.  They really are.

EDIT:  I was right!  Twitchy has a story on the things Kathy Griffin said about McCain back in 2008!

Straight-up NASTY! Kathy Griffin’s own FILTHY words about McCain come back to BITE her on the arse

Last night, shortly after John McCain passed away, President Trump did tweet out his condolences to the family. Truth be told, nothing he said or tweeted was going to go over well with everyone (or anyone) but this editor was actually relieved the tweet itself was at least normal.

Maybe that ugly bitch should keep Maaaaverick’s sainted name out of her mouth.  She has less of a right to talk about him than Trump does.

Alternate platforms

Alternate platforms

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So, Alex Jones – the face of Info Wars – has been banned from YouTube (which is devastating, because he had hundreds of videos on his channel) and Facebook. The InfoWars podcast has been delisted at Apple and has been removed from Spotify. He’s been, in short, totally deplatformed. The only company that hasn’t completely deplatformed him is Twitter, and that’s probably only because Twitter is currently being scrutinized for banning conservatives.

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Words mean things

Words mean things

Oxford dictionary definition of racism.  Note that white people vs non-whites is not mentioned.

If you’re a conservative political junkie like me, you’ve probably heard of this heinous bitch named Sarah Jeong. The New York Times – aka Carlos Slim’s shitty little blog – recently hired her to be a tech editor or something. Right-wingers delved into her social media accounts and discovered a shitload of tweets about how much she hates white people, white men, old white men, Christians, and all the other bug-a-boos liberals routinely bitch about.

Unlike Disney, Carlos Slim’s shitty little blog decided that she’s totes amazeballs and that they are totally keeping her on, because she hates all the right people.

Oh, and the mainstream media is pretending that this is a significant victory for the left, because, according to them, we’ve “weaponized” this sort of “get people fired for things they’ve said online” tactic. This is pure projection and they know it. They’ve been doing this shit since 2012 at the earliest. No, even earlier than that. I’d say they’ve been doing it ever since Twitter and Facebook first got really popular.

We right-wingers manage to get one person fired – James Gunn – and all of a sudden this is a nefarious right-wing tactic. It’s utter bullshit.

But of course, we all know why they decided to keep her on. I mean, besides her hating all the right people. According to the left, non-whites cannot be racist. Yes, that’s the new definition of racism — according to them, anyway.

Below is an image I found on the Internet. I’m not even going to bother crediting whoever created this shitty graphic. I didn’t create it, and I’d rather die than take credit for it anyway.

this is not what racism means

So, essentially, the new definition of racism is some nonsense about how non-whites were treated. Also, notice how the creator of this image basically trivialized actual racism from black people. A black girl saying, “like, I hope you die in a fire, whitey!” is totally okay and is just a joke, but if you said the same to the black girl (without calling her a name) – oh, that’s racist.

Technically, neither are really racist but are really rude, but the left loves engaging in bullshit double standards. This new definition of racism is their way of allowing non-whites and leftists in general to be monstrous racists and not get called out on it.

The fact that this new definition is so widely accepted by our government, the entertainment industry and the news media is proof that whites no longer enjoy the “institutional power” they claim they enjoy.

After all, Roseanne Barr made a joke about a specific individual person – that hateful terrorist bitch Valerie Jarrett. One fucking tweet, and no racist slurs were used, and she loses her whole TV show because of it. She’s white, by the way.

But Sarah Jeong gets hired even though her new employers know about her hateful racist history and there’s nothing wrong with that. Not only does she keep her job, they publicly stand by her and their decision to hire her.

That’s far from the only example I can give, either, but I don’t have all day for this.

Check out this idiotic link. They’re clearly butthurt that the definition hasn’t been updated to include “racism is the systematic and deliberate opppression of people of color by white people.”

Or, “racist” means “white person.” That is what these people honestly believe.

We cannot let them change the definition of words. We simply cannot. All this is going to do is make it easier for them to commit genocide against white people. You think I’m exaggerating or being melodramatic. I am not. Just take a look at what they say on Tumblr and Twitter. Technically, this shit is all over the Internet, but you can get a good idea just from those two sites alone.

Anyway, this post at Quillette says it better than I can. Excellent post with good examples of how utterly insane and hypocrtical the left has become.

Remember: don’t let them change the definitions of words.

We’re human beings, you know.

We’re human beings, you know.

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So, I feel as if someone lit a firecracker beneath me or something, because wow.  I am irritated.  I have been, dare I say, triggered.  I am not proud of being triggered, but unlike the left, I will try to be more constructive about it.  Hence this post.

Earlier this morning I came across this very interesting article at the New York Post entitled “This pro-America book could buck the left-wing YA trend” and it’s about a new book called Camp Valor, by Scott McEwan and Hof Williams.  It sounds pretty good and I’ll have to keep an eye out for it.  The article is pretty even and unbiased.  I discovered it at a YA subreddit that had quite a few comments, but I didn’t bother to look at those since I figured it would only piss me off.  Conservatives are generally unwelcome on Reddit, except for a handful of subreddits.

So it got me thinking about a book I read several years ago (eight years ago to be exact…thanks, Goodreads) called How Not to be Popular by Jennifer Ziegler.  It’s about a girl with hippies for parents.  She’s tired of moving around, because just when she’s getting settled, she has to move.  I totally understand that, because I moved around as a kid too.  So her plan is to do whatever it takes to be unpopular so that she doesn’t make any attachments.  It does not go well, and she ends up with friends and even a boyfriend who happens to be a Republican.

And, to my utter astonishment, her boyfriend Jack is a well-rounded character who challenges her.  He’s not a silly cartoon character (at some point I think he says he’s not a Republican but he never seemed liberal either).  He’s not some stupid anti-Christian stereotype.  He’s a real person, and I appreciated that so much.

So I looked it up on GoodReads.  I read through some of the reviews, looking for the inevitable liberal whine about how the Republican character wasn’t demonized or whatever, and I did indeed find that.  I updated my review with the following:

“I read this a long time ago, and just thought of it now. I’m surprised my rating is so low, but this book stayed with me for one reason: the Young Republican character is an actual human being, and not a cartoonish villain. This is incredibly rare in literature.

Thank you, author, for treating us Republicans like human beings.

And if you want to talk about appalling hypocrisy, let’s talk about how you climate change nutjobs continue to use resources and technology that’s (supposedly) killing the planet. Do you know how many gallons of water it takes to generate the electricity you use to spew your silly nonsense? If you really cared, you’d get rid of your computer and go live in the wilderness, but you don’t, because it’s all a bunch of nonsense.

Or, we can also talk about how nonviolent you all are, yet you dump urine on people you disagree with you whack your opponents in the head with bike locks, you express your desire to see a twelve year old boy locked in a cage full of pedophiles…but you’d better not criticize how the Obama girls are dressed at an official event! That’s racist.

I could spend the next four hundred years going on about how utterly hypocritical the left is, but I won’t live that long, and this text box will only accept so many characters. But, again, I’d like to thank the author for writing an actual story and not two hundred pages of bullshit liberal talking points.”

I was so angry at this one reviewer mentioning the hoary old canard about “Republican” hypocrisy that I just had to make a post.

I was going to address the points the idiot reviewer made, but I don’t want to now.  I have already covered this whole hypocrisy thing anyway.

Synthesis Concert Review

Synthesis Concert Review

Ugh, the title of this post is just so lame.  But last night was anything but lame.  Last night, I attended the Raleigh concert by Lindsey Stirling and Evanescence.  I’m a big fan of both artists and when I heard about their joint tour a few months ago, I got super excited.  I got even more excited when I learned that they were playing in Raleigh.  I had wanted to go to Evanescence’s Portland, OR performance last year, but didn’t get a chance to go.  This was even better – two of my favorite artists in one night!

The concert started at 7 pm.  I live about twenty minutes away from the venue, and I was worried that I wouldn’t make it in time, but I did.  Fortunately, I got a seat and not a spot on the grass, as I hadn’t brought a chair.  It was very hot when I got there, and it was still light outside.

I am very short.  Even my torso is short, and, unfortunately, I sat behind a bunch of tall people.  I also have social anxiety, and I sat next to two guys who were, fortunately, nice.  I sat there stressing out over how sweaty I was, and my hands were sticky.  I barely even got to see the stage, but there were screens on both sides of the stage, so I could see closeups of both Lindsey and Amy Lee.

Lindsey released Brave Enough in 2016, and last year Evanescence released Synthesis, an album of symphonic-electronic reworkings of songs from their previous three albums.  Evanescence is touring to support Synthesis and because Lindsey performed on the song “Hi-Lo”, they decided to tour together.  Both are fans of each other.

They had an opening act, called Cellogram, which consisted of a cellist and a drummer.  Their set lasted twenty minutes, and it was pretty good.  I liked one of their original songs.  Then we waited about fifteen minutes for Lindsey Stirling’s part of the concert to begin, and while we did that, I watched the full orchestra assemble on stage.  Yes, both artists had a full orchestra supporting them, and they sounded amazing.  It made me nostalgic for my high school choir days.

Lindsey Stirling – Brave Enough

Her set was very colorful and energetic.  She had three costume changes for the first three numbers.  I’ve been a fan of classical crossover for over a decade now, and I’ve never seen anyone so energetic while playing the violin – and she used what looked like an acoustic violin for most of the songs.  The backdrops were also very pretty.

Amy Lee graciously came onto the stage to perform “Shatter Me”, a song from Lindsey’s second album Shatter Me, of which originally featured Lzzy Hale as vocalist.  Unfortunately, I still couldn’t see much, but I did managed to record some of the performance.

My favorite number was “Crystallize” – they performed the orchestral version, of which you can find on the Target exclusive version of her first album, Lindsey Stirling. This number was followed by an interlude based on the song, with a brief narration about how sound and emotions can affect the crystals in ice.

Lindsey did speak to the audience and had an uplifting ‘believe in yourself’ speech, as well as an anecdote about the ‘bless your heart’ saying.  Yes, she thought that it was something nice and it really isn’t.  It’s a very passive-aggressive saying, and I don’t really like it.  But a lot of people get that wrong when they first get here.  I noticed Lindsey wearing tights, and boy did I feel bad for her.  Some other audience members wore tights too, and I just don’t know how anyone does that in this humid heat.  But she was fantastic.

She ended her set with a fantastic Phantom of the Opera medley.

Evanescence – Synthesis

Their part was quite different, as all of the songs on Synthesis are moody and atmospheric.  Amy Lee, the lead singer, is also a very good pianist, and every now and then she’d sit at the piano and play.  Unfortunately, she’d be on the left side of the stage, right in front of the tall people sitting in front of me.  But I still got to hear everything, and that’s the most important part of the show anyway.

I really liked “Lacrymosa”, “Lithium” and the Synthesis version of “Bring Me To Life” which got the loudest cheers of everyone, being that it’s Evanescence’s debut single and all.  To my utter annoyance, these two chicks two rows ahead of me stood up during the entire performance, and I basically couldn’t see anything.  I also got a little teary at “My Immortal”, but that song always makes me teary.

The set ended with the original song from Synthesis, “Imperfection” of which had an f-bomb in it, but it was the only one the entire night.  There were kids in the audience, by the way, but I’m sure they survived.

And then came the encore.  Amy Lee and Lindsey Stirling returned to the stage for a medley of songs I didn’t recognize, but boy was it good.  I recorded the whole thing.  I think it was Escala’s “Palladio” (they’re a female string quartet from the UK), Ozzy Osbourne’s “No More Tears” and Sia’s “Alive”.

Overall Experience

As I’ve mentioned earlier, I am really short – only 5’1″ – and, therefore, couldn’t see the stage very much.  I didn’t take many pictures either, and the ones I did showed people’s heads.  Ugh, so annoying.

Which brings me to some of the other things I wanted to talk about.  These chicks sitting in my row kept getting up all throughout the concert.  People kept walking in late, holding food and drinks and stuff.  The venue was pretty big, and was packed so I am sure the lines at the various concession stands was long.  But, come on!  The doors opened at 6 pm!  And do you really need to eat while watching a concert?  I had dinner before I left.

Several chicks sitting in the row behind me would not stop talking.  I couldn’t hear them most of the time, since the music was so loud, but I could hear them during the more quiet moments.  Then they decided to sing during “My Immortal” and, my god…they were off-key and pitchy.  It was bad, so bad that the guy sitting to my left turned around and gave them a look, like, “what the hell?”

And, of course, everybody stood for “Bring Me To Life” and I stood too, and even then I couldn’t see the stage.

But, it was an amazing night anyway.  Lindsey, Evanescence and the orchestra are all excellent.  I had a really, really good time.

Here is my recording of the encore.  It looks pretty bad, but sounds good.