Norwegian blokes who formed in Oslo in 1982. Called it quits in 2011, if memory serves.
Billy Joel with Surprises, a song from the excellent album The Nylon Curtain (1982).
Beautiful and timeless ballad.
"As we draw near the end of Black History Month one thing is for certain, it's done more to suppress American History than tell her story.
According to history.com the origins of Black History Month begins in 1915 when Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the then Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), which is an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements of blacks and other peoples of African descent. In 1926, the group sponsored a national Negro History week, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Republicans Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.
In the decades following, mayors across the country began issuing annual proclamations recognizing Negro History Week. As a result of the renewed Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and a growing awareness of black identity, Negro History Week evolved into Black History Month on many college campuses. Finally, in 1976 Republican President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month and called upon Americans to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history."
Today in America Black History Month has become little more than a tool for liberal academics and the racial grievance industry to perpetuate revisionist history that suits their agenda to transform America. It has produced an entitlement mentality amongst blacks, perpetual victimhood in place of accomplishment in black communities, and racial strife directed at white Christian Republicans. Additionally, Black History Month has conceived an ire amongst illegal aliens and legal immigrant minorities alike who believe they deserve just as much prominence on America's calendar as blacks. In other words, it's causing more division than celebration of unity.
Consider some of America's forgotten history. William Ellison, a former slave turned brutal slave owner helped finance the Confederate Army. We're familiar with Republican President Abraham Lincoln who signed the Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves, but did you know Hiram Rhodes Revels was America's first black senator (1870-1871) during Reconstruction? Blanche Bruce also served in the United States Senate from 1875-1881. There were twenty one black congressman that served in the House of Representatives during Reconstruction as well. Why aren't we taught about these civil rights heroes in our schools? I suspect it's because they were all Republican! William Ellison being the exception.
Hiram Rhodes Revels, first black US Senator. Also a Rightwinger, which is why you haven't heard of him yet.
It gets better! Despite what you've heard, the first civil rights legislation was passed in 1866 by the GOP. Not in 1964! In 1870 the Republican Congress passed and ratified the 15th Amendment, which gave blacks and former slaves the right to vote. In 1871, the Republican Congress passed the "Anti-KKK Act" to abolish the Democrats terrorist arm known as the Ku Klux Klan that was created to stop blacks and "nigger loving" whites, known as Republicans, from voting in the south.
In 1957 Republican President Dwight Eisenhower's civil rights bill was opposed by the likes of Democrat Senators John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. In Anne Coulter's book "Mugged" she describes how LBJ stripped the 1957 bill of its enforcement provisions. Thank God Eisenhower introduced a stronger bill in 1960. Conveniently, Democrats changed their position on racism due to political expediency. Lyndon B. Johnson adopted Dwight Eisenhower's ideas on civil rights as his own, and in 1964 the Republican Congress helped him pass the signature legislation known as the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
If race relations in America are going to get better, if blacks are going to choose forgiveness over blame, if so called modern day "civil rights leaders" are sincere about being reconciled to their fellow man, if blacks are ever going to be integrated into American culture, it seems to me a good place to start the healing process would be to eradicate Black History Month."
"...But it is also a fact that the real Islamisation in Austria is not taking place in the legally recognised Religious Community [Religionsgemeinschaft], the so-called IGGiÖ (Islamic Faith Community in Austria, Die islamische Glaubensgemeinschaft in Österreich), but is happening currently in the 460 mosque associations, which are also frequently organised along ethnic lines and ordered in accordance with the provenance of the immigrants: there are Bosnian associations, there are Chechen associations, there are associations which come from the Arabian region, and Pakistan; — and of course they [the mosque associations] evade every state control. In addition, they are either connected with the Islamic faith Community [IGGiÖ] through a small formal relationship, or they are not connected at all with this official representative body of the Muslims in Austria.
The representative body for Muslims in Austria, (The Islamic Faith Community, [IGGiÖ]), assumes for Muslims no de facto responsibility for what transpires in these mosques, from the most wide-ranging forms of radical activity, to recruitment of ISIS fighters and jihadists; and it has been of concern to ensure that this Islam Act prevents the working of foreign influence which favours radicalisation.
For years, the Association of Vienna Academics [Wiener Akademikerbund ]has been publicly advocating for a law to be put in place here which secures religious peace in the country and which takes into account the interests of the autochthonous population. On the other hand, the Muslims, who meanwhile have very good political contacts at their disposal, have now been pushing to broaden the scope of their own privileges by means of the new Islam Act. At issue is their wish, at all costs, to have their own faculty at the university, where Islamic theology is taught; at issue is their wish to ensure that their devotees in prisons, hospitals and in schools are supported within the system, especially by way of religious officials whom they expect to be in the pay of the state; at issue is their wish to enforce halal food in public institutions, that is, food must be provided which from their perspective is pure, which corresponds to Koranic concepts and dietary prescriptions; putting it all together, what is at issue is their wish to secure for themselves a greater standing in the public sphere.
These privileges have been addressed by the Austrian Federal government in the draft [of the Islam Act]. The question of disclosure of basic faith tenets and the question of the prohibition of funding by foreign institutions have also been thoroughly accommodated in a formal sense. However, due to serious legislative weakness, an enforcement of these two requirements is impossible, since it is not feasible to compel associations, the mosque associations just mentioned, to disclose their basic tenets of faith or to ensure that they forego foreign financing. In other words, this law, if it is now enacted, will be a law of accommodation for the Islamic sector in Austria. In future, Islam’s capabilities will proliferate rampantly, and in a legal manner from within its associations..."