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Upon taking office, President Biden immediately reversed every successful Trump border security measure, and then had to deal with a border security crisis. He threw out Trump’s Afghanistan withdrawal plan, and now has to deal with a mass hostage crisis in Afghanistan (although the White House thinks if they don’t call it that, nobody will notice.) And now, after ordering that everyone who resisted vaccination be fired, the new Democrat Governor of New York has had to declare a healthcare worker shortage crisis.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/stacey-lennox/2021/09/28/governor-kathy-hochul-declares-an-healthcare-worker-shortage-emergency-of-her-own-making-n1482010

Is anyone else starting to detect a recurring theme with Democrats?

Meanwhile, on “Good Morning America,” former President Obama admitted that the situation on the border is “heartbreaking” and the system is “dysfunctional.” But he says nobody understands the border crisis better than “big-hearted” Joe Biden.

https://www.westernjournal.com/watch-obama-comes-firing-bidens-border-crisis-says-open-borders-unsustainable/

A case could be made that Biden once understood it. Here’s what he said at a campaign appearance in 2007:

“No great country can say it is secure without being able to control its borders. Period. What I would do about it is what I proposed to do about it almost 13 years ago. I would radically ramp up the number of border security guards we have. The use of electronic surveillance material we have to guard the border. And the number of what they call ‘virtual fences,’ not literally fences.”

https://youtu.be/jP7hmnsrb6s

Aside from his faith in imaginary fences, that sounds downright Trumpian. So how did he get to the opposite side of every one of his own previous arguments? It’s because the base he panders to has moved so far left that he had to abandon border security to appease them.

Even Obama admitted that open borders are “unsustainable,” but he has a baffling belief that Biden is the man to fix this crisis. He said Joe knows we can’t just “keep constantly reacting to emergencies” (that weren’t emergencies until he got his hands on them.) No, we need “systemic immigration reform,” which to Democrats now means giving amnesty and free government benefits (and I assume, voter registration cards) to millions of illegal immigrants. In short, bringing the same wisdom and respect for American sovereignty to the entire immigration system that big-hearted Joe Biden brought to that bridge in Del Rio.

It’s quite telling that the only argument today’s Democrats have for electing them is that only they are capable of solving the endless crises their own policies create.

Since the release of the Maricopa County full forensic audit report, we’ve focused on the important findings that were ignored by mainstream media in favor of their simplistic and completely inadequate narrative that “Biden really won.” We appreciate the outpouring of responses. Some of these are self-explanatory and require nothing more than a heartfelt thank-you, but a few others do require an answer and at least an attempt to explain the situation our nation is in, as best we can.

From Patrick C:

I think it’s important to keep in mind that Sidney Powell's defense against Dominion's lawsuit is that “No reasonable person would conclude that the statements were truly statements of fact." Her accusations were pretty wild but, in fact, they were widely believed by reasonable people.

From the Gov:

The media reported this was Powell’s argument and then failed to correct themselves when Powell said they’d misinterpreted it. (I see by your letter that their misleading narrative has endured.) Powell actually was NOT saying that. We wrote about this at length at the time; the media either didn’t understand the nuance contained in her legal filings or deliberately misrepresented it.

From James:

Ask the average person on the street if they have kept up with the Arizona audit and what it showed; most likely [the answer] would be that Biden won with even more votes. That's the dangerous power of the Democratic media bias, when actually the audit showed tons of irregularities that would have changed the vote outcome of both Trump and Biden. So the conclusion in my mind is that based on a huge number of indicators during the election, we likely have an imposter sitting in the White House.

What can we do without a new election? Do everything in our power to hog-tie Biden with a landslide victory in the House and Senate in '22! The danger then will be for Republicans to sit on their rear ends and do nothing (again), setting the stage for another Democratic Socialist president in '24. God forbid!!!

From the Gov:

You are correct about the irregularities. (Ah, you must be a regular reader of the Huckabee newsletter!) And it’s not just the likely fraud that skewed results --- or at the very least rendered them unverifiable --- it’s the deep state/media collusion that facilitated the Russia Hoax, the censorship of stories about Hunter Biden’s laptop and the family’s foreign business connections, the changing of election laws to make cheating easy as pie, and so much more.

Special Counsel John Durham’s detailed “speaking indictment” brought much of it into the open, and even our allies and enemies around the world see it now. Some American leftists who supported Biden also see it now. I don’t know how they can ever forgive their own party for so thoroughly deceiving them. Probably the only reason they don’t switch parties is that they’re still clinging to the OTHER lies their party and the media have told them, about Trump.

As you know, we won’t be having a “new election.” Some states, such as California, have provisions for a recall election --- and we’ve just seen how difficult a process that is --- but the U.S. Constitution does not.

It’s hard to say what the Democrats are planning for the next few years, as they must know Biden can’t possibly be the candidate for 2024, if he’s still in office then. And if/when Harris is installed as President (shudder) via the 25th Amendment, she won't be the nominee in '24 if they can help it, as she grows more unpopular by the day –- even with Democrats who so dearly wanted a black female President, for bragging rights if nothing else. Perhaps some Democrats have realized there are more important considerations than racial and gender identity when choosing the leader of the free world.

You’re right in saying that landslides in '22 and '24 are the only way to prevail. The highly-organized Democrats are on a mission to “transform” (destroy) America, and we have to be on even more of a mission to save her. Speak out (cancel culture be damned), support conservatives down-ballot, get active in conservative organizations, seek out alternative media, run for office, BECOME A POLL WATCHER. This is what we must do, or we will lose our country.

From Steve:

Of the 15,000 voters in Maricopa County that had moved to "another address within the county", how many voted the mail-in ballot, then showed up to vote in person at their new polling station? Maybe a count of the total votes cast versus the population of the county would be in order?

From the Gov:

This is one of the things the full audit looked at, at least county-wide. (We’ve also heard from readers in Arizona who went in person to vote and learned that someone ELSE had voted by mail-in ballot in their name.) As we reported, even after factoring in the local officials’ “explanations,” there were still thousands of unexplained duplicate ballots. This is one reason why, in a simple recount of the original ballots, Biden still comes out the winner.

From Sidney:

OK –- so let's assume that the results of the audit are valid, and they probably are valid. So what now? At this point, can Arizona void the votes of the Democrat electors and replace them with votes of Republican electors, which will undoubtedly be in favor of Trump-Pence? Will the findings in the Arizona audit result in other audits, and is it possible that the Biden election victory can be overturned and Trump reinstalled as President? This would be a good subject for one of your shows.

From the Gov:

This is always the most difficult answer I have to give. Though there might be other audits, the 2020 election will not be overturned, and the only way Trump can be re-installed is if he runs in 2024 and is elected. The Judiciary has made it clear they will not touch this. The audit, as we see it, has two purposes: 1) to get to the truth, as a matter of record, and 2) document the problems that MUST be fixed if we’re to have secure, validated elections.

On that score, we've just learned that in pursuit of a resolution to these concerns, Arizona AG Mark Brnovich is not going quietly. Given the anomalies turned up by the audit, he has written a letter to the county recorder and each member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, advising them to preserve all "documents, files and related information" in case there is further investigation or litigation. In other words, he's not done.

https://cdn.nucleusfiles.com/8e/8e1211e6-274e-453b-b768-969e5b17728c/210927_letter_to_maricopa_county_re_litigation_hold.pdf?utm_medium=email&utm_source=ncl_amplify&utm_campaign=20210929-icymi_letter_from_assistant_attorney_general_jennifer_wright&utm_content=ncl-xsXN8D4r9h&_nlid=xsXN8D4r9h&_nsid=a5c191f0-167a-4ccc-b971-0ad70efe1c9c

From Thomas:

OK, Gov., here we go again: this said that, so that is suing this, it just goes on and on. None of this will end until the mid-term elections, maybe not even then. The debt ceiling is on us, when will DC decide to work together, everywhere you look we get the he said, she said BS of politics jumps out at you. I am disappointed, discouraged, saddened by our political landscape. Social media, the interweb, and fake news media flood us with nothing but hearsay and rumors, Time for all Patriots to stand up and say NO MORE. Thanks TWS

From the Gov:

The way to get a handle on your dismay, which we all share, is contained in your letter. Channel those feelings into action. We absolutely have no choice. You said it yourself: It's time for patriots to stand up and say NO MORE.

Thanks so much to all who wrote!

Here's an item of interest we just stumbled upon. Did you know that in France, citizens voted by mail from 1958 to 1975, but found it created conditions so conducive to fraud that they stopped it and went back to strict in-person voting? It's true.

This piece is a must-read. It describes the terrible problem the French had with mail-in voting and massive fraud. (In fact, the mail-in system was described "an indecent provocation" to election fraud.) Now they vote exactly the way we should in our country: the old-school way --- as we've been calling for --- in person, with hand-marked paper ballots (no "electronic voting systems"), a documented chain of custody, plenty of watchers (any registered voter can watch), and full transparency. Tabulators are required to count the votes and announce the winners that same night. The ballot box, which literally is transparent, never leaves the polling place.

If the French can get it right, why can't we?

Leftists in our country would scream, "Voter suppression!" But polls have shown that most people of all races want elections to be secure, and they're fine with safeguards such as voter I.D., so I'll bet they would be open to these other provisions to ensure their vote was counted.

Again, be sure and read this entire piece, including the "Official rationale for the 1975 bill." This is exactly the way we in America should be talking about election reform now. I mean, RIGHT NOW, before we have to suffer through one more mess like the last one. Since states run their own elections, this is something that state legislators need to start taking up, immediately.

And if Marc Elias shows up, kick him out of the room.

https://politics.stackexchange.com/questions/57152/why-isnt-mail-in-voting-allowed-in-france

The Bible tells us in Luke 8:17 (NAS version), “For nothing is concealed that will not become evident, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light.” Or as Shakespeare put it in “The Merchant of Venice,” “Truth will come to light; murder cannot be hid long; a man's son may, but at the length, truth will out.” (By the way, “a man’s son” was not a reference to Hunter Biden and his laptops.)

Despite all the power and influence of the government, media and social media, you can only fool the people for so long and hold the lid down on discussion of your chicanery before the under-the-radar chatter finally explodes into the public sphere. We’re seeing that happening all around us these days, with erupting backlash against attempts to censor everything from discussion of vaccine side effects to the origins of COVID-19 to the efficacy of natural immunity to questions about the 2020 election.

Attacking those who speak up only works for so long, particularly when influential people start speaking up, whether it be Eric Clapton, Nikki Minaj or French tennis pro Jeremy Chardy, who says he’s suffering intense pain after getting vaccinated and it's derailed his tennis career.

https://www.westernjournal.com/world-class-athlete-says-regrets-getting-covid-vaccine-now-serious-problems/

As noted in the story, that’s not meant to discourage vaccination, since the potential side effects are still less of a risk than COVID. But if you’re asking everyone to take a shot that might have even a tiny chance of serious side effects, then you can’t just order them to shut up and take it without question or else lose their job and all their rights, which is the autocratic method this Administration has chosen. Right now, Americans are scared enough of COVID to go along with that, but “Shut up and obey” is not a strategy that will work longterm in this country.

Likewise, after being silenced and shamed for months into not questioning any aspects of the 2020 election, the findings of various audits and investigations, coupled with the indictment of a top Democrat lawyer on charges related to lying to the FBI to frame Trump and his people for Russian collusion, has many people finally speaking up. Some are even prominent Trump-hating liberals who suddenly seem to have taken the red pill and awakened to what we’ve been telling you here for years now.

Here are two stunning examples: liberal British comedian Russell Brand admitted he was “in awe, gobsmacked, flabbergasted and startled” by the indictment of Michael Sussman and the realization that Trump was right about a conspiracy to frame him. Like too many people, Brand was getting his news from outlets that went on 24/7 about “Russian collusion” as “absolute fact,” so he assumed it must be true (a rookie mistake when watching CNN.)

https://www.westernjournal.com/massive-liberal-celeb-sees-light-trump-right-clinton-russia/

Brand said he wanted to believe that the Democratic Party is the party of “inclusivity, and diversity and truth and social justice and all great, positive ideas” (yep, that's the image they push, like putting a bouquet of flowers on a pack of cigarettes.) But, he said, “To discover that this was propaganda, a construct, a confection by the Democratic Party — who, of course, are now in government — is kind of beyond disappointing, because you begin to question and query what other things may not be true.”

Yes, and you should! Good for you, Russell. Embrace the truth, and it shall set you free. For a start, you’re welcome to subscribe to my newsletter, which is also free.

Another example, again from Britain, but let’s hope this reflects what’s happening here, too: writer Rob Liddle in the Sunday Times of London is still a Trump hater (as you can tell from his article), but his blinders have started to slip. He admits, “So Trump was right” about the election being rigged against him, and “The American public is slowly waking up to the fact that they are being led by an ineffectually devious, senile halfwit.”

https://beckernews.com/narrative-collapse-british-media-finally-appear-to-be-questioning-bidens-u-s-election-legitimacy-41960/

Maybe someday, he'll wake up to the fact that Trump wasn't just a victim of the cabal, he was the only person standing between it and the rest of us and fighting it. But that might take a handful of red pills for some people to see.

Note that he makes the same point that I have made repeatedly: you don’t even have to go into conspiracy theories about hijacked voting machines or stuffed ballot boxes. Just the collusion between Deep State operatives, leftist billionaires, the media, political figures, lawyers, Big Tech and social media to make sure voters heard only one side of the story was enough to unfairly tilt the election – and they’ve openly bragged about how successful that was. They even hail themselves as heroes for making sure the “right” person won by suppressing “unwanted elements of US political conversation” – as determined by them, of course.

Liddle points out that Time magazine said this cabal wasn’t subverting democracy by rigging the election, they were “fortifying” the election. We all need to start speaking up to make sure they don’t “fortify” any more elections. They do it the way cereal makers used to claim their sugary cereals were “fortified” with vitamins. They claim it’s good for you, but it’s just a thin coating over a bowl of junk.

Spending fight

September 30, 2021

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema continue to bravely endure the rhetorical flamethrowers of their party’s dominant Loudmouthed Wacko wing for their refusal to dive headfirst into fiscal insanity and blow $3.5 trillion on the Democrats’ leftwing wish list bill.

https://redstate.com/sister-toldjah/2021/09/29/heres-how-we-know-kyrsten-sinema-and-joe-manchin-are-for-now-doing-the-right-thing-n449861

But as admirable as their stand is, and America is blessed to have any bulwark in place against the dangerous leftward lurch that most Democrats are trying to impose, it’s important to remember that they aren’t fiscal conservatives. Manchin made it clear that he’s not opposed to spending a big pile of money we don’t have; just to spending a mountain of it.

https://thelibertydaily.com/heres-what-joe-manchins-statement-against-3-5t-build-back-better-plan-really-means/

J.D. Rucker of LibertyDaily has a good article quoting what Sen. Manchin said and analyzing what it really means. Rucker reminds us that the “small,” “bipartisan” “infrastructure” bill (I use all those quotes because you could make an argument against each adjective) is described as costing “only” $1.2 trillion, but in their spending frenzy, Democrats have forgotten that even one trillion bucks is still a heap of money. (Proponents argue that some of the $1.2 trillion isn’t new spending but things like previously-allocated unused COVID relief funds. So if we take deficit spending meant for one thing and spend it on something else, then it doesn’t cost anything! There’s DC economics in a nutshell.)

Biden recently said that “trillionaires” are doing fine, apparently not realizing there’s no such thing as a trillionaire. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is the richest man in the world with a net worth of $177 billion, but he’d need more than five times that much to have even one trillion dollars. If the Democrats confiscated the entire wealth of the 10 richest people on Earth ($1.15 trillion), they’d still need to scrape up another $50 billion just to cover their “small” spending bill.

https://www.investopedia.com/articles/investing/012715/5-richest-people-world.asp

Are you starting to suspect that they can’t really cover nearly $5 trillion in spending just by “taxing the rich?” The only good news if this passes is that you’ll soon discover YOU’RE “rich.”

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2021/09/29/house-may-pull-infrastructure-bill-as-manchin-deals-knock-out-blow-on-reconciliation-fiscal-insanity-n449945

Rucker notes that Democrats decried the “massive” cost of Trump’s $20 billion border wall, and now they want to spend 175 times that (none of which, needless to say, will be used to finish the border wall.)

Rucker also explains that this detachment from fiscal reality is due to most Democrats and too many Republicans embracing Modern Monetary Theory, which is the belief that the government can pay for anything simply by printing as much money as it wants, and this won’t harm our economic health in any way. Sure, everywhere it’s ever been tried before, it’s led to ruinous hyperinflation and the collapse of society, but they insist that can’t happen here. It’s odd to me that they hate the very idea of American exceptionalism, yet they believe that in this one way, we’re the exception to every ironclad rule of economics.

Here’s another way of dealing with our debt that’s so crazy, even the Biden White House claims nobody is considering it (for now, anyway.)

https://www.westernjournal.com/biden-starts-talking-issuing-coin-watch-fast-dollar-collapses/

That link also talks about the fight over raising the debt limit and features our Quote of the Day, from Texas Rep. Jodey Arrington: “It is not our duty to raise the debt limit; it’s our duty not to spend so recklessly, irresponsibly, and egregiously that we bankrupt this country.”

On a side note: I misspoke recently in saying that only a Senate filibuster could block the “infrastructure” bill if the House passes it. I forgot that with the help of some “Republicans,” it already passed the Senate and there won’t be any reconciliation. So if the House okays it today, Biden will sign it. But Speaker Pelosi is still trying to muster the votes to pass it because Democrats on both the far left and the center are threatening to withhold their votes for conflicting reasons. So Pelosi might be forced to delay it again.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2021/09/29/house-may-pull-infrastructure-bill-as-manchin-deals-knock-out-blow-on-reconciliation-fiscal-insanity-n449945

Democrats and their loyal media valets keep insisting that the dictatorial COVID mandates from President Biden and blue state Governors are wildly popular with most Americans. You know, just like their plans to raise taxes, legalize all abortions and spend more money than God has. But as with minorities, they don’t seem to have bothered talking to Americans before speaking for them.

With businesses already threatened by a lack of workers, hospitals dangerously understaffed and experts warning of potentially catastrophic shortages due to supply chain disruptions caused by a lack of workers, Biden and his power-mad cohorts are demanding that millions of people who object to being vaccinated be fired from their jobs. If you thought their previous prescriptions for COVID were worse than the disease, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. But as usual, the American people are wiser than their leaders and able to see this train heading toward them from far down the tunnel.

https://www.wnd.com/2021/09/poll-americans-reject-plan-fire-refusing-covid-shots/

The latest Trafalgar Group poll asked, “Should Americans be fired if they refuse to take the COVID-19 vaccines?” A whopping 65% said, “No,” and only 22.2% said, “Yes.” Broken down by political views, Republicans said, “NO!!” by 83.5% to 9.7%. Independents said, “No,” by 63.6% to 15.5%. And even Democrats leaned toward “No” by 47.9% to 38.4%.

Maybe, unlike their leaders, they thought deeply enough to question the claim that the unvaccinated are “endangering” the vaccinated. How is that possible, if the vaccines work? And if they don’t work any better than that, why the drastic violation of citizens’ rights to force everyone to get them?

Once again, Biden’s Administration is reflecting Obama’s. He’s lurching toward unconstitutional government overreach and governing against the will of the people. Let’s hope and pray it works out as well for him in the upcoming midterm elections as it did for Obama in 2010. Republicans gained 63 seats to retake the House, the biggest power shift since 1948, and gained seven seats in the Senate. That wasn’t enough to retake the Senate then, but it would be now. And Biden has far worse self-created crises to deal with, and none of Obama’s political skills or personal popularity to offset them.

All that said, don’t get complacent. If you want to retake Congress and stop the Democrats and their too-powerful allies from driving America over a high cliff with the Bill of Rights in the back seat, then get involved in the campaigns and work hard to win. Donate, volunteer, and most of all, watch the polls like hawks!

Wednesday, Congressional testimony continued from Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mike Milley and CENTCOM head Gen. Frank McKenzie. Not as many revelations came out as on the first day of testimony, with much of the time being spent on Republicans blasting the men over the catastrophic handling of the Afghanistan pullout and Democrats trying to blame it on Trump. Here’s a pretty good recap of the main takeaways from the two days of testimony.

https://news.yahoo.com/six-takeaways-military-brasss-capitol-110000232.html

As far as Wednesday’s highlights go, the biggest was probably Gen. McKenzie’s confirmation that the Taliban did, as previously reported, offer to let the US military have full control of Kabul until US evacuation efforts were complete, but McKenzie said that wasn’t what he’d been instructed to do and he thought they didn’t have the resources, so he turned the offer down. Let me repeat that: HE TURNED THE OFFER DOWN!!! Didn’t run it by anybody back in Washington, just said, “No, thanks.”

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2021/09/29/gen-mckenzie-admits-taliban-offered-us-control-of-kabul-during-withdrawal-but-he-didnt-accept-n450014

And as far as memorable quotes from Wednesday, I’d say this comment from Rep. Matt Gaetz to Gen. Milley deserves the prize:

https://redstate.com/brandon_morse/2021/09/29/matt-gaetz-reduces-gen-milley-to-rubble-over-afghanistan-and-takes-biden-down-in-the-process-n449651

“You seem to be very happy failing up over there, but if we didn’t have a President that was so addled, you all would be fired. Because that is what you deserve. You have let down the people who wear the uniform in my district and all around this country, and you’re far more interested in what your perception is and how people think about you in insider Washington books than you care about winning, which this group seems incapable of doing,”

That might sum up the entire two days better than any lengthy news article could.

Another great column by Kurt Schlichter on a very important lesson for Republicans: no matter what a GOP candidate believes, the Democrats and the media will always portray him/her/xir as “literally Hitler.”

https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2021/09/30/every-republican-is-literally-hitler-so-stop-caring-what-libs-say-n2596663

The worst way any Republican can respond is by compromising principles to try to win their favor. That’s like throwing raw meat into shark-infested waters. Kurt’s advice is the same that I’ve been giving for years: stick to your principles, be true to yourself, and when they launch ridiculous slanderous attacks on you, laugh at them. Leftists have no sense of humor, certainly not about themselves, so mocking them is their Kryptonite.

And if you’re scared of the Twitter mob saying bad things about you, remember these two words: “Who cares?” Roughly 90% of tweets are generated by about 10% of Twitter users, and most of them are far to the left of the majority of Americans. Also, having a social media account doesn’t mean your opinion carries any particular weight. Twitter and Facebook banned the President, but they allow anyone else with an Internet connection to have an account for free. If talk is cheap, then how much is free talk worth?

Reeder: Commander Cody RIP

September 29, 2021

By By "Huckabee" pop culture guru Pat Reeder (http://www.hollywoodhifi.com)

I’m sad to have to report the death of George Frayne IV, a.k.a. Commander Cody of Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, of cancer at 77.

https://variety.com/2021/music/news/commander-cody-george-frayne-dead-roots-country-rock-lost-planet-airmen-1235075409/

As a born- and lifelong Texan, I’ve always been a big fan. They were one of the seminal groups in the 1970s Texas “outlaw country” movement, a fixture at joints like Austin’s Armadillo World Headquarters. Their name came from the same 1940s Republic sci-fi serial that inspired George Lucas. They were best known for their one hit, a 1971 remake of “Hot Rod Lincoln,” first cut by its writer Charlie Ryan in 1955 and by Johnny Bond in 1960. It’s from “Lost in the Ozone,” one of several of their LPs that made it into Billboard’s top 100. After the original band broke up in 1976, Frayne continued performing for decades under the name Commander Cody.

In his obit, Frayne is quoted as saying they stopped playing country music after being booed off stage at the 1973 CMA convention, and that “The people from Texas found out that I wasn’t from Texas, and they thought that I was stealing their music and they didn’t get it.” I find that odd, since I loved that band and assumed all real Texans did, too. Although I do remember seeing them open once for War in Waco, and while I thought they were fantastic, the crowd just sat on their hands. They only wanted War. (FYI: that's one of only three concerts I’ve ever walked out of. I can’t take 20 minute versions of “Low Rider” or “Slippin’ Into Darkness.” War is hell, at least live.)

They had a uniquely loose yet technically proficient, hippie-meets-cowboy mixture of country, western swing, R&B, rockabilly and early jazz that was irresistibly fun. AllMusic.com compares how they helped blow away the overproduced countrypolitan Nashville sound to how British pub rock bands helped force overblown ‘70s rockers back to the basics.

I always thought they were at their best live, which is why their live albums are better than the studio albums. My favorite is one of the great Lone Star classics, “Live from Deep In The Heart of Texas,” cut at Armadillo World Headquarters and with a crowd of cartoon armadillos on the cover. It’s a party in a sleeve, with such jump-up-and-dance tracks as “Good Rockin’ Tonight,” “Git It,” “Little Sally Walker” and “Too Much Fun” (no such thing.)

RIP, Commander! I hope to see you again in the ozone someday!