Saturday, February 18, 2017

Thelonious Monk - In Walked Bud

Thelonious Monk (Piano)
Ahmed Abdul-Malik (Bass)
Johnny Griffin (Tenor Saxophone)
Roy Haynes (Drums)

Terry Gibbs & Joey DeFrancesco - Thing Ain't What Used To Be

Terry Gibbs (vibraphone); Joey DeFrancesco (Hammond B3 organ); Eric Alexander (saxophone); Dan Faehnle (guitar); Gerry Gibbs (drums); Ray Armando (congas)

Friday, February 17, 2017

Time to practice

It's time to practice.  Repeat ten times:  "Scandal plagued Trump administration", or "Scandal ridden Trump administration".  If you have another phrase  --  please use it. 

Note:  Must contain actual FACTS, not "alternative facts/truths/truthiness/factoids/etc., etc., etc.".

Falsehoods like, "I inherited a mess" must be replaced with actual facts, like,"I'm making a mess."

Thank you

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Trump’s Most Shameful Act So Far

This from Robert Reich  --  please follow link to original

On Sunday, White House Senior Advisor Stephen Miller claimed 14 percent of non-citizens are registered to vote. “We know for a fact, you have massive numbers of non-citizens registered to vote in this country,” he said, appearing on ABC’s This Week With George Stephanopoulos. “The White House has provided enormous evidence with respect to voter fraud.”
Miller is repeating an assertion Trump continues to make.
It is absolutely false.
What do we do when we have a president and White House surrogates, along with enablers in the right-wing media, who continuously lie about something as fundamental to our democracy as whether we’ve got massive voter fraud?
The answer is we find the truth. We spread the truth. We continue to speak the truth. And we use every chance we have – in opeds, in letters to editors, in local media, on national media – to state the truth.
And we demand that big lies like this be corrected.
A new report on voter fraud from the Brennan Center confirms that multiple nationwide studies have uncovered only a handful of incidents of non-citizens voting.
Based on state prosecution records, votes by non-citizens account for between 0.0003 percent and 0.001 percent of all votes cast.
Election officials agree that non-citizen voting in our elections is not a problem. The National Association of Secretaries of State, whose Republican-majority membership includes the chief elections officers of 40 states, said they “are not aware of any evidence that supports the voter fraud claims made by President Trump.”
Federal law and the laws of every state bar non-citizens from registering to vote or voting in elections. Experts believe that the severity of the penalties for violating these laws serve as a significant deterrent. Also, it is relatively easy for a non-citizen to get caught.
Trump’s false assertion of massive voting fraud is intended for one purpose: to legitimate more voter identification laws around the country.
Voter identification laws are already spreading rapidly. Before 2006, no state required photo identification to vote on Election Day. Now, 10 states have this requirement. All told, a total of 33 states — representing more than half the nation’s population — have some version of voter identification rules on the books.
The purpose of these laws is to further entrench Republican officials.
New research shows a significant drop in minority participation when and where these laws are implemented – which is what you would expect given that members of racial and ethnic minorities have less access to photo IDs.
The research also shows that because minority voters tend to be Democrats, strict voter ID laws tilt the primary electorate dramatically. The turnout gap between Republicans and Democrats in primary contests more than doubles from 4.3 points to 9.8 points.
The truth: There’s no voter fraud. State ID laws intended to stop voter fraud are really intended to stop Democrats from voting – and that’s been their effect.
One of the most important common goods in our society is the truth about our democracy. Trump is pulverizing that truth – laying the groundwork for more state restrictions on access to the ballot by American citizens.
This is beyond shameful.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Top White House Adviser Wears Nazi Collaborator Medal

This from "The Forward.  Please follow link to original.

The White House’s omission of Jewish victims from its Holocaust Remembrance Day statement on January 27 raised unanimous objections from the community.
To defend it, the White House sent out Deputy Assistant to the President, Sebastian Gorka. He accused those who had attacked the omission of trying “to twist” the statement.
On February 12, Eli Clifton noted on LobeLog — a blog of foreign policy experts — that Gorka had been photographed wearing a medal from a viciously anti-Semitic group of Hungarian Nazi collaborators in World War II.
The vitezi rend was established by Miklos Horthy in 1920. Horthy was an avowed anti-Semite whose group was officially labeled by the State Department as being “under the direction of the Nazi government of Germany.”
On Gorka’s PhD dissertation he lists his name as “Sebestyén L. v. Gorka.” This is a reference to his grandfather’s title from Horthy. Though it’s not clear that the title is in any way heritable, Clifton quotes Eva Balogh, founder of the news analysis blog Hungarian Spectrum and former professor of Eastern European History at Yale University, as saying:
Many supporters of the Horthy regime were enamored by the Nazis and Hitler and the ‘knights’ were especially so. Put it that way, after 1948 one wouldn’t have bragged about his father being a ‘vitéz.’ Lately, however, especially since 2010, it has become fashionable again to boast about such ‘illustrious’ ancestors.
Apparently it’s fashionable again to wear anti-Semitic medals for inauguration day.

Lester Young &Coleman Hawkins 1958 - Jumping With Symphony Sid

And others - see how many you can identify.

Glenn Miller-"American Patrol"

Glenn Miller - In The Mood

Perfidia - Glenn MIller

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Found On Facebook

This found on facebook:

Found on Facebook

I listened as you called my President a Muslim.
I listened as you called him and his family a pack of monkeys.
I listened as you said he wasn’t born here.
I watched as you blocked every single path to progress that you could.
I saw the pictures you made of him as Hitler.
I watched you shut down the government and hurt the entire nation, twice.
I watched you turn your backs on every opportunity to open a worthwhile dialog.
I watched you say that you would not even listen to any choice for Supreme Court no matter who the nominee was.
I listened as you openly said that you will oppose him at every turn.
I watched as you did just that.
I listened.
I watched.
I paid attention.
Now, I’m being called on to be tolerant.
To move forward.
To denounce protesters.
To “Get over it.”
To accept this…
I will not.
I will do my part to make sure, this great American mistake, becomes the embarrassing footnote of our history that it deserves to be.
I will do this as quickly as possible, every chance I get.
I will do my part to limit the damage that this man can do to my country.
I will watch his every move and point out every single mistake and misdeed in a loud and proud voice.
I will let you know in a loud voice every time this man backs away from a promise he made to you.
The people who voted for him. Yes you, the ones who sold their souls and prayed for him to win.
I will do this so that you never forget.
And you will hear me.
You will see it in my eyes when I look at you.
You will hear it in my voice when I talk to you.
You will know that I know who you are.
You will know that I know what you are.
Do not call for my tolerance. I’ve tolerated all I can.
Now it’s your turn to tolerate the ridicule.
Be aware, make no mistake about it, every single thing that goes wrong in our country from this day forward is now Trump’s fault just as much as you thought it was Obama’s.
I find it unreasonable for you to expect from me, what you were entirely unwilling to give.

I’ll add
I listened while you claimed Obama was gay
I listened while you made ridiculous claims that Michelle Obama was a man
Or transgender, even though she gave birth to two lovely daughters by the same husband
I listened while Republican racists made every stupid accusation available
I listened while they called those who protested snowflakes.
Well now we have a man who personifies ever loathsome trait we falsely project upon people from NYC
Just how many East European “Escorts” has he been married to?  I’ve lost count.
Some real family values, don’t you think?
One of the best thing to happen since the Election is that we have learned who the real Special Petal Flower Snowflakes are.
They need safe spaces from Super Bowl ads and Half Time Shows.
They cry like babies with dirty diapers over the least criticism.
All I can say is they should have taken inverse of the Golden Rule to heart.
Do not do unto others that which you would find hateful if done unto you.
In street terms

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, New Poems, City Lights

This from "Jesse's Cafe Americain"  --  please follow link to original

“Pity the nation whose people are sheep,
and whose shepherds mislead them.
Pity the nation whose leaders are liars,
whose sages are silenced,
and whose bigots haunt the airwaves.
Pity the nation that raises not its voice,
except to praise conquerors
and acclaim the bully as hero
and aims to rule the world with force and by torture.
Pity the nation that knows no other language but its own
and no other culture but its own.
Pity the nation whose breath is money
and sleeps the sleep of the too well fed.
Pity the nation — oh, pity the people who allow their rights to erode
and their freedoms to be washed away.
My country, tears of thee, sweet land of liberty.”

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, New Poems, City Lights

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Professor Irwin Corey at the Cutting Room NYC

"Prof" Irwin Corey died today  --  he was 102 years old.  He often reminded me of long gone 1950's "intellectuals", and was thus one of my many favorites.

Erroll Garner Trio - I Cover The Waterfront (Columbia Records 1951)

Monday, February 6, 2017

Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries = Frank Comstock = Suddenly It's The Hi Lo's


I do not think you have to believe in God to realize the truth of the following.  The need to believe is a conceit of the "Religious".

"People who know nothing of God and whose lives are centered on themselves, imagine that they can only find themselves by asserting their own desires and ambitions and appetites in a struggle with the rest of the world.  They try to become real by imposing themselves on other people, by appropriating for themselves some share of the limited supply of created goods and thus emphasizing the difference between themselves and the other men who have less than they, or nothing at all.

There are crimes which no one would commit as an individual which he willingly and bravely commits when acting in the name of his society, because he has been, too easily, convinced that evil is entirely different when it is done ‘for the common good.’

It is true, political problems are not solved by love and mercy. But the world of politics is not the only world, and unless political decisions rest on a foundation of something better and higher than politics, they can never do any real good for men.  

When a country has to be rebuilt after war, the passions and energies of war are no longer enough. There must be a new force, the power of love, the power of understanding and human compassion, the strength of selflessness and cooperation, and the creative dynamism of the will to live and to build. 

Thomas Merton"

Our current "leader" is one of the "hollow" people who need to hate just to exist.

Super Bowl LI

Oh well.  The team with a long history of cheating and unethical play won again  --  and all sorts of people cheered.  I guess that's the new "American Way".

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Trump and Bannon’s “America First”

Something from Robert Reich.  Please follow link to original.

Donald Trump has reorganized the National Security Council – elevating his chief political strategist Steve Bannon, and demoting the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Bannon will join the NSC’s principals committee, the top inter-agency group advising the President on national security. 
Meanwhile, the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will now attend meetings only when “issues pertaining to their responsibilities and expertise are to be discussed,” according to the presidential memorandum issued Saturday. 
Political strategists have never before participated in National Security Council principals meetings because the NSC is supposed to give presidents nonpartisan, factual advice.
But forget facts. Forget analysis. This is the Trump administration. 
And what does Bannon have to bring to the table? 
In case you forgot, before joining Donald Trump’s inner circle Bannon headed Breitbart News, a far-right media outlet that has promoted conspiracy theories and is a platform for the alt-right movement, which espouses white nationalism.
This is truly scary. 
Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice calls the move “stone cold crazy.” Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who also served under George W. Bush, says the demotions are a “big mistake.” 
Republican Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, told CBS News, "I am worried about the National Security Council. … The appointment of Mr. Bannon is a radical departure from any National Security Council in history.” McCain added that the “one person who is indispensable would be the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in my view.”
Here’s the big worry. Trump is unhinged and ignorant. Bannon is nuts and malicious. If not supervised by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, their decisions could endanger the world.
In Trump’s and Bannon’s view, foreign relations is a zero-sum game. If another nation gains, we lose. As Trump declared at his inaugural: “From this day forward, it’s going to be only America First.”
Some of you are old enough to recall John F. Kennedy’s inaugural, when the young president pledged to support any friend and oppose any foe to assure the success of liberty. 
But Trump makes no distinction between friend and foe, and no reference to liberty. As conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer observes, Trump’s view is that all other nations are out to use, exploit and surpass us.
Not incidentally, “America First” was the name of the pro-Nazi group led by Charles Lindbergh that bitterly fought FDR before U.S. entry into World War II to keep America neutral between Churchill’s Britain and Hitler’s Reich.
Trump’s and Bannon’s version of “America First” is no less dangerous. It is alienating America from the rest of the world, destroying our nation’s moral authority abroad, and risking everything we love about our country.
Unsupervised by people who know what they’re doing. Trump and Bannon could also bring the world closer to a nuclear holocaust

Monday, January 30, 2017

'Tis Autumn - Red Garland


Lester Young- DB (Detention Barrack) Blues

Personnel : Vic Dickenson(tb) Lester Young(ts) Dodo Marmarosa(p) Freddie Green(g) Red Callender(b) Henry Tucker(dms) / 1946

Lester Young - JUST YOU, JUST ME

Lester Young ( tenor sax), Johnny Guarnieri (piano), Slam Stewart (bass), Sid Catlett (drums).

Lester Young- I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan

Personnel is Lester Young (T. Sax), Roy Eldridge (Tpt), Vic Dickenson (Tbn), Gene Ramey (Bass), Teddy Wilson (Pno), Jo Jones (Drums). Recorded January 12, 1956.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day.  If you don't know about it  --  read.  If you doubt it  --  read some first person history.  In case you forgot, it wasn't just Jews (though they were the primary victims).  Lot's of other "enemies", "degenerates", "sub-humans", etc., etc., etc. were killed.  Even some Christians who had the nerve to stand up to Hitler.

Never forget, and NEVER let it happen again - even in the USA.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Donald the Unready

This from Dr. Paul Krugman.  Please follow link to original.

Betsy DeVos, whom Donald Trump has nominated as education secretary, doesn’t know basic education terms, doesn’t know about federal statutes governing special education, but thinks school officials should carry guns to defend against grizzly bears.
Monica Crowley, selected as deputy national security adviser, withdrew after it was revealed that much of her past writing was plagiarized. Many other national security positions remain unfilled, and it’s unclear how much if any of the briefing materials prepared by the outgoing administration have even been read.
Meanwhile Rex Tillerson, selected as secretary of state, casually declared that America would block Chinese access to bases in the South China Sea, apparently unaware that he was in effect threatening to go to war if China called his bluff.
Do you see a pattern here?
It was obvious to anyone paying attention that the incoming administration would be blatantly corrupt. But would it at least be efficient in its corruption?
Many Trump voters certainly thought they were choosing a smart businessman who would get things done. And even those who knew better may have hoped that the president-elect, his ego finally sated, would settle down to running the country — or at least delegate the boring business of governing America to people actually capable of doing the job.
But it’s not happening. Mr. Trump hasn’t pivoted, matured, whatever term you prefer. He’s still the insecure, short-attention-span egomaniac he always was. Worse, he is surrounding himself with people who share many of his flaws — perhaps because they’re the sort of people with whom he is comfortable.
So the typical Trump nominee, in everything from economics to diplomacy to national security, is ethically challenged, ignorant about the area of policy he or she is supposed to manage and deeply incurious. Some, like Michael Flynn, Mr. Trump’s choice as national security adviser, are even as addicted as their boss to internet conspiracy theories. This isn’t a team that will compensate for the commander in chief’s weaknesses; on the contrary, it’s a team that will amplify them.
Why does this matter? If you want a model for how the Trump-Putin administration is likely to function (or malfunction), it’s helpful to recall what happened during the Bush-Cheney years.
People tend to forget the extent to which the last Republican administration was also characterized by cronyism, the appointment of unqualified but well-connected people to key positions. It wasn’t as extreme as what we’re seeing now, but it was striking at the time. Remember “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job”? And it caused very real damage.
In particular, if you want some notion of what Trump governance is likely to look like, consider the botched occupation of Iraq. People who knew anything about nation-building weren’t wanted; party loyalists — and corporate profiteers — took their place. There’s even a little-known connection: Betsy DeVos’s brother, Erik Prince, founded Blackwater, the mercenary outfit that, among other things, helped destabilize Iraq by firing into a crowd of civilians.
Now the conditions that prevailed in Iraq — blind ideology, contempt for expertise, effective absence of any enforcement of ethics rules — have come to America, but in a far more acute form.
And what will happen when we face a crisis? Remember, Katrina was the event that finally revealed the costs of Bush-era cronyism to all.
Crises of some kind are bound to occur on any president’s watch. They appear especially likely given the crew that’s coming in and their allies in Congress: Given the stated priorities of the people about to take charge, we could very well see collapsing health care, a trade war and a military standoff with China just in the next year.
But even if we somehow skirt those dangers, stuff always happens. Maybe there will be a new economic crisis, helped along by the rush to undo financial regulation. Maybe there will be a foreign affairs crisis, say over adventurism in the Baltics by Mr. Trump’s good friend Vladimir. Maybe it will be something we’re not thinking about. Then what?
Real crises need real solutions. They can’t be resolved with a killer tweet, or by having your friends in the F.B.I. or the Kremlin feed the media stories that take your problems off the front page. What the situation demands are knowledgeable, levelheaded people in positions of authority.
But as far as we know, almost no people meeting that description will be in the new administration, except possibly the nominee for defense secretary — whose nickname just happens to be “Mad Dog.”
So there you have it: an administration unprecedented in its corruption, but also completely unprepared to govern. It’s going to be terrific, let me tell you.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Oscar Peterson - The Great American Song Book 1952 ( Full Album)

Oscar Peterson - Piano
Barney Kessel - Guitar
Ray Brown - Bass

01. Cheek To Cheek (3:02)
02. It Ain't Necessarily So (3:14)
03. Just A-Sittin' And A-Rockin' (3:42)
04. Long Ago And Far Away (3:46)
05. What Is This Thing Called Love (3:09)
06. Fascinating Rhythm (2:58)
07. Prelude To A Kiss (3:18)
08. I've Got A Crush On You (2:54)
09. Easter Parade (3:14)
10. Oh, Lady Be Good (3:51)
11. Night And Day (3:41)
12. Sophisticated Lady (2:59)
13. Take The 'A' Train (3:17)
14. I Got Rhythm (3:17)
15. In A Mellow Tone (3:08)
16. 'S Wonderful (2:38)
17. Don't Get Around Much Anymore (3:59)
18. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me (2:50)
19. The Man I Love (3:29)