Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Charlie Parker's New All-Stars 1947 ~ Relaxin' At Camarillo (Take 4)



Charlie Parker - Alto Sax
Howard McGhee - Trumpet
Wardell Gray - Tenor Sax
Michael "Dodo" Marmarosa - Piano
Barney Kessel - Guitar
George "Red" Callender - Bass
Don Lamond - Drums

Charlie Parker- Confirmation

Music for the NEW YEAR.  Bask in it.  Listen.  Enjoy the true music, classic music of the USA.


Moose the Mooche by Charlie Parker


Charlie "Bird" Parker - Yardbird Suite


Charlie Parker & DIzzy Gillespie - Mohawk [from 1950 album Bird And Diz


Bird & Diz - Bloomdido 1952 /Classic Modern Jazz


SALT PEANUTS by Dizzy Gillespie with Charlie Parker 1945 JAZZ!


PARKER'S MOOD Charlie Parker All Stars with Miles Davis 1948


Billie's Bounce / Charlie Parker The Savoy Recordings


Thriving On A Riff / Charlie Parker The Savoy Recordings


Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sorry for slow posting

As I said above  --  sorry for my slow posting.  I know this is not the most active blog on line   ------   but    ---    this time it has nothing to do with my disgust with our politics, it's about a flooded house, my issues with my insurance company and problems with the folks who we contracted with to do the dry-out, demolition, and reconstruction.  Neither happy, involved, nor committed at this time  --  it's currently about survival.

Happy New Year to EVERYONE  --  hope "things" are wonderful fro ALL.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Nat King Cole - "The Christmas Song" (1961)


more about those Duck folks

Just google "Robertson's - before and after"  ---  and see what those "rednecks" were when they were plain old "millionaire yuppies".

Don't fall for the hype folks.  They're just another form of "snake oil salesmen".

Sunday, December 22, 2013

About the Duck kerfuffle -- Quack, Quack0

Does anyone remember "The Dixie Chicks"?  Remember how the right wing savaged them when they DARED criticize G.W. Bush in London?  Remember how the right wing said freedom of speech means you can say it, but you can't control how folks react?  Remember how they ruined careers when anyone DARED to speak out?  Remember what they did to Bill Maher?

NOW, they say we have no right to react to the rantings of a phoney "redneck".  In fact, the very same folks who DEFENDED virtual censorship of an independent singing group say a NETWORK with contractual rights has no right to discipline an employee.  Try that with YOUR BOSS and claim "freedom of speech", esp. in a Southern State where "at will employment" is the rule.

Those "poor" Duck Dynasty folks, those scripted, real funny folks, who are just your typical down-to-earth millionaires, who appeared to be just plain old YUPPIES before they became a parody of real "rednecks", a parody of hard working folks who just dream of being "Duck Call Millionaires".

May the Robertson's rot in whatever place is reserved for all the phonies we see on "Reality TV"

Thursday, December 19, 2013

All In with Chris Hayes - Equal Employment for All Act


The Meaning of a Decent Society

From Robert Reich - please follow link to original.
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It’s the season to show concern for the less fortunate among us. We should also be concerned about the widening gap between the most fortunate and everyone else.

Although it’s still possible to win the lottery (your chance of winning $636 million in the recent Mega Millions sweepstakes was one in 259 million), the biggest lottery of all is what family we’re born into. Our life chances are now determined to an unprecedented degree by the wealth of our parents.

That’s not always been the case. The faith that anyone could move from rags to riches – with enough guts and gumption, hard work and nose to the grindstone – was once at the core of the American Dream.

And equal opportunity was the heart of the American creed. Although imperfectly achieved, that ideal eventually propelled us to overcome legalized segregation by race, and to guarantee civil rights. It fueled efforts to improve all our schools and widen access to higher education. It pushed the nation to help the unemployed, raise the minimum wage, and provide pathways to good jobs. Much of this was financed by taxes on the most fortunate.

But for more than three decades we’ve been going backwards. It’s far more difficult today for a child from a poor family to become a middle-class or wealthy adult. Or even for a middle-class child to become wealthy.

The major reason is widening inequality. The longer the ladder, the harder the climb. America is now more unequal that it’s been for eighty or more years, with the most unequal distribution of income and wealth of all developed nations. Equal opportunity has become a pipe dream.

Rather than respond with policies to reverse the trend and get us back on the road to equal opportunity and widely-shared prosperity, we’ve spent much of the last three decades doing the opposite.

Taxes have been cut on the rich, public schools have deteriorated, higher education has become unaffordable for many, safety nets have been shredded, and the minimum wage has been allowed to drop 30 percent below where it was in 1968, adjusted for inflation.

Congress has just passed a tiny bipartisan budget agreement, and the Federal Reserve has decided to wean the economy off artificially low interest rates. Both decisions reflect Washington’s (and Wall Street’s) assumption that the economy is almost back on track.

But it’s not at all back on the track it was on more than three decades ago.

It’s certainly not on track for the record 4 million Americans now unemployed for more than six months, or for the unprecedented 20 million American children in poverty (we now have the highest rate of child poverty of all developed nations other than Romania), or for the third of all working Americans whose jobs are now part-time or temporary, or for the majority of Americans whose real wages continue to drop.

How can the economy be back on track when 95 percent of the economic gains since the recovery began in 2009 have gone to the richest 1 percent?

The underlying issue is a moral one: What do we owe one another as members of the same society?

Conservatives answer that question by saying it’s a matter of personal choice – of charitable works, philanthropy, and individual acts of kindness joined in “a thousand points of light.”

But that leaves out what we could and should seek to accomplish together as a society. It neglects the organization of our economy, and its social consequences. It minimizes the potential role of democracy in determining the rules of the game, as well as the corruption of democracy by big money. It overlooks our strivings for social justice.

In short, it ducks the meaning of a decent society.

Last month Pope Francis wondered aloud whether “trickle-down theories, which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness…”. Rush Limbaugh accused the Pope of being a Marxist for merely raising the issue.

But the question of how to bring about greater justice and inclusiveness is as American as apple pie. It has animated our efforts for more than a century – during the Progressive Era, the New Deal, the Great Society, and beyond — to make capitalism work for the betterment of all rather merely than the enrichment of a few.

The supply-side, trickle-down, market-fundamentalist views that took root in America in the early 1980s got us fundamentally off track.

To get back to the kind of shared prosperity and upward mobility we once considered normal will require another era of fundamental reform, of both our economy and our democracy

When Happiness Died in America...


The Gangs of Chicago - Ta-Nehisi Coates, Dec 18 2013, 12:52 PM ET

This from Ta-Nehisi Coates.  Please follow link to original at "The Atlantic".
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I spent last week trooping through North Lawndale, on the West Side of Chicago, with the Atlantic's video team. We spent much of Friday with some positive folks over at the Better Boys Foundation (BBF) in K-Town. Then we went outside to get some sense of the neighborhood. I've spent a lot of time in North Lawndale over the past year. It is one of the roughest neighborhoods in Chicago. It is also achingly beautiful. Wide boulevards cut through the neighborhood, the old Sears building looms in the distance, and the great greystones mark many of the blocks. If you stand at the corner of Springfield and Ogden, as I have, right next to the Lawndale Christian Health Center across from Lou Malnati's Pizzeria, you can see the great wealth of Chicago, indeed the great wealth of America, looming over all those who long toiled to make it so.
That Friday, it snowed all day and we walked the blocks, Sam, Kasia, Paul and me, with our guides, running mostly on the odd joy one gets imbibes from the kind of exploration that should be what journalism is about. Towards the end of the afternoon we were standing on a corner shooting one of our hosts. Kids were walking home. We were standing on a street designated as a route for Chicago's Safe Passage program. Volunteers, bundled like scientists of the arctic, stood across the way, nodding as children passed.
The afternoon was quiet. The street-lights were just beginning to flirt. There was no sun. A group of older boys, with no books, came aimlessly down the street. Our host called one of them over and hassled him for not having stopped by BBF recently. BBF is a fortress in a section of this long warred upon section of the city. Kids can go to BBF to read, make beats, make video or play table-top hockey. The conversation between our host and the kid was familiar to me. It was the way men addressed me, as a child, when they were trying to save my life. Aimlessness is the direct path to oblivion for black boys. Occupy the child till somewhere around 25, till he passes out of his hot years, and you may see him actually become something.
Catercorner to the volunteers of Safe Passage, two cops sat in an SUV, snug and warm. Our video team was shooting the conversation between our host and the kid. One of the cops rolled down his window and yelled, "Excuse me you need to take your cameras off this corner. It's Safe Passage."
I didn't know anything about Safe Passage and the law. If the program prohibits video footage on a public street, I haven't been able to document any record of it. But it is police, after all, which is to say humans empowered by the state with the right to mete out violence as he sees fit. We backed up a bit. Our host kept talking. The cops yelled out again. "You need to move, bud. This is Safe Passage."  At this point our host yelled back and contentious back and forth began. Things calmed down when one of our cameramen walked down the street with our host to get a few different shots.
A few months ago, on one of my other trips to Chicago, I was at a dinner with a group of wonks. The wonks were upset that the community, and its appointed represenatives, would not support mandatory minimums for gun charges. I--shamefully I now think--agreed with them. It's not simply that I now think I was wrong, it's that I forgot my role. I mean no disrespect to my hosts. But whenever reformers convene for a nice dinner and good wine, a writer should never allow himself to get too comfortable.
One of my friends, who grew up on the South Side, and was the only other black male at the table, was the only one who disagreed. His distrust of the justice system was too high.
Perhaps this is why:
During his more than 30 years behind bars, Stanley Wrice insisted he was innocent, that Chicago police had beat him until he confessed to a rape he didn't commit. On Wednesday, he walked out of an Illinois prison a free man, thanks to a judge's order that served as a reminder that one of the darkest chapters in the city's history is far from over...
Wrice, who was sentenced to 100 years behind bars for a 1982 sexual assault, is among more than two dozen inmates — most of them black men — who have alleged they were tortured by officers under the command of disgraced former Chicago police Lt. Jon Burge in a scandal that gave the nation's third-largest city a reputation as haven for rogue cops and helped lead to the clearing of Illinois' death row. Some of the prisoners have been freed; some are still behind bars, hoping to get the kind of hearing that Wrice got that eventually led to his freedom.
The scandal of Jon Burge, which will trouble Chicago police for many years to come, is the worst of something many black folks feels when interacting with police in any city. Police address us with aggression, and their default setting is escalation. De-escalation is for black civilians.
When the officer wanted us to move, there was a very easy way to handle the situation. You step our your car. You introduce yourself. You ask questions about what we're doing. If we are breaking the law, you ask us to move. If we are not breaking the law and simply making your life hard, we are likely to move anyway. You are the power.
The cop did not speak to us as though he were human. He spoke to us like a gangster, like he was protecting his block. He was solving no crime. He was protecting no lives. He was holding down his corner. He didn't even bother with a change of uniform. An occupied SUV, parked at an intersection, announces its masters intentions.
It was only a second day there, and our first real one out on the street. It only took that short period to run into trouble. I was worried about the expensive equipment. But it was the conventions of community that protected us. People would walk up and ask us what we were doing. I would tell them we were shooting the neighborhood, or had just finished interviewing some elder--Mr. Ross, Mrs. Witherspoon--and they would smile. "So Mr. Ross is famous, huh?"
No such social lubricant exists for the police.  If you are young and black and live in North Lawndale, if you live in Harlem, if you live in any place where people with power think young black boys aren't being stopped and frisked enough, then what happened to us is not a single stand-out incident. It is who the police are. Indeed they are likely a good deal worse.
What people who have never lived in these neighborhoods must get, is that, like the crooks, killers, and gangs, the police are another violent force that must be negotiated and dealt with. But unlike the gangs, the violence of the police is the violence of the state, and thus unaccountable to North Lawndale. That people who represent North Lawndale laugh at the idea of handing over more tools of incarceration to law enforcement is unsurprising.
As we were finishing up, the officer who yelled at us got out the car and asked for the driver of our vehicle. It wasn't me.
"I happened to notice your sticker is expired," the officer said, handing a ticket to Kasia.
"It's a rental," she replied.
"Well give it to them," he told her walking away. "They'll know what to do with it."
The cop got back in his heated car. On the other corner, Safe Passage stood there, awaiting children, huddling in the cold.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Bill Moyers Essay: The End Game for Democracy

Here, "Blues For Us Working Folk"  --  by Bill Moyers
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Thursday, December 12, 2013

When Charity Begins at Home (Particularly the Homes of the Wealthy)


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When Charity Begins at Home (Particularly the Homes of the Wealthy)


Thursday, December 12, 2013
It’s charity time, and not just because the holiday season reminds us to be charitable. As the tax year draws to a close, the charitable tax deduction beckons.
America’s wealthy are its largest beneficiaries. According to the Congressional Budget Office, $33 billion of last year’s $39 billion in total charitable deductions went to the richest 20 percent of Americans, of whom the richest 1 percent reaped the lion’s share.
The generosity of the super-rich is sometimes proffered as evidence they’re contributing as much to the nation’s well-being as they did decades ago when they paid a much larger share of their earnings in taxes. Think again.
Undoubtedly, super-rich family foundations, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, are doing a lot of good. Wealthy philanthropic giving is on the rise, paralleling the rise in super-rich giving that characterized the late nineteenth century, when magnates (some called them “robber barons”) like Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller established philanthropic institutions that survive today.
But a large portion of the charitable deductions now claimed by America’s wealthy are for donations to culture palaces – operas, art museums, symphonies, and theaters – where they spend their leisure time hobnobbing with other wealthy benefactors.
Another portion is for contributions to the elite prep schools and universities they once attended or want their children to attend. (Such institutions typically give preference in admissions, a kind of affirmative action, to applicants and “legacies” whose parents have been notably generous.)
Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and the rest of the Ivy League are worthy institutions, to be sure, but they’re not known for educating large numbers of poor young people. (The University of California at Berkeley, where I teach, has more poor students eligible for Pell Grants than the entire Ivy League put together.) And they’re less likely to graduate aspiring social workers and legal defense attorneys than aspiring investment bankers and corporate lawyers.
I’m all in favor of supporting fancy museums and elite schools, but face it: These aren’t really charities as most people understand the term. They’re often investments in the life-styles the wealthy already enjoy and want their children to have as well. Increasingly, being rich in America means not having to come across anyone who’s not.
They’re also investments in prestige – especially if they result in the family name engraved on a new wing of an art museum, symphony hall, or ivied dorm.
It’s their business how they donate their money, of course. But not entirely. As with all tax deductions, the government has to match the charitable deduction with additional tax revenues or spending cuts; otherwise, the budget deficit widens.
In economic terms, a tax deduction is exactly the same as government spending. Which means the government will, in effect, hand out $40 billion this year for “charity” that’s going largely to wealthy people who use much of it to enhance their lifestyles.
To put this in perspective, $40 billion is more than the federal government will spend this year on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (what’s left of welfare), school lunches for poor kids, and Head Start, put together.
Which raises the question of what the adjective “charitable” should mean. I can see why a taxpayer’s contribution to, say, the Salvation Army should be eligible for a charitable tax deduction. But why, exactly, should a contribution to the Guggenheim Museum or to Harvard Business School?
A while ago, New York’s Lincoln Center held a fund-raising gala supported by the charitable contributions of hedge fund industry leaders, some of whom take home $1 billion a year. I may be missing something but this doesn’t strike me as charity, either. Poor New Yorkers rarely attend concerts at Lincoln Center.
What portion of charitable giving actually goes to the poor? The Washington Post’s Dylan Matthews looked into this, and the best he could come up with was a 2005 analysis by Google and Indiana University’s Center for Philanthropy showing that even under the most generous assumptions only about a third of “charitable” donations were targeted to helping the poor.
At a time in our nation’s history when the number of poor Americans continues to rise, when government doesn’t have the money to do what’s needed, and when America’s very rich are richer than ever, this doesn’t seem right.
If Congress ever gets around to revising the tax code, it might consider limiting the charitable deduction to real charities.

Anti-Gay Ssempa Promotes Racist, Anti-Semitic Video

Here's something "interesting"  --  follow link to original.

As usual they ALWAYS get back to THE JEWS.

Can't we EVER get our shit together?
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Anti-Gay Ssempa Promotes Racist, Anti-Semitic Video
Submitted by Peter Montgomery
on Thursday, 12/12/2013 4:23 pm

Martin Ssempa, the virulently anti-gay Ugandan pastor praised by American Religious Right leaders, is an active Twitter user. Among his recent gems, he has denounced the phrase “gay people” as an “intellectual fraud.” (He prefers, “people who ‘do’ sodom vice acts.”) He tweeted at Rev. Jesse Jackson that “Equality was hijacked by Gays.” He griped about marriage equality in Hawaii and praised anti-equality protesters in Taiwan.
Ssempa also promotes the work of other professional haters. He recently put in a plug for anti-gay extremist Scott Lively’s book “Redeeming the Rainbow.” And on December 6 he repeatedly tweeted a link to a video “lecture” by Ayo Kimathi, promoter of a militant black supremacist website called “War on the Horizon.”

Months earlier, Kimathi had been placed on leave from his Department of Homeland Security job after the Southern Poverty Law Center exposed the hate-filled thrust of his website. In mid-November, Alex Seitz-Wald of National Journal published an article, “DHS Still Hasn’t Fired Black Supremacist Who Called for Mass Murder of Whites.”

Coincidentally, Ssempa’s multiple December 6 tweets promoting Kimathi’s “Effeminization of the African Male Pt 1 – History of Homosexuality,” came on the last day Kimathi was a DHS employee.

Perhaps Ssempa was attracted by the virulently anti-European tone of Kimathi’s presentation. After all, Ssempa has been tweeting angrily about Europeans promoting LGBT equality as a human rights issue. Sample tweet: “Who gives the European the right to decide for Africans, that a human (‘sodom) vice is now human right?

The video Ssempa promoted is a lecture by Kimathi in which he explains that the term “white sex” is a catch-all for rape, perversion, homosexuality, pedophilia, and bestiality.  He says it is a “filthy notion” that all people are alike under the skin. Kimathi describes Christopher Columbus as a “flaming homosexual,” child molester, and “small hat.” Kimathi says “small hat” refers to “whites who commonly refer to themselves as Jews.”  They are, he says, “the worst of the worst of the Europeans. The worst white group of all white groups is these whites who call themselves Jews.”

Denial of Medicaid Expansion Is a Job Killer

This from "The Rude Pundit" - please read.  Follow link to original.
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Denial of Medicaid Expansion Is a Job Killer:
(This one is clean for the kiddies.)

A just-released report from the Commonwealth Fund shows how ideology has trumped common sense when it comes to the states that have refused to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (aka "Pearl Harbor + The Civil War x Pol Pot to the power of Manson"). For, if you will remember, what the cruel Obama administration wishes to do is give states 100% of the funding for the first three years and, phased down over five years, about 90% thereafter to get health coverage for their not-quite-as-desperate poor, those in that not-exactly sweet spot between current Medicaid guidelines and qualifying for the insurance exchanges.

What are Bobby Jindal, Rick Scott, and other GOP governors forgoing? "The value of new federal funds flowing annually to states that choose to participate in the Medicaid expansion in 2022 will be, on average, about 2.35 times as great as expected federal highway funds going to state governments in that year and over one-quarter as large as expected defense procurement contracts to states."

How about putting that in dollars? So, for instance, the Rude Pundit's stupid home state of Louisiana would, if Jindal wasn't such a jerk about it, get $2.3 billion in 2022 for Medicaid expansion. For highway funds, the state gets $900 million. One of those numbers is bigger.

In that fantasy year of 2022, it would cost the state $280 million to cover over 240,000 Louisianians. In other words, the state would get roughly $9 for every $1 it spent. In otherer words, as a report in February from Family USA, the state is saying, "Hasta la vista" to jobs, too.

Remember how much Republicans want to talk about jobs except when it comes to actually creating jobs? Remember how Ted Cruz goes on and on about the "job-killing" Obamacare? Yeah, not so much.

Because, see, expansion of Medicaid in Louisiana is projected to create 15,600 jobs. Why? Because there's a couple of billion dollars involved. And what's even awesomer is that a chunk of that money will be spent on wages. The Rude Pundit is no high-falutin' economist, but he's pretty sure that means the wages will be taxed and spent, which is taxed also. That seems like a pretty sweet deal all around.

Now, can someone explain how this is any different, truly, than, say, a defense contract? Because it's all just federal money heading to localities that then turn around and create jobs doing something for the citizens of the nation.

Why do you think GOP governors like Rick Snyder and John Kasich have jumped on the expansion train? Compassion? Hell no. It's for that cash infusion at a time when the irrational budget sequester has circumcised the budgets of the states with no hope in the near future of spending returning to its pre-Tea Party levels.

Bottom line: If someone offered you $900 for the sweet price of $100, you'd be a total jackass not to take it. Thus we know why Gov. Bobby Jindal won't.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

"The Wisdom Of The East"

By the way, to all who still babble on about "THE WISDOM OF THE EAST"  ---  what do all y'all think about the Indian Supreme Court re-criminalizing homosexual behavior??

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

James McMurtry "We Can't Make It Here"


James McMurtry "Choctaw Bingo"


once again

Once again I searched the far flung interwebs, those famed intertubes, to bring you fresh news.  I actually found it.  After being sick, after barfing, retching, rolfing, pukeing, I decided that THERE'S SOME STRANGE SHIT GOING ON.

Over and out.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Alice's Restaurant - Original 1967 Recording


Holidays

The first day of Hanukkah fell on our USA Thanksgiving Holiday this year.  It very rarely comes this early.  Here's a cartoon from "As Time Goes By" to commemorate it.  Please follow link to original:
http://www.timegoesby.net/


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Conservative Christian Leader Says Single Moms Should Put Their Kids Up For Adoption

These folks are attempting to return us to the 1840's.  Where do they live?  What strange little men they are!

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In what seems like a single step away from advocating that we take kids away from their single moms by force, a conservative Christian leader is urging them to give up their children voluntarily.

A conservative Christian leader says single moms should surrender their kids to Christian homes with two parents.

Right Wing Watch reports that Southern Baptist leader Richard Land is calling on single mothers to put up their kids for adoption so that Christian households with two parents can raise them.
In a November 23rd article published on The Christian Post, Land urges single mothers across the nation to stop being selfish and hand their kids over to good Christian parents so they can be raised properly, the way he thinks God intended.
“Keeping the baby is almost never preferable to allowing a baby to be adopted into a solid, faithful Christian home,” Land claims. “A single mother who keeps her baby is quite often denying that baby the father that God wants for that baby, and every baby, to have. Furthermore, in most circumstances, keeping the baby circumscribes and forecloses both the mother’s and the baby’s economic futures in tragic and unfortunate ways. If the mother is doing what is best for her baby (one of the defining marks of maternal love), she will part with her baby so that it will have the future God intended for him or her to have… Adoption allows the mother to give her child both a mother and a father who will love and cherish the child.”

Richard Land calls for a policy that would increase the number of kids in need of adoptive homes by millions.

Land says he understands that there are already 100,000 children waiting to be adopted in the United States, but he still thinks all 11 million single moms in the nation should freely surrender their kids. Why? Because he says the children of single moms are being raised improperly and really should be given the chance to have a father in their lives, even if they have to squander their childhood in orphanages waiting to be adopted.
Apparently, Land has no clue how many children that is. Try about 20 million. That’s how many children would be flooding the adoption system if Land had his way. Earlier in his article, before he completely insulted single moms, Land tried to make the case for adoption instead of abortion. He says that women should always choose adoption rather than seek an abortion. Since an estimated 1.2 million abortions are performed every year, that would be 1.2 million babies that the already overworked and underfunded adoption and child services system would have to deal with each year, in addition to the 20 million Land expects single moms to give up. Can anyone possibly imagine this turning out well?
Unless conservatives are literally willing to order their congressional puppets to open the government wallet and write a gigantic check (Can anyone honestly imagine that happening?), the system would implode upon itself. Millions of children would be stranded. And millions of children would be added to the million-plus children who are now homeless in America. It would create a crisis of epic proportions, with not enough Christian households around to solve it.

Richard Land’s call carves a dangerous path.

The fact is, abortion is a necessary choice that all women should have. Sure, they have ability to choose adoption. But it seems that Land is suggesting forcing that choice upon women. There are already so many children who have no home, why force women to thrust more children into that situation? It’s seriously insane.
Furthermore, after single moms read what Land said, it wouldn’t surprise me if they tarred and feathered him in a public square. As if conservatives haven’t attacked single mothers enough, this guy is openly claiming that they don’t raise their children right and that the only way they can do so is to have a husband. This personally enrages me, because I was raised by a single mother, as are millions of children every single year. Is it hard? Sure it is. But does that mean my single mother wasn’t a fantastic parent who raised me well? Absolutely not.
Land’s call for single moms to willingly surrender their children is a dangerous signal from religious conservatives. You know how conservatives are currently cheering for Russia to forcibly take children away from gay couples? It sounds like conservatives are now one step closer toward forcibly taking children away from single mothers here in America. I’m not sure what conservatives call that, but most sane people would call it kidnapping, which is illegal. Furthermore, Land’s call to for single moms to give up their kids to Christian couples is highly suspicious. Clearly, these Christian fundamentalists would be free to indoctrinate these kids. Basically, Land wants to take kids away from their single moms so they can be brainwashed with hate, fear, prejudice, and ignorance. Again, I’m not sure what Land calls that, but most sane people would call that child abuse.

Conservatives have stopped at nothing to attack single mothers.

This is yet another aspect in the GOP’s war on women. They simply can’t stand single moms, even though it’s a good bet that many right-wingers were raised by them. Despite that, conservatives have stopped at nothing to attack single mothers.
Kansas Republicans are increasing the cost of childcare across the state to fund abstinence-only programs that don’t work. You know who is going to be affected by that the most? Single moms. In Wisconsin, the GOP thinks single moms actually want fatherless children and have compared single motherhood to child abuse. Republicans even blame single moms for the epidemic of gun violence in this country.
But that’s not all. Republican policies such as abstinence-only programs and their anti-contraception crusade lead to more women becoming single moms. Not only that, their policies only make the lives of single mothers harder, thus making it more difficult to care for their children. GOP efforts to eliminate child care services, preschool, food stamps, and equal pay for women have only made things harder for single women.
Here’s a thought. The he-man woman haters within the GOP should get off their collective asses and begin pushing birth control and comprehensive sex education. The number of unintended pregnancies would drop as would the number of abortions. And here’s an even better idea. What if Republicans actually supported and enacted equal pay for women? What if they increased child care services and pre-school at the same time? Those combined efforts would reduce the number of women who become single mothers via unintended pregnancies. And single mothers would have a large enough income and the assistance they need to take care of their kids.

Richard Land’s call is sure to drive more women and their children into the welcoming arms of the Democratic Party.

Conservatives have the gall to wonder why women are voting for Democrats, and yet they attack women on all fronts. Of course, it’s not going to get any better for the GOP considering one of their own just insulted millions of single mothers and the millions of children who are raised by them. On that same note, let’s not forget that young people are increasing voting against the Republican Party. By attacking their moms, the GOP is just giving them another reason to vote Democrat.

Richard Land, and conservative men like him, are sexist assholes.

It’s amazing how conservative men can claim to know so much about child-rearing when they have made it abundantly clear that they expect women to do all the work. Maybe if Republicans advocated for teaching men to be good partners with the women they have a child with, more kids would have a father in their lives. Unfortunately, conservative men like Richard Land are too busy being sexist assholes, and you can’t expect sexist assholes to teach other men not to be one. In short, these anti-women conservative men are totally unfit to raise children and are totally unqualified to judge single mothers and how they raise theirs.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Modern Jazz Quartet - Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise

Personnel: Milt Jackson (vibraphone), John Lewis (piano), Percy Heath (bass), Connie Kay (drums)

Monday, November 25, 2013

"Values"

I live in Texas.  I live in the DFW Metroplex, in a small city just east of Dallas - but still in Dallas County.

There's a park on Lake Ray Hubbard.  It gets busy on weekends and holidays  --  mostly family picnics.  Folks also go windsurfing there.  So, you often see all sorts of acrobatic, dangerous looking moves.  It's cool.

On your way in, there's a stone building that has both a men's and women's restroom.  Whenever I'd drive past to go to a local marina, I'd see trucks and "family" sedans parked there or nearby.  If two or more cars they would usually be empty.  If one there was usually a man seated in his vehicle.

It took me a while, but eventually I realized that bathroom was a place where men would meet up with other like minded men.  This in a very "Christian", very "Conservative", very "Republican", very HOMOPHOBIC town.  It got so brazen and BUSY that the town eventually closed down this stone building  --  erecting iron gates in front of the entrances.  Now, two portapotties are outside, one to the left, one to the right.

Oddly enough there are no longer cars or trucks parked outside.

This is TEXAS where most folks have little regard for LGBT people.  This is TEXAS where (it seems) most gay guys are married to women, are "good family men", and sneak around to fulfill their (in Texas) "illicit desires".  What a damn shame.

By the way, that particular "tea room" really was becoming a "public nuisance"  --  there were often families and children playing around the area, that was the only place they could go to relieve themselves  --  running into two men going at each other is not my idea of "family fun"  ---  unless your family is very different from mine.

If these closeted gay men had any integrity they would avail themselves of the very thriving LGBT scene in Dallas.  Gay friendly churches, restaurants, bars, clubs, etc, etc.  I think that would be much better than sneaking around as if it were the 1950's   ---   though, in their eyes it might still be the 1950's.

In any case, no matter how repressed, homophobic, frightened, these folks are, it seems they still find a way to fulfill their "illicit desires".

I think it a tragedy for the men, their wives, girlfriends, and children (if any).  Don't you think a world where reality prevails would be much better than the one where so many folks are stone liars, pretending to be something they are not, and never were?

Republican Family Planning Advice

Thursday, November 21, 2013

More "Rethuglican Follies"

I think we all know about the KKKonservatice Republican Congressperson who was convicted of cocaine possession (he's now in "treatment")  --  what you may not know is this:

Republican Congressman busted for cocaine possession voted to drug-test food stamp recipients

 

Bwaahh, ha, ha, ha. -- these assholes are really funny -- especially when THEY preach "personal responsibility". harsher "drug laws", and destroying whatever "safety net" we have left.

Stan Kenton 23 Degrees North, 82 Degrees West


Johnny Smith - CHEROKEE

"CHEROKEE"
The Johnny Smith Quintet
Johnny Smith (g)
Paul Quinichette (ts)
Sanforg Gold (p)
Arnold Fishkin (b)
Don Lamond (ds)

Johnny Smith - Angel Eyes (1957)

Johnny Smith (guitar); Bob Pancoast (piano); George Roumanis (bass);
Mousey Alexander (drums)

Mundell Lowe. Darn That Dream


Andre Previn with Mundell Lowe & Ray Brown_C Jam Blues


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Django Reinhardt - Sweet georgia brown


Django Reinhardt - The Flat-Foot Floogie - Paris, 30.08.1938

Django Reinhardt et le Quintette du Hot Club de France,
avec Stéphane Grappelli -
Stéphane Grapelli (vln);
Django Reinhart (g solo);
Joseph Reinhardt, Eugène Vées (g);
Roger Grasset(b)
1938 August 30 - London

Seven Come Eleven - Buddy DeFranco 1991

clarinet:Buddy DeFranco
vibraphone:Terry Gibbs
guitar:Herb Ellis
piano:Larry Novak
bass:Milton Hinton
drums:Butch Miles

Ray Mantilla - Mantilla's Blues


Jimmy McGriff - Cotten Boy Blues

FUNKY!!!!!



Jimmy McGriff - Cotten Boy Blues
Track 4 from the album
Fly Dude
Groove Merchant - 1972

Jimmy McGriff - Hammond B-3
Ronald Arnold - tenor saxophone
George Freeman and John Thomas - guitars
Marion Booker Jr. on drums.

Frank Capp/Nat Pierce Juggernaut Band "AVENUE C"



Frankie Capp/Nat Pierce Juggernaut playing "Avenue C" They are still playing with the same swing that they always did. Nat Pierce on piano, Frankie Capp on drums, trombone solo Buster Cooper, Sax solo's Red Holloway, Herman Riely, and Marshall Royal. Trumpets are Pete Candoli, John Audino, Bill Berry with Al Aarons doing a solo. The date 1983

Willow Weep For Me-Diana Krall


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Larry Klayman Rally To Overthrow Obama Draws Slightly Fewer Than The Millions Expected

Just a little note from "Right Wing Watch".  Follow link to original and check out the pictures  --  it shows how pathetic these folks are.  Why we still listen to all their rhetoric is beyond me.  I suspect a lot of the gun show vendors pay lip service to the more radical yahoos simply because they do not want to jeopardize any of their sales.  Of late I've noticed how there seems to be the beginnings of a backlash against the cadre misguided "Patriots"  --  the ones who want to blow up the USA for still insane reasons.
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Larry Klayman predicted that his rally calling for the overthrow of President Obama would draw “millions to occupy Washington D.C.” and that those millions would “occupy parks, sidewalks, public areas” until the president leaves office. In the end, no more than a hundred people showed up for today’s big event.
Nevertheless, Klayman told Tea Party activists that he is still confident that the Reclaim American Now rally will force the president to resign and that grateful Americans will beseech Klayman and his allies to organize a new Continental Congress in Philadelphia.

Larry Klayman predicted that his rally calling for the overthrow of President Obama would draw “millions to occupy Washington D.C.” and that those millions would “occupy parks, sidewalks, public areas” until the president leaves office. In the end, no more than a hundred people showed up for today’s big event.
Nevertheless, Klayman told Tea Party activists that he is still confident that the Reclaim American Now rally will force the president to resign and that grateful Americans will beseech Klayman and his allies to organize a new Continental Congress in Philadelphia.
- See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/larry-klayman-rally-overthrow-obama-draws-slightly-fewer-millions-expected#sthash.UOzBW6zj.dpuf

Monday, November 18, 2013

Duke Ellington , Jimmy Blanton - PITTER PANTHER PATTER

A true classic:



Dizzy Gillespie - Jumpin' with Symphony Sid


Gene Ammons - The Happy Blues


Gene Ammons (ts), Art Farmer (tp), Jackie McLean (as), Duke Jordan (p), Addison Farmer (b), Art TAylor (ds). Candido (cga).

Recorded at RVG studio, Hackensack, New Jersey, 23/4/1956

Blues For Yard By Sonny Stitt

Sonny Stiit(alto sax)
Doro Coker(piano)
Edgar Willis(bass)
Kenny Dennis(drums)

Everyday I Have The Blues - Jimmy McGriff & Hank Crawford

Jimmy McGriff - Hammond organ, Hank Crawford - alto sax, Bob DeVos - guitar, Jimmie Smith - drums. San Diego, CA 1989

Hittin' the Jug - Gene Ammons


Air Mail Special - Buddy DeFranco 1991

clarinet:Buddy DeFranco
vibraphone:Terry Gibbs
guitar:Herb Ellis
piano:Larry Novak
bass:Milton Hinton
drums:Butch Miles

Friday, November 15, 2013

Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown - April in Paris

Sarah's accompanied by Leader/Arranger: Ernie Wilkins, Clifford Brown (trumpet), Herbie Mann (flute), Paul Quinichette (tenor), Jimmy Jones (piano), Joe Benjamin (bass), and Roy Haynes (drums). Recorded in New York, December 18, 1954. (EmArcy Records)

Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown - I'm Glad There is You (EmArcy Records 1954)

Sarah's accompanied by Leader/Arranger: Ernie Wilkins, Clifford Brown (trumpet), Herbie Mann (flute), Paul Quinichette (tenor), Jimmy Jones (piano), Joe Benjamin (bass), and Roy Haynes (drums). Recorded in New York, December 18, 1954. (EmArcy Records)

Dinah Washington - This Can't Be Love (1955)


Dinah Washington - Trouble In Mind (Mercury Records 1958)


Dinah Washington - Our Love Is Here To Stay


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

In Brief: A Personal Take on Cuts in Food Stamps:

This from "The Rude Pundit"  --  please read it.  Then, can ANYONE tell me how cutting SNAP is in any way good for the economy?
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http://www.rudepundit.blogspot.com/

11/05/2013

In Brief: A Personal Take on Cuts in Food Stamps:
A little dose of the real life of real people really on public assistance, from rude reader SMV in Wisconsin:

"I am on SNAP [the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program] for the first time. I'm am a very educated, working person who lost the equivalent of my mortgage when the economy tanked in 2008-2009. That is, when the lying weasels and vampires in the banking/financial industries poisoned the country's economic circulatory system. I was OK before Lehman Bros. died. Then--POOF. Not OK.

"My work [as an editor] has nearly disappeared. I cashed in my IRA to pay for basics. I'm nearly out of that, living on 103% of poverty level, which actually doesn't allow me to buy both food and heat."

"So I applied. I got the most a single adult can get in Wisconsin:$200/month. That's less than $6.50/day. I was notified that the amount for November would be reduced by 11.00 because of the stupidity in Congress. That is, Congress took away two days of my food budget. The monthly amount only lasts about two weeks and I use it to buy protein, so I at least have that every day.

"I got energy assistance for heat. I was lucky to find info and an appointment before it was all gone. My house is very small, so the grant will actually heat it. I won't have to keep the thermostat at 50 and wear snowpants in my house for the next 4 months(as I did one winter).

"I'm not a lazy stupid slacker. I'm not a 'taker,' not a moocher. I'm a person who can't find a job, who can't make enough money to make it anymore. I'm 57 and have realized, after more than 100 applications and even 12 interviews, that no matter how talented or educated or motivated I am, no one will hire me because I am 57.

"So I try to put together a living any way I can. (I can sell scrap steel for 10 cents a pound, I discovered last week.) I'm taking graduate courses (with tuition grants from the feds) for ESL certification. Maybe I'll have a job by the end of 2014. In the meantime, life's a SNAP: a kind of government weight and self-esteem loss plan.

"I think the Republican Hate-the-Poor cohort should try to live on $6.50/day for a week or so. Wouldn't even cover two visits to Starbucks."

When you are spit out of the middle class by the capitalist monster, it's a short trip to America's garbage heap of the disempowered.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

From "The Rude Pundit"

Here's a little something from "The Rude Pundit"  --  read it.  Think about it.  Then do whatever you can (legally) to change what's going on in Washington, and in so many statehouses.  People will starve.  Crime will go up.  Anger will simmer until it's rage.  All we have to do is be Americans.  Do what Americans have always done in the past.  Help those with less than us and stop being so proud of being obscenely rich.  It's unbecoming to a real American, to someone who knows our history and loves our nation.  These plutocrats are going to fall.   

Anyway, here's a little something to read.
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http://www.rudepundit.blogspot.com/

GOP Decides Slow Starvation of the Poor Will Ensure Them Victory:
The Rude Pundit thinks that the day starts for most Republicans in Congress like this (and, in this scenario, the Republican is a male): After waking up and jacking off to the Syrian chemical weapon attack videos (especially the ones of the gagging children), Dick Republican showers, scrubbing his skin with a Brillo pad; he shits out a tight little turd ball; and he shaves his face so close that his beard is afraid to grow. He drinks a cup of coffee, punches his wife in the tit, backhands his two children across the face, and heads out to the car waiting for him. On his way to work, he has the driver go through the shittiest areas of DC, like Anacostia or Congress Heights. He stares through the tinted windows at the poverty and deprivations of the people there, fondling himself the whole time, thinking about how much he just wants to take a flamethrower to entire blocks in front of him. He ponders how much their suffering gets him off. He gets an idea on how to fuck with the poor today, and he texts it to the Heritage Foundation or one Koch-run superpac or another. When he gets approval from those in charge of him, usually by emoticon because they're so goddamned busy, he knows he's ready to run with it.

For how else, in any way that we could define as "rational," could a member of Congress not just allow the food stamp program to get a cut by $5 billion tomorrow (because a recession stimulus program is ending) but also vote in favor of slashing the program in half, by $40 billion over ten years, as the House GOP did in September? The only way it makes any sense at all is if hurting people in poverty was like porn for Republicans.

You wanna know what class warfare actually looks like? It ain't telling the rich pukes with houses in the Hamptons that they might have to buy a couple less cases of Chateau de Suckanass Grand Cru for their parties next summer so we can have bridges that don't fall down. No, it's telling a family with disabled kids that they have to figure out how to fucking eat starting next week. It's slashing a program where 87% of the recipients "live in households with children, seniors, or people with disabilities." It's making people decide if they want to eat or have heat during the winter in order to keep the overpriced wine market well-financed.

Republicans want the usual worthless bullshit: drug tests and work rules for participants. Of course, they want this without providing child care, health care, job training, or, you know, jobs for people, as if somehow this will all just magically materialize for people once their kids are starving at Christmas, just like Jesus wanted them to.

If you need a face to put with your bile and disdain, well, you could pretty much toss all the Republicans you despise up there: Paul Ryan, Steve King, Marsha Blackburn.

But let's narrow it down to this cockface: Frank Lucas of the completely chimpfuck insane state of Oklahoma. The chair of the House Agriculture Committee, Lucas crowed like he just ejaculated in a donkey's anus when the House passed the cuts. Only 6% of the people in his district receive food stamps, so, you know, fuck them.

When the first food riots happen, probably sometime around Thanksgiving, let's make sure that these brave Republicans are manning the barricades. Sure, they might end up eaten as meat by the end, but that's more good than they've done in Congress.
Why haven't I put anything up  --  well, because these are some of the "headlines".  Will this insanity EVER stop?

 
 
 
Then there are these items from "Some Assembly Required"
 
Fear And Loathing: American conservatives' dislike for poor people – witness their current drive to dismantle the food stamp program, the refusal of 26 Republican governors to accept the no-cost expansion of Medicaid coverage under Obamacare, and their unthinking rejection of Obamacare in total – is mainly based on fear. Some small part of their abhorrence of the poor may stem from sophomoric idealization of 'free markets' and the idea that those who fail to succeed must be defective, even more of it is the desire to elevate oneself over others, but a great deal of it is simple racism.
 
Victory: The Congress has managed to cut nearly a million undeserving, slothful veterans from the food stamp rolls, effective Friday. That leaves about 46 million Americans on the dole, as the number receiving food stamps continues to increase, even as employment slowly recovers – another sign that millions of working Americans don't make enough to feed their families. 76% percent of SNAP households included a child, an elderly person, or a disabled person. These vulnerable households receive 83 percent of all SNAP benefits. Kicking those veterans off will really save money.
 
Positively Negative: US consumer confidence fell sharply in October, we were less optimistic about the current situation, and are decidedly gloomier about the future. Yeah, recovery.
 
Push/Shove: No matter how much the Fed would like inflation to be higher, without putting money in the hands of consumers – a direct stimulus - it cannot succeed. Flooding the world with money does them little good if the money is not used (borrowed) by companies to expand their output, and a company does not make more widgets if it does not see customers for those widgets. As long as the customer doesn't have the money (or sufficient credit) to buy the widget, the cash just piles up in asset heaps, uselessly. 
 
etc., etc., etc.
 
What in heaven can I write about this stuff without just repeating what so many other folks have already written?  Those who dispute these FACTS do so out of some sort of belief and faith.  Neither common sense nor actual facts can sway their beliefs   ---   after all, a whole lot of folks still think Obama is:  the anti-Christ, a Muslim, a communist, a Fascist, or a Fascist,Communist, Muslim, Tyrant.  The fact he has been elected twice, and cleaned the clock of his opponents both times seems to mean nothing to these folks.  Do you think RACISM might have a bit to do with all this crap?    
 


 
 


 

 
 
Barton: It's Not Global Warming, It's The Judgment Of God - See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/barton-its-not-global-warming-its-judgment-god#sthash.V70pJNH5.dpuf
Barton: It's Not Global Warming, It's The Judgment Of God - See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/barton-its-not-global-warming-its-judgment-god#sthash.V70pJNH5.dpuf
Barton: It's Not Global Warming, It's The Judgment Of God - See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/barton-its-not-global-warming-its-judgment-god#sthash.V70pJNH5.dpuf
 
 
 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Oscar Peterson -Fly Me to the Moon-


Dental stuff

By the way - just a little personal note:  I had a really nasty toothache and infection for the last two weeks.  Finally went to a dentist yesterday and had the problem tooth extracted.  Now operating on Vicodin and penicillin - at least for another day.  Also discovered I need a lot of work  --  including at least three more extractions  --  oh happy day!  I had a bridge break recently, followed by this toothache (not related to the bridge), followed by the x-rays that showed how messed up my mouth really is.  Perhaps I'll have "pearly whites" by the time I die.

Pages Matam - "Piñata" (NPS 2013)


Private Industry "More Efficient"?

Always remember, the sign up for "Obamacare" has been handled by PRIVATE INDUSTRY - the magic thing that is "more efficient" than Government.  The ONLY thing it's more efficient at is spending huge sums on lobbyists in order to stay in business.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013

Chuck Berry is 87!!

Chuck Berry was 87 today.  here's a sampler:



















Get the CD of Chuck Berry - The London Sessions, with Keith Richards and many others.


Friday, October 11, 2013

From "Joe.My.God"

Thursday, October 10, 2013

"Man Caves

Of late I find myself unable to watch or listen to any "news" shows.  Nor can I abide any of the "pundits".  As a result, I've been watching stuff like the DIY (Do It Yourself) Channel.

Among the shows is one about "Man Caves".  "Man Caves"??  What in hell is that?  Is it a supposedly "grown up" version of a boys club house, where no "stinky girls" are allowed?  Is it another step in the attempt to make men consumers of more and more toys?  A further attempt to keep them "boys" and not really men  --  no matter how much they protest they ARE MEN!!

I remember when well-to-do men had a library or a den.  Then as we began the attempt to have real families they were called things like "rumpus rooms", finally morphing into family rooms.

I guess that whole "family" thing cuts down on consumption - so, now any decent middle class home has a living room, dining room, family room, eat-in-kitchen, untold numbers of bedrooms, and bathrooms  --  maybe even a library and a studio.  The newest addition is the "Man Cave"  --  which is where the homosocial man-child goes to watch "his" sports, play "his" games and pretend no stinky girls are allowed.

What in hell have we done to ourselves? 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Boehner Bunglers By PAUL KRUGMAN

Monday's column from Dr. Krugman.  Please follow link to original
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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/07/opinion/krugman-the-boehner-bunglers.html?ref=paulkrugman&_r=0

The federal government is shut down, we’re about to hit the debt ceiling (with disastrous economic consequences), and no resolution is in sight. How did this happen?
The main answer, which only the most pathologically “balanced” reporting can deny, is the radicalization of the Republican Party. As Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein put it last year in their book, “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks,” the G.O.P. has become “an insurgent outlier — ideologically extreme; contemptuous of the inherited social and economic policy regime; scornful of compromise; unpersuaded by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.”
But there’s one more important piece of the story. Conservative leaders are indeed ideologically extreme, but they’re also deeply incompetent. So much so, in fact, that the Dunning-Kruger effect — the truly incompetent can’t even recognize their own incompetence — reigns supreme.
To see what I’m talking about, consider the report in Sunday’s Times about the origins of the current crisis. Early this year, it turns out, some of the usual suspects — the Koch brothers, the political arm of the Heritage Foundation and others — plotted strategy in the wake of Republican electoral defeat. Did they talk about rethinking ideas that voters had soundly rejected? No, they talked extortion, insisting that the threat of a shutdown would induce President Obama to abandon health reform.
This was crazy talk. After all, health reform is Mr. Obama’s signature domestic achievement. You’d have to be completely clueless to believe that he could be bullied into giving up his entire legacy by a defeated, unpopular G.O.P. — as opposed to responding, as he has, by making resistance to blackmail an issue of principle. But the possibility that their strategy might backfire doesn’t seem to have occurred to the would-be extortionists.
Even more remarkable, in its way, was the response of House Republican leaders, who didn’t tell the activists they were being foolish. All they did was urge that the extortion attempt be made over the debt ceiling rather than a government shutdown. And as recently as last week Eric Cantor, the majority leader, was in effect assuring his colleagues that the president will, in fact, give in to blackmail. As far as anyone can tell, Republican leaders are just beginning to suspect that Mr. Obama really means what he has been saying all along.
Many people seem perplexed by the transformation of the G.O.P. into the political equivalent of the Keystone Kops — the Boehner Bunglers? Republican elders, many of whom have been in denial about their party’s radicalization, seem especially startled. But all of this was predictable.
It has been obvious for years that the modern Republican Party is no longer capable of thinking seriously about policy. Whether the issue is climate change or inflation, party members believe what they want to believe, and any contrary evidence is dismissed as a hoax, the product of vast liberal conspiracies.
For a while the party was able to compartmentalize, to remain savvy and realistic about politics even as it rejected objectivity everywhere else. But this wasn’t sustainable. Sooner or later, the party’s attitude toward policy — we listen only to people who tell us what we want to hear, and attack the bearers of uncomfortable news — was bound to infect political strategy, too.
Remember what happened in the 2012 election — not the fact that Mitt Romney lost, but the fact that all the political experts around him apparently had no inkling that he was likely to lose. Polls overwhelmingly pointed to an Obama victory, but Republican analysts denounced the polls as “skewed” and attacked the media outlets reporting those polls for their alleged liberal bias. These days Karl Rove is pleading with House Republicans to be reasonable and accept the results of the 2012 election. But on election night he tried to bully Fox News into retracting its correct call of Ohio — and hence, in effect, the election — for Mr. Obama.
Unfortunately for all of us, even the shock of electoral defeat wasn’t enough to burst the G.O.P. bubble; it’s still a party dominated by wishful thinking, and all but impervious to inconvenient facts. And now that party’s leaders have bungled themselves into a corner.
Everybody not inside the bubble realizes that Mr. Obama can’t and won’t negotiate under the threat that the House will blow up the economy if he doesn’t — any concession at all would legitimize extortion as a routine part of politics. Yet Republican leaders are just beginning to get a clue, and so far clearly have no idea how to back down. Meanwhile, the government is shut, and a debt crisis looms. Incompetence can be a terrible thing.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Friday, October 4, 2013

It Don't Mean a Thing - Anita O'Day


Oscar Peterson Night Train


Oscar Peterson - C Jam Blues



Live in Denmark,1964.
Oscar Peterson on Piano
Ray Brown on Bass
Ed Thigpen on Drums

Charlie Parker - Lester Leaps In

Recorded September 8, 1949.
Personnel :
Roy Eldridge - trumpet
Tommy Turk - trombone
Charlie Parker - alto saxophone
Lester Young - tenor saxophone
Flip Phillips - tenor saxophone
Hank Jones - piano
Ray Brown - bass
Buddy Rich - drums
Ella Fitzgerald - vocal

Ella Fitzgerald - Mack the Knife


Countie Basie and Ella Fitzgerald


Ella Fitzgerald: Every Time We Say Goodbye (1965)


Ella Fitzgerald "Someone to Watch Over Me"


The Very Thought of You - Ella Fitzgerald


Ella Fitzgerald - Night and Day


Thursday, October 3, 2013

With U.S. Government Shut Down, Colorado Has To Tap Into Its Own Money To Rebuild

Oh dear, I guess those Colorado Republicans didn't quite figure on this.  Then again, if their homes weren't destroyed they might just tell you to "pull yourself up by your bootstraps".  Same guys who voted against giving any help to the Northeast after Sandy now want no DEMAND help for their folks. 

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http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/10/02/2718041/colorado-flood-rebuilding-shutdown/

As the government shutdown puts a strain on military members across the country, the Colorado National Guard has furloughed 650 people, some of whom were working to rebuild communities devastated by last month’s historic flooding. But the state isn’t letting the furloughs stand in the way of flood rebuilding.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said Tuesday he will use state funds to pay the 120 National Guard members working on flood recovery — workers who are normally paid by FEMA. The daily cost of the workers is estimated at $40,000 to $80,000, and until the government reopens, that money will come from the state’s emergency-relief fund. Once the shutdown ends, the state hopes to get reimbursed for about 75 percent of the National Guard expenses by FEMA — the rest of the money will have to come from state and local government funds. Colorado still hopes Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will reclassify the National Guard members as essential, so that the state doesn’t have to foot the bill for long.
“We can’t afford to lose one day in rebuilding areas destroyed or damaged by the floods,” Hickenlooper said. “Our National Guard troops are an invaluable part of the team working on the recovery. We need them to stay on the job.”
If the government shutdown drags on, it’s still unclear how Colorado will deal with the 450 Guard members from Utah, Kansas and Wyoming who are scheduled to arrive in the state in waves in the coming months. The state is hoping to get at least one passable lane open in all major highways by Dec. 1, a goal that could be delayed if the shutdown creates further kinks in National Guard aid.
But for right now, outside of the National Guard questions that still remain, rebuilding is going as planned in Colorado. Federal disaster relief from FEMA is still coming in to the state, as FEMA spokesperson Dan Watson assured earlier this week. Watson said there are 1,000 FEMA workers on the ground in Colorado, helping Colorado citizens recoup after the disaster. And since state officials are currently tracking all oil and gas spills as a result of the flood, that work isn’t likely to be affected by the shutdown. Colorado’s government has not shut down.
Rebuilding from Superstorm Sandy, too, is expected to continue largely as planned during the shutdown. But disaster cleanup in other areas may face more of a challenge. California’s massive Rim fire is now 92 percent contained, meaning very little of the fire is still burning. But there are still hot spots on the ground, and though about 41 percent of U.S. Forest Service employees continue to work — including some firefighters such as the elite “hotshots” crews — it could be hard for them to purchase the supplies and equipment they need as funding runs low during the shutdown. And since states like Colorado could see more wildfires this fall, a decrease in firefighters and funding leaves them, as one local sheriff said, in a precarious position.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Edith Piaf - La Vie En Rose


Ella Fitzgerald - Louis Armstrong "Dream a Little Dream of me"


A Visit To "Some Assembly Required"

http://ckm3.blogspot.com/Feeling a bit under the weather  --  so, here's a selection from "Some Assembly Required".

Please follow link to original.
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The Big Sleep: Senator Rand Paul (Mental Giant-KY) who slept through last year's elections and the debates leading up to passage of the ACA in March 2010, justifies the government shutdown because “We haven’t had a big debate about Obamacare since it passed in Congress.” Well, it passed, dummy. 


Möbeus Stripped: There is but one 'side' to the shutdown, "checks and balances" is not what's going on here. Republicans - unable to accept their defeat, unable to accept that there's a Democrat in their White House, unable to accept the idea that poor people may actually benefit from the goddamed too big government, unable to accept the basic concepts of democracy - are solely to blame for the shutdown. They would destroy the country rather than share it with the rest of us. 


Naming Names: Among those companies too damned cheap to provide healthcare to their employees are Forever 21, Trader Joe's, Seaworld, and Home Depot. They are cutting employees to less than 30 hours a week so they won't have to pay for health insurance – instead throwing the workers on the public dole for their healthcare needs. Corporate welfare. Don't go there. Don't shop there.

To Serve & Protect: Two Chattanooga cops, whose defense for punching, tazing and beating a halfway-house resident so savagely they broke his nose and both his legs as he lay on the floor begging them to stop, was that their victim "was almost sitting up a little bit”, have gotten their jobs back after a local judge ruled their actions were “not ideal” but not sufficient to “ruin the lives (of) two otherwise unblemished and promising police officers?" Another reason to avoid Tennessee. 


Bang Bang You're Stupid: A school system in Florida suspended an 8-year-old boy for pretending that his finger and tumb were a gun while playing cops and robbers on the school playground. He didn't even say 'Bang, Bang, you're dead.” With any luck, the administrators involved will lose their jobs and the school system lose the lawsuit. Stupidity is not a defense.


Fiesta! Rep. David Schweikert (Millionaire-AZ) says that shutting down the government and sending 800,000 federal employees to bed without supper “is my idea of fun”.

This, Just In: Reports claim that the War on Drugs failed. Not so; look at how much money was made from the pretense, equipment, manpower, money-laundering profits, privately run prisons, careers, payoffs. Nah, you just didn't get the memo.

What your government does to others it will eventually do to you.