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!

From Addicting Inf - please follow link to original.
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http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/11/27/single-moms-surrender-kids-land/

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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http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/larry-klayman-rally-overthrow-obama-draws-slightly-fewer-millions-expected

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.