Thursday, November 30, 2017

The death of Christianity in the U.S.

This from Baptist News Global  --    Opinion

Christianity has died in the hands of Evangelicals. Evangelicalism ceased being a religious faith tradition following Jesus’ teachings concerning justice for the betterment of humanity when it made a Faustian bargain for the sake of political influence. The beauty of the gospel message — of love, of peace and of fraternity — has been murdered by the ambitions of Trumpish flimflammers who have sold their souls for expediency. No greater proof is needed of the death of Christianity than the rush to defend a child molester in order to maintain a majority in the U.S. Senate.
Evangelicals have constructed an exclusive interpretation which fuses and confuses white supremacy with salvation. Only those from the dominant culture, along with their supposed inferiors who with colonized minds embrace assimilation, can be saved. But their salvation damns Jesus. To save Jesus from those claiming to be his heirs, we must wrench him from the hands of those who use him as a fa├žade from which to hide their phobias — their fear of blacks, their fear of the undocumented, their fear of Muslims, their fear of everything queer.
Evangelicalism has ceased to be a faith perspective rooted on Jesus the Christ and has become a political movement whose beliefs repudiate all Jesus advocated. A message of hate permeates their pronouncements, evident in sulphurous proclamations like the Nashville Statement, which elevates centuries of sexual dysfunctionalities since the days of Augustine by imposing them upon Holy Writ. They condemn as sin those who express love outside the evangelical anti-body straight jacket.
Evangelicalism’s unholy marriage to the Prosperity Gospel justifies multi-millionaire bilkers wearing holy vestments made of sheep’s clothing who discovered being profiteers rather than prophets delivers an earthly security never promised by the One in whose name they slaughter those who are hungry, thirsty and naked, and the alien among them. Christianity at a profit is an abomination before all that is Holy. From their gilded pedestals erected in white centers of wealth and power, they gaslight all to believe they are the ones being persecuted because of their faith.
Evangelicalism’s embrace of a new age of ignorance, blames homosexuality for Harvey’s rage rather than considering the scientific consequences climate change has on the number of increasing storms of greater and greater ferocity. To ignore the damage caused to God’s creation so the few can profit in raping Mother Earth causes celebrations in the fiery pits of Gehenna.
Evangelicalism forsakes holding a sexual predator, an adulterer, a liar and a racist accountable, instead serving as a shield against those who question POTUS’ immorality because of some warped reincarnation of Cyrus. Laying holy hands upon the incarnation of the very vices Jesus condemned to advance a political agenda — instead of rebuking and chastising in loving prayer — has prostituted the gospel in exchange for the victory of a Supreme Court pick.
Evangelicalism either remained silent or actually supported Charlottesville goose steppers because they protect their white privilege with the doublespeak of preserving heritage, leading them to equate opponents of fascist movements with the purveyors of hatred. Jesus has yet recovered from the vomiting induced by the Christian defenders of torch-wielding white nationalists calling for “blood-and-soil.”
The Evangelicals’ Jesus is satanic, and those who hustle this demon are “false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve” (2 Cor. 11:13-15, NIV).
You might wonder if my condemnation is too harsh. It is not, for the Spirit of the Lord has convicted me to shout from the mountaintop how God’s precious children are being devoured by the hatred and bigotry of those who have positioned themselves as the voice of God in America.
As a young man, I walked down the sawdust aisle at a Southern Baptist church and gave my heart to Jesus. Besides offering my broken heart, I also gave my mind to understanding God, and my arm to procuring God’s call for justice. I have always considered myself to be an evangelical, but I can no longer allow my name to be tarnished by that political party masquerading as Christian. Like many women and men of good will who still struggle to believe, but not in the evangelical political agenda, I too no longer want or wish to be associated with an ideology responsible for tearing humanity apart. But if you, dear reader, still cling to a hate-mongering ideology, may I humbly suggest you get saved.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Fools or Knaves?

This from Robert  Reich:  Please follow link to original  http://robertreich.org/
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Fools or Knaves?


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2017
One of the most dangerous consequences of this awful period in American life is the denigration of the truth, and of institutions and people who tell it.
There are two kinds of liars – fools and knaves. Fools lie because they don’t know the truth. Knaves lie because they intend to mislead.
Trump is both, because he doesn’t even care enough about the truth to find out what it is. He’ll say whatever he thinks will get people to believe what he wants them to believe.
What about people like Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Trump’s point person on the Republican tax bills now making their way through Congress?
Mnuchin continues to insist that the legislation puts a higher tax burden on people earning more than $1 million a year, and reduce taxes on everyone else. “I can tell you that virtually everybody in the middle class will get a tax cut, and will get a significant tax cut,” Mnuchin says repeatedly.
But the prestigious Tax Policy Center concludes that by 2027, almost all of the benefits of both bills will have gone to the richest 1 percent, while upper-middle-class payers will pay higher taxes and those at the lower levels will receive only modest benefits. 
So is Mnuchin a fool? His career before he became Treasury Secretary doesn’t suggest so. He graduated from Yale, and worked for seventeen years for investment bank Goldman Sachs.
Perhaps Mnuchin doesn’t find the Tax Policy Center credible. Maybe he agrees with Trump economic adviser Peter Navarro, who describes it as “a left-leaning center that produces analyses that favor Democratic tax-and-spend programs and disfavor Republican programs.”
In the age of Trump, even prestigious organizations once considered non-partisan are either “with us” or “against us.”
Problem is, virtually all other studies by every other source show the House and Senate tax bills overwhelmingly benefit the rich and, within a few years, harm the middle class.
Even Congress’s own Joint Committee on Taxation – the House and Senate’s official scorekeeper on tax issues – finds that the Senate’s version of the bill would increase taxes on all income groups making under $75,000 per year.
By 2027, it would give its biggest tax breaks to those making $1 million or more. The House bill would be even more generous to millionaires and billionaires.
Mnuchin’s response? He has none. He just keeps repeating the same lie.
Mnuchin also maintains that the Senate and House tax plans won’t cause the federal deficit to rise. “This isn’t about the deficit,” he said recently. “We’ll create economic growth to pay down the deficit.”
But even the Tax Foundation – a major proponent of the corporate tax cuts – estimates the House bill will cause a $1.08 trillion revenue loss over ten years and the Senate bill, a $516 billion loss.
Assuming Mnuchin isn’t a fool, he’s a knave. He intends to deceive the public.
By doing so he has abandoned his duty to the American people inherent in the oath of office taken by every cabinet official, in favor of advancing the goals of his boss and other Republicans in Washington who are desperate to pass their tax bill.  
He has also sacrificed his credibility and integrity.
Why? Because he’s Secretary of the Treasury in an administration that has no integrity. Merely by joining Trump, he made a Faustian bargain and lost whatever integrity he might have had.
Recall that after Trump equated white supremacists with protesters in Charlottesville, and several hundred of Mnuchin’s Yale classmates urged him to resign in protest, Mnuchin found it“hard to believe I should have to defend myself on this, or the president.”
After Trump demanded that NFL owners deal harshly with black athletes protesting police brutality, Mnuchin said the athletes should “do free speech on their own time. This is about respect for the military and first responders in the country.”
Apparently Mnuchin will say anything to retain his power and influence in the Trump administration.
He knows he’ll never have anything close to this power again.
Mnuchin probably figures: So what if he lies about the true consequences of the tax bills? Trump lies about them, too. So does the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, and the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
He probably assumes most of the public will never know he lied. Even those who know will soon forget. In this era of Trumpian big lies, there are no consequences for lying.
But history may not be kind to Steve Mnuchin.
Over the last century, authoritarian and fascist regimes have intentionally and systematically denigrated the truth.
The knaves who helped them are remembered in ignominy.

All-Out Assault on LGBTQ People by Trump, Pence, Sessions


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

PERFIDIA CHA CHA CAL TJADER

Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - Twisted


Annie Ross with Gerry Mulligan Quartet - Give Me the Simple Life



Personnel: Annie Ross (Vocals), Art Farmer (trumpet), Gerry Mulligan (baritone sax, arrange), Bill Crow (bass), Dave Bailey (drums)

Friday, November 10, 2017

Sorry for being away for so long.  I've been having some nagging health problems  --  namely "routine cataract surgery" that has turned out not to be so routine after all.  When the Dr. says, "we will get you to see as well as we can" when I ask him if I will be able to read again   --  it's not comforting.  Nor is the fact I'm now told to use these "more aggressive" eye drops that the receptionist said to be "very careful" with  ==  since a refill would be in "the $300.00 range".

I'm just having trouble seeing, reading, typing, etc.  I guess old age is just one surprise after another.  Now know why they're called "The Golden Years"  --  you need a lot of gold to keep on trucking.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Howard McGhee Quartet - A Cottage for Sale




Personnel: Howard McGhee (trumpet), Tommy Flanagan (piano), Ron Carter (bass), Walter Bolden (drums)

Howard McGhee Septet - Dusty Blue




Personnel: Howard McGhee (trumpet), Bennie Green (trombone), Roland Alexander (tenor sax, flute), Pepper Adams (baritone sax), Tommy Flanagan (piano), Ron Carter (bass), Walter Bolden (drums)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

From "The Onion"

From "The Onion"  --  very close to the truth.

"SEATTLE—Eliciting a standing ovation for the longtime Seahawk’s cornerback as he gripped his walker and slowly hobbled to midfield, the NFL conducted a pregame ceremony to honor 52-year-old Ronald Dutton as the league’s oldest living former player. “Ever since my father retired in 2002, he has missed being out on the field, and he would like you all to know how thrilled and excited he is to be honored by you all today,” said Dutton’s 22-year-old daughter Kayla as the hunched and visibly confused former Pro Bowler was directed to look into the camera for a photo-op with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell before gingerly attempting to lift his arm and wave to the roaring crowd. “We would like to thank the NFL for taking the time to salute their alumni, especially when those like my father have so little time left. Though as happy as he is today, I just know he wishes all of his teammates were still alive to be here with him.” Following the ceremony, Dutton’s family reportedly returned him to his assisted living home after the Seahawk’s great drifted to sleep in the stands during the first quarter."

shirley horn/a lazy afternoon


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Kenny Dorham & Jackie McLean — "Inta Somthin'" [Full Album 1962



1. Una Mas 2. It Could Happen to You 3. Let's Face Music & Dance 4. No Two People 5. Lover Man 6. San Francisco Beat Kenny Dorham & Jackie McLean - Inta Somethin' (1962) Lossless - 320 kbps personnel : Kenny Dorham - trumpet Jackie McLean - alto sax Walter Bishop - piano Leroy Vinnegar - bass Art Taylor - drums

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Shorty Petterstein Interview - Lenny Bruce


The Modern Jazz Quartet with Jimmy Giuffre - Fun



Milt Jackson (vib), John Lewis (p), Percy Heath (b), Connie Kay (ds)
Jimmy Giuffre (cl)
Album:"The Modern Jazz Quartet / At Music Inn"
Recorded:Live at "Music Inn"Lenox, Massachusetts, August 28, 1956

A Fugue For Music Inn



MJQ with Ji8mmy Giuffre

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Thelonious Monk - Bemsha Swing



Thelonious Monk Quintet Clark Terry (trumpet) Sonny Rollins (tenor sax) Thelonious Monk (piano) Paul Chambers (bass) Max Roach (drums) Reeves Sound Studios, NYC, December 7, 1956

Thelonious Monk - Ba-lue Bolivar Ba-lues-are


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

How Do You Feel Now?

All you folks who said, "there's no difference between Clinton and Trump".  How do y'all feel now?

All you folks who stayed home on election day because Clinton was not Obama  --  how's the current administration affecting y'all now?  All you right wing minority folks who voted for Trump  --  are you starting to worry,  yet?  Has the, "Am I next?" thought entered YOUR thoughts yet?  It will. 

If you just don't care about this stuff   ----   you will!  The attempted "Nazification" of the USA will end up affecting us ALL.  Even those ultra-rich SOB's who know nothing but have (right now) more money that they can possibly spend. 

I'm now 78  --  it's not my problem anymore.  I'm just sorry all y'all will have to learn the exact same lessons I did    ---    GOOD LUCK.

Bud Powell - Celia



Bud Powell. Jazz Giant. 1949. Celia. Bud Powell (p), Ray Brown (b), Max Roach (ds).

Bud Powell - Tempus Fugit



Bud Powell (piano) 
Ray Brown (bass)
Max Roach (drums)

Bud Powell - Buster Rides Again


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Hmmm.

"It is no exaggeration to say that since the 1980s, much of the global financial sector has become criminalised, creating an industry culture that tolerates or even encourages systematic fraud. The behaviour that caused the mortgage bubble and financial crisis of 2008 was a natural outcome and continuation of this pattern, rather than some kind of economic accident...And yet none of this conduct has been punished in any significant way."

Charles Ferguson, Inside Job


“The suspicions that the system is rigged in favor of the largest banks and their elites, so they play by their own set of rules to the disfavor of the taxpayers who funded their bailout, are true. It really happened. These suspicions are valid.”

Neil Barofsky


"The historical evidence is overwhelming. Many societies have done well for a while – until powerful people get out of hand.  This is an easy pattern to see at a distance and in other cultures.  It is typically much harder to recognize when your own society now has an elite less subject to effective constraints and more able to exert power in an abusive fashion.   And given the long history of strong institutions in the United States, it appears particularly difficult for some people to acknowledge that we have serious governance issues that need to be addressed."

Simon Johnson

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Bank failures are creeping up again.  The FDIC says "there is no cause for concern"   ----   BUT?

Latest is:

United Fidelity Bank, fsb, Evansville, Indiana, Assumes All of the Deposits of Fayette County Bank, Saint Elmo, Illinois

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 26, 2017
FDIC Customer Service Call Center
Toll Free - 1-800-930-5172
Fayette County Bank, Saint Elmo, Illinois, was closed today by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation - Division of Banking, which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver. To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with United Fidelity Bank, fsb, Evansville, Indiana, to assume all of the deposits of Fayette County Bank.
The sole office of Fayette County Bank will reopen as a branch of United Fidelity Bank during its normal business hours. Depositors of Fayette County Bank will automatically become depositors of United Fidelity Bank. Deposits will continue to be insured by the FDIC, so there is no need for customers to change their banking relationship to retain their deposit insurance coverage up to applicable limits. Customers of Fayette County Bank should continue to use their existing branch until they receive notice from United Fidelity Bank that it has completed systems changes to allow other United Fidelity Bank branches to process their accounts, as well.
This evening and over the weekend, depositors of Fayette County Bank can access their money by writing checks or using ATM or debit cards. Checks drawn on the bank will continue to be processed. Loan customers should continue to make their payments as usual.
As of March 31, 2017, Fayette County Bank had approximately $34.4 million in total assets and $34.0 million in total deposits. In addition to assuming all of the deposits of the failed bank, United Fidelity Bank agreed to purchase approximately $28.9 million of the failed bank's assets. The FDIC will retain the remaining assets for later disposition.
Customers with questions about the transaction should call the FDIC toll-free at 1-800-930-5172. The phone number will be operational this evening until 9 p.m., Central Time (CT); on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., CT; on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., CT; on Monday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., CT; and thereafter from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., CT. Interested parties also can visit the FDIC's website at https://www.fdic.gov/bank/individual/failed/fayettecounty.html.
The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $10.0 million. Compared to other alternatives, United Fidelity Bank's acquisition was the least costly resolution for the FDIC's DIF. Fayette County Bank is the sixth FDIC-insured institution to fail in the nation this year, and the second in Illinois. The last FDIC-insured institution closed in the state was Seaway Bank and Trust Company, Chicago, on January 27, 2017.

That is all on this front   ---   for now.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Chris Connor - Blame It On My Youth



Chris Connor(vo)
Herbie Mann(fl,ts)
Ralph Sharon(p)
Joe Puma(g)
Milt Hinton(b)
Osie Johnson(ds)

A Foggy Day - Chris Connor


Chris Connor with Stan Free Quintet - The Night We Called It a Day



Personnel: Chris Connor (vocals), Bobby Jaspar (flute), Stan Free (piano, arrange), Mundell Lowe (guitar), Percy Heath (bass), Ed Shaughnessy (drums)

Lucky Thompson - Tricotism


Friday, July 14, 2017

Jackie McLean - Lights Out! ( Full Album )



Jackie McLean - Alto Saxophone....
Donald Byrd - Trumpet....
Elmo Hope - Piano....
Doug Watkins - Bass....
Art Taylor - Drums....
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1. "Lights Out" - 13:00
2. "Up" - 4:47
3. "Lorraine" - 6:26
4. "A Foggy Day" - 6:24
5. "Kerplunk" - 8:51
6. "Inding" - 6:30

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Charlie Parker-Birds Feathers



trumpet is Miles Davis, with Duke Jordan (p), Tommy Potter (b), and Max Roach (d).

Charlie Parker-Mohawk



Somewhere, sometime 1950.
Charlie Parker-as, Dizzy Gillespie-trp, 
Thelonious Monk-p, Curly Russell-b, Buddy Rich-d

Charlie Parker - Compulsion



 Compulsion - Davis - 5'47" - New York, 30.1.1953 - Miles Davis Sextet:
Miles Davis: Trumpet
Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins: Tenor sax
Walter Bishop: Piano
Percy Heath: Bass
"Philly" Joe Jones: Drums

Charlie Parker - Meandering




Charlie Parker - Meandering. November 26, 1945. Parker (as); Dizzy Gillespie (p); Curley Russell (b); Max Roach (d).

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Embraceable you-Charlie Parker live Jazz at the Philharmonic



Personnel: Charlie Parker (alto saxophone); Ella Fitzgerald (vocals); Flip Phillips, Lester Young (tenor saxophone); Roy Eldridge (trumpet); Tommy Turk (trombone); Hank Jones (piano); Buddy Rich (drums).

Audio Remasterer: Phil Schaap.

Paul Quinichette Quartet - The Very Thought Of You




Paul Quinichette (ts), Marlowe Morris (org), Jerome Darr (g), Jo Jones (ds)

Townes Van Zandt - If I Needed You


Georgia On A Fast Train - Billy Joe Shaver


Monday, July 3, 2017

Red Garland - A Garland of Red (Full Album)



Recorded: On 17 August 1956

The Personnel: 
Red Garland - Piano
Paul Chambers - Bass
Art Taylor - Drums

01 A Foggy Day 0:00 
02 My Romance 4:51
03 What Is This Thing Called Love? 11:42
04 "Makin' Whoopee 16:36
05 September in the Rain 20:51
06 Little Girl Blue 25:40
07 Constellation 30.47
08 Blue Red 34:19