Tuesday, January 14, 2014



  1. Meanwhile, Report Says DOJ Will File No Criminal Charges In IRS Tea Party Targeting Scandal. Not a surprise.

    We live in an Orwellian world: "Some animals are more equal than others" (Animal Farm).

  2. A Must See

    See It Please


  3. Liberal Emperor's Uncle Stinky Makes The News Again.
    Barry 0bama's uncle Stinky got lucky again. This past month, the INS judge has given 0nyango 0bama a pass for "good behavior" and the path for citizenship.
    So now, Uncle Stinky gets to keep hanging around the liquor stores in Framingham Massachusetts and his favorite diner "The Chicken Bones, Pigs Feet, and Watermelon" blue plate Special.
    Word is out that Uncle Stinky has asked Hos Holiness Emperor Obama for a position in the administration. I say Why Not? He’d fit in perfectly.

  4. Al Terego says:

    We're never going to be able to get rid of the Negro Problem or permanent Democratic incumbency. 97% of the blacks vote automatically for the Democrats. We may be able to outthink the most of the Negroes, but intermarrying with whites all the time now, and because our genes are recessive and "theirs" are dominant. Caucasians and the cultures they devloped are fated to vanish from the face of the earth.

    This is what SIN produces: D-E-A-T-H. When the British and Europeans started their voyages of exploration, they found various peoples who were radically different from themselves. They assumed their manifest superiority entitled them to exploit these newly discovered groups, and so slavery and widespread theft of land and natural resources began.

    We are paying for that now. Our own demise as a people and as a Civilization is inevitable. We've had our day, and our time is almost past.

    "The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it."

    Never mind. Life will go on with out us. Our time has been short in the great scheme of things. We did a few good things, many bad ones, and now it's time to say good bye.

  5. The Wicked Witch keeps score:


  6. AOW, maybe there won't be a prosecution because there is no case.
    Why hasn't that been considered?

    A large number of campaign organizations attempted to gain tax exempt status they were not entitled to. They were investigated along with a smaller number of liberal campaign organizations (fewer liberal filings). Why is that a scandal?

  7. They were entitled, duckman. Hence, the scandal.

  8. NONE were denied. ALL Tea Party claims were DELAYED until WELL past the election.

  9. If you'll indulge me, FT, I appreciate you stimulating an interest in Mendlessohn.

    Don't know why I dismissed him but maybe I'm just listening more closely.

    The Piano Trio in C Minor. I thought it was terrific. Any opinion on the work?

  10. Hope you don't mind, Mr. Duck, my jumping in here with this suggestion to listen to.

    Don't know if you're familiar with it.

  11. Hi, Ducky. Mendelssohn may not be on qite the exalted level with Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms, but he comes close. I know of no "bad" music by him. He has the one thing that marks the great from the run-of-the-mill: Unless you are as completely out of touch with serious music, as I am with "pop," you always know who he is, even if you don't know the specific piece you may be hearing.

    I don't know that particular work well enough to be able to hear it in my head when you mention it, but Mendelssohn's work is almost invariably excellent, although all of the great ones "slip" once in a while.

    He was an extraordinarily facile genius who had a talent that could not be ignored in favor of more practical, lucrative, pursuits.

    His place in the pantheon is well deserved and as secure as anything mortal could possibly be.

    Being a creative genius must be very hard on the body. Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Chopin never lived to see their fortieth birthday. Schumann went mad and died at age 47 leaving poor Clara along with oodles of children to support. Beethoven became stone deaf in midlife, was ill much of the time, and died at 57. Brahms left this world at 63. Wagner was somewhere in his fifties, I believe. Mahler never live to see fifty. Cesar Franck neer got or of his fifties, neither did Debussy.

    There were notable exceptions, of course, Liszt lived into his mid-seventies, and Joe Green (Giuseppi Verdi) into hi eighties. Ravel lived into his seventies, Most of them had a rough time, and didn't make old bones.

    What might this prove, if anything? Two things: A) The world is massively indifferent -- even pointedly cruel -- to genius, B) suffering possibly sharpens the edge of creative genius and compels it to work hard and do its best to gain acceptance. Who knows?

    Too much ease fosters complacency, suffocates ambition, dulls the intellect, and cripples productivity.

    DO you know of an great accomplishments by sybarites?

  12. Thanks Aurore, I enjoyed that.

    I have heard Hillary Hahn in concert at the Gardner before and was impressed with her playing.

  13. DO you know of an great accomplishments by sybarites?

    Well, I start with the British portrait painters. Reynolds, Romney, Gainsborough and all the Academy crowd

    Although you may contest the greatness of a painting that does little more than show the world, "Look, I'm rich."

    Caravaggio is an interesting case and his genius is incontestable. He certainly loved the high life.

    I don't believe the image of the suffering artist is necessarily true although there is no doubt a van Gogh for every Joshua Reynolds.

    I think it may be more relevant to contrast the wealth of performers like Yo Yo Ma, John Williams etc. to contemporary classical composers. The composers don't starve but they aren't living in luxury either.

  14. Hilary Hahn is a very fine player, but frankly I'd rather hear Anne Sophie Mutter, Joshua Bell, Sara Chang, Schlomo Minsk or Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg -- or Heifetz's old recording.

    Ducky, be sure to get acquainted with Mendelssohn's Octet. It's one of the most invigorating pieces ever written.

    And, yes thank you, Aurore. I wish I had your ability to post "hot" links. I can't imagine how it's done.



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