I’ve always been a little different musically…
My real mother (who passed when I was in the second grade) had lots of 78 RPM records of classical music – including The Nutcracker Suite done straight by Spike Jones! I still have some of them.
My dad was a big band kinda guy. And 50’s crooners. Perry Como, etc.
And my exposure to music didn’t include most rock-and-roll or folk. (My sister worshipped Elvis, though.)
In grade school, a friend asked me if I liked ‘popular music’. I said no. He replied, “not even Mister Tambourine Man?”
I had never heard it.
I was too busy listening to Johann Sebastian Bach.
I loved – and love – this piece:
My leg disability developed between Eighth Grade and High School. No P.E. for Guffaw. The high school principal ask me if I could play an instrument. I could not. He said, “Well it’s Choir for you!”, as if it were some kind of punishment.
I loved choir. They taught me how to sing (in the baroque manner), and how to read music. And how to appreciate Jazz! (Stan Getz, anyone?)
We even made All-State when I was a Senior, and we got to sing on the stage at the university’s Grady Gammage Auditorium (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright!)
It was after I graduated and went on to college that I developed a liking for popular music. The Beatles, The Eagles, Credence Clearwater Revival, Linda Ronstadt, Fleetwood Mac, Emerson, Lake and Palmer and many others. Jethro Tull. I even taught myself a bit of flute to play along!
But Bach will always be my first musical love.
They are not my favorite, but they are close by.
And being near a university, there are many pretty people to watch – some of them college girls! :-)
They are overpriced, and the stores are filled with students and hipsters, but the ones I sometimes visit are clean, well stocked, and the staff is attentive.
As far as that goes.
Now comes the producers of corporate messaging, trying to imbue us with the idea that Starbucks supports inclusion, racial equality, and fairness. Except for White people. They, by the wearing of their very pink skin, are racist.
Almost simultaneously with this message being promoted by handouts and scrawling cryptic racial messages on their overpriced cups came ‘news’ across the Internet that Starbucks is anti-Semitic! (I wonder if this was planned?)
It seems there are numerous and ubiquitous stores throughout the Middle East in Arab countries, but the six lone stores in Israel have been closed by corporate edict!
It certainly must be because they are anti-Semitic. Right?
A quick Internet search determined that Hebrew doesn’t necessarily mean he brews coffee. The Israelis like their tea. And Starbucks, being of a profit-making mind, decided to close the stores as they weren’t producing.
As they have been in the Arab (coffee-drinking) nations.
Of course, it was only a year or two ago that Starbucks encouraged legal firearms possession in locales where doing so was legal – then reversed their decision and said it didn’t support such action in their stores.
Perhaps they should keep their corporate minds on their coffee and not my politics!?
Of course, I still carry discretely, wherever.
(FTC – Starbucks gives me nothing! Get your own coffee!)
Five weeks ago, Campus Reform went to Harvard and asked the students if ISIS or the U.S. poses a bigger threat to world peace. The answers that were given were entertaining enough to create a viral video that has since received about half a million hits.
In addition, the video received air time on Fox News.
Somewhat skeptical of the video, a few students at Harvard decided to go around and ask their fellow classmates some questions of their own. The questions focused on ISIS and the Pledge of Allegiance.
When one student was asked if ISIS or the U.S. posed a bigger threat to world peace. He said:
“I guess I’ll have to say America. I think ISIS as a group… I believe as Ben Affleck said, could fit into a baseball stadium, so they don’t have the potential to put countries into war as America would.”
Also, the response to being asked to say the Pledge of Allegiance, which anyone applying for U.S. citizenship must to be able to recite, was even more concerning…
Disgusting. And shameful.
To disagree with a political philosophy is an American Right, a tradition. But, to do so in complete ignorance is SHAMEFUL. Of course, look what we see every day on the ‘news’, the Internet.
Of course, sometimes there it’s an agenda.
I was surprised to hear people must apply for citizenship, anymore. I thought it was just granted – like a fief.
h/t Facebook, IJReview
Bill Whittle’s latest Afterburner…
Being a conservative libertarian (and a fan of Kevin Baker), I found this of interest.
I do have an assortment of security guard badges from my tenures there, as well as my fraternal grandfather’s railroad police badge.
The question is, what will you do to ID yourself when a patrol unit rolls up on the scene, wherein you just dropped a guy in self defense? Show your CCW Permit?
Or is it a better idea to have something like the above badge (they abound on the Internet and Amazon) in one’s possession when the constabulary sees one man down and you with a hot, smoking gun in your hand covering him?
Between you and me, I already carry a packed wallet, numerous keys, a speed strip (or 2) OR magazines and my sidearm.
Some states prohibit use of a badge with a private investigator’s credential. It’s possible some prohibit a badge with a CCW permit, too.
And some anti-gun rights/anti-self-defense prosecutor/cop might tack on ‘impersonating a police officer’ to your charges.
What do you guys think?
90 Miles From Tyranny posted a compendium of the legal mumbo-jumbo, specifically aimed at bloggers. So I HAD to
steal copy and post it!
Seriously, it’s good information regarding legal precedents in the blogosphere. I advise all my brethren and sistern to drink from his pool of knowledge:
Mostly Cajun, All American and Opinionated reminded us of this, with this almanac entry:
1941 – Charles Lindbergh testifies before the U.S. Congress and recommends that the United States negotiate a neutrality pact with Adolf Hitler. Just because you’re famous for being good at one thing doesn’t mean you’re smart about everything…
Are you listening Bill Maher, Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Danny Glover, Steven Spielberg, Morgan Freeman, George Clooney, Will Smith, Oprah Winfrey et al.
YES, they have a right to an opinion!
Even if it’s wrong, or misinformed.
And, don’t get me wrong. Just because I like someone’s film or stage performance (or think they’re hot or cool) doesn’t mean I think their opinion about politics or restriction of MY RIGHTS holds water!
(Yeah – I’m shocked, too!) :-P
That is a turnout increase of 300%. If voter ID was intended to suppress votes, it is failing as spectacularly as HealthCare.gov.
Now hers’ the SHOCKING PART!
h/t CNN !
But not before they tell you you do!
Yep. We live in the bizzaro world...
h/t The Reluctant Paladin
The Ten Ring asked his wife (a former blogger) to respond to writer Stephen King’s screed (now available on Kindle) with regard to guns, gun rights, gun ownership, and the character of American gun owners.
The telling passage:
Style and mistakes aside, King tries to add to the national dialog about gun violence. The last section of this short work, lists policy ideas that might cut down on gun violence. One notion is a ban on “assault weapons” but he loses his argument when he gets too cute by half, honey.King justifies calling for such a ban by insulting owners of semi-automatics (a gun that fires one round per trigger pull). He says that the owners only use these guns to fire as fast as they can while yelling yeehaw and getting horny…
Can you say ignorance and outright bigotry?
Can you imagine if he downplayed or maligned any other groups’ rights or actions in this manner? Said group would have his head on a pike!
Of course, as responsible firearms owners, we must show restraint in our response, lest we provide more ammunition for bigots like King.
In the pervasive environment of political correctness, it’s never appropriate to malign Blacks, gays, women, other religions, other individual ethnic groups or classes. And, of course, it shouldn’t be.
But apparently legitimate gun owners are still okay to target. With such moronic comments as he made above.
I’ve enjoyed a number of Mr. King’s books, and films made from them. He can be a great writer. AND, he’s allowed his opinions. And I mine.
He’s a bigoted idiot.