December 20, 2017

New Tax Law

The Republicans have finally passed their only significant legislation, their tax bill is now law. Tax law that gives 83% of its benefit to the top 1% of income earners. We can debate the particulars on political grounds, but the Republicans are in majority and that is the power of a political majority. It cannot be debated that this tax law will increase the debt by at least 1-1/2 Trillion dollars and probably more, which is concrete proof that Republicans have lied about being deficit hawks. A lie they have been saying for decades as their previous budgets and laws have racked up trillions of dollars of debt for the United States.

Then there is the lie that trickle down benefits will come from these tax cuts to businesses. Like these tax cuts will create new jobs by allowing corporations to keep more profits, thus able to hire more workers. Of course we know from the experience of the last 50 years that that is simply a lie. Not to mention that any debt (like 1-1/2 trillion) is obscene when we already have a 20 trillion dollar debt. It is the height of irresponsibility for any Congress to vote for such a bill.

Then there is the issue of the actual deaths that will be caused directly by this new law and that includes thousands of children. That's nothing new, the United States Congress have been passing laws that directly caused the death of its citizens for a couple of hundred years and lets not forget the genocide of Native Americans and the barbaric and fatal enslavement practices backed by United State law until the Emancipation Proclamation. We have proven that our character as a people is that of violence and death; and that we actually vote for laws that cause violence and death.

Trump is not the most racist, hate filled, bigoted, man who could care less about American lives ever elected president of the United States, but we had hoped his kind were in our past and he certainly is unhealthy and dangerous to be our president in 2017. The saddest part is that enough Americans agreed with this slob (Trump) that he was voted president of the United States and only by 1-1/2 % did a State almost vote for a pedophile for national Senator.

The people get the leadership they vote for (deserve). Our biggest problem is ourselves. Hopefully our Justice system will save us from ourselves, but Trump is trying to obstruct that process also.

Churchill once said, "You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else." 

Like a drunk having to end up in the gutter before he pulls himself out of the gutter, but by then he has ruined his life.      

December 12, 2017

The Liberals Keep The Hate Going

The liberals, who claim they are the party of morals and character, keep proving they are as hate filled as the Republicans they claim are Nazi like.

Obama has now jumped on the hate band wagon and inferred the Nazi scare lie about president Trump. Trump is many vile things including an accused sexual molester, but he hasn't got the brains to be another Hitler. That kind of evil needs some level of intelligence, which Trump has none of. 

RN of the blog Rational Nation (anything but rational) new post claims Trump keeps a copy of Hitler's book (Mein Kamph) next to his bed. RN cites his supposed reliable source, but as it turns out that claim is a simple lie. More liberal hate, which only exacerbates the hate in the country and proves nothing but liberals can lie as well as Republicans.

The liberals spent eight years calling Bush Hitler and wonder why they couldn't enlarge their voting base. They offered up Hillary from the Clinton machine who was supposed to be a shoe in and lost to an unknown Senator from Illinois.

It was the Clinton machine that first cast the accusation that Obama was not American born and Trump turned that lie into a multi year hate campaign that finally helped him win the presidency, again beating the supposed shoe in Hillary. Hillary has to be one of the biggest losers in American political history and another loss for a corrupt political machine.

The Democrats are still in minority in Congress with no sign of that changing in the next mid-term election. The Democrats are in such bad shape they can't even convince the country they are better leaders than the morally bankrupt, lying Republicans.

We can be grateful that the Republicans can't seem to put their majority to good use and pass all sorts of hurtful legislation. The tax bill, which is not law yet, would be the first real piece of legislation the Republicans might pass, that certainly will hurt the United States.   

December 10, 2017

Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young

Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN) was a folk rock supergroup made up of American singer-songwriters David Crosby and Stephen Stills and English singer-songwriter Graham Nash. They were known as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY) when joined by Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young, who was an occasional fourth member. Great music! The full album (Deja vu) these songs are from is on my side posts.


                                                                   Carry On

December 7, 2017

Franken Quits

Sen. Al Franken said today that he will resign as Senator from Minnesota in a few weeks, and rightfully so. I imagine that means by the end of the year.

Franken's decision comes after multiple women came forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct and after over a dozen of his Democratic colleagues (mostly women) called for his resignation. No doubt this is a political decision so the Democrats can claim the moral high ground on the sexual molestation issue, but it is the correct and moral decision.

Unfortunately, it will not give Democrats the political morality edge they need because the voters don't seem to care, or is it just the voters of Alabama? 

It should be noted that the Governor of Minnesota will appoint the new Senator from Minnesota until the next election, and currently Governor Dayton of Minnesota is a Democrat, so we can expect to see a Democrat appointed temporary Senator for Minnesota.

It is not a given that an election in Minnesota will vote for a Democratic Senator. Franken won his election by less than 400 votes and the election went to the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Minnesota can be a hard State to predict political winners. Minnesotans have voted for the most liberal Senators like Wellstone and Humphrey and the most conservative like Rudy Boshwichz. Minnesotans also voted for a wrestler as their Governor and the conservative Pawlenty as their Governor. Minnesota currently has a Republican majority in their Congress and a Democratic Governor.      

McConnell (the Republican leader of the Senate) who was saying just two weeks ago that Moore should not be in the Senate if the allegations against him were true and he said he believed the women who were making those allegations, now says he supports Moore and all Republicans should vote for Moore. The president of the United States (a Republican) has endorsed Moore.

Nothing will change until the people change the leaders of federal government. The numbers from the last election tell us that means this decision (to change leadership in Washington D. C.) is in the hands of women voters. The same women who voted for Trump last election.

Lets hope Franken's resignation is not the last word on sexual misconduct by federal politicians. His conduct was not as bad as Moore's conduct, or Trump's conduct, not to mention the many elected officials who have current allegations of sexual misconduct against them. So far, Democrats have had two of their leaders resign over this issue because of pressure from their own party. Republicans are forging ahead with their accused sexual perverts, so there is a clear choice for women to make.  

December 2, 2017

Liberal Hate Loses Again

The tax bill is not law yet, but I doubt Trump understands how that works. A reconciliation and final, single bill has to be arrived at before it goes to the president's desk for his signature. Amazing how the Democrats could not motivate the public to force a couple of Republicans to vote no on this horrible tax bill.

The country would be better off if Flynn had gotten off and the tax bill died. The vocal liberals were busy trying to convince the public how bad Trump is and spewing their hate about him, rather than telling them how to stop Trump's first attempt at serious legislation, which will be a disaster for years to come if it passes.

The Democrat's priority is spewing hate about Trump hoping that will motivate the public and the Congress to impeach Trump. Good luck with that. I'm sure the Democrats can whip up enough hate against Trump to get the vast majority of the public to want to impeach Trump, but that won't get Republican votes in Congress to vote to impeach Trump and if the liberals think spewing hate against Trump will get them those votes, they haven't been paying attention to what's going on. According to the public polls the public by majority don't like this tax bill, but the Republican Congress, as usual, could care less what the majority of Americans want.

The liberals couldn't get enough voters to hate and vote against Trump to override the gerrymandered edge the Republicans had during the election. And still today they cry about Clinton winning the popular vote, as if that is the way we have decided who wins the presidency for the last 218 years. The Constitution is clear about how one wins a presidential election.

That gerrymandered edge still sits with the Republicans for the next off year election and will be there during the next presidential election. This is a political party that has been pushing to cancel children's health care for a long time, accepting the deaths of thousands of children by that act. They are not going to stop supporting Trump until he loses the next election, or they lose majority in Congress and whatever vulgarity they have to swallow because of Trump, they will. Trump's public polls are dismal, but his Republican Congressional polls are still at 80%.

One would think it would be easy to generate enough hate against a pedophile to ensure that scum bag loses an election, but then along comes an opposition party member with his own sexual improprieties and along with a politically split public creates a false equivalency that creepy voters swallow and I wouldn't be surprised if the pedophile wins the election. So again, it seems the hate machine isn't going to work.

It seems Muller might be my only hope, so I will root for him and hope Trump won't fire him, which the Congressional Republicans will swallow, no matter what they have said before. I'll put my faith in the justice system instead of the liberals hate machine designed to move public opinion.

For multiple reasons of priority, I have not posted for a few months either about politics, or music. I'll continue to post mostly about music. Trump being president takes the interest out of politics, for me.

I'm sure my troll Dervish will be back with his death threats and thousands of vile emails, but he won't be allowed to bother serious commenters on this site. And I will tend not to publish comments from those who support and befriend Dervish and his public calls to assassinate the president of the United States, kill me, or attack others, as is his character and behavior.

There is lots of Christmas music posted from last Christmas. Check the archives from last December and enjoy,

Merry Christmas.

November 10, 2017

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham. The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound has led them to be cited as one of the progenitors of heavy metal, though their unique style drew from a wide variety of influences, including blues, psychedelia, and folk music.

                                                      The Battle for Evermore


                                                          Immigrant Song

October 5, 2017

Murder By Gun

Political assassination is nothing new in America, neither are nut jobs with guns killing for their peculiar reasons. Mass murderers are not new either, except there are more today because their weapons of choice can kill more people, faster. It's just a simple fact that a guy with a knife trying to kill as many people as he can in a crowd will be stopped before he kills 60 people, whereas, a guy with a rapid fire gun can do it, not moving and from far away making it 100 times harder to stop him.  

In the 1960's assassination by gun was the chosen method to eliminate leaders of all kinds of ideologies. Whether it was the president of the United States, the leader of the Civil Rights movement, a leader of Muslims, a racist ex-Governor, a presidential candidate, and many other kinds of leaders. I grew up knowing this was just an ugly part of the American character and certainly our history was full of murder and violence. Some of which (Native Americans) we claim is part of our growth that made us a great country.

There have always been nut jobs like Richard Speck, Charles Manson, Mark Chapman, and countless other killers. Speck of course, used a knife to kill eight nurses, but he is an exception, most killers choose a gun to do their killing. A gun is a quicker, more efficient weapon for killing, but some killers like Speck get off on the hands on bloody violence.

It's impossible to stop crime, that's why we need and will always need police and laws to protect us. Making laws to try and keep people safe is governments goal and responsibility. The fact that that effort is never 100% effective does not relieve us from the duty and responsibility to try and to make new laws to deter crime with preventative measures. It does become a balance between individual rights, freedom, and restraints on individual behavior for the good of the public's safety.

Of course it's politics. Political decisions made everyday cost, or save lives. We use to have a ban (AWB)  on certain guns, then we did not. Cuts on Medicare can kill. Threatening nuclear war will kill, even if that war never happens. Lowering highway speed limits saved lives, that's just a fact. Making stiffer penalties for drinking alcohol while driving did change people's habits and saved lives, that's just a fact.

Where is the concern for public safety, or even common sense when we allow people who have multiple convictions for drunk driving, to still drive? Why does the Republican majority allow people with proven mental problems have guns? Is it an infringement of a persons constitutional right to put a limit on the number of guns a person can own? Or to have background checks? Or to ban certain gun accessories? NO, it's not and the Supreme Court has already ruled on those questions, but the question should be will any law help prevent crime and/or deaths.

Common sense and the public's safety tells us we need more restrictions on guns; and today's society and behavior, is not comparable to the society and behavior of 250 years ago. Technology always brings with it new problems to deal with. Those who claim the founders would be shocked if we amended the 2nd amendment have to explain why the founders gave the constitution the process to be amended as part of the constitution.

I was convinced after the sniper at a Texas school campus killed at will and JFK was assassinated. I thought for sure 50 years later when 20 grade school kids were killed and these killings became common the American people would have had enough, I was wrong.

Maybe we can never stop a nut job like the guy in Las Vegas, but we can certainly give him less to kill with and save lives. Besides, he is not an example of the major gun problem in America. We can certainly save lives and that is our duty and responsibility. 

August 11, 2017

Moody Blues

The Moody Blues are one of my favorite bands. They have been around for over 50 years making great music. There is a lot to say about this band, but you should research that yourself. Here are a few of their songs. Check out their music.

                                                       The Story In Your Eyes

                                                                 You and Me


August 10, 2017

Bobby Darin

Bobby Darin (born Walden Robert Cassotto; May 14, 1936 – December 20, 1973). A multi-talented singer, actor, and musician. These are just two of his many big hits.

"Beyond the Sea" is a 1946 contemporary pop romantic love song by Jack Lawrence, with music taken from the song "La Mer" by Charles Trenet. It has been recorded by many artists, but Bobby Darin's version released in 1959 is the best known.

                                                             Beyond The Sea

"Mack the Knife" was introduced to the United States hit parade by Louis Armstrong in 1956, but the song is most closely associated with Bobby Darin, who recorded his version at Fulton Studios on West 40th Street, New York City, on December 19, 1958. Frank Sinatra, who recorded the song with Quincy Jones on his L.A. Is My Lady album, called Darin's the "definitive" version. Hundreds of artists have recorded the song.

                                                             Mack The Knife

August 9, 2017

Joan Armatrading

Joan Armatrading was born in 1950 in Basseterre on the Caribbean island of Saint Kitts, the third of six children. She left school at the age of 15 to support her family. Her mom bought her an inexpensive guitar and Joan taught herself how to play. In a career spanning 50 years she has many awards and is an MBE. In addition to her music career, in 2001, after five years of studying, Armatrading gained a BA (Hons) degree in History from the Open University, of which she is now a trustee. Here is one of her hits from 1976.

                                                            Down To Zero

August 8, 2017

Unchained Melody

"Unchained Melody" is a 1955 song with music by Alex North and lyrics by Hy Zaret.   It has since become a standard and one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century, most notably by the Righteous Brothers. According to the song's publishing administrator, over 1,500 recordings of "Unchained Melody" have been made by more than 670 artists, in multiple languages. By far, this 1965 recording by the Righteous Brothers is the most popular. The Righteous Brothers ( Bobby Hatfield and Bill Medley) had many great hits.

August 7, 2017

Lovers Concerto

                                                               The Toys
                                  Barbara Harris - Barbara Paritt - June Montiero

 "A Lover's Concerto" is a pop song, written by American songwriters Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell and recorded in 1965 by The Toys. Critic Dave Thompson wrote of the Toys' version, "Few records are this perfect."

August 6, 2017

John Williams - Yoda's Theme

                                                            John Williams
He learned from the masters of music and he is better than them. The amount and quality of music Mr. Williams has produced is astonishing. Just listening to his portfolio of music will give you a full course in music appreciation. 

August 5, 2017

Johnny Mathis

Johnny Mathis. A unique voice. The best of the romantic singers.
The song above is "Wonderful Wonderful." The song below is "It's Not For Me To Say." Mathis was the most popular singer of his time. A time when good singers were abundant.
His voice just fit romantic songs. I have to admit he is one of my favorites. You have to check out his music to have any appreciation for what music was in the 1950's and 1960's. Romance was the culture at the time. 

January 28, 2017

Who Will Fight?

Mrs. Clinton did not attend the woman's march , but she thanked them.
Sen. Warren voted for Dr. Ben Carson. A vote that cannot be defended.
Grass roots street protests with no input from Democratic leadership are happening everyday.
Democratic leadership has decided to pick and choose their fights with president Trump and the Republican majority. As I wrote before, this is a constant fight, not a situation where we can pick and choose our fights with the president, or the Republicans.
It's obvious the only way to stop Trump's actions is in the courts. Every order, every piece of legislation, every action must be confronted in a court of law.
Republicans could care less about legality and neither does the president. Much of what the president has already signed, is unconstitutional.
Immigration officials started arresting travelers today. Without Democratic leadership protesters started showing up at airports and civil liberty attorneys brought a demand of stopping that action. Trump's ban on immigration plan has been frozen by a judge, and that is a nationwide order. Legal action stopped Trump's unconstitutional order.
That's not the end of it, it only freezes actions until the court can have a full hearing on the matter.
Democrats are not pushing back against Trump's orders, or his nominees, or his legislative plans. Two Republicans are the loudest (McCain and Graham) protesters against Trump and the most public.
Good for the protesters! Bad for the Democratic leaders, again they are missing in action. I guess they are sitting somewhere drawing pictures of Trump as Hitler and using verbal hate towards Trump, which means nothing.
Get the lawyers ready to bring these unconstitutional presidential orders into a court. We cannot count on Democratic elected officials to do anything. They, like most of their supporters are to busy crying and spreading hate.

January 22, 2017

Networks Get Real

It was MSNBC that got Trump off to a good start at the beginning of the primaries. They gave Trump more air time than any other candidate. They would show Trump's full speeches but only show short clips of Clinton and hardly any of Sanders. This went on for months and MSNBC gave Trump 10 times the air time than FOX gave Trump.
Worse, MSNBC would not even call Trump a liar when he clearly lied. Apparently it was left up to the people to decide if Trump was lying, or not. That's horrible journalism. The public counts on reporters to tell us the true facts so we know who is lying, or who is not. Highlighting lies is not biased reporting. MSNBC would cancel their prime time shows just to get the ratings that went with airing Trump. That's when I gave up watching MSNBC, they were more interested in ratings than good reporting.
Then we had Wallace of FOX news say, it was not his job to discern the truth of the answers he got when asking the candidates questions. His father would be appalled. We report, you decide does not mean reporting lies that were proven lies. The whole media were nothing but ratings whores during the primaries and the election. Americans are easily swayed and all that extra air time on all the networks probably had as much to do with Trump winning, than anything else. I was disgusted by all the networks biased coverage of Trump.
So I was pleasantly surprised today when I got up to watch the Sunday news programs (FOX, MSNBC, and CBS) to see all the networks calling Trump a liar and putting it to the Trump spokespeople who were interviewed. The Trump spokespeople looked bad trying to evade the factual charges that Trump lied multiple times the day before.
Mr. Spicer (Trumps press spokesman) called an impromptu press conference and came out to blast the press about saying the public turnout for Trump's inauguration was much less than the turnout for Obama's inauguration. Mr. Spicer said, the public turnout for Trump's inauguration was the largest in history, period. A claim easily proven a lie. The pettiness of making that a big deal by the Trump administration, is typical, egotistical Trump.
Then there was Trump giving a speech at the CIA offices saying the CIA were his buddies, they are the greatest, he had their backs. After saying just a few days before that the intelligence community was like the Nazis. If the media had taken this tact with Trump during the primaries, I doubt Trump would have won.
Only Dervish is a worse liar than Trump. He still claims I'm pro Trump, laughable. Dervish will steal this post and post it under one of his many alter egos. He usually posts as TOM, then of course, lies and claims I'm TOM.      

January 18, 2017

Tommy James and the Shondells

The band formed in 1959 in Niles, Michigan, James (aka Tommy Jackson) was only 12 when he started playing gigs. James was labeled as a bubblegum pop artist, which he hated. So, he changed his style to psychedelic rock. In 1968 the band released "Crimson in Clover" and toured with Hubert Humphrey during his 1968 campaign against Richard Nixon, for president. Humphrey wrote the liner notes for the bands "Crimson in Clover" album. Nixon won and "Turn on, tune in, and drop out" became Timothy Leary's advice. So, drop one, or light one up and enjoy. 

                                                         Sweet Cherry Wine



January 8, 2017

Singin' In The Rain

"Singin' In the Rain" is a song with lyrics by Arthur Freed and music by Nacio Herb Brown, published in 1929.
The song "Singin' In the Rain" is a centerpiece of the musical film of the same name, Singin' in the Rain (1952).
AFI lists the 1952 movie as #10 on their all time movie list, and the song from the 1952 movie as sung by Gene Kelly #3 on their all time song from a movie list.
"Singin' in the Rain" was first performed by Doris Eaton Travis in the 1929 revue The Hollywood Music Box Revue. The song became a hit and was recorded by a number of artists.
By far, this version sung by Gene Kelly in the 1952 movie is the most popular version of the song. It's no wonder this is so popular given Kelly's dance routine and vocals.

In the famous dance sequence in which Gene Kelly sings the title song while spinning an umbrella, splashing through puddles and getting soaked to the skin, Kelly was sick with a 103 °F (39 °C) fever. A common myth is that Kelly managed to perform the entire song in one take, thanks to cameras placed at predetermined locations. However, this was not the case, as the filming of the sequence took place over 2–3 days.

January 2, 2017

A New Year

The leftist start the new year wallowing in their deluded negativity. The negativity gets deeper and deeper. From calling Trump Hitler to calling Trump the anti-Christ. Now they claim Mrs. Trump is a Russian spy. They are serious about this crap.
Dervish the criminal troll is a perfect example of the "sky is falling" Chicken Little bunch. Dervish is a self described pessimist, alcoholic, Christian who recently described his birthday as just being one more year closer to death. The leftist are in the grip of pessimism and negativity, which will help nothing in regards to stopping Trump and his policies.
If Trump is your enemy, know your enemy. Understand his thinking, his personality, and his motivations for that thinking and behavior. Of course he is dangerous, but name calling won't stop his behavior.
The Democrats are going to have to get some serious balls dealing with this demagogue and the rest of the Republicans. Your worst enemy might be Ryan, not Trump. Democrats already caved on miners health care, so I guess they could care less about fighting for health care. The first vote Ryan wants, is to rescind health care for 20 million people. Seems to me the miners health care was the place to start fighting Republicans on health care. How much suffering must we endure until the Democrats decide to fight back?
The Democrats have their feel happy negativity as the Republicans roll over them. We can certainly expect the worst from Trump, especially with the character of those he has chosen to run the government. He will get whatever he wants while the Democrats sit in a corner crying and name calling, like children.
The Democrats will have plenty of opportunity to show us what kind of fight they intend to put up. The conformation hearings for Trumps stooges will be very public. It's not about choosing when to fight, this will be a constant fight.
We have already allowed Republican "Voodoo Economics" to destroy the financial stability of future America, will we do the same for the future of our governments ability to serve the people?
Ryan worships at the alter of Ayn Rand's selfishness of the needs of man, which America proved wrong centuries ago. I guess we will have to go through the human suffering of the industrial age, just to learn the lessons we already learned. The people deserve that, because this is their decision, as it always has been.

"If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, 
it cannot save the few that are rich."
President Kennedy