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BitsBlog After Hours: George Howard Dancing in the Sun
2012-06-02 03:11:00
This is one of my all-time favorite tracks… George Howard’s Dancing in the Sun… the title track from the LP. It’s a tune I played a lot of when I was doing Jazz radio years ago. Recorded in 1986, we lost him a few years later… 1998… to colin cancer, I think it was. Sad. Would have loved going to see him. Still, we have his music… and what a better theme to start June with?
BitsBlog After Hours: Chuck Mangione – Hill Where The Lord Hides &nda
2012-06-01 01:17:00
Oh, wow.  I NEVER knew this film existed. I”ve raved for years about the “Friends and Love” concert, held 42 years ago this month, at the Eastman Theater in my home town of Rochester NY… what a concert… but never knew this film existed until about ten minutes ago. This was the concert that started Chuck Mangione’s career. He was invited to conduct the event and was basically given full rein on the affair.  He composed everything in the concert, arranged it.  And then performed it, in front of a standing room only crowd of around 3600 people.  That’s Chuck up front, of course. Steve Gadd on drums, Don Potter, who is, along with Bat McGrath, were a duo that were something of a Rochester legend on guitar, and of course, the? Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. GERRY NIEWOOD doing that fabulous solo, on his soprano saxophone, (Niewood was one of Chuck’s band that died trying to land at the Buffalo airport) as well as ...
Breaking Gas Or David Axelrod Goes to Beantown
2012-06-01 01:10:00
Heckled yes. shouted down, no.  from Alica M. Cohn, Hill: Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod was shouted down Thursday at an event in Boston that was staged to attack Mitt Romney’s record as governor of Massachusetts. Axelrod called the press conference to hammer home the Obama campaign’s critique of Romney’s time as governor, and brought along officials from around the state to reinforce the message. But the pro-Obama speakers had to shout to be heard over the “boos” from Romney supporters who showed up for the event. Holding “Obama Isn’t Working” and other pro-Romney signs, they blew bubbles at the stage and loudly chanted, “Where are the jobs?” and “broken record.” Video: David, if you can’t take the political heat, stay out of the political kitchen. David’s axe may be dull, like his boss’s mental faculties, but Axelrod was heard.  Not that he had much to say.
Snark of the Day: Moe Lane
2012-05-31 23:13:00
I wonder if David Axelrod’s found the mole, yet? Because it’s not precisely accidental that Axelrod got rhetorically ambushed today at his take-em-by-surprise press conference, while Mitt Romney did not. Moe Lane. Is the Obama campaign sinking.   I am not a big Mitt Romney fan.  Then who is?   However unlike John McLame in 2008,  Romney will go to the offensive, and unlike 2008, Obama has a record.
BitsBlog After Hours: Chris Rea : On The Beach
2012-05-31 03:04:00
Underplayed, this one is. Too pop for Jazz stations, I guess, and too Jazz for pop stations, even soft rockers. But it fits both, I’ve always thought.
Obama Just Isn’t Into Poles
2012-05-31 01:37:00
With the Obama administration, gaffes are not a bug but, rather feature, via Doug Powers @ Michelle Malkin: US President Barack Obama’s description of a Nazi German Holocaust site as a “Polish death camp” shocked Poland, whose leaders insist the record be set straight 67 years after World War II. Obama on Tuesday labeled the Nazi facility used to process Jews for extermination as a “Polish death camp.” The White House later said the president “misspoke” and expressed “regret”. Niles Gardner, Telegraph (UK) via Fausta: President Obama has a long track record of insulting the Poles. In 2010 he chose to play golf on the day of the funeral of the Polish President Lech Kaczynski, the Polish First Lady, and 94 senior officials who perished in the Smolensk air disaster. Eight months earlier he humiliated Warsaw by pulling out of the agreement over Third Site missile defence installations in Poland and the Czech Republic. It not a gaffe.   It is a pattern.
Unions are Only Part of the Issue
2012-05-30 18:52:00
Walter Russell Mead notes: Scott Walker’s union battles may be getting all the headlines at the moment, but far away in the Empire State a very different governor is getting into a battle of his own with the unions. Although Andrew Cuomo’s union fights have not been the sort of cage match as Gov Walker’s in Wisconsin, they’ve been pretty serious, especially for a state known for its liberal, pro-union politics. Cuomo’s early struggles involved reducing benefits for public sector unions and pushing for a tougher teacher evaluation process. The latest round of the union fight concerns delegate seats at September’s DNC meeting in Charlotte. Politico reports that during the last week, Cuomo removed the leaders of four of New York’s largest public-sector unions from their seats at the convention. Although three of the leaders were eventually reinstated, it was only after considerable wrangling by the unions and frantic calls to Cuomo’s office. Although the Governor denies...
Speedway Bomber, Brett Kimberlin Versus First Amendment
2012-05-30 12:31:00
Kimberlin versus Walker makes the traditional media.    Brett you are now a celebrity. Aaron Walker’s arrested explained, by David Hogberg, Investor’s Business Daily: Here’s what seems to have happened. Although Kimberlin’s first peace order against Walker was eventually thrown out on appeal, it appears that while it was in effect Walker wrote a blog post about Kimberlin. This triggered a Google Alert that Kimberlin had set up. Kimberlin filed criminal charges based on that, apparently claiming that constituted “contact.” The court apparently agreed, and Walker was arrested. As for why the judge ruled in favor of Kimberlin’s peace order, that’s easier to explain. First, Walker was clearly stressed and high-strung in court, and alienated Judge C.J. Vaughey. He repeatedly interrupted Vaughey, and by the end of the roughly 45-minute hearing Vaughey was clearly annoyed. Note to Judge Vaughn and other Internet challenged people, a Google Alert only appears in y...
BitsBlog Off Hours: Barry Goudreau – Dreams
2012-05-30 04:59:00
Even most Boston fans didn’t know about this one. Yes, that’s Brad Delp on vocals.
Lori Anne Madison, Age 6, Takes on National Spelling Bee
2012-05-30 02:53:00
I got a headache trying to sort out the details of the Speedway Bomber, ‘b/k/a Brett Kimberlin versus Aaron Walker.    So instead, feast on this,  sweet, cute, head strong, smart and only six years old, from Associated Press: Hat tip photo: ABC News McLEAN, Va. — At 6 years old, Lori Anne Madison is the youngest person ever to qualify for the National Spelling Bee. At a glance, she seems like a child that age: She talks at 100 mph and wears a T-shirt that says “Little Miss Sunshine” on it. But she can spell with the best of them, in this case kids twice her age already considered prodigies. The bee doesn’t have a lower age limit, but no one younger than 8 had ever qualified for the nationals. Spellers can compete until they’re 15, or until they’ve completed eighth grade. No one is expecting Lori Anne to win. But just being there is a unique accomplishment, and making it beyond the preliminaries on Tuesday and Wednesday would be another s...
Meghan McCain: A True Blond
2012-05-29 20:59:00
Meghan McCain whined in the Daily Beast: “Last week, I went on Al Sharpton’s MSNBC show PoliticsNation to talk about extremism in the Republican Party. As a socially liberal Republican, this happens to be a topic I know a lot about. On the show, I told Sharpton that many Republicans treat me like a freak, especially the extreme-right members of my party. I went on to say that I don’t understand the appeal of extreme bloggers such as Michelle Malkin and the late Andrew Breitbart. That’s all I said, but it only took a few hours before my comments were posted out of context on a variety of blogs that suggested I was viciously attacking Breitbart. My Twitter feed exploded with insults, including the suggestion that I should kill myself.” Hat tip and reax,  RS McCain: You seem to be under the delusion that you are entitled to demand respect from the honest people you insult, simply because your family is rich and your father is a senator. You are a stereotype of the spoiled li...
Wisconsin is Obama’s Coal Mine Canary: Democrats Giving Up on Recall
2012-05-29 15:55:00
Yeah, pretty much. Doug at OTB: The head of the Democratic National Committee doesn’t really seem all that concerned with the outcome of the Wisconsin Recall Elections: The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee said Friday that if Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) doesn’t prevail over Gov. Scott Walker (R) in next month’s Wisconsin recall election, there won’t be any ramifications for Democrats nationally. “I think, honestly, there aren’t going to be any repercussions,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said in a broad-ranging interview on C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers.” “It’s an election that’s based in Wisconsin. It’s an election that I think is important nationally because Scott Walker is an example of how extreme the tea party has been when it comes to the policies that they have pushed the Republicans to adopt,” Wasserman Schultz said. “But I think it’ll be, at the end of the day, a Wisconsin-based election, and like I said, across the res...
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Snark of the Day: Fausta
2012-05-29 13:40:00
Dear NYT, why ride a horse, when you can eat it? Fausta.
President Disrespects the American Fighting Man
2012-05-28 23:03:00
All sane men loathe war.   However some deluded lefties like Chris Hayes and Dim Won, a/k/a Dumbo, b/k/a Barack Obama not only hate war, they hate the men who fight our war, from Ben Geman, Hill: Obama honors troops, says ‘dark cloud’ from decade of war is lifting ... The speech comes on the first Memorial Day since the formal end of the Iraq war. “This Memorial Day we mark another milestone: for the first time in nine yeas American s are not fighting and dying in Iraq,” Obama said “We are winding down the war in Afghanistan and our troops will continue to come home,” he added. “After a decade under the dark cloud of war, we can see the light of a new day on the horizon.” Let me see if I get this, Dim Won implies that American Fighting Men are “dark cloud” and promises as president to avoid all all cost ever using American Fighting Men to darken any nation, and German, or his editors at Hill somehow assume that Dim Won was trying to honor American Figh...
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BitsBlog, Off Hours: The Amazing Rhythm Aces – Dancing the Night Away
2012-05-28 19:58:00
I stopped doing this some time ago, for reasons I’ve long since forgotten. Decided I should start sharing some music titles, and see what you folks think. This one is the Aces live in Concert in 2005, off a disk called “Alive in America”. It was originally off 1976′s “Too Stuffed to Jump”… the one with “Third Rate Romance” on it. Alas, I didn’t pay so much attention to the album because “Third Rate Romance” got overplayed so much.  I’ve started to attend some of those other tracks now, all these years later, and found this live track which actually I like better than the studio track.
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A Perspective on Memorial Day
2012-05-28 16:10:00
I want to speak briefly about Memorial day which is today. It’s always been a special day for me, because honoring our vets has always held special meaning for me; it’s a lesson my parents instilled very well, indeed. It was brought home to me, as I was recently looking at pictures from a trip we made through the Gettysburg PA area some years ago. It’s a particularly meaningful thing, when you’re standing on that field…. Something that goes well beyond the cold facts and figures about who died from what company, how old they were, or even where they were from. It’s more a feeling you get…. You can sense it… not unlike being at Ground Zero in lower Manhattan, or visiting Arlington National Cemetery. I’m told Omaha Beach, and Pearl Harbor and many other sites are the same way. I’ve been at the funerals of firemen and policemen who died in their line of duty, and that was also remarkably similar. In each case, we’re dealing with places and concepts of death. But d...
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Snark of the Day: David Swindle
2012-05-28 13:02:00
Memo to Meghan McCain: Al Sharpton is an Antisemite With Blood on His Hands David Swindle, PJ Tattler.
Chris Hayes: Soft on Freedom And Soft in the Head
2012-05-28 12:33:00
video: Reax, Daley Gator: Chris Hayes epitomizes the definition of educated beyond one’s hat size I like to say that people who are, while educated, lacking in real wisdom, are educated beyond their hat size. What I mean is that they do not possess the ability to apply their education to the real world. They are, at times, lacking common sense, and do not, apparently have the capacity to accept simple truths. These people are too enamored with nuance. I have worked with such people. Yes they are intelligent, well educated, but they can never seem to grasp that the solution to a problem, or the answer to a question might be the simplest one available. Maybe to them, simple always equals stupid. Their addiction to over thinking and over analyzing everything prevents them from accepting that some things just are what they are. Mr. Hayes, better people than you risk their lives so that you can spout your pathetic dribble. These people are better than you. Why does it pain you so much...
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Look in the Mirror Reverend Al
2012-05-28 03:18:00
The Reverend Al Sharpton, uttered: AL SHARPTON (36:58): It seems like they [Republicans] act as though, some wiping out of people, some of the right-wing, is all right, it’s not all right to do to any innocent people. If you had war and people that’s one thing, but to wipe out innocent people just because of who they are like what was done in Hitler’s Germany or what was done to Native Americans is not justifiable. video: Hat tip and reax, Rick Moran, American Thnker: It isn’t so much that Sharpton is a radical racialist and a bigot to boot. America is full of these clowns and we’ve come to expect Sharpton to show up anywhere he can get publicity and make outrageous statements. The problem is that he is a prominent figure in the Democratic party. The Democrats complain about their unpopularity with white voters – attributing opposition to racism – while allowing bomb throwers like Sharpton to maintain a high profile at party functions and o...
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Etan Patz: Rest in Peace (age 6)
2012-05-27 01:36:00
From William A. Jacobson, Legal Insurrection: Arrest in Etan Patz murder A bittersweet update to my prior post about Etan Patz. Who knows if this is the real killer. I guess we’ll find out as more evidence comes out. Hopefully the family will have the closure not only of a conviction, but of being able to bury Etan properly. No body, and a dying suspect with questionable mental stability.
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Today is Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day, Or Brett’s Got a Hornet By t
2012-05-25 16:54:00
Karen pulls herself away from her kid’s Little League games long enough to do her patriotic duty and blog about the Speedway Bomber, b/k/a Brett Kimberlin, from Lonely Conservative: Speedway Bomber Brett Kimberlin Poked a Bees Nest Brett Kimberlin, aka The Speedway Bomber,  is not a nice man. He’s on a mission to go after any blogger who dares to speak the truth about him. He doesn’t want anyone writing about his sordid past, or his ties to liberal groups and “charitable” foundations that send his “non-profit” businesses money. Many people lust for fame. Alas, Kimberlin appears not to want to be famous, but he is any how. Addendum:   It is apparent, at least to me, why the old media is so often called the Lame Stream Media, from Big Hollywood: A Breitbart News investigation has revealed that many of the funders of the Justice Through Music Project (JTMP), a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization of which convicted “Speedway bomber” Brett Kimberlin is a director, do...
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Robert Riech: Dumb to the Bone
2012-05-25 01:42:00
Given, the time, any decent electronic type, could build a volt meter. Why, because a volt has been defined. In order to measure something, it first must be defined. You could not build a meter for a gasoline pump, if the volume of a gallon were not define. Yet Robert Riech, for reasons unknown to the science of economics insists that somehow fairness is essential to an economic recover, from Puffington Post: The Cory Booker imbroglio has ignited a silly but potentially pernicious debate in the Democratic Party between so-called “pro-growth centrists” who want the president to focus on how well he’s done getting the economy back on its feet after the Bush administration almost knocked it out, and “pro-fairness populists” who want him to focus on the nation’s widening inequality and Wall Street’s (and Romney’s) continuing role in generating profits for a few at the expense of almost everyone else ... Translated into presidential polit...
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Larry Flynt Libels Woman, NAG Stand Mute
2012-05-25 01:08:00
The National Association of Gals, the NAG’s has a mighty selective sensitivity to women’s issue. No news in that. Well at least the girls of the View has some sense of decency, from Byran Preston, Pj Tatler: S.E. Cupp appeared on The View today to discuss the Hustler fake explicit photoshop of her. Here’s the video, from which there are two pieces of actual news. One, the only conservative on The View, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, called up the National Organization of Women to get a statement or reaction from them. They didn’t take her call and haven’t said boo about this disgusting attack yet. Video: No film expected at Eleven.
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The Audacity of a Dope
2012-05-23 01:45:00
Some bitter clingers continue to cling to cherished liberal myth fable that some how Barack Obama is supposed possess an intelligence somewhat  above average.  That is an opinion of President Fifty-Seven States that I neither share nor even respect. Charles C. Johnson boldly go where no liberal dare tread, from Big Hollywood: In his autobiography, Dreams from My Father, Barack Obama describes himself as an unfocused high school student whose mother scolded him for being a “loafer” (142). He describes his attitude toward his studies at Occidental as “indifferent” (146), calling himself a “bum” who abused drugs (138) and who was notorious for partying all weekend (165). That has raised questions about how Obama earned a place at Columbia in 1981, paving the way to Harvard Law and beyond. Indeed, like much else in his biography, Obama seems to have fictionalized the process through which he gained admission to Columbia. Obama writes in Dreams: “[W]hen I he...
Rasmussen: 64% Prefer a Government With Fewer Services And Lower Taxes
2012-05-22 19:24:00
Says the polling firm: Most voters continue to prefer a more hands-off government in return for lower taxes. A new  Reports national telephone survey finds that 64% of Likely U.S. Voters prefer a government with fewer services and lower taxes over one with more services and higher taxes. That’s unchanged from last month and consistent with findings in regular surveys since late 2006. Just 25% prefer a government with more services. Eleven percent (11%) are not sure which size government they prefer. (To see survey question wording, click here.) So does anyone still think Obama would lose to a real conservative, assuming the GOP had the actual courage to run one in a Presidential race? How this will play in a race between socialist and liberal lite, remains a question, however.
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Stallking Fauxasquawa, Or Real Cherokee Dogs Lizzy Warren
2012-05-22 13:18:00
Twilla Barnes, Thoughts from Polly’s Granddaughter: What Elizabeth Warren Should Have Said Even though the questions on her ancestry won’t go away, Elizabeth Warren continues to ignore the fact that this is an issue that we would like her to address. I guess we Cherokees, the very people she falsely claimed to be, don’t really matter to her unless she can use us to get what she wants out of life. I have thought about what she needed to say to end this matter. I wondered if she could end this and manage to get out of it gracefully and with some dignity intact. I believe she could have, had she have dealt with this immediately, but she didn’t Hat tip:  William A. Jacobson, Legal Insurrection.
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Tanya Dixon-Neely: Jerk of the Day
2012-05-21 21:27:00
I do not have respect the so-called anti-bullying  movement   They are liars and hypocrites.   One Tanya Dixon -Neely took offense at Mitt Romney alleged bulling some fifty years ago which was created out whole cloth by the Washington Post   Yet the same Dixon-Neely professes ignorance, of which has in vast supply of Barack Obama’s admitted bullying cited in Bill Ayer’s best selling book “Dreams of My Father.   Then Ms Dixon-Neely attempted to bully her students who question her liberal hogwash,  from Headmistress, Common Room: Tanya Dixon-Neely’s classroom at North Rowan High School is apparently no place for students who want to gain an actual education. Headmistress adds: Furthermore, whether the student knew he was pushing her hot buttons or not- and I agree he did, she shouldn’t have such easily pushed hot buttons about anything, but especially not about politics, and certainly her heart is on her sleeve when it comes to her man Obama- whi...
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The Democrats, Eduardo Saverin, And What These Show Us.
2012-05-21 17:53:00
Over at OTB, we find Doug opining:   Two Democratic Senators have introduced legislation that seems designed solely to punish people like Facebook’s Eduardo Saverin: Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin recently relinquished his U.S. citizenship just ahead of Facebook’s massive initial public offering. But if Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer has anything to do with it, as the senator said today, “Mr. Saverin’s social network is about to get a lot smaller.” The 30-year-old entrepreneur, whose shares in Facebook are expected to be worth around $3 billion after the social network goes public on Friday, is now residing in Singapore. Conveniently, Singapore does not have capital gains taxes, so his move could save Saverin anywhere from $67 million to $100 million in U.S. taxes. Presuming that Saverin moved to avoid paying taxes, Schumer and Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania on Thursday unveiled legislation to stop what they called a “despicable trend.” Under their ...
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Robert Reich, Comes Up Short
2012-05-21 13:25:00
from Robert Reich, San Francisco Chronicle: Wall Street’s immorality crux of crisis Some want the 2012 election to be about regulating America’s bedrooms. But it really ought to be about regulating the nation’s boardrooms. Let me translate Riech speak into plain English. When Riech says some, he means imaginary voices in his head.   Proof, while Reich babbles about opposing same-sex marriage or limitations on abortion, Reich cites no example where any republican, or anybody  has proposed any limitation on what any activity in either Sandra Fluke’s bed room or Dan Savage’s  tea room.  I simply do care what Fluke or Savage do in their respective bed rooms, nor to care to have to forced to pay for it either.   I don’t oppose t heir bed room activity.  I do oppose their bed room activity as an excuse to raid my wallet. More Reich: We’re in trouble because CEOs are collecting exorbitant pay while slicing the pay of average workers, becaus...
Splattering Media Splatters
2012-05-21 01:30:00
Media Splatters attempts take to take down Roger L. Simon, from PJ Tattler: The Palace Guards over at MediaMatters are taking nasty swipes at me this morning — “Right-Wing Media’s Latest Embarrassment: Obama Lied About Birthplace to Get Ahead.“ I suppose that’s to be expected when Rush Limbaugh quotes your article (“The Mystery of the Kenyan Birth“) on his show. What’s amusing is that the MM crew takes at face value the assertion by Obama’s agents that the “born in Kenya” statement at the top of Barack’s biography was just a 1991 mistake that for some reason went unnoticed until 2007, although numerous other entries in the same pamphlet had been updated. (The literary agency, Acton & Dystel, has explained that the “born in Kenya” line “was nothing more than a fact checking error.”) Hello?  Are you kidding?  In my informal poll of several authors of numerous books in the last day or two, not a single one of them had ever heard of such a thing ...
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