Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Della Mae doing the old Bill Monroe standard The Road to Columbus. Sure wish they'd enlist a banjo player, but it's hard to argue with success, eh ? Just sayin'.

Celia Woodsmith - vocals, guitar; Kimber Ludiker - fiddle, vocals; Jenni Lyn Gardner - mandolin, vocals; Courtney Hartman, guitar, and Amanda Kowalski - bass

Monday, October 20, 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Okay .. back to the regular stuff. But I will repeat Chris Thile. Appearing here with Michael Daves doing two fiddle tunes; Salt Creek and Wheel Hoss

Monday, October 13, 2014

Geography Div (Breakup subsection)

Given all the tumult and hoo-haw in the former Soviet Union or Russia or Vladamiristan or whatever you want to call it, here's what a Russian professor predicts what will happen when the Republicans, the Tea Party, Wall Street and the Koch Brothers are done looting this place:

Saturday, October 11, 2014

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Classical a bit off topic Genius subsection)

I've featured Chris Thile here a couple of times with the Punch Brothers, but he's truly a multi-dimensional musician. As a MacArthur "Genius" Grant winner in 2012, he embarked on the project to render the Bach Sonatas on the mandolin. It's long, but the music and its performance is worth the watch.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Geography Div (Internet access subsection)

If you're reading this, the map doesn't apply to you, eh ? One would think in the country that always applauds itself as #1 it would be better ……. ah well, there's always the healthcare industry.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

The Bankesters,  a mostly family group from Carbondale, IL doing Cups (When I'm Gone).

Alysha Bankester - Mandolin, Emily Bankester - Lead Vocal, Melissa Triplett - Bass,
Kyle Triplett - Banjo, Dorene Bankester - Guitar and Phil Bankester - Guitar

Monday, September 29, 2014

Geography Div (Public Transport Subsection)

A while back, I treated the US Interstate highway system as if it was the London Underground (and it keeps getting numerous hits - and I can't figure out why).
What if we took a map of the world and  ............

Saturday, September 27, 2014

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Computer Frustration subsection)

A fun song on a contemporary subject by Tim O'Brien.
From the album Cornbread Nation: Running Out of Memory for You.
Sorry, no info on the various accompanying artists.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Fear Div

"Be afwaid, be vewey afwaid." e. fudd

Everywhere I drive lately, I'm subjected to the "voice of doom" heralding the latest in "the WAR with ISIS"
So much is being made of the "we got to stop them over there so we don't have to stop them here"meme that I'm wondering why it is that I'm not scared to death and afraid to leave the house.
I think agree with Bill Maher's assessment of the situation.
Most people in this country have no idea of what real terrorism is like.

In 1982, I passed the bandstand in Regent's Park  in London five minutes before the bomb planted by the IRA exploded killing seven members of the band of the Royal Greenjackets. Believe me, for the remainder of my nearly six years in England, my head was on a swivel and things that seemed out of place readily drew my attention.

In 2002, the area surrounding the Great White Theme Park was paralyzed by two men with a rifle for three weeks. People were literally afraid to get gasoline or go outside. To put it bluntly, they were terrorized.


 noun \ˈter-ər, ˈte-rər\
: a very strong feeling of fear
: something that causes very strong feelings of fear : something that is terrifying
: violence that is committed by a person, group, or government in order to frighten people and achieve a political goal

As one can see, terror is both a tactic and a thing - often simultaneous.
Now the Muslim crazies in the Middle East are calling for Muslims everywhere to rise up and kill non-Muslims. C'mon folks...... just how far do you think this would go ? The first time it happens, every mosque within a 50 mile radius of the event will be destroyed and there will be a bloodbath that probably won't work out too well for those followers of Islam .......  and anyone else who happens to look just a little bit different (Sikhs, Hindus, Hari Krishnas and the guy mowing your lawn). Oh well, at least our police are well equipped.

Now, we're being sucked back into the same sandbox where we spent so much blood and treasure introducing the Iraqis to democracy and training them to take care of and defend their own sovereignty. Our training (as military training everywhere does) probably consisted of a good deal of running - which seems to be the only thing the Iraqi troops and their officers seem to have absorbed. I guess maybe throwing (as in "away") probably was learned  also. The people we are so intent on training and helping can't even to stay put HERE.

I have yet to hear any member of any political party mention just how we're going to pay for any of this. I remember LBJ's surtax to help pay for Vietnam, and the Saudis and Kuwaitis kicking a few bucks for Bush the First's New World Order campaign, but so far .....  zilch, nada, bupkis.
I'm sure that somehow President Obama is going to be blamed for whatever happens (win, lose or draw) and the Tea Party will scream about the deficit. There appears to be a lot of political advantage to be garnered.

I'm just sick of hearing the phrases "boots on the ground" and "the Homeland."

Every time I hear some safe, political suit or Flag Officer say "homeland," the only pictures I can conjure up are of the Nuremberg rallies or the May Day parades.

What have we become ?
We have plenty to fear, but these ISIS jamokes are so far down the list that they are barely visible.

Just Sayin'