Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Monday, July 24, 2017

GEOGRAPHY DIV (judgmentally orange)

Well, we're six months into our National Disgrace. So what's that idiot really think of us ??

Saturday, July 22, 2017

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Last week I featured Ned Luberecki doing some jazz. Here he is with the Becky Buller Band doing some fine melodic banjo on The Temperance Reel.

Becky Buller, Fiddle, Dan Boner, Mandolin & Fiddle, Brandon Bostic, Guitar, Daniel Hardin, Bass
and Ned Luberecki, Banjo

Bad Headlines Div

From this morning's Rapid City Journal .....

... and you thought the Trump ban was severe !!

Friday, July 21, 2017

... and the hits just keep on a happenin' Div *** Updated

Well, the press is running amok with the news of Lyin' Sean Spicer's departure amidst all the intrigue within the Cirque de Trumpie.

The preznit in chief is currently flailing around demeaning his chosen Attorney General, grand wizard Jeff Sessions for adhering to the law and recusing himself from any investigation of the orange wonder's campaign as an agent of the Russian government. Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post writes that he really doesn't deserve any sympathy I have to concur. If Gentleman Jeff is looking for sympathy, he can find it in the dictionary between "Shit" and "Syphllis" as far as I'm concerned.

Prez donnie sez that if Jeffie was going to recuse himself then he never would have been appointed. Get a grip don Donald, if he hadn't been appointed, he wouldn't of lied about his contacts with the Russians and would never of had to recuse himself. He'd still be in the Senate doing his damage there. Instead, he's in the DOJ wreaking havoc on all the progress we've made in the past eight years in civil rights, criminal justice, voting rights, equal opportunity and you name it. Here we go, back to the eighties -- the eighteen eighties !!

Seems strange that everyone touched by the orange menace develops the stink of corruption.

How long O Lord ...........

*** Update: Seems that Mr Jeff did more than what he told the Senate while working on the campaign to get Mr Stoopid elected by/for Russia.
Could it be that now we have a  sitting Attorney General who is one of the objects of the investigation by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller ??

Monday, July 17, 2017

Saturday, July 15, 2017

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Dave Brubeck subsection)

Ned Luberecki has left Chris Jones and the Night Drivers and now plays with the Becky Buller Band.  He's recently released a solo album, appropriately titled Take Five, which features this classic Brubeck number. Here's an older version from 2008 featuring (L-R) Bill Keith, Ned and Gerald Jones.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Mark O' Connor's recently formed, Grammy winning,  band doing the old Bill Monroe classic Jerusalem Ridge.

 Mark O'connor - Fiddle, Maggie O'Connor - Fiddle, Forrest O'Connor - mandolin, Kate Lee - Fiddle, Joe Smart - Guitar and Geoff Saunders - Bass.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Special to the Geography Div (Holiday subsection)

Well, they really went ahead and did it, eh ? No, No. Not the stupidity that has gotten us into the mess we're in today, but what started it all long ago. It's a shame how many of our citizens don't realize what today's all about.

Notice any differences ??

Monday, July 3, 2017

Geography Div (now that you're done with pron subsection)

Summer reading. Go to the library -- the most useful building and institution in your community, and check something out !! ... and if you live somewhere special, get one of these.

h/t minibear JS

Saturday, July 1, 2017

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Well, here it is July -- 2017 half over. Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen doing the late John Stewart's  July, You're a Woman.

Dirty Kitchen: Frank Solivan - Mandolin, Lead Vocal, Chris Luquette - Guitar, Mike Munford - Banjo and Danny Booth - Bass.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Geography Div (mor spelin subsection)

I don't think they are concerned about the spelling, eh ?
These Are The Most Misspelled Search Terms On Pornhub By State.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Breakup subsection)

Ah well, June is rapidly running out ...... and, some marriages alas, do too
 The Cedar Hill Band - from the Atlanta area (ten years ago) doing You Stomped On My Heart -
written and originally performed by the late John Denver.

Can't find any info on band composition at that time. However, current make-up is:
  • Jim Duck Adkins (banjo), Bob MacIsaac (guitar), David Ellis (mandolin, fiddle, Dobro™), Jerry Zee (electric bass.)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Special to the Geography Div (Hope you're healthy or rich subsection)

A wonderful interactive graphic on the number of folks to be impacted by the proposed republican
health care/tax cut plan. Heaven knows how much worse the Senate will make it.
Check it out.

My letter to the ones who claim to represent me:

As the attempt to repeal the ACA staggers secretly to a vote in the US Senate, I implore you to not let this abomination of a bill passed by the House, (passed without any consideration to its consequences, and unread by many members), come to a vote without adherence to normal Senate procedure -- committee hearings, debate and amendment.
Should this happen, and should you allow this to happen, please sell your home, move to trumpistan (or Kentucky) where your obvious allegiance lies and place your head between your legs or in the sand whichever you find more comfortable.
Please do not return to South Dakota. You will have proven yourself to be not only a disgrace as a US Senator but also as a supposed "representative" of this state.
You will have betrayed us and your solemn duty -- you will no longer be welcome here.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (matrimonial subsection)

Still June, so what would a wedding be without a little Foggy Mountain Breakdown ??

No idea of who, when, or where,

Monday, June 12, 2017

Saturday, June 10, 2017

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Roy Orbison subsection)

Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen doing Roy Orbison' timeless hit Pretty Woman.
It's still June, and you wouldn't want to marry an ugly woman, would you ?

Frank Solivan - Lead Vocal and Mandolin, Mike Munford - Banjo, Chris Luquette - Guitar and
Danny Booth - Bass.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Saturday, June 3, 2017

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Matrimonial subsection)

Well, June is traditionally the month for weddings, eh ? Here's something a bit different from the Dutch group Red Herring.

John Lawless from Bluegrass Today gives it this write-up:
We all know the term red herring to mean a diversion or distraction; something to throw us off a scent. It’s an old expression, often used in argument, to describe an attempt to deflect your attention.
But it’s also the name of a fine folk/bluegrass group from the Netherlands, based in the South Holland city of Rotterdam. This Red Herring is a four piece band based on the singing of Loes van Schaijk, who also plays bass with the group. Accompanying her are Arthur Deighton on mandolin and guitar, Joram Peeters on fiddle and mandolin, and Paul van Vlodrop on banjo and mandolin.
As a prelude to their next album, Here To Distract You, they have released a clever animated video set to one of the tracks on the record. The song is Wedding Dress, sung a capella in the bluegrass Gospel quartet style, through it is a secular number.
Agnes Loonstra created the video, and also designed and illustrated the matching album artwork

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Memorial Day -- again Div

Once again, it was yesterday or tomorrow or whatever. To me, Memorial Day will ALWAYS fall on the 30th of May

So, I hope you remembered one who once wore the uniform and has now passed. I know I do, but then again with me, it's a daily occurrence.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

The Boxcars doing Head Over Heels In Love With You, recorded in 2012.

 John R. Bowman on fiddle, banjo, guitar and vocals 
• Keith Garrett on guitar and vocals  
• Harold Nixon on bass  
• Adam Steffey on mandolin and vocals 
• Ron Stewart on banjo, fiddle and vocals

Monday, May 22, 2017

Geography Div (You Deserve a break today subsection)

Last Monday, in 1940, the first McDonald's opened in San Bernardino California. I'm not sure if we should mourn or celebrate, but it sure has spread out, eh ?

Saturday, May 20, 2017

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

The Bluegrass Album Band doing the Bill Monroe standard Cheyenne. 
That's where we'll be tonite; and I'll be listening to ladies barbershop harmony at the Sweet Adelines' Regional Competition. Miz Judy's chorus will be competing and I'm wishing them luck.

Tony Rice - Guitar, J.D. Crowe - Banjo, Doyle Lawson  Mandolin , Jerry Douglas - Dobro, Bobby Hicks - Fiddle, 
and Mark Shatz - Bass 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Geography Div (Health Coverage -- Lizard People subsection)

So, you're happy that "Obamacare" is on it's way out  .......... Happy now ??

Good interactive active maps -- per above link.. (I usually put up the maps themselves, but couldn't figure out how to get this in).

H/T Jenny -- Dakota Free Press - - Apprentice MiniBear status conferred

Saturday, May 13, 2017

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Lexington, KY based NewTown doing Rounder

Kati Penn - Fiddle, Jr Williams - Banjo, Travis Anderson - Bass, Mitchell Cannon - Mandolin
and Hayes Griffin - Guitar.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Geography Div (Have a Real Beer subsection)

Thank whatever that the "Craft brewing" industry is finally gaining a foothold.

H/T - - MiniBear JS

Saturday, May 6, 2017

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass div

The Seldom Scene from 1975's Live at the Cellar Door album doing a parody of the Jimmy Martin classic Hit Parade of Love.

The Seldom Scene (the original):

Monday, May 1, 2017

Geography Div (Google subsection - again)

There doesn't seem to be any end to the various categories  that may arise -- oh well (though I don't know anyone that is interested in exploding kittens!).

H/T minibear JS

Saturday, April 29, 2017

A Little Saturday Nie Bluegrass Div (Broadway Show Subsection)

Bobby Osborne doing They Call the Wind Maria, the Lerner and Lowe song from Paint Your Wagon (you just gotta picture Clint Eastwood performing this in the film).

. He’s assisted by Sierra Hull on mandolin, Stuart Duncan on fiddle, Alison Brown on banjo, Trey Hensley on guitar, and Todd Phillips on bass. Jim Lauderdale and David Mayfield sang harmony. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Occasional Mid-Week Molly

Seems that secession is still alive and well down there in the Confederate Republic of Alabama.
Don't like that integration demanded by Brown vs Board of Education ? Fine, secede from the existing district to ensure yours is pure.  Simple, eh ?? No blah people, no problem,

• I believe all Southern liberals come from the same starting point -- race. Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything. 
- -  Molly Ivins

... and this ..........

• If you grew up white before the civil rights movement anywhere in the South, all grown-ups lied. They'd tell you stuff like, "Don't drink out of the colored fountain, dear, it's dirty." In the white part of town, the white fountain was always covered with chewing gum and the marks of grubby kids' paws, and the colored fountain was always clean. Children can be horribly logical.     -- Molly Ivins

Egads, how far we've come.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

I heard this song a few weeks ago and loved the words and sentiment. Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers doing All Dressed Up.

The Radio Ramblers: Joe Mullins - Banjo, Mike Terry - Mandolin, Jason Barie - Fiddle, Duane
Sparks - Guitar and Randy Barnes - Bass

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Special to the Geography Div (Does we know which way to go? subsection)

Seems that when Kim Il Don ordered that "massive armada" (Really big ships and lots of them, really yuge) to go threaten that other Kim in North Korea, the task force left Singapore and immediately sailed south through the Sunda Strait. Go figure.

The Sunda Strait is that narrow gap near Jakarta at the bottom of the map. North Korea is at the top.
Maybe the plan is to circumnavigate the globe via the poles (passage will be easy, global warming and all that, eh ?

Going Peacefully and Hopefully. Div (Obit subsection)

What more can one say ...............

Michael Garland Elliott (1941 - 2017)


Michael Garland Elliott
July 21, 1941 - April 6, 2017
Michael Garland Elliott passed away peacefully, April 6, 2017, surrounded by people who loved him dearly and cared for him selflessly during the last months of his life. He was born in Charlottesville, Va., in either 1940 or 1941 (he honestly didn't know!), and attended Lane High School, where he shined on the basketball court. After college at University of Virginia, he moved to Long Beach, Calif., where, among other things, he joined a semi-pro basketball team that toured the country playing exhibition games, dressed as women. At such times Mike was called Skaggy Maggie and continued round-ball domination, albeit with a different uniform. 
Mike was a Porsche enthusiast, owning a dozen of them over the years, but nothing touched his heart like "the ancient game," golf. He was a founding member of The Reserve and spent countless weekends doing what he loved most with like-minded friends. He was very passionate about the game. One time (that we know of) he was angered by an errant shot and threw his club into a tree. Eventually every club in his bag was in that tree. Mike's health had declined over the past decade, and when he was no longer able to golf he accepted it with grace and humor, and threw things at the TV instead. Mike was also the sharpest dresser in town, single-handedly keeping Nike's apparel wing in the black.
Though Mike had no family remaining, he stayed close to the people he'd worked with in the plastics industry, especially Danny Velansky and Sean O'Brian, who was by his side at the end. Also present were Larry Smith, Judy Wiley, lovely neighbors Russ, Sandy and Garrett, and his devoted caregivers Alisha Alex, Sara Young and Leslie Kampmann, angels in human form. No patient ever, ever had more loving care.
Mike ran out of family long ago and is survived by his ex-wife and best friend, Teresa Elliott. Though their marriage ran aground, their friendship only grew stronger and hers was the last voice Mike heard. And the last thing she said to him was "Donald Trump has been impeached." Upon hearing that he took his final, gentle breath, his earthly work concluded. Mike will be forever missed but never forgotten. A proper memorial is planned for August.
Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
Published in The Oregonian from Apr. 11 to Apr. 16, 2017
Sign Guest Book

Monday, April 17, 2017

Saturday, April 15, 2017

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

The Virginia Luthiers doing one of my favorites, Temperance Reel. Drink Up !!

Wayne Henderson, Guitar
Spencer Strickland, Mandolin
Gerald Anderson, Bass
Tyler Andal, Fiddle

Saturday, April 8, 2017

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Tribute subsection)

Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen doing a tribute to banjo pioneer Bill Keith

Dirty Kitchen: Mike Munford-banjo, Frank Solivan-fiddle, Chris Luquette-guitar, Danny Booth-bass - October 24, 2015
  • Category

Yeeee Haaaw Div (Cruise Missile subsection)

Kim Il Don is being lauded as "Presidential" by many in the media for his directed strike on a Syrian airfield.  I'll let Dan Rather speak for me on the subject:

The President of the United States is the Commander in Chief. It is an awesome responsibility. Committing the use of force and American men and women in uniform is about as serious as it gets. But the truly great presidents understand that knowing when NOT to act is as important as knowing when to act. 
It is a whole lot easier starting wars than finishing them. And there are many historical examples of where a promise of limited engagement quickly metastasized into something much bigger. 
There is a tendency to rally around the flag, and a President who takes on a war footing can see a boost of support. It is often transitory. There are arguments to be made that President Assad in Syria has crossed a line that demands U.S. military interference. Whether this should have been a unilateral action is something we all must consider. Whether President Trump has a plan for what comes next must be debated. Whether there is a coherence to this missile strike fitting into a larger foreign policy strategy is a question that should give us all pause. 
The role of the press is to ask hard questions. There is ample evidence that this Administration needs to face deep scrutiny. The lies we have heard, the chaos in governance, and the looming questions about ties with Russia - itself a major player in Syria - demand that the press treat this latest action with healthy skepticism. Perhaps it was the right thing to do. Perhaps a strong and wise policy will emerge. But that judgement is still definitely hanging in the balance. 
The number of members of the press who have lauded the actions last night as "presidential" is concerning. War must never be considered a public relations operation. It is not a way for an Administration to gain a narrative. It is a step into a dangerous unknown and its full impact is impossible to predict, especially in the immediate wake of the first strike.

Monday, April 3, 2017

This morning's Los Angeles Times printed the first of four editorials on the "train wreck" called the Trump Presidency.

Part of the article listed what seem to be his good points:
1Trump’s shocking lack of respect for those fundamental rules and institutions on which our government is based. Since Jan. 20, he has repeatedly disparaged and challenged those entities that have threatened his agenda, stoking public distrust of essential institutions in a way that undermines faith in American democracy. He has questioned the qualifications of judges and the integrity of their decisions, rather than acknowledging that even the president must submit to the rule of law. He has clashed with his own intelligence agencies, demeaned government workers and questioned the credibility of the electoral system and the Federal Reserve. He has lashed out at journalists, declaring them “enemies of the people,” rather than defending the importance of a critical, independent free press. His contempt for the rule of law and the norms of government are palpable.
2His utter lack of regard for truth. Whether it is the easily disprovable boasts about the size of his inauguration crowd or his unsubstantiated assertion that Barack Obama bugged Trump Tower, the new president regularly muddies the waters of fact and fiction. It’s difficult to know whether he actually can’t distinguish the real from the unreal — or whether he intentionally conflates the two to befuddle voters, deflect criticism and undermine the very idea of objective truth. Whatever the explanation, he is encouraging Americans to reject facts, to disrespect science, documents, nonpartisanship and the mainstream media — and instead to simply take positions on the basis of ideology and preconceived notions. This is a recipe for a divided country in which differences grow deeper and rational compromise becomes impossible.
3His scary willingness to repeat alt-right conspiracy theories, racist memes and crackpot, out-of-the-mainstream ideas. Again, it is not clear whether he believes them or merely uses them. But to cling to disproven “alternative” facts; to retweet racists; to make unverifiable or false statements about rigged elections and fraudulent voters; to buy into discredited conspiracy theories first floated on fringe websites and in supermarket tabloids — these are all of a piece with the Barack Obama birther claptrap that Trump was peddling years ago and which brought him to political prominence. It is deeply alarming that a president would lend the credibility of his office to ideas that have been rightly rejected by politicians from both major political parties.

The highlighted link contains the links to the other three parts (today, tomorrow and Wednesday. Enjoy .... 

Geography Div (Giddy up subsection)

You think the mail is slow today ?? Well, today in 1860, if you posted a letter in St. Joseph, MO it would (hopefully) get to Sacramento, CA ten days later. Pretty fast for them days. If you used the early (1860) service you'd be charged $5 for 1/2 ounce.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Back in 2013, Edgar Loudermilk joined Dave Adkins to form a new band. Here's that band without Adkins doing Steel Guitar Rag.

Glen Crain - Dobro
Edgar Loudermilk - Bass
Jeff Autry - Guitar
Zack Autry - Mandolin


Our esteemed Preznit in Chief (and admitted "pussy grabber")  has signed a proclamation making April  NATIONAL SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS AND PREVENTION MONTH.

You just gotta be shittin' me.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Tired of Winning Yet Div (Jobs subsection)

Well, seems that Kim Il Don has surrounded himself with coal miners, signed an Executive Order aimed at polluting our skies, and promised to "bring back them jobs."
How many you ask ??    Fewer than Arby's.
Thanks Kim.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Geography Div (Treaty subsection)

In 1713, the Treaty of Utrecht was signed. One of the provisions was the cedeing of Gibraltar and Menorca to Britain. Heaven knows what Gibraltar's status will be after Brexit.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

A Little Saturday nite Bluegrass div (Memorial subsection)

As a memorial to the victims of the "Bowling Green Massacre of 2011," thought this would be appropriate.

Sam Bush - Mandolin and fiddle, Scott Vestal - Banjo, Todd Parks - Bass, Stephen
Mougin - Guitar and Chris Brown - Drums

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The occasional Mid-week Molly Div

It's like, duh. Just when you thought there wasn't a dime's worth of difference between the two parties, the Republicans go and prove you're wrong. - Molly Ivins

Saturday, March 18, 2017

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Flatt Lonesome doing the old Carter Family classic Sunny Side of the Mountain.

Flatt Lonesome: Kelsi Robertson Harrigill – mandolin, vocals, Charli Robertson – fiddle, vocals,
Buddy Robertson – guitar, vocals, Paul Harrigill – banjo, Dominic Illingworth – acoustic bass and
Michael Stockton – resophonic guitar

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Our Evolving Gummit Div (Medicaid subsection)

Kim Il Don's new head administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Seema Verma (now don't that sound like a preexisting condition) and her boss, inside trader and Secretary of Health and Human (!) Services Tom Price, have given orders to the states on how to run their Medicare programs.
I'm not sure if the plan included the messaging and labeling of the enrollment/processing offices.

Ya just gotta love these lizard people, eh ?

Monday, March 13, 2017

Geography Div (Breaking Bad subsection)

The numbers just keep gettin' bigger, eh ?


Meth Lab Seizures 00-2014

Saturday, March 11, 2017

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Flashback performing Herb Pederson's Old Home Place.

Flashback: Phil Ledbetter - Dobro, Don Rigsby - Mandolin, Richard Bennett - Guitar,
Curt Chapman - Bass and Stuart Wyrick - Banjo.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Nu_Blu doing the Red-Haired Boy I first heard this done by Tommy Makem and later By Ian &
 Sylvia and called the Little Beggarman.


Nu-Blu: Carolyn Routh - Bass, Daniel Routh - Guitar, Levi Austin - Banjo  and Austin
Koerner - Mandolin.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

... and the hits just keep on a happenin' Div (RESIST SUBSECTION)

Seems like one in the gaggle of incompetent, morally challenged, ethically deficient, rubes surrounding Kim Il Don have stepped on their schlong yet again. Now, Gentleman Jeff has started to flail around to figure out a way to avoid perjury charges and the honor of being the second appointee to "spend more time with his family."

Some of the problem probably could have been avoided if the transition team had let the contract for ethics training .... but no, Trump U wasn't referenced in the curriculum.

Of course, much of the problem stems from the nature of the very people who were appointed in the first place. Hmmmm let's see: an Education Secretary without any experience in public schools -as either a student, parent, teacher or administrator. Housing Secretary whose only qualification is that he once lived in a house in Detroit. An Energy Secretary who wanted to eliminate the department and didn't know what its primary function was.A Director of HHS who wants to take away healthcare and  who engaged in insider stock trading and possible manipulation while a member of Congress. A Transportation Secretary married to that idiot Mitch McConnell, who gutted the Labor department in her eight years with the W administration. A Secretary of Commerce who made his bones as a "vulture capitalist." The EPA Administrator was in the pocket of the extraction industry while in Oklahoma and is openly hostile to the Agency's work and a climate change denier. A (now withdrawn) Labor secretary who hated workers, hired undocumented domestics and was possibly a wife-beater. We have a Secretary of State with no foreign policy or diplomatic experience. Then we have nominees for the Army and Navy who have withdrawn, a National Security Advisor who was a liar (and was fired by President Obama), and his replacement who was rebuked by the Army in 2015 for his handling of a sexual assault case.

Sessions is in a class by himself. Described by one blogger as. "... a walking scandal, a demented disgusting pile of garbage regularly mislabeled a "human" in news stories."  You can draw your own conclusions.

Of course, we have the nodding compliance and cooperation of the US Senate and their inability to choose country over party, but then again, that's what it means to be a Republican these days. In a normal, sane world, this aggregation of dimwitted dolts, thieves, and political hacks would have been sent packing before they even came up for a vote.

This is just a bit of the mess created so far. There's little said about the appalling sloth of even nominating executives to fill the over 500 positions requiring Senate confirmation (Deputy Director, Assistant Deputy Assistant Director and so on) ... and many of the choices have been nixed because of hurt feelings on the part of Kim, his family or the nefarious leeches (Bannon, Priebus, Conway, Spicer) attached to this ship of fools.

Ah well, FREEDOM !!


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Occasional Mid-week Molly

Well, last nite Kim Il Don went on the teevee in front of all the Congresscritters and gave another speech. We've heard it before - it's mostly about blame and we know just who will get screwed, eh ?

The trouble with blaming powerless people is that although it's not nearly as scary as blaming the powerful, it does miss the point. Poor people do not shut down factories... Poor people didn't decide to use 'contract employees' because they cost less and don't get any benefits. 

Molly Ivins

Monday, February 27, 2017

Saturday, February 25, 2017

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

An older version of Hot Rize (1987) doing Radio Boogie.

The Players: Tim O'Brien - Mandolin, Charles Sawtelle - Guitar, Pete Wernick - Banjo and Nick Forster - Bass.

Monday, February 20, 2017

RESIST !! (Not MY Preznit day subsection)

Well, we held a rally at noon today to tell folks that we ain't really happy with Kim Il Don.
Kim's side were on an opposite corner.
Lots of honks and the occasional "we're #1 sign" but successful none the less.
Here are some photos - I'm sure they will say they had a million there (a million what, I'm not sure), but the pics speak for themselves, eh ?




Geography Div (history subsection)

Today in 1932, Charles Darwin (you can google him on your own) visited Fernando de Noronha while aboard HMS Beagle. He later went on to propose some sort of theory which many today still don't accept.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Insanity Div (Press conference subsection)

Jim Wright at Stonekettle Station gives a rather detailed (and long) summing up of our preznit's last thingee with the press.

Adam Sandler long ago (1995,  Billy Madison )gave a pretty good synopsis of the event:

" ... what you've just said is one of the most insanely, idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response, were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."

H/T -- Tengrain at Mock, Paper, Scissors

Saturday, February 18, 2017

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Special Consensus (along with Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley and Alison Brown) doing the Josh Graves composition Fireball.

The Special Consensus: Greg Cahill - Banjo, Rick Faris - Guitar, Dan Eubanks - Bass and Nick Dumas - Mandolin.
The guests: Ron Ickes - Dobro, Trey Hensley - Guitar and Special C's producer Alison Brown - Banjo

Saturday, February 11, 2017

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass div

Hot Rize doing Hangman's Reel from Cumberland Caverns March 2015.

Hot Rize: Bryan Sutton - Guitar, Pete Wernick - Banjo, Tim O'Brien - Fiddle and Nick Forster - Bass.

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Picture on the Wall Div

We brought a new picture to our home and hung it on the wall. It was a split decision within the family; more than half the members really didn't like it and said it was scary. The others remarked that the young girls talking together represented a new beginning and a coming together for a brighter future.

The longer we looked at it (and it's only been on the wall a short time) the more some of us noticed other things around the house; an unidentifiable whiff of something that seemed to have gone bad, or maybe was rotten all along; the feeling of something scuttling across the floor just touching the corner of our vision; finding scraps of cloth and paper, a chewed slipper and small pellets in the corner of a cluttered back closet. When we shine a beam of light in the night, we're confronted with the specter of small, red, feral eyes staring back hungrily, at us.

What do we do? Surely, we think, there must be a way to evict this pervading menace in our home ... or has the rot gone much deeper? Is that cloying smell the corruption of something decomposing within the very walls of our domicile? Do we learn to live with the odor and discomfort, call an exterminator, burn down the house? That will certainly solve the problem, but then, what will we have left?

It's a huge decision. It won't be easy to make since many in the family refuse to acknowledge that we even have a problem.

They still see the pretty girls, but more and more lately, they no longer smile.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Occasional Midweek Molly Div

Now that Kim Il Don's "cabinet" of looters, grifters and thieves is (or almost is) approved by our wonderfully compliant US Senate, you might want to consider:

One function of the income gap is that the people at the top of the heap have a hard time even seeing those at the bottom. They practically need a telescope. The pharaohs of ancient Egypt probably didn't waste a lot of time thinking about the people who built their pyramids, either. OK, so it's not that bad yet -- but it's getting that bad.
            -- Molly Ivins 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Saturday, February 4, 2017

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div ("Phil" subsection)

A couple of days ago Punxsutawney Phil looked for his shadow. Luckily, he leads a pretty protected life. Here are the Potomac Valley Boys from 1958 at the Old Schoolhouse in Lucketts, VA doing Ground Hog.

Potomac Valley Boys:
Charlie Smith - Guitar, lead vocal, Ashby Rollins and Buddy Davis - Mandolins, Francis Tinsman and Jimmy Kenny - Banjos and Jay Tinsman - Bass.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Ten Years on

Ten years ago today, I woke from surgery missing a goodly portion of my intestinal tract. After being cut up, I'd spend the next year being burned and poisoned and mutilated some more. Cancer sucks, but the treatment can definitely be a humbling experience. When it's finished you find you've lost any remnant of modesty and are left with a sense of dread that (I guess) will remain 'til the final moment of your life; but happy to still have one to live. As Molly Ivins once said, "The only reason to have a positive mental attitude is that it makes you a better person. It doesn't cure cancer." She was right.

It's a strange coincidence that, on that same day ten years ago, she passed away; ironically, from cancer.

I wonder if she would still be able to have her sense of humor after what we've seen over the past few months and the days since the coronation. I know that her acerbic wit would still be with her and shared with us. So much of what she said still resounds today. We've grown older; but sadly, no wiser.

                                                             Raise hell - big time. I want y'all to 
                                                          get out there and raise hell about damned
                                                   near everything. My word, there's a world out there 
                                                       that needs fixing. Get out there and get after it. 
                                                                               Molly Ivins

RIP Molly, we'll try to do better.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Geography Div (Extra Special, read all about it !)

In light of Kim Il Don's actions over the week end, It might be instructional to remember that he can't possibly have any conflicts of interest. He can be totally fucked up, but not conflicted.

Geography Div (Google subsection)

Past posts have shown what each state Googles most, etc, but, never from this perspective, eh ?

Saturday, January 28, 2017

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Another "long set" presentation. Here are the original Country Gentlemen from 1992 doing:
East Virginia Blues, Sad & Lonesome Day, Bringing Mary Home, Eddie's Bounce, Tom Dooley, Casey's Last Ride, Sunrise, Dark as a Dungeon, Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor andAmelia Earhart.

The Country Gentlemen" John Duffey - Mandolin, Eddie Adcock - Banjo, Charlie Waller - Guitar and Tom Gray - Bass.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Fifty Years On Div (Tragedy Subsection)

Fifty years ago today, "Gus"Grissom, Ed White II and Roger Chaffee died at Cape Kennedy's Launch Complex 34 while testing the command Module for the first planned Apollo Program mission.

Twenty-two months later, in October of 1968 Apollo 7 became the first manned Apollo mission. Coincidently, at the same time, the University of Colorado's AFROTC Honorary (the Arnold Air Soceity) dedicated their cadet lounge to Col Grissom and named it in his honor.

So what, you might ask. Well, I was there along with our chapter Commander, and my friend, Cadet LtCol Ellison Onizuka.

RIP all ........

Monday, January 23, 2017

Geography Div (Really Yuge subsection)

On this day in 1556 a devastating earthquake in Shannxi Province,  China killed an estimated
830,000 people ...... that's about the entire population of South Dakota.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Dead Presidents subsection)

In honor of yesterday's ceremony,  here's the Del McCoury Band doing White House Blues.

Del McCoury - Vocal and Guitar, Rob McCoury- Banjo, Ronnie McCoury - Mandolin, Jason
Carter - Fiddle  and Alan Bartram - Bass

Friday, January 20, 2017