Saturday, September 29, 2012

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass ... div

Hopefully, the scheduler will post this  - -  I'm Paddling on the Eastern Shore

Bill Emerson - Banjo,Teri Chism - Bass , Wayne Lanham - Mandolin,  Chris Stifel - Guitar 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

JUST GREAT ........ div

No offense to Don and Phil, but thus is probably the best version of the song that has ever been done
Kenny Edwards' bass is just fantastic.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Just open the window ... div (unMittigated stupidity subsection)

Just maybe this really is the guy we need to solve our problems. Right, just open a window.

Romney said. “When you have a fire in an aircraft, there’s no place to go, exactly, there’s no — and you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem."

I really think he should try it out himself.

Other options might be; a) invest in a company developing this concept; or b) blame the
 Ni (CLANG!!).

Willard wonders ........ I wonder ............ most of America wonders.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Differences ...... div

Over the past week several people have called attention to the differences faced in the upcoming election.

Much of this has been spurred by Willard's "inelegant" dismissal of 47% of the population and 'lil Buddy's tepid support by calling him "inarticulate." I'd simply label the ticket as inadequate.

Badtux commented on voting, Jim Wright on the treatment of veterans, Paul Krugman on the concept of what constitutes work. All illustrate the differences between Democrats and today's Republican parties.

The Democrats have always been prone to engage in a circular firing squad and incessant arguing. The Republicans seems pretty much to say "get in line and march." The Democrats, at least, seem willing to stop and consider a course of action and adjust a policy if necessary. The Republicans will cling to the same old talking points forever and plunge blindly on. The Democrats, once they get their shit together,  are pretty good at governing. The Republicans are great at running for office. The Democrats believe women are equal to men and should be treated appropriately. The Republicans are afraid of women and believe they should be controlled.
The Democrats admire "The Sermon on the Mount." The Republicans long for "the Revelation of St. John."

To sum it up: Dems want people to vote, Repubs want to limit the franchise. The Dems idea of "Supporting the Troops" is pay, benefits and help. The Repubs, spend money on the industry and keep the troops engaged. Dems support people who make "things."' Repubs believe in people that "make deals." Democrats are tolerant of other's beliefs. Republicans tolerate only their own.Democrats believe the future will be better. Republicans long for the past. Democrats believe that government is there to help and protect people. Republicans believe that government is unnecessary. I guess the late Molly Ivins said it best:

"I think government is a tool, like a hammer. You can use a hammer to build with or you can use a hammer to destroy with.Whether government is good or bad depends on what you use it for and how well you use it. On the whole, it's a poor idea to put people in charge of government who don't believe in using it."

We have a really important choice coming up in November. I know which way I'm paddling.

Nuf said .............

Saturday, September 22, 2012

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass .... div

One of the great bluegrass mandolin pieces  - -  by the guy what composed it !

Herschel Sizemore - Mandolin, Don Wayne Reno - Banjo, Dale Reno, Guitar

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

"I'm not dead, yet ......." div

Well, Well .... looks like the business of population control has certainly taken a turn for the better down there in Texas. Suddenly, the state has about 80,000 fewer adult residents (and those are just the registered voters). If they do an accurate count we may learn that no one really lives there. I wonder if their Congressional delegation should be cut by one congresscritter ????

Registrars are sending out letters to the newly deceased and telling them to reply if it ain't so. I'm sure they are rising from the graves pleading for "BRAINS" and hoping they have enough spit left to lick a stamp. Perhaps the plaintive cries are a plea for their elected representatives and officials to acquire some ...... but since so many are Republicans ................

If they really aren't dead (maybe only pretending, eh ??) then they can still show up to vote. But if they're dead, and their name has been purged, how will they get past the poll guardians ?? Hint: if you're a Republican, then  ..... "HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST ... a friggin' miracle, he's alive."

If you're a Democrat, .......well, "....... ere's yer nine-pence, see ya on Thursday."

Monday, September 17, 2012

Shiny Thing .... div

After a great weekend of kayaking and camping:

                                     (Photo thanks: Manuverer)
I return to the "real world" and see the news and the newspaper - -  and find that nothing has really changed.

Willard still can't seem to get anything right (except for his audience) and still ain't tellin'  us anything beyond "Trust Me and my lil' Buddy."

Lil' Buddy tells the folks at the valuable voters summit that he can't really say what the plans are, but can pretty well be summed up as, "Your money and my experience will soon become my money and your experience."**

Little Ricky tells the valuable voters that the Grand Ole Party will never win over the "smart" people (as if there was ever any doubt. I'd love tto go on, but Jim Wright at Stonekettle Station already brilliantly covered the subject.

Faux news keeps right on tryin' to convince us that most folks really don't care for that Kenyan, Muslim, Socialist, America hating person in the White House ( why don't they call him Mr. President?). Ah well,  a pretty face can only do so much. Perhaps she should have interviewed Clint's chair, eh ??

It's gonna be a long slog to November .............
I think I was safer on the water.

** stolen from Carsten Stroud's  Niceville

Friday, September 14, 2012

Dead Presidents (and early Saturday nite Bluegrass) .. div

NOTE: Be away on the Eastern Shore paddling the kayak and camping. Ergo, the Saturday nite post is a day early (and besides, it fits the date).
On September 6, 1901 Leon Czolgosz fired two rounds from an Iver Johnson .32 caliber revolver into President William McKinley's abdomen. Despite rapid surgery, McKinley died on 14 September 1901 - a Saturday - at 2:15 AM.

Bill Monroe's "White House Blues"   - - - holler and squal if you must.

Sam Bush - Mandolin and vocal; Jerry Douglas - Dobro; Mark O'Connor - Fiddle; Tony Rice - Guitar;
Mark Schatz - Bass; and Bela Fleck - Banjo

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Fast Bike & Pretty Girl (and a little Bluegrass) .... div

On this date in 1948, Rollie Free donned his swimming trunks and goggles and proceeded to set the US motorcycle land speed record on a production Vincent Black Lightning motorcycle.

English musician Richard Thompson wrote this in 1991. There's at least a great shortstory, if not an entire novel, in the song. It's been covered by several persons, but this is my favorite  - - and Jason Carter's fiddle licks are outstanding.  Fellow blogger Badtux posted the Thompson version back in July, so link to him if you want to make a comparison.

This was recorded at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and has the best quality (feel free to exit before the gospel number  - -  though the McCory band has excellent harmony).
I read a comment about Del being asked to perform this at Newport a few years back. He told the requester no and said to wait 'til later in the show and hear the best version -  performed by the fellow who wrote it.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Zombies of the Culture Wars .... div

They're Back !!!!!
Tomorrow is September 11; a pretty horrible thing happened on a wonderful fall morning (and tomorrow's weather here near the GWTP promises to be exactly the same).
My in-box is beginning to overflow with the crank missives about the "sign on the store door in a Houston mall."  - -  I'm sure you've gotten at least one - if not two or three. For those without any friends or relatives on the far-right (or the simply excitable) here it is:

The verbiage attached in the e-mail goes on to make other claims.
Here's the SNOPES cite  and my previous post on "Calendrical Dysfunction"
As I've said before, it does no use to argue. They'll be hauling this one out of the crazy-bag every year.
The memory of the folks that died in the Towers and the Pentagon deserves better.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Monday, September 3, 2012

Labor Day ..... div

Used to be that all the stores were closed today. Working folks (except for those involved in public safety or the swimming pools) had the day off. School hadn't started and the political campaigns didn't begin 'til tomorrow.
Now, it's just another excuse to shop while the politicos pay lip service to those ungrateful slugs that are told they're lucky to have a job (and probably won't be getting a paid day off).
What's next "Capital Day"???  -- stay tuned

"...but I've got the power and I've got the will.
I'm not a charity case."

Sunday, September 2, 2012

That there speech thingee .......

The local communist/socialist/bleeding heart PBS station here near the Great White Theme Park is re-broadcasting I, Claudius. one of the best dramatic series ever broadcast. At least Livia lets "those who are about to die" know what she really thinks of them. 
I think that Digby summed it up better than I could have, but couldn't Mitt nave even made passing reference to the troops in harm's way ????? I guess that would have come too closr to calling out the name of the person who started all this, eh ???
It reminds me of the Jonathan Winter's Marine Corps' bit where the LT tells the troops how bloody the landing is going to be and saying, "I'd hoped to go with you, but they need me here."

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Saturday Nite Bluegrass ... div

Since Bill didn't make it for yesterday's astronomical event, here's one of my favorites. It's a tribute to the man that taught Bill Monroe to play and influenced his career.

Bill Monroe - Mandolin,  Peter Rowan - Guitar, Gene Lowinger - Fiddle, Don Lineberger - Banjo
 ....... don't know who's playing bass.