Anagram: Issue of The Day/Hideous Safety

Howling Wolf         Senator Ted Kennedy was Hospitalized today after having a seizure this morning at his family compound in Hyannisport, Massachusetts.  He had a second seizure On the Helicopter on the way from there as well, but is said to be feeling better and is talking with family.  Get well soon, Senator.   For a link to the Reuters story about this, click here —>  http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSN1746329620080518

       Curious but good news, The United Nations is sending an Racism Investigator out for a three week tour of the United States. Quoting the Reuters story:

       “The special rapporteur will…gather first-hand information on issues related to racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance,; a U.N. statement said on Friday.  His three-week visit, at U.S. government invitation, will cover eight cities — Washington D.C., New York, Chicago, Omaha, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Race has become a central issue in the U.S. election cycle because Sen. Barack Obama, the frontrunner in the battle for the Democratic nomination battle, stands to become the country’s first African American president.  His campaign has increased turnout among black voters but has also turned off some white voters in a country with a history of slavery and racial segregation.” END QUOTE.  For the entire story, click here —>  http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSL1684309820080516?sp=true

        I am not exactly sure how to take this story, because the story doesn’t delineate exactly what Particulars he will be looking into.  The Prison System?  The Justice System?  Society In General? The Black experience in America? The Hispanic Experience ? The Anglo or Asian Experience? 

       Yes I am being a bit coy here.  I really want to know who this investigator, Doudou Diene, from Senegal, is going to talk to.  Will he be speaking to the General Public?  Will he be speaking to civic leaders? Will he be speaking to politicians?  Which Ones? I want to know what questions he’s gonna ask. You can skew, either positively or negatively, a Lot of information with How you frame a question and to whom you frame it. 

       I have faith that the U.N. in General and Mr.Diene have the best Interests of the U.N. Involved, and will do the best they can.  But I would Like some more Information on this.  The Itinerary and the questions and the people involved besides Himself.  If you have any Information in that vein, drop me a Line, and let me know!

        BTW, Does the U.N. targeting Xenophobia mean there gonna come after me because I think Tourists suck?   :-0   

       You know How I call Myself a Libertarian.  There is a man running for president who none of you may have heard of, and he is Looking to get the Nod of The Libertarian Party.  Since I have spoken of Barack Obama and John McCain and Hillary Clinton and Ralph Nader in this space, I thought It would be only fair to speak of this man and His Views, seeing how he is looking to be nominated by the Libertarian party as it’s candidate.

       Bob Barr is a Former 3 term Republican Representative of Northern Georgia, having served from 1995 to 2003.  According to Wikipedia:

       “During his tenure, Barr was regarded as one of the most conservative members of Congress.[16] In 2002, he was described as “the idol of the gun-toting, abortion-fighting, IRS-hating hard right wing of American politics”.[13] However, Barr’s criticism of the Bush administration’s encroachment on privacy and other civil liberties after the 9/11 attacks was unusual among House Republicans.[13] This criticism earned Barr other labels such as maverick,[13] Jekyll-and-Hyde,[17] and libertarian.[15], END QUOTE.  For the entire Wiki article, click here—> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Barr

       He was Stridently against The medicinal use of Marijuana but has since changed position.  He had passed legislation that says that Only Marriages between a Man and a Woman can be federally recognized, but Opposes the Federal Marriage Amendment. He Voted for The Patriot act, but only after “Sunset clauses” were put in to put a Time limit on the Patriot act. 

     Another quote from Wikipedia:

      “Barr is best known for his role as one of the House managers during the Clinton impeachment trial. It was Barr who first introduced a resolution directing Judiciary Committee to inquire into impeachment proceedings[36]— months before the Monica Lewinsky scandal came to light. Chief among the concerns Barr cited at the time was apparent obstruction of Justice Department investigations into Clinton campaign fundraising from foreign sources, chiefly China.[37]”

       This man is all over the board, at least as far as I see it, which isn’t necessarily bad, but Not necessarily good either.  He Works with the American Conservative Union, and has worked with the NRA, and is also a Member of the A.C.L.U.  Never thought I’d see any combination of those three in the same sentence without a fight involved.   He wants to fight government power, which he (correctly) thinks has grown since 9/11. 

     I have a real problem tho, with the Conservatism here.  I have always seen the Conservatives, and the Neocons, as a real threat to American Liberty, Much more so than the Democrats.  That’s why I generally side with The dems on most issues.  They Don’t threaten My liberty like the Conservatives do.  The Conservatives have for the last eight years put security ahead of Liberty and Freedom, And the need and push for security by our government, for our own good, is a greater threat to our freedoms then Osama Bin Laden is to our lives today.  I’d much rather not have big brother watch me. 

     As Much as I would Like to support this guy, he looks, too much for my liking, Like he was cut from the same mold as Newt Gingrich and the Neocons.  He Might be Pro-Liberty, but he is too far a right leaning conservative for my liking.  But if he wanted to talk to me about it, I think I could be convinced to listen.  But he’d have to do one helluva job of convincing me he won’t follow the generally poisonous Republican agenda. 

     That’s it for The Politics and the news, Onto Music.

       Guitar:  Had a pretty good day playing today. 

       I played the Single string Alternative picking chromatic exercises,  ascending, descending, and alternating. 

       I played the two string, four note per string, one octave major scales, In all keys.

       I played the two string, four note per string, one octave minor scales, in all keys.

       I played arpeggios, minor sevenths, ascending and descending, in all keys.

       I noodled.  The Noodling happened mainly in two main keys, E major and A major.  The Majority of the Stuff in E Major was country-ish sounding at times, very twangy, while the A major stuff was very METAL!

      The real news playing wise was the extra attention to detail I gave the Major and Minor scales. I was not pleased with the way it was going early, so I just decided to play every single one several times Until I was comfortable playing it, and could do it three times without a Mistake.  The worst were the scales starting on the third string, going to the second.   I botched the handoff from one string to another a BAZILLION Times.  Sometimes after 7 or 8 times going through and getting a scale right, that move up one fret kicked my ass and I’d goof it, have to go back and get it right. THAT Annoyed the Hell outta me.  So I was significantly longer with my scales than usual, but all for a good cause.  Making myself a better musician.  By the end of them I was much more comfortable playing them, and that was the point of the exercise.

       That’s it for me.  JAM ON!

Today’s Nuggets, courtesy of http://www.newspeakdictionary.com/ot-quotes.html :  All restraints upon man’s natural liberty, not necessary for the simple maintenance of justice, are of the nature of slavery, and differ from each other only in degree.  Lysander Spooner

He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent which will reach to himself.  Thomas Paine

Anagram: It’s Stupid O’Clock Somewhere/Prickliest Outcomes Showed

Calvin and Hobbes       I have been a Fan of Hillary Clinton, even tho, as far as I see it, She cannot win the Nomination.  But I turn On the news, and I hear her say something.  I have to listen to it again before The Stupidity and Wrong of the Statement really Sinks in. It was Stupid and Wrong the first time I heard it, But it was so Shocking to my ears That I needed to hear it again to make sure that I was hearing it right.  I will now place the exact quote here for all of you to read. 

       “You know, there was just an AP article posted that found how Senator Obama’s support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans is weakening again and how the whites in both states (Indiana and North Carolina) who had not completed college were supporting me and in independents, I was running even with him and doing even better with Democratic-leaning independents. I have a much broader base to build a winning coaltion on.” END QUOTE.  For the Entire Story, click here—>  http://blogs.usatoday.com/onpolitics/2008/05/whats-new-4.html

       It is, for me, Among Other Things, the Use of The Term  “White” here, and the context in which it is used that really gets me.  How in the Hell do you Lay claim to creating a broader Coalition of American Voters and at the Same time call attention to, Point out, the SKIN COLOR and work ethic of the people who are voting for you? And is it me or is there an Implication that the two go hand in hand???   The Implication that White = Hard Worker in some way Implies that Non Whites are Less hard Working…Bullshit.  I’ve met plenty Of Hard working People and plenty of Lazy bastards.  Skin color has No Influence on Work Ethic.  None.  

        Are you High, Hillary??  Dammit I voted for you, I Hold you to a Very High Standard and I expect more from you then that.  I didn’t care about Senator Obama’s Skin Color when I voted for you.  I thought you were the best candidate out there. I have argued for you, in part, on moral and ethical grounds.  And you go and Shoot the horse out from Under me with this statement.  Thanks Hill. 

      Not to Mention that you are saying that you have a Wider base on the Basis of What? Uneducated White People?  Are Obama’s supporters Less Hard Working?    Good Lord…. In this day and age, I have to Hear this….. ‘Sigh’    Listen, I never Got my degree, But Dammit I am not Unintelligent, and I busted my ass In school and the Only reason I didn’t get my degree was Lack of Funds to afford school.  It sounds like you Are going for The Ignorant Racist vote.  Where’s the Ethical rationale? Dammit Hill, you really need to do better then that.  Had Obama said Something Similar to This, I would Have DEEP FRIED His ass for it.  This is Just Stupid.  Apologize for it.  Now.  and hope that The African American Community and Every other Community that has even an Ounce Of Pride in itself Accepts. 

    Onto Local Stuff. 

       Fellow Staten Islander and Home Town Embarrassment Vito Fossella keeps getting Deeper and Deeper Into Trouble.  First a week or two ago, I forget when exactly It happened, We S.I.N.Y. Residents Woke up to find out Our Favorite Hometown Rep was In fact Drunky Smurf.  Caught In Alexandria Virginia on DWI Charges, more than 2 times over the Legal Limit, which Guarantees If he’s found Guilty he’ll do at Least a few days In the County pen for it.  And now there’s a story out which has him fathering a child out of wedlock with a Divorcee, Quoting the www.silive.com story:      

       “The Fossella camp has thus far declined to give a yes-or-no answer to the question on everyone’s lips: Is Fossella the father of Ms. Fay’s child?   Ms. Fay and her estranged husband were childless when they divorced in 2004. Fossella has known Ms. Fay for more than five years.  Fossella was arrested in Alexandria around 12:15 a.m. last Thursday after a wild night on the town that included dinner with about two dozen Staten Island friends and a later stop with a friend at a trendy Washington tavern.  Fossella was later pulled over by police after running a red light. His blood alcohol level was .17, more than double the Virginia legal limit of .08, police said.  Fossella reportedly told cops that he was driving to Grimm Street in Alexandria, the street where Ms. Fay lives, because his daughter was sick and needed to go to the hospital.” END QUOTE.  for the entire story Click here —>  http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2008/05/fossella_firestorm.html

         There is Speculation that The Silly Monkey will have two Choices left to him.  Resign or Announce that he won’t run for re-election.  I don’t care which one happens, I just hope that the Man can get his Life back together and can salvage something of his career.  I used to, despite the fact he is a republican and I’m a democrat, really like this Guy.  He seemed to me to be a Guy who worked hard for the Interests of Staten Island and really cared about his job and doing good for the People of Staten Island.  Now I have to openly wonder what he was actually doing.  Ya know, if you are with the Party of “Family Values” and you show Little respect for the Concept, It very Much Undermines the Moral Foundation of everything you do.  Either way, he really doesn’t have any future Left for Him in Politics.  I Think it would be best for Staten Island and The Entire House of Representatives if you would Bow out with what grace you can, Vito. 

      Resign, Vito.  

     Onto International News.       

       The Military Junta In Myanmar is Hell bent on letting their People die.  They have Only Gotten aid to 10% of the Nearly 2,000,000 people Affected by Last weeks Cyclone.  Quoting the News York Times Story:

       “But while the state-run newspaper urged people on Friday to approve the Constitution, little help was reaching them. To date, Myanmar has allowed 11 airborne deliveries of aid, which experts say is a fraction of the relief needed if the scale of the disaster is even close to what the Burmese government has claimed. Much of that has come from the United Nations World Food Program, which said Friday that the aid it had delivered — and intended to distribute to hard-hit regions along the coast — had been seized.  “All the food aid and equipment that we managed to get in has been confiscated,” said Paul Risley, a spokesman for the United Nations World Food Program in Bangkok.”END QUOTE.  for the entire story, click here—> http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/10/world/asia/10myanmar.html?bl&ex=1210478400&en=608460cc4e52557a&ei=5087

       The Military there is trying to consolidate power while Killing It’s citizens by not letting in the International Assistance those people DESPARATELY Need.   Some people have said 100,000 could Die here.  I would guess more.  Disease and Famine will Wipe out a Great deal of what the Cyclone Did not.  The situation seems ripe for it.   I am hoping the people have the Common sense to just leave the area.  There gonna Die if they stay. They may die if they go for all I know, but it sounds better to me to try and save yourself and Fail rather than Just sitting there waiting for help that will never arrive. 

        If Myanmar wasn’t Ripe for Open Armed Revolution before, it sure as hell will be after this.  And When it does happen it won’t be just a few monks either.  Every Survivor will have a reason to hate the Junta, in the form of a family member or friend who Floated down river, dead and Bloated, because the Government Just didn’t care.  The Junta Will pay for this, one way or another.  To quote Solzhenitsyn from The Book A day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich  “God is Long Suffering, but when He strikes, He strikes hard.”

      A few more News Blurbs: Robert Mugabe is still In Power.  South African Leader Thabo Mbeki has met with Mugabe to try to mediate the Crises in Zimbabwe before it escalates even further.  And Mbeki has been criticized for being soft here as well.  on top of this 40,000 farmers have been Displaced in Post Election Violence.  Things Look bleak in Zimbabwe right now.  Unless you happen to be a friend of Dictator Mugabe.  If you aren’t, I guess you Just Gotta Hope that the Evil Bastard Dies soon and the Party weakens with his passing.   for news On Zimbabwe, follow the Links —> http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5i4kT7pJlnuzY_vpKdTACcQYIPcvQD90HO5JO0  http://uk.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUKL0992050420080510

      More Fun with Hezbollah.  First Things first here.  I goofed when I said yesterday that The Hezbollah Declaration of War had to do with TV.  It in fact had something to do with The loss Of Telecommunications.   But That really Doesn’t matter now.  They have taken the vast Majority of Beirut from Government Forces.  The Government is calling this a Bloody Coup, and there is a fear that this will turn into another Bloody Civil war In Lebanon.  15 are dead in 3 days of clashes, and the Leader of The Lebanese Government is Holed Up in central Beirut with a few members of his Cabinet and heavily guarded, according to the BBC.  Looks Like Syria is again a Player in The Area.  And Iran is as well.  Just wondering when The Israelis will get involved in this.  Not saying it’s Inevitable, Just possible.  Hezbollah hates Israel. Israel Hates Hezbollah.  Hezbollah seems to be making a power play here.  I can’t help but see this getting significantly worse before it gets better with that Combination of Ingredients. for the story, click here —>  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7393431.stm

       That’s It for me.  I would talk of guitar playing, but I really haven’t done any. I’m about to tho, so no worries.  Gonna concentrate on exercises, haven’t been doing nearly enough of them for my own well being.  Jam On!

Today’s Nuggets Via Wikiquote:  I am responsible for everything … except for my very responsibility, for I am not the foundation of my being. Therefore everything takes place as if I were compelled to be responsible. I am abandoned in the world … in the sense that I find myself suddenly alone and without help, engaged in a world for which I bear the whole responsibility without being able, whatever I do, to tear myself away from this responsibility for an instant.   Jean-Paul Sartre

The total amount of suffering per year in the natural world is beyond all decent contemplation. During the minute that it takes me to compose this sentence, thousands of animals are being eaten alive, many others are running for their lives, whimpering with fear, others are slowly being devoured from within by rasping parasites, thousands of all kinds are dying of starvation, thirst, and disease. It must be so. If there ever is a time of plenty, this very fact will automatically lead to an increase in the population until the natural state of starvation and misery is restored. In a universe of electrons and selfish genes, blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won’t find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice. The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference.    Richard Dawkins

      

Anagram: Musical Elitism/Militia Muscles

Allan Holdsworth Two main Subjects today. Last Nights Allan Holdsworth Show at the Iridum Jazz Club, and Issues I have with some arguments I have heard Made By backers Of Barack Obama at the WordPress blog The Zoo. The reason I am making them here is that I put in a comment, a rather long one, and Went to enter it, and it disappeared, when I backed up to replace it, it was gone. 40+ Minutes of work down the drain. I had everything down. It was a work of art. Gone. Lost. I don’t know exactly what I did wrong. I will try my best to recreate it on some level here, and I will place a link to that particular blogpost as well. I did before and It showed as a post there. Those People are pros like that. I’m just an old fart with a Keyboard.  But First, The Allan Holdsworth stuff.

       He took the Stage at 8:30 pm with Chad Wackerman On Drums and a newcomer by the Name of Ernest Tibbs on Bass. Wackerman I’ve heard play on allan’s stuff before, and also With frank zappa. A Great Drummer, not Good, Great. He was Part Buddy Rich, Part John Bonham, Part Neil Peart. Masterful brilliant Playing the whole Night. But let me tell ya, Mister Tibbs was a revelation. 6 string bass Master is he, I had never heard of Him before, neither had the Guy who was sitting next to me and My wife, who was an old handon the scene. He was passing around tales of derring do from the early days of Joe Zawinul and Weather report, John MacLaughlin and several Other Jazz rock Pioneers of the 70’s. This Guy Tibbswas amazing. I was Blown away withthe strength and Musicianship this man showed. It was almost Like Allanwas Kinda holding him back at times, you could see he wanted to let fly with some Evil music but couldn’t because Allan was Unleashing some evil of his own. When the Man did get to let Fly, when he wasn’t just laying down the Groove for Allan, he was Allan’s Equal. That says alot. Allan is The Best Guitarist On Earth, To be his equal is no small accomplishment. I must Find out More about This Man, Ernest Tibbs. If i find anything, I will pass it on.

       Allan Was amazing, and He showed me a few things technique wise, Later will i speak of that tho. First the Show Itself. It was Relatively Short, call it an hour and 15 minutes, maybe 1:20, but What you got was an earful of some of the Best music on Earth. They Played “Water On The Brain”. They Played “Devil Take the Hindmost”. They Played “Fred”. They Played “Letters of Marque”. And Several Other Pieces That I hadn’t heard before, because I do not own the Complete Holdsworth Collection. They were all beautiful.

       Part of Allan’s Genius lays in his going Into Uncharted territory as a player. And he playing In places That frankly I had never thought Of Playing. And don’t be silly, I Know the fretboard, I can hear you saying “you can only play the notes that are there on the fretboard, right?” It’s the Combinations and the way they are put together, the Finger Gymnastics necessary to play them, the years of dedication to playing like that to make it flow smoothly, and the Mind to play music that no one had ever thought to play before, that separates the Great players , Like Allan, from the Merely Pedestrian Players, Like me.

       I have always asked Myself “How does he do that?” Now I know. I always Wondered how he played some of those chords he is known for without Pulling His Hand completely out Of Position. Do you Know how he does it? He Pull his HandCompletely out Of Position! I mean far enough out of position, where if he wanted to, he could touch the Back of the Neck, where the thumb usually resides, with his Index Finger. And he’s got Long Fingers, That helps. He was playing some chords where he had his Index Finger on the 3rd fret, 1st and 2nd strings, and His Pinky on the Ninth fret, first string! And he was Quick too. That’s a Lot of skill patience, and Practice there. Guess that means I need more. I wondered about His chord playing from the right hand perspective as well. He holds a Pick using the Side of his right Index Finger and the tip of his thumb, and when he plays those Insane chords, he Picks with the Meaty portion of his fingertips instead of Fingernails. I usually Use Fingernails for Fingerpicking, and Hold the Pick with the tip of My Index Finger and the meaty portion of the tip of my thumb. Tried it his way this Morning. and Yes it makes it easier to Pick faster. Thanks Allan! I needed That!

       All in all It was a Wonderful Night’s entertainment from three of the Best Musicians I have ever seen. Thanks To Allan, Chad, and Ernest!

       Politics: The Arguments I heard were many and Varied from the Obama Camp. Michigan and Florida Should Not be Seated. They Broke the Rules. Hillary is Evil, and if Not actually evil, then Devious and Underhanded. And she Has No Chance to Win. The Clinton People think we are a “School of Fish riding the same big wave and that when people in one part of the country vote for Hillary we all turn and follow the head fish.” END QUOTE. This same person also said that “just because a Bunch of Dumbasses in Philadelphia care about how a Nominee Bowls doesn’t mean that the rest of the voters that voted for Obama in other states don’t want him nominated no.” END QUOTE. for the Post and comments I speak of click here —> http://tpzoo.wordpress.com/2008/05/01/excuse-mewhos-an-elitist/

       One more Quote then I critique “He proved his willingness to stand for principle despite political cost when he declined to “disown” Rev. Wright during Obama’s race speech. Clinton most certainly would not have that kind of ethical courage. Few politicians would.”

       Taken In Random Order. Didn’t Obama actually Win That portion of Pennsylvania? And we Hillary Backers don’t really care about Bowling, No. We care about Issues. Sorry to Disappoint.

       Arguments For seating Florida and Michigan, for what has to be the 7th or 8th Time.

       1) They Voted. Votes Count in America. 2) To Not seat The delegates of these States In Some fashion would be to show the entire Nation that The democrats care More about The System then they do the People. and Isn’t That a complaint we have heard made about the Current administration in some way shape or form? That they care more about Themselves then they do about the Governed? Do we Democrats want to make THAT mistake? 3) Those early primaries could have been met with less resistance by Howard Dean, who is the Real progenitor of This Entire Issue. he could have done what the Republicans did and Taken Some delegates away and Made the primaries meaningful while spanking them for Not playing by the Rules. But Not Doctor Dean. No Compromise from him. He makes a Mockery of democracy by putting the system ahead of the people. BTW, I also have a problem with the way delegates are apportioned In general By the Dems, but that is another matter for another blog

       Florida can be seated as it voted, but some special arrangements need to be made for the Michigan delegation. Because of Mister dean’s Insane arrogance Undecided Showed Up On the Ballot, creating more Confusion andUnnecessary drama. For what it’s worth, My Solution was, and Is, To give hillary Delegates equal to the Votes she Got, 55%, and Give the Remainder, 45% to Barack Obama. That is a Higher Percentage then I Think he would have received from Michigan with Him, Hillary, and Edwards On The Ballot. I think that That is equitable.

       I heard it said that seating the Florida and Michigan delegates would somehow Make the caucuses Obama won Invalid. Still trying to figure that One out. Silly Thought, That counting a Vote in Florida Somehow Negates a Vote In Iowa. EVERY vote counts, Not just the Ones YOU like. Or just The Ones That I Like for that Matter.

       Let’s see what Else. The General Impression I got was That they Think Hillary is an Evil Liar. I’m not sure how you can Live in a Glass house and throw stones Like that. A) Hitler was Evil. Pol Pot was Evil. Stalin was Evil. Hillary….Not so much. She is a Politician and all Politicians, by their Nature are Opportunists and Both Obama and Clinton have Been Opportunistic in this race. And all Humans lie at some point. I think we all remember the Bosnian Sniper fire Crap. Boy There’s a Doozy. But Obama has his share of Crap too. He said he had never Heard Reverend Wright Speak that Kindof Racist Anti American rhetoric a week before his infamous Philadelphia Whitewash speech. In The speech Itself he said he had. That first bit wasn’t a Lie? ALL HUMANS LIE. If you claim to not lie, that just means you are just lying to yourself. Play that Game with the Kids, This is an Adult Forum.

       Onto Wright. Hmmm. I don’t have a problem with Him Hating White America. White America has Done some Insanely Evil things towards African Americans. But that Gives him No right to be a Racist. A Pro-Hamas Anti-Semite. Call him what you Will, Defend Him all you Like. I know racism when I see it. and In him I see it. I have fought Racism since I realized it was something that could be fought. This man Wright is a Racist. He can spout on about God and Love all he wants. It will not change the racist words he’s said.

       Obama sticking with Him is Wrong. It is NOT ethical Courage to stand with Racism. It is Not ethical Courage to Run for the Presidency and stand By a Man who said ” God Damn America” Ethical courage is looking at what is wrong with the world and righting it. You do not Right the Wrongs Of the world By standing with them, But by stomping On them.

       Last Point. Until The delegate count is over 2,025 for One candidate this thing is not Over. Hillary Can win.

       And I think she will.

That’s it for me. Jam On!

Today’s Nuggets, Via Wikiquote: If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, andonly one person were of the contrary opinion, mankindwould be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind. John Stuart Mill

“It is wrong to think that belief in freedom always leads to victory; we must always be prepared for it to lead to defeat. If we choose freedom, then we must be prepared to perish along with it.” Karl Popper

Resistance is feasible even for those who are not heroes by nature, and it is an obligation, I believe, for those who fear the consequences and detest the reality of the attempt to impose American hegemony. Noam Chomsky

Latest edit 4:21 p.m. EDT 5/3/08

Anagram: Assault Theology/Yes, Laugh Last Too

No Bullsh*t I just finished listening to Barack Obama talk about Reverend Jeremiah Wright at a press conference a few minutes ago. He’s not happy with Reverend Wright, but I tell ya, I’m not sure he really gets it.  We don’t care what you think about how offensive he is.  And while he was Offensive, we figured it out.  we didn’t really need your help, Thanks Anyway.  I understand you wanted to come out and make sure that people Understood that.  Good as far as it goes.  It doesn’t go far enough.  He says the relationship between him and the Reverend is strained.  In the public Eye, Anywhere for that matter, And in this day and age, It should no longer exist.  Yes It is good to see that you Understood that the man was grandstanding yesterday.  We have eyes.  We Know.  We didn’t need your help there.   For a transcript of The Senator’s response, Click here—>  http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/29/us/politics/29text-obama.html?pagewanted=all

       We see In Wright a man filled with hate and Racism.  We see That You are still a Member of That church, which is not really Liberation Theology, but ASSAULT THEOLOGY.  That’s the Words for it. ASSAULT THEOLOGY.  Christ was about Love and Forgiveness.  Yes I know he had a Moment or two when he was harder than that, The moment with the money changers comes to mind, but for the most part, It was love and peace.  Turn the Other cheek.  That’s not what Wright is about.  Wright wants to put shackles on those who put shackles on his Forebears.  That is wrong. If it was wrong for White people to do it, and want to do it to your people, is it Right to want to do it to others? No.  And it can’t be without rationalizing, hate, and Unthinking Anger.  ASSAULT is the word for it.  An Assault on Goodness and Right mindedness, and Righteousness.  An Assault on all that is and can be Good in this world.  Hate preaching.  Hate speech.  Wright has nothing to do with goodness or godliness, not with what I saw yesterday, or with those “snippets” of sermons.   

      The problem is that you, Barack Obama, are still a member of that church. And while the Relationship is strained between the two of you, I must make the Presumption that it still exists, until you announce that you’ve broken Ties with him.  THAT’S the part That’s Unacceptable.  You can’t help what he did, or said, either At church or in Public.  What you can do is walk away.  A Complete Break from Reverend Wrong.  Anything less is a slap in the face of Americans everywhere.  This isn’t Just a Spectacle you are Caught in.  America is caught with you.  Unburden yourself and Us with you.  Walk Away. 

       There are Millions of Americans who have voted for you. Millions who have said Yes to the Change you wish to bring to America.  And this is how you repay them.  Being Unhappy with The Man and saying you don’t believe like he does is not enough.  To say those Grandstanding statements should be Denounced is not enough.  Walk Away.  You just might lose those millions who voted for you In Iowa and Wisconsin and Colorado and all the other places where you won the Primaries, and The General will go in the Other direction.  Towards the Republicans.  Walk away from Wright, break all ties from him, or you face the prospect of Losing the Election because of your reluctance to Walk away from a Racist Grandstanding Self aggrandizing Preacher who is More interested In Himself than in you. 

      Is his friendship that Important that you’ll throw away all of America, and the Hopes and dreams of Millions because of it? You never said anything about leaving the Church.  You said the Relationship is strained.  Not Over.  Over is the Only solution.  Without it, Senator Urkel, You Are Toast.

        And he said that he hasn’t heard the Aids comment, that America had created aids to kill the Black man.  Hell, I heard it.  Most everyone I know has heard it.  He running for president, Shouldn’t he have his finger on the Pulse of the Nation? Shouldn’t he know when his Own Pastor Talks Crap if everyone else does? does he not own a Cell phone? A TV? A Radio?  I think he’s Lying here.  He knew.  He had to.  He’s closer to it, and to the Church it was spoken in and the man who said it than just about anyone.  He’s Full of Shit.

     A blurb from a Story about Reverend Wright, from last month:  “Obama’s most famous celebrity backer, Oprah Winfrey began attending Wright’s church in 1984. Last year, Newsmax magazine reported that Winfrey abruptly stopped attending years ago, and suggested that she did so to distance herself from Wright’s inflammatory rhetoric. She soon found herself a target of Wright, who excoriated her for having broken with “traditional faith.”   END QUOTE.  For the Entire Story, click here—>   http://www.newsmax.com/kessler/Obama_hate_America_sermon/2008/03/16/80870.html

        Now if Oprah Knew about Wright’s Horse crap, from YEARS AGO, how is it that he didn’t?  I am telling you the Man is Full of Shit.  In a way that Hillary and McCain could Not Possibly Touch.  He is Light years ahead of the other Candidates in that regard.  He is Playing us all for Fools.  He Thinks we Buy this Crap.  He is still a Member of The ASSAULT THEOLOGY Church. 

       The Man is Pitiful.  He may be the Next President of The United States, But he is still a pitiful and useless creature.  America, You can do better then this.

     A Vote for Hillary is a Vote against Racism.  A Vote for Obama is a Vote for Hate. 

       Read.

       Think.

       Choose.

       Music, News, More Politics and Quotes Later On Today.

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        RindI read a Great many things during any given day, and I try to learn something new every day.  I try my best to be the best person that I can possibly be, in every way that I can.  That is why it bothers me that the Politics of the day is so fraught with the same stupid back and forth and stupid issues every single day.  It is almost like Both side of the Democratic party are dead set against creating or keeping anything positive in this campaign at all.   I could point to any of the Myriad issues over the last two months as an example, from Jeremiah wright, to Geraldine Ferraro, to Samantha power, to Clinton Ducking imaginary bullets in Bosnia. 

       First thing i’ll touch on will be something of a Novel suggestion for the Democratic party and their convention in August in Denver.  A completely different candidate, Neither Obama or Clinton put up as president.   In a story from the www.tcpalm.com,  a website for a palm beach florida newspaper, Local Representative and Super Delegate Tim Mahoney said that a compromise candidate could possibly be selected if There is a deadlock after the first ballot during the convention.  Quoting the story:   “If it (the nomination process) goes into the convention, don’t be surprised if someone different is at the top of the ticket,” Mahoney said. A compromise candidate could be someone such as former vice president Al Gore, Mahoney said last week during a meeting with this news organization’s editorial board.  END QUOTE. 

        Now I am sure He only brought Al up as an example of someone who could potentially get picked, but I LIKE this Idea.  A lot.  These two have been such Badly behaved and Unruly little shits that a Third Candidate added on at the end taking it all away from them would serve them both well.  Much as I Like Hillary, and think she’ll be a Good president, given the chance, but with no end of the Bullshit and yapping from BOTH Sides, I have no Problem whatsoever in giving them BOTH a time out and picking someone else. 

        Yes I understand that all those people who voted at all for any of the candidates would feel robbed in this circumstance, But I truly think it would be good to bring in someone on top of the ticket who is completely above the fray, above all the crap that has gone on here.  This democratic nomination process has been The Ugliest Mud slingingest, nastiest, dirtiest, bitchiest, whiniest, stupidest horse-crap I have ever seen in the political spectrum in my entire life, and I’ll be happy to see the back of it, to be honest.

       BTW I like Rep. Mahoney’s Attitude towards this entire thing, not to mention the thoughts of the average Floridian.  Again quoting the above-mentioned story, Mahoney First, then Stats from a local poll about the Florida Jan 29th election: “Mahoney said he had intended to skip the convention because “I have better things to do in my district” than attend what recently has become a glorified pep rally. He will stay away if his super-delegate vote isn’t needed.”  I’m sure a lot of the Other Caped crusading democrats have more important things to do as well.  Second story quote: “A recent statewide poll of registered Democratic voters by the St. Petersburg Times and its television partner showed that the campaigning boycott of Florida had little effect on Democratic voters’ choices in the Jan. 29 primary. The poll showed that 56 percent said the lack of campaigning had “no effect at all” on their vote. Also, 77 percent of the people polled said that it is “very important” to them that the results of the Jan. 29 primary count.”  These people are not stupid.  Count their vote, Mr. Dean. 

       

                    Ladies and Gentlemen, We have more of the Clinton/Obama Fun:  Hillary has finally weighed in on the “Reverend Wrong” Yappin Moron  Scandal.  for the entire story click here—>  http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/03/25/807330.aspx  Quoting the MSNBC story: “Given all we have heard and seen, he would not have been my pastor,” Clinton said. “I gave a speech at Rutgers, about a year ago, that was triggered by the Don Imus comments, and I said it was time for standing up for what is right, for saying enough is enough, for urging that we turn a culture of degradation into a culture of empowerment, for saying that, while we, of course, must protect our right to freedom of expression, it should not be used as a license or an excuse to demean and humiliate our fellow citizens.”  She then went further, saying, “We don’t have a choice when it comes to our relatives. We have a choice when it comes to our pastors and the churches we attend.” END QUOTE.  The Obama people of course, had the Obligatory political bullshit response that she’s speaking about it now to minimize the damage from her lying about her Bosnia trip…..which she also spoke about in the same press conference.  Mind you, she also had The Typical Political Bullshit in Hand, and downplayed it. 

       Both parties are idiots here.  She “Misspoke”.  My Ass she Misspoke, she lied.  But ya Know, her Lie isn’t nearly as bad His Truth, his associating with known racists, and by associating with them, assisting in perpetrating the self same racism and destroying any chance for the next generation of having anything but negative feeling towards white people in his community.  She needs to apologize for her lie.  He needs to walk away from his church.  I don’t expect her to tho, any more than I expect Sen. Obama to stop going to The Church of Racism and the Poisoned mind in Chicago.  Both sides are committed way too deeply here for there to be any retreat from their stated positions now.

        A Final piece of news, This from The Polls.  Hillary Clinton has a 3% lead over Barack Obama Nationwide in a Rasmussen poll of Democrats, with a 3% sampling error.  Dead Heat.  Gallup has Obama with a 2% lead over Hillary, with a 2%  sampling error.  Dead Heat.  No surprise as far as I see it.  The one thing here that’s going on is the Undecideds here.  The Rasmussen poll has 11%  of the democratic populous undecided, and Gallup has 8% Undecided.  Those people, those 8-11%, those happy undecided few, are going to (possibly) make the difference in the most important Political process our nation has, The picking of the Next President. 

       Choose Wisely everyone.

               Politics, News, and Opining are Done.  Music Next.

       Guitar: I have so far played:

            Scales, the standard run of them.  3 string One Octave Major and Minor Scales In all keys. 

            Alternate Picking Single string chromatic exercises.  Ascending, descending, and alternating, meaning ascend for 4 notes,(1,2,3,4) move up one fret and descend for 4 notes(5,4,3,2), then up one fret and ascend (3,4,5,6) etc. etc.   don’t think i ever fully explained that before, thought now would be as good a time as any.

            a few quick pivot point exercises(from the Vinnie Moore tape that i spoke of yesterday) meaning find One (or more) notes as a base, and play a short ascending or descending riff, using that Note or notes as a Pivot point, Example:  A,C,A,G,A,C,A,F,A,C,A,E,A,C,A,D.  The pivot point there being, obviously the a,c,a combo.   You can have as many types and go in as many ways as you feel for this exercise.  Use That imagination and Go Nuts!

           Noodled for a bit, just a few chord progressions.  simple ones.    That’s about it for the Playing. 

       And That’s It for the Blog.  Go Jam! 

Today’s Nuggets, two of Aesop’s Fables, from http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/toc/modeng/public/AesFabl.html :  

The Wolf and the Lamb

       WOLF, meeting with a Lamb astray from the fold, resolved not to lay violent hands on him, but to find some plea to justify to the Lamb the Wolf’s right to eat him. He thus addressed him: “Sirrah, last year you grossly insulted me.” “Indeed,” bleated the Lamb in a mournful tone of voice, “I was not then born.” Then said the Wolf, “You feed in my pasture.” “No, good sir,” replied the Lamb, “I have not yet tasted grass.” Again said the Wolf, “You drink of my well.” “No,” exclaimed the Lamb, “I never yet drank water, for as yet my mother’s milk is both food and drink to me.” Upon which the Wolf seized him and ate him up, saying, “Well! I won’t remain supper-less, even though you refute every one of my imputations.”

       The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny.

      

The Raven and the Swan

      A RAVEN saw a Swan and desired to secure for himself the same beautiful plumage. Supposing that the Swan’s splendid white color arose from his washing in the water in which he swam, the Raven left the altars in the neighborhood where he picked up his living, and took up residence in the lakes and pools. But cleansing his feathers as often as he would, he could not change their color, while through want of food he perished. 

       Change of habit cannot alter Nature.

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      Love is Loud        Politics First, Shredding later.  Nothing But Fun Today Kids!

       There is a Conservative group, Name of Citizens United, that was trying to have commercials for a Movie, Titled:  “Hillary: The Movie”, aired as Most movie commercials are, without regulation by the Federal election commission. If it were politcal speech it would have to have the names of those who paid for it prominently displayed.  The Clinton people made a fuss and took’em to court, claiming it was political speech, while the Citizens United claimed it to be a Documentary.  The Supreme court rejected the Case On jurisdictional grounds, meaning that the Judgement of the local court will stand.  That decision was that this movie was In fact Political speech.  This Ladies and gentlemen, is just one more case of McCain Feingold coming to bite the Republicans in the ass.  They did have the right to go before the Supreme court, because they thought their right to free speech was being violated.

       I am a Hillary Clinton Supporter, so I’m pretty happy about this.  Citizens United’s right to free speech was not impinged by the judgement.  It does not mean that they can’t show the movie in theatres.  It just means that they have to disclose who exactly did what to fund this movie. The Movie was not now and never was, In danger of Not being shown due to government interference and censorship.  If it had been Then I would have been very much On the side of the Movie-makers and their backers here, but since that didn’t occur, All is well.  The Constitution still works.  Always good news.

      In Other news.  Barack Obama supporter Gordon Fischer made a few, shall we call them Inflammatory remarks, In response to a Remark from Bill Clinton.  The man, a former Chair for the Iowa Democratic Party, and a Member of Obama’s Iowa support team, actually compared former President Bill Clinton To Joe McCarthy and said that President Clinton should “never be forgiven. Period. This is a stain on his legacy, much worse, much deeper, than the one on Monica’s blue dress.” 

       Damn!!!!  And The Obama Campaign says that The Clinton campaign fights dirty.   First things first here.  How the hell do you get Joe McCarthy, Stomping on the rights and freedoms of Americans and causing  trouble everywhere with his Utra-Anti-Communist, to the point of Being Totalitarian himself, from a Five second blurb saying that a Contest between Hillary Clinton and John McCain would be between two people who love their country is completely beyond me.  Yes, you can make say that it looks like he’s questioning Barack Obama’s Patriotism, but since when is that akin to The Autocratic ranting of a Man at the Zenith of his powers, using them to crush all who opposed him? This Guy Fischer is a Dolt.  But at least he’s a Nice dolt.  He Apologized.   Good boy. 

       This kind of thing is becoming more and more the Main message of the Obama Campaign.  Do something stupid, say something Outlandish that will be easy to remember, and then Apologize for it, Then do it again.  First Samantha Power.  Twice. Then Jeremiah Wrong, America’s Favorite Anti-Semitic Racist, and now this.  How Many more Times do we have to tolerate this from Senator Urkel from Racistville?

      BTW I love this Guy Wright.  He gives Ammunition to the Anti Obama people Every day.  I love the stuff he said about America “invented” the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of color.  It’s Insane, where does he get this from? how does he know? did he study the Human Immunodeficiency Virus for years so he could understand how it came to be?  Doubtful.  And where and from whom did he find this Info about America doing this to people of Color?   Who brought him the Indisputable evidence?  Why haven’t we been shown? …. He’s a Common Dime store putz who got a Microphone and decided he knew everything.  But He’s merely a simple preacher.  a Rabble rouser.  A loudmouth Malcontent in a world of loudmouth Malcontents.   It is stupid how someone can Make up stuff and People will just believe it!  It is amazing!  Amazingly stupid. 

       Another doozy here.   I can not get over the fact that this guy, Jeremiah Wright, Pastor of Barack Obama’s Church, actually had an Article by a Hamas spokesman Last year by the Name of Mousa Abu Marzook, printed on The Pastor’s Page in his Church Bulletin!  The man is with a KNOWN TERRORIST ORGANIZATION.  That should have been a BIG red flag, but somehow, Senator Urkel from Racist-ville missed it, until he had to do a press conference about it.  Where were you last year when it came out Senator?  I’m sure you had a Copy of it at some point.  Did you read it when It came out?  Did you approve of it then?  I’m sure, Political Opportunist that you are, you pounced on it the second the news broke and said it was wrong, but what did you think then, Hmm?     

        I cannot get over the fact that Barack Obama accepts racism and Anti-Semetism within his own church, accepts it and let’s his children hear it with their own ears, that racial hate is acceptable.  Implying that God Himself Approves of it because it is being spoken in church Under the Auspices of Mass.  Any Human who goes to a church that allows that to happen is working against the love of God, And any church that allows hate speech of any type Is anything but a church that is godly and good.  There is no place for the Prince of Peace in church when words of hate and division are spoken.   And these are your people Barack.  You accept their HATE in the house of God.  By staying, you say that it is Ok for them to hate.  And by saying that you Imply that Hate is acceptable.  Is it acceptable for everyone, Senator Urkel?  I hope not.  That would be Evil.  That is a Thorny road you are traveling, Little Brother.  I would re-think that if I were you.

    

         A Moment of Silence for those Fallen in the Iraq War.  The death toll for the War has reached 4,000.  May they rest In peace.  God Bless America.

              

      That’s it for News, Politics and Opinion, Onto personal stuff.

       Run:  No run today.  I was going to but I woke up after four hours sleep and I was just not able to muster enough energy to put a run in, and I had a few things to do, so I didn’t have a lot of Time to run even when i could have gone.  I’ll hit 7+ tomorrow. No worries.

       Guitar: I went over to my mom’s house for a Belated Easter dinner, I was working yesterday and could not make it.  What does that have to do with guitar?  I’ll tell ya.  I went over there and Picked up some Most excellent learning material.  An old VHS Tape from the “Hot licks” Tape series that came out in the late eighties or early nineties.  It is a One Hour Instructional tape entitled “Vinnie Moore: Advanced Lead Guitar Technique”  Really good stuff.  I played along for about a Half an hour of it, or tried to.  That man had, and probably still has, Amazingly fast hands, MUCH faster than I have.  He was rolling through simple 2 octave scale exercises (where do you think i got it from?) so fast I could not HOPE to keep up.  It was amazing.   I had a blast playing, it was a real treat, Only wish i was a faster guitarist. …. Wait, What’s that? You Don’t know who he is?  Never heard of Vinnie Moore? 

Click here for a Biographical blurb—> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinnie_Moore

And here, His website—> http://www.vinniemoore.com/

              I had No Idea he was In UFO Now.  Kewl!

       I also played a fair bit at work early this morning, did all the usual exercises, Single string Alternate picking, Major and Minor scale exercises, One Octave, three strings,starting from the 6th, 5th, 4th and 3rd strings, in all keys.  Pentatonic scale all keys.  Random Modal work.   Bunches of Chord structures and  songs.  The one things that really is missing is speed exercises, which I will glean from the Videotape, which I am thinking I just might burn to DVD so i can watch it on my DVD Player. 

       That’s It for me.  Gonna go play for a few before I go back to sleep.  Jam On!

Today’s Nuggets, Via www.Quoteland.com“Collect impressions. Don’t be in a hurry to write them down. Because that’s something music can do better than painting: it can centralise variations of colour and light within a single picture – a truth generally ignored, obvious as it is.”   Claude Debussy

When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.  P.J. O’Rourke

Racism is an ism to which everyone in the world today is exposed; for or against, we must take sides. And the history of the future will differ according to the decision which we make.   Ruth Benedict

latest Edit:  8:18 a.m.  3/25/08

Anagram: America’s Most Wanted/Newest Somatic Drama

Bridge of Light      I have a few questions.  Am I the Only one who thinks it’s a little odd that a former senior CIA official who works for the Obama campaign, John Brennan, also happens to be the boss of one of the men who was snooping into the passport of Barack Obama? One wonders if there could be a Connection between the two. I don’t know of any, but I think a little healthy speculation is called for.

       A few Possibilities.  One) Obama is trying to play a game here, using this passport story to divert attention away from The Reverend Wright mess.  Interesting how the story came up just as the Reverend Wright thing happened.  Two) Obama has been played by This man, Brennan, who is part of some vast conspiracy against Mr. Obama.  Unlikely.  Three) It’s Hillary, She’s The Devil right? It’s Got to be her, right?  No.  I don’t believe In conspiracy theories in general, and I don’t like playing the blame game about stuff I know this little about.  

       I personally think It’s Just harmless stupidity, at best planted by Obama, but no big deal, we know what Kind of an Evil Son of a Bitch he is, it should come as no surprise if it comes to light that it was him.  Nothing will happen to him tho.  He gets the Kid gloves treatment. CNN Loves him.  Ted Turner is Obama’s Bitch at this point.

       That point aside, It looks harmless, This passport snooping business.  It has happened to all three candidates. Nothing has come to light over it, except that two people got fired and One Disciplined.  What could they have learned anyway From a passport, That they traveled Overseas On Official Government Business? It’s not like any of these three have ever been suspected of shady dealings before.  Not by anyone with any credibility of any type. 

       Except Hillary.  Those who hate her think she has some kind of pact with the devil.  Not true.  I’ve know The Big D For years, and She has No deals with him at this point, and never has for that matter.  I work In Mid Town Manhattan for a Law Firm, I work for the Bastard.  I would Know.  😛

       In Other News, Barack Obama is an idiot.  Proof?  Here Ya go, Quoting a CNN Story: Obama, who mentioned his grandmother during a speech on race he delivered in Philadelphia Tuesday, had told the hosts of a sports radio show in that city that his grandmother was not a racist, “…but she is a typical white person who, you know, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn’t know, there is a reaction that has been bred into our experiences that don’t go away and sometimes come out in the wrong way…”

        Typical White person.  Damn you Whitey!  How dare you react at all to people walking down the street!  LOL.  Seriously tho, What kind of reaction are we talking about?  Is it Ok or Not ok to look at someone walking down the street?  Does it matter what there skin color is?  Should it? Not to me. 

       I am trying to figure out what he means, and I can’t.  It has something to do with race, that being the Typical white person part of things there, but, what reaction are we talking about here? Can we get some specifics? “and it comes out the wrong way” I’ve had confrontations on the street with people over looking at them, Ya know, Someone looks at you, you look at them, then they say something to you like “What are you looking at” and I usually respond with lyrics, because it invariably happens when I’m wearing headphones, and It’s usually Metallica or something like that.  It usually shuts them up, something like :

       “On with the action now, Ill strip your pride, Ill spread your blood around, Ill see you ride, Your face is scarred with steel, wounds deep and neat, Like a double dozen before ya, smells so sweet”

      Does that mean I’m a Typical White person, Barack? I hope so.  Always Calm, always relaxed, but always in Charge.  Dat’s Me!  singing—> ” Am I Evil?  Yes I am!  Am I Evil?  I am Man, Yes I am!”  Schweet….

       One last Side note to this piece.  Amazing that Only one comment was made on this here story before cnn stopped comments on it.  Were the ones they tossed too strong for their tastes?  Too Anti Obama?  One wonders…..

       I Find it amazing that there is no news about Hillary Clinton in the last few days.  The News has been Absolutley Inundated with Stories about Barack Obama.  Most of them Negative mind you, but the news is becoming All Obama, All the Time. I would Like to throw some news out there, but there just doesn’t seem to be any.  The passport thing yeah, but i already covered that. There is Nothing else.  Wow.  I do think that with all the Negative political news coming out these days from the Obama Camp, That’s a Good thing.  Check out Hillary, playing it smart.  Keep quiet and play your cards close to the vest, kid.  You aren’t done yet.  Let the Obamamamas say that you can’t win.  We’ll show’em.  We’ll show’em all.

       That’s it for News, Opinion, and Politics. Onto personal stuff.

      Classical Guitar Guitar:   Played a fair bit today.  Nothing extraordinary but It was nice to get a descent amount of playing out there today.  

       Played :      Single string Alternate picking exercises.

                           Major Scales, two octave variety, in all keys.

                           Minor Scales, two octave variety, in all keys.

                           Two forms of the Pentatonic scale, in all keys.

                           Major 9th Arpeggios, all keys.

                           Minor 7th Arpeggios, all keys.

                           Key of E, F and A, and A#, All seven Modes, One Octave

                           a few chord progressions.

                           a song or two that I have written

                           A chord progression that I played at random that sounded suspiciously like Hotel California, but is probably not quite there.

                          A little bit of 8 bar blues, nothing extraordinary.

       I really had fun playing today, I played for Over an hour, and it was nice to just relax with it.  I did goof in a few places, for example, Playing the two octave major scale At the thirteenth fret on the acoustic is always a pain in the ass, and It was no fun today, That 17th fret reach On an acoustic where the body sits in your way at the twelfth fret sucks, But you eventually get it.   And I did, Just had to arch my hand a bit funny.  Never will get used to that.

       Run:  No run today. I woke up at around normal time for me, and I was a dragging a Bit, Looked outside, checked the temperature, and said No.   It was 36 degrees and It was still windy out there.  I wanted no part of it. Sat on My butt and played guitar and felt good about it.  I’ll run On Monday, a day that I have been taking off lately.  No worries.

       That’s it for me.  Jam On!

Today’s Nuggets, All By Michel De Montaigne, Via Wikiquote:  The easy, gentle, and sloping path…is not the path of true virtue. It demands a rough and thorny road.

The souls of emperors and cobblers are cast in the same mold…The same reason that makes us wrangle with a neighbor creates a war betwixt princes.

There is no man so good that if he placed all his actions and thoughts under the scrutiny of the laws, he would not deserve hanging ten times in his life.

No man is exempt from saying silly things; the mischief is to say them deliberately.

Love to his soul gave eyes; he knew things are not as they seem. The dream is his real life; the world around him is the dream.