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by greymouse
Wed Sep 10, 2008 8:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A Royal Party: Oil, Sex and Coke!
Replies: 1
Views: 180

Re: A Royal Party: Oil, Sex and Coke!

Talk about corruption - this is an outrage! Also, clearly I'm in the wrong business ...
by greymouse
Wed Sep 10, 2008 3:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sarah Palin: Pros and Cons [Thread Retitled]
Replies: 696
Views: 15112

Re: Sarah Palin: Pros and Cons [Thread Retitled]

http://www.politico.com/blogs/jonathanmartin/0908/SC_Dem_chair_Palin_primary_qualification_is_she_hasnt_had_an_abortion_.html?showall So now I guess Obama has decided that the only way he can destroy Palin is to have women attack her. But to say that Palin's only qualification is that she "has not ...
by greymouse
Mon Sep 08, 2008 6:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Steve Forbes: McCain Isn't Bush
Replies: 4
Views: 168

Re: Steve Forbes: McCain Isn't Bush

Going against the Republicans for the public good?? Is that why anyone should vote them into running this country for another four years? Because they've been operating against the public good? We can't afford another four years of Republican rule. John McCain , whatever his intentions may be, cann...
by greymouse
Mon Sep 08, 2008 3:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Whoopi really aggravated ...
Replies: 10
Views: 311

Re: Whoopi really aggravated ...

Personally, I think McCain kind of overdoes it a little at times. But still, it is a plus to be considered when comparing the two candidates.
by greymouse
Sun Sep 07, 2008 2:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Steve Forbes: McCain Isn't Bush
Replies: 4
Views: 168

Re: Steve Forbes: McCain Isn't Bush

John McCain can be trusted with fiscal responsibility - he didn't participate in the decadent spending spree of the early 00's. This is a time he went against his own party for the public good. I say give the man line item veto power.
by greymouse
Thu Sep 04, 2008 10:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sarah Palin: Pros and Cons [Thread Retitled]
Replies: 696
Views: 15112

Re: Inexperience

I'd be interested in knowing how someone arrived at the low 2.4%. I think the actuarial number for the next 4 years should be closer to 14.36% using the following chart: http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/STATS/table4c6.html I'm taking L76/L72 here and subtracting from 1. But this is a very, very general appro...
by greymouse
Thu Sep 04, 2008 9:59 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sarah Palin: Pros and Cons [Thread Retitled]
Replies: 696
Views: 15112

Re: McCain's attack dog with lipstick

Did anyone see her youngest daughter Piper holding the baby and spitting on her hand to slick his hair down? Call me schmaltzy, but I about puddled up over that one. The whole dynamic of their family was admittedly interesting to watch even though I feel like a jerk saying it. The way Todd handed T...
by greymouse
Mon Sep 01, 2008 8:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sarah Palin: Pros and Cons [Thread Retitled]
Replies: 696
Views: 15112

Re: Sarah Palin's 17 Year Old Unmarried Daughter Pregnant

I know many of you are commenting that these things happen, but, shouldn't the President and the Vice-President be held to a higher standard? A person can not preach the necessity of high moral standards, without living by them and teaching these values to their family. Since when is Palin running ...
by greymouse
Mon Sep 01, 2008 7:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: To Vet, or Not To Vet...
Replies: 13
Views: 622

Re: To Vet, or Not To Vet...

Clearly she was vetted more than Barack Obama.
by greymouse
Mon Sep 01, 2008 1:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sarah Palin: Pros and Cons [Thread Retitled]
Replies: 696
Views: 15112

Re: Palin takes on oil industry, Republicans

Palin is very pro-drilling. Her approach in Alaska seems to have been this: you oil companies want to drill here, then I will compromise by demanding that Alaskans get a cut and emissions standards will be raised. I think it's a great approach that should be emulated by the shamefully stagnant Ameri...
by greymouse
Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: On Being an Elitist
Replies: 17
Views: 650

Re: On Being an Elitist

When people use the word elitist nowadays, it's just a fancy way of saying snobby . Usually the word is used by conservatives as a way to brand liberals as out of touch. JackC's post says it well. Wine snobbery isn't in fashion anymore. Now it's beer snobbery. A stereotypical elitist wouldn't be cau...
by greymouse
Sat Jun 07, 2008 11:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Look Out! Here They Come! The Religious Left!
Replies: 6
Views: 390

If there is such an animal, it will not survive in any form for long. It will evolve itself into nothingness. dj Heck no, there are a ton of them (I know plenty). Mostly they're all active in the church and obviously in more urban/suburban areas. All denominations are teeming with political liberal...
by greymouse
Thu Jun 05, 2008 4:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My God! What If We Won the War on Terror!
Replies: 42
Views: 1481

The notion of "invested in our defeat" goes both ways though. Anyone who is currently claiming that citizens are "invested in our defeat" has an obligation: if Obama is elected and we pull out of Iraq and the country doesn't fall apart and instead goes on to thrive then they must admit that it was o...
by greymouse
Thu Jun 05, 2008 1:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My God! What If We Won the War on Terror!
Replies: 42
Views: 1481

... America often goes into situations thinking only of its short-term national interest and not its long-term interests. Our actions seldom have evil motivations. They often have evil effects. ... And for some Americans, the inclination is more to withdraw from a difficult situation with only the ...
by greymouse
Thu Jun 05, 2008 11:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My God! What If We Won the War on Terror!
Replies: 42
Views: 1481

First I gotta say I've admired Zakaria for years! He's tried to be very objective about this war and his calmness is appreciated by many. I don't think the war on terror can be won. It is like a war on crime, poverty, homelessness, or anything else. You never expect to eliminate it - you just want t...
by greymouse
Wed Jun 04, 2008 10:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How do you top Al Gore's claim of inventing the internet?
Replies: 12
Views: 483

Re: How do you top Al Gore's claim of inventing the internet

From the Messiah's speech last night. I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow...
by greymouse
Sun Jun 01, 2008 10:16 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How the Europeans see us
Replies: 18
Views: 658

It's worth noting that most of the major European countries have voted for much more pro-US politicians in recent years who campaigned on reconciliation with America. So perhaps the author of the article is speaking mostly for himself and his close friends rather than your average European citizen.
by greymouse
Sun May 25, 2008 7:57 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Bob Barr, Anyone?
Replies: 11
Views: 611

This was the guy who got duped into that dumb investigation of the 2001 Clinton-Bush transition. Where they were spending millions of dollars investigating missing "w" keys on keyboards and stuff and came up short. You can tell what the GOP thinks of the guy giving him all the crappy assignments. Li...
by greymouse
Tue May 06, 2008 8:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Composer-performers and piano music
Replies: 3
Views: 445

Re: Composer-performers and piano music

But what [Ravel] managed to convey musically is so imaginative and thematically creative that, in my mind, all of Satie's piano music pales by comparison. Now there's the understatement of the year. Satie was more of a character than a serious composer pianist or not, his own greatest creation as i...
by greymouse
Sun May 04, 2008 7:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Tom Hanks endorses Obama...
Replies: 1
Views: 267

A cute video. I dig this kind of idealistic happy liberalism. Plus he looks great, so extra points.
by greymouse
Sat May 03, 2008 4:06 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: McCain says he'd veto farm bill over subsidies
Replies: 0
Views: 290

McCain says he'd veto farm bill over subsidies

Republican presidential candidate John McCain used the nation's leading corn-producing state as his backdrop Thursday to announce he opposed new federal farm legislation. The presumptive GOP nominee also suggested he would run a different general election campaign in Iowa than did President George W...
by greymouse
Fri May 02, 2008 9:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: At What Age Did You Discover Classical Music?
Replies: 36
Views: 2854

I clicked 11-20 for 17 years old. Like anyone else here, I heard it as a kid several times (just the popular tunes), but it was a college appreciation class that made me start listening to the radio, buying CDs, and playing piano. Then I took a few years of classes in music and decided I couldn't be...
by greymouse
Thu May 01, 2008 4:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Messiaen improvising at the organ
Replies: 11
Views: 697

Agree with BWV, this is breathtaking.
by greymouse
Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Obama
Replies: 17
Views: 860

I like the answer Wright gave to the Islam question where he quoted John 10:16, "I have other sheep who are not of this fold." :)
by greymouse
Tue Apr 29, 2008 8:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My daughter Em ....
Replies: 10
Views: 605

I heard The Strangest Dream performed by the Chad Mitchell Trio who were always outstanding and underrated.

Your daughter and her friend are lovely and talented. It's good to hear them making nice and interesting harmonies.
by greymouse
Tue Apr 29, 2008 6:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Is Obama Really Outraged?
Replies: 18
Views: 896

Obama is always awkward on defense to the point of being hard to watch. It's a problem with these feel good dream candidates - they take the hits much harder. Clinton doesn't have these problems. Nobody expects her lifelong associates to be warm fuzzy people. I'm sure she has plenty of Jeremiah Wrig...
by greymouse
Tue Apr 29, 2008 6:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Is Obama Really Outraged?
Replies: 18
Views: 896

Yes. I do too. A more educational version, with charts and graphs and powerpoint presentations. Look how much Perot was able to accomplish with his very low tech graphs: put the budget on the frontlines of public policy discussions in a way that all the Republican scolding couldn't do. But of cours...
by greymouse
Tue Apr 29, 2008 1:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jimmy Carter's OpEd
Replies: 9
Views: 702

This fiasco makes me miss good ol' Gerald Ford. The man just smoked pipes and golfed. Without being so decisively ejected from public service, he nevertheless took the hint and behaved humbly.
by greymouse
Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:45 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Do you believe in angels?
Replies: 31
Views: 1855

I believe in angels, but that they aren't very powerful. I interpret them to be facilitators and service workers when they're here, but with no power to do things without permission from the boss. I think there are rebellious angels too, but that they can't really accomplish anything useful without ...
by greymouse
Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NEEME JARVI ...
Replies: 19
Views: 1061

Not to mention his Sibelius 2nd originally issued on BIS - this is the fastest,fleetest and firiest performance of this work that I have ever heard - only problem is,after hearing it several times all other recordings sound sluggish and tame (except for Szell's 1970 live Tokyo recording - his last ...
by greymouse
Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:25 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sorry I couldn't meet you in NYC, but I found this
Replies: 8
Views: 651

Boys day out on the town! 8)
by greymouse
Mon Apr 28, 2008 10:38 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jesus and the Romans
Replies: 93
Views: 4689

Saul, you're taking refuge in the fact that nobody is willing to trash talk your Scriptures. Posters here either believe them because they are Jewish or Christian, or they are not believers who are passing over the topic out of respect. So enjoy this immunity, and have fun while you investigate the ...
by greymouse
Mon Apr 28, 2008 10:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jesus and the Romans
Replies: 93
Views: 4689

Saul, I was saying it's hypocritical because you said that non-Jewish scholars' opinions aren't very important to you when it comes to Tenach, but then you're claiming that Paul was giving his followers the wink and nudge when it came to idols and paganism. So first I'm thinking you haven't read or ...
by greymouse
Mon Apr 28, 2008 8:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jesus and the Romans
Replies: 93
Views: 4689

Paul didn't start Christmas trees, Rudolph, holly wreaths, or any of this other stuff. Seriously, that stuff came centuries later. That's the contribution of Scandinavian dudes who got drunk all winter. Same basically goes for Halloween. Later they would invent death metal - you get the idea; the wi...
by greymouse
Mon Apr 28, 2008 8:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jesus and the Romans
Replies: 93
Views: 4689

Wanna reach your right ear with your left hand?be my guest, but I will always rely on the source. The Idea that others can teach us Jews about our history and who wrote our own Holy Books, is the most ludicrous thing in the whole world. Fine, but that's kind of what you're doing so it's hypocritica...
by greymouse
Mon Apr 28, 2008 7:36 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jesus and the Romans
Replies: 93
Views: 4689

This is a most unbelievable and phenomenal problem that Christians posses, for they cant even correctly identify the authors of their own 'holy scriptures. But on the other hand we Jews have no disagreement or confusion about who wrote what in the Tenach. I don't understand this comment. Who wrote ...
by greymouse
Mon Apr 14, 2008 11:01 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Opponents Call Obama ‘Out of Touch’-New York Times
Replies: 29
Views: 1966

Obama's comments are typical of an elitist mindset that for good reason many people find offensive. I am an atheist and have never owned or even shot a gun, yet I find them offensive. It shows that he buys into the big city, liberal left view that these people from small towns who go to church and ...
by greymouse
Sat Mar 29, 2008 6:57 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Global Warming Dogma
Replies: 6
Views: 636

Re: Global Warming Dogma

This is highly anti-intellectual and the very antithesis of critical thinking. It's also dangerous. I agree. Truly I have no idea what the best arguments are for both sides. But I get annoyed talking with people about it around me who take it for granted and know absolutely nothing about science. I...
by greymouse
Sat Mar 29, 2008 5:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Looking at the past century
Replies: 72
Views: 3314

My first music theory teacher promoted the idea that the history of classical music follows the overtones series of a musical note, so I'll make a long boring post about that and at the end tie it in to the 20th century: The overtones for those who don't know are the natural harmonics that quietly s...
by greymouse
Sat Mar 29, 2008 4:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Learning to play the piano
Replies: 15
Views: 1165

Piano is difficult. I began learning formally as an 18-year old almost from scratch. I worked hard at it for a few years, but never got beyond lower-intermediate. I also did it with the intent to learn composing. It's very fun to play, and most listeners will be extremely impressed by easy pieces pl...
by greymouse
Sat Mar 29, 2008 3:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Clinton vows to continue contesting the Demo nomination
Replies: 4
Views: 505

Agreed. She's still quite optimistic after a rather brutal primary season. Plus, the Wright thing happened right after Obama's latest victories which seemed too early to be effective. I expect another punch.
by greymouse
Wed Mar 19, 2008 4:16 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Obama's spiritual advisor
Replies: 148
Views: 6668

Maybe you're right, if he gets big majorities in both houses of Congress. But THAT is hardly a "reach across the isle" let's "work together" approach. It would result in bitter partisan feuds of the type he is saying he wants to avoid. Yeah, he talks a lot of good trash, haha, but in the end partis...
by greymouse
Wed Mar 19, 2008 3:16 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Obama's spiritual advisor
Replies: 148
Views: 6668

First of all, I see a lot of people here who say Obama has a record as a knee-jerk liberal. I'll bet most of those who parrot this stuff that the RW commentators have spewed out would be hard pressed to give a single instance of a piece of legislation he has sponsored which demonstrates this. The f...
by greymouse
Tue Mar 18, 2008 4:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why is Gould so great?
Replies: 60
Views: 5924

The reason I believe the Gould hype is because I heard him before I learned about any of his weird behaviors. It was the Goldberg Variations (2nd recording), and I was supposed to hear it as an example of Bach and not piano style. My teacher simply said, "It's a great recording. Listen to the voice ...
by greymouse
Tue Mar 18, 2008 3:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Richest of the richest: who and where.
Replies: 19
Views: 1330

Warren Buffett is a genius when it comes to investment matters. He is overflowing with creativity and instructive ideas.
by greymouse
Tue Mar 18, 2008 12:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Name a beautiful piece of serial music
Replies: 29
Views: 1675

Re: Name a beautiful piece of serial music

The closest one I can come up with is Dallapiccola's "Quaderno Musicale Di Annalibera - Simbolo." Does Bill Evans' "T.T.T. (Twelve Tone Tune)" count? :wink: -G I take it you mean serial as in 12-tone in general, but some people only consider music to be serialism if note duration, dynamics, etc. ar...
by greymouse
Tue Mar 18, 2008 11:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What is "lyricism"
Replies: 25
Views: 9094

A little more on the etymology of "lyrical". From the point of view of poetry a lyric is a poem to accompany a song. So, whereas within the scope of music, lyrical = singable music, within the scope of poetry, lyric = singable words. The word is derived from "lyre", an instrument which would provid...
by greymouse
Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:49 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Gary Gygax fails his saving throw
Replies: 1
Views: 308

Re: Gary Gygax fails his saving throw

Haven't played for years, but enjoyed when I did. Any other old D&D geeks here? Yup, I geeked out to it to the limits: D&D, heavy metal, and Dragonlance books. It was introduced to me by a friend whose father was a 700 Club fan (no, seriously) and discouraged the monster manuals strongly. I was in ...
by greymouse
Sat Mar 15, 2008 1:03 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Obama's spiritual advisor
Replies: 148
Views: 6668

Here you are, David: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8M-kD0QdRJk&feature=related In case you're not sure, the two references at the end are to Clarence Thomas and Condi Rice. This brings up an interesting question about Wright's views (aside from Obama's mess dealing with it). He said in another cli...
by greymouse
Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Obama's spiritual advisor
Replies: 148
Views: 6668

How is that even a church? The videos I've seen look like Klan rallies, and the pastor sounds high. Obama seems like such a level headed guy - why would a concerned father take his family to such trashy nonsense? This is going to gnaw at him constantly because he's too closely tied to the church.