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by srappoport
Fri Feb 13, 2009 1:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Geert Wilders, the irony: what do you think?
Replies: 58
Views: 1551

Re: Geert Wilders, the irony: what do you think?

Even Holocaust deniers have a right to deny the truth They don't have that right, and have been successfully prosecuted for it, as well they should be. In Canada, yes, because your constitution is written so that the government gets to decide what it wants to forbid. http://www.canadianembassy.org/...
by srappoport
Fri Feb 13, 2009 1:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Chances are Obama's presidency has already failed
Replies: 5
Views: 451

Re: Chances are Obama's presidency has already failed

I offer this from the Washington Post of this coming Sunday: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/12/AR2009021201602.html Nationalize the Banks! We're all Swedes Now . By Matthew Richardson and Nouriel Roubini Sunday, February 15, 2009; Page B03 The U.S. banking system is clo...
by srappoport
Fri Feb 13, 2009 12:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Speaking Treason Fluently, by Tim Wise
Replies: 6
Views: 437

Re: Speaking Treason Fluently, by Tim Wise

DavidRoss wrote:
srappoport wrote:There can be no doubt that the white race did the Indians wrong.
"White race?" Pray tell, what is this "white race?"
Okay, you win. Would you prefer "people of European extraction"?
by srappoport
Fri Feb 13, 2009 12:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Speaking Treason Fluently, by Tim Wise
Replies: 6
Views: 437

Re: Speaking Treason Fluently, by Tim Wise

There can be no doubt that the white race did the Indians wrong. Even when the whites signed treaties, they would violate them if doing so was to their advantage. When the Indians go to the Supreme Court, they generally win because they have the documents. That said, we should not make the mistake o...
by srappoport
Fri Feb 13, 2009 12:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Geert Wilders, the irony: what do you think?
Replies: 58
Views: 1551

Re: Geert Wilders, the irony: what do you think?

The Koran is explicit in its incitement to murder. That is not interpretation. I believe that there are passsages in the so-called Old Testament that also would qualify. The difference is that Christians and Jews, at least these days, do not take those passages literally; the same cannot be said fo...
by srappoport
Fri Feb 13, 2009 11:49 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Geert Wilders, the irony: what do you think?
Replies: 58
Views: 1551

Re: Geert Wilders, the irony: what do you think?

How many Muslim clerics and others in England today call for the destruction of Israel?? How many of them are thrown out of the country or are prosecuted for voicing such views? All this stuff about "hate speech" laws is a total smoke screen. The speech is tolerated when the speakers are feared and...
by srappoport
Fri Feb 13, 2009 11:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Geert Wilders, the irony: what do you think?
Replies: 58
Views: 1551

Re: Geert Wilders, the irony: what do you think?

Arguments to ban the Koran are also pure anti-religious provocation, and are at least worth a judicial test of hate crimes legislation. An argument is different from the act of banning. "Anti-religious provocation" is an interesting phrase. It suggests that expressions of hostility to religion are ...
by srappoport
Fri Feb 13, 2009 11:36 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Geert Wilders, the irony: what do you think?
Replies: 58
Views: 1551

Re: Geert Wilders, the irony: what do you think?

Even Holocaust deniers have a right to deny the truth They don't have that right, and have been successfully prosecuted for it, as well they should be. In Canada, yes, because your constitution is written so that the government gets to decide what it wants to forbid. http://www.canadianembassy.org/...
by srappoport
Fri Feb 13, 2009 10:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Geert Wilders, the irony: what do you think?
Replies: 58
Views: 1551

Re: Geert Wilders, the irony: what do you think?

How many Muslim clerics and others in England today call for the destruction of Israel?? How many of them are thrown out of the country or are prosecuted for voicing such views? All this stuff about "hate speech" laws is a total smoke screen. The speech is tolerated when the speakers are feared and...
by srappoport
Fri Feb 13, 2009 10:35 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Geert Wilders, the irony: what do you think?
Replies: 58
Views: 1551

Re: Geert Wilders, the irony: what do you think?

Arguments to ban the Koran are also pure anti-religious provocation, and are at least worth a judicial test of hate crimes legislation. An argument is different from the act of banning. "Anti-religious provocation" is an interesting phrase. It suggests that expressions of hostility to religion are ...
by srappoport
Fri Feb 13, 2009 10:28 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Geert Wilders, the irony: what do you think?
Replies: 58
Views: 1551

Re: Geert Wilders, the irony: what do you think?

There is a view that so-called hate speech, which is basically what a government labels as such when it does not like the message, I'm not sure why I bother to refute such a blatant misrepresentation of what hate laws actually say. But around here, it is necessary. And here we go again with the "fr...
by srappoport
Thu Feb 12, 2009 6:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Geert Wilders, the irony: what do you think?
Replies: 58
Views: 1551

Re: Geert Wilders, the irony: what do you think?

There seems to be developing the idea, at least in Europe and probably in Canada too, that Islam is a special exception to every rule that applies to any other religion or belief and that it is not to be criticized or disparaged and its adherents are not to feel offended. That view more than likely ...
by srappoport
Tue Feb 10, 2009 4:06 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Time for a Status Check on Hillary . . .
Replies: 5
Views: 404

Re: Time for a Status Check on Hillary . . .

The influence of cabinet members depends larghely on their access to the President and his trust in them. In that regard, Clinton should have realized that she would be in a relatively poor position compared to Condeleeza Rice who had already forged a bond with her boss before becoming SecState. Th...
by srappoport
Sat Feb 07, 2009 8:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Is Stimulus The Right Thing To Do?
Replies: 53
Views: 1577

Re: Is Stimulus The Right Thing To Do?

I think that the immediate problem of giving a jolt to the economy can best be addressed quickly, non-bureaucratically, and without political favoritism by simply giving government money to people who are unemployed or earning below a certain amount, say, $30K. So you'd rather give the public fisc ...
by srappoport
Sat Feb 07, 2009 6:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Forbidding of England
Replies: 18
Views: 663

Re: The Forbidding of England

The common law of England is not imposed from above by sovereign powers that hope to control us, but is built from below by judges striving to resolve our conflicts. It is a bottom-up form of legal order, a legal order designed to protect the subject from his oppressors. Although I agree with many ...
by srappoport
Sat Feb 07, 2009 6:20 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Is Stimulus The Right Thing To Do?
Replies: 53
Views: 1577

Re: Is Stimulus The Right Thing To Do?

I think that the immediate problem of giving a jolt to the economy can best be addressed quickly, non-bureaucratically, and without political favoritism by simply giving government money to people who are unemployed or earning below a certain amount, say, $30K. (There would be a sliding scale at the...
by srappoport
Sat Feb 07, 2009 5:42 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The True Origins of This Financial Crisis
Replies: 14
Views: 1203

Re: The True Origins of This Financial Crisis

The analysis needs to be taken back further than the author did. There was a time when the average worker could afford to buy a house. That ability disappeared. Why? At some point, during the Cater Administration, I believe, the real earings of ordinary people stopped growing. Why? These questions n...
by srappoport
Sat Feb 07, 2009 5:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Forbidding of England
Replies: 18
Views: 663

Re: The Forbidding of England

The common law of England is not imposed from above by sovereign powers that hope to control us, but is built from below by judges striving to resolve our conflicts. It is a bottom-up form of legal order, a legal order designed to protect the subject from his oppressors. Although I agree with many ...
by srappoport
Tue Oct 09, 2007 6:54 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Who Is We?
Replies: 17
Views: 1457

Can you tell me what is the patriotic position to take on Iraq? Do you know what our strategic interests are? Yes. Now, before I expend energy crafting a response, are these merely rhetorical or are you seriously looking for information? I'm quite serious. My problem is that I do not get to the com...
by srappoport
Tue Oct 09, 2007 6:48 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Qaeda Goes Dark After a U.S. Slip
Replies: 3
Views: 582

I thought it was a cardinal rule of spycraft that you never let the enemy know you had cracked his communications unless it served some larger strategic purpose. It would be a nice subject for a congressional investigation, but they are too busy trying to figure out the quickest way to surrender in...
by srappoport
Tue Oct 02, 2007 6:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Russians at Iran’s Bushehr nuclear reactor suddenly depart
Replies: 9
Views: 853

Maybe Bush is going to do something. I note with interest this on-line column: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... v=hcmodule
by srappoport
Tue Oct 02, 2007 6:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: iLawsuit
Replies: 2
Views: 482

The plaintiff is nuts. Has she ever heard of the concept of the market? When Apple sold her the phone, it made no promise, express or implied, to keep the price up. Her expectation is not a basis for a claim.
by srappoport
Tue Oct 02, 2007 6:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Who Is We?
Replies: 17
Views: 1457

I'm sure that's what the useful idiots, sympathizers with the Russian communists, said in the 1930s, too, all while their actions, on which people should be judged, supported our enemies. Democratic opposition to the war in Viet Nam did not make the US stronger and did not benefit anyone but the Ru...
by srappoport
Tue Oct 02, 2007 5:48 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Who Is We?
Replies: 17
Views: 1457

The question of what is patriotism is very difficult to address. Is a person who wears the flag and shouts down someone who complains that the present president is an idiot more patriotic than someone who wants our troops out of Iraq? The opponent of the war may or may not be right, but is that the ...
by srappoport
Thu Sep 06, 2007 2:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Teachout: Selling Classical Music to a disinterested public
Replies: 11
Views: 2006

Re: the local fare

I think that is very interesting, I often wonder if as general rule we are less respectful of the arts (institutions and even each other) than 50 years ago. I don't see how that is possible, given the proliferation of all kinds of arts activities and artists. Who is this "we"? There are a number of...
by srappoport
Tue Jul 31, 2007 6:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anti-Beethovens
Replies: 54
Views: 6095

Re: Anti-Beethovens

Been more drawn to post-Beethoven composers who show little or no trace of LvB's influence. I have gotten to the point where I do not care for the most Beethovenistic of Brahms music (such as some of the string quartets) and even cringe at the Beethovenisms in Bartok's 5th String Quartet. So my lis...
by srappoport
Wed Jun 20, 2007 6:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Guarneri Quartet to Call It Quits
Replies: 11
Views: 1886

I am glad to hear that the Guarneri will be going away. It is too bad that they did not leave a couple of years ago. They overstayed their time. I hear them twice a season under the auspices of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and I find them well below the level of other groups (like Artemi...
by srappoport
Wed Jun 20, 2007 5:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Guarneri Quartet to Call It Quits
Replies: 11
Views: 1886

I am glad to hear that the Guarneri will be going away. It is too bad that they did not leave a couple of years ago. They overstayed their time. I hear them twice a season under the auspices of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and I find them well below the level of other groups (like Artemis...
by srappoport
Mon Jun 11, 2007 6:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonathan Biss
Replies: 11
Views: 2480

As I reported here previously, I heard Biss in solo recital in Philadelphia a year ago. It was a varied program (Beethoven, Spratlan, Schoenberg, and Schumann) and his performance was admirable in every respect. I also heard him two months ago as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra in Mozart PC...
by srappoport
Fri Jul 28, 2006 3:29 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Schumann's Only Opera, "Genoveva"
Replies: 11
Views: 3124

Jack Kelso wrote:"Genoveva" contains music which is "far greater than it sounds".
Greater to whom?
by srappoport
Tue Jul 25, 2006 3:42 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Karl Reinecke
Replies: 13
Views: 2801

I thank you both. I have a question, though. Was his first name Karl or Carl? I have seen it both ways, and I thought that since he was German, the name was supposed to start with a K.
by srappoport
Tue Jul 25, 2006 2:59 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Karl Reinecke
Replies: 13
Views: 2801

Karl Reinecke

I happened to hear his first piano concerto this morning. I had never heard of him before, but he was an important conductor and teacher, as well as a prolific composer. I want to hear the concerto again before reaching a judgment, but you can get a sense of when it was composed because there are pa...
by srappoport
Tue Jul 25, 2006 2:51 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: That Famous Bernstein-Gould Argument About Brahms
Replies: 8
Views: 1905

I recall reading that Schonberg review and thinking that it was the funniest piece of writing that I had ever seen in The Times. I wish I had saed it (but I was only 20 years old back then). I think that he made a reference to the glass of water that Gould placed on the piano. Schonberg was a very i...
by srappoport
Wed May 24, 2006 4:57 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Top Russian One-Hit Wonder
Replies: 25
Views: 25880

Ralph wrote:
Here's his list of works from Wikipedia:

Works


* * An Episode from the Life of Schubert, Op. 61 (1920)
Does anybody know what this is all about?
by srappoport
Thu May 18, 2006 3:16 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Jerry Hadley Arrested for DWI
Replies: 41
Views: 11005

Corlyss_D wrote:
jbuck919 wrote:I'm far enough from the scene not to recognize the name,
He was much sought after for his light tenor voice and his acting ability. He was strong in the French repertoire, Mozart, and bel canto operas.
I recall having heard him a long time ago. What went wrong?
by srappoport
Tue May 16, 2006 4:03 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: For Ralph
Replies: 14
Views: 5798

Re: For Ralph

Blip wrote:One evening in 1785, four composers met in Vienna to read the latest string quartets by a young Wolfgang Mozart, then 19.
He was born in 1756, making him 29.
by srappoport
Fri May 12, 2006 2:44 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bush: THe Worst President in History?
Replies: 40
Views: 7416

Nixon always knew where the American center was and he played to it, It's no great strategy to find a center when there was one and there was so much of it. We don't have a center anymore. We have partisans and the undecided. The undecided aren't "the center;" they are people who can't make up thei...
by srappoport
Fri May 12, 2006 2:00 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Classical Music and Political Radicalism
Replies: 12
Views: 3964

Ralph wrote: Opera and theatre express political and social values in ways absolute, even programmatic, music can't.
This can be true. Think of Don Carlo or the Va pensiero chorus.
by srappoport
Wed May 10, 2006 1:59 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bush: THe Worst President in History?
Replies: 40
Views: 7416

I can assure you that if you look at how Truman was regarded in 1952 and the first few years thereafter, you never would classify him as anything but a contender for worst president ever. I must confess that the hostility to Truman surprised me when I became aware of it. My parents thought a lot of...
by srappoport
Wed May 10, 2006 1:48 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Favorite 5 pieces
Replies: 78
Views: 19288

Mr. Henning, where is your list for today?
by srappoport
Mon May 08, 2006 3:50 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Favorite 5 pieces
Replies: 78
Views: 19288

If I could have only five recordings on a desert island, I wouldn't choose the five pieces I like the best, because I'd get tired of them, disgusted with them, after overexposure. So I admit that I have been cited for non-compliance with the Desert Island Scenario :-) There is something to what you...
by srappoport
Mon May 08, 2006 3:43 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bush: THe Worst President in History?
Replies: 40
Views: 7416

Having read some books about Lincoln and his times, I would be cautious about trying to declare what sort of president Bush 2 will turn out to have been. History depends on matters working themselves out to a conclusion. While you are living in the times, you cannot see clearly because you do not kn...
by srappoport
Mon May 08, 2006 3:26 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Favorite 5 pieces
Replies: 78
Views: 19288

Today's list: Messiaen, Quatuor pour la fin du temps Hindemith, Symphony in E-flat Prokofiev, Symphony No. 7 Sibelius, Symphony No. 3 Berlioz, Les Troyens A fresh list every day? Wouldn't that mean a fresh desert island every day? So how do you move the Thousand Islands to the South Pacific and giv...
by srappoport
Mon May 08, 2006 3:22 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Schumann vs. Schubert
Replies: 97
Views: 26203

I like the Second Symphony too. Why do you suppose that it is not more popular? Who knows? Why is the Beethoven Fourth Symphony not more popular? Because the majority of people who have heard of Beethoven know of the Third, Fifth, and Ninth Symphonies. Everything else gets crowded out, it seems. Bu...
by srappoport
Mon May 08, 2006 2:37 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: A concert of all six of Beethoven's Op. 18 quartets
Replies: 0
Views: 1177

A concert of all six of Beethoven's Op. 18 quartets

It was played on Sunday by the Miro Quartet in Philadelphia. Before the intermission, it played the first three in the sequence of 3,2, and 1. After the intermission (which was long enough to allow the audience to eat from buffet tables), the group played the last three in the sequence of 5,4, and 6...
by srappoport
Mon May 08, 2006 2:21 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Schumann vs. Schubert
Replies: 97
Views: 26203

Jack Kelso wrote:Here's one good cure: memorizing the Second Symphony in C, op. 61, the Trio No. 1 in d Minor, op. 63 and "Das Paradies und die Peri", op. 50. Other medicines might help, too.....

Jack
I like the Second Symphony too. Why do you suppose that it is not more popular?
by srappoport
Fri May 05, 2006 1:42 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Take A Walk!
Replies: 27
Views: 5199

People who attain the stage of not being able to walk a quarter mile for these kinds of reasons have almost no recourse. They can only lose weight in a healthy way by aerobic exercise, and they cannot achieve sufficient aerobic exercise because they are too overweight. My colleague, bless her, is t...
by srappoport
Fri May 05, 2006 1:13 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The arrangement of the violins
Replies: 4
Views: 2509

The arrangement of the violins

In one of the threads, I read that the Germans put the second violins to the right of the conductor, unlike our practice of having them next to the first violins. This raises some questions for me: 1. When orchestras first developed first and second violin sections, how were they placed? (This will ...
by srappoport
Fri May 05, 2006 12:25 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Question Re: Beethoven's 'Pastoral'
Replies: 13
Views: 3999

I believe that Beethoven wrote some songs in English on commission. Are they something different from what is being discussed here?
by srappoport
Thu May 04, 2006 2:07 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Favorite 5 pieces
Replies: 78
Views: 19288

My list of five is arbitrary. They are here just because ... 1. Verdi's Don Carlo. 2. Verdi's Un ballo in maschera ( a work that I would not have included except for the fact that I attended three performances over a period of two weeks and each time came away with an even better understanding; I wo...