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by HoustonDavid
Tue Sep 20, 2011 2:38 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Tres sunt--the annual string of birthdays
Replies: 13
Views: 908

Re: Tres sunt--the annual string of birthdays

Happy, Happy, Happy BirthDay to all: Teresa, John & Dulcinea; sorry I missed the triple
anniversary (and Beethoven's "fulfillment"). Is this an annual event John: celebrating
"three-in-a-blow" birthdays? I hadn't noticed on the last few Septembers. Guess I should
check in more often.
by HoustonDavid
Sat Sep 17, 2011 11:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TERESA
Replies: 7
Views: 1115

Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TERESA

May it be a wonderful birthday for you!
by HoustonDavid
Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Free to choose = free to die?
Replies: 31
Views: 1855

Re: Free to choose = free to die?

And the audience watching the debate resoundingly told millions of viewers that those
very people should be ignored and allowed to die. Which side of the Republican vision
of health care do you agree with, Cosi?
by HoustonDavid
Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Hold Your Nose While Reading This
Replies: 7
Views: 604

Re: Hold Your Nose While Reading This

But buried in the details of his latest government jobs bill released this week -- Spawn of the Spendulus, Porky's II, Night of the Keynesian Dead -- are yet more big green boondoggles that will reward cronies, waste taxpayer dollars and make no dent in the jobless rate. These may be "cute little t...
by HoustonDavid
Fri Sep 16, 2011 3:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Free to choose = free to die?
Replies: 31
Views: 1855

Re: Free to choose = free to die?

It is my understanding that hospitals are mandated to "treat and stabilize" any person brought to their facility. On-going treatment for patients with the ability to pay is billed accordingly. My uninsured son was able to sign a statement of indigence and continued to receive treatment until he was ...
by HoustonDavid
Fri Sep 16, 2011 2:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My New Classical Music Program For The Elderly
Replies: 8
Views: 750

Re: My New Classical Music Program For The Elderly

Gives me an idea, since I live with 99 other seniors.....

Please keep us posted about your music selections and your audience responses. Do you
have discussions or Q&A after the music portion is concluded?
by HoustonDavid
Fri Sep 16, 2011 2:36 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Earl Wild Autobiography
Replies: 6
Views: 2563

Re: Earl Wild Autobiography

I agree with John: it should also be in the Chatterbox. Too few CMGers read the Review
of Books and this is an excellent review of the autobiography of an interesting musician.
by HoustonDavid
Sun Sep 11, 2011 11:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My Home Will Be My PRISON for Six Months!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 677

Re: My Home Will Be My PRISON for Six Months!!!

I can't speak for Tampa, but most cities publish lists of services available to residents, including pick-up services for handicapped and senior persons. Lady Dulcinea would appear to be eligible even if she is not a senior. Ask a friend to pick up the published list at any local government office; ...
by HoustonDavid
Sun Sep 11, 2011 11:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Obama's Jobs Speech
Replies: 86
Views: 3863

Re: Obama's Jobs Speech

Len, I would have to agree that Keaggy's claims of turning over a new leaf are proving terribly misleading - he (we assume Keaggy is a he) appears as hard-headed and unyielding as in the past. He reminds me of another one-topic, hard-headed member whose world view is limited to another singular topi...
by HoustonDavid
Fri Sep 09, 2011 11:36 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Words Matter! But it depends on .....
Replies: 6
Views: 618

Re: Words Matter! But it depends on .....

My best friend is a former Marine sniper, but I don't think Mr. Hoffa was intending to employ people like him on Tea Party members of Congress. I believe (despite some Marine warrior linguistics) he meant to remove them - "take them out" - via the electoral process, from their Congressional seats in...
by HoustonDavid
Fri Sep 09, 2011 12:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: FUMAR ES UN PLACER SENSUAL
Replies: 19
Views: 1446

Re: FUMAR ES UN PLACER SENSUAL

I think everyone who ever smoked remembers coughing over their first cigarette, but obviously most didn't learn anything. I can remember quitting a few times before it finally stuck, and every time I went back, my body had the same reaction - that first inhaled puff sent a very noticeable shock thro...
by HoustonDavid
Fri Sep 09, 2011 12:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How are CMGers making out with all the rain?
Replies: 21
Views: 1687

Re: How are CMGers making out with all the rain?

I'm truly sorry for you in the northeast, and even down into the Carolinas. As you've seen in the news, we here in Texas are literally burning up for lack of any rain for several months combined with blazing and record heat. Houston metroplex has not had significant burning, just a few small neighbo...
by HoustonDavid
Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: FUMAR ES UN PLACER SENSUAL
Replies: 19
Views: 1446

Re: FUMAR ES UN PLACER SENSUAL

I did my best to split the topic between war stories and cigarettes, since I was the one who tied them together, mostly to point out the obvious - the evil of big tobacco companies. It's too bad, John, that there are so few of us here at CMG who have war stories to tell, at least the kind that bring...
by HoustonDavid
Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:49 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: FUMAR ES UN PLACER SENSUAL
Replies: 19
Views: 1446

Re: FUMAR ES UN PLACER SENSUAL

I had no sense we were getting aging C-rations in the mess hall. When we were out in the field doing training or combat exercises, we were issued a brown cardboard box of rations for meals we were missing at the chow hall. We had tins of jellied fuel for heating, if it was convenient, and some of th...
by HoustonDavid
Wed Sep 07, 2011 4:23 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: FUMAR ES UN PLACER SENSUAL
Replies: 19
Views: 1446

Re: FUMAR ES UN PLACER SENSUAL

John, did the Army ever feed you C-Rations? Back in 1959-63, these standard field ration boxes contained a full 20-pack of cigarettes (various unfiltered brands). We thought the tobacco companies exceedingly generous, never realizing they wanted to addict a few more new customers. Smoking was - as M...
by HoustonDavid
Thu Sep 01, 2011 12:25 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Replies: 4
Views: 2550

Re: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

I'm anxiously waiting for the arrival of "Dragon Tatoo" and "Played With Fire" on DVD. I just ordered them from Amazon. I already have "Hornet's Nest", and watched it because I wanted to find out how everything worked out. Reading the books, I've read the first two and am waiting for the long-delaye...
by HoustonDavid
Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Great Patriotic War
Replies: 7
Views: 843

Re: The Great Patriotic War

It seems misplaced to thank Cosi for that vivid description of such a terrible event as the seige of Leningrad, but it is accurate and well written, and the story is one that needs more telling, not burying by those who have forgotten their history (if they ever knew) about the real winners of WW2. ...
by HoustonDavid
Tue Aug 30, 2011 12:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Republicans Against Science
Replies: 23
Views: 1511

Re: Republicans Against Science

If I remember correctly, the autism/vaccination/mercury-in-same debate arose several years ago when an English researcher published erroneous "data" correlating autism with vaccination. Other researchers were never able to duplicate his results and it was finally proven that he had falsified his wor...
by HoustonDavid
Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:55 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Is it Possible to be "All Together Now"?
Replies: 1
Views: 350

Is it Possible to be "All Together Now"?

All Together Now by Thomas L. Friedman The New York Times August 27, 2011 HOLD onto your hats and your wallets. Since the end of the cold war, the global system has been held together to a large degree by four critical ruling bargains. Today all four are coming unstuck at once and will need to be r...
by HoustonDavid
Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:31 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Republicans Against Science
Replies: 23
Views: 1511

Republicans Against Science

I know, I know, Paul Krugman is a notoriously liberal Keynesian economist, but here he is talking about an issue that should scare the pants off of any reasonably intelligent citizen of a country sadly in need of a reformed education system; unfortunately my home state of Texas teaches its children ...
by HoustonDavid
Thu Aug 25, 2011 11:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The language of music
Replies: 35
Views: 2960

Re: The language of music

Listen you must, even if it is only a vibration traveling through the floorboards to someone
profoundly deaf. But you can listen nearly anywhere and everywhere in the world.

In so many respects, it is the most universal of all languages.
by HoustonDavid
Thu Aug 25, 2011 11:23 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: The Wonderful Lady Alice
Replies: 2
Views: 990

Re: The Wonderful Lady Alice

It was one of the first books I remember as a child, both Wonderland and Looking Glass. I revisited them a few more times as I grew older and got more from each reading. I'm rather sorry most young people now associate them with film, even animation, or a combination of both for those who remember t...
by HoustonDavid
Fri Aug 19, 2011 5:06 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Obama vs Hillary Clinton ?
Replies: 5
Views: 437

Re: Obama vs Hillary Clinton ?

Obama has been forced to compromise by the simple fact that if legislation won't pass the House or get stalled by one-vote "filibusters" in the Senate, it won't become the law, or change regulatory mandates, or appoint agency executives, or members of the judiciary. There are hundreds - maybe thousa...
by HoustonDavid
Thu Aug 18, 2011 11:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A sad note....
Replies: 40
Views: 2519

Re: A sad note....

Heck, you have my sincerest sympathy.

David Sherman
by HoustonDavid
Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:13 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Some Great Ways To Annoy A Conservative
Replies: 9
Views: 1387

Re: Some Great Ways To Annoy A Conservative

Henry (Ricordanza), you are probably right; you also gave me a nice laugh to start
my day! :lol:
by HoustonDavid
Wed Aug 17, 2011 9:58 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Crashing the Tea Party
Replies: 21
Views: 1516

Crashing the Tea Party

Crashing the Tea Party by David E. Campbell & Robert D. Putnam The New York Times August 16, 2011 GIVEN how much sway the Tea Party has among Republicans in Congress and those seeking the Republican presidential nomination, one might think the Tea Party is redefining mainstream American politics. B...
by HoustonDavid
Wed Aug 17, 2011 1:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Costly Foreign Lessons
Replies: 23
Views: 1285

Re: Costly Foreign Lessons

Never got to Korea, only my best friend (later in life) seemed to pronounce it the way I anglicized it. You were there my friend, so I bow to your intimate acquaintance with that fermented cabbage delicacy. You and I both fought in the Cold War with the Soviet Union, and I know only too well just ho...
by HoustonDavid
Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Firefox version 6 (ho hum)
Replies: 7
Views: 712

Re: Firefox version 6 (ho hum)

AMEN and OOH RAH!! :D
by HoustonDavid
Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:48 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Costly Foreign Lessons
Replies: 23
Views: 1285

Re: Costly Foreign Lessons

I tend to agree with you John, but my agreement will only last as long as it takes for a terrorist organization by whatever name uses Afghanistan as a place of refuge and training for its next attack on the non-Muslim world. If that place becomes Pakistan (Afghanistan's neighbor) instead, we are, as...
by HoustonDavid
Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Some Great Ways To Annoy A Conservative
Replies: 9
Views: 1387

Re: Some Great Ways To Annoy A Conservative

My very near next-door neighbor (whom I am thinking about dating seriously), is a
Glenn Beck/Rush Limbaugh very conservative Republican; and we can talk about the
issues without drawing swords. What does that say about me, a life-long progressive
liberal Democrat?
by HoustonDavid
Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Firefox version 6 (ho hum)
Replies: 7
Views: 712

Re: Firefox version 6 (ho hum)

I hadn't given it much thought - obviously - but my desktop icons must indeed be Windows because nothing changed when I switched to Firefox. Back when I was an IT type (many IT decades past) and developed early software for microcomputers (as they were called back in 1983) it was important. I didn't...
by HoustonDavid
Tue Aug 16, 2011 10:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Firefox version 6 (ho hum)
Replies: 7
Views: 712

Re: Firefox version 6 (ho hum)

Start-up icons yes, extensions no. Don't know why I got their inquiry before Firefox 6 and you didn't. Check into it, you may be able to specify extensions on a sub-routine. Just delaying specific desktop icons I don't use every day speeded my start-up and would probably speed up yours. I have an ol...
by HoustonDavid
Mon Aug 15, 2011 2:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Firefox version 6 (ho hum)
Replies: 7
Views: 712

Re: Firefox version 6 (ho hum)

John, I was queried (by Mozilla) a few days ago about my start-up priorities and allowed to selectively delay many programs that slow start-up needlessly because I don't need everything immediately. It worked!! Start-up is noticeably faster!!! :D Haven't downloaded Firefox 6 yet, but already have at...
by HoustonDavid
Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:16 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A Theory of Everything (Sort of)
Replies: 20
Views: 1193

Re: A Theory of Everything (Sort of)

Another contributor pipes in on the subject: Big Ideas and the Concentration of Wealth by Jared Bernstein Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities There's a piece in Sunday's New York Times about the death of ideas: where are the big thinkers today -- paradigm shifters like Keynes, Eins...
by HoustonDavid
Sun Aug 14, 2011 12:44 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Obamacare: It's Not Over Yet
Replies: 49
Views: 2456

Re: Obamacare: It's Not Over Yet

Keaggy, President Obama did not "threaten" to do anything like withholding Social Security checks or not pay other bills that would come due on August 3rd. He simply stated the truth that there would not be sufficient funds and income on that date to pay everything - especially interest payments - t...
by HoustonDavid
Sun Aug 14, 2011 12:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ah, I miss so many of our posts :-(
Replies: 50
Views: 3454

Re: Ah, I miss so many of our posts :-(

If it weren't for Lance and the regrettably absent Corlyss, this website would not exist and we are in his debt for his contributions and site management and and administration on our behalf. May I add my thanks to Lance and wish him a great vacation now that the site is up and running, absent a few...
by HoustonDavid
Sat Aug 13, 2011 12:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ah, I miss so many of our posts :-(
Replies: 50
Views: 3454

Re: Ah, I miss so many of our posts :-(

To those "newbies" and forgetful "vets", some of what was lost during the posts from the last seven months, was my friend Chalkie's personal and health issues, which he bravely talked about here. It is not easy to be so honest in public. As for Lance, he is not an IT guru, he relies on IT gurus like...
by HoustonDavid
Sat Aug 13, 2011 11:35 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Obamacare: It's Not Over Yet
Replies: 49
Views: 2456

Re: Obamacare: It's Not Over Yet

If Keaggy can "hope" that Social Security payments will stop so he can blame Obama, I'm almost certain he is not alone. I'm speculating, but I'm also pretty sure that people with beliefs like that are most likely to be Republicans, not Democrats, and specifically the extreme right wing of the party,...
by HoustonDavid
Sat Jan 15, 2011 2:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday Donald Isler.
Replies: 13
Views: 856

Re: Happy Birthday Donald Isler.

Indeed, some of our best people here were born in January, and Donald is
certainly one of those. Happy Birthday and Many Happy Returns Don. :D
by HoustonDavid
Sat Jan 15, 2011 2:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday Ted Quanrud
Replies: 2
Views: 418

Re: Happy Birthday Ted Quanrud

Happy Birthday Ted; enjoy yourself, but as Seán says, "Don't Count the Candles".
by HoustonDavid
Sat Jan 15, 2011 1:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Tucson Witch Hunt
Replies: 0
Views: 259

The Tucson Witch Hunt

By any standards of editorial journalism, Charles M. Blow is a liberal Liberal; please take a close look at where he stands, and I think all reasonable people should stand, after reviewing the facts of what happened in Tucson, IMHO The Tucson Witch Hunt by Charles M. Blow Published: January 14, 201...
by HoustonDavid
Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A lesson in civility from Maine's governor
Replies: 11
Views: 1002

Re: A lesson in civility from Maine's governor

So Jacques, if I invite you to a meet-up, my expense, you'll hold my two adopted
sons against me and decline? :x :evil: :mrgreen:
by HoustonDavid
Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday HoustonDavid
Replies: 14
Views: 1416

Re: Happy Birthday HoustonDavid

Thank you one and all, its still fun to be here at age 73, which I'm very happy and
blessed to be. Thank you too for the compliments; all of you give me something to
learn more about, something we all share: classical music. :D :D :D :D :D :D
by HoustonDavid
Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:41 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Tree of Failure
Replies: 2
Views: 385

Tree of Failure

Tree of Failure by David Brooks Published: January 13, 2011 The New York Times President Obama gave a wonderful speech in Tucson on Wednesday night. He didn’t try to explain the rampage that occurred there. Instead, he used the occasion as a national Sabbath — as a chance to step out of the torrent...
by HoustonDavid
Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A Tale of Two Moralities
Replies: 1
Views: 325

A Tale of Two Moralities

A Tale of Two Moralities by Paul Krugman Published: January 13, 2011 The New York Times On Wednesday, President Obama called on Americans to “expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy, and remind ourselves of all the ways our hopes a...
by HoustonDavid
Fri Jan 14, 2011 12:02 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Your MI Complex at Work
Replies: 1
Views: 297

Re: Your MI Complex at Work

Eisenhower got it right 50 years ago when he christened it the Military Industrial (MI per the title of this thread) complex. It has pretty much been ever thus, and the writer makes a solid case for its growing importance, which is to say its growing danger. When I worked for an information technolo...
by HoustonDavid
Thu Jan 13, 2011 11:48 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Pundents?"
Replies: 23
Views: 1931

Re: "Pundents?"

Well, at least most of the people around here are capable and qualified to write term
papers, and probably have. Sarah Palin would have to pay for it, as she probably did
when "writing" her book.
by HoustonDavid
Thu Jan 13, 2011 11:31 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sarah Palin: Proper English article ...
Replies: 29
Views: 2005

Re: Sarah Palin: Proper English article ...

My turn to "pudiate" NancyElla. Us brain surgeon/opera writin'/poet lariats gotta
stick together.
by HoustonDavid
Thu Jan 13, 2011 1:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Pundents?"
Replies: 23
Views: 1931

Re: "Pundents?"

I think Colleen has that one unwrapped in spates. Got a lot of chuckles in that list, but
as Henry says, it's Entertainment, and written by the pro-bates.
by HoustonDavid
Thu Jan 13, 2011 1:28 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: The King's Speech
Replies: 5
Views: 2644

Re: The King's Speech

Agreed about the Amazon Marketplace, Colleen. I've got a wish list there too, so I can always manage to find a film, book, or music CD that brings my total just slightly over the $25.00 free shipping minimum for new purchases. But used "Nearly New" is a very good way to save money with Amazon contra...