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by herman
Tue Mar 14, 2006 4:08 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Key NeoCon Thinker Distances Himself from Mess Bush Made
Replies: 38
Views: 5386

Key NeoCon Thinker Distances Himself from Mess Bush Made

Published: NY Times March 14, 2006 http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/14/books/14kaku.html "America at the Crossroads" serves up a powerful indictment of the Bush administration's war in Iraq and the role that neoconservative ideas — concerning preventive war, benevolent hegemony and unilateral action —...
by herman
Tue Dec 06, 2005 12:07 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Europe's 'Moral Outrage'
Replies: 16
Views: 3821

Who you hung out with and what they think of you means nothing. It does in the context you construed. You said I might be moderate in a European context, but not in an American context. I see you now reconstrue "American" so that it means you and people who feel like you. I've yet to see an issue f...
by herman
Tue Dec 06, 2005 7:08 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Europe's 'Moral Outrage'
Replies: 16
Views: 3821

As far as you being a left winger, anyone with half a brain realizes that the European and American political sprectrums do not resemble each other in any way. You may be a moderate where you come from, but you're not one here. It seems essential to your points that you do not ingest anything peopl...
by herman
Tue Dec 06, 2005 4:33 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Help choosing a complete set of Beethoven Piano Sonatas
Replies: 30
Views: 7098

Your enthusiasm is commendable, and understandable, but the Ashkenazy is really not among the top contenders. I have the last four cd's of his LvB cycle and they're good byt not special. Ashkenazy has just about recorded every single piano piece in the universe, but Chopin and Rachmaninov are his sp...
by herman
Mon Dec 05, 2005 4:47 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Europe's 'Moral Outrage'
Replies: 16
Views: 3821

Are you going to deny that there is an overwhelmingly pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel bias throughout much of Europe? Well, I am of course at a terrific disadvantage compared to you. I happen to live in Europe, whereas you get the truth via the media - the same media which you reject when it's abou...
by herman
Mon Dec 05, 2005 3:29 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Europe's 'Moral Outrage'
Replies: 16
Views: 3821

No, there is no evil in the world except that committed by the U.S. and Israel. There you go again, Barry. We've been over this before, I have never said anything about Israel. You admitted that. But you seem to be heading that way one more time, just for the sake of the argument, rather than the t...
by herman
Mon Dec 05, 2005 8:36 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Europe's 'Moral Outrage'
Replies: 16
Views: 3821

the usual double post, sorry
by herman
Mon Dec 05, 2005 8:07 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Phony Journalism: yet another Bush export
Replies: 131
Views: 21304

Or, in Barry's case, look for a job elsewhere.

I would be angry too in this weird way Barry demonstrates if I were drawing my paycheck from an institution whose ethics I despise.
by herman
Mon Dec 05, 2005 8:00 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Europe's 'Moral Outrage'
Replies: 16
Views: 3821

Hermie cries bitter tears for accused terrorists, but doesn't give a split pea about due process for those accused of torturing them. Due process for accused terrorists but not for their accused captors? What a gem of a hypocrite you are, Hermie. As usual you're battling strawmen. Please show me wh...
by herman
Mon Dec 05, 2005 4:16 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Europe's 'Moral Outrage'
Replies: 16
Views: 3821

Well, this is a no-brainer, isn't it? Comparing the EU's reactions to this shipping of suspected terrorists for no-holds-barred detention centers formerly used by the communist police to what happens in Darfur is silly logic. The EU is the EU's first business. Imagine what the outrage would be in th...
by herman
Mon Dec 05, 2005 3:43 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The heavy, classic literature
Replies: 12
Views: 2838

"Our Mutual Friend" is a powerful and fascinating novel. It has much of the atmosphere of modern crime fiction but it's also reminiscent of late Shakespeare with its bittersweet tone and fairy-tale-like plot. It's a book that stays with you long after you've read it, if you know what I mean. That's...
by herman
Sun Dec 04, 2005 4:23 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The heavy, classic literature
Replies: 12
Views: 2838

All those lateish Dickens novels are great: Bleak House, Little Dorrit, Dombey & Son and the gloomy Our Mutual Friend (the title alone is genius).

Great Expectations is however a great start in Dickens.
by herman
Sun Dec 04, 2005 11:52 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The heavy, classic literature
Replies: 12
Views: 2838

Those are three truly great novels, and very different ones. Pride and Prejudice views the world through a young woman's eyes; even though it looks like it's about the problem of finding a good husband / wife, it is really about the various ways we deceive ourselves, psychologically. Great Expectati...
by herman
Sun Dec 04, 2005 5:21 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: HATING THE MILITARY
Replies: 6
Views: 1801

I have a hard time imagening any professor defining 9 / 11 as "payback for My Lai". I have no doubt the two events were mentioned in a "we have killed gratuitously, too" kind of way, as a way to further scrutiny of a relevant path for arguments. This may be hard to stomach for some, but no one ever ...
by herman
Sun Dec 04, 2005 5:08 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Phony Journalism: yet another Bush export
Replies: 131
Views: 21304

The mere allegation of "torture" doesn't establish it as reality and certainly not as policy. And pictures like the ones from Abu Graib are just "allegations" to you, too. Planet Pizza :roll: Terrorist suspects are usually captured in the act of terrorism and are subject to detention. Gosh you real...
by herman
Sat Dec 03, 2005 4:52 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Col Ted Westhusing, West Point Ethics Prof Commited Suicide
Replies: 51
Views: 9218

pizza wrote: But as far as I can remember, I never called anyone on these boards an anti-Semite. Perhaps you could refresh my memory.
You have called me an anti-semite and a Nazi on occasion. Reason why was I live in Holland, so I guess it figures. :roll:
by herman
Sat Dec 03, 2005 4:47 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Phony Journalism: yet another Bush export
Replies: 131
Views: 21304

The hiring of Iraqi correspondents to write articles that put forth the government's position in a favorable light is certainly no different than Sulzberger and owners of other liberal and leftist mainstream news sources paying hacks like Dowd, Rich and others to attack the administration and to de...
by herman
Sat Dec 03, 2005 4:32 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Complete Haydn Symphonies
Replies: 8
Views: 5008

Interesting.

Too bad the aptly named Foglesong ("Bird Song") doesn't mention the wonderful London Symphonies Harnoncourt recorded with the Concertgebouw. Most people respond extremely well to those recordings.
by herman
Sat Dec 03, 2005 6:34 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Great Expectations
Replies: 10
Views: 2248

"Lady" Hillary? Is there a US Peerage now?
by herman
Fri Dec 02, 2005 6:29 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: General Pace
Replies: 40
Views: 5416

Herman, would you do us a favor? Would you suggest a reasonable disengagement strategy? A compromise would be fine, it doesn't have to be perfect. I don't have to, and nobody else on this forum has to. I wouldn't take anybody seriously who felt he could write strategy for 150.00 troops on a music f...
by herman
Fri Dec 02, 2005 6:12 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Herman's Corner, Part Deux
Replies: 2
Views: 1146

Herman's and Albrecht's snotty posts have been moved to the Pub. Anyone interested in pursuing them can find them over there. . Well, why don't you move your own snotty post to the Pub, too? My response to Daniele was, as I said, friendly, just like the PM exchange he initiated. BTW my Greatest Com...
by herman
Fri Dec 02, 2005 5:56 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Herman's Corner, Part Deux
Replies: 2
Views: 1146

Herman's and Albrecht's snotty posts have been moved to the Pub. Anyone interested in pursuing them can find them over there. . Well, why don't you move your own snotty post to the Pub, too? My response to Daniele was, as I said, friendly just like the PM exchange he initiated. BTW my Greatest Comp...
by herman
Fri Dec 02, 2005 3:55 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: General Pace
Replies: 40
Views: 5416

During the Q&A, one of the questioners just asked General Pace to address some of what's going right in Iraq to counter the overwhelming negativity in the press. He pointed out that 14 of Iraq's 18 provinces are relatively stable and going on with the business of life. The other four, one of which ...
by herman
Fri Dec 02, 2005 1:43 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Col Ted Westhusing, West Point Ethics Prof Commited Suicide
Replies: 51
Views: 9218

I simply pointed out that [Herman's] gratuitous description of BWV 1080's "happiness" at describing the suicide was a figment of your imagination, stated for the sole purpose of belittling him. Does that bother you? Good. If you think it's wrong to call the dead names because they can't reply, but ...
by herman
Fri Dec 02, 2005 1:36 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Katherine Jenkins
Replies: 9
Views: 2265

That second picture almost looks like silicone has been added! But what do I know? It's just a matter of wearing a top that's a size or two too small, so that everything kind of jumps out at you. Ms Jenkins sings with a microphone, and she sings a lot of Somewhere over the Rainbowish stuff, I gathe...
by herman
Fri Dec 02, 2005 9:16 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Admin: Is there a bug?
Replies: 12
Views: 2106

jbuck919 wrote:Thank you, moderator Herman. :roll:
I wasn't aware you only wanted a moderator's / administrator's response, sorry.

In that case it would perhaps been handier to send them a PM.

I said what I said because you seem to have problems like this on a rather frequent basis.
by herman
Fri Dec 02, 2005 9:14 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Do you agree with Stravinskys famous comments about Vivaldi?
Replies: 54
Views: 10032

Vivaldi was forgotten for a very long time. Stravinsky may have had a point, but we know Vivaldi's music much better now than we did in Stravinsky's lifetime. Well, I had a stab at Vivaldi a little while ago, but after three or four pieces I gave up. And, indeed, there's probably no composer who we...
by herman
Fri Dec 02, 2005 4:34 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Col Ted Westhusing, West Point Ethics Prof Commited Suicide
Replies: 51
Views: 9218

Aren't you happy to jump on anyone who has a point of view other than yours -- dead or alive? You must derive some happiness from it. You do it often enough. Anonymous mr pizza, have you ever looked in the mirror? No one in the entire universe needs disagreeing with people as badly as you do. The i...
by herman
Fri Dec 02, 2005 4:17 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Admin: Is there a bug?
Replies: 12
Views: 2106

I suspect it's just your weekly internet problem.

Just switch off your PC and start all over.
by herman
Thu Dec 01, 2005 5:02 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Phony Journalism: yet another Bush export
Replies: 131
Views: 21304

It's amusing to see pretty much everybody is oblivious to the point of this. Remember the US invaded Iraq to bring democracy (after a couple of other reasons turned out to be fake)? One of the elements of democracy as we know it is a free press / media. And the US is now using Pravda media technique...
by herman
Thu Dec 01, 2005 5:09 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bush Responds to Anti-Iraq War Critics
Replies: 194
Views: 26213

You're contradicting yourself at this point. You said that no responsible person would call for an immediate withdraw. I agree with you. But some among the Democratic leadership don't, and I think they're both irresponsible and playing politics with our national security at stake There seems to be ...
by herman
Thu Dec 01, 2005 4:37 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Phony Journalism: yet another Bush export
Replies: 131
Views: 21304

Phony Journalism: yet another Bush export

U.S. Is Said to Pay to Plant Articles in Iraq Papers By JEFF GERTH and SCOTT SHANE Published: December 1, 2005 "WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 - Titled "The Sands Are Blowing Toward a Democratic Iraq," an article written this week for publication in the Iraqi press was scornful of outsiders' pessimism about th...
by herman
Thu Dec 01, 2005 4:16 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Col Ted Westhusing, West Point Ethics Prof Commited Suicide
Replies: 51
Views: 9218

The reason why BWV and DR can't is it clearly makes them feel better posting this selfrighteous stuff. Or does labeling me self righteous make you feel superior? . You may not have noticed the difference, but you're alive and have suffered 0% for what you did, i.e. calling a man whose life was dedi...
by herman
Thu Dec 01, 2005 4:12 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Help choosing a complete set of Beethoven Piano Sonatas
Replies: 30
Views: 7098

For me it works best, when I'm listening to a LvB sonata, to play Schnabel (on Naxos) and the mono Kempff back to back. This usually gives a more interesting perspective than listening to just one of these. Some time ago I got Arrau's Philips cycle, but somehow it hasn't quite managed to lure me in ...
by herman
Wed Nov 30, 2005 5:34 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Col Ted Westhusing, West Point Ethics Prof Commited Suicide
Replies: 51
Views: 9218

Branding someone a "coward" for commiting suicide is both unfair and intellectually reductionist. Obviously an unmaked pedophile who kills himself is avoiding the consequences of his acts but those who choose self-destruction after the turmoil of combat are in a different place. The military fully ...
by herman
Wed Nov 30, 2005 11:00 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Col Ted Westhusing, West Point Ethics Prof Commited Suicide
Replies: 51
Views: 9218

BWV[/b], could I hope that you will become less conservative with age? More in tune with human vulnerabilities, or, perhaps your own vulnerabilities? Seconded. However, isn't it odd the way the word "conservative" in american English doesn't seem to mean what it's supposed to mean? People want to "...
by herman
Wed Nov 30, 2005 7:35 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bush Responds to Anti-Iraq War Critics
Replies: 194
Views: 26213

U.S. to Respond to Inquiries Over Detentions in Europe By STEVEN R. WEISMAN and IAN FISHER Published: NY Times November 30, 2005 WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 - The Bush administration, responding to European alarm over allegations of secret detention camps and the transport of terror suspects on European so...
by herman
Wed Nov 30, 2005 7:35 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bush Responds to Anti-Iraq War Critics
Replies: 194
Views: 26213

The problem is not Bush's perceived communication skills. The problem is there is very little to communicate in terms of a plan. Once Shock and Awe had been accomplished there has been no real strategy in Iraq and all action has really been re-action. It is true Bush is not a great communicator (tho...
by herman
Tue Nov 29, 2005 5:24 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Col Ted Westhusing, West Point Ethics Prof Commited Suicide
Replies: 51
Views: 9218

Ultimately, as is generally the case with suicide, the guy was a coward that committed a very selfish act Nice. A man commits suicide under severe distress and one armchair hero calls him a coward and another starts speculating about "sexual indiscretions." Yes, the man's bio reads like one "selfis...
by herman
Tue Nov 29, 2005 7:26 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Dishonest, Reprehensible, Corrupt....
Replies: 52
Views: 8501

How about a word about the Sun OpEd, funny man? Box-cutter got your tongue? Well, it's an opinion. Opinions are generally based on a selection of material, and I find opinions that make a different selection more persuasive, also in light of what's happening on a factual basis. The opinion that Sad...
by herman
Tue Nov 29, 2005 5:29 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Dishonest, Reprehensible, Corrupt....
Replies: 52
Views: 8501

pizza wrote:The senators were also briefed on the capabilities of Iraqi drones. There was concern that Iraq would launch drones from Canada, Mexico or Cuba, all within range of the US.
Ever considered the comedy business?
by herman
Mon Nov 28, 2005 11:01 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Dishonest, Reprehensible, Corrupt....
Replies: 52
Views: 8501

Americans will not be fooled by the dishonest Dems' shrill trickery when it comes to pulling the lever, biased media or no media -- polls or no polls. Why, that's so interesting. So who are those people being polled, then? Not Americans? Who are those people who predominantly say they have the feel...
by herman
Mon Nov 28, 2005 4:23 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Dishonest, Reprehensible, Corrupt....
Replies: 52
Views: 8501

The American people will punish the Dems who persist in the lie that Bush lied. Well, I'm not sure why you think you should speak for "the American people", but the majority of thse polled seem to feel quite different than you do. While you are digging your heels in the sand, your brain firmly in t...
by herman
Sun Nov 27, 2005 4:58 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bush Responds to Anti-Iraq War Critics
Replies: 194
Views: 26213

Any super power maintains troops and bases in various parts of the world. [...] We protect our interests [...] [...] The U.S. hasn't stayed within its borders waiting for us to be attacked since prior to World War II. [...] You can accept that that's the case or live in resentment about it. It's no...
by herman
Sat Nov 26, 2005 4:28 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bush Responds to Anti-Iraq War Critics
Replies: 194
Views: 26213

Moral relativism at its worse, and from the continent where such thinking is king. It is obvious that our military was in Germany and other parts of western Europe to stop them from being overrun by Soviet forces. Well, since you are the guy who knows everything for sure (and somehow it always turn...
by herman
Sat Nov 26, 2005 4:19 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bush Responds to Anti-Iraq War Critics
Replies: 194
Views: 26213

And it was an excellent quote. Reagan's moral clarity was indeed needed. He was willing to state the moral dimensions of the conflict. The Soviet Union was the "evil empire." Remember how liberals howled at that line? How dare Reagan bring such morality to this deadly situation. But, of course, he ...
by herman
Sat Nov 26, 2005 3:50 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bush Responds to Anti-Iraq War Critics
Replies: 194
Views: 26213

The very people who supported him when it was apparent that Saddam had WMDs and was working toward nuclear capability are the ones who are now pretending they were "misled". That's pure unadulterated bull crap. I don't see the problem. People were told Saddam had WMD and was getting ready to nuke T...
by herman
Fri Nov 25, 2005 4:34 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bush Responds to Anti-Iraq War Critics
Replies: 194
Views: 26213

John is correct. The consensus among academics (i.e. non-partisan thinkers) is that the Berlin Wall fell and the Communist Bloc collapsed not because of any active work by Reagan (though I could imagine it did help he had this charming demeanor, to make everything look easy). These things happened b...
by herman
Fri Nov 25, 2005 8:20 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bush Responds to Anti-Iraq War Critics
Replies: 194
Views: 26213

that's what Democrats are all about, not to mention their irresistible penchant for lying and hypocracy for perceived political gain, says the man who spends his days foaming at the mouth defending a war based on lies from start to impending finish - a war created to keep a Republican in the WH.