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by Barry
Wed Dec 15, 2010 4:48 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Those So-Called Tax Cuts
Replies: 83
Views: 4717

Re: Those So-Called Tax Cuts

Charles Schumer himself has never been anything but a politician. Many figures of achievement in public service in U.S. history were either always politicians or had only insignificant work lives prior to entering politics. I can think of no more irrelevant a swipe to make at a holder of elective o...
by Barry
Tue Dec 14, 2010 11:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2459888

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Some things I've listened to recently: Rubinstein playing the Chopin polonaises from the early 50s: http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSBgsvspg4b80pYaO4DC8r5s6LwLcc8SPiPv_VNP5_e00InIWEa and nocturnes from '49-'50: http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTUvWA55YTSMiyE-aglp6x5d1p8qtjIcDQtcxISv...
by Barry
Tue Dec 14, 2010 9:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: THE OFFICE
Replies: 12
Views: 1562

Re: THE OFFICE

In my book, sitcoms were an artistically dead species since the '91/'92 season. That was the year when, upon realizing I had a huge extra stash of postage stamps I didn't know about, I looked up the addresses of every sitcom production company on the air and wrote a cretinous form letter inquiring ...
by Barry
Tue Dec 14, 2010 9:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: THE OFFICE
Replies: 12
Views: 1562

Re: THE OFFICE

The Office is unquestionably well past its prime. But I thought it was very funny for a few seasons.
by Barry
Mon Dec 13, 2010 2:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Wikileaks Confirm What George W Bush Said
Replies: 39
Views: 1951

Re: Wikileaks Confirm What George W Bush Said

There's a guy I think could be a good prospect for the Republicans: Mitch Daniels, governor of Indiana. At some future date, possibly Marco Rubio. Actually, the Republicans have some interesting and promising rising personalities for possible consideration. Definitely not Sarah Palin! I like Daniel...
by Barry
Mon Dec 13, 2010 12:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Wikileaks Confirm What George W Bush Said
Replies: 39
Views: 1951

Re: Wikileaks Confirm What George W Bush Said

>if we were forced to choose between bringing Bush or Carter back< Not to worry--we have Bloomberg and Christie right out there! Regards, Len :) It would be nice if they were the two choices! Although there are some things about Bloomberg that really annoy me (he's WAY too into government regulatio...
by Barry
Mon Dec 13, 2010 11:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Wikileaks Confirm What George W Bush Said
Replies: 39
Views: 1951

Re: Wikileaks Confirm What George W Bush Said

>But on that statement, Len, I'd say yes and no. He is a nuclear scientist and had a reputation for knowing a lot about a lot of things. But no other modern President that I can think of is so flat out "stupid" when it comes to things like understanding things like the danger of openly displaying w...
by Barry
Mon Dec 13, 2010 7:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Wikileaks Confirm What George W Bush Said
Replies: 39
Views: 1951

Re: Wikileaks Confirm What George W Bush Said

>You wouldn't want me to think, me a foreigner, that 1/2 of your elected presidents were idiots< Carter's management style was bad but he's has a brilliant mind imo. I'm staying out of the argument on WMDs this time around (everyone who has posted here a while knows my opinion on the topic anyway)....
by Barry
Sun Dec 12, 2010 10:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Celebrating the South's Secession during the Civil War
Replies: 14
Views: 1440

Re: Celebrating the South's Secession during the Civil War

Nice post, Cosima. I always use the argument with people who claim that slavery wasn't the main cause of the Civil War that it doesn't pass the "but for" test. But for the issue of slavery, the Civil War wouldn't have happened. It doesn't matter that most of the southerners who fought weren't slave ...
by Barry
Wed Dec 08, 2010 10:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How two one-night stands sparked a worldwide hunt
Replies: 16
Views: 1520

Re: How two one-night stands sparked a worldwide hunt

I wonder if part of Assange's thinking (aside from the US being a more gratifying target) was that there is sufficient ambiguity in American law to provide likely safeguards from successful prosecution. That might not be true in the UK. That was always my assumption... I've always just figured he h...
by Barry
Wed Dec 08, 2010 3:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How two one-night stands sparked a worldwide hunt
Replies: 16
Views: 1520

Re: How two one-night stands sparked a worldwide hunt

I doubt any American who cares about this is happy about the low level of security that allowed these secrets to be accessed and leaked by a lower level person or people. I know I want major changes made and anyone who had a hand in the poor security set-up to be demoted, fired or whatever is approp...
by Barry
Mon Dec 06, 2010 6:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Turn out the lights, the party's over
Replies: 11
Views: 738

Re: Turn out the lights, the party's over

HoustonDavid wrote:How sad, makes me think fondly of my 73rd birthday coming up next month. Dandy
Don was always a great "common man" foil for the "intelligentsia persona" of Howard
Cosell.
They were a tremendous combination. I agree that they really played off of each other brilliantly.
by Barry
Mon Dec 06, 2010 3:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: On to National Security Secrets
Replies: 13
Views: 851

On to National Security Secrets

Wikileaks Reveals Vital Security List By SHARON THEIMER, Associated Press Sharon Theimer, Associated Press – 1 hr 21 mins ago WASHINGTON – In a disclosure of some of the most sensitive information revealed yet by WikiLeaks, the website has released a secret cable listing sites worldwide that the U.S...
by Barry
Mon Dec 06, 2010 1:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Turn out the lights, the party's over
Replies: 11
Views: 738

Re: Turn out the lights, the party's over

Irony of ironies: I'm talking about the name of this thread. "Dandy" Don Meredith has passed away at the age of 72. If you watched Monday Night Football during the 70s, you know what I'm talking about in terms of the connection between Meredith and the title of this thread. He always sang the song w...
by Barry
Sat Dec 04, 2010 2:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sarah Palin
Replies: 98
Views: 9891

Re: Sarah Palin

NY Times She Who Must Not Be Named By CHARLES M. BLOW Published: December 3, 2010 This is it. This is the last time I’m going to write the name Sarah Palin until she does something truly newsworthy, like declare herself a candidate for the presidency. Until then, I will no longer take part in the le...
by Barry
Sat Dec 04, 2010 1:49 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Compromise
Replies: 27
Views: 1519

Re: The Compromise

>I'm a rare foodie who doesn't drink wine.< So what do you drink when you're in some of those great restaurants for which I'm very envious of you--please don't tell me it's Coke or Pepsi! Regards, Len :) More likely to be ice tea or ginger ale; although a diet coke isn't out of the question. Don't ...
by Barry
Fri Dec 03, 2010 11:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Compromise
Replies: 27
Views: 1519

Re: The Compromise

I missed this earlier. Thanks for posting it, Cosima. I found this on the internet and decided to copy and paste it here: According to President John F. Kennedy: Our true choice is not between tax reduction, on the one hand, and the avoidance of large Federal deficits on the other. It is increasingl...
by Barry
Fri Dec 03, 2010 9:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WilkiLeaks off line in USA and Europe.
Replies: 30
Views: 1741

Re: WilkiLeaks off line in USA and Europe.

I'd prefer that a way be found to nail him for his role with Wikileaks any way. I only posted it because I thought the details about the charges were interesting, not because I think he should go unpunished...although, unlike you, I don't think the Government should Assasinate him... :wink: Only if...
by Barry
Fri Dec 03, 2010 8:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Compromise
Replies: 27
Views: 1519

Re: The Compromise

>But ultimately, the biggest portion of deficit reduction is going to have to come from cost cuts, not tax increases if we're going to eventually get it down to a reasonable amount or perhaps even wipe it out. And a lot of those cuts will have to come from popular programs.< You know I have to agre...
by Barry
Fri Dec 03, 2010 8:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Compromise
Replies: 27
Views: 1519

Re: The Compromise

>As I've said before, a point will eventually be reached where the wealthy, including those of them who really do create jobs, will change their behavior in ways that are bad for both the economy generally and in terms of revenue generation for the government, and some will even move their business...
by Barry
Fri Dec 03, 2010 8:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Compromise
Replies: 27
Views: 1519

Re: The Compromise

Governor Christie has talked about that at a state level. People want him to raise taxes on New Jersey's wealthy to avoid some of the budget cuts he's been putting through. He pointed out - correctly, IMO - that New Jersey already has tax rates that are some of the highest in the country and has al...
by Barry
Fri Dec 03, 2010 4:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Compromise
Replies: 27
Views: 1519

Re: The Compromise

>Seriously, I have no problem with the top earners going back to what the rates were before the Bush tax cuts if that will indeed result in meaningful deficit reduction. < Ah, if only you and I were in the Senate rather than some of those others! Regards, Len :) I should note, however, that I encou...
by Barry
Fri Dec 03, 2010 3:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WilkiLeaks off line in USA and Europe.
Replies: 30
Views: 1741

Re: WilkiLeaks off line in USA and Europe.

I'd prefer that a way be found to nail him for his role with Wikileaks any way.
by Barry
Fri Dec 03, 2010 2:20 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Compromise
Replies: 27
Views: 1519

Re: The Compromise

>Why the frowny face Len?< The ultimatum and the millionaires getting a tax break--plenty to frown about--and I have to blame my Republicans for this. :( :( :( >I'm just not that upset about people making over $250,000< And the millionaires? Regards, Len :( :( :( They create even more jobs than the...
by Barry
Fri Dec 03, 2010 12:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Now the Diplomatic Secrets Come Out
Replies: 21
Views: 1583

Re: Now the Diplomatic Secrets Come Out

Throw the WikiBook at them Washington Post By Charles Krauthammer Friday, December 3, 2010 It is understandable for the administration to underplay the significance of the WikiLeaks State Department cables. But while it is wise not to go into a public panic, it is delusional to think that this is me...
by Barry
Thu Dec 02, 2010 5:49 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Now the Diplomatic Secrets Come Out
Replies: 21
Views: 1583

Re: Now the Diplomatic Secrets Come Out

WikiLeaks' recent document dump was reckless and of limited value, and the group's founder has expressed dubious motives. Dec. 2, 2010 By Trudy Rubin Philadelphia Inquirer Opinion Columnist All the hoopla about whether WikiLeaks has harmed U.S. foreign policy has missed the most stunning lesson of t...
by Barry
Thu Dec 02, 2010 8:52 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Republicans hold all the cards now (HUH?)
Replies: 24
Views: 2115

Re: Republicans hold all the cards now (HUH?)

Susan Collins voted 67 percent of the time with the Republican majority: She's 2/3 Republican and 1/3 RINO. Similarly, Olympia Snowe has voted 68 percent of the time with the Republican majority. Webb, on the other hand, voted 86.5 percent of the time with his Democratic colleagues. He's just a DIN...
by Barry
Thu Dec 02, 2010 12:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Some great Eroicas
Replies: 55
Views: 7602

Re: Some great Eroicas

Good topic. The Eroica has been my favorite or at least one of my top three symphonies for many years. My two favorite recorded performances are the ones with Furtwangler conducting from Dec. 8, 1952 with the BPO and the live 1953 VPO performance that was part of the EMI Great Conductors of the Cent...
by Barry
Wed Dec 01, 2010 11:57 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Merry Christmas [unemployed] America!
Replies: 30
Views: 1543

Re: Merry Christmas [unemployed] America!

Since this was pegged on the Republicans, it should be pointed out that some of them proposed to extend unemployment benefits with some of the unused Tarp funds rather than adding to the deficit. That wasn't a very popular idea with Democrats. It's a very difficult situation. I generally favor exten...
by Barry
Wed Dec 01, 2010 4:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Republicans hold all the cards now (HUH?)
Replies: 24
Views: 2115

Re: Republicans hold all the cards now (HUH?)

Do remember, however, that there are a few so-called "RINOs" in the picture, including two of them from Maine, and I suspect that hard-line Democratic ballplaying would only serve to push them away. BTW, what's the Democratic equivalent to RINOs? Conservative Democrats who are known to vote Republi...
by Barry
Wed Dec 01, 2010 4:23 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Republicans hold all the cards now (HUH?)
Replies: 24
Views: 2115

Re: Republicans hold all the cards now (HUH?)

I'm quite sure everyone here noticed John, but nobody chose to correct you or rub it in, as I occasionally do with Randall ("300 trillion" versus "300 billion"). That is a measure of respect, I suspect. That's one way of interpreting it. My point is not to say I think John deserves to be disrespect...
by Barry
Wed Dec 01, 2010 1:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Online Incivility and Worse - What Needs Doing
Replies: 28
Views: 2033

Re: Online Incivility and Worse - What Needs Doing

I prefer moderated boards to those with no moderation. I've mentioned the RMCR board on here before. It used to be fantastic, with a huge number of people who were a fountain of knowledge on classical recordings. But they are a moderator-free board and eventually, a few trolls basically ruined it fo...
by Barry
Tue Nov 30, 2010 11:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Now the Diplomatic Secrets Come Out
Replies: 21
Views: 1583

Re: Now the Diplomatic Secrets Come Out

Lord knows how many people have or will lose their lives as a result of what he's done and is still doing. Whose lives? Yeah how many people will die knowing Hillary wanted to steal Ban-Ki Moon's credit card numbers? Lord knows how many people have already lost their lives as a result of coverups. ...
by Barry
Tue Nov 30, 2010 11:05 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I Can't Agree With Brown
Replies: 14
Views: 1153

Re: I Can't Agree With Brown

Video games and the internet have a greater influence on them than parents do in many ways. Something huge can be done from that angle. :) If you're suggesting that we just accept the first sentence above as a normal, acceptable and permanent state of affairs, I couldn't disagree more. That doesn't...
by Barry
Fri Nov 26, 2010 4:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Now the Diplomatic Secrets Come Out
Replies: 21
Views: 1583

Now the Diplomatic Secrets Come Out

Can anything be done to this guy? I know the person who likely leaked material to him has been arrested, but can anything be done to the idiot who created and runs the operation in tems of criminality? It would be lovely to see him found guilty of rape and locked up for many years to come. I'm not g...
by Barry
Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Pope on condoms.
Replies: 11
Views: 688

Re: Pope on condoms.

>an important and highly unusual shift in Catholic moral teaching.< Yeah but imo they take too long to make their shifts--how long did it take them to apologize for the inquisitions. I'd like to see their properties taken off the tax exempt roles. Regards, Len And I hope you keep repeating that las...
by Barry
Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A college student promotes the Philadelphia Orchestra
Replies: 4
Views: 496

Re: A college student promotes the Philadelphia Orchestra

I was in college when I started to get interested in classical music. I had a music appreciation class and we were told that if we went to a Philadelphia Orchestra concert and wrote about the experience, we'd get extra credit towards our grade. I took advantage of it and the rest is, as they say, hi...
by Barry
Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I Can't Agree With Brown
Replies: 14
Views: 1153

Re: I Can't Agree With Brown

>At this point, my chief concern with regards to the institution of marriage is that it's no longer considered the normal state of affairs within certain segments of the heterosexual population.< Could you elaborate on this--I think heterosexual marriage is still the highest number of marriages in ...
by Barry
Fri Nov 26, 2010 10:56 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I Can't Agree With Brown
Replies: 14
Views: 1153

Re: I Can't Agree With Brown

At this point, my chief concern with regard to the institution of marriage is that it's no longer considered the normal state of affairs within certain segments of the heterosexual population.
by Barry
Fri Nov 26, 2010 9:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opinions sought on Solti/CSO Beethoven recordings.
Replies: 22
Views: 1958

Re: Opinions sought on Solti/CSO Beethoven recordings.

On the other hand, I've found room for as many as two dozen recordings of particular symphonies, including several Eroicas and Ninths by Furtwängler, none of which I will part with. I basically agree with your sentiments. We probably have similar taste in Beethoven. I'm curious as to your favorite ...
by Barry
Thu Nov 25, 2010 1:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: It Was Inevitable
Replies: 62
Views: 4326

Re: It Was Inevitable

Still, your notion that South Korea would otherwise jump at the chance to start another Korean War is without any basis that I'm aware of. It's the North that's consistently been belligerent, and the South that has by far eht most to lose. As for your other notion, that South Korea is restrained by...
by Barry
Thu Nov 25, 2010 1:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: It Was Inevitable
Replies: 62
Views: 4326

Re: It Was Inevitable

You, and we, are getting into contingencies here that go way beyond the case at hand. And I think your observations are too abstract, and may not fit the specifics of South Korean governance and politics, which few of us here know anything about beyond what we can read in Wikipedia. If indeed anybo...
by Barry
Wed Nov 24, 2010 9:50 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: It Was Inevitable
Replies: 62
Views: 4326

Re: It Was Inevitable

living_stradivarius wrote:
Barry wrote:
See Israel.
Not many South Korean politicians in the US lobbying for Seoul though ;)
Good point. Although it's a largely Christian nation going up against a Communist (in other words, Atheist) country. Seems like a natural fit for some of the pro-Israel crowd in Congress. :wink:
by Barry
Wed Nov 24, 2010 5:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Thanksgiving, Americans!
Replies: 23
Views: 2048

Re: Happy Thanksgiving, Americans!

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate.

To answer Lance's question, some good NFL Films music by Sam Spence to get me up for the football games that will be televised. :wink:
by Barry
Wed Nov 24, 2010 5:16 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Is Everybody Celebrating Thanksgiving...
Replies: 8
Views: 867

Re: How Is Everybody Celebrating Thanksgiving...

Wish I had a grandma left to visit!
But I'll happily settle for going to my mother and step-father's home, as I do every year. It's the biggest day of the year for my family. We always have a big crowd of close family friends.
by Barry
Wed Nov 24, 2010 4:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: It Was Inevitable
Replies: 62
Views: 4326

Re: It Was Inevitable

Point taken on the treaty's language. I was obviously wrong about what it said. Although South Korea may have already violated article I with their "threats" of force outside of any UN process or approval. In fact, both the U.S. and the South have probably violated that clause of the treaty on many ...
by Barry
Wed Nov 24, 2010 2:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: It Was Inevitable
Replies: 62
Views: 4326

Re: It Was Inevitable

See Israel. I'm sure we didn't want them going to war with Hezbollah or Hamas in spite of the constant provocations from those sources. But eventually, Israel felt they had no choice. And from what I've been reading, it's probably going to happen again with Hezbollah in the not-too-distant future. ...
by Barry
Wed Nov 24, 2010 2:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reference discs for auditioning
Replies: 27
Views: 4409

Re: Reference discs for auditioning

Symphonic synthesis from Acts II and III of Tristan by Stokowski/Philadelphia; recorded during one of Stoki's return visits to Philly in the early 60s. I have it on EMI as part of the Stokowski "Great Conductors of the Century" set.

This recording defines orchestral beauty for me.
by Barry
Wed Nov 24, 2010 11:00 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: It Was Inevitable
Replies: 62
Views: 4326

Re: It Was Inevitable

South Korea won't go to war against the North without the agreement and participation of the United States - not with nearly 30,000 American combat and support troops stationed in South Korea, mainly in the northern third. And that agreement and participation will not be forthcoming short of a full...
by Barry
Wed Nov 24, 2010 12:16 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: It Was Inevitable
Replies: 62
Views: 4326

Re: It Was Inevitable

I'm not surprised China is calling for a return to talks. For one thing, they have their own disputes over islands with Japan and I'm sure they don't want a precedent established where by outside powers take a strong stand in such situations. But as I said before, even if there is no military respon...