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by Barry
Wed Nov 24, 2010 12:11 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Horrible
Replies: 8
Views: 807

Re: Horrible

One of the reasons I remain skeptical that Israel will ever find peace with the Arab world is that they pound these extreme anti-Semitic notions into their kids' heads from the time they're very young.
by Barry
Tue Nov 23, 2010 9:57 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Unstoppable
Replies: 4
Views: 1856

Re: Unstoppable

Maybe I'm a bit of a "film" snob, and maybe the movie in question is a bit more "film" than the usual rewrites of movies like "Speed", but I hate to see someone of such immense talent waste their time on action/chase/shoot-em-ups as Denzel Washington. I do enjoy such movies, but don't expect to hav...
by Barry
Tue Nov 23, 2010 9:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Do You Or Your Significant Other Love To Cook?
Replies: 15
Views: 875

Re: Do You Or Your Significant Other Love To Cook?

> Philly ... Center City< Right where we were today--visited the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts for the first time--excellent collection and what a building it's housed in. And the Vietnamese crepe came out crisp just the way we like it! Regards, Len :) I'd have popped by and said hi when you we...
by Barry
Tue Nov 23, 2010 6:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: It Was Inevitable
Replies: 62
Views: 4338

Re: It Was Inevitable

I don't think anyone WANTS a full-scale war. But the problem is that if nothing involving force is done in response (by the South; not us), North Korea's leadership will get the message that they can get away with this sort of thing scott-free. Then what will they do the next time they want to get e...
by Barry
Tue Nov 23, 2010 4:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I love Irony!
Replies: 6
Views: 1044

Re: I love Irony!

Almost as stupid as Senator Rockefeller's (has ever ever actually been in West Virginia by the way :lol: ) statement that he wished that the FCC would ban Fox News and MSNBC. And Joe Biden says more stupid stuff every week than the rest of the human race combined. I wonder why he gets a pass. He ma...
by Barry
Tue Nov 23, 2010 3:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I love Irony!
Replies: 6
Views: 1044

Re: I love Irony!

JackC wrote: And Joe Biden says more stupid stuff every week than the rest of the human race combined. I wonder why he gets a pass.
The classic was when he tried to convince a southerner to vote for him in an '08 primary by telling the guy that his state (Delaware) was a "slave state."
by Barry
Tue Nov 23, 2010 2:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sarah Palin
Replies: 98
Views: 9962

Re: Sarah Palin

Someone should pump subliminal messages about the need to run for President into General Petraeus' room every night while he sleeps. WHY?? What would he do? Well ... it was a joke. He's made it very clear he's not running and I take him at his word. I'd rather have him running our foreign policy an...
by Barry
Tue Nov 23, 2010 1:37 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sarah Palin
Replies: 98
Views: 9962

Re: Sarah Palin

Please, God, let Sarah Palin run in 2012. Cheers, ~Karl She's a good, smart lady. But she should not run for President. To run for the President, win, and have enough firepower to deal effectively with a hostile press and a hostile ruling class the whole way through requires an extraordinary verbal...
by Barry
Tue Nov 23, 2010 11:06 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Patriotic millionaires speak up
Replies: 15
Views: 1002

Re: Patriotic millionaires speak up

But you know what "Grampy" Irving did in Canada when he became dissatisfied with that country's taxation regime in 1972? He took all his marbles and move them to a tax shelter in Bermuda. He died and was buried there but his estate had the body exhumed and transported back to New Brunswick. At leas...
by Barry
Mon Nov 22, 2010 11:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Patriotic millionaires speak up
Replies: 15
Views: 1002

Re: Patriotic millionaires speak up

the President was trying to pass the 900 trillion dollar slush fund? Randall, that's well over the economic equivalent of the entire world's economy, much like your farcical numbers about global warming. No wonder they never seem to add up or come out the same as the real scientists. I'm sure he in...
by Barry
Mon Nov 22, 2010 11:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Patriotic millionaires speak up
Replies: 15
Views: 1002

Re: Patriotic millionaires speak up

I wouldn't mind a slight increase in the tax rate for those making over $1 million per year to raise additional revenue in order to reduce the deficit (which by the way is a far cry from those making $250,000 per year; although I've got no problem with allowing the Bush cut for them to expire as wel...
by Barry
Mon Nov 22, 2010 3:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Do You Or Your Significant Other Love To Cook?
Replies: 15
Views: 875

Re: Do You Or Your Significant Other Love To Cook?

We like to go out to dinner, but we never go to Italian restaurants because the food at those places is a disappointment after having my Italian cooking. OK, I'll quit bragging now. I also like to cook various pasta dishes, but that doesn't stop me from going out to Italian restaurants on a fairly ...
by Barry
Sun Nov 21, 2010 11:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Don Carlo at the MET
Replies: 10
Views: 1328

Re: New Don Carlo at the MET

I'm standing by my prediction that if Nezet-Seguin gets more raves for his work with Don Carlo like the ones he received for Carmen last season, he's on the way to eventually replacing Levine at the Met a few years down the road. You heard it here first! Barry, Nezet-Seguin has the Philadelphia. Is...
by Barry
Sun Nov 21, 2010 2:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Don Carlo at the MET
Replies: 10
Views: 1328

Re: New Don Carlo at the MET

I'm standing by my prediction that if Nezet-Seguin gets more raves for his work with Don Carlo like the ones he received for Carmen last season, he's on the way to eventually replacing Levine at the Met a few years down the road. You heard it here first!
by Barry
Sat Nov 20, 2010 10:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sarah Palin
Replies: 98
Views: 9962

Re: Sarah Palin

I find it astounding that anyone could reasonably imply that Sarah Palin is intelligent. If she is, she has managed to keep it well hidden. I don't "hate" her, but I have little respect for her. Also, it is quite different for a woman to be conservative and acknowledge that it is a personal choice ...
by Barry
Fri Nov 19, 2010 4:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Romancing the Throne.
Replies: 16
Views: 877

Re: Romancing the Throne.

I'm curious as to whether William has as many names as his dad. I saw a clip of the Charles-Di ceremony and when Charles was asked if he takes Di, we found out that his name is:
Charles Philip Arthur George (no John, Paul and Ringo).
by Barry
Fri Nov 19, 2010 2:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: For a change ... Bob Herbert Nails It
Replies: 12
Views: 1285

Re: For a change ... Bob Herbert Nails It

Very interesting comments, David. I largely agree with you. But while something like the welfare reform of 1986 is helpful, I am afraid that the only way to significantly improve the situation in terms of the problems in lower income, urban black neighborhoods is to do it through programs like this ...
by Barry
Fri Nov 19, 2010 11:45 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: For a change ... Bob Herbert Nails It
Replies: 12
Views: 1285

Re: For a change ... Bob Herbert Nails It

It's going to take more people like Kevin Sheaff, along with the involvement of religious institutions, to turn around this tragedy. Elmer Smith: For a maker of men, a year is just a start By Elmer Smith Philadelphia Daily News 11-19-10 KEVIN SHEAFF felt a calling. He wanted to be a maker of men. He...
by Barry
Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:32 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: START: Republicans behaving irresponsibly again
Replies: 41
Views: 4313

Re: START: Republicans behaving irresponsibly again

I don't see how any of these all-or-nothing, obviously politically-loaded blips on this thread about nuclear weapons has anything to do with the successful decades-old history of START, its technical details, and its real-world effectiveness in reducing dangerous/loose nukes (with the help of START...
by Barry
Thu Nov 18, 2010 6:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: START: Republicans behaving irresponsibly again
Replies: 41
Views: 4313

Re: START: Republicans behaving irresponsibly again

CMG poster thinks we should stop pouring billions of dollars into weapons that are tactically and strategically useless, meaning unusable, so some of that money can go to helping our own citizens in dire need and dealing with the national debt. I missed this line before. I have a tough time thinkin...
by Barry
Thu Nov 18, 2010 5:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: START: Republicans behaving irresponsibly again
Replies: 41
Views: 4313

Re: START: Republicans behaving irresponsibly again

Do you really believe that the United States's powerful nuclear arsenal, even after reductions through START, isn't already a sufficient deterrent, without making it still more powerful through "modernization"? Do you believe North Korea would attack South Korea if we don't modernize, but will be d...
by Barry
Thu Nov 18, 2010 3:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Equal Time for Congressional Stupidity
Replies: 12
Views: 1393

Re: Equal Time for Congressional Stupidity

JackC wrote:I just love it when people show up at the Pub to dump on some poster and then explain that THEY never visit the Pub because of such nonsense. :lol: :lol: :roll:
Yet the irony always seems to escape them. :wink:
by Barry
Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:04 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: START: Republicans behaving irresponsibly again
Replies: 41
Views: 4313

Re: START: Republicans behaving irresponsibly again

In fact, the whole point of having strong weapons and a strong military in general is so we won't have to use them; so we can avoid as much conflict as possible. "We want to avoid a war and that is better achieved by being so strong that a potential enemy is not tempted to go adventuring." - R.R. A...
by Barry
Thu Nov 18, 2010 9:17 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: START: Republicans behaving irresponsibly again
Replies: 41
Views: 4313

Re: START: Republicans behaving irresponsibly again

I answered your question very clearly by saying that I don't expect us to launch our nuclear weapons pre-emptively, but if we are ever in a situation where we're forced to use them other than pre-emptively, I want them to be as up-to-date and in working condition as possible. I also want any potent...
by Barry
Thu Nov 18, 2010 9:11 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Equal Time for Congressional Stupidity
Replies: 12
Views: 1393

Re: Equal Time for Congressional Stupidity

Why are the rantings of a Republican candidate for the Senate in Delaware more worthy of national attention that those from a Democratic House member from Houston? Do you know how many people there are in Delaware? The answer is under a million and just slightly more than the number of people in Ms...
by Barry
Thu Nov 18, 2010 9:08 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Equal Time for Congressional Stupidity
Replies: 12
Views: 1393

Re: Equal Time for Congressional Stupidity

I can think of a couple from the music board who only pop up in the pub occasionally to do virtually nothing but heap scorn and sarcasm at the board's conservatives Who are these people? Can you link to some of their offending messages? If they are really behaving badly toward members of CMG, I wan...
by Barry
Wed Nov 17, 2010 8:42 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: START: Republicans behaving irresponsibly again
Replies: 41
Views: 4313

Re: START: Republicans behaving irresponsibly again

I would like to know who in industry would get those contracts to "modernize" the nuclear arsenal and what if anything Kyl owes to them. You can say that about virtually anything that's done in Congress. If they need to be modernized, they need to be modernized. Have you heard any claims that that'...
by Barry
Wed Nov 17, 2010 8:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Equal Time for Congressional Stupidity
Replies: 12
Views: 1393

Re: Equal Time for Congressional Stupidity

And yet you never seem moved to say anything about it when one of our left wing haters goes off on a rant. I can think of a couple from the music board who only pop up in the pub occasionally to do virtually nothing but heap scorn and sarcasm at the board's conservatives; sometimes with videos makin...
by Barry
Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sarah Palin
Replies: 98
Views: 9962

Re: Sarah Palin

Please watch the very short video clip: http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/11/17/sarah-palin-i-can-beat-obama/ I don't think she can win (she's extremely unpopular beyond her base and that's not nearly enough to get her elected). But what is she supposed to say when she's asked that question? If she...
by Barry
Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:50 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Equal Time for Congressional Stupidity
Replies: 12
Views: 1393

Re: Equal Time for Congressional Stupidity

A fine demonstration of discrimination regarding political discussion. You apparently didn't pay much attention to John's comments. It's why I spend little or no time in the Pub. I read every word he wrote and responded on point. I'd take your point more seriously, Werner, if you didn't make a habi...
by Barry
Wed Nov 17, 2010 5:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: START: Republicans behaving irresponsibly again
Replies: 41
Views: 4313

Re: START: Republicans behaving irresponsibly again

In fact, the whole point of having strong weapons and a strong military in general is so we won't have to use them; so we can avoid as much conflict as possible. "We want to avoid a war and that is better achieved by being so strong that a potential enemy is not tempted to go adventuring." - R.R. A...
by Barry
Wed Nov 17, 2010 4:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: START: Republicans behaving irresponsibly again
Replies: 41
Views: 4313

Re: START: Republicans behaving irresponsibly again

Reduction of the number of nuclear weapons in the world, especially those of the two nations with the capability to deliver them anywhere, is essential if we (and they) are to have any credibility in our peace-keeping claims, and our efforts to prevent other countries from acquiring nukes of their ...
by Barry
Wed Nov 17, 2010 4:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Equal Time for Congressional Stupidity
Replies: 12
Views: 1393

Re: Equal Time for Congressional Stupidity

I was saying this other Democrat also deserves a bit of spotlight for his concern about Guam housing too many American troops: zNZczIgVXjg And by the way, why are the rantings of a Republican candidate for the Senate in Delaware more worthy of national attention that those from a Democratic House me...
by Barry
Wed Nov 17, 2010 3:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Equal Time for Congressional Stupidity
Replies: 12
Views: 1393

Equal Time for Congressional Stupidity

It seems every stupid thing that O'Donnell and Palin says makes big national news. How is it then, that a Democratic Congresswoman can give the following take on Vietnam in 2010 on the floor of the House without so much as a ripple from the media and all of those sophisticated liberals who love to p...
by Barry
Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:49 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: START: Republicans behaving irresponsibly again
Replies: 41
Views: 4313

Re: START: Republicans behaving irresponsibly again

I would like to know who in industry would get those contracts to "modernize" the nuclear arsenal and what if anything Kyl owes to them. You can say that about virtually anything that's done in Congress. If they need to be modernized, they need to be modernized. Have you heard any claims that that'...
by Barry
Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:54 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: START: Republicans behaving irresponsibly again
Replies: 41
Views: 4313

Re: START: Republicans behaving irresponsibly again

Barry, do you actually believe that the U.S. is ever going to use nuclear weapons against any target? Because unless that's a genuine strategic and tactical option, then we already have more nukes than we need for diplomatic purposes, and "modernization" - to defeat what defenses? To kill how many ...
by Barry
Wed Nov 17, 2010 10:58 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: START: Republicans behaving irresponsibly again
Replies: 41
Views: 4313

Re: START: Republicans behaving irresponsibly again

I read this article last night. While I'd prefer inspections resume as soon as possible, I don't think we should be jumping all over this until we see how it plays out. If it's just a question of delaying the vote until soon after the new Congress is sworn in, it won't be the end of the world. There...
by Barry
Tue Nov 16, 2010 5:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: For a change ... Bob Herbert Nails It
Replies: 12
Views: 1285

Re: For a change ... Bob Herbert Nails It

Barry, I don't think that is a common black belief. Traditionally, I believe, family has been the single most important thing sustaining African Americans in their difficult transition from slavery to freedom and then during the Civil Rights era. But I don't claim to be an expert on the subject. I ...
by Barry
Tue Nov 16, 2010 4:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: For a change ... Bob Herbert Nails It
Replies: 12
Views: 1285

Re: For a change ... Bob Herbert Nails It

Many Elders oppose education as an infringement on their culture. And I was told on facebook (actually, indirectly, through a third party since this wasn't a discussion I felt comfortable having in that setting) by an Afrian-American woman that the "family" is a white institution that we have no bu...
by Barry
Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: For a change ... Bob Herbert Nails It
Replies: 12
Views: 1285

Re: For a change ... Bob Herbert Nails It

>And there is no way to begin to fix the problem without the African-American community taking responsibility to do so itself, primarily by rebuilding the black family.< Just this morning the Today Show mentioned that there was a large increase in food stamps last month. That op piece seems good to...
by Barry
Tue Nov 16, 2010 8:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: For a change ... Bob Herbert Nails It
Replies: 12
Views: 1285

For a change ... Bob Herbert Nails It

Couldn't agree with him more. There is no greater tragedy in this country than what's happened over the past couple generations to young African-American males over the past couple generations. And there is no way to begin to fix the problem without the African-American community taking responsibili...
by Barry
Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Is Humanitarian Aid Bad for Africa?
Replies: 10
Views: 1577

Re: Is Humanitarian Aid Bad for Africa?

I'm not sure what to think about this question given that it will get worse in the near future (unless you do not believe Bloomberg when they speak of global warming as a matter of fact). Sure, the political scene will get messier and messier as the most basic functions of human production and repr...
by Barry
Mon Nov 15, 2010 4:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3959
Views: 568533

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41zBK5hS9eL._SL500_AA300_.jpg I'm really looking forward to hearing this as I saw Abbado and the BPO perform Mahler's 9th during the same year that the set of concerts that this live recording was taken from were given and it was one of the best concert experie...
by Barry
Mon Nov 15, 2010 4:49 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Is Humanitarian Aid Bad for Africa?
Replies: 10
Views: 1577

Re: Is Humanitarian Aid Bad for Africa?

Most of us believe that humanitarian aid is a morally pure way to respond to suffering in the world. But what if our good intentions are just a newer version of colonialism? That’s what Mr. Gill thinks. There is nothing neo-colonialist about thinking you are making a humanitarian contribution which...
by Barry
Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Is Humanitarian Aid Bad for Africa?
Replies: 10
Views: 1577

Is Humanitarian Aid Bad for Africa?

This is a subject I've mentioned in the past when discussing the extent to which many people tend to place too much emphasis on purity of intention and not enough on hard results; the point being that actions based on the best of intentions can lead to the most horrifying of results: Margaret Wente ...
by Barry
Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:42 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What Happened At The G20 and South Korea Talks???
Replies: 6
Views: 603

Re: What Happened At The G20 and South Korea Talks???

If the stops in India and Indonesia, with accompanying deals in India, cement our longterm ties with those countries (especially India), the trip will be far from a total loss as the piece that I posted on another thread the other night indicates: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/12/opinion/12kaplan.h...
by Barry
Mon Nov 15, 2010 11:01 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ted Koppel on the Death of Journalism
Replies: 8
Views: 806

Re: Ted Koppel on the Death of Journalism

Interesting follow-up, from Howard Kurtz. From that Kurtz piece: "These sources, who declined to be quoted by name because of the sensitivity of the situation, say that several of NBC’s front-line stars, including Tom Brokaw, have expressed concern to management that Olbermann has badly damaged MSN...
by Barry
Sun Nov 14, 2010 10:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: New York's finest chef to open restaurant in Sydney.
Replies: 34
Views: 3162

Re: New York's finest chef to open restaurant in Sydney.

Chalkperson wrote: I found the food at Boulay to be so rich that I was unable to eat it.
I've never had that problem. :wink: Although I was on the edge of losing my lunch at Le Bec-Fin in Philadelphia once because of how rich my meal had been. I had to sit there a while before I could stand up.
by Barry
Sun Nov 14, 2010 6:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: New York's finest chef to open restaurant in Sydney.
Replies: 34
Views: 3162

Re: New York's finest chef to open restaurant in Sydney.

>I have eaten there twice, I prefer Nobu but his food is very good...< We only ate at Nobu once during restaurant week--a rip off--the price was right but you didn't get any idea of what the chef can really do. Batali's $25 lunch at Del Posto--that's for me! BTW the atmosphere at Nobu is quite unsp...
by Barry
Sat Nov 13, 2010 1:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Kaplan on Balance of Power in Asia in Coming Years
Replies: 0
Views: 320

Kaplan on Balance of Power in Asia in Coming Years

Nov. 11, 2010 Op-Ed Contributor Obama Takes Asia by Sea By ROBERT D. KAPLAN PRESIDENT OBAMA has insisted that his 10-day Asian journey is all about jobs: “The primary purpose is to ... open up markets so that we can sell in Asia, in some of the fastest-growing markets in the world, and we can create...