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by Barry
Fri Nov 12, 2010 4:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ted Koppel on the Death of Journalism
Replies: 8
Views: 807

Re: Ted Koppel on the Death of Journalism

Cable tv news is a sewer that I avoid altogether for the most part. Unfortunately, the blogosphere is also doing a tremendous amount of damage in terms of people only looking for sources to confirm their own biases. As far as the closing of international news bureaus, that's not only the case with t...
by Barry
Fri Nov 12, 2010 1:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Stop-and-Frisk .... Is it worth it?
Replies: 4
Views: 775

Re: Stop-and-Frisk .... Is it worth it?

I'm going to take a wild guess here: I bet the powers that be at the ACLU do not live in that crime-ridden neighborhood. That much is obvious. But I imagine at least some of the people bringing the suit do live in those neighborhoods. They certainly have a valid point of view. It's a question of ba...
by Barry
Fri Nov 12, 2010 11:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Stop-and-Frisk .... Is it worth it?
Replies: 4
Views: 775

Re: Stop-and-Frisk .... Is it worth it?

Regarding the sections of the two pieces I placed in bold: 1. The obvious point that I think the first writer overlooks when pointing out that a relatively small proportion of stops by police result in an arrest or seizure of a gun, which the second writer addresses, is that one of the points of the...
by Barry
Fri Nov 12, 2010 11:19 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Stop-and-Frisk .... Is it worth it?
Replies: 4
Views: 775

Stop-and-Frisk .... Is it worth it?

These two pieces both ran in today's Philadelphia Inquirer. The police stop-and-frisk tactic was an issue in our last mayoral campaign, with the winner being the only Democratic candidate to support the policy and make it a key in his plan to cut down on what had become an intolerable amount of viol...
by Barry
Fri Nov 12, 2010 8:15 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Dick Cavett
Replies: 36
Views: 3282

Re: Dick Cavett

Can't immediately think of two more polar opposites than Barack Obama and Sarah Palin. It is truly bewildering that the one has now received the other's popularity with the American public, in a short two years. The world must be puzzled. I know I am. I keep telling everyone, it's the Ronald Reagan...
by Barry
Thu Nov 11, 2010 7:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Deficit Panel Plan
Replies: 9
Views: 775

Re: Deficit Panel Plan

I'd like to believe that things are as that piece indicates, John, but I've read too many things about the CBO's numbers being based on assumptions that may very well not turn out to be accurate and hidden costs or costs either deferred or moved to another portion of the budget so that it doesn't ge...
by Barry
Thu Nov 11, 2010 2:23 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Deficit Panel Plan
Replies: 9
Views: 775

Deficit Panel Plan

Thoughts on this? I've got misgivings on the elimination of certain tax deductions or breaks (mortgate interest chief among them) and may have misgivings about some of the defense cuts (don't know what they'd be yet, so I can't say for sure; as I've said before, I'd be happy to see as much waste eli...
by Barry
Thu Nov 11, 2010 8:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Salute a veteran on this day
Replies: 4
Views: 491

Re: Salute a veteran on this day

Thank you to all of our veterans here and everywhere.

And a salute to my friend Andy, who is in the Air Force reserves and left his family practice to go into war zones and care for the wounded and sick in Iraq and Afghanistan several times in recent years.
by Barry
Tue Nov 09, 2010 7:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Not Everybody Wears An I-Love-Che T Shirt
Replies: 5
Views: 541

Re: Not Everybody Wears An I-Love-Che T Shirt

http://www.thoseshirts.com/noche.html Maybe I'll get one. Can't remember what the thread was where somebody mentioned Che T shirts. So I thought we ought to devote equal time to anti-Che shirts. :lol: Nice shirts. :wink: I think it was the thread about Europeans protesting about their lost governme...
by Barry
Tue Nov 09, 2010 9:36 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: How the US ends wars, or tries to
Replies: 14
Views: 3255

Re: How the US ends wars, or tries to

The quotes add up to plenty, John. Look at the dates on them. They were spread out over a period that covered the latter part of Clinton's presidency as well as earlier (but post 9/11) portions of Bush's presidency. And for the most part, they were quotes from people who saw the relevant intelligen...
by Barry
Tue Nov 09, 2010 9:19 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: How the US ends wars, or tries to
Replies: 14
Views: 3255

Re: How the US ends wars, or tries to

>You always say that and I have to again remind you to click on that link at the bottom of my posts and tell me if those people also believe it.< Good quotes--we all believed it--but everyone was wrong, right :( --has Cheney admitted it was a big mistake? Bush had to correct Cheney and admit they w...
by Barry
Mon Nov 08, 2010 4:30 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: How the US ends wars, or tries to
Replies: 14
Views: 3255

Re: How the US ends wars, or tries to

The quotations you link to don't add up to much, Barry. Everybody knew that Iraq had chemical and biological warfare capability, as they'd used it against the Kurds in 1988, and indeed poison gas had been used on the western front in World War I. So this was hardly a new threat, and President Bush ...
by Barry
Mon Nov 08, 2010 3:04 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: How the US ends wars, or tries to
Replies: 14
Views: 3255

Re: How the US ends wars, or tries to

>So was the key argument for the Iraq invasion, the phantom weapons of mass destruction. < Great article! But does Cheney still believe there were WMD's! Regards, Len [fleeing] You always say that and I have to again remind you to click on that link at the bottom of my posts and tell me if those pe...
by Barry
Mon Nov 08, 2010 3:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Republicans-Bad For Classical Music In America?
Replies: 15
Views: 1409

Re: Republicans-Bad For Classical Music In America?

I think this belongs in the Pub, but if you want to keep it here, I'll point out that you're jumping to conclusions based on what I'm guessing is nothing more than your gut feelings and not facts. First of all, we have no idea if polticians in general are more indifferent to music than non-politici...
by Barry
Mon Nov 08, 2010 2:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Republicans-Bad For Classical Music In America?
Replies: 15
Views: 1409

Re: Republicans-Bad For Classical Music In America?

Yeah, it could be considered a Pub topic, but it is about classical music and about attitudes towards classical music by politicians, who sometimes have something to say about money, who it goes to and how much of it, then I think that we could talk about it here, perhaps without it staying on the ...
by Barry
Mon Nov 08, 2010 1:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Beyond Tone Deaf
Replies: 18
Views: 1521

Re: Beyond Tone Deaf

I take it that they intended to refer to the Republican opposition generally. The fact that they would use the word "insurgency" in this context says a lot - that I already knew - about the people at the NYT. Wow! You mean, you are finding things to reinforce your prejudices! What a wonder! ; ) Che...
by Barry
Mon Nov 08, 2010 11:09 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: This Is Top Priority? Really?
Replies: 27
Views: 1178

Re: This Is Top Priority? Really?

But even with that context, I don't fully excuse it because I'd rather the Republicans work with the Democrats to cut the budget and national debt than work for nothing but achieving the ability to ram through their own agenda in two years. And if that's what Republicans want (plus whatever can pos...
by Barry
Mon Nov 08, 2010 1:21 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: This Is Top Priority? Really?
Replies: 27
Views: 1178

Re: This Is Top Priority? Really?

There's just no compromising anymore Now Obama has offered a compromise where the Bush tax cuts would be extended for the rich but not made permanent (why they are not just being extended and not made permanent for everyone is beyond me). The Republicans should make a show of negotiating for a bett...
by Barry
Sun Nov 07, 2010 11:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Kudos to the President on India
Replies: 12
Views: 999

Re: Kudos to the President on India

BWV 1080 wrote:yes, but did you hear that the cost of transporting Barack Hussein and his entourage cost 36 trillion dollars?
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/ ... takes.html
by Barry
Sat Nov 06, 2010 11:10 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Kudos to the President on India
Replies: 12
Views: 999

Kudos to the President on India

While the piece does indicate that it's unclear how many, if any, new American jobs will be created as a result of these deals, regardless of that issue, from a geopolitical standpoint, the President should be applauded for strengthening ties with India. Bush did a good job in this area as well. It ...
by Barry
Fri Nov 05, 2010 5:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Barenboim Signs Double Contract With DG And Decca
Replies: 7
Views: 650

Re: Barenboim Signs Double Contract With DG And Decca

It hasn't been that many years since his last recorded Beethoven cycle. I wonder if it's as much a political statement as it is a musical one given the orchestra he'll be recording it with.
by Barry
Fri Nov 05, 2010 11:11 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Churchill's Dark Side
Replies: 5
Views: 753

Re: Churchill's Dark Side

When it counted, and when others had submitted and some in Britain would have been prepared to do so, Churchill reached deep into the English soul and saved his great country. All the rest is insignificant in comparison to this acheivement. There was no greater man in the 20th century. I agree. But...
by Barry
Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:41 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: No — Really! — They're All About Journalism
Replies: 31
Views: 2690

Re: No — Really! — They're All About Journalism

Compare MSNBC to Fox, you say: Philadelphia Daily News Nov. 4, 2010 Stu Bykofsky: Olbermann fair? O'Reilly balanced? What we found By Stu Bykofsky Philadelphia Daily News Daily News Columnist BEFORE THE Democrats got battered in Tuesday's election, I decided to check out one of their favorite pincus...
by Barry
Thu Nov 04, 2010 6:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: So What Does It Mean??
Replies: 55
Views: 2495

Re: So What Does It Mean??

John, could you provide us with the context of Bush's remark about the "haves and have mores" please? What was the occasion when he said it? To whom was he speaking? I think we need to know that before you mount your high horse and look down your nose about Bush's feelings on "the worth of every in...
by Barry
Thu Nov 04, 2010 4:23 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: No — Really! — They're All About Journalism
Replies: 31
Views: 2690

Re: No — Really! — They're All About Journalism

Meanwhile, over at MSNBC: MSNBC’s election night lineup draws criticism By Michael Calderone Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and conservative media critic Bernie Goldberg slammed MSNBC on Wednesday for having the network's top liberal hosts and commentators lead election night coverage. Goldberg praised...
by Barry
Thu Nov 04, 2010 4:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: So What Does It Mean??
Replies: 55
Views: 2495

Re: So What Does It Mean??

This is getting ridiculous. [He said the Tea Party is] “anti-government” and accused them of trying to frighten people with their extreme rightwing ideology. In the first place, that is well within the realm of ordinary adversarial political discourse and doesn't even come close to mudslinging. In ...
by Barry
Thu Nov 04, 2010 12:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Liberals Argue
Replies: 7
Views: 817

Re: How Liberals Argue

THEHORN wrote:There's nothing on my computer screen. What's wrong?
You probably have to update whatever program you have for watching those videos.
by Barry
Thu Nov 04, 2010 12:23 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: So What Does It Mean??
Replies: 55
Views: 2495

Re: So What Does It Mean??

... The two parties should focus on the economy and the deficit and hammer out compromises to address those problems. There is already a bipartisan panel on the deficit which will issue its report next month. I am aware that bipartisan credit is a riskier means of getting into power than stonewalli...
by Barry
Thu Nov 04, 2010 12:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: So What Does It Mean??
Replies: 55
Views: 2495

Re: So What Does It Mean??

>Obama has repeatedly failed to acknowledge that people can have valid and informed differences with his policies and has instead attributed opposition to him to things ranging from fear to racism.< Sorry, I truly haven't seen it. Regards, Len Neither have I. You two need to get out more: http://ww...
by Barry
Thu Nov 04, 2010 11:55 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: So What Does It Mean??
Replies: 55
Views: 2495

Re: So What Does It Mean??

>Obama has repeatedly failed to acknowledge that people can have valid and informed differences with his policies and has instead attributed opposition to him to things ranging from fear to racism.< Sorry, I truly haven't seen it. Regards, Len I'm afraid that doesn't mean it didn't happen. In fact,...
by Barry
Thu Nov 04, 2010 11:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: So What Does It Mean??
Replies: 55
Views: 2495

Re: So What Does It Mean??

>There are a lot of people who are put off by some Democrats, including the President, attributing all opposition to them to ignorance and/or racism.< I don't see Obama has having done that--I may disagree with some of his policies but I don't see where he's not been willing to explain his position...
by Barry
Thu Nov 04, 2010 8:41 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: So What Does It Mean??
Replies: 55
Views: 2495

Re: So What Does It Mean??

What I will never understand is why John Q ** reacted positively to a Republican agenda of "Just Say NO!!!" and offered no other platform for two years.... I think it's what I mentioned in another thread the other day. People are upset with the Democrats ramming their agenda through, especially the...
by Barry
Thu Nov 04, 2010 8:37 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cuban Missile Crisis by HoustonDavid
Replies: 11
Views: 823

Re: Cuban Missile Crisis by HoustonDavid

Great piece, David. Sorry you're having trouble getting it published.
by Barry
Wed Nov 03, 2010 6:50 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: So What Does It Mean??
Replies: 55
Views: 2495

Re: So What Does It Mean??

It means John Q Idiot has reinstated the greedy a$$holes that brought the economy to its knees in the first place. Good times ahead, that's for sure. Love it when liberals call Americans things like "John Q Idiot." :lol: It really helps Republicans. I was thinking the same thing. :wink: I don't thi...
by Barry
Wed Nov 03, 2010 6:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What is extreme left and extreme right?
Replies: 17
Views: 743

Re: What is extreme left and extreme right?

Interesting question. I think for one thing, we need to differentiate the American political spectrum from that in much of the rest of the world (Western Europe, for instance). What passes for the center here would not be considered middle-of-the-road in other places; which is more than fine with me...
by Barry
Wed Nov 03, 2010 5:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Liberals Argue
Replies: 7
Views: 817

How Liberals Argue

by Barry
Wed Nov 03, 2010 4:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: No — Really! — They're All About Journalism
Replies: 31
Views: 2690

Re: No — Really! — They're All About Journalism

I don't endorse actual journalists taking part in partisan activities. There is no excuse for it for people like O'Reilly, Beck and Hannity (I'm assuming they're among the 30). But I suspect the majority of the 30 are political figures who provide their analysis for Fox on a regular or periodic basi...
by Barry
Wed Nov 03, 2010 3:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yannick-Philly rehearse Mahler 5
Replies: 13
Views: 1653

Re: Yannick-Philly rehearse Mahler 5

in the interest of staving off the thread derailment that I started... seems like YNS is off to a great start in Philly. Between that new post & Rotterdam, I'm thinking his days with our local gang may be numbered. I've never seen him as this orchestra is generally considered to be the #2 in town, ...
by Barry
Wed Nov 03, 2010 10:17 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WE DON'T WANT HIM TO FAIL
Replies: 32
Views: 2319

Re: WE DON'T WANT HIM TO FAIL

There are obviously many millions of Americans who want him to fail at getting more of his domestic agenda passed; some of whom would also like some of the agenda that's already been passed to be repealed. I'd guess that a lot of us would also prefer a President with an agenda we approve of after th...
by Barry
Tue Nov 02, 2010 4:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Great Beethoven Fallacy
Replies: 15
Views: 1429

Re: The Great Beethoven Fallacy

Women in the US have a right to have an abortion--sort of. Which is exactly the way most people want it and the way it should be. As the piece Henry linked to indicates, there are relatively small minorities on both extremes (ban it under any circumstances; allow it on-demand right up until the bab...
by Barry
Tue Nov 02, 2010 2:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Enormous number of new talents out there, but ...
Replies: 43
Views: 3027

Re: Enormous number of new talents out there, but ...

It's also no worse than the joke that Genesis became several albums after Gabriel left. It makes Yes' 80s fare sound as progressive as early King Crimson :lol: Couldn't agree more, which is why I specified Genesis from the early to mid 70s. Some of those Phil Collins solo balads were just painful. ...
by Barry
Tue Nov 02, 2010 2:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Enormous number of new talents out there, but ...
Replies: 43
Views: 3027

Re: Enormous number of new talents out there, but ...

P.S. I just played Owner of a Lonely Heart for the first time ... almost half of it anyway. To my ears it's pure crap, and I hope Yes made a good buck on it, because it's a shame to have it on their CV. It sounds like Jon Anderson with a drum machine ... at least as far as I made it through. Maybe ...
by Barry
Tue Nov 02, 2010 2:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Enormous number of new talents out there, but ...
Replies: 43
Views: 3027

Re: Enormous number of new talents out there, but ...

Henry, I saw a Symphonic Yes Live DVD in there...people have been Banned for less than that... :mrgreen: I haven't had a chance to watch it yet. One of my brothers noodles around on the guitar but can't read music. He's been known to dissect Yes's DVDs frame by frame to mimic Steve Howe's fingering...
by Barry
Tue Nov 02, 2010 2:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Great Beethoven Fallacy
Replies: 15
Views: 1429

Re: The Great Beethoven Fallacy

... They already publish lists of abortion providers, their addresses, both home and professional, as well as the names and home addresses of all the employees, crossing them off pointedly when murdered. ... They must not go through many pencils since there has been precisely one abortion provider ...
by Barry
Tue Nov 02, 2010 12:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Great Beethoven Fallacy
Replies: 15
Views: 1429

Re: The Great Beethoven Fallacy

... They already publish lists of abortion providers, their addresses, both home and professional, as well as the names and home addresses of all the employees, crossing them off pointedly when murdered. ... They must not go through many pencils since there has been precisely one abortion provider ...
by Barry
Tue Nov 02, 2010 11:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Enormous number of new talents out there, but ...
Replies: 43
Views: 3027

Re: Enormous number of new talents out there, but ...

Henry, I saw a Symphonic Yes Live DVD in there...people have been Banned for less than that... :mrgreen: I haven't had a chance to watch it yet. One of my brothers noodles around on the guitar but can't read music. He's been known to dissect Yes's DVDs frame by frame to mimic Steve Howe's fingering...
by Barry
Tue Nov 02, 2010 8:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Divider-in-Chief
Replies: 85
Views: 3678

Re: Divider-in-Chief

>The high level of faith in this country DID help keep us strong and united against Communism during the Cold War; not to mention the role it played in how Reagan dealt with the Soviets.< I don't want our strength against foreign enemies coming from a religious faith--it's our democratic constituti...
by Barry
Tue Nov 02, 2010 8:35 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Great Beethoven Fallacy
Replies: 15
Views: 1429

Re: The Great Beethoven Fallacy

THEHORN wrote:Barry,don't underestimate the power of the anti-abortion movement in America.It's very widespread and could definitely cause abortion to become illegal again in America.
And I could win the lottery tomorrow.
by Barry
Tue Nov 02, 2010 7:39 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Divider-in-Chief
Replies: 85
Views: 3678

Re: Divider-in-Chief

>it's been happening all through world history.< Yeah but now I've seen the last 2 hours of this great PBS special--for me the worst moment--Billy Graham. SARAH BARRINGER GORDON, Historian of Law & Religion: Graham advised him, "You know, you really should settle on a denomination," and the two of ...
by Barry
Mon Nov 01, 2010 4:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Great Beethoven Fallacy
Replies: 15
Views: 1429

Re: The Great Beethoven Fallacy

Your entire rant is largely made of straw. There is virtually no chance whatsoever the federal government will ever have to deal with enforcing a ban on abortion. The reason for that is that there is virtually no possibility that there will ever be a future federal ban on abortion. The worst that co...