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by Barry
Wed Apr 27, 2005 9:55 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A virulent intolerance from British academia
Replies: 95
Views: 18485

I'd love to see a boycott of AUT members in this country (not that I expect it to happen): -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Guardian Unlimited Why Israel will always be vilified It is convenient for many British liberals that Israel exists. It save...
by Barry
Wed Apr 27, 2005 9:40 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Tough Choices for American Jews
Replies: 18
Views: 5053

You ought to be extremely concerned about the anti-Semitism on college campuses, whether or not it personally affects you now. An entire generation of future American leaders is being educated in an atmosphere of unreasonable and indefensible hatred of Israel, and by extension, Jews. These students...
by Barry
Tue Apr 26, 2005 11:35 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Tough Choices for American Jews
Replies: 18
Views: 5053

This is an interesting thread. I would love for a third party to come along that combines Clinton's domestic agenda with a more aggressive foreign policy. Since that's probably not happening any time soon, there isn't that big of a dilemma for me. Having a society that is as secular as possible with...
by Barry
Tue Apr 26, 2005 11:15 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A virulent intolerance from British academia
Replies: 95
Views: 18485

I was out of town for a few days and am just now reading that the boycott motion passed. It really is sickening. I agree that it's anit-Semitism. There is a never ending double-standard with regard to Israel among the world left and far American left. It's difficult to think of another reason for it.
by Barry
Tue Apr 26, 2005 10:44 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Used CD/Record stores
Replies: 8
Views: 2295

Used CD/Record stores

For years, I thought Academy Records must be the best place around for used classical CDs. Unfortunately, they've gone downhill the past two-three years in terms of selection (not their fault of course.....people are just turning in less CDs for what I've sure are a variety of reasons). I was just i...
by Barry
Sat Apr 23, 2005 9:14 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Blair
Replies: 5
Views: 2884

I'm a fairly big fan of Blair's. As I always say, it's too soon to say for sure, but both Bush and Blair may wind up being right on Iraq and the Middle East in general. They'll both deserve some credit. But as I've also said before, I think before understanding and buying into the neocon foreign pol...
by Barry
Sat Apr 23, 2005 9:07 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: The Truest Definition of Insanity:
Replies: 19
Views: 5804

[Where's the emoticon for barfing?] I should hope not. We didn't know them for what they were, Ted. We saw them as moved by great ideas and committed to great purposes. I know now they (minus Dirksen) had only two objectives: 1) re-election; 2) party dominance. Dirksen represented the "wandering in...
by Barry
Fri Apr 22, 2005 7:29 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: The Truest Definition of Insanity:
Replies: 19
Views: 5804

I agree with parts of what all of you have written. I'm obviously very interested in us expanding the barriers of science and exploring the great unknown. And it would be even better if humans could go along for the ride. But I agree with Ted that with our current budget and debt situation, when we ...
by Barry
Fri Apr 22, 2005 4:06 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: For those interested in the Supreme Court,
Replies: 9
Views: 3936

Needless to say, I agree with O'Connor and Breyer on the constitution being an evolving one, as well as referring to international law. I know "at least" a couple people on here agree with Scalia :) : O'Connor Dismisses Ado Over Int'l Law Thu Apr 21,10:05 PM ET By HOPE YEN, Associated Press Writer W...
by Barry
Fri Apr 22, 2005 12:20 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Good Time For a Concert
Replies: 12
Views: 3292

LOL. Funny you should put it that way, Herman. I have to confess I slept through much of that concert. But not because of the music. I took that trip with a friend. We shared a hotel room and he snored so loudly all week, that I didn't get more than a couple hours of sleep per night. The concert was...
by Barry
Fri Apr 22, 2005 9:39 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Another Reason Why I Hate the GOP
Replies: 15
Views: 5453

Thanks, Mel. You notice I said it to him on this particular thread after he called me naive. Since I consider his view on the age of the Earth to be just about the most naive position a human being can possibly take, there was no way I was going to let it go. And Frank, actually, I do have a couple ...
by Barry
Fri Apr 22, 2005 9:36 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Blair
Replies: 5
Views: 2884

I hesitated before posting that column specifically because of that line LOL. I knew you'd get a kick out of it.
by Barry
Fri Apr 22, 2005 9:34 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Good Time For a Concert
Replies: 12
Views: 3292

The Concertgebouw Orchestra always performs Sunday afternoon. Usually they play a given program on Thursday night, Friday night and Sunday afternoon. The last concert is often broadcast live on FM radio. Pardon me saying so but I think it's just another example of the way American orchestras just l...
by Barry
Thu Apr 21, 2005 11:24 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Blair
Replies: 5
Views: 2884

Blair

New York Times OP-ED COLUMNIST Sizzle, Yes, but Beef, Too By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN Published: April 22, 2005 New York Times columnists are not allowed to endorse U.S. presidential candidates. Only the editorial page does that. But in checking the columnist rule book, I couldn't find any ban on endorsin...
by Barry
Thu Apr 21, 2005 9:23 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Another Reason Why I Hate the GOP
Replies: 15
Views: 5453

Corlyss, I don't think that environmentalists should be able to write our energy policies either. But in general, I think the Democrats do a better job of finding a balance between industry and environmental concerns than the Republicans do. And this would be because they pay more lip service to En...
by Barry
Thu Apr 21, 2005 8:58 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Another Reason Why I Hate the GOP
Replies: 15
Views: 5453

I knew what you meant. That's what I was responding to.
by Barry
Thu Apr 21, 2005 8:49 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: The Tenacious Hold of Bigotry
Replies: 7
Views: 3669

I agree with Ralph.

This is a rehash of our discussion on whether gays are actually being harmed by not being permitted to marry, among other things.

Dignity matters.
by Barry
Thu Apr 21, 2005 8:46 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Another Reason Why I Hate the GOP
Replies: 15
Views: 5453

Corlyss,
I don't think that environmentalists should be able to write our energy policies either. But in general, I think the Democrats do a better job of finding a balance between industry and environmental concerns than the Republicans do.

I would certainly hope to get a better balance from Canada.
by Barry
Thu Apr 21, 2005 6:14 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Time to Progress to the next Step
Replies: 117
Views: 28110

At least they are willing to progress to a more morally just society in some places: Gay Marriage Bill Makes Progress in Spain Thu Apr 21, 4:08 PM ET World - AP By CIARAN GILES, Associated Press Writer MADRID, Spain - The lower house of the Spanish Parliament approved the Socialist government's gay ...
by Barry
Thu Apr 21, 2005 5:50 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Another Reason Why I Hate the GOP
Replies: 15
Views: 5453

Great. A guy who thinks the Earth is a few thousand years old is calling me naive. It's naive to think the GOP has consistantly blocked efforts to improve fuel efficiency standards for cars manufactured in the U.S.? I suppose it's also naive to think that the administration relied heavily on energy/...
by Barry
Thu Apr 21, 2005 4:15 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: France vs. the US, again.
Replies: 3
Views: 2209

I looked up an on-line menu for a hamburger place I was thinking of trying. When I saw that they call their fries "American Fries," I left the site and abandoned any desire to try out this place.

As much as I dislike French foreign policy, I still find much about their culture to admire.
by Barry
Thu Apr 21, 2005 4:11 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Another Reason Why I Hate the GOP
Replies: 15
Views: 5453

Another Reason Why I Hate the GOP

One case in which the Europeans (even the French, Jack) are correct when they complain about the U.S. is that we are the biggest polluters, yet won't take steps as simple as requiring higher fuel efficiency standards for American automobile manufactures. And what about this lawsuit shield? Sure........
by Barry
Thu Apr 21, 2005 3:10 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: The New York Times and the Holocaust
Replies: 30
Views: 8623

Eleanor is in a class of her own as far as First Ladies go in my view and also belongs on a list of the all-time greatest Americans.
by Barry
Thu Apr 21, 2005 1:44 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Good Time For a Concert
Replies: 12
Views: 3292

Ralph,
Sunday afternoon concerts was also a bargaining topic during the recent Philly collective bargaining negotiations. The musicians apparently gave in, at least partially (I suppose it's possible that there was a compromise on the number of Sunday concerts).
by Barry
Thu Apr 21, 2005 12:37 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Good Time For a Concert
Replies: 12
Views: 3292

Good Time For a Concert

For the first time since I started going to concerts in the mid 80s, the Philadelphia Orchestra will have several Sunday afternoon concerts. I haven't been a subscriber the past couple seasons, choosing to just pick my own concerts and go the rush ticket route instead, but I just jumped back on boar...
by Barry
Thu Apr 21, 2005 9:31 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Barry, reported needed on this documentary
Replies: 1
Views: 1270

The reviewer is one of the Philly Inquirer's music critics and a friend of mine. I ask him about the film. He said there is probably nothing in it that I'd find appealing from a musical perspective (not extended performances or anything like that). I am off next week and may see it one afternoon any...
by Barry
Wed Apr 20, 2005 10:51 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: More Problems at the Air Force Academy?
Replies: 18
Views: 3199

I don't disagree with much of what either of you have written. I just don't think it's something to be taken lightly or dismissed if the number of complaints in such a short period is indicative of how big the problem is. To the credit of the cadets, it seems from the article that a number of them a...
by Barry
Wed Apr 20, 2005 9:55 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: More Problems at the Air Force Academy?
Replies: 18
Views: 3199

More Problems at the Air Force Academy?

Yahoo! Non-Christian Air Force Cadets Cite Harassment Wed Apr 20, 7:55 AM ET Top Stories - Los Angeles Times By David Kelly Times Staff Writer DENVER — The Air Force Academy, still recovering from rape and sexual harassment scandals, is facing charges that some Christian cadets have bullied and bera...
by Barry
Wed Apr 20, 2005 8:24 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Riccardo Muti in Chicago?
Replies: 6
Views: 2066

Eschenbach also has two posts (also the Paris Orchestra) and just gave up a third after last season. He seems fully committed to both the orchestra and the community during the weeks when he's here, but there aren't as many of those weeks as there should be for a music director. Actually, there aren...
by Barry
Wed Apr 20, 2005 8:05 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Riccardo Muti in Chicago?
Replies: 6
Views: 2066

Ralph, I think it was all a matter of circumstances. Had he had his blow up with La Scala around the time the NY Phil made the (unofficial) offer, I have a feeling he would have taken it. And I think he'd take it now if it was available. This is of course assuming that he does want another directors...
by Barry
Wed Apr 20, 2005 4:04 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Glimpse of the Future
Replies: 13
Views: 5506

Can't we return to Benedict XVI? Does anyone know about the new Pope's musical talents and interests? I've read enough to make me want to know more. He has been described as an "accomplished" pianist (whatever that means). I've also heard from a colleague that he is on friendly terms with Wolfgang ...
by Barry
Wed Apr 20, 2005 3:08 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Riccardo Muti in Chicago?
Replies: 6
Views: 2066

The offer seems to be to guest conduct at this point. But I'm guessing that if they can arrange a guest appearance fairly soon (maybe even a special pension fund concert or something of that nature, which is what he did when he came back to Philly), it might be viewed as a sort of audition. This rea...
by Barry
Wed Apr 20, 2005 2:41 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: It's Ratzinger!
Replies: 123
Views: 29390

One of the great fake ads on the original Saturday Night Live was a car commercial in which Dan Aykroyd demonstrated how smooth the ride was by having a moil perform a circumcision in the back seat while they drove around. At the end, the moil holds the baby up and says, "poifect."
by Barry
Wed Apr 20, 2005 2:22 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: It's Ratzinger!
Replies: 123
Views: 29390

Yes......unlike the bar mitz vah, I had no choice on the bris.
by Barry
Wed Apr 20, 2005 2:21 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: It's Ratzinger!
Replies: 123
Views: 29390

A film/documentary called Trembling Before God addresses the issue of homosexuality and the Orthodox Jewish community.
by Barry
Wed Apr 20, 2005 1:45 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: It's Ratzinger!
Replies: 123
Views: 29390

And the lord said, "Let there be no female Cantors."

Sorry if I get a chuckle out of the thought.

I guess it does make sense though. As Archie Bunker said, women were made from a rib, a cheaper cut of meat.
by Barry
Wed Apr 20, 2005 1:36 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: It's Ratzinger!
Replies: 123
Views: 29390

There are no women cantors in orthodoxy. There is an Halachic rule against a religious man hearing a woman's live singing voice generally (with certain exceptions not applicable here), so that proscription would apply to prayer services. Why aren't I surprised by that? And again, who made the rules...
by Barry
Wed Apr 20, 2005 1:33 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: It's Ratzinger!
Replies: 123
Views: 29390

If the Jews are not a "race," what's the attraction of cultural Judaism that rejects the religious part of the identity? And if Jews are not a "race," what good does it do, in terms of distinquishing a secular Jew from an observant Jew so presumably to avoid the usual consequences in times of troub...
by Barry
Wed Apr 20, 2005 1:10 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: It's Ratzinger!
Replies: 123
Views: 29390

... being a Jew boils down to enjoying a matzoth ball, Gefilte fish etc. Heathen that I am t To me, Passover means two things: Watching The Ten Commandments on TV (my grandtather taught me that it was all true when I was a kid........was that also brainwashing?........but regardless, I love it for ...
by Barry
Wed Apr 20, 2005 12:56 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: It's Ratzinger!
Replies: 123
Views: 29390

If you're honest with yourself, you will admit that your views of orthodox Judaism are shaped by anecdote rather than serious study. I am perfectly honest with myself. I grew up in a secular envirnoment and have always been comfortable in such. I'm sorry, but a young child being told by his parents...
by Barry
Wed Apr 20, 2005 11:38 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Stick a fork in him: he's done
Replies: 22
Views: 5385

A Justice doing his own research on the Internet is absolutely outrageous??? DeLay Continues Attacks on Federal Courts Yahoo! - AP By JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Tom DeLay says Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's work from the bench has been "incr...
by Barry
Wed Apr 20, 2005 11:31 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Time to Progress to the next Step
Replies: 117
Views: 28110

The train is rolling down the tracks, slowly but surely. I hope the religious right enjoys the ride. Los Angeles Times April 19, 2005 Robert Scheer: GOP Gays and the 'Finkelstein Phenomenon' The issue arguably cost John Kerry the presidential election, and Kansas has just become the 18th state to co...
by Barry
Wed Apr 20, 2005 10:04 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: It's Ratzinger!
Replies: 123
Views: 29390

I've seen Orthodox men, from Islam and Judaism, defend their rules that separate men and women (be it separation during prayer, separate dress codes, separate whatever) as basically separate but equal; or as a sign of the respect and esteem that men have for women. But who made the rules? Men. Were ...
by Barry
Wed Apr 20, 2005 8:36 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: It's Ratzinger!
Replies: 123
Views: 29390

Your description of the Bar Mitzvah process may be accurate for essentially assimilated American Jews, but it's as alien to Orthodox Judaism as a ham sandwich on Yom Kippur. You were simply brainwashed against the practice of authentic Judaism. Your situation was no different than that of most libe...
by Barry
Tue Apr 19, 2005 9:44 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: It's Ratzinger!
Replies: 123
Views: 29390

I had doubt. I should have reached for that dictionary :).

But I was in a hurry.

Oy.
by Barry
Tue Apr 19, 2005 3:57 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: It's Ratzinger!
Replies: 123
Views: 29390

http://archives.cnn.com/2000/WORLD/meast/06/04/israel.women/index.html http://www.cnn.com/WORLD/meast/9902/01/israel.divided/index.html The following is clipped from a 2003 U.S. State Dept. document on Israel and the surrounding territories called: "International Religous Freedom Report 2003" Animos...
by Barry
Tue Apr 19, 2005 3:43 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: It's Ratzinger!
Replies: 123
Views: 29390

I'll never win a spelling or grammar contest.......I stand convicted. :)

I suppose my spelling error/misuse excuses the guys for their poor manners at the Wall.

By the way Frank, how old is the Earth? :)
by Barry
Tue Apr 19, 2005 3:35 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: It's Ratzinger!
Replies: 123
Views: 29390

I don't think it's a coincidence that Catholicism, Orthodox Judaism and Islam all treat females as second-class citizens in one respect or another. The rules to these religions were all written by men who undoubtedly never heard of women's lib. Yeah. Just ask my wife. I beat her at least three time...
by Barry
Tue Apr 19, 2005 3:27 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: It's Ratzinger!
Replies: 123
Views: 29390

The media couldn't bring themselves to say "homosexual priests." Nor can I remember a publicized instance in which the media described an adult who had sexual relations with a minor of the opposite sex specifically as a "heterosexual." Pedophilia is no more right or wrong when it's with a member of...
by Barry
Tue Apr 19, 2005 1:40 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: It's Ratzinger!
Replies: 123
Views: 29390

I don't think it's a coincidence that Catholicism, Orthodox Judaism and Islam all treat females as second-class citizens in one respect or another.

The rules to these religions were all written by men who undoubtedly never heard of women's lib.