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by HoustonDavid
Fri Jan 07, 2011 9:52 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Texas Omen
Replies: 3
Views: 668

The Texas Omen

The Texas Omen by Paul Krugman Published: January 6, 2011 The New York Times These are tough times for state governments. Huge deficits loom almost everywhere, from California to New York, from New Jersey to Texas. Wait — Texas? Wasn’t Texas supposed to be thriving even as the rest of America suffe...
by HoustonDavid
Fri Jan 07, 2011 9:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In Women’s Tears, a Chemical That Says, ‘Not Tonight, Dear’
Replies: 7
Views: 979

In Women’s Tears, a Chemical That Says, ‘Not Tonight, Dear’

In Women’s Tears, a Chemical That Says, ‘Not Tonight, Dear’ By Pam Belluck Published: January 6, 2011 The New York Times When we cry, we may be doing more than expressing emotion. Our tears, according to striking new research, may be sending chemical signals that influence the behavior of other peo...
by HoustonDavid
Fri Jan 07, 2011 1:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Babylon Wales: Chalkie Davies
Replies: 32
Views: 3692

Re: Babylon Wales: Chalkie Davies

Chalkie, is the book of your photographs still in print - and for sale - and are you
planning to publish another collection of your photographs?
by HoustonDavid
Thu Jan 06, 2011 5:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Babylon Wales: Chalkie Davies
Replies: 32
Views: 3692

Re: Babylon Wales: Chalkie Davies

Chalkie has left clues about his "famous" side in his many postings and thread responses, but this kind of put specifics to the clues. Sorry you've lost your "anonymity" good friend, but most of us here knew at least a little about some of your younger escapades and more famous enterprises. Thank yo...
by HoustonDavid
Thu Jan 06, 2011 5:17 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Publisher Tinkers With Twain
Replies: 12
Views: 5909

Re: Publisher Tinkers With Twain

It would have been a much greater service to new readers of "Huckleberry Finn" for Professor Gribben to provide an introduction that explained Twain's usage of the "N" word and why it was important in the historical context of the book. Such an intro should also include and highlight Twain's own exp...
by HoustonDavid
Wed Jan 05, 2011 1:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: G.O.P. Vowing to Alter House Rules
Replies: 3
Views: 492

G.O.P. Vowing to Alter House Rules

Congress to Return With G.O.P. Vowing to Alter Rules by Jennifer Steinhauer Published: January 4, 2011 The New York Times WASHINGTON — Here is how most people think laws get made in this town: A member of Congress introduces a bill, his colleagues express great love/outrage/urgency about the bill i...
by HoustonDavid
Wed Jan 05, 2011 12:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why Do So Many People Think Classical Music Is Elitist?
Replies: 63
Views: 14223

Re: Why Do So Many People Think Classical Music Is Elitist?

I'm like you are Chalkie, my musical tastes are extremely eclectic, but they don't include rap or hip hop. I do sincerely appreciate and love Charlie Parker, so there we disagree. I agree with several posters who have said classical, or "art" music takes more "learning" than popular music, but that ...
by HoustonDavid
Wed Jan 05, 2011 12:32 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Publisher Tinkers With Twain
Replies: 12
Views: 5909

Publisher Tinkers With Twain

Publisher Tinkers With Twain by Julie Bosman Published: January 4, 2011 The New York Times A new edition of “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is missing something. Throughout the book — 219 times in all — the word “nigger” is replaced by “slave,” a substitution that was made by NewSouth Books, a pub...
by HoustonDavid
Wed Jan 05, 2011 12:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "The Rich Get Rich" with Yet Another GOP Rerun
Replies: 11
Views: 4285

Re: "The Rich Get Rich" with Yet Another GOP Rerun

Jack (see above) on that I completely concur also. We've had a very painful example of government "spending" programs to decrease unemployment for the last two years and you can see how much that rate has decreased. It is the private sector and the financial "wizards" who must ultimately be the driv...
by HoustonDavid
Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:24 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "The Rich Get Rich" with Yet Another GOP Rerun
Replies: 11
Views: 4285

Re: "The Rich Get Rich" with Yet Another GOP Rerun

'Til they (cut the pork) any tax hikes will just result in more pork Henry, on that I completely concur. Why do we continue to elect such idiots and expect things to change? It reminds me of the old axiom: "The definition of insanity is continuing to do the same thing over and over and expect a dif...
by HoustonDavid
Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:16 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How little the U.S. knows of war
Replies: 21
Views: 7555

Re: How little the U.S. knows of war

Henry (i.e. Strad), that was a borderline brilliant analysis of the historical changes
in warfare and those occurring now in modern warfare. Where did you get it, or was
this your own analysis?
by HoustonDavid
Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:59 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Americans Are Rude, Biologically Speaking
Replies: 18
Views: 5092

Americans Are Rude, Biologically Speaking

Rudeness Is a Neurotoxin by Dr. Douglas Fields Americans are rude. I say this not to preach, which is neither my right nor my intention, but as a scientist, a developmental neuroscientist. My concern about American rudeness relates to my scientific research and knowledge about the development of th...
by HoustonDavid
Wed Jan 05, 2011 1:21 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: morale boost Owen Honors video
Replies: 6
Views: 991

Re: morale boost Owen Honors video

In my military (the U.S.M.C. - 1959-1963) the colonels (equivalent to Navy captains) were decidedly not the "class clowns", which this guy seems to feel the need to be. They were not my "friend" telling lewd and lascivious jokes when half plowed, they were the senior officers responsible for making ...
by HoustonDavid
Wed Jan 05, 2011 1:01 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "The Rich Get Rich" with Yet Another GOP Rerun
Replies: 11
Views: 4285

Re: "The Rich Get Rich" with Yet Another GOP Rerun

Barry, I didn't write the Op-Ed piece, Herbert did; I simply posted it. I tend to agree with some of his arguments and agree with you on several of your points. Cosi's point about looking in the mirror is certainly justified because, in large part, we allowed both parties to overspend for nearly 40 ...
by HoustonDavid
Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:14 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How little the U.S. knows of war
Replies: 21
Views: 7555

How little the U.S. knows of war

How Little the U.S. Knows of War By Richard Cohen Tuesday, January 4, 2011 The Washington Post I present you with a paradox. The U.S. Army that fought the Vietnam War was reviled, not spit upon (that's a myth) but not much admired, either. In contrast, the Army of Iraq and Afghanistan is embraced a...
by HoustonDavid
Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:05 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Fido’s No Doctor. Neither Is Whiskers
Replies: 1
Views: 600

Fido’s No Doctor. Neither Is Whiskers

Fido’s No Doctor. Neither Is Whiskers By Hal Herzog Published: January 3, 2011 The New York Times A DOG or cat owner spends roughly $10,000 on the care and feeding of his pet over its lifetime. (Dogs cost more per year, but cats make up for it by living longer.) What does he get for this investment...
by HoustonDavid
Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:01 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "The Rich Get Rich" with Yet Another GOP Rerun
Replies: 11
Views: 4285

"The Rich Get Rich" with Yet Another GOP Rerun

Get Ready for a G.O.P. Rerun By Bob Herbert Published: January 3, 2011 New York Times You just can’t close the door on this crowd. The party that brought us the worst economy since the Great Depression, that led us into Iraq and the worst foreign policy disaster in American history, that would like...
by HoustonDavid
Mon Jan 03, 2011 1:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Warfare of the Future ?
Replies: 5
Views: 621

Re: Warfare of the Future ?

Agnes, didn't you know that humanity just gets in the way when conducting a war? :shock:
by HoustonDavid
Mon Jan 03, 2011 12:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Football: I am feeling "Patriotic"!
Replies: 5
Views: 523

Re: Football: I am feeling "Patriotic"!

I thought Jacques was "retiring", but maybe only from political discussions here at the Corner Pub. A sure hope he hasn't decided to leave off posting here, but as we all know, people can get political about most anything, even football. My guys (the "Texans") won their last one against the Jaguars,...
by HoustonDavid
Mon Jan 03, 2011 12:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Werner Isler passes 4,000 posts on CMG!
Replies: 14
Views: 3390

Re: Werner Isler passes 4,000 posts on CMG!

Congratulations to a gentleman and scholar who graces us all with his presence. :D
by HoustonDavid
Sun Jan 02, 2011 12:50 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Ken Follett
Replies: 5
Views: 3256

Re: Ken Follett

I did manage to finish Ken Follett's "World Without End", the sequel to "Pillars of the Earth", which covers a period 200 years later. The church is still standing and a variety of characters interact in and around the cathedral, as could be expected. The 1300's is the time of King Richard III, famo...
by HoustonDavid
Sat Jan 01, 2011 3:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A Funny Question To End 2010
Replies: 4
Views: 693

Re: A Funny Question To End 2010

Guess who just hit 1100 posts on the 1st day of the 1st month of 2011!!! :o
by HoustonDavid
Sat Jan 01, 2011 3:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A Funny Question To End 2010
Replies: 4
Views: 693

Re: A Funny Question To End 2010

Cosi, I recently watched a program on so-called "erotic art" - can't think why I was watching that - and the fig leaves were added to male nude statues at the Vatican. In order to do so, the protruding portion of these statue had to be removed - with a chisel one must assume. These "protrusions" wer...
by HoustonDavid
Sat Jan 01, 2011 3:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy 2011 CMGers!
Replies: 15
Views: 2290

Re: Happy 2011 CMGers!

Yesterday was but a decade ago, and today is the beginning of the next.
May great music wend us through this year and those that follow, with
wonderful friends - both here and near - to help us enjoy it. Thank you
all for making the time I spend here so enjoyable.

David Sherman
by HoustonDavid
Wed Dec 29, 2010 2:01 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Blizzard of 2010
Replies: 28
Views: 1951

Re: The Blizzard of 2010

Bing Crosby wrote:"I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas"
Yes, I do know it was Irving Berlin, but the "quote" mechanism here at CMG
defaults to "wrote" when attributing a quotation, which would "normally" be
correct. In this case, Bing only sang the original version.
by HoustonDavid
Wed Dec 29, 2010 1:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Blizzard of 2010
Replies: 28
Views: 1951

Re: The Blizzard of 2010

Bing Crosby wrote:"I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas"
Somebody please shoot the messenger! :mrgreen:
by HoustonDavid
Wed Dec 29, 2010 1:31 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A Gloomy Forecast For The Unemployed
Replies: 16
Views: 2161

Re: A Gloomy Forecast For The Unemployed

Even more important--will the tax breaks for the millionaires be extended! Now that those benefits have been extended, I'm 99% sure that those millionaires will finally begin that "trickle down" we have been promised since Reagan was in office!! Then we can all smile 'cause "Happy Days are Here Aga...
by HoustonDavid
Sun Dec 26, 2010 9:16 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Kevin Kammerdeiner, the story of a Wounded Warrior.
Replies: 634
Views: 402732

Re: Kevin wishes you a Merry Xmas via Video...Please Watch...

I thought about Kevin, Leslie and Brianna last night - hadn't caught up for a
while - and was glad they had a good, if wet, Christmas. The pictures were
definitely good to see as proof of how far he has come. Good stuff for the
end of the year and the beginning of a new one, especially for them.
by HoustonDavid
Sat Dec 25, 2010 8:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Merry Christmas CMGers!
Replies: 28
Views: 4210

Re: Merry Christmas CMGers!

Sorry you were down and out at this time of year. Maybe the Rattle was in your
head and not your chest. A wee dollop of Horowitz was probably the answer!! :D
by HoustonDavid
Sat Dec 25, 2010 12:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Not enough chairs...
Replies: 3
Views: 398

Re: Not enough chairs...

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
by HoustonDavid
Sat Dec 25, 2010 12:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Merry Christmas CMGers!
Replies: 28
Views: 4210

Re: Merry Christmas CMGers!

Happy Hanukkah (long past), Krazy Kwanzaa, Merry Christmas, and best wishes
for a great New Year, to one and all here in the CMG Forums community. :D :D :D
by HoustonDavid
Fri Dec 24, 2010 4:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: This Is Something That Came In My Email Inbox...
Replies: 9
Views: 1435

Re: This Is Something That Came In My Email Inbox...

Looking at Stansberry's Newsletter, there is one of their columnists promising a 12% return on your investment if only you invest with him. I believe even Bernie Madoff only promised a "modest" 7%, a number far more believable than 12%. If 12% were a reality, rather than a Ponzi scheme, the U.S. Tre...
by HoustonDavid
Fri Dec 24, 2010 4:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Christmas Carols For The Disturbed
Replies: 2
Views: 496

Re: Christmas Carols For The Disturbed

John F wrote:Sadistic:
Santa's roasting on an open fire....
Jack Frost's biting off your nose....
Yuletide Carolers being hung by the pyre....
And folks' iced feet and frozen toes....

"Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night"
by HoustonDavid
Fri Dec 24, 2010 12:09 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: You could not make this up if you tried...
Replies: 5
Views: 1043

Re: You could not make this up if you tried...

Only for our faithful civil servants who work so hard on our behalf.
by HoustonDavid
Wed Dec 22, 2010 1:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: If You Can't Beat 'em, Whine
Replies: 4
Views: 579

Re: If You Can't Beat 'em, Whine

"Work?", "Work?", how dare they ask us to "Work?" You're working this "Holy Week" because you delayed everything as long as possible, hoping your fellow Congresspeople would give up and go home. Now you're stuck until you finish your December agenda. Could've been done two weeks ago without stupid t...
by HoustonDavid
Wed Dec 22, 2010 1:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Seán reaches 4,000 Posts...
Replies: 21
Views: 2543

Re: Seán reaches 4,000 Posts...

Congrats, Seán, I always enjoy - and learn from - your posts! :D
by HoustonDavid
Wed Dec 22, 2010 11:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Read the last sentence of this article, then read the rest
Replies: 9
Views: 1282

Re: Read the last sentence of this article, then read the rest

Then there's "Ba wang bie ji" a wonderful movie about opera in China, the real thing, not a Western world classical music import. The Chinese have been doing opera on their own for a very long time, and it has been very popular for centuries. As the film - in English "Farewell My Concubine" - portra...
by HoustonDavid
Tue Dec 21, 2010 7:48 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A Christmas Olive Branch
Replies: 32
Views: 7972

Re: A Christmas Olive Branch

Actually, I was pleading for enlightenment, thinking I might have missed somebody
named Dmitriyevich, that is, somebody who only had a first and middle name.
by HoustonDavid
Tue Dec 21, 2010 5:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What do you like or dislike about HvK?
Replies: 88
Views: 29958

Re: What do you like or dislike about HvK?

I agree with you Lance: the '63 DGG version of the complete Beethoven symphonies
is one of the best "complete" sets ever recorded, and many critics concur. It is the
reason I have it in my rather limited collection. I have many other Beethoven symphony
recordings, but HvK's is my only complete set.
by HoustonDavid
Tue Dec 21, 2010 5:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How is BHO Regarded ...
Replies: 59
Views: 8035

Re: How is BHO Regarded ...

How times (and Party positions) have changed. According to Wikipedia: Lend-Lease Lend-Lease (Public Law 77-11)[1] was the name of the program under which the United States of America supplied the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, China, France and other Allied nations with vast amounts of war materi...
by HoustonDavid
Tue Dec 21, 2010 5:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A Christmas Olive Branch
Replies: 32
Views: 7972

Re: A Christmas Olive Branch

Maxim who????? :?
by HoustonDavid
Tue Dec 21, 2010 5:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Read the last sentence of this article, then read the rest
Replies: 9
Views: 1282

Re: Read the last sentence of this article, then read the rest

Mr. Adams even wrote an opera about it, as Chalkie alluded so wittily. 8)
by HoustonDavid
Tue Dec 21, 2010 4:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The music from the Ricola commercial (dancing girl)
Replies: 8
Views: 3199

Re: The music from the Ricola commercial (dancing girl)

I'd have to hear it first, wouldn't I, but then again, I wouldn't recognize a feminine
ending in Gregorian versicles if I bumped into her. :lol:
by HoustonDavid
Tue Dec 21, 2010 4:48 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: "The Door In The Floor"
Replies: 0
Views: 2355

"The Door In The Floor"

Just watched "The Door In The Floor" on HBO with Jeff Bridges, Kim Bassinger, and Jon Foster. Excellent cast and well-done film, based on the first third of the book "A Widow for a Year" by John Irving, an author of often whimsical prose whom I usually enjoy. He wrote "The World According to Garp", ...
by HoustonDavid
Tue Dec 21, 2010 4:18 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Black Swan
Replies: 9
Views: 6405

Re: Black Swan

You're right, of course, Chad. I really should have put Auntie Lynn's name in the intro. I thought about your comment and realized I'd addressed it to the wrong person, but didn't think it was worth changing. Mine is just an expansion of your thought. I agree with Cosi, that the plot is a character ...
by HoustonDavid
Tue Dec 21, 2010 12:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How is BHO Regarded ...
Replies: 59
Views: 8035

Re: How is BHO Regarded ...

Actually, at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, the Russians were much further behind the United States in their ability to wage nuclear war. Khrushchev was gambling on a "Munich II" response from President Kennedy, probably based upon his inaction to support the Bay of Pigs fiasco in the...
by HoustonDavid
Tue Dec 21, 2010 12:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Obama has scored again
Replies: 19
Views: 4427

Re: Obama has scored again

Looks like President Obama has scored a "Happy Hanukkah", "Kolossal Kwanzaa"
and "Merry Christmas" all in the last two weeks. Could this actually be a rebound
for him? I'm not nearly so optimistic about "Happy New Year!" :wink:
by HoustonDavid
Tue Dec 21, 2010 12:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A Christmas Olive Branch
Replies: 32
Views: 7972

Re: A Christmas Olive Branch

BTW, has anyone done any "recruiting" via PM's to see if we might get a few of
our more like-ably interesting people back where they belong? If not, why not?
by HoustonDavid
Tue Dec 21, 2010 11:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A Christmas Olive Branch
Replies: 32
Views: 7972

Re: A Christmas Olive Branch

No Trolls Inside The Wire!! Steve (BWV 1080), Jacque (piston) and I (HoustonDavid)
are arming ourselves in protest (check out the "Gun Owner" thread). :mrgreen:
by HoustonDavid
Tue Dec 21, 2010 1:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I have become a gun owner
Replies: 77
Views: 23002

Re: I have become a gun owner

With that incredibly long bayonet, it's gotta be over six-feet. Might get in the way when strolling through the woods. Plus ya gotta chamber a round, flick off the safety, aim, fire, and hope for a kill shot, all in the split seconds a startled, wounded bear might give you. I'd rather have Jacques c...