Search found 1207 matches

by HoustonDavid
Mon Dec 20, 2010 9:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I have become a gun owner
Replies: 77
Views: 27860

Re: I have become a gun owner

Sorry John (Guitarist), gotta side with Jacques when it comes to stopping charging
wounded bears. It's like my trusty old 1911 Model A1 .45 semi-automtic pistol: it's
designed to drop whatever it hits. I just don't go out in the woods anymore. :wink:
by HoustonDavid
Mon Dec 20, 2010 5:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The music from the Ricola commercial (dancing girl)
Replies: 8
Views: 4127

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

Somehow, that commercial has escaped me, as have most phrases with a feminine
ending in Gregorian versicles. :shock:
by HoustonDavid
Mon Dec 20, 2010 5:07 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Black Swan
Replies: 9
Views: 7632

Re: Black Swan

Chad, if we all went to movies based upon the accuracy of their portrayal of events, real people, professions, or anything else, the theaters would be empty, television shows wouldn't last two weeks, and video sales/rentals would be in the crapper. As a former Marine, I can tell you the portrayal of...
by HoustonDavid
Sun Dec 19, 2010 4:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I have become a gun owner
Replies: 77
Views: 27860

Re: I have become a gun owner

The owner should know!! :D I thought it might be Chinese made, but the Romanians do nice work. The Russian Dragunov rifles are famous in the sniper world going back to at least WW2, probably before, which is why they are costly (and good). Steve, have they improved on the Kalashnikov's notoriously l...
by HoustonDavid
Sun Dec 19, 2010 2:48 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Hallmark next on Facebook's hit list
Replies: 3
Views: 1092

Re: Hallmark next on Facebook's hit list

At least the "year-in-review" Christmas letter will be no great loss. :D
by HoustonDavid
Sun Dec 19, 2010 2:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I have become a gun owner
Replies: 77
Views: 27860

Re: I have become a gun owner

Seems to be a traditional Soviet-style (probably Chinese made) AK-47 fitted with a sniper scope and a fancy shoulder stock with matching wood barrel stock. I wouldn't choose it for a sniper weapon because the AK-47 action is not tight enough - which is to say "repeatable return" of the barrel after ...
by HoustonDavid
Sun Dec 19, 2010 2:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How is BHO Regarded ...
Replies: 59
Views: 9388

Re: How is BHO Regarded ...

I did exactly as you suggested, Rob: I went to the "Tax Cut" thread and scanned it for a suggestion of such a sentiment authored by Cosi. The only thing that came reasonably close was the opening piece which she cut and pasted from another author and another source. I don't know what her motivation ...
by HoustonDavid
Sun Dec 19, 2010 12:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How is BHO Regarded ...
Replies: 59
Views: 9388

Re: How is BHO Regarded ...

Cosi, what you want to do is substantially reduce the standard of living of millions of poor and middle class Americans for the benefit of fewer than 7,000 rich families in the highest tax bracket. This is morally wrong, and unconscionable. The fact that you are not ashamed of it only makes it more...
by HoustonDavid
Sat Dec 18, 2010 5:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I have become a gun owner
Replies: 77
Views: 27860

Re: I have become a gun owner

Steve, you could certainly kill off a lot of Houston's Galleria Christmas shoppers
with that thing. Happy Holidays!! :wink:
by HoustonDavid
Sat Dec 18, 2010 5:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Beginning of the End for Obamacare
Replies: 57
Views: 7704

Re: The Beginning of the End for Obamacare

I don't recognize them as conspiracy theories. Of course you don't, I'm just not sure what else to call them. They cross the line between "IMO" and putting forward a conspiracy theory. I'll leave it to our friends here at CMG to judge for themselves. The quotes are cherry-picked because you are gen...
by HoustonDavid
Sat Dec 18, 2010 4:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Beginning of the End for Obamacare
Replies: 57
Views: 7704

Re: The Beginning of the End for Obamacare

rwetmore wrote:I guess I somehow missed the whole lot of them
Am I to understand you don't acknowledge or recognize your own words?
by HoustonDavid
Sat Dec 18, 2010 4:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Beginning of the End for Obamacare
Replies: 57
Views: 7704

Re: The Beginning of the End for Obamacare

Just keepin' track of your conspiracies, Randall. :lol:
I'm sure we missed a few, but I'm sure our friends here at CMG will get the idea. :wink:
by HoustonDavid
Sat Dec 18, 2010 2:54 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Beginning of the End for Obamacare
Replies: 57
Views: 7704

Re: The Beginning of the End for Obamacare

To use Randall's own words: This climate change/global warming thing is essentially a new religion, and it's being used by the "elite power seeking class" as a device to solidify their power base around - much like the Christian church (as well as other religions) were used throughout history as a m...
by HoustonDavid
Sat Dec 18, 2010 1:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Beginning of the End for Obamacare
Replies: 57
Views: 7704

Re: The Beginning of the End for Obamacare

Randall, read Cosi's post in the "BHO" thread; it will provide a new source of revenue for the Social Security trust fund, one that has been "raided" by Congress for nearly 80 years, and will certainly reinvigorate the SS for many more generations. And that is only one small example of what can and ...
by HoustonDavid
Sat Dec 18, 2010 1:08 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How is BHO Regarded ...
Replies: 59
Views: 9388

Re: How is BHO Regarded ...

Cosi, thank you for reinforcing, with facts, figures, and dates, the point I have been making (in the "Tax Cuts" thread) about what Congress has done with excess Social Security funds collected, mostly from yours and my payroll taxes. It is the primary reason the Social Security trust fund is so woe...
by HoustonDavid
Sat Dec 18, 2010 12:50 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Beginning of the End for Obamacare
Replies: 57
Views: 7704

Re: The Beginning of the End for Obamacare

Cosi, if you'll read my post more carefully: What isn't running very smoothly is the good , the bad, and the ugly health care provided by a polyglot of health care insurance companies Randall, since I depend on both the Social Security, Medicare, and Veterans Adminstration for my well being, I am ve...
by HoustonDavid
Fri Dec 17, 2010 11:24 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Beginning of the End for Obamacare
Replies: 57
Views: 7704

Re: The Beginning of the End for Obamacare

It seems to me - Randall, Cosi & Walter Williams - that you are forgetting that three major health care providers - Medicare, Medicaid, and the Veterans Administration - are running very successfully under the auspices of the federal government. What isn't running very smoothly is the good, the bad,...
by HoustonDavid
Fri Dec 17, 2010 12:13 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How is BHO Regarded ...
Replies: 59
Views: 9388

Re: How is BHO Regarded ...

the USA has joined the vast majority of nations which recognize indigenous rights to self-determination To borrow from your quote, and change it slightly: the USA has joined the vast majority of nations in adopting universal health care And about time! At least we've made a good start in that direc...
by HoustonDavid
Thu Dec 16, 2010 11:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Those So-Called Tax Cuts
Replies: 83
Views: 10946

Re: Those So-Called Tax Cuts

Henry, we both misspoke, I should have used the past tense and said "thank the congress, and legislation they've passed, that allowed them to take any excess received from Social Security" and this happened for the greater part of the history of SS. It is only relatively recently that they have had ...
by HoustonDavid
Thu Dec 16, 2010 11:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Beginning of the End for Obamacare
Replies: 57
Views: 7704

Re: The Beginning of the End for Obamacare

Jack, have you not read my post? It's been repeated several times, so I will wiill quote it yet again, but change the word "Republicans" to the more accurate word "conservatives". The "conservatives" will simply not support anything based on a government managed health care system. It is private ins...
by HoustonDavid
Thu Dec 16, 2010 5:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Those So-Called Tax Cuts
Replies: 83
Views: 10946

Re: Those So-Called Tax Cuts

Actually, you can thank the Congress, and legislation they've passed, that allows them to take any excess received from Social Security receipts and put it back into the General Fund and use it for their latest excess spending ventures. If the Social Security fund had been allowed to keep what it re...
by HoustonDavid
Mon Dec 13, 2010 4:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Beginning of the End for Obamacare
Replies: 57
Views: 7704

Re: The Beginning of the End for Obamacare

The Republicans will simply not support anything based on a government managed health care system. It is private insurance companies - for those not already on Medicare, Medicaid, or the Veterans Administration - or nothing. Unfortunately, that leaves a lot of people - something like 39 million at a...
by HoustonDavid
Sun Dec 12, 2010 3:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chalkperson turns down chance to meet Le Rat...
Replies: 54
Views: 6098

Re: Chalkperson turns down chance to meet Le Rat...

To use an old quote from film that came out before you were born, from an actor
who died a long time ago: "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn!"
by HoustonDavid
Sun Dec 12, 2010 2:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Nixon on Jews and blacks, among others
Replies: 16
Views: 1514

Re: Nixon on Jews and blacks, among others

I definitely feel age dated by the - now outdated? - term WASP. It was definitely a pejorative term in its day, but not as ugly as "honkey" which essentially meant the same thing from a black perspective, and also appears to be equally dated. Just to say that terms like "WASP" and "honkey" are dated...
by HoustonDavid
Sat Dec 11, 2010 5:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Wikileaks Confirm What George W Bush Said
Replies: 39
Views: 4328

Re: Wikileaks Confirm What George W Bush Said

Why is it reported that Saddam Hussein ultimately admitted - before he was hanged - that the Iraq WMD program was largely a bluff to put fear in the hearts of his enemies? For obvious reasons, he couldn't admit that publicly right up until the allies invaded. It would be counterproductive, especiall...
by HoustonDavid
Sat Dec 11, 2010 3:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Clinton vs Palin
Replies: 30
Views: 2770

Re: Clinton vs Palin

But it would be sooooooo..... much more fun with her running!!! The late night
circuit is just drooling at the thought, and of course, the Democrats. :mrgreen:
by HoustonDavid
Sat Dec 11, 2010 3:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Wikileaks Confirm What George W Bush Said
Replies: 39
Views: 4328

Re: Wikileaks Confirm What George W Bush Said

Having worked in the nuclear power industry for years, I can tell you that "yellowcake" is indeed a precursor for uranium reactor fuel and ultimately, weapons grade uranium. It is a rather simple process: yellowcake - Uranium Oxide - is made up primarily of Uranium 237 and a very small amount of Ura...
by HoustonDavid
Sat Dec 11, 2010 2:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
Replies: 55
Views: 3423

Re: Ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Didn't play much bridge during the Cuban Missile Crisis - too busy or too exhausted - but years later, while working for an engineering firm, there was a perpetual bridge game going on at lunch time. It was usually the same cast of players, mainly engineers and architects, and turnover was due to so...
by HoustonDavid
Sat Dec 11, 2010 1:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The question of values in American Music
Replies: 23
Views: 3281

Re: The question of values in American Music

Indeed yes, welcome to our community of music lovers. I am happy to see another
person who appreciates an eclectic spectrum of composition and artistry. I thought
I recognized your name but neglected to look it up on WikiLeaks, or is that Wikipedia?
by HoustonDavid
Fri Dec 10, 2010 10:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
Replies: 55
Views: 3423

Re: Ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

John, I don't know about the homogeneity of the Marines as a whole. The only time I was exposed to Marines who volunteered and became the various MOS of the regular service - in other words, a cross section of average Marines - was boot camp and Infantry Training Regiment at Camp Pendleton. After re...
by HoustonDavid
Fri Dec 10, 2010 5:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
Replies: 55
Views: 3423

Re: Ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Chalkie, I wasn't excluding Harris on purpose, as I'm sure you know. His Korean War service precedes John's and mine, of course and we veterans here at CMG recognize, honor, and appreciate it. I only asked John his service years to establish a framework of shifting attitudes concerning racial integr...
by HoustonDavid
Fri Dec 10, 2010 12:01 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Eyes of Meditation
Replies: 5
Views: 482

Re: The Eyes of Meditation

Jacques, since I find no web link to anything in your original post, I have no idea what
this business with China, Tibet, and the Nobel Prize has to do with meditation
by HoustonDavid
Thu Dec 09, 2010 11:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
Replies: 55
Views: 3423

Re: Ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

John, it definitely helps to distinguish individual notes in high speed arpeggios. Didn't
help much in identifying gays in the military. :wink:
by HoustonDavid
Thu Dec 09, 2010 2:49 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
Replies: 55
Views: 3423

Re: Ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

John, your experiences are most interesting. It would help me, perspectively speaking, to know your years of service. Mine were 1959-1963, and I was in an intelligence unit. I was trained on a Navy base at Imperial Beach, California, and the classes were mixed Navy and Marine personnel. Requirements...
by HoustonDavid
Thu Dec 09, 2010 1:34 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
Replies: 55
Views: 3423

Re: Ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

They are "fair" questions when you want information you do not know, as John did, but not when you want someone to take a position you can "correct" or argue with. As you well know, Representatives are elected for two years to allow for more turnover or change, and Senators are elected for six years...
by HoustonDavid
Thu Dec 09, 2010 12:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: my chuckle for the day
Replies: 6
Views: 1473

Re: my chuckle for the day

This must be one of those so-called shaggy dog stories it goes on so long. So......where's
the punchline, Henry?
by HoustonDavid
Thu Dec 09, 2010 12:10 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
Replies: 55
Views: 3423

Re: Ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Randall, you are like the Senator who filibusters to keep anything from happening: you just ask an endless series of questions with no obvious point in mind, so I will close this particular "rwetmore" filibuster by not answering any more questions. Maybe by nightfall you will realize nobody is liste...
by HoustonDavid
Wed Dec 08, 2010 3:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Pearl Harbor
Replies: 3
Views: 575

Re: Pearl Harbor

It's also interesting to speculate what might have happened in the Pacific theater if the Japanese surprise attack had caught the U.S. carriers in port as well as the battleships. It certainly would have required the U.S. to pull back - militarily at least - to the continental Pacific Coast and dela...
by HoustonDavid
Wed Dec 08, 2010 2:42 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
Replies: 55
Views: 3423

Re: Ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

John (Francis): Thanks for the history of the filibuster and its original constitutional purpose. For some reason, Wikipedia left out the change to Senate rules during the Clinton presidency that allows one Senator to state he "wishes" to filibuster a piece of legislation or a proposed amendment or ...
by HoustonDavid
Wed Dec 08, 2010 1:45 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Pearl Harbor
Replies: 3
Views: 575

Re: Pearl Harbor

In some ways, that is remarkably similar - on a far smaller scale - to what HWB did when he took the troops who were winning the war in Afghanistan and sent them into Iraq. We all know what's happened to the Afghanistan war as a result. And it's only been nine years plus. We helped the Soviets win W...
by HoustonDavid
Wed Dec 08, 2010 1:37 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
Replies: 55
Views: 3423

Re: Ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Randall, you do enjoy the Socratic method: ask but don't tell. Indeed our founding fathers did set up not a bicameral but a multi-cameral system that has become bicameral. It was designed so two or more points of view could be heard, of course. They even managed to compromise - please remember that ...
by HoustonDavid
Wed Dec 08, 2010 1:15 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Obamacare
Replies: 26
Views: 1632

Re: Obamacare

Randall, it's never been a common practice for everyone here at CMG to stick to any particular topic for any great length of time. You have a posted "Stickie" about AGW and you choose to indulge yourself on that subject as often as possible elsewhere. In fact sticking to a subject it's quite rare he...
by HoustonDavid
Wed Dec 08, 2010 1:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Messiah-1959-Ormandy's Abridged Version-Up Or Down Vote?
Replies: 16
Views: 4538

Re: Messiah-1959-Ormandy's Abridged Version-Up Or Down Vote?

During several "Messiah" singalongs I have participated in, the only singers and players were in the volunteer ensemble choir and orchestra, most of whom even brought their personal copy of the music, which is to say they were obviously choral and orchestral aficionados and members. We rehearsed in ...
by HoustonDavid
Tue Dec 07, 2010 2:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Messiah-1959-Ormandy's Abridged Version-Up Or Down Vote?
Replies: 16
Views: 4538

Re: Messiah-1959-Ormandy's Abridged Version-Up Or Down Vote?

Of course, that means someone must ask (I choose to) "Why Not?" Is it Handel the
composer and baroque music, or is it that "Messiah" is overplayed this time of year
and never on other religious holidays, which it also encompasses, but the public tends
to forget?
by HoustonDavid
Tue Dec 07, 2010 2:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Margot Fonteyn in her prime
Replies: 5
Views: 1145

Re: Margot Fonteyn in her prime

I was fortunate to see her in my youth, long before I truly appreciated what I had seen. She was touring with Nureyev and a beautiful "older woman" (in her late 20's) asked me, a fellow lodger, if I might escort her. I was a university student at the time, and had a crush on her from afar, of course...
by HoustonDavid
Tue Dec 07, 2010 1:54 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Obamacare
Replies: 26
Views: 1632

Re: Obamacare

As a Marine veteran, I have the Veterans Administration to thank for my health care, and God bless that system. It's great and it works very well. I was driven to it by the lousy coverage of the Medicare system Plan D for prescription drug coverage. As my pharmaceutical needs increased with age, I r...
by HoustonDavid
Mon Dec 06, 2010 11:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alma Mahler
Replies: 10
Views: 2197

Re: Alma Mahler

Having read and enjoyed your book on Constanza, I look forward to the story of
the three women, especially from what you have related about Alma's story.
by HoustonDavid
Mon Dec 06, 2010 3:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Turn out the lights, the party's over
Replies: 11
Views: 1984

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

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.
by HoustonDavid
Mon Dec 06, 2010 12:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Messiah-1959-Ormandy's Abridged Version-Up Or Down Vote?
Replies: 16
Views: 4538

Re: Messiah-1959-Ormandy's Abridged Version-Up Or Down Vote?

I'm not a collector of multiple performances, by and large, and this just happens to be my only "Messiah" recording. I was attracted by the soloists and the MTC, and Eugene Ormandy to be sure. The sound quality might not be up to today's standards, but it is indeed a marvelous version. I too, like M...