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by herman
Tue Sep 27, 2005 10:54 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Fewer Than Half Think U.S. Will Win In Iraq
Replies: 101
Views: 21513

Thanks for being completely insensitive to what I was trying to say about the cheapening of cherry-picking history. The saying is Generals always fight the previous war. This is what you're doing too (apart from the fact that you're not fighting any war; you're fighting me). The lesson Europe learne...
by herman
Tue Sep 27, 2005 10:17 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Fewer Than Half Think U.S. Will Win In Iraq
Replies: 101
Views: 21513

But I just have to say how hard I laughed when I read the above statement, coming from someone who has openly acknowledged that he refuses to read the supporting material Corlyss and I have posted. I have indeed said I wasn't reading those very long quotes from right-wing journals under headings à ...
by herman
Tue Sep 27, 2005 9:12 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Fewer Than Half Think U.S. Will Win In Iraq
Replies: 101
Views: 21513

So keep saying we don't know what we're talking about Herman. I really enjoy your brand of comedy. Plainly, no one who disagrees with Herman can know what he's talking about. Ah, what a simple place Planet Herman must be! And what is your contribution Karl aside from jeering from behind Barry's bac...
by herman
Tue Sep 27, 2005 9:10 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The man who invented Tchaikovsky?
Replies: 16
Views: 4466

Indeed, listening to Pletnev and Postnikova back to back is perhaps the best way to enjoy Tchaikovsky's piano music.
by herman
Tue Sep 27, 2005 7:38 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: American Masters-"Bob Dylan"
Replies: 33
Views: 6624

Gosh, you're generous Karl. :roll:

Thanks for the recollections, Ralph.

Don't be shy and share some more if you wish.
by herman
Tue Sep 27, 2005 7:32 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Legitimate Criticism of an Aspect of the War
Replies: 12
Views: 4049

We want a constitution that recognizes equality for women when one of the few common beliefs of most Iraqis counters that. Well, they had it under Saddam, as Al likes to remind us all. They are not going to start behaving like the Taliban if for no other reason than we're watching over their should...
by herman
Tue Sep 27, 2005 4:12 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The man who invented Tchaikovsky?
Replies: 16
Views: 4466

Obviously one cannot claim Pletnev introduced Tchaikovsky's orchestral music to a larger audience. But he certainly can be regarded as a major champion of Tchaikovsky's piano solo pieces, which few pianists seem to take seriously, and few people ever hear played with any kind consistency the way Ple...
by herman
Tue Sep 27, 2005 2:44 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Fewer Than Half Think U.S. Will Win In Iraq
Replies: 101
Views: 21513

Bear in mind that there are other well-qualified foreign policy minds who have reached very different conclusions. Barry's one of the most informed posters here on foreign policy. He bothers to read the trade literature as do I. It's not 100% behind what Bush has done, but it's not nearly as irrati...
by herman
Mon Sep 26, 2005 3:15 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Fewer Than Half Think U.S. Will Win In Iraq
Replies: 101
Views: 21513

I could go and on, but I think I’ve made my point, which is: Why? Because I want my liberal democratic society to survive. This war was started based on lies and subterfuges and manipulated information. Please explain how that enhances a "liberal democratic society". The US is unable to sustain thi...
by herman
Mon Sep 26, 2005 1:44 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Observations From A Recovering Christian
Replies: 317
Views: 46943

I think it demonstrates a few things more. - It's not all that fruitful to discuss with dogmatics either, who will always say: but the Book says X, as if there aren't a trillion books saying other things. - As western societies (the US foremost) we are at a completely different juncture than a full ...
by herman
Mon Sep 26, 2005 4:48 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Fewer Than Half Think U.S. Will Win In Iraq
Replies: 101
Views: 21513

Kaplan's "Clash of Civilizations" is just another hypothesis, and not a very fruitful one. Anyway the "generational war" on Islam some people are dreaming of (years and years of great tv!) is not feasible in the modern world. One reason: the west would lose. We have been really really lucky thus far...
by herman
Mon Sep 26, 2005 2:14 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Exploring Beethoven
Replies: 37
Views: 11630

Furt - wang - ler

The best Abbado cycle is the second BPO version, i.e. the DVD set, live in St Cecilia and Berlin.

If I listen I generally listen without watching.

You can get it very cheap on Ebay.
by herman
Sun Sep 25, 2005 3:02 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Exploring Beethoven
Replies: 37
Views: 11630

Tone, Karajan and Abbodo are both eminent examples of rather mainstreamish interpretations. They aren't just ideal starters boxes. They are real keepers, too. Harnoncourt is, obviously, HIP (though with modern instruments). Furtwängler would be the farthest removed from Harnoncourt (but in many ways...
by herman
Sun Sep 25, 2005 1:04 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Exploring Beethoven
Replies: 37
Views: 11630

I've always been curious as to the recording location of the 9th or at least the FInale. Although the orchestra is listed as the Columbia Symphony, the chorus is the Westminster Choir. Doesn't make sense to me that they would fly the entire chorus to L.A., but is is possible I suppose. Does anyone ...
by herman
Sun Sep 25, 2005 11:21 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Observations From A Recovering Christian
Replies: 317
Views: 46943

What is interesting is Pizza's dismissive characterizing of Lerner as "a self-hating Jew" and the use of quotation marks for rabbi to indicate illegitimacy in that role. I think it's fairly safe to say in the pizza world there's to kinds of people: those who hate themselves, and those who hate ever...
by herman
Sun Sep 25, 2005 11:13 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Fewer Than Half Think U.S. Will Win In Iraq
Replies: 101
Views: 21513

Even his most ardent supporters are wincing at his attempts to tie a Hurricane to “The Terrorists” with his comment last week: “The terrorists wish they could have been responsible for the deaths caused by Katrina." The only thing I can think of is he had some pizza before he said that. Teresa, of ...
by herman
Sun Sep 25, 2005 11:02 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Exploring Beethoven
Replies: 37
Views: 11630

Re: Exploring Beethoven

III. String Quartets: So much music, so little time. It has been far too long since I heard these string quartets, and they still reveal new secrets. It is interesting to follow Beethoven's development as a composer, from the seemingly conventional 6 early quartets, to the highly personal 3 "Rasumo...
by herman
Sun Sep 25, 2005 5:18 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: What are you practicing/playing right now?
Replies: 15
Views: 5472

Pieces from Schumann's Humoreske

Pieces from Prokofiev's Visions Fugitives

I'm terrible. I couldn't play my way out of a paper bag.
by herman
Fri Sep 23, 2005 8:34 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Observations From A Recovering Christian
Replies: 317
Views: 46943

Re: Observations From A Recovering Christian

You will get nowhere mentioning the alleged "losing" aspects of Christianity in the same breath as the teaching to turn the other cheek. I was making a historical reference. Dumb thing to do. What I meant with Xtianity as "a losers' religion or sect, is that the early christians were by and large f...
by herman
Fri Sep 23, 2005 2:06 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Queston: Computer-related problem - help?
Replies: 6
Views: 2523

Holden, do any of these things work for Mac as well, by any chance?
by herman
Fri Sep 23, 2005 2:01 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Fewer Than Half Think U.S. Will Win In Iraq
Replies: 101
Views: 21513

I'm not fussy about whether Iraq is a "democracy" in the classic sense in the next 3 years. We're there. That's what matters. As long as the US is there insurgents will continue to attack US bases and Iraqis aligned with the US. The Katrina situation has demonstrated that the US just can't effort t...
by herman
Thu Sep 22, 2005 2:54 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Observations From A Recovering Christian
Replies: 317
Views: 46943

Re: Observations From A Recovering Christian

You are the product Judeo-Christian western values whether you acknowledge it or not. Your disingenuous resistance of the obvious is baffling. It is generally better to let people speak for themselves especially if you really don't know them very well. I would not have that much of a problem with a...
by herman
Thu Sep 22, 2005 1:18 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Observations From A Recovering Christian
Replies: 317
Views: 46943

Re: Observations From A Recovering Christian

And whatever happened to the classical antiquity in our moral DNA? There you go again, making up what I said and then twisting it to your own little fantasy. You missed the "western" in my statement? Western civilization takes it's moral groundings Judeo-Christian and Greek thought. If your parents...
by herman
Thu Sep 22, 2005 9:44 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Observations From A Recovering Christian
Replies: 317
Views: 46943

Well, fortunately we're given a choice. We can either agree with Pizza or be irredeemably evil. Religion needs more advocates like that and it'll be over in a generation. And speaking of moral relavitivism, I believe I'm not the only one who feels dragging Hitler &c into virtually every topic just t...
by herman
Thu Sep 22, 2005 6:16 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Observations From A Recovering Christian
Replies: 317
Views: 46943

Re: Observations From A Recovering Christian

The question, really, is whether or not they believe that policy should come from God (I.E. the Bible) or not. The question is, really, whether there can be moral society without religion because religion is the most successful vector for morality. Secularists mostly think the world would be a bett...
by herman
Thu Sep 22, 2005 2:39 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: On the Roberts' Nomination for CJ
Replies: 69
Views: 13547

Corlyss, voting rights is hardly the issue of the last century. In the last few elections, the Republicans have trotted out a number of tactics of questionable legality with the intent of suppressing the African-American, and in some areas, the Latino vote. These have been particularly documented i...
by herman
Wed Sep 21, 2005 1:20 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: It's Fun Survey Time!!!!!!!!
Replies: 34
Views: 8634

Just do the survey, Huck.

We want to know about your fave color.
by herman
Wed Sep 21, 2005 1:17 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: First Pick: Mahler Symphonies
Replies: 51
Views: 13847

Re: First Pick: Mahler Symphonies

Haitink's is okay. Nothing super spectacular. Either it's Haitink or Mahler, but sometimes the symphonies can be boring. Tone, I remember you thought Bruckner was boring, too. Maybe this kind of longe durée symphony stuff just isn't for you. (I don't listen to any of this stuff at home, either.) Ho...
by herman
Wed Sep 21, 2005 1:09 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: A Tiny Band of More or Less Sensible Democrats
Replies: 7
Views: 2482

I personally favor a draft. But lemme guess, you don't want your current favorite political party to do this - 'cause it would send 'em in a tail spin towards oblivion. But they seem to have plenty of National Guard troops to send off to natural disasters. Indeed. Everybody and his mangly old dog i...
by herman
Wed Sep 21, 2005 1:02 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: It's Fun Survey Time!!!!!!!!
Replies: 34
Views: 8634

Tone, you skipped Ted (unintentionally, no doubt).

I suggest the next enquetee takes Ted as "the guy above".
by herman
Wed Sep 21, 2005 8:52 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: It's Fun Survey Time!!!!!!!!
Replies: 34
Views: 8634

Like I said.

Let's continue with The Fun Survey.
by herman
Wed Sep 21, 2005 2:05 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: It's Fun Survey Time!!!!!!!!
Replies: 34
Views: 8634

Re: It's Fun Survey Time!!!!!!!!

It's Fun Survey time! Just quote it if you don't want to write it out. OK, I'll do this because you're a crazy kid; and because it's non-political. 1) Name? : so, whaddyathink? Herman? 2) Location? : the Dutch Sierra 3) Favorite Composer? : Chopin 4) Favorite Color? : good question 5) Fork or Spoon...
by herman
Tue Sep 20, 2005 4:22 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: It's Simply About Cultural Anxiety
Replies: 48
Views: 8022

If you can't make your point in your own words it looks like you haven't thought it through - which is often transparently the case. Don't be silly. Ooops. Excuse me. I forgot 'consider the source.' Posting articles or excerpts of articles is certainly better than having an idiotic POV and supporti...
by herman
Tue Sep 20, 2005 9:13 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The constitutional right to be young
Replies: 37
Views: 8126

Pizza, I am beginning to think you have some sort of rare brain disease. You are utterly incapable of digesting any concepts; there's just no sticking capability there. No matter what's being offered, you flip it around like you're the pizza baker, and it's off your plate. Corlyss says "for many dec...
by herman
Tue Sep 20, 2005 2:27 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The constitutional right to be young
Replies: 37
Views: 8126

France actually had several constitutions from 1791 until 1799, none of which lasted more than a year or two at the most; each was dissolved or abrogated by revolution, political upheaval and intrigues until the installation of Napoleon as Consul and dictator in effect; thereafter there was no cons...
by herman
Tue Sep 20, 2005 2:23 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The constitutional right to be young
Replies: 37
Views: 8126

Pizza Wrote: Your hatred of America and everthing American is so ingrained in your psyche that you can't even see it yourself. Funny though, almost everyone else here can. And not only Americans. Pizza, It’s obvious that Herman is A) Pulling everyone’s leg B) Out of his mind C) Extremely annoyed th...
by herman
Tue Sep 20, 2005 2:11 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: It's Simply About Cultural Anxiety
Replies: 48
Views: 8022

Parenthetically, what's increasingly tiresome about this forum is the practice of so many of its participants to carry on argument and dialogue through competing quotations from their chosen authorities. Why not just summarize the gist of an approach as filtered through your own mind in your own wo...
by herman
Mon Sep 19, 2005 3:42 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The constitutional right to be young
Replies: 37
Views: 8126

You consider yourself qualified to judge thinking skills if you don't why American is the greatest country? Gimme a break. :roll: And since when does teaching in a US university (whatever it was you taught) have anything to do with the curriculae of American primary schools? You have no degree in e...
by herman
Mon Sep 19, 2005 3:33 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Why Is George W. Bush Above The Law?
Replies: 6
Views: 2671

Ralph wrote:So a president who always wears ugly ties could be so charged.
I don't mind the ties, but I hate the way Dubya holds his arms out when walking.

I would like to see him impeached for that before it's too late.
by herman
Mon Sep 19, 2005 3:17 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The constitutional right to be young
Replies: 37
Views: 8126

If you think that's what Herman said, you need reading glasses. Herman doesn't give a flip whether American students receive the kind of education you suggest and he hasn't a clue as to what goes on in American schools. Oh dear. mr know-it-all's talking. As to whether I have a clue what goes on in ...
by herman
Mon Sep 19, 2005 10:31 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Europe Learns the Wrong Lessons
Replies: 30
Views: 7441

You continue to defend a culture in which women have no rights Barry, I am still waiting... How are you going to back this up? I've already answered you Herman. See my last post. Defending Europe's brand of multiculturalism and resisting any real action that actually has a chance to change those sy...
by herman
Mon Sep 19, 2005 9:46 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The constitutional right to be young
Replies: 37
Views: 8126

People aren't interested in historical facts; they want to feel good about themselves (and bigger 'n' better than others). And bashing America and Americans is Hermie's only way of getting his share of the product. Makes him feel bigger 'n' better than others, since there's not much going on in Hol...
by herman
Mon Sep 19, 2005 4:45 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The constitutional right to be young
Replies: 37
Views: 8126

Among the items of misinformation that we were treated to in the course of everything on Friday (I don't know what was in the mind of the main social studies teacher who was monitoring this, or rather failing to) was that the US has the only government in the world based on a written constitution. ...
by herman
Sun Sep 18, 2005 10:09 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Ten Commandments for Concert-goers
Replies: 21
Views: 7027

I would propose an eleventh commandment:

XI Thou shalt not fuss and fret and hoity-toit about thy fellow concertgoers, but rather pay attention to the music.

If nr XI pre-empts most of the preceding commandments, so much the better.
by herman
Sat Sep 17, 2005 3:20 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Out-of-state gangs 'invaded' New Orleans
Replies: 16
Views: 4856

It only took the already armed to the teeth because of lack of gun control local population to scare away half the police force that was in fear of its life. Well, I'm sure such prose like this would have scared the entire police force away. All I know is that the White House (etc) first attempt to...
by herman
Sat Sep 17, 2005 3:08 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Grudging Respect
Replies: 21
Views: 5875

You even made such a comment about me not caring about blacks, obviously without knowing my personal background yes, I did, but I didn't say you were a racist. You don't go out of your way to say nasty things about blacks, the way Corlyss does. By your logic, I could call you a sexist because you r...
by herman
Sat Sep 17, 2005 2:49 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Grudging Respect
Replies: 21
Views: 5875

I certainly didn't intend 'slave wages'' to be the part that attracted attention. I know. And the quotes from the Marx Bros show, from the year 1929, are also particularly relevant (ahem, 'scuse me, something in my throat). However when Corlyss is congratualting the GOP on having flushed a black co...
by herman
Sat Sep 17, 2005 2:41 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Out-of-state gangs 'invaded' New Orleans
Replies: 16
Views: 4856

This sounds like complete nonsense.

Fighting for turf in a submerged city.

But, hey, it's just another racy item, so let's post it.
by herman
Sat Sep 17, 2005 3:18 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Grudging Respect
Replies: 21
Views: 5875

Re: Grudging Respect

That is to say, Louisana's Democratic majority was evacuated . . . . :wink: I thought you guys were all heartbroken over Katrina? And now it's about the political benefits (the blackpeople were removed from the city!) and ever so teensy racist slurs about "slave wages" or less: They aren't skilled ...
by herman
Fri Sep 16, 2005 4:45 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: What Kind of a Leader?
Replies: 19
Views: 5372

she'd say it's things like this that helped dubya win.

America is chock-a-block with resentful folks who will vote for the stupid guy just to show they don't care.