Archive for August, 2011

american soul

Posted in audio, jazz music, video with tags , , on August 27, 2011 by Word-Drum

Let these two tracks from John Coltrane give you strength to battle through the storms raining down on the once Land Of The Free.

Trane’s ‘Love Supreme’ was spiritually and artistically monumental, but the times and his probing nature pushed him to keep searching. Later in 1965 he made “Transition.”

By his death in 1967 the transition had been made. But like ‘Hope and Change,’ it’s not always a good thing. Within a year, Dr. King would be dead and the Welfare State was born.

Not everyone will appreciate the beauty of Trane’s late period. I just love it, but I see the wisdom of returning to A Love Supreme for a nation losing it’s soul.

the importance of bullshit

Posted in conservatives, liberals, politics, republicans with tags on August 18, 2011 by Word-Drum

It’s Sticky

While I criticize liberals for loving bullshit, implying that bullshit is all bad, one has to wonder if it’s not also necessary. Maybe it’s what makes people stick together. Not our Judeo-Christian tradition, Shakespeare, or Monday Night Football.

Liberalism, Statism, or Progessivism, are of course almost one hundred percent bullshit.(Just be a commie and let it all hang out.) But followers of the Left love bullshit. It’s probably their favorite thing. They don’t call it that, they call it Social Justice, or Fairness and Equality. But the rest of us can smell it.

Lovers of bullshit aren’t all on the left. While people on the Right tend not to be easily swayed by BS, and try to get beneath the surface of things, they too have their bullshit.

Here I’m thinking of some conservatives’ view of Mitt Romney. They judge him by his looks and congenial manner, just like a liberal. We all have our preferences for a Presidential candidate, but Mitt might very well be our guy to end this nightmare in American that started 4 years ago when Nancy Pelosi became Speaker of the House.

Sure Mitt used to be more liberal, we were all born that way. No, I don’t like what he said about Global Warming (it would make more sense if he said it later during the General Election. Global Warming is Big Bullshit. It is sticking to everything.) I’m not in his camp, but I know he does have well thought out positions on all the issues if you care to find out his views. While he’s not a military man he believes in a strong defense and America’s role as a superpower in defense of liberty.

But my rethinking on bullshit comes mostly from personal experience. I’m trying to grow a business and notice that bullshit is something that is at least sprinkled on what I’m doing. I try hard to give value for money received, but a little BS spread over the top seems to hold everything together and give shape to what might be formless.

So my bullshit is fertilizer for a fledgling enterprise. It’s part of the psychology of business. In politics, we conservatives are starved for sweet smelling truth tellers. But we will just have to hold our noses and be prepared to not get all we desire in a country soaked today’s subject.

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Update: “Big Bullshit” Hello Andrew Breitbart! Or is that the Lame Media? No, it’s little B.S. that could get me in the door.

reporting for the dream bar

Posted in jazz music, liberals, politics, word-drum with tags on August 10, 2011 by Word-Drum

I had just finished a version of “Stardust” when I noticed John Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry sitting at the corner table of the Dream Bar, where I hold forth most nights at the piano.

In the realm of the bar, we who work there play little a game. We try to guess the size of a customer’s tip. Dress and appearance don’t usually factor in. Someone who looks like a bum can drop a hundred into the tip jar.

I wouldn’t count on more than a crisp five dollar bill from the Senator. More likely it would be a twenty (so no one would see that he only put in five).

After my set, he came over an introduced himself and put the twenty in the jar.

“I’m John Kerry” His voice boomed.

“I served in Vietnam”

“Really? I did not know that.”

No, he didn’t say that. He was very complimentary and I could see that he was a jazz fan. Teresa started telling me something about a musician I never heard of before. She prattled on and on. I could not catch up with her.

The Anti-War Soldier and the Ketchup Queen were sloshed. They started giving me drinks. I don’t really drink so it would probably end with me puking on the rich liberals, or doing my Kerry imitation, (it’s so easy…Thurston Howell The Third) riffing on his buffoonery and the failure of every policy he has ever promoted.

I played my Movement card. Telling them that even though I was CPUSA, along with the rest of the Party, I have been voting Democrat since 2004. Back in the 90s, some of us supported Clinton because we liked Hillary, who was thought to be a Movement person at heart.

When Teresa went to the Ladies’ Room, Kerry bragged to me that not only did he used to be good friends with Angela Davis, he “hit that.”

The drinks and the snarky comments from the two about my people (conservatives) weren’t sitting well. Even though I was working at the Dream Bar, I didn’t have a driver like the Kerrys. I wanted to take a car service home instead of a taxi. So I asked them if they would like to contribute to The Palestinian Martyrs Fund.

They were aware that charities in the Muslim World prefer cash rather than checks or bank transfers. Their assistant gave me ten one hundred dollar bills.

I left them with the idea of rounding up Tea Party members and doling out some revolutionary justice. But they were too drunk to understand what I was saying. At that stage all drunks are the same. I had my fun and just wanted to get away from them.