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September 19, 2010

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Rocco

Yeah...McNabb had a great game last week and Portis too.

JM Hanes

Toil & Trouble:

Sounds like O'Donnell is perfecting the black art of zingers! If she's willing to work her ground game in Delaware 24/7, I think the media attacks may well swell her ranks, not diminish them. I'm sure I'm not the only one who is a lot more sympathetic than I was before she won.

rse

I believe you Dr J. Berkeley is where Kati got her masters in Ed Policy after getting a Poli Sci degree from-UC Santa Barbara.

Kati piqued my curiosity for several reasons. One was how she used SEIU and working class interchangeably to refer to, in her mind, the same group of people.

Another was when she asked the group why it should be a problem for a luggage porter or garbageman to be well educated as they would then have better lives because college would give their lives dignity.

Helloooooo?

Frau Leichtmatrose

Obama: "Guard the Change."
My husband: "Change the Guard."

Clarice, there's no Jenny like Lotte. Or Rosa Klebb, for that matter. At least *you* kept the pistolas. Good thinking.

DrJ

I should've hat-tipped Mills drinking song.

Mills has one? Really?

Jack is Back!

First they misunderestimated W, then Sarah, now COD - who's next? It seems almost as a badge of honor to have the MFM run all over you. Wait until Alaska rejects Merdecowski in toto and goes ahead elects Joe Miller - their heads will explode and the New York Times fish wrap quality will be devalued 10 fold.

Tonight's menu: Turkey Meat Loaf with Spicy Sweet Potato Fries with Duke's Mayonnaise (lets see how many Southerners we have at that mention).

DrJ

she asked the group why it should be a problem for a luggage porter or garbageman to be well educated

That's the purpose of high school. And it comes without debt.

Said luggage porter or garbageman are of course welcomed to expand their knowledge at the local JC.

Frau Kartoffeln

"Tonight's menu: Turkey Meat Loaf with Spicy Sweet Potato Fries with Duke's Mayonnaise "
JiB- My baby nickname was "Taters." What time is dinner? Or is that supper? I always forget.

DrJ, when will someone present a one-man H.L.Mencken show to remind folks that high school was to educate a person for life?

DrJ

when will someone present a one-man H.L.Mencken show to remind folks that high school was to educate a person for life?

Well, I believe that high school (all of K-12, actually) should teach people how to learn and give them some basic facts and tools. While formal education has its place, an individual's desire to learn is much more important.

I'm afraid our current system simply is not good at this.

JM Hanes

JiB:

I'll just go on record saying that I too know Duke's Mayo -- and leave it at that.


I'm not sure how I landed on this Murkowski interview with Candy Crowley, but if someone here linked it, thanks. I've always thought that Crowley is one of the most professional political reporters around.

Murky is sounding more like Dem losers all the time, whining that she'd have won if she had been willing to lower herself into the gutter the way her opponent did -- thus preening and giving herself permission to do just that at the same time.


Can't remember if I've already posted this either, but never mind:

Apparently Dems have been ruminating on how best to vanquish the tea party movement. They've finally come up with yet another New! Improved! Election Strategy: Tie the tea parties to Bush! LOLOL!

For anybody who wants to follow the money, The Examiner's Beltway Confidential blog has been regularly tracking FEC filings, and some of the more interesting reports of expenditures.

Rob Crawford

Said luggage porter or garbageman are of course welcomed to expand their knowledge at the local JC.

Or the university, if they're so inclined. There's no incompatibility between being a porter or garbageman and having dignity, or being educated.

For that matter, I don't see a correlation between being university-educated and having dignity. Often it's quite the opposite, particularly for the multi-culti maleducated who have to put on an ivy-league minstrel show for their leftist masters.

Threadkiller

--"COD using Rove as a foil is pretty damn smart"--

Obama ran against Bush, not McCain, and won. O'Donnell will be well served to run against Rove instead of Coons.

JM Hanes

Or the Public Library.

JM Hanes

She might even pick up some Democrats that way, Thread.

Rob Crawford

They've finally come up with yet another New! Improved! Election Strategy: Tie the tea parties to Bush! LOLOL!

Bush is polling higher than The Won. Brilliant plan!

PD

While we were in Vail, we saw a rare species of wildlife: A "This Project Funded by the Recovery Act" sign ... accompanied by actual road workers!

This was at the west exit for Avon, two towns down from Vail. It was rebuild of the exits from I-70 and the crossroad at the exchange.

But not all was rainbows and unicorns. Because they've ripped up the entire roadway (rather than ripping up part and fixing that part before proceeding to another section), the backup is horrible even without a lot of traffic, and it takes a long time to get off the Interstate. We stopped in at a nearby cafe for breakfast, where the owner told us: "It's killing us." People don't want to take the exit because of the horrible mess, and the local businesses are suffering considerably.

PD

Driving back through Iowa today, we say a large LED billboard in Des Moines advertising this little item:

ByeByeObamaClock.com

The price? $20.12

And note the use of the Obama logo if you click the link.

sbw

-- when will someone present a one-man H.L.Mencken show to remind folks that high school was to educate a person for life?

Well, I ain't no H.L. Mencken, but I admire the old curmudgeon's insight into politics, and he certainly could turn a phrase.

But educating a person for life is what I wrote about in my book.

sbw

I am college educated, but I consider it an insight of living that allowed me to conclude that if the fates decreed I be a garbageman, I'd wish to approach the task with gusto and joy. It's not what I do, but how I do it that matters.

Ignatz

--I was amazed to learn that Mexicans were settling here long before "America" -- or Mexico -- was even an idea.--

That glaring idiocy immediately stuck out for me too JMH.
I wonder how many of the simpering idiots clapping for him noticed?

Rocco

Pats got their butts kicked!

Chubby

I recently "disovered" the sizzling acting team of Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake in some old filme noir movies on YouTube. Sadly, after reading about what a basket case Veronica Lake was IRL, it kind of took the shine off her for me. I can't seem to make the separation between public and private.

Alan Ladd had problems too, and he died at only 50. It's startling how so many glamorous people who have it "all" -- beauty, talent, fame, wealth, career -- are so miserably unhappy. Vivian Leigh, who played Scarlett O'Hara, was a severe manic depressive. Another talented beauty who had severe mental problems was Gene Tierney.

The tragic lives of these beautiful people are excellent object lessons in "all that glitters is not gold."

Chubby

I thought I heard Obama say "created" in the tape so doesn't that imply a Creator?

DrJ

Rob,

Or the university, if they're so inclined.

Of course, schedules permitting.

Maybe my CA outlook is showing, but out here if one completes two academic years at a JC with the right courses and grades, one is guaranteed a junior-year admission to a UC. That is a much easier path than applying as a freshman. Many of those JCs are very good.

I still think that there is an overemphasis on formal education. For example, I have had no courses in what I do now. I taught myself about the science and the instrumentation required. I'm in no way special.

Clarice

Thanks, jmh.
Every effort seems to be being made to see that everyone has a worthless college degree at high cost.

If you want to learn, MIT has its entire undergraduate program free online--lecture syllabi, etc.

Te left seems to have an insatiable desire to turn everything into dreck.

Rather like Pirate Jenny...out of some sort of revenge.


rse

That was a verbatim quote of what Kati said after being billed as the "3rd most influential ed reformer in the US over the last 10 years".

After Bill Gates and Bush.

Understanding where Ed Trust was coming from came in really handy last spring when her associate, Russlyn Ali, now the Asst Sec of Civil Rights at the Dept of Ed, announced that they and Justice would be looking for violations in any school district where there was a disproportionality in who was taking honors, college prep, and AP courses.

It was so fascinating that announcement was basically the same day the new K-12 national standards were published.

Jay

Yeah, and let's dump that Ponzi scheme called Social Security and roll all those seniors onto the heap (15%) of people below the poverty line.

Yes, because of course every "senior" is poor and destitute (Like Bob Dole, Warren Buffett, the Clintons, etc, etc, etc) and therefore we must maintain a "retirement" program that is under-funded by $25 trillion.

You imbeciles aren't fun or challenging.

rse

That would trigger a disparate impact and they would assume discriminatory intent until shown otherwise.

Dr J- Disagree strongly with the very end of your post.

JM Hanes

DrJ:

"I still think that there is an overemphasis on formal education. For example, I have had no courses in what I do now."

When I look around, I only see about 1 in 4 people I know who ultimately ended up in the jobs or even fields they set out for.

Jack is Back!

PD,

Just bought one. Innovative creative entrepreneurship is still alive in America (at least I hope this was developed by some guy in Iowa versus Singapore).

JMH,

That was my link to Candy Crowley's interview. I knew Frank Murkowski from my DC days and he was an OK guy back then but that was GHWB days and Reagan's last couple of years.

Looks like the Skins have reverted back to the Old Dead Skins. Not looking good. I thought defense was their strength, well not today. Losing Landry didn't help.

Sue

While we were in Vail, we saw a rare species of wildlife: A "This Project Funded by the Recovery Act" sign ... accompanied by actual road workers!

Saw my first sign this past week in the Keys. We were already on it before I realized what the sign said and with no way to turn around, I didn't get the picture I wanted. Actual workers were present there too.

Rob Crawford

I was amazed to learn that Mexicans were settling here long before "America" -- or Mexico -- was even an idea.

Technically a possibility. There was trade in chocolate and other goods between the cliff dwellers of the American southwest and Central America, and evidence of a trade network that connected Central America and central Florida. So "Mexicans" could have come into "America" even before Columbus did.

But in reality meaningless, because they didn't really have a sense of nationality.

glasater

Hello to everyone and I'm hurrying to catch up with the threads.
For the past five days I've been photographing the Pendleton Round Up's 100th Anniversary and have many photos to wade through and cull.
But I thought the patriots might appreciate this one I caught on the last day of the rodeo. A guard unit that I cannot track down--has an Indian name--did a fly over this last Saturday. Four F-15's but could only catch two of them with the flag in the image on this shot.
They did a very low pass and can you imagine the thrill and tremendous sound?
Pendleton Round Up '10_9259
Anyway I've been keeping track of what is going on at JOM. Hugs to dear Glenda and congrats to Dr YL!
And of course best to all and TM:)

Comanche Voter

So O'Donnell dabbled in witchcraft as a young twentysomething airhead in Delaware.
I must confess that in my long ago youth there were plenty of young women who dabbled in the Tarot, Wiccan, Scientology, EST. You name it, the goofier the better.

All of which is--15 years after the fact in Ms. O'Donnell's case a big "so what?" Most of the young women I knew at the time are now middle aged or older housewives or career women. Messing around with that crap didn't seem to effect them much.

Now if you want to know just who in the House is a practicing witch--Madame Speaker parks her broom by the door each day as she commutes to work.

Comanche Voter

So O'Donnell dabbled in witchcraft as a young twentysomething airhead in Delaware.
I must confess that in my long ago youth there were plenty of young women who dabbled in the Tarot, Wiccan, Scientology, EST. You name it, the goofier the better.

All of which is--15 years after the fact in Ms. O'Donnell's case a big "so what?" Most of the young women I knew at the time are now middle aged or older housewives or career women. Messing around with that crap didn't seem to effect them much.

Now if you want to know just who in the House is a practicing witch--Madame Speaker parks her broom by the door each day as she commutes to work.

Rob Crawford

If you want to learn, MIT has its entire undergraduate program free online--lecture syllabi, etc.

Ah, but that's the way you get knowledge, not a certificate. What the "education for all" enthusiasts are proposing is to make it easier to get the certificate without necessarily getting any knowledge.

sbw

Russlyn Ali, now the Asst Sec of Civil Rights at the Dept of Ed, announced that they and Justice would be looking for violations in any school district where there was a disproportionality in who was taking honors, college prep, and AP courses.

Thoughts, please. Is it the job of the government to assert a violation or the job of an individual aggrieved party to sue?

DrJ

JMH,

I only see about 1 in 4 people I know who ultimately ended up in the jobs or even fields they set out for.

Bingo. My doctoral thesis was in an aspect of nuclear waste disposal, of all things. That's rather far removed from microfluidics and biophysics.

Sue

My goodness, Obama went to church. We can all relax now. Proof of his Christianity is now available for the MFM.

JM Hanes

JiB:

Building on the idea of bucket lists, my kids and I decided that we should start keeping fuckit lists -- where we record egregious offenses and their perpetrators, like Murkowski fille.

JM Hanes

"So "Mexicans" could have come into "America" even before Columbus did."

And even before they were Mexicans, Rob.

DrJ

rse,

the Asst Sec of Civil Rights at the Dept of Ed, announced that they and Justice would be looking for violations in any school district where there was a disproportionality in who was taking honors, college prep, and AP courses.

You are right in pointing this out. The Berkeley public schools canceled their advanced chemistry courses because there were not enough black kids in them. The racism of this had to be put down.

That there were indeed blacks in the program who went on to do good things did not matter. The numbers were not there, so it was killed.

No, I really don't live in Berkeley!

Janet

"America" -- or Mexico -- was even an idea.

Great point JM Hanes! I hadn't thought about that. The eyelid quiver along with the long pause is what creeped me out.

centralcal

I have been away awhile prepping dinner, which is on the stove, and I know you are all on the subject of college educations, etc.

So I am completely O/T. But while I was chopping onions and garlic for "Okie Spaghetti" (not to be confused with anything authentic), I was thinking about all the blogs and twitters I have read this weekend. You know what? Karl Rove is the big loser in the O'Donnell primary victory, rather than COD. He has really hurt his own credibility, but even more, his aura of invincibility among the lefties who have feared and hated him for years.

Amazing, what one little conservative woman can do without even trying to do it!

narciso

So Rove is still whining about the witchcraft, something she admitted herself, but about Murkowski's it's just tsk tsk, and
Ace has gone all Coddington Voorhees again

Janet

Mexico declared its independence form Spain at the last hours of September 15, 1810. However, it didn't become an independent, internationally recognized nation until September 27, 1821.

from answers.com

PD

Mark Neumann lost the Wis. governor's primary to Scott Walker. Compare his response to that of Lisa Murkowski or Mike Castle:

Now, we must unite behind Scott Walker. I will do what I can to make sure that all of my voters vote for Scott Walker in November.
rse

sbw-

Lawsuits are expensive esp if there is a presumption you are at fault until proved otherwise.

The announcement seemed to be designed to push schools and districts toward one track for all or be at risk of litigation.

Rob-you nailed it. It's not about knowledge. It's the degree as an end in itself.

JM Hanes

It works the other way too. Can't remember the details of course, but a program (company sponsored) which provided special assistance to victims of AIDS was targeted for shutdown (by the DOJ!?) because it included a disproportionally high number of blacks, who were thus unfairly stigmatized. I kid you not.

rse

-Housing

-Education

-Health Care

Areas the Tides Foundation, Open Society, and others pushed for the feds to "take over".

This is less about K-12 or higher ed per se and really about appreciating what the Dems are up to because if you know where to look, they admit and rejoice in it.

It's easy to see what they did to GM and the role of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

We get Obamacare's pernicious effects.

Let's be paying attention to other aspects of the scheme before it's a fait accompli.

 Ann

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Click here for larger pic:
From: Out of Order the Blog

Love the gavel and the car.

narciso

The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, was over a 160 years ago, it's time 'to be over Macho Grande'

sbw

Housing, Education, Health Care... it doesn't matter. Whether it is socialism, fascism, or Democrat do-goodery, it hides decisions from the antiseptic of competition.

Frau Leseratte

(Take a look JHM)I downloaded The Sparrow after reading this article linked to by Insty:
"Why Science Fictions is a Genre Everybody Should Read" My husband will be lucky to get dinner tonight. Reading while cooking is good only for the cook.
LUN

Porchlight
Now, we must unite behind Scott Walker. I will do what I can to make sure that all of my voters vote for Scott Walker in November.

Wouldn't it be cool if it were this Scott Walker?

I think he's from Ohio though. :)

Frau Leseratte

PD - Lisa's nose needs to be rubbed in Neumann's statement 24/7.

laura

Frau,
I read it about 6 years ago, seem to remember staying up all night to finish it. The second is not quite so good.
I would also highly recommend Doris Lessing's series of science fiction novels. The first was "the marriages between zones 3,4, and 5." A lefty she may have been, but I have always enjoyed her novels.

centralcal

Ann: Great poster. However, many more images could have been added! lol.

The swamp doth overfloweth!

Army of Davids


AoD: (("Tea Party folks are where the Republicans used to be....

The Republicans are where the Democrats used to be....

And the Democrats are where the Soviets used to be. "
))

Where did you hear it? I read it, or something close to it, in a comments thread at the Belmont Club a few days ago.

Posted by: Chubby | September 19, 201

A friend. think he found it on the net. If it rings true....it floats around.

Frau Leseratte

Super observation at Chicago Boyz :

Our friend Subotai Bahadur left a great comment on this post, saying, inter alia:

Given that we have not heard a bloody peep out of Karl Rove, or the usual media elite, about how Murkowski is “dooming the chance of a Republican majority in the Senate”; apparently to the RNC a Democrat being handed a Republican US Senate seat in Alaska has absolutely no effect on the relative balance of power.

Now, off to read cook.

Clarice

If you think the Dept of Ed statement is awful --and it is--the only way this can happen is if those courses are made open to all in which case they will be watered down or blacks will fail or drop out of them disproportionally--wait till the details of Obamacare and financial reform hit daylight.

centralcal

Clarice is so much more authoritative now that she has her "C" back.

(just twisting your tail a little - you are absolutely pithy as always, and quite right!)

Clarice

When both my computer and typhus pad decide to do a number on me at the same time, cc, I lose whatever itsy bit of patience I have and both were doing a St Vitus dance for a half hour until they calmed down..

Danube of Thought

The borders of Islam are bloody. This time it's Tajikistan, with 23 dead.

bgates

I was amazed to learn that Mexicans were settling here long before "America" -- or Mexico -- was even an idea.

Things were so much better before the Amerikkkan Empire, back in the days of the Greater Aztecan Co-Prosperity Sphere.

narciso

This line from the AP coverage of the Sussex county rally, seems to have won over, more than a few;

“I was in high school, how many of you didn’t hang out with questionable folks in high school? But no, There’s been no witchcraft since, if there was, Karl Rove would be a supporter.”

Dave (in MA)

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I ran across this at Daily Pundit.

Army of Davids

Did Coon advertise himself as "the bearded Marxist"

Sounds like someone "Babs" Boxer would find Ethical.

centralcal

I saw that, too, Dave - at a different link. Isn't it great?!!! And so true!

Rick Ballard

She really shouldn't have turned him into a newt (he got better), even if it was a joke. Who can blame him for carrying a bit of a grudge?

Had Red Witch been near when it happened he'd be blind.

matt

most of the inhabitants of Mesoamerica referred to themselves in one form or another as "the people" in order to differentiate themselves from the others, whom they often ate or sacrificed, or if lucky, just killed.

Most of the "Mexicans" who populated the Southwest, and especially Alta California, were Spaniards first.

In California, the political transformation was from Spain to the Republic of California to the United States. Never was any Mexicans here, except the ones who came up later.

Ignatz

Not only does Barry screw it up by talking about all the Mexicans here before America was even an idea yet, he also mentions the British and the French.
I suppose in one way he is technically correct in that the Pilgrims were still British subjects but they had already been run out of England because they were not free to practice their religion and, while they pledged their allegiance to the king, the germ of the idea of America most certainly did cross the Atlantic with them.

 Ann

Obama recites part of the Declaration of Independence, and leaves out “by their Creator.”

Yet, today his family attended church and each family member received communion.

Check this out:

When Lefties Go To Church

Captain Hate

Given that we have not heard a bloody peep out of Karl Rove, or the usual media elite, about how Murkowski is “dooming the chance of a Republican majority in the Senate”

I don't find myself usually in the position of defending Rove, but he did indeed say things like that on FNS today.

MarkO

A high percentage of Mexicans are of native indian decent. Not Spanish and the gulf between indian and Spanish remains wide. Obama is just not that smart and really poorly educated. He misses the objective case and commits the awful uneducated error of hyperubanization by saying things like "Between you and I." If I hadn't already stopped listening, that would do it.

Now, as to witchcraft----assuming this entire episode can't be laid off to bigotry by the left against this religion which seems not to threaten decapitation. I would prefer someone who dabbled in witchcraft to someone who dabbled in cocaine in the hood. But, those who report this more than dabbled in cocaine and think witchcraft is for the clingers.

Obama's lack of knowledge of elementary history is appalling. Did I mention that he is just not that smart and that he is a liar?

Danube of Thought

The finish of yesterday's Notre Dame game is unlikely to be surpassed as the sweetest moment of the 2010 collegiate gridiron season.

I'm a big fan of Donovan, but I doubt the Skins will ever contend while Snyder owns the team. And wasn't it delicious to watch the 'Boys fall to 0-2 while Jerry Jones looked on in horror? And to see Favre throw three picks at home, while also falling to 0-2?

Every NFL season will contain many surprises...

JM Hanes

This is priceless. Ann Althouse linked to yet another column by Margaret Carlson:

Some people may think it accidental that Sarah Palin has left the stage at this weekend’s Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit to Christine O'Donnell….. I think it’s wise that Palin is otherwise occupied. Better not to be upstaged by the new It Girl on the block.
It goes downhill from there. With just a little more effort, Carlson could be as insipid as Gail Collins.

MarkO

Get the latest from the religion of peace [from the WSJ]:

Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf returned with a none-too-subtle threat. His project, the Ground Zero Mosque, would have to go on. Its cancellation would risk putting "our soldiers, our troops, our embassies and citizens under attack in the Muslim world."

This sort of threat should tell even the uneducated president what the mosque is all about. Yelling "fire" in a crowded theatre is a good idea if there is a fire. [What an idiot resides on the Supreme Court. How on God's earth could he make that sort of mistake? Senile? Stupid? I go with stupid.]

Rick Ballard

Cool - Cantor takes the mound in relief for the tanned guy from Ohio - Read My Lips - Woof Woof Woof

narciso

He was a staffer for Ted Kennedy, does that answer your question. Seeing as Meeks, the
one was supporting the likes of WAMY, the outfit behind Awlaqi's Al Hijira mosque
we shouldn't be surprised

ROA

We should permit the mosque at Ground Zero immediately after a christian church is built in Mecca.

Army of Davids

A message to Mr. Rove. Some of us have read your recommendations to the Tea Party folks.

Best for you to just listen to the ground Mr. Rove.

Want to be useful. Get Murkowski out. Or feel free to take some political shots at "the bearded Marxist".

This is coming from the ground. We are Americans first and foremost. We want congress as much as you. But we are in no mood to compromise.

You may as well get used to it.

narciso

I was a little surprised that Feinman, of all of the Newsweek stable would end up at the Huff Po

PD

Actual workers were present there too.

Hey, that makes two! Usually it's just the stupid sign with no evidence of any work being done at all. Our government at not-work.

Actually, I do know of a third instance. When we out in Montana this summer, I took a drive out to Horse ... um, let's see, what was it called ...

(takes out brain, shakes it to get it going again)

Hungry Horse Reservoir, that's it. Anyway, saw one o' them Recovery Act signs, and a bunch of dump trucks going to and fro? Doing what, you way? Why, fixing up a little side road down to the lake that, for all the cars the road needed to service, could just have well been left as a gravel road. No maintenance needed.

So there was work, but to my eye looked like a complete waste of time and money being done on a make-work project.

Thanks, Recovery Act. Waste our money. Kill local businesses.

PD

With just a little more effort, Carlson could be as insipid as Gail Collins.

Oh, my. That'd be awesome. A turd-off.

PD

Did I mention that he is just not that smart and that he is a liar?

I must have missed it. Could you remind us again, much more forcefully this time, please?

PD

I was a little surprised that Feinman, of all of the Newsweek stable would end up at the Huff Po

Career over.

 Ann

PD:

The Recovery Act signs are on ever major thoroughfare in Columbus, Ohio.

The other day, I saw six men in hard hats standing around watching one man dig a hole.

I am turning into a road rage grizzly mama.

MarkO

Okay. He's a stupid fucking liar.

In the key of D.

 Ann

Dave (in MA):

The one area where Obama really has saved jobs is the t-shirt business.

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DrJ

In the key of D.

Make it D minor. D is usually upbeat; D minor can make a good dirge. Not as good as some of the flats, but I won't try to torture the logo too much.

MarkO

How about a diminished scale? But, I was asked to be forceful. A major 7th would have been too peaceful. The dissonance of the diminished could do the trick.

Ignatz

LOL, Ann.

DrJ

MarkO,

Are we torturing music? If so, I'll go on.

Classically there of course are diminished chords -- the tension is wonderful when they are used appropriately. Try Beethoven's Appasionata. But I've never heard of a diminished scale being used for the dominant theme for something like a movement, and a major seventh is painful to the ears.

For a good D minor piece, try Bach's Toccata and Fugue.

Janet

I feel sorry for the libs...they have no sense of humor. Instapundit has some funny ideas/links about O'Donnell. Firefly, Monty Python,...

Mal: [about River] Cut her down.
Patron: The girl is a witch.
Mal: Yeah, but she’s our witch.
[Cocks shotgun and aims at Town Patron]
Mal: So cut her the hell down!

 Ann

Twitter has been having a contest for WorseThanWitchcraft

Some LOL Favs:

*Parking your yacht in another state to avoid taxes

*Leaving Your Date In The Car, At The Bottom Of The River

*Having a political discussion in the shower with Rahm Emanuel

*Being Michelle Obama's fashion adviser

*Chris Coons

and my absolute favorite:

*Al Gore's Second Chakra

MarkO

DrJ:

I was being flip. Riffing off of your idea to move to a minor scale, not being serious about a solid work based on diminished chords or scales. Actually looking for a futher riff on the fact that I was attempting to "diminish" the President.

I love music, however, and will take issue with your view of the major seventh. It is the only chord fully at rest and the one many wake up to play when they cannot resolve the chords haunting their dreams.

Bach is heartbreaking. At one point in my crowded sunlit lifetime, I was singing with a marvelous chorale that sang his motets in German. Classical music continues to be a far stripe above the junk on the radio. But that's not to say I'm above playing that junk on my electric.

DrJ

Ah! Beethoven's "Tempest" is also in D minor. Here's a link to Richter, who does a decent job, playing the third movement:

Richter

Rick Ballard

Fellas, we're talking about something for cowbell, not clavichord. Stick with something the jug eared idiot could understand.

DrJ

MarkO,

I got your drift, though of course I was playing it straight, as it were.

I don't understand your view that the major seventh is the only chord that is "fully at rest." Enlighten me!

If you don't know the Appasionata, the second movement ends with a series of diminished sevenths that leads directly to the third movement, which starts the same way. It is one of his great middle-period sonatas, and it is an absolute kick to play.

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