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March 24, 2016

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Porchlight

Iggy, anything that needs paying for. Treatment clinics, increased social services costs when kids can't be cared for by druggie parents, more counselors in the schools, increased crime, more cops to look for drivers who are incapacitated, you name it.

Are you conceding that there's more pot use in CO than there was before it was legalized? Or are you moving the goalposts and saying that increased usage doesn't necessarily mean increased net costs? How's the gang activity in CO? Is it all dried up now?

Libertarians never seem to want to talk about the social or financial costs of liberalizing whatever they want to liberalize.

Threadkiller

Again, let's put his "success" to date in context. He has gotten 37% of the Republican primary vote.

There was a time when the theory was that Trump would win certain primaries because they were open and indies and dems would put him over the top. Now he is condemned because of lack of purity.

The exit pollsters should have counted all the crossover voters who were turned away from the closed primaries to really have an idea of Trump's base.

lyle

Trump hasn't revealed his Hillary trigger yet (he told Maureen Dowd he has one, but he's waiting). When he does the MSM will have hysterics over it, thereby doing exactly what he knows they will do--endless screeching stories on it, thereby imbedding it in the public consciousness.

I like the cut of this derwill gal's jib.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--there's a problem with spitting into the wind. The Legacy Media, though now despised by millions of important voters still has the biggest megaphone to reach LIVs, and is by far the biggest meme-making machine. Conservative efforts to tar Dems this way won't be nearly as effective and probably ineffective or worse with LIVs. That is an unfortunate reality.-

Then why even run a candidate?
Or perhaps the obsequious Romney and McCain are models of how to use the MFM to their advantage?
If the MFM is that all powerful better to lose spitting at them than having our candidate spitting on us as they usually do.

lyle

If the MFM is that all powerful better to lose spitting at them than having our candidate spitting on us as they usually do.

Ditto for this Ignatz fellow. :)

Dave (in MA)

Jane & Jeff, AWOL at the same time.

Coincidence?

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--Libertarians never seem to want to talk about the social or financial costs of liberalizing whatever they want to liberalize.--

That's because libertarians believe the social costs of individual poor choices should be born by those who made the choices and those who volunteer to help them.

I'm not going to endorse drug prohibition because society compounds that first mistake by also making the morally hazardous mistake of then socializing the costs and causes of drug use.

James D

When I went to CWRU, we had stidents from CIM (and also Cleveland Institute of Art - CIA) in the dorms with us.

The CIM students were pretty quiet and serious, mostly. The CIA students, not so much...

Cecil Turner

Again, let's put his "success" to date in context. He has gotten 37% of the Republican primary vote. He has done this primarily by tapping into anti GOPe anger, an anger which does not much exist outside of the GOP base.

Pretty much dead on, and also obvious from the early polling that it'd make him a formidable primary contender:

But for months political obsessives doubted poll numbers with the strength of a thousand Thomases. The numbers said one thing, but common sense indicated otherwise.
Like most of the doubters, I thought the eventual reduction to a two-man race would spell the end for Trump. But there was no data to suggest when, if ever, that'd happen, and so far it hasn't.

Unfortunately for Trump supporters and the GOP, the general poll numbers are even more compelling. And now I think I'll go back to denial.

DebinNC

My CIM grad sil feels very blessed to be able to support his family as a professional musician. I think that's relatively rare these days. They're very frugal though.

JM Hanes

Help!

I haven't been able to get to Instapundit/PJMedia for 2 days. Is anyone else having this problem and/or know what's going on? I don't think it's a problem chez moi, because it's the only site that won't load (on any computer, in any browser, or my iPhone). If it's a network problem is on my end, any troubleshooting tips would be most welcome. I get a "server not responding" message -- which is about as useful as saying, hey, something's not right.

JiB:

So glad to hear that your family arrived safe and sound!

derwill

Theo, your argument seems to boil down to: It's worked so far, but it won't work in the future. Not being privy to a crystal ball, I'll just have to concede you might be right. Or you might be wrong.

----

Lyle, it's Scott Adams' jib. I'm just reiterating what I've been reading on his blog. I find it fascinating because it makes sense of a lot of stuff--like how memes get established, and once established how no telling of the actual facts ever gets rid of them. Most famous example: Bush lied/People died.

Interestingly enough, Trump used the confirmation bias of that very meme against Jeb in the debates. The MSM leaped on what he he'd done, of course, and the consequence of them leaping on it was to re-awaken the old Bush lied us into Iraq confirmation bias that was already firmly established in the public's consciousness. And Jeb's a Bush, ergo . . .

henry

Insty reported DDOS attacks aimed at his site.

Porchlight

I'm not going to endorse drug prohibition because society compounds that first mistake by also making the morally hazardous mistake of then socializing the costs and causes of drug use.

I get that. And you're correct - on paper.

But in real life, society (meaning me and you) must absorb these social costs of liberalizing prohibitions against behaviors, not just financial costs.
Abortion.
Unwed pregnancy.
Children without fathers. Children who have never experienced the intact loving relationship (let alone marriage) of their biological parents.
The destruction of public education when the children of these broken families fill the schools.

This is what happens when we legalize/destigmatize destructive behavior. We get more of it, and we all pay.

It is a balance that a civilized society must navigate.

As a parent I'd like a little [redacted] help from the culture, the same help my parents had and their parents and their parents.

Dave (in MA)

JM Hanes, try going thru
https://www.proxysite.com/

If it's a problem where they block your IP range, it might help get around it.

Porchlight

He has done this primarily by tapping into anti GOPe anger, an anger which does not much exist outside of the GOP base.

Isn't Sanders proof that it does exist outside the base, albeit in somewhat different form?

I don't think there are large numbers of first choice Sanders, second choice Trump voters. But they're out there.

It's an outsider election. Add up the Sanders, Trump, Cruz, Carson, Fiorina vote and it dwarfs that of Hillary and the GOPers.

Threadkiller

The Communications Director for the TedNado, Alice Stewart, made it clear that the Teddinator does not approve of the Melania ad

ht tp://m.the right scoop.c om/ted-cruz-has-denounced-the-ad-and-said-spouses-are-off-limits-cruz-spokeswoman-stewart/

Finally.

His optics department took to long to decide that a female shoud speak on his behalf per focus group results, IMO.

ScripTed

DebinNC

HC has had a powder-puff primary season so far. At least with Trump I know that won't last through the general. I can't say that about Cruz or Kasich.

Porchlight

Not actual vote when it comes to Fiorina, but you know what I mean. Support.

Threadkiller

...too... ...should...

Appalled

derwill:

Mentioning the best example of this technique Mr. Dilbert is describing would cause an immediate invocation of Godwin's Law. But, turning what works around, maybe Cruz could just refer in tweets to Big Lie Donald...His hands may be small, but his lies are yuuuuuge...

Porchlight

Yes, exactly, DebinNC. Who's going to hammer Hillary the hardest? Because that's what it's going to take. Of course I'd prefer not to have such a negative election but that's already a given.

NK

BJ the predator is available to be used by any of the Repub nominees, and will be. Cruz's high road response to Trump's Heidi nonsense will also help blunt the 'war on women' nonsense. BJ is turning out to be a drag on the unloved Hilligula. Her only constituency remains Old White Libs and crony $$$$$. Without FB/Google and the Legacy Media propping her up like Weekend at Bernie's, she would be no where.

DebinNC

No Insty problems for me, JMH.

lyle

I know, derwill. I've read some of his stuff as well.

This is why I don't get the hand-wringing (not necessarily talking about JOMers) about Hilligula's fabled oppo campaign against Trump should he be the nominee. Trump has shown he's quite ready do take the gloves off if he wants/needs to. In the meantime he's been laying out all these memetic markers and the [redacted] MFM still doesn't see what's going on.

NK

Porch-- agreed, this is definitely and anti-DC Big Gov/Big Media/Big Biz election. It is so winnable for small gov conservatives.

Threadkiller

Cruz should go after spouses of candidates, but only in the general.

DebinNC

I think both Cruz and Kasich playing the God card has tied their hands re Hillary-bashing.

Captain Hate

We don't choose the terms of the fight, Porch, which is lost on the clean toga clad towel folders.

NK

Insty access is clean for me.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

Societies and cultures that grant the state the power to stig or destig matize shouldn't be surprised when the state chooses the road which accretes more power to itself.

The state's proper role is defending the country from foreign invaders and defending the citizens from criminals who harm others.
Every increment beyond that granted to the state weakens society and empowers the state.
Although the initial grants of power to the state beyond those above seem to carry a high ROI, they invariably set a country on the road to serfdom.

henry

Appalled, the best user of that technique was Bill Gates.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

I don't check out Insty, but have had no problems at all with PJM, JM.

squaredance

I have not the faintest about art schools, though for a time I knew someone that lived close to one of the big ones in NYC and got to see some of the "Students". From what I saw, I would agree.

Remember, playing a Brahms concerto is a wholly different task than whipping up the next J. Pollackesque "innovation", and failure is much more embarrassing, and immediately so too.

That is not to say that there are not good art schools about. Someone mentioned the one in NYC a few threads ago, and they were quite right about that. There is a sort "atelier movement" going on under the radar so the old skills are being kept alive.

Classical music, on the other and is a very huge commitment and demands extreme dedication. You can bet that the average Julliard grad had at the very least 10 years of serious study and practice before they even applied. often with a quite famous teacher, and likely set their sights on that school as a goal before they were 10 years old. It is not unknown to have parents move their teen age child to NYC in order for them to attend the preparatory division of the school. The same applies to all the top level schools.

One should also remember that schools at this level have very competitive, international pools pf applicants. (Perhaps CIMS less so than Julliard, Curtis, Peabody, The Royal Academy in London, etc.) Given all that, of course the students are serious.

Even at the very top it is a very real gamble, particularly for solo careers.

JM Hanes

Dave:

Thanks! That did the trick. What does it mean? Would the problem be related to the DDOS attacks, per henry, or does it mean I've got an ISP problem? Do you have any problem connecting to Insty in normal fashion?

Captain Hate

Levin has made the point that on the big ideas the Republicans should have a clear advantage in this election. He further states that by witlessly turning over control of the debates to the networks, the RNC has guaranteed that the important questions won't be asked. It's hard to take the GOP whining about Trump seriously when they've facilitated his tactics for being where he is.

squaredance

Also, DebinNC must be being a little modest about her SIL. She is obviously quite good to get through CIM and make a working living as a musician.

Threadkiller

What Is ‘Trump Training’? NPR Offers Journalists War Guide For Avoiding Violence At Candidate's Rallies

http://www.ibtimes.com/what-trump-training-npr-offers-journalists-war-guide-avoiding-violence-candidates-2342642

It is obvious the media loves this guy.

lyle

http://www.weeklystandard.com/why-the-obama-che-photo-was-even-worse-than-it-looked/article/2001686

Turns out Los Hermanos Communistas have a "Department of The Interior" but they call theirs a "Ministry," natch. You'll never guess its function...

Porchlight

Every increment beyond that granted to the state weakens society and empowers the state.

Totally agree, Iggy, and the Founders obviously understood this.

They also factored in the following, per Adams:

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.


lyle

You can bet that the average Julliard grad had at the very least 10 years of serious study and practice before they even applied. often with a quite famous teacher, and likely set their sights on that school as a goal before they were 10 years old.

You can also bet almost all of them have an Asian surname as well. Our typical little domestic snowflakes think all that study is too hard.

Captain Hate

That building looked as ugly as the post-WW2 garbage in Bonn, and was a very fitting backdrop for Zippy.

Buckeye

The CIM students were pretty quiet and serious, mostly. The CIA students, not so much...

I dated two Art students while in school. Neither were quiet although one was seriously working on a MFA and went one to be a assistant curator at the Toledo Museum of Art. She is now a successful appraiser of fine arts.

Both were LOTS of fun and we always got invited to cool parties.

My parents visited campus one Spring to check up on me. The Art came strolling up to the place I lived with a LOT of skin showing (in her defense, it was a warm Spring day).

My mom immediately got this scowl on her face.

My dad gave me this look like "that's my boy" :)

Priceless.

Buckeye

The Art student #1

derwill

Appalled, both the Dems and the GOPe have been going full bore on the Trump is Hitler trigger. I suppose it could be working to a certain extent, but I'd have found something else if I were them because they've already used it on every Republican candidate and president in my living memory. (How can we forget BushHitler?) You want something that will work on the independents and moderates, not something that will only cause a knee jerk reaction with people who were never going to vote for him anyway.

The best triggers have an element of truth to them, because that makes it easier for them to feed into the confirmation bias. Like "Little Marco" worked because, 1) he was short compared to the other guys on the debate stage, and 2) his silly pee and penis jokes were belittling to his own dignity.

Also, you don't want to copy what the other guy is using against you. That's doing his work for him, because Big LIe Donald would mostly serve to just trigger the Lyin' Ted meme.

Threadkiller

Does it look like his bizarre club-foot was captured in that photo?

JM Hanes

Thanks for the feedback Deb, NK, Ig.

Deb:

That tango business is dreadful -- and the photo at Drudge makes it clear just how big an error an judgment can get. I know tangos are all about sexual tension, but could his partner (and her pose) look any sleazier? Who OK'd that photo op? Jeez.

Dave (in MA)

JMH, I'm not sure why your IP might be blocked.

I have to use a web proxy in order to comment over at AOS because they're blocking me for some reason. Not anything related to me, it was blocked the first time I ever tried, and multiple e-mail promises by Ace to fix it haven't resulted in anything.

lyle
“I just left a country that engages in that kind of neighborhood surveillance, which, by the way, the father of Sen. Cruz escaped for America,” the president said. “The land of the free. The notion that we would start down that slippery slope makes absolutely no sense.”

Sure it does, spanky. You're just fine with any agency in your government spying on your real enemies, Rethuglikkkans. Your entire party would have no problem with that.

Miss Marple 2

New Instagram ad by Trump:

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/274198-trump-uses-cruz-endorsements-against-him-in-video

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

I'm going to cut Barry a little slack on the tango lessons. If you watch the video I'm pretty sure he could have learned those moves in about five minutes before the dinner started.
In fact it looks like whoever taught him his jump shot and how to swing a driver taught him how to cut himself a piece of rug.
Anything that makes the freak slightly more human can't be all bad.

Threadkiller

I thought Cruz was going to get some millage out of "Trumpertantrum."

It was clever and could have been trigger worthy.

It failed, I believe, because Ted's delivery is akin to a Sam the Eagle appearance with Gonzo's voice.

The MFM latched on to it so quickly, Ted lost ownership of the insult.

istandwithiggy

I'm with iggy on legalization. If you want to kill yourself with drugs, go right ahead but don't expect society to bail your ass out when you find it in the gutter. As far as those who cry, "what about the children", I say be a parent and teach them right from wrong.

DebinNC

Also, DebinNC must be being a little modest about her SIL. She is obviously quite good to get through CIM and make a working living as a musician.

He's my son-in-law, squaredance, who also has a MA from SMU. His main instrument is the pipe organ, a field which has winnowed down considerably but the relatively few really good ones are in high demand.

Captain Hate

Who OK'd that photo op? Jeez.

It became pretty obvious with the fake Greek columns in 2008 that when Zippy wants to do something, regardless of how revoltingly it reveals poor taste, it will get done and the MFM will minimize the repercussions.

Frau Flitzebogen

...until it is implanted in the public consciousness. Then confirmation bias goes to work."

Then we all need to do *our* part in broadcasting the truth about Hillary! [spit]

Why are we doing the Democrats' job and destroying our candidates? It will be difficult if not impossible to rehabilitate Vulgar Conman Trump, Lying Canadian Ted and Little Sippy Cup Marco after we are finished.

Not one of these candidates is as unqualified as HRC.

It took many repetitions of Mitt's doggy on the roof story and many of Lurch's wind surfing analogy. Both hit the mark.

If we cannot take the focus off our candidates' warts, it will reward the Clinton Crime Family hag.

lyle

Six years later:

http://dailysignal.com/2016/03/22/obamacare-was-going-to-lower-health-care-costs-what-actually-happened/

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

Sam the Eagle, dammit!
I was trying to think of his name last night when making a joke only one other person got.

Theo

derwill --

You wrote that my "argument seems to boil down to: It's worked so far, but it won't work in the future."

Yeah, that is sort of right. As I said, we can throw up our hands and say that analysis is useless and anything can happen. OR we can do the best analysis of how we got here and what is likely to happen in the future that we can, humble in the knowledge that we do not know for sure.

Again, winning 37% of the Republican primary vote by tapping into anti-GOPe anger, an anger that does not exist outside of the Republican base, is not to me an indication of invincibility.

When you look at his sky high negatives and the insistence of millions of loyal Republicans that they will never vote for him. it is very hard to see how he can win.

Could things change? Could other factors (to use a word) trump these? Could all sorts of unforeseen things happen? Of course.

But based on what we know now, I think the odds of a Trump victory in the fall are quite low.

squaredance

The organ is a quite demanding instrument, and the general knowledge one must have in its literature is very demanding in scope and depth. I know a few professional organists in Europe, and I deeply respect them and their exacting educations. The nice thing is that there are still a lot of church positions left.

The organ may not have the glamour of other instruments, but it has a great literature, and a profound place in music history and culture.

I have no real knowledge of organ teaching at CIM or SMU, but I am sure that he is quite capable without even having to listen to him.

More power to him. We certainly need people out there keeping this tradition alive.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

Was just going to link that, lyle.
The amazing thing is even as Barrycare raises costs it also;

The Medicare trustees report that, if policymakers really go through with these Affordable Care Act provisions, 50 percent of America’s hospitals, 70 percent of the nation’s nursing homes and 90 percent of the nation’s home health agencies will be operating in the red in the next 24 years.

lyle

Speaking of Insty, he links this:

http://www.fivefeetoffury.com/2016/03/23/that-horrible-feeling-when-you-realize-the-entire-western-world-is-being-run-by-the-mayor-from-jaws/

Metaphor, baby.

Porchlight

As far as those who cry, "what about the children", I say be a parent and teach them right from wrong.

Easy to say for anyone who grew up in a culture that discouraged things like drug use (not to mention the fact that it was illegal).

My observation is that most libertarians have grown up in, and want to continue to live in, the type of society that has benefited from less-than-libertarian governance. IOW the America of the 20th century. Rarely have they actually experienced the sequelae of their prescriptions.

Maybe they should go live in a place where all this [redacted] stuff is legal, and nobody does a [redacted] thing about the consequences, and see how they like it, before advocating that situation for others.

Kinda like we say that would-be socialists in the US ought to go live in real socialist hellholes so they know what they're talking about.

Porchlight

BTW my apologies for being so cranky today. :)

Miss Marple 2

squaredance,

Our choir director was a music major and can coax amazing sound out of our church's electric organ, making it approach pipe organ quality.

Once about every 3 months he will finish mass with a big classical piece instead of a hymn as the priest and servers recess.

I went up to him once and complimented him about it and asked why he didn't do it more often, as it was so beautiful and inspiring.

He said he didn't want people to think he was showing off. :(

I have a feeling he gets blowback from the people who want the lame-o happy dance hymns written in the 70's, rather than classical church music. Our priest, first ordained in the 70's, might be one of the culprits, because when I asked one time why we didn't sing the traditional older hymns he brought up some spiritual as an example. (I gave up.)

lyle

No apologies for crankiness allowed on JOM!! Otherwise, I'd be apologizing daily. :)

Because here's reason 1,307,453 for crankiness:

http://hotair.com/archives/2016/03/24/is-sonia-sotomayor-hearing-cases-or-arguing-them-herself/

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

It's OK Porch; I've called the grumpy police on you. One of the benefits of a non libertarian society. :)

henry

Do we get our own grumpy area on the ledge?

lyle

I thought the entire raison d'etre for The Ledge™ was to accomodate the grumps....

James D

“I just left a country that engages in that kind of neighborhood surveillance, which, by the way, the father of Sen. Cruz escaped for America,” the president said. “The land of the free. The notion that we would start down that slippery slope makes absolutely no sense.”

A country and government that the president praised effusively, and compared favorably to the country which he himself currently governs.

lyle

But...but...the Fed is INDEPENDENT!

http://nypost.com/2016/03/24/with-trump-lurking-the-feds-rate-hikes-become-unlikely/

Theo

JMH --

I too could not access instapundit. And Dave's suggestion worked for me too.

Thanks Dave!

pagar a bacon,  country ham and sausage supporter

Why have a system at all!

." In the instance of a woman wearing a burqa, an identification card that has the eyes as the only part of the head that is exposed would be a futile effort. Illinois is seemingly okay with this, yet they will still require that citizens who do not claim to be Muslims or Sikhs to remove their prescription glasses while being photographed."

Dave (in MA)

They must be blocking ranges of IP addresses that they suspect their DDoS attacks might be originating from.

cheerleader

No he can't bully and insult his way to the presidency, and if you think that's all he's doing, you are very misinformed.

Threadkiller

Speaking of The Ledge.

I do miss OL. Where is he?

mike in houston

Squaredance,

One of the little known pleasures in Houston is going down to Rice's Shepherd School of Music for their free recitals. The Dover Quartet were in residence in 2013. So for a little afternoon palate cleanser I offer the following:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Afyyhq1qRSc

Threadkiller

Glad I could help, Ig.

:-)

NK

"The organ is a quite demanding instrument"

ya may wanna re-phrase that laddy.

JM Hanes

I think the "patroling muslim neighborhoods" issue is not just bad politics, it's a bad idea. Combine it with Cruz apparent tolerance for being cast as the second coming by folks like Beck, and you've got a seriously unpalatable mess on your hands. What happened to the defender of civil liberties that initially made me take a second look at Cruz? I presume he's talking about not allowing enclaves like Molenbeek to fester, or no go areas like the Paris banlieues to develop, but I think it's a big, unforced error to double down on imprecise language like carpet bombing and neighborhood policing which is so incredibly easy to misinterpret, both inadvertantly and deliberately.

cheerleader

The NE story about Cruz is out. The five women aren't named and their faces are blurred out, so I can't see how such flimsy allegations can hurt him. I do feel sorry for Heidi.

squaredance

MM: Well you should lobby for more performances. It is a great literature, and most of it is related to worship one way or another.

It is not uncommon in Europe to have a organ piece preformed prior to a Missa Cantata (what is often called a High Mass in the US) or some High Masses provided there is a decent interval between the prior service and the next Mass. Those organs are so large and grand, and the church literature so vast, and the performers so excellent that these performances are almost always a pleasant surprise. Also, those churches and Cathedrals blessed with a great instrument have regular concerts schedules.

For the international travelers hereabouts I highly recommend attending an organ concert at St. Paul's in London. An extraordinary Organ, and amazing instrumentalists. IT is one of the great pipe organs of Europe.

I mention this, because it so rarely occurs to travelers to give the venue a chance.

Of course, one has to check out the schedules for they can be irregular.

squaredance

Yes, the Dover is a fine Quartet. I a definitely a fan of theirs. Good to see that younger Quartets are making a comeback in the USA. It was pretty slim pickings for a while.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

What killed the middle class.

JM Hanes

This is what Instapundit posted yesterday evening:

SO SOME FOREIGN READERS HAVE HAD TROUBLE REACHING INSTAPUNDIT: For the last day-plus we’ve been under a fairly massive DDOS attack. Initially we just blocked all requests from outside the U.S. and Canada; after that brute-force defense, we’ve been gradually refining things and opening up again. We should have everything running smoothly again soon.
Hopefully, they'll realize that domestic readers have been affected too. I'm glad to know about ProxySite which I've added to my bookmarks for what will surely be additional use!
Threadkiller

http://townhall.com/columnists/stevechapman/2016/03/24/ted-cruz-wages-jihad-on-truth-n2138336

DrJ

One of the little known pleasures in Houston is going down to Rice's Shepherd School of Music for their free recitals.

Such recitals are a joy, even for Music schools that aren't in the top tier. When I was in Rochester, I attended many recitals and master classes at Eastman (that one is tops, of course!). But that was true at Michigan, Berkeley and ASU (Caio Pagano) as well, where some of the faculty are very good performers.

And that brings back a very fond memory. I was not exactly timely in the filing of my Ph.D. thesis. In fact, I just snuck it in under a faculty-imposed deadline.

I staggered into the grad office just before noon, and its head dragged me over to Hertz Hall, a few hundred yards away from the College. There was a wonderful piano recital, and it was the most sublime thing I could have done that day.

The artist and the program sadly I no longer remember.

NK

that Chapman piece is disgraceful. I violently disagree with with it. So TK you are now an Islamist apologist? Have you joined CAIR yet? Do you ever read these links before posting?

Jack is Back!ll

Late to this discussion but have been out and about buying a WiFi WPS extetnder. Need to expand range and speed for some security upgrades at the house.

When I was at UC I dated a girl who was a 3rd year Cello and Classic Music major at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. As an archhitectural engineering anc construction major I thought I had lots of school work but she had hours of not just study (composition, history, criticism, etc.) but hours of practice and rehersal. If she got 4 hours sleep a night it was a slow day. I sort of gravitated toward her crowd of friends, all at CCM, and their idea of off time was a beer or two at the bluegrass bars near Walnut Hills or jam sessions in one of the parks.

But what I found amazing is that each one of them had a shaper math and analytic mind then my engineering cohorts.

DebinNC

That Steve Chapman is quite the BOzo apologist.

NK

How much did the MB pay Chapman for that shite?

narciso

he has long since revealed category error,

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/belgium/12203124/Brussels-terror-attacks-airport-metro-news-Salah-Abdeslam-Isil-live.html#update-20160324-1319

he's the midwest version of brooksie or pinette,

Threadkiller

Just posting a flavor of the electorate, NK.

Cruz leaves himself open to stuff like this.

JM Hanes

You know, every time I think maybe Trump won't be a nightmare President, I run across something like this:

Trump Adviser Compared US-Russia Policy to Slavery, Police Shootings

Carter Page makes Obama sound like a stalwart American patriot! I might not have paid that much attention, if I hadn’t also just read the David Stockman piece Clarice linked earlier, Trump Is Right—–Dump NATO Now, which I can only characterize as one of the most bizarre apologias for Putin EVAH. Apparently, he’s only been responding to US imperialist encroachments, and besides Ukrainians are all just closet Nazis anyway. I certainly believe NATO needs reforms — GWB was making some admirable progress on that front, before Obama took over — but these guys are loony tunes.

Jack is Back!ll

None of the scenes shot in the Call Brussels video linked above are of Molenbeek or Schaerbeek. I would have no reservation whatsoever of visiting Brussels including the areas around Grand Place, the Sablon, Zavel, Cathedral, Palais, etc. Agree with the tourist who answered the phone.

Now if they had shot that same scenn in Molenbeek at night, there would be no phone since it would have been stolen before it could ring.

DebinNC

"Brussels attacks: Pot-bellied recruiter who ordered bombings unmasked"

Whoa! That headline writer must hate one or both of the named article writers. "Overweight" or even "fat" wasn't enough. The headline needed an added porcine reference tied to the murderous recruiter?

NK

Cruz.. and Trump.... welcome shite like that.

NK

JMH-- I completely agree with your take on Stockman. NATO, especially Italian and Spanish basing and Brit/French Intel, and former Warsaw Pact nation guts is a resource for the USA, if guided properly.

narciso

carter's been groveling too aggressively for volodya's crude, it's a rather extreme realist perspective, like say the dulles bros, or the top management of dillon read, in the 30s,

Texas Liberty Gal

JM Hanes - I think the "patroling muslim neighborhoods" issue is not just bad politics, it's a bad idea

Rush was saying that policy was in place during the Bush administration and was working til DeBlasio shut it down. And a bad idea? I know I feel a lot safer when the police are patrolling wherever I am. Why wouldn't law abiding Muslims feel the same way?

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