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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Musical Interlude

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Enjoy Edvard Grieg's "Morning" from Peer Gynt Suite:


 
Peer Gynt Suite in its entirety — and one of my personal favorites, which was introduced to me in Music Appreciation 101 back when I was in college (1968-1972) and the best of any college courses that I took:


From the YouTube blurb, which offers much important information about this Peer Gynt Suite:

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Race Card. Again.

Protesters demonstrate outside a Starbucks in Philadelphia on Sunday, several days after police arrested two black men who were waiting inside the Center City coffee shop.

I hardly ever go to Starbucks — except for rarely-held meetings with clients, that is. So, the closing of Starbucks for one afternoon won't put me in danger of caffeine withdrawal. My special-brew mix for coffee is better than Starbucks brews, anyway! **smile**

Nonetheless, I find this beyond stupid: Starbucks to close all company-owned stores on the afternoon of May 29 for racial-bias education day.

A public relations ploy?

Political correctness on steroids?

White guilt?

Many a time, I've been prevented from using the restroom in a business establishment because I wasn't at the moment a customer of said establishment. Just sayin'.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Recommended Reading

See Comey’s last stand for the deep state by Mark Penn, former Clinton aide and 2008 political strategist for Hillary Rodham Clinton (with thanks to Silverfiddle for this link).

The full essay by Mark Penn is below the fold:

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018

Essential Character Trait

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The polar opposite of being a fragile little snowflake:


Grit, often combined with faith, is the quality which the pioneers most needed to cross the plains and the deserts.

Moreover, nothing will ever replace grit. Nothing! Sadly, today's society as a whole fails to value and fails to cultivate grit.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Attorney-Client Privilege Violation?

Yesterday, April 9, 2018, the FBI raided Donald Trump's attorney's offices and home, and seized various materials, including but not limited to materials related to Stormy Daniels.

I happened to be at a client's office at the time this news broke. This particular client is far left in her political orientation and was clapping her hands with glee upon hearing the news.  She is, once again, for the umpteenth time, certain that President Trump will now be impeached.

When I asked my client, "But wasn't Mueller supposed to be investigating Russian collusion with regard to the General Election of 2016?" she swept away my statement as irrelevant.  

Please watch the video below to see liberal Alan Dershowitz's take on the above-mentioned FBI raids yesterday (never mind Hannity's often-irksome zeal to support Donald Trump and "get" Hillary):


Is Mueller overstepping the bounds of the investigation for which he was appointed?

Are we seeing the end of attorney-client privilege as a consequence of the Mueller investigation? If so, that is, in my view, a slippery slope?

Related reading: The Summer of Impeachment? by Erick Erickson. Excerpt:
...For a long time there have been rumors that among the payments made by or on behalf of Trump were payments made to women who had had abortions. This is perhaps the one thing that could get evangelicals off the Trump wagon and anything related to that is now in the hands of federal prosecutors....
Read the rest HERE.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Weekend Humor

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One of my Facebook finds (Click to enlarge):


As one who has been teaching in a classroom for some 45 years, I can vouch for the truth of the above graphic.

Instead of margaritas in the teachers' lounge, however, we teachers have settled for a coffeepot. Heh.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Sunday, April 1, 2018

My Redeemer Lives!

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From Handel's Messiah, Lynne Dawson sings the aria below, Stephen Cleobury conducting the Brandenburg Consort:


I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. And though worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God. (Job 19:25-26)

For now is Christ risen from the dead, the first fruits of them that sleep. (I Corinthians 15:20)

From Handel's Messiah, Stephen Cleobury conducting the Brandenburg Consort:


Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah
Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah

For the lord God omnipotent reigneth
Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah
For the lord God omnipotent reigneth
Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah
For the lord God omnipotent reigneth
Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah

Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah
Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah
(For the lord God omnipotent reigneth)
Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah

For the lord God omnipotent reigneth
(Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah)
Hallelujah

The kingdom of this world;
Is become
The kingdom of our Lord,
And of His Christ
And of His Christ

And He shall reign for ever and ever
And he shall reign forever and ever
And he shall reign forever and ever
The full Messiah concert below the fold, Stephen Cleobury conducting the Brandenburg Consort, with Lynne Dawson, soprano; Hillary Summers, alto; John Mark Ainsley, tenor; Alastair Miles, bass: