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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Lesson . . .


. . . for the teacher . . .


(from https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/hurricane-harvey/joel-osteen-says-social-media-created-false-narrative-about-lakewood-n797341)
". . . Celebrity televangelist Joel Osteen said Wednesday that social media created a "false narrative" over the apparent decision to not open the doors of his megachurch to Hurricane Harvey victims. . . Osteen said that as floodwaters hit the Houston area, Lakewood Church was not initially asked by the city to open as a shelter. . . but the main thing is the city didn't ask us to become a shelter then," Osteen said. . ."



Well "Pastor",  it appears that you have FAILED. . .

(from Proverbs 27:23)
"Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds"

(Leviticus 25:35)
"If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with you, you shall support him as though he were a stranger and a sojourner, and he shall live with you."

(James 1:23-25)
"But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts,he will be blessed in his doing."

(James 2:18)
"But someone will say, 'You have faith and I have works.' Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works."






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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

I'll Be . . .


I'll be your Blood Brother
By your side through thick and thin
I'll be your Blood Brother
Just as long as I don't have to bloody
My hands

Bar rooms sure have a funny way
Of bringing loyalty out in a man
Buy a drink and tell a joke
And buddy you've got you a friend
But keep a good eye upon that friend
Because he really doesn't give two hoots
And don't say anything about his Mom
His girlfriend or his army boots

I'll be your Blood Brother
By your side through thick and thin
I'll be your Blood Brother
Just as long as I don't have to bloody
My hands

Walked into an auto-mo-showroom
I need some wheels but got no money to spend
When a guy with an ugly tie
Walks out and acts like he's my long-lost friend
I said hey Buddy I've a purpose here
And if you please I will accomplish my goal
So don't you slap me on the back again
Cause if you do I might just lose my control

I'll be your Blood Brother
By your side through thick and thin
I'll be your Blood Brother
Just as long as I don't have to bloody
My hands

So please be careful when you meet someone
Who'll make a promise at the drop of a hat
And don't provide them with encouragement
You will regret the day you offered him that
Cause everybody needs some empathy
But just how willing
And how far will they go
To really help you when the chips are down
Can they be trusted half as far as you throw them

I'll be your Blood Brother
By your side through thick and thin
I'll be your Blood Brother
Just as long as I don't have to bloody
My hands





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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Stream . . .

. . . of consciousness . . .


(from https://www.copyblogger.com/make-up-words/)
Shakespeare’s 5 Rules for Making Up Words (to Get Attention)
1. Change nouns into verbs (verbing)
Playing around with words drives language purists nuts, because it’s lazy to table an idea or shoulder the blame. . . But if you google “verbing,” you’ll realize this is a pretty common phenomenon and something we don’t need to be afraid of. Shakespeare certainly wasn’t. . . Cleopatra said, “I’ll unhair thy head!” and King Lear complained, “the thunder would not peace at my bidding.”

2. Transform verbs into adjectives
When you break a step on a porch, it then becomes a broken porch. Or when you filter your water during a backpacking trip, you can then relax by the fire and enjoy filtered water. . . And if your companion snores while he sleeps, you can kick him without fear of violating some law against assaulting snoring men.

3. Connect words never used together before
Many of the words you see in the introduction to this article are of this variety. . . Connecting words is probably the easiest and most entertaining way to make up new words, as seen in modern examples like: Afterclap, Cellfish, Youniverse. . . A method called portmanteaus blends the sounds and meanings of two words; blog is a truncated version of weblog (website plus log), and you also see this style in newer words like: Chairdrobe, Screenager, Jeggings.

4. Add prefixes and suffixes
The list of available prefixes and suffixes is long, which is one of the reasons the English language is extremely flexible. . . The term for this is agglutination.

5. Invent the word you need
Certain words just come out of nowhere. Thanks to Shakespeare, we have words like: Addiction, Lonely, Manager.


Suspensered
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Monday, August 28, 2017

Finding . . .

. . . Jesus. . .

(https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/17/opinion/sunday/i-voted-for-trump-and-i-sorely-regret-it.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-left-region&region=opinion-c-col-left-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-left-region)
". . . It is now clear that my optimism was unfounded. I can’t stand by this disgraceful administration any longer, and I would urge anyone who once supported him as I did to stop defending the 45th president. . . Far from making America great again, Mr. Trump has betrayed the foundations of our common citizenship. And his actions are jeopardizing any prospect of enacting an agenda that might restore the promise of American life. . . For months, despite increasing chaos and incoherence, I have given Mr. Trump the benefit of the doubt: “No, I don’t really think he is a racist,” I have told skeptical audiences. “Yes, he says some stupid things, but none of it really matters; he’s not really that incompetent.” Or: “They’ve made some mistakes, but it’s still early.” . . . It’s no longer early. Not only has the president failed to make the course corrections necessary to save his administration, but his increasingly appalling conduct will continue to repel anyone who might once have been inclined to work with him. . . It is now clear that we were deluding ourselves. Either Mr. Trump is genuinely sympathetic to the David Duke types, or he is so obtuse as to be utterly incapable of learning from his worst mistakes. Either way, he continues to prove his harshest critics right. . . "






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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Review . . .



(from http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/first-read/trump-s-presidency-enters-uncharted-waters-n793446))
The president’s job approval rating hovers between 35 percent and 40 percent. Key American corporations have withdrawn from his business-advisory councils after the response to Charlottesville. He’s regularly lashing out at members of his own party. His top advisers are calling up liberal publications — and letting loose. Forty percent of Americans want him impeached, according to a new poll. . . And we’re (at publication) on the 210th day of his time in office (without a major legislative accomplishment under his belt, and with a special counsel already investigating him and his team).






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Saturday, August 26, 2017

More Wild . . .


Traveling down to the Congo
Flying 'round Amazon way
Natives are playing the bongos  
Listen to what they have to say
You know I'm ready for love
And I thank my lucky stars above

She's all dressed up and there's no place to go
But she's a Wild Woman
She's got a secret so nobody knows
That she's a Wild Woman
She won't pretend to be something she's not
And I don't have to need her
'Cause she's something I've got

Swinging from cocoanut branches
Swim with the crocodiles too
But late at night she romances
What is a helpless boy to do
I've seen it a thousand times before    Y
You get hit in the back with the slamming door

She's just a lady
And you can count on that
A little shady
But she'll get up to bat
You think she's crazy
But she can smell a rat

I've seen it before let me tell you
Maybe I'll see it again
Maybe I'll learn something from this
About how to lose and how to win

It's not a good thing to lose your cool
And be forced to say something out of school


Wild Woman

©1998 Raymond M. Jozwiak




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Friday, August 25, 2017

Forward . . .

. . . onward, upward . . .


I like the term evolution, meaning simply growing, getting better, getting smarter, being more cognizant of your surroundings and better understanding how to interact with them in order to improve my current condition and the condition of those that will remain when I am no longer. So forward I look.  Not in a doomsday or defeatist way, but in a positive way that says how can I best spend what little or what great amount of time I have left? And I certainly view that with my close ones in mind, not to mention mankind in general. But I also view it in a musical sense in that no matter how wisely or unwisely I have effectively utilized my creative time until now, I intend to use the time remaining before me in an even more creatively effective way and continue, to the best of my abilities, to make more music



Forward

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Spice . . .

. . . of life is, of course, variety.


The etymology of the word itself bears that out.
(from http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=variety)
variety (n.) Look up variety at Dictionary.com
1530s, "change of fortunes," from Middle French variété and directly from Latin varietatem (nominative varietas) "difference, diversity; a kind, variety, species, sort," from varius "various" (see vary). Meaning diversity, absence of monotony" is from 1540s; that of "collection of different things" is from 1550s; sense of "something different from others" is from 1610s. In reference to music hall or theatrical performances of a mixed nature, first recorded 1868, American English.

variation (n.) Look up variation at Dictionary.com
late 14c., "difference, divergence," from Old French variacion "variety, diversity" and directly from Latin variationem (nominative variatio) "a difference, variation, change," from past participle stem of variare "to change" (see vary). The musical sense is attested from 1801. Related: Variational.


I discovered musical variations at quite a young age as my formal music education began at the age of seven. It seems to follow that I would be attracted to (and I now dislike using the word) 'jazz.' I remember reading about (and from) established and up-and-coming musicians within the genre when I took an interest in the mid-seventies. Many expressed a similar dislike, preferring to call their music simply, 'the music.' At the time I did not quite fully grasp the subtlety of that concept. Now I realize that I actually possess a great dislike of categorization of musical styles, although I do understand the necessity of it for commercial purposes and for discussion of music among those that do not personally create music.

So, you may ask, variations on what? I fear that, irrespective of my answer to that, you still will not believe me. Nevertheless, I do hope that you will listen. . .


Variations
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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Quotes . . .

. . . and the press. . .
. . . inanities (blamed on the press, but originating from his own mouth) from the idiot-in-chief . . .



(http://www.newsweek.com/trump-press-conference-charlottesville-quotes-651178)
Discussing the Opposition to Confederate Statues-
“George Washington was a slave owner. Was George a slave owner? So will George Washington now lose his status? Are we going to take down statues to George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson? What do you think of Thomas Jefferson? Do you like him? OK, good. Are we going to take down the statue? Cause he was a major slave owner. Now are we going to take down his statue?”

Trump, Who Has Repeatedly Made Statements Before Knowing the Facts, Says He Waits for the Facts-
“I didn’t wait long. I wanted to make sure, unlike most politicians, that what I said was correct, not make a quick statement. The statement I made on Saturday was a fine statement but you don’t make statements that direct unless you know the facts. It takes a while to get the facts. You still don’t know the facts. I want to know the fact.… Before I make a statement, I need the facts.

The Alt-Left-
“What about the alt-left that came charging at, as you say, the alt-right, do they have any semblance of guilt? What about the fact that they have charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs. Do they have any problem? I think they do. So as far as I’m concerned that was a horrible, horrible day. Wait a minute, I'm not finished, fake news.”

Reviving the ‘Many Sides’ Statement-
“I watched those much more closely than you people watched it, and you had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. And nobody wants to say that, but I’ll say that right now. You had a group on one side that came charging in, without a permit, and they were very, very violent.”

‘Defending’ Steve Bannon-
“I like Mr. Bannon. He’s a friend of mind. But Mr. Bannon came on very late, you know that. I went through 17 senators, governors, and I won all the primaries. Mr. Bannon came on very much later than that. And I like him, he’s a good man. He is not a racist, I can tell you that. He’s a good person. He actually gets a very unfair press in that regard, but we’ll see what happens with Mr. Bannon”

Plugging His Winery-
“I own a house in Charlottesville, does anyone know I own a house in Charlottesville? It’s in Charlottesville, you’ll see. It is the winery. I mean I know a lot about Charlottesville. Charlottesville is a great place that’s been very badly hurt over the last couple of days. I own actually one of the largest wineries in the United States. It’s in Charlottesville.”





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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Suspense . . .

I went through a phase a while back, of wearing suspenders (braces, if you're from the other side of the pond) just about all the time. Well, maybe not with shorts, but the rest of the time.  Not sure if I was inspired by Mork from Ork or another source, but I ended up owning multiple sets of the in all colors and designs; gaudy and conservative. The thought crossed my mind recently while pondering tension and release in music, then suspense in movies leading to how that concept is such a common element in entertainment.  When we seek escape from the concerns, commitments and responsibilities of everyday life, we desire suspense.  Why is that?


(from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suspense)
the state of being suspended :  suspension
mental uncertainty :  anxiety
pleasant excitement as to a decision or outcome a novel of suspense
the state or character of being undecided or doubtful :  indecisiveness
suspensefulplay \-fəl\ adjective
suspensefullyplay \-fə-lē\ adverb
suspensefulnessplay \-fəl-nəs\ noun
suspenselessplay \-ləs\ adjective



Suspendered
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Monday, August 21, 2017

Ready . . .

. . . set . . .



List . . . 

OHO Original Songs:
 1. Blood Brother
 2. Back On the Streets
 3. Close But No Cigar
 4. Denial
 5. Dot On Your Door
 6. Hidden Agenda
 7. How Is Where We Go
 8. It Will Not Be Late
 9. Limousine
10. Live & Long To Be Latin
11. Ocean City Ditty
12. Out Of Thin Air
13. Paleolithic Goddess Figurine
14. Plunge
15. Ring In the Rightness
16. S/he
17. Shouts In the Street
18. Slough of Despond
19. Third Hand Intelligence
20. Unique
21. Where Words Do Not Reach
22. You Should Envy Me

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Good Humor . . .

(from John Adams, by David McCullough)
". . . Because wisdom and education were not sufficient of themselves, he had added the further "duty" of government to "countenance and inculcate" the principles of humanity, charity, industry, frugality, honesty, sincerity - virtue, in sum. And amiability as well - "good humor," as he called it - counted for the common good, the Constitution of Massachusetts was to proclaim, suggesting that such delight in life as Adams had found in the amiable outlook of the French had had a decided influence. . . "





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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Jump . . .

(from http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/first-read/trump-s-presidency-enters-uncharted-waters-n793446)
". . . Four in ten Americans now support the impeachment of President Donald Trump - a ten point jump in the last six months - according to a new poll from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI). . . The survey found that 40 percent of Americans - including nearly three-quarters of Democrats but just seven percent of Republicans - back impeaching the president and removing him from office. That's compared to 30 percent who said the same in February. Trump's overall favorability rating in the poll stands at 38 percent favorable, 56 percent unfavorable. . ."





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