Thursday, February 28, 2019

Stick . . .

. . . to your convictions . . .


(from https://www.alicemerton.com/video)
". . . Label reps scoffed at “No Roots” - It’s a minute too long! Take the guitars out! - but by the time it topped Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart in the U.S., hit the Top Ten in further 9 countries, streamed more the 300 million times and sold over a million units which ultimately helped her (Alice Merton) go platinum in seven countries, naysayers turned to supporters. . ."



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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Much . . .


At this point (about 11:15AM) in Michael Cohen's testimony, when only two Republican committee members have spoken, I find it odd that all of the characterizations these two are casting upon Cohen aptly apply to 'Individual Number One'.






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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Maybe . . .

. . . when hell looks like this . . .



(from https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/roger-stone-back-court-after-instagram-post-n973986)
". . . "I am hurtfully sorry for my own stupidity. I am kicking myself not as much as my wife is kicking me," Stone told the court. He called the Instagram post "a momentary lapse of judgement" and said he was was struggling from the stress of the prosecution. . . I heard political commentators talking about the likelihood that I'll be raped in prison. It's been a stressful situation. I’m having a hard time putting food on the table and making rent," he said. . .The photo, posted to (Roger) Stone’s Instagram account earlier this week, was accompanied by a caption in which he suggested Jackson was politically biased, slammed Robert Mueller's Russia probe and sought donations for his legal defense. . ."




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Monday, February 25, 2019

Someone . . .


. . . was sensitive about Spike Lee's comments ". . . Be nice if Spike Lee could read his notes, or better yet not have to use notes at all, when doing his racist hit . . . "(Donald J. Trump @realdonaldtrump)


". . . He (Spike Lee, in his Oscar acceptance speech last night)added that the 2020 presidential election was just "around the corner." . . . "Let’s all mobilize," he continued. "Let’s all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let’s do the right thing! . . . "

P.S. Racist???!!!


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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Old Days?. . .

. . . food for constitutionalist thought . . .


(from Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham)
". . . Jefferson wrote Adams in 1816. Jefferson took the broadest of views: "I steer my bark with hope in the head, leaving fear astern. My hopes, indeed, sometimes fail; but not oftener than the forebodings of the gloomy." . . . Adams was always less sanguine. "I dare not look beyond my nose into futurity," he wrote Jefferson. "Our money, our commerce, our religion, our national and state constitutions, even our arts and sciences, are so many seedpots of division, faction, sedition and rebellion. Everything is transmuted into an instrument of electioneering.". . . The past, he (Jefferson) thought, should hold no magical, unexamined claim over the present. "Some men look at Constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them, like the ark of the covenant, too sacred to be touched," he wrote in 1816 . . . "They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment. I knew that age well: I belonged to it, and labored with it. It deserved well of its country. It was very like the present, but without the experience of the present: and 40 years of experience in government is worth a century of book-reading: and this they would say themselves, were they to rise from the dead. I am certainly not an advocate for frequent and untried changes in laws and constitutions...but I know also that the laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind....We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy, as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.". . . "





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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Thinking . . .

(from Pianogonzology entry #1 of February 9, 2011; 2900 plus posts ago)
". . . I've always been curious about blogging and wary of tweeting. I mean, who really wants to know every fleeting thought that crosses my warped little mind? And I base this curiosity and wariness on my own tastes. In all honesty, I have little to no interest in the fleeting thoughts of too many people. If I think about it hard enough, I may be able to conjure up two or three names. But pop 'icons', actors/actresses (or other 'entertainers'), media 'celebrities', 'news' commentators, talk show hosts and politicians for the most part, have difficulty enough formulating a coherent sentence let alone expressing any thought, sentiment or observation about a topic that would be of even the most remote interest to ME. . . So having said THAT, I begin my first blog. Yes, the thoughts, sentiments, observations, incoherent (and hopefully a few coherent) sentences and fleeting thoughts of MINE for all to see! . . . What the $*&#k was I thinking????






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Friday, February 22, 2019

Calendar . . .

. . . of OHO events . . .


Friday, March 1st, 2019
99 SEA LEVEL
OHO Duo (Jay & Ray) - 8:00PM
99 Hollywood St
Bethany Beach, DE 19930
United States
(302) 539-0299
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OHO (duo Jay & Ray) brings OHO's (visit www.ohomusic.com) original, rock/prog/folk/jazz/pop music and sophisticated, thought-provoking covers  to 99 Sea Level, a stunning oceanfront restaurant; home to Chef Danio Somoza, whose farm to table philosophy is bolstered by a unique culinary landscape. 99 Sea Level sources from local fisheries, farms, and orchards to bring excellence and innovation together on the plate. From select meats to local seafood and vegetarian fare, freshness meets inspiration that is perfect for everything from romantic evenings to lively gatherings. Experience the extensive, rotating wine list by the glass or bottle, which pair perfectly with seasonal menus. Hope to see you there.


Saturday, March 16th, 2019
BOURBON STREET ON THE BEACH
OHO Duo (Jay & Ray) - 3:00PM
Coastal Highway & 116th Street
Ocean City, MD 21842
443-664-2896
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OHO (2/3s of OHO-Jay & Ray) offer a selection of heartfelt original songs combined with some sophisticated, albeit obscure (but not all) covers for your dancing, dining and drinking pleasure at one of Ocean City's most underrated eateries- Bourbon Street on the Beach, featuring chef (and owner) Barry Lee Reichart!  Obviously a win - win kind of an evening.  See you there.


Friday, May 3rd, 2019
99 SEA LEVEL
OHO Duo (Jay & Ray) - 4:00PM
99 Hollywood St
Bethany Beach, DE 19930
USA
(302) 539-0299
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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Hero . . .


I know you heard some talk today
It wasn't right but now
She won't be gettin' in my way
'Cause she was telling lies they say
It wasn't right but now
I can look the other way
And do as I please
I'm down on my knees
I'm begging you please

Why does a hero run so slow
Like he's got no place to go
And he will never be a hero again
Why does a hero run so slow
Like he's got no place to go
And he will never be a hero again

With thousands of adoring fans
I tripped the light fantastic
Was nothing more than sleight of hand
Don't underestimate my worth
I tripped the light fantastic
I'm just an ordinary man
I worked very hard
For all that I've got
A killer I'm not

Why does a hero run so slow
Like he's got no place to go
And he will never be a hero again
Why does a hero run so slow
Like he's got no place to go
And he will never be a hero again

Heros run so slow
Just like the tide
Heros want to take you
They want to take you for a
They want to take you for a
They want to take you for a ride

They're waiting here with baited breath
What is the actual story
They'll love him or they'll give him death
The verdict seems so clear to some
What is the actual story
He's dead before he's lost or won
The worst of his fears
A jury of peers
Can't turn back the years

Why does a hero run so slow
Like he's got no place to go
And he will never be a hero again
Why does a hero run so slow
Like he's got no place to go
And he will never be a hero again


A Hero
©1994 Raymond M. Jozwiak




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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Tubing . . .


I create original solo instrumental - and occasionally including a 'virtual' ensemble - piano melodies that are unique, fluid, refined, rhythmic and feature jazz-inflected improvisation.  I also contribute to the OHO musical collective. My ten recorded releases (from between 2003 and 2016 - see https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/RayJozwiak) contain positive, infectious music that can be enjoyed through active listening or simply used for background. I have come to the realization that my personal taste in music (as well as most other things) does not fall in line with that of the public in general. I demure from usage (or acceptance) of the word ""genius"" when reference is being made to an artist or entertainer (athlete, novelist, statesman etc.) I laud anyone who creates art (entertainment) from their very own personal experience and will defend its validity as a wholly human prerogative.  Please also see my 'More OHO Music' and 'Ray Jozwiak - Gonzo Piano' channels.

("in the mirror")


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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Evolved ?. . .


(from Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham)
". . . If we can keep the vessel of state as steadily in her course for another four years, my earthly purposes will be accomplished.
-Thomas Jefferson

I think you ought to get a damn kicking, you red-headed son of a bitch. You are a pretty fellow to be President of the United States of America, you dirty scoundrel.
-Anonymous. . . "


. . . evidently not in politics . . .



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Monday, February 18, 2019

How Far . . .

. . . and how LONG will we (U.S. Congress) allow this to continue??? (see Article II, Section 1, Clause 6 of the Constitution)



(from https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/17/opinions/snl-trump-emergency-declaration-obeidallah/index.html?fbclid=IwAR1xTEoJQRgPSVcix7awbo9F3tQtL2SzrSq2wMaN8 Dychh8qdo_QxpOZoO8)
". . . He (guess who?) first tweeted Sunday morning, "Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC! Question is, how do the Networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution? Likewise for many other shows? Very unfair and should be looked into. This is the real Collusion!". . . Then four minutes later, he tweeted in all caps -- telling us how he apparently now views the iconic comedy show as part of those threatening our nation: "THE RIGGED AND CORRUPT MEDIA IS THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!". . .Could Trump be laying the ground work to declare another national emergency to silence SNL?! Aside from the absurdity of the idea, it also violates the First Amendment right to free speech, as the American Civil Liberties Union was quick to point out. . . But before you dismiss the idea entirely, keep in mind two things. First, an Ipsos poll in August found that 44% of Republicans believe Trump should be able to close news outlets for "bad behavior." Do you have any doubt that if Trump called for comedy shows to be more "fair and balanced" in their criticism of Republicans, his base would not cheer? We might even see a majority of Trump fans support silencing "SNL," especially since the right has long viewed Hollywood and the entertainment industry as anti-Republican. (Of course, Trump and his base would undoubtedly never support forcing Fox News to truly be "fair and balanced."). . . "



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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Live . . .







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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Obvious? . . .


(from https://www.cbsnews.com/news/colin-kaepernick-removed-from-black-history-month-resolution-in-wisconsin-his-home-state/)
". . . The Wisconsin Legislature's Black Caucus, which is composed entirely of Democrats, drafted the annual resolution to honor dozens of prominent African-Americans from Wisconsin. An early draft included (Colin) Kaepernick, the one-time San Francisco 49ers quarterback who started the movement of kneeling in protest during the national anthem at games. . . The resolution draft credited Kaepernick, a Milwaukee native, as an athlete and political activist who "has sought to raise attention to racial injustice and systemic oppression." . . . But Republicans blocked the resolution until Democrats agreed to leave Kaepernick out. He does not appear in the updated text. A final version has not been approved. . . State Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke, a Republican, said GOP lawmakers would not endorse Kaepernick's inclusion "for obvious reasons" and to avoid including controversial figures. The resolution's author, Democratic Rep. David Crowley, called the move a "slap in the face" and a "textbook example of white privilege," noting that he he had to "get the blessing of all of my white counterparts" to get the resolution passed. . . "


. . . obviously, misguided "lawmakers"






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Friday, February 15, 2019

Bears . . .



. . . repeating . . .


No. Claim Fact or Explanation
1
launched an unprecedented economic boom rarely seen before GDP increased by 4.2% in Q2 of 2018, a high under Trump. Obama surpassed that 4 times during his presidency. 
2
created 5.3 million new jobs Jobs actually increased 4.9 million.
3
added 600,000 new manufacturing jobs 454,000 new manufacturing jobs were added. 
4
everyone’ said above would be ‘impossible’ to do Manufacturing jobs grew at a similar rate under Obama and significantly faster during the 1990s (Clinton and Bush presidencies)
5
nearly 5 million Americans have been ‘lifted off’ food stamps 3.5 million Americans have gotten off food stamps. During Obama’s second term 5 million Americans got off food stamps.
6
passed a massive tax cut for working families Over 75% of the Trump tax cut went to the wealthy
7
virtually ended the estate tax, or death tax Only 0.2% of very wealthy Americans pay estate tax
8
U.S. is now the #1 producer of oil and natural gas in the world This has been true since 2013 during Obama’s second term.
9
our economy is thriving like never before The economy is not the ‘best’ in history and is currently showing signs of slowing.
10
“I want people to come into our country in the largest numbers ever”. . . legally Trump supports a bill which would sharply reduce legal immigration. In 2019 he cut refugee admissions to the lowest level in 49 years. 
11
year after year, countless Americans are murdered by criminal illegal aliens  Immigrants commit crimes at lower rates than native-born Americans.
12
San Diego used to have the most illegal border crossings in our country . . . a strong security wall was put in place . . . almost completely ended illegal crossings The barrier ‘did not have a discernible impact’ on border crossings according to the Congressional Research Service (non-partisan).
13
El Paso used to have extremely high rates of violent crime . . . and considered one of our nation’s most dangerous cities El Paso was never one of the most dangerous cities in the U.S.
14
(after building a barrier) El Paso is one of the safest cities in our country El Paso had the second-lowest crime rate of cities its size before the barrier. 
15
my budget will ask Democrats and Republicans to make the needed commitment to eliminate the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years  Trump’s 2019 budget slashed $123 million from AIDS programs 
16
Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments from birth  There is no such thing as abortion ‘moments from birth.’ NY law does not allow abortion after a woman is twenty-four weeks pregnant, unless the mother’s life is in immediate jeopardy.
17
I withdrew the United States from the ‘disastrous’ Iran nuclear deal The UN’s nuclear watchdog said the Iran deal WAS working and Trump’s intel chief says Iran is still complying without the U.S.

. . . you figure out which high-profile person posited these gems at his 2019 state-of-the-union address.





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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Don't . . .

. . . we deserve (at the very least) a president who actually 'Talks Good'?. . .

(from https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-says-he-doesn-t-have-agree-his-intelligence-officials-n966341)
". . . "We have very fast airplanes, we have very good cargo planes," the president said. "We can come back very quickly, and I'm not leaving. We have a base in Iraq, and the base is a fantastic edifice.". . . Brennan pointed out that Trump had criticized former President Barack Obama for announcing military moves and asked if Trump likewise was telegraphing the U.S. retreat. . . "I'm not telegraphing anything," Trump said. "No, no, no. There's a difference. When President Obama pulled out of Iraq, in theory we had Iraq. In other words, we had Iraq. We never had Syria because President Obama never wanted to violate the red line in the sand.". . ."Being in Iraq was a mistake, okay," he added. "Being in Iraq — it was a big mistake to go — one of the greatest mistakes going into the Middle East that our country has ever made. One of the greatest mistakes that we've ever made.". . ."




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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Comparison . . .

(from https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/watergate-2-0-trump-s-presidency-may-end-nixon-s-ncna947976?icid=related)
". . . For all the comparisons made between the scandals, much separates them. Nixon’s fall was a classic tragedy. He was a man of substance, with immense political experience and a record of presidential achievement in both domestic politics and foreign policy. His own resentments and paranoia about his perceived enemies propelled him into Watergate. . .There’s no such substance with Trump. His presidency has been one piece of tawdriness after another. To see the Trump tragedy, look to the Americans who are so estranged from the country’s institutions that they seem willing to risk blowing them up in order to be heard. . ."



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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

One . . .

. . . of the 'good' things done by this president ? . . .


(from https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/big-businesses-promised-wage-hikes-trump-s-tax-cuts-what-n970081)
". . . Emerson's (Electric Co. of Sydney, OH) and other companies' payments (Emerson made a $1,000 "special contribution" to each employee's 401(k) retirement account) were a publicity bonanza for the Trump administration and the then-Republican-controlled Congress. Back in 2017, as the tax bill moved on the Hill, lawmakers claimed the cut they proposed in the corporate tax rate to 21 percent from 35 percent would trickle down to workers in the form of higher wages and bonuses. Emerson's action, and similar bonuses and wage increases, trumpeted by hundreds of companies like AT&T Corp. and Walmart Corp., provided proof the Republicans had their economic theory right. . . Or did they? For many of those same companies, a tiny fraction of the total number of U.S. businesses, executives haven't yet announced another round of bonuses or wage increases with the same fanfare — even though the tax law continues to mean billions for their bottom lines. Several advocacy groups that tracked the announcements said no new proclamations have been issued. Americans for Tax Reform, a conservative anti-tax group run by Grover Norquist which boasted last year of ongoing "good news" in bonuses and benefit increases, hasn't reported any announcement for three months. Americans for Tax Reform didn't respond to requests for comment. . . Most American businesses that announced bonuses and wage increases seem to be more like Emerson, which has "no plans to make an additional 401(k) contribution this year," a company spokeswoman said. . . That's what has made the promise of higher compensation so far elusive. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported nominal wages increased 3.2 percent in January year over year, and by less than one percent — three cents to $27.56 — month over month. While some economists have voiced enthusiasm about the improvement, other economists note that wages must grow for a sustained period to offset decades of stagnation. . ."




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