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by DavidRoss
Tue Apr 20, 2010 7:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Carl Paladino's Not So Excellent Adventures
Replies: 61
Views: 6481

Re: NY Tea Party Gov hopeful Carl Paladino sent racist emails

I'm going to return to the original post, which seems somehow to have gotten lost in the usual pub game of various pots calling various kettles various colors. I didn't know anything about Carl Paladino before reading this post and the various links and articles associated with it. And I did read t...
by DavidRoss
Tue Apr 20, 2010 2:54 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Carl Paladino's Not So Excellent Adventures
Replies: 61
Views: 6481

Re: NY Tea Party Gov hopeful Carl Paladino sent racist emails

It's just terribly sad that these people who probably really do want to be good and kind and noble souls in their hearts are so horribly blind to the glaringly obvious fact that they are just as horribly bigoted toward people who don't share their ideology as any of the nasty racists whose bigotry ...
by DavidRoss
Tue Apr 20, 2010 2:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Please keep Corlyss in your thoughts...
Replies: 65
Views: 9762

Re: Please keep Corlyss in your thoughts...

Thanks, Barry.
by DavidRoss
Tue Apr 20, 2010 1:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Jesus Became Christian by B. Wilson
Replies: 97
Views: 17778

Re: How Jesus Became Christian by B. Wilson

I think you might enjoy Marcus Borg's writing. Have you read any of his books? He seems to discount John in similar fashion as being written with a post-resurrection Christ in view, rather than based on direct knowledge of the life of Jesus. The name rings no bells, though I scarcely recall everyth...
by DavidRoss
Tue Apr 20, 2010 1:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The story behind 47% paying no federal income tax
Replies: 24
Views: 1604

Re: The story behind 47% paying no federal income tax

You're welcome, Karl. It's nice to know that you appreciate the effort that goes into pulling this sort of information together. There are others here who do the same and I'm grateful to them for it. I learn so much more from the presentation of such information--especially with sources cited that m...
by DavidRoss
Tue Apr 20, 2010 12:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The story behind 47% paying no federal income tax
Replies: 24
Views: 1604

Re: The story behind 47% paying no federal income tax

You seem to have missed the obvious: the tea party movement started as a response to the government's ambitious program to spend even more. First, stop making the problem worse. Until you do that, nothing else matters. Retiring the Bush tax cuts for the 2% wealthiest Americans is exactly an instanc...
by DavidRoss
Mon Apr 19, 2010 10:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The story behind 47% paying no federal income tax
Replies: 24
Views: 1604

Re: The story behind 47% paying no federal income tax

You seem to have missed the obvious: the tea party movement started as a response to the government's ambitious program to spend even more. First, stop making the problem worse. Until you do that, nothing else matters.
by DavidRoss
Mon Apr 19, 2010 5:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The story behind 47% paying no federal income tax
Replies: 24
Views: 1604

Re: The story behind 47% paying no federal income tax

In perhaps three minutes of interview on NPR yesterday, NH Senator Judd Gregg managed to compromise his remarks by two obvious statistical exaggerations. That won't faze the 'teabaggers', of course.[/color] Here's the story, Gregg being interviewed about the consequences and unlikely survival of th...
by DavidRoss
Mon Apr 19, 2010 4:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Carl Paladino's Not So Excellent Adventures
Replies: 61
Views: 6481

Re: NY Tea Party Gov hopeful Carl Paladino sent racist emails

It's just terribly sad that these people who probably really do want to be good and kind and noble souls in their hearts are so horribly blind to the glaringly obvious fact that they are just as horribly bigoted toward people who don't share their ideology as any of the nasty racists whose bigotry t...
by DavidRoss
Mon Apr 19, 2010 11:59 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The story behind 47% paying no federal income tax
Replies: 24
Views: 1604

Re: The story behind 47% paying no federal income tax

The U.S. tax system is very complicated, in large part quite insidiously as a means of concealing from ordinary non-inquisitive people just how much they actually pay in taxes here. "Payroll taxes" are actually all of those taxes which employers are required to deduct from employees' paychecks and p...
by DavidRoss
Mon Apr 19, 2010 11:35 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Jesus Became Christian by B. Wilson
Replies: 97
Views: 17778

Re: How Jesus Became Christian by B. Wilson

I don't find that the facts of the document itself imply deceit, or any 'hostile takeover' from the Faith's sources. Nor--as you doubtless recognize--did I imply any such bad-faith on the part of the author or of those communities which then and now regard it as a primary statement of their earnest...
by DavidRoss
Mon Apr 19, 2010 10:33 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: There's been a lesson here for me
Replies: 98
Views: 15947

Re: There's been a lesson here for me

Chalkie, none of us knows more than a little, even about the things we have some "expertise" in...and per the old saws, the more real expertise we have, the more we are humbled by recognition of how shallow and narrow our knowledge really is. Your contributions on a variety of subjects have as much ...
by DavidRoss
Mon Apr 19, 2010 9:52 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Jesus Became Christian by B. Wilson
Replies: 97
Views: 17778

Re: How Jesus Became Christian by B. Wilson

Personally, I'm a fan of an early John date. That's because John reads more like an eyewitness account of the event of Jesus's life to me, and less like a synthesis of the "available" information as the Synoptics tend to. Because I love the poetic mysticism of John so much and wanted to believe it ...
by DavidRoss
Mon Apr 19, 2010 8:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Jesus Became Christian by B. Wilson
Replies: 97
Views: 17778

Re: How Jesus Became Christian by B. Wilson

I see Saul has posted up an interesting article on the resurrection of Christ, and I'll have a boo at that when I have time, later today, maybe. Not really about the resurrection nor particularly relevant, as arthound noted. It discusses a dating discrepancy between the late (ca. 100 AD) Gospel of ...
by DavidRoss
Sun Apr 18, 2010 7:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brandenburg Concertos on modern instruments.
Replies: 35
Views: 8495

Re: Brandenburg Concertos on modern instruments.

The only modern instrument set I still have is the old Paillard Chamber Orchestra recording on Erato. My preference for Historically Informed Performances on Period Instruments (HIPPI) is so great, however (largely due to the lovely scrunchy strings and deliciously fruity winds), that I haven't list...
by DavidRoss
Sat Apr 17, 2010 10:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Breakdown: 100 years of Consumer Spending
Replies: 2
Views: 658

Re: The Breakdown: 100 years of Consumer Spending

Something's off, or unexplained, about that chart. Not only does it show health care spending at around 6% of income (true in 1965, but up to ~18% today), but it shows nothing for taxes.
by DavidRoss
Sat Apr 17, 2010 11:56 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: SEC sues Goldman Sachs, alleging fraud
Replies: 5
Views: 667

Re: SEC sues Goldman Sachs, alleging fraud

Well, in the 2008 elections, Goldman Sachs gave $4,463,766 to Democrats (including nearly $1 million to Obama) and $1,459,961 to Republicans (nearly a quarter of a million to McCain). http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/summary.php?id=D000000085 ( http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/contriball.php?cycle=2...
by DavidRoss
Sat Apr 17, 2010 9:48 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sacramento Tea Party Rally
Replies: 2
Views: 555

Sacramento Tea Party Rally

Today the Tea Party held a rally at the State Capital in Sacramento (see photos and video below). The rally was a peaceful protest against the current level of taxation, healthcare reform, and the Obama administration. Several thousand people showed up for the rally which ran from noon to 4pm. [......
by DavidRoss
Sat Apr 17, 2010 9:20 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Mass gets serious about citizen data security breaches
Replies: 0
Views: 466

Mass gets serious about citizen data security breaches

States' Rights Come to Security Forefront Massachusetts' new data protection law reaches beyond its borders. Are you ready? ...CMR 17.00 raises the stakes in terms of potential penalties. The law will be enforced, quite literally, in the breach, and companies can potentially be fined $5,000 per vio...
by DavidRoss
Sat Apr 17, 2010 6:15 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Supreme Court case - text messaging & privacy
Replies: 15
Views: 3048

Re: Supreme Court case - text messaging & privacy

The law simply cannot persist in viewing this issue from the perspective of the device. To do so would be allowing the tail to wag the dog. It's not the perspective of the device, but of the device owner. The principle's no different from that involved in using any other employer-owned equipment. A...
by DavidRoss
Fri Apr 16, 2010 6:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Has This Quote Been Properly Translated?
Replies: 6
Views: 802

Re: Has This Quote Been Properly Translated?

El mejor gobierno es el que gobierna menos=the best government is the one that governs less. Laozi=Lao Tse Ever since I read that quote in elementary school, I have wondered if it was properly translated; really, what good is a government that does not govern? My impression is that what it actually...
by DavidRoss
Fri Apr 16, 2010 10:51 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: THE OX-BOW INCIDENT ...
Replies: 3
Views: 2693

Re: THE OX-BOW INCIDENT ...

... is playing now on the ENCORE WESTERN channel; have you ever seen it? William Wellman and Henry Fonda considered it one of their best movies. Its Spanish name is CONCIENCIAS MUERTAS=DEAD CONSCIENCES. Saw it most recently just a couple of months ago, via netflix streaming. Not one of my favorites...
by DavidRoss
Fri Apr 16, 2010 10:19 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Supreme Court case - text messaging & privacy
Replies: 15
Views: 3048

Re: Supreme Court case - text messaging & privacy

It's had for me to imagine The Court ruling otherwise than that the employer has a right to access whatever an employee does with equipment owned by the employer and provided for the express purpose of facilitating the employee's work--that is, in the absence of a contract to the contrary. Of course...
by DavidRoss
Fri Apr 16, 2010 10:14 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Bioactive Nanofibers Regenerate Cartilage, Save Your Joints
Replies: 4
Views: 798

Re: Bioactive Nanofibers Regenerate Cartilage, Save Your Joints

It's wonderful of course, but it makes me shiver. Reminds me of a Star Trek episode when nano somethings invaded human bodies and starting "changing" people. It's the Borg! :shock: :D (Actually, I think "the Borg" is nearly here in the extensive and intensive electronic linkage among people we're p...
by DavidRoss
Fri Apr 16, 2010 10:09 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Jesus Became Christian by B. Wilson
Replies: 97
Views: 17778

Re: How Jesus Became Christian by B. Wilson

In none of the posts above did anyone say these "churches" didn't exist. The question is what they taught and what the "oral tradition" was comprised of. DR's post about the "invention" of a new religion pertains to teachings that were not found in pre-Pauline "Christian" communities. As you obviou...
by DavidRoss
Thu Apr 15, 2010 2:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richie Wagner-Comic Books Star......Really?.......
Replies: 3
Views: 711

Re: Richie Wagner-Comic Books Star......Really?.......

Geek appeal: The fanboy allure of Wagner's "Ring" is difficult to explain, but some say that the attraction comes from the intensely pictorial nature of the operas, which can appeal to those weaned on comics. Others say that the comic-nut appeal of the "Ring" lies in its total-immersion complexity ...
by DavidRoss
Thu Apr 15, 2010 12:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Jesus Became Christian by B. Wilson
Replies: 97
Views: 17778

Re: How Jesus Became Christian by B. Wilson

Kindly put, Mark. Of what use is learning when not accompanied by understanding, let alone wisdom?

"By their fruits you shall know them."

I love the pithiness of Jesus's teaching in the Gospels. (No, that's not a lisp!) Have the reams of commentary improved on it?
by DavidRoss
Thu Apr 15, 2010 11:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: AP-GfK Poll: Resistance to health care bill strong
Replies: 1
Views: 581

Re: AP-GfK Poll: Resistance to health care bill strong

Tuesday's report on PBS News Hour with four Floridians about the bill offered only some substantial information, including the analysis of the bill by a small businessman who's been pushing for health care reform for at least 5 years. The video report interviewing all four is here: http://www.pbs.or...
by DavidRoss
Thu Apr 15, 2010 11:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: AP-GfK Poll: Resistance to health care bill strong
Replies: 1
Views: 581

AP-GfK Poll: Resistance to health care bill strong

Per this recent poll, opposition is growing after passage of the bill. Note that the story says only 28% of those polled believe they understand the bill well. Look for favorable opinion to fall as more come to understand it better and measure the hollow promises against the grim realities. AP-GfK P...
by DavidRoss
Thu Apr 15, 2010 9:26 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Jesus Became Christian by B. Wilson
Replies: 97
Views: 17778

Re: How Jesus Became Christian by B. Wilson

Why on earth would I care about your opinion on the matter or my choice of expression? I try to give polite warning signals to folk to discourage them from prattling on with ignorant bunk, but they obviously take no notice until hit in the face with a wet fish. {Why is he so cranky? All we are doin...
by DavidRoss
Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:32 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Jesus Became Christian by B. Wilson
Replies: 97
Views: 17778

Re: How Jesus Became Christian by B. Wilson

And please, enlighten the rest of us by translating the Greek. I'm no expert on ancient Greek, but the passage is the "original" language of Matthew 16:16-18. It reads: And answering, Simon Peter said, "You are the Christ, the son of the living God." And answering, Jesus said to him, "You are bless...
by DavidRoss
Thu Apr 15, 2010 7:15 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Bioactive Nanofibers Regenerate Cartilage, Save Your Joints
Replies: 4
Views: 798

Re: Bioactive Nanofibers Regenerate Cartilage, Save Your Joints

Interesting stuff--also regenerating bone cells to heal fractures & neuro cells for spinal cord injuries. Sounds as if stage 3 human trials may be underway before the decade is out.
by DavidRoss
Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: CNN poll shows Obama likely to beat any goper in 2012
Replies: 34
Views: 3080

Re: CNN poll shows Obama likely to beat any goper in 2012

I truly believe that Obama never had, nor has any intentions of ever winning a second term. He has been groomed for this for years - his entire persona and campaign was a total 100% scam. His objective is to simply to inflict as much damage to this society as he possibly can - in effect give the wh...
by DavidRoss
Wed Apr 14, 2010 4:31 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: TOMORROW: Stanley Donen's birthday commemorated on TMC
Replies: 15
Views: 5456

Re: TOMORROW: Stanley Donen's birthday commemorated on TMC

Your absolutely right Neil, don't know how his name came up alongside Vincent Minelli; I assumed they both had a hand on the film, but IMDb of course confirmed Minelli was the sole director, which would be normal on most films. One of my source software research files slipped it by me and I didn't ...
by DavidRoss
Wed Apr 14, 2010 1:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Debussy and Ravel String Quartets-Your Favorite Performance?
Replies: 10
Views: 2854

Re: Debussy and Ravel String Quartets-Your Favorite Performance?

Cool! 8) I love 'em both. Don't know enough recordings to have a meaningful favorite. For me, the Emersons and the young Belcea Quartet (whose recording also includes Dutilleux's Ainsi La Nuit ) have proven so adequate that I've never sought another. So I'm interested to see whether comments here mi...
by DavidRoss
Wed Apr 14, 2010 1:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Jesus Became Christian by B. Wilson
Replies: 97
Views: 17778

Re: How Jesus Became Christian by B. Wilson

Gosh, Brendan, it would be nice if you could make your points without the personal slights and without impugning me by attacking points of view I neither hold nor have expressed. It's really not necessary to be so defensively aggressive. I'm not attacking your beliefs, but stating my own views on th...
by DavidRoss
Tue Apr 13, 2010 7:29 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Jesus Became Christian by B. Wilson
Replies: 97
Views: 17778

Re: How Jesus Became Christian by B. Wilson

Mark Harwood wrote:They were both utterly deluded.
:!:
Mark Harwood wrote:But faith [enriches] the lives of those who have it.
Or, "...those who are blessed to have been humbled enough to receive this gift of grace." :D
by DavidRoss
Tue Apr 13, 2010 7:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: There's been a lesson here for me
Replies: 98
Views: 15947

Re: There's been a lesson here for me

At the risk of ruining my reputation as a hard-ass around here, let me just say that this thread is giving me a case of the warm fuzzies. Next thing you know I'll be singing Kumbaya and telling y'all how much I loves youse guys! :D 8) :wink: (smileys in full regalia!)
by DavidRoss
Tue Apr 13, 2010 4:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renée Fleming: Dark Hope CD: Yes or No?
Replies: 13
Views: 2429

Re: Renée Fleming: Dark Hope CD: Yes or No?

No...but I like the cover photo. Maybe if she hung out for awhile with Lucinda Williams and Cassandra Wilson, saw some down-home life instead of opera-world jet-set glam, shed those well-trained vocal habits that are as out of place in rock-jazz-soul as pink chiffon on a football uniform, then she m...
by DavidRoss
Tue Apr 13, 2010 4:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: There's been a lesson here for me
Replies: 98
Views: 15947

Re: There's been a lesson here for me

Mark: I can't use Scriabin as an excuse since I don't play and I don't think he composed for voice. I did notice that you had somehow elongated my line length; now I know how you achieved that miracle. I wasn't aware that length of posts was a concern. Yours are almost univerally short, and people ...
by DavidRoss
Tue Apr 13, 2010 12:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: There's been a lesson here for me
Replies: 98
Views: 15947

Re: There's been a lesson here for me

No. :lol: Because there was a trigger of sorts. No doubt there was. But the trigger doesn't matter, because it's not about the trigger, but about Piston's feelings: right, wrong, rational, or nuts...it just doesn't matter whether anyone (including him!) regards them as a "rational" response to the ...
by DavidRoss
Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: There's been a lesson here for me
Replies: 98
Views: 15947

Re: There's been a lesson here for me

.....and I still don't know what we're talking about. I guess I'm the only one who finds it hard to discuss something without knowing what we're talking about. :lol: Does everyone else know what the OP was about? I see...you keep trying to relate it to some external event, a "trigger" of sorts, ins...
by DavidRoss
Tue Apr 13, 2010 9:37 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Jesus Became Christian by B. Wilson
Replies: 97
Views: 17778

Re: How Jesus Became Christian by B. Wilson

No sound scholar takes the idea of Pauline invention of Christianity seriously these days. Really? To whom do they credit it, if not Paul? Jesus Christ. Interesting. Yet if we take Matthew 16:16-18 literally, then Jesus regarded himself as the "messiah" (kristos, the anointed one), a redeemer sent ...
by DavidRoss
Tue Apr 13, 2010 7:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pulitzer Prize
Replies: 19
Views: 4638

Re: Pulitzer Prize

the talented Ms. Hahn records for DG exclusively. Her new recording of the Tchaikovsky/Higdon combo will be released by DG. Her Sony contract was terminated a few years ago, mate. 8) Correct. The concerto premiered a year ago in Indianapolis. Review here: http://www.musicincincinnati.com/site/revie...
by DavidRoss
Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: There's been a lesson here for me
Replies: 98
Views: 15947

Re: There's been a lesson here for me

Jean wrote:You know, sometimes it just feels good to say "Oh ----!" :oops:
"Fudge" has five letters. :wink:
by DavidRoss
Mon Apr 12, 2010 9:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The return of a musical master: Leon Fleisher
Replies: 19
Views: 2888

Re: The return of a musical master: Leon Fleisher

He may have once been a good pianist, but his op-ed in The Washington Post after being honored at the Kennedy Center betrayed him as an astonishingly idiotic and ungracious human being. To those who disapprove of this post, crying foul and claiming that it's wrong to bring politics into a strictly ...
by DavidRoss
Mon Apr 12, 2010 5:57 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Life After Cancer
Replies: 7
Views: 1181

Re: Life After Cancer

I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your colleagues. Losing those we love and value is a painful fact of life that we face more and more often as we grow older, but it's especially difficult when it seems so premature. The courage and grace with which so many--especially the young--face this disease...
by DavidRoss
Mon Apr 12, 2010 5:46 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: TOMORROW: Stanley Donen's birthday commemorated on TMC
Replies: 15
Views: 5456

Re: TOMORROW: Stanley Donen's birthday commemorated on TMC

My wife likes old musicals and cheesy disaster flicks, I like classic Westerns and mysteries, and we both love screwball comedies. We rarely buy DVDs any longer, however--not only because our income has been cut by two-thirds in the past year, but also because the growing availability of streaming m...
by DavidRoss
Mon Apr 12, 2010 5:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Life After Cancer
Replies: 7
Views: 1181

Re: Life After Cancer

Me, too, NancyElla--and we've lost close friends and family to the disease in recent years. We know plenty of other survivors, however, and also know that the blessings received from such certain knowledge of our mortality are great gifts if we know how to appreciate them. It brought my wife and me ...