| To be or not to be ... a terrorist
Yeah, I know the word "terrorist" is controversial. Maybe he was a "psycho", or a "nut", or a "disgruntled employee". Maybe he was just a "wild and crazy guy" out to have a good time. The thing that bothered me was that the reporters allowed this semantic argument to sidetrack them from the point that a mother was killed by a guy in a bulldozer and a tiny baby was pulled from the wreckage who now has no mother. If you saw the film like I did, your heart would break. What will become of this poor little soul? Isn't THAT the story? Who cares what you call the monster who caused this?
| t.error is an error
why not call him a terrorfier?
terrorist is too good a word
or maybe terrorer
terroreer like engineer
would steven king be a terrorist cause he wants to terrorize us?
| Beyond Belief!
I just saw an amazing news report on CNN. Some Palestinian guy decided to go on a rampage in a bulldozer down a busy street in Jerusalem crashing into cars, knocking down busses and killing people! He killed a mother who was in a car with her baby. I believe he killed and wounded others. The showed the baby, now an orphan, taken out of the car while horns blared and sirens groaned.
An Israeli official said the man was a terrorist, but the gist of the news report was not about how sad and horrible this rampage was, but whether or not it was correct to call the man a terrorist! The reporters were saying, "I don't see how this official can know whether or not this man was a terrorist. There has been no investigation to see if he is linked to any terrorist organizations, and we don't know as yet why he did this."
WHY HE DID THIS?!
Are these people insane? Why did he do this? Because he wanted to kill and terrorize people! Is that not enough to make you a terrorist!
"Hmmm... what shall I do today? I know, I'll go on a rampage with a bulldozer and kill and terrorize people. Gee, I just hope they don't call me a terrorist."
As Bob Grant used to say, "It's sick out there and getting sicker!"
I'm not sure if the link above will work, but you can probably find the same article by searching for Beatles and Smithereens on the NY Times site.
It's an interesting story about how The Smithereens (a NJ band that I've liked for a long time) did their own version of the Meet The Beatles album.
It's an idea similar to Bubble with Sgt Pepper, but The Smithereens did some changes.
| Mr. Congressman
TJ, good to hear from you. I don't actually know the band Bubble, but the guy who played keyboards for them called me about doing a concert of the whole Sgt. Pepper album, note for note with the original instruments. I wanted to do it but had another gig. It is a great concept. Even the Beatles never did that album live! So there are a lot of good musicians out there who are willing to do this kind of thing just for the experience to play the music of our childhood heroes just as we heard it on their albums.
Last night I saw another hero of a type. I went to a benefit at the Musician's Union for Congressman John Hall. He was once a long haired rock star who wrote the hit "Dance With Me". After a pledge to the flag and a little speech about taking back our country he performed that tune and a bunch of others with a really great group of musicians.
During the event I spoke with him and we talked about our mutual admiration for Jimi Hendrix. I gave him my CD, Excalibur, that has Purple Haze on it. He said he couldn't wait to hear it. I also gave the CD to a few other folks in the music "biz". My wife and I may do a benefit at our home for him. I'll mention it here. Maybe you would come. All in all it was inspiring to see someone who was a bonafide rock star now serving in the Congress. I hope he can do some good. He said that while the Bush administration is pushing to open up drilling in all of these national lands, the oil companies are sitting on thousands of leases that they already have because the oil is worth more in the ground as an investment. The administration also just killed a bill to increase the use of solar power! This is something he said he was going to fight.
Catching up on some older messages. I checked out the Sgt Pepper stuff by Bubble. A nice job. The vocals are a little weak, but the music is really quite good. I'm totally impressed by the Indian instruments that the used for Within You, Without You. I wonder how difficult is was to find people with the skill to play those instruments.
2 Tough Questions
If you knew a woman who was pregnant, who had 8 kids already, three who m
were deaf, two who m! were blind, one mentally retarded, and she had
syphilis, would you recommend that she have an abortion?
Read the n ext question before looking at the response for this one.
It is time to elect a new world leader, and only your vote counts.
Here are the facts about the three candidates. Who would you vote for?
Associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologist
He' s had two mistresses. He also chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day.
He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon, used opium in
college and drinks a quart of whiskey every evening.
He is a decorated war hero. He's a vegetarian, doesn't smoke, drinks an
occasional beer and never cheated on his wife.
Which of these candidates would be our choice?
Decide first... no peek ing, t hen scroll down for the response.
Candidate A is Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Candidate B is Winston Churchill.
Candidate C is Adol ph Hitler ..
And, by the way, on your answer to the abortion question:
If you said YES, you just killed Beethoven.
Pretty interesting isn't it? Makes a person think before judging someone.
Wait till you see the end of this note! Keep reading..
Never be afraid to try something new.
Amateurs...built the ark.
Professionals...built the Titanic
And Finally, can you imagine working for a company that has a little more
than 500 employees and has the following statistics:
* 29 have been accused of spousal abuse
* 7 have been arrested for fraud
* 19 hav e been accused of wr iting bad checks
* 117 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses
* 3 have done time for assault
* 71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit
* 14 have been arres ted on drug-related ch arges
* 8 have been arrested for shoplifting
* 21 are currently defendants in lawsuits
* 84 have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year...
Can you guess which organization this is?
Give up yet?
It's the 535 members of the United States Congress.
The same group that crank out hundreds of new laws each year designed to
keep the rest of us in line.
| Where do they all come from?
The next generation of rock cellists:
Here's a link to some friends doing an exact replica of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. I love the live brass parts.
| Rock 84001
| Steve Lennon? ... John Marcus?
You know, I never thought of you as John Lennon, but now I can see that your life and his are really very simlar!
i donno man
meeting and falin in love with a girl from another country another culture to make a guy happy mature and grow..
| The good get killed young...
Among Carlin's points was, "Look who gets killed. It's always people who want everyone to love each other. Jesus, Kennedy, Martin Luther King, John Lennon..."
There was a great documentary on VH1 this week. It was in the segment, Classic Albums. The show was about his first solo album after he left the Beatles. There were interviews with Ringo, Yoko, the engineer, friends of John's, etc.
What I got out of it was a new appreciation for how important Yoko was to John and how she helped him become the man he wanted to be. She is so often viewed as an enemy by Beatle fans but John had already left the group in his mind before she came along. He wanted to grow up and live in a mature family relationship. She gave him a love and acceptance that he never had before. In a way she saved his life. (At least this is the spin from the documentary, but it seemed pretty real.)
It's a shame that he was killed. I think George Carlin may have been on to something.
| One Smart Dude
Here is the whole routine:
If you read between the lines you know that he is very aware of "secret" knowledge.
I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, "Where's the self-help section?" She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.
| George F'n Carlin!
One of the greatest comedians of all time! He was really more of a social critic, but he used comedy to get his points across. Check out this link:
Who will take his place?
so why do we sat stadium when we play football and park when we play baseball??
why do we say bathroom but not eating room?
whats the difference between new.age music gar.age music?
| A question......
What does the "G" in Kenny G stand for anyway...."God-aweful"?
| Jokes, more goals and drinking.....
Hmmm....that's a good joke, but I'd substitute the complete works of Kenny G for Andrew Loyd Webber. If I was forced to listen to all the albums of that whiny sax player I'd take the gun from my executioner and do the deed myself.
In any case, before I die I would also like to have learned Italian and a bit of gaelic, trvel to Italy, Ireland, England, Spain, france, Australia, Sweden, and the Holy Land (if it's ever safe to do so in my lifetime). i had on my list to drink scotch and I have...got a bottle of "The Glenlivet" 12-year old Single malt for my 25th birthday from my Dad. (He told me he has a scotch-drinking friend who helped him pick it out). It was ok...not something I would drink every weekend...but I prefer rum, or wine, or Irish whiskey. If I have beer it's either Labatt Blue Canadian lager or VT Long trail Blackbeary Wheat.
I also want to swim with dolphins, play percusion and other instruments with a Celtic band, try my hand at stand-up comedy, and meet the
Pope, among other things. Phew!
But you know, if I died tommorrow I think I would be generally satisfied with all that I've accomplished with my 26 years here on this planet. Most but not all of my high school and college classmates are all married now and have more-developed careers than me, but I am satisfied with my life at this moment. God has given me tremendous gifts and I feel I've used them wisely.
| Before I die ...
Interesting ... what people would like to do before they die. There is a joke about that. Two men are called by the chief of the firing squad and informed that it is their day to die. But before they die the chief offers them a last request. The first man says, "I would like to hear the complete works of Andrew Lloyd Webber." The chief says, "Fine, that can be arranged." Then the second man says, "Shoot me first!"
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| Thinking, not thinking, park benches and sitars
Von Cello wrote (from an old song of his):
"I've sat in city parks and watched the day slowly receed.
Love, truth, and doing right is all you need".
That's a great verse, Aaron. I can relate to it cause most of the time I'm out and about by myself....(I have friends but I'm not constantly going out with them every weekend).
But I find that since I'm alone most of the time I have plenty of time to think my own thoughts and process what the world means to me....just yesterday evening I was sitting on a bench on campus waiting to go on the air with my fellow DJ on "Krunch Time". I don't remember what I was thinking about- I guess I was just thinking about nothing and just enjoying the evening breeze - it's been in the 60's and 70's and not humid in the least here this week; BEAUTIFUL weather in my book! Thinking is good, but sometimes not thinking and enjoying God's creation is even better.
Of course when I DO think, I think how lucky and fortunate I am to have had the chance to go to and graducate from High school and college, and now, to have had the chance to participate weekly in creative interests. Recently, I even got to do something I wanted ot do before I die: a group I interviewed on my show let me play their sitar....it was an incredible experience just strumming the thing for a few minutes, but from those few minutes I could see why a professional sitar player has to take years to learn his or her instrument.
Let me start a new sentence here and explain if I may: you have to look at the BACK of the neck while playing, and while in a cross-legged postion on the floor. As if that were'nt enough, there are smaller strings under the main strings that you are sometimes called to play to add effects. Phew! Sitars are beautiful, and their sound is hypnotic, but I don't know If I'd have the stamina to spend a lifetime mastering such an instrument.
Anyway, one of my goals before I die was simply to strum a sitar and I did that thanks to a Celtic fusion duo. Check them out at www.fourshillingsshort.com.
(And "Krunch Time" with The Hurricane and DJ Seamus can be heard WED. 8-10pm E.S.T on http://www.wwpv.org
| People come, people go ...
I wrote a song during college that went:
I sit on a bench and watch the world whirl around.
People come, people go, variety abounds.
And always beyond the river goes flowing by.
Setting sun, colors come, night descends to the ground.
I've sat in city parks and watched the day slowly receed.
Love, truth, and doing right is all you need.
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