Archive for December, 2012

Barack Obama and the Office Malcontent (Or, a Rant with No Conclusion)

Barack Obama and the Office Malcontent (Or, a Rant with No Conclusion)

| December 29, 2012 | Reply

It won’t surprise you to lean that I don’t think much of our President, but it may surprise you to learn that my dislike is not limited to what he does but who he is. Now, I don’t dislike many people personally; you can count on the fingers of both hands the people I dislike […]

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R.I.P. General Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr.

R.I.P. General Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr.

| December 28, 2012 | Reply

This is sad news indeed. 2012 has, apparently, decided to take as many good people with it on its way out as it can.

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Clearing the Browser Tabs — In Which I Get My Podcast Guest-On

Clearing the Browser Tabs — In Which I Get My Podcast Guest-On

| December 27, 2012 | 2 Replies

So I did a couple of very cool podcasts over the past couple of weeks and I want you to listen to them. I’ve been told I ought to “be out there” more than I am and this, I believe, qualifies as being out there. But only if you listen and share the links and […]

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The Music of Christmas — The Mormon Tabernacle Choir's "Worthy is the Lamb / Amen"

The Music of Christmas — The Mormon Tabernacle Choir's "Worthy is the Lamb / Amen"

| December 24, 2012 | Reply

One of my Christmas traditions is to listen to my favorite parts of George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” as close to Christmas Eve night as possible. I have a terrific rendition, by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Davis, that brings majesty and reverence to the piece in ways the traditional chamber orchestra recordings do […]

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The Music of Christmas — Celtic Woman's "Ding Dong Merrily on High"

The Music of Christmas — Celtic Woman's "Ding Dong Merrily on High"

| December 24, 2012 | Reply

Ever hear a song on the radio and say to yourself, “Oh, hey! I haven’t heard that song in ages. I really liked it!”. Well, “Ding Dong Merrily on High” is that Christmas song for me. The tune is delightful (but a bear to sing well because the chorus is two long phrases and you […]

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Wise Words about Freedom from a Cartoon Character

Wise Words about Freedom from a Cartoon Character

| December 23, 2012 | Reply

Thank you, Gabe and Tycho. Thank you for this.

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The Music of Christmas — Nat King Cole's "A Cradle in Bethlehem"

The Music of Christmas — Nat King Cole's "A Cradle in Bethlehem"

| December 23, 2012 | 1 Reply

If you know me even a little bit, you know I love Christmas music, especially the classics done by old-school musicians who know the value of a simple melody sung well. Nat King Cole, who for my money is one of the three finest male pop singers ever (along with Sam Cooke and Frank Sinatra), […]

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To Quote the Great Sam Cooke (More or Less) Some Changes Are Gonna Come

To Quote the Great Sam Cooke (More or Less) Some Changes Are Gonna Come

| December 21, 2012 | 1 Reply

You’ve probably noticed the posts here at The Shack haven’t exactly been plentiful lately. I have a couple good reasons and ask your indulgence for a short while to explain. First, I’ve spent a couple or three weeks re-evaluating what I want to write about after the election. Sure, I could go back to what […]

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A Few Thoughts on the "Plan B" Battle, From a Moron

A Few Thoughts on the "Plan B" Battle, From a Moron

| December 21, 2012 | 1 Reply

So John Boehner’s big plan to cut the fiscal cliff Gordian Knot failed, then shattered like Narsil on the slopes of Mount Doom. Now we are in the Day of Recrimination, when the professional Republican set and their loyalists sneer down at the Tea Party rabble and the Tea Partiers are measuring Republican leaders for […]

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Who's The Likely Nominee in 2016? No One, that's Who. Now Stop.

Who's The Likely Nominee in 2016? No One, that's Who. Now Stop.

| December 9, 2012 | Reply

No. We are not going to do this now.

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