Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Ben digs into the ballad Old Folks, with the impeccable Teddy Wilson on piano, in a 1970 Copenhagen performance that took place the day after the passing of the incredible Ellington orchestra saxophonist Johnny Hodges. It was no doubt an emotional and sad time for all involved, yet they transformed sadness into music that is moving, heartfelt and beautiful.
Hey, if any jazz fans read this blog, tell me where I can buy a DVD of this!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Since one Coleman Hawkins clip simply isn't enough, here's the swingin' saxophonist's rendition of a great ballad, Indian Summer.
And now I must find that recording with Hawkins, Coltrane and Thelonious Monk playing together. Otherwise known as healing music, baby.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
If a TV pundit says, as David Wright of ABC-Nightline did, "but the real question now is what white voters think", make 'em guzzle a whole goddamn pint of the 100 proof stuff, right then and there!
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thanks, flashbackcaruso, for posting this on YouTube!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
This Palin is all right by me: has been for a long time.
The other Palin? The recent incident involving bigots in the Alaska governor's rally audiences yelling "TERRORIST!", "OFF WITH HIS HEAD" and "KILL HIM!" about Senator Obama was an ugly and appalling blast from the past, a most unwelcome throwback to the bad old days of 1965 George Wallace and 1948 Strom Thurmond.
Friday, October 10, 2008
I don't care if this kind of campaign works. It's a fetid, putrid and disgusting stench, as well as an insult to every American.
Here's hoping that what I wrote yesterday, "news flash: the presidential campaign has gotten so negative that sleaze, slime, pond scum, douchebags, fecal matter, miscellaneous rot and the stinking corpse of Lee Atwater are loudly demanding official apologies" will not characterize the next four weeks. I'm not holding my breath, but I'll probably end up holding my nose.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
- If you had purchased $1,000 of Delta Air Lines stock one year ago you would have $49 left.
- With Fannie Mae, you would have $2.50 left of the original $1,000.
- With AIG, you would have less than $15 left.
- If you had purchased $1,000 worth of beer one year ago, guzzled all of the suds, then turned in the cans for the aluminum recycling REFUND, you would have $214 cash!
Sunday, October 05, 2008
"Beware of geeks bearing formulas", Warren Buffett, October 1, 2008
In the reams of copy written about the financial crisis of 2008, one piece that stands out is Stephen Labaton's article from the New York Times business section about a major change in economic policy, instituted at an SEC meeting on April 28, 2004, that eliminated The Net Capital Rule, thus enabling banks to assume much more debt than they could previously.
Silly me, I had no idea that the Securities And Exchange Commission actually had the power to institute such major de-regulations of investment banks. Well, they did - and how!
Secretary Paulson was then head of Goldman Sachs, one of the investment banks that pushed hard for the change in policy, so many of us would be very interested to hear his comments regarding the events of April 28, 2004.
While hindsight is invariably 20/20, the Securities And Exchange Commission's decision to remove the Net Capital Rule, giving banks the green light to delve farther into highly leveraged investments, ranks among the top 20 "smoking guns" in the panic of '08.