Tuesday, March 31, 2009

We love our vowels

We of the South cherish our vowels. Those north of the Mason-Dixon are rude to vowels and give them short shrift.

Friday, March 27, 2009

If you get a chance to get recordings by Artur Rubenstein, get them. He was possibly the greatest classical pianist ever. One feature of his playing is that he did not POUND the keys as so many think they have to. His playing was refined and not overstated.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Phrrhic victory

The term Phrrhic victory refers to a victory that costs more than the victor can afford, such as a key player being injured in a sports win. It comes from the comment, "If we are victorious in one more battle with the Romans, we shall be utterly ruined," made by King Pyrrhus of Epirus, whose army suffered irreplaceable casualties in defeating the Romans at Heraclea in 280 BC and Asculum in 279 BC during the Pyrrhic War.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Lum Edwards - Air Raid Warden

On Lum and Abner, Lum just got himself appointed Air Raid Warden. The idea of Montgomery County, Arkansas having to have someone to watch for air raids is pretty funny in itself.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

I love to listen the music of Franz Josef Haydn. It is clean, easy to listen to, and very relaxing.
If Presidents are allowed to make "signing statements" stating which portions of a bill they do not intend to enforce, what is the point of have a legislative or judicial branch? If Presidents legislate and interpret the laws, then they have grossly usurped the prerogatives of the other branches.