iN CaSe You'Re WoNDeRiNG
- New York, New York,
- March 13
- I'm not a reporter, an economist, or a professional writer. I'm just a guy who can't escape these thoughts bubbling to the surface. Sometimes they're "big picture" things I feel nobody else is saying. Other times they're strong opinions.
MY RECENT POSTS
- An Open Letter to the
Thelonious Monk Institute
July 03, 2012 11:01AM
- Three Records That Changed My
Life This Fall
December 24, 2011 01:27PM
- State of The Music - a brief
conversation with Vijay Iyer
December 19, 2011 02:40PM
- Can Jazz Learn Anything from
the Occupy Movement?
November 18, 2011 03:07PM
- What if the Health Care Bill
were actually Socialist?
March 24, 2010 11:02AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Mortimer - I'm afraid to
say we really need you in
health care debate. I
August 06, 2009 04:35PM
- “"I don't see what's
wrong with getting rid of the
June 22, 2009 02:29PM
- “mr Johnson-you've set me
straight. I felt I did my
January 16, 2009 03:51PM
- “Amen, connie. The
problem is there's no leverage
to make sure
the 'TA won't
January 14, 2009 03:40PM
- “Amen, sheepdog. Whatever
it takes to induce
January 14, 2009 01:25PM
Below, a letter I sent last week to the Monk Institute.
As you'll read below, I'm too old to take part in jazz' premier (really "only") competition. I felt there was an argument to be made that by enforcing the age limit rigidly, the Institute was actually undermining the… Read full post »
I've struggled to put my finger on exactly why it is that some songs sound perfectly good - they have everything going for them from good beat to clever melody to soulful performances - and others take flight. People have been wrestling with this for centuries - you… Read full post »
The art form we call Jazz just underwent a very public look in the mirror, some of it constructive, some of it - depending on your opinion - not so much. Just days before the start of the brouhaha, I authored a blog post asking whether jazz could use its own/… Read full post »
If you're part of the creative arts and you're viewing what I'm willing to bet is changing about your everyday life and your livelihood as separate from the themes of the Occupy Wall Street protests, you're not seeing the complete picture. The fate of the creative arts not only mirrors the gradu… Read full post »
And Liberals are getting ready to eat it for the next nine months. To put yourself in our particular frame of mind, imagine you're in a castle (c'mon indulge me). You look outside and you've got William Wallace' screaming hordes of angry Scots amassing ou/… Read full post »
I'm starting a Health Care Reform advocacy group on Facebook. Here's the link. It's open to anyone with an account, and it's intended to be a catch-all group for anyone favoring serious reform, from single-payer to what's more likely to pass, but wanting to hold congress' collective feet… Read full post »
Liberal-in-Chief (and you know I say that with love) and Nobel
Laurate Paul Krugman posted an excellent column
today highlighting, as I'd hoped someone prominent would, the
results of the New York Times/CBS New poll on healthcare, out this
I really recommend you read the column, as well as th… Read full post »
Imagine Alan Mullaly, Rick Wagoner and Bob Nardelli, CEOs of the "Big Three" automakers, cooly telling the Senate finance committee that unless congress subsidizes them, they'll be forced to raise prices by 50% on every make and model of car sold in the United States. Now imagine they're the on… Read full post »
I've already made it known one reason I think John McCain's recent envocation of Joe the Plumber and the phrase "spread the wealth around" is a bad idea: it's a retreat from his earlier position. By debating Obama on the tax increase for incomes greater than 250,000, McCain's has tacitly… Read full post »
What's the chief concern on my mind as we enter the final fourteen days before a presidential election likely to decide the fate of the free world?
How not to crash a 757, clearly.
Just as Salon was wise to include a bit of Patrick Smithian escapism in every week's sturm… Read full post »
As regular readers of this blog know, I've written quite extensively defending John McCain. And to his credit he is talking policy this week-fair game as far as I'm concerned. But once again there's scant little in the mainstream media to balance the blatantly contradictory claims he and… Read full post »
This from ABC News....
I thought this was the promo for season seven of The Shield. Turns out Vic Mackey could probably teach this guy some lessons in civics.
For a great rebuttal to Joe's argument, look to this video, beginning at about 2:54.
Two weeks ago Mortimer Hayden Smyth, Open Salon's own Stephen Colbert, posted the hilarious and cathartic video in which he purported to give advice to McCain.
"We're now in the phase of the campaign I like to call the ugly phase," Smyth intoned in his hilarious deadpan. "It's the phase where… Read full post »
As the pundits scramble to the laptops to file their analyses of the last presidential debate of the 2008 election, I'll save you the suspense. Neither candidate transcended the patina of poll-guided election year talking-point varnish, but John McCain committed a far greater number of "fouls".
I'll… Read full post »
Betcha thought this was going to be some kind of sordid confession, didn't ya? Ya, nope. Actually it's my wish list for tonight's debate. With apologies, let's get to it.
1. I'm not going to hold a nerdy little notecard like David Brooks, and I'm not going… Read full post »
What if a major party candidate ran an overtly racist campaign? What percentage of the vote would he or she get?
There have been openly racist candidates in the past, like David Duke, but none that were serious contenders. That may be partly because Duke was a one-issue candidate. H… Read full post »
I used to watch the news and read blogs for catharsis. It's clear I'm going to have to find a new outlet for escapism.
This morning I've turned to music. About the only thing that can induce the catharsis of dopamine coursing through my veins is the music of Kanye, Me'Shell… Read full post »
Barack Obama missed a minor opportunity in tonight's debate when one audience member asked him if he viewed insurance as a commodity. Obama used the question as an opportunity to reiterate the details of his plan and how it differs from McCain's, but he didn't answer the question.
Commodities,… Read full post »
I'll warn you, this is short.
It's now old news-on Saturday Sarah Palin said voters have a right to enquire into the past of a man who "pals around with terrorists," referring to Weather Underground man William Ayers.
My response: If it's so important why did the McCain campaign wait unti… Read full post »
Everyone arguing that the taxpayers don't owe Wall Street 700 billion, and everyone believing that Bernanke's and Paulson's anxiety about the need to act quickly to stanch the bleeding of credit markets was so much hype-just like the Iraq war promoted exactly the same way by exactly the sam… Read full post »
I think the version of the bailout that members of both parties agreed to today is probably the best possible solution to a very sticky problem. The most viable, realistic remedy to a situation I believe might clamp down our economy if we were to do nothing.
First, I… Read full post »
Did anyone else watch the debates on CNN last night? (Important
part of the question: on CNN.)
CNN did a fascinating-and maybe over the top-thing. It convened a focus group of 40-or-so "swing" voters from the battleground state of Ohio: a third registered Democrat, a third registered Republican, a… Read full post »
Am I an economist? Heck no. Have I ever been a stakeholder on Wall Street? That's a negative. Who am I, then, to try to parse the broad strokes of government bailouts? Well, somebody not expecting to get paid for his analysis, for one. But seriously folks, a little history. There… Read full post »