Archive for December, 2012

Music Monday: Happy New Year

December 31, 2012

  In Closing: My new favorite blog; disgraceful; AC saves lives; damned if he doesn’t sound reasonable; no deal may well be better than a bad deal, but it doesn’t matter because there will be no vote tonight; yeah, that does sound kinda dumb when you put it that way; Baby Boomer Nuns; they wouldn’t […]

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I’m sure it seemed like a good idea at the time

December 27, 2012

USA Today tells us that thanks to patient surveys, hospitals are kissing our butts: Special air-blowing vests keep patients warm pre-surgery. Private rooms are the norm. Staffers regularly check in with patients to anticipate their toilet and showering needs to cut down on call-light usage. Patients are given clear discharge instructions. Cleaning is no longer […]

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Music Monday: Happy Birthday from The King, to The King.

December 24, 2012

Edit: something happened to the video but now it’s fixed. Yes, I am aware that the historical Jesus was most likely born in the Springtime. Stop being a Grinch. When I was in college, I had a job working as a church musician. I eventually worked my way up to Music Minister. Every year we […]

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Gridlock and Opportunity

December 22, 2012

The next session of Congress is either going to be complete gridlock, or an era of great bi-partisanship. I say this based on this chart from Nate Silver. In case you’ve forgotten, that’s Nate “the man who got all the numbers right when everybody else got them horribly wrong” Silver:   Let me point out […]

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Music Bonus: Apocalypse Someday

December 21, 2012

Happy Solstice! Since you are reading this, it would appear that the world did not in fact end today.   Have some bonus links about Christmas. In Closing: TSA; diet and diabetes; I bet we could create some jobs building and repairing infrastructure (nah, that costs money!); political suicide; don’t confuse us with facts; and how […]

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Music Monday: Only a Few Shopping Days Left

December 17, 2012

In Closing: Privacy and Scandal; let’s hope; now that’s an idea.

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Take a deep breath

December 15, 2012

Yesterday, two terrible things happened. In Connecticut, a nutcase broke into an elementary school and killed over 20 people — most of them little kids — with guns. In China, a nutcase walked into an elementary school and injured over 20 people — most of them little kids — with a knife. Disclaimer: I do not […]

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A Really Bad Week for Music

December 12, 2012

In the last week, we have lost a bunch of fine musicians. First, Dave Brubeck. Then, Jenni Rivera — with whom I was not familiar prior to her unfortunate death. Yesterday, Russian born Soprano Galina Vishnevskaya. And today, Ravi Shankar. Apparently, somebody forgot to tell him these things happen in threes. In Closing: turns out […]

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Music Monday: Happy Hanukkah

December 10, 2012

Comrade Misfit already posted the Adam Sandler Hanukkah song, so here is something different….   In Closing: staying in shape while traveling; what?; duh; it never was the union’s fault; backfired; surprise, most doctors are bad a math; and 10 things you probably didn’t know about Christmas.

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On the Jobs Numbers

December 7, 2012

So I have some open tabs that I’ve been saving for a discussion on employment, unemployment, and job creation. Luckily for me, job creation and unemployment numbers came out today. Unemployment does continue to go down, and it looks like we [barely] create enough jobs to keep up with demand. However, many of those new […]

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