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FAREED ZAKARIA, CNN HOST: “But, first, here’s my take. In the midst of the extraordinary spectacle of Nelson Mandela’s funeral, in a stadium with some 90,000 mourners, including more than 90 heads of government, a small gesture caught the world’s attention.

Barack Obama moved to greet Dilma Rousseff, the president of Brazil. On his way, he shook hands with the person to Rousseff’s right. The photograph of that handshake ricocheted around the world. Understandably, because the man Obama shook hands with was Raul Castro, president of Cuba.

Remember, the United States does not have diplomatic relations with Cuba, and has a tight trade embargo in place against the island nation. So, many wondered whether this handshake was the beginning of a great shift in policy.

I hope so. Let’s begin by asking whether the existing policy is working. In 1960, the United States enacted an embargo against Cuba. Its purpose was simple and explicit: regime change.

Did it work? Well, until he retired from the presidency in 2008, Fidel Castro was the longest serving head of government in the world. Surely that’s about as powerful evidence as one can get that the policy did not work and is not working.

The truth is that Cuba’s miserable economy is almost entirely its own fault. The Castro regime has coupled political repression with communist economic policies and the result, predictably, has been total failure and stagnation.

But things are changing in Cuba. The government has been experimenting with opening up elements of the economy. By some estimates about 20 percent of the Cuban economy is now in the private sector.

The best path forward for Washington is one that has been recommended by many experts, from Jorge Casteneda, the former Mexican foreign minister to Human Rights Watch. The United States should shift from a policy of regime change in Cuba, which has not worked, to one that promotes reform and human rights aggressively.

President Obama should offer the Cuban government a series of steps that would relax restrictions on trade and travel with Cuba, but only if they are matched by real economic and political reforms in Cuba.

Let the Cuban people know, for example, that if its government were to free all political prisoners, the United States would be willing to relax the embargo.

Americans should have greater faith in the power of markets, trade and travel to eat away at the Cuban dictatorship, strengthen Cuban civil society, including private business, and thus change the character of the country.

Washington has tried isolation, sanctions, and embargoes against Cuba for more than five decades with dismal results. Why not try capitalism for five years?”

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1312/15/fzgps.01.html

Posted December 16, 2013 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day

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Thursday night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Kimmel was making light of Fox anchor Megyn Kelly’s recent remarks that Santa Claus is indubitably and indisputably a white man.

Kimmel said, “Fortunately they had a panel of experts to weigh in on this important subject.”

Panelist Monica Crowley asserted that “you can’t take facts and then try to change them to fit some sort of a political agenda or a sensitively agenda.”

“You can’t?” quipped Kimmel, “I thought that was the Fox News business model.”

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/12/14/jimmy-kimmel-presents-fox-news-version-of-its-a-wonderful-life/

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) took two Bloomberg TV hosts to school on Wednesday after they suggested that Social Security was the root of an “entitlements crisis” that was driving the nation’s budget deficit.

In an interview on Market Makers, host Stephanie Ruhle confronted the Massachusetts Democrat for her recent call to increase Social Security benefits.

“When I think about imbalance, I think about our children,” Ruhle said. “In the next 10 years, between Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security spending, it’s going to grow to $780 billion. Our spending on children is $20 billion. Are you not worried about kids? Why should these senior citizens be getting more money?”

“Of course, I’m worried about our children and I want to see more investment in our children,” Warren replied. “But we cannot ignore the fact that we have a retirement crisis in the United States right now.”

“Social Security is not driving our deficit,” the senator continued. “Social Security is a system that pays for itself. If we did absolutely nothing to Social Security, we would make payments for more than 20 years exactly at this level. And then they would drop by roughly by about 25 percent and pay forever into the future… We can make modest adjustments now in Social Security and make sure it will be there to pay on into the future. And if we make some more adjustments, we could see an increase in Social Security benefits for those who count on it.”

Warren pointed out that two out of three seniors relied on Social Security for food and housing so it was the last thing that should be cut during a retirement crisis.

Co-host Erik Schatzker, however, insisted that the U.S. was also facing an “entitlements crisis.”

“Social Security is not creating a deficit in our budget right now or in the future,” Warren declared. “So, let’s just pull that one out of it, because that is not a conversation.”

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/12/12/elizabeth-warren-destroys-bloomberg-hosts-on-social-security-entitlements-crisis/

Radio Show 40 Thursday December 12 , 2013 9-10pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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I just got back from local music internet radio show number 40 on WBKM.ORG.  It’s feeling like I’ve got the hang of this thing.

Song before: Hasn’t Hit Me Yet – Blue Rodeo

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington.  It’s a cold night in Burlington with an even colder wind.  It’s almost Christmas and here is a seasonally appropriate song from last year.

1.) Oh Holy Night – Electric Halo
2.) Beach Song – Ray Fork
3.) These Summer Nights – Sarah Emily Blacker

Sometimes when it’s cold out it’s fun to imagine joyous summer nights with great singer songwriters, and hanging out at the beach.  Electric Halo are cool and Johnnie Day Durand makes the saw sing, even if it is an instrumental.  Next up is the next song from Alice Austin’s To A Star In The Yard.  I’m taking the long way to show you how this album came about.

4.) Tastes Like Nothing – Zola Turn
5.) Dragged Around The Universe – Queen Tangerine
6.) Void – The Lavas
7.) Sharp Side Of The Knife – Alice Austin

Words can never truly describe music.  I though by playing a song from her previous four bands that it would let your ears hear her growth.  I’ve been slacking about going out to see music but did see Pink Floyd cover band Dark Side Of The Mountain for the last two Wednesdays.  This next set is some of the people who played last night.

8.) Mr Soul – Book ‘Em Blues Band
9.) Below The Beams – Grace Potter And The Nocturnals
10.) Gunslinger – Lendway
11.) All About You – Kat Wright And The Indomitable Soul Band

Dark Side of The Mountain are a local Pink Floyd cover band who have played the last two Wednesdays at Nectar’s.  They are guitarist Bob Wagner, bassist Josh Weinstein keyboardist Dan Munzing, and Matt Burr on drums.  Bob plays guitar and sings with Book ‘Em.  Matt plays drums with Grace, and that song sounds a bit Floydy.  Josh plays with the Indomitable Soul Band.  They were joined by Matthew Bryan Hagen from Lendway, and Kat Wright sang Money, Us And Them, Brain Damage, Eclipse and Have A Cigar.  It was a great night of music.  Burlington also has prog bands.

12.) Full Power – Elephants of Scotland
13.) Mary – Plan B

Plan B played it in the ’90’s and Elephants are doing it now, and are working on a new album.  I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town.  Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

Something misfired and the promo and outro were lost in a squeal for 30 seconds or so.

Sorry about that.  Tim still here to tell you about the next song.  It’s about looking at yourself from inside and objectively and noticing the other side of you.  This is a song by Fish, and even though he’s from Scotland, this is Burlington’s Kind Of Music.

Song after: The Other Side Of Me – Fish

Dark Side Of The Mountain at Nectar’s December 11, 2013   Leave a comment

I had a really good time at Dark Side Of The Mountain last night at Nectar’s. Christopher Larrow wanted to go, so we headed out around 9:30, and got there a little early. I was psyched to see Matthew Bryan Hagen setting up with the band.
When it was showtime, the band took the stage in white jumpsuits. Matt reached over to the keyboard and hit one key. The plink sound signaled the beginning of Echoes, and we were off. They sounded even better than last week, and they played a monstrous version of the first half of the song. As it slowed into the middle section, guitarist Bob Wagner and bassist Josh Weinstein spent most of the time close to the floor, playing and twiddling. Dan Munzing’s keys kept things trippy, and Matt Burr’s drumming was Nick Mason hypnotic. Mr Hagen threw in some sonic chaos with some cool theremin, and used a power drill to elicit some searing notes from his guitar. They drifted through it for a while when the opening strains of Speak to Me began. They followed it into Breathe and suddenly we were on the Dark Side Of The Moon. On The Run was especially trippy and tons of fun. Time was great as always. Again, this week, they had an extra microphone on the stage. I expected Bob to play the vocal parts of Great Gig In The Sky on guitar again, but they were joined by a guy, who may have been Chamberlin’s Mark Daly. Whomever he was, he sang the hell out of Gig. I used to think the only guy who could sing that was Scott Fultz, but apparently there are at least two. The packed audience was stunned and thrilled.
The band kept things going and brought out Kat Wright to sing Money. She was joined by sax player, Jake Whitesell.  His playing was great, and her singing was cool and smooth. They stayed and helped Us And Them soar to fantastic heights, but left the stage as the band jammed out Any Color You Like. Kat returned for Brain Damage and Eclipse and everyone in the room was having a great time. As the song faded they drifted back into the middle section of Echoes and brought it back to full fury as they played the end part. After that, it was time for a set break.
Chris headed out, but I settled in for set 2. The band came out in animal masks and lit into Pigs On A Wing (part 1) and let it flow into Dogs. They followed with Shine On You Crazy Diamond and the sax player returned for some killer riffs. They followed with Run Like Hell and put a killer jam into the middle. Kat returned to get her Roy Harper on and sang a great version of Have A Cigar. Next, they went way back for Lucifer Sam and threw in and Arnold Lane chant. They followed with a rousing Young Lust, then jammed out Interstellar Overdrive, with a journey through Set The Controls For The Heart Of The sun in the middle. A quick run through In The Flesh rocked the place hard. They mellowed it out a bit with Wish You Were Here and let it flow into Fearless. The heavy strains of Obscured By Clouds followed and they let it go into When You’re In, and that was it.
They did not even make it off the stage when the encore demand started. Instead of leaving and coming back, they just stayed and unleashed a killer Comfortably Numb.
That truly was the end of the set. I headed out the door and walked up a chilly Church St. The clock said 2:15 and I had a delightful walk home. They are doing this again next Wednesday, again for free at Nectar’s, and on the 29th at Club Metronome with Marco Benevento. I’ve got to get a ticket soon.

Dark Side Of The Mountain at Nectar’s December 4, 2013   1 comment

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I had a great time last Wednesday seeing the Pink Floyd cover band Dark Side Of The Mountain at Nectar’s. Bob Wagner played guitar and Matt Burr was on drums. They were joined by Josh Weinstein on bass and Dan Munzing on keys.
I had forgotten about the show, but Wednesday is my Saturday, so after an afternoon nap, Rich Haskell stopped by and said let’s go. We did.
When we arrived, there were white tarps along the back and side wall. White tarps hung from the keyboards and he monitors. A modified Dark Side cover was projected on the back walls with what looked like a sine wave, that crested into a mountain peak, taking the place of the line going into and out of the pyramid. The rainbow was, of course, there too. One look at that, and I knew it was going to be fun.
We hung out for a bit and I was chatting with Jeff LaBossiere and Chris Farnsworth when the band started to play. I think they opened with Obscured By Clouds and ran it into When You’re In. They sounded great from the first note, and some cool, liquid projections floated on and around the stage. They followed with a fun Have A Cigar and then played side one of Dark Side. There was a tiny bit more of a blues edge to the songs, and a hair less of the psychedelic side, but for the most part, they sounded wonderful. The intro was pretty short, On the Run was a bit of a jam, and the extra microphone on the stage was not used by any of Vermont’s amazing women who could sing the Great Gig parts, but rather Bob played them on guitar. They wrapped it nicely going from Time back into Breathe. I thought for sure they would play the whole album, so I was surprised when they were joined by anther guitar player, who’s name I missed, but was as good as Bob, for Comfortably Numb. It was pretty over the top and ended the first set.
The set break was not too long and they returned with the second guitarist, D. Davis (for most if not all of the second set) and a rocking Young Lust. They followed with a fun journey through Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun. It was epic and wonderful. Up next, they went back to the Wall for In The Flesh, Another Brick pt 1->Another Brick pt 2, then Hey You. While it did not sound exactly like Floyd, it was stunningly close and sounded like a rock band really going for it. Wish You Were Here was pretty sweet, Interstellar Overdive rocked hard, then they closed with Brain Damage/Eclipse. They came out for a nice encore of Shine On You Crazy Diamond and ended the night with Run Like Hell.
The paying was great, the lights were hypnotizing and the packed audience had a great time. They are doing this for the next two Wednesdays, for no cover charge, then will be joined by Marco Benevento at Club Metronome on December 29th. Unlike the free Nectar’s shows, that one will cost a bit of money. I’m sure it will be worth every penny.

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Jon Stewart “What about Ted Cruz (R-TX), did he escape the internet’s wrath?”

Newsreader “‘Nelson Mandela’, he (Cruz) wrote, ‘will live in history as an inspiration for defenders of liberty around the globe’.  More than 5,000 people liked that comment, but not all of Cruz’s Facebook followers agree.  (reads a Facebook comment on Cruz’s post) ‘he was a murderer and a Communist.  Why are you inspired by this Ted?’.  ‘What about the rampant White Genocide BECAUSE of south african’s “freedon”???????’.   And another writes ‘Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, Mao and FDR are also dead.  They don’t deserve a positive Eulogy either.'”

Stewart “You know the ghost of Franklin Delano Roosevelt was like, how the bleep did I get dragged into this?  … Anonymous jerks on the web say stupid stuff all the time, what about non-anonymous jerks on the TV?”

Rick Santorum (Dec 5) “Nelson Mandela stood up against a great injustice and was willing to pay a huge price for that.  And, that’s the reason he’s mourned today.  Because of that struggle that he performed.”

Stewart “That’s great, as long as you don’t say anything else.”

Santorum continues “We have a great injustice going on right now in this country with an ever increasing size of government that is taking over and controlling people’s lives, and Obamacare is front and center in that.”

Stewart “How do I put this in terms that you’re going to understand here?  Uh, Apartheid is not Obamacare.  The systemic subjugation of a race of people is different from the establishment of subsidized health care exchanges.  The fact that that insurance is now mandated, again, gets us nowhere close to Apartheid level injustice in any way, shape, or, I cannot stress this enough.  So let the word go forth to a new generation of Americans wherever people gather, on whatever it is that Americans read (shows graphic of McDonald’s dollar menu with Apartheid is not Obamacare in the middle of the menu items), Apartheid, injustice wise, greater than, by a large amount of degrees, Obamacare.  If I may shout it from the hilltops (shows video of Julie Andrews from The Sound Of Music) Obamacare is not Apartheid.  The only injustice here, is that you can make a statement like that, and still get to have the TV talking stick.”

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-december-9-2013/apartheid-is-not-obamacare

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FAREED ZAKARIA, CNN HOST: “But, first, here’s my take. When Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990, I remember being struck by how old-fashioned he seemed. He spoke with the language, cadence and manner of figures from the 1940s and 1950s.

As someone who grew up in India, he reminded me of the videos I had seen of Mahatma Gandhi and Nehru and the other great national leaders form the post-colonial who had lead their countries to freedom.

He had the same formal way of speaking and dressing, the same dignity of bearing, the same sense of history. And Mandela really was a throwback to an older time of great leaders, who through courage and sheer willpower, changed the course of history.

Twenty-seven years in prison had kept intact his manners, but also his morals. His most important act, of course, was forgiveness, but he didn’t just talk about reconciliation, he took painful actions to make it real.

He learned the language of his oppressors and studied their culture. Even after the election of a new government with a new constitution, Mandela made sure that the old Afrikaans establishment, the civil service, the army, even the hated police was largely kept in place.

The white business class was encouraged to participate actively in the new South Africa. Compare that to so many transitions, for example, Iraq, where the new regime came in, fired or jailed or killed everyone from the old and a 10-year civil war followed.

Instead of vengeance, Mandela sought truth and reconciliation. He was not a saint, but rather a political genius. He did what he did because it saved his country.

When he came to power, many wondered how he would steer the new country’s foreign policy. After all, the African National Congress, which he headed, had been supported by the revolutionaries of the world, Gadhafi, Arafat, Castro.

But Mandela knew what was in his country’s best interest. He steered it in a pro-Western, pro-democratic, pro-market direction. And, yet, he kept faith with his old comrades, honoring them, never forgetting their support when he and his movement were in the wilderness.

His final act of greatness was leaving office. Very few black, African leaders had ever left office voluntarily in 1999 when Nelson Mandela did, after just one term.

He wanted to make sure that South African democracy did not descend into a cult of personality or dynasty. He was, in this sense, South Africa’s George Washington.

As much as one man can shape a country’s future, Nelson Mandela did it for South Africa. And, in doing so, he also shaped the conscious of the entire world.”

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1312/08/fzgps.01.html

Posted December 9, 2013 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day

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Nelson Mandela “It is better to lead from behind and put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur.  You take the front line when there is danger.  Then people will appreciate your leadership.”

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Posted December 6, 2013 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day

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Radio Show 39 Thursday December 5 , 2013 9-10pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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I just got back from radio show 39 on WBKM.ORG.  Last week was Thanksgiving and I had a great idea for a show.  It turned out that I had the night off, and the internet only radio station had some special programming going on.  Tonight, one week later, I did the Thanksgiving show.  I had an issue loading in more music, so I changed it up a bit to be all classic.

Song before: Brothers And Sisters – Joe Adler And The Rangers Of Danger

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington.  Last week I had an idea for a Thanksgiving show.  I had the night off, so I will do it tonight.  I was thinking about the many things in my life I have to be thankful for.  I’ve got great parents and a brother.  I’ve got lots of great friends.  There’s tons of great music around all the time.  Tonight I want to choose one and highlight how thankful I feel.  I am very thankful for my brother Ken.  He’s had some challenges in life, and it’s sometimes hard to drag him out to local shows.  Since I have started my radio show, he listens often and writes me an e-mail about it after.  He really likes playing air guitar to rocking songs.  This show is dedicated to him.  Tonight we start with Alice Austin’s next song from To A Star In The Yard, this is Run My Man on WBKM, and this is Burlington’s Kind Of Music.

1.) Run My Man – Alice Austin
2.) Be Aggressive – BE AGGRESSIVE
3.) 89 – Black Rabbit
4.) Kick The Can – Cave Bees

Are you rocking yet Ken?  I sure am.  Cave Bees are back in Austin for the winter.  It was good to see them a few times.  Black Rabbit always rock!  Be Aggressive just played at Punksgiving in White River.  Up next, let’s keep rocking.

5.) Las Vegas – Ninja Custodian
6.) Bomb – Envy
7.) The Eldridge – Cameo Harlot

I hope Ken has been rocking out to those last few.  While it’s sometimes hard to get him out to local shows, We’ve been to quite a few big ones together.  The last one was the Clockwork Angels tour in Montreal.

8.) The Trees – RUSH
9.) Shout It Out Loud – KISS
10.) Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden
11.) Hey You – Pink Floyd

I’ve seen Floyd twice without Roger, and Roger three times solo, but never together.  I put Hey You in, because for two years our parents got us tickets to see a full show Pink Floyd cover band at the Flynn Theater.  They were pretty fun shows and it was good to see them with Ken.  Last night at Nectar’s there was a Floyd tribute band called Dark Side Of The Mountain.  Matt Burr, Bob Wagner and the rest of the band were pretty excellent.  They will be there for the nest two Wednesdays.  Ken and I have seen Iron Maiden many many times.  When Kiss got back together, we saw them three times, and they were great!  Ken always seems to like it when I play this next band, but there is one song he seems to like just a little bit more.

12.) Ornan’s Song – The Dirty Blondes
13.) Morning Again – Doll Fight
14.) Come To Space – ROUGH FRANCIS

Ken always likes it when I play Rough Francis.  I really should try and drag him to a show sometime soon.  I like the symmetry of dedicating this to my brother with a band lead by brothers.  Doll Fight really rock too.  Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town.  Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

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Hey, Tim still here.  I’ve always been playing a Fish song after my show, and Ken has remarked how much he’s liked all the songs on A Feast Of Consequences.  This is my favorite.

Song after: Crucifix Corner