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Thursday, April 24, 2014

TCM still true to mission 20 years later--Diane Werts, Newsday

A great Newsday piece by Christmas on Television author Diane Werts--the link is to its appearance in the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch:

TCM still true...

I agree with every word of the piece.  And she knows the dirty details.  I, on the other hand, can't keep track of precisely which cable dreck is showing where; I just know that cable is no longer a place where the name of a channel (History, Animal Planet, Learning, Science) gives the viewer much heads-up on its content.  Memory tells me that Syfy was the pioneer in channel-concept betrayal, showing at least as much horror porn in its early days as science fiction.  It led the way by not even attempting to hew to its declared niche in the first place.  Anyway, I'm going to check the Sewing Machine Repair Channel--I believe they're having a "Best of Big-Time Wresting" marathon.  Or is that the Puppy Channel?  Ice Cream Central?

See, I can't keep track of this stuff for trying.


Sunday, April 20, 2014


Easter, in its modern form on the left, is a day on which people who hew to pre-19th-century concepts of math, science, and reason trash people of faith for (among other sins) not being as enlightened as they are.  What if there's truth to that charge?  What if, in fact, I'm even less enlightened than people whose concept of "science" was becoming old hat even as Jefferson was taking office?  Yikes.

Science, reason, and all the other nouns on which the "reality-based" community "bases" its views, have long since revealed themselves to be methods first, and philosophies second, if at all.  There was a time when science and/or reason might have described a mindset or served as a basis on which to say "no" to superstition and "yes" to the truths about nature, but that was more like 1742 than 2014.  Here's to 2014--Easter 2014, to be precise.

This is me, playing my Casio WK-3800.  The superb piano and church organ sounds are Casio's; the nimble fingers belong to me.  The tune dates back to 1708, a year in which "basing" things on logic, science, and reason might have made sense as a philosophical option.  Then came the 19th century.

Christ the Lord Is Risen Today (tune, 1708)

Lee, on the Casio WK-3800.


Saturday, April 19, 2014

A busy Easter for the FFRF.

Our religious freedom--yours, mine, everyone else's--is being violated big-time in Chicago, where members of the public are (get this!) celebrating a public holiday in, of all places, a public square.  Outrageous!  Does the Constitution allow such things?  I should think not!  Luckily, the Freedom from Religion Foudation is on the scene, standing up for our Constitutionally enshrined freedom of religion by posing around a John Adams poster and grinning like dorks:

And here's a recent FFRF staff shot for good measure. Hard to imagine that Fox News would even consider daring to report on the behavior of these people, thus risking censure by The Daily Show:

Yet this is precisely what Fox has done, and has done before. An "anti-Easter display," Fox dubs it.  Oh, please.  The FFRF is simply protesting a public celebration in public of a public holiday--in this case, Easter.  Sheesh!  What those Fox folks will read into things.

By the way, here's the FFRF's take on its (punctuation FFRF's) "patriotic red-white-and-blue secular display": Founding Fathers quote-a-thon  .

And, you know something?  John Adams indeed signed the Treaty of Tripoli, which contains the endlessly quoted, "As the government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion...."  Which means, naturally, that no members of the public are allowed to publicly celebrate public holidays.  Frickin' Duh! Anyone knows that.  And apparently Thomas Jefferson did tell a nephew to question the existence of a God (or, if you're a secular, "a god").  So there.  And, back then, doing so actually took guts.

What would those guys say if we brought them back to life?  Adams: "Where am I?  What is this??"  Jefferson: "Is Sally here?  Did you resurrect her, too?"  I'm just speculating.

So far, neither Huffington Post nor Religion News Service has even mentioned this stunt, which is odd, since, to my knowledge, neither the RNS or Po  has ever heard a "state/church separation" plea it didn't wholly shill for without a moment's critical consideration.  Could even Sarah Posner be embarrassed by something this bizarre?  Or can we expect a Posner essay entitled, say, 80 Reasons Public Holidays Shouldn't Be Celebrated in Public?  Time will tell.

Meanwhile, the FFRF will be on the scene, as always, arguing that religion has no place in public life, and that--I guess--Catholics aren't part of the public?  Actually, it's anyone's guess what these people are trying to point out.  That the Constitution protects their right to publicly carry on like punctuation-challenged junior high school students?  If so, obviously they're correct.  Chalk one up for their cause.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Late Palm Sunday Concert

Welcome to the annual Late Palm Sunday Concert.  Tonight, me at the Casio WK-3800, as always, and with three Palm Sunday tunes (hymn titles in parentheses):

1. All Hallows (Outside the Holy City): George C. Martin, 1891.
         All Hallows--Lee Hartsfeld, using Casio WK-3800's piano tone
2. St. Theodulph (All Glory, Laud, and Honor): Melchior Teschner, 1615.
         St. Theodulph--Lee Hartsfeld, using Casio WK-3800's piano and organ tones
3. Palm Sunday (There Was a Time When Children Sang): Karl Pomeroy Harrington, 1905.
         Palm Sunday--Lee Hartsfeld, using Casio WK-3800's piano, harp, recorder, etc. tones

Sheet music courtesy of the great Cyber Hymnal, as in the real Cyber Hymnal, which can be found here: Cyber Hymnal.  Unfortunately, they were domain-name-swiped a while back, so now they show up, url-wise, as Hymntime.  Always check to see if you're at the real place or the facsimile.  


Tuesday, April 01, 2014

I got an answer. Wow.

4shared instructed me on how to deactivate my account.  I did.

I received this notice:  "Your account has been deleted but we will keep your files for 30 days in case you reconsider.  You can reactivate your account at any time within 30 days by logging back in.  Hopefully, you will return to using our service."

Ha-haaaa, ho ho!, hee hee!  HA HA HA HA HA HA HAAAAAAA!!, etc.