“I meant to mention that Craig Elkins from Huffamoose has a brand spanking new album called "I Love You" coming out in July and if you're a fan of his past stuff, you'll totally want to get on this one! Hit him up at www.craigelkinsmusic.com and link to him on Facebook. Always love to pass along the good stuff :)”
Holypat777 on May 16, 2012 at 09:57:49
“Thanks, Robbie. I'll be checking it out. Nice post, btw.”
“Hardly smiling. I am extremely unhappy about how things work in Washington and don't know who/what will really make a difference fixing it. Let me be clear: Obama certainly owns the decisions he makes during his presidency and not all of them are wonderful. But the point of my piece was not to exonerate Obama from his own record. It was to focus some attention on the actual record (and results) of George W. Bush, who ran this country for eight long years. Looking at American history with a clear eye towards facts is not "finger-pointing" or saying that "it's all George Bush's fault." It is acknowledgement of what part Bush had in what we are currently suffering. For anyone to suggest that it's all Bush's fault is as ludicrous as saying that it's all Obama's fault. But facts are facts: two wars, a Medicare plan and multiple tax cuts were put on the nation's credit card by Bush with ample support from Boehner, McConnell, Cantor and Kyl while the debt ceiling was raised multiple times, and spending, government size and the deficit increased. They only cared about this destructive debt spending after Obama got elected and have used it to create even more destructive legislation. Obama, Reid, Pelosi and crew all have to answer to their records as well. But ignoring Bush & Co.'s role in all this while the same Republicans position themselves as debt-busting, deficit-reducing problem-solvers is dangerously ignorant at best.”
wdc39 on Aug 7, 2011 at 00:54:08
“I'm aware Bush did his share of damage. Let's face the facts. It's not Bush vs. Obama. It's party vs. party. I wish somehow we could scrap this party system and find another way. When it was all Repub at the capital, they took advantage of it. So did the Dems when they controlled the Hill. When the power play was split, little was accomplished during both presidencies. They seem more concerned about thier party than thier country.”
“Music notation is certainly not pointless and it has many uses in the sphere of learning/performing music. However, my approach to learning music WILL certainly work for ALL students, regardless of whether they become expert notation readers or not. It is fundamental and basic information about the physics and formulas that the twelve tones create and it is the foundation on which all musical knowledge is built. By examining music without notation, one can give full attention to these basic principles without the added task of simultaneously learning to read sheet music. The separation of these two very different sets of information makes the theory much easier to grasp for any level of learning. Once one understands music, one can turn their attention to learning the language of notation if they desire. Or not. Teaching is an art indeed which is why I want to give teachers some fundamental tools with which to successfully teach students of any age. I appreciate your comments and highly recommend you check out The Key of One for yourself.”
Dec 1, 2010 at 19:49:09
“how about adding:
Got No Secrets by Brendan Benson
Secrets by Van Halen
Agent's Got No Secret by Dada
In Hiding by Pearl Jam
Tell the Truth by Derek and the Dominos
Truth Hits Everybody by The Police
Ill Placed Trust by Sloan
Trust by Paul Williams
Trust by Pharcyde
can't wait for Wikileaks next exposes on banking and corporate entities... as Assange calls it, the Coming Age of Involuntary Transparency, coming soon to a website near us all...”
“No matter whether you disagree with my opinion (or whether you can back yours up with any facts) suggesting that "We'd probably all be better off if the author didn't reproduce" is way over the line of thoughtful discourse and commentary. As to the "height of arrogance" I would say that the human population has raised that bar ever higher in its self-important quest for planetary dominance. As to the outcome of all this, perhaps George Carlin said it best: "The planet’ll shake us off like a bad case of fleas." Or wash us off one Pakistani flood at a time. Carlin also said "Narrow, unenlightened self-interest doesn’t impress me." which fits my feelings about your comments perfectly. Thanks for your interest; you may continue on with your incessant rutting and delusions of importance.”
It is not "partisan" to find fault in Dick Cheney or George Bush, or even John Kerry or Chuck Schumer, for that matter. I'm an equal opportunity fault-finder, though the Bush/Cheney illegal wars, torture and wiretapping are preeeeeetty impressive in the "faults" category. Alan Greenspan is supposed to be non-partisan but hey, that's splitting hairs. There were a LOT of people who contributed to the downfall of our economy (and some would say our country) from both parties. And greed has been pervasive in politics since its inception. There are many woes of society I could rightfully blame on Cheney or Greenspan but that is not what my piece was about. One clarification: rampant deregulated capitalism is really Ronald Reagan's fault and history will remember it as such.
Lastly, if politically-driven rhetoric peppered in an intellectual discussion is not your cup of tea, I do wonder why you peruse the Huffington Post at all! Keep living in the limelight, buddy...”
Majik Rat on Sep 3, 2009 at 13:24:32
“Hey, I never claimed to have the solution.
History has remembered (and will continue to remember) Reagan. for policies that led to unparalleled economic growth for the better part of 28 years! Lower tax rates decreased the cost of capital which promoted investment in R&D, led to the tech revolution of the 90's and created millions of jobs. I'm pretty sure none of that would have happened under Carter's regime of 70% marginal tax rates, double digit inflation, and interest rates in the vicinity of 20%.
Illegal wars? Torture? When extremists declare war on you, I suppose you can take two approaches. If you're Bill Clinton, you reject the Saudi's offer to turn over Osama bin Laden. You do nothing when the World Trade Center is attacked in 1993. You do nothing when 2 U.S. embassies in Africa are bombed. You do nothing when the USS Cole is attacked. The result? 9/11 and 3,000 innocent American civilian deaths.
Or you can go on offense against the nutjobs who have declared war on your country, hate you, hate your lifestyle, and would blow up a bus on which your wife and kids are riding in a heartbeat. The result? No terrorist attacks against US interests in 8 years.
But let's make sure we give them all Miranda rights and the full protection of our Constitution. Foreign enemy combatants deserve that!”
“First of all, you were totally right and that was a complete bonehead move. I changed the Neil Peart quote to it's rightful song, "Anthem." I stand guilty and, as a long time Rush fan and musician, I vow on the nose of Geddy Lee I won't let it happen again. However, to completely discount my credibility based on that mistake seems kinda harsh, especially if you are a fellow Rush fan, as you seem to be. So Majik Rat, please- enlighten us all with your point-for-point debunking of my essay (which I highly doubt you bothered to read) along with it's previous counterpart (ooh Counterparts is a Rush album! how clever, I know) Come on buddy, roll the bones (another one!) and start "debunking"...
“Well, I know they've always told you/
Selfishness was wrong/
Yet it was for me, not you, I came to write this song/””
Majik Rat on Sep 3, 2009 at 01:21:23
“Well, as long as you swore on the nose of Geddy Lee, I suppose all is forgiven. You make some good points and, although I do not agree with many of them, I do respect them.
But you have peppered an intellectual discussion about the writings of Ayn Rand with politically-driven rhetoric which serves only to detract from, rather than enhance, your arguments. You choose Dick Cheney, George Bush and Alan Greenspan to personify the selfish behavior which is “inherent in right wing thinking.” The “rampant deregulated capitalism” is all their fault.
However, in 2006 Bush, Greenspan and McCain all warned that Fannie and Freddie were out of control and pushed for stricter regulation. Not a single democrat voted for it in committee so it never made it to the floor. In fact, Frank, Schumer, Pelosi and Reid all spoke out against it:
The democrats in Congress refused to regulate companies that were making huge campaign contributions to them - the very entities that were at the forefront of the collapse of the financial markets. But you disingenuously blame the woes of society on Dick Cheney and Alan Greenspan. Such partisan rhetoric contributes little toward an actual solution to the problem.”
“Well put! And the "compartmentalized, disintegrated, context-less, or (at best) incomplete understanding of Rand's philosophy" sounds very much like the brand of so-called "capitalism" that has been perpetrated by many of those con men and swindlers. It would seem that what works well on paper is often corrupted by the "human element" working their morally dubious, sociopathic shell games on their fellow man. Thanks for your comments.”
“Somewhat jarring to read you list of quotes at the end of the piece, especially the juxtaposition of Ayn Rand followed by John Lennon's "Imagine" lyric. I suspect both Rand and Lennon would laugh, or at least, be seized by an attack of hiccups.
and then there's Lennon/McCartney's....
"And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make." Not a sentiment you're likely to find hidden in Rand's works.”
Aug 26, 2009 at 18:04:56
“First of all, Bob, I work damn hard and resent your suggesting otherwise. Since you don't know me at all, let me tell you that my path in life has been anything BUT easy. And as to "no monetary value to society," not everything of value to society is measured monetarily. However, for you to suggest that I am somehow pissed at hard workers and have made a choice to the contrary is downright ignorant. You obviously missed the point of my piece which is that, depending on your sense of ethics and morals, selfishness can be a force for good or for evil. I don't resent Bill Gates for making scads of money and laud him greatly for his altruistic efforts worldwide. My own value to society not of your concern and as to wallowing in self-importance, your bio quite clearly says it all.”
BobLablah on Aug 28, 2009 at 14:43:32
“Hey Robbie, I'm ready to apologize to you for making generalizations about you if you're ready to apologize for making generalizations about me? How about it? Is this fiscal conservative more tolerant and open-minded than the lib? Is my bio accurate?”
BobLablah on Aug 27, 2009 at 10:28:51
“So you are deeply offended by someone judging you without knowing a thing about you? Hmmm. Then maybe you should refrain from making statements like "If you're a capitalist you have an inherent desire to get yours regardless of others"
See this street? It goes both ways.”
James Reidy on Aug 26, 2009 at 23:07:22
I just wanted to agree with you. Bill Gates is responsible for developing software that we all use, and therefore he should be compensated very well.
I am concerned with the idea that how much money you make is directly related to whether you can agree or disagree with Rand. Rand just wanted the individual to have the choice to keep what they earned. By doing so, the individual is free to choose how to best spend what they earned.
I think if your work affords you what you want, then you are free! Rand would be happy for you...”
Aug 26, 2009 at 17:42:48
“I would definitely not like my art to be hidden from the world, which the internet has made almost a non-issue. The impact of uploading a song, poem or picture and having it immediately accessible to anyone with a connection is unparalleled and makes it hard to really "hide" from the world.That being said, I'm sure there are some people who choose to keep their art private and not share it with anyone. That is their right and choosing and so be it. I do understand the point Rand was making with the art-down-the-airshaft bit but I would think the vast majority of us see that as extreme in real life.”
“If you read my piece, you'd know that I was not recommending more government jobs at all. As to government intervention into our lives, this is simply a coordinated effort by government AND the private sector to train displaced workers for newly created jobs while they are on unemployment. Or would you rather the government just dole out unemployment as they do now and leave everyone to their own devices? There are millions of Americans currently suffering because they have lost their jobs and have little hope for new ones. If our Government and the private sector coordinate to train them for new jobs, they will not only stop receiving unemployment sooner but start adding back to the tax rolls and social security once they are meaningfully employed and will have a long term future filled with security and promise. It is a win-win for displaced workers, for the private sector who needs them and for the government who would rather you pay taxes than receive unemployment benefits. What is it exactly that you are against in this plan?”