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'tis so ironic how correct Ayn Rand was in her portrayal of the Ellsworth Tooheys of the world. The job of the critic is not to exault greatness but to make the audience think there is no difference between greatness and mediocrity. Not to announce the good but to praise the median, and the below median. To mock with faint praise when the good is too noticeable to demean directly. To uphold the communal and the tribal and to decry the individual and the ecstatic. Find a tenured critic anywhere who does not fit Mr. Holland's template.
In the deadtree media and the people's airwaves you cannot. Maybe somewhere on the web you might find a critic of dance or theatre or music or movies with a bit of the old love for magnificence but mostly the critics repeat the memes of the Tooheys because someday one of them will get to be the next Holland.

D. F. Facti

Oh, thank you for this! I have wfmt streaming whenever I can.

I saw Ivo Pogorelich about three years ago. You talk about unconventional - - - but so inspiring!

He played three of the Liszt Transcendental Etudes, and there were sparks flying off the keys. Also Beethoven Opus 111 sonata No. 32 in c minor - I swear he was riffing the themes. It was so great.

We hunger for geniuses and their vision! This reactionary bullshit - about kids playing Schumann - real scary, that - - - ZZZZZzzzzzzzzz........


I see Fluff is hard at work.


I don't think it counts as a grimace, but it would appear that Willard Romney has blinked. Blinked and put his campaign on hiatus. Three remain: McCain, Huckabee and Paul. I expect there will be no more Republican debates, too disconcerting.


Vietnam Veterans Against John McCain

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Navy pilot John Sidney McCain III should have never been allowed to graduate from the U.S. Navy flight school. He was a below average student and a lousy pilot. Had his father and grandfather not been famous four star U.S. Navy admirals, McCain III would have never been allowed in the cockpit of a military aircraft.

His father John S. "Junior" McCain was commander of U.S. forces in Europe later becoming commander of American forces in Vietnam while McCain III was being held prisoner of war. McCain III's grandfather John S. McCain, Sr. commanded naval aviation at the Battle of Okinawa in 1945.

During his relative short stunt on flight status, McCain III lost five U.S. Navy aircraft, four in accidents and one in combat.

Robert Timberg, author of The Nightingale's Song, a book about Annapolis graduates and their tours in Vietnam, wrote that McCain "learned to fly at Pensacola, though his performance was below par, at best good enough to get by. He liked flying, but didn't love it."

McCain III lost jet number one in 1958 when he plunged into Corpus Christi Bay while practicing landings. He was knocked unconscious by the impact coming to as the plane settled to the bottom.

McCain's second crash occurred while he was deployed in the Mediterranean. "Flying too low over the Iberian Peninsula," Timberg wrote, "he took out some power lines [reminiscent of the 1998 incident in which a Marine Corps jet sliced through the cables of a gondola at an Italian ski resort, killing 20] which led to a spate of newspaper stories in which he was predictably identified as the son of an admiral."

McCain's third crash three occurred when he was returning from flying a Navy trainer solo to Philadelphia for an Army-Navy football game.

Timberg reported that McCain radioed, "I've got a flameout" and went through standard relight procedures three times before ejecting at one thousand feet. McCain landed on a deserted beach moments before the plane slammed into a clump of trees.

McCain's fourth aircraft loss occurred July 29, 1967, soon after he was assigned to the USS Forrestal as an A-4 Skyhawk pilot. While seated in the cockpit of his aircraft waiting his turn for takeoff, an accidently fired rocket slammed into McCain's plane. He escaped from the burning aircraft, but the explosions that followed killed 134 sailors, destroyed at least 20 aircraft, and threatened to sink the ship.

McCain's fifth loss happened during his 23rd mission over North Vietnam on Oct. 26, 1967, when McCain's A-4 Skyhawk was shot down by a surface-to-air missile. McCain ejected from the plane breaking both arms and a leg in the process and subsequently parachuted into Truc Bach Lake near Hanoi.

After being drug from the lake, a mob gathered around McCain, spit on him, kicked him and stripped him of his clothing. He was bayoneted in his left foot and his shoulder crushed by a rifle butt. He was then transported to the Hoa Lo Prison, also known as the Hanoi Hilton.

After being periodically slapped around for "three or four days" by his captors who wanted military information, McCain called for an officer on his fourth day of captivity. He told the officer, "O.K., I'll give you military information if you will take me to the hospital." -U.S. News and World Report, May 14, 1973 article written by former POW John McCain.

"Demands for military information were accompanied by threats to terminate my medical treatment if I [McCain] did not cooperate. Eventually, I gave them my ship's name and squadron number, and confirmed that my target had been the power plant." Page 193-194, Faith of My Fathers by John McCain.

When the communist learned that McCain's father was Admiral John S. McCain, Jr., the soon-to-be commander of all U.S. Forces in the Pacific, he was rushed to Gai Lam military hospital (U.S. government documents), a medical facility normally unavailable for U.S. POWs.

Elaine Supkis

Fluff wanted to have me show his ecstatic response to the music I was watching, Arthur. You know how cats are the classic critics. Dogs are all enthusiasm. All you have to say is, 'Bones!' and they go nuts.

CEO Nutcracker

I'm three fathoms into my "blood red wine" and love my classical music and classic movies. Nothing today can compare! Air on the G. Love it! Glad your having some fun, we all need it!

CEO Nutcracker

Romney is out of the race! OHHH PUUUU!


We had thunder and lightning all last night. I came out next morning to see what was going on, and the chickadees were mating in the big bushy evergreen outside my door. They get very "brave" when they do that, so they pretended to not even see me. Brazen little fuckers.

CEO Nutcracker

At least their having fun, the little fuckers!

Elaine Supkis

A reader asked me to post this poem he wrote:


Having taken violin lessons for 12 years, I can symphatize with you. Down with critics!

Thought you might like one of the poems from my collection:


The critics say that it was bad,

Or maybe say that it was good,

But I don't see it either way;

It can only be what it could.

There can't be titles hung on it

By myriad voices from afar;

Thing are just what they must be;

Opinions can't change what they are.

So why concern ourselves with it,

Be it books or art or plays;

A thing's a thing unto itself,

And what it is, is what it stays.

So when I'm tempted to point out

How often that he sang off key,

I try to find the truth conveyed,

And let the music's magic be.

Elaine Supkis

Um, Blues, Chickadees think they rule the earth. Except for cats. Cats, they don't like. They also don't like barking dogs. But if it is raining cats and dogs, the cats and dogs stay inside. So the Chickadees can resume rule of the earth. :)

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