Tuesday, March 5, 2013


  • Tonight, KERA ran a John Denver special, recorded in Japan in the'80s.  The musicianship was so-so - I've seen him backed by better bands - but still, it was enjoyable.  It's John Denver.
  • His name came up recently at my parents' house.  Mom reminded me that at the annual Oskosh Fly-In a couple of decades ago, my Dad tripped Mr. Deutschendorf accidentally as the latter walked from the sunshine (on his shoulders?) into a [darker/darkened] workshop or hospitality tent.  Ruh-roh!
  • A colleague recently complimented me, saying that I help make working at our organization 'bearable'. (Rebuttal viewpoint from Todd the Blogger or the Dew in 3-2-1...)
  • An exaggeration, sure, but I understand what was meant.  I do try to leaven the day with levity, and to play well in the sandbox.
  • Historically, co-workers tend to treat me as a confidant - telling me things that they likely shouldn't - probably because they know I can keep a confidence.  Nothing immoral, illegal, or unethical, mind you, just things that might be unflattering.
  • Someone was sleepy Sunday evening as I watched TV on the sofa:
  • The Circus Blogger recently referred to the Eagles as 'generic' music.  Now, I understand that Todd the Blogger might use the adjective 'geriatric'.  And if Skippy's talking about Tequila Sunrise, Peaceful Easy Feeling, Best of My Love - well, I wouldn't argue the point, even I consider those pretty much throwaways from the musical canon. 
  • But from Hotel California forward (with an aside that Desperado is an excellent concept album), and especially in Henley's solo work, I don't believe there's a better, more literate songwriter/lyricist than NTSU ex Don Henley.
  • What is kind of surprising is that a band whose recording catalog numbers fewer than 7 original releases (plus two Greatest Hits compilations, two live recordings, and an anthology boxed set) still can easily fill large arena tours.
  • Wonder if this was written about the Ringmaster of said blog:

But the Baron is in the balcony, laughing¹ 
And pointing to the pit 
He says "|Aw, look, they've grown accustomed to the smell²
 Now people love that $#!+ 
 And we're workin' it." 
Workin' it.

(Henley/Simes/Lynch, excerpt from Workin' It, InsideJob)
  • Moving on.
  • News today that the USAG says it's okay for the POTUS to use drones against US citizens domestically.
  • Not that they intend to, though.  It's, you know, just in case.
  • And the MSM thinks that folks with AR-15 poodle shooters are paranoid.
  • Full disclosure: I don't own an AR-15 or any of its clones.  But I don't have any issue with ordinary law abiding folks who do.
  • As one who remembers the 'Texas Secede' bumper/window stickers from the '70s, I tend to regard the concept as so much 'bar talk'.  Silliness, in other words.
  • However what's not silly, and not nearly as amusing, is that Washington in its derision of the concept, utterly disregards the underlying discontent in the nation - not just Texas - that tends to give rise to the possibility of an en masse secession of a wide swath of the midwest, potentially including a band of states from the Gulf of Mexico, through the nation's breadbasket, northwest (and maybe including some disgruntled Canadian Provinces - they're not too thrilled with Ottawa) up to Alaska.
  • Seems to me the productive, energy and resource-rich states would kind of hold the high cards, and would be self-sustaining.  Thriving, even.
  • As well, many arms manufacturers, watching the outcome of bills wending their way through different blue state legislatures, may be relocating to more hospitable areas.
  • So, if a large part of the North American continent were to issue the Declaration of Independence II, they would probably be the well-armed states, and unless the remaining Federal government intended to go all Kim Jong Un on the 'rebellious' ones, there'd be essentially zero chance of successfully occupying/subjugating the new breakaway nation stretching from the Gulf to the Baltic.
  • Not that I advocate or hope for such a scenario.  But we seem to have possibly the greatest Divider in Chief these United States have ever seen.
  • Like I said, something to chew on.

¹,²  Lyrics modified in lines 1 and 3


RPM said...

E pluribus unum. United we stand, divided we fall. We are going thru an upheaval much like the 60's. A lot of people wanted to seceede then, too. A "Bunch of Different Countries in America" would soon perish.

I think The Eagles are just an easy to bash band. The were too popular.

The Donald said...

Agree that there's a similarity to the '60s; however, unlike then - when the economy was moving robustly forward with the Baby Boom, leveraging the rise of solid state computing and consumer devices - we are now at a plateau, or perhaps on a downward trajectory where there is considerably less optimism than was expressed in JFK's inaugural.

I can't say with certainty that we're doomed to Dystopia, but I firmly believe we need a course correction - and fast.