Sunday, August 31, 2008

Getting To Know You Sarah

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Northern Palin Exposure

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The Godfather Weighs In On John Edwards

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I know it's not politically correct to view Imus, but this cracked me up.

Bishop Orchards: Shoo Fly Pie

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They don't have shoo fly pie at Bishop Orchards in Guilford, CT, but they have a whole bunch of other delicious ones.
Anita O' Day with the Stan Kenton Orchestra
If you wanna do right by your appetite,
If you're fussy about your food,
Take a choo-choo today, head New England way,
And we'll put you in the happiest mood. with:
Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy
Makes your eyes light up,
Your tummy say "Howdy."
Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy
I never get enough of that wonderful stuff.
Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan dowdy makes the sun come out
When Heavens are cloudy,
Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy,
I never get enough of that wonderful stuff!
Mama! When you bake,
Mama! I don't want cake;
Mama! For my sake
Go to the oven and make some ever lovin' Sh,
Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy
Makes your eyes light up,
Your tummy say "Howdy,"
Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy
I never get enough of that wonderful stuff!

Trig Paxson Van Palin Is Not My Son

Billie Jean, Aka Trig Paxson Van Palin, Is Not My Son

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She was more like a beauty queen from a movie scene
I said dont mind, but what do you mean I am the one
Who will dance on the floor in the round
She said I am the one who will dance on the floor in the round
2nd verse
She told me her name was billie jean, as she caused a scene
Then every head turned with eyes that dreamed of being the one
Who will dance on the floor in the round
Bridge
People always told me be careful of what you do
And dont go around breaking young girls hearts
And mother always told me be careful of who you love
And be careful of what you do cause the lie becomes the truth
Chorus
Billie jean is not my lover
Shes just a girl who claims that I am the one
But the kid is not my son
She says I am the one, but the kid is not my son
3rd verse
For forty days and forty nights
The law was on her side
But who can stand when shes in demand
Her schemes and plans
cause we danced on the floor in the round
So take my strong advice, just remember to always think twice
(do think twice)
4th verse
She told my baby,we where dancing still 3:00
Then she looked at me, she show me a photo
My baby cried, cause his eyes where like mine
Bridge
People always told me be careful of what you do
And dont go around breaking young girls hearts
She came and stood right by me
Then the smell of sweet perfume
This happened much too soon
She called me to her room
Chorus
Billie jean is not my lover
Shes just a girl who claims that I am the one
But the kid is not my son
Billie jean is not my lover
Shes just a girl who claims that I am the one
But the kid is not my son
She says I am the one, but the kid is not my son
She says I am the one, but the kid is not my son
Billie jean is not my lover
Shes just a girl who claims that I am the one
But the kid is not my son
She says I am the one, but the kid is not my son
She says I am the one, she says he is my son
She says I am the one
Billie jean is not my lover
Billie jean is not my lover
Billie jean is not my lover
Billie jean is not my lover
Billie jean is not my lover
Billie jean is not my lover

The Proof Is In The Pudding, AKA Baked Alaska


from daily kos
Yesterday, with the news of Sarah Louise Heath Palin inexplicably being chosen as a Vice-Presidential nominee, the attentive American public was also introduced to her character. Unfortunately for all of us, it was filled with multiple instances of backtracking and outright lies. While Alaskans had been giving her an 80% approval rating, recently 87% of Alaskans polled on the subject of TrooperGate believed she was lying.
Now, I've known liars in my life. Their single core problem is not with themselves, but those around them. If they're never called out on their twisting of truths and fabrications, they simply continue to make larger lies.
Well, Sarah, I'm calling you a liar. And not even a good one. Trig Paxson Van Palin is not your son. He is your grandson. The sooner you come forward with this revelation to the public, the better.

Welcome Republicans


Could it be that all this controversy surrounding the choice of Palin is a plot:
from whatreallyhappened
We know that McCain was still pushing for Joe Lieberman to be VP as of last Sunday. McCain might have chosen Palin in a desperation ploy, or maybe out of pique at being denied his first choice. Or... and here is where the convention will get interesting, the GOP leadership has realized that McCain cannot win against Obama, either with Lieberman or without, and saddled him with a crippling choice for VP in a ploy to get McCain to decide to refuse the nomination, thereby opening up a floor fight for a new set of nominees. Yes, it's kind of a wild idea. But right now I am having a hard time seeing the GOP as being that incredibly stupid in choosing Sarah Palin as the candidate for VP.

Whose Yehoodi 2

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Martha Tilton, with the Six Hits and a Miss (look for Jimmie Dodd of Mickey Mouse Club fame), sings in this Universal film short from 1940.
Someone please lend me a hand
Solve this mystery if you can
If he’s mice or if he’s man
Who’s Yehoodi?
G-man Hoover’s getting moody
Got his men on double-duty
Trying to find out who’s Yehoodi
Who’s Yehoodi!
The little man who wasn’t there
Said he heard him on the air
No one seems to know from where ...
But who’s Yehoodi?
more on Yehoodi's history from wikipedia:
The catchphrase "Who's Yehoodi?" (or, alternatively, "Who's Yehudi?") originated when violinist Yehudi Menuhin was a guest on the popular radio program of Bob Hope, where sidekick Jerry Colonna, apparently finding the name itself humorous, repeatedly asked "Who's Yehudi?" Colonna continued the gag on later shows even though Menuhin himself was not a guest, turning "Yehudi" into a widely understood 1930s slang reference for a mysteriously absent person.[1] The United States Navy chose the name "Project Yehudi" for an early 1940s precursor to stealth technology.
A song with the title and catchphrase "Who's Yehoodi?" was written in 1940 by Bill Seckler and Matt Dennis. It was covered by Kay Kyser and more famously by Cab Calloway. The final stanza of the song is:
The little man who wasn’t there
Said he heard him on the air
No one seems to know from where
But who's Yehoodi?
Both the catchphrase and the song eventually lost all of their original connection with Menuhin. Its double meaning of "Who Is Jewish?" — the word "Yehudi" means "Jew" in the Hebrew language — was emphasized in a short sound film ("soundie") of the song with variant lyrics made in 1943 with singer Lane Truesdale and an unidentified male trio, in which a "living portrait" of a pejoratively stereotypical Jew with black hat and long beard leers inappropriately at Truesdale's swinging hips before finally announcing "I'm Yehoodi!"
The national swing dance / lindy hop community website Yehoodi derives its name from this catchphrase, as popularized by the Cab Calloway version of the song.

Whose Yehoodi?

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considering the way he's looking at her tuchis, maybe it's John McCain.
Comments from the film's youtube post
Yes, the film is reversed: Soundies -- early music videos shown in special jukeboxes -- used a complicated set of projection mirrors requiring the film to be backwards so it would show correctly.
"Who's Yehoodi?" was indeed the catch-phrase of Jerry Colonna on Bob Hope's radio show at the time. That because SO popular, this song was written as a result...
It looks like the film has been revesed as I am pretty sure the guitarist in the clip is Les Paul and he plays "right handed"
Also, the side zipper on her dress is showing on the right side, whereas side zippers then (and now) are universally on the left.
This is awesome...and her dress is 1000x hornier and sexier than Paris and Britney getting out of a limo without panties on...
A novelity song inspired by a running gag by Jerry Colonna from Bob Hope's radio shows, Colonna ever in search of a mythical (and invisible) figure named 'Yehudi'. "Yehudi" soon becoming synonymous with anything hidden or invisible, is said to have inspired a 'Project Yehudi' during WWII for the camouflauge of ships and airplanes.

John McCain: Reach Out And Touch Someone

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Stewart And Colbert Take On McCain/Palin

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from crooks and liars
Stewart: “There was also some breaking news out of Ohio today when Republican Presidential candidate John McCain introduced the world to his third wife. Actually, no, wait, that’s his running mate Sarah Palin, freshman governor of Alaska, star and producer of Emmy-winning ‘30 Rock.’ I apologize…the star of the Emmy-winning ‘Will and Grace.’ No, no, I’m sorry…she’s actually the mild-mannered yet troubled librarian from every Cinemax movie.
Colbert: “We’re still waiting with bated breath for the big news: who will John McCain pick as his running mate. The Republican convention starts Monday and here he is at a rally just hanging out with some female supporter who I assume won some radio call-in contest. Is it Romney? Is it Pawlenty? Wait…she is?! Are you serious?! Who the f*ck is Sarah Palin? What? The sexy librarian?!”

Love To Vet

Garden Party

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images from Brookklyn Botanic Gardens and Red Hook Fairway
Artist: Rick Nelson
- peak Billboard position # 6 in 1972
- inspired by Rick's experience at a Madison Square Garden concert
- Words and Music by Rick Nelson
I went to a garden party to reminisce with my old friends
A chance to share old memories and play our songs again
When I got to the garden party, they all knew my name
No one recognized me, I didn't look the same
CHORUS
But it's all right now, I learned my lesson well.
You see, ya can't please everyone, so ya got to please yourself
People came from miles around, everyone was there
Yoko brought her walrus, there was magic in the air
'n' over in the corner, much to my surprise
Mr. Hughes hid in Dylan's shoes wearing his disguise
CHORUS
lott-in-dah-dah-dah, lot-in-dah-dah-dah
Played them all the old songs, thought that's why they came
No one heard the music, we didn't look the same
I said hello to "Mary Lou", she belongs to me
When I sang a song about a honky-tonk, it was time to leave
CHORUS
lot-dah-dah-dah (lot-dah-dah-dah)
lot-in-dah-dah-dah
Someone opened up a closet door and out stepped Johnny B. Goode
Playing guitar like a-ringin' a bell and lookin' like he should
If you gotta play at garden parties, I wish you a lotta luck
But if memories were all I sang, I rather drive a truck
CHORUS
lot-dah-dah-dah (lot-dah-dah-dah)
lot-in-dah-dah-dah
'n' it's all right now, learned my lesson well
You see, ya can't please everyone, so you got to please yourself

Parking Permit


get your unofficial parking permit. Read about the controversy on the ICE blog
UFT Drops Ball on Parking; Teachers Will Suffer
Back in January the DA passed a resolution calling for the reversal of the mayor's plan to cut down, by 20%, the number of permits issued by the DOE for staff parking near schools. Randi was quoted as saying how disrespectful this move was and the negative impact it would have on attracting and retaining teachers. This is true especially for schools that are far from public transportation.
Today, we received the news that Randi's "cooperative bargaining philosophy" has yielded another giveback; the loss of over 80% of the DOE issued permits into a system which is centrally monitored. Randi justifies the tentative agreement (they have agreed to suspend the grievance) by her "relief" that the number of parking spots has not decreased.
In reality the City will now only allocate 11,000 permits. Randi says there are 25,000 spots. What's going on here?
The UFT web site cleverly substituted the parking permit rights portion of "Know Your Rights" with the letter from Ed Skyler explaining the loss of our "rights."

Jive Talking 3

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I may have mixed up the sound tracks on my previous jive posts
Dedicated to reality based educator at nyceducator

Whatcha Know Joe

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Not much if he helped John pick Sarah Palin
composed by Victor Young, sung by Jo Stafford
(Ohhhh Whatcha Know Joe)
I Don't Know nothin'
(Whatcha Know Joe)
tell me somethin'
(Whatcha Know Joe)
Ain't connivin'
Just aint jivin'
I don't know
(Whatcha know Joe)
Well i don't know Latin
(Whatcha know Joe)
Ain't high-hattin'
(Whatcha Know Joe)
I aint foolin'
i need schoolin'
i don't know
i don't know
mama tried to tell me so
papa wouldn't let me go
couldn't even see a movie show
(sooooo whatcha know Joe)
i just cant figure
(whatcha know Joe)
i don't dig ya
(whatcha know Joe)
hey stop your squakin,
just ant talkin
cuz i don't know
(whatcha know Joe)
(oobie doobie do)
(Whatcha know Joe)
(oobie doobie do)
(what do you know Joe)
just aint makin it
i don't know
i don't know
my mama tried to tell me so
papa wouldn't let me go
couldn't even see a movie show
(oobie doobie do)
(whatcha know Joe)
i just cant figure
(whatcha know Joe)
i don't dig ya
(whatcha know Joe)
quit your squakin,
i ant talkin
cuz i don't know
(what do u know Joe)
(whadda you know)
(what do u know Joe)
(whadda you know)
aint talkin
quit your squakin
no more talkin
i don't know

Sarah Palin On Whinin

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from youtube
from an email:
FYI: I received this as a forward and thought I'd pass it on to you. If it's true, it's mind-boggling. Joanne
As an Alaskan, I am writing to give all of you some information on Sarah Palin, Senator McCain's choice for VP. As an Alaska voter, I know more than most of you about her and, frankly, I am horrified that he picked her. The most accurate description of her is red neck. Her husband works in the oil fields of Prudhoe Bay and races snow mobiles. She is a life time member of the NRA and has worked tirelessly to allow indiscriminate hunting of wildlife in Alaska, particularly wolves and bears. She has spent millions of Alaska state dollars on aerial hunting of these predators from helicopters and airplanes, dollars that should have been spent, for example, on Alaska's failing school system.We have the lowest rate of high school graduation in the country. Not all of you may think aerial predator hunting is so bad, but how anyone (other than Alaska wolf-haters, of which there are many, most without teeth), could think this use of funds is appropriate is beyond me. If you want to know more about the aerial hunting travesty, let me know and I will send some links to informative web sites. She has been a strong supporter of increased use of fossil fuels, yet the McCain campaign has the nerve to say she has "green" policies. The
only thing green about Sarah Palin is her lack of experience. She has consistently supported drilling in ANWR, use of coal-burning power plants (as I write this, a new coal plant is being built in her home town of Wasilla), strip mining, and almost anything else that will unnecessarily exploit the diminishing resources of Alaska and destroy its environment. Prior to her one year as governor of Alaska, she was mayor of Wasilla, a small red neck town outside Anchorage. The average maximum education level of parents of junior high school kids in Wasilla is 10th grade.
Unfortunately, I have to go to Wasilla every week to get groceries and other supplies, so I have continual contact with the people who put Palin in office in the first place. I know what I'm talking about. These people don't have a concept of the world around them or of the serious issues facing the US. Furthermore, they don't care. So long as they can go out and hunt their moose every fall, kill wolves and bears and drive their snow mobiles and ATVs through every corner of the wilderness, they're happy. I wish I were exaggerating. Sarah Palin is currently involved in a political corruption scandal. She fired an individual in law enforcement here because she didn't like how he treated one of her relatives during a divorce. The man's performance and ability weren't considered; it was a totally personal firing and is currently under investigation. While the issue isn't close to the scandal of Ted Steven's corruption, it shows that Palin isn't "squeaky clean" and causes me to think there ay be more issues that could come to light. Clearly McCain doesn't care. When you line Palin up with Biden, the comparison would be laughable if it weren't so serious. Sarah Palin knows nothing of economics (admittedly a weak area for McCain), or of international affairs, knows nothing of national government, Social Security, unemployment, health care systems - you name it. The idea of her meeting with heads of foreign governments around the world truly frightens me. In an increasingly dangerous world, with the economy in shambles in the US, Sarah Palin is uniquely UNqualified to be vice president. John McCain is not a young man. Should something happen to him such that the vice president had to step in, it would destroy our country and possibly the world to have someone as inexperienced and inappropriate as Sarah Palin. The choice of Palin is a cheap shot by McCain to try to get Hillary supporters to vote for him. when McCain introduced her today, Palin had the nerve to compare herself with Hillary and Geraldine Ferraro. Sarah Palin, you are no Hillary Clinton. To those of you who, like me, supported Hilary and were upset that she did not get the nomination, please don't think that Sarah Palin is a worthy substitute. If you supported Hillary, regardless of what you think the media and the democratic party may have done to undermine her campaign, the person to support now is Obama, not Sarah Palin. To those of you who are independent or undecided, don't let the choice of Palin sway you in favor of McCain. Choosing her shows how unqualified McCain is to be president. To those of you who are conservative, I guess you have no choice for president. But please try to see how the poor choice of Palin tells us a great deal about McCain's judgment. While the political posturing inherent in the choice of Palin is obvious, the more serious issue is the fact that the VP is, literally, a heartbeat away from the presidency. Sarah Palin is totally and unequivocally unqualified to be vice president, let alone president. I know this is a lengthy and emotional email, but the stakes are high. I thought it might help for all of you, regardless of political affiliation, to know something about Palin from someone who has to live with her administration in Alaska on a daily basis.

Talking Points

Friday, August 29, 2008

Old McDaniel Is Very Nice

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Images from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. Old McDonald by Ella, of course

Ruby Tuesday

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images from another recent grueling college search road trip. Excellent dinner at a new Ruby Tuesday's, where the food is always "hand crafted"
The Marianne Faithful version
She would never say where she came from
Yesterday dont matter if its gone
While the sun is bright
Or in the darkest night
No one knows
She comes and goes
Goodbye, ruby tuesday
Who could hang a name on you?
When you change with every new day
Still Im gonna miss you...
Dont question why she needs to be so free
Shell tell you its the only way to be
She just cant be chained
To a life where nothings gained
And nothings lost
At such a cost
Theres no time to lose, I heard her say
Catch your dreams before they slip away
Dying all the time
Lose your dreams
And you will lose your mind.
Aint life unkind?
Goodbye, ruby tuesday
Who could hang a name on you?
When you change with every new day
Still Im gonna miss you...

John's Hot And Bothered

Sarah Palin: Not Sarah Plain

Baracky II

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The youtube baracky video was closer to truth than fiction as a result of last night's stirring speech.
from andrew sullivan
He took every assault on him and turned them around. He showed not just that he understood the experience of many middle class Americans, but that he understood how the Republicans have succeeded in smearing him. And he didn't shrink from the personal charges; he rebutted them. Whoever else this was, it was not Adlai Stevenson. It was not Jimmy Carter. And it was less afraid and less calculating than Bill Clinton.
Above all, he took on national security - face on, full-throttle, enraged, as we should all be, at how disastrously American power has been handled these past eight years. He owned this issue in a way that no Democrat has owned it since Kennedy. That's a transformative event. To my mind, it is vital that both parties get to own the war on Jihadist terror and that we escape this awful Rove-Morris trap that poisons the discourse into narrow and petty partisan abuse of patriotism. Obama did this tonight. We are in his debt.
Look: I'm biased at this point. I'm one of those people, deeply distressed at what has happened to America, deeply ashamed of my own misjudgments, who has shifted out of my ideological comfort zone because this man seems different to me, and this moment in history seems different to me. I'm not sure we have many more chances to get off the addiction to foreign oil, to prevent a calamitous terrorist attack, to restore constitutional balance in the hurricane of a terror war.
I've said it before - months and months ago. I should say it again tonight. This is a remarkable man at a vital moment. America would be crazy to throw this opportunity away. America must not throw this opportunity away.Know hope.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Jive Talking 2

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Its just your jive talkin
Youre telling me lies, yeah
Jive talkin
You wear a disguise
Jive talkin
So misunderstood, yeah
Jive talkin
You really no good
Oh, my child
Youll never know
Just what you mean to me
Oh, my child
You got so much
Youre gonna take away my energy
With all your jive talkin
Youre telling me lies, yeah
Good lovin
Still gets in my eyes
Nobody believes what you say
Its just your jive talkin
That gets in the way
Oh my love
Youre so good
Treating me so cruel
There you go
With your fancy lies
Leavin me lookin
Like a dumbstruck fool
With all your
Jive talkin
Youre telling me lies, yeah
Jive talkin
You wear a disguise
Jive talkin
So misunderstood, yeah
Jive talkin
You just aint no good
Love talkin
Is all very fine, yeah
Jive talkin
Just isnt a crime
And if theres somebody
Youll love till you die
Then all that jive talkin
Just gets in your eye
Jive talkin
Youre telling me lies,yeah
Good lovin
Still gets in my eyes
Nobody believes what you say
Its just your jive talkin
That gets in the way
Love talkin
Is all very fine, yeah
Jive talkin, just isnt a crime
And if theres somebody
Youll love till you die
Then all that jive talkin
Just gets in your eye
Jive talkin

Jive Talking

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I hope nyceducator doesn't watch this. He's too important to get hurt. He said:
I would rather stick a pencil in my eye and twirl it counterclockwise than voluntarily subject myself to either the sights or (gads!) the sounds of Dear Leader Weingarten giving a speech, so I managed to miss it.

Read the rest of his post here
For those of you who want to read along
I AM HONORED TO BE HERE REPRESENTING THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS MORE THAN 1.4 MILLION MEMBERS. WE WORK IN YOUR SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES, IN YOUR HOSPITALS, AND YOUR GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. WE BELIEVE THAT ACCESS TO AN EXCELLENT EDUCATION IS A BASIC CIVIL RIGHT. FOR THE CHILDREN WHO ARE DENIED THE EDUCATION THEY NEED TO FULFILL THEIR GOD-GIVEN POTENTIAL, IT IS A PERSONAL TRAGEDY, AND AN INEXCUSABLE IN JUSTICE. IT IS ALSO AN AFFRONT TO AMERICAN VALUES AND A THREAT TO AMERICA'S ROLE AS AN INCUBATOR OF INNOVATION. THIS MUST CHANGE. AND THAT REQUIRES LEADERSHIP, NOT DEMAGOGUERY. THAT IS WHY WE NEED TO ELECT BARACK OBAMA AND JOE BIDEN TO THE WHITE HOUSE. AND WHY THEY NEED ALL OF US WORKING WITH THEM. THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS IS READY. OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY IS AS IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN STRENGTHENING OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO BETTER SERVE OUR STUDENTS. LET'S DO WHAT WE DO IN OUR BEST SCHOOLS IN ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS. BARACK OBAMA KNOWS THAT TEACHERS MUST BE PARTNERS, NOT PAWNS IN FEDERAL EDUCATION POLICIES. AND FEDERAL EDUCATION POLICY MUST BE ABOUT A LOT MORE THAN TESTING. SO I ASKED YOU TO JOIN US IN THIS QUEST BECAUSE YOU BELIEVE THAT STRONG PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE CORNERSTONES OF OUR DEMOCRACY. BECAUSE OUR AGING POPULATION DEPENDS ON FUTURE GENERATIONS GROWING THE ECONOMY. BECAUSE TODAY'S STUDENTS WILL BE THE CARETAKERS OF TOMORROW'S ENVIRONMENT. THE SPARKS IGNITING OUR INNOVATIONS, THE TENDERS OF OUR GLOBAL RELATIONSHIPS, THE GUARDIANS OF OUR PROSPERITY, AND THE CREATORS OF OUR ARTS. OR SIMPLY BECAUSE EVERY CHILD HAS A RIGHT TO A FAIR AND HOPEFUL START IN LIFE. WHEN THOSE CHILDREN WALKED THROUGH THE DOORS OF OUR CLASSROOMS THEY BRING US THEIR DREAMS COME UP POTENTIAL, AND THEIR TRUST. AND SOMETIMES THEY BRING THEIR EMPTY STOMACHS, AND TREATED AILMENTS, AND LIFE EXPERIENCES THAT CAN CHILL YOU TO YOUR CORE. AMERICA'S TEACHERS, TAKE THEM AND ALL THEIR FULLNESS AND WE DO ALL THEY -- ALL THEY CAN TO HELP THEM REACH GREAT HEIGHTS. BUT THINGS ARE HAPPENING IN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS. TEACHERS AND PROFESSIONALS WHO WORK TIRELESSLY TO INSPIRE THEIR STUDENTS. STUDENTS WHO STRUGGLE YET STRIDE AND SUCCEED. COMMUNITIES THAT VALUE EDUCATION AND INSHORE STUDENTS HAVE WHAT THEY NEED. I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW PROUD I AM WHEN I VISIT THOSE SCHOOLS. BARACK OBAMA AND JOE BIDEN WILL CHALLENGE THE PEOPLE ENTRUSTED WITH OUR CHILDREN'S WELL-BEING. AND WE WELCOME IT. WE ARE READY TO WORK TOGETHER TO USHER IN A NEW ERA OF EXCELLENCE IN AMERICAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS. WE CAN DO THIS. WE MUST DO THIS. AND IT STARTS WITH ELECTING BARACK OBAMA AS THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THANK YOU.

The Ed Equity Amigos Dump On Teacher Unions In Denver


"Amigos" McCain and Bloomberg weren't there in person, but in spirit
from edweek reporting from the Democractic Convention
Here at the Denver Art Museum, Democratic mayors from Newark, N.J., Washington D.C., and Denver joined education reform darlings including New York City’s Joel Klein and Washington D.C.’s Michelle Rhee. The group was referred to as the “misfits” of the Democratic Party by DFER's Joe Williams, a nod to their willingness to speak up against the influence of teachers’ unions, which have formed the backbone of the party.
The educators, along with the Rev. Al Sharpton, kicked off the event with a nearly hour-long press conference to tout the event. There, Rhee (who left early to catch a flight home; D.C. schools open on Monday), took the Democrats to task, saying the party is “supposed to be the party that looks out for poor and minority kids,” when that’s not actually happening.
The anti-union sentiment spilled over into policy forums that followed. The fight against the teachers’ unions and other special interests is a “battle at the heart of the Democratic Party,” said Newark Mayor Cory Booker. “As Democrats, we have been wrong on education. It’s time to get right.”

On Three Pillars

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combined audio excerpt and images from nextbook and jewcy
book available from amazon
Brooklyn, New York, is a central location on the map of Jewish American migration. At its height, in the 1950s, the borough’s Jewish population numbered more than a million. Today, many thousands still make their home there, as evidenced by the vast number of synagogues thriving in neighborhoods as diverse as Park Slope (mostly reform and conservative) and Borough Park (mostly Hasidic and ultra-Orthodox). But Jews have long since abandoned other neighborhoods, leaving their synagogues to fend for themselves. Some have been converted into churches or commercial spaces, others simply leveled.
Photographer Thomas Roma has spent years photographing Brooklyn’s houses of worship—of every denomination. But he found himself particularly drawn to synagogues for the stories the buildings seemed to tell about their neighborhood’s and congregation’s past, present, and future. He’s now collected his beautiful, large-scale, black-and-white photographs of these places in a book titled On Three Pillars: Torah, Worship, and the Practice of Loving Kindness.

I'm In Love With Michelle Obama

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Since I met you I begun to feel so strange
Every time I speak your name that's funny
You say that you are so helpless too
That you don’t know what to do
Each night I pray there will never come a day
When you up and take your love away
Say you feel the same way too
And I wonder what it is I feel for you
Could it be I’m falling in love [With you baby]
Could it be I’m falling in love [Woo]
Could it be I’m falling in love
With you
With you
With you
With you
I don’t need all those things that used to bring me joy
You make me such a happy boy
And honey you’ll always be the only for me
Meeting you was my destiny
You can be sure I will never let you down
When you need me I’ll be around
And darling you’ll always be
The only for me
Heaven made you specially
Could it be I’m falling in love [With you baby]
Could it be I’m falling in love [Woo]
Could it be I’m falling in love
With you
With you
with you,
With you
And darling you’ll always be
The only for me
Heaven made you specially
Could it be I’m falling in love [With you baby]
Could it be I’m falling in love [I wanna know now baby]
Could it be I’m falling in love
With you
With you
With you
With you
I walk around with my heart in my hands hey
Walk the street as long as I can baby
I used to sing fa fa fa fa
But right now I feel so good I sing la la la la
Once you get me up
Won’t let me down
Just let this feeling carry me on
Skip the beats with my heart girl

Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Ed Equity Amigos Demonstrate In Denver


WHEN: Sunday, August 24, 2008, 2:00 PM
WHO: Education Equality Project founders Joel I. Klein and Rev Al Sharpton;
Other EEP coalition members, including Newark Mayor Corey Booker, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, Denver Superintendent Michael Bennet, Washington, D.C., Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee
WHAT: The Education Equality Project calls on the Democratic Party to endorse the Project’s Statement of Principles
WHERE: Denver Art Museum plaza
100 W 14th Avenue Pkwy, Denver, Colorado

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Carrying The Banner: The Three Amigos Arrive In Denver


Fantasy dialogue with no bs vp candidate Joe Biden
Joel: Will you endorse our principles?
Joe: Your principles? Hey fella, I'll tell you what you can do with your principles

Illinois Jacquet: Flying Home

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from a 1993 in Vienna with solos by Irving Stokes (tp), David Glasser (as) and Duffy Jackson (dr). from Wikipedia
Jean-Baptiste Illinois Jacquet (October 31, 1922–July 22, 2004) was a jazz tenor saxophonist most famous for his solo on "Flying Home". He is better known simply as Illinois Jacquet. Although he was a pioneer of the honking tenor sax that became a regular feature of jazz playing and a hallmark of early rock and roll, he was a skilled and melodic improviser, both on up-tempo tunes and ballads. He doubled on the bassoon, one of only a few jazz musicians to use this instrument.
Jacquet was born to a Sioux mother and a Creole father in Broussard, Louisiana and moved to Houston, Texas, as an infant. His father, Gilbert Jacquet, was a part-time band leader. As a child he performed in his father's band, primarily on the alto saxophone. His older brother Russell Jacquet played trumpet and his brother Linton played drums.
At 15, Jacquet began playing with the Milton Larkin Orchestra, a Houston-area dance band. In 1939, he moved to Los Angeles, California, where he met Nat King Cole. Jacquet would sit in with the trio on occasion. In 1940, Cole introduced Jacquet to Lionel Hampton who had returned to California and was putting together a big band. Hampton wanted to hire Jacquet, but asked the young Jacquet to switch to tenor sax.
In 1942, at age 19, Jacquet soloed on the Hampton Orchestra's recording of "Flying Home", one of the very first times a honking tenor sax was heard on record. The record became a hit; a jazz classic as well as what can be considered one of the first rock and roll records. The song immediately became the climax for the live shows and Jacquet became exhausted from having to "bring down the house" every night. The solo was built to weave in and out of the arrangement and continued to be played by every saxophone player who followed Jacquet in the band, notably Arnett Cobb and Dexter Gordon, who achieved almost as much fame as Jacquet in playing it. It is one of the very few jazz solos to have been memorized and played very much the same way by everyone who played the song.
He quit the Hampton band in 1943 and joined Cab Calloway's Orchestra. Jacquet appeared with Cab Calloway's band in Lena Horne's movie Stormy Weather.
In 1944 he returned to California and started a small band with his brother Russell and a young Charlie Mingus. It was at this time that he appeared in the Academy Award-nominated short film Jammin' the Blues with Lester Young. He also appeared at the first Jazz at the Philharmonic concert.
In 1946 he moved to New York City and joined the Count Basie orchestra, replacing Lester Young. Jacquet continued to perform (mostly in Europe) in small groups through the 1960s and 1970s. Jacquet led the Illinois Jacquet Big Band from 1981 until his death. Jacquet became the first jazz musician to be an artist-in-residence at Harvard University in 1983. He played "C-Jam Blues" with President Bill Clinton on the White House lawn during Clinton's inaugural ball in 1993.
His solos of the early and mid-1940s and his performances at the Jazz at the Philharmonic concert series, greatly influenced rhythm and blues and rock and roll saxophone style, but also continue to be heard in jazz. His honking and screeching emphasized the lower and higher registers of the tenor saxophone. Despite a superficial rawness, the style is still heard in skilled jazz players like Arnett Cobb, who also became famous for playing "Flying Home" with Hampton, as well as Sonny Rollins, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and Jimmy Forrest.
He passed away in his home in New York City in 2004.

Saratoga Springs: Flying Home At The Hampton Inn

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A beautiful new hotel, the Hampton Inn & Suites, in Saratoga. The race horse theme predominates in the lobby as it does with the rest of the town. This was during Travers week in August, culminating in the Travers' Stake on August 23. Audio is "Flying Home" by Lionel Hampton (get it?)

Let's Start A Union

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Union College/Schenectady

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from the Black Eyed Peas with special guest Sting
(One for all, one for all)
(It's all it's all for one)
Let's start a union, calling every human
It's one for all and all for one
Let's live in unison, calling every citizen
It's one for all and all for one
We don't want war- can't take no more
It's drastic time for sure
We need an antidote and a cure
Cause do you really think Mohammed got a problem with Jehovah
We don't want war – imagine if any prophet was alive
In current days amongst you and I
You think they'd view life like you and I do
Or would they sit and contemplate on why
Do we live this way, act and behave this way
We still live in primitive today
Cause the peace in the destination of war can't be the way
There's no way, so people just be a woman, be a man
Realize that you can't change the world by changing yourself
And understand that we're all just the same
So when I count to three let's change
[Chorus]
Got no time for grand philosophy
I barely keep my head above the tide
I got this mortgage, got three kids at school
What you're saying is the truth, but really troubles me inside
I'd change the world if I could change my mind
If I could live beyond my fears
Exchanging unity for all my insecurity
Exchanging laughter for my tears
[Chorus]
I don't know, y'all, we in a real deposition
In the midst of all this negative condition
Divided by beliefs, different sink and religion
Why do we keep missing the point in our mission?
Why do we keep killing each other, what's the reason?
God made us all equal in his vision
I wish that I could make music as a religion
Then we could harmonize together in this mission
Listen, I know it's really hard to make changes
But two of us could help rearrange this curse
Utilizing all the power in our voices
Together we will unite and make the right choice
And fight for education, save the next generation
Come together as one
I don't understand why it's never been done
So let's change on the count of one
It takes one, just one
And then one follows the other one
And then another follows the other one
Next thing you know you got a billion
People doing some wonderful things
People doing some powerful things
Let's change and do some powerful things
Unity could be a wonderful thing

Indian Summer: Coleman Hawkins

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from wikipedia
Coleman Randolph Hawkins (November 21, 1904 - May 19, 1969), nicknamed "Hawk" and sometimes "Bean", was a prominent jazz tenor saxophonist.
He is commonly regarded as the first important and influential jazz musician to use the instrument: Joachim E. Berendt wrote, "there were some tenor players before him, but the instrument was not an acknowledged jazz horn".
While Hawkins is most strongly associated with the swing music and big band era, he began playing professionally in the early 1920s and was important in the development of bebop in the 1940s. He continued to be influenced by the avant-garde jazz of the 1950s and '60s.
Lester Young, who was called "Pres", 1959 interview with Jazz Review said "As far as I'm concerned, I think Coleman Hawkins was the President first, right? As far as myself, I think I'm the second one."
Miles Davis once said: "When I heard Hawk I learned to play ballads."
Hawkins was born in Saint Joseph, Missouri in 1904. Some out-of-date sources say 1901, but there is no evidence to prove such an early date. He was named Coleman after his mother Cordelia's maiden name.
He attended high school in Chicago, then in Topeka, Kansas at Topeka High School. He later stated that he studied harmony and composition for two years at Washburn College in Topeka while still attending THS. In his youth he played piano and cello, and started playing saxophone at the age of nine; by the age of fourteen he was playing around eastern Kansas.
Hawkins joined Mamie Smith's Jazz Hounds in 1921 with whom he toured through 1923, at which time he settled in New York City. Hawkins joined Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra, with whom he played through 1934, sometimes doubling on clarinet and bass saxophone. Hawkins' playing changed significantly during Louis Armstrong's tenure with the Henderson Orchestra.
In 1934 Hawkins accepted an invitation to play with Jack Hylton's band in London. During the mid to late 1930s Hawkins toured Europe as a soloist, memorably working with Django Reinhardt and Benny Carter in Paris in 1937, and many other groups until returning to the USA in 1939. In that same year he recorded a seminal jazz solo on the pop standard "Body and Soul", a landmark recording of the Swing Era. It is unique in that virtually the entire recording is improvised - only in the first 4 bars is the melody stated in a recognizable fashion. It is considered by many to be the next evolutionary step in jazz recording from where Louis Armstrong's "West End Blues" in 1928 left off.
After an unsuccessful attempt to establish a big band he led a combo at Kelly's Stables on Manhattan's famed 52nd Street with Thelonious Monk, Oscar Pettiford, Miles Davis, and Max Roach as sidemen. He was leader on the first ever bebop recording session with Dizzy Gillespie and Max Roach in 1943. Later he toured with Howard McGhee and recorded with J. J. Johnson and Fats Navarro. He also toured with Jazz at the Philharmonic.
In 1948 Hawkins recorded Picasso, an influential piece for unaccompanied saxophone.
After 1948 Hawkins divided his time between New York and Europe, making numerous freelance recordings. In the 1960s he appeared regularly at the Village Vanguard in Manhattan.
Hawkins directly influenced many bebop performers, and later in his career, recorded or performed with such adventurous musicians as Sonny Rollins, who considered him his main influence, and John Coltrane. He appears on the Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane (Riverside) record. In 1960 he recorded on Max Roach's We Insist! - Freedom Now suite.
He also performed with more traditional musicians, such as Henry "Red" Allen and Roy Eldridge, with whom he appeared at the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival, and recorded Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster with fellow tenor saxophonist Ben Webster on December 16, 1957, along with Oscar Peterson (piano), Herb Ellis (guitar), Ray Brown (bass), and Alvin Stoller (drums). In the 1960s, he recorded with Duke Ellington.
What was up to date in jazz changed radically over the decades. When record collectors would play his early 1920s recordings during Hawkins' later years he would sometimes deny his presence on them, since the playing on the old records sounded so dated.
In his later years, Hawkins began to drink heavily and stopped recording (his last recording was in late 1966). He died of pneumonia in 1969 and is interred at the Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.
A biography of Hawkins, The Song of the Hawk (1990), was written by British jazz historian John Chilton.

Indian Summer: Teddi King

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from wikipedia
Teddi King (September 18, 1929 - November 18, 1977) was an American jazz and pop vocalist. Born Theodora King in Boston, Massachusetts on September 18, 1929, she won a singing competition hosted by Dinah Shore at Boston's Tributary Theatre, later beginning work in a touring revue involved with "cheering up the military in the lull between the Second World War and the Korean conflict." Improving her vocal and piano technique during this time, she first recorded with Nat Pierce in 1949, later recording with the Beryl Booker trio and with several other small groups from 1954-1955 (recordings which were available on three albums for Storyville). She then toured with George Shearing for two years beginning in the summer of 1952, and for a time was managed by the famed George Wein. King later began performing for a time in Las Vegas.
Ultimately signing with RCA, she recorded three albums for the label, beginning with 1956's Bidin' My Time. She also had some minor chart success with the singles "Mr. Wonderful" (which made the Top 20 in 1956), "Married I Can Always Get" and "Say It Isn't So" (both of which made the Hot 100 from 1957-1958). Her critically praised 1959 album All the Kings' Songs found her interpreting the signature songs of contemporary male singers like Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole (the "kings" of the title).[1] In the 1960s, she opened the Playboy Club, where she often performed. After developing lupus, she managed to make a brief comeback with a 1977 album featuring Dave McKenna, and with two more albums recorded for Audiophile released posthumously. She eventually died of the disease on November 18, 1977. King's style, influenced by Lee Wiley, Mildred Bailey and Mabel Mercer, has won her a small but devoted cult following.

Indian Summer: Glenn Miller Orchestra

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Written by Victor Herbert and Al Dubin.
As recorded by the Glenn Miller Orchestra on November 5th, 1939 with Ray Eberle.
(The melody was actually written in 1919 as a piano piece subtitled "An American Idyll",
lyrics were added in 1939).
Summer, you old Indian Summer
You're the tear that comes after June time's laughter
You see so many dreams that don't come true
Dreams we fashioned when summertime was new
You are here to watch over
Some heart that is broken
By a word that somebody left unspoken
You're the ghost of a romance in June
Going astray, fading too soon...
That's why I say,
"Farewell to you, Indian Summer!"

Ithaca Summer

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audio, Indian Summer, by Ruby Braff and his New England Songhounds: Scott Hamilton, Dave McKenna, Frank Tate, Howard Alden, Alan Dawson

It's not Indian Summer yet, but what the hey?