Sunday, February 19, 2017

Saturday, February 18, 2017

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Снова сделайте Америку.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Mean



I received this valentine last Tuesday. Fans of The Darjeeling Limited will appreciate.

#DarjeelingLimited #WesAnderson #Adrien Brody

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Best


"I believe that men are here to grow themselves into the best good that they can be, at least this is what I want to do."

- John Coltrane

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Monk Madness



We're in the midst of a free trial of XM Sirius Satellite Radio. Had the dial tuned to the Real Jazz station this morning on the way to work. Bemsha Swing by Thelonious Monk came on, one of my favorite tunes. Had fun teaching my son a little about Monk this morning. I told him listening to Monk may possibly raise your IQ because he was a mad genius who played in a madly angular way. Listening to him can only make you smarter. Or maybe a little crazy. I have this tune in my jazz fake book. I can't wait until my son has learned the chords (he's only ten right now and progressing fast) and he and I can play this together.

Track Personnel: Thelonious Monk, Piano. Sonny Rollins, Tenor Saxophone. Clark Terry, Trumpet. Paul Chambers, Bass. Max Roach, Drums. Recorded in New York, December 7, 1956,

Now that is an all-star crew.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Reflections


Sometimes you just got to stop and reflect. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Persistence


photo: Rosa Parks, arrested for not giving up her seat on a bus to a white person. 1956


"She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted."

Senator Mitch McConnell said that about Senator Elizabeth Warren earlier this week. But men have been saying that about inconvenient women for a very long time. 

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Gone



It's gone. A couple of days ago they tore down my old classroom. I had a front row view since my new temporary home (I move again at the end of the year, the room I'm currently in will be an English classroom.) is directly across from where the old building once stood. I have to admit it was kind of depressing. I was housed in that building for 17 years, 16 in the same classroom.



^ This is my old chalkboard. Tough old board. Lots of knowledge was imparted on that thing. I'm tempted to venture into no-man's land and snag it.


Looks like Hiroshima outside my window.

Progress. I guess.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Not to be Silenced


Yesterday, Senator Elizabeth Warren was silenced on the floor of the U.S. Senate Chambers as she attempted to read a letter written by Coretta Scott King. Mrs King, the wife of Martin Luther King, Jr, had written the letter thirty years ago to oppose the nomination of Jeff Sessions to the federal judiciary. Session's nomination was eventually voted down by the Senate nominating committee and President Ronald Reagan withdrew his name from consideration. Now, he has been nominated by Trump to be Attorney General of the United States.

Senator Warren was silenced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who used a rarely used rule that forbids senators to impugn other senators on the senate floor. Ms Warren has since been banned from involvement with Session's nomination process.

However, other senators were allowed today to read from Coretta Scott King's letter. What happened? Why were they allowed to read Mrs King's letter and not Warren? I think it's pretty obvious. The senators allowed to read from the letter are men. Elizabeth Warren not only was criticizing a Republican nominee...she is a woman.

Of course, Mitch McConnell's blatant sexism and censorship has backfired. The King letter has been read and published all over the world today. It concerns me anytime someone is silenced. You may disagree with someone, but in the United States Senate, opposing views are allowed to be respectfully expressed. That concept is a bedrock of the American legislative process. I would be just as angry if the Democratic Party silenced a Republican on the Senate floor in this manner.

Here is the text of Mrs King's letter that got Senator Warren silenced...

Dear Senator Thurmond:


I write to express my sincere opposition to the confirmation of Jefferson B. Sessions as a federal district court judge for the Southern District of Alabama. My professional and personal roots in Alabama are deep and lasting. Anyone who has used the power of his office as United States Attorney to intimidate and chill the free exercise of the ballot by citizens should not be elevated to our courts. Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters. For this reprehensible conduct, he should not be rewarded with a federal judgeship.
I regret that a long-standing commitment prevents me from appearing in person to testify against this nominee. However, I have attached a copy of my statement opposing Mr. Sessions’ confirmation and I request that my statement as well as this be made a part of the hearing record.
I do sincerely urge you to oppose the confirmation of Mr. Sessions.

Sincerely,
Coretta Scott King