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Sunday Morning Coming Down

Sunday Morning Coming Down by Kris Kristofferson

I don’t drink anymore but I really love this song by Kris Kristofferson.  I was never a big drinker to begin with, I never acquired the taste for it but I love the imagery this song conjures up.  My favorite kind of country music is of the sad, heartbreak variety.  I don’t like the modern pop country, give me the Outlaws…Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash & Kris Kristofferson and throw in the great Hank Williams & Roy Orbison and I’m happy.  That’s the country music I love.

Another example of the Country Music I love:

I haven’t written too much lately because I’ve been recovering from busy season that ended on October 15th.   This year was really stressful for some reason.  I didn’t over do it with hours, only worked past 8PM  once, but the stress really got to me this time around.  I must be getting old but this pressure is getting to be a pain in my rear end.   Some people who shall remain nameless for this post  make things far worse then they should be.  After 27 years of doing this kind of work there has never been a season where we didn’t get every tax return out that should get out but some of these so called professionals seem to act like this is their first tax rodeo.  The panic that they exhibit brings us all down.  I wish they’d just chill the fuck out already or how about retiring.  (They’re nameless but I just gave away a big clue as to who they are)

I made the mistake of attending a tax conference sponsored by NYU this past week right after the 15th, 3 days of relentless tax talk.  One thing that struck me as the monotone voices droned on is the political editorializing that went along with it.  I realize accountants are conservative by nature but they seem to want no rules and no taxes on top of that.  The dumb thing about it is that if there wasn’t a tax code or a complicated income tax system we’d all be out of a job.  Some of these guys can barely tie their own shoes and I wonder what they would do if a flat tax was suddenly signed into law?  Pump gas?  The behemoth tax code is what keeps us employed so accountants should stop their bitching and hope it never gets easy.

The following post is of President Obama participating in the It Gets Better Project.  As director Rob Reiner said on Real Time with Bill Maher the other night, one day we’ll look back on this time and wonder why it took us so long to give every citizen equal rights regardless of their sexual orientation.  I know President Obama has disappointed some regarding the slowness of repealing DADT but it will eventually get done.  The alternative would have been far worse.

Talking about President Obama I wonder when his administration or the Democratic party for that matter is going to start crowing about some of his accomplishments?   In 2 years he has accomplished more then any other Democratic President in a comparable time.   For instance I’m sure the majority of people don’t realize he gave tax cuts to 95% of the population.  Ask someone and they will tell you he raised taxes…not true.   Read the following post by Rolling Stone Political correspondent Tim Dickenson and then try to figure out why this administration has been so bad at getting this story out.

The Case for Obama by Tim Dickenson for Rolling Stone Magazine
For those of you who think Obama’s poll numbers are oh so important take a look at this clip regarding the Republican Messiah Ronald Reagan’s poll numbers at about the same time during his administration.

Take a look at this incredibly insidious ad imploring Latinos to sit out this election because Democrats have not made good on their promise to fix the immigration problem.   It never mentions the fact that Republicans have filibustered any attempt at bringing this problem to the forefront.  Someone asked me this week if Democrats have taken for granted Black and Latino voters why should they continue to vote for them?  First of all I don’t think they’ve been taken for granted but even if it were slightly true what is the alternative?  The Republicans declaring all Latino immigrants suspect like in Arizona?  This ad was created by Latinos for Reform an operation run by conservative Republican Robert DePosada, a former director of Hispanic affairs for the Republican National Committee.  This ad shows contempt for the Hispanic community by the Republican Party.    I don’t care who you vote for even though I don’t think Republicans have the best interest of the Latino community at heart… everyone should vote.  If you are registered please VOTE VOTE VOTE!!!

From the NY Times: Demonize, Then Demoralize

I leave you with a few music clips that I  enjoyed this past week.  They say one never hears better music then the music one hears in their teens.  I think some of that is true but I think my musical tastes have evolved through the years.   Rock & Roll is still my favorite type of music but I have all sorts of musical genres in my Ipod.  These clips are all from my younger days. Enjoy!

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John Lennon: October 9, 1940

He’s always been my favorite Beatle and every year when his birthday or the date of his awful death rolls around it still chokes me up.  Everything has already been written about him and his life so I don’t think I can add anything except my heartfelt thanks for his art and the life he led.  For me, as with so many other people, his music and that of The Beatles is the soundtrack to my life.  I never tire of it.  The thing I try to keep in mind is that he was a human being with everything that entails, warts and all.  He wasn’t a god, he wasn’t Jesus he was just John and that’s all.  You had to accept him as he was and if you couldn’t then he advised that you “go jack off to the Rolling Wings”.  That’s one of the aspects that I love about him, he was honest, wickedly so…especially in his music.  Today I probably will walk over to Strawberry Fields in Central Park and join the throngs that I’m sure will be there.  I’ll remember the music and the joy he gave me.  There is nothing more to it.

Remember…think peace, act peace and imagine peace

NYC, 10/9/10

Roger Waters’ The Wall

Last night I attended Roger Waters’ current staging of his brilliant piece The Wall at Madison Square Garden, NYC.  It was without a doubt one of the best concerts I’ve ever attended.  The 31 year old piece (yeah I can’t believe that either) has now evolved from Waters’ personal statement to a more broader and powerful indictment of war and corruption.  From actual inflated flying pigs that hovered over the audience to flashing photos of soldiers and civilians who have died on account of the many wars this country has been and is involved in, the concert was a multi-media event.  At 67, Waters has not lost his voice or his power to entertain and amaze.  A great night!

Here is Pink Floyd performing Comfortably Numb from The Wall at Live 8.  Enjoy!

Update: From Last Night’s Show…Roger Water’s Performing Comfortably Numb at Madison Square Garden, NYC (10/6/10)

The Week So Far…

Everyday I post various links to Facebook & Twitter in the hopes of either making someone laugh or think.  I realized today that Facebook’s Newsfeed doesn’t really post all of my links.  I asked my sister if she saw a certain link and she said nope.  That sucks!  I think from now on I’m going to mostly post these links here.  Forget about Facebook for the most part.  Ok…I’m lying but I am going to gather the links here at various times of the week.

Monday, September 27, 2010

My first link this week was to the incredible story of Aroldis Chapman who on Friday evening made history by throwing a pitch 105-mph.  The Cincinnati Reds 22 year old pitcher came into the game and blew the opposing batters away by throwing 25 pitches, all over 100 mph.  Amazing…here’s the link to the story by Steve Hanson for Yahoo News:

Chapman Throws the Fastest Pitch Ever Recorded

The next story was about the owner of Segway going over a cliff riding a Segway.  I know it’s a tragedy but I couldn’t help thinking of Wyle E. Coyote riding an Acme scooter over a cliff in the hopes of catching that damn Road Runner…Beep-Beep!

Segway Tycoon Dies in Cliff Plunge

NIKE has an interesting Ad for women with big butts and why it’s ok to have one.  I agree, especially about the one in the ad.

Clear Perpectives, My Butt is Big.

The 15 most bizarre soother designs or as we Latinos call them…bobos.  Some of these designs are kind of gross but pretty funny.

15 Most Bizarre Soother (Bobos) Designs

Rolling Stone magazine released their 100 best guitarists of all time this past week.   At #1 was the unforgettable Jimi Hendrix.  Even though it’s been 40 years since his death and these lists are highly subjective, there is no doubt that he was an amazing artist and a Rock & Roll Icon.  Pete Townshend of The Who, no slouch himself, writes a nice tribute to Hendrix in the story.  My guy, Eric Clapton, comes in 4th on the list but I’m not complaining, it’s an amazing list of talent.  Enjoy!

Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists

Tuesday, September 28, 2010:

This week’s big Atheist news is a story in The New York Times about a poll by the Independent Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life that shows Atheists knowing more about religion then believers.  Why am I not surprised?

Basic Religion Test Stumps Many Americans

The Coen Brothers have always been interesting filmmakers.  Even when their films seem like their pulling your leg with a shaggy dog story you still come away impressed by their story-telling gifts.  This Christmas they remake a John Wayne ditty True Grit with Jeff Bridges.  Leave it to the Coen Brothers to turn The Duke into The Dude.  Enjoy the trailer:

In Katherine Heigl‘s new movie she plays a single girl who meets a guy she hates and slowly falls in love with him.  Is this woman really going to make the same movie over and over again?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010:

The Hollywood Reporter had a story that George Lucas is going to release all six Star Wars movies in 3D in 2012.  Can someone please take these films away from this guy?  He’s like a woman addicted to plastic surgery, he just can’t stop.

Star Wars Saga Set for 3D

The Kings Speech: One of the hot films that are due for the Fall starring Colin Firth and the always great Geoffrey Rush.  Enjoy the traler!

An interesting short film that I found this morning in Roger Ebert’s Club newsletter, The Gift by Carl Erick Rinsch.

Funny Book trailer for all the Trekkies out there and yes I do count myself as one.  Night of the Living Trekkies!

Arthur Penn died Tuesday evening, he was 88.  Penn was way ahead of his time when he directed the great film Bonnie and Clyde.   If you don’t know his work rent Bonnie & Clyde, Little Big Man, Alice’s Restaurant, The Miracle Worker and one of my favorite films of his, Four Friends.  He was an artist and a very special filmmaker.

Arthur Penn, Director of Bonnie and Clyde Dies at 88

Lastly on the way home I read the news that comedian Greg Giraldo had died of an apparent prescription drug overdose.  I first saw Giraldo on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn back in 2002.  I thought he was a very funny guy and was always very good on the Comedy Central Roasts.  First it was Robert Schimmel and now Giraldo.  Funny people shouldn’t die young, they have too much to offer our hum-drum lives.  It’s a shame. RIP Greg Giraldo.

That’s it for The Week So Far.  If  you liked this let me know, if not fuck you!  I kid, I kid…I’m such a kidder.  Seriously tell me what you think.   I hope you come back and tell your friends.  Oh yeah, and please subscribe!

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See you later in the week with more crap…uh I mean stuff.

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