Archive for May, 2009

Hi Fi Snock Uptown

May 30, 2009


Don’t Got My Mojo Working

May 28, 2009

muddy waters

Sunrise, Sunset

May 25, 2009


“Sunrise near Lake Pleasant”


( 33°50’52.07″N, 112°20’5.07″W)

Seven islands to the high side of the bay, ‘cross the bay
To the sunset through the blue light of a fiery autumn haze
We went walking on the high side of the bay on a chilly morn
And we saw how leaves had fallen on the beds where trees were born
Any man in his right mind could not fail to be made aware
Any woman with a gift of wisdom would not seek her answers there
Seven islands to the high side of the bay if you’re looking west
To the sunset you can see it, all in fiery autumn dress
Anytime would be the right time to come up to your bed of boughs
Anybody with a wish to wander could not fail but to be aroused

Living high in the city, guess you think it’s a pretty good way
You get to learn but when you get burned you got nothing to say
You seem to think because you got chicken to go you’re in luck
Fortune will not find you in your mansion or your truck
Brothers will desert you when you’re down and shit out of luck

Look around at the morning, guess you’re doing the best you can
Surely you know that when you go nobody gives you a hand
Think of the air you’re breathing in, think of the time you waste
Think of the right and wrong and consider the frown on your face

It’s time you tried living on the high side of the bay, you need a rest
Any woman or a man with a wish to fade away could be so blessed
Fortune will not find you in your mansion turned to gold
Brothers will desert you when your nights turn long and cold

If you feel it you better believe it, you’re gonna see it, so you really know
It is rising like a feather, dipping and dancing from below
There’s a new wave that is breaking in the wake of a passing ship
Every nation’s gonna be shaken, put it together, don’t let it slip

It’s time you tried living on the high side of the bay, you need a rest
Any man or a woman with a wish to fade away could be so blessed

Seven islands to the high side of the bay, ‘cross the bay
To the sunset through the blue light of a fiery autumn haze
To the sunset through the blue light of a fiery autumn haze


Love Me Madly, Again

May 23, 2009

in your mind

More here:

right stuff

Got your money on the table
And the devil in your eye
Who is that woman with the crooked smile?
You got to go with what you feel
A little loving is a dangerous thing
Black is the ocean - a burning sky

Her nature’s wild - hard to beat the right stuff
It´s mountain high - river deep the right stuff

Got your pearls on a string
And your skin’s so bare
Over your shoulder there´s a world out there
You got the nerve - you gonna win
Boy you´re playing with a dangerous thing

So it goes without saying
She´s the queen of the nile
Lion woman with the crooked smile
You got the nerve - who´s gonna win?
Boy you´re playing with a dangerous thing

Send me the woman on a bended knee
Emerald eyes in desert heat
She´s mountain high - river deep the right stuff

Send me the woman to fight for me nature’s wild - hard to beat
She´s mountain high - river deep the right stuff

Bienvenido a América, Señor Trujillo!

May 21, 2009

sol trujillo

Telstra boss Sol Trujillo goes home By Rachel Hewitt

AFTER nearly four years of very public jousting as the boss of Telstra, Sol Trujillo has left Australia quietly and gone home to San Diego.,23739,25509173-3122,00.html

The American was expected to leave the job on June 30 but went on Thursday, making way for his successor David Thodey to take the helm of Australia‘s biggest telco.

Mr Trujillo goes with $3 million in severance pay and share options.

His financial bonus for the year will be decided in August. He will have received about $35 million for his three years and 10 months in the job.

Mr Thodey and new chairman Catherine Livingstone are expected to end the era of confrontation that pitted Mr Trujillo and former chairman Donald McGauchie against the Federal Government.

In the past year, Mr Trujillo, 57, saw Telstra’s share price pummelled to record lows and the telco excluded from the Federal Government’s original tender for a National Broadband Network.

Mr Trujillo, who holds a seat on the board of US retailer Target, has not revealed his future plans, though he is scheduled to speak about bandwidth economics at a Californian conference today.

In announcing his resignation in February, Mr Trujillo said: “I have elderly parents, I have children, I have all kinds of reconnecting to do and, to be frank, I need to lose about eight kilos too.”

Telstra scrip closed 2c off at $3.18.


Telstra Tower, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Business Daily – Wed, 20 May 09

Sol Trujillo interview – approx. final third of podcast

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Sol Trujillo suggests Government’s broadband plan will never happen,22049,25515218-5001024,00.html?from=public_rss

From rocsims (Those Aussies are a strange lot, indeed!)

There Must Be Another Way

May 19, 2009


Mira Awad and Noa (Achinoam Nini)

English Translation

There must be another
Must be another way

Your eyes, sister
Say all that my heart desires
So far, we’ve gone
A long way, a very difficult way, hand in hand

And the tears fall, pour in vain
A pain with no name
We wait
Only for the next day to come

There must be another way
There must be another way

Your eyes say
A day will come and all fear will disappear
In your eyes a determination
That there is a possibility
To carry on the way
As long as it may take

For there is no single address for sorrow
I call out to the plains
To the stubborn heavens

There must be another way
There must be another way
There must be another
Must be another way

We will go a long way
A very difficult way
Together to the light
Your eyes say
All fear will disappear

And when I cry, I cry for both of us
My pain has no name
And when I cry, I cry
To the merciless sky and say
There must be another way

And the tears fall, pour in vain
A pain with no name
We wait
Only for the day to come

There must be another way
There must be another way
There must be another
Must be another way

Official video of the Israeli song for Eurovision 2009- Noa and Mira Awad- “There Must Be Another Way”

From sfcg


From tago98

David Broza with CYRO BAPTISTA, Jay Beckenstein, Julio Fernandez and Francisco Centeno

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Can the United States provide health care for all? Of course.

May 19, 2009


Here I come to save the day!”

Harvard’s Regina Herzlinger


So, can we control health-care costs by slimming down this sector, without rationing care, and thus make health care available to all? (You bet your bippy!)

The only viable health care cost cure is to reform public policy so that we create a consumer-driven health care market that motivates and rewards productive innovations in supply.

On the demand side, most health insurance beneficiaries do not behave like real consumers: employer-insured consumers are not motivated to shop carefully because they do not recognize that their health insurance benefits are essentially taken from what would otherwise be their wages, and those insured by the government have someone else footing the bill.

When people use their own money to purchase health care, they drive costs down without compromising their health.

For example, Switzerland, where health insurance is totally purchased by consumers (the poor and sick are subsidized), has costs that are 40 percent lower than those in the United States, as well as excellent care and universal coverage.

Similarly, high-deductible health insurance policies demonstrate that middle-class consumers who pay a meaningful fraction of their health care expenditures out of pocket reduce spending without damaging their health.

On the supply side …

Effective cost control would motivate consumers to shop carefully for insurance policies that offer the best value for the money while giving providers incentives to supply the best value for the money.

There are two reforms that can make this happen:

For example, my employer, Harvard University, could offer me a tax-free raise for the $15,000 of my income that it currently spends to purchase my health insurance.

Like me, many of Harvard’s employees would opt to take the money and buy their own insurance, creating a genuine consumer-driven market.

Insurers would then compete for customers with policies that offer better value for the money.

Their most important innovation would be the creation of integrated networks of producers paid for providing the total care needed by victims of chronic diseases and disabilities. (The payment reform would be led by changes in Medicare’s payment formulas.)

These networks would offer better and cheaper care because of their integration.

The combination of invigorated supply and demand is the only health care reform plan that will avert the economic disaster that otherwise awaits us and, simultaneously, make health care available to all.

Sadly, it is a solution that the Washington, DC, establishment, which doubts the wisdom of consumers and the competence of entrepreneurs, is most reluctant to effect.


Switzerland Mountain Lake

The Swiss Way

Q: You mentioned the Swiss model. Is that a country Congress should look to as a role model?

A: Yeah. They have universal coverage. They don’t have rationing, unlike the Brits in the UK. You can get transplants. You can get dialyzed.

People who are sick get good health care in Switzerland and they spend 40 percent less as a percentage of GDP than we do. The reason is, the Swiss buy their own health insurance.

Actually, Switzerland has no Medicare and has no Medicaid.

From ManhattanInstitute

February 27, 2008

Jen Chapin — America’s Songstress

May 17, 2009

jen chapin


He awakes
and puts his pride into his pockets
and decides to walk into the day
He does his strange dances
for strangers he meets along the way
sometimes it sets him free to be his own imagining
a thing no small town would allow
sometimes it leaves him stumbling on the street
he takes an empty bow

I live in a city that has no past
I live in a city where dreams fade fast
I live in an over ripe fruit
where passions call out and then fall mute
where sweetness struggles to be heard
where shame can die without a word

purpose paints her face for her race
through the smoke of hidden holes and greasy fires
She has no breath to waste on the taste
of knowing other people’s desires
it seems there is no fear in her
a conspirator with the arrogance of brick and steel
too many people to wonder about
she’s off to make another deal

I live in a city where stories are cast
I live in a city where illusion grows vast
I live on an island so bold
its fiction captures us in its hold
its voices somehow sing the same song
with furtive words we sing along
and there’s a man whose face is a pile of brittle wood
and his smile just needs one spark
to set it aflame

and there’s a woman who walks with her boy bandaged up
her face is a cup holding all his hurts
and I see a puffed up man in a three-piece pout
not a doubt in his mind that the city is his
but what if all these faces were to welcome us in?
what a place this would be what a place to live in


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From Irishblend

Beware the ‘Public Option’ By Jim DeMint

May 16, 2009

jim demint

How not to reform American health care.

Jim DeMint is a Republican senator from South Carolina.

The plan favored by President Obama and the Democrats purports to control health-care costs by doubling the size of government health-care programs.

The so-called public option is a supposedly voluntary arrangement: a government-run insurance plan that will compete with private insurers. Supporters argue that the public option will not force anyone to do anything; it will merely provide an alternative to private insurance.

But government never competes in a private market; it takes the market over (how’s the mortgage-lending business doing these days?). The most comprehensive and reliable study of the public option, conducted by the Lewin Group, concluded that once the government enters the market, businesses will simply stop covering their employees. Whatever penalty fees they have to pay will be far less than the costs of insuring their employees.

The Lewin study estimated that of the 130 million Americans likely to enroll in the public option, 118 million will do so after losing their employer-sponsored plans. Add those 130 million to the 100 million now covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and other government programs, and we will have three-quarters of the American people dependent on the government for their medical care.

It is at this moment, in the very near and plausible future, that the tyranny of “coverage . . . provided in the public interest” will bare its teeth. With universal access mandated by law and without a competitive market to drive down costs, the only way for government to save money is by denying care to people whose health is deemed — you guessed it — not in the public interest. The only way to prevent expensive, breakthrough treatments from bankrupting the system is to limit access to them.

Every country with government-run health care rations that care. Patients wait weeks to see a doctor, months to see a specialist, and years to have routine procedures — all while they suffer with chronic illness, acute pain, and even metastasizing cancer. Unlucky patients who die on these waiting lists may be mourned by their families, but not necessarily by the depersonalized system of bureaucrats that politicians create primarily to control costs.

There are good, patient-centered solutions to America’s health-care challenges. Instead of the government-run public option, we should move toward a “personal option,” where we help individuals and families buy and own health-insurance plans that no government can take over or take away. Your health care should be administered by doctors and nurses who are focused on your health interests, not on the interests of politicians and bureaucrats in Washington.

Providing health care “in the public interest” will prove unimaginably expensive. But if the public option is ever enacted, millions of American families will learn quickly that its true costs cannot be measured in dollars.

From Demint4Senate

April 27, 2009

Hat tip: NEConservative

From 10000Pennies

How do the Obama deficits compare with past presidents? And how did the national debt get so big anyway. This video tries to answer those questions by looking at the debt as a road trip and seeing how fast different administrations have been traveling.

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“justanamericancindy” R.I.P.

May 15, 2009


Our brother Tenacity conveyed the sad news.

Tenacity Says:
May 15, 2009 at 5:58 am

I am afraid that I have some sad news. I know that you are a caring bunch and would want to know so here goes. We have lost our sister JAC.

Cindy’s website that she created:

Here is Cindy’s Album.  What beautiful images!  An eye for beauty!

Where the Stars & Stripes & the Eagles Fly SS

This is a place for Cindy where we can share our thoughts, our memories, our prayers, our concerns.

Please share in the comments section below.  If you are a first-time poster, only first comments are moderated and I will be checking frequently to get comments out of moderation.

Also, please see earlier comments on previous thread:

Also, if you wanted to share some YouTube tunes, I think Cindy would like that.


“Dearly Departed”

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.