Thursday, January 22, 2015
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
cover their losses) on Friday... Traders said the biggest investment banks in the foreign exchange market had sustained losses on their positions, ranging from under $50m to about $150m (Euros)." The BEANS are the has-beens. And the franks are the francs - Swiss Francs! "the house of pain" to commune in their suffering. I am not saying that this is good or bad. I am just pointing out that foolishness is rewarded following foolish decisions. Take refuge in greed? No. Take refuge in the advice of others? No. Take refuge in monetary systems? No.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
"God Bless America" was written by the same atheist composer who composed “White Christmas” and “Easter Parade.” “God Bless America” has roots in Tin Pan Alley. Irving Berlin originally wrote the song in 1918 as the finale to an all-soldier revue called Yip, Yip, Yaphank, but he ultimately decided not to include it, storing it in his trunk of discarded songs. radio star Kate Smith to perform on her radio show on the eve of the first official celebration of Armistice Day—a holiday originally conceived to commemorate world peace and honor veterans of the Great War. In announcing the song’s premiere on her radio show, Kate Smith declared, “As I stand before the microphone and sing… I’ll be praying with every breath I draw that we shall never have another war.” Some questioned his right to evoke God (Jesus) and to call the United States his “home sweet home.” In 1940, the song was boycotted by the KKK and the Nazi-affiliated German American Bund. “God Bless America” was added to the seventh inning stretch after the September 11th attacks in 2001. Since 1940, it was played at every Brooklyn Dodgers home game. In 1966, the Chicago White Sox briefly replaced the national anthem with “God Bless America,” a song the team felt was easier for fans to sing, though Irving Berlin himself urged the team to return to the national anthem. It appeared in the film “This is the Army” (1943), starring Ronald Reagan. the God Bless America Fund which donates the royalties to the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts (in the greater New York City area). The song will remain under copyright until the year 2034. God Bless America: The Surprising History of an Iconic Song, music scholar Sheryl Kaskowitz see also: http://ffrf.org/legacy/fttoday/2004/may/?ft=barker
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
no sense of humor.”There is only one thing that comes to mind that is more childish:
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Something special was happening. France is a land where politics happens on the street but this was something unheard of: a demonstration for the [secular] values of the French Republic and Western democracy. Liberty is born of this realization. The realization is that of utter nothingness - and, perhaps the emptiness of nothingness. The one community is SECULAR (denoting attitudes and activities that have no religious or spiritual basis). The one world contains equals where no rich and famous religious authority can claim to know anything more about god or gods than the illiterate homeless person living alone in a vast wilderness.