Monday, February 13, 2017

Trump And The Third Temple

Trump And The Third Temple

"It is interesting in this context to also consider Michael Snyder's calculations that Trump was born 700 days before Israel became a nation, won the election on Prime Minister Netanyahu's 7th year, 7th month and 7th day in office, and served his first full day in the White House at the age of 70 years, 7 months and 7 days old. 

"While we should be careful of reading too much into these numbers, it would seem that God Himself has had His hand on the unusual rise of Donald Trump and if so would have a particular purpose for his presidency."

The Coyote Principle: CALIFORNIA, TEXAS

The Coyote Principle


• The Governor of California is jogging with his dog along a nature trail. A coyote jumps out and attacks the Governor’s dog, then bites the Governor.
• The Governor starts to intervene, but reflects upon the movie “Bambi” and then realizes he should stop because the coyote is only doing what is natural.
• He calls animal control. Animal Control captures the coyote and bills the state $200 testing it for diseases and $500 for relocating it.
• He calls a veterinarian. The vet collects the dead dog and bills the State $200 testing it for diseases.
• The Governor goes to hospital and spends $3,500 getting checked for diseases from the coyote and on getting his bite wound bandaged.
• The running trail gets shut down for 6 months while Fish & Game conducts a $100,000 survey to make sure the area is now free of dangerous animals.
• The Governor spends $50,000 in state funds implementing a “coyote awareness program” for residents of the area.
• The State Legislature spends $2 million to study how to better treat rabies and how to permanently eradicate the disease throughout the world.
• The Governor’s security agent is fired for not stopping the attack. The state spends $150,000 to hire and train a new agent with additional special training for the nature of coyotes.
• PETA protests the coyote’s relocation and files a $5 million suit against the state.


• The Governor of Texas is jogging with his dog along a nature trail. A coyote jumps out and attacks his dog.
• The Governor shoots the coyote with his state-issued pistol and keeps jogging. The Governor has spent $.50 on a .45 ACP hollow point cartridge.
• The buzzards eat the dead coyote.

And that, my friends, is why California is broke and Texas is not.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Liszt: Music's first rock star was also music's greatest fan

Who wrote more transcriptions or arrangements of others' work than Liszt?  His own creations sit atop 19th century romantic art and his last works presage modern atonality, but interestingly, much of what he did was rework the genius of others.

The famous Hungarian and Man About Europe wrote his own versions of works by more than 100 different composers.  Operas, songs, symphonies, organ works, etudes, and more.  For our money, that makes him music's greatest fan.

There are few more interesting personalities than his, by the way.  The wealthy touring virtuoso and number one pianist in Europe often gave benefit concerts wherever he was performing, always allowing an extra day for such in his busy schedule.  He taught numerous students without compensation, and aspirants from around the world sought his erudition in Weimar.  When he performed on stage, women fainted for him, and he enjoyed his many admirers, but he turned to the church in his last days.   His early and middle music was filled with notes and bombast, octaves and runs, but his last works were an almost otherworldly shunning of sound.  He wrote the Hungarian Rhapsodies but struggled himself with the language, and was more comfortable in French and German.

"Early in 1840, when he addressed the public at his first concert in Pest upon his return to his native Hungary after an absence of almost two decades, he began with the famous words Je suis Hongrois....

"Yes, he said it in French. For Liszt had not simply forgotten his Hungarian; he had never learned it. In 1873 he wrote, in a letter to a friend, Man darf mir wohl gestatten, dass ungeachtet meiner beklagenwerthen Unkentniss der ungarischen Sprache, ich von Geburt bis zum Grabe im Herzen und Sinne, Magyar verbleibe (It must surely be conceded to me that, regardless of my lamentable ignorance of the Hungarian language, I remain from birth to the grave, in heart and mind, a Magyar)."

One may conclude this thing of being Hungarian, was for Liszt, and many others, a state of mind.


A man of contrast and paradox.

Give a listen to excerpts from ALL his works for piano here.  99 CDs on the Hyperion label.  A remarkable accomplishment of pianist Leslie Howard and the label that produced this box set.  To quote another famous romantic, "Hats off, gentlemen....."  (And ladies, of course......)