Sunday, April 20, 2014

Wishes For A Happy Blessed Easter 2014!

repeat Easter post

I wish all Christians around the world a Happy, Blessed Easter.

Everyone enjoy this Easter celebration  video from Houston's  Second Baptist Church.  I thank Second Baptist and Dr. Ed Young for this exhilarating video.  On twitter Dr. Young is

Rise Up-Dance your shoes off:

God Bless!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Special Evening With The Great Houston Symphony Orchestra

Mrs. B, a Christian, who will be celebrating Easter tomorrow, and I, a Jew, celebrating Passover this week, are really in for a special treat tonight at Jones Hall with another great program from our great Houston Symphony Orchestra.  This will be special for three reasons: the conductor, the soloist, and the concert program. 

Maestro Andres Orosco-Estrada
The conductor for tonight, as we wind down the 2013/2014 HSO concert season, will be our [Houston Symphony Orchestra] director designate, Andres Orosco-Estrada, who officially takes over as the director of the HSO this September at the start of the 2014/2015 concert season.   We have been lucky to already have seen a preview of our new Maestro a couple of times this season and wow, is this man something special.  Not to take away from any of the awesome directors the Houston Symphony Orchestra has been blessed to have in their history, but in my opinion, the young, exciting Andres Orosco-Estrada ranks right up there with the best [if not the best]. 

Pianist Yefim Bronfman
The soloist in tonight's concert will be Russian born, Israeli-American virtuoso extraordinaire pianist, Yefim Bronfman.  He will be performing the second piece in tonight's program, Beethoven's piano concerto #4.  From the HSO website they describe Mr. Bronfman:  "The Los Angeles Times speaks of Grammy® winner pianist Yefim Bronfman’s “technical prowess and unforced showmanship.” The virtuoso returns to Houston to lend both depth and brilliance to Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4."  The video in this post will demonstrate Bronfman's brilliance at the keyboard.

The third reason I mentioned that makes this night special is the program.  Not only do we get to hear a great Beethoven piano concerto [his 4th], but before that to open the concert will be Smetana's "Overture to the Bartered Bride" and after intermission the concert concludes with a wonderful piece by one of my favorite composers, Antonin Dvorak, his symphony #8.  Here is how it is described on the Houston Symphony Orchestra's website: "Conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada then brings out the droll woodwind melodies and exuberantly carefree waltzes of Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8."

Here is the pianist Mrs. B and I will see tonight, Yefim Bronfman, in a video taken from the Houston Symphony Orchestra's web site, of the soloist playing Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #3.  While we will be seeing Mr. Bronfman performing Beethoven's great piano concerto #4, the Rach 3 in this video magnifies the soloist's brilliant virtuosity.  

This concerto, that may be unmatched for difficulty, has three movements: 1. Allegro Ma Non Tanto;  2. Adagio [which begins at 26:02 in this video]; then, after a bridge between movements 2 and 3 [with an explosive phrase just before movement 3] is the exciting final movement 3. Alla Breve [that begins at 26:05].

While there are not many, if any, piano concertos that can match Rachmaninoff's second piano concerto for beautiful melodies, there are also not many concertos that can match Rachmaninoff's third piano concerto for drama and excitment.

Please turn up the volume and enjoy the virtuosity from the soloist Mrs. B and I will enjoy tonight.

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #3 in D-minor

Friday, April 18, 2014

Hugh Hewitt: "Hillary Clinton-The Grandma Of Obamacare"

repeat post from November of 2013

The reason I am repeating this post is that I have heard the great Jonah Goldberg from NRO and author of the great newsletter, "The G-File," and also I have heard a Republican congressman both use the phrase "grandmother of Obamacare" when talking about Hillary Clinton, a possible 2016 Democrat candidate for president.  To that I am very thankful and hope that trend continues with it being a staple in GOP presidential political talk.  But in order to give credit where it is due, it was Hugh Hewitt of the Hugh Hewitt radio show [and author of the new book "The Happiest Life"] who first deemed Hillary Clinton as the "grandmother of Obamacare" on his show on November 13, 2013.  Let that be forever on record here, as we get closer and closer to the 2016 presidential election, that  Hugh Hewitt invented that phrase, and that it is the Tales blog that first announced that fact.

So, because of that, I repeat this Tales post first published in November of 2013, with an added video [with a surprise guest singer-or as my wife says torturer] at the end about Hillary being forever tied to Obamacare.

Hugh Hewitt: "Hillary Clinton-The Grandma of Obamacare"

Grandmother of ObamaCare
Are we about to see a Governor Mitt Romney redux by Hillary Clinton having to explain away her Hillarycare in the 2016 presidential election as Romney did in 2012 with Romneycare? 

Whoever said, 'what goes around comes around' sure knew what they were talking about. 

I was one person who said Romneycare would not hurt Governor Romney one iota in his presidential campaign.  I was wrong.  People will be saying the same thing about Hillary Clinton and her miserably failed attempt at Hillarycare in 1994.   This was a proposal by then first lady Hillary Clinton that was so unpopular, that it led to the GOP Gingrich led "revolution" in the 1994 elections in which the GOP made historical gains and took control of Congress for the first time in 40 years.

Hugh Hewitt-Browns fan
The great Hugh Hewitt, host of the intelligent radio talk show, The Hugh Hewitt Show, does not want the people to ever forget about Hillarycare.  In fact, he has given the appropriate handle to Hillary Clinton as the "grandmother of Obamacare."  

HillaryCare wiped out the Democrats in 1994, let us hope it does the same for Hillary and the Democrats in 2016.

Now we see president Bill Clinton trying to immunize Hillary from Obamacare, making suggestions that the president should have kept his word and action needs to be taken to correct that misrepresentation [lie].  Hmm, you may be trying to stand by your woman, Bill,  but it won't work.  Hillary tried to have the federal government take over 1/6 of the economy by controlling health care,  just like president Barack Obama has done with Obamcare.  The people will be reminded of that, over and over and over again.

I hope that Hugh Hewitt's call will be taken up by the Republican Party and from this time forward Hillary Clinton will be known as the grandmother of Obamacare.  
Update:  In line with Hugh Hewitt and the Tales wish that  Hillary should forever be known as the grandmother of Obamacare, Tales has produced this video.

Please turn up the volume....on the other hand, because the guest singer is one you have heard before on a Tales video, in fact the only one you have heard on a Tales video, you may want to turn down the volume.  :-)


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wendy Davis Enthusiasm Not Showing Up In Texas [update- April 16, 2014]

Update: April 16, 2014:  More great news in a poll that has just been released which has confirmed the theme of this post that originated on Feb 25, 2014.  Also, the results of this poll are even more stark as they come from the left wing Democrat polling firm PPP- Public Policy Polling.  The results of the poll show that the Republican nominee Greg Abbott leads Democrat Wendy Davis 51-37% with 13% not sure.  The sample of women in this poll was 53% to 47% sampling of men.  The only subset Wendy Davis leads is among liberals, but conservatives outnumber liberals in Texas [as poll results are also shown in the poll] by a 52-25% rate.  The poll also showed that in every statewide race in Texas in November, every Republican leads every Democrat by solid double digit numbers.

Here are results of the Abbot/Davis race from Public Policy Polling [April 15, 2014]:

Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Greg Abbott? Favorable ........................................................ 40%
Unfavorable .................................................... 27%
Not sure .......................................................... 33%
Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Wendy Davis?
Favorable ........................................................ 33%
Unfavorable .................................................... 47%
Not sure .......................................................... 21% 
If the candidates for Governor this fall were Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis, who would you vote for?
Greg Abbott .................................................... 51%
Wendy Davis....................................................37%
Not sure .......................................................... 13%

The full results of the poll can be found here.
Michael Barone
Update: March 11, 2014:  There is a great article by maybe the top political guru in the nation, Michael Barone in the Washington DC Examiner that confirms the thesis of this post [originally posted on Feb. 25 and first updated on March 5] that there is a lack of enthusiasm for the Democrats great hope of turning Texas blue, candidate for governor, Wendy Davis. 

In Michael Barone's great article:  "Wendy Davis Filibuster Against Late Term Abortion Ban Repels Texas Hispanics": "Davis won the Democratic primary easily, by a 79 percent to 21 percent margin over Reynaldo “Ray” Madrigal, who spent little or no money and had no perceptible name identification. Yet Davis lost 26 of  Texas 254 counties to Madrigal, mostly heavily Hispanic counties in the Rio Grande Valley. They included the largest county in the Lower Rio Grande, Hidalgo, as well as Webb County, centered on the biggest U.S.-Mexican border truck crossing, Laredo". ..."These numbers point to the conclusion that Davis' stand on the abortion issue, wildly popular among the Democrats' feminist left, is significantly unpopular among many Texas Hispanic voters -- most of them probably Catholic, but including a significant number of evangelical and pentecostal Protestants." ..."What enthuses one part of a party's constituency can antagonize another part. This is true of Republicans as well as Democrats. But when you start out in the minority, as Democrats do in Texas, splitting your party base is dangerous.  It will be interesting to see whether Greg Abbott (whose wife is Hispanic) runs ahead of party lines in the Rio Grande Valley this fall."

To read the great article by Michael Barone in full please click here.

I think Michael Barone's analysis of the statistics from the primary election not only confirms the theme of the Tales original article, that enthusiasm for Wendy Davis' candidacy is not showing up in Texas, but it also leads to another political conclusion: Those who live by identity politics can die by identity politics.

Yes, the Democrats for a long time, and especially exponentially emphasized  in the Barack Obama era [or as Gov Palin rightfully called it, the Barack Obama error], rely on winning elections by the divide and conquer method.  They try and form a coalition of diverse minority groups and then make those groups feel like they are victims against all others not in the Democrat coalition and use that hatred of the other groups to spur their voter turnout in elections.  But when you rely on such a coalition of identity groups, all it takes is one group in that coalition to bail in even a modest way and the whole winning voting coalition falls apart.  That is why I still like the Republican's way of not playing identity politics and instead trying to appeal to all Americans with a traditional, family based conservative message.

Thankfully, that is what is happening in the great state of Texas!  Go Greg Abbott!
Update: March 5, 2014:  Election Results from the Sec of State of Texas Office [99.5% of vote]
The final election results of the Democrat and Republican primaries confirm the lack of enthusiasm for Wendy Davis as stated in this post first published on Feb. 25, 2014.  Both the Republican and Democrat parties had a drop off of the number of voters from 2010, the GOP dropped by about 10%, but the Democrats had a big drop off of 20%.  The reason I am comparing these results to 2010, is because they are both very similar, with both being midterm primaries and both having very few competitive races [especially similar in the governor's race] on the Democrat Party side.

In 2010 the Democrats had a total of 680,000 votes cast compared to 2014 543,000 total votes cast. Wendy Davis actually had less votes [with 1 minor opponent] 429,000 than Bill White the Dem nominee for Governor had in 2010.  He had 517,000 votes [with 6 minor opponents].

In 2010 the GOP had 1,484,000 votes cast compared to this election 2014 of 1,333,000 votes cast.

Of those votes Greg Abbott the Republican nominee garnered 1,222,000 votes, nearly 3 times as many votes as Wendy Davis received on the Democrat side.

And as we stated in the post of Feb. 25, the Democrats poured money into the primary trying to avoid just this low turnout in their primary they received to avoid the embarrassment that would show Wendy Davis just wasn't showing the enthusiasm the media was trying to display.  It didn't work [the money] and that turned out to be wasted money.  Wendy Davis candidacy didn't show any enthusiasm in the early voting and that pattern held all the way to the primary election day.  That trend will continue to election day in November.

These results, I think can be interpreted in no other way than to predict a big double digit win by Greg Abbott come November.  
Greg Abbott GOP nominee and  the next governor of Texas

original post from Feb. 25, 2014:

One week from today Texans will be voting in the midterm primary elections.  At the top of the list in the Democrat primary is the nation wide liberal darling hopeful for governor, Wendy Davis.  The national Democrat Party has visions that Wendy Davis will be the inspiration of Texas Democrats to turn Texas blue.  Yes, the dreams from liberal Democrats all over the nation is the "stand up for Wendy brigade" will turn Texas blue, which would render the Republican Party hopeless of ever winning a national election again.

Paul Bettencourt
A funny thing has happened on the way to the primary.  Early voting has been going on for over a week in Texas.  Former Harris County Tax Assessor, small business owner, now running for the Texas senate, Paul Bettencourt was on Edd Hendee's local radio show on Tuesday morning to give the voting pattern numbers in the giant Harris County [that includes Houston] that have come out so far from the early voting numbers.  Overall, there is a light turnout at around the same rate as the 2010 midterm elections.

But that's where the similarity ends from 2010.  Republican turnout at the same time period as in 2010 is up 10%, while the Democrats have turned out at a -26% rate from 2010.  While the Republican rate is not something to do cartwheels over, it shows Republicans are showing up at a rate consistent [or slightly above] their average of past midterm elections.  But the Democrats leakage of one quarter of their voters at this stage in the game from normal voting patterns has to be very upsetting to not just local Democrats, but those nationwide Democrats hoping to turn Texas blue. The early turnout is also showing that Wendy Davis is not exactly getting the Democrats to bust down the doors to vote in droves.  It is closer to a "yawn, whatever" Democrat reaction to the chance to vote for Wendy Davis.

In fact, Paul Bettencourt relates, the Democrats are getting so worried about the turnout so far, they are now pouring money into Harris County, just for an increased voter turnout in the Democrat primary.  Just think about that.  The Democrats are wasting money [that could be used in the general election] in a primary that Wendy Davis is sure to win, just to avoid the newspaper headlines the day after the election that there was such a poor turnout by Democrats in the primaries.  That headline, Democrats know, would be a strong indicator of a big double digit loss by Wendy Davis and the Democrats in Texas come November.

Red State Texas

Not that there was much worry of a Wendy Davis victory and turning Texas blue in 2014 or 2016, but the fact that Wendy Davis is not having the Democrats break down the doors to vote, is a good sign: Texas will remain free!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Did Mara Liasson Demean Women's Intelligence?

Mara Liasson
I like NPR and Fox News Channel's Mara Liasson.  She is a liberal and I disagree with her position most of the time, but she is usually very thoughtful with her comments and I've noticed is also very attentive and respecting when a conservative, such as Charles Krauthammer, makes his opinion known.  I do not want this post to be an attack on Mara Liasson, but I am just asking this question I put in the title of this post.

So, that is why I was kind of surprised at her position [given on Fox News Channel Special Report Show on Tuesday April 8, 2014] on president Obama's call for equal pay for women, especially as he used bogus statistics and he revealed total hypocrisy in his call, as his White House does not meet the standards of equal pay for women that he demands of the private sector.

Listen to Charles Krauthammer on the topic:

Mara was listening with great respect to Charles, but then made this statement "Everything you say Charles may be true" and then she said [paraphrasing], "but this [Obama's rhetoric] will have an affect on women and it is a good political move by the president to help the Democrats in November."

Think about what Mara said.  Even if everything Dr. Krauthammer said was true about president Obama's lying demagoguery, those real facts wouldn't matter to women and they would fall for the emotional rhetoric by the president even though his statements were false.

I respect Mara Liasson, but isn't that demeaning to women about their intelligence and ability to reason.  Remember she began her statement of approval of president Obama's statement, by allowing that "everything [Charles Krauthammer] said may be true."   So, it wasn't "I don't agree with your assertions Charles" which if she had made that qualification, I wouldn't be writing this post.  I think, and what I was hoping Mara Liasson would have said in response to Charles Krauthammer was, "If what you are saying is true Charles, then I think women will be intelligent enough to see through the president's rhetoric, and his statements will not help and could actually backfire on the Democrats in the upcoming elections." 

I have more respect for women's intelligence than Mara and believe they will determine the facts and make a reasoned decision about the president's and Democrats hyperbolic accusations against Republicans so-called "war on women" as they exemplify falsely in the "Republicans not wanting equal pay for women".   I sure hope I am right, and not Mara Liasson, about women's decision making.

Again, this post is not so much an attack on the intelligent Mara Liasson  as on all the Democrats who actually are so demeaning to women to think that they can influence a woman's vote by emotional lies rather than reasoned facts. 

Thank God we don't have long to go to find out as the November elections are just a half a year away.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

MLB Honoring The Great American Jackie Robinson #42

Repeat post from last year's anniversary:

From the twincities online newspaper in Minnesota [April 15, 2013] is this pic and words on Jackie Robinson Day on Monday: 

BOSTON -- "Everybody in uniform at the Tampa Bay Rays game Monday, April 15, against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park wore the number "42" as Major League Baseball celebrated its fifth annual Jackie Robinson Day". 
Because the nation and world rightly turned its attention to the terrorist attack in Boston on Monday afternoon, this story got put in the background.  Major League baseball honored Jackie Robinson, the first black American allowed to play in the segregated major leagues when he started for the Brooklyn Dodgers at first base on April 15, 1947.   This is the fifth such anniversary of Jackie Robinson Day commemorated at every major league ballpark in America. 

Jackie Robinson has to be regarded as one of the top Americans who influenced civil rights in our history, along with great figures like Rosa Parks, not just for being the first black man to play Major League Baseball, but for having to endure unspeakable acts of bigotry against him for daring to break the color barrier in baseball. He not only endured them, but he faced them down with courage and grace, in overcoming the bigots.  And now Major League Baseball rightfully honors Jackie Robinson every April 15, as every major league baseball player wears Jackie Robinson's number 42.   By the way that number has been retired for all of Major League Baseball in which no team member can ever wear that number again.
Jackie Robinson is the only MLB player who has been honored in such a way.

My wife and I went to see the movie 42 and I can report that this is a must see movie by every American.  We thought it was a great  moving movie that ended in applause by the entire theater and tears in many eyes [I know there were some in Sheralyn's and my eyes].  What is great is that Jackie Robinson's wife, the graceful Rachel Robinson is still living and getting to enjoy this celebration of her beloved Jackie. 

Jackie and Rachel Robinson