Monday, September 1, 2014

Don't Boycott Burger King, Boycott Democrats

hat tip to:
Christian conservative commentator Cal Thomas










The usual suspects are all in a tizzy because fast food giant, Burger King, with the help of Obama sycophant, Warren "It's unpatriotic for me to be in the same tax rate category as my secretary" Buffett, made a move to buy the Canadian franchise  "Tim Horton's Cafe and Bake Shops" and move their official headquarters to Canada.  Burger King insists this is not the reason, but by making that move of their headquarters to Canada, they will then be able to take advantage of Canada's lower corporate tax rates.  This strategy used to lower taxes, which has been called corporate inversion, has been denounced by president Obama and most liberal democrats.

Warren Buffett's order: Acquire Tim Horton's and hold the taxes

Forget the fact that liberals are avoiding criticizing their hero Warren Buffett and his total hypocrisy of calling for higher tax rates on the rich, but then helping the rich avoid, like he does those higher tax rates, they are focusing their anger on "the evil unpatriotic corporate giant" Burger King.  There they go again, those evil rich that exploit the poor, not wanting to pay their fair share in the United States.

I feel, like Cal Thomas does when he pronounced in one of his radio commentaries on last Wednesday, August 27, that Burger King shouldn't be criticized, they should be praised for bringing the onerous corporate and business tax rates of the U.S. in focus to the American people and how that is actually hurting the "average" guy in America [as many companies are forced to take their business [and many time workers] overseas, because of the burdensome taxes and regulations in America.  And these high tax rates and regulations have been promoted and praised mainly by liberal Democrats, like Barack Obama, the same people criticizing a company like Burger King for wanting to legally avoid them.

Because of this, Cal Thomas brilliantly quipped: "Don't boycott Burger King, boycott Democrats."

I agree!  Oh, and hold the onions on that Whopper please.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Mozart Magic

Yesterday we featured the concert overture.  On this Sunday, I turn to one of my favorite composers, the quintessential classical composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for a traditional overture to one of his operas. 

Mozart was a prolific composer in almost every form of classical composition: symphonies, concertos, chamber music and operas.  His great operas also produced great overtures.  They are all great, but I chose to feature a little Mozart magic, i.e., "The Magic Flute".

Because this overture was written for his opera of the same name, it is not a concert overture.  Though, while this overture was composed for Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute",  it is often played as a stand alone piece in a concert program because of its wonderful melodies and popularity with concert goers.

And then after the overture enjoy probably the most well known aria from Mozart's opera, "The Magic Flute" called "The Queen of the Night."  This is one of the most beloved arias in the operatic repertoire.

On hopefully a peaceful Sunday for you, please turn up the volume and listen to this wonderful Mozart magic.

W.A. Mozart: Overture from the opera: 'The Magic Flute':
 




W.A. Mozart: "Queen of  the Night" aria from the opera: "The Magic Flute":



 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Concert Overtures Stand on Their Own

 Repeat post from the Tales - June 2013 [with two new videos]

Overtures are instrumental compositions mostly used at the beginning of an opera, play, ballet or oratorio  to introduce the themes of the music that will be in that opera or ballet etc.   Overtures are one of my favorite forms of music as you get to hear a sampling of all the great melodies to follow.  In that way, a classic overture is kind of like the tutti introduction of the orchestra in a typical classical concerto, where the orchestra will introduce the melodies [themes] that the soloist [ex. pianist] will be playing when he enters.

In the Romantic era of music, concert overtures were developed.  Concert overtures are independent orchestral compositions that are used to open a concert program, not an opera or ballet, etc.  While these have the form of an overture, there will be no opera that follows.  These are stand alone musical compositions of usually a short length.

Like traditional overtures, concert overtures have one movement.  These concert overtures are a great way to start a symphony concert program as they usually are not very long in time, but they usually have some great melodies that build toward an exciting climax.  They will get the concert program off to a rousing start, with the longer symphonic pieces or concerti that will follow.

Here are three of my favorite concert overtures from three of my favorite composers:  Johannes Brahms 'Academic Festival Overture', Felix Mendelssohn's 'Hebrides Overture' [Fingal's Cave], and Antonin Dvorak's 'Carnival Overture'.  These are great melodic pieces that I love and hope you will too.

Remember, these are stand alone pieces for the music value only.   They are not the opening of an opera.

Please turn up the volume and enjoy three of the great concert overtures!


Brahms: Academic Festival Overture:




Mendelssohn: The Hebrides Overture [Fingal's Cave]:




Dvorak: Carnival Overture: 




Friday, August 29, 2014

The JV President

Mark Steyn
Leave it to the great political pundit, writer and humorist Mark Steyn to be the one to catch the obvious punch line in a set-up that our incompetent foreign policy president gave everyone from one of his juvenile foreign policy pronouncements.

Yes, when president Obama in his sad clueless best named the evil, vicious terrorist group ISIS as the JV team, after they captured Fallujah in Iraq, he became an unwilling set-up man to the brilliant Mark Steyn.  Although president Obama was trying to be funny in his JV comment, he actually, unwittingly became the Bud Abbot to Steyn's Lou Costello, the Dean Martin to the Mark Steyn's Jerry Lewis.

Mark Steyn, on the Sean Hannity TV show on the Fox News Channel on Tuesday night, when talking about president Obama's stupid JV remark, said "if anyone is the JV player on the court [and this is known from every 'rinky dink jihadist' and terrorist group around the world] it is president Obama."

Yes, Mark Steyn was set-up with the great joke line from his straight man Barack Obama, but the joke happens to be on America.  And that joke is the president himself.  Sadly, I must truly say.

Here is the video of Gracie Allen getting the laughs from the straight man George Burns...err.....I mean Mark Steyn getting the laughs from the set-up line of the real jokester, president Barack Obama.




Barack Obama, the great divider-in-chief, is the JV president.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Houston Symphony Orchestra's Donor Appreciation Concert

Tonight, Thursday August 28, 2014, the Houston Symphony Orchestra is hosting a free appreciation concert at Jones Hall in Houston, TX for its donors, large and small.  The fetching Mrs. B and I are very excited to attend this special concert.  I have the DVR ready to tape my Houston Texans in their last pre-season game. I don't know if they will win, but I know the Houston Symphony will perform in a guaranteed winner!
















What is neat is that the Houston Symphony Orchestra sent out of a long list of classical music pieces that the donors got to vote on to choose what we will be hearing at the concert.

Here are some of the pieces, but not all, they have informed us that we voted on and will be hearing:

Rossini: Overture to William Tell
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (First Movement)
Barber: Adagio for Strings
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 - From the New World (Largo)
Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries

Thank you Houston Symphony Orchestra for this generous concert.

We can't wait when in a couple of weeks the start of the Houston Symphony Orchestra's 2014-2015 season begins with our new exciting director officially in charge, Andres Orosco-Estrada.   This will be some exciting season! 

Here is one of the pieces Mrs. B and I will be hearing from our great Houston Symphony Orchestra, Gioacchino Rossini's "William Tell Overture" [yes, you know it, at least I am pretty sure you know the ending--think Lone Ranger].

Turn up the volume and enjoy.

G. Rossini: Overture To William Tell: