Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Sanders Gets Booed Telling Supporters To Elect Hillary

There was an amazing happening at the site of the Democrat National Convention in Philadelphia just now that I saw on CNN. Bernie Sanders was giving a speech to his supporters and for most of the speech he never mentioned Hillary Clinton's name but talked about his movement and the great things that it did.  He got the loudest sustained cheers when he told his supporters that Debbie Wasserman Schultz is out as the DNC chair.

Then when he finally mentioned Hillary Clinton's name that "we must now work to elect Hillary Clinton and Tom Kaine", his supporters booed and heckled him.  Whoa!  

Sanders gets heckled by his own supporters when he told them to support Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine

Watch this amazing video as Wolf Blitzer of CNN introduces the segment:

Right after this happened Wolf Blitzer announced that, surprise, surprise, the DNC Chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, will not speak at the convention.  After this display, it would have been shocking if she was allowed to speak at the convention.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Trump Bounce: 4 points - Race Tied

Going into the convention on Monday July 18, 2016 here are the poll numbers on Monday morning from Real Clear Politics:

So, from Real Clear Politics, Donald Trump polled at 40.6 and behind Clinton by 3.2, with Clinton up by 45 on the electoral as the week of the convention begins.
Now on Monday July 25, 2016 one week after the start of the Republican Convention and 3 full days after the end of the convention here are Real Clear Politics numbers:

Donald Trump went from 40.6 to 44.1 = a 3.5% bounce and the race went from Hillary Clinton up 3.2 to Trump up 0.2 = 3.4% gain for Trump.  So, in his personal numbers and in the spread we can call this between a 3 1/2 - 4 point bounce for Trump from the convention.  Also, Trump gained in the electoral map, now down by 38 instead of down by 45 as shown by Real Clear Politics

Now we will update this next Monday to see what if any bounce Hillary Clinton gets from the Democrat National Convention.  I have a feeling she will get about the same 3 to 4 point bounce and then we will be right back where we started at before either convention was held with Hillary up by about 3 points....but we will see. 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Felix, The Melodic Cat

Repeat post from 2 years ago

Felix Mendelssohn [1809-1847]
Felix Mendelssohn is one of my favorite composers.   He was a German composer in the early Romantic era.  He is known for great music that flows perfectly with so many beautiful melodies.  Besides being a composer, he was also a pianist, organist and conductor.

Felix Mendelssohn was a true genius child prodigy in music.  He was not just a prodigy in his virtuosic piano playing, but in being a composer.  It is not just that he composed music in his early teens, it is that he composed so many great mature pieces as a teenager.

Mendelssohn's Octet For Strings in E-Flat Major is one of the greatest chamber music pieces ever composed.  Mendelssohn composed this great piece at the age of sixteen. As a teen he wrote many of his string symphonies [for only strings] and at the age of 15 Mendelssohn wrote his first full orchestral symphony in C minor [his symphony #1].

Mendelssohn composed twelve string symphonies and five great symphonies for full orchestra.  He also composed many great pieces for piano and organ and concertos and overtures and chamber music pieces. His well known violin concerto is one of the greatest of all the violin concerti.

If there is one word I had to use to describe Mendelssohn's compositions it would be melodious.  That is why modern day audiences love to hear any piece by Felix Mendelssohn. 

To demonstrate the luxurious melodic beauty of a Mendelssohn piece check out: the first movement of Mendelssohn's Symphony #3 in A-minor, known as the "Scottish"; the pensive, solemn Andante movement of his Symphony #5 in D-Major, known as the "Reformation"; his beautiful concert overture, "The Hebrides"; the romantic movement from his piano concerto in D-minor; and his exquisite Overture To a Midsummer Night's Dream.

After listening to this beautiful music, I think you will understand why I say Felix Mendelssohn composed some of the most melodic pieces ever. 

Note: in the Mendelssohn piano concerto, you will hear at first the bridge from the first to the second movement and the actual 2nd movement begins at the 19 second mark.

Please turn up the volume and enjoy Felix, the melodic cat!

Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony #3 in A-minor, "Scottish", Movement 1 Andante con moto -Allegro un poco agitato:

Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony #5 in D-Major, "Reformation", Movement 3, Andante:

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

Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto #2 in D-minor, Movement 2, Adagio-Molto Sostenuto:

Felix Mendelssohn: Overture To A Midsummer Night's Dream:

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Don't Mess With Texas.....Senators

I just posted the following on Face Book following U.S. Senator Ted Cruz-TX, remarkable speech at the Republican National Convention in which he told Republicans to be sure and come out to vote up and down the ballot and "vote your conscience" for constitutional conservative principled candidates.  

Let's see Donald Trump got a lot of play about "lyin' Ted".  And Donald thought he was being very cute making fun of Ted Cruz wife's appearance.  And on the day he wrapped up the nomination in Indiana, Donald Trump accused Ted Cruz father of being involved in the JFK assassination.

Can we call tonight revenge of the Ted! 

Hey Donald, you don't mess with Texas or with Texas' Senators!

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-TX

Ted Cruz is once again [like he did in his filibuster during the Obamacare debate] taking a lot of heat from both Democrats and Republicans for his stance [as I am watching now on cable TV], but I have gained new respect for Ted Cruz for willing to speak to a hostile crowd and stand his grounds on his principles.

And for all the vitriol from the Trumpsters, I would ask:  I thought you admired someone not worried about political correctness and standing up strong for their beliefs.  Or does that only apply to Donald Trump?