Wednesday, August 31, 2016

These Egyptian Journalists Will Bring A Smile To Your Face

As the Tales and fetching Mrs. Tales prepare to go on vacation next week, here is an oldie but goodie Tales post, first published in November of 2015. 

I know many of you have favorite comedians who can make you laugh just by looking at their expression.  They don't even have to say a word, you will start laughing.

Well we find it is not just Americans that have ability to make you laugh just with an expression.  You have got to see these Egyptian journalists, in May of this year [2015], when they hear Obama's pronouncement of what he considers the biggest national security threat of America [and the world] is.   

Just look at the expression of the moderator when president Obama is done speaking and see if that is not one of the most hilarious things that you will ever see...and also, that you will agree with his expression because you will also have the same expression on his face.  Then listen to the conversation that goes on-it is even more hilarious.  

Oh, if only we had a main stream media in our country with "fair and balanced" journalists like these Egyptian journalists. 

Thank you to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI)TV for this video.

Those guys made a lot of sense to me.  :-)

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Something Seems Out of Whack With NFL Responses

Let's see first there was this political expression by NFL players on the then St. Louis Rams team in the wake of the Ferguson unrest after the Michael Brown death: 

Despite the fact that the "hands up" gesture was based on a total lie, the NFL did not discipline these players and the right of free speech was given as the reason.  This from ESPN:  "they were exercising their right to free speech," Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Monday. "They will not be disciplined by the club nor will they be disciplined by the National Football League as it was released today."
Then this last week we have NFL player Colin Kapernick refusing to stand for the National Anthem.  There has been no threat of a fine by the NFL as the NFL says they encourage players to stand, but it is not mandatory.  And the Forty Niners organization issued a statement on in part saying: "In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem."
NFL denied this expression of support for Dallas officers
But just a couple of weeks ago, in light of the tragic gunning down of Dallas police officers, the Dallas Cowboys asked the NFL for permission to wear an "Arm in Arm" decal on their helmet in honor of those fallen police officers.  The NFL denied their request saying [Steven Jones-NFL executive VP], "Everyone has to be uniform with the league and the other teams."

Hmm.   So, no fine for the Rams players with hands up or for Colin Kapernick's political expression by sitting down for the national anthem, but there would have been a fine for the Dallas Cowboys expression of support for their heroic fallen officers that were ambushed: Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, Lorne Ahrens. 

Something seems terribly out of whack to me.  
May these fallen heroes rest in peace - May God Bless their families

Monday, August 29, 2016

Tales Pics With The News-makers

For over 60 years of my life I have seen many celebrities in person [i.e., have been in the same venue] and of course on TV, but have never been blessed to meet in person and shake hands with any of them.  That has ended and within just the last couple of years I have met some of the powerful news makers in person. 

At the same time, my younger brother, skin doc Bradley, has also met with some greats in the world of sports in the last couple of years [with one pic earlier than the last couple of years].  

Here is the Tales with some of the news-makers, in order of meeting them:  

The Tales and Senator Ted Cruz

The Tales and the fetching Mrs. Tales with radio host extraordinaire, Hugh Hewitt

The Tales meets a sweet and nice lady, Gretchen Carlson

  The Tales with Senator Marco Rubio

The Tales meets the great patriot Dinesh D'Souza

Here is the Tales brother Bradley meeting some of the news-makers in the world of sports:

Bradley with "the greatest of all time"

Bradley with ND basketball coach Mike Brey

Bradley with Longhorns legendary football coach Mack Brown

Bradley with Hall of Fame baseball great Craig Biggio

Sometimes one forget how blessed they have been these last couple of years in the midst of what some of us have think been disastrous politically.  I would say my brother and me have been pretty blessed to meet in person some of the great news-makers in politics and sports.

Of course, I have saved my most blessed meeting recently:

My grand daughter Skye Noelle - born Dec. 11, 2015

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Five of the Most Beautiful Movements in the Piano Concerto Repertoire

Along with the clarinet, the piano is my favorite instrument, and the piano concerto is my favorite form of classical music.  I love to be in the audience of a concert at Jones Hall with the great Houston Symphony Orchestra when there is a piano concerto on the program.

love to watch and hear a good piano concerto

There are so many beautiful piano concertos it is hard to pick out the most beautiful movements of them all.  

The Tales, daring to go where no man has gone will attempt to choose the top 5 most beautiful of all the beautiful movements in the piano concerto repertoire. :-)  Of course, this is a matter of opinion so this is the Tales' opinion of the top 5 and not meant to be a consensus of classical music experts, which I certainly do not include myself. 

I know, I know when you see the Tales picks I could get some feedback, "how could you miss this one or that one", and that will be okay.  Just remember, this is the Tales blog, so I'm going with it.
In choosing the top 5, I didn't go out to choose 5 different composers but that is how it turned out.  And these just happen to be 5 of the giant composers in classical music:  Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Mendelssohn.

Please turn up the volume and enjoy the Tales top 5 most beautiful piano concerto movements.

W.A. Mozart: Piano Concerto #21 in C Major, "Elvira Madigan", Movement 2, Andante:

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

Fredric Chopin: Piano Concerto #2 in F minor, movement 2, Larghetto

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #2 in E minor,  Movement 3,  Allegro Scherzando:

and drum roll please - the Tales favorite most beautiful piano concerto movement:  #1  

L.V. Beethoven: Piano Concerto #5, "The Emperor", movement 2, Adagio un poco mosso: