Tuesday, June 30, 2015

All I Am Saying, Is Give Respect A Chance

Before I show you the following three revealing videos near the bottom, I want to tell you what this post is about and not about.  First, here is what this post is not about.

This is not a pro or con article on the issue of same sex marriage which the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of nationwide. 

This is not meant to criticize Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton for "evolving" [changing totally] on the issue of same sex marriage.  I will take both at their words [even though I seriously have my own doubts] that their's is a heart felt change and not done for political reasons. 

This is not meant to criticize or call hypocritical those who have truly changed their position in the last few years on the issue of same sex marriage.  People of good will can have change of heart on an issue. 

What this post is about:

Guy Benson - co author of End of Discussion
This is a post hoping that damaging hateful language on both sides of the issue of same sex marriage stop.  I am totally in agreement with Guy P Benson [co-author with Mary Katharine Ham on their new book: "End of Discusion"]  who on the Kelly Files on June 26, 2015 said: "My hopes and prayers for our country is that we can forge ahead into this new era [same sex marriage being ruled a constitutional right by the Supreme Court] together in the spirit of respect for one another's dignity, respect for one another's beliefs and for one another's rights and I hope that respect is a two way street."

This is a post criticizing Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and other liberals who are now using demagogic mean spirited rhetoric against people of good will who have the exact same position on the issue of same sex marriage that they had just a few years ago.  I have seen words on twitter and Face Book like closed minded, hateful, homophobic, "living in the past" and bigoted aimed at those who oppose same sex marriage on religious grounds.  One can honestly make a case against their position, I am not criticizing that, but it should be done in a more civil intellectual way without the use of that hate filled divisive rhetoric that much of the left is doing. 

I want  to ask those of you on the left who are now using divisive language to denounce those who oppose the Supreme Court decision, did you also denounce in those same words [hateful and homophobic and bigoted] Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama when they did not support same sex marriage-in the case of Hillary Clinton not only believing that marriage was a sacred union between one man and one woman but also believing it should not be imposed on a state that had a different view?   

Yes, both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have changed 180 degrees from their position from a few years ago and now support gay marriage in all states, but they hadn't changed when you voted for them and supported them and praised them So, how can you now denounce, in the harshest terms, Republicans who have the same position as Hillary and Barack did before they evolved.  You have no idea if these people you are denouncing now will also evolve on the issue in the future. 

First, let's hear Hillary's non-equivocal definition of marriage up until a few years ago:

Next let's hear Hillary's strong position of "state's rights" on the issue of same sex marriage just a few years ago as Senator Hillary Clinton:

Now let's hear Barack Obama running for president in 2008 when asked by Rick Warren of Saddleback Church what his definition of marriage was:

All I am asking for those on the left who are using vitriolic language now, to use the same respectful language on those you disagree now that you used when you disagreed with both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton when they said that marriage was the "sacred" union of a man and woman with "God in the mix," and also when Hillary Clinton said that a state shouldn't be forced to recognize a marriage that their state doesn't recognize.  

Both sides can disagree, and argue against another person's position on the issue, but both sides should be respectful to the other side and use positive language in their disagreement.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Ambassador Michael Oren: "It's About The Survival Of The Jewish State"

On Sunday's CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" show, Fareed had the great former Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren on.   Now I usually don't watch CNN at that time, but I had left the channel on after watching the show before, Jake Tapper's "State of the Union" [I didn't want to miss one of Jake's guests, "a giant in talk radio," as Jake called him, Hugh Hewitt]. 

Ambassador Michael Oren
Fareed Zakaria had Michael Oren on to talk about American Israel relations in light of Michael Oren's blockbuster new book, "Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide".   

Along with Michael Oren, Fareed Zakaria had on Martin Indyk, who was president Obama's special envoy of Israel-Palestinian negotiations.  Ambassador Indyk was very contentious to Ambassador Oren's views, and in my opinion, disrespectful to Ambassador Oren as you will see in this video Indyk arrogantly shaking his head no to Ambassador Oren's heartfelt concern for Israel's very survival as a Jewish state if the "very bad" Iran nuke deal comes to reality.  

Watch these short, but critically important words by Michael Oren regarding the Iran nuke deal and what it could mean for the future of Israel.  The book that Michael Oren mentions right at the beginning is his book I mentioned above, "Ally..."

Ambassador Michael Oren comments about the bad Iran nuke deal and concern for what it could mean for Israel's security on Fareed Zakaria, GPS, Sunday June 28, 2015:

God Bless you, Michael Oren and God Bless Israel!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Blowin' In The ... Concert Hall

One of my favorite genres from classical music is the concerto.  I love all types of concertos, including cello, clarinet, flute, oboe, etc.  My two favorite instruments I like to see as solos performing in a concerto with the Houston Symphony Orchestra are the piano and violin.  

Today I'd like to focus on the trumpet and the horn concertos.  I think the majority of horn and trumpet concertos were composed in the Baroque and early classical music period.  They are similar in form with three movements, usually fast, slow, fast, and most of the movements are in sonata or rondo form. Also, it seems like most trumpet and horn concertos have a fun, playful character
French Horn


I have three great horn and trumpet concertos that are all from the Classical Era, that all have the characteristics I named above.  W. A. Mozart's Horn Concerto #4, Franz Joseph Haydn's trumpet concerto, and Johann Nepomuk Hummel's trumpet concerto.  All of these concertos are in E-Flat Major.

Mozart's horn concerto #4 has three movements:  1. Allegro Moderato  2. Romance - Andante and 3. Rondo - Allegro Vivace.   I really love the playful exciting third movement.  

Papa Haydn's trumpet concerto in E-Flat Major may be the most recognized and played trumpet concerto's of all.  I, along with most classical music fans, love this concerto.  Haydn's concerto has three movements:  1. Allegro  2. Andante and 3. Allegro - Rondo. 

Hummel's trumpet concerto is a lively fun concerto.  While I love the Haydn concerto, the Hummel is my favorite trumpet concerto of all.  It also has the typical three movements:  1. Allegro con spirito  2. Andante and then with the just the slightest of pauses comes the fun movement 3. Rondo - Allegro.

Please turn up the volume and enjoy these great concertos that many times will be "blowin' in the concert Halls".

W.A. Mozart: Horn Concerto #4 in E-Flat Major:

F.J. Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat Major [Alison Balsom, trumpet]:

J.N. Hummel: Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat Major [Manuel Blanco, Trumpet]: 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Tales Tweet Of The Week - June 26, 2015

This week's Tales tweet of the week is short and intelligent.  How short you may ask?  Try two words, short.  Two words, so appropriate, that they will make you shout, Yeah! 

The tweet was delivered on Thursday June 25, 2015, another day of infamy for the Supreme Court of the United States with their disappointing, but not surprising, Obamacare decision; better entitled by the great Justice Antonin Scalia, "SCOTUScare".  

The two word tweet contains a link to an article in The Hill that will also make you say, Yeah! 

The tweet was made by Linda Suhler, Ph.D., one of the Tales favorites on twitter [although the Tales applied no pressure to the Tales law firm of Wie, Cheatem and Howe, who painstakingly went through thousands of tweets to come up with one appropriate enough to be deemed worthy of the Tales distinguished and much sought after Tweet of the Week award].

On @LindaSuhler 's home page she describes herself: "
Unapologetic Constitutional Conservative #1A #2A #NRA #StandWithIsrael #Tcot #CCOT #LNYHBT #ProLife #SupportMilitary/LE #GodBlessAmerica  Scottsdale, Arizona

Without further ado,  

The Tales Tweet of the Week - June 25, 2015
Linda Suhler, Ph.D., @LindaSuhler

Suffer like the rest of us
The only thing I wish is that there could be an exemption for the three conservative Supreme Court Justices, Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Samuel Alito and Justice Clarence Thomas, that voted against Obamacare/SCOTUScare.

Congratulations, Linda Suhler, by joining the distinguished short list of Tales Tweet of the Week winners.