Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Standing Out

The Cheese Stands Alone

The clown show that is the 2016 presidential nominating process continues today with the primary 
in Wisconsin.

On the Republican side, this primary is seen as pivotal in deciding whether asshat Donald Trump gets the nomination or we end up with a contested convention.

Fortunately, the Republicans are shrewd operators and have made this an open primary, so Democrats will be able to cross over and help make sure the GOP winner is the guy with historic unfavorable poll numbers. Beauty!

Of course, on the Democratic side it is expected that Bernie Sanders will defeat Hillary Clinton (again). I wonder how long it will take before Democrats realize that no matter how many times he beats her the party simply will not allow Sanders to be the nominee?

If Cruz doesn't score a fairly decisive victory tonight, I'll have to redouble my efforts at finding a suitable exile location. The search has not been going well.

"Cruz is comfortably ahead in the Wisconsin polls though, isn't he?"

I wouldn't say "comfortably," based on what has gone on so far, but yes...


More often than not, much-hyped sporting events turn out not to meet our expectations. This year's NCAA Final Four semifinal games, for instance, lacked any drama at all.

Last night's National Championship game between Villanova and North Carolina, however, was one of those rare occasions when the game actually lived up to the hype. The last few seconds of the game featured not one but two wildly improbable baskets, shots that will be part of highlight videos for as long as there's basketball.

I was glad to have witnessed it, gladder still that a Catholic institution won the tournament for the first time in 31 years (Villanova's 1985 title), and gladdest of all that
I got to share the moment in real time with my best friend Skip, who lives in Villanova's backyard and considers them one of his "hometown" teams.

"As a Royals fan, I'm sure you can relate to 30+ years between championships."

No one thinks you're funny, you know....

Hillary Clinton, Moral Exemplar

From the perspicacious pen of Lisa Benson, whose editorial cartoons you should read often, as I do. [Note: The cartoon is referring to this Meet the Press interview.]

Until Next Time...

This week's Music Recommendation is a new recording by Rachel Barton Pine, the celebrated violinist from Chicago who cheated death a few years ago and continues to be a star attraction around the world.
Photo by Janette Beckman

Rachel recorded the album at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Chicago, where she was inspired as a child by a stained glass window featuring J.S. Bach. She says the church is her "favorite sound space for performing these works, the place that
I consider to truly be my emotional home for playing them."

Unlike Samantha Gillogly's album which we featured the week of March 7, Rachel's album is all of the Sonatas and Partitas, in their entirety. Clearly a labor of love, and it shows.

Today's send-off is her live performance at St. Paul's of the "Preludio" from Partita No. 3 in E major, filmed by two engineers for Royer Labs as a demonstration of the capabilities of their ribbon microphones. Enjoy...

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