Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Stepping Out


DePaul University in Chicago is the largest Catholic institution of higher learning in the United States, and has been for nearly 20 years. As such, it is deeply disheartening to me when the school beclowns itself on behalf of Political Correctness.

The university was back in the news yesterday for precisely that, as the used strong-arm tactics to prevent conservative author and lecturer Ben Shapiro from giving a talk on their campus.

Shapiro, along with conservative author and academic Christina Hoff Summers, had been invited by the university's Young America's Foundation (YAF) chapter to give
a lecture speech on college campuses!

"What exactly is the university worried about?"

They're afraid that hearing ideas they don't agree with will cause their own students
to resort to violence to silence the bearer of those ideas. I kid you not...

Nice Accolade

"'Scuse me while I take this thing to the HOUSE!"

My beloved Kansas City Chiefs won in Carolina last Sunday largely due to the defense, which held the Panthers scoreless in the second half and provided the team its only touchdown in the 20-17 victory.

That TD came on a 42-yard interception return by S Eric Berry, who this morning was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

"Nothing quite like a game-changing pick-six, is there?'

He also led the team in tackles with nine, seven of them unassisted...big game...

The Never-Ending Tech Story

From the delightfully geeky webcomic xkcd, by Randall Munroe, which you should read every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Until Next Time...

On November 16, 1964 Diana Jean Krall was born in Nanaimo, a city on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Her mother and father were middle-class professionals
(a teacher and an accountant, respectively), but their amateur interest in music (mom sang, dad played the piano) inspired their daughter, who was playing the piano herself by age four and performing in public by the time she was 15.

Since then she has gone on to a successful, Grammy Award-winning career. To date she has had seven multi-platinum albums and eight albums which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart.

Her recording career got started
in 1993, when Diana released her debut album, Stepping Out.
It featured her splendid jazz piano and sultry vocals on standards like Duke Ellington's "Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me," "On the Sunny Side of the Street" (said by some to be the work of Fats Waller, although officially it is credited to Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields), and "Body and Soul."

What got me hooked on Diana was the album's lone instrumental, her swinging interpretation of the Harry Warren/Al Dubin classic "42nd Street." Great stuff.

Today's send-off is the 2016 remastered version of the original album track. Enjoy...

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