Friday, November 23, 2012

Saturday Masters - Neil Young

Starting out with Like a Hurricane because it was about this period in my life when I started moving from rock and roll to a more country orientation back in the days of Waylon, Willie and the boys.
So I lost track of Neil on FM radio. I think this was about 77 or 78 but I'm too lazy to check. Any way it's a great song. Following this I'm posting some older stuff I don't think I've posted before. 

Cinnamon Girl is here because I like it.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Saturday Masters - Emerson, Lake and Palmer

Keith Emerson - Keyboards
Greg Lake - Guitar, Bass and vocals
Carl Palmer- Best damn drummer in the world. IMHO


Fanfare for the Common Man
Steve Howe...guitar
John Wetton...bass/lead vocals
Geoff Downes...keyboards
featuring Carl Palmer...drums

Friday, November 9, 2012

Saturday Masters - Katie Melua

I may already have posted Katie Melua a few years ago. But she is worth another look and listen.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Hooray for the red, white and blue.

Remarkably, Americans of all political stripes have long reserved for our veterans the purest form of socialized medicine, the vast health system operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs... If socialized medicine is as bad as so many on this side of the Atlantic claim, why have both political parties ruling this land deemed socialized medicine the best health system for military veterans? Or do they just not care about them?” ...
Occasionally one does come across an American politician who mutters something about privatizing the V.A. health system. I doubt this idea would have much political traction... In fact, I would dare presidential candidates professing a distaste for socialized medicine to call openly for abolition of the V.A. health system in favor of a purely privatized system – e.g., a defined contribution system such as that advocated for Medicare by Representative Paul D. Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin...
So far I have not received a satisfactory answer from detractors of “socialized medicine” to my question of why we have the V.A. health system when socialized medicine putatively is so evil. Perhaps some commentators ... will enlighten me - Uwe Reinhardt (Economists View)

 It occurred to me early in my naval career, such as it was, that I was working and living in a socialist system. Looking at it realistically from my first day of boot camp and for the rest of my life, except for a short period in the 70's I was a ward of the state, regular paychecks commensurate with my time in service and paygrade. Each paygrade being the same as any other branch of service depending on specialty or needs of the military. Also throw in medical, dental and housing benefits and even an allowance for meals. Pretty good deal I thought so then and i think so now, though I bitched and moaned as a sailor should. So I would say was raised as a good socialist though of course we were not indoctrinated into that philosophy and our job was to fight for free enterprise.

  Last month I got to experience another aspect to socialism that Americans don't like to discuss; Socialised health care. As a Navy retiree I have medical benefits that for a few dollars a month and my willingness to be seen in a Naval Medical facility gives me cheap and easy access to medical help. In October I had another heart attack and blood flow was completely stopped to my lower extremities. I went from ER immediately to ICU. After 3 days of stabilization I went for placement of what turned out to be 17 stents. That fixed part of the problem but I still need more work as the loss of blood flow to my heart has done severe damage that will need to be addressed as soon as I get a bit stronger.

  So I got off track a bit. This was about socialized medicine. four years ago when I had cancer and was hospitalized for three months I had full insurance through my employer for which I payed a pretty good monthly sum plus my navy medical benefits payed for all of what turned out to be $300,000 worth of care in a civilian hospital with civilian doctors. Another good deal. You see I have no ax to grind here. I will say that my experience under socialized medicine compared favorably; in fact somewhat better than my experience in the civilian sector. However,  I was fortunate. I knew when I signed those re-enlistment contracts that this was part of the pot of gold waiting at the end of my military service rainbow. I counted on it being there when I needed it. They did right by me.

  3-4 years ago there was much talk of going to a single payer system of medicine similar to Canada's and Britain's National health care. My experience and my compassion support this option. Obamacare, what's left of the push to go to Universal Healthcare in the US is a good program despite some flaws such as most things designed by committee have, is already helping the economically disadvantaged including children and senior citizens. Another thing that intrigues me is that health care under their system costs about a third of that in the US. That means that as a country we pay two thirds more and I wonder where does that money go? 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Friday, August 10, 2012

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Space Babes

  I love space babes. Partly out of love for science fiction and just because a babe is a babe and every perv needs a hobby. 
Anne Frances Forbidden Planet

Leslie parrish
  Another babe from Star Trek was Leslie Parrish though she only appeared in one episode "Who Mourns For Adonais". In 1977 Parrish met and married Richard Bach while working on "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" She was such a babe that Bach wrote two books about their relationship and his undying love. They were divorced in 1997.
Of course there were babes in almost every episode of Star Trek from the beginning through "Enterprise". I'll get to those space babes in a moment.

  The 70's sort of sucked for babes in space. Two that come to mind are Persis Kambatta as Lt  Illia the Deltan navigator from "Star Trek The Motion Picture",

  and Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley in "Alien". Probably the best parts  of these films though I admit I haven't seen any of the "Alien" franchise. I may have to watch it now.

Maren Jensen
On TV there  were some nice Science Fiction babes like Lyndsey Wagner, the "Bionic Woman"and Lynda Carter "Wonder Woman" but they were mostly earthbound. In space we had Maren Jenson, Athena from "Battlestar Galactica".  Buck Rogers gave us Erin Gray  looking good here in a purple jumpsuit as Col. Wilma Deering.

  Star Trek, The Next Generation, Voyager, Deep Space had a load of space babes. 

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Saturday Masters - The Allman Brothers Band

Maybe my favorite Saturday Masters post. The original band was Duane and Greg Allman, with Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson
These some pretty long live jams, hope you enjoy it as much as I do>

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Poetry Rewind

this old perv

by Tag Williams
poetry is not on my mind
young ladies, younger than my daughters
one in particular
sitting just across the table from
from this old perv
at the pretlow branch library
Well, I feel like one
today. A nice amount of cleavage
it's evolution
men were made to peek
but I feel greasy like an old hot dog
sitting in the sun roasting and frying
and there is this thing on a chain
just hanging there like the
boobs for any old perv
like me to look at and try
to figure
what it is
Got it
it's an anchor
weighing me down
keeping me dead in the water
but it brightened up my day

Friday, July 13, 2012

Saturday Masters - Les Paul

Everyone knows Les Paul's name but do you know his music?

Lester William Polsfuss (June 9, 1915 – August 13, 2009) known as Les Paul—was an American jazz and country guitarist, songwriter and inventor. He was the inventor of the solid-body electric guitar which made the sound of rock and roll possible. He is credited with many recording innovations. Although he was not the first to use the technique, his early experiments with overdubbing (also known as sound on sound),delay effects such as tape delayphasing effects and multitrack recording were among the first to attract widespread attention.
His innovative talents extended into his playing style, including lickstrillschordingsequences, fretting techniques and timing, which set him apart from his contemporaries and inspired many guitarists of the present day. He recorded with his wife Mary Ford in the 1950s, and they sold millions of records.
Among his many honors, Paul is one of a handful of artists with a permanent, stand-alone exhibit in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is prominently named by the music museum on its website as an "architect" and a "key inductee" along with Sam Phillips and Alan Freed.- wikipedia

Being alone

    I was going to work on a poem about loneliness. As I sit at home alone wondering where all the friends I have had over the years have gone and what they are doing I feel more alone than I ever have. I am an introvert who has always tried to escape from the social life. Today I find myself craving other people, wanting to hear different conversations and genuine laughter. I wanted to write that poem, but this old song says it pretty well.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

I forget

Hi Everyone, I forgot to update my payment info over at blogger so I lost my domain name.