Daily Archives: August 2, 2010

We won’t be singing along with Mitch any more…

Mitch Miller, the be-Vandycked former Columbia Records executive, oboe player and possible inventor of the greatest hits album and an early version of karaoke died this weekend in New York City at the age of 99. [NPR]

It was half a century ago that we all sang along with Mitch on television… it was fun and it got us up and singing in our living rooms. Mitch died yesterday in Manhattan’s Lenox Hill Hospital.

A Quote for Today: Tom Friedman said it on TV this weekend…

Re: terrorism and our response to it…

“This double game goes back to 9/11. That terrorist attack was basically planned, executed and funded by radical Pakistanis and Saudis. And we responded by invading Iraq and Afghanistan. Why? The short answer is because Pakistan has nukes that we fear and Saudi Arabia has oil that we crave.”

– Thomas Friedman to Fareed Zakaria on CNN

Tooling around the web and stumbling on old memories…

I more or less tripped over a video from the first year of Sesame Street where Cookie Monster sings “C is for Cookie.” I know it is from the first year because it is also from my son Buddy’s first year… and I used to sit with him to watch it a quarter of a century ago, even though he was too small to really understand it. I wanted him to start out with what was, then, a very new concept in televised education.

When you think of all the talents who put that show together! Joan Ganz Cooney who came up with the concept and got it funded and produced through her Children’s Television Workshop; the late Jim Henson’s Muppets (including the one’s created specifically for the show like the aforementioned Cookie Monster, Big Bird, and Oscar The Grouch; Music by the late Joe Raposo, the show’s first Music Director and creator of many songs that were recorded outside of the show as well (“It’s not that easy being green” was recorded by Frank Sinatra).

Anyway… here’s “C is for Cookie”:

Have a nice morning.

Let’s listen to Greenspan…

clipped from www.huffingtonpost.com

Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan said that the push by congressional Republicans to extend the Bush tax cuts without offsetting the costs elsewhere could end up being “disastrous” for the economy.

In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Greenspan expressed his disagreement with the conservative argument that tax cuts essentially pay for themselves by generating revenue and productivity among recipients.

“They do not,” said Greenspan.

“I’m very much in favor of tax cuts but not with borrowed money and the problem that we have gotten into in recent years is spending programs with borrowed money, tax cuts with borrowed money,” he said. “And at the end of the day that proves disastrous. My view is I don’t think we can play subtle policy here.”

President Obama has pledged to continue the tax breaks for those individuals making under $200,000 and those families earning less than $250,000.
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I hate to say it, but those Congressfolk, many of whom make over $200K per year… especially the leadership… are going to fight tooth and nail to preserve their tax cuts, Party position or none…