Daily Archives: October 9, 2010

From NPR: Good TARP News Doesn’t Fit; Media Are Flummoxed…

When Republicans keep sticking their tongues out at TARP and its results, it doesn’t seem to matter that it was apparently successful. This is on the NPR web site… go in and read it all!
clipped from www.npr.org

A year ago, TARP was a clear villain — as when this protester appeared on Capitol Hill when Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was preparing to testify. Many in the news media haven’t caught up with the more recent better news about the program.


What do we do with the end of TARP?

And what do we do with the news that TARP will not have cost anything like the $700 billion we thought it would? What if it really cost $50 billion, or less?

What if, in the end, the Troubled Asset Relief Program so controversial at birth and vilified throughout its two years of life turns out to have turned a profit for the government and the taxpayer?

We — most of the news media this is — simply don’t know what to do with this news

Because the government did do TARP, and those other things did not happen. We did not go back to 1929 or worse. And, unlovely as it may be, TARP remains the closest thing we have to an explanation for that.
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I’d really like to direct The Fantasticks…

I was watching a piece on Ovation today about the history of The Fantasticks, the Harvey Schmidt/Tom Jones musical that ran for 42 years off-Broadway. It made me start thinking, as I have several times in the last year (and some of my friends are really bored with hearing me talk about it), that I have a production of this great show in my head and I’d really like to do it. Right now, if I were going to do it anywhere, I’d do it at Full Circle Theater… but I don’t know if they would go for it.

Since it only requires a piano, it would be ideal for my friend Ruth Raubertas at the Bookstore who did my piano on Hunting of the Snark last year. And I’m sure the voices I need are around… even though it is a seven man one woman cast (we usually have a majority of women who come out for shows). The scenic requirements are minimum and it works wonderfully in a small theatre (compared to the Sullivan St. Playhouse where the show resided for 4+ decades, Full Circle with its 90 seats is like a huge auditorium!)

So I sent an e-mail off to the executive directors and Board President (Robin, Laura and Joe) asking if they had an interest in doing The Fantasticks in the 2011-2012 season. I don’t know when I’ll hear from them… they don’t often respond to my e-mail… I’ll probably have to bring this up in person. If it could be decided early enough that we could do it,  I would have time to raise some of the money necessary for royalties and scores, etc. We don’t usually do advance fund raising for productions here, but I remember when I did Ride The Winds at Laurel Mill Playhouse and had time to go out and raise funds through program advertising and other inventions-of-promotion, we brought in close to $3,000.00 which gave us the set and hall reconstruction allowing us to create a classical Japanese performance space.

Maybe if Full Circle won’t do it, I can find another of the local (say within 50 miles) Community Theatres that will. I’ll keep you updated on this project (and welcome suggestions or leads relating to it.)

The President’s Weekly Address – Education is the subject.

A Quote for the Political Season – What is the Tea Party?

“The tea party is racist. Its followers have deployed a brilliant strategy to deflect charges of racism by using a form of the legislative provision known as severability. Whenever a tea party group or person is “caught” with a racist sign, or saying explicitly racist comments, they simply “sever” that person from the movement by saying, “That person does not represent the tea party.” They get away with it because they claim the status of a “movement” with no structure, leadership or cohesive identity except allegiance to the three magic phrases: “Constitutional Republic,” “Founding Fathers” and “I want my country back!””

Rev. Madison Shockley in Truthdig.

Sound too simple? Read his whole post HERE and then tell me what you think.

Looks like Democrats will retain NY Senate seats…

Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswoman.

Kirsten Gillibrand

There were wonders about whether Kirsten Gillibrand could hold onto Hillary Clinton’s old seat. Quinnipiac poll numbers say “no problem”.
clipped from politicalwire.com

Gillibrand Headed for a Blowout

A new Quinnipiac poll in New York finds Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) leads challenger Joseph DioGuardi (R) by 21 points among likely voters, 55% to 34%.


In the state’s other Senate race, Sen. Charles Schumer (D) tops challenger Jay Townsend (R) by an even larger margin, 63% to 32%.

Notes pollster Maurice Carroll: “If Republicans are going to take back the U.S. Senate, it doesn’t look as if New York will be much help. Both New York seats are on the ballot and Gillibrand and Schumer have comfortable leads.”

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