Daily Archives: December 30, 2010

Looks like I’m doing WINNERS AND LOSERS on WSHC tomorrow morning…

…since I haven’t heard from John Case. Guess he’s still in Canada. Oh well, this will round out my week.

I’m going over blues music and such here tonite… and making a list of political stuff to talk about in case anyone calls in to the show (Mark or Dino or Ralph).

By the way… you can listen to the show on line. Just go to http://www.897wshc.org and click on “Listen to WSHC Live”.  To call in to the show dial 304-876-5369 anytime between 7:30 and 9:00 AM when I’m on the air.

There’s also the chance that John will walk in during the show and I can turn over the reins and the door key to the real host of the show (and get some sleep on weekday mornings!)

Founder of Arts And Letters Daily has Died.

Gee… this is one of my favorite websites… and Dutton was only 2 years older than me! I find this devastating for internet folks.

Thanks to BoingBoing for spreading the word.

clipped from www.boingboing.net

Via the Submitterator, BB reader C. White says,

Dennis Dutton, who founded and edited the website aldaily.com, passed away on 28 December 2010. Dutton was born in 1944, and was also a professor of philosophy at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He was a founding member of the New Zealand Skeptics. Although Dutton is “nearly irreplaceable” in running Arts & Letters Daily, a longtime collaborator will continue to produce the site.

More at The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Dr. Billy Taylor, Jazz Great, Died on Tuesday at Age 89.

It was Dr. Billy Taylor who first called Jazz “America‘s Classical Music” and he spent close to seven decades bringing that message to everyone and anyone who would listen.

Back in the late 70s I spent a year as Administrator of the Jamaica Arts Center in Jamaica, NY, and one of my assignments was producing Jazz Concerts to go with our art exhibitions and other programs. When I approached Billy Taylor to do a concert, he suggested that the Center have him come in to do a 1-person program for children, explaining what Jazz was and getting them involved.

I must say, it was great. My admiration for this man only grew over the years… watching him on CBS Sunday Morning interviewing (and playing with) a couple of hundred Jazz Musicians through the years, or hearing him on NPR, or seeing him in his presentations from Lincoln Center. Because of Dr. Billy Taylor (and the “Dr.” was earned, btw… Taylor got his PhD in Music from the University of Massachusetts in 1975), generations of Americans were exposed to the brilliance of improvisation and composition. He wrote over 300 pieces, led a diverse career and never seemed to lose his energy.

The cause of death was heart failure, said his daughter, Kim Taylor-Thompson. I don’t think the “heart” of this man will ever fail.

Here’s a sample in remembrance:

Afghanistan is getting worse, not better…

This map showing the increase of high security risk areas growing in Afghanistan between March and October has been released by the UN.


What on Earth are we doing there? Isn’t it clear that we can’t succeed here?

And remember… if we get 100% out of Afghanistan, the money we save could solve ALL our other problems.

Here we go… Boehner announces new head of House Ethics Committee

This from TPM Muckraker:

Rep. Jo Bonner (R-Ala.), the ranking member of the House ethics committee who reportedly ordered the Capitol Police to block the doors of the committee’s offices for a week during a dispute over the handling of the ethics case against Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), will serve as chairman of the House ethics committee in the 112th Congress.

“The American people have every right to expect the highest standards of ethical conduct from their elected leaders, and it is important for members of both the majority and the minority to work together to ensure that such standards are observed and respected at all times within the institution,” incoming House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said in a statement. “A functioning ethics committee will be central to that effort in the 112th Congress.”

The move almost certainly ensures that the Waters matter will be taken up in the next Congress, despite objections from a lawyer representing the California Democrat.

Read more HERE.