Saturday, April 30

On this Day in Black History

711 - General Tarik ibn Ziyad, a Nafza Berber after whom the famed "Rock of Gibralter" (Jebel-al-Tarik) is named, took control of al Andalus (Iberian Penisula)
1619 - African slavery in North America began when 20 Black indentured servants arrived in Jamestown, VA on board a Dutch ship.
1789 - George Washington was inaugurated as the first U.S. president.
1789 - Samuel Fraunces become George Washington's steward and manager of culinary affairs at the presidential mansion.
1803 - The United States doubled in size through the Louisiana Purchase
1812 - Louisiana was admitted into the Union as a state.
1828 - Shaka, the Zulu king, was killed
1839 - Lunsford Lane made abolitionist speech to Southern Whites.
1862 - L'Union, the first Black daily newspaper in the South was published
1863 - Sarah J. S. (Tompkins) Garnet became the first African-American female principal in the New York City public school system.
1889 - George Washington's inauguration became the first U.S. national holiday.
1896 - Rev. "Blind" Gary Davis born
1898 - Cornelius Vanderbilt born
1899 - Ellis Wilson born
1900 - "The Ballad of Casey Jones" was written by Wallace Saunders
1910 - John "Homesick James" Williamson born
1926 - Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman to receive a pilot's license, died
1928 - Paul "Tank" Younger born
1931 - William Lacy Clay born
1933 - Willie Nelson born
1939 - Jesse E. Moorland died
1945 - Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his bunker.
1952 - Dr. Louis T. Wright was honored by the American Cancer Society for his publications on chemotherapy
1961 - lsiah Lord Thomas III born
1967 - Muhammad Ali was stripped of his world heavyweight boxing championship when he refused to be inducted into the U.S. military service.
1975 - Saigon surrenders
1983 - Robert C. Maynard became the first African American to gain a controlling interest in a major metropolitan newspaper, the Oakland Tribune
1992 - The final episode of "The Cosby Show" aired

We are the Champions, my friend...

Lampard's 2 goals give Chelsea the League Title

Bolton 0-2 Chelsea

Buddhist Thought of the Day

Putting down all barriers, let your mind be full of love. Let it pervade all the quarters of the world so that the whole wide world, above, below, and around, is pervaded with love. Let it be sublime and beyond measure so that it abounds everywhere.
Digha Nikaya

Rock this Town, Rock it Inside Out

Hard rock making inroads in Nashville

Did they forget about Bare, Jr. or Jason & the Scorchers or Steve Earle as part of the history of Rock in Nashville? What about the Exit/In which has been the stopping ground for many a rock band through the years.

Friday, April 29

Frodo on Footie

Elijah Wood Q&A

Hooligans, the movie
West Ham United, the team

FIFA Dishes the punishment

FIFA ordered North Korea to play its home World Cup qualifier against Japan in a closed stadium at a neutral venue as punishment for violent behaviour by its fans.

On this Day in Black History

1813 - Rubber was patented by J.F. Hummel
1820 - George Vashon born
1845 - First Black Law practice opened by Macon B. Allen and Robert Morris, Jr.
1854 - Ashmun Institute was established in Oxford, PA. It will become Lincoln University.
1861 - The Maryland House of Delegates voted against seceding from Union
1862 - New Orleans fell to Union forces during the Civil War.
1870 - J. Edward Perry born
1881 - Julian Abele born
1890 - Charles P. Howard, Sr. born
1899 - Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington born
1923 - Dr. Aaron McDuffie Moore died
1931 - The first concert by the American Negro Art Theater Dance Group
1934 - Otis Rush born
1941 - The Boston Bees agreed to change their name to the Braves.
1945 - The German Army in Italy surrendered unconditionally to the Allies.
1945 - The Nazi death camp, Dachau, was liberated.
1945 - Tammi Terrell born
1945 - Richard Wright's 'Black Boy' reached first place on the National Best Seller Book List.
1946 - Twenty-eight former Japanese leaders were indicted in Tokyo as war criminals.
1948 - Willi Smith (fashion designer) born
1961 - ABC’s "Wide World of Sports" premiered.
1967 - Jimi Hendrix played two shows at Bournemouth Winter Gardens (UK) with The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink, and Cat Stevens
1968 - Poor People's Campaign began with Ralph Abernathy leading delegation of leaders to Capitol Hill
1970 - Master P born
1970 - Uma Thurman born
1970 - Andre Agassi born
1975 - The U.S. evacuated the embassy in Saigon
1981 - NY Grand Jury indicted Joseph G. Christopher on murder charges stemming from the racially motivated slayings of three Blacks
1983 - Harold Washington was sworn in as Chicago's first black mayor.
1990 - The destruction of the Berlin Wall began.
1992 - Paula Abdul married actor Emilio Estevez
1992 - LA in flames after 'not guilty' verdict
1992 - First day of LA riots, sparked by acquittal of four white cops in the beating of Rodney King
1993 - Barry White was a guest on "The Simpsons"
1998 - Brazil announced a plan to protect a large area of Amazon forest. The area was about the size of Colorado.
2001 - Arthur Walker died
2002 - Darryl Strawberry was sentenced to 18 months in prison for violating his probation
2003 - Mr. T (Laurence Tureaud) filed a lawsuit against Best Buy Co. Inc., that claimed the store did not have permission to use his likeness in a print ad.

Recipe for Simplicity

Ten suggestions to simplify your life:
  1. Don't let any material thing come into your home unless you absolutely love it and want to keep it until it is beyond repair.
  2. Live in a home with only those rooms that you or someone in your family use every day.
  3. Limit your work (outside of the home) to 30 hours a week, 20 if you are a parent.
  4. Select a home and place of employment no more than 30 minutes away from each other.
  5. Limit your children's extracurricular activities to one to three a week, depending on age.
  6. Take three to four months off every few years and go live in a foreign country.
  7. Spend at least an hour a week in a natural setting, away from crowds of people, traffic, and buildings.
  8. Do whatever you need to do to connect with a sense of spirit in your life.
  9. Seek the support of others who want to simplify their lives.
  10. Practice saying no.

Buddhist Thought of the Day

Standing or walking, sitting or lying down, during all these waking hours, let him establish mindfulness of good will, which men call the highest state!

For all the Gov't Mule Fans.

These pics came from AZ.

Yes, the mule killed the mountain lion. The lion had been stalking them for the better part of the morning, on the way out to a hunt. They were pretty sure it was after one of the dogs. The cat ambushed them, and the mule pictured tossed its rider and went into attack (defense) mode, the horses and the dogs scattered leaving only the mule to handle the attack. Unfortunately, it wasn't until it was almost over that one of the guys was able to start snapping pics. The mule finally stomped the cougar to death after biting and throwing it around like a rag doll. The dogs wouldn't even come close until the mule settled down.

The cat was still alive here and trying to fight back.

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The mule stomped the cat, then pinned to the ground and bit the heck out of the dead cat several more times.

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The cat was pretty much dead by now, then the mule picked it up again and whipped it in the air again, then stomped the dead cat again for good measure!

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Note the dog audience!!

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Gives new meaning to the term "BAD ASS"!!!!

(This is from a forwarded email, I make no claim to source or authenticity.)

For the Middle Tennessee Home Buyers

If you need some info about buying a house in Nashville go here:
Nashville Real Estate - Artis Adams

Artis is a cousin of mine and he plays well with others.

PS: Why do all realtor photos look the same?

Thursday, April 28

And the winner is...

5th Annual Jammys:

Song of the Year: Umphrey's McGee, "In the Kitchen."
Lifetime Achievement: Buddy Guy
New Groove of the Year: Benevento/Russo Duo
Tour Of The Year: Phish, Summer 2004
Download of the Year: The Dead 6/12/04, Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN
DVD of the Year: Phish, IT
Archival Live Album: Jerry Garcia, After Midnight Kean College, 2/28/80
Mimi Fishman Memorial Community Service Award: HeadCount
Studio Album of the Year: Gov't Mule, Deja Voodoo
Live Album of the Year: Keller Williams, Stage
Live Performance of the Year: Phil Lesh & Friends, 12/19/04
Grahamy Jammy: Ken Hayes

More about the night:
John Mayer, Sinead O'Connor jam at Jammy Awards
Mix Masters
Collaborations Highlight Fifth Jammy Awards

the Theater in Nashvile

Tonight Tara and I are joining some friends for a Nashville presentation of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize winner, The Piano Lesson

Buddhist Thought of the Day

If one is lonely neither in a crowd nor in the deep mountains, one is an able person who knows how to enjoy absolute freedom.
Jae Woong Kim, 'Polishing The Diamond'

Cruise at Holmes with new love

Except for that Kidman woman I think Tom has great taste in women.

Maybe he's not gay after all.

Tom Cruise is dating Katie Holmes.

This should be the concentration of NCLB

If we don't do something about the youngest of the kids we are definitely a lost cause.
House backs more funding for pre-K

One More Chance to Take Action

Posted by Hello
Urge your representative and senators to oppose any and all efforts to use the budget process to open any part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to exploration and drilling by oil and gas interests.

Wednesday, April 27

This is just a test

Haloscan commenting and trackback have been added to this blog.

To Be Banned or Bow Down

State minister in charge of sports, Charles Bakabulindi said that the government has duty to protect the country from soccer administrators who have selfish interests.

Uganda to Defy FIFA

What a LAME Proposal

Bush Endorses Refineries, Nuclear Plants to Boost Energy Supply

Meltdown, Pt. 2

Whew!It wasn't as bad as I thought.

I lost some of my extras but I'll get the important ones back...


OK kids it looks like my blog has had a major meltdown!

The archives still work but the formatting has been all screwed up...

Seriously bad operator error.

We'll be back ASAP.

Several dead as urban warfare rages over Togo poll

At least 10 people have been killed since the son of Togo's late ruler won a disputed presidential vote.

Buddhist Thought of the Day

A buddha is one who does not seek. In seeking this, you turn away from it. The principle is the principle of nonseeking; when you seek it, you lose it.

Tuesday, April 26

Use the money right.

Posted by Hello
At the least NCLB is underfunded, at the most it's a scam!

Parents' Action for Children - Dollar Bill Campaign

Testing Feedster

No Need to Click Here - I'm just claiming my feed at Feedster feedster:b24cc3263e0389fc132af0bfe2261e2b

On this Day in Black History

145 - Septimius Severus born
1762 - Anthony Benezet published "An Account of African Civilization and Culture"
1785 - John James Audubon born
1821 - African Theater Company performed for the first time
1886 - William Levi Dawson, first African-American chair of a Congressional committee (the House Committee on Governmental Operations), born
1886 - "Ma" Rainey (Gertrude Pridgett) born
1892 - Sarah Boone received a patent on an ironing board with folding legs (patent #473,653)
1898 - J.A. Joyce received a patent on the ore bucket (patent #603,143)
1915 - Johnny Shines born
1958 - Giancarlo Esposito born
1964 - Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form Tanzania.
1970 - Tionne Watkins (T-Boz) born
1977 - Studio 54 opened in New York.
1984 - William "Count" Basie died
1986 - The world's worst nuclear disaster to date occurred at Chernobyl, Ukraine.
1991 - Maryann Bishop Coffey was named the first woman and the first African American co-chair of the National Conference of Christians and Jews
1994 - South Africa held its first all-race elections.
2003 - Eminem and Nas received awards for youth empowerment and community development at the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network's (HSAN)

Amazing that this is still getting national press.

Maybe Nat'l Geo is talking about it b/c their last issue had an article about reclaiming battlefields but this seems like old news to me.

Nashville Suburb Aims to Reclaim Civil War Battleground

Congrats to the Brazilian National Soccer Team

OK, so it's too early to tell but come on, we know who will win don't we?

FIFA increase World Cup 2006 prize fund

Hip, Cheap & Gourmet

Today was one of those days I wish I'd had my camera.

I made my weekly visit to Fido and was served my regular double Mocha but today it has some of the coolest looking swirly drawings on it (made with chocolate sauce, of course). For lunch I had an omlette, an omlette of roasted red onions, spinach and feta. For less than $7.

Now, I know some people will scream at the fact that I paid $7 bucks for an omlette but this ain't no Waffle House omlette!

So, I have now decided that Fido is the best Gourmet restaurant in Nashville! Not only do you have daily menu choices but you get Music Row execs mingling with pierced and tattooed types mingling with the preppy Vandy types mingling with real live musicians (I've run into David Olney, Bela Fleck, Steve Earle and I know Robert Fripp drops in too).

First their was Rooney, now this...

Gunners' Dutch starlet arrested

Rooney learning how to behave

Does the EPL offer too much for these teenagers to handle?

50 years later

Chelsea on the verge of first title since 1955

I hope to hear comments like this about the MLS some day.

Buddhist Thought of the Day

Thus shall ye think of this fleeting world:
A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream;
A flash of lightning in a summer cloud;
A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream.
Diamond Sutra

It pains me to think how true this probably is.

Monday, April 25

Buenas Suerte Jorge.

George Lopez Undergoes Kidney Transplant

Biggest Club Sponsorship Deal in English Football

In the last two years Chelsea's UK fan base has increased by 300% to 2.9 million. Worldwide, the fan base is approaching 20 million.
Massive sponsorship for Blues

Hip-Hop Worldwide

I've been digging Orishas for a few years but these couple of articles talk about some some stuff that might not be available this far North yet.

Finding hip-hop in Havana

Cuban hip hop rap music at crossroads

"He is smart, passionate, blunt and occasionally gruff..."

While Mr Bolton has angered liberals with prior attacks on the UN, critics accuse the Democrats of using the accusations over his personal approach as weapons in a political battle to thwart the nomination.

New claims heap pressure on Bolton

Somebody's always watching.

Ifeanyi Ekwueme has been banned for four months after he was found guilty of double registration.

FIFA Bans Eagles Midfielder

For the geeks...

The Bandwidth Speed Test

The WUGNET Bandwith Speed Test accurately measures your Internet connection UPLOAD and DOWNLOAD speeds.


This is one of the biggest flaws in my personality, if not the biggest. I saw that only b/c my procrastinating will now affect more than just me. It has already started to and will continue to affect my life with Tara.

I am working on improving but the going is sooooo slow. I still waver between prep and action modes. My therapist suggested Changing for Good and I really like the way it was laid out. And I think he tries to reinforce the idea that you have to make the change for yourself and that there is progress being made even as you make the slightest modifications.

I just have to keep challenging myself.

On this Day in Black History

1599 - Oliver Cromwell born
1821 - The African Company performed Shakespeare's Richard III in New York City.
1831 - The New York and Harlem Railway was incorporated in New York City.
1872 - Minnie Lee Crosthwaite born
1874 - Guglielmo Marconi born
1917 - Esther Swirk Brown born
1918 - Ella Fitzgerald born
1923 - Albert Nelson (Albert King) born
1928 - Vassar Clements born
1932 - Gator Jackson born
1932 - Meadowlark Lemon born
1933 - Jerry Leiber born
1940 - Al Pacino born
1942 - Rubye Smith born
1944 - George Herriman (Krazy Kat) died
1944 - UNCF was incorporated
1944 - Dr. Frederick D. Patterson, President of (then) Tuskegee Institute, launched UNCF’s first national campaign to raise funds for twenty-seven small private, historically black colleges and universities.
1947 - Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the first Black in the major leagues in modern times.
1950 - Charles "Chuck" Cooper became the first Black ever drafted by an NBA team (Boston Celtics)
1953 - "Nature" published an article by biologists Francis Crick and James Watson, describing the "double helix" of DNA.
1959 - Mack Parker is taken from jail by vigilantes in Poplarville, MS and lynched.
1960 - Consent judgment in Memphis federal court ended restrictions barring voters in Fayette County, TN. This was the first voting rights case under the Civil Rights Act.
1963 - Freedom Riders begin to test Southern compliance with court decisions.
1972 - Major General Frederic E. Davison was assigned command of the 8th Infantry in Europe; becoming the first African-American to lead a U.S. Army division
1974 - Gregg Allman's Solo Tour ended with a 90-minute encore featuring the Allman Brothers Band.
1990 - Dexter Gordon died
1999 - Roger Troutman died
2001 - Rev. Leon Sullivan, author of the Sullivan Principles, died
2002 - Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes (TLC) was killed in a car crash.
2003 - Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was sentenced to four years in prison for her conviction on fraud and theft charges.

Sunday, April 24

On this Day in Black History

1788 - William Cuffay born
1867 - Black demonstrators staged ride-ins on Richmond, VA streetcars.
1867 - First national meeting of the Ku Klux Klan held at the Maxwell House
1884 - The Medico-Chirurgical Society, the first Black medical society, was founded
1886 - Fr. Augustus Tolton was assigned to America.
1889 - Lafayette A. Tillman born
1924 - John T. Biggers born
1937 - Joe Henderson born.
1944 - Bill Pickett died
1944 - United Negro College Fund (UNCF) was incorporated
1944 - The Supreme Court ruled in Smith v. Allwright that a "white primary" law that excluded African-Americans from voting was a violation of the 15th Amendment and thus unconstitutional.
1951 - The first black students (Harvey Beech, J. Kenneth Lee, Floyd McKissick, and James Robert Walker, Jr.) was admitted to the University of North Carolina.
1954 - British crackdown on Kenya rebels
1961 - Bob Dylan appeared on his first ever recording; he was paid a $50 session fee for playing harmonica on Harry Belafonte's the album, The Midnight Special
1972 - Robert Wedgeworth became the first African-American to be named Director of the American Library Association.
1972 - James M. Rodgers, Jr. became the first African-American to be awarded "The National Teacher of The Year"
1981 - The IBM Personal Computer is introduced.
1990 - George Stallings, a former Roman Catholic priest, was installed as Bishop of the African American Catholic Church (the denomination he founded).
2004 - Roy Veal, an African-American, was found hanged from tree in Wilkinson County, Mississippi.


I am having a lot of work done to my house. The contractors need me to move as much of the “small stuff” out of the way as I can so they only have to deal with the “big stuff”.

I hate this kind of thing but I have been working really hard on it today…we’ll see how close I get to finishing tonight.

Thanks Harold.

Rep. Ford adds amendment to boost hybrid cars

The most famous person who knows me by name

2,500 miles with David Olney

This distinction used to belong to Warren Haynes but I haven't seen him upclose in 3 or so years.

Africa Rocks

Recently I heard about the new Luaka Bop record, World Psychedelic Classics 3: Love's A Real Thing. The Funky Fuzzy Sounds of West Africa. Last night I stopped by Grimey's - the best record store in Nashville - and it was booming on the box. It reminded me a disk I've had on my list for a couple of years but never saw it, Ghana Soundz, Afro-Beat, Funk & Fusion in 70s Ghana, while wandering around listening to Love's a Real Thing I saw it.

I long time ago I heard the mythology (?) that there was a musical circle between James Brown and Fela Kuti. Fela heard JB getting funky, he took that home to Nigeria, and JB heard what he was doing and JB went deep "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" from 65 to "Lickin' Stick" in 68 (when Fela was starting to hit worldwide). I already knew how funky Juju and Highlife was but then I heard Antibalas were basically a Fela clone and thought, Damn!

Next came City of God, the Brazilian film that took place in the 70s and I started to realize that funk was more worldwide than I thought. After some internet research I bought Nigeria 70 - The Definitive Story of 1970s Funky Lagos and Afro-Rock, which helped confirm my suspicions that Africa was as fuzzed out, psychedelic and as funky as anywhere.

Ghana Soundz solidifies that even more. Buy a copy and put on "Make It Slow, Make It Fast" by Rob.

All you can do at that point is "jump back and kiss yourself" cause it's too good to do anything else.

Of couse, if you know something along these lines that I should check out let me know.

Buddhist Thought of the Day

In one who
has gone the full distance,
is free from sorrow,
is fully released
in all respects,
has abandoned all bonds:
no fever is found.

The mindful keep active,
don't delight in settling back.
They renounce every home,
every home,
like swans taking off from a lake.
Dhammapada, 7, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

Saturday, April 23

Testing BlogJet

I have installed an interesting application - BlogJet. It's a cool Windows client for my blog tool (as well as for other tools). Get your copy here:

"Computers are useless. They can only give you answers." -- Pablo Picasso

A Sport of the People

FIFA sends $1 million to India

FIFA announced that it had raised $10.9 million through the Tsunami Solidarity Fund

This is a lot more partisan than I usually get but...

the more aware I become the more I realize that Wal-Mart has become one of the worst corporations on the planet.

Welcome to the new

Three Games into the season and finally

MLS and Fox Soccer Channel announce schedule

A 24-hour 'always on' society

E-mails 'hurt IQ more than pot'

Buddhist Thought of the Day

Suppose a goldsmith takes his tongs and puts some gold into the furnace to melt it. If he blows on the heat too much, it will get too hot, but if he sprinkles too much water, it will cool down. If he constantly takes it out and looks at it, it will not reach refinement. But if he does all these things from time to time, aware of the nature of gold, it will become easily molded and bright.

In the same way, there are three qualities that a practitioner should pay attention to--concentration, determination, and equanimity. If he pays the right attention to these at the right time, then his mind will become like gold, pliant and brilliant and pure.
Anguttara Nikaya

Friday, April 22

Life, or something along those lines

I'm sitting here running through some very crappy potential composer submissions. I know some of these folks are trying their best but geez! They need a somebody to do some critical listening, give them some feedback...and then they go out and put a shitload of money into the packaging.

There is a middle ground where the music is good, the packing is good but not overdone (especially in relationship to the quality of the music).

I'm kinda out of it these days. I just spent a lot of time and money at the Nashville Film Fest. I'm still trying to wrap my head around some of what I saw.

Besides that I'm a bit stressed about Tara & me and about the house remodel (and how that relates to Tara and me).

  • She's not happy with the progress (to put words in her mouth - If I'd done this a year ago we wouldn't be going through this stress now).
  • I'm frustrated cause she wants it to go faster and it seems like I'm having very little say so as to what gets remodeled and what doesn't. I know, that in the long run I will agree with a lot of what she wants changed but in the short run it feels like she is dictating/demanding/forcing her will on what is now MY house and what will be OUR house.

I'll stop there. I've probably said too much and Tara, if you want me to delete this post I will.

Way to go San Antonio!

San Antonio council approves $21 million for soccer plan

The reason I went to concerts

TP on AB:The Life & Times of Tom Powell

I went to high school with TP's sons. His youngest, Kevin, remains one of my best friends. Kevin, David (another friend) and I went to, what seemed like every concert that came to Nashville from 1985-1989 or so. We did this because Tom Powell knows every owner of every entertainment venue in the world (or so it seems).

He's a huge guy with an oversized voice. He's also the nicest guy and funny too...traits he passed on to all of his kids.

(OK, everybody at once)


Buddhist Thought of the Day

As rain penetrates an improperly shingled roof, so passion overwhelms a confused mind.

So, is it good or bad to be passionate? I'm not sure I understand where this statement is going.

Thursday, April 21

Shame to lose a star over this

Kanoute mulling Mali future after riot

Buddhist Thought of the Day

Let us not talk of karma, but simply of responsibility toward the whole world.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Imagine All the People

Shortest fairy tale ever

Once upon a time a guy asked a girl: "Will you marry me?"

She said: "No."

And the guy lived happily ever after.


New Pope will be man of 'peace and reconcilation'

We can only hope.

More from The Times

Benifer, the sequel

First, let's see if her career hits the skids and secong, what's his thing with Jenifers?

Ben Affleck Proposes to Jen Garner

"I'm not addicted to pills of any kind..."

Maybe she's smoking crack...
Abdul says odd behavior not drug-related

What am I saying? I love Paula Abdul! She's probably in my "Top 50 of Women I Would Marry If I Were Rich & Famous and They Weren't Crazy", she might even be in the Top 25.

What's going through your head when you do something like this?

Barthez could face one-year ban for spitting on referee

Hiring immigrant as trooper is legal

And you thought this was about a Hispanic trooper, didn't you?

Yes, we are all victims of racism and sterotypes.

The Nashville Scene has a book review/exposé on an author who has a provocative take on racism.

Wednesday, April 20

Much Ado About Nothing?

Grafite may back away from criminal complaint against Desabato

FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking

One Helluva Shakeup

The List:
1 Brazil
2 Czech Republic
3 Argentina
4 France
5 Netherlands
6 England
7 Spain
8 Mexico
9 Portugal
10 Italy
10 USA

"The rankings are a joke"

Klinsmann slams FIFA rankings

On this Day in Black History

121 - Marcus Aurelius born
1853 - Harriet Tubman started the Underground Railroad
1858 - Annie Burton born
1861 - Robert E. Lee resigned from the U.S. Army
1871 - Congress passed the Third Enforcement Act which declared Ku Klux Klan activities as a rebellion against the United States and empowered the president to suspend the writ of habeas corpus and declare martial law in rebellious areas.
1877 - Federal troops withdrawn from public buildings in New Orleans.
1888 - W. Gertrude Brown born
1889 - Adolf Hitler born
1893 - Joan Miró born
1909 - E. Frederick Morrow born
1909 - Lionel Hampton born
1912 - Fenway Park opened
1912 - Bram Stoker died
1913 - Gwendolyn Knight born
1916 - Wrigley Field opened
1920 - Mary J. Reynolds invented a hoisting/loading mechanism.
1923 - Ernesto Antonio "Tito" Puente born
1926 - Harriet Elizabeth Byrd (the first African American legislator in Wyoming's state history) born
1951 - Luther Vandross born
1962 - The New Orleans Citizens Committee offered free one-way ride to Blacks to move North.
1965 - Lyndon Johnson awarded the Medal of Freedom to Leontyne Price
1969 - James Earl Jones received a Tony award for his portrayal of Jack Johnson in The Great White Hope
1971 - Supreme Court upheld busing (Swan v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg) as means of achieving racial desegregation
1984 - Mabel Mercer died
1990 - Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame sponsored the first Bay Area "Black Filmworks Festival" in Oakland, CA
2004 - University of Alabama publicly apologized for the school's associated history of slavery

Gandalf the Code Solver

Sir Ian McKellen and Alfred Molina Join the Cast The Da Vinci Code

New Features Added

Thanks to Simon I've added a new feature, Haloscan commenting and trackback, to this blog.

Buddhist Thought of the Day

If you are confused, there are a thousand differentiations, ten thousand distinctions. If you are enlightened, everything is the same one family.

I am obviously not Enlightened!

Tuesday, April 19

The Heroes of US Soccer

Class of 05:

Marcelo Balboa
John Harkes
Tab Ramos

Go visit the National Soccer HoF

Now, that would be cool

Sting Teaches UIC Music Students

Pope Watch 05 has ended

Welcome Benedict 16

From most reports we should have more of the same but maybe not as touchy feely as JP2.

You are my hero! You are my photographic dream!

Hi bmitd67!

You may have heard on the grapevine that we planned to
reward our dear Flickr members who bought a Pro Account in
the early days. Well, it's true! And since you're one of
those lovely people, here's a little something to say YOU

1. Double what you paid for!
Your original 1 year pro account has been doubled to
2 years, and your new expiry date is Nov 10, 2006.

2. More capacity!
Now you can upload 2 GB per month.

3. 2 free Pro Accounts to give away to your friends!
This won't be activated for a day or two, but when it
is, you'll see a note on your home page telling you
what to do.

Thank you so much for putting your money where your mouth
is and supporting us, even while we're in beta. Your
generosity and cold, hard cash helped us get where we are

Kind regards,
The Flickreenies.

Monday, April 18

The man who made the Nashville Symphony

Symphony conductor Schermerhorn dies

On this Day in Black History

1813 - James McCune Smith born
1818 - Andrew Jackson defeated A regiment of Indians and Blacks at Battle of Suwanee, ending First Seminole War.
1861 - Nicholas Biddle became the first African-American in uniform to be wounded in the Civil War
1864 - First Kansas Colored Volunteers smashed through rebel lines and sustained heavy casualties in an engagement at Poison Spring, AR
1868 - Hampton University was founded
1877 - The American Nicodemus Town Company was founded
1881 - Noble Johnson born
1904 - Pigmeat Markham born
1906 - Eurreal "Little Brother" Montgomery born
1917 - Mamie Phipps Clark born
1922 - Jack Johnson patented a wrench
1923 - Yankee Stadium opened in the Bronx, NY.
1924 - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown born
1925 - Bob Kaufman born
1934 - The first Laundromat opened in Fort Worth, TX
1934 - George Shirley born
1941 - Dr. Robert Weaver named director of Office of Production Management section charged with integrating Blacks into the National Defense Program.
1941 - Bus companies of New York City agreed to hire Black drivers and mechanics. This agreement ended a four-week boycott.
1948 - Nate Archibald born
1950 - Boston Braves baseball team integrated.
1950 - The first transatlantic jet passenger trip was completed.
1955 - Albert Einstein dies
1955 - Bill Russell named coach of the Boston Celtics basketball team becoming the first Black to coach an established team in professional athletics.
1955 - James B. Parsons named chief judge of the Federal District Court in Chicago becoming the first Black to hold that position.
1955 - Bandung Conference of leaders of Africa and Asia opened
1965 - Marian Anderson ended her 30-year singing career with a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
1976 - Percy Julian died
1977 - Alex Haley was awarded Pultizer Prize for Roots
1980 - Bob Marley performed at Zimbabwe Independence Celebration
1983 - Alice Walker received the Pulitzer Prize for The Color Purple
1994 - Killing spread in Rwanda
1996 - Bernard Edwards (Chic) died

How to get out of a life rut

On Cruise Control

Is it possible to be in a rut but not?

I have lots of things changing in my life but at the same time I feel like I'm not going is that possible? Or maybe it's that things are changing whether I want them to or not and I'm frustrated by that.

Jugglezine has some very interesting articles check it out. Thanks Lifehacker for the tip.

Waitin' for the White Smoke

Cardinals begin electing new pope

Rioting across the Pacific

Fans riot at soccer match as police admit they walked away from trouble

I thought they only played Aussie Rule Football down there. ;-) And I had no idea there were that many expats.

Sunday, April 17

Manchester United book their meeting with Arsenal

FA Cup final is set

Buddhist Thought of the Day

Neither nakedness nor matted hair
nor mud nor the refusal of food
nor sleeping on the bare ground
nor dust & dirt nor squatting austerities
cleanses the mortal
who's not gone beyond doubt.

If, though adorned, one lives in tune
with the chaste life
--calmed, tamed & assured--
having put down the rod toward all beings,
he's a contemplative
a brahmin
a monk.
Dhammapada, 10, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

DMX arrested after car crash with NY cops

a three-car accident involving a NY police cruiser

Keith Remembers Johnnie

Johnnie had amazing simpatico. He had a way of slipping into a song, an innate feel for complementing the guitar.

US Soccer - the recent ups & downs

U.S. wins one, loses one on world stage
Beasley, playing mostly as a substitute, leads PSV Eind-
hoven in Champions League goals with three and has been able to change the rhythm and tempo of matches.

He is a factor and an explorer in uncharted territory.

Saturday, April 16

Personality Types

Is it just me or are women more prone to be "do it now", go-getter, "take no shit" kind of people?

I mean, where does the lazy husband stereotype come from?

Here I am on the verge of fulfilling that stereotype. In June I will marry the type of women described above and I am admittedly a king of procrastination, which will translate to an outsider, at the least, and to my betrothed, at the unfortunate most, as "there's another lazy husband."

Of the women I have worked with (some were supervisors some were supervised by me),
I can name more who were "type A" than not. Is this a sign of the times? Is it life in Nashville?

It can't be just me b/c I hear reports of larger amounts of women attending and finishing college than men and as a college grad it is hard to muddle through and actually graduate.

The voice of frustration (and maybe a little concern)...

Buddhist Thought of the Day

The one who practices loving-kindness sleeps and wakes in comfort and has no bad dreams; he is dear to both humans and creatures; no danger harms him. His mind can be quickly concentrated, his expression is happy and serene. He dies without any confusion of mind. Loving-kindness protects him.
Anguttara Nikaya

Friday, April 15

FIFA Pres, Blatter wraps up African tour

He pledged to continue Fifa's Goal Programme

Uganda Rejects FIFA Proposal

I haven't followed this story but I think it is paramount for ALL of the African Nations to secure the development of the local and national teams. The current and future pool of talent, and consequently, money that can be generated is practically unparalleled. They must work with FIFA to ensure that some of this money and talent at least returns to Africa, and maybe somewhere down the road it will never have to leave. Brazil, indeed most of the Central & South American countries, see it working...with many of their top players staying at home instead of going to Eurpoe. Uganda: Govt Rejects Fifa Proposal

FIFA Shoots and Scores

Inter Milan must play in empty stadium and is fined ($250k) and forfeits the AC Milan game

Johnnie Johnson is gone. :-(

Chuck Berry's creative partner, melodic and rhythmic foil, and the man for whom "Johnny B. Goode" was named -- has died.

I was fortunate enough to see him a couple of times when he did some dates on the Furthur Fest. He was one who never got all the credit he was due.

On this Day in Black History

1452 - Leonardo da Vinci
1850 - California Fugitive Slave Law was adopted by the State Legislature
1878 - The Great Exodus of freed slaves to Kansas begins in order to escape harsh treatment and forced labor by ex-overseers, KKK, and southern raiders.
1884 - John Lloyd born
1889 - A(sa) Philip Randolph, founder of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and architect of the March on Washington Movement in 1941, born
1894 - Bessie Smith born
1896 - Harvard University gives an honorary degree to Booker T. Washington, the first African American so recognized in Harvard's 260-year history.
1896 - May Chinn born
1915 - Walter E. Washington born
1915 - Jack Johnson lost the world's heavyweight boxing title to Jess Willard
1919 - Elizabeth Catlett born
1919 - Loften Mitchell born
1920 - Hilda Simms born
1922 - Harold Washington born
1928 - Norma Merrick Sklarek, the first licensed woman architect in the U.S., born
1936 - Frank Frost born
1942 - Congress Of Racial Equality (CORE) was founded
1947 - Jackie Robinson played his first major league baseball game for the Brooklyn Dodgers
1955 - Ray Kroc started McDonald's
1959 - African Freedom Day was declared at the All-African People's Conference
1960 - The Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) was founded at Shaw University
1980 - Zimbabwe, formerly known as Rhodesia gained its independence.
1985 - Thomas "Hit Man" Hearns won the World Middleweight title becoming the first Black to win boxing titles in five different weight classes
1987 - Asinamali! by Mbongeni Ngema opened as the first South African play on Broadway
1996 - South Africa's "truth commission" began its public hearings.
2000 - White farmer shot dead in Zimbabwe
2001 - Associated Press reported that a decrepit vessle suspected of carrying more than 100 children slaves was believed to be drifting off western Africa.

David Olney & Observations of the Southern Songwriter

This was the first music thing I've taken Tara to and well, it's not quite the same.

I loved having her there but one thing is that Tara doesn't hear well (I think it's hereditary) and so she couldn't understand a lot of what was going on...stage banter was really difficult for her and she's not somebody who listens to songs for the lyrics - which I am beginning to think is a guy thing more than a woman thing.

Anyway, David was standing by the door when we walked in and I introduced her to him. There was a guy on stage when we walked in and Tara was asking about him and I said I didn't know...she thought the guy on stage was David and that I had introduced her to just some guy I knew..."No, Tara. The guy we were just talking to was David." (She hadn't understood my introduction well enough.)

David was very nervous when we got there, he didn't have a place to decompress or prepare. He got on stage with a bassist and fiddle player (who was incredible). His nervousness continued through the first couple of songs but then he hit a stride, his banter was more fluid, his playing was more secure and his songs were more adventurous. We left before he was done and I will discuss the show more later.

David is a story teller. His songs are POV and usually a very odd POV. As folkie as he is he has this religious vibe running through and sometimes it even comes right out. He did this sequence that was straight out of a Revival textbook and he's got the perfect voice for it.

Which brings me to an observation...Southern songwriters and gospel...David is one of a few true songwriters who have been heavily influenced by gospel - the music, the style and the preaching. And I am talking about these vivid storytelling songwriters like Kate Campbell, Paul Thorn (who's Dad was a preacher), Steve Earle (who did the whole Fairfield Four thing). Those are the ones I know well who have this influence, I'm sure their are others.

It is true that those of us from the South have some unconscious connection to religion but I wonder if it's just these folks have the talent to channel those influences.

And don't even get me started on Soul Music.

Nashville Film Fest

The NFF started last night. I skipped out on the John Singleton produced Memphis film to go see David Olney (see my previous post about David). It was a rare instance to get Tara out to some music.

Racism, South American Style.

Leandro Desabato was arrested on the pitch at the end of their 3-1 defeat by São Paulo on Wednesday evening following a clash with striker Grafite.

Thank you and good luck!

San Antonio City Council OKs Rent-Free Dome To Attract Soccer Team

The Italian gov't says...

matches will be abandoned if objects are thrown from the stands. The team whose fans threw the objects will be penalized with an automatic 3-0 loss.

Earth Day Prep

I hope everybody remembers that like Black History Month, Earth Day should be an on-going affair. Everyday we should all work harder to lessen our negative impact on our planet, and consequently, each other.
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Patagonia: Enviro Action

Buddhist Thought of the Day

When a man knows the solitude of silence, and feels the joy of quietness, he is then free from fear and he feels the joy of the dharma (the Way).

Thursday, April 14

The Good, the Bad and the Future

MLS discussion from Tobias Lopez.

On this Day in Black History

1775 - The Pennsylvania Society for the Abolition of Slavery (The Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage), the first anti-slavery society, was organized by Ben Franklin
1828 - The first edition of Noah Webster's "American Dictionary of the English Language" was published.
1865 - Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in Ford's Theater by John Wilkes Booth. He actually died early the next morning.
1868 - South Carolina voters approved constitution and elected state officers, including the first Black cabinet officer, Francis L. Cardozo, secretary of state.
1873 - Slaughterhouse Case, the Supreme Court decides that the 14th Amendment to the Constitution protects only federal, not state, civil rights.
1902 - J.C. Penney opened his first store
1906 - William Seymour began preaching at Azusa Street, initiating the world-wide Pentecostal movement.
1907 - François "Papa Doc" Duvalier born
1915 - James Hutton Brew died
1925 - Gene Ammons born
1925 - Rod Steiger born
1928 - Robert Mugabe born
1932 - Anthony Perkins born
1935 - Loretta Lynn born
1940 - Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American to win an Oscar.
1943 - Howardena Pindell born
1955 - Elston Howard became the first Black man to play for the New York Yankees
1957 - Malcolm X intercedes in a police brutality case in New York
1962 - John Bell born
1966 - David Justice born
1974 - Da Brat born
1976 - Motown Records and Stevie Wonder announced the largest contract renewal to date, worth $13 million
1976 - William H. Hastie died
1986 - Desmond Tutu elected Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town
1991 - Mule Bone closed at Ethel Barrymore Theater NYC after 67 performances
1991 - Memory and Metaphor, the retrospective exhibition of Romare Bearden's art, opened at Harlem's Studio Museum
1993 - Millions of black workers in South Africa went on strike to protest the slaying of activist Chris Hani
1995 - Burl Ives died
2002 - Tiger Woods became only the second person to win two Masters titles in a row

MLS teams get killed in CONCACAF Champ's Cup

Pumas 5-0 over DC United and KC didn't even make it out of the first round. Although the two US teams were beat by the two finalists (Pumas & D. Saprissa)...that's gotta say something, right?

Deportivo Saprissa & Pumas UNAM advance to 2005 CONCACAF Champions’ Cup Finals

Big De! (as in DeMarcus Beasley)

Beasley makes impact in Champions League
Could you imagine Beasley scoring against AC Milan or in the Champions League final?

It's possible.
Oh yeah! I can see it!

What a beautiful day!

Why I woke up in such a good mood I don't know.

I didn't get much more sleep last night than anyother day, I didn't doing anything special last night - actually I didn't do much. I skipped my Yoga class (that makes 2 weeks in a row). Traffic was heavier than normal and I tried a shortcut that ended up taking longer!

I did put in some Otis Redding, so maybe that was the key. Who knows?

It's pretty outside and I'm in a good mood...who cares why.

Nashville Scene cover story

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WRFN - Radio Free Nashville

Buddhist Thought of the Day

Do not underestimate your ability.
Geshe Chekawa, in Advice From a Spiritual Friend

Wednesday, April 13

On this Day in Black History

1743 - Thomas Jefferson born
1854 - Lucy Laney born
1866 - Black Code - Texas
"All criminal prosecutions against them shall be conducted in the same manner as prosecution for like offenses against the White race, and they shall be subject to like penalties."
1873 - Colfax Massacre (Louisiana) some one hundred black men and three white men were killed
1893 - Nella Larsen born
1905 - Harlem Hospital opened
1906 - Riots in Brownsville, TX
1922 - Julius Nyerere, first president of Tanzania, born
1924 - John Biggers born
1944 - Euphrase Kezilahabi born
1944 - Jack Casady born
1945 - Lowell George born
1946 - Al Green born
1951 - Peabo Bryson born
1954 - Hank Aaron debuted with the Milwaukee Braves
1961 - The U.N. General Assembly condemned South Africa due to apartheid.
1964 - Sidney Poitier became the first black actor to receive an Academy Award (Best Actor for his role in Lilies of the Field)
1964 - Malcolm X left the U.S. to make the hajj
1965 - "Girl from Ipanema" (Stan Getz/Astrud Gilberto) won the Grammy for Record of the Year. Getz/Gilberto (Stan Getz/João Gilberto) won the Grammy for Album of the Year.
1997 - Tiger Woods became the youngest player and first Black to win the US Masters (On April 10, 2005 Tiger won his 4th Masters)

Very Interesing.

Jackson Accuser's Mother Pleads the Fifth


Berlusconi threatens ‘drastic measures’

This is no time for threats they MUST take action! What do they want to see happen?

This is getting worse and worse!

Swastikas, anti-Jewish chants mar Rome soccer match

Are the Meditteraneans that threatened? 1st Spain, then Greece and now Italy.

For others like me...

It's Never Too Late to Stop Procrastinating

Harsh punishment for idiot behavior

Inter could become the first club to be kicked out of the Champions League

Happy Birthday Compass Records!

Here's another record store story...

When we opened the big store (that is now a Office Depot or Staples or something like that) a block from Tower Records I was unofficially in charge of getting the smaller genres in some point in those early days Allison Brown and Garry West showed up on our doorstep with a bag of CDs. Being a roots music fan I was vaguely familiar with Allison - the female Bela Fleck - is what I had heard and I had something with her on it, maybe a Michelle Shocked record. Anyway, Garry and Allison became regular visitors to the store and I always tried to feature them on an endcap or whatever I could. Then they signed Victor Wooten and he has put out some wonderful records. THEN! they signed Jeff Coffin who has produced to of the most stunning records to come out of Nashville.

Go buy stuff from Compass Records.

Buddhist Thought of the Day

To learn the path it is important to be sharp yet inconspicuous. When you are sharp, you are not confused by people; when you are inconspicuous, you don’t contend with people. Not being confused by people, you are empty and spiritual; not contending with people, you are serene and subtle.

Johnny Cash and alcoholism

Joaquin Phoenix in alcohol rehab

His life was so rough even the actor playing him becomes addicted to something...

Crazy ass people!

Milan game ended by crowd trouble

Sports are so Gay!

Homosexuality and Sports Survey from Sports Illustrated:

It is OK for gay athletes to participate in sports, even if they are open about their sexuality - 78% Agree

Having an openly gay player hurts the entire team - 76% Diagree


It would hurt an athlete's career to be openly gay - 68% Agree


Pop princess reveals worst-kept secret

Tuesday, April 12

One of the Best

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David Olney is one of the best songwriter/story tellers you have ever heard. A very perceptive man with a quick wit, an eye for detail and the odd, unsuspected angle, and he's one hell of a guitar player.

He was the first artist to perform at the last record store I worked in. I thought he was cool, he let me tape the show, and the rest is history. We run into each other around town and he never fails to chat and he always has something insightful to say.

He's coming out with a new record, Migration. The record release show is this Thurs (4/18) at the Basement. It's a cheap ($5), early (7pm) show, so bring a friend.

The Blues Move On

Chelsea FC reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League despite added-time goals from José Paolo Guerrero and Mehmet Scholl that earned FC Bayern München victory in Germany.
Just enough to get by


How do you stop yourself from falling into a slump? Right now I'm feeling quite overwhelmed and, as is my usual pattern, I am sliding in to a rejecting/holding pattern instead of a push forward pattern...

How do I reverse this?

On this Day in Black History

1787 - Richard Allen and Absalom Jones organized Philadelphia's Free African Society
1825 - Richard Harvey Cain, founder of Paul Quinn College, born
1861 - At 4:30 a.m. South Carolinians opened fire on Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor, the first act of rebellion against the federal government that started the Civil War.
1864 - General Nathan Bedford Forrest captured Fort Pillow, TN, and massacred the inhabitants, sparing, the official report said, neither soldier nor civilian, killing 300 Black men, women & children
1869 - North Carolina legislature passed anti-Klan Law.
1869 - Black students occupied administration building at Boston University in demand for Afro-American history courses and additional Black students.
1882 - Jimmy Winkfield born
1892 - Johnny Dodds born
1898 - Sir Grantley H. Adams born
1903 - Horace R. Cayton born
1917 - Theodore Roosevelt "Hound Dog" Taylor born
1923 - Harry Davis born
1940 - Herbert "Herbie" Hancock born
1960 - Martin Luther King, Jr. denounced the Vietnam War (the link leads to a video of a MLK press conference)
1963 - Martin Luther King, Jr. and other protestors were arrested in Birmingham, AL
1965 - Leontyne Price was awarded he Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy
1966 - Emmett Ashford became 1st black MLB umpire
1975 - Freda Josephine McDonald (Josephine Baker) died
1980 - William R. Tolbert, Jr., Liberian President, and twenty-seven others were killed in a coup led by Master Sergeant Samuel Doe.
1981 - Joe Louis died
1983 - Harold Washington became the first Black Mayor of Chicago, IL
1989 - Walker Smith, Jr. (Sugar Ray Robinson) died
1990 - August Wilson won the Pulitzer Prize for The Piano Lesson
1993 - Lisa Bonet filed for divorce from Lenny Kravitz

Monday, April 11

Blogging Tips

OK, I think I need to review these.

As often as possible I cruise over to Simon's spot. Today I read about these rules for blogging, something I'd never seen before and I hope will be quite helpful.

Over the past 6months or year or whatever Simon has been quite helpful. He sends me periodic tips on how to make Blog Blog Woof Woof more successful. (What does that mean for a blog? I guess a successful blog would be one that I enjoy maintaining and others enjoy reading. What would make it REALLY successful would be if people would click my ads and buy stuff so I can get paid!)

Anyway, it's up to you readers to let me know what's what. Susan, Simon, George & Trae are always good for a comment. And I recently got a note from Becky but I know there are folks out there regularly reading who don't say anything, that's cool if you wanna stay annymouse but I'd like to hear from you.

And you call him arrogant?

Jose Mourinho, coach of Chelsea FC, will help pay for two schools to join a program that uses soccer to promote peace between Israelis and Palestinians.