July 19, 2010

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The late Thomas Dorsey is considered to be the inventor/creator of what we now call gospel music, which melds expressions of praise with melismatic blues-style tones to create a very powerful and affecting musical expression of faith.

In 1937 Dorsey wrote the widely-covered gospel classic Peace In The Valley for Mahalia Jackson. Unfortunately, I could find no videos or even MP3s of Jackson singing it, and many of the versions by other artists either omit the beautiful and important transitional chords or are a bit stilted. Fortunately, and by coincidence, the version I selected has a connection to Dorsey via another gospel great named Roberta Martin: in 1933, when she was a pianist for Dorsey's youth choir, she organized a youth group called the Martin-Frye Quartet, one of whose members was a gentleman named Romance Watson. I can't find any biographical information on Mr. Watson, but here he is, years later, all grown up, giving a heartfelt live performance of Thomas Dorsey's Peace In The Valley.

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Posted by EBD at July 19, 2010 12:01 AM

Muslims in France riot, use automatic weapons against police, after French police shot a Muslim man who'd held up a casino at gunpoint.

Posted by: EBD at July 18, 2010 10:09 PM


Awesome vocals. Of course someone will pan your selection in 3..2..1.

My tip tonight is courtesy of Michael Ignatief. Seems he has a you-tube account.


Posted by: syncrodox at July 18, 2010 10:20 PM

Church of England bishops 'will be allowed to become nuns', according to Synod source

I thought this was a spoof at first, but it seems not: a General Synod working party is exploring whether the Church of England’s male bishops can join religious orders previously reserved for women. In other words, become Anglican nuns.

Posted by: Revnant Dream at July 18, 2010 10:59 PM

Sheriff Joe has decided to take back the desert for a day or two. Sweeps an illegal routes and as there have been threats, a .50 cal. belt fed machine gun will keep them safer.

Posted by: Speedy at July 18, 2010 11:06 PM

Ray Stevens - Come to the USA
On USA immigration.

"No need to worry about the constitution we'll help you start a house of prostitution"

Posted by: Daryl at July 18, 2010 11:21 PM

Continuued from Saturday …
Choice passages about Bubble Boy and Woody Allen doppleganger Alan Greenspan from an amusing and informative speech at the Mises Institute.

Numbers man extraordinaire, only always wrong.
Those who respected him said he was a whiz with numbers. A far larger group remembers that yes, he was full of numbers, but he was always wrong.
Faber noted that one of the best investment decisions White, Weld ever made was to "get rid of Mr. Greenspan in late 1972 and hire instead the economist Gary Shilling."

Bearish in the bullish 60s, bullish in the bearish 70s.
Even though he was a minor figure during the 1960s, he was getting his name in the New York Times, making market predictions. The funny thing is, he was almost always the voice of doom in those days. That was the sixties, so he was always wrong. In the seventies he was always wrong too, since he was always bullish.

Greenie: man of principle
Greenspan's girlfriend Barbara Walters wrote in her recent autobiography, "How Alan Greenspan, a man who believed in the philosophy of little government interference and few rules or regulations, could end up becoming chairman of the greatest regulatory agency in the country is beyond me."

In 1984, Alan Greenspan was hired by the most notorious criminal in the savings-and-loan racket: Charles Keating. Keating laundered money through Lincoln Savings and Loan. He needed someone to write a letter to his regulator, (the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco) that stated Lincoln Savings and Loan's investments were sound.
In 1985, Greenspan wrote to the Federal Home Bank that Lincoln's management "is seasoned and expert in selecting and making direct investments."

Martin Mayer, who has written several books about Wall Street, first met Alan Greenspan in the 1960s. The millionaire economist was making a specialty of "statistical espionage" — that was Greenspan's description. Mayer later wrote, "the book on him in that capacity was that you could order the opinion you needed."

Posted by: Me No Dhimmi at July 18, 2010 11:37 PM

Faber noted that one of the best investment decisions White, Weld ever made was to "get rid of Mr. Greenspan in late 1972 and hire instead the economist Gary Shilling."

Faber? Presumably Dr. Marc Faber formerly of Swiss Asian Investments and now of GloomBoomDoom

You have good taste Me No Dhimmi. You might also like these guys:

Please keep the Austrians coming...

Posted by: Brent Weston at July 18, 2010 11:51 PM

Ray Stevens, Daryl?

"I hollered up at Ethel, I said don't look Ethel
It was too late...She'd already got a free shot
Grandstanded...Right there in front of the home team."

You asked for it.

Posted by: PiperPaul at July 19, 2010 2:13 AM

Now, I'm too young to actually remember this first-hand of course:

Who am I kidding - this had me LOLing before LOL was invented.

Posted by: PiperPaul at July 19, 2010 2:35 AM

It looks like Barry want to unplug that hole:;_ylt=AhUZUvd9x.TEXJq1RapNHFes0NUE;_


Posted by: syncrodox at July 19, 2010 2:44 AM

To be blogged as: Causus bloggi.

Whither Al Gore (WAG)? (Formerly AGW)

"I don’t want to see a civil war, and I worry about that if the blogosphere is carried to a logical extreme."


"Quote of the week: Steven Schneider jumps the shark
Posted on July 18, 2010 by Anthony Watts

Wow, just wow. Get a load of some of these quotes from Professor Steven Schneider in Stanford Magazine."

"The professor says:

We know that there are probably hundreds of tipping points. We don’t know precisely where they are. Therefore you never know which ones you’re crossing when. All you know is that as you add warming, you cross more and more of them.

It’s a target rich quote environment in the interview that he gave, for example, “blogs may cause civil war”:

Here’s the blog problem: We build up a trust [based] on which blogs just say what we like to hear. At least in the old days when we had a Fourth Estate that did get the other side—yes, they framed it in whether it was more or less likely to be true, the better ones did—at least everybody was hearing more than just their own opinion. What scares me about the blogosphere is if you only read your own folks, you have no way to understand where those bad guys are coming from. How are you going to negotiate with them when you’re in the same society? They’re not 100 percent wrong, you know? There’s something you have to learn from them and they have to learn from you. If you never read each other and you never have a civil discourse, then I get scared.

It’s fractionation into preexisting belief without any chance of negotiation and reconciliation. I don’t want to see a civil war, and I worry about that if the blogosphere is carried to a logical extreme.

Or how about this one, dissing the average American citizen as “incompetent to judge”:"

Posted by: maz2 at July 19, 2010 5:40 AM

S'more WAG:

"*Giant hogweed ‘tip of the iceberg’".


"Antarctic cold snap kills nine in Argentina

A spell of extreme cold weather has brought ice and snow to much of Argentina, killing at least nine."

"Most of the victims were homeless people in the capital Buenos Aires who died of hypothermia, a local non-governmental organisation said.

The cold front moving up from Antarctica has caused temperatures to plunge across the southern cone region of South America.

Deaths have also been reported in Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia.

"The wave of cold air from the polar region continues to affect all of Argentina's territory with intense frosts" Argentina's national meteorological service reported.

It recorded minimum temperatures of minus 14C in Patagonia and central Argentina and between 0C and 3C in the north."

*WAG's Tipper Reached:

"*Giant hogweed ‘tip of the iceberg’"

"But when surprising and sometimes dangerous foreign plants and insects come to town, MacLellan finds himself involved.

"In the case of giant hogweed, at 9 o’clock in the morning on Monday I had never heard of it and by noon I ended up being the municipal expert and gave several interviews," MacLellan says.

"But really, my role is reaching out to those who have the expertise."

Last week, when not battling giant hogweed, he was dealing with HRM’s response to the Renewable Electricity Act and the city’s greenhouse gas inventory."

Posted by: maz2 at July 19, 2010 6:09 AM

O'Pwaise Da O'Lawd: O's "secret weapon".

Say Amen, Tommy.

Amen Tommy & Pass da Collection Plate.


"Obama Gains Evangelical Allies on Immigration"

"At a time when the prospects for immigration overhaul seem most dim, supporters have unleashed a secret weapon: a group of influential evangelical Christian leaders."

Posted by: maz2 at July 19, 2010 6:33 AM

Cool story about a Mountie here in NS. Former artilleyman in the CF, Cpl in the RCMP, backyard mechanic, baker of cakes and just about to become a lawyer after working toward it for the last decade while working in various detachments.

But this quote from the story just left me shaking my head,

"A few times he showed up in class in uniform, something one disapproving professor called disruptive."

Can someone, anyone, explain to me how an officer of the law in uniform could possibly be disruptive in a law class?

Posted by: AtlanticJim at July 19, 2010 8:24 AM

The uniform only scares future defense attorneys, and wanna-be judges, AJ.

Posted by: Texas Canuck at July 19, 2010 9:30 AM

EBD: Thanks for that selection. I used to own an LP of Mahalia Jackson singing these songs but lost it somewhere along the way.
I used to think that Thomas Dorsey was Tommy Dorsey (of the Dorsey brothers) but learned later that he wasn't.
Thomas also wrote "Precious Lord, take my hand" which is on our hymn book. I now realize under what circumstances he wrote it.
Thanks very much for this inspiring moment on my Monday morning.

Posted by: Kroket at July 19, 2010 9:37 AM

Pat Condell on No Mosque at Ground Zero ("stealth jihad") (h/t Kathy Shaidle)

Posted by: batb at July 19, 2010 11:36 AM

Shrinking of the thermosphere.

From the article:
Emmert suggests that the increasing amounts of carbon dioxide making its way into the upper atmosphere might have played a role in the anomaly.
Carbon dioxide acts as a coolant in the upper atmosphere, unlike in the lower atmosphere, shedding heat via infrared radiation. As carbon dioxide levels build up on Earth, it makes its way into the upper levels and magnifies the cooling action of the solar minimum, Emmert said.

The question is: How are the greenies going to turn this in to more eco-grift? CO2 is a coolant in the upper atmosphere it seems. Maybe we can use the generators in those useless giant fans as motors and then blow the CO2 from coal power up to the thermosphere to cool the planet. I'm just thinkin'.

Posted by: Zeppo at July 19, 2010 11:38 AM

Re Peace in the Valley: Amen, brother!

Lately, I've gone on an Alison Krauss bender on youtube; here's one of the good ones (with Gillian Welch and others):

Posted by: batb at July 19, 2010 11:43 AM

The songs and the singing have always been a differentiator of evangelical churches from other protestant churches and especially Catholic churches. In my hometown, many converts testified the music and the voices first drew them to the Gospel. And why wouldn't it, music being the language of the soul and all?

Posted by: Mark Peters at July 19, 2010 11:49 AM

Mao Stlong*'s Gleen Lepolt.

"already reeling from a toxic copper mine leak in the south of the country which burst into headlines last week amid accusations of a cover up."


"Pipeline explosion triggers major offshore oil spill off China's coast

One of China's biggest ports, Dalian, shut on Monday after an pipeline explosion triggered a major offshore oil spill, forcing a refinery to cut processing and importers to divert cargoes elsewhere.

The aftermath of the weekend fire could disrupt shipments of oil, iron ore and soy and add to pressure for stricter environmental standards in China, already reeling from a toxic copper mine leak in the south of the country which burst into headlines last week amid accusations of a cover up.

The fire began on Friday while a crude oil tanker was being off-loaded.

Nobody was hurt, but hundreds of firefighters battled for more than 15 hours to douse the fire, and state media said about 1,500 tonnes of oil had spilled into the sea, causing a 183 sq km (71 sq mile) slick, 50 sq km of which was "severe.""

(*H/T Canadian "Liberal leader" Bob Rae is Uncle Mo's nephew.)

Posted by: maz2 at July 19, 2010 11:56 AM

At Pajamas Media, J. Christian Adams has another fine article about the gross dereliction of duty by the Obama Department of Justice (sic). Here’s a quote of Christopher Coates, the demoted DOJ lawyer, who’s not being allowed by the DOJ to honour the subpoena to testify about the Black Panther case:

“America is increasingly a multiracial, multiethnic, and multicultural society. For such a diverse group of people to be able to live and function together in a democratic society, there have to be certain common standards that we are bound by and that protect us all. In fact, as we become more diverse, it is even more important that our national standards of non-discrimination are enforced by the federal government. One of these most basic standards is equal protection under the law. When that is violated, America does not live up to the true meaning of its creed. When it is followed, the country functions the way it was intended to.

“For the Department of Justice to enforce the Voting Rights Act only to protect members of certain minority groups breaches the fundamental guarantee of equal protection, and could substantially erode public support for the Voting Rights Act itself. My fourth reason for this kind of law enforcement is very simple: Selective enforcement of the law, including the Voting Rights Act, on the basis of race is just not fair and does not achieve justice.”

Here’s the link:

Posted by: lookout at July 19, 2010 12:02 PM

Re batb's Pat Condell, "No Mosque at Ground Zero", tip @ 11:36: I just received this note from the mayor of New York (I'd forgotten I'd even written him):

Dear Friend [sic]:

Thank you for writing to share your thoughts and concerns about the proposed mosque and Islamic cultural center to be built at Park Place and Broadway in Lower Manhattan, several blocks north of the World Trade Center site.

Our Administration strongly supports the right of faith groups to open houses of worship, or community centers, in whatever location they choose, provided it complies with all applicable laws. New York has long been America's most tolerant and diverse City, welcoming the best, brightest, and hardest-working individuals from around the world – no matter their identity or beliefs. As a City, we win by choosing to uphold the principles of freedom and respect that lie at the foundation of this tradition – and that the terrorists attacked on September 11, 2001. Winning the war on terrorism requires us not only to defeat our enemies, at home and abroad, but also to continue upholding the values that make America great.

Last month, the local community board voted by an overwhelming margin (29-1) to endorse the project. Of course, the approval process has many steps yet before it is finalized, and many questions remain unanswered. I understand that this is a particularly sensitive issue, and I am hopeful that more dialogue about the center will increase the understanding and cooperation that is so integral to the vitality of New York City.

Thank you again for writing to share your opinions on this matter. [Blah, blah, blah . . .]


Michael R. Bloomberg


Posted by: lookout at July 19, 2010 12:08 PM

WK is on a roll today. Linking to the wrong census!
And not even an 'ooops,sorry 'bout that.'

Posted by: Jeff Mann at July 19, 2010 12:45 PM

Brent Weston: Thanks for the links. I shall definitely check these out. I am aware that we are libertarian brethern.

BTW, here's a good laugh to supplement the Greenie posts: did you know that in the mid 70s (?) a poll for preferred leader of the Libertarian Party came out: 1) Murray Rothbard and 2) Greenspan. You can well imagine the chuckles this end; the former a enormously principled man, a true, cheerful enemy of THE STATE, a genius who never found his deserved place in Academia (like Mises) the latter one of the century's great sellouts. You most likely know Greenspan was once a goldbug being profoundly distrustful of government manipulation of money. There is a quote out there somewhere!

Posted by: Me No Dhimmi at July 19, 2010 1:38 PM

BP Oil O'update: O's secret.

"something"? What is?


"Well cap kept shut despite possible seeping nearby

The Associated Press - Colleen Long, Harry R. Weber - ‎16 minutes ago‎

NEW ORLEANS - The federal government Monday allowed BP to keep the cap shut tight on its ruptured Gulf of Mexico oil well for another day despite the possibility something is seeping from the sea floor near the well"

Posted by: maz2 at July 19, 2010 1:51 PM

"Peace in the Valley"? That's what they said when I asked directions in Grande Prairie...

Posted by: ebt at July 19, 2010 2:50 PM

Thomas Dorsey was also known as "Georgia Tom" who sang and played blues with such as Tampa Red. Some of their tunes were "Sellin' that Stuff" and others of the raucous blues genre. See the Wikipedia entry on this interesting musician:

Posted by: Howard at July 19, 2010 2:56 PM

Fire Liberal McGuinty.

Fire McGuinty’s Liberal government.

Fire. Them. All.

“OPP, cabinet remain quiet on ministry raids

The OPP have yet to release any information about a criminal investigation into some government ministries.The OPP have yet to release any information about a criminal investigation into some government ministries. (Canadian Press)

The Ontario Provincial Police and the provincial cabinet both remain tight-lipped over a criminal investigation into dealings between government officials and private entities.

Last Thursday, provincial police raided the Macdonald Block, a tower on Bay Street in Toronto that houses 13 provincial ministries and the offices of several cabinet ministers.

“We don’t really have any more information to share at this point because it is an active investigation and we’re taking it one day at a time,” provincial police Sgt. Pierre Chamberland told CBC News on Monday. He couldn’t comment on media reports that the police are investigating staff at the Transportation Ministry or the Ontario Realty Corporation.

He also couldn’t say when the OPP would be allowed to provide more information, despite suggestions by the force the previous day that more information could emerge Monday.

“We will be providing more information to the media and to the public whenever it does become available. We just don’t know at this point when that’s going to be,” he said.

The OPP says the probe is looking into irregular financial transactions between government ministries and “outside vendors.”

“These investigations are complex, and there [is] obviously a lot of information to go off of, so we want to make sure that we do it properly and we do it by the numbers, so that if it does wind up in the courts at some point in time, we want to make sure that we can present a clean investigation,” said Chamberland.

Cabinet ministers also refused to comment Monday on the raids.

A spokesman for the cabinet office has said the raid involved a “few” ministries, but no one is willing to say on the record exactly what ministries are under investigation.

However, a senior government source has said the investigation did not involve elected officials or their political staff.

Ron McKerlie, deputy minister for the Ministry of Government Services, said in a Saturday release that staff are co-operating with the police.”


Fire. Them. All.

“Liberal politicians silent on police raid of ministries

TORONTO — Ontario cabinet ministers are staying silent in the wake of a police raid on a provincial government office complex.

Last Thursday, provincial police raided the Macdonald Block, a downtown Toronto tower that houses 13 provincial ministries and the offices of several cabinet ministers.

Neither the police nor the government will say which ministries were the target of the raid, which followed allegations of “irregular” financial dealings with outside vendors.

Cabinet ministers are refusing comment again today.”

Posted by: maz2 at July 19, 2010 4:49 PM

Conrad Black to be freed on bond - yay!!

Posted by: Erik Larsen at July 19, 2010 5:36 PM

religion; the last desperate gasp of a failed life.

so you *really* think mules and snakes talk?

Posted by: beagle at July 20, 2010 8:13 AM