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This conservative would take Obama back in a nanosecond

"How I miss Barack Obama.

And I say that as someone who worked to defeat him: I was a foreign policy adviser to John McCain in 2008 and to Mitt Romney in 2012. I criticized Obama’s “lead from behind” foreign policy that resulted in a premature pullout from Iraq and a failure to stop the slaughter in Syria. I thought he was too weak on Iran and too tough on Israel. I feared that Obamacare would be too costly. I fumed that he was too professorial and too indecisive. I was left cold by his arrogance and his cult of personality.

Now I would take Obama back in a nanosecond. His presidency appears to be a lost golden age when reason and morality reigned. All of his faults, real as they were, fade into insignificance compared with the crippling defects of his successor. And his strengths — seriousness, dignity, intellect, probity, dedication to ideals larger than self — shine all the more clearly in retrospect.

Those thoughts are prompted by watching Obama’s speech in South Africa on the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth. I was moved nearly to tears by his eloquent defense of a liberal world order that President Trump appears bent on destroying."
Organ music
Ulrik Spang-Hanssen

Even the (what must be super-early) Fantasia patetica (BVN 19) is assured, masterly, perfectly gauged.

I need to investigate his oeuvre for organ. Messis is his longest work for that instrument and sounds enticing too.
The Diner / Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Last post by SimonNZ on Today at 07:52:13 PM »
A few months ago I heard Geysir in concert with the Montreal Symphony under John Storgårds. It was quite something !

A real treat indeed! With Leifs we must be careful with our ears. You are very lucky ;)
The Polling Station / Re: Ten Guilty Pleasures
« Last post by SymphonicAddict on Today at 07:37:09 PM »
1. Respighi - Orgiastic Dance from Belkis
2. Haydn - 2nd movement from the Symphony Nr. 101 The Clock
3. Saint-Saëns - Andantino from La Foi
4. Schmidt - Intermezzo from Notre Dame
5. Bax - Paean
6. Vaughan Williams - Prelude from 49th Parallel
7. Bach - Fantasy for organ in C major, BWV 570
8. Strauss II - Unter Donner und Blitz Polka
9. Alkan - Études, op. 39 Le festin d'Esope
10. Hindemith - Turandot from Symphonische Metamorphose von Themen Carl Maria von Webers

Bonus track
Shostakovich - The Assault on Beautiful Gorky from The Unforgettable Year 1919

... and there are many more!

Edit: Bonus track #2
Nielsen - An Imaginary Trip to the Faroe Islands

Sorry , I can't avoid it  ;)
Ormandy, Philly, DSCH's 15th on vinyl, great stuff.

The Diner / Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Last post by k a rl h e nn i ng on Today at 06:51:15 PM »
Hi Karl - I watched just the 'Theatrical Release' and some of the special features - cannot comment personally on the 'Director's Cut' but their timing is about the same - a couple of short comments below from HERE - take a look at the link, might be more?  I enjoyed the movie after all of these years and the Criterion AV restoration is superb (as expected), but not sure how often I'll be watching?  Dave :)

I understand you, Dave. Almost as if it was yesterday, I remember reading the novel, which is cracking fun (and I never skipped, which I freely admit having done with Pickwick Papers), and which I could readily wade into rereading again ... so I did spring for the Criterion Blu-ray (well, with my B&N gift card) reckoning on getting more than one viewing out of it. But in addition to my enduring fondness for the source novel, so many of my beloved character actors: Peter Bull, David Warner, and the exquisite Joan Greenwood!
The Diner / Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Last post by SonicMan46 on Today at 06:43:09 PM »
Bull Durham (1988) w/ Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, & Tim Robbins - living in North Carolina (we have the Winston-Salem Dash) and having past the Bull Durham baseball field many times, the film is special, BUT it's enjoyable - just bought the Criterion BD to replace my old DVD - ratings are 5* for both video & audio (HERE) - highly recommended if you've not seen this movie, AND if you want to own a copy, this is the best option.  Dave :)

Organ music
Ulrik Spang-Hanssen

Even the (what must be super-early) Fantasia patetica (BVN 19) is assured, masterly, perfectly gauged.
The Diner / Re: The most boring music you've heard
« Last post by k a rl h e nn i ng on Today at 06:36:07 PM »
I love Brahms, probably every note (for context). I cannot even conceive of finding Schoenberg "boring." And . . . practically dismissing all the Baroque?

Ah, well ....
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