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Re: Pedro's Corner

Postby Pedro I Rengel » Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:54 pm

I admit my manner in discussing is rough. I was raised in a different place than most people here. Trump would be considered too polite to be taken seriously where I come from. We do understand formality, but compassion when important things are being discussed is alien to us. I believe in this way the ideas expressed are truly allowed to speak for themselves, they are not censored for the sake of any one's feelings, not distorted out of consideration. Probably this is how we end up melting the Spaniards and Italians, they are there able to speak their minds freely. They fall in love the instant they meet the returning fire.

Republicans are usually scandalized when they join one of our discussions. But democrats really suffer a deep cognitive dissonance when they witness it. They tend to have hissy fits. Actually with them we do condescend sometimes, but the actual discussion is at that point already abandoned. It is not about cruelty. It is about accuracy.

Feelings are ok and all, but they have no bearing on actual ideas.

There at least you know nothing will be taken personally. I find in the first world people seem to always take the actual things and ideas being discussed as simple veils for unrelated opinions on persons. It is always about "me," never about "this." The validty of an idea is gauged by how it makes people "feel."

The first world is starved of actual warfare. And for this, I do pity them. If they don't wake the fuck up, they might find themselves some day without the one thing they could at least always say.
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Re: Pedro's Corner

Postby Pedro I Rengel » Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:24 pm

Attorney General William Barr Accuses Democrats of ‘Sabotaging’ Trump Administration

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Attorney General William Barr accused congressional Democrats of “sabotaging” the Trump administration by implying that the government in power is illegitimate.

“I deeply admire the American presidency as a political and constitutional institution,” Barr said during a Federalist Society dinner in Washington, DC, Friday night. “Unfortunately over the past several decades, we have seen a steady encroachment on executive authority by the other branches of the government.”

Barr said the Democrats’ constant attempts to derail Trump administration appointees have done nothing but “incapacitate” the executive branch.

“Immediately after President Trump won the election, opponents inaugurated what they called the ‘resistance,’ and they rallied around an explicit strategy of using every tool and maneuver to sabotage the functioning of the executive branch and his administration,” Barr said.

“The cost of this constant harassment is real,” he continued.

Barr claimed that while Trump’s presidency is anything but normal, the public knew what to expect.

“The fact is, that, yes, while the president has certainly thrown out the traditional beltway playbook and punctilio, he was upfront about what he was going to do and the people decided that he was going to serve as president,” he said.

Barr’s comments came on the same day the House Intelligence Committee held its second day of public hearings in the House impeachment inquiry.

Trump has been caught up in an impeachment inquiry over allegations that he pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who served on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.
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Re: Pedro's Corner

Postby Mowk » Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:41 pm

Hello Pedro,

No audio formats supported, and I'm not a musician wanna be. I play for the distraction, and to sooth my soul. If I could have posted a few bars, I would have, but to sign up for a website to host a few bars? Sorry.

It was my Dad's Uke. He gave it to me a few months before he passed. I promised him I'd learn at least one song he use to play, and was playing it for him when he breathed his last. Sorta personal, my connection to it. It's a nice Uke, 1930's Martin & Co. Someone who really knows how to play should have it more then me.
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Re: Pedro's Corner

Postby Pedro I Rengel » Sun Nov 17, 2019 5:09 pm

There's a lot of anger in you, my friend.

Anyway, you don't need to sign up to vocaroo. You just upload and get a link you can post.

We're not asking you to launch a career. But you did offer.
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Re: Pedro's Corner

Postby Pedro I Rengel » Sun Nov 17, 2019 5:09 pm

Do not be deceived.

Music is always personal.
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Re: Pedro's Corner

Postby Pedro I Rengel » Sun Nov 17, 2019 5:13 pm

By the way it is a relief to know you did not pick it up with this late ukelele fad. That story is righteous.

Sounds like your dad picked it up during the war?
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Re: Pedro's Corner

Postby Mowk » Sun Nov 17, 2019 5:22 pm

Thanks, Yeah, I am a bit angry, sorta mellow too.

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Re: Pedro's Corner

Postby Mowk » Sun Nov 17, 2019 5:37 pm

My dad got it as a high school grad present from his folks. He learned just four songs. Played the damn thing on a date to woah the women. He played for my mom on their first date. He wasn't particularly good either. One of the songs he played was "Ain't She Sweet."

Here's a few bars of that tune.
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Re: Pedro's Corner

Postby Pedro I Rengel » Sun Nov 17, 2019 6:03 pm

Goddamn.
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Re: Pedro's Corner

Postby Mowk » Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:24 pm

Music is always personal.

Quite right.
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Re: Pedro's Corner

Postby Fixed Cross » Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:32 pm

Nice Mowk, I enjoyed that.
Such a very calming instrument.
But tough to play.
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Re: Pedro's Corner

Postby Fixed Cross » Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:34 pm

I once tried to play violin (incidentally, when in a sailboat). Its horrendously difficult for my constitution, just terrible, I must have looked like Frankenstein.
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Re: Pedro's Corner

Postby Pedro I Rengel » Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:36 pm

If appalachians played a cuatro, that's what it would sound like. I heard the entire thing without thinking of Hawaii, but plenty of blues came to mind.

I generally despise that instrument. But I knew it was not it I should have been blaming.
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Re: Pedro's Corner

Postby Pedro I Rengel » Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:37 pm

You try playing it like the gringos? Fiddle rather than violin?

I have never tried either, but I get a feeling they must be two vastly different experiences.
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Re: Pedro's Corner

Postby Fixed Cross » Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:38 pm

Pedro I Rengel wrote:


I do some justice to that scheme here.




Once every two years or so I run into an actual piano.
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Re: Pedro's Corner

Postby Pedro I Rengel » Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:39 pm

Even though 90% of violin music I absolutely hate, violin players have always been one of the musicians I respect most. It is glaringly obvious how much discipline must be involved.
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Re: Pedro's Corner

Postby Pedro I Rengel » Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:43 pm

I forgot how good that piano piece was.
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Re: Pedro's Corner

Postby Pedro I Rengel » Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:45 pm

Piano is a good son.

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Re: Pedro's Corner

Postby Pedro I Rengel » Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:46 pm

GANGA THIEVES!
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Re: Pedro's Corner

Postby Fixed Cross » Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:49 pm

Pedro I Rengel wrote:Even though 90% of violin music I absolutely hate, violin players have always been one of the musicians I respect most. It is glaringly obvious how much discipline must be involved.

Yes, and the arrogance of violin players exceeds the next in rank (probably the guitar genius) by an order of magnitude, there is nothing else so clearly tortuously difficult to get right, and an accomplished violin player especially a woman always feels provocative in a sexual sense in the sense of a taboo being broken. Perfection on violin shows how dangerously crazy people are.

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Re: Pedro's Corner

Postby Fixed Cross » Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:58 pm

Pedro I Rengel wrote:I forgot how good that piano piece was.

It worked pretty well because I have an near infinite reverence for the piano and gratitude for being able to touch it. I never owned one, except for a while we had one in the basement where the wood had grown crooked and which was irreparably out of tune, terrible. But it added to my gratitude when encountering a clean one.
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Re: Pedro's Corner

Postby Pedro I Rengel » Sun Nov 17, 2019 8:03 pm

HAhahaha she was definitely cursing there. Liek a pilot at the winds.
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Re: Pedro's Corner

Postby Mowk » Sun Nov 17, 2019 8:03 pm

Sunday mornings the wife sleeps in and I get to tinker. I don't play it like it's an Uke. I play like it's a tiny guitar with two broke strings.
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Re: Pedro's Corner

Postby Fixed Cross » Sun Nov 17, 2019 8:19 pm

Pedro I Rengel wrote:HAhahaha she was definitely cursing there. Liek a pilot at the winds.

Yes nice imagen

(genetic imagery)

Only a few good real storm at sea movies in out there, like White Squall.
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Re: Pedro's Corner

Postby Pedro I Rengel » Sun Nov 17, 2019 8:42 pm

I know what I'm watching tonight.

But thar also be: The Perfect Storm, Ghost Ship, All Is Lost, Dead Calm, There's a coup,e I can't remember them all right now. Naught of me to include Ghost Ship, I know.
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