Sunday Serendipity


A beautiful and compelling work by Franz Schubert. There is something in here for everyone. Too seldom heard and too good not to share.

Enjoy the music but most of all enjoy your day.🌞
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69 thoughts on “Sunday Serendipity”

  1.  Maria Joāo Pires & Ricardo Castro who provided the four hands playing this beautiful piece.
     
    jace, thank you. lovely background music for this snowy day.

  2. two colorful quotes about speaker pelosi this morning in the guardian:
     
    “She’s not only outmanoeuvring him, she’s outraging him,” said Michael Cornfield, associate professor of political management at George Washington University in Washington. “She’s taunting him. She’s the matador, he’s the bull. He has no idea what he’s doing. He’s a genius of the publicity arts, not the political arts. In this he’s an absolute novice.”
     
    Now 78, Pelosi’s life and career have prepared her for this battle of wills. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the youngest of six children and the only girl. Her father was a US congressman turned city mayor, a political education she has never forgotten. Her own daughter, Alexandra Pelosi, said recently: “She’ll cut your head off and you won’t even know you’re bleeding.”

  3. and another quote in the guardian of a very different sort:
    In a separate video uploaded to social media, the 64-year-old Phillips, an elder of Nebraska’s Omaha tribe, wiped away tears as he described the incident.
     
    “I heard them saying ‘build that wall, build that wall’. These are indigenous lands, we’re not supposed to have walls,” he said. “I wish I could see that energy of that young mass of young men, put that energy into making this country, really, really great, helping those that are hungry.”
     
    He told The Washington Post that while he was drumming, he thought about his wife, Shoshana, who died of bone marrow cancer nearly four years ago, and the threats that indigenous communities around the world are facing.
     
    “I felt like the spirit was talking through me,” Phillips said.
     

  4. above SNL:
    Steve Harvey (Kenan Thompson) hosts a special Deal or No Deal where President Trump (Alec Baldwin) fields offers from members of Congress, like Nancy Pelosi (Kate McKinnon), Chuck Schumer (Alex Moffat), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Melissa Villaseñor) and Maxine Waters (Leslie Jones), to end the government shutdown.

  5. Nancy is clueless and this is going to bite Dems in the butt in two years.  
    Open the government up and stop hurting Americans!
     

  6. Donny should do something to under-cut states with sanctuary cities that are not allowed to call ICE after someone who entered the country illegally commits a crime.  
    By the way, my company does business in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador… Those governments should do something to help their citizens, or, maybe the UN should provide military aid.
     
     

  7. Schubert.  Really great stuff.

    This morning on AXS it’s a Santana block. 2016 concert from Vegas House of Blues with most of the original lineup from the Woodstock days and the few years after. It’s pretty great.

    BiD, Trump’s base agrees with you on who’s playing who. I believe Pelosi is making him look like he’s shut the government down and will keep it shut down until he gets what he wants. The master negotiator is begging for 1/5 of what he was offered a year ago. Pelosi is a lot of things but clueless is not one of them. 

  8. Craig…  so very glad to read that you’ve found a place for dad.  It’s a very difficult decision to make.  But from my own experience, when an elderly parent needs daily medical care, trying to care for them at home when one is not a medical professional is not really a wise option.

    Jace…  great piano!

    BiD…  good to see you back.  I strongly disagree with your view of the most powerful woman ever in this country.  Go… Nancy…  GO!

  9. A majority of Americans put the blame on SFB. I agree with them. His fault. CNN poll here.  
    The folks who who disagree with this in my neck of the woods are the diehard trumpers. I haven’t talked with anyone around here who identifies as a democrat who thinks wall money should be paid as ransom to our “president”.  
    UN military aid?  Peacekeeping is the function of UN military personnel. How would that fit into Central and South American country strife and economic issues?  

  10. On another note…   the snow and ice is not as bad as predicted for my neck of the woods.  I wouldn’t go driving in it… but we aren’t worried about losing our power.  Just made a pot of chili and a pan of cornbread.  We are all set for tonight’s Patriots game.
     
    Go Patriots!   Go Saints!  (would love to see Brady vs Brees for SB )

  11. Hey, more disgusting than the mob of tiny white fascists harrassing native American protesters is the Catholic school that bussed them to D.C. to artificially pad the crowd at a anti-abortion protest, as if those little bastards have any social conciousness.

    …since it hadn’t been addressed, here, and it’s all over “the news”.

  12. “I, (name of parent) give my son permission to travel with the school to Washington D.C. to participate in a Right to Life march and inadvertently become infamous on the internet and be forever immortalized as a pawn and a bully, because it’s totally worth it, you know, for the babies.

    Signed, 
    (signature of parent)”

  13. Bink…  my Catholic husband is very disgusted with that news.  Says he’s very disappointed with the conservative side of the church.  Wishes there was more attention paid to the “care for the sick and the poor”.    He says the hierarchy stinks….  many of the regular local clergy and nuns are ok.  His local priest is a good guy…  the heathen that I am…  I like him very much.

  14. “care for the sick and the poor”

    I know, right?

    I’d like to know whe exactly we shifted from an “integrity is paramount” value-system to a “by any means necessary” society.  

    Those kids do not give a flip about abortion, and they shouldn’t, they’re too young, but  some Catholic school administrator had no reticence in sending them to D.C to lie and act like they are genuinely civic-minded.  A society of liars and hustlers, led by one.
     
    ”Our President”, indeed!

  15. So, let’s see- 100 little assholes, 2 parents each (good Christian homes, right?), so now we’re at 300 assholes,  but that’s just ONE school.  Those kids didn’t procure that MAGA gear on their own, someone got it for them, most likely their terrible parents, or even worse, as it all looks new, someone got it all in bulk and distributed it to them as a group.  It’s all a big joke to these people, “haha, our kid is racist bully, so adorable, takes after his father”.

    This is my generation messing everything up, by the way- those are my generation’s kids.  When and why did my generation become rife with unfeeling nazi-esque simpletons, I wonder?  What in the hell happened?!  

    You’re off the hook, Boomers.

  16. A private school in the south that is full of loud mouth racists? Wow, who would have thunk it.  The one good thing about Trump,  he has given all these ass holes permission to come out of the closet so we can identify them. MAGA
    Jack

  17. While reading Schubert’s Wiki bio, I came across this useful tidbit, “Schubert, who was only a little more than five feet tall,[50] was nicknamed “Schwammerl” by his friends, which Gibbs describes as translating to “Tubby” or “Little Mushroom”.[51] “Schwamm” is German (in the Austrian and Bavarian dialects) for mushroom; the ending “-erl” makes it a diminutive.”
    I think we have an acquaintance with a diminutive mushroom that could go by the name, “Schwammerl.”
    Jace, I enjoyed the music. I was reading Schubert’s bio because I couldn’t see the on-stage interaction between the two magicians; the bio allowed me to fully enjoy your find.

  18. A brilliant WaPo article:
     

    The man who stood behind Trump clapped, cheered, then joined the laughter as Trump mocked Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford

    President Trump — at the time locked in a bitter feud over his Supreme Court pick Brett M. Kavanaugh — went on a tear about Ford’s allegations of sexual abuse. Joe Davidson’s laugh was caught on camera and ricocheted across the Internet.
    Now Davidson is wondering, “I’m a good person. Isn’t that what people say about me?”

    Read more »

  19. Jack,  I’m with ya. Who would think there would be racists in a southern private school?  I’m shocked I tell ya. 
    Renee, you could be describing Mrs P and her thoughts about and relationship with her church  
     

  20. Jack and Pogo,
    These kids and their parents represent Trump’s base. HRC’s description of them as deplorable was absolutely spot on. They prove it almost daily.

  21. Yeah the Dems are doing badly…say what?   Nancy P is doing a great job and a sizeable majority of Americans think Trump stinks and that this is all his fault

  22. This bears repeating, over and over and over again :
    San Antonio did have a wall but the Mexicans of the day had no problem climbing it. “Remember the Alamo” Was down in San Antonio a couple of years ago, toured the Alamo.  Came away with this impression, those who chose to defend the Alamo were idiots. – Mr Jack
    Other failed walls/barriers/slats : Nineveh’s, Nebuchadrezzar’s, Athens’, Jerusalem’s, hadrian’s, antoninus’, Rome’s, Offa’s, the Danes’, Jomsburg’s, the Great Wall of China, Baghdad’s, Calais’, Dehli’s, Constantinople’s, Belgrade’s, Grenada’s, Budapest’s, The Maginot Line, The Siegfried Line.
    Israel’s and Egypt’s Gaza border walls are both fairly successful . . . so far.

  23. Oh, and Renee, we have the same menu today to boot. (Truth be known probably 80% of Sundays between October and April I make chili – the only occasional addition is the cornbread). So today I had a taste for jalapeño cornbread with my chili. Mrs. P approved. 

  24. The question isn’t whether a “wall” is an effective impediment, it’s “is a wall the most effective use of resources”?  Ask yourself that next time you have to fill a Brita to get the lead out of your water.

    …and to what end? To keep out the Mexicans who are willing to do the work that keeps this country running, whom even Trump admits this country’s industry needs- like the kind he employs at his resorts?

    The only reason we are talking about a “wall” is because racists need a policy they can understand. It’s all bullshit, and every time you or i even mention the word “wall”, the conservative manipulators win a little bit.

  25. ny times:  
    Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, said on Sunday that discussions about building a Trump Tower in Moscow lasted through the November 2016 election, months longer than previously confirmed.
    Mr. Giuliani said in an interview with The New York Times that Mr. Trump “recalls a series of conversations” with his former lawyer and fixer, Michael D. Cohen, about the project during the campaign.
    “He can’t tell you the date” that it ended, Mr. Giuliani said. “There are no entries or phone logs” that indicated specifics, he added.
    “The best he could do is, ‘We talked about it, I knew he was running with it, I honestly didn’t pay much attention to it,’” Mr. Giuliani said, characterizing Mr. Trump’s memory. He added that Mr. Trump recalled, “‘It was all going from the day I announced to the day I won.’”
    The comments further extended an already growing timeline for the discussions. Mr. Cohen had told Congress that the negotiations ended in January 2016, before the first presidential primaries, but later in a plea agreement, he said they continued as late as June 2016, after Mr. Trump was the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Mr. Giuliani had then indicated in an interview with ABC News last month that the talks had lasted possibly until Election Day, although he was less specific than he was on Sunday.
    […]
    Mr. Giuliani acknowledged that Mr. Trump might have talked to Mr. Cohen before his congressional testimony, but he said his client had never instructed Mr. Cohen to lie.
    Mr. Giuliani said that when Mr. Cohen testified to Congress that the project had ended in January 2016, Mr. Trump simply “accepted” that answer.
    “The president couldn’t tell you the exact day it started and the exact day it ended; he remembers it started and he remembers it ended,” Mr. Giuliani said, but nothing more. “It never got to anything concrete.”
    Trump officials had initially described the project as the province of Mr. Cohen and simply in the discussion phase. But Mr. Trump had signed a nonbinding letter of intent on the project.
    Late last year, Mr. Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress when he said that the project discussions had ended in January 2016. A presentencing memo from Mr. Cohen’s lawyer, Guy Petrillo, said Mr. Cohen had made the statement out of a desire to be loyal and consistent with Mr. Trump’s wishes to minimize his involvement.

  26. Giuliani denies Buzzfeed story: ‘100 percent certain’ that Trump never asked Cohen to lie to Congress
    Jan. 20, 201901:08

     
     

    nbc:  
    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that he will subpoena President Donald Trump’s former longtime attorney Michael Cohen to testify before his committee “if necessary.”
    “Yes, we’ve given Michael Cohen a date that we’d like him to come in either voluntarily or, if necessary, by subpoena,” Schiff, D-Calif., told CBS’s Margaret Brennan.
    […]
     
    “I guess this morning [Giuliani] said that he’s not writing off the possibility that the president did talk to Michael Cohen about his testimony or that others may have as well,” Schiff said. “And we need to know exactly what those conversations were. They’re certainly not protected by any kind of a privilege. And if anyone was instructing — whether it was the president or other people affiliated with the White House or the Trump Organization — encouraging a witness to lie, we need to know about it.”
    “And I will say one other thing,” Schiff continued. “We know that the president’s public statements have been false as it pertains to his business dealings with Russia. And so the combination of his public falsehoods with false testimony before Congress certainly contributes to a picture of obstruction of justice.”
    Giuliani said Sunday that he was “100 percent certain” that Trump never directed Cohen to lie to Congress, but Giuliani did leave the door open to the two men discussing Cohen’s 2017 testimony ahead of time.
    If Trump did have discussions with Cohen about his testimony, Giuliani told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” that it “would be perfectly normal.”
    “And so what if he talked to him about it?” Giuliani added.

  27. Mr Bink, I agree. However, some people actually believe that walls are effective at keeping people out. A few minutes thought might bring such people to the conclusion that at a cost of $3,000 – $9,000 per man woman and child, a wall that an average Latina can breach in an hour using an inexpensive diamond saw, is a waste of money. 
    I presume trump’s steel slats will come via a no-bid contract with a shell company owned (at least in part) by a trump family shell company’s shell company. 

  28. Trudy — let’s remember him as a presidential candidate – was there a bigger idiot.    The most spent per delegate vote ever.

  29. As for SFB   — so roughly 30 percent of Americans are idiots like SFB —  so forget them. 
    I don’t know how to combat it but the sentient Americans need to fully understand that it is easier to point out when Trump is telling the truth than when he is lying.

  30. “I presume trump’s steel slats will come via a no-bid contract with a shell company owned (at least in part) by a trump family shell company’s shell company.” -xrep
     
    …of course.  Let’s give the compulsively-lying real-estate hustler tens of billions of taxpayer dollars for a construction project; should work out well (for him).

  31. I am a much bigger fan of Jace than I am of Schubert. Thank you, Jace, for serving ALL of us with delightful music, Sunday after Sunday.

  32. Mr Bink, hasn’t the State of Misery become a kind of northern Arkansas ? Correct me if I’m wrong, but that’s what I took away from the last election.  

  33. XR, as I understand it the Israeli wall is primarily a fence, enforced with guns. 
     
    Bink,  I think the Rams left MO quite a few years ago…then came back…then left again.

    Btw, don’t bet against Brady.

  34. Mr Pogo, Yes the IDF fence is mostly coils of razor wire. There are machine guns and watch towers, too. Just like the Polish border with russia.

  35. I think Los Angeles’ beloved formerly-St Louis’-beloved formerly LA Rams will win the Super Bowl over KC’s beloved formerly Texans. 
    The NFL shows off patriotism as it is in the reign of trump : a purely commercial enterprise. 
    As long as the Duluth, MN Eskimos (now the Washington Racists) don’t win, I’m okay with it all.

  36. At halftime, KC’s beloved Texans are in deep doo-doo. The Bostonians are dumping the Chief’s’ tea into the Missouri River. 

  37. Yeah, no one is buying that you’re an idiot, xrep.  Try not to make historical references when discussing it, they’re a dead give-away.

  38. Bink,  I’m an idiot. Go figure. Truth be told I’m not much of a pro football fan. I watch the playoffs and the occasional regular season game. Otherwise, I watch college football. 

  39. Well the old timer still has a few games in him It looks like. But if it hadn’t been for a coin toss..……..
    BTW, I despise the Rams  So
    Go Pats!!!
    But god it was a fun 4th quarter. And one thing we do know, There will be a next year!!
     
    Jack

  40. It would have been nice to go to the super bowl this year. It has been 50 years since I sat on that ratty old couch with my dad watching Lenny the cool win.
    Jack

  41. BTW, I could have easily been a member of  Who Dat nation but obviously LA paid a bigger bribe to the refs. Its a shame when they won’t stay bought.
    Jack

  42. Xrep
    You could easily divide most of Missouri between Arkansas  and Iowa, As St Louis is an east coast city give it to Illinois and Kansas City to Kansas.  In some ways the Missouri river bottoms are just an extension 0f the Mississippi delta. There is a reason they called it little Dixie.

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