Posts Tagged ‘New York’

A Night at The Opera

I bet not many outside of the Cincinnati region realize that the Queen City has a world wide reputation for it’s performing arts. My wife an I make it a point to make it up there at least once a year to view a performance from a host of venues, including the Ensemble Theatre, and the Cincinnati Opera. On Saturday night, we ventured up to Music Hall, to watch the antics of that audacious libertine, Don Giovanni. Written by Mozart in 1787, Don Giovanni is based on the legend of one of the all time great seducers, Don Juan.

First and foremost, I want to say that we had a great time. We bought a package that included a great dinner at the hall, followed by another terrific performance by the actors, as well as the orchestra. As usual, the singing and music was amazing, and the performers are every bit as engaging as anything you can find in New York. I would stack Cincinnati’s opera company up against any city in the world: They are that good. The problem though, in spite of the wonderful performances, is that I didn’t enjoy the actual opera all that much.  For me, Don Giovanni is a little too misogynistic for my taste. While I do understand that this is an 18th century opera, and that there is going to be misogyny and chauvinism, it was quite simply too much to allow me and my wife to fully enjoy the performance. I spent most of the evening pissed off, because the women were portrayed as weak willed creatures who had but no choice but to submit to his abuse wily charms.  While there were moments of humor, there were few moments of anything else but anger. There was no romantic payoff, no climax, and no closure. The story just fizzled out, and left me scratching my head.

At least the rest of the evening was great. Like I said, the dinner was tasty, the performance was terrific, and the company as always, was the best. I also have to say that there is nothing quite like getting dressed up, and going out to people watch. The opera is a top notch venue for both. So far, we’ve been to three performances at the old opera house: We’ve seen La Boheme, which we loved, and Aida, which we adored. Don Giovanni on the other hand, was just meh.

Superstorm Sandy: Cuomo Calls it as He Sees it.


As the East Coast struggles to recover from Superstorm Sandy, many of us can’t help but think that storms such as this are going to be the new normal. Global warming/climate change is very real, and yet, with only a few days left before the election, neither candidate is willing to address it. Governor Cuomo recognizes this catastrophe for what it is: how many more “superstorms” is the world going to have to recover from, before our “leaders” decide that real change in the way we treat our planet is desperately needed? I’m betting that it will be past the point of no return, and we’ll all be seriously fucked. Hell, it’s probably too late already.

Another Moment of Zinntimacy: Mary Ellen Lease Speaks at a Populist Convention

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Mary Ellen Lease – Circa 1890 at a Populist convention in Topeka Kansas:

“Wall Street owns the country. It is no longer a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, but a government of Wall Street, by Wall Street and for Wall Street…. Our laws are the output of a system which clothes rascals in robes and honesty in rags… the politicians said we suffered from overproduction. Overproduction, when 10,000 little children…. starve to death every year in the U.S. and over 100,000 shop girls in New York are forced to sell their virtue for bread….

There are thirty men in the United States whose aggregate wealth is over one and one – half billion dollars. There are a half a million looking for work…. We want money, land, and transportation. We want the abolition of the National Banks, and we want the power to make loans direct from the government. We want the accursed foreclosure system wiped out…. We will stand by our homes and stay by our firesides by force if necessary, and we will not pay our debts to the loan-shark companies until the Government pays its debt to us.

The people are at bay, let the bloodhounds of money who have dogged us thus far beware.”

Another tip of the tinfoil hat to Howard Zinn, and “A People’s History of The United States.”

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The Supreme Court: Serving The Wealthy For Over Two Centuries.


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A toast from a New York banker in 1895: “I give you gentlemen, the Supreme Court of the United States-guardian of the dollar, defender of private property, enemy of spoliation, sheet anchor of the Republic.”

In light of the corporate favoritism the Supreme Court is showing 117 years later, does anyone in their right mind think anything as has changed? No? Yeah, me neither.

A tip of the tinfoil hat to Howard Zinn, A People’s History of The United States.

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A Tribute To Rick Santorum in Limerick

There once was a man named Santorum.
Lunacy was his public forum.
His world is quite right,
Cuz he’s rich and he’s white.
As long as gays don’t disturb his decorum!

New York Senate Does the Right Thing (via Whatever Works)

Wow, I sleep in a little bit, and I wake up to this! Way to go New York for doing the right thing and legalizing same sex marriage!

POSTED BY ORHAN The New York Times reports that lawmakers voted late Friday to legalize same-sex marriage, making New York the largest state where gay and lesbian couples will be able to wed. The bill was approved on a 33-to-29 vote as 4 Republican state senators joined 29 Democrats in voting for it: James S. Alesi; Stephen M. Saland; Roy J. McDonald; and Mark J. Grisanti. After days of agonized discussion capped by a marathon nine-hour closed-do … Read More

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Anthony Weiner’s Wife, Huma Abedin, Is Pregnant –

Anthony Weiner’s Wife, Huma Abedin, Is Pregnant –

Good lord. I’m speechless, other than this one thought: