Monthly Archives: July 2013

Institutional Hypocrisy (cont’d)

I heard it with my own ears.  Chris Mathews just lauded people who commit adultery but are discreet about it.  This was in a discussion about Anthony Weiner.  It’s not about morality.  It’s about being smart enough to avoid getting caught.  Is there anyone in our media who is NOT a complete hypocrite on these issues.  Please message me.  I really want to know.

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Could someone please explain? (part 2)

It’s fascinating to me that in all these discussions of the moral transgressions of celebrities and politicians (almost none of which are any of our business) I can only remember one person discussing them admitting to having done anything similar.  Whoopi Goldberg admitted to having smoked marijuana when discussing the Michael Phelps bong pic faux-scandal a couple of years ago.  Not one of the (almost always male) talking heads has ever admitted that they too flirt with women on the internet, cheat on their spouses, etc.  I find that incredibly hard to believe that our media is populated by such paragons of virtue.  If we are going to discuss these issues, especially with the self-righteous tones used in discussing the Weiner sexting scandale, shouldn’t we the viewers and readers insist on full disclosure?  Or are we so used to the culture of hyper-hypocrisy that we simply assume that they are all overcompensating for their own guilt of doing at least as bad and probably worse?

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A break from the ugliness of the news…

The divine Lorraine Hunt sing Handel’s “Ombra mai fu”. I had the good fortune to be in two productions with her. She wasn’t a singer; she was a force of nature. Every note sounded as if it were new and ever from performance to performance it was a new creation. I love her and think about her artistry often. She left us too soon.

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July 24, 2013 · 10:53 pm

Could someone please explain? (part 1)

After all these years I am still confused by the hyper-hypocrisy of my own country.  So can someone explain how actually cheating on your wife with a real live person is only a minor transgression (see: Giuliani, Gingrich, Vitter, Clinton, et al.) but flirting and sharing naughty pics with a woman you have no intention of ever meeting is the unpardonable sin?

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Happy Birthay, America!

Igor Stravinsky’s arrangement of the Star Spangled Banner is to me the most original and most moving. I don’t know why we don’t hear it more often.

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July 3, 2013 · 9:53 pm

Is it really asking that much?

I ask that people provide evidence to support their claims.  If you have a new technique for dealing with a problem of vocal technique, then you ought to be able to demonstrate that it works. (How it works, understandably, may take more time.)  Don’t get your panties in a twist because people want more than “this is amazing!”  This is after all a pool of people many of whom think homeopathy works too.  Evidence is not an unreasonable demand.

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That’s why it’s called a choice

For some reason some anti-abortion types just can’t get their heads around the idea that pro-choice women often choose to carry their pregnancy to term.  Just because they made one choice doesn’t mean they want to impose their choice on every other woman.  What’s so hard about that?

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