Tuesday, September 15, 2009

SWAMPOODLE REPORT

-- The real problem isn't what Joe Wilson, Kanye West and Serena Williams said initially. It might have been wrong, rude or even cruel, but at least it came from the heart. The real problem was their disingenuous apology. To borrow a phrase from Joe Wilson, they lied. Congress should change its rules to allow members to call the president a liar, but prohibit them from apologizing for it afterward. A similar rule could be applied by MTV and at tennis championships. In this way, honesty would might begin its return to a higher status than hypocrisy.

-- I sincerely and deeply apologize to anyone offended by the above.

-- The Senate has defunded ACORN due to the misbehavior of a few of its members. If the Senate had applied the same principle to Wall Street, there never would have been a bailout.

- Josiah Swampoodle

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Your editor has been a musician for many decades. He started the first band his Quaker school ever had and played drums with bands up until 1980 when he switched to stride piano. He had his own band until the mid-1990s and has played with the New Sunshine Jazz Band, Hill City Jazz Band, Not So Modern Jazz Band and the Phoenix Jazz Band.

NOTES ON THE MUSIC

Here are a few tracks:

SAM SMITH'S DECOLAND BAND

'SHINE' 

JELLY ROLL

PHOENIX JAZZ BAND

APEX BLUES   Sam playing with the Phoenix Jazz Band at the Central Ohio Jazz festival in 1990. Joining the band is George James on sax. James, then 84, had been a member of the Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller orchestras and hadappeared on some 60 records. More notes on James

WISER MAN  Sam piano & vocal

OH MAMA  Sam piano & vocal