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  • Obama heads back to vacation after unexplained DC trip

    08/19/2014 4:08:09 PM PDT · by mojito · 61 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/19/2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama went back to his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard Tuesday evening following less than 48 hours in Washington, leaving people puzzled over why he came back in the first place. Obama’s two days in Washington were mostly quiet, and concluded with the president receiving his daily national security briefing in the morning, and joining Vice President Biden to huddle with members of his economic team in the afternoon. Administration officials have insisted for weeks that the president just wanted to return to the White House for a series of meetings, but the explanation was met with a healthy dose...
  • Rep. Ann Wagner doesn't have an opinion on illegals being housed in St. Louis

    08/02/2014 4:25:05 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    Facebook ^ | Ann Wagner
    "Do you believe that Mayor Slay should bring undocumented children to the St. Louis region?"
  • Women’s Super PAC Plays in West Virginia Primary

    05/13/2014 7:57:35 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    Roll Call ^ | April 30, 2014 | Abby Livingston
    Two weeks before the primary, a super PAC that backs Republican women has entered a competitive House race in West Virginia. Women Lead PAC had endorsed former International Trade Commissioner Charlotte Lane’s bid for the 2nd District in the Mountain State. The super PAC has put $40,000 into a direct mail effort to boost Lane’s bid before the May 13 primary, according to a source involved. The source added that the group is likely to put more money behind the piece:
  • Michele Bachmann Endorses in Florida Special Election

    04/19/2014 3:54:16 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal
    Roll Call ^ | Abby Livingston
    Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has endorsed businessman Curt Clawson with days to go in the Republican primary race to replace former Florida Rep. Trey Radel. Clawson’s announcement of the endorsement offered no statement from the retiring congresswoman, but the candidate heaped praise on Bachmann, the founder of the House Tea Party Caucus.
  • SCOTT WAGNER BEATS THE GOP ESTABLISHMENT - CAP and a Pennsylvania write-in revolt.

    03/20/2014 11:24:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 61 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 3.20.14 | Jeffrey Lord
    First, it was a Florida congressional race. Now? A Pennsylvania special election for the state Senate. The Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania scores a major win — and yes, the winner says he heard about Obamacare. Scott Wagner is a Pennsylvania state Senator this morning. It wasn’t supposed to happen. In a stunning upset, the York County businessman, taking a stand against the state’s political establishment of both parties, made state history by winning a special election for the Pennsylvania state Senate — in a write-in landslide, defeating both the Republican and Democrat nominees. Wagner captured 48 percent of the vote....
  • Richard Wagner: The man, the myth, and the anti-Semitic music

    05/25/2013 5:24:11 AM PDT · by Borges · 34 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 5/25/2013 | Ofer Aderet
    200 years after his birth, the composer's family and fans remain split on his legacy. He was a brilliant composer, a confirmed anti-Semite and an undeniably significant influence on the history of music. And today, he would have been 200 years old. That man, of course, was Richard Wagner. “Only Jesus, Napoleon and Hitler had more written about them,” said the German newspaper Die Welt’s culture affairs critic Manuel Brug recently. Wagner is considered one of the more revered and most vilified composers in the annals of the classical music. He was not only an anti-Semite; his compositions were practically...
  • Clash of the Titans: An Exploration of Verdi & Wagner

    05/24/2013 6:50:41 AM PDT · by Borges · 28 replies
    WQXR ^ | 5/22/2013
    Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner wrote some of the most famous music of all time. They became icons of their nations during turbulent eras: Verdi for Italy and Wagner for Germany. Their music still moves us, and their operas still play to packed houses around the world. But, in many ways, the two composers were fundamentally opposites, and on the occasion of their Bicentennial year, WQXR presents a one-hour program exploring these crucial differences. We learn how these two men of music, both born in the same year, but flowering in completely different directions, ultimately empowered both the greatest and...
  • If you must listen to Wagner, do it in private

    05/22/2013 10:41:35 AM PDT · by Borges · 30 replies
    The National Post ^ | 5/22/2013 | Barbara Kay
    Today, May 22, is the 200th birthday of famed composer Richard Wagner — so his native Germany is awash in concerts, lectures and recordings to celebrate the Jubiläumsjahr (Jubilee Year). But predictably, the additional attention has stirred up an intensified version of the never-stale debate over Wagner’s authentic legacy: aesthetic prince to be honoured, or moral leper to be shunned? Germany was once considered the pinnacle of aesthetic and philosophical sophistication, and at that pinnacle sat Richard Wagner. But after the war, Wagner (who is universally acknowledged to have been a racist and anti-Semite) retained more fame as Hitler’s muse...
  • A disease called Richard? Wagner as mental health menace.

    05/22/2013 8:56:09 AM PDT · by Borges · 31 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5/22/2013 | Kate Connolly
    In his time the composer's 'dangerously stimulating' music was blamed for melancholy, hysteria, hypnosis and even triggering orgasm. Reports may seem far-fetched that a German production of Richard Wagner's Tannhäuser, feted as a highlight of the 200th-anniversary celebrations of his birth this month, have taken such a heavy psychological toll on members of the Düsseldorf audience that some have needed medical attention. But in his day, the German composer was held responsible for a lot more than fainting and heart palpitations: his works were viewed as a threat not only to the health of musicians and listeners but also to...
  • MSNBC Guests: Benghazi Scandal Makes White House ‘Look Terrible,’ Possibly An ‘Impeachment Issue’

    05/11/2013 9:20:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Mediaite ^ | May 10, 2013 | Noah Rothman
    After examining all the details that emerged on Friday relating to the efforts by members of President Barack Obama’s administration to remove references to Islamic terrorism when explaining the reasons behind the 2012 attack on an American consulate in Benghazi, the panel guests on MSNBC’s Now agreed that the appearance of a scandal makes the White House “look terrible.” One guest even suggested that the controversy could lead to impeachment proceedings against the president. NBC Reporter Kelly O’Donnell read from portions of emails in which high ranking State Department officials coordinated with the CIA to alter the official talking points...
  • A Bridge for Two Bicentenary Rivals

    03/31/2013 12:58:30 PM PDT · by Borges · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | ANTHONY TOMMASINI
    Wagner and Verdi are destined to be linked forever, however awkwardly, since they were both born in 1813: Wagner in Leipzig, Germany, on May 22; Verdi in little Roncole, Italy, in the Duchy of Parma, on Oct. 9 or 10. (The records are not clear.) They never met and had little good to say about each other. Wagner tended to be circumspect on the subject of Verdi. But in an 1899 interview with a German newspaper Verdi, then 86, called Wagner “one of the greatest geniuses” who left treasures of “immortal worth.” Verdi added that as an Italian, he could...
  • MSNBC's Wagner Insists 'No One, Anywhere' Wants to Scrap 2nd Amendment; But She's On Record

    01/12/2013 6:16:58 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 11 January, 2013 | Ken Shepherd
    "No one, anywhere, is talking about doing away with the Second Amendment, and no one, anywhere is advocating stripping away gun ownership," MSNBC's Alex Wagner insisted on the January 11 edition of her eponymous noontime program. Nice try, Ms. Wagner, but exactly two years ago to the day, your colleague Richard Lui suggested it was time to "revisit the Second Amendment" following the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). In November of 2011, Wagner admitted to liberal comedian Bill Maher that she was "going to be pilloried for this" but that she would amend the U.S. Constitution to ditch the...
  • Verdi or Wagner?

    01/08/2013 8:19:15 AM PST · by Borges · 57 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 1/7/13 | Ivan Hewett
    It’s apt that Wagner and Verdi were born in the same year. They are romantic opera’s two great antipodes, united in stature, but divided in almost everything else. They embody two completely different outlooks on life and art, which are rooted in the cultures of their respective nations. That’s why every German city has a Wagnerstrasse, and every Italian one a Corso Giuseppe Verdi. Though their supporters often did battle, the composers warily avoided each other. Verdi had a grudging respect for Wagner, but he warned younger Italian composers against following the Wagnerian path. Wagner wouldn't even grant Verdi that...
  • Establishment and grassroots conservatives start rallying around Ann Wagner to replace Akin

    08/23/2012 2:16:52 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 22, 2012 | Kerry Picket
    Could Missouri Republican Ann Wagner be the answer that GOP'ers are looking for? Although the first deadline passed for embattled Congressman Todd Akin, Missouri Republican, to withdraw from his U.S. Senate race against Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, without a court order and a fine, grassroots and Washington D.C. establishment conservatives I have spoken to are beginning to rally behind Ann Wagner. She is currently running for Mr. Akin's 2nd Congressional district seat and is said to have supporters asking her to run against McCaskill should Akin leave the Missouri Senate race before the next September deadline passes. According...
  • Wagner's RING CYCLE to Air on PBS in September

    06/07/2012 1:01:32 PM PDT · by Borges · 35 replies
    Robert Lepage's acclaimed new production of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, will air on Great Performances at the Met, September 11-14 in primetime each night on PBS stations (check local listings), as a major television event. The operas - Das Rheingold, Die Walkure, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung - will be preceded on Monday, September 10 at 9 p.m. (check local listings) by the airing of award-winning filmmaker Susan Froemke's documentary Wagner's Dream, which chronicles the backstage story of the creation of this ambitious new staging. This is only the third time a complete Ring cycle has been aired on PBS. In...
  • Richard Wagner says the Catholic Church has an inconvenient secret

    04/18/2012 9:14:59 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 12 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | April 18, 2012 | Paul Melanson
    Richard Wagner, a confused soul who resides in Seattle, Washington, has a brief biography at the website for the "Center for Progressive Christianity" which may be found here. This lost soul says that he works to "heal" professionals including religious leaders and that he has facilitated "support groups for gay clergy of numerous denominations for many years." Mr. Wagner offers his advice at a website titled drdicksexadvice.com. Why am I even writing about him? Because this lost soul who suffers from the psychopathology of homosexuality describes himself as a "gay priest." His website, which may be found here, and his...
  • ‘Your God’s wrong’: Judge erupts in angry tirade, sends pro-life activist back to jail

    03/22/2012 4:12:07 PM PDT · by caldera599 · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Life Site News ^ | Mar 22, 2012 | TONY GOSGNACH
    TORONTO, Ontario, March 22, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An Ontario Court of Justice judge erupted in a lengthy, angry tirade against pro-life activist Mary Wagner – and ejected a spectator from the public gallery – in a downtown Toronto courtroom Wednesday. The judge then sent Wagner to jail for an additional 92 days, added to 88 days already served prior to trial, after finding her guilty of mischief and two counts of failing to comply with probation orders. The charges related to Wagner’s November 8 arrest at the site of the Bloor West Village “Women’s Clinic.” Wagner has been arrested on...
  • Open letter to MSNBC's Alex Wagner (Jenn Coffey, Second Amendment Sisters)

    11/29/2011 4:59:16 PM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies · 7+ views
    Second Amendment Sisters ^ | 21 November, 2011 | Jenn Coffey
    An open letter to Ms. Alex Wagner, host of MSNBC’s new program “Now with Alex Wagner” in regard to her recent comments during her November 4th appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher (video can be seen on Real Clear Politics)suggesting that we remove the Second Amendment: Dear Ms. Wagner: With all due respect, your desire to remove the Second Amendment from the United States Constitution is misguided by common misinterpretation of this very important amendment. The right to self-defense is a basic human right. The second amendment is not about hunting; it is not about shooting sports; it is...
  • Captain: Wagner responsible for Natalie Wood death

    11/18/2011 10:09:39 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 57 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | November 18, 2011 | ANTHONY McCARTNEY
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A yacht captain said on national TV Friday that he lied to investigators about Natalie Wood's mysterious death 30 years ago and blames the actress' husband at the time, Robert Wagner, for her drowning in the ocean off Southern California. The circumstances of her death remain one of Hollywood's enduring mysteries and continue to create renewed intrigue, with homicide detectives on Thursday unexpectedly re-opening the case that had long been classified as a tragic accident.
  • Muted (Is Israel Right to Unofficially Ban Wagner?)

    08/19/2011 12:49:49 PM PDT · by mojito · 55 replies
    The Tablet ^ | 8/17/2011 | David "Spengler" Goldman
    Richard Wagner, the most repugnant of musical nationalists, has become an unlikely poster child for culturally progressive Israelis. The recurring controversy over the public performance of work by the Nazi Party’s favorite composer erupted again in late July when the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, led by the Austrian conductor Roberto Paternostro, performed a much-publicized Wagner program at the Bayreuth Festival in Germany, Wagner’s self-erected shrine and a pillar of the Nazi movement well before Hitler took power. (Paternostro received a standing ovation from the largely German audience, which understandably liked the idea of Jews playing Wagner.) Morbid ethnocentrism with overtones of...
  • Fight breaks out in Assembly during budget debate

    06/15/2011 10:11:00 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 10 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | June 15 2011
    A fight broke out Wednesday on the Assembly floor as Assemblyman Warren Furutani confronted Assemblyman Don Wagner over comments deemed offensive. The two members jawed angrily in each other's faces before Furutani appeared to give Wagner a shove, prompting several colleagues to separate them in the final minutes of Wednesday's budget session. The dispute brought the house to a standstill for a couple minutes during debate over a controversial redevelopment plan. The two-bill proposal compels redevelopment agencies to backfill state coffers and give money to local governments under threat of elimination. Wagner, R-Irvine, testified that it was comparable to a...
  • Lawmaker's disparaging remarks about Italians leads to near-brawl on Assembly floor

    06/15/2011 9:40:45 PM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 6/15/11 | Marisa Lagos, Capitol Insider
    Accusations of a Sopranos-style shakedown. Two men exchanging words, chest to chest, as others work to pull them apart. It sounds like a movie, but it was actually the action on the state Assembly floor this afternoon, after Assemblyman Don Wagner, R-Irvine angered his colleagues with comments about Italians. Here's what happened: Wagner was talking about a bill that would eliminate redevelopment agencies and replace them with an alternative program (the alternative would allow cities to retain the economic development program but only if they agreed to give a portion of their money to schools and other programs). After he...
  • The 125th Anniversary of the Death of King Ludwig II (Terrific Photos)

    06/14/2011 1:13:25 PM PDT · by mojito · 44 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 6/13/2011 | Alan Taylor
    A hundred twenty-five years ago, Bavaria's "Maerchenkoenig" (or "Fairy-tale King") Ludwig II died under very mysterious circumstances at the age of 40, his body found floating in Lake Starnberg, south of Munich. Today, Ludwig remains famous for the castles he built and attempted to build, most notably Neuschwanstein Castle, perched high in the Alpine foothills.
  • Wagner: Parsifal - opera

    04/23/2011 4:28:43 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    I wish I had thought of posting this Thursday. No matter. I was wondering if anyone knows of any upcoming broadcasts of Richard Wagner's opera Parsifal, which is frequently heard during the Easter season. It doesn't matter whether it's live or recorded - recent or old. If you do, and it's streamed, could you post the time of the broadcast and a link to the radio site? Also if you know of any TV performances, we'd like to know about those too. Thanks. In the meantime, there are plenty of video clips on YouTube.
  • Art, Music and the Wagnerian Dilemma

    03/23/2011 7:00:47 AM PDT · by EllisWashingtonReport · 3 replies
    www.EllisWashingtonReport.com ^ | 11/27/10 | Ellis Washington
    Symposium: Art, music and the Wagnerian dilemma Characters Socrates Richard Wagner, German Romantic composer Leni Riefenstahl, Hitler's filmmaker Wimsatt & Beardsley, The New Criticism School Ezra Pound, American expatriate poet Publius, Pupil of Socrates and conflicted lover of Wagner's music Socrates: We are gathered here today at my Symposium to discuss the venerated discipline of aesthetics and to seek to answer this question of the ages – Can immoral art be good? Or more pointedly, can an immoral person create good art? Wimsatt & Beardsley: Yes, Socrates, philosophers call this paradox the intentional fallacy, which developed in the New Criticism...
  • The Dumbest Answer in the RNC Chair Debate…And It Got The Most Applause!

    01/08/2011 3:10:12 PM PST · by jenk · 12 replies
    jenkuznicki.com ^ | 1/8/11 | Jennifer Kuznicki
    While I did not get a chance to watch the whole debate last Monday, I took the time to watch it this morning on youtube. The most applauded answer of the debate was given by Ann Wagner when asked how many guns she owned. She answered that she just got a new gun safe for Christmas, and she has 16 guns in total including a glock and an assault rifle. That was the dumbest answer of the debate. My father-in-law and I do not agree on much. He is a Democrat, I’m a Republican, but he taught me a very...
  • The next RNC chairwoman? Amb. Ann Wagner wary of transatlantic creep of socialism

    12/31/2010 8:32:03 AM PST · by speciallybland · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/30/2010 | Alexis Levinson
    When Ann Wagner, the former United States ambassador to Luxembourg, returned from abroad in 2009, she felt that she has not entirely left Europe behind. “I felt, after I left, that perhaps socialism had begun to follow me across the pond,” she told The Daily Caller in a phone interview. In an attempt to help end what she views as the government’s overreach during President Barack Obama’s tenure, Wagner is running for chair of the Republican National Committee.
  • Nuns' Honus Wagner card goes to new buyer

    12/20/2010 8:10:38 PM PST · by jackspyder · 11 replies
    Associated Press/Yahoo News ^ | Dec. 20, 2010 | BEN NUCKOLS
    BALTIMORE – It's been a blessed year for the School Sisters of Notre Dame, who catapulted to prominence when they put a rare Honus Wagner baseball card up for auction to support their charitable mission. Problem was, the winning bidder never paid up. On Monday, the Baltimore-based order of Roman Catholic nuns got their $220,000 — the original bid — but have a different collector to thank. Dr. Nicholas DePace, a Philadelphia cardiologist, wired them the money and owns the card. He's been collecting sports memorabilia for 30 years, and he's a longtime client of Dallas-based Heritage Auctions. A staff...
  • Wagner´s Ring part1

    12/06/2010 8:08:25 AM PST · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 17 replies
    youtube ^ | October 16, 2008 | yvonnedesire
    Anna Russell - The (First) Farewell Concert (1984) To end a long, hilarious career, classical music comedienne Anna Russell revived some of her best and funniest routines and took them on the road. This special PBS production, taped in Baltimore at the beginning of that 1984 tour, is a treasure for music lovers who understand that the thing they love can be charmingly goofy. The highlight of the disc, and the routine that most fans remember most fondly, is her discussion of the Ring cycle. She tells the convoluted story of Wagner's four-installment epic, with careful attention to its absurdities,...
  • Why We Can’t Hear Wagner’s Music

    11/22/2010 4:52:19 PM PST · by mojito · 30 replies
    First Things ^ | December 2010 | David "Spengler" Goldman
    Late in the nineteenth century, men and women in apparent possession of their senses heard Richard Wagner’s new operas and announced that their lives had changed forever. Charles Baudelaire saw Tannhäuser in 1861 and gushed, “Listening to this impassioned, despotic music, painted upon the depths of darkness, riven by dreams, it seems like the vertiginous imaginings of opium.” (Baudelaire, author of The Flowers of Evil, meant this as a compliment.) The twenty-three-year-old Gustav Mahler, after hearing Parsifal, wrote, “I understood that the greatest and most painful revelation had just been made to me, and that I would carry it unspoiled...
  • Pope Rejects Liberal Bishop's Choices for Auxiliary

    11/18/2010 2:10:33 PM PST · by 0beron · 1 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 11/18/2010 | Tancred
    Is the Linz Auxiliary Bishop on the Way? Editor: considering the Vienna Cardinal's earlier attack against Pope Benedict's choice for auxiliary Bishop of the scandal Diocese of Linz, it might not be hard to see how Pope Benedict regards this situation, considering the embarrassment the Linz Bishop faces, lying to the press about the fact that Rome refuses to acknowledge any of his choices. http://eponymousflower.blogspot.com/2010/11/is-linz-auxiliary-bishop-on-way.html
  • Richard Wagner's grandson Wolfgang Wagner dies at 90

    03/22/2010 1:56:45 PM PDT · by Borges · 22 replies · 589+ views
    CTV - AP ^ | 03/22/10
    MUNICH, Germany — Wolfgang Wagner, the grandson of composer Richard Wagner and the leader of the Bayreuth opera festival for more than half a century, has died. He was 90. Wagner died Sunday, the festival said in a brief statement on its website. It did not give further details. "Wolfgang Wagner dedicated his whole life to the legacy of his grandfather," the festival said -- adding that his long service as the event's leader means that he "goes into history as the longest-serving director in the world."
  • Virginia Gov 2009: SUSA Poll GOP McDonnell leads by 14 points among likely voters! All 3 GOP 53%+

    09/29/2009 4:19:26 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 76 replies · 2,267+ views
    SUSA ^ | 9/29/09
    In VA, Republicans Still Above 50% in All 3 Statewide November Contests: Virginia Republicans continue to dominate the statewide contests for Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General in elections today, 09/29/09, five weeks until votes are counted, according to SurveyUSA polling for WDBJ-TV Roanoke and WJLA-TV Washington DC. In the race for Governor, Republican Bob McDonnell today defeats Democrat Creigh Deeds by 14 points, 55% to 41%. Compared to identical SurveyUSA polls released four and nine weeks ago, little has changed. McDonnell receives majorities from both men and women, young and old, rich and poor, college graduates and those who...
  • Alleged East Bay Freeway Snipers Charged With 85 Counts

    05/23/2009 2:15:26 PM PDT · by Cindy · 12 replies · 570+ views
    KTVU.com ^ | Posted: 10:11 pm PDT May 21, 2009,Updated: 10:11 am PDT May 23, 2009 | n/a
    MARTINEZ, Calif. -- Two men have been charged with 85 counts of assault with a deadly weapon or vandalism in connection with a series of highway shootings in Fremont over the last month, according to Alameda County Deputy District Attorney Danielle London. London said Shawn Phillip Wagner of Mariposa and Rojelio Samuel Gomez of Fremont, both, 21, are scheduled to be arraigned at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Alameda County Superior Court in Fremont. California Highway Patrol Sgt. Trent Cross said authorities believe that Wagner and Gomez used a pellet gun in numerous shootings on Interstate Highway 680 between Mission Boulevard...
  • Exhibition: How Barbarian Loot Wound Up In The Rhine (German)

    02/17/2008 7:55:29 PM PST · by pierrem15 · 34 replies · 168+ views
    Die WElt ^ | 02/15/2008 | Peter Ditmar
    Exihibition in Bonn concerning loot plundered from Gaul by the Alemanni found in the Rhine (more than 1000 objects). This event is dated fairly exactly to the mid-third century by Roman records of a great defeat of Germans trying to get back to Germany after plundering Gaul. Apparently the Roman Army caught them in mid-stream, burdened with plunder. Bet it sucked to be them that day.Story in German.
  • Israeli pianist Barenboim takes Palestinian passport [Dhimmi alert]

    01/13/2008 11:18:54 AM PST · by Alouette · 39 replies · 146+ views
    YNet ^ | Jan. 13, 2008
    World renowned Israeli pianist, conductor receives PA passport over weekend, asserts Palestinian citizenship. Rare new status could serve a model for peace between the two peoples, he says Reuters Published: 01.13.08, 16:17 / Israel Culture Daniel Barenboim, the world renowned Israeli pianist and conductor, has taken Palestinian citizenship and said he believed his rare new status could serve a model for peace between the two peoples. "It is a great honor to be offered a passport," he said late on Saturday after a Beethoven piano recital in Ramallah,the West Bank city where he has been active for some years in...
  • The Abduction of Opera (Can the Met stand against the trashy productions of trendy nihilists?)

    07/31/2007 10:35:17 AM PDT · by mojito · 31 replies · 807+ views
    City Journal ^ | 7/30/2007 | Heather MacDonald
    Mozart’s lighthearted opera The Abduction from the Seraglio does not call for a prostitute’s nipples to be sliced off and presented to the lead soprano. Nor does it include masturbation, urination as foreplay, or forced oral sex. Europe’s new breed of opera directors, however, know better than Mozart what an opera should contain. So not only does the Abduction at Berlin’s Komische Oper feature the aforementioned activities; it also replaces Mozart’s graceful ending with a Quentin Tarantino–esque bloodbath and the promise of future perversion. Welcome to Regietheater (German for “director’s theater”), the style of opera direction now prevalent in Europe....
  • Baseball Card Bought For Record $2.3 Million (1909 Honus Wagner Card)

    02/27/2007 2:38:46 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 36 replies · 1,066+ views
    CBS5 ^ | Feb 26, 2007
    The "Holy Grail of baseball cards," the famous 1909 Honus Wagner tobacco card once owned by hockey great Wayne Gretzky, has sold for a record-setting $2,350,000, the seller of the card said Monday. The anonymous buyer has only been identified as a Southern California collector. SCP Auctions Inc., a company that holds sports memorabilia auctions, said it bought a small share of the card. It is scheduled to be shown at a news conference at Dodger Stadium Tuesday. There are about 60 of the tobacco cards in existence featuring the Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop, one of the first five players to...
  • Anna Russell — obituary

    10/22/2006 5:44:11 PM PDT · by dighton · 29 replies · 1,679+ views
    Anna Russell, who died in New South Wales on Wednesday aged 94, trained at the Royal College of Music and hoped to become an operatic diva; instead she turned her talents to comedy, becoming famous as “the Queen of Musical Parody”.Anna Russell bore a striking resemblance to Hermione Gingold in both her appearance and in her deadpan manner; her personality was once described as that of a “flamboyant society hostess in which stirs the soul of a fishwife”.But her comedy was based on a thorough familiarity with her raw material, enabling her to capture the idiom of a variety of...
  • Astrid Varnay — obituary

    09/08/2006 9:09:36 AM PDT · by dighton · 5 replies · 546+ views
    Astrid Varnay, the Swedish-born American soprano who died on Monday aged 88, earned an international reputation as a Wagnerian singer of great dramatic power after what must rank as one of the most daunting professional debuts in operatic history.Her scheduled debut was to have been Elsa in in a Metropolitan Opera production of Lohengrin in 1942. But on the morning of December 6 1941, the day before the attacks on Pearl Harbor, Astrid Varnay was given a few hours notice by the Met to fill in for an indisposed Lotte Lehmann as Sieglinde for a matinée performance of Die Walküre.Although...
  • To That Stupid Liberal Lurker - I Got Zapped

    06/24/2006 9:21:32 AM PDT · by tough decision · 238 replies · 6,388+ views
    One look at you tells me all I need to know about you. I am so tired of liberals that think they are so brilliant. You are such a stupid jackass. You are so stupid you probably believe that the Bush administration orchestrated the attacks on 9/11. Every time you go on the internet, every time you make a bank transaction, or pay a bill, every time you try to email a congressman or senator they are getting so much information off of you. Of course it is all a conspiracy by the Bush administration. I have screwed around by...
  • WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! You Mods ZOTTED Me!

    06/23/2006 2:33:07 PM PDT · by Gatemouth · 213 replies · 4,986+ views
    Kos | Gatemouth
    Here's something for you to ponder over... http://distressedamerican.cf.huffingtonpost.com/ Any thoughts?
  • Juilliard given rare manuscripts

    03/01/2006 5:57:30 AM PST · by Renderofveils · 19 replies · 403+ views
    BBC ^ | 01 March 2006
    Original manuscripts by Bach, Mozart and Brahms form part of a 139-item collection of sheet music donated to the Juilliard School in New York. The artefacts - donated by collector Bruce Kovner, chairman of the music acedemy's board - will be housed in a reading room from September 2009. Highlights include working manuscripts of Beethoven's only opera Fidelio and Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No 9. School president Joseph Polisi said it was "by its very definition priceless". A lifelong music lover, Kovner began collecting manuscripts more than 10 years ago when he noticed a flow of rare artefacts coming onto the...
  • VIDEO: ANOTHER VET TELLS OFF MURTHA/MORAN

    01/07/2006 12:44:02 PM PST · by 68skylark · 75 replies · 3,615+ views
    MichelleMalkin.com ^ | January 7, 2006 | Michelle Malkin
    Sgt. Mark Seavey was outnumbered, but not alone at the moonbat townhall hosted by Reps. Jim Moran and John Murtha last week. Near the end of the marathon session, a Vietnam veteran, General Wagner, stepped up to the microphone to deliver a message from the mother of an Iraqi war vet who gave his life for his country and for the mission. After reading a scathing letter addressed to Murtha, Wagner talked about his own experience in Vietnam: General Wagner speaks the truth Download the video (.wmv file). A snippet of Wagner's remarks: I visit Walter Reed [Army Hospital] and...
  • Braves enter Wagner chase

    11/28/2005 12:36:37 AM PST · by NapkinUser · 1 replies · 175+ views
    The New York Daily News ^ | November 27, 2005 | Bill Madden, Anthony McCarron and Adam Rubin
    The Mets long have come in on the wrong side of their rivalry with the Braves, and now Atlanta might be making a serious run at one of the Mets' top free agent targets - closer Billy Wagner. Two baseball executives said yesterday that Braves GM John Schuerholz was planning to meet with Wagner's agent, Bean Stringfellow, this week. Wagner had acknowledged interest by the Braves and Red Sox when he met with New York-area reporters following a visit here last week, but noted they "have other things on their plate right now." However, a scheduled meeting is a sign...
  • The Symphonies of Anton Bruckner

    10/24/2005 4:22:42 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 32 replies · 1,478+ views
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    I've always had a soft spot for the symphonies of Anton Bruckner (1824-1896). Although I am a huge classical music fan, I am not an expert. Therefore, I will fall back on those who are experts. Jim Svejda is a well known musicologist and announcer for KUSC in Los Angeles. In his book The Insider's Guide to Classical Recordings*, Svejda begins his article on Bruckner by saying, "More than those of any other great composer--and be assured that this squat, homely, diffident man ranks with the greatest composers of the Romantic era--the symphonies of Anton Bruckner need all the help...
  • 'There's Something Bottomless About It' - Robert Spano on Conducting Wagner's Ring

    09/18/2005 5:55:05 PM PDT · by sitetest · 60 replies · 1,130+ views
    Atlanta Journa-Constitution via Andante ^ | September 15, 2005 | Pierre Ruhe
    Robert Spano is zooming along in his life as a conductor, the lights all turning green. Tonight in Symphony Hall, he conducts Mahler's monumental "Resurrection" Symphony and begins his fourth season as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra — a partnership that increasingly draws national praise. Robert Spano (photo courtesy of the Atlanta Symphony) Spano comes off a summer at the Seattle Opera, where he led Wagner's four-opera, 16-hour Ring cycle. After more than two months of rehearsal, he led the cycle three times over three weeks — and calls it a life-changing experience. A sign of success: He's...
  • SCHLUSSEL: Murderer Should be In, Iraqi (Hero) Out, at Arlington National Cemetery

    08/18/2005 2:06:23 PM PDT · by Cool Chick · 49 replies · 1,680+ views
    DebbieSchlussel.com ^ | August 18, 2005 | Debbie Schlussel
    It's not every day that I side with a murderer over a man who gave his life helping our troops in Iraq. But this is one of those rare instances. The controversy concerns Arlington National Cemetery and who should be buried there. Russell Wayne Wagner was buried in Arlington with standard military honors on July 27th. He served in the Army from 1969 to 1972 and was honorably discharged. He, therefore, qualified for burial in the prestigious military final resting place. But Wagner was a convicted murderer. He murdered Daniel and Wilda Davis, both in their 80s, at their home....
  • Brunnhilde Is Suicide Bomber in English National Opera's Ring

    04/04/2005 1:54:43 PM PDT · by texaspirate · 3 replies · 229+ views
    PlayBillArts.com ^ | April 4, 2004 | Ben Mattison
    In the closing scene of the English National Opera's new production of Wagner's Götterdämmerung, Brunnhilde immolates herself by detonating a jacket packed with explosives, the London Observer reports.
  • ANOTHER MUSLIM SNIPER? (Michelle Malkin )

    07/28/2004 10:59:09 PM PDT · by ETERNAL WARMING · 41 replies · 1,411+ views
    michellemalkin.com ^ | Jul 28, 2004 | Michelle Malkin
    ANOTHER MUSLIM SNIPER? By Michelle Malkin · July 28, 2004 05:05 PM "Michael Wagner" is a black Muslim convert who was pulled over by an Iowa State Trooper for not wearing a seatbelt. No doubt the professional grievance-mongers are rushing to provide their pro bono services to an innocent man wrongfully profiled by racist cops. Never mind what was in his car: A 9mm pistol Three bulletproof vests Hundreds of rounds of ammunition A flight simulator and a bag of flight manuals dating to 2001 A 5-foot telescope hooked to camera equipment Night-vision goggles and a night-vision rifle scope found...