My Ribs Are Healing

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:54:41 GMT  <== Webmaster stuff ==> 

As I noted on 23 August, I broke seven ribs on 18 August after hitting a deer on my motorcycle. It's now five and a half weeks later, and I've been free of pain meds since the weekend. Still a little pain, but not enough to stop me from sleeping or distract me too much to work.

I can also finally lay on my back in bed, so I no longer have to get up every two hours to let my right side recover. Praise the Lord for small miracles!

The doctor said the whole process would take 12 weeks, so I'll wait until the middle of November before I start lifting heavy objects, but I appear to be well on my way to healing.

I took a look at my scooter yesterday. Something is obstructing free motion of the steering, so I'll have to fix that before I can take it on short rides around home. I was hoping to replace it and my old Saab in the spring with an Elio, but they won't be shipping until fall of 2015. So I'll have to fix the leak in the Saab's power steering fluid line so that I can use it until then. Sigh...

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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 24 Aug 2014 03:07:25 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

"When Americans decide to actually DO something about their police state problem, three percent of America's 80 million gun owners will grab their deer rifles and go out and shoot two cops. If ten percent are successful, we'll be rid of half a million pigs in one day.

"The police are the tip of the state's enforcement speer. WIthout them, we could all laugh at everything our government's huge bureaucracy demands. Even with them we can laugh at most of it, as long as we're willing to kill what needs killing, and any man that would deny another's liberty for an act that harms none needs killing, bad."

-Bill St. Clair

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Dance Me to A Deer Collision

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 23 Aug 2014 13:38:34 GMT  <== Entertainment ==> 

Last Sunday, August 17, I took a long scooter ride to Fall River, MA, to dance with Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds. On the way home, after midnight, I hit a deer, went down, rolled a few times, and broke seven ribs. Full story at billstclair.com/accident.html.

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Robin Williams, RIP

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:17:28 GMT  <== Entertainment ==> 

Robin Williams is dead. Apparently from depression. Sigh...

But his humor lives on. Nanu Nana, Your Magnificence!

150 Greatest Robin Williams Jokes (local copy)

Lot of YouTube videos

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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:37:01 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

"The purpose of public schools is to inculcate unquestioning obedience to imposed authority." -- Bill St. Clair

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Positive Law

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:29:31 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Eric Peters Autos - good screed on the crimes under color of law that make up most of police activity these days.

Positive law is a moral nullity.

Except, of course, with regard to enforcement. A speeder hasnt committed a moral wrong, but the cop who pulls the "speeder" over (euphemism check; what hes doing is forcibly waylaying a morally innocent person at gunpoint; he is not asking his victim to pull over for a chat; he is demanding the target submit and obey . . . or else) is committing a moral offense.

A crime, arguably.

The crime of physical assault.

Clovers will contend that no assault takes place. Which is true, provided one does as ordered. Provided one obeys every barked command. If one accepts this Cloverian logic, then every battered wife only has herself to blame. Look what you made me do, exclaims her boyfriend/husband.

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The Chokehold Comes After A Lethal Move

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:25:00 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Simple Justice comments on the NYPD killing of Eric Garner. Apparently, choke holds have been forbidden by New York police policy for a long time now, though they've been used a lot since then, and with hardly any repercussions for the offending officers.

I commented:

The death penalty is the bottom line of every single law on the books, including jaywalking. They usually won't kill you right away, but refuse to show up in court, or to pay the fine, and they'll send a cop to arrest you. Refuse to go along quietly, and he will use force to subdue you. Resist and his force will escalate. Appear to be about to resist effectively, and he will kill you. At no point will the cop ever back down. He, and only he, turns the legislative process into "law". Otherwise, we could ignore much of it.

Display sufficient contempt for a cop, and he may decide to short-circuit the process above and switch immediately to the death penalty. He has very little motivation to hold back, other than the humanity that his training and experience tend to beat out of him. He will rarely be punished for violence, until we the people decide to stop allowing it.

Most of don't need the law. We don't hurt people and we don't steal their stuff. But statutes criminalize a whole lot of activity nowadays that shouldn't be anybody's business (every drug statute, every gun statute, every tax statute, every licensing and registration statute). Law enforcement is the only thing that turns statutes that we would laugh at into laws that we must obey, on penalty of death.

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Hello Old Friends: John Payne and Randy Roos

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:15:29 GMT  <== Entertainment ==> 

In the late seventies, I bought three of John Payne's albums and the first solo album, Mistral by Randy Roos. On vinyl, of course. My turntable broke many years ago, so I haven't heard them in 10 or 20 years. They've crossed my mind multiple times since I started using my computer as my main music source. I've done Google searches, but never found anything until today. I found YouTube videos for two thirds of the tracks on the three John Payne albums, and I found a limited edition CD reissue of Mistral from Laser's Edge. I downloaded and converted to audio the YouTube videos, listed below, and expect the CD in a week or less (shipping from New Jersey). Yay!

These were some of my first fusion jazz albums. I bought a lot more fusion in the early eighties, and learned that for most of it, the first two plays through an album were glorious, and then it was done, no longer interesting. Not so John Payne and Randy Roos. They've stayed in my memory for nearly 40 years. Glad to get reacquainted with these old friends.

If you know where I can find the missing tracks (no link) from the John Payne albums below, or, even better, a CD, please let me know.

The John Payne Band - Bedtime Stories (1975)

  1. Snow
  2. Fancy Free
  3. Song For Love
  4. African Brother
  5. Scenes From A Journey
  6. Thelonious Funk
  7. Rush

The John Payne - Louis Levin Band (1977)

  1. Before the Dawn
  2. Lonely Space Person
  3. Touchdown Café
  4. Nueva Campaña
  5. Night Set / Tower Road
  6. Dreams / Zone 9
  7. Freefalling
  8. Woman in the Shadow

The John Payne Band - The Razor's Edge (1979)

  1. Lolita
  2. Sounds From The Sea's Edge
  3. Himiola
  4. Ariadne
  5. The Razor's Edge
  6. New Spaces
  7. Electric Lush
  8. Past Days
  9. Reaching

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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 19 Jul 2014 13:03:11 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

"The job of the police is to turn the lunatic pronouncements of a gang of congenital liars into 'the law'." -- Bill St. Clair

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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 13 Jun 2014 13:46:50 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

"My religion is dance. My sacrament is music. My liturgy is song." -- Bill St. Clair

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