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1  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Today at 02:59 PM
Remember how Trump said he had saved all those jobs. Because he was such a tough negotiator? 

Looks like he got played. Or was he playing us?

Turns out there's more to saving jobs than doing a photo-op in a factory.

It Didn’t Work Out

More than 600 employees at a Carrier plant in Indianapolis are bracing for layoffs beginning next month, despite being told by President Trump that nearly all the jobs at the plant had been saved. The deal, announced with great fanfare before Trump took office, was billed not only as a heroic move to keep jobs from going to Mexico but also as a seismic shift in the economic development landscape.

And remember how the GOP Indiana legislature and then-governor Mike Pence gave them $7 million to keep jobs there? They got played, too.

...Carrier did commit to retaining 1,069 employees at the Indiana plant for a decade. But those aren’t going to be manufacturing workers. Most of those are engineering and technical positions that were never slated to be laid off anyway. Meanwhile, the money Carrier received in the deal is being invested in automation. So rather than investing in new production and jobs, as Trump promised, the money is going into automation which means replacing humans with jobs with machines.

Maybe they didn't get played. Maybe that was the plan along, to shovel out free money to big business as an "incentive" to do what it was going to do anyway.
2  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Today at 02:46 PM
Ok, we've gone from:
1 - Russian hacked the election to
2 - Russian collusion to
3 - obstruction of justice to
4 - money laundering?

dd, admitting the list of crimes is getting longer not shorter.

Trump keeps getting proven to be right while the liberals are a circle jerk.

The gratuitous crudity of Trump supporters is not surprising since he is gratuitously crude himself.
3  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Yesterday at 11:51 AM
Trump has had to pay substantial fines for money laundering violations in the past so it's not like he can claim to have been unaware what proper conduct is in these matters.

While Trump may be able to pardon himself, a Presidential pardon only works on Federal crimes ("crimes against the United States").

Civil cases are unaffected, nor are violations against state laws (NY seems to have many high finance laws that may apply).  I suppose a Governor could give a pardon in such case.
4  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Yesterday at 09:25 AM
Obama assured us right before the election that Russia didn't do anything to affect the election. (when he thought that Hillary would win it).

Still waiting for the quote on this one, dd.

5  Creation and Performance / Performance / Re: Tuba and bass trom are not interchangeable on: Yesterday at 08:03 AM
Maybe you're better than what the available tuba would produce.
6  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Jun 20, 2017, 05:41PM
As you often say, it's hard to prove a negative. Can you show the quote where he said exactly that?

I too would like to see dd produce that quote too.

I do recall him saying something to the effect that it wasn't possible for a conspiracy of election official to flip the vote to Hillary.

He sad this when Trump was accusing the whole process of being "fixed" against him.
7  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Slide technique practice out of facetime? on: Jun 20, 2017, 11:59AM
I recall a study some years ago where they took some novice tennis players and put them in three groups.

One group practiced as usual for a half an hour a day. The second group just thought (or maybe read) about practicing tennis for a half an hour a day. And the last group, a control group, did neither.

After some stretch of this, they tested them and... the "thinking" group had improved.  Not as much as the practicing group but more than the control group who had not improved at all.

So maybe thinking about it is better than nothing, but I still suspect that if you want to practice trombone... you need the trombone.  :)
8  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Jun 20, 2017, 08:47AM
Yes only. He has the authority to dismiss comey. Period. There are no laws he breached.

It's only because this is the President that we are unsure.

If a mayor fired the city attorney or the city police chief to stop a corruption investigation, I don't think anyone would seriously say that makes the crime being investigated go away and no longer prosecutable.

Likewise with a governor and state crime official.

Yeah, Trump can fire an FBI Director and he's given us his reason for doing it*. But aside from that one event there are many more suspicious circumstances swirling around that don't go away just because Comey is gone. The firing of Comey, while not a crime in itself, is another suspicious circumstance that can't be ignored in the context of everything else we know.

It's like when an armored car company got robbed and they noticed the next day that one of their drivers had picked up and left for Mexico.  It's not illegal to go to Mexico.  A fine vacation spot. Millions do it. 

But doing that legal act to get away with the illegal one doesn't make the crime go away. Robbery is still a crime, even if you go to Mexico.

Obstruction of justice is still a crime, even if you fire the FBI Director. 

*According to Trump... to stop the Russia probe!  :D  :D
9  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Slide technique practice out of facetime? on: Jun 20, 2017, 06:10AM
Is it possible to practice slide positions and technique without putting facetime? If so, how to do it?

I think most/all of slide technique is coordinating it with the face technique and assessing the audible result.  

So, i am doubtful. :/  

You could hold a five-pound weight in your hand and practice moving it in and out fast.  Maybe that would build up some relevant muscle?  Don't know
10  Teaching & Learning / History of the Trombone / Re: Tchaik Violin Concerto trombone part on: Jun 19, 2017, 09:41PM
A trombone part!

When I was in college our orchestra did the concerto with our violin teacher as solo.  I can't tell you how much I wished I could be part of the ensemble for that.

I forget what the trombones were in on that concert.  Probably another ghastly "20th Century" work that no one had ever heard of and no one has ever heard of since.
11  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: The dumbest political protest? on: Jun 19, 2017, 03:02PM
One need only do a search on something like "Shakespeare play kills Obama" to find coverage of previous versions of "Julius Caesar" and other productions that killed an "Obama" with eager corporate sponsorship (including by the same companies currently involved) and without any of the umbrage now being feigned by the right-wing press.

Why am I not surprised?
12  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Jun 19, 2017, 12:46PM
White House not allowing cameras or microphones at press conferences.

CNN Reporter: White House Doesn’t Want Its ‘Evasive Answers’ On Tape
13  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Jun 19, 2017, 11:02AM
Data Firm Hired By RNC Accidentally Leaked Millions Of Voters’ Personal Info

How many people?  198 Million.

The data leak contains a wealth of personal information on roughly 61 percent of the US population. Along with home addresses, birthdates, and phone numbers, the records include advanced sentiment analyses used by political groups to predict where individual voters fall on hot-button issues such as gun ownership, stem cell research, and the right to abortion, as well as suspected religious affiliation and ethnicity.

Not even password-protected.

This is how you launder your collusion with foreign powers.  You "accidentally" leave useful information, stuff that might help them sway voters with their internet bots and news sites, out where anyone might find it.

No need to physically deliver a hard drive or allow any suspicious connections with a Russian server. Just get the URL to them somehow, perhaps at one of those "encounters" Jeff Sessions had.

14  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Jun 18, 2017, 06:21PM
The Obamabot looks pretty awful. 

Trump might be wise to pass on the honor entirely.   :/

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/uYTL2S6V_LI" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/v/uYTL2S6V_LI</a>
15  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Jun 18, 2017, 04:23PM
Why hasn't a Trumpbot taken its hard-won and rightful place in the Disney Hall of Presidents?

Well, it's a bit of a "Closed for 'remodeling', until further notice" kind of thing...

Here’s the Secret Backstage Trump Drama at Walt Disney World’s Hall of Presidents

I think it would be fitting to include him, sitting in the back somewhere, thumbing away on Twitter during the whole presentation.
16  Creation and Performance / Musical Miscellany / Re: Puccini, Tosca - circles over notes on: Jun 18, 2017, 08:34AM
Many answers suggested on the Facebook Bass Trombone group but none terribly satisfying.

The most likely seems to be that it is an orchestrator's mistaken notion for indicating a pedal tone, as if the written pitch was not enough?

In the full score these circles appear nowhere but in the trombone I,II,II parts and there are several low Fs that do not have the circles.

They also do not appear at all for the pedal Bbs and low Fs in the Bass Trombone part.

In line with Bruce's "bell" theory, there are church bells in the score playing Bb and F at these sections.
17  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Jun 17, 2017, 08:47PM
AP: Trump Has Been Yelling At The TV, Frustrated With Focus On Russia Probes

That has got to be fake news.  How could he know there's a Russia probe when FOX doesn't cover it?
18  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Jun 17, 2017, 07:43PM
Here is the full extent of the "pressure" Lynch exerted on Comey...

“Former Director Comey requested a meeting in September of 2015 in which he asked the AG and other Department officials for guidance on how to discuss the investigation at his upcoming testimony before Congress,” said the former official, who provided an emailed statement on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. “The primary question before the group was not how to refer to the investigation, but whether to confirm its existence at all . . . The AG told Director Comey that she had used the term ‘matter’ in response to press inquiries, in order to ensure that she neither confirmed nor denied the investigation, in accordance with longstanding Justice Department and FBI policy. She suggested that she and the director should be consistent in their language, and at the end of the meeting, she asked if everyone was comfortable with using the term ‘matter.’ No one, including the Director, contested that view.”

The pressure was to say "matter" instead of "investigation".  That's it. 

Not pressure to end the investigation.  Not pressure to clear Hillary.  Just to call it a "matter" instead of an "investigation".

And Comey never called it pressure in his testimony. That's something Rush Limbaugh made up.

19  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Jun 17, 2017, 04:15PM
The manner in which "collusion" between he Trump campaign and the Russians may have worked become a bit clearer with this development...

Report: House Intel Committee Wants To Talk To Trump’s Digital Director

Parscale would be on the list of Trump associates that the committee wants to testify about any connections between the Republican nominee’s campaign and Russian operatives. CNN reported in May that the campaign’s data analytics operation—widely credited with securing Trump’s surprise victory—was being scrutinized by federal investigators. Agents want to know whether Russian intelligence operatives relied on Trump campaign staffers or their data to assist with Russia’s targeted use of social media bots and “fake news” sites to sway American voters, as CNN previously reported.

Basically the Trump campaign had data that shows where critical, swayable voters live and the stories crafted to influence them.

The Russians had the internet infrastructure to deliver the stories and make them pop up where they will have the most effect.


They knew that switching people from Trump to Hillary was nearly hopeless so they resorted to discouraging Dems from voting at all.

Bernie Bros!

The bearded San Antonio-based Trump ally was highlighted in a Bloomberg Politics story shortly before the Election Day, which revealed that he was responsible for handling the campaign’s social media, online fundraising, and polling efforts. Their principal strategy was to push narratives that would suppress Democratic votes, according to the Bloomberg story.

I can almost predict what the defense will be: "OMG, we didn't know the Russians got our voter data!  We're the victims!"
20  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: The dumbest political protest? on: Jun 17, 2017, 01:31PM

-Democrats call for assassination of Trump/Pence, raping of Melania, publicly make fun of Trump's 11 year old son for "having autism" (seriously?)

Can you name any Democratic officials who have done this? 

I can show you a Republican official who has called for his opponents to be killed and who has eagerly ridiculed the disabled.

(Hint: He's President of the United States at the  moment)

-Antifa thugs

AKA college students who didn't want their college promoting a white supremacist.

We are experiencing the dehumanizations of the right, and the attempted normalization of violence against them.

Conservative snowflakes want to dish out the abuse but call "no fair!" when the hatred they've been inciting comes back at them.

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