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ProfessorGAC, I think this is one you might enjoy

Imagine this: You're in Vince Gill's house in his at-home recording studio doing a new album with him and some of Nashville's finest professional musicians.

This is Tom Bukovac, guitarist, talking in the background and Gordon Mote, one of Nashville's top pianists who is blind. Gordon follows in the footsteps of Hargus "Pig" Robbins who was also blind but played piano on hundreds of hits for stars like Elvis, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Kenny Rogers, Chet Atkins and many others.

Here, Tom and Gordon are just fooling around during a break in the session and it's all impromptu.

Even though a person might not love country music, surely most anyone would love this level of musical skill.


Lots of cultures see the right to cook and serve good meals as almost sacred.

Cajuns, Italians, some Asians and Mexicans come to mind. Vending machine and quick-stop cooler food has a bad reputation for making people sick, although many times while doing road service jobs, that was all I could find late at night.

We have frequent trouble in our local Nextdoor internet discussion group with wingnuts injecting their venom into the most non-political of discussions. They will find a way to inject politics into someone's post about a lost dog.

Recent discussions about problems with the US Postal Service brought them out in force, with some lady saying it should be privatized. I don't engage them much 'cause I don't want our cars vandalized.


When two top studio pickers sit around the kitchen table with guitars.....

massive joy erupts. If nothing else, please listen to the first 7-minutes and also perhaps the final 7-minutes to hear them noodling around.

Homeskoolin’ Bonus….”Old Pals”
501choruse Channel

Tom Bukovac bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Bukovac

Jedd Hughes bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jedd_Hughes


Mandatory re-training and demilitarization of all American cops.

After 911, most cops have been trained to exercise tactics designed to fight serious terrorism attacks and we gave them the equipment to do it. Unfortunately, they've translated that brutal "shoot to kill" training into many routine police activities, mostly driven by shear fear and male ego. Racism and misogyny in the mix then becomes very dangerous and toxic to the public.

After a while, this militaristic attitude becomes ingrained and difficult to reverse. They need to be re-programmed but always held accountable..

It feels good to call for arrests and dismissals but that won't bring people like this young man back. The family will sue and probably get a big payoff but that won't bring this young man back either.

They also need very frequent and improved anti-racism training.


Agree, but the ever-present fascist right-wing cancer continues to grow......

just as it has in my memories post-Nixon. I still suspect Nixon's failure was a wake-up call for right-wing billionaires to open the floodgates of money with no moral restrictions to slowly undermine the U.S. Government.

I agree with you and others posting here that an instant takeover of our government is nearly impossible, perhaps other than by nuclear armageddon.

The most absurd parts of the J6 rally are that it was entirely based on the Big Lie and yet tRump was able to attract hundreds of citizens to travel to Washington D.C. and endanger their futures based on that lie.

But what we must work to stop and reverse is:
* that slow corrosion of fear and hatred they promote that divides us like never before,
* right-wing administrative occupation of almost all of our public and social media,
* absurd, astronomical amounts of money being poured into our elections, and
* GOP non-stop lying to - and deceiving of - our general public with no consequences.


Beautiful heart-touching song and photos for this season of giving and gratitude.

Homeless in America - It Ain't Pretty, But it's Beautiful
Video compilation by CyndeDawn

"It Ain't Pretty (But It's Beautiful)" Lyrics
Song by Clay Walker
Lyrics by Doug Johnson, Nicole Witt and Kim Williams

Driving home from work just yesterday
impatiently waiting for the light to change
I noticed a homeless mom and her two kids
She reached out and lifted up a trash can lid
Her face lit up when she looked inside
And pulled out a broken armless doll
knelt down and gave it to her smallest Child
And God you should have seen her smile

It ain't pretty, but it's beautiful
Life ain't perfect, but it's wonderful
We're all broken, but we're loveable
It ain't pretty, but it's beautiful

Got home and told my wife bout what I'd seen
She grabbed her purse, took me by the hand and said come with me
We drove around until we found the three of them
I wondered who was blessing who when they got in
We bought them food and clothes and drove them to a toy store
And the little girl said "I don't need a brand new doll"
as she hugged the broken armless one they found before
she said "this one needs me more"


She ain't pretty, but she's beautiful
She ain't perfect, but she's wonderful
She might be broken, but she's loveable
She ain't pretty, but She's beautiful

Last night my wife and I talked till the sun came up
About how we fuss and fight sometimes,
Say ugly things act so unkind
But we think God we always find our way back to love

It ain't pretty, but it's beautiful
Our love ain't perfect, but it's wonderful
We're still learning to be loveable
It ain't pretty, but it's beautiful
We're all learning to be loveable
Ain't always pretty, but it's beautiful

(lyrics courtesy of azlyrics.com)


This botanist from Chicago knows how to talk to Republicans.

(#66) Public Service Announcement from Jake Wozcak and Crotalus Oreganus
Crime Pays But Botany Doesn't
Apr 7, 2019

Also, check out his great videos on botany from around the USA and Mexico!:

Crime Pays But Botany Doesn't

Homepage: https://www.youtube.com/CrimePaysButBotanyDoesnt/videos

KY....... .........

You're very welcome, Mahina. I wish your son the very best.

It's a huge but sometimes very mean world out there and I'm sure you will provide him guidance. It took my wonderful son 'till his mid-30s to find his way.

Check out this post from today on a new development in Kentucky: https://www.democraticunderground.com/10532696

That's about 30-miles South of Louisville and we already have two huge Ford truck and auto plants located here.


Ford, SK On bringing 5,000 jobs to Kentucky with massive electric vehicle battery park

Ford, SK On bringing 5,000 jobs to Kentucky with massive electric vehicle battery park
Olivia Evans
Louisville Courier Journal
December 5, 2022

Link to Article: https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2022/12/05/ford-sk-innovation-break-ground-electric-vehicle-battery-park/69695077007/

Calling it a "huge step forward," Ford Motor Company and SK On broke ground Monday on an electric vehicle battery park in Glendale, Kentucky, that is expected to create 5,000 new jobs in the commonwealth.

The BlueOval SK Battery Park, at 1,500 acres, will be the largest in the world and will start production in 2025. It's "the biggest economic development project this state has ever seen," Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said.

Ford plans to produce an annual run rate of 2 million electric vehicles globally by the end of 2026, and the BlueOval SK Battery Park will play a large role in executing this goal. BlueOval SK has already invested $5.8 billion to produce electric batteries for Ford and Lincoln vehicles.

What's coming to Kentucky

The battery production site will consist of two battery production plants across a more than 2.3-square-mile campus. Each production plant on the campus will employ about 2,500 people. While the goal is to hire as many Kentuckians as possible, Beshear noted that BlueOval SK will need to attract some employees from outside the state.

Kudos to Gov. Beshear for his tireless work for our people. I hope that area will be able to grow their housing, schools and infrastructure ahead of the coming population storm. Although Elizabethtown (locally called E'town) is a fairly developed town of about 30K souls and 150K metro population (including Ft. Knox), it's still very much a rural farm and small industry town.

This plant - including the training school - will drastically change the landscape in this already busy I-65 corridor.


The little blue marble shines once again.

Timelapse shows Earth visible on Nasa's Orion lunar flyby – video
Guardian Video
Source: Nasa

Mon 21 Nov 2022 18.56 GMT
Last modified on Tue 22 Nov 2022 10.11 GMT


Burned in my memory are the Hasselblad camera shots of our planet from NASA's 60s moon missions.

Congratulations to NASA and JPL for a successful mission for America and international science.

A beautiful speck of dust in the Universe.

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