Wednesday, September 24, 2008

(1)Alonzo Garbanzo (2) Joe Biden's Interesting Gaffe

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City of New Orleans by Alonzo Garbanzo

With today's posting I am calling to my reader's attention the music of Alonzo Garbanzo. Several months ago, I posted his performance of a Leadbelly song called "Poor Howard" which my brother sang at my mother's funeral. In today's posting, I am presenting his rendition of "City of New Orleans," which was made famous by Arlo Guthrie. I am very puzzled why market forces have not made Alonzo Garbanzo a household word in American entertainment. I have no delusions of blogging grandeur, but I sincerely hope that my posting of Alonzo Garbanzo's music will attract the attention of someone who will give him a big recording contract. He really brings good music to life.

Although I have written in favour of strongly enforcing immigration laws, I have always been aware of the human dimensions and costs of illegal immigration. The desire these people have for a better life is a legitimate one. I simply feel that developing the economies of their countries of origin is a more compassionate and enduring solution. I am also presenting a rendition of a Woody Guthrie song performed by Alonzo Garbanzo called "Deportees." It is about a plain that crashed in New Mexico with a large number of illegal immigrants being deported. It is a very stirring song that provides a human dimension to a major problem faced by our country.
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Joe Biden has powered up his gaffe machine again. In attempt to put the Wall Street Crisis into perspective, Biden said the following on CBS News.

“When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, ‘Look, here’s what happened,’”

There are a few slight problems with Biden’s view of history. The stock market crash took place in 1929 when Herbert Hoover was President. Roosevelt took office in 1933. Additionally, when Hoover or Roosevelt addressed the nation, it was on radio, which was still a novelty to millions of Americans. Television was in its experimental phases even in the late 1930’s. It started its climb to ubiquity only in the late 1940’s.

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