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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bits and Pieces

Hey there intrepid readers.  Spring has finally arrived and with it the sun, warmer temperatures, and allergies.  Here in New York, we were spared a harsh with minimal snowfall.  I don't think I ever took the snow shovel out of the shed.  It's nice  to have longer days and get outside for recreational activities.

I wanted to use this brief post to comment on a few topics instead one general theme.  My first topic is the great new album from Bruce Springsteen.  I have been listening, a lot, to his new album Wrecking Ball and reading his lyrics to many of the songs confirmed my suspicions of the track listings when I first read theme:  Bruce's comment on the state of the economy and the effects American greed has had on communities the last several decades.

Bruce puts in best in his song "Death to My Hometown" behind a celtic vibe singalong:

They destroyed our families’ factories and they took our homes
They left our bodies on the plains
The vultures picked our bones
So listen up, my Sonny boy
Be ready for when they come
For they’ll be returning sure as the rising sun
Now get yourself a song to sing and sing it ’til you’re done
Yeah, sing it hard and sing it well
Send the robber baron’s straight to hell
The greedy thieves that came around
And ate the flesh of everything they’ve found
Whose crimes have gone unpunished now
Walk the streets as free men now
And they brought death to our hometown, boys
Death to our hometown, boys
Death to our hometown, boys
Death to our hometown

The great thing about his lyrics is the individual interpretation one can make to any of the lyrics on the album.   In "Wrecking Ball" I find a note of optimism as Bruce sings:

Hard Times Come and Hard Times Go,
Yeah, Just To Come Again
Bring On Your Wrecking Ball
Bring On Your Wrecking Ball
C'mon Take Your Best Shot
Let Me See What You Got
Bring On Your Wrecking Ball

It's almost a challenge, an appeal to all that the worst we face will not take us down and we are stronger and resilent to any of the "Wrecking Ball(s)"  we face.

Thanks for a vital and much needed album for our times, Bruce Springsteen.

A bit of sad news comes this past month from Florida and has now entered the national consciousness.  In late February, 17 year old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed, while visiting his father in a gated community just outside Orlando.  The youth was walking home from a convenience store with a drink and candy and was observed by a community watch officer who phoned police dispatch and was told not to intervene.  He did so and that's where things took a tragic turn.  Trayvon Martin was shot after some scuffle and the watch officer, George Zimmerman was not charged by local authorities as he has claimed he shot in self defense.  Now the state and federal justice department are looking into civil rights violations.

Truely a disturbing and tragic story.  In my opinion, Zimmerman should have complied with the police dispatch and let Trayvon go about his business.  The police, after all, should be better trained to deal with these matters.  The nature of Zimmerman's training as a "safety patrol" officer can be called into question.  I know whenever I have visited my in-laws at their gated community in Florida, they leave all of our names with their front gate security people.  This story has only grown in the national discourse over the last few months and will probably remain in the news for some time to come. 

Finally, my football team, The New York Jets traded for QB Tim Tebow yesterday.  Inital thoughts were maybe they needed to initate a prayer group in the locker room.  Seriously, What are they thinking.  First they flirted with the possibility to get Payton Manning. When he decided he had no interest in the Jets, the Jets resigned their current QB, Mark Sanchez and lauded him with superlatives and saying he was their guy.  With this move, Tebow might be a distraction, What does Sanchez think about this?  How will this help the team?  It does bring some buzz and may help with the sale of tickets as the ownership of Woody Johnson seems like he wants to make the proverbial "Big Splash."

Anyway, That's all for now.  Drop me a line readers, I would love to hear what's on your mind.

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