August 8, 2010


And you didn't even know I was gone, did you? Heh. Well, I was. Went down to Texas to an acoustic music camp where I learned from some of the best mandolin players I have ever heard. Part of the attraction of this kind of camp is really the same reason I like to go to small venues--because you can talk to some really great musicians and they are usually generous about their tricks of the trade.

Anyway. Back in town and about to go listen to some live music--this time some friends of ours.

Meanwhile, I saw this NYT story on the mosque controversy that includes one two year study that suggests that American mosques help Americanize Muslims and actually discourage violence and radicalism. One study, to be sure, but an interesting voice in the middle of what seems to be blatantly bigoted political activism from the right. I am afraid that the right is far more racist than we feared, and they seem to have not found their bottom yet.

Anyway. Hope the rest of you are doing well and that it is cooler where ever you are.


Smitty said...

This is the best summation of the mosque blow-out I can find.

Streak said...

Excellent one, Smitty.

Palin and Gingrich are vying to be our most vocal bigots.