Monday, December 31, 2012

McCaskill uses school massacre to raise money

Sen. Claire McCaskill, who portrayed herself as a moderate in the campaign running up to the November election, is showing herself as being only moderately (if that) in favor of the Constitution.
She is using the massacre of children in Connecticut to pick a fight with the National Rifle Association over gun rights, guaranteed in the Second Amendment, so she can ask her liberal Democrat friends to help her pay down her campaign debt. It's here: Claire McCaskill Highlights Fight With NRA in New Fundraising Pitch.
Here's an excerpt from the report:
In her Saturday pitch to her email list, McCaskill argues that “I've always been willing to take on the big guys when it's the right thing to do -- like my recent call on the NRA to come to the table to help prevent further gun violence or my fight to end taxpayer-funded subsidies for Big Oil.”
McCaskill’s willingness to aggressively attack the NRA is particularly noteworthy given the fact that Democrats from the South and Midwest have long been loathe to cross swords with the powerful gun lobby.
Let me explain why the gun lobby is "powerful." Listen carefully: It is supported by people like me (and, I hope, you) all across the country who send in their money for membership.That's where it's power comes from: Americans who believe in the Constitution.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Rest In Peace: Mike Auldridge, bluegrass musician

Bluegrass music fans in Rolla and throughout the Ozarks will be saddened to hear of the death of  Mike Auldridge, Dobro player and a founding member of the Seldom Scene.
His is a well-known name to bluegrass radio listeners in Rolla, particularly those who listen to Wayne Bledsoe's programs on KMST FM 88.5 or at
Here's a portion of his obituary in The Tennessean, a Nashville newspaper:
Before Mr. Auldridge, the Dobro — an acoustic resonator guitar played with a slide — was often considered an inelegant instrument, imprecise in intonation and uneven in tone. He often played in silvered whispers rather than in the Mike_Auldridgerambunctious clatter that characterized early Dobro recordings. He expanded the Dobro’s vocabulary, extended its reach and inspired each of the instrument’s modern greats, including Jerry Douglas and Rob Ickes. He was a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellow, in recognition of his contributions to musical culture.
“If it wasn’t for him, none of us would be here,” Douglas said. “Mike made it acceptable to play the instrument, and hearing him was where I got the idea that I could play different kinds of music, beyond country. He was a guy who could play one note that was worth a thousand. He’s my hero.”