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W. A. Mozart – Missa Brevis in D major ,KV 194, (186h) great compositions/performances


W. A. Mozart – KV 194 (186h) – Missa brevis in D major  (Salzburg and dated August 8, 1774.)

Adolphe Adam : “Giselle” (Paris Opera Ballet, 2006) , great compositions/performances


Adolphe Adam : “Giselle” (Paris Opera Ballet, 2006)

 

 

the best Classical music: Schubert Symphony No 2 B flat major Maazel Bavarian RSO , great compositions/performances


Schubert Symphony No 2 B flat major Maazel Bavarian RSO

 

historic musical bits, : Sviatoslav Richter – Bach – Keyboard Concerto No 3 in D major, BWV 105, great compositions/performances4


Sviatoslav Richter – Bach – Keyboard Concerto No 3 in D major, BWV 1054

Historic musical bits: Sviatoslav Richter – Liszt – Piano Concerto No 1 in E flat major , great compositions/performances


Sviatoslav Richter – Liszt – Piano Concerto No 1 in E flat major

quotation: Agatha Christie


It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976) Discuss

Tour Eiffel La Grande Epopée ARTE Documentaire 2014


Tour Eiffel La Grande Epopée ARTE Documentaire 2014

 

quotation: One man’s ways may be as good as another’s, but we all like our own best. Jane Austen


One man’s waysmay be as good as another’s, but we all like our own best.Jane Austen (1775-1817) Discuss

today’s holiday: Teachers’ Day in the Czech Republic (birthday of Jan Amos Komensky)


Teachers’ Day in the Czech Republic

March 28 is the birthday of Jan Amos Komensky (or John Comenius; 1592-1670), a noted educational reformer and theologian in the former Czechoslovakia. Komensky was the first person to write an illustrated textbook for children, used for teaching Latin words; he was also a proponent of compulsory education. It has been traditional for children to honor him on Teachers’ Day, or Komensky Day, by bringing flowers and gifts to their teachers. The day is also observed with lectures, music, and educational activities. More… Discuss

happy birthday Gorky — “The Devil” a LibriVox audiobooks


Maxim Gorky — The Devil {audiobook}

Saint of the Day for Friday, March 27th, 2015: St. Rupert


Image of St. Rupert

St. Rupert

Bishop and missionary, also listed as Robert of Hrodbert. A member of a noble Frankish family, he was appointed bishop of Worms, Germany, and then dedicated himself to spreading the faith among the … continue reading

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Catholics in England gather to pray for Richard III, one of their own :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)


Leicester, England – March 23, 2015. Requiem Mass for the Repose of the soul of King Richard III with Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster at Holy Cross Priory.

Nottingham, England, Mar 25, 2015 / 02:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In preparation for the reinternment of the remains of Richard III, a 15th century English king whose body was only recently rediscovered, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster has offered Compline and a Requiem Mass for the late monarch.

“This evening we fulfil a profound and essential Christian duty: that of praying for the dead, for the repose of their eternal souls,” Cardinal Nichols preached during a March 23 Requiem Mass said at Holy Cross Priory in Leicester.

“The prayer we offer for him this evening is the best prayer there is: the offering of the Holy Mass, the prayer of Jesus himself, made complete in the oblation of his body and blood on the altar of the cross, present here for us on this altar.”

Richard III was born in 1452, and reigned over England from 1483-1485, when he died in the Battle of Bosworth Field. He was the last king of the House of York; he was succeeded by Henry VII, founder of the House of Tudor.

His corpse was buried without pomp, and subsequently lost. It was found in 2012 under a parking lot in Leicester, 30 miles south of Nottingham, on the site of Greyfriars, a Franciscan friary dissolved during the English Reformation.

His body has been kept at the University of Leicester, and was processed to Leicester Cathedral, an Anglican church, on Sunday.

That evening, Cardinal Nichols led a Compline service at the cathedral, during which Richard’s coffin was sprinkled with holy water, and incensed.

“This sprinkling with holy water is a reminder that King Richard, at the beginning of his life, was baptised,” the cardinal reflected. “He was thereby called to live as a follower of Jesus Christ.”

“The deepest intentions of Richard have always been hard to fathom. Yet that is often true for many of us. Within the depth of his heart, amidst all his fears and ambitions, there surely lay a strong desire to provide his people with stability and improvement.”

Cardinal Nichols noted Richard’s achievements, including a development of the presumption of innocence, the concept of blind justice, the practice of granting bail, and translating laws into the vernacular, while adding that “nevertheless his reign was marked by unrest and the fatal seepage of loyalty and support.”

“All of this reminds us, if we need reminding, that baptism does not guarantee holiness of life or saintliness of nature. But it gives a fundamental and enduring shape to a journey through life, in all its struggles and failures.”

He recalled Richard as a man of prayer and “anxious devotion,” who composed a surviving prayer and established chapels.

“We pray that, being brought into the presence of that Divine majesty, Richard may be embraced by God’s merciful love, there to await the final resurrection of all things in the fullness of time.”

Until its reburial, Richard III’s body will remain at Leicester Cathedral. More than 20,000 visited the cathedral to view the coffin. The reinternment will be held at the cathedral on Thursday, led by Justin Welby, the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury.

On Monday, March 23, Cardinal Nichols said a Requiem Mass at Holy Cross Priory, a Dominican parish in Leicester. He wore a chasuble known as the “Westminster Vestment,” which is believed to be from Richard III’s own wardrobe. The chasuble’s embroidery matches that described from his inventories, and has been dated to the third quarter of the 15th century.

The Mass was attended by several bishops from across England and Wales, as well as by Tim Stevens, the Anglican Bishop of Leicester.

Msgr. Thomas McGovern, administrator of the Diocese of Nottingham – which includes Leicester – commented that “it is fitting that, after 530 years, Richard III’s mortal remains are once again laid to rest, this time in Leicester Cathedral, the mediaeval Catholic parish church of Leicester, not far from where they were first buried by the Franciscan friars after the Battle of Bosworth.”

“Just as Mass would have been offered for the repose of his soul by the priests who buried him, we do him the same service tonight, asking Almighty God to receive him into the kingdom of heaven with his sins forgiven. May he rest in peace.”

Cardinal Nichols remarked during his homily that “during this week, Mass is being offered in many Catholic Churches for the repose of the soul of King Richard III. Rightly so. That is exactly what he would have wished, having himself set up at least one chantry chapel for Masses to be celebrated for the dead of both sides of the Battle of Towton in 1461.”

“This evening we pray that the merciful judgement of our loving God is extended to him in every degree, for we know that it is only the gift of God’s mercy that protects us from the demands of God’s justice … We offer this holy Mass that even while his remains are lying in the Cathedral nearby, his soul is united with God in the glory of heaven there to await the final resurrection of all things in Christ.”

via Catholics in England gather to pray for Richard III, one of their own :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).

Leopold Hofmann – Cello Concerto in D major, Badley D3


Leopold Hofmann – Cello Concerto in D major, Badley D3

this pressed: DHS Report: 1.13 Million Foreign Students in US


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DHS Report: 1.13 Million Foreign Students in US

Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 07:31 AM

By Elliot Jager

Financially hard-pressed public universities, but also comparatively well-off private schools, are intensively recruiting foreign undergraduates who pay premium tuition fees. Some 1.13 million international students are currently enrolled in U.S. colleges, the Department of Homeland Security reported on Wednesday, according to The Wall Street Journal.

States have been cutting the amount of money they set aside for higher education. This obliges colleges to have students pick up a higher share of their education costs in tuition fees, Bloomberg reported.

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Some colleges even send emissaries abroad to recruit foreign students. The University of Colorado Boulder currently has a foreign student population of 6.5 percent. Administrators want to boost the figure to 10 percent. Most of the schools international students are from China, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. These students pay $35,231 annually in tuition compared with $10,971 for instate residents, according to the Journal.

The increasing flow of foreign students into U.S. colleges is facilitated by rising affluence in China and by the policies of oil-rich Arab countries that provide openhanded scholarships.

The highest number of foreign students, 331,371, is from China. Next is India with 146,336. South Korea comes in third with 87,384. Saudi Arabia is fourth with 81,000 students compared to about 5,000 at the time of the 9/11 attacks.

via DHS Report: 1.13 Million Foreign Students in US.

Best Classical Music-Historical musical bits:, Schubert / Emil Gilels / Amadeus Quartet, 1976: Piano Quintet in A major (“Trout”), great compositions/performances


Schubert / Emil Gilels / Amadeus Quartet, 1976: Piano Quintet in A major (“Trout”) – Complete

Best Classical Music: Beethoven “Symphony No 8″ Karajan (London, 20.V.1955), great compositions/performances


Beethoven “Symphony No 8″ Karajan

historical musical bits (1985): Bedřich Smetana : “Die Moldau” / Karajan / Vienna Philharmonic, great compositions/performances


Bedřich Smetana : “Die Moldau” / Karajan / Vienna Philharmonic

Angela Gheorghiu “Sempre libera Follie! Traviata Scala 2007 , great compositions/performances


Angela Gheorghiu “Sempre libera Follie! Traviata Scala 2007

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Souvenir d’un lieu cher, Op. 42 – III. Mélodie (“Chant sans paroles”)


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Souvenir d’un lieu cher, Op. 42 – III. Mélodie (“Chant sans paroles”)

Rimsky Korsakov – Dance Of The Tumblers -


Rimsky Korsakov – Dance Of The Tumblers –

Johannes Brahms – Hungarian Dance No. 4 – Poco sostenuto – Vivace


Johannes Brahms – Hungarian Dance No. 4 – Poco sostenuto – Vivace

historic musical bits: Leonid Kogan – Fritz Kreisler – Liebesfreud ,great compositions/performances


Leonid Kogan – Fritz Kreisler – Liebesfreud

the amazing pianist Valentina Lisitsa plays Liszt Un Sospiro Concert Étude No. 3 , great compositions/performances


Liszt Un Sospiro Concert Étude No. 3 Valentina Lisitsa

,: Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies. Friedrich Nietzsche


Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) Discuss

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn – The Gulag Archipelago – AudioBook – Part 1-7 playlist


Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn – The Gulag Archipelago – AudioBook – Part 1-7 playlist

Gulag


Gulag

The Gulag was a system of forced-labor prison camps in the USSR, from the Russian acronym for the Main Directorate of Corrective Labor Camps, a department of the Soviet secret police. It was first established under Lenin during the early Bolshevik years and ultimately included 476 camp complexes. The system reached its peak after 1928 under Stalin, who used it to maintain the Soviet state by keeping its populace in a state of terror. Whose book publicized the gulag system to the Western world? More… Discuss

Antonin Dvorak American Suite in A, Op. 98b


Antonin Dvorak American Suite in A, Op. 98b

Debussy, Printemps: Suite Symphonique. Pierre Boulez


Debussy, Printemps: Suite Symphonique. Pierre Boulez

L. v. Beethoven: Op. 25 / Serenade [Serenata] for flute, violin and viola in D major (Vienna, 1796?)


L. v. Beethoven: Op. 25 / Serenade [Serenata] for flute, violin and viola in D major (Vienna, 1796?)

YouTube Most Viewed: Edvard Grieg – Peer Gynt Suites – 1 and 2 Published on May 5, 2013/1,077,272 views


Edvard Grieg – Peer Gynt Suites – 1 and 2

[GMMFS2012] Michelangelo Quartet – Beethoven String Quartet E minor, op.59, no.2, ‘Razumovsky’


[GMMFS2012] Michelangelo Quartet – Beethoven String Quartet E minor, op.59, no.2, ‘Razumovsky’

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34


Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34

quotation: The first precept was never to accept a thing as true until I knew it as such without a single doubt. Rene Descartes


The first precept was never to accept a thing as true until I knew it as such without a single doubt.

Rene Descartes (1596-1650) Discuss

today’s image: A Pony Express Rider (because no culture can survive without reliable communication)



A Pony Express rider makes a friendly gesture toward men putting up a telegraph line, in a wood engraving (from a painting by George M. Ottinger) that appeared in the November 2, 1867, Harper’s Weekly. The completion of the transcontinental telegraph on October 24, 1861, actually cost such riders their jobs. – See more at: http://www.historynet.com/picture-of-the-day#sthash.JPdsG59p.dpuf

happy birthday Bach: Concerto for Two Keyboards in C major, BWV 1061, Andras Schiff, Peter Serkin


Bach: Concerto for Two Keyboards in C major, BWV 1061, Andras Schiff, Peter Serkin

Happy birthday Bach: Mozart Quartet No 19 K 465 Dissonanze Dissonances Hagen Quartet



Mozart Quartet No 19 K 465 Dissonanze Dissonances Hagen Quartet

The String Quartet No. 19 in C Major, KV. 465 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, nicknamed “Dissonance” on account of its unusual slow introduction, is perhaps the most famous of his quartets. It is the last in the set of six quartets composed between 1782-1785 that he dedicated to Joseph Haydn.
According to the catalog of works Mozart began early the preceding year, the quartet was completed on January 14, 1785. As is normal with Mozart’s later quartets, it is in four movements:
1. Adagio-Allegro
2. Andante cantabile – in F major
3. Menuetto. Allegro. (C major, trio in C minor)
4. Allegro molto
The first movement opens with ominous quiet Cs in the cello, joined successively by the viola (on A♭ moving to a G), the second violin (on E♭) and the first violin (on A), thus creating the “dissonance” itself and narrowly avoiding a greater one. This lack of harmony and fixed key continues throughout the slow introduction before resolving into the bright C major of the Allegro section of the first movement, which is in sonata form. Mozart goes on to use chromatic and whole tone scales to outline fourths. Arch shaped lines emphasizing fourths in the first violin (C – F – C) and the violoncello (G – C – C’ – G’) are combined with lines emphasizing fifths in the second violin and viola. Over the barline between the second and third measures of the example a fourth-suspension can be seen in the second violin’s tied C. In another of his string quartets, KV 464, such fourth-suspensions are also very prominent.
The second movement is in sonatina form, i.e. lacking the development section. Alfred Einstein writes of the coda of this movement that “the first violin openly expresses what seemed hidden beneath the conversational play of the subordinate theme.” The third movement is a minuet and trio, with the exuberant mood of the minuet darkening into the C minor of the trio. The last movement is also in sonata form.
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Happy birthday Bach: Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050 (Freiburger Barockorchester)



Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050 (Freiburger Barockorchester)

Happy birthday Bach! Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048 (Freiburger Barockorchester)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLj_gMBqHX8

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048 (Freiburger Barockorchester)

happy birthday Bach: Willem van Twillert plays Bach, Dorische Toccata BWV 538, Deaken/Marcussen-organ Goes [NL]


happy birthday Bach!

Willem van Twillert plays Bach, Dorische Toccata BWV 538, Deaken/Marcussen-organ Goes [NL]

 

today’s birthday: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685) Willem van Twillert plays Bach, Ich ruf zu dir, [BWV 639] Garrels-organ, Purmerend


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685)

 


Willem van Twillert plays Bach, Ich ruf zu dir, [BWV 639] Garrels-organ, Purmerend

One of the greatest and most influential composers of the Western world, Bach created masterful works in almost every musical form known in his period. During his lifetime, Bach was better known as an organist than as a composer, and his works, which include the Brandenburg Concertos, four orchestral suites, and more than 200 church cantatas, were not fully appreciated until long after his death. Bach is the most represented composer on the Voyager Golden Record, which is what? More… Discuss

ANTONIN DVORAK ” SONG TO THE MOON” FROM RUSALKA


ANTONIN DVORAK ” SONG TO THE MOON” FROM RUSALKA

Pray the Rosary – Tuesday and Friday – The Sorrowful Mysteries – Powerful Prayers for Miracles


Pray the Rosary – Tuesday and Friday – The Sorrowful Mysteries – Powerful Prayers for Miracles

Back in the USSR? Spying and control in the new Crimea – CNN.com (‘davai ceas, davai palton…’)


Photos: Crisis in Crimea and Ukraine 44 photos
Ukraine crisis captured by CNN Teams – KIEV, UKRAINE: After the deaths of 25 people during clashes a day earlier, Ukrainian protesters prepare to stand and fight again on February 19. Photo taken by CNN’s Andrew Carey on February 19.

KIEV, UKRAINE:  After the deaths of 25 people during clashes a day earlier, Ukrainian protesters prepare to stand and fight again on February 19.  Photo taken by CNN's Andrew Carey on February 19.

Photos: Crisis in Crimea and Ukraine 44 photos Ukraine crisis captured by CNN Teams – KIEV, UKRAINE: After the deaths of 25 people during clashes a day earlier, Ukrainian protesters prepare to stand and fight again on February 19. Photo taken by CNN’s Andrew Carey on February 19.

 

Story highlights

Life under total surveillance and control now the norm in Crimea, says writer

Old Soviet practice of denunciation has become commonplace, he says

He writes: The harder life gets in Crimea, the more people support Putin

editor’s Notes:  “The writer lives and works in Crimea and has asked CNN to protect their identity. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.”

(CNN)How can I describe life in Crimea after a year under Russia’s control?

You start saying things like “Let’s not talk about this on the phone” and become careful about the Facebook pages you “like.”

Because total surveillance and control has become routine — like it was in the Soviet Union.

In just one year so much has been lost and many Crimeans seem to have forgotten rights that were part of everyone’s life.

There is a growing level of censorship, inequality and political repression of those who don’t agree with the government.

via Back in the USSR? Spying and control in the new Crimea – CNN.com.

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Back in the U.S.S.R. The Beatles (With Lyrics)

Richard Strauss: Don Quixote op. 35 (1897) , great compositions/performances


Richard Strauss: Don Quixote op. 35 (1897)

Historic Musical Bits: Brahms – Symphony No. 2 – Wiener Philharmoniker – Leonard Bernstein – 1982, great compositions/performances


Brahms – Symphony No. 2 – Wiener Philharmoniker – Leonard Bernstein – 1982

Nascut astazi, MArtie 20, 43 i.e.n: Publius Ovidius Naso (43 î.e.n. — 17 e.n.) – Statuia lui Ovidiu din Constanța


Statuia lui Ovidiu din Constanța

De la Wikipedia, enciclopedia liberă
 

 Statuia lui Ovidiu din Constanţa

Statuia lui Ovidiu din Constanța este un monument din orașul Constanța. A fost executată în 1887 de sculptorul italian Ettore Ferrari. O replică identică se află din 1925 la Sulmona (Italia).

Este așezată în partea veche a orașului, în Piața Ovidiu, în fața primei clădiri a Primăriei Constanța, azi Muzeului Național de Istorie și Arheologie, lângă portul Tomis.

Cu ceva timp în urmă,[Când?] statuia lui Ovidiu a fost toaletată necorespunzător. [1]

 Statuia lui Ovidiu în anul 1941

Descriere

Primul dintre monumentele statuare ridicat la Constanța după reintrarea sub administrație românească este cel care îl înfățișează pe marele poet roman Publius Ovidius Naso (43 î.e.n. — 17 e.n.). Statuia din bronz îl înfățișează pe Ovidiu într-o atitudine adânc meditativă. Dezvelirea statuii, în august 1887, a prilejuit o adevărată sărbătoare la care au participat toți constănțenii, în frunte cu prefectul Remus Opreanu, inițiatorul „Comitetului pentru statuia lui Ovidiu”.

Statuia se află pe un soclu de marmură albă, pe care este încrustată o placă cu un text din „Tristele”.

„Sub astă piatră zace Ovidiu cântărețul
Iubirilor gingașe răpus de al său talent.
O, tu ce treci pe aicea și dacă ai iubit vreodată
Te roagă pentru dânsul sa-i fie somnul lin.”

Inițial statuia a fost amplasată cu fața spre nord, construcția Palatului Primăriei impunând, în 1921, mutarea pe actualul loc. În cursul ocupației Germano-Bulgare, în anii 1916-1918, statuia a fost dată jos de pe soclu de armata bulgară, pentru a fi luată ca pradă de război, dar intervenția unor ofițeri germani a oprit originala “inițiativă culturală”; până la revenirea autorităților românești, în noiembrie 1918, statuia a fost adăpostită în subsolul Primăriei. În 1925, o replică fidelă a acestei opere a fost dezvelită în orașul natal al poetului – Sulmona.


Statue of Ovid in Constanta:
(translated by Google Translate)
 

Statue of Ovidiu Constanta Constanta is a monument in the city. He was executed in 1887 by the Italian sculptor Ettore Ferrari. A replica is from 1925 to Sulmona (Italy).

It is situated in the old town, Ovidiu Square, in front of the first building of Constanta City Hall, today the National Museum of History and Archaeology, near the port Tomis.

Some time ago, [when?] Ovid’s statue was inadequate taken care of. [1]
Statue of Ovid in 1941
Description
The first statutory monuments raised in Constanta after re under Romanian administration is one that depicts the great Roman poet Ovid (43 BC – 17 AD). The bronze statue depicts Ovidiu a deep meditative attitude. Unveiling the statue, in August 1887 brought about a veritable feast attended by all Constantenii, headed by the Prefect Remus Opreanu initiator “Ovid’s statue Committee”.The statue stands on a pedestal of white marble, which is encrusted plate with a text of “Tristia”. 

“Under this stone lies Ovidiu singer
Tender love succumbed to his talent.
O you who pass by and if you ever loved aicea
I pray for him to be his gentle sleep. “

Originally the statue was placed facing north, requiring the construction of the Palace Hall in 1921, moving to the current place. In the German-Bulgarian occupation in the years 1916-1918, the statue was taken down from the pedestal of the Bulgarian army, to be taken as war booty, but the intervention of German officers stopped the original “cultural values”; to return Romanian authorities in November 1918, the statue was housed in the basement of City Hall. In 1925, a replica of this work was unveiled in hometown of poet – Sulmona.

today’s Birthday: Ovid (43 BCE)


Ovid (43 BCE)

Publius Ovidius Naso, a Roman poet better known as Ovid, is ranked alongside Virgil, Horace, and others as one of the canonical poets of Latin literature. He was a great storyteller whose writings generally deal with the themes of love, mythology, and exile. No other Latin poet wrote so naturally in verse or with such sustained wit, and his works had a decisive influence on European art and literature for centuries. Why did Augustus banish Ovid in 8 CE? More… Discuss

Viata, cugetare poetica de George-B (the smudge and other poems page


Viata,  cugetare poetica de George-B
(the smudge and other poems page)
Privesc o floare…

Parfumul ei imi inunda mintea…

Privesc o pasare, si trilurile ei imi vin in minte..

Privesc spre cerul innorat si-n minte
vad,
aud,
miros,

fulgerul,
tunetul,
ploaia.

Apoi un curcubeu, cald,
o baltoaca in asfaltul ondulat
clipocind cu viata nevazuta
ce a supravietuit potopul,

si n-a fost imbarcata pe arca.

Viata supravietuieste,  fara Noe.


– George-B

just a thought: ‘Change in social life is like a treacherous river…’


just a thought: ‘Change in social life is like a treacherous river: if you know the dangers and you are a good swimmer than you  may be able to survive it. If you know nothing about its currents, even if you know how to swim in a bean shaped backyard pool, chances are you’re not survive the river currents: You’ll by drown by change that is not understood for what is really bringing about!’

Above all do not become a proponent of change out of boredom…Deceiving  forces are hard at work to  make you believe that they have your best interest at heart!’
– George-B.

Copyright ©2010 – 2015 George Bost. All Rights Reserved.

this pressed for your civic awareness: Super PAC Men: How Political Consultants Took a Texas Oilman on a Wild Ride – ProPublica


This story was co-published with the Daily Beast and the Houston Chronicle. (click to access story at ProPublica)

This story was co-published with the Daily Beast and the Houston Chronicle.

Throughout the booms and busts of his Fort Worth oil empire and during his brother’s notorious murder trial, Kenneth W. Davis Jr. largely kept to himself. At 89, he still does. He puts in full workdays at his small downtown office, with drapes drawn against the North Texas sun. He usually dines at an exclusive club across the street, often alone, using distinctive silverware set aside just for him.

Davis has long shut out politics, too. He remembers voting only three times – for Eisenhower, Goldwater and Reagan. Yet last year he thrust himself into the public eye by starting his own super PAC.

His group, Vote2ReduceDebt, aimed to move the needle in eight key U.S. Senate races by energizing disengaged conservative voters. It spent almost $3 million to boost Republican candidates in the 2014 midterm election – ranking it among the top right-leaning groups of its kind.

But now it’s dead in the water, with its main operatives expelled amid questions about where the money went.

Even within the free-wheeling world of U.S. campaign finance, Vote2ReduceDebt stands out as a cautionary tale for donors, activists and voters.

Since the Supreme Court helped open the gates with the Citizens United ruling, unprecedented millions have flowed into super PACs, groups that can accept political donations of unlimited dollar amounts.

via Super PAC Men: How Political Consultants Took a Texas Oilman on a Wild Ride – ProPublica.