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Precision and passion present in so few people.

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Listening to Joshua Russell and Lloyd Arriola play in the last nights was like crack cocaine for this recovering performance addict.

The epitome of all that is profound about music in the world was manifest for so few here in Bon Air/Richmond. Their emotions and souls poured from the piano like water from a pitcher onto a concrete floor. Changing everything as it went, but harming nothing. Flowing, settling, filling every nook and cranny of our souls, ebbing and flowing through our imperfections and even now, it has not left.

The winds of a new day simply blow and dry the surface. The residue is left, perhaps its essence.. The pitcher moves on to another floor, another venue.. bigger more famous.. My soul seeks more water, more nourishment and finds comfort in the company of friends and familiar places.

The powerful sensation of having the water affect me in a "moment" passes into memory, to be cherished as it becomes another story to be told. Thank you Lloyd and Joshua fo…

Hypocritical Bias

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Hypocrite: : a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion; a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings

Bias: an inclination of temperament or outlook; especially : a personal and sometimes unreasoned judgment -- definitions via Merriam Webster
In the era of real time 24x7 politics coupled with social media discussion and commentary, how do we define hypocrisy in behavior and communications.  Is it bad, or is it unavoidable for any mature mass communicator?

The issue of bias in commentary for bloggers is easiest to address.  Commentary based writing has no reason to avoid bias when it is used as a form of free speech.  If and when the reporting transcends some magical line and begins to be viewed as journalism, then different standards would of course apply.

VaTenor is a life biased blog representing the views of one man, and those views have matured and changes significantly over the past 5 years.  The original name on this blog was C…

Recliner

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Couple of years ago, my wife and I "invested" in couple of nice LazyBoy recliners, like millions of other families around the world. We have put those things through their paces with kids jumping, climbing, sitting, and every flavor of rocking.  In last few months, my "office" recliner has served double duty as a semi upright bed.. Who knew? it works pretty well. 
When suffering from colds, flu, and many varieties of ailments, sleeping in a big comfy recliner isn't all that bad..  Strangely, all of the flashing lights on my routers, phones, monitors are calming at 3:18am..  
Invest in a good recliner.. you just never know when you'll need it, and there is some seriously "interesting" tv on in the middle of the night.. I'm just saying.

Raising Taxes

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I've written extensively on this blog on how I believe that excessive taxation is bad for the economy and for the liberty of the people.. see (Give & Take).

That said,   I understand the need to pay our bills. We have been at war for over 10 years.  We have gigantic gov't programs (that do basicly good things) that have to be supported.

Here is what I need from OUR leaders in Washington.
Get out of the war business, and global police business, and show some REAL progress on fixing our entitlement programs. FIRST... after you have demonstrated leadership and progress, if raising taxes is necessary.. So Be It.. but raise them on everyone. We all benefit, we should all pay...

Comprehensive tax reform.. and seeking less $ from more people is the true answer..

Class Warfare and pass the buck blame games... Pathetic.