Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Under Barack Obama, "It's a Madhouse!"

There's a scene from the original (1968) film Planet of the Apes that captures the essence of what's happening to America under Obama. It's the scene where the gorilla Jailer turns a high-pressure fire hose on the caged Taylor (Charlton Heston) who roars, "It's a Madhouse! A Madhouse!"

Obama is recklessly shrinking our military while threats are rising, and the threats are coming from enemies he enabled or emboldened!

Consider the Islamic State, and how it conveniently filled the power vacuum he created. Conflate that with the intelligence community going on record to say the administration ignored its assessments then cooked the books!

Next, think about that legacy-seeking deal Obama negotiated with Iran, which makes no secret of its desire to acquire nuclear weapons -- at the same time its ruler is leading "Death to America!" chants.

Factor in the hundreds of "refugees" a week now flooding into the U.S. along with Obama's de facto Catch-and-Release Open Borders (illegal) immigration policy, and what we have now is "a Madhouse!"

We're a terrorist attack away from "Shelter-in-Place" again, and yet Obama talks about climate change, goes golfing or does fundraisers!

As I said, it's a MADHOUSE.

Some supporting links: 

● Note: Obama made a deal with Iran despite ALL THESE THREATS


The following content relates to the special 'FOX NEWS REPORTING: RISING THREATS, SHRINKING MILITARY' -- [Excerpt] "When Barack Obama took office, he inherited a professional, world-class, battle-toughened military. Seven years later, many experts see the U.S. armed forces as a tattered and demoralized organization. Fox News Reporting - Rising Threats - Shrinking Military investigates what President Obama has done with—and to—the military." 

http://video.foxnews.com/v/4887449378001/fox-news-reporting-rising-threats-shrinking-military/ ←CLICK TO WATCH

Add'l text/video (5:45) on 'FOX NEWS REPORTING: RISING THREATS, SHRINKING MILITARY' -- [Excerpt] 'Rising Threats, Shrinking Military' examines how Obama’s policies have played out on the world stage: 
● Russia, where the administration made conciliatory gestures, after which Putin’s forces became more aggressive and took over Crimea. 
● Iraq, where Obama decided upon a precipitous withdrawal of U.S. military presence, after which the formerly pacified nation descended into chaos. 
● Syria, where Obama threatened but then failed to take action, after which the region continued to grow into one of the most dangerous spots in the world. 
● Libya, the one place where America did take action in a UN-approved military intervention, after which the nation split apart and become a breeding ground for terrorism. 

Backup video (5:45) link to "the alarming state of the U.S. military"; SECDEF Gates: Obama "double-crossed" me on defense budget

Bonus video (6:09) due to "overwhelming response" FNC received for its 'FOX NEWS REPORTING: RISING THREATS, SHRINKING MILITARY' [incl.three SECDEF interviews that did not make it into full program]
[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPPx83VoLyYembedded here: 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Trumpet player Gerard Presencer and the Us3 song "Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)"

Gerard Presencer

Trumpet player Gerard Presencer, featured soloist on Blue Note's biggest-selling release of the 1990s, talks about his performance on Us3's Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia):

[Quoting] I was 18 or maybe 17 at the time I did that, but I wasn't playing with DJs. I was playing mostly gigs in London on the jazz scene. Us3 knew me by reputation as a trumpet soloist. When I was 15 or 16, I started to play with the Brand New Heavies and on recordings for other acid-jazz groups. I'm on quite a lot of recordings in the early '90s, like with Jamiroquai, Corduroy, and Mother Earth. There were loads of them. I got to play lots of solos on those records, which is probably actually why Us3 got in touch. [Producers Geoff Wilkinson and Mel Simpson] asked me if I've heard of Freddie Hubbard, and at that point, I don't think I was listening to anyone else. [Laughs.] So I just played in the style of Freddie a little bit, but also I think it sounds like me -- but it's obvious I love Freddie. Other than that, they didn't give me much instruction at all, actually, and it was a very quick session. [End quote]

Source: The Oral History of Us3's Bold Jazz-Rap Breakthrough 'Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)'How a team of U.K. producers went from infringing on Blue Note's copyrights to earning the label its first platinum plaque. Plus, Herbie Hancock and Lou Donaldson talk the joys of being sampled.

Original video of Us3's Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) on Vimeo featuring Gerard Presencer: 

The trumpet player in the 'emimusic'-uploaded YouTube music video isn't Gerard Presencer. Billboard's Gina van der Vliet spoke with producer Geoff Wilkinson about the making of that video in a 1997 article 'Us3 Takes A Walk Down Oldham's Video Runway' [p. 102].

Producer Geoff Wilkinson on Us3's surprise success: "I always thought there was a huge potential audience for jazz amongst younger people, and I wanted Us3 to be a point of access for them. By sampling classic jazz tracks, mixing them with beats and raps, and having younger jazz cats playing on top I was acknowledging the past, staying rooted in the present, and looking forward to the future, all at the same time." ← Amen to that :)

Us3's Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) contains samples of 5 songs...

Gerard Presencer on Facebook

Gerard Presencer's bio

Of course, the Us3 song was inspired by the original and wonderful "Cantaloupe Island" by American jazz pianist Herbie Hancock from his epic 1964 'Empyrean Isles' album which also features musicians Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter and Tony Williams. Enjoy!

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Patrick Williams ♫ Threshold
♫ Weather Report's 'Havona' by Jaco Pastorius
Freddie Hubbard and Al Jarreau ♫ Little Sunflower
♫ Waters of March (Águas de Março) Elis Regina & Tom Jobim