Thursday, November 29, 2012

Carly Simon and James Taylor



Mockingbird
Carly Simon & James Taylor
Mock
Yeah
Ing
Yeah
Bird
Yeah
Yeah
Yeah
Mockingbird

Now
Everybody have you heard
Everybiody have you heard
He's gonna buy me a mockingbird
He’s gonna buy me a mockingbird
And if that mockingbird don't sing
And if that mockingbird don’t sing
He's gonna buy me a diamond ring
He’s gonna buy me a diamond ring
And if that diamond ring won't shine
And if that diamond ring won’t shine
He's gonna surely break this heart of mine
He’s gonna surely break this heart of mind
And that's why
Yesindido
 I keep on tellin' everybody
Yesindido
Say
Yeah
Yeah
Whoa whoa whoa whoa oh
Whoa whoa whoa whoa oh

Hear me now and understand
Hear her now and understand
He's gonna find me some piece of mind
I’m gonna find her some peace of mind
And if that piece of mind won't stay
And if that piece of mind won’t stay
I'm gonna find myself a better way
I’m gonna find myself a better way
And if that better way ain't so
And if that better way ain’t so
I'll ride with the tide and go with the flow
I’ll ride with the tide and go with the flow
And that's why
Yesindido
I keep on shoutin' in your ear
Yesindido
Yeah
Yeah
Whoa whoa whoa whoa oh
Whoa whoa whoa whoa oh
Whoa mama

Well now
Everybody have you heard
Everybiody have you heard
She's gonna buy me a mockingbird
He’s gonna buy me a mockingbird
Yeah
And if that mockingbird don't sing
And if that mockingbird don’t sing
She's gonna buy me a diamond ring
He’s gonna buy me a diamond ring
And if that diamond ring won't shine
And if that diamond ring won’t shine
Yes it’s surely gonna break this poor heart of mine
He’s gonna surely break this heart of mind
And there’s a reason why
 I keep on tellin' everybody
Say
Yeah yeah
No no
No no
No no no
No
No

Listen to me now
And understand
He's gonna find me some piece of mind
Find me some peace of mind
And if that piece of mind won't stay
And if that piece of mind won’t stay
I'm gonna find myself a better way
I’m gonna find myself a better way
I might rise above
I might go below
Ride with the tide
And go with the flow
And there’s a reason why
I keep on shoutin' in your ears y’all
Maybe maybe
Oh no
No no
No no
No no
No
No
Baby

Lyrics From: [A-Z Lyrics Universe]

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Good, Bad and Ugly Ads

Since I have not been given much of a life, I watch an awful lot of television, which includes an awful lot of commercials.  Now, a “GOOD” ad is one that holds my attention and makes me want to at least learn more about the product or service it is for.  A “BAD” ad is one that quickly becomes nothing more than background noise when it cannot be skipped over.  “UGLY” ads are much worse.  For not only do they make we want to never see them again, they make me want to never have anything to do with the company that paid for them to be produced.  Of course, you may feel differently, but I sure wouldn’t say much about it around anyone with a lick of sense.  For I am, after all, an expert on such things—albeit only in my own mind!

GOOD

BAD

UGLY

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

TFT: Carly Simon


Not every song that will be featured here will be what is generally considered as being “Christian” in the eyes of this world.  For some will be anguished cries from the pit of despair, and others will be quite obviously fervent rants of rebellion.  Nonetheless, be assured that they will all be of our Heavenly Father (in one way or another) and I hope that you have been given ears to hear the message.


You’re So Vain
Carly Simon
You walked into the party
Like you were walking onto a yacht
Your hat strategically dipped below one eye
Your scarf it was apricot
You had one eye on the mirror
As you watched yourself gavotte
And all the girls dreamed
That they'd be your partner
They'd be your partner
And

You're so vain
You probably think this song is about you
You're so vain
You’re so vain
I'll bet you think this song is about you
Don't you
Don't you

You had me several years ago
When I was still quite naïve
Well you said that we made such a pretty pair
And that you would never leave
But you gave away the things you loved
And one of them was me
I had some dreams
They were clouds in my coffee
Clouds in my coffee
And

You're so vain
You probably think this song is about you
You're so vain
You’re so vain
I'll bet you think this song is about you
Don't you
Don't you

I had some dreams
They were clouds in my coffee
Clouds in my coffee
And

You're so vain
You probably think this song is about you
You're so vain
You’re so vain
I'll bet you think this song is about you
Don't you
Don't you

Well I hear you went up to Saratoga
And your horse naturally won
Then you flew your Lear jet up to Nova Scotia
To see the total eclipse of the sun
Well you're where you should be all the time
And when you're not you're with
Some underworld spy
Or the wife of a close friend
Wife of a close friend
And

You're so vain
You probably think this song is about you
You're so vain
You’re so vain
I'll bet you think this song is about you
Don't you
Don't you
Don’t you

You're so vain
You probably think this song is about you
You're so vain
You probably think this song is about you
You're so vain
You probably think this song is about you
You're so vain
You probably think this song is about you
You're so vain
You’re so vain
I'll bet you think this song is about you
Don't you
Don't you
Don’t you


Nobody Does It Better
Carly Simon
Nobody does it better
Makes me feel sad for the rest
Nobody does it
Half as good as you
Baby
You're the best

I wasn't looking
But somehow you found me
I tried to hide from your love light
But like Heaven above me
The spy who loved me
Is keeping all my secrets safe tonight

And nobody does it better
Though sometimes I wish someone could
Nobody does it
Quite the way you do
Why'd you have to be so good

The way that you hold me
Whenever you hold me
There's some kind of magic inside you
That keeps me from running
But just keep it coming
How'd you learn to do the things you do

And nobody does it better
Makes me feel sad for the rest
Nobody does it
Half as good as you
Baby baby
Baby
You're the best

Lyrics From: [A-Z Lyrics Universe]

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Come Monday...Rise Above

“Come Monday…” is a weekly series that will involve a review of, or commentary about,  websites, movies, documentaries, television shows, sports, music, and whatever else may tickle my fancy at the time.  Be assured that these reviews will be generally positive, as in accordance to the Jimmy Buffett song “Come Monday.”  This is subject to change, however.  In fact, I would be most derelict in my duties to neglect going on a rant every once in a while.  For rants promote change, and change can be good—right?  Therefore, since good is generally considered as being a positive force in 99.3% of the parallel universes that I am aware of, even a rant could be considered as being something positive, and a genuine hissy-fit would be even better (so I’m told).

If you are looking for a news source free of heavy political spin in one direction or another, [CNBC] may very well be what you are looking for, with their current [Rise Above] campaign serving as a good example of what I am talking about.  For it seeks to explain just how falling off of the looming [fiscal cliff] will impact everyone from Wall Street tycoons to Wal-Mart greeters in a way that even someone like myself can generally understand.

Oh yes, it would get us all, but some are better positioned to take the hit than others.  Just in case you are curious, Wall Street tycoons are in the best positions.  For they have enough money to take advantage of tax shelters that most Wal-Mart greeters have never heard of—nor ever will, if the current Democratic and Republican leadership gets their way.

WHAT?  Both Democratic and Republican leadership, but they are on opposite sides of the tax reform issue—right?

No, my dear Virginia, they most certainly are not.  That is, at least not when the cameras are not rolling.  For President Obama insisting that the rich must pay a higher tax rate is merely posturing for the benefit for his ignorant minions.  For he knows that it will generate very little in the way of new tax revenue to pay our bills while the Republicans are doing just as much posturing in the hope of appeasing Tea-Partiers, who have no idea just how little raising the rate for the highest tax-bracket will hurt prospects of getting the economy going again.

You see, if our law-makers were serious about tax reform, they would be getting serious about simplifying the code and getting us closer and closer to a flat-rate for all.  For the way things are now, it is entirely possible for a tiny little company like [GE] to pay [no taxes] while my wife will be charged an extra 10% when she has to cash-in her [401K] before she turns 55, which is what we must do to keep us from becoming homeless in the next six months.

Oh, but there is a rest to this story—is there not?  For tax reform is just one side of the double-edged sword, with federal spending being the other.

CNBC does a good job of covering cost-cutting stories, as well.  For that is where I first heard of the Pentagon paying for the study of such things as what [goldfish swimming patterns] can tell us about predicting political trends.

Did you hurt yourself again?  I would think that after knocking yourself out knee-jerking so many times in the past, you would learn to at least hold your head off to the side a bit more, but I am just an optimist at heart, I suppose.

Yes, the goldfish study is a prime example of just incredibly wasteful federal spending can be, but throwing the baby out with the bathwater will make a bad situation much worse.  This is what I keep hearing from Tea-Partiers.  For they want budgets slashed to bare-bones without giving any thought to how much they are will be taking away from truly great programs that would not exist outside of the federal government.

No, I am sorry, but the state of Missouri is not going to pay for veterans benefits—neither will any of the other individual states.  In fact, if the big movers and shakers in the [American Tea Party Movement] have their way, we will find ourselves back in the days where each of us are pretty much entirely on our own, which will work out wonderfully for those with the wherewithal to keep their own rears covered.  Ever hear of the rich getting richer?

Speaking of such, would you like to know just who holds the vast majority of our public debt?  Be assured that it is [not China].

No, this is not to suggest that we could just keep on keeping on as we have been.  For it is pure foolishness to keep borrowing when we don’t have to.

Nonetheless, what has been said about our huge national debt bringing about the total collapse of the world’s economy will become a self-fulfilling prophecy if the hard-core conservatives are not put in check.  For the international banking system is based upon trust—not hard assets.  In other words, the reason why we are still able to borrow all that we want without facing an era of hyper-inflation is on account of the rest of the world believing that we will honor our debts, and the louder the talk gets about us letting much of our own population and the rest of the world burn, the more confidence in us wanting to always do the right thing is eroded, which also effects how well our own central banks can do business, both here and abroad.  Just look at what has happened to [Greece] and [Spain] as examples of what we are looking at if we refuse to rise above partisan politics.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

A Sunday Drive

Back during my childhood, our parents would often load up my brother and me after Sunday morning church services for a leisurely drive around where we lived.  Even though we were seeing mostly familiar sights, it was still good to see them, and this is why “A Sunday Drive” sounded about right for the name of a weekly series revisiting familiar sites that are well worth seeing again and again.  The link below the image is to the site itself, and the image is linked to the post it was first included in here.





















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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Trib Updates


This is a weekly series that will include a brief summary of the latest articles that have been published on The Tribulation Times Herald-Exhorter.  Hopefully, this will encourage you to go check out some truly outstanding articles that have been published by a number of truly outstanding authors.  Moreover, I hope this will also encourage you to want to become a contributing member/author, as well.  The “Hear Ye!  Hear Ye!” site explanation near the top of the side-bar should answer many of your questions.  Yes, this series also included an “SOS! (Spam On Saturdays)”  segment before, but it just wasn’t working for me.  Therefore, that will be replaced by a republishing of one of the Trib articles.

[Come Away With Me] contains a video and the lyrics for Norah Jones’ Come Away With Me.

[ESPN Additions] offers an alternative to local sports radio programs.

[WhiteHeart Wednesday] has a video and the lyrics for Everyday.


Amazing Grace
“Traditional Lyrics”

Amazing Grace
How sweet
The sound
That saved
A wretch
Like me
I once
Was lost
But now
Am found
Was blind
But now
I see

T'was Grace
That taught
My heart
To fear
And Grace
My fears
Relieved
How precious did
That Grace appear
The hour
I first believed

Through many
Dangers
Toils
And snares
We have
Already
Come
T'was Grace
That brought
Us safe
Thus far
And Grace
Will lead
Us home

The Lord
Has promised
Good
To me
His Word
My hope
Secures
He will
My shield
And portion be
As long
As life
Endures

When we've
Been here
Ten thousand
Years
Bright shining
As
The sun
We've no
Less days
To sing
God's praise
Than when
We've first
Begun

Amazing Grace
How sweet
The sound
That saved
A wretch
Like me
I once
Was lost
But now
Am found
Was blind
But now
I see



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Friday, November 23, 2012

Sites To See


The SOLE purpose of this weekly series is to help call attention to sites that I think many would find most interesting—in one way or another.  Just to be clear, inclusion in this series is not necessarily meant as a recommendation, and I have included sites that are rather disturbing to me.  The link below each image is to the site itself, and each image is linked to the particular post from which it was taken when applicable.  Please, go see for yourself.  Oh, and as of August 10, 2012, I will be no longer including sites that have auto-play and word verification engaged.














 Link: [Nashop]







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