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Woe is me, I'm moving like an old man. Well, more like an
old man than usual. I up and fell down a couple days ago.
Didn't break anything, but brused myself pretty good and
sprung some joints a bit. Of course, I am and old man,
so I better get good at it. This includes not falling
down. I will endever to attempt to succeed.
So, that's why this ish is a bit late. Not a lot, but some.
Is America over? Sometimes it does seem so. Here's this:
American Entrepreneurship: Dead or Alive?
by Jim Clifton
Chairman and CEO of Gallup
The U.S. now ranks not first, not second, not third, but
12th among developed nations in terms of business startup
activity. Countries such as Hungary, Denmark, Finland,
New Zealand, Sweden, Israel and Italy all have higher
startup rates than America does.
We are behind in starting new firms per capita, and this
is our single most serious economic problem. Yet it seems
like a secret. You never see it mentioned in the media,
nor hear from a politician that, for the first time in 35
years, American business deaths now outnumber business
And then there is this from AmmoLand.com Shooting Sports News:
Armed Robber Killed; Armed man would not be searched
by Dean Weingarten
In Milwaukee, on Friday, the 9th of January, an armed
robber was shot and killed as he was patting down men that
he was robbing in the Level Up Barber Shop. One of them
did not wait to be patted down. He drew his legally
carried pistol and shot the robber. The robber died. No
one else was hurt.
It is very difficult for an armed robber to keep track of
a number of people all at once, while doing everything
else he has to do to get the loot and escape. They almost
always become distracted by something, giving a legally
armed person an opportunity to stop the crime.
Somebody wrote me: "Obama has just signed Executive Order 13603,
which gives him the right to institute Martial Law whenever he
wants to." Okay, instead of "right" you meant "power" and he
can proclaim Martial Law throughout the land, but who is going
to enforce it? There are a lot more of us than them. A LOT more.
And finally, something completely different, from
News From Musical America Worldwide:
A onetime child prodigy who has been giving recitals since age
seven and performing concertos with orchestra since age ten, is
to become the youngest member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra
next fall. He is 21-year-old cellist Oliver Aldort, a
not-quite-graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music. He'll get
his diploma in the spring.
The former Tanglewood Music Center Fellow won the BSO audition
against a pool of over 200 applicants. He succeeds Andrew Pearce.
Aldort, a native of Washington State, began studies on cello and
piano at the age of six. He was co-principal cello of the Curtis
Symphony Orchestra last season, and has performed at Verbier and
Tanglewood, among other festivals. His all-star teacher roster
includes Carter Brey, Peter Wiley, and Lynn Harrell.
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