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DMB: A Good Way To Spend An Evening

BY Herschel Smith
2 years, 6 months ago

It was a great concert, and a great playlist.  They were all great charts.  It was nice to have Joshua, Devon, Ashley and Juston with me.  It would have been nice to have Joseph and Daniel too, but they are in Austin, Texas, and Wyoming, respectively.  Perhaps another time.

But the only thing that would make the Dave Matthews Band better would be to hear a trombone with the horn section.  That would allow Jeff Coffin, who is a musical genius, to put down his Bari Sax and pick up his tenor or alto Sax more often.  And I thought I would point out that I have played trombone all of my life.

I’m just sayin’, you know?

Coolness Factor II

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 11 months ago

In Coolness Factor I linked Joe Bonamassa (a must-see at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam doing a ZZ Top tune).  Now for another breather after hard work covering difficult issues, watch this special presentation of the great and legendary Stevie Ray Vaughan performing “I’m Goin’ Down.”  Because of video quality, you need to turn up the speakers.  This is one of his last concerts before his untimely death.  Enjoy.

Coolness Factor

BY Herschel Smith
4 years, 4 months ago

It’s been a while since Friday night music was a regular affair.  We’ve discussed some heavy things, and it’s time for a break.  Yet even in our R&R time we learn that in spite of the fact that the population-centric counterinsurgency boys hate us, we’re cool.  Yes, our coolness factor is off the charts.

Want proof?  Take a look at Joe Bonamassa doing a little tune you may recognize, and doing it with a high degree of coolness.  This ain’t really like that three man band from Texas from whom he borrows this.  Nope.  Different sound, his own stuff.

Yep.  You get only the coolest from The Captain’s Journal, so this should be a regular stop for you on your way through the web every day.

Friday Night Music III

BY Herschel Smith
4 years, 9 months ago

Friday Night Music Continued

BY Herschel Smith
6 years, 4 months ago

We’ll return to the heavy articles on Monday.  Until then, enjoy a very sophisticated rock tune by the Doobie Brothers entitled Clear as the Driven Snow.  There is an older (and better) version on video, but it was pulled from Youtube.

Made famous by other tunes such as “China Grove,” this goes to show what a diverse and talented group the Doobies were.  You won’t find tunes like this on many web sites.  We bring you the best, and as always, something very interesting.  The Captain’s Journal likes to supply you with nuggets of gold in a wasteland of prose and video across the globe.

Welcome to New Pakistani Readers

BY Herschel Smith
6 years, 4 months ago

The Captain’s Journal would like to welcome all of our new Pakistani readers, from (according to Google Analytics) cities such as Faisalabad, Lahore, Ralwapindi, Islamabad, Karachi, and even Peshawar and Quetta. We are truly glad to have you visiting, even if we don’t see eye to eye on the solution to the problems of FATA and NWFP, al Qaeda, Mullah Omar, and Baitullah Mehsud and the evil empire of the Tehrik-i-Taliban.

Since we are crossing cultural barriers, it might be nice to introduce something of American culture – while also wisely combining it with the Friday night music feature we provide to unwind a bit from the week. Or perhaps you are associated with the Tehrik-i-Taliban, in which case you shouldn’t listen to this music lest your brethren cut off your ears and punish you with lashes (we’ve noted how you have burned CDs and threatened store owners). In either case, you’ve been warned.

One nursery rhyme little children learn is Mary Had a Little Lamb. It’s a curious assortment of words and ideas about a little lamb following children to school and making their day rather enjoyable. Or … we can let Stevie Ray Vaughan tell us the story himself.

More Friday Night Music II

BY Herschel Smith
6 years, 6 months ago

We posted More Friday Night Music where we linked the greatest rock / blues guitarist ever – Stevie Ray Vauhgn.  In response, our good friends at the Small Wars Journal posted Battle of the Bands.  In response, we give you more of the greatest rock / blues guitarist God ever created.  Take note of the solo from 1:50 on.

Enjoy and have a good weekend.

More Friday Night Music

BY Herschel Smith
6 years, 6 months ago

Perhaps we’ve been a little too hard core with the military posts.  We’ll get back to war on Monday. Enjoy the weekend with the greatest rock / blues guitarist ever.  Our hard core readers will understand.  You demand red meat, here it is.

Doraville ain’t what it used to be!

BY Herschel Smith
7 years, 4 months ago

In 1974 the Atlanta Rhythm Section (known to fans as ARS) released a cut called “Doraville.”  Do you remember ARS — the sophisticated southern rock style, up tempo tunes and silky smooth vocals?  Do you remember Doraville?  “… touch o’ country in the city, Doraville, it ain’t much but its home.  Friends of mine, say I oughta move to New York.  Well New York’s fine, but it ain’t Doraville.”  If not, here is a teaser:

Doraville

It appears that Doraville ain’t New York, and it also ain’t what it used to be.

A small-town Georgia police chief who left to face enemy fire in Iraq only to return and be fired by town officials got his job back Wednesday, thanks to an angry mayor.

Doraville Mayor Ray Jenkins deemed his council’s recent vote to oust Police Chief John King contrary to state and federal laws and put the chief back on the job.

“I support him 100 percent,” Jenkins told FOXNews.com. “The community is really upset and disturbed. I am trying to get it under control.”

King, a colonel with the Army National Guard, came under fire by council members who were upset after he was sent to Iraq, calling him a part-time police chief. Doraville is about 16 miles outside of Atlanta with about 15,000 residents, King said.

“Apparently they feel it takes away from my effectiveness as police chief,” King said. “I think my service to my country has made me a better chief.”

One of the three members who voted to fire King, Bob Spangler, said his vote was not personal. Ed Lowe and Tom Hart also voted against King.

“The City of Doraville must have a fair, honest and present Chief of Police. As a City Council Representative, it is my responsibility to ensure that happens. While some are attempting to spin our decision as personal, I assure you it was based on solid facts,? Bob Spangler said in a statement released to FOX 5 News Atlanta.

Police Chief King has just today given his story on national television.

Iraq war veteran and Doraville police Chief John King told a national CNN television audience Friday night that he was “absolutely shocked” to hear he had been fired, a move widely attributed to concerns over his National Guard service.

“This is not the America that I fought for and defended,” he said during an appearance on CNN’s “Out in the Open.”

King, an Iraq war veteranand commander of Georgia Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 108th Armor Regiment, was fired Tuesday by the Doraville city council, then reinstated Wednesday by the Mayor.

Earlier this week, King, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that when he was fired, “I felt like I was in south Baghdad getting hit by snipers and had no chance to fight back.”

King was fired at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday after a closed-door meeting, following an exchange in which Councilman Tom Hart called King a “part-time chief” and criticized him for being out of the loop during the 18 months he served in Iraq.

On Friday, Hart told the AJC that he misspoke by bringing up King’s service in Iraq but said he stands by his decision to fire the chief.

“I had gone two days without any sleep,” said Hart. “It [the firing] has nothing to do with the military stuff.”

The ploy at sympathy (“I had gone two days without any sleep”) is pathetic and irrelevant.  Since the alleged ‘facts’ are of interest, let’s go over them with Messers Spangler, Lowe and Hart.

  1. Firing Mr. King violates United States Code 38 U.S.C. Section 4301.  It is manifestly obvious that Mr. King’s military service caused what the stolid councilmen call “part time” service to Doraville (on Foxnews King stated that the council complained that King wasn’t available by cell phone while in Baghdad), and thus by saying the things that they did they have already lost the certain lawsuit should they continue with their intent to fire King.  [Sidebar: If we were to deploy Messers Spangler, Lowe and Hart to Baghdad -- an appealing idea -- it is likely that their cell phones would not work there either].
  2. It is not germane that they had temporarily lost the services of King.  This is assumed as the precondition for application of the federal code (cited above).  Said another way, if they had not temporarily lost King’s services, the complaints would never have been lodged and the Federal Code would never have been invoked.
  3. It is even more damning that the council fired King when he returned rather that when he deployed.  Since they now have his full time services again, his termination can only be seen as punitive.
  4. As a rule of thumb, companies in the U.S. not only allow employees time off for service (including long term deployment) and ensure employment upon return, but most continue to pay the employee his or her full time salary while being deployed.
  5. Finally, Mr. Hart’s sleeping habits are not germane to the case and will not be mentioned in the upcoming lawsuit.

“Red clay hills, rednecks drinking wine on Sunday; behind their field, gettin’ down in Doraville.”

Doraville ain’t what it used to be!

BY Herschel Smith
7 years, 4 months ago

In 1974 the Atlanta Rhythm Section (known to fans as ARS) released a cut called “Doraville.”  Do you remember ARS — the sophisticated southern rock style, up tempo tunes and silky smooth vocals?  Do you remember Doraville?  “… touch o’ country in the city, Doraville, it ain’t much but its home.  Friends of mine, say I oughta move to New York.  Well New York’s fine, but it ain’t Doraville.”  If not, here is a teaser:

Doraville

It appears that Doraville ain’t New York, and it also ain’t what it used to be.

A small-town Georgia police chief who left to face enemy fire in Iraq only to return and be fired by town officials got his job back Wednesday, thanks to an angry mayor.

Doraville Mayor Ray Jenkins deemed his council’s recent vote to oust Police Chief John King contrary to state and federal laws and put the chief back on the job.

“I support him 100 percent,” Jenkins told FOXNews.com. “The community is really upset and disturbed. I am trying to get it under control.”

King, a colonel with the Army National Guard, came under fire by council members who were upset after he was sent to Iraq, calling him a part-time police chief. Doraville is about 16 miles outside of Atlanta with about 15,000 residents, King said.

“Apparently they feel it takes away from my effectiveness as police chief,” King said. “I think my service to my country has made me a better chief.”

One of the three members who voted to fire King, Bob Spangler, said his vote was not personal. Ed Lowe and Tom Hart also voted against King.

“The City of Doraville must have a fair, honest and present Chief of Police. As a City Council Representative, it is my responsibility to ensure that happens. While some are attempting to spin our decision as personal, I assure you it was based on solid facts,? Bob Spangler said in a statement released to FOX 5 News Atlanta.

Police Chief King has just today given his story on national television.

Iraq war veteran and Doraville police Chief John King told a national CNN television audience Friday night that he was “absolutely shocked” to hear he had been fired, a move widely attributed to concerns over his National Guard service.

“This is not the America that I fought for and defended,” he said during an appearance on CNN’s “Out in the Open.”

King, an Iraq war veteranand commander of Georgia Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 108th Armor Regiment, was fired Tuesday by the Doraville city council, then reinstated Wednesday by the Mayor.

Earlier this week, King, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that when he was fired, “I felt like I was in south Baghdad getting hit by snipers and had no chance to fight back.”

King was fired at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday after a closed-door meeting, following an exchange in which Councilman Tom Hart called King a “part-time chief” and criticized him for being out of the loop during the 18 months he served in Iraq.

On Friday, Hart told the AJC that he misspoke by bringing up King’s service in Iraq but said he stands by his decision to fire the chief.

“I had gone two days without any sleep,” said Hart. “It [the firing] has nothing to do with the military stuff.”

The ploy at sympathy (“I had gone two days without any sleep”) is pathetic and irrelevant.  Since the alleged ‘facts’ are of interest, let’s go over them with Messers Spangler, Lowe and Hart.

  1. Firing Mr. King violates United States Code 38 U.S.C. Section 4301.  It is manifestly obvious that Mr. King’s military service caused what the stolid councilmen call “part time” service to Doraville (on Foxnews King stated that the council complained that King wasn’t available by cell phone while in Baghdad), and thus by saying the things that they did they have already lost the certain lawsuit should they continue with their intent to fire King.  [Sidebar: If we were to deploy Messers Spangler, Lowe and Hart to Baghdad -- an appealing idea -- it is likely that their cell phones would not work there either].
  2. It is not germane that they had temporarily lost the services of King.  This is assumed as the precondition for application of the federal code (cited above).  Said another way, if they had not temporarily lost King’s services, the complaints would never have been lodged and the Federal Code would never have been invoked.
  3. It is even more damning that the council fired King when he returned rather that when he deployed.  Since they now have his full time services again, his termination can only be seen as punitive.
  4. As a rule of thumb, companies in the U.S. not only allow employees time off for service (including long term deployment) and ensure employment upon return, but most continue to pay the employee his or her full time salary while being deployed.
  5. Finally, Mr. Hart’s sleeping habits are not germane to the case and will not be mentioned in the upcoming lawsuit.

“Red clay hills, rednecks drinking wine on Sunday; behind their field, gettin’ down in Doraville.”


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