Buddy Guy

We accompanied the Lady de Gloves to see blues legend Buddy Guy for the first time at the Capitol Theater at the Overture Center in Madison, WI.  Quinn Sullivan was the opening act.  He is 18.  Check out this YouTube of Buddy and Quinn from ten years ago.  He can play and sing.  It was a good start.  Buddy is already in his 80s so it was time to see him.

Buddy came on in a polka-dot shirt and The Lady said, “Isn’t he adorable.”  She has always had great taste in men.  He was interesting, entertaining, and musical.  His stories, his playing, and his singing were right on.  From the big deep blues voice to the falsetto, he was in command of his voice.  He had a four-piece band (guitar, bass, drums, and keyboard) backing him.  They were ready to solo or back him while he told stories, played the guitar with a towel, or wandered through the audience.  He has a great stage presence if you don’t mind a little profanity.  He ended up right behind our seats!  One telling moment was when he brought Quinn and his son to join him toward the end of the concert.  We were watching Buddy while the two youngsters played solo and he really enjoyed watching both of them.

He gave us two great life lessons.  The first was “it” is not in the book.  This was mostly backed up by the amazing sounds he got out of his guitar in all manner of ways.  He’d smile and say it is not in the book.  One of the things that he mentioned not being in the book is that Buddy and BB and the rest were really discovered by the British and it led to the British invasion.  Buddy could have been upset by that but he was not.  He is a positive guy.

The second was keeping out of politics in performance.  He had lots of comments on Houston and other events but they were always in a positive manner.  He was pure Martin Luther King: “No matter how much you hate me I’m gonna love you.”  His comments showed it.  We might have missed it or not been open enough to micro-aggressions but we did not detect anything partisan during the performance and Buddy likes to talk.  He was a nice change from the partisan comments that showed up in the Graham Nash performance.

Here is his tour.  He plays at his club in Chicago during January.  You owe it to yourself to see him while he is still great.  He is older so there will be some sing-alongs and opportunity for the band members to solo but it is worth your time and money to see this treasure.


Conservative Faculty

At least some students at Georgetown University want more conservative faculty.  Mark Judge at Acculturated (also published on NRO) reports on an editorial in the official student newspaper, the Hoya:

Instead, they make a straightforward case that the dearth of conservative professors at Georgetown is leaving students unprepared for the genuine diversity—that is, the diversity of thought—that is part of the real world. Georgetown’s homogeneity, they argue, is leading to an atrophying of their skills for debate and reasoned argument. In other words, without conservatives, they have no one to test their ideas against.

They also review the evidence that that there are fewer conservative faculty members.  The Hoya, Mark, and NRO are all correct to say this but they miss the big structural problems that make diversifying faculty so hard.  The structural problems might be organized as graduating, teaching, and publishing.

Most faculty positions require a terminal degree, usually a Ph.D., and that is what we mean by graduating.  To get a terminal degree you write a thesis and that is largely controlled by your senior professor.  Graduating provides a bigger challenge if you are a conservative because few of those senior professors are.

Faculty members need to teach.  The problem is that the curriculum is controlled by folks who are not conservatives.  Thus we have Peace Studies

Sidebar: Here is the search for Peace Studies: http://search.privacysearch.net/q=cGVhY2Ugc3R1ZGllcw==&b=PC_80801124&qpt=na
It is one example of how new leftist programs are crowding out traditional, and often, more conservative programs.  End Sidebar.

and many otherprograms that designed by and staffed by the Left.  We talked to a military historian (we don’t know if he was a conservative but we suspect it) who said he had to leave because there was nothing for him to teach.  One data point is limited evidence but all of the programs suggest the problem more strongly.

Publishing is one of the things faculty need to do to get promoted.  Specifically, they need to publish at a level appropriate for their school.  Major programs require “A hits” while comprehensives like our school are less impressed by prestige but require that you be active in reasonable journals.  It is our judgment that leftist oriented journals have flourished to provide more outlets for them.  We were happy to see them (leftists) succeed because it was good for the department and the college.  There have been a couple of instances where folks have got a joke article published in those journals.  So there is concern about the intellectual quality of such journals but more troubling is the report by Andy Ngo in Quillette about an article, The Case For Colonialism, by associate professor Bruce Gilley in Third World Quarterly (TWQ).  It seems to us that the author was pointing out the obvious when:

[Bruce] argues that nations who embraced and built on their Western colonial legacy, for example, Singapore, have fared better than those who followed anti-colonial nationalist ideologies.

Instead, Bruce created a firestorm.  There were 17,000 signatures from two petitions and 15 resignations from the TWQ editorial board.  Seriously! You must read the whole thing.  Andy leads with the most astonishing part:

An academic journal [TWQ]l that published a controversial article making a case for Western colonialism has withdrawn the piece after its editor received “serious and credible threats” of violence.

Bruce is lucky to be an associate professor as associate usually indicates tenure, but he might remain one for a long time as publications will be hard to come by.

Bruce’s situation is exactly why conservatives are not drawn to academia and exactly why it is difficult for them to survive.  The Hoya is right about the need for diversity but it will take more than student editorials to bring more conservatives into the faculty ranks.


Graham Nash

We accompanied the Lady de Gloves to see Graham Nash at the Capitol Theater at Overture in the 77 square miles surrounded by reality.  The Capitol has great acoustics and singers almost always mention it as Graham did several times.  We are not sure if it is always part of Graham’s concerts or if the environment caused excessive virtue signaling but most of the denizens enjoyed it.

The show itself was great fun.  It was just two guys, Shane Fontayne on electric guitar or mandolin and Graham on acoustic guitar or keyboard and sometimes adding a harmonica.

Sidebar One: Shane Fontayne has an interesting history including a marriage to Mackenzie Phillips.  That means their son, also named Shane, is related to Shane, John Phillips, and Peter Barakan.  End Sidebar One.

Sidebar Two: Until we were just checking this we always thought that Michelle Phillips, in our opinion, perhaps the prettiest woman in the sixties, was Mackenzie’s mother.  We had always thought that genetics had treated Mackenzie unfairly but now we know.  End Sidebar.

The two guitars without any drums worked well.  Graham had some great stories about himself, the Hollies, and the rest of CSN&Y and he referred to them collectively as the other monkeys.  The stories provided some insight to the great With a 20 minute break the show went over two-and-a-half hours.  Their cover of the Beatles’ Blackbird was great.  It was a nice venue and a great show although we could have done without the rants on Trump.  Mercifully, they were short.

It Has Come To This

Fredrick M. Hess and Grant Addison form American Enterprise Institute (AEI) have a nice take on NRO about Betsy Devos, her speech at Harvard, and the reaction of the students.  Fred and Grant are impressed by the speech but not the reaction of the students to it.  There take is expected for folks from AEI.  They notice the strange situation of students at a private college throwing temper tantrums at the thought of K-12 students being allowed to have a similar choice.  Do read the whole thing.  They conclude:

When serious speakers show up to have substantive discussions, universities and their denizens should be expected to respond in kind. Absent that, a whole suite of privileges that have been accorded to the nation’s colleges and universities for the role they’ve historically played in the public square — from public and philanthropic support to the hosting of presidential debates — need to be assessed in a new light.

Harvard will pay less of a price for the behavior of its students because it has an enormous endowment.  Still, the behavior of Harvard and other students are costing schools all over the country.  Unless faculty and administrators find a solution they will continue to lose support.  Donations, state support, and students will go elsewhere because there are other opportunities.

This Day In Baseball- Part 3

October 1, 1967 dawned with the Red Sox, Tigers, and Twins all controlling their own destiny. If the Tigers won both games of a double header with the Angels then they would have a playoff versus the winner of the Twins versus Red Sox. If the Tigers lost either game then the winner in Fenway would be in the World Series against the mighty Cardinals who has already won 100 games and would win one more later that day to cruise in 10.5 games in front of the National League. Besides the team glory there was some hardware at stake in Fenway. Jim Lomborg, 21-9, started for the Red Sox against Dean Chance 20-13. The winner would likely clinch the AL Cy Young award while Carl Yastremski’s MVP seemed assured but the Triple Crown was not yet won as he and Harmon Killebrew were battling it out for the home run crown. Those of you with time on your hands can figure out how many homers the Killer would have hit if he played half of his games in Fenway.

Speaking of Yastremski’s MVP, he was obviously the dominant player all year as indicated by winning baseball’s Triple Crown and a golden glove. If you prefer Sabermetrics, he had 12.4 WAR according to Baseball reference.com, that had only been exceeded by a position player twice.  That position player was Babe Ruth and the years were 1921 and 1923.  No position player in almost 100 years has been as dominant as Yaz was in 1967.   The stat guys say players cannot be clutch but he was even better for those last two days. Yaz went 7 for 8 with 2 runs and 6 RBIs in those two games.

In the game, the Twins scored unearned runs in the first and third and held a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the sixth when both teams stuck with their aces. For the Red Sox it meant sending Lonborg to bat in the top of the sixth. He bunted to the left side for a hit. Then Adair and Jones singled to load the bases for Yastrzemski. The Twins stuck with Chance and Yaz delivered a two run single to tie the game. Harrelson drove in a run with a fielder’s choice to give the Sox the lead and end Chance’s day. Al Worthington came in and uncorked two wild pitches to score a run. A walk and an error gave the Sox a 5-2 lead.

It wasn’t over. In the Twins eighth, Allison scored Killebrew and sent Oliva to third but Yaz threw out Allison trying for second to end the inning. Yaz had his Triple Crown and MVP while Lonborg was odds-on for the Cy Young but the pennant was still in doubt. In Deroit, Joe Sparma went seven and this time the Tigers let Fred Gladding pitch the eight and ninth and he stopped the Angels as the Tigers won 6-4. Gladding had only pitched to one batter in the Tigers’ bullpen debacle the previous night.

In the nightcap it looked like the Tigers had the edge with Denny McClain versus Rickey Clark, a rookie. McClain won 20 in ’66 and had won 17 so far in ’67. Neither starter had it. Clark left in the second inning while giving up three runs. McClain left in the third after giving up three runs and was replaced by Hiller who gave up three more. The Angels’ bullpen had the answers. Especially when Minnie Rojas got star pinch hitter Gates Brown for the last out of the seventh inning with the score 8-5 and a Tiger on base. One positive outcome for the Tigers is that Mickey Lolich got the last five outs after pitching a shutout on Saturday. His demonstrated ability to pitch on very short rest would lead to a much more satisfying result for the Tigers in 1968.

What would the pitching matchup on Monday have been if the Tigers had of comeback and beat the Angels? The Red Sox had only used three pitchers over the weekend but they only had two quality starters and they used them both. They would have probably gone with Gary Bell who was 12-8 with a 3.16 ERA but failed in game three of the World Series. It was the era of the four-man rotation and the four Tigers starters over the weekend had started 142 games. The Tigers had no starter and challenges in relief as the Tiger relief pitchers had worked twelve and a third innings over the weekend. With the season on the line they had to bring back Lolich one day after pitching a complete game. The score of the playoff game might have been 14-12.

When a double play ended the Tigers game, throngs filled the streets of Boston to celebrate the impossible dream. They had gone from ninth to first. No other team had ever done that and unless the structure of MLB is substantially changed, no other team will ever do it. On Monday they would worry about the Cardinals.

McCarthy And The NFL

Andy McCarthy at NRO has a great take (that is, we agree with most of it) on the controversy among The Donald, the press, and the NFL.  His point is that the primary claim by the athletes that blacks are being killed by police with impunity is false.  Here is a quote we like:

Right. We are supposed to accept, without inquiry or criticism, what they claim to be seeking. We are supposed to ignore, as if it were not plain as day, that what the protesters are actually seeking — a racially skewed justice system, one that would endanger law-abiding black people by paralyzing the police — is the antithesis of what they claim to be seeking.

As the saying goes, read all of it.  Andy’s article also reminds us of the uncharacteristic nature of the left’s argument in this case.  Two of the left’s favorite weapons are that the insulted party gets to determine the extent of the insult and hypocrisy is the vilest of acts. Kaepernick and his followers on the field and in the press often say it is about violent police behavior towards blacks.  The insulted parties disagree saying that they have insulted the flag, the military, and so on.  We doubt that the left’s irony is intentional but the double nature of it brings us joy.

Andy’s article is more important than recognizing the double hypocrisy of the left.  Both are enjoyable.



This Day In Baseball Part 2

Welcome back to September 30, 1967 the penultimate day of the last and perhaps greatest pennant race in history. Now three of the ten teams in the American League still have a chance to win the AL pennant: Red Sox, Tigers, and Twins. The White Sox were eliminated a day earlier after 91 days in first place. At the beginning of the day the Twins were one game in first place and the Red Sox and Tigers were one game back but the Tigers had four games to play at home against the Angels while the Twins would visit the Red Sox so the Twins and the Tigers controlled their own destiny. The Red Sox must beat the Twins twice to have a chance and hope for help from the Angels if they were to complete the improbable feat of going from ninth to first under new skipper Dick Williams.

The Twins were confident as they started Jim (why is he not in the Hall of Fame) Kaat against Jose Santigao. Kaat had won 25 games the previous year and was 16 and 13 with an ERA of just over 3 this year. Santiago, the second of three Jose Santiagos in MLB, was having a good year at 11 and 4 with an ERA of about 3.6 but he had only started 11 games in 1967.

The Twins scored in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead but left the bases loaded as Carew lined out to third and Uhlaender grounded to second. Kaat stuck out four Red Sox in the first time through the order although he did give up three hits. Pitching to the tenth batter, Mike Andrews, in the bottom of the third Kaat hurt his elbow and needed to be replaced. In came Jim Perry with an 8-7 record and a 3.03 ERA. He finished the inning with a strikeout of Carl Yastrzemski, the only time the Twins got him out that weekend.

In the top of the fourth, Uhlaender tripled. For the second time the Twins had a runner on third with one out. Again they failed to score him. In the bottom of the fifth the Red Sox took the lead in a inning that included a single by the pinch hitter for the number eight hitter and two out RBIs by Adair and Yastrzemski.

In the top of the sixth the Twins tied the score when Rich Reese hit an RBI single pinch hitting for the number eight hitter. The Twins then pinch hit for Jim Perry with Frank Castro who walked to load the bases but Versalles flied out and again the Twins left the bases loaded.

Perry’s replacement, Ron Kline immediately gave up a home run to George Scott but settled down to pitch into the fateful seventh. After one out Andrews singled and both Adair and Andrews were safe on an error by Zoilo Versalles, the 1965 MVP. That brought up Yaz and Cal Elmer, the Twins manager brought in Jim Merritt to get a left-left match up. Merritt was 13-7 with a 2.5 ERA. It looked like the right move but Yaz hit his 44th home run for a 6-2 lead. Killebrew hit his 44th in the ninth to close the margin 6-4 and that is where it ended leaving the Red Sox and Twins tied with one game against each other left but they had Tigers to worry about.

In Detroit Mickey Lolich pitched the Tigers into first place by shutting out the Angels 5-0 on three hits. Willie Horton’s two run first inning homer was all Lolich would need. Detroit was 90-69 for 56.60% while the Twins and Red Sox were 91-70 for 56.52%. The Tigers’ lead only lasted the intermission plus three hours and 25 minutes because in the nightcap the Angels won 8-6.

In the nightcap the Tigers seemed to have a comfortable 6-2 lead through seven innings but they couldn’t stop the Angels in the eighth until they had scored six. For the Tigers Earl Wilson pitched into the sixth and was relieved by Fred Lasher who shut down the Angels in the sixth and the seventh. In the eighth, a single, a walk, and two more singles brought lefty Hank Aguirre in to face Roger Repoz. The Angels countered with right handed Bubba Morton who grounded out but got an RBI. Aguirre then walked the switch hitting Buck Rodgers. That brought in Fred Gladding with an ERA under two. He gave up an infield single to Bobby Knoop. The Tigers went for the left-left matchup of Tom Satriano versus John Hiller. Satriano’s hit led to the right handed Jim Fregosi driving in the winning runs versus the left hander. The Tigers’ efforts to match up might have undone them them.

At the end of the day the race was really on because the Red Sox and Twins were tied and the Tigers were a few percentage points back but had one extra game to play. Thus on Sunday morning all three teams controlled their own destiny. Win and they were in.