December 4, 2017

Christmas Coffeehousin'


I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

John Rox ©1953

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But johngalt thinks:

Bravo! A wonderful family favorite that I can't wait to share.

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November 30, 2017

My New Single!

I have a new original tune after 25 years of doing covers. I got some friends out this summer and recorded it:


He Fell for the Magic of 3/4 Time

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But dagny thinks:

Wow! Just Wow!

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But Terri thinks:

LOVE it!!

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November 16, 2017

For a Moment, I'm winning!

Last week I suggested a moratorium on fracking discussion in the Erie Facebook Group. I certainly tire of it and it tends to be very superficial "They're poisoning our Children!" vs. "$4/gallon gas!" The pushback was exemplary. The topic is of interest, nothing in the rules forbids, yadda yadda. I have to conclude they're right.

But. In that case, I vowed to introduce property rights. And today, I got just cheesed off enough. I told my darling bride "we'll probably have to move. They'll be here with pitchforks and torches soon." Yet -- what's this I see? -- The first replies are positive.


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But johngalt thinks:

Woo hoo!

Fret not - the Fractivists will be around to call you names later, after their petty protest this afternoon at the site of the "Plug and Abandon" activity at the 1995 well site adjacent to my kids' school. [Yes, you read correctly: They are protesting the CLOSING of existing oil wells!!!]

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November 13, 2017



You Belong to Me

Pee Wee King, Chilton Price and Redd Stewart ©1952

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October 18, 2017

Book Recommendation

If you're looking for an entertaining trip of historical fiction through multiple cultures -Imperial Japan and the British Isles during the Middle Ages - may I suggest 'The Rose and the Crane' by Clint Dohmen. The manuscript has been in development for several years and the finished product has gone on sale, today!


I haven't read the whole book but I did review an early draft of one chapter. It was captivating and adventurous - exotic and worldly. I look forward to embarking upon the complete journey.

Full disclosure: Clint is my brother-in-law. To that end, multiple early book sales and online reviews are greatly appreciated. Tell all yer friends!

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But johngalt thinks:

Available now in paperback, and Kindle!

Posted by: johngalt at October 19, 2017 11:13 AM
But jk thinks:

Excellent! By the way, when you're on the Paperback page the Kindle version does not show up in "Show Other Formats."

Posted by: jk at October 19, 2017 11:30 AM
But dagny thinks:

JK, Did you order on Kindle? Some crazy Dohmen seems to be keeping score on who has sold more of Clint's books. :-)

P.S. I'm currently winning.

Posted by: dagny at October 20, 2017 5:13 PM
But jk thinks:

Yes I did, but you may take credit for it.

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But jk thinks:

I just started "War & Peace" last weekend. I should get around to this in . . . oh 2019 . . . maybe Christmastime.

Posted by: jk at October 20, 2017 5:57 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Sales update: Today The Rose and the Crane sales rank is up from the eleven thousands to #971 in the Kindle Historical Fiction category.

Keep up the good work spreading the word, ThreeSourcers!

And get busy reading your copy. I hear there's a great "grasshopper dinner" scene. And something about Percheron horses.

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October 9, 2017



Blues in the Night

Harlod Arlen & Johnny Mercer ©1941

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September 4, 2017



In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening

Hoagy Carmichael & Johnny Mercer ©1951

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August 28, 2017



I'll Take Romance

Ben Oakland & Oscar Hammerstein II ©1938

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August 23, 2017



Wichita Lineman

RIP Glen Campbell

Jimmy Webb ©1965

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But johngalt thinks:

Just. Excellent. Gives me chills.

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But jk thinks:

Aw, thanks, man!

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August 21, 2017

Another way to watch the solar eclipse

One way to observe today's solar eclipse hasn't been mentioned, much less laboriously detailed, by our media scribes. And you can do it indoors, in real-time or after the fact. Simply point your browser to Weather Underground's Wundermap and find a personal weather station that has a solar sensor readout. Not all PWS's have them, but mine does. As does this one in Salem, Oregon and this one in Casper, Wyoming, both of which are in the path of totality. (Mine is in the low 90-percent zone.)

After clicking a link, scroll down to the "Solar Radiation" plot.
The links are for live, real-time data. For future viewing, simply select the date "August 21 2017" at the top of the weather history section.


Oh, and because everyone's saying it... DON'T STARE AT THE SUN!
(Because nobody already knows that or something.)
Okay, I'll stop mocking - I just heard Ross Kaminsky say he knows a kid who is still partially blind in one eye from doing this.

UPDATE: Aaaand, it's over. [Click to enlarge]
Impressive reductions in radiated power and UV index by this near-total eclipse near Denver, Colorado (solar radiation dipped from 720 W/m^2 before to 47 W/m^2 during the eclipse) and a 4 degree F drop in ambient temperature, before rising again throughout the day.

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July 31, 2017



City of Stars

At last -- my lovely bride joins me in the Coffeehouse for a duet!

Justin Hurwitz, Lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul ©2016

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July 20, 2017

Colorado Republicans Celebrate Freedom

No, not Libertarians... Republicans.

Freedom. Freedom to think independently. Freedom to speak freely. Freedom to associate and gather, roundup. Freedom what makes America great. Freedom Roundup. The keynote speaker for the Inaugural Freedom Roundup Dinner, Jillian Melchior, editor of HEAT STREET and former reporter for Wall Street Journal and National Review, is an investigative reporter who takes head-on the challenges and assault to free speech and individual rights and exposes the hypocrisies to group-think and political correctness. Young. Dynamic. Smart. Courageous. Rising Star, catch her now!

The fundraising dinner is this Saturday night and yours truly has bought a table of eight. PM me if you'd like to join us!


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July 10, 2017



Walkin' in Memphis

Marc Cohn ©1991

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July 3, 2017



WIllow Weep for Me

Ann Ronnel ©1932

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June 23, 2017




One more Father's Day tribute -- as I was blessed with two. My Father-in-law was a big fan of Jobim Antonio Carlos Jobim ©1967

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June 18, 2017



Stars Fell on Alabama

Dick and Diane joined me in the "A" Studio for a tribute to our Dad, his birthplace, and one of his favorite keys (four flats): Stars Fell on Alabama.
Frank Perkins & Mitchell Parish ©1934

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But johngalt thinks:

Well done, kids. Nice harmonizin'. I'm sure your dad shed a tear of joy. :)

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June 5, 2017



Who Can I Turn To?

Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley ©1964

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May 15, 2017



O Canada

A salute to our great northern neighbors. Especially those at the Edmonton game who sang the US anthem when the singer's microphone failed.

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April 17, 2017

April Seventeenth

For those poor souls denied my stellar wit on Facebook:


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April 11, 2017


Told you I liked it!


Beauty and the Beast

Howard Ashman - Alan Menken ©1991

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April 10, 2017

It Would Make a Great Date night!

Hey, speaking of Justin Longo, mark your calendars for July 24, 2017!

Liberty on the Rocks -- Flatirons will host a panel discussion. Our loyal and brave home team will extol the values of Constitutional Minarchy; the Visitors from Liberty on the Rocks -- Denver will hawk anarchy. The lineup is Me and Dave Walden for #TeamNozick and Justin Longo and Professor Michael Huemer [Review Corner] for #TeamHermannHoppe.

There will be tears.

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But johngalt thinks:

Looks like a nerdy-good time. Where is LOTR-F meeting these days?

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But jk thinks:

C. B. & Potts at 120th & Huron. A very good location. They have a room in the back (not a basement!), good beer, good food, and actual service.

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April 9, 2017

Where the Columbines Grow

As a Constitutional Scholar, I'm a good guitar player. As a guitar player, well, I got some scholarly love for my playing this weekend. Rob Natelson [Review Corner]:

Regular readers of this column know that about a year and a half ago, the Independence Institute published my paper telling the story of the Colorado state song. The paper was called Reclaiming the Centennial State's Centennial Song: The Facts About "Where the Columbines Grow."


Musician John Kranz read the paper and recorded a guitar version for the website. You can listen to it here.

The new version covers only the first of the song's three verses, but it adds an creative guitar introduction. By listening to the intro, you get a sense of how the harmonics are more complicated than those of the typical state song.

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But Terri Goon thinks:

Excellent! And Beautiful.

Posted by: Terri Goon at April 10, 2017 11:16 AM
But johngalt thinks:


In case you're wondering... yes, I would have sat through all three verses.

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But jk thinks:

Thanks! I did this for the tunes' Centenary in late 2015. It has come back up because I asked Justin to pass on a link to Natelson.

As I recall, at least one of the verses had some pretty un-PC lyrics about indigenous Americans. Maybe I'll do a Directors' Cut someday...

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April 6, 2017



This Time the Dream's on Me

Harold Arlen - Johnny Mercer ©1941

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March 30, 2017



Got You on My Mind

Howard Biggs and Joe Thomas ©1951

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March 20, 2017



You Never Can Tell
Requiescat in pace, Chuck!

Chuck Berry ©1964

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March 13, 2017



I'm an old Cowhand from the Rio Grande

Johnny Mercer ©1932

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March 7, 2017



The Song is You

Jerome Kern - Oscar Hammerstein II ©1932

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February 13, 2017



It's All in the Game

"The only No. 1 pop single to have been co-written by a U.S. Vice President or winner of the Nobel Peace Prize."
Music Charles Gates Dawes ©1911; lyrics Carl Sigman ©1951

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January 30, 2017



Blame it on my Youth

Wishing y'all a prosperous and generally awesome 2017!

Oscar Levant and Edward Heyman ©1934

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January 4, 2017

I'll be here all week

Just 'cause y'all are tired of my humor:


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But jk thinks:

535 today, roughly the equivalent of seven trenchant political observations plus five good Coffeehouse videos.

Know thy strengths.

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January 3, 2017


A good review of Society's Genome -- including a Buffy reference!

New Years Eve, 1999: I'm sitting on the roof of my boyfriend's apartment building with a group of other teenagers, gazing out over the Dallas skyline and waiting for the world to go black when we hit Y2K. We'd all heard ad nauseum what would happen if all electronic communications suffered a catastrophic breakdown, but I'd only considered it on a theoretical level. I'm still not sure why, but right about the time we were chanting out "5-4-3" I got truly terrified about what it would mean on a practical level. Game over. For everyone. Everywhere. No law enforcement, healthcare, government oversight, food production or new episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Happy new year!

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December 31, 2016



What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?

Wishing y'all a prosperous and generally awesome 2017!

Frank Loesser ©1947

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October 21, 2016

According to Whom?


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August 24, 2016



Angel Eyes

The Kurt O sessions, sadly, come to a close today. Though there is speculation for another... Stay tuned.
Matt Dennis, lyrics by Earl Brent ©1946

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August 9, 2016



Ain't Misbehavin'

The great vibes of the Kurt O sessions continue at
Duke Ellington - Bob Russell ©1942

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August 1, 2016



Ain't Misbehavin'

How fun is this? Kurt O is back in the "A" Studios with this great Fats Waller tune. ©1929

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July 14, 2016

In Forbes!

No, not for my brilliant, "blood-on-the-streets" investment. But in Forbes none the less:

Nathan Thompson, CEO of Spectra Logic, with co-authors Bob Cone and John Kranz have published a book called "Society's Genome: Genetic Diversity's Role in Digital Preservation" that explores this concept. The authors this book is a guide to understanding greater trends in information storage and data preservation. The book details how vital it is to store our information, and the astounding statistics around society's digital data growth and utilization.

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July 11, 2016



Dahil Sa Iyo

In honor of the greatest Mother-in-law and Father-in-law of all time. Mike Velarde, Jr. ©1938

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But Boulder Refugee thinks:

The Refugee is an old sentimental sap. Love it!

If you actually speak Tagalog, then The Refugee has underestimated your talents.

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But jk thinks:

No, turn those probs down to two or three. I know a little. It has a very straightforward grammar, but I've too small a vocabulary to be useful.

Thanks for the kind words.

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June 23, 2016

Big Day!




UPDATE: A story in Datanami.

UPDATE II: Cool look at the signing party on our corporate site.

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But Terri thinks:

BIG Day!!

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But jk thinks:

Many thanks, Terri.

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June 19, 2016

Happy Father's Day!

My Dad:

The song, Belle Isle Streetcar Line, was written for my Mom. That's her voice requesting it. Dad died a few months after this was recorded and I am pretty happy to have this footage. I had just purchased an 8mm camcorder, which seemed wondrous as the time. I brought it down to play with it and captured this.

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But Boulder Refugee thinks:

That remains awesome on stilts!

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But johngalt thinks:

Only more precious with the passage of time. You come by your musical chops naturally my friend.

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June 17, 2016

Look Ma!

I'm on Amazon!


Fer NED's sake -- don't buy one! I have a few paperbacks lying around and they have promised me several codes for free Kindle downloads.

UPDATE: Amazon's preview.

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But Keith Arnold thinks:

I will buy a copy this weekend. You put in the effort, you deserve to be paid for that effort.

As you can imagine, I've been looking forward to this for some time now -

Posted by: Keith Arnold at June 17, 2016 2:18 PM
But jk thinks:

Nooooo! You are kind, but I did the work as a salaried employee. ("Don't ask me lady, I only work here..."). Not a bad gig, but I promise I get 0% of sales.

My employing firm underwrote this both to propagate some important ideas which redound to our firm's benefit and to show some "thought leadership."

Any money received will be donated to a school we support in Laos. But your kindness would likely ruin somebody's day "Holy Stinkyfish, somebody bought one. What do we do?"

They'll have to figure that out someday soon, but don't let it be your name they curse.

Would you prefer Kindle or paperback?

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But johngalt thinks:

Alright, alright. Uncle already. You've done enough arm twisting that I promise not to buy a copy of your new bINO.

Posted by: johngalt at June 17, 2016 6:15 PM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

I think JG and I have sufficiently demonstrated not demanding the unearned. We're both prepared to pay for a book that deserves to be paid for.

So if you're not getting a piece of the action, then I'd guiltlessly accept a Kindle copy, thank you so much.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at June 17, 2016 6:57 PM

June 13, 2016

Brother Bryan Speaking Tonight!

No, Shameless Promotion of Others.


See ya there.

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May 19, 2016

John Who???

Hardcopies of my book project are in. We got paperbacks first, there is a hardcover and a Kindle version soon to follow. There was a signing last week. I'll be able to hook ThreeSourcers up as needed.

In deference to Marketing and PR, I will not use the name, please do not. I cannot have Google searches pointing to this site, especially before whatever official release activities they plan. But, among friends, here's the cover (click on either to enlarge):

And a website in progress

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But johngalt thinks:

Did Hick actually read it?

Posted by: johngalt at May 19, 2016 1:02 PM
But jk thinks:

There were a few levels of indirection between me and the Governor; I cannot be certain. He received an early copy and we addressed an additional topic based on a suggestion. Someone in his office read it.

I can only infer charitably from his generous blurb.

However, the hippie, guitar-player, Sci-Fi author blurber is my friend and I can assure you that he read it.

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April 26, 2016



Like Someone in Love

Johnny Burke & Jimmy Van Heusen ©1944

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April 4, 2016




Charlie Chaplin ©1936. Lyrics John Turner & Geoffrey Parsons ©1954

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March 28, 2016



Time After Time

Sammy Cahn - Julie Styne ©1947

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March 14, 2016



What'll I do?

Irving Berlin ©1923

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March 4, 2016

I'm a Genius!

Okay, here's my best idea ever. Nothing to do with politics except that it was partially inspired by "approval voting."

The new SAT test will not deduct for incorrect answers. I have a much better idea for scoring multiple choice exams. Allow multiple selections but discount for the number. Imagine a question with four choices, and the correct answer is 'C'
-- If you chose C you get 100% credit
-- If you chose A and C you get 50% credit
-- If you choose A, C, and D you get 33%

This matches real-world problem solving much more closely. More importantly, it demonstrates knowledge of the material. "Well, it can't be negative if its the square root of a real number..."

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February 26, 2016



Where or When

Rodgers & Hart ©1937

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February 23, 2016



Three Coins in the Fountain

Keep then Sammy Cahn tunes coming! ©1954

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February 15, 2016



What Now My Love?

Gilbert Bécaud and lyricist Pierre Delanoë. (English lyrics Carl Sigman) ©1961

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January 25, 2016



Too Marvelous for Words

Johnny Mercer and Richard Whiting ©1937

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January 11, 2016



September in the Rain

Harry Warren and Al Dubin ©1937

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December 21, 2015



Christmas Is

Percy Faith ©1966

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December 14, 2015



Where the Columbines Grow

Colorado's State Song! A.J. Fynn ©1911

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Not many Coffeehouse videos come with homework, but I recommend Rob Natelson's paper, and his appearance on Jon Caldera's show.


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November 24, 2015

ThreeSources Holiday Bash!

My check from the Koch Brothers is late, so our caviar and champagne soiree is off.

But we could all crash Liberty on the Rocks--Flatirons's party

Whoever said politics and booze don't go together has obviously never been to Liberty on the Rocks, because we've been combining the two with great success for over half a decade!

Traditionally, LotR has had one main speaker at each bi-monthly Happy Hour, but our friends at Liberty Toastmasters came up with a great idea--why not let everyone participate? And why not give away prizes to the best speakers?

You see, even in our circle of like-minded friends, there is still a good variety of thought. We might all have the same goals--liberty--but the way we promote that idea is unique.

So, we at LotR would like to open up the floor to everyone. Come tell us what you believe in, and why. Tell us what you're doing to promote your values. This is an opportunity for learning and for growth, and also for a PARTY!

So, mark your calendars for December 7th and plan on joining us for something completely different--a Speech Contest and Holiday Party at Miller's Grille in Lafayette!

The speaking opportunities will be limited to about 3 minutes to accommodate as many as possible, but there will also be a few slots open for speeches of about 8 minutes. If you know you want to address a large crowd of your peers, then please contact Mike L Shelton or send a message to this page.

We'll kick things off at 6pm, like always, with special appetizers and drinks; then we'll begin the main program at 7pm. There will be no better place to be than with us, so we hope to see you there!:

I'll be speaking on "The triumvirate, Calhoun's toast, and the modern message of forbearance."

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But nanobrewer thinks:

OK, I'm now following; now, I just need to go to FB regularly (and have a Monday sitter....).

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November 12, 2015



I Will


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November 4, 2015



Here, There and Everywhere


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October 29, 2015



Till There Was You

Meredith Wilson ©1957

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But johngalt thinks:

The Music Man! 76 Trombones, et. al.

Thank you for continuing my musical (re)education.

This is a very nice cover, by the way. I like it more than any of the professional versions I listened to.

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But jk thinks:

Thanks for the kind words. Music Man is among America's greatest contributions to art.

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October 23, 2015



La Vie en Rose Blues

I hope Mme. Piaf would pardon the liberties taken with her classic. Edith Piaf ©1945

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September 22, 2015



Thinking Out Loud

My friend Tyler sang this at his mother's wedding and killed it. I had the misfortune to follow him. In spite of that brutal upstaging, I was quite taken with the tune. Ed Sheeran and Amy Wadge ©2014

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September 8, 2015



Unforgettable - What a Wonderful World

I played these tunes at a friends' wedding.

Unforgettable -- Irving Gordon ©1951
What a Wonderful World -- Bob Thiele and George David Weiss © 1967

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September 1, 2015

Green "Pure Principle"

From "The Hood Robin Syndrome" article jk Tweeted:

And if you are someone saving the planet from imminent doooom and destruction, well, you are the man. There is no action that you shouldn't take if it is in the service of your noble cause. You know that you have right on your side, you're preventing disaster. You know you are fighting the good fight to cool the fevered brows of those sweltering in the 2050 heat by at least a tenth of a degree, and that it is a fight that has to be fought if we are to save the very planet. Your strength is as the strength of ten because your heart is pure, and you have the moral high ground. As a result of all of that, there is no transgression you won't commit in order to have other people pay to make your beautiful Elysian (and slightly-cooler) dream come to fruition...

An almost word for word equivalence with the "pure principle of the prophet" I cited when Ayaan Hirsi Ali told us: "Boko Haram sincerely believes that girls are better off enslaved than educated." Carbon haters sincerely believe that the poor are better off with less energy than with more.

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August 30, 2015

Whither Review Corner?

Two weeks with no Review Corner -- should I short AMZN?

Your less than humble reviewer is co-writing a book, and devoting reading time to research. Review Corner may be a little sporadic through the end of the calendar year -- though every ThreeSourcer would enjoy A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature's Deep Design by Frank Wilczek. The Aristotelians 'round these parts (an overwhelming majority) will bristle at the author's fondness for Plato. But hang in there, he is not blind but rather seeks a superstructure which includes Aristotelian truth and Platonic beauty.

Plato insisted on beauty, and was ready to compromise-- or we might better say, to surrender-- accuracy. That disdain for facts, beneath its veneer of pride, betrays deep lack of confidence, and a kind of exhaustion. It gives up on the ambition to have it all, marrying beauty and accuracy, Real and Ideal.

Just started, but it comes well recommended and appears it will score some stars.

My book is a project at work that is a great fit for me. It's not a secret but my exact official role is unspecified. I'll be helping to complete a book already started. Here is a brief overview and here is a whitepaper.

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But Keith Arnold thinks:

Congratulations! I read both the overview and the whitepaper -- there's a lot of specialized knowledge that goes over my head, I admit, but I think I understand where you're headed with the issue of data protection. The second half of the whitepaper especially piqued my interest. Please keep us posted, to the degree that you can -

Posted by: Keith Arnold at August 31, 2015 12:42 PM
But jk thinks:

Thanks, I have to admit I am quite excited. If, when complete, it is not accessible to someone of half your intelligence, Brother Keith, I will have failed miserably.

I think I contribute just by being a fan of the genre of pop science books. My first contribution was insisting that every chapter open with a quote -- and I produced 20 pages of quotes that I had highlighted for previous Review Corners.

Posted by: jk at August 31, 2015 1:04 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Sounds like a real page turner!

Posted by: johngalt at August 31, 2015 1:30 PM
But jk thinks:

We're grading on a curve against The Amazon AWS S3 API and The CAN bus protocol tutorial; I ain't scared.

Actually, the target is to start with the Matt Ridley/Rational Optimist position of the importance of technology and knowledge and postulate ways to preserve that through catastrophic events. With a gifted author, that could work -- and my co-author isn't bad.

Posted by: jk at August 31, 2015 1:47 PM
But nanobrewer thinks:

Good synopsis of attack profiles and threats. Of course, the real answer is backups that are offline (in my case, the Passport sitting on a shelf behind me - some day, in a SD box). This will be more challenging if I ever get my startup going... and another argument for workstation-based (*gasp* dare I say Outlook???) eMail

This is going to be an e-Book?

Posted by: nanobrewer at September 1, 2015 3:06 PM

August 25, 2015




I confess I did not know about Nick Lucas until I found myself the proud owner of a "Nick Lucas Model" guitar. Researching the great cowboy singer, I was struck how closely his repertoire matched my Father's favorite songs -- even including one I thought Dad had written. I heard Dad sing this 100 times; here 'tis in Nick Lucas style (though I cannot pull off the operatic tenor voice). Irving Berlin ©1925

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August 17, 2015



Red River Valley

Riza lends me her banjolele (Trad.)

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August 11, 2015

Snark Recognition.

Fun: that is my comment quoted:


Posted by John Kranz at 9:28 AM | Comments (3)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

First you get the EPA to dye the Animas River in Broncos colors, and then this. JK, I had no idea you had this kind of influence. I am in awe.

I just saw a little entertainment you'll enjoy - a quote from Friedrick Hayek: "The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design. - Hayek" The quote is posted with a picture of Hayek -- SALMA Hayek. Commenters flip out over the supposed misandry, having no idea that it was the economist and not the actress who said it. I'd wager the commenters have never heard of the economist; further evidence that we're entertaining ourselves to death. What passes for education these days...

Anyway, linky goodness here:

Posted by: Keith Arnold at August 11, 2015 1:35 PM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

YIKES. I just read in the Silverton Standard & the Miner about a "Letter to the Editor" by Dave Taylor, published on July 30, predicting a week in advance the EPA "accidental disaster" on the Animas River. Mr. Taylor goes so far as to intimate it appears to be intentional, in an effort to justify Federal intervention.

First, the Anti-Dog-Eat Dog law puts the kibosh on the Phoenix-Durango rail line; now, the EPA creates a Superfund site. In Colorado, fiction becomes real life. Never let a crisis go to waste, and if you don't have one, create one.

See the source:

Posted by: Keith Arnold at August 12, 2015 6:23 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Excellent link KA. And a great comment by one Desmond McGrath, wherein he refers to the present day EPA as the "Gaia Gestapo." He urges a "de-Nazification" of the agency. How about the entire federal government?

Posted by: johngalt at August 13, 2015 12:03 PM

July 16, 2015



I Wish you Love

Charles Trenet

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July 10, 2015

Horsin' Around

Our humble little vaulting club has grown in size and skill level, to the point where the Mile High Vaulters are the second largest club competing at the AVA National Championship this year. And the best part - Northern Coloradoans have a chance to come and watch them compete for top honors at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland!

Come on, y'all! (There's not much talk like that in the equestrian vaulting community. That's all me.)

Posted by JohnGalt at 12:10 AM | Comments (3)
But dagny thinks:

Please if anyone has time to stop by, hunt down some Mile High Vaulters who will be able to find me to say, "HI!"

Posted by: dagny at July 10, 2015 2:08 PM
But nanobrewer thinks:

Where's the website, Dagny? I'd like to bring a horse-crazy friend...

Posted by: nanobrewer at July 11, 2015 12:22 AM
But dagny thinks:

The event itself does not have its own website. But there is more info available here:

on the American Vaulting Association website. Then there is info about us specifically at . and on our Facebook page.

Posted by: dagny at July 13, 2015 12:53 PM

July 6, 2015



You Don't Know Me

Eddy Arnold & Cindy Walker ©1955

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June 9, 2015



Ain't Misbehavin'

Fats Waller, Harry Brooks, and Andy Razaf ©1929

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June 4, 2015




Erroll Garner ©1952

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Weld County Lincoln Day - C'mon y'all!

It's been a while since we've held a ThreeSources blogger bash. Three years, in fact. Well, let's do it again! I'm the Secretary of the Weld County Republicans now so I can probably make sure we actually get our assigned table this time. Plus Rick Santorum will not be making an 11th hour appearance this time so attendance will not be standing-room-only.

RSVP deadline is Friday at noon. Reply in the comments and I'll buy your ticket(s). You can reimburse me at the event.

Here's the sales pitch I made to my family members, shamelessly plagiarized for shamelessly self-promoting to my fellow bloggers:

I talked to Opa tonight about inviting the entire SNP gang to the Weld County Lincoln Day Dinner and he thought it would be fun. The keynote speaker will be the new Chairman of the Colorado GOP, Steve House. Steve has a reform oriented agenda intended to appeal to a more diverse and liberty minded audience of Colorado voters. But speeches are only part of the evening. There won’t be dancing but it will still be a rare chance to get dressed up, find a babysitter, and let someone else do the cooking and cleaning for a change while you just relax and have fun. The dinner is a week from Saturday at the UNC Ballroom in Greeley at 6:30 pm. As Secretary of the Weld GOP I can make sure that we all get to sit together, at adjacent tables of 8. Tickets are $40 each and I have a deadline of Friday at noon. Please consider joining Jodi, Opa and me. I think you might be pleasantly surprised at the new direction of Colorado Republicans under its new leadership. Please RSVP by tomorrow night.


Posted by JohnGalt at 3:16 AM | Comments (4)
But jk thinks:

Great choice for speaker. I regret we will not be able to attend.

Posted by: jk at June 4, 2015 6:26 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Well, nothing says that you have to go just because you bought a ticket. ;)

Posted by: johngalt at June 5, 2015 11:16 AM
But jk thinks:

Fair point. Plus, I am beginning to see what got you elected...

Put me down for two.

Posted by: jk at June 5, 2015 11:57 AM
But johngalt thinks:


I sorta committed to selling a full table. Thanks brother!

Posted by: johngalt at June 5, 2015 4:12 PM

June 2, 2015



Do you Know what it Means?

Eddie DeLange and Louis Alter ©1947

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May 26, 2015



Scotch and Soda

Dave Guard of the Kingston Trio gets the writing credit, but its provenance is a bit more complicated.

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April 28, 2015



Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain

Fred Rose ©1940

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My Sister joins me in the Coffeehouse. ThreeSourcers get an early peek....
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March 31, 2015




Johnny Burke & Jimmy Van Heusen ©1940

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March 16, 2015

Just Another Day at ThreeSources

It appears Cato Senior Fellow and Supply Side co-founder Alan Reynolds has dropped by to comment on one of brother jg's posts.

This caused me to search for a Review Corner of his superb "Income and Weatlh." I did not find a review, but I do reference it quite a bit.

Oh carry on people -- being star-struck doesn't suit you!

Posted by John Kranz at 9:23 AM | Comments (1)
But Alan Reynolds thinks:

There a bunch of reviews on Amazon. David Henderson wrote one too. I'm doing a lot on Twitter @AlanReynoldEcn and most of my heavier lifting is posted

Just because I've been doing this since '71 you should not assume I'm old.

Posted by: Alan Reynolds at April 25, 2015 1:02 PM

March 10, 2015



I'm Old Fashioned

Jerome Kern & Johnny Mercer ©1942

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February 23, 2015



If I Were a Bell

Frank Loesser ©1950

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January 14, 2015

Hey Obama...

This is a red letter day. I don't remember the last time I linked to an old BerkeleySquareJazz blog post. And I didn't remember it being that long ago, but I did recall this post (and its awesome photo of a young woman holding the paramount sign from the collection) when our president refused to link arms with the rest of the political leaders of the free world last weekend.

What a difference a decade makes. Investors' Ed Page goes into more detail about the new normal in 'France, For Now at Least, Gets Realistic on War on Terror.'

Time will tell whether it is the France of Joan of Arc or of Petain of Vichy that becomes dominant in the global war on terror. But right now, the French get credit for clear thinking. Just as the Resistance made little distinction between Vichy and the Nazis, Le Drian correctly sees no difference between the gunmen killing editorial cartoonists in Paris, claiming affiliation with al-Qaida in Yemen, and the British Jihadi John beheading innocent captive journalists within IS territory.

They, and the Taliban and the Islamofascist regime in Iran, are all components of the same enemy of Western civilization.

At the White House, unfortunately, an attack on a magazine or a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi elicits withholding use of the "T word" for as long as possible.

Our objective in fighting IS isn't victory as soon as possible; it is to "degrade" it and only destroy it "ultimately" -- because the president, our commander in chief, is dead set in his refusal to "involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil."

Our missions against terrorists can't be part of the "global war on terror"; they must be "overseas contingency operations," a defanged term the Obama administration began insisting on soon after coming to power.

It is all a devious attempt to disguise that Western civilization faces another world war.

The French, for now at least, have rekindled their recollections of the Nazi occupation: those who pretend it isn't really war are cursed to lose it.

So to France I say, "Thank you, for protecting civilization." At least, for now.

(And I can't resist reposting the pic. Imagine this saying "Hey Obama" and being carried by a Parisienne.)



UPDATE: Michael Ramirez' take

UPDATE II: [jk -- hate to bust in on a brother's post, but we should give equal time to the brave French of yore...]

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:20 PM | Comments (5)
But johngalt thinks:

I'm not quite sure but it seems like you're harshing my pro-France mellow.

Posted by: johngalt at January 14, 2015 7:07 PM
But Jk thinks:

Pardon moi. I just remembered this picture and thought it reflective of French valor.

Posted by: Jk at January 14, 2015 9:12 PM
But johngalt thinks:

It took me a while to remember - she was protesting the then French President for not joining the coalition, non? So yes, a like-minded contribution. Much thanks.

Posted by: johngalt at January 15, 2015 1:28 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Errr, ummm... Merci!

Posted by: johngalt at January 15, 2015 1:29 PM
But jk thinks:

I knew you'd see it my way.

Posted by: jk at January 15, 2015 1:31 PM

January 13, 2015

Shameless Fraternal Promotion

Yeah, I wussed out. It was -140°F or something, and Brother Bryan was speaking in Centennial or some NED-forsaken place South of Mordor...

Still these are excuses. Here's what I missed:

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January 2, 2015

An Algorithm Which Recognizes Talent!

A good friend of this blog from waaay back emails a story I might find "possibly amusing." He is correct.

He starts a dummy Twitter account to post a couple of items on a sports fan page. He sends two tweets, follows no one, and has no followers. Whom does Twitter recommend?


Clearly, I should follow the other two -- they're in my karass.

Posted by John Kranz at 11:54 AM | Comments (3)
But johngalt thinks:

Did he actually tell Twitter it was a "dummy" account, cuz that could explain it... if they knew that.

Posted by: johngalt at January 2, 2015 12:17 PM
But jk thinks:

What. What R U saying?

Posted by: jk at January 2, 2015 1:33 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Well, umm, you call yourself some kind of "libertarian." Isn't it self evident?

Posted by: johngalt at January 2, 2015 4:49 PM

December 31, 2014

New Years' Coffeehousin'


Auld Lang Syne

Trad, lyrics by Robert Burns

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December 18, 2014

Gene Simmons for President

This one hasn't filtered through to the #3src widget yet, despite preceding the one that did (with the misspelled "Deuche" critique.) But I was very impressed by the insights of the KISS bassist on FNC's 'Outnumbered' show today. The tweet was about his views on normalizing relations with Cuba but he was great on everything.

Posted by JohnGalt at 7:05 PM | Comments (3)
But jk thinks:

Going to watch it now. First, point of order -- DMs do not show on the widget. a .@genesimmons would have got you there.

Posted by: jk at December 19, 2014 6:11 PM
But jk thinks:

Ummm, I got "Study: Men tune out their partners when discussing feelings." His tongueness was interesting, but I don't think that was the clip you were recommending.

Posted by: jk at December 19, 2014 6:21 PM
But johngalt thinks:

They only chose a few bits to post video of and the segment on Cuba was outrageously not one of them. Nincompoops.

Posted by: johngalt at December 21, 2014 3:38 AM

December 5, 2014



Pretty Paper

Willie Nelson ©1963

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November 29, 2014

100 percent! Now that's a consensus!

The blog has been slow for a couple days so I hope nobody minds if I re-post a comment made on an IBD editorial article.

Not only is global warming not accelerating, it is, in the words of Cato analysts Paul C. Knappenberger and Patrick J. Michaels, "actually decelerating, or, (nearly) stopped."

In fact, there is apparent 100% agreement among scientists that the planet isn't warming.

Knappenberger and Michaels looked at 35 scientific papers published in recent years and "every single one of them acknowledged in some way that a hiatus, pause, or slowdown in global warming was occurring."

They arrived at the figure using the same methodology that John Cook used to arrive at his famous claim that 97% of researchers endorsed the "scientific consensus" that man is causing Earth to warm.

Their 100% claim, found on the Watts Up With That blog, was made with their tongues firmly lodged in their cheeks. But even if only one scientist truly believes that, the facts are still the facts, and they say there's been no warming in 18 years and one month.

You remember the 97% claim, don't you? Well, Bart_R couldn't help himself and waded in to prove the veracity of the piece's title, 'Warming Has Stopped But Eco-Radicals' Lunacy Accelerates.' To wit:

While Knappenberger and Michaels have been industrious workers for Cato, one must ask oneself what sort of person industriously works to promote fossil waste dumping without consent of or compensation to the rest of the world?

What sort of business model is that, where waste disposal isn't paid for by the businesses responsible to the businesses and consumers they dump their wastes on, without limit or consideration?

What sort of investor takes advice to conduct themselves so unethically?

So I dutifully replied:

"Fossil waste dumping?" "Waste?" We're talking about CO2 here. The respiratory by-product of every mammal on earth, and the essential molecule for terrestrial plant life. CO2 could only be called "waste" by a mammal. Well, maybe also a reptile. Or invertebrate.

"I am the Lorax, I speak for the trees, MORE CO2, NOW if you please!"

The key words in your comment are "consent" and "compensation" i.e. EPA administrative law and redistributive taxation. A true environmentalist, one who cares about human progress without careless disposal of pollutants, should not support the use of pollution laws in furtherance of this agenda because when people see the so-called "Environmental Protection Agency" classify this life-promoting gas as a pollutant, they begin to lose respect for the mission and the credibility of the agency.

Posted by JohnGalt at 11:11 AM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

Thank you, Lorax, for giving voice to those who have none in this Kingdomist Mammalarchy.

There are many blogs I enjoy from my browser, but I subscribe to Cato's on Kindle. For a dollar or two a month, I always have something if I'm stuck waiting somewhere, but usually I get to read a whole week's on Saturday. Knappenberger and Michaels ("Chip & Pat") are in every week with a devastating, data-driven response to the catastrophists. Great stuff.

Posted by: jk at November 29, 2014 1:56 PM

November 18, 2014



Midnight Sun

Lionel Hampton & Johnny Mercer ©1947

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November 13, 2014

Another From the Boxed Set

My Brother-in-law shot a very cool promotional video for me when I launched my "jk sings songs from even numbered decades" career in the early 1990s.

I'm going to add it to the JK Boxed Set site over the next few weeks in single song chunks.

More Than You Know

Billy Rose ©1929

jk sings songs from even numbered decades

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November 6, 2014

One From the Boxed Set

Cleaning out the hard drive, I stubbed my toe on an old file. My Brother-in-law shot a very cool promotional video for me when I launched my "jk sings songs from even numbered decades" career in the early 1990s. He is a pro with pro gear, and this was before home video really took off. It is a slick piece destroyed by transition to a VHS copy and them to digital -- but it was way cool in the day.

I'm going to add it to the JK Boxed Set site over the next few weeks in single song chunks.

It's Only a Paper Moon

Harold Arlen & E.Y. Harburg ©1933

jk sings songs from even numbered decades

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October 21, 2014

Three Sources Radio!

In the comments for yesterday's What We Fight For post I mentioned that I plugged the blog in a call to Grassroots Radio Colorado yesterday evening. Want to know what yours truly sounds like? Tune in to the podcast.

Start at 23:00, but if you're in a hurry skip to 26:50. But I recommend starting at 23:00.

The rest of the show was pretty good too, including both Tom Tancredo and state senator Kevin Lundberg agreeing with what I'd said and expanding on it. Listen through to the end if you have time.

That's Grassroots Radio Colorado, with my super cool friend Kris Cook on 560 am KLZ in Denver, weekdays 5-7 pm Mountain Time. (5-6 on Fridays.) Check it out!!

Tune in live on the internet here.

Posted by JohnGalt at 4:09 PM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

And he hawks! Well played, sir!

You did well but I had listened to the whole thing and was still reeling from Rep. Tancredo saying "Republicans should all get together and campaign on opposition to immigration!"

Posted by: jk at October 21, 2014 4:55 PM

October 13, 2014




Jimi Hendrix ©1970

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Posted by John Kranz at 10:05 AM | Comments (18)
But johngalt thinks:

For BR's nephew...

I asked yesterday, "how can someone who cares get these kids clean?"

I think the answer is in one word: Motivation.

See the Al Pacino clip at the end of this link (which also lists natural ways to increase dopamine and other brain chemicals) and I think you'll agree with the words,

"Now I can't do it for you. (...) Life is a game of inches. We fight for those inches because we know, when you add up all those inches it is what makes the difference between winning and losing. Between living and dying."

So yes, motivation. And teamwork.

And no amount of government mandate or legal penalty can give that to someone. In fact, they probably do the opposite. Oh sure, President Clinton "felt my pain." But was he willing to fight and die for me? Not so much.

Posted by: johngalt at October 15, 2014 2:36 PM
But johngalt thinks:

And, you know, things did get a little stiff and stilted around the 3 minute mark. Coincidental with the vocal pause. Not sure it is correlated.

Oh, and one of your wall decorations is askew.

You're welcome.

Posted by: johngalt at October 15, 2014 2:45 PM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Actually, I really liked the tone on the guitar. The new recording system was apparently worth the money. (Of course, your money, not mine...)

With all due respect JG, and I know you mean well, but the suggestion sounds like solutions for addicts from someone who's never dealt with addicts. Yes, it does boil down to motivation on their part. But if a Knute Rockne speech were all that's needed we'd have no addicts. It is a damn complicated combination of physical body chemistry and mental illness more like a Rubik's cube than a game of hopscotch.

The reason to impose government coerced rehab is that addicts all have something else in common besides substance abuse: they use taxpayer funded social programs (welfare, medicaid/medicare, food stamps, section 8 housing, etc. etc.) Much like the war on drugs, couldn't the money be better spent curing the problem rather than just addressing symptoms? If taxpayer money is to be spent, let's spend it wisely. Statistically, at best, 1 in 3 addicts will be cured by rehab. But I like that a lot better than indefinite government assistance for 3 in 3.

Of course, we can take the big-L Libertarian position and say they make their own choices and they can live with the consequences period. Valid purist argument. Meanwhile, back in the real world...

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at October 15, 2014 5:09 PM
But johngalt thinks:

My suggestion presupposed that the addict has reached the stage of wanting to quit. Without that, is there even a shred of hope? Not with the addicts I've experienced. The football players wanted to win. The addict has to want to live.

You referenced a Libertarian position, but not the one I would recommend. I would recommend the Libertarian/Republican position: End the enabling programs, don't pile more bullshit on top of the rotting mass that already corrupts the choice/reward system. I challenge your premise that taxpayer money is to be spent. Am I missing something in your prescription, because it seems obviously wrong to me.

Oh yes, "real world" where we "can't" end failed government programs. I forgot. Back to my bottle of blue pills.

Hey jk, I request 'Stairway to Heaven' next week!

Posted by: johngalt at October 15, 2014 6:24 PM
But Jk thinks:

The crooked sign loosely translates to "No Stairway." apologizes for any inconvenience.

Posted by: Jk at October 16, 2014 7:57 AM
But johngalt thinks:

Very well then. Freebird!

(See what you've done, SC?)

Posted by: johngalt at October 16, 2014 2:29 PM

October 1, 2014



Lullaby of Broadway

Harry Warren ©1935

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September 24, 2014



Lullaby of Birdland

George Shearing ©1952

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Posted by John Kranz at 10:37 AM | Comments (2)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

I really do enjoy these pieces. Are my ears just unusually clean today or does that guitar have an exceptional tone?

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at September 26, 2014 12:40 PM
But jk thinks:

And I really do enjoy the kind words! I recorded "Lullaby of Broadway" at the same session, that'll be out in a few days.

There are only two truly difficult things in life:
1) Make a guitar sound good.
2) Record a good sounding guitar.
Chasing these keeps a few percent of GDP in motion. While the new SG does indeed have a lovely tone, I also think I have made some improvements in item two over the years. I must endeavor to get the big archtops out again and try to better share how nice they sound in the Coffeehouse Studios.

Posted by: jk at September 26, 2014 1:45 PM

September 9, 2014

Planning your Friday evening yet?

Visit the Official Atlas Shrugged Movie Web Site!


Posted by JohnGalt at 4:38 PM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

Alas, show times are not yet posted for any of the theatres near me. It's a communist plot!

Posted by: johngalt at September 9, 2014 4:50 PM
But jk thinks:

Ellsworth Toohey's column has a complete listing.

Posted by: jk at September 9, 2014 5:02 PM

August 25, 2014



What a Wonderful World

I played this in torrential rain at my niece's wedding. Bob Thiele and George David Weiss ©1967

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August 21, 2014

"Never Again..."

A Facebook friend compared the Islamic State movement [ISIS] to Nazism in 20th century Germany. Given the wholesale mass murder that both ideologies engaged in, I think the comparison is a good one, and completely leaps over Godwin's Law. I replied with the following comment:

The analogy between "ISIS" (Islamic Statists) and NAZI Germany is apropos, but I think there is a more timely analogy for IS - namely, the Ebola virus. Islamism is an ideological virus comparable to the biological virus. Both viruses kill or make carriers of the majority of people which they contact. Both are merciless, and have no goal but their own propagation. Both pose a threat of spreading to every nation on Earth. They are impervious to reason or "negotiation." - So why does Ebola warrant emergency efforts by our NIH and deployment of our latest experimental "weapon" the ZMAPP drug, while the rapidly spreading Islamic Statist movement is met only with "limited airstrikes?"


Posted by JohnGalt at 3:09 PM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

Michael Moynihan deliberately mentioned and then contravened Godwin's Law on The Independents last night, saying "This is Babi Yar."

Strong but undeniable words. There are no examples contradictory to equivalence.

I would certainly back the President on a forceful response, but I mistrust his judgment sufficiently to hope for caution. "Limited Air strikes" have been somewhat effective. A clandestine arming of the Kurds could be good politics and good policy.

Posted by: jk at August 21, 2014 5:31 PM

August 13, 2014

Islam on Sex and the "rights" of "slaves"

Heh. Don't get many opportunities to use the "slavery" category these days but such is the gift that is the darkness of [they refer to it as, simply] IS. (Islamic State)

In the first comment to this oft-cited (at least by yours truly) post I riffed on Ayaan Hirsi Ali's claim in a WSJ piece that a central part of what the jihadists are about is the oppression of women.

The central issue here, morally justified by the "pure principles of the Prophet" is a profound illiberalism. One which permits one class - devout Muslim men - to do anything his heart desires to every member of any other group. A "license to rape" is a popular selling point to young men.

This idea was horrific enough in the antiseptic realm of the intellect. Today I find purportedly devout young Muslim men Tweeting about what a believer is permitted to do with his female slaves.

Islam allows "slavery". Women can be captured, men can be killed. The Prophet approved this ...

is their a limit to how many slave women can have?

I'm not sure there's a fixed limit.

that in islam u dont need to marry a slave to have physical relationship with her

a slave is not one of your wives, you can have relationship with her as long as she's your slave

Don't worry, though, because "slaves" have "rights."

Sex has to be consentual though and it only applies to concubines. Mut'ah [temporary marriage for pleasure] is a big no no

whats the definition of concubine, isnt it the same as a person u own, obvious in islam they have rights

But their intentions are "good" right? As AHA explained, "Boko Haram [and all Islamists, by extension] sincerely believes that girls are better off enslaved than educated." Noble even. With benefactors like that, who needs an evil overlord?

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July 30, 2014



A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square

Eric Maschwitz and Manning Sherwin ©1939

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July 29, 2014

"Windy" the Wind Imaging Laser System

This amazing device was developed by some friends of mine. Check it out and please share it widely.

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July 23, 2014


Blog (and Coffeehouse) friend SC was in town. Much fun was had. Matching Gibson SGs were purchased. My hard drive crashed with all inculpatory data, but the guys at the DOJ crime lab recovered this:


Summertime / Azure Te

Sugarchuck is in da house...

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July 14, 2014



Azure Te

Don Wolf, Bill Davis ©1952

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Happy Bastille Day, Y'all! Permalink

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July 3, 2014



When Your Lover Has Gone

Einar Aaron Swan ©1931

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May 26, 2014



My Baby Just Cares for Me

Take my birthday present out for a spin!

Walter Donaldson & Gus Kahn ©1930

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May 6, 2014



Bein' Green

Joe Raposo ©1970

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Posted by John Kranz at 11:00 AM | Comments (2)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Nice! ... and with a green guitar in keeping with the theme.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at May 6, 2014 11:55 AM
But jk thinks:

Oh man, I didn't even think of that . . .

Thanks for the kind words.

Posted by: jk at May 6, 2014 12:02 PM

April 17, 2014



That's How Strong My Love Is

Roosevelt Jamison ©1964

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April 9, 2014

Gladius! (Limited Engagement)

I want to share with all ThreeSourcers, friends and family, and anyone in the Denver area a great opportunity to see a Vegas quality live performance of acrobats, equestrians and clowns complete with lights, music and even a fire act. It is called "Gladius the Show" and one of the co-creators is a friend of ours, Erik Martonovich, a long-time fellow vaulter who grew up in Golden.

We opted for the "VIP" tickets, which gave us access to meet and talk with the performers after the show. My favorite parts were the gymnast who wound himself up and down on nylon straps with amazing grace, strength and flexibility, the combination of Roman riding and hanging from the ceiling, the high-speed CHARIOT RACE, and the four-horse Roman riding/vaulting finale.

It was truly impressive and well worth the modest ticket price (although I think I can post a 10% discount ordering code here later, to make it even more affordable.)

Shows continue daily at Jefferson County Fairgrounds Westernaires Arena, but only through April 20th. The time and money they have invested to create this impressive show have really paid off and I'm happy to endorse and promote them as much as I possibly can. Tell your friends!

Press clippings:

Denver Post


Posted by JohnGalt at 7:23 PM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:

Saw your tweet on this; it sounded cool. Thanks for posting pictures (although, if you had the Lumina 1020...)

Posted by: jk at April 10, 2014 9:58 AM
But johngalt thinks:

Yeah yeah.

Dagny asked me to make it more prominent than the tweet. So I did, of course.

Posted by: johngalt at April 10, 2014 2:23 PM

April 7, 2014

Coffeehouse in lieu of Review Corner


That's Amoré

Harry Warren (born Salvatore Antonio Guaragna) and lyrics Jack Brooks ©1952

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Posted by John Kranz at 9:58 AM | Comments (2)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

That guitar has a wonderful tone!

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at April 8, 2014 3:31 PM
But Sugarchuck thinks:

I agree with the refugee, great tone! Great performance.

Posted by: Sugarchuck at April 14, 2014 12:44 AM

March 6, 2014


Big day! I'm officially going live with my boxed set website: www,


I've been working on this in the background for a year. I have digitized and edited a giant tub of disks, cds, vinyl, and tapes of many formats, Recently a friend of mine returned to this great nation of ours and she helped me finish the site design. And today is go-live.

I have added the website address to the blogroll, and there is also a Facebook Page where I will highlight videos and pictures on occasion.

Posted by John Kranz at 10:16 AM | Comments (4)
But johngalt thinks:

Does the back-end work yet, or is it even written? Can it handle more than 10 visitors at a time? And does it infect my computer when I visit because of a Trojan left there by the Belarusian subcontractor? Jus' kiddin' bro, this is awesome. An A for initiative, then and now. Just starting to sample some tracks. 'No Friend of Mine' is pretty cool. One question though... never forgiven him? Adequately thanked?

Posted by: johngalt at March 6, 2014 12:17 PM
But Terri thinks:


Posted by: Terri at March 6, 2014 1:55 PM
But jk thinks:

Thanks for the kind words!

(Had to look up "never forgiven," but yes, I felt somehow violated that he did that sax solo in one take. Just Not. Right.)

Posted by: jk at March 6, 2014 2:41 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Ah, now I understand.

Posted by: johngalt at March 6, 2014 4:10 PM

March 2, 2014

Coffeehouse in lieu of Review Corner

Send this out to all the ThreeSourcers in Real Estate or the Title business... "'Deed I Do."

Fred Rose & Walter Hirsh ©1926


Posted by John Kranz at 1:36 PM | Comments (0)

January 21, 2014



Kind Hearted Woman

Robert Johnson ©1948

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We've had requests before, but this was the first request with a delicate guitar paring. Our sommelier wanted to hear "Kind Hearted Woman" on "the surf green guitar."

Voila! Ooh-eh the surf-verte guitare...


Posted by John Kranz at 12:59 AM | Comments (0)

January 14, 2014



If I Were a Bell

So, jk, what does that new, green geetar sound like?

Frank Loesser ©1950

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Posted by John Kranz at 12:11 AM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

Heh. Got this up on Facebook, here, coffeehouse, and sent an email blast. Usually people remark on the song, sometimes the performance.

Every comment to date has been on the guitar. It's an Eastwood Delta-6. It is indeed green.

Posted by: jk at January 14, 2014 12:53 PM

December 9, 2013

Christmas Coffeehousin'

No "War on Christmas" at Live at the Coffeehouse dot com!


Blue Christmas

Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson ©1948 -- Merry Christmas, Y'all!

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November 19, 2013



'Till I Can Gain Control Again

Words and music by Rodney Crowell ©1975

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October 21, 2013



Stars Fell on Alabama

Time to take the new guitar out for a spin. In honor of her difficult humidity journey to Colorado: Stars Fell on Alabama by Frank Perkins and Mitchell Parish ©1934

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A friend-of-a-friend on Facebook makes beautiful bows at S&S Archery. The owner is branching out to make guitars and I picked up Serial Number 6. It is a very pretty and well crafted instrument. The humidity change from Alabama to Colorado created a bit of havoc on the setup. I will take it in for some pro adjustments after it gets a little more used to the high desert.


Posted by John Kranz at 11:55 AM | Comments (0)

September 19, 2013

ALL HAIL . . . ME!!!!!

I alerted James Taranto yesterday of some dispute over the popular whack that President Clinton is responsible for disarming military bases. Taranto corrects under "Homer Nods:"

Contrary to an assertion in yesterday's column, the policy that forbids most U.S. military servicemen from carrying firearms on base did not originate in the Clinton administration. Rather, according to, it was the Bush administration--the first one--in a February 1992 Defense Department directive.

I got my props:

But I'm sad he did not borrow my heading: "We Blame George H W Bush." Dang. Solid gold that one.

Posted by John Kranz at 5:00 PM | Comments (3)
But Terri thinks:


Posted by: Terri at September 19, 2013 5:28 PM
But jk thinks:

Reading -- so you don't have to!

Posted by: jk at September 19, 2013 5:34 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Shameless! ;)

GHWB also signed the "assault weapon" ban, did he not? Hence, One-Term Charlie. (His defeat was widely blamed on "read my lips - no new taxes" but I think it was the NRA who cut him loose.) Maybe someone who was paying closer attention at the time can support or refute.

Posted by: johngalt at September 20, 2013 3:42 PM

September 9, 2013



Maybe You'll be There

Words & Music by Sammy Gallop & Rube Bloom, 1947

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August 6, 2013

Wherefore art thou, Twitter widget!

I just noticed the Tweet Box at the top of the page is no longer there. Probably disabled without fanfare months ago, and now I finally notice since I hashtagged a Tweet:

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:42 AM | Comments (3)
But jk thinks:

This blog has the world's worst IT guy.

It is still there -- as in I did not remove it, but it dies not show. I suspect either Twitter has stopped supporting that particular API or perhaps our hosting company blocks it somehow for security.

I miss it but not enough, yet, to fix it. I will look at it this weekend.

Posted by: jk at August 6, 2013 9:18 AM
But johngalt thinks:

I wanted to include "Any Obama voters ready to scrape off the bumper sticker now?" but that was too long to be a "tweet."

Posted by: johngalt at August 6, 2013 11:43 AM
But jk thinks:

Lookit! Lookit! It's there at the top of the page!!! For those who care, the good people at Twitter deprecated some methods in the old one.

I'll give a SHOUT-OUT to the good folks at who host this site. Their tech support folks are top notch. While this wasn't their problem, they ran it down for me and advised without any of the "can't you read, Moron?" opprobrium I would have used on me were I they. I happily recommend them for your hosting needs.

Posted by: jk at August 7, 2013 6:24 PM

July 30, 2013

Annual rise in cost of living? Roughly 10 percent

Let's pause the battle for the soul of the Republican Party long enough to examine more proof of the existence of Stealtflation (R). This Fox Business article dates to last summer, but except for the Bing or Google page caches it may be the closest you can get to the chapwood index site, which is either swamped after their FNC mention this morning or blocked by the Secret Service.

Wait, what's that sound? whup whup whup whup...

UPDATE: This guy stole my term, Stealthflation, before I even coined it! (And we need to work on our SEO 'cause the first Threesources hit for the term didn't come until the third page.)

Posted by JohnGalt at 11:08 AM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

The Chapwood Index creator said he came up with it to show how working folk are getting robbed every year by their government through devaluation of their earnings. (Also the reason I keep harping on it, by the way.) As I look into our company parking lot I must credit the amazing production effiencies and technologies that allow sub-$15k cars to be produced in the uber-regulation era. Cars without which an ever growing segment of the working class would be living in the pre-automobile past.

Posted by: johngalt at July 31, 2013 12:07 PM

July 22, 2013

Special Night at LOTR-F!

Join us on Monday, July 22nd, where your special guest speakers will be Dr. William M. Gray and Barry E. Schwartz, who will be presenting "The Myth of human caused climate change -- what the media won't tell you". After the presentation there will be short Q&A, followed by the opportunity to network with other local liberty supporters. Come for the event, stay for the food and networking - you're guaranteed a great evening no matter what!

This event is open to the public, bring your friends!

As it happens, I am bringing a friend: The denyin'-denier, über-environmentalist Facebook friend, JC, plans to meet me there.

It's going to be a Wang Dang Doodle!

Posted by John Kranz at 2:34 PM | Comments (5)
But jk thinks:

Brother jg and Sister dagny ask for a seat to be saved as well... Fun, fun!

Posted by: jk at July 22, 2013 3:08 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Every self-respecting uber-environmentalist should want to ask himself, why does the most prosperous and technologically advanced nation on earth mismanage its national forests so?

"Drought and climate change have contributed to this scenario, but the condition of the forests is the primary underlying factor, with nearly homogenous landscapes of mature, single-age stands that are overly dense and stressed from competing for nutrients and water. In other words, they are ripe for insect attacks and destructive wildfires," Duda said.
Posted by: johngalt at July 22, 2013 3:43 PM
But Terri thinks:

I too am bringing a friend....hope to get there very early so will save a table.

Posted by: Terri at July 22, 2013 4:06 PM
But johngalt thinks:

The only thing that would be more fun than this to talk about tonight is theMotorless City.

Posted by: johngalt at July 22, 2013 5:29 PM
But Jk thinks:

Awesome night!

Posted by: Jk at July 22, 2013 11:34 PM

July 16, 2013



Straighten Up and Fly Right

Nat King Cole & Irving Mills © 1943

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Posted by John Kranz at 12:09 AM | Comments (0)

June 25, 2013



I've Got Rhythm

George & Ira Gershwin

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Take the new gut-string out for a spin...

UPDATE: Never turn down a request! Permalink

Posted by John Kranz at 8:32 AM | Comments (4)
But Terri thinks:


Posted by: Terri at June 25, 2013 12:24 PM
But johngalt thinks:

AND yummy!

Posted by: johngalt at June 25, 2013 2:41 PM
But johngalt thinks:

(Needs a permalink though.)

Posted by: johngalt at June 25, 2013 2:43 PM
But johngalt thinks:

You've earned another view. MMMMMMMmmmm!

Posted by: johngalt at June 26, 2013 3:50 PM

May 13, 2013

Happy Libertyversary!

Liberty on the Rocks -- Flatirons:

Join us on Monday, May 13th, when we will be celebrating the first anniversary of the Flatirons chapter with a showing of "FrackNation" -- a documentary that follows journalist Phelim McAleer as he seeks out the science behind, and truth about, fracking. After the movie there will be short Q&A with Americans for Prosperity, followed by the opportunity to network with other local liberty supporters. Come for the event, stay for the food and networking -- you’re guaranteed a great evening no matter what!

Six to Nine PM at Miller's Grille

Hat-tip: Terri See you there!

Posted by John Kranz at 1:42 PM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

A year old, and still waiting for that Tax Exempt status to come through from #IRS? ;)

Posted by: johngalt at May 13, 2013 2:16 PM
But johngalt thinks:

This is right in my wheelhouse but I don't think I can make it. Bummer.

Posted by: johngalt at May 13, 2013 4:14 PM

April 11, 2013



St. Louis Blues

W. C. Handy ©1914

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One more from the Quantum Theory project.
Posted by John Kranz at 12:03 AM | Comments (0)

March 26, 2013



Makin' Whoopie

"Give a guitar player a fish, and you'll feed him for a day. Give him video editing software, and he'll probably try a crude form of multi-tracking..."

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Posted by John Kranz at 9:40 AM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

Sweet! Loved it! Even though you're clearly trying to disprove my assertion that, per the Identity Theorem, a thing can not be in more than one place at the same time.

Seriously though, this is excellent. Well done. Encore!

Posted by: johngalt at March 26, 2013 3:30 PM

March 12, 2013

A Shermanesque Response to the Conclave of Cardinals

"If nominated, I will not run. If elected, I will not serve."

Posted by John Kranz at 10:44 AM | Comments (0)

March 1, 2013

Brother Bryan on Radio

"I'll be co-hosting Grassroots Radio Colorado with the lovely and talented Molly Vogt. Be sure to tune in tonight from 5-7 PM at 560 AM or at"

Posted by John Kranz at 5:56 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

I'm listening. He sounds like a radio Pro!

Posted by: johngalt at March 1, 2013 7:40 PM

February 14, 2013

From the Coffeehouse Vaults

My mother was born on Valentine's Day. And she always did a great job pretending to like my music. So this one's for her:

Rodgers & Hart meet the new mandolin.

[Originally posted Feb 8, 2011]

Posted by John Kranz at 10:22 AM | Comments (0)

December 24, 2012

Christmas Coffeehousin'


Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

We got the production team together last August to make sure we had time for a high-production-value holiday offering at, not some goofy thing we threw together on the 23rd. The track is freshly back from mastering -- just in time. Merry Christmas!

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Posted by John Kranz at 9:49 AM | Comments (0)

December 19, 2012



Comes Love

"Maybe my first day with my new cameras left me with very little usable footage. But maybe I just wanted to do an artsy, behind-the-scenes look at the virtual coffeehouse. You'll never know for sure..."

Words & Music by Lew Brown, Sam Stept & Charles Tobias ©1939

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Posted by John Kranz at 8:04 AM | Comments (2)
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

Loved that one, thanks! See you soon, email to follow.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at December 19, 2012 3:36 PM
But jk thinks:

Tanks Man!

Posted by: jk at December 19, 2012 5:09 PM

December 12, 2012



That's All

"Alan Brandt and Bob Haymes ©1952"

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Posted by John Kranz at 10:35 AM | Comments (0)

December 5, 2012

My Greatest Facebook Argument of all Time

A lefty friend of this blog posts a video of Mister Rodgers testifying before the US Senate in 1969, defending the Corporation for Public Broadcasting from threatened Nixon cuts (our 37th's finest hour).

I thought of pointing out that in 1969, there was no cable TV. I thought of pointing out that quality CPB/PBS programming could prosper without subsidies or that many are already quite successful. But, I decided that I was clever:

I'm gonna answer with a little song..."Oh Mister Handsome Combover Senator Man, read Article I, Section 8 as soon as you can. It will tell you in a paragraph or two, what the boys and the girls in Congress may do. Before you get to milk and cookie time, read Amendment Ten -- it comes right after nine! After storytime, Senator you'll see, that government run media is not commensurate with a polity free."
Posted by John Kranz at 11:13 AM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

Got this cheerful and rational response:

It is not "Government Run" nor is the BBC in the UK. Conspiracy Conspiracy Conspiracy!!!!!!! Scream. The liberals are going to make this a Communist country. Buy more guns. There's a War on Christmas. There's no global warming -- it's all a liberal lie. Death panels. Uggghhhhh!

Eight exclamation marks! I am having a very good day!

Posted by: jk at December 5, 2012 12:37 PM

December 4, 2012

Storage Technology meets Shameless Self Promotion

Thankfully, both are ThreeSources categories.

The bulk of my growed-up professional career has been in data storage. Our company built products around Exabyte's 8mm tape drives. Your grandpa perhaps recorded movies on those tapes in his Sony Camcorder. I wrote brochures extolling the wonder of "tapes that fit in your shirt pocket." They replaced washing-machine-sized disks and the Kubrick-2001-style reels of 9-track tapes.

Ahh, storage nostalgia, I know many eyes are getting misty (we have a preponderance of storage folk 'round these parts). But improvements in storage quickly leave your backups worthless for any kind of long term access.

Today Runté, a professor at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, backs up to multiple devices and advises grad students to send a hard copy of every new chapter of their all-important theses to the most reliable of off-site backups: Mom.

Runté's experience points to the ultimate, inevitable problem with data storage: All interfaces and formats eventually die. Data storage consultant Tom Coughlin, founder of Coughlin Associates, calls it a fight against nature, saying, "the laws of thermodynamics are against you."

I just started a long procrastinated project to digitize a storage tub full of my old recordings. I want to put some of the best up as The JK Boxed Set. Has-been artists collect a lot of their old crap to release and I thought it time I get on it.

I am glad I am doing it, because I am encountering several missing formats and some that will certainly be tough in a few years. There were a few formats that I did not have, but most of that was raw tracks and I assumed I had the final mixes on something that I could read. Some formats are missing and some of the media is failing.

I know everybody wants a backup they can put their hand on, and I will toss this on an external hard disk, but barring a Mad Max Ayn Rand societal collapse, I think the answer is cloud storage. This will live on my hosting site, I could create a Gmail account, plus these live on YouTube and Vimeo. With the growth of data, a measly 10s of Gigs is not going to be anything anybody worries about., Right?

Posted by John Kranz at 6:02 PM | Comments (3)
But johngalt thinks:

Is there a downside to cheap, reliable terabyte scale data storage? Only insofar as government is involved. But these days, what isn't government involved in?

The FBI records the emails of nearly all US citizens, including members of congress, according to NSA whistleblower William Binney. In an interview with RT, he warned that the government can use this information against anyone.


RT: You say they sift through billions of e-mails. I wonder how do they prioritize? How do they filter it?

WB: I don’t think they are filtering it. They are just storing it. I think it’s just a matter of selecting when they want it. So, if they want to target you, they would take your attributes, go into that database and pull out all your data.


RT: What are they going to do with all of that? Ok, they are storing something. Why should anybody be concerned?
WB: If you ever get on the enemies list, like Petraeus did or… for whatever reason, than you can be drained into that surveillance.

Probably deserves its own post, but the tie-in was too ironic to pass up. Worth at least a brief click through.

Posted by: johngalt at December 5, 2012 2:58 PM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

The Refugee is considering a business model that will make him the Bernie Madoff of Cloud storage. That is, create a website that advertises to backup your data for just $.05 per GB per month. Then, when the user backs up their data, every last byte goes straight into the ol' bit bucket. No backend storage whatsoever. Users can't find their data? They musta screwed something up. Then just as the Feds come sniffing around, sell all credit card numbers to the Russian mafia on the way to the airport.

Seriously, everyone assumes that Cloud hosters are both here forever and best-practice organizations. It's a matter of time before one of them blows up petabytes of data, never to be recovered.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at December 5, 2012 3:27 PM
But jk thinks:

Observation the one: You never know if your immigration, abortion, gun rights, or football post will draw comments on ThreeSources. But storage brings out the loquacious around here like $1 margarita night.

Observation the two: good point br. The accumulated wisdom of ten blogging years is subject to single point of failure from But an odd old guitar solo on a demo of mine from 1990, living on Vimeo, YouTube, and Lunarpages seems awfully stable -- especially compared to the single Sony minidisk in a Rubbermaid tub in the garage where it lived last week.

Observation the three: Dr. Yaron Brook and BB&T Hoss John Allison both assure that Bernie Madoff was miserable. A better model might be to charge customers and store it on free sites in the cloud. I pay you, you send it from one Gmail account to another...

Posted by: jk at December 5, 2012 3:50 PM

November 29, 2012



It Could Happen to You

Sadly, the last of the Sugarchuck Sessions: music by Jimmy Van Heusen and lyrics by Johnny Burke ©1944

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Posted by John Kranz at 9:58 AM | Comments (0)

November 8, 2012



At Last

By Mack Gordon and Harry Warren ©1941

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Posted by John Kranz at 1:20 AM | Comments (1)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Glad to hear you back actively strumming the strings!

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at November 8, 2012 10:21 PM

October 31, 2012

Company Halloween Costume Contest

It's a small company with lots of creativity...

And the winner is... "Mickey Yoda" [yours truly.]


Posted by JohnGalt at 3:07 PM | Comments (1)
But dagny thinks:

bout time jg won one of these contests. Last year he was an, "Occupy protester." It was equally hilarious and equally in keeping with current events. Way to go jg!

berkeleysquare MT @notoserfdom "These aren't the dwarves you're looking for" #DisneyStarWars #3src 23 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

Posted by: dagny at October 31, 2012 5:03 PM

Halloween Medley

Wardrobe: check! ... Seasonally germane: check! ... Johnny Mercer tune: check! ... Telecaster: check!


Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered

Old Black Magic
These were all recorded near Halloween 2010.
Posted by John Kranz at 12:39 AM | Comments (3)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

I've always liked Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered. Didn't you do that with Brooke?

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at October 31, 2012 12:17 AM
But jk thinks:

Great song, innit? I will peek around but fear we never did that with Brooke -- and she has split to LA :(

Posted by: jk at October 31, 2012 2:47 PM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Looked int he archives and didn't see it, so maybe I'm just smokin' something. However, her voice would be well suited to that cut.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at October 31, 2012 3:08 PM

October 25, 2012



Fruits of My Labor

"With Sugarchuck and my lovely Goddaughter, Mollie"

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Did I hear somebody say "More Mollie!!" Oh, yeah.

Posted by John Kranz at 9:38 AM | Comments (10)
But jk thinks:


Since National had applied for a patent on the single cone (US patent #1,808,756), Dopyera had to develop an alternative design, which he did by inverting the cone so that rather than having the strings rest on the apex of the cone as the National method did, they rested on a cast aluminum spider that had eight legs sitting on the perimeter of the downward-pointing cone (US patent #1,896,484).

I thought it was pretty clear that the cone was inverted and not the strings resting on the Apex, but maybe it's hard to see in the video...


Posted by: jk at October 25, 2012 4:01 PM
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

Ah, I thought it was metal.

Play me a song, Curtis Lowe, Curtis Lowe
I got your drinkin' money, tune up your Dobro.

I always loved that tune.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at October 25, 2012 4:02 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Waited a while for SC to come to my defense but maybe it ain't happening. Are you saying Dobro made a steel body model too?

Posted by: johngalt at October 26, 2012 3:18 PM
But jk thinks:
In the following years both Dobro and National built a wide variety of metal- and wood-bodied single-cone guitars...
This instrument actually says "Dobro" on the headstock. Sorry, man, I think the President may send Seals for you first... Posted by: jk at October 26, 2012 3:39 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Well I did leave myself a weasel word: "believe."

And if you want the president to send troops to protect you don't yell "terrorists!" yell "contraception!"

Posted by: johngalt at October 26, 2012 6:54 PM
But Sugarchuck thinks:

Sorry to be so late to the table. JK is correct; when we were kids the term "dobro" was a generic reference to any guitar, metal or wood, that had a resonator. One often heard guitars referred to as National dobros. A few years ago Gibson bought Dobro and started suing the pants off of anyone that used the term "dobro" unless it was used specifically in relation to Gibson products so the new generic term is resophonic guitar. Maybe they deserved the SWAT team after all.

JK is also correct on the guitar's provenance. He bought it sometime in the late 70's and I got it from him in the early 80's, after cracking the headstock. I broke it then bought it. Mollie broke the headstock completely off when she was 2, so at some point I guess she'll have to buy it from me.

Posted by: Sugarchuck at October 26, 2012 10:27 PM

October 18, 2012



Come Together

"With Sugarchuck and my lovely Goddaughter, Mollie"

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Posted by John Kranz at 9:58 AM | Comments (3)
But johngalt thinks:

Whoa yeah, good and funky!

Posted by: johngalt at October 18, 2012 2:29 PM
But Terri thinks:

That girl was made for singing the blues!!! Here's hoping her life isn't! Beautiful.

Posted by: Terri at October 18, 2012 3:56 PM
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

Wha? Hearing an obviously sweet young lady sing lead on these lyrics provides just the right amount of cognitive dissonance to make it memorable.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at October 19, 2012 4:21 PM

October 17, 2012

Happy Birthday, Dad!

My father was born 99 years ago today. Lost him a few months after this video was made, but he was the first coffeehouser:

I had just purchased an 8mm camcorder and caught my Dad playing the song he wrote for my Mom when they first dated in Oklahoma City.

Posted by John Kranz at 12:48 AM | Comments (4)
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

That's sweet...perhaps bittersweet, but obviously he LIVED a life, and since we're all going sometime, that's the very best there is.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at October 16, 2012 8:09 PM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

A very charming man!

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at October 16, 2012 11:44 PM
But jk thinks:

Thanks. I am very happy to have this video.

Sharp-eyed evening readers will have noticed that I posted this on the 16th and dated it forward. But on his birthday, if I had not called, the phone would ring about 8:30 or 9:00 AM. I'd answer "Hello" and he'd say "Well???????" My sister and I still celebrate birthdays with "Welll????" And I thought it best to be prepared.

Posted by: jk at October 17, 2012 9:02 AM
But Sugarchuck thinks:

Your dad was one of the very finest men I've ever known. I miss him. Thanks for putting up this video.

Posted by: Sugarchuck at October 17, 2012 9:34 AM

October 9, 2012




My Mom's favorite tune -- and Brother Ellis's second favorite.

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Posted by John Kranz at 10:23 AM | Comments (2)
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

Love, love the way you hold the "yesterdaaayaaay!" Awesome new guitar, too.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at October 9, 2012 3:45 PM
But jk thinks:

Many thanks!

Posted by: jk at October 9, 2012 4:02 PM

October 4, 2012



Kindhearted Woman Blues

"Travelled to an undisclosed location to record this great Robert Johnson tune with my friend Sugarchuck."

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October 3, 2012


Okay, so it isn't Friday, but I am home and digging through all the mail. And I bet all ThreeSourcers will all want to follow blog friend EE:

The Mayans were right about the end of the world. This week's proof, I've joined Twitter: @RebelEconProf.

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September 22, 2012

Coming Soon to a Virtual Coffeehouse Near You...

Just picked up this little jewel:

It has an ebony fretboard, which has always been my favorite. Gibson has expressed some concern that they may not be able to source demonstrably legal ebony. They can get it and they can get it legal but they cannot prove it is legal and they plan to move to other materials.

So vote for President Obama and the value of my guitars will skyrocket!

Posted by John Kranz at 8:10 PM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

Mmmm, this one's a true beauty. There are nice guitars and then there is this one. If I were a guitar player (instead of a defunct, wanna be, maybe again one of these days bass player) I would play this guitar. Well, one like it that was mine, not yours.

Posted by: johngalt at September 23, 2012 11:25 AM
But jk thinks:

Very pleased so far. It doesn't show in the picture but this is a very small guitar -- much smaller that the 335 (BB King / Chuck Berry) whose shape it mimics.

The result is a much more comfortable guitar that still has real depth of sonic range. This can do a lot of things and I can still pick it up. Nice.

Posted by: jk at September 23, 2012 2:11 PM

September 13, 2012

Shameless Self-Promotion

ThreeSourcers who are also regular listeners of Denver talk radio host Mike Rosen may have heard him discussing a familiar topic yesterday. I've updated that post to include a link to the audio for any who may have missed it. (That would be ALL of you, I suspect.)

Posted by JohnGalt at 4:00 PM | Comments (2)
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

Great--wish he had promoted the site by name, though. Oh well, I'll put something on Twitter, I am sure my mighty throng of 100+ followers will overwhelm the servers...

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at September 13, 2012 5:34 PM
But jk thinks:

Way cool. I confess the double link exceeded my attention span when I first saw this. Ignore the squirrel and click here to go straight to the audio.

Posted by: jk at September 13, 2012 6:05 PM

September 11, 2012

There Must be Some Mistake!

UPDATE: If you prefer, rather than reading this post yourself you may listen to 850 KOA's Mike Rosen quote it heavily at the open of his radio show yesterday morning. [First mention at about 2:45.] (And yes, I have added "shameless self-promotion" to the categories for this post.)

Annenberg is at it again. A caller to Mike Rosen today [third hour, last caller] said her daughter referred her to a website called "Next Elect." I looked into it and deduced that she meant ElectNext dot com. It's a very slick site with lots of colorful interactive graphics and great big type (that even seniors can read.)

First a warning: If you want to read anything about what the site is and who is behind it, DON'T SIGN UP AND ANSWER QUESTIONS. I did so and now all of the "about us" stuff is gone. (But I do still remember the "Annenberg" Public Policy blah blah from the bottom of the welcome page.) I even tried clicking the "Log Out" button, but it automatically logs me back in. Why? Perhaps because, based upon my answers to about 10 questions on an intentionally limited set of issues: Economy, Energy, Taxes, National Security (the last having no questions answered) the site recommended my "matches" for President of the United States. Brace yourself:

Gary Johnson- 73%
Jill Stein- 65%
Mitt Romney- 64%

I think they really want to make sure I don't forget that my first choice should be the Libertarian Party candidate and my second choice the Green Party candidate. There are nice color photos of these three candidates stuck on my browser screen now, with the percentage figure placed prominently next to a cute red heart shape under each name and pic.

No mention, of course, of the fact that neither of those two candidates has a chance in Obama's Utopia of being elected. "Party not person" is one of Mike Rosen's mantras and in our two-party system he's exactly right. To elevate Johnson and Stein to equal stature with Romney and Obama is the epitome of political malpractice. (And, I'll add, Annenberg knows it.)

I dug further. I clicked to find out why I didn't have more agreement with Mitt Romney and found:

- Romney "agrees" that "The federal government should invest in domestic sources of fossil fuels."
- Romney "agrees" that "Ethanol subsidies should be maintained at the current $6 billion/year level."
- Romney "disagrees" that "The federal government should reduce taxes on manufacturing companies to create jobs and help stimulate the economy."
- Romney "agrees" that "The federal government should increase infrastructure spending to help stimulate the economy."

I used the "did we get this wrong?" button to "please let us know if we got our facts wrong" and rebut the last two items in the list with links to here and here. But it's a Sissyphean task. I'd sooner hold back the tide than to get objective and clearly worded position statements to appear throughout this cartoon-like website.

Even worse, most visitors will not be as circumspect as I was and will list all of their hot-button issues. Even with the illusion of "ranking your issues" the key issues that affect the future of our nation will be diluted by the social issues that are demagogued on the path to ever larger government and ever greater government spending.

All in the public interest, of course.

My advice: Avoid it. Denounce it. Stay on message. [My message is the one in comment #3.]

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:52 PM | Comments (0)

September 6, 2012



The Rainbow Connection

Break out the Mandobird again.

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August 30, 2012

I was right!

March 2, 2005: Condi '08

While searching, an interesting discussion from the same month on her pro-choice views. (In which I get smacked down for intemperate rhetoric -- ahh, 2005...)

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August 21, 2012




Johnny Mercer

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Posted by John Kranz at 9:21 AM | Comments (2)
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

You've made me realize I dug a serious hole for myself...becuase I didn't have any Mercer in the Five Best Songs and I've only got one left, which I picked out a long time ago. I'll have to get creative.

I went to the Coffehouse today and listened to you play "Misty" which reminded me: I love Clint Eastwood's movie Play "Misty" For Me" which is set in Carmel, CA and I was just there last month for a family event. My wife's mother spent time there a child, her grandmother died there, Eastwood was mayor, and Robert A. Heinlein also died there. On my honeymoon I lit a candle at the famous old mission there and 13 months later little Ellis Jr. was born.

I know I'm rambling but somehow Johnny Mercer tied it all together.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at August 21, 2012 7:54 PM
But jk thinks:

He always does, man, he always does...

I played Misty for my lovely bride the night of our first date. She knew it from the movie and her Dad but did not know it had words. That is an amazing tune.

Posted by: jk at August 21, 2012 8:04 PM

August 6, 2012


No, it's not Thursday yet, but Brother Ellis has a couple slots still open in his top five -- and I wanted to lobby for Johnny Mercer...


This Time the Dream's on Me

"Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer"

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Posted by John Kranz at 12:55 PM | Comments (4)
But Riza Rivera thinks:

Thanks!!! Loved it!!!
love, Riza

Posted by: Riza Rivera at August 6, 2012 1:30 PM
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

How is is it that I have only heard this song a couple of times in my life? Okay, now I have to go into reconsideration mode on No. 2!

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at August 7, 2012 5:24 PM
But jk thinks:

Heh. Several people commented on this tune's obscurity. It's a great request to give you some cred at the piano bar. I recommend Allison Krause's version on the "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" soundtrack.

I'm ribbing about your top two, but Mercer's "Skylark" would certainly make my top three -- top one on a good day.

Posted by: jk at August 7, 2012 6:16 PM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Five stars!

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at August 7, 2012 8:02 PM

July 24, 2012

Happy Birthday, Garota de Ipanema!


Girl from Ipanema

"Happy 50th!"

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Had to pull out an old version to commemorate this tune's fiftieth.

Posted by John Kranz at 1:57 PM | Comments (5)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

Love your guitarwork on one of my favorite songs - you do credit to the piece.

I can't make out a lot of the conversation at the end (listening in the office, with the volume subdued; had I any sense, I'd wait until I got home to see if you mention what I'm about to write here) but if you're interested is a little trivia, the woman who was the inspiration for the song, Heloísa Pinheiro, is still walking past the guys in Rio, just celebrated her 67th birthday this month, and is still quite the attractive lady. She has aged as gracefully as the song she inspired.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at July 24, 2012 4:21 PM
But jk thinks:

Thanks for the kind words -- the link to "fiftieth" takes you to a picture and a story on Ms. Pinhero.

The persiflage at the end is our commercial for Devil Dog Brew -- "The official Coffee of" Sad to report our unofficial sponsor may not be much more active than the coffeehouse of late.

Posted by: jk at July 24, 2012 4:56 PM
But jk thinks:

And, yes, when she passes, I'd still go "ahhhhhh..."

Posted by: jk at July 24, 2012 7:04 PM
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

Was thinking hard yesterday about whether this was a Best 5 Song of All-Time. Since you've given the tribute here I will move on to another. But it is timeless.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at July 24, 2012 7:29 PM
But jk thinks:

Awesome tune. But I cannot call it my favorite Jobim tune: that would be Dindi

Posted by: jk at July 24, 2012 7:34 PM

July 18, 2012

The cost of government "help"

I finally made a cogent point out of a post I put up day before yesterday:

Government tax revenues as a percentage of national GDP:

China - 17%
USA - 26.9%
France - 44.6%

Doing much to explain why manufacturing [of Olympic uniforms and other necessities] is less costly in communist China than in "free" America. Also revealing why leftists think Americans are whiny losers for claiming we are Taxed Enough Already.

Even so, wouldn't France be much better off if they didn't waste so much tax money on smart bombs and aircraft carriers?

Posted by JohnGalt at 7:29 PM | Comments (0)

July 16, 2012

Happy Anniversary!

My Darling Bride initials Section XIV, Paragraph 9, declining the "Obey Clause..."

Posted by John Kranz at 10:18 AM | Comments (2)
But Terri thinks:

Congratulations to you both! (I assume this is an anniversary announcement) You look great and very very happy!

Posted by: Terri at July 16, 2012 12:35 PM
But jk thinks:

Thanks, Terri -- yes, 29 years today.

Posted by: jk at July 16, 2012 12:45 PM

July 4, 2012

All in all, a good day blogging

I got in Ray Charles, George M. Cohan, Irving Berlin, Curtis Stigers, and Joanie Loves Chachi, Just another day at ThreeSources.

Posted by John Kranz at 6:26 PM | Comments (0)

June 28, 2012

Ellis Wyatt, New at Three Sources

"Ellis Wyatt" is the nom-de-blog of a man who has spent the last 14 years in politics and government. A great admirer of the works of Ayn Rand and Robert A. Heinlein, his approach to life is perhaps best represented by the Neo-Victorian phyle in Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age.

He believes that his country, the United States of America, has been weakend spiritually, philosophically and educationally by Marxism and its branches: feminism, postmodernism and the quest for radical equality of outcome.

He has the desire and the Will to take action to return the culture to its former, higher level. However, he does not advocate government power as the means to this end. Instead, he advocates that leaders, and all citizens, speak and write and create art to convince individuals to perform the actions that lead to the Good, the True and the Beautiful.

He believes people should work for a living, take care with their appearance and possesions and contribute to their community through charity, volunteer work and mentoring, but knows damned well that the government can never force individuals to do these things. Neither can government save the irrational and the foolish from the consequences of their actions. Government is a powerful and dangerous tool, as the Founders of the United States well understood. It is suitable for a few big things: military defense of the nation, relations with other nations, protection of individual rights and the prevention and punishment of force and fraud.

Ellis is not nearly as much of an ultra-uptight, upright a****** as you might expect from the above blah-blah, and his activities and pursuits include firearms and hunting, archery, chess, history and biography, and the moderate but hearty consumption of martinis, good scotch and Sam Admas lager. He has a liberal arts degree from a modest but high-quality university, and truly loves producing oil and gas but believes that if things don't change, at some time in the futre he may set his wells on fire and move to Colorado.

Posted by Ellis Wyatt at 6:31 PM | Comments (7) | TrackBack
But Robert thinks:

Well "Ellis," you sound like a pretty fine fellow but have you actually read Aristotle? And for someone with such high standards, what's with all the typos?

Posted by: Robert at June 28, 2012 8:09 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Ha ha ha! Hey Robert, Down boy! :) As Heinlein would surely say in this situation, "Moving parts in rubbing contact require lubrication to avoid excessive wear. Honorifics and formal politeness provide lubrication where people rub together. Often the very young, the untraveled, the naïve, the unsophisticated deplore these formalities as "empty," "meaningless," or "dishonest," and scorn to use them. No matter how "pure" their motives, they thereby throw sand into machinery that does not work too well at best." Not that I think you are any of young, naïve, or unsophisticated.

Welcome to the blog, brother ew. (Better than brother eeew.) If you have anything at all to do with oil production, even in spirit, you're already a friend of mine. We'll quibble about all of those capitalized words later but for now, a fine starting point.

And I couldn't tell - are you still in government? If so you are one brave sonofa-

Posted by: johngalt at June 28, 2012 10:00 PM
But Robert thinks:

Didn't mean to sound too harsh. Ellis seems like a fellow traveler, and if he likes RAH then he's already on my good side...and I've read only about half of Aristotle myself so humility might be in order.

Posted by: Robert at June 28, 2012 10:54 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Did I miss the original Aristotle reference? I've looked and looked and haven't found it.

Posted by: johngalt at June 28, 2012 11:42 PM
But Robert thinks:

I was taking the capitalized Good, True and Beautiful for Aristotle's Transcendentals.

Posted by: Robert at June 29, 2012 12:09 AM
But johngalt thinks:

My public school education fails me again. Look out brothers. The bar has been raised 'round here!

Posted by: johngalt at June 29, 2012 12:45 AM

June 21, 2012

Liberty on the Rocks

Nice write up on Brother Bryan's stunning achievement from Ari Armstrong from the last meeting.

Posted by John Kranz at 6:00 PM | Comments (3)
But Robert thinks:

Lady and Gentleman Coloradans of Three Sources: It looks like I'll be in Longmont for four days or so in September. I think that's reasonably close to where y'all are located. Maybe we can have a libation or three somewhere in there and discuss Stuff. Let me know!

Posted by: Robert at June 21, 2012 6:54 PM
But jk thinks:

Longmont is dangerously close to the entire Centennial State contingent! I'm sensing an occasion ...

Email jk [at] threesources [dot] com with some dates when you get close.

Posted by: jk at June 21, 2012 7:23 PM
But Robert thinks:

Roger, wilco! :)

Posted by: Robert at June 21, 2012 8:05 PM

May 23, 2012

Liberty on the Rocks, Flatirons

Fellow Three Sourcers -

I apologize for my long absence from the blog. The past 5 weeks have been a blur; between Future Candidate School at the Leadership Institute and planning the kick off event for Liberty on the Rocks, Flatirons I have had very little time for anything else. I was so busy in fact, that I committed a major PR error by not coming onto Three Sources to shamelessly self promote my event.

Fortunately, brother JG had my back and kindly posted here to remind the Three Sources community about the event. On a personal note, it was great to have JG, Dagny, and their family join us for our kick off event.

Having realized the above mentioned PR error, I would like to give all the followers of Three Sources some exclusive information about our upcoming Liberty on the Rocks, Flatirons event.

You're hearing it here first:

Our next event will be on Monday June 4th from 6-9 PM. Our speaker will be Christopher Doss from the Leadership Institute who will be talking about the current state and future of the liberty movement and the different ways all of us can become more involved. His speech will be roughly 20 minutes in length and will be followed by 10-15 minutes of Q&A. Trust me, you will want to ask him questions. He was one of my instructors for Future Candidate School in D.C. two weeks ago and is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Liberty, Economics, and Grassroots Activism.

If you are interested in getting more involved in grassroots activism, then I cannot suggest this class enough. Mr. Doss will be teaching this all day class on grassroots activism and your's truly will be attending. It is an all day event that includes lunch. Having attended several Leadership Institute trainings, I can tell you that this will be well worth the $25.

Posted by Bryan at 5:41 PM | Comments (0)

May 15, 2012

The Gay Marriage "Distraction"

It is a well travelled Republican talking point that the gay marriage issue is a distraction from President Obama's economic record. It's true of course, but the Republicans are as much to blame for said distraction as the Democrats.

A friend from suburban Wichita, Kansas emails a link to this story about a public school teacher posting his views against gay marriage on his Facebook page. He has every right to his beliefs, of course, and to speak them publicly. But by continuing to oppose legal recognition of same-sex marriage we allow him to become the face of our conservative party. I will not stand silently by. How many of us have wished we could have been present in the face of an incident of racial discrimination in the segregated south and that we would have had the courage to say, "No, that is wrong?" Same story, different age.

My Kansas friend sent the link with the note "Need your comments here" to both me and my brother. What follows is my response, which rebutted my brother's.

[Brother] writes that it is "nonsense" that established law denies a right for same-sex marriage, then declares there is "no defined right for same sex couples to "marry." Which is it?

[Brother] writes that "The majority of the country does not care what people do in their own bedrooms or whom they decide to 'love'" but then proclaims homosexuality "abnormal" and that he doesn't support homosexual weddings because that would "redefine something that has been a pillar of communities for 5000+ years" and "the more we break down the institution of marriage to simply be a whim, the more our society will continue to degrade." So you, and "the majority of the country" are fine with homosexuality, you just don't want to acknowledge it in law?

[Brother] faults Conkling, the Hutchinson teacher, for "taking the cause backwards" and "fuel[ing] the opposition" by opposing gay marriage on religious grounds. I say [brother] is no different by attempting to oppose this individual liberty on non-religious grounds, whatever those might be. Until he clarifies his contradictions there's no way to know what objective basis he claims.

Conkling's "logic" is even more fallacious: Homosexuality is wrong because it is a sin, equal in God's eyes to all other sins, and we are ALL sinners. He says all sins are equal in God's eyes so homosexuality is equal to murder, but it's also equal to lying. Do you agree that lying is as wrong as murder? I don't. Conkling says he condemns gay marriage "because those who embrace it will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven." First of all, doesn't the bible teach man to "judge not?" Secondly, there are other beliefs about heaven and sin and for one man to impose his own upon all other men is just as wrong as Sharia law.

Would it not be better to simply allow civil unions, conferring all the legal rights of marriage while witholding the term "marriage" than to continue to allow this issue to divide Americans and distract from issues that actually matter to all of us, like whether or not America will be a socialist country? And even if they aren't satisfied with civil unions and come back next year demanding "marriage" who cares? Whatever it is called it will still be a minority behavior. Unlike drug legalization nobody makes a legitimate case that legal homosexual marriage will cause more homosexuality. (But so what if it did? Will that affect you? Your children? Anyone who is not "abnormal?")

The cause of western laissez-faire capitalism is a cause of individual liberty. Individual liberty in commerce is a human birthright, as is individual liberty in social relations. Individuals are, by their nature, free to join a commune or establish a nuclear family; free to love another of the same gender or of the opposite gender. If you want to live free of oppressive taxation and wealth redistribution your only argument is individual liberty as a human birthright. But you weaken that argument by denying others a liberty of which you disapprove. Stop it. Admit your mistake and strengthen your position in the debate that really matters - that really affects you and your family's lives - by abandoning a debate that doesn't matter. Don't insist that your beliefs hold dominion over the beliefs of others lest they turn your logic back on you and insist that you are your brother's keeper.

Posted by JohnGalt at 4:23 PM | Comments (3)
But jk thinks:

Agreed and well said. There are quite a few things which may be defined as sinful which we do not elevate to statute. "Coveting thy neighbor's ass" is still okay in Weld County, as far as I know.

I allowed a many-years-old subscription to National Review elapse when they demanded -- on the cover -- a Constitutional Amendment defining marriage. I wasn't petulant about it, still respect NR, and have slid a little money their way since.

But I basically reached the same conclusion, that I could not employ the supremacy clause for a personal matter and expect others to defend my economic liberty. I suspect that would not have happened under WFB's more libertarian hand but I have no empirical proof.

On the pragmatic side, I think it remains a killer. Trying to attract somebody younger than 30 to the table of liberty is difficult in the wake of North Carolina's vote and now Colorado's lack of vote.

Posted by: jk at May 15, 2012 6:45 PM
But sugarchuck thinks:

JK drops his subscription to the National Review and I drop out of the Republican party. I struggled for several weeks about attending our caucuses, knowing that Party of God types would choose Rick Santorum and that a majority of the evening would be spent pushing an amendment to our state constitution limiting marriage to one man and one woman. Even before Obama weighed in the strategy was to generate voter turnout based on opposition to gays. I cant possibly vote for Obama but I will not be in a party or campaign that seeks to benefit from an assault on the dignity and liberty of my brothers and sisters. And I won't be alone. Republicans are on the wrong side of history when it comes to Gay rights and they will pay a price for decades to come. Fifty years from now nobody will remember the Bidden gaffes or Obama's fundraising predicament; people will remember the first black president was the first to run for office as a supporter of gay marriage. Democrats enjoy almost unanimous suppport in the African American community based on Kennedy/Johnson era civil rights legislation and if Republicans don't wake up they will lose another voting block.

JK and John Galt, as always, provide a reasoned argument rooted in the Constitution and I appreciate that but this has become something more visceral for me. A couple of weeks ago a little girl in a town next to ours hung herself after being bullied for a year over her mother's sexual orientation. Last night I went to a funeral for one of my daughter's classmates. He climbed onto an overpass and jumped onto the highway below. He was bullied to death for being Gay. I am sickened and heartbroken. I will not be in a party that would deny the basic human dignity and equallity due every man and woman. I wont be part of a political movent that would deny the choice of marriage, the most important, valuable and meaningful decision I've ever made, to others. Bob Marley sings of "forwardin' this generation triumphantly," though in my case it is our younger generation that has been "forwarding" me. Henceforth I intend to help them "sing songs of freedom" and if the Republican party wants to block freedom's way I intend to roll right over them.

Posted by: sugarchuck at May 16, 2012 9:55 AM
But johngalt thinks:

JK is correct about established attitudes, and I think my brother's beliefs reflect his environment more than his heart. The Kansas friend I mentioned lives near Wichita, more evangelical even than Colorado Springs and yet he replied to me, "in my world in Kansas USA I could care less what the corn-****ers do, just don't interfere with me or my family." A libertarian position that, if a bit intemperately stated.

I can't cite examples of friends or neighbors who've been affected by discrimination, and dagny observed that my attitude has *ahem* evolved. I can say I was profoundly ashamed when my neighbors and fellow delegates loudly booed the speaker from Colorado Log Cabin Republicans when he suggested the Colorado civil unions bill should be supported. When I said, fairly loudly and to no one in particular, "Hey, be nice" the woman next to me turned around incredulously. The rest of the conversation was unspoken but I do believe I impressed upon her that her attitude was something upon which she should reflect.

I had a similar experience at the Romney rally last week. A woman asked me if I wanted to sign her pro-life petition, ubiquitious at GOP events. I shook my head and asked her if she was aware that over two-thirds of Republican delegates to the state convention approved a resolution that abortion and pregnancy are personal, private matters and not the business of government. She was speechless but a man nearby blurted out, "Well they are wrong!"

In the first case I pleaded for civility, and in the second merely cited a fact. The reaction from those who heard me was reflexive, but shallow and unsupported. There was no furher debate or discussion, the respondents merely drifted away silently. These are simply ideas which they've never considered. None has dared utter them in such settings, in all likelihood.

Ayn Rand said that silence in the presence of ideas which you find abhorrent is tacit approval of them. Simply say, "I disagree" she advised in 'Philosophy, Who Needs It?' I hope that brother Sugarchuck, or any of the rest of us, will not abandon the Republican party when it most needs a voice for liberty. Our country's present state of divisivness and the failed leadership of the president present an opportunity to discredit the idea of socialism, but the left is not the only source of discredited ideas - the unchallenged dogma of social "norms" on the right should be confronted at the very same time.

To those who say that gay marriage or even civil unions are just a "drip, drip, drip of liberalism" I give the following reply:

Liberalism was established for the promotion of liberty. Thomas Jefferson was a "liberal." George Washington was a "liberal." Modern leftists co-opted the term and it has come to mean socialist or communist. I'm all for liberalism, but not socialism or communism. I understand the difference. Do you?
Posted by: johngalt at May 16, 2012 12:27 PM

May 9, 2012

Governor Romney visits Atlantis Farm

Sort of. Yesterday afternoon my dad emailed that "Mitt is speaking in Ft. Lupton tomorrow." I pressed him for more and he sent me a Denver Post press mention that sent me into search mode for an invitation. Having just exchanged emails with Colorado GOP Chairman Ryan Call the day before, I decided I'd try to ask him for an entree. Waiting nervously for his reply I also called my county commissioner with the same request. Both of them came through and before I knew it I was on the list. "We would love it if you could attend. Thanks for your support!" Turns out, it was set to happen in an oil field just a few miles away.

The setting was idyllic, considering it was one of those "environment destroying, wildlife maiming" oil wells. Governor Romney used the occasion to criticize President Obama's "all of the above" energy policy. "I've been trying to figure out what he means by that," Mitt said. "I've concluded that he supports any form of energy that is above the ground. He doesn't like those that happen to be under ground."

He also cited the President's statistic that America has just 2 percent of the world's oil reserves. "But this is old thinking" Romney said. "Recent discoveries and new technologies like horizontal drilling and fracking have created a new reality where the United States could become the world's leading producer of oil based energy." He extended this future vision to "an explosion in American industry and manufacturing, leading to greater prosperity for everyone." Of course, "Energy isn't the only factor in this equation, but it is a big factor."

Belated apologies to any local blog brothers who missed out on the opportunity. I would have posted the news and offered to share the RSVP info but had two other appointments that kept me busy.

I also captured the entire speech on video and might post some excerpts down the road.

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:00 PM | Comments (11)
But johngalt thinks:

It's a composite photo from the "panorama" function of my Windows phone. After putting it in that mode you push the button once then pan sideways along a guide line on the screen until a guide dot meets a reference circle and it automatically snaps another frame. Repeat once more in the same direction then it automatically stitches the three frames together. It works better with landscapes or when the people are further away.

I was trying to capture the spectacularly clear view of the front range. The weather was perfect!

Posted by: johngalt at May 10, 2012 2:43 PM
But johngalt thinks:

The panorama function is very cool but not quite perfected yet. I believe it's still evolving.

Posted by: johngalt at May 10, 2012 2:45 PM
But dagny thinks:

Update on the Shameless Self Promotion part: I have now had 2 acquaintances ask, "did you go to the Mitt Romney rally?" Apparently the TV news clips [0:21] included very recognizable shots of our oldest daughter and her electric red hair watching from Daddy's shoulders. In case there was any doubt, jg family political leanings have now been broadcast statewide to anyone watching network news.

Posted by: dagny at May 11, 2012 12:08 PM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Couldn't have been there in any case, JG. Been locked in 15 hour days with a client in Newark, NJ. Whomever dubbed it the Garden State certainly has a sense of humor. Make that a sick sense of humor.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at May 11, 2012 5:05 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Did nobody see me at the Obama rally in Boulder last month?

Posted by: johngalt at May 11, 2012 5:15 PM
But jk thinks:


Posted by: jk at May 11, 2012 6:11 PM

April 20, 2012



Have You Met Miss Jones?

"Rogers & Hart"

Live at the Coffeehouse dot Com

Posted by John Kranz at 9:02 AM | Comments (0)

April 17, 2012

Another T-Shirt Idea

What is this Like button? In my day, we only had abort, retry and fail -- and we liked it!

Posted by John Kranz at 4:02 PM | Comments (1)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

Kids these days. Why, in my day, all we had was ones and zeroes. And punchcards. If you were lucky, you could use octal...

Posted by: Keith Arnold at April 17, 2012 5:36 PM

April 14, 2012

Special Edition Coffeehousin'

As played on the Titanic, 100 years ago -- Irving Berlin's "That Mesmerizing Mendelssohn Tune."

UPDATE: Caused by government regulation?

Posted by John Kranz at 6:57 PM | Comments (0)

March 1, 2012



Do Nothin' 'Till you Hear from Me

"Mister Ellington, sir!"

Live at the Coffeehouse dot Com

Posted by John Kranz at 10:24 AM | Comments (0)

February 23, 2012



Don't Fence Me In

"Cole Porter -- ©1934"

Live at the Coffeehouse dot Com

Posted by John Kranz at 12:01 AM | Comments (2)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

This really is a nice tune.

Son of Refugee has an English report to write on Fats Waller. He found "All that meat and no potatoes" on the web and really got into it. Maybe there is hope for his music taste beyond the technocrap that he currently listens to.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at February 23, 2012 11:49 AM
But Terri thinks:

One of my most favorite songs!

Posted by: Terri at February 23, 2012 11:58 AM

February 13, 2012

"American Catholicism's Pact with the Devil"

Hillsdale College's Paul Rahe has done it again. Being thrice granted Quote of the Day honors on our humble blog (here, here and most notably here) his posting of last Friday explains in grand detail and with far greater authority the warning I've been sounding for just a few short years of my relatively young life - that Christian altruism enables Marxist-Leninist policies in the west. I called it The Virtue of Selfishness. Rahe calls it American Catholicism's Pact With the Devil and says it goes back to FDR and the New Deal in the 1930's.

In the process, the leaders of the American Catholic Church fell prey to a conceit that had long before ensnared a great many mainstream Protestants in the United States -- the notion that public provision is somehow akin to charity -- and so they fostered state paternalism and undermined what they professed to teach: that charity is an individual responsibility and that it is appropriate that the laity join together under the leadership of the Church to alleviate the suffering of the poor. In its place, they helped establish the Machiavellian principle that underpins modern liberalism -- the notion that it is our Christian duty to confiscate other people's money and redistribute it.


Posted by JohnGalt at 4:35 PM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

My brother-in-law just signed up for Hillsdale's Constitution 101 10 week online course and suggested I check it out. A new one starts on Feb 20.

Posted by: jk at February 13, 2012 6:38 PM

January 19, 2012

They've brought back the Virtual Coffeehouse!

By popular demand, and without any Tebow references whatsover:


Prelude to a Kiss

"Duke Ellington's magical weave of chromatic melody and beautiful changes."

Live at the Coffeehouse dot Com

Posted by John Kranz at 12:48 AM | Comments (2)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

...and not a moment to soon!

When I saw "Duke!", I immediately thought this was a John Wayne tune. Or perhaps John Elway. But this one is good, too.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at January 20, 2012 12:57 PM
But jk thinks:

Thanks for the kind words. And be glad I did not use Duke's given name: "Edward Kennedy."

Posted by: jk at January 20, 2012 2:08 PM

December 30, 2011

From the Coffeehouse Vaults


What are you doing New Year's Eve?

"Happy New Year, Y'all!"

Live at the Coffeehouse dot Com

Posted by John Kranz at 12:49 AM | Comments (0)

December 24, 2011

Extra Coffeehousin'

Just like Santa, whippin' things out on Christmas Eve!

Merry-Merry, Yall!

Posted by John Kranz at 8:04 PM | Comments (1)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Thanks for the holiday cheer!

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at December 29, 2011 1:21 PM

December 23, 2011

Eagle Scouts!

Eagle Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 62 in Erie, Colorado recently graduated three Eagle Scouts. Fewer than 4 percent of all scouts achieve this rank. The effort took 6-7 years for each scout, each participated in more than 200 scout meetings, earned at least 21 merit badges, six rank advancements, went on at least 120 nights of camping and performed more than 200 hours of community service. To paraphase Joe Biden, it's a big deal.

One of the scouts was Son of Refugee (who's real name is Brett). Pictured above from left to right are Nathanael, Brett and Dylan.

Posted by Boulder Refugee at 2:01 PM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:


Congratulations to the scouts for such a hard-won achievement. At the same time, kudos to the parents and scout troop that make such greatness possible.

Posted by: johngalt at December 23, 2011 3:49 PM
But jk thinks:

Outstanding!! Thanks for posting.

Posted by: jk at December 23, 2011 11:15 PM

December 22, 2011

Christmas Coffeehousin'

[Bumped to match the weather!]

Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

"Keep those Sammy Cahn tunes coming!"

Live at the Coffeehouse dot Com

Featuring the oft discussed but rarely seen new Tablebeast Amp!

ThreeSourcers who want to hear the amp in all its glory should download the MP3 (audio) or MP4 (video) to escape the compression enforced by YouTube and Vimeo.
Posted by John Kranz at 9:54 AM | Comments (0)

December 12, 2011

Denver Donkey Rescue

It was obvious. I couldn't resist.

And who could say that what Tim Tebow has done to the Denver Broncos season is anything other than a rescue?

Tebow took over a team that was 4-12 last year, 1-4 this season, and has since led them to a 7-1 record. He is on the brink of leading the Broncos to their first playoff appearance in six years. And he still can't get any respect.

"There's no one else I'd rather have the ball in his hands when it counts," Broncos linebacker Von Miller said.

Chicago linebacker Lance Briggs must really be frickin' pissed, since they weren't able to "stop that crap" by "a quarterback that [sic] doesn't throw the ball well." Teammate Brian Urlacher seems to be, a little sore.

"He's a good running back, man," Urlacher said. "He runs the ball well."

By calling Tebow a running back, it would follow that Urlacher was taking a hardly veiled shot at Tebow's ability to play quarterback. In the fourth quarter and overtime, Tebow completed 18-of-24 passes for 191 yards and a touchdown. For the second time this season, his team had zero points and was down two scores with less than three minutes remaining. And for the second time this season, he overcame those seemingly impossible predicaments to lead his team to victory — 18-15 at Miami and Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High against sore loser Urlacher.

"Class is dismissed, Chicago." -DP's Mike Klis

Oh yes, and here is the shameless self-promotion part.

UPDATE: The irony of my shameless self-promotion embedded in a Tebow post was lost on me, but only briefly.

My belief in the new Denver quarterback's competitive greatness is noteworthy now only because of the tremendous volume and certitude of those who were proclaiming "he can't play; he's not an NFL quarterback" back then. "But great things are only possible if you're under very tough circumstances." Timothy - 12/11/11

Furthermore, I could not have shared this remarkable feeling with the world without the love and support of my blog brothers and sisters. I am proud of all of them. And I am especially grateful to JK for trusting me with a login and a password.

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:45 PM | Comments (3)
But jk thinks:

If memory serves, my blog brother may have been born in Missouri. Yet it is this Colorado native who requires one more "show-me." If Mister Tebow and the Broncos play well against the Pats (and "Coach Hoodie" as a good friend of this blog calls Belachik) then I will believe.

I am not demanding a win. We have picked a bad week to have so many important injuries on defense. Plus that would be churlish. If we are in a serious position to win the game in the 4th quarter (as if there are others), then I will put on my believin' shoes. If we lose 45-3, it will confirm my concern that we had a nice run in a weak schedule.

I know, blessed is he who has not seen and yet believes...

Topic 2: your Bears' quotes flew contrary to what would have been in my football post. I thought the game to be the best example of sportsmanship I have seen in professional athletics in some time, and I adopted Da Bears as my second favorite team yesterday. The image of Julius Peppers and Tim Tebow walking back to the huddle was a Coke® commercial come to life. Young Tebow had fooled Mister Peppers on an option; the next play, he tried it again and got flattened. "Nice play kid, but don't push your luck." They patted helmets and had what appeared to be a respectful exchange as the two great champions retook the field.

I'm getting thirsty for a Coke just thinking about it.

Posted by: jk at December 12, 2011 3:28 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Honestly, I thought so too - until I read some of the post-game comments. The Vikings seemed much more sporting about being "Tebowed." Perhaps that's because they were already out of the playoffs and not fighting for a spot like the Bears were.

Dagny and I like a lot of things about the Chicago team and wish them well. In fact, we hope they win out. Some friendly advice: Their chances will be better if they become more introspective.

Posted by: johngalt at December 12, 2011 4:00 PM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

If Denver loses to the Pats, it won't prove that Tebow is not a good QB. It will only prove that Denver is not yet an elite team, which it surely is not. The 7-1 record does not prove that Tebow is great nor that the schedule is weak. It reflects a combination of some timely big plays and fortunate ball bounces.

One must give Tebow credit for helping the team to change its attitude and overachieve it's potential. That alone is a validation to his leadership.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at December 13, 2011 5:17 PM

December 9, 2011



Christmas in New Orleans

"Merry Christmas Y'all!"

Live at the Coffeehouse dot Com

Posted by John Kranz at 12:00 AM | Comments (1)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:


Posted by: Boulder Refugee at December 9, 2011 11:01 AM

November 30, 2011


The Refugee suffered a serious nightmare last night in which he discovered that he was related to Nancy Pelosi and enjoyed talking with her.

True story.

Posted by Boulder Refugee at 9:57 AM | Comments (4)
But jk thinks:

If you score a place in her will, you're buying coffee next time!

Posted by: jk at November 30, 2011 1:05 PM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Wait a minute... it's your turn to buy!

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at November 30, 2011 2:58 PM
But johngalt thinks:

If Rep. Botox is in your family tree, Uncle Sam is buyin' for the foreseeable future.

Posted by: johngalt at November 30, 2011 3:35 PM
But jk thinks:

Was my turn. I'm thinkin' it's Aunt Nancy's...

Posted by: jk at November 30, 2011 3:38 PM

November 23, 2011


A day early to adjust to holiday schedules. Next week, some Christmas cheer.



"Errol Garner, ©1951. But, more importantly, 'Our Song.'"

Live at the Coffeehouse dot Com

Posted by John Kranz at 12:25 PM | Comments (0)

November 17, 2011



Birth of the Blues

"Gotta Les Paul guitar, had to dig into the Les Paul songbook. Ray Henderson, Buddy G. DeSylva, and Lew Brown wrote this gem in 1926."

Live at the Coffeehouse dot Com

Posted by John Kranz at 5:12 PM | Comments (4)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:


How 'bout a December Coffeehouse segment? Doesn't have be holiday music, just a moment of relaxation. Could even be "best of" cuts from the past.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at November 18, 2011 11:59 AM
But jk thinks:

Thanks, man. Actually have "Christmas in New Orleans" in the can. Will roll it out on Thanksgiving.

Posted by: jk at November 18, 2011 1:24 PM
But sugarchuck thinks:

Great job Hoss! Killer tone. New amp or old Fender? Either way tone on 10!

Posted by: sugarchuck at November 21, 2011 1:32 PM
But jk thinks:

Aw shucks...

Brother jg has mentioned "engineer's attitude" on these pages, and you and I have perhaps disparaged musicians on occasion. I find the craftsman that makes one-of-a-kind boutique amplifiers from old tape decks suffers from both afflictions.

In other words, nope that's the Fender tweed, I am still waiting.............

Posted by: jk at November 21, 2011 2:09 PM

November 12, 2011

A Lengthy Saturday Ramble...

So much on which to catch up.

Delayed Review Corner: Am I the only one who read the assignment? Blog friend gd admitted over lunch the other day that he had not yet consumed George Selgin's Theory of Free Banking. I said that I had with as little gloating as I could muster.

It is a very interesting book, and Selgin changed my mind about many things. If I had a time machine (more on this to come) I might go back and hand a copy to Alexander Hamilton. I will not summarize, because an Internet search of selgin free banking finds a trove of Selgin himself in YouTubes, discussions, and his own Free Banking website. To bring this segue 'round, I found that site this morning, as Don Boudreaux at Cafe Hayek highlighted this awesome post of Selgin taking down a NYTimes reporter. Ow, that has got to sting!

I respect nonetheless those who, having given serious thought to the matter, conclude that gold remains our best hope. Alas, such people make up but a small fraction of self-described gold bugs. My standard reaction to finding myself within earshot of any of the rest is to look for a more remote and unoccupied bar stool.

But there's one thing that's guaranteed to bring out the gold bug in me, and that is ill-informed arguments against the gold standard. No, make that stupid arguments, because the ones I have in mind aren't merely ill-informed. They are ill-informed in a way that suggests that the persons who make them don't even think about what they're saying.

An example of the sorts of arguments I have in mind is this opinion piece from yesterday's New York Times, in which Eduardo Porter responds to recent pro-gold testimonials of various Republican presidential candidates and conservative talking heads. Such persons aren't exactly heavyweights when it comes to making good arguments for returning to gold. Yet in trying to show just what lightweights they really are, Mr. Porter mainly succeeds in revealing his own featherweight grasp of monetary economics and history.

Selgin's book is as informative as his comprehensive rebuttal to Mr. Porter. But it is far less entertaining. The recommendation came from our blog's favorite PhD. Economics Professor, and I fear he may have inured more to such tracts than the rest of us. It's not bad by any means, but it is pretty heavy slogging in spots. Worth it to get a serous rebuttal to the bad monetary policy on both sides that sends Selgin to the empty barstool. But I cannot call it a cake walk. As Selgin might say "Because it is not a walk. And there is no cake."

Staying on the literary theme, I find myself back in fiction, and back to a favorite author. I read every one of the many words Stephen King published before The Dark Tower VII in 2004. King said he was retiring and I took him at his word, closing that chapter as I was moving toward non-fiction. I knew he had written a few more, but I honored my half of his retirement.

Hearing of the historical fiction, counterfactual "11/22/63" I had to bite. I pre-ordered and it magically showed up on my Kindle this week.

King's writing chops remain. (I think I wrote this about Peggy Noonan yesterday.) It is a page-turner, can't-put-it-down, entrancing yarn. Of course, King's lefty politics have always been on display in interviews and in his books. I put up with them both to enjoy the rest of his skill set and because he leaves it to a few lines in one of his notoriously large books. It is fairly easy to roll your eyes and move on.

But... Over the years, I have become more sensitive and Mister King has become a bit more strident. It strikes me that the very premise of this book is an extension of Progressivism. Not content with managing our diets, smoking habits, and appreciation for our fellow planetary travelers, King is going to "manage" our history for us. Now, I am taking a step too far here -- but I am definitely taking it in the right direction.

[SPOILER ALERTS TO FOLLOW, I am not deep enough in to "spoil" anything beyond what a review might say. But if, like me, you won't even read the cover flap before you dive in, move along, pardner, move along...]

A peculiar opportunity opens for very limited time travel. Present day folks can appear in Maine (natch) in September 9, 1958. Sherman cannot set the Way-back machine to 1770 to stop Alexander Hamilton enumerating the "Coin money" power into the Constitution (toldja), but he can go to 1958 and come back. The guy who discovers this has heath problems, so he convinces a casual friend to take up his quest. Go back there, live until 1963 and stop Oswald.

The uncomfortable bit is the recruitment. Wouldn't it be great if you stayed around until 2000 and flipped the election to Al Gore in Florida? But you'd be in your eighties, it might not work. That is just partisan, elitist nonsense and I really can move on after an eye roll and a head shake. In all of 1958+ history, your first thought is "President Albert A Gore, Jr.?" Whatever, dude.

Back to the brass tacks, I was less able to shake off the paternalism of the plot line. There are some science-fictiony questions about consequences, but King, in the raspy voice of Diner owner Al, lays out a utopia. JFK is saved -> RFK does not run to avenge his brother, so he is not assassinated -> The Vietnam War is okay because LBJ, with his -- and I quote -- "my balls are bigger than yours George Bush mentality" does not escalate. (George Bush started the Vietnam war, no wonder we want to beat him in 2000) -> Martin Luther King is not in Memphis (his assassins lack transportation I guess) -> there are no race riots.

Now I watch Buffy and accept vampires for the purposes of allegory and entertainment. I discard all the math and physics howlers in good science fiction. And I enjoy Stephen King's monstrous Chevrolets, werewolves, and aliens because they are vital to the story. But this historical utopia is tough to bear.

Of course I did move on, and it is a ripping good story. I think of Stephen Fry's superb "Making History" where a similar, limited opportunity is used to prevent Adolph Hitler's birth. Spoiler Alert: that one does not come out all hugs and puppies. Likewise, King is bright enough that I suspect he will test his own assumptions. But the willingness to discard a half century of spontaneous order to go back and line up the soldiers his way is disturbing.

And those are my views on monetary policy. Have a great weekend.

Posted by John Kranz at 9:33 AM | Comments (6)
But johngalt thinks:

It seems that the accomplished Mister King, try as he may in the soaring apex of his skill, remains mired in the genre that made him a famous multi-millionaire apologetic capitalist.

Posted by: johngalt at November 13, 2011 9:54 AM
But Perry Eidelbus thinks:

"This book is an important work in monetary theory." If he does say so himself! I can't wait to read it and, so to speak, compare notes with him.

The very problem with modern currencies is that they're forced upon people. (Fundamentally, the very problem with governments is that they are forced upon people. A dictatorship is the few forcing the many. Even a supermajority is forcing at least one individual. If everyone agreed, if every man were free of his neighbors forcing him into paying taxes for something he didn't wish, then there would be no need for a government.) Nothing holds any government from basing it on whatever it chooses, which today is faith in future taxpayers (funding present spending as well as paying off previously incurred debt). But allow people to trade with what currency they'd like, and governments go out of the deficit spending business, and consequently they lose their power.

A friend asked me several years ago about a scenario, an economy of three individuals. Peter always trades a lot with Paul, but somehow Bob can't get a hold of any money to trade with Paul. Let's say Peter has a personal grudge and wants to isolate Bob. But this is logistically impossible if Bob wants to trade with Paul, because Bob would certainly have money sometime. It's all a matter of Bob offering goods and services that Paul wants. And if Peter somehow has so much economic control that he trades with Bob such that Bob has only enough money to trade with Peter, that still doesn't matter. First, Peter is only hurting himself by limiting trade. Second, if Paul and Bob want to trade, they will find a way. In the end, if a free people want to trade, they'll find their own medium of exchange, or resort to bartering if they have to (normally an inefficient system but nonetheless usable as a last resort while a currency is worked out).

Something I've been meaning to blog about for a long time is Bretton Woods. It may seem paradoxical, but it was the antithesis of free trade. Arbitrary decisions by politicians and central bankers, not free market participants, were what declared country X's currency at a certain ratio to Y's. Governments can only declare; free individuals are who determine what's truly correct.

Even a gold standard isn't intrinsically free market. Again, it's a government declaring something, rather than individuals saying, "I offer you this quantity of gold in payment," or, "Here's an electronic credit based on gold held for me." I might not trust government coins' purity, thinking the mint will pull a Septimius Severus (one of the Roman emperors notorious for debasing the denarius). I might have information about dramatic increases or decreases in the supply of gold, or knowledge of a nuclear breakthrough that could manufacture gold cheaply (the reverse of Goldfinger's nefarious plan). If I don't trust the government, I, and whoever among my trading partners share the sentiment, might sooner trust a bank's paper notes as a promise to pay.

Posted by: Perry Eidelbus at November 13, 2011 2:49 PM
But jk thinks:

I thing you'd dig the Selgin book, Perry. It is the most free market approach I've seen.

You can grab it free, if you have an eReader or want to read it on computer.

Posted by: jk at November 13, 2011 3:21 PM
But Perry Eidelbus thinks:

Yes indeed. The HTML version is quite nicely formatted.

Posted by: Perry Eidelbus at November 13, 2011 10:36 PM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Anna Nicole pictures! Where are the damn Anna Nicole pictures?

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at November 14, 2011 5:34 PM
But jk thinks:

Heh. -- we really do need a "Like" button...

Posted by: jk at November 14, 2011 7:45 PM

November 7, 2011

Million Dollar Idea

Who wants in? Home rechargeable battery modules.

What? They have them? No, you don't get it. You can, of course, get a drill and a jigsaw that take the same battery. I want to create a larger cell to power a larger number of higher drain applications.

  • A big UPS for home computers would take two cells and stay hot while one was swapped;
  • A cell phone - iPod charger would take a single cell
  • A car jumpstarter would take one or two
  • A small inverter would power small electronics with one or two off of its charger.
  • Six Sigma Espresso?

The idea is that you would buy a bunch of these cells and extend your UPS capacity by hot swapping. And you'd want a bunch because you would also power your jump starter and charge all your phones.

When the City of Boulder starts supplying gub'mint, green electricity, I think we might have lots of local customers.

Posted by John Kranz at 6:55 PM | Comments (8)
But jk thinks:

I do want hardware-guy's serious take on removable cells in a UPS. Feasible?

Posted by: jk at November 8, 2011 11:59 AM
But johngalt thinks:

I don't see why not.

Conventional UPS's use sealed lead acid batteries, which are low tech and heavy for the purpose you describe. A Li-Ion or NMH "laptop" type pack, however ... As I understand it, this is what cars like the Tesla use. (Which contributes to their expense.)

Posted by: johngalt at November 8, 2011 2:23 PM
But johngalt thinks:

But back to Boulder Goverment for a minute:

My link says "Issue 2B authorizes the city to increase the existing utility occupation tax by up to $1.9 million a year to plan for the utility and acquire "an existing electric distribution system," presumably the one owned by Xcel."

Your link says "The vote also means the city won't have to go to one of its backup budgets for 2011, which included $1.4 million in cuts, such as reduced library hours and layoffs."

Election fraud?

The Daily also claims of 2B that "voters overwhelmingly supported the measure, wich garnered 69 percent of the vote by 3 a.m. Wednesday" yet BW writes, "According to the Boulder County clerk and recorder's office, 50.27 percent of the votes counted were in favor of 2B, with 49.73 percent opposed. The difference was 141 votes."

Journalism fraud?

Posted by: johngalt at November 8, 2011 2:34 PM
But johngalt thinks:

And back to your business idea:

Maybe a robotic device to automate the moving around of the battery packs...

[NED help me, I couldn't resist!] :)

No comment on my "city with jobs" quip? I was spewing coffee on my own keyboard with that one.

Posted by: johngalt at November 8, 2011 2:37 PM
But jk thinks:

Cities with jobs is worth a new keyboard, oui mon frere, but as my employer is located in the city and my position requires electricity, my humor is tempered...

Posted by: jk at November 8, 2011 2:50 PM
But johngalt thinks:

I've become so accustomed to gallows humor it barely makes me sad any longer.

Posted by: johngalt at November 8, 2011 3:09 PM

October 24, 2011

Big Time Bill, Big Time!

(I predict only Sugarchuck could possibly get the title allusion).

Our humble little blog starts out the week with a link from The Sage of Knoxville.

It was Sunday night just before midnight and to a post of no consequence -- but jg's comment was good!

Posted by John Kranz at 10:37 AM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

Visitors may well believe only "Johns" frequent here.

During whatever spike in traffic this generates we should try to hook some regulars by over-using the terms NATALIE HOLLOWAY PICTURES and ANNA NICOLE SMITH PHOTOS and TIM TEBOW. :)

Posted by: johngalt at October 24, 2011 3:14 PM

October 15, 2011

Heckuva Pastime for a Republican

I have a new friend.

I emailed Charles to offer a little help with hay and mentioned that I could help with web programming. It looks like I am not the new webmaster for But don't go there yet, I will immodestly let you know when there is something to see.

Posted by John Kranz at 1:55 PM | Comments (2)
But Terri thinks:

You're the best! (but you say you are "not" the new

Posted by: Terri at October 16, 2011 9:02 AM
But jk thinks:

Mea maxima culpa. Hope I do better on his site than ours, eh?

Posted by: jk at October 16, 2011 11:00 AM

September 22, 2011

The Twitter feed is open!

Reminding everybody to share their GOP debate impressions in real time (or later) by tweeting with the #3src hashtag. It's what President Reagan would have wanted you to do, dammit.

Posted by John Kranz at 5:27 PM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

It's a TWEE Party!

Posted by: johngalt at September 22, 2011 6:54 PM
But jk thinks:

Oh yeah!

Posted by: jk at September 22, 2011 9:22 PM

September 12, 2011

Coffeehousin' (on a Monday?)

I was going to release this last Thursday, but Speaker Boehner suggested I wait for a more appropriate time.

Now I fear I have been duped. I am now competing for time with Monday Night Football. Played again.


Heaven Please

"Percy Mayfield. I learned this "on the street" and may not have all the right lyrics. But it's a great tune for a blue guitar."

Live at the Coffeehouse dot Com

Posted by John Kranz at 11:15 AM | Comments (0)

September 8, 2011


It strikes that the ThreeSources Electronic Content Management platform is not conducive to liveblogging. And that the goofy crap I post crowds out interesting more thoughtful crap that I would like to show more prominently.

What if I added a permanent Twitter widget at the top, set to search for a #3src tag? Then we could post as present -- plus tweet a quick link or joke. For big speeches and debates, we could all post real-time.

Tweet (or comment) any thoughts.

Posted by John Kranz at 11:25 PM | Comments (0)

September 1, 2011


Had to plug the new guitar in, didn't I?


How High the Moon

"Nancy Hamilton and Morgan Lewis wrote this great tune, but I will always associate it with the immortal Les Paul. And I got this new Les Paul guitar..."

Live at the Coffeehouse dot Com

Posted by John Kranz at 1:00 AM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

Hmm, guitar sounds like crap.

Don't send the Fish & Wildlife boys in just yet, it is a combination of the thin strings they ship with, a bit of inattention on my part, and YouTube/Vimeo's compression. I went to the premium Vimeo Plus to escape this but my subscription has expired.

Don't understand that they allow HD and huge resource use on the video side – and then they compress the hell out if the audio. You can have as much Filet Mignon as you'd like sir, but we cannot bring you another roll.

Posted by: jk at September 1, 2011 10:44 AM

August 13, 2011

Vaulting in Denver

At the National Western Arena. It's FREE. It's NOW.

A bit belated but here's your notice of the gymnastics on horseback show in Denver this weekend. Saturday and Sunday events are the most exciting. A schedule can be found here.

And for a bit more publicity than these pages it was mentioned in the Denver Post.

For the shameless self-promotion part, my eldest daughter won first place in her freestyle class, one of our trot pairs won first place and our Pas de Deux (also a pairs class) entry took second (Reserve Champion) in an internationally recognized event. Woo hoo!

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:04 PM | Comments (2)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Congratulations to the entire JG/Dagny clan!

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at August 15, 2011 12:09 PM
But jk thinks:


Posted by: jk at August 15, 2011 12:24 PM

August 8, 2011

Stealthflation Awareness Check


But I must grudgingly concede that Scott Bradford used the term more than six months before me and Forbes magazine four months ago.

Manipulating the CPI is a game government plays to help solve its fiscal problems through increased inflation. It is a tax on wealth and can be imposed without public debate or a legislative vote. While inflation is beneficial to government in the short term, its long-term effects are always negative. Hence, it must be done in secret--call it stealthflation. What this means for fixed-income investors is that long-term interest rates are going higher, as they have since last August. Look for a ferocious rise after June 30, when the Fed's QE2 program comes to an end.

(He doesn't say how long after June 30.)

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:21 PM | Comments (5)
But jk thinks:

Like "Climate Change," it does not pick a direction. You may claim victory after inflation or deflation!

Posted by: jk at August 8, 2011 3:53 PM
But johngalt thinks:

The "flation" in Stagflation is universally understood to be in-flation and Stealthflation is no different. I hereby irrevocably declare that Stealthflation is a stealthy inflation.

Besides, I'm beginning to think deflation is an imaginary concept that makes the math work, like infinity and imaginary numbers.

Posted by: johngalt at August 8, 2011 4:14 PM
But jk thinks:


Posted by: jk at August 8, 2011 6:53 PM
But johngalt thinks:


Posted by: johngalt at August 9, 2011 2:53 AM
But jk thinks:

It happens I believe in deflation (cf. 1836, 1873, 1907, 1931), infinity (without which 1 + 9/9 != 2), and imaginary numbers (Isaac Asimov, call your office).

Posted by: jk at August 9, 2011 9:50 AM

August 2, 2011

You Guys Are Safe For Now

Can't win 'em all.

Posted by John Kranz at 12:53 PM | Comments (4)
But johngalt thinks:

Who doesn't like a good Satan Sandwich?

Posted by: johngalt at August 2, 2011 2:36 PM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

You snooze you lose. Don't dilly-dally next time.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at August 2, 2011 3:31 PM
But jk thinks:

So right, br, so right! ...

Posted by: jk at August 2, 2011 3:55 PM
But johngalt thinks:

When I checked, was also taken... but Available!

Posted by: johngalt at August 2, 2011 4:55 PM

July 24, 2011

Still the only guy posting Atlas Shrugged movie quotes

On May 8 some self-promoter bragged here that he posted the first movie quote on the IMDB 'Atlas Shrugged Part 1' page. He's at it again.

(My favorite has to be the line by Wesley Mouch.)

Posted by JohnGalt at 7:43 PM | Comments (0)

July 3, 2011

The Most Interesting Sport In The World

Dos Equis' "Most Interesting Man in the World" is, naturally, an expert equestrian vaulter.

Or at least AVA and World Equestrian Games Gold Medalist, World Chamion team vaulter and stunt double Blake Dahlgren is. I have seen Blake compete in every AVA National Championship since dagny and I met, and I'm sure he was at many more before that. I was always impressed by his balance and grace (soft landings on the horse) considering his 6'3" stature. Blake began vaulting with our friends Rick and Virginia at Valley View Vaulters in Southern California, where he is now a coach.

Posted by JohnGalt at 11:24 AM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

Mmmm. Beer.

Posted by: jk at July 4, 2011 11:38 AM

June 7, 2011

I Admit It

I did put up all those videos on The Virtual Coffeehouse. I can now say, with certitude, that the large bald guy is me.

And, no, I have no plans to resign from ThreeSources.

Posted by John Kranz at 1:22 PM | Comments (0)

June 2, 2011

End Subsidy Gifts to Big Oil!

Sarah Palin channels JohnGalt:

Palin: End All Energy Subsidies

"I think all our energy subsidies need to be re-looked at today and eliminated," Palin told Scott Conroy of Real Clear Politics during a quick stop at a coffee shop. "And we need to make sure that we're investing and allowing our businesses to invest in reliable energy products right now that aren't going to necessitate subsidies because, bottom line, we can't afford it."
Posted by JohnGalt at 3:16 PM | Comments (1)
But Kudzuisedible thinks:

Energy subsidies to alternate energy forms frequently take the form of outright transfers of money from the U. S. Treasury to private corporations that make solar cells, wind turbines, etc. or to utilities purchasing these products. Does "Big Oil" receive any such subsidies as those?

Big Energy (producers of oil, gas, coal, nuclear energy, and distributors of traditional energy products) pays Big Taxes. Frequently, what the left calls "subsidies" are standard tax breaks received by all or most corporations, like depreciation allowances on equipment and buildings or domestic tax deductions for taxes paid to foreign governments. The left wants to single out "Big Energy" for punitive taxation beyond that imposed on other large corporations. Shouldn't "Big Oil" in fairness get tax treatment at least as favorable as Microsoft or Walmart?

Since Big Energy pays Big Taxes, the net flow of revenue to the U. S. Treasury for most producers of traditional energy forms remains positive. They could be considered to be paying for the so-called subsidies from which they benefit. By contrast, most producers of "alternative energy" are engaged in economic activity which makes no sense unless massive government subsidies are in place. For many of these alternate energy producers, the Federal subsidy substantially exceeds the corporation's gross revenue from sales. Such folly obviously should be stopped at once. If alternate energy producers were trimmed to only those "subsidies" that benefit "Big Energy", most if not all of the alternative energy market would dry up and blow away.

The profit from corporations that is transferred to stockholders, or the profit from private businesses that is taken as income by the business owners, is personal income taxed by the Federal government. Is there a clear reason why businesses and corporations should pay any taxes at all, beyond the taxes paid by those who derive income from the businesses and corporations?

Sarah Palin should be looking at the option of repealing all taxes on the private sector other than individual income tax. After all, those corporate taxes are simply being passed on to the consumers of goods and services as higher prices, distorting our markets and unfairly taxing the citizens with lowest incomes disproportionally.

Posted by: Kudzuisedible at June 2, 2011 4:03 PM

May 8, 2011

"The Words You Will Need..."

All readers know we're fond of quotations 'round here. Most readers know I'm fond of quoting Atlas Shrugged. I can now officially report that I have the distinction of posting the very first quotation on the IMDB page for the Atlas Shrugged Part 1 movie.

Henry Rearden: What is your purpose in talking to me?

Francisco D'Anconia: Let's just say it is to give you the words you will need for the time you will need them.

I was pleasantly surprised to even find an entry for the film and frankly, even more surprised to find that I could add to the content personally. I plan to add more after my third viewing... with dagny, Mike Rosen and Michael Brown. (Get tickets while they last here.)

Posted by JohnGalt at 9:56 AM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

Nicely played!

Posted by: jk at May 8, 2011 11:10 AM

April 1, 2011

The Refugee Gets a Spot of Ink

A recent op-ed in the Denver Post by former Colorado Sen. Tim Wirth and State Rep. Alice Madden tries to make a case that natural gas producers should welcome government oversight. Their rationale is that honest producers should have nothing to fear. The old "if you don't break the laws then the laws shouldn't bother you" canard so annoyed The Refugee that he had to respond. The Post saw fit to print that response in today's edition.

Not necessarily worth the click, but what the hell.

Posted by Boulder Refugee at 4:06 PM | Comments (5)
But jk thinks:

Mondo Like! (It took about an hour to load, did they feed the hamsters this morning?)

Plus the responses make me feel better about our minor disagreement on drug policy and enforcement. You talk show listening savage!

Posted by: jk at April 1, 2011 4:39 PM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Heh! Our internecine battles are entertaining, but we keep ourselves pretty sheltered. Participating in an open thread like that one is illuminating.

The thread continues...

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at April 1, 2011 5:13 PM
But jk thinks:

-- Oh, and br: a little soda water and a stiff brush will get that spot out.

Posted by: jk at April 2, 2011 2:48 PM
But johngalt thinks:

My comment taking one poster to task for dismissing your argument as "not persuasive" and then rebutting your reply with a well thought out and highly educated "Whatever" has not yet been posted. I guess the moderator thought it was a personal attack to suggest that people seeking agreement are most likely to succeed when everyone attempts to be persuasive rather than dismissive.

Posted by: johngalt at April 2, 2011 3:42 PM
But johngalt thinks:

The commentary has taken an unusual turn. We actually reached agreement on some points.

Posted by: johngalt at April 4, 2011 12:28 PM

March 16, 2011



Stars Fell on Alabama

"Frank Perkins - Mitchell Parish (1934) Awesome song"

Live at the Coffeehouse dot Com

Posted by John Kranz at 6:59 PM | Comments (2)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Another toe tapper!

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at March 16, 2011 9:05 PM
But jk thinks:


Posted by: jk at March 17, 2011 11:59 AM

February 28, 2011

Barry O - Captain Slow

I should be the commander-in-chief. (Or at least Sarah Palin's VP.)

Daily Mail: USS Enterprise on its way to Libya as America and Britain ramp up threats to enforce no-fly zone above Gaddafi

The USS Mount Whitney command ship has changed its position in the Mediterranean as well, and the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge is in the Red Sea behind the Enterprise.

That's "an aircraft carrier" (Enterprise) "and a marine amphibious landing ship" (Kearsarge.)

But even saying "better late than never" is charitable to our President. Seems he's merely following the leader of "they're no more important than any other country" Great Britain.

The Prime Minister threatened Colonel Gaddafi with military action, saying if he turned his air force on the rebels, RAF warplanes would be able to intervene.

There was no immediate U.S. response to Mr Cameron's comments - but the current movements of its Navy suggest a co-ordinated move against Gaddafi was underway.

Posted by JohnGalt at 11:19 PM | Comments (1)
But nanobrewer thinks:

Yeah, but it's been clearly telegraphed by our incompetent Sect'y of State as an empty move. What's worse, doing nothing, or carrying a gun and doing nothing?

Posted by: nanobrewer at March 8, 2011 9:01 AM

February 10, 2011



My Funny Valentine

"My new mandolin meets Rodgers & Hart"

Live at the Coffeehouse dot Com

I never turn down a request -- somebody wanted to hear the new mandolin?

Posted by John Kranz at 12:07 AM | Comments (2)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Love at first sight!

I hope Reason is paying an ad fee.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at February 10, 2011 2:14 PM
But jk thinks:

Thanks. I should at least get a free t-shirt...

Posted by: jk at February 10, 2011 3:01 PM

February 8, 2011

Ice Station Atlantis

Where the hell is Algore and why didn't he tell us he was coming for a visit?

Yes, I knew that snow was forecast to begin around 11 pm tonight. I was finishing up some work on the indoor arena footing with the skidloader around 9 pm and noticed horizontal snow outside the open doorway. Funny, I didn't recall the forecast including WIND.

So my plans to mount the plow blade on my riding mower and deliver to dad's place in town before the snow hit were scuttled. Instead, just taking the trash can out to the road felt like something out of Admiral Byrd's "Alone" with the barbed wire fence serving as my lifeline to get back to the house. (Well, it wasn't really that bad since I could still see the porch light but I'm taking artistic license.)

The Atlantis Farm weather page doesn't show it but the wind chill reading dropped below zero around 10:30 and is still dropping with the thermometer (down 20 degrees in 90 minutes) while winds hold steady around 20, gusting to 30. It's exhilirating to experience these weather events in such an isolated domicile. It's definitely got a frontier feeling to it.

While I'm on my soapbox seems like a good time to tell Mr. and Mrs. Refugee that while unloading 6 cubic yards of wood shavings by hand (345 scoops of the grain shovel) and moving sand into the corners of the arena I came to the conclusion they are probably responsible for creating more actual jobs than has President Obama! (Mrs. Refugee brought her equestrian training operation to our barn for the winter months, along with a half-dozen or so horses.) But I love the work and we're glad to have them. Maybe one of these days the Refugee himself will come out for a visit!

Posted by JohnGalt at 12:52 AM | Comments (4)
But jk thinks:

Glad to know that the AB3S (Always Buy Three Sources) program is paying dividends. Ricardo, Schmicardo...

Posted by: jk at February 8, 2011 10:31 AM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

345 scoops? You counted them?!? Dude, that's OCD...

Yes, The Refugee will come out and perhaps share some suds, but most likely after the bird season has come to a complete end. There's this pooch here that drags me out to the fields at every opportunity... it's his fault...

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at February 8, 2011 11:45 AM
But johngalt thinks:

I didn't count them this time, but I did once before. If I were really OC I'd make sure it takes exactly 345 scoops every time.

And I think you need a new dog - mine brings me beer.

Posted by: johngalt at February 8, 2011 1:52 PM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Yeah, I can see it now. You get to 345 and still have two scoops to go: "Oh, shit, what do I do - what do I do - Dagny!!"

My dog brings me birds, at least when I don't miss 'em. With regard to the beer thing, I'm still teaching him to read labels so that he can bring the right one.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at February 8, 2011 2:45 PM

January 28, 2011

Familiar Sounding Name...

There are probably thousands of AlexCs...

MORE STILL: Reader Alex Charyna writes: "You would turn on your HF ham radio and listen. Hopefully there is someone out there able (and with the balls) to talk out to the world. The ham radio guys are big on emergency preparedness. In this case, it's govt caused. But if you look at what hams did on 9/11 and the Haiti earthquake, you would be surprised. I don't have a HF rig handy but if I could, i'd certainly give a listen."

UPDATE: Can't keep our Keystone State blog friends down! LisaM scores an interview with Ambassador John Bolton.

Posted by John Kranz at 10:49 AM | Comments (1)
But AlexC thinks:

There can be only one.

The others have been dispatched.

Posted by: AlexC at January 28, 2011 11:29 AM

January 20, 2011

Jobs in CO-4 Destroyed by Obamacare ... Already

My new congressman voted to repeal Obamacare yesterday. He also rose to make some remarks on the matter.

Sorry to keep rubbing it in, JK. Maybe the 4th CD will include you after redistricting. Most likely not, however. You could always move a bit further east.

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:36 PM | Comments (0)

December 30, 2010



What are you Doing New Year's Eve?

"Reprised from 2009 -- Happy New Year Everybody!"

Live at the Coffeehouse dot Com

The New Year will see cessation of weekly postings to the virtual coffeehouse. It has accomplished some goals (been a blast) and failed at others (that "sell the site to Google" thing isn't looking so good...)

We'll have a few special events in 2011 and I'll let you know here or through the Coffeehouse Facebook page. Thanks for all the support!

Posted by John Kranz at 11:46 AM | Comments (1)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Our "weekly shot" will be missed! Just have to live with "best of" archives, I guess.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at December 30, 2010 4:34 PM

December 16, 2010

Christmas Coffeehousin'


Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

"Brooke is back in the Coffeehouse -- and gets to wear the hat!"

Live at the Coffeehouse dot Com

Posted by John Kranz at 12:58 AM | Comments (0)

December 9, 2010

Vaulting Recital and Shopping

MILE HIGH VAULTERS, request the honor of your presence at their 1st annual Holiday Recital

Including Vaulting performances, shopping, a silent auction and a chance to try vaulting and take pictures with the horses.

When: Sunday, December 12 from 2 - 5pm

Where: Peaches Arena @ Atlantis Farms (Click the CONTACT US button to ask for directions.)

Why: The vaulters have all worked so hard and would love to show you, their family and friends, what they have accomplished.

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:32 PM | Comments (0)

It's a Berkeley Square Christmas

Brother ac asks "Any chance you'll post the Berkeley Square Christmas collection to the 'net?"

I never turn down a request.

Posted by John Kranz at 11:56 AM | Comments (0)

Coffeehousin' in a Hat!


Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

"Just the basics: me, an acoustic guitar, a Sammy Cahn tune, and a Santa Hat!"

Live at the Coffeehouse dot Com

Posted by John Kranz at 9:35 AM | Comments (0)

December 2, 2010

Christmas Coffeehousin'


Santa Baby

"Dust off a great Kurt O and Brooke video from last year"

Live at the Coffeehouse dot Com

Posted by John Kranz at 6:02 PM | Comments (1)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:


Posted by: Boulder Refugee at December 3, 2010 2:46 PM

November 25, 2010

Open on Holidays...


Freight Train

"By Elizabeth Cotten"

Live at the Coffeehouse dot Com

Posted by John Kranz at 10:37 AM | Comments (0)

November 18, 2010



Kindhearted Woman Blues

"By the one and only Robert Johnson"

Live at the Coffeehouse dot Com

Posted by John Kranz at 11:58 AM | Comments (0)

November 11, 2010



That Old Black Magic

"How can you not close out the Halloween medley with Johnny Mercer's 'That Old Black Magic?'"

Live at the Coffeehouse dot Com

Very special guest this week! Be sure to scroll down and see Larry Henley singing his #1 hit "Wind Beneath My Wings."

Posted by John Kranz at 10:40 AM | Comments (1)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Catchy tune!

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at November 11, 2010 11:51 AM

November 9, 2010

Special Guest @


Wind Beneath my Wings

"All my guests are special at Live at the and all my special guests are number 1.

But Cousin Syd caught Lenny Henley singing a sweet version of the beautiful #1 Billboard hit he co-wrote with Jeff Silbar, and I am pleased to bring it to you in this week's guest slot."

Live at the Coffeehouse dot Com

Posted by John Kranz at 1:37 AM | Comments (0)

November 5, 2010




A well known but poorly attributed sentiment on free trade states, "If goods don't cross borders, armies will."

Frederic Bastiat wrote, "By virtue of exchange, one man's prosperity is beneficial to all others."

And Ayn Rand wrote, "So long as men live together on earth and need means to deal with one another--their only substitute, if they abandon money, is the muzzle of a gun."

All of these values are expressed through the brand new ThreeSources-dot-com bumper sticker: COEXI$T - Don't Demand the Unearned.

It stands in clear contrast to the popular "" Coexist bumper sticker that promotes "religious freedom, tolerance and understanding." Not that any of these things are objectionable but they don't, in and of themselves, lead to peaceful coexistence. Free, voluntary, uncoerced trade does - and the symbol of trade is the sign of the dollar.

Posted by John Kranz at 10:39 AM | Comments (9)
But johngalt thinks:

If any state capitol in the nation deserves that fate, none is more worthy than California's. Alas, it is only a bumper sticker.

Would you settle for "Its ideas are bulletproof?"

Posted by: johngalt at November 5, 2010 1:33 PM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

That, or: "Its ideas are nuclear." Mine would be banned in California, while yours would merely be strangled by regulation.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at November 5, 2010 2:08 PM
But nanobrewer thinks:

I want 3, but am not quite ready to set up PayPal. Soon, very soon...

Posted by: nanobrewer at November 7, 2010 1:06 AM
But johngalt thinks:

That's the spirit - get one for each car!

I was surprised to learn that paying through PayPal, even with credit card, results in "signing up" for a PayPal account. It looks like it's mostly just to save your personal information and gain your consent to their user agreement (pages of legal jargon to protect them from the trial lawyers association.)

Posted by: johngalt at November 7, 2010 9:18 AM
But jk thinks:

NB -- I feel your pain. I have other reasons to need PayPal but it is a service that elite economists frequently describe as "icky."

I would happily intercede and pay brother jg out of my PayPal account and acept your personal check. Email jk [aht] three sources [dought] com if you'd like to pursue.

Posted by: jk at November 7, 2010 11:16 AM
But johngalt thinks:

Here's where I thought it would be a good idea to have a PO box. Maybe when we're rich and famous. (Or just famous.)

Posted by: johngalt at November 8, 2010 1:37 AM

November 4, 2010



Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered

"The Halloween medley continues (I think we can milk this for this week and next...)

Rodgers and Hart's Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered"

Live at the Coffeehouse dot Com

And Cousin Syd sends in a great guest video this week from the historic Blue Bird in Nashville. Scroll down one to see Tom Manning's sagacious legal counsel in "Prenup."

Posted by John Kranz at 1:36 AM | Comments (2)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Another one of my faves!

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at November 5, 2010 10:00 AM
But jk thinks:

Thanks Man!

Posted by: jk at November 5, 2010 10:36 AM

October 28, 2010




"Happy Halloween!"

Live at the Coffeehouse dot Com

Posted by John Kranz at 12:00 AM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

I stole this thumbnail for my Facebook profile pic. I think that's Brother Keith's allusion. Thanks, man!

Posted by: jk at October 28, 2010 12:52 PM

October 21, 2010

Three Sources' first bumper sticker!

Here are some new design efforts, presented in order of creation.

1) coexist1.jpg

2) coexist2.jpg

3) coexist3b.jpg

1 & 2 are 3" x 10", 3 is 4" x 6". 1 and 3 include URL. (I know which one is my favorite.)

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:05 AM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:

Virginia Postrel call your office!

I confess I was not that into this project with the first design but I like all three of these a lot. I guess I vote 3, 1, 2 (isn't that Chicago?)

Posted by: jk at October 21, 2010 10:31 AM
But johngalt thinks:

Yes, the designs have improved, and the abuses of those demanding the unearned have only intensified. Beside this, most of us will need some new stickers for our cars on November 3rd.

Posted by: johngalt at October 21, 2010 10:40 AM

October 7, 2010



I'm in the Mood for Love

"Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields's "I'm in the Mood for Love" from 1935.

Short and sweet."

Live at the Coffeehouse dot Com

Posted by John Kranz at 10:28 AM | Comments (0)

October 1, 2010

Like hearing your song on the radio...

The bad news is that I misattributed a quote on Facebook today.

The good news, when I went hunting, is that a ThreeSources post comes up fourth in Yahoo when you search for "when goods don't cross borders armies will." Pretty funny.

Not Bastiat and I think I knew that.

Posted by John Kranz at 11:13 AM | Comments (0)

September 30, 2010



Everything Happens to Me

"Love this Tom Adair & Matt Dennis tune. A bit of Googling shows a Johnny Mercer/Hoagy Carmichael song by the same name. I have to go hunting for that -- I've never heard it."

Live at the Coffeehouse dot Com

Posted by John Kranz at 9:15 AM | Comments (0)

September 9, 2010




"One more from the City Wine Sessions!"

Live at the Coffeehouse dot Com

Visit the virtual coffeehouse as well as City Wine, 347 S. Colorado Blvd in Denver.

Posted by John Kranz at 10:54 AM | Comments (0)

September 2, 2010



Route 66

"I finally get to play with my friend Kirk!"

Live at the Coffeehouse dot Com

Visit the virtual coffeehouse as well as City Wine, 347 S. Colorado Blvd in Denver.

Posted by John Kranz at 12:06 PM | Comments (0)

August 26, 2010

Corporeal Gig


Posted by John Kranz at 1:42 PM | Comments (3)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

My favorite descriptions for one of their wines is "dusty vanilla." Dusty vanilla?!? What the hell does that taste like - vanilla that's been spilled on the floor?

Anyhow, good luck with the gig!

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at August 26, 2010 2:40 PM
But jk thinks:

I once got to go a "Wiskey Tasting" in Scotland. A very special cask was described as having the nose of "Madiera cake in Red Tupperware." Now that's a guy who can smell!

Thanks for the kind words. I hope to shoot it for future coffeehouse fodder.

Posted by: jk at August 26, 2010 3:40 PM
But johngalt thinks:

I don't think we'll get a chance to make it. We've volunteered to help my sister construct a backyard patio today. Look forward to seeing some of it in the Coffeehouse.

Posted by: johngalt at August 28, 2010 9:26 AM

August 19, 2010



What a Wonderful World

"What a Wonderful Song!"

Live at the Coffeehouse dot Com

-- And a corporeal gig coming up! A week from Saturday,August 28, I'll be playing with my friend Kirk at his new wine store: City Wine, 347 S, Colorado Blvd. Come down in the afternoon for tasting and a couple sets.

Posted by John Kranz at 3:42 PM | Comments (0)

August 12, 2010



Mean to Me (alternate take)

"A tribute to dear Skylark as she invades a session last year"

Live at the Coffeehouse dot Com

Posted by John Kranz at 10:30 AM | Comments (1)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Very cute, especially at the end!

UPDATE: Had to watch it twice.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at August 12, 2010 11:15 PM

August 5, 2010



Sabor a Mi

"Love this tune! Original words and music by Alvaro Carrillo. English lyrics by Mel Mitchell"

Live at the Coffeehouse dot Com

Posted by John Kranz at 11:59 AM | Comments (1)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Bet that made The Wife swoon!

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at August 5, 2010 2:40 PM

July 29, 2010

Standing on Horses

Starting tomorrow in sunny (and chilly) Santa Barbara, California is the American Vaulting Association 2010 National Championships. The event is also recognized by the United States Equestrian Federation. Clubs from all over the USA and Canada send vaulters to compete in individual and team classes, including from... Fort Lupton, Colorado!

Yours truly will be competing this year in individual, team and a pairs class with my 5 year-old. Said pairs event is scheduled for tomorrow at 1:55 Pacific Time (actual time can vary, early or late from the schedule, and the schedule can also change.)

And, believe it or not, events will be webcast live. We're in "Red Arena" which I believe will be "Arena 2" on the broadcast site. There's also a schedule page that might be updated to have us listed by name sometime tomorrow. (Eric & Zoe). Our class is called "Trot Pas de Deux" or "Trot Pairs." Wish us luck!

Posted by JohnGalt at 1:11 AM | Comments (11)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Good for her! I'll be that little 5-year old is excited. Good stuff.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at July 30, 2010 10:56 AM
But johngalt thinks:

It's all over but the crying...

Our trot team finished 3rd, which we are happy with but expected better. Some judging "peculiarities" as they say. Oh well.

Personally I came in fourth of four trot men ... sniff ... but one of the two judges had me third in freestyle!! (Little bits of hope keep me goin'. Honestly, those other three guys were pretty good, and under 18 yrs., but I can still do better next time.)

And two members of our team won prestigious "Zone Award" jackets for having the highest average score from three or more regional competitions in the Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma region. Woo Hoo!

Now the 18 hour odyssey begins to get back home. See you in a couple days. -JG

Posted by: johngalt at August 2, 2010 10:21 AM
But jk thinks:

Congrats and safe travels, bro!

Posted by: jk at August 2, 2010 12:16 PM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Way to go! The vagueries of subjective scoring systems always add an interesting and unpredictable dimension to the competition.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at August 2, 2010 6:19 PM
But jk thinks:

Was it the Russian judges again? If it was Russians, say Russians!

Posted by: jk at August 2, 2010 6:31 PM
But johngalt thinks:

We're Back! (to Atlantis Farm.)

Of course, if the judging is subjective then so is the reaction to said judging. In the judges' favor, there were two of them and both apparently had similar scores.

But more importantly, in my rush to click "post" and get out of the motel lobby and on the road I forgot to also include what a great joy it was to meet Brother KA and his lovely bride in person on Saturday! They took the time to come and see what vaulting is all about and to chat for a while with yours truly. [It took us a while to find each other. I was advised that we may have had a KA sighting since someone came to our paddocks and asked for "John Galt, the blogger" only to be met with bewilderment by the solitary parent who was holding down the fort. KA later recognized me by my club T-shirt.] It was more than a bit chaotic, with horses and schedules and children swirling about us, but we did get a chance to talk about a few things that might make it onto these pages soon. One of them was a 3Sources meet-up some time, some where. Only an idea at this point. Nonetheless, I was very pleased to have finally met (and learned about their budding small-business venture.)

Posted by: johngalt at August 4, 2010 2:58 PM

July 22, 2010



Polka Dots and Moonbeams

"Jimmy Van Huesen and Johnny Burke"

Live at the Coffeehouse dot Com

Posted by John Kranz at 10:24 AM | Comments (0)

July 15, 2010



The Deal

"Can't have a coffeehouse with no Dead tunes, it's in the rules. This is one of my favorites."

Live at the Coffeehouse dot Com

Posted by John Kranz at 11:24 PM | Comments (0)

July 8, 2010




"Erroll Garner's classic -- our song"

Live at the Coffeehouse dot Com

Posted by John Kranz at 11:29 AM | Comments (2)
But Perry Eidelbus thinks:

I'm ashamed I haven't commented before, but I'm so heart-warmed at all this real music.

Posted by: Perry Eidelbus at July 8, 2010 9:07 PM
But jk thinks:

Thanks, Man -- you're very kind.

Posted by: jk at July 9, 2010 10:24 AM

July 1, 2010


Jazz, Schmazz, how 'bout a little blues scarecrow?

It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry

It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry

Live at the Coffeehouse dot Com

Speaking of coffee: Devil Dog Brew, the official coffee of, is having a Fourth of July sale.

As a salute to Independence Day we're offering you a 5% discount on our coffee, just enter code FOURTH at checkout!

Semper Fi, Hank!

Posted by John Kranz at 10:27 AM | Comments (2)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:


Posted by: Boulder Refugee at July 2, 2010 2:05 PM
But jk thinks:

Thanks, man!

Posted by: jk at July 2, 2010 2:09 PM

June 25, 2010

Coffeehousin' with Great Guests, Deux

Another great guest video this week. Coffeehouse friend Cousin Syd sent in a couple from the historic Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. Be sure to scroll down to hear Tom Manning's touching "Rusty Metal Box."


Oh, yeah, and I do "Girl from Ipanema." Live at the Coffeehouse dot Com.

Posted by John Kranz at 10:32 AM | Comments (0)

June 24, 2010

Recognzed for Snark in Five Counties.



Mom must be so proud.

Posted by John Kranz at 6:06 PM | Comments (1)
But AlexC thinks:


Posted by: AlexC at June 24, 2010 6:46 PM

June 17, 2010

Coffeehousin' with Great Guests

Fun week at The Virtual Coffeehouse. I pull up an old do-wop tune for a solo number: "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye."

But be sure to scroll down one for the guest video this week. Coffeehouse friend Cousin Syd sent in a couple vids of his friends performing at the historic Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. He sent one heartfelt and beautiful ballad, plus one which is raucous and ribald. Needless to say, we'll get to the serious one next week...


Posted by John Kranz at 10:20 AM | Comments (0)

June 10, 2010


On the Sunny Side of the Street. That's how we roll at The Virtual Coffeehouse


Posted by John Kranz at 1:16 PM | Comments (0)

May 20, 2010


Gotta get Brooke and Mike back -- this is sadly the final song from the session:


John Prine's "Angel from Montgomery"

Posted by John Kranz at 12:10 PM | Comments (0)

May 13, 2010


Mike and Brooke are back in the 'house!


"Damn Your Eyes"

Posted by John Kranz at 1:54 PM | Comments (0)

May 7, 2010


Man, I don't know which is better:

a) Brooke is back in the virtual coffehouse;

b) We are joined by my friend, Mike, with whom I go waaaay back, it was fun.


Jazz, schmazz, here's Randy Newman's "Guilty."

Posted by John Kranz at 12:01 AM | Comments (3)
But johngalt thinks:

Never knew (or forgot) Mike was a harpist. Move his mic closer! :)

I always liked the video for Randy Newman's "I Love L.A." (big nasty red-head at my side). It's a sort of antipode to the Beach Boys' 'California Girls.' While the Beach Boys oft misinterpreted song celebrated and revered girls from other places, Newman bitch-slaps the cold, gray metropolises that generally upstage his little burg. Good for Randy. And nice rendition of 'Guilty' here, though my sensibilities are still a little raw for a song that glorifies cocaine "medicine." ;)

Posted by: johngalt at May 9, 2010 12:05 PM
But jk thinks:

Mike plays harmonica, sax, flute, guitar, keyboards and about anything you'd lock him in a room with for four hours.

When the ThreeSources prolegomenon is written, Mike will get several pages. He, Sugarchuck and I played together in high school and he and I were in a band after college. It is unlikely that I would have ever met Johngalt or The Refugee had Mike not found me a position at the wonderland of East Arapahoe and 55th.

We use some simple, spontaneous, unattended setups to record and I make the best of what I get when it's time to edit. A condenser Mike near him did not isolate like I wanted so I had to grab his audio off the camera. You might like next week's. I duplicated the vocal track and blast it for his solo. More cowbell and more harp guaranteed this Thursday!

Posted by: jk at May 10, 2010 10:58 AM
But johngalt thinks:

Doh! I did forget that Mike was in the band with you. (Seems like a different life, long ago...)

Posted by: johngalt at May 10, 2010 3:37 PM

May 4, 2010

Maybe I Should Have Taken Up The Banjo...

Always have been proud to be a direct descendant of Charles Darwin. Yet:

Darwin dynasty's ill health blamed on inbreeding

After Darwin married his first cousin, Emma Wedgwood, they had 10 children, three of whom died as children. Three of the others married but remained childless, suggesting infertility problems. And Darwin himself, who suffered unremitting ill health following his epic trip on The Beagle, was the product of an "inter-Wedgwood" union, his maternal grandparents being third cousins to each another.

Hat-tip: Instapundit

Posted by John Kranz at 6:18 PM | Comments (0)

May 3, 2010

Hey, That's My Idea!

I am not complaining, perhaps Professor Mankiw's reader has improved it. Besides, I clearly put it in the public domain in 2003.

I wrote an essay, on my old Berkeley Square Blog, about "A Free Market Solution to SPAM."

I set up my mailbox to accept only mail from people in my address book and from “Joe’s Trusted Relay Service.”

Now, all my friends can email me because they are whitelisted. Somebody who wants to reach me can pay Joe’s the nickel or dime he charges. A business can contract with Joe’s to send to real email addresses and get through. If Joe’s sends me too much junk I don’t like, I will stop accepting from him and will sign up with Fred’s. Fred charges a little more, so I get less junk. Market forces now enable senders and receivers to control SPAM volume. And the first to drop out will be the shysters and purveyors of illegal products.

I also get the chance to pay a dime to write a popular journalist or blogger and have more confidence that my message will be received. Maybe a magazine will whitelist subscribers and bloggers will whitelist those who donate. I’ve created a new business, a solution to an intractable problem, and the new, international currency of whitelisted email.

"A. Blog Reader" (funny name, isn't it?) uses the same idea for a ---wait for it -- Pigouvian Tax.
I think an excellent Pigouvian tax would be a tax on emails. Many emails involve a negative externality (I don't really want to receive them) and almost all the ones I really want to get are worth much more than a penny or so to the sender. So a penny tax (say) on email would probably generate large amounts of revenue, mitigate an important negative externality, and have minimal inefficient disincentives. Since email servers are necessarily centralized and networked and all email senders are ipso facto connected to an ISP who is charging them for access the transactions costs and evasion problems seem low.

'Course, I still prefer my free market idea to his government revenue stream, but Mankiw improves both ideas with a simple suggestion:
Even better, if possible, might be to have the recipient set the price! I would happily raise mine to a dime, and let the government use the revenue to fix the long-term fiscal imbalance or cut other more distortionary taxes.

Yeah Pigouvian Schmagoovian and all, but the receiver's setting the price is a good suggestion.

Posted by John Kranz at 11:18 AM | Comments (0)

April 30, 2010

It's a Coffeehousaversary!

One year of virtual coffeehousin' -- why, it seems like it was just last May...


In anticipation, I bring back the first video I posted. Me and Sugarchuck on Cindy Walker/Eddy Arnold's "You Don't Know Me."

I think the audio and the video have improved a bit since then, but Brother SC's pickin' is as good as you're gonna hear all year.

Posted by John Kranz at 12:00 AM | Comments (1)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Very nice! I was unaware, until now, that SugarChuck played the role of Tool Time Tim Allen's neighbor "Wilson" on the sitcom Home Improvement. Very cool!

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at April 30, 2010 3:09 PM

April 27, 2010

Aprilfest vaulting photos

Commenters to the post that shamelessly promoted our first ever AVA recognized competition asked for pictures. We aim to please.

If you click the second button from the right in the slideshow viewer it will go fullscreen.

Since I took all of the pics you won't get to see me in spandex. (We're all grateful.)

Posted by JohnGalt at 11:19 PM | Comments (3)
But T. Greer thinks:

Very cool. I have had family members do equestrian shows before, but never vaulting. Jumpers have always impressed me.

Posted by: T. Greer at April 28, 2010 7:01 AM
But jk thinks:

AWESOME ON STILTS! (or horses..)

Posted by: jk at April 28, 2010 11:19 AM
But dagny thinks:

Under the category of more shameless self promotion, jg is too modest. He and oldest daughter Zoe particpated on the Mile High Vaulters WINNING trot team. Also the photo above is our wonderfully patient 19 hand percheron, Sampson, getting the final touches on his elephant costume for the fun event at the end of the show. EVERYONE is invited to come for a visit or a ride sometime.

Posted by: dagny at April 28, 2010 1:22 PM

April 23, 2010

Vaulting at Atlantis Farm this weekend!

We're very excited to be hosting our first ever AVA Recognized vaulting competition this weekend (unless we float away like an ark - 2 inches of rain and counting!) It is a regional event and we will have clubs from Colorado, New Mexico and I think Texas here to participate.

Everyone's welcome to come and see the fun. Admission is free. Wear your mud shoes! (Schedule wise I'm informed that johngalt will be vaulting with his daughter at 9:30 am and again at 11:00 am on SUNDAY.)

Click continue reading for more info with, I apologize, very little attention to formatting. I hope the links will work.

What is Equestrian Vaulting?

They do What? ! ? ! ...

on the Back of a Moving Horse!!!


Watch our USA Team at the last World Equestrian Games



Hosted by Region IV of the

American Vaulting Association

An American Vaulting Association Recognized Competition

Compulsory and Freestyle Performances performed

by our Regional AVA Teams







Saturday, April 24th 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM


Sunday, April 25th 8:00 AM to Noon

Free Admission & Parking

Concessions on Site

at Atlantis Farms, Home of Mile High Vaulters


Visit us at

For More Information contact Jodi

Via E -mail

or telephone 303-931-7072


Posted by JohnGalt at 1:55 PM | Comments (3)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Good luck, JG, and send pictures!

I don't want to say that we're getting a lot of rain, but there's some guy with a long beard building a boat across the street. Might have to get to know the feller...

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at April 23, 2010 2:14 PM
But johngalt thinks:

We complain, but I recall that our PA brothers and sisters had this much rain in a single morning not long ago. It just seems like more to us because 10-12 inches is our annual total. (It's not supposed to come all in the same month, though!)

Posted by: johngalt at April 23, 2010 3:27 PM
But jk thinks:

I still complain. Philidelphians can drive to a seacoust in less than three days.

Way cool about the competition -- looks like it's drying up over here.

Posted by: jk at April 23, 2010 5:29 PM

April 22, 2010


Hey Shameless Self Promotion + bleg today. I am thinking of moving from YouTube to Vimeo. I think this loses me iPhone compatibility. Anybody else have a weird configuration that cannot see this week's video?

Comment or email would be appreciated.


This Nearly Was Mine from South Pacific (Rodgers and Hammerstein, 1949).

Posted by John Kranz at 12:04 PM | Comments (4)
But Terri thinks:

I can still see it.

Posted by: Terri at April 22, 2010 12:58 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Is it the mix, or the host site or just me ... the audio seems clearer and brighter. The sound of your fingers sliding the fretboard is much more prominent. Like bein' there.

And I just finally got around to listening to the recording of your dad. It is priceless.

Posted by: johngalt at April 22, 2010 3:26 PM
But jk thinks:

Five stars for the critic. The folks at Vimeo use less aggressive data compression on the audio side. This precipitated the switch.

Curiously they're both getting more generous for video quality which takes up gobs more room. I'm no audiophile, but it's still too much. If you download the mp3 (of course that's compressed) you get a warmer tone.

Thanks, Dad would have dug the coffeehouse.

Posted by: jk at April 22, 2010 4:02 PM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

I enjoy them all, but this one was especially good!

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at April 22, 2010 4:10 PM

April 16, 2010

Live at the Coffeehouse

My sister Diane joins me for Alleghany Moon by Al Hoffman and Dick Manning (1956).


Posted by John Kranz at 10:01 AM | Comments (0)

April 8, 2010


It's family week at I found video of my father singing his original composition, Belle Isle Streetcar Line, so he's got the guest slot.


His little princess, my sister Diane, joins me for Johnny Mercer's Goody Goody.

Posted by John Kranz at 10:41 AM | Comments (0)

March 25, 2010


Tough week. The bright spot was my purchasing a very nice Gibson L-5ct back from my brother-in-law to whom I sold it four years ago. She joins me in the coffeehouse this week.


Jeepers, Creepers!

Posted by John Kranz at 10:33 AM | Comments (0)

March 18, 2010


Great feedback on the last instrumental. (Umm, you don't suppose that says something about my vocals, do you?) so here is Harold Arlen's "Over the Rainbow."

My friend Kirk is in a trio in the guest slot again.


Posted by John Kranz at 4:56 PM | Comments (0)

March 11, 2010


Long-time friend Kirk has the guest slot in the coffeehouse this week. I do my very best with Jerome Kern's beautiful "All the Things You Are."


Posted by John Kranz at 1:09 PM | Comments (0)

March 4, 2010


My Cousin Syd sends in a great guest video this week of the old blues song "Corina, Corina." And I have an instrumental version of my signature "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square."


How much fun is that?

Posted by John Kranz at 11:54 AM | Comments (0)

February 25, 2010


I did a wee bit of shameless self promotion yesterday, but I really like This one.


Posted by John Kranz at 1:48 PM | Comments (0)

February 18, 2010



Not sure I am happy with this version, but I really like the song: "If I Ruled the World." The Virtual Coffeehouse.

Posted by John Kranz at 12:27 PM | Comments (0)

February 5, 2010



La Vie En Rose: The Telecaster version.

Posted by John Kranz at 1:57 PM | Comments (0)

January 28, 2010

Live at the Coffeehouse


Heck yes: It Could Happen to You

Posted by John Kranz at 11:05 PM | Comments (0)

January 14, 2010



That's an odd rendition, jk...
Well, it's an unusual song.
That's a funny excuse, it sold millions...
Yeah, well.

Posted by John Kranz at 2:53 PM | Comments (0)

December 30, 2009

Coffeehousin' out the decade

The A-Team of Kurt O and Brooke are in the coffeehouse with one of my favorite seasonal songs:"What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" (Frank Loesser, 1947).


Posted by John Kranz at 4:13 PM | Comments (0)

December 22, 2009

Christmas Coffeehousin1

Kurt O and Brooke are back in the coffeehouse with "Santa Baby:" a song that captures the true meaning of Christmas!


Some of our older Christmas mp3s are still up at Berkeley Square

Posted by John Kranz at 12:58 PM | Comments (0)

November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Virtual Coffeehouse does not close for holidays! My friend, Wes's, CD release party from last week yielded a few good guest videos. Catch the title track: "Only Time."

Posted by John Kranz at 5:51 PM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

Wow. Sounds like Neil Young!

Posted by: johngalt at November 26, 2009 6:35 PM
But jk thinks:

They made a couple jokes about that between tunes. "there's that guy's name again..."

Posted by: jk at November 26, 2009 8:12 PM

November 12, 2009


We always come back strong after a bye week! I have the first tune in a great guest video session with The Hoagies in the Tuesday guest slot. You're stuck with me solo for the headline act, but you get an incredible tune: Johnny Burke's "Pennies from Heaven."


What's that url again jk? I forgot to write it down: More about The Hoagies at

Posted by John Kranz at 11:03 AM | Comments (0)

October 22, 2009



Berkeley Square's Kurt O headlines this week with a solo rendition of "Take the A-Train." He calls it goofin' around but I thought it captured the live feel of the virtual coffeehouse and asked it I could include it.

Same bat-url:

Posted by John Kranz at 12:55 PM | Comments (0)

October 15, 2009

Live at the Coffeehouse

How High the Moon? How bald the guitar player? How long we gotta talk like this?

Posted by John Kranz at 10:04 AM | Comments (0)

October 8, 2009


jk, a red shirt, a red telecaster, and a torch song. Click if you wish...

Posted by John Kranz at 11:45 AM | Comments (1)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Now The Refugee knows what to get you for Christmas - a candy-apple red shirt!

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at October 8, 2009 10:45 PM

September 24, 2009

Live at the Coffeehouse


jk solo on John Blackburn and Karl Suessdorf's "Moonlight in Vermont;"
young turk Ian is back in the guest slot

Posted by John Kranz at 1:23 PM | Comments (0)

September 3, 2009


I got a handful of complaints last week that there were no videos, but nobody complained about missing my hectoring, self-promotional blog posts, email, facebook and tweets. Huh.


Young Ian Biley joins me in the guest slot this week, and it's just me and Cole Porter and my new tele for today's.

Posted by John Kranz at 12:47 PM | Comments (3)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Young Ian can really tickle the strings. And, he has significantly more hair that his Old Man!

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at September 4, 2009 9:58 AM
But jk thinks:

It's a wig! Trust me.

Posted by: jk at September 4, 2009 10:44 AM
But jk thinks:

"His" old man, yes. I thought you said "the" old man. And there was only one otehr person in the video. Umbrage was tooked.

Posted by: jk at September 4, 2009 5:59 PM

August 20, 2009

Good times at the Coffeehouse

Brooke and I do the Mercer/Carmichael classic "Sylark." And my cousin from Tennessee fills the Tuesday guest slot.


Fun, fun, fun:

Posted by John Kranz at 4:39 PM | Comments (0)

August 14, 2009

Baristas are Back!

Tanned, rested and ready! Vacation is over and it's back to work for the virtual coffeehousers


This week, one of my favorites, Jobim's "Dindi."

Posted by John Kranz at 12:02 AM | Comments (0)

August 12, 2009

Big Time, Bill!

I'm walking in that room a blogger and I'm walking out a star!

Interesting look at the WSJ New Pages' statistical prowess today from Don Luskin. Plus he saw fit to include my goofy comment.

Posted by John Kranz at 12:26 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

Nice! But no threesources hyperlink. I think you should sue.

Posted by: johngalt at August 12, 2009 2:12 PM

August 6, 2009

2009 KVC 2-Star Team Champion Horse: Mile High Vaulters' Sampson

Oh no, not another vaulting post!

This should be the last for a while folks. And why not? It carries final results from the 2009 Kentucky Vaulting Cup international equestrian event I introduced here last week. As the event began Sampson was featured on the front page of the Lexington newspaper, perhaps because of the novelty of his size (he was the tallest horse at the show.) But now that the show is over his photo was featured, albeit in a blog post, because of another attribute: Sampson was the horse that carried the championship vaulting team in the highest level of competition.

Mt. Eden Sun Team’s solid performance earned them a victory over the Woodside Vaulters, reversing the standing’s from Saturday’s one-star team competition. In the two-star team division, Mt. Eden scored 6.512 to Woodside’s 6.154.

The Mt. Eden Sun Team members are: Kenny Geisler, Tasha Thorner, Alicien Thrasher, Kalyn Noan, Lizzie Ioannou, Heidi Rothweiler and Makayia Clyne. Jessica Ballenger is the coach, and Jodi Rinhard [sic] longed Sampson. They were also the American Vaulting Association 2009 A team national champions.

One of the reasons this post is so many days after the fact (other than the hay harvest I just finished) is I was waiting for a video of the team freestyle to be posted somewhere. Do you think standing on the back of a cantering horse is impressive? How about standing on the shoulders of someone else who is standing on the horse! It's called a "stand on stand." Check it out.

Also, TIVO ALERT - Sampson and several Mile High Vaulters will be featured on Denver's KUSA, Channel 9 'Colorado & Company' program tomorrow, Friday, August 7 from 10-11 am Mountain Time.

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:58 PM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:

I have loved the vaulting posts! (okay, I may have cursed the player once or twice, but I enjoyed watching.)

Well done Sampson and well done team. Hope the hay came in well.

Posted by: jk at August 6, 2009 4:46 PM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Congratulations! I'm willing to bet that 30+ man-years of effort went into that four-minute performance. Well done!

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at August 7, 2009 11:13 AM

July 31, 2009

A1, below the fold

The Kentucky Cup vaulting competition I've been following for the past 2 days was covered in the Lexington, Kentucky newspaper this morning on Page A1.

That's Sampson below the fold, next to our President quaffing a cold one with friends.


Posted by JohnGalt at 6:05 PM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:

Very cool. But the President may not appreciate his photograph appearing so close to a known partisan.

Posted by: jk at July 31, 2009 6:30 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Nice! Hey, I'd forgotten we were harboring a Bushite.

Posted by: johngalt at July 31, 2009 7:02 PM

July 30, 2009

Kentucky Vaulting Cup

It's vaulting! For the uninitiated, vaulting is the original equestrian sport. Dagny is a coach and longeur and has two horses and two vaulters at this international competition in Lexington, Kentucky. It started today and runs through Sunday. But the very best part (for those of us who didn't make the trip) is this live video feed!

[Note: When live competition is not proceeding a promotional video for WEG loops instead.]

> Single-click on "livestream" in the upper-right corner to launch a dedicated viewer. :)
> Or, click the I/O icon in the lower-left to stop streaming. :(
> Click the "ON-DEMAND" button to find a list of completed classes available for reviewing.

The Kentucky Vaulting Cup is a test event for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which will be held at the same venue in 2010.

UPDATE: Audio now defaults to muted on refresh.

UPDATE II: I (jk) have moved the player to the "Continue Reading.." page.

Posted by JohnGalt at 10:31 AM | Comments (4)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

You go, Dagny!

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at July 30, 2009 12:01 PM
But jk thinks:


Posted by: jk at July 30, 2009 12:43 PM
But johngalt thinks:

I don't know the back story yet but I just watched dagny's biggest horse, Sampson, carry one of the California vaulting teams. As far as I know he was NOT scheduled to do so. There might have been a problem with the team's own horse requiring a last minute substitution - a common occurrence in competition. Sam went great and so did the team! Yaay! As Drudge would say, "Developing."

Posted by: johngalt at July 30, 2009 3:50 PM
But johngalt thinks:

I have more details on yesterday's developing story. The team's horse showed signs of lameness during their warmup round. For fear that it might get worse they decided to switch horses and chose Sampson. All of Sampson's tack (and dagny's showing clothes) had been put away for the day and couldn't be recovered in time for the scheduled go, just minutes away. Other vaulting clubs contributed everything from bridle and bit to boots and clothes for dagny to wear. This sort of cameraderie is also very common at vaulting competitions.

Under FEI rules all competitors must use the same horse for the entire competition. This means that Sampson will be carrying the A-team (internationally they call it CVI** - say "CVI two star") freestyle today at 3:40 pm Eastern and tomorrow as well. Try to catch it if you can! It will be one of the premier events of the entire competition. If anything will impress you with vaulting it will be high level team performances.

Posted by: johngalt at July 31, 2009 10:16 AM

July 23, 2009


More fun at the virtual coffeehouse. Brooke and I do our illustrious Fly Me to the Moon / Corcovado medley. And my brother, Howard, has the guest slot.


Posted by John Kranz at 4:00 PM | Comments (0)

July 21, 2009

25 Years and Counting

Twenty-five years ago today, The Refugee and The Little Mrs. tied the knot. He has two lucky days each year: the day she was born and they day he married her. And yes, she is a tolerant woman.


Posted by Boulder Refugee at 4:34 PM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

AWESOME ON STILTS!!! Happy Anniversary!

Posted by: jk at July 21, 2009 5:02 PM

July 9, 2009


It's Minnesota Week at the virtual coffeehouse. Today I post the last of the SugarChuck sessions -- and my brother, Howard, was in town and joins in the guest slot.


Posted by John Kranz at 7:56 PM | Comments (2)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Excellent, JK!

That song reminds me of the 1984 movie of the same title starring Lily Tomlin and Steve Martin. One of my all time favorite comedies - rate it five bowls out of a possible five.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at July 10, 2009 11:20 AM
But jk thinks:

Back in bowl? Yes, great flick!

Thanks for the kind words.

Posted by: jk at July 10, 2009 11:24 AM

July 2, 2009

Good Week at the Coffeehouse!

Great week! Blog friend SugarChuck has the guest slot, and I had one more with Kurt O on vibes for today.


Posted by John Kranz at 1:07 PM | Comments (0)

June 23, 2009

It's not even Thursday...

But the Tuesday guest slot includes another tune from blog-fave, SugarChuck!


Posted by John Kranz at 1:17 PM | Comments (0)

June 12, 2009

Friends for Coffee

Kurt O, a great friend and great vibes player from Berkeley Square days, joined Brooke and I for a few tunes at The Virtual Coffeehouse.


UPDATE: FaceBookers: become a fan

Posted by John Kranz at 12:53 AM | Comments (0)

June 4, 2009

It's Thursday!

Must be some new videos up at The Virtual Coffeehouse.


Posted by John Kranz at 2:28 PM | Comments (0)

May 28, 2009

Grand Opening

The Virtual Coffeehouse is a go:


Posted by John Kranz at 10:27 AM | Comments (2)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

The Refugee is not a big jazz guy, but he has really enjoyed these cuts. Well done, JK! Of course, who can forget the Tom and Jerry episode that used this "Is You Is..." soundtrack.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at May 29, 2009 11:53 AM
But jk thinks:

Thanks, br!

Posted by: jk at May 29, 2009 3:29 PM

May 21, 2009

Sneak Peek II

A couple of new videos this week at the virtual coffeehouse.

We'll have that Grand Opening someday...

Posted by John Kranz at 10:35 AM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

You are to be commended for selecting two tunes that even a neophyte such as I have heard of. Very enjoyable.

Posted by: johngalt at May 22, 2009 10:41 PM
But jk thinks:


Posted by: jk at May 23, 2009 11:06 AM

May 9, 2009

The Refugee Walks for MS


The Boulder Refugee could not have had a more bucolic day for a triumphant return to the land of his birth. He joined 473 other people for a leisurely 3-mile walk to raise funds for MS research. His pledges totaled $425, slightly below goal but well above average. Many thanks to Three Sourcers for their financial support and encouragement!

Posted by Boulder Refugee at 8:14 PM | Comments (3)
But jk thinks:

Great Picture! The MS patient-wing of ThreeSources applauds your efforts!

Posted by: jk at May 10, 2009 10:38 AM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Fortunately, the Boulder authorities seemed preoccupied with capturing Jon-Benet's murderer and did not notice The Refugee slinking across the border.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at May 10, 2009 7:44 PM
But johngalt thinks:

I'll vouch for the character of the Boulder Police Department. (The DA's office though ... "I don't stand with them.")

Jon-Benet may never receive justice, but it looks like Susannah Chase finally will. (Although this murdering (*^#47$&(&$ would never have been caught either if he hadn't tried it again with another victim.)

Posted by: johngalt at May 11, 2009 1:20 PM

April 29, 2009

The Refugee Throws Down the Gauntlet

The Refugee has decided to return to his ancestral homeland of Boulder on May 9 to participate in the annual Colorado Walks for MS event. It will be a pleasant three mile hike around the Boulder Reservoir come rain or shine.

The Refugee invites - nay, challenges - all Three Sourcers to put their free market money where their free-flowing mouths are! He has set a $500 goal, which is about 2X the average knowing that Three Sourcers are also 2X the average.

To make a pledge, go to this link. Of course, any Three Sourcer in the area who would like to join in the walk is welcome to do so. Oh, and you may need to know The Refugee's real name: Phil Goodwin. The challenge is on!

Posted by Boulder Refugee at 11:28 AM | Comments (3)
But jk thinks:

Phil is The Refugee? I had no idea...

Okay, I'm in.

Posted by: jk at April 29, 2009 11:50 AM
But Keith thinks:

The challenge is accepted. I'm in as well.

Posted by: Keith at April 29, 2009 4:15 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Unfortunately I need to control expenses because my job was a casualty of the Community Reinvestment Act and all I get in return is an $8 per week tax cut (which doesn't apply to me because I'm not working.)

Heck, I've even suspended my NRA contributions!

Posted by: johngalt at May 1, 2009 12:40 PM

April 10, 2009

Johngalt's Radio Clip

As promised, blog brother jg's message as read on Mike Rosen show. Good stuff!

Posted by John Kranz at 11:17 AM | Comments (5)
But nanobrewer thinks:

I agree with 99% of what I read here, and liked what I heard from Mr. Rosen's reading of JG's post. I'd like to engage him a bit on the economics of wind power. I currently work in Wind Power and am convinced it works, economically.

However, that "convinced" is far too similar to the way my liberal friends are convinced our globe is warming due to man-made CO2; I really haven't done the numbers myself. So, JG, can we talk? {You suggest how} - nb

Posted by: nanobrewer at April 12, 2009 12:42 AM
But jk thinks:

I'll confess that I winced a bit at the inclusion of photovoltaic power. I think we are due for some "Moore's Law" style advances in that field. Both innovations in nanotech and increased availability of Silicon may bring that up to speed sooner than we think.

The discussion, however, is about economic feasibility and I think nb and I will both have to admit that our pet technologies still require help to compete. "Uncle Eric" is right to point out that subsidies provide a shaky foundation for innovation. When PV or wind can displace carbon combustion at the right price, we won't need to argue, it will just happen.

Wind is an exciting place to be now, nb. My worry with that industry is environmental restrictions and latency to build transmission lines.

Posted by: jk at April 12, 2009 12:00 PM
But brian_gregory thinks:

Could be JK, I've always looked down on solar because it's power density is so low and cost so high. Currently running $4/Watt (installed) even in CO with the tremendous kick-backs we all pay for, it's almost silly compared to wind ($1/watt) even when compared to it's lack of need of new transmission lines.

Then again, I could be wrong and this project could prove me wrong (7.5 c/kWhr is half what current solar is capable of).

Then again, this could just be an analyst in search of some quick publicity.

Posted by: brian_gregory at April 12, 2009 10:14 PM
But jk thinks:

Most of my information comes from blogs and academic sources that Professor Reynolds links to. And I confess they tend to be wildly optimistic.

I guess my suggestion is that no current solution is economically viable (else subsidies would not be required). Uncle Eric and Brother JG are right about that. When I look five or ten years out, I can imagine nanotechnology's improving PV power to be competitive.

Taking your $4/W figure, if PV efficiency could double every two years, we're down to .50/W in 2015. (Installation, packaging and delivery would have to keep pace -- that may not be possible). Then we have a very attractive solution for microgeneration.

I suspect that the components of wind power are pretty close to full potential. Propellers and turbines and generators and mechanical parts have been improved over the years for other purposes and it is hard to imagine a technological breakthrough.

I hate to impugn you line of work (you can tell me tape backup is dead) and quite a bit of smart money says you're right. I'm very concerned with environmental push-back both for the units and transmission lines. A bit of silicon on the roof seems an easier sell.

Posted by: jk at April 13, 2009 11:07 AM
But johngalt thinks:

Nano, I haven't done the numbers either, as you say, but I do know that when wind power first appeared as a marketable commodity there was a premium for the absolution of telling your friends and neighbors that the grid power that reached YOUR house came from the WIND! Perhaps this was a case of limited supply and unsated demand but I don't think so. Reason being that one of the largest purchasers of such "renewable" energy was municipal governments (City of Boulder comes immediately to mind.)

Here's the other big clue that wind power doesn't pull its own weight compared to conventional (i.e. proven safe, reliable and economical) energy: It's called 'The Stimulus Bill.' Billions of taxpayer dollars to subsidize wind (and solar and every other fellow traveller). This is the very "gambling with other people's money" that Uncle Eric wrote about.

And yet, it's still not enough. They're (Obama, Reid, Pelosi and the 'green' lobby) still dead set on "imposing the true costs" of conventional energy useage through one or more form of taxation. In my humble (honest!) opinion this is nothing more than an anti-prosperity play to retard free enterprise at every opportunity. There is no great desire for "renewable" energy to replace conventional sources. The real goal is just to reduce energy use altogether. Witness the actions to oppose transmission line construction and even wind farm construction, or to dismantle the most successful renewable energy sources ever: hydroelectric.

I recall when wind generators were first developed, in the '80s I believe, that enviros opposed them as "eyesores" and "bird blenders." Now we've seen enough of them in use in northern climes to learn about giant shards of ice flying off of their blades at great threat to life and property nearby. And all, presumably, in the name of what? DAWG horse shit.

Finally, one thing that must be kept in mind regarding capital cost per watt of generating capacity is that for windmills and solar cells, when the 'wind don't blow and the sun don't shine' that cost goes to infinity.

Posted by: johngalt at April 14, 2009 12:40 PM

April 8, 2009

johngalt's 3 minutes of fame

On Monday I found it appropriate to share my popular March 9 post on "One Reason Governments Spend So Much Money" with Denver talk show host Mike Rosen. I suggested it was worthy of reading on air. On Tuesday he did so.

This link is to an audio recording of the entire 3rd hour of his show. The segment I'm in starts at 25:10 (it only takes a minute or two to download to that point) with my specific content starting at 27:50 (about 3.5 minutes long). No, he doesn't mention my name or the name of the blog but he did put the idea out on 50,000 AM watts from Denver.

UPDATE: Just the clip.

Posted by JohnGalt at 11:31 AM | Comments (4)
But Terri thinks:

Excellent! Congratulations.

Posted by: Terri at April 8, 2009 12:22 PM
But jk thinks:

Do I not have the secret talk show decoder ring? At 25 past on mine, some monotone caller earnestly suggests that Rosen should pour through the 29-page budget summary and maybe do a whole show on it... Right link? it opens in QuickTime in Chrome so it has no time display (I could pull it into my new video studio software)

Posted by: jk at April 8, 2009 4:45 PM
But johngalt thinks:

The full length is 39 minutes so your slider should be just under 2/3 of the way over.

I managed to make a 96 bps mp3 out of the important 3:30 but it is 2.5 mb and I get a "too large" message when I try to upload it. Suggestions?

Posted by: johngalt at April 9, 2009 12:59 PM
But jk thinks:

Philistines! Email it to me and I will FTP it. (And thanks for the tip -- nice.)

Posted by: jk at April 9, 2009 1:12 PM

December 3, 2008

Fabulous American Treasure

"Fabulous American treasure" and blog brother AlexC gets his props in Extreme Mortman today.

Posted by John Kranz at 6:15 PM | Comments (1)
But AlexC thinks:

Howard Mortman, God love 'm.

Posted by: AlexC at December 3, 2008 8:13 PM

November 27, 2008

It's a Berkeley Square Christmas

Every year. If you dust off the Christmas Music on Thanksgiving like I do, I will point you toward free MP3s on our band's website. I might call them up and see if anybody wants to record a few; pretty sad that they stop at 2002.

Posted by John Kranz at 11:50 AM | Comments (1)
But AlexC thinks:

These have been a staple of my Christmas play list for years.

Thank you guys!

Posted by: AlexC at November 27, 2008 12:19 PM

September 15, 2008


And to think I was voted the least likely person to make a Star Trek joke in my Senior yearbook.

Posted by John Kranz at 7:00 PM | Comments (1)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

The Refugee remains unphased!

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at September 15, 2008 10:41 PM

July 18, 2008

"I am a small eye poet."

If my posts seem more trivial than usual, I am on vacation this week. Grinding, tedious partisan hackery will return in full force next week.

But today, I got an email from a niece of mine that made me chuckle. There's a T-Shirt at Café Press:

EVERYTIME YOU POST WITH THE CAPS LOCK ON, e e cummings kills a kitten.

Following a link in the comments, I found this. Norman Friedman of the English department at Grand Valley State University (Go Lakers!) makes a good case that mister Cummings's name should be typeset with conventional case.

I always use lower case for my two character sobriquet (which adds three keystrokes to keep MS-Word® from auto-correcting it). Without ee, I am losing academic support.

Posted by John Kranz at 10:56 AM | Comments (0)

July 16, 2008


Twenty Five years ago, the best day of my life:



Posted by John Kranz at 11:14 AM | Comments (4)
But Perry Eidelbus thinks:

Awesome! Congratulations to you both!

Wait a minute, is that a barong you were wearing?

Posted by: Perry Eidelbus at July 16, 2008 3:26 PM
But Terri thinks:


Posted by: Terri at July 16, 2008 4:12 PM
But jk thinks:

Thanks. Yes, Perry, that's a beautiful handmade barong tagalog that my mother-in-law had crafted for the groom in the Philipines. It's an incredible garment (which I still have if you need it for your wedding). I believe it was 100F that day, a tuxedo would have been deadly.

Posted by: jk at July 16, 2008 5:08 PM
But Perry Eidelbus thinks:

The picture really shows that it's real quality, and not just any old thing you can pick up in any SM department store.

I appreciate the offer, but that's yours, and it probably wouldn't fit my girth anyway. :) For our civil wedding here, I'll just wear a suit and carnation. For our church wedding "over there," sometime next year, it'll definitely be in native dress.

Posted by: Perry Eidelbus at July 17, 2008 10:37 AM

June 21, 2008

I Want a Seal, Too!


Senator Obama can't have all the fun!

UPDATE: One of Don Luskin's emailers corrects the latin ("How Many Romans???") in Senator Obama's seal -- I'm no scholar but I think mine is okay.

UPDATE II: Obama Campaign Drops Faux Presidential Seal -- The Possum Sleeps Tonight. The Junior Senator may cut and run at the first sign of difficulty but I have several minutes invested in my seal. And. let's just say "from my cold, dead hands..."

UPDATE III: Professor Reynolds quotes an emailer who says the Latin phrase "vero possumus" was fine.

Posted by John Kranz at 3:42 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

I have a question - Is Barackobama one of Senator O's infamous seven new states?

And another - Is the capitol city called Michellegomery?

Posted by: johngalt at June 23, 2008 2:50 PM

August 17, 2007

Who is John Galt....

...and where the heck has he been for the last month? I'm sure that everyone's missed my polite rectitude and insightful wit as I've been too busy to post, comment, or even read the blog. Here's why:

This is the "hot box" facility within dagny's new indoor riding arena and horse barn. It's comin' along...

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:54 PM | Comments (4)
But jk thinks:

I know Dagny's good, but I think you're going to have a hell of a time getting the horses up on those ladders.

Posted by: jk at August 17, 2007 4:25 PM
But AlexC thinks:

For horses, or Gitmo relocation?

Please ensure the toilets are of suffient "book flushing" size.

Posted by: AlexC at August 17, 2007 5:14 PM
But johngalt thinks:

The septic system contractor starts work in 2 weeks. I'll be sure to add "Koran compatible" to the specification sheet. Thanks for the reminder.

Geez, I've missed you guys!

Posted by: johngalt at August 17, 2007 6:09 PM
But mdmhvonpa thinks:

Heh ... that facility looks awfully like a dot com sweatshop I worked in once, but we did not get 5000 calories a day with rice pilaf or sugar cubes ... just chants 'arbeit macht frei' and the looming fear that while they rode us to death, they might just not pay us at the end of the month!

Posted by: mdmhvonpa at August 17, 2007 9:35 PM

April 24, 2007

Old jk Video

My brother in law shot this to help me promote my "jk sings songs from even numbered decades" solo act. I forget the year, but I'm sure it's at least ten years old.

Forgive me as I try to figure out video editing. And, yes, Paper Moon was from 1933; I was pretty liberal with that requirement.

More? I Fall to Pieces, Paper Moon.

Posted by John Kranz at 12:48 PM | Comments (2)
But sugarchuck thinks:

Great tunes. Great performance. Extra cool guitar. Uffdabilly Kudos.

Posted by: sugarchuck at April 25, 2007 8:39 AM
But Terri thinks:

Very cool! Thanks for sharing!

Posted by: Terri at April 25, 2007 11:37 AM

February 2, 2007

A new Galt

Mrs. Galt and I have been busy the past two days. (Well, mostly Mrs. Galt.)

(Click thumbnail to enlarge)

"Danica Charlotte" was born February 1. 7 pounds 3.1 ounces, 20 inches and full of joy.

Posted by JohnGalt at 9:20 PM | Comments (6)
But TrekMedic251 thinks:

Congrats and good health to all three of you!

Posted by: TrekMedic251 at February 2, 2007 9:29 PM
But AlexC thinks:

Congratulations! Any story behind the names?

We were going to pick "Charlotte" for my daughter... but four years later, she seems like more of a Veronica.

Posted by: AlexC at February 2, 2007 11:06 PM
But Ian Hamet thinks:

Congratulations, JG! Here's hoping you and the missus manage to get some sleep sometime before February 2008. :-D

Posted by: Ian Hamet at February 2, 2007 11:17 PM
But jk thinks:

Congrats! Woohoo!

Posted by: jk at February 3, 2007 10:58 AM
But johngalt thinks:

Thanks from dagny and me for the warm wishes guys.

I first heard the name Danica when a friend of mine dated a woman by that name. And then, of course, there is the semi-famous racing driver with "above average" looks named Danica Patrick. We looked it up and found it's eastern european meaning "morning star" - a good fit for the daughter of an amateur meteorologist. Charlotte is my grandmother's middle name. Grandma's 100th birthday will be in December, having been born in that month of the year 1907 - 100 years prior to the year of Dani's birth.

With Dani's big sister we perfected nighttime feedings into an art form: Dagny rolled over and retrieved the crying infant from the bedside bassinet, returned the nourished loved one to her restful sleep, and left the diapers for me to change. This I did, happily and cheerfully, after the first morning feeding. This became so routine that I never woke before the alarm bell and dagny's sleep was reasonably restful too. (At least that's the way I remember it.) :) Hopefully the same procedure will be popular on the second go-round.

Posted by: johngalt at February 3, 2007 6:23 PM
But sugarchuck thinks:

Hey JG, daughters are so cool! (said the guy with three daughters) Congratulations to you and Dagny!

Posted by: sugarchuck at February 3, 2007 6:39 PM

October 28, 2006

Give Till It Hurts

The Young Conservatives of Pa have a pretty good record of mixing it up in Pennsylvania politics. The body count after the Pa payraise is the most recent example.

The Young Conservatives of Pa 527 group is looking to continue educating voters in the waning days of the Senate race.

You can hear radio-based lesson here. (go look, they're funny)

Donate here!

Finally, a 527 you can trust!

Posted by AlexC at 12:07 AM