Bill Beck

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APRIL 14, 2014 7:39PM

Mozart on the Scioto


I met a woman from Ukraine on Friday.  We sat next to one another at the Columbus Symphony.  We have a common friend in the Symphony who got our tickets, and placed us next to one another.  This is fairly common among friends of the musicians.  We end upRead full post »


I  saw an interesting interview with Nicholas Cage recently.  Cage was a guest on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.  While the interview was running, and because I am not especially interestedRead full post »

APRIL 10, 2014 1:39PM

CBS adds a Silent "T"


“I Am America(And So Can You)”, he joked, in his 2007 biography, but when you think about it, and explore his life further, he is not kidding.  The he we are talking about here is Steven Colbert.  CBS has announced today that Colbert will be the replacement for David LetRead full post »

APRIL 9, 2014 2:11PM

It Was a Student...


Today, violence has reared its head again.  This time it is a stabbing at Franklin Regional School in Murrysville Pa, which is described as being located 18 miles East of Pittsburgh, Pa.  Some other descriptions I heard today were, “nice bedroom community.”  One memRead full post »

APRIL 9, 2014 12:49AM

Ya Gotta Love Howler Monkeys


You know, when you hear the term “Howler monkey”, it kind of makes you laugh.  I had a sort of absent minded giggle at the term today.  It was kind of like, “heh-heh.&nRead full post »


Here we are, stuck in the middle with better insurance.  For some reason, and there may be many, some are saying that the Affordable Care Act is an unmitigated disaster.  One frequent complaint that you hear from the loony left is that the ACA is a swindle and a giveawayRead full post »

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What would war with Russia look like?  


War with Russia is not a desirable thing.  Let’s get that out of the way for those who will undoubtedly claim that trying to understand the potential issue is the same as advocating for it.  If one wantsRead full post »

MARCH 11, 2014 6:53AM

Hey, That's No Clown!


It worked like a charm, didn’t it?  Did you notice it?  Remember when Cheney and Palin came out about the U.S. using ballistic weapons and nukes against Putin/Russia?  A clown show waRead full post »

MARCH 10, 2014 7:55PM

Send in the Clowns


Isn’t it rich?

Are we a pair?

Me here at last on the ground,

You in mid air.

Send in the clowns.




You know, they say that cable news from the right and fromRead full post »

MARCH 6, 2014 10:44PM

Knockout Game is a Myth


I read a disturbing reference to a thing called “polar bear hunting” recently, here on the pages of Open Salon.  The term polar bear hunting was a new one to me, but it refers toRead full post »

MARCH 5, 2014 9:22AM

Waiting for Snowden


Act 1


A country road.  A tree.  





Edward  sitting on a low mound, is trying to take off his boot.  He pulls at it with both hands, panting.  He gives up exhausted, rests, tried again.  As before. Enter Vladimir.

Edward:Read full post »

MARCH 2, 2014 1:55PM

If I Had a Brick...



What to do, what to do?  I have a brick.  That’s all I have.  I need to come up with as many ways of using this brick, and I will be graded based upon either the number, or the quality of the things that I come up with. WhatRead full post »

MARCH 1, 2014 11:51AM


Does anyone remember Kid-n-Play?  You're forgiven if you don't.  They were a hip-hop act from the 1980's, not so famous for their House Party series of films.  Some may remember Kid's conspicuous flat top fade hairstyle.  The coiffe was at its height when the group's popularity wa… Read full post »


“Enos Slaughter says it was an accident...”  Yeah, that’s what they always say.  It’s funny in a way.  That is what Slaughter said after gashing Robinson&rsquRead full post »

JANUARY 17, 2014 2:04PM

2014 Pull-Its-Her Award


Inspiration comes from the strangest places, and in the most unlikely forms, at times.  Today, I read a story about an NFL player that I have seen as a disappointment for most of his career. 

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JANUARY 14, 2014 7:07AM

Confusion over Christie


What did Chris Christie divert, and when did he divert it?  Add to that, who cares, and you have what might concern Americans, not currently living in New Jersey, about the George Washington Bridge s… Read full post »

DECEMBER 6, 2013 11:23AM

Beck Rocks!



I see myself discussed a lot lately.  My detractors like to put my name in print.  For a great while, I have kept this coincidence to myself.  As coincidences go, this one is just too amusing.  This particular coincidence involves a poet and performer from Los AngelRead full post »

DECEMBER 5, 2013 5:01PM

Nelson Mandela is Dead

The New York Times is reporting that Nelson Mandela has died. He was 95.
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SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 8:59AM

Building and Destroying Air Fields (WMD)



There is a lot of talk recently about whether or not bombing Syria to degrade Syria’s WMD delivery systems is an appropriate step to increase the peace.  There is a lot ofRead full post »

AUGUST 24, 2013 11:47AM

What is Soul?


What is soul?  Depending on your circumstances, you are likely to define that in a number of ways.  Soul can mean everything from the disembodied spirit of the human body, to deeply heldRead full post »

AUGUST 13, 2013 7:47AM

Coincidence vs. Cause


If an evil person eats only broccoli, does that make broccoli evil?  No.  Broccoli is not evil.  Eating broccoli is not evil.  This is a demonstration of th… Read full post »

I saw Riley Cooper’s apology on television the other day.  It was one of the best public apologies I have seen lately, if not ever.  It struck me watching it that this guy really knows what he is doing.  He did not do it in half measures.  He did not sayRead full post »

JULY 31, 2013 5:22PM

America Carved from Experience


The son of a former slave has new life today.  He was born in Mississippi in 1892.  I find a connection with this man in many ways.  My Granddad was the son of a foRead full post »

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JULY 25, 2013 5:03PM

B-29 Bombshell! "Maddy" About You!


Tune in to Good Morning America this Friday (tomorrow) morning.  “Maddy” has spoken.  The Washington Post reports that the juror, who until now has been referre/Read full post »

JULY 14, 2013 8:31AM






September '77

Port Elizabeth weather fine

It was business as usual

In police room 619

Oh Biko, Biko, because Biko

Oh Biko, Biko, because Biko

Yihla Moja, Yihla Moja

-The man is dead


When I try to sleep at night

I can only dream in

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