Saturday, January 16, 2010

Joe McCarthy and Larry Adler

-Irish assholes and Jewish harp players-
Lawrence "Larry" Cecil Adler was born on February 10, 1914. A young Jewish kid from Baltimore, he ran away from home at 14 and went to New York to began playing harmonica professionally. He was good, probably the first harmonica player to be recognized as a serious musician. In the late forties Joseph McCarthy showed up on the public stage. Rightly or wrongly, he accused Adler of being a communist sympathizer. Adler as forced to go to England where he died on August 7, 2001. I guess my point is that McCarthy was a worthless low life turd and yet he was able to force fine musicians, artists, actors, and simple common people to run and hide. And our country aided and abetted him with his blacklists. Think about Joe McCarthy the next time you see the Michelle Bachmans of this country accusing liberals of being "UnAmerican". We've been through this before. And Toots Theilmans? Well, he has nothing to do with all this, other than he could really play the harp too.


4 comments:

Justine Valinotti said...

Einstein once said that great spirits encounter opposition from mediocre minds. The vindictive, vituperative and those who are simply jealous or mean-spirited are invariably mediocre minds.

Gunnar Berg said...

Nice Einstein quote. Why do we quote a scientist about philosophy, but never a philosopher about physics?

Damned if I don't like being pushed back into my high school Latin for a definition after all these years. "Vituperative"! Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Have you seen Good Night and Good Luck? I can mail you the disk if you haven't or can't find one. Dex

Gunnar Berg said...

No.

I've been trying to burn Heartworn Highways for you. Theoretically my little computer has a DVD writer, but I have to download the whole DVD and then burn it back onto a blank. I just don't have enough space (or time).