Monthly Archives: June 2013

Pat Metheny-Continuing Decades of Musical Brilliance

In the late 1970’s I had heard musical friends talking about a guitarist that seemed to combine rock, classical and jazz music forms into a coherent style all his own.  The music had great power but also elegance and clarity … Continue reading

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The “War on Drugs” has been an unmitigated FAILURE

Many years ago H.L Mencken, the storied American journalist, essayist, magazine editor, satirist, critic of American life and culture, and scholar of American English had some interesting things to say about Prohibition. “Prohibition has not only failed in its promises … Continue reading

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Matt Harvey looking more like Seaver at every start

It was hot.  It was humid.  It was a steaming afternoon in the city of brotherly love.  The NY METS were looking for a bright spot in an otherwise dismal season when Matt Harvey took the mound at Citizens Bank … Continue reading

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Immigration Reform?

I guess a lot of people think of me as a left-leaning liberal sort of guy…an old hippie with political and activist roots in the 60”s and early 70’s.  That may be true on many fronts but when it comes … Continue reading

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Stereotypes…The Sopranos…Gandolfini

Several years ago a friend was extolling the virtues of a then new TV series on HBO called THE SOPRANOS.  At first I thought there was some musical connection.  After it was explained to me that the show was about … Continue reading

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Those Russians have always been known for their sophisticated approach to humour! Goofy yes,  but hilarious nonetheless!

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Why Do We Hate Lebron so Much!??!?

He is truly a gifted athlete.  He is a man of endless talent and energy. His exploits on the court are well documented.  He can shoot the jumper…he can go to the hole…his burst of speed and powerful upper body … Continue reading

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Joe Refano Twitter account

My partner,  the eminent Paul H. Brokaw reminds me to teel you that my Twitter handle is @joeref  so please feel free to tweet tweet tweet.  If it sounds interesting I’ll share it here.  Oh yeah…and don’t forget to follow … Continue reading

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Don’t be scared…it’s just a beard…!

so said comedian extraordinare George Carlin.  I lost the beard about 30 years ago but I’m still pretty darn funny!  Here’s a conversation starter….name your three top STAND UP comedians of all time…but don’t stop there…tell me why why why!  … Continue reading

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Russell Brand is brilliant…I think…

I have always had a certain respect and fondness for english crazy person Russell Brand.  I grabbed this off of Facebook.  Amazing to say the least.  He is so quick he makes Dennis Miller sound like Foster Brooks. Wow

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