Friday, April 07, 2006


Musicians and Terrorists

I don't usually read the Journal Sentinel's editorials due to a consistent lack of insight or utility, but today's message on musicians and terrorists just cracks me up. The Journal Sentinel Leftys are clearly more concerned about musician visas than terrorist attacks. They intone that something must be done to make sure international musicians can get to town for the latest Brahms concerto.

Are you kidding me?

Someone needs to inform these bumblers about the War on Terror.

The changes were imposed for a very good reason, which was to make it more difficult for terrorists to get into this country. But the changes also have made it more difficult for non-terrorists - including musicians - to get here. And that isn't so good.
Journal Sentinal Editorial, April 7, 2006

Things that DON'T keep me up at night:

1. Government surveillance of telephone conversations with suspected terrorists.
2. The front page of the New York Times hasn't announced we found WMDs in Iraq.
3. Whether Guantanamo Bay detainees are getting enough fresh air.
4. The fact that non-immigrant visa applicants must undergo a face-to-face interview at a U.S. diplomatic outpost and submit biometric information, such as fingerprints, and that such heightened standards undermined the ability of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra to secure a pianist to play Johannes Brahms' two piano concertos.

And that's just off of the top of my head.
Wait wait wait.

I thought that most sects of islam don't allow music or musicianship. I know that the ability to play musical instruments in post-taliban Afghanistan was well celebrated. And what about Cat Stevens?
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