Hola a todos. Lots going on in my former home City, the District of Columbia. But due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic — which isn’t going anywhere anytime soon in part because of stupid people (you can’t fix stupid) and a draconian lack of leadership from the self-appointed “omnipotent” Village Idiot — who lives under delusions that he’s an authority on all matters when he knows nothing about anything really! — and the septic trash around him — because coronavirus is going to be with us for some time. And I wish Dr Fauci would stop residing in the upper colon of the Village Idiot — because Fauci makes himself look like an idiot as well — and start being a respected medical expert for a change. The more Fauci tries to eat the anal orifice of the Village Idiot, the less credibility Fauci has. Stop being so mealy-mouthed and afraid to offend the Village Idiot. Who cares what he thinks? The Village Idiot and the septic trash around him don’t believe in (medical) science. So consider the source! I heard Fauci speak about the Village Idiot as, “he’s a very intelligent guy.” I thought: So you’re now insane as well? You’ve just lost all credibility with me by saying something so ludicrous. And why is anyone still listening to the Village Idiot? With every passing day he becomes worse and worse. But mealy-mouthed Fauci’s head is so far up the anal cavity of the Village Idiot as it is. Fauci doesn’t need to bury his head up there any farther, if that’s possible.
And consequently because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kennedy Center’s National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) has cancelled their 2020-21 season, or most of it. A wise move. This also means that the DC area Orchestra Choruses — the Choral Arts Society of Washington, The Washington Chorus and the University of Maryland Concert Choir — have no engagements this season with the NSO, what few they have had in previous seasons since the NSO is down to programming the most minimal of symphonic choral repertoire, aside from the predictable Big Three. It’s a strange time and US orchestras in particular are programming lots of — what I call “fluff” and sheeple “entertaining” programming — rather than focusing on programming to educate people and prevent more “dumbing down.” We keep getting lower. Not that long ago, the NSO was promoting gun violence at one of its Wolf Trap performances. That’s what the District and its suburbs need is the promotion of more and more gun violence.
If I remember correctly, for the 2020-21 NSO season, the Choral Arts Society of Washington (CASW) had been invited to perform Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis in D with the NSO in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. I know the choristers of the Choral Arts Society are disappointed that that won’t happen. I know I would be very disappointed. I never got to perform the Missa, although I wanted to. Referring to the University of Maryland Chorus without mentioning their name, “The Chorus that shall remain nameless” (as Norman Scribner once spoke of them in our rehearsal), they performed the Missa. When I was in the Choral Art Society, our “competition” — although I didn’t think of them as that but I know some Choral Arts choristers did out of jealousy — Dr Paul Traver’s superb University of Maryland Chorus performed the Missa Solemnis with the touring Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam with Claudio Abbado conducting in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. I read the review the next day in The Washington Post and it said, “Dr Paul Traver’s University of Maryland Chorus was glorious throughout.” And they were. I was there. They gave an outstanding performance, as they always did. As a music friend of mine who worked at the classical music record store over in Georgetown said: “That Maryland Chorus can sing the shit out of choral music.” Yes they could. They were wonderful. The University of Maryland Chorus was chosen for the Missa Solemnis because — according to what Dr Traver told me when I asked him about it — Claudio Abbado called Margaret Hillis (Founder and Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chorus) in Chicago and asked her for a recommendation for an Orchestra Chorus in the DC area. Having done a choral workshop at the University of Maryland’s School of Music in College Park featuring the University of Maryland Chorus, Ms Hillis recommended them. That was nice of her. I appreciate the NSO programming the Missa Solemnis and getting away from The Big Three, and maybe at some point in the future the NSO will re-programme the Missa and the CASW will be able to perform that. I’m sure they would love to. The last time I heard the Choral Arts Society they were still excellent and reminded me more of the superb (but now-disband) University of Maryland Chorus with their darker, rich sound. When I sang with the Choral Arts Society they had a bit brighter sound than The Maryland Chorus. As I remember, I think we (the Choral Arts Society Chorus) were often compared to Sir David Willcock’s London Bach Choir in those days. And the outstanding University of Maryland Chorus was compared to Margaret Hillis’s Chicago Symphony Chorus, or at least that how I and my Conservatory friends compared them. I don’t remember what The Washington Chorus was scheduled to perform with the NSO — if anything — and as I recall the University of Maryland Concert Choir which replaced the disband/”retired” renowned University of Maryland Chorus had no engagements with the NSO. Last season — I believe it was — they had their Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall performances with the NSO for performances of Rossini/Stabat Mater. And what’s going on with The Washington Chorus? They can’t seem to keep Chorus Directors. They’re now on their fifth Chorus Director (since Robert Shafer was fired for some unknown reason), according to their website. Gone is Artistic Director Christopher Bell. What happened to him? I think he was only with them a year or two. Christopher gave the answer of why he was leaving that countless politicians have given for resigning: To spend more time with my family. His family is in the UK. When I was in Orchestra Choruses, the Chorus Director was a permanent fixture for decades. They didn’t leave. (Similar to Organists/Choirmasters in Anglican Cathedrals and parishes). They were there for years, such as Shaw (Atlanta), Hillis (Chicago), Scribner (Choral Arts Society), Shafer (Oratorio Society of Washington/The Washington Chorus), Traver (University of Maryland Chorus), Oliver (Tanglewood Festival Chorus) and others. It was not like a revolving door of Chorus Directors coming and going.
Up in Boston, the Boston Symphony Orchestra has scheduled a full season for Symphony Hall for 2020-21, but some of it or all of it may be cancelled. Their Official Chorus, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus had some of their performances cancelled for last season, but none of those have been rescheduled for 2020-21. The full Chorus has a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth — isn’t that so rarely performed by them? (sarcasm) — Haydn’s Te Deum, Shostakovich Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and Scriabin Prometheus, The Poem of Fire, for piano, chorus, color organ, and orchestra. No time-honoured symphonic choral works there. Then the Men of both the TFC and New England Conservatory Chorus have a performance of Shostakovich Symphony No. 13, Babi Yar. The Women of the TFC have Holst’s The Planets. I did a double-take when I saw New England Conservatory Chorus listed because they became the NEC Concert Choir back in — I think it was 2003-4 — and the NEC Chorus is not on the NEC’s website (only two choral ensembles are listed for the Conservatory), so I don’t know who the NEC Chorus is, or have they changed the name back? I prefer the name New England Conservatory Chorus, which was the Chorus that had a long legacy with the BSO before the founding of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.
But in the age of COVID-19, I’m not sure what Choruses are going to do because from all I’ve read, singing is one of the ways that the virus is transmitted, and choristers can’t wear face masks. With some Choruses, their diction is bad enough as it is without trying to “spit the consonants” through a face mask.
As I said at the beginning, lots going on my former home City, where the Kennedy Center is located on the bank of the Potomac River. Most recently — as of this writing — the topic of DC statehood came up again. Politically speaking and as a former District of Columbia resident, I support statehood for the District by giving District residents full representation in the US Congress. Let the District become a state but continue to call the nation’s capital the District of Columbia. (That’s it’s official name; not “Washington DC.” I can’t stand that.) There’s no need for a name change. The first new name I heard years ago was “New Columbia.” Now if that doesn’t sound stupid! The name they trotted out most recently is Washington, Douglass Commonwealth after abolitionist Frederick Douglass. There’s no need for the word “Washington” to begin with since there is no “Washington” in DC. They mean the same thing. Other than DC residents, most people have never mastered “District of Columbia” as long as that has existed, so any new name for DC would get the same reception especially considering that stupid is in today. I suspect if you asked most people in the US what the letters DC stands for you’d get a blank stare. These new names they’ve come up with are ludicrous, just as the part about limiting the Federal District to the area around the Federal buildings. Whoever came up with this stuff — Eleanor Holmes Norton? — doesn’t seem to understand that the more complicated they make it, the less likely it is for it to become a reality. Although I don’t expect the District to become a state in my lifetime. If they’d taken a simpler approach by what I’ve written here, it might make the idea more of a reality, at some point.
If you’ve been following the justifiable demand for the removal of monuments to defenders of slavery and inequality, someone wrote the following comment on a site:
“Washington and Jefferson were both slave owners, but instead of learning about it, they’re removing their history. I wonder how long it will be before they suggest a name change to Washington DC or Washington state?”
I’d like to respond to that comment and let me talk about one of my pet peeves as a former District resident: Again, for the thick people, the official name of the nation’s capital in the US is the District of Columbia. It’s not Washington DC. So if people called Washington state simply Washington (and leave the word “state” off), and the nation’s capital District of Columbia, that would solve that problem to differentiate between the state and the District. Saying “Washington DC” is redundant because there is no Washington in DC. They are synonymous. Locals refers to the District of Columbia as the District, DC, The City, Washington, “in town” but rarely do locals say “Washington DC.” And I can’t conceive of a movement to delete the “Washington” part of the nation’s capital, especially considering it’s not part of the official name of the Federal District.
Saying “Washington DC” is like saying “San Francisco, San Francisco.” It’s redundant. That’s the way it was explained to me when I moved to the District. The District of Columbia. In the US, the nation’s capital is not a state. It’s a Federal District. The official name of the nation’s capital is called the District of Columbia. It’s not called “Washington DC.” On the US west coast, there is a state called Washington. Many people often refer to that as “Washington state” to make it clear that they are not talking about the “Washington” that is not a state. But they wouldn’t need to say “Washington state” if people referred to the nation’s capital by it’s official name: the District of Columbia. And by the way — and once again — there is no “Washington” in “DC.” That’s redundant. They mean the same thing. They are synonymous.
Stupid people want to know. And stupid is rampant these days, especially in the US. For those who don’t know, the District of Columbia is the official, formal name for the capital of the United States. When one is crossing la frontera/the border from Maryland (or Virginia) and going into the District the sign reads: “ENTER DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. LEAVING MONTGOMERY COUNTY.”
Sadly, the District of Columbia now has to cater to our failing education system here in the dis-United States. As a former resident of the District, I was sorry to hear about this. The DC DMV (District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles) recently made the decision to change the name on District driver’s licences from the City’s formal-official name, District of Columbia, to the name that the stupid-is-in sheeple are more familiar with: “Washington DC.” Ugh. Sigh. How many people who say, “Washington DC” know what DC stands for? I suspect most people don’t. They just mindlessly say “Washington DC” because that’s what they mostly hear from the corporate media. For the stupid people, DC stands for District of Columbia. Now I can hear someone asking, “What’s that?” (This article is beginning to feel very repetitive, but stupid people need repetition to grasp things).
The reason the DC DMV is making this change is because “stupid is in” and too many people in US don’t know much or any US geography these days or anything else for that matter! Many District residents have had problems when travelling around the US due to ignorant TSA agents, ignorant airline personnel, ignorant personnel in car rental companies and ignorant personnel in bars in some US states (such as Florida) not knowing what the District of Columbia is or even where it is! (No, I’m not making this up. I’m serious).
I think to cater to the stupid people — personally I’m opposed to catering to stupid people; there’s no hope for them really and you can’t fix stupid — the District’s Government had to come up with this below, “We are Washington DC. Government of the District of Columbia, Muriel Bowser, Mayor” as seen below. Mayor Bowser should have added: “The Columbia part does not mean that we are part of South America. That Colombia is spelled differently. Understand? Don’t you hate stupid people where you have to explain all this stuff to them?:
Apparently G**gle thinks people are too stupid to know what DC means so Google refers to the District as “Washington, District of Columbia.” They should add “which is in the US; it’s the nation’s capital.”
Stupid people in the US have been asking DC residents after looking at their driver’s licence:
“Is the District of Columbia in the United States?”
(Oh good lord. What is wrong with people? Is there something in the agua/water?)
Other stupid people confuse the District of Columbia with British Columbia.
Other stupid people confuse the District of Columbia with the country of Colombia (note the difference in spelling) in América del Sur/South América.
WTF has happened to our education system in the US? Or are all of these people supporters of the stupid orange white house occupant?
Most people seem to have heard of “Washington DC.” They’ve got that far, maybe only because that’s what they read and hear from the corporate media. But apparently our education system here in The Cesspool has never explained to these stupid-is-in people what DC means.
What do they think the “DC” part stands for? Apparently these ignoramuses were never taught that the Federal District known as the District of Columbia (DC) is not a state and the District is an independent territory and independent of all the states and it is the seat of the US government? There are stupid people in the US who do not know that DC is the capital of the US.
The DC DMV is also changing their licence plates from District of Columbia to “Washington DC” to, once again, help the stupid people among us who don’t know where the District of Columbia is.
I was sorry to hear about all this because as a former District resident I and the people I know cringe when reading or hearing “Washington DC.” Ugh. In part, because it sounds so touristy and it’s what the sheeple call it, not knowing the official/formal name. “Washington DC” is redundant because there is no Washington in DC. Washington and DC are synonymous; they mean the same thing. It’s like saying San Francisco, San Francisco. And most District residents don’t call it “Washington DC.” They call it the District or DC, and sometime Washington, or at least they did when I lived there.
I think that the national corporate media talking heads based in the District are told to call it “Washington DC” because the idiots in their audience won’t know what they’re talking about if they don’t. But I have heard on occasion some DC corporate media news commentators when speaking “live” to a national audience say, “there’s a plane flying over the District so I’ll have to wait a moment for that to pass.”
I’ll (wrongly) assume that most people know what is meant by “Taxation Without Representation.” The District has no voting representation in the US Congress even though District residents pay taxes like anyone in any of the US states. I support statehood for the District, but leave the name alone. Leave it District of Columbia. Non-voting Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton has been around a long time fighting injustices. She has a law degree unlike many of the so-called “lawmakers” in the US Congress, such as Pelosi and Feinstein. (Related: Representatives and Senators in the US Congress should have law degrees.)
Does the current white house occupant know that he lives in the District? I doubt it. He’s as dumb as they come. The only words I’ve seen him tweet — since I can’t stand to listen to him and his word salads — are “Washington DC.” I did hear his former spokesliar — that chronic liar that went by the name of Sarah; did she ever tell the truth about anything? — say in a studio interview to the host she was being interviewed by, “Welcome to DC.” I thought: Well that’s more than her boss knows, assuming she knows what DC stands for, which I suspect many people don’t know. And if one tried to explain to her deranged and insane boss that there is no “Washington” in “DC” that would go right over his head.
Here are some experiences from District residents with their current District of Columbia driver’s licence:
One District resident said she had trouble getting her marriage licence because the clerk in one of the southern US states (you might know it would be a southern state!) didn’t know what District of Columbia was. So the DC resident said she patiently told the clerk, “put Washington in the city name on your form and put DC in the state name.” The clerk asked her: Is that in the US? The DC resident responded: Yes, Ms. It’s in the US, in fact it’s the capital. (So in that instance, this clerk didn’t even know what Washington DC is or where it is so changing the driver’s licence and the licence plates to “Washington DC” wouldn’t help her at all!)
(roll eyes) Duh.
Another DC resident wrote (edited slightly for copyright purposes):
A few years ago, I took a trip to South Florida. While there:
-Bars would not accept my DC licence as valid;
-A car rental company refused to accept my DC licence, causing me to rent a car with another company;
-On the return trip, the TSA screener thought I was some sort of legalized national. It took four TSA agents before one of them knew I was from DC. That’s to say, it took 4 TSA agents before one of them knew what “Washington DC” was. I don’t blame the DC licence: I blame our rapidly declining education system in the US.
Another commenter wrote (edited slightly for copyright purposes):
“At a DMV in California, the guy didn’t know what the District of Columbia meant. I told him it was the capital of the U.S. He didn’t believe me. A supervisor had to confirm this for him. I fear for our country.
Another commenter said he had similar problems with TSA agents at Boston’s Logan Airport. They also didn’t know where the District of Columbia was either.
But this stupid-is-in fad is not limited to DC. A resident of New México wrote (edited slightly for copyright purposes):
This problem is not limited to DC. I’m from New México. I can’t tell you how many times people don’t realize that New México is a state in the US. Before the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, resident of New México were trying to buy tickets for the Olympics and they were told to call their embassy. So in an effort to try and educate stupid people, the New México licence plates now read: “New México USA.”
Oh lord. And unfortunately the dis-United States is getting more and more stupid by the day as people are standing in people’s way buried in and laughing at their adult pacifier (their phone addiction). I wonder how long it will be before the stupid people among us won’t know what “the United States of America” is?
Stupid is in and sounding stupid is in: Has Everyone Overdosed on “Like” Pills?
As regular readers know, I’m rarely surprised by anything having “seen it all.” Not much phases me. So I’m not at all surprised by the deep level of stupidity here in The Cesspool. I’ve experienced it myself too often. I hear it in San Francisco on a daily basis when in and around The Castro. It’s as if everyone in The Castro has overdosed on “Like” pills. Sounding intelligent is out. Conforming and sounding stupid (saying the word “like” as often as possible) is in to be part of the herd and part of this sad and shallow US Pop Culture. In The Castro, the dominant word in people’s extremely limited vocabulary is “like.” Like, like, like, like, like is what one hears. And some people say the word “like” so quickly that it comes out as “lick.” It takes people around here forever to say anything because of the repetitive use of “like” in their speech. They sound tongue-tied and illiterate and “up talk” where they make their statements sound like questions. For example, “Hi, I’m Sarah?” Are you? I don’t know. And there’s not a chance you’ll hear a complete intelligent sentence from the basura around here. Complete idiots best describe how most of the people in The Castro sound today based on how they speak. Mi amigo wanted me to add: The people around The Castro can’t have a standard/typical conversation anymore because their brain is so focused and obsessed on where to put the word “like” throughout their sentences, so they stall and say “like” a few times in a row, before getting to the next word of importance having to do with the subject matter they’re trying to express. Quite pathetic really. Chau.—el barrio rosa