Sunday, November 16, 2008

Blogs Moved

I have decided to split my blogs into two different blogs and I moved over to

The general blog is still called My Ramblings, but is located here.

and the sports blog is called Double the Post.

Everyone who was in my blog roll here, will be there as well.



Monday, November 10, 2008

Name Dropping: Marcoux Corner

Marcoux Corner is an acappella group from Minneapolis, MN. But I have known them since high school, too many years ago. Two of the members, Brent Thorson and Kevin Taylor, grew-up in Crookston, MN (which is a huge high school rival to EGF). They were also in a quartet that was "rival" to the Eastsiders (my high school quartet, included Name Dropping Alum, Adam Monley).

Anyway, I had the pleasure of singing with them on many occasions. I sang with Brent and Josh Baesler in All-State Choir and in the Concordia Choir.

They have been living the dream and singing all over the country and have even made trips outside of the US.
And if you can catch them in conert, you are in for some great music and an entertaining evening.

There pictures on the bottom are their albums, Buyin' Time, Tidings, and Live!

The members are; Josh Baesler, Kevin Taylor, Brent Thorson and David Phelps.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Martin Sexton

On Wednesday night, my wife and I went to see Martin Sexton live at the Historic Fargo Theatre. I am telling you there is no other artist like him. Between his vocals, guitar playing, and the pure emotion that comes from his music, I always leave feeling like a better person. The goose bump factor is in full effect when you are there in concert.

If you don't know him. Click on the the song titles to see live clips.

Glory Bound

Hallelujah - he is just messing around with "Little Darlin"

Black Sheep

Women and Wine

Beast in Me

There are many more, but these are some highlights.

His biggest claim to the main stream fame is his relationship with John Mayer. Sexton is probably the biggest influence on Mayer as an artist and then have opened for each other at various times in the their careers.

The picture was from a couple years when I got to hang out on his bus.
We're tight!!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Jim Wallis: My Personal 'Faith Priorities' for this Election

Jim Wallis is a man of whom I have great respect. He has written two very influential books on religion and how it's role in the world and politics; God's Politics: Why the Right Gets IT Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It and The Great Awakening.

The article he wrote is what he - and he alone - will look to when choosing a president. Click on the title of the post to get to the article.
Here is his website:

Monday, October 20, 2008

Long Time Repulican Voting For Obama

Michael Smerconish is a Republican pundit who has his own column in the Philadelphia Inquirer. He also host makes appearances on radio and TV.

Here is an article by Smerconish. In the article the author lays out the reasons he is voting for Barak Obama.

You can check out Smerconishs work at

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Third Presidential Debate

Tonight is the third and final Presidential Debate before the election. I am not sure what to expect. But I am sure we will hear some pretty interesting things as one candidate trys to solidify his lead in the polls and the others does whatever it takes to get the lead back.

We will hear one candidate say one thing and the other candidate say that it is false. PLEASE do the research for yourself. Do not solely listen to the pundits on CNN, MSNBC or Fox News and let you opinon rest on what they tell you.

Please check for yourself at;

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Name Dropping: Adam Monley

Vol. 4.
Adam Monley is a good friend from way back, I'm talking early elementary school. We grew-up together in the same neighborhood and I tried my first cigarette on the roof of his house.

We later did many shows together, I was John the Baptist to his Jesus in our last high school musical Godspell! We also sang in many honor choirs and an a cappella quartet named the Eastsiders.

He has continued to on the stage and done very well for himself. He actually did a show with fellow name dropping alumni; Becky Gulsvig. At the time, they did not know the connections in my family to both of them and the fact the grew-up an hour from each other.

Adam has been doing some great things in NYC and across this country.

He has received a great deal of attention for his roles in the orginal Broadway cast of Mama Mia, Raul in Phantom of the Opera and Huck in the Deaf West production of Big River (both were national tours), and recently as Curly in a the Paper Mill Playhouse production of Oklahoma! off Broadway.

Here is an article about Adam.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Name Dropping: Kristin Rudrud

This will not be quite as cool - well it might be - but I recently music directed Little Shop of Horrors at the Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre, and one of the many that showed up for auditions was none other then Fargo's own Kristin Rudrud.

Kristin Rudrud is best known for her role as Jean Lundegaard - William H. Macys wife - in the movie Fargo.
Click here to view her performing resume'.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Name Dropping: Becky Gulsvig

After last weeks name dropping of Rich Sommer - and his crazy success on Mad Men and guest starring on The Office - I thought I could do some more. Everyone can use a little more attention of their achievements.

Becky Gulsvig.
Becky is a good friend of my wife's. They went to school together and have done a number of shows together. I have had the pleasure of meeting Becky and getting to know her and her husband over the last couple years.

Anywho, Becky plays Elle in the national touring company of Legally Blonde: The Musical. Look here to find more info about the show and the tour.

Becky has also played Amber VonTussle in Hairspray, and was Leilani and the Elle understudy in Legally Blonde: The Musical on Broadway.

For the latest info, check out Becky's Website. She has a blog that keeps her fans up to speed on the progress on the tour.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Paul Newman

Last night Paul Newman past away age the age of 83 after being diagnosed with cancer. Newman was known best for his work in classic movies like; "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", "Cool Hand Luke", "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid", "The Sting", and his Oscar winning performance in "The Color of Money".

Yet, there are two aspect of his life that set Newman apart from the majority of movie stars.
1. His Marriage to actress Joanne Woodard. They had been married since 1958 and had three daughters together.
2. Newman's Owe. All the revenue (reported over $220 Million) from his product line has gone straight to charity, including his own Hole in the Wall Gang camp for seriously ill children.

Here is the statement from the Hole in the Wall Gang website.
Here is an article written by Richard T. Jameson for MSN,

Friday, September 26, 2008

Katie Couric Interviews Vice President Candidates

Here is the link for the Sarah Palin interview.
Here is the link for the Joe Biden interview.

You can read the transcripts at

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Jon Stewart Hits Karl Rove, Bill O'Reilly, and Dick Morris on Sarah Palin Hypocrisy

When I first saw this clip, my jaw hit the floor. This is an article about the clip from the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, but the video is what you need to watch.

Makes me sad and happy at the same time.

Presidential Candidates Stances on Education

In the October 2008 issue of America Teacher, they had a breakdown of the stances that the two Presidential Candidates have on eduction issues.

As I have felt in past elections, this issue is extremely important. Along with; the economy, international relations, the war in Iraq, education must be a topic at the debates and through the rest of campaigns.

I was unable to find a link or graphic to show, so this the same content from the Oct. 2008 issue of American Teacher. All of the content and info are the same, I only changed the format.

John McCain: "Under my reforms, we will put money and the responsibilities where they belong - in the office of the school principal."
New York Daily News - 8/4/08

Barak Obama: "I oppose using public money for private school vouchers. We need to focus on fixing and improving our public schools, not throwing our hands up and walking away from them."
Speech at AFT Convention - 7/13/08


No Child Left Behind
Obama: Will reform NCLB. Believes "NCLB has done more to stigmatize and demoralize out students and teachers in struggling schools than it has to marshal the talent and the determination and the resources to turn then around."
Speech in Manchester, NH - 11/22/07

Supports full funding. Supports reforming and fully funding NCLB and ensuring that teachers are not forced to teach to the test.

McCain: Supports NCLB as a "good start." Believes that the threat of tough sanctions gives schools and educators a big incentive to succeed.
Wall Street Journal - 5/29/08

Opposes full funding. Opposed multiple efforts to fully fund NCLB and provide schools, educators, and students the resources they need to succeed. Vote 35 - 3/10/04; Vote 60 - 3/09/03; Vote 5 - 1/16/03; Vote 192 - 6/17/01

Private School Vouchers
Obama: Opposes private school vouchers. Opposes using public money for private school vouchers.
Speech to AFT convention - 7/13/08; Education Week - 2/20/08; AFT 2008 Presidential Candidate Questionnaire

McCain: Supports private school vouchers. Supports expansion of private school vouchers and has repeatedly voted to set aside public tax dollars for vouchers.
Des Monies Register, editorial board, 10/24/07; Vote 170 - 6/12/2001; Vote 260 - 9/30/97; Vote 89 - 6/23/97

Head Start
Obama: Supports expansion of Head Start. Supports increased funding for and expansion of Head Start and Early Head Start, and proposes Early Learning Challenge Grants to help states move toward voluntary, universal preschool.
AFT 2008 Presidential Candidate Questionnaire;

McCain: Opposed increased funds for Head Start. Voted against increased funds for Head Start.
Vote 333 - 9/9/03

School Construction
Obama: Supports Additional funds for school renovation. Supports additional funding for capital improvements to schools to modernize their infrastructure.
AFT 2008 Presidential Candidate Questionnaire

McCain: Opposes expansions of school renovation programs. Opposed funding tax incentives and other programs for school construction and renovation.
Vote 108 - 5/16/01; Vote 242 - 7/30/99

You can find more about the candidates platforms at;

This website is a quick way to see how you match-up with the candidates and also as info on specific issues -

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Name Dropping: Rich Sommer

Congrats to Rich Sommer. Rich plays Harry Crane on AMC's Mad Men, which won an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series.

I went to college with Rich at Concordia and we sang in choir together and may have done one directing scene together our freshmen year.

He will also be guest-starring on the season premiere of The Office on NBC Sept. 25th.

Friday, April 4, 2008


So, here in Fargo, ND we rarely get big bands to come and play. In the last view years, it has become easier to seen very popular acts. Kayne West is coming, Garth Brooks has been a handful of times, and Aerosmith has made a stop. But in the grand picture of things, we don't get to see a lot of "famous people". President Bush was here a couple years and one of his town hall meetings. Tonight, we have the chance to not only see and hear one historic presidential candidate, but two. Both Barak Obama and Hillary Clinton we have a chance to hear them both speak to a very large crowd at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, ND tonight. It will be interesting to see how the speak to this crowd. I am not sure what to expect, but I do have a feeling they will both touch on the 40Th Aniv. of Dr. Martin Luther Kings death.

I will give you details soon. Take care, safe travel.