The Prodigal Altar Boy

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

T-24 Days to Go - BRD: More Effective Than Sanctions on Iran?

2011 – Last 100 Days
Prodigal Altar Boy Countdown
T-24 Days to Go
7 December 2011

Goal:  1 hour per day working on the film
Re-digitize footage from October 2008
Continued work on the assembly edit
Total time:  2 hours

Goal:  30 minutes per day music practice
Warm up on the MojoCaster
“So What” – Miles Davis
 Pat Metheny Etude #1, bars 1-4 30X
 “It’s Your Thing” – The Isley Brothers
 “Talking Loud and Sayin’ Nothing” – Living Colour version
Total time:  30 minutes

Goal:  15 minutes exercise per day
Viking Warrior conditioning  
15:15 protocol
7 reps per set
42 sets
Notes:  Decided to move from the 36:36 protocol to the 15:15 protocol because I have not made much progress toward the goal of 35 sets since the summer. The 15:15 moves faster and judging from just today’s workout, recovery is faster.  The goal for the 15:15 protocol is 80 sets, and I have done it before.  Eighty sets is a long-range goal, and the short-term objective is to wring as much benefit from the conditioning as possible.
Total time:  21:21

Goal:  15 minutes per day working on the score for the movie
“Dies Irae” – 25X on the MojoCaster
“Granby Street” – on the MojoCaster – Lyrics work
 “Dies Irae” – octaves, dyads and opening/closing chords
A Dorian riff
Am – D7 chord work for A Dorian riff
Total Time:  30 minutes

Notes:  Twenty-six days and counting. 

BRD: More Effective Than Sanctions on Iran?

Yesterday,  I presented my plan to turn the recent wave of metal thefts in Baltimore into a foreign policy coup by emphasizing how valuable Uranium enriched uranium and (slightly) used centrifuges are, and how Uncle Sugar (the U.S. government) would be an eager, lucrative customer.

However, Baltimore is no one trick pony of creative policy solutions.  The December 4th Baltimore Sun showed how (ahem) legitimate businesspersons can get in on the Iran foreign policy game. 

Jay Davidson’s op-ed piece, “Grand Prix needs more from city,” while characterized by newly inaugurated Mayor Rawlings-Blake as “nonsense,” should be a primer for U.S. policymakers on how things are done in Charm City.

Mr. Davidson states early on that the primary goal for the Baltimore Grand Prix was to bring “a world-class event to Baltimore in the hope of changing certain perceptions about our city.”  A noble statement, but nowhere in my meager prospectus reading experience have I ever read the goal of any investment group as being to change perceptions.  The primary goal for an investment group is to make money.  If that was not his goal, then we already know what the problem was. 

Jay goes on to admit BRD’s organizational structure was not efficient, but also blames (his quotes not mine) “professional” consultants who led BRD to believe income from the race was going to be “millions of dollars” higher than they turned out to be.  I am sure these consultants did not work for free, so what was the vetting process for the consultants? 

The city and the state also get a drubbing for the audacity to demand payment for the services provided to support the race.  Jay lays out a litany of cities he claims provided considerable concessions/subsidies beyond providing a race ready track, and intimates Baltimore should have done the infrastructure work and provided city services gratis.  When I lived in Denver (one city not mentioned in his letter), promoters tried to bring Grand Prix racing there as well.  After the first two years, the promoters canceled the third (and subsequent) years because it was not financially feasible. 

The remainder of the piece is a ledger listing of all the things city and state charged BRD compared to the money BRD raised through private investment.  Mr. Davison ends the piece suggesting a waiver of fees in exchange for “a greater participation in profits by the city…”  Right now, I have an old Billy Preston song running through my head.  The name of the tune is “Nothing from Nothing (leaves nothing).” 

What are the foreign policy implications?  My suggestion would be for Jay Davidson and his BRD cronies approach Iran suggesting a Grand Prix race in The Islamic Republic of Iran.  Convince President Ahmadinejad or better yet, The Supreme Leader Khamenei Grand Prix racing could help Tehran rehabilitate its image and bring untold wealth to the Republic.  I am sure the State Department would help you sell that plan, because if you can get them to commit to Grand Prix racing on your terms, Iran would be out of business in three years and would not have a dime to spend on a nuclear program.  Jay, your country needs you.  Go east, young man, Near East!