President Bush visited Silicon Valley yesterday. I had seen posters advertising a protest in San Jose but apparently Stanford wasn't immune either, according to the New York Times:
Scott McClellan, the White House press secretary, said Mr. Bush's visit to Stanford was interrupted by protesters, who blocked the only road leading to the Hoover Institution, where Mr. Bush was to meet with fellows before dining with Mr. Shultz. As a result of the protest, the meeting was switched to Mr. Shultz's house, and the dinner followed.
For the record, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was at the Starbucks in our building in San Jose the prior week but everyone says it was a friendly event.
All of which is a lead-in to pointing out my current favorite Albert Ayler track -- his Divine Peacemaker. It's combination of old-time band music with the usual "out there" jazz sounds so American to me. Call it glorious tradition in a crazed, regal kind of way.
...the strings saw away at steady eighth notes, Don plays a martial theme and Albert begins a very soft squeal on the tenor. As he crescendos, Beaver Harris comes thundering in on the tom-toms and the ensemble breaks apart for a wild saxophone solo. Jeff Schwartz
albert ayler discography. official bios of george schultz, the president and the governor. menlo park-based organization advocating amending u.s. constitution to allow foreign-born presidents (site not updated recently)