Wednesday Night Music: Billie Holiday Edition

There’s a myth that Lady Day couldn’t sing any more near the end of her life. Untrue. She lost some of her range but her voice lost none of its expressive power. I’m particularly fond of a record Billie cut for Verve in 1957, Songs For Distingue Lovers. She was surrounded by some brilliant players, Harry “Sweets” Edison’s mournful trumpet is the standout on the track below: Arlen and Mercer’sOne for My Baby (and One More for the Road) a classic torch/saloon song written for Fred Astaire but perfect for Billie. So, set ’em up, Joe: p align=”center” class=”asset asset-video” … Continue reading Wednesday Night Music: Billie Holiday Edition

Bill Clinton’s Inner Monologue

During the USA match: This man is stressed out about the game; he does not want to have to listen to Sepp Blatter make awkward small talk anymore. Clinton — a renowned international charmer and the husband of one of the most important diplomats in the world — is very unsubtly telling Blatter to shut his gob and just watch the game already, because DeMarcus Beasley has come on and Clinton needs to think about whether he should go down and open a can of Arkansas whupass on Bob Bradley’s face. No, he doesn’t know of any good secretaries who … Continue reading Bill Clinton’s Inner Monologue

McChrystal Cracked

I’d come around to the McChrystal must go viewpoint so I’m gladit happened so quickly.Not only does he deserve to be shitcanned for mouthing off but his favorite beer is Bud Lite Lime. Holy girl drink, Batman. On a serious note, I thought it was politically ingenious to slide Petraeus into the command slot. The wingers have expressed such unconditional love for him that it will be *harder* for them to gin up outrage over this. Continue reading McChrystal Cracked

What will happen to them in October, BP?

A whooping crane in the wild is an astounding sight. If you’re lucky to be close enough to view one without binoculars, the first thing that strikes you is the size. An adult whooper stands 5 feet tall and has a wing span of 7.5 feet, blindingly white body plumage, black wingtips, a striking red and black mask, and large dark beak. They are magnificent animals and getting to watch them in their winter habitat atAransas National Wildlife Refuge, near where I grew up, made an indelible impression on me as a kid. Without a doubt, that’s one of the … Continue reading What will happen to them in October, BP?

Furor Over Vitter’s Henchman Furer

Louisiana Senator David Vitter is known for his slashing political style.ABC is reporting that one of his top aides, Brent Furer seems to take that literally and to carry it over into his private life. Hmm, I wonder if Gret Stet Christians will continue to forgive their favorite wingnut whoremonger for having a knife wielding thug on his staff. I’m not sure how this will play out but it gives Charlie Melancon’s campaign a pulse; especially since Furer worked on women’s issues for Vitter. I am not making that last bit up. Instant Update:The aide in question, the aptly named … Continue reading Furor Over Vitter’s Henchman Furer

So Here’s Some Folks What Need to Be Kicked in the Dick

Adding Spirit to the list of airlines I will never use no matter how cheap the flights are: Spirit Airlines — they of the multi-year labor dispute and the charge for carry-on bags — would like to encourage you to buy tickets to Cancun, Puerto Rico, Atlantic City or Fort Lauderdale with a timely new ad campaign calledBestProtection. The tag line? “Check out the oil on our beaches.” You know, seriously, I am coming around to Doc’s refrain that shit only matters when it happens to New York or DC, because as much as wingnuts love to hate on these … Continue reading So Here’s Some Folks What Need to Be Kicked in the Dick

McChrystal Blue Persuasion

General Stanley McChrystal and his staff have big mouths. They didn’t tell a reporter that stuff was off the record when they were in bars and eateries.Another fine story from Rolling Stone this time around by freelancer Michael Hastings. I’m too lazy to dig for the bullet points on my own so I’ll let the Gray Lady do the talking: A McChrystal aide is quoted saying of Mr. Holbrooke: “The Boss says he’s like a wounded animal. Holbrooke keeps hearing rumors that he’s going to be fired, so that makes him dangerous.” On another occasion, General McChrystal is described as … Continue reading McChrystal Blue Persuasion

Debrisville Bids Adieu To The Mother-in-Law Lounge

Even in a city full of eccentric characters, Ernie and Antoinette Kador aka K-Doe stood out. Ernie was best known for his Sixties hit songMother-in-Law. Like so many other musicians, he hit hard times but then he met Antoinette. She was a real pistol and, if anything, even more eccentric than her husband. They opened a bar/night club together in (where else?) Treme called (what else?) The Mother-in-Law Lounge where the self-styled Emperor of the World held court for until his death in 2001. It became more than a bar, it became an institution as well as a community gathering … Continue reading Debrisville Bids Adieu To The Mother-in-Law Lounge

Digital Divide

Interesting: The Press, a nonprofit news source that started covering local issues online in 2009, will release a full 20-page main section with an eight-page pullout – bucking a national trend whereby startup, nonprofit news Web sites sprout online and stay in cyberspace. “It strikes me as audacious,” says Tom Goldstein, a professor at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, adding that the move to print sets the Press “apart, and there may be great benefit in being set apart.” Although Tuesday’s issue will be the Press’ last for several months, Michael Stoll, the outlet’s executive director, says that … Continue reading Digital Divide

Monday Night Music: Willow Weep For Me

I was in a foul mood all day: nothing went right and I became increasingly cranky. So, I decided to play the very first CD I ever bought, Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson, when it was pouring cats, dogs, trumpets and pianos. It didn’t entirely cheer me up but it lightened my load a bit and that’s all you can ask from two dead jazz geniuses: p align=”center” class=”asset asset-video” style=”display: block; margin: 0pt auto;”> Continue reading Monday Night Music: Willow Weep For Me

He Stands On a Wall

Guys, seriously, the narcissism: The reasons for Obama’s decline in popularity in the Muslim world could find their origins in any number of perceptions. Perhaps he lost approbation with his orders for more troops in Afghanistan and the ongoing American military presence in the land of the Taliban. It is also possible that Obama is seen by Muslims as weak and ineffective, even untrustworthy given his failure to close Guantanamo Bay in spite of his vociferous promises to do so. Furthermore, given that nothing substantive has changed in America’s dealings with Iran or with Israel, Obama again looks ineffective to … Continue reading He Stands On a Wall

Internet Mudfight

Tom Shales, or someone claiming to be Tom Shales and doing an admirable job of aping the condescending, scandalized-by-filthy-language tone one would expect, comments on this post: Gosh. I knew it was rather a weak column but I didn’t think I was committing a capital crime. But when a columnist follows up a piece with a “what i meant to say” defense, the column must be adjudged, alas, a flop. Even so, in my solipsistic stupor I imagine it might help to say: I thought I was complaining about, among other things, the ever-shrinking attention span fostered by TV news … Continue reading Internet Mudfight

Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – Birther Bonanza edition

Good morning, gentle people – it’s time again to pull our iso suits on, hook up the air supplies, and enter the fetid air of Freeperville. Let’s see what the worst and dumbest have to offer for this week, shall we?

I’m been neglecting the entertaining Orly Taitz, lately, so let’s have a look at the most consistently divisive topic on Free Republic – is you is, or is you ain’t, a fruitcake?

First up – Run, Orly, run!‏

Interrupt Tea Party Meeting (Orly Taitz)

Hermosa Beach Patch, CA ^

| May 19, 2010
| Jonathan Oyama

Posted onThursday, May 20, 2010 8:14:52

An uninvited California secretary of state candidate interrupted a
Tea Party meeting in Hermosa Beach on Tuesday evening with accusations
that her opponent committed voter fraud.

The meeting of the South
Bay Tea Party was held at the Church of Christ on Aviation Boulevard.

candidate, Orly Taitz, claimed that her opponent, Republican Damon
Dunn, was ineligible to run because he had tried to alter his voting
record.South Bay Tea Party leader Gary Aven asked Taitz to leave, but
she refused.

Any day at the beach is a good day!

posted onThursday, May 20, 2010 8:14:53 AM

To: SvenMagnussen

Orly Taitz again, anything for attention.

posted onThursday, May 20, 2010 8:22:33 AM
(Obama is either incompetent or malicious, and it makes little
difference which.)

div class=”a2″>To: SvenMagnussen

She’s a tough cookie – she’d give’em a run for the money.

posted onThursday, May 20, 2010 8:25:58 AM


p>To: bronxville

You can bet if Obama tries to run in 2012 while Taitz is the
secretary of state he won’t be put on the state ballet unless he proves
he’s a natural born citizen.

posted onThursday, May 20, 2010 8:42:52 AM
byRed Steel

To: Red Steel

You can bet if Obama tries to run in 2012 while Taitz is the
secretary of state he won’t be put on the state ballet unless he proves
he’s a natural born citizen.

You can bet that in 2012 Orly Taitz
won’t be California’s Secretary of State.

posted onThursday, May 20, 2010 9:04:20 AM

Sadly, true. But they don’t know that at this point in time.

To: Man50D
The guy’s running for SOS against her and she isn’t supposed to
inform the people?

By interrupting private meetings on private
property and not leaving when asked?

posted onThursday, May 20, 2010 10:10:43 AM
(Civil disobedience? I’m afraid only the uncivil kind is going to cut
it this time.)

div class=”a2″>To: lucysmom

I bet she didn’t use a teleprompter like the guy who occupies the
White House.


You should be more worried about Obama, his policies, and
the rest of his administration. Now, that is incompetence on display.

posted onThursday, May 20, 2010 10:26:43 PM
byRed Steel

div class=”a2″>To: BuckeyeTexan; Man50D
If he’s breaking the law, inform the authorities, but don’t make a
circus out of it and promote yourself in the center ring.

Would those be the authorities that investigated the over seas
money donated to Zero’s campaigning? or the authorities who investigated
the black panthers wearing para military gear, carrying night sticks,
and intimidating white voters? or perhaps the authorities who
investigated sanctuary cities that serve as a hiding place for MS13, and
people and drug traffickers?

posted onThursday, May 20, 2010 10:35:36 AM
(He who pays the piper . . .)

So – to sum up:

You’re concerned about the Mexican Black Panthers and their nightsticks.


To: BuckeyeTexan

Actually I agree with you. I used to cheer Taitz early on for her
outspoken opinion on the BC issue and her tenacity, but she’s now just a
pathetic lunatic. I believe she single handedly turned a lot of people
off from BC issue by her clownish and unprofessional antics.

posted onThursday, May 20, 2010 8:43:49 AM


To: SpaceBar

Holy Cow! You made my day. If even one freeper has woken up to
her lunatic-fringe behavior, then there is hope for others.

posted onThursday, May 20, 2010 8:52:16 AM
(Integrity, Honesty, Character, & Loyalty still matter)

No. There’s not.

To: All

Every member of the Supreme Court, every member of congress, every
member of the Joint Chiefs, most members of the DOD, CIA, FBI, Secret
Service and state run media, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, PBS, NPR, MSNBC, Fox
and print news, knows that Barack Hussein Obama does NOT meet Article II
– Section I constitutional requirements for the office he holds. By his
own biography, there is NO way he can pass the test. The hard evidence
is so far beyond overwhelming, it is ridiculous.

You know, that’s exactly the word that came to mind.

But not ONE member of America’s most powerful people will dare confront
Obama and his anti-American cabal on the subject. The Constitution does
NOT stand.

Instead, the Constitution has the audacity to take coffee breaks and SIT DOWN!



A brave few… This is how it was in the beginning, how it has always been
and how it will be.

Stupid without end, amen.



A PRECIOUS FEW, BUT THEY EXIST… and the walls are indeed closing in on


A precious few, indeed. Lets get behind those few brave patriots who
are out there in the trenches every day working to prove Obama’s

Dr. Orly has put her life’s blood into this fight. SHE HAS MADE

She’s busy setting up her own shadow government, with no taxes, and no brown people allowed.

Plus, she’ll only vote for candidates who will roll back the SCOTUS-backed violations of the constitution, like that nasty Nineteenth Amendment.

Dr. Orly is the ONLY one out there in the trenches EVERY day hitting
Obama on multiple fronts and trying to bring him down. It is reported
that she is more than $8,000 in debt from using her own funds for
expenses in her flights across the U.S for interviews, speeches, serving
papers and meeting with officials.

Does that count the sanctions?

She is exhausted. She is nervous. She is frustrated. It is reported that
she gets by on 4-5 hours of sleep per night, and her family is very
worried about her health- as well as her safety.
She makes mistakes. But she will NOT give up. She will keep on until she
gets it right.

So let’s get behind this great little Russian refugee and great
American patriot.

Stop tearing her apart. The Obots don’t need our help.
The obots are scared to death


of this little lady and her determination.
That’s why they come out in droves all over the net on forums, chat
rooms and even the national news to attack and ridicule.


posted onFriday, June 18, 2010 8:05:39 PM
(TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)

We’ll have to look below the fold to see if Orly gets the help she so plainly needs.

Who’s with me??

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Betsy (Part I)

When I thought about the idea of spending my birthday in bed, this wasn’t what I had in mind. I managed to do something to my back to completely incapacitate myself for upwards of a week. My new best friend (a.k.a. the chiropractor) told me I needed a week of bed rest on top of an ice pack and that was a minimum. After 112 “Law and Order” reruns, I was going stir crazy. Still, between the back and the muscle relaxers, I had little else I could do. Then it dawned on me: I still need a post for … Continue reading Betsy (Part I)

Lone Star State Dumbassery

Winger Texas Congressman Joe Barton apologized to BP this morning for the “shakedown” aka the compensation escrow account.The GOP leadership is shitting itself, Barton has apologized for the apology and Robert Gibbs jumped down Barton’s throat and punched his tonsils. Fun times in our nation’s capital: Continue reading Lone Star State Dumbassery

Crack Van vs. Hayward Now LIVE!

Watch/listen on C-Span 3, unless they shunt it over to the mothership for, you know, America. Posts in the van belong to their posters. First Draft is not responsible for any possessions left behind in the van after the ride has stopped. Pet the ferrets and maybe they’ll let you live. Update: Van closed. Thank you all for yelling at Hayward, Barton, Blackburn and the other morons with me. A. Continue reading Crack Van vs. Hayward Now LIVE!

I knew there was something else disturbing about that “Gather your armies” ad

Sorry to hop out of my box here, but it hit me almost immediately what that execrable Rick Barber ad reminded me of. p>The Evil League of Evil (ELE) !!(From Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog) Don’t believe me? His ad only featuresFake Thomas Jefferson, that’s all. p>Rick Barber ad: p> Evil League of Evil: p> Fake Thomas Jefferson: Fake Thomas Jefferson (portrayed by Drew Goddard) is a member of theEvil League of Evil. He dresses in an exaggerated 18th-century Colonial outfit, including a tri-corner hat and a decorated pink sash. He claims to be the real Thomas Jefferson (no one believes … Continue reading I knew there was something else disturbing about that “Gather your armies” ad