Monthly Archives: October 2013

Thursday Night Music: I’m Sorry Baby

Tiny Town was a short-lived NOLA super band featuring Tommy Malone of the Subdudes and soulful singer songwriter Pat McLaughlin. They made only one album before folding but it was a good ‘un. Here’s the opening numbah:

Thursday Night Music: I’m Sorry Baby

Tiny Town was a short-lived NOLA super band featuring Tommy Malone of the Subdudes and soulful singer songwriter Pat McLaughlin. They made only one album before folding but it was a good ‘un. Here’s the opening numbah:

Pulp Fiction Thursday: The Abominable Dr. Phibes

Since it’s Halloween, this week’s entry is the campy horror classic The Abominable Dr. Phibes. Vincent Price is out to avenge the death of his wife and not only eats the scenery, he devours the entire set.

The-abominable-dr-phibes

When I did my search, I discovered that the whole film is uploaded to the YouTube for your Halloween enjoyment:

Money for Journalism

There is none anywhere:

What a difference a day makes. On Monday, this blog reported The Philadelphia Inquirer was paying former publisher Brian Tierney $25,000 a month to run a national advertising campaign that flopped. Today, according to two sources, the newspaper fired Tierney.

Talk about a bargain! Or you could have hired six ad salesmen for $50,000 each for a year, but hey, all they’d do is sell shit, not “run a national campaign.” Fucking kill me now, that these people are in charge.

A.

Quote Of The Day: Civility Edition

It comes from “moderate deal maker” Senator Tom Coburn from the state where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain:

“There’s no comity with Harry Reid. I think he’s an absolute asshole.”

Coburn said this at a fundraiser for Noo Yawk Mayoral candidate Joe Lhota. The only comity with Tom Coburn comes from the comedy that ensues when MSM media types insist that he’s a non-crazy, semi-pragmatic Republican. Wrong, he’s just another surrey with a wingnut fringe on top. That’s my last Rodgers and Hammerstein reference. I promise.

I am, however, glad that Coburn no longer has a beard. He might have been mistaken for a Boston Red Sox player, which wouldn’t go down well in Yankee country…

The War On The Poor, Louisiana Style

Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich surprised everyone recently by sounding like a pinko and criticizing the “war on the poor.” It is, of course, largely being waged by his own party.The latest front has opened in the Gret Stet of Louisiana and was instigated by our old pal David Vitter:

Saying there is no tolerance for fraud in the EBT program, Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services Secretary Suzy Sonnier said Wednesday that her department is seeking approval to sanction card users who tried to purchase food over their allotted amount during a recent computer outage.

Sonnier issued a response to a letter from Sen. David Vitter who was requesting that something be done to customers who had ‘stolen’ food during the outage.

On Oct. 14, a computer failure at Xerox, the company that manages the EBT card purchases, took down the electronic food stamp system for several hours in 17 states, including Louisiana.

Reports documented the stores’ shelves being cleared at two Walmart locations that didn’t institute the normal $50 limit in such situations. With no limit on the cards showing, people with the cards could purchase hundreds of dollars of food.

Sonnier said in a statement that her department is asking the USDA for the right to sanction those who broke the law, saying that Louisiana’s SNAP program allows for a 12-month sanction from the program for a first offense, a 24-month suspension for a second offense and a permanent disqualification for a third offense.

“DCFS has no tolerance for fraud or abuse of the SNAP program and works aggressively every day, using the latest technology, to hold people accountable. No unauthorized taxpayer dollars were used in Louisiana during the multi-state Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) EBT transaction outage.”

Weeks after a glitch allowed food stamp recipients to make unlimited purchases of groceries at stores, including two Walmarts in northern Louisiana, Sen. David Vitter went public with a call for the prosecution of the EBT card holders who misused the funds.

“The outrageous theft and fraud at several Louisiana retailers, including at the Walmart stores in Mansfield and Springhill, is completely unacceptable,” Vitter said. “Like many citizens, I am appalled and believe there should be serious consequences for what occurred; so far, I have heard of none.”

Bitter Vitter wants a great giant foot to come down from the sky and crush these welfare chiselers like cockroaches. I’m not hearing anything about Walmart being prosecuted for their employees letting the poors buy caviar, champagne, and a variety of stinky cheeses. I made the last bit up obviously. But Walmart is too big to be prosecuted, and if they were they’d simply throw their underpaid workers to the wolves that have been unleashed by Vitter, Jindal and their ilk.

It’s obscene that, in a country that allowed Wall Street to get away with looting, raping, and pillaging the economy, we should go after some poor bastard who bought some extra food to feed their kids. It is, alas, the American way. If you get food stamps, you’re automatically assumed to be lazy, shiftless, and unworthy of any compassion or forgiveness. If you’re a rich crook, you get a golden parachute but if you’re a poor one, you get the shaft.

Ironies abound in this story. Bitter Vitter has benefited from a forgiving public, but he’s a right-wing Republican, which makes him better than the undeserving poor he wants punished. Empathy is a powerful thing and it’s a pity that David Vitter has so little of it that he can spout ludicrous nonsense like this:

“Food Stamps have more than doubled in cost since 2008 and continue to grow in an unsustainable way, and the events in Louisiana unfortunately highlight the fraud surrounding the taxpayer- funded program. I believe there should be serious consequences for what occurred.”

Apparently, serious consequences are only for poor people, and not for hedge fund sleazeballs or whore mongering politicians.

Pulp Fiction Thursday: The Abominable Dr. Phibes

Since it’s Halloween, this week’s entry is the campy horror classicThe Abominable Dr. Phibes. Vincent Price is out to avenge the death of his wife and not only eats the scenery, he devours the entire set.

The-abominable-dr-phibes

When I did my search, I discovered that the whole film is uploaded to the YouTube for your Halloween enjoyment:

Wikirandia

FromAlbum 5

When it comes to research, Senator Paul puts the lazy into laissez-faire, not just using Wikipedia butciting it verbatim…and without attribution.

He says it’s all a misunderstanding, though as Rachel Maddow pointed out last night, Paul either doesn’t know or won’t acknowledge what plagiarism actually is. Or maybe he’s been told about Joe Biden’s run to obscurity in 1988 after a similar instance (I’ve read Joe was pilloried unfairly for forgetting to reference Neil Kinnock only once, though the Times mentions an additional allegation from law school).

My guess is this is likely a staffer writing or editing hastily — and lazily — but, as always, the tell is the reaction. If Paul had admitted as much, sure, it’d be embarrassing…but by digging in…he’s digging himself a nice sized hole. Well, good — like Harry Reid said last night (also onRachel Maddow’s show) a Ted Cruz presidential candidacy would destroy the Rethuglican Party.

Good riddance.

The War On The Poor, Louisiana Style

Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich surprised everyone recently by sounding like a pinko and criticizing the“war on the poor.” It is, of course, largely being waged by his own party.The latest front has opened in the Gret Stet of Louisiana and was instigated by our old pal David Vitter:

Saying there is no tolerance for fraud in the EBT program, Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services Secretary Suzy Sonnier said Wednesday that her department is seeking approval to sanction card users who tried to purchase food over their allotted amount during a recent computer outage.

Sonnier issued a response to a letter from Sen. David Vitter who was requesting that something be done to customers who had ‘stolen’ food during the outage.

On Oct. 14, a computer failure at Xerox, the company that manages the EBT card purchases, took down the electronic food stamp system for several hours in 17 states, including Louisiana.

Reports documented the stores’ shelves being cleared at two Walmart locations that didn’t institute the normal $50 limit in such situations. With no limit on the cards showing, people with the cards could purchase hundreds of dollars of food.

Sonnier said in a statement that her department is asking the USDA for the right to sanction those who broke the law, saying that Louisiana’s SNAP program allows for a 12-month sanction from the program for a first offense, a 24-month suspension for a second offense and a permanent disqualification for a third offense.

“DCFS has no tolerance for fraud or abuse of the SNAP program and works aggressively every day, using the latest technology, to hold people accountable. No unauthorized taxpayer dollars were used in Louisiana during the multi-state Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) EBT transaction outage.”

Weeks after a glitch allowed food stamp recipients to make unlimited purchases of groceries at stores, including two Walmarts in northern Louisiana, Sen. David Vitter went public with a call for the prosecution of the EBT card holders who misused the funds.

“The outrageous theft and fraud at several Louisiana retailers, including at the Walmart stores in Mansfield and Springhill, is completely unacceptable,” Vitter said. “Like many citizens, I am appalled and believe there should be serious consequences for what occurred; so far, I have heard of none.”

Bitter Vitter wants a great giant foot to come down from the sky and crush these welfare chiselers like cockroaches. I’m not hearing anything about Walmart being prosecuted for their employees letting the poors buy caviar, champagne, and a variety of stinky cheeses. I made the last bit up obviously. But Walmart is too big to be prosecuted, and if they were they’d simply throw their underpaid workers to the wolves that have been unleashed by Vitter, Jindal and their ilk.

It’s obscene that, in a country that allowed Wall Street to get away with looting, raping, and pillaging the economy, we should go after some poor bastard who bought some extra food to feed their kids. It is, alas, the American way. If you get food stamps, you’re automatically assumed to be lazy, shiftless, and unworthy of any compassion or forgiveness. If you’re a rich crook, you get a golden parachute but if you’re a poor one, you get the shaft.

Ironies abound in this story. Bitter Vitter has benefited from a forgiving public, but he’s a right-wing Republican, which makes him better than the undeserving poor he wants punished. Empathy is a powerful thing and it’s a pity that David Vitter has so little of it that he can spout ludicrous nonsense like this:

“Food Stamps have more than doubled in cost since 2008 and continue to grow in an unsustainable way, and the events in Louisiana unfortunately highlight the fraud surrounding the taxpayer- funded program. I believe there should be serious consequences for what occurred.”

Apparently, serious consequences are only for poor people, and not for hedge fund sleazeballs or whore mongering politicians.

Why Politico COULD Eat a Bag of Assholes

Obama’s visit COULD make the entire city of Boston suck ass:

President Barack Obama’s jaunt to downtown Boston on Wednesday could strike out with the locals.

That’s because the commander in chief will touch down in Beantown on the same day the Boston Red Sox are playing a potential World Series clinching game against the St. Louis Cardinals. And a presidential a motorcade in the heart of the city as crowds flock to Fenway Park is worrying City Hall and local business leaders.

Large sporting events and major political undertakings are foreign to Boston. It’s a sleepy little hamlet, unused to the bright lights and bustle of modern life. A presidential motorcade will cause its entire infrastructure to crater.

“We have been in touch with the mayor, who is concerned about the potential impact of these events on the evening commute and afternoon congestion,” wrote Chamber CEO Paul Guzzi. “We wanted to give a head’s up to any Chamber members or other businesses who have workers in the city or may be planning to come into the city, so you can use appropriate discretion in making plans for tomorrow.”

Appropriate discretion! My god, man, can you smell the panic? START CONSERVING WATER NOW. Buy canned goods. Decide which of your household pets you would like to eat first. It will be utter madness.

Tell me about the other major players in Boston who are concerned, POLITICO:

A Republican state lawmaker griped to POLITICO that some local businesses may be forced to shutter during the president’s visit.

“I think it’ll be a disaster,” said state Rep. Bradley Jones, the House minority leader. “We’re undercutting the benefit of having to World Series because they’re closing down part of the city.”

I don’t know what the “benefit of having to World Series” is, mostly because I don’t speak dick-breath, but “some businesses may have to shutter.” Which ones? Big ones? Little ones? Manufacturers? Ice cream parlors? He doesn’t say, this Bradley Jones fellow, most likely because his brain is like a Scrabble board tossed in the spin dryer. Or because he has some kind of partisan axe to grind OH WAIT:

Massachusetts House Minority Leader Brad Jones says Romney left the state ‘a better place,’ says Obama’s record ‘dismal’

Yeah, can’t imagine why Mr. Jones isn’t jazzed that Obama’s coming to town. By the way, the trip Politico describes as “a jaunt?” Putting me in mind of a Sunday drive in a surrey with the fringe on top?

Obama will point to the success that Massachusetts has had in expanding health care insurance to nearly all of its residents. Obama is also expected to discuss some of the problems with HealthCare.gov, the insurance marketplace that was supposed to work like the Massachusetts Connector.

So nothing important. He should just stay away until the baseball game is over, lest businesses be unable to World Series.

A.

Money for Journalism

There is none anywhere:

What a difference a day makes. On Monday, this blog reported The Philadelphia Inquirer was paying former publisher Brian Tierney $25,000 a month to run a national advertising campaign that flopped. Today, according to two sources, the newspaper fired Tierney.

Talk about a bargain! Or you could have hired six ad salesmen for $50,000 each for a year, but hey, all they’d do is sell shit, not “run a national campaign.” Fucking kill me now, that these people are in charge.

A.

Spearing the Pirates

Here’s a news of the weird story with a classic headline, Britney Spears’ music used by British Navy to scare off Somali Pirates:

In an excellent case of “here’s a sentence you won’t read every day”, Britney Spears has emerged as an unlikely figurehead in the fight against Somali pirates.

According to reports, Britney’s hits, including Oops! I Did It Again and Baby One More Time, are being employed by British naval officers in an attempt to scare off pirates along the east coast of Africa. Perhaps nothing else – not guns, not harpoons – is quite as intimidating as the sound of Ms Spears singing “Ooh baby baby!”

Merchant naval officer Rachel Owens explained the tactics to Metro: “Her songs were chosen by the security team because they thought the pirates would hate them most. These guys can’t stand western culture or music, making Britney’s hits perfect. As soon as the pirates get a blast of Britney, they move on as quickly as they can.”

The military seems to be fond of using loud, annoying music to drive miscreants mad. I remember US forces inviting Manuel Noriega to the headbanger’s ball to get him to surrender. It worked. I think Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music would do the trick. Any of you lot have any suggestions?

Stop Blaming Technology for How Your Kids Suck

Seriously, these assholes:

Justin promised Emily that nobody else would ever see the photos, and it seems he meant to keep that promise. But Justin left his phone unattended at a party, and another boy, we’ll call him Brett, picked up Justin’s phone, scrolled through the photos, and saw the ones Emily had sent. Brett forwarded the photos of Emily from Justin’s phone to his phone, and then posted the photos on Instagram, using an account with a fictitious name.

Within their suburban community, the photos went viral. Other girls began calling her “Emily the slut.” Boys came up to Emily and asked her to put on a show for them.She was uninvited from a ski weekend with friends when the parents of one of the other girls said they didn’t want their daughter to be around Emily’s bad influence.

Emily never had any psychological issues until this episode. But she crumbled—refusing to go to school, and cutting herself with a razorblade on her upper thigh where she didn’t think her parents would see. She began talking about suicide.

Who is to blame in this situation? Not Emily, in my judgment. Not Justin. Not even Brett. They’re just kids.

I blame their parents. The parents provided their kids with cellphones capable of taking, sending and receiving photographs, but they provided no oversight.

Let’s start with Judgy Mom Who Won’t Let Her Precious Angel Associate With Sluts: Fuck you. Go back to human school. What on EARTH. On the basis of some crazy shit you heard, probably from your bitchy kid, you’re further shaming a young woman for something that had nothing to do with her on the basis that sexual behavior is contagious and that contagion is what, airborne, or something? Touch Emily on the ski slopes and you’ll die of sluttiness? I don’t think there’s anybody in this story I hate more than this person.

If your child is so fragile and impressionable that being around a slut is going to make her one, get ready for a prom night baby, Grandma.

I don’t blame the parents in this story for giving their kids cell phones. I blame them for not raising human beings instead of little shitheads. You can talk all you want about out-of-control hormones and how cell phones have made all this behavior more convenient, but you cannot credibly talk about how stealing someone else’s property is some new thing we’ve just decided is wrong, and that’s what this Brett kid did.

If you buy a smartphone for your child, and your child is victimized by messages received on that phone, or uses the phone to bully another child, the person most responsible for that behavior is you, the parent.

I’m not saying it’s easy: There is no analogue in our own upbringing.

Actually, there is. If the photos were prints from the mall kiosk and this douchebag mimeographed them and pasted them around the school, the theft would be the same. The invasion of privacy would be the same. The cruelty and the disregard for the girl’s essential humanity would be the same.

Yes, you can monitor your child’s phone and Internet activity, and I think that’s actually a good idea no matter how well-behaved your child is.

But a better one would be raising kind people who even in the presence of a technological wonder that made torturing their peers so so easy, would decline to do so on the basis of simple decency. The tech can change in an instant. Respect for other people won’t.

A.

Today in People Who Need Hobbies

This asshole:

(USA TODAY) – A Fargo, N.D., woman says she will give trick-or-treaters that she deems ‘moderately obese’ a letter instead of candy this Halloween.

“I just want to send a message to the parents ofkids that are really overweight… I think it’s just really irresponsible of parents to send them out looking for free candy just ’cause all the other kids are doing it,” the woman said in a morning radio interview with Y-24. She wouldn’t identify herself.

In the first place, USA TODAY, why are you giving real estate to some whackjob who calls in to a radio show? This isn’t a story.

In the second place, oh just fuck you. Should kids not eat a lot of candy? Sure. But this isn’t about the general health of the population. This isn’t about encouraging stores to stop carrying certain products or talking about the marketing of sugary treats on kids’ shows or lobbying Congress to stop subsidizing the shit out of corn.

This is about you using a fun holiday to get a holier-than-thou power trip going so you can feel suprerior to fat kids and their parents. This is about you pointing out to everyone else on the planet how much better than everyone else YOU are. This is about showing off, and kicking down, and you’re no better than the playground bully you probably used to be.

A.

Spearing the Pirates

Here’s a news of the weird story with a classic headline, Britney Spears’ music used by British Navy to scare off Somali Pirates:

In an excellent case of “here’s a sentence you won’t read every day”, Britney Spears has emerged as an unlikely figurehead in the fight against Somali pirates.

According to reports, Britney’s hits, includingOops! I Did It Again andBaby One More Time, are being employed by British naval officers in an attempt to scare off pirates along the east coast ofAfrica. Perhaps nothing else – not guns, not harpoons – is quite as intimidating as the sound of Ms Spears singing “Ooh baby baby!”

Merchant naval officer Rachel Owensexplained the tactics to Metro: “Her songs were chosen by the security team because they thought the pirates would hate them most. These guys can’t stand western culture or music, making Britney’s hits perfect. As soon as the pirates get a blast of Britney, they move on as quickly as they can.”

The military seems to be fond of using loud, annoying music to drive miscreants mad. I remember US forces inviting Manuel Noriega to the headbanger’s ball to get him to surrender. It worked. I think Lou Reed’sMetal Machine Music would do the trick. Any of you lot have any suggestions?

Album Cover Art Wednesday: Oscar Peterson Quartet, No. 1

There’s a new book out aboutNorman Granz and Verve Records, which got me thinking about the late, great Oscar Peterson. who is one of my musical heroes. He was, quite simply, the best pianist in any genre, ever.

The genius of Verve Records when Granz was running the show was packaging Jazz for a mainstream audience without diluting the quality of the music. Verve LPs were known for their innovative and stellar artwork andthis 1962 cover is no exception:

Peters_osca_oscarpete_115b

Here’s the opening track of the album featuring Oscar on piano, Barney Kessell on guitar, Alvin Stoller on drums, and Ray Brown manning the stand-up bass:

Album Cover Art Wednesday: Oscar Peterson Quartet, No. 1

There’s a new book out about Norman Granz and Verve Records, which got me thinking about the late, great Oscar Peterson. who is one of my musical heroes. He was, quite simply, the best pianist in any genre, ever.

The genius of Verve Records when Granz was running the show was packaging Jazz for a mainstream audience without diluting the quality of the music. Verve LPs were known for their innovative and stellar artwork and this 1962 cover is no exception:

Peters_osca_oscarpete_115b

Here’s the opening track of the album featuring Oscar on piano, Barney Kessell on guitar, Alvin Stoller on drums, and Ray Brown manning the stand-up bass:

This Wasn’t Just Our Failure

This has been making the rounds, mostly approvingly, and I think some of it’s goat shit:

Unlike the Tea Party, most left wingers don’t really believe their own ideology. They put partisanship first, or they put the color of a candidate’s skin or the shape of their genitals over the candidate’s policy. Identity is more important to them than how many brown children that politician is killing.

So progressives have no power, because they have no principles: they cannot be expected to actually vote for the most progressive candidate, to successfully primary candidates, to care about policy first and identity second, to not take scraps from the table and sell out other progressive’s interests.

The Tea Party, say what you will about them, gets a great deal of obeisance from Republicans for one simple reason: they will primary you if they don’t like how you’ve been voting, and they’ll probably win that primary. They are feared. Progressives are not feared, because they do not believe enough in their ostensible principles to act on them in an effective fashion.

Things the Tea Party had that the “progressive blog movement” did not: An entirely approving 24-hour news network, plus a compliant network of “centrist” pundits all too willing to bow to pressure from that 24-hour news network to be less horribly liberal and consider “both sides” to issues like the fundamental humanity of women and morality of hideous torture and pre-emptive war.

Also a publishing network which made people who otherwise would be screaming on soapboxes into “bestselling authors” who then received fawning profiles in national “news” magazines. Magazines, too, which supported such leading lights of modern thought as Jonah Fucking Goldberg, and a syndicated columnist base consisting of such brilliance and fierce compassion as Kathleen Parker. All of this was set up during the Reagan and Clinton years, while Democrats were still cowering in fear of having their pictures taken with Jane Fonda.

All that existed before the first progressive blog ever lit up, and well before the Tea Party became a Bright New Light in American Politics. Their message gets reinforced every day, every hour, every minute, from a goddamn MEGAPHONE. It’s overwhelming, especially to low-info voters, which is most voters, because in case you hadn’t noticed this country is fucked and everybody’s working hella hard just to stay in cereal and hand-me-downs.

And even more overwhelming than the conservative message is the apathy in the opposite direction, which is reinforced by every media outlet that is not overtly conservative: That none of this matters, that it’s all too exhausting, that all politicians are horrible and destined to break your heart and why even fucking bother because boring, and here’s something we can report that someone tweeted.

Look, I’ve noticed the blog audience cratering and my own efforts at publishing stories that should matter to progressives going nowhere, and I’m as pissed as anyone that I can’t support a staff after nearly a decade of doing this, and that Ned Lamont isn’t in Congress, and that John Kerry won’t be Mr. President for the rest of his life, and that Howard Dean got fucked over, and that Obama isn’t more liberal.

But I fault Obama voters and progressive “principles” in general much less than I fault the people who had the money to build a media empire of their own and focused it on vanity projects intead, or kept their powder dry so as to appease moral monsters at dinner parties. A failure of money and a failure to understand media infrastructure (miscasting the NYT as liberal and thinking that would be enough, for example) is not a failure to “believe your own ideology.”

A.

Why Politico COULD Eat a Bag of Assholes

Obama’s visit COULD make the entire city of Boston suck ass:

President Barack Obama’s jaunt to downtown Boston on Wednesday could strike out with the locals.

That’s because the commander in chief will touch down in Beantown on the same day the Boston Red Sox are playing a potential World Series clinching game against the St. Louis Cardinals. And a presidential a motorcade in the heart of the city as crowds flock to Fenway Park is worrying City Hall and local business leaders.

Large sporting events and major political undertakings are foreign to Boston. It’s a sleepy little hamlet, unused to the bright lights and bustle of modern life. A presidential motorcade will cause its entire infrastructure to crater.

“We have been in touch with the mayor, who is concerned about the potential impact of these events on the evening commute and afternoon congestion,” wrote Chamber CEO Paul Guzzi. “We wanted to give a head’s up to any Chamber members or other businesses who have workers in the city or may be planning to come into the city, so you can use appropriate discretion in making plans for tomorrow.”

Appropriate discretion! My god, man, can you smell the panic? START CONSERVING WATER NOW. Buy canned goods. Decide which of your household pets you would like to eat first. It will be utter madness.

Tell me about the other major players in Boston who are concerned, POLITICO:

A Republican state lawmaker griped to POLITICO that some local businesses may be forced to shutter during the president’s visit.

“I think it’ll be a disaster,” said state Rep. Bradley Jones, the House minority leader. “We’re undercutting the benefit of having to World Series because they’re closing down part of the city.”

I don’t know what the “benefit of having to World Series” is, mostly because I don’t speak dick-breath, but “some businesses may have to shutter.” Which ones? Big ones? Little ones? Manufacturers? Ice cream parlors? He doesn’t say, this Bradley Jones fellow, most likely because his brain is like a Scrabble board tossed in the spin dryer. Or because he has some kind of partisan axe to grindOH WAIT:

Massachusetts House Minority Leader Brad Jones says Romney left the state ‘a better place,’ says Obama’s record ‘dismal’

Yeah, can’t imagine why Mr. Jones isn’t jazzed that Obama’s coming to town. By the way, the trip Politico describes as “a jaunt?” Putting me in mind of a Sunday drive in a surrey with the fringe on top?

Obama will point to the success that Massachusetts has had in expanding health care insurance to nearly all of its residents. Obama is also expected to discuss some of the problems with HealthCare.gov, the insurance marketplace that was supposed to work like the Massachusetts Connector.

So nothing important. He should just stay away until the baseball game is over, lest businesses be unable to World Series.

A.