Notre Dame to Cops: You Can Interview Rape Suspects. Just Don’t Tell the Athletic Department

We don’t want to know who on our roster is accused of raping people:  Cottrell said during his early years on the Notre Dame force, officers were able to contact coaches or other athletic department employees in order to talk to student athletes who were the subjects of police reports on any type of case. In one case involving a fight between two football players, Cottrell called head football coach Tyrone Willingham to ask for help getting in touch with one of the students. “Willingham called the football player into his office and told me: ‘You can interview him right … Continue reading Notre Dame to Cops: You Can Interview Rape Suspects. Just Don’t Tell the Athletic Department

Mad Men Thread: You Just Ooze Everywhere


Thus spake Sally at the end of The Forecast. She was aggravated at having to play second fiddle to both Betty and Don in this episode so she let Big Daddy have it like one of those pesky no-neck monsters in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. It didn’t work. Don reminded her how much like both parents she is. I quite agree. She wanted the limelight just like they do and was snippy over her friend Sarah’s flirting with Don as well as a certain person’s obvious infatuation with Betty. More about that later.

The Forecast was clearly the best episode of Season-7 mach two thus far. In the previous episode, Don looked back whereas this time around he asked all and sundry what their dreams and hopes for the future were. Neither Sally nor Peggy took it very well. In Peggy’s case, she was upset that Don wanted her to look past advertising and discuss the big picture. Don is having a hard time coping with the agency’s success and is appalled that Ted Chaough’s vision of the future was confined to advertising. Ted’s career crisis is clearly over. Me, I was appalled that Ted wasn’t wearing a sweater. What’s up with that, Teddy boy? It’s not nice to make me er, sweat…

As Don groped for a bigger meaning to life, I was brought back to the song that concluded Severance: Is That All There Is? Don has at least moved on from the Zou Bissou Bissou memorial penthouse by selling it.

More random and meandering comments after the break.  The Veep  circa 1970 might have even called me a nattering nabob of negativism. Note that I don’t call Spiro T Agnew my countryman, he didn’t embrace his ethnicity until he ran for national office. Oy, such malakatude.

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Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – Odds and Clods edition

Good Monday morning, people! Let’s suit up and hit the iso chamber – there’s some extra-stinky freepitude waiting for us,

First up – grave consequences!

Gravestone of Hillary Clinton’s father vandalized in Pa. cemetery ^ | April 15, 2015 | John Luciew

Posted on 4‎/‎15‎/‎2015‎ ‎7‎:‎41‎:‎05‎ ‎AM by prisoner6

Is nothing sacred? The question is being raised in wake of a disturbing discovery in a Pennsylvania cemetery: The gravestone of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s father has been found toppled over, NBC News is reporting.

According to NBC, police say vandals may be responsible for upending the gravestone of Hugh Rodham in the Washburn Street Cemetery in Scranton.


Of course it will be blamed on the evil Tea Party.

1 posted on 4‎/‎15‎/‎2015‎ ‎7‎:‎41‎:‎05‎ ‎AM by prisoner6
Gee – I wonder why that might be?
To: prisoner6

[ The gravestone of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s father has been found toppled over, ]

Was there a hole under it and the faint smell of sulfur wafting out of the hole?

33 posted on ‎4‎/‎15‎/‎2015‎ ‎9‎:‎43‎:‎28‎ ‎AM by GraceG (Protect the Border from Illegal Aliens, Don’t Protect Illegal Alien Boarders…)

Hmmm. Maybe it was the Amish?
To: prisoner6

He’s dead. “What difference does it make now”?

25 posted on ‎4‎/‎15‎/‎2015‎ ‎8‎:‎56‎:‎51‎ ‎AM by Huskrrrr

To: prisoner6
Of course it will be blamed on the evil Tea Party.

The vandals are on the left. We all know that.

4 posted on 4‎/‎15‎/‎2015‎ ‎7‎:‎43‎:‎49‎ ‎AM by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
Yep – definitely couldn’t have been a tea partier.
To: prisoner6

It was old man McCaffery, dressed like the Cemetary Creeper who knocked the gravestone over. He wants to scare people away from the cemetery so he can mine the gold deposits hidden below. And he would have gotten away with it too, if it wasn’t for that pesky old cankled woman in the Scooby van!

13 posted on ‎4‎/‎15‎/‎2015‎ ‎7‎:‎52‎:‎29‎ ‎AM by dead (I’ve got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)

Mystery solved! It was William Hanna and Joe Barbera!
Of course, it takes about 2 minutes for the False Flags(tm) to start flying…
To: prisoner6

False Flag operation to make Hillary the victim again?

5 posted on 4‎/‎15‎/‎2015‎ ‎7‎:‎44‎:‎39‎ ‎AM by Iron Munro (It IS as BAD as you think and they ARE out to get you.)

My mistake. That was 3 minutes and 34 seconds after the OP.
To: prisoner6

As crooked as the Clintons are, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was orchestrated in order for Hillary to play the sympathy card. This happens 3 days after she announces her run for President. Coincidence?

14 posted on ‎4‎/‎15‎/‎2015‎ ‎7‎:‎58‎:‎46‎ ‎AM by Durbin

Surely there must be something besides that tired old “False Flag” routine to put a different spin on this?
To: prisoner6

The story at the link does not say WHEN the stone was toppled, just that police say someone recently told them about it. Could have happened years ago; too bad there are no JOURNALISTS anymore who know how to report a full story. Correct headline is probably: “Hillary Neglects Father’s Grave”.

21 posted on 4‎/‎15‎/‎2015‎ ‎8‎:‎39‎:‎14‎ ‎AM by Chewbarkah

To: stilloftyhenight
Sadly, here in PA vandalizing graves has become pretty common. Young people with nothing better to do, drunk of on drugs, will wander through a graveyard tipping any headstones they can on their way through.
38 posted on ‎4‎/‎15‎/‎2015‎ ‎1‎:‎31‎:‎39‎ ‎PM by Kay Ludlow (Government actions ALWAYS have unintended consequences…)
Interesting that just that one was tipped over, though, innit?
One Freeper has a pang of regret for sophomoric behaviour (not sure if he’s talking about the tombstone-tippers, or the Freepers cackling about it):
To: prisoner6

This just sad. Seriously. I don’t like the Clintons or any one associated with them, but this sophomoric behavior is beyond me and they need to grow the heck up and get some humanity. Let the dead rest in peace.

9 posted on 4‎/‎15‎/‎2015‎ ‎7‎:‎46‎:‎47‎ ‎AM by stilloftyhenight (

A call for decorum!
Asked –
To: prisoner6
I would put this picture at the grave site with a caption something like:

“Hillary, we met your dad here on the other side. We introduced him to Bin Laden and then left him for dead.”

39 posted on 4‎/‎15‎/‎2015‎ ‎3‎:‎09‎:‎32‎ ‎PM by hattend (Firearms and ammunition…the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
…and answered!
More Scooby Snacks after the Mystery Jump.

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Make Room, Judith Miller

There’s really only one question she should be asked.  Where are the profits from your book going? Are they being given to charities that make prosthetic limbs for the soldiers returning from the war? Are they being given to an Iraqi family that is homeless? To a child that is orphaned? To a city or town bombed or burned or overrun? Are they being used to dig wells, to buy generators, to lay sewer pipes? Are they purchasing back the cultural heritage looted in the chaos following the war about which you were “proved fucking right?” If they are not, … Continue reading Make Room, Judith Miller

This Needs To Be A Movie Right Now

Holy crap, this is cool:   In 1958, Congress permitted its library to establish locations overseas. Specifically, they’re set up when research materials can’t be retrieved any other way. The library collects resources from just about every country and language; typically, acquisitions staff work with international vendors, who send materials to the library’s Capitol Hill home. But this model doesn’t work in areas without a robust infrastructure, or those ruled by regimes with little interest in sharing. A. Continue reading This Needs To Be A Movie Right Now

Odds & Sods: Saturday Night Fish Fry

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I’m back for another bite at the Saturday apple, hope y’all have a Gala time. This week I have a compendium of reading suggestions and the odd musical selection. Speaking of odd, that brings us to this week’s theme song courtesy of one of the forgotten founders of rock and roll, Mr. Louis Jordan:

I’ve long thought that Jordan is underrated because he was funny. Funny people are usually underrated, especially in the realm of popular music where the solemn often win the day. Just a crackpot theory, more oddity and soddity after the break. Continue reading “Odds & Sods: Saturday Night Fish Fry”

Bigotry Is Bad For Business

I didn’t know that Dave Duke had moved to Jersey: A Flemington, N.J. deli was forced to close its doors after the owner placed a “White History Month” sign in the window of the establishment, the Hunterdon County Democrat reported on Thursday. Jim Boggess, the owner of Jimbo’s Deli in March posted the sign that read, “Celebrate Your White Heritage in March, White History Month.” “No matter what you are — Muslim, Jewish, black, white, gay, straight — you should be proud of what you are. I shouldn’t have to feel bad about being white,” Boggess told the Hunderdon County … Continue reading Bigotry Is Bad For Business

Internet to Grieving Family: Your fucking 2-year-old started this…

I still remember the name and cause of death of every dead kid I ever covered as a reporter. It’s not a small list, either. There was the 4-year-old AIDS victim, the 17-year-old drunk driver, the 12-year-old who was playing with a gun… The list goes on from there in a brutal recounting of wounds that never healed. The only saving grace in any of these stories was that it always seemed like there was a communal moment of sadness for these families and their loss. In the wake of this crippling pain was a small halo of sympathy before … Continue reading Internet to Grieving Family: Your fucking 2-year-old started this…

Malaka Of The Week: Mike Johnson

I’ve written a lot about Johnsons this week of both the metaphorical and literal variety. The latest Johnson on my radar (blogdar?) is State Rep. Mike Johnson a Republican from Bossier City, which is in North Louisiana. He’s the unctuously self-righteous biblebanging cretin behind-you guessed it-the so called religious freedom act. Johnson and our equally unctuous (the word ofthe day, apparently) Governor have made passing this atrocity a priority this legislative session. And that is why Mike Johnson is malaka of the week.

Johnson’s bill is designed to solve a problem that does not exist; you know, the whole gay wedding cake/photographer thing. Johnson is out to make a name for himself and PBJ is out to make himself the *most* extreme candidate in the GOP Presidential field on this issue. In short, he’s trying to run to the right of Mike Huckabe. Who knew there was any room to Huck’s right? I thought Chuck Norris took up more space than that.

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SarahPac Is Still A Thing?

I somehow got on the email list for something called the American Action Network. It’s a right wing PAC that claims to be center-right but it’s board is full of wingers, lobbyists, and defeated pols like Norm Coleman. You remember Norm, he’s the guy who won the fluke Minnesota election in 2002 and narrowly lost to my main man Al Franken in 2008. Their latest missive belies their claim of being center-right: SarahPac is one of their sponsors and they want me to give them $20 or more to get a bumpersticker. Holy mark-up, Batman. Here’s the pitch: Fellow Patriot,  We … Continue reading SarahPac Is Still A Thing?

Headline Of The Day: Fast Food Malakatude Edition

The MSM have been making asses of themselves since Hillary Clinton threw her headband in the ring. This headline on a Wall Street Journal blog is the apogee of stupid: Clinton Bypassed Centrist Taco Bell For Liberal Favorite Chipotle The post goes on to share semi-interesting marketing data about which chain attracts liberal customers. Here’s the deal: Hillary was hungry and sometimes one just wants to have a burrito the size of a Great Dane’s head. Continue reading Headline Of The Day: Fast Food Malakatude Edition

Governor Buzzkill

From Album 5 Well, this won’t sit well with at least some of the Christie bromancers…but this really pokes a hole in his presidential aspirations, which already were at the zero lower bound. And it’s not like he doesn’t have a record with pension funds…a record that’s as abysmal as his poll numbers. Shoveling pension money by the truckload to hedge fund managers, who promptly squander it, isn’t courageous, no matter what he and the usual chattering-class suspects say. Besides, if anyone really believes that would do anything positive to the Social Security trust fund, I’ve got a bridge from Fort Lee … Continue reading Governor Buzzkill

Pulp Fiction Thursday: Sheldon Lord Meets Lawrence Block

You won’t be surprised to learn that Sheldon Lord and Lawrence Block were one and the same. Block has always been a wildly prolific writer, which is one reason for the pseudonym. Here’s a bit about this book with two titles and covers from blogger James Reasoner: Like LUCKY AT CARDS, A DIET OF TREACLE is a Hard Case Crime reprint of an early, pseudonymous novel by Lawrence Block. In this case, the book was originally published by Beacon Books in 1961 under the title PADS ARE FOR PASSION and the pen-name Sheldon Lord. It’s the story of Joe, Shank, … Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: Sheldon Lord Meets Lawrence Block

The Fog Of History: The Lincoln What If


One my favorite history geek parlor games is playing what if. Changes in the historical time line could have either good or dire consequences,which is why the Federation of Planets had that whole prime directive thing.  In Stephen King’s fine novel 11/23/63, the protagonist stopped the Kennedy assassination but things went to hell in a handbasket in the what if scenario. On the other hand, if there had been no Great War, the chances of a Nazi takeover in Germany would have been dramatically reduced and Hitler may have stayed a bad and deservedly starving artist. You never know, but it’s fascinating to speculate. Ruh roh, I’m sounding like Mark Halperin right now. Nah, he passes off his speculation as fact.

Yesterday was the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln regicide at the hands of a ham actor and assorted motley minions and miscreants. It was a national tragedy on so many levels, and it made one of our ten worst Presidents, Andrew Johnson the accidental Oval One. I keep meaning to rate the Presidents but falter because of LBJ who could rate anywhere from 4th to 20th.

Back to the Other Johnson. He was a maladroit, unscrupulous drunk with a nasty disposition and an armoire full of prejudices and hatreds. On the plus side, he hated the Southern planter class and refused to secede with his state. On the negative side, he hated black folks even more than their former owners. Johnson’s Presidential Reconstruction was a disaster: he ended up caving to the planters and gave a green light to the Southern black codes, which sought to effectively re-enslave the freedmen. That, in turn, led to military occupation of the South and Radical Reconstruction, which came to an ignominious end in 1877 after the Tilden-Hayes election stalemate.

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Post Of The Day: British Election Edition

It would be more accurate to call Marina Hyde’s brilliant piece in the Guardian about the Liberal Democrats’ manifesto launch a column, but what’s a little inaccuracy among friends? I’m a pundit, not an investigative reporter, fer chrissake.

I haven’t written that much about the May 7th UK election but it’s time to get all changey-n-hopey. I used that phrase because David Axelrod is advising the Labour Party this year. I hope he’s worth the 300K quid they’re paying him.

Back to Ms. Hyde’s awesome piece Nick Clegg isn’t in Kansas any more. He’s in Battersea. She described the hapless Lib Dem leader’s use of a Wizard of Oz analogy and spun it against him. The first and last graphs are the stuff that dreams are made of. Oops, that’s The Maltese Falcon, wrong movie classic:

Let Nick Clegg be clear: “The Liberal Democrats will add a heart to a Conservative government, and a brain to a Labour one!” Unfortunately, courage for the cowardly lion will be a casualty of any coalition agreement. It’s like Dorothy says: “If you were really great and powerful, you’d keep your promises!


Still, for those who like both the words “stronger economy” and “fairer society”, there is incredibly reassuring news in Clegg’s rousing conclusion. “This manifesto proves you don’t have to choose between them,” he declared. “If you choose the Liberal Democrats, you can have both.” So there you have it. You can have your cake and eat it and make a sort of word trifle out of it too. Just pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.

The 5 years since so-called Cleggmania have not been kind to the Deputy Prime Minister and his party. In a coalition government, the junior partner usually takes it on the chin. Clegg’s party is on 7 to 9% in most polls after getting 23% in 2010 and looks poised to lose half of its 57 seats. No wonder Marina compares him to the Wizard. There’s no there there.

I also dig the crazy photoshopped picture of Cameron the Tin Man, Clegg as a po-faced Dorothy, and Miliband as the Scarecrow that’s at the top of the piece:


We’ll resume following the yellow brick road after the break.

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Album Cover Art Wednesday: Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett is a remarkable artist. He’s still going strong at the age of 88. He lasted by sticking to his guns and being who he really is: a Jazz saloon singer. But like his peer, Frank Sinatra, Tony had a career crisis at the peak of the rock era but, unlike Frank, he never retired and returned. He did, however, resort to covering some then contemporary pop songs and releasing an album with this goofy cover:


Since baseball season just started, here’s a Bennett album cover whereon he wears a San Francisco Giants hat. I cannot imagine why:

Tony Bennett - His All-Time Hall Of Fame Hits


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Remembering the War the Way We Have To

This is the one I think of:  Washington (CNN)One former employee of the private Blackwater Worldwide security company was sentenced Monday to life in prison and three others to 30 years each behind bars for their roles in a 2007 mass shooting in Baghdad that left 17 people dead. A federal jury convicted the four in October after a lengthy trial that saw some 30 witnesses travel from Iraq to testify against the security contractors. Prosecutors accused the men of illegally unleashed “powerful sniper fire, machine guns and grenade launchers on innocent men, women and children.” Senior U.S. District Court … Continue reading Remembering the War the Way We Have To

The Consequences of Cuts

Students will take longer to finish their degrees:  Will some class sizes get larger when eligible faculty leave if no one is hired to replace them, UW-Milwaukee psychology professor John “Jay” Moore asked Monday during a monthly budget forum at the campus, the latest in the system to announce buyouts. “That’s a fair implication,” UWM Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administrative Affairs Robin Van Harpen responded. “Planning to cover vacancies would have to be part of the consideration process.” Moore said he doubted UWM would turn away students just because there were fewer faculty to teach them. Larger class sizes … Continue reading The Consequences of Cuts

The 2016 Game

It’s not that I’m not excited about President Hillary. Don’t get me wrong, I’m ready for a HBIC telling the king of Saudi Arabia where exactly to have her flowers delivered. And Bill Clinton was born to be First Gentleman the way Joe Biden was born to be Veep. The idea of Bill planning the White House china patterns and the Easter Egg roll and all that shit makes me LOL forever, because in his spare time he’ll be sitting on the South Lawn eating a chicken leg, feet in a kiddie pool full of bourbon. I just find it hard … Continue reading The 2016 Game

Mad Men Thread: Don Draper’s Boulevard Of Broken Dreams


There’s been a lot of kvetching among the Mad Men punditocracy and fan base about New Business. Much of it is based on animus towards Megan and her big scary teeth, and some of it is from people craving big plot developments. It *is* a still episode, but I’ve always liked Mad Men for its moments. It’s what the show is all about: moments and characters, not fast paced action. And yes, I, too, want to see Sally, Jim Cutler as well as Ted Chaough’s latest sweater. I suspect he’s moved on to sweater vests by now…

Viewers may be expecting big things from the last few episodes but, like Peggy and unlike Stan, Matthew Weiner doesn’t give a damn what others think. He’ll pursue his artistic vision to the, more likely than not, bitter end.

I’ll dive in to the deep end of  the episode after the break, but first the divine Mimi Rogers as Pima Ryan:


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Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – Abby Normal edition

Good morning everyone! I know that I tend to take up too much above-the-fold space in my posts, but since I favour the buildup and punchline approach and it wrecks the rhythm to break the flow during the buildup with a “gag continued below”, I habitually use too many column-inches to finish the first thread.

Not this time!

Rand Paul is the 2016 candidate Republicans need. Too bad they won’t admit it.
The Week ^ | April 7, 2015 | Peter Weber, senior editor

Posted on ‎4‎/‎7‎/‎2015‎ ‎10‎:‎49‎:‎00‎ ‎PM by 2ndDivisionVet

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was first out of the gate in the 2016 presidential horse race, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is the underdog everyone suddenly seems to be rooting for. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) is still probably the odds-on favorite to win the Republican presidential nomination, with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker not too far behind.

But this is the only prediction I’m comfortable making: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who is announcing his candidacy in Louisville today, won’t be America’s next president.

That’s not because the 52-year-old freshman senator from Kentucky wouldn’t make a formidable candidate; it’s because he won’t get the chance. Republicans won’t nominate him as their 2016 standard-bearer — luckily for Democrats.

Paul isn’t necessarily a natural candidate — he can be a little unflatteringly churlish with the news media, a candidate’s gateway to voters — but he doesn’t come across as phony, and campaigning is a skill candidates can and do acquire on the trail. His campaign theme will be the aggressively populist couplet “Defeat the Washington machine. Unleash the American Dream”:


I’m seeing a lot of love for him from the media.
1 posted on ‎4‎/‎7‎/‎2015‎ ‎10‎:‎49‎:‎00‎ ‎PM by 2ndDivisionVet
Not the dreaded Emm Ess Emm (which seems to include FOX these days) but the media? As in TV, websites, radio, and newspapers?
To: 2ndDivisionVet

If the media love him then he is no different than McShamey.

I stand with Ted

2 posted on 4‎/‎7‎/‎2015‎ ‎10‎:‎52‎:‎17‎ ‎PM by Nifster

To: 2ndDivisionVet

As much as I like Cruz, I prefer Rand. The other GOP candidates don’t understand that US is bankrupt and they all still want to maintain a large military force. US can not afford it. Military need to be cut 50%, across the board cuts everywhere is needed

3 posted on 4‎/‎7‎/‎2015‎ ‎10‎:‎53‎:‎27‎ ‎PM by 4rcane

I sense a clown slapfight coming on…
To: 4rcane

The priority should be to eliminate federal spending on poor people and education – not cutting the military.

5 posted on 4‎/‎7‎/‎2015‎ ‎10‎:‎55‎:‎48‎ ‎PM by impimp

There it is, in one easy-to-digest sentence – the Republican approach to everything.
More after the thingy.

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Lay Me Down to Sleep

In the race to see who can be the Midwest’s biggest asshole, Illinois Gov. Rauner makes his move:  Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) has decided the state will no longer help pay for poor people’s funerals to reduce a $1.6 billion budget shortfall. The Illinois Funeral & Burial Benefits program cost the state $9.5 million in the 2014 fiscal year. The state won’t reimburse indigent residents for funerals and burials after Jan. 15, according to the Illinois Department of Human Services. The program will be discontinued altogether next year as part of a wide range of social services and public health cuts. “We … Continue reading Lay Me Down to Sleep

How Many People Need to Suffer for Discrimination to be Wrong?

Rod Dreher, being stupid on purpose:  That’s the other thing about the Indiana freakout: Where, exactly, are the many examples of businesses discriminating against same-sex patrons? If Indiana in 2015 were like Mississippi in 1956, that would be one thing. But the number of cases nationwide where this has happened has been small, involving rare instances in which a commercial service is arguably a form of coerced expression. America has changed on homosexuality — for the better, in most cases. Refusing to serve gay customers is bad for business, which is why almost nobody does it. It is understandably offensive … Continue reading How Many People Need to Suffer for Discrimination to be Wrong?

Sunday Morning Video: A Sinatra Doubleheader

Sinatra week continues here at First Draft with two, count em two, concert videos. First, Frank’s spectacular 1971 “farewell” show. He carefully selected 11 songs that told the story of his musical career and then sang the hell out of them: Sinatra’s 1974 comeback concert, The Main Event, is good, but not quite as triumphant. The promoter put him in a boxing ring in the middle of Madison Square Garden, which interfered with the intimacy with both audience and orchestra that Frank preferred. That’s why he called himself a saloon singer, and he was at his best in an intimate … Continue reading Sunday Morning Video: A Sinatra Doubleheader