Thursdays are rarely important. But Thursday November 29, 2018 is the day that Donald Trump’s legal house of cards began to collapse. It was no surprise to this blogger: it was jerry-rigged and built on a rickety foundation of lies … Continue reading The Fog Of Scandal: Individual 1
I hope the post title got your attention. Willie Mac’s nickname was Stretch. Paul Drake knows from stretching too: Continue reading Friday Catblogging: The Willie McCovey Of Cats
A very Adrastos post. Continue reading Very Deep Thought
Maybe it’s just another cycle of ebb and flow, but again Trump’s acting for all the world like he’s guilty of something (based his compulsive/chronic lying, I’d guess of something that rhymes with “delusion”). And because Manafort lies as much … Continue reading House of Cads
Mario Puzo is best known for The Godfather and other books about the Mafia. Before that, he wrote literary fiction. The Fortunate Pilgrim is based on his mother’s experience as an Italian-American immigrant. It’s Puzo’s favorite among his own books. … Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: The Fortunate Pilgrim
Paul Manafort meets Paulie Gatto. Continue reading Life Imitates The Godfather: Paulie, Won’t See Him No More
I still have Nina Simone on my mind. Her 1961 album, Forbidden Fruit, has an unusual cover. Most of Nina’s album covers feature her sultry beauty and all around badassery. This cover has an Adam and Eve thing going on. … Continue reading Album Cover Art Wednesday: Forbidden Fruit
They were never a news organization: In one instance, according to emails revealed in a Freedom of Information Act request submitted by the Sierra Club and reviewed by The Daily Beast, Pruitt’s team even approved part of the show’s script. Fox & Friends has long been a friendly venue for Trump and his allies, but the emails demonstrate how the show has pushed standard cable-news practices to the extreme in order to make interviews a comfortable, non-confrontational experience for favored government officials. And as long as we’re here, stop referring to Fox News as “state TV.” If they were “state TV” … Continue reading Fox Gonna Fox
It’s almost like it’s better when you run your paper like you want to run a paper: “Our overall revenue is more than triple what it was three years ago,” says Les Zaitz, the paper’s editor and publisher. “Circulation is probably double. We’re profitable, and there are not a lot of papers in the United States that can say they’re profitable.” Things this paper is not doing: Running an events company Running a baseball team Running a TV station Running a hedge fund Running a money-laundering operation Running a religion Running a political party Jesus Christ, it isn’t that complicated. … Continue reading Just Do Journalism Well, Journalists
Adrastos on the Espy vs. Hyde-Smith runoff. Continue reading Mississippi Goddam
OK – back to the sludge pit.
First up – special Ocasio-n !
Ocasio-Cortez supports Nancy Pelosi in House speaker race
NY Post ^ | November 20, 2018 | Mark Moore
Posted on 11/20/2018, 1:12:47 PM by conservative98
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is in Nancy Pelosi’s corner.
The 29-year-old progressive star, who will become the youngest member of Congress, criticized a letter signed by 16 Democrats calling for new leadership and announcing they will not vote for Pelosi as House speaker.
“When I was reading this letter that was kind of released today, my main concern was that there is no vision, there is no common value, there is no goal that is really articulated in this letter aside from ‘We need to change,’” Ocasio-Cortez said on MSNBC on Monday evening
To: conservative98OK Grasshopper…, get in line or wind up an unsolved homicide!!!
To: dirtboySomeone told her how you wind up “sleepin’ wit da fishes”.
The FBI has been classifying the Proud Boys as an extremist group since at least this past summer, according to a law enforcement official in Washington state.
***********But Antifa and BLM are not . Hmmm…The war on
whiteswhite supremacists in high gear it seems …
The Proud boys have taken to the streets to combat these communist marxists to defend our country and way of life and all patriots. They should be applauded for their bravery. We did not start this war the marxists did but make no mistake we are at war.
This woman: The 2007 resolution wasn’t the only legislation Hyde-Smith backed that would elevate Mississippi’s Confederate history. The Washington Post reported that in 2001, Hyde-Smith introduced a bill as a state senator to rename a stretch of highway to what it had been called in the 1930s: the Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway, after the president of the Confederacy. And in photos posted to her Facebook account in 2014, Hyde-Smith was pictured posing with Confederate artifacts during a visit to Beauvoir, the home and library of Davis. The caption on the post read, “Mississippi history at its best!” Not long after Trump’s election someone described … Continue reading The Last Gasps
Let’s make the product suck, and then when readers notice, use their noticing to continue to suck harder: Meanwhile the paper’s corporate owner, Gannett, is pushing toward print oblivion. Gannett “is throwing the digital switch,” as a story by Ken Doctor for Nieman Lab reported, pushing print readers to switch to the online version of Gannett’s papers. In time for the November 6 election and “across its 109 local markets,” readers were directed “to head to its digital sites for results, “to embrace real-time media for real-time news.” “When long-time readers of the Des Moines Register, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, or Fort Myers News-Press open up their papers” on … Continue reading Another Newspaper’s Genius Business Model
Of Saintsgiving and Kinks songs. Continue reading Saturday Odds & Sods: Holiday
His detractors have long had it but Trump fatigue is afflicting many who voted for him. They’re beginning to spill the Trumper Kool-Aid instead of drinking it. The election was a disaster for the GOP: they lost the national popular … Continue reading Trump Fatigue
Here’s Paul Drake’s bliss face: Continue reading Friday Catblogging: Up Close & Personal
With Democrats soon to take over the House Intelligence Committee, a top item on the agenda is …. hiring money laundering and forensic accounting experts. …the purpose of the potential new hires is to examine unanswered financial questions about Trump and Russia, but their work could apply broadly across the panel’s intelligence oversight. … [Adam] Schiff, a California Democrat, has said publicly and privately that he’s interested in President Donald Trump’s relationship with Deutsche Bank, the German financial giant that has been scorched for its connections to money-laundering. When other lenders were loath to lend money to Trump in the 1990s, Deutsche … Continue reading Here’s Something to be Thankful For…
Happy Thanksgiving from the Gret Stet of Louisiana. Continue reading Now Be Thankful
Adrastos on Trump’s illiterate, immoral, incoherent, and imbecilic statement. Continue reading Trump’s Sordid Saudi Word Salad
It’s no secret that we’re Nancy Pelosi fans here at First Draft. The first female speaker was also one of the most effective. It’s why she was targeted by Republicans in the 2010 teabagger wave election and in every subsequent campaign. It’s best when your boogieman (boogiewoman in this instance) can really boogie. Pelosi just led Democrats to their biggest gains in the House since the post-Watergate wave election way back in 1974. Instead of meeting with acclaim, she’s facing a challenge led by the #FiveWhiteGuys with support from the cats and kittens at Politico. Since none of them has … Continue reading Tweet Of The Day: Nancy Smash Challenge Edition
I’m still contemplating my McRaven/Poe pun from Monday afternoon. It’s why this week’s album cover is the soundtrack of Roger Corman’s 1963 production called The Raven. It’s not an adaptation, it’s inspired by the Poe poem. The Raven features Boris … Continue reading Album Cover Art Wednesday: The Raven
Kick has approximately 20 pairs of gloves. They’re the cheap kind, that stretch, so she can wear them year after year, and they come in cotton candy colors and I cannot make a pair that match on school mornings for the life of me. She has all these pairs because she loses them, or I lose them, or her father loses them, tosses them on the table at a restaurant or into a grocery cart when she pulls them off and one gets lost down the side of the car seat. She’s a kid, it’s normal, but she has a … Continue reading Mittens
Adrastos on Trump’s attack on Admiral McRaven. Continue reading Decorum, Nevermorum
There have been so many pinch me moments since Donald Trump became president*. The latest came with his bizarre response to the California wildfires. As always, this fucking moron thinks he knows everything when, in fact, he knows absolutely nothing. … Continue reading Trump’s Raking, California’s Burning
Just couldn’t face Freeperville this week. Sorry. So, this week you get : On recording demos – In the mid-80s, I worked at Good Vibrations Recording Studio as intern, then engineer, and then as Manager. We were a 1” 16-track … Continue reading Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with other things – studio geek edition
This idiot: Being poor in America is a personal choice, unless there are mitigating circumstances. A homeless man can go to school, get a job driving a truck making $70k per year and in 20 years become a millionaire. In America you can work hard and change your future – if you chose. https://t.co/lFGqZA53ao — Rep. Stephen Meeks (@RepStephenMeeks) November 17, 2018 And look. Let’s just stipulate that yes, there are choices you can make that will lead to you being poor. But the gulf between rich and poor isn’t who made bad choices and who didn’t, it’s who GOT … Continue reading The Ability To Weather Small Disasters
The weird weather continues in New Orleans. We seem to have skipped fall and gone straight to winter. One day we ran the AC, the next the heater. As you saw yesterday, the cats are happy. They love blankets and space heaters. I could do without either. I hate the cold; a stance befitting someone who has lived most of their life in California and Louisiana.
The other down side of cold weather NOLA-style is that public places crank up the heat. I strolled to the grocery store the other day dressed for the great outdoors, I returned a sweaty mess since I had to walk fast to avoid the Valence Street rooster. I’m not a fan of chickens and this one is on the aggressive side. I’d rather eat them than dodge them.
This week’s theme song was written by Tony Banks in 1976 for Genesis’ last pure prog album, Wind & Wuthering. Afterglow is a drop dead gorgeous song that closes the album as well as an era. It’s the last Genesis album featuring lead guitar player Steve Hackett who was missed almost as much by the band’s fans as Peter Gabriel.
We have two versions for your listening pleasure: the Genesis original followed by the Classic Rock String Quartet.
Now that we’re afterglowing, let’s jump to the break. I promise a soft landing.
My latest opinion piece for the Bayou Brief is online: The “Why Not Me” Syndrome. Here’s the blurb my editor/publisher, Lamar White Jr., wrote for it: Peter Athas argues that in the age of Trump, former New Orleans Mayor Mitch … Continue reading Bayou Brief Briefs
Della Street loves cold weather. Why? Space heaters. The other day, she demanded food way too early. I shut her up by turning on the space heater. So it goes. Continue reading Friday Catblogging: Basking In The Glow
I’m not sure if the inmates are running the asylum, but they seem to be running the White House. The president* has been in a week-long funk since he proclaimed victory in the midterms, a lie that not even he … Continue reading The Crazy Is Contagious