I’ve been preoccupied with two things this week: Krewe du Vieux and the removal trial. I’ve been living the former and following the latter. KdV has obviously been more satisfying. As expected, the evil fucker is going to get away with it; for now. We’ll make him pay in November. Fuck him and the entire Republican party.
I selected Talk To The Lawyer as this week’s theme song because I’ve spent so much time watching lawyers on the teevee. Great lawyers like Adam Schiff and the sleazy lawyers of Team Trump. My personal bete noir is that awful dweeby pasty-faced motherfucker Philbin whose first name I refuse to learn. Every law school class has 3 or 4 Philbins. The Philbins of the world are usually kept out of court because they’re so boring. Additionally, your basic Philbin looks like they just stepped out of a coffin.
Talk To The Lawyer was written by David Lindley for his 1982 album, Win This Record. We have two versions for your listening pleasure; one studio and the other live.
Before we jump to the break, we should consult with opposing counsel:
Yeah, I know Jackson said the song isn’t about lawyers. What the hell does he know? He’s only the songwriter.
Let’s assume some liability and jump to the break. Last one on the other side is an officious intermeddler.
I’ve been so crazy busy with Spank stuff this week that we’re skipping our usual second act and moving on to the third act. First, another legal rock song:
We begin our third act for a second time with our favorite stolen feature.
Separated At Birth- Casting Edition: Since we’ve all had impeachment on our minds, here’s the first president to be impeached:
Tennessee Johnson was a truly dreadful movie, which tried to make Johnson look less awful than he was. It was a waste of Van Heflin’s talents. He was one of the most underrated actors of his day but even he couldn’t save this 1 1/2 star stinker.
The Classic Movie List; After my If Life Were A Capra Movie post, I’ve had classic film directors on my mind. The best of them all was John Ford.
My Top Ten Favorite John Ford Movies:
- The Searchers
- Fort Apache
- How Green Was My Valley
- The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
- My Darling Clementine
- Grapes Of Wrath
- Wagon Master
- Young Mr. Lincoln
- The Last Hurrah
The list includes 6 Westerns, which is appropriate given this statement from the famously taciturn director:
John Ford had his own vision of the Old West. So did Jack Bruce:
Saturday GIF Horse: I didn’t mention It Happened One Night in my Capra post so here’s Claudette Colbert showing some leg in that classic screwball comedy:
Tweet Of The Week: In case you’re feeling shorted on political content, here’s my favorite internet smart ass:
I like lists. In this one I rank the House Managers: 1. Schiff 2. Jeffries 3. Lofgren 4. Demings 5. Crow 6. Nadler 7. Garcia.
— Shecky (@Adrastosno) January 31, 2020
I think they’ve all performed well; even Nadler who may or may not have cut in front of Schiff at the end of Thursday’s marathon session. As to Jeffries, he’s currently #4 in the leadership. He needs to be advanced. It’s time for Hoyer and Clyburn to gracefully step aside. It pains me to say that about Jim Clyburn who I like and respect. As to Steny Hoyer…
The last word of the segment goes to Elvis Costello:
Weekly Vintage Music Video: Animated music videos used to be a thing. This is one of the best.
Saturday Classic: It’s been a tough week in Mudville, so I thought I’d close out with a swinging album from two of my all-time favorite musicians: Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie. It’s music to snap your fingers to:
That’s it for this week. Once again, the last word goes to Nancy Smash and the House Managers. They fought the good fight against overwhelming odds. I, for one, am proud of them. Thanks for your service to our country.