I’ve been watching bits and pieces of the trial of Derek Chauvin for murdering George Floyd. I have some random thoughts about what I’ve seen thus far. The way the defendant’s name is pronounced is jarring to this Louisianan’s ear. … Continue reading Calling The Cops On The Cops
G Gordon Liddy meets Matt Gaetz. Continue reading GAETZGATE?
I knew Robert Clary from watching Hogan’s Heroes reruns as a kid. He played the lovable Louis Le Beau who, in the manner of all comedic Frenchmen, was a swell cook forever bribing the inept guard Sergeant Schultz with food. … Continue reading Album Cover Art Wednesday: Meet Robert Clary
More Jab Talking. Continue reading Your American Healthcare System At Work
Like El Grand Heffe of First-Draft himself, I find myself in the netherworld of having had one, but not both, jabs of the COVID vaccine. My next jab comes in mid April, three weeks after my first cause that’s how Kaiser Permanente, my HMO, rolls. Speaking of rolling, my jab, from entering the building to exiting, took a total of 30 minutes. 20 of them were spent sitting waiting to see if after the jab I went into anaphylactic shock. Surrounding me and my fellow jabbonees were a phalanx of nurses, nurse practitioners, and even a guy with an degree … Continue reading A Postcard From The Vaccination Line
Moving to Montana soon, gonna be a dental floss tycoon. Continue reading Quote Of The Day: Montana Meth Nostalgia Edition
In case you’re wondering about the post title, it’s my new catch phrase. I stole it from Joseph Heller’s Catch-22. I only steal from the best. It’s a catch-all catch phrase that rolls off the tongue. Try it, you’ll like … Continue reading Oh Well, What The Hell
Well, The Darnold still hasn’t figured out a way to funnel his creme de la demenziale directly into the alleged brains of his sycophants, but never fear – his
craken crack legal team is still making headlines for him!
Sidney Powell argues in new court filing that no reasonable people would believe her election fraud claims
edition.cnn.com ^ | March 23, 2021 | Katelyn Polantz
Posted on 3/22/2021, 11:04:32 PM by Berlin_Freeper
Right-wing lawyer Sidney Powell is claiming in a new court filing that reasonable people wouldn’t have believed as fact her assertions of fraud after the 2020 presidential election.
The election infrastructure company Dominion Voting Systems sued Powell for defamation after she pushed lawsuits and made appearances in conservative media on behalf of then-President Donald Trump to sow doubt about the 2020 election results. Dominion claims that Powell knew her election fraud accusations were false and hurtful to the company.
In a new court filing, Powell’s attorneys write that she was sharing her “opinion” and that the public could reach “their own conclusions” about whether votes were changed by election machines.
“Given the highly charged and political context of the statements, it is clear that Powell was describing the facts on which she based the lawsuits she filed in support of President Trump,” Powell’s defense lawyers wrote in a court filing on Monday.
“Indeed, Plaintiffs themselves characterize the statements at issue as ‘wild accusations’ and ‘outlandish claims.’ They are repeatedly labelled ‘inherently improbable’ and even ‘impossible.’ Such characterizations of the allegedly defamatory statements further support Defendants’ position that reasonable people would not accept such statements as fact but view them only as claims that await testing by the courts through the adversary process.”
Or, in other words :
******************************So much for discovery.
To: Berlin_Freeperdoes this mean that the CIA server farm raid in Germany didn’t seize the computers used to switch votes from Trump to Biden?
Right-wing lawyer …No need to read further than that slanderous propaganda.
Tape doesn’t lie. Back in my studio engineer days I had a guy come in with a karaoke tape he wanted to sing along to (first one I’d ever seen). Horrible little low-fi cassette, with his vocals on our good U47 mike laid over it? Okay. It’s his money. Then this guy, who is loaded up with bling, proceeds to dance around in the vocal booth while he’s singing. Really. Big moves and all. He’s clinking, he’s clanking, his polyester outfit’s whooshing and zzziping like a bedsheet in a whirlwind every time he moves his arms up to frame his … Continue reading Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with Random Ruminations – “Tape doesn’t lie” edition
Here are the Beach Boys on French television without Monsieur Brian Wilson. His brothers Carl and Dennis are present and accounted for as is their asshole cousin Mike Love in full guru regalia. Continue reading Sunday Morning Video: The Beach Boys Live In 1969
I committed a faux pas the other day and accidentally published something. I planned to curate a quote from a marvelous teevee essay by MSNBC’s Laurence O’Donnell about our border issues. Instead the whole damn thing went out raw and I pulled it after it lingered overnight. Here’s a link to the transcript. Scroll down 3/4 of the way and Bob’s your uncle. Make that Uncle Laurence. I’m neither Irish nor from Boston but I’ll claim him.
In jab talking news, Governor Edwards has opened COVID vaccinations to all Gret Steters over the age of 16. I welcome everyone to the Half Vaccinated club. On April 3rd, I will enter of the realm of the fully vaccinated. Cue sigh of relief.
Our theme song continues the flow of the week. In this case from my most recent 13th Ward Rambler column. Pennies From Heaven was written in 1936 by Arthur Johnstone and Johnny Burke. It’s been a hit more times and by more artists that you can shake a stick at. Why one would do such a thing is beyond me.
We have three versions of Pennies From Heaven for your listening pleasure: Frank Sinatra, Louis Prima & Keely Smith, and an instrumental by Stan Getz and Oscar Peterson.
Have I mentioned lately how much I love Oscar Peterson? I know: repeatedly. My Oscar love will never wane. That goes for my much missed kitty as well.
Before we jump to the break, look up like the girl in the Kubrick photograph so you can dodge the pennies from heaven.
Skylark was written in 1941 by Hoagy Carmichael and Friday Cocktail Hour semi-regular Johnny Mercer. The featured image captures Ginger and Johhny Mercer on the town with Hoagy and Ruth Carmichael. Hoagy appears to be feeling no pain. Party on Hoagy. Party on, Johnny.
Carmichael based the music on a Bix Beiderbecke cornet improvisation. Mercer struggled with the lyrics for nearly a year before striking gold. It was worth the effort: It’s a great song and one of my personal favorites.
My Peninsula homey Bing Crosby had the first radio hit with Skylark:
I shouldn’t play favorites but Ella Fitzgerald’s version *is* my favorite. What can I tell ya?
Whenever there is a mass shooting “incident” a predictable series of news stories follow about 1) how easy it was for the shooter to obtain his weapon of mass destruction and 2) how this isn’t a gun issue, it’s … Continue reading Full Metal Jackasses
My latest column for the Bayou Brief is online. It’s full of spiteful goodness. Here’s the tagline: “13th Ward Ramblings about the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board, the Second District Congressional race, and the Shame of LSU.” Did someone … Continue reading Bayou Brief: March Musings, Not Madness
There he goes again. Continue reading Cuomo Family Values
Back in January I wrote about my love of politics and how I had high hopes that the Biden administration would make them great again. Over the last few weeks Senate Democrats have been hinting that the filibuster game is afoot. The Senator You Love to Hate, Joe Manchin, allowed that he would support a “talking” filibuster, where the minority would have to keep talking to delay the vote. Over the last few weeks, more and more of the Senate’s Democratic filibuster defenders have expressed their interest in either eliminating or reforming the current filibuster. Tonight Amy Klobuchar, the Chair … Continue reading How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Talking Filibuster
Metaphorically speaking, that is McConnell said Democrats were putting forth a “solution in search of a problem”—and implied that he was simply shocked that his party would be accused of trying to disenfranchise voters. “States,” he said, “are not engaging in trying to suppress voters, whatsoever.” (In earlier remarks, he claimed the filibuster—which has been used for generations to block civil rights legislation and which he will undoubtedly use to thwart the pro-democracy bill unless Democrats abolish or amend it—had “no racial history.”) Moscow Mitch and the rest of the GOP have worked the refs for so long they think it’s entirely … Continue reading McConnell Insists Thumbs Down Is No Indication Of Vicious, Bloodthirsty Cruelty
We go from The Harder They Come to The Harder They Fall. I told you there would be a flow to this week’s regular features. Budd Schulberg is best remembered for his work with my countryman Elia Kazan on On … Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: The Harder They Fall
My friend Ryne had a bad year even by 2020 standards. He’s feeling and doing much better now as you can tell from his latest post. Hope Is A Winding Road, But It Comes Eventually by Ryne Hancock Apart from my biking to deliver food, last spring wasn’t filled with festivals and social bike rides. It didn’t include trivia nights at Tracey’s, open mics around the city, late nights at Igor’s, or being behind a mic at a radio station. My socialization last spring was limited to the customers I had with my day job as well as the dumbass … Continue reading Ryne Hancock: Hope Is A Winding Road, But It Comes Eventually
Stop the madness. Continue reading Groundhog Day
There’s going to be a flow to some of this week’s regular features. This one flows out of Monday’s potpourri post. The movie The Harder They Come was many American’s first introduction to reggae. It was mine. The soundtrack is … Continue reading Album Cover Art Wednesday: The Harder They Come
Tally ho, eh wot? Continue reading The Curious Case Of The Tea Party Royalists
Welcome to Sacramento, state capitol of California. It’s got a bunch of really neat government buildings, a nice river, and um…let me see.. I think there’s a basketball team but that’s really more a rumor than a verified fact. It’s a town better known for who has left it (Greta Gerwig, Brie Larson, Raymond Carver, LaVar Burton) than who actually lives here. If you live here it’s a 90% chance you work for the state government or for a company that depends on the patronage of those who work for the state government. Even elected officials of the state don’t … Continue reading A Postcard From Sacramento
Adrastos is still jab talking. Continue reading Sitting In Half Vaccinated Limbo
If there’s one thing the Freepers are good at, it’s dodging responsibility. They’re arsonists throwing Molotov cocktails into peoples’ living rooms, and then blaming them because they didn’t have a sprinkler system.
Massage Parlor Massacres Suspect Said He Loved Guns & God
Daily Beast ^ | Updated Mar. 17, 2021 12:05AM ET | Blake Montgomery Chamian Cruz Noor Ibrahim
Posted on 3/16/2021, 11:11:08 PM by conservative98
ATLANTA—A Georgia man who professed a passion for guns and God was in custody on Tuesday night after a string of shootings that police said appeared to target Asian women at massage parlors and left eight people dead.
Aaron Long, 21, of Woodstock, Georgia, was caught on video at the crime scenes and later nabbed on a highway two hours south of Atlanta following a police chase, authorities said.
Police stressed that it was still much too early to announce a motive, but the horrific attacks come amid a wave of targeted violence against the Asian-American community.
Details about the suspect that began to trickle out offered few clues.
“Pizza, guns, drums, music, family, and God. This pretty much sums up my life. It’s a pretty good life,” read the tagline on an Instagram account that appeared to belong to Long.
A student who graduated from Sequoyah High with Long in 2017 who spoke on the condition of anonymity told The Daily Beast, “He was very innocent seeming and wouldn’t even cuss. He was sorta nerdy and didn’t seem violent from what I remember. He was a hunter and his father was a youth minister or pastor. He was big into religion.”
To: Shadylake21-year-olds are at home jerking off to pr0n in Mommy’s basement.
And you know this how, exactly? Observation, or personal experience?
Talking about how bots can feed conspiracy theories is interesting. But I think the issue is that the bigger conspiracy theory that he was brainwashed or self-wanted to kill others and ruin his life for a leftist cause is also pretty wild.
This seems like an Occam’s Razor case of an moron. It doesn’t involve the CIA, KGB, Illuminate(sic).
By the way, you signed up the day after the “insurrection”, when fedzilla turned against us full force, and here you are saying it’s not a false flag. And taking the other side on lots of other little things.
Studio notes – thick guitars Re-listening to Boston lately, I was reminded of a trick (can’t remember who I nicked it from) to put down multiple guitar tracks without the sound (especially the high-mids) jumping out in a grating fashion. If you record several tracks using the same guitar, the prominent parts of the guitar’s sound add up and jump out of the mix in a way that’s not at all pleasing. To get those multiple tracks to nest together rather than blare certain frequencies out is a simple trick. 31-band equalizers were (and still are) the standard for graphic … Continue reading Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with Random Ruminations – “The trick to thick” edition
Here’s a 1998 interview with my cat’s namesake. She was 88 at the time and as sharp as a tack. Continue reading Sunday Morning Video: Claire Trevor On TCM
A bird got into our house while I was taking a jab nap. Claire Trevor was determined to get the poor wee house sparrow. I tried grabbling CT to close her in somewhere to no avail. I yelled at the cat to keep her away from the open door as the bird hopped from ceiling fan to ceiling fan. It finally flew out the front door. That’s as adventurous as it gets at Adrastos World HQ these days.
Mother-in-Law #1 is 99-years-old and in bad shape at her assisted living joint in Baton Rouge. The good news is that we’ve been able to visit her twice including yesterday. Her body is failing but her mind is still sharp. I’m not sure how long she’ll last but it’s a relief to be able to visit after not having seen her for 14 months because of the pandemic.
I’m voting later today in the special election called to fill Cedric Richmond’s congressional seat. I’m as underwhelmed by the choices on offer as I was by Cedric. The leading candidates are two hacks from New Orleans and a young firebrand from Baton Rouge. Since I do not want to be represented in Congress by someone from Red Stick, I’m voting for the hack I’m acquainted with, State Senator and former City Councilman Troy Carter. I loathe the other hack whose name shall not cross my lips.
This week’s theme song was written by Jon Anderson and Chris Squire for Yes’ 1978 album, Tormato. Yes are known for their great album covers. This is not one of them. The music is still pretty darn good.
We have two versions of On The Silent Wings Of Freedom for your listening pleasure: the studio original and a 2006 live instrumental version.
Follow the flying fingers of Chris Squire and jump to the break. No finger jokes this week. Pinky swear.
One of the best things about First Draft is interacting with our readers. Sometimes we take requests. Longtime reader Carroll A suggested Lush Life for this feature. It’s a helluva idea so I’m making it so or some such Trekky shit.
Long before Billy Strayhorn joined forces with Duke Ellington, he wrote Lush Life. It came slowly and was written between 1933 and 1936. It was not recorded until 1948 but that opened the floodgates: it has been recorded 450+ times since then.
We begin out of order with the version suggested by Carroll. You can’t go wrong with John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman:
Here’s one by the composer himself: