Today on Tommy T’s obsession with random ruminations – ultimate corporate doublespeak edition To: All employees From: Terry Siegel, VP of Marketing Subject: Hey Gang! Thanks to our corporate restructuring of the basic scalable elements need in the vertical dissemination of value-added products through a series of networked servers connected via fiber optics, we are projected to enjoy a brief productivity spurt proportionate to the rest of the undervalued market. In lieu of this unexpected spike, we are still moving forward proactively with our plan to monetize our vertical information resources and reorganize the essential e-business units of our company. The reorganization requires upper-management and upper-upper-management to identify the underachieving nodes within … Continue reading Today on Tommy T’s obsession with random ruminations – ultimate corporate doublespeak edition

Saturday Odds & Sods: When Push Comes To Shove

Grand Jazz Band, New Orleans by Jean Dubuffet.

My insomnia is back so I’ll keep it short and snappy. We’re still experiencing Winter Weather Whiplash and I’m still dubious about Carnival 2021. If it happens, I may turn into a Carnival Scrooge for this year. Bah humbug.

This week’s theme song was written by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter for the Dead’s 1987 album, In The Dark. It’s my favorite Dead studio album and I’ve studiously listened to them all.

We have two versions of When Push Comes To Shove for your listening pleasure: the studio original and a live version from NYE 1987. Jerry was not in good voice that night, but Brent Mydland makes up for it with some pianistic perfection. The guitar player is pretty good too.

It’s time for a trip to Disambiguation City with a Van Halen tune with the same title.

Go ahead and jump to the break.

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I’m Beginning To See The Light

It’s been a rough week for everyone, so I decided to kick off the first Friday Cocktail Hour of the year with a song of hope and redemption.

I’m Beginning To See The Light was composed in 1943 by a jazz all-star team: Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges, and Harry James. The lyrics are by Don George.

We begin with Duke and Louis. No last names necessary.

Ditto with Duke and Ella:

The ghost of Jilly Rizzo told me that Sinatra doesn’t like being placed after the jump. Never argue with Francis Albert’s ghostly sidekick.

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The Power Of The Dogs

Dogs playing off leash

The wife (Cruella) and I live in a 55 and older community that has its own set of rules and regulations regarding, well, just about anything that might happen in the community.

It’s one of the truisms of life that for whatever you want to have you have to give something in return. In this case, in order to live in a community where young families are not present (not that we have anything against them, it’s just past our time of life) and to have the amenities we want (clubhouse, pool, jacuzzi, etc.) we have to give up some of the freedoms we would have living elsewhere. No, we’re not constrained in any way from socializing with any others or anything so drastic. We just have to do the garbage a little differently, have a mailbox instead of having the mail delivered to the house, maintain our yard to a certain standard, in other words, typical homeowner association stuff.

Which brings us to dogs. The rules say you are perfectly fine having a dog, though they prefer the dogs not be too big or too mean. When on the public street dogs need to be on a leash and need to be picked up after. Those are the only rules about dogs.

We don’t have a dog. Three of our neighbors on our court, each a single woman living alone, do. While I understand a woman in that situation would want a dog, these dogs are not voice trained, won’t come when you call them or heed a warning from the owner. Those three neighbors love to let their dogs play together in the center of the court, unleashed, for a good amount of time each day. Many is the time I’ve had to slam on the brakes as I turn into the court because these dogs are right in the middle preventing me from getting to my driveway. I’ve politely told the owners they need to have their dogs on leashes, as per our HOA rules, but their response has been to accuse both myself and Cruella of not liking dogs.

Let me say this right up front. We like dogs. We have owned dogs in the past. My kids grew up with a dog. My younger son currently has a dog. Here’s a picture of her:

Scout The Dog
She’s very well trained

We love dogs so much that we don’t want to see them run over by cars. When I mentioned this to the three ladies their reply was “well everyone on the court knows they are here” to which my reply was “yes, but the UPS, USPS, FedEx, and Amazon vans that come in here nearly every day DON’T”.

The HOA has sent the three amigas the slap on the wrist, don’t do it again letter reminding them that our rules say dogs have to be on a leash when on the public street. By the way, that’s the county rules as well. It has of course engendered ill feelings between them and those of us on the court who don’t have dogs because, well, it sucks to be wrong and be called out on it.

But now it’s unlikely that any of those dogs will get run over by a van. And that’s the point of making rules, so that people and property don’t get harmed. Those who don’t want to follow the rules have to be upbraided, not only because of the harm they themselves might do, but as an example to those who might think it okay to also break the rules.

Which brings me to Novak Djokovic and Elizabeth Holmes.

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A Year After January 6, What Did We Learn?

Last year at this time, I remember reading an online argument in an article comment section where some people were finger-wagging at those of us who were deeply concerned about the January 6 “Stop the Steal” rally. They won’t be violent, they said, and us claiming that they could be violent was demonizing and divisive at a time when we need to be united. Spoiler alert: They were violent. It is not clear how many people died from the attack on the Capitol, but some put it at nine, including post-event suicides by police. There was significant damage as well. … Continue reading A Year After January 6, What Did We Learn?

AG Garland Assures A Thorough Investigation Of Whether This Really Is Fine

Have to agree with Lawrence Tribe (video link), here’s a Twitter summary: Garland’s focus on the Jan 6 attack conspicuously omits any hint of concern with the seditious conspiracy that was designed in Nov & Dec 2020 to pull off a bloodless coup. I want to root for Merrick Garland. He seems like a genuinely decent person, and by all rights should be a Supreme Court Justice. I’m not a lawyer or even particularly versed in the intricacies of the legal system, but again, as Tribe said, the clock is ticking. There’s also plenty of evidence that the riot was … Continue reading AG Garland Assures A Thorough Investigation Of Whether This Really Is Fine

This is Fine

People sure did have a great holiday season this year, huh? Lots of Christmas parties and New Year’s parties. Tons of people at airports. And now tons of new Covid cases. A few weeks ago I wrote about America’s approach to the pandemic:  magical thinking. This week magical thinkers are learning that magic isn’t real. I’m not going to join the chorus of people beating up the CDC. See, the CDC treated us all like adults last year. We had clear guidelines–for a quickly unfolding pandemic featuring a virus that science had never seen before–about how to reduce our own … Continue reading This is Fine

Welcome to the New Normal

The New Normal

How’s your 2022 going so far?

I know it’s only a few days into the new year and you might still be recovering from your New Year’s Eve party/day.

On the other hand, maybe you’re not. That’s the point. After nearly two years (yes, that’s right, two years) of pandemic it’s time to admit we have entered a new normal. Large groupings of unrelated people milling about for hours, drinking, carousing, perhaps even exchanging bodily, um, connections, those days are over for the foreseeable future.

I’m here to say, don’t be afraid of the new normal. It’s just the latest in a long line of them.

Granted a new normal is usually after some kind of war has ravaged a country or several. Buildings stand, if they still stand at all, damaged to an extent ranging from a need for a good cleaning to a need for a good enema. Populations redistribute to areas where the damage is less (sometimes called being a refugee) alternately causing a need for more in one area and a need for less in another. Once stable supply systems are taxed and/or destabilized to the point of incompetency. Governments are changed either through the ballot or through the bullet. Niche groups rise up to take advantage of the power vacuum, usually niche groups on the far extremes of the political spectrum.

Does any of this sound familiar? Replace “war” with “COVID” and there you are.

If I may go off on a slight tangent, if the COVID pandemic is the equivalent of a war, wouldn’t those “soldiers” (aka citizens) who refuse to get vaccinated be guilty of dereliction of duty or perhaps even disobeying an order from a superior officer (AKA the president)? As such shouldn’t they be thrown into prison? I won’t go so far as to say shot, but a forced jab might be in order.

Make no mistake, the time will come when you are old and grey and your grandchild is sitting on your lap looking up and asking “What did you do in the great COVID pandemic Grands?” What do you want to tell them? That you did all that was asked of you? Or that you didn’t believe any of it was true which is why you’re tethered to the oxygen tank little Billie is idly playing with the valves on as you chat.

But I digress.

The need to mourn what was should be superseded by the excitement of what is to be.

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Dear National Media: Stop Jinxing Us To Own The Libs

Back in March of this year, the DC Punditry had anointed Trump Lite Governor Ron DeSantis as The King of the Pandemic. Politico, being Politico and by that I mean terrible, went all-in on the King Ron love. Things, as you know, did not go well for Florida soon afterward. In fact, they are going terribly for Good King Ron at the moment, along with his fellow Floridians. Florida is breaking COVID daily case records and King Ron has been nowhere to be found over the last two weeks, although his office claims he is accompanying his wife to cancer … Continue reading Dear National Media: Stop Jinxing Us To Own The Libs

Today on Tommy T’s obsession with the Freeperati – miscellaneous meshugas edition

Ok, people – new year is here and it’s time to clean up all the meshuga 2021 Freeperville threads I haven’t gotten to yet.

- You're meshuga! - I am not your sugar.

Let’s start with – O’Really?

Bill O’Reilly: ‘Diminishing the Capitol riot could never have happened’ while he was at Fox News
The Hill ^ | 12/15/21 11:12 AM EST | BY DOMINICK MASTRANGELO

Posted on 12/15/2021, 7:18:51 PM by RandFan

Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly said downplaying or diminishing the seriousness of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol is something that “could never have happened” during his time at the network.

“Fox News is a different place than it was when I was there,” O’Reilly said Tuesday evening while appearing on Dan Abrams’ primetime show on NewsNation. “I don’t follow it that that closely anymore, but when I was there, there was a discipline from management that diminishing the Capitol riot could never have happened. And I’ll state that firmly on the record.”

O’Reilly had joined Abrams’ program to discuss revelations this week that top hosts at Fox, including his former colleagues Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Brian Kilmeade, had been texting with then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows during the riot, urging Meadows to convince former President Trump to do something to stop the attack.

“I wouldn’t have done it myself,” O’Reilly said of the text messages the hosts sent Meadows. “I would have asked the question, ‘Say, are you guys going to make a statement? What are you going to do? Looks like things are out of control?’ I don’t think I would have advocated; that’s not what journalists do. But it was in a very intense, quick-breaking situation. So I’m not going to condemn anybody here.”

Hannity and Ingraham both defended their texts to Meadows during their nightly programs on Tuesday and played for their audiences portions of their statements the night of the attack.

“I said to Mark Meadows the exact same thing I was saying live on the radio at that time and on TV that night on Jan. 6 and well beyond Jan. 6,” Hannity said Tuesday.

1 posted on 12/15/2021, 7:18:51 PM by RandFan
To: RandFan
Isn’t he on tour with Trump?
12 posted on 12/15/2021, 7:28:18 PM by M_Continuum
To: RandFan
33 posted on 12/15/2021, 8:19:01 PM by Theoria
To: Theoria
This is one of Trumps flaws. He does not choose the best people
35 posted on 12/15/2021, 8:30:02 PM by griswold3 (When chaos serves the State, the State will encourage chaos)
To: RandFan
What a turd. I never liked him and I hate that Trump tours with him.He’s not a conservative – he’s a moderate at best – who only cares about whether the Left will think he’s fair and balanced – he’s an appeaser and that’s exactly what he’s doing here.When he says he’s “…not going to comment…” on Tucker’s Jan 6 program – that’s classic O’Reilly being a fair and balanced coward.Plus, he’s as dumb as a rock.
49 posted on 12/18/2021, 5:15:31 PM by enumerated
Which one?
Or are you referring to both?
More cleanup after the magic link –

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Today on Tommy T’s obsession with random ruminations – wealth worship edition

Wealth worship – or, why Trump is revered by the supporters his policies hurt the most I’ve been marveling at the slobbering knob-laving that lower -middle class and upper lower class Trump supporters display. The disdain they feel for their fellow not-so-rich is not a new phenomenon, and has been described in the past thusly: “If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.” This explains the right fringe’s disdain for those … Continue reading Today on Tommy T’s obsession with random ruminations – wealth worship edition