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Lazy Sunday Music ~ Mistakes happen

Posted on: March 12, 2017

I want my general ledger and accts recv!

Good Sunday Widdershins!


I had been at somewhat of a loss last weekend and this one on what kind of post tying in some songs or movies that I could do.  Then one of our fellow shinners mentioned the possibility of writing on the Oscar fubar and that yeah, stuff happens.  We know the story well by now.

The two accountants in charge of handing out the envelopes at the 2017 Academy Awards “froze” when La La Land was mistakenly announced as the Best Picture winner over Moonlight, this according to the show’s stage manager.


Gary Natoli spoke to The Wrap about what occurred backstage as the events unfolded, saying Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz, accountants with PricewaterhouseCoopers who handled the Oscars balloting, didn’t react fast enough when the mistake was made.

“I’m sure they’re very lovely people, but they just didn’t have the disposition for this,” Natoli said. “You need somebody who’s going to be confident and unafraid.”


The veteran stage manager said he immediately told other stage managers in the wings to get Cullinan and Ruiz onstage to correct the error. But, he added, both the accountants hesitated.

They probably “hesitated” because in fact, they are accountants,  CPAs in fact.  These are not people who are used to being front and center on nationwide television.  No, these are backstage -backoffice type folks who deal with pencils (probably good ones like Ticonderoga #2s), and adding machines with lots of paper spilling out of them.

So, as they say, shit happens or to be passive about it: mistakes were made.  And that brings us to our musical theme:  Mistakes.  There is a goodly number of songs about mistakes and not necessarily mistakes of the romance type.  My choices are below.

(1) Everybody Makes a Mistake ~ Otis Redding

(2) Last Mistake ~ Glenn Hughes

(3) Make a Mistake with Me ~ Brad Paisley

(4) A Mistake ~ Fiona Apple

(5) We took the wrong step years ago ~ Hawkwind

(6) Laughing ~ David Crosby (from 1st solo album)

Okay so those are my choices.  Feel free to add your own in the comments.  Oh and here’s one mistake none of us made:

This is an open thread for you to take wherever you wish.


48 Responses to "Lazy Sunday Music ~ Mistakes happen"

Not a song, but good news! There may be a treatment for Trump Anxiety Disorder!

So Bharara tweeted this:

This is a big statement. Moreland Commission was investigating corruption by NY state government in Albany. Governor Cuomo shut them down, which caused a huge conflict between Bharara and Albany and make Cuomo and him enemies. Bharara is saying here he was investigating Trump and was fired for it.

Ari Melber had a clip of hannity calling for a “purge” of Obama office holders because they are “saboteurs” and “seditionists.” One of ari’s panel members believes that hannity wanted to be viewed as the catalyst for the attorney firings in NY. I don’t watch fox but if that little hissy fit is representative, they should be shut down for inciting civil unrest. This is way beyond news and opinion and not remotely “fair and balanced.” Hillary was too kind when she called half of 45’s supporters “deplorable.” How can you reason with anyone who drinks this swill?

Oops, didn’t realize the 46 attorneys fired were across the country, only Preet was in NY.

@1 – “Impeachara!” I’ll ask my husband, doctor and priest if I can take that ASAP. /snark

Did we link the SNL Cold Open yet? It’s about the biggest mistake America ever made.

Pootie-poot doesn’t like Bharara, therefore he must go…

The Russian government reportedly targeted Bharara because of his prosecution of Viktor Bout, a convicted arms dealer.

Bharara, who is known for investigating officials regardless of political party, also prosecuted three Russian nationals for acting as spies in 2015.

“The arrest of Evgeny Buryakov and the charges against him and his co-defendants make clear that – more than two decades after the presumptive end of the Cold War – Russian spies continue to seek to operate in our midst under cover of secrecy,” Bharara said at the time.

SNL takes on Ivanka.

Ya think?

@10> Bharara confirmed it in his tweet! Also, did you see that a source at the White House attacked Bharara:

And then Bharara’s response:

“It was my understanding that the president himself said anonymous sources are not to be believed.”

Fredster, great post! Hubs likes Glenn Hughes guitar playing. I’ve been looking for a song and there are some new songs about mistakes but they were that weird techno-music with the annoying new young singers (I like real music and real voices), but I finally found this one. Remember Patty Smyth from Scandal in the 80’s?

@4, & @7, LOL! good ones!

Fredster, this song isn’t doesn’t mention mistakes, but I’m posting it cuz I’m wondering if the city is NOLA? Anyway, the title is appropriate of the times…

Did y’all see the small print that ran at the bottom of the Impeachara ad? First, “Impeachara is not recommended for pregnant women”. Then, “On second thought, Impeachara is especially recommended to pregnant women so that they can be at peace with bringing a child into this world”.

@1, GAgal, I just watched it–its hysterical! The guy that wrote it should write for SNL.

@11, Uppity woman has a theory that 45 us attorneys were removed to get rid of the 46th: Preet was the target.

@1 is absolutely brilliant.

@17 – Cats, I had the same thought.

@14: Yep annie, those are shots of Nola in that video. And yes I was pleasantly surprised by that Glenn Hughes piece; I wasn’t familiar with him.

annie@12: but they were that weird techno-music with the annoying new young singers (I like real music and real voices)

Bless you my sister. LOL

Sorry to be late to the party, but life got in the way as it usually does.

Fredster, great selections. Here is my offering to the “mistakes” theme. I went safe and went old school.

@1, GAgal, inspired — I love it.

@12, Annie, I’ve liked techno all the way back in the Precambrian Era techno, we wiggled our preappendages in the primordial goo to the beat. I have not yet evolved.

@17 & 19, I wholeheartedly agree with that theory. It was the first thing that crossed my mind.

The fiery speculation is to mollify Rupert Murdoch, in order to close down the investigation of Fox News the cash cow of News Corp., there will be a Fox-centric U.S. Attorney appointed. One possibility is Roger Ailes’ former lawyer, Mukasey.

Funny how these things just seem to work out. Drain the swamp!

Here is how Kenneth Polite, U.S. Attorney for the eastern district of La. put it on his firing:


Why, oh why, oh why, must people like this torture us so?

Janice Phelps, a 60-year-old disabled factory worker in Evansville, Indiana, knows how expensive healthcare is.

Each month, shots for her severe asthma cost $3,000. Quarterly injections for knee pain cost $3,200. Medication for depression costs $900. She has had seven back surgeries, two shoulder surgeries, and two knee surgeries since 1985. The largest public health programs in America – Medicaid and Medicare, which aid the poor and the elderly – paid for nearly all of it.

Yet those programs are now threatened by the men she voted for: Donald Trump and former Indiana governor Mike Pence.

“I’m all in favor of repealing it,” she said about Republicans’ push to do away with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), popularly known as Obamacare. But, she said, when you talk about cutting Medicaid: “I don’t agree with that at all.”

@28: I’d love to know how she’s eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare. She’s actually too young for Medicare under normal circumstances.

@28, Gah!!!! You’re so right GAgal, listening to these idiots is torture!

Prolix, I’m really not sure what “techno” music is…what I meant by it is: music that is made on a computer with pre programmed sounds instead of actual people playing real musical instruments.

I bet you guys (and Upps) are right about the Preet firing.

Did you guys see 60 Minutes? It was very good tonight. First story about Russians, working against Putin, who are being poisoned. God, it was so sad, the main guy they interviewed has been poisoned twice in two years! And he’s still alive. Broke my heart, learning about these brave souls.

The second one was about a muslim man who was tortured and spent 14 years in our concentration camp in Cuba. Good show, catch it online if you can.

@30, back in the hot primordial goo pool, we said techno was the advanced form of trance. When asked, “What is trance?” we said, “You know, the lower form of techno.”

The other thing was that there was lots and lots of head bobbing. It always looked like a bunch of people who were having seizures to the beats of the music. Trouble was, the music would stop, but the head bobbing continued.

@31: Trouble was, the music would stop, but the head bobbing continued

Oh that could have been either the ‘ludes or the special k kicking in.

@29 I’m not surprised to see that, even though I don’t know why the government does it. My ex was on disability (Medicaid) for a year or so and was then diagnosed with throat cancer and they switched him over to Medicare even though he was only 60. I wondered why at the time but I didn’t ask because I was just grateful he was being treated. (and god, the paperwork!)

Also had a cousin who was diagnosed as schizophrenic in her early twenties. (Now mid 50’s) They would switch her back and forth from Medicaid to SSI for no apparent reason that I could tell. It just made it harder on her.

@33, that is strange. I know all about paperwork for gov benes. And so does Fredster. Years ago, on Uppity’s, we would talk about what we had to do to get our parents this obscure VA pension, I don’t remember what it was called, Fredster, do you remember?

@33: GAgal, I think I’ve seen people being eligible for medicare early if they had certain medical conditions but I thought it was very limited.

@34: Annie that was VA pension if the veteran or claimant had recognized war-time service.

@26 It’s way beyond FOX. Preet prosecuted Wall Street. Marc defended them. (not that there’s anything wrong with that – everyone deserves a good defense lawyer)This is from 11/10 last year two days after Stump won.

Marc L. Mukasey, a top white-collar criminal defense lawyer who works at the same law firm as Rudy Giuliani, is on the Trump transition team’s short list to replace Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara, The Post has learned.

The 49-year-old is a favorite of Donald Trump’s, sources said.

Mukasey’s client list includes some controversial figures, among them Michael DuHaime, a confidant of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie who testified during the Bridgegate trial, and Roger Ailes, the former Fox News boss.

Also, let’s not forget about Mukasey’s father, Michael. After he said this (late 2015) he retracted after people smarter than him called him out.

Former U.S. attorney general Michael Mukasey says he was wrong to suggest that if Hillary Clinton was ever convicted of destroying government records by erasing the contents of her email server, she would be legally unqualified for the presidency.

The suggestion came Monday from Mukasey, a former federal judge who served as attorney general during former president George W. Bush’s administration. He was also named as an early adviser to the Jeb Bush campaign.

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Mukasey said “I think the more dangerous part of this, from her standpoint, is not so much the placement of the material here as wiping the server.”

“Number one, that’s a felony, but that statute disqualifies you from holding any further office in the United States and she’s running for a further office under the United States.”

@33, here’s a provision of this AHCA that hasn’t been publicized and it has huge downstream ramifications. Under the Medicaid provisions, if you go on Medicaid and then go off due to maxing out on salary — meaning you come off Medicaid because you are now making above the poverty line — then you lose your job for whatever reason, you can’t that is CANNOT go back on Medicaid. It is the little hidden Easter Egg that will eventually eradicate the Medicaid expansion.

What is insidious about this provision is that there is “churn” around Medicaid meaning the types of jobs for this subset of the population is cyclical. Now these folks will be without the most cost effective type of insurance to fulfill Paul Ryan’s Ayn Rand wet dream.

These people are despicable. There are other provisions this scum sucking piece of legislation contains that will force people into bankruptcy even if they are lucky enough to qualify for Medicaid. Prior to the Republican revolt against humans, Medicaid covered you, once qualified for all costs 90 days prior. Under this legislation, coverage only attaches once you are qualified so if you are in a car accident, badly hurt, you are responsible for every aspirin and bandage until you are qualified for Medicaid. These people are heartless.

@35 Fredster, I don’t really know. I just assumed at the time, that the state – Medicaid (Georgia, no less) threw it off to the Feds – Medicare, because it was so expensive. It was. $275,000.

I’m not sure if this will work since Twitter has changed. Please delete if it doesn’t.

@42, #1 look up? Now that is sad. Does that mean they couldn’t laugh at the skit until after they knew what the word meant?

@40, very scary. One of my biggest concerns for my son is that he has insurance, and that is why hubs stayed so long at a job where he made less $, but we all are insured. I’m praying these scum don’t get rid of the “insured til 26” provision, but they probably will. Laker can qualify for Medi-Cal due to his disability, but I don’t know much about it. (Medi-Cal, the California version of Medicaid) In any event, Laker is going to try to find a job with insurance this year.

Hubs is just reading some social security stuff, and his “full retirement age” is 66, and the cut off year for that is 1954, when hubs was born. They raised it, full retirement age used to be 65. I don’t know what it will be for those of us born after 1954.

Here’s the Social Security chart for retirement, it doesn’t look too bad.

Do you suppose Ryan will go after social security next?

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