Good Sunday Widdershins
Am I blue? Well yes, indeed I am. I’ve actually been blue since, oh, maybe November of last year. Instead of having the most qualified person to possibly ever be the Chief Executive of the country, we instead have a person that we can legitimately ask of him “Is he playing with a full deck?“. This is not the way I intended to head into my “declining” years, so to speak.
Years ago, Fletcher Knebel wrote a novel called Night At Camp David about a president who’d gone mad. The evidence for that was that the bughouse president was lost in grandiose delusions about his place in the world.
I have come to the conclusion that the president* has slipped his gears and that his control over the military—and over foreign policy—is as tenuous as his hold on rationality is. I have not felt this shaky about the state of the world since October of 1962.
Which brings us to the second part of the Knebel Paradox. It’s becoming very clear that the president* has farmed out his responsibilities as commander-in-chief—and most of his foreign policy—to the generals and ex-generals with whom he has surrounded himself.
So yeah, that might tend to make one feel a bit azurish and with that in mind let’s listen to some songs about the blues.
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1. Falling back into the blue ~ Miller Anderson
2. When a blind man cries ~ Gary Barden
3. Kind of blue ~ Miles Davis & John Coltrane
(4) Damn Right I’ve got the blues ~ Buddy Guy
(5) I’m torn down ~ Freddie King
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BONUS VID CLIPS
You say you live on the left coast and you’re worried about those Korean rockets/missiles? Fear not. Let’s call these “When Good Rockets Go Bad”
This was an entertaining one
Another Russian S-300 fail
This Chinese missile just couldn’t figure out which way to go
One from the Brits that didn’t go quite as planned
And lastly a Trident sub launch that didn’t go well
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So there you go Widdershins. Take this in any direction you wish.
GOOD WEEKEND WIDDERSHINS!
Let me see here…I do believe we are back to our “normal” schedule with the “Lazy (whatevers) actually occurring on the weekend days.
Last weekend-Saturday was the first of April, but we didn’t cover the unofficial April Fools’ Day thing. So this weekend we shall.
Besides fools on the first day of April we sure as hell have a lot of other fools we’ve been dealing with for the past few months: Trump fools (of course I refer to his orangeness along with his supporting cast), Republican fools of the elected type in the House and Senate, and voting fools as in the oh-so-unappreciated and unacknowledged voters of Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia, ad infinitum. These voting fools felt their voices have not been heard (cough-cough) enough, and don’t feel they are appreciated or loved enough. They are foolish enough as to vote against their own best interests in an attempt to…what, be heard? (Note to same: we’ve heard you…a lot…in fact more than you deserve.)
So let’s take a look at musical fools in song. There are lots of them, songs that is, although there are also lots and lots of fools too, musical or not. These fools tend to skew toward those experiencing bad romances, but there are others also.
(1) Ship of Fools ~ Robert Plant
(2) American Fool ~ John Cougar (before adding back Mellencamp?)
(3) Fooled Again ~ Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
(4) Fool For The City ~ Foghat (There’s love here, alright, but it’s not for a woman; it’s for city life)
(5) Fooling yourself ~ Styx
(6) Ship of Fools ~ Grateful Dead song
(7) What A Fool Believes ~ Doobie Brothers
Okay Widdershins add a song or songs of your choice below. No need to say it’s an open thread.
Good afternoon Widdershins. Yes it was a year ago on April 1st that we lost our dear and beloved chatblu. I can honestly say that I have missed her presence every day on this blog. Whether it was a comical comment that had you just laughing out loud while reading it or a comment or post that was totally serious and gave you something to think deeply about.
She always welcomed new commenters on the blog and I believe made them feel welcomed here. She also felt free to speak her mind here and on occasions didn’t care whether you agreed with her or not. That was the Irish in her I do believe.
When I first started posting here chat offered her assistance and she literally walked me through my first post while we were on the phone.
That began a great phone relationship between us. Ever the nurse even though she was retired, she was always willing to offer her knowledge of things medical. Sometimes a call from me might sound like “chat, I’ve got this thing/place/spot on my arm/elbow/leg/knee.” I would describe the thing and she would ask “can you get a picture of it? If so send it to me”. I dutifully tried to get the picture and send it to her. I would get a call later “Yeah I think you need to make an appointment and go see your doctor. That’s a (whatever it was) and you probably need a script for (some antibiotic).”. And apparently I wasn’t the only one to prevail on chat’s medical experience. She told me of a friend’s trucker husband who called her from on the road with a “something” that happened. Again a picture got sent and a recommendation was made: “Find yourself a Minute Clinic or whatever pronto!”. LOL! She said one time that whoever went through her computer after she was gone was going to be amazed at the photos on said computer.
To be honest, in some ways I’m glad she wasn’t here to see what happened in the election. I don’t believe she would have been able to handle it well. But then, have we?
Sooo, let’s have some music to celebrate our dear friend. Sadly not here with us but not forgotten.
(2) Wind Beneath My Wings ~ Bette Midler
And finally, we’ll catch you on the other side chat.
(3) Somewhere Over the Rainbow ~ Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Okie-doke Widdershins. Feel free to share any thoughts or musical videos you wish, in the comments. Take it wherever you want to go.
Belatedly, Happy St. Paddy’s Day
How’s the craic Widdershins? (Don’t know if I used that correctly or not!
So according to the link above on Irish slang that’s supposed to mean “Hello”! Friday was officially St. Paddy’s day but we’ll just celebrate it today. We’ll pretend we’re still celebrating from Friday.
Now of course this being an Irish holiday/celebration, it has to have music and indeed there more Irish music than you could shake a shillelagh at. And the styles do run the gamut. So I’ll put my selections below and you can, if you wish, add your in the comments.
(1) Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ~ Irish Celebration
(2) The Dubliners ~ Molly Malone
(3) The Great Big Sea ~ The Night Pat Murphy Died
(4) The Pogues ~ Dirty Old Town
(5) Dropkick Murphys ~ I’m Shipping Up To Boston
(6) The Dubliners & The Pogues ~ Irish Rover
So there ya go Widdershins! A nice six-pack of songs to help you to continue celebrating the grand day! Of course it’s an open thread.
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.
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.
Good Sunday Widdershins!
Happy Sunday to you Widdershins. Alas, I believe the muse has left me. She has flown the coop. Said adios. She left no farewell note nor a forwarding address. SAD!
After umpteen “light” posts I believe I have gone through the gamut, when considering politics and since November the election of the Orange one. I have done music or movie posts on:
- Outrage – done that
- Rage – been there
- Anger – way too much
- Vengeance – is nice to think about but not too often
- Revenge – See vengence
- And so forth
I feel as if I’ve gone to the well and it’s a duster this time. Sooo, I’ve gathered a collection of political cartoons for us to take a gander at and perhaps get a sad chuckle at them. Enjoy.***
*** I saw this statement in a Charles Pierce article and maybe I’m getting there too:
At some point, I guess, you just have to walk away. Not forever, and not for long. But, sooner or later, you have to arrange one morning where you wake up and deliberately decide not to find out how the country has lost its mind overnight. I’m getting to that point, I have to tell you
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Of course this is a totally open thread.
Good (?) Monday Widdershins
Due to mb being very, very busy with real life and stuff I’m putting this post up to move things along and to provide us with some further topics of discussion.
His orangeness has decided to give D.o.D. a 10% increase in its budget because, you know, there’s never enough money to hand out to Lockheed Martin, Boeing Aerospace, Raytheon, General Dynamics and the like.
President Trump will propose a federal budget that dramatically increases defense-related spending by $54 billion while cutting other federal agencies by the same amount, according to an administration official.
The proposal represents a massive increase in federal spending related to national security, while other priorities, especially foreign aid, will see significant reductions.
Yeah because foreign aid is such a large part of the federal budget.
How much of the federal budget goes to foreign aid?
What’s your best guess? 10 percent? 20 percent? 1 percent?
If you’re like most Americans, you probably guessed wrong.
In December, the Kaiser Family Foundation polled 1,505 people. Only 1 in 20 knew the right answer: less than 1 percent of the $4 trillion federal budget goes to foreign aid. The average respondent estimated that 26 percent went toward assisting other countries.
What’s more, our ignorance colors the way we think about foreign spending. Fifty-six percent of the poll respondents thought the U.S. spends too much on foreign aid. Once they were told that the U.S. spends less than 1 percent of the federal budget on foreign aid, only 28 percent still thought the nation was overspending.
Going back to the WaPo piece:
“We are going to do more with less and make the government lean and accountable to the people,” Trump said. “We can do so much more with the money we spend.”
The White House did not specify how Trump’s budget would address mandatory spending or taxes, promising that those details would come later. The vast majority of federal spending comes from programs Trump can’t touch with his budget. Social Security costs were approximately $910 billion last year, and Medicare costs outpaced defense spending with a total cost of $588 billion in 2016. Medicaid, interest payments on existing debt, and miscellaneous costs made up an additional $1.2 trillion combined.
Ah the old familiar “do more with less” axiom. Generally it meant that shit just piled up and got backlogged as agencies tried to prioritize the elements of their mission.
More fallout from the alt-right/neo nazis?
Jewish facilities around the nation were rocked by yet another wave of bomb threats Monday, forcing evacuations in at least 12 states.
At least 20 Jewish community centers and day schools in Alabama, North Carolina, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, Virginia and Delaware received threatening phone calls, The Huffington Post has confirmed.
This is the fifth wave of threats JCCs have received since the start of the new year.
I just don’t understand it. What is the point in threatening children? You want to discuss terrorism Donnie, try the home-grown version.
Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, said that sometimes Jewish community centers and day schools are either “co-located” or near each other. “It is deeply troubling to see that these anti-Semites are expanding their scope to target a broader section of the Jewish community,” Greenblatt said. “These JCCs often house preschools and elder care programs and they often house after-school activities for teenagers.”
There have now been more than 160 bomb threats made to over 60 Jewish community centers since January.
There’s much more at the HuffPo link including a graphic of the number of threats against JCCs.
Jefferson Beauregard Sessions (the turd) is already hard at work doing what he does best: turning back civil rights to the “golden era” say around 1850 or so.
The Department of Justice is reversing the federal government’s position in an important voting rights case, involving a Texas voter ID law. The switch was not unexpected following the election of Donald Trump and confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Both Trump and Sessions claim voter fraud is a major problem and have backed voter ID laws.
DOJ says it will file a motion later Monday asking a federal court to dismiss the department’s earlier claim that the ID law was enacted with the intention of discriminating against minority voters. That claim was made by the Obama administration as part of a broader legal challenge to the law, which is among the strictest in the nation.
I wish I had Adobe Photoshop or something similar so I could put Col. Cornpone’s face on a garden gnome since that’s about what he reminds me of.
In a written statement, Gerry Hebert of the Campaign Legal Center, which represents some of the plaintiffs, said, “I am appalled and disgusted that DOJ would abandon their claims, that they have advocated for the last six years, that TX’s photo ID law was enacted with a racially discriminatory purpose.”
A federal appeals court last year agreed that the law had a discriminatory impact, but asked the lower court to reconsider its findings that the law was passed with a discriminatory intent.
A few other news items in my RSS feed:
Yeah because 20 million people now having health care…SAD!
Alrighty folks. This was literally thrown together in about twenty to thirty minutes so ignore any typos, bad grammar or anything else that reflects a general sloppiness on the part of the writer.
Of course it’s an open thread.