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Actually we know all is not well.  We have (according to his niece) an almost certifiable crazy man in the White House.  He’s almost proud that he passed a dementia test.  He has let a viral disease just decimate the country.

Of course the pollsters and polls say his opponent is going to whup his ass in the election.  Funny thing though is we thought the same thing in 2016.

So what we need to do is spend some time chillaxin’.  And I have the perfect music for that:  Mantovani.

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And last, I’m sure you all remember this one.  (“Medication time, medication time”)

Here’s your meds:

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Okie-doke.  Take your meds, listen to the music and r-e-l-a-x.

Does it need to be said?  Open thread.

 

Lazy Weekend

Posted on: July 11, 2020

Happy Weekend Widdershins!

Well, another week, 87 more crimes committed by Trump. Obviously the latest and the greatest is his pardon of ratfucker Roger Stone. The only Republican in Congress who has condemned this is Mitt Romney. Although, as someone on twitter pointed out, tweeting from Utah is easy. Now if Romney introduces a censure of Trump and holds up his judicial appointments, then we’ll know he means it…

Anyway, speaking of crimes – how about songs about crimes or songs about things that should lead to an arrest. Like The Police’s “Every Breath You Take.” Uhm, hello restraining order!

This is an open thread.

Happy weekend Widdershins but early

I’m posting this early (Friday) because I’m feeling under the weather and that’s putting it mildly.

Discuss whatever is on your minds.

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Edited to add Happy Juneteenth.

 

Lazy Weekend

Posted on: May 16, 2020

Happy Weekend Widdershins!

How is everybody doing? Please continue to take care of yourselves – Covid-19 isn’t gone. While some places are beginning to “open up” again (assuming they ever closed), the danger remains. A nurse friend tells me their hospital in NYC anticipates a second wave in the Fall, if not sooner. Considering how careless everybody is, it may well be sooner. So, as Mad-Eye Moody alway said in Harry Potter: “CONSTANT VIGILANCE!!!!”

Madama B wrote about Tara Reade in her last post and I agree whole-heartedly: I believe Joe. And Reade’s story is disintegrating before our eyes. That’s what happens when real journalists started to look into her story. Major coverage from PBS NewsHour (who interviewed over 70 former Biden staffers) and Politico (who dug into Reade’s trail of paranoia and hurt friends), this is probably why last year Washington Post reporters looked at the story and chose not to pursue. Journalistic principles are meaningless to hacks like Katie Halper and Ryan Grim of The Intercept. And so here we are. Reade is probably a damaged person and she got taken for a ride and exploited by Halper and Grim. What a disgrace. There are many who fell for it too; people like Chris Hayes and Rebecca Traister. As Bill Maher said: “Believe Women” was never sustainable when we are talking about billions of people. And many Democrats woke themselves into a corner. It’s a shame.

(Oh and Juanitta Broadrick: She believes Tara Reade. She does not believe a single of the 25 accusations against Donald Trump. So take that for what it’s worth.)

But here we are. I have no musical theme for us today. It’s a free for all! Post whatever you like, but only with a face mask on and 6 feet apart!

This is an open thread.

Happy Weekend Widdershins!

I know you’re still with us because nobody here drank bleach to cure COVID-19. We will no doubt start hearing of some cases where they did inject bleach into their bodies. And you know, I just can’t bring myself to even pretend to care about these people anymore. I just can’t wait for November when we – HOPEFULLY – kick Dump/tRump/Drump/Orange Turd-Mango and his entire evil family out. Oh and Mitch McTurtle too. I look forward to a day I can spit and pee on their graves. They don’t deserve to rest in peace.

On a completely unrelated note! Last week I posted a clip to a musical excerpt that immediately whooshed me back to my childhood: the trump melody was used as the theme song for Soviet news in the 1980s. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a good tune! The composer was a great composer and deserves to be remembered for better things.

That propulsive piano is fun too – here’s a video of just the hands playing the piano part.

 

And then I kept doing a deep dive into more childhood nostalgia. There was this melody used as the theme song for a nature show called “Animal Kingdom” that we always watched. I never knew what that melody was, but it had stayed with me for decades. So I turned to Google! It was a Paul Mauriat arrangement of a French chanson. No wait, further Google informed me that the French chanson used a melody composed by an Argentinian composer Ariel Ramírez for his Navidad Fuestra in 1964.

The French chanson, “Alouette” by Gilles Dreu, stealing shamelessly from the original:

And the original:

And here’s the opening graphic of “Animal Kingdom” (В Мире Животных) with Mauriat’s arrangement.

So your musical challenge this weekend? Give us two versions of the same thing!

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