Monday, November 23, 2015

Blue Monday, Roscoe Holcomb edition

Friday, November 20, 2015

I know what it means, but

Wednesday, November 18, 2015



Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Allen Toussaint

I have been remiss in not celebrating the life and career of Allen Toussaint, who among many notable musical accomplishments, pretty much wrote on the fly the horn charts for one of the best live albums ever.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Blue Monday, Django Reinhardt edition

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Friday night

In memory of all those people just looking for some fun on a Friday night.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

The Doomsday Machine

Russia is apparently feeling nostalgic these days.

At one point, the camera zoomed in on something one of the military officers was reading: a binder opened to a page showing the weapon design.
“Maritime Multifunctional System Status-6,” a headline said, in block Cyrillic letters, above an illustration showing the submarine and a text in easily decipherable large letters explaining the weapon’s effects.
The submarine would “defeat important economic objects of an enemy in coastal zones, bringing guaranteed and unacceptable losses on the country’s territory by forming a wide area of radioactive contamination incompatible with conducting military, economic or any other activities there for a long period of time,” it said.
On Wednesday, Mr. Putin’s spokesman, Dmitri S. Peskov, told Russian news agencies that the cameras had accidentally filmed a secret document.
“Indeed, some secret data fell into the field of view of these cameras,” Mr. Peskov was quoted as saying by the news agency Interfax. Because the document was a genuine secret, he said, the video was subsequently removed from the channels’ websites. “We hope such a thing will never be repeated,” he said.

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Cobra snake for a necktie

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Carol Doda

Monday, November 09, 2015

Blue Monday, Muddy Waters edition

Friday, November 06, 2015

Alternate take

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

It is a con, but these people are authentically insane

This guy apparently merited a longer obit than Sleepy Fred Thompson.

Early on, Mr. Carto sometimes presented himself as a conventional conservative activist. In 1956, he operated what he called “a nerve center” at the Republican convention that distributed 100,000 pieces of literature. He said he was ready to offer an immediate right-wing alternative if President Dwight D. Eisenhower chose not to seek re-election.
In the 1960s, he contributed money to congressmen to try to stymie civil rights legislation, and several times was invited to testify before congressional committees. He later helped bolster what became fairly conventional rightist causes: drastically slashing the income tax and blocking a constitutional amendment to guarantee women equal rights. His positions on immigration, globalization and multiculturalism — all of which he loathed — were influential.
In the 2012 Republican presidential campaign, Representative Ron Paul accepted the support of Mr. Carto’s newspaper The American Free Press, but later stipulated he did not endorse its racial views. Some of Mr. Paul’s writing had appeared in the paper, possibly without his knowledge.
“Willis has talked to me about playing the role of a respectable conservative when his true feelings are those of a racial nationalist,” Louis T. Byers, a right-wing activist and theoretician, told The Washington Post in 1971. “I was as close to being a friend as anyone Carto has known.”
 Fortunately, there were witnesses.

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Monday, November 02, 2015

Blue Monday, Victoria Spivey and Lonnie Johnson edition

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Celebrity Kiss Cam with David Brooks

Kthug calls him out by name!

My view here is strongly influenced by the story of George W. Bush. Younger readers may not know or remember how it was back in 2000, but back then the universal view of the commentariat was that W was a moderate, amiable, bluff and honest guy. I was pretty much alone taking his economic proposals — on taxes and Social Security — seriously. And what I saw was a level of dishonesty and irresponsibility, plus radicalism, that was unprecedented in a major-party presidential candidate. So I was out there warning that Bush was a bad, dangerous guy no matter how amiable he seemed.

How did that work out?

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Gimme Shelter

Monday, October 26, 2015

Blue Monday, Blind Boy Fuller and Floyd Council edition

Friday, October 23, 2015

I wish I was special


Dialing for Dollars

Thursday, October 22, 2015

That ain't the way to have fun, son

Cory Wells, RIP.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Blue Monday, Magic Sam edition


Friday, October 16, 2015

Why this must be


Monday, October 12, 2015

Blue Monday, Lightnin' Hopkins edition

Monday, October 05, 2015

Blue Monday, Blind Willie McTell

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