Monday, December 31, 2012

Blue Monday, New Years Eve edition

Friday, December 28, 2012

You got me


Monday, December 24, 2012

Blue Monday, Judy Garland edition

Until then, we'll have to muddle through somehow...

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Borking to Gomorrah

The wit and wisdom of Robert Bork.

Radical individualism is the handmaiden of collective tyranny.


Friday, December 21, 2012


Nice to see this in The Paper of Record:

For much of the nation’s history, the Senate took seriously its role to provide “advice and consent” in the judicial nomination process. Nominees were frequently turned down, for reasons including partisanship and ideology. In 1795 the Senate rejected George Washington’s nominee for chief justice, John Rutledge, largely because of his view on the 1794 peace treaty with Britain.
Only at the start of the 20th century, as executive-branch authority expanded under Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, did timidity overcome the Senate. Breaking with historical norms, senators between 1894 and 1968 rejected only one high court nominee. These were the years when the president was regarded, as the political scientist Clinton Rossiter wrote in 1956, as a “magnificent lion who can roam widely and do great deeds so long as he does not try to break loose.”
That changed again amid the turmoil of the 1960s, as conservatives began to resist the court’s activism under Chief Justice Earl Warren. The court handed down transformational rulings on, among other issues, civil rights, religious freedom, freedom of speech and the rights of the accused. At a certain point, Republicans and Southern Democrats found it too much to bear.
When Lyndon B. Johnson named Solicitor General Thurgood Marshall to be the first African-American justice in 1967, right-wing senators of both parties tried to block him. The reason wasn’t just Marshall’s race; it was the way his critics expected him to vote on key issues.
Marshall’s detractors pretended to oppose him as unqualified — a case of “Borking” avant la lettre. This was laughable: Marshall was one of the century’s most accomplished constitutional litigators, having won groundbreaking civil-rights cases before the high court. 
 And, just a reminder, Bork's legal views were always wrong.

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What is this world ending, of which you speak?

Monday, December 17, 2012

Blue Monday, Skip James edition

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Off the table? Even now?

Depressingly true.

You want to know what taking something off the able looks like? It looks like a congresswoman being shot in the head by a lunatic and her political party celebrating when she recovers enough to lead the pledge of allegiance at their convention --- but never even mentioning gun control. That's what taking an issue off the table looks like.
 Via Atrios.

Will this work?

I will henceforth and only talk about "gun safety" as a goal for America, as opposed to "gun control." I have no abstract interest in "controlling" someone else's ability to own a gun. I have a very powerful, direct, and legitimate interest in the consequences of others' gun ownership -- namely that we change America's outlier status as site of most of the world's mass shootings. No reasonable gun-owner can disagree with steps to make gun use safer and more responsible. This also shifts the discussion to the realm of the incremental, the feasible, and the effective.


Cello suite no. 1


Combat zones

Safer than Connecticut?  A true story in gun control.

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Newtown, CT



Your sometimes weekly Steve Forbes

Just the ticket.

The GOP should quickly print a booklet of exciting Reaganesque ideas and wave it at every opportunity as Mao’s followers did with the Chairman’s Little Red Book decades ago.

How I wish he would run again!

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Top of the Pops

In the comments on You Tube, a keen eyed observer points out Jimmy Saville at the 0:00 mark.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Ravi Shankar


Also, too.

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Blue Monday, Floyd Dixon edition

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Bad luck charm

Mitt Romney, genuinely (authentically) weird character, visits Manny's dressing room?

“Hello Manny. I ran for president. I lost,” Romney reportedly told Pacquiao.
 Things didn't turn out well for Manny Pacquiao last night.

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Saturday, December 08, 2012

"As we vacillate and procrastinate"


Eric Cantor, proud scion of the South

Friday, December 07, 2012

Band of Gypsys

Buddy Miles has been showing up here a lot these days.


Thursday, December 06, 2012

Dave Brubeck

Kicking one of their own to the proverbial curb

Nothing like paying lip service to a former party leader (and the party's presidential nominee), then insulting him when he leaves the chamber because of fears of the UN's black helicopters

WASHINGTON — Former Senator Bob Dole of Kansas sat slightly slumped in his wheelchair on the Senate floor on Tuesday, staring intently as Senator John Kerry gave his most impassioned speech all year, in defense of a United Nations treaty that would ban discrimination against people with disabilities. 

Senators from both parties went to greet Mr. Dole, leaning in to hear his wispy reply, as he sat in support of the treaty, which would require that people with disabilities have the same general rights as those without disabilities. Several members took the unusual step of voting aye while seated at their desks, out of respect for Mr. Dole, 89, a Republican who was the majority leader. 

Then, after Mr. Dole’s wife, Elizabeth, rolled him off the floor, Republicans quietly voted down the treaty that the ailing Mr. Dole, recently released from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, so longed to see passed. 

A majority of Republicans who voted against the treaty, which was modeled on the Americans With Disabilities Act, said they feared that it would infringe on American sovereignty. 
 A two-thirds majority was needed to ratify the treaty, which, far from infringing on American soverignty, would have required other countries to provide the same protections to the disabled that the U.S. already provides.  But, no matter.

And what would a post on Republican Senators be without a nod to their sublime hypocrisy.

Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas praised the treaty in a news release with Mr. McCain in May but voted against it. Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi voted yes at the beginning of the roll call vote and then switched his vote to no. Calls to the offices of Mr. Moran and Mr. Cochran were not returned. 
 Worst people in the world.

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Monday, December 03, 2012

Blue Monday, Led Zeppelin and Buddy Guy edition

Congratulations, Robert, Jimmy, and John Paul.

And Buddy, too.

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