Monday, March 14, 2016

Songs for a Mad King

Rest in peace, Peter Maxwell Davies. It was never love but a very strong like.

I'd collected links, clusterfuck links, then didn't have heart to finish the post, they're below the fold before they go stale which they might before I found the heart to post them.

  • Clinton, Sanders, future of Democratic Party: In 2015, liberal groups tried to draft her (Elizabeth Warren) into running for President against Clinton. She declined, but continued to press her agenda. Last year, she called on the Democratic Presidential candidates to support a bill that would make it illegal for Wall Street firms to award golden parachutes to employees who leave to work for the federal government. Sanders expressed support for the legislation almost immediately; Hillary Clinton hesitated for weeks. The bill could affect any Clinton advisers who now work on Wall Street if they were to join a future Clinton Administration; Warren had in mind precisely this scenario. In late August, she met privately with Vice-President Joe Biden, as he considered entering the race. Reports of the meeting set off speculation about whether Warren might ultimately become Biden’s running mate. Days later, Clinton wrote an op-ed endorsing Warren’s bill.
  • For all their vapors, I don't think Corporate minds Trump at all. They'd far prefer Clinton, a known and predictable quantity, but Trump will serve neoliberalism just fine.
  • You think Trump is a fascist, but....
  • This describes not just Trump but many of his most devout: That evening of public abasement, rather than sending Mr. Trump away, accelerated his ferocious efforts to gain stature within the political world. And it captured the degree to which Mr. Trump’s campaign is driven by a deep yearning sometimes obscured by his bluster and bragging: a desire to be taken seriously.
  • Washington Post house liberal EJ Dionne longs for the "progressivism" of Bill Clinton and Tony Blair.
  • You'll need take my word for it because I'm not going to post a screen shot, but at 815 EDT this morning there is not a mention that Clinton & Sanders debated last night on the online front page of The Washington Post.
  • Party political control and the Trump crisis.
  • On April 26 I will walk across the street and vote for Donna Edwards (and, simultaneously, vote against Chris Van Clinton).
  • Though I'll not vote for any of the Democratic fucks running for congress in my district.
  • Every day is irony day.


  1. this afternoon, displayed on a cable news channel - on the fox channel, to be precise - the fashion accessory i had been waiting for - the trump armband - a capital t with a circle, of course

    i kid you not

    but probably t is a prank - although fox did not mention it, i did a bit of googling and found

    it seems a bit retro - i think it would be more 21st century if all the trumpster wore the same trump t-shirt

  2. 1)and speaking of political pranks spread far and wide by corporate tv - last night on david muir's abc news show we saw a reporter speaking in front of a rally audience - i believe it was a trump rally - clearly visible was a sign being held up by an audience member


    muir looked with furrowed-brow concern at the picture while the reporter was talking, but nothing was said about the sign

    i literally laughed out loud

    2)not comic, but involving a comic actor - on tv yesterday i also saw danny devito give a very warm introduction to the crowd of bernie sanders - we had been shown them embracing backstage, and then they embraced when bernie came onstage

    right now i am thinking of a song i like very much - by "earth opera", peter rowan's early group

    my sightless eyes, my tongue of stone,
    my soul is free above -
    the one redeeming word i've found was
    love - love - love - love - it's love