Monday, April 12, 2021

Stay Out! . . .

(headline from:  https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/law-mcconnell-warns-ceos-stay-politics-76883801?cid=clicksource_4380645_9_heads_posts_card_image)

". . . After new law, McConnell warns CEOs: 'Stay out of politics' . . . "


Yeah Mitch, 'Stay out of politics you CEOs, until the next kickback to my account for quashing legislation that is helpful to the citizens of the U.S. or harmful to your bottom line . . . '



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Sunday, April 11, 2021

And . . .

. . . I've got this bridge . . . 

". . . Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says it's a “big lie” to call the new voting law in Georgia racist and he warned big business to “stay out of politics" after major corporations and even Major League Baseball distanced themselves from the state amid vast public pressure. . . "


. . . unless the corporation is one that provides him a kickback, of course. 




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Saturday, April 10, 2021

Words . . .

 
Words are all that I have to express 
All the things I would like to be able to tell you 
But don't quite know how.
Couldn't before and still can't do it now.
During all of this time that's transpired 
Little's changed but a lot has occurred in my thoughts 
And my feelings for you.
Countless superior intellects have searched for answers.
I never gave it a whole lot of thought.
Until I tried 
To let you know how much I feel inside
For you.
I have always believed that it's true .
Very few things I'll ever encounter will be quite 
s precious as you.
The magic between us so rare and so new.
Though I'm not one of those that you find 
Who has always the need to express to so many 
Exactly what he has in mind.
I find I have this burning that's deep down inside me
For words I never needed before.
I can't imagine ever having my life depend upon eloquence
And maybe it doesn't.
But after all this time together it seems long overdue.
And in the end it probably doesn't make a difference in how you feel
If I never say it.
Now I'm daily rehearsing the way 
To articulate every syllable nuance 
And stress when I say
How much I need to have you here today.
And I won't give it up easily 
I suspect that it's just as important to you 
As it is now to me.
The words we use themselves have no meaning.
So all the more must I make it right.
Now that I try 
To let you know how much I feel  inside.
Until I tried 
To let you know how much I feel inside
for you.


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Friday, April 9, 2021

Culture . . .


(from https://www.thewrap.com/paul-simon-nbc-op-ed-footnote-bob-dylan-fans-react/)
“It’s hard to imagine that in 200 years or more — when historians dig into the culture of the late 20th century — anyone but the Beatles and Bob Dylan will be worth more than a passing mention,” (Writer Jeff) Slate wrote. “That means Young and Joni Mitchell and Bruce Springsteen and, of course, Paul Simon — all giants in their day — will be no more than footnotes, at best, to Dylan and the Beatles, if only because history is a blunt instrument and doesn’t have room (at least not in the broadest sense) for subtlety.” 


Newsflash for Jeff Slate! If neither Dylan nor the Beatles ever existed, there would still be a wealth of interesting, innovative, influential and entertaining late 20th century music (and culture) with substantial longevity. Sadly, but truthfully, the work of Jeff Slate would (and will) not be included in that vast body.



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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Sure . . .

. . . thing? 
 

(from https://diymusician.cdbaby.com/music-promotion/influencer-marketing-for-indie-musicians/?utm_source=en&utm_medium=email&utm_content=btn&utm_campaign=diy_en_all_040121)
". . . What is an influencer?. . . According to our Modern Music Glossary, an influencer is: “Someone who has significant knowledge and a large following in a specific cultural landscape and can use that to influence purchasing decisions or trends among others who are part of that same community. Influencers often use social media to voice their opinions on the goings-on in their community.”. . . In the music industry, an influencer could be a critic who influences those who read their reviews, a label that defines listeners’ tastes, or a video creator on YouTube who uses music to connect with their followers. . ."




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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Cowboys . . .


Why don't you grow up
just as fast as you can
All of your innocence 
Is a flash in the pan
It's overrated you say
Tryin' to be a nice guy
It's so much easier this way
So why even try 
Too many cowboys

Everyone's watching
So you think all the time
Maintain the image
But it's all in your mind
What's so damned special about
Being hard as a nail
Banishing subtlety
Sets yourself up to fail
Too many cowboys

Just too many cowboys
Not quite enough men
Who will listen 
Rather learn than
Only just pretend

You wear a big hat
It's a Stetson of course
Chew some tobacco 
Take a ride on your horse
You've got some buddies I see
Just a little hard-boiled
They've got some dirt on their hands
They all dabble in oil
Too many cowboys

Can't say you're sorry 
Can't say you're wrong
God is on your side
He's been there all along
It doesn't matter to you
If they're hurt or they're dead
You've been above it so long
I'll stick by what I said
too many cowboys

Just too many cowboys
Not quite enough men
Who will listen 
Rather learn than
Only just pretend

Only if we knew back then
The things that we know now
You'd have stayed back there
And we'd be better off and how

Get in your big truck
And just drive away
You have no interest
in the things that I say
Nor did you ever
Listen that much at all
You set yourself up
For some big kind of fall
Too many cowboys

And just like a cowboy
Just the kind that you are
Virile and macho
But without a guitar
Into the sunset you rode
And the credits did roll
Not a regret did you feel 
But you've taken your toll
Too Many Cowboys

Just too many cowboys
Not quite enough men
Who will listen 
Rather learn than
Only just pretend



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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Recap . . .

. . . or retread (on the former occupant of the White House)

(from https://www.mankatofreepress.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/my-view-trump-may-be-first-to-be-indicted/article_5aa84ba6-8d77-11eb-8f05-072a3eb7b06b.html)
". . . (1) Attorney General Karl Racine has opened a criminal investigation into Trump’s actions on Jan. 6, when his supporters sacked the Capitol to try to stop Congress from certifying Biden’s win. . . 
(2) Cyrus Vance Jr., the Manhattan District Attorney, is investigating potential tax crimes, insurance fraud and other financial crimes under state law. . . 
(3) There are two investigations in Georgia, one where Trump pressured Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) to “find” enough votes to let him win. . . 
(4) At the same time, Leticia James, the New York attorney general, is conducting a civil investigation of the Trump organization’s alleged fraudulent real estate practices. . .
(5) In addition, two Democratic congressmen and the NAACP have filed lawsuits over the insurrection under the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871 which bars violent interference in Congress’s constitutional duties. . .
(6) Trump’s niece, Dr. Mary Trump, has filed a lawsuit alleging he cheated her out of part of her inheritance. . . 
(7) Trump is also fighting lawsuits by E. Jean Carroll and Summer Zervos, who allege that Trump sexually assaulted them and then defamed them when they called him out. . . 
(8) He is also accused of paying hush money to two other women, Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal. . . 
(9) Twenty-four other women have accused Trump of sexual assault or harassment (https://twitter.com/postcards4USA/status/1317560278100463616/photo/1). . . 
(10) He is also facing fraud charges with respect to a hotel in Panama, another hotel in Chicago, and misuse of 2017 inauguration funds. . . 
(11) The AP has suggested that his Seven Springs country mansion may be one of his biggest problems. He has claimed tax deductions for a conservation easement that exceeds the value of the estate by more than double the cost. . . 
(12) Trump is reportedly personally responsible for repaying $300 million in loans over the next four years, according to a New York Times analysis of his tax records. . . 
(13) He has also issued a statement ordering the GOP to stop using his image and name to raise money; He wants it all to come to him, which could leave the Republican National Committee strapped for cash and affect some individual campaigns. . .
(14) Attorneys have sent cease-and-desist letters to GOP committees demanding they stop using his name in fundraising appeals, but the RNC has rejected the order.



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Monday, April 5, 2021

Fire . . .


 (from https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/30/opinion/biden-stimulus-infrastructure.html)
". . . Michael Gerson, the former George W. Bush speechwriter and now columnist for The Washington Post . . . (wrote) “One of the United States’ venerable, powerful political parties has been overtaken by people who make resentment against outsiders the central element of their appeal. … Elected Republicans who are not bigots are generally cowards in the face of bigotry. And that is a shocking, horrible thing.” . . . The key to winning that fight is for Joe Biden to succeed well enough and long enough for this antidemocratic Trump version of the G.O.P. to flame out and be replaced by a new, principled, center-right Republican Party . . . (by ensuring). . .  the success of Biden’s two gigantic spending bills and deal a knockout blow to this pathetic dumpster fire called the Trump G.O.P. That would be a gift to both liberals and principled conservatives — and to Lady Liberty. . ."



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