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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Esquire Mag:

Hey, you ask, what's the best way to ruin a good morning?

Reading David Brooks in The New York Times on the subject of what, if anything, Hillary Rodham Clinton does for "fun." Using David Brooks to judge "fun" is like asking the pope to MC the Adult Video News Awards in Las Vegas, except with less logic. Nonetheless, go there we must.

"I would begin my explanation with this question: Can you tell me what Hillary Clinton does for fun? We know what Obama does for fun -- golf, basketball, etc. We know, unfortunately, what Trump does for fun." - Brooks

Let's approach this from the other direction. What does HRC not do for fun? As is the case with most Americans, reading David Brooks columns likely tops that list.

But, you ask, what's the best way to ruin the rest of your life? read more

Washington voters handed Hillary Clinton a primary win, symbolically reversing the result of the state caucus where Bernie Sanders prevailed.

Washington voters delivered a bit of bad news for Bernie Sanders's political revolution on Tuesday. Hillary Clinton won the state's Democratic primary, symbolically reversing the outcome of the state's Democratic caucus in March where Sanders prevailed as the victor.

The primary result won't count for much since delegates have already been awarded based on the caucus. (Sanders won 74 delegates, while Clinton won only 27.) But Clinton's victory nevertheless puts Sanders in an awkward position. read more

- The real determinant is jobs and wages, regardless of current polls

- The silent majority will be people who are broadly satisfied. Or so the model says. A 10% after-inflation pay raise will do that.

Now we're all atwitter about a poll or two showing Donald Trump ahead of Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House this fall.

But let's twist slightly what Warren Buffett says about stock markets: In the short run, they're voting mechanisms (like polls) that get things wrong all the time. In the long run, they're weighing mechanisms that are just about always right.

In politics, "weighing" means looking at the economic fundamentals. And at least at Moody's Analytics, the nation's biggest economic-consulting firm, the economic fundamentals still point solidly to a Democratic win. read more

I get it. I was just like you once.

Nader voiced the discontent I was feeling. I was young and idealistic and wanted political revolution. It felt good to back a rabble-rouser, not the stiff, robotic Al Gore.

And I share the blame. Now, before you post mean things in the comments, let me clarify: I voted in New York state, which went blue in 2000, so my individual vote did not help swing the election. But I still feel complicit. I jumped on the Nader bandwagon and bought into a set of beliefs that seemed right to me at the time but were proven very wrong over the eight years that followed.

Chief among them, I thought that Gore and Bush were essentially indistinguishable.

Nader voiced the discontent I was feeling. I was young and idealistic and wanted political revolution. It felt good to back a rabble-rouser, not the stiff, robotic Al Gore. I was annoyed with the Democrats for picking a predictable, incremental candidate who played not to the left, but to the mushy middle. read more

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

As Bob Dylan turns 75, he shows no signs of slowing down. The American icon is gearing up for a summer tour with longtime friend Mavis Staples and has just released Fallen Angels, his 37th LP and second straight Sinatra-inspired album of American Songbook classics.

For generations to come, other artists will be turning to Dylan's own catalog for inspiration. From the Sixties protest anthems that made him a star through to his noirish Nineties masterpieces and beyond, no other contemporary songwriter has produced such a vast and profound body of work: songs that feel at once awesomely ancient and fiercely modern.

Here, with commentary from Bono, Mick Jagger, Lenny Kravitz, Lucinda Williams, Sheryl Crow and other famous fans, are Dylan's 100 greatest songs – just the tip of the iceberg for an artist of his stature.

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Here is Hillary having fun...


I was cold, were you cold, Rogers?

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