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Monday, May 08, 2017

This is from my son's High School's spring concert. He's first chair clarinet and is very visible in the front row just to the left of the conductor. If that isn't descriptive enough at the 2:10 mark he stands up for a solo.

It's a cool song and he absolutely crushes the solo.

Enjoy!


President Donald Trump's controversial chief strategist Steve Bannon has ties to Hollywood, as has been widely reported, including a lucrative stake in the TV sitcom Seinfeld. But few, if any, who crossed paths with Bannon during his stint in the entertainment industry have been willing to speak candidly and on the record about him.

Jeff Kwatinetz, his former Hollywood business partner, now says he can't take it anymore so he has decided to go on the record for the first time with The Hollywood Reporter. In a Q&A, the founder of The Firm talent management and TV production company says some surprising things about one of the most polarizing figures in politics. Bannon was with The Firm in 2002 and 2003 when it purchased Michael Ovitz's powerful Artist Management Group.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice today, but it has come at a cost. The ability to filibuster a future such nomination died last week as the GOP Senate triggered the "nuclear option" and ended the practice. Democrats are crying foul over a "stolen" Supreme Court seat: Their tried to filibuster Gorsuch as payback for the Republican refusal to advance the nomination of Obama appointee Merrick Garland last year.

[snip] This weekend, Daschle admitted in a podcast with RealClearPolitics' Carl Cannon that Democrats are more to blame than Republicans are for the destruction of "institutional pillars" in the Senate. He said that he finds the "situational ethics" surrounding Senate confirmations to be deeply troubling and destructive of the institution. Daschle appeared to chastise fellow Democrat Chuck Schumer, the current Democratic minority leader, for blaming only Republicans for the Senate's hyper-partisanship.


Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Jonah Goldberg, National Review: The administration doesn't suffer from a failure of ideas, but a failure of character. ... Trump brings the same glandular, impulsive style to meetings and interviews as he does to social media. He blurts out ideas or claims that send staff scrambling to see them implemented or defended. His management style is Hobbesian. Rivalries are encouraged. Senior aides panic at the thought of not being part of his movable entourage. He cares more about saving face and "counterpunching" his critics than he does about getting policy victories. In short, the problem is Trump's personality. His presidency doesn't suffer from a failure of ideas, but a failure of character. read more


Tuesday, April 04, 2017

The thing to bear in mind is that the White House does not do investigations. Not criminal investigations, not intelligence investigations.

Remember that.

Why is that so important in the context of explosive revelations that Susan Rice, President Obama's national-security adviser, confidant, and chief dissembler, called for the "unmasking" of Trump campaign and transition officials whose identities and communications were captured in the collection of U.S. intelligence on foreign targets? Because we've been told for weeks that any unmasking of people in Trump's circle that may have occurred had two innocent explanations: (1) the FBI's investigation of Russian meddling in the election and (2) the need to know, for purposes of understanding the communications of foreign intelligence targets, the identities of Americans incidentally intercepted or mentioned. The unmasking, Obama apologists insist, had nothing to do with targeting Trump or his people.

That won't wash.


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