Saturday, August 17, 2019

Sunday funnies

The late, great John Pinette:

The march of progress:

T-shirt of the week (courtesy of Bad Idea T-Shirts):

Why it's important that you don't suck at math.

From Powerline's "The Week in Pictures":

Chris Cuomo's Aunt Teresa makes the mistake of calling him Fredo:


Now you can not only own James Bond's car, you can own his Rolex watch, too!

Correction: Dang! Looks like the car has already been sold for...gulp!...$6.4 million. Y'all better jump on that watch.

Hey, Sundar Pichai... might want to google the word "perjury".

Friday, August 16, 2019

Inept duo boards the Fail train

Prior to becoming the President's communications director (a job he had for less than two weeks before being fired), Anthony Scaramucci held some kind of ambiguous position at the agency where I worked. It was obvious that he had been parked there until the Trump administration could find something for him of a more permanent nature - which, as indicated, they were unable to do. I attended a couple of meetings at which he was present; he never had much to say, and I don't know what, if anything, he ever did to earn a paycheck, but he struck me as a fairly typical corporate go-getter, exuding a lot of nervous energy, "smartest-guy-in-the-room" syndrome, champing at the bit to be in charge of something. He was temperamentally unsuited to serve as any kind of bureaucrat, and I was horrified to learn that he had been put in charge of White House communications - a blissfully short engagement that led to him being tossed out of the administration entirely. My guess is he was just another bored financier who wanted to create some kind of legacy by building a political career (it is alarming how many people there are who think that, just because they have a knack for making money, helping to run the federal government is a milk run).

He now claims to have taken umbrage at Trump's invitation to the "Squad" to leave if they're not happy here, and reportedly is teaming up with Bill Kristol, of all people, on a mission to bring Trump down. It is not impossible that Trump may lose the election in 2020, but with Scaramucci and Kristol forming an alliance against him, I'd say his chances of victory just got marginally better.

Not so fast on dismissing the stories about collusion!

Paco World News Daily (PWND) has obtained shocking visual evidence of Russian meddling in America's affairs. Story developing...

Secret courier dolphins receive instructions for Donald Trump from Russian strongman Vladimir Putin off the coast of Mar-a-Lago, Florida.

Hell, why not make it a Cabinet position

Pandering crypto-fascist and racist, Cory Booker, thinks it would be a great idea to "create a White House office to combat white supremacy and hate crimes".

Swell. Is absolute racial purity the benchmark, or are we going to have to bring back words like "quadroon" and "octoroon"? And if, say, black or Latino mobs start routinely attacking white people, is that a hate crime that's the responsibility of some other agency, or just retributive justice (and, yes, that's a rhetorical question).

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Happy Feet Friday

Bassist Chubby Jackson and company light up the room with “Northwest Passage”. Other personnel: Howard McGhee – trumpet; Flip Phillips - tenor saxophone; Bill Harris – trombone; Ralph Burns – piano; Billy Bauer – guitar; Dave Tough – drums. From January, 1945. Howard McGhee was an influential bebop trumpeter whose solo on the clip below is a good introduction to his style. And, it's just flat-out awesome.

Bonus video! Here's a clip from the 1945 murder mystery, The Crimson Canary. It's a club scene featuring the music of Coleman Hawkins (tenor sax), Howard McGhee (trumpet), Sir Charles Thompson (piano ), Denzil Best (drums ), and Oscar Pettiford (bass ).

Man. Oscar Pettiford. Not only did he play great jazz base, he looked so cool doing it. Check him out.