The voice-over in Italian ends after 30 seconds, then it’s just the greatest stars of early rock having fun jammin’
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◆ The “inspired” has expired: “I’m here to die in the name of Allah,” and the attacker did just that at Paris Orly Airport (CNN)
◆ Chuck Berry, who helped create rock-and-roll, dead at 90. A full account here at ZipDialog, along with a recording of Johnny B. Goode.
◆ Trump wants to build a wall 30 feet high that is hard to climb or cut through and looks good from the US side, according to contract notices posted on a US Government website. (Associated Press) There will be automated gates for people and vehicles.
The government will award a contract based on 30-foot-wide sample walls that are to be built in San Diego. –AP
Pres. Trump’s proposed budget included an initial $2.6 billion request. The total cost is expected to be $12-15 billion.
◆ Hillary Clinton says she is “ready to come out of the woods.” (New York Times)
Comment: The woods are overjoyed.
◆ Republican House bill on healthcare would allow states to tailor some requirements, including whether to require able-bodied adults to work or engage in some substitute, such as volunteer work or education.
Here is how the Washington Post headlines that news. You be the judge if this is a fair headline:
“Republicans threaten to deny poor people medical care if they aren’t working” (Washington Post headline)
Many forms of public assistance, including food stamps, require recipients to work, look for work, volunteer or participate in vocational training. The work requirements vary from one program to the next and have varying requirements vary by the program and traits of the recipients, such as their ages and whether they have children.
Yet when it comes to health insurance, such requirements would be nearly impossible to enforce, conservative and independent experts on the Medicaid program said Friday. –Washington Post
Comment: If you wondered what Harry Reid is doing after retirement, he’s writing headlines for the Washington Post
Come on in and let’s be cozy. Showin’ off participation trophies
Watching CNN in safe spaces –Chad Prather and Steve Mudflap McGrew
◆ Finally, Donna Brazile admits that she was cheating at CNN.
She was doing it to help Hillary but still won’t admit that. (She says she did it to make “all our candidates look good.” A bald-faced lie. What did you leak to Bernie, Donna?)
Of course, Hillary still won’t admit she received the questions in advance.
For us Baby Boomers, the songs were the sound track of our misspent youth.
Just say the names:
- Roll Over Beethoven
- Too Much Monkey Business
- School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes the Bell!)
- Rock and Roll Music
- Sweet Little Sixteen
- Oh, Carol
- Little Queenie
- Back in the U.S.A.
- Memphis, Tennessee (whose cover by Johnny Rivers was even more popular)
- Nadine, Honey, Is That You?
- No Particular Place to Go
- My Ding-a-Ling
- Reelin’ and Rockin’
And what could be the best rock-and-roll song ever laid down: Johnny B. Goode.
It captures everything great about rock music at its inception.
Berry, who wrote the song, was born in 1926 . . . on Goode Avenue. He recorded it 4-5 miles from where I live, at the Leonard and Phil Chess’s studio, at 2120 South Michigan Ave. (The Rolling Stones had a great hit entitled “2120 South Michigan Avenue.” click here to hear it)
Here is Chuck playing Johnny B. Goode live in 1958, the year he released it–and doing the dances he loved!
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Here is Chuck jammin’ with Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Chuck Leavell (of the Rolling Stone and Allman Brothers Band), and Chuck’s longtime pianist, Johnnie Johnson, who is fabulous. You’ll recognize the songs and you’ll love seeing the joy of these greats playing together.
Late in the song, you’ll hear Chuck singing with a blues rhythm that underlay his work. And what a lyric: he’s glad his baby’s back, “it’s been a long, long time since I’ve heard my backbone crack.”
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“The film presents an image of the revolution that reduces it to an expression of intolerance and violence against culture and makes irresponsible use of our patriotic symbols and unacceptable references toward comrade Fidel,” said [Roberto] Smith — director of the all-powerful Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC).
Traditionally stigmatized in Cuba, homosexuality was fiercely repressed for many years under the communist regime, which interned gays in work camps in the 1960s and ostracized them in the 1970s. –AFP in Yahoo News
Personal note: One of my friends wrote me that his “cousin was expelled in the Mariel boat lift of 1980 for homosexuality.” Expelled from the country for his sexual orientation.
An authentic hero and genuine American icon, Glenn died this afternoon surrounded by family at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus after a remarkably healthy life spent almost from the cradle with Annie, his beloved wife of 73 years, who survives.
He, along with fellow aviators Orville and Wilbur Wright and moon-walker Neil Armstrong, truly made Ohio first in flight. –Columbus Dispatch
The picture here not as the distinguished Senator, not as the man who flew 149 combat missions in World War II and Korea (where his wingman was the greatest hitter in baseball, Ted Williams), but as the young man who, in February 1962, sat atop the Mercury launcher at Cape Canaveral, packed with one-quarter million pounds of rocket fuel, and became the first American to orbit earth. Rest in Peace.
◆ From the heights (John Glenn) to the depths (Harry Reid), who just completed his tenure in the Senate. “Harry Reid: A sculptor of partisanship, who was also molded by it” (Christian Science Monitor)
Comment: Reid was a noxious political figure, symbolized by his baseless attack on Mitt Romney, whom he tarred by saying “there were rumors” that Romney had not paid his taxes for a decade. That was untrue and, when Reid was asked later if he was sorry about it, said, “He lost, didn’t he?” His moral scruples summarized in four words.
◆ South Korean parliament votes to impeach country’s president (Washington Post)
◆ New York Times runs characteristic article in news section, headlined “Trump Is Still Not Very Popular, and His Problem With Women Could Return.” The first subheader is perfect Times-think: “Hillary Clinton, out of the woods.” The article is here.
Comment: At the Times, the paper’s editorial opinions too often suffuse their presentation of “hard news.” Too often, too bad.
◆ Gregg Allman celebrates his 69th birthday. (JamBase) Just shows the lasting benefits of living a good, clean life. Here’s Gregg, his late brother, Duane, and their eponymous band, in “Tied to the Whipping Post.” This early version shows how they merged acid rock and blues (as Jimi Hendrix did in another way) to create something real, true, and original. The sequence of still photographs in this video capture the era.
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Amazing vocal effects by Michael Winslow.
Being old and clueless, I had never heard of him. But my son, Jon, tipped me to this performance and said Winslow did the sound effects for the Police Academy movies, among others.
Here, with just a guy accompanying him on an acoustic guitar, Winslow reproduces the vocals and the distorted electric guitar from Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love.
It is a stunner. Hard to believe one man is doing it all, and doing it so well.
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♦ Killing enemy tanks is “fun and easy” says a US Marine, and it’s getting much easier. New technology makes the anti-tank rockets even more accurate and easy to use. (Popular Mechanics)
Unlike the traditional Bazooka and RPG-16 grenade launcher, both of which use a reusable launch tube, the AT-4 uses a rocket that is sealed into the tube at the factory. The operator places the tube on his or her shoulder, lines up the enemy tank in the weapon sights, and fires away. Once fired, you can throw the launch tube away. Hopefully you won’t need it anymore, because the tank is dead.
in Popular Mechanics
♦ Trump supporters have embraced the phrase, “The Deporables,” which Hillary Clinton used to attack them. Dan Henniger writes about it. (WSJ) The best line, by far, is Henniger’s attack on the left’s ethnic-grievance political mobilization, which is inherently divisive.
Her supporters say it’s Donald Trump’s rhetoric that is “divisive.” Just so. But it’s rich to hear them claim that their words and politics are “inclusive.” So is the town dump. [The Democrats] have chopped American society into so many offendable identities that only a Yale freshman can name them all.
If the Democrats lose behind Hillary Clinton, it will be in part because America’s les déplorables decided enough of this is enough.
Dan Henniger in the Wall Street Journal
♦ New Quinnipiac Poll shows voters believe Trump is more transparent, but the numbers for both candidates are miserable. Quite appropriately. Voters also believe Hillary has “the right kind of experience to be President” and Trump does not. (Quinnipiac)
♦ California decides to divert more water, taking it farms and cities to aid endangered fish. (WSJ) Actually, this is the same story as “The Deplorables.” It is about the “little people” being held in utter contempt by tout en haut du monde, who make the policies to suit themselves.
♦ Fiction writer Lionel Shriver shreds the academic conceit of “cultural appropriation” and the “clamorous world of identity politics” which gave birth to it. Shriver’s essay ends with her declaration, “The last thing we fiction writers need is restrictions on what belongs to us.”
Comment: Here’s how “cultural appropriation” works:
- You are classified as a member of a group, say, transgender, Mexican-American, or fat. Your group membership should then dominate your self-conception, at least politically.
- Your group deems itself oppressed, or rather its most vocal, politicized members say the group and all of its members are. They use this group identity and its oppressed status as tools for political mobilization. The key is for most members of the group to accept this putative group identity and its oppressed status as dominant (indeed, unquestioned) characteristics.
- Having organized yourself as an oppressed group, you identify the oppressors who are responsible for all the group’s misfortunes and attack them. Oppressors can attain absolution (the secular equivalent of salvation) by supporting the goals and actions of the oppressed group.
- A key element of your attack: Only your own group has the moral right to depict its own experiences, to write about them, paint them, or use their music. All others are shamed if they try to do so, especially anyone deemed to be in the “oppressor class.” Those people are “appropriating your culture.” (Comment by Charles Lipson)
Want examples? The fusion of rock music and blues music–and rock-and-roll more broadly–would be deemed unacceptable because they are built on the “appropriation” of an indigenous African-American cultural form. Here is one artistic response:
♦ Easily the best “political picture of the day.” When politicians get together with kids or animals, anything can happen.
♥ Thanks to Bret Stephens for highlighting the Lionel Shriver essay in a tweet and to John Lartz and Anna Lamothe for The Hill’s story about Hillary Clinton.