ZipDialog Roundup for Saturday, August 12

Articles chosen with care. Your comments welcomed.
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Good ole Kim says he’s “on standby to launch” (Fox News)

If the Trump administration does not want the American empire to meet its tragic doom . . ., they had better talk and act properly.

–North Korean regime in official newspaper, quoted in Fox News

Riding tide in New Orleans (NOLA)

With another rainy weekend looming for New Orleans, the Sewerage & Water Board scrambling to shore up its neglected network of temperamental pumps, and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declaring a pre-emptive state of emergency, the national media is casting an eye south in the event that the city experiences a repeat of the flooding that hit the city on Saturday (Aug. 5). –NOLA

Comment: ZipDialog always tries to use local sources for local news. They do better reporting than fly-in media.

90th birthday for former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, known as “The Golden Zipper,” long before Bill Clinton (NOLA)

These are some of the Zipper’s best quotes:

1983: “The only way I can lose this election is if I’m caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy.” (He won!)

1983: “David Treen is so slow it takes him an hour and a half to watch 60 Minutes.” (Zing! Edwards defeated Treen.)

1991: “Vote for the Crook. It’s Important.” (Okay, not exactly a quote. It was Edwards’s informal campaign slogan, thanks to Buddy Roemer.)

1991: “The only thing we have in common is we’re both wizards under the sheets.” (Edwards was talking about opponent David Duke.)

1991: “No, it wasn’t that way. He (the author) was gone when the last one came in.” (Edwards was asked about a claim he slept with six women in one night.)

— quoted in Washington Post (link here)

 Republicans have “tough hill to climb” on tax reform, says GOP strategist (CNBC)

[Republican strategist Ron] Christie thinks Trump needs to work with McConnell on tax reform, not insult him over social media.

“If we can’t get anything done in the Congress, and we have the largest governing majority since 1929, it tells you perhaps that Republicans don’t deserve the trust to govern.” –CNBC

Comment: Ron Christie is exactly right on this. No healthcare reform and no tax reform means the Republicans cannot exactly run on their record.

Actual headline: “The big loser during the solar eclipse? Solar panels” (Mashable)

Comment: Wait! Wait! Let me see if I’ve got this right . . . .




The great saxophonist on Fats Domino’s hits dies at 91

Herbert Hardesty did more than play the tenor sax on Fats’ hit songs. He helped craft the sound and that of New Orleans rhythm and blues and early rock music.

To quote the NYT obituary

Mr. Hardesty played on the sessions that created hits like “I’m Walkin,’” “My Blue Heaven,” “Ain’t It a Shame” and “Let the Four Winds Blow.” For the recording of “Blue Monday,” he played the baritone sax for what he said was the first time.

In all, he and Mr. Domino collaborated in the studio and onstage for nearly 50 years. –New York Times

Just look over Fats’ shoulder on this signature song, Ain’t That a Shame, and you’ll see Herbert Hardesty at work. Enjoy! And rest in peace, Mr. Hardesty