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This past week, all the Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee called on chairman Adam Schiff to step down, saying they had no faith in his leadership and he had discredited the committee by continuing to promote a “demonstrably false narrative” that President Trump colluded with Russia in the 2016 election.
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Misplaced blame

March 16, 2019

Whenever there is some unspeakable terror attack like Thursday’s mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand, people naturally try to make some sense of it in the hope that if it can be explained, or if blame can be properly assigned, then perhaps we can prevent similar attacks.

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Stop crying wolf

March 16, 2019

You’d assume from President Trump’s Twitter feed that he doesn’t need any help coming up with controversial statements to make his critics’ eyeballs pop out in outrage. So why do Democrats and media outlets (pardon my redundancy) think they need to keep making up things he never said to get themselves riled up over?
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RIP Hal Blaine

March 12, 2019

From “Huckabee” pop culture historian Pat Reeder (http://www.facebook.com/hollywoodhifibook )...

The family of Hal Blaine announced that he died Monday at 90. You might be thinking, “Who’s Hal Blaine?” You may be surprised to know that he is someone whose work takes up an incredible amount of space in your head, and if you love music, in your heart.

https://variety.com/2019/music/news/hal-blaine-studio-drummer-dies-at-90-1203160849/

Hal Blaine was the greatest session drummer of them all, part of the famous group of L.A. session musicians known as the Wrecking Crew.  They were first known as “The First Call Gang,” then “The Clique.”  But Blaine said they became the Wrecking Crew because older musicians said they were going to wreck the music industry.

They were the secret players who really appeared on thousands of recordings in the ‘60s and ‘70s, even by bands that could play their own instruments – just not as brilliantly as the Wrecking Crew could (it’s ironic that the Monkees took so much grief from rock critics for not playing on their albums when the same musicians were also playing on albums by bands the critics revered.)  Some of the other members included Glen Campbell on guitar and Carol Kaye on bass. 

Blaine laid down the indelible beats on more than 35,000 recordings, including 6,000 singles, 150 top tens and 40 #1 hits.  Here are a few you might recall: “Be My Baby,” “Good Vibrations,” “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “Strangers In The Night,” "The Beat Goes On," “Monday, Monday,” "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In," “Love Will Keep Us Together”… well, this could go on and on, but it’s a lot more fun to let you hear some of them.  Fortunately, someone put together a montage of brief clips of his classic recordings (it runs over 11 minutes and barely skims the surface.)  Enjoy. 

https://youtu.be/hp1FBfjH60g

And here’s the trailer for a recent documentary about the Wrecking Crew that you might want to stream. 

https://youtu.be/hhl-3EOYTkc

Rest in peace, Hal Blaine.  And thanks for the memories (one of the few songs he didn’t play on).


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