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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.

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?

Today's Commentary --- Stop crying wolf -- "Huckabee" preview -- Flipped standards --- Laura Ainsworth: FOLLOW-UP on "The Brains Behind Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez" -- Misplaced blame -- Beto's roll-out -- A preview of Loretta Lynch's unredacted non-answers -- House Votes 420-0 -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse
Today's Commentary --- House Votes 420-0 -- New Zealand Terrorist Attack -- Flipped standards --- Facebook’s pesky “algorithm” -- Convention politics -- Laura Ainsworth: "The Brains Behind AOC" working to take over Congress? -- A preview of Loretta Lynch's unredacted non-answers -- Rep. Collins says THERE WILL BE ACCOUNTABILITY for protecting Hillary -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse

Today's Commentary --- A preview of Loretta Lynch's unredacted non-answers -- We place far too much emphasis on the prestige of getting into certain universities -- Beto is a yes --- Facebook’s pesky “algorithm” -- Convention politics -- Warning to all “Social Justice Warriors” (even those masquerading as tax-exempt, nonpartisan groups) -- Babylon Bee strikes again -- Rep. Collins says THERE WILL BE ACCOUNTABILITY for protecting Hillary -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse

Today's Commentary --- Colorado pushes to give away electoral votes -- We place far too much emphasis on the prestige of getting into certain universities -- Self-defeating tweet --- Finnish government collapses...why it matters -- The February jobs number -- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez jaw-dropper of the day -- Good news -- Rep. Collins says THERE WILL BE ACCOUNTABILITY for protecting Hillary -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse
Today's Commentary --- AOC at SXSW -- Must see video -- 2020 Budget Politics Part II --- Famous lie politicians tell in public -- The February jobs number -- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez jaw-dropper of the day -- "Green Alert System" -- The Sunshine Protection Act -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse

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).


Today's Commentary --- I had to respond to reader's defense of Ilhan Omar -- Prayers today for the victims of the Kenya-bound Ethiopian Airlines flight -- 2020 Budget politics --- Documents coming out, but "in many respects," Hillary still runs the show -- Shocking poll -- Brown says no -- "Green Alert System" -- Thought-provoking video -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse
Today's Commentary --- How do you solve a problem like Ilhan Omar? -- How do you solve a problem like Ilhan Omar? -- "Huckabee" preview --- We know she's anti-Semitic, but there's a lot we don't know -- My Show Monologue - March 2 -- FOCUS ON WILLIAM BARR: time for fact-finding and accountability! -- "Inconvenient truth" -- Laura Ainsworth: Brandon Straka of #WalkAway in a MUST-SEE interview -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse

Today's Commentary --- How do you solve a problem like Ilhan Omar? -- Government spending -- "Huckabee" preview --- “Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time” Dept: -- History repeats itself -- RIP Jan Michael Vincent -- Remember Alex Trebek in your prayers -- More destructive than The Rock -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse
Today's Commentary --- The Gov. replies to reader comment on Nunes and equal justice -- Repent Hillary -- National Emergency Update --- Laura Ainsworth: Miss Mannerly's column for today -- Laura Ainsworth: Brandon Straka of #WalkAway in a MUST-SEE interview -- FOCUS ON WILLIAM BARR: time for fact-finding and accountability! -- Ocasio-Cortez -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse

"Inconvenient truth"

March 6, 2019

Here’s an “inconvenient truth” that the left would prefer nobody talk about: Ivanka Trump, who serves as a jobs creation adviser in her father’s Administration, revealed that during the first quarter of fiscal 2019, more Americans re-entered the work force than in any other quarter since the government started keeping track of that number.
Today's Commentary --- Ocasio-Cortez -- Colorado too -- Narrative-shattering moment at CPAC --- Thanks for the laugh, Hillary -- Laura Ainsworth: Brandon Straka of #WalkAway in a MUST-SEE interview -- FOCUS ON WILLIAM BARR: time for fact-finding and accountability! -- Put the blindfold back on Lady Justice -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse

Ocasio-Cortez

March 5, 2019

I try not to fall for the trap of commenting on every jaw-dropping statement by “Democratic” socialist media darling Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez because there are other stories to cover and, frankly, I’d just be doing that all day.
Today's Commentary --- FOCUS ON WILLIAM BARR: time for fact-finding and accountability! -- Terrible tragedy -- Narrative-shattering moment at CPAC -- Nadler announces next attack on Trump White House --- Food stamp news you won't hear -- New Executive Order protects free speech on college campuses -- Pro-infanticide Party -- Fun Fact -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse
Today's Commentary --- News roundup - Justice served -- "Huckabee" preview -- Wait, what just happened?!? -- NY Democrats contemplate legalizing "sex work" --- SCOTUS decision on monuments likely in June -- NC Democrats: Change "F" grades from 60% and 39% -- Book proposal -- Katherine Helmond RIP -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse

Today's Commentary --- Did "the Cohen effect" damage negotiations with North Korea? -- From the “Some People Never Learn” Desk -- Ivanka Trump comments on the "Green New Deal" -- NY Democrats contemplate legalizing "sex work" --- SCOTUS decision on monuments likely in June -- NC Democrats: Change "F" grades from 60% and 39% -- Convicted liar returns to Congress to spew more lies -- More NYT Fake News -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse

Today's Commentary --- Trump flies to Vietnam while Dems have train wreck; also, how Hillary skated -- Talks End -- Bipartisan decency -- Israeli politics --- Social media companies rightfully called out -- 16 Year Old schools AOC -- Convicted liar returns to Congress to spew more lies -- My "just for fun" list of 20 questions for Michael Cohen -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse
Today's Commentary --- My "just for fun" list of 20 questions for Michael Cohen -- A reply to "JohnnylE" regarding the Trump/Russia investigation -- “Hate Crime Hoaxes Hurt Real Victims" -- Quick Note on Michael Cohen --- Jorge Ramos -- 16 Year Old schools AOC -- Republicans win in Democrat districts, MSM goes silent -- Green New Deal Cost Update -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse
Today's Commentary --- Note to Chief Justice Roberts -- The Governor responds to two astute readers -- We Watch The Oscars So You Don't Have To -- Reject Identity Politics --- House Democrats are trying to kill The Second Amendment -- The truth behind "Democratic" socialism -- Big salute for Rep. Adam Kinzinger -- Green New Deal Cost Update -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse