Category Archives: Media

Cancel Culture

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Frankly, I don’t give a damn.

What do You get for not Playing Your Music

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I got this “what do you get for not playing?” idea from a WSJ piece by Gregg Opelka, a musical-theater composer-lyricist.

We’re all Marxists now. Not Karl, Groucho. There’s a famous sketch in “Animal Crackers” (1930) in which Groucho (as Captain Spaulding) quizzes Chico (Signor Emanuel Ravelli) on how much money the band gets paid. “What do you fellas get an hour?” Groucho asks. “For playing we get $10 an hour,” Chico replies. 

Groucho presses: “I see. What do you get for not playing?” “For not playing we get $12 an hour. . . . Now for rehearsing, we make special rate. That’s $15 an hour.” Groucho: “That’s for rehearsing? And what do you get for not rehearsing?” Chico: “You couldn’t afford it. You see, if we don’t rehearse, we don’t play. And if we don’t play, that runs into money.”

Then he goes on about his real life friend.

I have a musician friend, Jim. He plays the bass. Jim is a talented man, and his gigging takes many forms—studio recording as well as live performance. As has happened to so many, his entire livelihood dried up overnight in mid-March. After filing for unemployment relief, he was grateful to receive the bulk of his lost weekly income but equally surprised by the unexpected $600-a-week bonus.

Without auditioning for it, Jim has become an unofficial member of Signor Ravelli’s Animal Crackers orchestra. He recently complained, only half ironically, that he doesn’t know how he’ll make ends meet once he can work again. 

Gregg Opelka, Wall Street Journal

Twitter Peckers Comments it Finds Offensive

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Twitter isn’t the government, but it can be a pain in the ass.

The all knowing head pecker of sensitivity briefly suspended the popular cartoon battleground site Counterpoint. Nick Anderson is taking credit for his cartoon being the cause. The rest of us will have to try harder.

But we must be doing something right. Counterpoint is tweeting again with more subscribers than ever.

Be subversive. Sign up now!

Threat to Our Democracy Biden vs Trump

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“Threat to our Democracy” is the Never Trump Resistance’s battle cry. The president is a very stable genius but he says weird things, like claiming that women let him grab them by the pussy. So his opponents deemed him unfit for office and pitched removing him under the 25th amendment. Failing that, and unable to find evidence President Trump is a Russian double agent, they tried a different approach. The House impeached him for a phone call asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden. But the Senate acquitted him.

Threat to Our Democracy

Now the Democrats hope to remove Trump by other means – an election. But their chosen candidate, Joe Biden, says weird things too. He also got a Ukrainian prosecutor fired. And he’s been accused of grabbing a woman by the.. well, you know.

Sunlight is the Best Disinfectant for Politics and Virus

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Sunlight is the best disinfectant. That’s a popular phrase first uttered by Justice Louis Brandeis. He meant shining light on politicians.

But it’s not just for politicians. HHS scientist William Bryan presented the results of a coronavirus study at Thursday’s White House briefing. And the study showed a combination of sunlight and humidity to be effective against the virus. Bleach and isopropyl alcohol too.

You can see some of the findings in the chart below.

This excited the president.

And Trump, being Trump, wondered aloud if the light could be brought inside the body “through the skin or some other way.”

He continued:

And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute, one minute and is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number (INAUDIBLE) interesting to check that so that you are going to have to use medical doctors with but it sounds interesting to me so we will see but the whole concept of the light the way it kills it in one minute that’s–that’s pretty powerful. 

Real Clear Politics

Sunlight is the Best Disinfectant

The makers of Lysol soon warned not to inject their product.

Too much Trump? The president took no questions at Friday’s briefing.