Saturday Morning Open Thread

Since I know some of you are G&S aficionados. One has to grant the Combover Caligula a certain talent: He really puts the embarrassment in an embarrassment of riches.

Meanwhile, among the serious people, the Clinton campaign has released a preview of the convention speakers:

Monday: United Together
Featuring First Lady Michelle Obama, Senator Bernie Sanders and DREAMer Astrid Silva
Monday will focus on putting the future of American families front and center and how we’re stronger together when we build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top and when everyone has a chance to live up to their God-given potential. DREAMer Astrid Silva will share her story and her fight to keep families together.

Tuesday: A Lifetime of Fighting for Children and Families
Featuring President Bill Clinton and Mothers of the Movement
Tuesday will feature the roll call vote and how Hillary has spent her entire career working to make a difference for children, families, and our country. The Mothers of the Movement participating include Gwen Carr, Mother of Eric Garner; Sybrina Fulton, Mother of Trayvon Martin; Maria Hamilton, Mother of Dontré Hamilton; Lucia McBath, Mother of Jordan Davis; Lezley McSpadden, Mother of Michael Brown; Cleopatra Pendleton-Cowley, Mother of Hadiya Pendleton; Geneva Reed-Veal, Mother of Sandra Bland.

Wednesday: Working Together
Featuring President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden
On Wednesday speakers will take an in-depth look at just how high the stakes are in this election and how Hillary has the experience and steadiness to bring people together to tackle the big challenges and get real results.

Thursday: Stronger Together
Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton
On the final day of the convention, Hillary will speak about her vision for our country – her belief that we are stronger together and that America is at its best when we work together to solve our problems…

Of course the RNC released its preliminary speakers list on Thursday: Veterans, Political Outsiders, Faith Leaders, Trump Family Members Lead Non-Conventional Speakers Line-Up Emphasizing Real World Experience. The most recognizable names seem to be Peter “Gawker Must Die” Thiel (NYMag: “All aboard the Straight Talk Express 2, which is now a privately funded space shuttle whose engine fails in low orbit”), Chairman Reince “It’s In My Job Description” Priebus, Speaker Paul “Just Shoot Me” Ryan, Mitch “I Already Got the Job I Want” McConnell, Scott “Remind Me” Walker, Chris “Worst Night in A Bad Month” Christie, Newt “You Think I Can’t Hold A Grudge?” Gingrich, and… Ted Cruz.

Were I in the Secret Service, I would most certainly search that guy for sharp implements and rare untraceable poisons…
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Late Friday Night Music Thread








Open Thread: It’s Not 1968 (Fortunately)

I was twelve, going on thirteen, the summer of 1968, and my parents were imploding; the political crises on television seemed a natural backdrop to my own family’s battles. But I do remember very clearly that it was not America’s finest hour, regardless. This summer there seems to be a weird current of proto-nostalgia among certain members of the punditariat in their thirties and forties, social media addicts on all points of the political spectrum, who seem to be half-hoping that “we” (they) can finally get their very own cathartic “war” – against the white supremacists, against the uppity minorities, against the dirty hippie kids or the sclerotic monsters of the political party machines — but this time, our side will conclusively defeat the forces of evil. And we’ll all be heroes for the history books!

That’s not how history works, though. Looks like I may have to get a copy of Michael Cohen’s book…


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Friday Morning Open Thread

President Obama began his scheduled meeting with the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission — running some fifteen minutes late, at about 5:15am EDT — with a quick update on what little is known at the moment about the snipers at the peaceful protest in Dallas. Summary as I understand it: Right now all we know for certain is that five police officers have been killed, three suspects are in custody and a fourth one dead. Gonna be a busy, horrible day in another week whose chieftest virtue is that it’s almost over.

Apart from trying to ride the chaos rather than letting it ride us, what’s on the agenda for the day?
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Well I’m sitting here playing solitaire

The police executions (that’s what they are) and endless idiotic discussion of Hillary’s Watergate-caliber secret email crimes are just too depressing for me today. So I thought maybe a music thread might be in order.

I was stuck on plane for hours recently and thought about playing cards and thought what songs are there that mention playing cards? Here’s a partial list: “Carmelita”, “Desperado”, that awful Juice Newton song from my childhood, “Tumbling Dice”, “City of New Orleans”, some Bob Dylan song with a long title, “Flowers on the Wall”, “The Gambler”. I’d like to include “Stagger Lee” but they’re actually playing craps in that one.

What else? And which one is the best? I’ll go with “Carmelita”.

I’m not sure how to help with his but if anyone is please do. Mary G writes:

I have been an idiot. I took a shower and fell on my ass on the bathroom floor. I didn’t bring a phone in and haven’t set up email on this tablet. I was able to email Betty Cracker through the contact page asking her to call 911 for me, but I don’t have a way to know if she got it. If any other front pagers are around, can you let me know.

Update: 911 has been contacted on Mary G’s behalf.








Overnight Open Thread

People are agitating for music. And something to do with small tootsies. So here’s some Little Feat:

I’m going to bed.








Wednesday Morning Open Thread: Eid Mubarak!

Per al Jazeera, Eid al-Fitr, the celebration at the end of Ramadan, starts today (started last night at sunset) in the US, UK, Canada, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

According to the British Independent:

On the first morning of the celebration, many gather in local mosques or open-air locations for special prayers called Salat al-Eid, and have breakfast.

Muslims put on their finest clothes for what will be their first daylight meal in a month. Some will exchange gifts, greeting cards and prepare special foods. Eid al-Fitr is to celebrate “the happiness which man feels after successfully completing an important task,” according to Al-Islam.

Gatherings will take place to mark the festival across the UK, including an event hosted by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan in Trafalgar Square on 9 July. Highlights include prayers, a food festival, and Arabic arts.

Last year, a record-breaking 60,000 Muslims turned up in a Birmingham park to celebrate the end of Ramadan…

Speaking of London’s Mayor, here’s a mid-May anecdote from The Economist:

EVENTUALLY, every senior politician in Britain is invited to Buckingham Palace to join the Privy Council, the body that notionally advises the queen. In 2009 Sadiq Khan, then transport minister, was asked on which version of the Bible he wanted to swear his oath. He replied that, as a Muslim, he would like to use a Koran. Buckingham Palace had none, so he brought his own. Afterwards, when the palace tried to return it, he asked: “Can I leave it here for the next person?”

On May 5th Londoners voted to make Mr Khan their mayor. Except for the direct vote for the Portuguese and French presidents, he thus holds the biggest personal mandate in Europe. His landslide over the Conservatives (he took 57% of the vote to 43% for Zac Goldsmith, his posh Tory rival) was a rebuke to hardliners of all sorts. At a stroke it became harder for Islamic State’s recruiters to tour public housing estates in Europe and convince young Muslims from immigrant backgrounds that they have no place in the liberal West. The de facto capital of that liberal West had just entrusted its future to a mosque-going, gay-marriage-supporting, proudly Muslim family man with precisely such a hinterland…

The Brexit vote was a speedbump, not a wall.

Apart from celebrating, what’s on the agenda for the day?