Monday Evening Open Thread

(via Huffington Post)

Been a busy day around here already, so have a musical interlude. Miley Cyrus spent her childhood performing on a Disney soundstage, and even ‘Little Princess Froggy Dimples’ is smart enough to know Trump is a menace who must be defeated. Also, major Boomer nostalgia, per the YouTube description:

Music guest Miley Cyrus performs Odetta’s rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Baby, I’m in the Mood for You” for the Tonight Show audience.

Apart from warm nostalgic fuzzys (I love Odetta!) what’s on the agenda for the evening?

Salmagundi Open Thread

Pedro doesn’t care much for doing tricks right now.

In yesterday morning’s open thread, p.a. (First!) mentioned this BBC article about Matthew Anderson’s tweet about Mark Forsyth’s claim (I think this sentence has gotten away from me) in his book “The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase” that:

Anderson tweet

As Mark Liberman and his commenters point out at Language Log, Forsyth’s rule – a fixed order of adjectives from which an English speaker can never depart without sounding like Donald Trump on a meth and moonshine bender – is mostly bollocks. Beware of anyone who tells you that there are any unbreakable rules in English – a language which has fifteen different kinds of exceptions from every purported rule, just to fuck off the foreigners.

The reality is much more interesting and complex than Forsyth’s unbreakable rule – yes, we tend to use adjectives in a particular order, but we also swap them around depending on what idiom we are using, what effect we are trying for, what particular meaning we are trying to convey. “Grumpy old drunk lady” is subtly different to “Drunk, grumpy old lady”, although perhaps not when she’s pressed up in your face and breathing booze at you. Most of us would say “ugly little hands” but “big ugly hair”. We take pleasure in the leaping, lilting rhythm of words like “tiny fingered, cheeto-faced, ferret wearing shitgibbon” or “limping invisible down to the sloeblack, slow, black, crowblack, fishingboat-bobbing sea” – even if that “slow” (being, I suspect, opinion under Forsyth’s Rule) should really go in front of all those colours, and definitely not in the middle of them, unless you want to sound like a maniac, Mr Thomas.

There’s a lot of good stuff in the Language Log thread, including links to some very interesting articles.

Shorter Jonah Goldberg: Why is the Main Stream Media not talking about how it’s ok to refuse to make a Trump 2016 cake for a 17 year old girl?

Labor Day Monday Open Thread


Happy thoughts from the Washington Post — “Can Democrats ride an anti-Trump wave to retake the House and Senate?”:

As of Labor Day weekend, the unofficial start of the campaign’s final stretch, the electoral map is bigger than Republicans are comfortable with. Bolstered by Republican nominee Donald Trump’s unpopularity with non-white, female and suburban voters, Democrats have recruited candidates in enough Senate and House races to potentially flip control of both chambers.

Democrats’ chances are strongest in the Senate, where they now lead in enough races to eke out a majority, with hopes of putting more in play should Trump continue to falter throughout the fall.

Republicans, playing defense, are asking voters to look past Trump and to question whether they really trust Clinton’s party to fix Washington…


What’s on the agenda as we wrap up “official” summer?

For the Pink Floyd fans, via NYMag‘s Vulture blog:

To coincide with the band’s upcoming box set, The Early Years 1965-1972, a nice, soothing video for the Roger Waters-penned “Grantchester Meadows” has been released. The video features a rare performance of the song taped for the BBC — juxtaposed with modern pastoral scenes — with Waters and David Gilmour providing the acoustic vocals and guitars, and Richard Wright joining in on the piano…

I’m not sure there’s ever been a musical group of whom I felt I needed 27 discs’ worth, but it looks like there will be smaller samplers available as well.

Overnight Open Thread: Music!

Clearly after all of today’s political sturm and drang we’ve got plenty of bits and bobs that could use some soothing. So here’s some music to take you through the overnight!


Overnight Open Thread: None Shall Sleep!

The aria from Turandot seems somewhat appropriate for an overnight open thread. Here’s two versions – the second is Aretha Franklin getting her opera on!

Tuesday Evening Open Thread: Ban Sidhe

Ask me, I’d say he was undergoing advanced hair repair therapy, because in press photos from the weekend his latest dye job was matching offputtingly well with the fluorescent-lime bracelets and trinkets in the audience. (Dude: Use some of the cash you’re grifting from the RNC to pay a skilled wig crafter, and save us all a lot of ugliness, okay?)

But maybe he is feeling a cold trickle of electoral doom down his spine…

Apart from politics, what’s on the agenda for the evening?

(via NYMag — yes those are Kara Walker shadow puppets!)

Monday Morning Open Thread: Moving Forward

For a bracing start to the new week, from the Washington Post, company paper in the town where the monopoly industry is national politics:

Hillary Clinton’s increasingly confident campaign has begun crafting a detailed agenda for her possible presidency, with plans to focus on measures aimed at creating jobs, boosting infrastructure spending and enacting immigration reform if current polling holds and she is easily elected to the White House in November…

While careful not to sound as if she is measuring the draperies quite yet, Clinton now describes what she calls improved odds for passage of an overhaul of immigration laws — the first legislative priority she outlined in detail last year — and what could be a bipartisan effort to rebuild the nation’s roads, bridges, airports, rail system and ports.

She also could be immediately confronted with a choice about a Supreme Court vacancy that could set the tone for her relationship with Congress, and she plans to immediately champion new measures on campaign-finance reform and ending legal immunity for gun manufacturers.

Her campaign’s to-do list includes assembling a Cabinet that has women in roughly equal numbers to men and that otherwise reflects American diversity, and lobbying has intensified for those and scores of other jobs that Clinton would fill in her administration.

Some Clinton boosters remain concerned that, with an election focused so heavily on Trump’s deficiencies, she could enter the White House without a clear mandate. But Clinton’s team is hopeful that a trouncing of her Republican opponent in November could soften the ground for a robust set of proposals that could be implemented both with and without congressional action…

Apart from dodging the Media Village Idiots groping for their fainting couches, what’s on the agenda for the day?