267 posts from January 2017
During a primetime announcement, Trump selected Neil Gorsuch as his pick for SCOTUS.
You can read about Gorsuch's unflappable conservatism here.
Under normal circumstances, Gorsuch's credentials would make him an easy confirmation, but considering the fact that he represents a stolen nomination, the Democrats should stonewall him indefinitely.
So, filibuster, filibuster, filibuster.
Nick Dawson struts his stuff for underwear brand FU e=fu8
. They also market a nice bag — two shots after the jump ...
Michael Griffiths takes on the music of Madonna on February 7 at 54 Below in NYC in his show In Vogue: Songs by Madonna.
Don't miss him — and get a taste of what he's about after the jump ...
Sad news: John Wetton, co-founder, lead singer and chief songwriter for the '80s group Asia, has died at 67 of colon cancer.
Wetton had recently canceled upcoming tour dates to embark on a new cycle of chemo, but seemed optimistic that he had more time left.
I loved that first Asia album. I remember being captivated by the Heat of the Moment and Only Time Will Tell music videos, with their cheesy (but, back then, new) visual gimmicks, like the slow-mo face slap, the flaming cymbal, that hammer-crushed hourglass, the TV screens with disembodied faces, the gymnast's eternal flips.
(I also found the drummer, in his skintight white vest, awfully cute — he had such a good time making that first video. Carl Palmer?)
Also good: “Sole Survivor.” It's hard to believe now, but their debut album was the #1 hit of 1982, and it did so on the strength of just one #4 and one #17 single. Nothing else charted in the U.S. on the Hot 100.
I kept up with them through their next record, too, with these gems (love the Indiana Jones knock-off):
Wetton is survived by his wife, a son, a brother and his mom.
This idiotic family immigrated to the U.S. from Syria 20 years ago, and yet voted for Donald Trump — in Pennsylvania.
How they were not turned off by his malicious comments about immigration, Muslims (they're Christians, so maybe they don't care?) and about turning away Syrian refugees, I will never know. But rather than being turned off, they went out of their way to vote for the man, even as they were buying a home and furnishing it for their relatives who were on the cusp of immigrating to the U.S. after a 13-year (!) process.
When Trump signed his executive order, their family was mid-air. They landed, had their visas revoked and were sent right back to Damascus.
Now, the matriarch is asking — with a straight face — of Trump:
Why? Where is your human side, to send somebody to a war zone? I understand he wants to make America safe, we're all on with this. I definitely want to be in a safe place, but people need us and we need to be there for them.
Too bad, so sad. It's not like they were tricked; rather, they, like so many Republican voters, seem to operate from a place of, “As long as I get by, as long as I get away with it, fuck the rest of you.”
Well, fuck you, this time, it turns out.