Loretta Lynn, 1932 – 2022

October 5, 2022

Loretta Lynn 1932 – 2022

Country music legend Loretta Lynn died Tuesday at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, at the age of age 90. She was born in the coal mining town of Butcher Hollow, Kentucky in 1932, one of eight children. A mother of six as well as a singer and songwriter, Ms. Lynn began singing professionally in 1956, and recorded her song, “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl”, in 1960. She is probably best know for her 1970 song “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” also the title of her 1976 autobiography and a 1980 movie biography. Loretta Lynn recorded for six decades, winning three Grammy awards.

More:

“Loretta Lynn, ever a ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter,’ dies at 90,” Terence McArdle, Washington Post

“Loretta Lynn, Country Music Star and Symbol of Rural Resilience, Dies at 90,” Bill Friskics-Warren, New York Times

“Loretta Lynn, country singer of love and hardship, dies aged 90,” Ben Beaumont-Thomas, The Guardian

“Country Legend Loretta Lynn Braved Controversy to Tell the Truth About Women’s Experiences,” Daily Correspondent, Smithsonian Magazine

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DeSantis Refugee Trafficking: Contracting Fraud?

October 4, 2022

DeSantis Refugee Trafficking: Contracting Fraud?
As you may recall, Florida MAGA/GOP governor Ron DeSantis used newly-arrived Venezuelan refugees (including women and children) in a political stunt, flying them to the rural island of Martha’s Vineyard. He couldn’t find enough unauthorized migrants in Florida, so he flew 48 of them from Texas in two state-funded charter jets at a cost of $1200 per passenger. DeSantis paid for the migrant flights with CARES Act federal COVID stimulus money (actually with the interest accrued from the $8 billion in federal COVID-relief funding he banked instead of using it to help Floridians, so there’s that).

Besides possible federal COVID fund fraud charges and fraud suits by the refugees themselves, the airlift excerise raises other legal red flags:

  • The flights and two future missons (cost: over $1.5 millon) were paid out of $12 million budgeted with the Florida Department of Transportation for “a program to facilitate the transport of unauthorized aliens from this state consistent with federal law.” But the migrants were in Texas, not Florida. There’s a lawsuit about that.

More:

“Doubts rise over whether DeSantis had budget authority to fly migrants,” Gary Fineout, Politico

“DeSantis violated law with Martha’s Vineyard flights, Florida Democrats say,” Anna Ceballos, Tampa Bay Times

“Florida migrant-moving company gave GOP cash, has ties to DeSantis’ immigration ‘czar’ and Rep. Matt Gaetz,” Marc Caputo, NBC News

“DeSantis Chartered Planes From GOP-Allied Donor To Fly Migrants to Martha’s Vineyard,” Ken Klippenstein, The Intercept

Funding for furture flights might dry up faster than post-Ian Florida, as the governor is likely to use the pot of federal CARES Act money to augment other hurricane relief funds. That shouldn’t let him off the hook for his Vineyard stunt.

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Change the Week

October 3, 2022

There’s nothing sacred about the 5-day work week. It’s only 75 years old. Maybe it’s time to change. A video directed by Ian Pons Jewell. The script, by Damian Le Bas, is read by Stephen Fry.

Change the Week website

Related:

“How a four-day workweek could be better for the climate,” Allyson Chiu, Washington Post

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Try Me

October 2, 2022

“Try Me,” written by Jimmy Radcliffe and Buddy Scott, recorded by Esther Phillips, 1966. Sax solo by King Curtis.

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Tryin’ to Get to You

October 2, 2022

“Tryin’ to Get to You,” written by Rose Marie McCoy and Charles Singleton, recorded by Kate & Anna McGarrigle, 1978.

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Somebody’s Always Tryin’

October 2, 2022

“Somebody’s Always Tryin’,” written by Joy Byers, performed by Samantha Fish, 2017.

Samatha Fish website

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Bankrobber

October 2, 2022

“Bankrobber,” Written by Joe Strummer and Mick Jones, recorded by Chumbawamba, 2005; released 2007. Originally recorded by The Clash. Vocals by Coope, Boyes & Simpson.

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Pressing On

October 2, 2022

“Pressing On,” written by Bob Dylan, recorded by The Chicago Mass Choir, released in 2003. Lead vocalist: Regina McCrary.

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Take It With Me

October 1, 2022

“Take It with Me,” written by Tom Waits, recorded by Marissa Mulder, 2018.

Marissa Mulder website

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Old Man

October 1, 2022

“Old Man,” written by Neil Young, recorded by Natalie Cole, 2006.

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