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The Pope’s Jumbotron

July 13, 2015

The Pope's Jumbotron

Pope Francis will address a Joint Session of Congress when he visits Washington DC on September 24, 2015. Since ticket demand greatly exceeds the capacity of the Capitol House Chamber, huge Jumbotron screens will be set up on the National Mall so tens of thousands of fans and the faithful can see and hear the Pope in real time.

After his Congressional speech, His Holiness will briefly address the crowds outside from the Capitol’s West Front while his Swiss Guards stand on the Capitol steps and fire T-Shirt Guns, pelting the throng with souvenir garb and  panini imbottito. Okay, they won’t, but they should, right?

After concluding his visit to Washington, Pope Francis will fly to New York so he can get a decent slice of pizza.


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Dr Cosby’s Prescription

July 7, 2015

Dr. Cosby's Prescription

Bill Cosby’s 1960s stand-up comedy act had a family-friendly reputation, but that overlooks a routine where he described a teenage fantasy about slipping Spanish Fly, a legendary aphrodisiac, into women’s drinks.

In sworn court testimony from 2005 recently obtained by AP, the comedian admitted obtaining seven Quaalude prescriptions in the 1970s:

”When you got the Quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these Quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?’ lawyer Dolores M. Troiani asked. ‘Yes,’ Cosby answered ….'”

— “APNewsBreak: Cosby said he got drugs to give women for sex,” Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press.

William Henry Cosby received a Doctorate in Education, but seems to have confused it with Cliff Huxtable’s medical degree.

Quaaludes, the “date-rape drug” of the Disco Era, were made a controlled Schedule 1 drug in 1985. Bill Cosby made a public service announcement for the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids in 1990.


Where Does Donald Trump Make his Suits? ¡Mexico!

July 6, 2015

Where Does Donald Trump Make His Suits? ¡Mexico!

“Donald Trump has had some nasty things to say about Mexicans lately. In the announcement of his 2016 bid for the US presidency, he called Mexican immigrants to the US criminals and “rapists.” Later, on Twitter, he added, “Mexico is not our friend. They’re killing us at the border and they’re killing us on jobs and trade.”

It seems to follow that Trump would disapprove of American companies manufacturing their goods in Mexico too, except that Trump apparently does it himself. A photo circulated on Twitter by BuzzFeed political reporter Adrian Carrasquillo shows a jacket from Trump’s clothing line bearing a ‘made in Mexico’ label.”

— “Guess where Mexico-bashing Donald Trump makes his suits,” Marc Bain, Quartz

The astute Mary Cummins notes that Donald J. Trump Collection suits are made in Mexico for Sheldon Brody’s Marcraft Apparel Group, which has offices in Trump Plaza. The Wall Street Journal found that their fabric quality was less than advertised.


4th of July Concert at the US Capitol: Barry Manilow

July 3, 2015

4th of July Concert at the US Capitol: Barry Manilow

In 1776 American colonists defied the British Crown so that the legislators of our great nation could host a concert by Barry Manilow on the Capitol grounds on the 4th of July. The gifted composer of the patriotic classics “You Deserve A Break Today (McDonald’s)” and “Like A Good Neighbor (State Farm is There)” will be joined by the country group Alabama, who featured the Confederate battle flag on the cover of their 1982 album Mountain Music.

God Bless America.


TV Terminates Trump

July 2, 2015

NBC to Trump: 'You're Fired!'
Donald John Trump, Sr., reality television performer, real estate heirgolf course owner, beauty pageant producer, hotel and casino boss, chairman and president of Trump This n’ That, and really rich person, declared his candidacy for U.S. President two weeks ago. He also declared that Mexican immigrants are drug dealers, rapists, and killers.

Needless to say, this did not go over well with the USA’s largest ethnic group, Latinos, or with the Republic of Mexico. America’s largest Spanish-language broadcaster Univisión was the first to unplug Trump, dropping coverage of the Miss USA and Miss Universe beauty pageants he produces, and NBC followed suit. Understandably, Miss Mexico opted out of the Miss Universe competition, and so did Miss Costa Rica. NBC’s Miss USA co-hosts also bailed, Miss USA judges Zuleyka Rivera and Emmitt Smith recused themselves, and rapper Flo Rida won’t perform on the show, either.

New York City is reviewing its contracts with the Trump Organization, which manages Central Park’s skating rinks and carousel and golf links at Point Ferry Park in the Bronx. NASCAR won’t hold its awards ceremony at Trump’s hotel. Macy’s is discontinuing it’s Trump menswear line, but there’s been lots of interest in Donald Trump piñatas, hand-crafted in Mexico.


Luciano Pavarotti & James Brown

May 24, 2015

James Brown performed with Luciano Pavarotti on May 28, 2002 at a concert in the latter’s home town, Modena, Italy. The Godfather of Soul was 69 and Maestro Pavarotti was 67.

Each year from 1992 to 2003 the operatic tenor held “Pavarotti & Friends” concerts with guest performers from all musical genres to raise funds for people in need due to disaster or conflict, and this one benefited the people of war-torn Angola. Other guest performers included Andrea Bocelli, Grace Jones, Gino Paoli, Lou Reed, Sting, and Zucchero.

“It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” was written by Betty Jean Newsome and originally recorded by Mr. Brown in 1966.


B.B. King, 1925 — 2015

May 15, 2015

B.B. King, 1925 -- 2015

Influential singer and guitarist Riley B. King died yesterday at the age of 89. He popularized electric Blues guitar and the Urban Blues musical style, performing under the name he adopted as a disc-jockey on WDIA radio in Memphis, B.B. King.


La chanteuse Patachou est morte

May 12, 2015

Henriette Ragon, the French vocalist known as Patachou, died on April 30th at the age of 96. She was a noted singer in the post-war Chanson tradition. Her stage name derived from the name of the Montmartre cafe where she first sang after WWII, Chez Patachou, then owned by her first husband. “Patachou” is a contraction of pâte à choux, cream puff dough.

Above: Mme. Ragon sings Georges Brassens‘ “Brave Margot,” accompanied by Léo Clarens and his Orchestra.


“Patachou, French Singer With a Habit of Snipping Neckties, Dies at 96,” Margalit Fox, New York Times

“La chanteuse Patachou est morte,” Le Figaro

Patachou biographie, RFI Musique

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Geriatric Brits to Invade North America

April 2, 2015

Geriatric Brits to Invade North America

The British pensioners known as the Rolling Stones will visit sports arenas in the United States and Canada this summer. The elderly musicians are reissuing their classic 20th century gramophone recording, Arthritic Sticky Fingers. It’s the one with the cover by Andy Warhol (see the model here).


The Pope Gets a Neapolitan Pizza

March 24, 2015

The Pope Gets a Neapolitan Pizza

A  few days back, Pope Francis told an interviewer that he misses being able to go out for a pizza. When His Holiness visited Naples, known for its pizza, Enzo Cacialle of Pizzeria Don Ernesto handcrafted a special Papal pie, jumped a street barricade, and handed the pizza to Pope Francis in the Popemobile:



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