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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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Sing Along With Space Force

September 26, 2022

“Semper Supra” is not a menu item at an ethnic restaurant, it’s the name of the U.S. Space Force anthem. “Semper Supra” (“Always Above”), written by veteran armed forces musicians Jamie Teachenor and Sean Nelson, was wheeled to the launch pad on September 20th. Blast-off was greeted by a galactic chorus of “Meh.”

Of course, in space no one can hear you sing.

More:

“With new official anthem, the Space Force hopes to land on your radar,” Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post

“Space Force Song Shoots for the Stars, but Some Think It Falls Flat,” Michael Levenson, New York Times

“‘It’s not a banger’: response to Space Force official song is less than stellar,” Martin Pengelly, The Guardian

Related:

“Space Force: A Guide to Trump’s Most Misunderstood Creation,” Margaret Hartmann, New York Magazine

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Bagel Day

September 11, 2022

Bagel Day
Tuesday was Bagel Day at the software development center, and I favored Bagels & Baguettes near Stanton Park. There was a line when I got there, around 8:30 AM. The shop was near the Senate office buildings and the Heritage Foundation, so there was a TV tuned to CNN to keep news-obsessed customers occupied.

By the time I got my two dozen hot bagels, the damnedest thing was on that television. An airplane had crashed into a World Trade Center tower in New York, and the building was on fire. It was September 11, 2001.

I went to the office break room and put out the bagels, cream cheese, and smoked salmon. I guess I was making coffee when the second plane hit the other tower. I figured people still had to eat.

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Lay Down My Heavy Load

September 4, 2022

“Lay Down My Heavy Load,” written by Esther Wilson, recorded by The Trumpelettes, 1977.

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Jealous Guy

July 31, 2022

“Jealous Guy,” written by John Lennon, performed by Huntertones with Akie Bermiss, 2016. Arranged by Dan White.

Akie Bermiss (vocals, keyboards) Justin Stanton (trumpet), Jon Lampley (trumpet), Dan White (saxophone), Chris Ott (tombone), Michael Valeanu (guitar), Adam DeAscentis (bass), John Hubbell (drums),

Huntertones website

Akie Bermiss website

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Military Genius Trump Blasts Combat Vet Mark Esper

May 11, 2022
Military Genius Trump Blasts Combat Vet Mark Esper

High School Cadet Capt. Trump. Thank you for your service.

The latest horrifying details about the Trump administration come from former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, who revealed that the 45th US Commander-in-chief wanted to attack Mexico with missiles, order combat troops to shoot police brutality demonstrators, and strip US forces from South Korea as payback for the success of Samsung TVs here.

Trump responded to these revelations by calling his former SecDef “weak.”

West Point graduate Mark Esper was Trump’s more-or-less 5th Secretary of Defense. Dr. Esper, a veteran of the Army’s 101st Airborne Division, was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Iraq. Donald J. Trump was a cadet at New York Military Academy, a private high school.  You may recall that Mr. Trump has a service-related disability: he was gravely wounded as soon as he became eligible for the Vietnam draft lottery, and was treated (on paper) by a podiatrist at a Queens NY storefront he rented from Fred Trump, Donald’s dad.

Updates:

“Trump wanted to court-martial prominent retired officers, book says,” Dan Lamothe, Washington Post

“Trump Kept Asking if China Was Shooting Us With a ‘Hurricane Gun,’” Asawin Suebsaeng and Adam Rawnsley, Rolling Stone

“Trump complained US Navy ships ‘look ugly’: Esper,” Olafimihan Oshin, The Hill

“‘I Want to Meet With the Taliban’: Tales of Trump’s Head-Scratching Diplomacy,” Mark Esper, Politico

“Trump Wanted to Execute Leakers But Was ‘Biggest Leaker of All,’ Esper Says,” Daily Beast

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The Best of the ‘Best of 2021′ Lists

December 30, 2021

The Best of the ‘Best of 2021′ Lists

2021 “Year-In-Review” lists you may have missed:

“Best face masks of 2021: Doctors share their favorite masks,” Nicole Saunders, NBC News

“The 20 best podcasts of 2021,” Hannah J Davies and Rachel Aroesti, The Guardian

“The Best Sweatpants of 2021,” Sean McCoy, Gear Junkie

“8 of the best TikTok accounts from 2021 to follow,” Kaitlin Hatton, The Verge

“The 8 Best TV Shows of 2021 for Entrepreneurs,” Zack Miller, Inc.com

“The 10 best memes of 2021, from Bernie Sanders in gloves to Aaron Rodgers’ face,” Charles Curtis, USA Today

“The Best Wellness Products of 2021, According to You,” Tiffany Hopkins, Bon Appétit

“The 10 Best Boxed Wine Brands for 2021,” Mark Stock, The Manual

“13 Best Dog Food Subscription Boxes (2021),”Adam Bryan, Urban Taste Bud

“The biggest Pinocchios of 2021,” Glenn Kessler, Washington Post

“Best Sneakers of 2021: Top Sneaker Releases of the Year,” Bredan Dunne, Riley Jones, Zac Dubasik, Matt Welty, Ben Felderstein, and Mike Stefano, Complex

“The Most Disappointing Gadgets of 2021,” Gizmodo

“The 10 weirdest celebrity apologies of 2021, from a ‘seductive’ Bible dance to making fun of Madonna,” Emily Yahr, Washington Post

“The Best Movies That Didn’t Release In 2021,” Charles Cameron, Screen Rant

“10 of the Deadliest Natural Disasters in 2021,” Brianna Navarre, US News & World Report

“The Best Book Covers of 2021,” Matt Dorfman, New York Times

“Gastro Obscura’s Favorite Cookbook Stories of 2021,” Sam O’Brien, Gastro Obscura

“Best cryptocurrencies of 2021 that delivered mindblowing returns of up to 51,000%,” Pawan Nahar, The Economic Times

“Here are the best vanity plates I spotted across Rhode Island in 2021,” Antonia Noori Farzan, The Providence Journal

“The best Canadian poetry of 2021,” CBC

“The 50 Best Cover Songs of 2021,” CoverMe

“The best stuff we didn’t report in 2021: Our staff’s year-end notebook dump,” Golf

“College football bowl game gift bags: the best and worst of 2021,” James Dator, SBNation

“15 Best Video Game Characters of 2021,” Daire Behan, GameRant

“The Best Beauty Looks From Music Videos in 2021,” Gabi Thorne, Allure

“Striking findings from 2021,” Katherine Schaeffer, Pew Research Center

“The 11 Coolest Archaeological Finds of 2021,” Isaac Schultz, Gizmodo

“The Worst Political Predictions of 2021,” Zack Stanton, Politico

“2021’s Top Five Oddities Of America’s Broken Redistricting Process,” Kate Riga and Matt Shuham, TalkingPointsMemo 

“The Best Swells of 2021,” Matt Pruett, Surfline

“Worst Climate Disasters of 2021 Included Heat, Drought, Flooding – Even a Deep Freeze,” By Jan Wesner Childs, The Weather Channel

“The top data breaches of 2021,” Maria Henriquez, Security Magazine

“The Top 10 Beers of 2021,” Untappd

“Notable Deaths of 2021,” Washington Post

“10 Things That Didn’t Suck About 2021,” Lauryn Schaffner, Loudwire

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The Korean War Is Over! Sorta. Maybe. Possibly.

December 14, 2021

“South and North Korea, China and the US have agreed ‘in principle’ to declare a formal end to the Korean war, almost 70 years after the conflict ended in a shaky truce, the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, has said.

But Moon conceded that talks on the 1950-53 war were being held back by North Korean objections to present-day ‘US hostility’.

Speaking in Canberra on Monday during his four-day visit to Australia, Moon said he believed the four main parties agreed in principle to a peace declaration.

But he added that North Korea had made an end to US hostility a precondition for talks.”

— Justin McCurry, The Guardian

More:

“President Moon Jae-in: End to Korean War agreed to ‘in principle,'” Rebecca Falconer, Axios

“Is South Korea close to officially ending the Korean War?” Julian Ryall, DW News

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I Missed the Bus

October 2, 2021

“I Missed the Bus,” written by Jermaine Dupri, recorded in 1992 by Kris Kross, Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly and Chris “Daddy Mac” Smith, then about 12 or 13 years old.  It samples a 1976 Sammy Davis, Jr. recording of “Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow,” the theme song of TV’s Baretta. The video was directed by Daniel Lodge.

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Bagel Day

September 11, 2021

Bagel Day
Tuesday was Bagel Day at the software development center, and I favored Bagels & Baguettes near Stanton Park. There was a line when I got there, around 8:30 AM. The shop was near the Senate office buildings and the Heritage Foundation, so there was a TV tuned to CNN to keep news-obsessed customers occupied.

By the time I got my two dozen hot bagels, the damnedest thing was on that television. An airplane had crashed into a World Trade Center tower in New York, and the building was on fire. It was September 11, 2001.

I went to the office break room and put out the bagels, cream cheese, and smoked salmon. I guess I was making coffee when the second plane hit the other tower. I figured people still had to eat.

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