Until You Were Gone

December 3, 2022

“Until You Were Gone,” written by Joy Byers, recorded by Betty Everett, 1964. The original recording of this song.

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Detroit Made

December 3, 2022

“Detroit Made,” written and recorded by John Hiatt, 2011. The song is about the 225-inch-long Buick Electra, which was actually built in Flint, about 70 miles from Detroit. Hey, they look like twin cities to the songwriter, who lives 500 miles away, in Tennessee. Recorded by Detroit’s Bob Seger in 2014.

John Hiatt website

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Never Like This Before

December 3, 2022

Never Like This Before,” written by Isaac Hayes, David Porter, and Booker T. Jones, recorded by Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band, 1968.

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You’d Be Surprised

December 3, 2022

“You’d Be Surprised,” written by Irving Berlin, recorded by Marilyn Monroe, with the 20th Century-Fox Orchestra and Chorus, 1954. Vocal arrangement by Hal Schaffer. Probably an outtake from the film There’s No Business Like Show Business.

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The Magic Fluke

December 3, 2022

“The Magic Fluke” a 1949 UPA theatrical cartoon featuring Fox & Crow, directed by John Hubley, with music by Del Castillo. Voice actor: John T. Smith. An Academy Award Nominee.

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Low & Slow: Cruising in California

December 2, 2022

Cruising is legal again in Sacramento after years of discriminatory ordinances targeting Chicanos. Lowriders are cruising again. Hopping, bouncing, and skipping, too.

More:

“Cruising is back in Sacramento, how locals are celebrating a change decades in the making,” Luke Cleary, KXTV ABC10

“Lawmakers Urge More Cities to Repeal Cruising Bans,” California City News

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2024 Presidential Campaign Shapes Up

December 1, 2022

2024 Presidential Campaign Shapes Up

Last week, at Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump, former president, had dinner with Ye, former Kanye West, and Ye’s companion, Holocaust-denying white supremacist Nick Fuentes. Ye announced he would run for president in 2024, and asked Mr. Trump to be his running mate. As this meal occured a week after Mr. Trump had announced his own candidacy, hilarity ensued.

Perhaps the former Kanye West felt the former president would be open to his deal after Mr. Trump cost the GOP the Senate in the midterms and nearly lost them the House. On the other hand, Ye, as Kanye, was briefly a 2020 presidential candidate, and that evaporated faster than his Adidas deal.

More:

“A ‘nightmare’: Trump team does damage control after he dines with Ye and white supremacist Nick Fuentes,” Marc Caputo, NBC News

“Report: Trump Doesn’t Want to Condemn His Holocaust-Denying Dinner Date Because It Might Alienate His Jew-Hating Supporters,” Bess Levin, Vanity Fair

“Trump Says He Did Not Know Identity of Dinner Guest, Owing to White Hood,” Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker

Related:

“Trump Brought Nazis Into the GOP. DeSantis Won’t Expel Them.” Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

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Senate Passes Same-Sex Marriage Protections

November 30, 2022

Congress Considers Same-Sex Marriage Protections

The US Senate voted 61-36 to pass the Respect for Marriage Act, protecting same-sex marriage nationwide. Twelve Senate Republicans joined Democrats in the vote. The bill will be sent to the House, where it is expected to easily pass before it is sent to President Biden’s desk.

The bill was crafted in response to a Supreme Court opinion by Clarence Thomas questioning the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges precedent, which legalized same-sex marriage. A July 2022 Gallup poll found that 71% of Americans support same-sex marriage.

More:

“Senate passes bill to protect same-sex marriage,” Andrew Solender,” Axios

“Senate passes protections for same-sex marriages,” Michael Macagnone, Roll Call

“U.S. Senate passes bill to protect same-sex, interracial marriage,” Sheri Walsh, UPI

“Respect for Marriage Act: Senate passes same-sex marriage bill,” BBC News

“Senate passes landmark protections for same-sex marriage,” Al Weaver, The Hill

“Landmark same-sex marriage bill wins Senate passage,” Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

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A New Kind of Chinatown

November 29, 2022

Old Chinatowns were segregated urban ghettos settled by low-skilled laborers. Newer versions have emerged in New York, Sydney, LA, Melbourne, Vancouver, and Toronto. A Quartz video by Nikhil Sonnad and Tony Lin.

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Alaskans Reject Sarah Palin — Again

November 28, 2022

Alaskans Reject Sarah Palin -- Again
Fresh on the heels of August’s loss in Alaska’s special congressional election, MAGA proto-Trump Sarah Palin — former Miss Wasillaex-sportscaster, once part-time Temp-Governor of Alaska, losing GOP Vice Presidential candidate, cancelled reality TV starArizona homeownerMasked Singer, and failed Fox News commentator — also lost November’s election to pro-fish Democrat Mary Peltola. Previously, Ms. Peltola was an Orutsararmuit Native Council Tribal Court Judge and 5-term Alaska state legislator before serving the remainder of deceased US Congressman Don Young’s term, then winning re-election to a full two-year term.  A Yup’ik woman from the Yukon-Kuskokwim delta, she is the first Native Alaskan to serve in the U.S. Congress. Ms. Palin, on the other hand, had been endorsed by Donald Trump.

These days, Sarah Palin seems a quaint relic of the Republican party she helped destroy.

More:

“Next act for Palin unclear after Alaska House losses,” Becky Bohrer, Associated Press

“Sarah Palin Loses as the Party She Helped Transform Moves Past Her,” Jeremy W. Peters, New York Times

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