Wild Horses

February 22, 2020

“Wild Horses,” written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, recorded by Otis Clay, 1997.

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Pony

February 22, 2020

“Pony,” written and recorded by Kasey Chambers, 2004.

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Saddle up My Pony

February 22, 2020

“Saddle up My Pony” (a version of Charley Patton‘s “Pony Blues”) by the Fieldstones, 1983.

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Molly & Tenbrooks (The Racehorse Song)

February 22, 2020

“Molly & Tenbrooks,” recorded by the Bluegrass Album Band supergroup, 1981. Tony Rice (guitar, vocals, J.D. Crowe (banjo, vocals), Doyle Lawson (mandolin, vocals), Bobby Hicks (fiddle), Todd Philips (bass). The song (first recorded in 1929) is based on an actual 1878 horse race.

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They’re Off

February 22, 2020

“They’re Off,” a 1948 Disney Studios theatrical cartoon featuring Goofy, directed by Jack Hannah. Written by Riley Thomson and Campbell Grant, with music by Oliver Wallace. Principal animation by John Sibley, Volus Jones, Al Bertino, and Jack Buckley. Narrator Harlow Wilcox. Voice actor: Pinto Colvig.

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Nuclear Family Fisson

February 21, 2020

1950 to 1965: “The period when the nuclear family flourished was not normal. It was a freakish historical moment when all of society conspired to obscure its essential fragility.”

More:

“The Nuclear Family Was a Mistake,” David Brooks, The Atlantic

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Trump’s Celebrity Celemency Show

February 20, 2020

Trump's Celebrity Celemency Show

Reality TV host, failed casino owner, litigious shady businessman, and impeachment-stained U.S. President Donald Trump has wielded his executive clemency powers to free rich celebrity felons from federal prison. While the power to grant pardons, commutations, and reprieves to federal prisoners is meant to address injustice or unfair sentences, Mr. Trump has used it to benefit people he knows — in real life, from Fox News, or through political donors, cronies, and celebrity pals.

All these former prisoners are rich white collar criminals except for a few folks championed by rich white people like realty TV star, social influencer, celebrity spouse, law student, and prisoner advocate Kim Kardashian West. In some cases a hefty contribution to the Trump campaign was a Get-Out-of-Jail-Free card. If you thought America’s rich, famous, and connected were beyond the reach of the law, you’re right – until next January, anyway.

Which convicts got sprung by Trump, and what were their crimes?

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Blagojevich Jailbreak!

February 19, 2020

Blagojevich Jailbreak!

President Donald Trump has commuted the prison sentence of one-time Celebrity Apprentice contestant and disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, the Chicago Democrat who tried to sell Barack Obama’s vacant senate seat after the 2004 election. Mr. Blagojevich was also convicted of shaking down a childrens’ hospital to try to get a $50,000 contribution from the hospital CEO, and extorting a $100,000 bribe from a racetrack owner. He was convicted of the schemes on the evidence of his phone calls, so the president can surely relate.

“Blago,” a devoted Elvis fan, had been scheduled to do the Jailhouse Rock until May 2024.

More:

“Who Is Rod Blagojevich? And Why Did President Trump Commute His Sentence?” Monica Davey and Mitch Smith, New York Times

“The Rod Blagojevich scandal and Trump’s commutation of his sentence, explained,” Andrew Prokop, Vox

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The World’s 10 Largest Cities, 1500-2019

February 18, 2020

The 10 largest cities in the world from 1500 to 2019, based on population (measured in multiples of thousands). A Rankings Hub video.

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Blobby

February 17, 2020

“Blobby,” by Montreal-based filmmaker Laura Stewart.

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