The Central Park Five on Stage and Screen

    The story of the Central Park Five is coming to the stage at the Long Beach Opera.

    LONG BEACH, Calif. — Even before he became president, Donald J. Trump was a character in the opera Anthony Davis was writing about racism and injustice, “The Central Park Five.” But the role grew as the piece was reworked for its premiere in June at Long Beach Opera.



    "Obstruction of Justice undermines the social contract: if most people jump the turnstile  I'm tempted to jump it too.

    And the subway goes broke.

    But if  jumpers , are punished ,I'll pay for my ride. And the subway works .

    If the  Governor frees all the jumpers  he has to be punished by a higher level of Government.

    To make sure jumpers fear getting caught. And pay. And the subway will work.

    But if the President frees jumpers he's obstructing justice ;  that should  be punished by ,say, the Attorney General.

    Shouldn't it?

    Any recent racism in the U.S.

    definitely isn't because of lack of news coverage; check out what Zach Goldberg found out on this thread:

    1/n Spent some time on LexisNexis over the weekend. Depending on your political orientation, what follows will either disturb or encourage you. But regardless of political orientation, I'm sure we can all say 'holy fucking shit'

    — Zach Goldberg (@ZachG932) May 28, 2019

    Advice for us all from Charles Darwin

    For aficionados of dark humor

    Check out some of the tweeted replies to the U.S. Army's new twitter campaign:

    How has serving impacted you?

    — U.S. Army (@USArmy) May 23, 2019

    I found it because this one reply was retweeted by the great veteran NYTimes reporter C.J. Chivers.

    On Disagreeing With Conservatives

    A recent episode of Seth Meyer’s show featured Meghan McCain as a guest. Myers challenged McCain’s view that Representative Omar was anti-Semitic. Myers pointed out that Omar apologized for her insensitive comments about Israel. McCain maintained her position and asked Myers if he was Omar’s publicist.

    McCain’s husband who runs the Conservative website took to attack Meyers

    I agree

    This time Trump was telling the truth

    Wasn't he?  

    Surely he wouldn't  lie about his billions of losses..I mean why would he?

    Well yes he would have wanted to avoid taxes but...Well yeah he would have really wanted to avoid taxe......OK I agree he'd have done almost anything ...ok avoid taxes. But how.........

    Coincidentally leading the way on how to do #MeToo properly without blowback

    Keep the blame on the abuser, not the clueless non-abusing men who might not eagerly join you at the ramparts:

    Joe Biden doesn’t owe me an apology. Clarence Thomas does.

    Op-ed by Angela Wright-Shannon @, May 1

    Impeachment? Mitch McConnell Could Ignore It

    US Constitution, Article One

    6: The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.

    Current Senate Rules, on impeachment, from 1986:


    Part III is here.

    First, ICYMI in the news feed, hack Dem mayor doing the Boss Tweed thing:

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    Blood on your hands? Call Jared!

    Kushner Crisis Management, that is.

    Remember the generalized outrage when it was bruited about that Jared Kushner (he of the purchased Ivy admittance) advised MBS Mohammed Bone Saw Bin Saud) that in the end, the furor over the Kashoggi atrocity would prove to be merely a speed bump?

    Beyond outrage, there was derision--"Jared? PR advice? Y'gotta be kidding!"

    Ha, ha, ha. The joke's on us

    Business Quietly Returns to Saudi Arabia After Khashoggi’s Murder

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    How to reap a whirlwind

    1 Warm the Arctic so that


    2. The temperature gradient lessens and


    3. The wall enclosing supercold arctic air collapses and


    4. The supercold air escapes south where it hits


    5. Extra warm extra moist gulf stream air and


    6. Voila, tournedos. tornadoes  (H/T Moat...)


    (Also, historic midwest flooding.)


    As to the latter, we can only hope that the bloated corpse of the flooded out Trumpista serves as a flotation device saving innocent children.


    President Trump, Just Do It !

    President Trump -JUST DO IT ! You!  YES YOU!

    Trump told Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan he would grant McAleenan a pardon if he were sent to jail for having border agents block asylum seekers from entering the US in defiance of US law...

    President, people say you're crazy. they laugh at you on late night TV. Good. It's OK.

    Someone needed to invoke Godwin's Law on this Congressional Hearing

    not to mention that Victim Olympics cards were being played to max. Mho, Nadler would only make a fair, not great, moderator on a blog:

    Conspiracy Theories are Fun and Magical

    Great title for a long term thread, so I am stealing it with this first example:

    Secrets of the GOP revealed in this thread

    The olden days

    Fun thread:

    On American social cohesion

    Most of us feel like it is breaking down, but this point I just ran across made me think again:

    If your goal is to change culture--

    This is a good little example of how you go about effecting changing culture:

    Increasing visibility of non-conforming gender communities in stock photos @, March 26.

    When "family values" conservatives complain about the influence of "Hollywood liberals" and "the liberal media", this is what they mean. And they are not wrong that it can help usher along culture change. Far more than many protests or the like, which can produce counter-productive blowback.

    Blitzkrieg! Trump Unleashes Attack on Obamacaregrad

    After being distracted and insufficiently appreciated for his unprecedented electoral victory, and his relentless assault on the rule of law, on regulations, on judges, institutions, our allies, facts, the press, a balanced budget, the Fed, Montenegro, his former cabinet secretaries, the environment, Puerto Rico.... Trump has the scent of the blood of the enemy in his nostrils.

    Pay rates for free-lance journalism

    It occurred to me again recently that people don’t know how little we make. My last NYTBR review paid 300 dollars. I had a cover piece in 2014 that paid 600. I read the books i review carefully & often read other works by that same author to understand their whole trajectory.

    — porochista khakpour (@PKhakpour) March 24, 2019

    Trump Appts GOP Partisan Hack to Fed

    Stephen Moore, a total Republican political hack. His economic publishing history below.

    2004, pre-election pro Bush campaign swill:

    Bullish On Bush: How George Bush's Ownership Society Will Make America Stronger (Madison Books, 2004) ISBN 1-56833-261-0

    The next one, from 2014, came out only  in audio, the printing of it apparently cancelled.... as it was, by 2014,  so clear Moore was selling bs.  Obama had saved the economy after "Bush's Ownership Society" which Moore loved so much, had led to the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.


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