Monday, October 14, 2019

Carly Simon's latest book comes out next week


From Sunday, that's Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "Clueless."

Carly Simon's TOUCHED BY THE SUN comes out next week.  It's her latest book and it focuses on her friendship with Jackie O.

Stephanie Nolasko (FOX NEWS) reports:

Carly Simon still vividly remembers being at pal Jackie Kennedy Onassis’ beside as she lay dying.
The former first lady passed away in 1994 at age 64 from cancer. The “You’re So Vain” singer is releasing a new memoir on Oct. 22 titled “Touched by the Sun: My Friendship with Jackie,” which details the political and fashion icon’s thoughts about both of her husbands — President John F. Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis — as well as her two children.
“I was holding her hand, telling her I loved her and saying goodbye,” recalled the 74-year-old in this week’s issue of People magazine.
“There was an otherworldly recording of monks singing, intermingled with sounds of uproarious laughter from the next room, where various Kennedys were having an Irish gathering. It was surreal.”

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  • Meanwhile, over at THE MARY SUE, they're noting music videos for movie themes and they note:

    And then, there is Carly Simon. An ode to the “working girl” (get it? Because it’s from the movie Working Girl?), the video features some of the cast from the movie and has Carly Simon singing her song from Working Girl while on the Staten Island Ferry as if she was Melanie Griffith in the movie.
    But then again, Melanie Griffith is also in this music video so it goes back and forth from Carly Simon on the Ferry to scenes from Working Girl. I’m completely obsessed with everything that went into making this movie/music video collaboration.

    Over at THE NATION, David Hajdu makes it clear that he's a little (fill in your curse word of choice) with his snide nonsense that Carly Simon made "pointless" standards albums.

    Uh, no, she didn't.  And she was the first one in the 80s to do it.  And when she did it, Barbra was asked if she'd ever do it and said never.  Then she ended up doing THE BROADWAY ALBUM.  But Carly led the way with 1981's TORCH.  She followed that up with MY ROMANCE which is amazing.  The arrangements are perfect.  Then came FILM NOIR -- that's an album I usually ignore.  It's a solid album but the keys the songs are in bring me down and depress me.  Then came MOONLIGHT SERENADE which is gorgeous.  And then came INTO WHITE.  My favorite of all of them is MY ROMANCE but INTO WHITE is a close second.  And all are worthy albums.

    He insults Linda Ronstadt as well.  And I don't see how you trash albums like WHAT'S NEW when the great Nelson Riddle is doing the arrangements and leading the band.  "What'll I Do" -- from WHAT'S NEW -- may be the definitive version of that classic song.

    David Hadju writes like an uninformed, young punk but, no surprise, he's 64.  He's a sexist pig from the time where ripping apart women was the standard.  He's also a writer for THE NEW REPUBLIC.  Why Katrina has allowed their bad arts columnists to move over to THE NATION is anyone's guess.  Hajdu is a jerk.  A Dylan groupie who wrote that awful book about Bob, Joan, Mimi and Richard -- the 'love story' of Joan and Bob -- except Bob had a wife and Joan was sleeping with a woman -- that's too much reality for Hadju.

    Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

    Monday, October 14, 2019.  Hunter Biden swears he did nothing wrong and he won't do it again!, Tulsi Gabbard tries to decide whether or not to show up for tomorrow night's debate, and much more.

    Starting in the US where the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination continues.  Last night Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "Clueless" went up.

    In the comic, US House Rep Tulsi Gabbard declares, "I just realized these so-called debates may not be transparent or democratic."  Tomorrow, she is supposed to be one of 12 candidates vying for the party's presidential nomination to take the stage for the latest Democratic Party debate.  But will she be there?

    After she (and her supporters) pouted non-stop when she didn't meet the requirements for the September Democratic Party debate, you'd think Tulsi would be rushing to leap onto the stage.  But now she's declaring that she is only just realizing that the debates may not be transparent or democratic.  Just realizing.  After she already took part in two of them.  After she stamped her feet over not being included in the third.  She's just starting to realize that they may not be fair.

    She's taken time out from pondering what to do long enough to have a hissy fit -- another hissy fit -- over the press coverage she's receiving.


    Cry babies really shouldn't run for the presidency.  If it's not Joe Biden's campaign blubbering about how poorly they're treated, it's Tulsi's campaign.

    They really need to grow the hell up.  At least with regards to Joe, he knows he's trying to work the refs.  There's not a sincere aspect to the slamming his campaign does of the press.  They know they're lying, they know they're trying to bully the press.

    Tulsi's so, yes, clueless, she may not grasp that.

    She's egged on by Michael Tracey and Glenn Greenwald.  Glenn's especially an idiot when it comes to the press (as evidenced by his own inability to handle criticism of THE INTERCEPT).  She is their Tulsi Girl and, damn it, they will not have criticism of her.

    She deserves every bit of criticism she gets -- and that's true of all the candidates, but especially her.

    The press treated her seriously after the second debate.  And then she opened her mouth.  Repeatedly.

    The big 'anti-war' candidate suddenly wanted to tell the world that all War Hawk Joe Biden had done on Iraq was forgiven (and it went far beyond his vote for the war) because . . . Well because she said so!  And damn it, wasn't that enough?  A lazy brained candidate who hadn't done any of the work required was backing up Joe's 'Bully Boy Bush tricked me!' b.s.  If he was really tricked (he wasn't) then you'd think he wouldn't have given Bush an award just last year, right?  He'd be so offended that he'd have skipped that.

    But there was Tulsi lying for him over and over.

    The press put her on TV, they interviewed for print and the vapid Tulsi had nothing of merit or value to say.

    Nothing changed in the weeks since.

    She has no issue to get passionate about, she has no plans to present.  In fact, the only time she comes alive as a candidate is when she's ready to slam the press again.

    The press are not your friend.  They are never your friend.  They will use you because that's what they do.

    For a politician not to grasp that really goes to stupidity.

    Tulsi's got a lot of stupidity on display.

    The debate's tomorrow night.  Maybe she'll show, maybe she won't.

    Moving over to Joe Biden.

    If you are someone who has raised concerns about Hunter Biden and don’t also raise big concerns about the Trump children, then you fundamentally lack inegrity and don’t really care about building a more moral and less corrupt world.

    Matthew Dowd really needs to crawl back into the sewer.

    Donald Trump's family is what it is and if you're surprised by that reality where the hell have you been over the last decades.

    That's "A."  (B) Since it is what it is, the Democrats need to use that.  They do that by drawing a clear contrast between their candidate and Donald.  (C) As someone who smeared Democrats like Max Cleaveland, you really need to sit the f**K down, Dowd.  The faux ass 'resistance' may embrace you but no real Democrat ever would because of what you did to rip apart so many in 2002.

    Hunter Biden is unethical.

    He and his father are also pretty damn stupid having allowed the issue to gain so much traction before attempting to address it.  Suddenly, Hunter's available for interviews!!!!


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    ABC News is teasing a wide ranging interview with Hunter Biden that will air Tuesday morning and evening—the same day as the next presidential debate. All but ensures this issue will be the dominant narrative for the former VP as Biden takes the stage.

    What's going on?  China.

    Shorter Biden lawyer: He didn’t do anything wrong and he won’t do it anymore.

     He's walking away from the China money.  Is he?

    Not being the financial idiot that Bob Somerby is (he didn't even realize you were paid to sit on the board of the Clinton Foundation), I'm not so sure.  Hunter has stepped off the board.  Well has he gotten rid of stocks in the company as well?  Is he no longer profiting in any way?

    There's a world of difference -- when many Americans are outraged about the China deal -- just stepping down from a board for appearance sake and from no longer profiting from the company.  Equally true, he hasn't stepped down yet.  Read the fine print, he plans to -- plans -- on October 31st.  Is that the trick or the treat?

    He has the issue also with Ukraine.

    Exploiting your father's position in government for personal profit is wrong if your name is Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr., or Hunter Biden
  • Hunter Biden is not a victim here and Democrats are not obligated to defend his conduct. He traded on his family name to score a $50K/month contract with a Ukrainian oligarch. This doesn't justify Trump's lawbreaking or validate Trump's conspiracy theories. But it's the truth.

    The vice presidency is not a tests run for the presidency.  Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, etc did not go from vice president to president.

    Point here, Joe Biden was vice president for eight years.  So why would anyone applaud the Tweet below?



    Link to headline article

    Now he's not going to do wrong?  He did wrong for eight years while his father was the Vice President.

    Hunter needs to get accountable for that.  What he did was wrong and no one should believe any vague promise he makes today that doesn't admit what he did previously was wrong.

    And Joe needs to get accountable too.  He let his brother James and his son Hunter profit from the office of vice president.  That's unseemly.

    And if you want to defeat Donald in November 2020, you don't put corruption on the Democratic Party ticket.  It was unethical, it was corrupt.

    Joe Biden defends Hunter: 'No one has asserted my son did a single thing wrong except a lying president'

    Joe can't stop lying, can he?

    He lies and then he lies again.

    His campaign has tried to spin this and bully the press into running with Donald's most extreme charges.  Hunter did do wrong.  It was unethical and many of us have noted that.  Donald has repeatedly stated criminal.  There's no evidence available to the public that indicates it was criminal but, yes, it was unethical and, yes, it was corrupt.

    Joe's lying about that reality isn't admirable.  He's running for the presidential nomination, not Dad Of The Year.  In addition, these moves of Hunter's only beg the question of what about James Biden?  His brother's equally corrupt.  Where's the promise there?

    The country doesn't need this nonsense.  They need a candidate who is a clear contrast to Donald.  The country can get behind an alternative but a pale copy of Donald Trump is just going to give Trump four more years.

    Tuesday night, at the debates, does anyone plan to ask Joe and the rest about Iraq?

    A woman runs between burning tires in Baghdad, Iraq, during a week of nationwide anti-government protests that led to the deaths of at least 110 people and wounded more than 6,000. More photos of the week: ๐Ÿ“ท Wissm al-Okili

    Joe brags that his experience includes being in charge of Iraq for eight years, that Barack put him in charge.  At what point might we see the press start to 'test' that experience by asking actual questions?

    Mustafa Salman, born in 1999, went out to protest in , was shot in the head, died from his injuries last night. Medical reports state that he died from a wound to the head

    Over 110 people dead.  That doesn't warrant comment from people hoping to become the next president?

    Mustafa Habib reports a new development.

    Breaking: In their first joint meeting after , Iraqi President, Prime Minister, Parliament Speaker & head of the judiciary adopt the proposal of senior cleric Ali 2 form independent technocrats committee 2 diagnose the deep problems facing state institutions
    "The action of the committee and its outputs must be timed, and its results should be respected by all state institutions, in the political, economic, financial, legislative and cultural fields and propose the solutions".