All the interesting shit not discussed about the Russia scandal

First off, America is full of cheaters.  Wall St. is full of cheaters, corporate America, there is cheating all over our society.

I don’t blame the Russians for fucking with our elections as Uncle Sam has fucked with elections and governments all over the world.  But there were Americans here, in America, so desperate to win they basically committed treason to do it.  And some of them are going to go to jail for it.

Secondly, an most hilariously is that the Republican Party has spent decades talking about how patriotic they are, how liberals are anti-American, apple pie and all that bullshit.

The Grand Ol’ Party was more than willing to get down with the Russians — how fucking patriotic is that?

Thirdly, and even sadder than above, is that the Democrats will use whatever comes of this scandal to not take responsibility for what a collection of incompetent dicknuts they are.  It never should have been close, she fucking lost to Donald Trump.

None of this will be discussed in the New York Times.

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Quote of the day!

From Matt Taibbi here:

When the Democrats abandoned their reliance on labor in the Eighties, and began to be funded by the same big companies that backed Republicans, our politics devolved into a contest between two employer-supported factions. Neither really cared about the numerical majority of poor or working-class voters, so they had to get creative with their politics.

And that’s how we got to this toxic shitshow called America.  The same people fund both parties and both parties play bait and switch with the majority of Americans.

Music for 7/13/18!!! twenty one pilots, Childish Gambino, Alessia Cara, Mary J. Blige

@@@ twenty one pilots: Jumpsuit (Fueled by Ramen, 2018) This track occupies the #1 slot on the hot tracks section of Apple Music. My first impression is that this is a bite job on the Imagine Dragon’s tune ‘Believer’ which I can barely stomach. The singer here is a bit of a moper which is surprising for the position. There is no moping in mainstream music. It employs a classic quiet in the verse and the crush it in the chorus technique that took Kurt Cobain to the bank. It’s an epic sound but to be honest I have no clue what this is about. The last 90 seconds gets into a sensitive piano driven section which is unfortunate — it has comforting lyrics that amount to a nice side dish of word salad. Jumpsuit, jumpsuit cover me. I guess the jumpsuit is a metaphor for a desire for protection. It’s a bag of ass, the tune that is, not the jumpsuit.

@@@ Childish Gambino: Summertime Magic (Sony Music, 2018) This is the side of Childish Gambino which is closer to Lionel Ritchie than the activist, soulful Curtis Mayfield side shown is This is America. I like a bunch of the sounds and I like the dancehall Caribbean slant to the beats. I like Mr. Gambino, I have respect for him and his skills but this tune sounds more calculated than joyous to my ears.

@@@ Alessia Cara: A Little More (Def Jam, 2018) A surprising dip into white people feelings music with guitars from the label Def Jam. This track is also in the Apple Music hot tracks section. Cara has a husky and pleasing voice, the lyrics aren’t particularly interesting, the guitar part is all right and the vocal hook centers around wanting a little more of you. It’s a yearning 2 minutes, slow and a wee bit melancholy.

@@@ Mary J. Blige: Only Love (UMG, 2018) Mary J. Blige goes for the big disco dancefloor empowerment anthem. This is a fully realized arrangement with complex string arrangements, a load of background vocals, some clavinet (I think) and Ms. Blige doing her thing on the microphone. This is the best of what I heard today because it sounds genuine in its performance. It’s not particularly a summer song despite its updated disco beat action with lyrics about love building you up and breaking you down. Not really grilling music unless you enjoy searing meat to the heartbreak of other humans.

YTD recordings listened to: 404
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 212
Not good music: 181

Best: 7
Honorable Mentions: 4

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts

Let’s fly a giant balloon and maybe President Skidmark won’t come back!

From the Daily Beast here:

Trump has complained that the giant balloon has hurt his feelings, telling British tabloid newspaper The Sun: “I used to love London as a city. I haven’t been there in a long time. But when they make you feel unwelcome, why would I stay there?” I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London.”

#missionaccomplished

Hearing Trump complain about having his feelings hurt is just delicious.  This is a man who goes out of his way to traffic in humiliation and personal slander.  The double standard in his mind that people should treat him nicely is mind blowing.

I guess this motherfucker has never heard the do unto others as you would have them do unto you motto.

#biglydouchebitch.

U.S. has a tax cut for rich dickheads problem!

Headline from Zero Hedge:

US Budget Deficit Hits $607 Billion In 9 Months, As Spending On Interest Explodes

Spending on interest explodes because the government is borrowing a ton more and they’re borrowing a ton more because they cut taxes for rich assholes and for corporations that are already awash in money.

Music for 7/12/18!!! Mini Mansions, Psychic Pollution, Factor Chandelier

@@@ Mini Mansions: Works Every Time (UMG, 2018) I got to this mainstream rock via a music publicist email. Check this quote which I find very interesting: “Works Every Time” finds the band in their prime – open, honest, and full of real tangible emotion but counterbalancing those feelings with musically fun songs. Real tangible emotions — is this an acknowledgment that many bands are trafficking in plastic emotions. This is pretty awful business and I’m not feeling real tangible emotions. It’s rooted in ’80s pop rock with a pouting vocal stylings, some synth clouds floating back in the mix and guitar work that is defined by the formula. Nobody is gonna get their hair mussed up during or listening to this song and that is real and tangible. Very predictable and boring.

@@@ Psychic Pollution: Memoirs from a Flat Planet (Records DK, 2018) Some electronica off this week’s CFUV playlist email. It’s unfolding slowly and it is coming across as a video game soundtrack or a sci-fi movie soundtrack. Let’s peep further but they gotta get some Red Bull up in there and start cranking out the Model 3s. Tesla reference there. This third tune Interstate Blowout sounds like it should be a rough ass piece of music. It sounds like what happens when a long haul trucker has a giant burrito and can’t find a truck stop. But the music doesn’t reflect the excitement of my song title interpretation. It’s sleepytime tea. I like a chainsaw synth patch (not really) as much as the next guy.

@@@ Factor Chandelier – Wisdom Teeth (Fake Four Inc) We finish today’s listening session with a hip hop recording I got to from the CFUV weekly email. This first tune opens up synth-y and sounds like it might be biting the theme from Rocky. The second tune brings on a singer but I don’t like the singer or the way he’s been placed in the mix. I’m not sure this record knows if it’s a pop record or a hip hop record or is both at the same time. I don’t love the arrangements and the sounds are okay but not head spinning.

YTD recordings listened to: 400
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 210
Not good music: 179

Best: 7
Honorable Mentions: 4

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts