Cuz all critiques of Israeli policy have been deemed anti-Semitic!

From the Daily Beast:


If all criticism of Israel is anti-Semitic that means Palestinians are racist and that opens the door for Israel to dehumanize and oppress them because they’re awful racist human beings.

So these days it’s fashionable to mindlessly support anything Israel says and they have a huge self-interest in not recognizing the humanity of Palestinian people.

Music for 12/10/18!!! Kacey Musgraves, Lucy Dacus

@@@ Kacey Musgraves: Golden Hour (MCA Nashville, 2018) #3 on NPR’s best of 2018 list. I know she’s a critical darling but I’ve never heard the mind blower to convert me. The production here is large sounding with shades of Daniel Lanois’ Emmylou Harris record. She’s going for the big meta lyrics and I wish they were better. The playing is very good, there are some interesting sounds tucked into this country record, but I don’t hear the best of year vibes here.

@@@ Lucy Dacus: Historian (Matador, 2018) #4 on the NPR best of 2018 list. Oh boy, mopey indie music. Has the world an infinite appetite for downer guitar indie or is there something wrong with me? Dacus has a fantastic voice and she deploys it with great taste but the tunes….they’re more background music for a coffee shop rather than something that grabs you and doesn’t let go. I understand I’m running the risk of being a krank by not liking what is apparently so likable but this doesn’t work for me. This makes me feel sleepy.

YTD recordings listened to: 678
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 369
Not good music: 264

Best: 16
Honorable Mentions: 8

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, 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, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou

Ahem, is Elon Musk the only one who thinks he’s above the law?

From CNBC:


Here we have a situation where laughable double standards apply.

We’re looking at the possibility that our President conspired with a foreign power to influence an election and this financial reporter (who loves Trump!) is shitting on Musk for smoking weed on a podcast and for arguing with analysts on conference calls.

One of my main points against Obama’s Presidency is how he contorted the law and conducted a secret death robot war in many countries across the globe.  How can law allow a country to lob missiles at people whose names they don’t even know?  How is that not acting above the law?

I’m more than open to holding Musk accountable but there should be some perspective and some holding of others accountable as well.

I’m sure Trump’s wife doesn’t feel the same way!

From Reuters here:


I predict we’re about to see a flood of Trump tears as he portrays himself as a victim of Democratic persecution.

To see Trump pawn off his payoffs for his affairs as simple private transactions has to not be sitting well with the wife.

Maybe she conducted a simple private transaction when she married that specimen.

Speaking of centrist Democrats pretending to give a shit!


Why are Sanders and Ocasio Cortez so hated by Wall Street and their donors?  Because they won’t take the money and play the game,

But here we have Corey Booker who is more than happy to take their money and then pretend to be a liberal Democrat.

These folks aren’t donating to Booker to make your life better.  Or mine.  They’re funding him to protect themselves and improve their own lives.

It’s as simple as that and Booker can tiptoe around that logic all he wants but it’s true.

Quote of the day!

From the Guardian here:


The sad reality is that Trump has given more of a shit to victims of neoliberalism and globalization than Hillary Clinton and Obama and Bubba Clinton.

Of course they would vehemently deny this but if their lives were decent and their economic futures assured at the same level as Obama’s tech donors we never would have been treated to the Trump.

It is the rotting body in Obama’s Presidential closet that his economic policies brought on Trump.  He’s never going to cop to it but it’s true.