Happy Birthday, Chester Burnett, aka Howlin’ Wolf

June 10, 2016

His “London Sessions” is one of my favorite albums. Listen to the whole thing, and pay particular attention to “Little Red Rooster.”


Happy World Turtle Day!

May 23, 2016



And for Number 1,401, Paying Homage to Another Great Artist

April 7, 2016

Rest in peace, and thank you, Merle Haggard.


For My 1,400th Post, Remembering the Great McKinley Morganfield on His Birthday

April 4, 2016


Just Got Back From (Finally) Seeing “Spotlight”

March 26, 2016

God, I miss being a journalist.


This is Simply Glorious

March 10, 2016

At tonight’s state dinner for Prime Minister Trudeau and his wife, they are serving gourmet poutine.



“Welfare for the Wealthy”

February 20, 2016

By now, the phrase “the game is rigged” has become practically a cliche, and even some of the riggers are now rhetorically trying to contort that into their own messages. Take Charles Koch’s recent exercise in dissembling on the op-ed page of the Washington Post. Charles Murray, who rocketed to fame with his racist tract, “The Bell Curve,” years ago, wrote similarly dishonest bit of blather in the Wall Street Journal.

But John Sides, on the Post’s “Monkey Cage” blog, has an interview with political scientist Chris Faricy, author of the new book, “Welfare for the Wealthy,” that, hopefully, will remind us of the actual facts of the matter.

More on this down the road . . .



Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 171 other followers