Take me back to 1968

At least, back to The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Season Two, when Mason Williams debuted “Classical Gas” on the show. Here’s Williams explaining how he wrote the song. Here it is as it was recorded for Williams’ album “The Mason Williams Phonograph Record”. Backing him up: Larry Knechtel and Jim Gordon of The Wrecking Crew, …

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Yo, Cineastes!

I have found a series of books for you film-lovers! The protagonist is named Valentino and he’s a film archivist at UCLA. As the author’s website says about him: he’s “a film detective for UCLA who inadvertently becomes an amateur sleuth.” More than that, he’s found an old 1920s theater he’s hell-bent to restore, and …

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Can this man be stopped?

Given the news yesterday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating President Trump for possible obstruction of justice, who’s taking bets on how many days it will be before Trump fires Mueller? There have been trial balloons from Trump’s favorite Newsmax publisher on The NewsHour, from Newt Gingrich (is it coincidental that Gingrich has a …

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Trumped again

The United Kingdom has been the closest ally the United States has had since the beginning of the 20th century, at least. Yet our idiot President has so offended the citizens of that nation that he’s reconsidering a planned visit in light of potential protests following him around while there. Mr. Trump is deeply unpopular …

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Not a happy camper

Last Thursday afternoon, June 1, our side-by-side fridge/freezer began emitting a very loud hum. The following morning I checked our file and determined that yes indeed, this had happened before, in March of this year. The tech came out and cleared various internal vents back then. It worked fine after that, and because we have …

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Save the ACA

If you live in a Republican state, get on the phone to your Representatives and Senators. The House is trying to destroy the financial reforms Dodd-Frank put in place, including the Consumer Financial Protection Board and has already passed legislation to go to the Senate to do just that. The Senate is trying very hard …

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