Sunday Serendipity

By Jace, a Trail Mix Contributor

Something a bit different for today. Different and enjoyable both I hope..

Enjoy the music and enjoy your day.?

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  1. jace, thank you, thank you.  here’s something about her from a 2016 npr report:

    Amy Helm, daughter of The Band’s Levon Helm, grew up surrounded by music. She played for a while in her dad’s bands, she helped produce some of his most well-received recordings, including the Grammy-winning Dirt Farmer, and she’s a founding member of the band Ollabelle. This summer she steps out on her own with a new debut solo album, Didn’t It Rain, recorded in her father’s barn in Woodstock, N.Y., home of the Midnight Ramble. It’s with her current band, the Handsome Strangers: Byron Isaacs, bass; Daniel Littleton, guitar; David Berger, drums.

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  2. one of the many comments following the video:

    Scrolling through the comments it’s so wonderful to see so many people Levon touched with his music and his basic goodness.  The only artist I can remember whose death generated such an outpouring of love, respect, sadness, and admiration in the last 50 years has been John Lennon.  I hope Levon realized how many people out there truly loved his music and admired him as a person.  He was always my favorite member of The Band, but the years since then showed a fuller side of Levon.  A great, great musician and an even better man.

  3. Levon Helm -> The Band -> Cathy Evelyn Smith -> John Belushi -> Saturday Night Live -> Donald J. Trump

    Sorry Jace, but the name Helm immediately made me think of Cathy Smith & a nod to the old Spy Magazine “Degrees of Separation” feature where virtually anyone can be tied to everyone.

    Smith was the inspiration for Gordon Lightfoot’s song Sundown. She was also the reason Lightfoot fired his opening act, The Good Brothers, whom my brother had met & liked while covering bands as a photographer for a local periodical.

    Sometimes I think it’s a sin when I get feeling better when I’m losing again.

    Groupies play many roles in musical history. Fascinating to see who earns the trust & why: drugs, sex, rock & roll.

     

  4. Saw Levon, Amy, and their band downtown one night few years back  it was a nice show…..

  5. If you do happen upon Smith’s book Chasing the Dragon, I recommend having a supply of bleach handy. Yikes. Skanksville. Made my skin crawl.

     

  6. usatoday:

    […]
    Speaking on Sunday news shows the morning after the publication of a January memo from the president’s lawyers, Giuliani also told ABC said the president “probably” has the power to pardon himself, but doesn’t plan to because he’s done nothing wrong.
    “It could lead to impeachment,” Giuliani told NBC’s Meet The Press. “If he terminated an investigation of himself it could lead to all sets of consequences.”
    Giuliani also defended a January memo in which Trump’s lawyers at the time told Mueller that, as a legal matter, presidents can’t be charged with obstruction of justice because he is the nation’s chief law enforcement officer. The memo also said that Trump could “terminate” the Mueller investigation, either through the Justice Department or the pardon power.
     

    [….]
    In its memo to Mueller from January, Trump’s attorneys said there is no evidence of collusion and that the president acted within his authority in firing Comey and criticizing the Mueller investigation — and that he is not liable for obstruction of justice in any event.
    “It remains our position that the President’s actions here, by virtue of his position as the chief law enforcement officer, could neither constitutionally nor legally constitute obstruction because that would amount to him obstructing himself, and that he could, if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon if he so desired,” the memo said.
    Even some Trump allies criticized such a broad claim of executive authority.
    “It’s an outrageous claim, it’s wrong,” said former New Jersey governor (and ex-U.S. attorney) Chris Christie, also speaking on ABC.
    Giuliani also appeared to distance himself from the claim that presidents can’t be investigated for obstruction of justice, telling ABC that “when you argue, you argue the broadest possible point. We don’t have to go there.”
    As for a presidential self-pardon, Giuliani said it’s an “interesting constitutional argument,” but not applicable in the Trump case.
    “I think the political ramifications of that would be tough,” Giuliani said. “Pardoning other people is one thing. Pardoning yourself is another.”
     

  7. newsweek:

    While Giuliani agreed that Trump pardoning himself could move into murky legal precedents, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, also on ABC Sunday, noted, “If the president were to pardon himself, he’ll get impeached.” ABC News’ chief legal analyst, Dan Abrams, added, “We all agree It’s so unlikely that Mueller will seek to indict a sitting president, that that issue simply won’t come up.”

  8. I’m with Nancy P let’s not talk impeachment until all the evidence is in and the Mueller report is public

  9. Thank you Jace for another fine selection.

    While wondering the halls of music a while ago I was thinking about poor Hawaii. Here’s something that may help people attached to that wonderful State rest their anxieties.

  10. this summer’s beach read novel

    usatoday:

    Bill Clinton and James Patterson wonder if democracy can survive, in fact or fiction

    [….]
    Clinton and Patterson acknowledge that one problem they had collaborating on a Washington thriller in the Age of Trump was this: It’s hard to devise fictional turns that sound any stranger than today’s reality.
    A president threatened with impeachment? Check. Russian meddling in U.S. affairs? Check. Congressional scheming over intelligence affairs for partisan gain? Check. Beautiful Abkhazian super-assassin code-named Bach?
    OK, that last one exists only in The President is Missing, being jointly published Monday by Little, Brown and Knopf. But still.
    “I think the danger of that is — I saw this unfold — something jaw-dropping new happens every day; you have to report on it, and pretty soon people get pretty exhausted listening to it,” Clinton said. “Then if you’ve got a false attack the other way and you repeat it for 50 days, people remember what’s false and can’t remember what’s true.”
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    and as reviewed by wapo:
    The book is officially fiction: the story of a president who disappears as he tries to prevent an apocalyptic cyberattack.
     
    The authors, Bill Clinton and James Patterson, swear it could happen.
     
    “You’re asking the Secret Service, in effect, to walk away from their duty,” the former president said during a recent interview at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel as he and Patterson discussed “The President Is Missing,” the thriller they worked on together that comes out this week. “(But) it could happen. If you were determined to do it, you could do it.”
     
    “A big piece of it (the novel) was getting him out of the White House,” Patterson said. “It would be irresponsible, but under the circumstances it was the responsible thing to do.”
     
    Prodded to collaborate by Washington attorney Robert Barnett, who handles book deals for both of them, Clinton and Patterson drew on their respective backgrounds in completing a 500-page novel that topped Amazon’s best-seller list before publication. Patterson is among the world’s most popular and prolific fiction writers, and the novel is a characteristically fast-paced narrative, with brief chapters and dramatic plot turns.
    [….continues…]

     

  11. Rick and I were supposed to leave for a vacation on Cape Cod yesterday.  We are sticking around until tomorrow afternoon as my relative’s funeral is tomorrow morning.  With the yearly vacay cut a bit short this year, we’ve decided not to go to Martha’s Vineyard.  We may go later in the fall and party with OldSeaHag then.

    Gonna say bye now.  I’ll have my phone and iPad…  if I feel like posting something I will…  and if I don’t…  just call me Jamie.  I know I’ll see you all when we get back Friday night.  Until then, take care!

  12. And, they didn’t forget to ~thank~ Marco Rubio.   This generation  of young folks will be involved, speak out, vote, hold office,  fix some sh/+.

  13. First Lady Melania Trump will not attend the G7 or Singapore summit with President Trump, @FLOTUS Communications Director Stephanie Grisham told reporters.

  14. Quite a few of my fellow Marylander’s are tired of the rain, way too much rain.  I watched the Patapsco rise by feet per minute this afternoon during a heavy rain.  Trees are falling in the water logged soil. A few days of fair weather would be nice.

  15. blueINdallas,

    Mr Olbermann has been back a while 😉

    Too bad his show Olbermann never caught on – it was very good. He even threw a nod to Mr Crawford one night during a baseball recap.

     

  16. Even during the 19th century & its bevy of invalid First Ladies a daughter, daughter-in-law, niece or sister stepped in the role.

    Perhaps the President is draining the East Wing swamp.

  17. Harriet Lane, niece of James Buchanan, was probably the most successful & popular non-wife First Lady. Queen Victoria was reportedly a fan.

     

  18. He is back doing sports where he belongs, but may not last long in today’s climate given his defense of the indefensible.

    I did love The Countdown and Saturday Baseball, though.

  19. Oh, and as we approach our anniversary, there was a cameo of KO in our first video with all of his wonderful baseball cards.

    Craig – Are the videos you did with Adam (I think that was his name) still around?

  20. He’s been contributing commentaries, guest hosting on various espn shows for a few months now. He had a well received segment about how the sports world dealt with the MLK assassination.

  21. Watched the 60 Minutes segment about Chef Jose Andres & his feeding the people of Puerto Rico. One person can make a difference.

  22. “First Lady Melania Trump will not attend the G7 or Singapore summit with President Trump, @FLOTUS Communications Director Stephanie Grisham told reporters.”

    craig, the guardian had this piece on the flotus yesterday :   Missing Melania Trump barely makes news – things are getting weirder

     
    I am not one for conspiracy theories, and so I don’t find the guesses flying around the lefty internet about Melania Trump’s whereabouts particularly convincing. But I am very interested in double standards – and I find it hard to believe that if Michelle Obama disappeared from the public eye for nearly a month that there wouldn’t be some sort of sustained public inquiry.
     
    It’s fun to imagine that Melania – who has been memed endlessly because of her apparent distaste for the president – has finally flown the coop and left her notoriously misogynist husband. And who knows, maybe she has.
     
    But the reasons behind her lack of public appearances are less interesting to me than the fact that we’re so used to bizarre and out-of-bounds behavior from this administration that something like a missing first lady barely makes the grade for news coverage.
     
    Things are weird, my friends. And they’re only going to get weirder.
     

  23. BiD, those vids were done with the great Andrew Satter. There are a bunch out there if you search google videos under my name and cq or maybe cq politics.

  24. from that guardian link, a commenter said:
    (@thomas_violence)
    I love little cultural differences, like how Americans are super offended by the word cunt but here in Australia we’re super offended by school children being slaughtered with automatic weapons

    the daily beast, jon stewart sorta on that subject:
    “Please understand that a lot of what the right does, and it’s maybe their greatest genius, is they’ve created a code of conduct that they police, that they themselves don’t have to, in any way, abide,” Stewart said.
    The right described him as a “tool of the Obama presidency,” because he made two visits to the White House. Meanwhile, Trump “spoke to the head of Fox [News] and strategized with him on a weekly basis and uses their on-air talent as advisers.” He told liberals, “Don’t get caught in a trap of thinking you can live up to a code of integrity that will be enough for the propagandist right. There isn’t. And so, create your own moral code to live by, but don’t be fooled into trying to make concessions that you think will mollify them.”
    This brought him to Sam Bee, who was essentially forced to apologize for her remarks this past week after the White House called for TBS to cancel her show. “They don’t give a shit about the word ‘cunt,’” he said of the Trump administration. “That is probably—he says that instead of ‘please,’ I’m guessing.” (And it is true that there are numerous reports of Trump himself using the “c-word” word over the years, including one on camera.)
     

  25. That’s weird.  Today’s thread just disappeared after I called Guilliani/Trumpsky rhetoric as better by against Democracy.

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