Pinkture This

Realeased July 1968, “Music From Big Pink”

This little house in the Catskills gave birth to a hell of a lot of music back in its heyday.



18 thoughts on “Pinkture This”

  1. sturge, with my limited techie skills I don’t know how to edit or what to do with that url you pasted atop the photo to bring it to the fore.  is something like this what you had in mind?

  2. thanks to daily beast for pointing out (in my opinion) the best line from maher last night:

    “Tensions, of course, with Iran have been rising—predictably— since the Iran Nuclear Deal was scuttled,” the comic noted. “But Iran announced this week they are going back to enriching uranium, and Trump was furious: ‘How dare they renege on the deal that we pulled out of?’”

  3. ny times;Paul Manafort and Sean Hannity Traded Complaints and Tidbits for Months, Texts Show

    He has been called the shadow White House chief of staff, but Sean Hannity also sought to assist Paul Manafort as he defended himself from the special counsel’s investigation, according to court documents unsealed on Friday.

    Mr. Hannity, a Fox News host who is a close ally of President Trump, advised Mr. Manafort on how to fight his prosecution in the court of public opinion, and also pressed for confidential details about the case, according to a compilation of hundreds of text messages exchanged between the men, made public as part of the winding down of the case. Mr. Hannity at times appeared to try to gauge whether Mr. Manafort, a former Trump campaign aide, might be poised to cooperate with investigators, and, if so, what he might tell them about Mr. Trump and his inner circle.

    After Mr. Manafort’s former deputy, Rick Gates, pleaded guilty last year and agreed to cooperate with investigators, Mr. Hannity asked why Mr. Manafort did not “get a sweetheart deal like Gates.” Mr. Manafort responded that prosecutors “would want me to give up” the president or his family, especially his son-in-law and White House adviser, Jared Kushner. “I would never do that.”

    The messages underscore the outsize role Mr. Hannity has played in Mr. Trump’s orbit. On his daily syndicated radio program and nightly Fox News show, he serves as a top supporter, leading the charge against Mr. Trump’s enemies. But Mr. Hannity also speaks regularly to the president about strategy and messaging, and the messages suggest he sought to play a similar role for Mr. Manafort, raising the specter that he could have helped the two parties coordinate their strategies, or at least given him real-time visibility into both sides’ thinking.


  4. [cont’d from ny times]

    Days before Mr. Manafort and Mr. Gates were indicted in October 2017, Mr. Hannity suggested he had information. Mr. Manafort responded within 10 minutes and the subsequent messages suggest they spoke on the phone, after which Mr. Manafort thanked Mr. Hannity for “the news,” adding, “You are the best!”

    A few months later, Mr. Manafort arranged for Mr. Hannity to speak with his lawyer Kevin Downing, then quickly followed up, asking how the call went. “Good,” Mr. Hannity said. “I asked him to feed me everyday,” adding, “He has to SEND ME STUFF.”

    “He will,” Mr. Manafort responded.

    “Every day,” Mr. Hannity demanded.

    Later, they speculated on the fate of Mr. Kushner, with Mr. Manafort positing that the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, might be targeting the president’s son-in-law as a way of pressuring Mr. Trump into an interview.

    “He won’t agree,” Mr. Hannity said. “The lawyers will fight tooth and nail. Proffered agreement. All pre planned.”

    In a statement responding to the release of the text messages, Mr. Hannity said, “My view of the special counsel investigation and the treatment of Paul Manafort were made clear every day to anyone who listens to my radio show or watches my TV show.” Neither Mr. Downing nor a spokesman for Mr. Manafort responded to a request for comment.

    The messages began in July 2017 as prosecutors ramped up their investigations into Mr. Manafort and Mr. Gates, but months before the men were indicted on charges related to their unregistered lobbying work for Russia-aligned Ukrainian interests. The messages ended in June 2018, the day after Mr. Manafort was charged with additional counts on witness tampering. Two months later, he was found guilty on tax and banking violations. He subsequently pleaded guilty to additional charges and was sentenced in March to seven and a half years in prison.


  5. [concluding paragraphs of ny times article above]

    Mr. Hannity and Mr. Manafort seemed to have developed a bond, sharing misplaced confidence that Mr. Manafort would beat the charges against him, as well as a disdain for Mr. Mueller and his investigators. In one text, Mr. Manafort compared Mr. Mueller to the Gestapo.


    Both men expressed raw animosity for Andrew Weissmann, a member of the special counsel’s team who helped lead the prosecution of Mr. Manafort. He called Mr. Weissmann a “slime ball,” “unethical” and “illegal” while Mr. Hannity concurred with the dismal view of Mr. Weissmann.


    They thought little of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, expressing disappointment that he did not appoint a second special counsel to investigate the Clinton Foundation.


    “Sessions is totally worthless,” Mr. Manafort wrote in April 2018. Mr. Hannity responded, “Worthless.”


    Mr. Hannity, who has repeatedly attacked the special counsel and the investigation into the president, regularly exchanged messages with Mr. Manafort about Fox News segments defending him and assailing his critics.


    After an episode in October 2017, Mr. Manafort messaged to compliment Mr. Hannity and to complain about the lack of attention toward a dossier of research, which included claims about Mr. Manafort, that had been compiled for Democrats by a former British spy.


    “It’s really important that this doesn’t fade,” Mr. Manafort wrote. “Congress must engage.”


    Mr. Hannity responded, “I mentioned that!! Congress is finally engaging.”


    Later, Mr. Manafort, who professed to be a regular viewer, wrote to Mr. Hannity: “In a fair world you would get a Pulitzer for your incredible reporting.” After another broadcast, Mr. Manafort told the Fox host that he loves him.


    At one point early in their correspondence, Mr. Hannity indicated he would do “anything I can” to aid Mr. Manafort, adding, “I’m NOT a fair weather friend.”


    But there was a limit to their relationship. Mr. Hannity deflected on multiple occasions when Mr. Manafort asked for help drawing attention to efforts to raise money for his legal defense, initially suggesting he might allow Mr. Manafort to highlight the fund if he appeared on Mr. Hannity’s show.


    Mr. Manafort repeatedly begged off, citing his gag order. He made a final urgent appeal to Mr. Hannity for fund-raising assistance in May 2018, writing “Do you think you can do a tweet or a like to the site? I need to draw traffic to it quickly.”


    Mr. Hannity responded, “Paul it may be problematic with Fox. I need to get the ok. Hope u understand.”

  6. the guardian: Pelosi calls on faith leaders to help stop Trump’s ‘heartless’ migrant raids


    On Friday, the Washington Post reported that an operation launching before dawn on Sunday would target up to 2,000 families in as many as 10 cities. The Miami Herald said those cities were Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York and San Francisco.


    House speaker Nancy Pelosi appealed to religious leaders, saying they should call on the president to stand his operatives down.


    In a statement, Pelosi said: “Tomorrow is Sunday, and as many people of faith attend religious services, the president has ordered heartless raids. It is my hope that before Sunday, leaders of the faith-based community and other organizations that respect the dignity and worth of people will call upon the president to stop this brutal action, which will tear families apart and inject terror into our communities.”


    In her statement, Pelosi said: “Families belong together. These families are hard-working members of our communities and our country. The president’s action makes no distinction between a status violation and committing a serious crime.


    “It is important that the president and our immigrant communities know that they have rights in America.


    “Yesterday, the president spoke about the importance of avoiding the collateral damage of 150 lives in Iran. I would hope he would apply that same value to avoiding the collateral damage to tens of thousands of children who are frightened by his actions.”


    Pelosi also appealed directly to “the evangelical community”, a well of support for Trump, and pointedly quoted Ronald Reagan, a Republican idol, who said in his final speech as president in 1989: “Thanks to each wave of new arrivals to this land of opportunity, we’re a nation forever young, forever bursting with energy and new ideas, and always on the cutting edge, always leading the world to the next frontier…


    “If we ever closed the door to new Americans, our leadership in the world would soon be lost.”


  7. by George, in wapo op ed:  Republicans believed Juanita Broaddrick. The new rape allegation against Trump is more credible.

    June 22 at 1:07 PM


    George T. Conway III is a lawyer in New York.

    “Thank you very much for coming. These four very courageous women have asked to be here and it was our honor to help them. And I think they’re each going to make just an individual, short statement. And then will do a little meeting, and we will see you at the debate.”


    With those words, candidate Donald Trump kicked off a news conference just hours before the second presidential debate on Oct. 9, 2016. The brainchild of Stephen K. Bannon, Trump’s campaign chief, the gathering was an effort to blunt the impact of the now-notorious “Access Hollywood” tape, unearthed two days before, on which Trump had boasted of grabbing women by their genitals and doing “anything” to them that he liked.


    Sitting with Trump were four women, three of whom claimed to have been subjected to Bill Clinton’s unwelcome sexual advances. One, in particular, was sitting just to Trump’s right.

    Her name was Juanita Broaddrick. And she made an accusation of criminal sexual assault.


    “Mr. Trump may have said some bad words,” she said, “but Bill Clinton raped me.”


    The next night, at a campaign rally in Ambridge, Pa., Trump quoted Broaddrick as saying “Hillary Clinton threatened me after Bill Clinton raped me,” and called Bill Clinton “a predator,” “the worst abuser of women ever to sit in the Oval Office.”


    Broaddrick had told her story nearly two decades earlier, first to the media, and then later in a book. She had recounted how, in 1978, Clinton asked her up to his hotel room. How he allegedly forced himself upon her. How she tried to pull away. How he allegedly bit her lip, then later told her to put ice on it. How she sobbed. How she told some of her friends. How she didn’t tell the police. Clinton denied her accusations.

    Republicans and conservatives rallied to her cause then, and they did so once again in 2016. Democrats and liberals, not so much — although in the wake of the #MeToo movement, some have since acknowledged the credibility of Broaddrick’s claim.


    But today there’s another woman with a similar allegation, against a different powerful man. Her name is E. Jean Carroll.


    She, too, says that she was raped — by Donald Trump.


    She, too, tells a story about how she was alone with a man. How in 1995 or 1996 that man, Trump, allegedly forced himself upon her. How she tried to fight back. How she tried to push him away and tried to stomp on his foot. How he penetrated her. How she ran out the door. How she told friends. How she didn’t tell the police. Trump also denied the accusations, calling them “fake news” and adding, “She is trying to sell a new book — that should indicate her motivation. It should be sold in the fiction section.”

    But Trump called Broaddrick “courageous,” and if Broaddrick was courageous, then certainly Carroll is as well. For Carroll’s story is at least as compelling as Broaddrick’s — if not more so.


    And that is because Carroll’s claim, for a number of reasons, actually rests upon a significantly stronger foundation than Broaddrick’s.


    For one thing, before she went public with her story, Broaddrick had repeatedly denied that Clinton had assaulted her, even under oath: In an affidavit she had submitted in Paula Jones’s sexual harassment case against Clinton, Broaddrick had sworn that the allegations “that Mr. Clinton had made unwelcome sexual advances toward me in the late seventies … are untrue,” that the press had previously sought “corroboration of these tales,” but that she had “repeatedly denied the allegations.” (Disclosure: I provided behind-the-scenes pro bono legal assistance to Jones’s lawyers.)

    For another, Carroll’s account is supported by the sheer number of claims that have now surfaced against Trump — claims in which women have accused Trump of engaging in unwelcome or forcible sexual conduct or assault against them. These claims — all denied by the president — far outnumber the publicized sexual misconduct incidents that involved Clinton, which mostly concerned rumors or allegations of consensual affairs.


    And as if to bring things full circle, Carroll’s account is also of course supported by Trump’s depraved remarks on the “Access Hollywood” video, of which there was simply no equivalent in Broaddrick’s case. Whatever else he may have done, Clinton never made a video like that. What Trump described on the video is exactly what Carroll says he did to her.


    Finally, no controversy involving Trump would be complete without at least one utterly brazen, easily disprovable Trumpian lie. In his statement denying the rape allegation, he added the claim that “I’ve never met this person in my life.”

    If Trump had even bothered to glance at Carroll’s published account, he would have seen a photograph of himself and his then-wife, Ivana, from 1987 ― in which he was amiably chatting with Carroll and her then-husband. By making the absurd and mendacious assertion that he never even met Carroll, Trump utterly annihilates the credibility of his claim that he didn’t assault her.


    Republicans or conservatives who promoted Broaddrick’s charges would be hypocritical if they fail to champion Carroll and condemn Trump.

  8. Fortunately, trump followed putin’s orders and decided against starting Gulf Fiasco III, with a side of Global Thermonuclear War.
    putin giveth and putin taketh away. 

  9. Republicans or conservatives who promoted Broaddrick’s charges would be hypocritical if they fail to champion Carroll and condemn Trump. – Big George

    YA . . . .  SO ? 

  10. One of those rare days in DC region where you are not melted into a blob on the street.  Coolish (for the summer), and nice. 
      This is important to me as I am recovering from a suspected spider bite.  Not a nice thing to have.  The good thing is it was not a Brown Recluse or a Black Widow.  It was something nasty though.  My legs is no longer swollen and the bite area is significantly less carmine.  Gotta make sure I know who I am sleeping with a little better.

  11. Tonight: Kirk Douglas in “Last Train from Gun Hill”
    There’s a title to reckon with.

  12. BB, yow. Hopefully you didn’t get that bite from a resident of your boat. 
    Republicans, hypocrites?  Who coulda guessed that?

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