57 thoughts on “Sunday, Alvin Ailey”

  1. jack, thanks. true work of art, an actual painting in motion, color and sound – emotional, ethereal and ephemeral.

    a human mobile sculpturer, ailey out did calder

  2. they’re back

    President Joe Biden (James Austin Johnson) delivers an important message about the Omicron variant.

  3. more laughing at (or with in a twisted sense) joe and our current calamitous conditions

    Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week’s biggest news, like Dr. Fauci calling Senator Robert Marshall a moron.


    Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week’s biggest news, like a lesbian bar offering Covid tests.

  4. enough of silliness, back to MLK day stuff.  here’s something to think about in re a different type of social media from CBR (comic book resource) on how things have changed

    Martin Luther King Jr Cartoon Sheds Light on the Harsh Scrutiny He Faced from 1960s Media
    Nowadays, some people point to Martin Luther King to criticize modern protests, but it is important to see how King’s protests were viewed at the time
    One of the frustrating things about the Black Lives Matter protests is that there seems to be a recurring theme of “That’s not how you’re supposed to protest.” We saw it back when Colin Kaapernick first knelt in protest during the National Anthem a few years ago. That was considered to be outrageous, but when more protests took place over this summer in reaction to George Floyd being killed, then it was “Why doesn’t everyone just peacefully protest?” until the various professional sports leagues all returned and, again, their peaceful protests were derided.
    Meanwhile, Martin Luther King Jr. would often be offered up as “the right way” to protest. Here’s a popular current meme.

    The irony, of course, is that when Martin Luther King was actually alive, that was not how the general public saw him and it was especially not how he was viewed by the sort of person who would be criticizing the Black Lives Matter protests today.
    It is fair to note that, for a time, Martin Luther King was, in fact, viewed by a large portion of the United States in the same way that he is currently viewed – as a hero (King currently has about a 90% approval rating among the American public). The famous comic book, Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story, was published in 1957 by the pacifist group Fellowship of Reconciliation (it was written by Alfred Hassler and Benton Resnik and drawn by Sy Barry) and it was widely distributed around the United States and much of the country, particularly the Northern states, greatly admired King.
    The comic book was a major influence on the recent Eisner Award-winning March series by the late Representative John Lewis (along with co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell).

  5. Jack

    Thank you for this.  Several decades ago I was on the board of Fresno’s Lively Arts Foundation.  For our annual fundraiser, we brought in Ailey.  They were magnificent as Jamieson was still dancing at the time.  Everyone should grab the chance to see his masterwork live if at all possible.


  6. The Ailey troupe is a national treasure. Thanks for reminding us Jack. 

    I was pleasantly surprised that SNL was a new one. I thought WU was one of the better ones of late. 

    Djokovich is out of the Oz Open. Good. One of the few antivax folks who is experiencing consequences of a stupid opinion based in ignorance that isn’t his own or loved ones’ death or illness.

  7. Jack – Love it! I saw them perform “The River” when I was in college. Student tickets were $5 for any seat in the house. I think the regular price was $35- $55. A lot of great dance companies came through and I saw them all. The filming of this piece was wonderfully done.

  8. Yertle’s COS, Josh Holmes, has a podcast called, “Ruthless.” Geez.  

    The WH needs to message this: Economic problems are a result of Republican mismanagement of the pandemic, as well as their ongoing efforts to sabotage our physical recovery, which means our economic recovery can not be fully reached.

    Someone must have a terribly big pile of dirt on Lindsey Graham for him to go after Yertle.

  9. https://www.texastribune.org/2022/01/13/texas-attorney-general-ken-paxton-january-6-records/

    “Ken Paxton violated law and must release records related to Jan. 6 Trump rally, district attorney says.”

    “The journalists argued that Paxton was withholding communications from the days surrounding Paxton’s trip to Washington last year that are subject to public release under the state’s open records law.“

    “The Texas Public Information Act grants the public the right to government records, even those kept on personal devices or on a public official’s online accounts.”

    “Separately, the U.S. House committee investigating the events of Jan. 6 requested communications between Trump and Paxton in August.“

    “Paxton led a failed attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election, joining with other GOP attorneys general in a lawsuit seeking to invalidate swing state victories by Democrat Joe Biden. He and his wife, state Sen. Angela Paxton, R-McKinney, appeared at a pro-Trump rally on Jan. 6. “

    “The two-term Republican is seeking reelection this year but is facing stiff competition from three other GOP challengers: Land Commissioner George P. Bush, former Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman and U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert. The three have blasted the incumbent for multiple legal issues he is facing, including a six-year-old securities fraud case that has dogged him since his first year in office.”

  10. https://www.texastribune.org/2022/01/05/louie-gohmert-jan-6-insurrection/

    “The Capitol Police intelligence report notes that on Jan. 1, 2021, Gohmert told Newsmax, a conservative media company, that letting the will of the voters stand would mean “the end of our republic, the end of the experiment in self-government,” Politico reported.“

    “Gohmert subsequently said on air: “The ruling would be that you got to go to the streets and be as violent as Antifa and [Black Lives Matter].”

  11. https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/16/europe/europe-covid-unvaccinated-society-cmd-intl/index.html

    “Because he has chosen not to get vaccinated, student and part-time supermarket cashier Rimoldi is — for now, at least — locked out of much of public life. Without a vaccine certificate, he can no longer complete his degree or work in a grocery store. He is barred from eating in restaurants, attending concerts or going to the gym.”
    “People without a certificate like me, we’re not a part of society anymore,” he said. “We’re excluded. We’re like less valuable humans.”

    You are correct, you self-centered fool.

  12. Jack… that was great!
    IMO, the problem with the far left… is that they don’t trust government anymore than the right.  And when you point this out to them, they think you’re crazy.
    ps… Congrats to the Buffalo Bills!  I look forward to watching Tom Brady and Gronk play today.  Although…  all season long… my prediction is that the Kansas City Chiefs will win the SuperBowl.  Did that make you smile, Jack 🙂

  13. Craig here is the full piece 30 min long. Your clip was a series of excerpts that don’t give you the full effect. 
    I don’t know what happened though I did have some problems with it last night, thought I got it fixed.

  14. Renee
    we will see, the Chiefs have had their problems this year.
    It was a rough night last night for your team. Buffalo looked powerful.

  15. narrowly missed a super spreader event last week. The nephew’s Gfriend threw him a B-day party. I was going to go but couldn’t find the place. Drove by it twice.
    Now everybody is coming down with covid.
    That is it I’m locking the door and loading the shotgun.

    btw, the good news is that they are all vaccinated and most of them boosted.


  16. Still hiding from the unmasked public, and it is difficult.  I stopped by a grocery store in the middle of nowhere Virginia and only about twenty-five percent of us were wearing our masks. Idiots.  My solace is that of the eighteen hundred people who died yesterday probably fifteen hundred were gqp members and will no longer be voting alive.
    Snow.  bad words, bad words . . . bad words.

  17. Now that I don’t have 2 driveways and 200 ft of sidewalk to shovel, also nowhere I have to be. I wouldn’t mind a good snow.
    We were just on the edge of the latest. It snowed all yesterday but it was melting almost as fast as it fell. By the end of the day there was maybe 2 inches on the grass and nothing on the sidewalk and driveway.
    Long term it looks like an average January, 

  18. A young twenty-something pal of mine texted me, last night, so i gave him a call- he texted back that he has covid severe enough that he can’t talk without having a coughing fit AND he’s triple-vaxxed, do with that anecdote what you will

  19. I’d also like to couch whatever criticism i have of various liberal/progressive factions with the recognition that their conservative opposition are straight-up fucking neo-nazis, thank you

  20. BB
    I would say 25% is about average for most places I’ve been. It was a bit worse in the Kansas City suburbs. Which surprised me as my current home is right next door to redneck heaven, known as Bass Pro. A major tourist attraction for the hunting, fishing and shooting crowd. 
    I made my last moving trip last week and stayed overnight in a suburban hilton, using some of Mrs Jacks hard earned points. There was a steakhouse tied to the hotel and I started to go there to eat. But a sign on the door stopped me. It said “Please be patient with our staff, we are experiencing extreme staff shortages and service may be slow” Sounds like a covid hot spot to me. So I bought a package of cheese, some baloney and bread. A couple of bottles of beer and that was supper.
    I’ve lost 15 lb over the last 2 months on my baloney and beer diet. I think I need to write a book,

  21. Also, if football isn’t your thing, here’s 45 mins of Boris Johnson getting lambasted by the House of Commons, for your viewing pleasure:

  22. Bink
     I think it was my sister’s ex sister-in-law’s experience where, as a nurse, she caught a mild case early then was vaccinated Then caught Delta and ended up in the hospital on a ventilator that made me realize this isn’t any ordinary virus. 
    As I said yesterday imo we have had 3 pandemics in the last 2 years.
    So where do we go from here, this variant is “mild” the next could swing to the extremely dangerous, we don’t know.

  23. Well, i was vindicated, once again, when, as i surmised two years ago, a genetic component to covid susceptibility was identified, recently, which is to say, that it will kill off the most vulnerable and human-immunity will build enough that it’s a flu-like nuisance, which is YEARS away

    Ergo, a genetic test will be developed, very soon, that will allow the most vulnerable to be identified, and they will continue to live like we all are, now, in perpetuity. It will be up to the rest of us to respect their vulnerability and accommodate them, accordingly, which shouldn’t be an issue, because Americans are so respectful of each other, these days, eh?

  24. Bink that is one thing that should be adopted and put in the constitution. Make the state of the union address a stand up and take it, answer questions event.

  25. Following your informed instincts, as you, Jack, described above, is the best way forward for individuals.  If that indoor space doesn’t seem safe, don’t fucking go into it
    ok, enough outta me, we ain’t dead, yet✌️

  26. Well we’re hunkering down for Snowmageddon 2.0 2022.  6-10 predicted here – might as well be 3 feet for the incompetent management of snowy roads here.
    And Djokovich loses his appeal. Expensive potential loss for taking a stupid position. Minimum $1.1 M for making the semis, $2.2 – 4.4 for the finals. Just stunningly stupid.

  27. Renee, enjoyed watching the Tom and Gronk fest. Geezers ruled this afternoon. I would have liked to see Jalen have a better outing, but the Buc’s D had other ideas about that.

  28. Ah, much is happening in the Mid-Atlantic region.  Depending on where you are you can be butt deep in snow, or sitting in blustery winds driving cold rain.  Winter.  I can hardly wait until the pandemic is dead and we can travel again.
    Watching All The President’s Men – again.  It details a very important time in U.S. history.  Will there be another movie made of this important time?  I think there will be, but it may not be on the correct side of history.

  29. For many reasons All The President’s Men is worth watching for what Washington, D.C., looked like in the mid-nineteen-sixties.  Because is was shot almost immediately after Nixon was out of office it has the look and feel of the place and times.  Youngsters also get to see clothing, mostly men’s, of the era.  Not disco stuff either. 
    It is hard to believe it was close to fifty years ago.

  30. No, barely even cold, I just saw an opening for a quote from Bongo about BB-land.    🙂

    I’m on my nightly midnight wake-up.

  31. i’d repost all the terrifying articles recounting the dastardly deeds of despotic republicans the kind of which i peruse daily, but it’s basically just “the news”, which any of you could discover with some cursory mouse-clicks or finger-touches, hence my sharing of music, instead
    These fuckers want nothing less than oligarchic faux-Christiano anti-black, anti-gay, money-worshipping subservience, FOR YOU.  For them, it’s all about houses, cars, and boats

  32. …and if i have to pick sides, Jack, i pick the side that tries to do good and fails, as opposed to the side that tries to do evil and succeeds

  33. They (the Rube Nation) are under the impression that if they could just “take over” they will have America just the way they want it and no way will the rich bastards ever ever grind THEM into the mud—just the libtards.
    But Biden might be showing his age so who know where ‘e go.

  34. And now for more “Murder in America” on “Dateline”.  Somehow the 24 hour a day murder channel is more soporific than the news. 

  35. if you aren’t aware, Musk announced he’ll accept “dogecoin” as payment 
    Guess who probably bought a bunch of dogecoin before that announcement 🤔 

  36. Dude i gotta find out how to get you some of my streaming passwords

    i’ll mail you a stick if you have a tv with an hdmi input

    i’ll say it again: “Our Planet” on netflix is free and absolutely incredible, netflix has very few free shows, that’s one of them, definitely worth inputting some fake personal info

  37. I do. What’s a “stick” (besides a boomerang which won’t come back) ?
    ive got Netflix and cable, I just always gravitate to either msnbc or the murders these days after I wore out the GRIT channel with the westerns.  

    I’ll check out the planet show.

  38. Ok, self-imposed exile for a few days, please regale and educate me while whilst i lurk in the shadows, which are my true domain 🤙🌑

  39. Dude.  “Last Kingdom” on netflix

    (it’s a BBC show that netflix licensed, not the typical juvenile NF trash)

    ok ✌️✌️

  40. I like mindless viewing when I’m not working, kind of shy away from things which require my attention….daughter is always telling me about stuff on tv I’d probably love but I shy from the “commitment”. lol
    But I’ll try to check em both out and see what I can see

  41. It’s about the period of of pre-British history during the Danish invasions, as accurate as historical fiction gets, and a fantastic point from which to conduct further research if that time-period interests you.  Also, swords.

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