We're going to round out our Chad Mitchell Trio Lalapalooza tonight with a video that will show what I mean about the group have a long history.
Keeping in mind that the core group initially formed in 1960, and that Chad Mitchell left his own group in 1965 -- which would seem to signal the end is nigh, especially for a folk-singing trio as the folk music era was nearing an end -- and that the group reformed as the Mitchell Trio after its leader left and that this core three reunited in 1987 for a TV special...it's remarkable that they continued performing together at that point, and here's a video of them on stage only nine years ago! In 2010.
In fairness, they didn't performed regularly together during all those year, but it's still seriously impressive. Especially since they remained in wonderful voice.
A Washington Post story on Friday said that the State Department under Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is investigating emails sent by 130 former aides to Hillary Clinton. Making this shameful story even worse -- after far worse, actually, which is quite an achievement -- is that the department has "retroactively classified" the emails so that "they now constitute potential security violations."
This is like crossing the street legally against a green light in a crosswalk -- and then being investigated after the laws were changed to make it illegal to cross the street in a crosswalk against a green light. And making it a national security breach if you're found guilty.
Members of the department insist that this is all part of a program instituted during the Obama Administration. But not only do few people with the gift of common sense believe this, but some of these former aides who received letters about being investigated said that several of their letters were written two years AFTER they left the State Department.
The investigation had been made dormant for a long time, but only within the past few months did the State Department start it up again. It's difficult to imagine why -- unless you read the paper, see that polls show that all the leading Democratic candidates are beating Trump, notice all the horrible stories about Trump (including meeting with the NRA after gun massacres, the U.S. House suing to get Trump's tax records, New York State suing to get Trump's tax records, using a sharpie to illegally falsify official U.S. weather maps and so much more) and we didn't even get to the Ukraine shakedown which has brought about impeachment hearings, and understand the foundations of fascism.
Yes, the Ukraine shakedown and ensuing impeachment hearings is the leading headline story and should be. But this is in its own way as horrific a story and abuse of power.
You can read the article here. And should.
Okay, let's just stick with the same thing. As whimsy would have it, given how much I've been writing about Between Two Ferns lately (including this morning), the guest contestant on this week's 'Not My Job' segment of the NPR quiz show Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! is -- Zach Galifiianakis. It's very entertaining, and he even talks a bit about the "behind the scenes" aspect of the Internet series with a bunch of fun stories, including about doing the famous episode with President Obama.
Heading back into the botanical archives, on this week's episode of Between Two Ferns, Zach Galifianakis's guest is Bruce Willis.
From the archives. This week's contestant is Scott Hollopeter from Grand Blanc, Michigan. I didn't get the composer style on my first guess, but...it was my second guess, at least. As for the hidden song, though -- I could hear where the song was , but just couldn't get it. Then, near the end I took a stab at the only thing it sounded like, and...to my my shock (because it was not a well-known song), I was right. I'm sure there will be people who've never heard of the song, though enough will have. Ultimately, though, whether or not you know it, it''s a very nice piece to listen to.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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