Monday, August 3, 2015

GOP Primary Forum and Debate


I do not see the Pope driving the GOP debates to the left and Trump says he will not throw the first punches. I don't know what to expect at this point, but I figure I will just go with it and see what happens.

An NBC/WSJ/Telemundo poll show 75% of Latinos have a negative view of Trump (sounds about the same as how Latinos viewed Mitt Romney). Of course, in the primaries what matters is how Trump does with GOP voters and Trump (while certainly not a Latino populist) could do better with Latino voters than people expect.  And the GOP Establishment is hoping they can get the GOP voters (who they despise as much as the Democrats hate their voters) to go with Jeb! What the GOP Establishment does not realize is they are getting to be about as popular with the GOP base as Trump is with Latinos.  

Here are the first two events:

August 3, 2015
"Voters First" Republican Forum
7pm ET - (2 hours)
Aired On: C-SPAN (Live Stream)
Location: St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH
Moderator(s): Jack Heath
Rules: Candidates appear separately answering questions
Candidates: Bush, Rubio, Cruz, Graham, Paul, Perry, Christie, Fiorina, Kasich, Walker, Santorum, Pataki, Jindal, Carson (Trump, Huckabee declined invitation)

August 6, 2015
Fox News Republican Debate
9pm ET - Top 10 Candidates (2 hours)
5pm ET - Candidates outside top 10 (1 hour)
Aired On: Fox News Channel
Location: Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH
Sponsors: Fox News, facebook
Moderators: Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace
Rules: Top 10 candidates in an average of 5 national polls
Candidates: To be determined


Trump is not in the forum tonight in New Hampshire, 

More Sinatra Moon Songs



Beyond some of the more obvious ones like Blue Moon, Moonlight in Vermont, and probably Sinatra's most popular moon song Bart Howard's Fly Me To The Moon, Frank Sinatra did quite a few songs with a lunar theme.

Moonlight Sinatra album: a Sinatra Riddle Reprise album dedicated to moon songs

Sam Coslow and Arthur Johnson wrote this one.  Frank recorded it in 1965:



Moon River has been so overplayed we stop really listening to it, but Frank does a great job with Mercer's lyrics.

Frank does a fabulous version of Glenn Miller and Mitchell Parish's Moonlight Serenade:



Jimmy Van-Heusen and Johnny Burke wrote Polkadots and Moonbeams and Moonlight Becomes You. Polkadots and Moonbeams was one of Frank's first big hits with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

This is also a Van-Heusen Burke song:


And here is Frank Sinatra singing and Billy May orchestrating Moonlight on the Ganges:


Pundette: Gershwin's Foggy Day and They Can't Take That Away From Me (both Pundette and Mark went with Gershwin last week and she had Billy May's orchestrated Baubles, Bangles and Beads at #48 on her list and Mark has it as his song of the century this week)
Bob Belvedere: Sinatra's Best 25 through 23 At Long Last Love, That's Life, Angel Eyes, and My Funny Valentine (a Rogers and Hart song like my last week's pick Blue Moon) and Honorable Mentions 6 (which has Roger and Hart's I Didn't Know What Time It Was)

Don’t forget to also keep checking out
It’s a swingin’ world.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Dems taking Trump Seriously and general cultural things...



Did Cecil The Lion's Brother get wacked?  Others say no, Jericho the Lion is ok. And while I am disturbed Cecil was killed, we have more important things to think about than #CatLivesMatter Pandering. [Darleen Click: Mugabe served up a whole zoo for his birthday]



This one sort of threw me but, Norman Lear is a social conservative?  I find this all a bit condescending because I (and most conservatives I know) care about the poor and needy (and probably as much or more than Norman Lear does).  They just know government handouts rarely work to improve poor people lives.  So is Norman Lear like a certain religious leader we know? Cheap virtue (which is what most government action is) generally causes more harm than good. But I am glad Norman Lear is getting some introspection at 93 (and he did serve in WWII, so he has my respect for that too). [As noted at AoSHQ, what does this say about the Obama years, when you have lost Norman Lear...]

I heard Lear on Siriusly Sinatra recently and his picks and observations were interesting.  Here is my Sinatra pick for this week.

Republicans are scrambling for the debate:

There are a lot of cats in this debate...

There are a few front runners who I would prefer dropped out (yes Jeb, I am referring to you) and others in the rear that should not bother (Chris Christie, the Jersey Shore is calling for you, and Lindsay Graham, someone must be calling for you too).  I like Carly Fiorina and I look forward to hearing how the candidates do against each other and Trump.  I am not sure what to expect, but I suspect Trump will draw in new viewers so this is an opportunity for the entire field.  

Mark Steyn: The Bunny In Winter (yup, Whoopi Goldberg manages to put a bummer on Bugs Bunny)

Instapundit: Trump success shows how much the base hates GOP leadership (seriously the GOP Establishment should pause and consider the implications of that) and Lear and Francis should consider, socialism always starts with the same promises and end with the same disaster.

EBL: #CatsLivesMatter, Hilla The Hun, Trump goes after Huma, and Why Ask Why?

Cecil and Cecile: No Humaneness for the Humans

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Frank Sinatra: Blue Moon

Yes there was a blue moon last night!

I am going with Rogers and Hart's Blue Moon, orchestrated by Nelson Riddle and recorded 1960
(which I should have posted yesterday)


Blue Moon is one Rogers and Hart hit that did not come via the theater.  It was originally written for a Jean Harlow movie Hollywood Party but was never recorded.  It then got debuted in the 1934 movie Manhattan Melodrama. This early version has different lyrics than the one most of us are familiar with:



Pundit: Gershwin's Foggy Day and They Can't Take That Away From Me (both Pundette and Mark are going with Gershwin this week)
Bob Belvedere: Sinatra's Best 25 through 23 At Long Last Love, That's Life, Angel Eyes, and My Funny Valentine (a Rogers and Hart song too) and Honorable Mentions 6 (which has Roger and Hart's I Didn't Know What Time It Was)
Mark Steyn: Arlen and Gershwin's The Gal That Got AwayYoung at Heart and I've Got the World on a String
EBL: The Nearness of YouMore Sinatra Summer, Things We Did Last Summer, and Sinatra at the Beach

Don’t forget to also keep checking out
Pundette’s Sinatra 100 countdown,
Ms Evi’s Sinatra Celebration,
Dispatches from the Camp of the Saints Sinatra, &
Mark Steyn’s Sinatra Songs Of The Century.
It’s a swingin’ world.

Bill Clinton, Hilla the Hun, and Rule 5 Julie Tauber McMahon

Hilla The Hun? Bill would know.



Instapundit/Ed Driscoll: Bill Clinton working to get rid of STD






Radar: Money for his Honey! It is good to have a friend like Bill Clinton: $2 million dollar grant to Ms. McMahon's company through the Clinton Foundation

Rule 5 and FMJRA

Rush Limbaugh: Trump Goes After Huma (via UK Daily Mail) and Hillary wants a coronation
Regular Right Guy: Sloppy!


Instapundit/Elizabeth Price Foley: Huma Abedin and her special relationship with the Clintons (so what if it violates the law, laws are for little people)
Twitchy: Huma over paid $10K while at the State Department

#CatLivesMatter: Shameless Pandering over Cecil the Lion


Zimbabweans feel somewhat bemused by the attention the world is giving to the killing of a lion:
The lion's death has not registered much with the locals - and for most Zimbabweans the name is more associated with the British imperialist diamond digger Cecil John Rhodes, serving as a reminder that the country once bore the name Rhodesia. 
Indeed for the Zimbabwe press this explains "the saturation coverage on the demise of his namesake", and they have been reminding us that tourism and hunting are "mired in elitism".
Update:  Mark Steyn: All Rhodes Lead To Cecil

DaTechGuy: The Zimbabwe Irony , Where do women go for healthcare other than Planned Parenthood, and Cecil the Lion Proves Evan Sayet Right


Yes that poster on Dr. Walter Palmer's office says #CatLivesMatter





Lions, Tigers and...


Regular Right Guy: Sloppy!

Smitty: Friday Fiction and Darleen and Jimmy Bise


Instapundit: Dems try to draft Joe Biden, Hillary is a 1%er Candidate, Hillary tried to hide her $600 haircut, the movie Hillary should be worried about, and is labor pulling out of Hillary and will the main debate be a circus? (I think not, but the second debate matters to me just as much)


Separated at Birth:
AoSHQ: Hillary goes full Otter Twitchy: Ricochet's Exjon doing PR work for the embattled lion killing dentist