There was one sentiment I heard over and over again, which went something like, “I know Blagojevich was guilty as hell but 14 years is insane.”
Esoteric JeffA good piece from @natashakorecki about the Blago commutation. I will say that, living in Chicago at the time, everybody was really surprised at the harshness of the sentence for what we all thought was just typical IL politics (i.e. generically corrupt).
Esoteric JeffEvery ep of @wethefifth is worth listening to (it's the only political podcast I regularly listen to, but then I'm biased since I've had every member on my show and I've been on theirs) but the newest one, Ep #171 w/@jessesingal, is massively entertaining
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred’s previously undisclosed letter to Astros GM Jeff Luhnow details the team’s spreadsheet and algorithm to steal signs in one of the biggest scandals in baseball history.
Esoteric JeffICYMI, this rather explosive @WSJ article about the Houston Astros' cheating scandal makes it abundantly clear that not only did Jeff Luhnow know about the sign-stealing operation, but that it was driven by his front office quants.
The proposed order, called “Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again,” favors classical design for buildings in Washington. It has drawn opposition from architects.
Esoteric JeffHere is a test of whether you are a serious person: if you oppose this, you are not serious about your politics, you are just having a knee-jerk "BeCAuSe TRumP!!" reaction. This is an unalloyedly good thing and there is no reasonable opposition to it.
"Even though the populists are not socialists, Sanders is speaking their language."
Esoteric JeffVery interesting piece from @cjane87 on how various factions of the Right view Bernie. As I have said more than a few times before, I align a bit more with folks like @DouthatNYT (near the end) on his potential appeal as a nominee.
That he would even discuss the possibility suggests that prominent members of the Democratic Party remain deeply unsettled by the current field.
Esoteric Jeff1) No, he's not running.
2) He would lose anyway
3) This is the sort of story that only makes it to publication because the Democratic establishment is truly terrified about the prospect of Bernie For President.
Amusingly, the Times’s own readers had better bushwa detectors than their staff: The first comments beneath the paper’s initial story are full of skepticism.
Esoteric JeffFor me the big takeaway from the Jussie Smollet hate-crime hoax is that local media (the Trib, Sun-Times, and local TV news) immediately understood something was fishy and reported measuredly while digging in, and the national MSM? Blew it in every way.
Madison Square Garden summit is fueling rumors of another Genesis reunion tour
Esoteric JeffWould love to see it, but the problem is Phil has too many health problems (with both his back and his vocal cords) for another tour.
Here's the thing: the idea of them all seeing a game together isn't crazy, bc they actually are all good friends.
The New York Times’ 1619 Project launched with the best of intentions, but has been undermined by some of its claims.
Esoteric JeffEminent Princeton historian writes a very brutal critique of the NYT's "1619 Project" at @TheAtlantic. And nobody will get far trying to call Wilentz's progressive credentials into question.
An official online resource containing everything we, Radiohead, have ever done, more or less. Videos, music, artwork, websites, merchandise, and assorted ephemeral materials.
Esoteric JeffSo Radiohead has recently allowed all their music to be put onto YouTube, and alongside that have opened the Radiohead Public Library, which...well just click and explore. So much concert goodness, so many goofy music videos. Some unavailable stuff.
Esoteric JeffAs we patiently wait for today's @Political_Beats episode to post, I will say that it's amazing how much of a triumph of a song this is for Rush, both musically and lyrically (in particular b/c it's such a great evolution for the band in both).
Mithridates the Great was one of the Roman Empire’s greatest foes and claimed to be a descendant of Alexander the Great, who died by poisoning. Mithridates’ father died from poison. His father died from poison. His mother tried to poison him.
Esoteric JeffAmazing: this mook wrote an entire article premised around the idea that Peter Kirsanow, as "a white man," had no right to criticize the 1619 Project...and obviously didn't bother trying to Google him or else he would have discovered that he's BLACK.