My take on news, pop culture, sports, and whatever else interests me.
I finally saw the Billions episode. Good job, Kareem.
I do wish they would have let you write your own dialogue. I expect it would have been even better.
Duke’s Place with Ella was a breath of fresh air. Thank you for this reminder of artistry and swingin’ joy. More, please.
How does Musk have so many followers? Even now after months of shenanigans? A thought emerged: could he have altered the system so that all on Twitter auto-follow him? (When did I become a conspiracy theorist?) I'm RARELY on Twitter, but opened the app to check my theory. I've been suspended??? WHY? I'm almost never on and could easily count up my own posts they're so infrequent. But then, in a couple seconds, it clears and I'm looking at my own profile. But now I see I have 0 followers and am following 0. WHAT IS HAPPENING???
Did I miss something? Wasn’t trump’s documents indictment returned by a grand jury of FLORIDA CITIZENS, trump’s “peeps”? Wasn’t the hush money indictment returned by NEW YORK CITY citizens, his lifelong “peeps”? His lifelong modus operandi of “delay, delay, and soon they’ll go away” won’t work in those cases, and Jack Smith isn’t having any of it in the federal cases, either. Trump has finally reached the end game, and his pawns aren’t becoming queens.
Thanks for the Duke & Ella. They each had their own, unique, instantly recognizable style.
The USA's music and art astound, even when the politics do not.
Someone once asked me if I could sing like anyone who would that be? Without hesitation, I said, "Ella." Thanks for the reminder.
I so enjoy your take and choice of articles and music you provide us. As usual, your thoughtful and concise comments give me hope that intelligence, morality and kindness will prevail over the ignorance, immorality and mean spiritedness that is diligently trying to take over our country and our democracy. Silence is complicity. Thank you for lending your voice to the culture during these trying times. It is so needed.
As always thank you for the work you and your team put into this newsletter. I read with great dismay, most of it; and rebounded by the end with Billions! Axelrod is baaack! Yesss!
Let me comment on the Elon hocus pocus with Tesla's range. Your ending about the road travel with Deloren. Tesla is on its way out, or dropping to around 5th place, in EV sales worldwide. Im a chauffeur in Beverly Hills,and would be driving creatives if it weren't for strike. My take, because my clients do not drive Tesla's, the BMW,Mercedes, Ford, electrics are preferred. Interiors higher quality, than Elons... one last note, the owner of Tesla is another reason my extremely wealthy and creative clients who yes are extremely liberal cant stand the x owner...
The core appeal of the modern GOP to their voter base is racism. This has been true since the late 60s after the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act were passed. Nixon started the drug war knowing it would disproportionately affect black communities. Reagan ran the infamous, 'Southern strategy,' specifically to appeal to white, racist, southerner. George H.W. Bush ran the notoriously racist 'Willie Horton' ad. George W. Bush, spread false rumors that John McCain had fathered a black baby out of wedlock. I could go on but you get the point. The racism has always been there just under the surface of the GOP rhetoric. The only change is that Trump brought it it to the top.
I forgot to add in my comments the old saying: if you don’t want to do the time, then don’t do the crime. All of the lawyers and defendants decrying their lack of funds for defense should have thought about it before they did the illegal act. I do not feel sorry for any of them and I hope they don’t con people into giving them money like Trump has.
Thanks for this week’s newsletter. I also wish we could meet at Duke’s place and dance the night away. I was fortunate my parents had 78s of big band era and loved Ella. I have been listening to her since my 20’s, I love the Songbooks. The baby is just delicious and mom and dad get my vote for the best this week.
Now for the ick: Lindsey Graham, MTG, Ted Cruz, Matt Gaetz et al complaining about how unfair the charges are and how they are politically motivated just proves the point that they blame others for the things they do, it’s called projection but of course psychology is not discussed in Florida is it? They make their outlandish statements knowing as you say those listening to them will not question it or them. We know and we are the bulwark against them - against their attempts at tearing down our democracy, subverting the will of the people, lying, threatening those who disagree or have the nerve to say so. The people decided in 2020 but Trump wasn’t going to go along with the will of the people so he and his conspirators BROKE THE LAW, federally and in Georgia, Arizona and Michigan. We are the ones who will decide again that we don’t want a criminal for a president. As Richard Nixon proclaimed he was NOT a crook all the while he was just that.
As far as Elon Musk, I left twitter after he bought it - he is a very rich man who thinks his billions entitle him to do or say whatever he wants - and yes he can say what he wants - free speech and all - but he doesn’t want to hear what anyone else has to say so his stated support of Free Speech only applies to him dontcha know. He is a selfish, narcissist who cares only for himself and his billions - sound like someone else?
I am a grandmother and mother and when I listen to the GOP - Trump et al in particular and the rest of the crowd I am struck that their behavior is at the level of a toddler. In fact, that may be an insult to toddlers. Trump especially acts like the worst whiny, tantrum-throwing child when he doesn’t get his way. Don’t the true adults realize this? Don’t they see this behavior is nothing but childish and whiny?
Ah well - back to Ella, Duke and the baby...
Wow. Cool to see you will be guesting on a Billions episode. Have to disclose I've not seen it before, but will start binging. Btw wonder if DeSantis actually sits down and thinks about the decisions he makes before he makes them?
Super newsletter today.
Kareem, love your column. Longtime reader (and lifelong fan), first time commenting. Very interesting that Lindsey Graham is advocating for Trump go on trial at the ballot box. Isn't the last election a big part of how Trump ended up in this mess in the first place? Even if this warped view of the justice system came to fruition, I know how I would vote (and it isn't a pretty shade of MAGA red). While past performance is not indicative of future results, I suspect Trump actually has a better chance in court.
I believe that both Trump and DeSantis have "Magic Mirrors" on the wall and ask each morning - "mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the biggest racist of them all". My take, based on an old baseball rule, is that the tie goes to the (front)runner - Trump. Isn't it uncanny how racist and fascist sound similar too!
Ah, Ella and Duke - can't ask for anything more. Is that Billy Strayhorn on the piano? Sure enough.
(that Dad and baby video is cute too).
Lindsay Graham should come out of the closet already!