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Megyn Kelly is:

A. Just another pretty face spouting misinformation on TV.
B. A mouthpiece for corporatists.
C. A and B

The answer is C, of course. It seems she’s also an expert on police violence, probably because of her extensive experience as an on-the-scene reporter at Occupy protests (joking). More here.


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Everybody is under suspicion…

… but you don’t want to hear about that.

The return of the Muppets

I was reading this review in Salon, and it really got me hoping I’m well enough to see it this weekend. I love the Muppets, they always make me laugh. (My Dead Ex-Husband always used to sing “Rubber Duckie” to me, and then to our kids.)

I thought it was funny that Andrew O’Hahir was surprised to find himself crying when the Muppets sing “The Rainbow Connection.” I’ve never been able to listen to it without tearing up, it’s a magical song. Don’t you agree?

Why are there so many songs about rainbows and what’s on the other side?
Rainbows are visions, but only illusions, and rainbows have nothing to hide.
So we’ve been told and some choose to believe it.
I know they’re wrong, wait and see.

Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me.
Who said that wishes would be heard and answered when wished on the morningstar?
Someone thought of that and someone believed it.
Look what it’s done so far.
What’s so amazing that keeps us stargazing and what do we think we might see?
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me.

All of us under its spell.
We know that it’s probably magic.
Have you been half asleep and have you heard voices?
I’ve heard them calling my name.
Is this the sweet sound that calls the young sailors.
The voice might be one and the same.
I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it.
It’s something that I’m supposed to be.

Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection, the lovers, the dreamers and me.
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection, the lovers, the dreamers and me.

Everything seems to be up in the air

Drugs won’t change you
Religion won’t change you
I need something to change your mind

The day the music died

Even though the song has nothing to do with the Kennedy assassination, it’s become identified with it through the years. I was nine years old, I remember one girl (whose father was an FBI agent) telling us “the Communists did it.” I didn’t know why it happened, but it was the end of our innocence. We just didn’t know it yet.

Don McLean:

Take that, hippies

James Wolcott makes a disturbing point in reacting to the NYPD’s use of LRADs — Long Range Acoustic Devices, a.k.a. sound cannons — against Occupy Wall Street protesters. He quotes from an ACLU report on the damage inflicted on the human body by these devices, and writes:

This is what happens when counterterrorism becomes the justification for the high-tech, SWAT-team-mentality militarization of police enforcement. Had police departments possessed such weaponized disrupters during the civil rights era, they would have trained them on freedom marchers, so much tidier than the water cannons unleashed in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963.

The same battles are still being fought. The cops have a new arsenal, but the people have picture phones.

Coming up

Mercury goes retro tomorrow and then we have this solar eclipse in Sagittarius (which hits me directly, so that’s interesting for me).

As usual: If you’re going to buy anything electronic or mechanical, it’s better to wait until Dec. 14, when it finally goes direct. Double-check appointments (is it on Third St. at 1 o’clock, or on 1st St. at 3?) because it’s a time when we’re more easily confused. If you’re traveling, plan for delays.

But enjoy the fact that we frequently gain new insights into old problems during a retro, which reminds us that dead ends aren’t always.


I’m not on top of everything due to the sick and all, but I want to say that, like other progressives, I’m happy as a clam over the failure of the SUPERCOMMITTEE to come to an agreement on how to shred our social safety net.

But don’t assume the administration’s giving up on the Grand Bargain. They won’t.

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