May 21 2018

The Breakfast Club (All You Need)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:00am (ET) (or whenever we get around to it) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

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This Day in History

Aviator Charles Lindbergh lands in Paris, completing the first non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic; The American Red Cross founded; Susan Lucci wins a Daytime Emmy; ‘Gypsy’ opens on Broadway.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

You might not have the things you want, but if you check carefully, you got all you need.

Mr. T

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May 20 2018

Season Finale

That’s it for Saturday Night Live this year. I suppose they’ll be back again in early September, maybe late August. It’s always sucked ever since the original crew (minus Chevy Chase, plus Bill Murray) left in 1980 but this year didn’t suck as badly as most. The criticism of Trump & Co. was scathing and certainly got under his skin. Perhaps I’ll do a “Best Of” or two at some point if I really get stuck for material.

In the mean time here is the stuff they did last night that I thought was interesting.

Don’t Stop Believing

Cut For Time

Wasilla Barbie

Chris Hansen

A Star Is Born

Dick Wolf’s America’s #3 Comedy Market

Happy Anniversary

Tweedledum And Tweedledumber

It’s… The Bishop!

Fittest City In The Country


Abusive Relationships

May 20 2018

The Breakfast Club (One Melanie in May)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

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AP’s Today in History for May 20th

Charles Lindbergh begins his trans-Atlantic flight; Amelia Earhart starts her trek across the Atlantic; Freedom Riders attacked in the South; Explorer Christopher Columbus, comedien Gilda Radner die.


Breakfast Tune Roger Sprung – “One Morning in May”


Something to think about, Breakfast News & Blogs below
















Something to think about over coffee prozac

Trump misspells Melania’s name in tweet on her return to White House from hospital

Melania Trump returned to the White House on Saturday from a week-long hospitalization after treatment for a kidney condition, a lengthy stay that raised questions about whether the first lady’s condition may have been more complicated than initially revealed.

Her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, has declined to release additional details, citing Trump’s right to privacy.

Donald Trump heralded his wife’s arrival home with a tweet in which her name was spelled incorrectly.

“Great to have our incredible First Lady back home in the White House,” Trump wrote. “Melanie is feeling and doing really well. Thank you for all of your prayers and best wishes!”

May 20 2018

Pondering the Pundits: Sunday Preview Edition

Pondering the Punditsis an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from around the news medium and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.

On Sunday mornings we present a preview of the guests on the morning talk shows so you can choose which ones to watch or some do something more worth your time on a Sunday morning.

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The Sunday Talking Heads:

This Week with George Stephanopolis: The guests on Sunday’s “This Week” are: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R-TX); Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was killed in Parkland, FL; Nicole Hockley, whose son was killed in Newtown, CT; White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow; ABC News Chief Legal Analyst Dan Abrams and Harvard Law Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz.

The roundtable guests are: Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile; conservative CNN Contributor Amanda Carpenter; New Yorker Contributor Ronan Farrow; American Conservative Union Chair Matt Schlapp; and Axios National Political Reporter Jonathan Swan.

Face the Nation: Host Margaret Brennan’s guests are: White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow; Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA); Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo; and historian Jon Meacham.

Her panel guests are:Reihan Salam, National Review; Amy Walter, Cook Political Report; Jamelle Bouie, Slate; and Anne Gearan, The Washington Post.

Meet the Press with Chuck Todd: The guests on this week’s “MTP” are: Former Trump campaign adviser Rodger Stone; Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA); and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

State of the Union with Jake Tapper: Mr. Tapper’s guests are: John Kennedy Schlossberg, JFK’s grandson; Lt. Gov Dan Patrick (R-TX); and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA).

His panel guests are: Republican David Urban; Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL); conservative commentator Linda Chavez; and former Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI).

May 19 2018

Triple Crown: The Middle Child

This is the most racist theme song of the Triple Crown-

Maryland, My Maryland

The despot’s heel is on thy shore,
His torch is at thy temple door,
Avenge the patriotic gore
That flecked the streets of Baltimore,
And be the battle queen of yore,
Maryland! My Maryland!

Hark to an exiled son’s appeal,
My mother State! to thee I kneel,
For life and death, for woe and weal,
Thy peerless chivalry reveal,
And gird thy beauteous limbs with steel,
Maryland! My Maryland!

Thou wilt not cower in the dust,
Thy beaming sword shall never rust,
Remember Carroll’s sacred trust,
Remember Howard’s warlike thrust,-
And all thy slumberers with the just,
Maryland! My Maryland!

Come! ’tis the red dawn of the day,
Come with thy panoplied array,
With Ringgold’s spirit for the fray,
With Watson’s blood at Monterey,
With fearless Lowe and dashing May,
Maryland! My Maryland!

Come! for thy shield is bright and strong,
Come! for thy dalliance does thee wrong,
Come to thine own anointed throng,
Stalking with Liberty along,
And chaunt thy dauntless slogan song,
Maryland! My Maryland!

Dear Mother! burst the tyrant’s chain,
Virginia should not call in vain,
She meets her sisters on the plain-
“Sic semper!” ’tis the proud refrain
That baffles minions back amain,
Maryland! My Maryland!

I see the blush upon thy cheek,
For thou wast ever bravely meek,
But lo! there surges forth a shriek,
From hill to hill, from creek to creek-
Potomac calls to Chesapeake,
Maryland! My Maryland!

Thou wilt not yield the Vandal toll,
Thou wilt not crook to his control,
Better the fire upon thee roll,
Better the blade, the shot, the bowl,
Than crucifixion of the soul,
Maryland! My Maryland!

I hear the distant thunder-hum,
The Old Line’s bugle, fife, and drum,
She is not dead, nor deaf, nor dumb-
Huzza! she spurns the Northern scum!
She breathes! she burns! she’ll come! she’ll come!
Maryland! My Maryland!

So, basically an anthem calling for sedition and treason in support of slavery and the violent overthrow of the duly and democratically elected government of the United States (and the assassination of the President).

And… wait for it… it’s the Official State Song of Maryland!

But it’s ok. They don’t sing the racist parts anymore (it’s all racist).

I know horse people. They say that they’re like big dogs you can ride, only smarter. I wouldn’t claim even to be an amateur myself, though I have ridden in more than a sad circle around a carny. Thoroughbreds are insane and fragile because of the inbreeding, so in some ways it’s like saddling up Caligula or Akhenaten (or if you prefer Amenhotep IV).

Did I ruin your experience?

The race was now getting a frenzied response as Dust Commander began to make the running.  Bangles and jewels rattled on suntanned, wobbling flesh and even the pillar men in suits were now on tip-toe, creased skin under double-chins stretched to the limit into long furrows that curved down into tight collars.

Mouths opened and closed and veins pulsed in unison as the frenzy reached its climax.  One or two slumped back as their horses failed, but the mass hysteria rose to a final orgasmic shriek, at last bubbling over into whoops of joy, hugging and back slapping.  I turned to face the track again, but it was all over.  That was it.

Expect something boring, short, and futile unless someone puts an eye out. Then it will just be fun (or tragic like Oedipus and Gloucester).

Pimlico may be on it’s way out after 146 years. The track is kind of run down and there is another, Laurel, nearby.

Preakness Trivia

  • Actually 2 years older than the Kentucky Derby.
  • Shortest in distance (1/16th shorter than the Derby).
  • Only the Derby has a larger attendance.

There have been 36 winners of both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes including the 12 Triple Crown winners.

Preakness Traditions

Winners don’t get the real Woodlawn Cup, which is rumored to be the most valuable in Sports, to keep but a half size replica (oh, and the Woodlawn Racing Club is defunct).  Black Eyed Susans don’t bloom until 2 months after the Preakness.  No Black Eyed Susan has ever been used, currently it’s painted Chysthanthemums.  The Old Clubhouse was destroyed in a fire in 1966.  They paint the winner’s racing silks on the weathervane.  No one on the internet knows why it’s called the Alibi Breakfast.

Official Website

I need a drink-

Black Eyed Susan Recipe
(Official, but without the brand names)


  • 1 1/4 oz. Bourbon (20% of Early Times is aged in used barrels)
  • 3/4 oz. Vodka
  • 3 oz. Sweet and Sour Mix
  • 2 oz. Orange Juice


Fill a highball glass with shaved ice, add the liquors first, then top off with orange juice and sweet and sour mix. Stir and garnish with an orange slice, cherry, and stirrer.

Oh, the race. The track will be a lake of mud. It’s the second day of rain in the D.C. area and yesterday they got about 2 and a half inches. The New York Times has provided this helpful handicap sheet (Ice Cream! Get your Tutsi Fruitsi Ice Cream!). Melissa Hoppert likes Justify, Good Magic, and Bravazo, in that order. Joe Drape prefers Sporting Chance, Good Magic, and Justify, contrarian.

Justify is the only horse with a shot at the Triple Crown and after the Derby (which he won by 2 and a Half) there was a lot of hype about whether he was better than American Pharaoh. He has a bruise which concerns some.

There will only be 2 other horses from the Derby present, Lone Sailor and Good Magic. The rest of the field of eight will be new in keeping with the modern practice of simply trying to pick off a single Triple Crown race at the track best suited to your horse.

The depth of my indifference is difficult to measure.

At least we won’t have to spend hours talking about idiotic hats. Post Time is around 6:45 pm ET on NBC.

May 19 2018

Health and Fitness News

Welcome to the Stars Hollow Gazette‘s Health and Fitness News weekly diary. It will publish on Saturday afternoon and be open for discussion about health related issues including diet, exercise, health and health care issues, as well as, tips on what you can do when there is a medical emergency. Also an opportunity to share and exchange your favorite healthy recipes.

Questions are encouraged and I will answer to the best of my ability. If I can’t, I will try to steer you in the right direction. Naturally, I cannot give individual medical advice for personal health issues. I can give you information about medical conditions and the current treatments available.

You can now find past Health and Fitness News diaries here.

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What to Cook This Weekend

Savory Dutch Baby

Is there any time of day when a pancake isn’t welcome at the table? What about a Savory Dutch Baby that mixes up in seconds? Didn’t think so.

Peanut Butter–Banana Muffins

Wheat germ lend a good dose of vitamins (and boosts the nutty flavor) in these deliciously addictive kid-friendly muffins.

Sam’s Spring Fattoush Salad

Part of what makes this salad so great is the dynamic textures; the cracker-like baked lavash croutons and the crunchy cucumbers and radishes contrast with the creamy feta and soft herbs.

Braised Chicken with Asparagus, Peas, and Melted Leeks

You’re going to want to serve this with crusty bread to soak up the amazing lemon-dill broth.

Butterscotch-Potato Chip Balls

Butterscotch chips and crushed potato chips make these buttery brown sugar cookies dance across your tongue with sweet and salty flavor.

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May 19 2018

The Breakfast Club (Catch My Breath)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:00am (ET) (or whenever we get around to it) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

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This Day in History

Actress Marilyn Monroe sings a sultry ‘Happy Birthday’ to President John F. Kennedy; Black militant Malcolm X born; Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis dies; The Who’s Pete Townshend born.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

No country is free unless it is democratic.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

May 18 2018

On the Road

Headed to Stars Hollow North. Have some music.

May 18 2018


If you’re a fan of the Euro and the European currency union you have a very flawed concept of what money is and the effects of Neo Liberal economic policy on income distribution, though I suppose you could argue that one cow token is just as good as another and the pocket it’s in doesn’t matter.

The problem is that trade disparity and lack of national flexibility in monetary policy have placed the bulk of Europe in thrall to the Deutschemark and Germany. In turn Germany, because of its history of hyperinflation, has induced a situation similar to that of the United States and Britain during the Great Depression under the Gold Standard. By pegging your currency to an arbitrary exchange rate with a commodity or imaginary goal you limit the amount available for investment (jobs) and Aggregate Demand (also jobs) and accelerate the accumulation of wealth by those whose only interest is in protecting their assets (rich people and corporations) by artificially reducing the value of assets held by the non-rich (demand) through dis-inflation while perversely accelerating the competition among the already wealthy for fashionable assets (Yachts, Mansions, Art, Jewelry, Tulips)- Asset Inflation.

In short wealth held by the common people declines in value while that held by the wealthy increases in value. Notionally. On Paper.

Societies like that tend to experience violent devaluation in fashionable assets, usually from the wealthy experiencing a haircut- one very close to the neck. Europe has avoided it so far in part thanks to their very generous social services, but it’s a Bread and Circuses kind of bargain that is already starting to fray in places like Greece.

The prospect of even Greece, one of the smallest portions of the European economy, leaving the Euro currency union brings the prospect of revolutionary financial losses (in fashionable assets) and redistribution of wealth to which the European Union has responded with bullying, just as they have with Brexit. Brexit is, by comparison, a lesser existential threat since they never participated in the common currency.

Greece has so far submitted to the whip meekly but as I said, they are only a small player in the overall European economy. Italy, on the other hand, is the 3rd or 4th biggest player, depending on how you count.

In the last Italian election the Five Star Movement and the Northern League emerged as the two largest political parties. Both have an expressed policy of abandoning the Euro in favor of the Lira so the Italian government can regain control over the national economy, devalue its currency to gain competitive advantage, and gain jobs through increased Exports- a strategy that would surely work.

It would be a fragile coalition since they disagree on almost everything else, yet they seem to be on the verge of a deal.

The European Neo Liberal elite is trying to steathily subvert this economic independence (in part by emphasizing the nativist elements of both party’s policy) but it is a very real threat to their privileged positions and could easily bring down the whole Eurozone system. Note this is different from Brexit in that they are not threatening to exit the European Union as a whole, so issues of border tariffs and transit and compliance with regulations does not apply.

Of course it’s gone mostly ignored in the U.S. because we’re “exceptional”.

Italy is close to finally getting a government but it could threaten the very existence of the eurozone
by Will Martin, Business Insider

After more than two months of deadlock, Italy is finally close to appointing a new government, led jointly by populist parties the Five Star Movement and the Northern League. A deal between the two is expected some time this week.

Five Star, which is the single biggest party in the Italian system, fell far short of being able to govern alone but will lead the coalition. The League will be an unofficial junior partner in what will be a ruling coalition unlike any seen in a major European economy for many years.

The coalition could, if circumstances dictate, end up pulling Italy out of the euro and threatening the stability — and possibly even existence — of the entire eurozone project.

It’s a slim possibility but one that cannot be ruled out, especially after a leaked agreement between the two sides showed discussions have taken place about Italy abandoning the single currency.

Matteo Salvini, the League’s leader, is thought to have been more forthright in his desire to abandon the eurozone, while Five Star’s 31-year-old leader, Luigi Di Maio, is a highly pragmatic leader who has shifted his political allegiances frequently.

Whether or not the parties push for an exit from the euro, the fact that such a proposal almost formed a part of their plan for government is a huge moment for the eurozone.

Italy is one of the three most crucial members of the eurozone project, alongside France and Germany. Italy is the third biggest economy in the group and the largest in southern Europe.

Perhaps the simplest way to imagine the eurozone is as a three-legged stool. Germany, France and Italy are the legs holding up the rest of the project. Remove any one of those three pillars and the stool falls over.

That’s a view held by Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, who back in 2016 said that a “disastrous” political event similar to the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union could trigger the collapse of the eurozone.

“I think the most likely thing is something along the lines of a political cataclysmic event like Brexit,” Stiglitz said at the time. “In other words, the eurozone’s member countries are democracies and one sees increasing hostility to the euro, which is, unfortunately, spilling over to a broader hostility to the broader European project and liberal values.”

Now that such a government is about to take control of Italy, the possibility of the Italian exit from the euro cannot be ruled out.

While the coalition has ruled out an exit for now, Five Star has a track record of changing its political stripes at almost any moment if it seems that doing so will boost its popularity. The party in fact promised not to go into coalition with any other party when it was campaigning, something it now looks certain to go back on.

Five Star’s unique status as a party without a traditional left or right wing position allows it to be far more flexible, something it is keen to emphasise. It is variously anti-establishment, Eurosceptic, anti-immigration, and pro-green.

If opposition to the European Union increases further — Italy ranked 23rd out of 28 in terms of individual support for the bloc in a recent study by Berlin-based think tank the European Council of Foreign Relations (ECFR) — it would not be a huge surprise to see Five Star go back on its pledge to back the euro.

May 18 2018

Pondering the Pundits

Pondering the Pundits” is an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from> around the news medium and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.

Thanks to ek hornbeck, click on the link and you can access all the past “Pondering the Pundits”.

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Paul Krugman: Did China Just Bribe Trump to Undermine National Security?

Did the president of the United States just betray the nation’s security in return for a bribe from the Chinese government?

Don’t say that this suggestion is ridiculous: Given everything we know about Donald Trump, it’s well within the bounds of possibility, even plausibility.

Don’t say there’s no proof: We’re not talking about a court of law, where the accused are presumed innocent until proved guilty. Where the behavior of high officials is concerned, the standard is very nearly the opposite: They’re supposed to avoid situations in which there is even a hint that their actions might be motivated by personal gain.

Oh, and don’t say that it doesn’t matter one way or the other, because the Republicans who control Congress won’t do anything about it. That in itself is a key part of the story: An entire political party — a party that has historically wrapped itself in the flag and questioned the patriotism of its opponents — has become entirely complaisant in the possibility of raw corruption, even if it involves payoffs from hostile foreign powers.

Eugene Robinson: Democrats have it too good to shoot themselves in the foot

If political power were won by hand-wringing and anguished introspection, the Democratic Party would rule the galaxy.

The hum of obsessive and counterproductive worry is rising: President Trump’s approval has crept up from abysmal to merely awful! Candidates from the party’s progressive wing have won some House primaries! Republicans have not, in every single case, chosen candidates who are unelectable! The Russia investigation is a year old, and still nobody has been frog-marched out of the West Wing in chains! And Trump is still president!

Get a grip, people. Try to focus. The November election is too important, and the political terrain too advantageous, for Democrats to waste time on their customary defeatism.

The Trump administration is dangerous, wrongheaded and inept, both domestically and abroad. Its corruption is staggering. Its corrosion of democratic norms is tragic. And it should be clear by now that the Republican-led Congress will do nothing to restrain a mercurial president who sets the nation’s agenda by what he “learns” from watching hours and hours of “Fox & Friends.”

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