MSNBC reporter Hallie Jackson ironically referred to Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos as a “flame-thrower” on Thursday while scenes played out of people at California-Berkeley literally setting fires the night before in protest of him speaking on their campus.
“Jackson’s use of the term ‘flame-thrower’ was humorous given that Yiannopoulos was not the one who actually caused parts of campus to go up in flames.”
“This protest developed overnight out at Berkeley because Milo Yiannopoulos, sort-of noted troll, sort-of flame thrower if you will, was set to speak,” Jackson said, as images showed of the chaos. Read the rest of this entry »
“Davis is an example of the perils that await politicians who believe their own hype. The left will soon forget they ever placed so much faith in Davis, and move on to the next flavor of the month who they will convince themselves can finally lead them to the destiny Democrats believe is their demographic due.”
Hat tip/Paulo Ricardo
- Miles Davis – trumpet
- George Coleman – tenor saxophone on “Seven Steps to Heaven”, “So Near So Far”, “Joshua”
- Victor Feldman – piano on “Basin Street Blues”, “I Fall in Love Too Easily”, “Baby Won’t You Please Come Home”, “So Near So Far” (alternative), “Summer Night”
- Herbie Hancock – piano on “Seven Steps to Heaven”, “So Near So Far” (master), “Joshua”
- Ron Carter – bass
- Frank Butler – drums on “Basin Street Blues”, “I Fall in Love Too Easily”, “Baby Won’t You Please Come Home”, “So Near So Far” (alternative), “Summer Night”
- Tony Williams – drums on “Seven Steps to Heaven,” “So Near So Far” (master), “Joshua”
After the unfinished sessions for Quiet Nights in 1962, Davis returned to club work. However, he had a series of health problems in 1962, which made his live dates inconsistent and meant that he missed gigs, with financial repercussions. Faced with diminishing returns, by late 1962 his entire band quit, Hank Mobley to a solo career, and the rhythm section of Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb to work as a unit. The departure of Chambers especially was a blow, as he had been the only man still left from the original formation of the quintet in 1955, the only one never replaced.
With club dates to fulfill, Davis hired several musicians to fill in: Frank Strozier on alto saxophone and Harold Mabern on piano, with George Coleman and Ron Carterarriving early in the year. For shows on the West Coast in March, Davis added drummer Frank Butler, but when it came time for the sessions, Davis jettisoned Strozier and Mabern in favor of pianist Victor Feldman. With a lucrative career as a session musician, Feldman declined Davis’ offer to join the group, and both he and Butler were left behind in California. Back in New York, Davis located the musicians who would be with him for the next six years, Herbie Hancock and Tony Williams; with Carter and Coleman, the new Miles Davis Quintet was in place. Williams, then only 17 years old, had been working with Jackie McLean, and Hancock had already scored a hit single with “Watermelon Man“, done by percussionist Mongo Santamaria.
The assembled group at the April recording sessions finished enough material for an entire album, but Davis decided the uptempo numbers were not acceptable, and redid all of them with the new group at the May sessions in New York. Two of the ballad tunes recorded in Los Angeles were old – “Baby Won’t You Please Come Home” written in 1919 and a hit for Bessie Smith in 1923, while “Basin Street Blues” had been introduced by Louis Armstrong in 1928. None feature Coleman; all are quartet performances with Davis and the rhythm section. Read the rest of this entry »
Wendy Davis Open Carry: Alienating Her Base?
Perhaps it’s a testament to Wendy Davis’ controversial image and growing national profile, or to the size and importance of Texas on the national stage, but seriously…why is the Texas Governor’s race getting so much national media attention? Particularly from conservatives?
I’m inclined to think the right-leaning media’s obsessive focus on Davis says more about her strengths as a candidate than her critics would like to admit. Otherwise, why can’t 24 hours pass without new op-eds and analysis about her campaign?
If her campaign is so doomed, and she’s not a threat, why not shut up about it, and cover something else? (note: I realize I’m contributing to the exact thing I’m complaining about, giving attention to the topic. But it’s an honest question. I’m curious why Davis and the Texas race continues to attract media attention)
Start from the premise that Wendy Davis probably was going to lose the election against Greg Abbott no matter what.
But probably wasn’t a sure thing. Abbott never was in Edwin Edwards territory: “The only way I can lose this election is if I’m caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy.”
It didn’t help that Davis’s narrative of being a struggling teenage single mom who brought herself up by her bootstraps all the way to Harvard Law School fell apart.
Chuck Ross writes: Intriguing new details reported by The Dallas Morning News show that Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate and liberal hero Wendy Davis has consistently twisted the truth about her own life story.
Davis, a state senator, became famous nationwide after she blocked a bill seeking to place limitations on abortion with an 11-hour filibuster featuring her tale of perseverance and against-all-odds grit.
According to the Davis legend – as exemplified by Davis in her campaign video “A Texas Story” – the state senator was married, had a child, and divorced all by the time she was 19.
She lived in a trailer and worked to raise her daughter and make her way through college, eventually landing in the hallowed halls of Harvard. From there, Davis – born Wendy Russell – became an attorney, a Fort Worth city councilwoman, and a state senator known for confronting the “old-boys network” of Texas state politics.
Besty Woodruff writes: Welp, it’s official. As of 5:20 p.m. Texas time on October 3, Wendy Davis, the state senator who became a national pro-choice icon for filibustering legislation that restricted abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, has thrown her hat into the gubernatorial ring. Not much of a surprise; Democrats started telling reporters a week ago, and her campaign website went live for a few minutes on Thursday afternoon, giving intrepid Twitterers just enough time to take a screenshot of her promise to “continue to fight for all Texans as governor.” Also on view was her Wendy Davis Store, which will apparently hawk $15 yard signs.
Davis announced her intentions to enter the governor’s race to a crowd in Haltom City, on the stage where she received her high-school diploma. “All of you deserve to have your voices heard, because our future is brightest when it’s lit by everyone’s star,” she told the boisterous group in a speech that made no mention of abortion or women’s health.
Here’s what most observers, as far as I can tell, think Wendy Davis’s future looks like: She cruises to a win in the Democratic primary; she does a bunch of cable-news hits and draws record levels of national attention, even for Texas; and she loses squarely to Attorney General Greg Abbott. Read the rest of this entry »