Strong Songs

If you listen to podcasts and you’re interested in how good songs are put together – how the melodies and rhythms and lyrics and structures and all the little details work to make a strong song strong – and are up for some very mild music theory, and a lot of enthusiasm, check out Strong Songs.

It’s very very good.

Section 230? WTF is that?

Trump is threatening to LITERALLY DEFUND THE MILITARY if he can’t get ‘Section 230’ repealed. What is it?

Ken White says:

Very simply put, Section 230 is the law that says that, if I post something defamatory on Twitter, the victim can sue me, but not Twitter. It also says, again put simply, that Twitter has the right to moderate stuff on its site as it sees fit.

Also, Section 230 Is The Subject of The Most Effective Legal Propaganda He’s Ever Seen.

The most fabulous whiner

Then-Future President Trump:

“I think he’s probably right. I am the most fabulous whiner. I do whine because I want to win. And I’m not happy if I’m not winning. And I am a whiner. And I’m a whiner and I keep whining and whining until I win,” he said. “And I’m going to win for the country and I’m going to make our country great again.”

CNN, August 2015.


Here’s a mournful little tune I wrote:

This, and Something Else, are the big hit songs from an upcoming album of mine called “Princeton Studies”. In this case, it’s a study in slowness, the harmonic minor scale, and transitions via augmented chords to other keys (and back).

Big Prediction

There will be no prosecutions of TrumpCo by the Biden admin. There will be no great cleansing of the political forum. There will be no satisfying smackdown to make up for what Trump put American liberals through for the last four years.

Why? Because prosecuting the previous administration is not what America does. There’s no legal reason we don’t; we just don’t do it. It’s one of the norms Trump and McConnell didn’t destroy, despite the fact that Trump dangled it in front his audiences every chance he got (Lock Her Up!) – remember, the GOP base truly thinks Obama and Clinton were literal criminals. And they wanted Trump to reach back and prosecute everyone. Yeah, well imagine the state of the country now if they had done it.

But Trump actually did illegal things! OK, here’s the tough part: most of America simply doesn’t care. They want the government to make their lives better and to stay out of their lives – and they don’t care if that’s a contradiction, because that’s how much thought they put into the whole thing. STFU and make my life better, now. Spending time going after Trump is not going to look like it’s making anyone’s life better. It will look like government wasting time and energy and it will look like political theater and people will not like it. The laws Trump broke didn’t affect most people directly, and so they aren’t clamoring for redress.

Yes, everyone who is demanding that there needs to be a grand cleansing and hammering and scouring is going to be sorely disappointed. But Biden is not an avenging angel. Neither was Clinton, nor Obama. Turns out Trump wasn’t either. That’s not what Presidents do.

The Dems took their shot at Trump and the GOP Senate blocked it. So we had to vote him out, and we did. And then we got to watch him flailing and trying to spin his loss into a victory. But that’s as much satisfaction as we’re going to get. Enjoy it.

Check back in four years and see if I was right!