Once Upon A Time in Milan (Out New Yorker-ing the New Yorker)

The New Yorker explored Benedetta briefly here.

Of course we went a few layers deeper.

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THERE ARE NO DEPTHS TO WHICH MARIA BARTIROMO WILL NOT SINK

Now the arch-misinformer is right on point with the treasoners and their preposterous claim that the ravening MAGA coup mob was really comprised of Democrats!

And, of course, Fox “News’ is now planning on rewarding her with a prime-time slot.

[I know, discussing Bartiromo right after Holiday is too disrespectful–to the latter– for words.]

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BILLIE HOLIDAY GETS HER WISH

after 65 years.

“This would have made a whole movie,” William Dufty told me in 1994, and now it has:
Lee Daniels’ The United States vs. Billie Holiday–out next month.

Paul Alexander is writing a new book on Holiday for Pantheon. Last summer he interviewed me about Tallulah vis a vis Holiday. In 1994 I interviewed Dufty, who co-authored Holiday’s 1956 autobiography, about Holiday vis a vis Tallulah. I told Paul that I’d look for those tapes and transcribe them in their entirety–so far I’ve found and transcribed one tape and sent it to him. Dufty had a lot to say; in fact, we both wonder why Dufty never wrote his own autobiography.

Dufty recollected at some length to me the subject of Daniels’ new film: Holiday’s relationship with black narcotics agent James Fletcher. Fletcher “went into the Prohibition bureau,” Dufty told me, “when you needed, if they had a back face they practically had to work undercover, and he was practically alone.” Fletcher’s later involvement with Holiday was such that he betrayed his professional mandate and did not arrest her when he had sufficient cause to do so.

Fletcher “was around’ during holiday’s final hospital stay in 1959. Holiday wanted Dufty to collaborate with Fletcher on a memoir: she “had essentially put the gun to his head and the gun to my head.” Eventually they did collaborate on a manuscript, not describing his “love story” with Holiday but describing “the drug enforcement landing on blacks, showing that it was corrupt from the first moment.” That’s the message that Holiday wanted put out: “She was totally radicalized by her exposure to the U.S. government. She thought the Fletcher thing would have impact.”

The book was too honest for New York publishers: none would accept the book.

Dufty said he also wrote a two-person play about Fletcher and Holiday that foundered because he couldn’t find an actress he thought could embody her.

Now the Fletcher-Holiday dyad is finally going to reach the public.

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BIDEN TO RECYCLE OBAMA’S WORST FOREIGN POLICY PICK

You can’t say we weren’t warned.

Victoria Nuland, former foreign policy advisor to that Dick Cheney, then worked in the Obama administration to sabotage any moves Obama made toward de-escalating international flash points.

Now Biden is nominating her for the No. 3 position in the State Department.

Read in detail at Common Dreams why Nuland is “a ticking time bomb.”

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WHY DIDN’T THE MEDIA DEFEND ITSELF?

Dr. Lance Dodes tells Chauncey de Vega at Salon:

Trump “was yelling at White House journalists saying, ‘You’re fake’ from the beginning of his term and it was years before they objected. The reporters should have said, ‘No, Mr. Trump, you cannot talk to the free press that way.’ They should have covered his assault on the free press as a major story. The media failed to do their job to protect the country.”

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MO

Madeline Taylor and Bandy Lee at Raw Story:

“Donald Trump frequently speaks in generalities, and his listeners fill in the blanks about what he means, how he feels, and what they are supposed to do for him. As president, he does not have to give direct orders for his followers to understand what they are supposed to do, including attack, kidnap, and possibly even kill.”

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WHEN THE PRAETORIAN GUARD IS INFILITRATED —

leaders are in great danger.

As we now see that the DOJ, DOF, DHS, Nat’l Guard, Capitol police, Secret service, et.al. have been penetrated by treasonous Trump deputies and foot soldiers, it becomes more essential than ever that Biden, Harris, and all Democratic leadership carefully vet their security details.

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LESLEY STAHL NEEDS TO BE TUTORED IN THE TENETS OF JOURNALISM

Stahl committed major acts of both-sidesism corporate journalism in her interview with Nancy Pelosi on 60 Minutes.

No, ding-ding, the fact that the Democrats lost some House seats last November does not mean that the electorate doesn’t agree with them on the issues. Democratic positions on the issues are overwhelmingly favored by Americans. Who lost their seats? “Moderate” Dems who don’t readily support Democratic positions over Republican ones.

The fact that McConnell refused to bring Pelosi’s COVID relief bill for a vote somehow translates in Stahl’s dogma to Pelosi refusing to compromise.

Extraordinary that Stahl thinks she can pull this on nation-wide TV.

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WHO IS DONALD TRUMP?

One way to approach it:

Trump is the embodiment of every negative attribute in the American character.
Writ very large indeed.

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GINNI THOMAS WAS PART OF THE COUP ATTEMPT

Yes, the insanely right-wing, lawless wife of Justice Clarence Thomas had a role in organizing treason and attempted murder.

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JUST THE WAY THERE WERE NO GERMANS, ONLY “AUSTRIANS”

after Hitler’s defeat, the GOP traitors are now trying to pretend that they really, really didn’t understand the danger of Trump.

And that swine Josh Hawley is whimpering victimhood because Simon and Schuster exerted its “free enterprise” prerogatives.

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