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HAVE YOU GUESSTIMATED LATELY?

It’s funny the way cute little locutions like that win a place in our dialogue and then fade.

I distinctly remember a particular person using that coinage to me ca. 1988.

Ah, yes, the halcyon ’80s, when Daddy Ronnie told us bedtime stories penned by Peggy Noonan and put the entire country to sleep.

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WHAT IF GLOBAL WARMING COULD REALLY BE SOLVED BY “TURNING OFF THE LIGHTS”?

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What’s so great about walking in to an already lit room anyway?

 

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HILLARY HAS NO ONE TO BLAME BUT HERSELF

It’s not Bernie who’s stepping on her coronation robes–it’s the endless betises committed by her, by the dilapidated, corrupt Democratic establishment.

It’s now clear that there is a very good chance–even a probability, I hate to say–that Trump will defeat her.

She should be offering heartfelt thanks to Bernie for saving her presidential bid to the extent that he has —

by forcing her to espouse policy positions that Americans actually support, positions that will address the needs of more than than the .05%–even when espousing those positions means opposing what she and her husband so recklessly and ruthlessly accomplished 1993-2001. (Note BENE to Hillary: keep your husband out of your administration, if it somehow does happen. We don’t need any more financial deregulation, media consolidation, demonizing of the poor. etc.)

Remember that clown act she was running months ago, promising to accomplish things by finding slivers of agreement with the GOP–Social Security cuts here we come! (as Bill was trying to effect in 1997).

Fortunately she’s canned that approach, for the most part–for now . . . .

But Trump’s likely route to victory nevertheless remains running to the left of her.

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ARTHUR MITCHELL HONORED BY COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY; BAN KI MOON TO COLUMBIA GRADUATES: DONT VOTE FOR SCIENCE DENIERS OR BUY UNSUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS AND TURN OFF THE LIGHTS!!

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About 50,000 graduates and invitees gathered in Morningside Heights on Wednesday to hear UN General Secretary sum it up in one phrase:  “Turn off the lights.”  Fighting global warming is as simple as that!  Dance Theatre of Harlem founder and honoree Arthur Mitchell looked great at received great applause.

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DEMS SET THEMSELVES UP FOR ANOTHER CATASTROPHIC DEFEAT

The behavior of the Democratic leadership toward Sanders and his supporters now virtually guarantees that millions of potential Democratic voters will sit out the election in November–as so many liberal Democrats did in the midterms of 2010 and 2014.

Unless a course correction is immediately made, we will have to regretfully conclude that Donald Trump never had a better friend than the clueless, reactionary Democratic establishment.

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AMERICA LOVES BAD ACTORS–OR DO WE?

Back in the ’80s, I used to watch or listen to Ronald Reagan’s addresses when I could stomach them and think, Why would anyone take seriously this cornball shtick? Bad enough what he was usually saying–the overdone, cloying manner and delivery should have generated more skepticism than it did.

Of course it turned out that not as many Americans believed it as the GOP and “mainstream” media told us that we did. Nevertheless, the dum-dum Dems decided their only option was to turn into wannabe Republicans. When Clinton was elected I assumed that he would provide a corrective to Reagan/Bush. Instead we had a doubling down.

With Trump, I wonder if his garish appearance and the fact that he is transparently a con man, making it up second-by-second, arouse some sort of pleasurable contempt on the at- least-subliminal part of even his enthusiasts. He is visibly desperate: desperately insecure, desperately fake. He is the quintessential snake oil salesman plagued by job insecurity.

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PARIS IS FOR (BALLET) LOVERS

A friend in Paris tells me that the Osipenko book is nicely visible at Galignani’s, the great old bookstore on the Rue de Rivoli. Give or take a century, the store’s almost as venerable  as the Academie Royale de Danse. Fitting that the book is there because so much of it does take place in Paris itself. . . .

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CRISP AND CLEAR

And stunning–

the newly restored 1930 musical film revue King of Jazz.

The early two strip Technicolor process has never looked more vibrant and almost tactile.

There’s lots of fun dance, including a Highlander number with the girls in pointe shoes but only going up to 3/4 pointe, Scottish style. In “Ragamuffin Romeo” there’s an Apache/grotesque acrobatic/rag doll duet that’s something else.

I saw it at the Museum of Modern Art yesterday —

it’s shown there once more in June.

Don’t miss it!

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CORRECT ME IF I’M WRONG

But I don’t think I am, although this is basically anecdotal observation —

Yet doesn’t it seem to you that early in Michelle Obama’s reign as First Lady, she was seen MUCH more frequently at ballet and high-art events like ballet?

Was she told to cool it by handlers/advisors/consultants?

The Dems have been playing defensive so long in the face of everything the GOP does, and certainly including its cultural bottom-feeding, that I am convinced Michelle’s attendance at an “elitist” performing arts event would raise a lot of concern.

Nevertheless, “classical dance”–as one write up termed it–students were permitted into the First Lady’s Black History month dance class.

Well, that’ something.

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