REALISTIC BALLERINAS. . . OLIGARCHS, NOT SO MUCH

“We were so lucky: we were in exactly the right place at the right time. . .”

So did Maria Tallchief tell Tanaquil Le Clercq years after their dance careers were over.

So did Tallchief recount this to me in 1981.

These two singular dancers were in the right place in the 1940s to be made by Balanchine charter ballerinas of New York City Ballet, and have great role after great role created for them by Balanchine and other choreographers of genius.

But no matter how gifted, ballet then as well as now is a buyer’s market. For every dancer who gets to the very top, as they did, others of equal gifts do not. That is more true today than ever before, as the talent pool keeps expanding even as the art form itself is beleaguered.

Not that both legendary ballerinas and Balanchine muse/wives didn’t enjoy a belief in their own entitlement, but no question: they understood the nitty and the gritty of it.

Not so, it seems the monster mutant oligarchs–the Kochs, the De Voses, the “cat people” Mercers, the Stephen Schwarzmans, the Jamie Dimons who have fomented the incredible delusion that they did it all by themselves. They have seceded from any notion of gratitude or civic responsibility–demanding in fact, more and more subsidy from the state that has allowed them to accumulate the vast fortunes they now command. And demanding, as well, that the rest of the country receive less and less.

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PENCE TRIES THE CONDI RICE DEFENSE

Of course we had no idea what was going on. . . yes it was right under our noses, and we were active players, but you know, our set was engaged in a lot of bridge tournaments. . .

Pence is every bit as guilty as Trump, and has been complicit every step of the way.

Josh Marshall cautions: “Don’t Believe That Pence Was ‘Out of the Loop'”

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FOX, THE FAKEST “NEWS” STATION

is, of course, Trump’s favorite.

As John Nichols tweets: “In the 1960s & 1970s Roger Ailes and Richard Nixon plotted to implement what they called’A Plan for Putting the GOP on TV News.’ It worked.”

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ANYTHING TO DISTRACT

Of course Trump bombed Syria today.

Will the “mainstream” media roll over once again?

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TRUMP’S LOW-CONCEPT

His conception of “national unity” is the same as the GOP version of “bipartisanship”: total submission to their wills.

And this an aspiring dictator and a political party that does everything it can to fracture and divide the American population–alienating it from its own self-interest as well as our national interest.

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WHAT’S YOUR DEFINITION OF COMPETENCE?

For corporate-land leaders, it seems to be:

do as much damage to your company as possible, and then get paid in inverse proportion to the damage you’ve been able to do.

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IT’S NO SURPRISE

that rabid right-wing ideologue Rep. Cheney was tweeting out her praise of Trump’s firing Comey last week.

And it’s no surprise, given the Cheney tradition of dishonesty, that she’s now deleting the tweet.

NBC’s Dafna Linzer caught Cheney out.

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ANDREW LACK IS DESTROYING MSNBC

Here we go again: a new chapter in the ongoing cautionary tale of the devastation caused by right-wing moguls controlling the “mainstream” media.

Lack is deep-sixing Lawrence O’Donnell’s top-rated show, and Roger Friedman writes: “My NBC sources say that O’Donnell’s tireless criticism of Donald Trump is the cause of the trouble.”

It is truly amazing how stupid about business so many of our business moguls are.

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DON’T EXPECT MUCH

from the Senate GOP “health care” bill. Remember these are the people who voted in lockstep for sworn-enemy-of-heath-care-coverage Tom Price and the rest of Trump’s USA-wrecking cabinet.

And voters should be reminded of that fact when these GOP senators come up for re-election.

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NAIVETE NOT ALLOWED

If you think media moguls don’t impose their own politics and ideology on the properties they control, think again by looking at what Andrew Lack is doing at MSNBC.

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