Saturday, July 01, 2017

Saturday Reads

Obituary: Singer Gary DeCarlo, 75, has died after a battle with lung cancer. He was known for his vocals on the hit single "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye":

Mercury decided to release the song "Sweet Laura Lee" as a single from the recording session. Needing a B-side for the single, Leka, DeCarlo and Frausher revived a Glenwoods song they wrote called “Kiss Him Goodbye” and recorded it as "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” for the B-side. DeCarlo also played percussion on the song.

The song became a surprise hit when a DJ in Georgia played it and requests for the song flooded the station. The single made it to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in December, 1969.

The song was attributed to the band "Steam," although at the time there was no band with that name. The band seen on the cover of the single and that performed the song on a promotional video were hired for their image. The singer in the video was lip-synching DeCarlo’s lead vocal. The “fake” Steam band went on tour and performed live.

I didn't think the song was that old and more like it was from the 1970s. It just goes to show how fast time has gone.

It still holds true regardless of culture that women attach themselves to men as a major means of upward financial mobility.

Why are Republicans such cruel assholes?

Yet that’s surely not the whole story, because Obamacare isn’t the only social insurance program that does great good yet faces incessant right-wing attack. Food stamps, unemployment insurance, disability benefits all get the same treatment. Why?

As with Obamacare, this story began with a politically convenient lie — the pretense, going all the way back to Ronald Reagan, that social safety net programs just reward lazy people who don’t want to work. And we all know which people in particular were supposed to be on the take.

Now, this was never true, and in an era of rising inequality and declining traditional industries, some of the biggest beneficiaries of these safety net programs are members of the Trump-supporting white working class. But the modern G.O.P. basically consists of career apparatchiks who live in an intellectual bubble, and those Reagan-era stereotypes still dominate their picture of struggling Americans.

Or to put it another way, Republicans start from a sort of baseline of cruelty toward the less fortunate, of hostility toward anything that protects families against catastrophe.

Juan Martinez, the prosecuting attorney in the Jodi Arias case, is facing an ethics complaint.

Tammy Rose, a free-lance reporter who covered the Arias trial, filed a sworn statement with the ethics complaint.

Rose said she and Wood became friends while they were covering the trial's death-penalty phase in 2015.

They would car pool to the Maricopa County Courthouse and trade text messages through the day.

"She told me this shocking secret that I was – so shocked when she told me – that she said she was having an affair with Juan Martinez," Rose said in an interview from her Wisconsin home.

After the ethics complaint was filed, Rose told a sheriff's officer at her Wisconsin home that she had been harassed via text message and phone calls, according to a report filed by the Sheboygan County, Wis., Sheriff's Department.

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