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First, a song…. Regina Spektor, “Ballad of a Politician” off her brilliant 2012 album What we Saw from the Cheap Seats.

Okay, so you’re back. Did you listen to the song? If you didn’t listen to the song, go listen to it. Really. It is completely and totally relevant to the point of this post.

So: Did you get the point of the song? Did you, really? If you didn’t, you won’t understand why Kavanaugh will be confirmed despite the fact that he sexually assaulted at least three women, was a drunk and a cad towards many other people, and lacks the fundamental respect for rule of law that we expect for our sitting judges.

And that point was: Basically: If you are a politician today, you are a prostitute.

This is especially true of Senators, who are required to raise millions of dollars from their johns in order to become and remain Senators. If they don’t obey their johns, their johns will find another prostitute willing to pleasure them in the way they demand. And these johns want Kavanaugh, because Kavanaugh has promised to overturn multiple Supreme Court rulings that they find distasteful because they give the little people more rights than the johns want the little people to have.

And that’s that. Now, granted, Nothing is ever 100% guaranteed. Perhaps some of those prostitutes will decide that they’re tired of prostitution, and vote against their johns’ demands. But still, I say there’s a 90% chance that Kavanaugh will be confirmed within the next five weeks…

– Badtux the Prostitution Penguin

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T

So one of my office-mates was new to the United States from China back in the 1990’s. He didn’t know Aretha Franklin from Benjamin Franklin, and there was a trade show in New Orleans and the person he was with says, “Oh, Aretha Franklin is in town at the House of Blues! Let’s go!” And he says “Who?”

It was a night he still remembers, all these years later. “She had such a BIG voice!” he exclaims, hands sweeping wide. “I didn’t know someone could sing so BIG!”

That she did. That she did. Even at the age of 73, in the video above.

Aretha Franklin, R.I.P.

– Badtux the Music Penguin

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Garbage. From 2005’s Bleed Like Me.

This was Shirley Manson’s ruminations on the Afghanistan and Iraq wars…

– Badtux the Music Penguin

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I keep listening to this maybe-album over and over again.

This is Tess Parks and Anton Newcombe. Tess has the laconic delivery of Hope Sandoval down pat, though she’s a little raspier. And Anton Newcombe is, of course, basically Brian Jonestown Massacre nowadays.

Shall I call it Mazzy Jonestown Massacre? Brian Jonestown Star? This penguin has no idea other than that he likes it!

– Badtux the Music Penguin

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She is brilliant

Regina Spektor, “Grand Hotel”, off her brilliant 2016 album Remember Us To Life.

Check out the whole session, including the bit at the end where she talks about life after she arrived in America as a child, and how the whole neighborhood in the Bronx rallied around the family to feed her musical ambitions including taking up a collection to buy a piano for her family and a brilliant classical piano teacher and performer who lived in the neighborhood giving her free lessons because they were so poor they couldn’t afford any, and how lucky she feels to have experienced this in her life when there is so much negativity around. She knows just how lucky she is, unlike the people who were born on 3rd base and thought they hit a triple, like Dim Shrub Son and Dimmer Orange Son.

— Badtux the Music Penguin

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Yeah, I’ve had this here before, but it came up again in my playlist, so you get to listen to it again.

– Badtux the Music Penguin

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No one lives long enough to know any answers

Regina Spektor, “Sellers of Flowers”, off her 2016 album Remember Us To Life. Fucking brilliant. A Russian novel (she’s Russian-born) wrapped up into a song. If I ever met her I’d shake her hand and say I wish I could have written a song like this. Of course, I’ve written songs that are basically William Faulkner novels wrapped up into a song, but nobody will ever confuse them with something as brilliant as this.

– Badtux the Music Penguin

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