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Feb 7·edited Feb 7Pinned

Today’s hed artist is Elvis Costello singing about watching detectives, elections and other stuff. More info, and a link to this live performance (which is quite good) are here: https://open.substack.com/pub/martiniambassador/p/watching-the-detectives?

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Feb 7Liked by Martini Glambassador

This may be the funniest one you have done, Martini Glambassador! I love it!

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A film-critic friend and I spent a whole evening analyzing “Watching the Detectives.” It’s so brilliantly and visually constructed that you could storyboard it, yet there’s still enough ambiguity that leaves it open to interpretation, which is what great art does.

Is Hamlet crazy or acting crazy? Fuck if I know, but we’ll never stop talking about it. Are the events in “Watching the Detectives” real or imagined and mixed with a film noir? Is someone scratching at the window on TV or in the narrator’s world? Is it set in a motel, and, if it is, who’s doing the watching?

Of course, we’re the ones doing the watching, just as we’re seeing it unfold in Costello’s lyrics as if we were watching the tube. Maybe someone’s scratching at our window. I wonder who is it?

Fooking genius, it is.

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Feb 7·edited Feb 7

She's filing her nails while they're dragging the lake. The woman did it!

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Feb 7Liked by Martini Glambassador

There used to be a club in Manchester ( UK) called the Hole in the Wall. My dad saw him there in 1977, just after the release of Less than Zero. I was 11. He came home and told me that this geeky looking singer was going to be huge. He was right

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Feb 7Liked by Martini Glambassador

Saw him live just a couple of months ago. He's still got it.

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I know you created this work of staggering genius for me specifically because I've been so down and it not only made my morning, it filled my brainpan with the voice of my most beloved musical artist (instead of hornets). Thank you, friend! You are a great light in this world! <3

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*hugs*

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Feb 7Liked by Martini Glambassador

Absolutely top-notch! Perfect.

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Thanks Arolpin!

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Feb 7Liked by Martini Glambassador

I drew him for this "33.3" art show years ago.

All artist redoing famous album covers—

https://cargocollective.com/thirtythreepointthree/10-Dyna-Moe

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FABULOUS darling!

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Dyna whoa!

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Dyna, I love it!

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Feb 7Liked by Martini Glambassador

It's hard to believe that Declan Patrick McManus OBE will be 70 in August. Time truly speeds by.

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Feb 7Liked by Martini Glambassador

I love the Elvis Costello. Alison. Yeah.

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Feb 7Liked by Martini Glambassador

An old favorite.

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Feb 7Liked by Martini Glambassador

Or was it watching the defectives?

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Feb 7Liked by Martini Glambassador

Elvis Costello SHOULD be serenading you, Martini. We should start a letter campaign.

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Feb 7·edited Feb 7

Perhaps consult Diana Krall about that first though.

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Feb 7Liked by Martini Glambassador

"She's filing her nails and reading 'bout cake"... GENIUS!

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That's what made me wonder if it wasn't actually him after all, because my brain then started trying to fit that line to 'she's calling a cab and my stomach feels small'. Which my brain NOW assures me is followed by the line, 'there's a taste in my mouth, and it's no taste at all' - damn, I wish I had the time to do mashups.

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Feb 7·edited Feb 7Liked by Rebecca Schoenkopf, Martini Glambassador

I love it to, because it evokes "she's touring the facilities and picking up slack" and makes me ponder the similarities of that Cake song to its predecessor.

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Sorry, wrong, *I* hate to be a pedant, but it’s a Wonkette reference.

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Feb 7Liked by Martini Glambassador

Thank you, Martini!

We saw him some years ago, I think two years before the pandemic? We were at our annual conference. He put on an excellent show, and his back-up singers were outstanding.

I love me some outstanding back up singers!

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Feb 7·edited Feb 7Liked by Martini Glambassador

That EC and the Attractions performance on Rockpalast in 1978 is amazing, and well worth consuming in its entiretly.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDVDNwS9DrM

And to think they'd only been playing together for a few months. Electrifying.

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Feb 7·edited Feb 7Liked by Martini Glambassador

Rockpalast rocks. Some of the best live (at the time) footage anywhere.

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Yeah, no joke.

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Feb 7Liked by Martini Glambassador

That was excellent!

I saw him perform that live, at Atlanta's Fox Theatre. Intro band was Squeeze. Great show.

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Woah! Amazing line-up!

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Toby Kieth did donate $ millions to help the survivors of the Moore, OK, tornado.

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I just have to point out that one serving of the "Marry Me Chicken Soup", according to the recipe's nutrition label, has 104% of the daily allowance of saturated fat.

I also have to point out that Propublica is an awesome investigative news outlet and everybody who can afford it should give them a donation. They are a non-profit so donations are tax deductible. I hope they nail that fucker Harlan Crow.

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Can I ask a dumb question? I'm newish to Wonkette, and I've noticed that sometimes the Tabs headline has a matching article, and sometimes it doesn't. Like today, there's an article matching the headline about dog comedians. But yesterday, there was no article about 5 people who didn't win a Grammy. At least, not that I could see. Am I missing something? Thanks!

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It depends on who is writing TABS that day, I think, but there is no real rules about the headline. Sometimes it's just funny!

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Thanks, at least now I know I'm not (completely) losing my mind. Thank you!

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These "heartbeat" bills are somewhat similar to the Salem witch trials. In Salem, women were executed for being imaginary witches. With the heartbeat bills, women are punished (soon to be executed) for having an embryo (not even yet a fetus) with an imaginary heart beating.

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Exactly. Friend’s acquaintance had a premmie in Dec. was in neonate unit for 8 weeks. Heart wasn’t completely formed.

These forced birthers are stupid and know nothing.

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Having a preemie (I had one--a 28 weeker) and then spending the months I did in the NICU is an eye opener about all the things that can go horribly wrong with pregnancy and the limits of viability. The things I saw when I was there...

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"We know red state people elect stupid, amoral thieves for leaders"

Nitpick of the day: the word you want is Immoral, not amoral.

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Feb 7Liked by Rebecca Schoenkopf

I do not have a dog but I can safely say that my cat Cooper is very funny. My husband I determined that he has a dry wit bordering on irony. We also, too, may have been stoned.

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https://twitter.com/RonFilipkowski/status/1755008369205637533

https://twitter.com/theliamnissan/status/1755191882169376784

First tweet: "Stephen Miller is melting down over the court denying Trump absolute immunity."

Second: "Pee Wee German is totally pissed"

Mic drop, walk away.

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re Toby Keith: "If you can't say anything nice about someone, come sit next to me."

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I don't generally care for country music and I've hated Toby Keith since he threw a tantrum about Natalie Maines having an opinion that he didn't like. That's the first time I've watched any music video of his and it just reinforces why I've never liked his stupid redneck ass and I've been a bit perturbed to see people in the media fawning over him since he died.

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He was a Democrat. Supported Boren and friends with Bill Richardson.

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Have you heard of the Highwomen? I am not a country fan at all but I love these women

About

thehighwomen.com

The Highwomen is an American country music supergroup composed of Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris, and Amanda Shires.

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Totally not a drug reference though. We definitely believe that.

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or it could be a play on the word 'highwaymen' ?

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That they specifically said it wasn't a drug reference makes me certain it was.

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fair do's. I hadnt heard that

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Here in CT, the wind project (I assume you refer to the New London project) has been halted until at least 2025 by the company building it. The state has already invested in it. Now the company suggests it would be nice if our small state kicked in *at least* another billion dollars or they threaten to walk away from the project. The proposed rate per killowatt hour for the power they generate was already estimated at $100/kwh - at least two to three times current kwh rates, in a state that already has the highest energy costs - and a state with what you might be surprised to find is a high poverty rate. It is not, as you seem to suggest, about myths or uneducated concern. It is also not about power that is "a little more expensive". My town has a population including 40% ALICE families and another 20% below the poverty level. Think about the impact this would have in terms of the real people who live here. It's easy to wave your hand and say we all need to sacrifice some for green energy. We get that - and we already pay more. But at $100/kwh generation raising our electric rates exponentially, we also have some basic questions, including little details such as: how much of our town would afford power and food.

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If Harlan Crow is using his pleasure yacht to influence SCOTUS decisions in his favor, then I think it does count as a business deduction.

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Your Wonkette Movie Night reminder, it is 𝐊𝐞𝐚𝐧𝐮.

A movie from Key & Peele about a kitten, it's super funny and adorable.

https://open.substack.com/pub/ziggywiggy/p/wonkette-movie-night-feb-10-keanu?r=2knfuc&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web

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I'll probably post this again because I *know* there's going to be a story on it, but:

Hey, Speaker (?) Mike Johnson (??):

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From Jezebel.com

GOP Declares Trump 'Did Not Commit an Insurrection,' So I Guess That Settles It!

Reps. Matt Gaetz and Elise Stefanik introduced the resolution to "authoritatively express" that Trump did nothing wrong on January 6, 2021.

By

Lauren Tousignant

PublishedYesterday

Matt Gaetz, Elise Stefanik, and other House Republicans deliver remarks during a press conference in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., February 6.

Matt Gaetz, Elise Stefanik, and other House Republicans deliver remarks during a press conference in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., February 6. Photo: Shutterstock

Every day we don’t have to hear about Rep. Matt “Let me show you videos of girls I’ve slept with” Gaetz (R-Fla.) is a day I cherish. Sadly, they are few and far between and did not include today.

On Tuesday, Gaetz, along with Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) and a few other House Republicans, held a press conference to introduce a resolution that declares former president Donald Trump “did not engage in insurrection or rebellion against the United States.” So I guess that’s that! Thanks guys! Glad we can finally put that to rest!

Here we are...again, sigh

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I cannot wait for the recently introduced "Matt Gaetz and Elise Stefanik Are Ass Clowns" act to take legal effect.

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So, (according to Keith Olberman) they are trying to invoke the 2/3 clause in the 14th exempting tRump from disqualification. Which has the unintended consequence of admitting that tRump engaged in insurrection.

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“If we’re the purported victim, in Congress, and we’re saying this was not an insurrection, I think that will hold a great deal of weight [legally],” [Gaetz] added.

Yeah, the abuse victim decides it wasn't abuse after all, so acquit!

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