Crowd for Trump rally in Wildwood, NJ

The rally wasn't that great. All review. Nothing stands out. The audience made it more so than the president. Here, if you care to see it. Jeff Van Drew changed parties to Republican during the Trump House impeachment and Trump asked him how he (Trump) could help. Jeff answered have a rally in his area, so this is that. Apparently. 

So much to riff on, so much to apply his style, yet the thing started late and wrapped up fairly quickly. I think. Actually, I fell asleep and stopped it, then woke up and started it again at the point that I left off and poof in just a few minutes it was gone.

I'll go read what others saw in it for the things that I might have missed.

Eh. Comments here, three pages of them. The usual rooting but not much specific to Trump at this rally. 

Ten bags of shirts to Goodwill

I have a walk-in closet with two poles. One pole is pants, plus the shelf above it, and the other side is shirts, plus the shelf above it. These shirts have been sitting there for years without ever being worn.


Every shirt that I haven't worn in 10 years is out.

Same with shoes.

Pants are next. But right now I'm experiencing a weight shift so the pants are arranged by size. Presently size 32waist are hanging and all the rest are stacked on the shelf. Except for some of the size 30waist that don't fit on the shelf. Size 30waist is the main size. But even there I see pants that I never intend to wear.

So there is still room for more to go to Goodwill.

They're all very good clothes. That's why I hung onto them for so long.

Spirit in the sky

Remarkable image of Christ-like figure is spotted in swirling clouds above Birmingham.

That is the title of an article published by

"It was really odd -- the sky was quite cloudy and there was this weird cloud formation. People have been telling me it looks like an angel or Jesus with his arms outstretched." 

She sent her picture around to relatives. They all said the same thing: angel or Jesus. 

Yeah. The rest of the sky was regularly cloudy with that thing sticking right out. In my part of the world we call that a tornado formation. 

The whole sky has an eerie feel to it. 

Until the whole thing busts loose. Or else fizzles out. 

Pareidolia: The psychological phenomenon that causes people to see patterns in a random stimulus. 

I am four years of age. 

I ask my older brother why the clouds move. It was cloudy. We are watching them. 

Here's the thing about my older brother. If he didn't have an answer, he made one up. 

Now, imagine having a younger brother who asks you a million questions a day. 

After awhile you just say something to get the kid off your back.

That's what he did.

"The clouds move because Jesus is up there pushing them around with a stick."

I looked but could not see Jesus. I looked really hard.

"He's up there. The clouds are hiding him. He is on top of the clouds." 

I spent the next several years looking for Jesus in the clouds. 

Son of a bitch!

At the time I took every answer at face value. 

It took me years to realize the guy was full of crap.

But I loved him so. He really did answer a lot of questions. And he did the best that he could. It's no wonder at all that he ditched me all the time. 

What a butt hole I was. 

I deserved flippant answers.

It's not so bad as I am making it. He really did have quite a lot of great answers. He raised me as much as our parents did. He blazed my trail. My parents provided stability, the backbone, while he did all the one-on-one tutoring. And he never signed up for that. 

Bad Guy by Billie Eilish, danced by Koosung Jung Choreography, signed by Jaquelyn Marcella

I don't know what to think. She seems nice to me. And she isn't a guy. This is not the official video. On YouTube I saw the name Justin Bieber and with him in mind this video and this song make sense.

Let's see what the secondary consumers/creators did with this song. K-pop dancers and Sign Language interpreter follow.

Jeopardy! contestants do not know who Adam Schiff is

Nobody else buzzed in because the other two didn't know who Schiff is either. 

Even with his picture. Even with a million political cartoons about him. Even with him being the subject of untold number of Trump tweets. 

And that explains s-o-o-o-o-o-o much. 

Imagine how clean your life would be if you didn't know who Adam Schiff is. 

This political humor would be lost on you. You'd have no idea why Tom Shillue on the Greg Gutfeld show is so funny. Shillue depicts psychosis.

Adrian Matthew, She Used to be Mine

At fourteen years of age Adrian sang this song and his mother recorded him on her phone and uploaded her video to Facebook where it went viral immediately. This one. I think. Things exploded and Adrien was invited to do a lot of things, get voice coaching, join other singers, go to New York and visit the cast, meet Sara Bareilles and perform with her. And here, actually sing on the Waitress stage with the cast.

I wish the recording was better but I cannot complain. These cell phones do remarkably well when you consider they have only a tiny plastic lens. But then, our own lenses in our eyes are that small. You can tell the cast really likes this kid. And their microphones are actually better than my own ears.

There are a million covers of this song available on YouTube. They all do very well. The song is written for a woman and most of the covers are by women and all of the ones that I've listened to do very well but the ones I like best are by men. Jeremy Jordan has an excellent cover. He doesn't take a breath before "mine" as all the other performers do. Another very good cover is by Caleb Hyles. Youngster Luke Islam brought down the house with an abbreviated version at America's Got Talent.

We can guess his voice is already changing. 

What does the song look like?

I know where I've been

I follow this voice coach on YouTube.

The girl is 14 years old. Russian. Eva Poklonskaya. I love how Cheryl Porter corrects her on the phrase "the road we've been traveling." She makes clear the black experience to the Russian girl. She is explaining to a Russian girl what that phase is expected to convey: the entire black experience. That phrase is what this song is about.

Queen Latifa sings this song in Hairspray and she does a very nice job of it. She is all over YouTube.

While other soul singers have picked up this song to give their lungs a good workout. They are all very good. Some of them for small town performances of Hairspray. Some of them are a little bit goofy with the other actors onstage. Some of the YouTube recordings are not very good.

I do like this one the best. The Boston Gay Men's Choir in the background sound like bees. Alex Maxwell holds back and then cuts loose with a performance that can break your heart. Listen for the phrase "the road we've been traveling" and see if it contains the entire black experience in America in one single line.

What does the song look like? 


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