An apropos glide into a potentially stormy weekend

Got home from an evening meeting last night to find my girl watching the 1943 classic black musical “Stormy Weather,” starring Lena Horne and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. Once I started watching, I was hooked.

The movie was fascinating on many levels, not least as an historic artifact of racial attitudes at the time, documenting how black performers were both confined by stereotypes and caricatures while also finding ways to defy them.

But what really blew me away was the quantity and quality of musical and dance talent showcased in the movie, from Cab Calloway (doing an early moonwalk) to the Nicholas Brothers dance duo to a hilarious homage to the black vaudeville comedy duo Miller & Lyles, which ranks up there with anything done by Abbott & Costello.

I mean, when you’ve got all-time jazz greats such as Illinois Jacquet and Coleman Hawkins as uncredited background players, you’re talking talent.

Anyway, enough socio-historic babble. It’s Friday, and almost quitting time. Here’s a clip featuring one of my favorites, Fats Waller, with the great blues singer Ada Brown. (Tragically, Fats died shortly after the movie was released at the age of 39.)

– Jay Bookman

479 comments Add your comment

Don't Forget

July 14th, 2012
3:00 pm

His problems are just starting.

I agree completely. More questions are coming up every day.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

July 14th, 2012
3:01 pm

Nice to see Scout putting so much reliance on those factcheck organizations…… too bad he did not do so when they fact checked that birth certificate. Oh the pout.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

July 14th, 2012
3:01 pm

HA ! Gotcha !

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

July 14th, 2012
3:02 pm

Oh the hypocrisy.

Recon 0311 2533

July 14th, 2012
3:06 pm

Some of the libs on here this PM are disregarding Jay’s take on this Bain boondoggle. I think he commented that this story isn’t going anywhere.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 14th, 2012
3:07 pm

TaxPayer

July 14th, 2012
3:08 pm

1) The substance/political thoughts regarding any papers he wrote. – substance and thought consistent with those of one selected for the President of the Law Review, etc.
2) How is education was paid for. – Cash, check, money order, credit card, gold coin or any other acceptable form of payment by the school
3) If any part was through “student aid/scholarships” I would like to see the application(s). – only those parts that were not covered by any other form of payment would have been covered this way

TaxPayer

July 14th, 2012
3:10 pm

larry

July 14th, 2012
3:12 pm

Those factchecks are taking Romney’s word for it. And his campaign’s word for it. When evidence keeps coming up everyday that is contradicting what he is saying . And he made it worse last night.

Face it. Your man is in deep trouble.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

July 14th, 2012
3:14 pm

I did not know that Jay did not tolerate anyone disagreeing with him or that he has stated he has never been wrong…..

Oh wait, its only the conned that make those types of claims. :roll:

New evidence can change past evaluations….

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 14th, 2012
3:18 pm

I did not know that Jay did not tolerate anyone disagreeing with him…

It also means we are skeeeeeeeerd of Jay.

carlosgvv

July 14th, 2012
3:19 pm

Latest headline:

“Billions of dollars wasted in IRAQ”

Along with thousands of American lives.

Only The Military-Industrial-Complex profits(literally)

How much longer will the people put up with this this morally criminal state of affairs?

Recon 0311 2533

July 14th, 2012
3:20 pm

Oh well I guess with Obama’s previous utterances that his ACA wasn’t a tax and other misstatements along with miscalculations associated with this bill along with the apparent Fast and Furious coverup, the looming scandal regarding White House leaks that compromises national security not to mention this dismal economy that keeps getting worse it’s no wonder many on the left are desperately clinging to anything that could be a diversion from this failed presidency.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

July 14th, 2012
3:24 pm

Oh well…guess someone did not do that factcheck thingy on those Fast and Furious lies.

Anything to divert from conned efforts to cause failures in this country for their own gain.

TaxPayer

July 14th, 2012
3:28 pm

What! No mention of Tim Geithner by the conned today.

larry

July 14th, 2012
3:29 pm

Didnt know they ran the ATF from the White House.

The Justice Department is investigating the leak situation

Over 4 million new private sector jobs created since July 2009

Nah, we arent clinging to anything.

Don't Forget

July 14th, 2012
3:32 pm

I doubt Mitt has legal troubles based on what we know now but he sure has honesty/credibility problems. BTW, why was he getting a “at least $100,000 salary” if he had no involvement? It’s not classified as investment return, loan repayment or anything else. Sounds like he was working part time just like he planned.

larry

July 14th, 2012
3:33 pm

Reminds me of the Romney campaign………….

http://now.msn.com/puppy-plays-with-its-own-shadow

TaxPayer

July 14th, 2012
3:33 pm

How’s that 2010 Republicans jobs campaign working out. Any progress yet.

larry

July 14th, 2012
3:36 pm

And here is something else Romney has to worry about. A split convention…..

http://thenewsherald.com/articles/2012/07/14/news/doc500017a89baeb424676332.txt

JamVet

July 14th, 2012
3:40 pm

““There are 545 human beings who are directly, legally, morally and individually responsible for every problem that America faces… ”

You see it removes the author and every other single human being in this country(!!!) of ANY responsibility for anything that ever goes wrong. There is no personal accountability to the people who adhere to such nonsense, merely blame. Everything is somebody else fault. Yet I’m sure that the author gladly takes the credit for everything that goes right in his life or apparently the United States of America.

Which works well for people up until, oh… about the age of 11.

Then, not so much.

It is childishness personified…

Keep Up the Good Fight!

July 14th, 2012
3:40 pm

Taxpayer… great news. The House has passed bills to repeal Obamacare 33 times, I am sure they will make an effort to vote for a jobs bill soon….

bman

July 14th, 2012
3:41 pm

It’s link-city in here …and it’s not tunes

TaxPayer

July 14th, 2012
3:41 pm

Nor was this an isolated incident: Kosman lists five other “formerly healthy” companies—Stage Stores, Ampad, GS Technologies, Details, and KB Toys—Bain helped drive into bankruptcy, while making big profits.

But… but… Mitt was on “leave”…

Recon 0311 2533

July 14th, 2012
3:44 pm

“I am sure they will make an effort to vote for a jobs bill soon….”

Does no good…Reid’s been sitting on 29 the House has already sent him with no action.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 14th, 2012
3:45 pm

It’s link-city in here …and it’s not tunes

Be the change that you seek.

JamVet

July 14th, 2012
3:46 pm

Taxpayer, for the first time in his entire campaign, Mitt has shown some courage!

If, like him, I could not carry a tune in a bucket, I would be rather hesitant to sing that song for public consumption…

Keep Up the Good Fight!

July 14th, 2012
3:53 pm

Wow that is some record to be proud of….. 62 bills passed by the House and none of them can get through the Senate. Guess the House does not know how to play well with others. How many more years will it take the Tea Party children to do things that Ted Kennedy could do before he died.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

July 14th, 2012
3:58 pm

TaxPayer:

“1) The substance/political thoughts regarding any papers he wrote. – substance and thought consistent with those of one selected for the President of the Law Review, etc.
2) How is education was paid for. – Cash, check, money order, credit card, gold coin or any other acceptable form of payment by the school
3) If any part was through “student aid/scholarships” I would like to see the application(s). – only those parts that were not covered by any other form of payment would have been covered this way”

Disagree:

1) Whatever they were ………….. I would like to read them.

2) How means: By himself, his family, by student loans, another individual(s), group, etc.

3) Student loans/aid/scholarships: Since Obama was a U.S. citizen, what student status did he use on any applications?

JamVet

July 14th, 2012
4:02 pm

On the sidelines of the National Governors Association meeting in Williamsburg, Alabama’s Republican governor, Robert Bentley, called on Romney to release all the documents requested of him.

“If you have things to hide, then maybe you’re doing things wrong,” Bentley said. “I think you ought to be willing to release everything to the American people.”

Unfit to lead…

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

July 14th, 2012
4:03 pm

JamVet @ 3:40

Let’s take just one area.

We have a serious underclass (of all ethnicities) in this nation plagued by poverty, crime, joblessness, fatherless families, etc., etc.

That condition has been facilitated and promulgated by federal laws and regulations which has caused the decline of the family and instituted whole generations of individuals with little to no work ethic.

JamVet

July 14th, 2012
4:05 pm

Ralph Lauren using Chinese made uniforms for our Olympic athletes demonstrates the perverted priorities of our mega-corporations.

Money first! America second. Or third, or fourth or fifth or….

TaxPayer

July 14th, 2012
4:06 pm

Scout,

Disagree. My answers to your issues are truthful. As for your liking to read those documents, why. Did you inquire about the same documents when Bush was in office or any other president.

JamVet

July 14th, 2012
4:09 pm

That condition has been facilitated and promulgated by federal laws and regulations which has caused the decline of the family and instituted whole generations of individuals with little to no work ethic.

Your argument would be stronger if you were more specific. ~FSink

LOL…

larry

July 14th, 2012
4:10 pm

Thank you, George. Brillant decision.

And the Repubs want to put a taller version of him in office. Surrounded almost to a man by the same people.
I dont think that is going to happen.

http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/auditors-say-billions-likely-1477891.html

Keep Up the Good Fight!

July 14th, 2012
4:10 pm

That condition has been facilitated and promulgated by federal laws and regulations which has caused the decline of the family and instituted whole generations of individuals with little to no work ethic.

Poppycock rabbit hole. :roll:

larry

July 14th, 2012
4:10 pm

Im out. Enjoy the evening.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

July 14th, 2012
4:24 pm

JamVet @ 4:02:

I agree ………… everything out ……….. nothing hidden ………. let the chips fall where they may. No one is forced to run for president ………….. total transparency ………….. BOTH SIDES !

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

July 14th, 2012
4:26 pm

Keep Up the Good Fight @ 4:10

Much has been written and documented to disagree with your assessment so I must also respectfully disagree.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

July 14th, 2012
4:28 pm

TaxPayer @ 4:06

Your post may have been truthful but it was also incomplete. There is more to be released that is important and relevant.

As to the remainder of your post, my opinion expressed at 4:24 to JamVet has always been my position for anyone running for President, Vice President, Senator, Congressman or anything else.

TaxPayer

July 14th, 2012
4:29 pm

Much has been written and documented to disagree with your assessment so I must also respectfully disagree.

Then offer up a little bit of it in a link.

TaxPayer

July 14th, 2012
4:32 pm

Scout,

I do not recall ever seeing you inquire about Bush’s college years with regard to the issues that you raise about Obama. Provide a link to a post.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

July 14th, 2012
4:34 pm

“Failure of the Welfare State”

“1) You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2) What one person receives without working for another person must work for without
receiving.

3) The government cannot give to anybody anything that the
government does not first take from somebody else.

4) You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.”

Just look at Greece, Spain and several cities in California.

JamVet

July 14th, 2012
4:36 pm

The disintegration of the family has been to the massive failures of Christianity, where divorce, adultery, pedophilia and prison rates are rampant…

Keep Up the Good Fight!

July 14th, 2012
4:36 pm

Much was written and documented to disagree with the fact that the Earth is round…. and yet, with all respectful disagreement, the Earth is and remains round. The same is true of a birth certificate and yet despite all the nonsense, the truth of American birth remains. ;) Watch out for that wascally wabbit in that hole.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

July 14th, 2012
4:37 pm

TaxPayer:

I’m not wasting my time looking for posts that old.

My position has ALWAYS been everything out in the open …………. including one’s personal life and medical records. Otherwise, one is subject to bribery, undo influence, political pressure, favoritism, etc., etc., etc.

TaxPayer

July 14th, 2012
4:37 pm

As for transparency, let Mitt match Obama’s tax return releases.

TaxPayer

July 14th, 2012
4:38 pm

I’m not wasting my time looking for posts that old.

Because they do not exist, Scout. Be honest.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

July 14th, 2012
4:38 pm

Oh great, now Scout is posting Facebook nonsense. When will the oil subsidies end?

pogo

July 14th, 2012
4:38 pm

One in seven on foodstamps. One in four get government assistance in some form. One working taxpayer for every 5 people relying on the government assistance. And Obama has the balls to call Romney a felon?

The dues paying members of the teachers unions are now raising hell about their union bosses making big money (Half a mil/yr) while their average salaries are about 44K. To that I have to say . “DUUUHHH!!!”. That is what unions do, even from the days of Jimmy Hoffa.

I always knew Obama was nothing but a smalltime, self-absorbed dumb-ass but he is actually starting to surprise even me with the desperate antics of his campaign machine. He truly is a “ROOKIE”.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

July 14th, 2012
4:39 pm

“This brings us to the welfare state. It is now surely clear that the trillions of dollars expended on welfare programs since the not-so-glorious days of the 1960s have not apparently made much of a dent in significantly changing the ratio of Americans in poverty.

In some instances, America’s welfare apparatus may have prevented some people (especially the elderly) from falling into abject poverty. There is, however, very little evidence that it has helped millions of people out of relative poverty. There is also plenty of data to indicate that many welfare programs have produced intergenerational dependency on the state – a point that even Bill Clinton seemed to have grasped by the mid-1990s.”

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/277175/continuing-failure-america-s-welfare-state-samuel-gregg

TaxPayer

July 14th, 2012
4:40 pm

Scout,

You have not even requested the same information from Mitt regarding his college years, much less Bush or any other president.

TaxPayer

July 14th, 2012
4:41 pm

Scout,

Has the 1996 welfare reform legislation achieved all or part of its stated objectives.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

July 14th, 2012
4:42 pm

TaxPayer:

How many times do I have to tell you. ALL should be on the table for BOTH SIDES:

Educational
Personal
Financial
Medical
Political
Military (not applicable here unfortunately)

Methinks you want one side but not the other.

I say BOTH.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 14th, 2012
4:45 pm

“Failure of the Welfare State”

Email nonsense addressed and sliced apart here:

http://www.skeptic.ca/Conservative_Intellectual_Rubbish.htm

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

July 14th, 2012
4:47 pm

“Has the 1996 welfare reform legislation achieved all or part of its stated objectives.”

In my opinion NO !

“Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act (1996)”

“3) Concern about dependency.

- The idea that the welfare-receiving poor had become too dependent upon public assistance also encouraged the act. The idea was that those who were on welfare for many years lost any initiative to find jobs. For example those that are on welfare realized that taking up a job would mean not only losing benefits but also incur child care, transportation and clothing costs. Their new jobs probably wouldn’t pay well and may not include health insurance whereas on welfare they would have been covered by Medicaid. Therefore there are many reasons welfare recipients would feel discouraged from working.[6]”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_Responsibility_and_Work_Opportunity_Act

And just this week Obama weakened it.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

July 14th, 2012
4:47 pm

Kammie:

Wow ! You bring up the point that people disagree on this subject. Amazing.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

July 14th, 2012
4:50 pm

“One of the real policy successes of the 1990′s, something both Republicans and former President Bill Clinton (though he first vetoed reforms twice) take credit for, is welfare reform that put an emphasis on urging a return to work and self-sufficiency. Specifically, the reforms tied welfare support to certain return to work requirements that, in turn, were protected by Congress from being waived by federal bureaucrats at the Department of Health and Human Services.

But now, with an executive order, President Obama has dismissed that restriction on waivers opening the door for welfare recipients getting benefits without an expectation that they return to work:

Welfare reform replaced the old Aid to Families with Dependent Children with a new program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The Heritage Foundation played a pivotal role in building bipartisan consensus for the reform and providing many of the recommendations that became part of the law. The whole point was that able-bodied adults should be required to work or prepare for work as a condition of receiving welfare aid.

This reform was very successful. TANF became the only welfare program (out of more than 70) that promoted greater self-reliance. It moved 2.8 million families off the welfare rolls and into jobs so that they were providing for themselves. Child poverty fell, and single-parent employment rose. Recipients were required to perform at least 20–30 hours per week of work or job preparation activities in exchange for the cash benefit.

Now, Obama’s HHS is claiming that it can waive those work requirements that are at the heart of the law, and without Congress’s consent.

When it established TANF, Congress deliberately exempted or shielded nearly all of the TANF program from waiver authority. They explicitly did not want the law to be rewritten at the whim of HHS bureaucrats. In a December 2001, the non-partisan Congressional Research Service clarified that there was no authority to override work and other major requirements: “Effectively, there are no TANF waivers,” it reported.

But that did not stop the Obama Administration, which has been increasing welfare spending at an alarming rate already.

In effect, President Obama has re-written the law without bothering to get the approval of Congress. Not only is that an abuse of executive power, it results in more social policy that promotes government dependence instead of self-sufficiency.”

Keep Up the Good Fight!

July 14th, 2012
4:51 pm

“I have a dream that one day…. chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned” — Thomas Jefferson

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

July 14th, 2012
4:58 pm

“The Acceptable Year of the Lord” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The acceptable year of the Lord is that year when every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess the name of Jesus. And everywhere men will cry out, “Hallelujah, hallelujah! The kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of our Lord and His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever. Hallelujah, hallelujah!”

http://sowhatfaith.com/2011/01/17/the-acceptable-year-of-the-lord-rev-dr-martin-luther-king-jr/

AMEN !

Keep Up the Good Fight!

July 14th, 2012
5:02 pm

“See that guy over there with the almost identical religion? I want to kill him because my god is all about love.” A. Bunker

TaxPayer

July 14th, 2012
5:05 pm

Scout,

How many times do I have to tell you,

you have never asked for the records for any other president that you ask for from Obama and youi do not even ask now for the same records from Mitt that Obama has already released.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

July 14th, 2012
5:07 pm

I think Dr. King’s words speak truth.

One day all of the political and relgious strife will be over …………………. and the kingdom of this world will have become “the Kingdom of our Lord and His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever.”

In the meantime ……….. I am out for the evening. Everyone try to be nice.

TaxPayer

July 14th, 2012
5:09 pm

Scout,

Child poverty rate and poverty rate for adults aged 18-64 has increased ever since 2001. The 1996 welfare reform act has not met the objectives that it laid out. Republican governors have asked for the changes that have been implemented under the Obama administration.

Thomas

July 14th, 2012
5:19 pm

We can all get enraged at it each other in a petty, silly came of “cons” v. “libtards” or we can get serious as US workers, taxpayers, etc. and say “we have met the enemy and it is us”…

NY Times
A wide-ranging surveillance operation by the Food and Drug Administration against a group of its own scientists used an enemies list of sorts as it secretly captured thousands of e-mails that the disgruntled scientists sent privately to members of Congress, lawyers, labor officials, journalists and even President Obama, previously undisclosed records show.

AJC
After years of following the paper trail of $51 billion in U.S. taxpayer dollars provided to rebuild a broken Iraq, the U.S. government can say with certainty that too much was wasted. But it can’t say how much.

getalife

July 14th, 2012
5:26 pm

Watch this cons:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ud3mMj0AZZk&feature=player_embedded

You attacked our President after a collapse for four years.

It is payback time.

Man up cons.

Erwin's cat

July 14th, 2012
5:40 pm

to everyone who played “firsts” last night…thanks, i enjoyed it, and i’m a bit jealous Jay

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 14th, 2012
5:49 pm

SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS!

G Mare

July 14th, 2012
6:41 pm

Kam, re SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS, elucidate, please? Perhaps you are saying that 0311 is one of these & thus holds his beliefs? If that’s the case, I am inclined to agree. BTW, keep up the good work, Kam!

Doggone/GA

July 14th, 2012
6:44 pm

“Kam, re SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS, elucidate, please?”

There’s a blog legend that if you mention SOCV Jay will put up a new blog!

Recon 0311 2533

July 14th, 2012
6:45 pm

I think that most liberals are decent people who’ve been somehow duped by an increasingly leftest Democrat agenda that has moved this country far from it’s traditional values that once made us great and the envy of not just the free world but also the envy of those held captive by despot regimes. That misguided thinking is destroying this world along with our great Republic. It’s time to turn back to the Godly nation we once were, so that we can once again guide other nations back to sanity. This is probably the most trying time for the United States and I sincerely hope that the duped will come to understand that fact much sooner than later when it may be too late if it isn’t already.

G Mare

July 14th, 2012
6:49 pm

Doggone/GA, that would indeed be a GOOD thing about now. I am sorely tried by the proselytizing from 0311.

G Mare

July 14th, 2012
6:52 pm

Not to mention Recon’s diatribes!

Erwin's cat

July 14th, 2012
6:56 pm

G Mare – Tom Jones ..Sexist???,,,remember Don Rickles….yes times have changed

kayaker 71

July 14th, 2012
7:03 pm

Bozo is isn’t the problem. Any thinking American with half a brain cell can see that he is a total and absolute failure. He has no record. No liberal ever mentions his record. There is nothing to mention. It is the brainwashed sheep that continue to vote and defend this clown that is the problem.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

July 14th, 2012
7:10 pm

Hmmm… traditional values? Which traditions? Slavery? Oppression? Separate but equal? Persecution of gays? More child labor? Women paid less for the same job? Men controlling of woman’s bodies? back room abortions? Perhaps more Love Canals or pollution of our waters and air? Oh if only someone would be precise and clear about which traditional values we have moved from with that “leftest Democratic agenda”.

Could it be that drastic leftest agenda undertaken by implementing Republican ideas for healthcare mandates? Oh lordy, thankfully, the Republicans are there to save us…. by nominating for the Romneycare implementer to save us from his agenda.

:lol:

Common Damn Sense isn't Very Common

July 14th, 2012
7:13 pm

Non music SHEETS upstairs

Doggone/GA

July 14th, 2012
7:20 pm

“I am sorely tried by the proselytizing from 0311.”

I got tired of that a LONG time ago. I just scroll right on past and don’t read them, for the most part.

G Mare

July 14th, 2012
7:33 pm

Erwin’s cat, Tom Jones? Never cared for Rickles.

Doggone, yeah, I mostly scroll past, too. But they do take up a lot of space here. See you “upstairs.”