B&B Podcast 11/24/15


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The Best TV Show You’re Not Watching

The Affair

Showtime currently is the home of fictional teenagers I’d like to slap. Witness the talented Kerris Dorsey of “Ray Donovan”

She’s good, but, she may not hold a candle to Julia Goldani Telles of the woefully unappreciated “The Affair”

If that doesn’t have you double-checking your birth control method…

“The Affair” is the ongoing story of a family that’s been ripped apart by infidelity (surprise). Dominic West (HBO’s “The Wire”) plays Noah Solloway, a struggling middle-aged writer, who chafes under the judgmental eyes of his Upper West Side in-laws. Maura Tierney plays his wife, Helen, who dutifully trudges along, trying to support her husband’s career, while raising the kids, and keeping her parents at bay

The family takes their requisite vacation to Long Island and that’s where Noah gets involved with waitress Alison (played by Ruth Wilson). After a bizarre set of circumstances, Noah is accused of murder

I’ll stop my review right now to express my admiration for Maura Tierney. She’s always been fantastic, but, please get your hands on the wonderful “Scotland, PA” which was directed by her ex-husband Billy Morrissette. It’s a great update of “MacBeth” and features another underrated actor James LeGros in the MacBeth role. Mix in Christopher Walken and an extra trippy Andy Dick and you’ve got a weird, hilarious, crazy film that’s one of the best modern-day Shakespeare takes in a long time

Back to “The Affair”, one of the great decisions the producers made was to cast Wilson in the role of the mistress. She is very attractive, but not insanely young or drop-dead gorgeous, which would have reduced Noah’s middle-aged crisis to an absurd cliche. Their attraction is, at once, carnal and spiritual. As they progress in their relationship, they begin to wonder what the hell they’ve gotten themselves into

Oh, I almost forgot the real selling point for “The Affair” for women of a certain age: Pacey’s in it

“The Affair” has great performances by all the actors and features raw, uncomfortable moments. But. it’s completely relatable to anyone who has lived life a little and seen how people who supposedly love each other can spend so much time and energy tearing each other apart. The show will confuse, sadden, and even anger you

Especially that teenage kid

Redskins need President Trump

New logo?

On Sunday, the Carolina Panthers annihilated the Washington Redskins 44-16. It was complete domination by Carolina, which is now 10-0 on the season going into their Thanksgiving Day matchup at Dallas. The Redskins were so humbled that they only scored 7 (SEVEN) offensive points. So, if you’re Washington, how do you respond to this butt-kicking:

A) Give it up for Cam Newton and the Cats

B) Just stay silent and say nothing

C) Say that the officials screwed you because of the team’s controversial nickname

Let me introduce to you Washington Defensive End Jason Hatcher

I don’t know if it’s about the name or what, but, you know, at the same time, we play football, too. We work our butt off, too. You know, don’t single us out. At the end of the day, it’s the name. Don’t worry about the name. We players and we work our butt off, too. So, I’m just frustrated with it

Wow! Can we go back to arguing about deflated footballs?

So, the theory is that National Football League Officials are SO offended by the Washington NFC football team’s name that they are calling unfounded penalties against Washington, which results in the Washington NFC football teams losing games. Isn’t it possible that the Washington Racial Slurs just SUCK?

Nah! Couldn’t be that

I suppose the officials are also offended by the Detroit football team’s nickname. Also, that Baltimore squad has an unpleasing nickname. And don’t even get me started on that offensive nickname of that AFC team in southern Ohio

Here’s hoping the Trump presidency will do away with this POLITICAL CORRECTNESS that’s wrecking this great nation. I’m sure that President Trump will create some sort of…what’s the word I’m looking for…DATABASE of these offending referees, so we can keep an eye on them

Of course, the owner of the Washington NFC football team, Dan Snyder could REALLY stick it to these officials and just change the name

That would show them


UNC’s ERIC MULLER: American Society in 2015 is similar to 1941… Frightened then, frightened now… Trump exploits

University of North Carolina law professor Eric Muller says it was fear in the 1940’s grounded not just in Pearl Harbor, but also, “in the image that many Americans had of the Japanese as this race apart… organized around different values from what we’d prided ourselves on.  A touch subhuman, maybe? We’ve seen a lot of that same kind of rhetoric now, accurately in some ways about ISIS… to all of the more than 1 billion+ Muslims on the face of the earth.”  We don’t want to see on our streets the kind of things that have happened on the streets of Europe, says Muller.


Screen shot 2015-11-23 at 6.10.36 PMCould the kind of internment camps we saw from 1942-44 with the Japanese happen again with Muslims now in the United States?  It seems a far stretch, but, “we are disengaging our rational brains and our memory of history and going with what seems like the easy solution.”  Muller, author of Free to Die for Their Country: The Story of the Japanese American Draft Resisters in World War II,” notes that in December of 1944, the Supreme Court ruled that it was legal to relocate Japanese-Americans away from the west coast but said it was illegal to detain and incarcerate them.

On the sudden elevation of the issue of refugees to Topic A in America, Eric Muller says, “if we were really concerned about national security, we wouldn’t be focused on the handful of Syrian refugees, comparatively speaking, we’d be worried about the literally hundreds of thousands of people from Europe and other places as tourists and students who swarm to the U.S. without almost no investigation.”  He reminds us that right now the legal process for refugee status involves months and months of redundant searching and is quite extensive.

Frightened in 1941 and frightened now, Muller reminds of some of the bad judgements of the day. “We’re listening…. well some of us, anyway, not me…. to a demagogue like Donald Trump, who will literally say anything to boost his poll numbers.”

Our conversation in full:


Campaign Manager Professor Harold Hill leads by example, tells client Trump, “I never thought I’d see me again in Iowa. I was wrong,” says co-author of “The Art of the Spiel”

It is literally impossible to keep up with the constant stream of lies, intentional misstatements, and distorted, fudged hyperbolic BS coming from the mouth of Donald Trump.  His Big Lie technique to answer challenges to those misstatements is to deny he said what he said, attack the source of the truth, then double-down on the lie.  Add a few more points to his polls, brag about his lead, and the ends justify the means.  If people tell pollsters they’re voting for me, I must be right.  Just in the past few days he’s decided to close the mosques, but well, maybe we’ll just monitor them more closely while we set up the databases to keep track of the Muslims.   During a speech at Decker Auditorium in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Trump said he would go after ISIS-controlled oil fields and “bomb the s— out of ’em,” to loud applause.  The result:  He’s regained his lead in Iowa that he briefly lost to Ben Carson.

Donald Trump on ISIS Oil: I would bomb the sh*t out of them!

Type of lie that would and should normally destroy a candidacy that boosts Trump: “his controversial claim that he saw “thousands” of people cheering in Jersey City, N.J., “when the World Trade Center came tumbling down” on Sept. 11, 2001 — even as the city’s mayor said the front-running Republican presidential hopeful has “memory issues, or willfully distorts the truth.” Trump first told the story Saturday at a rally in Birmingham, Ala., as he pressed the need for greater surveillance, including monitoring certain mosques, in the wake of the Paris attacks. “I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down,” Trump said.– Fox News.  The Washington Post reported  “a foreward for a book titled “Where Were You On 9/11?,” Trump made no mention of this: “I was in my apartment in the Trump Tower [on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.] I knew what was happening because I can see downtown to the Financial district.” But since Sarah Palin could see Russia from her house, Donald could see Jersey City Celebratory Muslim House Parties from his apartment. He just forgot to mention it until now.


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It just doesn’t stop.  Trump retweeted phony stats from a non-existent entity (conveniently) called, “Crime Statistics Bureau-San Francisco” (who could doubt something called that?).  According to Little Green Footballs via Talking Points Memo,the graphic retweeted by Trump appears to have originated with a neo-Nazi Twitter account.”


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TPM goes on to say that the FBI reported in 2014 that 82 percent of murders with white victims were carried out by white people, while just under 15 percent were carried out by black people, according to the Huffington Post. And almost 90 percent of murders with black victims were committed by black individuals, while 7 percent were committed by white individuals.  But then who you gonna believe, the FBI, or the followers of Hitler?



The War on Christmas is real. Ace Guns & Ammo (formerly known as Ace Hardware?) caves and calls it “seasonal” savings. Twitter is ticked. Facebook is furious. I’m offended…..

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….even worse, the guy asked me if I needed some batteries or a new scraper for my windshield this winter.  I said, “what is this, a hardware store?”  He says, “yes sir, welcome to Ace…. do you need a new hammer or snow shovel?”  I said, “but your ad is 100% guns…. I want me a gun. I’m confused.  Why can’t you use the word “Christmas” in your ad?  The words SEASONAL SAVINGS look Christmassy to me.”  He said, “I don’t make the ads, sir.  If you’re worried about ISIS or Obama, can I help you?”  Screen shot 2015-11-22 at 2.05.47 PM

Still Brian after All These years Review: Brian Wilson, Carolina Theater, Durham, NC 11/19/15

The last time I saw Brian Wilson in person was April 14, 1973.  He showed up 3 hours late to entertain me at Pirate’s World, a now-defunct amusement park in Dania Beach, FL.  I was 17.  Brian was 30. Creatively, the Beach Boys had already been declared dead by then, relegated to Oldies status.  The fact they were playing Pirate’s World may have been a tipoff.  Brian had already peaked, achieving full musical genius status, and had begun to enter his couple-decades-long descent into drugs, depression and general estrangement from humanity.


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I’m at that age now where you do the math on everyone, followed by an analysis of how you’re doing relative to any particular person.  Brian was 13 years older than me then.  He still is. Whatever resiliency and luck enabled him to emerge from the darkness to be able to be out there right now brilliantly recreating his own music, making me way more happy to see him these 42 years later…. I’m thankful for it and so, so glad for the moment this week in Durham, NC at The Carolina Theater, as was the News & Observer’s David Menconi. “Ultimately, the songs themselves were the real star of the show, tapping into an almost primal sense of music as gateway to a private emotional cosmos. It was awe-inspiring to take in the set list and marvel at how many inarguable icons of Western culture Wilson is responsible for. The closing pre-encore stretch was “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” to “Sloop John B” to “God Only Knows” to “Good Vibrations,” and they were all still transportive from first note to last. Anyone there whose heart wasn’t breaking could not possibly have had one.”



No, he can’t hit the high notes that fifty-year-old falsetto demands, not that he tries.  So? Brian saunters out in his Del Boca Vista shirt, plants himself in his chair in front of the Steinway and barely moves for 90 minutes.  Occasionally the arms wave in unison.  But you don’t care.  It is the Creator, Brian Wilson, who has assembled such an array of talent around him, including Beach Boy Al Jardine and Al’s son Matt (who is the the falsetto designated hitter… and he’s great!) that such difficult harmonies as I Get AroundHelp Me Rhonda and Wouldn’t It Be Nice were utterly pristine.  The live recreation of extremely studio-dependent records such as Good Vibrations and God Only Knows, which Brian reminds you is the greatest of his great songs, takes 13 people….. and it works near-perfectly.  No French horn and you ain’t got God Only Knows.  They had it.  Jardine’s male version of “And Then He Kissed Me,” the Crystals/Phil Spector classic, was a great selection and salute to the era beyond Brian.  Jason Rubin’s Fuse Concert Review expands…. There are some artists where in concert you never know what you’ll get. Bob Dylan and Van Morrison, for example, are as capable of giving unnerving performances as they are at delivering mesmerizing ones. Brian Wilson is a little different. His unpredictability is itself highly predictable.


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If you’ve seen Brian Wilson lately on tv, you know he is a slow motion version of his former self.  Don’t do drugs, kids.  While physically Brian’s 73 going on 93, when you are privileged to visit Mt. Rushmore. you simply marvel in the grandeur and the eternal brilliance you’re witnessing.  I’m sure Thomas Jefferson couldn’t hit the high notes when he was 73, either.

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BONUS SNARK!  Listen closely and tell me these guys aren’t singing, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Bomb IRAN!  Just like John McCain back during the campaign in 2007!!









Do we always worry about the wrong thing because politicians go for the cheapest available political layup, or does it just seem that way?

We’re not a breaking news site with a staff of 50, so since the last post the number of governors who Just Say No to Syrian refugees has passed 30.  I believe most people think that we let people into the United States who claim refugee status as if it’s still 1910…. they arrive by boat to Ellis Island, wait in line for a few hours, and zoom…. Welcome To America, you’re in!  Screen shot 2015-11-18 at 9.58.05 AM

Since we operate in a political atmosphere most successfully driven by fear, it’s easy to leave out the facts about refugees and Syrian ones, specifically, and go for the Full Demagogue.

Screen shot 2015-11-18 at 10.10.21 AMIt’s always been tough to get in.  The process and the vetting take, at minimum, 18 months to 2 years, and you’ve got to prove to us that you’re not a terrorist, that you’ve never been associated with terrorists and no one in your family has, either.  It’s like the way cable used to force HBO on you….. it was there without asking, they’d bill you and you had to make them take it off.  It hasn’t been that way for a long time…. the dreaded “negative option,” but it still exists for US immigration.  You’re guilty until you’ve proven you’re clean.  And it should stay that way. Vox: The US couldn’t have started taking in hundreds of Syrians in 2011, when the country’s civil war began, even if it had wanted to. But in large part, it’s because the Obama administration has been extremely worried about the very terrorist threat that Republicans are hyping now. And it’s led the administration to be so cautious in processing applications that barely any refugees have qualified to come.

Why is no one running for president willing to address the fact that five years ago the Government Accountability Office stated that: “Membership in a terrorist organization does not prohibit a person from possessing firearms or explosives under current federal law.”  The law prohibits felons, fugitives, drug addicts and domestic abusers from purchasing a firearm in the United States. But people on the FBI’s consolidated terrorist watchlist — typically placed there when there is “reasonable suspicion” that they are a known or suspected terrorist — can freely purchase handguns or assault-style rifles. The Washington Post reported that “as the GAO found…. between 2004 and 2014, suspected terrorists attempted to purchase guns from American dealers at least 2,233 times. And in 2,043 of those cases — 91 percent of the time — they succeeded.”

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91%.  That matches up nicely with the 90+ percent failure rate the TSA has in finding weapons during its own internal investigation earlier this year.   Not so politically sexy to keep pointing out that 14 years after 9/11…. quite a big hole in our security that has never been really filled.  Especially because it bumps up against seriously tightening background checks for guns and the NRA runs our country, plain and simple. But the ISIS Guy Behind the Syrian Refugee Mask theme is much easier to understand.  Facts mean nothing here, as we run this Security Theater Charade on emotion, as Reason points out:

The history of the U.S. refugee program demonstrates that the lengthy and extensive vetting that all refugees must undergo is an effective deterrent for terrorists. Since 1980, the U.S. has invited in millions of refugees, including hundreds of thousands from the Middle East. Not one has committed an act of terrorism in the U.S. Traditional law enforcement and security screening processes have a proven record of handling the threat from terrorist posing as refugees.Demagoguery is the practice of a politician to gain power and popularity by arousing the emotions, passions, and prejudices of the people. For shame!

Note: Several commenters suggested Tamerlan and Dzhokar Tsarnaev, who committed the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, were refugees. Strictly speaking, they were the children of asylees. As Bloomberg News explained the two were given “derivative asylum status” and didn’t come through the refugee admissions program. Apparently the legaldistinction is too fine a point for some readers. So be it, but they should nevertheless keep in mind that the brothers were two people out around 1.8 million people who were granted refugee or asylee status between 1995 and 2013.


Shepard Smith, who really must have a “Don’t F-With Me, Roger… No, I Really Mean It” Clause in his Fox Contract, Hides Behind Miss Liberty

Let’s not even pretend the United States is not going to panic and not give in to its worst xenophobic tendencies as it relates to the Syrian refugee issue.   Governors trained hard and learned their lessons a year ago in losing their marbles over Ebola.  Memba that?  This is even more pronounced and blatantly political, as all but one of the we-don’t-want-no-stinkin-Syrians are Republican governor states.  New Hampshire’s Democratic governor Maggie Hassan is onboard, too.  But she doesn’t count, because she wants to displace Republican incumbent US Senator Kelly Ayotte, and must prove her rightie fear-mongering bona fides on this subject to stay in the hunt.Screen shot 2015-11-17 at 11.33.07 AM

Shepard Smith, meanwhile, continues his remarkable run on Fox News Channel as a guy who gives commentaries that are often to the left of a Chris Mathews.  I’ve always thought he is highly-paid and tolerated because Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes know he’s the one guy who could truly put a dent in Bill OReilly at 8 Eastern if he were to leave the plantation and show up on CNN or MSNBC.  Standing clearly for the rights of refugees, Smith said, “Today we mourn, but we cannot allow ourselves to become like those who want to destroy us. We cannot resort to the tactics of the barbarians…..We must fight for what we believe in and who we are. Guard our freedoms faithfully for the generations to follow, and we must not let the rhetoric of potential and political extremists among us lead us to self-destruction….”  While the “shining city on a hill” is vulnerable, Smith said, refusing to accept those fleeing terrorists would denigrate what he described as the country’s “unique experiment in freedom, tolerance, openness, and equality…. When there’s panic, we show resolve. When there’s call for extremism, we resist,” he argued. “We are America. We must lead.”