Night Owls: White House Performances: The Blues Is King






105 Responses to “Night Owls: White House Performances: The Blues Is King”

  1. June 9, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Thank you UT!!

  2. 5 Jeff
    June 9, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    So let me get this straight Snowden proclaims he loves his freedom and complains about wiretapping, etc and to prove this point he flees to China?

  3. 7 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    June 9, 2013 at 9:38 pm

  4. June 9, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    UT = Bundle of magnificence. Thank You!

  5. June 9, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Zac Harmon…Comfort of a Man

  6. June 9, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    While I had certainly heard Roger Miller sing ‘Me and Bobby McGee’ on the radio, will never forget hearing Janis perform in live, in San Antonio, months before her death in 1970 ….

    Am so grateful to UT & LL for bringing such fantastic music to evenings (or for some of our compatriots next day Mornings) at TOD 🙂

    • June 9, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      Love Janis Joplin.

      She had a huge style influence on the music industry (think Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac), but no one could match her “white girl” blues.

      May just be me, but it seems that the music industry has an “ideal” for female singers now (must be at least 5’9″ and photogenic). I wonder if they’re missing true talent that don’t qualify by those standards.

      • June 9, 2013 at 10:50 pm

        They can be short-but definitely have to be photogenic now, and stylish if possible. And these days I suspect anyone who wants to really make the big time invests in plastic surgery and diets if necessary. Janis would still be working coffeehouses if she didn’t do both. A cult following, perhaps, but never center stage. And I bet if she had lived past the hippie era, she too would have felt the pressure to “upgrade” her appearance so she could appear in tv shows and movies and video.

      • June 9, 2013 at 10:59 pm

        Very fortunately, Arapaho, the fans of Adele have ensured whatever “ideal girl” standards the music industry has are irrelevant. Janis was a force – I witnessed it, less than 20 feet from where she belted out her defiant songs – and a very fine talent. It may just be that few can radiate such force and brilliance and survive, but, several have, fortunately for humanity.

        • June 9, 2013 at 11:28 pm

          Sounds like Adele is the rare exception to the rule. Maybe being British helps in that there are fewer people and a greater chance to get to know a performer well on a more personal basis so that the personality means more. Foreign audiences seem to be this way, and they don’t care all that much.
          In the USA, the lines are too long and too Hollywood centric for that to worlk.

  7. 23 nospin
    June 9, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Statement from Booz Allen

    June 9, 2013
    Booz Allen can confirm that Edward Snowden, 29, has been an employee of our firm for less than 3 months, assigned to a team in Hawaii. News reports that this individual has claimed to have leaked classified information are shocking, and if accurate, this action represents a grave violation of the code of conduct and core values of our firm. We will work closely with our clients and authorities in their investigation of this matter.


    • 24 hopefruit2
      June 9, 2013 at 9:50 pm

      • 25 desertflower
        June 9, 2013 at 9:53 pm

        I wanted to know who got him that job, too! Drop out made some bank!

      • 26 nospin
        June 9, 2013 at 9:57 pm

        exactly. it is also horrible that this guy shredded booz allen’s reputation, most likely lost them multiple contracts and cost employee jobs because of this made up hogwash.

      • 27 nathkatun7
        June 9, 2013 at 10:17 pm

        Thanks Africa for this excellent tweet asking important questions! And thanks, hopefruit, for sharing it. This whole story stinks to the high heavens.

      • June 9, 2013 at 10:46 pm

        Wow, when I worked for Lockheed, some of my co-workers had to have a security clearance and it took one year to do a background check before you were allowed to be exposed to information that was of national security. Company’s with NO government contracts are more secure than this company. I hope they loose their government contract.

        • June 9, 2013 at 10:54 pm

          I work temp, and every assignment I go on I have to sign a document that says that I have to keep whatever I learn on the job confidential or be sued and fired. And that’s for ordinary office jobs with only modest security. On my Government job, I could go to jail if I access confidential material that I’m not assigned to see, and if I reveal information from what I am assigned to see. How did Snowden avoid this? And revealing it to Greenwald, of all people!

          • 30 0388jojothecat
            June 9, 2013 at 11:00 pm

            Yep. me too. This guy decided to get some information and hot tailed it out of dodge. I think the information he got was old and gigi thought it was more than it really was. I agree with everyone else…..this story is going to start peeling like a onion and gigi and the rwnj media will be the ones stinking of shame.

            • June 10, 2013 at 12:23 am

              I’m beginning to wonder if he is/was a plant. I can’t imagine a real employee with vulnerability risking it all for no gain, not even legal assistance.

              Another thing: China. My impression of China is that even with all of the modernization, getting a visa isn’t all that quick and easy. Could it be that he applied for the visa beforehand? And what about the plane tickets? Those wouldn’t be all that cheap either. And he’s going to run through his money quickly if his accounts haven’t already been frozen. Unless he sources of support in China, there’s no way he’s going to get any more money once he runs through his funds. He can’t work there, he can’t immigrate there, and just how many people look for political asylum in a clearly authoriarian system? How can he stay then?

              And why China? Yes, there may not be an extradition treaty per se, but there’s nothing that prevents him form being snatched up if Chinese authorities decide to look the other way.

    • June 9, 2013 at 10:04 pm

      You guys are forgetting that Snowden is a setup to trap Gellman and Greenwald.

      Snowden left Hawaii last month.

  8. 34 hopefruit2
    June 9, 2013 at 9:46 pm

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  11. June 9, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Good Lord, slaving over a hot grill makes a person exhausted. But I’ve cooked enough food to last us for a couple more dinners. (Yes, we’re all about leftovers.)

  12. June 9, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    There is nothing like Blues in the night. Kris Kristofferson is a survivor.

  13. June 9, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    I’ll probably have something to say about the amazing events of the last few days tomorrow in an essay. Tonight? Enjoying wine, good cue, and my family.

  14. June 9, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    The Late Great Johnnie Taylor

  15. June 9, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    The #IStandWithEdwardSnowden hashtag lasted all of an hour. Weird.

    • 66 hopefruit2
      June 9, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      Heh..things are just not adding up with this guy. And I think we will slowly begin to see the emos back away from him, ever so quietly…I can already sense that the initial thrill is no longer there…reality is beginning to kick in.

  16. June 9, 2013 at 10:02 pm

  17. June 9, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Bobby Blue Bland…..Stormy Monday

  18. 69 criquet
    June 9, 2013 at 10:16 pm

  19. 70 criquet
    June 9, 2013 at 10:24 pm


  20. 72 utaustinliberal
    June 9, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    • June 9, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      Not just GG, UT, nearly the entire US #NEWSTAINMENT industry.

    • 74 0388jojothecat
      June 9, 2013 at 10:56 pm

      If he tried to wiretap the President ( I doubt if he had the ability) it should have set off alarms immediately. I am an employee who if I tried to look up a famous person, it would found out immediately and I would lose my job in less than twenty days.

      • June 9, 2013 at 11:21 pm

        I’m not sure he can. If he has the ability to even make a real effort, he would be at least a department head-and directly working for the Secret Service or CIA. I imagine that White House communications are firewalled, placed on secure servers, and even using confidential proxies. That is, if it isn’t one giant intranet system with only certain computers allowed to leave the government intranet entirely. Indeed, I can see it mostly being one large intranet where you can only access government sites and selected outside sites. That’s what a lot of companies do these days: intranet and only certain cleared sites on company computers. That’s one reason why many people bring tablets and smartphones to work if allowed: you can access personal e-mails and streaming media on your own equipment.

  21. 76 utaustinliberal
    June 9, 2013 at 10:33 pm

  22. 77 utaustinliberal
    June 9, 2013 at 10:38 pm


    Tweet of the Day!

  23. 79 hopefruit2
    June 9, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Hmm….you think?

    • June 9, 2013 at 10:47 pm

      As much as we mock the MSM, one thing they love is to dig into something that doesn’t seem right. Yes, the DC corpse is hopeless; but the other journos? I think we’ll see quite a bit over the next few days

      • 81 hopefruit2
        June 9, 2013 at 10:49 pm

        At some point they realize that the story is just so ridiculous, that even they risk losing their credibility/reputations by running with it. So I guess that’s part of what we’re seeing now.

  24. 82 nospin
    June 9, 2013 at 10:44 pm

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  26. 84 hopefruit2
    June 9, 2013 at 10:45 pm

  27. 85 desertflower
    June 9, 2013 at 10:45 pm


    “Why are there no libertarian countries?”

    The ideas of the center-left — based on welfare states conjoined with market economies — have been deployed all over the democratic world, most extensively in the social democratic Scandinavian countries. We also have had deadly experiments with communism, a.k.a Marxism-Leninism.

    From this, Lind asks another question: “If socialism is discredited by the failure of communist regimes in the real world, why isn’t libertarianism discredited by the absence of any libertarian regimes in the real world?”

    The answer lies in a kind of circular logic: Libertarians can keep holding up their dream of perfection because, as a practical matter, it will never be tried in full. Even many who say they are libertarians reject the idea when it gets too close to home.

    The strongest political support for a broad anti-statist libertarianism now comes from the tea party. Yet tea party members, as the polls show, are older than the country as a whole. They say they want to shrink government in a big way but are uneasy about embracing this concept when reducing Social Security and Medicare comes up. Thus do the proposals to cut these programs being pushed by Republicans in Congress exempt the current generation of recipients. There’s no way Republicans are going to attack their own base.

    But this inconsistency (or hypocrisy) contains a truth: We had something close to a small-government libertarian utopia in the late 19th century and we decided it didn’t work. We realized that many Americans would never be able to save enough for retirement and, later, that most of them would be unable to afford health insurance when they were old. Smaller government meant that too many people were poor and that monopolies were formed too easily.

  28. 86 dotster3
    June 9, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    • 87 nospin
      June 9, 2013 at 10:50 pm

      now that is perplexing. Makes no sense. And where is his girlfriend? If she exists, she knows what is going on in the news. Where is she?

  29. 88 dotster3
    June 9, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    • June 9, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    • 90 0388jojothecat
      June 9, 2013 at 11:18 pm

      This guy has connections either through his parents or who he used to work for. Someone got him into the CIA and all this national security jobs with little to no background check. He is so for democracy yet he’s reading Dick Cheney’s book? Seems like he had no problem with warrantless wire tapping Bush/Cheney Administration jus the warrant required wire tapping.

  30. 91 criquet
    June 9, 2013 at 10:50 pm

  31. 94 desertflower
    June 9, 2013 at 10:56 pm


    Michael Hargrove ‏@MichaelHargrov1 6m
    Glenn Greenwald’s agenda is same as GOP, the destruction of President Obama. He doesn’t give jack crap about your civil liberties.
    Retweeted by Jeff Gauvin
    from Marlton, MD Reply Retweet Favorite More

    • June 9, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      Thanks, df. Posting the tweet in a format so others can RT it, easily 🙂

      & my comment to Michael …

      #TrustBarack He’s Got This

  32. 96 hopefruit2
    June 9, 2013 at 11:02 pm

  33. 98 hopefruit2
    June 9, 2013 at 11:19 pm

  34. 99 Jovie
    June 9, 2013 at 11:36 pm

  35. 100 utaustinliberal
    June 9, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    New post to carry us into Rise and Shine in the morning.


  36. 101 MightyPamela
    June 9, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Slipping away. Goodnight y’all, keep the candles alight for our President, I hope he doesn’t have to work all night! And I hope the birthday tomorrow is delightful! Sweet dreams! http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  37. 102 4morefor44
    June 9, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    haven’t been following any of the variety of “leaks” stories recently, but is my understanding correct in that any of this surveillance went through a FISA court, where they then got warrants from the court before doing any data collection?

    shouldn’t this be the main difference anyone is talking about with w. bush? shrub wasn’t even going through the FISA court. i seem to remember the professional left all worked up about this back then and being pissed at then-senator obama who voted for a compromise bill that at least brought FISA back into the process. so the online left was so into FISA then, but now with the obama admin going through FISA approvals, apparently that doesn’t matter anymore to the professional left. am i getting all this correct? they’re obama-hate is really disturbing and off the charts, epecially for so-called “liberals.”

  38. 103 Jovie
    June 9, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Obama and Biden receive the presidential daily briefing.
    11:30 AM
    Obama delivers remarks on the Equal Pay Act.
    12:00 PM
    Obama meets with senior advisors.
    12:30 PM
    Obama and Biden meet for lunch.
    1:00 PM
    Carney briefs the press.
    1:30 PM
    Biden meets with Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi of Kosovo at the White House.
    4:30 PM
    Biden swears in Jeffrey Chiesa as Senator of New Jersey at the U.S. Capitol.
    6:30 PM
    Biden attends an event for the Democratic National Committee.

  39. 104 closerange
    June 9, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    This Snowden guy could be a Chinese mole. This seemed far fetched at first but one former CIA guy thinks it’s strange he went the Chinese controlled Hong Kong (http://www.mediaite.com/tv/former-cia-officer-officials-considering-nsa-whistleblowers-case-potential-chinese-espionage/).

    Also I saw a tweet from the Wapo guy Gellman that he didn’t publish everything Snowden gave him because he (a news hungry Republican troll) thought some of it should remain secret. That is a huge red flag but I didn’t realize how obvious it looks until I saw this:

    “To effect his plan, Snowden asked for a guarantee that The Washington Post would publish – within 72 hours – the full text of a PowerPoint presentation describing PRISM, a top-secret surveillance program that gathered intelligence from Microsoft, Facebook, Google and other Silicon Valley companies. He also asked that The Post publish online a cryptographic key that he could use to prove to a foreign embassy that he was the document’s source.

    Gellman told him the Post would not make any guarantee about what the Post published or when. The Post broke the story two weeks later, on Thursday. The Post sought the views of government officials about the potential harm to national security prior to publication and decided to reproduce only 4 of the 41 slides, Gellman wrote in his story about their communications.”


    • June 10, 2013 at 1:23 am

      Here’s my new fav blues singer – and as an aside, have I ever said how much I CANNOT stand Glen Greenwald. I think he needs to get laid – excuse my language, but there HAS to be an explanation for why he’s such a downer!

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