Some of Warren Zevon’s thoughtful pieces

Warren Zevon was one of those you could dislike plenty of what he did – crude, without dignity, then there were his insane songs like Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner, then his standards like Werewolves of London.

But there were also some softer songs and those which were of public affairs, history, politics and I liked those, as well as the true love songs of despair. This is a selection.

The thlot plickens

The whole hysteria over Trump meeting Putin had a ring to it which was less than ingenuous – there was clearly something else going on, also Kelly’s apoplexy and Trump’s backtracking once Kelly got to him, as every President has a minder and Kelly is his military minder.

I do believe DJT is in danger of assassination by the neocons, abetted by the Dems and other swampers. It was the military which got DJT in, they are the ones not happy about this ‘peace’ breaking out.

Hultgreen and Fitzgerald again, I’m afraid

The margin notes read: “Useful confirmation that the navy lady was patently NOT ready for prime time, which is why she crashed. This has always been very hushed up.”

There has been a massive PR campaign of hushing up, narrative preservation etc. etc. going on and what makes me most angry is that it is not good for the perps themselves.  They and their own ambition when someone told them they could do anything a man could led them to stupid people above who believed this c**p.

So two women are allowed in and pushed into something they should NEVER have been in in the first place.  Shiny new epaulets look good and make a gal feel good but the result you see.

Sorry, I am NOT going to buy your faux gallantry, those who would take me to task on this.  I don’t mean that you yourself are faux but that the narrative you have bought is bollox.


That two of the officers — Coppock and Combs — involved in this fatal incident were female suggests that discipline and training standards have been lowered for the sake of “gender integration,” which was a major policy push at the Pentagon during the Obama administration. It could be that senior officers, knowing their promotions may hinge on enthusiastic support for “gender integration,” are reluctant to enforce standards for the women under their command.

It is not necessary to believe that (a) women shouldn’t be fighter pilots, in order to believe (b) lowering standards for the sake of quotas is a bad idea. Of course, you may believe both (a) and (b), but it is (b) that gets people killed.

I don’t know how many times I have to repeat it.  Christie O said exactly this and because she’s a girl, people listened.  I’m a male curmudgeon, so people don’t, they’d rather believe misogyny etc.

Any chance of understanding that I’m actually concerned for the mental health and welfare of these ladies?  They had perfectly good careers ahead, pitched slightly above their competence so they could rise and learn … but not this idiocy in the high command.

Plus keep blinking politicians right out of it, nowhere near decision making.

[H/T Chuckles]


You might call them pickled cucumbers or even pickles – in Britain I know them as gherkins – but Chuckles has been at it with his good lady:

Now, I’ll try to find my notes on it all and I know Toodles is somewhere in here about pickles too.  I said:

You’re turning eastern European in your old age.

… to which Chuckles replied:


If Labour rebels hadn’t stepped in tonight, our own 12 Remain rebels would have lost us that vote, 3rd reading would have been pulled, a confidence vote called tomorrow if that lost, a general election vote. That’s how dangerous a game the Con remainers are playing. [Nadine Dorries]