politicians do not break for the summer – updated

update:  scroll down to see Keith Olbermann read the "Luv Guv" emails.  many thanks to Peg o'Tilling for the link  – http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036677/vp/31533984#31533984

interesting how a solo hike in the Appalachian Trail ends up in an Argentinian woman's bed.  must have taken a wrong turn at Albuquerque

in other news, South Carolina meet your new ki…, erm.

I mean, fuck.  might as well, no?

don’t cry for him Argentina

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about as much fun as watching paint dry

– WATCH!  the cats not being there
– WATCH! the cats slepp when they are there
– LISTEN! to all sorts of birds chirping, warbling and thrilling.  weird, because all I ever see is brown finches
– LISTEN! to the neighborhood dogs bark incessantly
– THRILL! at the sound of an occasional train
– WONDER! where the damn cats are

all this can be yours here:

LIVE – The Cat Pavilion

yellow cat = stevie
tuxedo cat = pepper
                                          tabbico cat = hank <—- a girl cat despite the name
 outside cats = neighbors
annoying outside dogs = neighbors
birds = birds

enjoy.  or get bored to death.  even chance.

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one day is nowhere close to enough to celebrate Cole Porter

so here are more Cole Porter tunes. I am pairing each of Ms. Ella's interpretations with the performers in the wonderful Cole Porter tribute album Red Hot + Blue, released in 1990 (and rereleased in 2006) by the red hot foundation as an AIDS benefit and to increase the awareness of and education on AIDS. 
the red hot foundation is a worldwide organization fighting the spread of AIDS. I encourage everyone to check them out and the other releases in the Red Hot series – I think they are up to 15 now.
the tribute to Cole Porter,  Red Hot + Blue is available at Amazon.

Ms. Ella's interpretation of So in Love is impeccable, but k.d. lang's take is heartbreaking

13-So In Love
Ella Fitzgerald

I love Kirsty Maccoll. when together with The Pogues, even more so


David Byrne's twangy take in this song may be nearer Porter's intent.  maybe

16-Don't Fence Me In
Ella Fitzgerald

I think Annie Lennox is the contemporary singer closest to Ella Fitzgerald

Tom Waits goes off in his own distant tangent.  wouldn't expect any less

05-It's All Right With Me
Ella Fitzgerald

a fun naughty bit. both Ms. Ella and the boys from Erasure go to town

04-Too Darn Hot
Ella Fitzgerald

Neneh Cherry's take delivers more of the creep and paranoia implied in the lyrics

edit:  as per mmb's request, here's one more pairing.

07-Do I Love You_
Ella Fitzgerald

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happy birthday to the de-lightful


and overall swell-around-town

                                                                      Mr. Cole Porter

born on this date, June 9, 1891, in the eccentrically named town of Peru, Indiana.  a good start for a consummate wordsmith and master of wordplay.

let's hear for the birthday boy, shall we?  Ms. Ella will do the honors

16 - From This Moment On
Ella Fitzgerald


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