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Misc…things not covered by any other Category…and if you don’t put a tag

Tillerson called Donald Trump a ‘fucking moron’ because he wanted MORE US Nukes….

Continuing the narrative that the President of the United States of America thinks he’s a Master of an Alternate Universe it is now reported that during a July meeting of his National Security Advisors Trump told them he wanted to increase the countries nuclear arsenal TEN FOLD…..

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The president’s comments during the Pentagon meeting in July came in response to a chart shown during the meeting on the history of the U.S. and Russia’s nuclear capabilities that showed America’s stockpile at its peak in the late 1960s, the officials said. Some officials present said they did not take Trump’s desire for more nuclear weapons to be literally instructing the military to increase the actual numbers. But his comments raised questions about his familiarity with the nuclear posture and other issues, officials said.

Two officials present said that at multiple points in the discussion, the president expressed a desire not just for more nuclear weapons, but for additional U.S. troops and military equipment.

Any increase in America’s nuclear arsenal would not only break with decades of U.S. nuclear doctrine but also violate international disarmament treaties signed by every president since Ronald Reagan. Nonproliferation experts warned that such a move could set off a global arms race.

“If he were to increase the numbers, the Russians would match him, and the Chinese” would ramp up their nuclear ambitions, Joe Cirincione, a nuclear expert and MSNBC contributor, said, referring to the president.

“There hasn’t been a military mission that’s required a nuclear weapon in 71 years,” Cirincione said.

Details of the July 20 meeting, which have not been previously reported, shed additional light on tensions among the commander-in-chief, members of his Cabinet and the uniformed leadership of the Pentagon stemming from vastly different world views, experiences and knowledge bases.

The men at the table it is reported where at first flabbergasted…Then spend some time explaining how doing such a thing was legally difficult and practically difficult ….

The meeting was a roller coaster.*….After which Tillerson expressed his view of his boss out loud….

Trump is pressing his advisors to do something they DO NOT want to do….Present military options to deal with North Korea….They KNOW there are few that do NOT result in possible HUGE casualties and deaths for South Korean civilians and American soldiers…

The American military and national security leaders are so worried the Dog believes that this story has been leaked to warn members of Congress and the public of what they are dealing with in a Commander-in-Chief….

Some officials in the Pentagon meeting were rattled by the president’s desire for more nuclear weapons and his understanding of other national security issues from the Korean peninsula to Iraq and Afghanistan, the officials said.

Trump , of course has become aware of the leaked story and is attacking it….

At some point people HAVE to become afraid of who and what they have in the American White House….

Our very lives and well being may depend on it….

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The Pentagon [July 20, 2017] meeting was also attended by Vice President Mike Pence, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph Dunford, Vice Chairman Gen. Paul Selva, Undersecretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, Stephen Bannon, who served then as Trump’s chief strategist, Jared Kushner who is a senior adviser to the president and Reince Preibus who was then chief of staff. Sean Spicer who was then White House spokesman, and Keith Schiller who was Director of Oval Office Operations at the time, also accompanied Trump to the Pentagon that day…..

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Steve Bannon maybe the Democrats best chance for a Senate Majority…

His push to primary established Republicans could weaken Republican Senate in a way that Democrats can’t….

From the inside….

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Republicans on Capitol Hill fear that Stephen Bannon’s plan to wage primary challenges against incumbent senators will put their majority at risk in 2018.

Senate GOP aides warn that Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist, is not motivated by a desire to advance President Trump’s agenda, but instead by a quest to remake the GOP in his own, nationalist image.

“If anyone misunderstands what Steve Bannon’s goal is, they have to open their eyes. He doesn’t care if we win or lose the Senate. He doesn’t care about the consequences for the president,” said one Senate Republican aide.

“Mr. Bannon, it seems clear, does not care about Republicans maintaining their majority in either chamber. He’s putting his former boss’s agenda on the line in his quest of take over and destroy the Republican Party,” the source added.

Bannon did not respond to an email summarizing the criticism of Senate GOP aides.

The former White House adviser this week said he is working to field primary challengers against incumbents such as Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.). None are considered at risk of losing their reelection races.

“Nobody is safe. We are coming after all of them, and we’re going to win,” Bannon said Monday on Fox News’s “Hannity.”…..

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More than 5,000 homes evacuated as Orange County Ca. fire grows to 6,000 acres

The crazy thing is wild fires actually help the earth regenerate itself.

And they happen EVERY Year….

It’s the people that shouldn’t be there….

A wind-fed wildfire surged over the Anaheim Hills on Monday, burning several homes and forcing thousands to evacuate as fire crews struggled to battle the rapidly growing blaze.

The fire broke out around 9:20 a.m. near the 91 Freeway and Gypsum Canyon Road, and quickly leaped the California 241 toll road. It raced up a ridge and hit tract homes at the top of a hill. Several caught fire and continued to burn even as firefighters sprayed the structures with water.

By 9 p.m., the blaze had scorched 6,000 acres and destroyed 24 structures. One firefighter had to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Two hours later, an Anaheim police spokesman said the fire was 5% contained. All evacuation orders were to remain in place overnight, he said, and it was “doubtful” residents would be allowed to go home Tuesday.

The Canyon No. 2 fire put an added drain on state firefighting resources as first responders battled more than a dozen blazes that erupted in Northern California on Sunday night, leaving 10 dead and destroying 1,500 structures.

By Tuesday, “we’re gonna be as stretched as we can be,” said Steven Beech, an incident commander with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Orange County fire officials evacuated more than 5,000 homes in three cities as the fast-moving fire grew, spitting smoke into the air that was visible over Disneyland and caused officials to issue air quality warnings in parts of Los Angeles County….

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Harvey Weinstein’s Stories….Update…Police Probes

The movie mongrel has reportedly been a sexual predator for a long time and lot of people knew that….

His position of power protected him….

But no more…

For more than twenty years, Weinstein has also been trailed by rumors of sexual harassment and assault. This has been an open secret to many in Hollywood and beyond, but previous attempts by many publications, including The New Yorker, to investigate and publish the story over the years fell short of the demands of journalistic evidence. Too few women were willing to speak, much less allow a reporter to use their names, and Weinstein and his associates used nondisclosure agreements, monetary payoffs, and legal threats to suppress these myriad stories. Asia Argento, an Italian film actress and director, told me that she did not speak out until now––Weinstein, she told me, forcibly performed oral sex on her—because she feared that Weinstein would “crush” her. “I know he has crushed a lot of people before,” Argento said. “That’s why this story—in my case, it’s twenty years old, some of them are older—has never come out.”

Last week, the New York Times, in a powerful report by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, revealed multiple allegations of sexual harassment against Weinstein, a story that led to the resignation of four members of his company’s all-male board, and to Weinstein’s firing from the company.

The story, however, is more complex, and there is more to know and to understand. In the course of a ten-month investigation, I was told by thirteen women that, between the nineteen-nineties and 2015, Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them, allegations that corroborate and overlap with the Times’s revelations, and also include far more serious claims….

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An Italian model-actress met with Los Angeles police detectives for more than two hours Thursday morning, providing a detailed account of new allegations that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted her at a hotel in 2013.

She is the sixth woman to accuse Weinstein of rape or forcible sex acts. Los Angeles police Capt. Billy Hayes confirmed that the department has launched an investigation into the matter.

It is the first case related to Weinstein to be reported in Southern California. New York police already have two active sex crime probes and London’s Metropolitan Police is investigating allegations made by three women….

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The new Star Wars trailer for the ‘The Last Jedi’ is here……

The next movie is decades old series is coming to a movie theatre near you in December…

There does appear to be some plot twists…

The new trailer for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” dropped during Monday Night Football as tickets for the film’s Dec. 15 opening weekend went on sale online.

The footage shows more of Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker training Daisy Ridley’s Rey.

“I’ve seen this raw strength only once before,” Skywalker tells Rey, apparently referring to his pupil-turned-villain Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). “It didn’t scare me enough then. It does now.”

The film also has all of the action you’d expect in a “Star Wars” trailer, including a showdown between John Boyega’s Finn and his former commander, Gwendoline Christie’s Capt. Phasma:

Not to mention an epic battle scene on the planet Crait:

Along with a new trailer, a new poster was also released ― which puts Carrie Fisher’s Leia Organa right in the center and Skywalker in shadows above everyone. ….

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Bob Corker is Right about Donald Trump……So is Rex Tillerson…

Corker has compared the Trump Admin to ‘adult daycare center’…..

Tillerson called his boss a ‘fucking moron’…….

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On John King’s show this morning all of the guest reporters, who  talk to congressional lawmakers everyday, admitted that the comments above are shared up on the Hill by virtually everybody….

Their only solace is the James Mattis is the Sec of Defense and John Kelly is the Chief-of-Staff….

A dominant news story last week was the controversy over whether Secretary of State Rex Tillerson actually called President Trump a “moron.” But even if he didn’t, there’s now an increasing volume of people who have worked closely with Trump offering similarly dim depictions of him — and doing so publicly.

The most recent came Sunday, when Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) fought back against Trump’s criticisms of him by tweeting that the White House has turned into an “adult day-care center.”

Before that tweet, Corker had told reporters last week that Tillerson, White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis were there to “help separate our country from chaos.” He expanded upon those comments in a New York Times interview later Sunday, saying he worried Trump’s frequent threatening of other countries could set us on a path to Word War III. “I know for a fact that every single day at the White House, it’s a situation of trying to contain him,” Corker said….

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Trump was closer to Corker  [chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee] than any GOP senator.

“There is no senator — no Republican senator — who President Trump talks to more than Bob Corker,” Alexander said in late August. “I know that for a fact.”

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The political bottom line….

“Do most senators have their doubts about the president?” asked John Feehery, a longtime Republican congressional aide now working as a lobbyist in Washington. “That’s probably true, but also largely irrelevant. He’s the president, and they have to find ways to get stuff done with him. Otherwise, they face the wrath of the voters — something Bob Corker no longer worries about.”….

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Sinatra told Trump to ‘go fuck himself’ if he didn’t like his performing fees….

He, he, he……

The young Donald Trump complained about Frank Sinatra’s price to perform at Trump’s Atlantic City Casino opening back in 1990….Sinatra wasn’t pleased, eh?

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Frank Sinatra told Donald Trump to “go f*** himself” after the now-President took issue with the singer’s financial demands, a new book has claimed.

Old Blue Eyes was due to perform at the opening of Mr Trump’s Atlantic City casino in 1990 when the magnate was said to have told him his costs were “a little rich”. On hearing the news, Sinatra gave his manager Elliot Weisman – who has written the new book – two options, either to pass his message to Mr Trump or give him his number and he would do it himself.

According to Weisman’s book, Mr Trump also cut the support acts including Sinatra’s dying friend Sammy Davis Jr….

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On Christopher Columbus….Know your history….

The Columbus I,  and most of you where taught about did NOT exist….

Though Christopher Columbus came to be considered the “discoverer of America” in US and European popular culture, his true historical legacy is more nuanced. America was first discovered by its indigenous population, and Columbus was not even the first European to reach its shores, as he was preceded by the Vikings at L’Anse aux Meadows. But the lasting significance of Columbus’s voyages outshone that of his Viking predecessors, because he managed to bring word of the continent back to Europe. By bringing the continent to the forefront of Western attention, Columbus initiated the enduring relationship between the Earth‘s two major landmasses and their inhabitants. “Columbus’s claim to fame isn’t that he got there first,” explains historian Martin Dugard, “it’s that he stayed.”[101]

Historians have traditionally argued that Columbus remained convinced to the very end that his journeys had been along the east coast of Asia,[102] but writer Kirkpatrick Sale argues that a document in the Book of Privileges indicates Columbus knew he found a new continent.[103] Furthermore, his journals from the third voyage call the “land of Paria” a “hitherto unknown” continent.[104] On the other hand, his other writings continued to claim that he had reached Asia, such as a 1502 letter to Pope Alexander VI where he asserted that Cuba was the east coast of Asia.[105] He also rationalized that the new continent of South America was the “Earthly Paradise” that was located “at the end of the Orient”.[104] Thus, it remains unclear what his true beliefs were….

More from Wiki.…And some of it isn’t pretty….

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NRA against outright ban of ‘bump-stock’ auto firing device for assault rifles…

What a SURPRISE!….

NOT REALLY….

Anybody who even thought the National Rifle Assoc. was gonna back any legislation against anything doing with gun ownership was sadly mistaken….

The powerful U.S. gun lobby, the National Rifle Association, said on Sunday it would oppose an outright ban on bump-stock devices that the killer in the Las Vegas massacre of 58 people used to turn rifles into automatic weapons and strafe a crowd with bursts of sustained gunfire.

The NRA, which has seldom embraced new firearms-control measures, stunned gun control advocates last week when it issued a statement voicing willingness to support a restriction on bump stocks.

On Sunday, the organization said it was open to regulation but opposed any legislation banning the devices.

“We don’t believe that bans have ever worked on anything. What we have said has been very clear – that if something transfers a semiautomatic to function like a fully automatic, then it ought to be regulated differently,” Chris Cox, the NRA’s chief lobbyist, said on “Fox News Sunday.”…..

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The goal of conservatism is not to accept Trumpism; it is to make Trump conservative…Red State…

The Grand Ole’ Party Civil War continues unabated….

And hardcore Conservatives will NOT fall in line even if they might still vote for the guy….They seem to be continually making him change directions when he strays from their  line….

In Trump, the GOP “selected” someone who had no allegiance to Buckley’s conservatism, let alone understood it.  The battle between traditional conservatives and the more conservatively populist “Trumpsters” will not end.  If a more traditional conservative challenged Trump in 2020, it would be a throw of the dice.  If he was to lose in either a primary or general election, blame would not be in short supply.

For the true conservative, the best policy may be benign acceptance while holding his feet to the fire of conservatism (as articulated above) and calling him out when he strays.  The goal of conservatism is not to accept Trumpism; it is to make Trump conservative.  

Conservatives should be well-reminded that during his primary and general election campaign, Trump fired a series of broadsides at conservatism.  And it had an appeal.  When the National Review gathered a gaggle of conservative thought leaders to pen articles against Trump in a special issue, in the months that followed, Republican voters responded by amplifying support for Trump.

Whether he believed his rhetoric or not, or whether it was a well-orchestrated show, Trump’s words were heard by vast swath of Americans and just enough in three key states.  He addressed “forgotten” America- forgotten by both parties.  To many, they saw their elected Republican and supposedly conservative officials too willing to compromise where instead of, like Reagan getting 70-80% of what he wanted, the conservative Republican electorate got peanuts.

They were rejecting the intellectual arguments against Trump because Trump wasn’t appealing to the intellect.  Trump’s opposition among the National Review crowd confirmed in the minds of many what they perceived conservatism had become- an insulated, elitist bubble that talked and wrote, but seldom, if ever, acted.

Buckley, in one of the first issues of National Review, said that conservatism stood “athwart history, yelling ‘Stop.’”….

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The last of ISIS fighters in Iraq surrender….

The number involved numbers over 1,000…..

President Obama started a campaign to get rid of the terrorist group that at one time controlled 1/3 of Iraq and Syria and committed atrocities against the defenseless ….In defeat?….Those left seem to be a shadow of the organization it once was….

The Trump admin is finishing the job mounted by American and others nations troops….

There are more of them though, spread around the planet in small groups who have fled the Middle East….

For an extremist group that has made its reputation on its ferociousness, with fighters who would always choose suicide over surrender, the fall of Hawija has been a notable turning point. The group has suffered a string of humiliating defeats in Iraq and Syria, but the number of its shock troops who turned themselves in to Kurdish officials at the center in Dibis was unusually large, more than 1,000 since last Sunday.

The fight for Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, took nine months, and by comparison, relatively few Islamic State fighters surrendered. Tal Afar fell next, and more quickly, in only 11 days. Some 500 fighters surrendered there.

The Iraqi military ousted the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, from Hawija in 15 days, saying it had taken its forces only three days of actual heavy fighting before most of the extremists grabbed their families and ran. According to Kurdish officials, they put up no fight at all, other than planting bombs and booby traps.

Seen up close, the fighters’ pretense of bravado soon disappears.

Their shoes were taken from them, their pockets emptied and their belts discarded, and, as they stood facing the wall, the backs of their dishdashas were stained with the evidence that some of them had not been to a toilet in days….

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Arnold Schwarzenegger at 70…Rich, Having fun…And Going after Donald Trump….

The Terminator is living the ‘Life’!

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Welcome to the strange and wondrous political afterlife of Arnold Schwarzenegger, a rural Austrian kid who parlayed his success as perhaps the greatest bodybuilder of all time into a lucrative career as Hollywood’s top action hero, then parlayed that into becoming the improbable Republican governor of California for two terms.

Now, six years after leaving Sacramento, he’s still reinventing himself—as a kind of globetrotting do-gooder, promoting a handful of causes like fighting climate change and gerrymandering. But mostly, he’s having a hell of a good time. Wherever he goes, everybody knows him. Everybody loves him. With a net worth estimated at $300 million, he zips around the world in private jets and has restaurant owners pick up his tab because they’re just so honored he chose to eat there. Constant selfies. He sounds off on whatever he wants, but has no actual responsibility. His perfect day is waking up and not knowing what country he’ll eat dinner in.

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Tropical Storm Nate in the Gulf heading for New Orleans and parts of Florida…

Here we go again….

The ONLY good thing is this storm is not nearly as strong as the last two storms Irma and Harvey…It is only a category 1….

It has left Central America with 21 fatalities 

New Orleans, and states from Louisiana to Florida, braced Friday as forecasters predicted Tropical Storm Nate would pound the Gulf Coast this weekend as a hurricane.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the eye of the storm was expected to pass late Saturday or early Sunday about 50 miles east of New Orleans, which was devastated 12 years ago by Hurricane Katrina. It would be the third hurricane, after Harvey and Irma, to hit the US mainland in six weeks.
A tropical storm warning was issued late Friday morning for New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain, west to Morgan City, Louisiana, the hurricane center said, while a hurricane warning was issued from Grand Isle, Louisiana, to the Alabama-Florida border.
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A storm surge warning was put in place from Morgan City to the Alabama-Florida line, as well as along the northern and western shores of Lake Pontchartrain.
Over the warm waters of the northwestern Caribbean Sea, Nate was forecast to gain strength as it approaches the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico later Friday and possibly strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane by the time it makes landfall along the Gulf Coast, the hurricane center said. It is forecast to bring “direct impacts from winds, storm surge and heavy rainfall,” the center said…..
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Courts put the brakes on Trump efforts to throw out environmental regulations…

While Trump and his fellow Republicans can’t seem to get any major legislation passed?

The Trump Admin has be working under the radar thru executive actions in the government departments to water down and throw out Obama Admin rules and regulations….

But they are running into push back from the Federal Courts…..(The same situation Obama faced when the Republicans used the same technique of opposition)

The rapid-fire push by the Trump administration to wipe out significant chunks of the Obama environmental legacy is running into a not-so-minor complication: Judges keep ruling that the Trump team is violating federal law.

The latest such ruling came late Wednesday, when a federal magistrate judge in Northern California vacated a move by the Department of Interior to delay compliance with rules curbing so-called flaring, a technique oil and gas companies use to burn off leaking methane. Flaring is blamed for contributing to climate change as well as lost tax revenues because the drilling is being done on federal land.

It was the third time since July that the Environmental Protection Agency or the Interior Department has been found to have acted illegally in their rush to roll back environmental rules. And in three other environmentalcases, the Trump administration reversed course on its own after lawsuits accusing it of illegal actions were filed by environmental groups and Democratic state attorneys general.

The legal reversals reflect how aggressively Mr. Trump’s critics are challenging the administration’s efforts to rescind regulations enacted during the Obama administration, not only related to the environment, but to immigration, to consumer protection and to other areas…..

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Single-Lens Google Pixel 2 Camera Takes Top Spot From iPhone 8 Plus in Tests

The new Google Pixel 2 has bumped the iPhone 8 Plus and Galaxy Note 8 off the number one spot to become the top-performing smartphone camera in DxO Labs’ mobile photography tests.

Just a day after Samsung’s latest device matched Apple’s largest iPhone 8 handset with an overall DxOMark score of 94, Google’s newly launched Pixel 2 has now beaten both dual-lens devices with a score of 98, despite its rear-mounted single-camera design.

Its top scores in most of our traditional photo and video categories put it ahead of our previous (tied) leaders, the Apple iPhone 8 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, despite the Pixel 2 coming in lower in the new Zoom and Bokeh categories. The Pixel 2 is also a major step forward from the Pixel (which was our top scorer when it was released a year ago), moving from 90 to 98.

The reviewers praised the Pixel 2 for excellent video performance, scene reproduction, color rendering, and fast and accurate autofocus, highlighting in particular its “amazing” ability to render detail in both the bright and dark areas of difficult scenes. ….

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Remembering Tom Petty(1950-2017)….

Rock and roll legend Tom Petty, renown for his eponymous band and for being a part of super-group the Travelling Wilburys, died Monday evening after going into full cardiac arrest at his Malibu, CA, home. Undoubtedly the hardest-hitting death in all of 2017, and easily rivalling the most famous of those from years past. Petty crafted some of the most defining songs of the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, and was in and of himself a singular force in rock and roll music a la Elvis Presley, David Bowie, and Prince. To consider what all we have lost as far as music in the past 2 years is incredible. Gary Richrath of REO Speedwagon, Bowie, Glenn Frey, Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, Prince, Leon Russell, Gregg Allman, Walter Becker of Steely Dan, and now Tom Petty are all gone. It’s the curse of liking older(but quality) music, losing all your favourites.

Some argue that he and his band’s weren’t instrumentally proficient and versatile in the same was as, say, Blue Cheer, Moby Grape, Pacific Gas & Electric, Quicksilver, or the Soft Machine. Some even argue that, lacking a ‘singing voice,’ he’s just doing a fobbed off rendition of Bob Dylan. On the first point, I say that whatever talents they did(and they did) or did not have were trumped by the adept, incisive song-writing team of Tom Petty & Mike Campbell. To the second point, I must say this: Bob who? In much the same way as the Eagles, though, Tom Petty’s music resonated with me more because of the deeper cuts than the hits. That’s not a dig at the wonderful hit songs he did, I’m just saying the songs ignored by radio play-listers were of better quality. Here’s a taster of what he was really capable of doing, culled mainly from his late-80’s and 1990’s releases….

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