Your Weekly, Sunday Interlude: “This Wheel’s On Fire”

Since Monday’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing with FBI Director James Comey and NSA’s Director Mike Rogers, where enough of their findings show there must be an Independent Counsel. I feel slightly less tightness in my chest, I’m feeling slightly less helpless to and trapped by the Administrative Branch coup. At least the truth is coming out.

We’re still in this mess but between the Russia collusion and the GOP’s failure to leave 24 million with no way to afford a doctor, a failure like a poorly-planned grifter sting, I found myself singing “This Wheel’s On FIre.” I’m so relieved.

I must admit my naive surprise when I found out the song I knew as the theme from the BBC’s “Absolutely Fabulous” was written by ‎Bob Dylan and Rick Danko and was recorded by Dylan and The Band in 1967.

I am sharing an extended version of the Ab Fab (as it’s known to fans) theme with some silly outtakes of the delightful Patsy, played by Joanna Lumley, and Edina, played by Jennifer Saunders, the series’ creator. Fans will enjoy the romp. If you have never heard of this show, I hope you will be intrigued enough to watch two hilariously unlikable lushes. Their version is sung by Kylie Minogue. The lyrics go, “This wheel’s on fire. It’s rolling down the road. Best notify my next of kin. That this wheel shall explode:”

For some reason, Patsy and Edina’s lives and this song make me think of the Trump Administration, with the wheels on their bus on fire, careening off the road into the ditch. Couldn’t happen to a nice ilk.



Your Weekly, Sunday Interlude: “Idiot Wind”

President Donald Trump gestures (some say is a Nazi gesture) as he speaks to Navy at nuclear aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Why has it taken me so long to make Bob Dylan’s “Idiot Wind” the Sunday interlude? Since January 20th I’ve been hearing the lyrics in my head on and off. “Someone’s got it in for me. They’re planting stories in the press. Whoever it is, I wish they’d cut it out quick.” Trump’s life imitates art.

This recording isn’t the best, but I had to go for a Vimeo recording to find the “Blood on the Tracks'” version I wanted:

Now most believe the song is about Dylan’s or his parents’ marriage. And I would never distill Dylan’s lyrical brilliance to apply it to the two-dimensional Trump, but its anger resonates. The “fake news” allegations and planted stories are, in this case, asserted by the president, himself, “[He] inherited a million bucks…[he] can’t help it if [he’s] lucky.” I’m sure the $60 million profit he made a couple years after his $40 million investment on an estate, sold to a Russian fertilizer tycoon who wanted to hide money from his estranged wife, was mere luck. His businesses and income are undisclosed so we can only guess based upon the facts we have. He sure has a lot of Russian ties, though, as affirmed by his own son.

And, of course, there’s the insanity we all slog through every day: “Now everything’s a little upside down. As a matter of fact the wheels have stopped. What’s good is bad, what’s bad is good.” It’s all so exhausting and insufferable.  Every charge and nonsense investigation the GOP ever made toward a Democrat, from Clinton raping women (all dismissed by Ken Starr, no friend to Bill) to Secretary Clinton’s incompetency in the Benghazi consulate attack (the GOP wouldn’t fund to become an embassy and, therefore, better secured), in which she had no involvement other than her position. The 37 hearings at a cost of $7 million evolved to the private email “scandal” further fueled by FBI Director James Comey 11 days before the election. Now Mike Pence is equally not guilty of doing the same not illegal act with private email. But that’s not an issue because he’s a Republican. Now their party’s leader brags about sexually assaulting women, is accused of child rape and in his fifth day triggered the Yemen assault that was an unmitigated disaster which he now uses for applause. Really GOP, nothing to see? And GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell is complicit in the Russian involvement, threatening then President Obama he’d call it a political thumb on the scale if he called for a bipartisan investigation last fall.

“Idiot wind,  Blowing every time you move your mouth…You’re an idiot, babe. It’s a wonder that you still know how to breathe.”

Why is this wholly unfit being still in office?!