There are a lot of times I've disagreed with Hitchens in the past, but he's on-point in this scathing piece.
"This is what the Republican Party has done to us this year: It has placed within reach of the Oval Office a woman who is a religious fanatic and a proud, boastful ignoramus. Those who despise science and learning are not anti-elitist. They are morally and intellectually slothful people who are secretly envious of the educated and the cultured. And those who prate of spiritual warfare and demons are not just "people of faith" but theocratic bullies. On Nov. 4, anyone who cares for the Constitution has a clear duty to repudiate this wickedness and stupidity."
I was reminded of this brilliant album by Too Shy To Stop today. If you haven't heard it, here's their description:
"Black Saint burns with anguish. Mixing the sounds of film noir with Ellington-esque orchestrated jazz, Mingus created a revolutionary tonal palette, one that captured the romantic alto of Charlie Mariano, bellowing timbers of tuba and baritone saxophone, and a stunning collection of muted trumpets and trombones."
We went and saw the McCoy Tyner Quartet perform yesterday at the Jazz on the Mall festival. Tyner is now 70 years old and walked to his piano a bit slowly, but once he sat down you could not tell and his quartet sounded tight. Especially great in contrast to the Latin jazz before them that I'm not a huge fan of.