Someday the Insanity Will End. Until then…Tchaikovsky and Vodka!

More days than not when purveying the “news” of the day, we here at the Asylum want to shut down all forms of outside media invasion, throw away our mobile trackingAhasuerus_at_the_End_of_the_World devices, let our hair grow long and drink lots of vodka until the end of this mess mercifully comes along.

Alas!  This writer has an overly developed sense of smell, so letting one’s self become a hygienic wasteland is completely out of the question; disdains looking like a garbage dump no matter that I may not leave the Asylum for the day; can’t really tolerate more than one drink of vodka no matter how much I enjoy the taste and maintains the slimmest of hopes that I was planted on this god-forsaken hellhole by mistake and sometime soon, the gods (or whoever put me here) will come to rescue me.

The latest insanity –
Nordstrom is selling jeans caked in fake dirt for hundreds of dollars  ($425 a pair!)

The jeans were designed by PRSP and are sold on Nordstrom’s website, which describes them this way:

Heavily distressed medium-blue denim jeans in a comfortable straight-leg fit embody rugged, Americana workwear that’s seen some hard-working action with a crackled, caked-on muddy coating that shows you’re not afraid to get down and dirty.

A few people with jobs that involve getting “down and dirty” are pretty miffed.

Among them is Mike Rowe, the former host of TV’s “Dirty Jobs,” who channeled his befuddled anger in a Facebook post that’s been shared more than 13,500 times and liked more than 31,000 times as of Wednesday morning.

“This morning, for your consideration, I offer further proof that our country’s war on work continues to rage in all corners of polite society,” he wrote of the jeans. “Finally — a pair of jeans that look like they have been worn by someone with a dirty job … made for people who don’t.”

And this…

Time Names Defense Sec. Mattis One of Its Most Influential People of 2017

mattisThat some old guy, known by the nickname “Mad Dog”, is one of our countries most influential people as determined the Time magazine indicates the dire straights we’re in.



…Mattis, known to some by the nickname of “Mad Dog,” has shown a callous disregard for human life, particularly civilians, as evidenced by his behavior leading marines in Iraq, comments he made about enjoying fighting in Afghanistan because “it’s fun to shoot some people. You know, it’s a hell of a hoot,” and myriad other problems.

And finally, the continuing assault on free speech, no matter whether you agree with her or not (sometimes we agree with her, sometimes we think she’s completely nuts!)

Ann Coulter cancels her speech at UC Berkeley

April 26 (Reuters) – Conservative commentator Ann Coulter has canceled her speech planned for this week at the University of California’s Berkeley campus after a dispute with university officials, who feared violent protests, over whether a safe venue could be found.

Police at UC Berkeley say they are preparing to deploy a “highly visible” presence of officers on campus, despite the cancellation of Ann Coulter’s speech on Thursday

We could get into the looming insanity with North Korea; that Chelsea Clinton is getting another award for doing nothing special; or that the NSA Blimp Spied in the United States – but why bother.  We know it’s all a circus.

Michael Tilson Thomas

To maintain the little bit of wits I have left, this writer looks for the best classical music available on the world wide waste, and though the pickings are slim these days, one can still come across a gem.

Included is the following masterpiece performance of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 (final movement) by Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra for your listening pleasure.




For those who want to immediately get to the “juice” of the piece (though you’ll be cheating yourself of the enjoyment of listening to the magnificence of the full movement) go to the 7:20 mark, turn up the volume enough to annoy your neighbors and possibly blow your eardrums out and allow ecstasy to overtake you!


MTT- Tchaikovsky Symphony No.4, 4th Movement (9:26 minutes)


Photo credit (front page):

Photo credit:  Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit (Mattis):

Photo credit (Michael Tilson Thomas): By Jbitman (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


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