Friday's HOT MIC
Cue the World's Smallest Violin™
Oh please let this be true.
Harvey Weinstein told his ex-wife he is facing a cash crunch and can’t afford to pay child support for their two daughters for “at least one year,” according to a newly released court ruling.
On Friday, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Michael Katz released his sealed Jan. 2 ruling denying a demand by the disgraced mogul’s first wife, Eve Chilton, for $5 million that Weinstein still owes her from their 2004 divorce settlement.
The ruling was published under an Anonymous v. Anonymous caption in the New York Law Journal.
Surely Weinstein's daughters are innocent in all this and don't deserve to suffer for their father's sins. But Gus Khan gave us the solution to a similar problem in his timeless "Makin' Whoopie."
Yes, she sits alone most every night
He doesn't phone, he doesn't write
He says he's busy but she says, "Is he?"
He's makin' whoopie
Now he doesn't make much money
Only five thousand per
Some judge who thinks he's funny
Says you'll pay six to her
He says, "Now judge, suppose I fail?"
The judge says, "Budge right into jail"
You'd better keep her, I think it's cheaper
Than makin' whoopie
Pay up, Harv.
CORRECTION/ASIDE: This has been corrected to fix my misattribution of the lyric to "Makin' Whoopie." Gus Khan, not Cole Porter. (Music by Walter Donaldson.) My apologies for the error, and a big thumbs up to commenter Purpleslog for pointing that out.
But I also have to include a little more about that song, which I've loved for twenty years or more now.
I first became acquainted with it on Frank Sinatra's Songs For Swingin' Lovers. It's a great performance, but truncated. Frank left out the verse I quoted above, probably because it didn't the spirit of the album -- which can be fairly summarized as the early '50s version of booty call music.
Perhaps the best "classic" performance is Louis Armstrong and Oscar Peterson, on the aptly titled Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson. Louis' voice was made for that kind of material, and I've always had a soft spot for Peterson's piano style. As a kid, Mom dragged me to every smoky jazz club in St. Louis, and it seemed every jazz pianist in town aimed for his kind of sound.
But if you want a more modern take, try Rickie Lee Jones and Dr. John doing it as a duet on the Sleepless in Seattle soundtrack.
Highly recommended, and thanks for sticking around for this aside.
So this happened:
Stunning footage has surfaced of MSNBC’s Chris Matthewsthat appears to show him asking for a “Bill Cosby pill” before interviewing Hillary Clinton.
The footage, unearthed by The Cut, shows Matthews preparing to interview Clinton during the presidential campaign in late 2016.
“Can I have some of the queen’s waters? Precious waters?” he innocently jokes, before diving in. “Where’s that Bill Cosby pill I brought with me?”
The footage ends with Matthews looking pleased with the witticism he unleashed on his staff.
Cosby, you may remember, has been accused of sexual assault by dozens of women.
Hey kids, it's time to play another round of "What If?!?"
What if any host at Fox News had said this?
Yeah, that's mostly rhetorical.
And I think we can all agree that Kurt Schlichter wins Friday.
Twitter when it is serious and good:
TAKE ME AWAY!
The VSS Unity spaceplane passed a fresh glide test – hitting 670mph – from an altitude of around 50,000ft.
It means Virgin owner Richard Branson can press ahead with plans for flights into space by April.
Amended life goals:
1: Hit the lottery.
2: Take a Virgin Galactic trip into space.
3: By a condo on a golf course that has a patio that's perfect for breakfast cocktails.