Blabbermouth Podcast: Roy Moore, Bill Clinton, Men Behaving Badly, and More!

Alabamas Roy Moore continues to deny allegations of sexual misconduct.
Alabama's Roy Moore continues to deny allegations of sexual misconduct. Jonathan Bachman/Getty

This week, Sydney Brownstone, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders talk about the GOP's Roy Moore problem and how it's similar to—and different from—the left's Bill Clinton problem. Also: the complexity that comes along with the instruction to "Believe women.”

After that, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions takes another spin in the Congressional testimony chair and so, of course, The Honorable Rich Smith must return with his Sessions impression.

And watch out: the Republican "tax reform" plan now includes a big helping of Obamacare repeal shenanigans. We tell you who to call.

Finally, Chase Burns is back to discuss Don "Baby Don" Jr.'s shady DMs. No idea what that means? Chase'll explain, Boomers and Gen Xers. Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving in advance because we'll be off next week! See you on November 29.

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New Things to Eat & Drink in Seattle Right Now: November 17, 2017 Edition

Alert: Sun Liquor’s aged, rum-spiked, small-batch version of eggnog will hit the shelves at 9 am Saturday morning at seven Total Wine & More locations in Washington. It sold out quickly last year, so get your hands on it before its gone.
Alert: Sun Liquor’s aged, rum-spiked, small-batch version of eggnog will hit the shelves at 9 am Saturday morning at seven Total Wine & More locations in Washington. It sold out quickly last year, so get your hands on it before it's gone. Sun Liquor / Facebook

Looking for something to do this weekend? How about a Hawaiian happy hour with Loco Moco at Coastal Kitchen, the grand opening of a Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar in Bellevue, an Anthony Bourdain viewing party at the Shanghai Room, or the closing party for The Atlantic? Read on for all that and all the other food news you need to know, like that Bok a Bok is bringing its Korean fried chicken and kimchi mac and cheese to Capitol Hill (!), that Mamnoon just opened a new bar, and that Junebaby was just named one of the best restaurants in America. Plus, check out our post from last week for more food news, or check out our ultimate guide to Thanksgiving food, whether you're dining out or in.

RESTAURANT OPENINGS
Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar
The local, sustainable seafood chain opens its newest oyster bar in Bellevue. Be the first to try their new menu, oysters, and cocktails by attending their grand opening.
Bellevue
Opening November 18

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A Scott McCaughey Sampler

Give Scott a listen, and consider buying the Gun album!
Give Scott a listen, and consider buying the Gun album!

You may have heard by now that the precious natural musical and human resource known as Scott McCaughey suffered a stroke yesterday while on tour with Alejandro Escovedo in San Francisco. As of this moment he is in stable condition and recovering.

While he's occupied with that difficult work, I propose that everyone take a few minutes and listen to some of his music. I further recommend that you consider purchasing the album I consider his masterpiece, The Minus 5 also known as The Gun Album. (I confess a small bias because I sing harmonies on two songs, but I assure you, the mastery couldn't have less to do with me.)

Even if everyone who has been a member of the Minus 5 at one time or another shelled out $10 for a copy, we might even be able to make it chart. I'm sure he'd prefer you get it at a record store, but digital options abound, as well.

In the meantime, here's a very short list of some McCaughey songs to get you started on a weekend, if not, indeed, a lifetime, of listening pleasure, so that we can all be prepared for his comeback.

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Last-Minute Plans: 120 Free, Cheap & Easy Things To Do In Seattle This Weekend: Nov 17-19, 2017

The winter traditions of many Nordic regions tend to exude cheer and warm, fuzzy feelings. Kick off your holiday season with traditional Scandinavian dance, music, and crafts at Yulefest on Saturday and Sunday.
The winter traditions of many Nordic regions tend to exude cheer and warm, fuzzy feelings. Kick off your holiday season with traditional Scandinavian dance, music, and crafts at Yulefest on Saturday and Sunday. Courtesy of the Nordic Heritage Museum

Panicking because you haven't yet made plans for the weekend and you're short on cash? Don't worry—below, find all of your options for last-minute entertainment that won't cost more than $10, ranging from the Seattle7Writers' Holiday Bookfest to the opening of the Seattle Festival of Trees, from the Anthony Bourdain Viewing Party to the Value Village Tacky Holiday Sweater Workshop, and from Local Comic Shop Day to Melrose Market Turkey & Trimmings. For even more options, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.

Get all this and more on the free Stranger Things To Do mobile app—available now on the App Store and Google Play.

FRIDAY
ART
1. Statix Grand Opening Art Show
Welcome Ten Hundred's new arts space and shop to Pioneer Square with an opening party featuring works by Adam One, Casey Weldon, Cassie Murphy, Claudius Phaedrus, Craig Cundiff, Ego, Joey Nix, Joseph Brooks, Katie Kurkjy, Leo Shallat, Matthew Curry, Melissa Crosetto, Patrick Toney, Rhodora Jacob, Rich M. Stevens, Shohei Otomo, Solace,
Stefari, Taboo 1, They Drift, and Ten Hundred. The main part of the show features refreshments and music.
(Pioneer Square, free)

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The Top 15 Acts to Check Out at Seattle's Freakout Festival This Weekend: Nov 17-18, 2017

Witness the power of declarative yet mercurial MC/vocalist Stas THEE Boss this Saturday at Freakout Festival.
Witness the power of declarative yet mercurial MC/vocalist Stas THEE Boss this Saturday at Freakout Festival.

During Freakout Festival this weekend, more than 50 local and touring music acts will fill the Ballard zone for two whole days of rock, soul, hiphop, dance beats, and more. On our Freakout Festival calendar, you can see the complete schedule that's sortable by venue and date, and read descriptions about and listen to music from every artist. If that's overwhelming, look no further—below, you'll find just our critics' picks for each day. Follow the links below for ticket links and music clips.

FRIDAY
Bread and Butter
Seattle foursome Bread and Butter’s bio describes them as “Specializing in blasted stoner pop jams—true to their name, plain and simple. These wastoids will make you feel like drinking plentiful Tecate and just forgetting about time.” In six months, I will agree with that statement—their track called “Cool in the Water” is a total day-drinking jam for sunburns, bridge jumping, light denim, forgetting to go to work, and no problem-o classic rock ’n’ roll. EMILY NOKES
Sunset Tavern, 11 pm

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Week in Weed: Sessions Backs Down, Fake Weed Death News, and Art Garfunkel’s Weird Pot Poem

Anthony Bourdain, a fan of craft alcohol and hand-trimmed weed.
Anthony Bourdain, a fan of craft alcohol and hand-trimmed weed. DANIEL ZUCHNIK VIA GETTY IMAGES

This week, Jeff Sessions finally revealed some of his evil plans for weed, which involved… nothing that was very evil-sounding (for now). Also, doctors deny they attributed a Colorado baby’s death to marijuana. Anthony Bourdain visits a Washington cannabis farm, and Art Garfunkel gets funky with pot poetry. Read on.

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: A Gay Australian Sends a Letter to His Father

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G'day Dan. My name’s Lee. I’m a 32-year-old, gay, cis-male from Australia. As you know we just went through a bullshit, non-binding survey about marriage equality. Fortunately, the "Yes" vote won, but there were still a lot of people who voted no—which, as I just found out, includes my dad. I've sent him an email this morning about it and I wanted to share it with you, too, as I’ve utilized a lot of your previous advice as inspiration on what to say to him. I think without your insights I probably would have either ghosted him or blew up at him. But I decided to go the Dan Savage route instead. So, I wanted to say thank you. Cheers.

Lee

Thank you so much for sharing the letter you sent to your dad—and I'm making it today's SLLOTD (with Lee's permission) because I think it could help others who may find themselves in a similar position. Men and women in Australia whose parents voted against their right to marry someone they love and young queers who are just coming out and aren't getting the reaction they hoped for from their parents. It's enclosed after the jump.

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Thank You, Tannaz Farsi's Solo Show at Glass Box, for Reminding Me I'm Invisible

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The newest solo show at Glass Box in the International District features minimalist sculptures by Tannaz Farsi, who lives and works in Oregon. Farsi is an accomplished contemporary artist, using sculptural techniques to present interpretations of visual coding and commentaries on identity and digital language. Farsi has shown at the Disjecta Contemporary Art Center and the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, among others. Luckily, Seattle still maintains spaces such as Glass Box (the last time Seattle was graced with Farsi’s work, Glass Box was OHGE Ltd.) and curators such as Julia Greenway to bring us thought provoking contemporary visual art—a hard thing to come by in the Sell! Sell! Sell! establishment galleries of Pioneer Square.

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Wonder Is Guaranteed to Soften Your Scowl

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It’s easy to live a snarky life. I see a lot of movies that are god-awful, and the world around us is also pretty god-awful, and without wanting to, I seem to have “This is stupid” on the tip of my tongue more often than not. So when a movie comes along that is good—legitimately, sincerely good, like flowers or soup or dogs—I find myself grasping at a way to describe it.

Wonder is that good movie. It’s about a little boy, Auggie (Room's Jacob Tremblay), and his mom (Julia Roberts), his dad (Owen Wilson), and his older sister (Izabela Vidovic). Auggie was born with a condition that makes him look different, so that's what Wonder focuses on—but it’s not really what this movie is. This is a portrait of a group of humans—grown-ups and kids, but mostly kids—who are whole, complicated people, who have opportunities to be selfish and opportunities to be kind. Wonder defaults to kindness in a manner that feels both totally inspiring and completely organic.

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Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, Minus 5, REM) Is in Stable Condition Following a Stroke While on Tour

One of the most prolific and best loved musicians in the NW
One of the most prolific and best loved musicians in the NW.

The following message was posted to Facebook earlier today:

Scott McCaughey, the ever-smiling, sunglasses-wearing front man of the bands The Minus 5 and the Young Fresh Fellows, and side man to countless bands — including M. Ward, The Baseball Project, Tired Pony, and R.E.M. — suffered a stroke while on a West Coast tour with Alejandro Escovedo. He is in stable condition.

Loved by many and a best friend to all, Scott brings a very bright light to the stage. In his ever-changing hats and loud sports coats, Scott exudes such joy while he performs.

“Scott McCaughey is one of the unsung heroes of rock n roll. A true believer and one of the most creative people I have ever met.” says guitarist Peter Buck.

The road to recovery will be a long one, and we believe it will come through music. We can’t wait to see him back in action. The collective energy of the entire creative community is powerful enough to overcome this hurdle. With the love and support of all of you, Scott will continue to share his love of music with the world.

We promise to provide continued updates and will share any messages of support you want to send with him.


My sentiments ex-fucking-actly.

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Thirst Street Stars an American in a City That Hates Her, Paris

This looks like it will not end well...
This looks like it will not end well... Thirst Street

A woman falling prey to psychotic romantic obsession is a story older than the Bible, so plotwise Nathan Silver’s Thirst Street, about a grieving American flight attendant who moves to Paris to stalk her one-night fling, is nothing new. And truth be told, the opening minutes play like a marriage between Wes Anderson and 1970s giallo, with stylized montage, Anjelica Huston’s wry narration, and candy colors. What Thirst Street gets painfully right, though, is the desperate alienation of living in a beautiful country that doesn’t want you and that you don’t understand.

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A Simple Story of Love and Sex and Human Statues in This Year's Romanian Film Festival

The whole earth is our hospital endowed by the ruined millionaire...
"The whole earth is our hospital endowed by the ruined millionaire..." Scarred Hearts

A young man in a dapper straw boater and his doting father alight from a horse-drawn carriage at a seaside sanatorium. He’s examined by a bluff, bearded doctor who smokes while palpating the abdomen. The x-ray technician wears a suit like a medieval executioner. With no gravity whatsoever, the doctor announces that the man has spinal tuberculosis: Two of his vertebrae have been devoured by microbes, and a pool of pus has collected in an abcess. Thus begin the travails of the Jewish poet Manu in Radu Jude’s period drama Scarred Hearts, based on the semi-autobiographical writings of Max Blecher.

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Seattle Defends Income Tax in Court, Judge Expected to Rule Next Week

The scene at Seattle City Hall in July as the state Republican Party chairman responded to Seattles new income tax.
The scene at Seattle City Hall in July as the state Republican Party chairman responded to Seattle's new income tax. HG

The City of Seattle appeared in court Friday for the first arguments in what promises to be a long legal fight over its recently passed high earners income tax.

If it can hold up in court, the tax will charge .25 percent on income above $250,000 ($500,000 for joint filers). The city would use the money to fund social services, reduce regressive taxes, or replace lost federal funding.

In a state with the most regressive tax system in the country and a city that is particularly generous to the wealthy, passing the tax was a popular move for Seattle's left. But the tax will faces court challenges, which will likely reach the state supreme court. Friday's hearing was the first battle.

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FCC Paves Way for Sinclair to Dominate Seattle's Local TV News Market

Sinclair owns KOMO and could own rival Q13 soon too.
Sinclair owns KOMO and could own rival Q13 soon too. William Thomas Cain/Getty

This week the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repealed decades-old rules that could give conservative Sinclair Broadcasting a big boost in media markets across the country, including Seattle. The regulations, which were put in place to protect the integrity and diversity of local media markets, were eliminated by an FCC vote of 3 to 2.

Sinclair currently owns and operates over 170 television stations across the country, including KOMO, which they purchased in 2013. In recent months, Sinclair has been attempting to purchase the Tribune Media Company, which would increase Sinclair’s market share to 233 television stations in 108 U.S. markets. That’s 73 percent of U.S. households, and includes Q13, a KOMO rival in Seattle.

This sort of merger would not have been possible before Trump. Rules in place since the 1970s have restricted the number of television and radio stations media companies can own in one market, but in May, the FCC relaxed those regulations, and Sinclair announced their bid for Tribune just weeks later.

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Watch These Three Excellent Short Films Inspired by Andrew Wyeth Paintings

The story behind this painting inspired one filmmaking team's winning entry.
The story behind this painting was inspiration behind one filmmaking team's winning entry.

Who would have known that the paintings of Andrew Wyeth would make such a good catalyst for the creativity of local filmmakers? The Seattle Museum of Art knew! In honor of their comprehensive retrospective that opened last month celebrating the works of Wyeth, SAM sponsored a "film sprint" inviting local filmmakers to make a short film inspired by one of his paintings.

The three films, selected by an audience, a curator, and a round of judges, will make you laugh, may make you cry, and will definitely bring a fresh perspective to the work and life of this popular realist painter, whose melancholy landscapes and tender portraits have became American classics.

And, apparently there used to be a thing on Slog called Short Film Fridays? So, in the spirit of that, here they are:

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