Sunday Night Open Thread

Some may be watching football, I'm waiting for Desperate Housewives and Brothers and Sisters.

The Forbes list of the wealthiest 400 Americans came out last week. Bill Gates is still number 1, Michael Bloomberg is at 37, and so on.

For those of you with more important things on your mind, here's an open thread. All topics welcome.

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    sadly, (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by cpinva on Sun Oct 04, 2009 at 09:10:11 PM EST
    for the 53rd straight year, i didn't crack the forbe's 400.

    what will i tell the children?

    Roberts still makes sense when she is (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by oculus on Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 01:14:06 AM EST
    on NPR.  Which is why I am surprised to hear such criticism of her TV work.  Strange thing to say though.  

    Cokie used to make sense (5.00 / 0) (#7)
    by caseyOR on Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 01:18:22 AM EST
    on NPR, but her reporting there is just as bad as what she does for ABC, IMO. Maybe it was the move to ABC in the early 90s that did her in. She started hanging out with the clowns on This Week when the host was a by then very bitter and cynical David Brinkley. Now she mostly just sounds like an idiot.

    Actually, she joined that show (5.00 / 0) (#9)
    by shoephone on Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 02:02:33 AM EST
    around 1987.

    And yes, she is a blithering idiot.


    She's actually not (none / 0) (#18)
    by Inspector Gadget on Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 10:51:12 AM EST
    a blithering idiot, but one could easily be led to think that if they allow the denegrating tone of voice used by the men who try to drown her out as their foundation for her value. George Will and Sam Donaldson are particularly quick to use their patronizing style on any woman who has a contrary opinion to theirs, or says something more insightful than they had thought of. Listen to the words.

    Got some names to share? (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by Inspector Gadget on Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 01:35:47 AM EST
    Whose intelligent voice are we missing out on? If you watch This Week wi GS very often, you'll note that the male voices at that Roundtable are no more intelligent, and display their absence of same by condescending to the women around the table. I'm surprised they can get any women to agree to sit there.

    Oh, I did wonder about one thing: (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by Anne on Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 08:01:56 AM EST
    how long will John Boehner's spray-tanned face be on display on the sidebar?  

    I guess the good thing is that he's looking off to the right, and not directly at us...

    Wondered who that menacing-looking (none / 0) (#17)
    by oculus on Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 10:31:25 AM EST
    guy might be.  Rather disconcerting.

    Well, since this wasn't Sunday night musings (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 10:05:37 AM EST
    For all us Travis McGee fans:

    Here's another bestselling novel featuring P.I. Travis McGee. According to Publishers Weekly, 20th Century Fox, "with an outlay of six figures, has cleared the way for Ruben/Robinson Productions to launch their own Travis McGee series." And according to Larry King's USA Today column, Harrison Ford has said, "I am interested in doing Travis McGee, the great detective character. Previously published.

    Outside of the fact that McGee is a Knight Errant, not a P.I., I can only hope this is true.


    Harrison Ford is a little (none / 0) (#16)
    by oculus on Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 10:30:36 AM EST
    "long of tooth" to portray Travis IMO.  Isn't McGee supposed to be maybe in his 30s?  Forever?

    McGee was aging through the series (5.00 / 1) (#21)
    by Pieter B on Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 12:43:18 PM EST
    By the time of the last novels I was picturing him as being in his mid-forties. His despair at the deterioration of the Florida ecosystem, the level of violence in the world and so on were IMO typical of someone getting uncomfortably close to fifty.

    shoot me now (none / 0) (#22)
    by Pieter B on Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 01:01:47 PM EST
    Word on the street is that they've cast Leonardo DeCaprio. No. Just no. He's a fine actor, but he's not McGee. He doesn't have the physical presence of a natural athlete.

    Well, makeup is everything.... (none / 0) (#19)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 11:41:40 AM EST
    And he did look ok in the last Indie Jones flic.

    My concern is he will play McGee as Indiana Jones. That would be a disgrace.


    Exactly. McGee is a complex fellow. (none / 0) (#20)
    by oculus on Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 11:45:43 AM EST
    SNL Obama skit (none / 0) (#2)
    by FoxholeAtheist on Sun Oct 04, 2009 at 09:56:27 PM EST
    HuffPo LINK:
    "Saturday Night Live" opened its show with a particularly harsh send-up of President Obama last night. The critique focused on failed promises, as a checklist repeatedly appeared to the right of the screen that had "NOT DONE" checked off next to the following categories: global warming, immigration reform, gays in the military, limits on executive powers, torture prosecutions, closing Gitmo, withdrawing from Iraq, improving the status of the fight in Afghanistan, health care reform, etc.

    *Odd thing, Fred Armisen didn't make any attempt to actually impersonate Obama in last night's skit. He dropped the Obama facial expressions, body language, and speech pattern. I wasn't paying attention and it took me awhile to figure out he was actually 'doing' Obama without trying to resemble him in any way. I don't get it.

    But I loved (none / 0) (#3)
    by TeresaInSnow2 on Sun Oct 04, 2009 at 10:18:56 PM EST
    the part where he said,

    But I did two things.





    I wonder if Armisen didn't want to do the skit.


    Is this the first time they have taken... (none / 0) (#14)
    by Salo on Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 08:24:39 AM EST
    ... a pop at him from the left side?

    I noticed that too (none / 0) (#4)
    by NJDem on Sun Oct 04, 2009 at 10:45:11 PM EST
    There was definitely something awkward about his performance, but it was interesting it happened at all--not quite "B*tch is the black,"
     but still....

    The Plutonomy point man (none / 0) (#13)
    by Salo on Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 08:23:24 AM EST
    Barack Obama.

    Brothers and Sisters is starting to (none / 0) (#10)
    by Anne on Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 07:59:27 AM EST
    get on my nerves a little bit; it just seems like everyone on the show has some improbable or monumental problem.  And unlike Desperate Housewives, where the improbability and monumental nature of the problems is done with comedic flair, Brothers and Sisters is starting to feel like the friend one is contemplating avoiding because whenever you ask, "How are you?" it's just a litany of disaster, dysfunction and disease.  In other words, it's so overwhelming I'm starting to not care what happens to these terminally tragic people - the writers need to find Sally Field's inner Gidget - the show desperately needs perkiness and humor.

    Watched Three Rivers and The Next Iron Chef and enjoyed both.

    Top Chef returns this week - the big news is that Padma's expecting a baby!

    What could be more important than... (none / 0) (#12)
    by Salo on Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 08:22:07 AM EST
    ...knowing who the people are -that own all the capital in the US?

    I mean really Jer of Talk Left,  it is probably the most important list you 'll ever read or post apart from the grocery list that is...

    Marc Dreier: The Swindler (none / 0) (#23)
    by Ladyjustice on Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 01:02:36 PM EST
    Did anyone see this story on 60 minutes?  Did he do this interview as part of the plea agreement to get a reduction in sentence?  Thanks.  Another sad tale of where all that money at the top is/went.