Sunday Night TV and Open Thread

There's The Next Iron Chef, Desperate Housewives and Brothers and Sisters tonight. Am I missing anything? Whoops, Sunday Night Football.

Here's an open thread, all topics welcome, TV related or not.

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    Funny comedy routine by (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by MO Blue on Sun Nov 15, 2009 at 08:08:06 PM EST
    Wanda Sykes on Obama Care C&L.

    A howler from my cable bill: (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by andgarden on Sun Nov 15, 2009 at 08:14:27 PM EST
    Phone customers: Please note that beginning December 1, 2009, there will be a new regulatory fee on your bill called "Service Provider Regulatory Recovery Fee- State". This fee defrays the cost of complying with state government regulations. It is not a tax"
    (NB: The errant quotation mark at the end was in the original.)

    I think this is one of the more creative methods I've seen for expressing the fact that they are raising rates. IMO It ought to be illegal not to include such fees in the advertised price.

    It would be funny if everyone (none / 0) (#16)
    by SOS on Mon Nov 16, 2009 at 10:03:29 AM EST
    who uses this service just suddenly canceled the service. See what the cable company would dream up then to keep the bottom line propped up.

    What that is (none / 0) (#17)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Nov 16, 2009 at 11:07:39 AM EST
    is what the cable company is paying the government as a tax levied on them to provide you service.

    They are merely recovering that. It is not a rate increase.


    Of course it's a rate increase (none / 0) (#19)
    by andgarden on Mon Nov 16, 2009 at 12:04:52 PM EST
    No one is forcing the cable Co. to pass the costs along.

    They sent home the wrong chef! (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by byteb on Sun Nov 15, 2009 at 09:11:05 PM EST
    I won't spoil it for different time zones

    Agree (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Nov 15, 2009 at 09:58:11 PM EST
    one of the two remaining just does not seem like top chef material.

    I didn't really get a great sense of any of them (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by andgarden on Sun Nov 15, 2009 at 10:15:09 PM EST
    this time. FN made a big mistake with the gimmick ingredients in the first few episodes. I was really turned off by the gross ingredients.

    Define "gross. (none / 0) (#11)
    by Fabian on Mon Nov 16, 2009 at 03:53:05 AM EST
    The only problem I've had eating things was due to texture (I prefer firm textured sushi) or flavor (tried bamboo fungus - it was like eating a really pungent cheese rind).  The Chinese dish using the little dried fish put me off only because it was really spicy.

    We have a Chinese restaurant called "Hometown Deli".  Interesting name for a Chinese joint - they have two menus - one for the 'Muricans and one for people who like authentic regional cuisine.

    In good news, the yet-another-Mexican food place has been replaced by a Polish food place.  Huzzah!  


    The Prisoner (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by landjjames on Mon Nov 16, 2009 at 01:51:51 AM EST
    The first two hours of The Prisoner starring Jim Caviezel and Ian McKellen was on tonight. It's a six hour mini-series airing over three nights - part 2 is on Monday and part 3 is on Tuesday night.  Part 1 will re-air tomorrow just just before Part 2.  Interesting and different from the classic series.  

    I fell asleep on it (none / 0) (#20)
    by tworivers on Mon Nov 16, 2009 at 02:36:10 PM EST
    After about 25 minutes or so.  Not enough for me to make much of a judgement one way or the other.

    But I think I saw enough to say with confidence that Caviezel ain't no McGoohan.  An obvious point perhaps, but one of the best parts of the original show was the wide range of emotions exhibited by McGoohan's number 6 (defiance, anger, cynicism, bemusement, etc.).  Caviezel has nowhere near the range McGoohan had as an actor.

    The portion I saw last night wasn't terrible by any means.  It's still an intriguing premise for a show, and I definitely plan on watching it the entire way through.

    But I guess with all the great things the original series had going for it (great Wales locale, great pop art props/set design, great acting by McGoohan and others, cool music), I find it hard to imagine this new version measuring up.


    thank you so much for reminding me (none / 0) (#22)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Nov 16, 2009 at 08:05:22 PM EST
    Thank you thank you thank you...I don't know if I will like it but it looked like something that my husband would really want to see.  Thank God I still have tomorrow night to record it.  It is one of those little things that when he gets home will let him know that I love him and I was thinking of him.

    Countdown to a Charlie Crist (none / 0) (#3)
    by andgarden on Sun Nov 15, 2009 at 09:05:17 PM EST
    Someone who (none / 0) (#12)
    by gyrfalcon on Mon Nov 16, 2009 at 05:04:03 AM EST
    describes himself as a "Reaganite conservative" ain't gonna switch parties in this lifetime, particularly not when he's still ahead of his wingnut primary opposition in the polls by 15 points.

    I don't expect that to last, honestly (none / 0) (#13)
    by andgarden on Mon Nov 16, 2009 at 09:02:47 AM EST
    Though I agree that he's not going anywhere so long as he thinks he has a shot.

    Heh (none / 0) (#14)
    by Steve M on Mon Nov 16, 2009 at 09:03:26 AM EST
    Would he have an easier road in the Democratic primary?  Do you think the party would throw Kendrick Meek and the other contenders under the bus for him?

    I think it would have been easier if (none / 0) (#15)
    by andgarden on Mon Nov 16, 2009 at 09:16:09 AM EST
    he had pulled a Specter earlier. My observation is that a lot of Democrats like him and that he is as big of a "finger in the wind" politician as there ever was. If its just a two-way primary between him and Meek, I think he has a very good shot, even though Meek actually raised some serious cash. Heck, Meek might even back out and decide that he likes his super-safe House seat.

    Crist would have to flip-flop on abortion (again), but otherwise I think he has the profile to pull it off.


    Will there be a game in the Rose Bowl (none / 0) (#7)
    by oculus on Sun Nov 15, 2009 at 10:15:57 PM EST
    this Jan. between champion of Big 10 and champion of Pac 10?  (Yes, I know the BCS will be played at the Rose Bowl.)

    Answer: yes: (none / 0) (#8)
    by oculus on Sun Nov 15, 2009 at 10:40:42 PM EST
    Friday, January 1  96th Rose Bowl Game
      2:10 PM  
    Thursday, January 7  2010 Citi BCS National Championship Game
      5 PM  

    Trying to find some legal reasoning here (none / 0) (#10)
    by joze46 on Mon Nov 16, 2009 at 02:28:21 AM EST
    while watching FOX news. A discussion with Liz Cheney is going on criticizing Obama's decision to move forward with the terrorist trial. The reasoning and logic is as cockeyed as her father's history, Dick Cheney, has been in the Middle East. Attached is an interesting video, if true. Proves much of the mainstream suppressed for decades a cover up of more than shameful proportions.

    http://www.livevideo.com/video/NewMindZ/BA726BD8A8F34C97B5A294ED0EF2D7DB/beyond-treason-full-lengh-2 .aspx

    Going forward;

    Seems legal rights have been violated from the beginning by the  Bush Wahabbi war machine. Part of the argument is "reading rights" at the time of arrest. Or, this is going to place America in jeopardy against terrorist attacks. You mean this logic eclipses the fact that America endured severe damage, death, destruction, and economic chaos since these actions of religious extremist called Al Quaeda or also known as Wahabbi, part of or not part of a working government.

    Most of the hijackers are reported to be of Arab decent. My question is: in two parts, why can not Obama also have a trial in military court besides the civil court to address this anomaly. Since this trial is proceeding in civil court does this open the way for individuals, the citizens of New York the victims, to open law suits against these so called combatants to challenge their crime in the public domain? Either way both a civil court and a military court would justify a legal way to pin down the real source of this severe murder and damage.

    It is almost a given these persons will lie and commit perjury, it is a natural duality for these extremist to admit no wrong in view of their religious believes. Middle East religious theology is committed to eliminating infidels off the earth. That is we the Americans who are giving them freedom, with the new thought of democracy.  This is very challenging to the Constitution, that exposés a basic indifference in believes, and perhaps a believe that Wahabbi reject just as we reject them. A very difficult cure for simple diplomacy, though the real problem is just "money" the root of all evil.