Sunday Night TV and Open Thread

Iron Chef at the White House with Michelle Obama. The task is for the four chefs to cook using ingredients from the White House garden. The garden was beautiful.

Also tonight: New episodes of Desperate Housewives and Brothers and Sisters.

What are you watching tonight? If nothing, feel free to discuss something else.

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    KUSC-FM opera program at 9:00 pm (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by oculus on Sun Jan 03, 2010 at 07:44:59 PM EST
    PST.  Tonight:  Janacek.

    Now--listening to NPR's On the Media.  Did you know O'Railly trained as an actor and was on the Green Hornet radio show?  I didn't.

    Bill. (none / 0) (#7)
    by oculus on Sun Jan 03, 2010 at 08:33:52 PM EST
    Child actor? (none / 0) (#9)
    by oculus on Sun Jan 03, 2010 at 08:48:04 PM EST
    Transcript avail. Mon. afternoon (none / 0) (#16)
    by oculus on Sun Jan 03, 2010 at 09:52:39 PM EST
    Erratum: opera is Verdi's "Don Carlos" (none / 0) (#19)
    by oculus on Mon Jan 04, 2010 at 12:57:22 AM EST
    Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Carlo Maria Giulini

    Placido Domingo, tenor
    Montserrat Caballe, soprano
    Shirley Verrett, mezzo-soprano
    Sherrill Milnes, baritone
    Ruggero Raimondi, bass
    Giovanni Foiani, bass


    I mis-heard. The person speaking was (none / 0) (#39)
    by oculus on Mon Jan 04, 2010 at 04:31:27 PM EST
    referring to Mike Wallace.  transcript

    I do not attribute this error to my (none / 0) (#42)
    by oculus on Mon Jan 04, 2010 at 05:07:02 PM EST
    lousy hrg.  I was multi-tasking:  walking and listening at the same time; no gum chewing.

    P.S.  I noticed one of the Fl Gator football players was chewing orange gum during the bowl game.  Wonder if that is the required color?


    U.S. exports anti-gay hatred to Uganda (5.00 / 1) (#20)
    by caseyOR on Mon Jan 04, 2010 at 05:31:08 AM EST
    According to a story in the NY Times, the supporters of that shocking and horrendous effort in Uganda to make homosexuality a capital offense received advice and assistance from members of the good old American Christian Right.

    In the story the Americans who went to Uganda to advise officials there on the evils perpetrated by the queers are now insisting they never meant that the gays should be, you know, killed, not like really executed or anything. Just maybe tormented and jailed and tortured in doomed attempts to convert them to heterosexuality. All for their own good of course.

    I was horrified when I first learned of the proposed "kill the queers" law. Now that I know American Christians played a role in this travesty I am disgusted and furious beyond belief.

    Read the story at this link.

    You better believe I'm watching Iron Chef (none / 0) (#1)
    by andgarden on Sun Jan 03, 2010 at 07:36:02 PM EST

    Me too! (none / 0) (#2)
    by nycstray on Sun Jan 03, 2010 at 07:39:41 PM EST
    and then the Jets, then over to Brothers and Sisters and then back to the Jets :P

    The "worst cooks" show is just horrible (none / 0) (#12)
    by andgarden on Sun Jan 03, 2010 at 09:10:58 PM EST
    because I'm not sure when I'm supposed to laugh at these people. . .

    Thanks for the heads up (none / 0) (#17)
    by nycstray on Sun Jan 03, 2010 at 10:09:32 PM EST
    I'll give it a check when I have time. It could be a case of concept gone wrong. In general, I think it would be good to have "bad" cooks get helped from pros, but not sure if I would want a laugh factor thrown in or a dumb down.

    How 'bout them Jets... (none / 0) (#24)
    by kdog on Mon Jan 04, 2010 at 08:54:08 AM EST
    Talk about utter dominance...wow.

    Playoffs are a pleasant New Years surprise...gotta like our chances next week too.  Good to get Sanchez's playoff feet wet to build on next year and beyond.


    After the Donkey's... (none / 0) (#25)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Mon Jan 04, 2010 at 09:01:21 AM EST
    sh*t the bed yesterday, I was rooting for your Jets.  Nice way to close down the Meadowlands.

    Really peeved me that I had to root for the Raiders for the Bronco's to have a shot at the play-offs.  That's just not right...

    At this point, I'm glad they didn't make it. I don't need the heartbreak.


    Another wild wacky regular season.... (none / 0) (#26)
    by kdog on Mon Jan 04, 2010 at 09:09:34 AM EST
    Sorry about the Broncs bro...talk about a meltdown.  Losing at home to the Chiefs is pretty sad.

    I'll be very happy if we get to the Divisional round...that would be an excellent showing for Ryan in his first year.  And the way we're running it, and our D...who knows, maybe an AFC Championship Game isn't out of the question.


    Yeah... (none / 0) (#27)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Mon Jan 04, 2010 at 09:18:16 AM EST
    ...that 6 and 0 start got the expectations a little too high.  You can't go very far with a finish like they had--not even winning one divisional game at home.  Oh well, I figured they'd be doing well to finish .500 when the season started--rookie coach and running back and a first year QB and all.    

    Defense and being able to run the ball is what it takes to win in the play-offs--just as long as they don't turn the ball over.  


    Live and Die... (none / 0) (#29)
    by kdog on Mon Jan 04, 2010 at 10:05:33 AM EST
    with the turnovers...Jets were 8-0 this year when they won the turnover battle, 1-2 when even, 0-5 when behind...that just says it all.

    So a rematch with the Bengals. (none / 0) (#31)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Mon Jan 04, 2010 at 10:21:59 AM EST
    And they had 0 passing yards yesterday?  I think that's a winnable game.  

    The Raven/Pats game should be interesting now that Wehl-kar is out.  Hard to watch that--and that guy from Miami who got KO'd.


    Yeah... (none / 0) (#32)
    by kdog on Mon Jan 04, 2010 at 10:37:43 AM EST
    tough break for the Pats...though that Edelman (sp?) kid has shown he can make some plays in the slot.  The Ravens are another team built for Jan...Rice and McGahee are a nice 1-2 punch.  I think it'll be a good hard fought game.

    Ocho Cinco?  Hurt knee or hurt pride I wonder?  Revis was right...that dude disappeared:)


    The play-offs... (none / 0) (#34)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Mon Jan 04, 2010 at 10:55:23 AM EST
    ...are a whole 'nother ballgame--especially with Ray Lewis and Ed Reed looking to take your head off if you dare go over the middle.  

    Hope CST isn't taking it too hard!  


    Whats up with Beli-Cheat? (none / 0) (#35)
    by kdog on Mon Jan 04, 2010 at 11:21:24 AM EST
    Starters are in, starters are out, starters back in, starters out...the genius looks awful unsure of himself.

    Huh. (none / 0) (#36)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Mon Jan 04, 2010 at 11:25:10 AM EST
    Maybe the drawstring on his hoodie was a little too tight around his neck and cut off the circulation to his brain?  

    Didn't Dreamboat get knocked around pretty good late in that game?  


    Welker (none / 0) (#43)
    by CST on Tue Jan 05, 2010 at 01:37:55 PM EST
    is a huge loss.  Not just for his own yardage but also Randy Moss.  He kills teams that double-cover Randy Moss.

    Edelman is good, but he's no Welker.

    Honestly though, I think this year was a bit of a rebuilding year.  It would be nice to see them do well in the playoffs of course.  But I'm encouraged by our pretty good rookie D and next year when they have a bit more experience, and Brady is there all year, and hopefully Welker and Moss are solid, I think we could be really dangerous.

    I'd feel a lot better about this year though if Brady stopped throwing so many picks...  And if BeliCHECK was more consistent.  Still, it's the playoffs, anything can happen.


    That a way... (none / 0) (#44)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Tue Jan 05, 2010 at 01:42:41 PM EST
    ...to keep the faith, CST!  

    You draft some Iowa players and you just might get somewhere...


    Must say I was surprised!! (none / 0) (#28)
    by nycstray on Mon Jan 04, 2010 at 09:54:54 AM EST
    They really pulled it together. I thought it was going to be a much tighter game. Gotta love B Smith. He really adds to the team and they use him well. I think this team has a pretty good future if Sanchez develops.

    Brad Smith... (none / 0) (#30)
    by kdog on Mon Jan 04, 2010 at 10:08:53 AM EST
    is a beast!  A big play machine.  Looked like he was back at Mizzou the way he ran over the Bengals.

    I'm dying for Schotty to let him throw it one time...unlike some other Wildcat-ers Smith is a pretty good passer.


    I thought he had thrown it? (none / 0) (#33)
    by nycstray on Mon Jan 04, 2010 at 10:54:50 AM EST
    Perhaps that's in Sat's game plan {grin}

    Only once... (none / 0) (#37)
    by kdog on Mon Jan 04, 2010 at 11:25:16 AM EST
    a fake punt...no passes yet on offense...I hope you're right about Saturday cuz its gonna work, I just know it!  Especially after last nights long runs...lets just hope the injury he sustained isn't serious enough to keep him out of the game...we need our big play specialist!

    Jersey Shore on MTV. (none / 0) (#4)
    by ChiTownDenny on Sun Jan 03, 2010 at 07:54:18 PM EST
    I can't get enough of the "guido/ette".  :)

    Football (none / 0) (#5)
    by rdandrea on Sun Jan 03, 2010 at 07:59:41 PM EST
    I know, boring.

    Watched Avatar last night (none / 0) (#10)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sun Jan 03, 2010 at 09:03:22 PM EST
    What a technical achievement.

    Did anyone watch it NOT in 3-D? I thought the 3-D work was fantastic. Curious what people who watched it not in 3-D think.

    I think it is worth seeing in IMAX.

    Doesn't really appeal, but maybe (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by andgarden on Sun Jan 03, 2010 at 09:10:18 PM EST
    I'll shell out for the IMAX at Lincoln Square.

    If you have an interest in (none / 0) (#14)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sun Jan 03, 2010 at 09:19:29 PM EST
    the technical of film making, especially in the CGI Era, it is a must see.

    In terms of the technical, it is a revolutionary film.

    In terms of story, it is pretty pedestrian.


    I can appreciate that (none / 0) (#15)
    by andgarden on Sun Jan 03, 2010 at 09:26:23 PM EST
    Jurassic Park was released for my 8th birthday, and I must have seen it three times.

    Iron Chef/White House (none / 0) (#18)
    by Dadler on Sun Jan 03, 2010 at 11:42:36 PM EST
    Call me petty, but i cannot STAND it whenever a first lady refers to her husband as "the president". really, really, really annoys me.  

    and michelle obama was certainly doing her best june cleaver in that dress.

    I didnt (5.00 / 1) (#21)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Jan 04, 2010 at 07:00:53 AM EST
    think June Cleaver. I just thought the outfit looks hideous. She looks like a clown in it.

    But (none / 0) (#22)
    by jbindc on Mon Jan 04, 2010 at 07:01:53 AM EST
    she does match Mario's shoes!

    Bobby DeLaughter headed to prison (none / 0) (#23)
    by jbindc on Mon Jan 04, 2010 at 07:59:53 AM EST
    The prosecutor who secured the conviction in the Medgar Evers murder case is headed to prison for obstruction of justice for lying to the FBI in a corruption case.

    Bobby DeLaughter -- the prosecutor who secured the conviction in the infamous Medgar Evers Mississippi murder case -- is himself now headed to prison.

    It was DeLaughter's dogged 1994 prosecution and the subsequent conviction of Ku Klax Klan member Byron De La Beckwith that helped trigger the reopening of dozens of civil rights cold cases.

    DeLaughter became an instant hero of the civil rights movement. Alec Baldwin portrayed him in the 1996 movie, "Ghosts of Mississippi," and his closing statement was once dubbed one of the greatest closing arguments in modern law.

    "Is it ever too late to do the right thing?" DeLaughter told the jury of eight blacks and four whites. "For the sake of justice and the hope of us as a civilized society, I sincerely hope and pray that it's not."

    DeLaughter would go on to become a state judge in 2002. His years in the robe came to an end in 2009, when DeLaughter pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice for lying to an FBI agent in a far-reaching corruption probe that has rocked Mississippi's judicial system.

    PBS (none / 0) (#38)
    by Sweet Sue on Mon Jan 04, 2010 at 12:22:40 PM EST
    The second and last episode of "Cranford" with the brilliant Judi Dench.