Sunday Night Open Thread

Bruce Springsteen celebrated his 63rd birthday last night with a concert in New Jersey. His daughter Jessica is in Europe. She just bought the horse that won Great Britain an Olympic gold medal in show jumping. She didn't make the US team for London, but is going to try again for 2016.

The Emmys are early tonight, I already missed the first hour. I hope Breaking Bad wins some. (Update: Aaron Paul just won best supporting actor for Jesse! I wish there were two awards, so Gus could win too. Hopefully this bodes well for Bryan Cranston. )

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    Also Miles Davis' and Ray Charles' (5.00 / 5) (#6)
    by jeffinalabama on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 09:41:01 PM EST

    Hope y'all are well, I've been busy :-P... but still alive and kicking. Insurance cancelled again, but a new policy, not as good but cheaper, so thank Dog or Yog-Sosoth.

    Cheers. Peace, love, and down with the Fascists. Including the Democratic Fascists.

    great to hear from you again, (5.00 / 3) (#8)
    by Peter G on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 09:51:51 PM EST

    Jeff, it is so good to see you here. (5.00 / 2) (#10)
    by caseyOR on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 09:57:31 PM EST
    Good news about the "still alive and kicking". Cr@p news about your insurance getting cancelled again, but glad you found a new, albeit not as good, policy.

     I hope that "alive and kicking" means that the cancer is gone or at least going and that good health is on its way to you.

    Buddhists don't pray, but you are in my thoughts every day, mi compadre. I send some of each day's good energy down your way.

    Stop by anytime. It does my heart good to see you around the place.


    Some actual fascists marched in DC this weekend (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by Democratic Cat on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 10:00:07 PM EST
    Aryan Nation. No kidding. Twelve morons, scores of cops, and hundreds of counter-protesters. I don't like the Democratic fascists either, but they are a little easier to take when you've just witnessed a dozen skinheads parade down your street.

    Good to see you commenting!


    Great to see you here, Jeff. (5.00 / 2) (#15)
    by shoephone on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 10:15:57 PM EST
    We've been wondering how you're doing. You sound pretty good, in spite of all the hardships. Keep on truckin'.

    (And I'm gonna be a little pickyoonish here...May 25th is Miles' borthday. I think you were thinking of John Coltrane, who is, indeed, born today!)


    Happy to see you back, Jeff. (5.00 / 1) (#21)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 11:34:23 PM EST
    Thanks (5.00 / 2) (#29)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 09:04:17 AM EST
    so much for posting. I have been wondering how you have been. Sorry to hear that you're still fighting with the insurance demons.

    thanks for the shout out re Miles & Ray (5.00 / 1) (#31)
    by DFLer on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 09:47:51 AM EST
    Don't forget to get your Miles Davis stamp at the USPS...very cool, though he shares the panes with Edith Piaff.

    What a nice thing, to see you here, Jeff! (5.00 / 2) (#32)
    by Anne on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 09:58:28 AM EST
    I think of you often, and have been sending positive thoughts and energy your way.

    And, speaking of fascists...I'm sorry to hear you've been using valuable energy on the blasted insurance issues...but glad it's been somewhat resolved.  

    Take care and stop in again soon - we've missed you!


    So good to hear from you, I've thought of you (5.00 / 1) (#33)
    by Angel on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 11:33:47 AM EST
    many times over the past couple of months.

    Same, Jeff (none / 0) (#34)
    by Yman on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 11:45:44 AM EST
    Great to hear from you.

    Louie (5.00 / 1) (#16)
    by AngryBlackGuy on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 10:23:02 PM EST
    Deserved that Emmy.

    I was glad he won the two he did (none / 0) (#26)
    by ruffian on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 07:05:35 AM EST
    Wish he had gotten best comedy series too. I don't get the big deal about ModernFamily. Have tried to watch it but....oh well. I never loved Raymond either. Maybe I just can't relate to family life anymore.

    If you read Mark Haddon's (none / 0) (#1)
    by oculus on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 08:23:24 PM EST
    novel "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime," you'll probably be interested in the National Theatre HD, which I saw today. Encore showing here is Tues. night. Excellent.

    Was in the city today with my son (none / 0) (#2)
    by Dadler on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 08:37:48 PM EST
    Had lunch at Gott's in the Ferry Building, then hiked up the Filbert St. stairs to Coit Tower, where we were welcomed by the quintessential SF view: The Golden Gate Bridge in the process of being enveloped by fog.  Earlier, back at the Embarcadero BART station, we'd seen another typical SF view, that of several scantily clad characters on their way to someplace sinfully happy, and I then remembered it was Folsom Street Fair Weekend.  Leather folks in heaven (link).

    Good memories (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Democratic Cat on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 08:58:59 PM EST
    One of my first experiences when I moved to SF many years ago was the Folsom Street Fair.  It was an eye-opener, I loved it! Having moved back east, what I miss most is the sense of freedom in SF, to be whomever you would like to be.

    I'll be flying your way tomorrow, ... (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 09:12:40 PM EST
    ... as I'll be working across the Bay in Walnut Creek for the next three days. So save some decent weather for me.

    The Spouse is taking Friday off and will be flying in on Thursday night, so we can spend an extended weekend together in our favorite city. The airfares really fell this month by about 45%, and it's now only $333 R/T between HNL and SFO on Hawaiian Airlines, so we're taking advantage of it. We have to fly back seperately though, as I booked my own flights in and out of OAK well before the fares dropped.


    Holy sheet, Batman... (none / 0) (#14)
    by Dadler on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 10:10:44 PM EST
    ...those prices are crazy.  Mi madre has a condo in Kailua-Kona and we may have to venture out there again soon if prices remain as such.

    Check out Alaska Airlines' fares ... (5.00 / 1) (#23)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 11:56:49 PM EST
    ... out of Oakland or San Jose. They go nonstop to Kona from both, and they're generally cheaper than United Airlines' nonstop service out of SFO. If you fly Hawaiian out of SFO, you'll have to connect to another flight in Honolulu to get to the Big Island.

    Thanks for the info (none / 0) (#25)
    by Dadler on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 12:48:40 AM EST
    Very helpful.

    Ah, nostalgia. I once (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by oculus on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 09:35:24 PM EST
    asked a couple of those fair-goers how to get to the Golden Gate Bridge. They tried to help but finally admitted they were new in town and didn't have a car.

    J Smooth (none / 0) (#7)
    by AngryBlackGuy on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 09:50:11 PM EST
    Says it best as always.  Why a liberal should vote Obama.


    Simple tale of the tapes.

    Sunday State Polls (none / 0) (#9)
    by CoralGables on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 09:57:14 PM EST
    All good swing state polls for Obama today.

    Florida (Mason Dixon) Obama +1
    Florida (PPP) Obama +4
    Colorado (PPP) Obama +6
    Ohio (Univ Cincinnati) Obama +5

    Aha, there are the state polls I awaited (none / 0) (#17)
    by Towanda on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 10:32:19 PM EST
    with sizeable populations aka EC votes . . . not Colorado -- nor other midsize ones in recent days.

    Another Florida poll (none / 0) (#18)
    by CoralGables on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 10:50:57 PM EST
    was in the making today because I got called late this afternoon. Straightforward questions about President and Senator with no bias in them, but wouldn't tell me who they were polling for.

    Romney TV ads in Florida are a little strange right now. They have Marco Rubio talking, effectively telling younger people they have to give up Medicare in their future so their grandparents can have it now. Not sure that will play to anyone.

    Romney's 47% comment cost him my father's vote. He was in a "vote the bums out" mode, but having been in WWII and now on Social Security he was a bit offended being called a moocher.


    Yeah, that Rubio ad will ... (none / 0) (#22)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 11:47:47 PM EST
    ... go over really well with folks like me, who are under 55 years of age. I've been paying into Medicare for the better part of three decades. Now the Republicans are telling me that iff they regain control of D.C., all I'm getting from them is a $6,000 voucher while they get another round of high-end tax cuts? Phuque that!

    You can tell your father that the real moochers in this country are the wealthy. The wealthiest 20% of Americans own 85% of all financial assets and net worth, including 91% of all shares of common stock, yet they account for only 64% of all tax revenues collected at the municipal, county, state and federal levels.


    Emmys show is running twice on the west coast. (none / 0) (#12)
    by caseyOR on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 10:02:01 PM EST
    The first showing, which was live at 5 PM, is being immediately followed by a taped re-showing of the entire program. I have no idea why. Maybe ABC just didn't feel like finding any programming to fill out the rest of the evening.

    Mountain time is only 1 hour ahead of us in the Pacific Time Zone. So maybe the show is running twice for you, too. If so, you could catch the parts you missed.

    I have reserved my only TV viewing tonight (none / 0) (#13)
    by shoephone on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 10:10:42 PM EST
    for "Wallander," starring Kenneth Branagh, as the weary, haunted detective.

    Great win for the Ravens... (none / 0) (#19)
    by Dadler on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 11:03:23 PM EST
    ...and Torrey Smith, who lost his younger brother in a motorcycle accident less than 24 hours ago.

    Not so great a loss for Bill Belichick, who put his hands on an official after the game, following a disputed field goal to end it.  He should see a fine and suspension.  Dope.

    Torrey Smith's line tonight (none / 0) (#20)
    by Dadler on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 11:08:20 PM EST
    6 receptions for 127 yards and 2 TDs.  Hell of a job under emotionally impossible conditions.  Peace to him and his family.   

    Ravens fan here...it was a great win, (none / 0) (#28)
    by Anne on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 07:15:36 AM EST
    one I didn't see because I made a decision to turn the game off in the 4th quarter after the Ravens went for it on 4th-and-1 and didn't make it.  These Sunday night games just get me too jacked up to get a decent night's sleep, so I figured, well, what will be will be and I'll check it out in the morning.

    Imagine my surprise to see that not only did the Ravens win, but that they did it in nail-biting fashion - making me have no regrets about going to bed - I'd never have been able to get to sleep after that kind of ending!

    Now, we have another game just 4 nights from now - granted, it's the Browns, but I think there's always the emotional letdown after a win like this one, and it's a short week.  And, after years of being known for their defense, Baltimore isn't the juggernaut it used to be - and it shows.

    One thing I know for sure: the league has to suck it up and get the regular officials back on the field; these replacements are just awful - no, they're worse than awful - and it's affecting the games.  


    Article re a study to be (none / 0) (#24)
    by oculus on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 12:24:02 AM EST
    published tomorrow re Hispanic voters/ new restrictive registration laws in key states Obama must win:
    Chicago Tribune/Reuters

    Guess it was Homeland's night (none / 0) (#27)
    by ruffian on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 07:11:01 AM EST
    I like the show a lot but not as much as I like most of the other nominees. Tough selection to make there.

    Damian Lewis is so good though that I can't argue for Cranston or Hamm over him.  Claire Danes is overhyped in my book, in every sense of the word.

    My favorite win was Aaron Paul. He could have won in the best actor category too and I would have been fine with that. He was even wonderful on the red carpet. That voice, those eyes....

    Jeralyn - Nov 19 The Boss will be (none / 0) (#30)
    by ruffian on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 09:26:31 AM EST
    in Denver at the Pepsi Center.

    and so will I!