Thursday Open Thread

I don't know where the week flew away to, it just did. I've got more jail visits this morning and afternoon, and since we can't use phones or internet once inside, it will be dinnertime before I get back to a computer.

I hope Donald Trump implodes and says some more ridiculous things. I'm really looking forward to never seeing his face on TV again.

When I get some time, I'd like to figure out what's happening with El Chapo and ISIS. If I do, I'll write it up soon.

Chema Venegas -- the thorn in the side of Lord of the Skies -- gets his own show on Telemundo around January. It's now filming. I'll be so glad when the cop shows like Narcos and Bloque del Busqada are done. El Principe was the best series I've seen all year. Even the cops and drug dealers were good guys (but not the crooked Intelligence agents (think equivalent of our CIA). Sad though that all the good people died at the end -- In Principe, there is only salt water -- tears of the sea.

It's still airing on Unimas on Demand and Hulu with subtitles if you missed it.

Other than that, I only watch James Corden and Action Bronson (F*ck That's Delicious) these days. James remains the happiest guy on TV and I get happy just watching him. I wasn't wild about Lady Gag's carpool karaoke, but I did like seeing her spend the hour in the band pit with Reggie Watts. That was a good place for her. She tried to do the monologue for James, but it fell flat. [More...]

If I really hated both candidates, which I don't, I'd write James Corden for President. I probably wouddn't be the only one to write his name in He's ineligible because he's British.)

Action, is kind of like James, in that good food makes him happier than a little kid in a candy store. The way he reacts and comes up with a unique description when he eats something really good makes watching the whole show worthwhile. I don't watch much of Anthony Bourdain because he reminds me of somone who's stuck in a 1980;s heroin trip. He's such a downer. I never stay awake through the whole show. And I think it's odd the way he eats alone so much on the show. He just seems to have a very sad existence. I hope I'm wrong. Even Andrew Zimmern has more of a personality -- and he's not all jacked up on pretend testosterone.

If you have on Demand or you tube, he did a funny monologue the night of the last debate about how much more exciting Hawaii 5-0 was than the debate. I had the episode he was talking about on my TV and he was right -- it was an unusually well done episode with twists and turns. and not much sappiness, which was starting to become the show's hallmark for a while, causing me to stop watching.

Your turn. What's on your mind today? It doesn't have to the news.

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.
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    The Undecided Voter. (none / 0) (#1)
    by KeysDan on Thu Oct 27, 2016 at 11:05:49 AM EST
    Rep.Jason Chaffetz (R. UT) was pretty disgusted when hearing Trump's bragging about his sexual assault experiences and unwanted advances recorded on the Billy Bush Bus.  So much so, that he un-endorsed Trump. After all, Chaffetz owns a 16-year old daughter, and as with all his property, he must protect it against the likes of a Trump.

       Now, three weeks later, Chaffetz has thrown his daughter under the bus; he is going, he says, to vote for Trump. It may be that this public announcement does not count as an endorsement, so there is that. Or, maybe, Chaffetz has inside information that Trump will release all his tax returns which will, in a way, ameliorate, for him, Trump's Tit Tac and p***y grabbing adventures.

    Celebrating the end... (none / 0) (#2)
    by kdog on Thu Oct 27, 2016 at 11:30:00 AM EST
    of our two year national nightmare is on my mind.  Sign the petition to put an end to the election industrial complex and start doing this dance in a sane manner.

    Oh No (none / 0) (#3)
    by FlJoe on Thu Oct 27, 2016 at 12:12:35 PM EST
    say it ain't so Jill.
    Jill Stein is heavily invested in the industries she attacks on the campaign trail, including Big Pharma, defense contractors and oil companies.

    Oops - and Stein'so answer... (none / 0) (#5)
    by Yman on Thu Oct 27, 2016 at 12:50:36 PM EST
    ... makes about as much sense as her explanations of her policy proposals.  She blames it on having no control over where her mutual funds put her money,  when in fact she's not required to invest in mutual funds.  Moreover, there are "green" mutual funds, which shouldn't be a surprise to the Green Party candidate.  Her purity shtick has worn thin.

    I am no sure, kdog, (none / 0) (#4)
    by KeysDan on Thu Oct 27, 2016 at 12:36:40 PM EST
    that shortening the length of the campaigns is the right answer.  The pros include a shorter period necessary for metabolism of the gathered  toxins, but the cons, include insufficient time to learn about the candidates.  

     From my perspective, this was true for the Democratic primary campaign, and, certainly, for the Republican primaries, excluding the fine entertainment value.

     True, Trump emerged as driver of that clown car, but that process did reveal that the other clown contenders were awful each in his and her own ways.

     The length of the general election permitted Trump to show his stuff to a broader slice of the electorate, and it was not a pretty site.  I think time was our friend this cycle. The initial entertainment value soured and curdled. All that was left was the horror of his candidacy.  Citizens United repeal is more likely to be of value, and would, in effect, curb the major abuses.