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Monday Night Open Thread

I'm just catching up on today's news.

The Supreme Court will decide whether police can seize hotel registries of guests without a warrant. The 9th Circuit ruled the California law allowing warrantless access to the data violated the 4th Amendment. Among the data hotels are required to obtain from guests:

[I]dentification, method of payment, the license plate numbers of their cars and how much they paid. For guests who pay in cash or stay for less than 12 hours, it requires even more details.

The fighting in Kobane increased today. ISIS launched more suicide attacks, including one on a Kurdish village in Iraq where they disguised themselves in Peshmerga uniforms. They also struck again in Baghdad, killing 17 or 19 people attending a funeral at a mosque, and in Karbala. Congress approved the sale of $600 million in tank ammunition to Iraq. Who's the lucky seller? General Dynamics Corp. [More...]

Muhammad Murdi Issa al-Zahrani, a Saudi detainee at Guantanamo has been approved for transfer back to Saudia Arabia. He has been held without charges since 2002.

1,000 potential jurors will be summoned for the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    The weather (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Oct 20, 2014 at 08:37:22 PM EST
    has been amazing here.  For a couple of weeks.  And appears to be for at least the next 7-10 days.   Low 70s day low 50s nights.  Beautiful crisp mornings.  
    It's fall!

    Here as well (none / 0) (#7)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Oct 20, 2014 at 09:22:01 PM EST
    It has been beautiful outdoors

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    Hey ZtoA (none / 0) (#2)
    by lentinel on Mon Oct 20, 2014 at 08:42:17 PM EST
    I listened to the Scott Ross rendition of Les Barricades Mystérieuses by François Couperin to which you linked.

    Very beautiful.

    Thanks for the heads up.

    Ok, it's official...I've watched shows about (none / 0) (#3)
    by ruffian on Mon Oct 20, 2014 at 09:00:55 PM EST
    meth dealers, serial killers, drug addled doctors, gangsters both modern and oldie timey, lady killers literal and figurative...but the most disgusting character I've ever seen is Carrie Mathison on Homeland. Really am only watching now to see her taken out.

    She'll do ANYTHING to protect her country ... (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by ruffian on Mon Oct 20, 2014 at 09:05:51 PM EST
    Except ask the local expert in her office if he knows the guy in a picture. that is crossing a line!

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    Is she the first female (none / 0) (#5)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Oct 20, 2014 at 09:15:10 PM EST
    anti-hero?
    It is remarkable how loathsome they are making her.  I guess the bath time scenes were a warning.

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    Put another way (none / 0) (#6)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Oct 20, 2014 at 09:19:22 PM EST
    who do you like least her or Thackery?  At least her drugs addiction is to control her insanity.  

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    Hmmmm, good question (none / 0) (#8)
    by ruffian on Mon Oct 20, 2014 at 09:27:17 PM EST
    Thackery has a sense of humor and better dialogue in general, so a bit easier to take. Or maybe it is just the Clive Owen effect.

    But man, Carrie seducing someone makes me even more squeamish than Thackery operating.

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    Poor kid (none / 0) (#10)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Oct 20, 2014 at 09:29:30 PM EST
    is so dead.

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    Ha, true (none / 0) (#12)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Oct 20, 2014 at 09:32:26 PM EST
    And on his worst day Thackery would not mentally flirt with drowning an infant.

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    The Clive Owen effect :) (none / 0) (#13)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Oct 20, 2014 at 09:33:09 PM EST
    Seriously (none / 0) (#16)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Oct 20, 2014 at 09:37:08 PM EST
    you know Pi is a dead man walking right.  

    It's like the blood on the wedding dress in Dexter.

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    I was thrilled he was cast opposite (none / 0) (#17)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Oct 20, 2014 at 09:41:33 PM EST
    Ms. Carrie...and then she reached out and touched him, like right off the bat.  I don't think age was discussed in the story, I assume storywise she is older and in the power seat.  What a way to end one of the first episodes, I was hopping mad.  The last guy she reached out and touched, remember everything that happened to him?  And she claims she loved him :)

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    Oh easy....Carrie (none / 0) (#11)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Oct 20, 2014 at 09:32:00 PM EST
    Let's keep that women harshly judging other women thing going :)

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    I really didn't mean exactly that (none / 0) (#14)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Oct 20, 2014 at 09:34:53 PM EST
    actually if anything it was not about women judging women as much as everyone having subtly different standards for men and women.    

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    That is often unperceived (none / 0) (#15)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Oct 20, 2014 at 09:36:24 PM EST
    Sort of subtle

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    Did you see this article (5.00 / 1) (#21)
    by Jeralyn on Mon Oct 20, 2014 at 10:10:11 PM EST
    written by an accomplished writer who grew up in Islamabad who says Homeland is seriously distorting the city and presenting a really bigoted view of Pakistan?

    I knew the show was filmed in South Africa this season but I assumed they were accurately portraying it. If you google some photos of the city, she appears to be correct.

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    I tend to agree with this author (none / 0) (#23)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Oct 20, 2014 at 10:28:02 PM EST
    That not all Pakistanis are anti-American.  I can't help reflecting though Jeralyn on how most of the items and points of view you choose to highlight portray the region as anti-American, does that make you bigoted?

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    pointing out bigotry (none / 0) (#24)
    by Jeralyn on Mon Oct 20, 2014 at 10:39:38 PM EST
    is hardly the same thing as endorsing it. If you can't distinguish between criticizing bigotry and endorsing it, the problem is yours, not mine. And be careful with your words, that comment comes close to a personal insult and they are not welcome here. You can disagree with my point of view but do it without personal insults. Casting your opinion in the form of a question doesn't change its character.

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    Ha ha ha ha ha ha (none / 0) (#9)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Oct 20, 2014 at 09:29:29 PM EST
    I wondered how you would process that episode.  Great casting!  It took us awhile for Brody to grow on us, but Suraj Sharma lives in our hearts after Life of Pi.  I sat here and thought, "You evil pig Carrie, I hope you die screaming!"

    I am caught though, I'm watching.  And if she harms one hair on his head....by God!

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    HA! (none / 0) (#20)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Oct 20, 2014 at 10:07:38 PM EST
    previously TV

    "Is that okay?" she asks. He doesn't know. She asks if he's done "this" before. I ask God to please kill me before I barf myself inside out.

    She clambers on top of him. He's into it. I am preparing to swan-dive out my office window when the credits mercifully cut away from the nine seconds in heaven that are about to ensue.



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    Supreme Court Dogs (none / 0) (#18)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Oct 20, 2014 at 09:50:14 PM EST
    this video is funny

    But what they did is better.  They put many minutes of a Supreme Court populated by dogs on the Internet with no sound track so all future recorded SC sessions may be set to talking dogs instead of those boring drawings.  This is brilliant.  More so because you know it WILL be done.  

    The Texas candidate (none / 0) (#19)
    by christinep on Mon Oct 20, 2014 at 10:05:17 PM EST
    I read today about the Texas Repub candidate for Governor, Greg Abbott.  It seems that Mr. Abbott was queried by the San Antonio Express editorial board as to whether he would defend the state in a hypothetical ban on interracial marriage.  Abbott dodged in response; and, when a member of the Express sought clarification, he answered directly that he did not and would not answer the question.  

    I wonder if the refusal or inability to answer such a question put by the paper's editorial board is more indicative of his own position or of the perceived position of those whose votes he seeks.  In any event, I wondered about this installment of the not-answering-questions bit will be given the same amount of attention that Kentucky Senatorial candidate Alison Grimes received for simply not answering a public question posed during her recent debate with Senator Mitch McConnell when asked for whom she voted in the last Presidential election.  I wonder if the Texas Repub gubernatorial candidate, Abbott, who leads by double digits will be called on the carpet or--for that matter--whether Abbott's responsive non-response will be mentioned anywhere but in today's TPM???

    If you haven't seen (none / 0) (#22)
    by Jeralyn on Mon Oct 20, 2014 at 10:24:29 PM EST
    the series Pablo Escobar: Patron de Mal, it started replaying last week on Unimas. With an antenna I get English captions (on xfinity cable, there are only Spanish captions.) I'm watching again tonight, and it's really the beginning, so if you start now, you won't have missed much -- the first week is about his childhood. In tonight's episode, he encounters cocaine for the first time while working for a liquor and cigarette smuggler. It's really a good series, it airs Monday to Friday at 9pm ET. This will be my third time watching it. There are 70 episodes. Two of the show's top writers and producers are the children of Medellin cartel victims. One writer's mother was held hostage for seven months. The other, Camilo Cano, is the son of a prominent newspaper editor killed by Escobar's men.

    Next month, "En la Boca Del Lobo" is starting, the story of the fall of the Cali Cartel. I just saw a preview and it looks good. It was filmed in Colombia and is based on based on the book by William Rempel, "At the Devil's Table: The Untold Story of the Insider Who Brought Down the Cali Cartel."