Tuesday Night TV and Open Thread

I'm really glad the Voice is back.

Also, Camelia la Tejana begins tonight on Telemundo. I hope it's better than Unimas' La Viuda Blanca, the story of Griselda Blanca, which started Sunday. So far I don't like it at all.

What I'm really looking forward to is El Capo 3 which begins in March on MundoFox. Since Xfinity doesn't offer MundoFox in Denver (it's only available over the air), I had to get an antenna. The first one brought in 40 channels but no MundoFox. The second one, an RCA that cost $30, brought in 50 channels, including MundoFox. [More...]

The HD picture is as good if not better with the antenna. More importantly, my TV has digital captioning with 1 to 7 language options, so I can get the close-captioning in English. (With Xfinity, there's no choice, and on the Spanish stations, the captions are only in Spanish.)

Senor de los Cielos (the fictionalized story of Amado Carrillo Fuentes) is airing on Mun2 TV with English subtitles. After watching about 5 episodes, which are filled with commercials, I bought the DVDS with English subtitles and got through the 65 episodes in 4 days.

If you haven't watched any of these shows, I recommend starting with Pablo Escobar: El Patron de Mal (also available on Netflix and Hulu Plus) or La Reina Del Sur.

All the networks now have You Tube channels where you can watch all the episodes, but the close captioning is weak. And some shows, like La Ruta Blanca, are blocked in the U.S.

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    Jeralyn, what is the name or product number of the (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by caseyOR on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 08:53:40 AM EST
    RCA antenna you are using. And where did you get it? I have never had cable, so I am always looking for a way to expand the number of over-the-air channels I can get.

    Hate monkey see, Hate monkey do... (5.00 / 2) (#9)
    by kdog on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 09:18:03 AM EST
    other states going the way of Arizona with freedom to discriminate on religous grounds laws in the pipeline.

    F*ck it...lets go all the way with religous freedom...make my sacrament legal.  Did I mention my religion forbids paying taxes?  Oh, one more thing, my religion calls for human sacrifice of politicians bi-weekly.  

    Oops... (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by kdog on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 09:25:39 AM EST
    linkage...usual suspect Kansas, Georgia, and Missouri.

    Update: (5.00 / 3) (#28)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 07:52:04 PM EST
    Gov. Brewer went on TV tonight to publicly announce her veto of SB 1062. The NFL's announcement that it was searching for an alternative site to Glendale, AZ for next season's Super Bowl served to underscore the potential damage this mean-spirited and small-minded legislation could inflict upon the fragile state economy.

    As someone once said, it really doesn't do any good to appeal to the better angels of people's nature when they're not in possession of any such angels, so best to grab them instead by the cojones, and their hearts and minds will surely follow.



    And then there's Apple . . . (5.00 / 2) (#30)
    by nycstray on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 09:40:00 PM EST
    I'm glad that Apple (5.00 / 1) (#48)
    by NYShooter on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 10:40:24 PM EST
    used their moral clout in expressing its disappointment with Arizona's bigotry, the more the better. However, it should be pointed out that they never threatened to cancel their plans about building their plant there, nor, did they make any strong statements. I think their  kind of muted criticism was a function of all the heat they've taken regarding the working conditions in the plant that builds their stuff in China.

    I feel kind of bad in coming across a little nit picky; they're doing the right thing, and, I generally don't like judgmental sideliners. But, I feel the same way about Apple as I did/do feel about Pres. Obama. When you've been fortunate enough to have been granted so much power it seems to me you have a high degree of moral obligation to speak out forcefully, and,  unambiguously.


    Back to the lowbrow and ribald (none / 0) (#33)
    by jondee on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 10:29:05 AM EST
    and things you'd rather not hear about, did you ever hear that Lord Byron used to have a sort of scrapbook he kept "clippings" in? He in fact urged ladies to keep theirs in His book.

    Mad, bad, and dangerous to know, as they used to say about him.

    To his credit though, Byron was the only member of the House of Lords who voted against imposing the death penalty on Luddites who destroyed factory equipment.


    What should I type into (none / 0) (#34)
    by oculus on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 10:32:41 AM EST
    "search" to verify par. 1, above?

    I imagine you'll get some (none / 0) (#35)
    by jondee on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 10:39:07 AM EST
    hits with Lord Byron + p-hair.

    Interesting book review: (none / 0) (#36)
    by oculus on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 10:50:04 AM EST
    Byron--I confess I do have trouble (none / 0) (#37)
    by MKS on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 10:54:17 AM EST
    remembering what he wrote--but do remember him, the person and personality.

    From deep w/i my repressed (none / 0) (#40)
    by oculus on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 11:44:35 AM EST
    memory of h.s. English:



    Judge voids Texas' gay marriage ban (5.00 / 2) (#23)
    by jbindc on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 01:49:05 PM EST
    Look out Arizona!

    A federal judge in San Antonio ruled Wednesday that Texas' ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutionally deprives some citizens of due process and equal protection under the law by stigmatizing their relationships and treating them differently from opposite-sex couples.

    U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia cited recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings as having trumped Texas' moves to ban gay marriage.

    "Today's court decision is not made in defiance of the great people of Texas or the Texas Legislature, but in compliance with the U.S. Constitution and Supreme Court precedent," he said in his order. "Without a rational relation to a legitimate governmental purpose, state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our U.S. Constitution."

    But Garcia's ruling, while a major victory for groups seeking to make marriage legal for gay and lesbian couples nationwide, will not win them Texas marriage licenses anytime soon.

    Although Garcia issued a preliminary injunction against the state's enforcing its 2003 law and 2005 constitutional amendment that limit marriage to opposite-sex couples, he stayed it from taking effect until his ruling can be reviewed on appeal.

    Oculus' saves you $$$. (5.00 / 1) (#26)
    by oculus on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 06:15:44 PM EST
    Last night I saw the very pricey preview of Terrence McNally's play "Mothers and Sons," with Tyne Daly as the mother. As much as I have enjoyed McNally's plays, especially "Lisbon Traviata," and "Love, Honor, Compassion," this one seemed stagnent and thin. Many older gay men in the audience. I did not ask their opinions.

    A New Low for NSA Peepers Revealed: (5.00 / 2) (#39)
    by Mr Natural on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 11:25:43 AM EST
    Turns out that the U.K.'s surveillance agency, the GCHQ, abetted by their NSA co-conspirators, has been amassing millions of Yahoo cam images intercepted from Yahoo cam video streams.  They profess surprise that people have been using said video streams to "play" with each other online.

    Put another way, it seems that the prying prigs were Perving-Out on Yahoo cam video, rutting and glutting their filthy appetites like the lowest form of back alley peeping toms, packratting into what has become a Pervatronic database, cam imagery stolen from millions of unsuspecting Yahoo users.

    Bruce Schneier explains why (5.00 / 2) (#41)
    by Mr Natural on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 11:57:27 AM EST
    Eavesdropping by algorithm is still eavesdropping, whether a human looks at your data or not. Real reform can't abide by the spy dictionary anymore.'

    I guess I should go walking more... (none / 0) (#1)
    by desertswine on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 09:37:19 PM EST
    Couple finds 10million dollars worth of gold coins while out on a walk.
    Lucky strollers.  Who would put their gold in tin cans in the ground anyway?

    kdog :) (5.00 / 4) (#3)
    by nycstray on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 11:46:58 PM EST
    Couple More (none / 0) (#4)
    by Slado on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 04:01:48 AM EST
    Michael McCann from a Simple Twist of Fate (Steve Martin); that way he gets to keep his adopted daughter.

    Red from Shawshank...

    And if you've come this far, maybe you're willing to come a little farther

    Ok I'm done.   Seems to be a lot of buried money in the movies.    

    Also didn't Barney find a bunch of money in Mayberry one time but it turned out to be Confederate money?


    Years from now, someone is going to find (none / 0) (#21)
    by vml68 on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 12:45:52 PM EST
    kdog's stash hidden in a mattress and think that they just won the lottery... :-)!

    LOL... (5.00 / 3) (#22)
    by kdog on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 12:49:38 PM EST
    if by lottery you mean 3 maybe 4 figures and a couple roaches, then yeah Vic.  And that's only if I f*ck up my meeting with the Reaper and fail to spend/smoke it all first;)

    Cuz the way I look at it, if ya left more than loose change when ya die, ya done f*cked up.


    lol; you'll be duking it out with the health care (none / 0) (#38)
    by Mr Natural on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 11:16:09 AM EST
    system, cause it's got first dibs on the exit fees.

    Years ago I worked as a waiter (5.00 / 2) (#12)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 11:05:37 AM EST
    in a LA burger joint. We had a customer who was sweet on one of the waitresses and would come in several times each week to sit in her section.

    He was a really nice guy, but clearly a "special ed" type and much older than the waitress, so there was no love connection.

    However, one day he shows up at the restaurant with a new haircut, brand new stylish clothes, bought a house, etc. He told us he had won the Canadian Lottery! We all, of course were happy for him, and a little jealous.

    Anyway, shortly after, the waitress moved on to some other job, and when the guy came in I waited on him, told him that the waitress no longer worked there, and struck up a conversation with him about his winning the lottery.

    He asked me if I wanted to know the real story, and of course I said yes.

    He told me he worked as the maintenance guy at a self storage facility in Santa Monica. He used go through the trash bin every night, because people threw stuff out from their bins that he could use or sell on craigs list or whatever.

    One night he found two big, brand new pieces of luggage that were locked and heavy, so he brought them home. When he got them open they were stuffed with bundles of $100 bills.

    He went to work the next day and a couple shifty-looking young dudes were frantically tearing through the trash in the bin. They asked him if anyone found anything in the bin the day before, and he said not that he know of. They looked really upset and left.

    He said he felt fine about keeping the money, and that was the last time I ever saw him.


    See? (none / 0) (#14)
    by jbindc on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 11:45:32 AM EST
    Why doesn't stuff like that happen to me?

    The key and overlooked point to this story... (5.00 / 1) (#42)
    by CoralGables on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 12:54:20 PM EST

    and that was the last time I ever saw him.

    He likely made his way into one of those suitcases and into the trashbin.


    Who's a Debbie Downer now? ;) (none / 0) (#44)
    by kdog on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 08:51:43 AM EST
    I'm going with a leisurely lifetime of white sandy beaches and umbrella drinks.

    That could be where the suitcase washes ashore :) (5.00 / 1) (#45)
    by CoralGables on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 09:17:07 AM EST
    Debbie got married... (5.00 / 3) (#46)
    by kdog on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 09:22:04 AM EST
    to Hal Morbid, Debbie Morbid-Downer.

    I believe that also makes Debbie ... (none / 0) (#47)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 05:36:26 PM EST
    ... the sister-in-law of Lois D. Nominator, and first cousin by marriage to Belle Zaringen.

    It would not be worth it if those shifty (none / 0) (#17)
    by vml68 on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 12:26:41 PM EST
    looking guys ever found out that you took their money.

    True, but (none / 0) (#18)
    by jbindc on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 12:28:42 PM EST
    I'm Italian.  I have connections.



    Sell this to dadler. (none / 0) (#16)
    by oculus on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 12:07:03 PM EST
    If he likes it, it is my gift to him. (5.00 / 1) (#19)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 12:32:06 PM EST
    Walter White (none / 0) (#2)
    by Slado on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 10:32:59 PM EST
    Or Carl Sholwalter from Fargo (Steve  Buscemi)

    Lucky SOB's... (none / 0) (#5)
    by kdog on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 08:33:03 AM EST
    nice score!

    But they shoulda kept that find on the DL...now the taxman will be coming to wet his beak bigtime.


    The couple found the cache (none / 0) (#7)
    by oculus on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 09:04:48 AM EST
    while walking on property they own, which has been identified.  Hope they have excellent security.

    Sh*t... (none / 0) (#8)
    by kdog on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 09:11:06 AM EST
    they can afford a moat with sharks with lazers attached to their heads now.

    When I find my 10 mill I'm gonna make the landlady an offer and do exactly that...I've always wanted me very own moat and drawbridge.


    I've had a discussion with my dog (5.00 / 5) (#13)
    by nycstray on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 11:38:35 AM EST
    Discussed with her that she needs to hunt for gold not cat poop on our walks ;)

    Don't sleep on cat poop... (none / 0) (#24)
    by kdog on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 03:07:20 PM EST
    cats can swallow a diamond ring.

    I'd love... (none / 0) (#25)
    by sj on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 03:14:26 PM EST
    ... to hear that entire story.

    This could make (none / 0) (#10)
    by jbindc on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 09:23:08 AM EST
    Thanksgiving dinners a little more crowded:

    The provocative notion of genetically modified babies met the very real world of federal regulation Tuesday, as a government advisory committee began debating a new technique that combines DNA from three people to create embryos free of certain inherited diseases.

    The two-day meeting of the Food and Drug Administration panel is focused on a procedure that scientists think could help women who carry DNA mutations for conditions such as blindness and epilepsy. The process would let them have children without passing on those defects.

    The debate over whether the technique -- nicknamed "three-parent IVF" -- should be allowed to proceed to human tests underscores how quickly the science of reproductive medicine is evolving. Scientists argue that this technology, like cloning and embryonic stem cell research, has huge potential to help people. But it is also highly sensitive, touching ethical and political nerves.

    The technology involves taking defective mitochondria, the cell's powerhouses, from a mother's egg and replacing them with healthy mitochondria from another woman. After being fertilized by the father's sperm in a lab, the egg would be implanted in the mother, and the pregnancy could progress normally.

    The procedure was pioneered by Shoukhrat Mitalipov, a researcher at Oregon Health and Science University who focuses on early embryo development and stem cell biology. He has been able to produce five healthy monkeys using this technique and has proposed testing it in humans.

    This subject really fascinates me. (none / 0) (#20)
    by vml68 on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 12:41:13 PM EST
    I know a few women who are really hoping this is approved. I don't like that this technique has been singled out for the term "3-parent IVF" though. The woman whose mitochondria would be used would be a donor not a "parent".
    The technology to use donor eggs/sperm, use surrogates and gestational carriers has been available for some time now and IMO, they could all be termed "three-parent IVF".

    Sounds good (none / 0) (#43)
    by Mikado Cat on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 04:32:35 AM EST
    I know people that want kids, but have serious genetic health issues and decided never to have any. Now maybe they can without worry.

    AN AXE LENGTH AWAY, vol. 286 (none / 0) (#15)
    by Dadler on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 12:05:37 PM EST
    Good job Jan Bewer (none / 0) (#27)
    by jbindc on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 06:53:55 PM EST
    Vetoes SB1026

    Hispanic Nat'l Bar Assoc... (none / 0) (#29)
    by desertswine on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 08:14:49 PM EST
    The Hispanic National Bar Association Pulls its 2015 Annual Convention From Phoenix in Response to Arizona's SB 1062
    I wonder why they were going to Phoenix anyway.  

    "wonder why they were going to Phoenix" (none / 0) (#31)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 10:51:50 PM EST
    I wonder why they were going to Phoenix anyway.
    So when they pulled the convention it would make the news?

    I figure iis damn hot in (none / 0) (#32)
    by oculus on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 11:12:42 PM EST
    Phoenix in Sept. So the rates were affordable. No spring training.