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    Green beans! (5.00 / 3) (#8)
    by Zorba on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 01:36:59 PM EST
    We are being inundated with green beans.  Spent yesterday canning dilled green beans (which we love).
    The winter larder is beginning to be restocked.   ;-)

    Cucumbers and zucchini at my house; (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by Anne on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 02:15:29 PM EST
    we didn't do beans this year.

    I'm starting to wonder why my skin isn't turning green we've been eating so much vegetable matter, lol.

    I take the zucchini and julienne it (I have a mandoline with a blade that does this perfectly - and quickly!), do the same with a sweet onion, and mince or use the microplane grater on a couple cloves of garlic.  I set that aside while I saute a couple slices of chopped bacon in a medium-hot pan.  When the bacon has begun to brown, dump the zucchini/onion/garlic mixture in the pan and stir it around until the zucchini is done.  Add some salt and pepper and a generous sprinkling of freshly grated Parmesan, plate and serve...yum.

    Sometimes, if I have some leftover corn, I'll take it off the cob and add it to the mixture.  That's good, too.

    There are a million ways to eat cucumbers.  I like to thinly slice them, toss with a thinly-sliced onion, and a good vinaigrette.  Or, toss with some sour cream and chopped dill.

    Or make pickles!  If the end times come, we can last a long time on the canned pickles, relish, etc we make...


    I do something almost identical (5.00 / 2) (#13)
    by Zorba on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 02:46:14 PM EST
    with zucchini, including, when I have it, adding leftover corn.  
    Right now, our zucchini are tiny, but I expect to have a bumper crop in a few days.  We also like zucchini frittata, and I freeze the shredded zucchini, as nycstray does, but I mainly use it for making zucchini bread and to add to soups and stews.
    BTW, when you have lots of leftover cooked corn, you can also try frying some bacon, and some chopped onion or shallots, and adding the corn at the end.  That's good, even without the zucchini.  
    Mmmmmm.  Bacon!
    Going to stir fry some green beans tonight with green onions, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, and some soy sauce and Sriracha.

    I have had a two day wave (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 02:52:40 PM EST
    Of cucumbers squash and green beans as people have filed through picking peaches.  

    Three people have come and gone with peaches and you can hardly miss what's gone from the tree.


    You can send some peaches up here, Howdy (none / 0) (#19)
    by Zorba on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 04:24:17 PM EST
    Due to our variable and cold Spring weather, our peaches did not set fruit.   :-(
    OTOH, it (so far) looks like we are going to get more apples than we know what to do with.  (Well, I do know what to do with them- apple pies to freeze, applesauce to can, and root-cellar the rest.)
    Summer squash in a few days (we grow zucchini, yellow squash, and patty pans).  Cukes will be a bit longer.
    Green beans coming out our ears.  Cherry tomatoes.  New potatoes.
    Geez, I love summer produce!

    My diet is suffering. (none / 0) (#20)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 04:35:45 PM EST
    Why? (none / 0) (#22)
    by Zorba on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 04:52:54 PM EST
    Are you a pure carnivore?    ;-)

    Because I am eating too much. (none / 0) (#36)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 06:33:54 PM EST
    I have worked really hard to lose 30+ lbs.  darn fresh produce.

    Do you grow shallots? (none / 0) (#59)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 07:35:19 PM EST
    We try every year, (none / 0) (#60)
    by Zorba on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 07:52:33 PM EST
    because they are great, and expensive in the stores.
    But so far we haven't had the greatest luck with them.
    I mean, we get some, but they turn out to be really small and never get any bigger.  I use the tiny ones, but they are kind of a pain.  If we don't have any better luck this year, I may give it up.
    And I am also grumpy because my basil, dill, cilantro, and Italian parsley is not doing very well this year, I don't know why.

    I had good luck when I grew them (none / 0) (#61)
    by nycstray on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 07:54:55 PM EST
    and for the life of me, I don't know why I stopped!

    Did you grow them in Colorado (none / 0) (#63)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 07:57:19 PM EST
    Or where you are now?

    In California (none / 0) (#67)
    by nycstray on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 08:30:33 PM EST
    and I've also had good luck with leeks, garlic and various onions.

    Hmmm (none / 0) (#68)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 08:36:49 PM EST
    My garlic is doing well.  Have you over wintered leeks?

    No, but I should try this year (none / 0) (#69)
    by nycstray on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 08:42:03 PM EST
    I have done carrots though, and they were fantastic!

    It was always too cold where I previously (none / 0) (#70)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 09:08:31 PM EST
    Lived.  Over-wintering is new to me.  But I have some ornamental allium here that over-winters and have read that leeks over- wintering are not only yummy but very attractive.

    Some years are strange (none / 0) (#62)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 07:56:05 PM EST
    I have always wanted to try shallots because they so delicious yet expensive.  Have you had luck with leeks?

    I don't grow leeks, (none / 0) (#64)
    by Zorba on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 08:00:07 PM EST
    because Mr. Zorba can't stand them (I don't know why; I like them, but I'm not going to cook them for one person).
    But we have pretty good success with onions, so I don't know why the shallots don't do well.

    Thank you for the info Zorba (none / 0) (#65)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 08:07:18 PM EST
    Feeling my way along Southern gardening.  My soil is very full of compost.  Thousands of years of leaves mixed with the loam. We removed some trees last year to provide more gardening sunlight, but our lot was left forest.  I think soil that is more exposed and has been "used" more than mine has might be a better medium.  One year at a time :)

    I've been doing zucchini pasta this year (none / 0) (#11)
    by nycstray on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 02:21:34 PM EST
    and freezing in single serving batches. I chose an heirloom variety that has a bit less moisture than the norm and is also supposed to be good for stuffing.

    I'm up to my eyeballs in purple beans, so I've just been tossing them into quart bags in the freezer so I can just pull out what I need.

    This year I'm armed with a mandoline and a spiral slicer thingy, so freezing and canning is going quicker :)


    Which spiral slicer did you get? (none / 0) (#12)
    by Anne on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 02:38:06 PM EST
    I've been thinking I need to get one, because I really like the idea of subbing veggies for pasta.

    Is it as easy as it looks in the ads?


    I got (5.00 / 1) (#16)
    by nycstray on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 03:09:37 PM EST
    this one

    My mom got one last year. We both think it's super easy. For a quick lunch, I do the zuke right on to the plate, put my marinara on top with some pecorino and zap it in the microwave for 2mins :) I've also done potatoes for old school diner hash browns and carrots for slaw. It's making quick work of the zucchini for the freezer and I know I'll be happy to have fresh squash pasta in the winter. I've already tried some from the freezer and it froze up fine (no blanching).


    The Spouse recently substituted eggplant ... (5.00 / 2) (#25)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 05:15:57 PM EST
    ... for pasta, when she made lasagna. It was really good. But then, I really love eggplant. I'll slice it up, coat it with olive oil, sprinkle black pepper over it, and then grill it alongside chicken breasts on our hibachi, like I would hamburgers. Easy and satisfying summer fare.

    What other veggies are good substitutes for pasta?


    Sounds very close to (5.00 / 2) (#28)
    by Zorba on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 05:31:33 PM EST
    Greek moussaka.  A layered eggplant, ground meat with tomato sauce, and cheese casserole.  
    I often make it with layers of eggplant, zucchini, and sliced, mostly-cooked potatoes.  I also add a béchamel sauce on top, to which I have added some beaten egg (almost like a custard, but not as thick).
    Grilled eggplant is definitely good.  Zucchini, too.  And portobello mushrooms.

    Ummm (5.00 / 1) (#30)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 05:45:29 PM EST
    Haven't had moussaka since I lived in NYand could get it at every coffee shop.  I miss moussaka.

    Maybe I will make some (none / 0) (#31)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 05:46:01 PM EST
    Well, you can come on up here (none / 0) (#32)
    by Zorba on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 06:03:15 PM EST
    and I'll make you some, Howdy.  ;-)

    Careful (none / 0) (#33)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 06:07:40 PM EST
    Josh and I found an International market (5.00 / 2) (#35)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 06:32:34 PM EST
    In Pensacola that is amazing.  I think the owner is Greek but I'm not certain and you know, not uber important.  His English is broken though and he has shelves stocked with the most amazing foods.  He had a whole wall of just hot sauces from all over the world.  He pulls fresh salmon out of the smoker about three times a day, people filter in in a steady stream.  He handed me samples of cold lamb, some Irish cheddar that I ended up buying a 1/4 of a wheel of.

    He also had this smoked turkey salad with capers and slivered almonds that I lived on for a couple of days.  I also bought his homemade humus and tabouli.  Then he told me he was changing his red wine selection and offered me a mixed case for 10 a bottle plus a bottle free, oh hell yeah.  I also bought some Scottish beers for my husband when he comes home for Josh's surgery and a 6 pack of Monty Python Holy Grail Ail, it says it is tempered over burned witches.  And I stole one...Amber ail, pretty yummy too.

    I swear I was trying to leave when the guy asks me if I drink coffee?  Did I know he had his own whole bean blend?  He claims after I try this I will never want another brand of coffee again.   Haven't tried it yet, maybe tomorrow morning I'll have a taste off. Also bought this amazing caramelized onion with brown mustard spread...and salmon, I bought the salmon too, and fresh baguette he had just pulled from the oven....that too.

    Ugly bill, and I regret not one cent of it.

    It's called Four Winds International Food Market.  Just amazing!


    Pretty close (none / 0) (#37)
    by Zorba on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 06:34:13 PM EST
    But skip the allspice and ginger, and add some freshly-ground nutmeg, instead, to the tomato sauce.  If you do this, you can skip the nutmeg in the béchamel sauce.  Or not.  I happen to adore freshly-ground nutmeg.
    Skip the currants and the Serrano chile.  Skip the goat cheese in the béchamel sauce.  Instead, add some freshly grated kefalotyri cheese, if you can get it.  If not, use freshly grated Romano cheese.
    And as you add the layers (BTW, I make more layers than just two), sprinkle a good bit of grated kefalotyri (or Romano) on top of each layer, as well as on top, as he says.
    But that's just me, and close to my family's recipe.
    OTOH, you can make it Bobby Flay's way, and the ghost of my grandmother (my Yia-Yia, as we say in Greek), will haunt you forever.  And she was reported to be gifted with the Greek Evil Eye, so be wary.   ;-)

    Thanks (none / 0) (#38)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 06:41:34 PM EST
    I think what I remember is closer to your version.

    Mahalo, Mme. Zorba. (5.00 / 3) (#50)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 07:11:32 PM EST
    I didn't even think about Portobello mushrooms, which I also like to grill. But then, I'm a grilloholic, and will grill pretty much anything which can be grilled effectively on the hibachi.

    Tonight's bill of fare is grilled chicken breast sandwiches on flatbread, topped with grilled anaheim and red bell peppers, melted jack cheese and a light chipotle-mayo sauce, with a broccoli salad, baked potatoes and all the fixings on the side. I love summertime cookouts, and with the exception of this past weekend, when it rained a lot, every night has been gorgeous.

    Besides, I have to get my calories while I can. Next week, when I back on another round of chemo, about the only things which will sound good to me are oatmeal, yogurt and poi.




    Best of luck (5.00 / 5) (#52)
    by Zorba on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 07:21:27 PM EST
    with your chemo next week, Donald!  
    Sending more healing thoughts and prayers your way.

    Really? (none / 0) (#90)
    by sj on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 12:57:37 PM EST
    Poi will sound good to you? Is that a side effect? :)

    Best of luck to you next week, Donald.


    It's a little bit bland, (none / 0) (#97)
    by Zorba on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 02:46:56 PM EST
    but the fresh poi (tasted when we visited Hawaii) was somewhat sweet.  And, frankly, I found it more appetizing than the grits I've had down South.
    But the older, fermented poi, not so much.  I think that must be an acquired taste.    ;-)

    Agree (none / 0) (#100)
    by sj on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 03:35:17 PM EST
    It's definitely an acquired taste. I've never acquired the taste for either poi or grits. Not even when I got the poi in Hawaii and the grits in Alabama.

    It makes me wonder, though, what I like that is the local equivalent :)


    Grits are only okay (none / 0) (#102)
    by Zorba on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 04:10:51 PM EST
    If you cover them with some kind of tasty gravy, or at least some fried eggs and break the yolks on them.  Or make cheese grits, with tons of cheese.  And some bacon.    ;-)

    I like poi. (none / 0) (#104)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 04:27:43 PM EST
    Although I will admit, it's an acquired taste. And like many locals out here, I prefer the day-old / two-day-old variety to the freshly made stuff, which is bland. Poi actually acquires flavor as it ages.

    You can use zucchini just like eggplant in lasagna (5.00 / 1) (#41)
    by nycstray on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 06:50:08 PM EST
    I'll prob freeze some that way also. Just slice it up on the mandoline lengthwise.

    I've used broccoli, string beans and pencil thin asparagus for 'pasta' in the past. They all taste great with a marinara sauce and a piece of grilled meat on the side with some crusty bread. They also taste good with a garlic/olive oil/shallot sauce, or clam sauce . . . :) I'm pretty much down to just making my own pasta or using veggies. I also like using ultra thin homemade pizza crusts as a vehicle for using marinara, cheese and summer veggies. I throw on a layer of baby chard or spinach, couple varieties of cheese, and usually a couple other veggies. Over the winter I was using the grape and pear tomatoes I sliced in half and froze. Those suckers are SO good fresh and bubbling on a pizza :)


    I am lazy (none / 0) (#42)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 06:53:46 PM EST
    I buy thin crust frozen cheese pizza and embellish.   I do that a lot.

    I make up a big batch of pizza dough (5.00 / 1) (#45)
    by nycstray on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 07:00:28 PM EST
    and freeze it in portions, 'cause I can be pretty lazy also :) There's a reason I have a couple of freezers! I'm still on my 'refuse to eat processed foods' kick that I started about 8yrs ago, so I've found quite a few ways to do fast n lazy ;)

    I like (none / 0) (#47)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 07:02:49 PM EST
    The freezing tomatoes thing.  I can do that.  Canned doesn't do it for me.  I mean they are way better than supermarket cans but not fresh.

    I froze enough tomatoes last year that I still (none / 0) (#53)
    by nycstray on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 07:21:54 PM EST
    have some and my tomatoes are just starting to ripen. I freeze crushed tomatoes in quart ziplocks. I freeze them flattened and just stack them in my chest freezer. I've been doing stone fruits and apples sliced that way  also (but gallon bags). I'm saving my jars for jams, pickles, salsas, sauces and things like that. Oh, I also crushed tomatillos and froze them to throw into dishes. And of course I froze tons of chopped fresh herbs :) I'm finding it's easier to just chop things up and toss them in the freezer and do any cooking when I actually want it, and then freeze again from there. Like when I make marinara, I usually make a huge batch and then freeze that in the ball freezer jars, generally half and 1 pint ones, so I can just thaw what I need for pizza or pasta down the road.

    I have a chest freezer (none / 0) (#54)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 07:26:22 PM EST
    I learning how to use it more effectively.  I'm doing tomatoes this year.

    And also (none / 0) (#44)
    by Zorba on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 06:59:44 PM EST
    Spaghetti squash instead of pasta.  I use this a lot.

    I was going to grow some (5.00 / 1) (#46)
    by nycstray on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 07:02:24 PM EST
    until I got the veggie swirl slicer thingy. Planted a couple other winter ones instead, but I may still pick up some at the farmer's market because I think they are fun :)

    From our "Redrawn & Quartered" file: (5.00 / 1) (#78)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 04:32:43 AM EST
    Florida Judge Terry Lewis declared his state's congressional district map unconstitutional because two districts were drawn in a blatantly partisan manner, and ordered that the maps be redrawn fairly before November's election.

    Something long overdue (5.00 / 3) (#85)
    by CoralGables on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 09:03:14 AM EST
    The Humane Society of the United States had its charity rating revoked by Charity Navigator after HumaneWatch.org has shown the "charity" does little for pet shelters (1%), and instead pays out an exorbitant amount in salary, political advertising, hedge fund investing, and marketing.

    They also currently owe Ringling Bros Circus $15.75 million in a settlement fee.

    It's very hot here (5.00 / 1) (#111)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Jul 12, 2014 at 12:39:02 PM EST
    So instead of cutting th grass which I really need to do I was watching a movie from 1998 that I had not seen before called The Seige
    Three years before 9/11 it's a story about terrorists attacking NY and resulting in Marshall law being imposed.  It's not a great movie but it's not a bad one and it's an interesting bit of history with lots of skyline shots including the Towers.

    When the film opened, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee came out against the film. Its spokesman Hussein Ibish said "The Siege is extremely offensive. It's beyond offensive. We're used to offensive, that's become a daily thing. This is actually dangerous." He thought it was "Insidious and incendiary" because it "reinforces stereotypes that lead to hate crimes." Ibish acknowledged that Arab terrorists did, in fact, bomb the World Trade Center in 1993, but said that Arab and Islamic groups are upset by "the very strong equation between Muslim religious practices and terrorism. ...[Thanks to this film] Every time someone goes through the Muslim ablution, the ritual washing of hands everybody does before they pray five times a day, that image is the announcement to the viewer of the presence of violence." Echoing such criticism the Council on American-Islamic Relations protested the insinuation that "Muslims have total disregard for human life." The groups were "faxing and calling news organizations on a regular basis" to voice their concerns.[5][6]

    Director Edward Zwick had met with Arab Americans, who suggested that the story be changed to mirror the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing, when Arabs were immediately assumed responsible. This idea was rejected. Zwick noted that The Siege's villains also include members of the U.S. government, and dismissed the criticism, saying, "Anytime you talk about issues that touch on religion of any kind, you can anticipate this kind of reaction. Should we only present every group as paragons and monoliths of virtue? The movie inspires to engender this kind of dialogue. I happen to come from the school that thinks that movies should not only make you uncomfortable, they might make you think. ...You can anticipate any kind of reaction in these times in which sensitivity seems very high in the culture. I have a friend who says, if you've not offended somebody, you're a nobody. ...How does it feel to be a lightning rod? It gets the blood going. I think it's better than being universally ignored. In a culture where there seems to be so much to talk about, it's good to be talked about."[5]

    "What the movie is most deeply about - it's about our own latent possibilities of repression, stereotyping and prejudice," says Zwick. "To see Americans rounded up in the streets, to see Americans put into stadiums, to see people held without habeas corpus - to have their rights violated in such a way is such a chilling and just terrifying thing to see - that is what one takes away, I believe, from this film."[7]

    In a September 2007 interview, screenwriter Lawrence Wright attributed the film's failure at the box office to Muslim and Arab protests at theaters playing the film, but also claimed that it was the most rented movie in America after the September 11 attacks.[8]

    Isn't it creepy? (5.00 / 1) (#117)
    by Militarytracy on Sun Jul 13, 2014 at 10:26:26 AM EST
    I saw 'The Siege' when it was in theaters.  I thought it was just another Bruce Willis tough guy reel. I told myself that I could never imagine.  It was written by Lawrence Wright.  He taught in Egypt, worked in Saudi Arabia, wrote 'The Looming Tower', 'Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11'.  He is IMO brilliant, but writing 'The Siege', which was purely fictional, and having similarity unfold left him emotionally torn for a bit.

    He was also one of the first Americans to discover that the NSA was tapping all of his families phones because of who he knows in the Middle East.  All that comes out in 'My Trip to Al Qaeda'.  Which was beautifully done, he brings the people involved to life.


    I was wondering if it was THAT Lawrence Wright (none / 0) (#118)
    by ruffian on Sun Jul 13, 2014 at 02:52:31 PM EST
    I'll put it on my list. Sounds intriguing. I remember wanting to see it when it came out, but I never made it.

    It was not the usual cast of good guys (none / 0) (#119)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Jul 13, 2014 at 04:43:06 PM EST
    And bad guys.  Even Willis character had some depth.  

    Yes, he did (none / 0) (#120)
    by Militarytracy on Sun Jul 13, 2014 at 04:50:49 PM EST
    Tony Shalhoub... (5.00 / 1) (#128)
    by unitron on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 11:55:13 AM EST
    ...had a good, nothing like what I'd seen him do before, part in that movie.

    But it was "martial" law which was imposed.

    (when I was 6 or 7 I thought there were "Court Marshals" who were kind of like sheriffs in court rooms)


    I also typically screw up (none / 0) (#129)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 11:59:14 AM EST
    "Ordnance" - ordinance.  

    Denzel Washington and Annette (none / 0) (#114)
    by caseyOR on Sat Jul 12, 2014 at 08:24:05 PM EST
    Bening are in this, right? I've seen this movie a couple of times. As you said, Capt., it is not a great movie, but it isn't bad. I never felt that I wasted my time watching it.

    Saturday Night at the Movies: "Boyhood." (5.00 / 1) (#116)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun Jul 13, 2014 at 03:19:11 AM EST
    Simply put, director Richard Linklater's story about the childhood life of Mason (played to absolute perfection by Ellar Coltraine) is a true masterpiece of bravura filmmaking, a brilliantly conceived family epic told with a casual grace so bracingly honest and real as to be not just refreshing but invigorating.

    While you might first think "Boyhood" would be a tad bit too long, clocking in as it does at 2 hours and 45 minutes, Linklater's nontraditional narrative moves so seamlessly and effortlessly that you quickly come to care for Mason and his family, almost as though you were the boy's uncle or aunt, and you soon become blissfully unaware of time's passage.

    Suffice to say that we've never before seen a movie quite like this, in which young Coltrane literally grows up before our eyes from a cute and trusting first grader to a gawky and impatient adolescent, and finally emerging as an anxious young child-man who's leaving home for his freshman year in college.

    Linklater initially devised and cast his unique yet unpretentious film in 2001-02, and then proceeded to patiently chronicle the story of Mason and his family in real time over a period of twelve consecutive years, with the same actors remaining with him throughout the entire process. Watching each of them age naturally on camera over the film's nearly three hours and a dozen years, without the use of latex makeup and digital effects, is nothing short of mesmerizing.

    In addition to Coltrane as Mason, "Boyhood" also stars Patricia Arquette as his divorced mother Olivia, who struggles at times heroically to both find herself and raise her two children; Lorelei Linklater (the director's daughter) as his older sister Samantha; and Ethan Hawke as his sometimes self-absorbed father Mason, Sr., who left Olivia when his son was barely out of toddlerhood and started a new family, but who works doggedly and diligently to maintain a meaningful role in the lives of the children he left behind.

    I very highly recommend "Boyhood." I'm actually surprised that Universal Studios didn't hold up this film's release until later this fall. Because in my honest opinion, this is most definitely an Oscar-caliber work by everyone involved, and may well be eventually recognized by future film critics and historians as one of this decade's truly innovative and magnificent films.


    I guess we know what J is doing tonight (none / 0) (#1)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 09:34:42 PM EST
    I'm waiting for Josh to get out of the shower so we can watch Justin Bateman in 'Bad Words'.

    Travesty of Justice... (none / 0) (#2)
    by kdog on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 12:27:17 PM EST
    going down in Iowa...what a cruel and unusual joke.

    This sounds like a job (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Zorba on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 01:18:37 PM EST
    for jury nullification.
    Geez.  The man is dying!  Give him anything that will help him.
    And the judge is a jerk.  (Although, if anyone on the jury has more than two brain cells to rub together, they ought to be able to figure out just from looking at him that he has profound medical reasons for its use.)

    I hear ya... (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by kdog on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 01:20:42 PM EST
    I hope the jury has the sense to tell the judge to stick his instructions up his arse and nullify this sh*t.  

    Justice is a funny business...the judge is literally asking the defendant to lie by omission in court.  Go figure cuz I can't.


    No kidding (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by Zorba on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 01:31:07 PM EST
    BTW, Dog, I have been a long-time supporter of the Fully
    Informed Jury Association.  (fija.org)

    Good for you... (5.00 / 2) (#9)
    by kdog on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 01:37:02 PM EST
    I was the master of attempted grand jury nullification during my month long service...but unfortunately not a very persuasive one...only got one measley charge "no true bill"'ed the whole month.  It's very true when they say you can get a ham sandwich indicted, but I'll take that one "no true bill" to my grave with pride.

    However did you become a grand juror???? (none / 0) (#15)
    by oculus on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 02:53:47 PM EST
    Got my jury duty summons in the mail... (5.00 / 4) (#80)
    by kdog on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 08:12:51 AM EST
    got called, thought it would be fun so I didn't try to get out of it, and voila I was sworn in.

    I'm certainly blacklisted now...I gave the DA's and testifying coppers a real hard time with my questioning.  And when I was able to sell my fellow grand jurors on no true billing that one charge, the look on the DA's face was priceless.  Payback's a b*tch! ;)


    Is there voir dire (none / 0) (#21)
    by Zorba on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 04:51:17 PM EST
    for Grand Jury service?  Because, if not, then I could see how kdog would be seated.   ;-)

    Maybe he offered ... (5.00 / 1) (#24)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 05:08:29 PM EST
    ... to bring the bong and the margaritas.

    Looks like in NY state the constitution (none / 0) (#72)
    by oculus on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 09:46:21 PM EST
    requires a grand jury re any felony charge. Cross-section of the community.



    More good news for (none / 0) (#3)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 12:28:59 PM EST

    My nephew says seizing property is not as attractive any more since they can't sell it.

    Good news bad news.

    The first person... (none / 0) (#4)
    by kdog on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 01:18:32 PM EST
    in Washington to buy legal weed, and the first person in Washington to lose their job for buying legal weed.  

    Love his attitude though...sh*tty jobs come and go, but he'll always be the first in the state to score a legal satchel.  No one can take that away from you Dude!

    Update... (5.00 / 2) (#87)
    by kdog on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 11:37:01 AM EST
    employer sobered up from the power trip, the dude got his job back plus a day's pay.  

    The dude still hopes to parlay his (none / 0) (#99)
    by oculus on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 03:26:04 PM EST
    recent notoriety into a paying gig in this newly-legal industry.

    I wish him luck... (none / 0) (#101)
    by kdog on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 03:45:10 PM EST
    I think he'd make a great greeter at a pot shop, or a spokesman.

    He's already go that flamboyant t-shirt (none / 0) (#106)
    by oculus on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 09:26:57 PM EST
    I bet he likes RatDog too!

    Seems like rain on the parade (none / 0) (#18)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 03:27:52 PM EST
    To me.  

    According to the Washington Liquor Control Board, dealing with the implementation of cannabis rules, employers are allowed to continue testing their workers according to internal company policy.

    Ants at the picnic.  Sand in the Vaseline.  Etc.


    Well, how good of a job do you think a (none / 0) (#26)
    by jimakaPPJ on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 05:18:05 PM EST
    security guard could do if high??

    Would you wanna fly on a big jet with the crew tripping???

    Sad to say there are some jobs in life in which you want to be very very sure the person isn't using, or drinking or snorting, etc.


    If I was a security guard (5.00 / 1) (#40)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 06:46:44 PM EST
    I would have to be high

    Seriously! (none / 0) (#84)
    by kdog on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 08:51:49 AM EST
    One job that does not require full faculties of any sort...rent-a-cop.  

    My younger brother did it for awhile, all that was involved with his security gig was sitting in a car in an empty locked parking lot for 8 hours.  One could do that on Michael Jackson's favorite sedatives, never mind herb.


    So is it your assumption if he buys a bottle (5.00 / 2) (#74)
    by Chuck0 on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 09:49:27 PM EST
    of bourbon, he's showing up to work drunk? Purchasing marijuana does not equate going to work high. I have weed and bourbon in my house. I've never shown up to work under the influence of either, ever. What is with this assumption of legalized weed, that suddenly there will be an abundance of stoned workers and drivers? Millions currently smoke ILLEGAL weed but don't drive or show up to work high. How does making legal suddenly change that behavior?

    So you're saying... (5.00 / 1) (#83)
    by kdog on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 08:39:41 AM EST
    some professionals can't have a private life?  I don't care what the pilot of my flight does on his/her own time, or my surgeon, or my bus driver...as long as they're fit to work when it's time to work.  Everyone is entitled to leisure time.

    He hopes to work in the amJ (none / 0) (#73)
    by oculus on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 09:47:34 PM EST
    profession. Good to have career goals.

    Game of Thrones compositing reel (none / 0) (#17)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 03:16:24 PM EST
    This clip reel shows how the layer the shots together.  It's fun to see it stripped down like this.

    this is what I did mostly in film post production.  Compositing.  Exactly this kind of stuff.  Removing street lights and adding castles


    And in related news, ... (none / 0) (#23)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 05:06:08 PM EST
    ... having garnered 19 and 18 nominations, respectively, "Game of Thrones" and "Fargo" head up this year's list for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, which was announced this morning.

    Right on their heels was "American Horror Story: Coven" and "True Detective." And of course, "Downton Abbey" is right there, and "Breaking Bad" is in the awards mix for one final go-round.

    The three major networks (CBS, NBC, and ABC) look to have been left in the dust again, judging by that list. And if there was a show that was snubbed, CBS's "The Good Wife" -- which has enjoyed renewed critical acclaim in its fifth season -- appears to be this year's aggrieved party, although given the unusually strong competition in the drama category, that may or may not be a fair assessment, because somebody had to be left standing on the sidelines.



    That is some tough competition (none / 0) (#27)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 05:22:55 PM EST
    Glad I don't have to decide some of those categories.  I think True Detective will Win a lot.  Maybe even drama.  That would be my pick.  Coven was amazing but I would be surprised if it wins much except for Jessica Lange.  Also I think GOT will get mostly nominations.

    One that sort of came and went was The White Queen.  It was very good.  If not for Fargo I think it would win for miniseries.


    There are a few head-scrathing noms, though. (none / 0) (#66)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 08:09:33 PM EST
    Lifetime's "Bonnie & Clyde" was a lot of fun to watch -- but c'mon, is it really on par with "Fargo" and "The Normal Heart," and therefore worthy of consideration as television's "most outstanding miniseries / movie" for the 2013-14 season? Please, child!

    And Melissa McCarthy's two nominations, as lead comedy actress in "Mike and Molly" and guest host for "Saturday Night Live," seem more trendy than anything else. Although I have to say, her ESPN-spoof profile of an abusive college basketball coach on "SNL" was pretty damned funny, so I'll give her one out of the two. Personally, I think "Mike and Molly" is beneath her talents.



    My picks (none / 0) (#29)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 05:42:04 PM EST
    "True Detective" (HBO)

    Comedy series
    "Louie" (FX)

    "Fargo" (FX)

    TV Movie
    "The Normal Heart" (HBO)

    Actor in a drama
    Matthew McConaughey ("True Detective")

    Actress in a drama
    Lizzy Caplan ("Masters of Sex")

    Actor in a comedy
    William H. Macy ("Shameless")

    Actress in a comedy
    Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation")

    Actor in a miniseries or a movie
    Billy Bob Thornton ("Fargo)")

    Actress in a miniseries or a movie
    Jessica Lange ("American Horror Story: Coven")


    Some of those categories are really tough (none / 0) (#77)
    by ruffian on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 11:05:43 PM EST
    I'm torn on the comedies. I love "Veep". I have to go with that.

    Drama is hard too...I guess anything but Downton is a good pick. I love it, but there are so few episodes, it does not seem fair.

    I will take all your picks except I go with Julia Louis-Dreyfuss to repeat for Veep.

    And add Aaron Paul for best supporting actor, and Maggie Smith for Best Supporting actress.


    I don't really watch the comedies (none / 0) (#82)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 08:34:01 AM EST
    Last comedy I watched regularly was Weeds.

    Like to see Aaron Paul win.


    I think the Networks are in a tough spot (none / 0) (#55)
    by Slado on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 07:26:24 PM EST

    Their buisness model has to be blown up to compete.   They can't rely on a show that only runs for 10 or 12 episodes like the cable networks can.    They for whatever reason (probably advertisers) have to appeal to a more general audience because they can't afford to only have a few million viewers and then let people catch on after the show has been on air for a while.

    But who cares?   Such is the power of capitalism.   More for everyone and the more we tune in the better TV will get no matter what the format or viewing avenue.

    I for one love the new series that allow a director and writer to explore characters over a long time and develop multiple story lines over a 10 or 12 episode or even multiple season arc.

    Movies can't do it.   Standard TV series can't do it.   This is a whole new medium and I frankly love it.

    Sitcoms and Reality TV are what the networks do now.   For real TV you have to go to Cable or Netflix.


    I agree (none / 0) (#57)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 07:31:24 PM EST
    It's a whole new kind of entertainment.  Networks are in similar situation as movie studios.  They have to make quick money.   They can't take chances.  Which is what makes the cable universe so great.
    Their product gets dumber and dumber as a result.

    Great example (none / 0) (#71)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 09:42:50 PM EST
    I just read that Guillermo del Toro has in theory agreed to make a PG13 movie version of At The Mountains Of Madness.
    Which is what the studio wanted because studios no longer make expensive R rated movies but that he had said he would never do.  If you know much about the book you know that it would be impossible to make a PG13 version and be in any way true to what's on the page.
    This is the studios problem in a nutshell.
    I, and many others, am disappointed that he agreed.  I had hoped he might take it to premium cable.  Which I think is still possible depending on how the Strain goes.

    Exactly (none / 0) (#75)
    by ruffian on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 10:54:40 PM EST
    Reliance on advertisers rather than subscribers makes a huge difference.  I have totally given up on big 3 network comedies and only watch a couple of dramas.  Grey's Anatomy more out of habit than any enjoyment at this point. And I do like Elementary.

    AMC has proven it is still possible to make great shows (Breaking Bas, Mad Men) within the advertising paradigm, but it is true they are only 12 or so episodes a year.  Perhaps the networks would be better off going that route than trying to make 22 episodes of crap every year.


    Yeah (none / 0) (#81)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 08:19:53 AM EST
    I don't think commercials are the problem.  AMC, FX.   FX outbid HBO for Tyrant.  
    I am surprised no nomination a for Americans.

    Right (none / 0) (#88)
    by ruffian on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 11:43:58 AM EST
    I really think it is hard to fill 22 hours a season with quality product...but not impossible, plenty of network shows used to be consistently good. Maybe all the best talent has moved to premium cable show production.

    You know good point (none / 0) (#94)
    by Slado on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 02:15:10 PM EST
    I remember my childhood inappropriate TV watching fondly and there were good shows.

    St. Elsewhere, Moonlighting, Cheers, Magnum PI.

    Sure they were a little campy but they had great characters and were fun to watch.   Even watching the occasional replay now these shows are way better then what the networks put out today.

    Even a show like Cheers dealt with real issues and developed characters.

    Who knows why but like I said in my original thought on this the art and the business has found a better way to put out good product sthrough cable and I'm all for it.


    Or a little further back (none / 0) (#103)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 04:21:50 PM EST
    Fernwood Tonight, or Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.   Neither of those would ever show up on a Network theses days.  

    Yup, me too (none / 0) (#105)
    by ruffian on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 06:14:00 PM EST
    Whatever gives me good, artful shows that don't insult my intelligence (such as it is).

    AMC proved that years ago... (none / 0) (#110)
    by unitron on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 11:52:07 PM EST
    ...with "Remember WENN".

    Has anyone else heard (none / 0) (#34)
    by christinep on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 06:31:28 PM EST
    that a purported basis for Boehner/Repub House lawsuit against the Executive is the failure to enforce the ACA???  Apparently, the claim involves President Obama's earlier decision to delay/defer the mandate relating to employers.  Who knows?

    It is interesting, tho, that an extensive poll of over 2000 people that was released today (sorry that I can't immediately recall the institute that conducted this one ... but, it is being widely reported even as I type) found that a large majority of ACA insured--those newly insured and those with previous insurance--were very satisfied with their ACA policies.  And--hold onto your seats--the satisfaction rate included a plurality of Republicans as well.  <Maybe that is why the Repubs are stretching so much to turn the corner?>

    Just think ... 50+ votes by the same Repub House to repeal the ACA ... and--what, what, and what again?--now a legal allegation that the ACA is not being sufficiently enforced.  As I say to my puppy dog:  That is sumpin wumpin!

    I think that poll shows (none / 0) (#96)
    by Slado on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 02:19:47 PM EST
    that no matter who you are you are always going to look out for yourself first.

    I have a very republican acquaintance who's been underemployed for years and he is benefiting from ACA because he has a long term health issue and insurance would otherwise be very expensive if not unattainable.

    He still claims he doesn't like Obama blah, blah, blah but likes ACA a lot.   Why wouldn't he?   He's getting better healthcare for basically nothing.   What's not to love?

    Republicans will always fight an up hill battle as the party who doesn't believe in giving things away at tax payer expense.

    No doubt about it.  It's easy to sell free.


    I'll agree that Republicans certainly ... (5.00 / 3) (#112)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Jul 12, 2014 at 04:56:16 PM EST
    ... don't believe in assisting low- and middle-class individuals in need, but when it comes to helping their corporate and wealthy friends -- whoa, nelly! You are way off base there, and here comes the pick-off throw.

    Originally known as the Kemp-Roth tax credit -- after its late authors, U.S. Rep. Jack Kemp (R-NY) and U.S. Sen. William Roth (R-DE)-- when first enacted back in 1981 as part of the Reagan administration's Economic Recovery Tax Act, the federal Research and Experimentation Tax Credit was originally intended as no more than a temporary four-year stimulus to help combat the economic recession of the early 1980s.

    Instead, it's since been extended fourteen different times, and has further expired on eight separate occasions, only to be resurrected. Its latest incarnation was re-enacted as part of the Bush administration's tax cut package, and proved a $200 billion corporate windfall over the subsequent decade. Most striking, less than 15% of that amount was claimed by "small" corporations, i.e., firms with assets of less than $50 million.

    I'm not at all implying that tax credits as a whole are bad, because when properly targeted and applied -- e.g., the Earned Income Tax Credit and New Markets Tax Credit -- a number of them have  proved to be quite beneficial as an economic stimulus for stressed and challenged communities during times of downturn.

    But that so noted, tax credits are nevertheless every bit as much a cost item as a brand-new B-2 bomber. Tax cuts do not "pay for themselves." They never have, and probably never will. Further, you have to account for that loss of revenue in the government ledger books.

    And it's a pity that congressional Republicans such as U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan can't seem to grasp and understand that very basic general accounting principle.



    If you tallied up what (none / 0) (#125)
    by jondee on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 12:07:55 PM EST
    Republicans have given away at tax payers expense in the last few decades, it would be a number with a lot of zeros after it.

    Let's get real: for all the baloney about "helping those truly in need" what most Republicans want is to punish the sinful poor - in a Calvinist/social Darwinist kinda way - and to take apart any vestiges of the "Big Government" New Deal while still giving handouts to the Rich.


    From our "Gawd! Bless America" file: (none / 0) (#39)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 06:44:37 PM EST
    98-year-old Mary Phillips, who's been living in her San Francisco apartment since 1964, is being evicted by her landlord, Urban Green Investments, who are looking to make some serious green on their urban investments under the State of California's ill-considered Ellis Act, which allows landlords to summarily evict tenants from a property as a condition of their own voluntary liquidation, usually as a prelude to the subsequent sale of its property to another owner.

    Is this a great country, or what? :-(

    They've been trying to pull all kinds (none / 0) (#43)
    by nycstray on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 06:57:06 PM EST
    of sh!t in SF to get people out of their homes to sell or jack the rent. It's insane what people are paying to live there. I decided 4yrs ago not to even look there because I could get so much more elsewhere for less (aka a house with a yard for my dog and a garden!), and I think it's about twice as expensive now, if not more than that.

    You guys in SF are worse than we are ... (none / 0) (#51)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 07:16:21 PM EST
    ... when it comes to housing costs. Even your gas prices are higher than ours.

    It's no surprise... (none / 0) (#98)
    by kdog on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 02:59:29 PM EST
    wearing Google Glass will get your arse clocked in the last working class spots in San Fran.

    Similar sh*t going on in Brooklyn, as the hipsters price out the long time neighborhood people.  All things must pass I guess, but it must really suck to be priced out of a neighborhood you've known and loved for 20/30/40/50 years.


    If you go outside my house (none / 0) (#48)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 07:09:26 PM EST
    Between sun up and sun down you can hear the choppers.  For a few weeks now they have been circling and circling looking for that illegal garden.  There are hundreds of thousands (millions??) of acres around here that are entirely unused.  For anything.  Makes chopper duty a full time job.  Naturally I have a family member who does this.
    And I would bet that considering the wet temperate summer we have had there is a number crop out there.

    Oops (none / 0) (#49)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 07:11:03 PM EST
    I bet there is a BUMPER crop.

    Capt (none / 0) (#56)
    by Slado on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 07:28:53 PM EST
    Heard of Lilyhammer?

    My parents are raving about it and I'm going to start it this week on Netflix.

    Interested in you review.


    New one on me (none / 0) (#58)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 07:34:21 PM EST
    But it sounds interesting

    Thanks for reminding me - I have been meaning (none / 0) (#76)
    by ruffian on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 10:55:50 PM EST
    to watch that one. I will need something for my air conditioned hibernation in the steamy FL weekend ahead.

    Watched the first episode last night (none / 0) (#93)
    by Slado on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 02:09:37 PM EST
    As a huge Soprano's fan you could have just taken his character out of that final episode and transported him to Norway.

    Basic premise is good.  Mob informer asks to move Norway to escape Mob after he testifies.

    For me they could have developed teh back story a little more but this show is written by Norwegians so they stuck to what they know and got him to Norway in the first 10 minutes.

    Dark humor ensues and he quickly figures out a way to bring his "skill set" to the locals.

    Throw in he lives next to the chief of police, feds give him an electric car and we got a jem.

    Looking forward to binge watching the next 7 episodes.

    4 out of 5 so far.   With the bonus star of Soprano nostalgia.


    Sounds like a book I read only (none / 0) (#95)
    by nycstray on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 02:18:50 PM EST
    he was sent to Iceland iirc?

    I tried the first two episodes (none / 0) (#115)
    by ruffian on Sat Jul 12, 2014 at 08:33:22 PM EST
    Liked it, but with so many subtitles and unfamiliar characters it required more concentration than I had last night. Maybe I'll have better luck tomorrow afternoon when the weather drives me inside again.

    The one thing (none / 0) (#79)
    by lentinel on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 06:10:51 AM EST
    I feel grateful for is that we are not embroiled in all-out wars in Syria or Iraq - at the moment.

    The drumbeats have seemed to have fizzled.

    The media was getting all hot and bothered about them... and then they leave the pages.

    And the Republicans pushing for "action" seem to have faded from view as well. And that goes for those of the Democrats who began salivating.

    And that goes for torturemaster Cheney - and his adorable daughter.

    It is just so interesting that they whip up a frenzy - the pols and the media - and then it can just fade away.

    We should learn from this lest we allow ourselves to be caught up in these scenarios.

    Once again, I must credit Malcolm X with making me aware of the way the government and the media manipulate our sensibilities. At the time he was talking about one minute we were told to hate the Japanese and love the Chinese. Then we were told to hate the Chinese and love the Japanese.

    Now they just get us to be frantic about Iran or North Korea or Iraq or Afghanistan or ISIS or IS or Al Q or any goddam thing they choose - while they continue to pick our pockets, mistreat our veterans and find ways to torment children seeking asylum in our land.

    Summer Concert Series beat... (none / 0) (#86)
    by kdog on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 10:05:30 AM EST
    the sweet saga continues tonight with old favorite Dave Alvin and The Guilty Ones, with a twist...brother Phil Alvin sitting as well!  Hope to get a heavy dose of The Blasters tunes along with the new Big Bill Broonzy covers they recently released.

    Loaded, Locked, and Ready to Rock!  Anybody around the way in Brooklyn should stop on by...tell 'em kdog sent ya!

    We are going (none / 0) (#121)
    by jbindc on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 09:25:48 AM EST
    to see the Alvin Brothers here in Alexandria on Thursday night.

    What a treat! (none / 0) (#122)
    by kdog on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 11:16:44 AM EST
    I'd never seen Phil live before...holy sh*t what a voice!  Not just anybody can belt out a cover of James Brown "Please Please Please" and bring the house down.  The Big Bill Broonzy stuff was phenomenal too.  A simply stupendous show.

    It's going to be great (none / 0) (#123)
    by jbindc on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 11:28:49 AM EST
    I admit - I never heard of Dave Alvin until I met the BF, but we are going to a venue that only seats a few hundred people (at tables, so you can eat dinner), so it's pretty intimate.

    Looking forward to it!


    Be prepared... (5.00 / 1) (#124)
    by kdog on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 11:55:32 AM EST
    to toss those tables aside and shake your tailfeather...I was glad the venue they played here was an intimate standing room only place, and the joint was packed and jumping.

    No segue. We (I) await your reaction to J's (none / 0) (#126)
    by oculus on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 12:08:45 PM EST
    Bitcoin/Dark Wallet post.

    I'm sticking with dollars... (none / 0) (#127)
    by kdog on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 01:33:39 PM EST
    but I'm glad they're out there, doing their thing fighting authority.  Not sure I trust "code" any more than people though...who writes code?...people do.

    LeBron going back to Cleveland! (none / 0) (#89)
    by ruffian on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 12:38:52 PM EST
    Well, and so ends my brief stint as a Heat fan.

    It was a damn fun 4 years in Miami (none / 0) (#91)
    by CoralGables on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 01:02:08 PM EST
    Hopefully he accomplishes his goal and gets a title for Cleveland.

    Now you Broward-Dadians (none / 0) (#92)
    by kdog on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 01:58:04 PM EST
    can stop your bandwagoning faux-love for b-ball and concentrate 100% on the Dolphins.  All is right again in the world.

    Never been a Dolphin fan (none / 0) (#107)
    by CoralGables on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 09:53:07 PM EST
    Only football I care about are the Gators :)

    Apparently, Mr. July is (drum roll, please) - Aaron Hernandez.

    That's one helluva marketing department they got in Gainesville.


    Actually, CG, I'm just bustin' your chops. UF officials initially approved the calendar's publication well before Hernandez's arrest for murder. Honestly, how were they to know what was about to go down?

    But once it did go down and he was arrested in June 2013, what dumbfounds me is that UF didn't hold back publication, but went right ahead and allowed the calendar to be released publicly, anyway -- at least five months after the arrest. I mean, with the size of budget the UF athletic department enjoys, it certainly couldn't have cost THAT much money to have fixed it.



    They could have changed that (none / 0) (#109)
    by nycstray on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 10:32:11 PM EST
    unless it was already printed, bound and packed and shipped. I have had many things printed and shipped in less time. And it's not like he was on every page . . . maybe they thought he was innocent or something? :P

    What can you say? (none / 0) (#113)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Jul 12, 2014 at 05:28:48 PM EST
    Sometimes, people go seriously astray. What happened with Aaron Hernandez certainly wasn't the University of Florida's fault.

    And it's also happened to players from other schools. One of Hawaii's best-ever football players, QB Raphel Cherry (1981-84), is presently serving a life sentence in an Arkansas prison, having been initially convicted in August 1999 of strangling his young wife, who had earlier served him with divorce papers.