Sunday Open Thread

Everybody's got talent. In Vietnam, voting is open for "Vietnam's Got Talent" on its You Tube channel.

Check out Nguyen Trọng Nhân, a 9 year old boy drumming to Bon Jovi's "It's My Life." The song starts at 1 minute 10 seconds in, and after a sound glitch and some pretty non-impressive vocals by the singer, the boy takes over for the rest of the song. At around 2 minutes in, he really comes into his own. By 2 minutes and 15 seconds, he owns it. There's also an adult drummer, but he can't match the kid drummer. In the last 30 seconds, the adult drummer does a solo finale, but then Trọng Nhân closes, and he knocks it out of the park. The Judges' reaction is priceless. [More...]

Will he win? I have no idea, but I voted for him. (And I don't even watch the American version of the show, let alone vote, I just happened across a news article on Trọng Nhân and clicked through to the video.) Interestingly, had it been autoplay, I would have clicked off before even reading or listening. The media is going to kill itself on auto-play videos. I wonder if it knows how many people log off the instant they realize it's auto-play. It's not only an unwanted sensory intrusion to those of us who prefer to read, it's a throw-in-your-face reminder that the media wants control over both the media we consume and how we consume it. I refuse to give it to them.

I can't remember the last time I've clicked through a CNN, NBC, ABC, MSNBC or AOL or similar article. Like Pavlov's dog, I've been burned too many times with autoplay. And AOL is even worse, their videos for even the most banal news article feature some nobody announcer orally telling the story. Never again.

Vietnam has some interesting talent. I few months ago, I posted this you tube of some random Vietnamese guys (and one female) sitting at an outdoor cafe playing a great rendition of Hotel California -- all singing in English. (It's the guitarist who particularly shines.)

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    ITS ALIVE!!!!!!!! (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 01, 2016 at 09:00:56 PM EST

    Yes - back as head of the most worthless fighting (none / 0) (#2)
    by ruffian on Sun May 01, 2016 at 09:08:35 PM EST
    force known to man! I am happy for the sisters and wolves that love him though.

    No kidding (none / 0) (#4)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 01, 2016 at 09:13:17 PM EST
    If that's the protection from the army of the dead they would be way better off with Bruce Campbell.

    Although (none / 0) (#5)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 01, 2016 at 09:14:01 PM EST
    Stomps the giant is very persuasive

    Him, and Sir Mountain of the King's Guard. (none / 0) (#6)
    by ruffian on Sun May 01, 2016 at 09:17:38 PM EST
    Some serious head smashing there!

    How about our friend Ramsay? whoa.


    His dogs are (none / 0) (#8)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 01, 2016 at 09:19:07 PM EST
    Well fed.  I like that.

    Nice shave and haircut - magic! (none / 0) (#3)
    by ruffian on Sun May 01, 2016 at 09:11:07 PM EST
    And before that I watched (none / 0) (#7)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 01, 2016 at 09:18:28 PM EST
    The Man FromU.N.C.L.E.

    I liked it quite a lot.Armie Hammer is actually hotter than Henry Cavill.  Alicia Vikander is hot too..


    Great showcase (none / 0) (#11)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 01, 2016 at 09:24:08 PM EST
    Of 60s haute couture

    I'll check it out. I'm with you on Armie. (none / 0) (#12)
    by ruffian on Sun May 01, 2016 at 09:27:16 PM EST
    Used to love the TV show.

    Just watched that again (none / 0) (#13)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 01, 2016 at 10:41:20 PM EST
    That was a jam packed episode.  Bran and Max Von Sydow as the three eyed raven.  Tyrion and the dragons.  Lord Greyjoy takes a flying leap. And of course Jon.  

    I hope this is the pace for the season.  It sounds like it might be.  The big (or one big) set Leicester will be the seige of Riverrun.  

    And I'm really really looking forward to The Faith Militant and Bernie Sand...er, I mean the High Sparrow getting their comeuppance.   Hopefully from the dead eyed mountain.


    But seriously (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 01, 2016 at 10:47:11 PM EST
    I keep expecting the High Sparrow to ask the queen about her speaking fees.

    LOL, that is funny. Even I did not make that leap (none / 0) (#19)
    by ruffian on Mon May 02, 2016 at 07:10:56 AM EST
    I would pay a lot to see Cercei deliver one of her wine-fueled speeches.

    I also hope this whole season is just as story-filled. Loved Tyrion with the dragons, as well as seeing Bran again - that tree must be a growth stimulant - and getting the glimpse back to Winterfell history.

    After last week I fully expected Ramsay to do something about that baby, but didn't see the rest of it coming. Is Waldo Frey still alive? Can't remember. He might be the only old guy left now in the north.

    Where the heck is Littlefinger?


    The High Sanders (5.00 / 1) (#26)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 02, 2016 at 08:16:51 AM EST
    When he gave that speech/threat to Jaime about how they are all poor and powerless but together they could overthrow an empire that was it for me.  He even has the hair.  And that thing he wears reminds me of Bernies suits.  All he needs is the horn rims.

    I need to watch again - I was multitasking through (none / 0) (#29)
    by ruffian on Mon May 02, 2016 at 09:29:32 AM EST
    that speech. The Lord Sparrow has the same effect on me as his doppelganger - zero attention span.

    It gives that damn (none / 0) (#33)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 02, 2016 at 09:37:08 AM EST
    Podium bird a whole new context.

    I was reading we (none / 0) (#25)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 02, 2016 at 08:12:59 AM EST
    Are going to be introduced to several new Lords of the North.  Or Lords in the North.  Or whatever.  

    The dragons didn't kill him (none / 0) (#30)
    by Militarytracy on Mon May 02, 2016 at 09:29:33 AM EST
    Because he's not really a Lannister?

    And Arya (none / 0) (#32)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 02, 2016 at 09:34:08 AM EST
    Is IN.

    Pffft (none / 0) (#14)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 01, 2016 at 10:44:11 PM EST
    Spell correct!


    The big (or one big) set Leicester will be the seige of Riverrun.

    Was supposed to say this

    The big (or one big) set piece of the season will be the seige of Riverrun.

    No idea how it did that.  I can't even blame liquor.


    I'm confused (none / 0) (#20)
    by Militarytracy on Mon May 02, 2016 at 07:13:11 AM EST
    First episode Jon is dead, and the red woman goes to bed. I assumed it was almost nightfall. But I guess she needed an old person nap, because then there is the fight to burn Jon before he goes white walker and suddenly the red woman is up and dressed.

    I hope we get to see how (5.00 / 1) (#27)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 02, 2016 at 08:26:33 AM EST
    Sansa and Reek survived a jump higher than the one that killed Ramsays girl toy.  Snow bank I assume.  I noticed that to tho.
    Maybe she has to recharge the necklace daily or something.  Like an iPad.

    Maybe it was just power nap? (5.00 / 1) (#54)
    by ruffian on Mon May 02, 2016 at 09:09:52 PM EST
    Just watching that episode again (none / 0) (#51)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 02, 2016 at 08:16:12 PM EST
    Ok, just a bit of it surfing by but yes, I'm obsessed, anyway, something occurred to me.  Theon is due some serious redemption wouldn't you say?

    I would not be surprised if he is not given the honor of dispatching Ramsay.


    That would certainly be justice. (none / 0) (#55)
    by ruffian on Mon May 02, 2016 at 09:15:22 PM EST
    Will it be as joyful as watching Joffrey die? Probably not. As bad as he is Ramsay,  has not yet tormented everyone's favorite character, Tyrion.  

    I have to watch again and hear Tyrion's research about the dragons. I think they just wanted to be let free, and could sense he was not going to hurt them. But maybe there is some bloodline thing going on. I'm bad at all that history.


    With his sister? (none / 0) (#56)
    by Militarytracy on Mon May 02, 2016 at 09:15:40 PM EST
    Maybe (none / 0) (#66)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 03, 2016 at 08:57:11 AM EST
    Everyone is supposed to come together at the end of season seige of Riverrun.  

    I would say it has to be Theon or Sansa who gets Ramsay.  And I thnk I disagree ruff.  Joffrey was a dick but even he did not feed infants to dogs.  At least on camera.


    True - he did set the bar though (none / 0) (#89)
    by ruffian on Tue May 03, 2016 at 11:45:33 AM EST
    Penny Dreadful starts tonight (none / 0) (#9)
    by ruffian on Sun May 01, 2016 at 09:19:19 PM EST
    But I'll watch it tomorrow...winding down with some Silicon Valley and Veep!

    Geez (none / 0) (#10)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 01, 2016 at 09:22:30 PM EST
    Snuk up on me.  I will get SHO in time for the repeat next week.

    Lots too see on Sunday now (none / 0) (#18)
    by Militarytracy on Mon May 02, 2016 at 07:08:28 AM EST
    I fell asleep trying to get Silicon Valley in.

    Sunday night open TV thread! (5.00 / 2) (#16)
    by oculus on Sun May 01, 2016 at 11:40:54 PM EST

    In other entertainment news (5.00 / 2) (#21)
    by Militarytracy on Mon May 02, 2016 at 07:16:03 AM EST
    I accidentally found the MET Opera channel on Sirius. It's channel 74.

    The Good Wife (none / 0) (#17)
    by Jeralyn on Mon May 02, 2016 at 02:14:12 AM EST
    was much better last night than last week. It was actually a good episode. (Going from indictment through trial in 60 minutes is tough to do.)

    High Sparrow (5.00 / 2) (#22)
    by sallywally on Mon May 02, 2016 at 07:22:48 AM EST
    seems as confident/determined as ever. Now saying he should have the superdelegates who committed to Clinton in the states he later won. A bit nore clear about his approach and on the surface a certain logic, except he's trying to equate superdelegates with pledged ones. IMO, he is precisely the reason we need the supers.

    Even if (5.00 / 1) (#23)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon May 02, 2016 at 07:40:24 AM EST
    he got them it wouldn't make a difference. He'd still be losing.

    At this point I think everything he is saying is an attempt to keep money coming in.


    And on Monday Morning (5.00 / 3) (#24)
    by CoralGables on Mon May 02, 2016 at 07:57:36 AM EST
    Krugman knocks down Sanders again.

    ...with the big loss in the mid-Atlantic primaries,he has turned to a sort of fact-free complaint that any process under which Bernie Sanders loses is ipso facto unfair...

    True (5.00 / 1) (#28)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon May 02, 2016 at 08:58:19 AM EST
    unfortunately. Yes, undemocratic caucuses are fine but closed primaries are the end of the world.

    I wonder if Bernie (5.00 / 1) (#38)
    by KeysDan on Mon May 02, 2016 at 12:05:01 PM EST
    makes a fuss when he enters the restaurant 15 minutes late, and is told the "Early Bird Special" is over.

    Listening to a Ted news conference (5.00 / 1) (#31)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 02, 2016 at 09:32:37 AM EST
    He is saying how terrible it would be if you child came home talking like Donald Trump.  Maybe.  But what if they came home talking like Ted?!

    Father.......................mother..........................we have come..................to a crossroads.  

    I find myself...............................no longer able.......................to bow to your tyranny.

    (Back of hand to forehead)

    Now Bernie is speaking live (5.00 / 1) (#34)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 02, 2016 at 10:31:52 AM EST
    If you can check out the freak with the Mohawk, blue beard, and blue Chicken Little glasses standing behind him.

    That was the premise of ... (none / 0) (#36)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon May 02, 2016 at 11:29:28 AM EST
    ... a 2004 commercial from MoveOn.org., "What Are We Teaching Our Children?"

    Let's see (none / 0) (#37)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 02, 2016 at 11:37:45 AM EST
    Opponents include Glenn Beck,  Gregg Abbott, Mo Brooks, Pam Gellar, Phil Robertson and MoveOn.


    I'm trying really hard to not like Donald Trump but these people are not making it easy.


    MoveOn may be over the top of late, ... (none / 0) (#44)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon May 02, 2016 at 03:05:23 PM EST
    ... but I would hardly lump them together with  media huckster Glenn Beck and the odious bigot Pamela Gellar. And the fact that a few right-wing nuts such as these people likely share my contempt for Trump is absolutely no reason for me to therefore re-assess my own opposition to him.



    It was a joke (5.00 / 1) (#45)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 02, 2016 at 03:07:20 PM EST
    Okay. Apologies offered. (none / 0) (#47)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon May 02, 2016 at 03:28:07 PM EST
    My snark meter is malfunctioning today and needs new batteries.

    Fred "the Hammer Williamson" (5.00 / 1) (#48)
    by MKS on Mon May 02, 2016 at 03:28:49 PM EST
    just introduced Trump at a rally.  Trump went on and on how Fred "the Hammer" Williamson was so tough and hit so hard, etc.

    Trump doesn't get it.  Lombardi's Packers ridiculed Williamson and ran him off the field.  "The Hammer" was a joke, and used as an ironic label of derision.  But that is Trump--all about promotion and never about reality.

    In other news (5.00 / 2) (#50)
    by Nemi on Mon May 02, 2016 at 04:54:45 PM EST
    Soccer: Leicester City won Premier League ... and the bookies cried. :)

    Hooray! (none / 0) (#59)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon May 02, 2016 at 10:17:52 PM EST
    For most of their 132-year history, the Leicester City Foxes were the poster children for perpetual futility and mediocrity in the English soccer world.

    Given the 5,000:1 "joke-level" odds offered on their chances by English bookies prior to the season opener last August, the Foxes have now accomplished the previously unthinkable, with the most shocking run to championship glory in the history of organized sports. As I noted the other day, their previous best season was a runner-up league finish 87 years ago, back in 1928-29.

    By comparison, Buster Douglas was but a 42:1 shot in February 1990 to take the heavyweight boxing crown from then-unbeaten Mike Tyson, and the "Amazing Mets" of Major League Baseball's 1969 vintage were only pegged at 100:1 to win World Series that year.

    Leicester City will probably be THE place to party in the UK this week.


    And on Monday evening (5.00 / 1) (#57)
    by CoralGables on Mon May 02, 2016 at 09:55:31 PM EST
    Rachel Maddow knocks down Sanders

    If Bernie has lost Rachel, he may as well pack it up and head home.

    And because I had to look up Rachel's (5.00 / 1) (#58)
    by CoralGables on Mon May 02, 2016 at 10:00:09 PM EST
    description of the Sanders plan going forward...

    Fantastical - imaginary or groundless in not being based on reality; foolish or irrational.

    Yup, Bernie has lost Rachel.


    Rachel has been saying similar things (none / 0) (#67)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 03, 2016 at 09:02:01 AM EST
    For a while.  But I agree.  If Maddow says it's over bu-bye Bernie.  Don't get your giant bags of money stuck in the door on your way out.

    You might have to share some with other democrats.  Or actual democrats.


    She even seems a little irritated (none / 0) (#125)
    by sallywally on Wed May 04, 2016 at 09:57:29 AM EST
    with his refusal to pivot to a new mission for his followers and the increased power he'd have in the Senate and elsewhere. He seems glued to his prophet/messiah dream. And his list of demands isn't even out yet.

    Stick a fork in Bernie. He's done. (5.00 / 1) (#60)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon May 02, 2016 at 10:29:03 PM EST
    Hopefully, his peers can talk some sense into him and wife Jane. Their recent public comments have been disappointing.

    Krugman's Twitter comment this morning (none / 0) (#64)
    by CoralGables on Tue May 03, 2016 at 06:53:51 AM EST
    on Sanders fantastical plan:

    @paulkrugman 3h3 hours ago

    But it's difficult to get a man to understand something when his cash flow depends on his not understanding it.


    And after this week (none / 0) (#65)
    by jbindc on Tue May 03, 2016 at 07:31:32 AM EST
    Bernie's advantage in "college towns" dries up as most kids don't hang around on campus for the summer.

    Can Chris Hayes (none / 0) (#73)
    by KeysDan on Tue May 03, 2016 at 09:32:22 AM EST
    be much behind?   The nail...

    I still often watch them both (5.00 / 1) (#74)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 03, 2016 at 09:41:52 AM EST
    And to be fair they both have been trying, perhaps in small ways, to bring Bernie supporters to a soft landing for a while.  The have both been trying to do what seems like a sort of lame intervention on the most dazed for a while.

    Noteably not "real" enough to lose viewers.  More like subliminally


    Would be intersting to see the demos (none / 0) (#90)
    by ruffian on Tue May 03, 2016 at 11:47:20 AM EST
    on their ratings. Does anyone under the age of 40 watch them anyway?

    Aural Sensory Overload.... (5.00 / 3) (#88)
    by kdog on Tue May 03, 2016 at 11:28:19 AM EST
    Back from Beale Street y'all, if you desire a break from kicking old dog Bernie for some highlights here ya go...

    Mavis Staples...boy was she on her game, voice sounded proud and strong as she had her second home in the palm of her hand from start to finish.  The legend herself pointed right at me and named me an honorary cousin.  

    Neil Young & The Promise of The Real...opened up the set with the most blistering rendition of Down By The River I have ever heard...clocked in at 40 f*ckin' minutes long!!!  I need not say more, but check out Willie's boy Lukas Nelson's band if you can...the gave Neil a grungy feedback run for his money.

    Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats...the rumors are true, if you like your soul music with a driving beat and wail, you best get on it.  They brought the Stax sound to Stax City in a rompin' stompin' way.  Closed with "The Shape I'm In" and I lost my sh*t.  Was ready to collapse but who came next but...

    Paul Simon...the legendary, the unparalleled, the genius of song Mr. Paul Simon.  Might have been the greatest set I've ever seen by any band ever...every muscle in my body ached at that point, but I could not stop dancing to his brand of the world beat.  The most frenzied the crowd got all weekend, so much so he was obligated to do three encores.  Holy f*cking sh*t!!!  No words can accurately describe it, like an out of body religious experience.

    Too many more great musicians to list, so I'll just mention my top 4.  Too many late nights on Beale to see Graceland or Sun Studios, but we did get to The Stax Museum which was really cool.

    Thank you Rock-n-Roll City, I'll see you again next year.  

    Sounds life-altering, kdog. (none / 0) (#92)
    by caseyOR on Tue May 03, 2016 at 11:51:32 AM EST
    I am so happy for you that you had such a musical bonanza of a weekend. Wish i could have been there. Maybe next year. Hey, I wonder if we could have a TL metope weekend at Beale Street next year. Maybe if we start planning now...

    Great minds think alike! (none / 0) (#94)
    by ruffian on Tue May 03, 2016 at 11:53:25 AM EST
    Let's make it happen!

    Let's do try to make it happen (none / 0) (#97)
    by caseyOR on Tue May 03, 2016 at 11:56:24 AM EST
    next year.  any idea what the dates are next year?

    The 2017 dates are not on the web site yet (none / 0) (#100)
    by ruffian on Tue May 03, 2016 at 12:08:38 PM EST
    Keep a lookout here.

    But it is usually the first Weekend in May. this was a weird year since the 1st was on a Sunday. I predict it will probably be May 5-7 2017.


    A meet up I could make (none / 0) (#102)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 03, 2016 at 12:13:59 PM EST
    I like it.

    Ladies... (none / 0) (#98)
    by kdog on Tue May 03, 2016 at 12:02:50 PM EST
    you don't need to ask me twice, I will totally be there...by hook or by crook.  Word is born.

    You were right Ruff, it is a really well done festival.  My only most minor issue is there are 4 main stages and they don't stagger the acts so you're sometimes forced to make tough decisions, not that any of them are bad decisions, but you know what I mean.  I missed half of Luther Dickenson's set for a taste of the Violent Femmes, and I regretted not seeing Dickenson in his entirety.  He brought out this cat named Duwayne Burnside (remember that name!) and they almost burned the Blues Tent down.  


    Yes, you do have to make some decisions, (none / 0) (#101)
    by ruffian on Tue May 03, 2016 at 12:11:20 PM EST
    but that lets them get a lot of acts, so I didn't mind. I don't recall the details of what I missed - or even all of what I saw...it was a long time ago!

    But you can't go too far wrong, its all great stuff.


    Beale Street 2017! (none / 0) (#104)
    by caseyOR on Tue May 03, 2016 at 01:22:22 PM EST
    It's a plan. Any and all interested TLers are welcome.

    Updates will be posted here at TL as planning commences. I nominate ruffian as metope coordinator. 😎😘


    Once again, meetup, not metope. (none / 0) (#105)
    by caseyOR on Tue May 03, 2016 at 01:22:52 PM EST
    Oh no, metope it is (none / 0) (#120)
    by ruffian on Tue May 03, 2016 at 07:31:47 PM EST
    We will have our own word for whatever this thing is going to be!

    May metopeia (none / 0) (#121)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 03, 2016 at 07:34:43 PM EST
    TL MeetUp, not metope. (none / 0) (#96)
    by caseyOR on Tue May 03, 2016 at 11:54:10 AM EST
    Dang autocorrect.

    Fantastic! (none / 0) (#93)
    by ruffian on Tue May 03, 2016 at 11:52:30 AM EST
    I saw Paul Simon earlier this year and was also amazed.  Really sorry I missed that.

    Maybe I'll join you there next year. We'll see how things go....


    You know that's very near me (none / 0) (#95)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 03, 2016 at 11:54:02 AM EST
    I'm in Memphis pretty often.  Not nearly enough for the kind of things you did but sometimes.

    Two Aspen girlfriends (none / 0) (#118)
    by fishcamp on Tue May 03, 2016 at 06:47:36 PM EST
    are back in Memphis.  They're sisters and when they argue they have the fastest southern accent known to mankind. I could probably find them.  They like to party.  {- :  

    Connections with (none / 0) (#119)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 03, 2016 at 06:49:29 PM EST
    People who like to party are never a bad thing.

    Oh boy... (none / 0) (#124)
    by kdog on Wed May 04, 2016 at 09:22:58 AM EST
    now you gotta come fishcamp.

    And we can always count on Oculus!

    Which reminds, our buddy John Mayall played too Oc, he was a last minute substitution for Jonny Lang.  Dude is Eighty-F*ckin'-Two and still blowing that harp like a man 1/4 his age...where does he find the wind?


    ... in the Bay Area, but not before reminding everyone in the state why they're more unpopular and out of step with the Zeitgeist than ever, by adopting resolutions in opposition to the following:
    • Legalization of marijuana;
    • Repeal of capital punishment;
    • Comprehensive immigration reform;
    • Mandatory background checks for all purchases of firearms and ammunition;
    • Bilingual education in public schools;
    • Prohibition of single-use, non-recyclable plastic bags;
    • Raising the tobacco tax to fund healthcare programs; and (drum roll, please)
    • Mandatory use of condoms by performers in adult-oriented media entertainment.

    America's GOP: Uniting the obnoxiously ignorant and bigoted since 1968.


    My goodness, (none / 0) (#42)
    by KeysDan on Mon May 02, 2016 at 02:08:37 PM EST
    what in the world can we do with those resolutions? As an unsolicited advisor, bury them. Never let them see the light of day to any other than Republicans.   Campaign on scary issues, like trans in bathrooms, bible as the official state book, foreigners who are terrorists, if not rapists too.

    But to Republicans, those ARE scary issues. (none / 0) (#46)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon May 02, 2016 at 03:26:33 PM EST
    That's why they adopted resolutions in opposition to them. They find it far more comfortable to believe that "real" America still somehow resembles the patriarchal and condescending white society so vividly brought to life in E.L. Doctorow's "Ragtime," which took place at the turn of the 20th century.

    The fact that people of color, women, the labor class and the poor don't share similar fond recollections of their own respective places in the social hierarchy of that particular era, is immaterial to people who were raised with a misbegotten sense of white privilege, and who now cling so desperately to its false premise.



    Watching live Ted (none / 0) (#39)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 02, 2016 at 12:11:42 PM EST
    Mix it up with serious and surprisingly articulate Trump supporters.  Fascinating.  


    I just saw it (none / 0) (#40)
    by Militarytracy on Mon May 02, 2016 at 02:00:50 PM EST
    Bullies unite. Buzarre. It's usually the political candidate with the giant ego, but Trump supporters have an ego to match, and are running around in groups of three throwing shade.

    I an entirely unable (5.00 / 1) (#43)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 02, 2016 at 02:38:26 PM EST
    To feel any sympathy whatsoever for Ted.  Regardless of the source.

    It's an odd dynamic though (none / 0) (#52)
    by Militarytracy on Mon May 02, 2016 at 08:27:36 PM EST
    For Republicans/Conservatives

    It is (none / 0) (#53)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 02, 2016 at 08:40:18 PM EST
    Going to be interesting to see what happens after tomorrow.  Donald is clearly going to win.  Probably big,  Ted was determined to NOT say on Sunday he would not support him.  He will.  Will he drop out?  Will he be VP?
    I suspect it will get even more odd.
    I also think there will be a buttload of endorsements after Donald wins tomorrow.  And unlike Bernie, Ted wants a future in the party.  He won't make waves.  IMO

    The Donald (none / 0) (#62)
    by TrevorBolder on Tue May 03, 2016 at 05:41:21 AM EST
    Will offer Ted a Supreme Court seat

    Which is scarier (none / 0) (#68)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 03, 2016 at 09:06:44 AM EST
    Justice Cruz or President Trump.  Hard to say.

    Yes, probably more odd. (none / 0) (#75)
    by KeysDan on Tue May 03, 2016 at 09:51:05 AM EST
    After Cruz's yuuug loss in Indiana, I expect Cruz to nominate his cabinet--Sec of State, Sec. of Defense.and Secretary of Treasury.

    Although, Miss Fiorina will not stick with Cruz as the media attention wanes; perhaps Bernie can give her a try as his desperation running mate.  Fiorina has those Hillary attacks down pat, and she can sing lullabies to Jane.


    Lyin Ted VS The Ray Bans (none / 0) (#77)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 03, 2016 at 10:01:03 AM EST
    In case you don't have a tv and missed this here is the exchange that has every political consultant on earth scratching their heads in disbelief.
    These guys were across the street from Cruz yelling insults and flipping him off and he crossed the street to talk to them.  Bad idea.
    As Charles Pierce described it the famous debater Ted Cruz gets his ass handed to him by a guy who's whole argument consists of "UN-HUH"


    And worth adding is this right after Cruz had a 10 yo escorted out of his town hall by three sheriffs deputies for screaming "YOU SUCK"


    Thanks, (none / 0) (#80)
    by KeysDan on Tue May 03, 2016 at 10:32:04 AM EST
    heard about, but did not see, that exchange with Mr. R. Ban.  Priceless. Debate points to Ban. And, Lyin Ted's parenting advice gained from Our Gang, Spanky McFarland, for the that young whippersnapper.  

    It's interesting (5.00 / 1) (#81)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 03, 2016 at 10:49:46 AM EST
    I mostly agree with the chattering class that this was a disaster for Ted.  Where we part ways is on the idea they were "clearly planted there".
    IMO this is more evidence they do not understand what's happening in the country.

    I don't think for a second they were necessarily plants.  I guess they could have been but the fact is the center guy, the one with the most back talk who kept holding up the sign and yelling "Lyin Ted", could totally have been one of my nephews.  His responses were exactly what his would have been.  And he would totally not have needed to be "planted" there.


    True, even if (none / 0) (#83)
    by KeysDan on Tue May 03, 2016 at 11:06:55 AM EST
    plants, they were composites.  About the only "positive" about Trump not bandied about was that Trump is a businessman, and the country needs to be run like a business.

    The other thing buried in there (none / 0) (#82)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 03, 2016 at 11:02:43 AM EST
    I found interesting was the guys reference to the Cruz "carpet bombing" ME policy.  Just found it interesting that was on the list of things this guy found worth throwing in his face.

    In case anyone thought Donalds less aggressive ME policy was going unnoticed.


    Yes, Trump, or as he is (none / 0) (#84)
    by KeysDan on Tue May 03, 2016 at 11:12:39 AM EST
     reverentially referred-- Mr. Trump)is taking a page from Nixon--a secret plan to knock off ISIS, but he will not say what.  Need to be unpredictable, maybe nukes, maybe not. Not off the table. The crazy man theory of foreign affairs.   Except, of course, for that pesky other side of his foreign policy, of needing support stablility.

    Ha (none / 0) (#85)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 03, 2016 at 11:19:12 AM EST
    What you said.

    My only point is he has managed to get the coverage to be "left of Hillary".  Crazy, yes.  More scary evidence of his Svengali media skills.

    (Preparing for incoming)

    Hillary is on live with Andrea Mitchell and I don't want to talk about her policy.  I want to talk about her hair.  (Duck, dodge). She has it mor natural.  Flatter.  Smaller. I like it.  The helmet was starting to wear thin with me.  Besides how much trouble would it be to keep it that way.  Seriously it was starting to look like she took it off and put it on a shelf between appearances.

    I really approve of the flat, unwhompped, natural look.

    Flame away.  


    Btw (none / 0) (#87)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 03, 2016 at 11:28:00 AM EST
    "Whompping" is a hair dresser term.  Trust me, unless you are a hair stylist I know more than you do.

    It's easy to whomp now (none / 0) (#111)
    by Militarytracy on Tue May 03, 2016 at 04:29:15 PM EST
    Use something they call sugar dust. 10 seconds to whomp.

    Ok (none / 0) (#112)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 03, 2016 at 04:40:14 PM EST
    That was a Google for me.  But based on the how to video I just watched there is no way sugar dust made Hillarys helmet without a good deal of actual whomping.  Not ten seconds according to this-



    You gotta try it (none / 0) (#116)
    by Militarytracy on Tue May 03, 2016 at 05:22:33 PM EST
    I'm whomped all the time now. Big Sexy Hair makes a version too, same stuff. Blow your hair out, add your curve around the face with a straightner, sprinkle this magic dust at your roots and lift your roots up with the end of a rattail comb. You are instant whomped. I had a luncheon to go to today. I'm Big Sexy Hair Whomped right now. Stuff sells out wildly off the shelf. I get it from Amazon in packages of three so I'm not crying.

    Fascinating (none / 0) (#117)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 03, 2016 at 05:36:11 PM EST
    Live and learn.  Telling about long it's been since I have regularly interacted with hairdressers.

    Is it really sugar?   Cause if it is, no offense, it sounds sort of disgusting.  What happens if you get caught in the rain?  Do you have syrup running down your neck



    it's not sugar (5.00 / 1) (#122)
    by Militarytracy on Tue May 03, 2016 at 07:56:42 PM EST
    Not sure what the base is. It's wonderful though for "older" hair. No nice way to put that. Even for women hair gets thinner and finer.

    I have let my hair go natural because I got a decent salt and pepper. And the powder pumps up the look of your gray if you are fair skinned.

    I have a girlfriend though my age who uses natural henna to dye her grays. She does a beautiful job, deep red, and it's undetectable in her color when she uses it. Only seems to add a sheen to very gray/white hair.

    Your hair has grab though once the powder is in. It'll grab onto itself too much to brush your hair. Washes out easily, but if you try to brush your hair you'll yank a handfull out.


    Hmmm ... (none / 0) (#126)
    by Nemi on Wed May 04, 2016 at 12:15:17 PM EST
    I love salt and pepper in all shades and variations but unfortunately as a redhead I'll never get there myself; at least not 'au naturel'. So maybe I should just try out the reverse of what your friend is doing. ;)

    Woot woot (none / 0) (#41)
    by Militarytracy on Mon May 02, 2016 at 02:03:31 PM EST
    CNN just called them "the wall" of Trump supporters.

    I just (none / 0) (#49)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon May 02, 2016 at 04:01:11 PM EST
    learned that GA has screwed around with elections and we are having a separate election on May 14th to elect house seats. I guess it was too hard to do it back in March when we had the presidential primary or they didn't want Trump voters deciding who were going to be state senators and legislators.

    VMware Virtualization Training in Chennai (none / 0) (#61)
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    Suckup Site Violator (none / 0) (#63)
    by CoralGables on Tue May 03, 2016 at 06:49:33 AM EST
    Trump is now openly and officially (none / 0) (#69)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 03, 2016 at 09:12:14 AM EST
    Wooing Sanders young voters.  Will it work? I think it will with some of them.  He is taking every opportunity to repeat Sanders attacks on Hillary word for word.

    Jezebel (none / 0) (#70)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 03, 2016 at 09:20:02 AM EST
    Here we are, huddled together in a nightmarish dystopia where screaming giant cheese wedge Donald Trump is a leading presidential contender. Now, his campaign is hinting darkly that they'll woo disaffected Bernie Sanders supporters. Bernie Sanders supporters: Please don't fall for this sh!t

    Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who's not being prosecuted for battery against a female reporter, now has time to romance Sanders fans, he told CNN:

    Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said the campaign is ready to bring into the fold anyone in the "feel the Bern" movement who is not inclined to support Clinton in the general election.

    "You have two candidates in Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders which have reignited a group of people who have been disenfranchised and disappointed with the way Washington, D.C. and career politicians have run the country," Lewandowski said. "Bernie Sanders has large crowds -- not as large as Mr. Trump's, but large crowds -- and so there is a level of excitement there for people about his messaging and we will bring those people in."

    I guess (none / 0) (#71)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue May 03, 2016 at 09:27:37 AM EST
    he forgot what he said yesterday about Bernie being a communist.

    So (5.00 / 1) (#72)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 03, 2016 at 09:30:36 AM EST
    Which do you think will carry more weight with the Bernie or Busters?  Calling him a communist or repeating his attacks on Hillary and telling them what they want to hear?

    I think you (none / 0) (#76)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue May 03, 2016 at 09:52:42 AM EST
    missed my point. Calling him a communist is not going to probably make any difference with the majority of Bernie or Busters. I was really referring to the fact that Trump himself seems to not know what he himself said the past few months about Bernie. He's hurled a lot of insults at Bernie.

    The Bernie or Busters just want to blow everything up. So they're not gonna care one whit.


    I see (none / 0) (#78)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 03, 2016 at 10:03:36 AM EST
    You were expecting some sort of "consistency"?

    No (none / 0) (#79)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue May 03, 2016 at 10:10:39 AM EST
    just think it would be easy to make fun of him for what he said yesterday about Bernie and today about Bernie. Always looking at the ridicule angle when it comes to Trump because it's the only way to go after him.

    Yes, there is the intersection of the Venn (none / 0) (#91)
    by ruffian on Tue May 03, 2016 at 11:50:42 AM EST
    diagram of Bernie Supporters and Trump Supporters where the Bernie Supporters who mainly just hate Clinton fall. Any GOP candidate would have gotten them anyway, assuming they vote at all.

    Hillary Haters (none / 0) (#108)
    by FlJoe on Tue May 03, 2016 at 04:02:45 PM EST
    and the true nihilists that are attracted to any "Revolution", although I expect many of the haters will hold their nose if they don't stay home. The  true Berners will pick any path to burn the place down and finish the revolution somewhere down the road.

    Meanwhile, there are more than a few ... (none / 0) (#110)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Tue May 03, 2016 at 04:25:52 PM EST
    ... Republican voters, such as my uncle, who are convinced that Donald Trump is completely unfit for public office. If he doesn't vote for Hillary Clinton, he'll likely decide to leave that portion of his ballot blank or go third-party.

    Now, were I a GOP campaign strategist, those are the people who'll give me more than a few sleepless nights over the coming months, because current polling pegs their disaffected numbers at an alarming 40% of the overall Republican base.

    Even if this number drops by half in the fall, that's still one in five potential GOP voters, some 12-13 million of them, who appear ready to break ranks. That's tantamount to a political disaster in waiting.

    I'm really not worried about Bernie Sanders supporters in general. There are always going to be a few cranks in any election who insist on going their own way, and that's fine. But they speak only for themselves, and not for their movement. The vast majority of Sanders voters know fully well what's at stake this fall. I have every confidence that they'll act accordingly.



    A frequent contributor (none / 0) (#86)
    by KeysDan on Tue May 03, 2016 at 11:24:05 AM EST
    to MSNBC, Michelle Goldberg, questions the claim of superior electablity of Senator Sanders in a Slate article. This is the reason, apparently, for Sander's contested convention notion.  Her questioning is based on the fact that Secretary Clinton has not run negative ads, knowing that this could offend those whose support she will need later; the media not taking serious attention, and Republicans holding back, for now.  

    Is this (none / 0) (#99)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 03, 2016 at 12:07:48 PM EST
    a photo of Raphel Cruz?

    Enquiring minds want to know

    Ok (none / 0) (#103)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 03, 2016 at 01:08:26 PM EST
    The final Trump & Cruz break-up? (none / 0) (#106)
    by christinep on Tue May 03, 2016 at 03:08:18 PM EST
    "Pathological Liar?"  For whatever reason, Ted held back from flinging this one to define erstwhile buddy, Donald--"Pathological Liar"--until Hoosiers were starting to vote.  

    And, here I was worried a wee bit about Sanders' personal attacks on HRC coming back to bite via general campaign ads in the fall.  But now ... there is a doozy courtesy of Mr. Cruz about Mr. Trump ... workable by PACs on behalf of our Democratic presumptive nominee.  In the name-calling race, Cruz left a scathing one because it looks like he used the Trump approach of using a phrase or word that might well fit.

    With Cruz leaving that payback, it is looking today that neither offer nor acceptance is in the cards for any wished for position.

    But as far as I can tell (none / 0) (#107)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 03, 2016 at 03:35:03 PM EST
    No one asked him if he would support him if he was the nominee.  I linked to the video above.

    I was wrong (none / 0) (#109)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 03, 2016 at 04:05:45 PM EST
    He was asked and flat out refused to answer the question.

    Capt: Most words can be--how shall I say it-- (none / 0) (#113)
    by christinep on Tue May 03, 2016 at 04:50:13 PM EST
    "walked back."  But, that phrase "pathological liar" accompanied by adding that Trump can't tell the difference between truth and lies ... those words are going to be darn difficult to tone down or walk back.

    I'm wondering whether Ted Cruz is making the choice to back off in a different way.  That is, he may decide that he doesn't want any part of a Trump run because his calculus tells him that as a 43 year old he can afford to bide his time until the next general election cycle. Yes, the basis of that calculus would be that he thinks his present opponent, more likely than not, will be routed worse than Goldwater.  Sort of ironic, but that may be what his cold look at tomorrow's probable outcome means ... and, he is distancing himself as strongly as he can do so.


    Pathological liar (5.00 / 1) (#114)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 03, 2016 at 04:58:12 PM EST
    Might be pretty close to the nicest thing he said there.  Personally I like the venereal disease section.

    I am not even going to try to get into Teds head.  There are things you can't unsee.  But it's very telling IMO that he flatly refused to even respond to the "will you support him" question.

    No idea what he thinks that gets him.  Saying what he said does he think he might still get some votes but refusing to say this.


    But between Cruz depending on the Washington cartel to pull his chestnuts from the fire and Sanders making a play for the SuperDelegates he has been whining about for months my irony meter is flashing "TILT"


    I agree (none / 0) (#115)
    by FlJoe on Tue May 03, 2016 at 05:19:01 PM EST
    many Republicans looking at their political future would probably rather attack a Hillary Presidency than defend Trump's over the next several years.

    If Cruz has any political future at all he needs to jump ship, hope Trump gets clobbered and prove that it should have been himself with the nomination.


    "Steal This Food" (none / 0) (#123)
    by Mr Natural on Wed May 04, 2016 at 06:07:52 AM EST
    In a long overdue recognition of that eloquent American anarchist, Abbie Hoffman, Italy's Supreme Court of Cassation has ruled that "Stealing Small Amounts Of Food When In Desperate Need Is Not A Crime."