Sunday Night Open Thread

Sorry for disappearing. I've been working -- or reading about El Chapo (as well as ISIS) -- all weekend. Now I have a lot of recorded TV shows to watch.

Here's an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    Had a fabulous day in Astoria, OR today... (5.00 / 3) (#2)
    by Cashmere on Sun May 22, 2016 at 08:56:02 PM EST
    It is one of our favorite day or weekend trips from Portland.  If anyone travels there, highly recommend the Cannery Pier Hotel.  There is much to explore in the area and the town is gorgeous, but it is not a beach town, located at the mouth of the Columbia River flowing into the Pacific Ocean.  Beach towns are close, however, like Seaside, Cannon Beach, Long Beach (Wa.)  


    Cashmere, those are beautiful photos. (5.00 / 1) (#65)
    by fishcamp on Mon May 23, 2016 at 01:46:07 PM EST
    The bridge across the Columbia River wasn't built yet when I left Oregon.  We used to take the Megler ferry across the five miles to Ilwako, (sp) Washington.  Those were the big ferry's that ran over the fishermen's gill nets, resulting in many fights, some with guns.  Astoria is old and beautiful.  

    Some time after WWll there were hundreds of old Liberty ships lined upstream from Astoria, loaded with wheat.  For some reason the U S couldn't give it away to starving countries due to some political reason.  I was a little kid and didn't understand politics then, and as we all know, still don't.


    Repack's parents worked (5.00 / 1) (#87)
    by Mr Natural on Tue May 24, 2016 at 08:40:29 AM EST
    on the Liberty ships.

    Nobody with a heart actually understands politics.


    My mother (5.00 / 3) (#111)
    by Repack Rider on Tue May 24, 2016 at 08:49:47 PM EST
    ...and her two surviving brothers took a cruise this weekend on the Jeremiah O'Brien, one of only two Liberty Ships left in working conditions.  My mother 96, worked in the shipyard, one uncle, 94, was in the Navy, spent three days in a life raft after his first ship was sunk.

    Then he volunteered to be a gunner, operated the rear=facing machine gun in a dive bomber.  Didn't get a scratch.

    Other uncle is younger, 85, was in the AF during Korean War.

    They were all "comped" for the $140 excursion, as was my brother, who went along as an attendant.


    Sounds wonderful (5.00 / 2) (#112)
    by ruffian on Tue May 24, 2016 at 09:00:43 PM EST
    And how great they are still together at that age and able to do things together.

    I've been to Cannon Beach and environs... (none / 0) (#67)
    by desertswine on Mon May 23, 2016 at 02:55:31 PM EST
    a few times...  just lovely.  I would still like to go back and take a lighthouse tour down the coast.

    Going to Norway soon (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by ExPatObserver on Sun May 22, 2016 at 09:02:57 PM EST
    I'll be in Trondheim for a month. Should be nice.

    And hello from Trondheim (5.00 / 1) (#122)
    by ExPatObserver on Wed May 25, 2016 at 10:04:32 AM EST
    My host put me up in a small but nice apartment right in the center of town. I'm at a restaurant almost next door as I type.
    Very pretty. I'm definitely going to check out the fish market tomorrow.

    Sounds wonderful. (none / 0) (#135)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Wed May 25, 2016 at 04:02:33 PM EST
    Norway is a fascinating country. Have fun.

    I am a Seattle native. (none / 0) (#151)
    by ExPatObserver on Thu May 26, 2016 at 12:45:06 AM EST
    As I'm sure you know, a lot of immigrants to that area were from Scandinavian countries. Sitting in a café right now, it looks like I am surrounded by people from home. Amazing.

    Please keep us posted. (none / 0) (#40)
    by oculus on Mon May 23, 2016 at 11:24:44 AM EST
    Sure (5.00 / 2) (#49)
    by ExPatObserver on Mon May 23, 2016 at 12:08:12 PM EST
    It's an invited stay at NTNU.
    In July I will visit Vienna and Paris.
    That will be 50/50 research visits and vacation in each place.

    By the way (5.00 / 1) (#94)
    by ExPatObserver on Tue May 24, 2016 at 09:26:26 AM EST
    I'm pretty active in the comments section of TPM these days. You should recognize the nick; when you see the snow leopard's head you will have found me.

    Why do people hate Hillary (5.00 / 2) (#17)
    by ragebot on Mon May 23, 2016 at 09:39:45 AM EST
    Interesting article in a local paper makes the claim that Hillary haters reason boils down to misogyny.

    There are posters at TL who clearly support Bernie over Hillary and none of their dislike (at least in my opinion) was related to misogyny.

    Of course I am a male and may have a different view of misogyny that some of the females here.  Wondering they think of this.

    Even women don't always agree (5.00 / 1) (#59)
    by Nemi on Mon May 23, 2016 at 12:45:32 PM EST
    on where, when, what misogyny is. Or sexism for that matter.

    For my part I see a lot of a condescending attitude towards women from Bernie Sanders -- and in extension and in the extreme from his most ardent followers! -- which very well could be labelled misogyny. The latest example being his fundraising for Debbie Wasserman Schultz's opponent. Putting her name in the subject line of his money-begging e-mail is to me an obvious giveaway -- if I hadn't already been convinced.

    But I see a lot of that from Bernie Sanders: condescension, degrading, sneering, yelling at women, that I don't see him display towards men, so I certainly wouldn't rule out misogyny as the cause for his behaviour.

    But again, that's just me. Reading through the first couple of comments in the article you linked to, it's hard to tell if the anti-Hillary sentiment displayed there is misogyny or 'just'(!) ... hate. Which there seems to be an awful lot of out there in the world of www. Sadly.


    My comment is a no segue. (5.00 / 2) (#61)
    by oculus on Mon May 23, 2016 at 12:52:38 PM EST
    Re Jenny Diski, she died recently. Wrote frequently for the London Review of Books, where I'm working my way through her contributions. I've enjoyed her non-fiction books. As a teenager, she lived in Doris Lessing's home for several years.

    The excluded middle, false choice, (none / 0) (#25)
    by Mr Natural on Mon May 23, 2016 at 10:29:11 AM EST
    - the logical fallacy has many forms and names.

    During the '08 primary you couldn't be for Clinton here - which I was - without some here labeling you a racist.

    I've always wondered why defending tort lawyers don't use this as a defense in the high dollar damage cases we hear about.  In damage suits we commonly hear airy fantasies about the preciousness and uniqueness of human life.

    Little could be further from the truth.  Humans are almost as common as dirt and treat each other like crap.  Our behaviour is the real measure of the value we place on each other's lives.


    Well they hate Obama almost as much (none / 0) (#28)
    by Militarytracy on Mon May 23, 2016 at 10:42:20 AM EST
    The author noted.

    But yes, there's misogyny in there in heaping loads. I know someone who has Hillary's Myers Briggs personality. It's a rare one. The person is male but has some issues similar to Hillary with his peers. He's constantly studying though, he chooses his words carefully. He lives calculating everything. When he points something out important 70% of the people around him completely missed it. Anyone seeking immediate gratification also has a hard time with him. He sucks all the immediate gratification out of delusions. But he's a guy. It's a little more okay to be calculating and be right most of the time. Those same attributes in a woman who is the leader of the free world is going to shake the white guy establishment to its core.


    I would say they hate him more (none / 0) (#33)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 23, 2016 at 11:01:04 AM EST
    All this handwringing about "negatives" is laughable.  It's air tragedy level news.  Lots of people don't like Hillary.  Lots of people don't like Trump.  Stop the freakin presses.   So tired of "the most unpopular candidates in the history of the universe" krap.

    Guess what?  Welcome to the new order.  The two candidates we have may marginally magnify the effect but the numbers would not be very different for any two candidates.   We lives in a bitterly divided country.  We knew that.


    The beltway (5.00 / 1) (#39)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon May 23, 2016 at 11:24:09 AM EST
    press can continue to clutch their pearls over favorables or whatever. They've been doing it for at least 16 years now. No one is voting based on that kind of thing anymore. If it mattered it would be Bernie vs. Kasich/Rubio.

    But the bigger truth is voters just don't like anybody these days. So maybe we'll talk about issues instead of it being like running for prom king and queen.


    Part of the problem (none / 0) (#47)
    by Militarytracy on Mon May 23, 2016 at 11:53:14 AM EST
    Is the media. They feed the news cycle with anything that smells undesirable. Look at the mileage they got out of emails. All they had to do was remain ambiguous.

    Oh, the (none / 0) (#53)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon May 23, 2016 at 12:12:06 PM EST
    media is a big part of the problem for sure.

    Today's NYT includes an article (none / 0) (#58)
    by oculus on Mon May 23, 2016 at 12:29:35 PM EST
    re the Clinton Foundation past/present/and under an HRC presidency. There is miniscule reference to the foundations work on AIDS and malaria. Lots of worry about conflict of interest.  Foreign govt donations. Etc.

    I think she needs to be careful with that (none / 0) (#68)
    by Militarytracy on Mon May 23, 2016 at 03:06:05 PM EST
    Not because they (The Clintons) would do something improper, but the Republicans will make it an issue over and over again and suck the oxygen out of her political capital. Perhaps they really do need to consider turning it over to someone else.

    I know it's Bill's baby, but Hillary has put up with some crap along the way to Bill becoming a grown up. Maybe what he needs to do in 2016 is focus on being first man. Pick out some china, organize some State dinners ;)


    Big Macs in the wrapper. (5.00 / 1) (#75)
    by oculus on Mon May 23, 2016 at 06:23:33 PM EST
    He'd better do better than that!! (none / 0) (#93)
    by Militarytracy on Tue May 24, 2016 at 09:16:12 AM EST
    As soon as the Democratic primary (none / 0) (#35)
    by Militarytracy on Mon May 23, 2016 at 11:08:03 AM EST
    Is over, I'm buckled in to see some real ugly. I know Trump is trying to pivot but the Republican base isn't interested in a pivot. I sense that a pivot will not be well accepted and Trump can't unsay the things he's said.

    They were saying this morning (none / 0) (#38)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 23, 2016 at 11:21:39 AM EST
    Robert Costa, good reporter, that there are no plans to pivot.  No plans to play nice or appeal to anyone.  It's down and dirty scorched earth all the way.  Starting now.

    Yeah (none / 0) (#41)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon May 23, 2016 at 11:25:13 AM EST
    that should have kind of become obvious with the supreme court picks. Trump is going to run hard right.

    I haven't been watching much news (none / 0) (#42)
    by Militarytracy on Mon May 23, 2016 at 11:29:30 AM EST
    I'm fatigued by the hate. But last week Cuomo on CNN was catching some pivot, and then playing different things that Trump said when the Republican primary was heated. So was working to clarify Trump's stances and the pivot was quickly being undone.

    Text message therapy (5.00 / 1) (#44)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 23, 2016 at 11:47:59 AM EST
    Remember the great web series "Web Therapy" with Lisa Kudro?  Very funny.  Well, life now one ups art with text message therapy


    Something in the Republican (5.00 / 1) (#66)
    by KeysDan on Mon May 23, 2016 at 02:45:36 PM EST
    drinking water?  Joe Denby, former chair of the Cobb County's Republican party (2011-2015), the largest red county in Georgia, was arrested and charged with aggravated child molestation.

     He is also wanted by Washtenaw County Sheriff's office in Michigan as well as by the Laurens Police Department in South Carolina on additional sexual abuse allegations. Denby is accused of molesting two boys, ages 4 and 12.

    Cobb County, Ga is political home to Newton Gingrich, the aspiring veep candidate of Trump. Denby was a Gingrich delegate, and, State Co-Director of the Georgia campaign for Huckabee. (the superior candidate on moral issues.) Denby was also active in the campaign to re-elect Senator Johnny Isaackson (R.GA).  Denby's wife continues as treasurer of the Cobb Republican party.    

    That's our "MoDo!" (5.00 / 1) (#105)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Tue May 24, 2016 at 02:52:20 PM EST
    This week, as graceful and charming as ever, she compares Hillary Clinton's campaign to the Bataan Death March.

    I give you Exhibit A of my comment in #104 (none / 0) (#106)
    by ruffian on Tue May 24, 2016 at 03:22:10 PM EST
    Maybe we should start comparing MoDo ... (5.00 / 1) (#108)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Tue May 24, 2016 at 03:48:59 PM EST
    ... to Faye Dunaway's caricature of Joan Crawford in "Mommie Dearest."

    I always thought of MoDo (5.00 / 1) (#109)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 24, 2016 at 04:20:07 PM EST
    Colorado Springs (5.00 / 1) (#107)
    by ruffian on Tue May 24, 2016 at 03:24:00 PM EST
    If only (none / 0) (#117)
    by Militarytracy on Wed May 25, 2016 at 08:26:41 AM EST
    Alabama law enforcement could be scrutinized for doing that. Not only do they keep their benefits and their jobs, they keep all their friends too and head out the door to lunch, just an average day around here.

    MAKE AUSTRIA GREAT AGAIN (5.00 / 2) (#110)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 24, 2016 at 04:43:47 PM EST

    You probably know that a bullet was just dodged in Austria:

    Right-wing Austrian presidential candidate Norbert Hofer has lost a runoff election against liberal opponent Alexander Van der Bellen 50.3 percent to 49.7 percent, the country's interior minister announced. Hofer is a member of the Freedom Party, a group founded in the 1950s by former Nazis and led for many years by the nationalist politician Jörg Haider, who died in 2008. Hofer carried a handgun while campaigning and advocates strict limits on immigration and the admittance of refugees.

    What you may not know is that the demographics of this election look very similar to polls of the U.S. presidential election -- not just in terms of social class or place of residence, but in terms of gender:

    In nine out of Austria's 10 main cities Mr Van der Bellen came top, whereas Mr Hofer dominated the rural areas, theAustrian broadcaster ORF reported (in German).

    Support for Mr Hofer was exceptionally strong among manual workers - nearly 90%. The vote for Mr Van der Bellen was much stronger among people with a university degree or other higher education qualifications.

    Support for Mr Hofer among men was 60%, while among women it was 60% for Mr Van der Bellen.

    In an election focused on the immigration debate, the far-rightist was backed by rural voters, blue collar workers -- and men in general.

    Trump brags that he buys houses at low value (5.00 / 3) (#116)
    by ruffian on Wed May 25, 2016 at 07:01:36 AM EST
    "Of course I do!"   Dems need to dispense with the sloganeering about greed and use a few more words to show how Trump  takes advantage of middle class people down on their luck. THAT is how he makes his money, from housing deals to casinos to stupid reality TV shows.  

    Warren is the one who connects the dots best.

    Trump has Stephen Colbert in The Zone (none / 0) (#118)
    by Militarytracy on Wed May 25, 2016 at 08:35:29 AM EST
    He has Chris Cuomo on CNN in a sort of Zone too. And now Sacha Baron Cohen who has quite a history of profiting from/angering The Donald going all the way back to Ali G.

    It seems to me that dealing with The Donald is going to burnish some careers golden between now and November.


    Comedians, sure (none / 0) (#120)
    by ruffian on Wed May 25, 2016 at 09:37:04 AM EST
    But some of that translates to the populace as affectionate ribbing and acceptance.

    I am remembering how I hate the way Dems campaign and talk about the issues. They never get to the point. Bern included.

    Trump got 'rich' - how rich, he won't say, stealing from YOU! He is not on your side.  That is the message. Not 'Greed is unamerican' or 'Bring back Glass-Stegall'


    But Donald doesn't take it as good (5.00 / 1) (#124)
    by Militarytracy on Wed May 25, 2016 at 11:41:44 AM EST
    Natured ribbing. He has twitter attacked Cohen now. At first I was worried that the comedic value would be easily squandering analytical thinking, but Trump is too thin skinned. And the comedians aren't going to stop. They've only just begun.

    I hope so - hope it drives a Donald implosion (none / 0) (#128)
    by ruffian on Wed May 25, 2016 at 01:04:25 PM EST
    People in general may be so used to comedians skewering politicians that it has little real impact. Did not seem to hurt Dubya in 2004. Though on second thought I think it did hurt Gore and Kerry. Guess it just depends on what sticks.

    Just don't want to rely on comedians to do politics.


    We were talking about this tonight (none / 0) (#150)
    by Militarytracy on Wed May 25, 2016 at 11:42:53 PM EST
    Husband and I. How there are a couple of people who can poke through the Donald veil well, like Elizabeth Warren. She is able to get many back to square one why Trump is nothing short of horrific. You can hear it, smell it, feel it, taste it when she talks. How did the country become so tone deaf though? How is it that most of us can't get through when addressing the Trump horror. My husband says Fox News. Because Fox News has been droning away in the background for years, it's like wearing noise cancelling headphones. It is hard to connect the horror dots, because low level horror has been droning away for years.

    I think Donald is going to find (5.00 / 1) (#127)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed May 25, 2016 at 12:08:50 PM EST
    His idiotic schoolyard insults, i.e. Pocahontas Warren, are going to work much less well outside the idiot republican primary audience.

    Republican Congressman admits (5.00 / 1) (#138)
    by Mr Natural on Wed May 25, 2016 at 05:16:46 PM EST
    using "Medical Marijuana" while in office.

    Rohrabacher, who said he suffers from shoulder pain after decades as a surfer, told a group from the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML): "I tried it about two weeks ago, and it's the first time...in a year-and-a-half that I've had a decent night's sleep, because the arthritis pain was gone."

    "Trump, Ryan To Remove Skin Masks,... (5.00 / 1) (#144)
    by Mr Natural on Wed May 25, 2016 at 06:18:35 PM EST
    I heard LBJ and Bryan Cranston are (none / 0) (#1)
    by Cashmere on Sun May 22, 2016 at 08:44:39 PM EST
    phenomenal.  Can't wait to have the chance to watch it!

    It is (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 22, 2016 at 09:03:36 PM EST
    Truly.   An amazing performance.   And great besides.

    As our resident TV expert, can you tell me if (none / 0) (#48)
    by oculus on Mon May 23, 2016 at 11:53:22 AM EST
    there is a path to watch this w/o an HBO subscription or cable hookup?  Thinking laptop. Thanks.

    Probably not for a while (5.00 / 1) (#50)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 23, 2016 at 12:08:41 PM EST
    It might have a theatrical release.  Maybe iTunes or something like that

    HBO has a streaming service, HBO Now (5.00 / 1) (#60)
    by Mr Natural on Mon May 23, 2016 at 12:50:21 PM EST
    For $15/month "HBO Now" streams anything they've got.  According the the promo, which I have not verified, no cable subscription is necessary.

    "streaming" is a fancy way of saying the video appears on your device as it arrives.  In the bad old days, the movie wasn't playable until it had arrived in toto.  Naturally, there were ways around that if you had the knowledge.

    I don't use the service so I don't know if they try to block capturing (recording) the video but there are ways around that too.  

    'VLC' enables capturing streamed video.  'Debut' enables capturing anything that appears on your computer monitor.


    Thanks. Found it. (none / 0) (#62)
    by oculus on Mon May 23, 2016 at 12:57:40 PM EST
    Big fan of Frank Langella.

    He has a great role (none / 0) (#69)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 23, 2016 at 03:13:53 PM EST
    Currently in the Russin spys in America series The Americans.

    Yes, as the Captain (5.00 / 1) (#20)
    by KeysDan on Mon May 23, 2016 at 09:59:45 AM EST
    says, it is great.  Bryan Cranston is excellent, the make-up apparently took several hours to apply, but occasionally "Mr. White" peeked through (maybe, because I just finished Breaking Bad).  And, all the cast was good: Anthony Mackie as MLK,Jr., Frank Langella, as the courtly, powerful senator from Georgia, and Brad Whitford's Hubert Humphrey.

    If not for the marring  of the Vietnam war, LBJ would surely be ranked among our best presidents. Among  his major contributions, are the Civil Rights Act, Voting Rights Act, Medicare, Medicaid, War on Poverty. And, the theme of the fights continue right up to the bathroom bills of today.


    It's true (5.00 / 1) (#27)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 23, 2016 at 10:33:42 AM EST
    History sort of screwed him.  I feel bad about some of the things I said about the guy in real time.

    Nonsense. LBJ ramped up Vietnam (none / 0) (#63)
    by Mr Natural on Mon May 23, 2016 at 01:00:08 PM EST
    into the sort of one-sided massacre that would have made Stalin green with envy.  

    The civil rights you're admiring were overshadowed by the total war he unleashed on the Vietnamese.

    Of course, similar things could be said about Obama and his self-annointed successor, who my few EU friends call a "War Suit," Hillary Clinton.


    Are (none / 0) (#70)
    by FlJoe on Mon May 23, 2016 at 03:16:08 PM EST
    you trying to say that Obama started/continued something comparable to the Vietnam war.? Or has your hatred just made you

    Self anointed? I didn't know there was 13 million and counting Hillarys.


    "hatred" (none / 0) (#88)
    by Mr Natural on Tue May 24, 2016 at 08:42:25 AM EST
    Nice job on the straw man.

    According to R.J. Rummel, ... (none / 0) (#73)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon May 23, 2016 at 05:12:59 PM EST
    ... professor emeritus of political science at the University of Hawaii at Manoa who wrote Understanding Conflict and War (1981), Death by Government (1994) and  and Power Kills: Democracy as a Method of Nonviolence (1997) and further, is something of a renowned expert on this particular subject, offers a mid-range estimated total of 2,450,000 people killed in Vietnam and Indochina during the period 1954-1975. Of that total:
    • North Vietnam and the Viet Cong lost 1,062,000 dead, including an estimated 65,000 civilians killed due to U.S. aerial bombing;
    • South Vietnam, the United States and other Allied nations lost 741,000 dead, of which 391,000 were civilians;
    • 50,000 North Vietnamese civilians were intentionally killed at the behest of their own government;
    • 164,000 South Vietnamese civilians were killed by the North Vietnamese army and the Viet Cong;
    • 89,000 South Vietnamese civilians were intentionally killed at the behest of their own government;
    • 6,000 South Vietnamese civilians were intentionally killed as a direct result of U.S. military action;
    • 3,000 South Vietnamese civilians were intentionally killed as a direct result of South Korean military action (NOTE: South Korea sent more than 300,000 combat troops to Vietnam between 1964 and 1973, of whom 6,000 were KIA);
    • 263,000 Cambodians were killed (NOTE: This number only accounts for the number killed as of 1975, and does not include victims of the Khmer Rouge genocide between 1976 and 1978); and
    • 62,000 Laotians were killed.

    Please note that those number were accumulated over a 20-year period, and don't even begin to come close to the numbers of Soviet citizens who lost their lives as a direct result of Josef Stalin's rule, which has been conservatively estimated to be some 21,000,000 victims.

    So, let's please ratchet down the foolish hyperbole about LBJ making Stalin "green with envy."



    That was a remarkably (none / 0) (#89)
    by Mr Natural on Tue May 24, 2016 at 08:50:16 AM EST
    self centered post, Donald, even for you.  2-3 million lives matter.  It puts LBJ in the pantheon of shame.  Evil isn't nicer because it's Americans doing the evil.

    Here's a dollar, dude. Buy yourself a clue. (none / 0) (#136)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Wed May 25, 2016 at 04:45:57 PM EST
    Where exactly in my post did I say that the lives lost in Vietnam didn't matter? Short answer is, I didn't. (That I lost my father in the Vietnam War is beside the point.) Your nonsensical and noxious comparison of LBJ to Josef Stalin is totally irrational on its face. If you turned turned in a term paper that offered that sort of straw man argument, I'd flunk your sorry a$$.

    As long as leftists like yourself continue to run screaming down the halls with breathlessly hyperbolic generalities, while ignoring basic facts and putting little if any real thought into what you say as long as it makes you feel superior, you're going to continue to self-marginalize and not play any substantive role whatsoever in the shaping of our politics.

    But that's okay, because you've probably gotten quite used to nobody listening to you by now, haven't you?

    The '60s are over. Deal with it.


    The '60s are over.. (none / 0) (#149)
    by jondee on Wed May 25, 2016 at 09:26:48 PM EST
    As long as Leftists like yourself..

    The stress of this campaign has lately been serving the purpose of helping Donald get back in touch with his inner Reagan democrat -- the way a grasshopper under stress will morph into a winged locust..

    That response exemplifies why so many of the hopeful, idealistic young these days want to lead all the washed-up James Carville-wannabes out to some shady spot in the back pasture where they can bluster and ruminate out of everyone's way.


    about the makeup (none / 0) (#74)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 23, 2016 at 05:19:08 PM EST
    that deserves some kind of award as well.

    it was terrific.  it did not "look" like makeup as it so often does.   even in the extreme closeups with him screaming and distorting his face.   that is not easy to do.


    really true (none / 0) (#77)
    by ruffian on Mon May 23, 2016 at 06:41:10 PM EST
    I did not recognize Bradley Whitford as Humphrey at all. Yet the character came through even with all the makeup.  Who played Walter Jenkins? Need to look that up. I know I should know - have seen him before.

    HODOR!!! (none / 0) (#3)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 22, 2016 at 09:01:26 PM EST
    Now ya know

    That was a rather (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 22, 2016 at 09:09:03 PM EST
    Heartbreaking mindf@ck that was.  

    Penny Dreadful (none / 0) (#12)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 23, 2016 at 07:35:28 AM EST
    Was also great.

    And PREACHER on AMC was excellent.


    That was one of my speculations (none / 0) (#36)
    by ruffian on Mon May 23, 2016 at 11:17:33 AM EST
    The words I mean - could not predict the situation. Was surprised to find it was true.

    Sansa - gees, what are the odds her mercy on Littlefinger will come back to haunt her?


    That (none / 0) (#37)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 23, 2016 at 11:19:23 AM EST
    Or he will manage to save the day and weasel back into favor.

    Seen Penny Dreadful yet.   Another interesting backstory.


    Have not started PD yet - maybe tonight! (none / 0) (#46)
    by ruffian on Mon May 23, 2016 at 11:49:45 AM EST
    Are you watching VEEP?

    That show is so dang funny.


    Not violent enough (none / 0) (#51)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 23, 2016 at 12:10:33 PM EST
    Just kidding.  I will get around to it.  But no, not yet.

    Selina has not had anyone stabbed through the (none / 0) (#56)
    by ruffian on Mon May 23, 2016 at 12:24:43 PM EST
    back of the head....yet! It is also more bloodless than House of Cards.

    It is played for sheer comedy, and so well done. Adding Hugh Laurie late last season as a 'frenemie' senator was genius. He is so great.


    I watched it last night (none / 0) (#55)
    by Militarytracy on Mon May 23, 2016 at 12:20:34 PM EST
    I don't normally watch it, but they were on it last night. What a hoot. I'll have to watch it next week now because, "His head is too big for his body, but sometimes his body is too big for his head."

    there was a koke tallest week I can't even repeat (5.00 / 1) (#78)
    by ruffian on Mon May 23, 2016 at 06:46:45 PM EST
    here, it was so politically incorrect. One of those that when it goes by fast you spit out your wine laughing, but seeing it written down would make me feel like horrible human being.

    On Preacher last night (none / 0) (#79)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 23, 2016 at 06:48:27 PM EST
    There was a Tom Cruise joke that makes sitting thru the whole 90 minutes worth it just for that.

    The night is dark (none / 0) (#83)
    by ragebot on Tue May 24, 2016 at 03:26:57 AM EST
    and lacking answers.

    Kinvara is, at least by geography, allied with Varys and Daenerys while Melisandre, at least by geography, is allied with the Starks.  Not sure what is going on King's Landing with religion but the High Sparrow clearly has power to shame the Lanisters and Tyrells.

    Some followers of the Lord of Light, like Melisandre, seem to have great power to create smoke monsters.  She is also not the first follower of R'hllor to bring the dead back to life.  Early on this power was described as some what short lived but repeatable.  

    The only other faction able to revive the dead are the white walkers, but those dead don't seem as completely revived as the ones Melisandre revives.  While not really reviving the dead Qyburn deserves mention for saving the Mountain from certain death.

    Does not matter how good you are at killing folks if others have the power to bring them back from the dead.


    Frm what I have read (none / 0) (#86)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 24, 2016 at 08:25:42 AM EST
    The High Sparrows reign of terror may end in the next episode.

    Looks like action on that front (none / 0) (#95)
    by ruffian on Tue May 24, 2016 at 09:44:38 AM EST
    int he previews. Marjery is on the big stairs, looking ready for her shame walk. Doubt it is going to work out well for the Sparrow this time.

    And now we (none / 0) (#97)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 24, 2016 at 09:57:13 AM EST
    Know why Riverrun is being seiged.  The Blackfish and his army are there.

    I was trying to remember if it is really true (none / 0) (#146)
    by ruffian on Wed May 25, 2016 at 06:39:10 PM EST
    that Blackfish was gathering an army. Or was Littlefinger just playing Sansa?

    It makes (none / 0) (#147)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed May 25, 2016 at 06:42:58 PM EST
    All the buzz about the spectacular scenes coming that involve the Seige of Riverrun make sense.  There are rumors about Ramsay and what happens to him there.  And supposedly all the storylines come back together there at seasons end.

    As the wall comes down.  I made up that last part.


    This is brilliant (none / 0) (#148)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed May 25, 2016 at 08:26:47 PM EST
    how many people (none / 0) (#71)
    by CST on Mon May 23, 2016 at 04:24:54 PM EST
    are the Starks responsible for killing at this point with their incompetence?  In some ways Bran being a nosy climber is the catalyst for so many problems.

    I'm beginning to hope they all die just so the Hodor's of the world can stop sacrificing themselves on the alter of the "honorable Starks".

    Arya is cool, and in fairness Sansa finally stopped being terrible, and John isn't really a Stark, but he's still whiny and I'm generally getting sick of the whole family.


    you are not wrong (none / 0) (#72)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 23, 2016 at 04:32:07 PM EST
    the mother of dragons has made it clear they are just another spoke on the wheel she intends to break.  

    I think that is where this is all going (none / 0) (#76)
    by ruffian on Mon May 23, 2016 at 06:39:03 PM EST
    We also saw in Bran's look into the penseive, er...worging....that the legend of Ned Stark beating the best King's Guard swordsman single-handedly in a fair fight was untrue.

    And Sansa was reminded that one of the other houses is no longer on their side because of Robb's actions.

    Maybe all of this is just to humble the Stark children in order to build their character and make them live up to the Stark reputation - even if it is an undeserved reputation.


    The little play (none / 0) (#80)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 23, 2016 at 07:25:31 PM EST
    About the Starks and the Lannisters was an interesting point of view variation for Arya.

    also (none / 0) (#81)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 23, 2016 at 08:32:26 PM EST
    concerning Bran and all the trouble he is causing,there is a theory that its Bran that brings the apocalypse.  see the Wall is not just ice.  its warded, just like the cave. which, its thought, is why the walkers have never tried to cross in 5 seasons. even with their massive army of the dead.  but now Bran is marked so the warding doesnt work.   they could enter the cave and if Meera and Bran make it south of the wall, the theory goes, they can cross that.  

    will that be the season finale?  the wall coming down and the walkers crossing into Westeros?



    Great article. I forgot or otherwise did not (none / 0) (#84)
    by ruffian on Tue May 24, 2016 at 06:37:17 AM EST
    absorb the info in the earlier episodes.

    The wall has to come down at some point - what an amazing scene it will be. No filmmaker could resist that.  It would make the perfect season finale leading into the wrap-up of the series.

    Is next season the last, or are there 2 more?


    I have not heard (none / 0) (#85)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 24, 2016 at 08:24:06 AM EST
    If they have said how many seasons there will be.  The next book will be out by the next season.   Is that supposed to be the last book?  I don't know.  But even if it is they did this season with no book to go on and it's been terrific.

    They are not tying anything to the publishing (none / 0) (#96)
    by ruffian on Tue May 24, 2016 at 09:48:53 AM EST
    schedule anymore. They've said there will be either 7 or 8 seasons.  (we are in season 6)

    8 please (none / 0) (#98)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 24, 2016 at 10:13:50 AM EST
    Reasons People Give for Voting for Trump (none / 0) (#7)
    by RickyJim on Sun May 22, 2016 at 10:13:28 PM EST
    Robert Reich gives a summary of some of them he's heard while traveling around the nation.  I was at dinner on Friday with three 50ish gentlemen all of whom said they plan to vote for Trump.  They told me that two out of the three respective wives are also for Trump!  I mostly listened in shocked silence but I gather that it was mostly that the idea of a Hillary presidency drove them nuts.  One interesting thing was that they thought a Trump/Sanders ticket would be great ("because they agree on everything") and would be certain to demolish Hillary.

    I wouldn't (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon May 23, 2016 at 07:31:31 AM EST
    count the wives. They might just be saying that to shut up their husbands about Trump. My neighbor says her husband is a big Trump fan but tells me in an aside that she detests Trump.

    Gopnik in New Yorker on Trump (none / 0) (#14)
    by Coral on Mon May 23, 2016 at 08:33:07 AM EST
    This is a must-read piece on the danger of Trump. I think a lot of people underestimate the threat.



    Scary (5.00 / 1) (#18)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon May 23, 2016 at 09:47:52 AM EST
    Yeah, I saw that the other day. The GOP is in the process of normalizing things like rounding people up and hauling them off.

    Yup (none / 0) (#23)
    by Militarytracy on Mon May 23, 2016 at 10:25:51 AM EST
    I got into a Facebook fight about the rebel flag in VA cemetaries on the local newspapers page. I have really just had enough. So has my son. Thank God school is almost out. The crazy talk at the high school is too much for a disabled teen.

    I thought I would go delete my Facebook "discussion" with an F-word used because you know, my name and the Klan wannabees showed up. When I went to delete it though an Alabama district court judge had shown up to talk the Klan down and they were all attacking him. Just insane. I left my "discussion" up. I'll stand with an Alabama judge trying to talk sense to the crazy.

    I hope Howdy is right and enough people snap out of it. I'm not experiencing much of that here. But I live in full on crazytown.


    Well (5.00 / 1) (#26)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 23, 2016 at 10:32:28 AM EST
    Trying to be optimistic but remember I am the one who has been screaming for a year about the danger of complacency.

    As I have said,  anybody but Hillary and the Obama campaign folks and I would be solidifying international moving plans.   We CAN win.  It won't be easy or pretty.


    Well (5.00 / 1) (#32)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon May 23, 2016 at 10:51:10 AM EST
    after 2000 and 8 years of George W. Bush nobody in this country should ever take anything for granted. However there are the nihilists like Susan Sarandon who seem to have very short memories of that time and then there are the young people who probably don't understand what is at stake.

    Here it is (none / 0) (#29)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon May 23, 2016 at 10:49:09 AM EST
    strange. There are Republicans that are being drug into the Trump camp kicking and screaming. There are others that are going willingly. It really depends on the area that they are from. The collar counties around Atlanta seem to be having a problem with Trump, big problem, embarrassing problem. The more rural the better it is for Trump.

    I can see how (none / 0) (#31)
    by Militarytracy on Mon May 23, 2016 at 10:51:07 AM EST
    That is the evolution.

    The number of people who (none / 0) (#15)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 23, 2016 at 08:47:45 AM EST
    Underestimate it is shrinking

    The oft heard criticism (5.00 / 1) (#22)
    by KeysDan on Mon May 23, 2016 at 10:23:46 AM EST
    of the US presidential electoral system is that it is too long. European parliamentary elections may be cited for staring and finishing in short order.

     While agreeing in principle, in practice, I am thankful for the long process.  The presidency is so important, we need to observe candidates campaign across the spectrum of time. The asset of time is critical this cycle, as we have seen in the winnowing of the Republican herd.

     All the more unsettling by the last man standing, and the ongoing revelations indicating that the ignorance level has not approached its plateau.   Of course, the Republican primary voters are oblivious to it all, after all, they know that government is not his field. And, expect little, other than his "attitudes."

     But, it is my belief that Trump is already becoming over-exposed.  His oafish antics are less entertaining and he will, over the next months, become tiresome. And, oafish antics is all he has going for him.

      And, in the Democratic field, the revelations of the less known candidates, Sanders and O'Malley.  The latter's candidacy showed a nice guy who was not quite ready for the big time; the former, showed that the seeming luxurious cloth became,increasingly, threadbare. For all who cared to see.  Mrs. Clinton has continued to show her mettle and endurance in policy and politics.


    Exactly what is this everything (none / 0) (#9)
    by Militarytracy on Mon May 23, 2016 at 05:31:20 AM EST
    That Trump and Sanders agree on?

    I know that Dems are still primarying, but I'm 100% positive that Bernie Sanders would set himself on fire before he affiliated himself with Donald Trump in any meaningful way.

    I'm shocked when any desperate Republican mindset voter confuses the Democratic primary with some sort of agreement or alignment with the existing Republican platform and goals. Talk about living in a bubble.


    For me, I think (none / 0) (#8)
    by Suisser1 on Mon May 23, 2016 at 12:46:47 AM EST
    a whole lot of HRC supporters are just flying under the radar. Either we just generally keep our heads down, or we don't care to have land lines or if we do, we use call ID and ignore. JMHO, hopefully correct

    Article about (none / 0) (#10)
    by Nemi on Mon May 23, 2016 at 06:45:09 AM EST
    and interview with Howard Dean, The Democratic Wingman of the Democratic Party. On among other things whether, in his view, Sanders' voters will come around and vote for Hillary in the general election ... and what it takes:

    Going forward, a lot will depend on how Sanders reacts to an official Clinton nomination. "Nobody wants Donald Trump to be president," Dean said. "They don't want right-wing people in the Supreme Court. Hillary has to be gracious, and Bernie even a little more gracious. And it's not in his nature."

    Dean though is optimistic about Sanders's Millennial voters moving over to Clinton. Dean sees Millennials (he calls them "globals") as about 80 percent of Sanders's followers. "The first globals will cheerfully switch to Hillary for the most part," Dean said. "They're not confrontational people; they're very pragmatic." The remaining 20 percent of Sanders's supporters, however, Dean views as unlikely to be converted to team Clinton. Those are older Sanders voters, who have never been Democrats and don't seem to like Democrats. "They're sort of sourpusses anyway," he said. "And they probably won't switch over, which is fine. We can win with 80 percent of Bernie's vote." And yet, his optimism carries a caveat: Sanders will still have to encourage his voters to go for Clinton.


    "He doesn't have to bless Hillary's positions, or pretend he's something he's not. He's never going to do that; he never has. But he does have to be a little tolerant of the fact that there's some difference." Tolerance isn't a word most people would associate with Sanders when it comes to the establishment candidate. And Dean has called on Sanders to "tone down the rhetoric," which he called "bitter" and said could "weaken progressives." As Dean told me, when it comes to November, "What Bernie does makes a big difference."

    So what if the unthinkable happens and Trump becomes the victor this fall? "Who the hell knows? Maybe Vermont should just secede. Hell, we're more Canadian than most of the other states anyway."

    I was reading (none / 0) (#13)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon May 23, 2016 at 07:46:32 AM EST
    the other day and found out that the numbers were way worse in 2008 with 40% of Hillary voters refusing to vote for Obama. I had no idea the numbers were that big back then or either have forgotten.

    Dean's view is different (none / 0) (#16)
    by ragebot on Mon May 23, 2016 at 09:27:31 AM EST
    Conventional wisdom is the older Sanders voters, especially females, would view Hillary more favorably than the younger voters.  Not sure which view is correct.  Also have to note that younger voters have a history of not voting at the same level as older voters.

    Of course this election conventional wisdom seems to have gone out the window.


    Well (5.00 / 1) (#19)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon May 23, 2016 at 09:52:06 AM EST
    I'm sure Dean has some data to back up what he's saying like some internal polling.

    Yes, it all seems (none / 0) (#34)
    by Nemi on Mon May 23, 2016 at 11:01:43 AM EST
    rather unpredictable. But I find this letter, in two parts, reassuring that even (at least some) 'older, grumpy hippies', though disappointed that Bernie Sanders isn't going to win, will be realistic and vote for Hillary. If for no other reason than to stop Trump:

    Part 1

    Part 2.


    Officer Nero found not guilty in 2nd Freddie Gray (none / 0) (#21)
    by McBain on Mon May 23, 2016 at 10:23:06 AM EST

    Officer Nero opted for a bench trial and the judge Barry Williams didn't seem to be buying what the prosecution was selling....

    Williams grilled prosecutors during closing arguments last Thursday, questioning whether a crime was in fact committed by Nero.

    "So, every time there's an arrest without probable justification -- it is a crime?" Williams asked.

    I'm not exactly sure why this case needed to go forward.  This is what Nero's lawyer, Marc Zayon, said..

    "I can't believe I even have to argue this," he said. "The detention is okay, the cuffing is okay, the moving is okay," he said. "Being detained is a horrible thing, being cuffed is a horrible thing...but the law allows it."

    Perhaps the prosecution needed this trial to get statements/evidence against some of the cops in the five future Freddie Gray trials. This is long from over but it seems like another social justice experiment gone bad.

    So (none / 0) (#24)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 23, 2016 at 10:29:11 AM EST
    I swore I would never buy another Windows machine, then I did.  My desktop died and since I basically only use it for Netflix I went cheap, relatively cheap-they are practically giving away desktops these days, and went with Windows.

    Then I got the free offer to upgrade to Windows10 that goes until July and I did, somewhat reluctantly.  But I have to say, and I never thought I would say this, so far I kind of like it.

    Any other experiences with 10?

    Bought a Dell witn Windows 10 (none / 0) (#30)
    by Coral on Mon May 23, 2016 at 10:49:16 AM EST
    For the same reasons as you. I use Macs for most of my work, but prefer to use Quicken for Windows to track finances. Windows 10 is much better than I expected. Last Windows OS I used was XP, which is now obsolete. The Dell was incredibly cheap.

    I didn't buy 10 (none / 0) (#43)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 23, 2016 at 11:36:03 AM EST
    I bought "refurbished".  That's a big thing now.  Nobody wants desktops.  I got a quad processor with lots of memory Windows 7 and all kinds of warranty from Amazon for..wait for it....$55.00.

    With free shipping.  Then I got the free upgrade to 10.  Certain packages (not sure which but 7 is one) can upgrade free till July something.  I would recommend thinking about it if you can.


    Harry Reid (none / 0) (#45)
    by jbindc on Mon May 23, 2016 at 11:48:35 AM EST
    Hillary Clinton must not pick a senator from a Republican-controlled state as her vice president, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) warned Monday.

    "If we have a Republican governor in any of those states, the answer is not only no, but hell no. I would do whatever I can and I think most of my Democratic colleagues here would say the same thing," Reid told MSNBC, asked about the possibility of Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) or Sherrod Brown (Ohio) as being named Clinton's No. 2.

    Reid added that he would "yell and scream to stop that."


    I am not (none / 0) (#52)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon May 23, 2016 at 12:11:11 PM EST
    surprised to hear this but I never thought she would pick a senator from a state with a GOP controlled governor because it lessens the chances of the senate changing hands.

    Took me a while to figure out why he objects (5.00 / 1) (#54)
    by ruffian on Mon May 23, 2016 at 12:19:30 PM EST
    so much - I did not see the word 'senator' in there at first. But yes of course it makes sense that he does not want to lose a Dem senator.

    Might be better to pick someone that is not in congress anyway - given that Congress is not very popular these days.


    The Purge (none / 0) (#57)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 23, 2016 at 12:28:21 PM EST
    Is a franchise I have mentioned before.  The first, "The Purge" is extremely well done and totally worth the time.  It's pretty biting social commentary.  It tells the story of a America that has solved it's problems of poverty and homelessness by an annual Purge.  Thus is how it works, once a year for 24 hours all laws (or most laws) are suspended and you can kill anyone you can catch.  It's marketed as a way to let people vent all their anger and frustration for a happier republic.  In the small print you learn that the rich and well to do are able to reinforce their homes to be something like fortresses.  The amount of reinforcement directly related to hiw much you can afford.  The main character as it happens has a(booming) business in retrofitting houses to be "Purge Safe".   On the flip side the poor and homeless can afford no such protection and die by the thousands.  Which, it becomes clear, is the point although it's never stated that way.  It's marketed as a patriotic duty.

    As I said the first movie is great. (Queen mother Cerci is the female lead).  The second is not very good and not recommended.  But now there is a third and I have no idea how good it is but I  already like one thing about it the title and tag line


    bad name choice (5.00 / 1) (#82)
    by linea on Mon May 23, 2016 at 10:02:31 PM EST
    sounds like a movie about bulimia to me.

    Banksters Get Out of Jail Free - again (none / 0) (#64)
    by Mr Natural on Mon May 23, 2016 at 01:41:20 PM EST
    Cui Bono?  The Tan Man, Countrywide, & Bank of America.  

    Nothing to see here folks.  It was all legal.  A bit breachy-of-contract.  That's all.  Vote for Hill "cut it out" ary and Move along...

    Veterans Administration (none / 0) (#90)
    by Mr Natural on Tue May 24, 2016 at 08:57:04 AM EST
    backs up the clown car, pops the trunk, and tries to sell some grade A bulls**t:

    WASHINGTON -- Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald said Monday that he believes veterans' wait times for appointments aren't a valid measure of their experience at the VA and releasing more wait-time data would create negative headlines that would distract people from what really matters.

    The Government Accountability Office released a report last month concluding that VA schedulers still are manipulating wait times and recommending that the VA more accurately measure them.

    "The days to an appointment is really not what we should be measuring, we should be measuring the veterans' satisfaction," said Bob. "When you go to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? What's important? What's important is: what's your satisfaction with the experience?"

    McDonald said the agency is developing a new measure that he hopes will more accurately reflect veterans' experiences with the VA.

    Isn't that special?

    Good thing (5.00 / 1) (#91)
    by jbindc on Tue May 24, 2016 at 09:04:48 AM EST
    Nice shootin' JB (none / 0) (#102)
    by Mr Natural on Tue May 24, 2016 at 01:32:07 PM EST
    Annnnnnnnddd we're OFF (none / 0) (#92)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 24, 2016 at 09:07:38 AM EST
    Trumps reanimation of the zombie allegations of rape and the murder of Vince Foster even has Bill O'Reilly cringing-

    O'Reilly to Trump:  lay off the tawdry stuff

    What pivot?

    Maybe a good thing to get it out of the way (none / 0) (#99)
    by ruffian on Tue May 24, 2016 at 11:20:53 AM EST
    early while he is still trying to please the GOP.

    good question (none / 0) (#100)
    by mm on Tue May 24, 2016 at 12:09:39 PM EST
    From Bob Somerby:

    That said, please note the passage we have highlighted, which appears to say that Trump made his remarks only after being asked about the death of Foster.

     Why would an inexperienced youngster like DelReal ask Trump about that subject? This raises a question the liberal world has ignored, avoided and disappeared for the past twenty-four years.

     Why on earth did the Washington Post raise that topic with Trump? We can't answer your question, which is perfectly sensible. For now, let's consider that second report in this morning's Post.

    The Andrea Mitchell (5.00 / 1) (#101)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 24, 2016 at 12:35:43 PM EST
    School of journalism

    Clinton Derangement Syndrome: (5.00 / 2) (#103)
    by ruffian on Tue May 24, 2016 at 02:28:18 PM EST
    The Next Generation

    the sequel you never asked for...but are going to get anyway


    As far as I know....none of (none / 0) (#104)
    by ruffian on Tue May 24, 2016 at 02:30:55 PM EST
    the journos that made their careers on this cr** in the 90's ever had to give the money back. If there continues to be a market for it, they will keep doing it.

    Next up (none / 0) (#130)
    by jbindc on Wed May 25, 2016 at 01:21:11 PM EST
    Whitwater.  LOL.

    Donald Trump, who in recent days has accused Bill Clinton of rape and suggested he and Hillary Clinton may have had a role in the death of one of their close friends, plans to focus next on the Whitewater real estate scandal, POLITICO has learned.

    Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo on Wednesday morning emailed a researcher at the Republican National Committee asking him to "work up information on HRC/Whitewater as soon as possible. This is for immediate use and for the afternoon talking points process."

    The email was obtained by POLITICO when Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks, who Caputo copied on his request to the RNC, accidentally responded instead to Marc Caputo, a POLITICO reporter who is not related to the Republican consultant.

    Yeah (5.00 / 1) (#131)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed May 25, 2016 at 01:27:13 PM EST
    I saw that.  republican reaction behind the scenes

    This is really not going well for Donald so far.


    I saw (none / 0) (#132)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed May 25, 2016 at 01:50:25 PM EST
    that and laughed. Yes, let's remind every voter that the GOP spent billions of dollars investigating that nonsense.

    Maybe Donald will talk about the time Ken Starr had people going through Hillary's and Chelsea's lingerie drawers in the White House too or maybe he will talk about how the GOP spent weeks investigating the Clinton's Christmas card list.


    Plus - Donald Trump investigating (5.00 / 1) (#133)
    by ruffian on Wed May 25, 2016 at 02:20:54 PM EST
    shady real estate deals? That is laughable on its face.

    The guy attacks (5.00 / 1) (#137)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed May 25, 2016 at 05:02:03 PM EST
    Susana Martinez.  The one female Latina governor.  The head of the republican governors assoc.  

    Whatever Bernie has he is catching it


    Night Manager finale (none / 0) (#113)
    by ruffian on Tue May 24, 2016 at 10:23:23 PM EST
    wow, that was good. Now I'm too wired to sleep! I will have to meditate on Huddleston's baby blues.

    I hear Tom Hiddleston is the (none / 0) (#114)
    by caseyOR on Tue May 24, 2016 at 11:22:18 PM EST
    front runner to be the next James Bond.

    I was hoping for Idris Elba (5.00 / 1) (#119)
    by CST on Wed May 25, 2016 at 09:13:38 AM EST
    but I like Tom.

    I was hoping for Idris, too, (none / 0) (#121)
    by caseyOR on Wed May 25, 2016 at 09:52:06 AM EST
    but that is apparently a bridge too far.

    I'd prefer Idris too (none / 0) (#123)
    by ruffian on Wed May 25, 2016 at 10:58:26 AM EST
    Having not been to a Bond movie in 25 years though, I don't think they care about my opinion.

    Never been a Bond fan (none / 0) (#126)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed May 25, 2016 at 12:04:07 PM EST
    But the new ones with Daniel Craig are pretty good.

    Not sure about the new guy.


    ... starting with Casino Royale. Craig's Bond is an emotionally complex character, and that in my opinion makes him much more faithful to author Ian Fleming's original vision of the character.

    The four films starring Craig as 007 have been of much better quality than many entries from the long-running franchise, and have certainly made much better use of quality supporting players such as Judi Dench, Giancarlo Giannini, Jeffrey Wright and Ralph Feinnes. Even the Bond villains elevated their game, thanks to the efforts of Mads Mikkelsen, Javier Bardem and Christof Walz.

    Personally, and with all due respect to fans of Sean Connery's 007, I think Daniel Craig is probably the most interesting incarnation of James Bond. And of his four 007 films, I like "Skyfall" the best, because Bond ultimately proves to be all too human -- and in her final outing as M (save for a short cameo in "Spectre"), Judi Dench shows us why she's the baddest Bond woman of them all.  



    That would be interesting (none / 0) (#115)
    by ruffian on Wed May 25, 2016 at 06:57:34 AM EST
    He's not the usual alpha male type. But if Hugh Laurie plays the bad guy,  I'm in!

    Brace for incoming email trolls (none / 0) (#125)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed May 25, 2016 at 12:02:42 PM EST

    Welcome to the future (none / 0) (#129)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed May 25, 2016 at 01:09:32 PM EST
    Where not just the Internet has pop ups.  This is pretty terrifying.


    Hyper-Reality presents a provocative and kaleidoscopic new vision of the future, where physical and virtual realities have merged, and the city is saturated in media.

    Melania: Men will be men (none / 0) (#134)
    by ruffian on Wed May 25, 2016 at 02:36:18 PM EST
    Not even sure which way to go with this one. On one hand, anyone calling out Chris Mathews on his boorish behavior is OK in my book. on the other...'men will be men'? I guess if you live with the Donald you have to think that way or you will not last long.

    Well, women are women, (none / 0) (#139)
    by Mr Natural on Wed May 25, 2016 at 05:42:25 PM EST

    That said, I dread imagining what's underneath Trump's expensive suits.  No amount of money can make up for that.  So I hope Mrs. Trump has a boytoy or some toyboys squirreled away somewhere.  

    Life is too short to live it with Donald.


    Toddy (Victor/Victoria) (5.00 / 1) (#141)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed May 25, 2016 at 05:55:02 PM EST
    "I am personally acquainted with at least a dozen men who act exactly like women.   And vice versa"

    Geez (none / 0) (#140)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed May 25, 2016 at 05:48:05 PM EST
    Apparently my psycho senator Tom Cotton is being seriously considered as Trumps VP.

    it makes a twisted kind of sense.

    That certainly is twisted. (5.00 / 1) (#145)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Wed May 25, 2016 at 06:34:11 PM EST
    Tom Cotton is another Republican who really has no business serving in public office.

    And speaking of crazy Republicans who have no business in public office, let's give a shout out to your neighbors in Texas, who apparently sobered up long enough to realize that there's crazy and then there's double live gonzo insanity, and therefore decided that it would probably not be a good idea to give deranged Old Maid impersonator Mary Lou Bruner a seat on the Texas Board of Education.



    Since so (none / 0) (#142)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed May 25, 2016 at 06:04:03 PM EST
    far the list of possible VPs for Trump has only included psychos it makes sense. Of course though it would be the end of Cotton's political career. He might still be senator from AR but never more being on a ticket with Trump.