Monday Open Thread

FYI, I'm still #WarrenforVP.

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    Warren Should Stay in the Senate (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Michael Masinter on Mon Jun 27, 2016 at 12:55:26 PM EST
    We don't need another republican senator from MA, but that's exactly what we'll get if Senator Warren resigns her seat (she can't be both a senator and a VP). Gov. Baker will appoint a placeholder, then run for the seat and win. If the republicans retain control of the Senate, President Clinton will never be able to have a SCOTUS nominee confirmed.  Losing the MA seat makes that outcome more likely.  

    You think Baker (none / 0) (#2)
    by CST on Mon Jun 27, 2016 at 12:59:38 PM EST
    Is gonna run for senate?  I don't.  If he did he would automatically lose a lot of the good will he has by leaving for national politics midway through his first term.  A lot of his support stems from the fact that he actually seems engaged and interested in doing his job rather than just using it as a stepping stone to something else.

    Also (none / 0) (#3)
    by CST on Mon Jun 27, 2016 at 01:01:33 PM EST
    given that the last guy tried to make the jump from gov to pres - I think senate might be aiming a bit low.

    Besides (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Jun 27, 2016 at 03:07:20 PM EST
    They have figured this whole thing out so even if a republican was appointed they would only serve for a short time.  Special election.

    There has been a ton written about this so I'm not even going to link.


    This person is suggesting (none / 0) (#10)
    by CST on Mon Jun 27, 2016 at 03:38:28 PM EST
    That the extremely popular Republican governor would run in the special election and flip the seat for the long term.  I seriously doubt that would happen for any number of reasons.

    There is the suggestion (none / 0) (#11)
    by KeysDan on Mon Jun 27, 2016 at 03:46:26 PM EST
    that Joseph Kennedy III, who replaced Barney Frank in Congress, would be a strong candidate for the senate if Senator Warren vacated her seat upon election to the vice presidency.  In addition to the Kennedy name and resource capabilities, Mr Kennedy seems to be quite well-regarded and well-qualified.  Don't know how John Kerry would fare if he attempted to return to the senate.

    Were I Mrs. Clinton, ... (none / 0) (#22)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Jun 27, 2016 at 06:04:29 PM EST
    ... I'd prefer to keep him on in his present post, provided that he's actually willing to stay. I think he's done a great job as her successor at the State Dept.

    He is not the only one (none / 0) (#29)
    by caseyOR on Mon Jun 27, 2016 at 10:41:08 PM EST
    who thinks Baker will run for the Senate if Warren resigns. I have read that in a few places. And the people I have read believe Baker would win the Senate seat and be much harder to get of than Scott Brown, thus giving the Commonwealth a Republican senator for a long time.

    I would think it's more (none / 0) (#14)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Jun 27, 2016 at 04:12:42 PM EST
    Likely to make the jump from popular governor to president if that's the plan.   Senate to president has not historically been a great path.  Obama managed it but he was not your typical politician.

    Plus many are saying this could be a tsunami year when even a popular republican governor might lose.  

    I agree with you.  Not likely.


    Obama nanaged it (none / 0) (#37)
    by jbindc on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 08:19:19 AM EST
    Because the race had only two governors on the Dem side who dropped out early - Tom Vilsack and Bill Richardson.

    The Repubs had Romney, Gilmore, andvm Huckabee, but even the only serious one (Romney) dropped out after Super Tuesday.

    2008 was a very unusual year with all thise Senators running.


    Won't the appointment to (none / 0) (#16)
    by BackFromOhio on Mon Jun 27, 2016 at 05:07:36 PM EST
    replace Warren only be for 2 mos. & then the run-off in MA?  

    I think Warren might happen (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by ruffian on Mon Jun 27, 2016 at 02:07:58 PM EST
    I'm warming to the idea. Hillary is pretty sure of winning anyway...but I think she'd like some of that excitement and energy on the ticket.  I don't know anyone else that can deliver it.

    Did you see (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Jun 27, 2016 at 04:05:33 PM EST
    The joint appearance today?  It was pretty electric.  

    Yes, (5.00 / 3) (#15)
    by KeysDan on Mon Jun 27, 2016 at 04:25:34 PM EST
    I did. And, it was electric.

      Trump's very good brain will be put to the test in selecting his running mate, with prospects of a Clinton/Warren ticket.  And, it will not be final until after his Cleveland soiree.  If he decides he needs a woman on his ticket, he can look to Fiorina--she has experience in being a fleeting vice presidential running mate.

     And, while Trump says she is too ugly to be president, she may be good enough for vice president.  And, no worries,  his doctor attests to his health as being terrific, although this is hard to verify since his good friend and physician whom Trump cited, Dr. Jacob Bornstein of Lenox Hospital, has been dead for some time.

     Of course, Fiorina may demand stringent conditions, such as railings on all campaign stages.  But, Trump is a good negotiator and he should be able to make a deal.


    As long as Trump and the GOP ... (5.00 / 1) (#18)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Jun 27, 2016 at 05:34:12 PM EST
    ... are hellbent on doubling down on the stupid, I think he should through caution to the wind and pick Sarah Palin. After all, self-proclaimed "real Americans" just loves 'em some Caribou Barbie, grifters gotta grift, and Tina Fey would just slay us in her SNL cameos.

    Waren (none / 0) (#6)
    by Redbrow on Mon Jun 27, 2016 at 03:17:10 PM EST
    Is the perfect choice.

    Warrn and hillary are like peas in a pod.


    I suspect (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by FlJoe on Mon Jun 27, 2016 at 03:28:48 PM EST
    a couple of peas are missing from your pod.

    LOL! That's probably because ... (none / 0) (#20)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Jun 27, 2016 at 05:41:33 PM EST
    ... HAL 9000 locked him out for jeopardizing the mission.

    Comparing the (none / 0) (#8)
    by KeysDan on Mon Jun 27, 2016 at 03:31:11 PM EST
    frequently mentioned vice presidential possibilities, Elizabeth Warren, Julian Castro, Tim Kain, Sherrod Brown, and Xavier Becerra, Senator Warren brings the most to the ticket.

      The Cincinnati "audition" dispels the notion, as Little Marco might say, that Warren and Clinton might be seen as competitive rather than complementary. The chemistry was very good; Senator Warren is a star that does not eclipse but brings binary illumination.

    Certainly, the Clinton campaign is polling the electoral potential, especially, the single gender ticket.  A factor, no doubt, despite the rather long precedent of such, albeit, with a novel twist.

    The other possibilities have their own drawbacks: Tim Kaine would be a cautious choice--probably too cautious when bold is needed. Castro does bring much, including his younger age; and Sherrod Brown would be a good choice but would be a more difficult senate loss than Warren in terms of timely state replacement capabilities.

     If not Warren, my preference would be for Xavier Becerra.  Senator Sanders, at one time, might have been someone who should not be overlooked.  But, that time has long past.

     Although not in favor of Sanders in that spot, I am in favor of beating Trump. Senator Warren brings much of what Sanders' supporters are looking for plus a whole lot more.


    I disagree (none / 0) (#39)
    by jbindc on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 08:45:51 AM EST
    Clinton doesn't need to shore up her left - Elizabeth Warren is onboard and poll after poll show that 80% of Sanders supporters have already come home. And after yesterday's joint appearance by HRC and EW, Sanders is pretty much irrelevant.

    HRC needs to attract the squishy middle, especially those Republican-leaning voters who just can't stomach the idea of a Trump presidency. Kaine may not be ideal (and I have no strong opinion about him one way or the other), but he brings a MUCH larger portfolio to the table than EW, who really has only one issue.   An important issue, but still only one.

    Kaine not only brings executive experience in a swing state,  he speaks Spanish, he's already had plenty of national scrutiny (he was vetted to be Obana's VP), and a Dem will replace him.

    So, my guess is it won't be Warren.


    I'm not (none / 0) (#41)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 09:02:27 AM EST
    sure someone like Kaine does much of anything. I'm not sure he brings in the middle or anything. He just seems to me to be a colorless flavorless VP.

    I feel like this is the year (none / 0) (#43)
    by CST on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 09:20:35 AM EST
    Where the squishy middle is already on board with Hillary just because of Trump.  At least as much as the angry left.

    Honestly - I don't see a way that Hillary loses this year.  As such - I think she should pick the person that would best fill that position after the election.

    Warren is growing on me for that role, I think she would help keep the focus on certain issues, and work tirelessly to that end - and the important thing about their campaign appearance is that they seem to work well together.

    I suspect you are right, and she ends up going with Kaine.  But I hope you are wrong.


    Yes, that is where I am at too (none / 0) (#45)
    by ruffian on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 09:27:54 AM EST
    I think the campaign probably has a good idea of how the squishy middle is leaning.

    Reading more about Kaine, he is not as much of a non-entity as I thought, and would probably be a good VP.  He just would not add a whole lot to the actual process of campaigning.

    I will be OK with either selection.


    What you both said (5.00 / 1) (#46)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 09:37:32 AM EST
    Kaine would be a safe boring white guy choice.  

    I also think the indies that are going to be available are already on board.  Not so much the left and more importantly the youth vote.  The problem is they need to be excited to come out to vote or I fear they won't.   And I think this is important not just for the presidential race or even for this election.   Sanders has gotten their attention.  Warren could keep it.  And keep them involved.  For down ticket and for the next election.

    There are other younger choices that some might argue would do that.  And they might.  To a point.  But the fact is no one brings the electricity we saw at that event yesterday but Warren.  No one.

    I think Hillary gets this.  I think Warren gets it too.


    More important than the white youth vote, (none / 0) (#48)
    by caseyOR on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 09:52:43 AM EST
    I believe, is the Latina/o vote. And no, I do not think there is a Latinoa/o push for Trump. Like the white youth vote, the key is turnout. A Latino/a VP candidate, especially one who could be viable as a presidential pick in 2024, would be a real boon to turnout.

    Let's face facts here. The white vote, as a singular demographic, is becoming less and less powerful with each passing election. Asian voters, Latina/o voters, African-American voters, these are the growing demographics in this country, and they, in coalition with liberal/progressive whites, are future of the Democratic Party.


    Agreed. (none / 0) (#59)
    by KeysDan on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 01:23:08 PM EST
    On all counts.   I believe our rationale includes attenuation of the Wall Street focus of the Sanders campaign against Mrs. Clinton. And, the derivative bad rap of "trustworthiness."  The presence of Senator Warren on the ticket and the purported worries about her by the high rollers, essentially, puts that to bed.  It would not be surprising if the Cincinnati rally has already impacted, favorably, the polling.

      Democrats can not become complacent. Getting out the vote is crucial. Trump is truly a menace to the country, and all stops need to be pulled to assure his defeat. The best ticket is the primary goal. Senate matters are secondary, even, in the case of Elizabeth Warren, according to Senate Leader Harry Reid.

     It is disconcerting to note that some polls have Mrs. Clinton just five or so points ahead.  It should be, at least, 40 points, given Trump. This is an unpredictable era.

     And, Elizabeth Warren would be a good vice president and presidential counselor;  while some underestimate the vice presidency, there is unlikely to be any senator who would decline an offer to be Mrs. Clinton's running mate.


    No question... (none / 0) (#70)
    by kdog on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 07:43:09 PM EST
    Warren would get the OWS types the most fired up.

    I'd certainly feel better about things. Worrying about the Senate is becoming a moot point as Republicans self destruct...leaving just Democrats to worry about;)


    Yeah...maybe Dems pick up the Rubio seat in trade (none / 0) (#71)
    by ruffian on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 07:44:35 PM EST
    Murphy has become a disaster waiting to happen (none / 0) (#81)
    by jbindc on Wed Jun 29, 2016 at 11:15:54 AM EST
    How so? (none / 0) (#90)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Wed Jun 29, 2016 at 02:50:12 PM EST
    That's up to Florida Dems to make that call, and not you or me.

    I didn't say it was my call (none / 0) (#123)
    by jbindc on Fri Jul 01, 2016 at 10:39:07 AM EST
    But the whole resume inflation doesn't help, nor does the fact that he was a Republican.  But then again Grayson has his own issues, multiple ethics investigations and questions about his family's financial ties to slave labor in Africa.  

    The Dems are a mess in Florida right now.


    I really do not like Kaine. (none / 0) (#47)
    by caseyOR on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 09:45:40 AM EST
    Why in this year of all years would the Dems dilute the ticket with an anti-abortion, barely left of center white man? There are so many other,more exciting choices available. I mean, c'mon, on top of everything else Kaine is boring.

    If Clinton decides she really needs an older white guy senator as VP well, then pick Al Franken. He is certainly not boring.

    I do not want Warren as VP because IMO she is infinitely more valuable in the Senate. There is no chance Clinton will give her VP the kind of power Cheney had. That relegates Warren to administration cheerleader. Much better to have her pushing the liberal/progressive envelope in the Senate.

    And i do think Charlie Baker will run for, and win, her seat if Warren resigns the Senate.

    In fact, let's just leave the Senate alone. Clinton will need every single Dem she can find in the Senate.

    The more I read about Labor Sec. Tom Perez the more I like him for VP. Lots of government experience, so he knows how things work. Impeccable liberal/progressive credentials. Smart as a whip. Speaks Spanish. Son of Dominican immigrants. Has done excellent work as the head of the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department and now as Secretary of Labor.

    And he is young enough to be a viable candidate in 2024.


    We can argue about what (none / 0) (#49)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 09:54:53 AM EST
    We think is best for Warren.  

    I would say leave it to Warren.  I think it's abundantly clear she wants it.  She wants VP.  She has done and said many things that I think make that clear.  So she seems to disagree with you about where she could "do the most good".

    She is as big a political figure as there is in this country.   The power she could and would bring to that office would not be limited to what Hillary gave her.

    I think she knows that.


    If it is Warren's intent to (none / 0) (#50)
    by caseyOR on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 09:58:21 AM EST
    build and expand her own power base as VP, then Clinton would be crazy to choose her. The VP should support the President and the President's agenda, not run a shadow Oval Office.

    As far as I can see (5.00 / 1) (#51)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 10:03:04 AM EST
    Her power base is my power base.   It's the second most bully pulpit in government.  She is as old as Hillary.  I don't think she necessarily even wants to be president.  I doubt she would run.  Ever.  

    She is the perfect attack dog.  And she scares the sh!t out of Donald.


    He doesn't have any characteristics (none / 0) (#76)
    by sallywally on Wed Jun 29, 2016 at 01:32:36 AM EST
    to make him interesting to people. I know I've seen him but have no impressions of him other than a faint distaste.

    Being boring isn't all bad (none / 0) (#82)
    by jbindc on Wed Jun 29, 2016 at 11:16:25 AM EST
    Donald has had the worst couple of weeks (none / 0) (#84)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Jun 29, 2016 at 11:32:14 AM EST
    In the modern history of politics and he is still far to close to Hillary for any kind of comfort.  Add to that my personal opinion that support for him is probably a few points higher than the polls are showing and we can't afford boring.

    We need a fired up base.  He represents the opposite of fired up.  We need the youth vote and the OWS vote.   He does  nothing for that.  

    He appeals to a block of voters we already have.   IMO people need to stop calling him the "safe" choice.  I don't think there is anything safe about him as VP.


    I wasn't advocating for Kaine (none / 0) (#85)
    by jbindc on Wed Jun 29, 2016 at 11:45:49 AM EST
    Personally, my choice would be Al Franken.

    I would bet Al (none / 0) (#87)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Jun 29, 2016 at 12:18:51 PM EST
    Has no interest in being VP

    AOL news says... (5.00 / 1) (#89)
    by desertswine on Wed Jun 29, 2016 at 02:19:10 PM EST
    U.S. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota says he'd accept the job as Hillary Clinton's vice president, except she's probably not asking him.

    Franken told the Associated Press, "If Hillary Clinton came to me and said, 'Al, I really need you to be my vice president, to run with me,' I would say yes, but I'm very happy in the job that I have right now."

    The second-term senator and former comedian is a supporter of Clinton's campaign, but he's not being vetted as a possible VP pick.

    Personally, I think he's good enough, he's smart enough, and darnit, people like him.

    I like Al (none / 0) (#95)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Jun 29, 2016 at 04:14:52 PM EST
    But I'm not at all sure he is what's needed this cycle.  He has been so low key for so long,  does the youth vote even know who he used to be?

    He seems to have gone out of his way, and I understand why, to not be funny or entertaining.  To be very serious and unexciting.


    Probably not (none / 0) (#88)
    by jbindc on Wed Jun 29, 2016 at 01:48:32 PM EST
    But he would be a terrific choice.

    As one of those "leaners" (none / 0) (#86)
    by coast on Wed Jun 29, 2016 at 12:07:21 PM EST
    I don't really think it matters much who she names as a running mate.  If I thought HR would listen to him or her or allow them to make any meaningful contribution during her presidency maybe, but I doubt that will happen.

    RIP, Pat Summitt (1952-2016). (5.00 / 1) (#35)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 07:53:15 AM EST
    The winningest college basketball coach (men's or women's) in NCAA Division I history, whose storied career at the University of Tennessee began at age 22 in the dawn of Title IX and then paralleled the growth and popularity of women's collegiate athletics for nearly four decades, has died at age 64 after a prolonged battle with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, according to a report from the Associated Press.

    By any measure, Coach Summitt's career accomplishments and numbers are staggering. Her intense, aggressive and no-nonsense approach to coaching earned the respect and admiration of male colleagues such as John Wooden and Mike Krzyzewski, and she literally changed the way women's basketball is perceived in this country.

    (When displeased, her intimidating gaze over crossed arms became known simply as "The Stare," and as her son Tyler Ross and numerous Tennessee players attested, one did not want to be the primary focus of her attention at that particular moment.)

    Pat Summitt's Lady Vols -- who eventually proved to be far more popular at the school than their male counterparts -- won 1,098 games, 16 SEC titles and 8 national championships in 18 Final Four appearances, and produced 21 All-Americans. Tennessee's basketball arena is named after her, and her bronze likeness graces its main entrance.

    It's a testament to the esteem in which her coaching peers held her that when Coach Summitt broke North Carolina men's basketball coach Dean Smith's NCAA Division 1 record for career victories, Coach Smith himself came to witness the occasion and congratulate her in person.

    But Coach Summitt always said that her proudest achievement as a Tennessee coach was her program's equally remarkable graduation rate. Every single player on her 38 teams from 1973 to 2011 who completed her NCAA eligibility, also left school with her bachelor's degree.

    She was a woman of substance, determination and grit who always led from the front, and who over the course of her long career inspired girls and young women across the country to believe and realize that their gender need not be a barrier in the pursuit of their dreams and aspirations, whether in sports or anything else they chose to do over the course of their lives.

    Aloha, Coach Pat Summitt.

    This article (5.00 / 1) (#55)
    by jbindc on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 10:39:51 AM EST
    Appeared in the Washington Post the other day.  It's a good cause, but more importantly, it features my friend Kristin, who volunteers for this group.Link

    That's awesome... (none / 0) (#72)
    by kdog on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 07:58:57 PM EST
    You need to hang out with her more;)

    Goodbye Buddy... (5.00 / 1) (#56)
    by desertswine on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 11:17:35 AM EST
    Another hero of '85 leaves us (none / 0) (#60)
    by ruffian on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 02:41:02 PM EST
    Really was a fantastically good time.

    Great photos of Eva Green (5.00 / 1) (#69)
    by ruffian on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 07:32:51 PM EST
    From W Magazine.

    She is just the coolest. I think she has replaced Alison Janney as my girl-crush.

    BLOOD SIMPLE (5.00 / 1) (#121)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Jul 01, 2016 at 09:25:05 AM EST
    new 4K restoration Of the Coens first and best film.

    The new trailer even includes my favorite tracking shot in the history of film.  Hopping over the drunk at the bar.

    Speaking about (5.00 / 1) (#122)
    by FlJoe on Fri Jul 01, 2016 at 09:42:55 AM EST
    Charities and Scamming Donald Trump used money donated for charity to buy himself a Tim Tebow-signed football helmet
    Four years ago, at a charity fundraiser in Palm Beach, Donald Trump got into a bidding war at the evening's live auction. The items up for sale: A Denver Broncos helmet, autographed by then-star quarterback Tim Tebow, and a Tebow jersey.

    Trump won, eventually, with a bid of $12,000.

    But Trump didn't actually pay with his own money.

    Instead, the Susan G. Komen organization -- the breast-cancer nonprofit that hosted the party -- got a $12,000 payment from another nonprofit , the Donald J. Trump Foundation.

    He paid the bill with money from a charity he founded in 1987, but which is largely stocked with other people's money. Trump is the foundation's president. But, at the time of the auction, Trump had given none of his own money to the foundation for three years running.

    The guy's a con-man down to his bones.

    Hey, (none / 0) (#125)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Jul 01, 2016 at 02:53:49 PM EST
    though you gotta give Trump props for recognizing a good con when he sees it. Today's current GOP is tailor made for a con man to come around and get the nomination after being primed for a quarter of a century by Fox News and right wing talk radio.

    The Night Of (5.00 / 1) (#128)
    by ruffian on Fri Jul 01, 2016 at 07:30:44 PM EST
    is a new HBO series...or miniseries? Not sure. It premieres soon, and the first episode is available for streaming.  If all of the episodes were available I would have been up all night watching. It is about a young Pakistani-American college student who has  wild night out and winds up in trouble.  Basically you know that if you have seen the trailer.  That's all I will say about the plot. Knowing the night ends badly is pat of what makes it addictive to watch - you are saying 'No!! Don't do that! the whole time.

    Cast is good - some familiar faces -John Torturro, Poot from The Wire. The young star is very appealing.

    I'm in!

    A whle back, (none / 0) (#9)
    by desertswine on Mon Jun 27, 2016 at 03:33:27 PM EST
    the Cap'n posted a link to this movie's trailer but couldn't figure out what the movie was about.  The movie was called Cosmos and here's a review and I still can't figure out what the movie is about even after reading the review.

    Ha (none / 0) (#12)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Jun 27, 2016 at 03:55:35 PM EST
    If I remember I said I have no idea what it's about I just love the trailer

    TEBOW: (none / 0) (#17)
    by oculus on Mon Jun 27, 2016 at 05:26:44 PM EST

    Meanwhile, Fox News commentators deem Clinton and Warren the Bobbsie Twins re their wardrobe choices.

    Two can play at that game. (5.00 / 1) (#24)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Jun 27, 2016 at 07:56:53 PM EST
    Lord only knows what we could call Fox News anchors, hosts and contributors regarding their collective choice of hair color.

    Oculus: An unrelated ? for you (5.00 / 1) (#30)
    by christinep on Mon Jun 27, 2016 at 11:32:15 PM EST
    I've been curious if our paths ever crossed at the opera in Santa Fe?  So ... 'been meaning to ask if you have Santa Fe plans this summer.  (We will be there in early August.) Chris

    Which reminds me, (5.00 / 1) (#31)
    by ExPatObserver on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 01:12:57 AM EST
    did I write anything about my visit to the Astana Opera House? The new Opera House is magnificent, with huge marble floors in the lobby; inside the theater itself, you could believe you were in a classic theater of a great city.
    The performance of the Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet ballet was very, very good. The Juliet was a fantastic dancer, but it was the expressive dancing of Romeo which impressed me the most.

    Not until (5.00 / 2) (#34)
    by Nemi on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 07:00:59 AM EST
    I watched the ballet Romeo and Juliet -- in John Neumeier's, in my opinion unsurpassed, choreography -- and heard the score for the very first time did I know just how wonderful Prokoviev's music is. Nor did I anticipate that I would actually come to love it. :)

    Prokoviev, who wanted a happy ending? (none / 0) (#61)
    by oculus on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 02:50:10 PM EST
    I saw a production at the old state theater in Copenhagen. Royal Danis Ballet with full orchestra. Don't remember who choreographed. But loved having an excellent orchestra playing the wonderful score instead of excerpts sans dance.

    Quite endearing (none / 0) (#77)
    by Nemi on Wed Jun 29, 2016 at 06:03:46 AM EST
    actually, that Prokoviev didn't want the young lovers to die ... and kind of tried to overrule Shakespeare. :)

    Yes indeed. Arr. Aug. 2, depart Aug. 6 (5.00 / 1) (#62)
    by oculus on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 03:00:39 PM EST
    Opera:  Aug. 2, 3, and 5. Chamber musicat noon on Aug. 4.

    Let's try to get tgether. fishcamp and kdog and MT and ruffian have my email address. I hereby authorize them to share my contact info with you!


    oculus: Thank you (5.00 / 1) (#64)
    by christinep on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 06:27:02 PM EST
    Apology for taking awhile to reply to your kind reply ... I was at an energizing women's event at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, where Hillary spoke (she truly gets better--relaxed, healthy confidence, almost glowing, focused--as she goes.)

    Darn about the dates ... IF you could stay a few days more (we arrive on August 7th for a week ... 3 operas and a chamber performance @ Inn at Loretto on the 7th.)  If you could manage an extension, I'd entice with a pledge to treat you to dinner & drinks at Pink Adobe, one of my favorite places. (As for the latter, thanks for the timely suggestion MT. :) )  It would be great fun; and, I love to get into & show the intricacies of Santa Fe.   Anyway, maybe?  Chris


    Too bad. As it is, I'm (5.00 / 2) (#66)
    by oculus on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 06:33:56 PM EST
    missing the opening night of Summerfest here. Truly glorious chamber music. Aug. 6-26.

    May I request photos (none / 0) (#63)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 05:07:50 PM EST
    From the Pink Adobe?

    Yes, MT, I'll send photos (5.00 / 2) (#65)
    by christinep on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 06:32:06 PM EST
    And, I'll remember to take a picture of my favorite, favorite treat anywhere--Pears Amaretto.  They make a picture pretty martini too (for the usual margarita types, it is renowned.)

    Sigh, and I'm in rural Alabama (none / 0) (#68)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 07:25:50 PM EST
    Feeling my brain cells expiring one at a time :)

    Adventures in rural electrification (none / 0) (#19)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Jun 27, 2016 at 05:36:56 PM EST
    If you live n a rural area you know the power grid can be iffy.  More so for some than others.  We have two power companies here.  Not really clear on how that happened but there it is.  This house was wired up to one when I bought it.  It would not have been my choice.  I live on a street where everyone else is on the other, better power company.  It's better because my power has gone off several times this summer and it's really annoying when everyone on your street has power but you.  I learned the reason for that is the "line exposure" or how far the power has to travel from the substation to my house.    It's far.  So there are many places in between where lightening can strike or a tree fall on the line or whatever.
    So, I called to try to switch.  I'm told you can't do that.  Why, I asked.  You just can't.  That's not really an answer, I say.  Why can't I switch.  Because we are deregulated.  Because you are, wait, what?  What does that even mean?   We are deregulated so we each have designated service areas and you can't switch.  So why is everyone else on my street on your company and I'm not?  I'm not sure.  
    Through all this I am surprisingly modulated.  I had been warned.  My brotherinlaw worked for the company I have for many years.   I was told to ask about new construction.  So I do.  Ok, I say, I'm building a new garage and I want to hook it up to your company.  Can I do that?  This seems possible.  She sets up a visit from a technician.   The guy comes.   What I learn is that the reason I am the only person on my street with my power company is that my house is the oldest on the street.  By far.  And was already hooked up when they divided up the spoils.  My street went to the new company and my house just never got switched.
    So, the punchline.
    I am going to be able to have my garage hooked up to the good power company.   I might decide to have my house switched but I see the advantage of having both.   They both go out sometimes.  Just mine more often.  But almost never at the same time.  Having both would give me access to power virtually all the time.
    Plus I'm am planning to go heavily solar so there is that.
    Anyway, I may turn lemons into lemonade by having a hookup to both.  I'm happy.

    I typed this while on hold with the IRS.  You would otherwise not see me making a comment this long.   Just don't have the attention span.

    PS (none / 0) (#21)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Jun 27, 2016 at 05:54:01 PM EST
    The reason I was on hold with the IRS is I was targeted by "phishing.  I was getting calls and I got an email.  Unfortunately the real IRS is hell to reach so I had to sit on hold for a half hour to make sure everything was cool.

    It is.


    Using Solar is nontrivial (none / 0) (#38)
    by ragebot on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 08:27:21 AM EST
    But there are lots of web sites with good DIY advice.  My sailboat has enough solar to completely run everything I need.  The big power hog is the two fridge/freezers I have, when I use it radar is next or the electric windless.  Electronics for nav and communications use some as well.

    If you go to the DIY sites (see Earthship for starters)one thing you will notice is most successful solar users first determine their daily power consumption and design their solar collection and storage system based on that.  Another hallmark of a successful solar installation is what may, or may not, be a lifestyle change to being very conservative in energy use.  Not just things like switching to LEDs for lighting but in my case using a solar oven for a lot of my cooking and a solar hot water heater for hot water.  My system is over built so on a sunny day by 10:00AM I am dumping power.  So I charge up my laptop then, and for lunch I fire up the electric pressure cooker which I am able to keep warm longer by using this pot blanket.

    While I am very happy living the lifestyle required by using solar power it is a different lifestyle than when you are on the grid.

    The problem I have doing something similar in my condo is local and state laws preventing me doing so.  As you found out with the two power companies mess lots of laws seem to have been enacted by morons from Mars.


    I have (none / 0) (#40)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 09:01:07 AM EST
    an instapot and that is one amazing appliance. I have not used it for slow cooking yet but I've used it for almost everything else.

    Our power company here regularly sends out newsletters about the "perils of solar energy". LOL.


    Yeah (none / 0) (#44)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 09:23:45 AM EST
    Mine too.  But it's not working.  Before the Internet they might have gotten away with it.  But people are ignoring them it's big here.   We have lots of sunny days.  Even in winter.  More in winter actually.

    My house, being old, was build as the say "square with the world".  Used to be common around here at least.  The four main walls are built to face perfectly north south east and west with out regard to the orientation t the street.
    Which means I have a peaked roof the southern side of which is pretty much perfectly oriented in both angle and tilt for solar panels.  Plus it's never shaded.  The front of my house and my front yard are completely shaded.  The back half never gets any shade.   Even when the trees are in full leave.

    I have the perfect setup.


    Not that you pay any attention (none / 0) (#57)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 12:39:43 PM EST
    but your local utility should be able to tell you your average KWH usage per day over the past year. In addition to that you will need peak uasge.

    With that you can get a grip on the solar units needed and the  battery size you will need to run the necessary appliances at night or during other extended losses of solar.

    Don't forget to figure out where you will have the battery room with the associated DC/AC inverters and how you will connect to the installed AC Power Panel and house distribution system. Be sure it meets code if you want to keep your home insurance policy.

    Of course if you are serious about going off grid, not just having a solar standby unit in case the local company fails again, you'll need a Solar Hot Water system.

    What I would recommend is figure out what you really want to do with the associated priorities assigned and hire a engineering company to develop a plan and equipment recommendations. DO NOT use equipment manufacturers engineers. BION they always seem to recommend their equipment.


    my power company (none / 0) (#58)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 01:22:05 PM EST
    is a co-op.
    i get mailing every year with average usage and lots of other information.

    not really interested in "off the grid".  my goal is to generate as much of my own power as possible and give the rest back-to the grid for credit on my bill.  storage is not that important.

    i also have a generator.  but i like to avoid using it.


    Back in 2008 I did a ROI on (none / 0) (#99)
    by jimakaPPJ on Thu Jun 30, 2016 at 08:49:09 AM EST
    going solar and selling power back to the utility. Based on the technology then and the price the break even was something like 17 years with an EOL for the equipment of 20 years.

    Things have changed. If you don't mind, let is know what you find out.


    Sure (none / 0) (#100)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jun 30, 2016 at 08:50:54 AM EST
    It will probably be a year

    For slow cooking (none / 0) (#52)
    by ragebot on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 10:15:39 AM EST
    this is a product that saves a lot of energy.  There are other similar products and you can also come up with a DIY solution. I use this product for a lot of insulation needs.  Easy to build a cover for a pot with this and some  foil tape.

    One of the reasons (none / 0) (#42)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 09:07:43 AM EST
    I wanted a hookup to the newer more modern company is they buy the power you overproduce.   My current company does not.  Although it is being discussed as solar becomes more and more popular.  I expect they will be forced to soon.

    Please Hillary (none / 0) (#23)
    by athyrio on Mon Jun 27, 2016 at 06:46:29 PM EST
    lets make Warren your VP as you two make a great tag team...watched your performance today in Ohio and it was terrific....

    UN Assault vehicles (none / 0) (#25)
    by TrevorBolder on Mon Jun 27, 2016 at 08:15:47 PM EST
    Take over Virginia.

    Well, a lot of them were seen on Virginia highways June 24th

    Military U.N. vehicles have been spotted in Virginia, shocking motorists and sparking conspiracy theories.
    The white trucks, equipped with large off-road tires, were seen being transported on Interstate 81 on Friday. They appear to be Alpine Armoring's Pit-Bull VX SWAT Truck models.
    Jeff Stern posted photos of the vehicles on Facebook, writing: 'Can't begin to tell you how many of these I passed today on 81 near Lexington VA. Interesting times ahead!


    Looks like (none / 0) (#26)
    by FlJoe on Mon Jun 27, 2016 at 08:21:12 PM EST
    a bull market for tin foil...another triumph for Brexit!

    What say you and I and other TL commies ... (none / 0) (#27)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Jun 27, 2016 at 09:34:47 PM EST
    ... corner the market on Depends undergarments? There's probably going to be great demand for the product amongst the far right come November.

    How about (none / 0) (#32)
    by jondee on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 06:43:18 AM EST
    conceal carry Depends with special watertight compartments..

    They'd probably fly off the shelves.


    I (none / 0) (#53)
    by FlJoe on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 10:34:35 AM EST
    imagine the lines at the wingnut welfare offices will be quite long come late November.

    Euro Cup 2016: Iceland 2, England 1. (none / 0) (#28)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Jun 27, 2016 at 09:52:31 PM EST
    Blame it on all that bad karma unleashed by Brexit, as England suffers one of its most embarrassing defeats ever in international play. Meanwhile, tiny Iceland (pop. 323,000) continues its most extraordinary run through the tourney field, and will now face France in the Euro Cup quarterfinals.

    Depiction of (none / 0) (#33)
    by Nemi on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 06:47:21 AM EST
    Iceland's demographics, explaining how the national soccer team came about. I'm sure even the Icelanders themselves can appreciate that 'calculation'.

    Also the Icelandic Viking Haka is terrific -- and probably terryfying to the opposing team. ;)


    Who will be the new King of the North (none / 0) (#36)
    by ragebot on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 08:07:21 AM EST

    Donald (none / 0) (#54)
    by jbindc on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 10:38:05 AM EST
    I see that Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who quit her position the DNC over the # of debates between Sanders and Clinton, is now refusing to debate her primary opponent.


    Margaret Sullivan is now media columnist (none / 0) (#67)
    by oculus on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 06:35:52 PM EST
    for WaPi. She has strong opinions about CNN hiring Corey Landowski.

    The WAPO (none / 0) (#73)
    by Repack Rider on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 10:41:02 PM EST
    ...has a lot of ground to cover in order to regain credibility.  Having a strong opinion about the Landowski hire is the lowest threshold imaginable for outrage.  

    I will wait to see how she deals with David Brooks, Ross Douthat, Erick Erickson, Tom Friedman, and all the other right-wing shills posing as columnists before I give her credit for observing the obvious.


    You expect her to (none / 0) (#74)
    by oculus on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 11:20:51 PM EST
    write about NYT columnists?

    NYT (none / 0) (#75)
    by Repack Rider on Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 11:29:24 PM EST
    ...is one of the media.

    What does the term "media" cover in this context?  Whom will she be critiquing?  WAPO columnists?


    Yes, that would be nice, starting with ... (none / 0) (#91)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Wed Jun 29, 2016 at 02:55:46 PM EST
    ... WaPo's judgmental maiden aunt, Ruth Marcus.

    In local news (none / 0) (#78)
    by CST on Wed Jun 29, 2016 at 10:17:04 AM EST
    Apparently wizards in MA have been skimping out on paying their taxes.

    ""The governor believes that small businesses are the backbone of the economy whether they are owned by witches or mortals, and because the institution has operated for nearly 400 years without incident, the administration plans to revisit the matter sometime in the next century or two," read a statement from Baker's office. "The Department of Revenue's spell-detecting technology procurement will be in its final stages at that time.""

    In all seriousness, I'll be kind of annoyed if they don't at least address the issue of Native American wizards.

    And I'm a little surprised they didn't go with Salem, but I guess that's a bit too much low-hanging fruit.

    Fashion Police target Cersei (none / 0) (#79)
    by ragebot on Wed Jun 29, 2016 at 10:36:47 AM EST
    Claim her dress is a black leather knock off of what her father wore.  Also point out the dress shuns any gold (the Lanister color) and her crown is a new design with no connection to Baratheon stag horn.

    The comments section at the link also have a very detailed analysis of the line of succession.

    I noticed of course...very intentional choice. (none / 0) (#80)
    by ruffian on Wed Jun 29, 2016 at 11:08:29 AM EST
    There is supposedly some symbolism in her crown too but I have not read up on that yet.

    Question for you and Howdy: what happened to Jon Snow's wolf? I have not seen him since the wall.


    They saved their CGI budget (none / 0) (#83)
    by CST on Wed Jun 29, 2016 at 11:28:30 AM EST
    Personally speaking, I'd prefer to watch ... (5.00 / 1) (#92)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Wed Jun 29, 2016 at 02:58:00 PM EST
    ... the Dodgers and Giants.

    Well spent (none / 0) (#93)
    by ruffian on Wed Jun 29, 2016 at 03:46:37 PM EST
    I watched the season finale again last night...the final sequence with the dragons flying over the sailing armada was just beautiful. I did not pay enough attention to it the first viewing.

    I watched it again yesterday (none / 0) (#94)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Jun 29, 2016 at 04:09:13 PM EST
    Too.  Amazing.  Every time you see something new.   As far as what happened to Ghost,   he is laying low on the sofa next to me.  Until the war is over.

    I thought the dress was amazing.   And perfect.  I commented on it Sunday night.  Perfect.  I did notice the lack of gold.   Interesting.  I also wondered if she keeps her hair short.


    Aw, Ghost! (none / 0) (#102)
    by ruffian on Thu Jun 30, 2016 at 07:48:55 PM EST
    My golden would never make it in north Westeros, between the dire wolves and the Bolton dogs.  Maybe she could handle Highgarden, it seems a little more chill.

    God article about the crown and jewels (none / 0) (#103)
    by ruffian on Thu Jun 30, 2016 at 07:54:26 PM EST
    Interview with the designer

    I chose to make it in silver with just wisps of gold to try to show her isolation, her mental disentangling from her family. There is no reference to [her late husband, Robert] Baratheon; there is no need anymore. She doesn't have to try and prove a link. The center of the crown is the lion sigil abstracted -- its mane represents the Iron Throne, her desire. She has made it her own -- she is reborn.

    I love how much thought goes into it.


    I had a question too (none / 0) (#96)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Jun 29, 2016 at 04:21:39 PM EST
    Where did Arya get that face exactly.   Is she No One or is she Arya.  Can't you only use the faces if you are No One?  Is she making her own "knock off" faces now?

    Also consider this interesting twist to the prophecy, since Cerci has been number one on the Arya sh!t list, and since she finally seems to be getting around to that list, how cool would it be if she killed Cerci wearing Jaimes face!

    And in doing so messes with the sooth sayers vision AND provides an awsum plot twist.


    I'm team (none / 0) (#97)
    by CST on Wed Jun 29, 2016 at 04:25:54 PM EST
    Jamie kills Cersei.  For the same reason he killed the mad king.

    Do I think it likely?  Maybe not.  But I think it would be a fitting end.  In any event, now that she actually sits on the throne, I think it's pretty clear that her days are numbered.


    THATS what (none / 0) (#98)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Jun 29, 2016 at 04:28:54 PM EST
    They WANT you to think



    I was wondering that too....I don't get it (none / 0) (#101)
    by ruffian on Thu Jun 30, 2016 at 07:45:28 PM EST
    Plus she could have just been Arya. No one would have recognized her. I guess we will find out.

    I agree with CST below about Jaime being the one that will kill Cersei. I suspect some kind of choice between her and Tyrion. I think I already said that!


    You have to admit (none / 0) (#104)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jun 30, 2016 at 07:59:19 PM EST
    Arya with Jaimes face would be awsum.

    Anyone with that face would be awesome (5.00 / 1) (#106)
    by ruffian on Thu Jun 30, 2016 at 08:19:53 PM EST
    I vote that in the final season they all have his face!

    You know me, I am in the 'as little magic as possible' camp. Dragons excluded - the are real.  So I like a good human tragedy, you know, traditional twincest twinocide.


    I like his face so much (none / 0) (#109)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jun 30, 2016 at 08:28:01 PM EST
    I'm going to take it home with me!


    But you make a great point.  She didn't need to do it.  So why have her do it?  Chekhov's face magic?  We needed to know she could do that?  ?  ?

    Clearly it will be used again.  And now we really don't know who anyone is do we?


    Btw (none / 0) (#105)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jun 30, 2016 at 08:01:24 PM EST
    We know that the face magic thing works on height.  Remember when the faceless man was his nasty little assistant?

    True ! Here's another question (none / 0) (#107)
    by ruffian on Thu Jun 30, 2016 at 08:25:21 PM EST
    I did not quite answer watching it again. When the winsome serving wench was making yes at Jaime when he was with Bron...was that already Arya?  I like to think so, so I am going with that.

    yes = eyes (none / 0) (#108)
    by ruffian on Thu Jun 30, 2016 at 08:25:40 PM EST
    Yes! Exactly (none / 0) (#110)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jun 30, 2016 at 08:29:03 PM EST

    Is Jaime on her list? Her kill list I mean (none / 0) (#111)
    by ruffian on Thu Jun 30, 2016 at 08:33:01 PM EST
    Not her hottest men in Westeros list.

    Here's her list along with why they are on it (none / 0) (#112)
    by ruffian on Thu Jun 30, 2016 at 08:36:01 PM EST
    via digital spy:
    1. Cersei Lannister - for her role in the deaths of her father Ned Stark and others (ALIVE)

    2. Joffrey Baratheon - for ordering the deaths of her father and Mycah the butcher's boy (KILLED by poisoning by Olenna Tyrell)

    3. Ser Ilyn Payne - for wielding the sword that killed her father (ALIVE)

    4. The Mountain - for leading the brutal tortures at Harrenhal (ALIVE, sort of)

    5. The Hound - for killing Mycah (ALIVE, after she left him for dead)

    6. Melisandre - for taking Gendry away (ALIVE)

    7. Beric Dondarrion - for taking Gendry away (ALIVE, sort of)

    8. Thoros of Myr - for taking Gendry away (ALIVE)

    9. Tywin Lannister - for leading the Lannisters against her brother Robb (KILLED by Tyrion Lannister)

    10. Ser Meryn Trant - for killing her master Syrio Forel and helping Cersei's coup (KILLED by Arya)

    11. Walder Frey - for his role in the deaths of her mother and brother (KILLED by Arya)

    It could be said that Melisandre, Beric and Thoros have been phased out of the list, especially as one of the main reasons she added them was that they released The Hound, whom she has now seemingly forgiven.

    Yup (none / 0) (#113)
    by TrevorBolder on Thu Jun 30, 2016 at 08:39:24 PM EST
    He is on the list also, just so happened old man Frey came first

    Looks like he's not. But I forgot Melisandre is (none / 0) (#114)
    by ruffian on Thu Jun 30, 2016 at 08:43:16 PM EST

    That serving wench (none / 0) (#115)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jun 30, 2016 at 08:44:19 PM EST
    Probably wasn't either but she still list a face.

    Actually (none / 0) (#116)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jun 30, 2016 at 08:50:40 PM EST
    I don't know that do I ?

    He might have allowed her to take a few faces with her but it did not seem so when do turned on her heel and left.

    Or maybe she is faceclub member after all and we just don't know that yet.  

    I have never seen Jaime mentioned as being on the list but he is a Lanister.


    A girl does not understand the rules of the faces (none / 0) (#119)
    by ruffian on Thu Jun 30, 2016 at 10:37:50 PM EST
    Then that is why (none / 0) (#117)
    by TrevorBolder on Thu Jun 30, 2016 at 09:02:29 PM EST
    She chose Frey over Jaime,

    I was sure he was on the list, but guess not.

    Destined for Jaime to kill Cersai, and before she dies, the Mountain lopes off Jaimes head, which falls into Cersai's arms.
    which leaves the Hound to face The Mountain,
    Where Arrya comes in at the end to save the Hound and finish off The Mountain


    Spoiler alert please! :-) (none / 0) (#118)
    by ruffian on Thu Jun 30, 2016 at 10:35:21 PM EST
    Independence Day - Resurgence (none / 0) (#120)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Jul 01, 2016 at 08:43:22 AM EST

    "These brave men and women are now free to follow their hearts and marry who they choose.  Even if it's a stripper"

    LOL! (none / 0) (#127)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Jul 01, 2016 at 06:53:23 PM EST
    I loved the inherent droll wit of the reviewer's juxtaposition of stripper-loving pilots as stand-ins for the LGBT community.

    But in the finest Hollywood tradition of upholding moral decency in its summer blockbusters, Viveca A. Fox played a stripper with a heart of gold in the original "Independence Day." And the one kinda / sorta gay character in that film, as played to otherwise non-threatening and sexless effect by the brilliant Harvey Fierstein, was killed off relatively early in the story.

    (No doubt, while Viveca worked hard for the money as any good stripper with a heart of gold does, Harvey was likely laughing all the way to the bank afterward, having basically phoned in his middle-aged bachelor uncle persona for a six-figure payday.)

    There's certainly no place in such wholesome summer fare for an edgy and gritty exotic dancer character like Courtney Love's Althea Flynt in "The People vs. Larry Flynt," save perhaps as one of the unfortunate extras who are waiting atop the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles, when the aliens arrive for their close-up.

    Honestly, the original "Independence Day" from 1996 is to the art of cinema, as Velveeta is to the craft of cheesemaking. Needless to say, I've zero interest in seeing what's likely to be an equally ridiculous sequel. But then, there's a whole new generation of filmgoers that's simply begging to be fleeced, much as we were 20 years ago.



    There is another layer to that (none / 0) (#129)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Jul 01, 2016 at 07:57:34 PM EST
    The fact that the film maker Roland Emmerich is famous for being both gay and a profitable hack.  Among his big budget hoo haas he produced and directed Stonewall.  Which was, ahem, not well received.

    Like many effects lovers I have a love hate relationship with Emmerich as far as his body of work.   2012 has the distinction of being the only movie I ever walked out of.   Like, ever.  

    I actually met the guy a couple of times because a good friend was VFX and Digital supervisor on several of his movies.  Karen Goulekas.  He a funny guy.   Along with Karen and her husband we got very drunk one night and got thrown out of a toney resturant in Topanga Canyon, the nome of which escapes me right now but it was very fun.   My friend and I arrived late and were met by a snooty hostess who looked us up and down and said with laugh out loud affectation "oh yes, you must be looking for the film people"


    The Inn of the 7th Ray (none / 0) (#130)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Jul 01, 2016 at 08:06:19 PM EST
    One other funny bit (none / 0) (#131)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Jul 01, 2016 at 08:17:53 PM EST
    About Roland.  I have read he likes to put his various boy toys in his disaster movies for reaction shots.  Keep that in mind the next time you see one.

    That likely won't be any time soon. (none / 0) (#133)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Jul 01, 2016 at 11:03:46 PM EST

    Oh, and speaking of the movies -- happy birthday, Olivia de Havilland, who turned 100 today and is best remembered as the kindly and selfless Melanie Wilkes in "Gone With the Wind." She appeared in 49 films from 1935 to 1979, won two Academy Awards as Best Actress for "To Each His Own" (1946) and "The Heiress" (1949), and still found the time to carry on a legendary, three decades-long public feud with her sister and fellow actress, Joan Fontaine.

    But personally, I admire her willingness to play against type in "Hush ... Hush Sweet Charlotte" (1964) as the scheming and vengeful cousin Miriam, a role she assumed on short notice when the mercurial Joan Crawford decided that she didn't want to work again with her equally headstrong co-star Bette Davis.

    After Crawford walked off the picture one week into production, Davis then recommended de Havilland to producer / director Robert Aldrich as Crawford's replacement. The film garnered solid reviews, earned seven Oscar nominations, and was a big hit at the box office for Aldrich and 20th Century Fox.



    This is my favorite Trump story this year (none / 0) (#124)
    by jbindc on Fri Jul 01, 2016 at 10:43:55 AM EST
    Trump didn't realize the convention had to be in Cleveland.

    According to his own aides, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump did not even realize when planning the Republican National Convention that the event had to be Cleveland.

    The New York Times has a piece Friday morning detailing Trump's extravagant demands and notions about the upcoming convention. However, Trump's plans were at many times stymied by a complete lack of understanding of the convention process. "At one point, two aides confirmed, Mr. Trump was not even aware that the event had to be held in Cleveland, a decision made almost two years ago by the Republican National Committee," they report.

    But he promises low-key, which I don't believe.

    Much of the program remains in flux, including who will speak, how and when Mr. Trump will arrive, and what he will say when he does.

    And after months of promising that his convention would be special, and not "boring" like previous ones, Mr. Trump says he is now embracing a less-is-more approach.

    One thing there will be less of, which might come as a surprise to anyone expecting all the brashness and ubiquity of Trump branding, is the candidate himself.

    "What they've asked me to do is to speak all three nights. I turned it down," he said in an interview from his Fifth Avenue office one recent afternoon.

    That's great. I'm sure he was deciding which (5.00 / 1) (#126)
    by ruffian on Fri Jul 01, 2016 at 06:50:03 PM EST
    Trump property he could steer it to for a fat paycheck.

    He is so full of it. If they are indeed asking him to speak all the nights it is only because they can't get anyone else to share a stage with him. I seriously doubt it though - more likely they would hide him altogether if they could.


    Weird and true (none / 0) (#132)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Jul 01, 2016 at 08:58:18 PM EST
    Earlier today I ran across a photo of the Singapore Art and Science Museum.

    It got me started looking at all the other amazing architecture of the city and I thought.  Wow, why has this city not been used as the backdrop for a movie?  Or one I had seen, I can't believe it has not but I don't remember seeing one.

    Then this evening I get around to watching a movie that's been on my DVR for a while called HITMAN-AGENT 47.   It's based on a video game it's an ok movie if you like that sort of thing.  ruffian, it has the cute sidekick from HOMELAND in the lead and its mostly shot in, of course, Singapore.

    Really it's worth seeing just for the locations what an amazing looking city.

    I hope it's supposed to look like like a lotus. (none / 0) (#134)
    by desertswine on Sat Jul 02, 2016 at 12:18:31 PM EST
    Because that's what it reminds me of.
    Lately I've been trying to watch some classic older movies from the Criterion Collection that I've never seen.  Maybe every couple of weeks or so.  I've recently seen Anatomy of a Murder, the 1950's Otto Preminger suspense courtroom drama.  Brazil is next on the list, having never seen that one either.

    Both are excellent (none / 0) (#137)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Jul 02, 2016 at 04:41:03 PM EST
    You will never be able to unsee the worlds most famous facelift

    Isn't Singapore one of those countries with the (none / 0) (#135)
    by ruffian on Sat Jul 02, 2016 at 01:10:20 PM EST
    draconian drug laws? I can imagine it is not very attractive to movie makers. Not saying all cast and crew use recreational drugs, but even one ending up in jail would be a nightmare.

    Too bad though cuz it does look like a beautiful city!


    The "trees" (none / 0) (#136)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Jul 02, 2016 at 04:37:10 PM EST
    Singapore is a beautiful city Ruffian, (none / 0) (#138)
    by fishcamp on Sun Jul 03, 2016 at 09:44:49 AM EST
    but it comes with many strict rules, drug possession is only one of them.  It is illegal to bring or chew chewing gum, and if caught one is fined a considerable amount.  The same goes for dropping even a Kleenex.  These are some of the reasons Singapore is often referred to as the cleanest city in the world.  

    They also have caning for a variety of offenses, and is mandatory punishment for rape, drug trafficking, illegal money laundering, and for visiting foreigners who overstay their 90 day visa.  The maximum number of caning strokes is 24, but many receive only five strokes.  Usually a person is bleeding after the first stroke, since the prison officers are specially selected and trained.  They must use their entire body weight as the power behind every stroke, as opposed to just their arm strength.  They soak the bamboo canes in water overnight in order to eliminate splinters.  The canes are usually traveling at 100 mph upon contact, and the pain is described as beyond excruciating.  Caning is used mostly in the military and military schools.  They sell smaller canes on the streets for parents to cane their errant children.  This info came from the good old Apple dictionary.

    Howdy, that is an excellent post of the beautiful trees in Singapore, and I've seen them.  One aspect of Singapore I didn't like are all the restaurants specializing in shark fin soup.  I went to lunch with a girl who kept her shark fin on a string in the window with many others.  They slice a few small pieces into boiling water and serve it.  I tasted hers and it tasted like hot, salty, fishy water, and was terrible.  Singapore is fun to visit as long as you follow all their rules.


    Since I posted that (none / 0) (#139)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Jul 03, 2016 at 09:52:19 AM EST
    I've read about some of the rules.  They do go all out on the "clean".   I read that every toilet in the city has to be clean enough, literally, to eat off of.   And there is a band of tester/enforcers who travel around the city eating off random toilets to make that point.  There also seems to be vast wealth.  I did wonder if "enforcement" is inversely related to wealth.  

    It honestly doesn't sound like my kind of place.  Not that clean toilets are a bad thing necessarily.


    From "Laws to know before you go" (none / 0) (#140)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Jul 03, 2016 at 10:06:36 AM EST
    (Which considering the toilet stuff is really pretty funny)

    Homosexual Relations

    The legislation on "Outrages on Decency" criminalizes same sex relations. This law used to be under the umbrella of "unnatural sex" or sex "against the order of nature." Violators of this law can cost the offender up to two years in prison.


    Jaywalking is a term that was first coined in the U.S. and is now widely used in many countries. It refers to the reckless or illegal crossing of pedestrians on roads. In Singapore, jaywalking mainly refers to crossing the street in non-designated areas. Make sure you look for marked pedestrian lanes before crossing the street.

    Urinating in Elevators & Not Flushing the Toilet

    Not flushing the toilet is more than just a breach of propriety in Singapore, you will be breaking the law if you do so. Expect to pay a fine if you get caught. Don't even think of urinating in elevators, as they are equipped with Urine Detection Devices (UDD), which detect the scent of urine, setting off an alarm and closing the doors until the police arrive to arrest the offender.


    Vandalism is a serious offense in Singapore, with penalties that include not only fines, but also jail, and three to eight strokes of caning. The act constitutes damages done to both public and private properties. Damaging, destroying and stealing public property, as well as drawing, painting, writing, inscribing, and marking any private property without the owner's consent are considered illegal. Affixing placards, posters, banners, and flags is also prohibited.  

    One case was widely publicized. Michael P. Fay, an 18-year-old American citizen, received his share of caning. Fay vandalized cars by spray-painting them. He pleaded guilty to two charges of vandalism and was sentenced to two months of jail and six counts of caning (three strokes for each charge). The caning was reduced after an appeal for clemency from U.S. President Bill Clinton. The whole affair sparked a controversy, with a number of Americans expressing outrage over what was perceived to be a violent penalty. They were especially aghast because of the fact that the offense was non violent by nature. But there were Americans who supported the Singaporean government's decision, citing the idea that Americans must learn to respect the regulations of the country they visit.

    Singapore is a five hour flight (none / 0) (#141)
    by fishcamp on Sun Jul 03, 2016 at 12:43:23 PM EST
    from the dreaded Bali, which is where I was headed to surf with friends.  After meeting the shark fin soup girl in a camera store, I stayed in Singapore for ten days and saw just about everything, including the fabulous food stalls down by the docks.  This was a very long time ago and I was up for eating foods I had never heard about.  BTW the prison in Singapore is all below ground, with elevators going way down.  Another reason to obey.  

    My fave: (none / 0) (#142)
    by oculus on Sun Jul 03, 2016 at 04:58:59 PM EST
    link.  Located in an elegant building built by the Brits.  Lots of info on Raffles. Gorgeous exhibit of fabrics.