Happy Halloween, TV and Open Thread

It's really cold here -- I sure wouldn't want to be a trick or treater.

If you are staying in (or just getting back home with your candy), it's a good night for TV. Here's what I've been watching:

  • On Amazon Prime: The Romanoffs (Except for episode 4 which may have been the most boring TV I've seen in ages)
  • Exathlon U.S. on Telemundo: Extreme Sports competition I've been watching for months. The finale is Sunday night. You can catch up with some segments here or on You Tube.
  • Rosario Tijeras on Netflix(The 2010 Colombian version, not the later Mexican remake.) It's 60 episodes but they go fast (and there's subtitles and no commercials).

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    Nice mild evening in the Philly 'burbs (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Peter G on Wed Oct 31, 2018 at 08:44:56 PM EST
    this Halloween. Lots of little ones, with many good costumes. But no older kids this year (junior high or high schoolers), for some reason. I seem to remember a dozen or so of those in past years. The widowed neighbor whose 28-year-old son died of a heroin/fentanyl overdose about ten days ago didn't want to stay home alone, so she came over and manned the door with us at our house.

    We only (none / 0) (#5)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 06:09:38 AM EST
    had one high schooler this year. I don't know if they just did not trick or treat this year or our neighborhood has just moved out of this age group. I do know my street the people that have lived here a long time like myself have kids that are grown. The ones that have sold have sold to people with young children.

    Very much the same (none / 0) (#6)
    by Peter G on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 07:53:04 AM EST
    Demographic profile on our block, age-wise. Ethnically and racially, the block is much more diverse now.

    Same here (none / 0) (#9)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 09:20:55 AM EST
    But the neighborhood collected together at one house, young and old, 2 babies and families and empty nesters. We sat around a driveway fire pit, handed out candy and hot chocolate and agreed it was due to the environment Trump has created that we all felt the need to congregate at the most decorated house for Halloween, we must be with each other physically more and preserve true community until he is gone.

    No segue. Peter, what is your opinion (none / 0) (#34)
    by oculus on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 03:31:34 PM EST
    of the NYT article re Philadelphia DA Krasner.?

    Just read it. (none / 0) (#102)
    by Peter G on Sun Nov 04, 2018 at 02:27:54 PM EST
    I thought it was measured and fair. Did not see any inaccuracies. Of course, I know a lot of the people interviewed and discussed in the article, including our recently-elected progressive DA Larry Krasner, and I have clients and cases affected by his reform policies.

    Thanks. (none / 0) (#104)
    by oculus on Sun Nov 04, 2018 at 07:02:46 PM EST
    Same in NY Burbs... (none / 0) (#7)
    by kdog on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 08:55:57 AM EST
    a most pleasant evening for trick-or-treating...hit the streets with the ladyfriend and her daughter and came home with a Halloween bounty of goodies that I will leech off of for sometime.  

    In addition to observing less trick-or-treaters every year, I never see kids going "bombing" with eggs and shaving cream anymore.  This was a huge thing when I was a kid...after trick-or-treating we always went out bombing.  Converting our shaving cream cans into shaving cream spray-guns with a pin and a lighter. Menthol Barbasol was the weapon of choice due to the eye-burn factor.  Blinded targets were easier to pelt with eggs.  Is this still a thing anywhere?


    GET OFF MY LAWN! (5.00 / 2) (#12)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 11:09:54 AM EST

    Not since anyone (none / 0) (#8)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 09:16:03 AM EST
    Could share it on Facebook live ;)

    i hope note (none / 0) (#10)
    by nyjets on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 09:49:45 AM EST
    Acts of vandalism and intentionally hurting people is something that should be going out of style.

    Who said anything about any of that? (none / 0) (#14)
    by kdog on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 11:32:25 AM EST
    This was consensual mayhem between consenting rapscallions...no property was vandalized nor innocent bystanders harmed.  

    80's kids only bruh (none / 0) (#33)
    by vicndabx on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 03:00:22 PM EST
    yes, those were the days.  NYC Buses just destroyed w/eggs.

    I think it stopped under the Gestapo, er, Guiliani.


    The ultimate jewel in the crown (none / 0) (#35)
    by jondee on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 03:33:10 PM EST
    was egging cop cars. Or so we thought at the time.

    They made it a point of pride to give chase, so you had to have your escape route planned out beforehand.


    never understood (5.00 / 1) (#47)
    by nyjets on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 09:16:16 PM EST
    Never understood the pleasure of egging cars, people (specifically innocent bystanders), cars and houses. It is destructive, cruel, wrong and a waste of food.

    In the 80s pre Giuliani Mad Max period (none / 0) (#49)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Nov 02, 2018 at 02:23:47 AM EST
    I worked at National Video on 42nd and 10th.

    Not a good neighborhood at the time.

    Sometimes my co worker and I would go up on the roof and egg the filthy junkies who would run up and demand money for wiping your windshield with a dirty rag or a bandage when you got stopped at the light.  

    One night we saw a murder.  Guy just got out of his car walked up to the next car and shot the guy six times.

    Those were the days on the Deuce.


    This guy (none / 0) (#36)
    by leap on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 04:10:44 PM EST
    no (none / 0) (#48)
    by nyjets on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 09:17:18 PM EST
    No one deserves to have his home egged. If you don't like the treats, just move on.

    You said "blinded targets" (none / 0) (#39)
    by Towanda on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 05:06:46 PM EST
    Yes... (none / 0) (#54)
    by kdog on Fri Nov 02, 2018 at 10:24:31 AM EST
    You blind your friends and pelt them with eggs and more shaving cream.

    Other delinquents were bombing buses and houses, but the 129th Street Boys just made a mess of each other, your honor.


    No kdog... (none / 0) (#11)
    by fishcamp on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 11:01:19 AM EST
    Eggs were too expensive when I was a kid during WWll and they hadn't invented spray cans.  We did get some home made candy, but not much...no sugar dontcha know.  It was bleak, but my gramps and I caught salmon in the Columbia River, and he shot ducks which mom traded for hoarded sugar from other ladies.  Everybody worked together back in the days of Roosevelt and Truman.  

    Fresh salmon. Yum. (none / 0) (#13)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 11:11:34 AM EST
    Now that's something to savor.

    Not as savory... (none / 0) (#15)
    by kdog on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 11:33:41 AM EST
    as the fresh duck.  F*cking love duck.

    Ya, I'm with you. Fresh duck is delish. (none / 0) (#17)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 11:51:24 AM EST
    Went to a friend's for wine and munchies about a year ago, and his wife pulls a duck out of the oven. We all dive in, so good.

    Then after we all eat it she says, "Guess where this duck was a couple hours ago? Swimming in our pool!"

    Turns out their pool is a magnet to ducks for some reason, and fairly often single or double ducks will come and spend days swimming in their pool.

    Problem is, they sh*t in the pool about every 10 minutes. Maybe very 5 minutes.

    My buddy says he now gives them 5 chances. If they come back after he's chased them out 5 times, he pulls out the pellet gun.

    She is an amazing cook.


    A homelss guy told me (none / 0) (#18)
    by jondee on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 12:29:23 PM EST
    they used to get them by going to the park duck pond and feeding them bread soaked in vodka, after which the ducks would pass out be gathered up.

    Fairly humane as poaching methods go.


    a duck at a city park.

    It's bordered on one side (none / 0) (#20)
    by jondee on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 12:58:26 PM EST
    by a couple of acres of fairly impenetrable thickets and woods, where I imagine a lot of those guys camped out and held their rustic banquets with Duck ala Wild Irish Rose.

    Gotcha. (none / 0) (#22)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 01:10:15 PM EST
    My grandson and I (5.00 / 1) (#26)
    by jondee on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 01:43:32 PM EST
    rescued a snapping turtle from that pond the other day that was crossing the road and holding up a line of cars and on the verge of getting run over.

    Rescued her, but she didn't see it that way. Talk about ungrateful. I've never seen a more pissed off turtle in my life. She was making an all-out effort to get one of my fingers if not the whole hand.

    I assume it was a she because the only other body of water is two miles away and she was making a beeline for the sandy baseball field across the street where I'm guessing she wanted to lay eggs. That wasn't going to work because the park was full of city kids and parents at 2 in the afternoon, so we carried her back to the pond.

    Found out that with an upset 20 lb snapping turtle not only do you have to watch out for whats at the end of their surprisingly long neck, but also their back claws which are almost like bear claws. Ended up with a bad cut on one of my fingers, but we got her back in the pond.  


    and the snapper tore it apart like a velociraptor....

    You can see how they (none / 0) (#30)
    by jondee on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 02:25:35 PM EST
    survived for a million years or whatever basically unchanged.

    Yep. (none / 0) (#31)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 02:31:51 PM EST
    Yeah, (none / 0) (#43)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 07:42:53 PM EST
    but when you are that hungry the work isn't the important part. My brother when he was starving one time ate a duck that showed up at his mobile home. His main complaint was the duck was really fatty.

    Your friend is compassionate... (none / 0) (#21)
    by kdog on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 01:00:38 PM EST
    if I had the will and skill to kill, pluck, cook, and serve a succulent duck I wouldn't be giving them 5 free passes to the pool.  That eating is too damn good.

    There is a local poultry farm out east I frequent for the freshest and most delicious freshly slaughtered chickens and ducks...a different world from the Purdue sh&t at the supermarket.  Pricey but you taste every extra penny.  


    Ya the supermarket birds (none / 0) (#23)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 01:14:00 PM EST
    can't hold a candle to the fresh ones.

    Same with fish.

    Not sure I ever ate fresh beef, wonder if it's the same.


    I've eaten fresh venison. (5.00 / 1) (#50)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Nov 02, 2018 at 03:40:29 AM EST
    Freshly grilled venison steaks have a taste that I can best describe as "earthy," which is perhaps reflective of the deer's diet. I ended up using a fair amount of salt and black pepper, which I normally avoided on steaks. (I avoid red meat now due to a blood condition, polycythemia vera, because my body produces too many red blood cells.) Personally, I did like venison much better when marinated teriyaki-style before grilling, or cooked as part of a stew.

    Yes Donald you are right about the diet (none / 0) (#60)
    by fishcamp on Fri Nov 02, 2018 at 05:03:12 PM EST
    of both deer and elk.  The first twenty years of my life in Aspen I usually shot one deer and one elk every year.  We lived at such high altitude that those critters ate the very high protein lichen during the summer. When they moved down to our 8,000' level they still ate very high protein and mineral grasses.  I used to save only the loin cuts and gave the rest to the Catholic Church for their Thankgiving and Christmas dinners, open to the public.  Strangely one of the priests hunted with me almost every year.  I wound up giving him my bolt action 30.06 rifle since I'm left handed and couldn't operate the bolt properly.  I had my trusty lever action .300 Savage.

    Often I would take some of the rmeat down to a great place in Grand Junction, Co.. where they made a variety of sausage and dried jerky.  Finally in 1980 I stopped eating red meat.  The priest and I kept hunting together, and I gave him all the meat.  I did keep hunting turkeys and eating them.  Wild turkeys are a bit strong tasting no matter what they eat.  Now I just catch and eat fresh fish.  I still have my guns.


    The neighbor (none / 0) (#72)
    by Zorba on Sat Nov 03, 2018 at 04:28:18 PM EST
    who we allow to hunt on our property gives one or two boxes of cut-up, frozen, labeled venison every year.  He also gives us venison sausage, jerky, and chipped venison (which you treat like chipped beef.)

    I'm getting low on venison, but the neighbor will bring more in a few months.


    I pretty much always have it (none / 0) (#73)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Nov 03, 2018 at 04:29:44 PM EST
    My nephew bow hunts.  And he is really good at it.

    People bow hunt really pretty much all the time (none / 0) (#74)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Nov 03, 2018 at 04:36:33 PM EST
    No bang.

    There are so many deer it's ridiculous.  You could sit on my deck and take one a day easily.

    They are a menace on the roads.  In my wooded neighborhood especially I actually like driving behind another car because they will hit the deer.


    We have a regular bow hunter (none / 0) (#106)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Nov 05, 2018 at 02:10:45 PM EST
    In our backyard at dawn and dusk again this year. DC area has a big deer overpopulation problem. The gentleman hanging out in the tree tops back there is also the primary NOAA scientist in documentary Chasing Coral. Most of the deer is disbursed through a food pantry feeding economically stressed households. If we pay for processing we may also have one too. But I just want one package of steaks, a once a year meal.

    Well, remind me (none / 0) (#107)
    by Zorba on Tue Nov 06, 2018 at 03:48:06 PM EST
    When I see you next.  You can have some of ours.

    Put me on that list, too (5.00 / 1) (#108)
    by Peter G on Tue Nov 06, 2018 at 04:38:12 PM EST

    Well, let me know (5.00 / 1) (#109)
    by Zorba on Wed Nov 07, 2018 at 06:17:09 PM EST
    If you decide to travel out this way, because I'll give you venison, and I'll even feed you, and your wife.

    I have eaten (none / 0) (#44)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 07:44:59 PM EST
    fresh beef. My grandfather used to give us a cow every year for Christmas. The only thing I can tell that is different is it varied from year to year as to how tough the meat was. He feed them hay but they also ate grass.

    I think someone has the munchies (none / 0) (#24)
    by jondee on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 01:14:26 PM EST
    around here, with all this talk about Halloween candy and succulent duck..

    You're making me hungry.


    Eating Season is upon us... (none / 0) (#25)
    by kdog on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 01:27:08 PM EST
    Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas...hope we don't have a appetite stimulant shortage like our friends to the north are experiencing in light of recent legislative miracles.

    She probably never will (none / 0) (#27)
    by jondee on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 01:54:27 PM EST
    but Martha Stewart should do an episode about smoking pot at Thanksgiving.

    Thats probably the closest I'll ever come to an orgiastic experience in the sence realm. Almost too much.


    She does call Snoop Dogg a friend... (none / 0) (#28)
    by kdog on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 02:04:34 PM EST
    and there was that state senator who ate some edibles out in Utah as part of his consideration of their proposed medical marijuana law coming up for a vote...anything is possible.

    I can't imagine the leftovers we would have to deal with if my clan ever had a cannabis-free Thanksgiving.  Perish the thought!  


    I was trying to recall why I .. (none / 0) (#32)
    by desertswine on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 02:59:33 PM EST
    disliked Martha Stewart..  and then I remembered.

    I kept waiting for the punchline (none / 0) (#38)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 04:31:14 PM EST
    And waiting and waiting...

    I loved Martha then (none / 0) (#46)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 08:49:15 PM EST
    When Martha went to jail, meh, still like her. I like Snoop Martha too. I never didn't like Martha Stewart, ever.

    I knew I had reached (5.00 / 1) (#55)
    by jondee on Fri Nov 02, 2018 at 10:51:32 AM EST
    ahem maturation saturation when I started finding Martha attractive.

    TMI (none / 0) (#56)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Nov 02, 2018 at 10:52:22 AM EST
    TMI for you? (5.00 / 4) (#57)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Nov 02, 2018 at 10:56:25 AM EST
    It's not like I picture (5.00 / 2) (#59)
    by jondee on Fri Nov 02, 2018 at 01:55:40 PM EST
    us together in the shadowy catacombs in a sword-and-sandles mini-series..

    Hahahahahahaha! (none / 0) (#45)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 08:44:42 PM EST
    You know she and snoop are going to infuse something

    We modified our own spray cans... (none / 0) (#16)
    by kdog on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 11:43:21 AM EST
    take a can of Barbasol, stick a pin in the plastic nozzle, use a lighter around the pin to melt the plastic nozzle to leave just a pin size hole and voila...your shaving cream can is now a shaving cream spray-can to shoot each other with cream at distances up to 6-8 feet.  Good times.

    The Best People. (5.00 / 1) (#37)
    by KeysDan on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 04:26:37 PM EST
    Trump has offered the UN Ambassadorship, replacing Nikki Haley, to Heather Nauert. Ms. Nauert is presently State Department spokesperson and former FOX news anchor.  

    In the long tradition of UN Ambassadors, Ms. Nauert follows such distinguished Americans as Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr, Adlai Stevenson, Arthur Goldberg, George Ball, George HW Bush, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, William Scranton, Thomas Pickering, Madeleine Albright, Bill Richardson, and John Danforth.

    Ms. Nauert will bring to her position her feisty determination to do what is right as demonstrated by her unflinching support of Ivanka in the face of Nordstrom's discontinuation of the Ivanka clothing line, tweeting that she would buy two pieces of Ivanka-wear and wear them all week long.

    And, Ms. Nauert demonstrated her historical and foreign policy chops in July of this year when she cited the invasion of Normandy as evidence of a strong relationship between the United States and Germany.

    At least their stupidity is consistent. (5.00 / 1) (#51)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Nov 02, 2018 at 04:02:22 AM EST
    KeysDan: "And, Ms. Nauert demonstrated her historical and foreign policy chops in July of this year when she cited the invasion of Normandy as evidence of a strong relationship between the United States and Germany."

    No doubt, Ms. Nauert also believes that our country's friendly relations with Japan were forged at Pearl Harbor, Bataan, Iwo Jima and Hiroshima.

    (Sigh!) Oh, well. As Lily Tomlin once said, "No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up." And for that matter, she also rightly observed that:

    "Ninety-eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hard-working, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them."



    A rousiong and powerful (5.00 / 2) (#40)
    by KeysDan on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 05:13:24 PM EST
    speech in Marietta, GA, on behalf of Stacy Abrams, candidate for governor.  However, Pence was determined not be be eclipsed by the celebrities, Will Ferrell (who was going door to door) and Oprah, claiming that "I'm a kind of a pretty big deal."  And, Mother agreed.

    Ms. Abrams, a Yale law graduate, held her own on a stage with the larger than life presence of Oprah--which is saying something.

    Everybody (5.00 / 5) (#42)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 06:10:39 PM EST
    and I mean EVERYBODY is laughing at Pence and his idiocy today. I mean if you have tell everybody you're important you're not really.

    The only one who could pull off that line ... (none / 0) (#52)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Nov 02, 2018 at 04:11:02 AM EST
    ... is Ron Burgundy -- and even then, it didn't quite work out.

    In my district... (5.00 / 1) (#58)
    by desertswine on Fri Nov 02, 2018 at 12:56:25 PM EST
    Deb Haaland, from Laguna Pueblo, will be the first Native American woman elected to Congress.  Ever.

    Don't forget to fall back ... (5.00 / 1) (#62)
    by desertswine on Fri Nov 02, 2018 at 11:28:21 PM EST
    this weekend (2am Sunday morning). An extra hour of sleep, perchance to dream.

    Tuesday is my birthday. (none / 0) (#64)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Sat Nov 03, 2018 at 01:50:31 PM EST
    I'll be dreaming of a big blue wave as a gift.

    Here at home, that means no Walker (Bush) Stapleton, no more Mike Coffman and a big no to Big Oil and Gas trying to buy our election.


    Happy birthday (5.00 / 1) (#65)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Nov 03, 2018 at 02:03:17 PM EST
    I hope your gift is better than mine was last time.  2016 was the 8th which is my birthday.

    FTR (none / 0) (#67)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Nov 03, 2018 at 03:01:15 PM EST
    I think it will be.

    I wish I had (5.00 / 1) (#69)
    by leap on Sat Nov 03, 2018 at 03:19:46 PM EST
    your optimism gene. My heritage didn't include that.

    Tuesday (none / 0) (#71)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Nov 03, 2018 at 04:17:37 PM EST
    Is the last gasp for optimism

    I my heart I do not think we are the country of Trump.  I think he won because of a perfect storm of FUBAR.  I think now that the country has seen 2 years of Trump combined with a crop of really extraordinary dem candidates is giving the country a chance, maybe the last chance, to reject it.  I believe they will.  I really do.
    We now know there is a racist fascist mouth breathing demographic in this country that's bigger that any of us wanted to believe.  Exposing it may end up being the one good thing Trump did in his whole sorry life.

    I really could be the last chance.  For optimism.  
    Or a turning point.  Or both.


    Happy Birthday Hawkeye... (5.00 / 1) (#82)
    by fishcamp on Sat Nov 03, 2018 at 08:15:08 PM EST
    Now if you would just win the powerball you would be set.  🌴

    SITE VIOLATOR (1.00 / 0) (#113)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Dec 13, 2018 at 12:08:16 PM EST

    Tonight is the finale of (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Oct 31, 2018 at 07:55:35 PM EST

    I guess I have raved enough about that.  But SyFy is doing an interesting thing which is they are running the whole six part thing on six consecutive nights.  And even more interesting they made all episodes available to stream when it premiered.

    They are doing the same thing with the upcoming George R.R. Martin series NIGHTFLYERS coming in Dec

    If you watch this excellent promo you will see at the end it says "All episodes. All platforms."

    This is clearly a response to the new ways people watch.  I think it's great and I hope it catches on.

    Interestingly (none / 0) (#2)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Oct 31, 2018 at 08:07:22 PM EST
    And I had not really thought about this until now, as obsessed as I have been with this - I have been obsessed, I did not stream them.

    I waited to see them broadcast

    Not sure I would have waited if it had been six weeks instead of six days.

    I guess we will see with Nightflyers.  Which I will also no doubt be obsessed with.


    Back to TV (none / 0) (#41)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Nov 01, 2018 at 05:50:10 PM EST

    boy oh boy.  This series is something.  This week they explore execution by lethal injection.  

    No, really.  And the guy dies on-screen.

    Someone recently said they did not know what to make of this series.  I doubt that is a minority opinion.  

    If you begin with the understanding that the central theme of this show is finding laugh out loud humor in the most awful tragic heartbreaking things imaginable this episode makes total sense.

    The deathrow inmate who has become Mr Pickles pen pal is known as the Wendy's Killer.  Having snapped and killed three red haired women when they give him a square burger and he tries to return it for a round one.  

    In the course of the show we are told what had happened to him before that happened and it heartbreaking. And funny.

    In the most "OMG I can't believe I laughed at that" scene we see the spectator room at the execution that his pen pal has requested Mr Pickles attend, there is much discussion about the propriety of a children's franchise associating with a multiple murder, all of the spectators have red hair.

    I don't often see things on broadcast tv that leaves me slack jawed wondering what the actual fu@k I just saw.  This was one.

    Not surprisingly, reviews are mixed.

    here's a good one


    Finished the first season of Handmaid's Tale (none / 0) (#4)
    by McBain on Wed Oct 31, 2018 at 09:28:15 PM EST
    Good enough to get me to start season 2.  Still depressing though.

    Also started season two 2 of Making A Murderer.  Hard to watch because, unlike the first season, I pretty much know what's going to happen.

    ESPN's Basketball A Love Story is another great documentary series. For some reason, I can't get into today's game.  The 70s and 80s were much more interesting.  


    In the 1970s, NBA basketball was still ... (none / 0) (#53)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Nov 02, 2018 at 04:52:32 AM EST
    ... more about the game itself, and was far less the perpetual marketing gimmick that it is today. That all began to change in the 1979-80  NBA season with the arrival of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, which heralded the advent of "Showtime!"

    Just my observation, but I think that pro sports teams today are much less personally accessible to the average fan, than they were when I was growing up. Back in the day, a day at the ball park, stadium or arena was affordable for a middle class family. Nowadays, most have been effectively priced out.

    Sure, you can catch most games on TV, but it's really only a matter of time before that option also succumbs to the chase for dollars and switches over to the pay-per-view concept. You're already seeing that with exclusive cable / satellite TV network deals with teams and leagues.

    If you're an L.A. area resident who wants to watch the Dodgers or NBA Lakers, you have to subscribe to Spectrum, which was formerly Time-Warner Cable. But due to local districting restrictions, Spectrum's access is available to only about 500-600,000 people. And so, Spectrum has been effectively holding its Dodgers and Lakers broadcasts as hostage, hoping that fans will put pressure on regulators to allow the company greater access to the rest of the lucrative L.A. market.

    Ironically, Spectrum absolutely dominates the Hawaii market with a near monopoly, and streams its L.A. cable stations to the islands. And with 1.4 million potential viewers, Hawaii is currently a bigger cable TV market for the Dodgers and Lakers, than is their home city of L.A.



    Making A Murderer (Part Two) (none / 0) (#61)
    by KD on Fri Nov 02, 2018 at 09:29:21 PM EST
    I'd be interested in what everybody thinks of "Making a Murderer (Part 2)." Attorney Kathleen Zellner's meticulous dissection of every piece of prosecution evidence was riveting to me. Brendan Dassey's idealistic young lawyer, who has been working on his appeals for her whole career, and Zellner's more world-wise commentary, were fascinating. Having the flaws of the justice system revealed is disheartening, but I learned so much by watching the lawyers, particularly Zellner, work.

    I'm struggling to finish this season (none / 0) (#63)
    by McBain on Sat Nov 03, 2018 at 09:40:09 AM EST
    because I know what happens (or doesn't happen).  I'm especially frustrated with the Dassey situation.

    I liked the work Zellner did in the Ryan Ferguson case and based what I've seen so far this season, I've become a bigger fan of hers.  Good observation about the contrast of Zellner and Dassey's attorney Laura Nirider.    

    I hope more people, including Jeralyn, will comment on this show/case(s).  


    I guess I am just too old. (none / 0) (#66)
    by Chuck0 on Sat Nov 03, 2018 at 02:20:43 PM EST
    But I remember when the USA was proud to be a beacon and magnet for immigrants.

    It really is time to dismantle the Statue of Liberty. Take it down. Remove it from New York Harbor and bury it deep in the dustbin of history.

    I think there will some (none / 0) (#68)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Nov 03, 2018 at 03:19:33 PM EST
    Happy Senate surprises for us next Tuesday.

    So many close races and lots of handicappers saying things were moving left in the close.

    I really think we could win TN and MO.  Heidi might even pull it out.

    I think we will win in FL.  mostly because of Gillum coat tails.  And I think Beto will win.

    It may take a run off but Stacy is going to do it.
    She and lots of other dems are wisely spending all those millions on infrastructure and GOTV instead of pi$$ing it away on tv.

    40+ in the House at least

    "My opinion"

    I have my fingers crossed for Beto (5.00 / 1) (#75)
    by Chuck0 on Sat Nov 03, 2018 at 04:48:08 PM EST
    in Texas. I think the polls are off. Polls show "likely voters." I think there is high chance of many unlikely voters going to the polls. Talked to a friend in Texas (leans left), voter turnout has been very high in early voting. He admits he doesn't know if it's the bubbas coming to protect their guns, or Dems coming out to rid themselves of Rafael Cruz.

    And not just there (none / 0) (#76)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Nov 03, 2018 at 05:01:33 PM EST
    But FL and GA.

    Good to remember the day before the primary Gillum could not get arrested.  He was not even showing up in the polls.

    Imagine for a moment what an earthquake it would be if democrats, and not just democrats but unapologetically progressive democrats, win in three deep south states.


    Just listening to Michael Moore (none / 0) (#77)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Nov 03, 2018 at 06:15:29 PM EST
    Talk about polling in TX.  He describes the NYTimes explaining how they did the last poll they did this week.

    They contacted 51,000 Texans. 800 responded.  They contacted 7,800 18-29 yo.  66 responded.

    Well there you go.

    He also said anyone saying we can relax is contributing to a democratic defeat.  So, to be clear, that is not what I am doing.


    As far as I have (none / 0) (#78)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Nov 03, 2018 at 07:44:42 PM EST
    seen McCaskill has been leading in most polls in MO along with Nelson leading in Florida. TN is really up in the air.

    Right now in GA everyone is predicting a runoff. Historically runoffs have helped the GOP. We'll just have to wait and see if that happens this time. I don't think Kemp is prepared for a runoff though and Stacey is.


    According to RCP (none / 0) (#79)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Nov 03, 2018 at 07:49:57 PM EST
    TN is tied

    And I just saw there is a 920% increase in young voters.

    I think Marsha is toast


    So is Dean Heller (none / 0) (#80)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Nov 03, 2018 at 07:51:12 PM EST
    I have (none / 0) (#81)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Nov 03, 2018 at 08:00:02 PM EST
    been following John Ralston on twitter and he seems to think that Heller is toast too. Not enough votes coming out of the rural areas to offset the votes coming out of blue areas.

    Sunday TV (none / 0) (#70)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Nov 03, 2018 at 03:27:50 PM EST
    Rick Grimes shuffles off the mortal coil after 9 seasons.

    The Deuce finale with the premier of the long awaited RED HOT.

    Very strange shooting in (none / 0) (#83)
    by ragebot on Sat Nov 03, 2018 at 11:55:28 PM EST
    Tallahassee.  Still not sure what the story is but a former NYer who got his undergrad degree there and moved to Tallahassee to get a MS at FSU, worked as an English teacher, then was in the US Army in logistics and seems to have been unemployed since 2013 drove for four hours from Deltona, Florida to Tallahassee and shot up a yoga studio killing two, wounding five others.  No obvious motive and the guy was a strange one to say the least.  Too many weird things in his history to list including strange youtube postings and a fairly minor, but definitely upsetting criminal history which was all dismissed or pleaded out.

    He was a loaner who his roommates at FSU thought was suffering from PTSD; strange to me since he was stationed in Germany as a quartermaster.  So far the LEOs have no idea why he targeted a non descript yoga studio he had no apparent connection to.  Early reports are that he was a member of Republican facebook groups but it is not clear that he was registered to vote according to the local paper, the Tallahassee Democrat.

    Not much of a mystery (5.00 / 2) (#84)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Nov 04, 2018 at 12:58:09 AM EST


    In videos posted online and found by BuzzFeed, he identified himself as an involuntarily celibate, or "incel." He is the second incel to kill innocent people in Florida this year.

    Back in 2014, Beierle posted several YouTube videos of himself "offering extremely racist and misogynistic opinions."

    He called women "slvts" and "wh0res" and "lamented `the collective treachery' of girls he went to high school with," Buzzfeed reports.

    He was also mad that some women preferred black men to him and recorded songs raging about this.

    Yoga pants are seen as an affront to the incel community, where they are seen a cruel reminder of the men's inadequacy.

    No, really (none / 0) (#85)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Nov 04, 2018 at 12:04:32 AM EST
    Bet he hated (none / 0) (#86)
    by Zorba on Sun Nov 04, 2018 at 06:51:37 AM EST
    Leggings, as well.

    I know you will be as surprised (5.00 / 1) (#87)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Nov 04, 2018 at 07:36:32 AM EST
    You know, (5.00 / 1) (#88)
    by Zorba on Sun Nov 04, 2018 at 10:00:18 AM EST
    If he had a great personality and respected women, he could have gotten dates.
    But he was a misogynist and a racist, so no dates for him.

    With all these unstable guys (5.00 / 2) (#89)
    by jondee on Sun Nov 04, 2018 at 10:22:18 AM EST
    hooked into these rageaholic, rage-recycling on-line "communties" another Sandy Hook or Las Vegas or something even worse is inevitable. To state the obvious.

    Especially when we're so dedicated to arming-to-the-teeth every patient in this bughouse.


    The mystery to me (none / 0) (#90)
    by ragebot on Sun Nov 04, 2018 at 10:23:09 AM EST
    is why it happened in Tallahassee.  There is no doubt in my mind that Tallahassee/FSU has a high density of attractive females; as Brent Musburger famously noted.

    But I have traveled enough to realize that is not the only location with attractive females.  In fact my visits to South Florida seem to confirm that the ladies there often wear more revealing clothing than yoga pants.  Not to mention there are ladies all over Florida/US/world who wear yoga pants.

    Not disputing the guy was a real sickie, just wondering why he would drive four hours and target a non descript yoga studio in a shopping mall when he had to drive past dozens of similar places on the trip there.

    The shooter seems to have no connection to the place and his connection to Tallahassee was several years ago.  In fact I am not even sure what his connection to Florida is since he seems to be originally from NY.

    Maybe I am just too lazy to be a criminal but as Hannibal Lecter said in "The Silence of the Lambs"   "We covet what we see".


    Florida seems to exert a gravitational (5.00 / 1) (#92)
    by jondee on Sun Nov 04, 2018 at 10:41:04 AM EST
    pull on a certain type of troubled loner like a kind of psycho-spiritual Black Hole..

    I always remember a piece Henry Miller wrote decades ago about the sense of disgust and foreboding he felt while sitting on a park bench in the Jacksonville City Park, of all places..

    "It reeks with tuberculosis, halitosis, varicose veins, paranoia, mendacity, onanism and occultism. All the misfits, the unfits, the has-beens and the would-bes of America seem to drift hear eventuall. It is the emotional swamp which one has to wade through in order to get to the Everglades"


    What strikes me about this (5.00 / 3) (#94)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Nov 04, 2018 at 11:31:09 AM EST
    Is how much it begins to sound like Islamic fundamentalism

    That the men are packing such mighty he-man urges that the women simply must be modestly covered with all the good parts hidden or they are simply asking to be attacked or worse.


    Apparently a lot of these incels (none / 0) (#97)
    by jondee on Sun Nov 04, 2018 at 12:04:47 PM EST
    are big fans of Kavanaugh and Jordan Peterson. And the p*ssy-grabber, no doubt..

    I've engaged briefly with some of these guys. They've got this whole, weird obsession with "alpha and beta males," think Obama was a sissy and that Michele is masculine, and call men who actually get along with women "soyboys" and "cucks".

    They never seem to consider that all that bottled-up, frustrated male energy may have something to do with spending way too much time sitting on their asses in front of their computers feeding their misguided fantasies about the world.


    Pathetic patriarchal bullish!t (none / 0) (#101)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Nov 04, 2018 at 01:50:42 PM EST
    Is what it is.  In both cases.  Admission they are weak infantile emotional children incapable of even controlling their most basic urges.

    It is (none / 0) (#99)
    by Ga6thDem on Sun Nov 04, 2018 at 12:48:17 PM EST
    and I have been saying for years that fundamentalism is the problem not Islam not Christianity nor Judiasm but the fundamentalist forms of these religions. I would also include Christian evangelicals with some of them. They are inherently authoritarian and are Phyllis Schafly apostles that believe women really should not have any choices. If a man wants to take you out, you are supposed to go, no questions asked. Women are sent here to serve men and have children and have no other purpose. Anything bad that happens to women is always 100% their fault. You even see that same attitudes in politics with women who lose. Somehow it's 100% their fault but with men it always includes a lot of other events.

    I try and avoid Jax if possible. (none / 0) (#96)
    by ragebot on Sun Nov 04, 2018 at 11:59:45 AM EST
    It is a major port for Florida and at one time most of the new cars entering the state came there.  Problem was that the air quality was such that the paint on the cars was being ruined.  The only place I have been harder on car finishes is near the nickel smelting mines in Cuba.

    I remember hearing (none / 0) (#98)
    by jondee on Sun Nov 04, 2018 at 12:09:41 PM EST
    from people it was the worst smelling city in the U.S.

    That and Henry's rant was enough to strike it off the list for me.


    Correct linki (none / 0) (#91)
    by ragebot on Sun Nov 04, 2018 at 10:27:29 AM EST
    Well (none / 0) (#93)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Nov 04, 2018 at 10:51:52 AM EST
    Gillum is the mayor.  That's one thing

    I would guess that had something to do with it.


    Yes, this may well be (5.00 / 1) (#103)
    by KeysDan on Sun Nov 04, 2018 at 03:02:10 PM EST
    a part.  Also, he is a graduate of FSU and has had several groping incidents at the University cafeteria, apparently, the cases were dismissed. A familiar environment for him and his stalking activities--the choice of the hot yoga place may have been happenstance, but the two women killed were associated with the University, one a 62-year old physician and faculty member, the other, a 21-year old senior student and resident of Dunwoody, GA,who is described as being very attractive.

    Tallahassee has a weak mayor (none / 0) (#95)
    by ragebot on Sun Nov 04, 2018 at 11:55:27 AM EST
    system.  At one time the city manager was the real power behind the throne. But that ended when Dan Kleaman resigned due to disagreements with the city commissioners and he was quickly hired as the Tampa city manager at a big pay increase.  Gillum was a city commissioner and as such wound up being the mayor since the mayor position rotates among the city commissioners.  

    If the truth be known the mayor of Tallahassee has very little to do with anything that happens there.  Sad to say the last several mayors have had ethics questions related to how community development funds were allocated.

    FSU has a very good Department of Urban and Regional Planning department and a lot of the Law School students wind up interning in state/county/city government.  As a result there is a lot of grant money floating around and some of it is abused.  As a student at FSU I was involved in writing several grants and quite frankly observed first hand the abuse.


    Possibly all true (none / 0) (#100)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Nov 04, 2018 at 01:47:43 PM EST
    But Gillum is the mayor.  And he is black.  And he is on the brink of being elected governor.

    That was my point.


    Tallahassee... (5.00 / 1) (#105)
    by desertswine on Sun Nov 04, 2018 at 08:35:57 PM EST
    lassie. Why not.

    Brown shirts again (none / 0) (#110)
    by thomas rogan on Thu Nov 08, 2018 at 08:25:06 AM EST

    Conservative snowflakes (none / 0) (#111)
    by Yman on Sat Dec 08, 2018 at 11:18:50 AM EST
    ... and their cries about "brown shirts" are pretty funny.  Still waiting for photos of Carlson's "cracked door".  It's funny how conservatives defend neo-Nazis and white nationalists who actually kill people while whining about protests.