Thursday Open Thread

Sometimes it's good just to sleep, read and think about other things rather than dwell on all that's going down the drain under the present toxic administration.

ISIS Leader al Baghadadi has stepped out for the first time in five years. He's gotten a makeover -- instead of looking like a religious figure, he now looks like a military commander. His message appears designed to let us all know he's alive and although conceding ISIS has lost its physical territory (and the state it was creating as a Caliphate), and they got badly trounced at their last battle in Baghdouz, ISIS is regrouping as a global insurgency right now (no need to conquer big swaths of land and instill governing forces like before). He praised the Sri Lanka bombings and mentioned factions in Mali and Africa that had recently aligned with ISIS. He also mentioned new groups joining with them in Khorassan. Probably his most telling line was that Allah commanded them to make jihad, but did not command they acheive victory. In other words, he's telling his supporters to be prepared to die, as they will fight until the resurrection. [More...]

The video was highly stylized in the sense that there were plastic covered reports with brightly colored tabs for each region in which ISIS still had forces, and his aides handed them to him one by one to review. This was to convey that he is up to speed on what's happening in each region. There was also a report for Turkey, which until now, had not been named as a Wilayat. There was also a report for Tunisia, although it hasn't reached the level of a Wilayat yet. And instead of thinking of a Wilayat as a state, it should now just be considered a region in which ISIS is active. It's not governing territory now, it's regrouping.

Watching the speech in HD, I thought Baghdadi looked pretty hearty (put on some weight, had color in his face, was relaxed, earnest, looked his three aides (whose faces were blurred out) in the eye as he spoke, didn't ramble, etc.) This was not someone who appeared to have gotten off his death bed to speak. He had a big firearm by his side, so again, this was a speech designed to show he's still in the fight, and not as a preacher. He was humble, and even mentioned some Western fighters and media team members who had died.

One was an Australian national with the moniker Abu Abdallah al-Australi who according to some reports, recently ran the central media department until he was killed in an airstrike in December, 2018, maybe in Hajin. The other, Abu Yasir (also spelled Yasser) al Baljiki (also spelled al Beljiki)meaning from Belgium, I could find no earlier reference to. I spent far too many hours looking and will now just wait until someone else identifies him.

In other news, the Government filed a 99 page response to El Chapo's motion for new trial based on jurors disregarding the court's instructions not to read about or discuss the case prior to the start of deliberations. There was nothing I found worth quoting in it.

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    First world problem (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by thomas rogan on Thu May 02, 2019 at 11:36:52 AM EST
    Compared to terrorists who coordinate massive bombing raids against Christians in Sri Lanka or attack synagogues or mosques, worrying about Donald Trump is such a first world problem.  

    Right (5.00 / 7) (#3)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 02, 2019 at 11:44:59 AM EST
    Trump only incites and encourages those who attack synagogues and mosques

    Very first world.


    Yeah (5.00 / 7) (#4)
    by FlJoe on Thu May 02, 2019 at 11:47:36 AM EST
    and protecting Democracy against a tyrannical corrupt despot used to be a third world problem. Want a Banana?

    Glad to hear (5.00 / 4) (#5)
    by CST on Thu May 02, 2019 at 11:51:10 AM EST
    You're on board with a 90% wealth tax, Medicare for all, green new deal, open borders, parental leave, subsidized childcare and applying criminal penalties to companies that don't adequately protect data.

    You know, since none of those things are terrorists blowing up churches.


    Well, I live in the first world ... (5.00 / 1) (#49)
    by Robot Porter on Fri May 03, 2019 at 12:03:30 PM EST
    so all my problems are first world problems.

    Welcome back (5.00 / 2) (#50)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 03, 2019 at 12:07:28 PM EST
    I loved Kamala (5.00 / 2) (#6)
    by Repack Rider on Thu May 02, 2019 at 12:04:06 PM EST
    Harris' pointed questioning of Barr. Her questions are strictly "yes" or "no." She does not permit filibusters, cut him off when he tried. "I'm asking a question."

    She asked him whether he had talked to anyone in the White House about the pending cases. He had her ask the simple question again, obviously playing for time. He wondered who she meant by "anyone in the White House." Then he couldn't be sure, because he's only been on the job a couple of months, and there were so many more important things that he had to think about, even though he couldn't identify one.

    She asked him whether anyone in the WH had suggested an investigation to him.  He couldn't parse "suggest."  Harris offered him synonyms. "Infer?" "Hint?"

    Last night Lawerence pointed out (5.00 / 2) (#7)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 02, 2019 at 12:13:18 PM EST
    He has a almost funny tell when he's stumped.

    He asked the question be repeated, for time to think, then he zeros in on one particular word, anyone or suggested, and starts chasing its meaning around. So he can run out the clock.


    This administration ... (5.00 / 1) (#48)
    by Robot Porter on Fri May 03, 2019 at 12:01:21 PM EST
    is full of unconvincing liars.

    But, next to Trump, Barr has to be the least convincing one of the lot.


    You could write a book ... (5.00 / 1) (#47)
    by Robot Porter on Fri May 03, 2019 at 11:59:45 AM EST
    on everything she did right.

    And an encyclopedia on everything he did wrong.


    She did to an awesome (none / 0) (#17)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu May 02, 2019 at 04:09:03 PM EST
    job for sure.

    I (none / 0) (#57)
    by FlJoe on Fri May 03, 2019 at 03:59:25 PM EST
    imagine she will get a significant bump in the polls from this, double digits for sure maybe competing for second place.

    I think the race will soon shake out to Biden around 30 Sanders, Warren, Harris 15-20 behind then all the rest.


    Probably (none / 0) (#59)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri May 03, 2019 at 04:56:35 PM EST
    until the debates and then I expect both Sanders and Biden to sink because they are going to be hit on pretty hard and neither one knows how to hit back effectively.

    Klobuchar letter to Mueller (5.00 / 2) (#39)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 02, 2019 at 08:02:41 PM EST
    This is great

    Dear Special Counsel Mueller:

    I write to request information related to the Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 President Election, which was recently completed by your office.

    On May 1, Attorney General Barr appeared before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary to testify about the evidence collected during the investigation and the findings described in the report. Unfortunately, on numerous occasions, Attorney General Barr was unable to speak to certain sections of the report or to the underlying evidence evaluated by your office.

    I asked Attorney General Barr whether your office requested and reviewed any of the President's personal tax documents or the Trump Organization's financial documents. The Attorney General stated that he did not know and suggested that I ask you directly.

    Unfortunately, Chairman Graham has made clear that he does not intend to call you to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Accordingly, I respectfully request that you provide answers to the following:

    1)      Did your office obtain and review President Trump's personal tax returns?

    a. If not, did you attempt to obtain these documents?
    b. If so, what years of returns did you obtain, and were the documents complete or were any redactions made to the documents?
    2)      Did your office obtain and review financial statements from the Trump Organization?

    a. If not, did you attempt to obtain these documents?
    b. If so, what years of statements did you obtain, and were the documents complete or were any redactions made to the documents?
    In addition, I respectfully request that you provide the Committee with copies of any of President Trump's tax returns and the Trump Organization's financial statements that were obtained by your office to aid in our evaluation of the report and its conclusions.


    Lindsey (none / 0) (#62)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 03, 2019 at 05:56:23 PM EST
    Translation (none / 0) (#63)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 03, 2019 at 06:03:38 PM EST
    I dare you to come before this committee.

    What better place. (5.00 / 1) (#53)
    by KeysDan on Fri May 03, 2019 at 12:53:07 PM EST
    Trump announced, at a Rose Garden event for the National Day of Prayer, the Administration's Religious Conscience Rule.  The new rule allows a very wide range of people, receptionists, health care professionals, boards of hospitals, to deny a patient's medical care if their personal religious beliefs get in the way. Punishment may include loss of federal funds.

    Denying health care is not religious liberty, it is unconscionable discrimination against patients based on their medical needs, maternal health, gender, and sexuality. It could weaken public health efforts, such as vaccination programs; could certainly target gay, transgender patients and their children, as well as hamper women's health care delivery.

     Medical standards, not religious beliefs, should control medical care. It is bad enough to refuse to bake a cake for a gay couple for religious reasons, but an entirely different matter to deny needed health care.

    It may be reasonable to make accommodations for religious beliefs, such as shifting provision of care to another health professional.  However, this may not always be possible, for example, if a religious-affiliated hospital is the only one in a rural area. Hopefully, these piety advocates of health care refusal to patient not of their liking will pray on this.

    Maher (5.00 / 2) (#74)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat May 04, 2019 at 11:02:53 AM EST
    Was great this week from beginning to end.  Not least Moby who tells the story of drunkenly rubbing his flaccid junk on Trump at a party.

    Opening line

    "This week Venezuela put us on the travel advisory list"

    For awhile I've wanted (none / 0) (#76)
    by jondee on Sat May 04, 2019 at 11:26:09 AM EST
    to shake the reputed germophobe's hand and then tell him what I just finished doing, just to see his expression.

    Try watching (none / 0) (#77)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat May 04, 2019 at 11:33:14 AM EST
    The show

    I know it's radical


    The show last night (none / 0) (#78)
    by KeysDan on Sat May 04, 2019 at 12:34:27 PM EST
    was very good.  I like Governor Inslee generally, and his focus on climate change, in particular---which will be his contribution to the primaries.  Panelist. Brett Stephens, anti-Trump right winger/libertarian NYTimes columnist, comes across on Maher's shows as thoughtful and reasonable, so unlike his customary unreadable screeds.  A discussion of his climate denying or agnostic views on the subject with Jay Inslee would
    have been interesting

    One thing that annoys me (none / 0) (#79)
    by jondee on Sat May 04, 2019 at 12:54:44 PM EST
    about Maher is how easy he goes on 'libertarians' like Stephens and Nick Gillespie when it comes their autistic the-environment-is-a-non-issue Koch-dogma.

    I'm guessing it's because they don't tell him he's going to burn in hell for smoking dope at the Playboy Mansion.


    On the other hand (none / 0) (#81)
    by jondee on Sat May 04, 2019 at 03:11:49 PM EST
    when the chips are down, these enlightened supporters of "Reason" and the Cato Institute vote with the burn-in-hell crowd I'm guessing a good 90% of the time.

    That's quite a Big Tent they've got over on the right side of aisle.


    Maher has all stripes on his show (none / 0) (#82)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat May 04, 2019 at 04:15:17 PM EST
    Or most stripes.  Brett Stephens and his ilk hate Trump as much as we do.  That's enough for me.  We can all be snowflakes again when we have a functioning government.  We are miles from that right now and it's going to get worse before it gets better and we are going to need Brett Stephens, Max Boot and the rest before it's over.

    You read more all the time about people who know Trump saying he will not willingly leave office if he loses in 20.  I think you would have to be an idiot to not take those warning seriously.  What single thing has he ever done to make that warning seem unwarranted?  We know with some degree of certainty when he leaves he will be indicted probably the same day.

    He will do anything to prevent thing.  Anything in his power.  Including inciting his idiot fans to violence or starting multiple wars.  We will need the "reason" crowd when that happens.  

    As far as this weeks Maher my favorite part was Moby.  I have been a huge fan forever.  They reminded us for how long.  I'm not sure I ever heard him speak.  He was great.


    Before the 16 election (none / 0) (#83)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat May 04, 2019 at 04:19:07 PM EST
    He was laying the foundation to challenge the election results.  He will do it again if he thinks he is losing.  But this time he will have the power of the executive branch at his disposal the DOJ and the nuclear codes

    Today (none / 0) (#85)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat May 04, 2019 at 04:50:34 PM EST
    I hope that ilk of Brett's is of (none / 0) (#86)
    by jondee on Sat May 04, 2019 at 06:23:01 PM EST
    significant size and influence. I wonder about that a lot.

    The influence part (none / 0) (#95)
    by KeysDan on Sun May 05, 2019 at 11:11:19 AM EST
    is important. David Frum, Max Boot, Bill Kristol, Jenifer Rubin all have a voice.  I agree with the Captain, we need allies in this battle for the soul of the country.

    As for Bill Maher, I enjoy him and his shows most of the time.  Some exceptions but he is on our team, despite some quirks here and there. It is a big tent, and we need to enlarge and encourage it given the existential threat of Republicans and their leader, Trump.


    It's been such a great spring here (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 02, 2019 at 11:25:02 AM EST
    Lots (and lots) of rain but great temps.  The last few years it has gone from cold to hot within a week.  Sometimes less.  Monday you got the heat on Friday it's the air.

    This years there have been weeks and weeks of perfect, doors and windows open all day and all night, temps.  Continuing for the next 10 days at least they say.

    911 call of Botham Jean shooting (none / 0) (#8)
    by McBain on Thu May 02, 2019 at 12:27:29 PM EST
    "Oh my God. I'm done. I didn't mean to. I didn't mean to. I didn't mean to. I'm so sorry," Guyger continues, telling Jean, "Stay with me, bud."
    The dispatcher tells Guyger police are almost there. Guyger continues to curse as the realization of what she's done continues to set in.
    "I thought it was my apartment. I thought it was my apartment. Holy f**k."...
    The killing sparked days of protest, and angry demonstrators demanded justice. Protesters interrupted a City Council meeting to demand accountability and police reform.
    When then-Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson presented the manslaughter case to a grand jury, jurors upgraded the charge to murder, which Johnson explained meant that they felt Guyger's actions were "knowing" or intentional.

    Trying (none / 0) (#10)
    by Repack Rider on Thu May 02, 2019 at 02:10:22 PM EST
    ...to get a defense of her indefensible actions on the record.



    I see a defense for murder (none / 0) (#13)
    by McBain on Thu May 02, 2019 at 03:02:57 PM EST
    not sure about lesser charges

    fair point (none / 0) (#19)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu May 02, 2019 at 04:09:45 PM EST
    You agree though (none / 0) (#31)
    by Repack Rider on Thu May 02, 2019 at 06:47:21 PM EST
    ...that she will never be permitted to carry a firearm again, her police career is over, and if there is any justice in the world, the next ten years of her life are booked.

    Fox says it has "no plans" for Smollett (none / 0) (#9)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu May 02, 2019 at 01:40:12 PM EST
    to return to Empire.

    It was amazing to me (none / 0) (#11)
    by Repack Rider on Thu May 02, 2019 at 02:12:07 PM EST
    How much a misdemeanor that didn't hurt anyone, was such an enormous big deal with people on the right who never watched the show.

    I didn't either, which is why I didn't G A S about the fool.

    He's on the hook for the cost of the investigation, then he can go the way of Milli Vanilli.


    ya, you have mentioned repeatedly (none / 0) (#18)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu May 02, 2019 at 04:09:22 PM EST
    how much you don't G A S about the fool.

    Help me understand (none / 0) (#30)
    by Repack Rider on Thu May 02, 2019 at 06:45:45 PM EST
    ...Why a B-list actor committing a minor crime became such a big deal on the Right. I'm thinking it was because he was blackity-black, but I will accept other explanations.

    Since I'm left of Pete Seeger, I don't know any of these people, but there must be SOME explanation.


    Gay too (none / 0) (#32)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 02, 2019 at 06:49:33 PM EST
    No clue. (none / 0) (#46)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Fri May 03, 2019 at 11:16:32 AM EST
    But do I notice that you have spent way more time indignantly commenting about "the fool" and the situation than anyone else else here. By far. So clearly this is a big deal to you.

    Why do you care so much?


    Anyone else here (5.00 / 1) (#80)
    by jondee on Sat May 04, 2019 at 01:18:52 PM EST
    Right, sarc.

    Should we tally up Jussie-related posts to see if that's really true? Cuz I don't think it is.


    I am as atheist as it is possible to be (none / 0) (#91)
    by Repack Rider on Sun May 05, 2019 at 09:39:40 AM EST
    ...but I listen to the local religious radio station a lot.

    Certainly that is not because I agree with them, but because I derive entertainment value from laughing about all the ways the broadcasters are wrong.

    So my Jussie Smollett attention has largely been confined to laughing at those who are so wrought up about him.  I noticed that you introduced the subject.


    The Mayor of Baltimore (none / 0) (#12)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 02, 2019 at 02:38:48 PM EST
    Was just forced to resign because of allegations of profiting from her office

    I guess we can only hope it's a idea that catches on.

    This is not the end of it, either, (5.00 / 8) (#44)
    by Anne on Fri May 03, 2019 at 10:05:53 AM EST
    and she's not the only one who's going to be dealing with it.

    Sigh of relief, I think, that Pugh's status isn't hanging over everything. City has major things to work on & they require focus, not this distraction.

    New police commissioner seems to have his head about him; change won't come fast, but I think it's coming.

    All that said, glad I'm not commuting/working downtown anymore - retirement is every bit as great as I hoped it would be! Kinda miss the paychecks, but all things considered, it's not that huge a deal. Life is simpler. We spend less. Have way more time with the grandkids. I do what I want, when I want, on my schedule. I did go back for 6 wks, part time, for tax season: made me realize I made the right decision - could't wait to get back to my retirement life!

    Hope you all are well!


    Retirement (5.00 / 1) (#45)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 03, 2019 at 11:15:10 AM EST
    Is AWSUM

    Hey There.. (none / 0) (#52)
    by ScottW714 on Fri May 03, 2019 at 12:41:52 PM EST
    ...glad to hear retirement is agreeable.  I've been wondering when the best TL poster was going to make an appearance.  They still have some HRC fanpersons around these parts, but overall it's been pretty good conversations.  Right now the biggest division seems to be whether to go after Trump via impeachment or election.  But it's not much of a division.

    No one seems to be particularly happy with Biden or Sanders, but trying to deal with the reality that those two probably have the best chance to win.  I like Buttigieg, a lot, but I like not have Trump as a president even more, so I don't really care so long as I am not contemplating eating rat poison the day after the election.


    Welcome back. (none / 0) (#88)
    by Chuck0 on Sat May 04, 2019 at 11:07:29 PM EST
    At least two more years before I can retire. And I haven't figured out what to do about health insurance for the three years before I qualify for Medicare. I have enough to cover all our living expenses, except health insurance.

    I'm envious.


    Health insurance was why I waited to retire. (5.00 / 1) (#94)
    by Anne on Sun May 05, 2019 at 10:55:27 AM EST
    I turned 65 last August, planning to retire at the end of the year, but ended up pulling the pin mid-September. I just couldn't do it anymore!

    Didn't apply for SS right away, but applied for Medicare & paid for it via invoice until I did. I'm paying an additional $163/mo for a Medigap policy.

    If more people could do Medicare before 65, more would retire sooner, opening up some space in the job market.


    listed in your article.

    Dam, she ran a 3:10 marathon. (none / 0) (#16)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu May 02, 2019 at 04:06:29 PM EST
    I will give her major props for that.

    5 (none / 0) (#14)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 02, 2019 at 03:30:43 PM EST
    This week is 4.  It's directed by the guy who directed the season premier.  5 is directed by the same director who did last weeks episode.

    (Spare me whining about the lighting.  I am so sick of that.  I did effects lighting for a living.  The lighting was amazing.  Dark was a choice.  And a brilliant one.  Learn to adjust yer damn tv)

    The British actress, who plays Mother of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen in HBO's epic fantasy drama, on Wednesday told late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel that Episodes 4, 5 and 6 "are all insane."

    But one of them, in particular, is "going to be mental," she said.

    "Episode 5 is bigger!" Clarke told Kimmel. "Episode 5 is huuhh," she added, with an appropriate arm gesture.

    What?!? Even bigger than Sunday's epic Battle of Winterfell?

    Apparently so

    The final battle.

    Also one more bit.  You can google this if you wish but the story from Martin himself was the story had 3 "holy shi+" moments.

    One was Stannis burning his daughter alive.  One was the backstory of Hodors name.  The third is yet to come.


    The lighting/CGI (none / 0) (#23)
    by McBain on Thu May 02, 2019 at 06:21:14 PM EST
    for episode 3 was garbage except for that one scene of the dragons above the clouds. You shouldn't have to adjust your TV for one particular episode, that's ridiculous.  At first I thought if I had a 4K TV it might look better but I've learned that wasn't really the issue.  

    Big battle scenes are tough to pull off and HBO wasn't up for the task this time and it wasn't just the lighting.  Don't get me started on Lady Mormont's final scene.  

    One was Stannis burning his daughter alive.  One was the backstory of Hodors name.  The third is yet to come.


    I hope something interesting happens.  GOT has been one of the greatest shows of all time.  We deserve a better final season that what we've seen so far.


    Of course (none / 0) (#25)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 02, 2019 at 06:28:14 PM EST
    You know so much about CGI and lighting it.  

    If you don't like it don't watch it.  I'll tell you what happens and you won't have to worry about learning how to set the contrast on your tv.


    For those not lucky enough to know (none / 0) (#27)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 02, 2019 at 06:32:46 PM EST
    One thing to understand (none / 0) (#29)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 02, 2019 at 06:41:19 PM EST
    That's important is they shot it at night.  For more than a month.  What you should understand is movies never do that.  Because it's dark.  They shoot what is called "day for night" which means they shoot it in the day time and people like me darken it in post

    Which leads to jokes like "have you ever noticed that at night in movies everything is just sort of bluish but you can still see perfectly clearly?"

    They intentionally shot it at night for authenticity.  It was beautiful.  More so because it is so hard to shoot at night.

    I really wish people would shut up about it.


    When you can't tell what's going on (none / 0) (#34)
    by McBain on Thu May 02, 2019 at 06:59:33 PM EST
    there isn't much tension.  This should have been an edge of the seat episode but it wasn't. The Battle of the Bastards was much better.

    Having to explain the cinematography is like having to explain a joke.

    Of course I'm going to keep watching.  I've seen every episode and need to see this trough but the show hasn't been the same since Jon Snow came back to life.

    Here's a review I mostly agree with...


    Only you and your you tube reviewer (none / 0) (#35)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 02, 2019 at 07:04:02 PM EST
    Need an explanation.  I watched live without doing a thing but turning down the ambient light and had no idea this BS was even a thing until it was over.

    The Battle of the Bastards was the same director and the same cinematographer


    In case you missed it Sunday (none / 0) (#36)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 02, 2019 at 07:18:37 PM EST
    Wow (none / 0) (#152)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Apr 28, 2019 at 09:57:26 PM EST
    This was a thing
    'Game of Thrones' fans were mad at how dark - literally - the Battle of Winterfell episode was

    That's really surprising.  It was really fine for me.  I mean it was dark but I could see everything.


    We used to shoot (none / 0) (#164)
    by fishcamp on Mon May 06, 2019 at 04:03:40 PM EST
    day for night by stopping the lens down.  Then you didn't get those shiny roofs and blue skies, even though they were darker.

    Night shooting is incredibly (none / 0) (#165)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 06, 2019 at 04:15:16 PM EST
    Difficult I'm sure you would agree.  I have literally never seen it done better than in The Long Night.

    Usually what you get is a small pool of completely artificial looking light surround by total blackness.  

    If you want to see a typically bad example of night shooting watch a sci fi movie called A Sound Of Thunder.


    Someone was thoughtful enough (none / 0) (#170)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 06, 2019 at 07:49:10 PM EST
    The House is now (none / 0) (#20)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 02, 2019 at 05:17:16 PM EST
    In direct talks with Mueller, not the DOJ, about testifying.

    This is important.

    Barr testimony is not only not important IMO it is pointless and even counter productive.  They should hold Barr in contempt and move on.  The last person on earth we need to hear more from is Barr.

    The more they insult Mueller and his years of work the better I expect his testimony to be.

    So carry on morons.

    They actually (none / 0) (#22)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu May 02, 2019 at 06:14:40 PM EST
    should have Barr arrested and put in wherever they put those who refuse a congressional subpoena. This is more about using Barr as a warning shot to other rather than getting him to testify though. His testimony is worthless as we all know and he'll just continue to lie.

    There are actually jail cells in ... (none / 0) (#24)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Thu May 02, 2019 at 06:27:19 PM EST
    ... the U.S. Capitol building for just such occasions, because Congress does retain the right to enforce its own rules independent of the executive and judicial branches, with the only caveat being that one's term behind bars must run concurrently with the present term of Congress and cannot last beyond its adjournment. (Anderson v. Dunn, 1821)

    That said, the last time Congress used that inherent power was in 1934.


    So we think (5.00 / 1) (#33)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 02, 2019 at 06:51:33 PM EST
    Barr is going to arrest himself?  

    Not likely. (5.00 / 1) (#38)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Thu May 02, 2019 at 08:00:25 PM EST
    The last time Congress issued a contempt citation was in 2012 against Attorney General Eric Holder because DOJ refused to hand over documents for the House Republicans' snipe hunt in the "Fast & Furious" program. A judge ultimately ruled that the department had to comply with the congressional subpoena, which it subsequently did. The contempt order was then dismissed.

    In 2008, the Democratic-controlled Congress issued contempt citations against former Dubya White House Counsel Harriet Miers and then-White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten. It was referred to the U.S. Attorney's office in D.C. for prosecution. Not surprisingly, that office declined to act.



    One more (none / 0) (#21)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 02, 2019 at 05:29:53 PM EST
    This is both horrifying and hilarious CARDI B

    you have to watch the video.

    Horchata.. (none / 0) (#41)
    by desertswine on Thu May 02, 2019 at 09:08:59 PM EST
    is very refreshing after an afternoon in the hot flea market sun.


    Did it get your attention Donald (none / 0) (#28)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 02, 2019 at 06:33:42 PM EST
    It got mine and I'm Switzerland on this stuff.

    I figured that if you posted it, then ... (none / 0) (#37)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Thu May 02, 2019 at 07:41:38 PM EST
    ... it likely had to be good. I wasn't disappointed. I'm less shocked than amused. As Lily Tomlin once observed, "No matter how cynical you get, it's impossible to keep up."

    Dirty Don officially nominated.. (none / 0) (#40)
    by desertswine on Thu May 02, 2019 at 08:35:58 PM EST
    Kelly Knight Craft as the UN ambassador from the United Billionaires of America.  After all, who else is going to represent the Kentucky coal producers?

    Maybe we can now all just admit (none / 0) (#42)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 03, 2019 at 07:22:00 AM EST
    What Greenwald is and always has been?

    Glenn Greenwald scorched for Fox News interview with Tucker Carlson

    Greenwald compared the Democratic Party to a cult for their "exploitative" coverage of special counsel Robert Mueller's report.

    Reporter for Vox, Aaron Rupar said it was "beyond a parody."

    Blumenthal v Trump (none / 0) (#43)
    by Ladyjustice on Fri May 03, 2019 at 09:40:03 AM EST
    Victory for Blumenthal/American people on suit to go forward on emoluments clause.
    Now can someone sue POTUS to turn over tax returns? Is there precedent?  POTUS is winning on this. We cannot let this happen.
    Will Dems issue contempt charges against grizzly Barr?  I heard Dems will be content with grizzly Barr's senate testimony?  
    We must keep pressure on Dems not to give up.

    The Trouble with Joe and Bernie. (none / 0) (#51)
    by KeysDan on Fri May 03, 2019 at 12:08:55 PM EST
    (and, those candidates chasing bipartisanship), by Paul Krugman (NYT May 3)---Krugman wonders what would happen if either wins when it seems to him that each, in his own way, believes he has power of persuasion that will let him defy the reality of Republican politics.

    Joe seems to believe good personal relationships will translate into bipartisan policy deals, perhaps re-running a movie we have seen before, starring B. Obama, who also thought he could personally transcend ideologies and power quests, spending time and energy trying to accommodate Republicans so as to sign-on to his legislative proposals.

     Bernie, on the other hand, does not do bipartisanship.  He does not do unipartisanship, but does feel that he can convince voters directly to support his progressive policies.

    The second tier (at present) of Democratic candidates does seem to get it (e.g., Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris)  but Joe seems stuck in the past when real bipartisanship sometimes happened, and Bernie appears to live in an imaginary future where a popular tidal wave washes away all political obstacles.

    My reaction to Dr. Krugman is one of agreement on bipartisanship as rara avis, if not totally inoperable these days.  And, candidates who tout their ability to work together with Trump Republicans are suspect of being out-of-touch (this includes, in my opinion, some of the second tier candidates).

     However, I do part company on his apparent dismissal of "electability" and, particularly, starting off with concerns for what Joe or Bernie might do if they win.

     From my point of view, if either wins, they will had a successful administration minutes after their inauguration.  Indeed, either one could (and maybe should) then resign handing off to the v.p., get a big old atta boy, and ride off into the sunset.  

    Bipartisanship (5.00 / 3) (#54)
    by jmacWA on Fri May 03, 2019 at 01:35:08 PM EST
    My reaction to Dr. Krugman is one of agreement on bipartisanship as rara avis, if not totally inoperable these days

    Since the reign of Reagan the GOP seems to have lost the need to worry about any appearance of bipartisanship.  Since Newt declared that politics should be war between the parties, no holds barred, kick them when they're down, etc.  the GOP has not shown a bipartisan bone in its body.  

    Today, bipartisanship is something that only Democrats need to profess (based on what we see in the mainline media), and is a non-issue for Republicans.  Republicans today are believed to be  bipartisan because both extremes of the party tolerate each other; witness the total surrender of the elected and senate confirmed to the will of Trump

    Democrats should not compromise at all, not because they are partisan, but because they are right


    Both of them (none / 0) (#56)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri May 03, 2019 at 03:40:23 PM EST
    are incredibly out of touch. You pretty much have covered Biden and his belief that he magically can make the GOP go along with what he wants. As far as Bernie, I guess he has not seen the results of the GOP not listening to their districts and only listening to the far right.

    Besides all that both of them have Russian problems. We have probably another 18 candidates that don't have Russian problems. We don't need to pick either of these two.  


    Sayeth (none / 0) (#55)
    by FlJoe on Fri May 03, 2019 at 03:20:42 PM EST
    the stooge
    Speaking in the White House, Trump said Putin "sort of smiled when he said something to the effect that [Mueller's investigation] started off as a mountain and it ended up being a mouse. But he knew that because he knew there was no collusion whatsoever."
    I am sure he did, useful idiots can be very amusing.

    Trump and Putin (5.00 / 1) (#58)
    by KeysDan on Fri May 03, 2019 at 04:46:09 PM EST
    have an agreement that there is no collusion, which may even meet Mueller's definition of conspiracy (aka collusion).  Many "sort of smiled" upon hearing that Putin and Trump found each other innocent.  Others laughed out loud.

    Would Love to Know... (none / 0) (#141)
    by ScottW714 on Mon May 06, 2019 at 09:11:18 AM EST
    ...how one detects a 'sort of smiled' on a phone call.  I know, Trump is a GD liar.

    Question For the Lawyers (none / 0) (#60)
    by RickyJim on Fri May 03, 2019 at 05:52:54 PM EST
    Suppose the House officially opened an impeachment inquiry.  Would that make it easier for them to obtain Trump's tax and other financial records?

    Not a lawyer (5.00 / 2) (#61)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 03, 2019 at 05:55:15 PM EST
    But yes.  It would.

    Candidates write letters (none / 0) (#64)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 03, 2019 at 08:36:23 PM EST
    Twitter (none / 0) (#65)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 03, 2019 at 09:10:59 PM EST
    Is a disease

    a particular quality, habit, or disposition regarded as adversely affecting a person or group of people.

    GA Senate (none / 0) (#66)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat May 04, 2019 at 07:49:07 AM EST
    Anybody who wants to take a look at who I think is our strongest candidate to take out Perdue can go here

    Teresa Tomlinson former Mayor of Columbus. There are other candidates running for the senate nomination but they appear to be more or less fringe candidates. There also appears to be other people thinking about running Michele Nunn (she already ran and lost) and Jon Ossoff (not sure what kind of statewide candidate he would make).

    Random updates (none / 0) (#67)
    by ragebot on Sat May 04, 2019 at 08:01:30 AM EST
    My niece graduated from UCF Friday and is heading to Oregon with a job offer there.  My brother wishes it was closer to Florida.  I am always shocked at how much Orlando grows every time I visit.

    In news from the Keys kids cleaning up for Earth Day found a 22 pound square grouper.

    Still binge watching previous GOT episodes.  Have to sat I was a little disappointed in the last episode form a technical standpoint.  The thing is technology has changed so fast that it is getting harder to keep up.

    While the Capt makes good points about adjusting your TV and dimming the lights when watching the latest GOT episode expecting viewers to do that is just silly.  I posted a link in an earlier thread to a Popular Mechanics article about how an OLED TV improved the viewing experience for the last GOT show.

    The thing is not everyone is buying into paying $US1,500 at a minimum for a low end OLED TV.  Of course you could get a $US500 monitor and stream the show through your puter (this is what I do since I can also record it that way).

    I can still remember as a kid going to a neighbor's house to watch their color TV when my family only had a black and white TV.  I have to say my OLED TV is that different from my older LCD TV.

    GOT and (5.00 / 1) (#92)
    by ragebot on Sun May 05, 2019 at 10:01:18 AM EST
    I have two flat screens (none / 0) (#68)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat May 04, 2019 at 08:12:29 AM EST
    Both are low to mid price range.  Nothing special LCDs.

    I did not adjust the settings on either for The Long Night and both are totally fine. In fact just as an experiment I tried watching it in 720, not standard 1080, and it was actually brighter.  I'm not sure what to say about preferring to whine on twitter about how you can't see instead of just adjusting your tv.  It's really not rocket science.

    I suppose it's possible I have my sets tuned to perform better with darker images because I do lots of horror.  Which tends to be dark.


    Also (none / 0) (#70)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat May 04, 2019 at 08:25:47 AM EST
    Reading about this it appears the problem could be more about the signal than the tv.

    The compression of the signal.  Cable could have bad compression.  DirecTV is great.  Which could be another reason for my general impression.  

      And I would guess what you are watching it on from a tv to a tabled to an iPhone.


    If the truth be known (none / 0) (#71)
    by ragebot on Sat May 04, 2019 at 08:44:23 AM EST
    I mostly stream Comcast on my laptop while sitting on a Lazy Boy.

    If I feel inspired I may walk upstairs to the office and stream it on this monitor.

    Sometimes I have guests in the family room and watch on this TV.  One thing I have not done yet is try and watch The Battle of Winterfell on an old CTR TV.  Truth be told a CTR TV does have some advantages over LCDs in terms of  picture  quality due to how pixels are lit.

    My biggest problem is Comcast is the only real option I have since my condo/HOA does not allow stuff on the roof (yea I know about Florida laws on the subject but they say nothing about getting the board POed at you).

    Just as an aside guess you may not know what a square grouper is.


    I would do family room (none / 0) (#72)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat May 04, 2019 at 09:06:45 AM EST
    True about CRTs

    Aks just FYI (none / 0) (#73)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat May 04, 2019 at 10:33:16 AM EST
    The do not put dishes on metal roofs.  Mine is on a pole.  I have also had one n the side in LA.

    Florida Horror (none / 0) (#69)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat May 04, 2019 at 08:15:47 AM EST
    This is for the FL residents.   Coming soon



    I feel the same way about Las Vegas, NV. (none / 0) (#172)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Tue May 07, 2019 at 02:02:05 AM EST
    I have an aunt and uncle who've lived there since 1965, and when we used to visit when I was a schoolkid, the city had maybe 250,000 residents. Its population is now 2.2 million.

    I figure that you've arrived at big-city status when people start to complain about how confusing your airport is. We have only nine gates at Hilo Airport, so there's nothing for me to worry about for the foreseeable future.



    Send lawyers, guns, and money (none / 0) (#75)
    by ragebot on Sat May 04, 2019 at 11:22:03 AM EST
    2 May the suspension of the Helms-Burton act ended  and was not renewed.  Carnival Cruise Lines was the first suit (I know of) to be filed, quickly followed by Exon's lawyers filing, and a flood by hungry younger lawyers.  Expect this to be met with who knows what legal actions by Canada and the EU, including the World Court.

    Not much doubt in my mind this is in response to Cuba sending troops to prop up Maduro but the fall out will be wide spread and my homies in Cuba will be hard hit.

    Tip of the hat to Warren.

    ... Carlos Fernandez de Cossio has formally denied Trump's nonsensical allegation that there are 20,000 Cuban troops in Caracas guarding President Maduro's residence. For his part, and not surprisingly, Trump hasn't offered one scintilla of evidence in support of his claim.

    They're with (5.00 / 2) (#90)
    by Zorba on Sun May 05, 2019 at 07:17:32 AM EST
    All the Muslims he "saw" celebrating in Manhattan after 9/11.

    This guy lies as easily and as often as most people breathe.


    Been watching The White Princess (none / 0) (#84)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat May 04, 2019 at 04:34:57 PM EST
    On STARZ.  I had forgotten it was Villanelle from Killing Eve which is excellent

    STARZ for 5

    Finished watching The Case Against Adnan Syed (none / 0) (#87)
    by McBain on Sat May 04, 2019 at 06:31:46 PM EST
    on HBO last light.  The four part docu-series wasn't as gripping as Making A Murderer, but still worth seeing if you're into that kind of thing.  Hard to know what really happened but it didn't look like Syed got a fair trial.  

    Making a Murderer... (none / 0) (#142)
    by ScottW714 on Mon May 06, 2019 at 09:33:41 AM EST
    ...was way too emotionally draining to go through it again.

    I could never figure out why a guy who was 'framed' by the cops would move back to the same city.  I get that people are dumb, but he would have had millions and all he had to do was move a county or two over.  I would  have left the state and possibly the country.


    OPERAMAN (none / 0) (#93)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 05, 2019 at 10:29:32 AM EST
    Was pretty much the only thing worth the time on SNL.  It's funny I always thought Sandler was really funny on SNL and wondered why his movies so sucked.  

    apparently he gets that part too.

    I liked the tribute (none / 0) (#96)
    by Chuck0 on Sun May 05, 2019 at 11:56:24 AM EST
    to Chris Farley. The rest of the show was "meh."

    I'm a big fan of (none / 0) (#97)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 05, 2019 at 12:06:00 PM EST
    Weekend update

    It was good as usual


    I loved Che's solution (none / 0) (#98)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 05, 2019 at 12:06:52 PM EST
    For getting the Mueller report

    I hear how bad his (none / 0) (#99)
    by Ga6thDem on Sun May 05, 2019 at 12:56:52 PM EST
    movies are a lot. However my 26 year old son thinks his movies are awesome. I guess that demographic is where Sandler's appeal lies.

    I've never understood Adam Sandler's appeal. (none / 0) (#104)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun May 05, 2019 at 01:54:48 PM EST
    I just don't believe he's very funny at all. Quite the opposite, in fact. I find him to be rather tedious. That said, I also freely acknowledge that mine is the minority opinion. In conversations I've had with others about Sandler, most of them think he's absolutely hysterical. No accounting for taste, I guess -- either theirs or mine.

    You're not the only (none / 0) (#105)
    by Ga6thDem on Sun May 05, 2019 at 02:15:48 PM EST
    one. We were sitting around with family one holiday and everybody was pretty much saying the same thing about Adam Sandler movies. My oldest son and his buddies were the only ones that thought his movies were great. Maybe it's a generational thing. I have no idea. I've only watched one of his movies Click and mostly I just found that movie to be depressing.

    Been binge watching (none / 0) (#101)
    by MKS on Sun May 05, 2019 at 01:45:18 PM EST
    The 100. Interesting show. All about Millenials and Gen Y sensibilities. Scifi and  Lord of Rings combined. Roman style gladiators and computer geekery. World hopping.

    The few (none / 0) (#103)
    by MKS on Sun May 05, 2019 at 01:54:24 PM EST
    token Boomers are dropping like flies.  Although they are nominally in charge, like Mom and Dad, the kids really run the show and have better ideas.

    Been toying with my own you tube challenge (none / 0) (#109)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 05, 2019 at 04:00:30 PM EST
    In the spirit of the "Shell On Challenge", or the "Ghost Pepper Challenge"


    Turns out part one is easy.  Catching one.  Just trip one walking down the street looking at its smart phone, truss it up and you are ready fir part two, prep.



    As Menioned... (none / 0) (#144)
    by ScottW714 on Mon May 06, 2019 at 09:55:56 AM EST
    ... the Farley tribute was seriously moving and I liked the bit with his 'family', which were all basically characters in his movies.  I also like that past members stopped by to help out, not sure if that was Sandler related or not.

    While I don't like all his movies, I can't think of one I would call bad.  The thing I like, yeah there is a fair share of slapstick humor, but there is almost always a fairly poignant underlying message.  And like it or not, he is loyal to the his core actors, some of those people just really crack me up.

    The ones I will watch again & again when they show up on TBS/Comedy Cental:

    • Happy Gilmore
    • The Waterboy
    • Big Daddy
    • Little Nicky
    • 50 First Dates
    • Spanglish
    • The Longest Yard
    • Click
    • You Don't Mess with the Zohan
    • That's My Boy

    While I have see these, I can't remember anything about them, but I think they were critically acclaimed.
    • Punch-Drunk Love
    • Reign Over Me

    I'm pretty grim when it comes to escapism (none / 0) (#169)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 06, 2019 at 07:42:17 PM EST
    I rarely ever do comedies.  Occasionally a dark comedy.  And if you wanted to break me with enhanced interrogation techniques romantic comedies would be the best way.

    A couple of Adam Sandler romantic comedies and I would tell you anything or make something up.


    And in my opinion, deservedly so. By crossing lanes abruptly as the field came out of the far turn and entered the home stretch, Maximum Security interfered with at least two other horses, which might have caused a tragic spill had those jockeys not pulled up and slowed their mounts. At least one jockey rose in his irons, which was a clear indication that a collision had been averted.

    Had this been any other race than the Kentucky Derby, Maximum Security would've been disqualified for the foul. The decision by Churchill Downs stewards to do so in this particular instance -- the very first time in the Derby's 145-year history that a first-place finish was voided by a foul -- is considered "controversial" only because there was so much money riding on the 4-1 favorite. So, credit those stewards for refusing to apply a double standard to a Triple Crown event.


    Trump (5.00 / 1) (#102)
    by MKS on Sun May 05, 2019 at 01:47:44 PM EST
    said the dq of the first, apparent, winner was wrong.  Of course, Trump would identify with cheaters who win.

    Trump's tweet has since been deleted. (none / 0) (#107)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun May 05, 2019 at 02:20:44 PM EST
    In any case, a foul should not be conflated with cheating. Likely, Maximum Security was momentarily spooked by the roar of the 100,000-plus crowd in the Churchill Downs infield, and the horse reacted by moving abruptly off the rail at the quarter pole, from where he had been leading the field as they rounded the far turn toward the home stretch.

    But regardless of its cause, clearly a foul had occurred, and two of the three jockeys who'd been affected immediately dismounted after the race and called upstairs to the track's stewards to report it. That foul was not readily observable to the TV audience in real time as the race was being run, but on slow-motion replay there's really no question about the near-collision and the subsequent call.



    I don't have a dog in this hunt (none / 0) (#108)
    by ragebot on Sun May 05, 2019 at 03:56:28 PM EST
    Thing is horse racing rules/laws are at the state level and differ from state to state.  Folks in the know claim that if the race were run in NY Maximum Security would still have won based in some part in how far ahead at the finish.  Same thing would be true in several other states.  Not to mention international horse racing rules that govern horse racing in other countries.

    Speculation is that the biggest fall out will be standard rules nation wide; not different in every state.


    Maybe it's just me.. (5.00 / 1) (#118)
    by jondee on Sun May 05, 2019 at 05:18:29 PM EST
    but with beautiful creatures like that that run like winged Pegasus, they can't come up with better names than Maximum Security and Country House?

    I guess the moral is, just because they're rich doesn't mean they have any imagination.


    Racehorses are famous (none / 0) (#119)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 05, 2019 at 05:25:06 PM EST
    for stupid names

    Those are not bad compared to Passing Wind or Golden $hower


    I guess all the good ones (none / 0) (#122)
    by jondee on Sun May 05, 2019 at 06:01:16 PM EST
    have already been used.

    Someone told me there's a big book of thoroughbred names that goes all the way back to Eclipse, and you can't use a name that's already been used.

    American Pharoah was pretty good, I thought.


    Good, like likable is relative (none / 0) (#125)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 05, 2019 at 06:11:13 PM EST
    IMO Pee Nesenvy is pretty good.  

    A Russian kiddie show host? (none / 0) (#126)
    by jondee on Sun May 05, 2019 at 06:13:53 PM EST
    No wait..I sounded it out.

    My favorite racehorse name (none / 0) (#127)
    by Repack Rider on Sun May 05, 2019 at 07:04:36 PM EST
    "Hoof Hearted."

    There was (none / 0) (#128)
    by Zorba on Sun May 05, 2019 at 07:30:34 PM EST
    An Australian racehorse named Horsey McHorseface.
    He only raced a few times, but did win one race.
    Sadly, he died in 2017 at age four of some kind of bone disease.

    Seabiscuit or Seattle Slew (none / 0) (#129)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 05, 2019 at 07:34:38 PM EST
    Are household names but still pretty odd.

    I always liked the name (none / 0) (#130)
    by Zorba on Sun May 05, 2019 at 08:06:32 PM EST
    Secretariat, but it does bring to mind the United Nations.

    In Secretariats case (5.00 / 1) (#132)
    by jondee on Sun May 05, 2019 at 08:25:05 PM EST
    the horse was so phenomenal, he would've enobled any name.

    I keep picturing these horse owners coming up with a great name and then looking through the big book and going Damn!


    What a Mess... (none / 0) (#146)
    by ScottW714 on Mon May 06, 2019 at 10:04:52 AM EST
    ...that will be tied up in the courts for a long time.  I wonder how the bet takers deal with a controversial ending, especially when the new winner, Country House, was going in at 65 to 1.

    I assume they have to pay, but what happens if the courts reverse, they can't possibly request the funds back to pay the other winners.


    Over at the (none / 0) (#110)
    by ragebot on Sun May 05, 2019 at 04:02:35 PM EST
    freefolk there is some weird stuff about Thais releasing spoilers on tonight's GOT episode.

    Read about the spoilers at your own peril but I would note that some Thai Facebook groups claim to have the episode and are asking for money

    Asking for money (none / 0) (#111)
    by Zorba on Sun May 05, 2019 at 04:08:23 PM EST
    To show it or as blackmail not to show it?

    Both (none / 0) (#114)
    by ragebot on Sun May 05, 2019 at 04:22:25 PM EST
    or neither I don't know.

    So the Thais got it right (none / 0) (#133)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 05, 2019 at 09:16:10 PM EST
    That was so good.  I don't know how this season could be better so far.  And it looks like 5 will live up to the hype.

    Note week you get (none / 0) (#135)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 05, 2019 at 09:18:24 PM EST
    Cleganebowl and Arya of many faces.  A double bill.

    Still hard for me to buy (none / 0) (#136)
    by ragebot on Sun May 05, 2019 at 09:37:59 PM EST
    Euron has heat seeking ballista bolts.  Not to mention the sneak attack the Danny seems to have been not paying any attention to until too late.

    Why (none / 0) (#137)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 05, 2019 at 09:43:55 PM EST
    They established long ago those things work.  Why wouldn't they make as many as they could.

    But yeah, pretty sloppy general stuff there.   Another reason to question her leadership I would say.  I begin to worry about that third and coming promised "holy shi+" moment.

    It could involve the Dragon Queen.  Her doubters are multiplying.   Maybe it will be Varys.   He as much as threatened.


    Reality check time (none / 0) (#145)
    by ragebot on Mon May 06, 2019 at 10:02:06 AM EST
    through out military history about  one bullet in 700+ hits an enemy.  Even with lots of ballistas that would mean 1400 shots fired if a ballista matched modern accuracy.

    Danny ignoring a hidden fleet that seemed to uncloak like they had a Romulan cloaking device.  Even if Danny was not paying attention the Onion Knight's experience as a pirate should have come into play.

    I have seen lots of rumors about Varys biting the dust; probably due to his plans to defeat Danny.


    Reality check (5.00 / 1) (#149)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 06, 2019 at 10:07:11 AM EST
    Reality check

    It's a TV SHOW About fire breathing dragons and 1000 year old witches.  


    Hahahaha! (5.00 / 1) (#163)
    by Zorba on Mon May 06, 2019 at 02:03:18 PM EST
    After Mr. Zorba and I watched "The Desolation of Smaug," his first comment was "There isn't that much gold in the entire world."

    And I said, "That's what you got out of it?  There aren't any hobbits, wizards, dragons, elves, or dwarves, either.  It's a frigging fantasy!"

    I still tease him about this.


    The accuracy of the early shots at distance (none / 0) (#158)
    by McBain on Mon May 06, 2019 at 11:31:20 AM EST
    but lack of accuracy when closer didn't make a lot of sense.  I have no idea how she didn't see ships first.

    Of corse you don't (none / 0) (#159)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 06, 2019 at 11:34:00 AM EST

    Because (none / 0) (#160)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 06, 2019 at 11:57:36 AM EST

    Never has so many people (none / 0) (#138)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 05, 2019 at 09:46:52 PM EST
    Wanted a tv villain to die as much as Euron.

    And Jaime is (none / 0) (#139)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 05, 2019 at 09:51:12 PM EST
    Off to complete his character arc maybe by ending both villains.  But if he gets Euron, The Hound gets the Mountain who does Arya get.

    Does she get to take out both heavies?  Who would have thought stick them with the pointy end would save the world.


    Arya (none / 0) (#147)
    by ragebot on Mon May 06, 2019 at 10:04:54 AM EST
    has often used a face of someone to kill those on her list.  But as far as I remember it has always been a female face; I wonder if she could steal Jamie's face and kill Cersei.  Are the faceless men restricted by sex.

    Wrong (none / 0) (#151)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 06, 2019 at 10:08:30 AM EST
    She used Walder Freys face to kill House Frey.

    Point taken (none / 0) (#154)
    by ragebot on Mon May 06, 2019 at 10:11:44 AM EST
    How quickly we forget (none / 0) (#143)
    by ragebot on Mon May 06, 2019 at 09:53:23 AM EST
    Touché (none / 0) (#152)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 06, 2019 at 10:09:25 AM EST
    Pffft (none / 0) (#112)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 05, 2019 at 04:12:43 PM EST
    What I'd dead may never Thai

    Seriously (none / 0) (#113)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 05, 2019 at 04:15:54 PM EST
    I can't wait three hours I'm gonna pay some ahole NOW

    it will work.


    Latest rumor (none / 0) (#115)
    by ragebot on Sun May 05, 2019 at 04:24:25 PM EST
    is multiple endings have been filmed so the multiple leaks may be for the wrong ending.

    All of the leaks (none / 0) (#116)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 05, 2019 at 04:26:01 PM EST
    Had the walkers winning the battle of Winterfell.

    I think they have learned to play the leaks.


    FTR (none / 0) (#123)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 05, 2019 at 06:06:18 PM EST
    This could totally be a dodge but it really did seem like a WAH-wah ending for so much buildup.

    Even though Arya Stark seemingly killed the Night King, shattering him into ice and causing all of his forces to crumble, the threat of the White Walkers may not be gone, according to Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

    During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Jimmy asked if we are for sure done with the White Walkers after the events of "The Long Night," and Benioff responded, "Yeah, we're not going to answer that."

    There are theories (none / 0) (#124)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 05, 2019 at 06:09:40 PM EST
    Along the lines of "there always has to be a Night King. Or at least as long as there is a Three Eyed Raven"

    Clearly (none / 0) (#134)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 05, 2019 at 09:17:11 PM EST
    A dodge

    Thai street venders sell everything. (none / 0) (#140)
    by fishcamp on Mon May 06, 2019 at 08:54:22 AM EST
    I once bought a DVD of an $800 Photoshop editing program for $3.  It had serial numbers on the envelope holder, and the guy said they were good.  The program worked great and when an update came up I tried the serial numbers, and they worked.  How they do that?

    Not quite as cheap (none / 0) (#153)
    by ragebot on Mon May 06, 2019 at 10:09:37 AM EST
    but you can do the same thing over the internet.  It is a little cheaper to get digital delivery but if  you want the DVE they will mail it to you.

    When you add in the price of a ticket to Phuket the internet is cheaper.  You use to be able to also buy the latest DVDs of just released movies as well but The Pirates' Bay knocked the bottom out of that market.

    As my niece use to say DVDs are so last week.


    I have a friend who lives in Bangkok (5.00 / 1) (#155)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 06, 2019 at 10:14:59 AM EST
    Trust me when I tell you they sell things in Thailand you can not buy on the internet.

    He is a very rich hairdresser.  Or was.  Retired now.  One of his clients left him a house in Bangkok. Yeah, he was that successful.   I have a standing invitation to visit.

    It IS on my bucket list.


    Thailand is great; but has and is changing (none / 0) (#162)
    by ragebot on Mon May 06, 2019 at 12:32:56 PM EST
    Back in the day when Miss Saigon came in second in the King's Cup Regatta in 2008 prices were half or less than they are now.  Now even the lady boys in Phuket charge an arm and a leg and there are Russian ladies of the night that charge prices at the level of big tourist cities.  Same goes for every thing else.  Even in Pattaya prices are out of control.

    Before Online Validation... (none / 0) (#161)
    by ScottW714 on Mon May 06, 2019 at 12:30:29 PM EST
    ...the install program would use an algorithm to validate.  So they would crack open the coding and reverse engineer the algorithm and create serial numbers.

    I used to have a program I downloaded from Kazaa, you put in the software version and it would generate a serial number.  It worked about 50% of the time.  You could also download the programs at Kazaa.  Between that and music/movies, I had like a 3 year window where I didn't pay any licensing.

    What really funny is I could never install the latast Photoshop because none of the serial numbers would work.  I ended up using v.5 because it was so old that it didn't validate online.  That is when I discovered shareware and ended up with GIMP which was, and still is, free.  I still use the Photoshop 5 for a couple things, but mostly I work in GIMP.


    CHERNOBYL (none / 0) (#117)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 05, 2019 at 04:27:04 PM EST
    This HBO series starts tomorrow

    it looks excellent

    Chernobyl (none / 0) (#148)
    by KeysDan on Mon May 06, 2019 at 10:06:11 AM EST
    was, in my assessment, the tipping point for the demise of the Soviet Union. The denial of scientific fact, the immersion in lies, and the paralysis of fear In bringing unwanted truth to leaders provided the sarcophagus for the Soviet corpse.

    It is all too timely a lesson as our democracy is threatened by demagogy.


    From that review (5.00 / 1) (#156)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 06, 2019 at 10:21:12 AM EST
    In this true-life horror tale of a government refusing to acknowledge scientific fact and its ruthless demand for obedience, "Chernobyl" feels especially timely.

    "What is the cost of lies?" one character muses at the opening.

    "The real danger is, if we hear enough lies, we no longer recognize the truth at all."

    You really should go see this (none / 0) (#120)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 05, 2019 at 05:28:37 PM EST
    Little indie movie.  Its struggling and needs your support

    And it's really pretty good.

    In record time, the film is now the second-highest grossing movie of all time with $2.188 billion globally, passing the $2.186 billion global haul of "Titanic" in just 11 days and easily smashing the $2.04 billion total haul of its own predecessor "Avengers: Infinity War".

    "Avatar," the current highest grossing movie of all time, took 47 days to reach where `Endgame' currently is. It's expected the James Cameron-directed blue alien film will lose its long-standing position in the weeks to come.

    Good riddle (none / 0) (#121)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 05, 2019 at 05:38:17 PM EST
    Varys (none / 0) (#131)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 05, 2019 at 08:23:37 PM EST
    Is going to be the only virgin left in Westeros

    I Wonder How Many will Leave HBO... (none / 0) (#150)
    by ScottW714 on Mon May 06, 2019 at 10:07:18 AM EST
    ...when GoT is done ?  

    Some (none / 0) (#157)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 06, 2019 at 10:26:30 AM EST
    HBO has some killer shi+ coming.  They will be just fine.

    Of Course They Will... (none / 0) (#173)
    by ScottW714 on Tue May 07, 2019 at 09:49:44 AM EST
    ...but I guarantee the executives are0n't going to like their bonus post-GoT.

    My biggest gripe about GOT (none / 0) (#166)
    by ragebot on Mon May 06, 2019 at 04:47:09 PM EST
    That pretty funny (none / 0) (#167)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 06, 2019 at 04:56:21 PM EST
    It would take about 3 minutes to digitally remove it

    I totally missed it.  


    Very good read on age demographics (none / 0) (#168)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 06, 2019 at 07:01:26 PM EST
    That really is interesting. (none / 0) (#171)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon May 06, 2019 at 07:53:57 PM EST
    You even see the whole generational issue coming to the fore in the primaries with Biden represneting the older Boomer values and looking down at the younger kids. Of course, in the end if Gen Z doesn't show up to vote it doesn't matter what values they espouse.