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    What's killing... (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by desertswine on Mon Jun 24, 2019 at 03:16:58 PM EST
    the Pacific gray whales?

    "Gray whales are dying in large numbers. Since January, at least 167 North Pacific gray whales have washed ashore dead from Mexico to Alaska. That's probably just a fraction of the number that have actually died. Most will have sunk to the sea floor; scientists call these carcasses "whale falls." But the number of known deaths is high enough that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has declared an "unusual mortality event" -- a pronouncement that has sent scientists scrambling to figure out what's going on."


    Justice Kagan, writing (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by KeysDan on Mon Jun 24, 2019 at 03:20:55 PM EST
    for the Court, affirmed lower courts findings that a federal ban on registration of "immoral" or "scandalous" trademarks violates the First Amendment right to free speech (Iancu v Brunetti).

    The statutory system of trademarks, the Lantham Act(Trademark Act of 1946), was previously considered by a divided Court, to offend the Constitution if the bar is viewpoint-based and/or if disparagement of a person (living or dead) is viewpoint-based.

    The challenge was brought by the designer Brunetti who wanted to register the trademark, FUCT, pronounced as four letters, one after the other--F-U-C-T, for his clothing line (e.g, hoodies, T-shirts).  However, a reading of the proposed trademark may be construed as the equivalent of the past participle form of a well-known word of profanity.

    Justice Kagan was joined by Thomas, Ginsburg, Alito, Gorsuch, and Kavanaugh. Roberts and Breyer filed opinions concurring in part and dissenting in part.  Sotomayor filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part in which Breyer concurred.  The core of the 9-0 ruling was, essentially, that the trademark proposal was viewpoint-based, not viewpoint-neutral, and, hence, its ban is not tolerated by the First Amendment.

    Overall, the decision seems a win for the First Amendment.  Although, the separate opinions of Roberts, Breyer and Sotomayor are interesting.

    Roberts reminds that trademarks are not required for using, owning or suing for infringement. The First Amendment, he continues, does not require the government to give aid and comfort to those using obscene, vulgar and profane modes of expression. Free speech rights were not threatened because no one was proposing Brunetti be prevented from using FUCT, just denying its tradmark status.  But, this appears uncandid--understating the importance of trademarks in commerce.

    Breyer and Sotomayor, argued for a narrower brush that would protect the constitutionality of vulgarity and government sanctioning of hateful trademarks.

    I'm more impressed by the way (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by jondee on Mon Jun 24, 2019 at 05:13:37 PM EST
    designers persuaded young people to pay-up for the privilege of being walking sandwich-board advertisers for their garish clothing lines.

    For an extra 50 bucks, you can transform that Walmart hoodie into statement-making Vegas casino sign.


    Some enterprising person... (none / 0) (#4)
    by Abdul Abulbul Amir on Tue Jun 25, 2019 at 08:02:02 AM EST
    is likely in process of trademarking every @#$&*% word and derivative there is.

    BARRY (5.00 / 1) (#64)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 11, 2019 at 11:09:05 AM EST
    This thing happening in the gulf could really be biblical in its effects.  The thing is the entire target area has already had record rainfall.  Like, historic record rainfall.

    They are talking about feet of rain.  And even as far north as me 4-6 inches.  

    Welcome to the new normal.

    LEGION (none / 0) (#5)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Jun 25, 2019 at 03:16:50 PM EST
    The weirdest show on tv returns for a final season.  And it doesn't disappoint

    Legion Season 3 Premiere Review: A Delightfully Surreal Debut

    Are you watching Euphoria? (none / 0) (#6)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Jun 25, 2019 at 08:53:27 PM EST
    I dropped a stitch (none / 0) (#18)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Jun 26, 2019 at 11:26:55 AM EST
    I am now waiting for the second episode to record so I can watch the first 3

    But, yes.


    I've only seen the first 2 (none / 0) (#22)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Jun 26, 2019 at 03:27:16 PM EST
    But amazing

    WATCHMEN (5.00 / 1) (#24)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Jun 26, 2019 at 06:33:38 PM EST
    This has wrapped shooting.  End of the summer.  So can't wait.

    Watchmen teases Regina King's mysterious character in mysterious new clips

    Beyond a couple of teasers, we haven't seen too much from Damon Lindelof's upcoming "remix" of Watchmen and we know even less about it. The HBO series serves as more of a continuation/re-contextualization of Alan Moore's graphic novel, the events of which are considered historical in Lindelof's telling. It also has one helluva cast, including Regina King, who previously knocked it out of the damn park in Lindelof's The Leftovers--the existence and immense awesomeness of which completely justifies whatever the heck he's doing with Watchmen, to be honest. But back to King: Like most characters in the series, her role is something of a mystery, and while these brief teasers posted to the show's official Instagram don't shed too much light on what her deal is, some light is better than none at all.

    They are really the only superheroes (5.00 / 1) (#37)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Jun 27, 2019 at 03:16:04 PM EST
    That I personally pop popcorn for myself for. I have been to all of the superhero movies now for the past 17 yrs :)  And it wasn't a terrible thing to survive because the writers have gotten very good, but I go out of duty unless it is The Watchmen.

    Mueller to testify (none / 0) (#7)
    by ragebot on Tue Jun 25, 2019 at 09:01:29 PM EST
    On conservative sites (none / 0) (#9)
    by Repack Rider on Tue Jun 25, 2019 at 09:49:12 PM EST
    ...the thinking is that he will either:

    A. Take the Fifth
    B. Exonerate Trump
    C. Incriminate Hillary
    D. Be destroyed by Gym Jordan and Matt Gaetz.


    Wow. (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Tue Jun 25, 2019 at 10:36:56 PM EST
    Behold, America's GOP in the year 2019, in which basic concepts of truth, justice, morality and civility are reduced to subjective and trivial inconveniences for its overwhelmingly white membership. Let's please take the time necessary to remind everyone of that when we go to the polls next year.

    I want to see him answer questions (1.50 / 2) (#14)
    by Abdul Abulbul Amir on Wed Jun 26, 2019 at 08:36:00 AM EST
    Questions about his report virtually ignores Russian disinformation sourcing much of the dodgy dossier.

    How did you get (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by Repack Rider on Wed Jun 26, 2019 at 09:00:49 AM EST
    ...information on this that was not available to Mr. Mueller?

    The (5.00 / 1) (#16)
    by FlJoe on Wed Jun 26, 2019 at 09:09:56 AM EST
    dossier was just a tiny part of Mueller's investigation.

    I know you apologists want to change the focus from what the Russians actually did in 2016.


    The Russians (none / 0) (#25)
    by Abdul Abulbul Amir on Thu Jun 27, 2019 at 10:55:23 AM EST
    The Russians supplied much of the juicy (and unverified) detail in the dossier according to Steele.

    Lord love a duck (5.00 / 3) (#26)
    by MKS on Thu Jun 27, 2019 at 11:06:29 AM EST
    Forest for the Trees....and a number of other familiar sayings apply here.

    The Russians.  They hacked Hillary's emails and fed them to Wikileaks, and then apparently kept Trump informed about when the emails would be leaked to the public.

    The Russians wanted Trump to win.   Putin said he wanted Trump to win.   Trump's campaign had numerous contacts with Russian agents. Trump certainly tried to collude.

    And you guys live in the Fox bubble.    


    Well (none / 0) (#27)
    by FlJoe on Thu Jun 27, 2019 at 11:18:53 AM EST
    Duh! What's your point?

    The point (1.50 / 2) (#34)
    by Abdul Abulbul Amir on Thu Jun 27, 2019 at 02:09:38 PM EST
    The point is that Russian collusion paid for by the DNC was largely ignored by Mueller et al.

    Speaking to a trusted compatriot in June 2016 source A and B, a senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure and a former top level Russian intlligence officer still active inside the Kremlin respectively, the Russian authorities had been cultivating and supporting US Republican presidential candidate, Donald TRUMP for at least 5 years. Source B asserted that the TRUMP operation was both supported and directed by Russian President Vladimir PUTIN. Its aim was to sow discord and disunity both within the US itself, but more especially within the Transatlantic alliance which was viewed as inimical to Russia's interests. Source C, a senior Russian financial official said the TRUMP operation should be seen in terms of PUTIN's desire to return to Nineteenth Century 'Great Power' politics anchored upon countries' interests rather than the ideals-based international order established after World War Two. S/he had overheard PUTON talking in this way to close associates on several occasions.

    lets (5.00 / 1) (#36)
    by FlJoe on Thu Jun 27, 2019 at 03:05:00 PM EST
    see, Hillary and The DNC hired a lawyer, who hired Fusion(who was previously working for conservatives), who hired Steele, who got free (but flawed) raw intel from some of his long standing Russian contacts leads you believe that that they paid for Russian collusion. Get a clue.

    Free? (none / 0) (#43)
    by Abdul Abulbul Amir on Fri Jun 28, 2019 at 07:59:53 AM EST
    How do you know that?  If Putin really wanted trump to win, those Russian sources must have been unbelievably unaware of how Putin deals with espionage, either that or had powerful personal $ motivation.

    Despite (5.00 / 1) (#45)
    by FlJoe on Fri Jun 28, 2019 at 10:06:49 AM EST
    virtually indisputable evidence laid out by Mueller and other sources you continue to frame it as if Putin interfered.

    We can see who's side you're on.


    Dude (none / 0) (#44)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Jun 28, 2019 at 08:05:02 AM EST
    why do you think so many of Steele's sources have had suspicious deaths like falling out of windows and drinking polonium tea? Seriously you guys have been completely brainwashed by Russian propaganda yourselves.

    Are so many as one source (none / 0) (#48)
    by Abdul Abulbul Amir on Fri Jun 28, 2019 at 02:59:47 PM EST
    How many of those sources were identified before they came to an unhappy end. When you claim a dead person as a source you can be sure you won't be contradicted wether that person was a source or not.

    Lordy (none / 0) (#51)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Jun 28, 2019 at 07:49:41 PM EST
    you can't stop apologizing for the Kremlin can you? Y'all never disappoint when it comes to carrying water for the Kremlin.

    Baloney (5.00 / 4) (#19)
    by MKS on Wed Jun 26, 2019 at 12:07:26 PM EST
    This is Hannity/Fox nonsense.....

    Get a grip.


    LOL! You know you've been brainwashed ... (5.00 / 2) (#20)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Wed Jun 26, 2019 at 01:28:27 PM EST
    ... when Donald Trump and Fox News have you convinced that Special Counsel Robert Mueller and all the FBI personnel who worked for him are traitors, while the Russians and everyone who's been indicted criminally in this miserable affair are actually the good guys.

    "Russian disinformation" (5.00 / 1) (#40)
    by Yman on Thu Jun 27, 2019 at 07:34:25 PM EST
    "Dodgy dossier".  

    Hahahahahahaha ...

    You guys really need some new talking points.

    BTW - See if you can tell the difference between a private researcher talking to people who live in Russia versus meeting with actual agents of the Russian government.  It's not difficult.


    Mueller to testify 17 July. (none / 0) (#17)
    by KeysDan on Wed Jun 26, 2019 at 10:42:51 AM EST
    Trump "I don't do exit strategies" (or strategies, generally), will "obliterate Iran" 16 July.

    Robert Mueller's (none / 0) (#35)
    by KeysDan on Thu Jun 27, 2019 at 02:43:24 PM EST
    appearance before House Committees only in the face of subpoenas is iniquitous and insupportable.

     A special counsel is to investigate and potentially prosecute suspected wrongdoing for which a conflict of interest exists for the usual prosecutorial authority.

     The conflict was that the Trump Administration could not investigate because it was about the Trump campaign and Trump administration.  Even the Trump AG was required to recuse himself.  Obviously, a matter of public concern and interest (not to mention the investigation launched as to whether the president of the USA was a Russian asset or agent..the whereabouts of that aspect of the investigation is still unknown to the public. A matter of no small importance, I would say).

     Among investigative results of Special Prosecutor Mueller's two-year investigation, were indications that the Congress may need to become involved. To so comply, the Congress would need to have the benefit of the Special Investigator to obtain necessary clarifying and other information.

     Mueller's unnerving, nervous nine-minute presentation without entertaining questions was Mueller's sense of discharging his duty. It came up short.

    Mueller was quick to publicly respond to a BuzzFeed article about his work as "inaccurate", but Barr's lies and gross distortion of his entire work product was responded to with a private memo, made public by a leak.

    The Democratic members of the Committee, as the public in general, should have low expectations that they will obtain great insights beyond the words of the Report itself.  Critical questions such as would you have indicted Trump if not for that 1973 OLC policy, will likely be  dealt with by the old ..can't answer a hypothetical. Bound by the rules, don't you know.

    However, this is not to say that his testimony will not be of critical importance, because it will. If there are any doubts, we just need to listen to Trump and apologists squeal.  And, too, the Democrats on the committees need to be prepared for House Republican side shows by the likes of Gym Jordan, and other tea partiers. An expected scenario: Did Trump collude? Answer, collude is not statutory language, we looked at conspiracy.  So, no collusion, right?  No collusion reports those people on the FOX couch.

    The Democrats, I trust, will not see Mueller as their savior. He will provide public education by just being there.  It will then be their ball to run with.


    My LTE (none / 0) (#8)
    by Repack Rider on Tue Jun 25, 2019 at 09:46:23 PM EST
    Will run in tomorrow's Marin Independent Journal

    Now that the state of Missouri has insured that poor women do not have access to abortion services, how will the state prevent rich women from seeing private doctors and traveling to another location for an abortion?

    The irony (5.00 / 2) (#11)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Jun 26, 2019 at 05:57:51 AM EST
    is that the GOP hates poor women having more babies and are always lecturing them about how they shouldn't have any more children than they can afford.

    Anybody watching (none / 0) (#12)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Jun 26, 2019 at 05:59:08 AM EST
    Season 3 of the Handmaid's Tale? It seems to me that last week sent Offred or Ofjoseph, whatever her name is now, over the edge.

    I gave up during season 2 (none / 0) (#13)
    by McBain on Wed Jun 26, 2019 at 08:25:14 AM EST
    too depressing.  I thought it was going in a different direction but then went right back to season one misery.  How is season 3?

    I think the revenge (none / 0) (#21)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Jun 26, 2019 at 02:28:01 PM EST
    is beginning to take place. Definitely with you as far as it being depressing. I was really kind of screaming at the TV when she didn't go to Canada with the baby.

    I wanted her to successfully escape on the plane (none / 0) (#23)
    by McBain on Wed Jun 26, 2019 at 04:58:55 PM EST
    then come back with help and get the other girls out, or at least try.  I thought that's where it was going.

    HIGH LIFE (none / 0) (#28)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jun 27, 2019 at 11:51:37 AM EST
    Showing On Demand.  Very very good.

    Rolling Stone

    High Life raises questions that Denis perversely, and with sustained provocation, rarely bothers to answer. Take the crew members and the circumstances under which they died. There are flashbacks, but the movie is less interested in explanations than in elliptical clues. We know the ship is meant to extract energy from a black hole. That's the suicide mission that drives the plot. The support systems on the ship must be renewed every 24 hours, and if eventually there's no one alive it to do the job, the word is kaput.
    For a science fiction film, High Life keeps its distance from the usual bells and whistles of the genre, preferring the minimalism of Yorick Le Saux's spare cinematography and the near-subliminal hum of Stuart Staples' score. It's left to the actors to provide whatever vestiges of humanity remain in these travelers who quickly realize that space is the ultimate prison. Andre Benjamin excels as Tcherny, the one who obsesses over the ship's greenhouse as if the dirt beneath his feet can somehow ground him in reality. And Mia Goth brings a striving urgency to Boyse, a woman whose natural desires are subverted by a system that sees her only a guinea pig for reproductive experiments.

    P S (none / 0) (#29)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jun 27, 2019 at 11:53:23 AM EST
    That leads us to the French sorceress Juliette Binoche, braided up like Rapunzel in the role of Dibs, a doctor tasked with caring for all the prisoners on board. Instead, this unforgettably unhinged woman is obsessed with harvesting their eggs and semen for her own nefarious purposes. The celibate Monte, known to the crew as "Monk" or "Mr. Blue Nuts," is having none of it. "I keep my fluids to myself," he insists. Not while Dibs is around. The mad doctor has her methods. She also has the "Fuckbox," a chamber of sex toys that would bring a blush to all 50 shades of Christian Grey; it's also filled with body-horror implications Denis delights in unpacking.

    Oops (none / 0) (#30)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jun 27, 2019 at 11:54:06 AM EST
    Forbidden word there I think

    Delete me


    The SC Census decision seems like (none / 0) (#31)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jun 27, 2019 at 01:32:48 PM EST
    A pretty big win.  

    Geremandering (5.00 / 1) (#32)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jun 27, 2019 at 01:33:51 PM EST
    Decision not so much.

    I just read Chief Justice Roberts' opinion. (none / 0) (#42)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Thu Jun 27, 2019 at 10:24:56 PM EST
    Absolutely un-phuquin-believable. Dahlia Lithwick summed it up best:

    "[Roberts' opinion] reads as a protracted still life in learned helplessness. If, as it turns out, a court genuinely doesn't want to adjudicate a problem, they can always say it's too hard."

    What a friggin' political tool and hack Roberts turned out to be. His legacy will be comparable to the one left by Chief Justice Roger Taney of Dred Scott fame.



    And now Bone Spurs wants to take his ball (none / 0) (#38)
    by Chuck0 on Thu Jun 27, 2019 at 04:51:21 PM EST
    and go home. He didn't get the decision he wanted so now is talking about delaying the 2020 census until he gets his way. Can we please get an adult in the room? What a fricking child.

    I had no intention of answering the question if it was on the census form.


    Snidley Whiplash Doesn't Go to Japan. (none / 0) (#33)
    by KeysDan on Thu Jun 27, 2019 at 01:52:16 PM EST
    Sean Lawler, a Trump Administration official with the title, Ambassador, and in charge of diplomatic protocol resigned just before he was to join Trump on his trip to Japan for the Group of 20 meeting.

    The protocol chief departed amid an inspector general's probe into accusations of intimidating staff and carrying a whip in the office.

    At (none / 0) (#46)
    by FlJoe on Fri Jun 28, 2019 at 10:41:36 AM EST
    least tRump was polite to Putin
    'Don't meddle in our election, please'.

    Hard to (none / 0) (#47)
    by KeysDan on Fri Jun 28, 2019 at 12:17:32 PM EST
    beat his outrageously unpatriotic performance in Finland.  But, he managed to do so.  What happened to that part of the DOJ/Mueller investigation initiated on the strong suspicion that Trump is a Russian agent or asset?  

    Wishing for a better link (none / 0) (#62)
    by ragebot on Tue Jul 09, 2019 at 11:29:31 AM EST
    As a long time Florida Cracker (according to some the term cracker derives from old time Florida residents who 'cracked a whip' to drive cattle from dense scrub where a lasso could not be used) who has multiple whips and cracks them on a regular basis my Spider Sense tingled when I saw the word whip.

    For a more detailed analysis of whip cracking I turn to April Choi, whip cracker, ME, and a high profile transgender who explains how a whip can break the sound barrier using either a Lagrarian or Eulerian framework.


    Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle (none / 0) (#39)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jun 27, 2019 at 05:04:29 PM EST

    Today in In Space, No One Can Hear Your Gentle, Ambient Airport Music News: Brian Eno has an asteroid now. Per Rolling Stone, the Roxy Music member and David Bowie/David Byrne/other famous musicians not named David collaborator has just joined the ranks of J.R.R. Tolkien, Mark Twain, and mutant supervillain Magneto by getting an asteroid named after himself.

    Specifically, Eno is now the proud namesake of 81948 (2000 OM69), which now goes by the somehow-even-more-of-a-mouthful name "Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno." (Here's hoping this never turns out to be one of those asteroids we have to blow up to save the planet, because time will probably turn into a factor--although the soundtrack for that particular movie would probably be amazing.) Eno--whose Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks  remains one of the most celebrated pieces of space-based ambient music ever--received a certificate acknowledging the name change at science-themed convention Starmus V this week; he also received a Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication at the same event, presumably in recognition of his long-standing, time-tested ability to modulate, control, and just generally work with the various flare-ups and burnouts of a variety of music's most highly-powered stars.

    A federal jury in Honolulu ... (none / 0) (#41)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Thu Jun 27, 2019 at 10:16:31 PM EST
    ... has found former Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his wife, former Dep. City Prosecutor Katherine Kealoha, guilty on all ten felony counts for the attempted frame-up of Katherine's uncle Gerard Puana, in the opening trial of what's become the biggest public corruption scandal in Hawaii history.

    Peter G, your old public defender friend Alexander Silvert did the people of Honolulu a real solid when he went to the U.S. Dept. of Justice with his suspicions that his client was being framed, which it turns out is exactly what had happened. Such is his reputation and integrity that the feds sat up and took notice, because he's not the type who levels such charges frivolously. And there are a lot more shoes ready to fall before this storyline plays out.


    UPDATE: Judge Michael Seabright ... (none / 0) (#50)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Jun 28, 2019 at 06:04:04 PM EST
    ... revoked Katherine Kealoha's bail this morning, and U.S. Marshals have taken her into custody.

    Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has said threat he accepts the verdict and called on everyone to now move on. I disagree. His own corporation counsel Donna Leong has been implicated in this corruption scandal, as has City Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro.

    The truly disturbing core of all this malfeasance is the knowledge that the most senior members of Honolulu's law enforcement community set up a special elite unit of the police department as their own personal goon squad, answerable only to the chief, and used it to shake people down and settle personal scores. And they got away with it for years.

    The level of violation of the public trust is both staggering and unforgivable. A pungent stench of greed and corruption hangs over Honolulu, and it reeks like a dead sperm whale carcass washed up on a reef.



    Funny things you learn from house guests (none / 0) (#49)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Jun 28, 2019 at 05:25:43 PM EST
    That wet wipes are available in subliminally macho packaging so "men" are comfortable buying wipies

    THE LOUDEST VOICE (none / 0) (#52)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Jun 30, 2019 at 04:09:54 PM EST
    Starts tonight.  Not sure I can take it but gonna try

    Over halfway into its first episode, Showtime's The Loudest Voice, a seven-part mini-series about the repugnant life and sinister influence of Fox News behind-the-scenes maestro Roger Ailes, runs into a tricky dilemma: It's incredibly difficult to dramatize the distinct set of "skills," or some might say "dark genius," of an abusive, bull-headed media executive like Roger Ailes. He's not a political leader, a military commander, a criminal mastermind, or an artist; he's a crappy boss at a dumb company. Played by a heavily made-up Russell Crowe, looking remarkably different from his trim Gladiator days, the former Republican operative barks out instructions and orders to his scrambling employees in the control room during a test rehearsal before the debut of Fox News in 1997. The stakes, the show desperately wants to convince you, are high.

    Frustrated and sweaty, Ailes screams because a female co-host wears pants instead of a more leg-revealing skirt, yells because a Halloween graphic onscreen is green instead of the more traditionally spooky orange, and goes ballistic because a dog, brought on the set for a low-stakes human interest segment, has shit all over the floor. The whole situation is ridiculous, ripe for comedy and satire, but Ailes's fixes are mostly superficial, deranged attempts to make a trashy product (a 24-hour news channel) more addictive, and The Loudest Voice mostly plays the sequence for tick-tock, procedural melodrama. It's like watching an episode of Aaron Sorkin's tiresome The Newsroom if the characters were even more craven, less witty, and unrepentantly evil. Who would want to watch that?

    THE ROOK (none / 0) (#53)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Jun 30, 2019 at 05:21:33 PM EST
    Also starts tonight on STARZ.  could be good.

    This looks very promising (none / 0) (#56)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Jul 02, 2019 at 09:59:21 AM EST

    I did not survive this (none / 0) (#55)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Jul 02, 2019 at 09:58:55 AM EST
    I wanted too.  I was weak and back slidin

    I like that it's a thing.  Historically, educationally sure.  I totally get it.

    But watching it happen in nano micro detail is for someone more dedicated than me.  This is why we tolerate "reviewers".

    Maybe later.  Like during the next administration.


    I watched the first episode. (none / 0) (#57)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Thu Jul 04, 2019 at 04:33:48 PM EST
    It's well crafted, and the performances are top-notch. That said, I have no intention of watching any more, because it's also painful.

    Watching Russell Crowe as Roger Ailes reminds me of Jack Nicholson as the shady title character in the Danny DeVito-directed biopic "Hoffa," and Broderick Crawford as the demagogic Willie Stark in "All the King's Men." Their respective characters are genuinely repulsive human beings. But through each actor's tour de force performance, one does come to understand why and how those characters courted their inevitable fates.



    Trump (none / 0) (#54)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Jul 01, 2019 at 08:12:35 PM EST
    is going on a twitter rant about the NY AG's office. It sounds like an indictment may be coming out of their office soon.

    I think it's possible (none / 0) (#58)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Jul 05, 2019 at 07:42:09 PM EST
    That THE RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES is exactly what the country needs at this moment.

    See Walton Goggins Dance In The New RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES Trailer

     The Righteous Gemstones arrives on August 18th

    It ain't your fault... (none / 0) (#59)
    by desertswine on Fri Jul 05, 2019 at 10:52:57 PM EST
    175 bucks for spiral bound (none / 0) (#60)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Jul 06, 2019 at 06:53:06 AM EST
    Only one left in stock.

    Abebooks has a slew of the books (none / 0) (#61)
    by leap on Sun Jul 07, 2019 at 01:06:09 PM EST
    for sale from various sellers, mostly from about $27-35, but if you care to pay $240.77 for one, you could do that, too...

    Pet Semetary (none / 0) (#63)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Jul 09, 2019 at 06:33:34 PM EST
    Started today on PPV

    if you didn't see it in theaters it's really creepy good fun.  Just as good the second time.  I never understood the whining about the changes from the book.  I read (and have) the book in hardcover.  No bigger fan than me.  It was a smart change that worked and IMO made it a lot better than the previous movie which I always thought was pretty lame.