Superbowl Time: Open Thread

Will JLo and Shakira be great as Superbowl half-time performers? Will anyone ever top Michael Jackson's 1993 performance?

As for commercials, I have never remembered a single one other than the one with Cindy Crawford and I didn't see it while watching the Superbowl but years later on late night tv.

For those of you watching, feel free to share your thoughts. (I am not watching the game but have it playing on a TV in another room so I know when half-time begins -- the crowd sounds really loud). For those of you not watching, here's an open thread, all topics welcome. [More...]

As for me, I topped out on the Donald Trump impeachment hearings days ago, when it was clear there would be no witnesses. I think his supporters have dug in their heels as have the Democrats, which means, no one will change their minds. Why couldn't Michael Bloomberg have run as a Republican, real-billionaire against self-professed billionaire?

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    Andrew Yang is dead to me. (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by Chuck0 on Mon Feb 03, 2020 at 10:04:31 AM EST
    Pardon? Absolutely the wrong thing I want from a candidate. I've said previously I would throw my support behind ANY candidate who promised to do whatever they could to put orange jesus, his capos, his consiglieris and his soldiers behind bars. Ivanka and Jared can join them as well. $crew unity.

    Don't worry. (none / 0) (#15)
    by Abdul Abulbul Amir on Mon Feb 03, 2020 at 12:45:55 PM EST
    He won't get the chance.

    I heard him saying (none / 0) (#16)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Feb 03, 2020 at 02:04:29 PM EST
    A lot of his voters were Trump voters or something like that.

    I thought, and you are just admitting this?


    Yang supporters (5.00 / 1) (#18)
    by KeysDan on Mon Feb 03, 2020 at 02:31:38 PM EST
    are not strong ---vote anyone blue types. Yang seems a little clownish with $1000 a month his centerpiece and everything else.  Needs to work on being more respectful.

    Yang supporters (none / 0) (#27)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Feb 03, 2020 at 05:24:04 PM EST
    seem to me to  be the 2020 version of Paulheads.

    February 3, 1959 (5.00 / 1) (#25)
    by Zorba on Mon Feb 03, 2020 at 05:21:14 PM EST
    The day the music died.  The plane carrying Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper went down.  All on board died.
    And Waylon Jennings almost took that flight.

    Richie Valens (none / 0) (#41)
    by Jeralyn on Tue Feb 04, 2020 at 12:12:01 AM EST
    was only 17 years old. So sad, for all of them.

    Amy appears (5.00 / 1) (#28)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Feb 03, 2020 at 05:53:28 PM EST
    to be rocking the caucuses so far. I hope it holds up. It also appears that Bernie's supporters are not showing up and Biden is struggling.

    CNN (none / 0) (#29)
    by FlJoe on Mon Feb 03, 2020 at 06:10:20 PM EST
    is covering some these satellite caucuses like a sporting events, they are pretty unrepresentative, so we should be careful.

    One at Drake University(young crowd) with Bernie kicking ass with Warren the only other viable candidate.

    At Snowbird Arizona (old crowd) Amy and Pete led the pack with Biden trailing and Warren just squeaking in.


    The problem (none / 0) (#30)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Feb 03, 2020 at 06:21:31 PM EST
    with Drake University is only 60 people showed up out of a school of 3000. That is where the Bernie supporters are not showing up is coming from. He also was lagging behind his numbers with ex-pats. And don't forget Florida where Bernie was not even viable in the caucus. Now I don't think that is going to happen in Iowa but if he can't get old people and is relying on young people who so far at least don't seem to be showing up it is not going to be a good night for him.

    My (none / 0) (#31)
    by FlJoe on Mon Feb 03, 2020 at 06:27:10 PM EST
    gut feeling is Biden is going to under preform. Nate Silver got a hold of the final Seltzer poll
    FiveThirtyEight can confirm that it contains the correct final findings of the unreleased Iowa poll: Sanders 22 percent, Warren 18 percent, Buttigieg 16 percent, Biden 13 percent.
    .  Ugly numbers for Biden with everyone else holding their own, if Biden really craters Amy might make some real noise.

    Biden's campaign (none / 0) (#32)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Feb 03, 2020 at 06:32:40 PM EST
    has basically been admitting the IA results are not going to be good. So the Selzer poll may be right on his numbers. They appear to be way off on Amy at least so far. Phillipe Reines who sometimes has inside information was predicting a Pete win. One thing I did notice is that the supporters of the unviable candidates were not going to Bernie. They were disbursing to Warren or other candidates.

    CNN (none / 0) (#33)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Feb 03, 2020 at 06:59:24 PM EST
    reporting only 20% under 30 showing up to caucus with older people outnumbering them. Maybe it might not be quite as bad for Biden but the old people like Amy too. And only 25% very liberal. The rest moderate/conservative.

    Wow (5.00 / 1) (#36)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Feb 03, 2020 at 08:11:00 PM EST
    I never watched this process before and I am fascinated.  I'm trying hard to think of anything I have ever seen that appeared more pointless and stupid.

    Seriously, what the hell with the community performance art.

    What's wrong with just, you know, voting?

    I know they love their 5 minutes every four years but this whole thing is a massively unnecessarily over complicated mess.


    I (none / 0) (#37)
    by FlJoe on Mon Feb 03, 2020 at 08:35:29 PM EST
    was just thinking the same thing, helped by the gibbering nonsense from the reporters.

    For tomorrow (5.00 / 1) (#43)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Feb 04, 2020 at 08:20:05 AM EST
    Could we please, possibly, just this one time try to not think like democrats who love to lose so they can feel good about themselves?

    Please think twice, or maybe just once, about bashing any democratic senator who votes to acquit Trump to try to protect their seat.

    Trump will be acquitted.  What the hell difference does it make if a couple of endangered senators vote strategically so they might be around to help in fights we might actually win?

    Even tho it would make you feel so much better if they did not.

    The Hill | January 30, 2020
    Conservative pastor: Jesus would have 'beat the crap' out of John Bolton - "'WWJD: he would have made a whip and beat the crap out of him!!!!' [Evangelical pastor Rodney Howard-Browne] tweeted."

    Jesus says, "Oy."

    I (5.00 / 1) (#56)
    by FlJoe on Wed Feb 05, 2020 at 10:39:53 AM EST
    have gazed into the pit's of hell, and it looks a lot like Shakira's a$$.
    But according to Right Wing Watch, one Christian activist, Dave Daubenmire, is taking things even further. On his "Pass the Salt" podcast, Daubenmire said that he plans to sue the National Football League because the halftime show threatens to prevent him "from getting into the kingdom of Heaven."

    Waiting for Iowa results. (3.50 / 2) (#39)
    by Abdul Abulbul Amir on Mon Feb 03, 2020 at 10:20:51 PM EST
    What a cluster. It is 10:18 and nothing but excuses. You would have to be insane to let these klutzes within a mile of running the health care system.

    You should complain. (5.00 / 1) (#45)
    by KeysDan on Tue Feb 04, 2020 at 11:02:54 AM EST
    This guy is stealing your good ideas.  Brad Parscale,Trump Campaign Manager said, "And these are the people who want to run our entire health care system."  Next thing you know, Putin will be picking it up.

    he's probably (none / 0) (#54)
    by Jeralyn on Tue Feb 04, 2020 at 08:05:32 PM EST
    following Parscale and got it from him. I still wonder if Parscale and Kushner didn't get immunity or promise not to prosecute for their testimony about their 2016 FB ad campaign. (It was Kushner who hired Parscale to run the digital campaign when his background was just building websites). I think along with Felix Sater and Trump's Kazakh connections, it's one of the most under-reported stories of the 2016 election.

    Now 12:18 (none / 0) (#40)
    by ragebot on Mon Feb 03, 2020 at 11:26:07 PM EST
    Still no results to speak of.

    All the dems have been babbling about how they really won; and basically repeating their stump speeches.  Not really an image that will help improve the position of any candidate.

    Pete said we don't have any numbers but we are going to NH victorious.  

    One thing all the talking heads seem to agree on is this is the death knell for the Iowa caucus.


    Dude (none / 0) (#42)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Feb 04, 2020 at 05:55:19 AM EST
    these are the people that run the healthcare system. This is not the government. These are everyday Americans doctors, nurses, EMTs that are caucusing.

    These are party hacks... (none / 0) (#44)
    by Abdul Abulbul Amir on Tue Feb 04, 2020 at 08:53:42 AM EST
    Dude (none / 0) (#46)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Feb 04, 2020 at 02:51:26 PM EST
    I live in GA. Conservatives love government healthcare as long as it for women. Our governor has decided that he can diagnose and make medical decisions better than doctors.

    Oh, (none / 0) (#47)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Feb 04, 2020 at 02:53:06 PM EST
    LOL. you have the Bernout talking points. Who said conservatives and socialists don't have the same goals?

    This Bloomberg SuperBowl ad (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Feb 02, 2020 at 09:17:44 PM EST
    was aimed straight at voters of color.

    And I expect it was seen by a fair number placed right after the halftime show

    Missouri politics $uck big time (none / 0) (#2)
    by MO Blue on Sun Feb 02, 2020 at 09:35:36 PM EST
    But our sports teams are doing real good. Kansas City Chiefs over the San Francisco 49ers 31 to 20.

    Do you think that Tr*mp could find Missouri (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Peter G on Sun Feb 02, 2020 at 09:47:35 PM EST
    on a map? (Ask Pompeo.) All he knows about Kansas City is that they've allegedly got some pretty little women there. Fortunately, for the safety of those women, Tr*mp thinks they're in Kansas. But as Dorothy Gale once said, "We're not in Kansas anymore."

    Well to be fair (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by MO Blue on Sun Feb 02, 2020 at 10:20:20 PM EST
    When I listen to either one of my Senators, I wish they were from Kansas.

    Trump is without a doubt semi illiterate. You would think by now that he would have someone proof read his tweets but then again "stupid reigns supreme" in his administration.


    That was hillarious (none / 0) (#4)
    by Ga6thDem on Sun Feb 02, 2020 at 09:54:06 PM EST
    Congratulations to Kansas! Maybe Pompeo needs to bring one of those blank maps out and have Trump find Kansas on it. He deleted the tweet but it was too late. It had already gone viral.

    Claire McCaskill (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by Peter G on Sun Feb 02, 2020 at 10:35:53 PM EST
    To truly give Stone Cold Idiot his due, ... (5.00 / 3) (#10)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Feb 03, 2020 at 06:15:12 AM EST
    ... the NFL champion Chiefs ought to accept Trump's invitation to visit Washington -- and then show up in Seattle.



    ha ha ha! excellent. (none / 0) (#14)
    by leap on Mon Feb 03, 2020 at 11:07:10 AM EST
    That would be so perfect! The KC MO football team could then go watch a real championship futbol game. And eat BBQ...BBQ'd salmon.

    Too bad no one has the nerve, or imagination, to do it.


    Defective lyrics memory (none / 0) (#6)
    by Peter G on Sun Feb 02, 2020 at 10:27:02 PM EST
    It's not "some pretty little women there"; it's "some crazy little women there." Crazy is better, I think.

    These people make my head hurt. (none / 0) (#8)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun Feb 02, 2020 at 11:00:28 PM EST
    Shakira is wow! (none / 0) (#9)
    by desertswine on Sun Feb 02, 2020 at 11:58:35 PM EST

    Watched the first episode of Avenue 5 on HBO (none / 0) (#11)
    by McBain on Mon Feb 03, 2020 at 09:37:29 AM EST
    It didn't quite work for me.  I enjoyed Veep, am a sci fi fan and thought the trailer for Avenue 5 looked promising, so I was a little surprised.

    I have been enjoying The Outsider, also on HBO.  

    Agreed. (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by Chuck0 on Mon Feb 03, 2020 at 10:05:39 AM EST
    Didn't "get" Avenue 5. But The Outsider has me on the edge of my seat to see what's next.

    You should look for Mr Mercedes (none / 0) (#17)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Feb 03, 2020 at 02:06:59 PM EST
    I think Audience channel is dead but I read it might show up on a streaming service.

    Holly is also a main character.  Played by a different actor


    Jan 8 2020 (none / 0) (#19)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Feb 03, 2020 at 03:02:33 PM EST
    WarnerMedia continues to consolidate programming from across its portfolio.

    Audience Network, the AT&T-backed channel available to DirecTV subscribers, is being transformed into a marketing channel designed to promote corporate sibling HBO Max. The move, which impacts both its linear and streaming offerings, will become effective at a date to be determined in the spring. It leaves four scripted originals -- David E. Kelley's Mr. Mercedes, fellow drama Condor and comedies Loudermilk and You Me Her -- in limbo. Sources stress some of those shows could likely to make the move to HBO Max, though a formal decision has not yet been made.

    "We will begin to transition Audience Network from its current approach to support AT&T's broader original content and marketing focus on the upcoming HBO Max service," Daniel York, chief content officer, AT&T Consumer, said Wednesday in a statement announcing the news.

    This (none / 0) (#20)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Feb 03, 2020 at 03:26:42 PM EST
    Why couldn't Michael Bloomberg have run as a Republican, real-billionaire against self-professed billionaire?

    There is zero chance he could win a Republican primary.  True he was elected mayor as one but that was NYC.  The national Republican Party is a different animal.  Even just since he was mayor it's a different animal.
    No chance not just because it's now Trumpistan but really even more because he is the poster boy for everything they hate from climate to guns.  He's has spent hundreds of millions of his own money on these issues for years.  Even before Trump was president.

    I thing this is a good look at the subject.  Not quite  as anti Bloomberg as the title sounds

    Democrats Are Freaking Out About Mike Bloomberg

    And here's where political math and Democratic National Committee rules get important. If a nominee isn't picked on the first ballot, then superdelegates--about 750 elected officials, party elders, and activists--get to vote in a second round. Sanders aides believe that their only real chance of making him the nominee is winning the first ballot. They've started using the phrase significant plurality, and arguing that the superdelegates should give the nomination to whoever's in the lead, but they're nervous that this won't happen.

    Related (none / 0) (#21)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Feb 03, 2020 at 03:43:43 PM EST
    John Kerry overheard discussing possible 2020 bid amid concern of 'Sanders taking down the Democratic Party'
    That Kerry would even discuss the possibility suggests that prominent members of the Democratic Party remain deeply unsettled by the current field.

    I don't think this is very important beyond being an example of just how freaked the dem establishment is about Sanders.  This morning I heard an over caffeinated reporter say the democrats are almost as worried about beating Sanders as they are about beating Trump.

    I think he is right.


    Why do Democrats (5.00 / 2) (#22)
    by Chuck0 on Mon Feb 03, 2020 at 03:53:28 PM EST
    keep looking to people who have already LOST to be their savior? Biden, Kerry, to some respect Sanders. That's why I was aghast that anyone could speculate that HRC would jump in the fray.

    I don't have anything against Kerry. But like HRC, he's got baggage.

    Barack Obama was the first president in my life that was younger than me. I really liked that. Now our best hopes are people old enough to my father?And I'm older now than 2008.


    Amy Klobachar (5.00 / 2) (#23)
    by CST on Mon Feb 03, 2020 at 04:04:27 PM EST
    Seems like such an obvious choice for the "insiders".

    Maybe she'll do well tonight and they'll finally figure it out.


    I think one reason for (4.00 / 1) (#24)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Feb 03, 2020 at 04:12:24 PM EST
    The dearth of young political talent is the process of developing it has been ignored by our side for a long time.  Very little investment until recently into local and grass roots efforts which is why republicans are killing us at the state and local level.

    Not trying to sound like a commercial but one of the things I like most about Bloomberg is he has been investing heavily in this kind of stuff for years.  The young mayors like London Breed and Michael Tubbs are endorsing him because they got their start in programs he funded.


    Hillary (5.00 / 1) (#26)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Feb 03, 2020 at 05:23:05 PM EST
    has been doing a lot of it too with supporting organizations that train women to run for office. Obama wasn't much of a party builder and we're seeing some of that come to fruition now.

    My god (none / 0) (#34)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Feb 03, 2020 at 07:13:26 PM EST
    The more they "interview" these people the more disturbed and alarmed I am they are going to be deciding anything important.

    `Why Klobuchar'

    `She has midwestern values and she is for climate change."

    Did you watch 'The Daily Show' last night? (5.00 / 1) (#49)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Tue Feb 04, 2020 at 04:17:10 PM EST
    Jordan Klepper interviewed attendees at a recent Trump rally. The level of ignorance in America is simultaneously hilarious and sobering.

    Did you watch his interviews during the (none / 0) (#50)
    by vml68 on Tue Feb 04, 2020 at 05:10:47 PM EST
    last presidential election? I laughed so hard at the time (not sure how I managed that since my jaw would keep dropping to the floor at the idiocy on display), especially when he would ask them about Hillary, never realizing that it would come back to haunt me. The stuff of nightmares.

    I still remember screaming obscenities at the TV when one woman said that she believed that the Presidency was a man's job.


    America: We're Not All That. (none / 0) (#51)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Tue Feb 04, 2020 at 05:33:46 PM EST
    The sheer level of social ignorance and political illiteracy that exists in our country is frightening. And the truly scary part is that those who are clearly the most misinformed amongst us inversely (and not surprisingly) see themselves as the best-informed.

    If I had to speculate, I'd say one significant cause of this is the present state of our media, by which people are able to filter out or block anything that either upsets them or otherwise doesn't align with their general worldview, and instead allows them to reside comfortably within their own comfort bubbles with simpatico individuals.



    And Nina Turner (none / 0) (#35)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Feb 03, 2020 at 07:18:16 PM EST
    Just gave an unbelievable performance as Jason Johnson was trying to explain why it would be a good idea to just shut up and take Bloomberg's money.

    She called him an oligarch


    And she works (none / 0) (#38)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Feb 03, 2020 at 09:07:01 PM EST
    for a millionaire who for some reason is not an oligarch. She really couldn't explain herself but then Pete appears to be winning the caucus. So that is what was probably behind the act.

    And that whole session was a you're an idiot if you vote for Bernie session.


    Aren't Nina Turner's 15 minutes up yet? (none / 0) (#58)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Wed Feb 05, 2020 at 02:45:11 PM EST
    Or have others instead yielded to her the balance of their time?

    She is right.... (none / 0) (#60)
    by kdog on Thu Feb 06, 2020 at 11:05:58 AM EST
    Oligarch quite literally means a very rich business person with a great deal of political influence.  I would say undue, and often harmful, political influence.

    Just because we may not wish to hear it doesn't make it any less true.  If Bloombucks is sincerely open to spending one billion dollars to "save America", he could do any number of things besides buying commercials and paying political consultants.  

    Here's a goodwill free consultation for the ol' Oligarch...

    • Buy 750 million dollars worth of land and plant 250 million dollars worth of trees.

    • Open a chain of no-cost/low-cost opioid addiction treatment centers.

    • Cancel 1 billion dollars of low income individuals medical debt.

    • Buy-back 1 billion dollars worth of guns off the streets and destroy them.

    • Bribe very employee at the immigration detention centers to accidentally leave the cages unlocked and walk off the job so the prisoners can escape.

    • Offer Trump, Pence, and McConnell  333 million a piece to get on his private plane for a one-way trip to Moscow and never return.  

    Sh*t I will even kick in the same percentage of my net worth for any of these endeavors, which I think works out to thirteen dollars and thirty three cents.

    Where have you been hiding Mr K? (none / 0) (#61)
    by vml68 on Thu Feb 06, 2020 at 11:27:36 AM EST

    Say Hey Auntie V... (none / 0) (#62)
    by kdog on Thu Feb 06, 2020 at 11:42:57 AM EST
    I've been hanging in there and lurking here on TL...haven't had much gumption to comment on our sorry state of affairs.  I've let y'all have your fun tearing Bernie a new arse without counter-point...but don't push it too far! ;)

    My record album remains pretty much broken though, as this out of the blue comment attests lol.



    Ha! You never know, you might end up (none / 0) (#63)
    by vml68 on Thu Feb 06, 2020 at 12:27:58 PM EST
    having the last laugh with regards to Bernie. Stranger things have happened.

    My record album remains pretty much broken though

    I would be pretty disappointed if it started to play a new tune.

    Bernie, Liz, or Andrew... (none / 0) (#64)
    by kdog on Thu Feb 06, 2020 at 01:35:12 PM EST
    I'll be happy and vote with enthusiasm...Biden or Bloomberg would be lame.

    Hey kdog, (5.00 / 1) (#66)
    by KeysDan on Thu Feb 06, 2020 at 02:59:52 PM EST
    Good to hear from you and know that you are well--at least as well as any citizen can be at this point.

    Took your earlier suggestion to give Andrew Yang a good look, and I did so.  However, he did not make it to the higher reaches as I, and others, evaluated the Democratic primary contenders. But, if he were to unexpectedly find traction and become the nominee, I would surely be in his corner.  

    At this point, I have just this one major criterion, beat Trump. Four more years and the fascist march will be complete.

     A secondary criterion is which of the contenders is most likely to attract quality cabinet officers, nominate District/Appellate judges and Supreme Court justices in the mold of Jimmy Carter/Bill Clinton/Barack Obama, and, finally, be handy with a hose--so as to effectively hose down the White House.

    And, too, to select a capable vice president who can serve if needed--an important factor, not so much because of age-related worries, as much as concerns for the safety of any Democratic president. Just today, a strange substance was found in Adam Schiff's House office area by Capitol police. An inconvenient Ambassador was told to be taken out--as spoken to his thuggish dinner companions. The country is going to go through some things, as the don as warned.

    As for policies, the top contenders have similar plans and proposals, and they all will have a steep climb to effect their proposed progressive legislation, certainly with a Republican senate, and even with a Democratic senate, should that happen. In the primary, they, of course, work hard to distinguish themselves. But, the country will be on the right track with most all of them. None will trample rights or impose their religious beliefs at the expense of civil liberties.

     Much can be done by Executive Order, but such orders are not necessarily permanent. And, none seem to have a hair-trigger for bombing Iran or some other country that gives us side-eye.

    So bottom line for me, I will vote blue no matter who. Any mistake made will not be of an existential character with any Democrat who becomes the presidential nominee. If disappointed in the result, there will be another primary and election in four years. Better to experience imperfect national policies than to continue our perfect national disgrace. And, to risk, further, the clear and present danger.


    Very well... (none / 0) (#67)
    by kdog on Thu Feb 06, 2020 at 03:41:53 PM EST
    the less news I watch, the better I am Brother.  Glad to see you rockin' the comments section as hard as ever.

    But of course getting rid of Trump is # 1, but I guess I got 1A's and 1B's too that some contenders aren't as interested in as others.  I don't wanna get too bogged down in "electability" and forget about why we have elections, and presidents, and a congress. And the daunting jobs we need them to do.  

    And in the case of Bloomberg, a billionaire swooping in and trying to buy the damn thing is a problem for me.  And I wonder how much of his purchase is about stopping Trump and how much of it is about stopping the Bernie/Liz wing.  


    He has said that he is in the race because (none / 0) (#68)
    by vml68 on Thu Feb 06, 2020 at 03:56:55 PM EST
    I wonder how much of his purchase is about stopping Trump and how much of it is about stopping the Bernie/Liz wing.

    he does not believe that Bernie/Warren can win. So, there is no doubt he is trying to stop them from getting the nomination. However, he has also pledged to spend to help elect the eventual nominee even if it ends up being Bernie/Warren. That is no small thing.

    A recent poll I saw showed that about 40% of Bernie and Yang's supporters said that they would not vote for another democrat should their choice not be the nominee, whereas, 90% of Warren's and Biden's said they would vote blue no matter who. That bothers me.


    Then let's all hope it is Elizabeth Warren. (none / 0) (#65)
    by vml68 on Thu Feb 06, 2020 at 02:01:55 PM EST
    I was hoping for Kamala Harris but that hope got shot down early.
    Amy is hanging in there but I don't know for how long. Same for Pete.

    I will take Bloomberg over Biden, Bernie or Yang.  
    Bloomberg has put his money where his mouth is on 3 issues that I care about, environment, Planned Parenthood/abortion, and gun control.
    Can't stand either Biden or Bernie and am just not sure what to make of Yang.
    But, any one of them over that monstrosity that is in the WH.


    Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME): Acquit. (none / 0) (#53)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Tue Feb 04, 2020 at 07:18:10 PM EST
    Because of course she would. Why would we expect anything otherwise from her? Maine voters would do well to retire Collins this fall. Most of us have gotten exasperated watching her play the part of Lucy holding Charlie Brown's football.

    Doctor Sleep (none / 0) (#55)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Feb 05, 2020 at 08:48:28 AM EST
    Is running on PPV.

    If you have not seen it and you liked the Shining it's as good a sequel as we were ever going to get.

    I liked it a lot.

    Decisions, decisions. (none / 0) (#57)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Wed Feb 05, 2020 at 02:42:41 PM EST
    So, when test results are less than optimal, do we pledge to do better by our children and grandchildren, or do we instead throw out the test?

    Los Angeles Times | February 5, 2020
    California may pause student physical fitness tests due to bullying concerns - "Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to pause physical education tests for California students for three years due to concerns over bullying and possible discrimination against disabled and nonbinary students. The move comes after annual test results showed a growing percentage of students scoring as 'not healthy.'"

    I understand the very real and valid concerns about school bullying. I would also agree that using body mass index as the primary criterion for measuring one's actual physical fitness needs to be seriously re-evaluated or at the very least, considered on an individual basis rather than as a statistic of group demographics. So in that regard, I can't argue with Gov. Newsom's rationale for suspending the physical fitness test in California public schools for three years.

    But personally, I think what we really need to do here is recommit ourselves to the full inclusion of comprehensive health and physical education classes / programs as an integral part of all K-12 public school curriculums. Because honestly, those statistics we're seeing from these now-paused BMI tests strongly underscore the fact that far too many school districts across the country have instead moved in the opposite direction over the years in a misguided effort to cut costs.

    Such shortsighted budgetary decision making has had unintended and potentially devastating consequences for American children between the ages of 5 and 19. The percentage of children worldwide who are considered overweight or obese has risen alarmingly over the last two decades, from 10.3% in 2000 to 18.4% in 2018. But in the United States, that number is 42%.


    Today's solution (none / 0) (#59)
    by jmacWA on Wed Feb 05, 2020 at 03:07:15 PM EST
    So, when test results are less than optimal, do we pledge to do better by our children and grandchildren, or do we instead throw out the test?

    We simply give the teachers the test 4 months before hand so they can drill the correct answers into their charges heads


    Another bus needed. (none / 0) (#69)
    by KeysDan on Thu Feb 06, 2020 at 04:54:30 PM EST
    Doug Collins (R.GA)the local yokel who became a national yokel owing to his high decibel, fevered defense of Trump in the House impeachment process,  was counting on Trump's support in the Republican senate primary against interim senate gubernatorial appointee, Kelly Loeffler (filling the vacancy caused by Republican Senator Johnny Isakson's health-related resignation).

    However, during Trump's Hellzapoppin rally in the East Room, Trump gave high raise to Senator Loeffler for her "nasty and mean" defense of Trump.

     Poor Collins, but it should not have been surprising to the former preacher--Ms Loeffler is a FOX-ready blonde who is rich. And, no doubt endearing in that Ms. Loeffler is inclined toward the grift.  For example, she loaned her campaign $5 million and is charging the campaign interest...not illegal, but a little unsavory. But, then, she is just hitting her Republican donors.

    Lordy (none / 0) (#70)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Feb 06, 2020 at 07:15:56 PM EST
    I have not kept up with that here in Ga. Kremlin Kelly is a joke here in GA though polling at around 10%. I guess Trump may just have set off a huge food fight in the senate race worse than was going to happen. Pop the popcorn!!

    The New Pope (none / 0) (#71)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Feb 08, 2020 at 08:44:56 AM EST
    "God is emotional..." (none / 0) (#72)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Feb 08, 2020 at 11:33:49 AM EST
    "...we must be more far sighted"

    What a great show


    Yes, (none / 0) (#73)
    by KeysDan on Sat Feb 08, 2020 at 02:25:10 PM EST
    Very good...story line and production.  Am now awaiting the more intriguing real time story of the two popes, Francis and Benedict.  Not the confabulation: "The Two Popes".

    A big ongoing Vatican story of the tension between Pope Francis and the retired Pope Benedict, who still resides in the Vatican is grandly remodeled quarters he set up in advance of his historically rare retirement.  Benedict still wears papal white and is referred to by the papal honorific, Your Holiness.

    Benedict shorty before stepping down promoted his long-time assistant, Georg Ganswein, head of the papal household and archbishop, to oversee the new Pope. Ganswin, referred to as "Gorgeous George" lives with Benedict, is his Secretary, and caregiver.  Matters recently boiled over when Ganswein organized publication of a new book co-authored by Benedict that presents the arch-conservative theology that is in opposition to that of Francis. Benedict has removed his name from authorship and Georg has gone missing in an unexplained absence.  All the elements of The Knives Are Out and Boys in te Band.  Could be a blockbuster.


    So (none / 0) (#74)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Feb 08, 2020 at 03:01:47 PM EST
    Trump just tweeted a bizarre image that shows his spray on face to say it was photoshopped and fake news.  If you have not seen it it's pretty easy to find.  Along with the memes.  My favorite was a guy spraypainting a fence with a hole Trump had just looked through

    but this is the best

    Someone actually photoshopped out the orange spray paint to reveal what he actually looks like.

    Every cable news show should use this image.

    did you see (none / 0) (#75)
    by leap on Sat Feb 08, 2020 at 03:32:53 PM EST
    the black and white version? Mind you, these photos were twittered out by the WhiteHouse photographer, Willian Moon...who didn't see the problems with them? or anticipate twitterreactions? Wonder how much longer he will be the WhiteHouse photographer. Maybe he'll be marched out in chains, right after the Vindmans and Sondland.

    The color version (none / 0) (#76)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Feb 08, 2020 at 04:00:03 PM EST
    Is pallid enough but I doubt very much his skin is that flawless.  I mean it's probably as smooth as money can buy buy my bet is the stuff is doing a lot more that coloring.  It's covering.  Like, with a trowel.

    I do like the questions about if black face is so bad why isn't orange face.

    And "didn't Trudeau just get in trouble for this?"


    Yes, another (none / 0) (#77)
    by KeysDan on Sun Feb 09, 2020 at 01:49:49 PM EST
    cover-up job.  This one, I suspect, is a bad case of rosacea.  The photoshop will get Trump's approval in the hair department--- hair is too thick in front,  more photoshopping

    I hope Joker wins both actor and movie oscars (none / 0) (#78)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Feb 09, 2020 at 02:57:34 PM EST
    But it will probably be 1917 or OUTIHW

    We should still get a great acceptance speech from Joaquin

    i think 1917 might actually win the gold agent get some respect for "invisible special effects"

    I hope it's not (none / 0) (#79)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Feb 09, 2020 at 06:13:05 PM EST

    Which means it probably will be.