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    The Triumph of Donald Trump

    CNN is reporting that the Mueller formed Grand Jury will NOT be issuing any further indictments. E.g. Trump Jr. will not be charged for that meeting with Russians at Trump Towers.
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Hi Kay; I wonder if you also enjoy some modern Guitar \ Violin music like The David Grisman Quintet? It is fusion in the sense the music is a combination of jazz and bluegrass. Growing up playing classical music on the violin until I switched to jazz guitar, I have a love for guitar \ violin music (even some country if it isn't too-country).
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    Painfully inappropriate casting.

    I agree, which is why I said "all I ask is that the actor comes off as authentic". I purposely used "comes off as authentic" and NOT "be authentic" to make that same point.
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    Painfully inappropriate casting.

    Everyone knows that. I'm not getting your point.
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    Painfully inappropriate casting.

    Don't forget Mazurki first role as the coolie in The Shanghai Gesture; not very authentic but few, if any, of the actors playing ethnic parts were in this film; E.g. Mature as Doctor Omar.
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    Painfully inappropriate casting.

    Funny but I saw Swedish actor Warner Oland in a film a few weeks back (on TCM if I recall), and he looked odd \ out of place to me since he was NOT playing an Asian character. I guess after seeing so many films where he played Charlie Chan that he kind of became Asian in-my-mind.
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    Actor Richard Erdman 1925-2019)

    The Times did mention this 'classic' Twilight Zone episode, as well as the actors you mention and the films they ere both in. The photo was of Brando and Erdman. But like I said there are many studio-era actors that pass on and the Times movie entertainment columnist doesn't do a write up, especially not a half-page one with a picture. I believe there is a solid connection between getting a write up (and how large it is), with now relevant an actor has been 'lately'. E.g. Olivia De Havilland will receive a write-up, period, since she has the pedigree (E.g. two best actress Oscars etc...). BUT her feud over Feud put her back in the spotlight which if she was to pass soon (man I hope NOT!), she would likely get a much larger write-up, with this legal case being given a lot of coverage.
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    Painfully inappropriate casting.

    Curious what you think (and feel), when you see Guinness in Lawrence of Arabia? As it relates to casting ethnic parts: all I ask is that the actor comes off as authentic. In the case of Guinness and MOO, I have to say he doesn't come close to coming off as authentic. In LOA he appears more authentic. But I'm half Japanese so maybe that influences my POV.
  9. CNN stole the title of this thread! https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/22/politics/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-time-joel-benenson/index.html
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    Actor Richard Erdman 1925-2019)

    The L.A. Times obituary made it clear that "Community" renewed interest in Erdman. Like I said his obituary was as complete and detailed as Deanna Durbin and clearly Durbin was a much bigger movie star during the studio-era. Like Looney many fans of studio-era movies will 'work-backwards' as it relates to re-discovering an actor and their work. They stumble on to an aged studio-era actor in a 21st century production and 'work-backwards'. My guess is that if Erdman hadn't been in "Community" the Times wouldn't have had an obituary. Note that I've been posting about actors that have passed that I'm finding in the standard obituary section of the L.A. Times; I.e. the family supplied write ups and pictures. Some of these actors did some good work but since they hadn't been in the 'bis' for decades, they don't receive an entertainment columnist written obituary.
  11. Hope and change; man, I'm sure I've heard that before, somewhere,....,,,,
  12. George didn't have an obligation or duty to be nice to Trump. That isn't the point I was making and wasn't the reason why I (or my wife), wouldn't do what he is doing. If you don't get that, so be it.
  13. AOC on cover of Time; About the only good news for the GOP this week. AOC is the best thing that could have happened for the GOP as it relates to them retaking the House and Trump winning re-election in 2020. (especially if her threat of defeating DINOs in the Dem primary with socialist-Dems gains ground).
  14. I discussed this with my wife and we agree; A spouse shouldn't put their spouse in such a difficult and embarrassing position. While George is 100% right with regards to his views on Trump, what he is doing is selfish and unloving towards his wife.
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    Women respond to misogyny and sexual predators with power

    AOC as Time's Person of the Year is just what the GOP needs to take back the House and for Trump to win re-election.
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    Elizabeth Warren Pres. Candidacy.....

    Why do you believe Warren can't win (beat Trump) verses anyone other than Biden? In this field of Dem candidates Warren is one of the more relatively 'moderate' ones. (ok not like Klobachar, who I believe has the best chance of beating Trump, but is too 'moderate' (as well as not angry enough against all-things-Trump) to win the Dem nomination). I guess my point here is that Warren has a better chance of beating Trump than anyone other then Biden or Klobachar.
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    *Spielberg now remaking *"West side story"

    Thanks to you more and more people will be seeing the new adaptation of West Side Story. Steven is thankful for all the attention you are bringing to his new project.
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    The Triumph of Donald Trump

    Peter Wehner has said the same thing about 50 times since Trump was elected. (and he would be right!).
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    2020 Election

    Cid asked if the EC could be improved; Here are a few crazy ideas I came up with on my hike today: Each of these 'tie-breakers' only apply when there is a candidate that gets 270 or more EC votes but doesn't get a majority of the popular vote: 1) Candidate that received the most popular votes is the President when their popular vote win margin is 3% or more. Of course the 3% is subject to debate but the overall point is there should be some type of margin to 'overturn' the EC winner. 2) Candidate that received the most popular votes has to also has to 'win' in at least 18 states. Of course the 18 states is subject to debate but the overall reason for this criteria is to prevent a candidate from becoming President, while losing the EC, only because they won large popular vote margins in only the larger states. Hey, none of these will ever be implemented and they have flaws. Just throwing out some ideas, especially to those folks that have a strong dislike of the existing EC process.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Funny, but I did the math and yea, one can get to 270 EC votes without 'winning' a majority of the states; E.g. winning all the EC votes in the top 12 states in 2016 would get one to 270. PS: I'm taking any further discussion on the EC to the 2020 Election thread.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    With regards to the first question: identity politics makes liberals against a popular vote at the state level rather than districts; CA requires counties and cities have districts that are racially defined to ensure 'equal' representation. E.g. county is 52% white, 42% Latino, so whites win all 5 supervisor seats. 2 Latino majority districts are created to increase the odds there are 2 Latino supervisors. As for the second question; I should have said one needs to win the majority of the EC votes (but I believe historically that also means a majority of the states).
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    RIP 20th Century Fox

    Ah, I get it; yea, spring is here but it is getting colder!
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    Elizabeth Warren Pres. Candidacy.....

    Why do you mention the 'slave states'. Anyhow, I ready knew what you mention here (so I don't need to remember it), but I don't see how any of it is relevant to what I posted about Warren. it appears you're confusing my post with another: you replied to the wrong post???
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    It all comes down to how one defines 'working well': E.g. if one believe the power of large states should be constrained as it relates to determining who is President, then when a candidate 'wins' the majority of states but loses the popular vote the EC is 'working well'. If one believes the state a voter is in is irrelevant (and therefore there is NO concept as 'winning' a state), then anytime the winner of the EC didn't get the most popular votes the EC isn't 'working well'. As you note most of the time the winner gets more EC votes as well as popular votes. I guess one can view that as 'working really well' by all. PS: by winning-a-state I mean that a candidate received the most voters in that state.
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    RIP 20th Century Fox

    It appears one concern you have is that Disney will increase the cost to lease 'golden era' Fox films and this will lead to less access for us consumers. But if the overall concern of these takeovers is corporate greed, it wouldn't be wise for Disney to raise the cost 'to high', to where they end up making less revenue because less networks are leasing their products.

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