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    Megyn Kelly Melts Down

    I figured this deserved it's own thread. An e-mail was leaked a few days ago documenting just how awful working on the show was (it was from the recently fired headwriter). Oh, and she's also not going to the Olympics. Katie Couric is. She isn't. https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-toxic-bullying-backstage-at-nbcs-megyn-kelly-today Meanwhile, either to distract from this, or because you can't keep that cold, hard side down long, Megyn went off on Jane Fonda today, even dredging up "Hanoi Jane" epithets, doing Faux News proud. https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/22/entertainment/megyn-kelly-jane-fonda-feud/index.html It's certainly a strange tack to take, especially since Jane Fonda is more popular now than she's been in about 30 years, but I guess she will probably get that red meat crowd going and maybe Andrew Lack will be pleased. What an embarrassment for NBC and for the media in general she is. If this does get her attention or support then it won't be from me.
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    The Politics Thread

    That was an interesting read. A lot of pundits harp on how bad it was for Republicans to lose as much as they did in the midterms since we are in a good economy, prosperous, etc. To many Americans, it is not a good economy. The bubble just doesn't understand that, because they don't want to.
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    Old TV clips - misc.

    Some very rare Tonight Show footage - eventually the wonderful Zsa Zsa Gabor pops up. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbSk4kIcjdI
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    Old TV clips - misc.

    I recently found a Youtube channel that has a ton of old content - a grab bag. Rather than keep putting it into various threads I thought I might just put some links here. This has a lot of the 1974 fall preview for CBS, including some interviews with the people behind Planet of the Apes and Rhoda. This is a cute, dumb little show that has Lee Majors guesting as himself and Steve from the 6MDM (and Fred Willard in his sketch comedy days also makes an appearance). Greg Morris, Carol Burnett, and Arte Johnson remind us of the dangers of drugs (a bit sad when you remember Carol's daughter), interspersed with some commentary from the yoof of 1970.
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    The Politics Thread

    Sinema led in the polls but I'm still surprised she won. These things often revert to a harder reality on Election Day. Trump did a lot to cause this, but Sinema also seemed to run an extremely disciplined campaign. Kudos to her. McSally has been very calm - I think she will be getting McCain's seat. In other news, the Secretary of State race in AZ is much closer, but the Democrat is currently leading. If she wins that could be a big deal, as 3 different SoS have become governor in Arizona since the '80s. Anyway, I thought this was an interesting 60 Minutes that was recently uploaded. They talk to men in an Indiana town (a big Nixon town) about Watergate. Some things never change. And in other news, Lorne Michaels' new Republican hero, pushed heavily by the media as a star and the new face of the GOP, is yet another bigot. The media won't care - they love bigots. https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2018/11/snl-gives-another-right-wing-politician-a-spotligh.html
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    Guiding Light discussion thread

    I think he would have been better off staying more in their orbit, and they could have brought in a few other new characters to revolve around Alex. They could have brought back Victoria.
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    Guiding Light discussion thread

    Rebecca Staab was a good actress, which she showed in glimpses (the episode with Beth's funeral has a good performance from her, reading a love letter Beth wrote about Philip), but Jessie was so bland and also saddled into a would-be "supercouple" before she even had a chance to develop in her own right. Simon was just too much - I think they should have stuck with the Spaulding material and not had him involved with Jessie. I also had a hard time seeing him as straight, even though the actor was straight.
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    The Politics Thread

    I saw that SNL gave a big wet kiss to Dan Crenshaw, having him appear on the show after Pete Davidson made a cheap joke about his eyepatch last week. Lorne Michaels can't help himself. He always has to have a Republican to hang onto for dear life to present his "both sides" bullshit. Never mind that Crenshaw wants to take away the rights of anyone who doesn't look just like him, that he enables extreme hard right conservatism, and that the majority of viewers who continue to watch SNL are people he does not think should have any say over their own bodies or bedrooms. If it makes Lorne feel good and gives an aw shucks media moment, that's what matters. They can kiss my ass. In other news, there is nothing to laugh about with Trump, but I do tend to laugh when I see photos of him with Macron. (I was going to post the picture but nobody deserves to see his face if they don't want to). images .newrepublic.com/899f256ef9ff16ce709d3452b16351e3e12ad8ee.jpeg?w=800&q=65&dpi=1&fm=pjpg&h=533 I really think he has a man-thing for Macron and struggles to hide it, making him look even more irrational and pathetic than he does with all other world leaders.
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    The Politics Thread

    Once upon a time there was a thin pretense that the GOP leadership was above the conspiracy-mongering and paranoia of their media outlets. Those days are long gone, apparently. https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2018/11/10/arizona-election-senate-ballots-counting-kyrsten-sinema-martha-mcsally-update/1956622002/ The National Republican Senatorial Committee pointed to a report by Fox News that Fontes once defended a man in the "Operation Fast and Furious" gun-running ring during the Obama administration and said Fontes had been caught mixing tainted ballots with legitimate ones. The Arizona GOP said Fontes has misled the public about the voting process. “Adrian Fontes has intentionally circumvented the legislative and judicial process during this election,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Jonathan Lines. “He is a liberal activist masquerading as an election official, and we cannot trust him to oversee this process. Arizonans have a right to know what liberal parties Fontes is communicating with about this race, and what he is telling them. What is Adrian Fontes hiding?" What they're really fuming about is that Sinema is, for now, anyway, winning a county that is historically Republican. They can't admit that they are doing this - driving voters away - so of course it's all a fraud and a scam.
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    The Politics Thread

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/07/us/politics/democrats-republicans-house.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/11/09/democratic-republican-majority-house-election-2018-222400 Two post-election looks.
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    Dynasty: Discussion Thread

    I imagine it's a way to de-gay the show (as CW shows have little interest in gay men - look at the flop that is Riverdale and how horribly they treat Kevin Keller) and it also feels like circling the wagons as the show hasn't done as well as it was expected to do. I barely watched but he seemed alright to me. I guess Sammy will now cheat and be thrown out, or will magically be revealed as bisexual all along.
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    The Politics Thread

    I think she will be more liberal than she was as a Congresswoman (if she is elected) but probably still very cautious, especially since Arizona is not all that liberal a state. I think it is moving in a more moderate conservative direction (or maybe I should say moving back there as it seemed to be that type of state in Sandra Day O'Connor's era). I think that she was fortunate to run in the Trump era as even though Trump won Arizona in 2016 I don't get the impression that part of the US is hugely fond of him. Sinema has been criticized for years for putting on a mask for voters. Frankly I'm surprised it has worked, but Arizona is a unique state, and McSally doesn't seem especially likeable. One positive is that she has yet to join in with the pot-banging and hysteria about the election, to the anger of Trump and friends. Probably because she is hoping to just be appointed to McCain's seat when Jon Kyl leaves. https://www.politico.com/story/2018/11/09/sinema-mcsally-arizona-senate-race-982562
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    The Politics Thread

    It's not surprising, but it's frightening just how willing the GOP is to blatantly wade into any federal race that isn't going their way and now claim it's all rigged against them, and to stop the count or redo the count until they get the result they want. Even in Arizona, which hasn't even had the same reports of problems. They are trying to normalize even more power grabs. And the public, along with the media who hate America anyway, will go right along. I saw that Macron had spoken about needing an EU army to fight the US (along with Russia and China). This has been egged on by Trump, but the EU has been pushing this army idea for a number of years - it's one of many reasons the UK voted to leave, and it's just caused even more division. When I read this article about Macron's latest PR disasters I'm reminded of how similar he is to Trump, just in a more restrained, better-looking package. https://www.ft.com/content/a386762c-e37e-11e8-8e70-5e22a430c1ad
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    The Politics Thread

    Do you really care what Newt Gingrich says? Does anyone? They just lots his Congressional seat. If the big claim to victory is +1 or +2 on a blood red map and beating people in Texas and Georgia, then they are admitting they have nothing to say. Trump and the media will blame the House for the economy, and everything else, but still, it counts as a win.
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    The Politics Thread

    It sounds like the woman in charge of ballots in Broward County is very incompetent, and is now going to be used as a scapegoat to justify stopping vote counting. I'm getting such bad 2000 flashbacks. I guess we should have known the universe was telling us something when Brooks Brothers Riot alum Brett Kavanaugh popped up this year. I hope Democrats can stop this from being 2000 all over again. At least they don't seem to be making Al Gore's mistake. And there is no odious Lieberman there to make things worse (last I heard of him he was trying and failing to stop his old foe Ned Lamont from being elected CT governor). In happier news, not that you'll hear the media talk about it, but apparently this is the most seats Democrats have won in the House since Watergate. Here are a lot of tweets from the Mueller rallies. I never thought I'd live in an era when thousands have to turn out to support a special prosecutor. It's one of those things where if you saw it in a TV show you'd hoot. https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/11/8/1811367/-Tweet-Diary-Look-how-big-the-protest-crowd-is-at-the-ProtectMueller-Rally-nationwide
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    The Politics Thread

    I know the Republicans are going to steal Florida all over again, but until it happens, let me have this reaction to media darling Marco melting down on Twitter like the sad little boy he is.
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    The Politics Thread

    Populist in Europe often leans toward fascist. Ryan Zinke, another scandal-plagued member of Trump's Cabinet, is likely on the way out. https://www.politico.com/story/2018/11/08/ryan-zinke-fox-news-956537 Trump picking him for his Cabinet is one of the reasons Jon Tester won reelection (even after Trump and his sons went all over Montana begging voters to reject him).
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    The Politics Thread

    Krysten Sinnema is currently leading in the very close Arizona Senate race. Her opponent, Congresswoman Martha McSally (who had Gabby Giffords' old seat), is yet another media darling, one they've been gushing over for most of the decade. She let the mask slip on who she really is when she was practically doing handstands over the thought of repealing Obamacara. https://www.vox.com/2018/11/8/18075478/midterm-elections-arizona-vote-count-mcsally-sinema It's still too early to tell what will happen here, but if they do win in Arizona, and somehow manage to win in Florida, that would mean the Republicans only got a 1-seat pickup in a year that was absolutely perfect for them. It also, ideally, means even more pressure on phony moderates like Susan Collins, making it more likely she will retire to wingnut welfare. Now that Chuck Todd and friends (who were gleeful over the possibility of Republicans romping) didn't get their cookie, expect focus on Mitt Romney and how Mitt Romney is going to be a moderating voice in the Senate and blah blah his father blah blah blah. It's all BS, as is anything involving Mitt Romney, but they also spent a lot of time and money hyping him for a decade - can't let that go to waste.
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    The Politics Thread

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg is in the hospital after fracturing three ribs. My best thoughts are with her, today, tomorrow, and for the next 2-3 years at the very least...
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    The Game Show Thread!

    There's a promo for Diamond Head at the end of this.
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    The Politics Thread

    Trump supporters always eat their own. Sessions went from someone who was very well-respected by the far right to someone who was viewed with scorn and openly despised, including by the so-called Christians he always pandered to: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/11/trumps-evangelical-allies-hated-jeff-sessions/575254/ Speaking of "evangelicals," I thought this was an interesting article. https://www.vox.com/2018/11/7/18070630/white-evangelicals-turnout-midterms-trump-2020
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    The Politics Thread

    I'm not surprised. It's a very conservative district. He only risked losing it because he's such a fool.
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    The Politics Thread

    I'm glad Haberman is letting us know all the media spin for Trump, not that it's a surprise. I don't watch cable news most of the time, but I imagine they were giddy over Republicans not being blown out and especially over some of Trump's pets, like DeSantis, winning. They would sell their vital organs for the GOP.
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    The Politics Thread

    For Texas I'm surprised he even did as well with white voters as he did.
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    The Politics Thread

    https://www.salisburypost.com/2018/11/06/democrat-anita-earls-elected-to-nc-supreme-court/ They even canceled the primaries this year to try to stop her. It looks like Republicans didn't lose any Congressional seats in NC but have lost enough statehouse seats to lose their supermajority. Maybe that means sane people can keep taking the state back. Delgado is one of the candidates subjected to such nakedly racist attacks. I'm glad those work less well in NY than they do in Florida...
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