May 05 2016

What’s Cooking: Cinco de Mayo Quesadillas & Margaritas

(4 pm. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

Adapted from diary originally published on May 5, 2012, the 150th anniversary of defeat the French forces by the Mexican Army at the Battle of Puebla.

It’s May and it’s getting warmer here in the northeast. Tomorrow is Cinquo de Mayo, the only battle that the Mexican army won in their war with the French. It’s celebrated in the United States by many Mexican Americans as a source of pride. In Mexico, it is an official holiday in the State of Puebla where is is called called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla).

Naturally, food and drinks are part of the festivities. There are various filling for Quesadillas but essentially they are the Mexican version of the French crepe using a flour tortilla instead of a thin pancake. It can contain vegetables meat or sea food, especially shrimp, or not, but it always has cheese. Use your imagination, be creative.

Quesadillas

The way I make them is rather easy, using mostly store purchased ingredients:

  • Soft corn or flour tortillas, I like size about 8 inches diameter best. You can find them in various sizes in the refrigerated aisle of the grocery store near the packaged cheeses;
  • Shredded cheese: extra sharp cheddar, Monterey Jack, about 8 to 12 oz.;
  • Salsa, jarred or fresh, “heat” dependent on taste;
  • Refried beans;
  • Guacamole, store made; or fresh sliced avocado;
  • Jalapeño pepper slices, jarred;
  • Sour Cream;
  • Shredded or thinly sliced grilled chicken, beef, pork or shrimp.
  • You’ll need a grill pan or a 10″ large, heavy flat skillet, cooking spray or a small bowl of vegetable oil and a brush, a large spatula and a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil and a dinner plate.

    Preheat the oven to 200° F. Heat the skillet over medium heat, sprayed with vegetable oil. Place a tortilla on a dinner plate. Over half of the tortilla about a inch from the edge, spread some salsa, sprinkle with cheese, refried beans and shredded chicken/beef/pork/shrimp. If you like extra “heat”, add some jalapeño pepper slices. Fold in half. You can also cover one tortilla with fillings and top it with a second but it’s harder to flip.

    Gently slide onto the skillet.

    Let brown for 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown. Using the large spatula, flip, cooking 2 to 3 minutes, until golden brown. Adjust the heat if browning too fast or too slow. Place the finished quesadilla on the lined cookie sheet in the oven to keep warm. Repeat; making sure the pan is lightly oiled.

    You can do to or three at a time, depending on the size of the tortilla and the skillet. If you have a grill top on your stove, you can do as many as will fit.

    Cut quesadillas in half, thirds or quarters; serve with more salsa, refried beans, sliced jalapeños, sour cream, guacamole and avocado slices.

    Margarita

    This is the recipe I have used for years without complaints. I use 1800 Reposado Tequila, Rose’s Lime, Triple Sec, Kosher or course ground sea salt and fresh slices of lime. You’ll need either a shaker or a large glass filled with ice and a strainer and you’ll need lots of ice.

    Ingredients:

  • 6 oz tequila
  • 4 oz triple sec
  • 2 oz Rose’s® lime juice
  • Moisten them rim of a large glass with lime juice. Dip the glass into salt spread on a flat plate. Fill glass with ice.

    In the shaker or other large glass filled with ice add tequila, Triple Sec and lime juice. If user a shaker, shake vigorously or mix with a stirrer in the glass. Pour through a strainer into the salt rimmed glass. Serve with extra lime slices.

    May 05 2016

    Cinco de Mayo

    Reprinted from 5/5/2012

    The name simply means “The Fifth of May” and it’s an oddly U.S. American holiday.

    Except in the State of Puebla they don’t much celebrate the victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in Mexico which makes it much more like Patriot’s Day that we here in New England get to celebrate almost every year as an extra filing day (I understand there’s also a foot race in Boston).

    Interestingly enough it was a stand up fight against the banksters which they lost (those who do not remember history…).  Some people say that the French intervention was intended to establish a supply line to aid the Slave Owner’s Rebellion (or as the more charitable put it, The War of the Rebellion).

    Not Congressionally recognized until 2005, celebrations started in California as early as the mid 1860s and for over 100 years were most common in Southwestern States with a large population of people of Mexican descent.  Now of course it’s just another excuse to over consume the cheap crappy Tequila and Beer that Mexico exports (don’t get me wrong, there are good Mexican Beers and Tequila but Corona, Dos Equis, and Jose Cuervo are not them) and ignore real, actual factual Mexican history because we’re so fucking exceptional that understanding and caring about the countries we border is as beneath us as even knowing which ones they are.

    Just don’t mistake it for Grito de Dolores.

    May 05 2016

    The Breakfast Club (Cinco de Mayo)

    Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

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    This Day in History

    The hydrogen-filled airship Hindenburg explodes and crashes; Psychologist Sigmund Freud and actor-director Orson Welles born; Roger Bannister is the first athlete to run a mile in fewer than four minutes.


    Breakfast Tunes


    Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

    Any law which violates the inalienable rights of man is essentially unjust and tyrannical; it is not a law at all.
    Maximilien Robespierre
    Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/maximilien_robespierre.html

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    May 04 2016

    The Daily Late Nightly Show (Star Wars Day)

    Yay me, by file count this is the 100th TDLNS on our WordPress Platform. That’s not necessarily an accurate number. (ek)

    As I mentioned last night, I’m not here. Now would be a perfect time to throw a party, though if you’re joining tonight the built in (as in I can’t figure out how to turn it off) spam control requires your first comment to be moderated and I’m not here to do it. Quite a catch that Catch-22.

    There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one’s safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn’t, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn’t have to; but if he didn’t want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.

    “That’s some catch, that Catch-22,” he observed.

    “It’s the best there is,” Doc Daneeka agreed.

    Attentive readers know I’m an avid consumer of popular (and not so popular) culture and also willing to bite the heads off chickens for people’s amusement. In the sub category of Science Fiction, TV and Movies, Star Wars is not even close to being my favorite though it does have elements of interest.

    Of course the first question is always Star Wars vs. Star Trek and the answer is very clear. Beyond the painfully obvious, “No Shields?! Beam aboard a Photon Torpedo Mr. Worf.”, Trek weapons are fully operational at Faster Than Light speeds and Wars weapons are… not.

    George Lucas is a father castrating baby eating monster (put that in your Joe Campbell pipe and smoke it) and thank goodness Disney bought him out before he could screw up some more- Han shot first!

    One of the things I most don’t like about him is that he took some perfectly McGuffiny pseudo-Buddhist mumbo jumbo about a life force that pervades the Universe and mucked it up into some bastard Scientology Midochlorian nanobot nonsense. A real artist knows when the picture is finished and gets themselves a fresh sheet of paper.

    I hate Jar-Jar as much as the next guy unless that guy buys into the whole “Jar-Jar is a secret Sith Supervillan who uses Anakin and the Emperor to take over the galaxy” which I must admit has a certain paranoid charm. Natalie Portman is wrong if she thinks her listless portrayal of the feckless Amidala ruined her career, that would be her utterly forgettable Jane Foster though she does get bonus point for Evey Hammond. Hayden Christensen on the other hand should find a new hobby.

    I was not unhappy with The Force Awakens which despite Disney’s protestations seems to be following the now non-canon Extended Universe pretty closely (hear we might be getting Admiral Thrawn, he’s a badass).

    Adam Driver is terrible and should immediately suffer some horrible disfiguring accident (in the movie, I wouldn’t hurt a fly) requiring his replacement by someone who can act!

    I think the other new characters are intriguing, Carrie Fisher is still smoking hot, and while I have my disappointments and regrets I’ll not spoil it for you, it hasn’t even been on HBO yet so you may not have seen it.

    And I think Star Wars Day is just as stupid as Life Day-

    The New Guy

    Gary Indiana, Gary Indiana, Gary Indiana, My home sweet home

    Josh King Raw, Uncut, Exclusive

    Trevor’s guests this Week are-

    Mr. Continuity

    Pardon the Integration (Couple’s Therapy)

    Larry’s panelists this Week are-

    Mr. Mainstream

    Spoilers

    Actually not that part, but when Sebastian Stan casts covetous eyes on Stephen’s Captain America shield…

    Stephen’s guests this week are-

    May 04 2016

    The University of Michigan

    Careful readers may remember that while I have studied at many institutions, none of them were the University of Michigan or Michigan State. They hate each other with the white hot passion of a thousand burning suns. The only things they have in common is, well… Michigan of course, a mutual hatred of Ohio State that exceeds their disdain for each other, and Leonard Falcone.

    Well, perhaps I should amend the above because I was a student of his in a summer music program at Michigan State (he thought, correctly, I was hopeless) but I’m sure my schadenfreud about any U of M misstep is transmitted genetically through my parents, Richard and Emily, who met there.

    The back story goes somthing like this- the University of Michigan School of Economics has for years produced a highly influential consumer sentiment survey. I’ll let Bill Black take it from there.

    Bloomberg Tells Michigan Grads They Must Defeat Bernie’s Plan to Jail Wall Street Felons
    by William Black, New Economic Perspectives
    May 3, 2016

    Michigan (University of) secretly sold its reputation for a pittance by rigging one of its crown jewels – the consumer-sentiment survey. This survey is known to move financial markets. Michigan sold early (by five minutes) access to the data to its partner’s clients.

    The partner was Thompson-Reuters, one of Bloomberg’s chief rivals, … Bloomberg was so fixated on preventing Bernie being elected that he passed on an opportunity to embarrass a rival because doing so would have demonstrated Wall Street’s corrupt culture.

    The folks that were buying the early access to Michigan’s survey (I’ll call them the “bishops”) were looking for a rigged system that would let them abuse customers and counterparties. What they often did not know was that the system had a second-level of rigging. The secret rigging was that a group that paid an even higher fee to Michigan’s partner (the “cardinals”) was given the report five minutes and two seconds before it was released to the public. The bishops did not know that the system that they thought was rigged in their favor was also being rigged to allow the cardinals to skin them alive. (In the article a market participant’s metaphor is that the bishops would be “flattened” by the cardinals.)

    If you think that two second(s) cannot allow much abuse you really do not comprehend modern finance and high velocity and frequency trading. A study found that the cardinals were able to take advantage of the rigged system within 10 milliseconds. That means that the cardinals were using algorithmic systems that were able to machine rea and analyze the market price implications of the Michigan consumer-sentiment survey, choose the trading strategy that would maximize profits given those market price implications, and execute the trades in time increments normally discussed in science fiction.

    The Michigan officials involved in negotiating this disgusting rigging of the system did not need any special training in ethics to know that what they were doing was immoral and sure to humiliate the University if it became public. The additional fee they obtained for traducing the University’s reputation by agreeing to double-rig the financial system was trivial in economic terms. They too were treated as suckers by Wall Street. Here is sad rationalization presented for a public university aiding the rigging of the financial system. It is a fine example of the oxymoron that passes for ethics among orthodox economists.

    You all remember The Wire Con from The Sting don’t you? I guess I’ll have to add to add ‘and corrupt con artists’ to ‘turtle shell rattling Shamen’ the next time I talk about the psuedo ‘Science’ of Economics and those who claim to be practitioners.

    Read the whole thing, there’s much more to it, but that part satisfied me.

    May 04 2016

    TPP: Who do you believe?

    Friends, Romans, Countrymen- Lend me your ears. I come to bury Ceasar, not to praise him.

    Monday Barack Obama placed an OpEd in the Washington Post (Pravda, meaning “Truth” and the Party organ of the Communist Party of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, as opposed to Izvestia, meaning “News”, the Official, State Sanctioned, Public Record- that would be The New York Times) praising the virtues of the Trans Pacific Partnership.

    He hath brought many captives home to Rome whose ransoms did the general coffers fill. Did this in Caesar seem ambitious? When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept.

    Here lies Ceasar’s link.

    At least he names the villian, though he lies and lies and lies about almost everything else.

    China’s greatest economic opportunities also lie in its own neighborhood, which is why China is not wasting any time. As we speak, China is negotiating a trade deal that would carve up some of the fastest-growing markets in the world at our expense, putting American jobs, businesses and goods at risk.

    This past week, China and 15 other nations met in Australia with a goal of getting their deal, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, done before the end of this year. That trade deal won’t prevent unfair competition among government-subsidized, state-owned enterprises. It won’t protect a free and open Internet. Nor will it respect intellectual property rights in a way that ensures America’s creators, artists, filmmakers and entrepreneurs get their due. And it certainly won’t enforce high standards for our workers and our environment.

    As for our plan to thwart the nefarious Yellow Menace, “(A) high-standard Trans- Pacific Partnership, a trade deal that puts American workers first and makes sure we write the rules of the road for trade in the 21st century”, (and by the way Barack, it’s possible to be racist against Orientals too) I think I’ll let Dean Baker take you down.

    President Obama Pushes a Weak Case on TPP
    by Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research
    03 May 2016

    President Obama continued the administration’s boasting about how the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will eliminate Vietnam’s tariff on exports of U.S. whale meat. You may have missed it, but this tariff, along with Malaysia’s tariff on U.S. exports of shark fins, and Japan’s tariff on our ivory exports, are among the 18,000 tariffs that President Obama said would be eliminated by the TPP in a Washington Post column today.

    This 18,000 tariff figure was intended to sound very impressive, but according to Public Citizen the United States doesn’t export at all in more than half of the categories and in almost all the ones in which it does export the tariffs are already low. One important exception is tobacco. Several of the countries in the TPP have high tariffs on U.S. tobacco exports, so the TPP will be making cigarettes cheaper for kids in Vietnam, Malaysia, and elsewhere.

    That’s right folks, not enough children in Asia are dying from Cancer Sticks. Hurray for RJ Reynolds and Philip Morris!

    Baker notes Obama’s jingoistic appeal to American Exceptionalism (from Obama)-

    As we speak, China is negotiating a trade deal that would carve up some of the fastest-growing markets in the world at our expense, putting American jobs, businesses and goods at risk.

    then Baker continues.

    Actually, this is not the way the economy works. If China reduces trade barriers with other countries in Asia, allowing the region to grow more rapidly, then it should also make the United States more prosperous. The region would be a bigger source of demand for U.S. exports and a more efficient provider of goods and services to the United States. That was exactly the logic of the Marshall Plan that helped to rebuild West Europe after World War II. Greater economic integration in the region, even if engineered in part by China, is something that the United States should applaud, not fear.

    President Obama argued that the big difference between the TPP and the trade deals pushed by China is that the TPP will impose our rules. At the top of President Obama’s list was stronger and longer patent and copyright protection. These forms of protection raise the price of the protected items by several thousand percent above the free market price, in the same way that a tariff of 5,000 or 10,000 percent raises the price far above the free market price.

    Higher prices due to increased copyright and patent protection can impose large costs on economies and slow economic growth. To give an example, the New Zealand government estimated that the increase in the length of copyright protection required by the TPP, from its current 50 years to 70 years, would cost it 0.024 percent of GDP, the equivalent of 4.3 billion annually in the U.S. economy. This figure is striking since this is a relatively small change for a country that already has strong copyright protection. The cost in developing countries like Malaysia and Vietnam would almost certainly be much larger.

    The biggest cost from the increased protectionism in the TPP is likely to be with prescription drugs where it imposes stronger and longer patent and related protections. The goal is to make these countries pay as much for their drugs as the United States. Currently we spend more than $420 billion a year (@2.2 percent of GDP) on drugs that would likely cost about one-tenth this amount in a free market. If we succeed in making drugs as expensive in the TPP countries it will both be an enormous drain on their economies and also jeopardize the health of their populations.

    Baker in The Washington Post Says Doctors Without Borders Is Silly to Worry About the Impact of the TPP on Drug Prices, April 25th-

    The humanitarian group, Doctors Without Borders, along with many other NGOs involved in providing health care to people in the developing world, have come out in opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) over concerns that the deal will make it more difficult to provide drugs to people in the developing world. Their argument is that it will raise drug prices by making patent protection stronger and longer and by making it more difficult for countries to scale back protections that they may come to view as excessive and wasteful.

    But the Washington Post editorial board tells us not to fear, that the TPP is actually “a healthy agreement.” The gist of its argument is an analysis by Council on Foreign Relations Fellow Thomas Bollyky, which finds that there were few incidents of large increases in drug prices for countries following the signing of previous trade deals.

    Bollyky looked at changes in drugs prices immediately after a trade deal took effect.

    (T)his before and after approach is a bit like weighing people the day after they gave up drinking sugary soda to determine whether this decision will affect obesity. It’s not serious stuff.

    There is evidence that prior trade agreements have affected drug prices.

    (A) process of creating ever stronger and longer patent protections, which mean ever larger gaps between the protected price of drugs and their free market price. (For some reason, none of the modelers ever factor in the negative impact of higher drug prices into their analysis of the economic impact of these trade deals.)

    In this sense, the TPP should be understood as working alongside other steps, like the Obama administration’s pressures on the Indian government to give up flexibilities granted under TRIPS, to ensure that U.S. drug companies can get ever higher prices from their drugs as protections are extended more broadly around the world. For people who are concerned about public health and would prefer a less corrupt and more efficient mechanism for supporting drug research, this sounds like a really bad deal.

    Really. To continue with his analysis of Obama’s OpEd-

    It is also important to understand that in standard trade models, the more money that Pfizer gets for its drugs and Microsoft gets for its software, the less the U.S. gets for its other exports. The standard assumption is that the overall trade balance will not be changed if these companies get another $20 or $30 billion annually in royalties and licensing fees. This means that our trade deficit in everything else will rise by $20 or $30 billion.

    There is no Team America in this story. If Team Pfizer gains from stronger protection, the rest of the country loses.

    One other important rule that the Obama administration pushed in the TPP is the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism. This is an extra-judicial process that is open exclusively to foreign investors. Under this process, foreign investors, including foreign subsidiaries of U.S. corporations, can challenge any law at the federal, state, or local level. It can impose large fines, which can make it impractical to keep the laws on the books.

    These tribunals can rule on any regulations put forward for protecting labor, the environment or public health and safety. The ISDS tribunals are not bound by precedent, nor are their rulings subject to appeal. For those who think that the U.S. legal system does an adequate job of protecting foreign investors, it is difficult to see why we would want to establish this extra-judicial process.

    As I and many others have previously pointed out.

    Dean Baker’s Big Wind Up

    In short, there is not a credible story that the TPP will be a big boost to U.S. prosperity. It does pose a threat to the countries of the region (including the United States) in the form of higher prices for prescription drugs and other protected items. It also creates a whole new extra-judicial system that can threaten regulations designed for important public purposes.

    This is a hard deal to sell, which probably explains why President Obama is trying to promote fears of China. That should not be allowed to help his case.

    It’s important when you consider Julius Ceasar as a play to remember the historical facts of the late Republic. The economy was based on plunder from Wars of Aggression with just enough to keep the Proletariat in Bread and Circuses siphoned off and the rest personally enriching any Senator ambitious enough to buy an Army and lucky enough to win. Ceasar was ambitious, he wanted to be President for Life and the Senate felt their own elite status was threatened (which it was). Brutus was an honorable man (at least to the extent he was defending his own self interest and that of his class against Revolutionary centralization of power) and Marc Antony was a traitor who betrayed Ceasar’s chosen heir, Octavius, at the first opportunity, shagged his former girl friend, Cleopatra, and raised armed rebellion against his own country.

    And he was a lousy General too, Octavius beat him like a drum.

    Now let it work. Mischief, thou art afoot. Take thou what course thou wilt!

    May 04 2016

    Pondering the Pundits

    “Pondering the Pundits” is an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from around the news medium and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.

    Thanks to ek hornbeck, click on the link and you can access all the past “Pondering the Pundits”.

    Follow us on Twitter @StarsHollowGzt

    Trevor Timm: The TTIP and TPP trade deals: enough of the secrecy

    It’s amazing how just a little transparency forced onto the free trade deals the Obama administration been negotiating in secret totally turns the public against them.

    After the contents of the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the US and the European Union was leaked and published by Greenpeace a few days ago, the negotiations – already in turmoil – have been thrown into further doubt now that the public has actually gotten to see what is being proposed by both sides.

    As usual with US-negotiated trade deals, the contents were kept completely secret from both ordinary Europeans and Americans, yet was easily accessible if you’re a giant corporation. So naturally, the terms are heavily tilted toward big business at the expense of the environment, health and safety standards.

    Jennifer Sabin: The Newly Emboldened American Racist

    I live in a political bubble. A lovely, liberal, northeastern bubble. The majority of my friends and family are Clinton supporters, and the rest favor Bernie. One or two Republicans I’m close to voted for Kasich in the primaries. I’m pretty sure there are a few closet Trump supporters in my life — and on my Facebook friends list — but as long as they stay in the closet, we’re good.

    It’s what’s outside my bubble that keeps me up at night, especially now that Donald Trump has been anointed the presumptive Republican nominee. It’s what keeps me writing on and on about this election.

    I have to thank Mr. Trump for opening my eyes to the American ugly I didn’t want to see. I needed a wake up call. I’m not closed off in some strange, futuristic liberal world. I live in a diverse community with a mix of political and social viewpoints, and I consistently read newspapers and websites with differing ideologies. I know my American history and I know what racist people have been saying about President Obama for the last eight years. I’ve watched the videos of young black men shot by cops. And I’ve listened to the calls for racial justice on college campuses. I’ve worked on a college campus where I was the minority, and my students have spoken and written about their experiences. Throughout my life I’ve heard stories from my Jewish friends about the nasty comments they’ve endured. So yes, I understand how deeply racism and bigotry run through American culture — as much as any educated, white, Protestant person can really understand it — even if I don’t hear it in my home or my backyard.

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    May 04 2016

    The Breakfast Club: (May The Fourth Be With You)

    Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

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    This Day in History

    Deadly shootings at Kent State during the Vietnam War; Margaret Thatcher becomes Britain’s prime minister; Chicago’s Haymarket Riot; ‘Freedom Riders’ head South; Birth of the outfit behind the Oscars.


    Breakfast Tunes


    Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

    If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.
    Katharine Hepburn

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    May 03 2016

    The Daily Late Nightly Show (Greenwald/Scahill)

    How about some Tuesday night Meta action?

    Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill will be speaking in New York City tomorrow and TMC and I will be there. We’ve actually seen Jeremy before on a book tour for Dirty Wars (now a Major Motion Picture) and sat in the audience next to Spencer Ackerman’s Mom (well, TMC sat next to her, I sat next to TMC). We had a chance to chat briefly with both Spencer (who was there to MC) and Jeremy (who gave us the name of a nearby Afghani place which was surprisingly good considering that the last time I had Afghani food was at the home of two Peace Corps volunteers who’s child was in my Mom’s class. They cooked it themselves and I’d say it was… memorable. I remembered it for days and days.)

    Shortly after that Spencer’s Mom passed and we were both exceptionally sorry to hear it. She was a nice lady and extremely proud of her son.

    Everybody was very friendly and courteous and you’d hardly even know we were an auditorium of dangerous radicals plotting the overthrow of the government. It was standing room only and I expect this will be no different.

    Accordingly we’ll be getting there fairly early and postponing dinner until after. What this means for you as a reader is that we’ll be pretty deserted from early afternoon until who knows when. The City never sleeps.

    We’ll attempt to have our customary content up or in the scheduled publication pool. Specifically in terms of The Daily Late Nightly Show I’ll make sure it’s queued but I probably won’t be able to watch until the Pacific Coast replay and you know, I might just nap. The City may never sleep but I do and it’s been quite busy in Stars Hollow and I’ve had long days and short nights for a while.

    But have fun, enjoy the shows, and while I might not have a blow by blow account because I’m planning on listening and enjoying myself, I will be paying attention and I’ll certainly share something about the experience.

    But just remember, my name is… ROGER MURDOCK. I’m an airline pilot.

    I think you’re the greatest, but my dad says you don’t work hard enough on defense. And he says that lots of times, you don’t even run down court. And that you don’t really try… except during the playoffs.

    The hell I don’t! LISTEN, KID! I’ve been hearing that crap ever since I was at UCLA. I’m out there busting my buns every night! Tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes!

    The New Guy

    Ronny Chieng

    Trevor’s guests this Week are-

    Mr. Continuity

    After Math

    Larry’s panelists this Week are-

    Mr. Mainstream

    The Master

    Stephen’s guests this week are-

    Sebastian Stan is on to talk Captain America: Civil War! I may or may not see it before it disappears, not because I don’t want to, by all accounts it is spectacular though there are some alliances I am deeply disappointed in. It’s just I have a rather busy meatspace agenda at the moment.

    On the topic of Somebody else noticed the appointment of Chris Licht is probably an ill omen

    In this election cycle, Colbert is caught between the lacerating critique of his ultra-conservative persona and the demands of the late-night talk-show host’s seat of power. And though I trust that Colbert will succeed on “The Late Show”—indeed, he already had, well before Licht came along to make his life easier—there is no longer any doubt, to my mind, that Stephen Colbert, the host of the CBS late night show, can never do the incredible political work that Stephen Colbert, host of “The Colbert Report,” did with stunning, easy skill. He hasn’t transformed entirely—Colbert’s enthusiasm for cracking jokes about his life under “the future Trump presidency” brings a certain sane skepticism to the mainstream. But he is not the liberal warrior he once was.

    It’s hard not to be disappointed, as a fan of “The Colbert Report,” who thought his brilliant, snarky analysis of the Republican party was not just hilarious but also a lifeline to sanity in an increasingly terrifying world. But though Colbert isn’t doing the same work, he is doing other work—a cross-party bridge-building, based on faith in conversation and understanding and growth. That’s defined his “Late Show” persona from the start. But in this O’Reilly interview—coupled with a new showrunner and a new focus on ratings—it seems like a Rubicon has been crossed, from the old Colbert to the new. It could be great. But sometimes, in the chaos of this election cycle, open-hearted understanding seems like too great of a goal for just one man.

    Sonia Saraiya seems to think Stephen is ok with this. I think he’s like an animal being trained for the circus and I don’t feel he’s aspires to that or is entirely satisfied with it. She’s right that his interview with BillO was completely toothless.

    May 03 2016

    2016 Primary : Back Home In Indiana

    Tonight is Indiana’s turn to vote form the Republican and Democratic nominees for president.Immediately after the polls closed at 6 PM CT the race was called for the Republicans which billionaire Donald Trump. With 34% of the counties reporting, Trump is winning with 54%, Ted Cruz a distant second with 36% and John Kasich a barely mentionable 8%.

    The Democratic race, as of 8:30, with just 49% of the votes counted is too close to call.

    Up Date to follow.

    Up Date 8:45 PM ET

    Sen. Ted Cruz suspends his campaign. He announced this in a speech that did not once mention Donald Trump.

    Up Date: 9:11 PM ET

    MSNBC has declared Sen. Sanders the winner of the Indiana primary.

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