Criminal Minds: "Amplification"

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"I will be watching an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000."

I wish I had done that.

"I have no doubt that it will be reported in the ,media tomorrow."

Sometimes I watch every debate, sometimes one or two, sometimes none at all. For whatever reason, I was drawn to last night's debate like a moth to a dumpster fire. It was worse than I expected. (I would have said "worse than I possibly imagined" but, like Han Solo, "I can imagine quite a bit.) Looking back to the years I both watched the debate and followed the coverage, the coverage always gave a complete and accurate representation of the debate itself. Even as early as immediately after, the coverage nailed it. If you have followed any of the coverage at all today, believe me: you've seen a complete and accurate representation of what happened.

I watched Episode 612:  "The Starfighters", featuring the "acting" of "B-1" Bob Dornan.

"This movie has more nothing in it than any film we've seen."  - Mike Nelson

A bunch of people unhappy to be on a zoom call...

I watched perhaps 15 minutes and then turned it off in disgust. Yes, I am a citizen of another country, but we share a really long border, and I have many connections to and friends in the U.S.  What Americans do and decide affects us profoundly. I do not fully understand what has happened. A classroom debate that preceded in this manner would have been stopped. To quote an op/ed piece from the CBC, "The first debate of this fall's U.S. presidential election achieved the rare feat of uniting the pundits in a notoriously divided country. They found near unity in their dismay."

Also-- Donald Trump thinks "Antifa" is an organization?

Jeff of Earth-J said:

"I will be watching an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000."

I wish I had done that.

"I have no doubt that it will be reported in the ,media tomorrow."

Sometimes I watch every debate, sometimes one or two, sometimes none at all. For whatever reason, I was drawn to last night's debate like a moth to a dumpster fire. It was worse than I expected. (I would have said "worse than I possibly imagined" but, like Han Solo, "I can imagine quite a bit.) Looking back to the years I both watched the debate and followed the coverage, the coverage always gave a complete and accurate representation of the debate itself. Even as early as immediately after, the coverage nailed it. If you have followed any of the coverage at all today, believe me: you've seen a complete and accurate representation of what happened.

I've always held the view that it's my civic duty as an informed citizen to watch things like presidential and vice presidential debates and State of the Union addresses. I don't watch debates expecting anything said to change my mind, but I don't see that as their purpose -- at least, not for me. I watch them to hear directly from the newsmakers their views and policy positions. I do this because I believe I should be an informed citizen, and while I trust and rely on news coverage from quality sources, I believe there are some things (like presidential and vice presidential debates and State of the Union addresses) I should watch first-hand.

That said, it's been increasingly harder to follow that position these past four years. And I haven't watched all of the aforementioned events during this span, because my patience is not unlimited.

I watched the debate last night and my mind is still reeling. It was far, far worse than I could have expected in my worst nightmares, because -- like far too many things that have transpired these past four years -- it was undermined by one of the participants not acting in good faith. Acting in good faith has been the underlying principle for any number of customs, traditions, procedures and practices that our society lives by, and we have found -- and keep finding -- just how many of those customs, traditions, procedures and practices can be damaged when someone (and their supporters, enablers and sycophants) won't act in good faith.

Jeff of Earth-J said:

Sometimes I watch every debate, sometimes one or two, sometimes none at all. For whatever reason, I was drawn to last night's debate like a moth to a dumpster fire. It was worse than I expected. (I would have said "worse than I possibly imagined" but, like Han Solo, "I can imagine quite a bit.) Looking back to the years I both watched the debate and followed the coverage, the coverage always gave a complete and accurate representation of the debate itself. Even as early as immediately after, the coverage nailed it. If you have followed any of the coverage at all today, believe me: you've seen a complete and accurate representation of what happened.

My favorite quote about this is:

CNN's Jake Tapper calls debate a 'hot mess inside a dumpster fire inside a train wreck'

LAND OF THE GIANTS: We watched the first episode of season two last night. there is a new opening credits sequence, the girls have gotten new outfits, and the crew has some new equipment we didn't see last season. (Coincidentally, we also watched the first episode of the second season of Star Trek: Voyager last night as well.) 

SOUTHPARK: PANDEMIC SPECIAL: I used to watch Southpark back in the '90s. (I never had cable, but the manager of the LCS at the time used to loan me his VHS tapes.) I stopped watching, for whatever reason, after the movie. Tracy hates Southpark... but loves Butters. (Go figure.) Butters wasn't even a character when I watched the show. We probably watched a total of only 30 minutes of Southpark over the last 20 years, yet I insisted we watch the Pandemic Special

My sense of humor has, apparently, changed somewhat over the last 20 years. whereas I used to like anything crude and inappropriate, now I find myself entertained only by the inappropriate (not that there wasn't plenty of the crude in Thursday episode). Although the show was crude and inappropriate, there was nothing truly offensive (as if it were even possible to be "offended" by a cartoon). Tracy and I each laughed out loud once each" Tracy at Butters and I at Token (another "new" character). I have been going out of my way for the past week on this board to shown I am not "PC"; I think this proves it (as it was the most "inappropriate" joke of the night.

the bottom line, though, is that, as "over the top" as this show was, it is nothing compared to the reality we are now experiencing.

THE WALKING DEAD: Last night we watched S10 E16, Walking Dead: The World Beyond S1 E1, and Talking Dead S9 E16. 

GUESS WHO SAID IT:  "Never eat meat sauce while watching zombies."   

Jeff of Earth-J said:

THE WALKING DEAD: Last night we watched S10 E16, Walking Dead: The World Beyond S1 E1, and Talking Dead S9 E16. 

Oh, that was Tracy.

(And that's exactly what she was doing last night.)

Last night: THE VP DEBATE

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