Tuesday, November 22, 2022

NETFLIX, comedy, variety

You really don't watch TV much?  Brady e-mailed that.  Not really.  There was a period of time, right before COVID, when I was TV every Sunday night, GET TV.  They were airing THE SONNY & CHER SHOW and CHER.  I'd watch those because I do like the variety format.  If I wake up in the middle of the night, I may turn it on and look for some show from long ago -- some 70s procedural or THE MOD SQUAD.  About the most recent for me is WILL & GRACE.  I'll put that on and watch a little bit of it.  

I have some streams but usually don't watch them unless someone tells me there's something good on there.  I probably watch NETFLIX the most (I need to cancel APPLE+, I never watch it) and that's for their stand up.  I watched Fortune Feimster's latest NETFLIX special, for instance.  That was very, very funny.  I really liked her first NETFLIX special as well.  The Hooters after church on Sunday, the Girl Scouts and her yelling at Timmy to go away, her college experience with lotion.  I'm laughing as I type all that.  I've only watched the new one twice so I'm not up on it like I will be in a couple of months.  (If you read this site regularly, you know I'm lazy and you know my memory's not always that strong.  And I cop to both.)

Fortune's probably my favorite female comedian right now.  I used to love, love Whitney Cummings.  I stopped, stopped when she was doing some plugs for some products and telling guys that they needed to use them because their balls stink.  Really?  One of the things about second wave feminism was taking on those products for down there and the shame that they tried to instill in women.  Now Whitney's going to do the same to men?

Not interested.  Hard pass.

I'll also watch musical specials.  I've watched, on NETFLIX, Taylor Swift's various specials (I think she has two) and Barbra Streisand's concert for NETFLIX.  I've watched the Barbra TV specials from the 60s as well when NETFLIX was briefly streaming those.  

They don't do a lot of music.

And maybe that's why they don't have real variety shows.  

I THINK YOU SHOULD LEAVE WITH TIM ROBINSON is a sketch comedy show and it's funny.  But they could have expanded it and made it a variety show -- brought on musical guests, for example.


Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"


Tuesday, November 22, 2022.  More details about the attack on the Colorado Springs night club, the Kurdistan continues to be targeted by bombings and drones, and much more.

Julia Conley (COMMON DREAMS) reports:

A mass shooting that killed at least five people and injured at least 18 late Saturday at an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado will be investigated as a hate crime, a local district attorney told reporters Sunday.

"This will be investigated and is being investigated in that lens," Michael Allen, the district attorney for Colorado's 4th Judicial District, said, adding that authorities will consider a number of factors before charging the suspect with a hate crime. Police have not yet described a motive for the shooting.

The FBI is assisting in investigating the shooting.

A shooter, who was identified as 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich, reportedly entered Club Q shortly before midnight wearing body armor and armed with an AR-15 style assault rifle. Police said a "long rifle" was used in the shooting and at least two firearms were found at the scene.

On Sunday morning at least two injured victims were in critical condition.

Police said the suspect was subdued by at least two patrons at the club, who stopped him from shooting more people.

The two who stopped the shooter were Thomas James and Rich Fierro.

As Diana Ross says, so much better if the world just danced.

Instead, hate.

REUTERS notes, "Fierro’s wife Jess Fierro said Monday that her husband, a decorated U.S. Army Afghanistan and Iraq veteran and microbrewery owner, hit the shooter with the suspect’s pistol before he and the other man pinned down the gunman after five people were killed and 17 wounded." Cheynne R. Ubiera (THE SUN) reports:

The nightclub's owners said "dozens and dozens of lives" had been saved by their [Thomas James and Rich Fierro] actions.

"We owe them a great debt of thanks," added Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez.

One of the victims in the shooting was Raymond Green Vance, boyfriend of Fierro’s daughter Kassy.

“Boyfriend is an understatement,” she wrote in a heartbreaking Facebook post, along with a photo of her and Raymond.

"You are my forever. My future. My everything. I love you."

Kassy injured her knee after slipping and falling while trying to run away.

"My dad has always been a hero," she wrote in a separate post.

Meanwhile, the US State Dept notes that it is Iran and Turkey bombing northern Iraq.

The United States expresses its sincere condolences for the loss of civilian life in Syria and Turkey.  We urge de-escalation in Syria to protect civilian life and support the common goal of defeating ISIS.  We continue to oppose any uncoordinated military action in Iraq that violates Iraq’s sovereignty.

If only the US media could also grasp this reality.  Julian Bechocha (RUDAW) notes, "Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday said that Turkey's latest aerial campaign targeting Kurdish fighters in the Kurdistan Region and northern Syria is not limited to an aerial operation, hinting that a ground operation will follow." 

Dilan Sirwan (RUDAW) reports:

The president of the Kurdistan Region on Tuesday met with the Iraqi prime minister in Baghdad, during which both sides emphasized the importance of cooperation in facing repeated violations on Iraq’s sovereignty.

According to a joint statement from Iraqi PM Mohammed Shia al-Sudani’s and President Nechirvan Barzani, one of the topics of the meeting focused on discussing security on the Iraqi border areas.

“They emphasized cooperation to protect Iraq's sovereignty, reject repeated violations, and work to prevent using Iraqi territory as a platform for attacking any neighboring country,” the statement read.

The meeting comes as the Kurdistan Region’s borders have become an arena of instability with Turkish bombardment in the north and Iranian drone and missile attacks coming from the east.

Turkey launched an aerial operation, code-named Claw-Sword, early Sunday, targeting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the Kurdistan Region’s mountainous areas, mostly Sulaimani province, and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria. One day later, Iran attacked Iranian-Kurdish armed groups, the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) and Komala, in the Region’s Erbil and Sulaimani provinces with missiles and drones. Both campaigns have claimed the lives of several people, including civilians.

The Iraqi foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday that it “categorically rejects and strongly condemns the Iranian bombardment of the Kurdistan region of Iraq with drones and missiles.”

“The repeated attacks carried out by the Iranian and Turkish forces with missiles and drones on the Kurdistan region are a violation of the sovereignty of Iraq, and an act that contravenes international covenants and laws that regulate relations between countries,” it added.

Closing with BROS.

Many love the movie BROS and today it's out on DVD and BLU-RAY.

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