SNAPPED: Montana GOP Candidate Greg Gianforte beats up news reporter (audio)


The polls are open in Montana.  In a special election voters will choose the Democratic Candidate Rob Quist or Republican Candidate Greg Gianforte for Congress.

Last night, Gianforte attacked Ben Jacobs of The Guardian who went to a Bozeman Montana emergency room after he said he was “body-slammed” by the Republican candidate.

The question that made Gianforte snap?  Health Care -Congressional Budget Office’s report on the Republican health-care bill.

Within hours, the state largest newspapers in Missoula, Billings and Helena had rescinded their endorsements of Mr. Gianforte,  House Democrats quickly released a digital ad featuring the audio recording.

Gianforte, is being charged with misdemeanor assault.

Paul Ryan asked Gianforte to apologize.

Details at 11




Bowie producer livid over TV show portrayal

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David Bowie’s longtime producer Tony Visconti is angry over an upcoming episode of “Autopsy: The Last Hours of . . .” an ITV docudrama that airs on Reelz.

A casting call went out for a “balding Caucasion 50-to-70” to play Visconti, 73, who said, although he’s “been called worse things . . . I will certainly be seeking legal counsel” over the portrayal.

Visconti also posted on Facebook: “Sadly, this scum of a production company is planning one for Lou Reed too. I received a memo from someone near and dear to him asking friends not to participate. Duh!”

The morbid show previously dramatized the deaths of Amy Winehouse, Heath Ledger, Joan Rivers and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The casting notice says some 20 new episodes will be shot by August for the show’s upcoming season.

“A lot of big names unfortunately passed away in 2016, so we’ll be working on some interesting shoots,” the Talent Talks casting agency ghoulishly notes.

Reelz, the US distributor of the show, did not return a request for comment.


Streaming I must be Streaming

IMG_20151007_094507My neighbor pays $140 over dollars a month for Infinity (Comcast) cable.  That’s nearly $1700 a year for Television.   In my world, that’s an five day trip to Paris (in the dead of winter) or nearly three weekends to the New York.

Way,Way,Way Back In The Day

Television had 12 Very High Frequency (VHF) channels from 2-13. Philco’s, DuMont’s and Westinghouse in glorious black and white.  Later  Ultra High Frequency (UHF) became available offering up to 83 channels.

Cable came to our home via a door to door salesman .  For six bucks a month we received 25 channels by way of a brown box on top of our Television.   One hiccup, we couldn’t use the remote to change the channels.

In San Francisco we received channels from San Jose and Sacramento.  My favorite was the adult late night movies on channel 40 in Sacramento sponsored by La Brie’ Waterbeds.   There wasn’t any nudity or risky language, but of lot of foreign films with couples in bed, I was a young teen, that worked for me.

Fast Forward to 2011

I now have an HDTV, promising the best that television has to offer.  My DVD’s never looked better brighter sharper.

I’m paying Comcast $750.00 a year for cable.  Despite having an HDTV,  if I wanted a HD signals, it required a special box for an additional fee. To make matter worse my channel selection was horrible.

For years I’ve been streaming shows like “The View” on on my computer as well as watching other shows on  Hulu.  Streaming these shows allowed me to see them when I wanted without a DVR.

The Fortunate Disconnect 

By 2013, my Comcast bill wasn’t a priority. It was frustrating to pay for a service that gave me a crummy picture.    Every few months or so, I’d fail to pay the bill and Comcast would discontinue my service.   During my disconnect I looked for alternatives to Comcast.  The first month I thought I’d buy an television antenna.   Consumer Reports best buy where some old fashioned Rabbit Ears from Radio Shack. At home, the dance was infuriating, while one channel was perfect the others needed delicate adjustments to different parts of my living room.  After a week or so I grew tired of the dance and paid my bill.   Every other month my cable was disconnected and I would buy an antenna, then return the antenna to the store and pay the bill.

After returning one very expensive Antenna,I stumbled upon Apple TV a small box that would allow you to stream TV by way of the internet and I wouldn’t have to pay monthly fees.  There were several different brands, the salesman recommend Roku.

Streaming, I must be Streaming

The set up was uber easy.   I connected the small box to my HD and my stereo.  The content was great, a lot of old movie and newer B movies.   But no live TV.   The picture quality on my 720 HD was very good.  Hulu on my Roku was 8 dollars a month.  I could also watch hundreds a movie via Amazon, as a prime member.  Life wasn’t perfect, every now an then a picture would freeze, but it was something I could live with.  Finally I was done with Comcast Cable.  Roku has more than 200 free hundred channels with new channels nearly every day.

Top to Bottom

2nd generation Roku player, 1st gen Roku Player,  Comcast Basic Cable Box, Sony DVD Player 

“Live, Its Sling TV”

With Technology moving at light speed, a couple of things happened to Television. The prices were dropping, so I traded in my 24 inch TV for a 60 inch.  No glasses needed   HDTV antennas have improved.  For Twenty dollars a white 12×12 square weighing less than a pound sticks in my window, pulling in channels from Chico nearly 90 miles away.  No dancing required.

A couple of years ago Dish, introduced Sling TV.  For $20 a month, you can download Sling to your phone, PC or TV via Roku or other streaming devices .  With exception of the four major networks everything is live.    For $20 you get 30 channels, including CNN, Espn, Disney, and all the basic cable channels.  Sling has introduced ala carte service,  where the subscribe can get the channels they want. Unfortunately some of these are in  bundles, however, the prices are considerably lower than cable and satellite. And unlike cable, there are no contracts, you can cancel at anytime.

The sound and picture quality is very good.  However, the picture quality deteriorates some on slower internet systems. Sling was the first live streaming service.  The company now offer live network broadcast on the major networks.  There are others competitors coming.   Direct TV now has a streaming service..  Hulu will soon offer live TV streaming.

 With the streaming service there is more content than ever before.  With Hulu, Amazon. Netflix offering original programming I have more content than someone with 200 channels..  I have literally access to thousands of movies and other TV shows when ever I want to see it.

A few years ago, I paid $750, a year for inferior non HD Cable.  Today, I spend less than $400.   Nearly, a half a million people a month are cutting the cord.  Are you next?


The REAL housewives of Atlanta Sp9 Reunion pt 4 “She is a low down unremorseful liar!”


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Todd said ” Drag her Porsha”

Porsha, missed an opportunity to drag Phaedra Parks ass across the stage out the building and down the block.  It would have been sanctioned by Andy Cohen and all the housewives as Phaedra told the BIGGEST MOST HEINOUS LIE IN THE HISTORY OF ALL THE HOUSEWIVES FRANCHISES!


Now there have been various housewives lies about ,home ownership, random lies about people places and things, having cancer, and our favorite, fidelity.    BUT, no one to my knowledge ,in any of the franchisees have told a lie that could not only damage their brand and reputation, but a lie that could send a housewife and her husband to jail. 


Bravo made us wait for this drama.  This all could have fit in a two part reunion, but four?  Let’s hope this isn’t a trend.   Having said that I enjoyed nearly every minute. I especially loved that they allowed us to follow the housewives behind the scenes.

Busted Bitch!

In part three, the world learned Phaedra was the source of the ” Kandi and Todd planned to drug and kidnap, Porsha to have sex with her”   Phaedra told Porsha, Kandi confirmed the story. Phaedra was also the source of the “Marvin” story. (Todd was telling random women in New York his name was Marvin)   Phaedra was stoic as her girlfriend was falling apart.  Well, seemingly falling apart, we saw the tissue, we didn’t see the tears.  Not lost on Kenya and Todd.

“You know damn well the day you told me that, two days before I sat with Kandi, you said she told you firsthand! Then two days ago we talked on the phone and you told me that she said it firsthand. Now, what I’m not gonna do is go back in text messages and reveal that, because we don’t need no motherfucking receipts.” (Porsha Williams)

(Porsha off the sofa)

  Porsha, found a few tears and begged for her sister Lauren.  Meanwhile, while she was waiting for her sis, Shamea comes in, not to tell her, she told her so about Phaedra, but basically she did just that (tell her so).  Meanwhile her sister comes in and was genuinely surprised to here what Phaedra said.

Kandi, Cynthia, Sheree Todd and Andy (off the sofa)

Todd reminds his wife she’s been vindicated. For Kandi the pain and the rage was there. She talks about people hash tagging #KandiAKABillCosby under her business’ photos.    Cynthia and Sheree are confused and in shock!  Cynthia say’s she has never seen anything like it!  The three housewives talk in the ladies room, Andy joins them as to check the temperature, he is also in shock!

Kenya Please! (off the sofa)

Kenya is on the phone with her friends Brandon.  She has never evah, liked Porsha and wanted a friendship with Phaedra until Phaedra turned.  Now is off with their heads, she wants them both fired!

Phaedra (off the sofa)

Okay, I’m gonna give Phaedra one.  While she is surrounded by emotional chaos ,caused by her, we see her calmly being groom.  Bad and mean editing 3Bravo!.

Porsha (on the sofa)

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Her buddy, threw her under the bus and Phaedra, didn’t look a bit more bothered, of course until she was busted.   However, when Andy asked her why would she believe  Kandi and Todd would drug her and take her back to their house? she replied, “this is what I was told”

 But I don’t have pity for Porsha.  Phaedra supplied her with the bullets, but it was Porsha who pulled the trigger.  She had ample opportunity to contact Kandi, a person she called a good friend, to verify the story.   Porsha isn’t dumb, anyone who has seen her on the Celebrity Apprentice can attest to that.  So Porsha, your no innocent.  Porsha, apologized to her old friend, but that fell on to closed ears. it was wayy too late!

Kandi, Cynthia, Kenya, Sheree and Todd (on the sofa)

There were few words.   Kandi said she was numb.  Kandi said she would have never done that to Phaedra.  With regard to her ex employee Johnny, who’s attorney is suing her for over $168,000.  Kandi said,  she wouldn’t sit down on television and speak with Angela Stanton, the woman who wrote the tell-all book about Phaedra.

Phaedra could have let her faith allow her to come clean in her restoration services, but the holy and ghost wasn’t with her.   Phaedra  had several opportunities  in Hawaii to come clean, Phaedra enjoyed her Champagne instead.

Andy and Phaedra  (on the sofa)

Andy gave Phaedra a lifeline.  Phaedra pushed it away. ” You know I made a rash decision.”  He asked Phaedra if she was mad at Kandi?  She says no.  At first it was something she was told. When Andy asked Porsha she say’s  Phaedra was adamant she understand she heard Kandi say she wanted to drug her firsthand.  Then Phaedra changed,“I was repeating something. I shouldn’t have repeated it.”   Then she gives the Shaedra apology, I’m sorry! I’m Sorry!  Phaedra was cold and emotionless


Put a big ass fork in Andy, he’s done!

I listen to Radio Andy on SiriusXM.  Phaedra Parks was one of his early guest when the show launched in 2015.   The two have a history which predates the housewives.  He was done last night.  In the last few minutes, after giving Phaedra every opportunities to help herself, she tells her, “You got caught in a pretty megawatt lie. I don’t know that you’ve completely copped to it…”

No Reply.

Andy says it’s impossible to tell what she’s feeling, and Phaedra says,

“All I can do is apologize. I can’t change that it happened.”


Typically there are hugs after a reunion and what did you learn from the season?

Last night, there were no group hugs in Atlanta. No what you learned from the season?  Only a cake for Cynthia Bailey’s 50th and forced smiles.


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Fresh Not Frozen: For Friday May 5th

“Cousin What”

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Katy Perry in a Masion Margiela by John Galliano at Tuesday’s Met Ball the annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City.

“Coconut Pie Theater”

After smacking Former Mayor Kevin Johnson with a Safeway Coconut Creme Pie and being smacked down by the mayor.  Pie Activist Sean Thompson is getting his day in court.  His attorney wants a show.  News reports indicate she wants the former Mayor and his wife Michelle Rhee to appear on this open and shut case.   If he hit an old lady with a pie, she’d kick his ass too..     News at eleven.

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How Sweet, Just Before Rating Sweeps

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It’s officially official  MSNBC’s  “Morning Joe” co hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzenzinki are engaged  It’s a mixed marriage she’s a brunette and he’s a Republican.  The location of the marriage will be determined by the spring ratings. It will be extravagant affair or an intimate gathering at the Red Roof Inn.

Na Na Na-Na Na Na-hey hey Good Bye” 

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Sang by the Democrats in the chamber to the Republicans after Obamacare was finally repealed.  It took several months to draft Obamacare, the GOP came up with a plan in 30 minutes in Crayon.  45’s Pepsodent Smile was never so bright.  Paul Ryan not as bright and some of the members facing re-election in 2018 cut up their Macy’s cards.

92 & Flooded

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Ninty + in Sacramento and Discovery Park is still underwater and there is still a lot of snow in the Sierra’s .    Two Words    “Melt Slow”

Your Standing on My Coat

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One More from the Met Ball.  Priyanka Chopra in a Ralph Lauren.   Can you see her on he “Meadowview” Light Rail, telling passengers, “your standing on my coat!”


The Real Housewives of New York: S9 Ep5 : The Politics of friendship

Oh to relive the 2016 Presidential Election.  Just seeing it again, made me ill.  Please hang in with me this wont be long.

Carole is obsessed with the election.  For the first time we get to see her mother (who knew she had a mother?) who had her when she was 18.   Mom is a bundle of nerves as Carole  drives (few people in New York own cars and driving is rare)  Carole and her mom are driving to Pennsylvania to canvass for Hillary.   By the way, mom doesn’t know Carole has a boyfriend of two years.

Carole has a big election party, old faces new faces, some new faces who knew they were going to be on TV and wore enough makeup to create their own dust storm.  Some of the guests left early as the results came in. Dorinda said, she’s going to bed and hoping this is a bad dream.  It wasn’t, moving on.

Men according to Sonja

Gotta love Sonja, she is a playah.  In her world, there two piles, men you have sex with and men your don’t.   Some you cultivate for marriage and others are for plain old fashion juicy sex.  Sonya is having fun “Frenchy.  Then there is the super nice restaurateur Rocco, whom she likes,  they’re dating this evening.

On the date, Sonja vents about Tinsley.  After all, she irons Tinsley’s pillow cases and thinks Miss Tinsley could be nicer.  Tinsley didn’t get her a birthday card.  Poor Sonja.

Ramona is Turing 60

Ms Singer is entering her sixties with a fresh face. At little lasering.

Dorinda is planing to throw her this elaborate surprise party with all her friends.  She tells Luann she is sending out fake invitations , saying the party for her friend and telling Ramona there going to be a lot of single European men.  She knows her girl Ramona.

Ramona meets Carole to find THAT dress for the celebration.  The two chat about Ramona’s plan for her birthday and Carole is releaved. Thinking Ramona knows about the surprise, spills the beans and then goes into the Ohh Shit panic mode by pretending what she said, didn’t happen!   The GOOD news is Ramona has the attention span of a four year old in a toy shop. Ramona, thinks Bethenny is the reason Carole didn’t invite her to her election party.  Carole says, no, your a Trump supporter and wouldn’t have a good time, but Ramona remains convinced its Bethenny.

Meanwhile, at Sonja’s Townhouse, Tinsley is fully dressed looking like a bridesmaid. As she is waiting for Sonja, she re-reads the invitation and discovers its black dress.

The day of the event Ramona has plans to PAR-TAY and has a date who I will call what’s his name?   Ramona is supposed to wait for Dorinda, who has assembled 250 of Ramona’s nearest and dearest.   But Ramona grows impatient and jumps in a cab.

B4 Tom there was Harry

When the elevator opened in the penthouse, Ramona was floored, she was actually surprised.  So much so, she didn’t remember her dates name.  We know him as George, or poor George.

Before Tom, Luann’s fiancee there was Harry Dubin.  Harry was married to former housewife Aviva Dresser, he and Sonja were off on and off again lovers and at one time Luann and Sonja was seeing him at the same time. although I don’t think he told them.    Now that I think about it, Harry is the second man, Luann and Sonja has shared.   While Sonja still may have feelings for “Tom” she has hatred for Harry, who attempted to go all in for a kiss but Sonja wasn’t feeling it and pulled back.   Harry, took it all in stride, after all he was there with another woman.

Meanwhile, while Ramona was having the time of her life socializing, poor George was on his own.   Everyone was there except Bethenny, who is not feeling Ramona these days and felt it would be hypercritical to her to attend the party.  This wasn’t lost on Ramona.









The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Reunion Pt 3 “All Roads Lead to Phaedra”

It took two long hours to get tonight and Damm it was Good!  GOOD!!!

Couples Update and Peter

It is very clear to me Bob Whitfield would rather be at a day care at a day care facility hand washing diapers ,than to be on the show last night.  He apologized to Sheree for his violent words when they were married. “I made myself the man and kept her behind me,” he said, “when I should have had her beside me.”  Neither he and Sheree have talked to their children about the violence in their relationship.    Cast members like him and was surprised to see that side of him.  Peter said, if he didn’t know Bob,he would have punched him.

Andy asked Todd, his impressions of Riley’s bio dad, Block.  Todd said, he initially thought Block was full of shit but Block is keeping his word and meeting with Riley.

I’ve always thought that Peter Thomas was closest to Nene when it comes to his no nonsense  attitude and his love for his wife Cynthia.   Last night, Peter was sad and angry.

When Andy asked Peter and Cynthia if they were dating.  Cynthia said she dated someone and quickly downplayed the dating.   Peter on the other hand was fronting big time.  He said there was someone he liked a lot.   If you looked close you saw man who’s heart was broken with tears in his eyes and despite his words he said he will ALWAYS love Cynthia.

Peter had nothing but rage toward Porsha and Phaedra.  Porsha has long accused Peter of having affairs. A one point Peter, talked over Andy Cohen, and asked why was Todd not there and insisted he be there ! Then he went after Phaedra.  Do you have the whole package? A husband and a family?  No, Phaedra replied.  Life is full of disappointments baby!    Peter abruptly left the stage as he exited he said “Phaedra and Porsha are full of shit”

Bones and the Bone Carrier

Sheree has clearly earned her peach back and relishes her role as the bone carrier.    Sheree keeps the ladies real, at the end of the day, their gonna see/hear what happens.  The ladies rarely question Sheree.

 The Heat!

Ladies and Gentleman, introducing Shamea Morton to the reunion sofa

Shamea Morton has Phaedra to thank for her appearance as she suggested that Shamea  Kandi and Todd was having an affair.   Shamea was Porsha’s best friend and Kandi’s friend however that relationship slowed when Porsha became friends with Phaedra.

Shamea went hard on Phaedra.  She called Phaedra a Southern belle today and hooker tomorrow,” and told Porsha dont leave your credit card and Id because is into fraudulent activity (the crime Phaedra’s ex in prison for) and to stop using Groupon for her plastic surgery’

The big question is why did Phaedra let her good friend Porsha take the fall for her mess?

 They brought Todd back to confirm Porsha’s coming on to Kandi.   There were two kisses between Kandi and Porsha asked if they would go back to her hotel.  Todd said Kandi (who was sober) declined and said it wasn’t a good idea.

Needing clarity, Andy wanted to know why Phaedra said Kandi and Shamea was sleeping together.   Phaedra said, because they were close.   When asked if she and Porsha were sleeping together or if she and Kandi were sleeping together because they were once were close, Phaedra said no.     In a sad desperate attempt. Phaedra asked all the ladies if they heard the rumors, they all including Porsha said no.

Porsha’s Memory Lapse

At one point Andy addresses an open letter written to him from the Huffington Post about  the homophobic way this show deals with these women accusing each other of being lesbians all the time.  Porsha says she is not homophobic, she supports Gays etc, etc, etc,  Someone reminds her of an anti gay statement she made a few years ago

The Bomb! 

Andy asked, why would Porsha say Kandi and Todd tried to drug her?

Porsha gave us one when she said she is in the world of Journalism.


She reports on the news and they like to make sure it’s accurate.”

Porsha joins the ranks of Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer.

Why did she say that about Kandi?

“I was served a Cease and Desist by Kandi,” she Porsha said,  “What I want to do is have Phaedra speak, because she’s the one who told me Kandi said that.”


Phaedra is the source of the rumor.   She is the one who said, Kandi and Todd drugged Porsha.