Thursday, September 26, 2019


Anybody catch PRODIGAL SON this week on FOX?  I agree with Ava and C.I. that this is another attempt at THE FOLLOWING and other shows of that ilk.  But I was willing to give it a try.  It was a hit in the ratings, so I wasn’t the only one sampling.  But I don’t think it will do as well next week.

The lead is the son of a serial killer.  He’s also prone to panic attacks and to flights of superiority.  (He chops off a man’s hand in the first episode.  Why?  Because the man’s attached to a bomb.  That’s how he frees the man.)  He weeps.  Not joking.  Talking about his father to another serial killer who is copying his father, the guy weeps.  I almost wrote “the kid.”  He looks younger than Mike did on THE FOLLOWING and Mike was the kid to Kevin Bacon’s older lead character.  The lead in this show is played by Tom Payne.  I looked it up and he’s 36.  Yes, he does have lines on his forehead but he really looks like he’s in high school.  He should have been cast in a GLEE type role.  He may become more convincing as the show moves along but I didn’t buy him as an adult at all.

Lou Diamond Phillips may just be okay in his role.  I don’t know.  He’s doing so much better than everyone else in the cast.  But with this cast, most people would be doing better.  I do know he’s the best thing about the show and just his presence along elevates every scene he’s in.  The same can be said of Bellamy Young who is the ex-wife of the serial killer.  I don’t know why they didn’t just build the show around Lou and Bellamy.  Consider it the dramatic equivalent of WILL & GRACE – where the supporting characters are actually more interesting than the leads.

There’s a female co-star that makes me think they’re trying to be SLEEPY HOLLOW meets THE FOLLOWING.

I don’t understand how such a weak episode – the pilot – could have aired.  It was weak.  I will give it a chance next week because all shows start off slow.  That said, this one started off a train wreck.  I’m still in shock about 36.  I thought he was going to end up being 22.  I looked it up while writing this and still can’t believe the man is 36 years old.

That's it for tonight, sorry.  HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER just came on and I don't want to miss this.

Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

Thursday, September 26, 2019.

Starting in the US where the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination continues.  War Hawk Joe Biden wants to be president.  And so does his family.  Including his niece who stole over $100,000 and just got a slip on the wrist (see Ruth's "Biden's only tough on crime when it comes to people of color") because, well, "as a Biden."  Joe's word as a Biden is looking even more laughable.

Apparently, Caroline Biden's family didn't use that record player enough at night or maybe they didn't have social workers coming in teaching her parents how to parent -- that's Joe's answer for African-Americans, right?  What's his answer for spoiled White kids in his own family?  Oh, right, look the other way.  Always.

With more on the trashy Biden family, Ben Schreckinger (POLITICO) reports:

Joe Biden’s brother told executives at a healthcare firm that the former vice president’s cancer initiative would promote their business, according to a participant in the conversation, who said the promise came as part of a pitch on behalf of potential investors in the firm.

The allegation is the latest of many times Biden’s relatives have invoked the former vice president and his political clout to further their private business dealings. It is the first that involves the Biden Cancer Initiative, a project Joe Biden made the centerpiece of his post-White House life following the death of his son Beau. 

Biden’s brother, James, made the promise to executives at Florida-based Integrate Oral Care during a phone call on or around November 8, 2018, according to Michael Frey, CEO of Diverse Medical Management, a health-care firm that is suing James Biden. At the time, James Biden’s business partners were pursuing a potential investment in Integrate, according to Frey and court records. Frey, who had a business relationship with James Biden and his associates, had introduced the group to Integrate. 

James Biden told the Integrate executives that he would get the Biden Cancer Initiative to promote an oral rinse made by the firm and used by cancer patients, Frey, who said he participated in the call, told POLITICO. He added that James Biden directly invoked the former vice president on the call. "He said his brother would be very excited about this product,” Frey said. 

Crony capitalism.

Joe claims wisdom.  His family is unethical and he wants to be president?  His niece stole over $100,000 and she's not going to do time?  That's not fair, that's not fair and equal. That's the Biden corruption that runs through that family.

Simon Lewis (REUTERS) reports:

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday edged past former Vice President Joe Biden for the first time in a major national opinion poll for the Democratic presidential primary, making her largest gains among white voters with a college degree. 
Warren drew 27% support to Biden’s 25% in a Quinnipiac University poll of Democratic voters and independent voters who lean Democratic, though her lead was within the margin of error.
The results marked a significant shift from Quinnipiac’s prior polls for the Democratic nominating contest to choose a candidate to take on President Donald Trump in November 2020. Biden had been ahead of Warren by double digits since it began polling in March and by 13 points in the same poll in August.

Joe had been ahead.  He had been.  Before people started seeing who and what he was.

And what happens to his niece is an issue  This goes to the whole 1% argument.  And this is not fair -- again, we're talking $100,000.  There are actresses who are in trouble  for using their money and influence to get their children into colleges.  But his niece steals $100,000 and she's not serving time?

If she wasn't his niece, she would be doing time.

Joe wants to be president as this happens and feels no embarrassment.  This goes back to Hunter Biden getting caught for cocaine usage while in the reserves and being allowed to walk when many others would have served time.

This goes to the issue of corruption and his family -- his brother and his son Hunter -- using his name and his positions to make money.  It's unethical.  This is not a new development.  This nothing new.  It did not develop last week, last year or last decade.  These are policies that have been in effect throughout Joe's political career -- in fact, before his career started.

Joe's allowed this unethical behavior to go on and on.  And now he wants to be president.  It is a serious issue and he needs to be asked about it and he needs to answer for it.  Serious issues are not addressed by sitting down with Jimmy Kimmel, for example.  And that's not slamming Jimmy.  He does an entertainment talk show, he has no background in news, his audience is watching for laughs.  The problem is not Jimmy or any other late night talk show host.

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