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  1. LibertarianSlut

    S09.E10: A Supreme Snub

    Oh shit, so I guess I took, ahem, liberties with what Teddi said and did at the Lois dinner (I'm believing y'all, cause I ain't watching it twice!) and kind of confused her mayor hands with the chewing and misapplied her words. Maybe I was suffering from Pretend Amnesia. Normally I would be contrite and say "sorry Teddi," but I think I'm going to take a page out of Teddi's book instead and insist that a.) I was manipulated into saying it; and b.) she is going to do and say those exact things over the course of the rest of the season where THE TRUTH WILL BE REVEALED. How does it feel, Baby Doll Mellencamp?
  2. The millionaire status, and the exposure B has to give is what's attracting all these men. It's Carole and Adam over and over again, minus an overbite, multiplied by several levels of nausea-inducing mania. I think she's also probably good in bed, and she isn't looking for much. She will tell her sob stories about being raised by wolves--there is a type of guy who gets turned on by that and wants to save the woman--over drinks, they go back to her huge apartment to fuck, she invites him to a thing she's hosting next week, or on a vacation, he says "why not," they're photographed together, and that's the name of that tune. I don't think she's capable of much more than that. I've posted this before, but I dislike Sonja strongly. She may not have a mean bone in her body, but I just don't trust people that are not in touch with reality. The way she burst in that salon and just exclaimed to Luann that Bethenny was talking about her, with no couth, no nuance, was jarring and ugly. That level of unpredictability prevents her from being harmless IMO. Luann--back in the day, when she was on her game--was a master at doing and saying things that weren't so wonderful, but spinning them so that it was casual and elegant and no one looked at her as The Messenger. Sonja...does not have this gift. I could never trust Sonja with any information. Remember at the reunion a few seasons ago when she turned to Dorinda, apropos of nothing, and said, "everyone knows you do drugs!" I don't get how that's overlooked and forgiven so many times. And this sexual thing with Bethenny is making me uncomfortable. It's not about sexual orientation. Bethenny is not into Sonja sexually, and Sonja continued to threaten to keep people out of Bethenny's room last night, and I really didn't like it. If a man was like that with a woman, he would rightfully be called out as a creep. ----------------- I don't like Barbara because I think she has a mean strike a mile wide. It seems like she is always scanning the room, sizing people up, figuring out who can be taken down...almost like a predator. I think it's that subconscious realization that she came on this show with an agenda, if not outright bad intentions, that turns off viewers.
  3. LibertarianSlut

    S09.E10: A Supreme Snub

    It's not really a question of whether "believ[ing] women" has a colloquial meaning, because Teddi didn't present it that way. She provided no context whatsoever, so I took it literally. I'm not going to get into the substance of what you're saying, as that would go beyond the scope of the women's discussion as it pertains to Justice K. What I can and will talk about is the form--one may not take an entire movement and boil it down to a word or phrase that is so abstract as to render it absurd ("believe women") and use it as a weapon in the form of a rhetorical question anytime someone casts doubts on the words of one or several women, thus placing the recipient of the rhetoric on the defensive and in a no-win position. I'm not saying people don't do it--they do it all the time--but it's a low-level, base, crass form of argumentation, and I wouldn't engage in it. It's as if there was a debate about the designated hitter rule and people who were against the DHR declared themselves to be the Pure Baseball fans. They can call themselves that. It's all good. What they may not do is ask people who espouse support for the designated hitter rule "so you don't believe in purity?" That's ridiculous on its face. If Teddi wanted to ask Camille how and whether her views on MeToo fit into the discussion, Teddi could have chewed her food, swallowed it, and then she could have said, "Camille, does the MeToo movement inform your view in any way, and if so, how?" That would get the same exact info across without incitement. But that's Teddi's MO now. She ignites and incites. She seems kind of angry about something. I'm not really open to changing my opinion about the acceptable forms of argument and the unacceptable ones. I made my mind up about that a long time ago, when I received a formal education on the subject. Teddi may not use a slogan from social media to berate her peers into agreeing with her. It's beyond the pale. That's my opinion. Agree to disagree.
  4. Bethenny didn't just out-asshole Lu this episode, she out-assholed everyone combined.
  5. LibertarianSlut

    S09.E10: A Supreme Snub

    This is my take as it pertains to the women's discussion at the Lois dinner: Teddi sucks. Neither LisaR nor Camille were making cogent points at the Lois dinner, but at least they were saying something that I could wrap my brain around. Camille was saying that the accuser would have told someone if it happened and that smear campaigns can be hurtful, all of which she knows firsthand. LisaR was saying the accuser has credibility because she's a doctor, she feels bad at how the woman is being treated, and that she wouldn't necessarily have told anyone, and that's not the standard for how honest someone is being. Fair enough. I don't watch these shows to raise my IQ. But Teddi was such a dunderhead in her assessment that I was appalled. When Camille expressed disagreement with LisaR, Teddi was so quick to jump in that she didn't even wait to finish chewing, so instead she covered her giant veneers with her man hands (or, as Ben and Ronnie call them, mayor hands), and she said something to Camille like, "don't you believe women?" What kind of low-down character assassination straw (wo)man bullshit question is that? How is Camille supposed to answer that? Why didn't Teddi just ask Camille when Camille stopped beating her wife? It's just as much of an unfair rhetorical question. Did Teddi even think out what she meant, or was she just repeating something she heard, although that certainly doesn't sound like something Teddi would do! (John Blizzard, Lucy Lucy, allegedly LPV notwithstanding) Was she asking whether Camille believes the approximately 3.85 billion women alive today...in every word they say? What an absurdly dumb question. It's like asking whether someone believes people. I would have just gotten up and excused myself if someone said something that potentially inflammatory and silly to me. Teddi, do you believe women? Why are you proud to say that you kick women off of your accountability program if they cheat? Why don't you believe they're doing the best they can? Why didn't you believe LVP that she didn't plant the story? Why did you believe John Blizzard (a man) that Dorit had kept a dog locked in a basement for months without hearing the woman's side of it? If the creed is to "believe women," then Teddi is not walking her own walk. If this were a court of law, and I were a juror, I would conclude that, by making such a statement (a rhetorical question is really just a statement in disguise), Teddi's credibility has been further cast in doubt, including all of her testimony against LVP, and I would have to re-review it all in light of the circumstances. Oh, it looked very much like Dorit wanted to weigh in too. Sorry we missed the brain trust at work. I had to agree with Kyle on the fact that 1.) everyone is allowed to have an opinion (which means you don't try to shame someone or trick them when they don't agree with you); and 2.) don't talk politics, religion or sex at the table (I learned it as politics, religion and sports, but six of one...). I avoid politics at the table like the plague, even with people who are generally in keeping with me, because anything can set anyone off. I think LisaR was trying to score points with Lois, and she still has a hard-on for Camille for inventing that crazy shit about Dorit having a fake accent and creditors. I think Camille was trying to have her own soap opera moment. It was uncomfortable. I haven't been an LVP fan this season, but it's true what people said--once she was removed, the women went in on each other. I watched a documentary about rats, and they interviewed an exterminator who had studied rats in a controlled environment. He said that rats are extremely smart and they do care for their young, but once you remove the food, all bets are off, and they begin to consume one another. I wonder why that thought entered my mind...
  6. LibertarianSlut

    S02.E12: Tell All

    Bear with me, because what started out as a thought about Papa Alldredge vis a vis his interactions with the producers turned into a meditation on the scum-sucking piece of utter human waste that is Bernie McGee (with some choice words for the others for good measure)... What bothered me about the Alldredge husband (can't remember his first name) telling the producers that "this man is hurting and I need five--ok two--minutes with him (roar!)" was...well, why is "this man hurting"? He (Bernie) is "hurting" because he got caught in a big, fat fucking lie. Did he lie to save someone's honor? No, he lied to save his own ass. Bernie not only had a wife and was trying to court another with zero sincere philosophical or spiritual underpinnings, but he did it on reality TV, so he was also getting a nice fat paycheck in the process. Now you are at the reunion and the woman you bent over a bench in your backyard, who you weren't even supposed to kiss, is talking truth, and Alldredge thinks you deserve two or five minutes? Get the fuck out of here with that shit. -------------------- Even a stopped clock is right twice a day, and when Teef (Dimitri) told Bernie that a good way to come clean is not to start with the things you didn't do, I was like, damn the man is onto something! And he's holding this asshole a lot more accountable than Alldredge is. Nice way to come clean though Bernie. He said to Paige "everything you said is true." What a confession. Everything Paige said is true? What the fuck does that have to do with what you did in the backyard Bernie?!?! Paige wasn't even there, so nothing she said about it could be "true" or "untrue." Now, if he had said "everything Brandi said was true," that would be a start, but I would need that muffucah to cough up who, whats, wheres, whens, whys and hows with the quickness. If he doesn't want to tell the truth about what happened and the disgusting predatory behavior he engaged in with this woman, then get the fuck off TV and don't get paid. It was bullshit that Bernie didn't even have to face Paige. He got to make his nonsensical confession to her back. How revolting. -------------- Paige is no walk in the park either, and from what I understand, she is much worse than what we saw on TV. Remember when she came on the show, though, and she said she has two older sons from a previous marriage that Bernie helped raise? Throughout this season, I couldn't help but think that this "polygamy" experiment was payback for Bernie doing that for Paige (like hell she came up with the idea herself). I think Paige and Bernie need to get serious help apart. This isn't trial separation material IMO. This is full "you will be served with divorce papers in 24 hours and the locks are changed so you can sleep in your ridiculous sports car until it gets repoed" behavior. Brandi is also gross. I saw her daughter was there on set. How dare you bring your daughter into this fiery pit of disgust? Pig. Also, she wanted to kiss Bernie, because, who wouldn't? I don't know how, but I raised three hands in protest when she said that. Bernie gives the term "hairy, sweaty creep" a bad name. I bet he smells bad too. I knew she was telling the truth when she gave details, like the neighbors' backyard and the bench and Bernie the MENSA member just got redder and redder and kept exclaiming, "it didn't happen that way!" yet without ever offering a narrative about how it *did* happen. What kind of sick, selfish pig (back to Brandi now) receives this kind of treatment from a man, leaves his home on good terms, and then makes the multi-state trip back to see him with her minor daughter in tow in the hopes that he and his wife--who she's now lying to by omission--will take her in as a second wife? Someone who is worse than pond scum. Someone who is worse than...Jennifer, (whose death-faking behavior is looking more decent by the moment)! If anyone deserves Bernie--and they don't--it's Brandi. ------------------ The Snowdens, as full as shit as they are, aren't really hurting anyone who didn't go in eyes wide open. I don't think they would hurt their children (beyond the hurt their children go through with a parental figure moving in and out of their lives). I don't think they'd hurt each other. I really think they get a kick out of this intimacy and control bullshit, but I don't think they're sick. I think they're just kind of silly, bored self-flatterers, kind of Gatsby-esque. On the other hand, I don't think Bernie gives a shit about his kids (yet he wants more!). If he is capable of loving Paige, it's caked together with so much self-hatred, selfishness and rage that it's not worth a damn. Hey, Bernie, there's this guy Kodi you may have heard of...(I kid. Kodi Brown is a prince compared to this man. Kodi is a lot of things, but I actually don't think he's a liar. And Kodi doesn't bend strange women over benches when they are protesting in his wives' names). ------------------------ I don't buy into plural marriage, but I think Kermit is in it for the most right reasons there are. I would like him and Sophie to hashtag freeTami (who clearly Isn't happy) and her daughter and go off and live the pluraliest of plural lives together. ------------------- Alldredge almost got me to buy into his bullshit, but everyone on here got me to see that he's not pure-hearted. Why bring that Niagara Falls trick into your life in the first place? There is not another, more appropriate woman who could court the family? You need to bring in a 100-lb "model" with fake breasts when your wives are fuller-figured (as a result of birthing your spawn) and natural, and they (at least Vanessa) feel insecure about it? And, like everyone said, clean up your own mess at home, see to your current wife's medical condition of suffering several miscarriages and install like three more bathrooms for fuck's sake, before bringing any more 30 year old drug addicts to rock their world. Is that fair? So...Kermit is the best by default? Someone call Bruce Willis, cause we got a surprise ending on our hands.
  7. LibertarianSlut

    S07.E19: The Exorcism of Stassi Schroeder

    Stassi still doesn't get away with it though, as there was thought put into that outfit, because she tucked the long-sleeved denim shirt into the jean shorts. That is the real kicker to me. It's like first degree murder vs manslaughter. This is a fashion crime of the highest order, because there was intent involved! Lol. If she just would have shown up in black leggings and a button-down denim shirt, I would have shrugged. She also wore those (or very similar) jean shorts with the pockets hanging out to the oracle (her top was cute though). Like I said, I haven't been into Stassi's fashion since she re-appeared on the scene in season four, sporting "Grandma chic" (her words). That's the thing about fashion. Mileage varies. Katie is hit or miss, but she looked really good last night.
  8. LibertarianSlut

    Don't Be Tardy

    I hate-watch this thing, and I think that Kroy is worse than Kim in a lot of ways. Kroy seems to be from a solid family and he knows better. Yet, there he is, week in, week out, with a full face of makeup and lipstick, feeding into his wife's bullshit. I also think Kroy is very aware of the fact that he's 32 and he's overcompensating. When he told Brielle a few episodes ago that she could move out, but that if she moved out, there was no coming home, I was like, "where the hell is the logic behind that?" They are living in a big, beautiful home. No one is wanting for space, nor has Brielle broken the house rules repeatedly. Young people sometimes move in and out. That whole "you can't come back" thing just seemed like something Kroy made up to be more like a dad to a young woman. It was nonsensical. Ariana also really irritates me. It was like she was her own person who didn't buy into the family's bullshit until five minutes ago, and now she is exactly like the rest of them. Also, she thought it prudent to wear a thong bathing suit to play with the dolphins with her family this past episode? Girl friend, you are not thong ready. Not in any sense. I think Kroy is a better parent to the littles, but they need to start keeping an eye on KJ. He is seven and I bet dollars to doughnuts that he is weighing in at over 100 lbs. It's not healthy and it's not fair to the kid. Let him make his own choices when he's 18. I think Brielle is really gross. She looks gross. Her hair is straight-up grey/silver. The lips look horrible. But those are just cosmetic problems that could be cleaned up in a weekend. What I find the most gross is that she has no class, manners or intellectual curiosity. Yes, look at who her mom is, but she is 21 and she can choose to be her own person, not a clone of her mom. I loathe Kim. I think she is a beast. But she has street-smarts and she knows how to hustle, which cannot be said about her daughters. I think they are some of the worst people on reality TV. And, whether you love them or hate them, NOTHING like the Kardashians. The Kardashians are who they are. The Biermanns have absolutely nothing authentic going on whatsoever. I would totally hang out with Tracy IRL though. I think she's really cool, laid-back, and she seems like she can have fun doing anything or nothing. She also still looks like a person under her makeup, so there's that. The rest of them look completely fake, like if you take off the wigs and the makeup, there will literally be nothing left. Goose chills.
  9. LibertarianSlut

    S07.E19: The Exorcism of Stassi Schroeder

    This sentence is perfection. ------------------------------------ I actually liked last night's episode, because it was very low on Beau and Lisa, and when Lisa was featured, she was acting kind of...human? Even Ken was acting human. There are pods in the basement. I totally like Ariana now. She has just softened significantly and it's nice. If I had one nitpick, I wish she would cuss less. I know I cuss. But if I was on national TV, and I knew my parents were watching, or future potential employers, I would dial it back. There is nothing wrong with a well-placed "fuck you," or, "I forgot my bathing suit. Fuck me." But Ariana and Scheana just put "fuck" into the strangest places. They say things like, "I fucking don't want to," even when they're not heated. Cursing is like Chanel. A little goes a long way. As far as the drinking and drug use, I think they could all be servieced by drying out and sorting out their issues from a sober place (Sandoval perhaps being an exception). Take six months off drinking/drugging. Work on your problems. Slowly introduce the substances back in, and if they're causing things to flare up, then...you have a choice to make. No one wants to say that though, cause it's not fun. Last night when Stassi was confessing her demons to Lala and Lala suggested it might be the alcohol, I noticed Stassi backpeddle right quick. I don't blame them. Substance use/abuse is their livelihood, financially and otherwise, but at least cop to it. Some are better than others at doing this. I also can't believe Lala chose Scheana as the person to declare that she is never having another drink to. Scheana literally doesn't understand abstention. That was one of the contributing causes of her divorce. The only way Lala would have been able to get her point across to Scheana would have been if Lala said she had to stop drinking because the alcohol is making her fat. That was the only thing that caused Scheana to look askance at alcohol a few seasons ago. I know Lala isn't a big fan fave for various and sundry reasons, but I thought it was brave to declare she was never having another drink again. I know she is is "sober" as of last night--a big five months--but I'd say the odds are way better than even money that she'll "have a drink again." On the other hand, Lala declaring her sobriety sounded so much more mature than James's constant whining with tears spilling down his cheeks, "but Leeeeeeessssa, I'll nevah drink againnnnnn. Pleeeeease. What do I have to do? Fuck you all, wankers!" Lather, rinse, repeat. Grow up and put Sur in your rear view mirror, my God, man! Anyone notice that James called Katie and Schwartz fat again last night? Classy. Not everyone is rail thin with ginormous cartoon features (nor do they want to be). Katie and Tom--if they were "fat," which they're not--could lose weight. What is James going to do to stop looking like a cartoon? What is he going to do in 10 years when that dad bod starts to creep up on him and he is still skinny, but he gets a pauch? Get liposuction? I find that body type much less appealing on men than someone who is a little bigger all around. But I don't spend time worrying about it, unless that person's body is directly affecting me. Why is he so obsessed with trying to call out people's weight in such a derogatory way? I would say it's just about the most immature thing that occurs with regularity on this show, and that is saying A LOT. I couldn't get a read on Katie this episode. I don't really have an opinion about GNI without knowing what her cut would be, so I can't comment on that. I can just say that she was really, really annoying me when she was driving Schwartz to the bank. Once again, stringing a sentence together seemed to take a shit load of effort. "I wud come in to the bank, Bu...ba, but, I...um, like...can't." I don't know if she's high AF (which I suspect), but it's completely offputting. When Katie went with Stassi to the oracle (which, don't get me started on how stupid that whole concept is), she was bright, articulate, and supportive. Another one who could really benefit from a period of abstention. The bloom is off the rose a little bit with Stassi as far as I'm concerned. She has always been bitchy, which is fine, but I don't like this pathetic side of her. Maybe it's just vulnerability. I just don't like it. And I cannot stand the way she dresses. She has a great figure, but she dresses like someone 20 lbs heavier, which often has the unfortunate result of making her appear that way. Ever since Stassi left the show and came back the first time, touting her relationship with Patrick and her "Granny chic" style I have not known whether to make heads or tails of her. She looked so cute and vibrant for that book cover. Why doesn't she put on a pretty dress like that more often? It's just as easy to throw on a dress (easier, actually) than to throw on a long-sleeve denim shirt with denim shorts (WTF). Come to think of it, I don't really enjoy much of the women's fashion on this show. For my aesthetic, I don't think they dress nearly feminine enough. I don't even think they dress sexy enough. I also don't think they have to be whores to every fashion trend that comes along, but I think that they are all a little bit too stuck in their fashion choices. Scheana would look awesome in a cute little cocktail dress with heels that Kristen sometimes wears. Give us legs, girl, instead of 24/7 middriff. What is this, the 90s? Brittney, shredded jeans are not your friend. They are your enemy. I could go on. I think the men--Jax, Sandoval, and James (not Old Navy Schwartz) have good fashion. I guess all that is left to say is that I 100% can't stand Racquel. The jury was out on her for me this whole season. I didn't really care if she knew who Charles Manson was. But there was just something so desperate and grasping about this puppy shower, and I can't stand her facial expression in her TH's--the uber sincere look with the knitted brow--which leads me to believe that she's not just stupid, that she's intentionally stupid, and I'm like, girl, bye.
  10. LibertarianSlut

    S04.E05: A Proper Sendoff

    Oh ok, Stavros being the boat operator...didn't catch that. I thought Axe bought off the real boat operator in advance, but I get it now. While I understand that they left their phones in the car--I was highly focused on the moment when the men parted, because the kid (sorry, I keep forgetting his name) said he was going to take an Uber and I kept saying out loud, "get your phone, get your phone," so I watched while Axe picked up the phone and tossed it to the kid. Axe didn't open the phone, he didn't quickly type in a website, nothing (unless he's a sleight of hand artist), yet when the phone reached the kid's hands, the interview was on the screen. How did it get there? We saw the kid throw the phone into the trunk of the car prior to the fishing expedition, and Axe had no control over it, so how did the interview get on the phone? I guess if I was still willing to suspend disbelief I could say that Axe grabbed it off-camera before the lock went on and typed that website in just prior to going out on the boat, but...that's the thing. I'm not willing to suspend disbelief anymore. Too much shit has been goofed up these past two episodes. To think I was just laughing my head off in episode one when Chuck went around trading favors and couldn't get rid of that fecking parking pass to...this. It's just the theatre of the absurd, and it's not funny, it's just a game of who can be the bigger, more power-hungry asshole. I like Chuck being cunning and devious and willing to bend the law to enforce the law. I find him a much more compelling character than Bobby. The problem is that no one has that much power, nor do they accumulate it so fast, and his come-up this episode seems...undeserved. How many times is daddy going to bare his teeth at Chuck, only for Chuck to have a huge strategic breakthrough that works out perfectly? This is getting as predictable as Columbo. Oh, one more thing... I also agree that it is hard to believe that Axe Cap would be able to strong-arm people into moving this much money in this little amount of a time with nothing but rumor and innuendo to get them by. Especially since the same exact thing happened last episode. Let's see some losing, so the winning can be that much sweeter. I don't think we need to leave every episode satisfied; I think we should leave every episode curious as to what is going to play out next. I was also completely underwhelmed by Taylor's speech to the FDNY. It felt like someone fell asleep in the writer's room. Where the hell is the Sandicott Taylor, the pragmatic, bottom-line "the town must fail for its own good" Taylor? I love that Taylor! I know that Taylor's party line is that Axe Cap made Taylor do bad things and veer from Taylor's moral compass, but I don't believe that. Sandicott happened way too early into Taylor's tenure at Axe for that not to be Taylor's own, independent thought. I think Taylor is at heart cold-blooded, and I need to see more of that ASAP. Taylor is losing me with the dad who is, supposed to give us the feels I guess... I can't stand Wendy. She is another one who I don't think is "good" at heart, and I only like her when she is teaming up with someone to do something wrong, like when she told Chuck last season about the slide, "you know there's going to have to be a fall guy for this." That was cool Wendy. Not the Wendy who tells her co-workers about her sex life one week and is shocked and appalled that her political husband would make a political chess move by revealing info about her sex life another. I know it's more complicated than that--there's breached trust--but Chuck was between a rock and a hard place and he made a move. It's BDSM in 2019. Did she really want Chuck to be shamed out of the race? I watch this with my husband, and I already told him that he can reveal whatever he needs to about me, privately or publicly, if he is ever in any kind of situation. I trust him. Wendy feels like she can't walk down the street because she cracked a whip a few times? Well, would Chuck be able to walk down the street if he had let Foley bully him out of the race? Did she think about that? I guess my favorite character is Charles Sr., especially when he made that speech to Ira's wife, Tyga. He was gold in that moment. I just don't need him making a rallying cry every. Single. Episode. Three times a season is plenty. I am hoping this will turn around in the back half of the season, and strange new alliances will form, and things that are complex (not necessarily complicated) will occur, and people will be clever and there will be winning and losing and jockeying for power, and no one will become too much of a caricature. That's my hope.
  11. LibertarianSlut

    S04.E05: A Proper Sendoff

    I think this show has (unofficially) jumped the shark. Last episode was pretty bad too. The episode before I got a laugh out of the whole "Chickentown" thing, but it was a cheap laugh, the destiny imposed on that poor bird who was ostensibly left in that bag to suffocate to death notwithstanding. I am not a finance person, never have been. I learned what it meant to "short a stock" as co-president of the Stock Market Club in high school (small class). That being said, I haven't had a problem following the plot of this this show up until last week when everyone was on a burner phone for some reason, and this week, with everyone placing calls to, I guess, financially "ruin" the young man who wanted to cash out of Axe Capital. Only problem...we are supposed to think that Wags and the others were hard at work at this since Axe and the guy went off on the boat. Yet...Axe gave the guy a chance to change his mind. ("Hey, I've still got the check in my pocket. Should we burn it?"). What if the guy had changed his mind? How would Wags and all the other financial gurus have known? They wouldn't/coudln't have. I just don't buy it. It's not as clever as Ice Juice by half. What was the point of Axe deliberately dismantling the boat? And I guess offering the Coast Guard 100k to bail them out was something set up with the Coast Guard off-camera and ahead of time? Not buying it. Isn't Ben Kim supposed to have his own office? This is getting stupid now, with the inconsistency. I also love how, when they returned to the car after the fishing trip, when everything was allegedly out on the table, Axe picks up the other guy's phone and throws it to him to show him that Axe gave an interview that the younger guy was ruined, and suddenly all these text messages come in to the guy's phone. Come on...don't these guys have facial recognition/ fingerprint recognition/ at least pass codes to get onto their phones? Let me guess...Axe just guessed the other guy's phone password the way that Wags was able to help Wendy intuit the "social media" password of that former employee so that Wendy could see what the people at Mase Cap were saying about her internally? It just doesn't work that way. If Taylor is paranoid enough to know that she should write a fake algorithm to throw Axe off the trail, because he might have a dude who has Israeli-army level cameras posted outside of her office windows, then she knows that any type of internal social media at Mase Cap needs to be inpenitrible. You can't guess anyone's password anymore. Maybe in the 90s. Not now. If I want to make a password for my local library, and I wanted it to be "Billions," the internal software restrictions would wind up forcing me to make it "bill^ioNsz89." No one can guess a password. If you needed to do this, Billions, then please bring in a hacker of the highest order. Guessing a password is just lazy writing. And why couldn't Wendy just read about herself on social media by, I dunno, checking social media, like any other normal person? This was way too convoluted and stupid. Also, I want to know what kind of parabolic mic the Feds were using to pick up Chuck and Charles Sr's convo at the end of the episode. It doesn't work that way. If no one is micced, where was the microphone placed? How did they keep it from picking up ambient noise? I am not a money person, nor am I a tech person, so someone please clue me in if I'm wrong. This technology wasn't in place when Sammy "The Bull" Gravano was being tracked by the Feds, so if something changed, they should clue us in with a throwaway line. Ok, finance, I don't know. Technology, I don't know. The law? I know a little something about that. No fucking way would the state send officers to arrest multiple state assemblymen at Jack Foley's funeral. Not if this hadn't been a sting for months or years in the making, of which there is no evidence. It's just not going to happen. This isn't Ruby Ridge. These guys (and women) could all have been taken safely in a less high-profile spot, such as....anywhere else. It doesn't look good for law enforcement. No one was even sure of the charges at the time. Rhoades just told his people that the evidence against the assembly had to hold up in court "eventually." Suddenly Rhoades gets the governor to sign off on something, which Chuck communicated to no one, as Chuck immediately went on the make the impromptu "eulogy" and in come the state troopers with arrest warrants? Where did the arrest warrants come from? Which magistrate signed off on them without probable cause? Just...no. I was watching pretty closely, and I have no idea how Chuck lost his authority as AG and had to make this power move to get it back. I am not sure how closely this show follows the idea that the state and the federal government are separate sovereigns, other than some stupid throwaway line from Chuck last night. I didn't say anything last week when Chuck, a state official, kicked a foreign national out of the US, but that was because last episode was borderline plausible. This was just too much to take. Too much fanfare and bullshit and fan service and not enough story and suddenly I have every little nit to pick. I wish Taylor's dad would be gone. He might wind up saving the day--of course he will--but now he just seems like a loser with a sympathy office. I don't like seeing famous people play small roles either. Every time I see "Taylor's dad," I don't see "Taylor's dad," i see Kevin Pollack, the absentee father who died on Mom and fought with Demi Moore about the morality of their military defendants in "A Few Good Men." I can't stand that. There are so many talented unknowns who could have fit the shoes and wouldn't have constantly taken me out of the moment. I don't know if I enjoyed anything about last night's episode, and that was strange to me. I have loved this show up and through Chickentown and now it's on a hate slide of epic proportions. Too many loose ends. I wish Showtime would have just emailed me, "Hey, we think you're stupid!" So that I could get that hour of my life back. I'll watch next week, but maybe not at 9 on the dot. I'm not nearly as curious or eager as I was before I realized that Axe and Rhoades are apparently omnipotent. That's not what this show's supposed to be about.
  12. LibertarianSlut

    S09.E08: Showdown at Villa Rosa

    I thought word on the street was that there is a point in the season when LVP refuses to film with everyone else, but it hasn't been confirmed, you're right. There have been a lot of telltale details IRL, but nobody knows. I actually find Erika really interesting, and I can see why one would think she is boring, because she doesn't really add anything. I just find people interesting when I can't see how they tick. I can never tell in advance what is going to come out of Erika's mouth, or how she is going to feel about something, so I'm always kind of on the edge of my seat as to how she is going to play this or that angle, whereas I feel like I have my finger on the pulse of who Kyle is, or Lisa Rinna is, so it's not as interesting to me. I think Erika's cold, callous, pompous, entitled, and even though Teddi turned out to be kind of a POS, the way Erika treated Teddi last season was so rude. Ditto with Dorit (although she was also right that Dorit was a POS), but no one--not even Erika--knew it at the time, and I don't like how confrontational she is. And she yelled at Kathryn at their first reunion--no one yells at Kathryn--my fave RHBH ever--and gets away with it on my watch! I agree that there can be a lot lost in translation. Since I have started posting regularly, I have modified my tone significantly to be more sensitive, because my joking can be read as passive aggression, and I don't want to put anyone on the defense. I only try to be sarcastic toward the show. I guess I would find a joking and/or teasing font to be helpful. I'm not completely opposed to the premise that I may act like a caustic and/or didactic asshole at times. When I get stressed in real work/life, sometimes it comes out in my posts, even though I come here to de-stress, so Catch 22. Anyway, namaste. I need to Netflix and chill mee-self after the day I had. @Reality police, thank you for your kind post! It's very cool.
  13. LibertarianSlut

    S09.E08: Showdown at Villa Rosa

    Ok, let's unpack this: I'm fairly sure to very sure it is "Real Housewives" because the name of the show--Real Housewives of Beverly Hills--clues me in. The reason you watch these shows has little or no bearing as to why I watch these shows, so it's absolutely fine if we have different standards. One is not right, nor is the other wrong. It's just a matter of opinion. If I'm ever in doubt that I am posting about The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, I believe I can be reminded by the rich source of canine discussion, all of which I find fascinating. I never watched The Hills. Just like I won't watch Summer House--my standards for reality TV. There is a certain level of stupidity and tackiness to which I will subscribe--otherwise I would be watching CSPAN or PBS somewhere--and there is an amount that I consider beyond the pale. For me, the taglines, and the direction in which they have gone--making no sense ("In Beverly Hills, the truth has a way of rising to the surface" or whatever) is something that I find compellingly stupid enough upon which to comment, other posters' acceptance or lack thereof notwithstanding. The way that Shahs of Sunset opens is much more appealing to me. Yes, I am aware that is a different show. I am also aware that it appears that the sun rises in the east (even though the sun doesn't rise). The tension between my observations and my curiosity is the reason why I read and comment, but I think I'm doing fine the way I am. Not sure I need help being nudged in one or another direction. ------------------------------------------------ Oh, I don't like LVP. I cannot stand her. I am so glad she's leaving the show. I think she's phony. I would rather someone be an asshole than pretend to be real, and to be an asshole. I find her odd to look at, and have since the beginning. I believe she and her small husband have had their fair share of lawsuits. I dislike the way LVP treats her peers one way, and treats other people--average Joes, if you will--another. That is the height of snobbery. If she leaves and the show gets cancelled, that's fine--I have quite a few other things with which to occupy my time on Tuesday nights. Until that happens, I am happy to watch the show and comment on it. Has LVP done some great things for some dogs? Yes, and I applaud her for it. It doesn't change my overall opinion about her. I'm not particularly invested in the facts that this may not have been the best way and time for the rest of the cast to tell Lisa that they're sick of her--I'm just glad it's coming and it's here. There are several other members of the cast--Dorit and Erika being two of them--who I believe are next up for a comeuppance. I will watch until that happens and beyond. I may even comment. And my comments will most definitely come from a different perspective from other people's. I don't necessarily need reminders or updates about that. I respect differences of opinion. I'm not as keen on corrections as to how I am supposed to perceive the show. Thanks all the same though!
  14. LibertarianSlut

    S09.E08: Showdown at Villa Rosa

    Ok @albarino...I'm not serious? If that's what you want to hear, I guess I can indulge you. The rhetoric is neither here nor there with me. I work in private practice. I know the poster to whom you are referring who works in the legislative branch, and it's not me. I can't get anything recorded in the Congressional Record, just to allay your fears, nor would I want to. I don't think it makes a difference. I don't care about pomp and circumstance; I care about results. I will thank you for refraining from further insult to my post, although the irony that someone who works for the executive branch is trying to berate me into believing the government is responsive to its citizens by refusing to think out my metaphor and is instead dismissing it as "ridiculous" and "stupid" is quite amusing to me, so...always look on the bright side of life. --Monty Python 🙂 You have your opinion...I have mine. Thank you for sharing. @babykin, thank your for your reasoned response. I don't disagree that some politicians are full of shit and some aren't...or less full of it.
  15. LibertarianSlut

    S09.E08: Showdown at Villa Rosa

    Well, that what makes a horse race. I can understand why you would be impressed for the reasons you stated above. I don't know who the person is whom you mention above. I tend to think elected officials are full of shit and I pay them as little mind as possible. I just can't with the back-patting and the popping of champagne when nothing tangible has been accomplished. I felt the same way when they went to Hong Kong two seasons ago under the auspices of trying to stop Yulin, but all Lisa did was shoot a commercial there that she could have shot in California, and then luxuriated in the finest Hong Kong had to offer the rest of the time. It's fluff. Her heart is in the right place, but, until I see what has come out of it, Lisa hasn't done anything. When one honest-to-goodness person comes out of the woodwork and says it has changed his or her practice when it comes to torturing animals, I will revise my opinion and give LVP a standing ovation (as long as I'm convinced it's not a plant of hers). It's of no moment to me that foreginers may consume dogs--I wouldn't even know how to begin an argument advocating for the slaughter or lambs, but not dogs, other than my cultural tendency is to like dogs better. For a plethora of reasons, I think it is fine, even good, to eat meat. So I'll be damned if I try to dictate to people abroad what type of meat they should consume. The methods of slaughter are the only things that concern me. Controversy about CC aside, what if Christopher Columbus had gotten Queen Izabella's blessing and patronage to take the ships to the New World, but he never got out of the harbor? Would we still have Columbus Day? No. He would have been a forgotten figure in history, and no self-respecting college professor would include him in their curriculum as "the guy who tried." That's the way I look at it. All the good intentions in the world aren't preventing these dogs from torture. ------------------------------- What's up with these fecking tag lines anyway? They are doing my head in, especially Kyle's (and Denise's, to a lesser extent). "In Beverly Hills, the truth always has a way of rising to the top". What in the ever-loving Christ does that mean?!?! BH isn't a place known for its "truth." I can't think of a geographic locale off the top of my head where "the truth rises to the top." Maybe if she were a newspaper editor, Kyle could say it about her business, but as it's said, it clearly has some subtext, and it makes no sense as you tune into the show. Just talk about yourself (although "I'm born and raised in Beverly Hillls" is no winner either). I don't like Denise's because it just has a horrible rhythm. "My problem with the tabloids / My real life is so much juicier" There has got to be a better way to say that. How about "My life is juicer than the tabloids could fathom." That would still suck, but it wouldn't have that awkward pause in the middle and WTF is she talking about? I don't even read tabloids. I hate tag lines, across the franchises. They are stupid and tacky and maybe could have worked a few years ago, but should have gone the way of the Skye tops on RHOC.
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