Get the exclusive breakdown of the two of the biggest television options, cable or satellite. With Direct TV and Comcast Cable’s advertising campaigns, it’s very difficult to understand what’s real and what’s straight up pontificating BS. Who has the most channels, who has the most HD, On Demand and how can I save money? From lowering your bill to getting the best entertainment available, check out the grudge match breakdown between two TV giants, Comcast Cable vs. Direct TV: the Pros and Cons.
The HD Picture
The HD Picture
The HD Picture on Direct TV is the best possible picture you can get period. The digital signal directly from the satteilite destroys Comtcast Cable, Verizon Fios and any other cable. The only other picture that can rival Direct TV are other sattelites. Win
The Comcast Cable HD Picture is not a bad picture, it’s just not the best. Loss
This is not even close. Right now we’re getting every single channel and every single premium channel for $78 per month. Win
For the amount of Direct TV channels we are getting right now, it would be 2.5 times the price. This is not even close. Comcast is very expensive and they will not be lowering prices, just offering more services. Loss
Weather & Technical Issues
Weather & Technical Issues
While we haven’t had any weather related issues yet, we’ve heard the horror stories. Snow on the dish, rain and even overcast can cause problems. The bigger dish for Direct TV might have solved some of these problems but we’ve had very slow load times and DVR recording getting cut off multiple times. Loss
While Comcast has it’s outages, just like any cable or internet company would, it’s nearly not as many problems as you would get with a sattelite. Win
Well, there is no On Demand for Direct TV unless you hook your TV up to the internet. Weak! Loss
Comcast On Demand is pretty god damn awesome. There’s nothing better than having HBO series and documentaires at the touch of a button. Win
The Direct TV DVR is running the show right now and is more than 5 times the size and memory of Comcast. You should see the amount of HD movies we have saved right now. We’ve had some technical issues with a few recordings but Direct TV said they will be fixing the issues. We will give them a chance and re-edit this post. Win
The Comcast DVR? Meh. Comcast gets crushed in this department but Direct TV is making up for the lack of On Demand. Loss
Amount of HD Channels
Amount of HD Channels
Direct TV seems to have twice the HD channels as Comcast and their not just BS channels, their premium channels too. All of HBO, Showtime, & Cinemax and multiple Stars & TMC channels are in HD. Win
Only one of each premium channel in HD? Is this a joke? Comcast must step up their game here. Loss
Direct TV has way more premium channels available period. HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, and TMC all come with more premium channels and again, their all in HD. Win
National & International Sports Coverage
National & International Sports Coverage
Direct TV originated ther NFL Sunday Ticket and they offer the same kind of coverage with all kinds of sports. Premium and basic, the amount of sports available are insane and you can watch 8 games on the same screen. Win
Local Sports & Comcast Sportsnet
Local Sports & Comcast Sportsnet
With Direct TV in Philadelphia, Comcast has blacked out the local Comcast Sportsnet meaning, we won’t be able to watch about 95% of Phillies & Sixers games. Ouch! We do get about 3-4 Comcast Sportnets for other cities. Loss
Local Comcast Sportsnet offers almost every single Phillies, Flyers and Sixers games as well as pre game and post game breakdown for all 4 local sports teams including the Eagles. Win
A subdural hematoma is a collection of blood on the surface of the brain, much like what is happening to you right now as you read this amazing article. In this case, it’s the name of our latest and greatest original cocktail and the must have drink while watching Boardwalk Empire. That’s right, if you want to be a real gangster, and not some TV watching little bitch, ya gotta get down with the Subdural Hematoma Cocktail. After all, it was created by a gangster and brought to you by a gangster. Yup, gangster little Jewish kids from the suburbs just created your new favorite drink for the best show on television.
1.5 parts Crown Royal Reserve Canadian Whisky
1 Glass Skull Glass
That’s it! Genius! During prohibition, Canadian Whisky was the most consumed spirit, smuggled over the border from Canada. One more thing, drink your whisky straight like a man, you’re a gangster now.
With a great tradition of drinking in the United States, our fair share of presidents also have a rich history of the party and cocktail lifestyle. With George Washington running a very successful whiskey distillery on his plantation, Jefferson brewing his own beer, Jon Adams being a flat our alcoholic and Ulysses S. Grant leading the troops into battle while being completely lit, our founding fathers knew how to throw down. Some of our more modern presidents like Barak Obama loves charming political rivals with a few beers hoping that will ease tensions and get some bills passed through the senate.
The man who ended prohibition, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was known to mix cocktails in the oval office every single night. Every single night! We at Whiskey Goldmine don’t even drink every night, that’s just insane. Even during the war, FDR mixed his own drinks right at his desk making martinis and old fashions, talking and mixing drinks for others around him. When Truman actually got the news of FDR’s passing, Harry was said to have been sipping a Bourbon when he got a the phone call; a fine tribute to his predecessor.
The man who is credited for passing the civil rights bill but also demonized for starting the Vietnam War, Lyndon B Johnson, was also a hell of a drinker. The main cocktail Johnson mixed was a scotch and soda, specifically Cutty Shark. Johnson used to drive around his ranch with the secret service mixing him drinks in the car behind him. The routine was done so often that Johnson didn’t even have to stop the car to hand off his empty glass and then receive a new cocktail. That’s some professional shit right there.
The man who went down in flames over the infamous Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon was a flat out drunk. The Nixon administration invented cocktail parties for the press but for Nixon this wasn’t a good idea as he didn’t talk to anyone and just got hammered. His only conversation was asking people if they wanted another drink while he was sitting at the bar. Hey, that aint the worst thing to say to a journalist, shit, I encourage people to ask me that very question. It’s been documented that at times Nixon couldn’t take phone calls from some foreign world leaders because he was completely intoxicated. Well, Nixon’s drunkenness didn’t lead to any wars right? I guess we can hope so.
As big fans of No Reservations, when we first heard about Anthony Bourdain’s new show the Layover, we were pretty excited. As everyone seems to becoming a “foodie” these days with sheik restaurants popping up everywhere, reality cooking shows on 24/7 and even chain restaurants trying to get cute with craft beer and aoli instead of mayo, the ratings for No Reservations are exploding. What’s not to love about Anthony Bourdain? He’s a total dick whenever he wants to be and we think that’s flipping awesome. (Also, his favorite show is the Wire.) Of course Bourdain has a new show, he’s a travel channel money bag. The Layover’s concept is Anthony Bourdain doing up a town on limited time, during the layover as he is waiting for his plane to take off to another destination.
Sounds great right? However, when reality began to set in we thought we, “wow, that’s the same exact show as No Reservations, just quicker or something…” Thankfully, we were completely wrong. Not only does the Layover have a completely different feel, it’s a completely different show. On No Reservations, Bourdain chooses a few spots in a given city and lets the pro chefs takeover. In the Layover, Bourdain visits as many spots as possible and lets the locals do all the talking. But the Layover is not just about food and cocktails, the Layover is about the travel and the locals it features give the viewers great details on getting around the city and avoiding the ever dreaded tourist traps. From deep fried to slow cooked, cocktails, session beers and dive bars, the Layover covers about 10 times the locations as No Reservations from restaurants to attractions and local city unwritten travel rules. Still having the great Anthony Bourdain personality to drive the show, Layover is a more effective travel show than a food show but nails both in solid fashion. We’re definitely watching this show again and again.
Irish Coffee courtesy of The Pierre Hotel, New York, New York
In the new book, the Unofficial Mad Men Cook Book, not only is the book laced with late 50’s early 60’s Madison Avenue cuisine, the cocktails are just as sheik and classic as AMC’s Mad Men. Don Draper, the Madison Avenue Advertising Executive was known to have a drink in his hand well before 11 am. In 1956 the Pierre Hotel began serving Irish coffee as a way to market Irish Whiskey. In the show Mad Men, Draper’s romantic interest Rachel Menkin, Jewish heir of a wealthy department store owner, orders a coffee at the Pierre Hotel and Draper tries to convince her to have an Irish Coffee in order to lighten the mood. The Irish Coffee was invented by a chef at the Limerick Ireland Airport as to relax the passengers about to board a cross Atlantic Flight.
Note: The hotel uses Bushmill’s Irish Whiskey, but says the drink also works well with John Jameson Irish Whiskey. Any variety of whiskey made in Ireland would suffice, hence the name “Irish Coffee.”
2 ounces Irish Whiskey (see note)
3 ½ teaspoons light brown sugar
4 ounces hot coffee
Whipped cream, for topping
Stir whiskey, brown sugar and coffee together in a mug. Add whipped cream on top.
Yield: 1 drink
The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook: Inside the Kitchens, Bars, and Restaurants of Mad Men by Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin (Smart Pop, 2011).
Old Fashioned courtesy of The Grand Central Oyster Bar, New York, New York
Bourbon or rye may be used in the Old Fashioned. Rye was originally used, and the Grand Central Oyster Bar is starting to use rye again in these drinks; they use Michters’, but Don would likely choose Canadian Club, the brand we often see in his office and home. Seagrams V.O. and Crown Royal were also popular in the 1960s, says Jonathan Rogers of The Grand Central Oyster Bar. For the record, we love the Oyster Bar at Grand Central Station!
1 orange slice
1 maraschino cherry
1 teaspoon sugar
Few drops of Angostura bitters
A splash of soda water to muddle ingredients
2 ½ ounces rye or bourbon
In a mixing glass, muddle orange slice, cherry, sugar, bitters and a little soda water: using a muddler, push around and break up cherry and orange until flavor is released.
Add soda water so cherry is wet and sugar is melted. Add bourbon or rye and serve over rocks, if desired.
A Canton & Bourbon Cocktail Easy to Mix for any Party!
By Matt Goldstein & Amy K. Haight
The Domaine de Canton is simply one of the best liqueurs in the world. Canton is a ginger based Cognac dating back to the days of the French Colonization of Indo China. Canton is a small batch liqueur made with French eaux de vie using XO and VSOP Grand Champagne Cognacs only. Made with ginger root from Vietnam, the Canton is then hand made with all natural ingredients; Tahitian vanilla beans, Provencal honey, and Tunisian ginseng. For the Domaine de Canton Gold Rush cocktail, take the Domaine de Canton, some Kentucky Straight Bourbon and lemon juice. Easy work. Not only is this one of the easiest cocktails to make, it’s one of the best. Not too sweet, not too sour, with a full body mouth feel, we are in love with this cocktail. The lemon perfectly tones down the bourbon and Canton together and makes both spirits in the drink a perfect combination. The tiny sour kick at the end gives this cocktail one of our highest recommendations. We love it because it’s easy to make, but we are in love with it because it’s just so good! Not to mention, it’s a low calorie cocktail, relatively speaking. For this cocktail, we used the Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon, inexpensive and good enough to drink straight, but excellent for any cocktail. FYI, Buffalo Trace makes many of the world’s finest Bourbons such as Blanton’s, Elmer T. Lee, Eagle Rare and many other award winning whiskeys.
The Domaine de Canton Gold Rush Cocktail:
1.5 parts Domaine de Canton Liqeuer
1 parts Kentucky Straight Bourbon
½ parts lemon juice
Shake over ice and serve in a martini glass…
We are literally drinking this cocktail right now and going to mix another immediately after we post this article….
Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, although great for sipping neat or on the rocks, is also great for classic bourbon cocktails and Christmas cocktails. A small batch bourbon by Jim Beam, the Basil Hayden’s Blitzen’s Bourbon takes the spirit of Santa and the reindeer and shakes up your glass full of Christmas cheer. With bourbon, spices, bitters, apples, cinnamon, walnuts and sugar, this cocktail serves up a sweet and spicy Christmas cocktail. Mix up a cocktail, sit back, relax by the fire and enjoy the holidays.
2 Parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
1 Reindeer Spice Syrup (recipe below)
2 Dashes Angostura® Aromatic Bitters
Reindeer Spice Syrup
3 Apples, peeled and diced
5 Large Cinnamon Sticks
1 cup Walnuts
2 cups Sugar
3 Cups Water
1. Place the diced apples into water and boil, then reduce heat to low.
2. Briefly toast cinnamon sticks and walnuts in a saucepan, then transfer into apple mixture.
3. Simmer for 15 minutes.
4. Gently stir in the 2 cups of sugar, thoroughly stirring, and remove from heat.
5. Once mixture has cooled, strain and press the juice and flavor from the boiled apples back in the mix.
1. In an old-fashioned glass, combine all ingredients and stir 20 times.
North Korea’s “Dear Leader” Spends Millions on Cognac while his People Starve
By Matt Goldstein
Nothing says communism like a $630 bottle of Hennessey Cognac. That appears to be Kim Jong IL’s favorite drink, and according to Hennessy reports; North Korea’s “Dear Leader” spends about $700,000 per year on his favorite Cognac. We at Whiskey Goldmine are fans of debauchery. That is a fact. However, when you’re supposed to be a communist and a communist leader of a country where you’re responsible for millions of people, the debauchery should probably be kept to an acceptable level, especially when one is using the people’s money to fund the decadence and materialistic self indulgence. A wealthy dictator purchasing 1000 bottles of absurdly overpriced Cognac with the people’s money every single year, completely goes against the inherent principals of communism.
According to the Gaurdian, recent economic reforms have also proved completely disastrous. Kim Jung IL’s currency reform where the government abolished all of the existing money and then reissued less money, collapsed the fledging market system leaving millions of people on the brink of starvation. Although the government has since reversed this system, the damage has already been done. The people not only face starvation but also a disintegrated health care system where doctors are paid in beer by the patients. North Korea’s spending on healthcare is less than $1 per capita, among the lowest in the world. At least 5% of North Koreans have tuberculosis. Forty-five per cent of children under five are stunted as a result of malnutrition. It’s OK though, I’m sure the malnourished children don’t mind as long as their “Dear Leader, Father and General” gets to spend millions on cognac and the rest of the country’s cash is spent on nuclear weapons and a grossly oversized army. Clearly this idiot hasn’t learned from the catastrophic famine of the 90’s which left bodies riddled in the streets and more than 2 million people dead.
With less international economic aid coming in from South Korea and others because of North Korea’s excessive war mongering and diplomatic blunders, there’s only one conclusion. Kim Jung IL is the world’s biggest fraud. So, in honor of you Kim Jung IL for your recent unprovoked attack on South Korea, constant war mongering, economic absurdity, social awkwardness, international kidnapping, government sponsored slavery, and forcing a starved malnourished people to bow at your picture and publicly claim their love for you, we just wanted to take a minute out of our busy day and say thanks for being such a douche bag. You’re in a class of your own. GFY!
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in December of 2010. Kim Jong Il passed away from a heart attack in December 2011. Sweet!
Mark Antony, Attila the Hun and Kim Jung Il: Crazed, Drunk and Murderous
By Matt Goldstein
The close friend and defender of Julius Caesar took harsh vengeance out on his friends assassins. When his enemies Brutus and Cassius were defeated, Mark Antony shared the Triumvirate with Gaius Octavian who later became Caesar Augustus. Mark Antony, a great soldier but outspoken and erratic leader, was known as the most drunken person in the Roman Empire and also the most vicious. Antony chased alcohol and women night and day but he also exacted vengeance just the same. When Antony thought life long enemy Cicero stepped out of line by publicly bashing him, Mark Antony had Cicero beheaded. Marc Antony was a raging alcoholic who was stubborn, tenacious and basically crazy. This most likely led to his downfall and split with Caesar Augustus. When Antony’s soldiers refused to fight on against the troops of Augustus at the battle of Actium, Antony and lover Cleopatra consequently committed suicide.
Attila the Hun:
One of the most famous military leaders in history, Attila the Hun ravaged Europe and ran an empire that stretched from Gaul to modern day Kazakhstan. Known for being extremely brutal, sometimes when Attila invaded a town, he would kill everyone! Attila murdered women, children and anyone who wasn’t capable of becoming a soldier. The rest were forced to join his army. For more than 20 years this brutal reign devastated Europe. Attila was also a raging alcoholic and most likely died from this disease. On Attila’s wedding night, the drunken dictator passed out and choked on his own blood. Attila was too drunk to wake up and breathe. Nose bleeds are a common symptom of heavy drinking as alcohol is a blood thinner.
Kim Jong Il:
The “dear leader’s” father, Kim Il Sung was hand picked by Stalin to be the leader North Korea. From 1948 until his death in 1994, Kim Il Sung ruled with an iron fist over North Korea until his son Kim Jong Il took power. Kim Jong Il heads a country with disastrous economic conditions and a people malnourished from the lack of food and likely starvation. All the while the “dear leader” spends billions on propaganda, nuclear weapons and re-education camps for citizens who get out of line. These camps might hold about 250,000 people, some of which were just simply outspoken. Still in power, although he might be suffering from significant medical ailments and possibly a stroke, Kim Jong Il is said to be a drunk. His favorite drink of course is expensive Cognac. Nothing says power to the people like a communist drinking Cognac.