Josh Marshall: The Big Trumpers Still Don't Get The Trouble They're In (TPM)
A big federal investigation like this is like a broad lava flow. It moves slowly but it is unstoppable. It burns and crushes things in its wake. And things too big or unburnable it just covers over. The little antics and PR gambits mainly do not matter. Key players in this mix don't seem to appreciate that.
Paul Krugman: We Don't Need No Education (NY Times Blog)
What this means for the future is grim. America basically invented the modern, educated society, leading the way on universal K-12 education, building the world's finest and most comprehensive higher education system; this in turn was an important factor in how we became leader of the free world. Now a powerful political movement basically wants to make America ignorant again.
Andrew Tobias: "Ice-Cream-Wise (and Non-Ice-Cream-Wise)"
My fantasy - and it is only that - is that some crisis a month or three down the road triggers a lawsuit that can only be decided by the Supreme Court. And that that Court, though captured by the right, somehow finds the fundamental patriotism and fairness to say something like this …
Nathan Kamal: 6 Famous People Who Are Actually Nicer Than You Think (Cracked)
Everyone knows that the three main qualifications for becoming a celebrity are talent, perseverance, and a leaky sack of assholes where your soul should be. Every once in a while, however, there glimmers a silver lining in the great dick-shaped thunderhead that is fame, thereby reassuring us that the creepy shrine in our closet isn't unwarranted after all: …
Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin (born September 1, 1939) is an American actress, comedian, writer, singer, and producer. Tomlin began her career as a stand-up comedian, and performing Off-Broadway during the 1960s. Her breakout role was performing as a cast member on the variety show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In from 1969 until 1973.
Edith Ann is a precocious five-and-a-half-year-old girl who waxes philosophical on everyday life, either about life as a kid or things for which she feels she has the answers, although she is too young to fully understand. She often ends her monologues with "And that's the truth", punctuating it with a noisy raspberry. Edith Ann sits in an oversized rocking chair (to make Tomlin seem child-sized) with her rag doll, Doris, and often talks of life at home with her battling parents and bullying older sister, Mary Jean (Lily Tomlin's given birth names).
Mark. was first and correct with:
Her name is Edith Ann, and that's the truth.
That's Laugh-In's Lily Tomlin's
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Stephen F said:
Alan J replied:
The raspberry queen
Something Ann- Judith Ann...no, Edith Ann.
Edith Ann, as portrayed by Lily Tomlin on Laugh-In. Very cute & very funny!
John I from Hawai`i says,
Kevin K. in Washington, DC remoting from Lost City, WV, replied:
That's Edith Ann. And that's the truth.
That's Edith Ann, a character portrayed by Lily Tomlin on Rowan & Martin's "Laugh In." Lily Tomlin is one of my favorite comedians of all time.
Edith Ann, played by Lily Tomlin.
Billy in Cypress answered:
Dale of Soon to be Hot Diamond Springs, Norcali wrote:
DJ Useo said:
I recognize that character immediately. Here name is "Edith Ann". Funny by far.
Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End
My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.
CBS begins the night with a RERUN'MacGyver', followed by a RERUN'Hawaii Five-0', then a RERUN'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a sorta FRESHStephen Colbert it's the best moments of the week, with a newly-recorded opening & monologue.
On a RERUNJames Corden, OBE, (from 4/27/17) are Kurt Russell, Thomas Middleditch, and Russell Howard.
NBC starts the night with a RERUN'America's Got Talent', followed by 'Dateline'.
On a RERUNJimmy Fallon (from 6/9/17) are Kate McKinnon, John Cena, and Mac DeMarco.
On a RERUNSeth Meyers (from 6/20/17) are Will Ferrell, Laverne Cox, Jeff Tweedy, and Daru Jones.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 3/28/17) are Adam Pally, Froth, and Fahim Anwar.
ABC opens the night with a RERUN'Shark Tank', followed by 'What Would You Do?', then '20/20'.
On a RERUNJimmy Kimmel (from 6/21/17) are Chadwick Boseman, Tatiana Maslany, and KYLE featuring Lil Yachty.
The CW offers a FRESH'Masters Of Illusion', followed by a RERUN'Masters Of Illusion', then a RERUN'Penn & Teller: Fool Us'.
Faux has a RERUN'MasterChef', followed by a RERUN'Beat Shazam'.
MY recycles an old 'American Ninja Warrior', followed by another old 'American Ninja Warrior'.
A&E has 'Live PD', followed by a FRESH'Live PD: Rewind', then a FRESH'Live PD'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Departed', followed by the movie 'GoodFellas'.
[6:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 3-Robot of Sherwood
[7:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 4-Listen
[8:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 5-Time Heist
[9:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 6-The Caretaker
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 7-Kill the Moon
[11:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 8-Mummy on the Orient Express
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 13-The Conscience of the King
[1:15PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 14-Balance of Terror
[2:30PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 15-Shore Leave
[3:45PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 16-The Galileo Seven
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 17-The Squire of Gothos
[6:10PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 18-Arena
[7:20PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 19-Tomorrow Is Yesterday
[8:30PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 20-Court Martial
[9:40PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 21-The Return of the Archons
[10:50PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 22-Space Seed
[12:00AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 23-A Taste of Armageddon
[1:10AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 24-This Side of Paradise
[2:20AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 13-The Conscience of the King
[3:30AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 14-Balance of Terror
[4:45AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 15-Shore Leave (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has the movie 'Maid In Manhattan', followed by the movie 'Friends With Benefits', then the movie 'Friends With Benefits', again.
Comedy Central has 'Futurama', 2 hours of old 'South Park', followed by the movie 'South Park Imagination Land: The Trilogy'.
FX has the movie 'Oblivion', followed by the movie 'White House Down'.
[7:15AM] PLANET OF THE APES
[9:45AM] BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES
[11:45AM] ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES
[2:00PM] CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
[4:00PM] BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES
[6:00PM] JURASSIC PARK III
[8:00PM] JURASSIC PARK
[11:00PM] THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK
[2:00AM] JURASSIC PARK III
[4:30AM] JURASSIC PARK (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:00AM] The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Rhoda Morgenstern: Minneapolis to New York
[6:35AM] The Andy Griffith Show-A Feud Is a Feud
[7:10AM] The Andy Griffith Show-Ellie for Council
[7:40AM] The Andy Griffith Show-Christmas Story
[8:15AM] The Andy Griffith Show-Stranger in Town
[8:50AM] The Andy Griffith Show-Mayberry Goes Hollywood
[9:25AM] The Andy Griffith Show-The Horse Trader
[10:00AM] The Village
[12:30PM] The Exorcism of Emily Rose
[3:00PM] Law & Order-Sisters of Mercy
[4:00PM] Law & Order-Cradle to Grave
[5:00PM] Law & Order-The Fertile Fields
[6:00PM] Law & Order-Intolerance
[7:00PM] Law & Order-Silence
[8:00PM] Law & Order-Entrapment
[9:00PM] Law & Order-Legacy
[10:00PM] Law & Order-Menace
[11:00PM] Law & Order-Barter
[12:00AM] Law & Order-Matrimony
[1:00AM] Law & Order-Working Mom
[2:00AM] Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter-Drama Actors
[3:00AM] Down and Out in Beverly Hills
[5:00AM] Stir Crazy (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Ghost Rider', followed by a FRESH'Killjoys', then a FRESH'Dark Matter', followed by a FRESH'Wynonna Earp'.
Shemar Moore, left, announces Anna Chlumsky as the nominee for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series for "Veep" at the 69th Primetime Emmy Nominations Announcements at the Television Academy's Saban Media Center on Thursday, July 13, 2017, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Richard Shotwell
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was treated at a hospital Thursday after becoming dehydrated while helping to build houses in Canada for Habitat for Humanity.
The 92-year-old former president known for his post-presidential humanitarian work was taken to a hospital in Winnipeg as a precaution for rehydration, spokeswoman Deanna Congileo said.
Habitat for Humanity CEO Jonathan Reckford said the former president did not appear to be in serious medical danger.
Carter had joined Habitat as the organization builds 150 homes for people in need in Canada to celebrate the country's 150th anniversary.
The former president and his wife, Rosalynn, were in Edmonton, where Habitat is building 75 homes, from Monday to Wednesday before coming to Winnipeg, where the couple joined hundreds of volunteers working on 25 homes in the St. James community, said Rowena Sara, a spokeswoman for the organization.
It isn't easy being green. But no longer being green is apparently even harder.
Steve Whitmire, the puppeteer who was fired after 27 years as Kermit the Frog said Thursday he is "devastated to have failed" Muppets founder and his mentor Jim Henson.
Whitmire has been with the Muppets since 1978, and took over as Kermit after Henson died in 1990. He wrote an emotional blog post in response to his firing a day after it was made public.
He said he was let go against his will, and would never have left voluntarily.
"For me the Muppets are not just a job, or a career, or even a passion. They are a calling, an urgent, undeniable, impossible to resist way of life," Whitmire wrote. "This is my life's work since I was 19 years old. I feel that I am at the top of my game, and I want all of you who love the Muppets to know that I would never consider abandoning Kermit."
Maltese lawmakers voted on Wednesday to legalize same-sex marriage on the Roman Catholic Mediterranean island, fulfilling Prime Minister Joseph Muscat's campaign promise to make this the first law brought before parliament in his new term.
The law, which drew cross-party support, removes words including as "husband", "wife", "mother" and "father" from the Marriage Act and replaces them with the gender-neutral "spouse", "parent who gave birth" and "parent who did not give birth".
Muscat said such wording was needed to avoid categorizing any member of society. He rejected accusations that this could spell the end to "Mother's Day" or "Father's Day", saying such suggestions were "laughable".
"I think this is an historic vote. It shows that our democracy and our society are maturing ... It is a society where we can all say we are equal," the prime minister told reporters.
Once a staunchly conservative nation, Malta has been steadily adopting more progressive legislation in recent years. In 2011, the country voted in a referendum to allow divorce, and in 2014 it approved civil partnerships.
Donald Trump Jr (R-Sad) has long been the brawler who has helped fuel the president's pugilistic instincts and stood firm as one of his fiercest defenders.
Now the president's eldest son is at the centre of the firestorm over Russian connections swirling around his father's administration and trying to fight off charges that he was open to colluding with Moscow to defeat Hillary Clinton.
The story has revived comparisons between Mr Trump Jr and Fredo Corleone, second son of mob don Vito Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's classic Godfather films.
Fredo is seen as the weak link of Vito's three sons, an insecure man whose power plays backfire and who ends up causing major damage to the crime family.
"Ever since the campaign, a popular, behind-his-back nickname for Trump Jr. among some in his father's political inner circle has been 'Fredo'," the Daily Beast reported, citing Team Trump veterans.
Brigitte Macron, right, wife of French President Emmanuel Macron, and U.S. First Lady MelaniaTrump attend an official welcoming ceremony in the courtyard of the Invalides in Paris, Thursday, July 13, 2017.
Photo by Matthieu Alexandre
Oklahoma Democrats, who have taken routine beatings from the GOP over the last decade, unexpectedly snatched two state legislative seats from Republicans in special elections this week and are now hoping to carry momentum into grabbing bigger prizes in 2018, including congressional seats and the governor's mansion.
Democratic candidates benefited from voter frustration over state budget problems and recent sex scandals that led GOP incumbents to resign.
However, Republicans still hold a 3 to 1 advantage in legislative seats along with every statewide elected office, both U.S. Senate seats and all five U.S. House seats.
Tuesday night's Democratic victories happened in districts in Oklahoma City and Tulsa with a mix of urban and suburban precincts, the kind of places where Democrats have made pickups in recent years. The larger cities have increasing populations of minorities and young professionals, who are more likely to vote Democratic. The Hispanic population in Oklahoma County, where Oklahoma City is located, grew 13.5 percent from 2010 and 2015.
And in both districts, veteran Republicans resigned amid a scandal.
Tennessee on Thursday imposed restrictions on the use of dicamba, a flagship pesticide for Monsanto Co, becoming the fourth state to take action as problems spread over damage the weed killer causes to crops not genetically modified to withstand it.
Dicamba is sprayed by farmers on crops genetically modified to resist it but it has drifted, damaging vulnerable soybeans, cotton and other crops across the southern United States. Farmers have fought with neighbors over lost crops and brought lawsuits against dicamba producers.
Arkansas banned its use last week and Missouri, which initially halted dicamba spraying, has joined Tennessee with tight restrictions on when and in what weather spraying can be done. Kansas is investigating complaints.
"We've had damage across just about every acre of soybeans we farm in southeast Missouri," said Hunter Raffety, a farmer in Wyatt, Missouri. "In our small town, the azaleas, the ornamentals, people have lost their vegetable gardens. It's a big problem."
He suspects between 3,000 and 4,000 acres of soybeans on the 6,000 acres he and his family farm have sustained damage, evidenced by the leaves of plants constricting into cup-like shapes.
A typeface has sparked uproar in Pakistan after documents using the font were produced in a corruption case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif -- despite being dated a year before the design was released.
Microsoft's Calibri font was used to type certified papers naming Sharif's daughter Maryam as a trustee for several of the family's high-end London properties.
The plush apartments are at the heart of the case against the Sharif family, with authorities and the opposition questioning the legitimacy of funds used to buy them via offshore companies.
The identity of the legal beneficiaries has formed part of the probe, and the documents were meant to show that Maryam, who is Sharif's presumptive political heir, was a trustee only.
But the papers were dated February 2006 -- a year before the font in which they are typed was in widespread commercial use, according to its creator.
Hyperloop One announced on Wednesday it successfully conducted its first full-system test. The company also revealed its "Pod" prototype that will transport passengers and cargo in the tube.
The test was conducted on May 12 at the DevLoop testing site, located in the Nevada Desert 30 minutes away from Las Vegas.
"Hyperloop One has accomplished what no one has done before by successfully testing the first full scale Hyperloop system," Shervin Pishevar, co-founder and Executive Chairman of Hyperloop One said in a statement.
The vehicle "coasted" above the track for 5.3 seconds using "magnetic levitation." The hyperloop vehicle pulled 2 Gs while running 70 mph, Phase 1's target speed. For the next round of testing, the vehicle will have a target speed of 250 mph.
The full system trial tested the motor, vehicle suspension, magnetic levitation, electromagnetic braking, vacuum pumping system and more, showing the components successfully work as "a single integrated unit in a vacuum."
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