Paul Krugman: Trump Didn't Put the Con in Conservatism (NY Times Blog)
[Paul Ryan's] various budgets all have the same basic outline: huge tax cuts for the rich combined with savage cuts in benefits for the poor, with the net effect being to increase, not reduce the budget deficit. But he pretends that they're deficit-reduction proposals by claiming that he will raise trillions in revenue by closing unspecified loopholes and achieve trillions more in unspecified savings. In other words, Ryan has been playing a con game in which he uses magic asterisks to mask a reverse Robin Hood agenda - take from the poor, give to the rich - as deficit hawkery.
Maureen Dowd: Will Trump Be Dumped? (NY Times Column)
MOST people would be upset to be at the center of an agitated national debate about whether they were more like Hitler, Mussolini, Idi Amin, George Wallace or a Marvel villain. Not Donald Trump. He doesn't like invidious comparisons but he's cool with being called an authoritarian.
Life is a breakfast cereal formerly made of whole grain oats, but now also containing corn flour, whole wheat flour, and rice flour. It is distributed by the Quaker Oats Company. It was introduced in 1961. The cereal's advertisements currently sport the slogan "Life is full of surprises". The Canadian product may be different, containing in 2015 20% sugar and "100% Canadian Quaker Oats."
Life was popularized during the 1970s by an advertising campaign featuring "Mikey," a hard-to-please four-year-old-boy portrayed by John Gilchrist. His two older brothers were portrayed by his real-life brothers, Michael and Tommy. The commercials featured the catchphrase"He likes it! Hey Mikey!" The ad campaign ran from 1972 to 1986, becoming one of the longest-running television advertisements. As recently as 1999 the commercial was included in a list of "memorable ads". A subsequent commercial repeated the identical dialog and scenario, using lumberjacks instead of children.
Randall was first and correct with:
...I thought Mikey was wrong - LIFE cereal sucked
Alan J answered:
In the words of Ol' Blue Eyes
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
Lactating Lois Of Oregon said:
Ah, Life! The official cereal of people who hate everything! I myself did not indulge. We were Rice Crispy People. We like to hear sounds of distress from our meals as we eat them. Although once (only ONCE, I swear officer!), after trying some home-grown herbage at a friend's house, I found myself eating Captn' Crunch straight from the box. Just Say No, kids!
Off I am now to Corvallis the see my baby boy, have a nice lunch and go see "Dead Pool" at the movies. Bart made some glow in the dark bacteria last term. We are very proud of him! And just a little afraid.
I sure remember those commercials: "He likes it! Hey, Mikey!" But the cereal….hmmm…was it Life?
Allegedly rain is moving in. We'll see.
'Life', which tastes like cardboard. 'Cinnamon Life' tastes waaaay better.
Gateway Mike(y) answered:
I was just out of high school (RGHS) when this came out.
Needless to say I was tortured mercilessly by my friends.
Didn't mind it too much. They weren't cruel, and I was guilty as charged with liking most of what they said I did.
Hey, it was the 70s. :-)
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.
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.
Haven't added anything to the flag page in a long time, but got a first-time visit from Martinique yesterday.
CBS opens the night with a FRESH'Supergirl', followed by a FRESH'Scorpion', then a FRESH'NCIS: The Expendable One'.
On a RERUNStephen Colbert (from 2/19/16) are Chelsea Handler, Zosia Mamet, and the Lumineers.
On a RERUNJames Corden, OBE, (from 2/17/16) are Ryan Reynolds, Katie Holmes, Judd Apatow, and Lianne La Havas.
NBC begins the night with a FRESH'The Voice', followed by a FRESH'Blindspot'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Reubens, and Rita Wilson.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Jeff Daniels, Sutton Foster, and Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson 'The Scab' Daly are Miranda Cosgrove, Goldlink, and Aldis Hodge.
ABC starts the night with a FRESH'Dancing With The Stars', followed by a FRESH'Castle'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Harrison Ford, Elizabeth Olsen, and Cam.
The CW offers a FRESH'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend', followed by a FRESH'Jane The Virgin'.
Faux has a FRESH'Gotham', followed by a FRESH'Lucifer'.
MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.
A&E has 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH'The First 48: Drugs Kill', then a FRESH'Bates Motel', followed by a FRESH'Damien'.
AMC offers 3 hours of old 'Better Call Saul', followed by a FRESH'Better Call Saul'.
[6:00AM] NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 1 - Episode 5 (02-003)
[7:00AM] NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 1 - Episode 6 (03-001)
[8:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-The Secret Garden
[9:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 30-Revisited: La Galleria 33, Olde Hitching Post, Prohibition Gastropub
[10:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 9-The Olde Stone Mill
[11:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 20-The Chase
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 21-Frame of Mind
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 22-Suspicions
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 23-Rightful Heir
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 24-Second Chances
[4:00PM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 21 - Episode 5
[5:00PM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 22 - Episode 1
[9:00PM] JAMES MAY'S BUILD A CAR IN 24 HOURS - SEASON 1 - Episode 3
[12:30AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 22 - Episode 1
[2:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 21 - Episode 5
[3:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 6-Episode 6
[4:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 7-Episode 7
[5:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 10 - Episode 8 (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Vanderpump Rules', followed by a FRESH'Vanderpump Rules Social', then a FRESH'Vanderpump Rules', followed by a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live', and another 'Vanderpump Rules'.
FX has the movie 'The Bourne Legacy', followed by the movie 'Iron Man 3'.
History has 'Swamp People', followed by a FRESH'Swamp People: Blood & Guts', then a FRESH'Swamp People', followed by a FRESH'Billion Dollar Wreck'.
[6:30AM] PORTLANDIA-Weirdo Beach
[7:00AM] PORTLANDIA-Breaking Up
[7:30AM] AMERICAN PIE PRESENTS: THE BOOK OF LOVE
[9:30AM] AMERICAN PIE PRESENTS: BETA HOUSE
[11:30AM] AMERICAN PIE PRESENTS: THE NAKED MILE
[2:00PM] AMERICAN PIE PRESENTS: BAND CAMP
[4:00PM] AMERICAN WEDDING
[6:00PM] PORTLANDIA-Family Emergency
[6:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Sweet Lady
[7:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
[7:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Killer Queen
[8:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Spread Your Wings
[8:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Son & Daughter
[9:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Keep Yourself Alive
[9:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-My Fairy King
[10:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Crazy Little Thing Called Love
[10:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-We Will Rock You
[11:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Sheer Heart Attack
[11:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Sweet Lady
[12:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
[12:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Killer Queen
[1:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Spread Your Wings
[1:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Son & Daughter
[2:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Keep Yourself Alive
[2:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-My Fairy King
[3:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Crazy Little Thing Called Love
[3:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-We Will Rock You
[4:00AM] AMERICAN WEDDING (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:00AM] Red Dawn
[8:30AM] Once Upon a Time in Mexico
[1:00PM] Rocky II
[3:30PM] Rocky III
[6:00PM] Rocky IV
[8:00PM] What About Bob?
[10:15PM] Groundhog Day
[12:45AM] Lost in Translation
[4:45AM] Hap and Leonard-The Dive
[5:45AM] The Writers' Room-Parks and Recreation (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Planet Of The Apes', followed by a FRESH'The Magicians', then a FRESH'Lost Girl', followed by a FRESH'Bitten'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and Emily Galati.
Actor Kevin Spacey smiles as he acknowledges the fans as he hold a mask during an NHL hockey game between the Florida Panthers and the Detroit Red Wings in Sunrise, Fla., Saturday, March 19, 2016.
Photo by Alan Diaz
Advocate and lawyer Amal Clooney told an audience in the Middle East on Sunday that governments around the world should be vocal, consistent, principled and transparent about human rights.
Clooney was speaking at the opening of a government communications summit in the United Arab Emirates. She was a headline speaker at the annual event, which included the ruler of the emirate of Sharjah, Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi.
"The first piece of advice I would have from my experience is that governments need to be vocal about human rights," she said.
She said Arab countries are facing "an unprecedented human rights crisis." She urged that criticism of ruling systems be met with dialogue, not prison terms, and that protests be met with "crowd control," not bullets.
"My advice to you is not only to be vocal and consistent, but also to be principled in communications about human rights. The fourth suggestion I have is to be quick," she said. "Governments must be prepared to be transparent and get their message out first."
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, second from left, and his Chinese fans pose next to a mock Oscar award made of roses, a gift by his fans during a news conference of the movie "The Revenant" at a hotel in Beijing, Sunday, March 20, 2016. DiCaprio has praised China's work to combat climate change and says he believes the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases could be "the hero of the environmental movement."
Photo by Andy Wong
The first month of taxable commercial sales of recreational marijuana in Oregon generated nearly $3.5 million in tax revenues, far exceeding projections, the state Department of Revenue has reported.
Oregon's marijuana tax receipts from January also surpassed the first-month tallies from recreational cannabis sales in Colorado and Washington state, the first two states to legalize general commercial distribution of pot for adults.
The stronger-than-expected sales may have stemmed in part from the state's gradual approach to pot taxation, allowing more time for businesses to get established.
Adults over 21 have been permitted to buy marijuana from dispensaries in the state since Oct. 1, 2015, and for the first three months those retail sales were untaxed. A 25 percent sales tax went into effect on Jan. 1, although it is waived for cannabis buyers with a medical card.
Oregon's Liquor Control Commission, charged with regulating the drug, had forecast annual tax revenues of about $8 million during the first two years of legal recreational pot sales.
A ring thought to belong to France's most famous historical martyr, Joan of Arc, was unveiled on Sunday at a theme park, even as historians remained sceptical about its authenticity.
The Puy du Fou historical theme park in the western Vendee region paid 376,833 euros ($425,000) for the ring, which is thought to have been in Britain for almost six centuries, at a controversial auction last month in London.
Some 5,000 spectators showed up for the unveiling on Sunday, with the ring carried on a cushion in a wooden ark, with its own honour guard and a military procession.
The gold-plated silver ring was dated to the 15th century by an Oxford laboratory, but the trove of historical documents that came with it have yet to prove it belonged to the famous French martyr.
The bulky piece of jewellery features three engraved crosses and the inscription "JHS-MAR", signifying "Jesus-Maria".
Australian authorities said Sunday coral bleaching occurring in the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef had become "severe", the highest alert level, as sea temperatures warm.
Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt said while the bleaching at this stage was not as severe as in 1998 and 2002, also El Nino-related events, "it is however, in the northern parts a cause for concern".
"The reef is 2,300 kilometres (1,429 miles) long and the bottom three-quarters is in strong condition, but as we head north, it becomes increasingly prone to bleaching," Hunt said after an aerial tour of some of the affected areas Sunday, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.
"Essentially what you could see was patches of coral bleaching as you approached Lizard Island (located in the Barrier Reef)."
The $115 million a Florida jury awarded to Hulk Hogan on Friday may seem like a big blow to the website Gawker, but the media company could ultimately prevail in its court battle with the flamboyant wrestler, legal experts say.
Both sides cast the case as a crucial test of the balance between the right to privacy and freedom of the press in the digital age, when a celebrity sex tape can reach millions of viewers with one click of a button.
"The jury's decision is somewhat of a black box," said Mary-Rose Papandrea, a University of North Carolina law professor who previously represented the National Enquirer, a tabloid known for its aggressive reporting on celebrity scandals. "It will be much more interesting and much more important as a legal issue to see what the appellate court says."
David Marburger, a Cleveland attorney who represents media clients, compared Hogan to Donald Trump, another larger-than-life figure who has bragged about his male prowess as part of his public image.
In Marburger's view, a private video of Trump would be newsworthy because of references the Republican presidential hopeful made about his genitals during a presidential debate.
British comedian Eddie Izzard completes his 27th marathon at the government's Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, Sunday, March 20, 2016. Izzard has completed his challenge to run 27 marathons in 27 days for Sport Relief to remember the 27 years Mandela spent in prison.
In this city's troubled history of police misconduct, Eric Caine's case may be unrivaled: It took more than 25 years and $10 million to resolve.
For decades, he maintained he didn't brutally kill an elderly couple. The police, he said, beat him into a false confession. Locked up at age 20, he was freed at 46, bewildered by a world he no longer recognized. Caine ultimately was declared innocent, sued the city and settled for $10 million. But victory brought him little peace.
And last year, the family of Laquan McDonald, the black teenager shot 16 times by a white officer, received $5 million. His death, captured in a shocking video, led to a murder charge against the officer, the police chief's firing and thunderous street protests with calls for Mayor Rahm Emanuel's resignation.
Chicago has paid a staggering sum - about $662 million - on police misconduct since 2004, including judgments, settlements and outside legal fees, according to city records. The payouts, for everything from petty harassment to police torture, have brought more financial misery to a city already drowning in billions of dollars of pension debt.
The Justice Department's recent decision to investigate the Chicago police - fallout from the McDonald case - has helped focus new attention on this agonizing history of misconduct and the surprising lack of consequences. Few officers accused of wrongdoing have been disciplined in recent years.
An effigy burns during the finale of the Fallas festival, which welcomes spring and honours Saint Joseph's Day, in Valencia, Spain, early March 20, 2016. Fallas are giant elaborate sculptures and effigies made of wood and plastic that are burnt at the end of a week-long spectacle of processions, fireworks, music and dancing.
Photo by Heino Kalis
When mystery hackers launched a stunning raid on Bangladesh's foreign reserves, a plot worthy of a John le Carre spy novel was sparked in the Philippines, exposing the Southeast Asian nation as a dirty money haven.
The $81 million stolen from the Bangladesh central bank's American accounts last month was immediately sent via electronic transfer to the Philippines' RCBC bank, with the thieves deliberately targeting their laundering location.
The Philippines has some of the world's strictest bank secrecy laws to protect account holders, while its casinos are exempt from rules altogether aimed at preventing money laundering.
"The Philippines is very attractive (for dirty money) because our laws have gaping holes. It's easy to launder money here," Senator Sergio Osmena, who is pushing for stronger anti-money laundering laws, told AFP.
When former Mississippi Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck shut down her campaign committee in the closing days of 2013, she took a parting gift - the $158,342 remaining in the account.
Tuck had already withdrawn more than $103,000 from the account in late 2007 and early 2008, as she was going to work at Mississippi State University as special assistant to the president, initially making $160,000 a year.
She's hardly the only Mississippi official to cash out at the end of her career. An Associated Press review shows that of 99 elected officials who have left office in recent years, as many as 25 may have pocketed more than $1,000 when they closed their campaign accounts.
At least four others besides Tuck - who is now vice president of campus services at Mississippi State and didn't respond to the AP's requests for comment - took more than $50,000.
Mississippi is one of five states where withdrawals are legal so long as state and federal income taxes are paid, with no restrictions on how it's spent. A proposal to end the practice has consistently failed to win support from lawmakers, dying again this year without even a committee vote.
Penitents of the "Nuestra Senora del Socorro" brotherhood wait for the start of a Palm Sunday procession at the start of Holy Week in Palma de Mallorca, on the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca, March 20, 2016.
Photo by Enrique Calvo
"Zootopia" continues to run wild over its rivals in its third weekend in theatres, stomping all over the launch of "Allegiant," the third film in the "Divergent" series.
The animated Disney film featuring the voices of Jason Bateman and Ginnifer Goodwin earned $38 million this weekend to take first place once again, according to comScore estimates Sunday. It's now earned $201.8 million domestically.
It stole the thunder from "The Divergent Series: Allegiant," starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James, which opened in second place with an estimated $29.1 million from 3,740 locations.
But while the future of drawn out YA franchises might be looking as bleak as the dystopias they portray, one genre that does seem to produce near-consistent hits is that of the faith-based film.
The latest entry, Sony's "Miracles From Heaven," took third place this weekend with an impressive $15 million. The film, starring Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah, opened Wednesday. It's earned $18.6 million to date, and cost only $13 million to produce.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1. "Zootopia," $38 million ($64.8 million international).
2. "The Divergent Series: Allegiant," $29.1 million ($22 million international).
3. "Miracles From Heaven," $15 million.
4. "10 Cloverfield Lane," $12.5 million ($5 million international).
5. "Deadpool," $8 million ($6.1 million international).
6. "London Has Fallen," $6.9 million ($10 million international).
7. "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot," $2.8 million.
8. "The Perfect Match," $1.9 million.
9. "The Brothers Grimsby," $1.4 million ($2.6 million international).
10. "The Revenant," $1.2 million ($36.4 million international).
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