Andrew Tobias: Just Give Us Two Years
Two years of a Democratic Congress and we'll put Americans to work revitalizing our infrastructure - the Republicans blocked that. We'll boost the economy and cut government subsidies by hiking the minimum wage - the Republicans blocked that. We'll let you refinance your federal student loans at today's low rates - the Republicans blocked that. We'll enact the comprehensive immigration reform Marco Rubio crafted that passed the Senate 68-32 and that economists say would boost the economy - the Republicans blocked that.
Daniel Politi: "Five Examples of How Trump's Philanthropy Often Helps One Person: Donald Trump"(Slate)
1. The time Trump crashed a fundraiser. When the Association to Benefit Children held an event in Manhattan to celebrate the opening of a new nursery school in 1996, everyone was shocked when Trump showed up and just settled in alongside the donors. He had never given a cent to the charity but took a seat that was reserved for Steven Fisher, a developer who had in fact given lots of money to build the nursery. Trump performed for the cameras-he even danced the Macarena!-and then left without saying a word or giving any money.
Spot is Data's pet cat and a recurring character in the show. Spot appears in several episodes during TNG's last four seasons, as well as in the feature films Star Trek Generations and Star Trek: Nemesis. She first appears in the episode "Data's Day".
Despite her name, Spot is not actually patterned with spots. Spot originally appears as a male Somali cat, but later appears as a female orange tabby cat, eventually giving birth to kittens (TNG: "Genesis").
Randall was first and correct with:
Data and his cat, Spot
Alan J wrote:
Data had some issues with cultural norms
He named his cat Spot. It wasn't explained very well, but there must
have been at least one other cat on board, because Spot hat kittens in
Oh, good, another easy one: Data's cat's name is Spot. She actually has no spots.
Rain came early so we bailed on our weekly group ride & finished clearing out the summer vegetable garden, then were gym rats for a couple of hours. I love a rainy day.
Joe S answered:
Do the name Spot mean anythin' to ya?
And while we are on the subject, I refer to the article "A Strange History of Dog-Headed Men" on Sunday's page. We, here in Michigan, have the Dog Man who pops up every year ending in seven. So stay tuned until next year, just a little over two months from now. Catch it on YouTube. This is my neck of the woods people, this is where I live. Aiiiiiiiiii.
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 opens the night with a FRESH'Kevin Can Wait', followed by a FRESH'Man With A Plan', then a FRESH'2 Broke Girls', followed by a FRESH'The Gawd-Awful Odd Couple', then a FRESH'Scorpion'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Ruth Wilson, JB Smoove, and the Ghost Brothers.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Harry Connick Jr., Alice Eve, and Lior Suchard.
NBC begins the night with a FRESH'The Voice', followed by a FRESH'Timeless'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Jay Leno, Gabrielle Union, and Big Sean.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Nathan Lane, Genevieve Angelson, Matt Zoller Seitz & Alan Sepinwall, and Hannah Welton.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson 'The Scab' Daly are Ana Gasteyer, Triptides, and Delanie Fischer.
ABC starts the night with a FRESH'Dancing With The Stars', followed by a FRESH'All Access Nashville: Celebrating The CMA Awards With Robin Roberts'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Kathy Griffin, Jacob Tremblay, and Alice Cooper.
The CW offers a FRESH'Supergirl', 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 a FRESH'Harry'.
A&E has 'The First 48', 'The First 48: Killer Confessions', 'The First 48: Deadly Misfortune', followed by a FRESH'The First 48: Deadly Misfortune'.
AMC offers the movie 'Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers', followed by the movie 'Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers', then the movie 'Halloween'.
[6:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 7-The Zygon Invasion-Part 1
[7:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 8-The Zygon Inversion-Part 2
[8:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 9-Sleep No More
[9:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 10-Face The Raven
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 11-Heaven Sent-Part 1.
[11:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 11-The God Complex
[12:00PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 9-Hide
[1:00PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 4-Listen
[2:00PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 8-Mummy on the Orient Express
[3:00PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 8-Silence in the Library-Part 1
[4:00PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 10-Midnight
[5:00PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 10-Blink
[6:00PM] INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE (1994)
[8:00PM] INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE (1994)
[10:00PM] PSYCHO (1960)
[12:30AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 11-The God Complex
[1:30AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 9-Hide
[2:30AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 4-Listen
[3:30AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 8-Mummy on the Orient Express
[4:30AM] DOCTOR WHO: VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by a FRESH'OC Social', then a FRESH'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by a FRESH'Yours, Mine Or Ours', another 'Yours, Mine Or Ours', then a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
Comedy Central has 'Jeff Dunham: Minding The Monsters' and 3 hours of old 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESHThe Daily Show it's TBA.
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Kevin Pereira, April Richardson, and Moshe Kasher.
FX has the movie 'Shrek Forever After', followed by the movie 'Hotel Transylvania'.
History has 'American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH'American Pickers', then a FRESH'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH'Pawn Stars: Pumped Up'.
[6:00AM] STEPHEN KING'S THE STAND-The Stand
[8:00AM] SALEM'S LOT
[10:15AM] SALEM'S LOT
[12:30PM] SALEM'S LOT
[2:30PM] SALEM'S LOT
[4:30PM] THE SHINING
[7:45PM] THE SHINING
[11:00PM] STAN AGAINST EVIL-Dig Me Up, Dig Me Down
[11:30PM] STAN AGAINST EVIL-Dig Me Up, Dig Me Down
[12:00AM] THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
[2:15AM] THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
[4:30AM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-The Bunker
[5:00AM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-Mr. Runner Up: My Life as an Oscar Bridesmaid Part 1
[5:30AM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-Mr. Runner Up: My Life as an Oscar Bridesmaid Part 2 (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:00AM] Rectify-A House Divided
[7:02AM] Stand by Me
[9:02AM] Saturday Night Fever
[11:32AM] Days of Thunder
[2:00PM] The Shawshank Redemption
[5:00PM] Law & Order-Torrents of Greed
[6:00PM] Law & Order-Torrents of Greed
[7:00PM] Law & Order-Renunciation
[8:00PM] Law & Order-Vengeance
[9:00PM] Law & Order-Conspiracy
[10:00PM] Law & Order-Act of God
[11:00PM] Law & Order-Sundown
[11:59PM] Law & Order-Undercovered
[12:58AM] Rectify-A House Divided
[2:00AM] The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
[5:30AM] The Writers' Room-House of Cards (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'The Stranger', followed by the movie 'Zombieland'.
Men dressed in costumes wait for a Day of the Dead parade to begin along Mexico City's main Reforma Avenue, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. Mexico's Day of the Dead celebrations, which traditionally consisted of quiet family gatherings at the graves of their departed loved ones are fast changing under the influence of Hollywood movies, zombie shows, Halloween and even politics. Mexico's capital was holding its first Day of the Dead parade an idea actually born out of the imagination of a scriptwriter for last year's James Bond movie "Spectre." In the film, whose opening scenes were shot in Mexico City, Bond chases a villain through crowds of revelers in what resembled a parade of people in skeleton outfits and floats.
Photo by Marco Ugarte
Taiwanese-born filmmaker Ang Lee predicted Friday that the Chinese film market was about to explode, not only overtaking but dwarfing the American box office in a matter of years.
The two-time Oscar winner said executives in the world's second economy used to rely on him as a bridge to Hollywood, but the newly-confident Chinese film industry no longer finds it necessary.
"It's huge, it's going to be bigger in a few years," the 62-year-old told reporters on the red carpet at the glitzy BAFTA Britannia Awards in Beverly Hills.
"In a few years it's probably going to be bigger (than the US) and then in the years to come a lot bigger. They've got many people and, most importantly, film has been lacking in the past in the culture, so it's still fresh."
PricewaterhouseCoopers projects China's box office will rise from $4.3 billion in 2014 to $8.9 billion in 2019, outstripping the US.
In this Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 photo, residents work on a skeleton representation as part of the Day of the Dead festivities in Mexico City. The capital city will hold its first Day of the Dead parade Saturday, complete with floats, giant skeleton marionettes and over 1,000 actors, dancers and acrobats in costumes.
Photo by Marco Ugarte
An Afghan woman immortalised on a National Geographic magazine cover is to be freed on bail days after being arrested in Pakistan for fraud, a government minister said Sunday.
The haunting image of Sharbat Gula, taken in a Pakistan refugee camp by photographer Steve McCurry in the 1980s, became the most famous cover image in the magazine's history.
Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested Gula on Wednesday for living in the country on fraudulent identity papers following a two-year investigation on her and her husband, who has absconded.
Officials say she applied for a Pakistani identity card in Peshawar in April 2014, using the name Sharbat Bibi.
The photo attached to her application featured the same piercing green eyes seen in McCurry's famous image, only older.
A bed first made famous by Vincent van Gogh's 1888 painting "The Bedroom", may today still be lurking in a home or attic in a small Dutch town, an art historian claimed on Sunday.
Britain-based Van Gogh expert Martin Bailey said the bed on which Van Gogh slept while living in the scenic southern French city of Arles may have ended up in a home in Boxmeer in The Netherlands after World War II.
Bailey based his belief on his discovery of a letter written in 1937 by Van Gogh's cousin, Vincent Willem, in which he said he still possessed the bed of his famous uncle, who committed suicide in 1890.
Bailey contacted Johan van Gogh, the elderly son of Van Gogh's cousin "and he actually, to my astonishment remembered the bed".
Johan van Gogh, 94, said the bed stood in his father's house in Laren until 1945, when it was sent to Boxmeer, around 120 kilometres (75 miles) to the south, as part of a donation to help Dutch who lost their possessions during the war.
People watch the city's first Day of the Dead parade on Reforma Avenue in Mexico City, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. Hollywood movies, zombie shows, Halloween and even politics are fast changing Mexico's Day of the Dead celebrations, which traditionally consisted of quiet family gatherings at the graves of their departed loved ones bringing them music, drink and conversation.
Photo by Marco Ugarte
A Montana lake that residents want to name may already have a title.
John and Sharon Ramsey's quest to label the lake so that it could be stocked with fish led two people to come forward with options that they each say are the original, reported the Missoulian.
About six decades of maps from the U.S. Geological Survey carry no name for the lake, which partially sits on the couple's property.
Montana State Library geographer Gerry Daumiller started looking into the issue after the two proposed Lone Coyote Lake as the moniker to mirror Lone Coyote Trail, the road where they live.
The Ramseys said Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks initially told them the lake couldn't be stocked with fish without a name. Agency administrative supervisor Jannice Richardson, however, said the Ramseys had already proposed Lone Coyote Lake when they learned there was a one-time stocking permit available for unnamed lakes.
On the same day seven defendants celebrated their acquittal in the armed takeover of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, law enforcement officers dressed in riot gear and firing bean bag rounds arrested nearly 150 oil pipeline protesters camped out in North Dakota.
The sudden developments in the two protests drew an unsettling contrast for some between the treatment of mostly Native American citizens at an encampment near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and the heavily armed occupiers who held the federal government at bay for weeks in the remote Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
"How is it that people who were seen on national media with guns having a standoff with police officials were acquitted ... and we're being treated like we're terrorists?" said Cody Hall, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in South Dakota and a spokesman for the pipeline protesters.
Both the Standing Rock Sioux and the Oregon occupiers consider themselves marginalized groups fighting to preserve a way of life.
Both movements feel disenfranchised and are disillusioned with federal land policy, said Gregg Cawley, a University of Wyoming political science professor.
A participant in costume holding an apple poses for a picture after a Halloween parade in Kawasaki, south of Tokyo, Japan, Oct. 30, 2016. More than 130,000 spectators turned up to watch the parade, where about 2,600 participants dressed up in costumes, according to the organizer.
Photo by Yuya Shino
A former top official for the scandal-plagued Legion of Christ sexually abused a teenage boy in the early 1990s, according to a lawsuit filed this week.
The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, accuses a priest who served as second-in-command to a man who founded the conservative religious order and molested his own seminarians. It's believed to include the first such accusation against the Rev. Luis Garza, who's believed to be living in the Philippines.
The plaintiff, whose name was not made public, says he was abused by Garza; the order's founder, the late Rev. Marcial Maciel; and a third priest at a Legion boarding school in Mexico beginning in 1990 or 1991, when he was about 13 or 14 years old.
Over a couple years, the plaintiff was abused several times by each of the priests, according to J. Michael Reck, one of his attorneys. The plaintiff fled the school because of the abuse, made his way back across the Mexico-U.S. border and finished high school in the United States, Reck said.
The lawsuit names the Legion of Christ as the defendant and was filed in Waterbury Superior Court in Connecticut, the home state of the order's U.S. headquarters.
The tower of the Church of the Madonna of the Angels (Madonna degli Angeli) is still standing amidst rubble on a road near Norcia, central Italy, after an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 struck central Italy, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. A powerful earthquake rocked the same area of central and southern Italy hit by quake in August and a pair of aftershocks last week, sending already quake-damaged buildings crumbling after a week of temblors that have left thousands homeless.
Photo by Gregorio Borgia
An evangelical bishop was elected mayor of Rio de Janeiro on Sunday in a second round of municipal voting that cemented a rout of the leftist party and allies who dominated Brazil's presidency and major cities for over a decade.
Marcelo Crivella, a controversial conservative who is a senator, bishop and nephew of the founder of an evangelical megachurch, defeated a progressive former schoolteacher to run Brazil's second biggest city by a margin of nearly 20 percentage points.
The 59-year-old pastor weathered an uproar over past criticism of homosexuality and Catholicism, the dominant religion in Latin America's largest country, by distancing himself from those comments and vowing to govern for Rio's residents, not the influential church from which he hails.
Crivella's victory, partly fueled by the growing influence of evangelical voters, fortifies a rightward shift in Brazil following the 13-year reign of the leftist Workers Party, which presided over a long economic boom before cratering during the recession and an historic corruption scandal.
But the elections, which toppled many incumbents in a first round of voting earlier this month, are also a broader renunciation of the status quo, with voters frustrated by a second year of recession and the giant kickback scandal that has led to the arrest dozens of political and corporate chieftains.
"Lost Soldiers", an installation by artist Mark Humphrey is photographed, in Canary Wharf, London, Oct. 30, 2016. The piece is part of the UK's first Remembrance Art Trail, in association with the Royal British Legion.
Photo by Victoria Jones
Having proven they can win in the West, advocates for recreational marijuana hope the Nov. 8 election brings their first significant electoral victories in the densely populated Northeast, where voters in Massachusetts and Maine will consider making pot legal for all adults.
Supporters believe "yes" votes in New England would add geographical diversity to the legalization map, encourage other East Coast states to move in the same direction and perhaps build momentum toward ending federal prohibitions on the drug.
"We have to get to a point where we can win legalization voter initiatives in other parts of the country," said Keith Stroup, founder of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML, a leading group in the legalization movement.
Three other states - California, Arizona and Nevada - are also voting on recreational pot. If the California initiative passes, marijuana will be legal along the entire West Coast. Washington, Oregon, Colorado and Alaska have already voted to permit it. The District of Columbia also passed a legalization measure in 2014, but it has no regulatory framework for retail sales and possession remains illegal on federal property.
Big money is at stake, which helps explain why marijuana supporters have raised more than $6 million in Massachusetts and about $1.3 million in Maine, most from outside those states.
Tom Hanks. Tom Cruise. Ben Affleck. None of them have been a match for Tyler Perry's Madea.
In a surprise victory at the weekend box office, Perry's "Boo! A Madea Halloween" toppled another A-lister as Hanks' and Ron Howard's new Dan Brown adaption, "Inferno," went up in flames. Perry's latest movie about his tough-talking grandmother remained No. 1 for the second straight week with an estimated $16.7 million.
That was enough to scare away the third installment of the "Da Vinci Code" franchise. According to studio estimates Sunday, "Inferno" bombed with $15 million, about half of what more bullish predictions anticipated.
Sony Pictures and "Inferno" could take solace in stronger overseas business. In three weeks of international release, the Italy-set film has earned nearly $150 million. The studio also stressed that the $75 million budget for "Inferno" was half that of 2006's "The Da Vinci Code" or 2009's "Angels & Demons."
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1. "Boo! A Madea Halloween," $16.7 million.
2. "Inferno," $15 million ($29.1 million international).
3. "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back," $9.6 million ($11.6 million international).
4. "The Accountant," $8.5 million ($7.9 million international).
5. "Ouija: Origin of Evil," $7.1 million ($8.3 million international).
6. "The Girl on the Train," $4.3 million ($7 million international).
7. "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children," $4 million ($7.5 million international).
8. "Keeping Up With the Joneses," $3.4 million ($1.4 million international).
9. "Storks," $2.8 million ($5.2 million international).
10. "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil," $2.1 million ($10.7 million international).
A Nepalese Hindu sprinkles red, yellow and white colors on a cow during the Gai Puja, also known as the Cow Worship Day, as part of the Tihar festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, Oct. 30, 2016. The Tihar festival is the second most important event for Nepalese Hindus. During the celebration people worship cows, considered to be the incarnation of Lakshmi, Hindu goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity.
Photo by Narendra Shrestha
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