zEN mAN (observing California State Governor Jerry Brown.. giving his fiscally sound and balanced state budget...while republican state Rep Connie Conway wryly accuses Guv "Moonbeam" of "channeling" his "inner republican"....all his years of Jesuit and Zen training are coming to a head)
Inaugural Address by President Barack Obama (Text)
What makes us exceptional -- what makes us American -- is our allegiance
to an idea articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal;
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights;
that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
Paul Krugman: Deficit Hawks Down (New York Times)
Mr. Obama's clearly deliberate neglect of Washington's favorite obsession
was just the latest sign that the self-styled deficit hawks - better
described as deficit scolds - are losing their hold over political
discourse. And that's a very good thing.
Paul Krugman: Tim Geithner Is Wrong (New York Times)
To say what should be obvious: Republicans don't care about the deficit.
They care about exploiting the deficit to pursue their goal of dismantling
the social insurance system. They want a fiscal crisis; they need it;
they're enjoying it. I mean, how is "starve the beast" supposed to work?
Precisely by creating a fiscal crisis, giving you an excuse to slash
Social Security and Medicare.
Steven Poole: My problem with George Orwell (Guardian)
… the enduring popularity of "Politics and the English Language" in
particular derives from two things. First, it gives a list of writing
tips. (Aspiring writers love to collect lists of writing tips instead of
actually writing.) Second, it is savagely contemptuous of politicians and
what they say, an attitude that never goes out of fashion. But both these
aspects of the essay are problematic.
Taxi is an American sitcom that originally aired from 1978 to 1982 on ABC and from 1982 to 1983 on NBC. The series, which won 18 Emmy Awards, including three for "Outstanding Comedy Series", focuses on the everyday lives of a handful of New York City taxi drivers and their abusive dispatcher.
Bob James wrote the opening theme, "Angela", which was originally intended for a sequence in episode #3 ("Blind Date"). The producers liked this slower, more melancholy tune better than the up-tempo opening theme they had initially chosen ("Touchdown"). Both songs are on James's 1978 album, Touchdown.
Marian was first, and correct, with:
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
Alan J wrote:
Dale of Diamond Springs responded:
Taxi's opening theme song was "Angela," written by Bob James. Still a funny show after all these Years.
I think that in, "Taxi" the TV series's opening theme song was titled, "Angela."
I liked that show.
I especially liked "Louie."
Dave in Tucson replied:
Angela was the theme for the incomparable TV show Taxi:
Great live version by Bob James (who composed it) and featuring Hiram Bullock who was the original guitarist for The World's Most Dangerous Band:
'Fair's fair' Moment - Panetta: Women May Be Included in Future Draft | Military.com ... Well, many's the people that pushed for women to be allowed in the 'combat arms' MOS (military occupation speciality) jobs. Infantry, Artillery, Armor (tanks), Special Forces etc and now it's a done deal and all's fair. I say "why not?" if they want to and can physically handle the tasks. I know for a fact that some women can shoot a damn 'd sight better than many a man would believe or do so themselves. I've seen it happen on the range. Reports have it that not a few female gunners in deployed transport, MP and supply units are very, very good when it counts 'down range'...
But, as I always say, "Be careful what you wish for... you just may get it".
And, Joe S answered:
Taxi. Bob James wrote the opening theme, "Angela", which was originally intended for a sequence in episode #3 ("Blind Date"). The producers liked this slower, more melancholy tune better than the up-tempo opening theme they had initially chosen.
I didn't see much of this show, what I saw I really liked. Most of the time Taxi aired we were living in the woods with no electricity, and a lot of other amenities most folks find necessary, so we didn't have much TV time.
CBS begins the night with a RERUN'NCIS: The 2nd One', followed by '48 Hours'.
NBC fills the night with FRESH'2013 US Figure Skating Championships'.
'SNL' is FRESH, with Adam Levine hosting, music by Kendrick LaMarr.
ABC starts the night with a RERUN'The Taste', followed by '20/20'.
The CW offers an old '2½ Men', followed by another old '2½ Men', then an old 'Family Guy', followed by another old 'Family Guy'.
Faux has FRESH'UFC on FOX', then pads the left coast with local crap.
MY has an old 'Burn Notice', followed by another old 'Burn Notice'.
A&E has 'Storage Wars', another 'Storage Wars', still another 'Storage Wars', yet another 'Storage Wars', 'Shipping Wars', another 'Shipping Wars', still another 'Shipping Wars', and yet another 'Shipping Wars'.
AMC offers the movie 'Signs', followed by the movie 'Identity', then the movie 'Signs'.
[6:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 1 - Ep 2 - Lela's
[7:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES UK - Season 1 - Ep 2 - Glass House
[8:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 4 - Ep 1 - Spanish Pavilion
[9:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 2 - Ep 1 - Handlebar
[10:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES UK - Season 2 - Ep 2 - D-Place
[11:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES REVISITED UK - Season 3 - Ep 1 - La Parra de Burriana
[12:00PM] TOP GEAR TOP 40-Episode 2
[1:00PM] TOP GEAR TOP 40-Episode 3
[2:00PM] TOP GEAR TOP 40-Episode 4
[3:00PM] TOP GEAR TOP 40-Episode 5
[4:00PM] TOP GEAR TOP 40-Episode 6
[5:00PM] TOP GEAR APOCALYPSE
[6:30PM] FROM HELL
[9:00PM] RIPPER STREET-Season 1 - Ep 2 - In My Protection NEW
[10:15PM] THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - Season 12 - Ep 12 - Denzel Washington, Nicholas Hoult, Bill Bailey, Conor Maynard NEW
[11:00PM] RIPPER STREET-Season 1 - Ep 1 - I Need Light
[12:00AM] RIPPER STREET-Season 1 - Ep 2 - In My Protection
[1:15AM] THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - Season 12 - Ep 12 - Denzel Washington, Nicholas Hoult, Bill Bailey, Conor Maynard
[2:00AM] RIPPER STREET-Season 1 - Ep 1 - I Need Light
[3:00AM] RIPPER STREET-Season 1 - Ep 2 - In My Protection
[4:15AM] THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - Season 12 - Ep 12 - Denzel Washington, Nicholas Hoult, Bill Bailey, Conor Maynard
[5:00AM] DOCTOR WHO: BEST OF THE COMPANIONS (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by the movie 'The Family Man', then the movie 'The Family Man', again.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay', followed by the movie 'Without A Paddle', then the movie 'Grandma's Boy'.
FX has 'UFC On FX', followed by the movie 'The A-Team'.
[6:00AM] Whitest Kids U'Know
[6:15AM] Open Water 2: Adrift
[8:15AM] Big Top Pee-wee
[10:00AM] The Three Stooges-Pals and Gals
[10:25AM] The Three Stooges-Pardon My Backfire
[10:50AM] The Three Stooges-Rip, Sew and Stitch
[11:15AM] The Three Stooges-Scotched in Scotland
[11:40AM] The Three Stooges-Shot in the Frontier
[12:05PM] The Three Stooges-Spooks
[12:30PM] Hot Shots! Part Deux
[2:30PM] Whitest Kids U'Know
[2:45PM] Whisker Wars-The Wrath of Jack
[3:15PM] Sling Blade
[6:15PM] Open Water
[8:00PM] House of 1000 Corpses
[12:00AM] The Descent
[2:00AM] House of 1000 Corpses
[4:00AM] Hostel (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00A] FREAKS AND GEEKS - Pilot (Episode 1, Season 1)
[7:00A] FREAKS AND GEEKS - Beers and Weirs (Episode 2, Season 1)
[8:00A] FREAKS AND GEEKS - Tricks and Treats (Episode 3, Season 1)
[9:00A] FREAKS AND GEEKS - Kim Kelly Is My Friend (Episode 4, Season 1)
[10:00A] FREAKS AND GEEKS - Tests and Breasts (Episode 5, Season 1)
[11:00A] FREAKS AND GEEKS - I'm With the Band (Episode 6, Season 1)
[12:00P] Career Girls
[1:30P] Lost in La Mancha
[3:15P] The Kid With a Bike
[4:45P] Career Girls
[10:00P] The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
[1:45A] The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
[3:30A] Boogie Woogie
[5:15A] New Boy
[5:30A] ICONOCLASTS - Seth MacFarlane + Norah Jones (Episode 3, Season 6) (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Snow Beast', followed by the movie 'Abominable Snowman'.
Horror writer Stephen King is seeking to provoke a discussion on gun control and gun rights following the school shooting massacre in Newtown, Conn.
The Maine native is a gun owner. He calls for three "reasonable measures" to curb gun violence in an essay titled "Guns," released Friday as a Kindle single through Amazon.
King says he wants background checks on all gun sales and bans on high-capacity magazines and military-style weapons like the rifle used in the Newtown shooting, which killed 20 children and six school officials.
King describes a pattern of mass shootings in which anger and frustration give way to political rhetoric before discussions of gun control "disappear into the legislative swamp." He says on his website: "If this helps provoke constructive debate, I've done my job."
A tattoo is seen behind the ear of actress Gemma Arterton as she arrives at the premiere of the film "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California January 24, 2013.
Photo by Patrick Fallon
Soul music legend Tina Turner has taken the first steps toward giving up her U.S. passport and becoming a citizen of Switzerland, the country she has called home for nearly 20 years.
The Zurich suburb of Kusnacht has approved Swiss citizenship for the "Proud Mary" singer, pending confirmation from other authorities in the country, a spokeswoman for Turner said on Friday.
Turner, who was born in Tennessee, moved to Switzerland in 1995 to join her German-born record producer partner Erwin Bach and has lived there since. She enjoys the privacy she receives there and has no plans to live elsewhere, the spokeswoman said.
"I'm very happy in Switzerland and I feel at home here," Turner, 73, was quoted as telling the Swiss daily newspaper Blick.
The family of a former special assistant to President John F. Kennedy is auctioning hundreds of photographs, documents, gifts and other memorabilia that once belonged to the late president.
David Powers, who died in 1998, was a close personal friend to Kennedy and his wife, Jackie. He was also the first curator of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston until he retired in 1994.
Powers' family found "an extraordinary collection" of memorabilia locked away last year as they prepared to sell the family home, according to John McInnis Auctioneers in Amesbury.
Powers, who joined Kennedy for his first political campaign for Congress in 1946 and was with him when he was assassinated in Dallas in 1963, collected keepsakes and documents spanning years of friendship with the Kennedy family. His collection of about 2,000 items will be auctioned in 723 lots on Feb. 17.
The collection includes the president's Air Force One leather bomber jacket; photos of the baptism of his only surviving child, Caroline Kennedy; pictures of John F. Kennedy Jr.'s birthday party taken in December 1963; a birthday card that a young John F. Kennedy Jr. sent to his father a few months before he was assassinated; and a collage of photos that show JFK and Jackie before he was elected president. Other items include a statement announcing Kennedy's candidacy for president, ephemera, letters, documents and gifts to and from the family.
Actor Kevin Spacey applauds as he attends the men's singles semi-final match between Andy Murray of Britain and Roger Federer of Switzerland at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 25, 2013.
Photo by Tim Wimborne
Fox News Channel is parting ways with former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin (R-Quitter), ending her three-year tenure as a contributor on the network.
While Palin's time at Fox was occasionally rocky, the network's news executive, Bill Shine, said Friday that "we have thoroughly enjoyed our association" with her.
A person familiar with discussions between Fox and Palin described the parting as amicable, saying that Fox and Palin had discussed renewing her contract but she decided to do other things. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record.
Palin signed to deliver commentary on Fox in January 2010, reportedly for $1 million a year. It was a coup for both sides at the time; the former half-term Alaska governor was a little more than a year removed from her attention-getting run for the vice presidency and was considered one of the leading contenders for the 2012 presidential nomination. At Fox, she had a platform on the most popular network for conservative viewers. Fox installed equipment in Palin's Wasilla, Alaska, home to make her regular appearances easier.
Four years removed from her vice presidential candidacy, Palin's influence had waned and she was somewhat overshadowed as a contributor at Fox by Karl "Turd Blossom" Rove, former resident George W. Bush's top political aide. Rove recently renewed his contract at Fox through the 2016 election.
The Dalai Lama, left, listens to one of his biographers, Pico Iyer at one of the sessions on the opening day of India's Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur, India, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. This year's festival will also feature author Zoe Heller and Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson.
Photo by Deepak Sharma
Robert Mawhinney gave the appearance that his fledgling band, Lights Over Paris, was successful. He enlisted rapper The Game for one of his videos, traveled around the world and had a customized tour bus emblazoned with the group's name on its side.
But federal prosecutors said Mawhinney's fortunes were built on fraud because he bilked more than $6 million in loans from banks by providing them fake documents that claimed he was a millionaire.
Authorities said Friday the 30-year-old singer was charged with making a false statement in a loan application and faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted. He's scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 11.
Over a nearly two-year period, beginning in August 2009, Mawhinney sought and obtained four loans from Comerica Inc. totaling about $6.2 million, according to court documents. He provided statements that claimed he had nearly $8 million in assets, but it turned out his account had only about $10,000, authorities said.
Loan officers even visited a recording studio in Burbank to determine if Mawhinney was creditworthy. There, the singer said he was a successful ghostwriter for various artists and sought the loans to finish a recording room in the studio, among other expenses, court documents show.
Ghulam Hassan Banday, a Muslim cleric, displays a relic (inside the glass tube) of Prophet Mohammad to devotees during the festival of Eid-e-Milad at Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar January 25, 2013. Thousands of Kashmiri Muslims on Friday thronged to the shrine of Hazratbal, which houses a relic believed to be a hair from the beard of Prophet Mohammad, to celebrate Eid-e-Milad or the Prophet's birth anniversary.
Photo by Danish Ismail
Last year's Oscars turned a tidy $51.2 million profit, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed in its annual report issued Thursday.
AMPAS said it brought in $103.3 million in total revenue for 2012 and its net assets stand at $299.5 million, an increase of $10 million over 2011 and $41 million from 2010. Almost $90 million of the revenue came from the Oscars and related events. Last year's Academy Awards cost roughly $38 million to produce.
Expenses in 2012 rose to $88.6 million from $74.5 million the previous year. The biggest increase came in the museum development category, where outlays rose from $2.3 million in 2011 to $4.9 million in 2012.
The Academy last year embarked on a $250 million capital campaign to support its planned Academy Museum. The museum will be located adjacent to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art at the corner of Fairfax and Wilshire, and is slated to open in 2016.
Dancers wearing traditional costumes for the "Diablada", or Dance of the Devils, walk after their performance, to showcase their dance during the upcoming Candelaria festival to be held in Puno, at the Ministry of Culture in Lima January 25, 2013.
Photo by Enrique Castro-Mendivil
A photo marked "not to be published" that shows a teenage Diana Spencer before she became Princess of Wales has been sold by a New Hampshire auction house for more than $18,000.
The photograph shows a group of friends relaxing during a ski trip, with Diana reclining on a bed, with a young man seated behind her and a bottle of whiskey on the window sill. It was acquired by a British newspaper just after her engagement Prince Charles, but someone at the paper wrote "not to be published" across it, presumably because it would've embarrassed the royal family.
RR Auction in Amherst, N.H., says the photo sold in the online auction Thursday to a real estate investor from San Diego for $18,306, well above early estimates.
An Aymara witch doctor attends the annual traditional Alasitas festival in La Paz January 24, 2013. During the festival, Bolivians buy miniature versions of goods they would like to own at a fair, with the hope of acquiring them in real life during the year.
Photo by David Mercado
Indians migrating to Australia more than 4,000 years ago may have introduced dingoes to the island continent, along with novel stone tools and new ways to remove toxins from edible plants, researchers say.
Australia was thought to have remained largely isolated from the rest of the world between its initial colonization about 40,000 years ago by the ancestors of aboriginal Australians and the arrival of Europeans in the late 1800s.
To find out more, the researchers analyzed DNA from 344 people, including aboriginal Australians, highlanders of Papua New Guinea, Southeast Asian islanders, Indians, Nigerians, individuals of European descent living in Utah and Han Chinese from Beijing.
The scientists found a common origin for populations from Australia, New Guinea and the Mamanwa, a group from the Philippines. The researchers estimate these groups split from one another about 36,000 years ago. This supports ideas that the groups descended from an ancient southwards migration out of Africa.
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