Ezekiel Kweku: Steve Bannon Isn't a Genius (NY Times)
In a way, to believe in Mr. Bannon's genius is to adopt the president's belief in a sort of vulgar technocracy - the belief that the "best people" can solve any problem put in front of them, whether they have expertise in that field or not. […] A life as a real estate mogul and celebrity businessman is adequate preparation for the presidency. But the ability to grab power does not grant the wisdom to wield it, and ungrounded grandiosity is just pretension.
Samuel "Sam" Houston (March 2, 1793 - July 26, 1863) was an American politician and soldier, best known for his role in bringing Texas into the United States as a constituent state. His victory at the Battle of San Jacinto secured the independence of Texas from Mexico in one of the shortest decisive battles in modern history. The only American to be elected governor of two states (as opposed to territories or indirect selection), Houston was also the only governor within a future Confederate state to oppose secession (which led to the outbreak of the American Civil War) and to refuse an oath of allegiance to the Confederacy, a decision that led to his removal from office by the Texas secession convention.
Houston was born at Timber Ridge Plantation in Rockbridge County, Virginia. He was of Scots-Irish descent. After moving to Tennessee, he spent time with the Cherokee Nation (into which he later was adopted as a citizen and into which he married), performed military service during the War of 1812, and successfully participated in Tennessee politics. In 1827, Houston was elected Governor of Tennessee as a Jacksonian. In 1829, he resigned as governor and relocated to the Arkansas Territory. In 1832, Houston was involved in an altercation with a U.S. Congressman, followed by a high-profile trial.
Shortly afterwards, he moved west to Coahuila y Tejas, then a Mexican state, and became a leader of the Texas Revolution. After the war, Houston became a key figure in Texas and was elected as the first and third President of the Republic of Texas. He supported annexation by the United States and upon achieving it in 1845, he became a U.S. Senator and finally a governor of the State of Texas in 1859, whereby Houston became the only person to have become the governor of two different U.S. states through popular election, as well as the only state governor to have been a foreign head of state.
Mark. was first and correct with:
Sam Houston was governor of Tennessee and governor of Texas.
As far as I can tell, it's Sam Houston
He was once governor of Tennessee and then later became governor of Texas
Alan J said:
Sam Houston, governor of Tennessee and Texas.
Sam Houston governor of Tennessee and Texas
Sam Houston was governor of Tennessee and Texas.
Rain and wind, and more to come. Bring it.
Dj Useo, I remember Dr. Demento and miss his show (does he still broadcast it?). One song stands out: We had just moved to California, in 1986, and I found the Dr. Demento show by accident. A barbershop-quartet group was singing "Autumn in Oxnard" - it was just strange enough to pique my interest.
BTTBB, thanks for that picture. I've seen and boated on Lake Michigan during calm weather; hard to believe it can build to such heights.
Kevin K. in Washington, DC wrote:
It was Sam Houston, who was elected governor of Tennessee, then Texas.
Billy in Cypress replied:
Today's answer is Sam Houston, the man who created Texas after immigrating from Tennessee. He was a man of great intelligence, vision and honor, but also a few flaws. I see that CpPDJT-ID got to brandish his "big stick" and clobber a few sites in Syria, after he tacitly gave them permission to gas their citizens. He must be as proud as a peacock and looking for a bigger fight next time in order to distract everyone from his corruption and incompetence. .
You call him Lumpy. Janet, who shared the attached image with me, calls him dumbass. I've settled on Stain (as in Orange Stain).
Saw someone in the comments of an article I was reading refer to him as Orange Foolius which was amusing as I was in Oahu in March for a mystery conference (Left Coast Crime). While there, I had an Orange Julius--the first Orange Julius I've had since 2009 when I attended Left Coast Crime on the Big Island. Before that I was probably in college when I last had an Orange Julius. Why did all the Orange Julius places (at least on the East Coast) disappear? Why are they still in Hawaii?
We are all only temporarily able bodied.
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 FRESH'Ransom', followed by a FRESH'Training Day', then '48 Hours'.
NBC opens the night with 'Dateline', followed by a RERUN'SNL'.
'SNL' is FRESH, with Louis CK hosting, music by The Chainsmokers.
ABC fills the night with LIVE'NBA Basketball', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old '20/20'.
The CW offers a RERUN'Arrow', followed by a RERUN'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', then another RERUN'Whose Line Is It Anyway?'.
Faux has a RERUN'MasterChef Junior', followed by a RERUN'Prison Break'.
MY recycles an old 'Rizzoli & Isles', followed by another old 'Rizzoli & Isles'.
A&E has 'Live PD', followed by a FRESH'Live PD: Rewind', then a FRESH'Live PD'.
AMC offers the movie '3:10 To Yuma', followed by a FRESH'The Son', then another FRESH'The Son'.
[6:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 23 - Episode 6
[7:30AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 24 - Episode 4
[9:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 11-Fair Haven
[10:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 12-Blink of an Eye
[11:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 13-Virtuoso
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 14-Memorial
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 15-Tsunkatse
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 10-New Ground
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 11-Hero Worship
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 12-Violations
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 13-The Masterpiece Society
[6:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 14-Conundrum
[7:00PM] WEIRD SCIENCE (1985)
[9:00PM] WEIRD SCIENCE (1985)
[11:00PM] THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 20 - Episode 21
[12:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 10-New Ground
[1:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 11-Hero Worship
[2:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 12-Violations
[3:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 13-The Masterpiece Society
[4:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 14-Conundrum
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 15-Power Play (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has the movie 'National Lampoon's Vacation', followed by the movie 'National Lampoon's European Vacation', then the movie 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation'.
Comedy Central has 3 hours of old 'South Park', and 'Kevin Hart: Seriously Funny'.
FX has the movie 'Kung Fu Panda 2', followed by the movie 'The Smurfs 2', then the movie 'The Croods'.
History has 2 hours of old 'Counting Cars', followed by a FRESH'Counting Cars', another 'Counting Cars', then a FRESH'Road Hauks'.
[6:00AM] PORTLANDIA-The Storytellers
[6:30AM] BROCKMIRE-Rally Cap
[7:02AM] BROCKMIRE-Winning Streak
[1:00PM] ALIEN 3
[3:30PM] ALIEN RESURRECTION
[6:00PM] ALIEN VS. PREDATOR
[8:00PM] MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III
[11:00PM] BAD BOYS
[1:45AM] MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III
[4:45AM] ALIENS (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:30AM] Mississippi Burning
[9:30AM] In the Line of Fire
[12:15PM] The Sum of All Fears
[3:00PM] M*A*S*H-None Like It Hot
[3:30PM] M*A*S*H-They Call the Wind Korea
[4:00PM] M*A*S*H-Major Ego
[4:30PM] M*A*S*H-Baby, It's Cold Outside
[5:00PM] M*A*S*H-Point of View
[5:30PM] M*A*S*H-Dear Comrade
[6:00PM] M*A*S*H-Out of Gas
[6:30PM] M*A*S*H-Dear Sis
[7:00PM] M*A*S*H-B.J. Papa San
[8:00PM] M*A*S*H-The Price
[8:30PM] M*A*S*H-The Young and the Restless
[9:00PM] The Son-First Son of Texas; The Plum Tree
[11:00PM] The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
[3:15AM] In the Line of Fire (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Freddy Vs. Jason', followed by the movie 'Resident Evil: Retribution'.
Father and son filmmakers Carl and Rob Reiner were honored Friday for a combined 130 years in show business when they sunk their hands and feet into wet cement on Hollywood Boulevard.
The celebration marked the first time in the 90-year history of the imprint ceremonies at the TCL Chinese Theatre -- originally Grauman's Chinese Theatre -- that a father and son had been honored together. The event was part of the TCM Classic Film Festival.
Carl Reiner, 95, started out as a Broadway performer, getting his television break when he joined Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca on the live variety series "Your Show of Shows."
Rob Reiner, 70, rose to fame portraying Archie Bunker's notoriously liberal son-in-law Michael "Meathead" Stivic on CBS sitcom "All in the Family," created by veteran producer Norman Lear, who attended Friday's ceremony.
Among the Reiners' well-wishers at the Chinese Theatre were Hollywood star Billy Crystal and Emmy Award-winning television host Tom Bergeron.
A Member of the Samaritan community carries a case containing Torah scrolls during a pray atop Mount Gerizim, above the city of Nablus, West Bank, April 7, 2017. The Samaritan followers prepare to celebrate the Passover holiday on April 10. The Samaritan religion is descended from the ancient Israelite tribes of Menashe and Efraim, and the community numbers today less than 800 people, half of who live on Mount Grizim in the West Bank and the other half in Holon, next to Tel Aviv. Samaritans recite prayers in ancient Hebrew using a Torah scoll.
Photo by Alaa Badarneh
In a simple act of solidarity, same-sex couples and many others across the Netherlands have held hands this week to protest the beating of two gay men - an attack that shook a nation that has long prided itself on its tolerance.
The beating in the eastern city of Arnhem was far from isolated in the Netherlands, long seen as one of the world's most welcoming to same-sex couples. The city's mayor conducted the world's first gay marriages in 2001.
But it has touched a raw nerve in this nation whose tolerance on other fronts has eroded in recent years with the rise of anti-Islam and anti-immigrant populism and a crackdown on the country's famed liberal drug policies.
On Wednesday evening hundreds of people walked hand-in-hand through the streets of Amsterdam to express solidarity with the victims of the beating in the early hours of Sunday.
That sparked the viral hashtag "allemannenhandinhand" (all men hand-in-hand,) with everybody from the Dutch deputy prime minister and finance minister to sports stars and TV personalities posting pictures of themselves holding hands.
Gov. Jerry Brown declared an end to California's historic drought Friday, lifting emergency orders that had forced residents to stop running sprinklers as often and encouraged them to rip out thirsty lawns during the state's driest four-year period on record.
The governor's order that keeps in place conservation measures came as a springtime storm bears down on the waterlogged state.
The drought strained native fish that migrate up rivers, killed millions of trees, and forced farmers in the nation's leading agricultural state to rely heavily on groundwater, with some tearing out orchards. It also dried up wells, forcing hundreds of families in rural areas to drink bottled water and bathe from buckets.
Brown declared the drought emergency in 2014, and officials later ordered mandatory conservation for the first time in state history. Regulators last year relaxed the rules after a rainfall was close to normal.
But monster storms this winter erased nearly all signs of drought, blanketing the Sierra Nevada with deep snow, California's key water source, and boosting reservoirs.
The Dalai Lama consecrated a Buddhist monastery on Thursday in India's remote northeast, amid Chinese warnings that the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader's visit to a disputed border region would damage bilateral relations with India.
Nearly 10,000 people, some of them from neighboring Bhutan, greeted the Dalai Lama at the Thupsung Dhargyeling Monastery in Tawang district in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, Indian official Jemba Tshering said.
The visit to Arunachal Pradesh, which China also claims as its territory, has raised tensions between the nuclear-armed Asian neighbors. China's Foreign Ministry has said the visit "severely harms China's interests and the China-India relationship," while India has cautioned Beijing to stay out of its internal affairs.
China considers the 81-year-old monk, who fled to India in 1959 amid an uprising against Chinese rule in Tibet, a separatist seeking Tibet's independence. The Dalai Lama says he merely advocates substantial autonomy and protection of the region's native Buddhist culture.
The visit is the Dalai Lama's seventh to Arunachal Pradesh and his first since 2009. China has criticized previous visits, but they did not spark any major rift between the two countries.
Hundreds of abortion rights activists rallied at the Texas Capitol on Wednesday, saying a raft of proposed legislation placing restrictions on the procedure in the most populous Republican-controlled state would endanger millions of women.
Lawmakers in Texas, which vaulted to the forefront of the national abortion debate when the U.S. Supreme Court in 2016 struck down a previous set of the state's restrictions, are looking in the current session to pass bills that include a ban on a common form of second-trimester abortions.
Last month, the Texas Senate also approved a so-called wrongful birth bill. The measure shields doctors from lawsuits if they withhold information about potential fetal abnormalities if they believe the information may prompt the parents to seek an abortion. Supporters say the measure protects the sanctity of life.
Former Texas state Senator Wendy Davis, a Democrat who gained fame for her 2013 filibuster against the state's abortion restrictions, told the rally that social conservatives have been emboldened by the election of Republican Donald Trump as president and "hell-bent" on holding women back.
"Now, we are facing the worst political attacks on women's health in a generation," she said on the Capitol steps in front of supporters holding pink signs reading "Don't take away our care."
Filipinos stand together to form a 'Human Blood Drop' to mark World Health Day in Marikina, east of Manila, Philippines, April 7, 2017. A total of 4,817 people joined to create the shape of a drop of blood during an event organized by the Philippine Blood Center and the local government of Marikina. The participants seek to acquire a listing for the 'World's largest blood drop' by Guinness World Records.
Photo by Francis R. Malasig
President Donald Trump (R-Crooked) removed White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon from his role on the National Security Council (NSC) on Wednesday. However, Bannon was not convinced with the plan and had threatened to resign if the change was made, the New York Times reported.
The former chairman of conservative news outlet Breitbart "resisted the move" over changes in his position on the NSC and warned the Trump team he would resign from his current job, an anonymous White House official told the Times. Bannon's team, however, told the daily he never made such a threat and the change did not indicate any "diminution of his outsize influence."
Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster was behind Bannon's removal from the NSC, the Times reported. McMaster reportedly insisted ousting Bannon from the White House Situation Room where the latest information on a military or political situation is discussed.
However, CNN's senior White House correspondent tweeted late Wednesday saying Bannon was, in fact, in the Situation Room despite being removed from the NSC.
According to the Times, Trump was also bothered with the recognition Bannon received for his work on the Trump administration's agenda and was not pleased with the media calling his top adviser "President Bannon."
A ruling by a U.S. appeals court in Chicago reopens the question of whether the 1964 Civil Rights Act's protections apply to LGBT workers in the same way they bar discrimination based on someone's race, religion or national origin.
The immediate impact of the 7th Circuit's decision Tuesday is that employers in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin - the states under the court's jurisdiction - would be breaking federal law by showing bias against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees.
But because the ruling conflicts with all the others made by federal appellate courts since the 1970s, the U.S. Supreme Court may ultimately have to decide whether to uphold the Chicago ruling as national precedent or strike it down as judicial overreach.
The Supreme Court typically agrees to take up an issue when it sees judicial discord between the nation's 13 U.S. circuit courts. Now that the 7th Circuit's interpretation of the Civil Rights Act stands alone, the odds improve that the Supreme Court will take it on one day.
A Supreme Court with Gorsuch on the bench would mean five justices appointed by Republican presidents and four by Democrats, though the 7th Circuit's ruling demonstrates that who makes the appointments isn't always a reliable indication of how judges vote. Out of the eight appellate judges who agreed the Civil Rights Act should incorporate bias against LGBT workers, five were Republican.
Canadian soldiers stand in a line in front of a black boot with a red poppy, representing the fallen, at the WWI Canadian National Vimy Memorial in Givenchy-en-Gohelle, France on,April 7, 2017. Commemoration ceremonies will take place on Sunday at the memorial to honor Canadian soldiers who were killed or wounded during the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April 1917.
Photo by Virginia Mayo
An invasive weed likely entered Minnesota through seed planted on land in a U.S. conservation program, state agriculture officials said on Thursday, bringing to a close an official probe of a growing threat to agricultural production.
Infestations of the weed, Palmer amaranth, have affected other states in the U.S. Midwest through seed planted on land in the federal Conservation Reserve Program, weed scientists have said. The program pays farmers to remove land from crop production to improve water quality, prevent soil erosion and protect endangered species.
Palmer amaranth, which is native to the Southwest, has spread across conservation land in Iowa, which accounts for nearly a fifth of U.S. corn production and in 2016 exported more than $1 billion of corn and soy.
Infestations of Palmer amaranth, which can grow as much as 2 inches a day, spread over 30 plantings in the federal program in Minnesota, according to the state agriculture department.
All infested Minnesota conservation plantings used seed from Cottonwood, Minnesota-based Green Valley Seed, the department said in a statement. The investigation did not find Palmer amaranth in leftover seed that was not used.
A common virus in infancy could trigger a life-long allergy to gluten and lead to celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder which affects one in 133 people in the United States, researchers said Thursday.
Celiac disease is caused when the body has an improper immune response -- much like an allergy -- to the protein gluten, found in wheat, rye, and barley.
The disease damages the lining of the small intestine, and has no cure. It can only be treated by adopting a gluten-free diet.
But if Thursday's study in the journal Science -- based on experiments using mice -- is confirmed in larger studies in people, researchers said a vaccine might be able to prevent celiac disease in the future.
The study found that intestinal bugs called reoviruses can make the immune system overreact to gluten, a protein that is already difficult to digest.
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