Andrew Tobias: A Shining City On A Hill
John Grund: "Some years ago, a friend and I were walking on a downtown street when a homeless man came walking the other way. My friend said, 'Did you know he's part owner of the Statue of Liberty?' I was stumped for a moment, then replied, 'Right, like we all are part owners of the Statue of Liberty.
JF Sargent: The 4 Strangest (Non-Political) Things About The Alt-Right (Cracked)
There's a lot about the alt-right that scares me. It's the Nazi stuff, mostly. I take umbrage at that, I guess. But the truth is that I don't spend a lot of time actively being afraid of the alt-right because instead of being scary they all just come off as a bunch of doofs. Goobers. Dunderheads. People who need a good talking-to from Fred Rogers.
Josh Marshall: Reporters Need to Pull Out of Trump's Dominance Rituals (TPM)
We now see major media outlets - newspapers and TV networks - cataloguing the President's lies. And calling them 'lies'. This isn't remotely like anything we've seen before. My point here isn't to say things are peachy and everything's perfect. I'm as big a press critic as ever. But much of what one might have feared about a corporate, mainstream media normalizing Trump's abnormal, unAmerican behavior actually has not happened.
Josh Marshall: Blood and Ruin (TPM)
We've already seen, repeatedly, that when Donald Trump wants to attack women the first go-to is that they're either stupid or crazy and likely both. In this he is hardly unique. But in today's attack on Mika Brzezinski what stood out was his insistence that he refused to meet with her at Mar-a-Lago because "she was bleeding badly from a face-lift."
ANDREW CROFTS: Ghost in the fame machine (Times Literary Supplement)
Robert Harris's thriller The Ghost (2007) featured a ghostwriter hired by a barely disguised Tony Blair. Roman Polanski turned the book into a darkly glamorous film with Pierce Brosnan as the ex-prime minister and Ewan McGregor as the ghost, who is very soon dragged out of his depth into murky international waters. It paints a chillingly accurate picture of how the business often works.
Cary Grant (born Archibald Alec Leach; January 18, 1904 - November 29, 1986) was a British-American actor, known as one of classic Hollywood's definitive leading men. He began a career in Hollywood in the early 1930s, and became known for his transatlantic accent, debonair demeanor, and light-hearted approach to acting and sense of comic timing. He became an American citizen in 1942.
After his retirement from film acting in 1966, Grant pursued numerous business interests, representing cosmetics firm Fabergé, and sitting on the board of MGM and others. He was presented with an Honorary Oscar by his friend Frank Sinatra at the 42nd Academy Awards in 1970, and in 1981, he was accorded the Kennedy Center Honors. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Grant the second greatest male star of Golden Age Hollywood cinema, after Humphrey Bogart.
Randall was first and correct with:
Alan J answered:
A man of great wit
Once, when asked his age in a telegraph, "How old Cary Grant?"
He replied, "Old Cary Grant just fine."
Cary Grant, I loved the old screwball comedies from the 30s. He did comedy well!
David of Moon Valley replied:
knew 'im as Cary Grant we did....
Kevin K. in Washington, DC responded:
Archie Leach was Cary Grant. Then he dropped acid and became Sunshine
Barbara, formerly of Peppy Tech (LA & Heidelberg), wrote:
Archibald Alec Leach was also known as Cary Grant.
Fun fact regarding yesterday's trivia question: I went to the same high school as Micky Dolenz (Ulysses S. Grant in the San Fernando Valley). He and I didn't attend at the same time since I am six years his junior, but I did see him in the bleachers at a homecoming game once. I was in the marching band and one of my bandmates looked up and spotted him while we were waiting on the sidelines to go onto the field for the halftime show. This was during the years that "The Monkees" was on TV, so of course we knew who he was.
John I from Hawai`i says,
Daniel in The City replied:
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
Dave in Tucson responded:
Archibald Alec Leach is the birth name of Carey Grant. Who never
uttered "Judy Judy" Judy".
Billy in Cypress answered:
Thanks to all the trivia I've consumed and regurgitated, I'm pretty sure that Archibald A. Leach is Cary Grant. I loved watching him in old movies at sleepovers in the late 60s, when his movies were in black and white (on my friends' tvs, anyway) with his accent and classic good looks.
I'm late because my husband and I have been searching for Schipperke puppies, and found a couple outside of Paso Robles. We're driving down Monday to bring one home. We thought we'd wait a while, but after our older dog's sudden death on Monday, we're all depressed, especially our #2, who we never trained to be alone. He looks for his brother all day, and cries when we're gone. We'd do likewise, if we didn't have to work. We haven't had a puppy in 10 years. Watch this space for my occasional kvetching about training a puppy….and our joy at not having a depressed dog (and humans) with our addition-to-be.
Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes are nailing our politics so hard. Remember when she and Al Franken were on Air America Radio? She & Chris are great.
Joe S answered:
Cary Grant. I knew that but I had to look it up. I could see him in my minds eye, but the name eluded me. I'm getting that way now, I see people I know, but damned if I can remember their names. I was talking to a friend the other day and we had the occasion to speak of another, but the name wouldn't come to me. Two days later, out of the blue, the name hit my tongue. Jeff! I said it out loud to no one as I was alone. I was going to post a video that illustrates my problem remembering things, but I can't remember the title of the video or the artist. I hope you don't dump me in the same room with Jeff Sessions. That's not the same Jeff I mentioned earlier.
Wait! I think found the video.
Mark. took the day off.
Dale of Diamond Springs, Heating-up 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.
CBS begins the night with a FRESH'Doubt', followed by '48 Hours'.
NBC fills the night with LIVE'Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old 'Dateline'.
Of course, 'SNL', is a RERUN, with Kristen Wiig hosting, music by The XX.
ABC starts the night with a RERUN'Battle Of The Network Stars', followed by '20/20: In An Instant'.
The CW offers an old 'Friends', followed by another old 'Friends', then an old '2½ Men', followed by another old '2½ Men'.
Faux fills the night with LIVE'MLB Baseball', then pads the left coast with local crap.
MY recycles an old 'Rizzoli & Isles', followed by another old 'Rizzoli & Isles'.
A&E has 'Live PD', 'Live PD: Rewind', and 'Live PD'.
AMC offers the movie 'Tombstone', followed by a FRESH'TURN: Washington's Spies', and 'TURN: Washington's Spies'.
[6:00AM] TORCHWOOD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 6-Reset
[7:00AM] TORCHWOOD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 7-Dead Man Walking
[8:00AM] TORCHWOOD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 8-A Day in the Death
[9:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 1-The Pilot
[10:10AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 2-Smile
[11:15AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 3-Thin Ice
[12:15PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 4-Knock Knock
[1:20PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 5-Oxygen
[2:20PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 6-Extremis
[3:25PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 7-The Pyramid at the End of the World
[4:30PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 8-The Lie of the Land
[5:30PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 9-Empress of Mars
[6:30PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 10-The Eaters of Light
[7:30PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 11-World Enough and Time
[8:30PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 12-The Doctor Falls
[10:00PM] ORPHAN BLACK - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 4-Let The Children and Childbearers Toil
[11:00PM] THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 21 - EPISODE 12
[12:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 11-World Enough and Time
[1:00AM] DIRK GENTLY'S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Weaponized Soul
[2:00AM] DIRK GENTLY'S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Two Sane Guys Doing Normal Things
[3:00AM] ORPHAN BLACK - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 4-Let The Children and Childbearers Toil
[4:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 12-The Doctor Falls
[5:30AM] HIDDEN HABITATS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 9-Amazon (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has the movie 'School Of Rock', followed by the movie 'Legally Blonde', then the movie 'Legally Blonde'.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Fun With Dick & Jane', followed by the movie 'Due Date'.
FX has the movie 'Battleship', followed by the movie 'Real Steel'.
History has 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH'American Pickers: Bonus Buys'.
[6:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Dax Shepard Wears a Heather Grey Shirt and Black Blazer
[6:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Zach Galifianakis Wears Grey Corduroys and Brown Leather Shoes
[7:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Krysten Ritter Wears a Turtleneck and Black Boots
[7:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Thomas Middleditch
[7:45AM] TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES
[12:45PM] PREDATOR 2
[3:15PM] TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES
[8:00PM] ROBOCOP 2
[10:30PM] ROBOCOP 3
[3:00AM] ROBOCOP 2
[5:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Zach Galifianakis Wears Grey Corduroys and Brown Leather Shoes (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:00AM] The Graduate
[8:30AM] Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
[1:30PM] The Frisco Kid
[4:00PM] M*A*S*H-Rainbow Bridge
[4:30PM] M*A*S*H-Officer of the Day
[5:00PM] M*A*S*H-Iron Guts Kelly
[7:00PM] M*A*S*H-Life With Father
[7:30PM] M*A*S*H-Alcoholics Unanimous
[8:00PM] M*A*S*H-There Is Nothing Like a Nurse
[8:30PM] M*A*S*H-Adam's Ribs
[9:00PM] M*A*S*H-A Full Rich Day
[9:30PM] M*A*S*H-Mad Dogs and Servicemen
[10:00PM] M*A*S*H-Private Charles Lamb
[11:00PM] Smokey and the Bandit
[1:15AM] Smokey and the Bandit II
[3:45AM] The Toy (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Hellboy', followed by the movie 'GI Joe; Retaliation'.
One of the more controversial parts of Disneyland's "Pirates of the Caribbean" ride is the "Bride Auction," a scene depicting women lined up for auction that will no longer be a part of the ride after next year, Disney Parks announced on its blog this week.
When the ride closes for routine maintenance in 2018, the scene will be altered to depict villagers lined up to give up their valuables, and the "Auction, Take a wench for a bride" sign will be redone to read "Auction, surrender yer loot." Walt Disney World's version of the ride will also be subject to the same modifications.
A tall, red-haired woman currently present in the ride as a prize will remain but be recast as a pirate herself, holding a rifle and wearing a feathered hat as she oversees the surrendering of booty. Presumably, the "We wants the redhead" voiceover will also be removed.
The much beloved ride has been subject to alterations before to give new contexts: years ago, a scene depicting pirates chasing women was altered to show the women carrying food trays so the men would appear to be chasing after the food rather than the women. Another scene showing a pirate chasing a woman was reversed to show the woman shooing the pirate out of her home.
James Cromwell has been sentenced to jail following his arrest during a power plant protest in New York back in 2015, according to the Times-Herald Record. The Emmy-winning actor will face seven days behind bars after refusing to pay fines levied against him after his initial arrest.
A Wawayanda, N.Y., court decided on Thursday that New York resident Cromwell and two other environmental activists will spend a week in jail in July. Cromwell will serve his time in Orange County Jail.
Pramilla Malick, Madeline Shaw, and three other protesters were arrested alongside the 77-year-old in December 2015 when they staged a sit-in at a Competitive Power Ventures natural gas site. All six were charged with obstruction of traffic, a violation.
"If we don't stay together, nothing will change," Cromwell told the Times-Herald Record after refusing to pay his fine on Thursday. "Power to the people."
Cromwell's credits include "Babe," "The Green Mile," "L.A. Confidential," and "American Horror Story: Asylum," to name a few.
Retired engineer John Wider, 59, is greeted by a supporter of Donald Trump as he holds up a sign reading "Welcome Refugees" at the international arrivals terminal at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 29, 2017.
Photo by Mike Blake
More than 40 percent of White House staffers earn in excess of $100,000 a year, according to new salary details released Friday. And some of the wealthiest aides to Donald Trump aren't paid at all.
A White House staff salary document shows that 22 of Trump's aides, including some of the best-known to the public, are earning $179,700.
They include chief strategist Steve Bannon, chief of staff Reince Priebus, press secretary Sean Spicer and senior counselor Kellyanne Conway.
Also making $179,000: Omarosa Manigault, the former "Apprentice" contestant who serves as director of communications for White House office of public liaison; and social media director Dan Scavino.
Several of the president's closest aides are choosing not to take a salary. Among those forgoing pay are Trump's daughter Ivanka, identified in the official document as "first daughter and adviser to the president," and son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.
If the United States fails to take decisive measures to combat climate change, it will become a poorer country facing more dramatic inequality, according to a study published Thursday.
The poorest third of US counties could see income drops as great as 20 percent if current trends continue, according to the worst-case projection of the study, published in the journal Science.
An interdisciplinary team of climatologists and economists based its findings on economic models and 116 projections of the impact of climate change.
The study comes just weeks after Donald Trump (R-Crooked) announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris accord aimed at combating climate change.
The new study, however, predicts large-scale economic losses and potentially the greatest transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich in American history, according to Solomon Hsiang, professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley, the study's principal author.
A sign for attorneys and volunteers offering free legal help is placed by a protesting group at the international terminal at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, June 29, 2017. A scaled-back version of Donald Trump's travel ban takes effect Thursday evening, stripped of provisions that brought protests and chaos at airports worldwide in January yet still likely to generate a new round of court fights.
Photo by Jeff Chiu
Flush with cash, political groups outside the White House are aggressively coming to Donald Trump's (Corrupt) aid as he battles low public approval numbers, questions about his election campaign's ties to Russia and a stalled legislative agenda.
Through television attack ads and online campaigns normally seen only during the tumult of an election, the groups are helping Trump to strike back against his perceived enemies and boost his agenda, adding to the firepower of his Twitter account and the bully pulpit of the White House.
On Tuesday, one of the groups, America First Policies, launched an attack ad against a senator from Trump's own Republican Party who had balked at a Senate plan to overhaul healthcare that would leave millions more Americans uninsured. The attack angered Senate leader Mitch McConnell, who is struggling to rustle up the votes for the plan.
It is the first time that a U.S. president has had Super PACs - political action committees that can raise unlimited amounts of money and typically operate during elections - or political non-profits, which do not have to disclose their donors or where they spend their money, actively working to support him after the dust of campaigning has cleared.
With Trump's approval ratings sagging and his agenda now overshadowed by a federal investigation into his 2016 campaign's ties to Russia, the groups are pouring resources into protecting Trump's image, demonizing his opponents and amplifying his message that he is the victim of a witch-hunt.
The Trump administration plans to arrest parents and other relatives who authorities believe smuggled their children into the United States, a move immigrant advocates said would send a wave of fear through vulnerable communities.
A new "surge initiative" aims to dismantle human smuggling operations, including identifying and arresting the adult sponsors of unaccompanied minors who paid coyotes or other smugglers to bring the children across the U.S. border, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials confirmed Thursday.
That marks a sharp departure from policies in place under President Barack Obama's administration, during which time tens of thousands of young people fleeing gang and drug violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador crossed the border and were placed with sponsors in communities nationwide. Sponsors - typically parents, close relatives or family friends - have been expected to care for the minors while they go to school and seek legal status in immigration court.
"Arresting those who come forward to sponsor unaccompanied children during their immigration proceedings, often parents, is unimaginably cruel," said Wendy Young, president of Kids in Need of Defense, a nonprofit that has matched thousands of unaccompanied minors with pro bono attorneys in the last eight years. "Without caregivers to come forward, many of these children will languish in costly detention centers or be placed in foster care at great expense to states."
Protester Xochitl Johnson, left, holds up a sign as travelers walk past at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, June 29, 2017. A scaled-back version of Donald Trump's travel ban takes effect Thursday evening, stripped of provisions that brought protests and chaos at airports worldwide in January yet still likely to generate a new round of court fights.
Photo by Jeff Chiu
Two major studies into how bees are affected by a group of pesticides banned in Europe gave mixed results on Thursday, fuelling a row over whether the chemicals, called neonicotinoids, are safe.
The studies, one conducted across three European countries and another in Canada, found some negative effects after exposure to neonicotinoids in wild and honeybee populations, but also some positives, depending on the environmental context.
Scientists who conducted the European research - in Britain, Hungary and Germany - told reporters their overall findings suggested neonicotinoids are harmful to honeybee and wild bee populations and are "a cause for concern".
But scientists representing companies who funded the work - Germany's Bayer and Switerland's Syngenta - said the results showed "no consistent effect".
The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.
1. Depeche Mode; $2,796,234; $77.59.
2. Bruno Mars; $1,797,214; $85.42.
3. Ed Sheeran; $1,739,562; $82.51.
4. Drake; $1,738,634; $87.96.
5. Red Hot Chili Peppers; $1,399,750; $89.03.
6. Bon Jovi; $1,389,061; $87.24.
7. Elton John / James Taylor; $1,232,189; $101.86.
8. The Weeknd; $1,230,583; $77.35.
9. Olly Murs; $1,088,455; $60.17.
10. Tim McGraw / Faith Hill; $1,076,673; $86.69.
11. John Mayer; $1,047,122; $76.00.
12. Iron Maiden; $981,685; $70.89.
13. Def Leppard; $904,412; $86.02.
14. Eric Church; $904,229; $61.39.
15. Ariana Grande; $872,739; $74.12.
16. Stevie Nicks; $849,937; $95.70.
17. New Kids On The Block; $756,631; $68.00.
18. Journey; $734,089; $90.91.
19. Blake Shelton; $723,045; $62.11.
20. Chance The Rapper; $679,816; $55.97.
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