STANLEY ARONOWITZ: The Real Reason Donald Trump Embarrasses The GOP (TPM)
At the debate and numerous public appearances, Trump has matter-of-factly stated that he is an equal opportunity donor to Republican and Democratic candidates-not for the purpose of civic duty or altruism, but in exchange for influence. […] And he expects a fair return for those dollars, measured in policy rewards like zoning adjustments, subsidies for building projects and long-term tax relief.
The Virgin Valley opal fields of Humboldt County in northern Nevada produce a wide variety of precious black, crystal, white, fire, and lemon opal. The black fire opal is the official gemstone of Nevada. Most of the precious opal is partial wood replacement. The precious opal is hosted and found within a subsurface horizon or zone of bentonite in-place which is considered a "lode" deposit. Opals which have weathered out of the in-place deposits are alluvial and considered placer deposits. Miocene-age opalised teeth, bones, fish, and a snake head have been found. Some of the opal has high water content and may desiccate and crack when dried. The largest producing mines of Virgin Valley have been the famous Rainbow Ridge, Royal Peacock, Bonanza, Opal Queen, and WRT Stonetree/Black Beauty Mines. The largest unpolished black opal in the Smithsonian Institution, known as the "Roebling opal", came out of the tunneled portion of the Rainbow Ridge Mine in 1917, and weighs 2,585 carats. The largest polished black opal in the Smithsonian Institution comes from the Royal Peacock opal mine in the Virgin Valley, weighing 160 carats, known as the "Black Peacock".
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
The Virgin Valley Black Fire Opal is No. 1 in Nevada's state gemstone pecking order. The opal is the Silver State's official "precious" gemstone.
Lois Of The Lode replied:
Nevada's official state gemstone is the "Virgin Valley Black Fire Opal", because the "Filthy Inflamed Crotch Nodule" was taken. This little known stone is in fact a distant relative (by marriage) to the legendary "Marvel Soul Infinity Stone" which possesses the power to attract showgirls and cure STDs and is regularly prayed to in bathrooms all across Nevada.
The Virgin Valley black fire opal is Nevada's state gemstone.
My birthstone is the opal, and I own a few, and now I need to check this opal out.
Dale of Hot and getting Hotter in Norcali answered:
State precious gemstone: Virgin Valley black fire opal
State semiprecious gemstone: Nevada turquoise
Hey boys and girls: While visiting Nevada stop off and enjoy yourself with the sex workers of Moonlight Ranch
And Bridgett the Midget:
Never went to a cat house. Didn't have to. But that ain't sayin that I didn't have to pay for relations. I was married to "She Who Must be Obeyed " for 16 years and that was extremely un lucrative.
BttbBob , replied:
I-do-not-know... and forgive me Boss, but... I-do-not-care. See, I'm back in civilization now and I am suffering withdrawals for the woods, piney air and Higgins Lake where the water is so clear ya can see the bottom 20 feet, or more, down (I have a portable sonar fish finder/fathometer for my small boat so I know)... Alas, no Lake Trout, but plenty of the ever feisty 'keeper' small mouth bass. Rain and wind from a Canadian cold front moving down put a damper on the deep water fishing (max depth 135 foot) and as the lake is rather large (7 miles long, 4 miles wide max and 9,900 surface area acres), it was choppy unless inshore along the north side lee (where we caught the bass)... So there it is.
Already planning my next trip. Maybe back to Grousehaven Lake where my loon friends hang out. Rainbow and Brown trout there... but, no motors allowed (not even electric), so ya gotta row or paddle. Crystal clear water there, too, and hoo ha, is it quiet...
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.
AMC offers the movie 'Chisum', followed by a FRESH'Hell On Wheels', and another 'Hell On Wheels'.
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[7:00AM] Top Gear: Apocalypse
[8:30AM] Dr. No1
[2:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 4 - The Outrageous Okona
[3:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 5 - Loud as a Whisper
[4:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 6 - The Schizoid Man
[5:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 7 - Unnatural Selection
[6:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 8 - A Matter of Honor
[7:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 9 - The Measure of a Man
[8:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 3 - Ep 10 - Blink
[9:15PM] Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars
[11:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 3 - Ep 10 - Blink
[12:15AM] Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars
[2:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 3 - Elementary, Dear Data
[3:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 4 - The Outrageous Okona
[4:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 5 - Loud as a Whisper
[5:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 6 - The Schizoid Man (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by the movie 'Bridesmaids', then the movie 'Bridesmaids', again.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Grandma's Boy', followed by the movie 'Billy Madison'.
FX has the movie 'Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen', followed by the movie 'White House Down'.
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[6:15AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-SURGERY
[6:45AM] BAD BOYS
[9:30AM] THE MONKEES-MONKEES ON THE LINE
[10:05AM] THE MONKEES-MONKEES GET OUT MORE DIRT
[10:40AM] THE MONKEES-MONKEES IN MANHATTAN
[11:45AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-TOM LENNON WEARS BLACK SLACKS AND A BLACK SKINNY TIE
[12:15PM] GET CARTER
[2:30PM] BAD BOYS
[5:15PM] TRAINING DAY
[8:00PM] AMERICAN HISTORY X
[10:45PM] TRAINING DAY
[1:30AM] AMERICAN HISTORY X
[4:45AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-TOM LENNON WEARS BLACK SLACKS AND A BLACK SKINNY TIE
[5:15AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-IDA LOSES A LEG
[5:45AM] GARFUNKEL AND OATES-FIRST LOOK (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:15AM] The Bridges of Madison County
[12:00PM] Less Than Zero
[2:15PM] Kramer vs. Kramer
[4:30PM] Saturday Night Fever
[7:00PM] National Lampoon's Vacation
[9:00PM] National Lampoon's European Vacation
[11:00PM] Vegas Vacation
[1:00AM] Saturday Night Fever
[5:45AM] The New World (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Oz The Grand & Powerful', followed by the movie 'Dragonball Evolution'.
Opportunity News Media wants you to know it's OK to be a Republican, and it is spending $3 million to say so in the presidential battleground states of Ohio and Colorado.
Where that money comes from is anybody's guess.
The television ads serve as coming attractions of a sort for the 2016 campaign, for which politically minded donors have already given half a billion dollars to candidates and outside groups eager to back them. All that money ensures television viewers will be inundated by commercials good, bad and confusing.
Add in campaign finance regulations that are still evolving in the wake of the landmark Supreme Court decision known as Citizens United, and it's easier than ever for all kinds of groups to wade into politics and do so in ways that keep from the public the identities of who is paying for it all.
The commercials by Opportunity News Media have already aired some 3,000 times on stations that broadcast into Ohio and Colorado, according to data from political ad tracker Kantar Media CMAG. They're scheduled to continue through the first week of September at an estimated cost of $3 million. There is also a smaller cable- and radio-based campaign running in Pennsylvania.
Actor and Disney Legend Dick Van Dyke, left, jokes with a Mickey Mouse cast member at Disney's D23 Expo, a fan convention on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif. Van Dyke was inducted as a Disney Legend in 1998. The Walt Disney Company honors those who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy by naming them Disney Legends.
Photo by Damian Dovarganes
A group that advocated for the separation of church and state has filed a complaint about a Texas judge who ordered a man to marry his girlfriend as a condition of probation.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation said Friday it filed the complaint against Smith County Court-at-Law Judge Randall Rogers a day earlier with the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct in Austin.
Rogers gave 21-year-old Josten Bundy 30 days to marry 19-year-old Elizabeth James or face 15 days in jail on a guilty plea for misdemeanour assault. Bundy admitted he punched Jaynes' ex-boyfriend twice in the jaw for "saying disrespectful things" about her. Rogers also ordered Bundy to scrawl a Bible verse 25 times daily.
Why does this story revolve around the lad and the judge (and yes, I get the separation of church & state issue)?
But, there's a woman involved.
A woman who is being treated badly by all involved.
A woman as a law-enforced prize, who seemingly has no say in her own future.
What century is this?
Composer Danny Elfman, right, accepts the Disney Legend Award honor from Disney CEO Bob Iger, second from left, on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif. The Walt Disney Company honors those who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy by naming them Disney Legends.
Photo by Damian Dovarganes
Fishing restrictions aimed at saving beleaguered cold-water fish amid a particularly hot, dry Pacific Northwest summer have been lifted on two Oregon rivers, though angling is still limited in many regional waters, wildlife officials said on Friday.
"Over the last 10 days or so, water temperatures have trended back down toward normal, after a month of drought conditions and abnormally high temperatures," said Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Todd Confer.
Water temperatures have risen due to hot air and historically low mountain snow melt across the Pacific Northwest region this summer, causing the death of thousands of fish.
While hot temperatures harmed spring Chinook populations, there is hope that falling temperatures will improve the outlook for the fall Chinook and Coho salmon which are expected to begin the journey in September, Confer said.
Beginning more than a decade ago, one of the largest security companies in the world, Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, tried to damage rivals in the marketplace by tricking their antivirus software programs into classifying benign files as malicious, according to two former employees.
They said the secret campaign targeted Microsoft Corp , AVG Technologies NV , Avast Software and other rivals, fooling some of them into deleting or disabling important files on their customers' PCs.
Some of the attacks were ordered by Kaspersky Lab's co-founder, Eugene Kaspersky, in part to retaliate against smaller rivals that he felt were aping his software instead of developing their own technology, they said.
Kaspersky Lab strongly denied that it had tricked competitors into categorizing clean files as malicious, so-called false positives.
The two former Kaspersky Lab employees said the desire to build market share also factored into Kaspersky's selection of competitors to sabotage.
Maria Alyokhina, left, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, two of the members of Moscow-based punk-activist protest group Pussy Riot known for their campaign against Russian President Vladimir Putin, answer questions from the audience during a session held at the 23rd Sziget (Island) Festival on Shipyard Island, northern Budapest, Hungary, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015.
Photo by Balazs Mohai
A U.S. federal appeals court on Friday threw out a lawsuit brought by an Arizona sheriff who argued that President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration were unconstitutional.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a district court judge's finding that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (R-Good Ole Boy) did not have grounds to sue.
Arpaio claimed his office had been injured by Obama's November 2014 orders that were designed to ease the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants.
Judge Nina Pillard, writing on behalf of a three-judge panel, said Arpaio's predictions of higher crime rates and an increase in the jail population "rest on claims of supposition and contradict acknowledged realities."
Arpaio, a longtime Republican firebrand on immigration, has had several actions stymied by the courts this year.
An embattled but apologetic Michigan lawmaker who had an extramarital affair with another married legislator said Friday she will not resign from office and denied any role in a bizarre, fictional email sent to deflect attention from their relationship.
Republican Rep. Cindy Gamrat of Plainwell tearfully broke her silence a week after the scandal broke.
Gamrat and GOP Rep. Todd Courser of Lapeer in Michigan's "Thumb" region are subjects of a House investigation into whether they misused public resources to hide their relationship and fired an aide who refused to help.
The 42-year-old Gamrat, a social conservative and tea party activist, took office in January.
Courser, 43, a fellow freshman tea party representative who like Gamrat bases legislation on Christian beliefs, said this week he orchestrated a false, sexually explicit email to Republicans and reporters in May claiming he was caught having sex with a male prostitute to make the affair less believable if it got out.
Halle Berry, left, and Benicio del Toro attend The Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Annual Grants Banquet at the Beverly Wilshire hotel on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Photo by John Salangsang
A former Atlanta-area police chief has been sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation for shooting his wife in bed on New Year's Day in an apparent accident that left her partially paralyzed, a prosecutor said Friday.
William McCollom, 58, pleaded guilty on Thursday to a misdemeanor count of reckless conduct, according to Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard.
Although there is no evidence McCollom intentionally tried to hurt his wife, the district attorney sought an indictment against him for reckless conduct because he took a loaded gun to bed after drinking and taking sleep medication, Ballard said.
McCollom was sentenced as a first offender, meaning he will have no criminal record if he successfully completes probation and pays a $1,000 fine, the prosecutor said.
William and Margaret McCollom divorced after the shooting but continue to live together, the prosecutor said.
The Paulaner brewery's yeast cultures are carried in a festive procession in Munich, Germany, August 14, 2015. The brewery's yeast cultures will be moved from the old inner-city site to the new, larger brewery.
Photo by Sven Hoppe
An auction at Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion showed the King of Rock 'n' Roll remains as popular in death as he was in life.
About 150 bidders attended and thousands more participated online in the auction, which ended late on Thursday and generated nearly $1 million.
They bid on 160 items belonging to the late singer, including a gold-and-diamond necklace with the letters "TCB" - meaning "taking care of business" - that was a gift from fellow Las Vegas entertainer Sammy Davis Jr.
The necklace fetched $40,000, well above the pre-sale estimated value of $20,000 to $30,000, while a racquetball shirt Presley wore to play on his private court sold for $32,500, easily topping the estimated value of $4,000 to $6,000.
Also selling for $32,500 was a 1960s jacket and leather pants ensemble that was estimated before the auction to be worth up to $8,000.
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