Andrew Tobias: Throwing Poxes
We need to win by a landslide: to reassure the world we've not gone nuts; to take the wind out of the sails of conspiracy theorists Trump has already primed to think his loss could only have been "rigged"; and to win back Congress so we can do the obvious things most Americans want us to do to shift the economy into high gear: most importantly, those mentioned above.
In 1943, two football teams were forced to temporarily merge because both had lost so many players to military service. The unofficial name of this team was the Steagles. What two teams formed the Steagles?
Forty-nine of the fifty U.S. states that make up the United States of America have one or more state songs, which are selected by eachstate legislature, and/or state governor, as a symbol (or emblem) of that particular U.S. state. New Jersey does not have an official state song, while Virginia's previous state song, "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny", adopted in 1940, was rescinded due to its racist language by the Virginia General Assembly. In 2015, "Our Great Virginia" was made the new state song of Virginia.
Some U.S. states have more than one official state song, and may refer to some of their official songs by other names; for example,Arkansas officially has two state songs, plus a state anthem, and a state historical song. Arizona has a song that was written specifically as a state anthem in 1915, as well as the 1981 country hit "Arizona", which it adopted as the alternate state anthem in 1982.
Alan J was first and correct with:
New Jersey seems to be the only U.S. state without a "state song"
...may I suggest "Burning Bridges"
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
New Jersey- 'cause really, what is there to sing about in NJ? ;)
Kevin K. in Washington, DC replied:
Alright, I cheated and looked it up. And was I surprised! I thought that "Born To Run", the Boss's famous song about escaping New Jersey was the official song of New Jersey.
DJ Useo responded:
It's New Jersey! I am surprised they didn't pick a Springsteen track by now.
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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.
The Official Voter Information Guide for the CA General Election arrived in the mail today - it has 223 pages!
The phone book back in PA is about half that size.
CBS begins the night with a RERUN'Scorpion', followed by '48 Hours'.
NBC opens the night with a RERUN'The Voice', followed by a RERUN'This Is Us', then a RERUN'SNL'.
'SNL' is FRESH, with Margot Robbie hosting, music by The Weeknd.
ABC fills the night with LIVE'College Football', then pads the left coast with local crap.
The CW offers a FRESH'Masters Of Illusions', followed by a RERUN'Masters Of Illusions', then a RERUN'Penn & Teller: Fool Us'.
Faux fills the night with LIVE'College Football', then pads the left coast with local crap.
MY has an old 'Rizzoli & Isles', followed by another old 'Rizzoli & Isles'.
A&E has 'The First 48', 'The First 48: Drugs Kill', followed by a FRESH'The First 48', then a FRESH'The First 48: Bad Company'.
AMC offers all old 'Fear The Walking Dead' all night.
[6:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Encounter at Farpoint (Part 1)
[7:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Encounter at Farpoint (Part 2)
[8:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-The Naked Now
[9:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Code of Honor
[10:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-The Last Outpost
[11:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Lonely Among Us
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 3-Elementary, Dear Data
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 12-Ship in a Bottle
[2:00PM] SHERLOCK - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-A Study in Pink
[4:00PM] SHERLOCK - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-The Blind Banker
[6:00PM] SHERLOCK - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-The Great Game
[10:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Encounter at Farpoint (Part 1)
[11:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Encounter at Farpoint (Part 2)
[12:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-The Naked Now
[1:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Code of Honor
[2:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-The Last Outpost
[3:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Lonely Among Us
[4:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 3-Elementary, Dear Data
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 12-Ship in a Bottle (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Don't Be Tardy ...', followed by the movie 'The Wedding Planner', then the movie '50 First Dates'.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Beerfest', followed by the movie 'Broken Lizard's Super Troopers', and 'Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain'.
FX has the movie 'How To Train Your Dragon 2', followed by the movie 'How To Train Your Dragon 2', again.
[6:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Thomas Middleditch
[6:15AM] HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER
[8:00AM] BLOOD OF DRACULA
[9:30AM] BLOOD OF THE VAMPIRE
[11:30AM] THE SHINING
[2:45PM] THE SHINING
[8:00PM] AMERICAN HISTORY X
[10:45PM] BOOGIE NIGHTS
[2:15AM] AMERICAN HISTORY X
[5:00AM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-The Bunker
[5:30AM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-Juan Likes Rice & Chicken (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:00AM] The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
[9:30AM] The Descendants
[12:00PM] Up in the Air
[2:30PM] The Firm
[5:30PM] Rain Man
[8:00PM] Stand by Me
[10:00PM] The Breakfast Club
[12:15AM] Good Will Hunting
[3:15AM] The Firm (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Jeepers Creepers II', followed by the movie 'The Crooked Man'.
Singer Rihanna arrives to attend the Italian designer Maria Grazia Chiuri Spring/Summer 2017 women's ready-to-wear collection for fashion house Dior during Fashion Week in Paris, France Sept. 30, 2016.
Photo by Gonzalo Fuentes
The Chicago Tribune endorsed Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson on Friday as a "principled option" beyond the typical red-blue binary.
The conservative paper's editorial board argued that the Democratic and Republican parties have drifted so far from the United States' political mainstream and failed to nominate suitable candidates to the top of their tickets.
This recommendation follows a growing trend among right-leaning or moderate newspapers - which don't like Trump but generally cannot bring themselves to support Clinton - to urge their readers to vote for Johnson.
Several normally conservative papers - including the Dallas Morning News, the Arizona Republic and the Cincinnati Enquirer - recently endorsed Clinton, even though they had backed Republican presidential candidates for decades. The Enquirer had endorsed Republicans for nearly a century.
Three French students of Law, from Sette village of France, canoeing at the Corinth canal, Peloponnese, during their journey ODYSSETTE (little Odyssey), a distance 7.000klm, Greece, Sept. 30, 2016.
Photo by Vassilis Psomas
U.S. and Canada-based Native American tribes are expected to sign a treaty on Friday that urges protections be maintained for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park.
The treaty is the latest sign of growing American Indian activism tied to tribal rights and the environment, and just the third such cross-border agreement in 150 years, tribal members involved said.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said earlier this year that Yellowstone-area grizzlies had come back from the brink of extinction and it proposed stripping U.S. Endangered Species Act protections from the population of about 700 bears.
The move would open the way for hunting bears that roam outside the park's borders in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.
The treaty, expected to be signed by Piikani Nation and other tribes in the western Canadian province of Alberta on Friday, declares support by more than 50 tribes for protecting grizzlies from random killing and preserving their habitat against development.
Police investigating suspected Italian mobsters for cocaine trafficking discovered two Van Gogh paintings hidden in a farmhouse near Naples, masterpieces that had vanished in 2002 during a nighttime heist at Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum, authorities said Friday.
The two paintings were "considered among the artworks most searched for in the world, on the FBI's list of the Top 10 art crimes," Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said.
They were found in a farmhouse near Castellammare di Stabia as Italian police seized some 20 million euros ($22 million) worth of assets, including farmland, villas and apartments and a small airplane. Investigators contend those assets are linked to two Camorra drug kingpins, Mario Cerrone and Raffaele Imperiale, according to a statement by prosecutors Giovanni Colangelo and Filippo Beatrice.
One of the paintings, the 1882 "Seascape at Scheveningen," is one of Vincent Van Gogh's first major works. It depicts a boat setting off into a stormy sea, and the thick paint trapped grains of sand that blew up from the Dutch beach as Van Gogh worked on it over two days.
The other is a 1884-85 work, "Congregation leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen," which depicts a church in the southern Netherlands where the artist's father was the pastor. Experts believe it was done for Van Gogh's mother.
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was removed from the bench Friday for defying the U.S. Supreme Court on gay marriage, more than a decade after he was ousted for disobeying a federal order to take down a 2 ½-ton monument to the Ten Commandments.
The nine-member Alabama Court of the Judiciary suspended Moore for the remainder of his term. Although the court stopped short of outright removing him as they did in 2003, the punishment has the same effect, ending his period as Alabama's top jurist.
The judiciary court ruled that Moore defied law already clearly settled by the high court's Obergefell vs. Hodges ruling when he told Alabama's probate judges six months later that they were still bound by a 2015 state court order to deny marriage licenses to gays and lesbians.
"Beyond question, at the time he issued the January 6, 2016, order, Chief Justice Roy Moore knew about Obergefell and its clear holding that the United States Constitution protects the right of same-sex couples to marry," the court wrote in the unanimous decision.
They said Moore also flouted a federal judge's order that enjoined the judges from enforcing Alabama's same-sex marriage ban after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision.
A judge said that federal wildlife officials have failed to protect the world's only wild population of red wolves in a preliminary ruling that restricts the government's ability to remove the animals from private property.
U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle's preliminary injunction released Thursday stops wildlife officials from removing the wolves from private property unless they can show that the wolves are threatening humans, pets or livestock.
Boyle also said conservation groups are likely to succeed at trial in showing that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has violated the Endangered Species Act in its handling of the dwindling red wolf population.
Boyle wrote that plaintiffs have demonstrated that the wildlife service's actions "fail to adequately provide for the protection of red wolves and may in fact jeopardize the population's survival in the wild."
Conservationists have argued that the federal government twice gave landowners permission to kill wolves on private property without meeting the strict legal requirements since 2014. One wolf was shot as a result.
Federal authorities on Friday added seven yellow-faced bee species, Hawaii's only native bees, for protection under the Endangered Species Act, a first for any bees in the United States.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the listing after years of study by the conservation group Xerces Society, state government officials and independent researchers. The Xerces Society says its goal is to protect nature's pollinators and invertebrates, which play a vital role in the health of the overall ecosystem.
The nonprofit organization was involved in the initial petitions to protect the bee species, said Sarina Jepson, director of endangered species and aquatic programs for the Portland, Oregon-based group.
Jepson said yellow-faced bees can be found elsewhere in the world, but these particular species are native only to Hawaii and pollinate plant species indigenous to the islands.
The bees face a variety of threats including "feral pigs, invasive ants, loss of native habitat due to invasive plants, fire, as well as development, especially in some for the coastal areas," Jepson told The Associated Press.
A sign hangs in protest as a woman prays at a makeshift memorial after the death of Alfred Olango, who was shot by El Cajon police Tuesday, at the parking lot where he was shot in El Cajon, Calif., on Sept. 29, 2016.
Photo by Patrick T. Fallon
One of the biggest dinosaur footprints ever recorded has been unearthed in the Gobi Desert, researchers said Friday, offering a fresh clue about the giant creatures that roamed the earth millions of years ago.
A joint Mongolian-Japanese expedition found the giant print, which measures 106 centimetres (42 inches) long and 77 centimetres wide.
One of several footprints discovered in the vast Mongolian desert, the huge fossil was discovered last month in a geologic layer formed between 70 million and 90 million years ago, researchers said.
It was naturally cast, as sand flowed into dents that had been left by the creature stomping on the once muddy ground.
The footprint is believed to have belonged to Titanosaur, a long-necked dinosaur, and could have been more than 30 metres long and 20 metres tall, according researchers.
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. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band; $6,217,658; $106.93.
2. Beyonce; $5,718,647; $109.34.
3. Coldplay; $5,674,654; $102.36.
4. Guns N' Roses; $5,421,632; $117.90.
5. Paul McCartney; $3,361,974; $125.51.
6. Kenny Chesney; $2,753,332; $77.97.
7. Drake; $2,363,275; $115.80.
8. Rod Stewart; $1,630,177; $111.43.
9. Sting / Peter Gabriel; $1,607,410; $117.02.
10. Dead & Company; $1,545,481; $69.85.
11. Justin Bieber; $1,444,257; $98.47.
12. Phish; $1,408,203; $51.07.
13. Iron Maiden; $1,323,991; $70.89.
14. Zac Brown Band; $1,078,826; $53.50.
15. Lionel Richie; $1,032,137; $87.97.
16. Dixie Chicks; $929,732; $65.51.
17. Paul Simon; $839,702; $88.79.
18. Dave Matthews Band; $835,753; $48.36.
19. The Cure; $746,055; $54.64.
20. Carrie Underwood; $728,469; $67.76.
A Sugarbird sits on the branches of a burned Wild Fynbos bush in spring in the World Heritage Site Table Mountain National Park in Cape Town, South Africa, Sept. 30, 2016. Fynbos is Dutch for fine-leaved plants. Fynbos is a totally unique vegetation that makes up 80 per cent of the Cape Floral Kingdom and found nowhere else on earth. Table Mountain alone hosts as many plant species as the entire United Kingdom with 1 500 species. The Western Cape is more botanically diverse than the richest tropical rainforest in South America according to World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
Photo by Nic Bothma
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