Marc Dion: Smile Like Mona Lisa (Creators Syndicate)
I know I'm supposed to hate them because they're smoking $7-a-pack cigarettes instead of putting that money toward a security deposit. I wish the poor would spend their money wisely, but I know it's hard to think ahead when you're waiting for the homeless shelter to open.
Robert Scheer: Crisis of Faith and Football (Creators Syndicate)
As a recently suffering Oakland Raiders fan, I greeted the death of Kenny "The Snake" Stabler with a cocktail of fond memories of being in the Pasadena Rose Bowl Stadium delirium as he led the Raider Nation to victory in the 1977 Super Bowl. But it's a cocktail laced with the bitter news from this week that Stabler, like so many of his peers, had suffered terribly for years from the effects of concussions incurred during those glory days.
"in an interview with Howard Stern on November 16, 2010, Joel admitted that the song was written after having dinner with Mick and Bianca Jagger. Joel told Stern that while writing the lyrics to "Big Shot," he was thinking of Mick singing the song to Bianca."
Alan J was first and correct with:
Mick and Bianca Jagger.
If I had to guess
I'd go with Mick Jagger and his wife at the time, Bianca, who was Paris
Hilton before Paris Hilton was born.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
Mick and Bianca Jagger
I'm familiar with the song but had no idea of the answer. So I consulted the Great Wiki which told me that it was about Mick and Bianca Jagger. I don't know their lives so I don't judge, but yawn.
My orange tree is in full bloom, easily a month early. I still have oranges to harvest. in 18 years this is a first.
Mick and Bianca Jagger
In reply to B2's trivia question:
Billy Joel write the song, "Big Shot" after having dinner with Mick and Bianca Jagger but then decided it was actually his thoughts about his ex-wife, Elizabeth Weber!
Couldn't find the pic he requested, but here is Elizabeth Weber.
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali replied:
Who gives a flying fuck what Billy Joel ever thought about Mick Jagger? Billy Joel suffers from short man's syndrome.
DJ Useo responded:
I actually know the answer is Mick Jagger, & Bianca. I wonder if Mick is here in Austin for SXSW? Everyone else seems to be. Lol.
Mick Jagger and Bianca Jagger ~ Joel has said that the song is a mockery of himself, but he told Howard Stern in 2010 that he wrote it after having dinner with Mick and Bianca Jagger, and imagined the lyrics describing Mick's thoughts toward his then-wife.
Joe S answered:
I got this one BttbB, Mick and Bianca Jagger. You got to get up pretty early in the morning to stump the "Ol' Jagger Meister."
Lois Of The Latitudes said:
How wonderful for Billy Joel that a simple dinner with some dull married couple could inspire such an awesome song. Who would think Mick and Bianca Jagger would be fodder for material of any sort, although I read that there was some controversy regarding Bianca and a horse in a nightclub, which SHOULD remind me of a joke...
A horse walks into a bar and says "bartender, scotch on the rocks please!"
The bartender, rubbing his eyes in disbelief says "did.. did you just talk?!"
"Yes I did, why?" Said the horse
"It's just, incredible! I've never seen a talking horse! You know, you should really go talk to the local circus, they would LOVE to have someone with your skills!"
The horse replied "Why? Do they need an accountant?"
The bartender answered, "No, dumbass, because you have a long face!"
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 starts the night with '60 Minutes', followed by a FRESH'Madam Secretary', then a FRESH'The Good Wife', followed by a FRESH'Elemetary'.
NBC opens the night with a RERUN'Little Big Shots', followed by a FRESH'Little Big Shots', then a RERUN'The Carmichael Show', followed by a FRESH'Crowded', then a FRESH'Hollywood Game Night'.
ABC begins the night with a FRESH'America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos', followed by a FRESH'Once Upon A Time', then a FRESH'The Family', followed by a FRESH'Quantico'.
The CW offers an old 'Person Of Interest', followed by an old 'Elementary', then 2½' hours of what passes for local news and other fluffery.
Faux has a RERUN'The Simpsons', followed by the FRESH'Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade', then the FRESH'The Passion'.
MY has an old 'Anger Management', followed by another old 'Anger Management', then an old 'Big Bang Theory', followed by another old 'Big Bang Theory', then still another old 'Big Bang Theory', followed by yet another old 'Big Bang Theory'.
A&E has 'Intervention', followed by a FRESH'Hoarders', then 'Intervention: Codependent', followed by a FRESH'Intervention'.
AMC offers 'The Walking Dead', another 'The Walking Dead', followed by a FRESH'The Walking Dead', then a FRESH'Talking Dead'.
[6:00AM] HIDDEN HABITATS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Serengeti
[6:30AM] NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 1 - Episode 1 (01-001)
[7:30AM] NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 1 - Episode 2 (01-002)
[8:30AM] NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 1 - Episode 3 (02-001)
[9:30AM] NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 1 - Episode 4 (02-002)
[10:30AM] NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 1 - Episode 5 (02-003)
[11:30AM] NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 1 - Episode 6 (03-001)
[12:30PM] NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 1 - Episode 7 (03-002)
[1:30PM] NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 1 - Episode 8 (03-003)
[2:30PM] PATRIOT GAMES
[5:00PM] DEEP IMPACT
[8:00PM] THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER
[11:00PM] THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER
[2:00AM] NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 1 - Episode 1 (01-001)
[3:00AM] NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 1 - Episode 2 (01-002)
[4:00AM] NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 1 - Episode 3 (02-001)
[5:00AM] NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 1 - Episode 4 (02-002) (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has a FRESH'Atlanta Social', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', then a FRESH'Real Housewives Of Potomac', and 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta'.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Zoolander', followed by the movie 'Wedding Crashers', then the movie 'Zoolander'.
FX has the movie 'Avatar', followed by the movie 'Gravity'.
[6:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Simon Helberg
[6:15AM] PORTLANDIA-Breaking Up
[7:15AM] PORTLANDIA-Family Emergency
[7:45AM] PORTLANDIA-First Feminist City
[8:15AM] PORTLANDIA-Lance Is Smart
[8:45AM] THE SPIRIT
[11:00AM] THE MATRIX
[2:00PM] THE MATRIX RELOADED
[5:00PM] THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS
[8:00PM] THE MATRIX
[11:00PM] THE MATRIX RELOADED
[2:00AM] THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS
[5:00AM] PORTLANDIA-Lance Is Smart
[5:30AM] PORTLANDIA-Going Gray (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:00AM] Love Lust-Love Lust & the Bikini
[8:15AM] Hap and Leonard-Savage Season
[9:16AM] Hap and Leonard-The Bottoms
[10:17AM] Hap and Leonard-The Dive
[11:17AM] Red Dawn
[1:46PM] Sudden Impact
[6:30PM] Rocky II
[9:00PM] Rocky III
[11:30PM] Rocky IV
[1:30AM] Rocky V
[4:00AM] Once Upon a Time in Mexico (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Scorpion King 2: Rise Of A Warrior', followed by the movie 'Planet Of The Apes'.
U.S. actress Uma Thurman, right, greets British Fashion Designer Victoria Beckham on the stage during the fundraising gala organized by amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research) in Hong Kong, Saturday, March 19, 2016.
Photo by Kin Cheung
Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of the British rock band The Who were on hand for the opening on Friday of a special social area at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for teens and young adults suffering from the illness.
Called The Lounge, the new space was developed by Teen Cancer America, a nonprofit organization co-founded by the two rock stars. The charity works with hospitals to develop state-of-the-art facilities to give teens suffering from cancer a place to meet, spend time together and stay connected.
"The music business was founded with the support of teenagers, well it was in my day," Daltrey told a press conference. "And this is a good way of giving back."
Finding Nemo has become the second film to be dubbed over in Navajo.
Starting this month, the Pixar film, literally translated as Nemo Ha?de?íst'i??i??', will screen in select theaters on and near the Navajo reservation across Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
The Finding Nemo Navajo translation is a part of a larger cultural initiative led by the Navajo Nation Museum to preserve and teach the native language through film. In 2013, the first major motion picture to be dubbed into Navajo was Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
All voice roles were performed by members of the Navajo nation, while Fall Out Boy singer Patrick Stump recorded the end credit song in Navajo.
A blue diamond ring that child star-turned-diplomat Shirley Temple wore for decades is going up for auction.
Sotheby's says the 9.54 carat ring is among the more than 300 lots in the "Magnificent Jewels" auction scheduled for April 19 in New York. It has a pre-sale estimate of between $25 million and $35 million.
Sotheby's says Temple's father bought the cushion-cut stone for her around her 12th birthday in 1940 for $7,210. She wore it throughout her life, as can be seen in a photograph from The Associated Press from September 1969.
The ring is being sold in its original platinum and diamond setting, and a gold setting Temple had made for it will be included as well, Everett said.
A tourist looks at caricatures of former US presidents (L-R) Ronald Reagan, George Bush and George W. Bush during a visit to the Cretins' Corner at the Revolution Museum in Havana on March 19, 2016
Photo by Hector Velazco
Dylan O'Brien has been injured on the set of "Maze Runner: The Death Cure" during production in British Columbia.
20th Century Fox said in a statement Friday that O'Brien was immediately transferred to a local hospital after being injured Thursday. The studio said shooting will be shut down while the actor recovers.
A representative for O'Brien didn't immediately respond to messages Friday. The 24-year-old is the star of the dystopian science-fiction series. "The Death Cure" is the third in the franchise.
Trish Knight Chernecki, spokeswoman for the provincial occupational health and safety regulator WorkSafeBC, said an investigation officer has been dispatched to the set to investigate. WorkSafeBC Prevention Officers are on-site at a film set at Cache Creek airport - about 215 miles northeast of Vancouver.
James Dashner, the author of the "Maze Runner" book trilogy, posted on Twitter Friday that O'Brien had been hurt but he was going to be OK and his injuries were "not life-threatening in any way."
A small Native American community in coastal Louisiana is to be resettled after losing nearly all its land partly due to rising seas, a first in the United States.
The band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw, a Native American tribe living in the Louisiana coastal wetlands, has lost some 98 percent of its land since the 1950s.
This is the first time an entire community has had to be relocated due in part to rising sea levels, said Marion McFadden, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The land loss is also due to factors such as erosion and sediment mismanagement, a Louisiana official said.
The band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw have lived and fished on the Isle de Jean Charles in Louisiana's coastal south since the 1800s, a tribe's spokesman said.
But land loss has caused the island to shrink from some 15,000 acres to a strip of about a quarter-mile wide by a half-mile long, a study by Northern Arizona University shows.
Cosplayers dressed in fantasy costumes perform during the Manga-Comic-Convention at the Leipzig International Book Fair in Leipzig, central Germany, Saturday, March 19, 2016. The fair is a meeting place for all comic book, manga, cosplay, Japan and gaming aficionados from around the world.
Photo by Jens Meyer
The U.S. Forest Service on Friday proposed giving Nestle a five-year permit to keep siphoning millions of gallons of water from the Southern California mountains to bottle and sell.
The Forest Service said it was starting an environmental analysis of the request for a special permit to continue drawing water from the Strawberry Creek watershed in the San Bernardino National Forest east of Los Angeles.
Nestle Waters North America - a subsidiary of the Swiss multinational food giant and the largest bottled water company in the nation - has been drawing 25 million gallons of water a year from mountains springs under a permit that expired some three decades ago. The company pays the government a modest permit fee of about $500 a year and markets the product as Arrowhead brand spring water.
The forest supervisor is proposing to grant Nestle the special permit but require the company to conduct studies and modify operations if they show that water extraction is harming the environment. The Forest Service is accepting public comment on the proposal until May 2.
Meanwhile, Nestle will be allowed to continue its water operations.
A top Hawaii lawmaker is delaying a public records request because of a dispute that could hold up similar requests for years. The outcome will likely determine whether legislators can withhold emails, calendars and other information from the public, which watchdog groups see as crucial to government accountability.
The Associated Press recently sought emails and schedules of legislative leaders in all 50 states, and the request was met with more denials than approvals. Some lawmakers claimed legislative immunity from the public records laws that apply to most state officials, while others said secrecy was essential to making laws.
But a response from the Hawaii Senate president stood out because the reason for not providing records was a pending appeal of a different records request, suggesting the Senate could be walling off similar information requests for a year or more.
The issue began when a non-profit group asked for copies of communications between several senators, representatives and the agriculture industry on pesticides and genetically engineered crops, sensitive topics in Hawaii.
Hundreds of kites from around the world fly through the sky at the Jumeirah beach during an international kite festival in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, March 19, 2016.
Photo by Kamran Jebreili
The National Park Service has opened up a new front in the fight over the names of historic hotels and other beloved landmarks at Yosemite National Park.
The agency has asked a federal trademark board to cancel trademarks obtained by the company that previously ran the park's hotels, restaurants and outdoor activities, the Sacramento Bee reported Friday (http://bit.ly/1R5Nzye). Those trademarks include the name, "The Ahwahnee," which was used on a luxurious stone and timber hotel with stunning views of the park's fabled granite peaks, and "Curry Village," a woodsy family-friendly lodging complex.
The park's previous concession company, Delaware North, is demanding the park service pay it $51 million for the names and other intellectual property and has filed a lawsuit in federal court. The park service, meanwhile, changed the names of The Ahwahnee, Curry Village and other sites while it fights for the rights to keep the original names.
Attorneys for the U.S. Department of the Interior told the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board that the trademark registrations were causing "damage and injury" to the National Park Service, according to the Bee.
Attorneys for Delaware North said in a March 14 reply that the effort to cancel its trademarks was "a tactic" in the ongoing litigation. They asked the trademark board not to take any action until the lawsuit was resolved.
This combination photo shows the Eiffel Tower before and after its lights were turned off to mark Earth Hour in Paris, France, Saturday, March 19, 2016. Cities around the world were turning out the lights Saturday evening to mark the 10th annual Earth Hour, a global movement dedicated to protecting the planet and highlighting the effects of climate change.
Photo by Kamil Zihnioglu
A butterfly species, misidentified for more than 60 years, may be the only type of butterfly endemic to Alaska, say scientists.
The newly identified Tanana Arctic lives in spruce and aspen forests in the Tanana-Yukon River Basin. Because butterflies react quickly to climate change, the species could help scientists identify alarming changes in the sensitive arctic ecosystem, says Andrew Warren, a lepidopterist (butterfly expert) at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
"This butterfly has apparently lived in the Tanana River valley for so long that if it ever moves out, we'll be able to say 'Wow, there are some changes happening,' " said Dr. Warren, lead author on a new paper in the Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera. "This is a region where the permafrost is already melting and the climate is changing."
The Tanana Arctic butterflies - the first species discovered in Alaska in the last 28 years - may be a rare hybrid between two related species, the Chryxus Arctic (Oeneis chryxus) and the White-veined Arctic (O. bore), says Warren.
He first identified the new species while organizing butterfly specimens in a museum collection, he told Smithsonian.com. He noticed that the specimens, while similar to O. chryxus, possessed distinct characteristics, including white specks on the underside of its penny-colored wings that gave it a "frosted" appearance. This butterfly was also larger and darker than the other species.
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