Susan Estrich: This is Real (Creators Syndicate)
This is not a television show. This is not one of those audience response things that measure how loudly we scream and or how many balls we throw. No, this is our democracy, of Presidents Washington and Jefferson and Madison and Jackson and Lincoln and Roosevelt and, yes, Reagan and Obama. And Donald Trump?
Lucy Mangan: What sane woman likes to try clothes on in semi-public? (Telegraph)
I knew it was too good to last. Apparently, the facility for online shoppers to have an item delivered at no extra cost in multiple sizes and then return, often free of charge, the ones that don't fit is messing with the profits of the stores that offer this deliriously convenient service. And so, of course, it is under threat.
L.V. Anderson: Why a Woman Putting on a Chewbacca Mask Is Facebook Live's Most-Watched Video Ever (Slate)
… why have tens of millions of people watched a video Payne made for her "friends on the Internet webs"? Because Payne is charming. She's self-deprecating about her weight, her trouble pronouncing the word confiscate, and the fact that people in the parking lot are staring at her. She makes no bones about the fact that she bought the mask for herself, not for her kids. And she has a great, genuine laugh, which goes on for at least a full minute as the mask, designed to make noise when the mouth moves, faintly emits Chewbacca roars. Payne's joy is infectious.
Chaka Khan (born Yvette Marie Stevens; March 23, 1953) is an American singer-songwriterwhose career has spanned four decades, beginning in the 1970s as the frontwoman and focal point of the funk band Rufus. Widely known as the Queen of Funk, Khan has won ten Grammys and has sold an estimated 70 million records worldwide. Khan was ranked at number 17 in VH1's original list of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll. In 2015, she was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the second time; she was previously nominated as member of Rufus in 2011. Khan was the first R&B artist to feature a rapper with "I Feel for You" in 1984. In the course of her solo career, Khan has achieved three gold singles, three gold albums and one platinum album with I Feel for You. With Rufus, she achieved four gold singles, four gold albums, and two platinum albums.
Alan J was first and correct with:
I caved and looked this up: Yvette Marie Stevens is better known as Chaka Khan. Several of her hit songs in the late '80s and early '90s were Jazzercise routines.
Rain was predicted for overnight and today. Although stormy clouds surround us, nothing looks like it'll deliver rain. Rats. At least it isn't stupid-hot.
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 another '60 Minutes', then a FRESH'Undercover Boss', followed by another FRESH'Undercover Boss'.
NBC opens the night with 'Dateline', followed by a RERUN'Little Big Shots', then a FRESH'The Carmichael Show', followed by a FRESH'Crowded', then 'Dateline'.
ABC fills the night with the FRESH'The 2016 Billboard Music Awards'.
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 FRESH'Bordertown', followed by a RERUN'The Simpsons', then a FRESH'The Simpsons', followed by a FRESH'Bob's Burgers', then a FRESH'Family Guy', followed by a FRESH'Bob's Burgers'.
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 all old 'Beyond Scared Straight' all night.
AMC offers 'Fear The Walking Dead', another 'Fear The Walking Dead', followed by a FRESH'Fear The Walking Dead', then a FRESH'Preacher', followed by a FRESH'Talking Dead'.
[6:00AM] HIDDEN HABITATS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Serengeti
[8:30AM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Kalahari
[9:30AM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Savannah
[10:30AM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Congo
[11:30AM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Cape
[12:30PM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Sahara
[1:30PM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-The Future
[2:30PM] BLACK HAWK DOWN (2001)
[5:30PM] THE MONUMENTS MEN (2014)
[8:00PM] BLACK HAWK DOWN (2001)
[11:00PM] THE MONUMENTS MEN (2014)
[1:30AM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Kalahari
[2:30AM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Savannah
[3:30AM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Congo
[4:30AM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Cape
[5:30AM] HIDDEN HABITATS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Serengeti (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Shahs Of Sunset', followed by a FRESH'Shahs Of Sunset', then a FRESH'Thicker Than Water', and 'Shahs Of Sunset'.
Comedy Central has 'Kevin Hart: Seriously Funny', 'Kevin Hart: I'm A Grown Little Man', 'Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain', and 'Kevin Hart: Seriously Funny'.
FX has the movie 'Thor: The Dark World', followed by the movie '300: Rise Of An Empire'.
[6:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Fred Armisen
[6:15AM] AMERICAN WEDDING
[8:15AM] ORANGE COUNTY
[10:00AM] A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN
[1:00PM] A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN
[4:00PM] AMERICAN WEDDING
[6:00PM] DEATH AT A FUNERAL
[8:00PM] HALF BAKED
[12:15AM] DEATH AT A FUNERAL
[4:30AM] MARON-The Joke
[5:00AM] MARON-Desert Road Trip
[5:30AM] MARON-Stroke of Luck (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:00AM] The Haunting in Connecticut
[8:15AM] The Conspirator
[10:45AM] Snake Eyes
[4:00PM] Rear Window
[4:30AM] Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter-Actors
[5:30AM] The Writers' Room-Breaking Bad (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'The Bourne Identity', followed by the movie 'The Bourne Supremacy'.
Capt. James Kirk can finally take command of his ship, and it's a state-of-the-art piece of technology.
Captain Kirk (an actual officer, not the one played by William Shatner) won't be taking the helm of Starfleet's Enterprise, but rather he captains the USS Zumwalt, a real-life, first-of-its-kind destroyer with unprecedented naval capabilities, according to the Navy.
The USS Zumwalt is making a splash partly because of it's stealth technology. Its antennas are concealed, and its angular design gives it a small radar profile, making the ship very difficult to track. It further decreases its radar signature by riding low in the water - so low that some naval officers have doubted whether it can withstand big waves, The Christian Science Monitor reported previously.
The futuristic vessel is so stealthy it carries reflectors so other ships can more easily avoid the vessel during fog or storms. When its stealth measures are fully employed, the record 610-feet destroyer looks like a harmless fishing boat.
Lobsterman Lawrence Pye told the Associated Press that when the Zumwalt approached, his radar screen showed only a 40-foot fishing vessel, and only when it sailed within a half-mile of him could he see that it was the Navy's largest-ever destroyer.
Actress Sonia Braga poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the screening of the film "Elle" in competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 21, 2016.
Photo by Jean-Paul Pelissier
The surface level at Lake Mead has dropped as planned to historic low levels, and federal water managers said Thursday the vast Colorado River reservoir is expected to continue to shrink amid ongoing drought.
The closely controlled and measured lake shrunk Wednesday to its lowest point since Hoover Dam was completed in 1936 - with a surface level of 1,074.68 feet above sea level.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation plans to let it drop another few feet by the end of next month. Then, it will be refilled enough by the end of the year to pass a crucial water-level mark to avoid cuts in water deliveries to residents, farms, tribes and businesses in Arizona, Nevada and California.
"We have passed the historic low of June 25, 2015," said Rose Davis, a spokeswoman for the reclamation bureau, "and we expect the lake to continue to drop to levels near 1,070 feet by the end of June. However, they are expected to be back by Dec. 31 above the levels that would trigger a shortage declaration in 2017."
Las Vegas and its 2 million residents and 40 million tourists a year get almost all their drinking water from Lake Mead.
Six maps from the American War of Independence, which helped convince George Washington to make a crucial change in strategy, go up for auction in a French chateau next month.
Descendants of the Count of Rochambeau, who led the French expeditionary force to support the Americans in the war against the English, discovered the meticulously drawn maps in an attic. They include detailed renderings of New York, Boston Harbour, Chesapeake Bay and Portsmouth.
The maps will go up for auction on June 13 in the spectacular surroundings of the Chateau d'Artigny at Montbazon, near the central town of Tours.
"With these maps you can smell the gunpowder," said auctioneer Aymeric Rouillac.
"These are the maps that allowed Rochambeau to convince George Washington of the superiority of the English positions...," he explained. The maps showed the fortifications and the positions of the English forces.
A small fire shut down a generating tower at the world's largest solar-thermal power plant, leaving the sprawling facility on the California-Nevada border operating at only a third of its capacity, authorities said.
Firefighters had to climb some 300 feet up a boiler tower at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California after the fire was reported on an upper level around 9:30 a.m. Thursday, fire officials said.
The plant uses mirrors to focus sunlight on boilers at the top of three 459-foot towers, creating steam that drive turbines to produce electricity.
But some misaligned mirrors instead focused sunbeams on a different level of Unit 3, causing electrical cables to catch fire, San Bernardino County Fire Capt. Mike McClintock said.
It was the first fire at the plant, which opened two years ago on federal land in the Mojave Desert about 45 miles southwest of Las Vegas. The $2.2 billion complex has nearly 350,000 computer controlled mirrors - each roughly the size of a garage door - that sprawl over roughly 5 square miles of desert.
Presumptive Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump (R-Grifter) has not raised $6 million for veterans' charities, contrary to prior announcements from his own campaign.
Trump, who skipped a GOP primary debate in Iowa to hold his own alternative event in January, said at the time his fundraiser managed to gather over $6 million for more than 20 veterans' groups, $1 million of which he said he personally donated.
However, on Friday, the Post reported campaign manager Corey Lewandowski now says only $4.5 million was actually raised because "there were some individuals who he'd spoken to who were going to write large checks, [who] for whatever reason ... didn't do it." As CNN noted, the Trump campaign has been tight with details on the specifics of the event, and only a figure in the neighborhood of $3 million has been confirmed as actually being disbursed to veterans' groups so far.
The event was intended to draw contrasts between Trump and his Republican rivals for the presidential nomination - as well as blunt any lingering criticism remaining from the time the candidate mocked Arizona Sen. John McCain for getting captured during the Vietnam War.
The battle over the fortune of ailing media mogul Sumner Redstone has taken another turn. Lawyers for Redstone are seeking to remove two members of the board of the trust that will eventually control Redstone's media empire, which includes CBS Corp. and Viacom Inc.
Viacom Chief executive Philippe Dauman and George Abrams, a member of Viacom's board, were informed that they had been removed from the trust that will control Redstone's companies after he dies or is declared incompetent.
Michael Tu, an attorney with the law firm representing Redstone, said in a statement that Redstone had taken "decisive and lawful action which he firmly believes is in the best interest of Viacom Inc. and its stockholders."
In his statement, Tu, a lawyer with the Los Angeles law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, said that Dauman and Abrams had also been removed as directors of National Amusements Inc., the holding company that owns the controlling shares of cable giant Viacom and CBS.
But Viacom released a statement Saturday attacking the actions as inconsistent with Redstone's wishes and contended they were being driven instead by Redstone's daughter, Shari Redstone.
Women dressed as the she devil La China Supay, perform in the traditional "Diablada" dance during the inaugural parade for the religious celebration, "The Lord of Great Power", honoring Christ as the second person of the Holy Trinity, in La Paz, Bolivia, Saturday, May 21, 2016. Faithful from every social strata gather annually for the festival of street parties, parade of dancers, and religious processions, to show their devotion to the Christ in a specific painting that shows the Holy Trinity, not only as human representations, which is controversial, but with mestizo features. Many people attribute miracles to this visible expression of Christ. The festival originated in the early 1920's, celebrated by a small fraternity of Aymara migrants living in the public market district of the Bolivian capital. It as since grown into a huge celebration.
Photo by Juan Karita
Amid a massive frozen foods recall involving millions of packages of fruits and vegetables that were shipped to all 50 U.S. states, Canada and Mexico, authorities who want to stem the listeria-linked illnesses and deaths worry it'll be difficult to get consumers to dig through their freezers and check for products they may have bought as far back as 2014.
It's one of the largest food recalls in recent memory, with well over 400 products from CRF Frozen Foods in Pasco, Washington, sold under more than 40 different brand names at major retailers like Costco, Target, Trader Joe's and Safeway. So far, eight people have been sickened by listeria that's genetically similar to that found in CRF vegetables, and two have died, though listeria was not the primary cause of death.
The initial recall started April 22, covering 11 frozen vegetable products. On May 2, CRF expanded it to include all of its frozen organic and traditional fruit and vegetable products manufactured or processed at its Washington plant since May 1, 2014. Thanks to recently developed whole-genome sequencing of food-contaminating bacteria, the Food and Drug Administration and CDC found that the listeria bacteria found in the blood of a person sickened in 2013 is genetically similar to the listeria tied to the recall.
Products were both packaged for sale as individual products and repackaged by places like Piggly Wiggly, Kroger and ConAgra foods as ingredients in a host of other store-brand and private-label products for stores like Trader Joe's and Costco.
Also, retailers including Target and regional distributors such as Midwest grocery chain Hy-Vee Foods have recently recalled products made by Tokyo-based Ajinomoto Windsor due to the company recalling 70 of its Asian variety products that contain CRF vegetables - about 47 million pounds worth - some of which were also sold in Canada and Mexico.
A train is seen on L.A. Metro's new $1.5 billion Expo Line extension that connects downtown to the beach for the first time in 63 years, in Santa Monica, California, U.S., May 20, 2016.
Photo by Lucy Nicholson
Some Russian athletes are likely to have tested positive for doping in the 2008 Olympic Games after their samples were re-examined, the Interfax news agency quoted Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko as saying on Friday.
Thirty one athletes from six sports could be banned from this year's Rio Olympics after failing doping tests when 454 samples from the 2008 Beijing Games were re-examined, the International Olympic Committee said on Tuesday.
"Now they will publish (a report for) 2008. I guess that our sportspeople will be there as well. We are talking about 12 countries here," the agency quoted Mutko as saying.
South Africans protest against Monsanto and Genetically Modified Organisms in Cape Town, South Africa, May 21, 2016. This pro-organic, anti-transgenic Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) campaign in Cape Town formed part of the international event 'March Against Monsanto' held on 6 continents and over 500 cities worldwide.
Photo by Nic Bothma
Scott Baio says it is time for Hollywood to realize Donald Trump (R-Pendejo) is the presidential candidate Tinseltown should be backing.
The actor, best known for his "work" on Happy Days, its spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi and Charles in Charge, said in a recent interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren that Hollywood will be sorry if Hillary Clinton is elected to the White House.
"Hollywood votes the way Hollywood votes," Baio said. "They are predominantly liberals. And I can't understand why, because Hillary Clinton is basically a socialist, and if they want all of their toys taken away from them eventually, then you vote for her.
"I think Donald Trump's message is the guy doesn't have to change anything because he doesn't pander," Baio said before blasting Clinton even more. "I think she's a horrible candidate. I think she's a bad human being. I think she's crooked and corrupt. And I think a lot of people are finding that out, and they aren't going to want to be involved with her."
"He speaks like I speak. He communicates with people very well," he said. "I want him, as any one person can do, to go into Washington and blow it up."
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