Froma Harrop: Suckers for Trump Need to Believe (Creators Syndicate)
Here is how Donald Trump suckers the little people. What follows is a telling of his methods, not commentary on his lack of scruples. The Question: Why didn't the trail of wreckage left by Trump's failed businesses deter students from forking over as much as $35,000 for a class at Trump University? The Answer: They wanted to believe in a plot that favored them.
Dianthus caryophyllus, carnation or clove pink, is a species of Dianthus. It is probably native to the Mediterranean region but its exact range is unknown due to extensive cultivation for the last 2,000 years.
Colombia is the largest carnation producer in the world.
Colombia produces the most carnations. Ecuador and Colombia have taken away much of the U.S.'s flower growing business. I used to tissue-culture flowers for production for Ball Seed Co. in Lompoc, CA, and much of their business (and my job) went south.
I'd talk about the heat again but maybe Dale has already done so.
Dale of sweltering Diamond Springs, 96°F of Norhotcali replied:
RIP to the Greatest, Muhammed Ali, one of my heroes.
Lois Of The Lilacs answered:
Beautiful Republic of Colombia! Gem of the Ocean, horticulturist's dream land, and sufferer from an asymmetric low-intensity armed conflict since the 1960's! Recently (2012), in an endeavor to neutralize competition (we didn't invade Afghanistan for our health, you know), the U.S. has adjusted trade tariffs to encourage Colombia's farmers to substitute pretty flowers for their traditional crops of coca trees. And it worked! Now the flowers used on the blanket draped over the winner of Belmont's "run for the carnations" are grown in Colombia, which may, or may not, inspire the horses to race that much faster.
Dale...OH, I get it. Here then, to further inspire and entertain, is the evolution of Frank Zappa's "Bird To Nose" gesture. Enjoy!
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CBS starts the night with '60 Minutes', followed by a RERUN'Madame Secretary', then another RERUN'Madame Secretary', followed by a RERUN'Elementary'.
NBC opens the night with 'Dateline', followed by a RERUN'American Ninja Warrior', then a FRESH'Game Of Silence'.
ABC fills the night with LIVE'2016 NBA FInals', followed by a FRESH'Jimmy Kimmel', then pads the left coast with local crap.
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 fills the night with the FRESH'The 2016 Miss USA Meat Parade'.
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'.
AMC offers the movie 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows', followed by a RERUN'Preacher', then a FRESH'Preacher', followed by a FRESH'Feed The Beast'.
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[6:30AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Challenges of Life
[7:30AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Reptiles and Amphibians
[8:30AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Mammals
[9:30AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Fish
[10:30AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Birds
[11:30AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Insects
[12:30PM] HIGHLANDER (1986)
[3:00PM] THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN (2003)
[5:00PM] THE ROCK (1996)
[8:00PM] THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER (1990)
[11:00PM] THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER (1990)
[2:00AM] THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN
[4:00AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Challenges of Life
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Bravo has 'Shahs Of Sunset', followed by a FRESH'Shahs Of Sunset', then a FRESH'Thicker Than Water', and 'Shahs Of Sunset'.
[6:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Beast of Burden
[6:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-It's Only Rock 'n' Roll
[7:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Lil John
[7:15AM] CONAN THE BARBARIAN
[9:45AM] CONAN THE BARBARIAN
[12:30PM] CONAN THE DESTROYER
[2:45PM] A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
[10:00PM] CRANK: HIGH VOLTAGE
[12:00AM] MAX PAYNE
[2:15AM] PUNISHER: WAR ZONE
[4:30AM] MARON-Step 1
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[6:00AM] Leaving Las Vegas
[8:30AM] Monster's Ball
[11:00AM] Cinderella Man
[2:00PM] The Outlaw Josey Wales
[8:00PM] Dirty Harry
[10:15PM] Magnum Force
[12:45AM] Cinderella Man
[3:45AM] The Virgin Suicides
[5:45AM] Love Lust-Love Lust & Sex Symbols (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'The Incredible Hulk', followed by the movie 'John Carter'.
British film director Sir Alan Parker, in Malta for the second edition of the Valletta Film Festival during which his 1978 film Midnight Express is being screened, visits Fort St Elmo, where most of the film was shot, in Valletta, Malta, June 4, 2016.
Photo by Darrin Zammit Lupi
"These good-for-nothing women are chicken, they're no longer chicks," Trump said oinked, according to the The Adobo Chronicles. "They're doing to me what they did to George W. 13 years ago. They're trying hard to learn new tricks, but they're too old for that and should be ashamed of themselves."
American photographer Spencer Tunick, famous for his pictures of huge crowds of naked people, is not a fan of Donald Trump (R-Grifter).
In fact, when the presumptive Republican presidential nominee travels to Cleveland next month for the party's convention, Tunick plans to greet him with 100 nude women holding up mirrors in a form of art photography-turned-protest.
"There shouldn't be a rhetoric of hate in a presidential election," Tunick, 49, said of the billionaire tycoon's campaign, which has featured virulent diatribes against Mexicans, Arabs and women journalists, among others.
Speaking in Colombia, where he plans to assemble 4,000 naked people Sunday in what he calls a message of "peace and unity," Tunick said he felt a duty as a husband and father of two daughters to speak out against Trump.
"I can't just vote. I have to do something," he told AFP.
A U.S. National Park Service paleontologist and Grateful Dead fan credited with identifying an extinct species of otter found in south-central Idaho has named it after the band's guitarist.
Self-described Deadhead Kari Prassack says traveling the country to see Bob Weir and the band gave her the sense of adventure and confidence to pursue her career.
So when fellow scientists earlier this year credited her with properly identifying the new species from a mislabeled jawbone found in the late 1980s at Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, she named it Lontra weiri. Lontra is the genus and weiri the species.
"It was a really important part of my life," said Prassack on Thursday about the 100-plus Grateful Dead concerts she saw starting in 1990 at age 15, when her mother first gave her permission, to 1995 when the band's run ended with the death of frontman Jerry Garcia.
"I really became an adventurous person, much more so than ever before," she said, noting she visited multiple fossil sites during her travels following the band. "I decided if I wanted to do something, I could go and do it."
Amber Tamblyn, left, and Russ Tamblyn arrive at the premiere of "Paint It Black" during the Los Angeles Film Festival at the LACMA Bing Theater on Friday, June 3, 2016, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Jordan Strauss
The idea may have seemed mad, but after all, the beer is called the Madman of Bruges - or Brugse Zot in Dutch.
With the help of crowdfunding efforts among some 400 Madman fans, the dream of building a beer pipeline through the Belgian city of Bruges is becoming real.
Brewer Xavier Vanneste got the idea four years ago to pump beer from his Bruges brewery to a bottling plant outside of town in a pipeline instead of having hundreds of trucks blighting the cobblestoned streets of the UNESCO-protected medieval city.
What at first seemed like an outrageous dream, began to seem possible when Vanneste started talking to local beer enthusiasts.
Sending the pipeline along streets where customers could siphon off their favorite suds was too utopian even for Vanneste, but he came up with the next best thing: IOUs with a lifelong drinking guarantee.
Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has moved to muzzle a former state regulator who says he was ordered in 2010 to drop a fraud investigation into Trump University for political reasons.
Paxton's office issued a cease and desist letter to former Deputy Chief of Consumer Protection John Owens on Friday after Owens made public copies of a 14-page internal summary of the state's case against Donald Trump for scamming millions from students of his now-defunct real estate seminar.
Owens, now retired, said his team had built a solid case against the now-presumptive Republican presidential nominee, but was told to drop it after Trump's company agreed to cease operations in Texas.
Owens' boss at the time was Greg Abbott, then the attorney general and now the state's GOP governor.
The AP first reported Thursday that Trump gave donations totaling $35,000 to Abbott's gubernatorial campaign three years after his office closed the Trump U case. Several Texas media outlets then reported Owens' accusation that the probe was dropped for political reasons.
The federal judge who's hearing a Trump University lawsuit is "a hater of Donald Trump" and ought to be removed from the case. So says Donald Trump, in just one of the recent comments by the presumptive Republican presidential nominee that have legal experts worrying about his commitment to an independent judiciary and his views on presidential powers.
In the midst of a heated presidential campaign, Trump has expressed unusually personal criticism - focusing on the judge's Mexican heritage - though his lawyers have never actually sought to have the judge removed.
His comments are bringing overwhelming disapproval from politicians and lawyers in his own Republican Party. On Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan said of the statements about the judge: "It's reasoning I don't relate to, I completely disagree with the thinking behind that."
And conservative legal scholars say Trump's statements reinforce their worries that he seems to think he can do whatever he wants and disregard rules and conventions that constrain other political candidates.
"The concern is that he would act unbounded in the presidency, in a way that doesn't follow the law," said John McGinnis, a Northwestern University law professor.
An enthusiast dressed as a character from the fantasy novel "The Hobbit" by J. R. R. Tolkien prepares for the battle of five armies near the town of Doksy, Czech Republic, June 4, 2016. Several hundred people arrived in the forest to re-enact the famous battle from Tolkien's novel that was published for the first time in 1937.
Photo by Petr David Josek
The 'ancient ruins' of a long lost Greek city have turned out to be the result of a prehistoric gas leak, according to new research.
The site was originally discovered by snorkelers after they found what they thought to be circular column bases and paved floors on the sea floor.
It was initially thought that an ancient city had been submerged by tidal waves off the shore of the Greek holiday island Zakynthos.
However, new research published in the journal Marine and Petroleum Geology, shows the site was actually created by a natural geological phenomenon that took place up to 5 million years ago.
Following a detailed search of the underwater site near Alikanas Bay by archaeologists, researchers at the University of East Anglia and the University of Athens, Greece analysed the mineral content and texture of the underwater formations.
Actors perform during "The Ecumenical Carnival of flames" fire festival in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 4, 2016. Some of the best masters of fire shows and groups from around the world perform at this festival as they pay tribute to ancient secular traditions.
Photo by Pavel Golovkin
The San Diego Union-Tribune is urging its Republican readers to write in late former President Ronald Reagan's name at the polls during Tuesday's California primary to send a message to Donald Trump.
The newspaper explains in an editorial that it can't endorse the presumptive GOP nominee, it can't recommend voters don't vote and it can't suggest voting for another candidate "because it accomplishes nothing."
The editorial praises Reagan for famously urging the Soviet Union to tear down the Berlin Wall. It calls Trump the "Great Excommunicator" and cites his promise to build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico and his call to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the country.
The board says Trump doesn't deserve the party's mandate.
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