Paul Krugman: Trumpism (NY Times Blog)
So why shouldn't they rally around The Donald? The elite considers him ridiculous, but the base has been told again and again that the elite is corrupt and anti-American. The base has also been told again and again that it represents the true views of everyone except Those People. So why shouldn't they go with someone who is their kind of guy, in style as well as substance?
Marc Dion: To Wound a Mockingbird (Creators Syndicate)
The literary world, what remains of it, is currently in a Confederate flag-type battle about "Go Set a Watchman," a novel from Harper Lee, the author who wrote "To Kill a Mockingbird," everyone's favorite anti-racism primer.
Diane Dimond: The Bully Makes a Point (Creators Syndicate)
The societal problems illegal immigration creates will only get worse unless someone on the national stage keeps the topic center stage and demands change. Or until politicians produce a sensible overhaul of our current system. Or until we demand it.
Froma Harrop: "Helicopter Parents: Why Do They Hover So?" (Creators Syndicate)
Helicopter parents are famous for micromanaging their children's affairs. There are two kinds. One kind indulges children to the point of near imbecility. No demands are ever placed, no chores required. The parents see their role as obedient servant, concierge and above all, banker. The children eventually become wards of the family estate. The other kind …
Ted Rall: "Scott Walker: An Idiot, Ready to Serve on Day 900" (Creators Syndicate)
Whatever your ideological leanings, I trust you agree with me that a Would-Be President should have been living and breathing the minutiae of domestic and foreign policy problems and issues throughout his life. Sure, he should take regular briefings from experts. But he ought to know the basics long before taking in his first campaign contribution.
Chuck Norris: A Lesson From Seniors on a Winning Life (Creators Syndicate)
The major hurdle we face in reversing or slowing functional decline is not found on the track field. In this country, we have developed a culture of inactivity from which no generation is immune. It's called sitting disease. Studies show that our oldest adults and retirees tend to spend the most time sitting, typically eight to 12 waking hours each day.
mj was first, and correct, with:
One for every day of the week. Seven.
Alan J said:
Lactose Intolerant Lois Of Oregon wrote:
The number of the counting shall be SEVEN! A most magical number, not just cosmically important in craps, it has many significant manifestations in the universe! Most famous is the number of orifices in the female body, and the seven deadly sins, which spell out EGG SLAP, if you swap Anger for Wrath...and I will, every time, so I can slap the eggs out of sinners! You can't stop me! BWAHHHHAAHHHAA!
P.S. Thank you, Dale, for encouraging my sublime drunken poetry. You are the wind beneath my upper arm skin flaps.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
Seven sides and seven angles
(In my best HL immitation) Clever girl, Marty!
It's that numbers game. As today's answer is eight, and I do remember
a some vague hexi-whateveritis, I will guess again, eight.
A heptagon has 7 sides and 7 angles.
That fire on I15 yesterday was horrific. The pictures were terrifying. I can't imagine how frightened the motorists were who had to abandon their vehicles.
Joe S answered:
Using a process of elimination, (I believe this an exercise in "new math") and dismissing the five sided figure (the pentagon) the six sided figure (the hexagon) the eight sided figure (the octagon) the nine sided figure (the enneagon) and the 10 sided figure (the decagon) we are left with the seven sided figure, and Bob's your uncle. I did not reference the three and four sided figures as everybody knows them. I did not reference the two sided because........... Well, draw me a two sided figure and you'll see why.
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.
Around 6am it thundered loud enough to set off the car alarms, but didn't start raining until late afternoon.
Got about 1/3" here.
CBS starts the night with '60 Minutes', followed by a FRESH'Big Brother', then a RERUN'Madam Secretary', followed by a RERUN'CSI: The Original One'.
NBC opens the night with a RERUN'Hollywood Game Night', followed by a FRESH'Welcome To Sweden', then another FRESH'Welcome To Sweden', followed by a RERUN'American Ninja Warrior'.
ABC begins the night with a RERUN'America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos', followed by a FRESH'Celebrity Family Feud', then a FRESH'BattleBots', followed by a FRESH'Save My Life: Boston Trauma'.
The CW offers a RERUN'Monopoly Millionaires' Club', followed by an old 'Friends', then another old 'Friends', followed by 2½ hours of what passes for local news and other fluffery.
Faux has a RERUN'Bob's Burgers', followed by another RERUN'Bob's Burgers', then a RERUN'The Simpsons', followed by a RERUN'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', then a RERUN'Family Guy', followed by a FRESH'Golan The Insatiable'.
MY has an old 'How I Met Your Mother', followed by another old 'How I Met Your Mother', 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 'Back To The Future', followed by a FRESH'HUMANS', then a FRESH'Halt & Catch Fire'.
[6:00AM] Nature's Weirdest - Season 1 - Episode 1
[7:00AM] Nature's Weirdest - Season 1 - Episode 2
[8:00AM] Nature's Weirdest - Season 1 - Episode 3
[9:00AM] Nature's Weirdest - Season 1 - Episode 4
[10:00AM] Nature's Weirdest - Season 1 - Episode 5
[11:00AM] Top Gear - Season 22 - Episode 7
[12:30PM] Top Gear - Season 22 - Episode 8
[2:00PM] The Fifth Element
[5:00PM] Humans - Season 1 - Episode 1
[6:00PM] Humans - Season 1 - Episode 2
[7:00PM] Humans - Season 1 - Episode 3
[11:30PM] The Fifth Element
[2:30AM] Top Gear - Season 22 - Episode 7
[4:00AM] Top Gear: Cars of the People-Episode 2
[5:00AM] Top Gear: Cars of the People-Episode 3 (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Married To Medicine', another 'Married To Medicine', followed by a FRESH'Married To Medicine', then a FRESH'Mother Funders'.
Comedy Central has 'South Park', another 'South Park', still another 'South Park', followed by the movie 'Dumb & Dumber'.
FX has the movie 'Marvel's The Avengers', followed by a FRESH'The Strain'.
[6:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-DAVID CROSS
[6:15AM] GREEN ZONE
[8:45AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-SLEEPOVER
[9:15AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-FRANCIS ESCAPES
[9:45AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-KRELBOYNE PICNIC
[10:15AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-LOIS VS. EVIL
[10:45AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-STOCK CAR RACES
[11:15AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-FUNERAL
[11:45AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-CHEERLEADER
[12:15PM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-ROLLERSKATES
[12:45PM] HARD RAIN
[3:00PM] 28 DAYS LATER
[5:45PM] SNAKES ON A PLANE
[8:00PM] TRANSPORTER 2
[10:00PM] FROM DUSK TILL DAWN
[12:30AM] SNAKES ON A PLANE
[2:45AM] FROM DUSK TILL DAWN
[5:15AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-COMPANY PICNIC
[5:45AM] WHITEST KIDS U'KNOW (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] Love Lust-Love Lust & Sex Symbols
[6:15AM] The Cove
[8:15AM] Single White Female
[10:45AM] Damsels in Distress
[1:00PM] Little Shop of Horrors
[6:00PM] Jaws 2
[8:30PM] Jaws 3
[10:45PM] Jaws the Revenge
[12:45AM] The Killer Inside Me
[3:00AM] You Kill Me
[5:00AM] Rectify-Episode 2 (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Sharktopus Vs. Pteracuda', followed by the movie 'Sharktopus Vs. Whalewolf'.
Motorists in Southern California watched (and some fled) as a massive wildfire swiftly burned through Interstate 15 in the mountainous Cajon Pass on Friday.
When fire officials initially rushed to contain the blaze, air support was stymied by aerial gawkers. After spotting five drones in the area , they were forced to halt flights by aircraft sent to extinguish the flames. At least 20 cars were destroyed in the fire.
The incident was the fourth time in a span of a month that a drone hindered efforts to contain a wildfire in Southern California, U.S. Forest Service spokesman Lee Beyer told the Associated Press. Officials grounded the firefighting planes for 26 minutes out of fear the planes would collide with the drones, ABC News reports.
The fire started at 2:30 pm on Friday and spread across 3,500 acres, requiring about 1,000 firefighters to suppress the flames. It destroyed more than a dozen vehicles on the freeway and at least four structures in Baldy Mesa, a nearby rural community. By Saturday, firefighters had only contained five percent of the blaze.
"As soon as we see drones, we shut down all of our aircraft for the safety reasons," said Mr. Beyer. "If a drone got sucked into a wing or a propeller, that could have some serious impacts."
US jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater (L) plays with compatriot jazz trumpeter Irvin Mayfield Jr. (R) and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra on the third day of the 12th Veszpremfest, in Veszprem, 108 kms southwest of Budapest, Hungary, late 17 July 2015. The music festival runs from 15 to 18 July.
Photo by Boglarka Bodnar
Less than 15 percent of U.S. adults eat enough fruits daily to meet federal recommendations, but the numbers are even worse in some states, dipping as low as 7.5 percent in Tennessee, according to a new study.
Even fewer adults eat enough vegetables to meet recommendations, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) researchers found.
"Fruit and vegetable intake has been persistently low for years but we just recently developed a way to look at how each state is doing" in terms of meeting recommendations, said lead author Latetia V. Moore of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the CDC.
"It is surprising how low intake is in some southern states but how disappointingly low it is across the U.S.," Moore told Reuters Health by email.
Overall, 13 percent of people in the U.S. reported eating enough fruit and 8.9 percent reported eating enough vegetables to meet that recommendation.
Researchers believe they found the grave of a man who could be considered the first black male slave freed by Abraham Lincoln, tracking his final resting place to the cemetery of a former Minnesota psychiatric hospital.
William Henry Costley was just 10 months old in 1841 when Lincoln, who was still a young lawyer, won an Illinois Supreme Court case freeing Costley's mother from indentured servitude - a status that historians say would have been akin to enslavement for the black woman and child at that time. That was 22 years before Lincoln, as president, issued the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in rebel states not under Union control free.
Nance Legins-Costley and her son William were from Pekin, a central Illinois community about 130 miles southwest of Chicago, which is what drew the interest of a local amateur historian, Carl Adams. Adams, who now lives in Stuttgart, Germany, spent years researching her and her children's lives . Last year he published "Nance: Trials of the First Slave Freed by Abraham Lincoln - A True Story of Nance Legins-Costley."
In his book, Adams writes that after winning her lengthy legal battle for freedom, Legins-Costley, who had been born to slaves and sold twice before Lincoln took up her cause, lived to a ripe old age in Pekin. Military records helped Adams retrace her son's steps, but finding his gravesite required the help of a curator at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois, and a historical researcher in Minnesota.
"We are 99.9 percent certain that this is William H. Costley," Adams said of the gravesite.
US musician, guitarist and singer-songwriter George Benson performs during the 49th Montreux Jazz Festival, in Montreux, Switzerland, 18 July 2015. The music event runs until 18 July.
Photo by Dominic Steinmann
It's a question that dominated conversation in the Navajo Nation presidential election: Should the tribe's top leader be fluent in the language?
Voters will settle that question Tuesday in a referendum vote.
Tribal law now requires candidates for tribal president and vice president to understand Navajo and speak it fluently, and read and write English - a qualification that can be enforced through tribal courts. An affirmative vote on the referendum would let individual Navajos decide whether candidates speak and understand Navajo well enough to hold office.
The debate goes beyond tribal politics and to the heart of the identity of Navajos. The language is a defining part of the tribe's culture, said to be handed down by deities, but not all Navajos believe it should dictate who gets to seek the tribe's top posts.
Donald Trump (R-Five Deferments), known for his incendiary rhetoric on the 2016 campaign trail, lobbed his latest verbal grenade Saturday, dismissing the military credentials of US Senator John McCain (R-Songbird), a former prisoner of war.
The draft-dodging billionaire businessman and Republican presidential contender said McCain doesn't deserve praise for his service during the Vietnam War.
"He's not a war hero," Trump told supporters at a campaign event in the Midwestern state of Iowa.
"He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured, okay?"
He heaped even more scorn on McCain by adding that "he graduated last in his class" at the Naval Academy in Annapolis.
Devotees gather near the chariots during the Rath Yatra or chariot journey of Lord Jagannath Balabhadra and Subhadra in Puri, Orissa, India, 18 July 2015. The Rath Yatra of Hindu god Jagannath is one of the most important festivals in which devotees pull a chariot of lord Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra. The festival is mainly celebrated in Puri.
Four tank cars leaked an estimated 35,000 gallons of oil after a train hauling fuel from North Dakota derailed in rural northeastern Montana, authorities said.
The spill marked the latest in a series of wrecks across the U.S. and Canada that have highlighted the safety risks of moving crude by rail.
No one was reported injured in the accident Thursday night that triggered the evacuation of about a dozen homes and a camp for oil field workers, according to state and local officials. It comes after recent oil train crashes, including a 2013 derailment in Quebec that exploded and killed 47 people.
The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway train was bound for Anacortes, Washington, when it derailed about 5 miles east of the small town of Culbertson, near the North Dakota border, officials said.
Unlike many prior oil train accidents, no explosions or fire were reported. The cars knocked over a power line as they left the tracks, and firefighters sprayed foam on the wreckage to prevent a fire as they worked to clean up the oil, according to Roosevelt County Chief Deputy Sheriff Corey Reum and BNSF spokesman Matt Jones.
Participants painted with rainbow colours walk together during the Christopher Street Day (CSD) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, July 18, 2015. Several thousand people took part in the parade, which promotes equal rights for homosexuals.
Photo by Frank Rumpenhorst
The disappearance of a famous director's skull from his tomb in Germany is morbid. It's also far from unusual.
The loss of the head of F.W. Murnau, the director of the 1922 silent vampire film "Nosferatu," has authorities flummoxed, though it's not the first time the director's tomb has been disturbed. Indeed, Murnau is hardly the only victim of body snatching.
The practice has occurred regularly throughout history, despite taboos against disturbing the dead. The motives range from the mercenary to the macabre: Corpses have been snatched for ransom and for the purpose of cannibalism. Victims range from the poor and anonymous to the politically prominent and at least one president.
Murnau, who died in 1931, is interred in the Stahnsdorf South-Western Cemetery in a Berlin suburb. The burial ground is the resting place of a number of luminaries, from stage actor Gustav Kadelburg, interred right across the lane from Murnau's tomb, to German composer Engelbert Humperdinck, who is most famous for the opera "Hansel and Gretel."
Vandals and would-be grave robbers have disturbed Murnau's tomb before, according to the Washington Post. This time, though, they made off with the director's skull - but only after lighting a candle left at the scene. That clue has some suspecting the theft was the work of Satanists.
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