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20 August, 2017

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Josh Marshall: Toxic (TPM)
Every president has these industry councils like the ones we've been talking about in recent days. They range from meaningless to not terribly important. They're mainly symbolic. With everything that's happened in recent days, I don't want to make it out like the decisions of a small number of CEOs is the biggest news. Still, we should recognize that it is entirely unprecedented to have a sitting president become so toxic that corporate America feels unable to publicly associate with him. That is totally, totally new territory.

Paul Krugman: Whither Trumpism? (NY Times Blog)
… my prediction is that with Bannon and economic nationalism gone, he will eventually double down on that part even more. If anything, Trumpism is going to get even uglier, and Trump even less presidential (if such a thing is possible) now that he has fewer people pushing for trade wars.

Marc Dion: There Goes Colonel Sanders (Creators Syndicate)
One of the worst advertising flops I've ever seen has been the effort to replace the original Colonel Sanders, the portly, white-suited gent who invented, and later advertised, Kentucky Fried Chicken. The first Colonel Sanders replacement was teenage-girl-chained-in-the-cellar creepy, and the newest guy is vaguely threatening, plus, in the most recent television commercial, the camera focuses on his crotch.

Roger Simon: A Majority of One Walks Away From His Keyboard (Creators Syndicate)
We live at a pivotal time because Donald Trump and his thugs have done us a favor. They have shown us that democracy is not inevitable. They have shown us it can fail.

Hadley Freeman: It's fine to talk about your abortion - but don't mention your elective caesarean (The Guardian)
The 'normal birth' campaign may have come to an end, but 'natural' childbirth is still seen as the ideal by far too many.

What I'm really thinking: the disappointed counselor (The Guardian)
Meanwhile, I need money, so I have to get a full-time job and have had to pretty much give up on my dream of becoming a counsellor. People praise me for my dedication, but all I can think is how stupid I've been for wasting all that time and money.

What I'm really thinking: the burned-out businessman (The Guardian)
'I sailed on, hitting target after target, until one day I couldn't do it any more'

John Judis: Trump: White Nationalist or in his Second Childhood - A Response (TPM)
"So this is his elective affinity with the Klan and the Neo-Nazis. If he condemns them unequivocally, he is embracing the political correctness that says that you are not allowed to demean entire groups based on prejudicial stereotypes. But then he wouldn't be able to say that Mexicans are rapists and Muslims are terrorists. In short, even with Bannon gone, he does not really have a choice but to double down on racism-it is all he has got." - Fred Block

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On what continent did the pineapple originate?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Dirigo (Latin "I direct" or "I lead") is the state motto of which US state?

       Maine                                                      Source

Dirigo (Latin "I direct" or "I lead") is the state motto of Maine, having once been the only state to hold its elections in September. (Politicians kept their eyes on these elections for evidence of a trend. Prior to the New Deal, Republicans claimed "As Maine goes, so goes the nation.")        Source

Mark. was first and correct with:
   Dirigo is the state motto of Maine.

Randall wrote:

Alan J answered:

Billy in Cypress said:

David of Moon Valley replied:
   the great state of Maine ('cept for that loopy pinhead governor of theirs)...

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:

Sandra in Maine said:
  It really means: because that's the way we've always done it!

Adam answered:

zorch wrote:
   Maine, the former Massawhatsit county of Pemaquid.

Deborah replied:
   That's the motto of the state of Maine.
  The puppy got his 16 wk. shots on Tuesday, so today he went on his first walk, paws on the ground. He did great - .82 miles with boldness & confidence & curiousity. We were quite impressed.
  Guy, loved that meme - had not seen it and it's spot-on.
  Now, back to book, cigar & cold beer on the patio. Saturday afternoon rocks.

Dale of Hot Diamond Springs, Norcali responded:

Joe S     took the day off.

Daniel in The City took the day off.

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Stephen F took the day off.

Gene took the day off.

Kevin K. in Washington, DC took the day off.

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DJ Useo took the day off.

Sally has retired.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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How the Republican party quietly does the bidding of white supremacists | Russ Feingold | Opinion | The Guardian

POTUS and FLOTUS Will Not Attend Kennedy Center Honors.

Watch A Naked Lin-Manuel Miranda Sing In A Los Angeles Crosswalk | HuffPost

BBC - Capital - The ancient roots of the modern office

What the white supremacist view of history leaves out (Opinion) - CNN

Trump is the boy in the bubble (Opinion) - CNN

Socialist popcorn: watching "gravity" grab Wall Street and the party in power pretend not to notice

Anti-racism protesters totally eclipsed Boston's right-wing Free Speech rally - Vox

NASA has mapped every eclipse that will occur for the next 1,000 years - Vox

Tracing The Dark Origins Of Charlottesville's KKK : Code Switch : NPR

Basic Income Experiment In Kenya Prompts A Boom In Savings Clubs : Goats and Soda : NPR

Trump attacks Boston counter-protesters as 'anti-police agitators' | US news | The Guardian

"Unite the Right" Organizer Attacks Charlottesville Victim in Drug-Fueled, Late Night Tweet

Billionaire finds USS Indianapolis in the Philippine Sea 72 years after it sunk - ABC15 Arizona

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Two Major Problems With Trump's Claims About His Charlottesville Winery | HuffPost

Member of Trump's Evangelical Advisory Board resigns over 'conflict in values' | TheHill

Is male fragility to blame for Charlottesville violence? -

Donald Trump Has Been a Racist All His Life - And He Isn't Going to Change After Charlottesville

Anti-racism protesters totally eclipsed Boston's right-wing Free Speech rally - Vox

Ann Coulter Might Dump Her 'Emperor God' Trump Over Bannon | The Daily Beast

The Trump Files: When Donald Destroyed Historic Art to Build Trump Tower - Mother Jones

Fox News Republished a Celebratory Video of "Cars Plowing Through Protesters" in January - Mother Jones

Conservative Sites Remove Articles on Running Over Protesters | Patheos

Donald Trump Will Skip Kennedy Center Honors To Avoid 'Political Distraction' | HuffPost

The Memo: GOP fears damage done by Trump | TheHill

Zinke under fire from public lands advocates | TheHill

Trump: "Who the f @ &$ does this guy think he is?" - Axios

The Rise and Fall of Steve Bannon | The New Yorker

Erik Prince's Plan to Privatize the War in Afghanistan - The Atlantic

Rush Limbaugh says white supremacists and the KKK 'are not the problem,' warns of second civil war - ThinkProgress

Don't call all American white supremacists "Nazis." Their ideology of hate is homegrown. - Vox



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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.

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Tonight, Sunday:

CBS starts the night with '60 Minutes', followed by a FRESH 'Big Brother', then a FRESH 'Candy Crush', followed by a RERUN 'NCIS: The Expendable One'.

NBC opens the night with LIVE 'Gymnastics', followed by a RERUN 'American Ninja Warrior'.

ABC fills the night with LIVE 'NFL Preseason', then pads the left coast with local crap, and a FRESH 'The $100,000 Pyramid'.

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 'Bob's Burgers', followed by a RERUN 'The Simpsons', then a RERUN 'Family Guy', followed by a RERUN 'The Simpsons', then a RERUN 'Family Guy'.

MY recycles 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 'Storage Wars', another 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH 'Storage Wars: Biggest Scores'.

AMC offers all old 'Walking Dead' all night.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    TOP GEAR AMERICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Life On The Go
 [7:00AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 22 - EPISODE 7-Episode 7
 [8:00AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 22 - EPISODE 8-Episode 8
 [3:00PM]    VAN HELSING (2004)
 [6:00PM]    MEN IN BLACK (1997)
 [8:00PM]    TOP GEAR AMERICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Drive Your Life
 [9:00PM]    MEN IN BLACK (1997)
 [11:00PM]    VAN HELSING (2004)
 [2:00AM]    MEN IN BLACK (1997)
 [4:00AM]    TOP GEAR AMERICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Drive Your Life
 [5:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 8-Human Nature-Part 1.     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Shahs Of Sunset', followed by a FRESH 'Shahs Of Sunset', 'Real Housewives Of NYC', 'Shahs Of Sunset', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 'Superbad', 'South Park', another 'South Park', still another 'South Park', yet another 'South Park', and 'Kevin Hart: I'm A Grown Little Man'.

FX has the movie 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past', followed by a FRESH 'The Strain'.

History has 'Forged In Fire', followed by a FRESH 'Forged In FIre: Cutting Deeper', then a FRESH 'The New Age Of Terror'.

IFC  -   
  [6:00AM]    PORTLANDIA-Portland Secedes
 [6:30AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-I Can't Believe This Used to Take Days
 [7:00AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-Last Year You Weren't 40
 [7:30AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-We've Lost Communication
 [12:45PM]    STAND BY ME
 [2:45PM]    CARRIE
 [8:00PM]    HOUSE OF WAX
 [1:30AM]    HOUSE OF WAX
 [4:00AM]    BRAKE    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Conan the Destroyer
 [8:30AM]    Conan the Barbarian
 [11:30AM]    Conan the Destroyer
 [2:00PM]    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
 [4:30PM]    Total Recall
 [7:00PM]    The Running Man
 [9:15PM]    Predator
 [11:45PM]    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
 [2:15AM]    Conan the Barbarian
 [5:15AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Guitar Player Returns
 [5:45AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & the Little Black Dress    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day', followed by the movie 'Mad Max: Fury Road', then the movie 'Hellboy'.

TCM spends 24 hours with Cary Grant
 [6:00 AM]      Penny Serenade (1941)
 [8:15 AM]      In Name Only (1939)
 [10:00 AM]      None but the Lonely Heart (1944)
 [12:00 PM]      Mr. Lucky (1943)
 [2:00 PM]      Suspicion (1941)
 [4:00 PM]      I Was a Male War Bride (1949)
 [6:00 PM]      The Philadelphia Story (1940)
 [8:00 PM]      Holiday (1938)
 [9:45 PM]      An Affair to Remember (1957)
 [12:00 AM]      The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)
 [2:00 AM]      People Will Talk (1951)
 [4:00 AM]      Walk, Don't Run (1966)

Monday   -  08/21/17

TCM spends 24 hours with Ann Harding
 [6:00 AM]      Her Private Affair (1929)
 [7:30 AM]      Condemned (1929)
 [9:00 AM]      The Conquerors (1932)
 [10:30 AM]      The Life of Vergie Winters (1934)
 [12:00 PM]      The Lady Consents (1936)
 [1:30 PM]      The Witness Chair (1936)
 [2:45 PM]      Janie (1944)
 [4:30 PM]      Eyes in the Night (1942)
 [6:00 PM]      It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947)
 [8:00 PM]      Biography of a Bachelor Girl (1935)
 [9:30 PM]      The Animal Kingdom (1932)
 [11:15 PM]      When Ladies Meet (1933)
 [1:00 AM]      The Flame Within (1935)
 [2:30 AM]      Double Harness (1933)
 [4:00 AM]      The Magnificent Yankee (1950)

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Counterprotesters stand on the periphery of a "Free Speech" rally staged by conservative activists on Boston Common, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Boston, Mass.
Photo by Michael Dwyer


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Dignity: The Statue America Needs Right Now ~ Kuriositas


Supporting Colin Kaepernick

Frank Serpico

Some 75 active and retired NYPD officers rallied in Brooklyn Saturday to demonstrate their support for quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

The officers wore "#imwithkap" T-shirts and talked and sang in support of the quarterback and his efforts to find another team in the NFL. Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers this spring, but his politicial activism, most notably his decision to kneel during the national anthem before games last season, has reportedly made several teams wary of signing him.

While most of the officers at the rally were African-American or other minorities, one notable exception was 81-year-old former NYPD officer Frank Serpico, whose whistle-blowing efforts on corruption in the department inspired the 1973 Al Pacino movie "Serpico."

"I am here to support anyone who has the courage to stand up against injustice and oppression anywhere in this country and the world," Serpico told the New York Daily News.

NYPD Sgt. Edwin Raymond, who helped organize the rally, said Kaepernick is being "railroaded."

Frank Serpico


A counterprotester holds a photo of Heather Heyer on Boston Common at a "Free Speech" rally organized by conservative activists, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Boston, Mass. Heyer was killed last Saturday when a car, allegedly driven by James Alex Fields Jr., that plowed into a group of people during protests in Charlottesville, Va. (Photo: Michael Dwyer


Before Ziggy: Rarely Seen Photographs of a Young David Bowie Posed for the Cover of His Debut Album ~ vintage everyday


T-rump To Skip Awards Program

Kennedy Center Honors

Acknowledging that he has become a "political distraction," Donald Trump (R-Crooked) has decided to skip the festivities surrounding the annual Kennedy Center Honors arts awards later this year, the White House announced Saturday amid the continuing fallout over Trump's stance on last weekend's white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump reached their decision Friday, a White House official said, the same day that the entire membership of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities resigned in protest over Trump's remarks about Charlottesville.

The Kennedy Center said it respected Trump's decision and the show will go on.

Presidents traditionally host a light-hearted and oftentimes humorous gathering for the honorees at the White House before everyone shifts to the performing arts center for the ceremony, which is later broadcast nationally.

Kennedy Center Honors


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Solar Eclipse

While much of the country gawks at the solar eclipse, Bobbieann Baldwin will be inside with her children, shades drawn.

In Navajo culture, the passing of the moon over the sun is an intimate moment in which the sun is reborn and tribal members take time out for themselves. No talking. No eating or drinking. No lying down. No fussing.

Across the country, American Indian tribes are observing the eclipse in similar and not-so-similar ways. Some tribal members will ignore it, others might watch while praying for an anticipated renewal, and those in prime viewing spots are welcoming visitors with storytelling, food and celebration. For the Crow Tribe in Montana, the eclipse coincides with the Parade Dance at the annual Crow fair, marking the tribe's new year.

Many American Indian tribes revere the sun and moon as cultural deities, great sources of power and giver of life.

U.S. Bureau of Indian Education spokeswoman Nedra Darling said the agency's schools, most of which are on the Navajo Nation, were given the option of closing Monday. Navajo Nation employees have Monday off, and other schools on and off the reservation that extends into Arizona, New Mexico and Utah earlier decided to close in respect of the culture that teaches that looking at the sun during an eclipse can be harmful not only to one's eyesight but for overall well-being.

Solar Eclipse


A large crowd of people gathers ahead of the Boston Free Speech Rally in Boston, Mass., Aug. 19, 2017.
Photo by Stephanie Keith


Henri Michaux's Trippy Educational Film On The Effects of Mescaline & Hashish (1963)


Founder Says Climate Change Isn't Real

Weather Channel

Weather Channel founder and longtime meteorologist John Coleman has a message he'd like to share about climate change: It's not real. Coleman, who runs a blog dedicated to attempting to prove that widely-accepted climate change is the result of "bad science."

"I'm just a dumb old skeptic," the 82-year-old told My News LA Friday. "A denier, as they call me, who ought to be jailed or put to death. I understand how they feel. But you know something? I know I'm right. So I don't care."

His blog, aimed at "correcting the bad science behind the 'climate change' frenzy," details his efforts. Coleman has been critical of former Vice President Al Gore for his environmental crusade and denounced San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer's new "Climate Action Plan."

Coleman's brainchild, the Weather Channel, tends not to agree with him. When Donald Trump (R-Buffoon) announced in June he'd be pulling the United States out of the Paris Agreement on climate change, the channel made a somewhat tongue-in-cheek political statement on its website. The Weather Channel altered its homepage at the time to feature eight prominent stories with specifically tailored headlines.

Weather Channel


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Judge Rejects Bid


A Los Angeles judge on Friday rejected a request by the woman who was raped by director Roman Polanski 40 years ago to have the criminal case against him dismissed.

Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon ruled that Polanski remained a fugitive from justice and that the court could not dismiss a case "merely because it would be in the victim's best interest."

The ruling follows the first appearance in June in the case by Samantha Geimer, who was 13 years old when Polanski sexually assaulted her in Los Angeles in 1977.

Geimer, who has three sons and now lives in Hawaii, said in June that Polanski had apologised to her years ago, but that she continued to remain a victim because of media attention each time there was a new development in the case.

Gordon on Friday also rejected a request by Polanski's attorney, Harland Braun, to unseal testimony about the 1977 plea deal. Braun had hoped to use the testimony to persuade European authorities to rescind the international arrest warrant against Polanski.



Thousands of counterprotesters gathered around Reggie Lewis Center to get ready for antifascist protest march to Boston Common in Boston, Mass., on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017.
Photo by Go Nakamura


Dripping Glass Fusion "Jellyfish" Sculptures by Daniela Forti | Colossal


T-rump Adviser Resigns

Carl Icahn

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn (R-Corporate Vampire), who resigned Friday from an unpaid post as Donald Trump's (R-Corrupt) adviser on deregulation efforts, stepped down as The New Yorker was preparing to publish a lengthy article detailing Icahn's potential conflicts of interest and questioning the legality of his actions.

Icahn said in a letter to Trump released Friday that he would resign to prevent "partisan bickering" about his role that Democrats suggested could benefit him financially.

In his letter, Icahn wrote that he "never had access to nonpublic information or profited from my position, nor do I believe that my role presented conflicts of interest."

Several weeks after Trump's November victory, Icahn agreed to become special adviser to the president on regulatory reform, and CVR's stock nearly doubled in value on the expectation that the renewable fuels rule would be changed, the magazine wrote.

Icahn's attorney, Jesse Lynn, rejected allegations that Icahn exploited his relationship with Trump to make bets on the renewable fuel credits. He said the CVR board, which Icahn chairs, made decisions on when buy or sell credits. "Any suggestion that we had access to information that others didn't is unequivocally false," he told the magazine.

Carl Icahn


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German Writer Arrested In Spain

Dogan Akhanli

German-Turkish author Dogan Akhanli was arrested in Spain on Saturday after Turkey issued an Interpol warrant for the writer, a critic of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government, fanning an already fierce row between the NATO allies.

The arrest of the German national in Granada was part of a "targeted hunt against critics of the Turkish government living abroad in Europe," Akhanli's lawyer Ilias Uyar told magazine Der Spiegel, which first reported Akhanli's detention.

A German foreign office official said Germany was in touch with Spanish authorities demanding that Berlin be involved in any extradition proceedings and insisting that no extradition should take place.

Any country can issue an Interpol "red notice", but extradition by Spain would only follow if Ankara could convince Spanish courts it had a real case against him.

Ties between Ankara and Berlin have been increasingly strained in the aftermath of last year's failed coup in Turkey as Turkish authorities sacked or suspended 150,000 people and detained more than 50,000, including other German nationals.

Dogan Akhanli


Counterprotesters hold signs before conservative organizers begin a planned "Free Speech" rally on Boston Common, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Boston.
Photo by Michael Dwyer


Spain's Bright Blue 'Smurf Village' Is Being Forced to De-Smurf - Atlas Obscura


Sued For Alleged 'Colossal Fraud'

Poland Springs

A class action lawsuit filed against Nestlé Waters North America, Inc. Tuesday claimed Poland Spring Bottled Water is "a colossal fraud."

Eleven bottled water drinkers accused Poland Spring of a "colossal fraud perpetrated against American consumers." They filed the 325-page lawsuit in a Connecticut federal court. According to the suit, 11 individuals spent thousands of dollars on Poland Spring in the past few years and are seeking $5 million in damages for a national class.

The suit alleged Poland Spring's parent company Nestle bottles groundwater and claims it is spring water. The claims questioned whether Poland Spring water sources met the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) definition of a spring.

The FDA defined spring water as water "collected only at the spring or through a bore hole tapping the underground formation feeding the spring." According to the suit, Nestle obtains Poland Spring water from some sites that are "phony" or "man-made" and do not meet the FDA's qualifications to be a spring.

The bottled water drinkers said the spring in Poland Spring, Maine, has been dry for almost 50 years. The lawsuit claimed Poland Spring water sources in Hollis, Fryeburg, Denmark, Dallas Plantation, Pierce Pond Township and Kingfield may not be legitimate either.

Poland Springs


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USS Indianapolis

Roughly seven decades ago, the USS Indianapolis was struck by Japanese torpedos and sank within minutes into an ocean full of sharks. About 300 people survived, but the ship was lost.

And now it's been found.

Paul Allen, who cofounded Microsoft, announced Saturday that he and a crew of researchers had finally located wreckage from the USS Indianapolis, which went down on July 30, 1945.

On Friday, the team found the wreckage in the Philippine Sea-about 18,000 feet under the surface.

USS Indianapolis


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In Memory

Dick Gregory

Dick Gregory, the pioneering standup comedian and civil rights activist who made his advocacy work a key component of his on-stage persona, died Saturday night in Washington, D.C. He was 84.

Gregory was active on the standup and public speaking circuit on and off for more than a half-century. He had recently been making comedy appearances until he was hospitalized on Aug. 9. Gregory recently released a new book, "Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies," and he recently penned a guest column for Variety about how communities can band together to end police brutality.

Gregory made his mark in the early 1960s as a rare African-American comedian who was a success in nightclubs geared to white audiences. One his breaks famously came in 1960 when he was invited by Playboy founder Hugh Hefner to perform at his Playboy Lounge in Chicago.

Gregory was known for his folksy delivery and for incorporating commentary about segregation and discrimination into his routines. During this period he released a number of successful spoken word albums, notably 1961's "In Living Black and White," 1962's "Talks Turkey," 1964's "So You See … We All Have Problems" and 1968's "The Two Sides of Dick Gregory." In 1964, his autobiography was published with the provcative title: "N--: An Autobiography."

By the mid-1960s, after his friend and fellow activist Medgar Evers was murdered, Gregory turned his focus to full-time work as an activist with Martin Luther King Jr. and others. He was vocal advocate for the rights of African-Americans and Native Americans, and he was an early opponent of the Vietnam war and South Africa's apartheid. Gregory tried his hand at politics, running unsuccessfully for mayor of Chicago in 1967 and mounting a presidential bid in 1968.

A native of St. Louis, Gregory was one of six children who were abandoned in childhood by their father. He became a track star in high school, which led him to a scholarship Southern Illinois University in 1951. He left the school after his mother died in 1953 and was drafted into the Army. His comedy career was kindled during his time in the service, where he first performed in talent shows and variety shows.

Gregory was a frequent presence on the talk show and late-night comedy circuit during his 1960s heyday. But he logged only a few acting roles during his long career. He had guest shots in two episodes of Comedy Central's "Reno 911" in 2004. He had a role in the 1995 Mario Van Peebles film "Panther" as an activist minister and a cameo in the 2002 Rob Schneider vehicle "The Hot Chick."

A prolific writer, Gregory's other books included "Up From N--", "No More Lies," and "Callus on My Soul."

Dick Gregory


In Memory

Sonny Landham

Sonny Landham, the muscular action-movie actor who co-starred in "Predator" and "48 Hrs," has died. He was 76.

Landham's sister, Dawn Boehler, said the actor died from congestive heart failure Thursday at a Lexington, Kentucky, hospital. Landham was a brawny, deep-voiced actor and stunt man who played a bit part in Walter Hill's 1979 street-gang thriller "The Warriors" before the director cast him as the trigger-happy criminal Billy Bear in 1982's "48 Hrs."

Landham, who was part Cherokee and Seminole, was perhaps most known for playing the Native American tracker Billy Sole in the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger film "Predator."

Landham entered the movie business after working in pornography in the '70s. Later in life, he attempted brief and unsuccessful political campaigns.

He's survived by his son, William, and daughter, Priscilla.

Sonny Landham



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