Marc Dion: A Snake in the Grass (Creators Syndicate)
In Missouri, a female snake in captivity has given birth without the assistance of a male snake. She did it last year, too. The snake, who lives alone and seems to have no name, is a yellow-bellied water snake.
Mark Shields: The 'Me' Generation (Creators Syndicate)
At the Reagan Library debate, candidates spoke often about themselves and their marvelous individual achievements. Donald ("I've made billions and billions of dollars dealing with people all over the world") Trump, who modestly admitted that he "built a phenomenal business with incredible, iconic assets" and that everything he's "done, virtually, has been a tremendous success," may have been the most extreme.
Thanatos is Greek for "death" and Gratus is Latin for grateful.
Alan J was first, and correct, with:
The Grateful Dead.
I looked it up because I didn't recognize it - the answer is the Grateful Dead. And it's a pun, to boot. As a science nerd I love it.
Hot again, dagnabbit. I am SO ready for sweaters and boots. Sigh.
I'm at the 3 day dj festival. My set is last, just like Jimi Hendrix would be! Lol!
Tune in Sunday here
Grateful Dead ~
From the Greek thanatos, meaning death, dead; and the Latin gratus, meaning thankful, grateful. A mosquito species from the family of the midge. The scientific name (dicrotendipes thanatogratus) of the species was first published in 1987.
Larval Lois Of Oregon
That fly be named fer "The Grateful Dead" as is fittin' and right, fer only the dead can know the ways of flies, as the livin' nere' could! And ere I be shovin' off, ye scurvy dogs must be told, mightly disappointin' ye be, fer no one caught that Quincey's name "R" is a fitting homage to "Talk Like A Pirate Day", which be the nineteenth day of the month of September each and every year. AAARRRRHHHH!
Dale of Diamond Springs, Mysterious Noircali took the day off.
John I from Hawai'i took the day off.
STEPHEN F took the day off.
Joe S took the day off.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, is on vacation.
mj took the day off.
Charlie took the day off.
Sally has retired, but still pays attention.
BttbBob , has returned to semi-retired status.
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'Big Brother', then a RERUN'Madam Secretary', followed by a RERUN'CSI: One Too Many'.
NBC fills the night with LIVE'Sunday Night Football', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old 'Dateline'.
ABC begins the night with a RERUN'America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos', followed by a RERUN'Once Upon A Star', then another RERUN'Once Upon A Star', followed by still another RERUN'Once Upon A Star'.
The CW offers an old 'Friends', followed by an old 'The Middle', then an old 'Elementary', followed by 2½ hours of what passes for local news and other fluffery.
Faux fills the night with LIVE'The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards'.
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'.
A&E has all old 'Behind Bars: Rookie Year' all night.
AMC offers 'Fear The Walking Dead', another 'Fear The Walking Dead', followed by a FRESH'The Walking Dead', and another 'Fear The Walking Dead'.
[6:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 8 - The Hungry Earth
[7:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 9 - Cold Blood
[8:00AM] Doctor Who: The Christmas Invasion
[9:00AM] Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks NEW
[12:00PM] Doctor Who: The Seeds of Doom NEW
[3:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 2 - Ep 4 - The Girl In The Fireplace
[4:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 2 - Ep 13 - Doomsday
[5:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 3 - Ep 8 - Human Nature
[6:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 3 - Ep 9 - The Family Of Blood
[7:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 3 - Ep 10 - Blink
[8:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 10 - Vincent and The Doctor
[9:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 1 - Asylum of the Daleks
[10:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 5 - The Angels Take Manhattan
[11:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 13 - The Name of the Doctor
[12:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 4 - Listen
[1:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 7 - Kill the Moon
[2:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 9 - Flatline
[3:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 2 - Ep 4 - The Girl In The Fireplace
[4:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 2 - Ep 13 - Doomsday
[5:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 3 - Ep 8 - Human Nature (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Married To Medicine', another 'Married To Medicine', followed by a FRESH'Married To Medicine', then a FRESH'Don't Be Tardy ... ', followed by a FRESH'Manzo'd With Children', then a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
Comedy Central has the movie 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin', followed by the movie 'Hot Tub Time Machine', then the movie 'Hot Tub Time Machine', again.
FX has the movie 'Iron Man 3', followed by a FRESH'The Strain'.
History has 'Ice Road Truckers', another 'Ice Road Truckers', followed by a FRESH'Ice Road Truckers', 'Pawn Stars', and another 'Pawn Stars'.
[6:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-NICK OFFERMAN WEARS A GREEN FLANNEL SHIRT AND BROWN BOOTS
[6:15AM] PORTLANDIA-SOFT OPENING
[8:15AM] PORTLANDIA-SHARING FINANCES
[9:45AM] PORTLANDIA-PULL-OUT KING
[10:15AM] PORTLANDIA-SPYKE DRIVES
[10:45AM] PORTLANDIA-BAHAMA KNIGHTS
[11:45AM] PORTLANDIA-LATE IN LIFE DRUG USE
[12:15PM] PORTLANDIA-3D PRINTER
[12:45PM] PORTLANDIA-GETTING AWAY
[1:15PM] PORTLANDIA-THE STORY OF TONI AND CANDACE
[1:45PM] PORTLANDIA-THE FIANCEE
[2:45PM] PORTLANDIA-SEA WORLD
[3:15PM] PORTLANDIA-4TH OF JULY
[4:15PM] PORTLANDIA-DOUG BECOMES A FEMINIST
[4:45PM] PORTLANDIA-HOUSE FOR SALE
[5:15PM] PORTLANDIA-YOU CAN CALL ME AL
[5:45PM] PORTLANDIA-DEAD PETS
[6:15PM] SNAKES ON A PLANE
[8:30PM] BLADE II
[11:00PM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-A TOWN, A GANGSTER, A FESTIVAL
[11:30PM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-THE EYE DOESN'T LIE
[12:00AM] BLADE II
[2:30AM] SNAKES ON A PLANE
[4:45AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-MARY ELIZABETH WINSTEAD WEARS AN A-LINE SKIRT AND POINTY BLACK BOOTS
[5:15AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-TOM LENNON WEARS BLACK SLACKS AND A BLACK SKINNY TIE
[5:45AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-CRAIG ROBINSON WEARS A BORDEAUX BUTTON DOWN AND DARK JEANS (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter-Drama Actresses
[7:00AM] Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter-Drama Actors
[8:00AM] Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter-Comedy Actresses
[9:00AM] Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter-Comedy Actors
[10:00AM] Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter-Drama Showrunners
[11:00AM] Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter-Comedy Showrunners
[12:00PM] Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter-Reality
[1:00PM] Cinderella Man
[4:00PM] Fight Club
[1:00AM] The St. Valentine's Day Massacre
[3:30AM] Two for the Money (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie'Back To The Future', followed by the movie 'Back To The Future Part II'.
Actress Christine Baranski, right, and her daughter, actress Lily Cowles seen at the Alan Cumming and Spotify Lunch celebrating the 67th Emmy Awards at Petit Ermitage on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 in West Hollywood, Calif.
Photo by Dan Steinberg
Long a hero to millions of readers, Atticus Finch is a conflicted figure these days.
Is the fictional lawyer the kind father and noble hero of Harper Lee's first novel "To Kill a Mockingbird," a character so beloved people named their children for him? Or is Finch the hard-core segregationist whose racism is at the heart of Lee's newly released "Go Set a Watchman?"
Based on the decades-old writings of the Southern man who inspired Finch, Lee's father A.C. Lee, the truth is somewhere in between.
A small-town newspaper editor long before "Mockingbird" was published, Lee expressed support for racial segregation, wistfulness for the vanquished Confederacy and a strict brand of conservatism in the pages of The Monroe Journal, which he owned and ran in the south Alabama town of Monroeville for nearly two decades beginning in 1929.
Lee's favorite editorial topics were fiscal restraint, warnings about encroaching big government and opposition to alcohol. Still, he veered into race on occasion.
Mario Kreutzberger admits that after 53 years he's running out of energy to portray "Don Francisco," the affable host with a booming voice of the Spanish-language variety show 'Sabado Gigante.'
The show, a staple of the Florida-based Univision network, will set a Guinness record for the longest continually running show when it airs its final show on Saturday.
For three hours every Saturday evening, 'Sabado Gigante' mixes slapstick comedy, contests, live musical performances and women in bikinis with serious, sometimes touching interviews. Most of the show is recorded before a live audience.
Over the years Don Francisco has interviewed some of the most popular Spanish-language performers, including Shakira, back when she had dark hair; Jennifer Lopez, when she starred in her first movie about slain Mexican singer Selena; a young singer named Enrique Iglesias; and a Colombian model named Sofia Vergara, now the star of the TV sitcom 'Modern Family.'
More than any telenovela, 'Sabado Gigante' is a show that at its height appealed to the Latin American diaspora in the United States.
Actor Alan Cumming, right, seen with architect Frank Gehry at the Spotify Lunch celebrating the 67th Emmy Awards at Petit Ermitage on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 in West Hollywood, Calif.
Photo by Dan Steinberg
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that it is investigating the deaths of 25 Pacific walrus found on an isolated northwest Alaska beach.
A person connected to an Air Force radar station in the remote area spotted the animals and notified the agency this week. The walrus included 12 pups, and some were missing their heads and tusks.
The cause of death has not been determined, said Fish and Wildlife Service spokeswoman Andrea Medeiros, and investigators do not want to speculate.
Only Alaska Natives who live in the state may hunt walrus for subsistence or for the creation of handicrafts or clothing.
Federal regulations allow anyone to collect bones, teeth and ivory of dead marine mammals found on beaches or land within a quarter-mile of the ocean, though they must follow certain rules. Walrus skulls with tusk attached are collectors' items. The ivory often is carved and made into jewelry.
A Ferrari caught on video zooming through a Beverly Hills neighborhood last weekend is owned by a Middle Eastern sheikh who has since left the country and taken his million-dollar sports car with him, authorities say.
Police held a news conference Thursday to discuss the incident and identified the owner as Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani, of Qatar. He's a lover of fast cars who owned a champion drag-racing team and is a member of the ruling family of the oil-rich country.
Al Thani's bright yellow, 12-cylinder LaFerrari, which sells for around $1.4 million new, was recorded along with a white Porsche speeding down narrow streets and racing through stop signs Saturday evening. They eventually pulled into a driveway, the Ferrari's engine smoking.
No charges were brought because investigators don't know who was driving the cars, Lt. Lincoln Hoshino said.
Ukraine has launched a criminal probe into wine-tasting by Russian President Vladimir Putin and ex-Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi after they allegedly quaffed a $100,000 bottle of centuries-old wine in Crimea, prosecutors said Saturday.
The Kremlin strongman and the disgraced billionaire reportedly cracked open a bottle of 1775 Spanish Jerez de la Frontera at the famed Massandra winery during a private visit by Berlusconi this month to the region Moscow annexed from Kiev in 2014.
The bottle was part of a legendary collection established by Prince Mikhail Vorontsov, who ran Crimea as governor-general in the first half of the 19th century.
The Massandra winery was taken over by Russia along with the rest of the Crimean peninsula when Putin sent thousands of special forces troops to capture the Ukrainian region last year.
In a video from Russian television of the pair's tour of the winery Berlusconi can be seen asking the director if "it is possible to drink" one of the aged bottles.
People celebrate the opening of the 182nd Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. The world's largest beer festival will be held from Sept. 19 to Oct. 4, 2015.
Photo by Matthias Schrader
A 41-year-old Colorado man has been sentenced to six months in federal prison for leaving 4.25 tons of litter in a scenic national forest that took dozens of volunteers and a helicopter to remove, authorities said.
Prosecutors say that for seven months from October 2014, Benjamin Yoho lived and maintained a structure in Uncompahgre National Forest, north of the mountain town of Telluride.
He was responsible for the "massive littering" of an area near the Jud Wiebe Trail with items taken from a so-called "Free Box" in Telluride where residents recycle clothing and household goods, U.S. Attorney John Walsh said in a statement on Thursday.
It required 48 volunteers and "numerous" fire prevention and control workers to airlift it all out of the forest in May.
Artist Jeff Koons' Michael Jackson and Bubbles, 1988, sculpture is displayed at the new The Broad museum is seen downtown Los Angeles on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. Billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad gives his latest gift to Los Angeles when The Broad, a $140 million museum built to hold some of the greatest pop-art works ever created, opens on Sept. 20, in the city's burgeoning downtown cultural center. The Broad contains some 2,000 pieces from its founder's personal collection.
Photo by Nick Ut
Mike Carmichael simply wanted to do something weird when he and his 3-year-old son slapped a coat of blue paint on a baseball in 1977.
The central Indiana resident stuck with painting the ball, which grew large enough to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records in 2004.
At that time, it was 9 feet (2.7 meters) across, and the record was an estimated 18,000 layers of paint. Now Carmichael, 68, figures he is at close to 25,000, although he never set out to break records.
The ball now measures 14 feet after Carmichael, his family, friends and even visitors added more coats of paint over the last several decades. At its last weigh-in two years ago, the sphere of ever-changing colors was about 5,000 pounds (2,268 kg).
The roadside spectacle attracts about 1,200 visitors a year. Some just want to gawk, while others, who call ahead and schedule an appointment, grab a paint brush and get to work so they can claim a hand in the ongoing record.
Jackie Collins, the best-selling author of dozens of steamy novels who depicted the boardrooms and bedrooms of Hollywood's power crowd, died on Saturday of breast cancer at age 77, her family said.
The British-born Collins, younger sister of actress Joan Collins, died in Los Angeles, said her spokeswoman Melody Korenbrot.
Collins sold more than 500 millions copies of her books in 40 countries and has some 30 New York Times bestsellers, according to her own website.
Some of her most successful novels included "Hollywood Wives," "Lucky" and "Lady Boss," which were also adapted for television.
Collins faced controversy early in her career, writing novels so steamy they outraged political figures from Britain to China.
Her debut novel, "The World is Full of Married Men," was reportedly deemed "filthy and disgusting" by author Barbara Cartland and banned in Australia. Collins, in a 2008 interview with Reuters, called the book "way before its time" with its tale of a woman who cheats on her husband and another who likes sex with married men.
Collins, who promised readers unrivaled insiders' knowledge of Hollywood, said she wrote about "real people in disguise."
"If anything, my characters are toned down - the truth is much more bizarre," she wrote on her website.
Two camels stand at Sacred Camel Gardens after a fire burned through the area Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015 near Middleton, Calif. Firefighters gained ground on the massive blazes in part to cooler weather and some rain.
Photo by Paul Kitagaki Jr
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