Marc Dion: A Vacation in the Swiss Colony (Creators Syndicate)
Some years ago, some magazine writer who wears slim-fit shirts coined the phrase "staycation," to either put a smile on his own poverty or (and this is far less likely) on the poverty of others. Staycation means you stay home on vacation, as I'm doing this week. Between my wife and I, both us only children, we have three elderly parents in various states of ill health. All our vacations are stay.
HENRY ROLLINS: LET'S FACE IT, AMERICANS WON'T GIVE UP THEIR GUNS (LA Weekly)
… I was able to sermonize from my twisted gospel. I told them that I hoped they would never lose any of their curiosity to hear different kinds of music and that if you remain open-minded, you can be an eager freshman for the rest of your life, walking the endless halls of academia, as you go from turn-on to turn-on.
Though various incarnations, in most versions the Green Hornet is the alter ego of Britt Reid, wealthy young publisher of the Daily Sentinel newspaper by day. But by night Reid dons the long green overcoat, green fedora hat and green mask of the mysterious "Green Hornet" to fight crime as a vigilante. Reid is accompanied by his loyal and similarly masked partner and confidant, Kato, who drives their technologically advanced car, the "Black Beauty". Though both the police and the general public believe the Hornet to be a criminal, Reid capitalizes on that perception to help him infiltrate the underworld, leaving behind for the police the criminals and any incriminating evidence he has found.
mj was first and correct with:
Another comic I didn't read
He was the Green Hornet.
The Green Hornet
Alan J said:
The Green Hornet.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
The Green Hornet
Is that the Green Lantern? Or the Green Hornet? A green something-or-other? Um, one of my bikes is a pistachio green and black.
We rode our tandem bike 64 miles on local roads as part of an organized event. We could've ridden the 100 mile route, and decided that since it's my "ride my age in miles" birthday ride, 64 would qualify with some extra. So I'm equal parts happy and hurting. And thus is my brain not quite "on."
We'll see what tomorrow brings.
Green Hornet ~ Fictional character, a masked crime-fighter, by night Reid dons the long green overcoat, green fedora hat and green mask of the mysterious "Green Hornet" to fight crime as a vigilante. Reid is accompanied by his loyal and similarly masked partner and confidant, Kato, who drives their technologically advanced car, the "Black Beauty".
Joe S answered:
Oh yeah, The Green Hornet, with his busy bee music and his infamous gas gun.
Loved him! I didn't see much of the TV shows I mostly remember him on the radio. I was going to say more about the old radio shows but I thought I might mess up a future quiz question.
Lois Of Oregon took the day off.
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.
The idiots who didn't check out the graffiti on Homeland remind me of the time I was in Egypt to teach a class.`During my off time, I went to a jewelry store to buy some cartouches for me and for a bunch of friends. Hieroglyphic alphabet cards were everywhere in Egypt so it was pretty easy to check the cards against the necklaces and be sure all the names were spelled correctly.
I also got a name necklace for me with my name in Arabic. Or I hoped it was my name. Of course, the people in the jewelry store told me it said Linda. I knew that my students would tell me it said Linda--tell the foreigner what she wants to hear, be polite, etc. Before wearing this piece of jewelry, I decided I better ask a stranger what I actually had. I went into the hotel gift shop and asked the clerk, "What does this say?" She sounded out "Leen dah." I put on my necklace!
We are all only temporarily able bodied.
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.
Guy came to the front door, camera (Hasselblad) in hand, asking for permission to take pictures of my sad wooden fence for a calendar. Said he found it 'romantic'.
He explained that experience has taught him to ask first - people in these parts often have an unpleasant reaction to photography.
He'll be back this afternoon.
Billy in Cypress commented on yesterday's Autumn dog turds..., stating
"It is easier to spot them at the Republican debates, but the smell is simply unbearable!"
CBS starts the night with '60 Minutes', followed by a FRESH'Madam Secretary', then a FRESH'The Good Wife', followed by a FRESH'CSI: One Too Many'.
NBC fills the night with LIVE'Sunday Night Football', followed by local crap and maybe an old 'Dateline'.
ABC begins the night with a FRESH'America's Funniest Home Videos', followed by a FRESH'Once Upon A Time', then a FRESH'Blood & Oil', followed by a FRESH'Quantico'.
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 FRESH'The Simpsons', followed by a FRESH'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', then a FRESHBob's Burgers', followed by a FRESH'The Last Man On Earth'.
MY has an old 'Anger Management', followed by an 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 'Resident Evil: Afterlife', followed by 'The Walking Dead', followed by a FRESH'The Walking Dead', then a FRESH'Talking Dead'.
[6:00AM] Nature's Weirdest - Season 1 - Episode 7
[7:00AM] Nature's Weirdest - Season 1 - Episode 8
[8:00AM] Planet Earth: The Making of Frozen Planet
[9:00AM] Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 1 - The Ends of the Earth
[10:00AM] Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 2 - Spring
[11:00AM] Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 3 - Summer
[12:00PM] Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 4 - Autumn
[1:00PM] Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 5 - Winter
[2:00PM] Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 6 - The Last Frontier
[3:00PM] Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 7 - On Thin Ice
[4:00PM] Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 8 - An Epic Journey
[5:00PM] Wild Alaska-Ep 1 - Spring
[6:00PM] Wild Alaska-Ep 2 - Summer
[7:00PM] Wild Alaska-Ep 3 - Winter
[11:00PM] The Exorcist
[1:30AM] The Exorcist
[4:00AM] Nature's Weirdest - Season 1 - Episode 7
[5:00AM] Nature's Weirdest - Season 1 - Episode 8 (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'New Jersey Social', 'Real Housewives Of NJ', followed by a FRESH'Manzo'd With Children', 'Real Housewives Of NJ', and 'Manzo'd With Children'.
Comedy Central has the movie '50 First Dates', followed by the movie 'Superbad'.
FX has the movie 'Elysium', followed by the movie 'Pacific Rim'.
History has 'Ice Road Truckers', another 'Ice Road Truckers', followed by a FRESH'Ice Road Truckers', then a FRESH'Back To The Present'.
[6:00AM] GARFUNKEL AND OATES-FIRST LOOK
[6:15AM] THAT '70S SHOW-HEY, HEY WHAT CAN I DO?
[6:45AM] THAT '70S SHOW-BRING IT ON HOME
[7:15AM] THAT '70S SHOW-NO QUARTER
[7:45AM] THAT '70S SHOW-TRAMPLED UNDER FOOT
[8:15AM] THAT '70S SHOW-YOU SHOOK ME
[8:45AM] THAT '70S SHOW-NOBODY'S FAULT BUT MINE
[9:15AM] THAT '70S SHOW-IMMIGRANT SONG
[9:45AM] THAT '70S SHOW-CELEBRATION DAY
[10:15AM] THAT '70S SHOW-THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT
[10:45AM] ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13
[4:00PM] LEATHERFACE: THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE III
[5:45PM] RED DRAGON
[8:30PM] 30 DAYS OF NIGHT
[11:00PM] BENDERS-PRODIGAL SON
[11:30PM] GIGI DOES IT-WART-A-COLORS
[12:00AM] RED DRAGON
[2:45AM] 30 DAYS OF NIGHT
[5:15AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-JUDY GREER WEARS A NAVY BLOUSE AND STRAPPY SANDALS
[5:45AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-NICK OFFERMAN (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] The Returned-Camille
[7:15AM] The Returned-Simon
[8:25AM] The Returned-Julie
[9:35AM] The Returned-Victor
[10:50AM] The Returned-Serge et Toni
[12:05PM] The Returned-Lucy
[1:20PM] The Returned-Adčle
[2:30PM] The Returned-La Horde
[3:45PM] The Breakfast Club
[6:00PM] Sixteen Candles
[8:00PM] The Breakfast Club
[10:15PM] Sixteen Candles
[2:45AM] Ghostbusters II
[5:15AM] The Approval Matrix-Who Died and Made You Cool? (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Underworld', followed by the movie 'Underworld: Evolution'.
Australian actress/cast member Cate Blanchett (L) and US actor/cast member Topher Grace arrive for the premiere of 'Truth' at the 59th BFI London Film Festival, in London, Britain, 17 October 2015. The festival runs from 07 to 18 October.
Photo by Will Oliver
Actor Patrick Dempsey traded his race car for a bicycle Saturday at the Dempsey Challenge in his home state.
Dempsey returned to Maine for the two-day, bike-and-run fundraiser that started after his racing team's victory at the "Six Hours of Fuji" endurance race in Japan.
The event in Maine, where Dempsey was born, is a fundraiser for The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing, which he and his sisters created in 2008 in partnership with the Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. They were inspired by their mother, Amanda who died from cancer last year.
About 4,000 people were participating in the challenge. The goal is to break the 2014 record of $1.41 million raised by 3,871 participants, said Aimee Arsenault Labbe, the Dempsey Center's manager of special events and development.
Considered Mexico's prime villains, Donald Trump and fugitive drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman are Halloween stars in this country, with a company seeking to make a killing with masks of the infamous duo.
The latex mask with the Sinaloa cartel boss's signature mustache and a black-and-white striped prison uniform sell for $30 on the Internet and some shops in Mexico City.
Grupo Rev says it has already sold 2,000 Chapo disguises and is making another 1,700. The masks take an entire day to make at the factory in the central town of Jiutepec.
"There's a little bit of criticism but we are Mexicans and we find laughter in tragedy," Maria del Carmen Navarro, a Grupo Rev design engineer, told AFP.
Trump, the Republican presidential hopeful, has become one of the most hated people in Mexico since the billionaire real estate tycoon made inflammatory remarks about immigrants, declaring that the Latin American country was sending rapists and other criminals to the United States.
For decades, prosecutors say, Vincent Asaro managed to keep his role in an infamous mob heist immortalized in the hit movie "Goodfellas" hidden from the outside world while others of his generation were locked up or died gangland deaths.
A frail-looking Asaro finally emerged from the shadows after his arrest last year and will go on trial Monday on charges he pocketed a cut of the $6 million Lufthansa robbery at Kennedy Airport in 1978 - one of the largest cash thefts in American history.
If convicted, he'd become the latest casualty of an erosion of the Mafia's code of silence that has decimated the aging upper echelon of New York City's underworld, sometimes called the "Oldfellas."
Asaro, 80, who has a history of convictions for lesser mob-related crimes, was arrested again after his cousin, Gaspare Valenti, came forward with new information about the heist and agreed to wear a wire to try to coax admissions out of the reputed longtime member of the Bonanno crime family. Prosecutors haven't revealed why their key witnesses turned on Asaro, though it's believed he may have held a grudge after being cheated out of a cut of Asaro's $750,000 take from the heist, said Jerry Capeci, a Mafia expert who writes the ganglandnews.com web column.
A woman dressed as a "Catrina", Mexico's grand dame of death, attends an alebrijes parade in Mexico City, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. Alebrijes are colorful sculptures that combine components of different animals to create a unique fantastical creature. The term was penned by Mexico City folk artist Pedro Linares, who originated the art form in the 1930s based on creatures he dreamt about during a severe illness, which he began recreating after his recovery.
Photo by Marco Ugarte
Leonel Mendoza fishes every day in a reservoir surrounded by forest and mountains in the southern Mexico state of Chiapas. But in recent days, he also has been ferrying curious passengers out to see the remains of a colonial-era church that has emerged from the receding waters.
A drought this year has hit the watershed of the Grijalva river, dropping the water level in the Nezahualcoyotl reservoir by 25 meters (82 feet).
The church in the Quechula locality was built by a group of monks headed by Friar Bartolome de la Casas, who arrived in the region inhabited by the Zoque people in the mid-16th century.
"The church was abandoned due the big plagues of 1773-1776," said architect Carlos Navarete, who worked with Mexican authorities on a report about the structure.
A team of Chinese firms, along with the Export-Import Bank of China, wants to build and finance a large part of California's proposed 800-mile high-speed rail project.
The firms expressed their interest last month in a 23-page document sent to the California High-Speed Rail Authority. The authority asked private companies from around the globe to help shape the state's strategy to launch the first stage of its train line, considered the most ambitious infrastructure project in the United States.
Led by China Railway International, the Chinese team proposed it could provide big elements of the project, including design expertise, construction, equipment procurement, and rolling stock. It also proposed financing from the Export-Import Bank of China.
By packaging large pieces of the high-speed rail line together, for delivery by a single contractor, the project's cost and construction timeline would be greatly reduced, the team proposed.
Georgian dancers wait to perform during the annual Tbilisoba City Day celebration in Tbilisi, Georgia, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. Tbilisoba is an annual October festival, celebrating the diversity and history of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.
Photo by Shakh Aivazov
A federal judge in Maryland has ruled that the state may start phasing out license plates featuring the Confederate battle flag as early as November, a state official said.
U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis issued the order on Thursday, lifting a 1997 injunction at Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh's request, Frosh's office said in a statement. The order goes into effect on Nov. 17.
The recall comes after the June massacre of nine black churchgoers in South Carolina which prosecutors say was carried out by a white man who posed with the Confederate flag in online photos.
Frosh said the Confederate battle flag was a symbol of hate and division and did not have a place in government.
A man works on a pandal or a temporary platform, next to the idol of Hindu goddess Durga ahead of Durga Puja festival in Kolkata, India, October 17, 2015. The Durga Puja festival, which will be celebrated from October 19 to 22, is the biggest religious event for Bengali Hindus. Hindus believe that the goddess Durga symbolizes power and the triumph of good over evil.
Photo by Rupak De Chowdhuri
The New York Police Department has equipped x-rays in some of its vans but it's refusing to talk about them due to "security concerns." Even though these x-ray vans reportedly cost $825,000 a piece, NYPD is staying completely silent about them and their purpose.
"Those are issues I'd prefer not to divulge to the public at this time," NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton (D-Bully) said, NYMag reports. "I will not talk about anything at all about this - it falls into the range of security and counter-terrorism activity that we engage in."
Bratton (D-'Trust Me') was asked to comment on a request from the NYCLU to file an amicus brief to force more transparency in the NYPD's use of this advanced equipment.
"They're not used to scan people for weapons," the Commissioner added. "The devices we have, the vehicles if you will, are all used lawfully and if the ACLU and others don't think that's the case, we'll see them in court - where they'll lose! At this time and the nature of what's going on in the world, that concern of theirs is unfounded."
Rio de Janeiro's Olympic organizing committee ruled out conducting viral tests of the human sewage-laden waterways where the 2016 Games' aquatic events will be held, following recommendations from the World Health Organization, a Rio 2016 spokesman said Friday.
Speaking at a news conference, Mario Andrada said he considered the WHO's recommendation to be the "final instructions for Rio 2016" - suggesting an end to the months of flip-flopping on the issue.
The question of whether to conduct viral testing has been a hot-button issue since July, when The Associated Press released the results of an independent study showing dangerously high levels of viruses from human sewage at all Rio Olympic water venues for sailing, rowing, canoeing, triathlon and distance swimming.
Based on five months of testing by a top Brazilian virologist, the report included an expert's risk assessment that, with such high viral levels, it was almost certain athletes who come into contact with even small amounts of the sewage-blighted waters would be infected by viruses. That doesn't automatically mean an athlete would fall ill - that depends on numerous factors, including their immune system.
Rio, which treats only a fraction of the sewage generated in this metropolis of 13 million, has been beset by human sewage problems dating back decades and would appear to fit the WHO's second "exceptional circumstance": The city's top public health experts have repeatedly said the city suffers from an "endemic" health crisis because of the befouled waterways. The WHO also did not immediately respond to repeated requests for clarification on this point.
A devotee of the Chinese Ban Tha Rue shrine walks with guns pierced through his cheeks during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket, Thailand, October 17, 2015. The festival, featuring face-piercing, spirit mediums and strict vegetarianism celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind.
Photo by Jorge Silva
The King James Bible, the most widely read book in the English language - from which phrases like "a man after his own heart" emerged - is as storied as it is elusive. Now, a historian claims to have found the oldest known draft of the Christian text, written in messy script, in an obscure archive at the University of Cambridge.
The manuscript was hidden among the papers of Samuel Ward, one of the men commissioned by King James I to translate a new version of the Christian text into English in the early 17th century.
Jeffrey Miller, an assistant professor of English at Montclair State University in New Jersey, chanced upon the 400-year-old notebook while doing research on Ward for an essay he's writing. The Eureka moment came when Miller realized that the notebook contained text from the very book that Ward had been commissioned to help translate. Miller recalled thinking, "Oh my gosh, he's talking about a book that he had been asked to help translate," he said. "Then I realized rather he was creating the King James Bible in that moment."
Describing his discovery in the Times Literary Supplement, Miller said the notebook is not just the earliest draft ever found, but it is also the only surviving draft written in the hand of one of the original translators.
A giant alebrije is paraded through Mexico City, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. Alebrijes are colorful sculptures that combine the body parts of different animals to create a unique fantastical creature. The term was penned by Mexico City folk artist Pedro Linares, who originated the art form in the 1930s based on creatures he dreamt about during a severe illness, which he began creating after his recovery.
Photo by Marco Ugarte
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