Marc Dion: Do We Really Honor Our Veterans? (Creators Syndicate)
I was standing around at the dedication of a new veterans memorial the other day, in the city hall, not too far from the "wall" the city hall installed a couple years ago, the wall being a bulletin board where you can post pictures of your boy/girl overseas.
Marc Dion: The Joe Biden Hype (Creators Syndicate)
I hate the phrase "media hype," because it means only what the speaker or writer wants it to mean. I like words that travel in a straight line. So what I mean by "Joe Biden hype" is that, now that Biden won't run for president, it's being hyped as though people cared.
Paul Krugman: Policy and Character (NY Times Blog)
At a more general level, I'd argue that it's a really bad mistake to wave away policy silliness with a boys-will-be-boys attitude. Policy proposals tell us a lot about character - and the history of the past 15 years says that journalists who imagine that they can judge character from the way people come across on TV or in personal interviews are kidding themselves, and misleading everyone else.
David Bruce: Lady Gaga and the Life of Passion (NY Times)
Earlier this week I watched some young musicians perform Lady Gaga songs in front of Lady Gaga. As India Carney's voice rose and swooped during the incredible anthemic versions of her dance hits, Gaga sat enraptured. Her eyes moistened. Occasionally her arms would fling up in amazement. Finally, she just stood up and cheered.
The evil eye is a curse believed to be cast by a malevolent glare, usually given to a person when they are unaware. Many cultures believe that receiving the evil eye will cause misfortune or injury.Talismans created to protect against the evil eye are also frequently called "evil eyes".
In most languages, the name translates literally into English as "bad eye", "evil eye", "evil look", or just "the eye". Some variants on this general pattern from around the world are:
In German, it is called "böser Blick", literally "evil gaze".
In Portuguese, it is called "mau olhado", or "olho gordo" (literally "fat eye"). The first expression is used in Portugal and second one is more common in Brazil.
Alan J was first and correct with:
Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
Ah, the Evil Eye. Perfect day for that.
Happy Haunting, people!
DJ Useo replied:
Evil eye, I think. A gaze or stare superstitiously believed to cause material harm.
"He gave me the evil eye as I walked down the corridor" Benny said.
Thanks to Dale for the "pump" kin pic yesterday, explaining how a man created candy corn. lol.
I actually showed that image to female company. They were shocked, shocked I tell you.
Then they discussed the pic for a full half hour. lol.
"Evil Eye" ~ A curse believed to be cast by a malevolent glare, usually given to a person when they are unaware. The Hamsa, a charm made to ward off the evil eye.
Myopic Lois Of Oregon said:
The Evil Eye of antiquity was used by Registered Witches and Unionised Crones to place curses on deserving recipients for milenna. However, since Reagan broke the unions, it has been replaced by the slightly less effective Stink Eye, which can be employed by anyone to shut up assholes, and in domestic situations, get the trash taken out.
Joe S answered:
We call it the "Evil Eye." We had a "thing" to ward off the Evil Eye, Daughter-in-law Sia brought it back from Greece for us. Looked for it today but I couldn't find it. I was going to take a picture and post it. Oh well, it's somewhere.
This isn't it, but this is kinda how it looked.
Dale of Fine Fall, Diamond Springs, Norfuckincali took the day off.
mj took the day off.
Randall 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.
OTOH, we were the only ones on the block with the front porch light on.
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', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old 'Dateline'.
ABC begins the night with a FRESH'America's So-Called 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 fills then night with LIVE'2015 World Series', then pads the left coast with local crap.
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'.
A&E has 'My Haunted House', another 'My Haunted House', followed by a FRESH'Fear: Buried Alive - Digging Deeper'.
AMC offers 'the Walking Dead', another 'The Walking Dead', followed by a FRESH'The Walking Dead', then a FRESH'Talking Dead'.
[6:00AM] Planet Earth-Ep 7 - Great Plains
[7:00AM] Planet Earth-Ep 8 - Jungles
[8:00AM] Doctor Who: The Robots of Death
[10:00AM] Doctor Who: Terror of the Zygons
[12:00PM] Hitman NEW
[2:00PM] The Terminator
[4:30PM] Enemy at the Gates NEW
[7:00PM] Crimson Tide
[9:30PM] The Terminator
[12:00AM] Crimson Tide
[2:30AM] Enemy at the Gates
[5:00AM] Planet Earth-Ep 7 - Great Plains (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has (F) 'OC Social', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of OC', then a FRESH'Manzo'd With Children', followed by a FRESH'Manzo'd With Children'.
Comedy Central has 'Jeff Dunham: All Over The Map', followed by 'Jeff Dunham: Unhinged In Hollywood', then 'Jeff Dunham: Unhinged In Hollywood', again, and 'Jeff Dunham: All Over The Map'.
FX has the movie 'Captain Phillips', followed by the movie 'Man Of Steel'.
[6:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-ALISON BRIE
[6:15AM] BENDERS-THE SPORT OF KINGS
[6:45AM] THE EXORCIST
[9:30AM] EXORCIST II: THE HERETIC
[12:15PM] THE EXORCIST III: THE LEGION
[2:45PM] THE EXORCIST
[5:30PM] RED DRAGON
[8:15PM] HANNIBAL RISING
[11:00PM] BENDERS-THE SPORT OF KINGS
[11:30PM] GIGI DOES IT-EAT SOMETHING
[12:00AM] RED DRAGON
[2:45AM] HANNIBAL RISING
[5:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-ROBERT KIRKMAN WEARS A TAN BLAZER AND RED SUIT PANTS (ALL TIMES EST)
[8:00AM] Halloween II
[10:00AM] Halloween III: Season of the Witch
[12:00PM] Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
[2:00PM] Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
[6:00PM] Halloween II
[8:00PM] Halloween III: Season of the Witch
[10:00PM] Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
[12:00AM] Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
[2:00AM] The Returned-Episode 1
[5:02AM] The Writers' Room-House of Cards
[5:30AM] The Writers' Room-The Walking Dead, Smallville & other comics (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'The Conjuring', followed by the movie 'Phenomenon'.
Fox and Friends did a segment with "an esteemed panel of fathers" in response to a viral video about leggings.
The panel was made up of Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson, Fox News legal analyst Arthur Aidala and Fox anchor Julie Banderas' husband, Andrew Sansone, who all took turns explaining what their own children are allowed to wear.
Surprisingly, Robertson was the most liberal of the bunch when it comes to leggings, saying his daughters wear them, but they pair them with shirts that "cover up the lady parts".
Host Steve Doocy then proceeded to parade three models in front of the panel, all wearing different outfits featuring leggings.
"We all took our nitroglycerin pills before she came onto the set - just to make sure," added Aidala.
For the first time ever, scientists have documented the Omura's whale in the wild, snapping photos and videos of the large yet elusive species off the coast of Madagascar.
It has been more than decade since the mysterious marine mammal was first described as a species, but no living Omura's whales had ever been recorded until now.
Previous reports were all based on dead specimens, but in a new study published this month in the journal Royal Society Open Science, researchers found a whole population of Omura's whales swimming, foraging, and singing off Madagascar's north shore.
"Over the years, there have been a small handful of possible sightings of Omura's whales, but nothing that was confirmed," said Salvatore Cerchio, the study's lead author and a researcher at the Wildlife Conservation Society. "They appear to occur in remote regions and are difficult to find at sea because they are small-they range in length from approximately 33 to 38 feet-and do not put up a prominent blow."
He means small for a whale-they are still larger than most orcas, and about the same size as your average school bus. But even at that size, they've stayed out of the science spotlight. They closely resemble the Bryde's whale, but distinct markings on the head and a lower jaw with contrasting light and dark sides showed the scientists these whales were something different.
Three's a crowd? Not in Brazil, where three women have defied deeply conservative trends in Congress and wider traditional mores by celebrating a polyamorous civil union.
The happy trio, who reportedly have shared a bed for years and say they want to raise a child, took an oath of love in early October in the presence of Rio de Janeiro notary public Fernanda de Freitas Leitao.
"This union is not just symbolic," because it defines "how they intend to have children," attorney Leitao said.
The lovers -- a businesswomen and a dentist who are both 32 and a 34-year-old office manager -- have been together for three years and wish to remain anonymous. Despite salacious media speculation about their supposed love life, they are in fact shy, their lawyer said.
The union is not a formal marriage, because under Brazilian law that would be bigamy. Neither are they automatically allowed to declare joint income or join a healthcare plan for spouses.
Russia on Friday opened a major new museum on the horrors of the Soviet gulag labour camp system but President Vladimir Putin (R-Stalin Fan) blanked the day commemorating victims of state terror.
The hi-tech state-run museum tracing the history of the brutal camp system will be a rare memorial to some of the millions who suffered under Communist rule.
The authorities under Putin have often sought to play down the crimes of the Soviet regime, focusing on Communist supremo Joseph Stalin's role in defeating Nazism and industrialising the country rather than the estimated 20 million victims of his rule.
The four-storey exhibition in central Moscow -- the largest ever museum on the gulag in Russia -- includes documents signed by Stalin sending thousands to camps.
A lawyer for the woman who was sexually assaulted by Roman Polanski praised a Polish judge's refusal Friday to send the director to Los Angeles, while the city's top prosecutor said she would not drop the case against the Oscar winner.
Lawyer Lawrence Silver, who represents victim Samantha Geimer, reiterated her desire that the case against Polanski be dropped.
However, the call was rejected by District Attorney Jackie Lacey, who said it was unfair that the director had never been sentenced.
Lawyers for Polanski have said the director fled to France after a now-deceased Los Angeles judge reneged on a promise that Polanski's 42 days undergoing a diagnostic study in a California prison would serve as his sentence.
Polanski's movements are restricted by an Interpol warrant that is in effect in 188 countries. He has avoided extradition by remaining in France, Poland and Switzerland.
Cast members US actor Josh Hutchinson (L-R), US actress Jennifer Lawrence, and Australian actor Liam Hemsworth put their hands into the cement in which they put their hands and footprints at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, USA, 31 October 2015. The latest and last movie in the Hunger Games series, 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2' will open in the US on 20 November 2015.
Photo by Mike Nelson
A war of words between Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner (R-Pendejo) and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D-Pendejo) over which government is in the worst financial shape took a bizarre turn on Friday with the purchase of fish.
"I bought a gift for a special person," the Republican governor told reporters at a Chicago market. "I bought some fish...to send some dead fish to the mayor. I think he will deeply appreciate that as only he can."
Early in his political career, Emanuel once sent a message to a pollster via a dead fish. In Mafia lore, a sent dead fish signifies someone is sleeping with the fishes and no longer alive.
While Rauner acknowledged his fish plan was all in fun, he continued to criticize the mayor for pushing through a city budget this week with a record property tax hike, calling the move "a massive mistake" because it was not coupled with cost-saving reforms.
Diane Ladd and Laura Dern arrive at the 29th American Cinematheque Awards honoring Reese Witherspoon at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Jordan Strauss
A U.S. judge on Friday gave McDonald's Corp 30 days to hand over thousands of employee emails to a federal labor agency that says the company should be held liable for labor violations by franchisees.
At a hearing Friday morning, U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon in Manhattan accused the company of "playing games" in order to avoid complying with a subpoena from the National Labor Relations Board seeking documents from workers who deal directly with franchisees, which the company says would be irrelevant and costly.
"You're not even close to proving that the burden on McDonald's would outweigh the relevance" of the documents, McMahon told the company's lawyers.
The NLRB says McDonald's is a "joint employer" of franchise workers because of the control it exerts over them through guidelines imposed on franchisees.
The case, which is scheduled to go to trial before an administrative judge in January, is expected to have a major impact on U.S. franchisors, potentially forcing them to bargain with unions and pay damages to workers for labor law violations by franchisees.
The Luther monument can be seen in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany, 31 October 2015. The Reformation Festival in Wittenberg remembers Martin Luther's posting of his theses on 31 October 1517.
Photo by Peter Endig
Prosecutor Stephen Lanier's meaning was unmistakable when he urged jurors in north Georgia to sentence the defendant to death in part to deter other people "out there in the projects."
Almost everyone in the public housing apartments near the scene of the killing of a 79-year-old woman in Rome, Georgia, was black, as was defendant Timothy Tyrone Foster. And after Lanier got through picking a jury of Foster's peers, all the jurors were white. So was the victim.
Foster has been on death row for nearly 30 years, but his case still is making its way through the courts. The actions of Lanier and his staff will be in front of the Supreme Court on Monday, when the justices will consider whether the exclusion of all the black prospective jurors is a form of racial discrimination in violation of Foster's constitutional rights under a test the high court laid out in 1986.
Georgia courts have consistently rejected Foster's claims of discrimination, even after his lawyers obtained the prosecution's notes that revealed prosecutors' focus on the black people in the jury pool. In one example, a handwritten note headed "Definite No's" listed six people, of whom five were the remaining black prospective jurors.
In this Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, costumed revelers, identifying themselves as Republican presidential candidate "Donald Trump's Illegal Immigrants" proceed down Fleming Street in Key West, Fla., during the Fantasy Fest Masquerade March. Thousands participated in the event that was one of the highlights of the subtropical island's annual Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival set to conclude Sunday, Nov. 1.
Photo by Andy Newman
The sign -- "risk of drowning" -- outside one of Rio de Janeiro's freshwater reservoirs looks like a joke: there's no water here left to drown in.
Instead, the Saracuruna reservoir near Duque de Caxias, outside Rio, is an expanse of sand, mud and vegetation. Four stray dogs scamper and cattle come to drink from a stream still running through the middle.
The scene at Saracuruna is repeated across much of eastern Brazil between Rio and the megacity of Sao Paulo, with reservoirs and rivers running dry and authorities scrambling to avoid having to impose rationing.
Rio de Janeiro state's environmental department blames "the worst drought in 85 years" for the crisis, while independent activists say decades of bad policy is equally culpable.
Daily water access, potential disruption of the 2016 Rio Olympics, crop irrigation, and the running of Brazil's hydroelectric industry, which provides for 75 percent of the country's power, are all at stake.
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