Jill Lawrence: A Wasted Opportunity for Democrats (Creators Syndicate)
The pall that hangs over this election is misguided in many ways. The unemployment rate is 5.9 percent, a six-year low. Employers have added more than 10 million jobs in the last few years. The stock market has tripled since President Obama took office. For those who worry about government spending, the deficit has plunged to a projected $486 billion or 2.8 percent of the U.S. economy, down from $1.4 trillion and 9.8 percent in 2009 in the depths of the Great Recession.
Nathaniel Adams Coles (March 17, 1919 - February 15, 1965), known professionally as Nat King Cole, was an American singer and musician who first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist. He was widely noted for his soft, baritone voice, which he used to perform in big band and jazz genres.
Cole was one of the first African Americans to host a television variety show, The Nat King Cole Show, and has maintained worldwide popularity since his death from lung cancer in February 1965.
On November 5, 1956, The Nat King Cole Show debuted on NBC. The variety program was the first of its kind hosted by an African-American, which created controversy at the time. Beginning as a 15-minute pops show on Monday night, the program was expanded to a half hour in July 1957. Despite the efforts of NBC, as well as many of Cole's industry colleagues - many of whom, such as Ella Fitzgerald, Harry Belafonte, Frankie Laine, Mel Tormé, Peggy Lee, Eartha Kitt, and backing vocal group The Cheerleaders worked for industry scale (or even for no pay) in order to help the show save money. The Nat King Cole Show was ultimately done in by lack of a national sponsorship. Companies such as Rheingold Beer assumed regional sponsorship of the show, but a national sponsor never appeared.
The last episode of The Nat King Cole Show aired December 17, 1957. Cole had survived for over a year, and it was he, not NBC, who ultimately decided to pull the plug on the show. Commenting on the lack of sponsorship his show received, Cole quipped shortly after its demise, "Madison Avenue is afraid of the dark."
Alan J was first, and correct, with:
Nat King Cole
I'm going with the cigarette smoking man
Rod Serling. Loved the Twilight Zone, even if the hole in the wall to
another reality episode kept me awake for a week. And I still couldn't
convince my parents to get me a dog.
This wasn't as obvious or easy to answer, so I was compelled to keep sleuthing. I believe Nat "King" Cole uttered those words. I guess I was too young to remember his failed show. That, or my parents were too racist to watch it. Or both.
Nat King Cole
DJ Useo said:
How could I forget? It was Nat King Cole.
I've seen him in old black & white tv shows, & he was awesome.
Nat "King" Cole 1919 - 1965 ~ His show went off the air after 13 months, a casualty of skittish advertisers that worried they'd lose Southern consumers if their product was promoted on the show.
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CBS starts the night with '60 Minutes', followed by a FRESH'Madam Secretary', then a FRESH'The Good Wife', followed by a FRESH'CSI: The Original One'.
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 Funniest Home Videos', followed by a FRESH'Once Upon A Time', then a FRESH'Resurrection', followed by a FRESH'Revenge'.
The CW offers a RERUN'Celebrity Name Game', followed by another RERUN'Celebrity Name Game', then an old 'Friends', followed by another old 'Friends', then 1 ½ hours of what passes for local news and other fluffery.
Faux has a FRESH'The Simpsons', followed by a FRESH'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', then a FRESH'Family Guy', followed by a FRESH'Mulaney'.
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 Walking Dead', another 'The Walking Dead', followed by a FRESH'The Walking Dead', then a FRESH'Talking Dead'.
[6:00AM] David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities-Ep 1 - Stretched To The Limit NEW
[6:30AM] David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities-Ep 2 - A Curious Hoax? NEW
[7:00AM] Nature's Weirdest-Episode 7
[8:00AM] Nature's Weirdest-Episode 8
[9:00AM] Hidden Habitats-Ep 15 - Making Worlds
[9:30AM] Hidden Habitats-Ep 16 - The Secret To Their Success
[10:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 2 - Ep 5 - Sandgate
[11:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 11 - Spin-A-Yarn Steakhouse
[12:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 9 - Capri
[1:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 10 - Sante La Brea
[2:00PM] Top Gear - Season 15 - Episode 1
[3:00PM] Top Gear - Season 15 - Episode 2
[4:00PM] Top Gear: Season 15 Special-Season 15 - Top Gear: Season 15 Special
[5:30PM] Pitch Black
[8:00PM] The Chronicles of Riddick
[10:30PM] Pitch Black
[1:00AM] The Chronicles of Riddick
[3:30AM] Top Gear: Season 15 Special-Season 15 - Top Gear: Season 15 Special
[5:00AM] Top Gear - Season 15 - Episode 2 (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', and another 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta'.
Comedy Central has the movie You Don't Mess With The Zohan', followed by the movie 'Hot Tub Time Machine', and 'Key & Peele'.
FX has the movie 'Just Go With It', followed by the movie 'The Five-Year Engagement'.
History has 'Ancient Aliens', another 'Ancient Aliens', still another 'Ancient Aliens', and 'Search For The Lost Giants'.
[6:00AM] THE BIRTHDAY BOYS-SKEWERED!
[6:30AM] THE BIRTHDAY BOYS-ALL YOUR FAVORITES ARE BACK
[7:00AM] THE BIRTHDAY BOYS-GOING ALL THE WAY
[7:30AM] KUNG POW: ENTER THE FIST
[9:15AM] BATMAN-MARSHA, QUEEN OF DIAMONDS
[9:48AM] BATMAN-MARSHA'S SCHEME WITH DIAMONDS
[10:21AM] BATMAN-COME BACK, SHAME
[10:54AM] BATMAN-IT'S THE WAY YOU PLAY THE GAME
[11:27AM] BATMAN-THE PENGUIN'S NEST
[1:00PM] PORTLANDIA-SOFT OPENING
[1:30PM] PORTLANDIA-GETTING AWAY
[2:00PM] THE BIRTHDAY BOYS-FIRST LOOK AT SEASON TWO
[4:45PM] JACKIE BROWN
[8:00PM] THE PUNISHER
[12:45AM] TWELVE MONKEYS
[5:45AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-AZIZ ANSARI (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] The Thin Red Line
[9:30AM] Dirty Harry
[11:45AM] Magnum Force
[2:30PM] Courage Under Fire
[5:00PM] Dolores Claiborne
[7:45PM] Groundhog Day
[12:30AM] Dolores Claiborne
[3:15AM] Courage Under Fire
[5:45AM] Love Lust-Love Lust & the Bikini (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Zodiac: Signs Of The Apocalypse', followed by the movie 'Poseidon'.
Forget surveillance: The real threat is not just an intrusion into personal privacy but government agencies with more power than the public, Edward Snowden said during a surprise interview Friday.
Surveillance is just "the mechanism of understanding," Snowden said.
"One of the most significant things that was not well understood about the events of last year was that it's not entirely about surveillance." said Snowden, who spoke via live stream to a conference on digital news and security held in Washington, D.C. The bespectacled former NSA contractor shot to international fame last year after revealing the government's bulk intelligence gathering practices.
What it's also about, he argued, is a shift in balance from traditional institutions such as the press and civic society to self-serving government bodies.
"We have seen a trend toward governments that are affording themselves, in secret, greater powers and more and more authority without the consent or awareness of the public," Snowden said.
George Brown, Ronald Bell, Dennis Thomas and Robert 'Kool' Bell of Kool and the Gang arrive during the 2014 Soul Train Awards at the Orleans Arena at The Orleans Hotel & Casino on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV.
Photo by Omar Vega
For decades, 90-year-old Arnold Abbott has hauled pans filled with roast chicken and cheese-covered potatoes onto a south Florida beach park to feed hundreds of homeless people.
For his good deeds, Abbott finds himself facing up to two months in jail and hundreds of dollars in fines after new laws that restrict public feeding of the homeless went into effect in Fort Lauderdale earlier this year.
He was first cited last Sunday, along with two clergymen and a volunteer from his nonprofit, Love Thy Neighbor.
On Wednesday, several police cars waited for Abbott at a downtown Fort Lauderdale park, and officers pulled aside the frail man, clad in a white chef's coat, soon after the first plates were ready to be served.
The dispute highlights a debate between two schools of homeless rights activists: Those who argue that banning public feeding criminalizes the homeless, and others who say feeding and panhandling helps keep them on the street.
Photographers from Brown Brothers hauled their cameras from Ellis Island to Broadway to Yankee Stadium to snap pictures of street urchins and socialites, hardhats and mobsters, athletes and entertainers, capturing nearly every aspect of New York City life in the first six decades of the 20th century.
Now, the more than 1 million photographs and negatives the company compiled are up for sale.
While the collection includes tens of thousands of images of the Big Apple, the bulk of the photographs capture "every conceivable historical personality and event and place" across the U.S. and beyond from the turn of the previous century through the 1950s, said Eric Caren, a prominent historic documents collector who has been contracted to sell the collection.
Images of the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire in 1911 and the sinking of the Titanic the following year are part of the collection. Celebrities and other headliners of the day are well-represented, from Mark Twain and the Wright Brothers to Teddy Roosevelt and Babe Ruth.
Stored in more than 7,000 boxes, most of the vintage prints have information written on the back in pencil, providing vital information on the date and subject of the photographs.
British actor Hugh Grant, left, and Austrian singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst chat during the German game show "Wetten Dass" or Bet it...? in Graz, Austria, Saturday Nov. 8, 2014.
Photo by Ronald Zak
The Weather Channel laid off 40 staffers Wednesday, a company spokesperson confirmed to TheWrap.
The network made the cuts citing a need to shift resources in a changing TV climate.
This round of layoffs takes place a month after another 40 employees were handed pink slips; mostly from the network's digital division. Wednesday's cuts come from the TV channel itself.
The network tells us there are no other layoffs expected. Two weeks ago, TWC made a major change to one of its signature programs, "AMHQ," replacing senior executive producer Scott Warren with former CNN showrunner Angie Massie.
The CIA on Friday good naturedly highlighted the inaccuracies in Oscar-winning Iran hostage drama "Argo," in a series of tweets to mark the anniversary of the 1979 crisis.
The 2012 film tells the story of a bold Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operation to rescue six US diplomats trapped in the Canadian ambassador's residence in Tehran.
It is well known that the movie takes liberties with the facts, including a white-knuckle airport runway chase at the end, and the significant underplaying of Canada's role in resolving the crisis and rescuing the diplomats.
When "Argo" was released the Canadian ambassador, Ken Taylor -- who is now 80 years old -- made his views clear about regarding some aspects of the movie's accuracy.
"The movie's fun, it's thrilling, it's pertinent, it's timely," he told the Toronto Star. "But look, Canada was not merely standing around watching events take place. The CIA was a junior partner," he said.
An earthquake swarm that began in a secluded northwest Nevada region this summer has grown more intense in recent days, increasing the chance of a large quake occurring, geology officials said.
The activity is centered just off the state's northwest border, some 40 miles (64 km) southeast of Lakeview, Oregon, and started July 12, the Nevada Seismological Laboratory said on Wednesday.
Over the past three months, the laboratory has recorded some 550 incidents of seismic activity of a magnitude of 2.0 or larger, while there have been three magnitude 4.0 or higher quakes since Oct. 30.
The current swarm resembles one that occurred in Reno, Nevada, in 2008 that shook the area over a two-month stretch with increasingly strong temblors leading to a magnitude 5 quake that caused moderate damage in the area, the Laboratory said.
The foundation of America's nuclear arsenal is fractured, and the government has no clear plan to repair it.
The cracks appear not just in the military forces equipped with nuclear weapons but also in the civilian bureaucracy that controls them, justifies their cost, plans their future and is responsible for explaining a defense policy that says nuclear weapons are at once essential and excessive.
It's not clear that the government recognizes the full scope of the problem, which has wormed its way to the core of the nuclear weapons business without disturbing bureaucracies fixated on defending their own turf. Nor has it aroused the public, which may think nuclear weapons are relics of the past, if it thinks about them at all.
This is not mainly about the safety of today's weapons, although the Air Force's nuclear missile corps has suffered failures in discipline, training, morale and leadership over the past two years. Just last week the Air Force fired nuclear commanders at two of its three missile bases for misconduct and disciplined a third commander.
Rather, this is about a broader problem: The erosion of the government's ability to manage and sustain its nuclear "enterprise," the intricate network of machines, brains and organizations that enables America to call itself a nuclear superpower.
Uganda's ruling party has drawn up new anti-gay legislation and could push it through parliament before the end of the year, rights activists said Saturday.
The move comes nearly a year after Ugandan MPs passed a bill that would have seen gays face up to life in prison, only to see the bill struck down by the constitutional court on a technicality.
According to a leaked copy of the new draft bill, MPs have instead focussed on outlawing the "promotion" of homosexuality -- something that activists said made it far more repressive and wide-reaching.
"People don't realise that the 'promotion' part of it will affect everybody," prominent gay rights activist Frank Mugisha told AFP.
"If newspapers report about homosexuality it could be seen as promotion. My Twitter account could be seen as promotion. All human rights groups that include LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) rights defence in their activities could be accused of promotion."
A human skull or "natita" is crowned with flowers and surrounded by offerings of coca leaves, flower petals and cigarettes, during the Natitas Festival, outside the Cementerio General chapel , in La Paz, Bolivia, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. Followers believe the skulls or natitas have miraculous powers, providing protection and granting favors that range from finding a job to helping their favorite soccer team win.
Photo by Juan Karita
U.S. Roman Catholic bishops are gathering at a moment of turbulence for them and the American church, as Pope Francis moves toward crafting new policies for carrying out his mission of mercy - a prospect that has conservative Catholics and some bishops in an uproar.
The assembly, which starts Monday in Baltimore, comes less than a month after Francis ended a dramatic Vatican meeting on how the church can more compassionately minister to Catholic families.
The gathering in Rome was only a prelude to a larger meeting next year which will more concretely advise Francis on church practice. Still, the open debate at the event, and the back and forth among bishops over welcoming gays and divorced Catholics who remarry, prompted stunning criticism from some U.S. bishops.
"Many of the U.S. bishops have been disoriented by what this new pope is saying and I don't see them really as embracing the pope's agenda," said John Thavis, a former Rome bureau chief for Catholic News Service. "To a large degree, the U.S. bishops have lost their bearings. I think up until now, they felt Rome had their back, and what they were saying - especially politically - would eventually be supported in Rome. They can't count on that now."
Cardinal Raymond Burke, the former St. Louis archbishop and leading voice for conservative Catholics, said the church "is like a ship without a rudder" under Francis. Burke made the comments before the pope demoted him from his position as head of the Vatican high court, a move he had anticipated.
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