Marc Dion: Heroes Can Do Anything They Want, Right? (Creators Syndicate)
Right now, here in America, I think that if you shoved a firefighter while he was fighting a fire, and then he beat you to death with a pipe wrench, he wouldn't be indicted. After all, like all members of the military and all police officers, firefighters are heroes and have been since 9/11.
Mark Shields: Consider the Source (Creators Syndicate)
[Dick] Cheney, who went on to become one of the nation's toughest-talking draft-evading armchair warriors, has called the Senate Intelligence Committee's report of the CIA's disregard of the rule of law and its endorsement of torture as a legitimate policy option "full of crap."
Froma Harrop: Make Rape Identities Public (Creators Syndicate)
Jackie's shocking account of gang rape at a University of Virginia frat house has been growing holes by the day. And it has put Rolling Stone - the magazine that published it without identifying the accuser, the friends she quoted or the alleged rapists - under a harsh light. It only named the fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi. Not naming the accusers in rape cases has become a standard journalistic practice, pushed by advocates for the victims. That must end.
Leonore Skenazy: The Newest Cult (Creators Syndicate)
There is a new religion taking over America. Chances are you haven't heard of it yet, though you probably know some folks who practice it on the down-low. They can be Christians, Muslims, Jews - or Zoroastrians, for that matter. Whatever their capital-letter faith, on the side they subscribe to the cult of kiddie danger.
Chef Boyardee, formerly Chef Boy-Ar-Dee, is a brand of canned pasta products sold internationally by ConAgra Foods. The company was founded by Italian immigrant Ettore "Hector" Boiardi in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A., in 1928.
Alan J was first, and correct, with:
The product overcooked by millions of mothers
Chef Boyardee. He changed the spelling so people would stop
mispronouncing his name. And mom, it's already cooked. All you need to
do is heat it up, not turn it into something I can spread with a spoon.
He was the real Chef Boy-Ar-Dee (now Boyardee).
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
sounds an awful lot like Boy-ar-dee
I googled it and sure enough:
Ettore Boiardi immigrated from Italy in 1914 at the age of 16
He actually worked his way up to the position of "chef" at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
He caught a lucky break and catered President Woodrow Wilson's 1915 wedding reception.
And from that lucky break, caught another where he supervised a meal at the White House
for 2000 soldiers returning from WWI.
I guess that's where he learned to cook in great big batches and he had so many requests for
his excellent sauce that he began selling it in milk bottles, eventually supplying rations for Allied troops
during WWII. But you can google all that information, I guess.
Here's another fun "Englishized" version of an Italian name, Bongiovi:
Or how about Anthony Dominick Benedetto
Here's another one: Dino Paul Crocetti
But back to Boy-Ar-Dee,
MY favorite Boyardee food from my youth was always:
Sometimes a guy just didn't have the time or just didn't even bother to heat it up...
att-sa rite-onna, Beeel.
Marty, I've eaten enough canned pasta to know that Ettore "Hector" Boiardi's company he founded in 1928 is Chef Boy-Ar-Dee!
This reminds me, I have to call someone to see about getting me some ravioli or lasagna.
Obsessively Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali responded:
Chef Boyardee in da can! Yuck!! Mock Italian food! I want real Italian food! I preparing Cioppino for Xmas day. None of that canned shit. Been a first-rate year for Dungeness Crab. I'm craving Italian right now. With the lack of good Italian in the immediate area (unless I'm cooking) I'll settle for Norcali Mexi tonight.
DJ Useo answered:
Chef Boy-Ar-Dee, innit?
I used to enjoy that stuff a long time ago.
Their new 'version' of that stuff sucks!
Instead, I bake spaghetti squash into pasta. Dee-licious!!
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CBS starts the night with '60 Minutes', followed by a FRESH'Undercover Boss', then a FRESH'The Mentalist', followed by a FRESH'CSI: The Original One'.
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ABC begins the night with the FRESH infomercial 'Backstage With Disney On Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years', followed by a FRESH'Once Upon A Time', then the FRESH'Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People Of 2014'.
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 2½ hours of what passes for local news and other fluffery.
Faux has a RERUN'The Simpsons', followed by a FRESH'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', then a RERUN'Family Guy', followed by a FRESH'Bob's Burgers'.
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'.
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[8:00AM] Nature's Weirdest - Season 1 - Episode 2
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[10:00AM] Planet Earth: Human Planet-Ep 5 - Mountains - Life in Thin Air
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[2:00PM] Top Gear - Season 21 - Episode 1
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Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', then a FRESH'Millionaire Matchmaker', and another 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta'.
FX has the movie 'Night At The Museum', followed by the movie 'Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian'.
History has 'American Pickers', 'Ax Men', followed by a FRESH'Ax Men', then a FRESH'Alaska Off-Road Warriors'.
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Norwegian actress and film director Liv Ullmann (L) and Polish actor Andrzej Chyra arrive on the red carpet for the 27th European Film Awards at the Latvian National Opera in Riga, Latvia, 13 December 2014.
Photo by Valda Kalnina
Stop. Hey, what's that sound? Protest songs are taking their place alongside chants of "I can't breathe" and "Hands up, don't shoot" as demonstrators raise their voices to condemn the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police. There's something happening here.
The killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown have inspired a musical outpouring perhaps unseen in the U.S. since "We Shall Overcome" became a civil-rights standard in the 1960s. Older songs are being redeployed for a new generation. New compositions are being widely shared, including some from major-label artists. And holiday classics are being rewritten, such as a barbed spin on "White Christmas."
One of the tunes gaining a following on the streets and social media was penned six weeks ago by Luke Nephew of The Peace Poets, a Bronx collective that has also has composed event-specific cantos for protests at immigration detention centers, foreclosure auctions and other demonstration sites. It has four lines, starting with "I still hear my brother crying, 'I can't breathe.' Now I'm in the struggle singing. I can't leave."
Some protesters find fresh relevance in popular music of the past - Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come" or Michael Jackson's "They Don't Really Care About Us."
German filmmaker Wim Wenders (L) and his wife Donata Wenders arrive on the red carpet for the 27th European Film Awards at the Latvian National Opera in Riga, Latvia, 13 December 2014.
Photo by Valda Kalnina
Missing 1927 Walt Disney Cartoon Discovered in Norway
A copy of a 1927 Walt Disney cartoon which was thought to be lost has been found in northern Norway, the country's National Library said Thursday.
The film - an almost complete version of "Empty Socks", the first Christmas film by the U.S. entertainment giant - was discovered during an inventory at the library's facility in Mo i Rana, near the Arctic circle.
The original version of "Empty Socks" had a duration of 5:30 minutes, but between 30 and 60 seconds from the central part were missing in the footage found in Norway, which was authenticated by Disney cartoonist David Gerstein.
The film stars Oswald, the Lucky Rabbit, a predecessor of Mickey Mouse who appeared in 26 movies by Walt Disney and his countryman Ub Iwerks.
Marrakech (Morocco), 13/12/2014.- US director Zoe Cassavetes attends the 'Cinecoles Jury members' photocall during the 14th annual Marrakech International Film Festival in Marrakech, Morocco, 12 December 2014. The festival runs from 05 to 13 December.
Photo by Abdelhak Senna
This is music to our ears! Nashville star Hayden Panettiere has given birth to her first child, a baby girl named Kaya Klitschko. She and fiancé Wladimir Klitschko welcomed their daughter on Tuesday, Dec. 9.
Baby Klitschko weighed in at 7 lbs., 14 oz., and measured 20 inches.
"I'm 5 feet, 2 inches, and I started out at 106 pounds and guess how much I weigh now? Around 145 pounds," she said before adding, "And the worst part is that my feet are still size five and they're going, 'What's going on with all this weight?' They're about to snap from underneath me with the strain."
Yet she seemed to be taking the changes in her body in stride, posting a fun Halloween snap showing her dressed up like a jungle cat, her burgeoning belly front and center.
The Kiev State Ballet School has refused to accept money raised by Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre after it emerged the star dancer at a charity gala had supported the annexation of Crimea.
At the Bolshoi last Sunday, some of the world's leading dancers from Russia, Ukraine and France put on a dazzling performance to raise money for renovations at the Kiev ballet school.
The show was organised by prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova, who was born in Ukraine and trained at the school, which she said was in dire need of repair.
But it seems her political views have made her charity far from welcome back in Kiev.
"The Ukrainian artists who participated in the concert appear to not be aware that the Russian dancer S. Zakharova signed a letter supporting the politics of (Russian President) Vladimir Putin in Crimea," wrote the school's director Ivan Doroshenko in a letter published on the Ministry of Culture's website on Saturday.
China's national anthem can no longer be performed at weddings, funerals, balls or other non-political functions and should only be performed at certain dignified events, state media said on Friday.
The rule is to "standardize proper etiquette for the national anthem, which reflects national independence and liberation, a prosperous, strong country and the affluence of the people", the official Xinhua news agency said.
"The March of the Volunteers" may, however, be played at the start of important celebrations or public political gatherings, formal diplomatic occasions or significant international gatherings, it added, citing a Communist Party statement.
The anthem can also be performed when Chinese athletes win medals and "at arenas where national dignity should be fought for and safeguarded".
Activists perform as heads of state, from left, President Barack Obama, Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper, China's President Xi Jinping, India's Narendra Modi, Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the Climate Change Conference COP20 in Lima Peru, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. The boat's sign reads in Spanish "Leave behind emissions. Climatic agreement." Delegates from more than 190 countries are meeting in Lima to work on drafts for a global climate deal that is supposed to be adopted next year in Paris.
Photo by Martin Mejia
For the second time this year, a Russian military aircraft turned off its transponders to avoid commercial radar and nearly collided with a passenger jet over Sweden, officials said Saturday.
"This is serious. This is inappropriate. This is outright dangerous when you turn off the transponder," Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist said on Swedish radio.
Officials at Russia's Ministry of Defense in Moscow were not immediately available to comment Saturday.
In recent months, Russia has increased its military presence in the Baltic Sea area, prompting some Swedish officials to compare it to the Cold War. In October, non-NATO Sweden launched its first submarine hunt since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Swedish authorities said a small, foreign submarine had entered its waters illegally but never found it and didn't disclose its nationality.
Whirling dervishes perform a traditional "Sema" ritual during a ceremony, one of many marking the 741st anniversary of the death of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, in Istanbul late December 13, 2014. Mevlana was an Anatolian philosopher, poet and the father of the Mevlevi sect.
Photo by Murad Sezer
A rare oil painting by the American artist Winslow Homer has been given as a gift to a Massachusetts museum.
Clark Art Institute in Williamstown says the 1878 commissioned portrait of Charles Prentice Howland has never been publicly exhibited, but will be on view starting Friday.
The institute says the portrait depicts the 9-year-old dressed for school with a book bag over his shoulder, posing "stiffly and perhaps impatiently" for the artist. The Boston-born Homer was a friend of the boy's father, prominent New York judge Henry Howland, and his uncle, the artist Alfred Howland.
Clark says the painting has remained with the Howland family since 1878. Museum director Michael Conforti says the gift will add to Clark's existing collection of Homer's works.
A man dressed as a devil performs during a Krampus show in the southern Bohemian town of Kaplice December 13, 2014. Each year people in traditional costumes and masks parade through the streets to perform an old ritual to disperse the ghosts of winter.
Photo by David W Cerny
An avant-garde painting lost for nine decades until a Hungarian researcher spotted it being used as a prop in the Hollywood film "Stuart Little" was sold for over 200,000 euros Saturday at an auction in Budapest.
The painting "Sleeping Lady with Black Vase", by Robert Bereny (1887-1953), fetched a price of 229,500 euros ($285,700), more than doubling its reserve price of around 110,000 euros.
Staff at the Virag Judit auction house told AFP that the buyer was an unnamed private Hungarian collector, and that the sale price exceeded expectations.
The work disappeared in the late-1920s but Barki recognised it immediately even though he had only ever seen a faded black-and-white photo dating from a 1928 exhibition catalogue archived in the National Gallery.
Giant alebrijes are paraded through Mexico City, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. Alebrijes are colorful statues of all sizes that combine the body parts of different animals to create a new, unique fantasy creature, an art form native to Mexico.
Photo by Marco Ugarte
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