Marc Dion: Wings on Pigs (Creators Syndicate)
When he was a boy, he said his father would read the paper at night, read the news of a Protestant killed by Catholics or a Catholic killed by Protestants and he would take a long drag on his cigarette and he would say to my friend, "Somebody'll pay for that."
Froma Harrop: Charity Versus Panhandling (Creators Syndicate)
I'm paying up at this discount store, and the nice woman at the cash register asks me something like, "Do you want to support a program to help homeless teenagers get drug counseling?" "Suppose I don't" is the thought never uttered. Instead, I say, "No, thank you" or, less forthrightly, "Not today."
Dr. David Lipschitz: Tips to Live Long and Age Well (Creators Syndicate)
If there is one longevity pill that improves the quality of life, gives energy and enthusiasm and prevents illnesses, it's exercise. Stretching, balance exercises, resistance training with weights and aerobic exercise to increase the heart rate are essential components of living a healthy life.
Mark Morford: "The top 10 records (and 30 best tracks) of 2014" (SF Gate)
Every year at this time, my friend Andy sends out an excitable email asking his most music-crazed friends - sound engineers, clubsters, DJs, me, anyone for whom music is less a casual dalliance and more like lifeblood - to send around their personal lists of the year's best music, so we can all discover something new and/or gently mock each others' weird tastes in African banjo disco, kazoo jazz funk or lumberjack doom metal.
Jonathan Harshman Winters III (November 11, 1925 - April 11, 2013) was an American comedian, actor, author, and artist. Beginning in 1960, Winters recorded many classic comedy albums for the Verve Records label. He also had records released every decade for over 50 years, receiving 11 nominations for Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album during his career and winning a Grammy Award for Best Album for Children for his contribution to an adaptation of The Little Prince in 1975 and the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Comedy Album for Crank(y) Calls in 1996.
In 1991, Winters earned an Emmy Award for his supporting role in Davis Rules. In 1999, Winters was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. In 2002, he earned an Emmy nomination as a guest star in a comedy series for Life with Bonnie. In 2008, Winters was presented with a Pioneer TV Land Award by Robin Williams.
Alan J was first, and correct, with:
Baron Dave ( "Did you ever undress in front of a dog? A bird or a cat, they don't
count somehow, but a dog... they really stare." -- Jonathan Winters,
Jack Parr Show 1964 ) wrote:
Hey, I know this one: Jonathan Winters.
Monty Python? (Okay, so I know it's not Monty Python but I ask, why not? Huh? I mean Ol' man Twain wrote 'bout King Arthur, an' all, so's Brits should be allowed. Fair's fair, as I always say...'Sides, I lu-u-u-v Monty Python. Is there no better line than, "Go away, or I shall taunt you a second time!"?
No... there is not. Unless it's...
Oh, yeah... A classic... an' you-do-not-want-that...
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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'.
NBC fills the night with LIVE'Sunday Night Football', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old '20/20'.
ABC begins the night with a RERUN'America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos', followed by a RERUN'Revenge', then another RERUN'Revenge', followed by still another RERUN'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 2½ hours of what passes for local news and other fluffery.
Faux has a RERUN'The Simpsons', followed by a RERUN'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', then a RERUN'Family Guy', followed by another RERUN'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'.
[6:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 2 - Into the Dalek
[7:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 3 - Robot of Sherwood
[8:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 4 - Listen
[9:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 5 - Time Heist
[10:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 6 - The Caretaker
[11:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 7 - Kill the Moon
[12:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 8 - Mummy on the Orient Express
[1:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 9 - Flatline
[2:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 10 - In the Forest of the Night
[3:00PM] Doctor Who: The Christmas Invasion
[4:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 2 - Ep 4 - The Girl In The Fireplace
[5:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 2 - Ep 13 - Doomsday
[6:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 13 - Journey's End
[7:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 7 - A Good Man Goes to War
[8:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 8 - Let's Kill Hitler
[9:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 10 - The Girl Who Waited
[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 5 - Time Heist
[2:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 6 - The Caretaker
[3:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 7 - Kill the Moon
[4:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 8 - Mummy on the Orient Express
[5:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 9 - Flatline (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has all old 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta' all night.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Shallow Hal', 'Dave Chappelle: Killin' Them Softly', and 'Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain'.
FX has the movie 'Grown Ups', followed by the movie 'Just Go With It', then the movie 'Grown Ups'.
History has 'American Pickers', 'Ax Men', followed by a FRESH'Ax Men', then a FRESH'Alaska Off-Road Warriors'.
[6:00AM] THE BIRTHDAY BOYS-SEASON FINALE
[6:30AM] LETHAL WEAPON 4
[9:15AM] BATMAN-AN EGG GROWS IN GOTHAM
[9:48AM] BATMAN-THE YEGG FOES IN GOTHAM
[10:21AM] BATMAN-THE DEVIL'S FINGERS
[10:54AM] BATMAN-THE DEAD RINGERS
[11:27AM] BATMAN-HIZZONNER THE PENGUIN
[12:00PM] THE MATRIX RELOADED
[3:00PM] THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS
[6:00PM] LET'S GO TO PRISON
[8:00PM] HOT FUZZ
[10:45PM] A GOOD OLD FASHIONED...
[1:00AM] HOT FUZZ
[3:45AM] A GOOD OLD FASHIONED... (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] Dream School-Dean Winters & Finance Guru Alvin Hall
[7:00AM] The Writers' Room-Parks and Recreation
[7:30AM] Back to School
[9:30AM] Uncle Buck
[11:45AM] Twelve Monkeys
[2:45PM] Last Action Hero
[8:00PM] The Lost Boys
[3:45AM] The Lost Boys
[5:45AM] Love Lust-Love Lust & Heels (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Lake Placid 3', followed by the movie 'Lake Placid: The Final Chapter'.
In this Tuesday, Dec.16, 2014 photo, Angela Lansbury poses for a portrait during press day for "Blithe Spirit" at the Ahmanson Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. Lansbury is appearing in the production of Noel Coward's comedy "Blithe Spirit" from Dec. 9, 2014, through Jan. 18, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Casey Curry
Don Lemon has picked up a dubious honor: ranking in a Columbia Journalism Review fellow's list of the "worst journalism" of 2014.
The anchor has made headlines throughout the year for controversial moments during his tenure as a CNN newsroom anchor.
In a post written by David Uberti, the CJR fellow makes a case for why Lemon deserves to be ranked along with other missteps in journalism over the past year.
"As one of the most recognizable anchors on CNN, Don Lemon has helped lead the cable network's coverage of the biggest stories of the year. Live television is exceedingly difficult to produce, of course, but Lemon's gaffes this year offer a case study in how to choose words wisely - or not," Uberti wrote.
Pasadena has come a long way since the days of racial segregation, but the city is far from exempt from acknowledging its own past acts of discrimination.
In August 1958, Joan Williams was a clerk in the accounting office in the Water and Power Department at City Hall. She was, in fact, the first African American hired to work at City Hall. With the exception of Ray Bartlett in the Police Department and Bill Duncan in the Fire Department, most other African Americans employed by the city worked in the Sanitation Department. But the city wasn't even aware that Williams was African American. With her light complexion, she could pass as Caucasian.
In those days, the city had its own float in the annual Rose Parade. And each year city officials named a female city employee Miss Crown City, a Rose Queen-like honoree who represented the city and rode on the city's float in the parade.
Williams, who was 26 at the time, was chosen by her coworkers to be among 15 girls placed in the running for the title. According to Williams, the duties of the post included cutting the ribbons at the grand openings of Sears in Hastings Ranch, J.W. Robinson, where Target is now in the Playhouse District, and other establishments, as well as other perks, such as welcoming the new Rose Queen and participating in civic events with then-Pasadena Mayor Seth Miller. But the main prize awarded to each year's Miss Crown City was the privilege of riding on the city's Rose Parade float.
"At the time, we lived on Solita Road and a reporter from the Independent Star News came to my home to interview me and met my African-American husband and my two little girls, and I guess he went back and said, 'Guess what?' And from that point on it just went downhill."
The bare-breasted activist from feminist group Femen who snatched the baby Jesus figurine from the St Peter's Square Nativity scene on Christmas Day remained under arrest in the Vatican on Friday.
The woman, Iana Aleksandrovna Azhdanova from Ukraine, remained under arrest in a Vatican cell awaiting possible trial for "disturbing the peace, obscene acts in a public place, and theft" for storming the Vatican Nativity scene Thursday.
Respecting Femen's provocative protest dress code, Azhdanova was bare from the waist up, but sported the message "God Is Woman" on her torso to thousands of pilgrims packed into St Peter's Square who looked on.
Azhdanova was swiftly apprehended by Vatican police after rushing into the Nativity scene and plucking the baby Jesus figurine up while shouting what were described as anti-religious slogans.
A Tibetan exile, wearing a traditional headdress, attends the Jangchup Lamrim teachings conducted by the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama (unseen) at the Gaden Jangtse Thoesam Norling Monastery at Mundgod in the southern Indian state of Karnataka December 26, 2014.
Photo by Abhishek N. Chinnappa
It's easy to miss Bruce Rickerd during the "Mystere" show at Treasure Island especially when there's a man balancing upside-down on the foot of another, or a giant inflatable snail emerging from the massive moving stage or the gasp-inducing drops from acrobats above.
But he's there - up high on the right or rather, stage left - playing guitar in just about the same place he's been for every one of the 10,000 shows come Saturday in the 21-year history of "Mystere" as he and the rest of the band tie the music and sound effects to action on stage.
That's right. He's never missed a day of work.
"This is not work for me," he said days before he would be feted Saturday with confetti canons and an onstage finale bow where a Guinness Book of World Records judge is expected to say Rickerd has broken the record for most theatrical performances by a male musician. Granted, it'll be for having performed in 9,958 shows, still the most, as the record-keeping body continues to pour through timesheets and employee records that might backup Rickerd's involvement in the remaining 42 shows. Copious stage manager notes from each performance over the years helped to confirm quite a bit, with Rickerd's name never listed on the "out" list.
There's no secret, no routine. Unless you count his regularity to arrive at work and attend the sound check, eat and get his costume on before the show. And he didn't plan to do anything differently in the days leading up to his record-breaking appearance.
Azerbaijan has raided and closed the local offices of a US-funded radio station in a move that has left Washington "deeply disturbed" and raised concerns about the treatment of non-state media in the tightly-controlled Caucasus nation.
The offices of Radio Azadliq in the capital Baku were sealed on Friday after prosecutors and armed police confiscated equipment and computers during a raid, the station's director, Kenan Aliyev, told AFP on Saturday.
The station provides Azerbaijani-language programming in the US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty network directed at Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Press freedom group Reporters Without Borders said RFE/RL was "the latest victim of the government's campaign to stamp out media pluralism".
Logs are piled high in the yard of the Malheur Lumber Co. mill in this small town in northeastern Oregon, ready to be sawed into lumber. Steam pours out of the stacks. Trucks loaded with logs roll in.
John Day, a town of 1,700, nearly died two years ago. Its lifeblood, the sawmill, was about to close. So few logs were coming off the nearby Malheur National Forest, the mill's owners decided it was time to shut down.
But the mill and the town's economy were rescued by a detente between the timber industry and environmentalists - foes since the battles over logging that erupted in the Pacific Northwest three decades ago. The sides uncovered a shared goal: thinning overgrown forests to prevent catastrophic wildfires.
Talk to people in town and you'll still hear grumbling from those who don't trust environmentalists. But not from Art Andrews, manager of Malheur Lumber.
"When I tell people that it's the environmental community that saved this community, they say, 'Oh, baloney!'" Andrews said. "But I lived it. I know it's true."
Young Sikhs demonstrate their skills with swords as they perform Gatka, a form of Sikh martial art during a religious procession, Amritsar, India, 27 December 2014. The religious procession was held on the eve of the 349th anniversary of the birth of the tenth Guru or Master of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh, who initiated the special order of the Sikhs called the Khalsa Panth.
Photo by Raminder Pal Singh
Some 41 million British wills dating back to 1858, including those of Winston Churchill and Princess Diana, were made available in an online database Saturday.
The government's full archive of wills from England and Wales, stretching back more than 150 years, has been put on the probatesearch.service.gov.uk website.
It includes the wills of World War II prime minister Churchill; novelist Charles Dickens; Diana, princess of Wales; children's writer A. A. Milne; code-breaker Alan Turing; writer George Orwell and author Beatrix Potter.
The digital copies of the wills cost £10 ($15.50, 12.75 euros) but basic details for some of them are available online.
View on a frozen puddle in Sieversdorf, Germany, December 27, 2014. Germany saw the onset of winter the same day with snowfall, forecasted to continue over the next days and cause slippery conditions.
Photo by Patrick Pleul
An ice-cream store listed in the Guinness World Records book for its 863 different flavours has become the latest victim of Venezuela's economic crisis.
"We are closed during the season due to shortage of milk," the famous Coromoto ice-cream store in the highland town of Merida announced on its Facebook page.
Locals confirmed that the shop, hugely popular among tourists for its exotic and strange flavours ranging from beer to beans, had been closed since Christmas Eve.
Venezuelans have been suffering acute shortages of basic goods, from toilet-paper to spare tires, all year due to an economic slowdown, the highest inflation in the Americas, and the impact of strict currency controls.
A Santeria altar with offerings to Afro-Cuban deities sits inside a home in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. Santeria is by far the most popular religion on the island with adherents outnumbering practicing mainstream Catholics.
Photo by Desmond Boylan
A half-century after Washington severed relations with Cuba, the United States' seven-story mission looms over Havana's seaside Malecon boulevard as the largest diplomatic outpost in the country.
Cuban guards stand at close intervals on the street outside, and islanders line up by the thousands each year for a shot at a coveted visa.
The gleaming U.S. Interests Section suddenly is poised to become an even more important presence in Cuba as the two countries negotiate the first phase of their historic detente - transforming the complex into a full embassy that would reflect the Obama administration's hopes of new influence on the communist island.
The discussions are expected to cover expanding staffing in the two countries' interests sections and letting diplomats travel outside their respective capitals without having to ask permission.
Also part of the reopening of the embassy: symbolic measures such as raising the American flag on the Malecon.
A bird picks at an apple in a snow-covered apple tree in Kaufbeuren, southern Germany, Friday Dec. 26, 2014. Weather forecasts predict more snowfall for the next few days in Germany.
Photo by Karl-Josef Hildenbrand
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