Mark Morford: The Decline of White Christian America (SF Gate)
By just about any metric you can name - marriage stability, addiction rates, unwanted pregnancies, political scandals, gun deaths, sexual abuse, degradation of women, fear of Other, educational brainwashing, wars started in vain or vanity - the white Christian overclass in America has been a stunning, rather breathtaking failure.
Rostom Sipan "Ross" Bagdasarian (January 27, 1919 - January 16, 1972) was an American pianist, singer, songwriter, actor and record producer of Armenian descent. He was better known by the stage name David Seville. Bagdasarian was the creator of Alvin and the Chipmunks.
Following his hit records, Bagdasarian provided the voice for the David Seville and Alvin in the Chipmunks' short-lived 1961-62 animated television series The Alvin Show.
The Chipmunks' recordings had the performers often labeled as "David Seville and the Chipmunks" and the composer typically listed as "Bagdasarian." Bagdasarian's last album was The Chipmunks Go to the Movies, released in 1969, almost three years before his death.
Randall was first, and correct, with:
I knew the name was familiar but I ended up having to look it up.
Turns out his stage name is
He's the creator of
Alvin and the Chipmunks
Alan J said:
Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
David Seville was the creator of Alvin and the Chipmunks.
David Seville, whom I've never heard of.
He's also known as Ross Bagdasarian, creator of Alvin and the Chipmunks, who I have heard of.
Why, he's David Saville, the creator of "Alvin and the Chipmunks."
The things I learn from your trivia questions, Marty.
Lois, you crack me up. For the record I'm not a quart low.
Dale of Diamond Droughty Springs, Norcali wrote:
David Seville…Fuck you in the bumper, Alvin. We knew that you whacked Dave!
That would be David Seville, perpetrator of The Chipmunks, and this
Lois In The Library In Oregon
Wow! Learned something new, like who Ross Bagdasarian, the
genius with a tape recorder who invented the Chipmunks and
made such a valuable contribution to American Culture, was,
and how he inspired the world to embrace singing rodents.
Oh, and he look like Jack Webb, too.
And speaking of American Culture, the librarian just had to
admonish a patron here at the computer bank to stop looking
at porn or he will lose his privileges. Hm. No wonder this
keyboard is sticky. Well, just gonna go boil my finger tips
DJ Useo answered:
David Seville. He was totally success hungry, & created his own way that worked.
Back then, the Chipmunks sound was considered more listenable than I think it is nowadays.
I like it, but only as novelty music. You gotta be 'in the mood' for novelty music,
or it's merely a strong invitation for company to depart. LMAO!
@Marty - Really griped here to read you had to resort to dial-up.
Isn't it crazy how poor the service is from most companies?
Since 2000 or so, it seems like people don't regard money as 'green'. %C
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CBS fills the night with LIVE'NCAA March Madness', then pads the left coast with local crap.
On a RERUNDave (from 2/16/15) are Matthew Perry, Adam Scott, and Kishi Bashi.
On a RERUNLate, Late Show (from 1/22/15), with tonight's middle-aged white guy guest host, Judd Apatow, are Adam Sandler, Lena Dunham, and Maria Bamford.
NBC begins the night with 'Dateline', followed by a FRESH'The Blacklist', then a FRESH'The Slap'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Ben Stiller, Tim Gunn, and Rixton.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Jay Leno, Sara & Erin Foster, and Seaton Smith.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson 'The Scab' Daly are Rachel Brosnahan, Misterwives, and Jordan Rubin.
ABC starts the night with a FRESH'Grey's Anatomy', followed by a FRESH'Scandal', then a FRESH'American Crime'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Bill Murray, the cast of "The Walking Dead" and James Bay.
The CW offers a FRESH'The Vampire Diaries', followed by a FRESH'Reign'.
Faux fills the night with a FRESH'American Idol'.
MY recycles an old 'The Mentalist', followed by another old 'The Mentalist'.
A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH'The First 48', then a FRESH'Nightwatch'.
AMC offers the movie 'Above The Law', followed by the movie 'Gladiator'.
[6:00AM] BBC World News
[7:00AM] BBC World News
[8:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 26 - Time's Arrow (Part 1)
[9:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 1 - Time's Arrow (Part 2)
[10:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 2 - Realm of Fear
[11:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 4 - The Sontaran Strategem
[12:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 5 - The Poison Sky
[1:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 6 - The Doctor's Daughter
[2:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 4 - Ep 4 - The Fish and Anchor
[3:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 12 - Charlie's
[4:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 1 - Ep 3 - Sebastian's
[5:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 2 - Giuseppi's
[6:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 8 - Sam's Mediterranean Kabob Room
[7:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 1 - Spanish Pavilion
[8:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 9 - Capri
[9:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 7 - Sushi Ko
[10:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 8 - Lido Di Manhattan Beach
[11:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 2 - Classic American
[12:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 8 - Sam's Mediterranean Kabob Room
[1:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 1 - Spanish Pavilion
[2:00AM] Top Gear - Season 8 - Episode 5
[3:00AM] Top Gear - Season 8 - Episode 6
[4:00AM] Top Gear - Season 8 - Episode 7
[5:00AM] Top Gear - Season 8 - Episode 8 (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of BH', another 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of Melbourne', and 'Vanderpump Rules'.
Comedy Central has 'South Park', another 'South Park', 'Tosh.0', 'Broad City', followed by the movie 'Mean Girls'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJon Stewart is Will Ferrell.
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Rob Huebel, Erinn Hayes, and David Wain.
FX has the movie 'Taken 2', followed by the movie 'That's My Boy', then a FRESH'Archer', and another 'Archer'.
History has 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', still another 'Pawn Stars', yet another 'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH'Pawn Stars', then another FRESH'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH'Vikings'.
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[10:30AM] THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT
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[3:30AM] HALLOWEEN (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] The Approval Matrix-Golden Age of TV
[6:45AM] Risky Business
[9:00AM] The War of the Roses
[11:30AM] Panic Room
[2:00PM] Million Dollar Baby
[4:45PM] Jackie Brown
[8:00PM] The Lost Boys
[10:00PM] The Lost Boys
[12:00AM] Eden Lake
[2:00AM] Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love
[4:30AM] Law & Order-Prisoner of Love
[5:30AM] The Writers' Room-Sons of Anarchy (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Blade: Trinity', followed by a FRESH'WWE Steroid SmackDown', then the movie 'Max Payne'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Mindy Kaling, Brent Morin, and Purity Ring.
Rihanna, left, and Jim Parsons are seen on the red carpet with Oh and Captain Smek from the DreamWorks Animation's Home during the premiere at Cinemark West Plano on Tuesday, March, 17, 2015 in Plano, Texas.
Photo by Rex C. Curry
Stevie Wonder, Patti Smith and John Mayer will also usher in new members, the hall announced on Wednesday. The 30th annual induction ceremony is scheduled for Cleveland's Public Hall on April 18. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is located in Cleveland.
The Beatles are in the rock hall already, and so are McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison as solo artists. Drummer Starr is the last to be honored individually, and Eagle Joe Walsh will perform some of his friend's music.
Wonder will induct Bill Withers, a fellow songwriter who had his biggest impact in the 1970s. John Legend will perform Withers' music, and it's still a mystery whether Withers, who quit the music business more than 30 years ago, will sing. Rock hall spokeswoman Shauna Wilson said it's still to be determined which inductees will perform.
Smith will induct another artist indelibly tied to New York, the late Lou Reed, and Beck will perform his music.
Amy Adams, from left, Zoe Saldana, Gwen Stefani and Petra Flannery attend The Hollywood Reporter & Jimmy Choo Celebration of the Most Powerful Stylists in Hollywood on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, in West Hollywood, Calif.
Photo by Jordan Strauss
For the second time in two days, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday failed to break a legislative deadlock that has left the fate of a human trafficking bill in doubt and put U.S. attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch in limbo.
By a vote of 57-41, three short of the minimum needed, the bill cracking down on domestic human trafficking failed to clear a procedural hurdle.
While the bill was expected to enjoy broad bipartisan support, most Democrats are blocking progress on it to protest anti-abortion language inserted by Republicans.
In turn, Republicans have linked the fate of President Barack Obama's nominee to replace retiring Attorney General Eric Holder to passage of the trafficking bill.
Asked if a vote to confirm Lynch will continue to be held up, even if the human trafficking bill is delayed for months, Senator John Barrasso, a member of Republican leadership said: "That's the plan."
The next Steven Spielberg will be missing a familiar sound: a score by John Williams.
For the first time in three decades, a Spielberg-directed film won't be scored by Williams. DreamWorks Pictures announced Wednesday that Spielberg's upcoming Cold War thriller "Bridge of Spies" will be scored by Thomas Newman.
Williams had previously been signed on to the movie, but is departing, DreamWorks said, because of a minor health issue that has since been corrected. The last feature film Spielberg made without Williams was 1985's "The Color Purple," which Quincy Jones scored.
Williams will still score Spielberg's following film, the Roald Dahl adaption "The BFG."
Glenn Beck says he is no longer a member of the Republican Party.
"I've made my decision - I'm out," Beck said on his radio show Wednesday, according to Mediaite.com. "I'm out of the Republican Party. I am not a Republican; I will not give a dime to the Republican Party. I'm out."
The former Fox News host and founder of the Blaze supported the GOP during the last election cycle but has become disillusioned with the party in recent years over what he believes was its failure to stand up to the Obama administration - specifically, the Affordable Care Act and immigration reform.
"They're torpedoing the Constitution and they're doing it knowingly," Beck said. "They're taking on people like Mike Lee and Ted Cruz and they are torpedoing them. Knowingly. And these guys are standing for the Constitution."
The GOP isn't the only group Beck is fed up with. Last week, Beck threatened to quit the National Rifle Association if it doesn't cut ties with Grover Norquist after one of his guests, Frank Gaffney, accused Norquist of being connected with the Muslim Brotherhood.
Actor Kevin Nealon, left, Arnold Palmer pose for a photo after a news conference at the pro-am of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, March 18, 2015.
Photo by Phelan M. Ebenhack
A Holocaust-denying Catholic bishop who made headlines in 2009 when Pope Benedict XVI rehabilitated him and members of his breakaway traditionalist society is heading for new trouble with the Vatican. Bishop Richard Williamson is planning to consecrate a new bishop Thursday in Brazil without Pope Francis' consent - a church crime punishable by excommunication.
The Rev. Rene Miguel Trincado Cvjetkovic confirmed the planned consecration of the Rev. Christian Jean-Michel Faure in an email to The Associated Press. The consecration was first reported by the traditionalist blog Rorate Caeli.
Williamson, Trincado and Faure have all been, or are in the process of being, kicked out of the Society of St. Pius X, which was formed in 1969 by the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in opposition to the modernizing reforms of the Second Vatican Council. They have opposed the society's recent efforts at reconciliation with the Holy See.
In 1988, the Vatican excommunicated Lefebvre, Williamson and three other bishops after Lefebvre consecrated them without papal consent.
In 2009, Benedict removed the excommunications in a bid to bring the group back into full communion with Rome and prevent further schism. But an uproar ensued after Williamson said in a television interview aired just before the decree was made public that he did not believe Jews were killed in gas chambers during World War II.
A protesters carries a protest sign during a rally prior to the opening of the new European Central Bank (ECB) headquarter in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. At least four police cars were set alight and two officers injured Wednesday as authorities confronted violent anti-austerity protesters ahead of the inauguration ceremony for the European Central Bank's new headquarters
Photo by Arne Dedert
Fault lines dating back hundreds of millions of years in Oklahoma that have been recently reactivated could lead to a devastating quake in the state where many structures were not built to withstand major seismic activity, a report said.
The state, which has seen several hundred seismic events over the past five years, has "a high degree of potential earthquake hazards," according to the study accepted for publication this month whose authors include researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
"The majority of the recent earthquakes in central Oklahoma define reactivated ancient faults at shallow depths in the crust" of less than 3.7 miles (6 km), said the report for the American Geophysical Union.
The report did not look at whether the reactivation of the faults was linked to the energy extraction technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
Saint Mark's Basilica and the Piazza in Venice are seen in this handout photograph of a daguerreotype circa 1845, released in London March 18, 2015. Early daguerreotype photos of Venice that sold as an odd lot at auction for 75,000 pounds ($110,000) belonged to John Ruskin and provide new insight into the work of the Victorian art critic, the authors of a book containing the images said on Thursday. The Venice scenes, taken around 1850 and purchased at an auction in the northern English Lake District in 2006, coincide roughly with Ruskin's work on his epic, three-volume treatise "The Stones of Venice" about Venetian art and architecture.
Photo by K.& K. J. Jacobson
As many as 1,000 people a day in Europe contract tuberculosis, and slow progress against the disease coupled with rising drug resistance mean the region is unlikely to defeat it until next century, health officials said on Tuesday.
At current rates, the region has little chance of meeting a target to eliminate it by 2050, according to a joint report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
"MDR-TB (multi-drug resistant TB) is still ravaging the European Region, making it the most affected area of the entire world," Zsuzsanna Jakab, the WHO's regional director, said as the report was published.
The WHO's European region covers 53 countries with a population of nearly 900 million, of which around 508 million live in the European Union and European Economic Area EU/EEA.
People watch the three summits of the Dents-du-Midi mountain, Cime de l'Est, La Cathedrale and the Haute Cime (L-R), being artificially lit during the 13 Summits event in Champoussin outside a restaurant near Val d'Illiez March 18, 2015. Sixty mountain guides used 217kg (478 pounds) of pyrotechnic devices to light up all 13 summits spread around the county during the three minutes of the event. 13 Summits is a project to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the entry of the County of Valais into the Swiss Confederation.
Photo by Denis Balibouse
"There she is, there she is!" In the distance beyond the outstretched finger of conservation biologist Daniel Ramp stood a rare white animal, rising slowly as her ears stiffened and eyes focused on him.
Nestled below her snowy chest was a brown joey, its head peaking out of a pouch.
The 1.5-metre (4.9-feet) tall albino wallaroo bounded towards the thin trunks of eucalyptus gum trees in the Mount Panorama Woodlands, her light leaps barely breaking the silence of the natural reserve.
Several hundred metres away, the harsh sounds of revving engines echoed as V8 supercars raced around the track of Australia's spiritual home of motor sport in Bathurst, some 300 kilometres (185 miles) west of Sydney.
The white marsupial, believed to be more than four years old and one of only three spotted in the area, has thrilled researchers studying the local kangaroo population -- but there are concerns about the wallaroos' chosen home in the woodlands surrounding the race circuit.
The aurora borealis, or the northern lights, over Derwent water near Keswick, England, Wednesday March 18, 2015. The northern lights are the result of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth's atmosphere with charged particles released from the sun.
Photo by Owen Humphreys
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