Mark Morford: "America: Drunk on hate, dying for love" (SF Gate)
From Jesus to Buddha, the Dalai Lama to MLK, the LGBT community to President Obama himself, in the face of horrendous violence, in the face of relentless stabs of blind hate, homophobia, racism, fear and death and a savage ignorance of God, the simple, but profoundly felt, call to love.
Bruce Bawer: The Single Artificer (Hudson Review)
… Frost's reputation has more or less held steady, and Williams' understated, colloquial poems went on to become templates for creative-writing students everywhere; but Eliot has definitely slipped, and Sandburg crashed and burned a long time ago. Meanwhile, Stevens has soared on extended wings.
To celebrate the nation's bicentennial in 1976, Betty Ford invited the Grammy-winning duo Captain and Tennille to perform at the White House for Queen Elizabeth. What is the title of Daryl and Toni's hit that put the queen to sleep?
To celebrate the nation's bicentennial in 1976, one of the most popular acts of the era - the Grammy-winning husband-and-wife duo Captain and Tennille - were invited to perform for President Ford, First Lady Betty Ford, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
The couple opted to perform their camp classic, "Muskrat Love," after the First Lady personally requested another suggestive song.
"We had two great hits, 'Love Will Keep us Together' and 'The Way I Want to Touch You,' " she recalls. "I thought, 'I probably can't do 'The Way I Want to Touch You.' It might be a little too intimate for the White House.' But then when Mrs. Ford came in and said, 'Are you going to do 'The Way I Want to Touch You?'
I went, 'Okay, we'll do that.' Then I said to Daryl, 'We really should do 'Muskrat Love,' too.' It was a huge hit and I thought everyone would get a kick out of it. I thought they seemed like a fun group!"
But with their synthesizer - which Daryl uses in the song to recreate the sound of love-making muskrats - speakers and keyboard set up in the East Room, the volume was high - and not everyone was pleased.
Kissinger in particular seemed miserable throughout the performance, says Tennille (she good-naturedly dedicated the song to him for years after), while the Queen simply nodded off.
Alan J was first and correct with:
There was some discussion
Regarding singing about rodent sexuality for HRH's pleasure.
Nevertheless, Muskrat Suzie and Muskrat Sam did the jitterbug down in
Muskrat Land. They sang Muskrat Love.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
Love will keep us together
I'm guessing "Muskrat Love." I mean, it was so jejune, and low-key, I can imagine the Queen falling asleep.
It was 102* when my friend and I left at 4:30 yesterday afternoon for our hill-training bike ride. We cut the ride by 1/3rd - we were both experiencing heat-related distress. We were both kind of embarrassed. I hope in a couple weeks we'll be immune to triple digits. Shoot, if we're having triple digits *still* in a couple weeks, I may have to move north.
I was 10 at the time, but the more I hear about the 70s, the more I love 'em.
Lois Of The Semi-Aquatic Rodents replied:
Oh my god, I vaguely remember watching some insipid variety show featuring a musical pair who resembled the end result of generations of brother/sister couplings. But it was the 1970's, and times were hard, dark dank days of "whipping inflation" and year-round daylight savings had left the nation exhausted and demoralized, and it didn't take much to entertain us. My heart goes out to Good Queen Bess!
Dale of still hot Diamond springs, Norcali responded:
First it was Tony Orlando…now it's Captain & Tennille putting the Queen to sleep with "Muskrat Love"…Just another vapid and sterile piece of LA plastic popshit …The Ex and I stumbled into one of their shows at Harrah's Tahoe in '76…Awful…left after three songs…couldn't stand the banter…more of that than songs…really lame sexual innuendo… What's fucking next, "Afternoon Delight"?
Remember when you vote, if you even vote, who Terrruuummmppp thought he was pals with.
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.
CBS opens the night with a RERUN'Big Bang Theory', followed by a RERUN'Life In Pieces', then a FRESH'Big Brother', followed by a FRESH'Code Black'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Sen. Bernie Sanders, Paul Dano, and Rascal Flatts.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Luke Wilson, Liev Schreiber, Rob Gronkowski, and Birdy.
NBC begins the night with a FRESH'Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge', followed by a FRESH'Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge', then a FRESH'Aquarius'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Will Forte, Ashley Benson, and Joseph.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Aubrey Plaza, Samira Wiley, Neil Gaiman, and Ray Luzier.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 2/24/16) are are Grace Helbig, Luna, and Caity Lotz.
ABC starts the night with a FRESH'BattleBots', followed by a FRESH'Celebrity Family Feud'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Kevin Nealon, DJ Khaled, and Christina Aguilera.
The CW offers a RERUN'DC's Legends Of Tomorrow', followed by a FRESH'Beauty & The Beast'.
Faux has a FRESH'Bones', followed by a FRESH'Home Free'.
MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.
A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH'The First 48', and another 'The First 48'.
AMC offers the movie 'Hitch', followed by the movie 'Bad Boys'.
[6:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 14 - Episode 2
[7:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 14 - Episode 3
[8:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 14 - Episode 4
[9:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 4-Luigi's D'Italia
[10:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 15-Zocalo
[11:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 5-Loud as a Whisper
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 6-The Schizoid Man
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 7-Unnatural Selection
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 15-First Contact
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 16-Galaxy's Child
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 17-Night Terrors
[5:00PM] STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK (1984)
[7:30PM] THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)
[10:00PM] THIRTEEN - SEASON 1 - Episode 1
[11:15PM] THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 19 - Episode 13
[12:00AM] THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)
[2:30AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 10-Blink
[3:30AM] DOCTOR WHO: VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED
[5:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 8 - Silence in the Library-Part 1. (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Million Dollar Listing NY', another 'Million Dollar Listing NY', followed by a FRESH'Million Dollar Listing NY', and 'Real Housewives Of OC'.
Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 'The Jim Gaffigan Show', another 'The Jim Gaffigan Show', 'Tosh.0', another 'Tosh.0', still another 'Tosh.0', and yet another 'Tosh.0'.
Scheduled on a FRESHThe Daily Show is Macklemore.
Scheduled on a FRESHThe Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore is Arsenio Hall.
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Burnie Burns, Gavin Free, and Barbara Dunkelman.
FX has the movie 'The Croods', followed by the movie 'Hotel Transylvania'.
History has 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH'Alone: A Deeper Cut', then a FRESH'Alone', followed by a FRESH'Mountain Men'.
[6:00AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Phony Express
[6:25AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Playing the Ponies
[6:50AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Restless Knights
[9:15AM] THE MARINE
[11:15AM] ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13
[1:45PM] FIGHT CLUB
[5:00PM] THE FUGITIVE
[10:00PM] CRANK: HIGH VOLTAGE
[12:00AM] THE FUGITIVE
[3:00AM] MICHAEL CLAYTON
[5:45AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Fred Armisen (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:24AM] Cinderella Man
[12:30PM] Groundhog Day
[3:00PM] Law & Order-Girlfriends
[4:00PM] Law & Order-Pro Se
[5:00PM] Law & Order-Homesick
[6:00PM] Law & Order-Aftershock
[7:00PM] Law & Order-Causa Mortis
[8:00PM] Law & Order-I.D.
[9:00PM] Law & Order-Good Girl
[10:00PM] Law & Order-Survivor
[11:00PM] Law & Order-Corruption
[12:00AM] Law & Order-Double Blind
[1:00AM] Law & Order-Deadbeat
[2:00AM] Cinderella Man
[5:00AM] Crazy Heart (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Friday The 13th', followed by the movie 'Freddy Vs. Jason'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Liam Hemsworth, Lea DeLaria, and Twin Peaks.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., along with, from second from left, Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y. and Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., leads House Democrats down the steps of the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 22, 2016, to a news conference on gun legislation.
Photo by Evan Vucci
It's time for the encores at a trial that's been a deep dive in to rock 'n' roll history, with musical luminaries taking the stand and straining their memories for details from their glory days.
Closing arguments were heard Wednesday in the federal copyright infringement lawsuit that claims Led Zeppelin stole its biggest hit "Stairway to Heaven" from the late Randy Wolfe, also known as Randy California, founder of the band Spirit.
Singer Robert Plant on Tuesday told a packed courtroom he did not remember hanging out with Spirit, as the band's bass player testified, after a 1970 show at a club Plant frequented in Birmingham, England. Plant said he and his wife were in a bad car wreck and he has no memory of the evening.
Jurors never heard a note from Page or Plant live, but they were treated to lo-fi vintage recordings of the band creating the song, renditions on guitar and piano by other musicians and, finally, the full 8-minute recording of one of rock's most enduring anthems.
British actor Sir Ian McKellen poses for a picture near a statue of writer Arthur Conan Doyle's characters Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson in front of the British Embassy in Moscow, Russia, June 22, 2016.
Photo by Maxim Zmeyev
Archaeologists on North Carolina's Roanoke Island found pottery pieces that could have been part of a jar belonging to a medicine maker of the Roanoke Island voyages and perhaps a member of the "Lost Colony."
Two quarter-size fragments, colored blue, white and brown, were discovered buried in the soil near an earthen mound believed to have been a 16th century fort, The Virginian-Pilot reported.
"Lost Colony" settlers disappeared from Roanoke Island in the late 16th century after English explorer Walter Raleigh sent three groups to the coast of North Carolina in 1584, 1585 and 1587.
Artifacts have been uncovered throughout the years in and around the areas where the settlers are believed to have built forts.
And while archaeologists have yet to discover the fate of the colony, discoveries such as the pottery offer glimpses into the colonists' lives.
Artist Christo's floating walkway on a northern Italian lake may have to be closed at night because of wear-and-tear inflicted by the 270,000 visitors who have flocked to see it in less than five days.
The three-kilometre-long (1.9-mile) walkway of 200,000 floating cubes covered in orange fabric has proved a major hit with the public since it opened on Lake Iseo on Saturday.
But plans to keep "The Floating Piers" open day and night until July 3 may now have to be shelved as it is being worn out faster than expected, local officials said.
The numbers of people who have come to walk on the installation have far exceeded organisers' expectations.
They had estimated around 500,000 would come over 16 days.
Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Serial Child Molester) arrived at a Minnesota prison on Wednesday to serve his 15-month sentence in a hush-money case involving revelations that the Illinois Republican sexually abused at least four boys when he coached wrestling at an Illinois high school.
The wheelchair-bound 74-year-old Hastert arrived around noon at the Rochester Federal Medical Center, partly wheeling himself into the complex between high, razor-wire fencing. A woman followed behind him, carrying crutches.
Hastert - one of the highest-ranking U.S. politicians to go to prison - will be known at the prison as Inmate No. 47991-424.
At sentencing in April, U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin cited the abuse that dated back more than 35 years and branded Hastert "a serial child molester" in imposing a sentence that went beyond federal guidelines, which recommended no more than six months behind bars.
Hastert wasn't charged with child abuse because statutes of limitation ran out; he coached at Yorkville High School from 1965 to 1981. Instead, Hastert was charged with and pleaded guilty to violating banking law in trying to pay $3.5 million in hush money to one victim referred to in court papers only as "Individual A."
U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl said the Bureau of Land Management can't set the rules because Congress has not authorized it to do so. The judge, who was nominated by Obama in 2011, wrote that the court's role is not to decide whether hydraulic fracturing is good or bad for the environment, but to interpret whether Congress has given the Department of Interior legal authority to regulate the practice.
"It has not," wrote Skavdahl, who last year blocked implementation of rules drafted by the agency.
The states of Colorado, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming oppose the rules involving hydraulic fracturing, which involves injecting substances including water, sand and chemicals underground to increase production from oil and gas wells.
The Bureau of Land Management and a coalition of environmental groups say the rules are necessary to protect the environment. The bureau's rules would have required petroleum developers to disclose to regulators the ingredients in the chemical products they use to improve the results of hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.
Neal Kirby, a spokesman for the Independent Petroleum Association of America, said Tuesday he is pleased with Skavdahl's decision.
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore (R-Atavistic) stands accused of urging defiance against the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage, but his lawyers argued Tuesday in a legal filing that the complaint is baseless and he never ordered state probate judges to refuse wedding licenses to gay couples.
The outspoken Republican jurist, who once lost his judicial post for disobeying a federal court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama Supreme Court building, is suspended from the bench. He faces possible removal from office again over a January administrative order he sent probate judges.
His order reminded judges that a 2015 Alabama Supreme Court injunction to refuse same-sex marriage licenses remained in "full force and effect" even though the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges effectively legalized gay marriage six months earlier.
Moore's suspension comes amid a season of political upheaval in Alabama that has ensnared Republicans at the top of all three branches of state government.
Former House Speaker Mike Hubbard was removed from office after being convicted of violating state ethics law. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has faced calls for his impeachment following a sex-tinged scandal
A man stands dressed as goddess Kamakhya to attract alms from devotees on the first day of the annual Ambubasi festival at the Kamakhya Hindu temple in Gauhati, India, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Hundreds of Hindu holy men have arrived to perform rituals at the temple during the five days long festival that begins Wednesday.
Photo by Anupam Nath
Scientists have produced computer imagery showing large areas of California sinking and rising around the San Andreas fault, possibly causing damage in the event of a large earthquake.
While scientists have long expected that parts of the state were moving along California's longest earthquake fault, a study in the journal Nature Geoscience produced the first computer images confirming the phenomenon, according to the L.A. Times.
The study found that while much of the Los Angeles Basin is sinking-by a mere two to three millimeters annually-that other areas to the north and west are rising, such as Santa Barbara and parts of San Bernardino County.
Once the next big earthquake hits, Southern California's different parts will jump back into place at the same level, according to the L.A. Times. "Once there is a major event, all of that energy gets released," Sam Howell, a doctoral candidate in geophysics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the lead author of the report, told the paper.
Some areas along the San Andreas fault have not moved significantly in more than 150 years, the average interval between large ruptures. It is difficult, however, to predict when the next earthquake will hit the area says Howell. "It's pretty much impossible to say when the next one will happen."
Donald Trump will be greeted by at least two Mexican flags, placed near his Aberdeenshire golf course in Scotland, when he visits the country later this week.
It's a symbolic reminder of those he's offended locally and internationally and a sign that the presumptive Republican U.S. presidential nominee should not expect a warm welcome after years-long contention surrounding the links, locals say.
"He's notoriously disliked here," said Stan Blackley, an Edinburgh resident who famously rubbed a yellow balloon on Trump's head in 2012. "When he comes, we can almost feel the hair up the spine of Scotland stand up."
Blackley, a 46-year-old environmental campaigner, is one of many who oppose the real estate tycoon's presence in Scotland. Almost 600,000 people earlier this year signed a petition calling for Trump to be banned from entering the U.K. Many of the signatures came from Scotland, according to The Atlantic.
"To some extent, I'm worried about his visit. He's a blatantly racist, sexist, misogynistic idiot," said David Milne, who recently erected a Mexican flag on top of his house near Trump's International Golf Links course. "We would be far happier without him being here."
A four day old Grevy's zebra stands with her mother Adia in their habitat at the Lincoln Park Zoo Wednesday, June 22, 2016, in Chicago. The zebra is native to eastern Africa and is endangered in the wild because of hunting and habitat loss. Lincoln Park Zoo is part of a nationwide conservation effort to save the animals.
Photo by Teresa Crawford
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