Paul Krugman: The Reactionary Soul (NY Times Blog) Frank Bruni marvels at polls indicating that Donald Trump, with his multiple marriages and casinos, is the preferred candidate among Republican evangelicals. Others are shocked to see a crude mercantilist make so much headway in the alleged party of free markets. What happened to conservative principles? Actually, nothing - because those alleged principles were never real.
Josh Marshall: Gaming Out the Trump Nightmare Scenarios (TPM)
Obviously, five months is a long time, blah blah blah. Trump could easily fall apart before then or the shape of the race could change. But it no longer seems like one outlandish remark will sink him or gut his support. That's happened enough times already that I think we can be clear on that. But with such a divided field and no other strong candidates in the race, I'm less clear that it matters that so many Republicans say he'll never be their choice. 25% to 30% could be plenty.
The Big Lebowski is a 1998 crime comedy film with neo-noir elements, written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, an unemployed Los Angeles slacker and avid bowler. After he becomes the victim in a case of mistaken identity, The Dude finds a millionaire also named Jeffrey Lebowski who was the intended victim. When the millionaire Lebowski's trophy wife is kidnapped, he commissions The Dude to deliver the ransom to secure her release. The plan goes awry when the Dude's friend Walter Sobchak (John Goodman) schemes to keep the full ransom.
the Dude is an unemployed avid bowler
Kevin K. in Washington, DC wrote:
The Dude abides.
Dr. Dale of Hot Diamondy Springs, Norcaliful 93°F today with the smoke clearing out for now! said:
The Dude Abides…Fuck it, I'm going Bowling!
Alan J answered:
The Dude abides.
DJ Useo responded:
As I perceive your inquiry, the answer is "Bowling".
I liked the film. I used to like Bowling, but it was not challenging enough for me.
After a few 300 games, I moved on to other activities. ( Like skating )
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'The Big Bang Theory', followed by a RERUN'Mom', then a FRESH'Big Brother', followed by a FRESH'Under The Dome'.
The programming geniuses at CBS are filling Stephen Colbert's hour with reruns of 'Madam Secretary'.
On a RERUNJames Corden, OBE, (from 7/22/15) are Denis Leary, Kristin Chenoweth, and American Authors.
NBC begins the night with a FRESH'Food Fighters', followed by 'Dateline'.
On a RERUNJimmy Fallon (from 1/6/15) are Nicole Kidman, Patton Oswalt, and the War on Drugs.
On a RERUNSeth Meyers (from 8/4/15) are Craig Robinson, Michael Ian Black, Christina Tosi, and Brad Wilk.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 4/27/15) are Henry Winkler, Holy Wave, Mike Attie & Meghan O'Hara.
ABC starts the night with a RERUN'Beyond The Tank', followed by a FRESH'Mistresses', then a FRESH'Rookie Blue'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Pierce Brosnan, Rami Malek, and Lamb of God.
The CW offers a FRESH'Beauty & The Beast', followed by a RERUN'Arrow'.
Faux has a FRESH'BOOM', followed by a RERUN'Bones'.
MY recycles an old 'The Mentalist', followed by another old 'The Mentalist'.
A&E has 'Beyond Scared Straight', followed by a FRESH'Beyond Scared Straight: Extreme Teens', then a FRESH'Beyond Scared Straight', followed by a FRESH'Behind Bars: Rookie Year'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Fugitive', followed by the movie 'Erin Brockovich'.
[6:00AM] Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 3 - Askham
[7:00AM] Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 4 - Martin
[8:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 7 - Jack's Waterfront
[9:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 7 - Levanti's Italian Restaurant
[10:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 8 - Silence in the Library
[11:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 9 - Forest of the Dead
[12:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 15 - Power Play
[1:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 16 - Ethics
[2:00PM] Top Gear: Best Of 07-08-Episode 1
[3:00PM] Top Gear: Best Of 07-08-Episode 2
[4:00PM] Top Gear: Best Of 07-08-Episode 3
[5:00PM] Top Gear: Best Of 07-08-Episode 4
[6:00PM] Top Gear: The Perfect Road Trip: Italy-Episode 1
[7:00PM] Top Gear: The Perfect Road Trip: Italy-Episode 2
[8:00PM] For Your Eyes Only
[2:00AM] For Your Eyes Only
[5:00AM] Top Gear: Best Of 07-08-Episode 1 (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of NYC', another 'Real Housewives Of NYC', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of NYC', and another 'Real Housewives Of NYC'.
Comedy Central has 'Drunk History', another 'Drunk History', 'The Jim Gaffiga Show', 'Tosh.0', another 'Tosh.0', 'Key & Peele', followed by a FRESH'Review', and 'Key & Peele'.
On a RERUNJon Stewart (from 7/21/15) is President Barack Obama.
On a RERUN@Midnight (from 8/4/15) are Jen Kirkman, Tom Lennon, and Ron Funches.
FX has the movie 'Grown Ups', followed by the movie 'Grown Ups 2', then a FRESH'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll', followed by a FRESH'Married'.
History has 'Mountain Men', another 'Mountain Men', followed by a FRESH'Mountain Men', then a FRESH'Power & Ice'.
[6:30AM] BLUES BROTHERS 2000
[9:15AM] SLEEPWALK WITH ME
[11:00AM] BLUES BROTHERS 2000
[1:45PM] THE BLUES BROTHERS
[4:45PM] ME, MYSELF & IRENE
[7:30PM] GET SMART
[10:00PM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-DRONEZ: THE HUNT FOR EL CHINGON
[10:30PM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-RANDALL PARK WEARS BROWN DRESS SHOES WITH BLUE SOCKS
[11:00PM] THE TRANSPORTER
[1:00AM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-DRONEZ: THE HUNT FOR EL CHINGON
[1:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-RANDALL PARK WEARS BROWN DRESS SHOES WITH BLUE SOCKS
[2:00AM] GET SMART
[4:30AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-IDA LOSES A LEG
[5:00AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-CHAD'S SLEEPOVER
[5:30AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-NO MOTORCYCLES (ALL TIMES EST)
[9:15AM] The Devil's Advocate
[12:15PM] Million Dollar Baby
[3:00PM] Saturday Night Fever
[5:30PM] Back to the Future Part II
[8:00PM] Back to the Future Part III
[10:30PM] Back to the Future Part III
[1:00AM] Million Dollar Baby
[3:45AM] Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Sinister', followed by a FRESH'WWE Steroid SmackDown', then a FRESH'Dominion', followed by a FRESH'Geeks Who Drink'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan is "Scrapisode 2: A Rehearsal Highlight Show".
British singer Charlotte Church covers her face with her hands as she joins a Greenpeace protest against drilling for oil in the Arctic, outside the Shell Centre, London, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015.
Photo by Frank Augstein
Some Broadway heroines are rolling up their sleeves and posing in a familiar way to support National Women's Equality Day.
Kristin Chenoweth, Laura Benanti and Patina Miller were some of the women Wednesday on Twitter or Instagram striking the classic Rosie the Riveter pose.
Others included the leading ladies of "Hamilton" - Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jasmine Cephas Jones and Phillipa Soo - and the trio of women heading the "The King and I" - Kelli O'Hara, Ruthie Ann Miles and Ashley Park.
It's an attempt to bring attention to the fact that there's no Equal Rights Amendment and to help it get reintroduced in Congress.
Other participants included Beth Malone and Judy Kuhn from "Fun Home," composers Cyndi Lauper and Sara Bareilles, and actresses Laura Osnes and Stephanie J. Block.
Naga sadhus, or naked Hindu holy men participate in a procession during Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher festival, at Trimbakeshwar in Nasik, India, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Millions are expected to attend this yearâs two-month festival, which began in mid-July and runs until the end of September.
Photo by Rajanish Kakade
USA Network is postponing airing the Season 1 finale of computer hacker drama "Mr. Robot" over a scene described as "similar" to the incident in Virginia.
"The previously filmed season finale of 'Mr. Robot' contains a graphic scene similar in nature to today's tragic events in Virginia. Out of respect to the victims, their families and colleagues, and our viewers, we are postponing tonight's episode. Our thoughts go out to all those affected during this difficult time," a statement from the network read.
The finale of the show, which stars Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Carly Chaikin and Portia Doubleday, will now air next week, on Wednesday, September 2 at 10/9c.
On Wednesday morning a gunman shot and killed Alison Parker and Adam Ward, a reporter and photographer from WDBJ-TV in Virginia, as they were live on air.
Fox News Channel unleashed its anchors on Tuesday to fight back against Donald Trump's renewed criticisms of star anchor Megyn Kelly.
"He is totally out of bounds reigniting that fight," Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade said on Tuesday's show."I don't know if he expects to get ratings out of that, or poll numbers, but he's not going to be successful. "You can not, you should not, keep going after her."
Kilmeade also called Trump "totally out of control" (probably a comment that won't help keep Trump as a regular phone guest on the morning show).
Sean Hannity, Geraldo Rivera, Bret Baier, Bill Hemmer and Dana Perino took to Twitter to directly and indirectly tell Trump to cool it with the Kelly attacks.
The anchors' breaking their silence is the first of what's likely to be a strong, coordinates response from Fox News and network chairman Roger Ailes.
Revelers play in tomato pulp after the annual "Tomatina" (tomato fight) in Bunol, near Valencia, Spain, August 26, 2015. Tens of thousands of festival-goers hurled 170 tonnes of over-ripe tomatoes at each other on Wednesday to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the massive food fight in the small village of Bunol in eastern Spain.
Photo by Heino Kalis
Sea levels worldwide rose an average of nearly 3 inches (8 cm) since 1992, the result of warming waters and melting ice, a panel of NASA scientists said on Wednesday.
In 2013, a United Nations panel predicted sea levels would rise from 1 to 3 feet (0.3 to 0.9 meters) by the end of the century. The new research shows that sea level rise most likely will be at the high end of that range, said University of Colorado geophysicist Steve Nerem.
Sea levels are rising faster than they did 50 years ago and "it's very likely to get worse in the future," Nerem said.
The changes are not uniform. Some areas showed sea levels rising more than 9 inches (25 cm) and other regions, such as along the U.S. West Coast, actually falling, according to an analysis of 23 years of satellite data.
Scientists believe ocean currents and natural cycles are temporarily offsetting a sea level rise in the Pacific and the U.S. West Coast could see a significant hike in sea levels in the next 20 years.
Fracking by a Canadian subsidiary of Malaysian oil and gas giant Petronas triggered one of the world's largest earthquakes linked to the controversial practice, Canadian media said Wednesday.
The British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission said it has linked the operations of Progress Energy in the province's northeast to a 4.4-magnitude quake felt in Fort St John in August 2014, the CBC reported.
The commission told the broadcaster that the quake was "triggered by fluid injection during hydraulic fracturing" by the company.
It was preceded by a 3.9-magnitude quake in July the same year, also believed to have been caused by fracking.
After the 2014 quake, Progress Energy was ordered to reduce the amount of fluid it was using in the process, and has complied, said CBC.
Dancers of the "Cloud Gate Dance Theatre" perform the choreographer Lin Hwai-min's work "Smoke" during a press event at the National Theater Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. Lin's production "Smoke" is set to music composed by Russia's composer Alfred Schnittke.
Photo by Chiang Ying-ying
Doubts emerged Wednesday over the authenticity of an Italian painting supposedly worth $1.5 mn, which hit headlines after a 12-year-old boy punched a hole through it as he tripped and fell during an exhibition in Taiwan.
Organisers said the "Flowers" painting, which forms part of a collection of 55 artworks in Taipei, was by Italian artist Paolo Porpora and dated back to the 1600s.
But a report in Taiwan's Apple Daily said the painting seemed identical to an artwork entitled "Composizione con vaso di fiori," a 17th-century piece by Mario Nuzzi, which was listed in the 2012 catalogue of the Della Rocca Casa d'Aste auction house, with a guide price of 25,000 to 30,000 euros ($28,700-$34,000). The work went unsold.
David Sun, head of TST Art of Discovery Co which sponsored the Taiwan exhibition, insisted that the two paintings were different, without going into details.
A survivor of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York who was featured in one of the most haunting photographs of the outrage has died of stomach cancer. She was 42.
Marcy Borders, who was 28 at the time of the attacks, was just one month into a job for Bank of America in one of the Twin Towers.
As one of the towers collapsed, she took refuge in a nearby office building, where AFP photographer Stan Honda took a haunting photo of her completely covered in a thick layer of ash, which earned her the moniker "The Dust Lady."
The air appeared heavy and a distraught Borders was shrouded in a cloud of dust and backlit by an eerie yellow luminescence.
After the attacks, Borders spiraled into a decade-long deep depression and alcohol and drug abuse, though she eventually recovered.
She lost her job at Bank of America, where she ignored repeated offers of a transfer.
She spent much of her time sequestered in her two-room flat, in one of the poorer parts of Bayonne, a bedroom community in New Jersey over the bridge from Manhattan.
Borders was relying on her mother for food at the time and said no one had contacted her in the months that followed the attacks and her photo was beamed around the world.
No aid organizations helped her and no one had told her that mental services were available for free for 9/11 survivors.
Borders went into rehab in 2011, and has said that news of the death of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden helped her regain peace and recover from her trauma.
After her diagnosis, she suggested in interviews that her exposure to chemical pollutants emitted by the World Trade Center collapse likely had a role in her illness.
Two Indian gharials are seen in their basin in the Prague zoo, Czech Republic, 26 August 2015. In the 1970s the gharial came to the brink of extinction and even now remains on the critically endangered list. Prague zoo is the only Europe zoo breeding them.
Photo by Filip Singer
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