Paul Krugman: Why Are The Media Objectively Pro-Trump? (NY Times Blog)
Because they are, at this point. It's not even false equivalence: compare the amount of attention given to the Clinton Foundation despite absence of any evidence of wrongdoing, and attention given to Trump Foundation, which engaged in more or less open bribery - but barely made a dent in news coverage.
Emily Yoffe: The Woman Who Taught Me Prudence (Slate)
"The cupboard is bare." This was how Marjorie told our mothers group, the one she had organized nine years earlier when we all had babies born within a few months of one another, that she was going to die, and soon.
Sons of the Desert is devoted to keeping the lives and works of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy before the public, and to have a good time while doing it.
The group takes its name from a lodge that the comedians belong to in the 1933 film Sons of the Desert. In keeping with the tongue-in-cheek "desert" theme, each local chapter of the society is called a "tent," and is named after a Laurel & Hardy film. Worldwide, there are well over 100 active tents, whose members meet regularly to enjoy Laurel & Hardy movies in an informal atmosphere.
"It is important, I think, to realize that Sons of the Desert is not a fan club," explained John McCabe, the team's biographer, who founded the Sons in 1965. "The word 'fan' derives from 'fanatic' and I hope we are none of us that. I consider us 'buffs,' people having a connoisseur-like affection for Laurel & Hardy, and being discriminating in that affection, with fun as our goal and operative guide."
Randall was first and correct with:
That's GOTTA be Laurel and Hardy
Alan J wrote:
Laurel & Hardy.
I was introduced to their films
On Saturday morning TV. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.
David of Moon Valley replied:
without even looking i'm going with Laurel & Hardy....2 of my faves...
Laurel & Hardy, according to the mighty "cyber" that's "so big" - whatever that means.
Another morning cool enough to wear pants and a long-sleeved t-shirt to walk the dogs. Definitely a hint of fall in the air.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, answered:
Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy
DJ Useo replied:
It took my brain naught but a second to recall the answer is Laurel & Hardy.
I am quite familiar, & fond of their films. Merely a look at their visages can crack me up.
Stan, & Ollie, we knew ye well.
Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.
Joe S said:
Another fine mess you've gotten me into Marty! Of course it's Laurel and Hardy, love 'em. Laurel and Hardy and W.C. Fields are my all time favorites, with W. C.Fields a close second. The Marx Brothers come in third.
Dale of Spectacular Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.
Lois Of Oregon took the day off.
BttbBob has returned to semi-retired status.
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.
The local ABC station's video was a full 2 seconds ahead of the audio - made the news look like it was badly dubbed.
An 'O & O' (Owned & Operated) flagship, in the 2nd largest market in the country...
CBS fills the night with LIVE'Thursday Night Football', then pads the left coast with local crap.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Tracee Ellis Ross, Andrew Rannells, and Mac Miller & Anderson.Paak.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Jimmy Kimmel, Patrick Dempsey, Renee Zellweger, and CL.
NBC begins the night with 2 hours of RERUN'Superstore', followed by a RERUN'Chicago Med'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Donald Trump (R-Grifter), Norm Macdonald (R-Pendejo), and Kiiara.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Sen. Bernie Sanders, Shailene Woodley, Young the Giant, and Matt Garstka.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson 'The Scab' Daly are Erinn Hayes, Saves the Day, and Jaz Sinclair.
ABC starts the night with a RERUN'Grey's Anatomy', followed by another RERUN'Grey's Anatomy', then a RERUN'How To Get Away With Murder'.
On a RERUNJimmy Kimmel (from 9/9/16) are Eddie Murphy, Gaten Matarazzo, and Schoolboy Q featuring E-40.
The CW offers a RERUN'The Flash', followed by a FRESH'Beauty & The Beast'.
Faux has a RERUN'Rosewood', followed by a RERUN'Bones'.
MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.
A&E has 'The First 48', '60 Days In', followed by a FRESH'60 Days In', then a FRESH'Behind Bars: Rookie Year'.
AMC offers the movie 'GoodFellas', followed by the movie 'The Italian Job', then the movie 'Walking Tall'.
[9:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 8-The Hungry Earth-Part 1.
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 9-Cold Blood-Part 2.
[11:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 18-Home Soil
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 19-Coming of Age
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 20-Heart of Glory
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 5-The Bonding
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 6-Booby Trap
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 7-The Enemy
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION -, SEASON 3 - EPISODE 8-The Price
[6:00PM] RIPPER STREET - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 7-Edmund Reid Did This
[7:15PM] TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES (2003)
[9:45PM] TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES (2003)
[12:15AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 5-The Bonding
[1:15AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 6-Booby Trap
[2:15AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 7-The Enemy
[3:15AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 8-The Price
[4:15AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 9-The Vengeance Factor
[5:15AM] THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 19 - Episode 14 (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Below Deck', another 'Below Deck', followed by a FRESH'Flipping Out', another 'Flipping Out', then a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 'Tosh.0', another 'Tosh.0', followed by the movie 'Big Daddy'.
Scheduled on a FRESHThe Daily Show is Bill Clinton.
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Jeff Tweedy, Jen Kirkman, and Reggie Watts.
FX has the movie 'The Purge: Anarchy', followed by the movie '22 Jump Street', then a FRESH'Better Things', and another 'Better Things'.
History has 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', 'Mountain Men', followed by a FRESH'Mountain Men', then a FRESH'Ice Road Truckers'.
[6:00AM] ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13
[8:30AM] SHOOT 'EM UP
[1:00PM] ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13
[3:30PM] MAX PAYNE
[8:00PM] MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE
[10:30PM] MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE
[3:15AM] FRIDAY THE 13TH
[5:30AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Uncivil Warriors (ALL TIMES EDT)
[7:45AM] Spy Game
[10:45AM] Walking Tall
[3:00PM] Law & Order-Black Tie
[4:00PM] Law & Order-Pride and Joy
[5:00PM] Law & Order-American Dream
[6:00PM] Law & Order-Born Bad
[7:00PM] Law & Order-The Pursuit of Happiness
[8:00PM] Law & Order-Expert
[9:00PM] Law & Order-Castoff
[10:00PM] Law & Order-Divorce
[11:00PM] Law & Order
[12:00AM] Law & Order-Stalker
[1:00AM] Law & Order-Disappeared
[2:00AM] Law & Order-Undercovered
[3:00AM] Vertigo (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Orphan', followed by the movie 'The Blair Witch Project'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Danny McBride, Regina Hall, and Colvin & Earle.
Actor and The Sentry co-founder George Clooney appears on a panel with The Sentry investigators to discuss their work on the role of national corruption in the ongoing humanitarian crisis in South Sudan during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, U.S. September 12, 2016.
Photo by Jonathan Ernst
Mel Brooks, Morgan Freeman, Philip Glass, Berry Gordy, and Audra McDonald are among the recipients of the annual National Medal of Arts, which President Barack Obama will hand out at a ceremony at the White House on Sept. 22.
Other honorees include author Sandra Cisneros, the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, musician Santiago Jimenez, Jr., playwright and director Moises Kaufman, dancer and choreographer Ralph Lemon, playwright and actor Luis Valdez, and painter Jack Whitten.
The National Council on the Arts, which oversees the National Endowment for the Arts, reviews nominations and sends recommendations to the president, who determines the honorees.
Also being honored will be recipients of the National Humanities Medal: author Rudolfo Anaya, chef José Andrés, author Ron Chernow, poet Louise Glück, radio host Terry Gross, composer and musician Wynton Marsalis, author James McBride, author Louis Menand, historian Elaine Pagels, the Prison University Project, physician Abraham Verghese, and journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson.
A Nepalese girl wearing traditional attire looks on while attending the Kumari Puja, a baby girl mass worship ceremony in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sept. 14, 2016. More than hundred girls under the age of nine from across the country gathered for the mass worship believing in protection from evil and good luck in the future. The event was organized by the World Youth Hindu Federation.
Photo by Narendra Shrestha
The Colombian-born actress and "Modern Family" star has topped the Forbes list of highest-paid TV actresses for the fifth year in a row with a staggering $43 million haul.
That is a 66 percent jump over Vergara's earnings last year, thanks in large part to several lucrative endorsement deals, including Head and Shoulders shampoo and a line of nurses' scrubs.
Her nearest competition was "Big Bang Theory" star Kaley Cuoco, who pulled in $24.5 million. Most of Cucoco's earnings came from her work on the CBS sitcom, on which she earns $1 million per episode.
"Quantico" star Priyanka Chopra also made the list for the first time with $11 million, which was good enough for eighth place. In addition to her role on the ABC series, Chopra also starred in several Bollywood films over the last year and boasts several multimillion-dollar endorsement deals in India.
Turner networks TNT and TBS will be the exclusive basic-cable homes for all the "Star Wars" feature films, thanks to a multiyear deal with the films' studios.
The deal, announced Wednesday, includes the network premieres of last year's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and the upcoming "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," opening in theaters in December.
The agreement with Walt Disney Studios also includes five of the six original "Star Wars" films, as well as the network television premieres of three future installments. The 1977 first film, "Star Wars: A New Hope," completes the collection through a previous arrangement with 20th Century Fox.
TNT is set to premiere "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in early 2018, followed in 2019 by this year's "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story."
The "Star Wars" canon comes to Turner's airwaves beginning next Tuesday, when TNT kicks off six consecutive nights of the original six films.
Wearing a homemade mosquito costume, an expectant father from Washington who asked not to be named, protests the lack of Congressional approval to fund a federal response to the Zika virus, Sept. 14, 2016, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Photo by Jacquelyn Martin
Two former executives from Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper arm should be formally admonished after misleading a parliamentary committee investigating claims of phone-hacking, lawmakers said on Wednesday.
Colin Myler, the former editor of the defunct News of the World newspaper, and Tom Crone, the tabloid's top lawyer, were found in contempt of the House of Commons over evidence they gave to its Culture, Media and Sport Committee in 2009, a report by parliament's Privileges Committee found.
The News of the World newspaper closed in 2011 after it was revealed journalists on the paper had been involved in hacking the voicemails on mobile phones of thousands of people, including that belonging to a murdered schoolgirl, to find exclusive stories.
Following a lengthy inquiry into phone-hacking, the culture committee concluded in 2012 that media mogul Murdoch was not fit to run a major international company and raised questions about the competency of his son James.
The Privileges Committee recommended the House of Commons agreed a motion formally admonishing the men for their conduct, a penalty that amounts to a slap on the wrist.
National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden on Wednesday thanked supporters who launched a campaign for his pardon and said for the sake of democracy, future whistleblowers must not be silenced.
Speaking by video link from Moscow, where he has been in exile since 2013, Snowden said that while the Founding Fathers created checks and balances to guard against government abuses, "whistleblowers, acting in the public interest, often at great risk to themselves, are another check on those abuses of power, especially through their collaboration with journalists."
He said whistleblowing "is democracy's safeguard of last resort, the one on which we rely when all other checks and balances have failed and the public has no idea what's going on behind closed doors."
The 33-year-old addressed a New York City news conference where advocates from the American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International announced an online petition drive to urge President Barack Obama to pardon Snowden before he leaves office.
The supporters called Snowden a hero for exposing the extent of government surveillance by giving thousands of classified documents to journalists.
House Democrats called Tuesday for a federal criminal investigation into an improper $25,000 donation Donald Trump's charity made to a political group supporting Florida's attorney general after her office said it was weighing legal action against Trump University.
The call for a federal investigation came the same day that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman disclosed that his office has been investigating Trump's charity to determine whether it has abided by state laws governing nonprofits.
The AP first reported in June that Bondi personally solicited the money during a 2013 phone call that came after her office received complaints from former students claiming they were scammed by Trump's namesake get-rich-quick real estate seminars.
The Trump Foundation check arrived just days after Bondi's office told a newspaper it was reviewing a lawsuit against Trump University filed by Schneiderman. Bondi's office never sued Trump, though she denies his donation played any role in that decision.
The Republican presidential nominee later paid a $2,500 fine over the check from his foundation because it violated federal law barring charities from making political contributions.
An overview of active and former basketball professionals around NBA-Star Tony Parker who play a basketball game on the Aletsch glacier, 3454 meters above sea level on Jungfraujoch mountain, Switzerland, Sept. 14, 2016.
Photo by Manuel Lopez
The vote to expel a sitting Tennessee lawmaker for the first time in 36 years was overwhelming, even though House members had argued vehemently about whether a series of sexual harassment allegations were enough to boot one of their own.
The state House voted 70-2 on Tuesday to remove Rep. Jeremy Durham. He surprised his colleagues by showing up in the chamber and contending that he shouldn't be ousted. Then he abruptly left in mid-debate.
The vote to remove Durham, who represented the Nashville suburb of Franklin, followed an attorney general's investigation that detailed allegations of improper sexual contact with at least 22 women during his four years in office.
The investigation uncovered allegations that Durham plied a 20-year-old college student with a cooler full of beer and had sex with her in his office in 2014. Another woman interviewed was a lobbyist who nicknamed Durham "Pants Candy" after she said he rummaged in his pocket before suggestively offering her a dirty, unwrapped mint.
House Speaker Beth Harwell effectively quarantined Durham from other lawmakers, staff and lobbyists after preliminary investigation findings were released in April, moving his office across the street and barring him from entering the main legislative area other than for official business. The move came after state Attorney General Herbert Slatery said Durham could pose a risk to "unsuspecting women" at the Capitol complex.
Model feebee poses as part of art installation "Narcissism : Dazzle room" made by artist Shigeki Matsuyama at rooms33 fashion and design exhibition in Tokyo, Sept. 14, 2016. Matsuyama's installation features a strong contrast of black and white, which he learned from dazzle camouflage used mainly in World War I.
Photo by Eugene Hoshiko
Swaths of public land in the California desert will be opened to solar and wind farms under a federal plan released Wednesday that preserves much of the landscape for conservation and recreation.
The long-awaited blueprint finalized by the U.S. Interior Department after a yearslong process seeks to balance renewable energy development and species protection on 17,000 square miles (44,030 sq. kilometers) of desert managed by the federal government.
The California desert - a mix of sand dunes, jagged canyons and colorful rock formations - stretches 350 miles (563 kilometers) from Owens Valley east of the Sierra Nevada to near the Mexican border.
Home to the threatened desert tortoise, bighorn sheep and other animals, its vastness and ample sunshine make it an attractive hotspot for sprawling solar, wind and geothermal plants.
The plan would allow construction on 606 square miles (1,569 sq. kilometers) of public land away from ecologically sensitive habitats. Developers who propose projects in the zone would get preferential treatment.
Flocks of immigrant flamingo birds are seen the waters of Nea Kios, in Naflio, Greece, Sept. 14, 2016. Flamingos arrived at wetland of Nea Kios, for a few days of rest, during their long journey of the autumn migration to warmer places.
Photo by Bougiotis Vangelis
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