Paul Krugman: The Obama Boom (NY Times)
… the Obama economy offers a powerful lesson in the here and now. From a conservative point of view, Mr. Obama did everything wrong, afflicting the comfortable (slightly) and comforting the afflicted (a lot), and nothing bad happened. We can, it turns out, make our society better after all.
Lucy Kalanithi: My Marriage Didn't End When I Became a Widow (NY Times)
When my husband died from cancer last March at age 37, I was so grief-stricken I could barely sleep. One afternoon, I visited his grave - in a field high in the Santa Cruz Mountains, overlooking the Pacific Ocean - and lay on top of it. I slept more soundly than I had in weeks. It wasn't the vista that calmed my restless body; it was Paul, just there, under the earth.
The Jetsons is an American animated sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera, originally airing in primetime from September 23, 1962 to September 22, 1963, then later on syndicated in September 1967 and with new episodes from 1985 to 1988 as part of The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera block. It was Hanna-Barbera's Space Age counterpart to The Flintstones.
George Jetson's workweek is typical of his era: an hour a day, two days a week His Longtime boss is Cosmo G. Spacely, the bombastic owner of Spacely Space Sprockets.
Alan J was first and correct with:
Cosmo G. Spacely.
George worked for
Mr. Spacely, head of Spacely Sprockets.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
Cosmo G. Spacely
Just another day at the Sprocket factory, Cosmo
Daniel in The City wrote:
Mr. Spacely, of Spacely Sprockets.
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcaliful said:
Cosmo G. Spacely. Space…….David Bowie was a Cosmic Magician!
Lois Of The Wage Slaves replied:
Ah, the delightful Mr. Spacely, timeless template of the typical "boss"; cold, cruel, avaricious asshole. Maybe there IS something to stereotypes?
George Jetson's boss was Cosmo Spacely, owner of Spacely's Sprockets. I was a kid, highly entertained by that show.
A word of advice on fitness: if you want an ab workout, get this crud - the coughing will strengthen you like nobody's business.
DJ Useo answered:
His name is Cosmo Spacely! A very funny cartoon character, imho.
I actually was given a set of the Jetsons for Christmas, cast in pvc. Anyone who saw them laughed!
Thanks for the note about Johnny Carson Tonight Shows being rerun. We love watching them.
I saw one the other day & Johnny had on a juggler. So, the guy was really funny.
You don't see jugglers, or much of anyone aside from celebrities on those shows nowadays.
His shows remain very watchable, I say.
After returning home to our flooded apartment, we were gifted a new bed.
Sadly, a friend who stored the bed temporarily till we were ready, now refuses to give it back.
They aren't even using it! Complete madness of the highest order. Sigh!
Perhaps I transgressed the "unwritten law"?!
Cosmo G. Spacely ~ Bombastic owner of Spacely Space Sprockets. The Jetsons is one of the few series to have aired on each of the Big Three television networks in the United States.
Joe S Stony Lonesome said:
Cosmo G. Spacely. I looked it up, I had no idea. I can't remember ever watching the show. I guess it didn't appeal to me. If I see pictures of the characters I recognize them as being from that strange futuristic cartoon show, but I couldn't give you any names.
Randall took the day off.
Charlie took the day off.
Sally has retired, but still pays attention.
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.
CBS begins the night on the East Coast with a RERUN'NCIS', followed by a RERUN'Mike & Molly', then a RERUN'2 Broke Girls', followed by the LIVE'State Of The Union'.
CBS begins the night on the left coast with the LIVE'State Of The Union', followed by a RERUN'NCIS', then a RERUN'Mike & Molly, followed by a RERUN'2 Broke Girls', then pads the left coast with local crap.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Saoirse Ronan, Jeremy Stoppelman, Laura Ricciardi & Moira Demos, and James Bay.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Betty White, Amar'e Stoudemire, Jack Hanna and animals, and Rachel Platten.
NBC starts the night on the East Coast with a FRESH'Hollywood Game Night', followed by 'Dateline', then the LIVE'State Of The Union'.
NBC starts the night on the left coast with the LIVE'State Of The Union', followed by a FRESH'Hollywood Game Night', then some local padding, followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Kevin Hart, Noel Fielding, Joshua Topolsky, and Dr. Lonnie Smith.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Eva Longoria, Jason Mantzoukas, Sunil Yapa, and Glenn Kotche.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 11/19/15) are David Rees, Summer Twins, and Collin Moulton.
ABC opens the night with a RERUN'Fresh Off The Boat', followed by a RERUN'The Muppets', then a RERUN'The Goldbergs', followed by the LIVE'State Of The Union'.
ABC opens the night with the LIVE'State Of The Union', followed by a RERUN'Fresh Off The Boat', then a RERUN'The Muppets', followed by a RERUN'The Goldbergs', then pads with local crap.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Jacob Tremblay, and Leon Bridges.
The CW fills the night with the FRESH'MADtv 20th Anniversary Reunion'.
Faux has a FRESH'New Girl', followed by a FRESH'Grandfathered', tken a FRESH'Dish Nation', and an old 'Modern Family'.
MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.
A&E has 'Married At First Sight', another 'Married At First Sight', followed by a FRESH'Married At First Sight', then a FRESH'Born This Way'.
AMC offers the movie 'Gone In 60 Seconds', followed by the movie 'Armageddon'.
[6:00AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 3, Ep 8 - Belize
[7:00AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 3, Ep 1 - Baja Desert
[8:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5, Ep 13 - Cafe Hon
[9:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7, Ep 9 - Bella Luna
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9, Ep 4 - Before The Flood-Part 2.
[11:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9, Ep 5 - The Girl Who Died-Part 1.
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1, Ep 13 - Datalore
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1, Ep 14 - Angel One
[2:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 1, Ep 5 - Sierra Nevada
[3:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 1, Ep 6 - Alaskan Mountain Range
[4:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4, Ep 8 - Big Sky Country
[5:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4, Ep 9 - China
[6:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4, Ep 10 - Guatemala
[7:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4, Ep 11 - Urban Survivor
[8:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4, Ep 12 - Canadian Rockies
[9:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 3, Ep 10 - Oregon
[10:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5, Ep 1 - Morocco
[11:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4, Ep 8 - Big Sky Country
[12:00AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4, Ep 9 - China
[1:00AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4, Ep 10 - Guatemala
[2:00AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4, Ep 11 - Urban Survivor
[3:00AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4, Ep 12 - Canadian Rockies
[4:00AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 3, Ep 10 - Oregon
[5:00AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5, Ep 1 - Morocco (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of BH', another 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of BH', then a FRESH'Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce', followed by a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
FX has the movie 'Elysium', followed by the movie 'Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol'.
History has 'The Curse Of Oak Island: Digging Deeper', followed by a FRESH'The Curse Of Oak Island: Digging Deeper', then a FRESH'The Curse Of Oak Island', followed by a FRESH'The Curse Of Oak Island: Drilling Down'.
[6:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-The First Time
[6:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Thomas Middleditch
[9:00AM] ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO
[1:30PM] ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO
[3:45PM] PUNISHER: WAR ZONE
[6:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Holy Crap!
[6:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Red Fired Up
[7:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Cat Fight Club
[7:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Moon Over Point Place
[8:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Reefer Madness
[8:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Red Sees Red
[9:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Hyde's Father
[9:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Too Old to Trick or Treat, Too Young to Die
[10:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Roller Disco
[10:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Panties
[11:00PM] SAW IV
[1:00AM] SAW V
[3:00AM] SAW VI
[5:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Holy Crap!
[5:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Red Fired Up (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] The Three Stooges
[6:15AM] The Three Stooges
[6:45AM] The Interpreter
[9:45AM] Killer Elite
[12:15PM] American History X
[11:30PM] Mean Streets
[2:00AM] Wall Street
[5:00AM] The Three Stooges
[5:30AM] The Three Stooges (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Galaxy Quest', followed by the movie 'The Fifth Element', then a FRESH'The Expanse'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Steve Carell and Mike Schultz.
Messages of condolence for the late rock star flowed in Monday from around the world - and from space, where British astronaut Tim Peake tweeted from the International Space Station.
The outer-space tribute seemed fitting. Unique and otherworldly, Bowie often seemed like a creature from another planet, the "Starman" of one of his 1970s hits.
The cosmos fascinated him from his first big hit, "Space Oddity." Released in 1969, the year of the first moon landing, it told the story of Major Tom, an astronaut adrift, "sitting in my tin can, far above the world."
The song caught the world's imagination again in 2013 when Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield strummed it on his guitar while orbiting Earth aboard the space station. The video was viewed millions of times, and Bowie gave the rendition his seal of approval, calling it "the most poignant version of the song ever created."
Hadfield tweeted Monday: "Ashes to ashes, dust to stardust. Your brilliance inspired us all. Goodbye Starman."
Carnival masks bearing the likeness of Brazil's Senator Delcidio Amaral and U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, are displayed at a costume factory in the suburb of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, January 11, 2016. The masks are being produced for the upcoming "Brazil Carnival" festival, according to the manufacturer.
Photo by Pilar Olivares
A federal appeals court on Monday tossed out a veteran's conviction for wearing military medals he didn't earn, saying it was a form of free speech protected by the Constitution.
A specially convened 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the First Amendment allows people to wear unearned military honors.
Elven Joe Swisher of Idaho was convicted in 2007 of violating the Stolen Valor Act, which made it a misdemeanor to falsely claim military accomplishments. Resident George W. Bush signed it into law in 2006, but the U.S. Supreme Court struck it down in 2012 as a violation of free speech protections.
Investigators looked into Swisher's military claims after he testified at the 2005 trial of a man charged with soliciting the murder of a federal judge. Swisher wore a Purple Heart on the witness stand.
After the Stolen Valor Act was struck down, Congress passed a new law making it a crime to profit financially by lying about military service. President Barack Obama signed it in 2013.
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch will marry actress and former supermodel Jerry Hall, the couple announced in British newspaper The Times on Tuesday, after a four-month romance.
The couple got engaged over the weekend in Los Angeles, where they attended the 73rd Golden Globes awards gala.
Murdoch, the 84-year-old executive chairman of News Corporation, which owns The Times, announced the impending nuptials in the Births, Marriages and Deaths section of the newspaper.
"Mr Rupert Murdoch, father of Prudence, Elisabeth, Lachlan, James, Grace and Chloe Murdoch, and Miss Jerry Hall, mother of Elizabeth, James, Georgia and Gabriel Jagger, are delighted to announce their engagement," it read.
This will be Murdoch's fourth marriage and the second for 59-year-old Hall, an American, who tied the knot with Sir Mick Jagger in 1990 in a ceremony in Bali. When they divorced in 1999, Jagger claimed that they were not legally married.
A Pennsylvania couple is struggling to sell a house used as the home of psychotic killer Buffalo Bill in the 1991 film "The Silence of the Lambs."
Scott and Barbara Lloyd listed the house last summer, but they've dropped the asking price from $300,000 to $250,000.
The three-story Victorian in Layton was the second-most clicked home on Realtor.com last year, but Scott Lloyd told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the publicity has attracted curiosity seekers, but no serious buyers.
The home's location in a tiny village about an hour's drive southeast of Pittsburgh works against it. So does the fact that it has only one bathroom to go with its four bedrooms.
The foyer and dining room were depicted in the film, but no, there's no dungeon pit in the basement where the killer played by Ted Levine kept his victims before killing and skinning them. Those grisly scenes were filmed on a soundstage.
The leader of a small, armed group occupying a national wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon said Monday he and his followers are going through government documents stored inside refuge buildings.
Ammon Bundy told reporters the documents will be used to "expose" how the government has discriminated local ranchers who use federal land for cattle grazing.
Bundy said the documents would also help secure the release of Steven and Dwight Hammond, two area ranchers convicted of arson who returned to prison last week to serve longer sentences. The Hammonds' case set off the occupation of the Burns-area refuge on Jan. 2.
Bundy said his group is not accessing government computers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, including personnel files.
The elephant acts that have been part of Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus shows for more than a century will end in May, earlier than their previously announced retirement, the circus' parent company said on Monday.
Last March, Feld Entertainment said the 13 Asian elephants used in its traveling shows would be phased out by 2018.
The company accelerated the retirement plan after concluding its 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in central Florida had enough barn space, water and waste disposal capacity to hold the 11 elephants still on tour, spokesman Stephen Payne said.
The circus has been targeted by animal welfare groups who accused it of mistreating the elephants, a key symbol of the spectacle billed as "The Greatest Show on Earth." Many local governments also have added regulations making it harder for the circus to tour with the animals.
An Indian court Monday sentenced 35 sailors, including several from Britain, Estonia and Ukraine, for illegally entering Indian waters carrying weapons aboard a US-operated anti-piracy boat in 2013.
A judge in India's southern state of Tamil Nadu ordered all 35 crew present in the court to serve five years in jail, the prosecutor in the case, S Chandrasekar told AFP.
India's coast guard intercepted the ship off the coast of Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu in October 2013 and arrested and charged the crew for failing to have the proper paperwork to carry weapons in Indian waters.
The captain, a Ukrainian, and another officer from Britain were refused bail and remained in prison.
US maritime security firm AdvanFort, which owns the Seaman Guard Ohio vessel, denies the charges against its crew, saying all firearms on board were legally purchased and properly documented.
Mongolian artiste Heejin Diamond performs during the 11th Circus Festival of Budapest in the Capital's Circus in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. She won the Special Pize of the Press.
Photo by Bea Kallos
Donald Trump (R-Wichser) continued his war of words with New Hampshire's largest newspaper Monday, a day after he claimed credit for ABC's decision to drop the paper as a co-sponsor of its upcoming Republican primary debate.
Trump's campaign and the Union Leader have been engaged in a mudslinging contest since the paper's publisher, Joseph McQuaid, wrote a series of front-page editorials criticizing Trump. In one, McQuaid called Trump a "crude blowhard." Trump, in turn, said the paper is failing and that McQuaid begged him to buy advertising space. At a campaign rally Monday, he read from an advertising letter sent to his campaign from the paper.
ABC is hosting a GOP debate in New Hampshire on Feb. 6. The network cited the ongoing feud between the Union Leader and Trump, as well as the paper's endorsement of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, as reasons for severing the partnership.
Trump has used his celebrity status and lead in many GOP polls to enforce control over the outlets that cover him. He has changed the paradigm for television news interviews, often calling in by telephone from home instead of traveling to studios to appear live. He has also blocked outlets he doesn't like from covering his events.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R-Hair Piece) and former technology executive Carly Fiorina (R-Unemployable) will not appear on the primetime debate stage when the Republican Party's 2016 presidential class faces off later this week in South Carolina.
Debate host Fox Business Network announced the debate lineup Monday evening, dealing a blow to both candidates three weeks before Iowa's leadoff presidential caucuses. Just seven candidates - the smallest Republican group so far - will be featured in Thursday's 9 p.m. ET main event, based on criteria established by the network that relied on recent polls.
Real estate mogul Donald Trump (R-Pendejo), the leader in most recent polls, will again appear center stage in the debate. He'll be joined on stage by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Canada), Florida Gov. Marco Rubio (R-Thirsty), retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson (R-Malpractice), former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Not-The-Smart-One), New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R-Lap Band) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R-Sold).
Paul and Fiorina were invited to participate in a 6 p.m. ET "undercard" debate, although Paul said he would skip the second-tier faceoff.
Others invited to the undercard event include former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Sanctimonious) and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Religiously Insane).
An undated photo provided by the Cincinnati Zoo shows their newborn penguin, named "Bowie." The zoo says the baby known as a blue or fairy penguin hatched at 6 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, weighing 46 grams. Friday was both David Bowie's and Elvis Presley's birthday, and the zoo says there was a lot of support for the Elvis name. But the zoo already has a king penguin named for "the King," so "Bowie" was the choice for the new arrival.
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