Charles M. Blow: The Hijacked American Presidency (NY Times)
But in fact the commission itself is the political stunt. The [election integrity] committee is searching for an illegal voting problem that doesn't exist. Trump simply lied when he said that he would have won the popular vote were it not for millions of illegal votes. And then he established this bogus commission - using taxpayer money - to search for a truth that doesn't exist, to try to prove right a lie that he should never have told.
Andrew Tobias: Putin's Sneak Attack
Pearl Harbor was a devastating sneak attack. But we instantly recognized the enemy, came together, regained our balance, and - after a tremendous struggle - came out stronger than ever. Putin's 2016 sneak attack has proved devastating as well. But part of its sneakiness is that there's no newsreel footage of it. You just have to trust the unanimous findings of our 17 intelligence agencies.
Evan V. Symon: "Yes, Fake Fans-For-Hire Are A Real Thing (I Work For One)" (Cracked)
It's time to put on your Alex-Jones-brand Paranoid Idiot Hat and entertain a very stupid conspiracy: What if ... crowds weren't real? It sounds like something your perpetually high roommate would say right before you told him to shut up for the 14th time today, but there is some truth to the idea. We spoke to Darren, who has worked as a paid crowd member for years. That's apparently a real thing. He told us ...
Sean Coughlan: Who really goes to a [UK] food bank? (BBC)
In the most basic terms, these are people with many overlapping forms of "destitution". They have been missing meals, often for days at a time, going without heating and electricity. One in five had slept rough in recent months. They are at the lowest end of the low-income spectrum, with an average income below £320 per month, described as living in "extreme financial vulnerability".
The New Wave of Indie Surf (Bandcamp)
No musical genre embodies the spirit of summer more than surf. It's the music of Beach Party and the Beach Boys, of vacations and youthful exploits, of innocence and irresponsibility, of endless days bathed in the golden glow of a California sun. Surf is a genre with the uncanny ability to locate the listener in a particular time, place, and season the instant the needle hits the groove.
Both Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp worked as lawmen in this wild cowboy town, where in one year alone, eight million head of cattle from Texas boarded trains bound for the East, earning it the nickname "Queen of the Cowtowns." What is the proper name for this county seat?
The Chisholm Trail was opened and the Wild West-era commenced in Kansas. Wild Bill Hickok was a deputy marshal at Fort Riley and a marshal at Hays and Abilene. Dodge City was another wild cowboy town, and both Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp worked as lawmen in the town. In one year alone, eight million head of cattle from Texas boarded trains in Dodge City bound for the East, earning Dodge the nickname "Queen of the Cowtowns."
Dodge City is the county seat of Ford County, Kansas, United States, named after nearby Fort Dodge. The city is famous in American culture for its history as a wild frontier town of the Old West. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 27,340.
With the cattle trade forced west, Texas longhorns began moving north along the Chisholm Trail. In 1867, the main cow town was Abilene, Kansas. Profits were high, and other towns quickly joined in the cattle boom: Newton in 1871; Ellsworth in 1872; and Wichita in 1872. However, in 1876 the Kansas State Legislature responded to pressure from farmers settling in central Kansas and once again shifted the quarantine line westward, which essentially eliminated Abilene and the other cow towns from the cattle trade. With no place else to go, Dodge City suddenly became the "queen of the cow towns."
Mark. was first and correct with:
Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp were lawmen in Dodge City, Kansas.
Alan J said:
I'm going with
Abilene, Kansas. Maybe the history of lawlessness explains why they
elected a man who doesn't believe in government to be governor. Twice.
Kevin K. in Washington, DC responded:
Dodge City, Kansas.
Dodge City, undoubtedly one of many towns named after General Dodge of the US Army.
David of Moon Valley said:
i was gonna say Tombstone as a guess but i figured it's Monday so i better check JIC...and of course it turns out to be Abilene....i've learned my new daily fact, time to call it a day.....
Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
Abilene - Queen of the Kansas Cowtowns
Dave in Tucson answered:
The proper name for that county seat is Dodge City. Which is an apt name for the current Administration.
Also a film classic starring an Australian immigrant in the lead role.
Dale of Hot Diamond Springs, Norcali said:
Dodge City, Kansas The White House shit show continues on and on. Experiencing burn-out…the WWE…fucking come on now!
Daniel in The City wrote:
DJ Useo replied:
With some measure of confidence, I offer the answer "Dodge City". A much deadlier place than their neighbor,"Dodgeball City".
I'm going with Dodge City, KS. Just a WAG.
Speaking of wags - we picked up our new puppy today. I posted some pictures on Facebook, hoping to break the Internet, because he's so stinking cute. He's feisty, too, and not crate trained, so our work is cut out for us. And the Tour de France has begun. I predict less cycling this month than in the last 12 years.
I hope he's not freaked out by fireworks tomorrow; we don't have a Thundershirt for him (yet). We'll see.
Billy in Cypress answered:
Dodge City, Kansas
Joe S wrote:
Dodge City! When Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp or Doc Holliday come a lookin' fer ya, ya better git outta Dodge. Pronto.
Dodge City Peace Commission
Manistee Peace Commission
Stephen F took the day off.
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Sally has retired.
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In this undated photo provided by the U.S. Army, a frosted elfin butterfly, believed to be headed to the federal endangered species list, is seen on a plant at the Fort McCoy Army Installation in Wisconsin. (Tim Wilder/U.S. Army via AP)
"In the shadow of giant war machines, a tiny rare butterfly is flourishing. Oddly, experts say, the U.S. military gets the credit. The frosted elfin, which flutters along on a 1-inch (2.5 centimeters) wingspan, has found a home at several defense installations because of the way the military manages open spaces, said Robyn Niver, an endangered species biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service..."
I know all about what Fort McCoy, WI is like, terrain-wise, as I've been there for training with the 4/38th Field Artillery as a Battery Medic years ago and can still visualize the large open spaces amidst the forest that are used for encampments and firing ranges, large and small caliber... In our case, the largest. We had 8" self-propelled howitzers... Anyway, I do know that the Army had troops that worked the ranges and other open spaces to keep them clear. I remember seeing them... and now we have endangered butterflies flourishing as a result. That's irony for ya... Irony butterflies... I like that...
"Hey! Gunner! Watch out for that butterfly, would ya now?"... "Sorry, Sarge, but the effin' little things are everywhere!"...
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 with a RERUN'NCIS', followed by the movie 'Bull', then a RERUN'NCIS: The 3rd One'.
On a RERUNStephen Colbert (from 6/7/17) are Tilda Swinton, Andy Cohen, and Jordan Klepper.
On a RERUNJames Corden, OBE, (from 3/9/17) are John Goodman, Adam Pally, Jack Hanna, and Spoon.
NBC fills the night with the FRESH'Macy's Fourth Of July Fireworks Spectacular'.
On a RERUNJimmy Fallon (from 5/26/17) are Jordan Peele, Claire Foy, and Iggy Azalea featuring Anitta.
On a RERUNSeth Meyers (from 5/9/17) are Danny DeVito, Kathryn Hahn, Cecile Richards, and Thaddeus Dixon.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 5/22/17) are Ludacris, the Menzingers, and Troian Bellisario.
ABC opens the night with a RERUN'The Middle', followed by a RERUN'Fresh Off The Boat', then a RERUN'black-ish', followed by another RERUN'black-ish', then a RERUN'American Housewife', followed by a RERUN'The Middle'.
On a RERUNJimmy Kimmel (from 6/19/17) are Elle Fanning, Paul Downs, and Playboi Carti.
The CW fills the night with local fireworks.
Faux has a RERUN'Lethal Weapon', followed by a RERUN'The Mick', then a RERUN'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'.
MY recycles an old 'The X-Files', followed by another old 'The X-Files'.
A&E has the movie 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides', followed by the movie 'Armageddon'.
AMC offers the movie 'National Lampoon's Vacation', followed by the movie 'National Lampoon's European Vacation', then the movie 'Vegas Vacation'.
[6:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 17-Sins of the Father
[7:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 18-Darkling
[8:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 19-Rise
[9:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 20-Favorite Son
[10:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 3-Man of the People
[11:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 4-Relics
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 5-Schisms
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 6-True Q
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 7-Rascals
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 8-A Fistful of Datas
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 9-The Quality of Life
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 10-Chain of Command (Part 1)
[6:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 11-Chain of Command (Part 2)
[7:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 12-Ship in a Bottle
[8:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 13-Aquiel
[9:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 14-Face of the Enemy
[10:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 15-Tapestry
[11:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 3-Man of the People
[12:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 4-Relics
[1:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 5-Schisms
[2:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 6-True Q
[3:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 7-Rascals
[4:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 8-A Fistful of Datas
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 9-The Quality of Life (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has all old 'Below Deck Mediterranean' all night.
FX has the movie 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier', followed by the movie 'Captain America: The First Avenger'.
History has 'Forged In Fire', followed by a FRESH'Forged In Fire: Cutting Deeper'.
[8:15AM] ROBOCOP 2
[10:45AM] ROBOCOP 3
[3:15PM] ROBOCOP 2
[5:45PM] ROBOCOP 3
[8:00PM] FIRST BLOOD
[10:00PM] RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II
[12:15AM] RAMBO III
[2:30AM] FIRST BLOOD
[4:30AM] RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II (ALL TIMES EDT)
[8:30AM] Rocky II
[11:00AM] Rocky III
[1:30PM] Rocky IV
[6:00PM] Rocky II
[8:30PM] Rocky III
[11:00PM] Rocky IV
[1:00AM] Rocky V
[3:30AM] Rocky (ALL TIMES EDT)
"Hawaii Five-0" stars Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park have left the CBS show after the network refused to pay them as much as their white costars, Variety reports.
Sources told the outlet that Kim and Park were seeking salaries equal to those of stars Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan, but they were unable to reach a deal with the show's producer, CBS Television Studios.
CBS's final offer to the two actors was reportedly "10-15% lower" than the salaries of their two white costars.
A representative for the network told Variety in a statement: "We are so appreciative of Daniel and Grace's enormous talents, professional excellence, and the aloha spirit they brought to each and every one of our 168 episodes. They've helped us build an exciting new Hawaii Five-0, and we wish them all the best and much success in their next chapters. Mahalo and a hui hou."
Democrat members of the House Science Committee called on President Donald Trump (R-Buffoon) in May to appoint a director for the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). This week, the last three remaining employees of the science division of the OSTP left, sources told CBS News.
The employees were part of President Barack Obama's administration who worked at one of four OSTP subdivisions. Under Obama, nine employees worked on policy issues regarding STEM education, biotechnology and crisis response. Now, under the Trump administration, there are no people working in the White House's science division.
The departure of the last employees from the White House science division comes after Democrats urged Trump to appoint a "reliable" director of the OTSP in May. The OSTP was established in 1976 and its purpose is to provide advice to the White House on science and technology. Since Trump took office at the beginning of the year, the OSTP has been short-staffed and without a leader.
Representatives also urged Trump to quit going to unreliable sources for information and expressed their concern over the way he gets his news. They cited a Politico report that detailed Trump's strong reaction to fake Time articles, which he thought were real. The Time stories were given to Trump by Deputy National Security Advisor K.T. McFarland. One of the articles was apparently from the 1970s and warned of a coming ice age, while the other was from 2008 and was about surviving global warming. The ice age story had already been debunked years ago.
After more than a week of events, concerts and a parade attended by hundreds of thousands, Madrid World Pride, the latest incarnation of the largest LGBT festival in the world, ended on Sunday.
Since its inception in 2000, World Pride is held once every several years in major cities across the world to promote rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)communities.
Over 10 days, the Madrid festival has hosted events ranging from a global human rights conference to a race in which men sprinted along a central street in towering three-inch heels.
Madrid World Pride coincided with the 40th anniversary of the first LGBT pride protest in Spain.
The next World Pride will take place in New York in 2019, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall demonstrations, when members of the gay community protested against violent treatment at the hands of the police.
Jamie Horowitz, who oversaw programming and digital news operations for Fox Sports, was abruptly fired Monday after two years on the job.
The move was ''fully warranted,'' Daniel Petrocelli, a lawyer for Fox Sports, said in a statement released Monday by the company. He didn't offer any specifics.
Fox Sports President Eric Shanks, in an email to employees announcing Horowitz's exit, alluded to a question of conduct. Fox Sports is an arm of media magnate Rupert Murdoch's (R-Evil Incarnate) 21st Century Fox.
During his Fox Sports tenure, Horowitz reoriented much of the programming to talk personalities, including Skip Bayless, and away from newsgathering.
A Republican lawyer who reported independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and his wife to federal officials was passing on information he heard from a GOP lawmaker who says he didn't have direct knowledge of the allegations.
The lawyer, Brady Toensing, sent letters to federal officials alleging that Sanders' office pressured a bank to approve a loan to a now-closed college run by the senator's wife.
The source of that information was Republican Rep. Don Turner, the minority leader of the Vermont House. Turner says he was relaying what his friends told him, but that his friends didn't have direct knowledge of the negotiations.
Toensing, an attorney who served as Donald Trump's (R-Crooked) Vermont representative during last year's campaign, said Monday he was standing by the allegation.
John Hatcher, right, and Ethan Williams, both of Jonesboro, hold up signs for passing motorists while protesting the healthcare bill in front of the Municipal Center Thursday, June 29, 2017, in Jonesboro, Ark. The Senate GOP's stalled health care legislation needs to ease some of its limits on Medicaid spending and give greater control of the program to the states, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday
Photo by Staci Vandagriff
Donald Trump's decision to tweet a video showing him body-slamming the wrestling promoter Vince McMahon, with the clip doctored to show McMahon's head as a CNN logo, was "un-American", a leading media ethicist said on Sunday.
"It's definitely un-American," Kelly McBride, vice-president of the Poynter Institute school of journalism, told the Guardian on Sunday.
"We have a couple of documents that define us as American: the constitution and the Bill of Rights. It's Fourth of July weekend, we are supposed to be celebrating those, and the first amendment enshrines freedom of the press."
The original action was a sideline stunt at a 2007 professional wrestling event, where fights are faked for entertainment. Trump's punches did not really land. His tweeted message, experts said, certainly did: if you don't like the media, take them down.
"It's so far beyond the pale of any office holder in any jurisdiction in this country, from the smallest of towns to the highest offices, and the fact that this is coming from the president of the United States is almost inconceivable," said Bruce Brown, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.
The Pentagon has thrown a cloak of secrecy over assessments of the safety and security of its nuclear weapons operations, a part of the military with a history of periodic inspection failures and bouts of low morale.
Overall results of routine inspections at nuclear weapons bases, such as a "pass-fail" grade, had previously been publicly available. They are now off-limits. The change goes beyond the standard practice of withholding detailed information on the inspections.
"The whole thing smells bad," said Steven Aftergood, a government secrecy expert with the Federation of American Scientists. "They're acting like they have something to hide, and it's not national security secrets."
The decision to conceal results from inspections of how nuclear weapons are operated, maintained and guarded follows a secret recommendation generated by in-depth Pentagon reviews of problems with the weapons, workers and facilities making up the nation's nuclear force.
But the problems that prompted the reviews three years ago weren't created by releasing inspection results. The problems were actual shortcomings in the nuclear force, including occasional poor performance, security lapses and flawed training, driven in part by underspending and weak leadership.
Anne Kille of Flemingsburg, Ky., protests the arrival of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.,at the Lincoln Day Dinner, Friday, June 30, 2017, in Elizabethtown, Ky.
Photo by Timothy D. Easley
A judge ruled Monday that Florida's lawmakers overstepped their authority in updating the state's "Stand Your Ground" law.
In ruling the law unconstitutional, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Milton Hirsch said Monday that the changes should have been crafted by the Florida Supreme Court instead of by the Legislature.
The Miami Herald reports that the 14-page order is a victory for prosecutors who have firmly opposed the law. Critics have said the law makes it easier for defendants to get away with murder and other violent crimes.
The Legislature modified the 2005 statute and Gov. Rick Scott (R-Sock Puppet) signed it into law in June. The bill was backed by the National Rifle Association.
There are currently no plans for Donald Trump (R-Corrupt) to visit Britain in the coming weeks, the U.K. government said Monday, damping down reports the U.S. president is planning a flying visit to the country.
British media have reported that Trump might stop at his Turnberry golf course in Scotland after visiting Poland and attending a Group of 20 summit in Germany this week, and before he goes to Bastille Day celebrations in France on July 14.
Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman, James Slack, told reporters that "I'm not aware of any plans for the president to visit the U.K. in the next few weeks."
Slack also said the invitation of a state visit for Trump, made in January, still stands. No date has been announced, and there was no mention of the visit in a list of government plans announced by Queen Elizabeth II last month.
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