David Bruce: Wise Up! War (Athens News)
In World War II, the troops of General Joe Stilwell were driven back by Japanese troops in Burma. When General Stilwell heard that the defeat was being described as a "tactical retreat," he said firmly, "I claim that we took a hell of a beating."
Mark Hill, Anonymous: 6 Lessons I Learned At A Home For Mentally Disabled Adults (Cracked)
Hollywood has worked hard to give us a clear image of what the intellectually disabled look like -- charming, simpleminded folk with boundless empathy and compassion, like Forrest Gump, Radio, and whatever the hell Sean Penn's name was in I Am Sam. Those may all be accurate portrayals of people at the higher end of the disability spectrum, but Hollywood will never show you a realistic image of people with an IQ in the 30s, because the vast majority of viewers wouldn't want to see it.
Tim Park: The Key to Rereading (NY Review of Books)
Let's reread Nabokov on rereading. On first approach to a novel, Nabokov claimed, we are overwhelmed with too much information and fatigued by the effort of scanning the lines. Only later, on successive encounters with the text, will we begin to see and appreciate it as a whole, as we do with a painting. So, paradoxically, then, "there is no reading, only rereading."
Lindley Armstrong "Spike" Jones (December 14, 1911 - May 1, 1965) was an American musician and bandleader specializing in performing satirical arrangements of popular songs. Ballads and classical works receiving the Jones treatment would be punctuated with gunshots, whistles, cowbells, and outlandish vocals. From the early 1940s to the mid 1950s, his band recorded under the title Spike Jones and his City Slickers and toured the United States and Canada under the title The Musical Depreciation Revue.
Randall was first, and correct, with:
A playful one, thaT
Better known as Spike. Not to be confused with the bloodsucker from Buffy.
Going with a WAG here - Lindley Armstrong Jones is better known as Louie Armstrong.
Pretty sure it's not Lance Armstrong.
Good luck in the County of Orange.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
Legato Lois Of Oregon answered:
Why that's Mr. Spike Jones, early master of goofy music, precursor to likes of Weird Al, and all around strange man. My parents had one of his 45's: "I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" on one side, and "Rhapsody From Hunger" on the other. I didn't understand any of it, it just made me distrust adults for the rest of my life.
Dilettante Daley of Diamondy Springs, Norcali
Spike Jones and his City Slickers. Just watched "Cocktails for Two" at his website. Laughs galore. The lost art of physical comedy. He was a master.
Now on to titties: It's now okay to show male nipples on classical art to get past censors. Shouldn't have to double-click on these works anymore. Kinda fucking ridiculous, ain't it. I still have pretty nips! Maybe I'll showcase them for you.
Spike Jones (1911-1965) ~ an actor, musician and bandleader specializing in performing satirical arrangements of popular songs.
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 a FRESH'Zoo', then a RERUN'NCIS: The 3rd One'.
The programming geniuses at CBS are filling Dave's hour with reruns of 'NCIS: The Third One'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Jim Gaffigan, Shiri Appleby, and Best Coast.
NBC starts the night with a FRESH'America's Got Talent', followed by a FRESH'Hollywood Game Night'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are LeBron James, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, OMI, and Mark Rivera.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Ben Kingsley, Mike Birbiglia, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-Narnia).
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 2/9/15) are David Cross, Tijuana Panthers, and Morten Tyldum.
ABC opens the night with a RERUN'Fresh Off The Boat', followed by a RERUN'black-ish', then a FRESH'Extreme Fat Shaming'.
On a RERUNJimmy Kimmel (from 7/1/15) Liev Schrieber, Ronda Rousey, and Vince Staples.
The CW offers a RERUN'The Flash', followed by a RERUN'iZombie'.
Faux fills the night with the LIVE'2015 MLB All-Star Game', then pads the left coast with local crap.
MY recycles an old 'L&O: CI', followed by another old 'L&O: CI'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Green Mile', followed by the movie 'The Fugitive'.
[6:00AM] Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 19 - Stevens
[7:00AM] Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 20 - Gray
[8:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 4 - Davide
[9:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 8 - Sam's Mediterranean Kabob Room
[10:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 4 - The Time of Angels
[11:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 5 - Flesh and Stone
[12:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 3 - The Survivors
[1:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 4 - Who Watches the Watchers
[2:00PM] Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 1 - The Ends of the Earth
[3:00PM] Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 5 - Winter
[4:00PM] Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 6 - The Last Frontier
[5:00PM] Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 7 - On Thin Ice
[6:00PM] Planet Earth-Ep 1 - From Pole To Pole
[7:00PM] Planet Earth-Ep 4 - Caves
[8:00PM] Planet Earth-Ep 5 - Deserts
[9:00PM] Planet Earth: Africa NEW-Ep 1 - Kalahari
[10:00PM] Planet Earth: Africa NEW-Ep 2 - Savannah
[11:00PM] Planet Earth-Ep 1 - From Pole To Pole
[12:00AM] Planet Earth: Africa-Ep 1 - Kalahari
[1:00AM] Planet Earth: Africa-Ep 2 - Savannah
[2:00AM] Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 1 - The Ends of the Earth
[3:00AM] Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 5 - Winter
[4:00AM] Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 6 - The Last Frontier
[5:00AM] Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 7 - On Thin Ice (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of NYC', followed by a FRESH'NYC Social', then a FRESH'Real Housewives Of NYC', followed by a FRESH'Secrets & Wives'.
Comedy Central has 'Another Period', 'Tosh.0', another 'Tosh.0', 'Comedy Central Roast Of Justin Bieber', followed by a FRESH'Another Period'.
Jon Stewart is pre-empted.
@Midnight is pre-empted.
FX has the movie 'A Good Day To Die Hard', followed by the movie 'Iron Man 2', then a FRESH'Proof'.
History has 2 hours of old 'Counting Cars', followed by a FRESH'Counting Cars', then another FRESH'Counting Cars', followed by a FRESH'Leepu & Pitbull'.
[6:00AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-HEALTH SCARE
[6:30AM] BLUES BROTHERS
[9:30AM] SHAUN OF THE DEAD
[2:00PM] BLUES BROTHERS
[5:00PM] TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY
[8:00PM] TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES
[10:30PM] TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY
[1:30AM] SAW II
[3:30AM] SAW II
[5:30AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-CHRISTMAS (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] Neil Young Journeys
[7:45AM] Once Upon a Time in Mexico
[10:00AM] The New World
[1:00PM] Sling Blade
[6:30PM] Pale Rider
[9:00PM] The Manchurian Candidate
[11:45PM] Pale Rider
[2:15AM] The Manchurian Candidate
[5:00AM] Rectify-Hoorah (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Starship Troopers', followed by the movie 'Phenomenon'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Emma Stone, Lindsey Vonn, and JD McPherson.
The executive committee of the Boy Scouts of America has unanimously approved a resolution that would end the organization's blanket ban on gay adult leaders and let individual Scout units set their own policy on the long-divisive issue. Units sponsored by churches opposed to the change could maintain the ban if they choose.
In a statement Monday, the BSA said the resolution was approved by the 17-member executive committee on Friday, and would become official policy immediately if ratified by the organization's 80-member National Executive Board at a meeting on July 27.
The committee action follows an emphatic speech in May by the organization's president, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, declaring that the long-standing ban on participation by openly gay adults was no longer sustainable. He and other BSA leaders said the ban was likely to be the target of lawsuits that the Scouts were apt to lose.
Under the new resolution, local scout units would be able to select adult leaders without regard to sexual orientation - a stance that several scout councils have already adopted in defiance of the official national policy.
US singer and producer Snoop Dogg warms up during the third inning of the 2015 MLB All-Star Legends and Celebrity game at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, 12 July 2015. It will be MLB's 86th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game to be played 14 July 2015.
Photo by Mark Lyons
For years, Christian pilgrims have waded into the Jordan River from both its eastern and western banks to connect with a core event of their faith - the baptism of Jesus. The parallel traditions allowed Jordan and Israel to compete for tourism dollars in marketing one of Christianity's most important sites.
But now UNESCO has weighed in on the rivalry, designating Jordan's baptismal area on the eastern bank a World Heritage site. The U.N. cultural agency declared this month that the site "is believed to be" the location of Jesus' baptism, based on what it said is a view shared by most Christian churches.
The decision drew cheers in Jordan, where the number of tourists has dropped sharply since the 2011 Arab Spring and the rise of the Islamic State group. Israel has kept silent while a Palestinian official said the western baptismal site, located in an Israeli-occupied area sought for a Palestinian state, should have been included.
Experts who reviewed the Jordanian application for UNESCO acknowledged that there is no solid archaeological evidence confirming that "Bethany Beyond the Jordan," also known as al-Maghtas, Arabic for baptism, is the authentic site.
In this photo provided by the New York Stock Exchange, a man dress as Ant-Man, left, and actor Michael Douglas, third from left, Marvel Entertainment CFO Robert Stessens, right, and other executives and guests of Marvel Entertainment, wave from the podium before ringing the opening bell celebrating Marvel and Disney's new film, "Ant-Man." The film opens in theaters nationwide on Friday.
Photo by Valerie Caviness
The Mirage volcano on the Las Vegas Strip is erupting less frequently, but not for any geological reason.
The man-made volcano that has been spewing fire and water since the hotel's 1989 opening, a first-of-its-kind attraction, will now offer two to three nightly shows as the Strip's topography continues to evolve.
Before Monday, the volcano erupted every half-hour beginning at about dusk until midnight, wind permitting.
The volcano is scheduled to erupt at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. An additional 10 p.m. show will be offered Friday and Saturday.
Laura Poitras, who won an Oscar this year for her documentary "Citizenfour," filed a suit against the Department of Justice and other security agencies on Monday seeking records documenting dozens of incidents at airports in which she has been questioned and searched.
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington, claims that during her travel from 2006 to 2012 for work on her documentary films, she was detained every time she entered the country. After being targeted by security agents, she says, she filed Freedom of Information Act requests naming or relating to her, but she has received either scant response or her requests have been ignored.
Other named defendants in the suit include the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
"I'm filing this lawsuit because the government uses the U.S. border to bypass the rule of law," Poitras said in a statement released by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which is representing her in the FOIA lawsuit. "This simply should not be tolerated in a democracy."
The road to the summit of Mauna Kea on Hawaii's Big Island has been reopened.
It had been closed after hundreds of protesters flocked to Mauna Kea to prevent construction of a giant telescope from resuming.
The University of Hawaii announced that the road was reopened on Monday afternoon after crews repaired grading and damage.
The Visitor Information Station and its restroom facilities will remain closed, but there are portable toilets and facilities on other parts of the mountain. A rule passed last week restricts overnight access to the road.
The around-the-clock protests have stalled construction of the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope.
A child plays at Pixels Wave 2015, a giant carpet of moving lights on the ground in an interactive virtual reality installation by Mexican-born experimental and multidisciplinary artist Miguel Chevalier, during the Malta International Arts Festival, at the entrance to Valletta, Malta, July 13, 2015. The festival, which runs from July 10 to August 3, provides a mix of theatre, dance, music and visual arts.
Photo by Darrin Zammit Lupi
The rapper 50 Cent, known for the album "Get Rich or Die Tryin','" has filed for bankruptcy.
The artist, whose real name is Curtis Jackson III, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Hartford on Monday, days after a jury ordered him to pay $5 million in an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit. He owns a 50,000-square-foot mansion in nearby Farmington.
The filing lists both the assets and liabilities for the rapper and actor as between $10 million and $50 million and indicates his debts are primarily consumer and not business related.
The filing comes after a New York jury on Friday ordered Jackson to pay $5 million to a woman who said he acquired a video she made with her boyfriend, added himself as a crude commentator and posted it online without her permission.
The jury this week was scheduled to deliberate on possible further, punitive damages in Lastonia Leviston's invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against Jackson. But the filing may put the trial on hold. Jackson did not appear as scheduled Monday to testify about his finances because of the bankruptcy filing, his lawyer said.
Hundreds of phallic sex toys have been seen hanging in recent days from power lines across Portland, Oregon, provoking laughter, blushing and lots of photos.
The large white and bright orange dildos appear to have been strung together in pairs, and have prompted numerous reports to the Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement, department spokeswoman Lisa Leddy said on Monday.
A spokesman for public utility Portland General Electric said he did not believe the rubber products posed a fire hazard.
In online forums, Portlanders posted photos of dildos swaying in the wind above a number of major commercial streets, and speculated about their origins.
For sale: three working Michigan lighthouses. The catch? Buyers must be non-profit organizations that will maintain the historic structures and keep the lights on.
The U.S. General Services Administration, the agency that among other tasks manages much of the federal government's property, said on Friday it was looking to dispose of the "excess government real estate assets."
The lighthouses are still active, but are no longer needed by the U.S. Coast Guard, which has made advancements in navigation technology, GSA spokeswoman Catherine Langel said.
Interested bidders must be non-profit groups; obtain a private use agreement from the state of Michigan, which owns the land on which the structures sit; and agree to maintain and operate the lights.
Up for sale are the Gravelly Shoal Light in Saginaw Bay in Lake Huron; the Spectacle Reef Light, also in Lake Huron; and the Isle Aux Galets Light Station, commonly known as the Skilligalee, 7 miles (11 km) offshore from Cross Village in Lake Michigan.
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