Peter Baker: Bound to No Party, Trump Upends 150 Years of Two-Party Rule (NY Times)
"I never viewed Trump as a strict adherent to Republicanism," said Ned Ryun, a Trump supporter and founder of American Majority, which trains political activists. "He gave Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell almost nine months to get something accomplished, and all they accomplished was to really remove all doubts about their legislative incompetence."
Andrew Tobias: Troll Farms and Gay Muslims
So it turns out a lot of us were duped. Read about Russian troll farms - Russians posing as Americans. The former KGB - headed ultimately by a man who murders journalists and political opponents (but with whom our president has a special relationship) - invested in a massive operation to beat Clinton. They came within just 3 million votes of pulling that off, enough to give Putin what he wanted. There was a time when that would have bothered most Americans. But that was before we all got great health care at a tiny fraction of the cost.
Mickey Rooney (born Joseph Yule Jr.; September 23, 1920 - April 6, 2014) was an American actor, vaudevillian, comedian, producer and radio personality. In a career spanning nine decades and continuing until shortly before his death, he appeared in more than 300 films and was one of the last surviving stars of the silent film era.
At the height of a career that was marked by precipitous declines and raging comebacks, Rooney performed the role of Andy Hardy in a series of 15 films in the 1930s and 1940s that epitomized American family values. A versatile performer, he became a celebrated character actor later in his career. Laurence Olivier once said he considered Rooney "the best there has ever been."
Rooney was the top box office attraction from 1939 to 1941, and one of the best-paid actors of that era, but his career never rose to such heights again. Drafted into the Army during World War II, he served nearly two years entertaining over two million troops on stage and radio and was awarded a Bronze Star for performing in combat zones.
Alan J was first, and correct, with:
I won't be around for about 10 days or so...
LaVonne and I are headed out on one of those senior-citizen bus-trips to Colorado
Kevin K. in Washington, DC replied:
That was Mickey Rooney.
Joseph Yule Jr. is better known as Mickey Rooney. The mighty Wikipedia so informed me.
We were assigned a busy corner for the charity bike ride, and had some drama: an older rider stopped to rest in the shade we had, and eventually told us he had chest pains. I called the emergency number and at one point we had an EMT truck, a fire truck, and 2 extra-large pick up trucks parked at the intersection, which forced us to direct cars as well as cyclists. We handled it, no one was hurt, and the cyclist was taken to a hospital. I have seldom felt so right about my presence and circumstances before.
Now, let's get on with Monday.
David of Moon Valley replied:
i don't know about the Josephy part but Joseph Yule, Jr. was none other than Mickey Rooney (with whom i share a birth date...along with Bruce Springsteen, John Coltrane and Ray Charles and a few others....)
John I from Hawai`i says,
Daniel in The City answered:
Billy in Cypress responded:
Mickey Rooney, but you should have mentioned his many marriages.
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali, said:
The mighty Mickey Rooney
DJ Useo wrote:
I am well & truly stumped. Well-played.
Joe S answered:
Not gonna look this up. I don't recognize 'Joseph Yule, Jr" but the career spanning nine decades sound like it could be none other than George Burns. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.
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Since government buildings are missing official pictures of Predator, if they would like, I can send them a picture of my cat's anus--that would be much more attractive than Predator's ugly, scowling, orange face. (Janet shared the link below.)
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 the FRESH'Hand In Hand: A Benefit For Hurricane Relief Telethon', followed by a RERUN'NCIS', then a RERUN'Bull'.
On a RERUNStephen Colbert (from 8/15/17) are Daniel Craig, Tiffany Haddish, and Blackberry Smoke.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Mindy Kaling, Olivia Munn, and Fifth Harmony.
NBC starts the night with the FRESH'Hand In Hand: A Benefit For Hurricane Relief Telethon', followed by a FRESH'America's Got Talent'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Jennifer Lawrence, Pedro Pascal, Patti Smith, and Herb Alpert.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Emma Roberts, Father John Misty, and Elaine Bradley.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson 'The Scab' Daly are Tyler Posey, Partybaby, and Hannah Hart.
ABC opens the night with the FRESH'Hand In Hand: A Benefit For Hurricane Relief Telethon', followed by a RERUN'black-ish', then another RERUN'black-ish', followed by a FRESH'Somewhere Between'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Michael Keaton, Van Jones, and the Lone Below.
The CW here fills the night with LIVE'Dogger Baseball'.
Faux has the FRESH'Hand In Hand: A Benefit For Hurricane Relief Telethon', followed by a RERUN'Orville'.
MY has an old 'How I Met Your Mother', followed by a FRESH'Top 30', then an old 'The X-Files'.
A&E has 'Leah Rimini: Scientology & The Aftermath', another 'Leah Rimini: Scientology & The Aftermath', followed by a FRESH'Leah Rimini: Scientology & The Aftermath', then a FRESH'The Murder Of Laci Peterson'.
AMC offers the movie 'Rambo', followed by the movie 'Armageddon'.
[6:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 4-Before The Flood-Part 2.
[7:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 5-The Girl Who Died-Part 1.
[8:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 6-The Woman Who Lived-Part 2.
[9:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 7-The Zygon Invasion-Part 1.
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 8-The Zygon Inversion-Part 2.
[11:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 9-Sleep No More
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 17-Night Terrors
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 18-Identity Crisis
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 19-The Nth Degree
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 20-Qpid
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 21-The Drumhead
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 22-Half a Life
[6:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 23-The Host
[7:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 24-The Mind's Eye
[8:00PM] VAN HELSING (2004)
[11:00PM] VAN HELSING (2004)
[2:00AM] BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA (1982)
[4:30AM] DOCTOR WHO: THE TIME OF THE DOCTOR (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Below Deck', followed by the FRESH'Hand In Hand: A Benefit For Hurricane Relief Telethon', followed by a FRESH'Below Deck', then a FRESH'A Night With My Ex', 'Real Housewives Of NJ', followed by a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
FX has the movie 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction', followed by a FRESH'American Horror Story'.
History has 'Forged In Fire', followed by a FRESH'Forged In Fire: Cutting Deeper', then a FRESH'Forged In Fire', and another 'Forged In Fire'.
[6:00AM] PET SEMATARY
[8:30AM] PET SEMATARY TWO
[10:45AM] PET SEMATARY
[1:15PM] RED DRAGON
[4:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-I Love Cake
[4:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Sleepover
[5:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Eric Gets Suspended
[5:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Red's Birthday
[6:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Laurie Moves Out
[6:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Stash
[7:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Hunting
[7:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Red's New Job
[8:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Burning Down the House
[8:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-The First Time
[9:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-I Love Cake
[9:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Sleepover
[10:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Eric Gets Suspended
[10:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Red's Birthday
[11:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Laurie Moves Out
[11:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Stash
[12:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Hunting
[12:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Red's New Job
[1:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Burning Down the House
[1:30AM] BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-CatShaPurr
[2:00AM] TITAN A.E.
[4:00AM] THE COMEBACKS (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:00AM] Barney Miller-The Social Worker
[6:30AM] Barney Miller-The Layoff
[7:00AM] Barney Miller-Ambush
[7:30AM] Barney Miller-Heat Wave
[8:00AM] Friday Night Lights
[4:00PM] The Silence of the Lambs
[6:30PM] The Village
[9:00PM] Top of the Lake: China Girl-Chapters 5 & 6
[11:40PM] Top of the Lake: China Girl-Chapters 5 & 6
[2:20AM] You're Next
[4:20AM] Barney Miller-Ambush
[4:50AM] All in the Family-Little Miss Bunker
[5:25AM] All in the Family-End in Sight (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Lake Placid', followed by a FRESH'Face Off: Game Face', then the movie '300'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Chris Hardwick, Bill Skarsgard, and Parcels.
Netflix's "Stranger Things" and HBO's "Westworld" gained momentum in the Emmy Award race as both shows racked up five wins at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
NBC's "This Is Us" pulled out a big win with the last award of the night - the guest drama actor win for Gerald McRaney. The same was true for Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale" as Alexis Bledel prevailed for guest drama actress.
"Saturday Night Live," the venerable NBC sketch comedy, also took five wins, including comedy guest actor and actress awards for Dave Chappelle, as host, and Melissa McCarthy, for her guest appearances as former White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
"Stranger Things" took the drama series casting kudo - a category that is often a bellwether for program wins at the televised Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony, which is set for Sept. 17. HBO's "Big Little Lies" won for casting for a limited series.
Two other wins for "Big Little Lies" - the first-ever music supervision award and contemporary costumes - indicate Emmy voters' affection for the limited series. HBO's "The Night Of" collected four wins that recognized the craftsmanship of the show, taking the trophies for cinematography, editing, sound mixing and sound editing.
Miss Texas Margana Wood may not have triumphed at the Miss America pageant, but she won over millions of new fans by calling out both white supremacists and President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Pendejo) on Sunday night.
During the Q&A portion of the event, Wood was asked about Trump's response to white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia last month, when he said there were "very fine people on both sides."
She had 20 seconds to respond. She only needed 15:
"I think that the white supremacist issue, it was very obvious, that it was a terrorist attack. And I think that President Donald Trump should've made a statement earlier addressing the fact, and in making sure all Americans feel safe in this country. That is the number one issue right now."
"It's important for everyone to hear the phrase because they do ? everybody belongs," Wood told Out Smart, a Houston-based magazine for the LGBTQ community.
Fans of President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Buffoon) called for a boycott of the new film "It" because of author Stephen King's relentless criticism of the president.
It didn't work.
The highly anticipated movie smashed box office records and is expected to earn a whopping $117 million during its opening weekend.
The most recent feud between the author and Trump supporters stems from last month, when King learned that Trump had blocked him on Twitter. The horror master attempted to seek revenge by "blocking" the president from seeing "It" and "Mr. Mercedes."
In response, Trump supporters posted a message to Reddit last week urging the president's fans to avoid seeing "It" during the film's opening weekend with the hopes that the movie would have a "lousy showing."
This photo provided by Michael Sechler shows a stranded manatee in Manatee County, Fla., Sept. 10, 2017. The mammal was stranded after waters receded from the Florida Bay as Hurricane Irma approached.
Photo by Michael Sechler
The 10 staffers and 54 polydactyl cats at the Hemingway House in Key West are safe after Hurricane Irma churned over Florida's island chain this weekend, leaving no structural damage to the property.
"All cats and staff are happy," Vicky Furman, Hemingway Home's wedding coordinator, told Newsweek. Furman added that the museum will reopen once debris on the streets is removed and tourists begin to return to Key West. "I believe [staff] began to clean the [museum's] yard," she said.
Curator Dave Gonzales told NBC News that the six-toed cats didn't have to waste one of their nine lives because felines took refuged because they can tell when the storm was approaching. "They're smarter than human beings," he added.
"We have three power generators and have plugged in our refrigerators to keep our food supply," he added. "it's a safe building and it's a cool building. It's a great comfortable place for our cats and things will get back to normal."
Obama Administration Alumni Says Pardon Was Unconstitutional
An advocacy group run by former government attorneys says President-for-now Donald Trump's (R-Crooked) pardon of former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio (R-Pink Panties) is unconstitutional, and is urging a district court judge to refuse Arpaio's request to vacate his contempt of court conviction.
Protect Democracy, a nonpartisan organization founded by alumni of the Obama administration, argued in an amicus brief on Monday that the president had overstepped his authority by pardoning Arpaio, who had endorsed Trump for president.
The brief comes the day the Department of Justice, led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R-Racist), sided with Arpaio in arguing that his conviction should be dismissed. DOJ attorneys wrote in a legal filing that because Trump had already pardoned Arpaio, "the government agrees that the Court should vacate all orders and dismiss the case as moot."
That was something Protect Democracy anticipated ? its brief asks the court to appoint someone to argue against Arpaio's request "in the event the DOJ does not vigorously pursue these arguments," which now appears to be the case.
"The Arpaio Pardon does not faithfully execute the law; it sends a signal that public officials, so long as they are allies of the President, need not execute the law at all," the filing reads. "The President cannot use the pardon power to invite other public officials to violate people's constitutional rights."
Veteran Republicans are bailing on Congress in growing numbers, as GOP control of Washington fails to produce the unity or legislative successes party leaders wish for. With President-for-now Donald Trump willing, if not eager, to buck fellow Republicans and even directly attack them, a number of lawmakers no longer wish to be involved.
The latest was two-term Rep. Dave Trott of Michigan, who said in a statement Monday that he'd decided after careful consideration that the best course for him was to spend more time with his family and return to the private sector.
In contrast to those diplomatic words was Trott's most recent tweet, sent in mid-August: "I think America needs more unity and less divisiveness...meaning @realDonaldTrump should focus more on golf & have less press conferences."
Trott joins a string of moderate Republicans, including Reps. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, Dave Reichert of Washington state and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, who are not seeking re-election.
Also Monday a senior GOP senator, Bob Corker of Tennessee, issued a statement indicating indecision about his future following a CNN report stating that the influential chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee had not yet decided whether to seek re-election next year.
Regional authorities confirmed Friday the alleged massacre of several indigenous people from an uncontacted Amazonian tribe by illegal miners in northwestern Brazil, according to the Amazonia Real news agency.
Prosecutors told Amazonia Real that federal police and the Public Prosecutor's office were investigating the killings of an unspecified number of indigenous people reportedly killed in August in the Sao Paulo municipality of Olivenca, on the border with Peru and Colombia.
Although the report did not confirm the death toll, suspects or weapons used, it cited other indigenous people as saying up to 20 tribal memebers were killed.
Prosecutors are also investigating another complaint about the alleged killing of indigenous people from the isolated Warikama Djapar tribe. The attack would have occurred in May but has not been confirmed.
Both killings would have taken place on the Vale do Javari indigenous land that lies in an area of about 8.5 million hectares (21 million acres), about 1,200 kilometers (745 miles) from Manaus, capital of Amazonas state.
The National Park Service plans to thin a herd of bison in the Grand Canyon through roundups and by seeking volunteers who are physically fit and proficient with a gun to kill the animals that increasingly are damaging park resources.
Some bison would be shipped out of the area and others legally hunted on the adjacent forest. Within the Grand Canyon, shooters would be selected through a lottery to help bring the number of bison roaming the far northern reaches of the park to no more than 200 within three to five years.
Some 600 of the animals now live in the region, and biologists say the bison numbers could hit 1,500 within 10 years if left uncontrolled.
The Grand Canyon is still working out details of the volunteer effort, but it's taking cues from national parks in Colorado, the Dakotas and Wyoming that have used shooters to cut overabundant or diseased populations of elk. The Park Service gave final approval to the bison reduction plan this month.
The Grand Canyon bison are descendants of those introduced to northern Arizona in the early 1900s as part of a ranching operation to crossbreed them with cattle. The state of Arizona now owns them and has an annual draw for tags on the Kaibab National Forest. Nearly 1,500 people applied for one of 122 tags this year, according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
The long-running legal battle over who owns the royalties to the famous "monkey selfie" has been settled.
David Slater, the photographer whose camera was commandeered by a crested black macaque, has agreed to donate 25 per cent of the royalties generated by the photos with animal charities dedicated to protecting the monkeys' natural habitat.
The agreement brings to an end to a dispute which originated in 2011 when Mr Slater travelled to Sulawesi, Indonesia, and spent a week taking pictures of macaques.
At one point he mounted the camera on a tripod and one of the monkeys started pressing the shutter button.
In a bizarre hearing in San Francisco, lawyers argued not only whether a monkey could claim copyright but whether Naruto was even the correct monkey.
Several endangered deer found only in the lower Florida keys were sighted on Monday, easing fears about the fate of the tiny species after Hurricane Irma swamped their vulnerable archipelago ecosystem.
But those who were anxious about their survival rejoiced on social media when a short video was posted on Twitter showing several cavorting by a roadside on Big Pine Key.
The Key deer is the smallest subspecies of the North American white-tailed deer, with males standing only about 3 feet (1 m) at the shoulder and females even smaller. Most live on two islands, Big Pine Key and No Name Key, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Poaching and habitat loss reduced the Key Deer to just a few dozen animals by the 1950s.
Their numbers recovered quickly after the refuge was opened in 1967. It covers some 9,200 acres (3723 hectares) of pine, hardwood and mangrove forests set amid freshwater and salt marsh wetlands, and is home to 23 endangered and threatened species of plants and animals.
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