David Bruce: Wise Up! Royalty (Athens News)
Sufi master Shemsu-'d-Din, aka Shems, tutored a very stupid but very handsome prince. He was so successful that the prince succeeded in memorizing the entire Quran. The prince's accomplishment made people suspect that his tutor was a saint, so the Sufi master slipped away quietly and went elsewhere.
"22 Celebrities Who Gave Up Fame (And Found Happiness)" (Cracked)
The limelight isn't for everyone. Most of the time, people get caught up in the glitz and the glamour and the money and the drugs and then end up becoming former husks of themselves. Other people look at all that shit, promptly turn around, and casually stroll to greener pastures in the other direction.
Spanky and Our Gang was an American 1960s folk-rock band led by Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane. The band derives its name from Hal Roach's popular Our Gang comedies of the 1930s (known to modern audiences as The Little Rascals). The group was known for its vocal harmonies.
Doug ( "What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do." - John Ruskin - ) was first and correct with:
Here's a picture of Elaine 'Spanky' McFarlane with me after a performance.
I also included other pics "spank" turned up on my hard drive.
(Elaine) Spanky (McFarlane) and Our Gang
Lois Of Oregon said:
Spanky and Our Gang
Never knew I knew this song but now I know I know it!
After her namesake
From the kiddie comedy shorts of the 30s and 40s. She led Spanky and
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
Spanky and Our Gang
Barbara, my old roommate dating back to the Pepperdine days, replied:
One of my favorite groups, "Spanky and Our Gang," was led by Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane.
Here are a couple of YouTube links:
Sunday Will Never Be the Same I'd Like to Get to Know You
Other hits include "Lazy Day" and "Sunday Mornin'."
Elaine McFarlane fronted the band Spanky and Our Gang. They made cute pop music.
Back in the 90s yesterday and probably today as well. I'm resigned to baking in this dry heat forever.
And rats! It's Monday.
Spanky and Our Gang
Dale of Indian Summer, Norcali said:
Just wait for the eventual Slobberknocker El Nino that's going to hit us! No fucking complaints about too much rain!! Or I could be wrong….not!
Spanky Mc Farlane and her Gang. Never saw them, never wanted to. She was also in the false Mamas & Papas. John was probably doing her and Mackenzie at the same time. Saw that band at some county fair in the Eighties. Not too memorable amongst my dithering brain cells.
Spanky all you bad boys and girls too!
DJ Useo replied:
You got me stumped again. I will guess Peter, Paul, & Mary.
Spanky and Our Gang
Joe S answered:
Well, no wonder I didn't know the answer. No wonder I had to look it up. Spanky And Our Gang is truly unremarkable. That's the nicest way I can say they suck. I had forgotten about them completely and I would never know who Elaine McFarlane is, or was, because Spanky And Our Gang suck. They suck.
No, not these guys but they weren't so hot either.
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 FRESH'NCIS', followed by a FRESH'NCIS: The 3rd One', then a FRESH'Limitless'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Sarah Silverman, Elijah Wood, and "Legends of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses".
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Jeff Daniels, Kirsten Dunst, Billy Eichner, and Franz Ferdinand & Sparks.
NBC starts the night with a FRESH'The Best Time Ever', followed by a FRESH'The Voice', then a FRESH'Chicago FIre'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Michael Strahan, Eve Hewson, Charles Kelley, and Dierks Bentley, Eric Paslay.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Sophia Bush, Josh Meyers, and Craig Finn.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson 'The Scab' Daly are Danny Boyle, Aaron Sorkin, Melanie Martinez, and Bryan Carberry & J. Clay Tweel.
ABC opens the night with a FRESH'The Muppets', followed by a FRESH'Fresh Off The Boat', then a FRESH'Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD', followed by a FRESH'Beyond The Tank'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Taraji P. Henson, Matthew Fox, and Byron Bowers.
The CW offers a FRESH'The Flash', followed by a FRESH'iZombie'.
Faux has a FRESH'Grandfathered', followed by a FRESH'The Grinder', then a FRESH'Scream Queens'.
MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.
A&E has 'Storage Wars', another 'Storage Wars', still another 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH'Storage Wars', then another FRESH'Storage Wars', followed by yet another FRESH'Storage Wars', then a FRESH'Storage Wars: Miami', followed by another FRESH'Storage Wars: Miami'.
AMC offers the movie 'American Gangster', followed by the movie 'The Dark Knight'.
[6:00AM] Top Gear - Season 3 - Episode 3
[7:00AM] Top Gear - Season 3 - Episode 4
[8:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 7 - Ep 1 - Return to Amy's Baking Company
[9:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 15 - Zocalo
[10:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 7 - Kill the Moon
[11:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 8 - Mummy on the Orient Express
[12:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 21 - Firstborn
[1:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 22 - Bloodlines
[2:00PM] Planet Earth: Life-Ep 3 - Mammals
[3:00PM] Planet Earth: Life-Ep 4 - Fish
[4:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 4 - Ep 13 - Shooting Survival
[5:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 5 - Ep 1 - Morocco
[6:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 5 - Ep 3 - Georgia Eastern Europe
[7:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 5 - Ep 2 - Bear's Top Man Moments
[8:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 5 - Ep 5 - Northern Australia
[9:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 5 - Ep 6 - Mojave
[10:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 5 - Ep 7 - Fan vs. Wild
[11:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 5 - Ep 8 - Behind the Wild
[12:00AM] Man vs. Wild - Season 5 - Ep 4 - Western Pacific
[1:00AM] Man vs. Wild - Season 5 - Ep 2 - Bear's Top Man Moments
[2:00AM] Man vs. Wild - Season 5 - Ep 5 - Northern Australia
[3:00AM] Man vs. Wild - Season 5 - Ep 6 - Mojave
[4:00AM] Man vs. Wild - Season 5 - Ep 7 - Fan vs. Wild
[5:00AM] Man vs. Wild - Season 5 - Ep 8 - Behind the Wild (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Below Deck', 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by a FRESH'Below Deck', then a FRESH'The People's Couch', followed by a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
Comedy Central has 'Drunk History', 2½ hours of old 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH'Tosh.0', then a FRESH'Drunk History'.
Scheduled on a FRESHThe Daily Show is Richard Dawkins.
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Kevin Smith, Mike Lawrence, and Ashley Barnhill.
FX has the movie 'Man Of Steel', followed by a FRESH'The Bastard Executioner'.
[6:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-STEVEN YEUN
[6:15AM] RED DAWN
[8:45AM] THE RUNNING MAN
[11:00AM] SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW
[1:15PM] RED DAWN
[3:45PM] THE RUNNING MAN
[6:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-VAN STOCK
[6:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-I LOVE CAKE
[7:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-SLEEPOVER
[7:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-ERIC GETS SUSPENDED
[8:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-RED'S BIRTHDAY
[8:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-LAURIE MOVES OUT
[9:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-ERIC'S STASH
[9:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-HUNTING
[10:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-RED GETS A JOB
[10:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE
[11:00PM] A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4: THE DREAM MASTER
[1:30AM] A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 5: THE DREAM CHILD
[3:00AM] MY BLOODY VALENTINE
[5:15AM] THAT '70S SHOW-BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE
[5:45AM] GARFUNKEL AND OATES-FIRST LOOK (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:30AM] Lions for Lambs
[8:30AM] Animal Kingdom
[11:00AM] The Cooler
[1:30PM] Cinderella Man
[4:30PM] The Godfather, Part II
[9:00PM] The Godfather, Part III
[1:00AM] The Devil's Advocate
[4:00AM] Animal Kingdom (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Orphan', followed by a FRESH'Face Off', and another 'Face Off'.
On a RERUNConan (from 6/11/15) are Chris Pratt, Eric Dane, and Dawes.
Actor Sean Astin Helped To Raise $25,000 For Charity By Over The Weekend (10-11oct15) In Hawaii.
The Lord of the Rings star finished the competition's swim, marathon run and bicycle ride in 15 hours and was greeted by his wife and children at the finish line, where supporters chanted, 'Rudy, Rudy...' in reference to his beloved 1993 sports film, in which he played a determined college football player.
"It's official, I am an Ironman. It was a magical day..." he wrote on Twitter.com following the competition.
The funds he raised will benefit his #Run3rd organisation, which supports athletics programs for underserved kids.
(R to L) Actor Jean-Paul Belmondo, his son Paul, and filmmaker Charles Gerard pose for photographers at the opening of the Lumiere Grand Lyon film festival in Lyon, France, October 12, 2015.
Photo by Robert Pratta
Late-night comic Conan O'Brien is hitting the road again - this time to Armenia.
He'll be the first American talk show host to do a show from Armenia, not that that was a particularly competitive achievement. TBS said Monday that the episode will air on Nov. 10.
O'Brien said he'll be joined by his longtime assistant Sona Movsesian, who is of Armenian descent.
Said O'Brien: "I think it's every boss' responsibility to take their assistant back to their ancestral land. That's why I'm going to make sure my next assistant was born in a five-star resort in Tuscany."
News stories about the threat to the two-story home in Danville, condemned because of its tumbledown condition, reached the 89-year-old actor during the summer. He announced over the weekend that the house will be restored as headquarters for a new foundation to provide scholarships to accomplished young performers.
Organizers of the Dick Van Dyke Foundation hope to establish a museum in the home where Van Dyke and brother Jerry lived during high school after the family relocated from Missouri.
After learning of the house's dilapidated state, the star of "Mary Poppins" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show" recalled the "happy memories drifting around in there" in a tweet to his tens of thousands of followers.
When the city condemned the home in December, officials didn't know the Van Dyke connection, Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said in July. The property's last owner died in 2011.
Now readers of Playboy, the glossy men's magazine known for its nude fold-outs, can honestly say they are buying the magazine for its articles.
Playboy will no longer publish nude photographs of women, the New York Times reported on Monday in an article quoting Scott Flanders, the company's chief executive.
Founder and editor-in-chief Hugh Hefner, 89, who in his trademark silk pajamas has embodied the Playboy lifestyle, agreed last month with a suggestion by top editor Cory Jones to stop publishing images of naked women, the Times said.
At a time when every teenage boy has an Internet connected phone and the web is rife with pornography, the magazine has opted to continue featuring women in provocative poses, just not completely nude, the Times said.
"You're now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free," Flanders was quoted as saying in the Times. "And so it's just passe at this juncture."
The world's oceans are teeming with life, but rising carbon dioxide emissions could cause a collapse in the marine food chain from the top down, researchers in Australia said Monday.
The first-of-its-kind global analysis of marine responses to climate change forecasts a grim future for fish.
Marine ecologists from the University of Adelaide reviewed more than 600 published studies on coral reefs, kelp forests, open oceans, and tropical and arctic waters.
Their meta-analysis, published in the October 12 edition of the US peer-reviewed journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showed that ocean acidification and warming will cut down on the diversity and numbers of various key species.
Very few organisms are expected to be able to adjust to warmer waters and acidification, with the exception of microorganisms, which are expected to increase in number and diversity.
The Missionaries of Charity, the Roman Catholic order founded by Mother Teresa, has decided to close its adoption services in India after the country amended its rules to make single parents eligible to adopt.
The religious order said that allowing single or divorced parents to adopt goes against its beliefs.
India's Central Adoption Resource Authority reviewed its guidelines in July in an effort to make adoptions more transparent and enable more people to adopt children. It also made it mandatory for all prospective parents to register with the national adoption agency.
Previously, adoption agencies and homes across the country could bend adoption rules or make it harder for certain people to adopt because there was no national monitoring mechanism.
The new government order states that "any prospective adoptive parent, irrespective of his marital status and whether or not he has his own biological son or daughter, can adopt a child."
More than 2,000 people have pledged to protest the University of Texas at Austin's concealed weapons policy by openly displaying "gigantic" sex toys.
Jessica Jin, the student who created the "Campus (DILDO) Carry" event on Facebook, wrote that the event -- planned for the first day of fall semester Aug. 24, 2016 -- protests concealed weapons being allowed on the school's campus while university policy bans displays of "obscenity."
"The State of Texas has decided that it is not at all obnoxious to allow deadly concealed weapons in classrooms, however it DOES have strict rules about free sexual expression, to protect your innocence. You would receive a citation for taking a DILDO to class before you would get in trouble for taking a gun to class. Heaven forbid the penis," she wrote.
"Starting on the first day of Long Session classes on Aug. 24, 2016, we are strapping gigantic swinging dildos to our backpacks in protest of campus carry," she wrote on the event page. "ANYBODY can participate in solidarity: alum, non-UT students, people outside of Texas. Come one dildo, come all dildos."
The Austin campus is known as one of the first to have a mass shooting. In 1966, engineering student and former Marine sharpshooter Charles Joseph Whitman killed his mother and his wife and then climbed the school's tower, shooting nearly four dozen people with a rifle, killing 14.
A Washington state court has ordered a man who redirected a river to pay restitution of $50 a month into an environmental fund, the state's top lawyer said on Monday.
William Cayo Sr. was found guilty in April of violating water pollution and shoreline management laws as well as conducting prohibited hydraulic activities when he changed a Tahuya River channel in February 2013, Attorney General Bob Ferguson said.
Cayo used an excavator and bulldozer to fill the river channel near his home and redirect the river, Ferguson said, adding that, in all, Cayo filled and graded nearly 1.5 acres (0.6 hectares) of riverbed.
Cayo has served 30 days in jail and was ordered to pay $8,000 in fines, Ferguson said in a statement on Monday.
The court also ordered Cayo to pay $200,000 in restitution, but in monthly installments of $50, making it unlikely he will reach that full sum.
A timber vessel believed to be one of celebrated English king Henry V's "great ships" has been found in a river in southern England, heritage group Historic England announced Monday.
Experts from Historic England believe the wreck that lies buried in mud in the River Hamble near Southampton is the "Holigost" (Holy Ghost).
A major part of Henry V's war machine, the ship played a key role in two sea battles that enabled him to conquer territory in France in the early 15th century.
The announcement comes two weeks before events to mark the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt.
The 600-year old ship was discovered next to the king's flagship, the "Grace Dieu" -- itself found in the 1930s -- by historian Ian Friel after examining aerial photographs of the "medieval breaker's yard".
The mother of Grammy-winning singer-songwriter James Taylor has died. Gertrude Woodard Taylor was 92.
His mother died over the weekend surrounded by four generations of family at her home "overlooking her beloved Stonewall Pond" in Chilmark on Martha's Vineyard, the "Fire & Rain" singer said on his website.
"She devoted her life to her marriage and her five children, four boys and a girl," James Taylor posted on his website. Three of those children - James, Kate and Livingstone - became professional musicians.
Trudy, as his mother was known, was also "an accomplished painter, a weaver (spinning her own yarn), a photographer, a distinguished horticulturist and a killer cook, whose talents in the kitchen were celebrated by anyone fortunate enough to sit at her table," James Taylor wrote.
A Massachusetts native and the daughter of a commercial fisherman, she married Isaac Taylor, dean of the University of North Carolina's medical school. Isaac Taylor died in 1995.
She is survived by four children and multiple grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was also predeceased by one son.
Rice terraces in Yuanyang, China, photographed 30 minutes before the sun went down to show a mirrored landscape reflecting the colors of twilight on Oct. 12, 2015.
Photo by Alex Goh Chun Seong
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