David Bruce: Author Anecdotes (Athens News)
One person who hated the Eiffel Tower even after it was built (many people thought that it would be a monstrosity before it was built) was author Guy de Maupassant. He hated the tower so much that he frequently ate at a restaurant on its second platform so that he would not have to see the Eiffel Tower in the distance.
The Raccoons - Fraternal organization on the situation comedy THE HONEYMOONERS/CBS/1955-56.
Bus driver Ralph Kramden (Jackie Gleason) and sewer worker Ed Norton (Art Carney) were members of the Raccoon Lodge located in the heart of Brooklyn, New York.
The group was called by either "The International Order of Friendly Sons of the Raccoons"; "The International Order of Loyal Raccoons", or at times, "The Royal Order of Raccoons."
A stuffed raccoon rested on the lodge bookcase flanked on either side by a pair of trophies. The Raccoon's slogan is "E Pluribus Raccoon".
Alan J was first and correct with:
The International Brotherhood of Loyal Raccoons.
Furry little buggers
The pair were Raccoons.
Of course I looked this up: I don't recall watching The Honeymooners as a young'un.
So The Friendly Order of the Raccoon is the fraternal organization to which Ralph & his buddy belonged. It sounds just as silly as the show seems (having watched a few reruns over the years).
It's Monday and I can't believe it's 3 days until Thanksgiving. Oy, I am so not ready for this. A double espresso in my tall cup of coffee can't jump-start me to be ready for this.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
The fraternity was called the International Order of Friendly Sons of the Raccoons, the International Order of Loyal Raccoons, or at times, the Royal Order of Raccoons.
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcaliful said:
Loyal Order of Raccoon Lodge.. My late Father-in-law Butch was a member of the Oakland Moose. I can recall going to crab feeds at the Moose Hall in the early 70's. It was like going to a live version of the Lawrence Welk Show. Polyester heaven for the fine men's wear (white shoes on their feet). Really a strange environment for me. They were all big Nixon supporters, so I really was like a big thorn in their side. I wound up getting 86'ed from the last one that I went to, due to me insulting a few of the old crows that objected to my sense of humor. Serves them right for allowing me to drink their 25 cent well drinks. God, I hate fucking Lawrence Welk!
Eric Burdon and the Animals were excellent last night! Lady Annie, Mom and I had a great time. That little fucker can still belt out the Blues! He's in his early 70's. Betcha he never wore white shoes!
Batten down the hatches! First low storm coming in tomorrow and Wednesday! Snow level as low as 2000 feet!
Lois OF Oregon answered:
Ralph and Ed were members of the Royal Order Of The Raccoons...E Pluribus Raccoon... "Brothers Under The Pelt". I will leave the pelt jokes for Dale...
DJ Useo replied:
I know that show very well, so I can safely say "The Raccoon Lodge".
Initially not a fan of the show ( seemed kind of a bummer )
I really warmed up to it later. Norton is such a hoot!
Thanks for caring about me & the family being put out of our place by the Halloween flood.
( Yup, it's been three weeks :( ) Any aid is still welcome.
We're in a kitchenette, so we're not spending money on fast food, or restaurants.
Our 4 cats are feeling very crowded.
We finally got word that they will replace the molded carpeting.
No word on how long that will take. I sure am tired of motels. Especially 6 of them. lol.
One thing that really grinds my cookies is a large cache of my original art got wet,
& I have to throw them away. I'm hoping to take snapshots, before I lose them all.
Will share the pics here when they are available.
Raccoon Lodge ~ The fraternity was called the International Order of Friendly Sons of the Raccoons, the International Order of Loyal Raccoons, or at times, the Royal Order of Raccoons. Founded in 1907, their motto was "E Pluribus Raccoon".
Randall took the day off.
Joe S (AKA: Stony Lonesome) took the day off.
Charlie took the day off.
Sally has retired, but still pays attention.
BttbBob has returned to semi-retired status.
Maybe it's just me, but it sure seems like the candidacies of Trump & Carson are a desperate GOP plot to scientifically measure to precise level of bat shit crazy is too much bat shit crazy for the average teabagger to vote for.
Sure, the GOP depends heavily on magnifying fear in its members, but Carson is a proven serial liar and people still support him, and Trump is promoting waterboarding and Nazi-style detention camps for Muslims, and I see a shitload of support for that on Facebook.
Now, I have lived in Tyler, TX, in the heart of Loopy Louie Gohmertstan for the last 16 years, so I'm pretty much accustomed to seeing all kinds of bat shittery, but I just cannot understand how anyone with a measureable IQ could ever tolerate, much less vote for, these people.
Just had to get my two cents worth in here. Thanks for being there for us, Marty.
Roy in Tyler, Dumbfuckistan, TX
And, no, it's not just you. Not by a long shot.
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 Spike Lee, Carly Simon, and Justin Bieber.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Roseanne Barr and Gina Rodriguez.
NBC starts the night with a FRESH'The Voice', followed by a FRESH'Chicago Med', then a FRESH'Chicago Fire'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Tim Allen, Danai Gurira, and Jennifer Nettles.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are America Ferrera, Oliver Platt, Judah Friedlander, and Brian Chase.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 10/1/15) are Priyanka Chopra, Kimya Dawson, and Adrianne Palicki.
ABC opens the night with the chestnut 'A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving', followed by a FRESH'Dancing With The Stars'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Krysten Ritter, and Fall Out Boy.
The CW offers the FRESH'Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown', followed by a RERUN'The Flash'.
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 (Not So) Live'.
A&E has 2 hours of old 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH'Storage Wars', then another FRESH'Storage Wars', followed by still another FRESH'Storage Wars', then yet another FRESH'Storage Wars'.
AMC offers the movie 'Remember The Titans', followed by the movie 'Jumanji', then the movie 'Zathura'.
[6:00AM] Top Gear - Season 17 - Episode 2
[7:00AM] Top Gear - Season 17 - Episode 3
[8:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 5 - Burger Kitchen, Part 1
[9:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 6 - Burger Kitchen, Part 2
[10:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 8 - The Hungry Earth
[11:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 9 - Cold Blood
[12:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 11 - The Hunted
[1:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 12 - The High Ground
[2:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 2 - Ep 8 - Siberia (Part 1)
[3:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 2 - Ep 9 - Land of Ice (Part 2)
[4:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 1 - Ep 8 - Deserted Island
[5:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 1 - Ep 9 - African Savannah
[6:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 1 - Ep 10 - Everglades
[7:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 1 - Ep 11 - Ecuador
[8:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 1 - Ep 12 - Kimberley, Australia
[9:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 1 - Ep 13 - Mexico
[10:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 3 - Ep 2 - The Deep South
[11:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 1 - Ep 15 - Scotland
[12:00AM] Man vs. Wild - Season 1 - Ep 8 - Deserted Island
[1:00AM] Man vs. Wild - Season 1 - Ep 9 - African Savannah
[2:00AM] Man vs. Wild - Season 1 - Ep 12 - Kimberley, Australia
[3:00AM] Man vs. Wild - Season 1 - Ep 13 - Mexico
[4:00AM] Man vs. Wild - Season 3 - Ep 2 - The Deep South
[5:00AM] Man vs. Wild - Season 1 - Ep 15 - Scotland (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Below Deck', another 'Below Deck', followed by a FRESH'Below Deck', then a FRESH'The People's Couch'.
Comedy Central has 'Drunken History', 2½ hours of old 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH'Tosh.0', then a FRESH'Drunk History'.
On a RERUNThe Daily Show (from 11/9/15) is Pras.
On a RERUN@Midnight (from 11/12/15) are Guy Branum, Diedrich Bader, and Janet Varney.
FX has the movie 'Prisoners', followed by the movie 'Man Of Steel'.
History has 'The Curse Of Oak Island: Digging Deeper', another 'The Curse Of Oak Island: Digging Deeper', followed by a FRESH'The Curse Of Oak Island', then a FRESH'Hunting Hitler'.
[6:00AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Gem of a Jam
[6:25AM] HE THREE STOOGES-The Ghost Talks
[6:50AM] THE THREE STOOGES-G.I. Wanna Home
[7:15AM] THE LADYKILLERS
[1:45PM] THE LADYKILLERS
[6:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Happy Jack
[6:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Do You Think It's Alright?
[7:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Substitute
[7:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Squeeze Box
[8:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-5:15
[8:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Sparks
[9:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-My Wife
[9:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Going Mobile
[10:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Seeker
[10:30PM] BENDERS-California Here We Come
[11:00PM] MR. WOODCOCK
[1:00AM] DEALIN' WITH IDIOTS
[3:00AM] MR. WOODCOCK
[5:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Time Is on My Side
[5:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Let's Spend the Night Together (ALL TIMES EST)
[7:00AM] The Interpreter
[10:00AM] Fight Club
[6:00PM] The Matrix Reloaded
[9:00PM] The Matrix Revolutions
[12:00AM] Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
[2:30AM] Watchmen (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'The Fifth Element', followed by the movie 'Men In Black II'.
On a RERUNConan (from 8/12/15) are Jason Segal, Ruby Rose, and Jason Isbell.
The Interior Department plans to cancel a long-suspended oil and gas drilling lease near Glacier National Park that's on land considered sacred to the Blackfoot tribes of the U.S. and Canada, according to court documents filed Monday.
Tribal leaders said such a move would make up for a wrong done to them in 1982, when the government issued the lease without consulting the tribes.
But the legal maneuvering in the case might not be over: The law firm representing the lease owner, Solenex LLC of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, indicated it would challenge any attempt to cancel the lease.
Government attorneys said the lease was improperly sold more than three decades ago, in part because an environmental study did not consider the impact of drilling on the tribes.
The 6,200-acre lease is in northwestern Montana's Badger Two-Medicine area, which is the site of the creation story for the Blackfoot tribes of southern Canada and the Blackfeet Nation of Montana. It is just west of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.
Stella McCartney, centre, poses for photographers with her Brand Award, presented by Joanna Lumley, left, and Jennifer Saunders, right, at the British Fashion Awards 2015 in London, Monday, Nov. 23, 2015.
Photo by Jonathan Short
The blue gingham dress worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 movie "The Wizard of Oz" sold for $1.56 million at an auction in New York on Monday.
The pinafore, one of 10 thought to have been made for Garland in her role as Dorothy in the movie, had been estimated by Bonhams auction house to fetch between $800,000 and $1.2 million at its Hollywood memorabilia sale held in conjunction with Turner Classic Movies.
Described as bearing sweat stains around the neck but in good condition, the costume was believed to be one of only two such pinafores that Garland actually wore on-screen for the classic musical. It was sold to an unidentified buyer bidding by telephone.
The final price for the dress, made by MGM's famous costume designer, Adrian, was $1,565,000 including commission.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck said Monday that she's leaving as one of the three co-hosts on the "Fox & Friends" morning show to spend more time with her three children.
Hasselbeck was the conservative voice on "The View" before joining Fox News Channel in September 2013. Her co-hosts, Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade, have been on the morning chat show since it launched in 1998. It is the top-rated morning news show on cable.
She said in a statement Monday that she wants to start the day with her children first. She and her husband, former pro football quarterback Tim Hasselbeck, have two boys and a girl between ages 6 and 10.
"With a heart full of gratitude and the peace that God has given me, I am confident that this personal decision is the right one for our family, and we will be joining all of you watching 'Fox & Friends' each morning as we get ready for school together."
Georgia-May Jagger, left, poses for photographers with Alessandro Michele, who holds the award he collected on behalf of Gucci for 'International Designer' category, at the British Fashion Awards 2015 in London, Monday, Nov. 23, 2015.
Photo by Jonathan Short
The Muslim teenager arrested when a teacher mistook his homemade clock for a bomb threatened to sue his school and the town of Irving, Texas for $15 million, his lawyer said.
Ahmed Mohamed, 14, became an overnight sensation in September after his sister tweeted a photo of the aspiring inventor standing in handcuffs while wearing a t-shirt with the US space agency NASA's logo.
But his lawyer insists there was a dark side to his fame, which caused "severe psychological trauma," according to a letter notifying the city and school district of his demands.
His lawyers insist that the school, police force and city officials violated Mohamed's rights by wrongfully accusing and detaining him and then decided to "trash" him when the media got wind of the story.
The letter noted that Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne called the clock a "hoax bomb" during an appearance on the Glenn Beck television show and nodded as Beck and his other guest called the story "an influence operation" in furtherance of a coming "civilization jihad."
A former Republican staffer fired from the House Benghazi committee filed a lawsuit against the panel's GOP chairman Monday in an escalating dispute over the investigation of the 2012 deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
Air Force Reserve Maj. Bradley Podliska said in a complaint filed in federal court that Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina made false statements about him after Podliska announced last month he was suing the committee for wrongful termination.
Podliska made a draft complaint public at the time. But the lawsuit was not formally filed until Monday, said Peter Romer-Friedman, one of Podliska's lawyers.
Gowdy said last month that Podliska was fired for mishandling classified information. Podliska denies that, and his suit claims Gowdy defamed him and harmed his career prospects.
Podliska says Gowdy's committee was engaged in a partisan investigation of the Benghazi attacks, which killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.
A Russian court on Monday banned the activities of the Moscow branch of the Church of Scientology, in the latest round in a long-running battle between the Russian authorities and the US-based organisation, Russian news agencies reported.
The Moscow City Court backed a justice ministry request to shutter the church in Moscow after authorities argued in part that since the Church of Scientology had registered its name as a US trademark, it cannot call itself a religious organisation, Russian news wires said.
Russia's justice ministry has long been pushing to prohibit the organisation, which some countries treat as a legitimate faith but others consider to be a cult.
The ruling by a Moscow City Court came after a lower-level district court rejected the church's appeal against a justice ministry's decision not to register it as a religious organisation.
In August, Moscow investigators said separately that they had opened a criminal probe after finding hidden microphones and cameras in the Moscow church's premises.
Director Ron Howard, left, and actor Chris Hemsworth pose for pictures at the Mexico premiere of their new film, "En el corazon del mar" (In the Heart of the Sea), at Antara Fashion Mall in Mexico City, Monday, Nov. 23, 2015.
Photo by Rebecca Blackwell
A judge has ruled against a video gamer known for holding the world record in Donkey Kong who claimed that a cartoon character portraying him as a bearded, floating head stole his likeness.
New Jersey Federal District Judge Anne Thompson threw out Billy Mitchell's lawsuit against the Cartoon Network on Friday, ruling that the "Regular Show" exaggerated his traits to make the character "cartoonishly evil" and that the show is protected by the First Amendment.
The lawsuit stems from a character named Garrett Bobby Ferguson on the "Regular Show." Cartoon Network said the floating, bearded head that cheats to win an arcade game is a transformative depiction of Mitchell. The Hollywood, Florida, man has had a long, successful career in video games and is known for his long, dark hair and beard, and wardrobe of a black shirt and pants and American flag tie.
Mitchell has held record scores in Donkey Kong - he was the first to pass 1 million points - and Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man.
The 2007 documentary "The King of Kong" tells the story of another gamer's attempt to break Mitchell's first high score and portrays him as a cocky self-promoter. He also sells a line of hot sauces, Rickey's World Famous Sauces.
Adele Morales Mailer, an actress and artist who studied under Lee Strasberg and Hans Hoffman, but found unwanted fame as the stabbing victim of her then-husband Norman Mailer, died Sunday at age 90 at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
The cause was pneumonia, daughter Danielle Mailer told The Associated Press on Monday.
"She wanted to be remembered as a gifted painter and actress and as a mother who was fiercely devoted to her (two) girls," Danielle Mailer said, while acknowledging that she would be known to many for an act of violence her husband committed 55 years ago.
Adele Morales Mailer was the second of Norman Mailer's six wives. They had been married six years when in November 1960 they got into a drunken argument after a party at their Manhattan apartment and the author stabbed her near the heart with a penknife.
The widely reported incident left her in critical condition, with wounds in her abdomen and back. Norman Mailer was indicted for felonious assault, but Adele declined to press charges, saying she wanted to protect their daughters. He later received a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to third-degree assault.
The Mailers were divorced in 1962 and Adele remained scarred and angry for decades after, her daughter told the AP. While Norman Mailer's career continued with barely an interruption, Adele ended up in a Manhattan tenement.
"I can't believe I've come to this, and a lot of that is due to him, because Mailer wouldn't help me," she told The New York Times in 2007, not long after the author's death. "I'm living in poverty."
Danielle Mailer said her mother remained dedicated to art after her marriage and turned her home into a "giant installation" of assemblages, her chosen medium.
A native of New York City, Adele met Mailer in the early 1950s, when she was a painter and bohemian who had briefly dated Jack Kerouac and he was the renowned author of "The Naked and the Dead." They later had homes in Manhattan and Connecticut, and socialized with William Styron, James Baldwin and others. But they argued often and she also had to intervene when he fought with others, once bailing him out after he had a drunken encounter with police.
This Nov. 2, 2015 photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Society shows a red panda flanked by two baby red pandas at the Prospect Park Zoo in the Brooklyn borough of New York, where they have made their debut. The male and female pandas, which look similar to raccoons, are not members of the bear family that giant pandas belong to. The red pandas were born at the Brooklyn zoo on July 1.
Photo by Julie Larsen Maher
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