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Four law professors sat at the witness table and one of them, Jonathan Turley, argued against impeachment, that the process is moving with undue haste and has not established a solid foundation for such a radical act. I listened to him in wonder. The Republicans who should've been making the argument have wandered off into berserk corners and Professor Turley did their work for them as the other professors sat nearby and listened, no sneering, no insults. (For credibility's sake, he had to aver that he hadn't voted for Trump and didn't agree with him.) But his testimony was so dramatic, it inspired death threats against him and his family. This is what we've come to in America. Respectful disagreement is in short supply and aggressive stupidity is running wild.
Paul Waldman: What moderate Democrats don't get about impeachment - and 2020 (Washington Post)
When your constituents got their news primarily from local newspapers and radio, you could use those outlets to create a unique presence. Now, they get their news from national, often partisan media that constantly reinforce party loyalties. So when they go to the voting booth to decide whether to reelect Congressman Smith, they may be asking themselves not so much "Do I like Congressman Smith?" but rather, "Do I want Democrats or Republicans to control Congress?" Which is probably the more rational question.
Greg Sargent: As Democrats unveil impeachment articles, Trump signals corruption will continue (Washington Post)
President Trump fired his first FBI director after demanding his "loyalty." The special counsel established "substantial evidence" that Trump did so out of frustration with his refusal to publicly clear the president of conspiring with a foreign power's effort to subvert our political system on his behalf. Now Trump is once again tacitly threatening to fire a second FBI director, for the same reason: He is failing to publicly clear him of conspiring with a foreign power's effort to subvert our political system on his behalf.
Originally known as the "Molly and Johnny Theme" (Sandra Dee and Troy Donahue), it was Billboard's Number One song for 1960. It also won the Grammy for Record of the Year in 1961, the first movie theme and the first instrumental to win a Record of the Year Grammy. What is the title of this song?
"Theme from A Summer Place" is a song with lyrics by Mack Discant and music by Max Steiner, written for the 1959 film A Summer Place, which starred Sandra Dee and Troy Donahue. It was recorded for the film as an instrumental by Hugo Winterhalter. Originally known as the "Molly and Johnny Theme", the piece is not the main title theme of the film, but a secondary love theme for the characters played by Dee and Donahue.
Following its initial film appearance, the theme has been recorded by many artists in both instrumental and vocal versions, and has also appeared in a number of subsequent films and television programs. The best-known cover version of the theme is an instrumental version by Percy Faith and his orchestra that was a Number One hit for nine weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1960.
The single was not an immediate hit and did not enter the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart until mid-January 1960, finally reaching #1 six weeks later on February 22, 1960. It went on to set an at-the-time record of nine consecutive weeks at #1, a record which would not be broken until 1977, when "You Light Up My Life" spent ten weeks at #1. It remains the longest-running #1 instrumental in the history of the chart. Billboard ranked Faith's version as the Number One song for 1960.
Faith won a Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1961 for his recording. This was the first movie theme and the first instrumental to win a Record of the Year Grammy.
Mark. was first, and correct, with:
Theme from A Summer Place.
Theme from A Summer Place
Alan J answered:
Theme from A Summer Place.
"A Summer Place." The Percy Faith version that topped the charts was a cover, not part of the movie soundtrack. I don't remember if I ever saw the 1959 melodrama on TV, but from reading the plot I imagine its a sorry load of rubbish anyway. Probably not something I would sit through.
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Based on the clues
I'd say "A Summer Place". The movie was shocking when it came out but
seems oddly innocent now.
Roy, always voting Blue in deep Red Tyler, TX responded:
I have it on good authority (my aged brain) that the song you are looking for is Theme For a Summer Place. Darn good movie, but I think what passed as great music back in the 60s wouldn't get a whole heck of a lot of air time today. Oh, it would in my car, since my first two Sirius Radio presets are 50s on 5 and 60s on 6!
Theme from a 'Summer Place.'
Kevin K. in Washington, DC, said:
Theme from A Summer Place
Max Steiner's theme from 'A Summer Place'.
Mac Mac responded:
Theme from A Summer Place
Cal in Vermont replied:
A Summer Place. They don't make 'em like that anymore. Tough to make an instrumental out of rap music.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
great song from a lousy movie Theme from A Summer Place
"A Summer Place" is the song's title. I remember it well; sung by The Lettermen, whose stylings I enjoyed very much (even as a little kid).
Rain last night, fog this morning. Nice.
John I from Hawai`i says,
THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE
Daniel in The City answered:
Theme from A Summer Place
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"A Summer Place"
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Theme from "A Summer Place"is the answer.
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Theme from a Summer Place
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Info: "T-Rextasy is Lyris Faron on vocals, Annie Fidoten on bass, Ebun Nazon-Power on drums and Vera Kahn on guitar."
All of them are Dashing Dino Dames.
"Sometimes high school's so hard, kids can be a drag
"When your best friend is a pimple who makes everybody gag
"Introduced him to my classmates, thought he'd be a hit
"Tammy says 'I'd rather die than make friends with your zit,'
"Hey girl, you gotta get rid of that thing"
Price: $1 (USA) for song. Price of 10-track album: $10 (USA).
Comedian John Cleese lacks musical talent and is completely unable to sing. Nevertheless, because of his comedic talents, he earned a role in the Broadway musical Half a Sixpence - with the understanding that he would mime as someone else did the necessary singing. However, after 50 performances, he felt comfortable with the role, so he began to join in the chorus - softly. After singing the chorus - softly - Mr. Cleese saw the musical's director, Stanley Lebowski, who scowled at him and asked, "John, are you singing?" Mr. Cleese admitted that he was, and Mr. Lebowski told him, "Well, don't."
The ivory keys of pianos can get very yellow when they get very old - at least, that's the usual explanation for the color. However, Victor Borge used to explain the yellow ivory keys on his piano by saying that the elephant had smoked too much.
Famed violinist Jascha Heifetz once tried to play Charlie Chaplin's violin, but it made a horrible noise. Mr. Chaplin then played it with his left hand doing the bowing, and it sounded beautiful. He had put all of the strings on backward.
Comedian Albert Brooks and singer Linda Ronstadt used to date. Ms. Ronstadt has high praise for her former boyfriend: "He turned me into a real human being." Mr. Brooks agrees: "When I first met her, she was a Volvo." By the way, his father was radio comedian Harry Einstein, who named him Albert knowing that neighborhood kids would tease him by comparing him to the famed physicist Albert Einstein. Chances are, the teasing helped him become a comedian.
Groucho and Harpo Marx once managed a fighter who lost many more fights than he won. The Marxes promptly nicknamed him "Canvasback," but continued to manage his career. In one fight, Canvasback was knocked down five times in the first round. When the round was over, he tried to sit in the fighter's stool in his corner, but Harpo shoved him aside and sat down in his place, then Groucho fanned Harpo.
Mark Linn-Baker and Lewis Black used to perform comedy together at Yale University. More or less, they were performing so that they could get enough money to do their laundry. Therefore, they called their act The Laundry Hour.
Don Adams played Maxwell Smart in the 1960s TV series Get Smart. His real name was Donald James Yarmy, but actors were called in alphabetical order at auditions. He got tired of being called last, so he changed his name.
Whoopi Goldberg is a true original. While she was still in the process of being born, she put her thumb in her mouth, surprising the doctors and nurses. When she was a little girl, she asked her mother if she could be a princess. Her mother replied that an actress can be anything, and so Whoopi started acting. Her two cats were named Lou and Bud, after the comedians Lou Costello and Bud Abbot. And when she had her own talk show on TV, she invited white supremacist Thomas Metzger on. When he advocated the separation of the races, she asked him, "Where are you people going, 'cause I sure [ ] ain't leaving."
Latino comedian George Lopez lives in a very fine house; after all, he is a multi-millionaire. In fact, he lives in such a fine house that many people, including many Latinos, are surprised that a Latino lives there - and owns it. He once needed a new roof, and so 15 Mexicans started working on it. In the afternoon, Mr. Lopez returned to his house and noticed that no one was working on the roof. He went looking for the Mexicans, and he found them having a party in and around his pool. One of the Mexicans saw him and said, "Hey, vato[dude], jump in. The man's not home."
CBS opens the night with a FRESH'Young Sheldon', followed bya FRESH'The Unicorn', then a FRESH'Mom', followed by a FRESH'Carol's Second Act', then a FRESH'Evil'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Rep. Adam Schiff, and Sharon Van Etten featuring Norah Jones.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE,, with guest host Jeff Goldblum, are Sam Rockwell and Camila Morrone.
NBC begins the night with a FRESH'Ellen's Greatest Night Of Giveaways', followed by a FRESH'Superstore', then a FRESH'Perfect Harmony', followed by a RERUN'A Legendary Christmas With John & Chrissy'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Ryan Reynolds, Niall Horan, and Camila Cabello featuring DaBaby.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Keri Russell, Michelle Wolf, and Coady Willis.
Scheduled on a FRESHLilly Singh is Deepak Chopra.
ABC starts the night with the infomercial 'Olaf's Frozen Adventure', followed by 'Toy Story That Time Forgot', then a FRESH'The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Awkwafina, Paul Walter Hauser, and Mark Ronson & Anderson .Paak.
The CW offers a FRESH'Supernatural', followed by a FRESH'Legacies'.
Faux fills the night with LIVE'Thurday Night Football', then pads the left coast with local crap.
MY recycles an old 'L&O: CI', followed by another old 'L&O: CI'.
A&E has 'Live PD Presents: PD Cam', another 'Live PD Presents', followed by a FRESH'Live PD Presents: PD Cam', then another FRESH'Live PD Presents: PD Cam', followed by a FRESH'Court Cam', then another FRESH'Court Cam', followed by a FRESH'Live PD: Wanted'.
AMC offers the movie 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation', followed by the movie 'Christmas With The Kranks', then the movie 'Fred Claus'.
[6:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 14-Memorial
[7:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 15-Tsunkatse
[8:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 16-Collective
[9:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 17-Spirit Folk
[10:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 18-Ashes to Ashes
[11:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 19-Child's Play
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 20-Good Shepherd
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 21-Live Fast and Prosper
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 22-Muse
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 23-Fury
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 24-Life Line
[5:00PM] ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES (1991)
[8:00PM] THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987)
[10:00PM] THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987)
[12:00AM] PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS (2012)
[2:00AM] IN THE HEART OF THE SEA (2015)
[4:30AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 1-Deep Breath (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Below Deck', 'Project Runway', followed by a FRESH'Project Runway', then another FRESH'Project Runway', followed by a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
FX has the movie 'Bad Moms', followed by the movie 'Girls Trip', then the movie 'Girls Trip', again.
History has 'Forged In Fire', followed by a FRESH'Forged In Fire: The 12 Cuts Of Christmas'.
[6:00A] Pee-wee's Playhouse - Rebarella
[6:30A] The Three Stooges - Heavenly Daze
[6:45A] Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
[9:15A] Drillbit Taylor
[11:45A] The Way, Way Back
[2:00P] Big Momma's House
[4:15P] I Love You, Man
[6:45P] National Lampoon's Vacation
[11:30P] A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas
[1:30A] How Murray Saved Christmas
[2:30A] A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas
[4:30A] Big Momma's House (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00am] The Andy Griffith Show
[6:30am] The Andy Griffith Show
[7:00am] The Andy Griffith Show
[10:30am] Steel Magnolias
[4:00pm] Law & Order
[5:00pm] Law & Order
[6:00pm] Law & Order
[7:00pm] Law & Order
[8:00pm] Law & Order
[9:00pm] Law & Order
[10:00pm] Law & Order
[11:00pm] Law & Order
[12:00am] Law & Order
[1:00am] The Preppy Murder: Death in Central Park - Parts 1 & 2: Woman Down In Central Park; Rough Sex
[3:00am] The Preppy Murder: Death in Central Park - Parts 3 & 4: Who Is Robert Chambers?; Blame the Victim
[5:00am] The Preppy Murder: Death in Central Park - Part 5: The Trial of the Decade (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Underworld', followed by the movie 'GI Joe: Retaliation', then the movie 'A Nightmare On Elm Street'.
A record seven films directed by women make this year's list of America's most influential movies enshrined for posterity by the Library of Congress.
Madeline Anderson's I Am Somebody (1970), considered the first documentary on civil rights directed by a woman of colour, is among the annual selection of 25 titles added to the national film registry.
The 2019 list adds the 1984 documentary Before Stonewall, directed by Greta Schiller; Claudia Weill's 1978 Girlfriends; Gunvor Nelson's 1969 avant-garde film My Name is Oona; A New Leaf, which in 1971 made Elaine May the first woman to write, direct and star in a major American studio feature; and the 2002 indie Real Women Have Curves, directed by Patricia Cardoso and starring America Ferrera.
This year's selections span a century of film-making, from 1903 to 2003. They include Amadeus, a 1984 film about the composer Antonio Salieri's dark envy of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, starring F Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce, and Coal Miner's Daughter, a 1980 biopic about the country singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn.
Also included is Prince's 1984 autobiographical hit Purple Rain. Co-star Apollonia Kotero was quoted by the library as saying: "As a young Latina actress, being cast in Purple Rain was the opportunity of a lifetime.
2019 is finally coming to an end, taking with it a decade that saw major changes in the way people watched television. But before we close the book on 2019 and dive into 2020, let's look back at how the final year of the 2010s treated our favorite cable channels by employing the most hallowed form of year-end content - the ranked list.
For the fourth year in a row, Fox News Channel finished 2019 as the most-watched network on cable, according to Nielsen's Live + Same Day ratings. That claim holds true for both primetime (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.) and total day (6 a.m. to 6 a.m.). As a matter of fact, Fox News is currently enjoying its most-watched year ever in primetime.
ESPN was again runner-up in primetime, but MSNBC bumped the world's most expensive cable channel to third in total day rankings.
MSNBC, HGTV and Hallmark Channel complete the Top 5 primetime cable networks, according to Nielsen's Live + Same Day data through Dec. 9. TBS, TNT, USA Network, CNN and History round out the Top 10.
Once again, Comedy.TV ranked dead last in the study, which encompassed 115 networks. The network averaged a paltry 1,000 total viewers across both primetime and the full day, performing even worse than such little-watched networks as Newsy, MTV Classic, beIN Sports and beIN Sports Espaρol.
The Illuminatus! Trilogy is coming to television and Hivemind is in on the conspiracy. Hivemind, the production company behind The Expanse and Witcher, is partnering with writer-director Brian Taylor (Crank, Happy!) and the European production company Kallisti to adapt The Illuminatus! Trilogy, the off-kilter bookshelf series by authors Robert Anton Wilson & Robert Shea.
Originally published in the 1970s, The Illuminatus! Trilogy defies simple descriptions but the surreal and satirical milestone introduced "the Illuminati" lore to a global audience and sparked much of the contemporary American fascination with conspiracy theories and their modern rhythms.
The Illuminatus! Trilogy is as subversive as it is influential - and its been cited as an influence by the like of V for Vendetta co-creator Alan Moore, Watchmen showrunner Damon Lindelof, comedy icon George Carlin, horror master John Carpenter, and sci-fi visionary Philip K. Dick.
The Illuminatus! Trilogy will be executive produced by Dinesh Shamdasani & Hunter Gorinson for Hivemind, and Iris McPherson & Kirstin Winkler for Kallisti. The executive producer and showrunner will be Taylor, who is best known for co-creating, co-writing, and co-directing the Crank franchise (starring Jason Statham) with collaborator Mark Neveldine.
When Olivia Newton-John's iconic black leather jacket from the movie "Grease" sold for $243,200 last month at a charity auction, the Grammy-winning singer and actress probably thought it was gone for good.
But the buyer, who described himself as her number one fan, had other ideas.
"This jacket belongs to you and the collective soul of those who love you, those for whom you are the soundtrack of their lives. It should not sit in a billionaire's closet for country club bragging rights," the anonymous buyer said in Los Angeles this weekend, in a video posted on Facebook by Julien's Auctions. "For this reason I humbly and respectfully return it to its rightful owner, which is you."
In the video, Newton-John seemed shocked when she realized what was in the bright pink, gift-wrapped box.
The buyer wanted to remain anonymous, so his face is blurred in the video. The auction house said he is a doctor and a medical technology entrepreneur.
China imprisoned at least 48 journalists in 2019, more than any other country, displacing Turkey as the most oppressive place for the profession, a report by the Committee to Protect Journalists report said on Wednesday.
At least 250 journalists were imprisoned worldwide this year, according to the report, which the committee compiles annually. The total last year was 255, said the report by the New York-based CPJ.
China's total rose by one since last year. The report noted that "the number has steadily increased since President Xi Jinping consolidated political control of the country."
Turkey imprisoned 47 journalists in 2019, down from 68 last year. Saudi Arabia and Egypt, both with 26; Eritrea with 16; Vietnam, with 12; and Iran with 11 were the next-most oppressive countries for journalists, the report said.
About 8% of those imprisoned globally are women, down from 13% last year, the report said. Politics, human rights and corruption were the subjects most likely to land journalists in jail, it said.
Thick reindeer fur boots and a fur hat covering most of his face shielded Niila Inga from freezing winds as he raced his snowmobile up to a mountain top overlooking his reindeer in the Swedish arctic.
His community herds about 8,000 reindeer year-round, moving them between traditional grazing grounds in the high mountains bordering Norway in the summer and the forests farther east in the winter, just as his forebears in the Sami indigenous community have for generations.
But Inga is troubled: His reindeer are hungry, and he can do little about it. Climate change is altering weather patterns here and affecting the herd's food supply.
Slipping his hand from a massive reindeer skin mitten, Inga illustrated the problem, plunging his hand into the crusted snow and pulling out a hard piece of ice close to the soil.
Unusually early snowfall in autumn was followed by rain that froze, trapping food under a thick layer of ice. Unable to eat, the hungry animals have scattered from their traditional migration routes in search of new grazing grounds.
Over the past few months, a colossal sheet of floating rock has been drifting across the Southwest Pacific headed towards Australia. The strange occurrence has gathered a lot of media and scientific attention since it was first spotted this summer, however, it remained unclear where the pumice raft actually came from.
Now, a team of scientists from GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel has pinpointed its origin: an obscure, nameless underwater volcano just 50 kilometers (31 miles) northwest of the island of Vava'u in Tonga.
"In the international scientific literature, it appears so far only under the number 243091 or as Volcano F", Dr Philipp Brandl of GEOMAR, first author of the study, said in a statement.
The pumice sheet, made up of thousands and thousands of small pumice stones, first came to light in early August 2019. Thanks to its porous structure, the pumice is able to float, forming a giant raft that stretched for up to 167 square kilometers (64 square miles) across the sea, around double the size of Manhattan.
Reporting in the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, researchers have managed to locate the source of the pumice using freely accessible images taken by the ESA satellite Copernicus Sentinel-2. They discovered clear traces of an active underwater eruption on the surface in the Southwest Pacific that paired up perfectly with the resulting pumice overflow.
Researchers discovered cave paintings depicting what may be part-animal, part-human figures - decked out with animal snouts - hunting wild pigs and dwarf buffaloes in Indonesia. These may be the oldest known examples of rock art, a new study finds.
The 44,000-year-old artwork may also be the oldest evidence for the human ability to imagine the existence of supernatural beings, scientists added.
The ancient painting was discovered in the limestone cave of Leang Bulu' Sipong 4 in the Indonesian island of Sulawesi in 2017. During a survey for rock art, study co-author Pak Hamrullah noticed "what appeared to be the entrance to a cave located high up in a limestone cliff face, and he climbed several meters up a fig tree vine to investigate it," study co-author Adam Brumm, an archaeologist at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, told Live Science.
The people who created the 14.75-foot-long (4.5 meters) cave painting used dark red pigment to depict what appear to be at least eight small, human-like figures using spears or ropes to hunt six animals: two Sulawesi warty pigs and four dwarf buffaloes known as anoas.
By analyzing levels of uranium and other radioactive isotopes in mineral growths known as "cave popcorn" that had formed on the rock art since it was created, the researchers estimated that the cave paintings were at least 43,900 years old.
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