Yosemite Sam is an American animated cartoon character in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons produced by Warner Bros. Animation. The name is somewhat alliterative and is inspired by Yosemite National Park. Along with Elmer Fudd, he is the de facto archenemy of Bugs Bunny. He is commonly depicted as an extremely grouchy gunslinging prospector, outlaw, pirate, or cowboy with a hair-trigger temper and an intense hatred of rabbits, Bugs particularly. During the Golden Age of American animation, Yosemite Sam appeared in 33 shorts.
Animator Friz Freleng introduced the character in the 1945 cartoon Hare Trigger. With his fiery, irascible temper, short stature (in two early gags in Hare Trigger, a train he is attempting to rob passes right over top of him and he has to use a set of portable stairs to get on his horse; in Bugs Bunny Rides Again, he rides a miniature horse), and fiery red hair, Sam was in some ways an alter-ego of Freleng. The animator often denied any intentional resemblance. However, in the Looney Tunes Golden Collection, surviving members of his production crew assert, and the late director's daughter acknowledges, that Sam definitely was inspired by Freleng.
For over 19 years, except for one cartoon (Hare-Abian Nights in 1959) Freleng's unit had exclusive usage of Sam at the Warner studio. Though officially a cowboy, Freleng put Sam in a different costume in almost every film: a knight, a Roman legionary, a pirate, a royal cook, a prison guard, a duke (Duke of Yosemite, no less), a Confederate soldier, a mountain climber (climbing the 'Shmadderhorn' mountain in Switzerland), a hen-pecked househusband and even a space alien. The humor of the cartoons inevitably springs from the odd miscasting of the hot-tempered cowboy. However, some countries seem to prefer his pirate incarnation, as "Sam the pirate" is his official name in France and a frequent alternative name in Italy.
Charlie was first, and correct, with:
Lois, North-West Of The Pecos, In Oregon said:
I have nothing but admiration and love for the French
peoples, their potatoes, their ability to tolerate mimes,
their attitude about wine (EVERYBODY drink a LOT of it all
the time!), especially their proactive utilization of the
guilllotine in dealing with the 1%. However, they shouldn't
get their ideas about Yosemite Sam from the mud flaps of gay
truckers! Yes, yes, he does look like a pirate on them.
Wait, maybe them mud flaps are made in France? Anyway Sam is
NOT a pirate. He is the rootinest, tootinest, high
falootinest villain west of the Pecos, dag nab it! Now, THIS
guy is a Pirate!
I guess pirate is as close as the French can come
When discussing a somewhat lawless freelancer. We know him as Yosemite Sam, although he seems more Southwestern than Northern Californian.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
Alan J replied:
Yosemite Sam, I should have guessed.
"Bill Cullen!" I should have known that, I remember him well (apparently not well enough though)! LOL!
As for today, "Yosemite Sam" is, "Sam the Pirate" in the Warner Bros cartoon and his character's official name in France.
Don't know if this is Sam or not, but I thought it funny anyway...
PS: @MAM your granddaughter is lovely! I hope she had a wonderful day!!
PPS: The kids will be back soon, they are SO excited for our 'adventure walk' this afternoon! I think kids need to get out and walk more!! (And so do I!)
Gene M.M responded:
Sam the Pirate would be Yosemite Sam. The character of Sam was based on Warner's animation director Friz Freling.
Dale of Diamondy Clear Springs, Norcali, replied:
Yosemite Sam - Nuff Sed!
John I from Hawai`i says,
DJ Useo, answered:
Sounds like our good friend YOSEMITE SAM.
He keeps the gold miners from stealing gold from the Earth
by stealing the gold from the gold-miners.
It must be rough being him. You'd have to have a microscope
to see his tiny, tiny feet.
My guess is Yosemite Sam
"Ah hates rabbits."
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including mine, thats fer damn'd sure. Altogether that's no small thing, Dude... Seriously. Oh, an' it's you and me, Bro, with 'Zep Forever', I'm tellin' ya...
You an' Me... Led Zeppelin - When The Levee Breaks - YouTube
That one is for you... I played it real loud... Later, Terry
And, Joe S answered:
My heart just isn't in it tonight. BartCop's gone and that pretty sad. I can't remember when I started reading his page, it's been that long. He was the bright light shining through the bullshit haze of the GW Bush administration.
CBS begins the night with a RERUN'2 Broke Girls', followed by a RERUN'Mom', then '48 Hours'.
NBC opens the night with 'Dateline Saturday Night Mystery', followed by an hourlong RERUN'SNL'.
'SNL' is FRESH, with Lena Dunham hosting, music by The National.
ABC starts the night with a RERUN'Jimmy Kimmel Live', followed by a RERUN'Once Upon A Time', then another RERUN'Once Upon A Time'.
The CW offers an old '2½ Men', followed by another old '2½ Men', then an old 'Family Guy', followed by another old 'Family Guy'.
Faux has a RERUN'Almost Human', followed by a RERUN'The Following'.
MY has an old 'Burn Notice', followed by another old 'Burn Notice'.
A&E has 3 hours of old 'Flipping Vegas', followed by a FRESH'Flipping Vegas'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Core', followed by the movie 'Machete', then the movie 'Dawn Of The Dead'.
[6:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES UK - Season 2 - Ep 1 - Lanterna
[7:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES REVISITED UK - Season 3 - Ep 1 - Revisited: La Parra de Burriana
[8:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 3 - Ep 7 - Sushi Ko
[9:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 3 - Ep 11 - Fleming
[10:00AM] TOP GEAR - Season 13 - Episode 3
[11:00AM] TOP GEAR - Season 13 - Episode 4
[12:00PM] TOP GEAR - Season 21 - Episode 4
[1:00PM] DOCTOR WHO - Season 6 - Ep 8 - Let's Kill Hitler
[2:00PM] DOCTOR WHO - Season 6 - Ep 9 - Night Terrors
[3:00PM] DOCTOR WHO - Season 6 - Ep 10 - The Girl Who Waited
[4:00PM] DOCTOR WHO - Season 6 - Ep 11 - The God Complex
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Season 4 - Ep 25 - In Theory
[6:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Season 4 - Ep 26 - Redemption (Part 1)
[7:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Season 5 - Ep 1 - Redemption (Part 2)
[8:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Season 5 - Ep 2 - Darmok
[9:00PM] RIPPER STREET - Season 2 - Ep 3 - Become Man NEW
[10:15PM] THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - Season 14 - Episode 20 NEW
[11:15PM] THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - Season 14 - Episode 2
[12:00AM] RIPPER STREET - Season 2 - Ep 3 - Become Man
[1:15AM] THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - Season 14 - Episode 20
[3:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Season 4 - Ep 26 - Redemption (Part 1)
[3:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Season 4 - Ep 26 - Redemption (Part 1)
[4:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Season 5 - Ep 1 - Redemption (Part 2)
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Bravo has the movie 'Legally Blonde', followed by the movie 'The Family Stone', then the movie 'The Family Stone', again.
Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', followed by the movie 'Role Models', then the movie 'Superbad'.
FX has the movie 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall', followed by the movie 'Step Brothers', then the movie 'The Other Guys'.
[6:00AM] The Spoils of Babylon-The Rise of the Empire
[6:30AM] Whitest Kids U'Know
[6:45AM] National Lampoon's Vacation
[9:00AM] The Three Stooges-Mummy's Dummies
[9:25AM] The Three Stooges-No Dough Boys
[9:50AM] The Three Stooges-Out West
[10:15AM] The Three Stooges-A Pain in the Pullman
[10:40AM] The Three Stooges-Pardon My Clutch
[11:05AM] The Three Stooges-Punch Drunks
[12:00PM] Portlandia-Cool Wedding
[12:30PM] National Lampoon's Vacation
[2:45PM] The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
[8:00PM] The Last of the Mohicans
[10:30PM] The Perfect Storm
[1:15AM] Whitest Kids U'Know
[1:30AM] Portlandia-Sharing Finances
[5:45AM] Whitest Kids U'Know (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] The City of Your Final Destination
[12:45PM] The Order
[3:00PM] Law & Order-Working Mom
[4:00PM] Law & Order-D-Girl
[5:00PM] Law & Order-Turnaround
[6:00PM] Law & Order-Showtime
[7:00PM] Law & Order-Mad Dog
[8:00PM] Law & Order-Double Down
[9:00PM] Donnie Darko
[11:30PM] From Hell
[3:00AM] Clay Pigeons
[5:15AM] The Writers' Room-Parks and Recreation
[5:45AM] Sundance Shorts (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Resident Evil: Apocalypse', followed by the movie 'Resident Evil: Extinction'.
Actor Michael Crawford poses for a photograph after being made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for charitable and philanthropic services at an Investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle, southern England March 7, 2014.
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Boston's Berklee College of Music has presented an honorary doctor of music degree to singer, songwriter and activist Harry Belafonte.
The entertainer was honoured Thursday night during a concert in his honour. He playfully stuck out his tongue upon receiving the degree.
Berklee students and faculty performed the celebration of Belafonte's life and music, from "Banana Boat Song" to "We are the World."
Belafonte was a confidante of Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement. In the 1980s he helped start the USA for Africa project to fight hunger, and also pushed for an end to apartheid in South Africa.
Stars Dominic Cooper and Aaron Paul attend the US Premiere of DreamWorks Pictures "Need For Speed" at The TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on Thursday, March 6, 2014. "Need For Speed" marks an exciting return to the great car culture films of the 1960s and '70s, when the authenticity of the world brought a new level of intensity to the action on-screen. The film opens in theaters March 14, 2014.
Photo by Eric Charbonneau
Most of America's young adults are single, don't go to church and while half say they have no loyalty to a political party, when pushed they tend to swing further left politically than those before them.
A new Pew Research Center survey out Friday showed that half of America's young adults, ages 18 to 33, consider themselves political independents, identifying with neither party. But asked which way they lean politically, half of the so-called millennials say they lean toward the Democratic Party, the highest share for any age group over the last decade.
In addition, young adults seem to be turning away from their predecessors' proclivity for religion and marriage. Almost two-thirds don't classify themselves as "a religious person." And when it comes to tying the knot: Only about 1 in 4 millennials is married. Almost half of baby boomers were married at that age.
When the self-identified Democratic millennials are combined with the self-described independents who lean Democratic, half - 50 percent - of the millennials are Democrats or Democratic-leaning while 34 percent are Republicans or Republican-leaning.
"They don't choose to identify, but they have strong views and their views are views that most people conventionally associate with the Democratic Party," Taylor said. "They believe in a big activist government on some of the social issues of the day - gay marriage, marijuana legalization, immigration. Their views are much more aligned with the Democratic Party."
Ray Parker Jr.'s resume boasts several decades worth of work as a top-drawer studio musician, songwriter, producer and R&B hitmaker as a solo artist and a member of Raydio, yet he will forever be best known for his theme song to Ivan Reitman's 1984 "Ghostbusters," a song he threw together in a matter of hours, which went on to top the Billboard singles chart for three straight weeks. But for Parker, who receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 6, randomness is almost par for course.
"A lot of things in life happened by accident and I think a lot of the best things that have happened to me definitely did," Parker says.
Of course, long before he made "Who you gonna call?" an international catchphrase, Parker, who'll be 60 in May, was one of the first names on the Motown call sheet as a studio guitarist. At age 13, he played his first gigs at Detroit's legendary 20 Grand club, backing up the likes of the Spinners, the Temptations and Gladys Knight. He cut his first studio session - at the behest of legendary Motown songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland - at 16. And by 18, he was playing with Stevie Wonder on a national tour with the Rolling Stones.
Parker's stock as a studio player rose further when he moved to California, sleeping at Lamont Dozier's house and later following him from Motown to Hot Wax Records, where he played on his first No. 1 track, Honey Cone's "Want Ads."
The "holy grail of guitars" is among the hundreds of rare and vintage acoustic guitars going on the auction block in New York next month.
California collector Hank Risan is offering some of his musical instruments for auction by Guernsey's on April 2 and April 3. The 265 pieces from his collection are considered among the finest of vintage guitars to come to auction in terms of rarity, original construction and condition, the auction house says.
The earliest instrument in Risan's collection dates to 1840; the newest is a 2000 re-creation of a 1930 Martin masterpiece, an OM-45 Deluxe. Both the re-creation and the original will be in the auction.
"The OM-45 Deluxe is the holy grail of guitars," Guernsey's President Arlan Ettinger said. Only 14 were ever made.
Among other highlights are a 1900 Manuel Ramirez Flamenco and a 1939 D'Angelico New Yorker.
The head of the powerful US gun lobby railed against American media Thursday, saying it was biased and lying about the heated debate on regulating weapons.
"One of America's greatest threats is the national news media that fails to provide a level playing field for the truth," NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre (R-Too Mentally Ill For Military Service) told an annual conference of conservatives just outside Washington.
Congress failed to pass a hotly contested gun control law last year, despite a series of recent mass shootings that shocked the nation.
LaPierre, whose group counts about five million members, said the media "hate us, just for saying out loud and sticking up for what we believe, as if we had no right."
Mamoru Samuragochi speaks during a press conference in Tokyo, Friday, March 7, 2014. The man once lauded as "Japan's Beethoven" bowed repeatedly and apologized Friday at his first media appearance since it was revealed last month that his famed musical compositions were ghostwritten and he wasn't completely deaf.
Photo by Shuji Kajiyama
A Mexican state's decision to cancel a two-day heavy metal concert with top bands like Kiss, Twisted Sister and Guns 'N Roses is drawing fire from fans and organizers, who say they suspect that political motives, corruption or discrimination are behind the move.
The Mexico state government says the March 15-16 "Hell and Heaven Metal Fest" concert planned for a fairground just east of Mexico City did not have adequate safety plans, posing a risk to concert-goers. The web pages of all three of the metal bands still showed the concert on their tour schedules.
The state sent about 300 riot police to surround the fairgrounds Friday in the township of Texcoco. The state civil defense office, and its federal counterpart, said in a statement that it had cancelled the organizers' plans "for 70,000 to 80,000 people and 50 musical groups, because safety conditions for potential concert-goers were not ensured." It cited a lack of fire safety and evacuation plans, and inadequate planning for fireworks.
But concert organizers noted that the same fairgrounds are used each year for the Texcoco International Horse Fair, which is essentially a big concert drawing crowds nearly as large, with groups that perform songs directly related to violence, like narco corridos, which celebrate the exploits of drug cartel leaders.
A Peruvian woman wearing traditional Andean clothes, participates in a march for International Women's Day in Lima March 7, 2014. On March 8 activists around the globe celebrate International Women's Day, which dates back to the beginning of the 20th Century and has been observed by the United Nations since 1975. The UN writes that it is an occasion to commemorate achievements in women's rights and to call for further change.
Photo by Mariana Bazo
America's top doll, Barbie, finds herself in controversy once again, this time over a business partnership between her manufacturer, Mattel, and the Girl Scouts.
On Thursday, two consumer advocacy groups often critical of corporate advertising tactics - the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for a New American Dream - criticized Barbie as a flawed role model for little girls and launched a petition drive urging the Girl Scouts of the USA to end the partnership. The Girls Scouts said they would not do so.
Just a few weeks ago, Mattel incurred widespread criticism - as well as some accolades - for letting Barbie be featured in Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit edition.
The Girl Scouts' partnership with Mattel, announced last August, includes a Barbie-themed activity book, a website, and a Barbie participation patch - the first Girl Scout uniform patch with corporate sponsorship.
In this Thursday, March 6, 2014 photo, Bedouin singer Mohammed Seedien, 52, plays a Rababh, an ancient Bedouin one string musical instrument at an eco-resort in the ancient city of Petra, Jordan.
Photo by Mohammad Hannon
Alaska's bushy willows can temporarily counteract some of the effects of climate change in one of the world's most quickly warming places, researchers have discovered.
Bushwhacking through dense willow thickets, with branches that tear flesh and conceal marauding bears and moose, is a rite of passage for cross-country trekkers in Alaska. At Alaska's shrinking Twelvemile Lake, the heavy shade provided by willows growing on the lake's newly exposed margins chills the ground enough for new permafrost to form, researchers have discovered. However, modeling of the conditions that encourage new permafrost growth suggests the icy ground will only last another 70 years because of global warming, according to the study, published Feb. 14 in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.
Twelvemile Lake is one of millions of lakes that pepper Alaska's permafrost. (Permafrost is soil with ice that stays frozen for more than two years.) Some of these lakes are shrinking, while others are expanding, according to analyses of satellite images and aerial photos snapped since the 1950s. Earlier studies suggest that melting permafrost plays a role in the shifting lake sizes. For example, lakes may drain away when the shallow permafrost below them thaws, like opening the drain in a tub. But where permafrost is thicker and melts more slowly, lakes may grow as the melting ice adds to their extent.
Twelvemile Lake isn't the only disappearing Arctic lake where scientists have seen new permafrost appear, but the phenomenon is more common farther north, where almost all the ground is frozen solid. In central Alaska, where the permafrost is patchy and discontinuous, the reasons for new ice were less clear.
A couple and a child look at a 50-foot snowman named "Granddaddy" in Gilman, Minnesota, March 6, 2014. The snowman began to take shape earlier this winter when farmer Greg Novak needed to move mounting snow piles away from his greenhouses.
Photo by Eric Miller
A newly deciphered letter home dating back around 1,800 years reveals the pleas of a young Egyptian soldier named Aurelius Polion who was serving, probably as a volunteer, in a Roman legion in Europe.
In the letter, written mainly in Greek, Polion tells his family that he is desperate to hear from them and that he is going to request leave to make the long journey home to see them.
Addressed to his mother (a bread seller), sister and brother, part of it reads: "I pray that you are in good health night and day, and I always make obeisance before all the gods on your behalf. I do not cease writing to you, but you do not have me in mind," it reads.
Polion says he has written six letters to his family without response, suggesting some sort of family tensions.
The letter was found outside a temple in the Egyptian town of Tebtunis more than a century ago by an archaeological expedition led by Bernard Grenfell and Arthur Hunt. They found numerous papyri in the town and did not have time to translate all of them.
The actress died Thursday at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J., MacRae's granddaughter, Allison Mullavey, told The Associated Press on Friday.
"She had a great life, my mom, she really did. She was quite a broad," said her daughter, actress Heather MacRae. "Fascinating, almost like an Autie Mame character."
A singer, dancer and actress, MacRae was married to "Oklahoma!" and "Carousel" star Gordon MacRae for 26 years, and they appeared together in 1964 on "The Ed Sullivan Show" when the Beatles were featured.
"My mother referred to herself as the last Mrs. Kramden," Heather MacRae said.
After her divorce from Gordon MacRae, she was married to Ronald Wayne, who produced Gleason's show, her daughter said. They later divorced.
Way back in the dewy early days of the Internet, back when it was still the World Wide Web and people actually prefaced a website address by saying "W-W-W", there were not many places that were readily available to rage against the machine, indulge in the growing art that came to be known as 'snark', and generally vent at the world.
For some there were bulletin boards or listservs, where like-minded people congregated and traded stories and quips and information that was gleaned from between the lines of what eventually became known as the 'Mainstream Media.' Speaking for myself, a cheery group of us lived daily on Salon's Table Talk, which you might say became the training ground for more than a few "somewhat popular bloggers."
And then there was Bartcop.com.
Bartcop was a snarky, no-holds barred, riotous - at times mean-spirited, but never untruthful - oasis of hilarity and vitriol, where politicians and a compliant media were called out for their bullshit. Along with Media Whores Online ('The Horse"), no journalist was ever again safe from having their stories fact-checked online and then held up to ridicule.
Bartcop was the brainchild of Terry R. Coppage, based out of his beloved and sometimes mocked Tulsa, Oklahoma home. Terry was fearless in a way that other media critics couldn't be for a simple reason: he wasn't angling to move up the fawning beltway food chain with a guest spot at The Washington Post. He didn't pull punches and he called bullshit for what it was: "bullshit."
The site was crude, the graphics sometimes even cruder (I have a special place in my heart for his animated gif of Tim Russert repeating "Clinton's cock" over and over and over again), but most importantly it dispensed with the niceties with a wicked grin with a well-placed deflating shiv between the ribs.
Terry Coppage, "Bartcop," passed away this past Wednesday due to complications from the flu, pneumonia, and leukemia at the age of 60.
Before Terry passed away he wrote a last post to go up in the event of his passing or inability to write again. You can read it here.
Terry left behind a wife with a mortgage and medical bills that she can't handle. He asked, after years of giving it away for free on Bartcop, for his readers to help her out with donations in this time of sorrow and need.
We here at Raw Story, and speaking personally for myself, encourage everyone to help her out to the best of your ability.
Without Terry "Bartcop" Coppage, many of us never would have started the blogs and websites and even moved up the Beltway food chains if it weren't for him showing us the way. What you're reading here is because of him.
Terry Coppage was a pioneer, and he will be greatly missed…
Polar bear Gerda plays with her cub at the den in the Zoo in Novosibirsk, about 2,800 kilometers (1,750 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Friday, March 7, 2014. The first cub of Polar bear couple Kai and Gerda was born at Novosibirsk Zoo in early December.
Photo by Ilnar Salakhiev
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