Jim Hightower: POLITICAL GENUINENESS (jimhightower.com)
Good grief. Is this the best the media barons can offer in the way of political coverage? The "this" is the recent fad of jumping on presidential candidate John Edwards as a phony. Are his policies phony? No - even critics acknowledge that he has put forth an honest proposal to provide health care for every American, including saying forthrightly that he would pay for it with tax hikes on the richest Americans. He also speaks compellingly about solutions to poverty and how to restore the middle class.
Rock'n'roll to the rescue (guardian.co.uk)
They rocked the world in 1984 - and now Spinal Tap are back to save it. As the spoof band prepare to re-form for Live Earth, Dan Glaister meets the film-maker who 'discovered' them, Rob Reiner.
'I sail close to the wind' (guardian.co.uk)
Andi Osho has just been crowned Britain's most talented new female stand-up. She talks to Julie Bindel about unfunny men, Nigerian jokes and why she doesn't do riffs about periods
I can't believe that it's slipped by the major media sources….this is huge !!!!!
SPICE GIRLS REUNION TOUR 2007 !
Emma Bunton……..Baby Spice
Victoria Beckham….Posh Spice
Melanie Brown…….Scary Spice
Melanie Chisholm…Sporty Spice
Geri Halliwell……...Ginger Spice
With the 6 continent "Live Earth" concert happening this Saturday, somebody swept the real event under the rug…..on December 7, 2007 the original members of Great Britain's greatest girl band "Spice Girls" will begin their 6 continent Reunion Tour….
Bit cooler - the marine layer is supposed to return tonight. Yippeee.
CBS opens the night with a RERUN'Cold Case', followed by '48 Hours', then another '48 Hours'.
NBC fills the night with the FRESH'Live Earth: The Concerts For A Climate In Crisis'.
Of course, 'SNL' is a RERUN, with Forest Whitaker hosting, music by Keith Urban.
ABC begins the night with the movie 'Monsters, Inc.', followed by a RERUN'America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos'.
The CW offers 'American Idol Rewind', followed by another 'American Idol Rewind'.
Faux has the traditional 'Cops', 'Cops', and 'America's Most Wanted'.
Of course, 'MAD TV' is a RERUN, with Jamie Kennedy.
MY fills the night with the movie 'Frozen Impact'.
A&E has 'Sell This House!', another 'Sell This House!', 'Flip This House', another 'Flip This House', 'Matchmaker', and another 'Matchmaker'.
AMC offers the movie 'U.S. Marshals', followed by the movie 'The Dirty Dozen', then the movie 'The Dirty Dozen', again.
[12:00 PM] Hex - Episode 10 (US Ep 5);
[1:00 PM] Hollyoaks - Episode 20;
[1:30 PM] Hollyoaks - Episode 21;
[2:00 PM] Hollyoaks - Episode 22;
[2:30 PM] Hollyoaks - Episode 23;
[3:00 PM] Hollyoaks - Episode 24;
[3:30 PM] Hollyoaks - Episode 25;
[4:00 PM] Footballers Wive$ - Episode 1;
[5:00 PM] Footballers Wive$ - Episode 2;
[6:00 PM] The Graham Norton Show - Ep 5 Ioan Gruffudd and Jessie Wallace;
[7:00 PM] Doctor Who - Ep 4 Aliens of London;
[8:00 PM] Hex - Episode 7 (US Ep 2);
[9:00 PM] Hex - Episode 8 (US Ep 3);
[10:00 PM] The Graham Norton Show - Ep 1 Kim Cattrall and Elijah Wood;
[11:00 PM] Hex - Episode 7 (US Ep 2);
[12:00 AM] Hex - Episode 8 (US Ep 3);
[1:00 AM] The Graham Norton Show - Ep 1 Kim Cattrall and Elijah Wood;
[2:00 AM] Doctor Who - Ep 4 Aliens of London;
[3:00 AM] Changing Rooms - Ep. 5 West Norwood;
[3:30 AM] Changing Rooms - Ep. 6 Cardington;
[4:00 AM] Bargain Hunt - Episode 15;
[4:30 AM] Bargain Hunt - Ep. 16 Detling;
[5:00 AM] Cash in the Attic - Ep. 24 Pender;
[5:30 AM] Cash in the Attic - Ep. 25 Sheehan;
[6:00 AM] BBC World News - BBC World News. (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has FRESH'Live Earth: The Concerts For A Climate In Crisis'.
Comedy Central has 'Scrubs', another 'Scrubs', followed by the movie 'Bad Santa', and 'Larry The Cable Guy: Git-R-Done'.
FX has the movie 'Friday Night Lights', followed by the movie 'The Hot Chick', then the movie 'The New Guy'.
History has 'Band Of Brothers', followed by the movie 'Braveheart'.
[06:25 AM] The Story of the Weeping Camel;
[08:00 AM] Samurai 7 Episode #8: The Guardians;
[08:30 AM] Blind Swordsman #1: The Tale of Zatoichi;
[10:10 AM] IFC Short Film Showcase;
[11:10 AM] Amelie;
[01:15 PM] The Story of the Weeping Camel;
[02:45 PM] An American Rhapsody;
[04:40 PM] Amelie;
[06:50 PM] Hilary and Jackie;
[09:00 PM] Beyond the Sea;
[11:00 PM] High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story;
[12:55 AM] Velvet Goldmine;
[03:00 AM] Beyond the Sea;
[05:00 AM] High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story. (ALL TIMES EDT)
SciFi has the movie 'Final Destination 2', followed by the movie 'Death Valley: The Revenge Of Bloody Bill'>
[04:00 AM] LIVE EARTH: All Access;
[02:00 AM] Stoned;
[04:00 AM] Vital. (ALL TIMES EDT)
Al Gore has announced a surprise Live Earth concert in Washington, foiling Senate Republicans who blocked Gore's attempt to bring his global warming extravaganza to the grounds of the U.S. Capitol building
The former vice-president said Friday that the all-day "Mother Earth" concert would be held on the National Mall at the National Museum of the American Indian - about two blocks from the Capitol - as part of Saturday's concert series focused on climate change. The headliners are Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood.
"Global warming naysayers in the political world have not been able to have their way, because this will - despite their best efforts - be held on the Mall," Gore said.
The "Mother Earth" show had been previously planned but Gore announced Friday that it would be part of the Live Earth series. The concert will also feature films, music, dancing and guest speakers, including scientists and cultural leaders from the American Indian community.
Rock star Ozzy Osbourne lifts a replica of his Walk of Fame Star, after becoming the first artist to be honoured on Birmingham's Hollywood style 'Walk of Fame, in Birmingham, England, on Friday July 6, 2007. The former Black Sabbath singer and reality TV star was born in Aston, Birmingham, and will play a concert at the National Indoor Arena in the city later Friday.
Photo by Simon Dawson
Elton John has won 116,000 euros ($157,700) in damages and costs from a Paris art dealer who sold him sculptures supposedly dating from the 18th century that turned out to be fake, according to court papers.
In a judgment issued on June 26, the dealer, Jean Renoncourt, was ordered to pay the singer the purchase price of $360,000 plus interest from the time the statues were sold in 1996. He was also ordered to take back the statues.
The four statues, representing figures from Greek mythology, were sold as the work of the Italian sculptor Luigi Grossi, who died in 1795.
According to an expert judgment commissioned by the court, the sculptures were determined to date from the late 20th century.
The O'Jays, Eric Nolan Grant, left, Walter Williams, center, and Eddie Levert perform during the Essence Fest in the Superdome in New Orleans Friday, July 6, 2007. This is the first Essence Festival back in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina
Photo by Alex Brandon
NBC and producers of "The Apprentice" will bring Donald Trump's reality TV show back from the brink of cancellation for at least one more season, industry sources said on Friday.
The sources told Reuters on condition of anonymity that NBC plans to announce a renewal at an annual summer presentation to television critics on July 16, about two months after the show had appeared on the verge of prime-time extinction.
There was no official word on a deal from NBC, the Trump organization or executive producer Mark Burnett, but all three parties have acknowledged in recent weeks that negotiations on a possible return of the show were continuing.
Fred Thompson (R-Watergate Insider), who is weighing a Republican presidential bid as a social conservative, "has no recollection" of performing lobbying work in 1991 for a family planning group that was seeking to relax an abortion counseling rule, a spokesman said Friday.
The Los Angeles Times reported on its Web site that Thompson was retained by National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association to lobby the administration of President George H.W. Bush to ease a regulation that prevented clinics that received federal money from offering any abortion counseling.
At the time, Thompson, a lawyer, worked as a lobbyist at Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn, a Washington firm.
The newspaper cited minutes from a meeting of the association when Thompson's work was discussed as well as the recollections of five individuals.
U.S. director Jake Paltrow and U.S. actor, director and producer Danny DeVito pose to photographers during the 42nd International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary, some 140 kilometers (about 90 miles) west of Prague, Czech Republic, on Friday, July 6, 2007. Danny DeVito attends the film festival to present the comedy movie 'The Good Night' along with director Jake Paltrow and to receive an achievement award.
Photo by Petr David Josek
Jessica Smith, a former cast member of MTV's "Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County," received three years probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge, prosecutors said Thursday.
Smith's attorney entered the plea on her behalf Monday without her appearing, said Orange County district attorney's spokeswoman Susan Schroeder.
She was also ordered to perform 80 hours of community service and pay $1,300 in fines and penalties.
Smith, 19, was arrested in March for investigation of felony driving under the influence of alcohol after crashing a Volkswagen Beetle into another car on the San Diego Freeway, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
For months, Shira Barlow's cell phone was flooded with wrong-number calls and text messages, mostly between 2 and 4 a.m. on weekends. Told they had reached a college student, callers refused to believe it.
Barlow's story began on Valentine's Day during a night out with friends. She was carrying her phone in a back pocket when it fell into a toilet. When she replaced it, her wireless company insisted on assigning the San Francisco native a new number with a 310 area code rather than 415.
Barlow had been given a recycled phone number that used to be Paris Hilton's. The practice stems from efforts to conserve phone numbers to minimize area-code splitting.
Barlow plans to keep the number because she says it has been a greater source of amusement than a hassle.
A Croatian woman is suing "ER" star Goran Visnjic, claiming he's the father of her 4-month-old daughter and demanding a paternity test.
Mirela Rupic, 36, filed the lawsuit after Visnjic refused to recognize the child as his, Rupic's lawyer, Nenad Skare, told The Associated Press on Friday.
Visnjic, who plays Dr. Luka Kovac on the long-running NBC series, has been married to Ivana Vrdoljak since 1999 and lives in Los Angeles. The couple told Croatian media last spring they have adopted a boy, born in April, in the United States.
Rupic told Friday's Jutarnji List that Visnjic "knew about my pregnancy from the start." The newspaper quoted her as saying she decided to sue him after he told her recently he would financially support the child, but never recognize her as his own.
They're flush with pride in a southwestern Chinese city where a recently-opened porcelain palace features an Egyptian facade, soothing music and more than 1,000 toilets spread out over 32,290 square feet.
Officials in Chongqing are preparing to submit an application to Guinness World Records to have the free four-story public bathroom listed as the world's largest, the state-run China Central Television reported Friday.
"We are spreading toilet culture. People can listen to gentle music and watch TV," said Lu Xiaoqing, an official with the Yangrenjie, or "Foreigners Street," tourist area where the bathroom is located. "After they use the bathroom they will be very, very happy."
Some urinals are uniquely shaped, including ones inside open crocodile mouths and several that are topped by the bust of a woman resembling the Virgin Mary.
Johnny Frigo, a versatile jazz violinist and bassist who toured with Jimmy Dorsey and co-wrote the jazz standard "Detour Ahead," has died, according to his son. He was 90.
Johnny Frigo was born on Chicago's South Side and spent much of his career playing bass. After playing with the U.S. Coast Guard band at Ellis Island during World War II, he toured with clarinetist Jimmy Dorsey and his orchestra.
Around that time, Frigo wrote "Detour Ahead" with Lou Carter and Herb Ellis, a song that became a jazz standard recorded by Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan, among others.
He was in his late 60s or early 70s when he turned his attention to the violin, appearing twice on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson.
Frigo was also a poet and artist with a keen sense of humor. When Carson asked him why he'd waited so long to launch his jazz violin career, he replied that he didn't want there to be enough time for him to become a has-been.
Frigo is survived by his son; Rick, wife, Brittney Brown; and sister, Aurora Bray.
A white peacock in background with only its feathers seen displays its plumage, to attract a peahen, foreground, at the Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad, India, Saturday, June 30, 2007. The monsoon season also brings along with it the breeding season for the birds.
Photo by Mahesh Kumar A
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