Bill Maher: American Flag Pins Are For Idiots (commondreams.org)
Show me a man wearing an American flag pin in his lapel, and I'll show you an asshole. I'm sure there are exceptions, but in general people need to remember that lapels aren't for wearing pins to create the illusion that you're supporting the troops. They're for wearing ribbons to create the illusion that you're helping cure a disease.
Joseph Lelyveld: The Adventures of Arthur (nybooks.com)
... his Journals deserve to be welcomed as an unexpected gift. Dense with anecdotes, gossip, and cameo portraits drawn from the overlapping political, literary, and social circles in which he was a fixture for the half-century it spans, the volume stands as something more than a substitute for the second volume of Schlesinger's memoir (which could hardly have been contained, at the rate he was going, in two volumes).
Larry McMurtry: Diane Keaton on Photography (nybooks.com)
Over the years, Diane Keaton has sniffed out collections or archives of photographs that she feels are unjustly overlooked, neglected, or lost-like, very often, the tarnished human beings who appear in them. Once convinced, she mothers these archives and attempts to arrange for their exhibition and safekeeping and, so far, publication in five books to which she's written prefaces.
What was the working title of Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel Gone With the Wind?
A: The Plantation
C: The Rhett Butler Affair
D: Ba! Ba! Black Sheep Source
Can I think about that tomorrow?
The O'Hara plantation was Tara (named after the seat of the ancient Irish government).
Scarlett hoped to become the lady of Twelve Oaks, the Wilkes plantation.
That MadCat JD offered:
I'M JUST GONNA GUESS: TARA? IT'S JUST A BEAUTIFUL LAZY FALL AFTERNOON LISTENING TO SUZY BOGGUSS SING. LAZY BONES, LAYING IN THE SUN. HOW YOU GONNA GET YOUR GOOGLE DONE?
And, Sally P had the right answer - and perhaps an even more correct one.
This is what I'd always thought to be true:
Believe it or not, Ba! Ba! Black Sheep was one of several working titles Margaret Mitchell used for her most famous novel, "Gone With the Wind." She also considered the titles, "Tote the Weary Load," "Bugles Sang True," "Not In Our Stars," and "Tomorrow is Another Day" before finally settling on a phrase that she had used in the critical scene where Scarlett returns to Tara and asks, "Was Tara still standing? Or was Tara also gone with the wind which had swept through Georgia?"
This link, however, has a slightly different take on Margaret's title: www.trivia-library.com/b/world-history-1936.htm
"The working title, Tomorrow Is Another Day, was scrapped for a line in an Ernest Dowson poem, and Gone with the Wind was born."
CBS starts the night with '60 Minutes', followed by a FRESH'Viva Laughlin', then a FRESH'Cold Case', followed by a FRESH'Shark'.
NBC fills the night with LIVE'Football Night In America', then pads the left coast with local crap.
ABC begins the night with a FRESH'America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos', followed by a FRESH'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition', then a FRESH'Desperate Housewives', followed by a FRESH'Brothers & Sisters'.
The CW offers a FRESH'CW Now', followed by a RERUN'Aliens In America', then a FRESH'Life Is Wild', followed by a RERUN'America's Next Top Model'.
Faux has a RERUN'King Of The Hill', followed by another RERUN'King Of The Hill', then a RERUN'Simpsons', followed by a RERUN'Family Guy', then another RERUN'Family Guy', followed by a RERUN'American Dad'.
MY has 'That 70s Show', another 'That 70s Show', and the movie '28 Days Later'.
A&E has 'Skinheads USA: Soldiers Of The Race War', 'The New Skinheads', 'The First 48', and 'The Sopranos'.
AMC offers the movie 'Lionheart', followed by the movie 'A Few Good Men', then the movie 'A Few Good Men', again.
[12:00 PM] Doctor Who - Ep 7 The Idiot's Lantern;
[1:00 PM] Torchwood - Ep 7 Greeks Bearing Gifts;
[2:00 PM] Top Gear - Episode 2;
[3:00 PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares - Ep 3 Rococo;
[4:00 PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares - Ep 4 Morgan's;
[5:00 PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares - Ep 2 The Fenwick Arms;
[6:00 PM] Doctor Who - Ep 6 The Age Of Steel;
[7:00 PM] Doctor Who - Ep 7 The Idiot?s Lantern;
[8:00 PM] Shallow Grave - Shallow Grave;
[10:00 PM] Being the Sexiest - Being The Sexiest;
[11:00 PM] Shallow Grave - Shallow Grave;
[1:00 AM] Being the Sexiest - Being The Sexiest;
[2:00 AM] Doctor Who - Ep 7 The Idiot's Lantern;
[3:00 AM] Changing Rooms - Ep.7 Beckenham;
[3:30 AM] Changing Rooms - Ep.8 Cheltenham;
[4:00 AM] Bargain Hunt - Ep. 5 Newark;
[4:30 AM] Bargain Hunt - Ep. 6 Malvern;
[5:00 AM] Cash in the Attic - Episode 3;
[5:30 AM] Cash in the Attic - Episode 4;
[6:00 AM] BBC World News. (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has all 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' all night.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Joe Dirt', followed by the movie 'Super Troopers', 'South Park', and 'Sarah Silverman'.
FX has the movie 'American History X', followed by the movie 'Crash', and 'Damages'.
History has 'Osama's Hideouts', 'Last Stand Of The 300', and 'Rogue Waves'.
[06:00 AM] Reel Paradise;
[08:00 AM] Shattered Glass;
[09:40 AM] Roadside Prophets;
[11:25 AM] Beyond the Sea;
[01:30 PM] Action Indies: Extraordinary Location Scouts;
[02:00 PM] Reel Paradise;
[04:00 PM] Shattered Glass;
[05:40 PM] Roadside Prophets;
[07:25 PM] Grand Theft Parsons;
[09:00 PM] The Assassination of Richard Nixon;
[10:45 PM] Deuces Wild;
[12:15 AM] Naked;
[02:30 AM] The Assassination of Richard Nixon;
[04:15 AM] Deuces Wild;
[05:45 AM] Shattered Glass. (ALL TIMES EDT)
SciFi has the movie 'Wicked Little Things', followed by the movie 'Something Beneath'.
[05:15 AM] No Looking Back;
[07:00 AM] Episode 1: Eddie Vedder + Laird Hamilton;
[07:45 AM] Episode 2: Mikhail Baryshnikov + Alice Waters;
[08:30 AM] Episode 3: Quentin Tarantino + Fiona Apple;
[09:15 AM] Episode 4: Isabella Rossellini + Dean Kamen;
[10:00 AM] Episode 5: Paul Simon + Lorne Michaels;
[10:45 AM] Episode 6: Dave Chappelle + Maya Angelou;
[11:30 AM] Little Terrorist;
[12:00 PM] Sabah;
[01:30 PM] Mademoiselle and the Doctor;
[03:00 PM] Drive;
[03:35 PM] Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea;
[04:45 PM] Drive;
[05:30 PM] Private;
[07:15 PM] In the Sun: Michael Stipe and Special Guests (Long Version);
[08:00 PM] Episode 3: Quentin Tarantino + Fiona Apple;
[09:00 PM] Dr. John, Leann Rimes & Massive Attack;
[10:00 PM] High Art;
[12:00 AM] Time;
[02:00 AM] Episode 2;
[03:00 AM] Remember Me, My Love;
[05:15 AM] Sabah. (ALL TIMES EDT)
Harry Potter fans, the rumors are true: Albus Dumbledore, master wizard and Headmaster of Hogwarts, is gay. J.K. Rowling, author of the mega-selling fantasy series that ended last summer, outed the beloved character Friday night while appearing before a full house at Carnegie Hall.
After reading briefly from the final book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," she took questions from audience members.
She was asked by one young fan whether Dumbledore finds "true love."
"Dumbledore is gay," the author responded to gasps and applause.
She then explained that Dumbledore was smitten with rival Gellert Grindelwald, whom he defeated long ago in a battle between good and bad wizards. "Falling in love can blind us to an extent," Rowling said of Dumbledore's feelings, adding that Dumbledore was "horribly, terribly let down."
U.S. actress Jane Fonda poses for photographers in front of an advertising poster for the Vienna International Film Festival "Viennale" before a news conference in Vienna October 20, 2007.
Photo by Herwig Prammer
British folk singer Yusuf Islam hopes to return to the United States in December to record a song inspired by his deportation three years ago, he said on Friday.
Islam, who changed his name from Cat Stevens after he became a Muslim in 1978, was denied entry to the United States "on national security grounds" in September 2004. His inbound flight was diverted to Maine and he and his daughter were taken off the plane. Islam had been planning to record in Nashville with country artists, including Dolly Parton.
Apparently no longer considered a terrorist, the peace activist's visa situation has been cleared up, and he later returned to the United States to promote his 2006 comeback "Another Cup," his first mainstream pop album in 28 years.
The 59-year-old London resident has started work on a follow-up, and has written a song about "my little excursion" called "Boots and Sand." Another attempt at Nashville is in the cards.
Bill Maher helped security remove a rowdy protester from the studio during his weekly HBO show "Real Time with Bill Maher," and it was all captured on live television.
Maher was talking science during one of his weekly panel discussions when a protester in his audience stood up, held up a smuggled-in sign reading "9/11 is a cover up fraud" and shouted comments to the same effect.
"Do we have some (expletive) security in this building," Maher yelled, "or do I have to come down there and kick his (expletive)?"
When security reached the man's aisle and the man resisted leaving, Maher ran into the seats and helped them push him out the door, shouting "Out! Out! Out!"
Several other protesters, sprinkled throughout the audience, then stood up and shouted.
After the instigators were ejected, Maher told his panelists - MSGOP's Chris Matthews, Los Angeles Times columnist Joel Stein and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson - that they often linger outside his studio to share 9/11 conspiracy theories with him and try to get into the show.
With his manual typewriter outside a downtown Manhattan supermarket, William Chrome forges poems on the spot from bystanders' requests, sentiments and dares. He does it for the creative challenge, plus the donations.
In his carbon-copied pages is a mental panorama of New York, or anywhere. Write me a poem to honour Jesus. Eulogize my dog. Celebrate my grandmother's birthday. Win back my girlfriend.
Chrome is not without compatriots, whether online or on other street corners. Reference points range from European court poets to "The Typing Explosion," a trio of typewriter-toting performance artists based in Seattle and Los Angeles who team-write poems for an audience that chooses titles. Created in 1998, the group performed regularly until 2004 and continues occasional appearances now, said Sierra Nelson, a member who lives in Seattle.
Chrome was directly inspired by a friend - artist/poet Zach Houston, who started plying his poetic trade in the San Francisco Bay area last year.
Ozzy Osbourne (L) poses with Paris Hilton at the taping of Spike TV's "Scream 2007" show at the Greek theatre in Los Angeles October 19, 2007. The show premieres on Spike TV on October 23.
Photo by Mario Anzuoni
With confidence in private weather forecasters slipping in the wake of some prediction gaffes during the past couple of years, perhaps woolly worms and groundhogs can take up the slack.
For instance, predictions for a severe winter didn't pan out the last time around, nor did projections for a brutal 2006 hurricane season.
So as weather forecasters have begun releasing their predictions for winter, trying to give some early insight into the season's likely demand scenario for heating fuels, some analysts are eyeing those predictions with a bit more scepticism than usual.
According to Roy Krege, the coordinator of the annual Woolly Worm Festival held in Banner Elk, North Carolina, a woolly worm can tell the winter with 87 percent accuracy.
It was just a routine patrol until a King County sheriff's deputy lifted a tarp and found a soapbox derby racer built to look like a giant toilet. A giant, stolen toilet - measuring about 7 feet high and 7 feet long.
The massive commode - white with a blue velour seat and tank cover and a red flush handle - was found Wednesday in a rural area of southeast King County.
Sheriff's Sgt. John Urquhart said the toilet facsimile was built by five friends in Colorado Springs, Colo., and was brought to Seattle late last month for a race. It was stolen out of the back of a truck, which was also stolen.
U.S. movie director Francis Ford Coppola (2nd R) waves as he poses with family members Roman (L), wife Eleanor (2nd L) and daughter Sofia (R) at the world's premiere of his latest movie "Youth without Youth" at the Rome International Film Festival October 20, 2007.
Photo by Dario Pignatelli
Philadelphia is home to the least attractive people in the United States, a survey of visitors and residents showed on Friday.
The city of more than 1.5 million people was also found to be among the least stylish, least active, least friendly and least worldly, according to the "America's Favourite Cities" survey by Travel & Leisure magazine and CNN Headline News.
About 60,000 people responded to the online survey -- at www.travelandleisure.com -- which ranked 25 cities in categories including shopping, food, culture, and cityscape, said Amy Farley, senior editor at the magazine.
For unattractiveness, Philadelphia just beat out Washington DC and Dallas/Fort Worth for the bottom spot. Miami and San Diego are home to the most attractive people, the poll found.
The Vatican's recent decision to release documents on the persecution of the Knights Templar in the 14th Century has piqued interest in the mysterious order. But what are the latter-day Templars up to?
There are lots of organisations today that bear the Templar name, but for the most part they are in the business of charitable works inspired by the original order. Secret documents about Mary Magdalene are not the order of the day.
The original Templars were founded in the 12th Century to guard pilgrims on their way along the dangerous roads that led to Jerusalem. Its members were effectively armed monk-like knights who were granted certain legal privileges and whose status was backed by the church. They were reputed to be the possessors of great wealth and power.
The major non-Masonic, non-Catholic affiliated, ecumenical Templar organisation is the Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Hierosolymitani. Tracing its ancestry back to 1804, the group stresses that "it reclaims the spirit of, but does not assert any direct descent from the ancient Order". Full members are Christians, but non-Christians are welcomed as "friends and supporters".
This photo provide by the Zoological Society of San Diego shows a female New Guinea singing dog named Samber vocalizes in her new home Friday, Oct. 19, 2007, at the San Diego Zoo. She and a male singing dog are recent additions to the Zoo. These dogs possess unique vocalization characteristics that separate them from other canines. They do not bark repetitively and get their name from complex vocal behavior including yelps and howls.
Photo by Ken Bohn
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