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50 years ago tonight: Star Trek premieres on NBC


"The Man Trap" is the first episode of the American science fiction television series Star Trek to be broadcast. It aired on NBC on September 8, 1966 and two days earlier on Canadian network CTV. Set in the 23rd century, the series follows the adventures of Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and his crew aboard the Starfleet starship USS Enterprise. In this episode, the crew visit an outpost to conduct medical exams on the residents, only to be attacked by a shapeshifting alien creature seeking to extract salt from their bodies. "The Man Trap" was written by George Clayton Johnson and directed by Marc Daniels.

The story—part of the original Star Trek pitch by series creator Gene Roddenberry—was first assigned to Lee Erwin. Johnson took on the writing duties after Roddenberry disliked his work on another plot proposal. Johnson's first draft was entitled "Damsel With a Dulcimer", incorporating elements from his Twilight Zone episode "The Four of Us Are Dying". Roddenberry, producer Robert H. Justman and story editor John D. F. Black all tweaked elements of the episode, including the title. "The Man Trap" was the sixth episode to be filmed but the first to be shot to schedule. Prop creator Wah Chang and costume designer William Ware Theiss created the creature.

The episode was chosen as the first of the series to be broadcast by the studio due to the horror-based plot. "The Man Trap" placed first in the timeslot with a Nielsen rating of 25.2 percent for the first half-hour and 24.2 for the remainder. After broadcast, reviewers criticized the levels of violence but praised the acting. More recent appraisals have been mixed; praise has been given to the plot and diverse cast but Hollywood.com listed it as among the worst episodes of the series. The creature has been dubbed the "salt vampire" by fans; it was redesigned for possible inclusion in the 2009 film Star Trek but was not used.

Live Long and Prosper!

Ferguson BLM activist Darren Seals dies at 29 - killer is at large


A locally known Ferguson activist who protested in the streets seeking justice for Michael Brown Jr.’s death was killed early Tuesday, September 6 in North St. Louis County.

Darren Seals, 29, was a factory line worker and hip-hop musician. Following the death of Mike Brown – an unarmed black teenager who was fatally shot by a white Ferguson police officer – Seals protested in the streets of Ferguson.

Seals was extremely vocal about issues surrounding Brown’s death and the St. Louis region. He was featured in national news outlets such as The Washington Post and Al Jazeera.


Fellow activists took to social media to mourn his loss. Ashley Yates, an activist who protested in Ferguson, wrote “Darren King D Seals stood for Mike Brown and is and will always be a part of my Ferguson family. Rest in power, D.”


Police say their investigation revealed that Seals suffered a gunshot wound before the car was set on fire. The incident is currently being investigated as a homicide.


Cross gently, Darren

115 years ago today: President McKinley shot by Leon Czolgosz


The 25th President of the United States, William McKinley, was shot and fatally wounded on September 6, 1901, inside the Temple of Music on the grounds of the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. McKinley was shaking hands with the public when he was shot by Leon Czolgosz, an anarchist. The President died on September 14 from gangrene caused by the bullet wounds. McKinley became the third American president to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and James A. Garfield in 1881.

McKinley had been elected for a second term in 1900. He enjoyed meeting the public, and was reluctant to accept the security available to his office. The Secretary to the President, George B. Cortelyou, feared an assassination attempt would take place during a visit to the Temple of Music, and twice took it off the schedule. McKinley restored it each time.

Czolgosz had lost his job during the economic Panic of 1893 and turned to anarchism, a political philosophy adhered to by recent killers of foreign leaders. Regarding McKinley as a symbol of oppression, Czolgosz was convinced that it was his duty as an anarchist to kill him. Unable to get near McKinley during the earlier part of the presidential visit, Czolgosz shot McKinley twice as the President reached to shake his hand in the reception line at the temple. One bullet grazed McKinley; the other entered his abdomen and was never found.

McKinley initially appeared to be recovering, but took a turn for the worse on September 13 as his wounds became gangrenous, and died early the next morning; Vice President Theodore Roosevelt succeeded him. After McKinley's murder, for which Czolgosz was put to death in the electric chair, the United States Congress passed legislation to officially charge the Secret Service with the responsibility for protecting the president.

Last summer, I visited the very spot where McKinley stood as he was shot. It's in the middle of a residential street in Buffalo:

Greta Van Susteren leaving Faux News effective immediately

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On edit: Tweet from Brian Stelter:

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BREAKING: Fox News Settles With Gretchen Carlson For $20 Million

Bad Organizational Acronyms of 2016, Vol 1

The Institute for Science and International Security is a non-profit, non-partisan institution dedicated to informing the public about science and policy issues affecting international security. Its primary focus is on stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and related technology to additional nations and to terrorists, bringing about greater transparency of nuclear activities worldwide, strengthening the international non-proliferation regime, and achieving deep cuts in nuclear arsenals. The Institute is widely recognized both as a source of authoritative information on nuclear programs in states that seek or possess nuclear weapons and an important contributor to efforts to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. The Institute’s projects integrate technical, scientific, and policy research in order to build a sound foundation for a wide variety of efforts to reduce the threat posed by nuclear weapons to U.S. and international security.

URL: http://isis-online.org/


Kacey Jones April 27, 1950 – September 1, 2016, performing her song "Donald Trump's Hair"


Singer-Comedian Kacey Jones Dead at 66

By Stephen L. Betts
2 hours ago

Recording artist, songwriter, humorist and record producer Kacey Jones, who waged a nearly three-year battle with cancer through an entirely holistic approach, succumbed to the illness Thursday afternoon while in hospice care in Nashville. She was 66.

Born Gail Zeiler in Gilroy, California, her music career began at an independent label in the San Francisco Bay area. She relocated to Nashville in 1986 after a song she co-wrote, "I'm the One Mama Warned You About," became a Top 10 country hit for Mickey Gilley a year earlier. Also in 1986, Jones formed the comical country trio Ethel and the Shameless Hussies with friends Valerie Hunt and Becki Fogle. The trio recorded their sole album, Born to Burn in 1988 on the MCA label, with famed producer Jimmy Bowen. In addition to having her songs recorded by artists ranging from Cledus T. Judd to David Allan Coe, her successful solo career, which included releases on Curb Records, yielded nearly a dozen albums showcasing her singular gift for hilarity in song. From 1997's Men Are Some of My Favorite People, to later releases on her own IGO Records, which included the 2009 comedy-chart-topping Donald Trump's Hair, she remained a comic force, aiming her genius lyrics at numerous targets.

In 1999, Jones produced Pearls in the Snow: The Songs of Kinky Friedman, a tribute to the Texas musician-author which featured Willie Nelson, Tom Waits, Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakam, Delbert McClinton, Guy Clark and more. The album went to Number One on the Americana chart. In 2006, her Kacey Jones Sings Mickey Newbury was a poignant tribute to her influential songwriter friend, with an accompanying video for Newbury's "San Francisco Mabel Joy," featuring appearances from singer-actors Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Payne. As the founder of two music publishing firms, she earned platinum and gold records with cuts by Ray Stevens and John Michael Montgomery. In addition to IGO Records, she formed the Kinkajou label with Friedman.

Jones was a frequent guest on WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour and A Prairie Home Companion, while she also contributed original songs to the stage and screen. She penned tracks for the 2000 comedy cult hit, Sordid Lives, and for Nipples to the Wind, a play for which she also served as music supervisor. She was designated as Official Songstress of the Sweet Potato Queens, a 75,000-member organization with its origins in the series of best-selling books by Mississippi author Jill Conner Browne.


Cross gently, Kacey...

Hermine might cause serious flooding in the Northeast per Chad Myers on CNN

He just said that Hermine, albeit weakened by that time, could park itself off the Northeast coast for up to 72 hrs, and could potentially give NY, NJ, Delaware a FOOT of rain. That would translate into VERY serious flooding over Labor Day weekend.

Heads up!

Radio Host Dr. Joy Browne Dies at 71


Nationally syndicated radio host and licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Joy Browne died suddenly on Saturday.

Her sister Alanna Sinclaire tells CBS Radio News that she was on the phone talking with her about food and movies when her heart stopped.

Her sister says Dr. Joy Browne would never disclose her age but one referenced source says she was believed to be 71.


Always thought of her as the sane Dr Laura. Cross gently, Dr Browne...

Police: Ithaca student fatally stabbed in 'large fight' at Cornell


(CNN)One Ithaca College student was killed and another was injured after being stabbed during a "large fight" on the nearby Cornell University campus early Sunday in Ithaca, New York, officials from both schools said.

Cornell University Police were called to the intersection in front of Olin Hall, which houses Cornell's school of chemical and biomolecular engineering, just before 2 a.m. There, they found two men had been stabbed, according to a police news release.
Police say the fight broke out after a student-organized event at Cornell, according to a statement from Ithaca College.


First responders treated the victims, and police recovered the weapon used, the news release said. Efforts to obtain information on the suspect are ongoing, police said.
One victim was sent to a local hospital for treatment of "serious injuries," while the other was flown to Upstate Medical Center, a regional trauma center, to be treated for several stab wounds.


WW2 Fighter Ace/Biloxi Mayor Jerry O'Keefe dies at 93


Former Biloxi, Mississippi, Mayor Jerry O'Keefe, who received the Congressional Gold Medal for his service as a fighter pilot in World War II, died Tuesday. He was 93.

A granddaughter, Justice O'Keefe Duhon, told The Associated Press that he died early Tuesday.

As a young Marine pilot, O'Keefe shot down seven Japanese airplanes, The Sun-Herald reported


In 1976, he revoked a parade permit the Ku Klux Klan had secured. Klan members wound up being arrested, City Hall was vandalized and a cross was burned on O'Keefe's front lawn.


He also was a major donor to community causes, including the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi, partially named in his honor. He raised millions of dollars for the museum and for other charities.

The gold medal, the highest honor bestowed by Congress, was presented to him in June 2015.



On Okinawa in April 1945: Maj Axtell, CMC Vandegrift, MajGen Mulcahy, Maj Dorroh, and Lt O'Keefe (left to right)

Cross gently, Mr Mayor.
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