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Jimmy Carter's 99th birthday celebration moved to Saturday to avoid federal shutdown threat

Source: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — The Jimmy Carter Library & Museum is moving up festivities for the former president’s 99th birthday because of the threat of a partial federal government shutdown.

Events originally scheduled for Sunday, Carter’s birthday, will now be held Saturday on the Atlanta campus of the library and the adjacent Carter Center. An end-of-Saturday deadline looms for Congress to reach a new budget agreement to keep all government offices — including presidential libraries and museums — open.

The commemoration is scheduled from from noon to 4 p.m. Satureday. It will include a 99-cent entry fee for the Carter museum, which features a replica of the Oval Office as it appeared during Carter’s 1977-81 White House term. Anyone 16 or younger will receive free admission. There will be birthday cake, games, crafts and food trucks on the grounds.

The museum’s theater will show “All the President’s Men” at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The movie chronicles President Richard Nixon’s downfall from the Watergate scandal. That turn in U.S. political history, along with the fallout of the Vietnam War, set the stage for Carter, then a one-term Georgia governor, to mount a winning campaign for president as a Washington outsider who promised never to lie to his fellow Americans.

Read more: https://apnews.com/article/jimmy-carter-99th-birthday-celebration-federal-shutdown-db03f1ecf4ed8e30f0b4fd7eb2020ecb

Repughs are even affecting Jimmy Carter's birthday party. They should be ashamed.

Keith Olbermann downsizes podcast to four days a week

Starting this week, it's only running from Tuesday through Friday. He said he would give the reason for doing it "later". I have not heard any reason yet. If you have,mention it.

Alexei Navalny: Russian opposition leader loses appeal against extra 19-year jail sentence

Source: Sky News

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has lost his appeal against a 19-year sentence added to his existing jail term.

The sentence was imposed in August after he was convicted on six charges related to alleged extremist activity - which he denied.

The appeal was rejected by a judge in Moscow, with Mr Navalny - wearing a black prison uniform - joining by video link from prison.

Media were not allowed to witness proceedings apart from the reading of the verdict.

Read more: https://news.sky.com/story/alexei-navalny-russian-opposition-leader-loses-appeal-against-extra-19-year-jail-sentence-12970465

Putin, you suck.

Trump lawyers say prosecutors want to 'silence' him with gag order in his federal 2020 election case

Source: Associated Press

Lawyers for former President Donald Trump are slamming prosecutors’ request for a narrow gag order in his 2020 election subversion case in Washington, calling it an effort to “unconstitutionally silence” his political speech.

In court papers filed late Monday, attorneys for Trump urged U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan to deny the proposal to bar the Republican ex-president from making inflammatory and intimidating comments about witnesses, lawyers and other people involved in the criminal case.

Trump’s attorneys call the request a “desperate effort at censorship” that would prevent him from telling his side of the story on the campaign trial as he runs to retake the White House in 2024.

“The prosecution may not like President’s Trump’s entirely valid criticisms, but neither it nor this Court are the filter for what the public may hear,” his legal team wrote. “If the prosecution wishes to avoid criticism for abusing its power, the solution is simple: stop abusing its power. The Constitution allows no alternative.”

Read more: https://apnews.com/article/trump-capitol-riot-gag-order-jack-smith-139d5dc6caa3aa86b4fc186f1dd0e304

If you're wondering why Donald Trump is obsessed with talking about windmills, here's the answer ...

In 2019, the Scottish government won a case against him over the use of wind power. lllllll


BBC: Scottish government wins Donald Trump wind power legal costs

28 February 2019

Donald Trump's Aberdeenshire golf resort must pay the Scottish government's legal costs following a court battle over a major North Sea wind power development.

Mr Trump battled unsuccessfully in the courts to halt the project before he became US president.

A total of 11 turbines make up the development off Aberdeen.

Judges have now ruled Trump International Golf Club Scotland Ltd should pay the legal bills incurred. Mr Trump had argued the development would spoil the view from his golf course at Menie.

TCM Schedule Sat. 9/30/23 - Bogie & Bacall, Rudyard Kipling, The Three Stooges, Godzilla

9/30 At A Glance
Summer of '42 (1971)
Captains Courageous (1937)
Jungle Book (1942)
Kim (1951)
MGM Cartoons: Pipe Dreams (1938)
Canadian Carnival (1955) (short)
Marine Circus (1939) (short)
Meet the Missus (1937)
Batman and Robin Ch. 11: Robin's Ruse (1949)
Popeye: Shoein' Hosses (1934)
Hard Boiled Mahoney (1947)
Beer and Pretzels (1933) (short)
Till the Clouds Roll By (1946) (Musical Matinee)
Scarlet Pimpernel, The (1934)
Dark Passage (1947)
Caged (1950)
Ballad of Gregoria Cortez, The (1982)
Milagro Beanfield War, The (1988)
Whiplash (1948)
Godzilla (1954) 'Gojira'
Godzilla Raids Again (1955)

12:00 AM Summer of '42 (1971)


A high school student falls in love, for the first time, with a World War II bride.
Dir: Robert Mulligan Cast: Jennifer O'Neill, Gary Grimes, Jerry Houser
Runtime: 102 mins Genre: Romance Rating: TV-14 CC: Y

Oscar nominations:
CINEMATOGRAPHY -- Robert Surtees
FILM EDITING -- Folmar Blangsted
MUSIC (Original Dramatic Score) -- Michel Legrand (WINNER)
WRITING (Story and Screenplay--based on factual material or material not previously published or produced) -- Herman Raucher

Trivia: Maureen Stapleton is the uncredited off-screen voice of Hermie's mother. Hermie's date for the movies, Aggie, is played by Katherine Allentuck, Stapleton's real-life daughter.

2:00 AM Captains Courageous (1937)


A spoiled rich boy is lost at sea and rescued by a fishing boat where hard work and responsibility help him become a man.
Dir: Victor Fleming Cast: Freddie Bartholomew, Spencer Tracy, Lionel Barrymore
Runtime: 116 mins Genre: Drama Rating: TV-G CC: Y

Oscar nominations: ACTOR -- Spencer Tracy {"Manuel"} (WINNER)
FILM EDITING -- Elmo Veron
WRITING (Screenplay) -- John Lee Mahin, Marc Connelly, Dale Van Every

Trivia: When production finally wrapped in late February 1937, Spencer Tracy was relieved. "Well, I got away with it," he said later. "Want to know why? Because of Freddie, because of that kid's performance, because he sold it 98 per cent. The kid had to believe in Manuel, or Manuel wasn't worth a quarter. The way he would look at me, believe every word I said, made me believe in it myself. I've never said this before, and I'll never say it again. Freddie Bartholomew's acting is so fine and so simple and so true that it's way over people's heads. It'll only be by thinking back two or three years from now that they'll realize how great it was."

4:00 AM Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book (1942)


A boy raised by wolves adjusts to life among humans.
Dir: Zoltan Korda Cast: Sabu, Joseph Calleia, John Qualen
Runtime: 109 mins Genre: Adventure Rating: TV-G CC: Y

Oscar nominations:
ART DIRECTION (Color) -- Art Direction: Vincent Korda; Interior Decoration: Julia Heron
CINEMATOGRAPHY (Color) -- W. Howard Greene
MUSIC (Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture) -- Miklos Rozsa
SPECIAL EFFECTS -- Photographic Effects by Lawrence Butler; Sound Effects by William H. Wilmarth

Trivia: This was the first film for which original soundtrack recordings were issued. Previously, when record companies released music from a film, they had insisted on re-recording the music in their own studios with their own equipment. The "Jungle Book" records were taken from the same recordings used for the film's soundtrack, and their commercial success paved the way for more original-soundtrack albums.

6:00 AM Kim (1951)


Rudyard Kipling's classic tale of an orphaned boy who helps the British Army against Indian rebels.
Dir: Victor Saville Cast: Errol Flynn, Dean Stockwell, Paul Lukas
Runtime: 113 mins Genre: Adventure Rating: TV-PG CC: Y

Trivia: Errol Flynn was initially excited about going to India, and turned down the studio's offer of the lead in King Solomon's Mines (1950) (which ultimately went to Stewart Granger). However, all of Flynn's scenes in this film were shot in the studio and matched in the editing room with long-shot second-unit footage of his double.

8:00 AM Cartoon: Pipe Dreams (1938)
Three monkeys spend some time exploring a tobacco shop.
Dir: Hugh Harman Cast: Jeanne Dunne, Rudolf Ising, Dick Nelson
Runtime: 8 mins Genre: Animation Rating: TV-G CC: Y

8:10 AM Short: Canadian Carnival (1955)
This presents how the city of Quebec celebrates Winter Carnival during Mardi Gras.
Dir: Douglas Sinclair Cast: Peter Roberts
Runtime: 8 mins Genre: Documentary Rating: TV-G CC: N

8:19 AM Short: Marine Circus (1939)
This short film takes look at Marineland of Florida, offering various examples of marine life.
Dir: James A. Fitzpatrick Cast: Pete Smith
Runtime: 8 mins Genre: Documentary Rating: TV-G CC: N

8:29 AM Meet the Missus (1937)
A woman's mania for entering contests leads her family on a madcap trip to Atlantic City.
Dir: Joseph Santley Cast: Victor Moore, Helen Broderick, Anne Shirley
Runtime: 60 mins Genre: Comedy Rating: TV-G CC: Y

9:30 AM Serial: Batman and Robin: Chapter 11: Robin's Ruse (1949)
Batman and Robin plan to lure the Wizard from his secret lair.
Dir: Spencer Gordon Bennet Cast: Robert Lowery, Johnny Duncan, Jane Adams
Runtime: 16 mins Genre: Adventure Rating: TV-G CC: N

10:00 AM Cartoon: Shoein' Hosses (1934)
Olive Oyl, the proprietress of a blacksmith shop, fires her assistant Wimpy and advertises for a strong, handsome, willing assistant. Bluto and Popeye apply and try to outperform each other in feats of super-human strength.
Dir: Dave Fleischer, Willard Bowsky Cast: Charles Carver, William Costello, Charles Lawrence
Runtime: 6 mins Genre: Animation Rating: TV-PG CC: Y

10:08 AM Hard Boiled Mahoney (1947)


The Bowery Boys try to expose a phony fortune-teller.
Dir: William Beaudine Cast: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan
Runtime: 63 mins Genre: Comedy Rating: TV-G CC: Y

11:30 AM Short: Beer and Pretzels (1933)


Ted Healy and his Stooges are fired by their theater and try out new jobs as waiters.
Dir: Jack Cummings Cast: Ted Healy, Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard
Runtime: 20 mins Genre: Short Rating: TV-PG CC: N

Trivia: The first Three Stooges two-reel short comedy film.

12:00 PM Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)



True story of composer Jerome Kern's rise to the top on Broadway and in Hollywood.
Dir: Richard Whorf Cast: June Allyson, Lucille Bremer, Judy Garland
Runtime: 120 mins Genre: Musical Rating: TV-G CC: Y

Trivia: When M-G-M asked Jerome Kern what he thought about Robert Walker portraying him, Kern said it was fine but wanted to hear his wife's opinion. He phoned her from the studio and she told him to stay there, portray himself and send Walker home to her.

2:30 PM The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)


A British aristocrat's effete facade masks a swashbuckling hero rescuing victims of the French Revolution.
Dir: Harold Young Cast: Leslie Howard, Merle Oberon, Raymond Massey
Runtime: 95 mins Genre: Adventure Rating: TV-G CC: Y

Trivia: The Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America admonished: "There is cleavage in Reel 1. There is cleavage in Reel 4. There is gross cleavage in Reel 8", adding that it was the last film it would pass containing "scenes of offensive cleavage".

4:15 PM Dark Passage (1947)


A man falsely accused of his wife's murder escapes to search for the real killer.
Dir: Delmer Daves Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Bruce Bennett
Runtime: 106 mins Genre: Drama Rating: TV-PG CC: Y

Trivia: The actual 1937 Art Deco apartment building used in the film (located at 1360 Montgomery St. in San Francisco) is still standing as of 2023. The apartment (No. 10) is marked by a cardboard cut-out of Humphrey Bogart, which can be seen from the street. The site is visited frequently by fans of vintage film noir. The unit has one bath, one bedroom and 861 square feet, and was last sold in 2016 for $1.5M.

6:15 PM Caged (1950)


A young innocent fights to survive the harsh life in a women's prison.
Dir: John Cromwell Cast: Eleanor Parker, Agnes Moorehead, Ellen Corby
Runtime: 96 mins Genre: Drama Rating: TV-PG CC: Y

Oscar nominations:
ACTRESS -- Eleanor Parker {"Marie Allen"}
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE -- Hope Emerson {"Evelyn Harper"}
WRITING (Story and Screenplay) -- Virginia Kellogg, Bernard C. Schoenfeld

Trivia: After I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) led to prison reform in six states, Warners producer Jerry Wald wanted to do the same for women's prisons and sent former newspaper reporter Virginia Kellogg out. She had written a novel that became a Kay Francis film, Mary Stevens, M.D. (1933), about a doctor who bears a child out of wedlock. She had also written well-researched original stories that were the basis for T-Men (1947), about treasury agents, and White Heat (1949), starring James Cagney as a psychotic gangster. She spent months doing research for Caged (1950) at prisons around the country, and was even briefly incarcerated in one of them. Her research is evident in the script with authentic prison slang of the era, and details of prison life, such as the caste system, and the tedium of daily life. Virginia Kellogg and Bernard C. Schoenfeld received an Oscar® nomination for Caged (1950)'s story and screenplay.

Trivia: Eleanor Parker allowed her head to be shaved for the sake of reality in the scene where the two prison matrons, played brilliantly by Hope Emerson and Frances Morris, tie her up and shave her head.

8:00 PM The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982)



Based on a popular "corrido" depicting the actual events of June 1901. Cortez, a Mexican cowhand working the ranges around San Antonio, kills a sheriff in self defense as he's about to be arrested in a case of mistaken identity. Thus begins an 11-day manhunt as Cortez flees on horseback from Gonzales to the Mexcian border.
Dir: Robert M. Young Cast: Edward James Olmos, James Gammon, Tom Bower
Runtime: 104 mins Genre: Western Rating: TV-14 CC: Y

Trivia: The courthouse used in the film was the actual courthouse that the trial for Gregorio Cortez was held in. Moreover, a real judge plays the judge in the trial sequence.

10:00 PM The Milagro Beanfield War (1988)



A New Mexican town rallies behind a farmer who unintentionally irrigates his land with the water supply of a rich entrepreneur.
Dir: Robert Redford Cast: Rubén Blades, Richard Bradford, Sonia Braga
Runtime: 118 mins Genre: Comedy Rating: TV-MA CC: Y

Trivia: In a scene at one of the local Milagro stores where John Heard's lawyer character is dropping off his newspapers, a woman is shopping for Newman's Own salad dressing. The store owner tells her, that's no good, buy something else - an obvious in-joke in which director Robert Redford tweaks his longtime friend and two-time co-star Paul Newman.

12:15 AM Whiplash (1948)



An artist becomes a boxer but finds that it may not have been the best career choice.
Dir: Lew Seiler Cast: Dane Clark, Alexis Smith, Zachary Scott
Runtime: 91 mins Genre: Drama Rating: TV-G CC: Y

Trivia: Nitrate prints of this film are held by the UCLA Film and Television Archives. Kodak did not stop making nitrate film stock until 1952.

2:00 AM Gojira (1954)


American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.
Dir: Ishiro Honda Cast: Akira Takarada, Momoko Kochi, Akihiko Hirata
Runtime: 79 mins Genre: Horror/Science-Fiction Rating: TV-PG CC: N

Trivia: The sound department tried numerous animal roars for Godzilla but felt they were unsuitable for an animal of such immense size. Akira Ifukube came up with Godzilla's roars by rubbing a coarse, resin-coated leather glove up and down the strings of a contrabass (double bass), and reverberated the recorded sound. Also, Godzilla's thunderous footsteps were made by beating a kettle drum with a knotted rope.

4:00 AM Godzilla Raids Again (AKA Gigantis The Fire Monster) (1955)


This time around, Godzilla is reawakened by an A-Bomb again, but decides to wreak havoc on Osaka.
Dir: Motoyoshi Oda Cast: Hiroshi Koizumi, Setsuko Wakayama, Minoru Chiaki
Runtime: 78 mins Genre: Horror/Science-Fiction Rating: TV-G CC: N

Trivia: Special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya wanted the battle between Godzilla and Anguirus filmed in slow motion, but a camera technician accidentally undercranked the camera instead of overcranking it, resulting in the movement appearing faster than reality. Tsuburaya thought it looked interesting and decided to use it in the film.

Ocasio-Cortez says New Jersey's Menendez should resign after indictment

Source: CBS News

Washington — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York became the latest Democratic lawmaker to call for the resignation of New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez after his indictment on federal bribery charges, saying he should step down over the "extremely serious" allegations.

"I think the situation is quite unfortunate, but I do believe that it is in the best interest for Sen. Menendez to resign in this moment," Ocasio-Cortez told "Face the Nation" moderator Margaret Brennan on Sunday. "Consistency matters. It shouldn't matter if it's a Republican or a Democrat. The details in this indictment are extremely serious. They involve the nature of not just his but all of our seats in Congress."

An indictment unsealed on Friday charged Menendez, his wife and three New Jersey business associates with various crimes related to an alleged bribery scheme. Prosecutors said the Menendezes received hundreds of thousands of dollars and lavish luxury gifts in exchange for the senator wielding his influence to benefit the businessmen and the government of Egypt.

Menendez, a Democrat who has served in the Senate since 2006, vigorously defended himself after the indictment was made public, saying the "baseless" charges were part of an "active smear campaign of anonymous sources and innuendos to create an air of impropriety where none exists."

Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-bob-menendez-resign-face-the-nation/

Full transcript: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on "Face the Nation"

Anyone with GERD? (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)?

I recently had a massive heartburn attack that my doctors are saying was that. I'd had a little problem with acid reflux before, but nothing like this. I've reformed my eating habits and made lifestyle changes, but I'm wondering does this ever go away? And can you ever eat pizza or cheese, two foods you're not supposed to eat) in small amounts?

Queen at Live Aid 1985 - The best live performance ever.

For me, Radio Ga-Ga was the highlight. (And I never liked the song that much.) Freddie had the crowd in his fucking hands. Amazing.


Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas (Live Aid 1985)

I'd forgotten about this, but I just came across it on YouTube the other day. It has a few people that weren't in the original song, including Bowie, Freddie Mercury and Roger Daltrey. But the Wembley crowd really gets into it. And it's a great song, anyway.

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