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San Francisco State University grad (Psychology).

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Role of Judges in Hiding Trump Activities Helped Pave the Way for Eventual Victory

March 20, 2018

New revelations show that Donald Trump's path to the presidency might have been much more difficult - if a panel of judges had acted differently in 2011.

Documents released by a federal appeals court in Manhattan on Friday, March 9, but thus far not reported, demonstrate that a panel of judges in 2011 blocked the release of extremely damaging information about then real estate mogul Donald Trump to the late "Village Voice" reporter Wayne Barrett, who was then working for the "Daily Beast."

Those documents, if they had been released at the time, would have shown that Trump was accepting financing from a company that was headed by a convicted felon.
Doing so knowingly is criminal fraud under federal banking laws.

The felon was Felix Sater, who has in recent months become a constant figure in the media highlight.
However, the real import of Sater, and who knew what about him, was lost for years as a result of that 2011 court decision, and benefited Trump's chances tremendously.


Today is Carl Reiner's birthday

Carl Reiner was born March 20, 1922 in The Bronx, New York City.
In 1950, he was cast by Max Leibman in Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows," appearing in skits while also working alongside writers such as Mel Brooks and Neil Simon.

Starting in 1960, Reiner teamed up with Mel Brooks as a comedy duo on "The Steve Allen Show"
Their performances on television and stage included Reiner playing the straight man in
"2000 Year Old Man"
Eventually, the routine expanded into a series of 5 comedy albums, with the last album in the series winning a Grammy Award for Spoken Comedy Album.

On "The Dick Van Dyke Show,' he began his directing career.
His first feature film was an adaptation of Joseph Stein's play, "Enter Laughing," (1967), which, in turn, was based on Reiner's semi-autobiographical 1958 novel of the same name.

Balancing directing, producing, writing, and acting, Reiner has worked on a wide range of films and television programs.

Films from his early directing career included "Where's Poppa?" (1970), "Oh God" (1977), and "The Jerk" (1979).

Reiner is the author of several books, including his 2004 memoir "My Anecdotal Life:A Memoir"
and novels, such as his 2006 novel "NNNNN: A Novel" and "American Film."

Carl Reiner's great tweet today about Shitler

March 20, 2018
Carl Reiner

"Hour by hour, minute by minute, lie by lie, payoff by payoff, illegality by illegality, sexual harassment by sexual harassment, by coming to light, assures us that Donald Trump will soon reap his just desserts, which may include impeachment"

(15 hours ago)


Today, St Paddy's Day, is also Kurt Russell's birthday - Your favorite Kurt Russell movie?

Do you have a movie suggestion or two in honor of St. Paddy's Day?

- The Commitments is a 1991 Irish-British-American musical comedy-drama based on the 1987 novel of the same name by Roddy Doyle.
Set in the northside of Dublin, the film tells the story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a young soul music fanatic who assembles a group of working-class youths to form a soul band called The Commitments.
All the band members actually play their respective instruments, except for trumpeter Joey "The Lips" Fagan.
Singer Andrew Strong, son of Irish singer Rob Strong, plays the lead singer Declan "Deco" Duffe.
He was only 16 when filming began, and he has a great voice
The three female back-up singers all have great voices too.
It's a truly great Irish movie!

- The Matchmaker is a 1997 romantic comedy set in Ireland starring Janeane Garofalo.
Also in the cast are David O'Hara, Milo O'Shea and Denis Leary.
I highly recommend this very funny movie, and St. Paddy's Day is the perfect time to watch it on Netflix.

Post a true but little-known fact about someone famous, living or dead -- (Part 2)

(Part 1)
"Post a true but little known fact about someone famous, living or dead"

Post a line from a movie & see if anyone knows what movie it's from -- (Part 2)

No fair using Google!

Part 1 still has many "unanswered" movie lines
"Post a line from a movie and see if anyone knows what movie it's from"

Name a song with "Baby" in the title

Baby Talk - Jan & Dean

Today is Lightnin' Hopkins' birthday

Samuel John "Lightnin" Hopkins (March 15, 1912 - January 30, 1982) was an American country blues singer, songwriter, guitarist, and occasional pianist, from Centerville, Texas.

Hopkins developed a deep appreciation for the "blues" at the age of 8, when he met Blind Lemon Jefferson at a church picnic in Buffalo, Texas.
That day, Hopkins felt the blues was "in him."

Hopkins began accompanying Jefferson on guitar at informal church gatherings.
Jefferson reputedly never let anyone play with him except young Hopkins, and Hopkins learned much from Jefferson at these gatherings.

It has been estimated that he recorded between eight hundred and a thousand songs in his career.

By the mid to late 1950s, his prodigious output of high-quality recordings had gained him a following among African-Americans and blues aficionados.

In 1959, the blues researcher Robert "Mack" McCormick contacted Hopkins, hoping to bring him to the attention of a broader musical audience in the folk revival.
McCormick presented Hopkins to integrated audiences first in Houston, and then in California.

He made his debut at Carnegie Hall on October 14, 1960, alongside Joan Baez and Pete Seeger, performing the spiritual "Mary Don't You Weep"

In 1960, he signed with Tradition Records.
The recordings which followed included his song "Mojo Hand" in 1960.

In 1968, Hopkins recorded the album "Free Form Patterns,' backed by the rhythm section of the psychedelic band "13th Floor Elevators."

Hopkins was Houston's poet-in-residence for 35 years.

He recorded more albums than any other bluesman.

Hopkins died of esophageal cancer in Houston on January 30, 1982, at the age of 69.
His obituary in the New York Times described him as "one of the great country blues singers and perhaps the greatest single influence on rock guitar players."

Where Did Trump's Record Inauguration Spending Go? - "It's Inexplicable"

March 14, 2018

Last month, the committee that ran President Donald Trump's inaugural festivities released basic details about it's revenues and spending.
Trump raised $107 million, almost twice the previous record, and spent $104 million.
The committee's tax filing showed that $26 million of the spending went to an event planning firm started in December by a friend of the first lady.

It's not clear how the firm spent that money, or how most of the money raised for the inauguration was used.
The tax filing doesn't show spending by subcontractors, nor is it required to do so.

In this week's episode of "Trump, Inc." we dig into the inauguration.
We've found that even experienced inaugural planners are baffled by the Trump committee's massive fundraising and spending operation.
We also noticed that two members of the inaugural committee have been convicted of financial crimes, and a third - the committee's treasurer - was reportedly an unindicted
co-conspirator in an accounting fraud.

Greg Jenkins led former President George W. Bush's second inaugural committee in 2005, which raised and spent $42 million.
Asked about how Trump's team managed to spend so much more, Jenkins said:
"It;s inexplicable to me..I literally don't know."

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