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Saturday, March 25, 2017.

New York Times: "Five years after a child sex abuse scandal rocked Penn State, damaging its reputation, exposing a revered coach as a serial predator and sending him to prison, a jury on Friday convicted the former president of the university of child endangerment for failing to stop the abuse. On its second day of deliberations, the jury in Harrisburg, Pa., found Graham B. Spanier guilty of one misdemeanor count, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. He was also found not guilty of two felony charges, for his handling of allegations against Jerry Sandusky, a former assistant coach." -- CW 

Public Service Announcement

Safety/Irony Alert. CNBC (December 25): Your new home security system may be an open invitation to hackers to make you, and perhaps many others, unsafe.” -- CW


The Hill: "Arnold Schwarzeneggar says his first season as host of NBC's 'Celebrity Apprentice' is also his last. In remarks Friday, the former California governor cited President Trump, who has repeatedly mocked the ratings of his reality TV replacement, as his reason. 'Even if asked [to do it again] I would decline,' Schwarzenegger told Empire magazine.... 'With Trump being involved in the show people have a bad taste and don’t want to participate as a spectator or sponsor or in any other way support the show. It’s a very divisive period right now and I think the show got caught up in all that division.'" -- CW 

New York Times: "Penguin Random House will publish coming books by former President Barack Obama and the former first lady Michelle Obama, the publishing company announced Tuesday night, concluding a heated auction among multiple publishers. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but publishing industry executives with knowledge of the bidding process said it probably stretched well into eight figures." -- CW ...

Guardian: A statement by the Academy of Motion Pictures said "that PwC – formerly Price Waterhouse Coopers, the accounting firm that has been used by the Academy to handle the voting process for 83 years – had taken full responsibility for 'breaches of established protocols' that led to the error.... On Monday afternoon, the Wall Street Journal reported that ... Brian Cullinan, one of two accountants whose job it was to hand out the winners’ envelopes..., had tweeted a behind-the-scenes photo of [best female actor winner Emma] Stone holding her statuette. The tweet, sent moments before the best picture announcement, raised the question of whether the accountant was distracted, handing Beatty the duplicate envelope." -- CW ...

... Actually, No, It Was Donald Trump's Fault. The Hill: "President Trump is calling Sunday’s Oscar ceremony 'sad,' saying the awards show was 'focused so hard on politics' it led to the epic mix-up over the best picture winner. 'I think they were focused so hard on politics that they didn’t get the act together at the end,' Trump said Monday in an interview with Breitbart News." CW: Because everything is about Drumpf. 

Los Angeles Times: "In one of the most surprising upsets and shocking moments in Oscar history, the poetic coming-of-age drama 'Moonlight' took home the top prize for best picture at the 89th Academy Awards, beating out the heavily favored 'La La Land,' which was actually announced as the winner. The win for 'Moonlight' came in a chaotic and confused moment that played out live in front of an audience of millions, as presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway initially presented the evening’s final award to 'La La Land,' only to have one of the film’s producers announce that 'Moonlight' had, in fact, won." -- CW 

Here's the LA Times' "live coverage" page.

CW: It would have been way better for the world if the Electoral College had admitted, as a body, that "There's been a mistake." Unfortunately, actors & film producers have more integrity than electors.

The New York Times embeds the February 23 late-nite's show responses to the latest political news.

Washington Post: "A newfound solar system just 39 light-years away contains seven warm, rocky planets, scientists say. The discovery, reported Wednesday in the journal Nature, represents the first time astronomers have detected so many terrestrial planets orbiting a single star. Researchers say the system is an ideal laboratory for studying distant worlds and could be the best place in the galaxy to search for life beyond Earth.... The newly discovered solar system resembles a scaled-down version of our own. The star at its center, an ultra-cool dwarf called TRAPPIST-1, is less than a tenth the size of our sun and about a quarter as warm. Its planets circle tightly around it; the closest takes just a day and a half to complete an orbit and the most distant takes about 20 days.... TRAPPIST-1 is so cool that all seven of the bodies are bathed in just the right amount of warmth to hold liquid water. And three of them receive the same amount of heat as Venus, Earth and Mars, putting them in 'the habitable zone,' that Goldilocks region where it's thought life can thrive." -- CW 

Here's a Houzz feature on Frederick Douglass's D.C. home. Since it's not far from Donald Trump's new (temporary) digs and is every bit as fancy, the Trumpster might want to pay a visit to someone who's done such "an amazing job" that he's "getting recognized more and more." SCROTUS may be surprised to discover that Mr. Douglass is not at home. Too bad, because if Mr. Douglass weren't dead, he could have showed Donaldo his portrait, which for some time was owned by W.E.B. Du Bois (or DeBois or whatever).

Politico's Late Nite Jokes:

Rosie O'Donnell's new Twitter profile pic. Thanks to Unwashed for the link. -- CW 

CNN: "The book publisher Penguin is printing more copies of George Orwell's dystopian classic '1984' in response to a sudden surge of demand. On Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning the book was #1 on Amazon's computer-generated list of best-selling books. The list reflects hourly book sales. The 68-year-old novel appeared on the list on Monday, hovered around the #6 spot for much of the day, rose to #2 by Tuesday afternoon and then hit #1." -- CW 

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January 2 & 3 -- Iowa Predicitions

Okay, let's hear your predictions on which GOP presidential candidate will will the Iowa Caucuses. No, Iowa is not in the Caucasus Mountains. But it is extremely Caucasian.

Here is the Des Moines Register final poll to help you out: "The Des Moines Register’s latest Iowa Poll shows a surprise three-way match-up in contention to win the Iowa Republican caucuses: Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum." Public Policy Polling results are here:

Ridiculous answers are acceptable, as always. Speaking of ridiculous answers, @Forrest Morris's intrepid investigative reporting on the New Year's Resolutions of seven of the candidates, published in the Weekend Thread, may be of help.

Update: John Cassidy of the New Yorker has some Handy Handicapping Hints that might be more Helpful than Morris's. ...

... AND here's the latest from the super-reliable Nate Silver.

Update 3: All the news is Iowa, Iowa, Iowa, so let's keep at it.

Reader Comments (21)

Well it depends on what you call 'win'. In this game the 'winner' will have the support of less than 25% of the voters. The voters in the caucus are a minority of the total. In Iowa they only represent the majority of delusion in America. So in my view the winner is Barack Obama.

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarvin Schwalb

Oops! I wasn't aware when I posted the New Year's Resolutions that President Obama had signed (Saturday) the NDAA, National Defense Authorization Act, so should probably change my name and get the post removed. I'm much too old to sit in a detainment camp. Never did like camping.

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterforrest morris

@forrest morris. Try Morris Forrest. They'll never find ya.

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarie Burns

Shucks. I thought this was my first spam of the new year, but it turns out I got some spam yesterday, too. I guess I'm on a one-a-day spam diet.

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertag

A canard is a canard whether it's in a can or on the buffet table at one of the 1,774 Ioway caucusays.

And as the word itself derives from the French term for ducks (or, rather, duck decoys) the winner of this 'contest' may well be a dead one. With the exception of George W. Duck in 2000, the winner of the charade has never gone on to do much of anything except fell a few thousand trees and spill several hundred gallons of ink, spilled by bored dullards with nothing else to write about.

This morning I had the great misfortune to watch a selected group of Iowans make the case for those they thought stood the best chance of saving America from that commie, fascist, Kenyan usurper in the White House. Many of them spoke about 'fiscal austerity', a term, no doubt they've cleaved to based on the effervescence of Fox economic analysis. They certainly didn't think much of it when Republicans ruled the roost. But all of a sudden, it's a big thing.

Then we have the Teabagger influences. Added to the sad, paltry, and somewhat rancid ingredients of this caucus, a show that is given enormous significance even though it represents, largely the viewpoints of people like this,

and bears not the tiniest semblance to vast majority of Americans, the biggest question is not Who Will Win? but Who The Fuck Cares?

Perhaps Eric the Fish.

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAkhilleus

OR you could vote for this Tag Heuer dude.

WTF is this all about?

Someone needs to tell Herr Tag Heuer that the Indy 500 is in May and doesn't have much standing with Iowa voters. Unless, of course, the subliminal, double secret message is that time is running out on all of us and this is another (holy crap) conspiracy theory!!!!

Is time running out on the Thomas' English Muffin recipe??

Oh god! Wire congress!

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAkhilleus

Okey dokey. I am with the Replica Yachtmaster guy. I think Tag Heur will win the Iowa caucuses--and the Indy 500. Certainly the most sensible and articulate candidate with the most original ideas. He knows that "most consumers dress ourselves through these types of replica aquaracer"...... And, unlike the other doofus candidates, he posits "it is possible to many things will possibly not know." That about sums it up for me with all of these clowns in Iowa. A media circus. Get your Kool Aid and popcorn at "the site containing are living chat."

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKate Madison

Methinks Tag Heuer is on the wrong site. One of his watches is listed for $4975.00, and that's the sale price. That is exactly $4955.00 more than my ten year old Timex cost and it just keeps on ticking. So therefore I can't present my own particular great taste to get type and social located with only a Timex.

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterforrest morris

Oh, sorry, I just deleted Tag Heuer before I realized he was the subject of much discussion. Maybe you could go on writing about spam, which -- as Akhilleus suggests -- is just as useful as writing about Rick Santorum & Michele Bachmann's programs of fiscal austerity and personal chastity (the latter practiced only when not engaging in an unmentionable act ordained by god with the specific intent of procreation -- there is a reason those two have about 22 kids each).

Now that I think about it, wouldn't Michele & Rick make a cute couple? That scene with Brooks & Collins going at it in the metal filing cabinet seems way more plausible if you change out Brooks & Collins for Santorum & Bachmann. S & M (Santorum & Michele, I mean) are both so obviously sex-deprived. Maybe if they started "going together," they would quit sublimating by running for president.

Did I mention that my New Year's Resolution is not to be snide & bitchy ever again? How am I doing?

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarie Burns

Okay, I'm with Kate. The Tag Heuer dude gets my vote because how can you vote for a guy whose name has become synonymous with extracurricular effluence, or a guy who could be the stunt double for Flipper, or a woman believes that god expressed his displeasure with Democrats by killing people with hurricanes and earthquakes, or a former Speaker of the House who demands that voters blame his serial adultery on his love of America, or a guy who, for years has spouted hatred for gays, minorities, and Jews, but wants us to believe that he didn't actually say any of that?

Besides, anyone eloquent enough to suggest that we make an effort to specify our social located or even to present our own particular great taste to get type gets my vote.

Tag Heuer Dude for President!

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAkhilleus

@Today's Assignment;
I predict that the outcome of the Iowa caucus won't matter one whit.
As usual the RNC couldn't care less what the voters want or need, they've already decided that it's Mitt turn so he'll get the nod regardless of any poll or vote or caucus, if it starts looking like somebody else might beat him they'll change the rules just like they did in 2000 when it started looking like McCain could beat GWB. Or they'll find buried dirt just like they did to Cain last month, trotting out one republican operative (I'm not saying those women were making any of it up, I'm just saying it was the RNC that found them and gave them permission to talk) after another until he finally hollered "Enough!", you'll notice they let him keep the campaign money.... and he has gone dead silent.

January 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Doktor

@The Doktor-

..." I'm just saying it was the RNC that found them (Cain's women), and gave them permission to talk, until he finally hollered "Enough!", you'll notice they let him keep the campaign money.... and he has gone dead silent."

Yes indeedy, dead silent! Probably bleeding to death slowly and painfully, after the missus cut off his dick with a Girl Scout knife. I have no sympathy for Herman Cain. He dug his own grave, and was never serious about running--only about selling books and laughing... all the way to the bank! We are passengers on the ship of fools, for sure--led like lemmings by the MSM to believe whatever keeps them employed and the news corporations happy. A rich, Black restaurant tycoon, more malaproprious than Dan Quayle, is a serious candidate for President? Sure thing. Remember, IT IS ALWAYS ABOUT THE MONEY! Just ask Newtie. But fugidabout Rick Sanitarium. He is serious--in his own sick way.

January 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKate Madison

@Kate Madison;
Unfortunately she played along, dutifully standing behind him....
the really sad part is that so many people were so easily fooled by such a charlatan! He did everything he could to discredit himself from a practical standpoint; his economic plan was a farce, he had no foreign policy, he didn't go to campaign stops, he went to book signings, and that commercial with the "Pimp Smile" and the smoking!?!?! And those fools ate it up! Somewhere in spacetime P.T. Barnum is howling laughing!
These guys may have said it best
...but hey, I'm just a Rock&Roll kinda guy!
well, it's time for more pain meds and get to work for me...

January 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Doktor

I don't know who's going to take all of Iowa today. Whoever will probably want to give it back in a week or so.
I do know that rich people really like watches. I don't know why. Time is the one thing they can't buy.
"Hey, buddy do you want to buy a watch real cheap..."
@Morris Forrest, your secret is safe with me.

January 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJJG

Hey, is it too late for Pat Buchanan and Lyndon Larouche to run? They might attract some of the crazy-bigot/conspiracy nut vote. How about Libby Dole? Nah...way to normal for this bunch. Same with Bob. Ross Perot still alive? He might attract votes from any groups who claim to hate government but would be dead without it.

Well, dang. That settles it.

There should be a write-in campaign for Darth Cheney! He wouldn't bother with weenie-ass debates. He'd just open up and start shooting people in the face with his duck hunting shotgun. And if he didn't win, he'd call Nino and Sammy and Little Johnny Roberts and demand that he be handed the victory.

January 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAkhilleus

After long and hard consideration (upwards of a minute), I have chosen Rick Santorum as My Guy in Iowhy.

First, it's Rick' turn. Everybody else in the race has had front-runner status, so it's only fair Rick gets his day -- which is the last possible day -- in Iowa.

Also, it will be great to see him getting more media attention. It's really important for American voters to know that all the GOP candidates are insane or liars or both.

Finally, I'll likely mention Santorum in my NYTX column tomorrow, so it would be nice to have a crazy frontrunner in my sights.

Bonus: as the commenter formerly known as forrest morris suggested, it is important to keep Santorum's number one Google page in its top spot.

January 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarie Burns

I predict that the people of Ioway will give it to Rick S. simply because of his stand on homosexuality (he likens it to man on dog) as opposed, I guess, to dog on car. Learning so much--always thought that was bestiality. Don't hear much from any of them about things like infrastructure, or taxes or anything of substance. I think they all need new writers, maybe enlist some from the Comedy Channel; oh, come to think, they must have done that months ago!

January 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterforrest morris

Quote of the Day. "I don't want to make black people's lives better by giving them somebody else's money. I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money and provide for themselves and their families." -- Rick Caucasian Santorum

If you are not a straight white dude, you do not want to live in Rick Santorum's world.

January 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarie Burns

Okay, I was 9 votes off. Santorum came in behind Willard by 8 votes, according to the head of the Iowa Republican party, who spoke at about 2:30 am ET. But that's damned close.

I'm so sorry 9 Santorum supporters couldn't pull themselves up off their couches & get their lazy asses down to the local grade school to caucus. I really wanted to see a racially-bigoted, openly, flagrantly homophobic, anti-choice, anti-contraception guy as the GOP frontrunner. At least for a little while.

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarie Burns

@Marie; I'm a straight,white dude; OK, slightly hobbled, tan-pink, old coot and I don't want to live in Rickie's world. Hard to explain but when you are a born-into-it member of a club (white, straight, male) you are expected to act and think a certain way. When you reject your clubs point of view you are casting yourself as a outsider. There was a time in this country when it was considered laudable to reject convention. Bible-thumpers were viewed as quirky and minding your own damn business was the norm. Now we got Rickie. I don't think I'm the only straight, white dude that feels this way.

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJJG

I totally second that, I loves me some curvy women!!! I'm cool with weapons, I don't mind if you believe in some invisible man in the sky as long as you don't expect me to believe in him too. There is a lot more evidence for outerspace aliens than there is for deities IMHO.

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Doktor
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