Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Sompson's inner circle now includes a blast from the past ... F. Lee Bailey.
O.J. and his former famed criminal defense attorney in the murder trial had dinner Monday night at the Palms Hotel in Vegas. A lot's changed since Bailey and Simpson's famous "Dream Team" helped O.J.'s acquittal in 1995.
Simpson, of course, just got released from prison. As for Bailey ... he was disbarred in 2001 and is reportedly broke.
So ... no way the Juice will ask for legal advice or money, right?

Witchy sez : Old habits die hard .  HeHe

Monday, October 16, 2017

Celebrities Who Struggle With Depression

Depression doesn’t age discriminate, and some people don’t experience it until later in life. Such is the case with Marie Osmond, America’s beloved little sister, who at 40 was faced with a crippling case of post-partum depression that followed the birth of her seventh child. In the midst of launching a talk show with her brother and used to calling the shots, Osmond suddenly found herself collapsed in a puddle of tears on her kitchen floor, unable to cope. “This couldn’t be me, collapsing in hysteria, not even recognizing my own wails,” Osmond wrote in her 2008 book, “Behind the Smile: My Journey Out of Postpartum Depression.” “This was not me, shaken to the core, sliding into a despair of the deepest kind.” When antidepressants didn’t work, Osmond found her way out of the darkness with a combination of acupuncture, diet and hormone treatments. “This is a physical thing that is fixable,” Osmond says. “I know: I’m a survivor. Believe me, there was no way I thought I could survive. There are answers out there that need to be found.”
Comedian turned “The Price Is Right” host has been open about his depression battles for years, revealing in 2007 that it had gotten so bad in the past that he had attempted suicide twice before his late 20s. Because of his day job, he found it difficult to ask for help. “Living in Hollywood…you can feel like you’re the only one,” he says. “You hold it in and you don’t let it go and you don’t try to find help because you think, ‘Oh man, if I tell anybody, I’m going to seem like I’m weak. I won’t get a movie deal!’” He credits self-belief and setting goals with helping him to overcome it, and he read every self-help book he got his hands on. “I read that stuff all the time,” says Carey. “I am always coming out bigger, better, stronger and happier.”
Few people, famous or otherwise, have been more open about their struggles with bipolar disorder than the Oscar-winning “Chicago” actress. While she has been privately coping with her bipolar II disorder for most of her life, symptoms of the disorder flared up following her husband Michael Douglas’ cancer diagnosis in 2010, and she decided to go public. “It wasn’t something I wanted to shout from the rooftops,” the actress, who regularly seeks treatment to stay on top of her disorder, told the Telegraph in 2013. “But when it did come to light, I know I’m not the only person who suffers with it or has to deal with it on a day-to-day basis. So if I’ve helped anybody by discussing bipolar or depression, that’s great.”
Moved by her fans’ struggles with identity, depression and suicide, the pop star came forward with her own struggles with depression. “I’ve suffered through depression and anxiety my entire life,” Gaga told Billboard in early 2015. “I still suffer with it every single day.” As a way to help her fans and keep herself on point, the singer started the Born This Way Foundation to focus on the type of youth mental health and emotional intelligence issues that she once struggled with and some of her fans still do. “As I began to care for them and to see myself in them, I felt I had to do something that would remind kids they’re not alone,” says Gaga. “When they feel isolated, that’s when it leads to suicide.”
Long before creating the most beloved fictional world of modern times, Rowling was a poor, single mother living in Scotland and struggling with depression. “Clinical depression is a terrible place to be,” the Harry Potter creator told Oprah in 2010. “[While] I had tendencies toward depression from quite young, it became really acute when I was 23 to 28. It is that absence of feeling.” Inspired by her newborn daughter and an idea for a series of books, she pulled herself out of a spiral that nearly engulfed her. “I was still alive. I still had a daughter whom I adored. And I had an old typewriter and a big idea, and so rock-bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt by life,” Rowling told graduates at Harvard’s commencement in 2008. “It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all.”

Sunday, October 15, 2017

North Korea Threatens to attack Guam in Response to US Military Deployment


North Korea again threatened on Friday October 13th 2017 to fire missiles near the American island of Guam at Washington’s military deployment in the region, the same day that the US and Seoul announced new naval maneuvers in waters off the Korean peninsula.
“We have already warned on several occasions to take self defense measures, including a salvo of missiles in waters close to the US territory of Guam,” says a commentary from the North Korean agency KCNA, which accuses Washington of “doing constant military maneuvers and actions in sensitive areas “near the Korean peninsula.
These actions “reinforce our determination about the need to tame the United States with fire, and keep our hand closer to the trigger and be ready to take any countermeasures required,” the commentary said.
Donald Trump’s government “is trying to provoke the DPRK with actions such as deploying B-1B (bombers), aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines in the waters around the peninsula “, added this person..
The North Korean state agency issued this comment on the same day that South Korean and US naval forces announced they will conduct high-profile joint maneuvers in waters off the Korean peninsula next week to counter the growing threat of Pyongyang.
The exercises will take place between next Monday and the 26th in the Sea of ​​Japan and the Yellow Sea (known respectively as “East Sea” and “West Sea” in the two Koreas), the seventh fleet of the US Navy will be taking lead roll.
The maneuvers are intended to reinforce the “communications, interoperability and cooperation” between the two armies in the face of North Korea’s weapons development.
“These are regular joint exercises to counteract any North Korean threat and improve the cooperation of our armed forces,” South Korean Vice Admiral Jung Jin-seop, the country’s naval operations commander, said in a statement released by the local Yonhap agency.
US military assets include the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan and two Arleigh Burke class destroyers, while South Korea will provide an Aegis destroyer, naval helicopters and F-15 k, FA-18 and A-10.
The maneuvers will take place in a time of high tension in the peninsula following the interaction of warmongering, some say, between the regime led by Kim Jong-un and Trump, who plans to visit the region between the 2nd and 14th of November.
Also on Monday, US Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will begin a three-day visit to Tokyo and Seoul that will focus on coordination among these allied countries on how to tackle Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs.
Experts speculate that Pyongyang could launch in the next few days a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) coinciding with the Chinese Communist Party Congress, which starts on October 18th, or in the face of Trump’s visit to the region. Keep in mind that these are ONLY speculations and NOT Fact.
Consider for a moment that MAYBE the exercises and maneuvers are very provocative to the North Koreans and are whipping that little Korean psycho dictator into a battle frenzy, where he just might launch that missile at Guam or at Seoul South Korea. Why not try removing all the battleships and jet fighters, just as an experiment, to see how he responds and sitting down and talking it out ? All that little man wants is the attention of the world and to be respected as a serious power. Well, he has our attention, anyway.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Steve Bannon reportedly thinks Trump only has a 30% chance of finishing his term

 Business Insider      MARK ABADI      October  11th 2017 
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon reportedly has told people he thinks President Donald Trump has just a 30% chance of completing his four-year term.

The detail came in an explosive report from Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman on Wednesday that cited several sources close to the president.

According to two of the sources, Bannon warned Trump several months ago about the possibility of getting removed from office via the 25th Amendment, prompting Trump to ask, "What's that

Political observers have questioned for months whether Trump will serve the entirety of his four-year term. Speculation has only increased since Sunday, when Republican Sen. Bob Corker issued a scathing critique of Trump to The New York Times in which he called the White House "an adult day care center" and said the president could set the country "on the path to World War III."

Bannon, the former Trump campaign CEO and close ally to the president, left the White House in August amid reports that Trump believed Bannon was leaking information to reporters and being given credit for Trump's successes.

Bannon has resumed his perch atop the far-right site Breitbart, where he and allies have been staunchly critical of Republican leaders, including Corker this week. A Bannon-aligned group is preparing to back primary challengers to several incumbent Republican senators in the 2018 election cycle.

Let's hear  what Witchy has to say :
"What's that?"  He asks regarding The 25th Amendment?  Good Lord you  trolls  Elected a Psychotic....  Save yourselves and give the Loony  the boot before it's too late!!
It's not a matter of if, only a matter of when. Even Bannon is open minded enough to accept that Trump is not truly fit for this office.
It will be  a cold day in hell when conservatives start making sense - having been driven to that point by the obvious insanity of DJT. (Donald J. tRUMP)
This  is the problem - his tweets  insults and threats. I know most tRUMP  supporters say they are all for "telling it like it is" as opposed to being "politically correct", but being PC is the language of diplomacy - something that  tRUMP  knows nothing about!
For the sake of the world, I hope Bannon is correct.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

How to put Puerto Rico back on its feet

BY JESSE JACKSON               October 10, 2017
 What obligations do we owe one to another as Americans? What does patriotism and citizenship mean in practice?

Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico has posed these questions. Americans should be dissatisfied with the way our federal government has responded.

The island has been utterly savaged by the worst hurricane in memory. Weeks after the tragedy, parts of Puerto Rico still have no water. The electricity grid is utterly destroyed. Fuel is short. The death toll, currently at 38, is likely to rise further. The danger of epidemics sweeping through families weakened by hunger and exposure is stark.

Even before the hurricane hit, Puerto Rico was literally bankrupt. Its efforts to declare bankruptcy and to renegotiate its unpayable debts were fiercely contested. Wall Street bankers were enforcing a harsh austerity on the island. One of the reasons the island was so vulnerable was that it was unable to modernize dated energy and water systems.

Puerto Rico is an American territory; its people are American citizens. Like those living in New Orleans in the wake of Katrina or Houston in the wake of Harvey, they can abandon their homes, move to another part of the country and start over. In Houston, in Florida and in New Jersey, the federal government moved in to help with emergency assistance and to spur rebuilding of homes and infrastructure. In New Orleans after Katrina, the botched federal response became a national scandal for the Bush administration.

Puerto Rico suffered worse devastation, and it impacted more people. As the hurricane approached, it was impossible to evacuate more than a handful of the 3.4 million people from the island. Getting aid to the Americans there, caring for the wounded, providing food and water, and beginning the process of rebuilding pose far greater challenges than similar responses to other disasters.

The Trump administration’s response to this challenge has been, in a word, disgraceful. President Trump himself was absent without leave for a week; he was more focused on tweeting about the NFL from his golf club. He publicly scorned the mayor of San Juan for doing her job: pleading for more assistance for her people in peril. He slurred Puerto Ricans for supposedly wanting “everything to be done for them.”

When he finally visited the disaster last week, he seemed intent on ignoring reality while boasting about the federal response. He claimed Puerto Rico hadn’t experienced a “real catastrophe” like Hurricane Katrina, and bizarrely praised the official death toll (at the time, 16) as something Puerto Ricans “can be very proud of.”

Trump also told disaster survivors that “you don’t need” the flashlights he was handing to them, apparently ignorant of the fact that 93 percent of the island remained without power. Even as he touted a “tax reform” plan that would gift $5 trillion dollars in tax breaks to the rich and corporations over the next decade, he complained to the American citizens in Puerto Rico that they had “thrown our budget a little bit out of whack.”

At the same time, Trump praised his administration’s response as “unbelievable” and “incredible.” His advisers called it a “good news story.”

This isn’t a game. The lives of American citizens have and will be lost because of the belated and inadequate response.

How should American citizens be treated in a crisis of this magnitude? Surely, mobilization to provide disaster relief should be immediate and sufficient in scale to deal with the emergency. Then the U.S. should invest in rebuilding the core public infrastructure of Puerto Rico — the electric and water systems, the roads and bridges. This would not only make the island more resilient for the next crisis; it would also provide immediate jobs and help with the economic recovery.

Puerto Rico bears a staggering and unpayable $74 billion in debt. During his trip to the island, Trump remarked cryptically that “we’re going to have to wipe that out.” Wall Street went nuts, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin quickly denied the president had meant what he said.

Trump, who has bragged that he is the “king of debt,” could use his experience with bankruptcy to negotiate wholesale debt relief for Puerto Rico. The Wall Street bankers who made improvident loans should refinance them for pennies on the dollar. That would give the island’s residents breathing room to begin to recover. If he chose to lead, Trump could push through a major program of aid — a Trump Plan for Puerto Rico modeled on the Marshall Plan for Europe after World War II — that would rebuild the island and insure jobs and growth for its residents.

The cost would be far less than the hundreds of billions in tax breaks Trump has proposed for U.S. corporations that have booked profits abroad to avoid paying federal taxes. Why not benefit citizens who are victims of disaster through no fault of their own rather than corporate tax evaders?

Puerto Ricans are Americans. We should not fail them in a desperate time of need.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Happy Birthday 'Man'

This year, you have nine candles on your birthday cake, so you have nine birthday wishes! Hope all of them come true before you blow out the last candle.
We do not know if you will be an astronaut or an doctor, but we know that you're already someone very special. Have fun!
Today your 10th trip starts - with the earth going  around the sun. We  wish a lot of fun in the next 365 days!
Getting to 9 took some effort, but, you did it!
May your life be a wonderful journey full of happiness , joy and love.

May you always find joy in the little things life has to offer, the way you do now.
Hey, this is your last single-digit birthday. You are getting so grown up — not only in age, but also in the way you act.  We are  so proud of you
Our  precious 9 year old. We are  incredibly proud of the way you smile, laugh, giggle, sing, hum, hug, share and love. 
9 is 6 turned upside down! Whenever you feel old, do a headstand and turn everything upside down, even your age!
Happy Birthday to the smartest 9 year old kid in all over the world!

Daddy , Mama , Jonny , Sha , Jenny , Poppa , MeMa  and all the  rest of the Caranos and Landrieus  and friends .

Friday, October 6, 2017

He was shot helping people during the Las Vegas shooting. His heroics helped his photo go viral.

Washington Post - Washington Post The Washington Post
Heather Long       Photo by Heather Long 
Jonathan Smith was shot at least twice while trying to run back and save others in the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas.
LAS VEGAS — Jonathan Smith is likely to spend the rest of his life with a bullet lodged in the left side of his neck, a never-ending reminder of America’s deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Smith, a 30-year-old copy machine repairman, was shot Sunday night while trying to help save people after a gunman opened fire on the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas. He knows he’s one of the lucky ones to be able to walk out of the hospital, even with his severe injuries.

As the bullets rained down, family was Smith’s top concern. He had driven to Las Vegas from Orange County, Calif., on Thursday to celebrate the 43rd birthday of his brother, Louis Rust, a big country music fan who had attended the festival in the past. They spent the weekend enjoying the music and had scored seats close to the stage for Jason Aldean’s prime-time performance Sunday night.

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When the gunshots started, Smith initially thought they were fireworks. The music kept playing, Smith and Rust recalled. But the bullets kept coming. Aldean looked at his security guards and ran off the stage. Then the lights went out.

Rust realized what was really going on and told the entire extended family — all nine of them, including kids — to hold hands and run. By then, it was a stampede.

Smith was focused on saving his young nieces, but they separated in the crowd. He says he turned back toward the stage to look for them, he saw people hunched behind a sheriff patrol car at the northwest edge of the concert lawn. Others were so frightened they didn’t know what to do. He kept shouting, “Active shooter, active shooter, let’s go! We have to run.”

He grabbed people and told them to follow him toward a handicapped parking area in the direction of the airport, away from Las Vegas Boulevard. It was a large field with several rows of vehicles. Smith and the others crouched down behind one of the last rows of cars.

“I got a few people out of there,” Smith said. “You could hear the shots. It sounded like it was coming from all over Las Vegas Boulevard.”

A few young girls weren’t fully hidden. He stood up and moved toward them to urge them to get on the ground. That’s when a bullet struck him in the neck.

“I couldn’t feel anything in my neck. There was a warm sensation in my arm,” said Smith from the Sunrise Hospital lobby Monday afternoon as he was waiting for his final discharge. He has a fractured collarbone, a cracked rib and a bruised lung. The doctors are leaving the bullet in his neck for now. They worry moving it might cause more damage.

“I might have to live with this bullet for the rest of my life,” Smith said, grimacing from the pain. A large white bandage covers the bullet hole.

Smith believes an off-duty San Diego police officer likely saved his life. The officer came over and tried to stop the bleeding and then flagged down passing cars to try to get Smith a ride. Many just drove by, but a pickup truck stopped and Smith was put in the back of it along with several other wounded victims. By then, he was struggling to breathe.

“I really didn’t want to die,” Smith recalled. The off-duty officer kept telling him he would be okay, just as he had said a few minutes earlier to other concertgoers.

Smith later reconnected with his brother and found out that his nieces — along with the rest of his family — made it out safely.

On Twitter and Reddit, many were quick to hold up Smith as a hero. A photo of Smith has been shared more than 74,000 times, with 177,000 “likes.”

Jonathan Smith, 30, saved ~30 people last night before he was shot in the neck. He might live w/the bullet for rest of his life. #vegasstrip
“I don’t see myself that way,” he said. “I would want someone to do the same for me. No one deserves to lose a life coming to a country festival.”

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

We Americans must face our addiction to guns

BY JESSE JACKSON                  October 3, 2017
 Fifty-eight dead and counting; 500 sent to hospitals. The deadliest mass shooting in modern American history took place Sunday in Las Vegas, as a lone gunman firing from a window on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel savaged a crowd gathered to watch a country music show. It was, as one observer noted, like shooting fish in a barrel. The automatic rifle fire lasted for minutes. The shooter didn’t really have to aim; he only had to pull the trigger.

We watch scenes of the massacre on our TVs. The crowd panics and begins to run. The police run toward the shooter, even though their guns cannot reach him and their vests cannot protect them from his military ammunition. Their valor no doubt saves lives.

This is an act of domestic terrorism. The killer apparently acted alone. He had been in the hotel for four days; authorities report he had about 10 guns with him. We will learn more about him, his idiosyncrasies and motivations, as authorities probe for what led him to commit this heinous act. The shooter was a white male. His relatives express shock that he could do this.

If he had been an African-American, there would be a rush to connect this to the demonstrations for equality. If he had been an immigrant, it would have stoked our fears of the stranger. If it were a foreign terrorist, it would be an act of war. (The Islamic State didn’t hesitate to claim “credit” for the act, although authorities say there is no evidence at this point to support that claim.) Instead, the search will focus on what created the madness inherent in this act of mass murder and suicide.

In the Bible, Jesus asks, “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye but fail to notice the beam in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:3). Even as the authorities investigate the mental health of the killer, we need to question our own collective insanity. Why are military assault weapons not banned in the United States as they once were? Why do we accept such easy access to guns? Nevada has no gun control laws; it is an open-carry state. Rifles are part of the West’s rural culture. Las Vegas, the sin city of casinos and alcohol, might want to put limits on guns, perhaps requiring them to be checked as they once were in the towns of the old West. The state legislature, however, has prohibited any municipality from passing its own gun control laws.

No foreign power is as much a threat to us as we are to one another. There is no sanctuary. No place is safe. A Bible study class in Charleston, S.C. A movie theater in Aurora, Colo. A nightclub in Orlando, Fla. College campuses across the country.

Twenty children were shot dead at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. Members of Congress have been shot. President Reagan and his aides were shot. His press secretary, James Brady, formed a group to push sensible gun control laws. But our addiction to guns continues.

After Las Vegas, we should have a national day of prayer. We need a greater wisdom to break our addiction to guns. We make more guns, sell more guns and buy more guns than any other developed country. We also lose the most lives to gun violence.

We have learned to adjust to this addiction. We accept it. When terrorists attacked the twin towers on 9/11, we did not adjust. We resented the attack and we resisted.

Yet as the toll of domestic terror keeps rising, we simply pray for the victims, shrug our shoulders and move on. The Republican candidate for the Senate in Alabama flashes a gun before a campaign rally and gets a big laugh and loud applause.

If we chose to resist the addiction, we could change. We could teach nonviolence and conflict resolution in schools. We could ban military-style assault weapons. We could allow cities to pass far more restrictive gun control measures than rural areas. We could stop peddling a glorified culture of guns and violence in our movies and television. We could make certain that mental health services were accessible and affordable. We could change the cultural morays to help define and enforce acceptable behavior.

Will this country remain addicted to guns? Will it remain impossible to end the easy access to guns? Nothing will change unless we collectively decide we are not going to adjust to this reality. It is time to resist.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

‘Saturday Night Live’ season 43 premiere takes on Trump’s response to Puerto Rico

Alex Baldwin as tRUMP... enjoy  Hahaha!
variety           TARYN NOBIL          October  1st 2017 
Variety“Saturday Night Live” returned for its 43rd season after a record 22 Emmy nominations (and nine wins) on Saturday and it wasted no time getting right back down to politics with Alec Baldwin returning as President Donald Trump in the cold open.

The sketch, which was set in the Oval Office, saw Baldwin’s Trump decked out in his golfing finest as he takes a call from Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz of San Juan, Puerto Rico (portrayed by Melissa VillaseƱor). When she asked for help in the wake of Hurricane Maria, he responded, “We want to help you, but we have to take care of America.”

Alec Baldwin returned as President Donald Trump for the cold open of Saturday Night Live’s Season 42 premiere. The sketch kicked off with Aidy Bryant as Sarah Huckabee Sanders alongside Baldwin’s Trump in the Oval Office.
When Baldwin’s Trump answered a call from “Mayor Cruz of San Juan” asking for help in the wake of Hurricane Maria, he responded, he pointed out that she was in an island in the middle of the water. “It’s a big ocean, water, with fishies and bubbles and turtles that bite,” he said. “We want to help you, but we have to take care of America first.”

“You do know we’re a U.S. territory, don’t you?,” VillaseƱor’s Cruz said. Consumed with shock, Baldwin’s Trump retorted, “I mean, I do, but not many people know that, no.”
The sketch also featured Aidy Bryant as Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Kate McKinnon as Jeff Sessions, wrapping with Baldwin’s Trump ditching Sessions to grab a slice of pizza with Chuck Schumer (Alex Moffat).

Watch a clip from the “Saturday Night Live” Trump-filled cold open  above .

Saturday, September 30, 2017


 9/30/2017 12:10 AM PDT
Stevie Wonder is telling TMZ Sports exactly what the national anthem protests mean to him ... and why taking a knee does NOT disrespect the flag.
We asked Stevie about the NFL movement sweeping the country ... and he told us that it's a fight for respect and unity -- two things Donald Trump wasn't preachin' when he told NFL owners to fire their "SOB" players.
"People want to be respected ... the constitution's about everyone being respected," Stevie said.
"It's about stopping all this ... putting one group against the other group."
As for criticism that kneeling ain't patriotic -- "People have died for the flag -- everyone, every culture, every ethnicity -- so it's not about not valuing the flag." 
FYI, the legendary singer joined the protest last weekend ... dropping to his knees in back-to-back concerts.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Hugh Hefner, Playboy founder, dead at 91

He died from natural causes, the statement read. 

With a bon vivant philosophy, urbane sophistication and sheer marketing brilliance, Hefner was an icon for the sexual revolution of the 1960s, the man-about-town embodiment of the lifestyle he promoted with gusto and a sly wink to readers.

Asked by the New York Times in 1992 of what he was proudest, Hefner responded: "That I changed attitudes toward sex. That nice people can live together now. That I decontaminated the notion of premarital sex. That gives me great satisfaction."

When he turned 85, he cheerfully observed, "You're as young as the girl you feel."

After a round of celebrity cheating by Tiger Woods and Jesse James was exposed, Hefner summed up his own attitude: "I had a lot of girlfriends, but it's not the same as cheating. I don't cheat. I am very open about what I do. ... I think that when you are in a relationship, you should be honest. The real immorality of infidelity is the lying."

The man known to millions simply as "Hef" was born April 9, 1926, in Chicago, the elder of two sons.

His parents were strict Methodists and Hefner went to Chicago schools before joining the Army, attending the Chicago Art Institute and graduating from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with a degree in psychology.

"Part of the reason that I am who I am is my Puritan roots run deep," he told the Associated Press in 2011. "My folks are Puritan. My folks are prohibitionists. There was no drinking in my home. No discussion of sex. And I think I saw the hurtful and hypocritical side of that from very early on. "

After working first as a copywriter for "Esquire" – where he reportedly left because he didn't get a $5 raise – Hefner decided to start his own publication and he raised $8,000 from 45 investors to launch "Playboy" in December 1953. (He had originally planned to call it "Stag Night," but was forced to change the name to avoid trademark infringement.)

It was produced in his kitchen and carried no date because he wasn't sure there would be a second issue.

But with the trademark intuition and shrewdness that seemed to always ensure his success, Hefner had acquired a nude photo of Marilyn Monroe for the centerfold, taken before the start of her film career.

The magazine sold 50,000 copies, making it an immediate success. (Hefner later bought the crypt next to Monroe's in a Los Angeles cemetery.)

An empire was launched, with Hefner – who divorced first wife Mildred Williams in 1959 – as its charismatic, cosmopolitan head.

Often pictured in pajamas – or a silk smoking jacket - and smoking a pipe, Hefner personally promoted the Playboy philosophy as the magazine became an amalgam of nude photographs of gorgeous women and intellectual writing. ("I just read Playboy for the articles," was a standard, if joking, line at the time.)

"If you had to sum up the idea of Playboy, it is anti-Puritanism," he was quoted as saying as the country's mood became more hedonistic.

In addition to the magazine, there were Playboy clubs, with "bunny" waitresses, two short-lived television series and a host of other Playboy Enterprises projects. From 2005-2010, a reality show detailing Hefner's relationship with then-girlfriends Kendra Wilkinson, Holly Madison and Bridget Marquardt ran on E! called "The Girls Next Door."

In 1975, Hefner moved to Los Angeles and in 1985, he suffered a minor stroke.

In 1989, he married longtime girlfriend Kimberly Conrad and for a while became a family man with two young sons before the couple separated in 1998.

"My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time in advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom," Cooper Hefner, Hefner's son and chief creative officer at Playboy Enterprises, said in a statement.

Conrad and Hefner's divorce was finalized in 2010 and he proposed in 2011 to 24-year-old Crystal Harris, a former Playmate. Harris called off the wedding days before the ceremony, but changed her mind and they married at the end of 2012.

In August 2016, Hefner sold the iconic Playboy Mansion for $100 million. The deal was contingent on the understanding that the Playboy founder would live in the Mansion until the time of his death.

Hefner is survived by his wife Crystal as well as his daughter, Christie; and his sons, David, Marston and Cooper.

Playboy released no information on memorial plans, but Hefner owns a burial plot at a Los Angeles cemetery next to Marilyn Monroe.

The Playboy website was taken over on Thursday with a simple tribute to the man behind the company that featured an image of a younger Hefner and the quote, "Life is too short to be living somebody else's dreams."

Condolence to the family and friends
RIP  Hef     Shadow  and Witchy

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Gregg Popovich says the US has become 'an embarrassment to the world' in speech slamming Trump and white privilege

 Business Insider       CORK GAINES         September  26th 2017 
Gregg Popovich has once again criticized President Donald Trump, saying the country has become "an embarrassment to the world"

Popovich spoke at Media Day for the San Antonio Spurs on Monday and was asked about Trump's recent comments criticizing NFL players who sit or kneel during the national anthem.

In an uninterrupted seven-minute speech, Popovich slammed the president for being "delusional," for "gratuitous fear-mongering and race-baiting," for enabling people like NASCAR owners who would fire people or kick people out of the country for non-violent protests, and for lowering the reputation of the country to the point that the U.S. has become "an embarrassment to the world."

"I think [the NASCAR owners and others] have been enabled by an example that we have all been given and we have seen it in Charlottesville and on and on and on. That's not a surprise," Popovich said. "Our country is an embarrassment in the world."

In separate speech, responding to a different question, Popovich also criticized white privilege, calling race "the elephant in the room," and noting that change won't happen until people feel uncomfortable, "especially white people."

"Obviously, race is the elephant in the room, and we all understand that, but unless it is talked about constantly, it is not going to get better. People get bored. 'Oh, is it that again. He's pulling the race card again. Why do we have to talk about that?' Well, because it's uncomfortable and there has to be an uncomfortable element in the discourse for anything to change. Whether it's the LGBT movement or women's suffrage, it doesn't matter. People have to be made to feel uncomfortable, and especially white people, because we're comfortable. We still have no clue of what being born white means... It's hard to sit down and decide, yes, it's like you are at the 50-meter mark in a 100-meter dash. You've got that kind of a lead. Yes, because you were born white, you have advantages that are systemically, culturally, psychologically, there, and they have been built up and cemented for hundreds of years. but many people can't look at it. It's too difficult... People want to hold their position. They want the status quo. People don't want to give that up. And until it is given up, it's not going to be fixed."
Ultimately though, Popovich said it was time for people to actually do something to create change instead of just constantly complaining about Trump.

To dwell on that, sometimes I think is the wrong way to go, because it is so obvious now, it's boring," Popovich said. "The childishness, and the gratuitous fear-mongering and race-baiting, has been so consistent it's almost expected. The bar has been lowered so far that I think it is more important to be thinking about what to do... You've got a choice. We can continue to bounce our heads off the wall with his conduct or we can decide the institutions of our country are more important, that people are more important, that the decent America we all thought we had and want is more important and get down to business at the grass roots level and do what we have to do."

Popovich has not been shy in his criticisms of Trump. Shortly after the inauguration in January, Popovich said "You really can’t believe anything that comes out of his mouth." In February, Popovich described Trump's "inability to get over himself" as "scary."
You can see Popovich's first speech here:

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Facebook to provide ads bought by Russian company to congressional committees probing Trump ties

 Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg would be 36 years old by the time the 2020 election rolls around. (Esteban Felix / Associated Press)
David S. Cloud David S. CloudContact Reporter
Facebook said on Thursday that it would turn over to Congress copies of more than 3,000 ads linked to a shadowy Russian company, for House and Senate committees’ investigations of Kremlin interference in the 2016 election.

The move is an about-face for Facebook, which earlier this month said it had given the ads and other information to Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is conducting a criminal investigation of possible links between Russia and the Trump campaign. But Facebook has said it could not give the material to Congress due to privacy concerns.

Most of the ads did not mention Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, but focused on immigration, gun control, gay rights and other divisive social issues. They were purchased by 470 fake accounts traced back to the Internet Research Agency, a Russian firm known for using troll accounts to post on news sites.

“After an extensive legal and policy review, today we are announcing that we will also share these ads with congressional investigators,” said Colin Stretch, Facebook’s general counsel, in a blog post. “We believe it is vitally important that government authorities have the information they need to deliver to the public a full assessment of what happened in the 2016 election.”

Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, said that the company was taking steps to provide more transparency about political ads that run on the site and to prevent covert attempts to influence elections. He said Facebook would continue to investigate attempts by Russia and other “foreign actors” to use the site to interfere in other countries’ elections.

“I don't want anyone to use our tools to undermine democracy. That's not what we stand for,” Zuckerberg said in a video statement.

Facebook executives had briefed the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier this month on the Russian-linked ads. But Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the committee, and other lawmakers had criticized the company for refusing to turn over the materials that it had given to Mueller.

Rep. Adam Schiff of Burbank, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said in a statement that the Facebook material “should help us better understand what happened, beyond the preliminary briefings we already received.”

He added, “It will be important for the Committee to scrutinize how rigorous Facebook's internal investigation has been, to test its conclusions and to understand why it took as long as it did to discover the Russian sponsored advertisements and what else may yet be uncovered.”

Schiff made clear that Facebook is not be the only company that investigators expect to hear from.

“As we continue our investigation to get to the bottom of Russia’s multifaceted attack on our democratic process,” he said, “I believe it will be necessary to hear directly from Facebook, Google and Twitter, as well as others in the tech sector, including in open hearings that will inform the American public.”

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

15 Popular Shows That Won’t Return to TV in 2018

Michelle Regalado  
Every new television season brings a slew of exciting freshman shows, but — unfortunately for some fans — it also brings the conclusion of some long-running favorites. Several networks have already begun announcing which titles on their respective line-ups are getting renewed and which will not be back for another season. Here are 15 popular shows that won’t return to the small screen in 2018.
The Vampire Diaries
Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley play the Salvatore brothers on The Vampire Diaries 
The Vampire Diaries | The CW
The CW fantasy drama was once one of the highest-rated shows on the network, but that hasn’t been the case in recent seasons. Luckily for its devoted fans, the channel decided against abruptly canceling the series, and instead gave the show one more 16-episode season. Season 8 kicked off in fall 2016 and wrapped up in March with original lead Nina Dobrev (who exited the series after Season 6) returning as a guest star in the series finale.
2. Orphan Black 
Tatiana Maslay stars in Orphan Black on BBC America
Orphan Black | BBC America
BBC America’s cult series has earned critical acclaim and a loyal fanbase throughout its run, but the story is set to conclude for good in 2017. As announced in 2016, the Tatiana Maslany starrer will air one more 10-episode season that — as co-creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson described — will bring an “epic conclusion to the tale of Sarah and her clone sisters.” The show’s final run of episodes will kick off in June 2017.
3. Teen Wolf
Tyler Posey stars in Season 4 of Teen Wolf on MTV
Teen Wolf | MTV
At 2016’s San Diego Comic-Con, MTV confirmed that this favorite fantasy drama will end after its sixth season. According to the announcement, the network planned the show’s conclusion to occur after its 100th episode — a special milestone that both cast members and producers described as a “good place” to end. The final season of the show (which premiered in November 2016) is split into two 10-episode arcs, instead of telling a single story. The second part of the series will air in summer 2017.
4. Pretty Little Liars
Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell, and Sasha Pieterse on Freeform's Pretty Little Liars
Pretty Little Liars | Freeform
After months of speculation, Freeform finally confirmed that its hit mystery drama, Pretty Little Liars, will end after its upcoming seventh season. The show, starring Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell, and Sasha Pieterse, will air its final 10 episodes starting in April 2017.

After six seasons of non-stop drama, Season 7 will (hopefully) deliver some long-awaited answers to fans. The concluding installments will end with a special two hour series finale in mid-June of 2017.
5. Bones
Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz star in Fox's Bones 
Bones | Fox
Back in February 2016, it was announced that Season 12 would also be the last for Fox’s long-running drama. The move didn’t come as a huge surprise to fans, as the show had seen dipping ratings in recent seasons and the series stars had openly suggested that the drama may be approaching its end.

The final 12-episode season of Bones kicked off in January 2017, finally bringing the story of Brennan (Emily Deschanel), Booth (David Boreanaz), and the Jeffersonian FBI team to a close. While the show isn’t expected to return to the air in 2018, fans shouldn’t fret. Rumors of a potential revival have already started circulating.
6. Girls
Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirke star in Girls on HBO
Girls | HBO
After earning plenty of critical acclaim in its first five seasons, Lena Dunham’s groundbreaking comedy drama will wrap up for good in the spring of 2017. HBO first confirmed that the sixth season would be the show’s last, following Dunham’s hints that Season 6 would be an ideal ending point for the series.

Girls kicked off its final 10-episode season in February, with the series finale airing in April 2017.
7. The Leftovers
Season 2 of The Leftovers on HBO 
The Leftovers | HBO
After over a year off the air, the HBO drama debuted its third season in April 2017. Season 3 will consist of a total of eight episodes and will reportedly relocate all of the action to Australia. As previously announced, this will be the final run for the drama, with HBO opting not to bring the series back for more episodes in 2018.
8. Workaholics
Blake Anderson, Adam DeVine, and Anders Holm star in Workaholics on Comedy Central
Workaholics | Comedy Central
The seventh season of the Comedy Central series was also be its last. The decision to end the show was reportedly made by stars, Blake Anderson, Adam DeVine, and Anders Holm, who have made a name for themselves in feature films and other arenas since the series first debuted.

Though the show won’t be back in 2018, don’t worry — that won’t be the last time you see the three actors together. The trio is already planning on teaming up for a new Netflix movie titled, Game Over, Man!. 
9. Reign
Adelaide Kane plays Mary, Queen of Scots in Reign on The CW
Reign | The CW
The CW’s period drama, chronicling the story of Mary, Queen of Scots, began airing its fourth and final season in February 2017. According to Variety, the decision to make this season the last one was not totally unexpected, as the network had ongoing conversations about the show’s possible ending with producers. The final season consists of 16 episodes.
10. Bates Motel
Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore star in Bates Motel on A&E
Bates Motel | A&E
As confirmed at San Diego Comic-Con in 2016, A&E’s Bates Motel is shutting its doors after Season 5. The announcement wasn’t a shock, as executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin had long made it known that they envisioned the series to be a five-season run. Luckily for fans, the last season proved to be quite memorable, with Rihanna appearing as a surprising guest star. The fifth and final season debuted in February 2017 and consisted of 10 total episodes.
11. Longmire
Robert Taylor and Katee Sackhoff walk together sporting sheriff badges in a scene from Longmire
Longmire | Netflix
Longmire has had a complicated history, getting axed at A&E in 2014 and then picked up by Netflix later that same year. Though the crime drama may have avoided cancellation once, the same can’t be said this time around. The series, starring Robert Taylor and Katee Sackhoff, is set to air a 10-episode sixth and final season in 2017, marking a conclusion to the show’s bumpy journey. Season 6 will hit Netflix sometime in 2017, although a specific premiere date is still undetermined.
12. Switched at Birth
Vanessa Marano and Katie Leclerc lay on the grass in a poster for Switched at Birth on Freeform
Switched at Birth | Freeform
This veteran Freeform series also won’t be returning in 2018. The family drama kicked off its fifth and final season in late January, following a lengthy, year-long hiatus. While the season marked the end for the show, it also featured plenty of memorable moments for fans. The 10-episode farewell season included the show’s 100th episode, as well as a special 90-minute series finale in April 2017.
13. Episodes
Matt LeBlanc holds up his hands while talking to a woman in Episodes
Episodes | Showtime
The Showtime comedy, starring Matt LeBlanc as a charming but highly arrogant actor who’s trying for a comeback, will return for a fifth and final season. Though the show has never been a big ratings earner for the network, it’s been an awards favorite, with LeBlanc earning four Emmy nods for the series.

The final seven-episode run begins on Aug. 20, following a lengthy hiatus.
14. Halt and Catch Fire
The cast of 'Halt and Catch Fire' in a messy room with the words 'Welcome to Mutiny' spray painted behind them.
Halt and Catch Fire | AMC
AMC‘s Halt and Catch Fire is halting for good. The channel’s acclaimed drama will air its fourth and final season this year. The show’s final run, designed to “write the series focused on the dawn of the computer industry in the 1980s in Texas and California to conclusion,” will consist of 10 episodes.
15. The Get Down 
Two men in red and white spinning playing music surrounded by recording equipment
The Get Down | Netflix
Netflix pulled the plug on Baz Luhrmann’s ambitious musical drama in May 2017 — just a month after the release of the second half of Season 1. Netflix doesn’t release its ratings, but the cancellation may have been partly due to the high cost of the show. The Get Down was among Netflix’s most expensive shows, with Season 1 costing about $120 million to produce.

Luhrmann’s busy schedule also played a part in the series cancellation, preventing him from being able to commit to Season 2 full-time. “This exclusivity has understandably become a sticking point for Netflix and Sony, who have been tremendous partners and supporters of the show,” Lurhmann wrote in a Facebook post announcing the cancellation. “It kills me that I can’t split myself into two and make myself available to both productions… But the simple truth is, I make movies.

See you in the funnies ............Shadow  & Witchy

Saturday, September 9, 2017


The prosecution of O.J. Simpson for the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman is one of the defining moments of the 1990’s. The sensational details of the crime, the star-studded circus of the trial and its contested outcome still capture our imagination and have inspired two of the year’s most popular television series; FX’s dramatized The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story and the ESPN documentary O.J.: Made in America.  However, what if O.J. really didn’t do it? Friday’s all-new episode of It Takes A Killer, airing at 9:30/8:30c, profiles “Casanova Killer” Glen Rogers, who left a trail of dead women from coast to coast in 1995 and claims he killed the footballer’s wife and her friend after he was hired by O.J. to break into Nicole’s Brentwood, California home to steal back a pair of diamond earrings.

Glen Edward Rogers was raised in abusive family in Hamilton, Ohio and developed a gregarious outgoing personality to compensate for his low IQ and insecurity. A drifter, he landed in California in the early ‘90s after possibly murdering his roommate Mark Peters, whose dead body was found on a property belonging to Rogers’ family in Kentucky. In Los Angeles he worked odd jobs including painting, and allegedly worked for the Simpsons. In September of 1995 he picked up Sandra Gallagher in a bar in Van Nuys, California, strangled her to death and set her and her car on fire. Thus began a two-month murder spree as Rogers killed red-headed women from Mississippi to Florida and landed him on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List. After his arrest he boasted of killing up to 70 people.

Glen Rogers currently sits on death row in Florida, where he was convicted for the murder of Tina Marie Cribbs. Since 2012 he has claimed he was the man behind the brutal stabbing deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. He claims O.J. Simpson hired him to steal back the diamond earrings with the caveat that he “may have to kill the bitch.” His story is corroborated by his brother Clay, who recalls him telling him at the time he was partying with the Simpsons and that he was going to “take her down.” The LAPD are “quite confident” they know who the real killer is, citing the extensive DNA evidence incriminating O.J. Simpson, but say they will investigate Rogers' claims. Prosecutors in Florida though think this is just a ruse by the Casanova Killer to further delay his eventual execution.  
STORY # 2 :
Death Row Inmate Says He Killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman
Glen Rogers, now an inmate on Death Row, says he was asked by O.J. Simpson to kill Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, according to a new documentary.
In the TV special "My Brother The Serial Killer," narrator and Rogers' sibling Clay Rogers says he is "absolutely certain" Glen killed Brown Simpson and Goldman in 1994, according to CNN. 

"Receipts show that Glen was working as a housepainter in L.A. in 1994, and family members claimed Glen told them that he was working for Nicole Brown Simpson, and that he said she was rich and he was going to 'take her down,'" according to the show's description on Discovery.

No matter the insistence by Clay Rogers on the documentary, relatives of Ron Goldman and local authorities are angered and dubious, respectively.
From CNN:

"I am appalled at the level of irresponsibility demonstrated by the network and the producers of this so-called documentary," [Ron Goldman's sister] Kim Goldman told CNN. "I'm disappointed at the way this story was handled. Is this a confession?"
Goldman's father Fred made a similar objection:

"The overwhelming evidence at the criminal trial proved that one, and only one, person murdered Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. That person is OJ Simpson and not Glen Rogers."

Commander Andrew Smith of the Los Angeles Police Department told CNN they're also fairly certain Rogers is not involved, however they will consider the possibility:
"The LAPD is quite confident that we know who killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. We have no reason to believe that Mr. Rogers was involved. Nevertheless, in the interest of being thorough in this case, our robbery homicide detectives will investigate his claims."

Per the documentary, Rogers told criminal profiler Anthony Meoli that O.J. Simpson "had hired him to break into his ex-wife's condo to steal diamond earrings he had given her." Part of his instructions suggested something more drastic than robbery:
"Glen told me that OJ's instructions were that 'You may have to kill the bitch,'" Meoli said. "Those were his exact words."
OJ Simpson was charged with the murders but was acquitted.
Rogers was arrested in November 1995, and claims to have killed "at least 70 women," according to authorities. He was sentenced to death in Florida, and again in California; he currently awaits execution in Florida, but if he is brought to trial in California for the Brown Simpson and Goldman case, it could postpone his death.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Country artist Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry dies in helicopter crash

Troy Gentry
Eddie  Montgomery  & Troy Gentry  
JENNIFER KLINE, AOL.COM      Sep 8th 2017 
Country artist Troy Gentry has died at 50 in a helicopter crash, according to reports out of his Kentucky hometown.

Gentry was one half of country duo Montgomery Gentry. The band was scheduled to perform in New Jersey Friday night, and the fatal incident reportedly occurred not far from the venue.

Early reports indicated that two people were killed in the crash. It is not believed that the other individual was fellow band member Eddie Montgomery.

Grammy-nominated Montgomery Gentry has released six studio albums and received an American Music Award in 1999 for Favorite New Artist - Country. The band went on to win awards from the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association, and it was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2009.

Gentry and Montgomery have been performing together for more than two decades. Sadly, this isn't the first tragedy for their families: In 2015, Eddie's son, Hunter Montgomery, died at the age of 19. The heartbreak followed several rocky years for the artist: A few years earlier, he'd received a prostate cancer diagnosis -- and divorce papers from his wife not long later. He filed for bankruptcy in 2014.

Our sincerest  condolences to  the family and friends 
RIP Troy  you will be sadly missed                 Shadow & Witchy