Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 17, 1967, Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt, 59, disappeared while swimming in the ocean off Cheviot Beach in Victoria state; despite an extensive search, his body was never found (Holt was succeeded as premier by John McEwen).
Today’s Birthdays: Actor Armin Mueller-Stahl is 87. Pope Francis is 81. Singer-actor Tommy Steele is 81. Rock singer-musician Art Neville is 80. Actor Bernard Hill is 73. Actor Ernie Hudson is 72. Political commentator Chris Matthews is 72. Comedian-actor Eugene Levy is 71. Actress Marilyn Hassett is 70. Actor Wes Studi is 70. Pop musician Jim Bonfanti (The Raspberries) is 69. Actor Joel Brooks is 68. Rock singer Paul Rodgers is 68. Rhythm-and-blues singer Wanda Hutchinson (The Emotions) is 66. Actor Bill Pullman is 64. Actor Barry Livingston is 64. Country singer Sharon White is 64. Producer-director-writer Peter Farrelly is 61. Rock musician Mike Mills (R.E.M.) is 59. Pop singer Sarah Dallin (Bananarama) is 56. Country musician Tim Chewning is 55. Country singer Tracy Byrd is 51. Country musician Duane Propes is 51. Actress Laurie Holden is 48. DJ Homicide (Sugar Ray) is 47. Actor Sean Patrick Thomas is 47. Actress Claire Forlani is 46. Pop-rock musician Eddie Fisher (OneRepublic) is 44. Actress Sarah Paulson is 43. Actress Marissa Ribisi is 43. Actor Giovanni Ribisi is 43. Actress Milla Jovovich (YO’-vuh-vich) is 42. Singer Bree Sharp is 42. Singer-songwriter Ben Goldwasser (MGMT) is 35. Rock singer Mikky Ekko is 34. Actress Shannon Woodward is 33. Actress Emma Bell is 31. Actress Vanessa Zima is 31. Rock musician Taylor York (Paramore) is 28. Actor Graham Rogers is 27. Actor-singer Nat Wolff is 23.
The Washington Post has reported that the centers for disease control and prevention (CDC) was told that they could not use 7 band words. The seven words and phrases – diversity, entitlement, fetus, transgender, vulnerable, evidence-based, and science-based – were not to be used in documents that are to be circulated within the federal government and congress in preparation of the next presidential budget proposal the paper reported. Thankfully I don’t work for the CDC. So, I have no compunction to follow that rule. Below is my attempt at a paragraph using all 7 words. Diversity brings our nation many good things including entitlement programs such as CHIP which would give children who are no longer a fetus health insurance. I like CHIP because it doesn’t judge you if you are transgender or vulnerable. If Congress doesn’t return this helpful program, which is designed around an evidence-based idea that all children should have health insurence then we will see more sick children because some families cannot pay for the science-based medison which is dedicated to evaluating medical treatments and products of interest to the public in a scientific light and promoting the highest standards and traditions of science in health care. [delay +165 minutes
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If you have not seen The Last Jedi, it will make you have feels if this is any indication. The headline from Mashable states: ‘the last jedi’ destroyed me and i am not ok: How to process the big surprise. If that doesn’t make you want to see the movie nothing will. I see it on Thursday.
6 pm is snapped, A popular cab-driver is shot dead on the job, but the search for his killer reveals his wife’s secret prison visits, a torrid affair and a possible conspiracy. duration One hour.
7 pm is snapped, The murder of a beloved widower leaves police wondering what secrets his marriage, to his much younger wife, might be hiding. duration One hour.
8 pm is stuck in the middle, At Christmastime, the Diaz family travels to Florida to reunite with their abuela, but a series of misfortunes gets in the way. duration 55 minutes. This is Audio Described. 8:55 pm is descendants: A Rotten Holiday, duration 5 minutes.
9 pm is bizaardvark, Paige invites some deserving kids to Vuugle to celebrate the Christmas holidays, but it will take the whole team to get holiday-averse Liam to join in. duration 30 minutes. This is Audio Described.
9:30 pm is raven’s home, When the landlord raises Raven’s rent after learning Chelsea and Levi have moved in, Nia and Booker try to hold a yard sale to help their mom. duration 30 minutes.
10 pm is k.c. Undercover, K.C. believes that someone tampered with her SAT test; Marisa expresses interest in becoming a spy. duration 30 minutes.
10:30 pm is liv and maddie, Joey and Maddie try to catch Diggie before he leaves for Australia; while Liv is at home covering for Maddie, Diggie shows up. duration 30 minutes.
Another member of congress has chosen to leave the house of
representatives. Arizona rep. Trent Franks told the media that he is leaving because the house ethics committee is investigating him for sexual misconduct. He says the investigation is “regarding my discussion of surrogacy with two previous female subordinates” that made “each feel uncomfortable. His statement continues: “I deeply regret that my discussion of this option and process in the workplace caused distress. Franks is the third lawmaker and first Republican to resign this week, following Rep. John Conyers and Sen
8 pm is The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon and Amy try to use math to eliminate wedding planning stress; Koothrappali “breaks up” with Wolowitz after realizing he is hurting his confidence. duration 31 minutes.
8:31 pm is Young Sheldon, Meemaw causes a feud when she refuses to give George Sr. her brisket recipe; the kids try to resolve the feud. duration 30 minutes.
9 pm is NCIS, Gibbs and his team are called to investigate when a fellow NCIS agent is found murdered. Guest star: Tim Kelleher. duration One hour.
10 pm is S.W.A.T., Hond