hollywood birthdays – October 18, 2017

Per The UPI:
Those born on this day are under the sign of Libra. They include toy company founder Frederick August Otto Schwarz in 1836. novelist Fannie Hurst in 1889. former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in 1919. singer Anita O’Day in 1919. Greek actor Melina Mercouri in 1920. rock ‘n’ roll legend Chuck Berry in 1926. sports broadcaster Keith Jackson in 1928 (age 89). actor Peter Boyle in 1935. actor Dawn Wells in 1938 (age 79). Lee Harvey Oswald, assassin of President John F. Kennedy, in 1939. football Hall of Fame member Mike Ditka in 1939 (age 78). composer Howard Shore in 1946 (age 71). singer-songwriter Laura Nyro in 1947. actor Joe Morton in 1947 (age 70). playwright Wendy Wasserstein in 1950. actor Pam Dawber in 1951 (age 66). writer Terry McMillan in 1951 (age 66). tennis Hall of Fame member Martina Navratilova in 1956 (age 61). musician Wynton Marsalis in 1961 (age 56). actor Jean-Claude Van Damme in 1960 (age 57). actor Erin Moran in 1960. recording artist Ne-Yo, born Shaffer Chimere Smith, in 1979 (age 38). Olympic gold medal-winning skier Lindsey Vonn in 1984 (age 33). conservative writer and speaker Milo Yiannopoulos in 1984 (age 33). actor Freida Pinto in 1984 (age 33). actor Zac Efron in 1987 (age 30). television personality Bristol Palin in 1990 (age 27). WNBA star Brittney Griner in 1990 (age 27). actor Tyler Posey in 1991 (age 26).

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We need to scrape the gunk out of our ears and listen to the women/men who tell us of sexual assault

What a nation we live in.
We live in a nation of laws, aka equal protections for all regardless of gender. No matter your gender or sexual orientation you have the same rights and power as anyone else. If you nodded your head at that statement you are one of those who need to scrape the gunk out of your ears and listen.
We don’t have equal protection for all person’s regardless of gender and sexual orientation. To say so is living in a pipe dream. How could I declare such a statement? Well, let me give you three names: did you know since 2015, the Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, the Fox News prime-time host Bill O’Reilly, and the comedian and actor Bill Cosby have suffered professional, financial or reputational setbacks after numerous women told stories of their sexual misconduct? Yes, yes you did. What do all three of these men have in common? Mr. Ailes ran Fox News as its chairman. That means he had power and influence.
Mr. O’Reilly was the biggest draw for the same network. That means he had power and influence. Mr. Cosby was “America’s dad” and a major celebrity. Which means he had power and influence. Seeing a pattern yet? Those are just the names since 2015.
I could go back further.
Let me send you back to 1991 26 years ago. Now we will hear from the New York Times answering the question what happened in 1991?
“That was when the lawyer and academician Anita Hill testified before an all-male and strikingly unsympathetic Senate committee that was holding hearings on the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Hill described having been sexually harassed by Justice Thomas when he was her superior at two federal agencies, the Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He denied the accusations, and ascended to the Court. Yet Ms. Hill struck a chord that still reverberates” (2017.) These stats should stun you.
“The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission Justice Thomas’s old workplace reports receiving more than 12,000 allegations of sex-based harassment each year , with women accounting for about 83 percent of the complainants. That figure is believed to be but the tip of the iceberg. In a study issued last year, the co-chairwomen of a commission task force said that roughly three of four people experiencing such harassment never tell anyone in authority about it. Typically, they said, what women do is “avoid the harasser, deny or downplay the gravity of the situation, or attempt to ignore, forget or endure the behavior” (NYT, 2017).
This cannot continue, Nor should it. Those of you who did the #metoo post prove that this is a crisis that isn’t going away nor should it be pushed under the table.
As said in the Washington Post by Kathleen Parker on Wednesday: “If true, as Gretchen Carlson says, that every woman has a story, then, statistically, sexual harassment in the workplace is a plague, a disaster and a psychological assault weapon. Given that women constitute half the world’s population – and that successful women mean successful families and societies – then any word or action that undermines their ability to conduct life without fear of sex-based exploitation or retribution should be considered an epidemic of opioid proportions” (2017.)
If you have a social media voice – use it! Don’t just let these offal people with power destroy you. Speak up! and speak out!

What the experts think is good on tv tonight

A look at what the tv critics think is good tv for October 18, 2017. ___ NYT
1. BROAD CITY Comedy Central at 10:30 p.m.
Abbi’s mom comes to the city for a visit; Ilana navigates the intense work culture of Sushi Mambeaux while dealing with her seasonal affective disorder. duration 30 minutes. 2. CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR 8 p.m. on CMT.
Celebrating a night of hope and healing through the power of music with Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan live in Nashville; Special performances by Andra Day, Common, Lee Ann Womack and Little Big Town. duration One hour 30 minutes. 3. DEBATE NIGHT WITH TED CRUZ AND BERNIE SANDERS 9 p.m. on CNN.
The GOP Tax Plan: Ted Cruz vs. Bernie Sanders, Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) answer questions in a town hall debate; President Donald Trump’s efforts to overhaul the nation’s tax code; Jake Tapper and Dana Bash moderate from Washington, D.C. duration One hour 30 minutes. 4. ROSEHAVEN 11 p.m. on Sundance.
Rosehaven, Daniel discovers that McCallum Real Estate is in trouble and comes up with some ideas to make cuts and get them back on track. duration 36 minutes.
____ The Washington Post
5. Survivor (CBS at 8)
Tribes drop their buffs and switch things up; a new member of the tribe aggravates the team members right before a tribal council. duration One hour. 6. Empire (Fox at 8)
Cookie announces that the number one album for Empire’s 20-For-20 will be a competition between all of the label’s top artists; the family plans a special prince and princesses-themed birthday party; Lucious finds himself at a crossroads. duration One hour. This is Audio Described. 7. Riverdale (CW at 8)
Betty leads a movement to save Pop’s from closing; Archie’s friends worry about his behavior; Jughead’s efforts to find F.P. a new lawyer may have serious repercussions; Veronica finds herself caught between Hiram and Hermoine. duration One hour. 8. Speechless (ABC at 8:30)
Jimmy takes J.J. camping so they can have a talk; Maya trains a group of new aides; sparks fly between Ray’s bully and Dylan. duration 30 minutes. This is Audio Described. 9. Law and Order: SVU (NBC at 9)
A teenager disappears after schoolmates make her the subject of a vicious cyberbullying attack. duration One hour. This is Audio Described. 10. Mr. Robot (USA at 10)
Elliot becomes encouraged trying to undo five/nine; Darlene gets stuck between a rock and a hard place; Mr. Robot sparks a panic. duration One hour. This is Audio Described.

This guy turned himself in after an fb post with a box of donuts

A man in Michigan turned himself in after his Facebook post got about 1000 likes.
Michael Martin Zaydel, 21, turned himself in to the Redford Township Police Department for several outstanding misdemeanor warrants late Monday, 10 days after making the social media pledge comwh included promises to clean up public school property and bring cops a dozen doughnuts.
“He walked in on his own, and not only did he bring the donuts [sic], he brought one bagel, reports the New York Post! This is what the fb post said.
We would again like to express our gratitude for the support of all who followed this, shared it, and left us positive feedback,” the department wrote on its Facebook page.

o mr fireplace

Dear friends:
I was attempting to start the fireplace in my house but sadly it wouldn’t go on. It is a cold night you see and a storm is on its way. I was hoping I could enjoy a night by the fire while I read some poems or perhaps post on my blog.
Sadly the fireplace had other ideas. I have called the company and now am hopeful they will come by tomorrow to figure out what is wrong. In the mean time, I am in my hoodie writing this little memo to you all.