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'Wonder Woman' Becomes Top Earning Summer Movie at the Domestic Box Office

Source: Variety, by Seth Kelley

As of this weekend, “Wonder Woman” is officially the highest grossing summer film at the domestic box office. With $389 million, the DC Comics movie from Warner Bros. has passed the previous leader, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” ($387 million). “Guardians,” though, has “Wonder Woman” beat on a global level with $860 million versus $779 million so far.

“Wonder Woman,” directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot in the titular role, has been as close to an unmitigated success as a movie can be since it launched to $103.1 million during its opening weekend. The film was praised nearly universally by critics, earning it a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes.


"Sometimes we do get the hero we deserve!"

Little Girl’s Tearful Meeting With Gal Gadot Shows Why ‘Wonder Woman’ Matters


Trump travels to his Virginia golf course

When Trump takes a break from tweeting and trolling anyone who cares, you know what he IS doing?

Source: The Hill, by Jacqueline Thomsen

President Trump traveled to his golf club in Virginia Sunday morning.

Trump arrived at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va. shortly after 10 a.m. Sunday morning, according to a White House pool report.

This is the second day in a row Trump has spent at the property
. He visited the club Saturday afternoon after commissioning a Navy aircraft carrier in Virginia.

It’s unclear what Trump will do at the course. There are no public events on his schedule for Sunday.

Sunday marked Trump’s 42nd trip as president to one of his golf properties, according to a tracker by NBC News.



Donald Trump's lost opportunity

Source: WaPo, by Fareed Zakaria


There have been two cardinal features of the Trump presidency so far. The first is that, far from being a populist breakout, it has followed a fairly traditional Republican agenda — repeal Obamacare, weaken Dodd-Frank, cut taxes, deregulate industry. Trump’s anemic infrastructure plan is little more than tax credits for private investors. The only real break with Republican tradition has been on foreign policy, where Trump is pursuing a truly bizarre and mercurial agenda that seems to be inspired by his own personal passions and peeves — instituting the travel ban, demanding payment from allies, embracing autocrats who flatter him and his family.

The second defining feature of the Trump administration has been incompetence. As many have pointed out, had Trump chosen to begin his presidency with a large infrastructure bill, he would have put the Democrats in a terrible bind. They would have had to support him, even though this would have enraged the party’s base. Instead, Trump chose health care, a complicated, difficult issue sure to unite his opposition and divide Republicans. Consequently, very little has actually been done. Obamacare has not been repealed, no money has been appropriated for the border wall, NAFTA is still standing, and there is no tax reform bill, nor an agreement to raise the debt ceiling. Even in deregulation, an area of broad presidential authority, little of substance has been accomplished. Many of Trump’s executive actions have been to “review” various measures. An environmental activist told me that he has tried to cheer up his staff by pointing out that the Trump administration’s words have rarely been followed by successful deeds.

Trump could have quickly begun reshaping American politics. He discerned voices that others didn’t, understood what those people wanted to hear and articulated much of it. But when it came time to deliver, it turned out that he had no serious idea or policies, nor even the desire to search for them. He just wanted to be president, meeting world leaders, having Oval Office photo ops and flying on Air Force One, while delegating the actual public policy to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) or Vice President Pence. So far, Trump has turned out to be something far less revolutionary than expected — a standard-issue, big-business Republican, albeit an incompetent one, wrapped in populist clothing.

Read it all at: Washington Post Opinions

"What do you call this, Mike?"

What's the penalty for killing a creek? In Alabama, $32,000

(Beware the Alabamafication of America!)

Source: al.com, by Dennis Pillion

On September 7, 2016 an inspector with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management found something was wrong with Buck Creek, a tributary of the Cahaba River near Alabaster.

The inspector was following up on a citizen complaint about pollution of the creek near Carmeuse Lime and Stone's Longview facility in Saginaw, just off U.S. Highway 31, and found a murky white creek with water that looked like Milk of Magnesia and had a pH around the same level.

There was aquatic life observed upstream of the Carmeuse facility, the inspector noted. Downstream there was none. 

The total fine to Carmeuse -- for removing all observable living things from a section of the creek and raising the pH of the creek water to levels comparable to household cleaning products -- was $32,000.

Read it all at:   http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2017/07/buck_creek_pollution.html#incart_river_home

Lena Dunham joins 'American Horror Story' in season 7

Source: CNN, by Lisa Respers France

Lena Dunham will be one of the "Girls" to watch in the next season of "American Horror Story."

The show's creator, Ryan Murphy, tweeted Wednesday night that Dunham will be joining the FX anthology in season 7, which will air this fall.

"Thrilled that my talented friend Lena Dunham is joining the AMERICAN HORROR STORY family," Murphy wrote. "Always wanted to work together, and now we r!"

Read it all at: http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/20/entertainment/lena-dunham-american-horror-story/index.html

One image Mr. Murphy posted about 'Election 2016' theme - for fans :

Why I still GO to the theater!

It's still a VISUAL medium!

"I saw Dems Scream Death open for Black Sabbath once."

A Donald Trump Tweet Has Inspired A Hot New Death Metal Band Name


President Donald Trump has now got the best music group name to go with his best words.



LIMBAUGH: Democrats Are Never Gonna Support 'Universal Basic Income'

Got your attention?

Rush telling Democrats what we want. Unheard of!

Why universal basic income is gaining support, critics

Source: San Francisco Chronicle, by Kathleen Pender

The idea of a universal basic income — monthly cash payments from the government to every individual, working or not, with no strings attached — is gaining traction, thanks in part to endorsements from Silicon Valley celebs.

Some see it as a way to compensate for the traditional jobs with benefits that will be wiped out by robotics, artificial intelligence, self-driving vehicles, globalization and the gig economy. Others see it as a way to reduce income inequality or to create a more efficient, less stigmatizing safety net than our current mishmash of welfare benefits.

“I think ultimately we will have to have some kind of universal basic income, I don’t think we are going to have a choice,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk said at the World Government Summit in Dubai in February.

In a commencement speech at Harvard University in May, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, “We should explore ideas like universal basic income to give everyone a cushion to try new things.” And in a July 4 blog post, Zuckerberg praised Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend, the nearest thing to universal income in this or any country. Since 1982, Alaska has been distributing some of its oil revenue as an annual payment, ranging from about $1,000 to $3,000, to every resident including children.

Read it all at: http://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Why-universal-basic-income-is-gaining-support-11290211.php

Who will be the next Trump staffer to go?

Source: Washington Post Opinion Staff

Which Trump staffer do you think will be next to fall or flee? Read on. The reader with the best guesstimate will receive a free "Democracy Dies in Darkness” T-shirt. Congratulations to last round’s winners, Mo Dodge and Sara Wisner!

David Boaz, executive vice president of the libertarian Cato Institute: “Rex Tillerson spent 40 years rising to the top of Exxon, an organization that made decisions in an orderly manner, based on research and study. He will soon tire of working in a chaotic organization, in which he can’t appoint senior staff, decisions and policies are subject to being overridden on Twitter, and the boss’s son-in-law usurps his authority.”

Ron Klain, former chief of staff to Vice Presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden: “I think Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be the first to go. Yes, Spicer will lose his podium, but he’ll still have a White House job. And Priebus remains at risk, but hangs on. I think Sessions is likely to go because the number one thorn in Trump’s side is the Russia investigation, and the only way to exercise any leverage over it is with a new attorney general. Sessions is recused, and Trump has tweeted his anger at the official reports to deputy attorney general Rod J. Rosenstein, who has ruled out firing or constraining Mueller. The only way for Trump to regain any control is to have Sessions leave, and replace him with an AG who is not conflicted — making that new Trump pick the person to whom Mueller reports, who can try to impact Mueller’s work — or fire him if that is what Trump wants.”

Bruce Ackerman, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale: “First to go, Rex Tillerson. He is regularly humiliated by Trump, and his effort at State Department reorganization has failed to get off the ground — isolating him from the area specialists who could support his quasi-sensible impulses with serious analysis, making it easy for the president’s ignorant cronies, like Jared Kushner, to dominate crucial diplomatic initiatives. There is nothing left for him to do but resign.”

The Guesstimator: While Spicer may be in hot water, we predict he’s getting kicked upstairs, not out the door. Instead, we see a near-term exit for Reince Priebus. In the second week in June, Politico reported that Trump had berated his chief of staff for the White House “mess” and was giving him until the Fourth of July to clean it up. That was supposed to coincide with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s deadline for health reform passage, so the reckoning obviously has been delayed. But Priebus, with apologies to John Donne: Ask not for whom the ax swings, it swings for thee.

Read it all at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2017/07/18/who-will-be-the-next-trump-staffer-to-go/?utm_term=.5b0bd767919a&wpisrc=nl_most-draw14&wpmm=1

How many Alabama students attend private schools?

Source: al.com, by Leada Gore

More than 85,000 students in Alabama attend one of 450 private schools in the state. The vast majority of these schools – about 78 percent – are religiously affiliated. The average attendance is $6,133 for elementary schools and $7,044 for middle and high schools, according to privateschoolreview.com.

I have another question. An obvious question.

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