LBN Examiner 10/17/2021


Over the past couple of months, Allison, a wife and mother of a toddler and teenager in Chicago, says she’s been spending about $50 more each week on groceries to feed her family — and that’s at a discount supermarket chain, Aldi’s. “I used to spend $70 a week, but all of sudden this summer, I noticed that I couldn’t leave the store without spending at least $120,” said Allison, who works in education. Like millions of Americans whose income has not kept pace with inflation — up 5.3% in August compared with a year ago — Allison and her family are feeling the pinch of the rising cost of living and giving up some things just to make ends meet. Her family is scrimping now. “There are no more splurges like going to Home Depot to buy an extra plant or eating out,” Allison said.  

Smoking Marijuana Could Lead to Breakthrough COVID Cases, Study Finds:

Heavy marijuana users who are also vaccinated may be more susceptible to breakthrough cases of COVID-19, a new study found. The study, published last Tuesday in World Psychology, found that those with a substance use disorder (SUD) — a dependence on marijuana, alcohol, cocaine, opioids and tobacco — were more likely to contract the coronavirus after receiving both of their vaccination shots. Those without an SUD saw a 3.6% rate of breakthrough infections, compared to a 7% rate in those with an SUD. At 7.8%, those with marijuana use disorder were most at risk for breakthrough infections, the study found. Among other substances, the risk disappeared when considering issues such as underlying health conditions and socioeconomic status. The difference has not been linked directly to marijuana use but could be linked to the behavior of those dependent on marijuana.

Old N.Y. Mobsters Reportedly Fear Handing Over Reins to Phone-Obsessed, Soft Millennials:

The yutes ain’t alright. Seasoned New York mob bosses are reluctant to make made men out of millennials, who they worry lack the street smarts and ruthlessness of their predecessors — and are too obsessed with their cellphones. The five families fear handing over the reins to the new generation of mafiosi because they’re softer and dumber, having grown up in the suburbs rather than city streets — and are too attached to technology, sources said. “Everything is on the phones with them,” a former made member of the Colombo family told the paper. Court records even show one Colombo associate completely eschewing the code of silence while threatening a union official over extortion collections — all in easy-to-prove text messages, the outlet said. “Hey this is the 2nd text, there isn’t going to be a 3rd,” the associate wrote, according to court records. “I am sure that is frowned upon in mob circles,” former FBI agent Richard Frankel said of the apparent incriminating texts.

Alleged School Shooter in Texas Released from Jail on Bond Day After Shooting Multiple People:

An 18-year-old high school student in Texas who is accused of gunning down multiple people at his school has been released from jail on bail. “The student accused of injuring four people in a shooting at Timberview High School in Arlington on Wednesday was released on bail from the Tarrant County Jail on Thursday,” The Star Telegram reported, adding that the suspect was charged “with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.” The suspect had been transferred from Arlington jail to the Tarrant County facility before being released after posting a $75,000 bond. Video posted online showed the suspect being released. The alleged school shooter, who is a black male, turned himself into law enforcement hours after the shooting, which sent multiple people to the hospital.

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As rare as it might be for high-school sweethearts to end up spending their lives together, Tucker Carlson and Susan Andrews have had no problem doing it! They met each other when they were both students at St. George’s School, and Susan was even the headmaster’s daughter! They ended up getting married at their school’s chapel in 1991, and today, they have four beautiful children together. It’s safe to say that if Tucker did not have Susan in his life, he wouldn’t have had all his success. The TV presenter is now earning a $6-million annual salary by hosting Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News Channel. 

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New Nobel Prize winner Abdulrazak Gurnah, shown here at his home in Canterbury, England, is the author of novels including “Gravel Heart,” “By the Sea,” and “Paradise.” He is a weekly LBN Examiner reader.

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“The only thing that we want is for people to understand that we’re human,” said Jillian Mercado about the work of her and her colleagues on Showtime’s “The L Word: Generation Q.”

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April 9, 1953. Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Civil Defense air raid drill, Highland View School.

Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** We are in a new era of mass migration, and the US government is demonstrating in real time that it has no idea how to control it. From January through July, well over a million undocumented migrants were intercepted at the border — Venezuelans, Cubans, Haitians, Romanians, among others — and the pace is accelerating. If those intercepted in the first half of this year formed a city, it would be the tenth largest in the US. We don’t like to confront this ugly reality. But the moral hazard of easing the path of migrants into the US, and showing the rightful level of compassion and care, is that it incentivizes many more to come. And indeed the Biden administration was warned by both the Mexican and Panamanian governments, and by their own experts, that ending “Remain in Mexico” would trigger a flood of new migrants, because they knew if they could just get to the other side of the border, the odds of being deported are increasingly small. Biden ended the policy anyway. —- Andrew Sullivan.

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Eve Jobs, the 23-year-old daughter of Apple founder Steve, made her runway debut at Coperni’s show during Paris Fashion Week on Thursday, strutting her stuff in a neon green mock turtleneck top, navy embellished miniskirt, platform flip-flops and shield-style sunglasses.

The Real Story by Sarah Garcia

Critical race theory has taken our nation by storm.  For a long time, it had been mostly isolated to colleges and universities. But in recent years, it has invaded our K-12 schools, workplaces, state and federal governments, and even the military.  There’s a good chance that you — or your children — have encountered it. And there’s an even better chance that you didn’t realize it. That’s because critical race theorists are really good at disguising their indoctrination. They use words like “diversity,” “equity,” and “inclusion” because those words sound harmless. And it can be easy for busy citizens — especially parents — to overlook such terms.

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Adrian James, 2, who tested positive for the coronavirus, breathes with the help of a ventilator at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, October 5.

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“Maybe I’ll be remembered as the Grumpy Bond,” Daniel Craig said. But, he added, “I’m quite satisfied with that.”

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Baseball umpires are more accurate in calling balls and strikes when the stakes are high, according to research released by four economists just in time for Major League Baseball’s playoff season. Umpires’ attention seems to lapse a bit after they’ve made an important call, the study found. The analysis is based on more than three million decisions made by 127 home plate umpires in 26,523 games between 2008 and 2018. “This finding is consistent with a model of a depletable budget of decision resource, such that more attention devoted to one decision depletes availability for subsequent decisions,” write the authors, James Archsmith of the University of Maryland, Anthony Heyes of the University of Ottawa and Matthew Neidell and Bhaven Sampat, both of Columbia University.

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Salt Bae performs his signature sprinkle. How did Nusret Gökçe, known to all as Salt Bae, turn a flick of the arm into a multi-million-dollar restaurant empire serving gold-encrusted meat?

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Giraffes give birth while standing up. Their babies must drop more than five feet (1.5 meters) to the ground as they’re born.

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Luis Felber, who performs and records under the name Attawalpa, photographed this month at the London home he shares with Lena Dunham.

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Researchers have found that hair loss from aging results from stem cells escaping hair follicles.

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** “When I was about six, my sister, Chandrika, and I were assigned daily chores. The most relentless began near dawn, when, on many days, one of us climbed out of our shared bed at the first sound of a grunting, bawling water buffalo at the front door. A local woman would arrive with the big, gray animal and milk her for the day’s supply. Our job was to make sure she didn’t bulk up the milk by adding water.” —- Indra K. Nooyi, former chief executive of PepsiCo, in “My Life in Full: Work, Family, and Future” (2021)

** “TikTok is a brand-safety fiasco. Conspiracy theories, disinformation, and hate run rampant on the platform.” —- Claire Atkin, co-founder of the consultancy Check My Ads

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Chucky, a doll possessed by a serial killer, was inspired in part by fights over Cabbage Patch Kids that his creator saw in the 1980s.

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** “John Rosemond clearly declares his autocratic arrogance with his three-step formula for establishing who is boss when applied to children fortunate enough to reach age two. Capping this threesome with, ‘You will do what I say because I say so.’ Leaving out only, ‘You little punk-ass,’ from his admonishments. Who is this guy? This authority? None other than a not-so-kindly, right-wing conservative, religiously indoctrinated authority who is still living comfortably in dinosaur days. Not a practicing psychologist. Just a little blogger spouting self-righteous, discarded, spare-the-rod, harmful parenting advice. Advice that minimizes, disheartens and damages children all in the guise of establishing positive authority through intimidation and fear. Throw this arrogant SOB to the dogs and his advisements in the shredder.” —- Edward Blackoff

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Hundreds of Afghan evacuees have left U.S. military bases on their own without completing the resettlement and transition process. “The number of ‘independent departures,’ which top 700 and could be higher, has not been previously reported. But the phenomenon is raising alarms among immigration advocates concerned about the risks to Afghans who give up on what is now an open-ended, complex and completely voluntary resettlement process,” Reuters reported. “In the speed and chaos of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in August following 20 years of war, many evacuees were brought into the United States under a temporary status of ‘humanitarian parole.’ Once transferred to U.S. military bases, refugee resettlement groups and U.S. officials have been trying to connect people with services for a smooth transition to the United States.”

A spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) declined to comment on the information Reuters received, but told the outlet that the evacuees who had left the military bases “generally” had ties to the U.S., “such as family members or friends, and resources to support themselves as they settled” into new communities. The spokesperson also told Reuters that many of those who were first evacuated from Afghanistan were U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or had Special Immigrant Visas. As Reuters noted, “leaving early could cost other Afghan evacuees critical benefits – like expedited work permits – and create a slew of legal problems down the road, given the complexities of the U.S. immigration system.” One official, who spoke to Reuters on the condition of anonymity, called the situation “a giant can of worms,” adding that it “could lead to years and years of terrible immigration status problems.”

Prof Sues UCLA ‘Over Suspension for Not Grading Black Students More Leniently’:

A UCLA professor is suing the school for putting him on involuntary leave and allegedly threatening to fire him because he refused to grade black students more leniently than whites in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. “Recently, I was suspended from my job for refusing to treat my black students as lesser than their non-black peers,” wrote Gordon Klein in an op-ed on Bari Weiss’ “Common Sense” newsletter on Substack. The dean of UCLA’s business school launched an investigation into Klein’s actions, put him on leave and tried to terminate him, wrote the professor, who has taught at the university’s Anderson School of Management for 40 years.

Rising Nearly 10% in a Single Year, Almost 77% of Venezuelans Now Live in Extreme Poverty:

A new study reveals that 76.6% of Venezuelans now live in extreme poverty — rising nearly 10% in a single year. In 2020, the National Survey of Living Conditions — completed by researchers at Andres Bello Catholic University — had found that 67.7% of Venezuelan residents lived in extreme poverty. When income alone is considered, 94.5% of the population lives in poverty. “It is the absence of opportunities,” Andres Bello Catholic University sociologist Pedro Luis Espana told Reuters. “It is sitting in front of the door of the house, doing nothing, not because you do not want to do anything, but because there is nowhere to do it.” A host of economic problems currently plague the oil-rich South American nation, including hyperinflation, power outages, and shortages of food and medicine. According to the BBC, more than 5.6 million Venezuelans have fled the country in recent years. The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom finds that Venezuela is the 177th freest nation in the world — underperforming every other country with the exception of North Korea.

The Beatles in the Classroom:

Would you get a master’s degree in the Beatles? In the band’s hometown, a postgraduate program aims to turn fans into students of the Fab Four’s legacy by studying their sociological, historical and economic impact.

As a new semester began last week at the University of Liverpool, 11 eager students, ages 21 to 67, trooped into class to start the program. One wore a Yoko Ono T-shirt, Alex Marshall reports in The Times , while another had a yellow submarine tattooed on his arm. Two had named their sons Jude, after one of the band’s most famous songs.

Academics have studied the Beatles for decades, and the program is the latest example of that. The Beatles are big business locally as well: Liverpool’s association with the band was worth over $110 million a year, a 2014 study found. Tourists visit sites named in the band’s songs and venues where the group played.

Two professional tour guides in the course said they hoped the program would help them attract customers. “The tour industry in Liverpool is fierce,” one said.

Another student, Alexandra Mason, recently completed a law degree but decided to change track when she heard about the Beatles course. “I never really wanted to be a lawyer,” she said. “In my mind, I’ve gone from the ridiculous to the sublime.”

Examiner – Lens:

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, and Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer, in Sun Valley, Idaho, in July. They have been publicly quiet about Instagram’s negative effects on teenagers.

1 in 8 Say Loved Ones with Opposing COVID Views Won’t Get Holiday Gifts:

If you disagree with mom or dad on COVID-19 vaccines, maybe don’t expect much in your stocking this year. A new survey, commissioned by CoinStar, finds one in eight Americans plan on skipping holiday shopping for family and friends who do not share the same COVID-19 opinions as them. Meanwhile, nearly two in three Americans (64%) say they’re looking forward to the holiday season this year, despite many planning on buying fewer gifts in general over budget constraints and others complaining of COVID-related uncertainty. More specifically, 39% of the 2,007 respondents can’t afford to buy as many gifts as usual. Another 34% blame their tight holiday budget on either being unemployed or working a low-paying job. It seems not everyone is lighter in the wallet this year, though. In comparison to 67% in 2019, only 59% of Americans say they have a strict holiday budget this year.

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A LOOK BACK: 1971. “World Trade Center architect Minoru Yamasaki (1912-1986) with model of twin towers.

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**Right here in America, right now, it is possible to meet people who have lost everything — jobs, money, friends, colleagues — after violating no laws, and sometimes no workplace rules either. Some have made egregious errors of judgment. Some have done nothing at all. It is not always easy to tell. – Anne Applebaum, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian.

**The only way to allow for growth collectively is to allow for growth individually. The stakes are high. Modern technologies have made it harder to act with intention about our attention. But we can still choose to focus on what really matters in people’s lives, instead of being endlessly distracted from making progress on the multiple four-alarm fires we have raging (including actual fires). There is a huge cost to our culture of outrage. And unfortunately, it falls disproportionately on those most vulnerable and most in need of our energy and attention. It’s time to say: enough is enough, and turn our attention to alleviating the suffering of real people. – Arianna Huffington

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Welcome to the iconic MacArthur Park in Los Angeles (made famous by a song of the same name in the 1960s). October 2021, during a pandemic.

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The Garment District is Gotham’s newest shooting gallery, a disturbing heroin hotspot of addicts booting up in broad daylight. The outgoing de Blasio administration appears unwilling or unable to address the crisis, as the quality-of-life disaster unfolds just steps from high-profile Midtown landmarks such as Macy’s, Madison Square Garden and the sparkling new Moynihan Train Hall. The block bordered by 35th and 36th streets, and Seventh and Eighth Avenues, is “littered with used needles, broken glass crack pipes, trash, urine, and feces” as junkies shoot up and dealers brazenly sell drugs, lamented one neighbor on social media. “I’ve personally seen dozens of deals go down. I’ve seen a person OD and nearly die.”

During a single walk around the block last week, sources witnessed three different people injecting needles in their wrists or fingers in the middle of the afternoon. Each addict sat on the sidewalk or in empty storefronts. Dozens of other junkies sat or lay nearly comatose, many of the men shirtless, on the same block. “We are appalled and disgusted by the drug use and other illicit behaviors that are taking place on our sidewalks in Midtown Manhattan and throughout New York City,” Garment District Alliance President Barbara Blair told The Post. “We have been fighting to put an end to this crisis, however our city officials have unfortunately failed to address the problem and have allowed this public disorder to continue.”

School Board Squirms As Mom Reads Them The Gay Porn In Books Available To Students:

WARNING: This article contains strong language and content

A Virginia mom found that books graphically depicting pedophilia were in her child’s school as part of its commitment to diversity and inclusion — so she read from them, verbatim, to the school board. The school board’s reaction was ironic: It silenced her, citing that there were children in the room. “After seeing a September 9th school board meeting in Texas on pornography in schools, I decided to check the titles at my child’s high school, Fairfax High School. The books were available, and we checked them out. Both of these books include pedophilia, sex between men and boys,” Stacy Langton said, holding two books. “The illustrations include fellatio, sex toys, masturbation, and violent nudity.”

Then she read from them: “I can’t wait to have your c*** in my mouth. I am going to give you the blowjob of your life, and then I want you inside me.” “What if I told you I touched another guy’s d***? What if I told you I sucked it? I was ten years old, but it’s true. I sucked Doug Goble’s d***, the real estate guy, and he sucked mine too.” “This is not an oversight at Fairfax High School—” she said, when one school member made a motion indicating that her mic should be cut, and another board member cut her off. “I’m sorry, there are children in the audience here,” the board member said. The mother did not back down. “Do not interrupt my time! I will stand here until my time is restored and my time is finished. These books are in stock and available in the libraries …” The school board interrupted her again, saying “For high school students, ma’am!”

Shaq Denounces Celebrity Status: ‘Celebrities Are Going Freaking Crazy And I Don’t Want To Be One’:

Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal no longer wants to be considered a celebrity in light of “crazy” things that many celebrities are doing in today’s world and how they treat people. “These celebrities are going freaking crazy and I don’t want to be one. I denounce my celebrity-ness today. I’m done with it,” O’Neal said. “I don’t want to be in that category. Celebrities are crazy, they really are. Don’t call me that anymore. These people are out of their freaking mind with how they treat people, what they do, what they say. That’s never been me. I never want to be looked at like that.” Since retiring from the NBA, O’Neal has focused on helping others and is known for performing random acts of kindness. The report highlighted one such instance when O’Neal bought a stranger an engagement ring at a jewelry store. “I went in there to get some loop earrings and I seen the guy and he was just so shy and he was saying [to the cashier], ‘Hey, how much do I owe to pay off the ring?’ I said, ‘My man, how much is the ring?’” O’Neal said, later adding that the kind gesture “is just something I do every day.”

Marvel Studios Could Drop The ‘Men’ From ‘X-Men’ Over Concerns Title Is Not ‘Inclusive’: Report:

They are some of the most recognizable names in the Marvel cinematic universe (even if they aren’t necessarily part of the MCU itself just yet), but the X-Men are now under criticism from Marvel Studios’ new president of Physical, Post Production, VFX, and Animation, Victoria Alonso for having a non-inclusive team moniker. According to the entertainment outlet, We Got This Covered, Alonso did an interview with the sci-fi and film YouTube program, Nuke the Fridge, where she “hinted that internal thinking is that the name ‘X-Men’ isn’t sufficiently inclusive. “I don’t know where the future is going. It’s funny that people call it the X-Men, there’s a lot of female superheroes in that X-Men group, so I think it’s outdated,” she said. Alonso quickly segued into a discussion of non-movie Marvel universe expansions, but the quote seems to link up with earlier reports that MCU primary, Kevin Feige, wanted to bring the cinematic universe into line with the comic books, which have trended “woke” in recent years. Alonso also seems to be a driving force behind pushing the MCU in a more “woke” direction, recently promoting a decision to make perpetual villain Loki “gender fluid.” But while Marvel could claim the shift is related to a more “progressive” approach to the characters and the MCU as a whole, it is more likely that a new “woke” X-Men (or X-Persons) would solve issues related to pulling a group of characters who already have a successful movie franchise of their own into a more expansive universe of films.

131 Judges Broke Law by Overseeing Cases With Conflict of Interest: Report:

More than 130 judges have reportedly presided over court cases in which they had a financial conflict of interest, according to a new investigation by the Wall Street Journal. The newspaper found that since 2010, 685 court cases were presided over by judges who should have recused themselves, and two-thirds of the judges who participated in those cases made judgments that were in their own or their family’s financial interest. When the Journal reached out to the judges who had violated the law by failing to recuse themselves, 56 of them notified parties in lawsuits in which they should have disclosed their conflict of interest. Many of the judges claimed they were unaware of any conflict and expressed contrition, while others declined to comment. Several parties that lost their court battles are now petitioning to reopen their cases — this time with a judge who has no financial ties and follows the 1974 law that bans judges from hearing cases where they have a “legal or equitable interest, however small.”



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New Hunter Biden Emails Tout Access To White House, China

Two new emails concerning Hunter Biden appear to show business associates of the president’s son touting his access to the White House as well as to the “highest level” of the Chinese government. The emails concern a potential Libya deal in 2015 that appears to have never happened. The messages are not connected to previously revealed emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop. The first email, dated January 28, 2015, was an exchange between two Democratic donors, Sam Jauhari and Sheikh Mohammed al-Rahbani, who were both involved in the Libya project, which involved billions in Libyan assets that the Obama administration froze. “Per phone conversation I met with #2 son. He wants $2 per year retainer +++ success fees. He wants to hire his own people – it can be close circle of people for confidentiality. His dad is deciding to run or not,” Jauhari wrote, speaking about Hunter Biden. The “$2 per year retainer” referred to the $2 million a year Hunter Biden had requested. His father was vice president at the time.


Students across the nation — young Americans who love our nation, our flag, and our freedoms — are heading back “behind enemy lines” to college campuses dominated by the radical Left. These vicious campus Leftists will do all they can to indoctrinate the next generation with toxic lies; push dangerous, anti-America, socialist ideologies; and try to censor or “cancel” any Conservative students who dare to speak up against them. —– Charlie Kirk

Hundreds of Female Afghan Judges in Hiding After Taliban Frees Convicted Murderers, Rapists:

Hundreds of female Afghan judges have been forced into hiding as members of the Taliban and other convicted criminals seek revenge for being sent away to prison. “I have received more than 20 threatening phone calls from former inmates who have now been released,” one woman, identified only as Judge Sanaa, told the BBC. With many of her cases involving ISIS and Taliban fighters, she said she is now hiding out with more than a dozen relatives. Drilling home the severity of the threat, a male relative was reportedly attacked by Taliban fighters who showed up at the judge’s home looking for her.

Another imperiled judge, who said she had convicted hundreds of men over the years, some for rape and murder, told the BBC she was hit with a barrage of death threats after the Taliban took over her city. “It was midnight when we heard the Taliban had freed all the prisoners from jail. Immediately we fled. We left our home and everything behind,” Judge Masooma was quoted saying. “Sometimes I think: What is our crime? Being educated? Trying to help women and punish criminals?” In addition to six female judges who spoke to the BBC from secret locations, more than 200 others are also said to be in hiding and desperately looking for an escape.


The upshot is that we need a big jolt to heal the nation, but every plank should be about building a society in which if you work hard you will get ahead. We should ditch provisions like Medicare expansion and double down on pre-K, community colleges, infrastructure, green energy jobs and the child tax credit. The theme should not be cradle-to-grave security. It should be giving people an open field and fair chance to be better capitalists, pioneers of their own destinies. America will reverse decline with a measure that is progressive in its scope and moderate in its values. —– David Brooks


The drag performer Sweaty Eddie, at Bushwig in New York, an end-of-summer drag event held this year on Sept. 11 and 12.

‘Survivor’ Host Asks Contestants If Saying ‘Come On In, Guys’ Is Still ‘Okay’

“Survivor” host Jeff Probst kicked off the newest season of the classic reality television show by asking contestants whether he should retire one of his trademark phrases or not in order to make the show more inclusive. “We need your guidance on something,” Probst announced to the 18 contestants on Season 41, the first “Survivor” season filmed since the pandemic began. “For 20 years I have used one phrase to call people in for challenges,” Probst said. “Come on in, guys!” the contestants shouted, some smiling and laughing. “Come on in, guys,” Probst agreed. “Love saying it, it’s part of the show, but I, too, want to be of the moment. So my question to you to decide for us: In the context of ‘Survivor,’ is a word like ‘guys’ okay, or is it time to retire that word?”


Failed presidential assassin John Hinckley Jr. celebrated his impending freedom from court-ordered medication and therapy sessions in a low-key fashion. Hinckley, 66, spent nearly 90 minutes inside an office building in Williamsburg, Va., where he was photographed walking through the parking lot after getting out of a silver Toyota Avalon sedan. The would-be killer of then-President Ronald Reagan clutched a baby-blue, surgical-style mask and wore an untucked, short-sleeve, plaid button-down shirt over his portly frame, along with a blue baseball cap, navy slacks and black, orthopedic-style shoes.


Unintended consequences often lead to crushing reality.  When we do something that doesn’t work out (job, marriage, investment) there is usually hell to pay, as the cliche goes. That’s where President Biden finds himself on Afghanistan. The botched US withdrawal will haunt him the rest of his days and will hurt America in a variety of ways.


Five years ago, Bluegrass star Billy Strings decided to give up alcohol and dedicate himself to his muse. “I had decided this music stuff could save my life,” he said.


Famed novelist Jonathan Franzen depicts the struggles of five characters to reconcile themselves to the elusive nature of virtue in his new novel “Crossroads.”


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