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Stocks rocked in their worst day since October 2008

That would be under...Bush's watch, wouldn't it?

Source: Business Insider, by Seth Archer

The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 666 points in its biggest point decline since October 2008, when the Troubled Asset Relief Program didn't pass, according to Bespoke Investment Group. Its 2.56% decline was the biggest percentage slide since Brexit.

The big drop came after some of the largest companies in the world reported disappointing earnings for the holiday quarter. Of the mega-cap tech stocks that reported this week, only Amazon had a solid quarter, as Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft all had blemishes in their reports.

More at: http://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/stock-market-news-plummet-as-tech-earnings-disappoint-and-inflation-fears-creep-in-2018-2-1014935742

President Donald Trump's Schedule for Friday, February 2, 2018

President Donald Trump will visit the Border Protection National Targeting Center where he will tour the facility then participate in a roundtable discussion on border control.

The president and first lady will then head to Palm Beach, Florida for a weekend at Mar-a-Lago.


• 4:40 PM The President and First Lady depart Washington, D.C., en route to Palm Beach, FL – Joint Base Andrews

• 7:00 PM The President and First Lady arrive in Palm Beach, FL – Palm Beach International Airport


Doctor approved, too.

After 22 years, a synagogue study group finishes reading the Torah from beginning to end

Source: Washington Post, by Julie Zauzmer


They began reading Genesis in 1996. “I wanted to take my time with it, go slowly with it, so we could really just soak in and absorb the wisdom of the text,” Weinblatt said. “Like those people who like to take their time with a fine cigar or a fine glass of wine, we took our time with a fine work of literature.”


(Amanda Bergman says)...“Over the course of these last 20 or so years, my concept of God has changed,” she said. “That truly is from studying the Torah and learning about all the different attributes of God and the different, if you will, personalities of God.”

When she joined, in her early 30s, she thought of God as “a person up in the heavens.” Now, she considers God to be a spiritual force present in nature and in people. “I’ve been able to look at God, I think, without blinders,” she said.


Weinblatt says he doesn’t encourage anyone to take the Bible literally, saying that’s not a “Jewish way” to read scripture. In the study group, there’s a wide variety of views about the divine inspiration of the text, and he encourages everyone to keep an open mind. “If you believe the Torah is the product of human beings, you have to be open to the possibility that also the hand of God is involved here,” he tells them. “Conversely, if you believe that the Torah comes from God, you have to recognize that the hand of human beings was in here as well.”


Read it all at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2018/02/01/after-22-years-a-synagogue-study-group-finishes-reading-the-torah-from-beginning-to-end/

The first reactions to 'Black Panther' promise a game-changing movie for Marvel

Source: Vox, by Alex Abad-Santos


The hard truth is that there have been 17 Marvel movies (including Spider-Man: Homecoming, Marvel’s joint venture with Sony), and none of them have had a woman or person of color as the titular or central character. That will finally change with Black Panther, the first Marvel movie about a black superhero. (Marvel Studios didn’t own the rights to Blade until 2013.) And judging by the first reactions to film, which had its world premiere Monday night, it’s a milestone many fans are more than ready to see Marvel pass.

One of the most prominent reactions among those who saw the film — aside from how awesome the movie is — was the feeling that they were seeing themselves onscreen for the first time.



In the comic books, T’Challa, a.k.a. Black Panther, is king of a fictional African country called Wakanda. Within the Marvel universe, Wakanda is one of the most technologically advanced countries on the planet (if not the most), one that has repelled every attempt at invasion — including intergalactic ones — from anyone silly enough to think they could defeat the Wakandan forces.

Pride, power, and grace are synonymous to Wakanda and its king. That’s a big part of what makes Black Panther so powerful, since these kinds of depictions of black identity — superheroes, royalty, geniuses, warriors who have never been colonized — have so rarely been seen in mainstream pop culture up to this point.

When it comes to superhero movie first reactions, Black Panther’s included, they all tend to shout the same chorus: that it’s the best superhero movie ever. But in Black Panther’s case, there’s something deeper happening in how it’s inspired these sorts of reflections on the power of representation. It may be a good movie, but more importantly, it may also be a movie that changes the game.

Black Panther hits theaters on February 16, 2018.

Read it all at: https://www.vox.com/culture/2018/1/30/16950798/black-panther-marvel-first-reactions

February Premieres and Returning Favorites

Channel Zero: Butcher's Block Syfy, Feb 7, Wednesday, 10-9CT Another creepypasta original story from the internet!

Olympic Winter Games NBC(s), delayed broadcasts and live streaming, begins Feb 9, ends Feb 25

Here and Now HBO, Feb 11, Sunday, 9-8CT Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter? Give it a shot?

Homeland Showtime, Feb 11, Sunday, 9-8CT Season 7 - always watchable!

The Radical Story of Patty Hearst CNN, Feb 11, Sunday, 9-8CT Miniseries starts - an iconic story of the '70's.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver HBO, Feb 18, Sunday, 11-10CT

Ash vs. Evil Dead Starz, Feb 25, Sunday, 9-8CT Deadites and Lucy Lawless! What more do you want?

The Walking Dead (and Talking Dead) AMC, Feb 25, Sunday, 9-8CT FFS! Kill the bastid already, Rick!!!

Shoot the Messenger WGN, Feb 26, Monday, 10-9CT Interesting original stuff on WGN now!

Designated Survivor ABC, Feb 28, Wednesday, 10-9CT No, I'm not a snob!

Survivor: Ghost Island CBS, Feb 28, Wednesday, 8-7CT

Any other shows of note you want people to watch?

Alternative programming for Tuesday night 'SOTU' 2-hour block of time.

Sorry - Broadcast networks and cable news stations will be televising this "Festival of Lies" which is nothing more than a repeat (ad nauseum) of what we have been hearing for over a year now.

Basic cable selections

WGN: 'The Hulk' and 'Bellevue' - 'Bellevue' premier last week pretty interesting!

NFL Channel: rebroadcast of '2005 Superbowl,' New England v Philadelphia - *trigger warning*

AMC: 'Demolition Man' - *spoiler* - the present-day mysterious "Taco Bell" is featured in our future!

Syfy: 'The Goonies' - Yes, that's for people who NEVER watch the 'SOTU!'

Premium cable selections

Alt-HBO: "The Great Wall" as in China. This is probably what the Dotard imagined!

Alt-HBO: "Why Him?" - If that's still nagging at you.

Alt-Cinemax: "American Psycho" - Yeah, we knew what the deplorables were getting us into!

Alt-Showtime: "Scream" - ALWAYS appropriate.

Alt-Movie Channel: "Hell or High Water" - For those who do not enjoy escapism.

Don't forget 'On Demand' and 'Red Box' for something new!

Any one else find something good to watch?

New 'Go To Church or the Devil Will Get You' sign being erected on I-65

Source: AL.com, by Kelly Kazek

Many travelers along Interstate 65 have been wondering for more than a year what happened to the iconic sign with the image of a red-tailed Satan and the message "Go To Church or the Devil Will Get You." Whether passing motorists agreed with its sentiment, the sign was a well-known landmark that many will be happy to know is being replaced.

The sign, erected decades ago by W.S. "Bill" Newell, was toppled by a storm in fall of 2016. It was located on Newell's private property near the Verbena exit beside the north-bound lanes. Newell was known as a Christian and a patriot who enjoyed providing the message for motorists to contemplate.

Newell's sons, Sam and Keith, took over maintenance of the sign upon their father's death in 2009. A new signboard has been erected, this time closer to a picturesque mill waterwheel so that it is more visible to those traveling north, according to Althea Newell, wife of Sam Newell. The signboard is currently covered with blank, white paper.

Despite the fact that the original sign was damaged when it fell, the devil image was salvaged and will be used on the new sign, Mrs. Newell said. The message will be the same, likely with the exact wording as the original, she said.

Mrs. Newell didn't know when the message would be added to the new signboard, saying it depends on when crews at her husband's firm, Newell and Sons Construction in Montgomery, will be available to work on it.


Patriots conspiracy theories cheat truth about latest Super Bowl run

The New England Patriots and Tom Brady - the 'Hillary Clinton' of the NFL!

Source: Sporting News, by Bill Bender

The Patriots cheat. The NFL is rigged, and officials are in on it. The fix is in.

In other words, Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and New England are heading to the Super Bowl again.

Conspiracy theories involving the Patriots have jumped the shark. Each cycle is more absurd than the last, and it has mutated into something almost as painful as the Patriots' long-term success is for many.

New England's success under Belichick and Brady created this irreversible phenomenon. And it's not like Duke or the Yankees — it's much worse. Fans aren't rooting against the Patriots. They're too busy looking for flags. They're looking for controversy. They're looking for clues, like a ref patting Brady on the back; anything that allows a trip down the wormhole of the Spygate or Deflategate controversies, the asterisks that smear the NFL's greatest dynasty

There are two big issues the supposed fix doesn't address. One, the Patriots easily could be 0-4 in Super Bowls since Spygate. They lost twice to the Giants, and unless you believe Seattle's Russell Wilson intentionally tossed an interception at the goal line and Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan threw the game with play-calling, there is no cheat code for those New England victories. Had the Patriots lost those two games, the narrative around Belichick and Brady would be a hell of a lot different.

If the league is guilty of anything, it's allowing Patriots paranoia to permeate each year. Last week, there was the accidental NFL Facebook post that showed the Patriots and Vikings in the Super Bowl. Concepts such as "rigged" and "WWE" have been attached to the Patriots; the NFL villain that just won't die. Goodell hasn't done anything to stop the controversy, and the more the NFL becomes like pro wrestling, the less popular it will be with its football-first fans.

Read it all at: http://www.sportingnews.com/ca/nfl/news/new-england-patriots-conspiracy-cheaters-belichick-brady-spygate-deflategate/1umfy02l1pyl51wdzqjfelmt36

U.S. Civil Rights Trail (ICYMI)


The fight for American civil rights spanned decades, cities and states – from Topeka, Kansas, to Memphis, Tennessee, from Atlanta, Georgia, to Selma and Birmingham, and all the way to Washington, D.C. Chart the course of the Civil Rights Movement through the Civil Rights Trail that begins with the site of school integration and takes you to the scene of Bloody Sunday and finally the Supreme Court of the United States.

This website allows you to explore the destinations important to the Civil Rights Movement, as well as plan your journey to cities along the trail. On this site, you’ll find places to see and things to do at each destination. Plus, you’ll find in-depth explorations crafted to allow you to experience the destination or event in a more comprehensive way. Discover the trail. Discover the fight for civil rights. And make sure the true stories that changed history are never lost.

(U of) Alabama athletics brought in $174.3 million last year

Source: AL.com, by Michael Casagrande

University of Alabama athletics continues to be profitable and football remains the driving force, according to budget documents the school files annually with the NCAA.

The school made $15.6 million more than it spent in 2017, according to the document obtained by AL.com through open records requests.


In terms of football, the profit was $45.9 million with total revenue of $108.2 million
. With expenses rising last year, the profit was down $1.8 million from the 2016 report filed with the NCAA. The revenue, however, was up from $103.9 million in 2016.

For perspective, USA Today reported the University of Texas had revenue of $215 million in 2017 (compared to Alabama's $174.3 million). It was the highest revenue number in the 13 years of the newspaper's survey of athletics money, up from the previous record of $173.2 million Texas set in 2015.


Contributions accounted for $32.9 million. That could take a big hit in 2018 with the new tax plan passed by Congress and signed by the president. In the past, 80 percent of those contributions could be written off as charity donations.

That deduction is eliminated under the new tax plan, which will make things more difficult for athletics departments to raise money from donors.

Read it all at: http://www.al.com/alabamafootball/index.ssf/2018/01/alabama_athletics_brought_in_1.html#incart_river_home_pop
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