Thursday, March 24, 2016

Thursday Reads

Good for North Carolina for standing up for common sense.

There is no such thing as "gender identity"--that is just code for the dubious right of (mostly) men to crossdress and act out sex fantasies. The rights of women and girls to safety and privacy are thrown under the bus.
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Obituary: Actor Ken Howard, who was also SAG-AFTRA president, has died. He died yesterday at his California home.

According to the L.A. Times, Howard — an Emmy and Tony winner — also taught acting and public speaking at Harvard University in the mid-'90s. Back in August, he beat Home Improvement's Patricia Richardson for a second term as the president of SAG-AFTRA.

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Another obituary: Former assistant trainer Jeff Lukas, 58, the only child of Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, has died, probably of heart problems according to sources quoted in the article.

He was left disabled in 1993 when a horse he trained, Tabasco Cat, got spooked and ran over him. After nearly dying from the accident, Lukas left racing to work in banking.

The horse later on won the Preakness and the Belmont.

Jeff Lukas was the subject of this article.

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Well, no shit: OF COURSE a plan that provides an income for as long as you live is superior to one that lasts only as long as there is money in the account.

It isn't just true of teachers or public employees and just of California.
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Still another obituary: Writer Earl Hamner, Jr., whose childhood served as inspiration for his television creation The Waltons, has died at the age of 92.

He also wrote a number of episodes for the classic Twilight Zone series including "Jess-Belle," and the much-loved "The Hunt."

Hamner, who also created a spicier show about another family for CBS — the long-running primetime soap opera Falcon Crest — and wrote eight episodes of Rod Serling’s fabled anthology series The Twilight Zone, died of cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to a post written by one of his children on his Facebook page.

"I am very sorry to be the bearer of sad news. My father, Earl Hamner, passed away today at 12:20 PM Pacific time. Dad died peacefully in his sleep at Cedar Sinai Hospital. He was surrounded by family, and we were playing his favorite music, John Denver's Rocky Mountain Collection. Dad took his last breath half way through Ricky Mountain High. I am sure many of you know Dad was ill, but his amazing tenacity and fight masked how seriously ill he has been over the last year and a half," the post reads.
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