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Roy Clark, country guitar virtuoso, 'Hee Haw' star, has died

TULSA, Oklahoma (AP) — A publicist said country star Roy Clark, the guitar virtuoso and singer who headlined the cornpone TV show "Hee Haw" for nearly a quarter century, has died.

Jeremy Westby said Clark died Thursday due to complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Okla.

Clark was "Hee Haw" host or co-host for its entire 24-year run. The country music and comedy show's last new episode aired in 1993, though reruns continued for a few years thereafter.

Clark played the guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica and other instruments. His skills brought him gigs as guest performer with many top orchestras, including the Boston Pops.

Damn. Very talented man.

Robert De Niro Bashes Trump Again: Down With This Motherfer!

Robert De Niro may have been the target of the Donald Trump-supporting pipe bomb mailer, but that isn’t stopping the Oscar winner from trashing the president.

Just two days after playing Robert Mueller again on “Saturday Night Live,” De Niro zinged the commander-in-chief with more verbal zingers.

In presenting Billy Crystal with the Friars Club’s entertainment icon award on Monday night in New York City, De Niro first shouted, “F— Crystal!” as a wink to his condemnation of Trump at the Tony Awards earlier this year. “I just get so upset with that jerkoff in the White House,” he said, drawing boos from the crowd. “Boo is right! Down with this motherf—er!”

Though the “Raging Bull” star jokingly suggested Crystal should be president instead (“We’ve got a dangerous buffoon-in-chief. What we need is a heroic comedian-in-chief”), he concluded that Crystal’s inability to lie and his lack of scandals would be disqualifying. “As much as we could use you in the never-been-more-white White House, I think it’s best to keep you right where you are — making us laugh and entertaining us like no one else,” he said.


Trump is living rent free in this mental midget's head.

What kind of sorcery is this?????

A 69-year-old man says he identifies as a 49-year-old and wants his age legally changed so he can me

A 69-year-old entrepreneur in the Netherlands wants to legally change his age to 49 so he can go back to work and meet more women on Tinder, according to his lawsuit.

Emile Ratelband filed a lawsuit against the Dutch government in an attempt to change the birth date on his passport from March 11, 1949, to March 11, 1969, the Dutch publication De Telegraaf reported.

The self-proclaimed positivity guru argued that he feels 20 years younger, and compared the age difference to being transgender, despite the concepts being completely different.

"You can change your name. You can change your gender. Why not your age? Nowhere are you so discriminated against as with your age," he told De Telegraaf.

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We live in stupid times.

Did the election turn out better or worse than you thought/hoped??

Just curious.

Chris Watts reaches plea deal to avoid death penalty in deaths of pregnant wife, 2 daughters

GREELEY, Colo. – Chris Watts pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing his pregnant wife and two daughters in Frederick, Colo. in August in a deal that will allow him to avoid the death penalty.

Watts, 33, appeared in court Tuesday for a status hearing two weeks before he was set to appear at a Nov. 19 status conference in the case.

He pleaded guilty Tuesday to all nine counts he was originally charged with in August: three counts of first-degree murder after deliberation, two counts of first-degree murder – victim under 12/position of trust, one count of first-degree unlawful termination of a pregnancy, and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body.

READ: Chris Watts case: Everything we know so far

In court Tuesday, Watts was wearing a bulletproof vest and wept between pleas. Shanann's family was sitting in the front row of the courtroom as Watts pleaded guilty.

Police arrested Watts late on the night of Aug. 15 in the alleged killings of his pregnant wife, Shanann Watts, and their young daughters Celeste and Bella. After Watts initially denied that he killed them, police documents said that he admitted to doing so.

Prosecutors said they believed Watts killed the three inside the family’s home in Frederick. The affidavit released in August confirmed details Denver7 had previously reported, citing high-ranking sources, that Shanann’s body was buried in a shallow grave at the site and that the bodies of Celeste and Bella were put inside of oil and gas tanks.

According to an arrest affidavit, Chris was having an affair. He also claimed that he was trying to separate from Shanann the morning of the alleged murders and that she tried to strangle their daughters when he told her of his intentions.

Watts originally faced the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole. The death penalty was taken off the table as part of the deal. The Weld County District Attorney's Office said the deal was made with the agreement of Shanann's family.

Watts is scheduled to be sentenced on Monday, Nov. 19.

I hope they put this POS in general population.

Younger twin is officially older...


Andrew Gillum could halt the nation's largest school choice program

Democrat Andrew Gillum could slash or even end to the state’s popular school voucher and charter school programs if he wins Florida's gubernatorial election.

Gillum in recent statements has dodged specifics about how he plans to handle the two programs if elected, but has been clear that he opposes both, and wants them to end.

If he prevails on Nov. 6, Gillum would become Florida’s first Democratic governor in two decades. He is poised to put the brakes on a largely flourishing school choice program, the largest in the nation, that has been backed by a succession of GOP governors.
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Florida’s voucher and charter school programs combined educate more than 420,000 children, or 15 percent of the state’s public school students.

Many who use the program are low-income and minority students.

The programs have proven successful but are not without critics.

A recent Integrity Florida investigation concluded the state’s charter school system needs more oversight and has suffered from a lot of the same problems as public schools, including mixed academic success, a lack of innovation, and mismanagement.

But proponents say charters and the voucher program provide a badly needed alternative for parents to escape under-performing public schools or to find a program that better fits the educational needs of their children.

“I think the Gillum team really doesn’t understand charter schools,” Lynn Norman-Teck, executive director of the Florida Charter School Alliance, which promotes charter schools, told the Washington Examiner. “And I don’t think they understand there are close to 300,000 charter school students in the state, 65 percent of which are minority kids.”

Gillum’s said this week during two televised debates that he does not support diverting taxpayer funding to programs that only support 10 percent of Florida’s students.

Charter schools are publicly funded but operate largely untethered from the public school system. They are opposed by teachers unions, who back Gillum.

Gillum’s campaign page provides few specifics about his plans for the program.

“Andrew’s strongly opposed to unaccountable, for-profit charter schools who want to use public dollars to enrich their executives,” Gillum’s campaign platform states, making reference to about half the state’s 652 charter schools that are run by for-profit companies.

Gillum also called for bringing the state’s popular school voucher program “to a conclusion.” Gillum’s office appeared to walk back that statement, saying the Democratic nominee, who is the mayor of Tallahassee, wants more scrutiny of the program and to “stop the flow of taxpayer dollars away from public schools,” the Orlando Sentinel reported.

The vouchers, which are also called tax-credit scholarships, receive about $1 billion in taxpayer funding annually. They provide money for public school students to attend private and religious schools.

Gillum said he opposes pouring state funding “into private and religious education that benefits some students, but not all.” His campaign on Wednesday did not respond to an inquiry about his specific plans for either the charter or voucher program.

Gillum this week denied plans to end funding for the programs.

“I’m not proposing any change to the current status quo,” Gillum said, when asked if he plans to cut funding for charter schools. “What we are saying is that we're going to put money into our public system where over 90 percent of our kids are still being educated.”

Gillum’s vague and shifting statements about his plans for the programs have left school choice advocates nervous as his lead solidifies in the polls against his GOP opponent, Ron DeSantis.

DeSantis supports expanding school vouchers and charters in Florida. He trails Gillum by about 5 points.

“If Gillum wins, he is going to damage kids’ opportunities, pure and simple,” Center for Education reform Chief Executive Officer Jeanne Allen told the Washington Examiner.

It would be difficult for Gillum to simply end the charter school program, which was first encoded into Florida law in 1996 and would require new legislation to abolish it.

But he could undermine it, perhaps by fighting to block funding for charter school capital spending, which is not part of the 1996 law and comes directly from the state to help charters maintain buildings.

“If they cut facilities funding, it could be a way to destroy charters because they would have to tap into other sources to pay for the facilities,” Norman-Teck said.

The state spent $145 million on charter school building maintenance in the 2018-2019 budget, a move Gillum opposes.

School choice advocates fear if Gillum is elected governor, he will call for hearings, investigations, and ultimately legislation to undercut the programs.

“A governor carries a huge imprimatur,” Allen told the Washington Examiner. “And talking negatively about charter schools and other school choice opportunities creates a chilling effect on growth. It discourages parents, it makes teachers not want to participate. It’s basically like starting a whisper campaign.”

Allen said if Gillum moves to undermine or end the programs he will face a backlash from parents who have grown increasingly enamored with school choice in Florida.

Florida’s Tax Credit Scholarship program, which makes up the bulk of the voucher program, grew from 21,400 students to 107,095 students in the past decade.

“There would be an uprising,” Allen said.

I thought the dims were all about choice.

MAXINE WATERS: Committee chairmanship will be time for paybacks

If Democrats take over the House in the midterm elections, Maxine Waters has some scores to settle.

The California congresswoman told a group of constituents what’s in store for her enemies, should she gain the chairmanship of the Financial Services Committee.

“We have an election November 6th,” Waters said. “This is big. This may be the most important one that you’ve ever had to experience.

“This is the midterm election and often times people only vote in the presidential election because they don’t think this is important enough. But this is absolutely important,” she lectured.

“First of all, if we take back the House, most of the members of the Congressional Black Caucus will be chairs of the committees of the Congress of the United States of America,” Waters said, waving her fingers as the audience applauded.

“I will be the first African-American, the first woman to chair the powerful Financial Services Committee.

“That’s all of Wall Street. That’s all the insurance companies, that’s all the banks. And so, of course, the CEOs of the banks now are saying, ‘What can we do to stop Maxine Waters because if she gets in she’s going to give us a bad time?'” she said.

“I have not forgotten you foreclosed on our houses,” she warned.

“I have not forgotten that you undermined our communities,” she continued with the tone of a preacher.

“I have not forgotten that you sold us those exotic products, had us sign on the dotted line for junk,” she yelled, “and for mess that we could not afford.”

“I have people who are homeless who have never gotten back into a home. What am I going to do to you?

“What I am going to do to you is fair. I’m going to do to you what you did to us,” she vowed.

Governance by retribution. What could go wrong?

Maxine’s mob loved it, bursting into cheers.

Lawd help us.

United Nations Warns Trump: Migrant Caravan Must Be Allowed Into US

United Nations Refugee Agency has warned President Trump that he must allow the thousands of caravan migrants, currently marching toward the US Southern Border, free access into the United States.

The UN has stated that the migrants are "fleeing persecution and violence" in their home countries and demands that the president stands down and allows them to flood into America. Up to 14,000 migrants from Central American countries are pushing north through Mexico toward US soil and are expected to reach their destination in the next few weeks, with some expected to begin arriving as early as next week, just before the midterm elections.

In anticipation of their arrival, Trump has deployed over 5,000 troops to defend the border, from what the US Government is considering as an "invasion."

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