Monthly Archives: July 2017

LBN – Special Report – Monday, July 31st, 2017

*GROSS – The deadly reason why you shouldn’t let dogs lick your face



Affectionate dog owners are at risk of catching a potentially deadly disease. While the man’s best friend are great at cheering their owners up when they’re down, they may be responsible for threatening the life of their keeper. An expert completely dismissed the myth that a dog’s mouth is much cleaner than a human’s. Dog expert Marty Becker said: “All you have to do is look, watch, smell and you’ll realize that is not true. “They raid the garbage can. You know, we give each other a peck on the cheek when we say hello, they give each other a peck on the rear end.” The friendly animals who love to lick faces can and do carry a long list of bacteria which can severely impact human health. John Oxford, professor of virology and bacteriology at the Queen Mary University in London, explained how the beautiful creatures get bacteria in the first place. He said: “It is not just what is carried in saliva. “Dogs spend half their life with their noses in nasty corners or hovering over dog droppings so their muzzles are full of bacteria, viruses and germs of all sorts.” The strong bacteria have the power to cause a range of dangerous diseases, some deadly. Capnocytophaga Canimorsus is a bacteria that lives in a dog’s saliva.

*Putin’s Bet on a Trump Presidency Backfires Spectacularly

A little more than a year after the Russian effort to interfere in the American presidential election came to light, the diplomatic fallout — an unraveling of the relationship between Moscow and Washington on a scale not seen in decades — is taking its toll. President Vladimir V. Putin bet that Donald J. Trump, who had spoken fondly of Russia and its authoritarian leader for years, would treat his nation as Mr. Putin has longed to have it treated by the West. That is, as the superpower it once was, or at least a major force to be reckoned with, from Syria to Europe, and boasting a military revived after two decades of neglect. That bet has now backfired, spectacularly. If the sanctions overwhelmingly passed by Congress last week sent any message to Moscow, it was that Mr. Trump’s hands are now tied in dealing with Moscow, probably for years to come.

*Apple Removes VPN Apps in China


Apple removed multiple virtual private network services from its App Store in China over the weekend, a move that some say illustrates Beijing doubling down on its internet censorship. VPNs are often used in countries like China and Russia to circumvent government firewalls and surveillance. “China’s (Ministry of Industry and Information Technology) announced that all developers offering VPNs must obtain a license from the government,” said an Apple spokesperson. “We have been required to remove some VPN apps in China that do not meet the new regulations.” Multiple service providers expressed concerns about the decision. Star VPN said the move is a “dangerous precedent.” Another, ExpressVPN, said it “represents the most drastic measure the Chinese government has taken to block the use of VPNs to date, and we are troubled to see Apple aiding China’s censorship efforts.” American whistleblower Edward Snowden also tweeted about the decision. “Apple has done much good for privacy and security in recent years, but actively assisting censorship crosses the red line of human rights,” he wrote.


*THE HUNT – Raids Across Sydney After ‘Advanced’ Plot Foiled to Down Plane



Australian investigators raided multiple Sydney properties on Sunday and Monday after they reportedly foiled a complex terrorist plot to bring down an airplane. Four men were arrested in the case, and at least five locations have been searched. Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin said the plot was an attempt to put a device onto an aircraft. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called the plan “advanced,” but declined to comment further.



**LBN-INVESTIGATES: A slew of reports finds a fresh reason for the chronic inability of American companies to fill skilled jobs: not a lack of skills, and hence a training-and-education crisis, but a surfeit of drug abuse. Simply put, prime-working age Americans without a college diploma are often too drugged-out to get the best jobs. Opioids remain at high levels, but the surge in drug use is now heroin and the powerful contaminant fentanyl.

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*Ravens Owner: Protests Are a Factor in Considering Signing Colin Kaepernick


Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said Sunday he is considering non-football factors when deciding whether to add controversial quarterback Colin Kaepernick to the team. Kaepernick famously kneeled last year during the playing of the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial injustice and declared free agency after the season ended. Though Kaepernick committed to standing during the anthem in 2017, Bisciotti admitted his past actions and their effect on the Ravens’ “brand” will factor into his decision. NFL CommissionerRoger Goodell, who was present at the forum, has previously insisted player decisions are made only on game performance.

*BLINDSIDED – Ivanka Trump Learned of Transgender Military Ban on Twitter


White House aides on Sunday said that Ivanka Trump andJared Kushner were shocked by President Donald Trump’stweet announcing his plans to ban transgender individuals from serving in the military, and had been unaware of the president’s decision beforehand, Politico reports. The couple—both New Yorkers and longtime Democratic donors, as is the president—had been viewed by progressives as potential bulwarks against Vice President Mike Pence’s social conservatism, but six months into the administration have yet to stymie most items on his agenda.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The Earth’s inner core is about the same temperature as the sun.

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*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Anthony Scaramucci’s insane, profanity filled rant to a New Yorker writer has been traffic gold for the magazine: the story’s 4.4 million unique visitors make it’s most-read piece of 2017. The magazine says there were “more than 100,000 concurrent visitors in the hours following publication, a record for” And magazine subscriptions are way up.   ***Longtime Republican adviser Peggy Noonan in the WSJ: “Trump Is Woody AllenWithout the Humor…Half his tweets show utter weakness. They are plaintive, shrill little cries, usually just after dawn.”

*Sage Advice From the ‘Gold Standard’ of White House Chiefs of Staff


When a new White House chief of staff takes over, the smart ones check in with James A. Baker III, the only man to have occupied the office two different times for two different presidents and who is widely considered to be the gold standard. Mr. Baker has plenty of advice from running the White House during Ronald Reagan’s first term and again at the end of George Bush’s presidency, but it usually boils down to this: “You can focus on the ‘chief,’ or you can focus on the ‘of staff.’ Those who have focused on the ‘of staff’ have done pretty well.”


*O.J. Simpson’s children went on a real estate spending spree



O.J. Simpson’s children have gone on a real-estate spending spree over the past two years — and the families of murder victims Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman want to know where they got all the dough. Sydney Simpson, 31, and her brother Justin, 28, have built a mini-real estate empire in St. Petersburg, Fla., scooping up 13 properties since 2015, according to documents reviewed by sources. The homes and apartments are in low-income areas and total about $500,000. All but two appear to have been bought with cash. Where the kids got the money for the properties could lead to a legal battle between O.J. Simpson and the families of Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson, who was the former football great’s ex-wife and is the children’s mother.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:  ***Discovery Communications announced on Monday an $11.9 billion deal to buy Scripps Networks Interactive, the owner of Food Network and HGTV. The combined company would control about 20 percent of the advertising-supported pay-television audience in the United States, and it could create a force in television popular with female viewers, bringing together the Scripps channels and Discovery offerings including Investigation Discovery, OWN and TLC.   ***A federal judge has ordered the Federal Aviation Administration to review seat sizes and legroom on commercial airlines. It’s a victory for Flyers’ Rights, an advocacy group that has pushed for new rules regulating seat sizes. Flyers’ Rights says small airlines seats can put people’s health at risk with conditions like blood clots in legs.


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*WEIRDO – Teen accepts dare to put a hammer in mouth – and it gets stuck


The mom of a teenage girl who got a hammer stuck in her mouth has had to “hide the toolbox” after her daughter’s dare went viral on Twitter. Kaley, 14, from Louisiana, USA, was challenged by a pal to put the hammer head in her mouth and uploaded pictures to social media after it got stuck. The teen had been fangirling over members of Korean boy band BTS when she described one of them as “so beautiful I could shove a hammer in my mouth.” After her friend egged her on to do it, the tool became lodged behind her lips and she posted a hilarious image online with the caption: “how do u tell ur mom that u got a hammer stuck in ur mouth.” “It was a little too big to fit in my mouth in the first place, but getting it out was even more of a problem,” Kayley told Buzzfeed News. Luckily, after 10 minutes of yanking, the hammer came free.


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*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Award-winning legal mediator. Mr. Mark Baer ——

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Shields and Brooks on Reince Priebus’ exit, GOP health bill’s defeat. Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks joinJudy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including President Trump’s firing of White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and what it means for relations with the Republican Party, the Senate’s rejection of a “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act and Anthony Scaramucci’s obscene tirade. —-

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Actor, playwright, and director Sam Shepardhas died at the age of 73, according to Broadway World. He reportedly suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and died with family by his side. Shepard was a prolific writer, penning forty-four plays and several books during his career. He won numerous awards during his life, including a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for the play Buried Child. Shepard was also nominated for an Academy Award for the role of Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff in 1983. New York magazine once called him “the greatest American playwright of his generation.”   ***Iconic French actress Jeanne Moreau has died at the age of 89. The French president’s office announced her death Monday but gave no details about the cause. Moreau, whose lovers included Miles Davis, starred in more than 100 films during her career, including Francois Truffaut’sart-house landmark Jules et Jim, and was awarded an honorary Oscar in 1998 for lifetime achievement.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Are YOU a brand? ——


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   **Michael Moore made his Broadway debut to a sold-out crowd at the first preview of his new one-man show, “The Terms of My Surrender” over the weekend. According to a spy, “he actually sings [well!] and dances [not so well]” in the performance, which ran two hours. There were guest flybys from comedian Judah Friedlander, who agreed to be Moore’s running mate if he chooses to run in 2020, and documentarian Morgan Spurlock. There was also plenty of Trumpbashing, but Moore saved his most scathing words for Rick Snyder, the Michigan governor whom Moore blames for the ongoing water crisis in his hometown of Flint.

LBN – Special Report – Sunday, July 30th, 2017

*U.S. Successfully Tests Missile Defense System over Pacific Ocean

The U.S. conducted a successful test of its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system with a medium-range ballistic missile, officials said. The U.S. Air Force fired the missile over the Pacific Ocean, and it was intercepted by the THAAD system, which can shoot down short-, medium-, and intermediate-range ballistic missiles. The U.S. has THAAD technology in Guam and South Korea, where it could shoot down missiles from North Korea aimed at either South Korea or the U.S., if needed. The test was conducted in order “to stay ahead of the evolving threat,” Missile Defense Agency Director Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves said.

*Trump Says He’ll Withhold Obamacare Payments Unless Repeal Passes

President Trump has threatened to withhold crucial payments to insurance companies if a health-care bill is not approved “quickly.” In his second Twitter tirade of the day on Saturday, Trump said if legislation is not passed, “BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!” He was apparently referring to Cost Sharing Reduction payments to insurance companies, which reduce co-payments and deductibles for lower income customers under Obamacare. The White House said earlier that the payments would be made until the end of this month, though no commitment was made past July. The president made similar threats back in April, saying at that time the ensuing chaos in insurance markets would force Democrats to compromise on health-care legislation.

*Portland ‘Sanctuary’ Releases Felony Illegal — Who Then Rapes Elderly Woman…

ICE was not alerted when a sex assault suspect was released from jail in 2016, officials say: A man accused of breaking into a 65-year-old woman’s home, sexually assaulting her and stealing her car was arrested after allegedly assaulting another woman and running from police. Sergio Jose Martinez, 31, was caught July 24 after officers chased him through a neighborhood. According to court documents filed in March 2017, Martinez has a history of illegal entry into the United States. He has been a transient in the Portland area for more than a year and has been deported 20 times. Martinez has at least five probation violations for re-entering the United States. His most recent removal was in November 2016, according to the March court documents. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) lodged an immigration detainer against Martinez, asking authorities to notify them before releasing Martinez to allow ICE to take him into custody. The Department of Homeland Security said a detainer was requested for Martinez in December 2016, but he was released into the community and authorities did not notify ICE.


*Elizabeth Smart Helps Make New Film About Her Kidnapping Ordeal

Elizabeth Smart says she is finally ready to tell the story of her kidnapping ordeal on the big screen. At a TV critics’ meeting in Beverly Hills on Friday, Smart said it took her years to get to a point where she could open up about her nine months in captivity—but now, nearly 15 years after she was rescued, she’s thrown herself into helping to produce Lifetime’s “I Am Elizabeth Smart.” The film, due out in November, will see Alana Boden play Smart and Skeet Ulrich play her abductor. Smart also narrates the film, which tells the story of how a 14-year-old Smart was snatched from her bedroom and forced to endure months of abuse by her captor, Brian David Mitchell, who was later convicted and sentenced to life. “I will say that it is the best worst movie I’ve ever seen. I mean, I think it’s so well done. I think it was accurate,” Smart said. “I’m very proud of it, but at the same time, part of me thinks I’ll be happy if I never have to watch it again.”

*LBN-SEE IT: In his new book, photographer Gerald Fearnleypresents never-before-seen photos of his studio session with a 20-year-old David Bowie.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Mozart could write music before he could write words.

*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***Jon Jones reached the pinnacle of mixed martial arts and then fell harder than just about anyone ever had before. When he got back on top Saturday night by stopping his greatest rival in dramatic style, Jones vowed to appreciate everything he had lost and regained. Jones reclaimed his UFC light heavyweight title by stopping Daniel Cormier in the third round with a vicious head kick and a finish on the ground at UFC 214, completing his rocky journey back to the top after 2 1/2 years of drama with his 14th consecutive victory.



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The Social Security Act of 1935 established national social insurance, welfare, and other assistance programs in the US, but it did not address healthcare. Years later, President Harry Truman drew attention to this issue when he unsuccessfully lobbied for the establishment of a national healthcare program. By the 1960s, the political climate was more open to reform, and the Social Security Act amendments creating Medicare and Medicaid were passed, headed by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

*Phil Liberatore, CPA, Discusses The Weaknesses of the IRS

Between 2011 and 2016, an approximate 9,176 IRS employees were investigated for not completely paying their taxes. Alternatively, 99 percent of employees investigated for not fully paying taxes continue to work there, and only 74 of the agency’s workers were terminated, according to The Washington Times. Phil Liberatore of Liberatore CPA ( rebukes this type of behavior, stating that “the IRS is at the heart of the bureaucratic mess in Washington. The US Inspector General’s findings of IRS employees within the IRS with unpaid tax bills and tax cheats is the tip of the iceberg. The agency doesn’t hold its own employees to the same standards as the US taxpayer.” Liberatore goes on to assert, “in our over 30 years of experience, we have witnessed firsthand the organizational nightmare in the IRS. Many of our clients will come in with notices showing they owe huge sums to the IRS, and it turns out they were errors in the IRS’s calculations.” Liberatore has a zero-tolerance policy on the little time they set aside for their fellow hardworking citizens, which further invalidates their reliability and overall accuracy. He claims, “Compounding the problem is the terrible customer service the US taxpayers are forced to deal with. The agency has cut its walk-in office locations and wait-times on the phone are excessively long. The US taxpayers deserve better.” Although the IRS has many flaws and deficiencies that are hindering them from accurately serving the American people, Liberatore is optimistic that there is still a chance to improve. He articulates that “the agency is long overdue for reform which will bring accountability to the IRS, and hold them to the same standards as everyone else in the US.”

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Lizzie Crocker: This weekend, many thousands of sleepy women will submit to their male partners’ prodding, middle-of-the-night sexual advances—begrudgingly, at first, then perhaps with unexpected enthusiasm. When they wake up possibly tired and contemptuous of the prodder who disturbed their rest, they may curse the patriarchy. They may blame their submissive swoons on a combination of sexist conditioning and toxic masculinity, because they are enlightened feminists. But biology offers another explanation that could take the edge off these morning-after moods. A new study of male and female fruit flies has found that females are receptive to sexual advances even when sleep-deprived. Males, by contrast, are less likely to court females when sleep-deprived, according to the study, which also found that males are less likely to sleep when aroused.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Greatest Trick Plays in Football History  —-

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: Donald Trump was promising to destroy a vile criminal cartel. Unfortunately, not his own. But one could be forgiven for mistaking the vicious tactics of the MS-13 gang, as described by the president in a Long Island speech on Friday, with those of the Trump White House. “They don’t like shooting people because it’s too quick, it’s too fast,” Trump said, adding: “They like to knife them and cut them, and let them die slowly because that way, it’s more painful, and they enjoy watching that much more. These are animals.” The president could have been describing his own sadistic assault on Jeff Sessions, “as flies to wanton boys,” as Shakespeare said. Trump turned Sessions — with all his backward views on gays, drugs and criminal justice — into an unlikely hero for lawmakers from both parties who began hailing him as a crown jewel of American jurisprudence.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Why We Are All Addicts —– We tend to imagine that we can only become addicted to a few sorts of things. But real addiction is about using something, anything, to keep our real emotions, fears and hopes at bay. There are many more addicts among us than we think.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Former “Real Housewife of ­Miami” Joanna Krupa had a scary night in Mykonos. She posted a video from celebrity favorite Nammos restaurant of what appears to be several men in a verbal altercation, and Krupa claimed in a caption, “A group of drunk bullies and barbarians . . . attacked us and one of them grabbed my friend’s neck and shouted ‘Don’t f–k with me cuz I will kill you’ . . . all of it in front of the staff and security . . . of course nobody reacted.”

LBN – Special Report – Saturday, July 29, 2017

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Former White House Chief of StaffReince Priebus said that he offered his resignation on Thursday. But his actual exit could not have been more brutal or unceremonious. He accompanied the president on a trip to Long Island, was on Air Force One when Trump tweeted out the news of his departure (to the surprise of White House staff) and was left sitting in a car as the press corps came by to ask questions. Ultimately, his vehicle peeled off from the presidential motorcade, drifting alone through the pouring rain to an unknown destination as Trump and company returned to the White House.  Six months in, Trump has fired or replaced his chief of staff, his deputy chief of staff, his communications director, his press secretary, his national security adviser, a deputy national security adviser, and one of his White House spokespersons.


*TO RUSSIA WITH LOVE – President Trump Pledges to Sign Russia Sanctions Bill

President Donald Trump announced on Friday that he intends to sign into law a widely supported bill that gives Congress sweeping powers to prevent him from easing sanctions against Russia, after publicly wavering about signing such legislation. “Trump read early drafts of the bill and negotiated regarding critical elements of it,” a White House statement issued on Friday read. “He has now reviewed the final version and, based on its responsiveness to his negotiations, approves the bill and intends to sign it.” The bill, which also includes new sanctions on North Korea and Iran, was passed by massive, veto-proof majorities in both houses of Congress: 98-2 in the Senate and 419-3 in the House of Representatives. Russian PresidentVladimir Putin has threatened to retaliate if the legislation is signed into law, calling the sanctions “illegal” under international law


*Hamburg Attacker ‘Known as an Islamist’ to Authorities

One person was killed and six others injured Friday in a knife attack at a Hamburg grocery store. The city-state’s interior minister, Andy Grote, said Saturday that the attacker, a 26-year-old migrant, was known to German security forces as an Islamist. “He was known as an Islamist but not a jihadist,” Grote said, adding that “there are indications of radicalization.” The man, who has not been identified, also suffered from psychological problems, Grote said, and it’s unclear whether the “overriding element” was Islamist ideology or mental issues. The attacker reportedly yelled “Allahu Akbar!” as he fled the scene, though he was quickly overpowered and restrained by onlookers. Police in Hamburg say the attacker appears to have acted alone, though they have not ruled out that he had accomplices. He had arrived seeking asylum but was facing deportation, a process that was delayed because he lacked the proper identification papers, Grote said.

*Trump, on Long Island, Vows an End to Gun Violence: Hours after another defeat at the hands of the Republican-held Senate, President Trump launched into a speech about immigrant gang violence on Friday and wound up delivering a de facto campaign rally with a spray of Long Island police officers applauding behind him. In his second brief appearance in his home state since taking office – this time in a small auditorium at the Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood – Mr. Trump described cities as “bloodstained killing fields” that were overrun with undocumented immigrants before his inauguration in January. He described the perpetrators of violent crimes as “animals” and said his administration seeks to “dismantle, decimate and eradicate” gangs. He also used his roughly 30-minute speech to bolster the police, urging them to be less “nice” in arresting immigrant criminal suspects or gang members whom he described as enraptured by slow torture of their victims. The gang La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, has been accused of a string of heinous gang murders on Long Island. As expected, Mr. Trump called on Congress to fund hiring 10,000 more Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to crack down on undocumented immigrants in the United States, including those he said pose a criminal threat, and added that the initial spending for his proposed wall on the Mexico border was just approved by the House.

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*Tesla Sells Its First Model 3 Electric Cars


Tesla sold the first of its highly anticipated Model 3 electric cars to employee buyers Friday at an event marking the unveiling of the company’s first mass-market vehicles. Chief executive Elon Musk personally handed over 30 Model 3s to the 30 employees selected to be the first proud owners at the company’s factory complex near San Francisco. “We finally have a great, affordable electric car, and it is absolutely what’s needed,” Musk said at a briefing. The event marked a major milestone for the company as it shifts from selling pricey luxury cars to more affordable electric cars available to ordinary consumers. Thousands of prospective buyers have already put down $1,000 deposits to reserve their own $35,000 Model 3s, though it’s unclear when Tesla will officially begin selling the vehicles. The Model 3 travels up to 220 miles before requiring a battery charge and will reportedly be equipped with software enabling the company’s partially self-driving system.


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*Trump once ordered Priebus to rush to Oval Office to kill a fly report: The chief of staff was also head of the SWAT team. Reince Priebus was once ordered by President Trumpto rush into the Oval Office and exterminate a fly, a report said. Trump was holding a meeting in the West Wing office when he became outraged at an insect buzzing around him, according to The Washington Post. Priebus was summoned into the Oval to take care of the situation. The outgoing chief of staff, who was pushed out of his gig on Friday, had been demeaned and humiliated by his colleagues, the paper said. Priebus’ loyalty had been in doubt by Trump ever since he urged the then-candidate to drop out of the presidential race when a 2005 video of Trump bragging about sexual harassment became public.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The U.S. Constitution does not state when Election Day should be, which meant that in the early 1800s, people could vote from April to December.

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*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Katie Couric is leaving her full-time post at Yahoo and is also departing agency CAA for WME.  The journalist had been global anchor for Yahoo News — a position created for her in 2013. She re-upped with a $10 million deal in 2015, the same year she became a special contributor for ABC News as part of an expanded partnership between the two companies. Rather than extending her contract with Yahoo parent company Oath, Couric has struck a pact to work with the Verizon subsidiary on a project basis.



*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Dr. Phil at Bobby Van’s on Central Park South in NYC.   ***Bill Bratton and former Boston police commissioner Ed Davis dining with Bratton’s wife Rikki Klieman and PR man George Regan at the Four Seasons Hotel Boston.   ***Music mogul Clive Davis was in Newport, RI — home of the Newport Folk and Newport Jazz festivals — for the first time in 30 years for a screening of his doc, “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives.” Newport was where Bob Dylan in 1965 blew the minds of folkies by daring to “plug in” and play electric guitar at the fest. (As a lawyer before he took over Columbia and Epic, it was Davis’ job to tell Dylan some incendiary lyrics on his 1963 second album could be libelous.)

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Popular musician Kid Rock, real name Robert Ritchie, has been flirting with a Senate run in Michigan and a poll out Friday shows him far ahead in the Republican primary and within the margin of error in the general election. Ritchie has yet to decide whether to run for office, and released a statement on Wednesday about all the speculation in which he announced he is starting a non-profit group to encourage voter registration.



*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: CFHU —–  —- Volunteer! A Trip To Israel Of Meaning And Purpose Like No Other.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Malcolm Gladwell: The strange tale of the Norden bombsigh—–Master storyteller Malcolm Gladwell tells the tale of the Norden bombsight, a groundbreaking piece of World War II technology with a deeply unexpected result. —-

*LBN-COMMENTARY by JEREMY KRYT:  It’s summertime on the South Side of Chicago, and the sirens never seem to stop. In neighborhoods with names like Little Village, Back of the Yards, and Dolton, squad cars and ambulances scream day and night past shuttered storefronts and boarded-up houses. Welcome to the one of the most violent cities in America. There were 764 homicides here in 2016, according to a recent study by the University of Chicago Crime Lab. That’s a jump of more than 50 percent from the previous year, with most of them occurring in poor “ghetto” communities on the South and West Sides. All that killing is fueled, at least in part, by the city’s booming drug trade.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Scarlett Johannson having a smoke while receiving a ping pong lesson from Jonathan Rhys Meyers in Match Point.—–

*LBN-COMMENTARY by JON PARELES: Mick Jagger has released a pair of bitterly political songs, “England Lost” and “Gotta Get a Grip.” His post-Brexit statement is “England Lost,” a rant about isolationism — “You can’t get in and you can’t get out” — set to a minor-key riff akin to “Miss You,” with plenty of harmonica. One video for the song features the actor Luke Evans as a man in a suit, desperate to get away, but its “lyric video” adds an appearance by the grime rapper Skepta, who points out that for an exploited underclass, “nothing’s changed.”

*LBN-COMMENTARY by BRET STEPHENS: In 1993 The Wall Street Journal published a famous editorial called “No Guardrails,” which tried to locate the source of the moral chaos that had engulfed much of America. “How, in T. S. Eliot’s phrase, did so many become undone?” the editors wanted to know. heir answer, in a nutshell, was 1968 — specifically, the culture of excess, excuses and permission that abruptly supplanted the old American ethic of modesty, responsibility and restraint. “Certain rules that for a long time had governed behavior also became devalued,” the editorial noted. “Whatever else was going on here, we were repeatedly lowering the barriers of acceptable political and personal conduct.” I’ve always admired that editorial, but it needs updating. How did so many of the same people who spent the past 50 years bemoaning the decline of morality and decorum become the agents and enablers of the most morally grotesque administration in American history?


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Shaun Weiss, the actor who played Goldberg the Goalie in “The Mighty Ducks,” has been sentenced to 150 days in L.A. County Jail after allegedly shoplifting from an electronics store this month. Weiss allegedly stole $151 worth of merchandise but was hit with a harsh sentence because it was a repeat offense, the report said, citing law enforcement sources. Don Gibble, Weiss’ manager, was quoted by TMZ saying the actor “hopes jail will help him, and maybe while he is in jail he will write something.”   ***Anthony Scaramucci, the White House’s potty-mouthed new communications director, has been dumped by his beautiful blond wife because of his “naked political ambition,” multiple sources say. Deidre Ball, who worked as a vice president in investor relations for SkyBridge Capital, the firm he founded in 2005 and sold to ascend to the White House, has filed for divorce from “The Mooch” after three years of marriage after getting fed up with his ruthless quest to get close to President Trump, whom she despises. One source said, “Deidre has left him and has filed for divorce. She liked the nice Wall Street life and their home on Long Island, not the insane world of D.C. She is tired of his naked ambition, which is so enormous that it left her at her wits’ end. She has left him even though they have two children together.”