Monthly Archives: September 2017

LBN – Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Playboy tycoon Hugh Hefner’s rise to become one of the world’s most famous men began with a heartbreak that tore his life apart. The glamour magazine’s owner – who died yesterday at age 91 – became known as a serial ladies’ man during a career that lasted 64 years. But it was the betrayal a young Hefner suffered at the hands of his first wife that marked his formative years and one that he went on to describe as “the most devastating moment” of his life. He married Mildred Williams in 1949 in the belief the pair had ‘saved themselves’ for one another. The couple had met at college in the mid 40s. Little did Chicago-born Hefner know that his beloved Milly had slept with another man while her beau served in the US military during the Second World War. Explaining his heartbreak, he said: “I think the relationship was probably held together by two years of foreplay. “That wasn’t unusual for our time. In fact, most of my immediate friends didn’t have sex until they married. Milly and I had it just before. “I had literally saved myself for my wife, but after we had sex she told me that she’d had an affair. That was the most devastating moment in my life.
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*Trump Waives the Jones Act to Help Puerto Rico

After much controversy, President Trump on Thursday morning finally authorized that a century-old shipping law be waived in order to expedite the delivery of critical supplies to Puerto Rico. The Jones Act requires that all goods shipped between U.S. ports must be carried on ships built, owned, and operated by Americans. Trump initially expressed hesitance to waive the rule, “We have a lot of shippers and a lot of people that work in the shipping industry that don’t want the Jones Act lifted.” On Thursday morning, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced on Twitter: “At [Puerto Rican governor] @ricardorossello request, @POTUS has authorized the Jones Act be waived for Puerto Rico. It will go into effect immediately.”

*Beijing: All North Korean Companies and Joint Ventures in China Will Be Closed

The Chinese government announced Thursday that all North Korean firms and joint ventures in China will be closed in compliance with the most recent sanctions against Pyongyang. All North Korean-owned companies have 120 days from the sanctions’ Sept. 11 adoption date to shut down. Nonprofit and non-commercial infrastructure projects approved by the U.N. Security Council will be exempted. The new sanctions, the harshest imposed yet, also ban textile exports and further restricts North Korea’s oil supply. The latest round of sanctions followed the Kim Jong Un regime’s nuclear power test this month, its sixth and most powerful to date.

*GDP Jumped to 3.1% for Second Quarter:

The U.S. economic output grew at an annual rate of 3.1 percent this spring, the highest growth since 2015, according to new Commerce Department figures for the second quarter. However, growth is expected to slow dramatically after the string of fierce hurricanes that slammed Florida, Texas, and Puerto Rico, with economists predicting that storm damage could cause Gross Domestic Product to fall by as much as 1.2 percentage points for the third quarter.

*Rep. Steve Scalise Returns to Capitol Hill

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was at “imminent risk of death” after being shot at a Republican congressional baseball practice in June, is returning to the Capitol on Thursday. The Louisiana congressman is expected to speak on the House floor and participate in morning votes. His office said that while he will be back to work, he will also be “completing an extended period of out-patient rehabilitation over the coming months.”

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Nearly half of Americans owe no federal income tax at all, but they do pay taxes: payroll taxes to fund Social Security and Medicare, tariffs, excise taxes, corporate taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, state and local income taxes, and so on.

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*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Hear the late Frank Vincent’s final media interview on the “Outer Limits of Inner Truth” radio show. Mr. Vincent discusses how he met Joe Pesci, how he got into acting, his experience on the Sopranos, and his real life run in with a famous mobster. —

*‘IT: Chapter 2’ Gets 2019 Release Date

“IT” has become a bona-fide phenomenon since its debut on September 8th, 2017, breaking all box office expectations and shattering records left and right. For New Line and Warner Bros., it’s surely been nothing but celebration. Today the two studios have announced the release date for the sequel to IT as September 6th, 2019, where it will debut in regular theaters and IMAX screens (for those who like to be even more terrified). The movie has revived a sluggish summer box office, and continues to put up big numbers as it becomes the highest-grossing R-rated horror movie in the U.S. ever.


LBN – Wednesday, September 27th, 2017


The population of illegal immigrants and their kids is costing American taxpayers $135 billion a year, the highest ever, driven by free medical care, education and a huge law enforcement bill, according to the the most authoritative report on the issue yet. And despite claims from pro-illegal immigration advocates that the aliens pay significant off-setting taxes back to federal, state and local treasuries, the Federation for American Immigration Reform report tallied just $19 billion, making the final hit to taxpayers about $116 billion. State and local governments are getting ravaged by the costs, at over $88 billion. The federal government, by comparison, is getting off easy at $45 billion in costs for illegals.

*Report: Russian-Funded Facebook Ads Backed Sanders, Stein, Trump

Russian-funded political ads on Facebook allegedly promoted Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, President Donald Trump, and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, according to a new report from Politico. Federal officials now suspect that such ads — some of which criticized Hillary Clinton — were meant to affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Unnamed sources cited by the news outlet even claim that such ads backed Sanders long after his campaign ended and Clinton had won the Democratic primary. There is no indication that any of the candidates were aware of the Russian-funded ads.

*U.S. to Cap Refugee Admissions at 45,000 Annually

The Trump administration is reducing overall annual refugee admissions to the United States, allowing, at most, 45,000 to be admitted next year. Officials said the State Department recommended 50,000, while the Department of Homeland Security wanted the number to be 40,000. The cap hasn’t been this low since 2006, when around 41,000 refugees were admitted. In contrast, during the last year of the Obama administration, the U.S. allowed nearly 85,000 refugees to enter the country. Trump campaigned on a strict immigration crackdown, and often said he wanted to limit refugee admissions.

*Saudi Arabia Agrees to Let Women Drive:

Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday that it would allow women to drive, ending a longstanding policy that has become a global symbol of the oppression of women in the ultraconservative kingdom. The change, which will take effect in June 2018, was announced in a royal decree read live on state television and in a simultaneous media event in Washington. The decision highlights the damage that the ban on women driving has done to the kingdom’s international reputation and its hopes for a public relations benefit from the reform. Saudi leaders also hope the new policy will help the economy by increasing women’s participation in the workplace. Many working Saudi women spend much of their salaries on drivers or must be driven to work by male relatives.

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*Rapper Young Dolph Expected to Survive Multiple Gunshot Wounds

The 32-year-old rapper Young Dolph is expected to survive multiple gunshot wounds following a shooting outside the Loews Hollywood Hotel near the TCL Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. Los Angeles Police Officer Mike Lopeztold the Los Angeles Times that the shooting began as an argument between Young Dolph—whose real name is Adolph Thornton Jr.—and three other men. He was initially listed in critical condition but police said late Tuesday evening that he should be able to recover.

*Police: Killer Clown Unmasked After 27 Years:

Florida police say they have solved a 1990 cold case involving a killer clown who murdered 40-year-old Marlene Warren while holding balloons and a bouquet, while in full costume, including a red ball nose and floppy shoes. Two decades later, police say the suspect in the Palm Beach County clown murder was the current wife of Marlene’s widower: Sheila Keen Warren. She is now in custody in Virginia, awaiting extradition proceedings. Police say new DNA evidence proves that Sheila Warren allegedly shot Marlene Warren at least once in the face and then walked away. “I didn’t think that it would ever happen; there’s always hope, but I’d prefer to have her instead,” Marlene Warren’s mother, Shirley Twing, told The Sun Sentinel on Tuesday night.

*AT&T’s DirectTV Is Offering Refunds Over NFL Protests

AT&T’s DirecTV is offering refunds to some Sunday Ticket subscribers who are angry with the wave of national-anthem protests sweeping National Football League games, The Wall Street Journal reports. The regular policy for DirecTV’s SundayTicket prohibits refunds, but customer-service representatives have reportedly said they are making exceptions in light of the recent protests. The protests, which began last season to call attention to racism and police brutality, gained momentum last Friday after President Trump publicly condemned the practice and called for protesting NFL players to be fired. While DirecTV has not issued an official statement outlining its response, several customer-service representatives contacted by phone confirmed the new policy, with some saying a complaint against the protests is enough to get a full refund. Marc Hoffman, one subscriber interviewed by the Journal, said he received a refund of about $280 after calling simply to “make a point.”

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Aerosmith canceled a handful of tour dates as Steven Tyler recovers from an undisclosed “unexpected medical issues.” A Twitter post from the singer’s account said he was “seeking immediate care and has been advised by his doctors that he cannot travel or perform at this time.” The band subsequently canceled the last four dates of the South American leg of its AeroVederci tour.   ***A recent draft of Bob Dylan’s handwritten lyrics for his iconic 1965 song “Like a Rolling Stone” is headed to auction via Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles. The new draft was handwritten in 2017 and has been authenticated by Bob Dylan’s manager, according to a statement from the auction house.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Stevie Nicks: “I Used to Carry a Gram of Cocaine in My Boot” —-

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*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Joseph M. McDade, an 18-term Republican congressman from northeastern Pennsylvania who helped revive the local coal-driven economy, and who late in his career was accused and acquitted of helping himself to $100,000 in illegal gifts, died on Sunday at his home in Fairfax, Va. He was 85. His death was confirmed in a statement from his family. He had had Parkinson’s disease since the 1990s.   ***Orville Lynn Majors, who was convicted in 1999 of killing six people while he was a nurse at a rural Indiana hospital, died on Sundaywhile serving a 360-year prison sentence. He was 56. Mr. Majors was having difficulty breathing and became unresponsive on Sunday at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, corrections officials reported. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead there. Preliminary autopsy results showed that he had heart problems, the officials said.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Howard Stern says ‘I will never vote Democrat again, they are Communists ‘ —


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*LBN-VIDEO LINK:  “Without Notes” with Susan Estrich – Episode 2: The Kennedy Campaign —

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Jay Leno: I think high self-esteem is overrated. A little low self-esteem is actually quite good. Maybe you’re not the best, so you should work a little harder.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas F. Friedman (Former Secretary of State): Dean Acheson wrote a famous memoir, “Present at the Creation,” about the birth of the post-World War II order — an order whose institutions produced six decades of security and growth for a lot of people. We’re now at a similar moment of rapid change — abroad and at home. Many institutions have to be rethought. But any book about Washington today would have to be called “Absent at the Creation.”Surely one of the most cynical, reckless acts of governing in my lifetime has been President Trump and the G.O.P.’s attempt to ram through a transformation of America’s health care system — without holding hearings with experts, conducting an independent cost-benefit analysis or preparing the public — all to erase Barack Obama’s legacy to satisfy a few billionaire ideologue donors and a “base” so drunk on Fox News that its members don’t understand they’ll be the ones most hurt by it all. Democrats aren’t exactly a fire hose of fresh ideas, but they do respect science and have a sense of responsibility to not play around with big systems without an ounce of study. Not so Trump. He scrapped the Paris climate treaty without consulting one climate scientist — and no G.O.P. leader protested. Think about that. That failure is particularly relevant because, as this column has been arguing, “climate change” is the right analytical framework for thinking about how we shape policy today. Why? Because we’re going through three climate changes at once: We’re going through a change in the actual climate — disruptive, destructive weather events are steadily on the rise.

*LBN-ETC: 100+ Volunteers Needed for “Stand Down 2017” Homeless Veteran Benefit Event in Los Angeles

From October 26th-October 27th, Village for Vets and Brentwood School are partnering to coordinate volunteers for “The Stand Down 2017,” an event providing supplies and services to homeless Veterans, such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings and VA Social Security benefits counseling. Veterans can also receive referrals to other assistance such as health care, housing solutions, employment, substance use treatment and mental health counseling. The event is taking place at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. 1500 homeless and family members expected to partake in one day of food, showers, housing, assessments, services and more. Volunteers needed for all services. To volunteer, sign up here:


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Game of Thrones stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie have announced they’re getting married. The pair, who played on-screen lovers Jon Snow and Ygritte in the HBO series, published an official announcement of their engagement in the Times of London, although the wedding date has yet to be revealed. The couple met on the hit show in 2012 and only went public with their romance last year. Harington has previously said his work opposite Leslie in the show made it “easy” for the two to become romantically involved.   ***Julia Stiles is officially off the market. The “Save the Last Dance” actress used Instagram to announce that she and fiancé Preston J. Cook tied the knot in Seattle. Stiles’ rep confirmed that the nuptials took place over Labor Day Weekend.   **At this rate “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” could go on for another 40 years – now Khloé is also pregnant, a source has confirmed. We’re told that Khloé, 33, is in her second trimester with her first child, and the father is Cleveland Cavaliers star Tristan Thompson.   ***Pete Davidsonrevealed that he has borderline personality disorder. The “Saturday Night Live” star, 23, explained that he thought the symptoms he had been experiencing were because of his “pothead” nature.

LBN – Monday, September 25th, 2017

*SECURITY BREACH – Pilots With Terrorist Ties Are Still Licensed to Fly in U.S.

People with terrorist ties are still licensed to fly in the U.S. despite the fact that the Federal Aviation Administration was warned about it in 2009, the Boston Globe reports. The newspaper’s Spotlight report also found that the FAA does not use pilot photos on its licenses or completely vet pilot information before doling out credentials. Former Rep. John Mica has called American pilot licenses “a joke,” claiming that a pass to an amusement park requires more proof of identity and has more sophisticated security precautions. But the FAA claims the pilot certificate is supposed to indicate training level instead of provide security. Pilots are also required to carry a government-issued ID, and commercial airlines and airports typically issue their own forms of identification for security purposes.

*Anthony Weiner gets hard time:

It’s hard time for Anthony Weiner. The disgraced ex-congressman was sentenced to 21 months in prison Monday for convincing a high school student to undress and touch herself via Skype in 2016. Weiner, 53, had faced as much as 10 years in the slammer after pleading guilty in May to one count of transferring obscene material to a minor. The feds said Weiner, a former Congressman from Brooklyn, began a two-month sexting session with the North Carolina teen shortly after she messaged him on Twitter in January 2016. He pleaded for probation on the grounds that his online dalliance with the 15-year-old was due to his sick obsession with sexting strangers rather than an obsession with underage girls. The government had asked for two years in prison.

*‘Sunday Night Football’ Ratings Down Again On Day Of Player Protests Notes Media Expert

“Facts are stubborn things” notes media expert and authorMichael Levine. After a day of seemingly endless controversy and protesting over the National Anthem, the NFL took a hit on last night’s Sunday Night Football. According to Levine, in metered market numbers, the primetime match-up between the 27-10 winning Washington Redskins and the Oakland Raiders received an 11.6/20, which is the worst SNF has performed this season so far. That’s an 8% dip from the early numbers of last week’s Atlanta Falcon’s 34-23 win over the Green Bay Packers. In FedEx Field in Maryland last night, the third week of SNF for the 2017-2018 season declined 10% from early numbers of the comparable game of last year on September 25, 2016. “The reality is that with sports in general, many people – tune in to tune out. They don’t want the experience to turn into a political fight and it is a turn-off to many.”

*McCain calls brain cancer prognosis ‘very poor’

US Sen. John McCain says doctors have given him a “very poor prognosis” as he battles brain cancer. McCain underwent surgery in July for a brain tumor that was later found to be a form of glioblastoma, the same type of cancer that took the life of his former Senate colleague Edward M. Kennedy in 2009. McCain tells CBS’ “60 Minutes” in an interview that aired Sunday night that he thinks about Kennedy a lot. He says Kennedy continued to work despite the diagnosis and “never gave up because he loved the engagement.” McCain says he has “feelings sometimes of fear of what happens,” but counters that with gratitude for having “had a great life.”

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*Tom Brady: I Disagree With Trump’s ‘Divisive’ Comments

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady took a stand Monday, distancing himself from President Trump’srecent attacks on National Football League players who kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality. “I certainly disagree with what he said. I thought it was just divisive,” Brady said on radio show Kirk & Callahan. Trump stirred controversy at an Alabama rally last week when he accused kneeling players of “disrespecting” the American flag. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. He is fired,’” Trump said. In response, Brady said on Monday: “I believe in bringing people together and respect and love and trust.” Brady added, “I just want to support my teammates.” Soon after Brady’s interview, Trump unleashed a routine tweet-storm in which he claimed that the “issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!”

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*Cyberattack Reveals Deloitte Clients’ Secret Emails

The global accounting giant Deloitte has been hit by a sophisticated cyberattack that may have exposed the email usernames, passwords, and personal details of the firm’s clients, The Guardian reported Monday. The hack was reported to have been discovered in March after having gone unnoticed for months. Malicious Hackers infiltrated Deloitte’s global email server in October or November 2016 by accessing an “administrator’s account” that presumably gave them unrestricted access to all areas.
*Report: Obama Tried to Warn Zuckerberg About Fake News on Facebook

Two months before President Donald Trump’s inauguration, then-President Barack Obama personally warned Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg that fake news about the 2016 presidential election had been spread on his social-media site, The Washington Post reported Sunday. At the time, Zuckerberg reportedly acknowledged the threat of fake news and political disinformation, but said those messages weren’t widespread on Facebook. Last week, however, Zuckerberg admitted to Congress that Facebook had indeed been manipulated and that Russian operatives are suspected to have purchased more than 3,000 politically themed advertisements on the site during the election.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Uber’s new boss apologized to Londoners for the taxi app’s mistakes and pledged to make changes as the Silicon Valley firm tries to overturn a decision to strip it of its license in one of its major markets. The British capital’s transport regulator on Friday deemed Uber unfit to run a taxi service and decided not to renew its license to operate, which will end this week, citing the firm’s approach to reporting serious criminal offenses and background checks on drivers.   ***Airbnb is launching local tours and other experiences in New York City this week, with one listing promising “an unforgettable shoe-shopping experience” led by a New Yorker whose bio describes her as “an actor, producer, businesswoman … and a proud New Yorker.” That host is Sarah Jessica Parker. Each participant will get a pair of shoes from her SJP Collection at Bloomingdale’s, with a stop at the department store’s Forty Carrots cafe for frozen yogurt before the guests head off to the ballet.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Common Traits in All Super Successful People

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Maria Sharapova (Tennis star):  I think I was really struck and moved by the tough decisions and the setbacks my father, Yuri, had to face in our early years here. I interviewed him extensively for this book, because I was so little when we came here. I hadn’t really thought about how tough it had been for him — to leave his home, my mother (who couldn’t get a visa for years), to land in the middle of the night in Florida with no English at all. We came here with only $700, and he lost that almost immediately. We moved through a series of Florida tennis factories before we were secure. But my father is a believer in getting through. He took endless odd jobs; he did everything he could to make my career happen. I interviewed a lot of my coaches, too, for the book. That was so interesting to me. On the court, it is just you facing your opponent. But the truth is, you are always part of a team.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Bret Stephens: Extensive survey data show that Republicans are much more right-leaning than they were twenty years ago, Democrats much more left-leaning, and both sides much more likely to see the other as a mortal threat to the nation’s welfare. The polarization is geographic, as more people live in states and communities where their neighbors are much likelier to share their politics. The polarization is personal: Fully 50 percent of Republicans would not want their child to marry a Democrat, and nearly a third of Democrats return the sentiment. Inter-party marriage has taken the place of interracial marriage as a family taboo.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: “Without Notes” with Susan Estrich – Episode 2: The Kennedy Campaign   —-

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Gene Simmons (Co-founder, Kiss rock group): The wisest person I ever met continues to be my mother. She survived a Nazi concentration camp at fourteen when her whole family was killed. Her perspective on life is, “Every day above ground is a good day, so reach for the stars. As long as there’s nobody trying to kill you, what have you got to lose? You cannot fail.” And she’s right. She’s also taught me that success is only temporary. She still doesn’t understand who pays me and why there’s so much money. She just can’t fathom it. When I showed her the first ten million dollar check I earned, she didn’t know what ten million dollars was, or whether it’s ten thousand or a hundred thousand. But she looked at it and it looked like a large number and she said, “That’s wonderful, now what are you gonna do?” She’s right. You knock somebody out, you’re the champion of the world, hey that’s great. OK, now what are you gonna do? Sit back? Or are you gonna get back in the ring and continue to pump your heart while you’re alive? Use it or lose it. I learned that work ethic from my mother.

*LBN-VIDEO LINKBob Dylan 2016 Nobel Lecture in Literature —-


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Tyga seems to have learned a thing or two from his time among the Kardashians. The rapper and ex-boyfriend of Kylie Jenner continued to insinuate himself into the drama over the weekend. After news broke on Friday that Jenner and boyfriend Travis Scott are expecting a baby, Tyga tweeted, “Hell nah that’s my kid.” Then, on Saturday, a club-goer tells Page Six, he took the mike at Avenue in LA and said, in a possible diss to Jenner moving on so fast with Scott, “Sometimes it’s better to be single … These hoes ain’t loyal!”