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FEMA wasn't ready for 2017's record-breaking hurricane season, and if it happens again, they won't be able to handle it and you'll be on your own. ''The Leisure Seeker'' is an affectionate film about that aging, ailing couple as they take one final, ill-advised journey in their beloved RV.
RV’s of the 1970s were things of beauty: thick lustrous burnt-orange shag carpeting, miles of wood paneling, and the gaudiest upholstery the decade had to offer. RV’s of the 1970s were things of beauty: thick lustrous burnt-orange shag carpeting, miles of wood paneling, and the gaudiest upholstery the decade had to offer.
Nevada law allows HOAs to auction off houses when a homeowner falls behind on their association dues.
Tthe event known as a Blood Moon occurs when the moon moves completely into the deepest part of Earth's shadow, known as the umbra. My daughter Annie and husband Steve. There’s pretty much no place more picturesque than Alaska to take an RV road trip in America. Agent Peter Strzok wanted to talk to the congressional committee longer, but he was having an old friend for dinner. The FBI has a long history of abusing its national security surveillance powers. Intrusive surveillance tools originally developed to target Soviet spies are increasingly being used against Americans. They may look all light and fluffy, but the reality is that clouds are actually pretty heavy.
For half a century, radio stations located just over the Mexican border had a tremendous impact on American culture. Two Boeing 747s collided on the runway at Los Rodeos Airport in the Canary Islands, killing 583 people and leaving the remote island of Tenerife as the scene of the world’s worst aviation disaster. When the Clintons flew on a commercial airliner, Bill was caught reading a fiction ‘rape’ thriller in flight. There are small numbers of bikers who refer to themselves as ''1%ers''. One percenter motorcycle gangs have been given this label because it is purported within motorcycle club circles that 99% of all bikers live within the boundaries of the law. Then there is the other 1% who rejects main-stream norms and live outside of the law, often engaging in highly criminal activity.
What If? 22 Crazy Hypothetical Questions (and their Answers) Dealing with a disaster in your home is overwhelming. When your home is damaged you may be stuck wondering how you should proceed. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to an area of the brain is cut off. Klaus Eberwein, a former Haitian official set to expose the Clinton Foundation's misdeeds in Haiti, committed suicide a week before he was to testify before the Haitian Senate’s Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.
An interactive presentation of the events at the Little Big Horn on June 25, 1876. In the words of film critic Keith Phipps, Monument Valley's five square miles have defined what decades of moviegoers think of when they imagine the American West. Route 66 was one of the original highways within the US highway system, connecting eight states from Illinois to California. My daughter Sarah was an attorney with the Screen Actors Guild in NYC, working to improve artists rights. She's now moved on to Hollywood, serving as a lobbyist for the Directors Guild, all while gaining a reputation as an expert on copyright law. Taught the little rascal everything she knows.
Jeff Sessions, his father and grandfather, were named after Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, and P.G.T. Beauregard, the Confederate general who attacked Fort Sumter. A grandson of slaves, Louis Armstrong was born in a poor neighborhood of New Orleans known as the ''Back of Town,'' and raised by a caring Jewish family. President Clinton escaped impeachment because every Democratic Senator voted to protect the party. Doing the right thing was checked at the door. He’s one of the most recognized figures from history—but are we any closer to capturing the truth of ''who was Custer?''
Even our president's crap is classified top secret. Black applicants were told what answers to mark in order to pass the test. Criminal charges against those who helped with the coaching were not pursued, even though cheating on a federal employment examination is a federal crime. The American Psychological Association, published a study that suggests that modern day father can contribute to his children’s health and well-being by maintaining a healthy relationship with the other parent even in cases of divorce; providing emotional and financial support, appropriate monitoring and discipline; and most importantly by remaining a permanent and loving presence in their lives. Almost every doctor is taught this unsubstantiated truism in medical school: if you step on a rusty nail, that you’re going to get Tetanus.
Narcissistic predator Bill Clinton thinks he was the victim in the Lewinsky scandal because legal defense bills left him ''dead broke'' when he left office. Other countries retaliated by imposing tariffs on U.S.-made goods. As a result, world trade fell by two-thirds between 1929 and 1934. Survivors penning 'revenge obituaries' to settle scores with the departed, or it can be the other way around. The 26-foot statue of Marilyn Monroe in Connecticut's Latham Park is scandalizing some because her rear end is facing the entrance of a church.
If you’re suddenly feeling a desire to have some fish and chips for supper tonight, here is some advice from the experts. A boat in the Bay of Fundy waits for high tide. The McCollum memo detailed an 8 step plan to provoke Japan into attacking the United States. Roosevelt implemented all 8 of the recommendations. Timeline of the D-Day landings of 6th June 1944 hour by hour as events unfolded on the day.
An actor in the 1963 film ''The Great Escape'', Donald Pleasence offered some advice to director John Sturges, and was told to ''keep his opinions to himself''. Then, Sturges learned that Pleasence had been a prisoner in a WWII German POW camp and knew what he was talking about. The former First Lady will be given the Radcliffe Medal, honoring individuals whose life and work have had a ''transformative impact on society''. No kidding. The Escapees Care Center in Texas is a refuge for RVers whose travels are permanently ended because of age or temporarily interrupted because of an illness. Jodi Huisentruit was a 27-year-old anchor at KIMT-TV in Mason City on June 27, 1995, when she failed to show up for work to anchor the 6 a.m. broadcast.
In fiscal year 2016, the federal government awarded 560,771 grants, totaling $583 billion. On average, each federal grant amounted to more than $1 million. If you’re using Facebook, you’re giving the company a ton of information about yourself which it is selling to advertisers in one form or another. Police have been clearing homeless people away from Windsor Castle, in preparation for lucky sperm club member Prince Harry's royal wedding. The age of Millennials has dawned. Are you prepared?
To be fair, we really don't know if President Donald Trump is deliberately lying, or just pulling things he thinks are true out of his ass. China is perfecting a vast network of digital espionage as a means of social control, with implications for democracies worldwide. The common risks faced by all travelers, and how you can stay safe. What gave the Russians global reach was antivirus software made by a Russian company, Kaspersky Lab, that is used by 400 million people worldwide.
Education is one of the most overpaid professions one can pursue, provided that one can see past the limitations of what we define as wealth and currency. Elite pilots deliver small planes across oceans and continents - distances these aircraft were not designed to fly. Congress spends a lot of time naming post offices and other foolishness. Click to see what they're up to now. 8 May 1945 - VE (Victory in Europe) Day. Millions of people rejoiced in the news that Germany had surrendered, relieved that the strain of war was over.
A group of of experts fighting to save the world from catastrophic asteroid impacts claim we could all be wiped out at any moment. A nuclear attack could cause substantial fatalities, injuries, and damage from the heat and blast of the explosion, and significant radiological consequences. ''Sweet Jesus!'' At the close of this song Lawrence Welk looked on approvingly and said   ''And there you heard a modern spiritual by Gail & Dale.'' Part of the appeal of ''Star Wars'' was the character of the Jedi Master known as Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Here are eight popes you’ll find in the history books for all the wrong reasons. On top of the money from the state and other sources, the 3,000 citizens of Williamstown, Kentucky on on the hook for $62 million in municipal bonds.
The 21,000-acre Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center is a mystical dude ranch like no other, and its history reads like a novel.
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Could Eric Jacobs, ''The Nomadic Fanatic'', be the most disliked person on YouTube?  Could be.
Thanks to movie director John Ford, Monument Valley is one of the most familiar landscapes in the United States, yet it remains largely unknown.
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When bad weather is coming, you need to be ready. Who doesn't have enough groceries to survive a weekend? Evidently, a lot of people. A dozen Hollywood films were either filmed entirely, or had scenes shot in Monument Valley, Utah. New York has taken to Chick-fil-A. One of the Manhattan locations estimates that it sells a sandwich every six seconds.
Rules pushed by the gun lobby and its allies in Congress left the agency unable to enforce the law. The phenomenon is an example of the principal known as Troxler's fading, discovered by a Swiss doctor in 1804. Joseph Stalin wanted John Wayne gone so badly he sent two men to pose as FBI agents to take him down. The multipurpose messaging app is becoming the Chinese national ID system.
Would you buy a product just because a star athlete says he uses it? When I was in high school in the late 1950's, some boys actually did this in one of the girls restrooms, then waited out in the hall for the screams. The 1941''Citizen Kane'' is considered by many to be the best film ever made. The works of Flavius Josephus, particularly The Wars of the Jews and Antiquities of the Jews, are some of the most important historical accounts to come out of the first century AD.
William Randolph Hearst started to build his fabulous estate overlooking the village of San Simeon in 1919.  After his death, it became a California State Park.
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Shark Tank's ''Mr. Wonderful'', Kevin O'Leary, says his biggest successes have been investments in women-run companies. ''Chappaquiddick,'' documents Senator Ted Kennedy’s 1969 crash that took the life of Mary Jo Kopechne.. The subject of the Netflix documentary ''Wild Wild Country'', a nearly unbelievable chapter of Oregon history, where a guru from India gathered 2,000 followers to live on a remote eastern Oregon ranch.
Some interesting facts, including: From 1903 to 1970, St. Patrick's Day was a religious observance in Ireland, and all pubs were shut down for the day. What?? Costco sells four times the hot dogs sold at all Major League Baseball stadiums combined each year, and the price hasn't changed since 1984. When I was a kid, it wasn't Sunday without watching Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom with Marlin Perkins. A Pineapple Express is a continuous surge of tropical moisture extending from near Hawaii all the way into a West Coast storm.
How could a big-budget Hollywood movie have screwed up such an elementary bit of geography? The 1831 London Bridge was purchased in as a tourist attraction for Lake Havasu, Arizona, and completed in 1971, bringing tourists and home buyers to the area. RV parks and resorts face all of the same issues as hotels in providing Wi-Fi to guests and have some additional unique challenges. The Ides of March is commonly associated with bad luck, a reputation that it earned at the end of the reign of the Roman emperor Julius Caesar.
The secret is out, time-traveler Jesus had an Instant Pot at that wedding in Cana. Dust devils are usually harmless, but can on rare occasions grow large enough to pose a threat to both people and property. 50,000 years ago, an asteroid plunged through the Earth's atmosphere at 8 miles per second and crashed into what would become central Arizona.
In 1999, in response to a song that made Winslow, Arizona famous, a life-size bronze statue and mural was erected, becoming a major tourist attraction.
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Sometimes philosophers are wrong and admitting that you could be wrong is a big part of being a real philosopher. Having a green burial not only helps save the environment, it also saves your family a lot of money. Porch Pirate crime is on the rise, along with the growth of online shopping. Instead of treating all people the same under the law, hate crime laws judge people on their differences.
In an age of micro-managed partisan stagecraft and left-wing media enablers, there is no such thing as a spontaneous question. Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. Who hasn’t fantasized about a life off the grid? A life without the usual obligations. Utilize this shelf life resource and stop throwing out perfectly good food.
Black Lake flooded when sea levels rose, and the Aegean Sea breached the land between it and the lake (now called the 'Bosporus Strait' near Istanbul).This could be bad news for believers in ''The Great Flood'' and the ''Noah's Ark'' story, except those folks will just ignore it. The Masters has a set of odd rules and customs that just don't exist outside of Augusta National. For example, winning golfers must return their green jackets to Augusta National one year after winning the Masters, and they can only be worn while at the Masters. Like the sand in the traps? You can go to jail for trying to take some home as a souvenir. ''Patrons'' (''fans'' must be called ''patrons'') can use folding chairs, but armrests are not allowed. The attorney-client privilege is a rule that preserves the confidentiality of communications between lawyers and clients. An Internet troll tries to disrupt, attack, offend or generally cause trouble by posting comments, or challenging the integrity of individuals or websites.
Within minutes of the unveiling, CNN reporters were making excuses for why Michelle Obama's portrait looks so bad. Call me an old romantic, but there's nothing that warms my heart more than having someone beaten to death and beheaded. In 1941, Stalin gave orders to deploy three all-female air force units. The women would not only fly missions and drop bombs, they would return fire. Contrary to the popular imagination, bearing arms on the frontier was a heavily regulated business.
At the London games in 2012, athletes went through 100,000 condoms in the first week. The Lake Tahoe estate featured in 'Godfather' is for sale for $3.75 million. Many consider the story of Noah's Ark merely another biblical fairy tale, while others believe that the story is historically accurate. Believe me, I'd rather be in Arizona or anywhere else where it is warm, but family activities caused us to staying too long in Minnesota.
Fred Harvey created the first restaurant chain in the United States, promoting tourism in the American Southwest in the late 19th century. Private planes can cost as much as $75,000 per hour for the Super Bowl, and evidently, VIPs are willing to spend that kind of money on these lavish jets. Football fans yelled ''Everything is free!'' as they looted and trashed stores. Turning over cars and setting them on fire, there was even a report that a police horse was stolen. Myth-busting website Snopes originally gained recognition for being the go-to site for disproving outlandish urban legends. Now it is accused of posing as a political fact-checker, heavily tilted towards the likes of Hillary Clinton. Could this be true?
Every year, hundreds projects - from teapot museums, to potato research, to studies on the mating habits of crabs - are inserted into spending bills. Have you ever noticed that as married couples get older the women does most of the driving? The term ''The Ten Commandments'' is only used once in the Bible and it is used for the covenant listed in Exodus 34:10-2. The book of Deuteronomy gives us the list that you, and almost everyone else, thinks is real. Come take a stroll through Hollywood Graveyard, and see where your favorite stars are buried.
A planet's gravity pulls equally from all sides. Gravity pulls from the center to the edges like the spokes of a bicycle wheel. I know this is shocking news to you, but If you stick your finger in an electrical outlet, the current can maim or even kill you. Winning the award is free, telling anyone you won in your advertising costs a lot of money. Niksen embraces a state of indolence, of languor. It reminds us that periods of doing nothing whatsoever, of purposely avoiding productivity, has great value.
The founders of New California want to take over most of current-day California — including many rural counties — and leave the coastal urban areas to themselves. Commander David Fravor was flying a F/A-18-F fighter jet off San Diego when he sighted an unidentified flying object and tried to intercept it. After the airlines lost his luggage on his way to an important meeting, a friend of mine always wears his suit instead of casual wear when he flies. Trolls are ugly, mean specimens who hide in anonymity and feed off making other people miserable. Putting yourself in a defense mode is like adding gasoline to fire. There is no way to reason with such characters.
No other public holiday in the United States honors a single individual, and many feel this just isn't right. 'WOO HOO, PROMOTION!'  If you or I did this blunder, we'd be fired, but this was a government employee who was simply 'reassigned' to another fireproof area. After the 2010 earthquake, the Red Cross unveiled plans to ''develop new communities.'' None were ever built, but they continued collecting money. According to the author, India’s sole claim to fame is as the world’s largest public toilet.
The ''American Masters'' PBS special about Bob Hope is 2 hours you will not want to get back. Clickbait is a pejorative term for web content whose main goal is to get users to click on a link to go to a certain webpage. Privately financed by Sun Myung Moon  and his Unification Church, the film cost over $46 million and returned just $2 million at the box office. Not on VHS or DVD, but you can watch it on YouTube. Gene Wilder's widow on what it's like to care for someone with Alzheimer's.
When you’re one of the most beloved stars in the world, you can get away with almost anything.            (A clever artist turned Lincoln into Bill Murray.) It takes a challenging and risky maneuver to attach the banner to the airplane before it flies. My four year old granddaughter Audrey was in the hospital in Rome when she looked up and saw the Pope walk in the door. ''Papa Francesco!'' she said. According to President Trump, the U.S. has given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid in the past 15 years and they have given us nothing in return.
Very little of the story of Kwanza is based on fact. Even the Swahili language being taught to children was never spoken by the slaves captured in Africa. Not a single legitimate record exists of the Romans executing any Christians in the Colosseum. A 3-credit college course in ''What is the United Kingdom'' in 5 minutes, 14 seconds. Think we have a little too much government? Upon their return from the Moon, the crew of Apollo 11 had to go through Customs and declare the moon dust they brought home.
For the German version, Warner Bros. deleted all scenes with Nazis in them, with no mention of the war. The famous painting of Washington crossing the Delaware on Christmas Day was created by German artist Emanuel Leutze, and displayed all over Germany to enthusiastic crowds. A second copy was then painted and sent to the United States. In 1966, Kwanzaa was created by ex-convict Maulana Ndabezitha Karengahese, 76, currently a professor of Africana studies at California State University. The phenomenon of hot water freezing faster than cold water is known as the Mpemba effect, named after Erasto Mpemba, a student who in 1963 was making ice cream as part of a school project.
While often thought a joke, shotgun weddings were serious business in many parts of the country. Howard Hughes and the bizarre true story behind the movie ''Rules Don’t Apply''. Erasing Spacey required refilming 22 scenes in ''All the Money in the World,'' about the 1973 kidnapping of John Paul Getty III and his grandfather’s refusal to pay a $17 million ransom. Straight or Gay, I think you'll find Randy Rainbow's YouTube videos to be hilarious.
The attack on December 7, 1941 wasn't a total surprise to people in Hawaii. Click open the November 30th edition of this newspaper. The Official Site of the Attack on Pearl Harbor. Diary of a Snow Shoveler is a bit too close to reality for those of us who regularly experience Minnesota winters. Hijab, niqab, burka - there are lots of different kinds of coverings worn by Muslim women all over the world.
Modern day Christians know very little about the history of their religion. How to avoid going to jail under 18 U.S.C. Section 1001 for lying to government agents. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that some of these people had no business going to college. This drone takes advantage of the GPS and Gyro capabilities in your smart phone, and the company is taking pre-orders, hoping to ship by the end of 2017.
The USS Iowa, at 108 feet wide, was the largest ship to ever pass through the 110 foot wide Panama Canal. In  2016, a third lock 180 feet wide was completed. Comedian John Oliver joked about the sex talk that occasionally came up on CBS Morning News when he appeared on the show in 2015. Now, we realize it wasn't all that funny. A California man plans to launch himself 1,800 feet high in a homemade scrap-metal rocket in an effort to prove that Earth is flat. A very eerie moment when Samantha Bee predicted a Charlie Rose scandal.
How much do you really know about this man? ''Flying a sign,'' as it's called, is a way for the homeless to make their pleas to passersby quickly without defying laws against aggressive panhandling. Certain mammals have what many people might consider the good fortune to be able to sleep through the winter—to hibernate. Detective Sean Suiter was shot and killed with his own gun just a day before he was supposed to testify in a federal police racketeering case.
Ruth Shaw remembers going to school in the 1930's, a time when life was simpler, for better or worse. Air Force officer L. Fletcher Prouty was in New Zealand when Kennedy was shot, and believed that the local paper reported on Oswald's background too quickly. Ferrero, the Italian company that makes Nutella, insists the quality and all other aspects of Nutella remains the same. But, consumers are not happy. To be a scandal, a fall from grace is required. The mighty have to stumble, the pious to be caught in sin.
Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) is accused of taking bribes from in the form of private jet travel, a Paris vacation and campaign contributions in exchange for pushing the business interests of Salomon Melgen, a Florida eye doctor, at the highest levels of the U.S. government. Defense lawyers say they were just favors among good friends. There were so many homeless orphans in the 1800's they were auctioned off to the highest bidder. In Silicon Valley, California, apartments across the street from this motorhome start at $3,000 a month. To some generals like Pershing, the idea of an armistice was repugnant. ''There can be no conclusion to this war until Germany is brought to her knees.''
Some of the most incriminating information about the assassination may have been destroyed or never sent to the National Archives in the first place. Four ways that falling back from Daylight Saving Time can kill you. In this episode of ''Conspiracy Theory'', Jesse Ventura takes on what he has long regarded as the most significant event of his generation. When Lt. Col. Custer left Fort Abraham Lincoln in North Dakota for Montana in 1876, he took along his regimental band, a sixteen-piece brass band mounted on matching white horses.
Do you remember where you were when Kennedy was shot? George H.W. Bush says he can't recall. The photo on the left is in front of the school book depository. If one were to pick a defining moment in the story of the Black Hills coming under the control of the United States, it would likely be the 1874 Custer Expedition. Odes to the state they love from notable Minnesotans. Inside Hillary Clinton’s Secret Takeover of the DNC.

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