By Jim Harrington | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: April 19, 2019 at 10:02 am | UPDATED: April 20, 2019 at 6:00 am Kate Smith’s soaring rendition of “God Bless America” has been a been a cherished part of New York Yankees and Philadelphia Flyers games for years. But it appears that sports fans will no longer get to hear Smith’s popular take on that patriotic number at Yankees and Flyers games, now that those teams have reportedly said they’ll stop playing Smith’s “God Bless America” after finding that the singer also did racist songs in the 1930s. “Smith, who died in 1986, is most closely identified with ‘God Bless America,’ but recorded numerous other songs over her long career. Among them were “Pickaninny Heaven” and “That’s Why Darkies Were Born,” which contain disturbing lyrics that demean black people,” reports the New York Times. The Yankees … [Read more...] about Yankees, Flyers ban Kate Smith’s ‘God Bless America’ due to racist songs
World Morgan Freeman has, at last partially, reprised his role as God on the small screen in an ad for an Israeli air condition company. In the commercial, Freeman, who first played God in the 2003 film Bruce Almighty says people keep confusing him for God. He admits he isn’t, although he can control the weather in his home, “almost like God himself.” Read more: Israel says it can fight more than one war at a time, tells Iran to ‘get out’ of Syria The Shawshank Redemption star is referring to his Tadiran air conditioning unit. Freeman was reportedly paid $300,000 by the Israeli company that produces the units to star in the ad, which began to air on TVs in the Holy Land this week, the Jerusalem Post reported. “From the time I used to play God in the movies people used to confuse me with Him,” Freeman says in his distinctive voice. The actor posits that it could be because of the way he talks, as he speaks into an intercom, … [Read more...] about Watch: Morgan Freeman Says People Confuse Him With God in New Ad
PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 November 2018 | UPDATED: 12:00 15 November 2018 Rowan Mantell The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham James. Photo: Diocese of Norwich Diocese of Norwich With a heart for people and a head for action, the Lord Bishop of Norwich, the Right Reverend Graham James has won friends across his diocese. The man who once appeared in the Guinness Book of Records talks about rollercoasters, royals and religion ahead of his retirement The Bishop of Norwich, Rt Rev Graham James sailing on the Wherry Albion to take the annual service at St Benet's Abbey. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYWhen Bishop Graham arrived in Norwich, he was expecting it would take time to feel at home. “The thing that I kept hearing about Norfolk was that you need to be here for 180 years before anyone will speak to you!” he said. “We certainly didn’t find that at all. Of all the places I have been in ministry this is the place that has given the warmest welcome … [Read more...] about Goodbye and God bless Bishop Graham
By George Skelton | Los Angeles Times September 7, 2018 at 12:15 pm By George SkeltonLos Angeles Times Gov. Jerry Brown has nearly 1,000 bills stacked on his desk to sign or chuck. Some are important. Most are not. Many are frivolous. They flew out of the Legislature like clouds of locusts in the final days before lawmakers adjourned their two-year session on Friday. Brown has until Sept. 30 to act on them. Last year, he signed 88 percent of the Legislature’s offerings, no doubt occasionally cringing. The biggest bills now before the governor I’ve already written about: wildfire liability, fire prevention, net neutrality and 100 percent clean energy by 2045. Here are some other intriguing measures, with unsolicited advice for the governor: — Liquor last calls: Legislation by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) would allow bars to stay open until 4 a.m. in nine cities: Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Long Beach, San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, Palm Springs, … [Read more...] about Skelton: How Brown should use his last chance to play God with California laws
There are lions, tigers, and bears — but when it comes to the zoo, people rarely think about the birds and the bees. This week on 60 Minutes, correspondent Lesley Stahl does just that, reporting on the methods zoos use to manage their animal populations. Gone are the days of taking animals out of the wild; most zoos rarely do that anymore. Instead, zoos today engineer animal reproduction in a decidedly unnatural — but very of-the-moment — way: using a computerized pairing program. Think of it as Match.com for animals. The point of such careful coupling — which can send one animal on a trip hundreds of miles away to mate with another — is to maintain genetic diversity. And in a small, closed population like a zoo, that variety is vital for the species' survival. Zookeepers effectively decide which animals get to mate and which animals they mate with. In some zoos, they also determine which animals get to live. In some cases, an animal in captivity has a … [Read more...] about Are zookeepers playing God?