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Well, our return from the “holidaze” sees the nation freaking out over the extreme cold. Of course, media hype accounts for about 70% of that.

It strikes me as frustrating that while so many embrace “the inconvenient truth” when it comes to our natural existence, the REAL INCONVENIENT TRUTH of the dangers imposed upon us by government and elected officials is met with indifference. Debt, spending, national security, spying, the abusive IRS, Benghazi….they’re all still relevant. We just can’t muster the energy required for the outrage.

Barack Obama has finally returned from his extended Hawaii vacation. Obamcare is STILL a mess, extending unemployment benefits takes precedence over actually trying to create an economy where that isn’t necessary, and “income inequality” set the stage of distraction.

A current piece in The Atlantic on pollster Frank Luntz focuses on his frustration with his failure to convince more Americans that we need to save the country from our elected officials. I know EXACTLY how he feels! It boggles the mind that more of us are not clued in to how bad things are. I guess there are not enough of us with that luxury. And if you don’t think Washington politicians aren’t aware of that…well, you just proved my point.

Too many of us would rather focus on the opinions of a swamp rat when it comes to gays. Entertainment Weekly’s Jess Cagle ( @JessCagleEW ) laments that “you (Phil Robertson) managed to get your intense disdain for gay people and patronizing views on African-Americans disseminated all over the place..” I was quick to correct Mr. Cagle that it was his fellow media figures who saw to it Robertson’s views were heralded across an easily distracted nation.

I don’t know. This stuff just goes on and on and on. Anything is fair game when it comes to separating Americans from what is vital to their day to day lives. What do you think?…Are we destined to continue this trend toward our inevitable demise?..

2016 is two years away. We have another presidential campaign and election to endure. I’m hoping..just hoping, mind you…enough of us will have reached a point to where we decide it’s time to come to our collective senses and elect a president who will offer the nation respect, dignity, and hope. Not a personality masquerading as president. We shall see…we shall see…



Clueless and Classless…

The title of this piece may have been used before. But, it accurately describes the subject matter nonetheless.

I’ve never been one to underestimate the stupidity of the American public. I know that’s a sweeping generalization. However, with the ever increasing number of idiots out there, it’s becoming more difficult to find any semblance of common sense. Witness the 2012 election! Barack Obama, easily the most dangerous and disastrous President to occupy the Oval Office, was handed a second term by a majority of Americans who know little more than anything about him beyond his celebrity status. And the sad part…they don’t WANT to know! They were willing to sacrifice the fabric of our society to empower an individual who continuously lies to them with vague promises and empty rhetoric.

But, I’m getting off track here…

The End of the American Dream blog has compiled a list of 19 items offering proof at the ignorance the American people have eagerly embraced. I’ve decided to add illustrations for those unable to grasp the context here!


Are we too stupid to continue as a nation?  That may seem like a harsh question, but I think that it is one that we need to ask.  Even though we have more access to information today than ever before, it seems like the U.S. population just keeps becoming more ignorant.  So at what point does a society become so “dumbed-down” that it can no longer function effectively?  We like to complain about our leaders, but the truth is that we are the ones that elected them.  They are a reflection of who we are as a society.  And when you compare Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner to men like George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, they don’t fare too well.  Sadly, the truth is that most of our founding fathers would not have a prayer of being elected today.  Instead, they would be labeled as crazy “extremists” for insisting that we follow the U.S. Constitution.  In our entertainment-addicted society, Lady Gaga would have a much greater chance of being elected president today than George Washington would.  That is how far we have fallen.

"I won?...really?...what did I win?.."

“I won?…really?…what did I win?..”


Perhaps you think that I am being overly pessimistic.

Perhaps you think that I should have more faith in the American people.

Well, just consider the evidence.  The following are 19 surveys which prove that a large chunk of the population is made up of totally clueless sheeple


#1 One survey found that 56 percent of Americans believe that it is okay for the government to track “the telephone records of millions of Americans” in order to keep us safe.  Apparently those people have never heard of the Fourth Amendment.


#2 When Bush was president, 61 percent of Democrats considered NSA surveillance to be “unacceptable”, but now that Obama is in the White House, only 34 percent of them consider it to be “unacceptable”.

A drone designed and constructed by Concepcion University and the Chilean army is seen during a flight test at Concepcion city

#3 67 percent of Americans support the use of unmanned drones in “homeland security missions” inside the United States.  What’s next?  Will there be “security robots” that stand in the corner and watch us as we eat dinner with our families?

airport-security#4 Close to one-third of all Americans would be willing to submit to a “TSA body cavity search” in order to fly.

Yeah..these people look like a real threat...

Yeah..these people look like a real threat…

#5 20 percent of all government workers and 26 percent of all Obama supporters consider the Tea Party to be “the biggest terror threat” that America is facing.

#6 89.7 percent of Americans believe that they are eating a healthy diet.  Meanwhile, approximately 36 percent of all Americans are obese.
#7 29 percent of Americans believe that “cloud computing” involves an actual cloud.
#8 One survey found that 42 percent of all Americans are unaware that Obamacare is law.

#9 The average American watches 28 hours of television every week.

#10 According to a survey conducted by the National Geographic Society, only 37 percent of all Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 can find the nation of Iraq on a map.
#11 Close to 25 percent of all Americans do not know that the United States declared independence from Great Britain.

#12 We are the most doped up nation in the history of the planet.  As I wrote about recently, a survey conducted by the Mayo Clinic found that 70 percent of all Americans are on at least one prescription drug.  An astounding 20 percent of all Americans are on at least five prescription drugs.

#13 According to one survey, 24 percent of all U.S. teens that have a sexually-transmitted disease say that they still have unprotected sex.

#14 Approximately one out of every five teenage girls in the United States actually wants to be a teenage mother.

#15 As I noted the other day48 percent of all Americans do not have any emergency supplies stored up at all.
#16 One survey found that 51 percent of all Americans agree with this statement: “it is necessary to give up some civil liberties in order to make the country safe from terrorism.”
#17 According to a Bloomberg survey, only 16 percent of Americans believe that the Federal Reserve should be abolished.
#18 29 percent of all Americans cannot recall the name of the vice-president of the country.
#19 In 2008, the American people voted to send Barack Obama to the White House.  After four years of watching everything that he did during his first term, the American people turned around and gave him another four years.
As a nation, we no longer seem to care much about what the U.S. Constitution actually says.  When our politicians tell us that they want to ignore large sections of the Constitution, we just shrug and go along with it.

And we have completely abandoned the values and the principles that this country was founded on.  Our society bears very little resemblance to 18th century America, and we like it that way.  We like to think that we have “progressed” far beyond where they were at, but the truth is that our country is coming apart at the seams all around us.


In this day and age, it is imperative that Americans learn to think for themselves.  Way too many Americans are just like sheep – they just blindly follow the herd.

It is time to break out of “the matrix” and to start seeing things for how they really are.  Our nation is crumbling and our leaders are taking us down a path toward oblivion.  We need to wake up our fellow Americans while there is still time.”
Sometimes it takes pointing out the absurdity to see the obvious…..

Benghazi: The Spin


Admittedly, the Benghazi hearings will result in little, if any damage for the Obama administration. Nevertheless, I thought it a good idea to present this analysis of how the spin is, yet again, attempting to minimize the importance of serious incompetence and deceit in the White House. There are a few points brought out which have been mentioned previously here. With the level of idiocy among the general populace, it’s always a good idea to reiterate your argument. Unfortunately, it’s a reflection of the nation we are today. Arrogance and disconnect rule the day and we will all eventually pay the price…


The Obama administration has lied, stonewalled, bullied, and intimidated – the true marks of an open and transparent administration

“In the real world, when you cover up four murders after the fact, you likely go to jail. In government, you retire with dignity and run for president with full media support.

Up until yesterday, that was the Benghazi scenario following the death of four Americans including our ambassador to Libya.

The Obama administration has lied, stonewalled, bullied, and intimidated – the true marks of an open and transparent administration. And, with a few notable exceptions, the American media haven’t just let them get away it. Heck, they’ve helped.

Hill testimony of State Department whistleblowers might change that, but it’s doubtful given the one-sided reporting so far.

NBC said there was an “obvious political undercurrent” to the hearings and accused the GOP of going after the “most popular Democrat,” Hillary Clinton.


The New York Times public editor criticized her own paper’s Benghazi coverage and The Washington Post’s Twitter account inexplicably mocked those Tweeting about the case as “Chick-fil-A lovers.” AP even called it a “GOP” hearing, to make sure readers saw it as partisan.


Politico story about CBS showed the truly insidious nature of media bias on this story and how the network held back Emmy award-winning reporter Sharyl Attkisson. “CBS News executives see Attkisson wading dangerously close to advocacy on the issue, network sources have told Politico,” wrote Dylan Byers. So much so that Attkisson is “in talks to leave CBS ahead of contract.” As a result, she hadn’t even reported on the Libya attack for five months.

It hasn’t just been CBS that has been trying to corral this story. New York Times coverage might still damage the administration even though that paper has tried to prevent it. MSNBC’s sometime conservative, former Florida Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough, even Tweeted about Thursday’s Times story, saying it “should cause great concerns in the White House.”


That piece, “Diplomat Says Questions Over Benghazi Led to Demotion,” detailed State Department retaliation against one witness, saying “the prospects for the 2016 presidential election” could be impacted.

Of course, the article minimized that impact. “Mr. Hicks offered an unbecoming view of political supervision and intimidation inside the Obama administration,” wrote three Times staffers.

Unbecoming? Quite the understatement. Hey, sorry we ruined your career. That’s so unbecoming.


Public Editor Margaret Sullivan took her own paper to task, but also blamed Fox News for having “fomented” criticism of the Times. “In fact, what’s been written in The Times has been solid. But my sense is that, starting last fall, The Times has had a tendency to both play down the subject, which has significant news value, and to pursue it most aggressively as a story about political divisiveness rather than one about national security mistakes and the lack of government transparency,” she concluded.


The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank treated the testimony as if witnesses were lying. His column called the sworn comments a “yarn” and referred to our No. 2 diplomat in Libya as a “virtuoso storyteller.” Milbank pushed the standard lefty response you can expect to see at least till November, 2016: “Hicks didn’t lay a glove on the former secretary of state Wednesday.”

It wasn’t just the traditional media spinning for Team Obama. Lefty outlets did their darnedest to downplay the death of four Americans, including the only U.S. ambassador killed since 1979.



On MSNBC, NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd undercut the scandal on the May 8 “Morning Joe.” Todd called the decision to not send more special ops forces to Benghazi “very rational.” Host Rachel Maddow blasted the GOP on her May 8 show for an organized conspiracy to make Obama resign, calling it “the most ambitious thing they have done.”


Comedian Jon Stewart devoted 8 and a half minutes attacking the GOP for the hearings, even bringing up Nixon cover-ups and saying the party has “a history of hysteria.” Increasingly, his role isn’t to make jokes. It’s as Obama’s Youth Ambassador/Spinmeister.


The liberal propaganda site Huffington Post incredibly didn’t even mention the hearings on the front page, just an attack on Fox’s coverage. Buried on the Politics page was the approved Democratic spin: “Benghazi Hearing Reveals Incompetence, But No Cover-Up.” Instead, it found room for stories on food addiction, “the female word for blowjob,” and “The Incredible Name Kevin Spacey Picked For His Rescue Dog.”


Other liberal sites went even further, ignoring the hearing and the testimony entirely. The Nation, Alternet and Democracy Now had no visible coverage. That’s a far cry from how the left reacted to even something as mundane as theNRA convention, where no terrorists killed four Americans.

It doesn’t really matter how they spin it, the news continues to get out. But if all major news outlets do is cover for the administration, they may well succeed in protecting their 2016 candidate.”

Dan Gainor is the Boone Pickens Fellow and the Media Research Center’s Vice President for Business and Culture. He writes frequently about media for Fox News Opinion. He can also be contacted on Facebook and Twitter as dangainor.

The days are over when you could depend on the media to do their job. Agenda oriented coverage is all that’s left. You have only yourself to depend upon for the truth….

Obama's Lap Dogs

Irrelevancy on Parade…a.k.a. ‘The Oscars’


I like movies. I like the escapist atmosphere…..the untold story…the action and adventure. But, I’ve never been a fan of the ‘message’ aspect so often forced upon me. Not that the was case any more this year than in years past. Nevertheless, this year’s Academy Awards…oops! I’m sorry, ‘The Oscars'( an obvious attempt to up the cool factor!) was further evidence that lends itself to the question, “does anyone care, anymore?” That attitude is pervasive throughout the country, of course. About pretty much everything!

Unfortunately, the show just seemed rushed (though it dragged at times) and disjointed. Seth McFarlane’s gig as emcee was proved to be…well..just sort of ….rushed and disjointed…

I gave up after about a third of the way through the telecast, which allowed me to catch only one major award..Christoph Waltz’s win for best Supporting Actor in ‘Django Unchained’…a movie I could not possibly care less about seeing… From what I understand, it’s your cookie cutter Tarantino casting yet again..

Some observations….

A strange phenomena seemed to permeate this year’s get together…long, stringy hair…..



Another thing I did see that I questioned was Melissa McCarthy going for the ‘Adele’ look..what was that about?….


As I mentioned, the show was just sort of uneven…Let’s take a look at what one of my favorite columnists, USA Today’s Robert Bianco thought…shall we?…


The host mixes a song about breasts with a vaudeville routine. And this is the Oscars?

“Oscars fans have seen a lot over the years, but this may be the first time they’ve ever seen a host use the awards to audition for his own variety show.

That was what Seth MacFarlane was doing on ABC’s Oscar broadcast Sunday, wasn’t it? Because it’s hard to imagine just what else he might have had in mind with that oddly awkward mix of monologue and music that opened the show and set the evening’s why-am-I-here? tone.

Give this to MacFarlane: He threw everything he had at it. He dressed up like The Flying Nun. He played with sock puppets. He radiated charm, if not cool. And, of course, he told jokes, a tad nervously, perhaps, but he did manage to land a fair number of them. He even got Tommy Lee Jones to laugh at a joke about getting Tommy Lee Jones to laugh, which has to count for something. Oh, and he sang and danced. A lot.


He started with a number about seeing stars’ breasts in movies that was meant to represent the kind of “wild, crazy and tasteless” stunt folks were supposedly afraid the man behind Family Guy might do, and was, unfortunately, less wild, crazy or tasteless than it needed to be. He then moved into more standard production numbers that fell somewhere in between Billy Crystal’s Oscars classics and something you might have seen on The Andy Williams Show. It’s as if he saw the Oscar assignment as his last, best chance to revive vaudeville.


What MacFarlane seemed to forget was that the job at hand involved more than just performing, and was about more than just his performance. One longed for him to drop the meta-jokes about the fear that he’d be an inappropriate host and get on with the job of actually hosting, which means keeping the train running, making your guests comfortable, and making the evening more about them than you.

Awash in self-indulgence, neither he nor his 3-hour-and-35-minute show ever seemed to hit a comfortable, confident stride, which is a shame, because the broadcast had a lot of entertainment to offer. Indeed, as with the Grammys, the awards themselves sometimes seemed to be an afterthought. Heaven knows the show seemed to be in no particular hurry to get to them.

Instead, we got a rousing performance from Shirley Bassey in an otherwise truncated and sadly Bondless salute to James Bond. There was a long tribute to current movie musicals that reminded people of how well Jennifer Hudson sings, while convincing anyone who skipped Les Misérables that they were right to do so.



We got to see a surprise appearance by Michelle Obama, and a rare appearance by Adele, always a welcome event even if the Skyfall theme can’t lay a finger onGoldfinger. And to cap the evening, there was an even rarer TV appearance by Barbra Streisand, a coup so impressive you wonder why the show rushed away from it to a commercial without letting us see the audience’s reaction.

To be fair, putting on the Oscars is no easy task, and hosting it has become nearly impossible. We want the show to move along while occasionally moving us. We want the host to be funny while maintaining some sense of the occasion. In neither case did we fully get our wish.

Still, if MacFarlane’s act was often flat and self-conscious, he did at least put obvious thought and effort into it. That’s more than can be said for, say, James Franco, just in case MacFarlane really is worried that the “Worst Host Ever” joke headline he put on screen might actually come true. “Best ever” may be out of reach, too. But hey, there’s always that shot at The Seth MacFarlane Show.”

From Hit Fix:

“The career of Seth MacFarlane has often seemed like a battle for supremacy between Frat Boy Seth and Old-Time Hollywood Seth, and every time it seems the former has won, the latter will slip an extended recreation of “Shipoopi” from “The Music Man” into an episode of “Family Guy.” He makes his money on dick and fart jokes and ’80s reference humor, but you get the sense sometimes that he’d be happier singing showtunes….”

Some of the other stuff courtesy of Celebitchy:

“*We spent too much time, collectively, looking at Anne Hathaway’s nips.

*LOVE Shirly Bassey. Her voice sounded really good for “Goldfinger”.

*I liked the musical interlude with Les Miserables, Jennifer Hudson and CatherineZeta-Jones. I thought J-Hud was the weakest link – she seemed to be scream-singing. Do you think of any of them used pre-records? Allegedly, Oscar producers didn’t want anyone to “pull a Beyonce”.

*The Avengers men sucked at presenting. Too many sausages.

*Liam Neeson looked good, y’all.

*Creepy CGI on “Ted” presenting with Mark Wahlberg.

*I really want to see Best Documentary winner Searching for Sugar Man. That looks so good!

*Seth’s half-joke about Harvey Weinstein was incredible.

*OMG ADELE WAS THE BEST THING EVER THE END. I loved that she wasn’t necessarily surprised when she won, but she was still moved to tears.

*Quentin Tarantino winning his second Oscar was amazing! I also love that now we know that Quentin and Charlize Theron are neighbors.

*Jennifer Lawrence falling up the stairs! That poor girl. That stupid Dior dress.

*Ang Lee is such a beautiful soul – for real. I loved that he won his second Oscar!!

*MOBAMA! I love Michelle Obama, but it seemed a little bit weird that she had a live feed to the Oscars.

*Ben Affleck’s Best Picture acceptance speech was rife with awkward moments which seemed to include subtext of how awful his marriage used to be and how he and Jennifer Garner had to “work” at it.

*Worst of the Oscars: Kristen Stewart. Everything about her presentation.

*Best of the Oscars: Jennifer Lawrence’s fall & then her gracious & sweet recovery; Charlize and Channing dancing, Little Q Wallis’s cutaways.”

I gotta disagree with the take on the Jennifer Hudson and Catherine Zeta-Jones, since it appeared the latter was lip syncing….

And finally….Deadline’s Nikki Finke sums it up perfectly:

“This is the cruise ship edition of the Oscars… Carnival Cruise… Without power…”

Love it!….

Politics aside….


I thought it would be nice to focus on something a bit different for this posting. Not to mention putting the collapse of American society to the wayside for bit. Instead I’m focusing on the collapse of English aristocracy. Specifically, the aristocracy of ‘Downton Abbey’. Yes, I too have succumbed to PBS and Masterpiece’s mesmerizing and enticing period drama about a well to do, at least in title and name, English family and their servants during Edwardian England.

I knew of the series and recorded several episodes over the past 2 seasons, but never took the time to watch. Boy, was I missing out! With the near demise of the scripted drama on American television, ‘Downton Abbey’ is by far the best show out there! Beautiful settings, sharp as a razor dialogue, and intriguing story lines all make for quality viewing. And, as we all know, there’s not much of that left any longer! (See garbage like ‘All My Babies Mamas’!…Thanks a lot ‘Oxygen’!…Just when I thought we’d run out of ideas!)

Don’t think of ‘Downton’ as high brow. On the contrary! There’s intrigue, murder, sex, war, AND comedy! And it all works flawlessly. A top notch cast and scripts keep the show moving at quite a clip.

Anyway, I’m caught up now. After a couple of marathon viewing sessions, I’m ready for tonight’s premiere of season 3! Shirley Maclaine joins the cast as the imposing mother of the American, Lady Grantham. Played perfectly by Elizabeth McGovern. Add to that the amazing Maggie Smith, and you have a recipe for fireworks!


So..if you want to escape to life for the privileged of 100 years ago, be sure to tune in. Trust me! You will NOT be disappointed!

A ‘game changer’?…I doubt it…

Do you think tonight’s debate will actually change some minds?…I don’t think so. Well, maybe a fraction of the ‘undecideds’. I’m still very puzzled about how someone could be “undecided” in THIS election! The contrasts have NEVER been more stark! Nevertheless, I don’t see any real momentum coming from the Romney campaign out of the first meeting between the two candidates.

That also describes my feeling about the “Obama speech” The Daily Caller was touting last evening. It garnered screaming headlines on Drudge and other conservative media. It may as well be an afterthought this morning.

There’s nothing revealing about it. Nothing about this dangerous man anyone with any common sense didn’t already know. And it will not change any minds or votes. Proponents of such can’t seem to grasp the fact that this is no longer a country that cares for much of anything more than a day or two, at the most. Attention spans are miniscule….concerns beyond one’s own doors hardly exist. Yet this sort of sensational material is STILL considered invaluable to some operatives. Add to it those that SHOULD see it or hear it rarely ever do and those that do just shrug their shoulders and move on. We have become a jaded country lacking in passion and hope. And the irony is the man who can be credited with that attitude is asking for four more years as President. And he will probably get it.

Back to my main focus…the debates….

Powerline Blog has a great piece about the questions that will NEVER be asked….have to say I agree whole heartedly!

QUESTIONS YOU WON’T HEAR TOMORROW NIGHT (actually “tomorrow” is now “tonight”)

The web site e21 (Economic Policies for the 21st Century) has collected a number of questions from several sources which tomorrow night’s moderator, Jim Lehrer, should ask the candidates. They really are very good. Here are a few samples.

Charles Blahous:

On Social Security: For the past two years Social Security’s payroll tax has been reduced and the program given over $200 billion in subsidies from the general government fund to compensate for the uncollected taxes. This policy ended decades of bipartisan commitment to FDR’s original vision that Social Security would be a self-financing system of earned benefits, supported entirely by separate payroll taxes paid by workers. Explain why you supported or opposed turning Social Security into a general-fund-subsidized system. Do you think that Social Security benefits will retain their historical political support now that they substantially exceed what today’s workers and beneficiaries have paid for?

David Malpass:

In order to expand its regulatory powers, the EPA has declared that carbon dioxide is poisonous. People produce carbon dioxide when they breathe out, and plants require carbon dioxide to grow. If the EPA ruling is enforced, it will cost thousands, maybe millions of jobs. Do you think carbon dioxide is poisonous? How will you enforce or modify the EPA ruling?

Stephen Goldsmith:

Do you believe the federal government has too much or too little control over American families and communities? If you think it is too much what one or two major reforms would you advocate that might change that balance?

James C. Capretta:

Mr. President, you held a fiscal responsibility summit in February 2009 during which you pledged that your administration would make the tough choices and yet, during your term, the fiscal outlook has deteriorated rapidly. The Congressional Budget Office now projects that U.S. debt will reach 90 percent of GDP under your policies. Why didn’t your administration tackle these tough issues, especially during the two-years when your party had sizeable majorities in Congress?

e21 Staff:

After previous deep recessions, the economy and labor market had strong recoveries. Why is growth so meager and unemployment so high this time?

What makes economies grow and incomes rise? And where do government spending and taxes fit in your view?

The questions are generally at a high level, and focus on the issues that badly need to be debated. Let’s hope we get more questions along these lines, and fewer like “Why don’t you stop making war on women?”

Two for Tuesday, plus a TV bonus!

A couple of interesting pieces today…..

Have you noticed how most pictures of President Obama show a man who seems…well…pretty miserable?…I suppose with as confrontational as his Presidency has been, it’s to be expected. That being said, he does not offer the slightest bit of consideration for his actions and their consequences in the real world….

National Review’s Victor Davis Hanson offers a great critique. The final line sums it up perfectly…

With President Obama there is neither a reality or a standard, just words that so often have no connection to the real world, past or present.”

You can read more here:

OBAMA IN NEVER-NEVER LAND … A slavish regard for truth is no match for inspired mythology


The guys at The End of the American Dream blog have a spot on take about what we’re rapidly becoming in this country. The horrible shootings in Wisconsin this past weekend are further evidence that the nation many of us grew up in may be lost forever.

Do you remember when America was a place where you could attend a public gathering without having to worry if a sociopath was going to set off a bomb or start wildly shooting people?…”

Read more here:


Completely Surrounded By Psychopaths & Sociopaths As We Approach the Edge of Societal Collapse




TCM‘s Summer Under the Stars continues with a salute to the first black man to win a best-actor Oscar, Sidney Poitier.

TCM isn’t showing the film that won him that award,Lilies of the Field, but it does have two of his best in prime time: A Raisin in the Sun (8 ET/5 PT) and To Sir, With Love (10:15 ET/7:15 PT).

Poor Dinozzo. It’s bad enough he has to suffer through an encounter with his ex-fiancée (Entourage‘s Perrey Reeves) on this repeat of TV’s most popular scripted show, NCIS (CBS, 8 ET/PT).

What’s worse, he has to work with her to solve a murder connected to a secret society of real-life superheroes. Don’t you hate when that happens?

•Elsewhere on the strained-visit front, Mike has to deal with his dad (Robert Forster) in ABC’s Last Man Standing (8:30 ET/PT).

Forster, of course, is always a welcome presence; Dad, apparently not so much.

•The only new scripted outing on the broadcast networks tonight comes from CW’s Canadian import The L.A. Complex (9 ET/PT).

We have enough mediocre teen soaps of our own — the last thing we need is to borrow some from other countries.