BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 22 January, 2016


22 January, 2016

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Suzanne Moore: France is bulldozing the Calais jungle, but its replacement looks suspiciously like a jail (The Guardian)
As riot police dismantle the camps of northern France, 'forced relocation' of people into shipping containers is brushing a humanitarian disaster under the carpet.

Tom Danehy: Tom's 2016 prediction that Ducey will crap all over state public education is written in the stars (Tucson Weekly)
I once told a friend of mine that 50 percent of all Americans will never read a book after their formal education comes to an end. He chuckled and said, "Ha! Make that 51 percent!"

Andrew Heisel: "In Search of the Novel's First Sentence: A Secret History" (Electric Literature)
To really put that first sentence within the continuous stream of a novel, maybe something less attention-getting is called for, something like "It was a dark and stormy night." Familiarity aside, it's a fine sentence. Really. Some nights are darker than others. Some are stormier. The sentence is clean and simple.

Adam Tod Brown: "5 Huge Scandals Happening Right Now (We've Been Ignoring)" (Cracked)
Sometimes, insanely important stories build up for months, sometimes years, before they get the attention they deserve from major news outlets.

Where the Hell is Matt [Harding]? 2012 (YouTube)
Happiness and bad dancing by Matt. Vocals by Alicia Lemke of Alice and the Glass Lake

Homepro ?????? (YouTube)
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Trivia Question of the Day

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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question from Yesterday

I say, I say, what is the name of this cartoon character?

       Foghorn J. Leghorn                                                      Source

Foghorn J. Leghorn is an American character that appears in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons for Warner Bros. Pictures. He was created by Robert McKimson, and starred in 28 cartoons from 1946 in the Golden Age of American Animation. All 28 of these cartoons were directed by McKimson.

The character of Foghorn Leghorn was directly inspired by the popular character of Senator Claghorn, a blustery Southern politician played by Kenny Delmar who was a regular character on The Fred Allen Show, a popular radio show of the 1940s. The rooster adopted many of Claghorn's catch phrases, such as "That's a joke, ah say, that's a joke, son."

A leghorn is a breed of chicken, and foghorn describes the character's loud, overbearing voice.        Source

Alan J was first and correct with:
   Foghorn Leghorn.

mj wrote:
   He delighted in tormenting the dog
  That's Foghorn Leghorn.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Foghorn J Leghorn

Tom C replied:
   He looks familiar; it's either Henry Hyde or Dennis Hastert. Actually it's Foghorn Leghorn

Stephen F responded:
   Foghorn Leghorn

Adam answered:
   Foghorn Leghorn

David of Moon Valley wrote:
   feelin' 'bout as sharp as a sack a wet mice this AM...but i do know Foghorn Leghorn on go away son, ya botherin' me....

Robert said:
   Mr. Leghorn was always pursued by chicken hawks, Cheney,T Rump, and the other Reflubs

Deborah responded:
   Oh, I say, that has to be Foghorn Leghorn. I swear, he's the original voice, for me, of KFC.

Marian replied:
   Foghorn Leghorn

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali----Here comes more precip answered:
   Foghorn J. Leghorn. Foghorn's voice was created by Mel Blanc.

Kevin K. in Washington DC said:
   I say, boy, pay attention when I'm talkin' to ya, boy; his name is Foghorn Leghorn.

Lois Of The Fowl replied:
   Foghorn Leghorn always made me uncomfortable because, even though I am very fond of chickens, my first love is dogs, and that bastard rooster was always brutalizing that poor puppy dog, for no other reason than to show off the size of his cock. FUCK YOU FOGHORN!

Daniel in The City responded:
   Foghorn Leghorn

DJ Useo answered:
   Why that be Foghorn Leghorn! He is a hoot & a hollar, I say.
  I remember lol'ing at the time Daffy Duck got Foghorn, & that dog into an escalating war in which Daffy supplied both sides! Hahaha!

MAM   wrote:
   Foghorn J. Leghorn ~ Looney Tunes character inspired by the popular character of Senator Claghorn, a blustery Southern politician played by Kenny Delmar who was a regular character on 'The Fred Allen Show,'

Joe S     took the day off.

Randall took the day off.

Charlie took the day off.

Sally has retired, but still pays attention.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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Oregon Governor Calls On Feds To End Militia Occupation Standoff

Chess forbidden in Islam, rules Saudi mufti, but issue not black and white | World news | The Guardian

Kevin Spacey fears repeat of Sony hack in new role as Hollywood studio boss | Business | The Guardian

Militants bulldoze through Native American archeological site, share video rifling through artifacts

The GOP establishment's demise: Not a single governor or senator backs Trump or Cruz, and who cares?

Colbert Absolutely Destroys Palin's Whatever The Hell That Was

Omaha unanimously votes in new sex ed standards-'abstinence only' purists need emotional condom

"Warriors" Is A Movie About A Maasai Cricket Team Dedicated To Ending Female Genital Mutilation : Goats and Soda : NPR

Atheists Form Super Group, Name Woman To Top Leadership Role

Barry A. Hazle Jr., Atheist, Wins Nearly $2 Million In Settlement Over Faith-Based Rehab Program

Donald Trump -- Conservatives Should Stand against Him
     Time for x-large popcorn..

Woody Guthrie Despised His Landlord-Donald Trump's Racist Father

Woody Guthrie, 'Old Man Trump' and a real estate empire's racist foundations

New documents reveal how Donald Trump's racist dad inspired Woody Guthrie's most bitter writings

How a Young Donald Trump Forced His Way From Avenue Z to Manhattan | Village Voice

Malheur National Wildlife Employees Break Their Silence On Armed Occupation In Eastern Oregon . News | OPB

Militants Plow New Roads At Refuge, Possibly Damaging Artifacts . News | OPB

Atheism: Pictures, Videos, Breaking News
    just stumbled upon this; wonder if it's new? Lots of pages of articles..

McCain looks at Palin's Trump endorsement with 'respect.' But how does he look at himself?
    He can't say dick 'cuz he's in the run for his senate life at home. He's facing a TP primary from the unhinged right that is looking increasingly probable to unseat him. His favorables are sinking like a rock; nobody likes him anymore.

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Crumplstock 3

By DJ Useo

Hey All -

As I informed you here ( )
Crumplstock 3 : The 3 Day Internet DJ Weekender is coming this weekend.

The final schedule of bootleg & mashup DJ's is out now & Wow!

Provisional timetable for Crumplbangers Stage.

All times GMT (UTC).


   7pm - NeoPink

   8pm - DJ Firth

   9pm - Alvin Starburst

   10pm - Rudec

   11pm - DJ Not-In

   12 midnight - Nosbic

   1am - DJ Hazard

   2am - Youtek

   3am - Deathwank

   4am - DJ Guava


   11am - KrazyBen Bernard Fortz

   12 noon - Grandmaster M.i.F.

   1pm - Queerhawk

   2pm - Teknicolor

   3pm - pomDeter

   4pm - Scott Cairo

   5pm - Jellee

   6pm - YITT

   7pm - DJ Rick Lee

   8pm - Colatron

   9pm - Toynoiz

   10pm - Oki

   11pm - BorisB

   12 midnight - Garbage Boy

   01am - Grave Danger

   02am - SwissMasterBBQ & MsMiep

   03am - GaraGara


   1pm - DJ Not-I*

   2pm - DJ Fruitpunch

   3pm - Thomas L Jackson

   4pm - ToToM

   5pm - Justincredible

   6pm - DJ Cougar

   7pm - DJ Kal

   8pm - Brian Sharp

   9pm - Batfreak

   10pm - DJ Useo

   11pm - GladiLord

   12 midnight - DJ Rudec*

   * = second set

I hope you'll listen in for my set. Just go here during my set
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Click on my name & you can stream me live!

International mashup DJ's playing for you live! Who could ask for anything more!?



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Patriot Act

Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End

My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.

Come Get Me Mother Fucker | Putting and end to NSA government Spying





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Last Night

Sunny and warmer than seasonal.

Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'Undercover Boss', followed by a FRESH 'Hawaii Five-0', then a FRESH 'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Steven Tyler, Gaby Hoffman, and Lapsley.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 12/8/15) are Taraji P. Henson, Justin Bartha, and Jermaine Fowler.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'Undateable', followed by a FRESH 'Superstore', then 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Jeff Daniels, Lilly Singh, and St. Lucia.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 1/14/16) are Rashida Jones, Khloe Kardashian, Rachel Bloom, and Glenn Kotche.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 11/2/15) are Bruce Campbell, Luna, and Jesse Joyce.

ABC opens the night with a RERUN 'Last Man Standing', followed by a RERUN 'Dr. Ken', then a RERUN 'Shark Tank', followed by '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 1/12/16) are David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Jacob Tremblay, and Leon Bridges.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Reign', followed by a RERUN 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us'.

Faux has a FRESH 'MasterChef Junior', followed by a FRESH 'Hell's Kitchen'.

MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.

A&E has 3 hours of old 'Criminal Minds', followed by a FRESH 'Unforgettable'.

AMC offers the movie 'Gone In 60 Seconds', followed by the movie 'Armageddon'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 16, Episode 1
 [7:00AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 16, Episode 2
 [8:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 4, Ep 2 - Classic American
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2, Ep 6 - The Age Of Steel-Part 2.
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2, Ep 7 - The Idiot's Lantern
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2, Ep 1 - The Child
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2, Ep 2 - Where Silence Has Lease
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4, Ep 3 - Brothers
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4, Ep 4 - Suddenly Human
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4, Ep 5 - Remember Me
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4, Ep 7 - Reunion
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4, Ep 8 - Future Imperfect
 [8:00PM]    HOOK
 [11:00PM]    HOOK
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4, Ep 4 - Suddenly Human
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4, Ep 5 - Remember Me

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a (F) 'Atlanta Social', 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH 'The People's Couch'.

Comedy Central has 2 hours of old 'Archer', 'The Comedy Central Roast Of Justin Bieber'.

FX has the movie 'White House Down', followed by the movie 'Man Of Steel'.

History has 2 hours of old 'Pawn Stars', 'Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story Of The National Lampoon'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Josh Groban Wears a Blue Blazer and Shiny Black Shoes
 [9:00AM]    MR. WOODCOCK
 [1:30PM]    MR. WOODCOCK
 [5:30AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-David Krumholtz Wears a Blue Zip-Up Jacket and Grey Sneakers    (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [6:15AM]    Perfect Sense
 [8:15AM]    Hairspray
 [10:15AM]    Say Anything
 [12:30PM]    Dirty Dancing
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Hubris
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Whose Monkey Is It Anyway
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Sunday in the Park With Jorge
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Teenage Wasteland
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Phobia
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-A Losing Season
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Swept Away: A Very Special Episode
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Bronx Cheer
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Ego
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-White Lie
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-Whiplash
 [2:00AM]    Sleepless in Seattle
 [4:30AM]    Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter-Actors
 [5:30AM]    The Writers' Room-Game of Thrones    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Galaxy Quest', followed by the movie 'Twister'.

TCM spends most of the night with Emma Thompson
 [7:00 AM]      The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
 [9:00 AM]      The Young In Heart (1938)
 [10:45 AM]      Young Man With Ideas (1952)
 [12:15 PM]      Don't Go Near the Water (1957)
 [2:15 PM]      It Started With A Kiss (1959)
 [4:00 PM]      The Courtship Of Eddie's Father (1963)
 [6:00 PM]      Dear Heart (1964)
 [8:00 PM]      Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
 [10:00 PM]      Sense and Sensibility (1995)
 [12:30 AM]      Impromptu (1991)
 [2:30 AM]      The Remains of the Day (1993)

 [5:00 AM]      British Intelligence (1940)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Saturday   -  01/23/16

 [6:00 AM]      Forty Little Mothers (1940)
 [7:45 AM]      Skippy (1931)
 [9:15 AM]      My Dog Rusty (1948)
 [10:30 AM]      Smugglers' Cove (1948)
 [12:00 PM]      Ocean's Eleven (1960)
 [2:15 PM]      Five Graves to Cairo (1943)
 [4:00 PM]      Buck Privates (1941)
 [5:30 PM]      Kelly's Heroes (1970)
 [8:00 PM]      The More the Merrier (1943)
 [10:00 PM]      The Green Years (1946)
 [12:15 AM]      Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
 [2:00 AM]      The Church (1989)
 [3:45 AM]      Holiday From Rules? (1959)
 [3:45 AM]      One Got Fat (1963)
 [4:15 AM]      The Devil's Bride (1968)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Norman Lear poses at the premiere of "Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You" during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in Park City, Utah.
Photo by Danny Moloshok


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'Domestic Violence Is Not A Joke'

White House

The White House pushed back on Thursday against former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin's (R-Incoherent) comments on domestic violence, saying the issues she raised on the campaign trail are some that the Obama administration takes "quite seriously."

Palin's son was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a woman and carrying a gun while intoxicated, police in the family's Alaska hometown said on Tuesday.

In a speech she made Wednesday to support leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (R-Wichser), Palin linked her son's charges to his experience in the U.S. military and blamed the Obama administration for not doing enough to support its veterans.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest, asked about the comments at a news briefing on Thursday, said the instinct of many people is to "make light" of some of the rhetoric on the campaign trail, particularly from Palin.

Earnest said while the fodder may come easy, "in this case, the issues that she's talking about are quite serious and are certainly issues that we take quite seriously here."

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Robert Redford, founder and president of the Sundance Institute, addresses reporters during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Opening Day Press Conference at the Egyptian Theatre on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in Park City, Utah.
Photo by Chris Pizzello


Disappearance Of No. 2 Lake


Overturned fishing skiffs lie abandoned on the shores of what was Bolivia's second-largest lake. Beetles dine on bird carcasses and gulls fight for scraps under a glaring sun in what marshes remain.

Lake Poopo was officially declared evaporated last month. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people have lost their livelihoods and gone.

High on Bolivia's semi-arid Andean plains at 3,700 meters (more than 12,000 feet) and long subject to climatic whims, the shallow saline lake has essentially dried up before only to rebound to twice the area of Los Angeles.

But recovery may no longer be possible, scientists say.

As Andean glaciers disappear so do the sources of Poopo's water. But other factors are in play in the demise of Bolivia's second-largest body of water behind Lake Titicaca.



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Can Count

Venus Flytraps

Venus flytraps are probably the most famous plants that hunt. They lure insects with sweet nectar but, as the unsuspecting bugs move around the plant's open trap, they brush up against sensitive trigger hairs and....Snap! The trap slams shut, ensnaring a tasty morsel.

But how does a plant know? It turns out that the key to this sequence of events, and the digestive process that follows, is the carnivorous plant's ability to count.

Venus flytraps actually count how many times a bug brushes against the trigger hairs scattered across the inside of the plant's traps. The number of times these stiff filaments are bumped dictates how the plant traps and consumes its meal, according to a new study published Thursday in the journal Current Biology.

A foraging bug - despite their name, Venus flytraps subsist mainly on ants, spiders, beetles, and grasshoppers, and not so much on flying insects - finds itself on the open trap of the waiting plant. As it ambles around gathering juicy nectar, it probably has no idea it's navigating a sort of minefield.

Nothing appears to happen with the first contact. But inside, the plant is primed to attack. The plant waits for more movement in the next 20 seconds to prove prey is really present and it's not just a raindrop or other false alarm.

Venus Flytraps


Bolivia's President Evo Morales, right, and Aymara spiritual leaders, takes part in a traditional Andean ritual at the archeological site Tiwanaku, Bolivia, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Morales celebrated on Thursday his 10 years as leader of the South American country.
Photo by Juan Karita


Sacred Turtle Dies


A sacred giant turtle venerated as a symbol of Vietnam's independence struggle has died, state media said, prompting an outpouring of grief and fears the death bodes ill for an upcoming communist leadership handover.

The reptile, a critically endangered swinhoe softshell turtle, occupies a key mythological role in Vietnam -- in the past the turtle generally surfaced only rarely, with its sightings deemed auspicious.

Experts say it was one of only four turtles -- better known as Yangtze giant softshells -- in existence. Two are in a zoo China and the other lives in a different lake in Hanoi.

The turtle, which weighed about 200 kilograms (440 pounds), was said to be anywhere between 80 and more than 100 years old.

In a story taught to all Vietnamese schoolchildren, the sacred turtle of Hoan Kiem is the custodian of the magic sword of Le Loi, a 15th century rebel leader who vanquished Chinese invaders.



Wake-up Call


Sues California


Monsanto Co stepped up its defense of a widely used weed killer on Thursday by filing a lawsuit in California seeking to prevent glyphosate, the main ingredient in its Roundup herbicide, from being added to the state's list of known carcinogens.

The seed and agrochemicals company said it filed the suit against the state's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) and the agency's acting director, Lauren Zeise, in California state court, according to the filing seen by Reuters.

California law requires the state to keep a list of cancer-causing chemicals to inform residents of their risks.

OEHHA said in September that it planned to add glyphosate to the list after the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified it as a probable human carcinogen last March.

Monsanto has disputed assessment, citing decades of studies deeming glyphosate safe, including a 2007 study by OEHHA that concluded the chemical was unlikely to cause cancer.



Traditional Chinese Opera actresses of Guo Guang Opera Company perform in a special new production entitled "Super New" during a press event at the Taipei Zhongshan Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. The new Chinese Opera theatrical production will be performed in Taiwan from Jan. 22-24 in Taipei.
Photo by Chiang Ying-ying


Kids Used As Props


The candidate: Carly Fiorina (R-Unemployable)

The gaffe: On Wednesday, a group of pre-schoolers in Des Moines went on what was billed as a field trip to the botanical gardens. Instead, they somehow ended up seated directly in front of Carly Fiorina and a large anti-abortion poster at a rally. The Guardian suggested Fiorina had herded the class in. "The kids went there to see the plants," said one father. "She ambushed my son's field trip …. I would not want my four-year-old going to that forum-he can't fully comprehend that stuff. He likes dinosaurs, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Transformers."

The defense: Fiorina's spokeswoman says the kids followed her into the event on their own after bonding with her while watching koi.

Why it matters (or doesn't): It's ironic that a candidate who believes fetuses are autonomous human beings has no hesitations about drafting unwitting pre-schoolers into her rally. It's not Fiorina's first headscratching moment on abortion; last fall, she described a video that did not exist, insisting it did. But hey, she could use the attention, however it comes.

The lesson: It's best to handle divisive issues like abortion with kid gloves, not kid props.



Villagers take part in Kolyada holiday celebrations in the village of Martsiyanauka, Belarus, January 21, 2016. Local residents took part in the celebrations to mark the end of a pagan winter holiday Kolyada, which over the centuries has merged with Orthodox Christmas celebrations.
Photo by Vasily Fedosenko


'Probably' Approved Litvinenko Killing


Russian President Vladimir Putin "probably approved" the killing of ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko in London, a British inquiry into his agonising death by radiation poisoning found.

Litvinenko, a prominent Kremlin critic, died in 2006 aged 43, three weeks after drinking tea laced with radioactive polonium at an upmarket London hotel.

Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitri Kovtun, two Russians identified as prime suspects by British police, are likely to have carried out the poisoning on the instructions of the Russian security services, the inquiry reported.

Although Prime Minister David Cameron called it a "state-sponsored action", his government did not announce sanctions in response, instead summoning Moscow's ambassador to London for talks lasting less than an hour.

Judge Robert Owen, the inquiry's chairman, said he was "sure" that Lugovoi and Kovtun placed polonium-210 in a teapot at the Millennium Hotel's Pine Bar, where they met Litvinenko on November 1, 2006.



The head belonging to the Harihara statue is reattached to its body during a ceremony at the Cambodia's National Museum in Phnom Penh January 21, 2016. French museum Guimet handed over the head of the Harihara statue, which was looted from its temple in Takeo province 130 years ago, to the Cambodian government on January 16, 2016, according to media reports.
Photo by Samrang Pring


Mr. Shutdown


Republican senators are confronting an unsettling possibility: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Goldman-Sachs), their least favorite colleague, stands within reach of becoming the party's presidential nominee and standard-bearer.

Worse than that, many GOP lawmakers and aides fear the Texas senator could ruin Republicans' chances of hanging onto control of the Senate in November's elections, alienating voters in a half-dozen key swing states with his hardline stances on issues from immigration to abortion.

And yet, these fellow Republicans say they're essentially powerless to stop him. Any attempt to weaken Cruz in his primary campaign against Donald Trump and other GOP candidates risks bolstering his argument that he's running against the "Washington cartel." So there's little Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans can do beyond watch in dismay as Cruz, isolated and boxed out in the clubby Senate after repeatedly angering colleagues, rises in the polls in first-voting Iowa and elsewhere.

With Cruz as the nominee, "state and local races that take place in ideologically moderate electorates could be a bloodbath," says Josh Holmes, McConnell's former chief of staff and a GOP strategist. Vulnerable Republican senators are partly insulated by strong campaign organizations, "but there is no question their job could get tougher," Holmes says.

Some GOP lawmakers and pollsters view Cruz as more problematic than businessman Trump (R-Pendejo), since Trump might have more cross-over appeal to independents. Polling shown to House Republicans recently identified Cruz as the most difficult presidential nominee for any of them to share a ballot with.



This handout photo provided by Skinner, Inc. shows the 1760 first-edition copy of Thomas Jefferys' "The Natural and Civil History of the French Dominions in North and South America" that sold for more than $17,000 at a Massachusetts auction.


Changes Rules


Pope Francis has changed church regulations to explicitly allow women and girls to participate in the Easter Week foot-washing ritual, after having shocked many Catholics by performing the rite on women and Muslims just weeks after he was elected.

Proponents of women's ordination hailed Francis' decree, while traditionalist Catholics warned that it would weaken the church and lead to questions about the inviolability of the all-male priesthood.

Vatican rules for the Holy Thursday rite had long called for only men to participate. Popes past and many priests traditionally performed the ritual on 12 Catholic men, recalling Jesus' 12 apostles and further cementing the doctrine of an all-male priesthood.

Shortly after he was elected, Francis raised conservative eyebrows by performing the rite on men and women, Catholics as well as Muslims, at a juvenile detention facility in Rome.

He has continued to include men and women, young and old, sick and healthy and people of different faiths, traveling each year to encounter them to show his willingness to serve. It was a tradition he began as archbishop in Buenos Aires.




Four-month-old giraffe calf (R) is seen next to its parents father Buddy (L) and mother Jacky (C) at their enclosure in Buenos Aires' zoo January 21, 2016. The baby giraffe, still without a name, is one meter and 90 centimeters (57,91 feet) tall and weighs 180 kilos (396 pounds) when it was born, and the zoo launched a contest amongst children to find a name for it.
Photo by Enrique Marcarian



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