BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 26 February, 2016


26 February, 2016

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Paul Krugman: Scandals (NY Times Blog)
I gotta say, this imaginary villain sounds a lot more interesting than the real guy.

Sara Pasco: From Kesha to benefit claimants, women always suffer the burden of 'proving' they were raped (The Guardian)
Being disbelieved is part of any rape victim's experience - no wonder women are reluctant to report attacks.

Mahita Gajanan: "Kesha on Dr Luke contract case: 'I want to make music without being abused'"(The Guardian)
The singer thanked supporters and encouraged sexual assault survivors to speak out after court denied request to end contract with man she alleges raped her.

Rory Samantha Green: "Born Lucky: my mum Jackie Collins and her wild child alter ego" (The Guardian)
As a girl, she'd listen to her mum reading bits from her latest blockbuster. Six months after Jackie Collins' death, her daughter celebrates her greatest creation: kickass heroine Lucky Santangelo.

Interviews by Keith Stewart: How we made Angry Birds (The Guardian)
'It needed enemies fast - so I just drew this pig thing I've been drawing since I was 10.'

Nigel M. Smith: Quentin Tarantino complains the Oscars never recognise his film's costumes (The Guardian)
At the Costume Designers Guild Awards the Hateful Eight director said he takes costumes 'very seriously' - which is why they're popular at Halloween.

Kathryn Hughes: Leonard by William Shatner review - the secrets of Kirk's 50-year friendship with Spock (The Guardian)
Shatner and Leonard Nimoy were not only Star Trek stalwarts but actually good friends, who shared a similar and fascinating background. So why did they fall out?

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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question from Yesterday

What is the name of this cartoon character?

       Betty Rubble                                                      Source

Elizabeth "Betty" Jean Rubble (née McBricker or O'Shale) is a cartoon character in the television animated series The Flintstones and its spin-offs and live-action motion pictures. She is the black-haired wife of caveman Barney Rubble and the adoptive mother of Bamm-Bamm Rubble. Her best friends are her next-door neighbors, Fred and Wilma Flintstone.        Source

Alan J was first and correct with:
   Betty Rubble.

mj said:
   That paleo-pinup
  Is Betty Rubble, life partner of Fred Flintstone's sidekick, Barney. She was BFF and confidant to Fred's partner, Wilma. She was also the mother surrogate to the foundling, Bam Bam, the playmate of Pebbles Flintstone.
  The character was voice by Bea Benaderet.

Randall wrote:
   Betty Rubble

Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
   Betty Rubble

Stephen F responded:
   Betty Rubble

Adam answered:
   Betty Rubble

Gene wrote:
   Betty Rubble
  Who oddly, reminds me a bit of Bettie Page. If the question was Wilma or Betty, I would say Betty.

Kevin K. in Washington DC said:
   Who doesn't know Betty Rubble? She was the Ethel Mertz and/or Trixie Norton of "The Flintstones"! Plus, she was very sexy, for a cartoon...

Deborah replied:
   That's Betty Rubble, wife of Barney Rubble, friend of Fred Flintstone. Yeah, I watched their prime-time TV show as a kid. I think it was stupid but I was a kid; what did I know?
  I did make my little sister a "Pebbles Flintstone" hair-do - she was a toddler and had red hair and it seemed the thing to do. She was pretty cute with that hairstyle, as I recall.
  We're having full-bore spring, and it's both lovely and frightening.

DanD answered:
   Her name is "Betty." One thing I've always wondered (even as a kid), why does Betty have no boobs? You'd think that Barney would prefer a Neanderoid mate with at least a small pair.

Marian responded:
   Wilma Flintstone

John I from Hawai`i says,
   "Betty Rubble."

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali said:
   Betty Rubble. Daffodil Hill is going to open this weekend…three weeks early!

Roy P responded:
   Betty Rubble

Daniel in The City answered:
   Betty Rubble

Lois Of Oregon replied:
   Something always bothered me about these cartoon chicks like Betty Rubble, Blondie Bumstead, and their ilk. They all look like centerfolds, and their spouses are either sloppy fat guys or freakish monstrosities. You'd think women who looked like them would be able to hook up with guys who looked like Lil' Abner. Just sayin'.

MAM   wrote:
   "Betty" Rubble ~ Wife of Barney Rubble, best friend of Wilma Flintstone A catoon character in the television animated series The Flintstones.

Joe S     said:
   That's Betty Rubble. Does she have a friend named Veronica, or am I thinking of another Betty?

DJ Useo took the day off.

Sally has retired, but still pays attention.

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Academy Awards 2016

Guess The Winners

Best Picture

   "The Big Short"

   "Bridge of Spies"


   "Mad Max: Fury Road"

   "The Martian"

   "The Revenant"



Best Actor in a Leading Role

   Bryan Cranston, "Trumbo"

   Matt Damon, "The Martian"

   Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Revenant"

   Michael Fassbender, "Steve Jobs"

   Eddie Redmayne, "The Danish Girl"

Best Actress in a Leading Role

   Cate Blanchett, "Carol"

   Brie Larson, "Room"

   Jennifer Lawrence, "Joy"

   Charlotte Rampling, "45 Years"

   Saoirse Ronan, "Brooklyn"

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

   Christian Bale, "The Big Short"

   Tom Hardy, "The Revenant"

   Mark Ruffalo, "Spotlight"

   Mark Rylance, "Bridge of Spies"

   Sylvester Stallone, "Creed"

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

   Jennifer Jason Leigh, "The Hateful Eight"

   Rooney Mara, "Carol"

   Rachel McAdams, "Spotlight"

   Alicia Vikander, "The Danish Girl"

   Kate Winslet, "Steve Jobs"

Best Director

   Adam McKay, "The Big Short"

   George Miller, "Mad Max: Fury Road"

   Alejandro G. Inarritu, "The Revenant"

   Lenny Abrahamson, "Room"

   Tom McCarthy, "Spotlight"

Best Original Score

   "Bridge of Spies"


   "The Hateful Eight"


   "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

Respond by 9pm (pst - midnight on the East Coast) Saturday, 02/27/16

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Guess the Oscars 2016

Big List of Oscar Nominations

Dale (who 'won' last year) wrote:
I don't think I'll get it this year. Too many close races.

  Movie: Spotlight

  Actor: Leo

  Actress: Brie - Really good!

  Supporting Actor: Rocky

  Supporting Actress: Kate

  Director: McCarthy

  Original Score: "The Hateful Eight"

Thanks, Dale!

The only award I care about this year is Original Score.

I'd like to see Ennio Morricone win for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight -- his 6th nomination.

I have a weakness for 'Spaghetti Westerns' - goes back to my college days. But back then, I saw them in German. The first one was 'Wo Die Wilden Westen War', or 'Once Upon A Time In The West' in English.

Henry Fonda was a very bad man. Shooting little kids kind of bad man. Talk about casting against type.

The next one was 'Zwei glorreiche Halunken' (Two glorious scoundrels (villains)), or 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly' in English.

I was hooked!

A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, My Name is Nobody, even Duck, You Sucker.

Not understanding all the dialog, I paid more attention to other 'stuff', like the cinematography and the music.

And the music was inevitably by Ennio Morricone.

9 years ago he was given an honorary Oscar (Morricone and Alex North are the only composers to receive the Honorary Oscar since the award's introduction in 1928), and it's time he received a 'real' one.



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Woman, Arrested AT A HOSPITAL for Failure to Pay Fines, Dies of Dehydration in Jail.

"The Most Thankless Job since Scouting for Custer"

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Mansions For Sale: Oil's Rough Ride Hits Houston's Millionaires - NBC News

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The man many wanted to topple McCain kisses politics goodbye

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Death Valley's Harsh Desert Blanketed With Wildflower 'Super Bloom' : The Two-Way : NPR

ABC's Sitcom Blackish Goes There, and the Payoff is Spectacular

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How The Republican Party Has Failed To Dig Up Dirt On Donald Trump

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Clarence Thomas Takes Over Some Emergency Abortion And Death Row Petitions

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Last Night

We've skipped spring and gone straight into summer. Sigh.

Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'Amazing Race', followed by a FRESH 'Hawaii Five-0', then a FRESH 'Blue Bloods'.
On a RERUN Stephen Colbert (from 2/5/16) are Bobby Cannavale, Donny Deutsch, and Charles Kelley.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 1/11/16) are Morgan Freeman, Zooey Deschanel, and Tim Roth.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'Caught On Camera With Nick Cannon', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Nathan Lane, Keri Russell, and Mary Lynn Rajskub.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 2/9/16) are John Oliver, Aidy Bryant, April Bloomfield, and Jaleel Bunton.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 2/18/16) are Stephan James, Lower Dens, and Lenny Abrahamson.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Last Man Standing', followed by a FRESH 'Dr. Ken', then a FRESH 'Shark Tank', followed by '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 2/18/16) are Kerry Washington, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Jason Derulo.

The CW offers a FRESH 'The Vampire Diaries', followed by a FRESH 'The Originals'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Sleepy Hollow', followed by a FRESH 'Second Chance'.

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

A&E has 'The First 48', followed by 'The Secret Tapes Of The OJ Case: The Untold Story', and 'OJ Speaks: The Hidden Tapes'.

AMC offers the movie '3:10 To Yuma', followed by the movie 'The Shawshank Redemption'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 22 - Episode 7
 [7:00AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 22 - Episode 8
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 9-The Family Of Blood-Part 2.
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 10-Blink
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 13-The Masterpiece Society
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 13-he Masterpiece Society

Bravo has the movie 'Stepmom', followed by a FRESH 'Bravo First Looks', then a FRESH 'The People's Couch'.

Comedy Central has 'Trevor Noah: Lost In Translation', 'Kevin Hart: I'm A Grown Little Man', 'Kevin Hart Presents: Keith Robinson Back Of The Bus Funny', and 'Kevin Hart Presents: Plastic Cup Boyz'.

FX has the movie 'The Hangover: Part II', followed by the movie 'Here Comes The Boom', then the movie 'Here Comes The Boom', again.

History has 'American Restoration', 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH 'American Restoration', then a FRESH 'Million Dollar Genius'.

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 [12:45PM]    THE MIST
 [6:00PM]    COMMANDO
 [10:30PM]    TOP GUN
 [1:00AM]    TOP GUN
 [3:30AM]    COMMANDO
 [5:30AM]    PORTLANDIA-Breaking Up    (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [7:00AM]    The Karate Kid
 [10:00AM]    The Karate Kid Part II
 [12:30PM]    The Karate Kid Part III
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Causa Mortis
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-I.D.
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Good Girl
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Survivor
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Corruption
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Double Blind
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Deadbeat
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Family Business
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Entrapment
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Legacy
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-Menace
 [2:00AM]    Chicago
 [4:30AM]    Once Upon a Time in Mexico    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'The Mummy Returns', followed by the movie 'Gone In 60 Seconds'.

 [6:30 AM]      King Solomon's Mines (1950)
 [8:15 AM]      The Young In Heart (1938)
 [10:00 AM]      Waterloo Bridge (1940)
 [12:00 PM]      Knights of the Round Table (1953)
 [2:00 PM]      Lili (1953)
 [3:30 PM]      Day For Night (1973)
 [5:30 PM]      Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)
 [8:00 PM]      Young Frankenstein (1974)
 [10:00 PM]      The Candidate (1972)
 [12:00 AM]      Ninotchka (1939)
 [2:00 AM]      Bitter Sweet (1940)
 [4:00 AM]      Balalaika (1939)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Saturday   -  02/27/16

 [6:00 AM]      Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
 [8:00 AM]      Gaslight (1944)
 [10:00 AM]      Mrs. Miniver (1942)
 [12:30 PM]      Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
 [2:30 PM]      Gandhi (1982)
 [5:45 PM]      Chariots Of Fire (1981)
 [8:00 PM]      Breaking Away (1979)
 [10:00 PM]      Diner (1982)
 [12:00 AM]      Apollo 13 (1995)
 [2:30 AM]      Philadelphia (1993)
 [4:45 AM]      Rachel, Rachel (1968)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Actor-comedian Chris Rock attends the Essence 9th Annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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The Beatles

Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono has been a prominent artist for decades but at age 83 she is again answering a familiar question -- No, she says, she didn't break up The Beatles.

The Japanese-born singer, artist and widow of John Lennon defended her record in entertainment magazine Us Weekly in the form of a listicle-style interview, "25 Things You Don't Know About Me."

Number 24 on the list: "I had nothing to do with breaking up The Beatles. And I think Paul (McCartney) is a pretty cool dude."

Among other insights in the interview, Ono said that she has not drunk alcohol since the 1950s and that, if she had to be reincarnated as an animal, would choose a sparrow.

Yoko Ono


Actress, dancer and honoree Debbie Allen, second left, and family Norman Nixon Jr., from left, Norm Nixon Sr., and Vivian Nixon attend the Essence 9th Annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Photo by Vince Bucci


Judge: Citizens Can Sometimes Be Stopped

Recording Cops

The American Civil Liberties Union plans to appeal a recent federal court ruling that citizens can sometimes be stopped from recording police officers on duty. says the appeal concerns a ruling issued Friday in Philadelphia by U.S. District Court Judge Mark Kearney.

Kearney ruled that citizens don't have an unfettered right to record police activity. He said police are free to stop such recordings unless the person shooting the video announces he or she is recording as a challenge or protest to officers' actions.

ACLU attorney Mary Catherine Roper says the ruling reduces "the ability of the public to monitor police activity."

But the judge says the First Amendment doesn't give people a right to record police unless it is part of "expressive conduct" protected by the amendment.

Recording Cops


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Experts To Probe Death

Pablo Neruda

An international team of genomics experts and forensic specialists said Wednesday it will study the remains of Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda to try to solve the cause of his death.

The leftist poet died in the chaos following Chile's 1973 military coup led by Gen. Augusto Pinochet. Some people have speculated he was poisoned by agents of the right-wing dictatorship.

Neruda's body was exhumed in 2013, but tests showed no toxic agents in his bones. Even so, Chile's government said in 2015 that "it's clearly possible and highly probable that a third party" was involved in his death, although it warned that more tests needed to be carried out.

Neruda, who was 69 and had prostate cancer, was traumatized by the coup and the persecution and killing of his friends. He planned to go into exile, where he would have been an influential voice against the dictatorship.

But a day before his planned departure, he was taken by ambulance to a clinic in Santiago where he had been treated for cancer and other ailments. Neruda officially died there Sept. 23 from natural causes. But suspicions that the dictatorship had a hand in the death remained long after Chile returned to democracy in 1990.

Pablo Neruda


Music producer Suzanne de Passe attends the Essence 9th Annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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Fish Farting?

Ocean Hum

Vast communities of migrating deep-sea marine life are the culprits behind a mysterious, low-frequency humming sound in the ocean, made as the creatures swim to and from the surface at feeding time.

The discovery, made by University of California, San Diego assistant research biologist Simone Baumann-Pickering, answers a long-standing question. The source of the hum has for years vexed marine biologists, as NPR reports. They knew the sound wasn't consistent with whale calls or other marine mammals, such as dolphins, communicating.

Now, thanks to high-sensitivity undersea audio recordings, Baumann-Pickering says it's animals such as fish, jellies, shrimp, and squid living in what's known as the ocean's mesopelagic zone - a range 200 to 1000 meters (660 to 3300 feet) below the surface - that are behind the sound.

The purpose behind the sound is still an open question. Baumann-Pickering said it could be a signal to the entire group to head up to the surface or back down.

While it's neat to think that such communication could be happening among the animals, there could also be a less high-minded reason for the hum. It turns out the creatures might just be passing gas, as their swim bladders regulate their buoyancy.

Ocean Hum


Wake-up Call


Culture Of 'Fear'


An inquiry into sexual abuse at Britain's BBC by late presenter Jimmy Savile Thursday found a culture of "fear" around whistleblowing that helped him hide his crimes for decades and persists to this day.

The report found Savile had abused 72 people -- both male and female and nearly half aged under 16 -- in studios, dressing rooms, lifts and canteens between 1959 and 2006.

His youngest victim was aged just eight.

Savile was one of Britain's top celebrities from the 1960s until his death aged 84 in 2011, famous for his shock of white hair, outlandish clothes and charity fundraising activities.

He used his position as host of some of the BBC's most popular programmes, including music chart show Top Of The Pops, to meet young fans and subsequently abuse them.



Sofia Alvarez participates in a protest before a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Houston.
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Fires Instructor

Univ. of Missouri

The University of Missouri on Thursday fired an assistant professor who had been suspended after run-ins with student journalists during protests last year, including a videotaped confrontation where she called for "some muscle" to remove a videographer from the Columbia campus.

Melissa Click's actions were "not compatible with university policies and did not meet expectations for a university faculty member," Pam Henrickson, chairwoman of the university system's governing board of curators, said during a conference call with other top administrators. Henrickson said Click's conduct demanded "serious action."

More than 100 state lawmakers had called for the dismissal of the 45-year-old assistant communications professor, who last October also was recorded telling police to get their hands off students during a protest, then hugging the students and cursing at an officer who grabbed her.

Click, who was suspended last month, has said she regretted her actions. A message left Thursday with her St. Louis attorney wasn't returned, and her home telephone has been disconnected.

But in a document released Thursday by curators, Click insisted her actions were to try to keep black protesters "safe from retaliation." She said the widely circulated video clips of her at protests didn't reflect the "tense" atmosphere.

Univ. of Missouri


A model wears a creation for Moschino women's Fall-Winter 2016-2017 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016.
Photo by Antonio Calanni


Texas Court Tosses Criminal Case

Gov. Good Hair

The felony prosecution of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R-Cha Ching) ended Wednesday when the state's highest criminal court dismissed an abuse-of-power indictment that the Republican says hampered his short-lived 2016 presidential bid.

The 6-2 decision by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, which is dominated by elected Republican judges, frees Perry from a long-running criminal case that blemished the exit of one of the most powerful Texas governors in history and hung over his second failed run for the White House.

A grand jury in liberal Austin had indicted Perry in 2014 for vetoing funding for a public corruption unit that Republicans have long accused of wielding a partisan ax. The unit worked under Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, an elected Democrat. Perry wanted her to resign after she was convicted of drunken driving.

Perry was accused of using his veto power to threaten a public official and overstepping his authority, but the judges ruled that courts can't undermine the veto power of a governor.

"Come at the king, you best not miss," Republican Judge David Newell wrote in his concurring opinion, quoting a popular line from the HBO series "The Wire."

Gov. Good Hair


Shrouded in steam The Flying Scotsman train leaves Kings Cross railway station in London, as it begins its journey to York, Feb. 25, 2016. The famous steam engine has undergone a 4.2 million pound sterling (US$ 5.845 million) decade long restoration, the engine was made in February 1923, and was the first locomotive officially to reach a speed of 100 miles per hour (161 Kph) in 1934.
Photo by Alastair Grant


Shipment To Brazil


US gas producer Cheniere Energy was poised Wednesday to make the first-ever export shipment of liquefied natural gas from shale fields.

The carrier Asia Vision is scheduled to set sail for Brazil as soon as loading at the Sabine Pass liquefaction plan in Louisiana is completed, the company said.

Although the United States has exported LNG from Alaska to Japan for several years, it has not done so ever from the "lower 48" states of the continental US.

But the development of shale fields, enabled by the development of cost-efficient hydraulic fracturing or fracking methods, has created a huge jump in both oil and gas supplies, enough to support multiple LNG export operations in planning.

US natural gas production jumped nearly 43 percent between 2010 and 2014 on the surge in shale output.



Pink's Towing hauls the big head from MOSH over the Acosta Bridge to Hemming Park Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. The giant mouth that has served as the entrance to the Museum of Science and History's The Body Within exhibit since 2009 was moved to its new home in Hemming Park in downtown Jacksonville, Fla. The 18 foot long by 8 foot wide head was loaded onto the bed of a wrecker, driven across the Acosta Bridge and relocated to the Kid Zone in Hemming Park. The museum was making way for their new Health in Motion exhibit scheduled to open this summer.
Photo by Bob Self


International Order of St. Hubertus

Fat Tony

Among the guests at a Texas ranch where Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died were members of an exclusive society of hunters known as the International Order of St. Hubertus.

The owner of the Cibolo Creek Ranch, John Poindexter, identified himself as a member of the order in his company biography. He is pictured among dozens of members wearing dark green robes in a photo on the order's website.

Another guest, San Antonio hotelier and businessman Wallace Rogers III, is listed in Texas business records as a previous president of the order's state chapter. Reached by phone last week, Rogers confirmed he attended the gathering but declined to answer any questions about it. He did not immediately return a phone message Thursday.

The order, with origins in 17th century Europe, describes itself as "a worldwide organization of hunters who are also wildlife conservationists and are respectful of traditional hunting ethics and practices." Its Latin motto - "Deum Diligite Animalia Diligentes" - translates to "Honoring God by Honoring His Creatures."

Scalia flew to Cibolo Creek Ranch with a friend identified by the local sheriff as Allen Foster. While the sheriff's report does not detail Foster's background, C. Allen Foster is a Washington, D.C., lawyer who has previously represented clients in cases before the Supreme Court.

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Baby polar bear twins head outside for the first time, at the Dierenrijk Zoo, in Nuenen, The Netherlands, Feb. 25, 2016. The twin brothers were born in November of 2015.
Photo by Remko De Waal



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