BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 7 April, 2017


7 April, 2017

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from Bruce

Russell Brown: Fred (
Fred died last week. He was my mate Shane's dad, having come into his life 50 years ago when Shane was three. I hadn't known Fred well, but I'd seen a bit of him over the years and I so I went to the family gathering to see him off, to be there for my friend.

Josh Marshall: Opposing a Corrupt Transaction (TPM)
We seem to be on a clear path toward a showdown not only over the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch but over the abolition of the filibuster for Supreme Court nominations. Aside from the pros and cons of Gorsuch's nomination and the strategic wisdom of the Democrats' decision to mount a filibuster, it is worth noting something that is being ignored: In practice, Republicans abolished the Supreme Court filibuster in 2005.

EMILY STEEL and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT: Bill O'Reilly Thrives at Fox News, Even as Harassment Settlements Add Up (NY Times)
About $13 million has been paid out over the years to address complaints from women about Mr. O'Reilly's behavior. He denies the claims have merit.

Judd Legum: Advertisers flee 'The O'Reilly Factor' en masse (ThinkProgress)
Latest sexual harassment claims has corporations rethinking their association with Bill O'Reilly.

Interview by Ben Beaumont-Thomas: Andres Serrano's best photograph: a white man with black skin (The Guardian)
'I made sure you would see there was a white man under this black skin, because prejudice is only skin deep.'

Julia Carrie Wong: Pepsi pulls Kendall Jenner ad ridiculed for co-opting protest movements (The Guardian)
Company admits it 'missed the mark' after ad was mocked on social media and by civil rights activists including Martin Luther King Jr's daughter.

Suzanne Moore: Labour is weak and immoral - as shown by Livingstone's refusal to apologise (The Guardian)
The party's failure to deal adequately with Ken Livingstone's antisemitism strengthens its slow collapse, helmed by Jeremy Corbyn's tragic incompetence.

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Trivia Question of the Day

Who is the only American to be elected governor of two different states?


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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question from Yesterday

This 1966 novelty record had instant success, peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The title on the B-side was "!aaaH-aH ,yawA eM ekaT oT gnimoC er'yehT". What was the title on the A-side?

       "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!"                                                      Source

"They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!" is a 1966 novelty record by Jerry Samuels, recorded under the name Napoleon XIV and released on Warner Bros. Records. The song became an instant success in the United States, peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 popular music singles chart on 13 August[1] and reaching No. 4 on the UK Singles Chart.

Continuing the theme of insanity, the flip or B-side of the single was simply the A-side played in reverse, and given the title "!aaaH-aH ,yawA eM ekaT oT gnimoC er'yehT" (or "!AAAH-AH YAWA EM EKAT OT GNIMOC ER'YEHT") and the performer billed as "VIX NOELOPAN". Most of the label affixed to the B-side was a mirror image of the front label (as opposed to simply being spelled backward), including the letters in the "WB" shield logo. Only the label name, disclaimer, and record and recording master numbers were kept frontward.        Source

Mark. was first and correct with:
   You're probably asking about Napoleon XIV's They're Coming to Take Me Away HaHaaa!

Alan J said:
   They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!

mj (who may be joining him, some time soon.) wrote:
   It was Napoleon XIII's
  They're Coming to Take Me Away (Ha Ha). To the funny farm, where life is beautiful all the time. With basket weavers who sit and smile and twiddle their thumbs.

Randall replied:
   They're coming to take me away

David of Moon Valley responded:
   a wild guess, here in the early AM...They're Coming to Take Me Away by Napoleon Something or Other....remember hearing it for the for the first time in a Korvette's dept. store outside of Baltimore...and fortunately i haven't heard it very much since, being limited to just that occasional spin on Dr Demento's shows....Ha Ha Hee Hee Ho Ho....eeeesh...

Adam answered:
   "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!"

Gene wrote:
   Not only was the B side typeset backwards it was played backward as well. The A side: They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa! By Napoleon XIV, real name, Jerry Samuels.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!

Deborah replied:
   Wasn't the A side the same as the B side, but spelled forwards?
  As a spoken-word record, would one consider "They're Coming to Take Me Away" a rap song?
  I'm old enough to remember that song.
  Overcast, threatening rain, high winds and thunder and lightning to come. I loves me some weather drama.

zorch responded:
   They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha Haaaa!

(: Tom :) at the Funny Farm answered:
   Today's answer to today's question is the Funny Farm theme song, "They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha Haaa!" by Napoleon XIV. You don't have to be crazy to get through the Dolt 45 pResidency, but it helps...

Billy in Cypress said:
   "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!" is the song of the day. The B-side provides the answer. One day soon it will be the theme song of CpPDJT-ID and his gangsters, unless it is the death march of everyone else in this world. The GOP just went nuclear to confirm people-hater Gorsuch. What will they do "For a Few Dollars More "?

Dave in Tucson wrote:
   Today's answer is "They're Coming to Take Me Away Ha-Ha" by Napoleon the XIV.

DJ Useo replied:
   As a long time fan of the Dr. Demento radio show, I know the answer is Napoleon XIV. I had his record on vinyl once, & currently on disc.
  Novelty music is so hard to find, I grab terrible records like that whenever I see them. I had the 45 a long time ago, & the b-side truly was the a-side backwards.

Joe S     answered:
   One of my all time favorites, "They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!". But not my all time favorite, my all time favorite is "Ripple."

Kevin K. in Washington, DC took the day off.

Dale of Springy Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

MAM     took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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Sally has retired.




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Michelle in AZ

Brosnan's back! Why we should celebrate the shouty former Bond's return | Film | The Guardian

America's forgotten crisis: over 50% of one Native American tribe are homeless | Julian Brave NoiseCat | Opinion | The Guardian

Coalition of 17 states challenges Trump over climate change policy | Environment | The Guardian

Secret footage obtained of the wild elephants sold into captivity in Chinese zoos | Environment | The Guardian

Texas masturbation bill is now in the hands of the Texas State Affairs Committee - SFGate

Here's the kind of senator you want, America - Notes & Errata by Mark Morford

Trump Official Wannabe Bullies Arab News to Erase His Anti-Trump Columns: BIG MISTAKE

There Is Something Really Really Wrong With Conservatives and Their Solutions

Report: Nile Delta's increasing salinity and rising sea levels may empty Egypt by 2100.

Kentucky Coal Mining Museum is going solar

Hilarious 'Kindergarten Press Secretary' video has even the most serious reporters cracking up

Conspiracy Theorist in Chief - Los Angeles Times

Who Is Mike Conaway, Replacing Devin Nunes To Lead House Russia Investigation? : NPR

100th Anniversary Of U.S. Entering WWI: Equestrian Heroes Of World War I And The Plot To Poison Them : NPR

Duterte Orders Philippine Army To Occupy Disputed Islands In South China Sea : The Two-Way : NPR

This Image Of Putin Has Been Declared Illegal In Russia. Please Don't Share It Widely. I Beg You.

School vouchers went down to defeat in Texas GOP led House big time 103-44

Trump's EPA Cuts To Lead Paint Programs Are Going To Hit Black People The Hardest | The Huffington Post

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Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan waves, some up to 14ft, striking the St Joseph, MI breakwater during the Thursday Nor'easter... Offshore waves in southern Lake Michigan were reported up to 28ft (probably from a NOAA weather buoy)...


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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Conspiracy Theorist in Chief - Los Angeles Times

Scamming the world: Trump has turned foreign policy into a profit center -

Republicans Just Went Nuclear. Neil Gorsuch Is Heading to the Supreme Court. | Mother Jones

Sonia Sotomayor: Not Everyone Can Just Pull Themselves 'Up By The Bootstraps' | The Huffington Post

Jared Kushner Helped Push Steve Bannon Out Of The NSC | The Huffington Post

The Rich Line Up at the White House ATM -

Steve Bannon Calls Jared Kushner a 'Cuck' and 'Globalist' Behind His Back - The Daily Beast

So much for President Steve Bannon: Did Jared and Ivanka orchestrate the downfall of Trump's key adviser? -

Russia Bans Image of Putin in Drag - The Daily Beast

Four Dems Voting to Advance Gorsuch Decried as 'Trump Collaborators' | Common Dreams



from Marc Perkel

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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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Clouds rolled in - supposed to get some more rain.

Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'MacGyver', followed by a FRESH 'Hawaii Five-0', then a FRESH 'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Mandy Patinkin, Zosia Mamet, and Jerrod Carmichael.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 2/1/17) are Aaron Paul, Jenny Slate, and Jermaine Fowler.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'First Dates', followed by 'Dateline'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 3/3/17) are Jennifer Lopez, Jeff Probst, and Depeche Mode.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 3/27/17) are Craig Ferguson, Rachel Dratch, and George Saunders.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 3/1/17) are Natalie Zea, T.S.O.L., and Genesis Rodriguez.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'The Toy Box', followed by a FRESH 'Shark Tank', then '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 3/23/17) are Shaquille O'Neal, Noah Hawley, and Mondo Cozmo.

The CW offers a FRESH 'The Originals', followed by a FRESH 'Reign'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Rosewood', followed by a FRESH 'You The Jury'.

MY recycles an old 'American Ninja Warrior', followed by another 'American Ninja Warriror'.

A&E has 'Live PD', followed by a FRESH 'Live PD: Rewind', then a FRESH 'Live PD'.

AMC offers the movie 'Gladiator', followed by the movie 'Gladiator', again.

BBC  -   
 [7:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 4-Who Watches the Watchers
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 9-The Vengeance Factor
 [6:20PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 13-Elaan of Troyius
 [8:40PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 15-Let That Be Your Last Battlefield
 [9:50PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 16-The Mark of Gideon
 [1:20AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 13-Elaan of Troyius
 [3:40AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 15-Let That Be Your Last Battlefield

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by the movie 'Fast & Furious', then the movie 'National Lampoon's Vacation'.

Comedy Central has 2 hours of old 'South Park', an hour of old 'Tosh.0', and 'Kevin Hart: I'm A Grown Little Man'.

FX has the movie 'This Is 40', followed by the movie 'Grown Ups 2'.

History has 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH 'Ancient Top 10', then another FRESH 'Ancient Top 10', followed by still another 'Ancient Top 10'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Life Orr Death
 [6:30AM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Ouija Bored
 [9:15AM]    ALEX CROSS
 [11:30AM]    YOU'RE NEXT
 [1:30PM]    28 WEEKS LATER

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-The Crash of 29 Years Old
 [6:35AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-The Man With the Golden Wrist
 [7:10AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-The Two Loves of Dr. Hartley
 [7:45AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-Not With My Sister, You Don't
 [8:20AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Support Your Local Mother
 [8:55AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Toulousse Lautrec Is One of My Favorite Artists
 [9:30AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-The Snow Must Go On
 [10:05AM]    The Break-Up
 [12:30PM]    High Fidelity
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Benevolence
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Profile
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Pride and Joy
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Born Bad
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-The Pursuit of Happiness
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Working Mom
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-D-Girl
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Turnaround
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Showtime
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Double Down
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-We Like Mike
 [2:00AM]    Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo-Holy Mojo
 [3:00AM]    Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo-Bad Mojo
 [4:00AM]    Doubt    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Friday The 13th', followed by the movie 'Carrie'.

 [6:00 AM]      Nine Lives Are Not Enough (1941)
 [7:15 AM]      One For The Book (1948)     [AKA: 'The Voice of the Turtle']
 [9:00 AM]      Kings Row (1942)   [WARNING: stars Ronald Reagan] 
 [11:15 AM]      East Side, West Side (1949)
 [1:15 PM]      Some Came Running (1958)
 [3:45 PM]      The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
 [6:00 PM]      The Goddess (1958)
 [8:00 PM]      Love Letters (1945)
 [10:15 PM]      The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946)
 [1:30 AM]      The End of the Affair (1955)
 [3:45 AM]      From Here to Eternity (1953)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Saturday   -  04/08/17

 [6:00 AM]      Whistling In The Dark (1941)
 [7:30 AM]      The Black Cat (1934)
 [9:00 AM]      Gypsy Colt (1954)
 [10:30 AM]      Ringside Maisie (1941)
 [12:15 PM]      Springfield Rifle (1952)
 [2:00 PM]      Firecreek (1968)
 [4:00 PM]      Winchester '73 (1950)
 [6:00 PM]      The Train Robbers (1973)
 [8:00 PM]      The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956)
 [10:45 PM]      Black Widow (1954)
 [12:45 AM]      The Three Faces of Eve (1957)
 [2:30 AM]      The Zodiac Killer (1971)
 [4:15 AM]      Psycho (1960)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, waves to supporters during teachings after consecrating the Thupsung Dhargyeling Monastery in Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh, India, Thursday, April 6, 2017. The Dalai Lama consecrated the Buddhist monastery on Thursday in India's remote northeast, amid Chinese warnings that the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader's visit to the disputed border region would damage bilateral relations with India.
Photo by Tenzin Choejor


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Multi-Book Deal

Joe and Jill Biden

First the Obamas, now the Bidens. Former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, have book deals.

Flatiron Books told The Associated Press on Wednesday that it will release two books by Joe Biden and one by Jill. Joe Biden's first book will "explore one momentous year," when his son Beau died in 2015 and his agonized decision against running for president. Biden has said recently that he regrets his choice and believes he could have defeated Republican Donald Trump, who pulled off a stunning upset against the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton.

Biden's memoir is currently untitled and no release date was announced. Flatiron, a Macmillan imprint, is calling the book "the story of not just a politician, but of a father, grandfather, friend and husband."

Flatiron did not provide details about the two other books it acquired or about financial terms. Two publishing officials with knowledge of negotiations said bidding went at least into seven figures. The officials were not authorized to discuss negotiations and asked not to be identified. The Bidens were represented by Creative Artists Agency.

Joe and Jill Biden


A man enters to visit an installation called "Pyrae" by Salviati's furniture designers, part of the Design Fair exhibition in Milan, Italy, April 6, 2017.
Photo by Antonio Calanni


For Next 200 Years

Global Warming Prediction

Donald Trump (R-Loser) wants to reinvigorate the domestic fossil fuel industry, which he says will create jobs, and to defend the move, which is categorically catastrophic for the planet, he has either denied human-induced climate change outright or at best, been non-committal in acknowledging. But irrespective of what the president, who is not a scientist, may say, the fact that burning fossil fuels is a major contributor to the accumulation of greenhouse gases in Earth's atmosphere is undeniable, as evidenced by numerous scientific studies and climate data from across the world.

A study published Tuesday puts another nail in that coffin (not that it needed one) by predicting that if we exhaust all readily available fossil fuel resources and also fail to control the already existing concentration of greenhouse gases, the global warming caused as a consequence could make Earth warmer than it has been in the last 420 million years.

Titled "Future climate forcing potentially without precedent in the last 420 million years," the open-access study was published in the journal Nature Communications. It is based on a compilation of data from over 1,200 studies that estimate the concentration of carbon dioxide in the planet's atmosphere for nearly the last half a billion years.

The study's authors found that carbon dioxide concentration has fluctuated naturally - from as low as 200-400 ppm during cold periods to up to 3,000 ppm during the warm periods - a number of times during that period, but on multi-million year timescales. The current pace of climate change is "highly unusual," according to a statement by the researchers. Currently at over 405 ppm, it is far higher than the 280 ppm less than 150 years ago in pre-industrial era.

Global Warming Prediction


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Feral Child Found


Indian police are reviewing reports of missing children to try to identify a girl who was found living in a forest with a group of monkeys.

The girl, believed to be 10 to 12 years old, was unable to speak, was wearing no clothes and was emaciated when she discovered in January and taken to a hospital in Bahraich, a town in Uttar Pradesh state in northern India.

She behaved like an animal, running on her arms and legs and eating food off the floor with her mouth, said D.K. Singh, chief medical superintendent of the government-run hospital.

After treatment, she has begun walking normally and eating with her hands.

"She is still not able to speak, but understands whatever you tell her and even smiles," Singh said.



A child sleeps on his motherís lap while taking a ride on Rickshaw, a traditional vehicle, in Dhaka, Bangladesh April 6, 2017.
Photo by Mohammad Ponir Hossain


Coal-Mining Museum With Solar Panels

Harlan County, Ky

A coal-mining museum in the heart of coal country is turning to solar power in an effort to save money and help the surrounding community.

The Kentucky Coal Mining Museum is located in Benham, in the southeast corner of the Bluegrass State. Housed in what was originally an International Harvester commissary, the museum opened in 1994 and contains tributes to the industry for which the area is best known.

The installation of solar panels by Bluegrass Solar began this week. Tre Sexton, the owner of the company, told Yahoo News that the installation was the first step in a program to help supplement the Benham-area power grid. Sexton said the project involved multiple companies and that funding was coming from many sources, including philanthropists in the area. Excess power from the panels will be fed back into the Benham grid.

The museum is owned by Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, and Brandon Robinson, the communications director for the college, sees the irony in the situation.

"It is a little ironic," said Robinson in an interview with EKB-TV, "but you know, coal and solar and all the different energy sources work together hand in hand. Of course, coal is still king around here, but when you talk about using other sources to start power, it's always good to have more than one.

Harlan County, Ky


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Web Page Showcases Coal Mine

Bureau of Land Management

In a clear message about its policy priorities, the Trump administration has updated the home page for the federal agency that oversees public lands to showcase a large photo of an open-pit coal mine in Wyoming.

The photo was stripped across the Bureau of Land Management site after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced approval Wednesday of a $22 million lease of more than 6,000 acres in Utah to a coal-mining company. In the past, the web page has more typically featured photos of fields of wildflowers, green forests and snow-capped mountains.

The coal mining photo replaced the image of a man and young boy with camping gear watching a scenic sunset.

The change came after Donald Trump (R-Crooked) last month lifted a freeze imposed in the waning days of the Obama administration on leases of public lands for coal mining. Trump, who has pledged to revive the struggling U.S. coal industry, also issued an executive order rolling back federal regulations on planet-warming carbon emissions.

The bureau manages more than 245 million acres of public land in a dozen Western states. Much of that acreage has for decades been leased for mining and drilling, but the use of public lands for coal mining has come under increasing scrutiny due to climate change.

Bureau of Land Management


A Kashmiri milkman cycles on a snow covered road on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, April 6, 2017. Heavy snowfall and rains have forced authorities in Indian controlled Kashmir to close schools and colleges even as the only all weather road link that connects the Kashmir valley to the rest of India has been cut off.
Photo by Dar Yasin


T-rump Wants To Hire Foreign Workers

Westchester Golf Course

Donald Trump (R-Hypocrite) has railed against what he calls "low-skilled immigration that continues to reduce jobs and wages for American workers," but recent actions suggest he may prefer to hire such workers rather than U.S. citizens for his sprawling businesses.

The former reality TV star with an estimated $3.5 billion to his name filed a request with the Labor Department for the right to employ foreign servers for his Trump National Golf Club in Westchester, New York, BuzzFeed first reported Wednesday. The job order calls for the use of eight H-2B visas - which allow foreign workers to temporarily fill non-farm jobs if there are "not enough U.S. workers who are able, willing, qualified and available" for the positions - for waiters and waitresses. The employees would work at the golf course between May and October and earn a minimum of $14.08 hourly.

The request was filed March 7 by a national processing center, but it was unclear when the Trump Organization submitted its initial request.

Trump has a long and well-documented history of employing foreign workers. He got permission from the Labor Department to hire 64 foreign workers to cook, clean and wait on guests at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida for between $10.17 and $12.74 per hour, the Palm Beach Post reported in December. He also got foreign worker visas for 69 housekeepers, cooks and waiters for the same club earlier last year, the paper found in March 2016.

Between 2010 and February 2016, Trump requested visas for more than 500 foreign nationals to work at Mar-a-Lago, despite only hiring 17 of the nearly 300 U.S. residents who'd applied for or been referred to the waiting, cooking and cleaning jobs at the resort over the same period, the New York Times reported.

Westchester Golf Course


Murder Suspect Posts

$35M Bail

A Chinese real estate scion charged with orchestrating the murder of her children's father was released from a San Francisco Bay Area jail Thursday after posting $35 million bail, a highly unusual financial transaction that startled and angered the victim's family and friends.

Tiffany Li will remain out of custody after family, friends and business associates of her mother raised $4 million cash and pledged San Francisco Bay Area properties valued a combined $62 million to post her bail. Courts require double the bail amount when property is pledged instead of cash.

Court records show 15 properties being pledged. Li's attorney Carr said the properties are owned by family and business associates of Li's mother, who spends most of her time in China where she profited from real estate investments there.

Li, 31, is charged with directing her boyfriend and another man to kill Keith Green, 27, and dispose of his body, which was found in May with a bullet wound to the neck 80 miles (129 kilometers) north of the suburban San Francisco mansion he and Li once shared with their two young daughters.

Prosecutors say Li feared she would lose custody of her daughters. Li and the two men were arrested shortly after Green's body was found and the trio is scheduled to stand trial in September. Li has pleaded not guilty.

$35M Bail


A man walks on Ondarreta beach after a swim in the sea on a sunny day in San Sebastian, Spain, April 6, 2017.
Photo by Javier Etxezarreta


National Republicans Make Large Ad Buy


Democratic candidate James Thompson accused national Republicans Thursday of trying to buy a Kansas House seat by making a large advertising buy less than a week before the nation's first congressional election since Donald Trump (R-Grifter) won the White House.

His comments came following a candidate event at Wichita State University in which Republican Ron Estes failed to show up, the latest in 10 candidate forums and debates Estes has skipped during the campaign. Estes has attended three others.

"I think it shows how desperate they are," Thompson said. "Rather than have a candidate who will actually get out and work and listen to people, they are trying to buy the campaign because that is what they do."

The special election was called after Trump named Rep. Mike Pompeo his head of the CIA.



Hunting Each Other Not Worth The Hassle

Stone Age

You know those snacks that are OK if they're handy, but not worth the bother if you have to go track them down? Our Stone Age forerunners may have felt the same way about eating each other.

Neanderthals and prehistoric members of our own species occasionally practiced cannibalism and explaining that is a scientific challenge. Generally, it has been attributed to factors like starvation, violence between groups or ceremonial practices following a death.

Now a new study suggests they were probably not hunting each other just for food.

That's because "we are not very nutritious, on a calorie level," compared to large game animals, says James Cole of the University of Brighton in England. Next to a mammoth, even a dozen burly Neanderthals would be slim pickings.

He focused on nine previously reported fossil sites where researchers have found evidence of cannibalism, like marks on the bones that indicated butchery. The sites were dated to between roughly 14,000 years ago to more than 900,000 years ago, which falls within the Paleolithic period the study focused on. Five involved our evolutionary cousins the Neanderthals, two involved our own species, and the rest were other extinct members of the human evolutionary branch.

Stone Age



In Memory

Don Rickles

Don Rickles loved everybody: black or white, gay or straight, fat or thin.

But don't get him started on his wife, or the time she dove into their swimming pool while wearing all her jewelry.

And drowned.

For more than half a century, the hollering, bald-headed "Mr. Warmth" let everyone have it. Insults rained on the meek and the mighty, from unsuspecting fans to such fellow celebrities as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Johnny Carson.

And few seemed to mind. Rickles, who died Thursday at age 90, was among the most loved people in the business.

He was the acknowledged grandmaster of insult comedy. Despite jokes that from other comics might have inspired boycotts, he was idolized by everyone from Joan Rivers and Louis CK to Chris Rock and Sarah Silverman. James Caan once said that Rickles helped inspire the blustering Sonny Corleone of "The Godfather." An HBO special was directed by John Landis of "Animal House" fame and included tributes from Clint Eastwood, Sidney Poitier and Robert De Niro. Carl Reiner would say he knew he had made it in Hollywood when Rickles made fun of him.

Rickles appeared everywhere from strip joints to the 1985 inaugural gala for President Ronald Reagan and remained a popular act well after his ethnic and racial humor had become outdated. In 2008, he won an Emmy for best individual performance in a variety show for the Landis film "Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project." At the ceremony, he joked: "I've been in this business for 55 years and the biggest award I got was an ashtray from the Friars in New York." The Friars gave him a nice statuette in 2013 when they presented him a lifetime achievement award.

Rickles' many friends returned the wisecracks, whether labeling him as a man everyone loved to hate or, as his pal Bob Newhart once joked, a man with whom it was annoying to travel. But the topper came, from all people, radio host Casey Kasem, who dressed up as Hitler at a Martin roast in Rickles' honor and told the comedian: "You are the only man I know who has bombed more places than I have."

Placed by Jerry Seinfeld on the "Mount Rushmore" of comedy, Rickles patented a confrontational style that stand-up performers still emulate, but one that kept him on the right side of trouble. He emerged in the late 1950s, a time when comics such as Lenny Bruce and Mort Sahl were taking greater risks, becoming more politicized and more introspective.

Rickles managed to shock his audiences without cutting social commentary or truly personal self-criticism. He operated under a code as old the Borscht Belt: Go far - ethnic jokes, sex jokes, ribbing Carson for his many marriages - but make sure everyone knows it's for fun.

Rickles had set out to be a serious actor, enrolling in New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where classmates included Jason Robards. He had little luck finding acting jobs, however, and supported himself by selling used cars, life insurance and cosmetics - badly, he said. ("I couldn't sell air conditioners on a 98-degree day.")

He finally decided to try comedy, appearing at small hotels in New York's Catskill mountains and in rundown nightclubs. The turning point came at a strip joint in Washington, D.C.

Don Rickles


In Memory

Paul O'Neill

It would take a mad genius to imagine a band forged in the gutters of the swampy Florida metal scene could one day evolve into a fixture on PBS, a staple of Christmas radio and one of the biggest touring acts in the world.

Paul O'Neill was that madman. He invented the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, a holiday phenomenon with roots in Tampa Bay that for two decades filled arenas across America, delivering a seasonal spectacle of lasers, pyrotechnics and grandiose symphonic rock.

The composer and producer behind one of the world's most unique and successful rock bands died this week at 61 from a "chronic illness," Trans-Siberian Orchestra announced Thursday.

Born in New York, O'Neill had a long and fruitful career in rock and roll before forming TSO in 1996, successfully producing and tour-managing Aerosmith and other bands. One group he produced and took a shine to was Savatage, a metal group formed by brothers Criss and Jon Oliva in Tarpon Springs. When O'Neill got the opportunity in the '90s to launch his dream project, a rock symphony inspired by artists like Pink Floyd and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, he thought of them.

Inspired by visits to Russia in the 1980s, O'Neill envisioned a series of operatic albums that evoked the harshness of winter and warmth of a hearth. Holiday music was timeless - as O'Neill told the Times in 2008, "You write anything about Christmas, you're competing with the best of the last 2,000 years."

In 1996 TSO released Christmas Eve and Other Stories, featuring a striking mash-up of Carol of the Bells and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen called Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24. The song was an immediate smash, becoming one of the most-played and best-selling holiday singles of all time.

In profiles over the years, O'Neill was portrayed as a mysterious, secretive figure, obsessed with world history and folklore. He collected letters from figures like Lincoln, Washington, Churchill, Edison, Queen Victoria and Oscar Wilde. Among his possessions, according to a 2016 profile in the British magazine New Statesman, was a Faberge egg containing microfilm of a snippet of the King James Bible that flew into space aboard Apollo 14.

He was generous with his fortune. He would hand cash and silver dollars to strangers, and donated a dollar from each concert ticket to a local charity. Dixon estimated that over the years, O'Neill and TSO had given his nonprofit Christmas Wish Fund more than $200,000.

Paul O'Neill



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