BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 24 April, 2015


24 April, 2015

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from Bruce

Tom Danehy: "Tom has some things to say about all the things we've been talking about lately (unless you're normal)" (Tucson Weekly)
If I commit an armed robbery, start a fire at a church, break into somebody's house, steal a car, rob a Wal-Mart, and walk down the street shooting a stolen rifle in the air, I hereby give any and all law-enforcement personnel the right to use their car bumpers to knock me 40 feet in the air before I can commit another crime. And when I land, if one or both of my arms are still attached to my torso, you have the right to put me in handcuffs and take my punk ass to jail.

Paula Cocozza: "Smiling or crying: which one got me a free coffee at Pret?" (Guardian)
Staff at the sandwich chain give a number of free food and drinks to customers they like, according to their chief executive. But how do you make them like you?

Phil Plait: "Slamming the Door Shut: Vaccines and Autism" (Slate)
… the entire modern anti-vax movement is based on the idea that the MMR vaccine somehow causes autism; that was the conclusion drawn by Andrew Wakefield in a paper published in the British journal the Lancet… a paper that was retracted, that had several of Wakefield's team members asking to have their names removed from it, that established a clear conflict of interest for Wakefield who stood to make hundreds of millions of dollars replacing an MMR vaccine with his own alternative, and which prompted the BMJ to call Wakefield's methods "fraudulent" .

Lucy Siegle: The cold truth about our thirst for bottled water (Guardian)
The exploitation of a precious natural resource by multinational companies is degrading the environment. Consumers shouldn't fall for it.

Daisy Buchanan: Is this man too hot to be a teacher? (Guardian)
The travails of Pietro Boselli, a maths teacher and model, reminds me of my utter inability to learn anything from the man we'll call 'Mr History.'

GEORGE SZIRTES: "Visions before midnight: the inimitable voice of Clive James" (New Statesman)
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Trivia Question of the Day

Between a solo career and as a member of a group, Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner has 16 Grammy Awards. By what name is he more commonly known?


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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question from Yesterday

On what TV series would you have found this cast? The Culhanes of Cornfield County - Gordie Tapp, Junior Samples, Grandpa Jones & Lulu Roman

      Hee Haw                                                      Source

Hee Haw is an American television variety show featuring country music and humor with fictional rural Kornfield Kounty as a backdrop. It aired on CBS-TV from 1969-1971 before a 20-year run in local syndication. The show was inspired by Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, the major difference being that Hee Haw was far less topical, and was centered on country music and rural Southern culture. Hosted by country artists Buck Owens and Roy Clark for most of the series' run, the show was equally well known for its voluptuous, scantily-clad women in stereotypical farmer's daughter outfits and country-style minidresses (a group that came to be known as the "Hee Haw Honeys"), and its cornpone humor.

The Culhanes-The adventures of the Culhane family, depicted as all they did was sit on an old-fashioned sofa in the parlor, which focused on Cousin Clem Culhane (Gordie Tapp); Cousin Junior Culhane (Junior Samples); Cousin Grandpa Culhane (Grandpa Jones); and Cousin Lulu Culhane (Lulu Roman) who would sit in deadpan character and comment, à la soap opera. After the death of Junior, his role was filled by cast member Mike Snider in the role of Cousin Mike.        Source

Alan J was first, and correct, with:

Charlie said:
   It's the Culhanes, from Hee Haw

Randall wrote:
  In 1968 Rowan and Martin's Laugh-in was an intelligent, fast-paced skit comedy show where hippies, go-go dancers, and celebrities espoused liberal and anti-war values.
  It was funny and sexy, cool and hip - and very racy. They talked peace, love, music... and had girls dancing in bikinis... And LOTS of people tuned in to see it...

   So in 1969, two Canadians (!) - Frank Peppiatt and John Aylesworth - created the red-neck version of Laugh-in: instead of two guys in 60's hip evening-jackets and ties, you have Buck Owens and Roy Clark in flannel shirts and denim overalls.

  The humor was strictly corn-pone and lowest-common-denominator. Instead of heavy-hitters like John Wayne, Sammy Davis Jr. and yes, even President Richard Nixon

  On Hee Haw you got country-western musicians and Jr. Samples

  It was an hour of good ol' country values; Jesus and home-cookin', guns and love-it-or-leave-it, not sure what the war is all about, but I'm a patriot so my son has to die in Vietnam - all wrapped up in some darn nice country western music.
  Instead of cute babes dancing in bikinis, Hee Haw had cute country cuties in Daisy Mae shirts and Daisy Duke shorts.
  I think a lot of the humor on Laugh-in was too sophisticated (you had to READ stuff to be in on the jokes) for many viewers and THAT was the popularity of Hee Haw: you didn't have to know very much or have much of an education to "get" the jokes.
  Hee Haw was the low-brow, conservative, Republican answer to the urban, liberal Laugh-in.
  It was very popular for many viewers. - but not half as funny as Laugh-In.

Lobotomised Lois Of Oregon replied:
   Sweet Weeping Jesus, I have no need to google THAT one. Once upon a time it could ONLY have been the cast of Hee Haw, (a show I myself did not watch as we prefered Laugh-In at our house ) but now could easily be mistaken for a facebook entry from any average group of mutants which roam freely in YOURTOWN, USA, and represent us in Congress. Yes, once we laughed AT them. Now we ARE them, and I don't think it's funny any more. Then again, the show did have a theme song to relate to:
      "Gloom, despair and agony on me-e!
      Deep dark depression, excessive misery-y!
      If it weren't for bad luck I'd have no luck at all!
      Gloom, despair and agony on me-e-e!"
  So let it be writen. So let it be done!

Harry responded:
   Hee Haw

Deborah answered:
   Taking a WAG - is that from "Hee-Haw"?


Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:

DanD replied:
   Hee Haw?

Kevin K. in Washington, DC responded:
   I recognize those folks from "Hee-Haw". (Did it have an exclamation point? "Hee-Haw!").
  Where I grew up, in Syracuse, NY, it was a kind of early Saturday evening fare they put on around the same time as Lawrence Welk. They had some good banjo playing on it, though.

Delusionally Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali answered:
   I hated Hee Haw! Even though it was Internationally hailed in faraway places. My West Coast sensibilities could never handle the alleged humor! There! Fuck Hillbillies and Midwestern Minds (the ones that are dead from the neck up!) Hope I've offended someone today! And no naked babes from Hee Haw tomorrow!

  One for Lois

DJ Useo said:
   Hee Haw the tv series!
  I got drug along many weekends by my parents to their Indiana friends house where we were REQUIRED to watch Hee Haw. Seems like it was about 4 pm on Sundays.
  I was not a fan of the show at that young age, so I was told to be quiet, & suffer. Which I did.
  As an adult, I've seen old episodes, & had a good laugh. Would'a thunk'it?

MAM   , wrote:
   "Hee Haw" ~ The Culhane Family: Gordie Tapp, Jr Samples, Grandpa, and Lulu.

John I from Hawai'i says,
   "Hee Haw.

mj took the day off.

Adam took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

Sally is retired, but paying attention.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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From The Creator of 'Avery Ant'

"The Problem With Young People Today"

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from Marc Perkel


Hello Bartcop fans,

As you all know the untimely passing of Terry was unexpected, even by him. We all knew he had cancer but we all thought he had some years left. So some of us who have worked closely with him over the years are scrambling around trying to figure out what to do. My job, among other things, is to establish communications with the Bartcop community and provide email lists and groups for those who might put something together. Those who want to play an active roll in something coming from this, or if you are one of Bart's pillars, should send an email to

Bart's final wish was to pay off the house mortgage for Mrs. Bart who is overwhelmed and so very grateful for the support she has received. Anyone wanting to make a donation can click on this the yellow donate button on

But - I need you all to help keep this going. This note isn't going to directly reach all of Bart's fans. So if you can repost it on blogs and discussion boards so people can sign up then when we figure out what's next we can let more people know. This list is just over 600 but like to get it up to at least 10,000 pretty quick. So here's the signup link for this email list.
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Marc Perkel




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Last Night

Still overcast, still on the cool side.

Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'The Amazing Race', followed by a FRESH 'Hawaii Five-0', then a FRESH 'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Dave are Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE (from 4/14/15) are Jon Cryer, Grace Helbig, Freida Pinto, and Andy Grammer.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'Grimm', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Olsen.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 4/6/15) are Kit Harington, Adam Horovitz, and the Mountain Goats.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 3/18/15) are Regina King, Sweat Lodge, and Anna Mastro & Andrew J. West.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Shark Tank', followed by the FRESH 'Bruce Jenner: The Interview'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 4/16/15) are Jamie Foxx, Betty White, Jamie Foxx featuring Chris Brown and Kid Ink.

The CW offer's a FRESH 'Cedric's Barber Battle', followed by a RERUN 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', then a FRESH 'The Messengers'.

Faux fills the night with the movie 'Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian'.

MY recycles an old 'Bones', followed by another old 'Bones'.

A&E has all old 'Criminal Minds' all night.

AMC offers the movie 'Ghostbusters II', followed by the movie 'The Day After Tomorrow', then the movie 'The Day After Tomorrow', again.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 8 - La Frite
 [7:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 11 - Cafe 36
 [8:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 22 - Symbiosis
 [9:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 23 - Skin of Evil
 [10:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 24 - We'll Always Have Paris
 [11:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 7 - Kill the Moon
 [12:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 8 - Mummy on the Orient Express
 [1:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 9 - Flatline
 [2:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 22 - Symbiosis
 [3:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 23 - Skin of Evil
 [4:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 9 - The Vengeance Factor
 [5:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 10 - The Defector
 [6:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 11 - The Hunted
 [7:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 12 - The High Ground
 [8:00PM]    Casino Royale (2006)
 [11:00PM]    Casino Royale (2006)
 [2:00AM]    Orphan Black - Season 3 - Ep 1 - The Weight of This Combination
 [3:00AM]    Tatau - Season 1 - Episode 1
 [4:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 12 - The High Ground
 [5:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 13 - Deja Q    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', 'Real Housewives Of NYC', another 'Real Housewives Of NYC', followed by a FRESH 'Bravo's First Looks'.

Comedy Central has 'Tosh.0', 'Inside Amy Schumer', 'Key & Peele', another 'Key & Peele', 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 'South Park', and another 'South Park'.

FX has the movie 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse', followed by the movie 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Down: Part 1'.

History has 'Ancient Aliens: Special Edition', another 'Ancient Aliens', followed by a FRESH 'Ancient Aliens', then a FRESH 'Hangar 1: The UFO Files'.

IFC  -   
 [7:00AM]    U-571
 [12:15PM]    U-571
 [6:45PM]    I SPY
 [2:00AM]    GAMER

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Iconoclasts-Tony Hawk and Jon Favreau
 [7:00AM]    Buried
 [9:00AM]    The Edge
 [11:30AM]    The American President
 [1:45PM]    Peggy Sue Got Married
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Severance
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Blood Is Thicker ...
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Paranoia
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Humiliation
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Angel
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Blood Libel
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Remand
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Corpus Delicti
 [12:00AM]    Black Rain
 [2:45AM]    Love Actually
 [5:45AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & the Bikini    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'The Grudge', followed by a FRESH 'Bitten', then a FRESH 'Lost Girl'.

TCM spends the daylight hours with Shirley MacLaine, who was born on this day in 1934.
 [6:15 AM]      The Yellow Rolls-Royce(1964)
 [8:30 AM]      Two Loves (1961)
 [10:30 AM]      Irma La Douce (1963)
 [1:00 PM]      Being There (1979)
 [3:15 PM]      The Apartment (1960)
 [5:30 PM]      Some Came Running (1958)

 [8:00 PM]      Forbidden Planet (1956)
 [10:00 PM]      North By Northwest (1959)
 [12:30 AM]      Ben-Hur (1959)
 [4:30 AM]      How the West Was Won (1962)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Saturday   -  04/25/15

TCM spends part of the night with Frances Marion
 [7:30 AM]      Son of Kong (1933)
 [8:45 AM]      Rodan (1958)
 [10:00 AM]      Batman: Lured by Radium (1943)
 [10:30 AM]      I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968)
 [12:15 PM]      Rancho Notorious (1952)
 [2:00 PM]      Little Big Man (1970)
 [4:30 PM]      Colorado Territory (1949)
 [6:15 PM]      Canadian Pacific (1949)
 [8:00 PM]      The Wind (1928)    SILENT 
 [9:45 PM]      Without Lying Down - Frances Marion and the Powerful Women in Hollywood (2000)
 [10:45 PM]      The Big House (1930)
 [12:30 AM]      The Champ (1931)

 [2:15 AM]      Deathdream (1972)
 [3:45 AM]      First To Fight (1967)
 [5:30 AM]      Perversion For Profit (1965)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Tom Petty, from left, Jeff Lynne and Joe Walsh attend a ceremony honoring Jeff Lynne with a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Rich Fury


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Doesn't Believe Monsanto

Neil Young

As if spring weren't already shaping up to be a dismal season for Monsanto, now the ag-tech giant has to contend with a full-fledged anti-GMO protest album.

Ever-cantankerous rocker Neil Young has announced a new LP-The Monsanto Years-that's set for release in June. While there's no word yet on the titles of the songs on the album, much less the lyrics, it's probably safe to assume the record won't be a paean to its corporate source of inspiration, given Young's long-running criticism of Monsanto and genetically modified organisms.

Last week, Young and his band, Promise of the Real, performed a surprise concert at a microbrewery in San Luis Obispo, California; the set list reportedly featured songs that might appear on the album, including "Monsanto Years," "Seeds," "Too Big to Fail," and "Rock Starbucks," according to Rolling Stone.

Young's beef with Starbucks can be tied to Monsanto as well. The musician took the coffee chain to task last fall for its membership in the Grocery Manufacturers Alliance, which sued Vermont to overturn the state's landmark GMO-labeling law. (On his website, Young proclaims, "Still no latte for me. No more Starbucks at all until the giant corporation stands up and comes clean.")

Neil Young


Vanessa Williams waves as she arrives on the red carpet for the closing ceremony of the 5th Beijing International Film Festival in the Huairou district of Beijing Thursday, April 23, 2015.
Photo by Andy Wong


U.S. Navy To Honor

Cesar Chavez

The U.S. Navy will honor late civil rights leader Cesar Chavez on Thursday as a veteran who served in the Western Pacific just after World War II with full graveside honors at his memorial in California, Chavez's foundation said.

Chavez, a labor leader and civil rights icon who is revered by agricultural workers and Hispanic Americans and co-founded the United Farm Workers union, died 22 years ago on Thursday.

The ceremony at his gravesite in the Memorial Garden of the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument in Keene will include a Navy bugler playing "Taps," a rifle salute, and the folding of the American flag and its presentation to his widow, Helen, the Cesar Chavez Foundation said in a statement.

Active duty and reserve sailors across California will attend the formal function, it said, which is being co-sponsored by the foundation, the National Chavez Center, and the U.S. National Park Service, which operates the memorial.

In 2012, the U.S. Navy launched a new cargo ship and christened it the USNS Cesar Chavez in the labor leader's memory. The foundation said it is the only U.S. naval vessel to be named for a Latino.

Cesar Chavez


Newhead News


Cartoon Art Museum

San Francisco

There's nothing funny about the uncertain transition of the Cartoon Art Museum.

The San Francisco facility bills itself as the only museum in the West dedicated to preserving and sharing "cartoon art in all its forms."

Over the past 30 years, it has exhibited editorial cartoons, comic books, graphic novels, anime, Sunday funnies, Saturday morning cartoons and other works. It also boasts a research library (what's Porky Pig's signature slogan again?) and a 7,000-piece permanent collection.

But the museum faces a sad tale: Monthly rent has doubled in its space south of Market. It is forced to find a new permanent home in the next two months.

Doors close June 28 at its Mission Street location.

San Francisco


French director Luc Besson, left, is shown the way by a hostess as he attends the closing ceremony of the 5th Beijing International Film Festival, in Beijing, Thursday, April 23, 2015.
Photo by Andy Wong


Annual Play Being Moved


The Alabama hometown of "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee will no longer host annual plays based on the classic novel.

Monroe County Museum Board officials were told Thursday that there is no agreement between the organization and Dramatic Publishing Co., which licenses the play, to continue operating in the small city of Monroeville, about 100 miles south of Montgomery.

Board President Tom Lomenick tells officials from the publishing company told him they would grant the play's rights to a group in Kentucky. Lomenick says the museum will likely lose staff and services along with the money the annual production typically brings to the town.

The production helped fill motels, restaurants and shops in the southwest Alabama town of 6,300.



Wake-up Call


Mounts Spirited Defense

Dr. Oz

Dr. Mehmet Oz says last week's attack by 10 doctors who accused him of promoting "quack treatments" on his TV show was spurred by his vocal support for labeling genetically modified foods - a stance he says some if not all of those accusers oppose.

Oz devoted the first half of his syndicated show on Thursday to his response to what he called "a brazen letter from 10 mysterious doctors" sent to Columbia University, where Oz serves as vice chairman of the surgery department and performs heart surgery at Columbia's affiliated hospital. The letter accused him of an "egregious lack of integrity" and urged the university to remove him from its faculty.

But the letter set off a new round of criticism of Oz, who in the past has been slammed for promoting questionable cure-alls and last June appeared before the Senate's consumer protection panel, where he was scolded for claims he had made on his show about weight-loss aids - claims he says he has since stopped making.

New Yorker staff writer Michael Specter, who profiled Oz for that magazine two years ago, said on NPR this week that, whereas every doctor's first obligation is to do no harm, Oz "does harm every time he goes on the air by recommending things for which there is no evidence, and things often that he knows not to be true."

Meanwhile, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni described Oz as "a carnival barker" and "a one-man morality play about the temptations of mammon and the seduction of applause...."

Dr. Oz


A Christie's auction house member of staff holds a sapphire and diamond ring with the cushion-shaped sapphire of 35.09 carats from Kashmir and of Royal Blue colour, during a media pre sale preview in London, Thursday, April 23, 2015. The ring is expected to sell for some US$ 3-4 million when sold in auction on May 13 in Geneva, Switzerland .
Photo by Alastair Grant


Drilling Connection


With the evidence coming in from one study after another, scientists are now more certain than ever that oil and gas drilling is causing hundreds upon hundreds of earthquakes across the U.S.

So far, the quakes have been mostly small and have done little damage beyond cracking plaster, toppling bricks and rattling nerves. But seismologists warn that the shaking can dramatically increase the chances of bigger, more dangerous quakes.

Up to now, the oil and gas industry has generally argued that any such link requires further study. But the rapidly mounting evidence could bring heavier regulation down on drillers and make it more difficult for them to get projects approved.

On Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey released the first comprehensive maps pinpointing more than a dozen areas in the central and eastern U.S. that have been jolted by quakes that the researchers said were triggered by drilling. The report said man-made quakes tied to industry operations have been on the rise.



Dolphin Hunt Dealt Big Blow


The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums Council this week suspended the membership of the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums because the organization has refused to stop the annual killing of dolphins at the cove in Taiji, Japan.

For years, animal rights activists have pressured WAZA to sanction Japanese zoos and aquariums because the Taiji hunt not only kills hundreds of dolphins each year but also fuels the captive dolphin industry. The animals captured at the cove are often sold at a premium to aquariums around the world.

"WAZA requires all members to adhere to policies that prohibit participating in cruel and non-selective methods of taking animals from the wild," WAZA said in statement. "JAZA has violated the WAZA Code of Ethics and Animal Welfare. "

Since 2000, the annual hunt, which runs from September through mid-April, has caused the deaths of roughly 18,000 dolphins. Most are butchered on-site for food, despite the high mercury concentrations found dolphin meat. The youngest and cutest are spared death but sold to marine-mammal facilities in Russia, the Middle East, Latin America, the Caribbean, and East Asia. These dolphins can fetch upwards of $125,000 each.



The Calbuco volcano erupts near Puerto Varas, Chile, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. The Calbuco volcano erupted Wednesday for the first time in more than 42 years, billowing a huge ash cloud over a sparsely populated, mountainous area in southern Chile. Authorities ordered the evacuation of the 1,500 inhabitants of the nearby town of Ensenada, along with residents of two smaller communities.
Photo by Diego Main


Acknowledges Investigation Into Judge's Wife

Pink Panty Sheriff

In a bombshell revelation, Sheriff Joe Arpaio acknowledged Thursday that his office was behind a secret investigation into the wife of the judge presiding over a racial-profiling lawsuit against the brash Arizona lawman known for his anti-immigration patrols.

A contempt-of-court hearing in the case took the strange turn after the sheriff finished his testimony and Judge Murray Snow began asking him questions, including whether Arpaio was investigating him and his family.

Arpaio said he believed his former lawyer, Tim Casey, had hired a private investigator to investigate Snow's wife after she purportedly made a comment that about the judge not wanting the sheriff to get re-elected in 2012.

"We weren't investigating you," Arpaio told the judge. "We were investigating some comments that came to our attention."

Snow is an appointee of resident George W. Bush who has been overseeing the sprawling racial profiling case against Arpaio that's been winding its way through the courts.

Pink Panty Sheriff


Strippers A Grave Offence

Chinese Funerals

Chinese authorities on Thursday bared the details of their latest anti-vice sweep: a campaign to halt the hiring of strippers at funerals.

In a statement posted on its website, China's Ministry of Culture pledged a "crackdown" on the practice, which it said has become increasingly common in rural areas.

China's official Xinhua news agency said such performances are typically organised in order to draw a larger crowd at last rites.

"Two strippers wearing revealing clothes danced on a stage at a public square in our village at night on February 15," an eyewitness surnamed Zhang told the state-run Global Times newspaper earlier this month.

"They first danced passionately and then took off their clothes piece by piece," the man said. "Behind them, an electronic screen was displaying a picture of the deceased with elegiac couplets on either side."

Chinese Funerals



In Memory

Mary Doyle Keefe

Mary Doyle Keefe, the model for Norman Rockwell's iconic 1943 Rosie the Riveter painting that symbolized the millions of American women who went to work on the home front during World War II, has died. She was 92.

Keefe died Tuesday in Simsbury, Connecticut, after a brief illness, said her daughter, Mary Ellen Keefe.

Keefe grew up in Arlington, Vermont, where she met Rockwell - who lived in West Arlington - and posed for his painting when she was a 19-year-old telephone operator. The painting was on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post on May 29, 1943.

Although Keefe was petite, Rockwell's Rosie the Riveter had large arms, hands and shoulders. The painting shows the red-haired Rosie in blue jean work overalls sitting down, with a sandwich in her left hand, her right arm atop a lunchbox with the name "Rosie" on it, a rivet gun on her lap and her feet resting on a copy of Adolf Hitler's manifesto "Mein Kampf." The entire background is a waving American flag.

Rockwell wanted Rosie to show strength and modeled her body on Michelangelo's Isaiah, which is on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

Keefe, who never riveted herself, was paid $5 for each of two mornings she posed for Rockwell and his photographer, Gene Pelham, whose pictures Rockwell used when he painted.

Twenty-four years after she posed, Rockwell sent her a letter calling her the most beautiful woman he'd ever seen and apologizing for the hefty body in the painting.

The Rosie painting - not to be confused with a poster by a Pittsburgh artist depicting a woman flexing her arm under the words "We Can Do It" - would later be used in a nationwide effort to sell war bonds.

Keefe said people in Arlington didn't make too much of a fuss about her being in the Rosie painting, aside from teasing her a little about Rosie's big arms.

The painting is now part of the permanent collection at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Mary Doyle Keefe


In Memory

Sawyer Sweeten

Everybody Loves Raymond star Sawyer Sweeten has died by suspected suicide, his manager Dino May confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 19.

The actor was visiting his family in Texas, where he is believed to have shot himself on their front porch Thursday.

Sweeten starred in Everybody Loves Raymond from 1996 to 2005, playing Geoffrey Barone. His twin brother, Sullivan,played Michael Barone, while their sister Madylin played Ally Barone. The CBS series starred Ray Romano as their onscreen father.

Sweeten and his twin brother were 16 months old when Everybody Loves Raymond debuted in 1996. They jointly played a character in a 2000 episode of Disney Channel's Even Stevens and shared a small role in the 2002 feature Frank McKlusky, C.I.

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