BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 4 August, 2017


4 August, 2017

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[182 days in a row]


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from Bruce

Mark Coker: How Indie Authors Can Cultivate Superfans (Publishers Weekly)
Finding readers is just the beginning; building relationships with them is what matters.

Jordan Weissmann: A Small Yet Soul-Crushing Illustration of Donald Trump's Utter Economic Illiteracy (Slate)
At some point, it appears Donald Trump heard somebody say that the United States cannot grow as fast as China or Malaysia because we have a "large" economy. No doubt, what they meant is that the U.S. is a highly developed, rich nation and therefore can't expand as quickly as developing countries that can still reap large gains from taking basic steps to improve their living standards. But Trump did not understand it that way.

Wake: 17 Awesome Facts about "Leon: The Professional" (TVOVERMIND)
Just looking at Jean Reno for the first time you wouldn't think that he'd really be the type to play the role of a master assassin, or a cleaner as he liked to call himself. But watching Leon: The Professional was a different kind of treat that we don't get very often.

Dwight Garner: On the Touchy Subject of Class in America (NY Times)
In one of his final chapters [in Class, Paul] Fussell posits a way out of the class cages he has so ruthlessly described. You can escape them by becoming what he calls an "X person." He writes: "You earn X-personhood by a strenuous effort of discovery in which curiosity and originality are indispensable."

Tom Danehy: Chris Rock, discos, vertigo, and the death of the love song (Tucson Weekly)
To help make my point, I told them the Chris Rock story about when he was in the club (not the disco) one night. The music was blasting and people were dancing feverishly. He was watching some women dance when he realized that part of the lyrics of the song were a chorus of "Smack that bitch! Smack that bitch!" He asked one of the women who had been dancing, "Doesn't that offend you?" She replied, "No, he's not talking about me."

Suzanne Moore: We accepted homelessness while the rich left houses empty. No more (The Guardian)
To live in a city in England has meant turning a blind eye to the homeless. Grenfell has changed that.

Interviews by Chris Wiegand: "'It was like meeting a cowboy': Ed Harris, Kathy Burke and others remember Sam Shepard" (The Guardian)
Ed Harris played pool with him. Kathy Burke called him to say sorry. He gave Lynn Nottage some 3am advice and watched the chaos of 9/11 with Matthew Warchus. Theatre stars share their encounters with the great playwright.

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Trivia Question of the Day

This American actor, voice artist, and comedian was born Elmore Rual Torn Jr. By what name is he known professionally?


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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question from Yesterday

How-w-w-DEE-E-E-E! What is the professional name of this comedian?

       Minnie Pearl                                                      Source

Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon (October 25, 1912 - March 4, 1996), known professionally as Minnie Pearl, was an American country comedian who appeared at the Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 years (from 1940 to 1991) and on the television show Hee Haw from 1969 to 1991.

Pearl's comedy was gentle satire of rural Southern culture, often called "hillbilly" culture. Pearl always dressed in frilly "down home" dresses and wore a hat with a price tag hanging from it, displaying the $1.98 price. Her catchphrase was "How-w-w-DEE-E-E-E! I'm jest so proud to be here!" delivered in a hearty holler. After she became an established star, her audiences usually shouted "How-w-w-DEE-E-E-E!" back. Pearl's often self-deprecating humor involved her unsuccessful attempts to attract "a feller"'s attention and, in later years, her age. She also spun stories involve her comical "ne'er-do-well" relatives, notably "Uncle Nabob", his wife "Aunt Ambrosia", "Lucifer Hucklehead", "Miss Lizzie Tinkum", "Doc Payne", and, of course, her "Brother", who was simultaneously both slow-witted and wise. She usually closed her monologues with the exit line "I love you so much it hurts!" She also sang comic novelty songs and often danced with Grandpa Jones.

The Band's song "Ophelia" was based on Pearl.

She was friends with performers outside the country genre, including Elvis Presley, Dean Martin (she appeared on an episode of The Dean Martin Show), and Paul Reubens (Pee-wee Herman). In 1992, Reubens made what would be his last appearance as Pee-wee Herman for 15 years at a Minnie Pearl tribute show.        Source

Mark. was first and correct with:
   How-w-w-DEE-E-E-E! The woman with the price tag still on her hat is Minnie Pearl.

Randall wrote:
   Minnie Pearl

Alan J answered:
   Minnie Pearl.

Stephen F said:
   Minnie Pearl
  The Original Teabagger

mj replied:
   That peach of a lady
  Is (was) Minnie Pearl, one of the Grande Dames of the Grand Ole Opry.

Deborah responded:
   That's Minnie Pearl. She may have been famous before "Her-Haw" where I first saw her. Although I wasn't a country music fan, I appreciated the bluegrass music featured and the bad, bad puns. I don't know why her hats always had the price tag attached.
  Monsoonal moisture has boosted the humidity to 35%. The clouds are worth it. I'm sure it's much more humid in your 'hood, Marty. My husband was rained on yesterday in Pismo Beach. Stay cool.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
   Minnie Pearl

Harry M. said:
   Minnie Pearl

Adam answered:
   I thought so- Minnie Pearl

John I from Hawai`i says,
   "Minnie Pearl."

Gene replied:
   Minnie Pearl.

Daniel in The City responded:
   Minnie Pearl, whom I remember from Hee-Haw.

Dave in Tucson wrote:
   Why that's the Grand Ole Opry's Minnie Pearl!

zorch said:
   Minnie Pearl

Joe S     answered:
   None other than the late, great, Minnie Pearl.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

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

David of Moon Valley took the day off.

Billy in Cypress took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Sally has retired.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  August 4 Birthdays - Celebrities Born August 4 | Famous Birthdays

MAM     In memory.




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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

How climate scepticism turned into something more dangerous | Environment | The Guardian

What is a black professor in America allowed to say? | World news | The Guardian

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann review - family murder, oil and the FBI | Books | The Guardian

Good news for bees as numbers rise and mystery malady wanes - SFGate

The White House is a Dump and the Statue of Liberty is Wrong and George Washington was a CUCK, y'all

'Trump Forest' Created To Offset President's 'Monumental Stupidity' On Climate Change | HuffPost

Experts discover 'zombie' caterpillars exploding to their deaths - AOL News

BBC - Future - Why can't films and TV accurately portray hackers?

Robert Hardy: Harry Potter and All Creatures Great and Small star dies - BBC News

Trump critics among 2017 Kennedy Center honorees -

For Veterans Mustard-Gassed In Secret Tests, Help Now Sits On President Donald Trump's Desk : The Two-Way : NPR

Tiffany Is Known For Lamps And Stained Glass, But He Made Magical Mosaics, Too : NPR

The Trump-Russia investigation has fundamentally changed.

I said it before, but it's time to say it again. Watch the exit doors.

Flynn Adds Mercer's Cambridge Analytics To Financial Disclosure Forms.

Thanks, Michelle!



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Border Patrol Ordered to Block Congressmen During Travel Ban - the daily

American Muslims Are Now More Accepting Of Homosexuality Than White Evangelicals | HuffPost

Trump Claims Mexico's President Praised His Border Policy. Mexico Says Nope. | HuffPost

Lara Trump's debut as an anchor is part Fox News, part amateur vlogger, 100 percent Trump. -

H.R. McMaster Cleans House at the National Security Council - The Atlantic

Issue Talking Points - The Handmaids' Resistance

Rep. Maxine Waters Absolutely Shreds Trump's Pitch To Black Voters | HuffPost

Democrats don't see opposition to abortion rights as a deal breaker for running candidates

A Chilling Theory on Trump's Nonstop Lies - Mother Jones

Fox News host unloads on Stephen Miller's altercation with Jim Acosta - Business Insider

Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Stephen Miller Put CNN's Jim Acosta 'In His Place' | HuffPost

Trump's Phone Calls Are Worse Than You Imagined -

Top Official Resigns From Trump EPA With Scathing Letter | HuffPost

Fox News uses misleading statistics to suggest that white students are underrepresented in college - media

Trump to Mexican president: Stop saying your government won't pay for wall | TheHill

Trump administration wants "merit-based" admissions, immigration system. -

Trump tweet about 'very civil conversation' with Australian PM resurfaces after transcript leaked | TheHill

The Ugly History of Stephen Miller's 'Cosmopolitan' Epithet - POLITICO Magazine

Why Leaking Transcripts of Trump's Calls Is So Dangerous - The Atlantic

White House denies Trump made up conversation with Boy Scouts - POLITICO

Samantha Bee Airs Her First Ever 'Trump-Positive' Piece | HuffPost

Mueller impanels grand jury in Russia probe: report | TheHill

Pro-Russia GOP Rep Pushes Months-Old Report That DNC Hack Was 'Inside Job' - Talking Points Memo

Leaked Transcripts Show How Foreign Leaders Manipulate Trump - The Atlantic

Congress Is Moving to Shield Bob Mueller From Donald Trump - the daily

Senate blocks Trump from making recess appointments over break | TheHill

Senate Republicans Are Tired of Donald Trump - Mother Jones

Christians Are More Likely To Say It's Poor People's Own Fault That They're Poor | HuffPost

Australia's PM Slowly Realizes Trump Is a Complete Idiot | ny

Pro-Trump outlet Sinclair is turning local news into Trump TV. Here's what it looks like.

Exclusive: top FBI officials could testify against Trump - Vox

For the New Far Right, YouTube Has Become the New Talk Radio - The New York Times

Trump wants to build a police state - and that could be more destructive to democracy than the Russia scandal -



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

So hot, so humid, so cranky.

Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'WE Day', followed by a RERUN 'Hawaii Five-0', then a RERUN 'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a sorta FRESH Stephen Colbert it's the best moments of the week, with a newly-recorded opening & monologue.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 5/25/17) are Orlando Bloom, Zac Efron, Zach Woods, and Sigrid.

NBC starts the night with a RERUN 'America's Got Talent', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Jessica Alba, Tim Gunn, Andy Puddicombe, and Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 7/24/17) are Charlize Theron, Jane Lynch, Amine, and Brad Wilk.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 5/10/17) are Kathryn Hahn, Froth, and Lucy Gillespie.

ABC opens the night with a RERUN 'Shark Tank', followed by 'What Would You Do?', then '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 7/31/17) are Channing Tatum, Elisabeth Moss, and the Killers.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Masters Of Illusion', followed by a RERUN 'Masters Of Illusion', then a RERUN 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us'.

Faux has a RERUN 'MasterChef', followed by a RERUN 'Beat Shazam'.

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

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

AMC offers the movie 'Twister', followed by the movie 'Lone Ranger'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 12-Closing Time
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 13-The Wedding of River Song
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 1-Asylum of the Daleks
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 2-Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 3-A Town Called Mercy
 [1:15PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 24-The Ultimate Computer
 [2:30PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 25-Bread and Circuses
 [3:45PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 26-Assignment: Earth
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - Ep 1- Spock's Brain
 [6:10PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 2-The Enterprise Incident
 [7:20PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 3-The Paradise Syndrome
 [8:30PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 4-And the Children Shall Lead
 [9:40PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 5-Is There in Truth No Beauty?
 [10:50PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 6-Spectre of the Gun
 [1:10AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 8-For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky
 [3:30AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 24-The Ultimate Computer

Bravo has 'The Sinner', followed by the movie 'Sex & The City 2'.

Comedy Central has 'Futurama' and 3½ hours of old 'South Park'.

FX has the movie '21 Jump Street', followed by the movie 'White House Down'.

History has 'Ancient Aliens', another 'Ancient Aliens', followed by a FRESH 'Ancient Aliens', and another 'Ancient Aliens'.

IFC  -   
 [9:45AM]    DRIVE
 [8:00PM]    FIRST BLOOD
 [12:15AM]    RAMBO III
 [4:45AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Scott Aukerman Wears a Tailored Black Suit
 [5:15AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Krysten Ritter Wears a Turtleneck and Black Boots
 [5:45AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Jack Black    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:30AM]    The Andy Griffith Show
 [7:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show
 [7:30AM]    The Andy Griffith Show
 [8:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show
 [8:30AM]    The Andy Griffith Show
 [9:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show
 [9:45AM]    Thelma & Louise
 [12:45PM]    What About Bob?
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-The Pursuit of Happiness
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Golden Years
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Snatched
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Breeder
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Censure
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Damaged
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Tabloid
 [9:59PM]    Law & Order-Monster
 [10:58PM]    Law & Order-Cherished
 [11:57PM]    Law & Order-DWB
 [12:56AM]    Law & Order-Bait
 [1:55AM]    Cleverman-Borrowed Time
 [3:00AM]    Conan the Barbarian    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Lake Placid', followed by a FRESH 'Killjoys', then a FRESH 'Dark Matter', followed by a FRESH 'Wynonna Earp'.

TCM spends 24 hours with Claire Trevor
 [ 6:00 AM]      Dead End (1937)
 [7:45 AM]      The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938)
 [9:15 AM]      Allegheny Uprising (1939)
 [11:00 AM]      The Desperadoes (1943)
 [12:30 PM]      The Stranger Wore a Gun (1953)
 [2:00 PM]      Best Of The Badmen (1951)
 [3:30 PM]      Black Sheep (1935)
 [5:00 PM]      Raw Deal (1948)
 [6:30 PM]      Johnny Angel (1946)
 [8:00 PM]      Born to Kill (1947)
 [10:00 PM]      Murder, My Sweet (1944)
 [12:00 AM]      Crack-Up (1946)
 [2:00 AM]      Key Largo (1948)
 [4:00 AM]      Borderline (1950)

Saturday   -  08/05/17

TCM spends 24 hours with Gene Kelly
 [6:00 AM]      Pilot #5 (1943)
 [7:30 AM]      Summer Stock (1950)
 [9:30 AM]      The Pirate (1948)
 [11:30 AM]      Brigadoon (1954)
 [1:30 PM]      Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949)
 [3:15 PM]      The Three Musketeers (1948)
 [5:30 PM]      Anchors Aweigh (1945)
 [8:00 PM]      Singin' in the Rain (1952)
 [10:00 PM]      Inherit the Wind (1960)
 [12:30 AM]      On the Town (1949)
 [2:15 AM]      It's Always Fair Weather (1955)
 [4:00 AM]      Cover Girl (1944)

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Aug. 1, 1973) - Ricardo Montalban, Laura Bergt, and Uri Geller.

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A herd of 85 elephants will spread through the streets of São Paulo from this Tuesday (1st), when the city receives the Elephant Parade on Aug. 1, 2017.
Photo by Sebastiao Moreira


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


2017 Honorees

Kennedy Center

Rapper LL Cool J is set to become the first hip-hop artist to be celebrated at the Kennedy Center Honors, one of America's top awards in the arts that marks its 40th anniversary this year.

Cuban-American singer Gloria Estefan, soul singer Lionel Richie, television writer and producer Norman Lear, and dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade are the other 2017 honorees, organizers announced Thursday.

Lear, a 95-year-old World War II veteran whose sitcoms like "The Jeffersons" and "All in the Family" brought social issues into American living rooms in the 1970s and 1980s, said he was grateful for the award but would not attend.

"It is more important now than ever that we stand up for artists, for artistic expression, and for the valiant fight that artists fight to reveal the wonder and oneness of the human spirit," Lear said in a statement.

The ceremony airs on CBS on December 26.

Kennedy Center


A passer-by looks on an elephant sculpture as part of the 'Elephant Parade' at the Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 01 August 2017. Aug. 1, 2017.
Photo by Sebastiao Moreira


More To That Story

Statue of Liberty

'The history of the Statue of Liberty became the focus of a back-and-forth between Stephen Miller (R-Testa di Cazzo), an aide to President Donald Trump (R-Stronzo), and CNN's Jim Acosta during the White House Press Briefing on Wednesday.

The broadcast journalist had argued that the President's support of a bill that would place new limits on legal immigration did not jibe with the spirit embodied by the monument, as expressed by the Emma Lazarus poem that has become synonymous with Lady Liberty: "Give me your tired, your poor," it famously declares, "Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."

"The poem that you're referring to was added later," Miller replied. "It's not actually part of the original Statue of Liberty."

The poem was engraved onto a plaque placed on the pedestal in 1903 - nearly two decades after the statue was unveiled - and that the monument wasn't always associated with immigration.

Originally, the meaning of the monument had more to do with the abolition of slavery than with immigration. In the 1860s, French anti-slavery activist Edouard de Laboulaye had first proposed that France should make a gift of the statue, dubbed "Liberty Enlightening the World" and designed by sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, both to commemorate the alliance between the U.S. and France during the American Revolution and the end of slavery in the U.S. after the Civil War, according to the National Park Service.

It was as a result of the need to fund the pedestal that Emma Lazarus was tapped to write the famous sonnet "The New Colossus" for a Statue of Liberty fundraiser in 1883. Inspired by her work with Russian Jews detained by immigration officials on Ward Island, she included a new facet of liberty in her interpretation of what the statue could mean.

Statue of Liberty


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Canceled Next Year

'The Middle'

ABC will soon be saying goodbye to one of its longest-running shows, "The Middle."

According to TV Line, the Hecks will be bidding their fans farewell at the end of its upcoming ninth season. While speaking with Entertainment Weekly, executive producer Eileen Heisler revealed that she and her team spoke with the cast of "The Middle" last year to tell them that Season 9 would be the last. "It was important to have a year to say goodbye. We want to be able to tell all the stories," she said.

While the series has received positive reviews, "The Middle" never became as popular as its counterpart, "Modern Family." Both shows are going on their ninth season, which means that they were launched by ABC in the same year. "The Middle" executive producer DeAnn Heline acknowledged the fact that some people know about "The Middle," while there are still those who don't know that the show exists. "If we can be underappreciated for nine years and be on the air, we're lucky," she said.

Meanwhile, Heisler also dished on what's in store for the members of the Heck family in Season 9. "We feel the reception toward our show is positive and kind. We feel proud of what we're doing. In its own way, the show has been recognized even though it's not a ratings magnet. It's very stalwart and steady. We started having an idea a couple of years ago and honed it more in the last year. It will be true to our show. It's an end that fans will like," she said.

'The Middle'


A herd of 85 elephants will spread through the streets of São Paulo from this Tuesday (1st), when the city receives the Elephant Parade on Aug. 1, 2017.
Photo by Sebastiao Moreira


Dark Ages Fort


A fort that is more than 1,000 years old, dating back to the time of Alfred the Great, has been unearthed in Scotland, more than 200 years after it was thought to have been completely destroyed.

The ancient fort was built by the Picts, a loose confederation of tribes who lived in what is now Scotland during the Dark Ages. The fort was likely a major source of power for the Pictish kingdom between A.D. 500 and 1000. In the 1800s, a town was built over the ancient stronghold, known as Burghead Fort, and most archaeologists thought the last remaining traces of the fort were destroyed at that time.

However, new archaeological excavations are revealing major structures hidden beneath the town, including a rare coin that dates to the period of English king Alfred the Great.

"Beneath the 19th century debris, we have started to find significant Pictish remains," Gordon Noble, head of archaeology at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, said in a statement. "We appear to have found a Pictish longhouse. This is important because Burghead is likely to have been one of the key royal centers of Northern Pictland."

Almost nothing survives of the mysterious Pictish culture, including the name they called themselves. The Romans first mentioned the Picts, which means "painted people," likely because of their distinctive tattoos and war paint. However, relatively few Pictish writings survive, and much of what historians know about the Picts' early history comes from the accounts of Roman speechwriters such as Eumenius.



Digby's Hullabaloo


New Chief Scientist Not A Scientist

Department of Agriculture

Donald Trump's (R-Crooked) pick for chief scientist at the Department of Agriculture previously ran a blog where he described progressives as "race traitors" and called former president Barack Obama a "dictator."

Sam Clovis, a former economics professor and right-wing radio talk show host, wrote the blog for his Impact with Clovis show.

He has been criticised for his lack of a scientific credentials and his "scepticism" of climate change.

Although the website has been taken down, archived pages are still available.

According to CNN, a spokesperson for the Department of Agrilcutre defended Clovis, describing him as "a proud conservative and a proud American."

Department of Agriculture


A herd of 85 elephants will spread through the streets of São Paulo from this Tuesday (1st), when the city receives the Elephant Parade on Aug. 1, 2017.
Photo by Sebastiao Moreira


Lease Dispute

Secret Service

The Secret Service moved its Trump Tower (R-Dump_ command post to a trailer on a Manhattan sidewalk because of a dispute between Donald Trump's (R-Profiteer) company, the Trump Organization, and the US government, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

Citing two people familiar with the discussions, The Post said the dispute involved multiple elements of the lease, including the price.

The federal agency charged with protecting the first family housed supervisors and backup agents in Trump Tower, one floor below the first family's private residence, until last month. Trump Organization spokesperson Amanda Miller told The Post that a "mutual" decision was made to have the Secret Service find space elsewhere.

Trump has not returned to Trump Tower since he was elected, and first lady Melania Trump and the couple's teenage son, Barron, moved out of the building and into the White House in June.

The notion of the Secret Service renting space from the president's private company was met with some criticism shortly after Trump took office, raising questions of potential conflicts of interest concerning a Trump-connected business potentially benefiting from a lucrative government contact.

Secret Service


'Drug-Infested Den'

New Hampshire

Ruffled New Hampshire lawmakers were quick to respond Thursday to derisive leaked comments in which Donald Trump (R-Pendejo) referred to the Granite State as a "drug-infested den."

Trump made the comments during a heated Jan. 27 phone call with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, in which he fumed over drug cartels bringing illegal substances over the border. He invoked New Hampshire as an example of a place that has endured the brutal effects of the opioid epidemic, calling it a "drug-infested den," according to a newly released transcript of the conversation published by the Washington Post .

According to a report from the Department of Homeland Security, Mexican drug cartels make $19 to $29 billion from U.S. drug sales per year. Still, experts say the opioid epidemic is also in large part due to overprescribing of legal opioid medication.

"We have a massive drug problem where kids are becoming addicted to drugs because the drugs are being sold for less money than candy," the president said in the call, according to the transcript. "I won New Hampshire because New Hampshire is a drug-infested den."

Trump in fact lost New Hampshire to Hillary Clinton in the presidential election. He won the state in the Republican primary.

New Hampshire


A herd of 85 elephants will spread through the streets of São Paulo from this Tuesday (1st), when the city receives the Elephant Parade. Aug. 1, 2017.
Photo by Sebastiao Moreira


Senate Republicans Slowly Turning Their Backs On


There wasn't a dramatic public break or an exact moment it happened. But step by step, Senate Republicans are turning their backs on Donald Trump (R-Corrupt).

They defeated an Obamacare repeal bill despite Trump's pleas. They're ignoring his Twitter demands that they get back to work on the repeal measure. They dissed the White House budget director, defended the attorney general against the president's attacks and passed veto-proof sanctions on Russia over his administration's objections.

They're reasserting their independence, which looked sorely diminished in the aftermath of Trump's surprise election win.

"We work for the American people," Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina said Tuesday. "We don't work for the president."

In the most remarkable example of public Trump-bashing, Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona is taking aim at the president and his own party in a new book, writing that "unnerving silence in the face of an erratic executive branch is an abdication" and marveling at "the strange specter of an American president's seeming affection for strongmen and authoritarians."



Taking Extended Vacation


Donald Trump (R-Manbaby) once questioned the wisdom of taking vacations. "What's the point?" he asked.

But now the president is getting ready to join the annual August exodus from the city he calls "the swamp." Trump is due Friday to begin his first extended vacation from Washington since the inauguration: 17 days at his private golf club in central New Jersey.

Trump and his supporters like to publicize his disdain for taking vacations, when the truth is that he takes them constantly.

Actually, Trump gets out of town quite often. So far, he has spent 13 of 28 weekends in office away from the White House, mostly at his properties in Palm Beach, Florida, or in Bedminster, New Jersey, according to an Associated Press count. The figures include a weekend during official travel overseas, and Father's Day weekend at Camp David, the government-owned presidential retreat in Maryland.

Trump said last year that he wouldn't have time for golf if he became president. "I'm going to be working for you, I'm not going to have time to go play golf," he told supporters in Virginia. But he plays golf whenever he's at his clubs; sometimes it's the full 18 holes, other times less than that. His staff rarely acknowledges that he plays, even when photos of him on the course pop up on social media.




In Memory

Robert Hardy

Robert Hardy, a veteran British stage and screen actor who played Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge in the "Harry Potter" movies, has died. He was 91.

Born in 1925, Hardy served in the Royal Air Force during World War II and studied at Oxford University, where he became friends with another aspiring actor, Richard Burton.

He began his career after the war in Shakespearean roles onstage in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Between 1978 and 1990, Hardy played the eccentric veterinarian Siegfried Farnon in "All Creatures Great and Small," a popular TV series based on James Herriot's books about rural life in the Yorkshire Dales.

Hardy played British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in at least half a dozen films and TV series, including the miniseries "Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years" and "War and Remembrance." He also played U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Churchill's wartime ally, in both British and French TV series.

Hardy is survived by his children Paul, Justine and Emma.

Robert Hardy




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